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AT&T Deal Puts Trump’s Antitrust Cop at Center of a Political Storm 

WASHINGTON — A year ago, Makan Delrahim predicted that AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner would be approved by regulators. “I don’t see this as a major antitrust problem,” Mr. Delrahim, then a law professor, said to a Canadian television network.

Now, five weeks into his job as the top antitrust regulator at the Justice Department, Mr. Delrahim has taken a different position. The department has threatened to block the deal in court unless AT&T sells off major assets.

Mr. Delrahim’s position has thrown a surprising twist into a blockbuster deal, which has been watched for signs about how the Trump administration would handle giant mergers. On Wednesday, the dispute spilled into the public with conflicting versions about what the Justice Department wants.

In one account, the agency offered two paths: Sell Turner Broadcasting, including CNN, or offload DirecTV, according to several people at the companies. In another, AT&T offered to sell CNN, according to two officials at the agency.

Randall L. Stephenson, AT&T’s chief executive, said on Wednesday that he had never offered to sell CNN. On Thursday, appearing at The New York Times’s DealBook conference, he said the company was ready to go to court against the Justice Department.

“To suggest that selling some of the key franchises of the business that are the most desired for your business plan makes no business sense,” Mr. Stephenson said.

The public spat has put a political cloud over the deal. President Trump has been critical of CNN and the deal. Several Democratic lawmakers have called for hearings to determine whether politics played a role in what is supposed to be an independent process.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/technology/justice-department-antitrust.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

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At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised 

Late on a Monday afternoon in June, members of CNN’s elite investigations team were summoned to a fourth-floor room in the network’s glassy headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

A top CNN executive, Terence Burke, had startling news: three of their colleagues, including the team’s executive editor, were leaving the network in the wake of a retracted article about Russia and a close ally of President Trump. Effective immediately, Mr. Burke said, the team would stop publishing stories while managers reviewed what had gone wrong.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/business/media/cnn-retraction-trump-scaramucci.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

James Clapper: I Question Trump’s Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is “Looking For A Way Out”

CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said after watching President Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Phoenix he questions his fitness for office. Clapper said Trump seems to be “looking for a way out” of the presidency.

“I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it,” Clapper said. “Maybe he is looking for a way out.”
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https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/08/22/james_clapper_i_question_trumps_fitness_wonder_if_he_is_looking_for_a_way_out.html

US Navy drone-killing laser weapon USS Ponce – CNNPolitics.com

  • (CNN)In the sometimes hostile waters of the Persian Gulf looms the US Navy’s first — in fact, the world’s first — active laser weapon.

The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.

CNN was granted exclusive access to a live-fire test of the laser.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/politics/us-navy-drone-laser-weapon/index.html

US: North Korea launched new kind of missile – CNNPolitics.com

CNN)The two-stage missile launched Tuesday by North Korea will be classified by US intelligence as a brand-new missile that has not been seen before, US officials told CNN.

The first stage of the missile is believed to be a KN-17 liquid fueled missile, which is well-known to US intelligence and has been previously launched by North Korea.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/05/politics/us-north-korea-launched-new-missile/index.html

American Pravda Follow-Up: CNN Doubles Down

(NEW YORK) — A follow-up to Project Veritas’ American Pravda: CNN video again exposes Jimmy Carr, the Associate Producer for CNN’s New Day saying he doesn’t think he “said anything wrong.”

Carr was recently featured in Project Veritas’ American Pravda: CNN video series, stating that CNN thinks Trump is “f*cking crazy,” that Kellyanne Conway looks like she was “hit with a shovel,’ and that the American voters are “stupid as sh*t.”

After seeing the first and second Project Veritas video which exposed CNN employees admitting the Russia narrative was “bullsh*t” and a “nothing burger,” Carr says he “had a moment of panic.” He elaborates:

“[W]e’re all going holy sh*t, how is this guy so stupid, he’s talking to everyone and telling… Saying X, Y, Z about CNN. Then I went… Well, I talked to a couple of guys at a bar on Friday afternoon and I said things that we wouldn’t normally say…”

The Associate Producer then doubles down, stating he stands by his comments, which include offensive statements about President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and the American voter:

“I mean granted, anything I’ve said to you I would defend on the record. I don’t think I’ve said anything wrong.”

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http://breaking.projectveritas.com/AmericanPravdaFollowUp.html

In tweeted video, Trump knocks down, beats up ‘CNN’

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the news media Sunday by tweeting a video — bizarre even by his standards — showing him knocking down and beating a professional wrestling “villain” whose face had been replaced by a CNN logo.
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-tweets-video-him-knocking-down-beating-cnn-164555974.html

CNN Ratings in Free Fall

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 362 | CNN: 223 | MSNBC: 233 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 522 | CNN: 261 | MSNBC: 440 | HLN: 113
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
306
Specialists:
364
Baier:
400
MacCallum:
381
Carlson:
544
TheFive:
491
Hannity:
531
Carlson:
388
CNN Tapper:
211
Blitzer:
193
Blitzer:
279
Burnett:
308
Cooper:
257
Cooper:
254
Spcl:
273
Lemon:
240
MSNBC Wallace:
160
MTPDaily:
225
Greta:
198
Matthews:
298
Hayes:
358
Maddow:
499
O’Donnell:
462
Williams:
275
HLN Files:
34
Files:
41
Files:
57
Files:
78
Banfield:
94
Files:
109
Files:
138
Files:
220

Total Viewers (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 1.770 | CNN: 670 | MSNBC: 1.131 | HLN: 213
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.626 | CNN: 830 | MSNBC: 2.050 | HLN: 291
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.549
Specialists:
1.801
Baier:
2.259
MacCallum:
2.022
Carlson:
2.792
TheFive:
2.454
Hannity:
2.633
Carlson:
1.461
CNN Tapper:
739
Blitzer:
720
Blitzer:
805
Burnett:
886
Cooper:
846
Cooper:
826
Spcl:
815
Lemon:
706
MSNBC Wallace:
963
MTPDaily:
1.160
Greta:
1.012
Matthews:
1.515
Hayes:
1.652
Maddow:
2.454
O’Donnell:
2.040
Williams:
1.418
HLN Files:
123
Files:
115
Files:
146
Files:
224
Banfield:
276
Files:
287
Files:
311
Files:
42

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http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/scoreboard-tuesday-june-27/333768

CNN’s Russia story debacle came at the worst possible time for the network – The Washington Post

Lex Haris, CNN’s investigations editor, traveled to a journalism conference in Phoenix last week. In hindsight, his timing was terrible.

While Haris was away, his group published a story on CNN.com that reported — citing a single anonymous source — that Senate investigators were looking into a meeting between a member of President Trump’s transition team, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, and an executive of a Russian investment fund before Trump took office. The story seemed to advance the narrative of ties between Trump campaign officials and people close to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cnns-russia-story-debacle-came-at-the-worst-possible-time-for-the-network/2017/06/27/8eb23616-5b3d-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?utm_term=.ee4d558d8557

Project Veritas|American Pravda: CNN

CNN “ratings are incredible right now,” President Trump “good for business”

John Bonifield, CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative “Mostly bullshit right now”

“Get back to Russia,” Says CEO Jeff Zucker

President Trump is Right About Witch Hunt, “No real proof”

Comes in Wake of CNN’s Russia-Gate Retraction & New Rules on Russia Coverage

(NEW YORK) — Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

“I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

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http://www.veritaslive.com/06-26-2017/americanpravdacnn.html