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Chinese official warns U.S. not to use North Korea as excuse for imposing sanctions — Talk of cutting off all U.S. companies from doing business with China due to North Korea mess

July 6, 2017


China’s vice-finance minister said Beijing would implement all sanctions imposed on North Korea as a result of its missile tests, but warned the U.S. not to use them as an excuse to impose sanctions against China’s financial institutions.

“As a Security Council permanent member, China will of course implement all relevant resolutions,” he said. “But the U.S. should not use their domestic laws as excuses to levy sanctions against Chinese financial institutions.”

Speaking ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Zhu Guangyao also called on leading economies to cooperate on global steel overproduction rather than engage in finger-pointing, since overcapacity could harm global growth.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; editing by Andrew Roche)


On Fox News Channel on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Kirk Lippold, a news analyst on Neil Cavuto’s afternoon program, suggested that the White House needs to be discussing cutting off all U.S. companies from doing business with China due to North Korea missile test….

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Kirk Lippold on the Fox News Channel


U.S. Prepared To Use Force On North Korea ‘If We Must’: U.N. Envoy

People watch a TV broadcast of a news report on North Korea's ballistic missile test, at a railway station in Seoul
People watch a TV broadcast of a news report on North Korea’s ballistic missile test, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

July 6, 2017

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States cautioned on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution” and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said. She urged China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang.

Speaking with his Japanese counterpart on Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis underscored the “ironclad commitment” of the United States to defending Japan and providing “extended deterrence using the full range of U.S. capabilities,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

Mattis’ assurances to Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada came during a phone call to discuss the North Korean test, the statement said.

Taking a major step in its missile program, North Korea on Tuesday test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

North Korea says the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.

The missile test is a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.

He has frequently urged China to press the isolated country’s leadership to give up its nuclear program.

Haley said the United States would propose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea in coming days and warned that

if Russia and China did not support the move, then “we will go our own path.”

She did not give details on what sanctions would be proposed, but outlined possible options.

“The international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable,” Haley said.

Diplomats say Beijing has not been fully enforcing existing international sanctions on its neighbor and has resisted tougher measures, such as an oil embargo, bans on the North Korean airline and guest workers, and measures against Chinese banks and other firms doing business with the North.

“Much of the burden of enforcing U.N. sanctions rests with China,” Haley said.

The United States might seek to take unilateral action and sanction more Chinese companies that do business with North Korea, especially banks, U.S. officials have said.

China’s U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, told the Security Council meeting that the missile launch was a “flagrant violation” of U.N. resolutions and “unacceptable.”

“We call on all the parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and belligerent rhetoric, demonstrate the will for unconditional dialogue and work actively together to defuse the tension,” Liu said.


The United States has remained technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty and the past six decades have been punctuated by periodic rises in antagonism and rhetoric that have always stopped short of a resumption of active hostilities.

Tensions have risen sharply after North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests last year and carried out a steady stream of ballistic missile tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the ICBM test completed his country’s strategic weapons capability that includes atomic and hydrogen bombs, the state KCNA news agency said.

Pyongyang will not negotiate with the United States to give up those weapons until Washington abandons its hostile policy against the North, KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

“He, with a broad smile on his face, told officials, scientists and technicians that the U.S. would be displeased … as it was given a ‘package of gifts’ on its ‘Independence Day,’” KCNA said, referring to the missile launch on July 4.

Trump and other leaders from the Group of 20 nations meeting in Germany this week are due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea’s weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of Security Council sanctions.

Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy said on Wednesday that military force should not be considered against North Korea and called for a halt to the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

He also said that attempts to strangle North Korea economically were “unacceptable” and that sanctions would not resolve the issue.

The U.S. military assured Americans that it was capable of defending the United States against a North Korean ICBM.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis noted a successful test last month in which a U.S.-based missile interceptor knocked down a simulated incoming North Korean ICBM.

“So we do have confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat, the nascent threat that is there,” he told reporters. He acknowledged though that previous U.S. missile defense tests had shown “mixed results.”

The North Korean launch this week was both earlier and “far more successful than expected,” said U.S.-based missile expert John Schilling, a contributor to Washington-based North Korea monitoring project 38 North.

It would now probably only be a year or two before a North Korean ICBM achieved “minimal operational capability,” he added.

Schilling said the U.S. national missile defense system was “only minimally operational” and would take more than two years to upgrade to provide more reliable defense.

(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton, Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)


FDA Approves Drug for Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

March 29, 2017

Genentech’s Ocrevus is first treatment for most severe type of MS

Genentech’s Ocrevus has been approved as a treatment for primary progressive MS, which affects about 15% of the estimated 2.3 million MS patients globally.

Genentech’s Ocrevus has been approved as a treatment for primary progressive MS, which affects about 15% of the estimated 2.3 million MS patients globally. PHOTO: PAUL SAKUMA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Food and Drug Administration approved a multiple-sclerosis drug called Ocrevus, the first treatment for the most severe type of the disease, known as primary progressive MS.

