tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News August 2, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
>> never miss an episode of "the five." he's our bear. "special report" is up next. >> top intelligence officials say russia is still trying to interfere with the u.s. election process. the president's daughter quibbles with her father about separating immigrant children. plus, what direction will the democratic party go? we will hear, and also press for some answers. this is "special report." ♪ >> bret: good evening, i am bret baier. we are live again tonight in los angeles. we start off this evening in washington where an all-star team of american national security officials said that despite president trump's warning to vladimir putin,
russia is still heavily involved in trying to disrupt u.s. elections. the officials raising the alarm bell today saying, "democracy itself is in the cross hairs." chief white house correspondent was a front and center in that briefing with a show of force on election security. good evening. >> just two weeks ago in helsinki, russian president vladimir boudin assured president trump that russia has not and would not interfere in america's domestic affairs including elections. today, very powerful group of administrative officials called b.s. on that. it was a dramatic show of force at the wall white house. homeland security secretary, director of the nsa. united in pointing fingers at russia for continuing to metal in u.s. politics >> russia attempted to interfere in the last election and continues to engage in malign
operations to this day. >> they did say so far that russian efforts to interfere with the midterms are not as robust as in 2015. but despite vladimir putin's denial of government involvement in helsinki, dan coats indicated, the kremlin is up to its eyeballs. >> are we talking about pro-russian individuals, or are we talking about the kremlin? >> both. russia has talked about numerous ways in which they want it influenced social media, actors that they have hired, proxies, all of the above and potentially more. >> the administration insists the agency is united to combat any effort to sway the vote, assuring americans that they have not hacked voter systems. >> the voting systems are more resilient today because of the work we are all doing, but we
must continue to ensure that our democracy is protected. >> while the white house was united in its effort to combat election tampering, there was a glaring split between resident drop and first daughter, ivanka trump today. ivanka trump was asked about the separation of families at the border. >> that was a low point for me, as well. i feel very strongly about that, and i am very vehemently against family separation. and the separation of parents and children in. >> at the daily briefing, sarah sanders says the president agrees with his daughter. >> the president himself has said he doesn't like the idea of family separation, i don't think anybody does. >> but they really parted ways over ivanka's disavowal of the president's declaration that the press is the enemy of the people. >> i have certainly received my fair share of reporting on me
personally that i know not to be fully accurate. but no, i do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people appear to speak of the topic was the bombshell at the briefing, asked if he would say that the press was the enemy of the people, sarah sanders instead went off on how she and others have been treated by the media. >> the many has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including by your network. they said it should be harassed, choked, almost all of you are members of the association, you brought a comedian up to attack my appearance and call me a traitor to my own gender. in fact, as i know, as far as i know, i'm the first press secretary in the history of the united states that's required secret service protection. >> repeatedly, sanders would not join ivanka trump in disavowing the president's attacks on the media. the president himself weighed in late this afternoon in a tweet saying, "they asked my daughter ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people.
