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help. cecily strong in "saturday night live." >> my favorite was keegan michael keegan. luther was in the house. >>. >> on "mediabuzz" this sunday major news organization team up with the conservative writer whose book about the clinton foundation generates an avalanche of critical coverage and denunciation from the hillary campaign. >> mrs. clinton facing a firestorm as questions mount about cash donations to the clinton foundation and from whom. >> this offer peter schweizer is a very meticulous detail-oriented person. >> he admitted he has no proof and, b, makes these insinuations that are this partisan-fueled fiction. >> can these stories really be dismissed in front of some right wing conspiracy?
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should "the new york times," "the washington post," abc and fox news have cut exclusive deals with the publisher? diane sawyer's much balancehyped interview about bruce genre changing his gender. >> are you a woman in. >> yes. for all intents and purposes i am a woman. >> was it sensitive or sensational? >> she almost quit the bush white house before becoming the president's spokeswoman and says she was too nice and polite. a conversation with dana perino. and ben affleck whose ancestors included a slave owner apologizes for a pbs cover-up. i'm howard kurtz and this is "mediabuzz." >> hadn't read the book "clinton
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cash" when "the new york times" questioned whether hillary clinton did favors for big conors to her husband's global foundation yet the media turned the book into the week's top political story. >> the appearance of impropriety is staggering. the defense is paltry to say the least. >> is this a serious story of how top politicians use power or is the candidate herself argues merely a distraction? >> what is not par for the course. what is surprising is that along with the fox news channel having some sort of exclusive deal to advance hype this anti-clinton book from this conservative activist who has a history of doing stuff like this we are now learning that "the new york times" and "the washington post" have also entered into some arrangement with the author. >> the clinton camp's pushback focused on peter schweizer's background. advising george w. bush's white house and sarah palin. >> it's a book that's written by
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a former bush operative who is a reporter for that news institution breitbart.com or has been in the past. >> fox news aired an hour-long special friday night on such issues as foundation donors pushing a russian uranium deal. >> for that deal to go through it needs government approval. one of the people who has to approve that deal is secretary of state hillary clinton, who as senator clinton was vigorously opposed to these kind of buys from countries into u.s. >> joining us to analyze the coverage columnist for "u.s.
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news." are you surprised by the depth of the reporting just by "the new york times" alone? >> actually those of us on the right are surprised it's "the new york times" reporting on this. really what they did, they are building off peter schweizer's story. they ended up having additional interviews looking at public records and really what they wrote almost sounds like a political novel. we were absolutely surprised about this. they went so forward deciding to investigate. what you've seen is slate.com, "the atlantic" all these liberal onliners saying you know what? there is something fishy here. what are we doing all this work with the democratic candidate hillary clinton? >> anything questionable about "the new york times," "the washington post," abc and fox news teaming up with peter schweizer to dig into the clinton foundation? >> absolutely not. it is a very good news story. there is no smoking gun though. that's a problem for republicans. the problem for democrats is are, howard dean is going after
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"the new york times." not the "washington times." sloppy reporting. the messenger here is a conservative. he is about to go after jeb bush though. he's gone after law makers on capitol hill for alleged insider trading. even though he is a conservative he does have credentials. >> the reaction would have been different if it had been fox news and peter schweizer as opposed to these other big newspapers that are hardly part of a vast right wing conspiracy. >> that's true. what is part of this is because there is self-inflicted stuff. clintons should have conducted things differently. i would have advised them to. i think it was lack of depth of coverage on this. one of the things i don't see anybody reporting on is for any of this to be true you have -- who bribed the other eight departments in the u.s. government? who bribed the utah regulator? >> this is including the state department treasury that had to approve this for example the
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uranium nuclear deal. >> assuming there was something really wrong with this company getting 20% of the uranium and getting it to russia assuming that was true then -- what i mean by this i didn't see "the new york times," "the washington post," anybody contacting any of those other departments trying to follow this story in that direction because if this is true it's much bigger -- all these people did it so bill clinton gets a $500,000 speech? >> politics is also about appearances. >> that is something they have to deal with. >> did they raise that with peter schweizer about the nine departments. he asked him about criticism from the clinton camp that this was a right wing hit job. here is that exchange. >> i went to the investigative units at "the new york times,"
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"the washington post," fox news and abc because i wanted this evidence to be evaluated and looked on the. to not be seen in partisan terms. >> the clinton pushback is swizer is this partisan guy. all these conspiracy theories before the book was out. >> the media is saying what is your answer? they are not giving that response. that reflects poorly on the clinton campaign. they attack the author which as we know again, "the new york times" took it forward and started investigating it further. it became a bigger story. >> not all media outlets have gone crazy on this. the morning shows and nbc have done two stories this week but nothing on the cbs evening news. i find it inexplicable. reporters often get material from people sources who have strong view points axes to
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grind. that is not unusual, but how do you deal with that? >> you have to deal with what is the news here? i think because there was a lack of disclosure here there was a $2 million loan not disclosed. that ties into the early issue about the e-mails with hillary clinton. i do think you have to judge this source has an axe to grind, but look at the news. that is what peter schweizer said. this is legitimate. >> one of your reporters is writing about a democrat and republican source provides research you've got to take that into account. it doesn't mean the research is wrong. >> that's right. and you've got to check it. >> at the same time as folks pointed out, peter schweizer has worked with george w. bush with sarah palin, his institute is funded by the billionaire family helped to bank roll ted cruz' campaign. does that as a democrat make him less credible? >> there is fishiness on both sides.
