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♪♪ howard: what was striking about the conviction of derek chauvin is virtually no one in the media argued he was innocent in the murder of george floyd. we all saw the nine-and-a-half minute video. what was also striking was that democratic leaders insinuated chauvin was guilty before the verdict and warning of the consequences of a failure to convict. >> praying the verdict is the right verdict. it's overwhelming, in my view. howard: didn't exactly stir the same level of controversy as
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when donald trump proclaimed the innocence of some of his allies. but while the media celebration of the verdict set the tone, the pundits quickly pivoted to a broader debate about racism. some on the left say this verdict means nothing because police, in general, are fine with attacking and killing african-americans which goes way too far. and you have some commentators on the right saying this is an isolated incident that says nothing about police departments condoning excessive force. this is a very raw historical moment. and perhaps, just perhaps the media could tone down the overheated rhetoric. i'm howard kurtz, and this is "mediabuzz". ♪ ♪ howard: on the liberal side, there's a divide between those who are thrilled by the derek chauvin conviction and those essentially dismissing it. >> i had tears that were inside, i had to do tv, so i couldn't have them out, but it was a
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combination of tears of relief are, tears of sadness. >> this is a wake-up call. this is the justice system trying to say, hey, this is one bad apple. because this is how it's going to be interpreted. one bad apple, he got in trouble, yea, blah, blah, blah. howard: on the conservative side, the focus is on what laura ingraham calls the big lie by left-wing media and activists. >> they are not focused on the tragedy of george floyd. because for them, he was just a stepping stone to tearing down america. they have to convince all black americans that the police hate them and will never be fair to them. >> the jury in the derek chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon. please don't hurt us. everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. howard: joining us now to analyze the coverage, mollie hemingway, and in los angeles, leslie marshall, the radio talk
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show host. both are fox news contributors. mollie, what do you make of some commentators saying this case means nothing, it's a blip, we have to wipe out years and years of police racism and brutality against black people? >> seems there have been a couple problem, well, many problems with media coverage of this horrible case. one is there habit been respect -- hasn't been respect for rule of law by the the media. having trials is very important, weighing evidence, coming to a decision. they've also done a really bad job of talking about the role of race in this and what happens when you attack police. they've asserted without evidence that there is, that this is really an issue of racism. they haven't talked about the pullback on policing that we've experienced in the last year and how much that has increased really bad rates of crime, homicide, other violent crime, and it's targeting those communities not where media elites live, but where vulnerable people live and where
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they are most likely to suffer from a lack of policing or a pullback of policing. howard: leslie, what do you make of some conservative commentators saying, yes, derek chauvin is guilty, but the left is just trying to paint every police department in america as filled with racist thugs? >> well, that's not true, and the numbers don't bear that to be true, howie. i mean, african-american males are disproportionately not only apprehended and incarcerated, but killed at the hands of police. in many cases, eric garner when he said he could not breathe, there were many that were surprised there were not indictments, there were not charges, there were not guilty verdicts. but this is different because the world saw with that video a man die, and i think it's very difficult for another human being to watch another human being die, quite frankly. and i think the outrage erased and blurred the political lines thankfully, if you will, but this is a beginning.
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look, there are those in the african-american community that i've talked to on my radio show, howie, that say this is not justice even though mr. floyd's brother said it is justice, and they do consider it a steppingstone because they have not been successful in having a guilty verdict in the past when officers have been brought to court when you look at the numbers. howard: i just want to underscore the point that most police officers in america are honest and fair-. minded and risk their lives every day on behalf of us. kamala harris and joe biden came out and spoke after the verdict. let's take a look at what the president said. >> it was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. howard: mollie the media generally gave biden process remarks and we need to do more and, by the way, let's pass the democratic legislation on police reform.
