No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Is Megyn Kelly Out At NBC?

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Kelly, according to rumors is out at NBC. I am hearing conflicting reports now that NBC is weighing her future with them.

Due to the horrible ratings and the complaints that some guests have had about her it may be a good idea to can her. Kelly is rather a loose canon of years late , so you never know what you will get from her. At FOX, it was easier to sit behind her desk and go through the motions. When she went to NBC it was obvious she was out of her league, that she had no clue what she was doing. If she stuck it out at FOX she may have had a life long career at broadcasting, but instead she let he emotions, her ego get in the way of the debates and her constant feud with Trump was a major ass kicking too her. After her defeat to Trump, she had no choice but to look for other work.

Kelly’s feud was a major no no in journalism, you don’t let emotions or your own political views get in the way of reporting, what she did during the first Republican debate was a gross under estimation of Trump, not to mention unprofessional.

Kelly doubled down on Trump in the weeks that followed the first debate and she lost big time! Many of her loyal viewers stopped watching her, she lost ad space and  respect at FOX, coupled with her statements about sexual harassment at FOX all but sealed her fate, she was out.

Kelly’s options may now be limited, she may have to go back to practicing law as I do not believe that she will land on her journalistic feet ever again. Robert M Massimi believes that she is too weak in the field to be a formidable journalist, one who can command the camera the way a Barbra Walters or a Leslie Stall does. Kelly is frail compared to the people she interviews, she is at the people she is inter viewings mercy, as she does not command it like a great journalist does .

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Robert Massimi.

Megyn Kelly being fired for calling Sean Hannity an offensive name on live TV is fake news. There is no truth to a report that the NBC host insulted the Fox News host in response to Hannity’s defense of Roy Moore, who is running for the open Senate seat in Alabama and is accused of sexual misconduct.

Where did this fake news originate? The Last Line of Defense published the fake news article on Nov. 9, 2017, reporting that Kelly called Hannity an offensive name for his defense of Moore on live television and now would be fired for having done so. You can read the fake news below.

Megyn Kelly, on a live segment of her show, Megyn Kelly Today, decided to comment on Sean Hannity’s defense of Roy Moore…by calling him a “f*cking pig.” The gaffe was caught by network censors and immediately deleted, and since then NBC has worked feverishly to keep any home recordings off of the big tube sites.

NBC’s official response to the situation won’t be announced until tomorrow morning, but LLOD correspondent in the field Skip Tetheluda reports that it isn’t good news for Megyn:

“That kind of disrespect for a former coworker in an industry where trust and contacts are everything is about to ruin Megyn Kelly. NBC is firing her flat out after her show tomorrow and without Fox to fall back on, her outlook is bleak.”

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What that means is that Kelly is probably going to end up a “conservative” commentator for some shill network like MSNBC where she can join the likes of Joe Scarborough as Trump-hating “Republicans” who have turned on their party and their principals.

Calls to Hannity’s office haven’t been returned yet, but he did tweet that the segment hurt:
@Hannity 26 minutes ago – I’m hurt morte by who iut came from than the insult itself. I thought you knew me better, M.

There is no truth to the above story. There are no reports from any legitimate news outlet covering this alleged story. Additionally, there is no record of the tweet on Hannity’s timeline.

In a Deadline interview, Kelly who was with the Fox News network for 12 years before moving to NBC this year addressed the sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the hands of the late Roger Ailes, former CEO of Fox News. Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.

 

 

 
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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Tony Kushner To Write A Play About Trump.

Depict ‘Borderline Psychotic’ Donald Trump in New Play

If you missed Angels In America, or it’s sequel, don’t worry, you did not miss anything. Two of the worst plays that I have seen, and I have seen over 500 plays and musicals.

Kushner, a gay liberal whom I met back in the 90’s is very opinionated about his politics, his Zionism and his talents. When I first met him, he came off with an air about him like he was Earnest Hemingway. The truth is, he wrote a few weak plays, at best and Munich, which I enjoyed and collaborated with fellow lefty Steve Spielberg on Lincoln. If it weren’t for Daniel day Lewis, Lincoln would have been a quickly forgotten movie.

But let’s stick to this new play. It is becoming quite clear on Broadway and Off Broadway that the public could give a shit what writers and actors talk about on there political views. In fact, all the comments that were coming out during shows were not received well at all among st the public. Look at big league Irish lefty Michael Moore , his play bombed. People are tired of the Matt Damon’s, Alec Baldwins of the world. Just act, just write, keep your stupid politics too yourself, no one cares, no one respects you as intellects.

Robert Massimi believes Kushners play will bomb just like all the other mean spirited lefty shows.

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“He’s the kind of person, as a writer, I tend to avoid,” playwright behind “Angels in America” says

Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter best known for the AIDS-era epic “Angels in America,” is writing a new play about Donald Trump.

