Watch: NBC Host Just Made A Fool Of Herself Asking Ted Cruz THIS Absurd Question About Marriage

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared on NBC’s Today Monday to discuss among other things his opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling on ‘gay marriage.’

Today co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed Cruz on remarks he made in an interview with The Texas Tribune, contending that Texas county clerks should not have to issue marriage licenses based on religious grounds. “[O]ne thing you also said was that you would support a Texas state clerk who refused to issue a license to a gay couple on religious grounds,” Guthrie began. “Let me ask you this, if a state clerk refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, would you agree with that, too?”

“Well, there’s no religious backing for that,” Cruz answered, before being interrupted by Guthrie. “But you know that in the Loving vs. Virginia case, which is – struck down the bans on interracial marriage, they used religious arguments to justify that,” Guthrie noted.

The Lone Star State’s junior Senator is himself a product of an interracial marriage. His father, Rafael, comes from Cuba; and his mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to Irish and Italian parents. Cruz reiterated his point. “There’s no religious backing for that and I have spent decades fighting against bigotry and racial oppression,” he said. Still, Guthrie pressed on:

Well, let me go back to this case that – Loving vs. Virginia – this is a precedent you’re well aware of, this struck down a state ban on interracial marriage. This is something that many, many people see parallels with this same case that just decided gay marriage. You say it should be left to states.

Would you have taken that same position on the case of interracial marriage? That that’s not a constitutional right and the states should have been free to ban interracial marriage if they wanted to?

“Of course not. And we fought a bloody civil war,” Cruz answered. The Today co-host interrupted Cruz again. “What’s the difference in those two cases?” asked Guthrie. Cruz explained:

It is exactly what I said, that we fought a bloody civil war over the original sin of our country that was slavery. Slavery was grotesque and immoral and some 600,000 Americans lost their lives, spilled their blood on American soil to expunge it.

And we passed three amendments, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, to ensure that everyone has equal rights regardless of race. And that was honoring the promise of the Constitution. It was the right thing to do.

h/t: Newsbusters

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Watch: S.C. Governor Needs Only 15 Seconds To School Reporter Attacking Her On Guns

Days after her state was rocked by the latest senseless mass shooting on U.S. soil, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reacted to the ensuing call by many leftists for additional gun control laws. Perhaps the most visible proponent of such a response in the immediate aftermath of the shooting was Barack Obama.

Haley spoke to NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie, who pressed the Republican governor to acknowledge the latest shooting deserved a policy shift regarding gun ownership.

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Guthrie began. “Is there anything about this situation that makes you think, OK, should we rethink? Is it time for some kind of change?”

Instead of placing the blame for this tragedy on the existence of guns, however, Haley opted to take a more removed look at our current society in an attempt to provide Guthrie and her viewers with some perspective.

“Any time there is a traumatic situation,” she said, “people want something to blame. They always want something to go after. There is one person to blame here – a person that doesn’t define South Carolina. And we are going to focus on that person.”

Hundreds of comments soon followed a report by The Federalist Papers on the recent interview. Most supported Haley’s stance.

“There is one person and one person alone to blame for this tragedy,” one reader wrote, “the one who actually pulled the trigger…he and he alone is 100% is [sic] responsible.”

Others were quick to pile on criticism of Guthrie and her line of questioning.

“Savannah Guthrie has been and likely always will be a special kind of stupid,” one critic responded. “She openly demonstrates this almost every time she opens her mouth.”

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Ouch: Brian Williams Just Suffered What Could Be The Ultimate Embarrassment (Video)

In an interview aired Friday, former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams insisted he did not know he was misleading people when telling an inaccurate story about his helicopter being shot down in Iraq a dozen years ago.

Speaking to Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today in his first television interview since being handed a six month suspension, Williams attributed selfish reasons for allowing him to tell the story when appearing on live night shows and other venues. “It had to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else,” Williams said. “Put myself closer to the action having been at the action in the beginning.” Lauer asked Williams if he knew the inaccurate story he told was not true; here’s his response:

I told the story correctly for years, before I told it incorrectly. I was not trying to mislead people, that to me is a huge difference. After that incident, I tried and failed as others have tried and failed and why is it when we’re trying to say ‘sorry,’ we can’t come out and say ‘I’m sorry.’

Lauer pressed Williams further: “I need to make sure we understand each other here. Did you know that when you went on Nightly News that you were telling a story that was not true?”

“No,” Williams immediately answered. “It came from a bad place. It came from a sloppy choice of words. I told stories that were not true. Over the years, looking back, it is very clear I never intended to. It got mixed up, it got turned around, in my mind.”

When asked how military groups on social media would react to Williams’ remarks, the anchor acknowledged there would be some skepticism. “I understand it,” Williams answered. “This came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside me. This was clearly ego-driven, a desire to better my role in a story I was already in. That’s what I’ve been tearing apart and unpacking and analyzing.”

After Williams’ suspension ends in August, he will be taking a new role with MSNBC and NBC. Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Williams during his absence, was named the permanent host of NBC Nightly News.

h/t: The Daily Mail

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No, The Pope Didn’t Call Mahmoud Abbas An Angel Of Peace

On Saturday, a report made the waves that Pope Francis had called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “An angel of peace” during a meeting at the Vatican in Rome. News agencies all over the world presented the Pope’s words as breaking news, among them Reuters, Associated Press and AFP.