she correctly said, no, it is the fake news, which is a large percentage of the media which is the enemy of the people." bret, so it continues it continues. >> bret: so it does. john roberts on the north lawn. president trump is thinking north korean leader, kim jong un for a letter received yesterday. the white house not saying what is in the letter specifically. also, the chief science what is supposed to remain the korean war dead, saying the material is consistent with missing americans from that war. another american official is trying to move the diplomatic fall even further. correspondent benjamin hall tells us how. >> 65 years after the korean armistice, the remains of dozens of soldiers finally return home. in an emotional and solemn service held in hawaii, vice president pence welcomed 55 coffins draped in american
flags. after they arrived on a military jet from south korea. >> some have called the korean war the forgotten war. but today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten. today, our boys are coming home. >> next begins the process of identifying them, and hopefully getting others returned. over 33,000 americans lost their lives in korea, over 7,000 are still unaccounted for. vice president pence says the event showed how real progress is being made with north korea. >> i know that president trump is graceful that chairman kim has kept his word. we see today as tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the korean peninsula. >> progress on dino utilization, as agreed between the two leaders in singapore remains stagnant. the president of south korea urged them to declare all their nuclear facilities as a starting point for the u.s. and
north korea to call an official end to the korean war. but progress could be in the pipeline. their speculation, secretary pompeo who is currently en route to singapore will meet his north korean counterpart on the sideline. he left today headed for singapore. the return is what is believed to be the remains of 55 service members is a milestone. vice president pence said while negotiating, president trump always kept the fallen veterans in his heart. whether that leads to tangible concessions remains to be seen. bret. >> bret: benjamin hall in london. thank you. the international chemical weapons watchdog says there are still gaps, inconsistencies, and discrepancies in a series declaration of it chemical weapons inventory. it was discussed today by the security council. the syrian government has not resolved many outstanding issues. syria has been accused
repeatedly of using chemical weapons in its seventh year civil war. it denies doing so. president trump is taking another chunk out of its predecessors legacy tonight he is slamming the brakes on changes to fuel economy standards instituted in the obama administration. we look at how the trump team is justifying the change. >> it is the latest and arguably the biggest potential rollback of obama era regulations to date. the proposed rule, the trump administrations would freeze fuel economy standards to near 2020 levels. rescinding the levels to 55 miles per hour by 2025. they see it as a bonus for auto companies. supporters also see it as a win consumer choice. it's because they will be empowered to choose what kind of vehicles they want to drive, not being told what kind of vehicles to drive by bureaucrats from washington.
>> led by new york's barbara underwood condemned proposed change noting plans to sue. they want to reduce carbon pollution, save drivers money on gas, improve air quality separately today, the term administration moved to -- representing 40 million americans. california sued inmate in anticipation of today's actions. california would do whatever it takes to maintain today's clean car standards. both sides in this fight argued that saving lives is their primary concern, opponents noting to meet tougher standards. >> the light of the vehicle, the higher the risk for the driver. >> indeed, the institute of highway safety admits that two-thirds of the vehicles with the highest death rates were small cars, or many cars. but proponents of the change site childhood asthma, wildfires
of manifestations of climate change brought on by increased co2 levels spewing in part from auto tailpipes auto tailpipes. >> the earth is not flat, and climate change is real. can someone please inform the folks at the white house? >> if the rule becomes finalized, it will not change the availability of a low omission or zero emission cars. they are already making inroads into the marketplace, constituting about 5% of sales in california alone with the greater inroads into the marketplace likely as battery technology advances. bret. >> bret: at the white house briefing room, thinking. stocks were mixed today, the doubt lost 8, the nasdaq climbed 95. now to another example of someone's social media past catching up to them in the present. it involves a journalist just hired for what many reasonably consider a dream job in the
newspaper world. fox news media analyst howard kurtz tonight on that dream clouded with some nightmare tweet. >> impressive credentials, harvard law grad, articles in the atlantic, "washington post," and the times magazine. but sarah jeong also comes with a baggage of inflammatory twitter post which unleashed a fierce backlash on some conservative websites. sarah jeong tweeted between 2013 and 202015 that white men are goblins, dumb -- it's almost funny how much joy i get from being cruel to old white men. it's really hard. the time said in a statement today that her journalism and the fact that she is a young asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online
harassment. for period of time, she responded to the harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers. she sees now this approach only work to feed the vitriol. she regrets it and the times does not promote it. she said the tweets were presented as satire, she understands how hurtful they seem out of context. as a woman of color, she has received a lot of online hate. shut the [bleep] up, this has become a blood sport in the media. in february, they hired a tech writer and six hours later, they parted company after an uproar over public slurs and her online friendship with a white supremacist. in large, the atlantic hired and very quickly fired kevin williamson over such controversial tweets as, the law should treat abortion like any other homicide. he said today that places like "the times" should hold the line
