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YouTube’s Conspiracy Theory Crackdown Has One Big Winner: Fox News

Early this year, YouTube adjusted its recommendation algorithm to deprioritize conspiracy theories. The change has yielded an unwitting beneficiary: Fox News.

Previously, users who watched videos about hoaxes such as QAnon or Pizzagate could easily be pulled into an echo chamber of disinformation by YouTube’s autoplay function, which queued up one conspiracy theory video after another. But now, those who seek out such content will often find a lineup of Fox News videos in lieu of more conspiracies.

YouTube announced the tweak to its algorithm on Jan. 25 following public outcry over its amplification of conspiratorial content. Since then, views of recommended videos that “could misinform users in harmful ways” have been cut in half, the company said.

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YouTube Conspiracy theorists are angry that recommendations for Fox News segments are appearing on their YouTube videos.

YouTube’s vast community of disinformation influencers is not pleased. 

“I’m sick of it!” the host of a massive QAnon channel huffed in a July video. “Six months ago, when you’d look at [the recommended videos on my content], there’d be all my videos. You’d watch one of my videos, then you could watch three or four of my videos,” he went on. “But YouTube, in their discriminatory practices, has decided to use their algorithm to … give all my hard work to this major corporation, Fox News,” by recommending its videos instead.

What he described is far from an isolated occurrence. Conspiracy channels all over the platform — some with hundreds of thousands of subscribers — are funneling increased traffic to Fox News, HuffPost has found.

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YouTube Fox News segments dominated the recommendations on a conspiracy theory channel’s recent video when accessed from an incognito browser.

In early August, using incognito mode to avoid browsing-history bias, we watched a total of 100 of the latest videos from 20 deep-state conspiracy theory channels with at least 50,000 subscribers (repeated three times over three days, as recommendations change frequently). On average, more than half of the first five suggested videos following each conspiracy theory video were segments from Fox News or its affiliates. Some conspiracy theory channels led to Fox more often than others.

The number of YouTube recommendations going from conspiracy theorists’ videos to news outlets’ videos has modestly increased for all mainstream media outlets in recent months, but the increase for Fox alone has been bigger than that of BBC, CNN, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC and ABC combined, according to former Google engineer Guillaume Chaslot, who helped design YouTube’s algorithm and who now tracks YouTube recommendations.

The boon for Fox News comes amid YouTube’s ongoing campaign to promote more credible sources in response to widespread accusations that it has radicalized users by driving them toward fringe content. (YouTube’s top conspiracy channels are still thriving, however, even without the same algorithm boost.) As part of this effort, YouTube has been working to surface authoritative videos for topics where veracity is key, such as news and politics, the company told HuffPost. For news-related topics, YouTube uses a number of signals to determine which media channels are eligible to appear, it said. 

Since the recommendation algorithm was altered in late January, Fox News’ main YouTube channel has seen its total monthly views more than triple, according to Social Blade, a web analytics tool. Two of Fox’s largest affiliated channels have experienced similar growth in the same timeframe. More views means greater advertising revenue for both Fox and YouTube.

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Social Blade Since YouTube decreased recommendations for disinformation in late January, traffic has spiked for Fox’s biggest channels on the platform.

The algorithm change may not be the sole cause for growth at the Fox News pages, but it’s “definitely helping,” said Mark Ledwich, a software engineer who compiles publicly available data to track the flow of suggested videos between YouTube’s top American news and cultural commentary channels. 

“For the more deep-state conspiracy channels — rather than what they used to do, which was often recommending each other — now a lot of recommendations are going to Fox,” added Ledwich, who is based in Brisbane, Australia. 

Four Popular Conspiracy Theory Channels’ Percentage Of Video Recommendations To Fox News

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Fifty-four percent of all video recommendations generated by a conspiracy theory channel with 1.1 million subscribers went to Fox between April and August. (HuffPost has chosen not to name, and thus potentially drive traffic to, the four channels depicted.)

Channels run by notorious right-wing conspiracy theorists Mark Dice and Gary Franchi, who each have well over 1 million YouTube subscribers, have become two of Fox News’ major traffic suppliers, Ledwich’s data shows. For a recent video on Franchi’s channel — where he peddles slanderous conspiracies about Democratic politicians and government agencies — 20 of the first 25 recommendations were for segments from Fox News or its affiliates, including the first 10 in a row, HuffPost found.

