White House chief of staff John Kelly stepped in to thwart an effort by Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to “stage public debates challenging climate change science,” according to the New York Times. Pruitt, who has long challenged climate change science and sought to undo much of the work of the department he runs, reportedly spoke to President Donald Trump about the idea, who responded enthusiastically. Per the Times:
The idea of publicly critiquing climate change on the national stage has been a notable theme for Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A. For nearly a year he has championed the notion of holding military-style exercises known as red team, blue team debates, possibly to be broadcast live, to question the validity of climate change.The plan, however, “encountered widespread resistance within the administration from Mr. Kelly and other top officials, who Continue reading "John Kelly Reportedly Stopped Trump’s EPA Chief From Holding Public Debates Challenging Climate Change"
Remember, kids: Always turn off your “Millennials to Snake People” Chrome extension before editing articles for a major publication. New York Times editor Justin Bank admitted that he was the guilty party in failing to notice that a piece referred to “The Great Recession” as “The Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks” due to a “correction” made by Millennials to Snake People, a Google Chrome extension which changes certain phrases to other funny ones to mock the disdain many in the older crowd have for the younger generation. It’s flagship autocorrect is, of course, one which changes any instance of “millennials” to “Snake People.”
Gizmodo reached Continue reading "NYT Has to Correct Story After Error Caused By ‘Millennials to Snake People’ Chrome Extension"
I’m horrified to be the guilty editor here. But thankfully @YLindaQiu‘s excellent work stands so far above it.Also, I have now deleted the excellent Millenial-Snake Person Chrome extension. https://t.co/rd4KH2469r pic.twitter.com/Mh057RMCp9 — Justin Bank (@bankonjustin) March 7, 2018
New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss — a self-described Iraq War-supporting “outspoken Zionist” — took a narrative from the alt-right in her newest column, and used Tweets from a phony account in order to do it. The op-ed, which suggests the political left is intolerant and does not believe in free speech on campus “at all,” used two tweets from a fake “Antifa” account run by online trolls to prove that young leftists were attacking new-right personality Dave Rubin for being anti-LGBTQ, despite the fact that he is gay. Weiss wrote the following regarding Rubin’s experience with college activists:
“[Leftists] seem to believe that the real cause for concern are the secret authoritarians passing as liberals and conservatives in our midst. Among them: Dave Rubin, a liberal commentator who favors abortion rights, opposes the death penalty and is married to a man, yet is denounced as an ‘Anti-L.G. Continue reading "NYT Issues Correction After Bari Weiss Uses Alt-Right Run ‘Antifa’ Troll Account to Prove Left is Intolerant"
A sweeping new profile from the New York Times on billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel gauges his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s administration, Facebook’s mistakes in the 2016 election, and the fate of Gawker. Thiel, who threw his vehement support behind Trump during the 2016 campaign, spoke at the Republican National Convention and even served on the president’s transition team, told the Times the two hadn’t spoken in months.. “We don’t talk that often,” Thiel said, before adding, “I can get access anytime I want.” Thiel, who hilariously said in his RNC speech that Trump would end “fake culture wars,” noted that the administration has had some shortcomings. “There are all these ways that things have fallen short,” he said, though he does not regret backing Trump. “It’s still better than Hillary Clinton or the Republican zombies.” Thiel also discussed Gawker, the media company that was gutted Continue reading "Peter Thiel Claims He’s Not Trying to Destroy Gawker Archives: ‘Preserve Them, Study Them’"
Another piece to special counsel Robert Mueller’s puzzle is cooperating with his investigation, as the New York Times reports United Arab Emirates adviser George Nader recently offered a testimony in front of a grand jury last week. Nader’s role in the investigation is related to Mueller looking into whether or not funds from foreign entities played a role in the 2016 presidential election, since the Lebanese-American business adviser plays a role in UAE leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s affairs. Given that foreign campaign contributions are illegal, Nader’s testimony is uniquely noteworthy. A January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles islands between the crown prince, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and Vladimir Putin-allied fund manager Kirill Dmitriev is also at the center of Nader’s involvement in the Mueller probe, reports the Times:
“Mr. Nader represented the crown prince in the three-way conversation in the Seychelles, at a hotel overlooking in Continue reading "UAE Adviser With Ties to Trump Associates Cooperating With Robert Mueller’s Probe"
GateHouse Media, though suffering through all the same revenue woes as its peers, is about to get significantly bigger. Earlier today, GateHouse officially became the winner in the auction of the Austin American-Statesman; the newsroom of a little more than 100 staffers was told in mid-afternoon. I had reported that was the highly likely outcome last month. Just as significant, the Fortress Investments-directed chain may be poised to buy a second metro daily, the Palm Beach Post. Cox Media Group sold the American-Statesman for $47.5 million — or as high as a 7× multiple on the Austin paper’s annual earnings, according to some observers. (Cox is privately held.) That’s a high price in the current mid-metro market. It came after a couple of rounds of bidding that featured a head-to-head battle between GateHouse and Hearst. Hearst had been the presumed favorite, given its already major presence in Continue reading "Newsonomics: GateHouse goes bigger, buying Austin’s daily and eyeing the Palm Beach Post"