The medicine, from Genentech Inc., is generically called ocrelizumab. Primary progressive MS affects about 15% of the estimated 2.3 million MS patients in the world. The patients with this severe type have watched for years as more than a dozen other treatments have emerged for other MS patients. The FDA also approved the drug for the more common type of MS.

Genentech plans to charge $65,000 a year for the treatment, likely adding fuel to the debate over drug prices.

“This is an historic day for the MS community with the approval of the first-ever treatment for people living with primary progressive MS. This is a real game-changer,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and chief executive of the National MS Society. “The National MS Society hopes this is just the beginning of the development of the next generation of treatments for MS.”

MS typically strikes people between the ages of 20 and 50, though it can begin far earlier, or as late as 75. Its course is highly unpredictable, hence the name of the more common form called relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, for which the drug also was approved. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, like loss of balance and poor coordination, fatigue and weakness. As the name suggests, it can go away and then flare up with little predictability.

The majority of MS sufferers do not become severely disabled or paralyzed, but many will need a cane or crutches, or even a scooter or wheelchair, to aid in mobility. There now are 14 different medicines that are generally called disease-modifying, because they aren’t cures. They include Avonex, Copaxone, Tysabri and others. These help to reduce central-nervous-system inflammation and reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.

However, as the name suggests, primary progressive MS follows a fairly constant course, either by sudden onset of symptoms and rapid decline, or through several years’ advance. “It’s just a steady worsening,” said Ms. Zagieboylo.

Ocrelizumab was developed for MS based upon many years of basic scientific work in the lab of Stephen L. Hauser, chief of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco and director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Dr. Hauser also was the principal investigator in pivotal studies of the drug published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December.

The drug was a product of collaboration between Dr. Hauser’s team, other academic partners and scientists at Genentech, part of the Roche Group of Switzerland. Ocrelizumab interferes with a type of white blood cells that can course from the bloodstream into the brain, leading to inflammation in the myelin covering of nerve cells. Damage to the myelin sheath and to the underlying nerve fiber are key facets of the disease.

Write to Thomas M. Burton at

Appeared in the Mar. 29, 2017, print edition as ‘FDA Clears Drug To Treat Severe MS.’


 — Includes Funding For Multiple Sclerosis Research Needed

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Asra Nomani: American left working with Muslim radicals in anti-American Intifada

February 10, 2017

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Asra Nomani, a former Georgetown journalism professor and Wall Street Journal reporter, appeared on the Fox News Channel in the 4 PM hour with Maria Bartiromo on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Ms Nomani said said that she wonders if the American left is working with the Muslim radicals who want to dominate social media with the message that America, and in particular the Trump Administration, is hostile to Muslims.

Nomani said that it is possible that the American left is participating in an anti-American Intifada in a knowing or unknowing way. She suggested a good rule is to “follow the money” of how these groups are funded.

Asra Nomani is an immigrant, a Muslim and a life-long liberal. She is also a “silent secret Donald Trump voter.”

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Fox boosts profits by 27 percent in second quarter

February 7, 2017
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Fresh off a blockbuster Super Bowl and through-the-roof ratings at Fox News Channel, Twenty-First Century Fox boosted profits by 27 percent in the December quarter, the media company said Monday.


Strong advertising and affiliate revenue in TV operations and huge interest in baseball’s World Series helped drive the positive performance, the company said in a late afternoon statement.

The fiscal second-quarter results saw income from continuing operations at $857 million. Revenue rose 4 percent to $7.68 billion — but fell just shy of analysts’ expectations of $7.72 billion.

Fox shares were flat in after-hours trading, at $30.72.

Adjusted earnings per share gained 20 percent from last year, to 53 cents, beating estimates of 49 cents.

Overall cable revenue grew 7 percent thanks to big ratings at FNC and Fox Business.

In December, the company announced an agreement to acquire the remaining 61 percent of British satellite pay-TV provider Sky. The acquisition of the balance of the firm is expected to close by Dec. 31.

“We delivered a second consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth, driven by solid increases in affiliate and advertising revenue across cable and television,” Executive Chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement.

“The Clintons are American Royalty So We Have to Believe Them” — “There is serious corruption here and most of the media are enablers” — Mainstream media happy to look the other way when it comes to Hillary’s lost emails, the Clinton Foundation, and other scandals

August 30, 2016

America no longer has the “leftwing journalism” — There is just the Obama-Clinton journalism or the whacky far right for people who cling to their guns and God, build walls and hate…

Biggest New York Times shareholder, donated between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation

Google ‘Clinton AP story’ and see what happens

Hillary Clinton speaks at a press conference announcing a new initiative between the Clinton Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, titled Data 2x on December 15, 2014 in New York City.

Hillary Clinton speaks at a press conference announcing a new initiative between the Clinton Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, titled Data 2x on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton and her media allies have been working overtime to put out numerous fires that continue to pop up and spread during the final weeks of her campaign for president. Recently, the flames have gotten more difficult to smother as reports of Clinton’s frail health have bled into the mainstream media, despite the unanimous and unilateral decision by the MSM to treat anyone who even raises a question as akin to a Holocaust denier. (On Sunday night, for example, Huffington Post fired contributor David Seaman and deleted his columns simply for linking to a Hillary health video that’s been viewed four million times.)