against mass hysteria and the law of mentality of social media. >> and the twitter area, both journalist have a past that can be and often is used against them. if they join in the online vitriol, the consequences can be just as ugly, right? >> bret: thank you. up next, will the special counsel dump its star witness in the trial of the former trump campaign chairman? let's hear from some of our fox affiliates around the country. fox two in san francisco, is apple becoming the first publicly traded company valued at $1 trillion? we will see. apple shares finished today up almost 3%, had an almost high this afternoon. they are up 23% so far this yea year. fox 2 in detroit, fiat chrysler recalls 81.4 million ram pickups in the u.s. and canada because tail lights and power locks can open while the trucks are still moving. the recall covers ram 1500,
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>> bret: welcome back to los angeles, the wildfires scorching california right now are also burning through the state firefighting budget. at least $125 million spent so far. about 25% of the yearly allowance just one month into the budget year. officials say the massive blaze in and around redding grew overnight fueled by the wind. it is not a sixth most destructive wildfires in california history. his destroyed 1,000 homes and is threatening 1600 more. we will keep watching that. back in washington, prosecutors in the trial of the former drum campaign chairman, paul manafort say they do intend to call their star witness. there was doubt expressed earlier. he has not testified yet. today was all about the money. correspond peter doocy responds outside the courthouse. >> good evening, bret. this speedy trial slowed way down so that manafort prosecutors could meticulously
question one witness for almost the entire day. they called manafort's bookkeeper. she did not know that paul manafort had any foreign financial holdings. these are the sarah jeong charges that he had thousands of dollars in money hidden from the irs when one of manafort's highest paying clients, victor fled the corner, manafort's money dried up. that is when they alleged that he started defrauding banks in the u.s. by doctoring the financial statement to make it look like he had an artificially high net worth so he could get loans. heather was asked by the special counsel prosecutor, did there come a time in 2016 when mr. manafort had trouble paying his bills? she said yes. the 18 charges of financial crimes against manafort filed by robert mueller had the former
trump campaign chairman's freedom hanging, but in the third day, no talk about russian collusion or president trump. his lawyers did make an announcement today that they have every intention of calling their star witness to the stand. that followed a tuesday announcement from the special counsel prosecutor that they may not want the testimony of manafort's business partner, but the judge told the mueller team said that even his wife was not fooled by their statement, and he told the mueller team about him, saying "can't prove conspiracy without him." something else that goes to show how attentive to detail this judge is. at one point, while one of the mueller prosecutors was talking about a city in cyprus where they alleged that manafort has a hidden account, they refer to the city as nicosia, and the judge corrected the prosecutor and said, it's "20."
>> bret: paying attention to every word. the primary intimacy is coming to an end. it sets up a larger general election battle that could help determine what party controls the u.s. senate next year. we are in nashville tonight. >> tennessee voters began the process of choosing a successor to retiring bob corker in a battle that could determine who controls the u.s. senate. blackburn is expected to coast to victory in the republican primary. the congresswoman defined herself as a strong supporter of president trump's agenda. >> they want to have a u.s. senator that is going to support tax cuts because the trump tax cuts are working. >> her opponents are expected to be former governor, bill brought his son. so far, he has been hesitant to directly attack president trump, who carried tennessee in 2016 by 26 points. >> i intend to be a senator who
is not up there to work for or against the president, not going to work for or against any political party, do try to figure out what's best for the people of tennessee. >> bill bergeson said that the democrats call to abolish i.c.e. is a stupid idea. >> the party recognizes that not everybody cannot run as a far left progressive, so originally, if it makes sense for somebody to take a more moderate stance, the parties supportive of it because a win is a win. >> the strategy appears to be trying to keep the focus on new tariffs, which threaten more than $1 billion and tennessee exports, and have angered state farmers and car manufacturers. the tariff issue has put blackburn on the defensive, pushing back against the administration. >> i'm not a fan of tariffs. what we are doing is continuing to work with the administration with the department of commerce to point out where these are
having an adverse impact. >> it's been 28 years since tennessee has elected a democrat to the senate. most see this race as a toss-up. bret. >> bret: steve harrigan live in nashville. thanks. fun to watch. up next, the inside story on what democrats have planned, making their policy page for the midterms. n't win. now introducing aleve back and muscle pain. only aleve targets tough pain for up to 12 hours with just one pill. aleve back & muscle. all day strong. all day long. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. it's the ford summer sales event and now is the best time to buy. man: (on tablet) preparing classic campfire trout. say what? trout.
