MSNBC highlighted the surge of racism in American politics today by running a segment in which correspondent Morgan Radford spoke with a number of white nationalist candidates running for office in 2018. “There’s a really alarming trend happening in the 2018 midterms. Anti-hate groups say they’re seeing a surge in candidates running on an explicitly white nationalist message,” said MSNBC host Hallie Jackson. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified eight candidates running for office with white supremacist ties, a number they say is higher than any election in recent memory.” The MSNBC report noted that there are eight candidates currently running on explicitly white nationalist platforms. Before airing her interviews with the racists, Radford, who is African-American, explained why she believes it was important to speak with these white nationalists, since media outlets are often attacked for this type of coverage as critics claim it helps these ideologies Continue reading "MSNBC Interviews White Nationalist Candidates: ‘Monstrous Nature of Jewish People’ Must Be Exposed"
Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell trashed the New York Times this morning in a botched fact-check of sorts on the paper’s accurate reporting of President Donald Trump’s infamous “animals” remark. McDowell, who co-hosts Mornings with Maria on Fox Business, made the misleading attack against the Times after discussing the paper’s correction on Trump’s crowd size at his recent Nashville, TN rally. Julie Davis, the Times reporter who inaccurately estimated the crowd size, addressed the correction on Twitter, writing: “When we get it wrong, we say so.” Not according to McDowell, however. “Sometimes they don’t correct things that they get wrong,” claimed McDowell. “Because the way that they portrayed the comments that President Trump made about the MS-13 gang, when he called them animals. The New York Times stories did not make that distinction, certainly not in the headline of the story that they wrote. Last time that I Continue reading "Fox Business Anchor Smears NY Times For Accurately Reporting on Trump’s ‘Animals’ Remark"
Reporters Without Borders, a free press advocacy group, condemned the faking of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko‘s death in an attempt to gather information on the Kremlin’s alleged attempts on his life, as the nonprofit said “there can be no grounds for faking a journalist’s death.” “Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the distressing simulation of Russian exile journalist Arkady Babchenko’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said today in a press release. The group’s secretary-general Christophe Deloire rebuked the actions as well, saying,“This journalist’s reappearance is a great relief but it was distressing and regrettable that the Security Service of Ukraine played with the truth.” “Was such a scheme really necessary?” Questioned Deloire. “There can be no grounds for faking a journalist’s death.” Babchenko, who was believed to have been killed in his Kiev, Ukraine apartment this week, held a press conference today as his way of letting everyone know Continue reading "Free Press Advocacy Group Says ‘Nothing Justifies’ Having Russian Journalist Fake Own Death"
After weeks of nonstop cable news appearances and media controversy, Michael Avenatti’s “publicity tour” was called out by a federal judge, which resulted in the lawyer withdrawing a motion to represent adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a court of law against Donald Trump‘s personal attorney Michael Cohen. “You cannot declare your opinion as to Mr. Cohen’s guilt, which you did. You would not be able to give publicity to documents,” said Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood to Avenatti today. “You’re entitled to publicity. I can’t stop you — unless you’re participating in a matter before me.” Avenatti responded to the threat by submitting the following statement in court:
“Please take notice that the motion for admission pro hac vice filed by Michael J. Avenatti is hereby withdrawn without prejudice as unnecessary. The motion will be re-filed, if necessary, at a later time when the motion to Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Withdraws From Michael Cohen Case After Judge Bashes Lawyer’s ‘Publicity Tour’"
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who is a noted critic of the Russian government, is alive and appeared at a press conference today after stories were released this week reporting he was shot to death in the Ukraine. “I am sorry, but there were no options here,” Babchenko said at a news conference. “I’m sorry for making [his wife] live through this. I’ve buried my own friends and colleagues many times myself.” Babchenko was believed to have been gunned down in a Kiev apartment. However, he turned up at the presser today with Ukrainian officials who said the country’s Security Service faked the journalist’s death in an attempt to gather evidence on Russian agents in Ukraine. Journalists, media figures, and other Twitter users from around the world responded to the news with shock and jokes, but some questioned the ethics of the decision, as it could provide fuel for Continue reading "Twitter Goes Crazy Over Russian Journo’s Faked Death: Literally How They Caught the Joker in Dark Knight"
While Donald Trump’s name has been thrown around amid this week’s Roseanne Barr racist tweet controversy, CNN’s David Gregory argued that you can’t blame the president for everything — despite his endorsement of the actor and her now-cancelled TV show. Gregory believes this is all part of “a much bigger issue” than just the White House. The CNN contributor — who opened his remarks Wednesday on New Day by noting that “nobody cares what Donald Trump Jr. thinks,” referring to his retweet of an anti-Semitic conspiracy first tweeted by Barr — suggested that Americans should look beyond just Trump on this issue:
“President Trump cannot be blamed for everything that’s wrong in our culture. It is also a mistake to say, ‘oh, well, it’s the president’s fault that this kind of thing has been unleashed.’ This is a much bigger issue than President Trump. So much of our national dialogue Continue reading "CNN’s David Gregory on Roseanne: Can’t Blame Trump For Everything"
Spurred on by Roseanne Barr’s racist remarks today, CNN host Don Lemon said the actor’s comments are just one part of the much larger issue of racism in America — an issue that he believes is getting worse because of President Donald Trump who is “emboldening” bigots and bigotry. Lemon began the segment by pointing to some of Barr’s many controversial statements in the past and suggesting these new comments from her — in which she compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape — are nothing new. He then moved on from Barr, who was fired from ABC for her racist tweetstorm this morning, and tied the controversy to Trump and his supporters in a fiery monologue:
“We know what Donald Trump thinks. We know what Roseanne Barr thinks. It’s time for us to stop playing around with soft words by saying, ‘Oh, well they’re saying insensitive things.’ No, it’s Continue reading "Don Lemon Ties Roseanne’s Bigotry to Trump’s America: Racists ‘Feel Emboldened’"