But No Apology
Fox News apparently is becoming more sensitive to the activities of their on-air staff after losing Bill O’Reilly over his alleged sexual harassment of at least seven women. A Fox News publicist who identified herself as “Fox News PR” sent NCRM an email Wednesday morning asking us to update our story about Jesse Watters, a newly-promoted co-host on its newly-promoted to primetime show “The Five,” after he made on-air what certainly sounded like a thinly-veiled oral sex “joke” about Ivanka Trump Tuesday night.
We’re not going to repeat the “joke” because it was juvenile and as some have called it, frat-boy-ish, but suffice it to say he made it after blasting liberals at a women’s conference in Berlin (even though he had no idea who was in the audience) for hissing and booing the First Daughter.Â
You can see the video and our original story here.
Here’s Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters’ statement:
“During the break we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice and how it was low and steady and resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ. This was in no way a joke about anything else.”Â
Note there is no apology, not even any recognition that what he said was inappropriate.
So we’ve prepared the statement Watters should have released, if what he says is true, but didn’t.
“I apologize to Ivanka Trump, to our Fox News viewers, and to all women, whoÂ deserve my unyielding respect.Â I should have realized that my remarks could be perceived as making an inappropriate ‘joke’ about Ivanka Trump, the President’sÂ daughter. I should not even have been talking about Ivanka Trump’s voice off-camera, as it has nothing to do with her remarks at the W20. I should have realized that my off-camera remarks would not have been heard by viewers, leaving my on-camera remarks to sound grossly inappropriate. I find that once again I am forced to apologize for inappropriate remarks I’ve made on-air. I recognize I must do better, and that Fox News viewers and indeed all Americans deserve professionalism from me and everyone here at the network. Again, I’m sorry.”
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AOC Slams McCarthy and His GOP ‘Ku Klux Klan Caucus’ for Allowing ‘Violent Targeting’ of Women of Color in Congress
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is criticizing House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for refusing to deal with the members of his “Ku Klux Klan” caucus who are ignoring and allowing the “violent targeting” of women of color members of Congress.
The Democratic Congresswoman from New York, herself the frequent target of violent threats, pointed to this video of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar playing a death threat received after she was targeted by GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) plays a horrific death threat she received following Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) recent Islamophobic attacks on her.
Warning: It’s incredibly graphic. pic.twitter.com/5PGODcaJOu
— The Recount (@therecount) November 30, 2021
“People truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats targeting” Congresswoman Omar, Ocasio-Cortez says.
“Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of woc members of Congress. This cannot be ignored,” she warns.
Congresswoman Boebert over the past week was exposed – on video – suggesting Rep. Omar is a terrorist three times, including in one video she herself posted to social media.
McCarthy has refused to take any action against Boebert.
‘Massive, Dangerous, Likely Intentional’: Immunologist Blasts Trump for Ignoring Positive COVID Test Before Biden Debate
A Harvard epidemiologist, immunologist and physician is blasting Donald Trump‘s decision to continue his activities as normal in September 2020, not go public with the results of his positive COVID test result, and continue business as usual – including participating in a debate against Joe Biden – revelations made in a new book by Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday.
Dr. Michael Mina says if Trump had been given a rapid COVID test the day of the first presidential debate against Joe Biden, President Trump “would have been blazing positive,” and calls the decision to not test “massive, dangerous and likely intentional.”
“The decision to continue to not test on [the] day of the Rose Garden superspreader event and on [the] day of the debate with now @POTUS Biden was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision,” says Michael Mina, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“Was Trump the superspreader? For a year, I’ve suggested Trump was the likely superspreader at White House Rose Garden on 9/28/20,” Mina posits. “All were supposedly tested, so how would a superspreader enter? Now we know Trump tested COVID positive 2 days earlier.”
Citing Meadows’ new book, The Guardian reported Wednesday morning that Trump tested positive on Sept. 26, and shortly thereafter, before the Sept. 29 presidential debate, tested negative – but three days after the debate, on Oct. 2, again tested positive, and was rushed to Walter Reed hospital hours later.
Because Trump “was testing so frequently, he was [likely] detected using a molecular test at the earliest time, before becoming infectious,” says Mina.
“So when he immediately tested again with a rapid Ag test, it did not yet register positive because he was not YET infectious,” Mina explains. “Had he used a rapid test later that day or next day though, once he was becoming slightly infectious, he almost certainly would have been positive.”
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Justices will hear arguments in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, over a Mississippi abortion ban designed to overturn the nearly 50-year old precedent-setting ruling in Roe v. Wade.
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