Should Democratic Presidential Candidates Allow Themselves to Be Interviewed on Fox News?


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Minnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar appeared to urge her fellow candidates to venture into the “uncomfortable” space that is Fox News, but is that a good move for Democrats looking to secure votes from a base that’s not particularly fond of the network? On Tuesday night, Klobuchar concluded her interview with Bret Baier by volunteering that “One of the reasons I came on this show is that I believe candidates for office, whether Democrat or Republican, have to go not just where it’s comfortable, but where it’s uncomfortable. And I love you. Fox may not always be comfortable for Democrats but I want to make that point.” That’s a bold suggestion to make in an election season with an ever-growing Democratic field of candidates who will be competing for votes from a base that had no love for Fox News, to begin with, and increasingly views Continue reading "Should Democratic Presidential Candidates Allow Themselves to Be Interviewed on Fox News?"

It Looks Like Trump Will Be Handed the GOP Nomination. Here’s Why That’s Critical.


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I am big believer that the variety of news that is the most underrated is what does not happen. After all, quite often, when nothing occurs during a time period when it otherwise should, it can actually have more significance than an event actually transpiring. A classic example of this phenomenon may be the complete absence of any serious candidate seeking to take on President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. It appears we may be very close, assuming we are not already there, to it being accepted that Trump will simply be handed the GOP nomination. There are significant ramifications of that mind-blowing reality. While numerous legitimate Democratic candidates have made it clear they are entering what some conservatives are understandably referring to as the “Woke Olympics,” there is absolutely no indication that anyone legitimate will be taking on Trump. This despite the fact that Trump’s approval ratings Continue reading "It Looks Like Trump Will Be Handed the GOP Nomination. Here’s Why That’s Critical."

Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
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Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


This post is by Caleb Howe from Mediaite


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
Continue reading "Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction"

A Journalist Was Physically Attacked at a Trump Rally and Somehow This Is Not the Top Story


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President Donald Trump held a political rally in El Paso, Texas Monday evening that was themed “Finish the Wall.” Amidst his usual bromides and sloganeering, the commander in chief hit his compulsory “fake news” media harangue, which led the roughly 6,500 attendees into lustful boos. Judging by the smiling reaction of the hand-picked rally-goers standing behind Trump, many, if not most, saw it as political theater straight from the realm of professional wrestling entertainment that the president so effortlessly parrots. Yet in this instance, at least one attendee was so ginned up by Trump’s rhetoric that he physically assaulted a photojournalist covering the event for the BBC. And yet this story — a journalist getting physically attacked while a sitting president verbally attacked the press — earned nary any mention on morning news programs. Fox News White House reporter John Roberts put the news in stark relief, tweeting:

Former Clinton Aide Neera Tanden Smacks Actor John Cusack Over Bernie Sanders


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John Cusack is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President Actor John Cusack, star of films like Say Anything and Con Air, caused an uproar this weekend by targeting several critics of Bernie Sanders, including former Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama policy adviser Neera Tanden. Tanden did not take Cusack’s guff for one second. Cusack, who is a longtime Sanders supporter, tweeted a list of Sanders’ Twitter critics, and asked if they would support the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is. He included seven Twitter handles, but without the “@” symbol that would alert them to the tweet:

Behind the Scenes, It’s Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollet’s Story


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I can’t recall a large crime story where there was a bigger gap between what the police and media are saying publicly, and what they expressing behind the scenes, than the saga involving the recent alleged hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett. Similarly, there may not be a story where you can tell more by what has not happened, in comparison to what actually has occurred. The current public stance of the Chicago police is that earlier this month, at 2 a.m. on a very cold Chicago night, Smollett was the victim of what appears to be a heinous hate crime where he was physically attacked by two men, and humiliated due to his race, homosexuality, and possibly his opposition to President Donald Trump. The Chicago media, in official reports, has largely treated that narrative as legitimate, while chronicling the complete lack of suspects and corroborating evidence as more Continue reading "Behind the Scenes, It’s Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollet’s Story"

Media Ignores Trump’s Dangerous ‘Execute a Baby’ Lie, Which Has Gotten People Killed Before


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The greatest media failure of President Donald Trump‘s tenure in office may turn out to be their decision to virtually ignore the shocking lie he told during his State of the Union address, when he claimed that a Democratic governor “stated he would execute a baby after birth.” Trump was referring to remarks that Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) made in a radio interview last week, in which he described the medical treatment of a newborn infant unable to survive on its own. Since that interview, versions of Trump’s lie have been repeated by elected Republicans and Fox News guests and personalities, and gone uncorrected by Fox News anchors. But on the other cable networks, there was scant effort to correct the lies about Northam, if there was any at all. One CNN anchor read a statement from Northam’s office in response to these lies, while one MSNBC Continue reading "Media Ignores Trump’s Dangerous ‘Execute a Baby’ Lie, Which Has Gotten People Killed Before"

Top Lines From AOC-Endorsed ‘Green New Deal’ That Conservatives Are Sure to ‘Pounce’ On


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) unveiled the details behind the much-hyped “Green New Deal” Thursday. And in case you didn’t get it, this is not an actual “conservatives pounce” story, though there was plenty of “conservative pouncing,” only because some of the suggestions seem to be borderline insane. Here are some of the proposals and justifications in the Green New Deal (emphasis added):
  • “At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.”
  • Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.”
  • “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary Continue reading "Top Lines From AOC-Endorsed ‘Green New Deal’ That Conservatives Are Sure to ‘Pounce’ On"

Learning to be Politically Correct In America is Harder Than Learning English


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People always complain about how hard it is for refugees and their children to adapt and assimilate to vibrant American culture. As a Farsi-speaker who only began speaking native English when I was six years old, I can totally understand that. But nobody ever talks about how hard it is for immigrants to learn America’s other unofficial language: political correctness. In fact, it’s not just a language, but a culture, and one that is even more difficult to absorb… especially since it all seems so arbitrary.

