Is Everyone Missing the Real Reason Trump is Outrageously Attacking John McCain?


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For the past several months, I have been saying that many ardent Trump critics are going to be profoundly disappointed once Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is finally completed. There simply doesn’t seem to be any indication that Mueller is going to be able to prove full-on “collusion,” and President Donald Trump, either by dumb luck or masterful design, has already won the all-important expectations and timing games. My thinking has been that, because expectations dictate nearly everything in life, evidence of lesser crimes like obstruction of justice, perjury, witness/jury tampering, and abuse of power would somehow be perceived as vindication for Trump. All of which will be particularly bizarre when it comes from Mueller, the well-respected Republican war hero, who the president has constantly claimed, without evidence or logic, is engaging in a “witch hunt.” The amount of information pushing truly objective people (as opposed to those Continue reading "Is Everyone Missing the Real Reason Trump is Outrageously Attacking John McCain?"

What Does the Republican Scientific Community Think of Climate Change?


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You don’t have to know much about the climate change debate in our country to recognize phrases such as “science denier” or “climate change denier” used to describe Republicans who oppose certain government environmental programs. It’s almost as bad as being called a “Holocaust denier”: you’re not only evil for “destroying the planet,” but you’re also dumb for not caring about science. It happened today, for instance, when EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler suggested unsafe drinking water is likely to harm Americans before climate change can. He was slammed for not calling climate change a “crisis” and “downplaying the threat” of global warming. But is the climate change conversation really about science? Republican researchers don’t see it that way. I had the privilege of knowing a professor and epidemiologist at my alma mater who did extensive research on carbon emissions and air pollution. Dr. James Enstrom, a graduate of both Continue reading "What Does the Republican Scientific Community Think of Climate Change?"

2020 Dems Endorse Violating Due Process for US Citizens With ‘No Fly, No Buy’ for Guns


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In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in New Zealand, the debate on gun control vs. gun rights has been renewed once again in the United States. Naturally, some of the 2020 presidential candidates have been asked about their stance on guns. While some of their answers have been standard talking points, one particular proposal has been reoccurring: If you’re on the government’s no-fly list, then you can’t buy a gun. “Unfortunately, because the gun manufacturers only care about gun sales, they oppose the common sense reforms that can save lives,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said yesterday. “They want to oppose universal background checks because they want to sell an assault rifle to a teenager in a Walmart. Or to someone on the terror watch list or to someone who’s gravely mentally ill with a violent background.” During her town hall with CNN later on the same day, Sen. Continue reading "2020 Dems Endorse Violating Due Process for US Citizens With ‘No Fly, No Buy’ for Guns"

No, Mocking Beto’s Cheesy ‘Betomaniac’ Ad is Not Going to ‘Ruin’ His 2020 Bid


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If you have spent any time on social media in the ten hours since Rep. Beto O’Rourke‘s (D-TX) announcement that he is running for president in 2020, you may have noticed his 2018 senate campaign videos circulating among his critics. The “Betomaniac” campaign ad features a team of ladies swooning and fangirling over “the man” O’Rourke, who is strong and hip and gentle. Another video features a group of parents, grandparents, and children dancing for Beto. Cheesy, I know. To top it all off, recall he spent a recent visit to the dentist filming himself for Instagram while getting a cleaning and talking about immigration with his dental hygienist. The eye rolls were strong with that one. But it doesn’t exactly make me hate the man. For some reason, O’Rourke’s critics seem to think harping on it will. The video is being shared with all kinds of snarky comments: Continue reading "No, Mocking Beto’s Cheesy ‘Betomaniac’ Ad is Not Going to ‘Ruin’ His 2020 Bid"

Morning Joe Repeats Sarah Sanders’ Bloody Lie That Democrats Support ‘Killing Babies After They’re Born’