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that's part of what is going on here. this is the perfect place for this to come from for the clintons. for the clinton campaign to push back against because it is so fishy. that a conservative guy who works for the -- this is why this is not going to hurt her in the democratic primary. >> at all? >> i don't believe so. it's because of where this came from. i think it was smart for him to go to the "post" and "the new york times." they can still point, and i would point and others would point to this -- again, he wasn't going to -- he's not doing a book on bush. it's not a book. the publisher says it doesn't exist. >> talking about jeb bush. he says he is looking into jeb bush's finances. >> he targeted these republican
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congressmen. one had to resign. i think he is trying to do is definitely make sure he is able to have cover. "the new york times" has taken it to that next step. they ended up making more of a story of this. >> this is all about, again, appearances. if there is something wrong with the appearance of what the clintons did, it's not, in this debate in a presidential campaign there is nothing wrong with them pushing back with the appearance why this person who may have been funding him and why this book came out with the timing it came out. all of this is legitimate pushback. >> but in my view you have so many examples now whether it's foreign governments or corporate types or shady characters giving lots to the clinton foundation. and the clinton foundation does good work around the world. also bill clinton's speech fees going up to $400,000 range at a
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time when his wife was secretary of state and later potential president. is there a weakness at the center of these stories that as of now, no one has proven hillary clinton took an action to benefit any of these foundation donors? >> yes. that's why i think this will fade to some degree. i agree it's not going to hurt them in the democratic primary. we'll hear it on the other side. >> stories are very complicated. >> but overall, foreigners aren't allowed to give to politicians. is there a reason for that. here that's why this story is juicy. you have all these foreigners not just giving $2,000 but millions of dollars. >> what about the fact you alluded to the clinton campaign that hillary clinton is campaigning, meeting with groups of voters in iowa new hampshire, and not talking to the press at alles a these questions build up? >> right. it's a huge distraction to the
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campaign. as we heard with the e-mails, it took weeks to respond. you are starting to see the same effect happen. this story is deeper more complicated. it's a lot juicier almost than the e-mail server story. >> i think eventually she has to answer these questions. the problem with the e-mail story is no response for eight days then that disastrous press conference. >> one of the things i think with the clintons i mean them personally they had success in the '90s with these press tactics. i don't think they worked with twitter and the age we are in. there is a craving for information, demand for immediately and everybody deciding the truth before it's possible to find it out. >> i have a funny feeling, you have something to say about this. send me a message on twitter. ahead, new leaks from nbc says the network uncovered more exaggerations from brian williams. can he return to the anchor chair? when we come back pundits asking the republican candidate
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w we heard a lot about gotcha questions in this campaign. is it fair to attach that label to one question about same-sex marriage that's suddenly gone viral? >> the question is if you would attend to a gay wedding? >> yeah but somebody in my life i love and care for, of course i would. >> would you attend a same-sex wedding of a loved one or family friend or anyone you were close to? >> no i would not. >> if you had a loved one or friend getting married in a same-sex wedding, would you attend it? >> well i haven't faced that