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>> well, biden spoke before the verdict was even announced saying he hoped for a guilty verdict. you also played maxine waters talking about the need for riots if the verdict weren't what she preferred it would be. we've had a problem with public officials weighing in on jury trials for a long time. richard nixon weighed in on the charles manson trial while it was ongoing, the media freaked out when donald trump did it. they did not do that in the case of biden each though the judge said it was abhorrent. and then the speech after the verdict which was so divisive, it was really hocking to listen to how -- shocking to listen to how he talked about america was a racist hell hole and dystopia where black people can't walk down the street. that's not actually what america is, which is the greatest country in the world for all people, black, white, otherwise. and the media were so so gentle with him even though it was this really divisive and shockingly hateful speech about what america is. they gave him high marks because
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of their political persuasion. howard: let me get your response, leslie are. ands also we had kamala harris, the first black vice president in american history, saying this is a problem meeting the larger questions of violence and racism. a problem for all americans, not just people of color. >> it is. i mean, quite frankly, we were watching different speeches, mollie, no surprise. i didn't find it hateful and divisive. i think he meant a just verdict which, quite frankly, if you look at polls, the majority of americans agreed with. and i think we need to -- howe wait a minute, when you say a just verdict, i certainly don't disagree, with but the president was clearly signaling that in his mind the right verdict was a guilty verdict before the jury had reached its verdict. >> right. and he has that opinion, and prime ministers like him and -- prime ministers like him and in the past -- howard: which doesn't make it right. that was a misstep, and it's been a misten by other
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presidents as well, no? >> well, if you're asking my opinion, no, i disagree with you. i definitely disagree with you. because there are presidents that weigh n. we certainly herald barack obama weigh -- heard barack obama weigh in on trayvon martin, and the press will sometimes tear a president apart or applaud a president. i don't think it was just people on the left or democrats that watched that video and felt that derek chauvin was guilty. and i want to talk about the jury very quickly. i live in los angeles. we had riots here, and the jury knew that was a possibility when they acquitted those police officers in the trial with rodney king. and they knew that. they didn't make a decision based in fear. we have to give jurors more credit -- howard: okay. >> remember, the prosecution has the burden of proof, but the defense has to have a very strong, a very strong the case themselves. they did in los angeles, obviously. they didn't in this case, in derek chauvin. howard: you set me up for my
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next question. mollie, a colleague of yours at the federalist wrote it's extremely hard to believe this jury was solely concerned with either truth or justice. how does that square with with the video and the other evidence that people on both sides seem to believe showed pretty clearly that derek chauvin was guilty? >> right. it's two separate issues. i think a lot of people, most people, the vast majority of people look at that video and they weigh the evidence, and they do think that the guilty verdict is a more than reasonable and fair verdict. it is different than saying that that is a free and fair trial. and we do need to care so much about whether people who are accused get free and fair trials. that's something that is the bedrock of civilization. there was a local broadcast media with outlet in minnesota that i thought did a great job. i interviewed -- they interviewed what turned out to be an alternate juror. she said she felt that if they did not deliver a guilty
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verdict, she was worried about violent riots, about people targeting her home. that's what we're talking about. that does not produce a free and fair trial even when you agree9 with the outcome of this particular trial. you don't want to create a system where people feel like pressuring people through riots and mob action is okay. it's not okay. it's the end of civil civilization, and it has nothing to do with this particular verdict9, but what we think about jury trials and the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven. howard: well, the context was about her reluctance to serve. she didn't enup serving for fear of violence, and it's a fair point to bring up. and yet we mentioned maxes seen waters, we show -- maxine waters. she didn't say there would be riots, she said protesters would need to be more confrontational which a lot of people thought was a code word, and there was a lot of coverage of the judge in the trial admonishing her and saying this could lead to the verdict being tossed out on appeal. >> i have to tell you, howie, when i first saw -- i don't
