Twitter accounts belonging to 2 former Fox News hosts were hacked

David Choi, provided by Published 7:37 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ericbolling/Twitter Twitter accounts belonging to former Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling appeared to have been hacked on Tuesday. The accounts began tweeting pro-Turkish messages and uploaded images of what appeared to be their direct messages. Van Susteren regained control of her account as of late Tuesday, but Bolling's account remained compromised. Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling's accounts lost their blue Twitter verification checkmarks and the accounts began tweeting messages in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish army. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing San Antonio Boy Attempts Icy Stunt by Jumping on Slick Trampoline Storyful Car drives off bridge near downtown S.A. during storm mysa Woman in England surprised with tickets to see Rascal Flatts at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo mysa San Antonio man records burglar breaking into home, shares over social mysa San Antonio firefighters escape home engulfed in flames Saturday night mysa Katy Perry turns South Texas girl into a star at recent S.A. show mysa Area homeless combat the cold mysa SAPD makes arrest in 2015 'Hell's Gate' murder case mysa Gregg Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge Asked to be Traded Last Summer SITime Search for drunk man last seen at S.A. bar ends in rush to the hospital mysa Van Susteren had 1.21 million followers, while Bolling had 888,000 followers as of Tuesday afternoon. The hacks appear to be related, considering the changes on both Van Susteren's and Bolling's accounts were nearly identical. The top banner on their profiles displayed the same images and the accounts began retweeting each other's hacked tweets. "We got your DM correspondence," a newly pinned tweet from Van Susteren's account said. "We will show you the power of the Turk!" Based on uploaded images from the television Continue Reading

Greta Van Susteren defends her Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes, slams former colleague who filed sex suit

Obviously nothing happened — says the Fox News host who is defending her embattled boss. Greta Van Susteren is the latest TV talent to come out swinging to support Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes, who is being sued by a former anchor who alleges that he sexually harassed her. “I’ve even been alone in his office, having lunch together … absolutely not,” the “On the Record” host told TheWrap when asked if she ever experienced what former “Real Story” host Gretchen Carlson is claiming in court papers. Van Susteren, who is usually the first to voice her opinion — even if it goes against her Fox News bosses — described Carlson as “a very unhappy employee that lost her job.” Van Susteren is the second female Fox News host to vocally defend Ailes since Carlson’s lawsuit was filed. “Justice” host Jeanine Pirro called the suit “absurd” and “ridiculous” in an exclusive interview Thursday night. “What she’s alleging is just wildly out of anything anyone has ever experienced with Roger,” Van Susteren said. “Jeanine is a lawyer. I have two law degrees … It’s unfortunate. (Carlson’s) contract wasn’t renewed, I don’t know why. I don’t have any information on that. But all of a sudden, we’re hearing these incredibly explosive remarks. It’s completely foreign to any of the rest of our experience.” Continue Reading

Van Susteren Goes ‘Off the Record’ After Hillary Clinton Interview

Greta Van Susteren went off the record following her and Bret Baier’s interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Having previously interviewed Clinton many times, Greta said she was surprised that this one made her feel a bit stressed. HIGHLIGHTS: Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Sit Down With Hillary Clinton “I confess, there was so much extra attention put on this interview,” the Fox News host said. “What do I think? Bottom line: I have two goals. First, I hope I asked some […] of the questions you had. And second, I hope I was fair.” Despite not being able to ask every question she wanted, Greta said perhaps she’ll have that chance with Clinton in Iowa, ahead of the 2016 election. Continue Reading