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♪ >> bret: in america's election headquarters tonight, we are just three months from the november midterm elections. that will decide which party controls the house and the senate for the remainder of president trump's first term. despite public splits in their party, democrats are desperately trying to sing the same sheet of music to regain power. >> you will hear what democrats have heard from the american people across the country. >> a video narrated by house
minority leader, nancy pelosi called "a better deal" is our goal for the committee. >> a better deal is fueled by better values. >> democratic efforts are to take back control of the house. i recently sat down with the three cochairs of the dp's easy to talk about their pitch. a pitch that starts with fixing health care. >> first of all, the cost of health care, and how it's getting out of control, we will find out in october that the rates are going to go up even higher. it will cost the average family of four in addition of $3100 a year. any tax benefits that any family might have seen is out the window and then some. >> we are going to rebuild the country with a real infrastructure plan that will create 60 million good playing a full-time job. and we are going to really take on corruption in this town. the president talked about all three of those things,
health care cost, he hasn't done it, draining the swamp, he has made it worse, and infrastructure plan has not worked. >> we need to reclaim this party. >> bret: in recent weeks, the democratic message getting most of the attention is coming from new york underdogs conditional primary winner, alexandria ocasio-cortez. >> the movement is courageous, and it's the right thing to do. >> bret: a self-proclaimed democratic socialist who says she would be happy to see the end of capitalism. a lot of the focus lately has been on democratic socialists after this win of miss ocasio-cortez. would you say to folks who look at that and say, wait a second, are we buying into socialism? >> we are a progressive party but we also include progressive progressives, new democrats, more conservative blue dogs, obviously, we have some people, candidates who may become members of congress on the hard left. but as sherry indicated, we will be relentlessly focused on delivering for the people.
>> bret: ocasio-cortez is a rock star. it does that hurt your message heading into the fall? >> i don't think it does. as the team just mentioned, and sherry, we are very focused on making a case to the people that democrats are fighting for them. they've a sense that washington isn't working. >> bret: 's these do share ocasio-cortez's firm opposition to the terms of tax cuts. >> the tax plan, we call it a tech scan because 83% of the benefits went to the top 1%. we want to keep the middle-class tax cuts. >> bret: 's businesses in your district have not expressed to you any upside from the tax cuts? >> the real wages that people are taking home, no, i'm hearing from person after person after person, they are not feeling it. that is a common story of the person of my congressional district, a district that donald trump won. >> bret: he said it differently than nancy pelosi originally said, it was crumbs, the tax cuts for people. as you are competing, your folks
are campaigning for office, are they saying it's going to be speaker nancy pelosi? >> i think what people are saying, if we get to mike give it democrats the ability to govern the majority, we want to get things done, it can't be business as you usual. people don't vote for leadership, they vote for individual candidates. >> bret: i'm reading between the lines here, does that mean individual leadership if you take the majority? >> i think he's absolutely right. if i listen about is in my district, they ask the same questions. how are we going to make my family's life better question might they don't ask, who's going to be in this position without position. >> bret: do you all have leadership aspirations? >> i think we all have aspirations to make sure that we've got a good leadership team after november when we win back the majority. >> whether it nancy pelosi or someone else? >> if we win back the majority, there will be lots of opportunities for people in congress. >> democrats like to campaign as
moderates in election time, but when they go to washington, they always vote for the radical pelosi agenda down the line. >> bret: give me the things that you can agree to work on with president trump should you get the majority, because it will be splitting it, obviously. >> health care cost, prescription drug costs, a real trillion dollar transportation package. those were all promises he made when he was candidate trumps traveling all across the country. are we willing to work with him? absolutely. >> bret: 's republican site if you to control this is going to be about hearing after hearing, and impeachment process, what you said your colleagues who say there should be impeachment? >> i don't have a whole lot of people who ask me about it. there's an investigation going on, i say we let that play out and see what comes of that and then we can make some decisions accordingly appear to to listen to president trump , immigration will be a big issue again in 2018 and 2020. >> they don't want the law, they want open borders, they are more
interested in taking care of criminals than they are in taking care of you. speak it we have had a number of comprehensive bills. i was a proud cosponsor of those bills. we just need to have leadership in the congress that will allow us to vote on it. >> we are a nation of immigrants anchored in the rule of law. we can find a pathway forward to fix our broken immigration system but do it in a way that's consistent with the illegal immigration system that also respects the rule of law. >> bret: obviously, you think you're going to get the majorit majority. what happens if it's 38? >> if we win with 38? wow. >> more likely than not, we are going to be in the majority, ultimately we will place our faith in the american people. >> bret: ever the diplomat, thank you for your time.