Fox segments dominate the recommendations on many older conspiracy theory videos, too. On one from 2018 titled “Hillary Clinton is the QUEEN OF PEDOPHILES #PIZZAGATE #PEDOGATE,” 19 of the first 25 recommended videos were Fox News or Fox affiliate segments, including the first four in a row.

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Fox News segments accounted for 19 of the first 25 recommendations on a conspiracy theorist’s video when recently accessed from an incognito browser.

On another video baselessly claiming that undocumented immigrants will bring the bubonic plague to America this year, the same was the case for 15 of the first 25 recommendations. 

“The good thing is these conspiracy channels are getting less traffic through recommendations,” said Ledwich. “The negative effect is that Fox is getting way more.”

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Fox News is gaining traffic from viewers coming over from conspiracy videos. As a regular mainstream mouthpiece for extremist ideologies, Fox has invited far-right activists onto its prime-time shows and afforded them a platform to spew their propaganda to millions. More than half of the Americans who believe in QAnon — the conspiracy theory that claims there’s a deep-state cabal of elite liberal and Hollywood pedophiles — are frequent Fox watchers, a new survey from Civiqs and Daily Kos reveals.

QAnon and other conspiracy theories are a “domestic terrorism threat” that may drive people to violence and crime, the FBI declared in a recently released intelligence bulletin.

And even though conspiracy theorists like the disgruntled host of the QAnon channel are lamenting that Fox News is taking traffic from them, the opposite is also true: The cable news outlet has served as a pipeline to fringe content. Toward the end of his rant, the QAnon host admitted that he himself watches Fox News (or “Faux News,” as he calls it), but only “because they have Tucker and Hannity.”

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Ed Sullivan’s grandson recalls growing up with TV icon: ‘He always had time for his fans’

Robert Precht has always known that his grandfather Ed Sullivan was special.

Precht, the eldest of the star’s five grandchildren, recently recalled to Closer Weekly how proud the TV legend was to show up for his sixth-grade production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in Scarsdale, N.Y.

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“Kids were racing down the stairs trying to get his autograph, and he was good-natured about it,” Precht told the outlet for the latest’s issue currently on newsstands. “He always had time for his fans.”

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Ed Sullivan (second left) and his family, (left to right) wife Sylvia, grandson and future defense attorney Robert E. Precht, daughter Betty, and son-in-law naval officer and later television producer Robert Precht Jr., on July 20, 1954. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Precht said that despite his fame, Sullivan was always dedicated to his family and was happily married to his wife Sylvia from 1930 until her death in 1973. The couple only had one child Betty, whose husband, Bob Precht, would ultimately work as a producer for “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

“They had a very good marriage, and she was his biggest fan,” granddaughter Margo Elizabeth Speciale also told Closer Weekly about her grandparents. “He was a big deal to America, but to me, he was just grandpa. I remember being on the couch in our living room and him doing little magic tricks and pretending to take his thumb off.”

Sullivan, who entertained millions of Americans as host of his long-running variety show, passed away in 1974 at age 73 from cancer.

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Ed Sullivan with The Beatles, before the group’s second appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Feb.y 16, 1964 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images)

Americans across the country tuned in to Sullivan’s weekly show, which according to the New York Times cost $8 million a year to produce and for which Sullivan received $164G a year. “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired from 1948 until 1971.

Precht told Closer Weekly Sullivan gave a platform to African-American artists during an era when racial segregation was still common.

“Through his body language and the way he introduced people, he conveyed a real affection for African-American culture,” said Precht. “He created a kind of model integrated society.”

“[He was a] silent force in the civil rights movement,” added Speciale. “By having African-American performers on the show and treating them with dignity and respect, he showed acts white audiences had never heard of before who are household names today and, most importantly, he treated those artists with dignity and respect — during a time when races was the norm, challenging America to do the same.”

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Harry Belafonte was one of many stars who appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” (Reuters)

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“He had a strong sense of what was just and unjust,” added Precht. “He made his life a big stage and he educated the American public about performers and New York life.”

At the time of Sullivan’s death, the New York Times shared the TV icon “was proud of his Irish origin, of his tightly-knit family, of his Roman Catholic faith. He despised bigotry, fraud and irresponsibility. And he had the greatest respect for the power of words.”