“It feels very soon,” Kushner told The Daily Beast in an interview posted Wednesday, adding that he began work on the project before the 45th president took the Oval Office.

“He’s the kind of person, as a writer, I tend to avoid as I think he is borderline psychotic,” said Kushner, who earned Oscar nominations for his fact-based screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” and “Lincoln.”

“I definitely think that incoherence lends itself well to drama, but he really is very boring,” he added. “It’s terrifying because he has all the power, but without the mental faculties he ought to have. I think he is seriously mentally ill, and the fact that he is in the White House is very frightening.”

Kushner indicated that the play will be set two years before the election, focusing on the man himself rather than the presidential campaign or the scandals and drama that have marked his first months in office.

Kushner stressed that the project is in the early stages of development but the longtime advocate for progressive causes is clearly no fan of the president.

“The nightmare is in high gear,” he said. “It certainly feels like folly that I or anyone else has a definitive understanding or comprehensive understanding of what going on. I have my guesses like everyone else has, but it will take some time and a lot will depend on how it is resolved.”

A starry revival of Kushner’s “Angels in America” is current playing at the National Theatre in London. Many have noted that Sen. Joseph McCarthy counsel and future Trump family lawyer Roy Cohn is a pivotal character (played by Nathan Lane in the new production).

“The part of Roy’s legacy that we see most visibly with Trump is the art of The Big Lie,” Kushner said. “I don’t know when Trump lies — about the size of his inauguration crowd, winning the popular vote — if he is aware of it… I didn’t have the sense with Roy that he lost sight of where the divide between fantasy and reality lay, which Trump does I think.”

 

No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Clinton Still Blames Everybody Else.

Hillary Clinton Interviews

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Hillary Clinton was interviewed by journalist and author Jennifer Weiner, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Clinton is touring the country to promote her new book, “What Happened.”

December 01, 2017

Still reeling from her embarrassing lose, Hilary Clinton blames everyone from Russia to Matt Lauer. She fails to realize that she was not what the Country wanted, she was detached, uncaring, not up on the issues. She thought she would walk into the White House without any scrutiny. What Clinton failed to realize is that even her own party disliked her and did not trust her. When people like Donna Brazile come out against you it is time to look at and question yourself and your abilities to lead.

What really happened to Clinton is that she thought she would barrel into the White House without even trying, that her past scandals would not even come close to touching her as  a candidate. The fact is she did not campaign hard, wasn’t willing to put in the work that is required to win an election. Trump out hustled her and wanted it more. Clinton thought that crony politics would carry her over the finish line. What Hilary still fails to see is that she is not well liked, she does not have the charisma that her husband had. Whereas Bill was out in front, Hilary hid in the shadows where she could not be seen in either her lack of political knowledge or her dirty dealings.

Clinton came play the blame game all she wants, she can do her book tours all she wants, she can try to reason away who and why she was left at the Alter, the fact is that she was never what we wanted, she is no Margret Thatcher, that is for sure! To blame Matt Lauer and talk about his Karma is more evidence of sour grapes. It goes deep to her character , if she even has one.

Hilary, it is time you realize the free lunch, the sucking of the marrow and your shakedowns for your foundation are over,(donations have all but stopped), and move on…. YOU LOST!

Robert Massimi.

Hillary Clinton returns to Philly to talk election, her book and the way forward

‘This is how deep the rot goes,’ she said of a heckler, who was escorted out near the end of the night

Throughout her run for president in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton was a pretty frequent visitor to Philadelphia, as part of her ultimately futile quest to win Pennsylvania. The Democratic National Convention, of course, took place at the Wells Fargo Center, and the Democratic nominee, along with her husband, President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, held a mega-rally on Independence Mall on election eve.

Thursday night, a little more than a year after her shocking loss to President Donald Trump, Secretary Clinton returned to Philly for a promotional event at the Academy of Music for her campaign memoir, What Happened. At the event, which was sold-out but not quite full, with an audience about two-thirds female, Clinton was interviewed on-stage by Philly native and best-selling author Jennifer Weiner.


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Clinton discussed a lot of the themes that she’s touched on in previous interviews for the book: Overcoming adversity, opposing the Trump Administration, and coming to grips with all of the things that went wrong for her in the 2016 vote.

She also addressed the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals – and even fended off a heckler who taunted her about the debunked “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory.


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Her fiery response to the latter led to, roughly, one of four standing ovations throughout the evening.

“As a person, I’m okay,” Clinton said. “As an American, I’m very concerned.”

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Hillary Clinton spoke at the Academy of Music Thursday evening before a sold-out crowd on a tour to promote her new book, “What Happened.”

She assailed the Republican tax reform bill, which was being debated in the U.S. Senate as she spoke, while also having negative things to say about the President’s temperament and Twitter behavior.