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circumstance. >> is that a gotcha question? >> i think it is. it's a very personal question. although someone will decide to attend a same-sex marriage they might not agree with it from a policy standpoint. it doesn't get to the answer of their policy. it makes it awkward. >> why is a personal question necessarily a gotcha question? >> when you look at the way they set up the question it was very much a way to make them feel embarrassed, awkward, because they know what their policy position may be. when it comes to something so personal as to whether you would attend a gay wedding, that might conflict with your religious beliefs, it's one of those things i think hits that personal spot for a lot of these politicians. >> one asking that question is a conservative radio host. >> this is what presidential candidates go through. they are going to get asked
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questions that make them uncomfortable. how they handle that is a major part -- not so much did they answer it on the wrong side of the constituents and their party, but how did they handle the question? >> all these republican candidates oppose same-sex marriage and many repeated that in iowa yesterday. this is an interesting journalistic phrasing because it gets you off the talking points and does make it personal. a number of the republicans say i would, i have attended a gay marriage. >> i think it's a great question. any way they answer it it's news. everyone can relate to it. a lot of people have been to gay weddings. so it's a very personal question. i agree with joe. when you are running for president, it's a circus. you are going to get personal questions. they volunteered to run. that's why you are going to see those questions asked of everybody. >> another reason i think it's not a gotcha question -- >> i'm the only one in the room.
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>> you are here as a former republican strategist. is that actually lets the candidates appear to be more tolerant when you bring it down to the personal level. i personally oppose same-sex marriage but if a loved one or close friend had a wedding or reception, i would go. >> or makes them seem anti-gay. if someone says they don't attend a same-sex marriage doesn't make them does it come across being they are anti-gay because they are not going to the same-sex marriage because of religious beliefs? that's where there is a fine line between how the question was being asked and how they answered it. you saw governor scott walker who walked around it. had a difficult time answering that question. >> we'll leave it up to the viewers to decide whether it's a gotcha question. mercedes bob, joe, thank you for joining us this sunday. ahead, ben affleck apologizes for covering up his roots on a pbs special. after months of tabloid
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teasing, diane sawyer sits down with bruce jenner to talk about his transformation.
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the revolution of bruce jenner from olympic athlete to what wasn't clear what has been dribbling to the media in a long time. new york "daily news" touting world exclusive photos. there's been this huge publicity buildup surrounding his interview with diane sawyer which aired friday night. >> there is a shameless of selling of everything these days. >> i get that. but what i'm doing is going to do some good. >> are you going to tell me a name by the way today? >> no. if i do the media would go crazy and i would never get rid of them. >> joining us is the immediate
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why critic for the "baltimore sun." he used the special to promote an e! channel show about his gender change surgery. >> i have to tell you something about this. i think maybe he did this because he trusted diane sawyer. she's had a long history. we talked about it of coming through and dealing with these kinds of interviews responsibly. in fact, they gave him two hours and they did let him tell a really human story that was moving i think, to a lot of people. >> that was the question would this imilluminate challenges to people who recently didn't get any attention in the media or another celebrity sitdown? >> i think it's definitely not just another celebrity sitdown.
