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‘It Was a Hashtag’ – Fox News Anchors Grill Mayra Flores Over Past QAnon Post

On Tuesday, Flores became the first Mexican-born woman sworn into Congress.

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Fox News anchors John Roberts and Sanda Smith recently grilled newly elected Congresswoman Mayra Flores (R-TX) for a tweet that she sent out two years ago using the controversial QAnon hashtag.

On Tuesday, Flores became the first Mexican-born woman sworn into Congress. The tense exchange between Flores, Smith, and Roberts was aired live on “America Reports.” The video was posted on Mediate

“Critics have pointed out that a couple of years ago, when you were the chairwoman for the Hispanic Outrage of the Republican Party for Hidalgo County, you put a couple social media posts out that included hashtags for QAnon. Let me ask you where you come down on this whole thing?” Roberts asked.

“It was a hashtag, and my post was actually against it,” Flores responded. Flores won the Texas Congressional seat in a special election. She has six months remaining in her term before she faces off against Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez.

Flores implores both Roberts and Smith to “stay focused on the issues.” Roberts responded by telling Flores that, “anybody that watches Fox News would know that they were focused on the issues.”

In April, Flores told the San Antonio Express-News that she’s never supported QAnon which has been described as a fringe conspiracy theory expressed by far-right pundits.  

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CNN Defends Jake Tapper, Dana Bash Amid Criticism of Political Bias

“There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion…”

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CNN has defended both Jake Tapper and Dana Bash amid backlash and criticism of their perceived political biases.

In a statement to The Hill’s Dominick Mastrangelo, the network stood behind its decision to choose the pair to moderate the first presidential debate from its Atlanta studios this week.

“Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are well-respected veteran journalists who have covered politics for more than five decades combined. They have extensive experience moderating major political debates, including CNN’s Republican Presidential Primary Debate this cycle,” a network spokesperson said. “There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion and we look forward to the debate on June 27 in Atlanta.”

The defense of the moderators comes after CNN This Morning host Kasie Hunt prematurely ended an interview with former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt after she continually levied criticisms against Tapper.  

Hunt fiercely defended her colleagues both on the air in ending the interview with Leavitt and also in a social media post.

“You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period,” wrote Hunt on X. “I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

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MSNBC Announces First Live In-Person Show Featuring Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki and More

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

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Late last year, MSNBC announced plans for a series of live events leading up to the 2024 presidential election. It has now made plans for its first event featuring Rachel Maddow and Jen Psaki, among others.

On Saturday, September 7th, Maddow, Psaki, and Steve Kornacki are part of a panel who will appear on the stage at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

In the afternoon timeslot, Psaki, Kornacki, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, and Alex Wagner will “lead deep-dive discussions on the issues that matter most to voters: the state of the 2024 presidential race, the changing electorate, and the critical stretch of the campaign,” the network says.

In the evening session, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ari Melber, Stephanie Ruhle, Micahel Steele, Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders Townsend, and more will discuss “where things stand less than two months from Election Day,” before Maddow closes things out “the way only she can,” MSNBC said.

Tickets for the first session start at $128.50 while tickets for the evening show will begin at $168.50. Tickets for the event went on sale Monday morning.

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Kasie Hunt: You Must Respect My CNN Colleagues to Come On My Show

“I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

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Monday morning, CNN host Kasie Hunt ended an interview with the national press secretary for former President Donald Trump’s campaign after she attacked anchor Jake Tapper. Hunt took to social media to make one thing clear.

“You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period,” wrote Hunt. “I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

During the CNN This Morning interview, Hunt asked Karoline Leavitt a pair of questions about the former President’s debate preparation. In each answer, Leavitt turned the attention to Tapper, which Hunt quickly shot down.

“Ma’am, we’re going to stop this interview if you’re going to keep attacking my colleagues,” Hunt said as the pair talked over one another.

After Leavitt said that she was “stating facts” by mentioning that CNN has been biased in its coverage of Trump, especially from Tapper, Hunt ended the interview.

“I’m sorry … Karoline, thanks very much for your time. You are welcome to come back at any point,” said Hunt.

On social media, Leavitt took issue with Hunt’s conduct during the exchange.

“You cut off my microphone for bringing up the debate moderator’s history of anti-Trump lies,” she wrote. “This proved our point that President Trump will not be treated fairly on Thursday.”

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