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respect violence of any kind, i don't condone violence of any kind and certainly not when you have anybody in political office even tiptoeing along that line. i didn't, i didn't appreciate the word, you know, become more confrontational. but i also didn't appreciate the judge singling her out because, you know, across media you had people on the left and the right weighing in on this, other politicians weighing in on this. and they may not have used the word confrontational, but to me, i kind of started to have an idea of the political leanings of that judge, and one should always be looking at a judge, no matter what courtroom they're n as completely impartial, justice is supposed to be blind. howard: i've got a half minute for each of you. mollie, will the media look back on the george floyd trial and the case and this killing as a turning point in terms of public opinion on this question of
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police excessive force against minorities? >> well, the media will look at that. i'm not sure if it will be as much in the real world where this was really a story of taking a really horrible situation and good things coming out of it. it was good that there was a trial, it was good that the jury was able to weigh the evidence, good that people might be held accountable. there's always room for improvement in policing. what is bad is the media have completely lied about the actual nature of policing. how many sewer -- interactions police are have that they are able to handle in such good ways and the importance of having policing in vulnerable communities which is at risk now with the defund and abolish the police movement. howard: isn't part of the story, leslie, also the protests and riots and left-wing violence which president biden did mention disapprovingly, isn't that part of the legacy as well? >> yes, but i have to tell you if over the summer in portland there was an individual from antifa, as people like to say
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which is a consent sent and not an actual group, had their knee on somebody's neck and the video went viral, i think the outrage would be the same -- howard: by the way, msnbc had al sharpton on as an anchor constantly commenting, but he was a spokesman for the family, and and i just don't understand why he's able to play both roles. you're either an activist or part of the media commenting. when we come back, reporters try to get the white house to admit that joe biden's bow to liberal pressure on admitting more refugees. stay with us. of doing what's r, ♪ ♪ because doing right by our members, that's what's right.
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standard and decided to admit just 15,000 refugees for the coming year especially after bridbiden reversed himself and promised to raise the cap in a few weeks. >> what changed between 1 p.m. on friday and around 4:30 p.m. on friday to go from we're not raising the refugee cap to we are raising it by may 15th? howard: the press secretary repeatedly told correspondents this wasn't a change in position at all but finally gave some ground. >> we wanted to send a clear message we are a country that is welcoming refugees. we recognized that was not the message that was sent and so we reassessed. >> mollie hemingway, we do have some reporters pressing the white house about this washington post, white house changedded its story three times inin six weeks, but should thise a bigger story? >> you said al sharpton was blurring the lines between being an activist and being in the
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media, as if that's not what everyone in the media is doing these days. seems this was a big issue in part because joe biden has been so far to the left on so many issues. this was the first time that he he was keeping the refugee limit the same as trump. that's the only way that they can be we've seen it in their press conferences, in their press coverage, they're fusive in praising him unless he isn't on one issue and, of course, they got him to heel by badgering him. we need a media that actually thinks about the rest of the country and how the rest of the country is concerned about a border that is spiraling out of control, about facilities that are at 1700% capacity with children urinating into bags because they don't have access to bathrooms. the same corporate media that said what happened under trump was the worst humanitarian crisis in history can't be bothered to address these issues
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even as it's dramatically worse under biden. howard: leslie, the president says he's worried about not having the resources to process the refugees because of what's happening at the border. what do you think of the point that the only sharp criticism comes against president biden when he's not being far enough to the left in. >> oh, i don't agree with that. quite frankly, you had the press calling him out, you had an anchor on cnn said let's be clear, this is a crisis. you had aoc and others on the left and not just the far left, but even moderates, you know, at the border calling him out on what they felt was a hypocritical stance the on the children and how they were being not just taken care of, but where they were being taken careful of at the border. but i want to respond to bowing to liberal pressure. if you remember in the campaign repeatedly, the president said that he was going to lift the refugee number to 125,000. said that repeatedly, okay? then he reduced it to 62,500.