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tonight, something you might not have considered. your own body. julian turner explains. >> do you have a history of breast cancer in your family? i realize i don't know on my biological father's side. that was ultimately what drove me to sign up. >> on the years as the market is a specialty product, consumer dna testing has now gone mainstream with $99 million in sales last year for companies like 23 and me, ancestry, and my heritage dna. that market is projected to boom. $300 million in sales. >> genetic information is the most foundational part of you. >> but customers may not be prepared to share that highly personal information with third-party companies, something 23 and me plans to do. announcing this week $300 million deal with pharmaceutical giant to use people's dna to develop medical
treatment. the deal gives the company access to the database of nearly 5 million customers in order to focus on research and development of innovative new medicine and potential cures using human genetics as the basis of human discovery. but security experts say there's nothing more personal than your dna data. it's unethical for companies to use it without your consent. >> they don't realize that the service they paid for. something is personal and unique as their dna could be sold and profited upon. >> consumers and some states have alerted the federal trade commission to privacy concerns, insiders believe the agency is already investigating these companies data sharing policies. >> this could be used in the future potentially against you. it can be used to deny you alone, potentially health insurance. >> there are currently no federal requirements that dna testing companies inform customers about security breaches that expose their personal data. some lawmakers want dna testing to have the same proposed
privacy regulations on social media. >> would you support a role that requires you to notify your users of a breach within 72 hours. >> senator, that make sense to me. >> experts say it's imperative that they take action quickly repaired to cyber criminals are already finding ways to use dna data to fraud americans. bret. >> bret: interesting story. pope francis has decreed the death penalty is inadmissible in all circumstances, and that the catholic church must work to abolish it. this changes official church teaching to reflect his view that all life is sacred, there is no justification for state-sponsored executions. the new church teaching will say that capital punishment constitutes an attack on the dignity of human beings. next up, russia is still trying to interfere in u.s. elections, despite warnings from president trump. we will start there and expanded
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♪ >> russia attempted to interfere with the last election, and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day. >> are we talking about rogue russian individuals, are we talking about the kremlin? >> both. russia has used numerous ways in which they want to influence through media, social media, actors that they hire, bots, proxies, all of the above and potentially more. it is pervasive, ongoing with the intent to achieve their intent, which is drive a wedge and undermined our democratic values. >> our democracy itself is in
the cross hairs. free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. democracy is real and the nation's elections are more resilient today because of the work we are all doing, but we must continue to ensure that our democracy is protected. >> bret: quite a show of force at the white house today, officials saying the red alert is out there. russia and others are attacking the u.s. election system. the latest polls, we had concerns about russian interference of the 2018 elections, and 42% very concerned, some are concerned, 21%. it is an issue, they are sending up the red flares. let's bring in our panel. he with me in los angeles, steve hilton, former advisor, the host of the next revolution, leslie marshall, syndicated talk radio shows to. in washington, mollie hemingway, senior editor, and mathew continetti, editor in chief of "the washington free beacon" ." pretty impressive, the rollout
they had weird it seems like they had to do that to show that it's a big issue. >> yes, i think that they are trying to fight back against accusations that they're not taking it seriously, and it's all just a hoax like the rest of it. but the truth is, the threat is overstated and the response is completely wrong. it's overstated because it's not really a threat to democracy -- they're using the wrong language. it's not about democracy, it's not about the voting process itself that they're really talking about, they are focusing on social media. of course, that's an important part about the debate, but is about the debate not democracy. if you're really worried about russian and other influence over votes, there is a simple solution, it's to get rid of all this technology that has made it so fragile. >> bret: go to paper ballot? >> people think i'm joking, i'm not joking. paper ballot, human beings counting them, calling in the votes on a landline.
