25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned

A bunch of strangers walk into a room, and journalists try to get them to get to know — or at least not hate — each other. That’s not a joke; it’s the goal of 25 news organizations’ engagement initiatives studied by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The 2016 (and 2018) elections effed up a lot of people and their trust in media, as we all know, and news organizations have been experimenting with ways to improve trust face-to-face and across wrenching divisions. But…what comes out of those events besides a lot of extroversion and handshake germs? How many gatherings are needed to finally start whittling away at stereotypes? Is convening community members with drastically different views a service or a spectacle used for reporting? Can these meetings possibly change people’s perceptions of “the media” — and each other? Looking Continue reading "25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned"

Michelle Obama On Hillary 2020: ‘At This Point, Everybody’s Qualified and Everybody Should Run’

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is out promoting a new book and sat with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.  Naturally, the conversation turned to last week historic midterm elections, the results of which sent well over 100 female candidates to U.S. Congress, which is more women that will serve in Congress than ever before. But it was when the 2020 presidential race was broached that the conversation got a rise out of the in-studio audience. Roberts mentioned 2020 presidential aspirations with a comedic and stern glare at Ms. Obama suggesting that the former First Lady might have interest in returning to the White House. Ms. Obama has steadfastly claimed zero interest in running for office, to which she repeated again in a light moment. Roberts then turned to a recent op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal in which former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Mark Penn baselessly suggested that she may Continue reading "Michelle Obama On Hillary 2020: ‘At This Point, Everybody’s Qualified and Everybody Should Run’"

Kellyanne Conway Responds to Possible Hillary 2020 Run: ‘Dear God, Please, Yes’

Late Sunday, former Trump campaign manager and current White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to an op-ed suggesting Hillary Clinton may run for president again in 2020 with a simple four-word tweet. “Dear God, Please, Yes,” Conway wrote. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Mark Penn, a former senior adviser to the Clintons, and Andrew Stein, former president of the New York City Council. “Hillary will run again,” the title blares. Below, the pair claims that Clinton will reinvent herself as a liberal firebrand to “easily capture the 2020 nomination.” “Mrs. Clinton has come unbound. She will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career,” Penn and Stein explain. “You can expect her to run for president once again. Maybe Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Responds to Possible Hillary 2020 Run: ‘Dear God, Please, Yes’"

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Wrote in 2016 He Would Indict Hillary Clinton

Following the surprise ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, his chief of staff Matthew Whitaker was named acting AG. Details are beginning to emerge about Whitaker’s beliefs, notably his previous comments on the Mueller investigation, which he now oversees. Another revelation, courtesy of USA Today: Whitaker once argued that Hillary Clinton should have been criminally charged for her use of a private email server. In a 2016 op-ed for USA Today, Whitaker challenged then-FBI director James Comey‘s conclusion that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against the former secretary of state. “I disagree,” Whitaker wrote. “I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted.” Whitaker argued:
The facts also show it was gross negligence when she removed Continue reading "Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Wrote in 2016 He Would Indict Hillary Clinton"

Trump Once Labeled Obama ‘Disgrace’ for Campaigning on Taxpayer Dime. Trump Held 44 Rallies This Season.

President Donald Trump has been hot on the campaign trail hopping from one rally to the next in support of GOP midterm candidates, but he once criticized his predecessor for the same behavior. In a 2016 tweet flagged by ABC News, Trump denounced President Barack Obama‘s decision to cheer on Hillary Clinton in her effort to take the White House. “Taxpayers are paying a fortune for the use of Air Force One on the campaign trail by President Obama and Crooked Hillary,” Trump wrote in the tweet. “A total disgrace!” As noted by ABC, certain regulations require that political organizations reimburse the federal government for the cost of political travel. The campaign event to Continue reading "Trump Once Labeled Obama ‘Disgrace’ for Campaigning on Taxpayer Dime. Trump Held 44 Rallies This Season."

Kellyanne Conway Calls Hillary Clinton ‘the Queen of Abortion’

Kellyanne Conway has taken numerous jabs at Hillary Clinton, calling her “graceless,” “dangerous” and less popular than her husband Bill, but on Sunday, she added a new smear to her list: “the queen of abortion.” In a Fox & Friends interview that morning, Conway, who serves as a counselor to President Donald Trump, bashed Democrats for what she described as their failure to focus on an array of issues rather than just one, taking aim at women’s right to choose in particular. “I have noticed, also, that the Democrats aren’t talking much about abortion this time and that’s because they tried that for so long,” she said. “They tried it with the queen of abortion in 2016 and it backfired for then because so many women said, ‘Excuse me, you have to talk to me on all the issues.'” After slipping in that nickname, Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Calls Hillary Clinton ‘the Queen of Abortion’"

Trump Slams ‘Crooked Hillary’ at Rally as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ Days After Bomb Was Sent to Her Home

Days after a pipe bomb was sent to Hillary Clinton, and hours after Donald Trump called for a return to civility, the president slammed his 2016 competitor at a campaign rally as his crowd chanted “lock her up.” Trump bashed Clinton as part of a diatribe against Democratic opposition to his border wall: “Many of these Democrats — almost all of them, including Schumer, including Crooked Hillary, including everybody — many of these Democrats approved the wall in 2006,” he said. The mention of Clinton drew loud boos from the crowd, followed by chants of “Lock her up!” Trump smiled, saying “Oh boy, they’re going to be reporting about you tonight,” and pointing at the media. Earlier at the rally, Trump slammed the media for causing the incivility that led to an apparent Trump fan allegedly mailing pipe bombs to 12 of the president’s outspoken critics, including Continue reading "Trump Slams ‘Crooked Hillary’ at Rally as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ Days After Bomb Was Sent to Her Home"