Here’s, for example, the BBC report on the news:

“The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says that after 20 minutes of private talks, Pope Francis gave Mr. Abbas the medallion depicting an angel of peace adding: “It is appropriate because you are an angel of peace.”

Here’s what NBC wrote:

“Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians.

Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.”

And here is The New York Times:

“Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians as it prepares to canonize two 19th century nuns from the region.

Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.”

Francis said he thought the gift was appropriate since “you are an angel of peace.” During his 2014 visit to Israel and the West Bank, Francis called both Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres men of peace.”

There is just one problem with these reports: the Pope never called Abbas an angel of peace.

According to La Stampa and other Italian news sites that quoted the official Vatican statement the Pope actually said this: “ lei possa essere un angelo della pace,” (May you be an angel of peace).

Here’s the translation of the account by La Stampa’s Vatican reporter:

As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: May you be an angel of peace.”

The Pontiff added that he wanted to express the wish that “direct negotiations between the parties might resume to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict.”

In Italian : “si è parlato del processo di pace con Israele, esprimendo l’auspicio che si possano riprendere i negoziati diretti tra le Parti per trovare una soluzione giusta e duratura al conflitto.

From this statement, it becomes clear that the Pope prefers a negotiated solution to the conflict and seems not to support Palestinian unilateralism.

This was the second time in a week the media got it wrong on news concerning relations between the Vatican and the Palestinian Authority. Last Wednesday mainstream media reported that the Vatican had now recognized the State of Palestine, as if it was breaking news.

But Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi later said: “We have recognized the State of Palestine ever since it was given recognition by the United Nations and it is already listed as the State of Palestine in our official yearbook.”

The Israeli news site Ynet noted that the Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine for at least a year. During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.”

In fact on November 30, 2012 the Vatican decided to support the recognition of Palestine at the UN. The Vatican “called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.”

So there was nothing new in the Vatican’s recognition of a Palestinian State.

The New York Times, however, thought it was big news and wrote that the agreement is an emotional blow to the Israeli people, no less.

“ For Israelis, it was an emotional blow since Francis has deep relationships with Jews dating back decades, and Christians are critical backers of their enterprise.”

NYT also thought that by signing a treaty with the PA “the Vatican was lending significant symbolic weight to an intensifying Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty that bypasses the paralyzed negotiations with Israel”.

As we learned from Pope Francis’ statement on this issue, the Vatican is promoting a negotiated settlement and not unilateral moves that will harm Israel’s position. So the New York Times was not reporting news but made an effort to rehabilitate Abbas and set up the Vatican as anti-Israel.

Remains the question why the Vatican decided to sign the treaty with the Palestinian Authority at this point?

The answer seems to be that the Vatican is driven by ‘realpolitik’ The Catholic Church is simply protecting its interests in “Palestine”.

Paragraph three in the joint statement of the Bilateral Commission of the Vatican and the State of Palestine at the end of the Plenary Meeting makes this clear:

“The discussions took place in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. Taking up the issues already examined at an informal level, the Commission noted with great satisfaction the progress achieved in formulating the text of the Agreement, which deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine.”

The Roman Catholic Church sees what’s going on with Christian communities in the Middle East and wanted to protect its interests in the Holy Land now that more and more countries are signaling that they support unilateral moves to create a Palestinian State. By signing this treaty,  the Vatican has chosen the State of Palestine as her interlocutor for protecting Christian communities and real estate of the church in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel, which is the only country in the Middle East that has a growing Christian community, is left out of this discussion.

 

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NBC’s Nightly News Knocked From Its Pedestal

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ABC’s World News Tonight topped NBC’s Nightly News in the latest ratings, snapping the Peacock network’s 288-week win streak as the number one evening news broadcast.

WNT won in both total viewers, with 7.997 million to Nightly News’ 7.913 million, and in the 18-49 demo, by a margin of 1.952 million to 1.791 million, making it a complete victory.

Nightly News had been able to hold on to the number one slot, thanks in part to their recent decision to rebroadcast the program in the early morning hours in select markets and add those viewers to its total numbers for ratings purposes. But that strategy unraveled after media buyers told NBC not to air their clients’ ads during the rebroadcasts. Without those national ads, Nielsen won’t measure the audience, depriving NBC of an opportunity to inflate the real numbers.

Despite NBC News’ efforts to spin the post-Brian Williams results in a positive way, the facts are that this was NBC’s lowest first quarter in the news demo since Nielsen began tracking it in 1991, and the lowest total viewers since 2013. Season to date, NBC does lead ABC by 520,000 total viewers, but is barely hanging on to the demo lead with an advantage of just 29,000 viewers per week. The momentum at this time is clearly with ABC.

The fall of NBC Nightly News from number one caps a bad three-year stretch for NBC News, which has seen both the Today show and Meet the Press lose their grip on the top slot in their respective time periods. It also poses big challenges for new NBC News chairman Andy Lack as he tries to figure out how to get the division back on track.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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