Alex Jones Child-Custody Trial Ends With Only A Hint Of Conspiracy

AUSTIN, Texas ― When noisy conspiracy theorist Alex Jones went into his child-custody trial two weeks ago, his ex-wife’s attorneys promised to showcase his vitriolic talk-show comments for the jury as evidence of his lack of fitness as a father.
The spectacle of Jones ― a trusted source of news for President Donald Trump ― having to account for his history of fact-free, aggressive and often spiteful opinionating, attracted a flock of national reporters.
But as the jury began deliberations Thursday, the trial remained what it always was for the Jones family: a bruising custody battle stemming from an ugly divorce.
Travis County Judge Orlinda Naranjo said from the trial’s first day last week that she wouldn’t allow a focus on Jones’ politics or public statements. She refused to admit all Continue reading "Alex Jones Child-Custody Trial Ends With Only A Hint Of Conspiracy"

Let’s Reconsider That Rachel Maddow Segment On Trump’s Taxes That Everyone Hated

On March 14 MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took to the airwaves and presented an hour-long segment on two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. Those documents, obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, revealed that Trump made $150 million in personal income that year, on which he paid $38 million in taxes.
It was one of the most hyped segments to air on cable news this year, with Maddow tweeting ahead of time, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously).” It was also widely felt to be one of the most disappointing cable news segments of the year. The National Review’s Jim Geraghty opined that it was a “waste [of] everyone’s time.” Slate’s Willa Paskin called it “a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.” The Observer’s Ashe Schow summed it up as an “epic fail.”
While most of the criticism Continue reading "Let’s Reconsider That Rachel Maddow Segment On Trump’s Taxes That Everyone Hated"

No, ESPN’s Layoffs Aren’t A Result Of Its ‘Politicization’ Of Sports

ESPN’s decision to lay off as many as 100 people on Wednesday, while expected, set off rounds of media commentary about the company’s future. Some on the political right saw the layoffs as a symptom of a specific problem: what they perceive as ESPN’s “politicization of sports” and its “too liberal” political stances.
In this view, ESPN’s coverage of events like LGBTQ athletes coming out and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and its occasional refusal to “stick to sports” have turned off droves of viewers looking for an escape from the real world.
No one trumpets this view louder than Clay Travis, a Fox Sports writer who was back at it on Wednesday morning. ESPN’s collapse, Travis wrote, has been “aided” by its turn toward liberal politics.
“Middle America Continue reading "No, ESPN’s Layoffs Aren’t A Result Of Its ‘Politicization’ Of Sports"

Comedians Trick TV Show Into Booking Them As ‘Fitness Experts,’ Get Sued

It’s no joke: The owners of a Wisconsin TV station are suing two comedians who pranked the morning news show by pretending to be fitness experts.
Back in November, New York-based comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher appeared as a “strongman duo” named Chop and Steele on “Hello Wisconsin,” a news program on WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.
As “Joe ‘Chop’ Shopsin” and “Nicholas ‘Steele’ Stelling,” the duo offered a variety of bizarre fitness tips including: Tennis racket sword fights.

Karate-chopping sticks.

Stomping on straw baskets.

And whatever the heck this is.

Atlanta-based Gray Television, which owns WEAU-TV, is suing Pickett and Prueher for using fake names and materials to fraudulently convince station producers to book them on the show, according to the Mercury Continue reading "Comedians Trick TV Show Into Booking Them As ‘Fitness Experts,’ Get Sued"

Fox News Host Jesse Watters Finally Gets In Trouble For Something

Over the years, Fox News personality Jesse Watters has mocked Asian-Americans in New York City’s Chinatown, shamed homeless people, ambushed journalists at their homes and made a number of offensive comments about immigrants, LGBTQ people and others.  
Yet through it all, Fox has stood by him. And even though the network recently fired his mentor, Bill O’Reilly, over numerous allegations of sexual harassment, top executives decided to stick with Watters. In fact, they promoted him to be a host on the primetime show “The Five.”
But on Tuesday, just his second day in his new job, Watters found himself in trouble when he appeared to make an oral sex joke about Ivanka Trump. 

‘American Crime’ Is A Fine Show, And We Have Absolutely, Positively No Idea Where It’s Going

Warning: contains spoilers from previously aired episodes.
ABC’s “American Crime” has added another superlative to its resume this spring.
After a couple of years as one of TV’s most ambitious and best series, it has now also become TV’s strangest.

”American Crime” wraps up its third season Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, though creator John Ridley may need divine intervention this time to tie together everything.
Since the two previous seasons made no effort to resolve every drama, which was fine because real life never resolves everything, we don’t expect a full set of neat bows around season three, either.
But this latest “American Crime” has jumped around so much it could have been subtitled “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof II.”
In season three as in the previous two, “American Crime” tackles big, uncomfortable issues in a way that broadcast networks almost always avoid. It’s been a Continue reading "‘American Crime’ Is A Fine Show, And We Have Absolutely, Positively No Idea Where It’s Going"

If You Want To Connect With Teens, Go Niche

Welcome to HuffPost’s Keeping It 100. From infusing our culture with data to figuring out how to reach Gen Z and cultivate niche distributed communities, we’ll give you an inside look at the hits and misses of HuffPost’s biggest bets. 
Gen Z is anything but one-note, and its members have tailored their social media behavior to express those multifaceted identities. There are so many platforms and ways of communicating that they’ve chosen a persona for each ― sometimes creating multiple accounts targeting different friend groups on a single platform. 
Gen Zers are verticalizing themselves, and if brands want to reach them, they should adapt.
The Huffington Post and AOL’s Consumer Analytics Group collaborated on a five-day online discussion with 29 teens from across the U.S., ages 13 to 18. Through these digital dialogues, we found that, contrary to their millennial predecessors, Gen Z teens are Continue reading "If You Want To Connect With Teens, Go Niche"