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Bill Maher: Republicans Feel Democracy Is What’s Wrong with America

The comedian adds that Democrats get things wrong, but states that Republicans who cannot deal with election losses are beginning to resemble military dictators.

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During his show Friday, late-night talk show host Bill Maher took on some of the glaring differences between the Democrat and Republican parties. 

The “Real Time” host discussed the ramifications of the Jan. 6 riots while asserting that the Republicans are playing by a different set of rules, “heads we win, tails we coup.”

“Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prosperity are what we want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that,’” Maher said. 

In the past, conservatives have used some of Maher’s material to build their case against the left. Some of the notable quotes espoused by Maher include him saying Democrats “suck the fun out of everything: Halloween, The Oscars, Childhood.” Maher has also taken on cancel culture, a stance popular with right-leaning commentators. 

Maher also discussed the idea that President Biden somehow stole the 2020 Presidential election. The continuous declaration by conservatives is that Joe Biden “stole” the election and that there is rampant voter fraud.

Still, Maher states that Republicans need to understand that those claims have been debunked numerous times.

“In the circular logic of today’s right, the evidence that the election was stolen IS that they lost,” Maher said. “The evidence of voter fraud is that sometimes Democrats win. This is madness.”

Maher concludes that there has always been faith in the system regarding electoral losses despite the differences between Democrats and Republicans. The comedian adds that Democrats get things wrong, but states that Republicans who cannot deal with election losses are beginning to resemble military dictators.

“Neither ever really doubted that our system of accepting electoral loss was what made America different from so many countries who could never get that right,” Maher said.

“Conservatives now sound creepily like the generals in some country where they finally experimented with democracy for the first time and, well, they didn’t like it so much. ‘I’m afraid we let the voters decide, and they f’—ed up.’”

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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