i would like to see putin hacking with pencils. >> our election process is very decentralized at the local and state level. there does not indicate any evidence that a single voting machine was hacked. the institutions that were most susceptible to foreign meddling where our media, law enforcement, intelligence apparatus, and fortunately, washington has very little appetite to deal with that reality that these were the institutions that were susceptible to foreign meddling. little concerned about how to avoid it in the future. >> bret: i will say to see all those folks out there, we all know what we don't know. we don't know what they are seeing classifiedwise and what their capabilities are. >> what i like today and thought was refreshing, i saw unity and i saw unity as to what we have heard the sentiment from the fbi and others in the intelligence community saying since the election in 2016, who the american people need to hear from now, in my opinion, even if
you didn't vote for him or like him, i didn't vote for him, is the president. we are not hearing that from the president. you can hear from the white house, directors of all these agencies, even people specifically saying yes, the kremlin, yes, pointing the finger at putin. not backing down, a very strong force. i like saying that. americans care about that going into the midterms, they need to hear the president be strong about this, be consistent with this administration, say it and stick with it, not the next day, well, putin talk to me and he sounded pretty convincing. if that doesn't cut it for the american people. regarding paper, -- >> that's complicated. that's not somebody with a pencil. >> bret: i remember someone with a pickup trucks with a box of ballot trying to get to des moines. >> i think with the administration is trying to do is show some attention to the russian meddling issue in order to raise the price of further involvement by russia. what you saw with all the
administration officials was a real show of solidarity and force in order to deter russia from engaging in activities it's engaged in in the past. it also engages in throughout the world, in particular, in eastern and western europe. this is a good start by the white house. clearly addressing the political vulnerability heading into the election. >> bret: today ivanka trump, the president's daughter and senior advisor in the white house says that she was against family separation, set it with a low point. she was also asked a question whether she believes that the media is the enemy of the people. take a listen. >> i have certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that i know not to be fully accurate. so, i've, you know, have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe especially when they sort of
feel targeted. no, i do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people. >> bret: it that created quite a stir today. the president tweeted, "they asked my daughter ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. she correctly said no, it is the fake news, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people." that set off a q&a at the white house including a reporter from cnn and the press secretary. >> you did not say that the present is not the enemy of the people. >> the president has made his position known. i also think it's ironic -- >> if you would not mind telling us -- >> repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any contact other than to incite anger. >> you did not say in the course of those remarks that you just made that the press is not the enemy of the people. >> i appreciate your passion. i share it. i have addressed this question, i've addressed my personal feelings. i'm here on behalf of the president, he has made his comments clear.