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders became the latest Republican to slander Democrats by saying that they support “killing babies after they’re born,” a dangerous lie that Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist repeated on the air without correcting it. On Monday night, Sanders released the statement in response to House Democrats’ expansive document requests, saying it was an effort to “to distract from their radical agenda” of “killing babies after they’re born,” among other things. A review of television news clips and transcripts shows that while every broadcast and cable news outlet reported on Sanders’ statement, only two read that portion on the air. One of them was Geist, on Monday morning’s edition of Morning Joe. But after reading the statement on the air, Geist did not correct the lie, nor did he or any member of his panel even make note of it. The other broadcaster who Continue reading "Morning Joe Repeats Sarah Sanders’ Bloody Lie That Democrats Support ‘Killing Babies After They’re Born’"

Michael Jackson Could Be Guilty as Hell, and HBO’s Leaving Neverland Would Still Be Unfair


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I have never been a fan of music legend Michael Jackson in any significant way. I have also long believed, even before I covered his criminal trial as a Los Angeles radio talk show host, that he was very likely a pedophile. On Monday, I watched all four hours of HBO’s Leaving Neverland, along with Oprah Winfrey’s hour-long discussion with the film’s stars, mainly out of curiosity. As documentary filmmaker myself, I wanted to see what kind of content could possibly compel such an extraordinary endeavor about a man who has been dead for a decade. I came to these shows with a unique perspective. I have spent much of the last seven years independently investigating the “Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal,” and taking more flak than maybe any modern media figure for their educated opinion on a matter of great controversy — one which, to this Continue reading "Michael Jackson Could Be Guilty as Hell, and HBO’s Leaving Neverland Would Still Be Unfair"

Bernie Sanders Makes Yuge Health Care Gaffe During First Minutes of His Campaign


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Ten minutes into his 2020 presidential campaign, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made a gaffe that once earned President Barack Obama the un-coveted “Lie of the Year” prize. On Tuesday morning’s edition of CBS This Morning, Sanders announced his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination during an interview with John Dickerson. Sanders spent a good chunk of the interview defending his Medicare for All plan, which Dickerson noted becomes significantly less popular when pollsters drill down on specifics. “You’re offering something that the polling shows people can get very spooked very quickly about,” Dickerson said. Sanders correctly noted “that’s because we’re gonna be taking on the insurance companies and the drug companies who are gonna spend a whole lotta money distorting what we believe in.” But that’s where he ran into trouble, as Contemptor‘s Gary Legum pointed out. “For example, they’re gonna Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Makes Yuge Health Care Gaffe During First Minutes of His Campaign"

House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth: Trump Got ‘Crushed’ on the Wall, Which Will Likely ‘Never Be Built’


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In this unprecedentedly polarized political environment, there may be no better, or more unusual, partisan conversations than those between me and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY), who is the newly-minted chairman of the House Budget Committee. I am an anti-Trump conservative, while he is a liberal lawmaker with whom I have rarely agreed politically during our sixteen-year friendship, which began when we co-hosted a television show in his hometown of Louisville, KY. In an era where President Donald Trump has greatly strained, and even broken, many relationships between people with political differences, Trump has actually provided us with some unique common ground. When I interviewed Yarmuth just after the Democrats took over the House late last year, we even experienced the bizarre spectacle of me essentially pleading him to reconsider his position that it was NOT a good idea to impeach Trump, even if the evidence sufficiently substantiates what we Continue reading "House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth: Trump Got ‘Crushed’ on the Wall, Which Will Likely ‘Never Be Built’"

The News Media’s ‘Jussie Smollett Problem’ is Far Bigger Than Just Him, and It’s Helping Trump


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Last night, the dam of media protection for Empire actor Jussie Smollett finally broke, as major news outlets suddenly decided it was safe to report that police strongly believe, backed by evidence, that his story of being a victim of a Trump-motivated hate crime is false. While his high-priced lawyers are still desperately playing the victim card, it appears that Smollett paid the two Nigerian brothers who “attacked” him (and whom he clearly knows) in a conspiracy to create a hoax. This is a fraud in which the mainstream news media might as well have been an unindicted co-conspirator. They, along with kindred spirits within the top ranks of the Democratic party, instantly went all in on supporting Smollett’s always implausible claim, subjecting it to basically zero scrutiny. Since Smollett is black, gay, very anti-Trump, a celebrity, and, at least at that time, a hate-crime victim, whatever ability liberals may Continue reading "The News Media’s ‘Jussie Smollett Problem’ is Far Bigger Than Just Him, and It’s Helping Trump"

Should Democratic Presidential Candidates Allow Themselves to Be Interviewed on Fox News?


