Broadcast News Abandons Climate Change Coverage, Study Finds

Despite being packed with record-breaking weather events, 2016 saw a significant drop in broadcast news coverage of climate change, according to a study released Thursday. 
ABC, NBC CBS and Fox News Sunday collectively devoted two-thirds less time to coverage of climate change than they did in 2015, according to the nonprofit watchdog Media Matters. The year’s coverage of climate change was the least since 2011, the study found.
Media Matters broke down the coverage on Sunday shows and nightly news shows, which Fox News does not have. 

Overall, climate change coverage on the networks dropped from a combined 96 minutes in 2015 to just 50 in 2015, with none of the networks showing an increase. ABC, with just six minutes of coverage, took the title for least air time Continue reading "Broadcast News Abandons Climate Change Coverage, Study Finds"

Iconic New York Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dead At 88

Jimmy Breslin, an award-winning New York Daily News columnist celebrated for his insights into the lives of everyday New Yorkers, died Sunday, the outlet confirmed. He was 88.
He had been recovering from pneumonia, his wife Ronnie Eldridge, a former New York City Council member, confirmed to the The New York Times.  
In his decades-spanning career writing for several outlets, Breslin found fame for his portrayals of ordinary New Yorkers and the city’s scruffy anti-heroes, often those at the sidelines of major world news events.In a 1980 Daily News story, Breslin told the story of the New York City cops who retrieved John Lennon’s body moments after he’d been fatally shot. For an iconic 1963 column in The New York Herald Tribune, he tracked down the cemetery worker tasked with digging President John F. Kennedy’s grave. 

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Paul Ryan Says He And Steve Bannon Are ‘Different Kinds Of Conservatives’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) downplayed tensions with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday, but conceded they’re “different kinds of conservatives.” 
In an interview on “PBS NewsHour” that aired Wednesday evening, host Judy Woodruff reminded Ryan that while Bannon was running the ultra-conservative website Breitbart in 2015, he took a “special interest” in Ryan and referred to him as “the enemy.”
Ryan chuckled and denied he has a problem with Bannon.
“I don’t really know him,” Ryan said. “I’ve gotten to know him two or three times. We’ve had a few meetings. We’ve gotten along fine. He’s not someone I have a history with. Obviously I didn’t know him when he was opposing me all those times. We’re different kinds of conservatives. That’s something that I can safely say, I think.”

Canada Calls Out Fox News For ‘False And Misleading’ Quebec Shooter Tweets

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m. ― Fox News deleted the tweet and issued a statement from managing director Refet Kaplan: initially corrected the misreported information with a tweet and an update to the story on Monday. The earlier tweets have now been deleted. We regret the error.

Kate Purchase, spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, thanked the network. 
Fox News should retract or update its tweets falsely identifying the Quebec mosque shooting suspect as Moroccan, a spokeswoman for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.
Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s director of communications, shared an email on Twitter that she sent to Fox News asking for the correction.
“These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics, Continue reading "Canada Calls Out Fox News For ‘False And Misleading’ Quebec Shooter Tweets"

Sorry, There’s No Reason To Think Ivanka Trump Will Be Our Climate Change Champion

There’s zero evidence Ivanka Trump will help make the fight against climate change a pillar of her father’s administration, despite what some headlines may have led readers to believe.
In a Politico feature titled “Ivanka Trump, climate czar?” and published Thursday, a source close to President-elect Donald Trump’s oldest daughter told the site she “wants to make climate change ... one of her signature issues” and that she “is in the early stages of exploring how to use her spotlight to speak out on the issue,” Politico paraphrased. 
Her thoughts on climate change are never mentioned again in the nearly 2,000-word piece, which mainly focuses on her appeal to liberal voters and potential role in her father’s administration. There is no clear indication whether she intends to “speak out” for or against the energy policies scientists unanimously agree are necessary to combat climate change, nor is it Continue reading "Sorry, There’s No Reason To Think Ivanka Trump Will Be Our Climate Change Champion"

Kellogg Is Latest Company To Pull Advertising From Breitbart

Kellogg is pulling advertisements from Breitbart, a website that traffics in racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content. 
A Kellogg spokesman told The Huffington Post that consumers alerted the food company to its ads on Breitbart. 
“We regularly work with our media buying partners to ensure our ads do not appear on sites that aren’t aligned with our values as company,” Kellogg spokesman Kris Charles said. “This involves reviewing websites where ads could potentially be placed using filtering technology to assess site content. As you can imagine, there is a very large volume of websites, so occasionally something is inadvertently missed.”
Breitbart did not immediately return a request for comment. Its executive chairman, Steve Bannon, has been named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump.
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Wolf Blitzer Nails Exactly What’s Wrong With Donald Trump’s ‘Hamilton’ Outrage

Wolf Blitzer has perfectly summed up the problem with Donald Trump’s  seemingly selective outrage.
The CNN host noted Wednesday the stark difference between the president-elect’s responses to white nationalists celebrating his win and his comments on vice president-elect Mike Pence getting singled out during a performance of “Hamilton.”
In a  segment on the “The Situation Room,” Blitzer asked guest Sean Spicer, a Republican National Committee spokesman, to explain why Trump wasn’t delivering a specific speech denouncing the white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers who’ve celebrated his win. 
When Spicer said “it seems a bit silly” to continually ask Trump to more formally denounce those supporters, Blitzer pointed out that Trump had no problem going out of his way to criticize the cast of “Hamilton” when one of its members singled Pence out after the last curtain call, prompting boos from the audience. 
“He [condemns white nationalists] in response to Continue reading "Wolf Blitzer Nails Exactly What’s Wrong With Donald Trump’s ‘Hamilton’ Outrage"