It has always amazed me how short, even in the era of easy access to history provided by Google, the memories are of most of those who are reporting the news. This, combined with a stunning inability to put pieces of even rather simple puzzles together, often makes for a dicey combination when it comes to how important stories are told. We are now almost a year into the contrived battle between President Donald Trump and the NFL over the national anthem, which is easily the most overblown narrative of the Trump administration, if not the country itself. And yet, I surmise that a huge majority of the population still has no idea about what may be the key fact which is driving at least part of the controversy. I am referring to the reality that Trump has a very clear and deeply intense reason to possess a personal Continue reading "Is the Media Even Aware that Trump Has Had a Grudge Against the NFL Since the 1980s?"
A death by a thousand blog posts. That describes the tarnished career of MSNBC host Joy Reid. It seems that day after day after day, more hateful, bigoted, or down-right crazy articles Reid authored on her now-defunct blog keep surfacing. Here’s a recap: Back in December, Mediaite first reported about homophobic blog posts Reid had written years ago long before joined MSNBC. At the time, she gave an apology. However, when Mediaite reported on an even larger trove of homophobic remarks from her blog in April, not only did she not apologized, she made a stunning claim that they were “fabricated” by hackers. NBC went along with it and they even allegedly got the FBI involved. The reason why her claim was so unbelievable was because these blog posts were preserved by the internet archiving service The Wayback Machine and they themselves refuted Reid’s assertion the their archive was somehow hacked. And Continue reading "Joy Reid Shouldn’t Be Fired, She Should Resign"
It is rather rare that just one issue can expose so much about who a public figure really is and what makes them tick. However, via his pardon policy alone, we now have enough data points for us to determine just about everything we need to know about President Donald Trump. So far, Trump’s most high profile pardons have been of Joe Arpaio, “Scooter” Libby, Jack Johnson, and Dinesh D’Souza. He is also said to be considering similar presidential reprieves for Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich, and has taken “counsel” on another possible case from none other than Kim Kardashian. The first thing you need to understand about Trump and pardons is that he is actually on pace to use his ultimate power far less than most modern presidents, though he has done so in ways which have created, possibly by design, more publicity than most Continue reading "Why Trump’s Pardon Policy Tells Us Everything We Need to Know About Our President"
Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee reignited the ongoing culture war about what’s offensive and what’s punishable in American society. All week long, we’ve heard folks on the right call out the double standards in the fallout of these controversies, comparing ABC canceling Roseanne’s show to the lack of consequences Bee among others have faced for their repugnant remarks. In order to advance the dialogue, we must reflect on how people were treated thus far. So here’s a list of high-profile individuals from both sides of the aisle who in recent years were swept up in controversy and the fallout they faced. And you can decide for yourself whether punishments were justified or if there truly is a double standard. Roseanne Barr Despite her history of questionable Twitter activity, it was her racist tweet that called former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett the “baby” of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Continue reading "A Guide to Celebrity Offensive Remarks and The Punishments They Faced (Or Lack There Of)"
Having closely studied, at the cost of great personal pain, the behavior of President Donald Trump and his “Cut 45” supporters for about the last three years, there has always been one element of their “thinking” which has been most suspect. I am referring to their near universal inability to properly make, or even reasonably comprehend, the concept of legitimate analogies and comparisons. This glaring blind spot, which I used to think was far more prevalent among liberals, has once again become dramatically apparent during the aftermath of the controversy over Roseanne Barr claiming Valarie Jarrett was the child of an ape. When Roseanne’s show was cancelled, Trump and his supporters had two basic choices: condemn her and move on, or attempt to defend her by playing the extremely overused “whataboutism” card. They have clearly decided on the latter option, but, not surprisingly, have done so in a manner Continue reading "Trump and the Roseanne Defenders’ Claims of a Real Double Standard Are Wrong"
Roseanne Barr sparked a firestorm this week with a racist tweet aimed at former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, which led ABC to cancel her hit show Roseanne. However, the cancellation of Roseanne caused an avalanche of “whataboutism” from the right. The View‘s Joy Behar was recently under fire for her mocking Christians who believe God speaks to them, calling it a “mental illness.” Bill Maher‘s years-old attacks comparing Donald Trump to an orangutan resurfaced. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann‘s dozens of profane tweets aimed at the president made the rounds, as well as Jemele Hill‘s calling him a “white supremacist.” Essentially, the argument is that Roseanne’s show was canned for a tweet while these folks on the left have said offensive things but managed to keep their jobs. But of all the liberals that were being dragged in the Roseanne hurricane, it’s MSNBC host Joy Continue reading "Roseanne‘s Cancellation Was The Worst Thing That Could Ever Happen To… Joy Reid"
Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell trashed the New York Times this morning in a botched fact-check of sorts on the paper’s accurate reporting of President Donald Trump’s infamous “animals” remark. McDowell, who co-hosts Mornings with Maria on Fox Business, made the misleading attack against the Times after discussing the paper’s correction on Trump’s crowd size at his recent Nashville, TN rally. Julie Davis, the Times reporter who inaccurately estimated the crowd size, addressed the correction on Twitter, writing: “When we get it wrong, we say so.” Not according to McDowell, however. “Sometimes they don’t correct things that they get wrong,” claimed McDowell. “Because the way that they portrayed the comments that President Trump made about the MS-13 gang, when he called them animals. The New York Times stories did not make that distinction, certainly not in the headline of the story that they wrote. Last time that I Continue reading "Fox Business Anchor Smears NY Times For Accurately Reporting on Trump’s ‘Animals’ Remark"