Tucker Carlson attacked by Podesta lawyers with “cease and desist” order

By Matt Palumbo, Contributor – October 31, 2017

Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, announced that he’d be stepping down from the firm yesterday after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Muller.

The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Paul Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, while Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.

Not long after stepping down, the lobbyist was quick to pick a legal battle of his own, this one targeted at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

According to the Daily CallerTucker told his audience last night, “Podesta isn’t just complaining about us, he’s threatening us.”

He continued, saying that the letter, “demands that the show ‘immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta group.’ It demands we retract and delete all our prior reporting on the Podesta group and warns that if we don’t do this, ‘Mr. Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages in order to fully protect his rights.”

Carlson also said, “Podesta’s lawyer wasn’t trying to inform us of anything — but to threaten us, to shut down our reporting on his client. One lawyer we talked to earlier today said the Podesta people have used this tactic with others before, it’s common. It’s an effort to use fear to control press coverage. We’re not intimidated, we have ample evidence from Mueller’s indictment and from a number of confidential sources to paint a pretty clear picture of exactly what the Podesta Group was doing for years here in Washington. We’ll let the facts speak for themselves, and we’re confident the Mueller investigation will be revealing a lot more about his lobbying practices in the near future.”

During his segment, Carlson tweeted out the following:

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Tucker said he found the most amusing line of the letter to be the Podesta’s lawyer’s claim that “Paul Manafort did not work with the Podesta Group in its representation of the European center for a modern Ukraine.”

Tucker said it was obvious the lawyer had not read the Manafort indictment, which clearly stated otherwise.

So threatened by Carlson’s reporting, Podesta not only demands a retraction, he wants all prior reporting on him deleted from Fox’s archives.

Paranoid much?

COLONEL SHAFFER: GUNMAN DELIBERATELY TARGETED COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT TO KILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS

Massacre was a “deliberate act of terror,” says CIA-trained intelligence expert

 | Infowars.com – OCTOBER 4, 2017

According to former U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock deliberately targeted a country music concert so he could kill Trump supporters.

Shaffer told Fox News it was “beyond dispute” that the shooting was a “deliberate act of terror” and that the motive was clear, pointing out that gunman Stephen Paddock “parallels in many ways” James Hodgkinson, the left-wing terrorist who tried to massacre Republican lawmakers back in June.

“After talking to a psychological professional and some other folks in law enforcement, there’s a lot of parallels there,” said Shaffer.

Shaffer, a CIA-trained intelligence operative, also asserted that the country music concert was a “politically selected target” because the shooter knew “there was gonna be a lot of pro-gun folks there, Trump supporters at this concert.”

“This was a legitimate target of political expression,” said Shaffer, adding that “the left has now encouraged the use of violence as an extension and use of political speech.”

Shaffer went on to explain how the left has normalized violence with stunts like Kathy Griffin’s ‘beheading’ of Trump.

The fact that the FBI dismissed terrorism within hours of the shooting was “completely insane,” according to Shaffer, especially given the revelation that Paddock wired $100,000 dollars to the Philippines before the attack.

As we reported last night, officials are now looking into how Paddock became “radicalized”.

Shaffer’s comments echo those of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner, who suggested yesterday that Paddock’s motive was to deliberately target conservatives.

Paddock’s family maintains that he had no strong political or religious beliefs.

VETS BOYCOTT USAA FOR PULLING HANNITY ADS

USAA joins leftist campaign to shut down free speech

Jamie White | Infowars.com – MAY 26, 2017

USAA is the latest company to pull its advertising from Sean Hannity’s show following a string of ad cancellations from numerous companies after the Fox News host started focusing on murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and his reported ties to WikiLeaks.

The financial services company, which caters to military members and their families, made a statement on Twitter that it had discontinued running its ads during Hannity because it was against company policy to have “ads running during certain opinion-based programs” – a policy which USAA apparently didn’t enforce before.

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Several companies, including Cars.com and Peloton, have already suspended their advertising from Hannity’s show after the host looked into the possibility that Seth Rich was killed because he was allegedly a Wikileaks source.

Hannity then accused liberal lobbying organization Media Matters for America (MMFA) of “liberal fascism,” claiming they were mounting a targeted campaign against him after they released a list of companies that advertised during Hannity’s show.