“I enjoy what I’m doing,” Sullivan once shared about his television work. “I would have become a water skier if I could have made money honestly and with integrity.”

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Ed Sullivan with The Beatles during a rehearsal on Feb. 9, 1964 for the British group’s first American appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”  (AP Photo)

According to Closer Weekly, Sullivan’s grandchildren are determined to keep the star’s legacy alive. Precht is currently writing a biography about his grandfather, while Speciale is working on a documentary.

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“When people think of him, they think of family togetherness — watching his show together,” said Precht. “It’s a legacy of shared experience that’s a unique, vanished part of America.”

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Frontier flight attendant helps calm crying baby: ‘Mom looked like she could’ve used a well-deserved break’

Feeling fussy and out of sorts? Try booking a Frontier Airlines flight when this guy is working.

Earlier this week, a Frontier flight attendant helped a mom calm her crying baby aboard a flight from Tyler, Texas, to Denver, Colo., in what one witness described as a “precious” moment.

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“This flight attendant on Frontier Airlines from Tyler to Denver helped a mom calm her screaming baby, and it was PRECIOUS!!” wrote Facebook user Jamie Applegate Hunter. (Jamie Applegate Hunter)

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“This flight attendant on Frontier Airlines from Tyler to Denver helped a mom calm her screaming baby, and it was PRECIOUS!!” wrote Facebook user Jamie Applegate Hunter in a post on Sunday.

“It’s the feel good story we need today,” she added.

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“Days like this make being a flight attendant the most rewarding job ever!!” the flight attendant later wrote on Facebook. (Jamie Applegate Hunter)

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Along with her post, Hunter shared three photos of the flight attendant carrying and playing with the baby girl.

“Awesome story,” one commenter wrote.

“This post is so precious! This makes me happy!” another added.

Several others also gushed over the flight attendant’s looks, with a few asking if he was available.

“Is he single? Does he have a brother? A cousin? Or even sister?” one asked.

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Joel O Paris Castro, the flight attendant seen in the photos, later posted the images to his own account, remarking on what a lovely experience the trip turned out to be.

He also tells Fox News he always tries to make everyone’s experience safer and more fun.

“When it came to the little girl, she looked like she just wanted to explore for a little while, and the mom looked like she could’ve used a well-deserved break, so I happily took the little girl from her hands and rocked her for a little while,” he said. “I’ve always thought it takes a village to raise children …  And besides, I bet my mother could’ve used a couple of breaks when I was growing up.”

And for those few who wondered about his relationship status, he also confirmed that yes, he is currently single.

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Frontier Airlines later chimed in about the cute moment, telling Fox News they “love” how employees are eager to help their passengers.

“Frontier is known for being family-friendly airline and we love that our team goes above and beyond to ensure everyone has an enjoyable flight,” the airline said.

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Mom slammed after demanding over $80 from guests to attend son’s birthday party

A mom who asked parents to pay $82 for their children to attend her son’s party has been slammed online.

Taking to Mumsnet, user FurCoatNoSnickers revealed that her teen had been invited to a Go Karting party for a 14-year-old friend, but she was reluctant to send him following the mom’s demands.

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“Ds (Darling Son) is at a newish school — he was so happy to have been invited to a karting birthday party — turns out the whole class were invited. Details were the date, the activity-transport provided (it’s an 80-mile round trip) and a request of Amazon vouchers for present,” the woman explained.

“In the last few weeks since [school let out] I’ve been updated with further texts from the mother of birthday boy asking for deposits for the karting ($23) and the remainder on the day ($36) THEN that was followed up by a request for ($23) for the transport hmm.

“This morning she (in my opinion) has the gall to request we pack a generous picnic with ice packs and pack extra so the birthday boy doesn’t have to bring anything.”

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She explained that she was in a dilemma as she worried this was a good opportunity for her son to make friends in his new school.

Continuing, she wrote: “I think this is the final straw and I’ll instead take ds and a friend karting myself at this rate.

“DH (Darling Husband) says I should like it or lump it and if everyone else seems to be going then it would be a shame for ds to miss out.”

But fellow Mumsnet users were totally behind her decision, agreeing that they would not let their children attend.

