Fox News has reportedly banned Sebastian Gorka from its hard news shows

Sebastian Gorka, former Trump administration official, reportedly earned himself a ban from Fox News.

The former deputy assistant to the president joined the network as a contributor in 2017, appearing on its shows like Hannity. Earlier this month, Gorka confirmed he was no longer a contributor to the network, saying he “decided not to renew my contract” but would still be appearing on Fox shows “as a free agent as my new schedule permits,” per The Hollywood Reporter.

But Mediaite reports that Fox News has banned Gorka from appearing on its hard news shows; The Daily Beast previously reported in August that Gorka was under what it called a “soft ban” on the news side. He’s not the only one, with Mediaite also reporting that reporter Sara Carter isn’t allowed to appear on the news shows anymore even though she’s a current Fox News contributor. Fox reportedly keeps asking Hannity not to introduce her as an investigative reporter since her “reporting is not vetted” and it “passes none of the network’s editorial guidelines,” Mediaite writes, but he keeps doing so anyway.

Still, Carter continues to appear on Hannity, and since Fox considers this an opinion show and not a hard news program, it sounds like Gorka can too, meaning he may continue to have a platform to rant about how Democrats “want to take away your hamburgers” for years to come.

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Jeanine Pirro’s show remains off Fox News’ schedule for another week

Fox News isn’t letting Jeanine Pirro back on the air just yet.

Pirro’s show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, is once again not on the network’s schedule for this Saturday, reports Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Fox had pulled the show last week after Pirro questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is loyal to the United States because she wears a hijab, asking, “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

This immediately prompted some advertisers to pull out of the show and drew a rare rebuke from Fox News, which said it “strongly” condemns her statements and that they “do not reflect those of the network.” Pirro in response said her “intention was to ask a question and start a debate,” per The Associated Press. She is currently suspended, The New York Times reports, although Fox has yet to confirm this or comment on the future of her show. A rerun of Fox’s documentary series Scandalous is currently set to air in Pirro’s usual Saturday time slot on March 23.

This will come as bad news to President Trump, who tweeted last week in support of Pirro, saying Fox should “fight hard” for her and “stop working soooo hard on being politically correct.”

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Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explain Medicare-for-all, razz Molly Ringwald, and roast Mitch McConnell

“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was more recognizable to a focus group of Wisconsin swing voters than every Democratic presidential prospect except Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren,” Alexi McCammond reports at Axios, citing a focus group last week of 12 voters. The freshman Democrat from New York “has only been in Congress for a few months, yet she’s breaking through even in rural areas of the Midwest. It’s not a great start for the 2020 Democrats who aren’t recognizable at all in Wisconsin, a key battleground state, despite all the national attention they’re getting.”

But it makes some sense. Ocasio-Cortez has excited young progressives and struck fascinated terror in Fox News pundits and conservative activists. “So, with AOC — as I call her, to save time — raising so many questions, I thought it was time to let members of my staff ask her questions of their own,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show.

In response to Late Show staff questions, Ocasio-Cortez explained how Medicare-or-all would work, named the one thing she’d change about Washington (“I think I’d make everyone relax a little bit more”), threw shade at questioner Molly Ringwald, and fielded a question about whether she has anything in common with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), blocker of all legislation Ocasio-Cortez holds dear. “Yeah,” she responded, “we both have an awkward relationship with Mitch McConnell.” Ouch.

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Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert review the unwieldy 2020 Democratic field and each candidate’s big thing

The Democratic presidential field is large and growing, and The Late Show tried to break it down Wednesday with a March Madness bracket.

With 2020 slowly approaching, “the Democrats have narrowed their choices down to everyone,” Stephen Colbert said in his monologue. There are so many candidates running that those “without a signature hair style, they’ve been experimenting with signature issues.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), for example, wants to eliminate the Electoral College. The audience at Warren’s town hall loved the idea, Colbert said, “but come on, if you get rid of the Electoral College, you turn the election into some kind of popularity contest.”

Joe Biden, meanwhile, “still needs something to stand out,” Colbert said. “One option he’s reportedly considering is actually running for president. Another is selecting a running mate early. It is adorable that Joe Biden thinks the thing everyone really cares about is who the vice president is gonna be.” And Andrew Yang has found his issue, he said, taking “a public stand that he wants to keep male genitals intact. I can see the yard sings now: Andrew Yang for a Better Wang.”

“If you’re having trouble keeping track of everyone in this guess-who game of candidates, don’t worry, we are here to break it down for you,” Samantha Bee said on Full Frontal. Pete Buttigieg, for example, would “seem like a great candidate, but his own husband has revealed something incredibly damning: Pete Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff,” she said. “Listen, no one wants to be a Hufflepuff. … All Hufflepuffs are narcs.”

Of the 16 candidates, “15 will lose while one, let’s be honest, will also probably lose and we’ll be stuck with this toilet monster for another four years,” Bee said. “So tonight, I’m announcing that I, too, am running … far away, because …read more

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