Jake Tapper Blasts Everyone Involved in Omarosa Circus: It’s ‘A Story Where There Are Like 30 Liars’


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On The Lead on Tuesday, host Jake Tapper set fire to everyone involved in the Omarosa Manigault story – from President Trump, to Omarosa herself, and everyone in between – over the total lack of credibility all around. The clip above begins with Republican strategist Josh Holmes noting that Trump has stated there is no tape of him saying the n-word. “He says a lot of things himself he then has to retract because they’re lies,” replied former Executive Director for the Congressional Black Caucus Angela Rye. “I think we are well into the thousands in Washington Post‘s count about the number of lies.” “This man has an issue with black people,” Rye said. “She can’t guarantee that a racist didn’t use the n-word for the same reason we can’t guarantee that the head of the KKK didn’t use the n-word.” Tapper replied with Sarah Sanders Continue reading "Jake Tapper Blasts Everyone Involved in Omarosa Circus: It’s ‘A Story Where There Are Like 30 Liars’"

Omarosa Contradicts Her Own Book in NPR Interview


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Omarosa Manigault told NPR that hearing Donald Trump say the n-word on tape “changed everything for me.” Yet, her own words seem to contradict what the former reality star villain turned fired White House staffer says in her new book, UNHINGED. NPR’s Rachel Martin pointed out the discrepancy to Manigault during the interview, prompting Manigault to try to tell Martin that she hadn’t read the book. But, as NPR reported, the very section that Manigault told Martin to read actually was the part that contradicted her claims. Here it is, via NPR:
Incredibly, this person – who shall remain nameless – picked up the phone. We spoke. On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’d said them. During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track. Continue reading "Omarosa Contradicts Her Own Book in NPR Interview"

Omarosa Claims Trump is On Tape Using the N-Word, Made Racist Remarks About Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: Report


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As Omarosa Manigault prepares to release a book about her time in the White House, a new report says she claims there were multiple instances of President Donald Trump using racist language. The book — UNHINGED: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House — garnered publicity this week after it was revealed that Manigault secretly taped Trump, much like his old lawyer Michael Cohen. Manigualt’s book will document her “growing realization that Donald Trump was indeed a racist, a bigot and a misogynist,” and according to The Guardian, it contains an account of Trump using racial slurs against Kellyanne Conway‘s husband.
She also claims that she personally witnessed Trump use racial epithets about the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway, who is half Filipino. “Would you look at this George Conway article?” she quotes the president as saying. “F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo. Continue reading "Omarosa Claims Trump is On Tape Using the N-Word, Made Racist Remarks About Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: Report"

Papa John’s Founder Speaks Out on Dropping N-Word During Meeting: ‘It Wasn’t a Slur’


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The founder of Papa John’s resigned this week after reports surfaced he used the n-word during a May meeting. In a statement, John Schnatter admitted that he used the word during a media training session and apologized for the “hurtful language.” “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said in the statement released by Papa John’s. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.” After his resignation, Schnatter also tried to explain more of the circumstances in which the word was said,  taking to local news to stress that the words were spoken in the context of a training session and he “repeated something that somebody else said.” “It wasn’t a slur. It was a session on strategy and media planning and training and I repeated something Continue reading "Papa John’s Founder Speaks Out on Dropping N-Word During Meeting: ‘It Wasn’t a Slur’"

Netflix Fires Top Communications Exec After He Said the N-Word at Work


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Netflix has parted ways with its chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland, who has worked at the streaming service since February 2011. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Friedland dropped the n-word at least twice. CEO Reed Hastings also talked about what happened in a lengthy internal memo that read, in part, “His descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity.” The now-former top communications exec also confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he was let go. “I’m leaving Netflix after seven years,” Friedland said in a statement. “Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy.” He added: “I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company Continue reading "Netflix Fires Top Communications Exec After He Said the N-Word at Work"

Ben Sasse’s Mea Culpa to Maher N-Word Flap: ‘Cringing Last Night Wasn’t Good Enough’


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sasse Mea culpa is a Latin phrase. It means “through my fault” and is generally seen as a public or formal acknowledgment of committing an error or being at personal fault. Last night, Bill Maher immediately triggered the outrage machine when he said he was a “house nigga” while interviewing Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). This was in response to Sasse asking Maher if he’d like to work in the fields. The audience reacted with a mix of shock and nervous laughter. Meanwhile, social media lit up with reaction to Maher’s use of the N-word. Well, early this morning, after departing a flight back from Los Angeles, Sasse took to Twitter to issue a mea culpa for his part in the whole exchange. (Sasse has taken heat for smiling and not pushing back after Maher used the word.)

