Fox News Honors Aretha Franklin with Photo of Patti LaBelle

After the tragic passing of legendary singer Aretha Franklin on Thursday, the cable news networks naturally offered a great deal of coverage of her life and career, as well as memorial tributes and graphics. In the case of Fox News, as Twitter users pointed out, one of those graphics pictured the wrong legendary singer. Mediaite did a search and found out that, yes, that was indeed Patti LaBelle in the background. And not only that, but the image they used is from her performance at the White House. With President Barack Obama. Here’s a screenshot from an Australian news site that shows the exact source pose. Here’s video from the event.
Patti LaBelle is alive and today offered her own tribute to her “sister in song,” the great Aretha Franklin.

MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes: New Omarosa Tape Shows Trump Offered Cash to ‘Keep Her Mouth Shut’

Omarosa Maingault Newman was on MSNBC this afternoon and brought a new audio recording with her. In this case, a tape of Lara Trump offering her a job. It was not the bombshell “n-word tape” over which so much media anticipation has been indulged. But, as the Weekly Standard‘s Charlie Sykes points out, it could be revealing in a different way. Host Craig Melvin turned to his guests after his interview with Omarosa and the airing of the tape. “You heard the conversation there between Manigault Newman and Lara Trump,” he said to Sykes. “What’s your take on this job offer?” “I think we ought to regard many of her allegations with a great deal of skepticism. She’s made some very explosive allegations that she has not provided evidence for,” Sykes began. “But this probably is exactly the way it sounds. And it seems completely consistent. That they Continue reading "MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes: New Omarosa Tape Shows Trump Offered Cash to ‘Keep Her Mouth Shut’"

Lock Her Up! Trump is Reportedly Telling Advisers He Wants Sessions to Jail … Omarosa

Donald Trump is not handling the feud with former friend Omarosa Manigault Newman well, say insiders, and it’s because she knows exactly how to “troll” him. That’s the word from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, who spoke with current and former advisers to the President. After Trump apparently ignored advice from his inner circle and even the First Lady when he went on the warpath, advisers fear, reports Sherman, that “his rage at Manigault Newman is fueling irrational outbursts that bolster the claim in her book that Trump said the “n-word” during an Apprentice outtake.”
“He’s known her for 15 years and thinks it’s a personal betrayal,” the former West Wing official said. Others said Manigault Newman’s well-oiled media rollout ignited Trump’s fury. “She is doing everything perfect if her ultimate goal is to troll Trump,” another former official said.
Sherman reports that his sources say Trump is so Continue reading "Lock Her Up! Trump is Reportedly Telling Advisers He Wants Sessions to Jail … Omarosa"

Resistance Twitter Turns on Trump Critic Amy Suskind After Prior Support of Sarah Palin Surfaces

Amy Siskind, President of New Agenda, has been a major social media figure in the #Resistance. She currently has a book deal, and her popular Twitter account has over 300,000 followers. However this week, she’s on the receiving end of the latest social media controversy — as old tweets of hers circulated among other #Resistance social media users showing her past opposition to Barack Obama and support of Sarah Palin. Although the controversy was original regarding old tweets and Fox News appearances, the conflict seems to have developed largely into a backlash against how Siskind reacted to that conflict. Prominent among her many blue check detractors is actress and comedian, and a very public face of the #resistance, Kathy Griffin:

Trump Rails Against Boston Globe For Coordinated Editorials: ‘COLLUSION’ For ‘Free Press’

On Thursday, editorial boards of about 300 newspapers are coordinating to criticize President Trump’s war with the media in editorials written and published at each paper under the unifying theme, #FreePress. President Trump on Twitter has attacked the press for these editorials about him attacking the press. After that initial outburst, Trump sent a second, more damage-control style tweet.

Trump Rails Against Boston Globe For Coordinated Editorials: ‘COLLUSION’ For ‘Free Press’

On Thursday, editorial boards of about 300 newspapers are coordinating to criticize President Trump’s war with the media in editorials written and published at each paper under the unifying theme, #FreePress. President Trump on Twitter has attacked the press for these editorials about him attacking the press. After that initial outburst, Trump sent a second, more damage-control style tweet.

Gen. Hayden: Security Clearance ‘Threat’ Is Attempt to Change What Critics Say, It Won’t Work

One of the names Press Secretary Sarah Sanders listed as under review for security clearance revocation on Tuesday was former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden. He joined CNN’s Jake Tapper for an interview by phone to discuss the news of John Brennan‘s security clearance, and the fate of his own. Hayden believes it is not only a clear act of retribution by Trump against those who criticize him, but that the fact that they are doing it piecemeal was an overt “threat” to intimidate remaining people under “review” into silence. “I mean, the way that Sarah Huckabee Sanders rolled this out was almost in a tone to be threatening to the rest of us,” he said. “In other words, it looks to me like an attempt to make us change the things we are saying when we’re asked questions on CNN or other networks, and I, Continue reading "Gen. Hayden: Security Clearance ‘Threat’ Is Attempt to Change What Critics Say, It Won’t Work"