When it came to the forces that she felt contributed to the election result in 2016, Clinton checked off everything from Russian interference to the James Comey letter to an unfair news media to voter suppression efforts. (She didn’t take a lot of the blame herself Thursday, although she admitted she certainly does do so in the book.)

“We got a great vote in Philadelphia,” Clinton said, noting that she had also performed well in Pittsburgh as well as other traditionally Democratic parts of the state. But, she said, her 28-point lead in the Philadelphia suburbs whittled down to the final margin of 13 following the Comey letter, leading to her defeat in the Pennsylvania, and ultimately, the election.

When it came to sexism and the media, it was Weiner who brought up the elephant in the room, reading out a section of What Happened about the September 2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC, in which the host separately interviewed both candidates but was notably tougher on Clinton than Trump. That host? Matt Lauer.

“Every day I believe more in karma,” Clinton said to that, referring further to several “men who shaped the narrative” during the campaign who have since been sidelined in the wave of sexual harassment scandals.

“The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women in politics,” she said, adding that she has encouraged many young women to get involved with politics, sometimes by running for office themselves. Clinton also declared that “I resign from being Fox News’ president,” noting the absurdity of personalities on the news network continuing to rail against her for hours each day, even with the election long over and someone else in the White House.

While there were no protesters visible outside the venue, a heckler rose in his upper-deck seat near the end of the event and shouted “Pizzagate is real!,” in reference to the long-ago-debunked conspiracy theory about Clinton and other Democratic leaders supposedly running a child sex ring out of a Washington pizzeria.

The man, who was escorted out of the auditorium and later seen talking with Secret Service agents, was recognized by a PhillyVoice photographer as Howard Caplan, a local man known for holding “Hillary for Prison” and “Pizzagate is Real” signs on Roosevelt Boulevard and at local political events. Caplan has made news for a series of incidents in the last two years, including his storming of the Christmas Mass at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul last year, and his having been assaulted at a protest demonstration last summer.

Clinton responded to the interruption with a righteous rant against the Pizzagate theory – “This is how deep the rot goes” – which noted that a man had opened fire in the pizzeria while trying to rescue “children” supposedly hidden in the restaurant’s allegedly nonexistent basement.

In addition to politics, Weiner asked Clinton about cooking, her grandchildren, how her Thanksgiving was, and even about whether she looks forward more to taking off makeup or Spanx at the end of a long day.

At one point early in the evening, Clinton launched into an extended coughing fit, the kind of thing that tended to lead to theories during the campaign that the candidate was concealing some sort of illness. Weiner attempted to fill the time by making a self-deprecating joke about her own last name, but knowing that Clinton’s history with a man of that particular surname is what led to the notorious Comey Letter, she may have not found it so funny.

Clinton is something of a divisive figure, and has been such for going on three decades. But with one exception, there was no divided reception Thursday night – among a theater full of people who paid hundreds of dollars to see the first female presidential nominee in Philadelphia one more time.

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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Flynn Indicted. No Indictments Yet From FBI on Clinton, Rice, Lynch, Obama or Holder.