Julian Assange stoked more flames when he suggested a murdered DNC worker was the Wikileaks source for the DNC hack. Most recently, the Associated Press released a blockbuster story concluding that more than half of the people Clinton met with as secretary of state gave donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Despite these ongoing scandals, Clinton’s close yet questionable ties to media outlets such as Google, CNN, PBS and The New York Times have seemed to pay off. These entities have gone out of their way to censor negative stories about Clinton, particularly ones involving the Clinton Foundation. There’s one common thread though these media outlets suppressing harmful Clinton stories all share: they’ve donated to the Clinton Foundation.


On Aug. 23 the Associated Press broke the story citing that more than half the people outside of the government that Clinton met with as she served as secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation, either personally or through companies or groups. The AP report concluded that 85 out of 154 people she met with from the private sector either donated to her charity or pledged commitments.

The AP drew this conclusion by reviewing some of Clinton’s schedule from when she was secretary of state. They obtained these records after a federal judge ordered the release of them stemming from a lawsuit they filed against the State Department in 2015. (The AP is reporting that the State Department won’t finish releasing the rest of Clinton’s schedule till after the presidential election despite their request for it by October 15.)

'Clinton AP' Bing search.

‘Clinton AP’ Bing search. (Screenshot: Bing)

This bombshell, compounded with Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state, is fueling allegations that she was involved in a pay-to-play operation. But the story has been suppressed by Google in its searches—just as it has done in the past with stories that paint Clinton in a negative light.

When searches related to this story were entered into the Google web browser last week, results for “Clinton AP story” were limited to stories from leftwing publications discrediting the story—including this report from Vox: “The AP’s big expose on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess.”

The same terms in a Bing search yielded more balanced headlines, like “Clinton campaign, AP battle over story on foundation ties” from Market Watch.

Once again, Google has gone out of its way to censor damaging reports about Clinton.

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Google vs Bing. (Screenshots: Google/Bing)

When users typed “media coverage of the Clinton Foundation” into Google it returned results such as CNN’s “Associated Press Botches Hillary Clinton report and response.” In Bing, one gets articles such as “Mike Pence Slams the Media and Clinton Foundation in Virginia.”

The New York Times has taken its censorship a step further; the day after the AP story broke there was no mention of it in their entire paper and this has remained the case until late Monday afternoon—a week later—when Maggie Habermanfinally mentioned that “[Clinton] and her campaign have denounced an Associated Press report.”

On Sunday, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host, Brian Stelter, defended Clinton and attacked AP’s Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll. Instead of questioning Clinton’s dubious conduct as Secretary of State, Stelter questioned why the AP published the story in the first place and labeled it as “misleading.”

Hillary Clinton and husband, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton address the audience during the Opening Plenary Session: Reimagining Impact for the Clinton Global Initiative on September 22, 2014.

Hillary Clinton and husband, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton address the audience during the Opening Plenary Session: Reimagining Impact for the Clinton Global Initiative on September 22, 2014. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large at, is responsible for bringing concerns of Clinton’s health into the mainstream media. Watson consulted doctors and detailed the evidence of Clinton’s health problems in a YouTube video that has gone viral amassing almost four million views. Since then, many well-renowned doctors, neurologists, and radiologists have expressed concerns for Clinton’s health publicly.

Beth Israel Medical Center’s Dr. Bob Lahita made a compelling argument for Clinton’s health concerns and called for Clinton to be assessed by an impartial panel of physicians during an appearance on Fox Business. Dr. Drew said in an interviewwith KABC “McIntyre in the Morning” that he’s “gravely concerned” about her health. Suspiciously, that episode has been removed from KABC’s website and Dr. Drew’s show on HLN—owned by a division of Time Warner which is the same parent company that owns CNN—was canceled eight days after he made the negative assessment about Clinton’s health.

On the other hand, CNN attempted to debunk harmful reports about Clinton’s health by suggesting that concerns for the Democratic presidential nominee’s health are both a conspiracy and sexist. And once again, Google has gone out of its way to censor these damaging reports about Clinton. The tech company is suppressing stories about Clinton’s health in its search bar.

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Google vs Bing vs Yahoo. (Photo: Google/Bing/Yahoo Screenshots)

When you type in “Hillary Clinton’s he”, the auto-complete suggestions pull results that have nothing to do with the trending issues of Clinton’s personal health, such as “Hillary Clinton’s headquarters” or “Hillary Clinton health plan.” When the same terms are put into Bing, several suggestions regarding the trending topic of the state of her health appear, such as “Hillary Clinton health issues” and “Hillary Clinton has seizure.” In Yahoo’s search engine, simply typing “Hillary” pulls up suggestions such as “Hillary Clinton illness,” “Hillary Clinton health issues” and “Hillary Clinton seizure.”

Julian Assange opened a can of worms when he suggested in a recent interview that murdered DNC worker Seth Rich was the Wikileaks source for the DNC hack that resulted in the resignation of three top level officials at the Democratic National Committee. This fueled Clinton body count stories on the Internet that list people tied to the Clintons who have died under freak circumstances.

