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How media outlets covered Bill O'Reilly's comments about Maxine Waters

O'Reilly, sexist and rcistIf you haven't heard, the conservative pundit and host of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor claimed he was so distracted by Waters' hair and, he said, its similarity to the late soul singer James Brown's that he was unable to listen to an anti-Trump speech she gave on the House floor.

"I didn't hear a word she said," he told the others on Fox's Fox and Friends morning show on Tuesday, "I was looking at the James Brown wig."

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Bill Minor, Mississippi’s dean of journalism, passes away at 93

Bill Minor dies at 93Veteran journalist Bill Minor made his last deadline Tuesday — a date with death he has been dodging for decades.

“My God, what he saw in his lifetime is phenomenal,” said Hank Klibanoff, who detailed Minor’s deeds in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Gene Roberts, “The Race Beat.”

Known as “the conscience of Mississippi,” the 93-year-old Minor wound up outliving nearly all of his contemporaries as well as a number of the journalists he mentored. He died at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday.

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Federal staffers panicked by conservative media attacks

Right wing media raise dark gov't fearsConservative news outlets, including one with links to a top White House official, are singling out individual career government employees for criticism, suggesting in articles that certain staffers will not be sufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump by virtue of their work under former President Barack Obama.

The articles — which have appeared in Breitbart News, the Conservative Review and other outlets — have alarmed veteran officials in both parties as well as current executive branch staffers. They say the stories are adding to tensions between career staffers and political appointees as they begin to implement Trump’s agenda, and they worry that the stories could inspire Trump to try purging federal agencies of perceived enemies.

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Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 86

Jimmy BreslinJimmy Breslin — the cigar-chomping, hard-nosed newspaperman who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Daily News’ columns championing ordinary New Yorkers — died Sunday morning, according to friends and family members. He was 86.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

Breslin's colleagues mourned the loss of a street smart truth-teller who scoured the streets of New York, pen and paper in hand, looking for stories no one else could capture.

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President Trump and a Pulitzer winner engage in Twitter war over tax returns

David Cay JomstonPresident Trump on Wednesday questioned the origins of a leaked tax return that showed he paid $38 million on more than $150 million of reported income in 2005 — while the recipient of the leak suggested it may have come from Trump himself.

"Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, 'went to his mailbox' and found my tax returns?" Trump tweeted the morning after MSNBC disclosed two pages of the 2005 return. "@NBCNews FAKE NEWS!"

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Kellyanne Conway challenges media on surveillance comments

Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Conway on Monday challenged reports on the nature of her comments about surveillance and the Trump campaign.

A day after she was interviewed by The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record, the presidential adviser took to Twitter to say her words were misconstrued.

TVNL Comment;  If you can't attack the message, attack the messenger.  An old tactic, perfected by Conway. Don't the Tump people know that there are tapes?

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Homes burned, shops looted in S. Africa anti-migrant attacks

SAfr homes and shops lootedViolence against foreigners has flared up again in parts of South Africa.

Earlier this month, immigrants' homes and businesses were looted and torched in suburbs of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the capital city, raising concerns about anti-foreigner sentiment in the country.

The latest attacks follow previous bouts of xenophobic violence in 2008 and 2015 which resulted in the deaths of foreign nationals and the displacement of hundreds of migrants who were too afraid to continue living in the new communities they now called home.

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