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“To all my friends. Today, George Soros, & Hillary Clinton supported Mediamatters is targeting all of my advertisers to try and get me fired,” Hannity tweeted Wednesday.

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“Spoke to many advertisers. They are being inundated with emails to stop advertising on my show. This is Soros/Clinton/Brock liberal fascism.”

Hannity’s show wasn’t the only news outlet that was financially targeted for political purposes.

Earlier this year, online advertiser Adroll severed ties with Infowars in an effort to suppress its political speech, evidenced by Adroll’s failure to provide proof that Infowars somehow violated its “Website Content” guidelines, and its partnership with technocratic companies like Facebook and Google – staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race.

This conclusion is also supported by the fact that Adroll even slandered Breitbart News, accusing them of “hate speech” with no examples to back up its claim.

In reality, the political establishment via organizations like MMFA are pressuring large corporations to create a chilling effect on free speech through economic warfare by cutting financial ties with libertarian and conservative platforms like Infowars and Hannity.

WHCD Host Hasan Minhaj Blasts ‘Liar-in-Chief’ Trump: ‘The Orange Man Behind the Muslim Ban’

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by JEROME HUDSON

Comedian Hasan Minhaj slammed President Donald Trump and members of his administration Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner (WHCA) in Washington, D.C.

The Daily Show correspondent called Trump the “liar-in-chief,” ripped the president’s immigration policy, and fired off several personal insults at Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Minhaj’s politically-charged monologue began.

“The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow,” Minhaj said to applause from the crowd of celebrities, politicians, and journalists, many of them from the country’s largest media organizations.

President Trump was headlining a first 100 days rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — his absence from the WHCD marks the first time in 36 years that a sitting president has missed the event.

“I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke” Minhaj said of the commander-in-chief.

“This event is about celebrating the first amendment and free speech,” Minhaj said.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech,” he added.

Minhaj said he was asked not to mock the Trump White House in the president’s absence from the event, but he wasted no time taking aim at Pence, saying the Vice President’s wife wouldn’t let him attend the annual event “because apparently one of you ladies is ovulating.”

“He tweets at 3 a.m. sober. Who is tweeting at 3 a.m. sober?” Minhaj said of the president. “Donald Trump – because it’s 10 a.m. in Russia. Those are business hours.”

The crowd of journalists cringed as Minhaj turned his scorn toward Sessions.

“Jeff Sessions could not be here tonight. He is doing a pre-civil war enactment. On his RSVP he wrote, ‘No.’ Just ‘no’ — Which happens to be his second favorite n-word,” Minhaj said to an audible groan from the crowd.

Minhaj also called White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon a Nazi.

“Now a lot of people think that Steve Bannon is the reason Donald Trump is a racist,” he said. “That is not true. Is he here? I do not see Steve Bannon. I do not see Steve Bannon. Not see. Nazi Steve Bannon. Nazi Steve Bannon.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was also slammed during Minhaj’s screed.

“Spicer isn’t here tonight because I think he’s at home Googling how to fake his own death,” he said.

Minhaj, who is a Muslim, opened his monologue with a joke about the speculation that former President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

“Who would have thought with everything going on in the country right now that a Muslim would be standing on this stage for a ninth year in a row, baby,” Minhaj joked.

“Only in America can a first generation Indian Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president — the orange man behind the Muslim ban,” he added.

The Comedy Central star also roasted Fox News and slammed the network’s former primetime anchor Bill O’Reilly.

“I’m amazed Fox News even showed up—It’s hard to trust you guys when you backed a man like Bill O’Reilly for years,” Minhaj said to audible boos from the audience. “You gave O’Reilly a $25M severance package — only package he won’t force a woman to touch.”

FOXNEWS ROCKED: O’REILLY OUT AFTER DECADES ON TOP

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The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

According to sources, Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move.

The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned. According to one source, Lachlan Murdoch’s wife helped convince her husband that O’Reilly needed to go, which moved Lachlan into James’s corner. The source added that senior executives at other divisions within the Murdoch empire have complained that if O’Reilly’s allegations had happened to anyone else at their companies, that person would be gone already.

Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.

Sources: The Murdochs Are Turning Against Bill O’Reilly