Google has suppressed these stories in their search engine as reported on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. When you type in “Clinton body,” car repair shop results pop up. The same search terms in Bing and Yahoo pull up results such as “Clinton body count” or “Clinton body bags.” The report also notes that when you type in Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump’s name into Google’s search engine, both positive and negative stories appear.

A report came out Friday revealing that PBS’s “Newshour” removed negative comments about Clinton in Judy Woodruff’s interview with Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. A Stein supporter discovered the edits after he compared the FaceBook Live version with the broadcast and YouTube versions. The edits PBS removed from the interview included Stein’s criticism of Clinton’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Obamacare.

“Newshour” has done one report about the Clinton Foundation scandal in a softballpiece titled “A glimpse inside operations at the Clinton Foundation.” In the segment, Woodruff’s co-host Hari Sreenivasan, conducted interviews with James Grimaldi of the Wall Street Journal, Columbia University’s Doug White and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala. A Media Research Center study found that the Clinton Foundation “charity fraud” story has only received a total of four minutes and 24 seconds devoted to it from the three big networks this year.

For comparison sake, the incident in which Donald Trump allegedly pretended to be his own publicist—in 1991—garnered eight times more coverage.

To understand why The New York Times, Google, CNN and PBS would censor negative information about Clinton, particularly, stories revolving around the Clinton Foundation scandal, all you have to do is follow the money. All of these companies have donated—in some cases up seven figures—to the Clinton Foundation. Carlos Slim, Chairman & CEO of Telmex, the largest New York Times shareholder, donated between $1 and $5 million. Google donated between $500K and $1 million.

The parent company of CNN, Time Warner Inc., gave between $50k to $100k to the foundation. (Woodruff, who serves as co-host and managing editor of PBS “NewsHour”, gave $250 to the foundation’s Clinton Haiti Relief Fund in 2010.) It’s no wonder these media entities are reluctant to report harmful stories on Clinton, specifically ones surrounding the Clinton Foundation, since in doing so they could be implicating themselves in this evolving scandal.

Her charges of a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ were false. It was not a conspiracy, and President Clinton’s false statements about his affair lead to his impeachment.

A deeper look into Google’s ties to Clinton, specifically while she was secretary of state, exposes more reasons why the tech giant has a vested interest in censoring the AP’s bombshell story. Wikileaks exposed that Google teamed up with Clinton’s State Department to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad in 2012.

In leaked emails between Clinton’s staff and Google executive Jared Cohen—who worked for Clinton at the State Department before joining Google—Cohen details Google’s plan to get involved in the region and to boost Assad defections. The exchange proves that the tech company worked in concert with the State Department to topple Assad’s government. Further proving Google’s involvement with US foreign policy, Cohen helped draft the State Department’s 21st Century Statecraft Initiative, which called for using Internet and social media technologies to pursue diplomatic goals.

Google’s controversial relationship with Clinton has raised enough eyebrows that the Oracle Corporation is using its resources to launch the Google Transparency Project. The mission is to shed sunlight on Google’s relationships with Clinton and President Barack Obama. The GTP has already produced a series of investigative reports on Google including one that reveals that there were 18 former State Department officials that joined Google as executives and five Google officials who acquired senior positions at the State Department.

Clinton has brushed off reports of her bad health as nothing more than conspiracy theories. In 1998, Clinton used a similar technique to bat down allegations that then President Bill Clinton was involved in an extramarital affair in the White House with intern Monica Lewinsky. We now know that her charges of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” were false. It was not a conspiracy, and President Clinton’s false statements about his affair lead to his impeachment.

Hillary Clinton’s new catch phrase in response to the AP’s explosive report is that there’s “a lot of smoke” but “no fire.” If that’s truly the case, one really has to wonder why there’s an outright refusal to release the rest of her schedule from when she served as Secretary of State until after the November presidential election.


A retired editor of one of America’s very big and well known newspapers told Peace and Freedom, “There is serious corruption here and most of the media are enablers.” “The Clintons are American Royalty that we helped get elected — So we have to believe them. Obama too.”


Hillary Clinton says she and Bill were ‘dead broke’
By Jon Greenberg, Politifact,

U.N. Admits Role In Haiti Cholera Outbreak That Has Killed Thousands


The Trump campaign has assembled a list of many recent articles about the Clinton Foundation, Here:

Civil War at Fox News — Murdochs push for Ailes to leave Fox News — Top Talent May Walk Out in Protest

July 20, 2016

Presenters could depart with network’s chief as sexual harassment claims mount

The End Is Near For Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes’ 20-year reign as the boss of cable TV’s No. 1 news outlet could soon be coming to an end as he negotiates his departure from Fox News Channel.

Ailes, 76 — who built Fox News into an influential $3 billion business — is reportedly being shunted aside in the wake of a sexual-harassment suit filed against him by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Ailes has strongly denied the accusation.

And while most FNC female staffers lined up to support Ailes, one did not: Megyn Kelly.

Kelly, a prime-time anchor, has remained publicly silent on the matter. On Tuesday, however, New York magazine reported that she told Fox lawyers conducting an internal probe that Ailes had sexually harassed her, too, in the mid-2000s, when she was a Washington correspondent. It was not clear what kind of harassment she alleged.

