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  1. Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition government was rocked by Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation on Wednesday in protest at a ceasefire reached between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Lieberman’s far-right Yisrael Beitenu party has quit the coalition and its five MPs have withdrawn support for the government.

    A source close to Bennett said that after his meeting with Netanyahu “it became clear … there was a need to go to elections as soon as possible with no possibility of continuing the current government.”

    Israeli media reported that other coalition partners would oppose Bennett, who leads an ultra-nationalist, religious party, becoming defense minister.

    An election date would be decided on Sunday, the source close to Bennett said.

  2. Fox News, other outlets back CNN’s lawsuit against Trump administration

    Fox News joined a number of media outlets on Wednesday in announcing that they would back rival CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.

    Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement that the network intends to file an amicus brief with a U.S. District Court in the lawsuit.

    CNN filed suit against the White House on Tuesday seeking the return of correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials, which were revoked last week after a testy exchange with President Trump during a press conference.

  3. Gerrit

     /  17th November 2018

    How much chance that Acosta will ever be handed the talking stick (microphone)?

    He will be sent to Coventry

    And you can bet for certain that the on/off switch to the microphone will be controlled by white house staff remotely.

    Is Acosta a reporter or agent provocateur.

    He is not a reporter in my view but a combatant bully. Some would say he is a robust interviewer but he goes beyond that and has become a self centered egotist.

    When veteran reported such as Bob Woodward make these observations

    “Woodward is no fan of the Trump administration, however, his judgment on the current reactions to the Trump administration seem spot on. Trump drives the press to unprofessionalism and is able to do so due to the infestation of ego the press has.”

    and Jon Stewart

    “But I think the journalists have taken it personally,” Stewart said. “They’re personally offended and wounded by [Trump]. He baits them and they dive in — and what he’s done well I thought was to appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego.”

    Acosta is not winning friends in the press core either

    • Gezza

       /  17th November 2018

      (press corps – just saying, in the hope you won’t embarrass yourself like that again)

      • Gerrit

         /  17th November 2018


        Proof reading is not my strong point…will try harder in future.

        And I never get embarrassed but treat it as learning from mistakes.

        • Gezza

           /  17th November 2018

          Good man, no worries. I think I’m probably the worst proof-reader on this blog. Constantly embarrassing myself I’m afraid. I blame the government.

    • Griff.

       /  17th November 2018

      Trumpies are so blind to their leader
      Trump has
      Lied like a five year old every single day he has been in office .
      Made a mockery of the position of president .
      Created one of the most corrupt regimes in US history.
      His picks for positions “the best people” have repeatably been found wanting by even Trumps low standards.
      Treated the press as an enemy of the people.
      The white house released a doctored tape from a crank webshite to make the reporter look bad .
      and you think a reporter who asked some nasty questions is the problem
      Get a brain cell or a massive injection of reality RWNJ.

      • Gerrit

         /  17th November 2018

        And a nice good morning to you Griff. Hope you will have a nice day. Yes thanks I’m well and looking forward to a sunny day.

        You totally missed the point about the press corps. It is not about Trump and his many failings, it is about reporters becoming like Trump and showing the same failings (narcissistic and egomaniacs).

        Still if abuse is your method of conversation, maybe someone will be along shortly to discuss with you this.

        Then you can spend the rest of the morning producing graphs to keep you occupied.

        • Griff.

           /  17th November 2018

          I have read the discussions on that paper
          I dont need some halfiwtted Trumpet to point out such things. The paper once corrected confirmed what we already know from the ARGO network.

          Now be a big boy and address my points father than posting a cute furry mammal.
          1 Trump lies all the time . He is arguably the worlds leading provider of fake news.
          2 Trump has frequently attacked the press as the enemy of the people .
          3 The white house released a doctored video from some whacko webshite.
          Yet you want to gibber about some reporter who asked him some nasty questions .

          • Gerrit

             /  17th November 2018

            Oh dear, Griff is angry and condescending.

            Nah , not going to explain to you, your inability to see that the reporters (Acosta in particular) have taken on the many bad traits of Trump and are mirroring him and arrogance and attitude. This not about Trump, this is about reporters.

            Got bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes and bread frying on the BBQ out in the sunlight of a bright clear day. So looking forward to a nice breakfast and a better day.

            Inflict your condescending and anger on someone else, I don’t want to engage with someone with your attitude today.

            Good Bye

    • duperez

       /  17th November 2018

      It’s a funny old world isn’t it. Perspectives.

      “He is not a reporter in my view but a combatant bully. Some would say he is a robust interviewer but he goes beyond that and has become a self centered egotist.”

      A rewrite of the sentences but changing the subject: “He is not a President in my view but a … “

  4. Gerrit

     /  17th November 2018

    More reading id interested in how reporters are now opinion mouth pieces that leads to the dangerous precedent that all news is no longer believable as truth. The rise of fake news.

    “The danger of blurring the line between opinion and objective journalism leads to the loss of our understanding of what is true versus what we want to be true. The press is the guardrail that prevents government from veering off the path of transparency and accountability. But when the news becomes indistinguishable from opinion, where does the public turn? In fact, when the citizenry can no longer trust the news for an honest portrayal of the issues, this enables the government to cloak itself in the absence of trustworthy investigation. It’s crucial to hold journalists accountable if we want the system to work as it was intended by the Framers of our Constitution. It is for this reason that the freedom of the press was enshrined as our first amendment.”

    Unfortunately the Acosta’s in the press make the situation worse.

    “Bringing up a random historical non-factoid like a poem isn’t in Acosta’s job description as a journalist. Such a desperate appeal is a marker of a man less concerned with truth and more with whatever makes his aggrieved audience perceive him as courageous or steadfast.

    But these realities are a mere distraction for Mr. Acosta. It’s certainly more lucrative to flail your arms about and decry racism than to examine the law by its merits, and that’s the malignant growth on journalism today. It’s not clear how his grandstanding and character assassinations did anything to shed light on the facts of the matter, but that’s fine so long as he receives the applause he so desperately wants from the chronically outraged.”

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