FBI flunkie Robert Mueller today indicted Gen Flynn. Liberals are coming out in droves to denounce Trump. My question is, why hasn’t Mueller indicted Clinton and anyone else in the Obama administration yet, since the evidence is overwhelming. Elise Labott\u003c/a> reports. “,”descriptionText”:”Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment as opposed to complying with the panel’s subpoena for records regarding his conversations with a Russian ambassador. 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He was Trump’s pick for national security adviser, but resigned amid controversy over Russia contacts. “},{“title”:”Bharara: Flynn likely talking deal with Mueller”,”duration”:”01:48″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/shows/state-of-the-union&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/11/26/sotu-bharara-likely.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/11/26/sotu-bharara-likely.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170608130626-01-preet-bharara-0608-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/11/26/sotu-bharara-likely.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”On State of the Union, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara responds to the news that Michael Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”,”descriptionText”:”On State of the Union, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara responds to the news that Michael Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”},{“title”:”WSJ: Flynn offered up to $15M to deliver cleric”,”duration”:”02:07″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/11/10/michael-flynn-investigation-turkey-cleric-wsj-cuomo-bts-newday.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/11/10/michael-flynn-investigation-turkey-cleric-wsj-cuomo-bts-newday.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170522175329-michael-flynn-december-5-2016-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/11/10/michael-flynn-investigation-turkey-cleric-wsj-cuomo-bts-newday.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son are under investigation for their involvement in a plan to forcibly extricate a Muslim Cleric from the US and return him to Turkey for $15 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.”,”descriptionText”:”Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son are under investigation for their involvement in a plan to forcibly extricate a Muslim Cleric from the US and return him to Turkey for $15 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.”},{“title”:”Sources: Flynn expected to invoke the Fifth “,”duration”:”02:04″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/05/22/russia-flynn-plead-fifth-investigation-labott-dnt-lead.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/05/22/russia-flynn-plead-fifth-investigation-labott-dnt-lead.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170427171032-michael-flynn-0210-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/05/22/russia-flynn-plead-fifth-investigation-labott-dnt-lead.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment as opposed to complying with the panel’s subpoena for records regarding his conversations with a Russian ambassador. CNN’s \u003ca href=\”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/elise-labott-profile\”>Elise Labott\u003c/a> reports. “,”descriptionText”:”Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment as opposed to complying with the panel’s subpoena for records regarding his conversations with a Russian ambassador. CNN’s \u003ca href=\”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/elise-labott-profile\”>Elise Labott\u003c/a> reports. “},{“title”:”Top Dems seek answers on Kushner, Flynn “,”duration”:”04:02″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/06/21/russia-probe-kushner-flynn-security-clearances-raju-tsr-sot.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/06/21/russia-probe-kushner-flynn-security-clearances-raju-tsr-sot.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170303130254-kushner-flynn-split-0303-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/06/21/russia-probe-kushner-flynn-security-clearances-raju-tsr-sot.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Democrats on a key House panel are seeking answers from the White House on former national security adviser Michael Flynn and presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearances as part of the Russia probe.”,”descriptionText”:”Democrats on a key House panel are seeking answers from the White House on former national security adviser Michael Flynn and presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearances as part of the Russia probe.”},{“title”:”Sources: Russians bragged about using Flynn”,”duration”:”03:06″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://us.cnn.com/shows/ac-360&#8243;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/05/20/russia-michael-flynn-donald-trump-influence-brown-borger-ac.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/05/20/russia-michael-flynn-donald-trump-influence-brown-borger-ac.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170519200032-michael-flynn-white-house-feburary-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/05/20/russia-michael-flynn-donald-trump-influence-brown-borger-ac.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.”,”descriptionText”:”Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.”},{“title”:”Yates contradicts Spicer on Michael Flynn”,”duration”:”02:16″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/05/09/yates-contradicts-spicer-on-flynn-orig-llr.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/05/09/yates-contradicts-spicer-on-flynn-orig-llr.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170508151533-04-sally-yates-testifies-trump-russia-0508-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/05/09/yates-contradicts-spicer-on-flynn-orig-llr.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony about Michael Flynn’s Russia ties differs from what Sean Spicer previously told the press. “,”descriptionText”:”Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony about Michael Flynn’s Russia ties differs from what Sean Spicer previously told the press. “},{“title”:”NYT: Flynn halted military plan Turkey opposed”,”duration”:”01:31″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/05/18/nyt-flynn-turkey-military-plan.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/05/18/nyt-flynn-turkey-military-plan.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170427170942-michael-flynn-0213-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/05/18/nyt-flynn-turkey-military-plan.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”A New York Times report says Micheal Flynn blocked a Syrian military operation that Turkey, a country he was secretly being paid by to advocate for, would have opposed. “,”descriptionText”:”A New York Times report says Micheal Flynn blocked a Syrian military operation that Turkey, a country he was secretly being paid by to advocate for, would have opposed. “},{“title”:”What did Mike Pence know about Flynn? “,”duration”:”03:11″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/05/18/what-did-mike-pence-know-michael-flynn-jones-pkg-tsr.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/05/18/what-did-mike-pence-know-michael-flynn-jones-pkg-tsr.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/161214155506-001-michael-flynn-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/05/18/what-did-mike-pence-know-michael-flynn-jones-pkg-tsr.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”Vice President Mike Pence is standing by a March statement that he first learned of Michael Flynn’s ties to Turkey from media reports, despite revelations President Trump’s transition team was made aware far earlier.”,”descriptionText”:”Vice President Mike Pence is standing by a March statement that he first learned of Michael Flynn’s ties to Turkey from media reports, despite revelations President Trump’s transition team was made aware far earlier.”},{“title”:”Watch: Flynn likened immunity to guilt in 2016″,”duration”:”00:37″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2017/03/31/michael-flynn-immunity-guilt-nbc-2016-sje-mobile-orig.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2017/03/31/michael-flynn-immunity-guilt-nbc-2016-sje-mobile-orig.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170331094539-michael-flynn-peace-conference-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2017/03/31/michael-flynn-immunity-guilt-nbc-2016-sje-mobile-orig.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”In a 2016 interview on NBC’s \”Meet the Press,\” Michael Flynn said \”When you are given immunity … you probably committed a crime.\””,”descriptionText”:”In a 2016 interview on NBC’s \”Meet the Press,\” Michael Flynn said \”When you are given immunity … you probably committed a crime.\””},{“title”:”How Michael Flynn lost his job in 23 days”,”duration”:”03:58″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/&#8221;,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2017/02/14/michael-flynn-russia-timeline-starr-dnt-tsr.