The One Group That Trump’s First 100 Days Have Been Great For? Progressives

obama-trumpedited-1Donald Trump is having the worst first hundred days of any president – that arguably includes William Henry Harrison who died 31 days into his term. But Trump has truly been a Godsend for one group of Americans: Progressives. Trump may actually make the Democratic Party great again. When President Obama was in office there was a sense of complacency among progressives. Despite the Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress for the final two years of Obama’s term as well as over 30 governorships and nearly two thirds of the state legislatures, there was little sense of urgency among Democrats. And that continued through the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign as we assumed Hillary Clinton would win and all would be okay. But then Trump won. At first, progressives were dazed and confused. Soon stunned turned into depression for many on the left. I was truly concerned that Continue reading "The One Group That Trump’s First 100 Days Have Been Great For? Progressives"

Spare Us Faux Neil Cavuto Outrage over Obama Giving Paid Wall Street Speeches

Here’s the deal: Former President Barack Obama is giving a paid speech to a Wall Street investment bank. He’s allegedly making $400,000. We are not here to argue about whether that is smart. We’re here to discuss faux outrage over how many outlets “aren’t” covering it. Above, you’ll see a video. It’s Fox Business’s Neil Cavuto exclaiming that it’s not right that so few papers ran the $400k Wall Street speech story on their front pages yesterday. The issue is, of course, that the topic has been getting a lot of traction. . . probably far more than it deserves. Cavuto’s main point of contention beyond the false idea that no one is talking about it, is that Obama is facing no criticism for hypocrisy because he’s a Democrat. Surely, it’s hard to remember what life was like in the pre-Donald Trump world, Continue reading "Spare Us Faux Neil Cavuto Outrage over Obama Giving Paid Wall Street Speeches"

‘Court of Karma’: Democratic Rep. Takes in Some Michael Flynn Schadenfreude on New Day

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley contended that some sort of cosmic justice was catching up with General Michael Flynn over his controversial 2015 trip to Russia. “Remember the general leading chants of ‘lock her up, lock her up’ at the Republican convention? So if he’s not in trouble in a court of law, he’s probably in trouble in the court of karma,” Quigley said on CNN’s New Day, Wednesday Co-anchor Alisyn Camerota asked the Illinois politician if General Flynn had broken the law by taking the paid speaking gig in Russia. She was amused by Congressman Quigley’s answer and replied, “Maybe that’s what’s coming back around now, as it will do — as we’ve seen so often in life.” The CNN anchor followed up by wondering, “Does the White House bear responsibility for not vetting him properly, or just exercising willful blindness on their part?” Representative Quigley played up that, Continue reading "‘Court of Karma’: Democratic Rep. Takes in Some Michael Flynn Schadenfreude on New Day"

SNL Star Jabs at Hillary Clinton’s Election Loss, Chelsea Clinton Responds Perfectly

On Friday, Vanessa Bayer introduced the honorees for the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in New York City. The Saturday Night Live star read off the names of the honorees, including Jessica ChastainShari RedstoneBlake LivelyAudra McDonaldGayle King, and Chelsea Clinton. Bayer then said, “They all have one thing in common. None of their moms are president.” There wasn’t much laughter from the audience. When it came time for Clinton’s speech, she spoke highly of her mother Hillary Clinton. “I’m particularly proud and grateful for the example that my mother has always set,” she said, adding, “It’s always better to get caught trying than to never have tried at all.” She ended the speech by addressing Bayer. “Vanessa, we may be able to say in this room today that no one’s mother is currently president, but some day, someone’s will be.” Watch the video above, via Variety. [featured image via screen grab]

Arkansas Journalism Students Consider Ethics of News Coverage, Social Media in 2016 Election

Students hate group projects – that’s what I was told before my University of Arkansas journalism ethics class sought to study the role of media during the 2016 presidential general-election campaign. Nonetheless, fortified by plenty of pizza and the knowledge that the election would be an historic one, my students managed to sift through more than 3,000 tweets, commercials, newspaper stories, and TV news reports in the course of documenting a campaign that they found shrouded in negativity. The students determined that Republican candidate Donald Trump was the subject of twice as many negative newspaper stories and more than six times more negative television news segments than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The candidates helped fuel that negativity, most prominently through their use of Twitter. Though Clinton had more than twice as many positive tweets as Trump, she also had more than double the amount of negative ones. Similarly, though
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NY Times Appears to Forget Its Own Coverage As It Spotlights Comey’s Pre-Election Moves

new-york-times-hed-2013 On Saturday, the New York Times outlined their case on how FBI Director James Comey “shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.”

The newspaper’s article detailed that their “examination…found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways.”

The Times claimed that “in the case of Mrs. Clinton, he [Comey] rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy.”

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NY Times Appears to Forget Its Own Coverage As It Spotlights Comey’s Pre-Election Moves

new-york-times-hed-2013 On Saturday, the New York Times outlined their case on how FBI Director James Comey “shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.”

The newspaper’s article detailed that their “examination…found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways.”

The Times claimed that “in the case of Mrs. Clinton, he [Comey] rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy.”

When Director Comey reopened the Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material, he was apparently “fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed Continue reading "NY Times Appears to Forget Its Own Coverage As It Spotlights Comey’s Pre-Election Moves"