Huffington Post’s senior culture writer, Zeba Blay, blasted Vice President Mike Pence on Monday for “perverting the idea of free speech itself” during his recent commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. However, her own editors had to correct her faulty understanding of the First Amendment. The original version of Blay’s piece apparently contained an argument that the Bill of Rights doesn’t protect “hate speech.” The website’s editors later added a correction at the end of post: “An earlier version of this story indicated that the First Amendment never protects hate speech. It does.” Even with the correction from her editors, Blay still attempted to defend the “speech codes, safe spaces, tone policing, [and] administration-sanctioned political correctness” that the Vice President singled out for criticism during his commencement address. The Huffington Post writer underlined that Pence’s “pristine ideal of ‘free speech'” is too often “used to Continue reading "Huffington Post Apparently Doesn’t Understand How The First Amendment Works"
Recently, news emerged of a curious incident at the Old Town Sport&Health gym in Alexandria, Virginia. During a routine workout, Georgetown University professor C. Christine Fair, spotted none other than Richard Spencer. The white nationalist leader has attracted outsized celebrity over the last year with the rise of Donald Trump. As documented in her Tumblr — Shit Men Say — Fair accosted Spencer at the gym where she “loudly identified him as a neo-Nazi.” Long story short, she launched into a tirade, and the whole imbroglio led the gym to revoke Spencer’s membership. Now, I don’t much like Richard Spencer — and as a Jewish journalist in New York City— I suspect he doesn’t think very much of me either. But one thing I do like is America, and in the United States I grew up in, I was taught that everyone had a right to hold their political Continue reading "Let Richard Spencer Use The Gym!"
In case you hadn’t noticed, the story of possible Russian collusion from Donald Trump‘s campaign and administration has been a big one everywhere in the media… except for Fox News. At Fox, they’ve preferred to talk about how that isn’t a story, giving various reasons and even trying to turn other non-stories into stories in the process. (Notably, that led to a firestorm and a retraction on one occasion.) Today, though, Fox News’ top media reporter framed the Russia conversation in a new and even more convoluted way. Howard Kurtz wrote that there is no Russia story, so it’s totally fine that evidence keeps emerging that suggests Trump has been trying to shut down investigations into it all. Here, look at his words:
If you stop and think about it, the flood of leaks to the press over the last 10 days have Continue reading "Howie Kurtz: Trump Covering Up Russia Stuff Is OK…If There’s No Russia Stuff"
There is an episode of Seinfeld in which George, while being dumped, is hit with the “It’s not you, it’s me” breakup line. Forgetting about the rejection, he immediately obsesses over the fact that it was he, George, who came up with the line. He expresses outrage both to the girl and to Jerry, and as always, plays the fool. I feel his pain. At the risk of sounding like George Costanza, I will tell you that I came up with the notion that Donald Trump is the “Dumb Person’s Idea of A Smart Person.” I’ve been saying it for twenty years, before it came up on Twitter and, in fact, long before Twitter existed. My wife will vouch for me. The idea came to me as a reader of Sports Illustrated. Whenever a piece would run on a smarter-than-average jock, a reliable answer to the inevitable question Continue reading "Trump is a Dumb Person’s Idea of a Smart Person"
This week, the media freak-out over nightly “bombshell” revelations regarding evidence of President Trump’s apparent malfeasance and general abject incompetence reached, perhaps prematurely, a 9.5 out of 10. It culminated with Friday’s story that Trump told a Russian spy, in the Oval Office, that he fired the FBI Director, who is a “real nut job,” because he was investigating their involvement in our election and that he had gotten rid of the problem. Within the last two weeks, there have been several stories about Trump which, in an era where the mainstream news media wasn’t coming off of eight years of Obama cheerleading and was still remotely trusted by Republicans, would have quickly forced the GOP to abandon this president and set the stage for his resignation. This latest disclosure, basically verified by the White House, certainly should qualify as one of those, if not the most damaging of Continue reading "Trump’s Cult Was Designed to Withstand This Current Media Onslaught and That’s What’s Happening"
As a string of reports containing bombshell revelations roiled President Donald Trump’s administration in the last two weeks, cable news networks breathlessly covered every lurid detail, with one exception: Fox News. To recap: Since the controversial firing of FBI director James Comey last week, Monday brought the report that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials, and on Tuesday, Comey revealed he has memos of the president asking him to close the investigation into Michael Flynn. Among these flagship bombshells, there were dozens of other outrageous stories that could fill their own news cycle in any other week — if not a book. One would assume such scandalous reports would stir the loins of any cable news producer worth their salt. But television audiences were presented with the stark choice between two parallel universes this week: On MSNBC and CNN, viewers were treated to a nonstop flow of pundits, Continue reading "Fox News Ratings Slip As the Network Minimizes Biggest Stories"
Yesterday, the world learned an amusing nugget about the ever enigmatic former FBI Director, James Comey. Apparently, in January, during a perfunctory gathering with law enforcement officials, Comey went out of his way to avoid any contact with President Donald Trump. As we learned from Lawfare‘s Benjamin Wittes, the six-foot-eight FBI director even went so far as to try and “camouflage” himself amidst the curtains in the White House Blue Room. As we now know, that didn’t work, and Comey was ultimately forced into an awkward hug handshake. “Comey was disgusted,” wrote Wittes. “He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him.” Disgusted?… because of a hug? If Democrats mistrust him, whose fault is that? Like most people, I’ll admit I’ve been all over the map on James Comey, but the SOB was growing
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