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2017/02/14/michael-flynn-russia-timeline-starr-dnt-tsr.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150128204026-nr-brooke-blog-ex-spy-chief-slams-obama-isis-strategy-00000320-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2017/02/14/michael-flynn-russia-timeline-starr-dnt-tsr.cnn/video/playlists/michael-flynn/”,”description”:”President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned from his post amid claims he misled the administration over his communications with Russia before Trump took office. 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In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump&amp;amp;#39;s inauguration: &amp;amp;quot;I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.&amp;amp;quot; / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170427170942-michael-flynn-0213-large-169.jpg”&gt;NYT: Flynn halted military plan Turkey opposed&lt;img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: General Mike Flynn, Donald Trump&amp;amp;#39;s new national security adviser, arrives at Trump Tower on November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. 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General Michael Flynn arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn is appointed National Security Advisor to Trump. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. 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President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171030071940-02-michael-flynn-lead-image-large-169.jpg”>Flynn lawyers cut off talks with Trump team<img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives at Trump Tower, November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/161117201720-02-michael-flynn-1117-large-169.jpg”>Michael Flynn in less than 2 minutes<img alt=”Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara attends the Senate Intelligence Committee where FBI Director James Comey is sent to testify in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170608130626-01-preet-bharara-0608-large-169.jpg”>Bharara: Flynn likely talking deal with Mueller<img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 5: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the choice of President-elect Donald J. Trump for national security adviser, talks with colleagues at Trump Tower on December 5, 2016 in New York City. Trump has been holding daily meetings at the luxury high rise that bears his name since his election in November. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170522175329-michael-flynn-december-5-2016-large-169.jpg”>WSJ: Flynn offered up to $15M to deliver cleric<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press. 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In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump&amp;#39;s inauguration: &amp;quot;I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.&amp;quot; / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170427170942-michael-flynn-0213-large-169.jpg”>NYT: Flynn halted military plan Turkey opposed<img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: General Mike Flynn, Donald Trump&amp;#39;s new national security adviser, arrives at Trump Tower on November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/161214155506-001-michael-flynn-large-169.jpg”>What did Mike Pence know about Flynn? <img alt=”Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. / AFP / CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170331094539-michael-flynn-peace-conference-large-169.jpg”>Watch: Flynn likened immunity to guilt in 2016<img alt=”nr brooke blog ex spy chief slams obama ISIS strategy_00000320.jpg” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150128204026-nr-brooke-blog-ex-spy-chief-slams-obama-isis-strategy-00000320-large-169.jpg”>How Michael Flynn lost his job in 23 days&lt;img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Retired Army Lt. General Michael Flynn arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn is appointed National Security Advisor to Trump. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. (Photo by Saul Loeb – Pool/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171123162141-02-michael-flynn-file-large-169.jpg”&gt;Michael Flynn charged with lying to FBI&lt;img alt=”Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. / AFP / CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170522175218-michael-flynn-january-10-2017-large-169.jpg”&gt;Toobin: Flynn guilty plea appears certain&lt;img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 12: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump&amp;amp;#39;s choice for National Security Advisor, waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 12, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171030071940-02-michael-flynn-lead-image-large-169.jpg”&gt;Flynn lawyers cut off talks with Trump team&lt;img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives at Trump Tower, November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/161117201720-02-michael-flynn-1117-large-169.jpg”&gt;Michael Flynn in less than 2 minutes&lt;img alt=”Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara attends the Senate Intelligence Committee where FBI Director James Comey is sent to testify in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170608130626-01-preet-bharara-0608-large-169.jpg”&gt;Bharara: Flynn likely talking deal with Mueller&lt;img alt=”NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 5: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the choice of President-elect Donald J. Trump for national security adviser, talks with colleagues at Trump Tower on December 5, 2016 in New York City. Trump has been holding daily meetings at the luxury high rise that bears his name since his election in November. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170522175329-michael-flynn-december-5-2016-large-169.jpg”&gt;WSJ: Flynn offered up to $15M to deliver cleric&lt;img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170427171032-michael-flynn-0210-large-169.jpg”&gt;Sources: Flynn expected to invoke the Fifth Story highlightsThe charge against Flynn is the first in Mueller’s probe that has reached someone in the Trump White HouseThe charges mark yet another stunning downfall for FlynnWashington (CNN)Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will plead guilty Friday to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador, according to court documents.Flynn arrived at court Friday morning. 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But this was expected. Trump fired him for lying to (Vice President Mike Pence). Of course, he lied to the FBI, too,” the source said.Another source, who is close to President Donald Trump, attempted to downplay the severity of the charge against Flynn by noting that lying in Washington is not new. The source maintained that he was still not worried about any potential cooperation between Flynn and the prosecutors.Flynn’s lawyers have previously criticized media reports about his connection to the Russia investigation as peddling “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him.” Flynn hasn’t spoken publicly since his ouster in February. The charges mark yet another stunning downfall for Flynn, 58, a retired general who rose to the highest ranks of the Army over a three-decade career — only to see him drummed out of the military by the Obama administration before unexpectedly rising again on the heels of Trump’s election victory.A key campaign surrogate and adviser during Trump’s presidential campaign, Flynn was tapped as Trump’s national security adviser in November 2016, a senior White House job that put him in a vital role for all of the administration’s national security and foreign policy decisions.Though he wasn’t initially considered for the top job, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner made it clear to the Trump transition team that they wanted him there, CNN has reported.Flynn would hold the job less than a month, resigning from the post after he misled Pence and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in which they discussed US sanctions against Russia.Flynn is also the spark of potential trouble for the President in Mueller’s probe, as the special counsel is investigating potential obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI Director James Comey. 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were captured by routine US eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomat, CNN has reported.The Trump transition team acknowledged that Flynn and Kislyak spoke on the day in December 2016 that the Obama administration issued new sanctions against Russia and expelled 35 diplomats, but they insisted the conversation did not include sanctions — including denials that Pence and Priebus later repeated on national television.Flynn resigned on February 13 after reports that he and Kislyak had spoken about sanctions and that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. 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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Matt Lauer Out!