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Minnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar appeared to urge her fellow candidates to venture into the “uncomfortable” space that is Fox News, but is that a good move for Democrats looking to secure votes from a base that’s not particularly fond of the network? On Tuesday night, Klobuchar concluded her interview with Bret Baier by volunteering that “One of the reasons I came on this show is that I believe candidates for office, whether Democrat or Republican, have to go not just where it’s comfortable, but where it’s uncomfortable. And I love you. Fox may not always be comfortable for Democrats but I want to make that point.” That’s a bold suggestion to make in an election season with an ever-growing Democratic field of candidates who will be competing for votes from a base that had no love for Fox News, to begin with, and increasingly views Continue reading "Should Democratic Presidential Candidates Allow Themselves to Be Interviewed on Fox News?"

It Looks Like Trump Will Be Handed the GOP Nomination. Here’s Why That’s Critical.


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I am big believer that the variety of news that is the most underrated is what does not happen. After all, quite often, when nothing occurs during a time period when it otherwise should, it can actually have more significance than an event actually transpiring. A classic example of this phenomenon may be the complete absence of any serious candidate seeking to take on President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. It appears we may be very close, assuming we are not already there, to it being accepted that Trump will simply be handed the GOP nomination. There are significant ramifications of that mind-blowing reality. While numerous legitimate Democratic candidates have made it clear they are entering what some conservatives are understandably referring to as the “Woke Olympics,” there is absolutely no indication that anyone legitimate will be taking on Trump. This despite the fact that Trump’s approval ratings Continue reading "It Looks Like Trump Will Be Handed the GOP Nomination. Here’s Why That’s Critical."

Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
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Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


This post is by Caleb Howe from Mediaite


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
Continue reading "Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction"

A Journalist Was Physically Attacked at a Trump Rally and Somehow This Is Not the Top Story


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President Donald Trump held a political rally in El Paso, Texas Monday evening that was themed “Finish the Wall.” Amidst his usual bromides and sloganeering, the commander in chief hit his compulsory “fake news” media harangue, which led the roughly 6,500 attendees into lustful boos. Judging by the smiling reaction of the hand-picked rally-goers standing behind Trump, many, if not most, saw it as political theater straight from the realm of professional wrestling entertainment that the president so effortlessly parrots. Yet in this instance, at least one attendee was so ginned up by Trump’s rhetoric that he physically assaulted a photojournalist covering the event for the BBC. And yet this story — a journalist getting physically attacked while a sitting president verbally attacked the press — earned nary any mention on morning news programs. Fox News White House reporter John Roberts put the news in stark relief, tweeting:

Former Clinton Aide Neera Tanden Smacks Actor John Cusack Over Bernie Sanders


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John Cusack is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President Actor John Cusack, star of films like Say Anything and Con Air, caused an uproar this weekend by targeting several critics of Bernie Sanders, including former Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama policy adviser Neera Tanden. Tanden did not take Cusack’s guff for one second. Cusack, who is a longtime Sanders supporter, tweeted a list of Sanders’ Twitter critics, and asked if they would support the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is. He included seven Twitter handles, but without the “@” symbol that would alert them to the tweet:

Behind the Scenes, It’s Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollet’s Story