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One wrote: “She essentially wants everyone else to pay for her son’s birthday. No way would my DC (Darling Child) be going.”

Agreeing, another added: “That is absolutely insane. I would definitely decline. Surely if you are throwing the party, you pay for everyone? She sounds cheap.”

A third commented: “Blimey no way I’m sorry if your teen misses out but that’s really expensive and downright rude of the other mum.”

Others even accused the mum of trying to make a profit from her son’s birthday.

“Wow!! I agree sounds like she may be making a profit I wonder is she has form for doing this type of thing?” commented one.

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A second said: “She must be planning on a massive profit. No way would go karting and transport for 30 teens cost over £2k.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun. Read more content from The Sun here.

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Anthony Scaramucci Warns That Trump Will Turn On Nation As Men Feud On Twitter

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Donald Trump’s short-time communications director and one-time pal Anthony Scaramucci attacked the president on Twitter Saturday with a chilling warning that Trump will eventually “turn” on the “entire country.”

Trump lashed Scaramucci on Twitter earlier for his former friend’s criticism of him. Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for a mere 11 days in 2017, has called Trump’s attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color “racist and unacceptable.”

Scaramucci also said on MSNBC’s Hardball Thursday night that Trump’s self-centered appearances in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, were a “catastrophe.”

Trump mocked Scaramucci in a tweet for posing as an “all time expert on President Trump,” adding that “he knows very little about me.” He said Scaramucci would “do anything” to “come back in” to the White House. 

Scaramucci fired back that he’s not surprised Trump turned on him. “Eventually he turns on on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country,” he tweeted.

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Up, Up And Away: Soaring Air Force One Costs Elude Trump, Who Boasted Of Deal

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Chalk up another deal President Donald Trump didn’t nail down. Though Trump often boasted — as recently as June — that he personally negotiated a significant bargain on a contact for new twin Air Force One jets, the total cost is now $1.2 billion more than the original price Trump complained about.

Trump squawked after his election that the $4 billion pricetag he cited for the Boeing 747s modified for presidential use was “out of control.” He tweeted: “Cancel order!”

The Pentagon issued its first formal acquisition report on the presidential planes earlier this month, and the new total cost is … $5.2 billion, Air Force Magazine reported. That’s $4.7 billion for the jets  and $500 million for associated costs such as hangar construction. That’s a total 30% increase over the cost Trump claimed he reduced.

But it may be even worse. While Trump claimed in 2016 that costs were some $4 billion, the Government Accountability Office put the estimated cost that year at only $3.2 billion, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. That number has ballooned 62.5% to the current $5.2 billion total.

Way back in 2015 Trump was sputtering about the cost of the new planes, which he then cited as $3 billion in an interview. “They’re giving out a new, as you know, Air Force One, and that’s a $3 billion — with a ‘B’ — plane … I guarantee you, I could save hundreds of millions of dollars,” he boasted.

By 2017 he was fuming about a $4.2 pricetag. “Can you believe this?” he asked at a Florida rally. “I said I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I got Boeing in … We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.” But when contacted by the media afterward, Air Force officials had no idea what he was talking about.

In 2018 Trump declared at a dinner with business leaders: “I had a price of $5.6 billion. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less.” He also bragged to George Stephanopoulus in the Oval Office this June that he shaved $1.6 billion off the price.

The converted “flying White House” 747s had been scheduled to be finished in 2024,  but Trump has requested that they be delivered in 2021.

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Dan Gainor: Media go far beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome in attacking president

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The anti-Trump media went off the deep end this past week, concocting horror stories about the president they love to hate.

I’m not talking Trump Derangement Syndrome. That’s so 2016. I’m talking about peddling absolutely crazy stories. These include claims that President Trump wants to exterminate Latinos and is honoring Hitler’s birthday.

And on top of this, many in the media attacked anyone who dared express support for the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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MSNBC led the way, with its on-air personalities saying things that would get normal humans fired from jobs, de-platformed online and disowned by their families.

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One MSNBC guest slammed a wealthy Trump supporter. He said he wanted “pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.” At MSNBC, that’s just another day at the office.

Even one of the pros from MSNBC’s sister network joined in with the lunacy. NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and agreed with his host that a recession would be worth it to get rid of Trump.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel told viewers.

Remember, Engel is an actual reporter. But sadly, calling for a recession was Amateur Hour compared to the rest of this week.