They say: Karma’s a bitch!. Left wing arrogant news whore, Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct. Co hosts on “Today” tried to put a soft spin on it, but that is nothing more then whip cream on horse shit! Lauer thought he was untouchable as he walked and talked as if he was someone of higher importance. The fact is he reports the news, while others make the news. Newscasters and talk show hosts for years have been putting way to much on themselves and not the news or people they are interviewing. People like Lauer needed a reality check. I have watched people like him and Heraldo  Rivera and said to myself, these are nothing more then midget mouthpieces.  Rivera, just as pompous as Lauer, made reporting about them, not what they were speaking of. As the internet slowly replaces assholes like these, it is time that we make people like Lauer accountable.

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The reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace claimed another leading television personality on Wednesday when NBC fired its leading morning news anchor, Matt Lauer, over a sexual harassment allegation.

“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Andrew Lack, the NBC News president, said in a memo to the staff.

He said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” Mr. Lack said.

Ari Wilkenfeld, a civil rights lawyer with the firm Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson in Washington, said he represented the woman who made the complaint to NBC, but declined to publicly identify her. In a statement provided to The New York Times, he said:

“My client and I met with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours. Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

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“While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.”

The Times met with the woman Monday afternoon, but she said she was not ready to come forward and tell her story publicly.

Mr. Lauer’s co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced the news on “Today” on Wednesday morning. Appearing on the verge of tears, Ms. Guthrie said, “All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken.”

She described Mr. Lauer as “a dear, dear friend,” and said she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

Calling Mr. Lauer’s dismissal part of a national reckoning, she continued, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”

Mr. Lauer’s termination was just the latest in a string of firings involving the very top stars in television news — coming after the ouster of Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, last April and Charlie Rose, of CBS, earlier this month.

But it also involves the most important part of the NBC News franchise, “Today,” which is a profit driver and highly rated morning program. Mr. Lauer, a co-anchor since 1997, was the centerpiece of the show.

The “Today” staff learned the news shortly before going live. Giving the weather report, a visibly shaken Al Roker said, “I’m still trying to process the news.” Soon after announcing the dismissal, Ms. Guthrie gripped the hand of Hoda Kotb, who was rushed in as an emergency substitute host.

The move by NBC represents one of the few examples of a company taking pre-emptive action over sexual harassment complaints before any allegations had become public.

Mr. Lauer’s dismissal was seized upon by President Trump, who went on to ask in a tweet when executives at NBC and Comcast, the network’s parent company, would “be fired for putting out so much fake news.”

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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Obama and his Foundation.

  Mr. apology, Barack Obama planning a visit to several countries with his foundation will most likely go around apologizing for America like he did when he ran for office and when he became president. Obama is clueless when it comes to foreign affairs, just look at how many countries we lost as allies under he and crooked Hilary.
The fact that this moron is going abroad to speak to different nations worries me, (wonder if his wife will wear a tee shirt and cut off jeans on the plan like she did as first lady). The fact that twiddle Dee and twiddle dumb are going together is worrisome. She is classless and he is clueless. I wonder what he will say to embarrass us once again.
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCourt: Military must take transgender service members by Jan. 1Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers see progress on children’s health care bill | Five health-care fights facing Congress in December | VA centers failed to report potentially dangerous doctorsObama congratulates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagementMORE will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming trip abroad.

Obama will visit China and India before making a stop in Paris, according to a spokesperson for the former president. Obama will speak at various summits in the three countries he visits.

The Times of India last week reported that Obama would be in India’s capital city of New Delhi on Dec. 1 for an Obama Foundation event, which the spokesperson confirmed in a statement.