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then he reduced it to 15,000, now it is going to be 62,500 again. so if he bowed to the liberal pressure, if he bowed to the far-left faction of my party, then they pretty much failed because the number he originally quoted has practically been cut in half. howard: i just want to clarify and jen psaki defended the 15,000 and only after there was an uproar did they say they were going to increase it. i want to get in a question about the media coverage. we've all been saying, wow, this is such a disciplined white house, no leaks. washington post reporting biden overruled his secretary of state tony blinken despite a personal appeal and called this a botched policy rollout. so we're starting to get an inside look at some of the disagreements in this administration. >> sure. this is a little bit of interesting, you know, what's happening at the white house, but it seems like probably what the biden administration is doing is trying to avoid responsibility for the fact that
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the problems at the border are a direct result of the rhetoric and policies of the biden administration. the problems began with biden saying he wouldn't enforce border security, and this is a, this is -- there's so much more interesting stuff for the media to be talking about than who's leaking. they spent the entire campaign claiming that joe biden would be a moderate and a unifier, that he was necessary because of how divisive the trump administration had been. we're not even a hundred days into this, and this has been just an unbelievable left lurch. for this administration that the media claimed would be moderate. every leftist policy idea being put forward even though there's a tie in the senate, 6-vote majority in the house, and the presidential election came down to 42,000 votes in three states. this isn't a guy who has a mandate, and yet the media are treating it as if it's okay that he's lurching everybody to the left and doing this culture war annihilation approach. i think a lot of people would like a media that focused on how much dramatically worse this is
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than they imagined it wouldthe wouldthe -- it would be. howard: officials are privately questioning xavier becerra for his handling of the emergency at the border. a lot of finger pointing going on on this issue. >> well, it was going on before, you know, he was confirmed to his position. if you remember years back, he actually helped to manage different crises and, quite frankly, you know, mollie said about the first hundred days of the president's presidency, you know, my opinion is, you know, whether it's a republican or democrat you can't truly say they were a divider or uniter. you know, of course people are going to throughout, but until the four years is past or their term done -- [inaudible conversations] howard: media are not going to wait four years to make this judgments -- >> no, i know that -- howard: gotta go. thanks very much. up next, how the press is
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there's a certain groundhog day to the story. >> well, howie, no question about it. and the problem with the vaccinations is multifaceted. one thing is the supply is slowing down in some parts of the country which makes it more difficult to get appointments, another big factor is probably the way the government handled the j&j vaccine. 6.8 million folks have gotten one dose, they are covered, and they're good to go. six people got blood clots, women. and i'm not minimizing what they went through, but to all of a sudden slam the brakes on the j&j vaccine, now many americans are probably looking at the j and j vaccine saying, well, i don't want that one. i'll wait for pfizer or moderna, and that may also slow down the rate of advantage i nation which is part of -- vaccination which is part of the problem. howard: the president's talking about giving employers tax breaks to give workers time off to get their shots, the white house has put anthony fauci and the surgeon general on fox news to reach broader audience. i think people generally support
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these efforts, but you don't want to sound too preachy, perhaps. >> well, you're right. look, you also have to give folks incentive. if you're telling the american people once you get vaccinated you've still got to wear a double mask, millions of americans are saying i want my life back. i want to get back to going to the ballpark, to restaurants, i want to go out hugging and kissing people that i know and love. so i think you have to look closely at what your messaging is about what the incentive is of getting the vaccination. if it's you're going to get your life back, be able to do what you want to do, then i think a lot of people will jump in and say, that's great, or to protect people around me. that's great. if your message is you're going to have to double mask and stay in your corner, stay locked up, then what's the point? howard: that is a great point which sets me up for pressure from the left. slate magazine reports do we really need to wear still masks outside. >> right. howard: the journal of medicine agrees, new york times, experts,
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very low risk. on twitter people say you have blood on your hands because they don't want these restrictions eased. >> well, i think, you know, that's tapping into in terms of the take the mask off thing, i think that's tapping into what millions of americans are feeling. it's been more than a year. initially it was wear a mask for a few weeks and now it's been a year plus, and these things are looking more and more permanent9. i think a lot of us want to ditch them, and slate was tapping into that, but they've gotten a backlash. howard: you and me both with. in that fox poll president biden gives 54% approval, but just 14% of republicans giving him high marks. that's a bigger partisan gap that even donald trump. mike, always good to see you. ahead, the ohio police shooting of a 16-year-old mounting a knife attack. next on "mediabuzz," former presidential candidate, mike huckabee -- there he is -- is standing by. ♪♪
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those of us who represent the world's largest economies, we have to step up. >> instruction from republicans keeps leading to this oscillating wave on american climate policy between too little action and then just complete nihilistic denialism. >> he refused to confront beijing over their heavy emissions all while lecturing you, we, the american people, how we need to do more, need to make major sacrifices for the sake of the planet. howard: joining us now from little rock is mike huckabee, former arkansas governor and presidential candidate. and the biden white house must have been pleased by that washington post heline and this second paragraph from "the new york times" news story, the contrast between biden and his science-denying predecessor, donald trump, could not have been more striking. what's your take on the coverage? >> if it's such a scientific approach, why the heck was joe biden wearing a mask on a zoom call? that's got to be one of the most unscientific things i've ever seen in my life.
