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them to be studied by scientists and shared with public. have a great week and we will see you next fox news howie: on the buzz meter, president trump says he'll consider a range of measures to stop mass shootings. >> i haven't said this very often since the president was sworn in, but thank you, mr. president, for what you did yesterday. and letting these people speak. >> i thought putting this together today was great. ' it was first rate. >> they took a chance. this could have gone really poorly. howie: guns are a volatile issue and not all the pundits are on
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board. >> when you hear the president of the united states say give everybody teacher a gun is insane. >> the president doesn't know what he's talking about. he didn't meet with parents and survivors of victims of school shootings, he went into the white house with simplistic talking pints written by him by white house staff. >> he gets cheered when talking about gun control laws in this country. howie: is the press too wedded to sweeping gun control to welcome the president's moves? what about the nra accusing the media of encouraging mass violence. the pundits insist' trump has
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done more to stand up to moscow than barack obama. >> he said russia didn't meddle. he said it as president-elect and he said it as president. he's tweeted a whole lot of lies. the white house press secretary sarah sanders schools the media how president trump has been tougher on russia than the liberal media. howie: what about all the media speculation after new charges against paul man fort an paul md guilty plea by rick gates. and a playboy's handwritten notes scribbled a decade after
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the fact. whatever your view of president trump he has put the issue of gun control at the top of the white house agenda. he did it with parents and teachers at the white house. >> i lost a best friend. practically a brother. and i'm here to use my voice because i know he can't. and i know he's with me cheering me on. be strong. but it's hard. howie: at that meeting and a listening session next day made it clear he's considering some gun control measures. president trump: it's called concealed carry where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. they would go for special training and they would be there and you would longer have a
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gun-free zone. we are going to do strong background checks. we'll work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18. we'll look at bump stocks and mental health. howie: joining me, jonathan swan, emily jashinsky, and mo elleithee. with those meetings he turned it into arrive thing television show. without him doing that i think the gun control part of the debate would be getting less coverage. jonathan: he was so strongly endorsed by the nra and second amendment absolutist. and he has the ability to be a
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nixon to china on guns and change public opinion within that bloc of republican voters who follow him. howie: is he intentionally driving the coverage? he knows how to get the stories he wants at the top of every newscast. jonathan: of course. we often say he's the producer, writer and show runner of his own reality tv show at the white house every day. howie: he was strongly supported by the nra. why with a few exceptions are so few in the media giving him credit for that. >> i think it was chris stirewalt in the clip you just played. this was a risk, the forum in the white house was a risk. but we saw him being restrained, sober, curious and compassionate with people.
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howie: those are not words the media usually uses to describe this person. emily: even when he exhibits those traits he doesn't get credit. he got a reception surprisingly appreciative of what he did in that forum. howie: i thought there would be a lot of hand wringing but nothing would happen. but after 8 years when barack obama couldn't get a vote on gun control, president trump is trying to get something through. mo: we are in a unique moment. i have got to give the teens down at parkland for forcing this issue. this happened time and time and time again, we don't often see the victims and you are vierves step forward. i think they have been the catalyst. i think the president would have gotten more give from people if
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he had not listened and understand this is a conversation that needs to be had. it's a unique moment our politics. the question is what comes of it. howie: there has been some criticism from the media on the right that the media is exploiting these students and we are collectively putting them on television because they support a position that is the way the mainstream media already leans. don't they have a right to be heard? jonathan: they absolutely do. it would be inhuman not to let them speak and give them a platform to talk. this needs to be a gunk discussion. we saw chris wallace's show this morning. we had a father of one of the children killed and one of the students at the school, and you could see the difference in opinion. he said this is not a gun issue,
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it's about school safety. howie: it seems the alternative would be to censor them or repress their views and i don't see how a responsible news organization could do that. we are talking about banning bump stocks, tightening background checks. but the commentators seem to be focusing heavily to arm trained teachers and others in schools. emily: the gun issue is a great issue into media bias. this is coming from commentators largely located in new york where the gun culture is very different than it is in the rest of the country. i think in other parts of the country it resonates differently. this is an interesting window into media bias in general.
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gun control -- a lot of the coverage i see is predicated on the idea that gun control is the solution. if you accept that premise the conversation changes dramatically. howie: the president is making' suggestions some backed by the gun control right and some by the gun control left. and the focus by the media is the one teacher proposal. it seems there should be more balanced coverage, because he's suggesting many things we didn't think we would hear from a republican president. >> where we are seeing areas of agreement, potential agreement, things like strengthening background checks, or upping potentially upping the age. that's getting attention. that's getting -- that's
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jump-starting a conversation. the president did throw a big new idea out there with this that it seems almost the way he did it seemed like a second-hand comment when he announced it. and i think that deserves a certain amount of scrutiny, and rightfully so. i do want to say this. i think one of the things that's the most of encouraging to me about this moment in our conversation is for the first time, i feel like we are talking about the multi pronged approach to dealing with this issue. we are not just talking about guns, but we are talking about guns. we are talking about mental health and the role of law enforcement. this is one of those issues where we have to talk about all thosing things. howie: jake tapper got a lot of
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praise and some criticism for this. >> in the name of 17 people you cannot ask the nra to keep the money out of your campaign. >> i think in the name of 17 people i can pledge to you that i will support any law that will prevent a killer like this -- howie: what does it say that a 17-year-old can go toe to toe with a 17-year-old. jonathan: it was democracy at work but it did have the feel of a political event. emily: with the crowd acting that way. the crowd booed dana when she tried to talk about rape survivors. i agree with jonathon the kids
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deserved platform before it was gut wrenching. howie: this is a conservative pro-trump rupert murdoch newspaper. and in addition, here is pat robertson on his 700 club. >> i have shot skeet, i have hunted, but i don't think the general population needs to have automatic weapons. howie: are we seeing a shift from conservative commentators? emily: you can look at dzhokhar borrow. but i would also add to the moment saying in the wake of this particular tragedy we are having more conversations about innovative solution to the gun control.
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it's not the same solutions, but they are different in some case. howie: after previous massacres the tone of the mainstream media is in favor of sweeping gun control measures. mo: i don't know if i would say sweeping. howie: more than modest. mo: read starting the -- restarting the conversation that we had at various points in our history over assault weapons, i don't think that is an unusual thing to have happen right now. background checks. we saw after sandy hook, a bipartisan effort to have back ground checks. i'm not seeing a lot of people saying go seize all the guns. jonathan: it seems the gun issue is the issue more than any other
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issue that media at large agrees upon. as you follow the television coverage. it's almost that it's a consensus view that there needs to be stronger gun control. that's my instinct as a viewer watching the coverage. howie: let me get a break here. the coverage of president trump is changing the way we view this. i will be at the reagan library march 5 to talk about my book. why conspiracy theories against some of the florida students are going viral.
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howie: president trump drew media criticism when he slammed. the media, democrats and fbi and insisted he had been tougher on moscow than obama. fact checkers gave that three pinocchios but acknowledged obama didn't do much until after the invasion of crimea. and reluctantly signed that sanctions bill the by congress. jonathan: re torically it's absurd to say trump has been tough on russia. but he gave ukrainians military assistance, and the notion of recasting barack obama as some sort of a hawk on russia, the
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strategic focus was to try to warm relations and do a reset. it wasn't until after crimea they said maybe this reset isn't work, and some of the sanction they put in was after the election in 2016. it was a wash. was obama some sort of a hawk in. howie: they are saying the president should have come out and addressed the widespread choreographed russian attempt. the press thinks it's the president's rest rick which is fairly friendly to putin. emily: there is a lot of coverage of the rhetoric as there should be. but that doesn't mean there
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couldn't be coverage of the action. what trump has done substantively and on top of that policywise, we have not discussed enough about the failures of the obama administration. maybe we can move forward and use this movement to learn. howie: the obama administration's, i would say tim itity during the election. i know they -- i would say their timidity during the election. they didn't want to upset the cart. mo: i wish the administration of obama had done more and done it sooner. but it did impose sanctions and expelling russian diplomats and
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seizing russian compound here in the united states. president trump still won't acknowledge in a real way or at least convincingly and substantively hasn't done have much. he signed the near unanimously passed sanctions bill by congress. then chose not to enforce it. so substantively to say that he has done -- emily: it's not as though he's in office and doing everything vladimir putin what want. howie: great discussion this morning. mo elleithee, emily jashinsky, and jonathan swan. up next a closer look at the "new yorker" story and the playmate and the mystery of her
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handwritten notes.
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howie: a piece last week at the "new yorker." mcdougal is a former playboy play mate. and the centerpiece of the story is 8 pages of her handwritten notes. mcdoug alps notes were written a decade later during the 2016 cam pawn or since then. first there was a tale that it was written on a notebook written on a notebook that wasn't manufactured until 2016. the article makes clear the idea to sell her story to american
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media first occurred in 2016. and her written account is supported by additional sourcing and representation in the article. it seemed like these were contemporaneous notes as "the washington post" put it. the "enquirer" agreed to pay her for the rights to her story about an affair with a married man. the new york quoted ex-staffers. and that he buys a story to kill it. and it bars her from talking about trump. so her friend gave her scribbled notes to the "new yorker." >> she fully admits she
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voluntarily signed the agreements, and the reason the written testimony exists, in the course of selling the story, a friend of hers coaxed her into sitting down and writing every detail which she did. howie: john crawford was watching trump on tv and living with her when he suggested her story could be worth something. "new yorker" editor says the magazine disclosed crawford's role. none of this proofs mcdougal isn't telling the truth. but this a difference between a real-time diary and scribbling things down about a candidate or potential president a decade
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later. nra officials denouncing the mainstream media for say voarg r encouragin
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howie: the nra is escalating its rhetoric. we saw dana loesch at the cpac. >> many in legacy media love mass shootings. you guys love it. >> mass shootings have become their "game of thrones," their house of cards and seinfeld all wrapped in one. whenever they get one they pull
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out everything they can to push their agenda. and you the mainstream media just put out the casting call for the next mass shooting. howie: joining me gayle trotter and richard fowler. i get that the nra detests the media, but that charge, you guys just love it seems inflammatory. gayle: dana loesch is a hero and she is very brave. why are they saying that? it's because they see such biased coverage in the media. many members in the mainstream media passionately have opinions on this issue and they are genuinely astonished every time a mass shooting oh curbs that they haven't been successful in advancing their aim. howie: isn't that different than saying you love this. gayle: yes, but why do they
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think the mainstream media has that opinion? howie: i don't use the shooter's names in these massacres, but how is it not a massive story when 17 people are gunned down in a florida high school. richard: here is the truth, most of gun owners are responsible sportsmen and take good care of their weapons and they lock them up and have done everything right to get the right weapon. but when these weapons get into the hands of the wrong people like we saw happen in stoneman douglas, 20 minutes from where i grew up. you see the media reporting the facts. 17 young people lost their lives because a weapon got into the hands of the wrong people. rich rrp journalists are in
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tears. richard: journalists are in tears when covering this story to gill 17 people in three minutes. gayle: when people support the right to self-defense, richard said sportsmen. we are not talking about hujt or men. we are talking about women who want to defend their families. howie: journalists rush to cover wars and terrorist attacks and hurricanes. it's part of our jobs. ratings sometimes go up, bowter times they go down because people turn off the set. they can't take it. but to say we want these things to happen is understand fair. cnn tweeted out the following.
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here are 71 florida lawmakers, all of them republicans who refuse to vote for an assault weapons ban along with their nra ratings. does that sound like activism? gayle: yes. cnn decided to focus on a single issue when we have an appalling lack of effort on the part of local law enforcement and federal law enforcement. howie: there is nothing wrong in piewngt out voting records and nra ratings. richard: i agree there is a little bit of tilt in that particular tweet. they talked about the guns and the pieces that got to it. but that doesn't take away from the fact that this individual who shouldn't have access to an
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ar-15 and he used it to kill 17 young people and teachers. howie: we talked about the charge that the media are exploiting the students. exploiting or covering them. gayle: americans want to hear the voices of the parkland students. the criticism is you are only hearing from one side of the debate. you are not hearing from other survivors who might have a different view. richard: i think what you see from these students, you also see students all sack broward county and across the state of florida, even iowa. students are walk out of their classrooms. young people are saying we don't feel safe in school. the press is covering the story. young people walk out of a school in an entire county. that's a national news story.
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howie: at cpac the president said this. i want to get your reaction. president trump: we had a crooked election and a crooked candidate. we have a very, very crooked media. howie: lock her up again? gayle: is law for just the little people? that's why cpac cheered him for that. we see all this coverage of hillary clinton and there is no account built. richard: i -- no accountability. he beat hillary clinton soundly in the electoral college. stop talking about hillary and fix the problems you were
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elected to fix. howie: trump campaigner rick gates pleads guilty in the charges against him and paul manafort. cnn fights back on charges it cnn fights back on charges it scripted a town my name is jeff sheldon, and i'm the founder of ugmonk. before shipstation it was crazy. it's great when you see a hundred orders come in, a hundred orders come in, but then you realize i've got a hundred orders i have to ship out. shipstation streamlined that wh the order data, the weights of , everything is seamlessly put into shipstation, so when we print the shipping ll everything's pretty much done. it's so much easier so now, we're ready, bring on t. shipstation. the number one ch of online sellers. go to shipstation.com/tv and get two months free.
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howie: donald trump's deputy campaign chairman rick gates
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pled guilty to fraud. joining us, steve hayes. you will the pun did say this plea puts pressure on manafort. how does the media know if manafort or gates have any information on trump. steve: we don't. none of us saw the papadopoulos indictment coming. but you see journalists going on networks and writing opinion networks purporting to tell people what's going too come next. we don't know what's going to come next. it's better to wait and see what bob knewer is doing.
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howie: they have air time to fill. that's part of it. steve: the indictment itself is news, but then there is not much to say about the indictment. howie: axio said the latest charges against him could kill a deal, then the next say he pleads. on the subject of russia, if all the russian meddling took place during the obama administration, why didn't obama do something about the meddling? why aren't dem crimes under investigation? ask jeff sessions. then the news story that trump suggests his attorney general
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investigate obama. steve: it appears when the president makes these kinds of arguments that they are coming from a political place rather than a deep concern for law enforcement. that's a problem. if you think law enforcement was biased or selective or political under democrats. as a conservative you don't want the answer to that to be we should have our people go after their people. when the president makes a suggestion publicly to the attorney general that he ought to investigate, that's what it looks like. if the evidence is there, it should come from career folks at the fbi and the justice department to investigate. howie: here is cnn reporter responding to this. >> when you compare the trump
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administration response to the president's response and the obama administration's response. sarah sanders is entering delusional territory. howie: by defending the president's record on russia. steve: i don't think as a general right's not helpful to make those kinds of claims. one of the things the president did with one of his tweets, he said he had bench tougher than obama had. he changed the debate. the public debate became a contest. who was tougher on russia. howie: we had the republican house intel memo on carter page and the fisa warrant. the democratic memo released with redactions. the bureau interviewed cart
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months before on this request to the fisa court. are most of people following the details? steve: it's hard. i am following the details and i have to read these things four or five times to understand what's happening here. you are seeing politicians use classifications and redactions to make political points. then you see politicians using classify cakes or redactions to make political points. i don't think there is any way to handle this debate other than to have the fisa applications totally released. howie: by delaying it in this battle over what to be released. i think he delayed it to the point where the news cycle moved on and there wasn't public
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interest in it the way there was the huge bill around the republican memo. i think we ought to have seen the democratic memo earlier. even if you believe the republican memo and i do, that the democrats deliberately loaded their memo with information that they knew would need to be redacted. howie: after the break, a bogus conspiracy video about one student survived the parkland massacre it's number one on youtube. what's going on. successful people have one thing in common. they read more. how do they find the time? with audible. audible has the world's largest selection of audiobooks. books like peak performance... and endurance. books that energize and inspire for just $14.95 a month.
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howiehowie: some of the florida students who survived the parkland shooting are being slammed on social media. the caption, david hogg, the actor. >> i am not an actor. i am somebody . . how does a bogus video falsely accusing david hogg of being an actor. was the number one view on youtube before they took it down for bullying and harassment. they inadvertently recommended it to users.
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but you have 250,000 people willing to watch something blatantly false. and that's sad and cruel given what these student have been through. howie: it was posted by a 51-year-old man called mike m. he said he'll continue to do it despite being be penalized. why do so many people watch something like that? >> he struck a chord with folks. some people feel so strongly about gun control that they are willing to believe something that's false and conspiratorial. howie: another cycle gateway pundit floated a theory without any evidence that florida
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students from that high school were coached to criticize the president's response to the shooting. another example of something being put out there and it was retweeted. >> anyone can create a narrative and within a video that supports that narrative. i think from the left and the right some people have a hunger for information, propaganda that validates their views rather than considering another side. and the factual backing of that doesn't seem to matter. things going viral in an hour? that is dangerous. these people have been through hell with these tragedies and it's so sad. howie: public figures and politicians are used to this back and forth. these high school students who have shine on a typical day, why
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can't these tech giants stop the bullying, harassment and fraudulent video. what would it take? >> the first thing it would take is a lot of money. there are people worried about stomping on free speech. the tech giants don't want people fleeing their network because they are policing content. but there will be a tipping point where people are coming to sites because they are disgusted by the content that's there. howie: cnn pushing back against an apparently doctored email. and kiley jenner. does she have the power to sink a major
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howie: colton hobb claimed cnn tried to script his questions. he said a producer suggested he shorten his questions about the arming of teachers in school. the producer says this is what colton and i discussed on the phone that he submit. but cnn says the phrase he submitted was deleted. cbs's margaret brennan has been named host of "face the nation." she'll be named foreign affairs correspondent.
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in one tweet kiley jenner wiped out $1.3 million of snapchat's value. well, here is what's sad. when you read into the story on the 6% scok decline. to be fair, the timing of jenner's tweet and snapchat's value was just a coincidence. that's how it's done, that's how you get the clicks. it turns out to be a disappointment. we have important debates about the gun control issue and the shooting it's been the dominant story. we hope you continue the conversation on twitter. you also post my columns and
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original videos. you can let us know what you think. we are back here next sunday. we'll see you then with the latest >> we are going to have a lot of meetings tomorrow, a lot of important meetings where we talk about parkland, horrible event that took place. >> significant law enforcement presence on top of hardening schools, metal detectors and bullet proof glass, better fencing. >> you're going back to see people that are traumatized for the rest of their lives. >> the democratic memo was to undercut the nunes memo and failed to do that. >> there's kevin. [cheers and applause]

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