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i think in bruce jenner's case, he is still in the process of this transition. he doesn't have all the answers. don't think if you listen to bruce jenner you know everything about transgender identity. you don't. but i thought it was dealt with sense sensitively. i don't blame any network for really promoting anything they have. abc did promote this really hard. >> and there is a promotional aspect of this for jennor who enabled this buildup, but has a new deal with e! for this documentary series. it's hard to think of many interviewers who could have done what diane sawyer did in that she didn't i thought, sensationalize it. she let him tell the story and provided some historical context. >> i'm not surprised at how good she was. i was kind of amazed across the whole span she did as well as
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she did. when he talked about this eight-part reality series. come on reality tv is really a bad world. when she asked him in a way that wasn't offensive are you promoting, is this all about promotion? his answer was, when he said my god, what i do all this for promotion? i thought she was brilliant, again. >> 17 million people watching it. another subject. brian williams serving that six-month suspension at nbc for embelling, particularly the story about being in iraq and under fire when his helicopter was not. stories appeared yesterday in the "new york times" and then "the washington post." "new york times" says the internal investigation expanded to include half dozen new examples of exaggerations, including when he was in egypt tahrir square. he was there and said he was on a balcony and down there looking somebody in the eye. "the washington post" says there are 11 instances of exaggeration
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and nbc looking at it. this followed a briefing for a top level nbc officials, including steve burke who runs the place for comcast. what does it say these stories were leaked from within nbc? >> absolutely. you and i have done this so long i have no doubt those stories are not out unless nbc wants them out. that's a given. the only question is to what end are they doing it? i can't think of any good end for brian williams with those stories being leaked. and by the way, if you have all of these instances, how in the heck do you bring back -- you remember i was like the night it happened i said if he is your managing editor and he is lying, he's got to be gone by the end of the week. what is six months off on the time table. i was accused of being one of the guys with a pitch fork coming to the castle. i think this is -- i think nbc -- how does it get out of
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that room? >> there is no question it was an authorized leak. i've got to measure his whole successful career in nbc. now you have more examples or alleged examples of details we haven't seen it feels like a tipping point. does it feel that way to you? >> it absolutely feels like a tipping point in my head i tipped right away. now i feel -- now in terms of the larger media universe i think other analysts are going to say there is no way this guy comes back. nbc, in essence, damaged him when they put this up. it's what they will buy him out. >> even leaving lester holt in the chair, doesn't make it possible for brian to come back? >> no. that was going on before lester holt. that is a continuing pattern. i think lester holt is doing very well in that chair. i would stay with him if i was
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nbc. >> we don't know all the details. these are leaks and we need to see what he is accused of what he said and what he did. thank you for joining us. ahead on "mediabuzz," another msnbc host hasn't paid his taxes. is that problem? first, hillary still keeping her distance from the media as news organizations raise troubling questions about favors and cash at the clinton foundation. the editor of the "washington times" and "the washington post" reporter who covers her in a moment. ington post" reporter who covers her, in a moment. you owned your car for four years. you named it brad. you loved brad. and then you totaled him. you two had been through everything together. two boyfriends. three jobs. you're like "nothing can replace brad!" then liberty mutual calls. and you break into your happy dance. if you sign up for better car replacement, we'll pay for a car that's a model year newer with 15,000 fewer miles than your old one. see car insurance in a whole new light. liberty mutual
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as the media scrutiny of the as the media scrutiny of the clinton foundation intensifies, hillary clinton avoiding the political press. >> we be back in political season therefore, we will be subjected to distraction and attacks, and i'm ready for that.
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>> joining us now, erin guerrin from "the washington post" and editor in chief from the "washington times." you have an impression of his work? >> he brought to light important things that had a dialogue. congress reacted to his last book with a law that dealt with insider trading. as a reporter i've been trained you listen to everyone and sort out the facts and try to write what's important. he hit on another line we are familiar with access cash. that's been a clinton story line 20 years. >> is there a difference between "the washington post" teaming up with peter schweizer or sources who may have a partisan view point? >> that is a tough one. what our editors have said is that schweizer's background is a relevant point but isn't one
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that would necessarily exclude us from considering the fact he has put together as a basis for reporting. that's what the paper did in a piece we published this week. it took a look at what he had put together and did our own reporting. i will point out that was separate from the reporting i do covering clinton as a candidate. it was our investigative team. >> right. that "the washington post" story looked at the overlap between clinton donors foundation donors i should say, and speaking fees to bill clinton and things like that. >> right. >> you worked with "60 minutes," it's common is it not, for reporters to cultivate all kinds of sources? some of them are shady characters and some are partisan but it comes down to the information. >> when my mom calls me there is a reason she is calling me.
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you have to determine motive. you have to deal with the constraints the publisher may put on us. peter wants to control what the story would cover and not cover. you have to have independence of the journalists. if you address though three things you can work effectively as an author. >> this this case it doesn't seem like he put any constraints what news organizations could do pursuing what he developed. you covered hillary clinton when she was secretary of state. a very different press corps. you covered her campaign now when i think to put it with a certain understated tone she hasn't been accessible to the media, particularly as this story exploded. talk about the difference there. >> it couldn't be more different. she went from being presidential candidate with an enormous press corps and high profile to being
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secretary of state, while a high profile job comes with a small plane compared to air force one or campaign plane and small press corps in the back of the plane. over time there is a real intimacy that develops between the secretary of state or secretary of defense. >> global matters and not the rough and tumble of campaign. >> right. there are 12 reporters on the plane who only care about the iran nuclear deal or north korean missiles and most of the time are only going to ask the secretary of state about those relevant issues at hand. she got comfortable and accustomed to that. now it's very different. >> do the people around clintons the aides, handlers and spinners when a story like this breaks about the foundation donors and cash do they talk to you on background? do they try to guide the story? obviously hillary clinton the candidate isn't saying anything.