Local Reporter Resigns After Jokingly Calling Herself a ‘News N*gga’ in Twitter Exchange


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Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.02.41 AM A misfired conversation led to a white local news anchor’s resignation after she facetiously used the N-word in reference to herself as she tried to contact an African American man about a story she was working on. Valerie Hoff, who worked as a reporter for WXIA-TV, told Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was trying to track down a video showing a white police officer punching a black motorist during a traffic stop last month. Hoff noticed that a black man calling himself Curtis Rivers posted the confrontation on Twitter, so Hoff sent him a direct message asking if she could make a copy. Rivers reportedly used the N-word a lot in his Twitter activity, and tweeted that a lot of “news nggas” were asking for permission to use the video. Hoff referred to herself as a “news ngga” in her DM. Even though Rivers seemed amused at first, he noticed
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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Apologizes for Comparing ‘Fake News’ to Saying N-Word


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Chris Cuomo CNN’s Chris Cuomo apologized this afternoon for saying “fake news” is basically the journalistic equivalent of the n-word. Cuomo said earlier today, “I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity. That’s what fake news is to a journalist.” Cuomo tweeted this follow-up: [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

WATCH: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Cuts Interview Short to Deliver Emotional Rebuke of Racist Language


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imageedit_227_2873960293Today on CNN, a white guest named Charles Kaiser used the N-word when trying to quote new Donald Trump appointee Steve Bannon. Baldwin chastised him and continued on with the segment but… …ended up cutting the remainder short after some consideration while her guests spoke. She grimaced and the control room moved the guests from the screen and cut their mics, leaving her alone to say this:
Alright, gentlemen. We’re done. We’re done. I appreciate both of your voices. The more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the n-word on the show… It is not okay! It is not okay. Charles Kaiser, I respect you. I enjoy having you on as a guest but… not okay. By the way, the claim that Mr. Bannon used the n-word — I’ve never heard of this. So there’s that. Take a break.
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Please Don’t Use That on My Show: CNN Anchor Chastises Guest For Saying N-Word


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brooked-baldwin-n-wordeditedDuring a CNN panel discussion about the alt-right and the conference in Washington this weekend, and Donald Trump’s reaction to it, things took a decidedly serious turn when one of the panelists dropped the n-word. With Trump supporter Paris Dennard, who is black, on the panel, Charles Kaiser started making a case that Donald Trump’s campaign was based on racism and ant-Semitism. Commenting on Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, Kaiser claimed Bannon regularly uses the n-word. “If you don’t want to support the alt-right, don’t choose as a White House counselor a man who uses the word n—er,” Kaiser said. After he finished his point, anchor Brooke Baldwin chastised him for using the word.
‘Charles, just hang on a second. appreciate you going through all of this but please don’t use the n-word on my show,” Baldwin noted. Dennard later said he appreciated Continue reading "Please Don’t Use That on My Show: CNN Anchor Chastises Guest For Saying N-Word"

Don King Drops the N-Word When Introducing Donald Trump at Black Church


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don-kingFamous boxing promoter Don King casually dropped the n-word when introducing Donald Trump before his Wednesday speech at a black revival center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. “I told Michael Jackson, I said if you’re poor, you’re a poor Negro– I won’t use the n-word,” he recounted. “But if you’re rich, you’re a rich Negro. If you’re intelligent and intellectual, you’re an intelligent and intellectual Negro.” “If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n*gger– I mean negro,” he corrected, as Trump and the rest of the room erupted in laughter, “you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro.”
“So they’re not alienatin’, because you can not assimilate,” he said. “You’re going to be a Negro until you die.” Trump thanked King as he took the stage. “Ah, there’s only one Don King, only one Continue reading "Don King Drops the N-Word When Introducing Donald Trump at Black Church"

‘Check Yourself’: Don Lemon Says People Need to ‘Stop Pretending Racism Doesn’t Exist’


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don lemonCNN anchor Don Lemon gave President Obama credit this afternoon for his somber words at the Dallas police memorial service and told his critics, “Check yourself.” He said that Obama’s words were exactly the same as George W. Bush‘s and the Dallas police chief’s, and yet he said there was a lot of “hate” on social media directed at the president. Lemon criticized more liberal critics of the Dallas chief too before saying, “Stop pretending that racism doesn’t exist, that bias doesn’t exist in this culture.”
He also revealed that just this past weekend, as he was talking with a group of friends, someone said to the only other African-American in the group, “How does that make you feel as a n*gger?” Lemon said he was shocked and asked, “Is this 2016?” Continue reading "‘Check Yourself’: Don Lemon Says People Need to ‘Stop Pretending Racism Doesn’t Exist’"

Don Lemon Appeals Yet Again to People of All Races to Give Up the N-Word


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Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 1.51.19 PMDon Lemon has hosted panels and specials on the use of the n-word, especially in rap music. He is outspoken about his belief that it should be eschewed altogether because white people won’t stop using it and singing along to rap music that features it until it is gone. He has spoken repeatedly about who should be allowed to say it and who shouldn’t and has worked to spark conversations about it. Then again, he’s also claimed he’s “not the word police” and said he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. Well, today he was back at it, writing and recording an op-ed for Black America about a recent YouTube video that shows white students at a prestigious Brentwood school singing along with the n-word-riddled lyrics of an A$AP Ferg song. He wrote this:
Now we can disagree over the use of the n-word. We can disagree over who Continue reading "Don Lemon Appeals Yet Again to People of All Races to Give Up the N-Word"