>> which is her job as press secretary. >> donald trump did not create distrust of the media. distrust of the media helped create donald trump, and immediate really need to get a handle on why so many americans don't just dislike them but loathe them. the only way you can defend media performances, or get really upset about donald trump criticizing the media if you think the media are doing a good job. the fact is the very few americans actually think the media are doing a good job. a recent poll showed that 72% of americans think that the media deliberately reports fake, false, misleading news. i think the misleading thing is really significant. it's not the people are just making up facts, but the bias, the self aggrandizement, the idiocy that people see in the media is frustrating them and the media really need to take a hard look inside. jim acosta's telling a woman that she needs to say certain words or he's not going to stop
yelling at her is not going to improve the relationship between the media and the american people. >> bret: i will say this, the poll out, enemy of the people, view of the news media, total 21% part of the democracy, 71%, then you look at the g.o.p. voters and the split there. leslie, i think we can say effectively the media is not the enemy. the people you see the president parsing over, the fake news, that it's the enemy of the people. the rage button goes to 11 every day, it seems. they forget that other things are happening. your thoughts on all of this? >> i'm glad you showed that poll. this is one of the things i am saying, actually speaks to what russia has done successfully which is dividing us as a nation further. along political lines, we are seeing that her. it sort of like, there are people on the right that think a certain network is bad based on anything that isn't said that they agree with or that they like. for example, the president likes
anybody on any network that says something positive on him, any world leader that says something positive about him. i think his followers are showing that by the result of the poll. >> i think the incentives here are in a misalignment appeared on the one hand, you have many on the right to have an incentive to be very oppositional towards the trump administration, to be sensationalist, to get ratings, to also get a sense of heroism against the trump administration. on the other hand, if the trump administration, which clearly understands that its base is extremely distrustful of the media and for many, many years, the duke, conservative base of the republican party has viewed the media is basically the epitome of the political and cultural lead in this country. i don't see this debate ending anytime soon. >> bret: not a promo here but putting it up, most trusted by the research intelligence by brand keys, bbc and fox news at
87%. what about this pullback? >> i think he his persistent bullying of sarah sanders is bordering on abusive, but don't expect any #metoo movement. >> bret: it should never be about us, ever -- >> but he should be. he is bullying her on a daily basis in an extremely offensive way. i want to address the point. i think of this debate in the context of the very robust back-and-forth between the press and the politicians that i grew up with in the u.k., the whole thing strikes me as being ridiculous. the media here are insufferably pompous. regarding, of course it's true that the press are a vital part of democracy, but they are not above everyone else, they are not above criticism. criticizing the free press is not the same as being a threat to the free press. i think what most people look at
all this and need self-pity and whingeing from the media and think what a bunch of sanctimonious idiots. >> bret: i get that but there's also the other side that says the crowd that gets stirred up at the rallies, as the president points back to the reporter doing a live shot and yells at him is also a problem, right? we as a country, aren't we better than that? >> it's really important not just to have laws that protect freedom of the press but a culture that supports it, as well. it's absolutely true that you can criticize the press, we do want our politicians and political leaders to support the culture surrounding the present. the problem is that the media gives way too much ammunition to their critics. even how we talked about this, donald trump has repeatedly said fake news is the enemy of the people. propaganda spat, fake news is bad, but they got off the word fake and just say news. when they do that, it gives their critics so much ammunition. we need to see better behavior
from the media if they want to hold us a administration accountable, and holding the administration accountable is one of the things they should be doing. >> bret: we could all do a little soul-searching about how to cover things fairly. in a different environment than we have ever faced before. that's fair to say appear >> i agree with you. it doesn't need to be personal. they didn't have to go there. either way. >> bret: thank you, panel. here and in d.c. when we come back, katy perry with some very personal fireworks for 16 fan s . and if i can get comfortable keeping this tookus safe and protected... you can get comfortable doing the same with yours. preparation h. get comfortable with it. no mathere are over 10,000 allstate agents riding sweep. call one today. are you in good hands?
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tonight, talking about the book tonight, "three days in moscow." we will say. wish me luck. stay tuned for president trump's rally in wilkes-barre township. "the story" starting right now. >> i will be watching you on "jimmy kimmel" my friend. any moment now, president trump ready to take the stage in pennsylvania for a make america great again rally. the president hoping to turn the tables for the republican senate candidates there. an election could very well serve as a referendum on his presidency. look, there is the man of the hour right there, although the other night, he spoke for an entire hour. it's been longer than that that the people in pennsylvania get to be in his company as he walks his way to the stage. hello in prime time, i'm harris faulkner iig