White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah opened today’s presser by discussing ex-staff secretary Rob Porter’s alleged record of domestic violence, claiming the administration and chief of staff John Kelly were unaware of the “full nature” of the accusations. While officials reportedly knew that Porter was not able to receive his full security clearance while in the White House due to a protective order against him, Shah defended the administration by saying they had not yet come to an investigative conclusion regarding the staffer. “His background investigation was ongoing. His clearance was never denied, and he resigned,” Shah said — later adding the White House trusted “the background check process” in regards to Porter. He went on to call the allegations made by two of Porter’s ex-wives “serious and disturbing” and added that President Donald Trump was upset by them as well. When asked about the claims yesterday, Kelly initially responded by Continue reading "Deputy Press Sec Raj Shah Defends White House Response to Rob Porter’s Domestic Abuse Allegations"
ESPN’s Michael Smith called out the network during a recent interview in response to their silencing policies toward him and ex-SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill after her comments against President Donald Trump. Amid Trump’s Charlottesville and NFL controversies — in which he called players protesting during the national anthem sons of bitches — Hill called the president a “white supremacist,” which led to her suspension from the show. Smith says that ESPN then took to silencing the duo on SportsCenter as a way of tamping down the political controversy. The now-solo host of SportsCenter‘s offshoot SC6 said the following while appearing on James Andrew Miller‘s Origins podcast:
“There was a time we weren’t even talking to each other [on air] anymore. Like no more Michael and Jemele, not less, not here and there. No more Michael and Jemele talking. No more of their commentary. It’s just strictly Continue reading "SportsCenter Host Michael Smith Calls Out ESPN For Silencing Jemele Hill After Trump Controversy"
Despite receiving the nickname “failing” from President Donald Trump, The New York Times is actually seeing a surge in earnings, revenues, and trading value as digital subscriptions shoot up — making up for the predictably declining print sales. The Times reported today that their stock rose 11 percent — reaching their best point in over 10 years — as the paper’s fourth-quarter earnings outperformed expectations. Additionally, the Times’ stock hasn’t been worth this much since before the recession when many media outlets took major hits. The rise is especially noteworthy as its occurring against the backdrop of fellow media companies struggling, carrying out mass firings, or even closing their doors. So while the president may have an affinity for the “failing” catchphrase, clearly the claim isn’t true. In fact, his constant attacks on the Times may actually prove to be effective for newspaper sales, as domestic politics gain Continue reading "Earnings Increase at ‘Failing’ New York Times as Digital Subscriptions Rise"
After Brit Hume tweeted a Federalist article slamming the media for alleged anti-Trump administration bias, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy responded by asking if the Fox News political analyst’s network ever plans to correct their false reporting in a recent article on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Hume posted a piece written by Federalist editor Mollie Hemmingway titled, “How The Media Buried Two Huge FBI Stories Yesterday,” which claimed the media intentionally refused to cover news regarding the Russia investigation as it showed President Donald Trump in a positive light. The veteran conservative newsman said the article explains how Hemingway “goes looking for MSM journalists interested in pursuing the FBI misconduct angle in the HRC & DJT cases, finds none.” This led Darcy to tweet, “Brit, is Fox going to issue a correction to its story that incorrectly, per CNN & WSJ, suggested the texts were related to the Clinton Continue reading "CNN Reporter Rips Brit Hume For His Network’s False Story: ‘Is Fox Going to Issue a Correction’?"
White House chief of staff John Kelly has completed a something of a 180 on former senior White House aide Rob Porter after allegations were made this week that he physically abused two of his ex-wives. Despite Kelly reportedly knowing about a protective order filed against Porter, as well as his ex-wives’ allegations of abuse — which kept him from obtaining a full security clearance — the chief of staff elevated the aide’s position in the White House. And when he was accused of domestic violence in reports published by the Daily Mail and The Intercept, Kelly vehemently defended Porter. However, after facing intense backlash over his response and Porter’s resignation, Kelly released a second statement:
“There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every Continue reading "John Kelly Issues New Statement After Catching Flak for Initial Response to Aide Accused of Abuse"
As the controversy around President Donald Trump’s proposed militaristic parade grows, the set of Morning Joe torched him by suggesting he instead “march around” alone while playing dress up in “a military uniform” — since his multiple draft deferments show he can only “pretend.” MSNBC senior contributor Mike Barnicle proposed the idea of Trump engaging in some Comic Con-style larping and wearing clothes that a US solider would wear, that way he could satisfy his parade desires by “pretending to be General Patton.” “Maybe the answer, Joe, is to just get Donald Trump a military uniform with epaulets on the shoulder and give him some salad dressing to put on the left lapel and let him March around and pretend to be General Patton,” mused Barnicle. Host Joe Scarborough responded by pointing out Trump has to play pretend, as he escaped the draft during the Vietnam War five different Continue reading "Morning Joe Ridicules Trump’s Military Parade: ‘Let Him March Around’ in Uniform Alone"
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested a “warming” climate can actually be good for humans on the earth, as he attempted to explain his controversial views on climate change yesterday. In an interview with KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, Pruitt said, “I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.” On a similar note, the EPA chief went on to suggest that global warming doesn’t actually qualify as an “existential threat” to the planet. “Is it an existential threat, is it something that is unsustainable, or what kind of effect or harm is this going to have?” questioned Pruitt. “We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what, warming trends?” He continued, “There’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming that that necessarily is a bad thing.” These comments, and similar ones in Continue reading "EPA Head Scott Pruitt Suggests Global Warming Can Lead to Society Flourishing"