HIGHLIGHTS: Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Sit Down With Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton sat down with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren this evening, where the Fox News hosts asked the former secretary of state tough questions about Benghazi, the Bergdahl swap, Iraq and more. Baier asked Clinton if she stands by her statement that she didn’t know of any reports that contradicted Ambassador Susan Rice’s talking points on TV shows following the Benghazi attack. “I do, Bret,” she said. “This was the fog of war.” Clinton said that her assessment of the situation “careened” from whether a YouTube video had something to do with the attack or nothing to do with it. “Do you know where the president was through the attack?” Baier asked. Hear her response in the video below. In his follow up, Baier asked Clinton exactly what she was taking responsibility for after the Benghazi attack.  Clinton responded, “I took responsibility for being at the head of the State Department at that time. Now that doesn’t mean that I made every decision because I obviously did not. But it does mean that I feel very deeply and very personally about the losses that we incurred.” Watch the exchange:  Then, Van Susteren asked Clinton about the controversial Bergdahl swap and her remarks that the five freed Gitmo detainees are not a threat to the United States. “As long as they’re in Qatar, they’re not a threat to the United States,” Clinton said. “Well, bin Laden was never in the United States,” Van Susteren countered. Lastly, Van Susteren asked Clinton about the IRS scandal.  “I think anytime the IRS is involved, for many people it’s a real scandal,” Clinton said, adding that there wasn’t a lot of evidence that it was deliberate. Van Susteren pushed back, "I would say this is real to many Americans.” Watch the segment below: Get more on the Hillary Clinton interview from Fox News: Baier to Clinton: Where Was Continue Reading

Greta: WH Tried to Pressure Me to Get Fox News to Back Off Benghazi Coverage

Greta Van Susteren was on “Hannity” to reveal how she was pressured by the White House to get Fox News to back down on Benghazi coverage. In the wake of the Benghazi attacks, Van Susteren said that she got a call from someone high up in the administration. The official asked Van Susteren to tell Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin to stop reporting on an alleged “stand down” order because it was false. Benghazi Bombshell: Security Team Told to 'Stand Down' By CIA Officer This weekend in a Fox News Reporting special, security contractors gave their firsthand accounts of the Benghazi attacks. They say they were given a “stand down” order during the night of the fatal attacks. The “On The Record” host said she asked for proof that the report was wrong, but the official did not provide any. She said that Fox News was then excluded from a State Department briefing on Benghazi, though the State Department said it was a mistake. ‘My Gut Is Yes’: Benghazi Security Contractor Says Stevens & Smith Would Be Alive If Team Wasn’t Delayed Watch more above. Continue Reading

FCC backs down from study, won’t ask journalists how they gather news

Uproar over a government research project questioning reporters on their newsgathering has caused the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its approach. The FCC's "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs" (CIN) included questions aimed at editors and journalists about why they cover certain stories, unleashing outrage that the federal government was encroaching on freedom of the press. Though the proposal was presented to the public in May 2013, it only attracted attention in early February. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai raised the alarm in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published on Feb. 10, warning the public the project would "thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country." The study is part of the agency's regular reports to Congress, required by law, on barriers blocking entry into the media business. With market access as the goal for the study, Pai questioned why research was required on the newsgathering operation. "How can the news judgments made by editors and station managers impede small businesses from entering the broadcast industry? And why does the CIN study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?" he asked. A total of 16 Republicans, led by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) addressed their concerns to the FCC, eliciting a response from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Feb. 14. He assured Congress in a letter that the commission "has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters by way of this Research Design," and he promised to rethink some of the questions being asked. But Wheeler's assurances failed to quell the outrage. Conservative watchdog group, American Center for Law & Justice, began an online petition in protest and FOX News talk show host Greta Van Susteren told viewers on-air that she wouldn't mind answering the government's questions with the response, "None of your business, read the Constitution." Eleven Continue Reading

Donald Trump: Politically, maybe women ‘don’t get what’s going on’

Donald Trump thinks maybe women "don't get what's going on" — at least, politically. Trump phoned into Fox News' "On The Record" Wednesday with some unkind things to say about President Barack Obama and women voters. When host Greta van Susteren asked Trump what he thought of polls showing that women really do like President Obama, the business magnate suggested that perhaps their ignorance prevents them from seeing things the way he does. "Well, maybe they don't know him [Obama]. Maybe they don't get what's going on," Trump said. What don't women know about President Obama, according to the Donald? The president, Trump asserted, is "somebody that will say some very nasty things. [He] is a person that is not the nice person that some people think. And his popularity rating, while high, I think if people knew the facts, the rating would actually be extremely low." But Trump doesn't seem too worried about the president's approval rating. "I still think that this is not going to be a popularity contest," he said. "It's going to be a contest based on jobs." Trump has been a longtime critic of the president. He played a prominent role in the "birther movement," which put pressure on President Obama to release his long-form birth certificate last year. The White House dismissed Trump as a sideshow. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Anthony Weiner’s ex-girlfriend Kirsten Powers: Twitter scandal politician should resign immediately!

