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Fox Nation host Lara Logan reacted on “Fox & Friends” to the mainstream media’s coverage of Attorney General William Barr’s comments regarding stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus outbreak, saying she recommends people listen to his entire interview instead of taking “the media’s word for it.”
Barr took a clear swipe Tuesday at state restrictions on citizens during the coronavirus pandemic, indicating not only that people could sue over measures that go too far, but that the Justice Department could end up siding with them against the states.
In an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Barr specified some of the legal issues raised by state orders – likening some to “house arrest” – and how they could lead the federal government to get involved.
On Thursday, “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt pointed out some of the media’s coverage of Barr’s statements.
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Wednesday: “Attorney General William Barr, who is not a medical doctor, is going against even the White House guidelines for gradually lifting stay-at-home rules.”
During “The 11th Hour” on MSNBC on Tuesday, anchor Brian Williams said: “Trump has picked up an assist in his campaign to reopen the country from his compliant and helpful and loyal attorney general Bill Barr.”
“I think that people should go and listen to what Attorney General Barr actually said and not take anyone in the media’s word for it,” Logan said, reacting to the coverage.
The veteran foreign correspondent pointed out that she listened to Barr’s entire interview and that his point was “very clear” and was not contrary to science.
“What Attorney General Barr is saying is not going against anyone’s guidelines. It’s not against the science. It’s not going against any of that. That is fundamentally false and dishonest. What he actually said was that these are unprecedented burdens on our civil liberties, on the Constitution and that burdens like taking away your livelihoods and [orders to] shelter in place in your home, that those are unprecedented and temporary measures,” Logan explained.
She added that the measures “were never meant to be a permanent way of dealing with this disease and that’s all he was talking about.”
The attorney general warned on Tuesday that while some state orders may still be necessary, others may go too far, given that states are seeing progress toward the goal of reducing the spread of the virus. His statements came as protests against state orders have sprung up around the country.
“My recommendation is that you can’t trust people in the media to be honest with you about this and where possible, go to the source,” Logan said.
In season 2 of Fox Nation’s multi-part series “No Agenda with Lara Logan,” the veteran journalist investigated liberal media bias and what she identified as its victims, from “Covington kid” Nick Sandmann to journalist Andy Ngo.
Sandman told Logan that he has lived under a “constant” and “terrible” threat ever since his image was splashed across television screens and posted online following a chance encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
To watch all of season 2 of “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” and hear about the controversial podcast episode that launched her investigation into liberal media bias, go to Fox Nation and sign up today.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.
Trump tweets threat to shutter social media companies after Twitter warning – CBC.ca
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc. for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact-check the president’s claims.
Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations of political bias by such technology platforms, tweeting: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”
He added: “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
….happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!
Representatives for Twitter and Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump’s tweets. Shares of the companies were down in pre-market trading following his posts.
In the pair of early morning posts, the Republican president again blasted mail-in ballots as being rife with fraud — though there is no evidence that’s the case, and many Americans have used mail-in ballots in previous elections. Five states currently use only mail-in voting for all elections.
Trump posted similar tweets about the ballot topic on Tuesday, which had moved Twitter to add an alert, signified by a blue exclamation mark, below the tweets to warn his claims may be inaccurate or unsubstantiated, and direct readers to a page of news articles and information about the topic.
Twitter said it was the first time it had applied a fact-checking label to a tweet by the president, in an extension of its new “misleading information” policy, which was introduced earlier this month to combat misinformation about the coronavirus.
The dramatic shift by the tech company, which has tightened its policies in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach has allowed misinformation to thrive, had prompted Trump to accuse it of interfering in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
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Torstar buyer says Canso picked to provide financing because of media experience – OrilliaMatters.Com
TORONTO — A private investment company that is a major backer of Postmedia Network Corp. has agreed to provide financing for NordStar Capital’s acquisition of Torstar Corp., the owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers.
NordStar said in a statement it considered several sources of outside funding and chose Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. because of its experience in the Canadian media industry.
The statement also addressed long-standing speculation that there might be a move afoot to merge Torstar and Postmedia, which own two of the country’s biggest media businesses.
“The financing arrangements for the NordStar bid are not, in anyway whatsoever, connected directly or indirectly with any other media company.”
Canso didn’t immediately respond to a request for information about its involvement with the NordStar deal.
However, talk of an eventual deal to consolidate Canada’s newspaper industry was fuelled by the involvement of Canso — which provided $93.5 million after fees in September for a refinancing of Postmedia’s debt.
NordStar’s statement said it didn’t include Canso in the initial press release but “their participation would have been disclosed in due course as part of customary public fillings.”
NordStar is a new company formed by Toronto businessmen Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, whose backgrounds are in corporate finance.
In order to buy Torstar, they required the support of five families that have controlled the company for decades — the Atkinsons, Hindmarshs, Campbells, Thalls and Honderichs.
The five stepped in to run the Star after founder Joseph Atkinson died in 1948, leaving the paper to a charitable foundation to be run by trustees.
In announcing the deal on Tuesday, Torstar chair John Honderich said it was “time to pass the torch.”
Unifor national president Jerry Dias says his big concern is that Canada could lose the Toronto Star’s voice for the progressive social issues if it’s combined with the company that owns the National Post, which has taken a more conservative stance.
“Let’s be candid, people are nervous with Canso being the money behind the National Post and now the Star. For us, the broader issue is how comfortable are we eliminating progressive voices in this country? That’s what the big issue is.”
Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with subsidiaries of the Globe and Mail and Montreal’s La Presse.
— with files from Tara Deschamps
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.
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