Barry Bonds Calls Out Daughter’s School Over Apparent Video of Students Singing N-Word


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Barry Bonds is outraged over a video apparently showing students at his daughter’s school singing a song featuring the n-word. A video posted to YouTube this week from Brentwood Students Against Racism appearing to show white students of Brentwood School in Los Angeles singing along to the song “Dump Dump.” The hook of the song features the lines, “I fucked your bitch, ngga, I fucked your bitch. She suck my dck, ngga, she suck my dck.” Well, Bonds’ daughter Aisha attends Brentwood, and he posted a link to the video on Twitter yesterday, raising more attention to it: There is currently a Change.org petition demanding the school take action against the students who sang along to the song. One student wrote, Continue reading "Barry Bonds Calls Out Daughter’s School Over Apparent Video of Students Singing N-Word"

Wilmore Faces Off with Sharpton Over N-Word Remark: ‘I Wanted to Make a Statement’


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wilmore sharptonLarry Wilmore faced off with Al Sharpton on MSNBC this morning after the reverend publicly expressed his distaste with Wilmore’s n-word remark to President Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Wilmore said he “wanted to make a statement more than a joke” about the historical implications of the end of the first black American presidency. He felt that it would mean something to take a word that’s been “used against us… and now to turn that around on its head.” Sharpton said no other minority group in the country does that and he doesn’t “want to see us take the power out of something that was structured to degrade us.” Wilmore made the argument for using the n-word for satirical purposes, as opposed to never using it ever, and Sharpton asked him if he would do it again at the WHCD, given the blowback.

Piers Morgan Fires Back at Wilmore: ‘I Don’t Need a History Lesson’ on N-Word


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In responding to critics of his use of the n-word at the WHCD last night, Larry Wilmore singled out Piers Morgan for his n-word scolding and explained to him the difference between “ngger” and “ngga.”
Morgan didn’t find it particularly amusing, and he fired back on Twitter today:

Larry Wilmore Addresses Critics of His WHCD Speech With the Help of ‘Donald Trump’


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wilmoreLarry Wilmore tonight addressed the controversy over his White House Correspondents Dinner address, especially from a certain British twit… Just to recap, Wilmore told a lot of jokes that got an icy reception in the room, but lots of people lost their shit when he ended his speech with the n-word. But it was Piers Morgan‘s column about him that really set Wilmore off. He explained the difference between “ngga” and “ngger” to Morgan and told him to cut it out. But later on in the segment, Wilmore got some backup from none other than Donald Trump, who declared he was proud of Wilmore for inciting such a negative reaction like that.
“Trump” attempted to link Wilmore to him and asked if he could leave his show because “I need a running mate who will Continue reading "Larry Wilmore Addresses Critics of His WHCD Speech With the Help of ‘Donald Trump’"

CNN Guest on Larry Wilmore: Imagine If Someone Called Bernie the ‘K Word’


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cnn lemonCNN’s Don Lemon tonight tackled the controversy over Larry Wilmore‘s White House Correspondents Dinner routine––and no, not the one involving Lemon flipping him off. No, Wilmore ended his speech by saying, “Yo, Barry. You did it, my n*gga.” SiriusXM host Joe Madison responded by asking, “Can you imagine if the K word would have been used to describe Bernie Sanders?” He said the n-word needs to finally be put to rest and was absolutely saddened by how “after 8 years of this dinner, that’s the last word that this distinguished group of people will hear in relation to this president.” April Reign dismissed the concerns and said they shouldn’t give too much credence to “the white gaze.” and it was pretty clear Obama himself “appreciated what Larry Wilmore said.”
They got Continue reading "CNN Guest on Larry Wilmore: Imagine If Someone Called Bernie the ‘K Word’"

Bill O’Reilly Defends Larry Wilmore Using N-Word: ‘It Wasn’t Like a Rapper’


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wilmore billBill O’Reilly tonight defended Larry Wilmore from politically correct liberals outraged by his WHCD speech ending with the phrase “my n*gga” being addressed to President Obama. Charles Krauthammer told O’Reilly he wasn’t offended, but he understands that a lot of African-Americans might have been. O’Reilly said, “I wasn’t offended because I felt that Wilmore did it in an affectionate way.” “It wasn’t like a rapper,” he continued, “who’s using it in a way that’s denigrating, it was more of, um, you know, ‘I’m proud of you.'”
So just take in this moment when Larry Wilmore is being criticized by Al Sharpton and defended by Bill O’Reilly. Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac