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President Releases Portion of 60 Minutes Interview

The president eventually walked out of the interview and later tweeted that Stahl was “fake” and “biased” and encouraged people to compare his interview to that of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden who was also interviewed for the show.

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President Trump made good on his promise to release a majority of the 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl before it was scheduled to air on Sunday. Trump released 38 minutes of footage Thursday.

The president eventually walked out of the interview and later tweeted that Stahl was “fake” and “biased” and encouraged people to compare his interview to that of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden who was also interviewed for the show.

“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA,” Trump wrote on Twitter, linking to a video of the interview. Welker will anchor Thursday night’s presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stahl started the interview asking Trump, “are you ready for some tough questions?” At one-point Trump told Stahl that she had a “negative attitude.” It is rare for a president to release footage of an interview before it airs on broadcast television.  

The interview will air in its entirety on CBS at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

CBS released some footage from Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview with President Donald Trump.

The network revealed parts of the interview during Thursday’s CBS This Morning. Stahl asked Trump about domestic priorities and about the country’s greatest foreign adversary. One part showed Stahl disputing Trump’s assertion that he was leading the best economy ever.

After the network released the footage Thursday, Trump doubled down on his original threat to release the entire interview. “I will soon be giving a first in television history full, unedited preview of the vicious attempted “takeout” interview,” he tweeted.

Trump left his interview with Stahl early and did not return to tape an appearance with Vice President Mike Pence. The president accused Stahl of not wearing a mask, CBS disputes that saying that she did wear a mask but removed it once she entered the White House and social distancing began.

The episode will air on Sunday and feature Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Rachel Maddow Details Demands to NBCUniversal During Contract Talks

It wasn’t “some sort of, like, hostile, heated negotiation with NBC,” Maddow said.

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This year, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has transitioned from being a daily news host to a weekly timeslot on Mondays while she focuses on other projects as part of her new contract. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Maddow shed light on the behind the scene details that went into the discussions with NBCUniversal, resulting in a new contract that will see her stay with the company through the 2024 election and a reported $30 million per year salary. 

It wasn’t “some sort of, like, hostile, heated negotiation with NBC,” Maddow said. “What I asked for, and I realize it’s a really hard thing to ask for from a big corporate entity, is flexibility, fluidity, and forgiveness.”

“Like, I want us to handle this in a way that we don’t have to map every second of it. And I want my staff to all stay employed, and I want them to be able to shift between different types of projects, just as I am.”

Alex Wagner takes over for Maddow Tuesday through Friday, as her show debuts on Aug. 16 at 9 PM ET. 

“This is not a show where our hair is on fire, and we’re yelling past each other, and we’re creating these manufactured moments of tension,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones said regarding the show’s format under Wagner in a June interview with The New York Times

“I really want the takeaway from this show to be a better understanding of what’s happening in the world.”

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Mehdi Hasan: Alex Jones Gained Credibility from Republican Party

Mehdi Hasan slammed the Republican Party for giving Jones credibility rather than allowing the InfoWars host to be a conspiracy theorist on the internet

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This past week, a jury handed down a verdict that InfoWars owner Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages in one of the host’s three lawsuits from Sandy Hook families. 

Following the verdict, MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan slammed the Republican Party for giving Jones credibility rather than allowing the InfoWars host to be a conspiracy theorist on the internet. 

“It’s worth noting that Alex Jones is not just the far-right fringe figure he should be,” Hasan said on Friday’s edition of “The Mehdi Hasan Show.”

“Because past guests on his program. Like Donald Trump and Congressman Matt Gaetz and more recent guests like Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene have lent legitimacy to this conspiratorial far-right bloviator …”

Hasan added that these politicians appearing on Jones’ show gave him validation to a host “who peddles nonsense conspiracies about murdered children and Hillary Clinton being a demon and a so-called Jewish mafia controlling the world.”

“Alex Jones should have been rejected by Republican leaders and lawmakers, but instead, he was shamefully embraced,” Hasan concluded. 

Jones’ court appearances are not done as he has two more defamation trials pending, one in Austin and another in Connecticut. Furthermore, Jones told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that anything more than $2 million would plunge the company. 

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Donald Trump Raising Funds to Sue CNN

The former president sent out a couple of emails titled “Let’s SUE CNN,” one of two fundraising emails sent out to his supporters on Friday.

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Former President Donald Trump is attempting to sue CNN, but The Daily Beast reports that he’s asking his followers to send in money to “support” the legal action against the network. 

Trump has yet to file any legal documents that will see CNN on the receiving end of a defamation lawsuit. Instead, the former president sent out a couple of emails titled “Let’s SUE CNN,” one of two fundraising emails sent out to his supporters on Friday.

“I’m calling on my best and most dedicated supporters to add their names to stand with me in my impending LAWSUIT against Fake News CNN,” the email said. “Add your name IMMEDIATELY to show your support for my upcoming lawsuit against Fake News CNN.”

Afterward, a second email from Trump stated that the first 45 names to help would stand next to him as he stands against CNN. 

“I’m going to look over the names of the first 45 Patriots who added their names to publicly stand with their President AGAINST CNN,” the second email said. 

The former president threatened CNN with a lawsuit and sent the network’s General Counsel David Vigilante and top CNN executive Chris Licht a note titled, “Notice of Intent to Bring Civil Action for Defamation.”

“Without regard for President Trump’s genuine belief in his statements, CNN has published numerous articles characterizing him as a ‘liar’ and the purveyor of the ‘Big Lie,’” the Trump legal letter to CNN said.

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