Here are four of the worst examples of the media’s mass hysteria.

MSNBC’s version of a Republican

Spouting crazy lies on a major cable channel is never having to say you’re sorry. But you can tweet it.

“Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace and attorney Raul Reyes teamed up to make up claims about the president. Reyes blasted Trump for using “words like infestation.” He followed that with an incredible statement: “With an infestation, the natural conclusion is attempt an extermination.”

But rather than rein in Reyes and get him to back off the bizarre claim, Wallace leaned in. “You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos,” she responded. Wallace, a former Republican, was promptly skewered for her comments by conservative outlets.

That led to a lame “apology” where she said, in part: “I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos.  My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry.” You could almost see a network executive standing behind her, twisting her arm to write it.

Her non-existent sincerity was ripped apart. One America News Network host Liz Wheeler responded, “Funny, I never ‘unintentionally’ accuse an innocent person of advocating mass genocide.”

Wallace had to know the network wouldn’t care. Remember, MSNBC is the purgatory where executives exiled liar Brian Williams. So she fits in nicely.

 The heck with Godwin’s Law

The far-left never met a Nazi comparison it wasn’t willing to try on Trump. But MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi came up with one so bizarre that even liberals seemed to shy away from it.

He was on the “11th Hour with Brian Williams,” and I guess that inspired him to make up stuff. Figliuzzi, who, God help us, is a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, now traffics in far-out conspiracy theories. And this one is a doozy.

According to Figliuzzi, lowering the flags to half-staff because of the shooting, culminated in a possible tribute to Adolf Hitler. “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That’s 8/8.”

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Here’s the amazing part. Figliuzzi said he wasn’t sure Trump “did this deliberately” but then he launched into how “The numbers ‘88’” “stand for ‘Heil Hitler,’” because the letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet.

No good deed…

There’s nothing like embarrassing a news outlet – especially one that has already fallen far from its former glory. Such is the case with the once important Baltimore Sun. The liberal paper has fought back against Trump over his criticism of Baltimore liberal Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

So when a pro-Trump do-gooder came to the less charming parts of Charm City, the paper’s editorial board popped a gasket. The paper published an editorial criticizing Trump supporter Scott Pressler, headlined: “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”

The editorial was filled with criticism and back-handed compliments because Pressler and his 170 helpers did something unforgivable. They made the city look bad by removing 12 tons of trash.

“Mr. Pressler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well,” the editorial said.

Yep. That’s exactly what it does. Further, it shows that the local newspaper didn’t take care of the poor of Baltimore, either. I’m a Baltimore native. I know.

Sadly, the Sun wasn’t ready to set on Pressler without one more big, liberal dig. He plans to come back again in September for another clean-up. The paper turned it into a left-wing fantasy: “Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.”

Thankfully, a Big Government solution isn’t Pressler’s game. He showed ordinary Americans can help one another and don’t need the government or another liberal news outlet to help.

Misfiring on Guns

After last year’s Jake Tapper-led gun townhall, no one should trust CNN on guns for a millennium or two. But that didn’t stop anti-gun cable network from taking aim at the Second Amendment one more time.

Only this time, CNN put anchor Chris Cuomo in charge. And he didn’t even pretend neutrality. He whined that the NRA wouldn’t come on his phony program and get beaten up. “They sent a totally disingenuous statement that they’re open to honest discussion, but not this spectacle,” he complained.

Cuomo ended with a declaration for gun control. “For one, we can’t continue to be this stupid. It just defies common sense. We have a clear consensus among Americans of wanting better and more protection,” he said.

What we have is a clear consensus that CNN doesn’t want to cover the issue of guns fairly, rationally or even accurately.

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Free Beacon Firearms Policy Reporter Stephen Gutowski took Cuomo to task on Twitter. Gutowski pointed out flaws in the show and asked: “What is the point of being a journalist if you have zero desire to learn about the subject you’re reporting on?”

Truer words…

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Up, Up And Away: Air Force One Costs Soar Despite Trump, Who Boasted Of Deal

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Chalk up another deal President Donald Trump didn’t nail down.

Although Trump often boasted — as recently as June — that he personally negotiated a significant bargain on a contract for new twin Air Force One jets, the total cost is now $1.2 billion more than the original price Trump complained about.