It's getting pretty lonely for Rep. Anthony Weiner: Even an ex who initially defended him now says the serial sexter should step down. Kirsten Powers, who dated the congressman about 10 years ago, wrote a scathing column for the Daily Beast Wednesday, ripping Weiner and maintaining that she, too, had been a victim of his lies. "I had been defending him based on what he told me, but no more," the 42-year-old wrote Wednesday. "Weiner must resign from Congress immediately." Powers, a Fox News political analyst, initially went on a media blitz to back her former flame. When asked if Weiner should resign, she had said no. "You know, it's between him and his wife. This really does not have anything to do with his official capacity. He has not broken any laws. And he's apologetic," she told Fox host Greta Van Susteren Monday. But in her column, she attests that Weiner wrote her an email insisting he was innocent before his public confession, admitting he sent sexually-explicit images via Twitter. "He knew I was going on the show 'Hannity', where I would use this false information to defend him in front of millions of people. I did, and I regret it," she wrote, referring to the Fox program hoted by Sean Hannity. The two dated for three months after meeting at a post-campaign party during the 2002 New York gubernatorial race. She said they maintained their friendship. But as new details surface, like the tawdry exchanges between Weiner has his web gal pals, Powers is now describing him as a "predator trolling the Internet for women." "Congressman Weiner has fallen far short of even the low standard to which we generally hold our elected officials. It's time for him to go," she wrote.     Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sarah Palin takes swipe at departing CBS news anchor Katie Couric: ‘I read that in a newspaper’

It's a safe bet that Sarah Palin won't be attending Katie Couric's going away party. The former Alaska governor sent some sarcasm-drenched best wishes to the departing CBS News anchor, who famously grilled Palin in a 2008 interview. The sitdown was widely interpreted as a devastating blow for the Republican vice presidential candidate, who came off as confused and ill-informed on foreign policy and the media After five years at the helm of the ratings-challenged CBS Evening News, Couric is stepping down. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren asked Palin about Couric's exit on Tuesday. "Yeah, I think I read that in a newspaper, one of the many newspapers that I read online," said Palin, apparently referencing the 2008 interview, in which she seemed unable to name a single publication she reads regularly. Palin later blasted the liberal media for its "gotcha journalism." Palin and Couric during their now-famous 2008 interview (CBS News/AP). She then mocked Couric, who recently told People Magazine that she's looking to do more "multi-dimensional storytelling." "Yes, and I hear that she wants to now engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling, versus, I guess, just the straight-on read into that teleprompter screen storytelling," Palin said. "So, more power to her. I wish her well with her multi-dimensional storytelling."   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Outgoing Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele’s 10 best gaffes

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele abandoned his re-election bid Friday after four rounds of balloting left him far short of a second term. Steele, who just finished his first two-year term in the job, dropped out as four other hopefuls competed to become his successor. Steele, 52, urged his backers to give their support to GOP operative Maria Cino, who worked in George W. Bush's administration, but Reince Priebus, the head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, ultimately was elected after seven rounds of voting. The GOP's first black chairman received a standing ovation from the party regulars after pulling out of the race. His spotty two-year reign included huge victories by the GOP in the November elections, but for many, Steele is known more for his verbal gaffes than his electoral accomplishments. Let's take a look at some of the best. Thanks for the memories, Michael! October 2010: Uhh, remind me again, what's the minimum wage? Steele came under fire after admitting that he doesn't know what the federal minimum wage is. In an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Steele refused to rule out repealing or lowering the minimum wage. When pressed, the chairman couldn't cite the pay rate for America's lowest earners. "What is the minimum wage, Michael?" the host asked. "You really like the minimum wage, don't you?" Steele said, laughing. When O'Donnell said it was okay to say he didn't know what it was, Steele snapped and accused him of "trap playing." February 2009: You know what the GOP really needs? A hip-hop makeover! The RNC chairman told the Washington Times that he'll "surprise everyone" with an "off the hook" public relations campaign to update his party's image. "We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles," he told the newspaper. "But we want to apply them to urban-suburban, hip-hop settings." When asked if the makeover Continue Reading