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President Trump recently concluded his own five-nation tour of Asia, in which he met with both Xi and Modi during the 12-day trip.Obama’s trip to India will come shortly after first daughter Ivanka Trump’s visit to the country.

Trump, a White House senior adviser, met with Modi during the eighth Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad.

“It was an honor to meet with you Prime Minister Modi. Thank you for co-hosting the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit! @StateDept,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

During her speech to the summit, Trump spoke of female entrepreneurs, adding to her continued focus on women’s issues in her role at the White House.

No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Amazon’s Sweat Shop.

The internet just gets better and better! It was supposed to bury conservatives but instead has crushed the liberals. Bezo’s , the latest victim, is shown to exploit workers that would have made Andrew Carnegie proud! These so called champion of the people, social media types are now being shown how ruthless they can be. The PC generation, like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft are being brought out from the shadows and people are being shown what scum bags they really are.

Robert M. Massimi believes that left leaning corporations will be exploited for what and who they truly are, money grabbers, left wing hypocrites and posers

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Undercover at Amazon: Exhausted humans are inefficient so robots are taking over

Mirror investigative reporter says: ‘Amazon has recognized humans are the least efficient part of the operation – it makes more money by treating its workers as expendable

Undercover footage reveals working conditions at Amazon

Amazon run a tight ship, as you would expect from a company founded by the world’s richest man.

Tilbury warehouse is a slick operation, up to speed on health and safety and workplace law.

But just because it is legal does not mean it is good for you.

Weeks before I went in, I had finished a summer running season which included two marathons and a handful of half marathons.

Physically I am no slouch – yet my body felt drained every day.

My blood pressure and resting heart rate both rose from the stresses of the job.

One silver lining as I started was that working as a picker might be good exercise.

But Amazon has recognised humans are the least efficient part of the operation, so in Tilbury the robots take over.

At every turn it felt like the human staff were reduced to livestock, existing only to service the machines

The repetitive, monotonous work at its ironically named “fulfilment centre” did me no favours mentally, either.

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In the early weeks I was depressed, until my brain switched off.

Amazon does not have to enforce a 10-hour day, it could stretch its 40-hour week over five days and add more staff.

Extra staff may let it reduce personal targets to lessen the load. But it makes more money by treating its workers as expendable commodities.

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The harsh realities of life with timed toilet breaks and impossible targets inside an Amazon warehouse have been revealed in an undercover investigation.

Sunday Mirror reporter Alan Selby spent five weeks working at the online giant’s newest warehouse in Essex, finishing his final shift on Black Friday.

He found workers falling asleep on their feet as they struggled to keep up with seemingly impossible targets, with a new parcel expected to be packed and ready every 30 seconds.

Staff often work as many as 55 hours in a week in the £8.20 an hour jobs – although some are forced to pay £4 a day for a bus just to get to the warehouse.

One knackered worker falls asleep at their station inside Amazon’s distribution centre (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Alan revealed the inner workings of the UK’s biggest retailer today:

Alone in a locked metal cage, 10 feet from my nearest colleague, a robot approaches from the shadows and thrusts a tower of shelves towards me.

I have nine seconds to grab and process an item to be sent for packing – a target of 300 items an hour, for hour after relentless hour.

As I bend to the floor then reach high above my head to fulfil a never-ending stream of orders, my body screams at me.

Welcome to Amazon’s picking floor. Here, while cameras watch my every move, a screen in front of me offers constant reminders of my “units per hour” and exactly how long each has taken.

This is the online giant’s biggest European packing plant, set to be shipping 1.2 million items a year.

Boxes stacked high inside the distribution warehouse as workers battle with ‘impossible’ targets (Image: Sunday Mirror)

As the UK’s top retailer, it made £7.3billion last year alone. But a Sunday Mirror investigation today reveals that success comes at a price – the daily ordeal of its workers.

I spent five weeks at the firm’s newest warehouse in Tilbury, Essex, armed with a secret camera bought from Amazon’s own website.

I found staff asleep on their feet, exhausted from toiling for up to 55 hours a week.

Those who could not keep up with the punishing targets faced the sack – and some who buckled under the strain had to be attended to by ambulance crews.

It is a far cry from the singing, smiling faces that fill Amazon’s Christmas adverts on TV. Its army of 24,000 unhappy elves are paid as little as seven pence per item to help pack and deliver each one across the UK.

(Image: Ian Tuttle)

My final shift was two days ago, Black Friday – when millions of Brits logged on to help founder Jeff Bezos earn an extra £1.8billion overnight. But the firm has been hit by a series of scandals, prompting our undercover probe.

Across Italy and Germany staff have gone on strike, complaining of low pay and poor conditions.

And employees at UK warehouses have told of sleeping in tents and under bridges just to get to work on time.

Timed toilet breaks, impossible targets and exhausting, “intolerable” working conditions are frequent complaints. Staff have been paid less than the living wage, and it even emerged drivers had faced fines for “early” deliveries.