After the article emerged, several news outlets reported that negotiations on Ailes’ exit were under way. Late Tuesday, his lawyer, Susan Estrich, confirmed that the discussions were in the advanced stages, according to The New York Times.

She told CNN, “There’s lots of cross talk, but no agreement has been reached.”

FNC referred all calls to its parent, 21st Century Fox.

A departure by Ailes could bring chaos to the Fox News Chanel.

Several of the network’s biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave if Ailes exits, according to a report in the Financial Times (below).

21st Century Fox maintained that “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

While the terms or certainty of an Ailes exit may not yet have been reached — or may not be reached — a Drudge Report headline Tuesday afternoon blared that his ’ departure would come with a $40 million golden parachute.

It would also contain a consulting contract through 2017, Drudge reported.

Ailes would be indemnified against any claims against him or the company, according to what is purportedly a copy of the separation agreement, dated July 22, that was posted on Drudge. It was quickly taken down.

Attorney Estrich told multiple news outlets that “Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”

Ailes created FNC in 1996 and the channel initially had to pay cable-TV systems to win carriage.

Within four years, though, Ailes’ hard work had transformed it into the No. 1 cable news network.

This year, aided by strong interest in the presidential election, FNC reported a 33 percent spike in prime-time ratings.

Gross advertising revenue for 2016 at FNC is pegged at $1 billion, according to SNL Kagan, which forecasts that FNC will also bag some $1.5 billion in revenue from affiliate fees. Overall net operating revenue will be $2.5 billion in 2016.

The cable network’s programming unit, which includes FNC, contributed operating income — before depreciation and amortization — of $4.64 billion for the year ended June 2015.

21st Century Fox, which shares common ownership with News Corp., parent of The Post, will report fourth-quarter and full fiscal-year results on Aug. 3.

With Ailes apparently headed to the exits, media circles were abuzz with the names of possible successors. The short list includes CBS News President David Rhodes, Fox News exec Bill Shine, viewed as the strong­est internal candidate, and Jay Wallace, the FNC executive VP of news and editorial.


Roger Ailes is heading for the exit at Fox News Channel, the cable network beloved by American conservatives, with Rupert Murdoch and his sons in agreement that he should leave amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The timing and terms of the departure of the man who turned Fox News into a media and political powerhouse were unclear on Tuesday evening. Mr Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, the channel’s parent company, and Lachlan, his older son and co-chairman, would prefer to wait until after this week’s Republican convention, two people briefed on the matter told the Financial Times.

James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch’s younger son and chief executive, was pushing for Mr Ailes to go as soon as possible, those people said.

Late on Tuesday, the Drudge Report website said Mr Ailes had left Fox News with a $40m severance package. 21st Century Fox denied the report in a tweeted statement, saying: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

Mr Ailes’ lawyer, Susan Estrich, told the Hollywood Reporter: “I’m not going to say it wasn’t somebody’s draft. All I can say is it doesn’t reflect the state of play at this time.” In 2012, the last year for which Mr Ailes’ pay was disclosed in the company’s proxy filing, he earned $21m, including a $5m salary.

In a story set for its front page, the Murdoch-owned New York Post reported that Mr Ailes was out as chairman as of Tuesday night, citing sources.

The likely departure of the former aide to Richard Nixon who defied the odds when he launched Fox News 20 years ago could present a big problem for the Murdochs. Three of Fox News’ biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network, the two people briefed on the dispute said.

This means a core team of on-air talent could follow Mr Ailes out the door.

Mr O’Reilly said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last year that he had “no idea how the network would shake out if he [Roger Ailes] wasn’t here.”

Mr Ailes has told associates he is furious at his treatment by the Murdochs. 21st Century Fox opened an internal investigation into him on July 6, after Gretchen Carlson, a former news anchor, filed a lawsuit alleging that he fired her after 11 years for refusing to have a sexual relationship with him.

Mr Ailes has denied Ms Carlson’s claims and pushed to move the case into confidential arbitration.

The executive’s downfall comes a year after he signed a fresh multiyear contract with Fox, at which time Rupert Murdoch said: “Lachlan, James and I are delighted that Roger will be leading key businesses for us and our shareholders for years to come, and he has our unwavering support.”

In another blow to Mr Ailes, New York magazine reported on Tuesday that Megyn Kelly, arguably Fox News’ biggest star, told lawyers leading the internal investigation that Mr Ailes had sexually harassed her a decade ago.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Ms Estrich denied the report. “Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly,” she said. “In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”

21st Century Fox declined to comment on the report and Fox News referred queries to its parent company.

The departure of Mr Ailes could have an impact on the Republican party. Supremely well connected, he has helped shape the Republican agenda for more than a decade. His channel’s blend of news and blistering opinion from its roster of primetime hosts has made it a must-watch for conservative voters, and an important outlet for candidates hoping to reach the base of the party.

The power struggle over Fox News will be closely watched by investors in 21st Century Fox, with the network contributing about a fifth of the group’s annual net income.

