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Inside latenight takedowns of Trump and trouble for Murdoch

Is it inappropriate for Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch to be hugging and praising each other in public when Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox is under federal investigation?

That was one of two questions we took on Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources" in a segment with me and NPR's David Folkenflik joining host Brian Stelter.

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The hugs were definitely inappropriate. But that is the in-your-face, arrogant style of both men. No surprise that either should act inappropriately when it comes to their roles as representatives of the presidency and the press at a gala last week.

But if you view the segment, I think you might be surprised at how deep the trouble is for Murdoch's Fox News.

I said I didn't think it was quite as big and bad as the phone hacking scandal that Murdoch found himself in 2011 in the UK. But it's getting there with new lawsuits arriving for racial discrimination and sexual harassment and both the Justice Department and United States Postal Inspection Service investigating payments and actions by executives in connection with settlements and payoffs.

Fox News has the highest ratings in the history of cable news, and it looks like it could all come tumbling down thanks to the rule-flouting culture set in place by the deposed Roger Ailes.

Take a look at our discussion here.

And here's a second segment in which we tackle the question of Stephen Colbert's vulgar rant at Trump last week.

Vulgar? Yes.

Rant. Yes.

But Gold bless him and other latenight comedians for doing the work of democracy in taking on the president in all his erratic behavior.

That was my take. You can see it here.

And, finally, check out Stelter's interview with two of the lawyers handling many of the clients suing Fox News. Both will be in the UK this week testifying against 21st Century Fox in its bid to gain 100 percent control of Sky TV.

Murdoch had to back off once before in his effort to gain total control of the TV and broadband cash cow: In 2011, thanks to the outlaw behavior of his reporters and editors in the phone hacking scandal.

You can see that discussion with Stelter and the attorneys here.

Let me know what you think.

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