As experts warn of workers facing an increased risk of mental and physical illness, Amazon repeatedly promised to clean up its act. But a whiteboard in the plant for staff comments suggests it has far to go.

Staff working long hours often struggle to keep up with the demands expected of them inside the warehouse (Image: Sunday Mirror)

There were complaints of filthy toilets and breaks still too short.

One asked: “Why are we not allowed to sit when it is quiet and not busy? We are human beings, not slaves and animals.”

I was told by one worker: “I expected it to be all modern and powered by robots in here, but my eyes are wide open now.”

My own story of how I became a human robot could not have been darker. Shifts began in the gloom at 7.30am and ended at 6pm, long after the sun had gone down.

The plant, with no natural light, is flooded with fluorescent bulbs – night and day have no meaning.

Many of the clocks have been covered over with tape by employees desperate not to be reminded how long is left of their shift. But time still rules here – a new package must be sealed and ready to go every 30 seconds.

Sunday Mirror reporter Alan Selby found that down time was at a premium for workers (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Whatever the hour thousands of workers are racing to hit goals set by computers monitoring their every move. In my five weeks I saw staff struggling to meet impossible targets, in constant fear of the sack.

Two half-hour breaks were the only time off my feet, but it was barely enough time to race to the canteen and wolf down some food to keep my energy up.

My body ached, and my fitness tracker showed I walked at least 10 miles most days.

Despite being a keen marathon runner, the physical effort left me feeling dizzy, and I worried I might keel over if I kept pushing myself as hard as I needed to meet my targets.

One colleague was taken to hospital by ambulance when they collapsed on the job, after struggling on despite feeling unwell.

Another worker appears to sleep during a gruelling shift inside the online giant’s distribution centre (Image: Mirrorpix)

Another ambulance was called after a girl suffered a panic attack when she was told compulsory overtime would mean her working up to 55 hours a week over Christmas.

One of my colleagues told me: “Everybody suffers here. I pulled my hamstring but I just had to carry on. My friend spent two days off after she damaged her knee ligaments.”

With my secret camera, I documented colleagues snatching a moment to rest their aching feet when supervisors could not see them. Less lucky ones were told off after being caught taking a breather. Some simply slept where they stood.

Since October Amazon has been racing to fill 1,500 roles at the warehouse, the size of 11 football pitches.

It is so vast that just walking to the toilet could take more than five minutes – almost a third of a mile from some of my workstations, and even longer when those on my floor were out of order, as they often were.

Staff working long hours often struggle to keep up with the demands expected of them inside the warehouse (Image: Mirrorpix)

If I went, the system would know I had not been active, so the pressure was on to hold it in. To reach the site, named LCY2 after nearby London City airport, workers pay £4 a day from wages for a bus laid on from London.

Some are so desperate for one of the £8.20-an-hour jobs that they spend four hours each day commuting.

One who wants to move locally told me: “Landlords are putting up rents since the site opened. The only room I can find is £600 a month. I take home £200 a week – how can I afford it?”

In the days leading up to Black Friday, missed performance targets saw scores of staff sacked.

Once a day, a supervisor would approach me to remind me how I was performing. Often it was not well. But with workers pitted against each other, one told me: “As long as you’re not bottom you’ve no need to worry… for the time being.”

Once an item is picked it continues through the building to end up in packing – the other department where I worked.

Some who buckled under the strain had to be attended to by ambulance crews.
(Image: Mirrorpix)

I was told to pack 120 single items an hour, or 85 multiple items. And I’ve since been told this will rise to 200 items.

Employees can be seen walking up and down conveyor belts rattling boxes before cherry picking ones full of smaller items to meet their quota. A colleague said: “My girlfriend says even the old ladies on night shifts have been fighting over the boxes.

“If you get one with lots of small items you save time and keep your numbers up – everyone’s after those first.”

Sometimes I met my targets, but I knew I couldn’t keep it up much longer.

By halfway through the day I felt drained. If I grumbled I was reminded my numbers would suffer if I stopped. In my final fortnight there were at least two safety incidents that could have seen somebody seriously hurt.

One colleague told me: “At my induction someone was asking why the staff turnover was so high here. It’s because they’re killing people. All my friends think I’m dead. I’m exhausted.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (Image: Getty)

His remark summed up what I had seen with my own eyes. When it comes to treating its staff as people, Amazon still has much to deliver.

Amazon told us: “Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace with competitive pay and benefits from day one. We are proud to have created thousands of permanent roles in our UK fulfilment centres in recent years.

“We offer great jobs and a positive environment with opportunities for growth. As with most companies, we expect a certain level of performance.

“Targets are based on previous performance achieved by our workers. Associates are evaluated over a long period of time as we know a variety of things could impact the ability to meet expectations in any given day or hour.”

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