Mr Ailes built Fox into the most watched and most profitable cable news network in the US. It has trounced CNN in the ratings for more than a decade, making it a must-have channel for cable distributors and allowing it to report $1.5bn in profits last year — nearly four times that of CNN, according to SNL Financial.


U.S. State Department Admits It Intentionally Deleted Exchange At News Conference Discussing U.S. Negotiations with Iran (Culture of Obfuscation and Deceit?)

June 1, 2016

By Mark Joyella on Jun. 1, 2016 – 5:00

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The State Department has confirmed that it intentionally deleted a portion of a recorded news briefing containing a question about U.S. negotiations with Iran posed by Fox News Channel correspondent James Rosen.

“A specific request was made to excise that portion of the briefing,” said State Department spokesperson John Kirby at a media briefing Wednesday. “We do not know who made the request to edit the video or why it was made.”

The briefing, recorded on December 2, 2013, was posted to the State Department’s YouTube account and website–but without the Rosen question. Kirby said he had directed that a complete copy of the briefing be posted–and confirmed that the State Department transcript of the briefing was unedited. In asking a legal adviser to review the case, it was determined that the edit had been made intentionally. Who ordered the edit remains unclear.

“To my surprise, the Bureau of Public Affairs did not have in place any rules governing this type of action therefore we are taking immediate steps to craft appropriate protocols on this issue as we believe that deliberately removing a portion of the video was not and is not in keeping with the State Department’s commitment to transparency and public accountability,” said Kirby.

Rosen’s questions focused on whether a previous State Department official had lied months earlier, when Rosen was told there had been no direct negotiations between Iran and the United States. That question became the basis of allegations the Obama Administration misled the press in pushing through the Iran deal.

Pressed about the missing segment of the briefing, the State Department had previously said it was “a glitch.”

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From The Daily Caller
State Dept. Official Took ‘Deliberate Steps’ To Delete Video From Iran Press Briefing

By Chuck Ross

4:28 PM 06/01/2016

An official within the State Department ordered the editing of a damning portion of video from a Dec. 2013 daily press briefing discussing negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran, an agency spokesman acknowledged on Wednesday.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters that a public affairs official placed a phone call on Dec. 3, 2013, the same day as the daily press briefing, ordering the removal of video showing Fox News reporter James Rosen asking then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki whether anyone inside the Obama administration has misled the American public about the Iran negotiations.

At a press briefing in 2012, Rosen had asked Psaki’s predecessor, Victoria Nuland, whether nuclear negotiations with Iran were being held. Nuland said they were not. Psaki provided a cryptic answer in response to Rosen’s question.

“James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” she said. (RELATED: State Department Purged Video Archive To Cover Up Deception On Iran Negotiations)
But that statement was undermined by a recent New York Times profile of Ben Rhodes in which the Obama adviser said that secret negotiations with Iran were underway in 2012. The article drew widespread outrage as it confirmed the suspicions of some opponents of the negotiations who asserted that the Obama administration had mislead the American public about the talks.

After the publication of that profile Rosen checked the State Department’s website and Youtube account and found that segment of him asking Psaki about Nuland’s denial had been scrubbed.
Kirby said Wednesday that he instructed the office of the legal advisor to look into the removal of the video.

“They learned that a specific request was made to excise that portion of that briefing,” he said. “We do not know who made the request to edit the video, or why it was made.”

“To my surprise, the bureau of public affairs did not have in place any rules governing this type of action,” he continued, adding that “removing a portion of the video was not and is not in keeping with the State Department’s commitment to transparency and accountability.”

When asked about the removal of the video during a press briefing last month, State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said “genuinely, we think it was a glitch.”

But Kirby says that is not true.

“This wasn’t a technical glitch. This was a deliberate step to excise the video,” he said Wednesday.

The spokesman said that the recipient of the call to excise the video does not recall who gave the orders to do so. The requester was allegedly passing on orders “from somewhere else in the bureau.”

While Kirby said that the agency is revamping its procedures, he said that no further investigation will be conducted.

“The short answer is…’no,’” he told a reporter who asked if the agency will try to get to the bottom of the burgeoning scandal.

“As I said there were no rules in place at the time to govern this sort of action. So while I believe it was an inappropriate step to take I see little foundation for pressing forward with a formal investigation,” he said.

Reporters at the daily press briefing seemed taken aback by Kirby’s rationale for not ordering additional investigation.

“Come on, John, just because there were no rules governing taking out a public briefing and editing it doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do,” a CNN reporter said to Kirby.

“Sorry that there were no rules, I don’t really think just because there was no rule on certain things…and you’ve said from this podium there was no rule on Secretary Clinton using email but it was the wrong thing to do.”

Kirby also declined to weigh in on whether Nuland or Psaki lied during their responses to Rosen.

“I’m not going to re-litigate past briefings,” he said, adding later that “I’ve only been at the State Department for a year, so I’m not going to speak to events that happened well before I got here.”

He did say that Nuland and Psaki served with “character and integrity” and were “extremely professional in the conduct of their duties.”

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Former State Dept. chief of staff blames Clinton email bungle on Benghazi

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cheryl Mills, the former chief of staff at the State Department, partly blamed the Benghazi terrorist attack for former Secretary Hillary Clinton failing to turn over her emails as she left office in 2013, saying there was “a lot going on” that distracted them from fulfilling their obligations under open records laws.