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the an embarrassment. let's look at the reality of climate change. you have little kids who are scared to death on this dooms' day scenario that if we don't go down to one cheeseburger a month, we're all going to die. it's just not true. the truth is we are getting better, america is the greenest it's ever been, and we're getting there, quite frankly, pretty rapidly. but for those who want to say we're going to get to a completely green society in less than ten years, that's like me saying we're going to have a weight loss program where you can lose 80 pounds in one hour. and you can do it, just cut off your leg. you'll be fine. you'll lose the weight, but you won't like the way that you do it. howard: the rest could get around to saying -- press could get around to saying there could be lost jobs, china, india not promising any new targets, but are you saying the president is
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going along with this overly dramatic take on what will happen if we don't do these things? >> absolutely, he is. howard: is the press adopting that line? >> oh, they're cheerleading it. i mean, they're out there in cheerleader suits with pom-poms. but the three things that will govern when we will get to a place where we're more climate conscious, number one, is going to be the technology to make it where it's efficient. number two, it's going to be the economics of it so that it's efficient without breaking the banks of every family and busting their budgettings. and the third is -- budgets. and the third is that we still have the convenience of living life. i don't think many people want to go back to getting rid of air-conditioning, but we could do that. here's one way we could get to solar and wind immediately, go back to clothes lines in the backyard like i had when i was a kid. that was solar and wind. we could go back to that, but i don't know too many families are excited about it.
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howard: probably wouldn't poll very quell. we talked last sessioning about -- segment about many people being reluck about the to get the covid vaccine. president trump toll sean hannity this week he's being asked to make a public service ad urging vaccinations. should he in. >> i think it would be great if he did. he had the vaccine, melania had it, most of the people in his cabinet had it. heck, i've had it, my wife of is. i don't know that it's a republican thing. i find that there are a lot of liberal people who don't want the advantage seen. but there's a -- vaccine. but there's a couple of things that i think would help. number one, if the biden administration would acknowledge president trump's role in operation warp speed e to get the vaccine. number two, i wish they would repent of some of the things they said just before the election when both joe biden and kamala harris said they might not take a vaccine that was associated with donald trump. that was very hurtful. and then they got to have a new
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message rather than take the vaccine but don't go anywhere, don't do nicker wear a mask all over your face, keep the face diaperedded for the next ten years, and you tell people that, what's the point of the vaccine if i've still got to lock down and not have more than four people in my backyard for a hot dog dinner? howard: yeah, i think the signs are showing it's now safe certainly outdoors, at least. the derek chauvin trial, there's been a big debate, as you know, about police x-ray schism in america, and you noted this on twitter, congresswoman maxine waters pronouncing chauvin guilty and saying protesters shoulding get confrontational. and you said, yikes, if a conservative said this stuff, twitter and facebook would ban them for life. were you serious about this? you think this shows bias by the tech giants? >> i'm sure i'm being cynical. i mean, twitter, we know, is such an unbiased platform. they equally treat everybody on all sides to have political
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spectrum. [laughter] of course they would have banned a conservative. that's pretty evident. they banned donald trump for life on both twitter and facebook. lebron james comes out and makes the most outrageous statement, and he gets nothing, not even a reprimand, not even three days in twitter jail over it. we're not stupid. we can see how this plays. maxine waters should be censured by the house, she wasn't. they all stood behind her. it's embarrassing for somebody to, before a verdict, get out in front of a jury -- howard: right. >> -- and make statements like she made. howard: right. that was mostly a party line vote on a republican proposal. always good to see you, mike huckabee, thanks for joining us from your native state of arkansas. with i want to take a moment to talk about the 25th anniversary today of "fox news sunday." congratulations to chris wallace. he's become synonymous with asking tough questions of both sides. we had some cake here at the
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washington bureau for chris, i'm on kind of a sugar high because i had too much cake. after the break, the teenager girl whose video was the centerpiece of the george murder trial and a controversial shooting in columbus, next. why do horses listen to us? they're much bigger than we are.