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I can’t recall a large crime story where there was a bigger gap between what the police and media are saying publicly, and what they expressing behind the scenes, than the saga involving the recent alleged hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett. Similarly, there may not be a story where you can tell more by what has not happened, in comparison to what actually has occurred. The current public stance of the Chicago police is that earlier this month, at 2 a.m. on a very cold Chicago night, Smollett was the victim of what appears to be a heinous hate crime where he was physically attacked by two men, and humiliated due to his race, homosexuality, and possibly his opposition to President Donald Trump. The Chicago media, in official reports, has largely treated that narrative as legitimate, while chronicling the complete lack of suspects and corroborating evidence as more Continue reading "Behind the Scenes, It’s Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollet’s Story"

Media Ignores Trump’s Dangerous ‘Execute a Baby’ Lie, Which Has Gotten People Killed Before


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The greatest media failure of President Donald Trump‘s tenure in office may turn out to be their decision to virtually ignore the shocking lie he told during his State of the Union address, when he claimed that a Democratic governor “stated he would execute a baby after birth.” Trump was referring to remarks that Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) made in a radio interview last week, in which he described the medical treatment of a newborn infant unable to survive on its own. Since that interview, versions of Trump’s lie have been repeated by elected Republicans and Fox News guests and personalities, and gone uncorrected by Fox News anchors. But on the other cable networks, there was scant effort to correct the lies about Northam, if there was any at all. One CNN anchor read a statement from Northam’s office in response to these lies, while one MSNBC Continue reading "Media Ignores Trump’s Dangerous ‘Execute a Baby’ Lie, Which Has Gotten People Killed Before"

Learning to be Politically Correct In America is Harder Than Learning English


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People always complain about how hard it is for refugees and their children to adapt and assimilate to vibrant American culture. As a Farsi-speaker who only began speaking native English when I was six years old, I can totally understand that. But nobody ever talks about how hard it is for immigrants to learn America’s other unofficial language: political correctness. In fact, it’s not just a language, but a culture, and one that is even more difficult to absorb… especially since it all seems so arbitrary.

“Sometimes I’ll make a note to never say those things again, but most times I’ll feel angry and despair that I’ll never be able to fit in.”

In America, assimilating to culture isn’t only about learning which Hollywood celebrities are hot right now, or knowing how to greet others in a formal setting without kissing them a million times on the cheeks. It’s Continue reading "Learning to be Politically Correct In America is Harder Than Learning English"

Elizabeth Warren Has Another Registration Card to Explain: She Was a Republican Until 1996


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Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren faces renewed controversy over her 1986 Texas State Bar registration card, but there’s another more recent Warren registration ID that hasn’t gotten nearly enough scrutiny: her Republican voter registration. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published a copy of Warren’s handwritten 1986 Texas State Bar registration card, on which “American Indian” was written in the space for “Race.” According to the paper, Warren’s office did not dispute its authenticity. This revelation follows a series of events that led Warren to apologize to the Cherokee Nation for taking Donald Trump‘s dare to prove her Native American ancestry with a DNA test. Is it fair that this controversy threatens to dog Warren out of the presidential race before it really begins, even as Trump has waged a despicable campaign of racist slurs over the issue with little or no consequences? Definitely not. That Continue reading "Elizabeth Warren Has Another Registration Card to Explain: She Was a Republican Until 1996"

Is Republican Oppo Research Really This Awful, Or is the News Media Not Doing Its Job?


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Within the last week, two prominent Democrats have had major bombshells from their past detonated in ways that have probably destroyed their future political aspirations. Neither of these long-held secrets, however, came to be publicly known while they were actually running against Republicans for the offices that they now hold. I’m referring to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook was just revealed to contain a racist photo on his personal page, while Warren’s 1986 registration to the Texas state bar has her race outrageously listed, apparently in her own handwriting, as “American Indian.” Both of these scandalous exposures, had they been known to the voters at the time of certain elections, would have easily caused these candidates to be defeated by Republicans they beat in fairly close contests. And yet, somehow, the Republican operatives working for their opponents, Ed Gillespie and Continue reading "Is Republican Oppo Research Really This Awful, Or is the News Media Not Doing Its Job?"