Trump squawked after his election that the $4 billion pricetag he cited for the Boeing 747s modified for presidential use was “out of control.” He tweeted: “Cancel order!”

The Pentagon issued its first formal acquisition report on the presidential planes earlier this month, and the new total cost is … $5.2 billion, Air Force Magazine reported. That’s $4.7 billion for the jets and $500 million for associated costs, such as hangar construction. That’s also a 30% increase over the cost Trump claimed he reduced.

But it may be even worse. While Trump claimed in 2016 that costs were some $4 billion, the Government Accountability Office put the estimated figure that year at only $3.2 billion, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

Trump was sputtering in 2015 about the cost of the new planes, which he then cited as $3 billion in an interview. “They’re giving out a new, as you know, Air Force One, and that’s a $3 billion — with a ‘B’ — plane … I guarantee you, I could save hundreds of millions of dollars,” he boasted.

By 2017 he was fuming about a $4.2 pricetag. “Can you believe this?” he asked at a Florida rally. “I said I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I got Boeing in … We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.”

When contacted by the media afterward, Air Force officials had no idea what he was talking about.

Trump, discussing the deal again in 2018 at a dinner with business leaders, declared: “I had a price of $5.6 billion. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less.” He also bragged to George Stephanopoulus in the Oval Office this June that he shaved $1.6 billion off the price.

The converted “flying White House” 747s had been scheduled to be finished in 2024, but Trump has requested they be delivered in 2021.

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Up, Up And Away: Air Force One Costs Soar Despite Trump, Who Boasted Of Deal

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Chalk up another deal President Donald Trump didn’t nail down.

Although Trump often boasted — as recently as June — that he personally negotiated a significant bargain on a contract for new twin Air Force One jets, the total cost is now $1.2 billion more than the original price Trump complained about.

Trump squawked after his election that the $4 billion pricetag he cited for the Boeing 747s modified for presidential use was “out of control.” He tweeted: “Cancel order!”

The Pentagon issued its first formal acquisition report on the presidential planes earlier this month, and the new total cost is … $5.2 billion, Air Force Magazine reported. That’s $4.7 billion for the jets and $500 million for associated costs, such as hangar construction. That’s also a 30% increase over the cost Trump claimed he reduced.

But it may be even worse. While Trump claimed in 2016 that costs were some $4 billion, the Government Accountability Office put the estimated figure that year at only $3.2 billion, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

Trump was sputtering in 2015 about the cost of the new planes, which he then cited as $3 billion in an interview. “They’re giving out a new, as you know, Air Force One, and that’s a $3 billion — with a ‘B’ — plane … I guarantee you, I could save hundreds of millions of dollars,” he boasted.

By 2017 he was fuming about a $4.2 pricetag. “Can you believe this?” he asked at a Florida rally. “I said I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I got Boeing in … We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.”

When contacted by the media afterward, Air Force officials had no idea what he was talking about.

Trump, discussing the deal again in 2018 at a dinner with business leaders, declared: “I had a price of $5.6 billion. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less.” He also bragged to George Stephanopoulus in the Oval Office this June that he shaved $1.6 billion off the price.

The converted “flying White House” 747s had been scheduled to be finished in 2024, but Trump has requested they be delivered in 2021.

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Tim Tebow’s Triple-A baseball season over after hand injury: reports

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The New York Mets are making a run at a spot in the MLB postseason – but don’t expect Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow to play any role in a pennant race this year.

According to reports, Tebow’s baseball season has come to an end after he cut a finger on his left hand in the outfield July 21, requiring stitches.

Tebow had been playing for the Syracuse Mets, the New York club’s Triple-A affiliate in the International League.

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The left-handed hitting Tebow finished his 2019 season with a less-than-impressive .163 batting average, four home runs and 19 RBI, ESPN reported.

He spent 2018 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Doube-A affiliate in the Eastern League. There he posted a .273 batting average with six home runs and 36 RBI – and made the All-Star Game before suffering a broken bone in his right hand, the report said.

Tebow, who will turn 32 Wednesday, previously focused on football, playing in college for the University of Florida and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

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He then played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before deciding to pursue a baseball career.

Despite his struggles this season, Tebow has no plans to retire, the New York Daily News reported – though his chances of making an MLB roster look dimmer.

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