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heroine of the george floyd trial. she recorded derek chauvin's assault on floyd and later testified he could have been any of her black relatives or friends. >> i stayed up apologizing and apologizing to george floyd for not doing more. howard: joining us now, harold ford, former democratic congressman and now a fox news contributor. she said the world needed to see what i was seeing. if she hadn't shot that video and put it on facebook, would derek chauvin have even been charged, let alone convicted of murder? >> you know, thanks for having me on and congratulations. i think the fact that we're even asking that question suggests that the answer could be he may not have been charged, and he certainly may not have been convicted. i believe the verdict was the right verdict. and i think it's now time for
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the political bodies and particularly the president and some in the senate, democrat, republican to come together and try to find some bipartisan solution around police training and police accountability. it seems like the elements are there. if you believe our polling this morning from fox and even from some other outlets, the president got high marks in some places, and i think it's now time the travel down a path as quickly as he can to try to find bipartisan support. police accountability would be one and infrastructure would hopefully be two. without that video, i think it's likely we would not be sitting here with the 2006 of a police officer -- conviction of a police officer. howard: the minneapolis police department put out a release saying a man in custody died after police interaction. police noticed his medical distress and took him to the hospital. that was a lie and perhaps that
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lie would have stood. but what do you think of the argument being made by some conservative commentators that the jurors felt pressured into convicting the former police officer because they were concerned that there would be protests and riots and violence from the left if he got off? >> you know, i don't buy the argument and, frankly, i'm a little bewildered and find confusing why people who say they're of goodwill and good intention would make that argument. the video was to overwhelming. then the trial took place, and we all as americans had a right to reach an opinion on it including politicians. president trump certainly shared his views when he was president. politicians in office do the same. i think the evidence is what convicted derek chauvin, plain and simple. howard: let me talk about this situation in columbus. there's been a lot of media attention to the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl, ma'khia buy. grant. terrible tragedy -- bryant.