Cheryl Mills. AP photo

Ms. Mills, in sworn testimony ordered by a federal judge taken last week and released Tuesday, said Mrs. Clinton and her team were occupied with too many other things to think about going through their official records and making sure they remained with the department — a requirement of multiple federal laws and agency policies.

Among those were Mrs. Clinton’s upcoming departure from office and the September 2012 attack that cost the life of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

“The secretary was not only transitioning, there had been a — we had lost our first ambassador in quite some time, and we were stepping through the sets of issues associated with that. And she, too, had fallen ill, and there — and there had been a period of time where we were obviously navigating a whole set of issues in that space,” Ms. Mills said. “So I don’t know that this was something that I focused on, and certainly I wish I had.”

Blaming the Benghazi attack is a striking explanation, given that it was the 2012 attack — and the congressional probe into it — that first exposed Mrs. Clinton’s use of a secret email account tied to a server kept at her home in New York.

Ms. Mills said she can’t even remember if she and Mrs. Clinton talked about how to secure and store her emails as they left office together.

nstead, Ms. Mills said she assumed the messages Mrs. Clinton sent to other State Department employees were being captured in those underlings’ accounts.

“Obviously, I’ve come to learn that that’s not the case,” Ms. Mills said under questioning by Judicial Watch, a conservative law firm that won the right to depose Ms. Mills and other top Clinton aides.

Ms. Mills at some points refused to answer questions about the email server, saying she learned the details after she and Mrs. Clinton left theState Department. Ms. Mills said, as a lawyer, she was tapped by Mrs. Clinton to represent her in reviewing the emails, so she cannot be made to testify about those decisions under attorney-client privilege.

A number of other questions were also deemed out of bounds by the Obama administration’s lawyers and by Ms. Mills‘ own lawyer, Beth A. Wilkinson.

Ms. Mills has been a longtime confidante of Mrs. Clinton‘s, and was her chief of staff during four years at the State Department. But Ms. Millsportrayed herself as disconnected from Mrs. Clinton’s decision-making about her email use.

The department’s inspector general concluded in a report sent to Congress last week that Mrs. Clinton broke department policies on both storage of her official records and on failing to report potential hacking into her email server. Mrs. Clinton had insisted what she did was allowed under department rules, but the investigation flatly rejected that — going so far as to determine that she didn’t ever get approval for the odd arrangement.

While other former secretaries helped out with the investigation, neitherMrs. Clinton nor her top aides, including Ms. Mills, cooperated.

But Ms. Mills and other top aides are testifying at depositions from Judicial Watch, which won an unusual order of discovery from a federal judge troubled by how the Clinton emails were handled.

In her testimony Friday, which lasted nearly seven hours, Ms. Millsadmitted she emailed Mrs. Clinton from her own personal address at times — messages that would likely not have been stored in the State Department’s system — but repeatedly said she couldn’t remember any conversations with Mrs. Clinton about their obligations under the law.

“I don’t think I reflected on were there occasions where there might still be something with respect to a personal email where someone had either emailed me, or I had responded back, or the system had been down and we ultimately needed to use it — that there was information that hadn’t been captured. And I wish it had,” Ms. Mills said.

Secret Service Agents Don’t Enjoy Protecting Hillary Clinton — They Like Donald Trump

May 21, 2016


Ron Kessler, who has written 20 non-fiction books about the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, and CIA, was interviewed by Leland Vittert on the Fox News Channel in the 2 PM time block on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Mr Kessler, who is widely regarded as an expert in his understanding of the Secret Service, was asked to comment upon Friday’s Secret Service shooting of a man who carried a firearm right into the Secret Service security cordon around the White House.

He mentioned that the Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, appointed a “Blue Ribbon Panel” to recommend better security measures for the White House after Omar J. Gonzalez jumped the fence surrounding the white House and actually got inside the Executive Mansion on Friday, September 19, 2014.

One of the recommendations of the “Blue Ribbon panel was to increase the height of the fence surrounding the White House. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson accepted the recommendation of the Blue ribbon panel and has schedule the new fence to appear “sometime in 2017.”

Mr. Kessler said that president Obama wasn’t too worried about his own personal protection, calling the President “something of an adolescent in this regard.”

Kessler also added that he had a long relationship with Donald Trump and said that Trump would have had the new fence in place already because he was a man of action and would promptly see to the security of his family.

Fox’s Leland Vittert then asked how Secret Service members viewed the three candidates for President, Mr Sanders, Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

He said that Mr. Trump is very grateful and respectful toward the members of his Secret Service detail, “and they enjoy working for him.”

Then he added, “Hillary Clinton’s detail views working for her as a form of punishment — because she treats the Secret Service Agents assigned to protect her so abusively.”

Mr. Kessler has told this story before. When Deroy Murdock wrote about the agents who protected Mrs Clinton in a story on October 2, 2015, in The New York Post, he included some of Mr. Kessler findings when he questioned several Secret Service agents while he was writing his book, “First Family Detail.”