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>> only that very small clip you played is the only time she addressed it. that was obliquely. it was after a campaign event. it wasn't part of what she set out to do that day as a candidate. i will say that one really big difference between the last time she ran and to a degree when she was secretary of state, the media team she pudt together have a strong and long track record of good relationships with reporters. >> we would love to put serious questions to her about her own relationship to the foundation. do you wish you had not put your name on the foundation way back when? would that have been a cleaner and simpler decision?
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those are all being handled by intermediaries on her campaign. >> do you think in particular the hillary clinton campaign is hurting itself by the way it's dealing with the press corps? these are legitimate questions. they are not gotcha questions. >> these are questions of policy and government integrity. mrs. clinton struggled with coming out in front of an issue. she was always behind some of the issues whitewater in the '90s. created the idea of secrecy then. >> those battles of the '90s and those scars on both sides have undoubtedly sort of playing a role forming the back drop for her in 2015? >> when i talk to her aides, they struggle. they want to get her out there more and there is a natural tendency for her to wait behind the story. that is going to play out throughout the campaign.
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leave bruce alone. he married into the kardashians, hasn't he suffered enough? i used to deal with dana perino when she was white house press secretary. she was so measured i didn't envision her as a cable news star. she just published a memoir. the "and the good news is." i sat down with her in new york. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> when you worked at the bush white house on the day you were going to be told you were to become white house press secretary, you were prepared to quit. why? >> i had been working in the white house for several years. i had been with the administration since after 9/11. i had been deputy press secretary which was a great job, but around that time the chief of staff josh bolton asked senior staff, if you feel like you can't make it through till the end, the president needs fresh energy. i was tired. i also thought, do i have any more to learn here? i was challenged every day, but i started getting these ideas of
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having some personal time. my husband was certainly looking forward to that. >> you wanted your life back. instead of became press secretary. >> i said i want my life back and he said i want my wife back. that affected me. we had gone on a short trip and we were on our way home. i said i think i'm ready. i was really nervous about telling the president. i don't think i was as ready to leave as i thought i was. i went in to tell ed gillespie i was resigning. he said can i go first? and he offered me the job as press secretary. >> you became concerned when scott mcclellan wrote a book highly critical of president bush. you called him and things did not go well. >> correct. scott was not only my boss he was press secretary and hired me as deputy. we were very good personal friends. i knew he was writing a book. the way he described it to me it was not going to be negative
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but was portrayed that way early by an editor. i contacted scott. it was very clear that was the book he intended to write. i didn't try to talk him out of writing the book but i had an immense amount of concern for him. i thought his future would be harmed but also for the president. i had a sense of personal betrayal from a friend. i was very upset about that book. >> you say you were angry when the book came out and you wound up talking to george w. bush he told you what? >> the president asked me to try to forgive scott. i said can i throw him under the bus first? he said no. he didn't want me to live bitterly and asked me to try to forgive him. i said yes, sir. as what is walking out of the oval office he said by the way, i don't think he would ever do this to me. i was very worried scott betraying the president would then spill over into the very good relationship i had with president bush. it never did. >> right.