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she was attacking another girl with a knife, and the officer said four times to get down. there's a neighbor's security camera that shows her saying i'm going to stab the f out of you. was there a media rush to judgment that the officer in this case had done something terrible before we had all the facts? >> there looks like it. you know, this video here, this is all the video there is, it's certainly strongly suggests that the officer made a decision that could be justified. we'll wait for all the facts to come out, but i think your question really yells at when people make comments about things before all the facts are in, once those facts are in, we should all do the responsible thing and either retract, recant or explain, or if it turns out to be the right, reinforce your position. there's nothing wrong being wrong. what's wrong being wrong is when you don't acknowledge it. and this video suggests maybe there was a rush, and anyone
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that rushed to the wrong judgment, at least at the outset, should be willing to come forward and say, look, we didn't know all the facts. howard: yeah. i couldn't agree more. i think because this happened so soon after the verdict or around the same time and it kind of fit the narrative, there was an effort to paint this officer as a hothead or racist when, in fact, he was trying to save another life. our police officers have to make these split second judgments. let me ask you about the treatment of journalists because after another shooting, that of daunte wright, there were nightly demonstrations in minnesota, and some of the stuff that happened, a black new york times photographer says police forced him out of his car, beat his legs and struck his camera. a cnn producer was thrown to the ground, arrested, strip searched and asked -- she's asian-american -- do you speak english. a federal judge issued a restraining order against further arrests and assaults. i'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention despite being
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overshadowed by the chauvin conviction. >> look, none of this is anything anyone should support. we should not want anyone, police officers behaving toward any citizens this way and certainly not the press when they're doing their job. but again, i think this is why this moment, this administration, this president, i think, is uniquely situated to bring sides together to figure out how we bring about some calm and how we bring about some accountability that is measured and that is right. we can't forget derek chauvin did a terrible thing, an awful act. he just happened to be a police officer. he got the verdict that he deserved. we shouldn't hold all police officers -- good policing is the norm in our country and should be rewarded. howard: and with those words, i thank you, harold ford. great to see you this sunday, we appreciate it. >> thank you. howard: still to come, that awful lebron james tweet. and a producer is fired after criticizing his network. stay with us.
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howard: the white house is still refusing to call the mess at the border a crisis even after president biden slipped and used the term, and reporters have been pressing jen psaki about it for weeks. >> so how can you say that's not a crisis? >> the president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence is a crisis. howard: but now politico has decided to swear off the c word as well n. a memo reported by the washington examiner, staff were told avoid■ç referring to e situation as a crisis. although we may quote others using that context. a political challenge for the biden administration and a dire
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situation for many migrants who make the journey, it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis. a politico spokeswoman is quoted as saying people were being given ap-style guidance. but with 14,000 unaccompanied minors having crossed the board, come on. lebron james committed a hard foul and a dumb one in the case of that columbus police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old ma'khia bryant while she was attacking another girl with a knife. the l.a. lakers star tried to score points by tweeting a picture of the officer with the words you're next, hashtag accountability. after being denounced for potentially encouraging violence against the cop, james deleted the tweet saying he's tired of seeing black people killed by the police and it's not about this one officer except lebron made it about this one officer who was trying to save another
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girl's life. one america news fired a producer the day after new york times publishes on the record criticism of his network. he said the majority of people at the network did not believe the voter fraud claims on the air and that the news director had reprimanded him for referring to joe biden as president biden. he must have decided this would enable him to make a high profile exit. 16 out of the 18 current of staffers interviewed said the channel had aired reports they believed to be mislead or untrue. charles herring said the network uses a review process with multiple checks and its investigation showed that voting irregularities took place last year. finally, nbc anchor kristin welker was keeping a secret back when she moderated the second trump/biden debate. and she just broke it on today show. >> john and i have struggled
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with infertility for years, and we are so excited to know -- to announce that with the help of a surrogate, we're expecting a baby girl. howard: and why was■ç she going public? >> i think when you know you're not alone, it helps you to wake up and put one foot in front of another. howard: congratulations to kristin. and congratulations again to chris wallace and the whole "fox news sunday" team. 25th anniversary, a little party here. and i think you'll be on the air for many more years. that's it for this edition of "mediabuzz." i hope we make it to 25. we post our daily column continuing the conversation on twitter @howardkurtz, and if you are so inclined, check out my podcast, "mediabuzz" meter to talk about today's hottest story, subscribe at apple itunes, google play or on your amazon device. i was talking to chris about how nice it is to be back in the
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eric: okay, okay, okay, the protests t night after night after night have been damaging and destructing the city, well, the mayor of portland, oregon, has finally had it. after millions of dollars of destruction, continued violence and lawlessness in the streets of the city, for months protesting against police brutality, mayor ted wheeler who once rejected federal support last are summer is now calling on the citizens of this city to stand up against iowans that rioters -- antifa rioters who continue to put his city the under siege. hello, everyone, and welcome to "fox news■ç live,"


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