Kessler said on air, “Hillary Clinton says she wants to help the middle class but she treats the middle class people who protect her very badly. She isn’t even courteous.”


The New York Post

Secret Service Agents: Hillary Is A Nightmare To Work For

“Good morning, ma’am,” a member of the uniformed Secret Service once greeted Hillary Clinton.

“F— off,” she replied.

That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of “First Family Detail,” a compelling look at the intrepid personnel who shield America’s presidents and their families — and those whom they guard.

Kessler writes flatteringly and critically about people in both parties. Regarding the Clintons, Kessler presents Chelsea as a model protectee who respected and appreciated her agents. He describes Bill as a difficult chief executive but an easygoing ex-president. And Kessler exposes Hillary as an epically abusive Arctic monster.

“When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously,” Kessler explains. “As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident.”

He adds: “Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.”

Kessler was an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and has penned 19 other books. Among much more in “First Family Detail,” he reports:

  •  “Hillary was very rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military,” former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman recalls. “She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”

“Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House,” one former agent remembers. “She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”

  • Former agent Jeff Crane says, “Hillary would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps.” Another former member of her detail recollects, “Hillary never talked to us . . . Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.”

“We spent years with her,” yet another Secret Service agent notes. “She never said thank you.”

  • Within the White House, Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another,” says former FBI agent Coy Copeland. “In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”

One former Secret Service agent states, “If Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions.”

  • Hillary one day ran into a White House electrician who was changing a light bulb in the upstairs family quarters. She screamed at him, because she had demanded that all repairs be performed while the Clintons were outside the Executive Mansion.

“She caught the guy on a ladder doing the light bulb,” says Franette McCulloch, who served at that time as assistant White House pastry chef. “He was a basket case.”

  • White House usher Christopher B. Emery unwisely called back Barbara Bush after she phoned him for computer troubleshooting. Emery helped the former first lady twice. Consequently, Kessler reports, Hillary sacked him. The father of four stayed jobless for a year.
  • While running for US Senate, Hillary stopped at an upstate New York 4-H Club. As one Secret Service agent says, Hillary saw farmers and cows and then erupted. “She turned to a staffer and said, ‘What the f - - - did we come here for? There’s no money here.’ ”

Secret Service “agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment,” Kessler concludes. “In fact, agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service.”

After studying the Secret Service and its relationships with dozens of presidents, vice presidents and their families, Ronald Kessler’s astonishment at Hillary Clinton’s inhumanity should reverberate in every American’s head.

As he told me: “No one would hire such a person to work at a McDonald’s, and yet she is being considered for president of the United States.”

Deroy Murdock is a Fox News contributor.


Dr. Sebastian Gorka: “President Obama Thinks The Real Threat is Global Warming and We Need To Disarm Americans and Let More Immigrants In”

December 5, 2015

Dr. Sebastian Gorka

Dr. Gorka appeared on “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel just after 8 am eastern time on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

A few of his quotes:

“I work with SWAT teams and counter-terrorism police. They don’t think the nearest threat to America is global warming.”

“Political correctness makes it difficult to defend America.”

“This is Political suicide.”

Dr. Sebastian Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization.


Attack on satirical magazine in Paris likely by “professional military personnel” experts say

January 7, 2015

The Fox News Channel Fox interviewed New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin about today’s terror attack on the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed at least twelve people.

Goodwin made three important points during the interview:

–The attackers used military-style weapons and tactics

–The attack was on an unsecured target

–The attackers targeted freedom of the press


Up to 10 French journalists and two cops were murdered in a military-style attack by at least two French-speaking Muslims carrying machine guns.

The black-uniformed attackers killed the two police guards before they machine-gunned the liberal journalists at the Paris-based satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which has routinely criticized Islam’s reputed founder, Muhammad, along with many other non-Muslim politicians and historical figures.

The jihadis shouted “We’ve avenged the honor of the prophet!” before escaping back into the Muslim-dominated projects around the city.


Assailants in Paris appear heavily armed with military-style equipment

The Washington Post

The assailants who carried out Wednesday’s attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo appear to have used military-style equipment, including AK-variant rifles and vests designed to carry ammunition into combat, according to footage of the raid circulating online.

French authorities said they were hunting for three men in connection with the attack. The assailants, who wore black dress and masks, fled the scene after killing 12 people.

Although videos of the attack does not shed much light on the attackers’ identities, they do indicate a level of preparedness. One video, shot from what appears to be a second- or third-story window, shows two shooters exiting a black hatchback and engaging a police officer from roughly 50 meters away.

One of the shooters is clearly wearing a load-bearing vest, or chest rig, to hold a moderate quantity of ammunition. Judging by still shots of the video and audible variations from each weapon, the gunmen appear to be carrying two different types of Kalashnikov rifles. The man on the left at the beginning of the video appears to have a carbine version of an AK-74 while the man on the right is a carrying a full-sized AK-47.

Based on the limited footage alone, there’s no indication the assailants had military training.

While the attack in the brief clip seems well orchestrated, the shooters at one point cross each other’s paths as they advance up the street – a type of movement that professional military personnel are trained to avoid as it would limit the ability of the shooters to maximize firepower.

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