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another conversation you had with the president came after, this is during the 2008 campaign. you pushed back against hillary clinton then a candidate saying george w. bush didn't care about the elderly. hillary used that in a fund-raising pitch. >> the president had exclusive instructions not to get involved in the campaign. everybody was running against the imcouple bent at that time. even the republicans. his advice was just leave it alone. i did that for the most part. i thought we are leaving some things on the table here and it's hurting the president's reputation. one day i knew the facts and hit back. 45 minutes later hillary clinton's campaign was off to the races with a fund-raising appeal. i got a call from the president. he said i know what you are trying to do and you are trying to protect me but i'm going to be fine. the best thing we can do is focus on the work we need to do and leave politics to everybody else. >> what you describe is a pretty
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rocky transition to fox news. you say in the early days you pulled your punches about the obama administration and spelled out h-e-l-l and s-e-x. >> i was nervous. i had never spoken my own opinion. for several years as part of my career i spoke for other people including the president of the united states. >> now it's what does dana perino think? >> yeah. sometimes i didn't know what i thought. >> you get across these strong personalities. you like civility but work for an aggressive news network. people think you are too nice too vanilla and they want more spunk and outrage? >> every once in a while i let someone get my goat. one of the things i write about is the importance of grace and dignity. the way i think about that when i was press secretary i would imagine on the podium if president bush was watching the press briefing, if i thought he wasn't going to be proud of something i was saying i didn't
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say it. conducting myself with that kind of grace, dignity and humility and strength i always thought i had to have more facts than everybody else. >> are you worried the more you mix it up and throw elbows and leave behind this sort of let's all get along persona you maybe had when you first came to fox, you become part of the cacophony? >> i'm called the voice of reason on the five. i let my personality shine through. i write about how i found a good balance. i take some of the things i learned and provide advice to people. realize it's okay to be myself. that's been a great thing for me in my transition to fox and to being on television speaking for myself not for somebody else. >> you can go up against those other guys and gals you are obviously doing something right.
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dana perino thank you for sitting down with us. >> thank you. coming up pbs is investigating why ben affleck was allowed to white wash his family's history. >> some like talking about the importance of taxes, but paying them? not so much. the importance of taxes, but paying them, not so much. i'm angela and i quit smoking with chantix. my children always wanted me to quit smoking but i resigned myself to the fact that it wasn't going to work. but chantix helped me do it. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it gave me the power to overcome the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some people had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix or history of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop chantix and see your doctor right away as some can be life-threatening.
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you would think that television pundits make enough money to pay their taxes but now comes word that toure who co-hosts "the cycle" owes $69,000 in taxes. and melissa harris-perry and her husband, $75,000 and al sharpton
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and his organization owes millions though he disagrees with that figure. >> taxes are how we all do our part. but that's part of the problem. no everyone does seem to be paying their dues. >> they are all afraid to vote for a modest tax increase of people who can totally afford it. >> there's been no comment from the hosts or msnbc. let me just say i hope they get their act together and pay what they owe. and in our press pics being investigated is finding your roots and whether ben affleck was allowed to coverup his slave ancestry. >> reporter: teacher and activists, christopher ann volt. >> she always said it was
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adversity while everything is going well. >> the actor hobbied the host producer to edit out material about his family and the slave history. we've never had anyone try to censor or edit what we found. he's a megas star. what do we do? we are still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. i didn't want any television of my show to include a guy who owned slaves much i was embarrassed. affleck should be embarrassed by his heavy-handed conduct from long ago ancestors and pbs needs to get to the roots of this. still to come i'm buzzed off by iran's outrageous treatment of a journalist and what a shock president obama takes some whacks at the press
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at the media's black tie dinner.
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i am buzzed off about the way iran is continuing to hold a washington post reporter on ludicrous charges that jason rezaian has been charged with espionage. and white house spokesman josh earnest had this to say. >> if the reports are true, the reports are absurd should be immediately dismissed and jason should be freed immediately so he can return home to his family. >> iran has been holding rezaian for nine months. the administration needs to keep
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the pressure on. and the clinton debate goes on. fox indulges in too much shrouded noise. the only ones obsessed about this is you and your co-hosts on fox. well when i was at last night's white house correspondents' dinner i knew president obama would take his swipe on cable news. >> brooke baldwin is impersonated which is surprising because usually the only people impersonating journalists on cnn are journalists on cnn. >> and there wasnot as many as star-studded celebrities at the
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nerd prom. that's it for "media buzz." i'm howard kurtz. e-mail me @howardkurtz for the latest buzz. i'm chris wallace. allegations that millions of dollars in speaking fees and foreign donations bought favors from the clinton's state department. >> it's so hard when you look at the clintons to figure out where the charity ends and begins and where their profit making ends and begins and where their officials powers as secretary of state or senator ends and begins. >> we'll talk with peter schweizer, the author of the explosive book "clinton cash" in his first live interview. a clinton insider response to

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