“Sometimes I’ll make a note to never say those things again, but most times I’ll feel angry and despair that I’ll never be able to fit in.”

In America, assimilating to culture isn’t only about learning which Hollywood celebrities are hot right now, or knowing how to greet others in a formal setting without kissing them a million times on the cheeks. It’s Continue reading "Learning to be Politically Correct In America is Harder Than Learning English"

Elizabeth Warren Has Another Registration Card to Explain: She Was a Republican Until 1996


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Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren faces renewed controversy over her 1986 Texas State Bar registration card, but there’s another more recent Warren registration ID that hasn’t gotten nearly enough scrutiny: her Republican voter registration. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published a copy of Warren’s handwritten 1986 Texas State Bar registration card, on which “American Indian” was written in the space for “Race.” According to the paper, Warren’s office did not dispute its authenticity. This revelation follows a series of events that led Warren to apologize to the Cherokee Nation for taking Donald Trump‘s dare to prove her Native American ancestry with a DNA test. Is it fair that this controversy threatens to dog Warren out of the presidential race before it really begins, even as Trump has waged a despicable campaign of racist slurs over the issue with little or no consequences? Definitely not. That Continue reading "Elizabeth Warren Has Another Registration Card to Explain: She Was a Republican Until 1996"

Did Donald Trump Wreck His Entire Presidency Because He Watched ‘The Pelican Brief?’


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Donald Trump and James Comey Speak Quietly at White House Photo Op Theories abounded last week that Donald Trump got his false border horror stories from the newest Sicario film, but there’s another movie that may have influenced Trump in a more self-destructive way: The Pelican Brief. Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation has marred Trump’s tenure in office since its earliest days, and may even end it depending on how things go. But the first domino to fall in that series of events was Trump’s February 14, 2017 Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey. At that meeting, Comey says Trump asked him to end his investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. “His words were ‘I hope you can let it go.’” Comey said, and would later testify that he took that entreaty as a “direction.” Trump’s attorney says Trump asked Comey “can you give [Flynn] a break?” In May, Trump fired Comey Continue reading "Did Donald Trump Wreck His Entire Presidency Because He Watched ‘The Pelican Brief?’"

Is Republican Oppo Research Really This Awful, Or is the News Media Not Doing Its Job?


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Within the last week, two prominent Democrats have had major bombshells from their past detonated in ways that have probably destroyed their future political aspirations. Neither of these long-held secrets, however, came to be publicly known while they were actually running against Republicans for the offices that they now hold. I’m referring to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook was just revealed to contain a racist photo on his personal page, while Warren’s 1986 registration to the Texas state bar has her race outrageously listed, apparently in her own handwriting, as “American Indian.” Both of these scandalous exposures, had they been known to the voters at the time of certain elections, would have easily caused these candidates to be defeated by Republicans they beat in fairly close contests. And yet, somehow, the Republican operatives working for their opponents, Ed Gillespie and Continue reading "Is Republican Oppo Research Really This Awful, Or is the News Media Not Doing Its Job?"

Rachel Maddow’s Narrative on Don Jr.’s ‘Blocked Calls’ Disappeared. She Forgot to Tell Her Audience.


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Question: What is missing from the below The Rachel Maddow Show clip, which aired on Thursday, Jan. 31? Rachel Maddow, like many of her guests, has been very suspicious about who Donald Trump Jr. called both before and after his infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians in 2016. Among the calls he made, several were to a blocked number. Maddow wondered on her show whether that blocked number was his father’s. She wondered hard, breathlessly. Rife with implication did she wonder, and heavily hanging the implied conclusion of collusion upon it. It wasn’t just Maddow and MSNBC asking the question, of course. It was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). It was Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). It was a lot of other members of the press, politicians, and commentators who wondered if the blocked number Continue reading "Rachel Maddow’s Narrative on Don Jr.’s ‘Blocked Calls’ Disappeared. She Forgot to Tell Her Audience."

Howard Kurtz Criticizes Media Coverage of Northam Abortion Comments, Ignores Fox News’ False ‘Infanticide’ Narrative


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Fox News MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz criticized media coverage of the controversial late-term abortion comments made last week by embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) during a radio interview. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, quite awkwardly answered a question about the understandably emotional topic of a late-term abortion bill proposed in Virginia, by explaining the medical process behind the birth of a nonviable or barely viable newborn. The video of the comment quickly went viral, led to deep dive research into Northam’s past, and started what became the fastest political death spiral in recent memory. In a discussion with America’s Newsroom guest host Jon Scott, Kurtz introduced the clip of Northam describing a harrowing example of giving birth to a nonviable newborn and keeping it alive until doctors and parents can discuss life support options. Northam’s specific comments:
In this particular example, if a mother is in labor I can tell you Continue reading "Howard Kurtz Criticizes Media Coverage of Northam Abortion Comments, Ignores Fox News’ False ‘Infanticide’ Narrative"

Reporting from the Past: Imagining The GOP Primaries in March 2016 Based on What We Now Know


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This past Saturday, while the eyes of the political world were on whether the embattled, likely soon-be-ex Governor of Virginia would actually moonwalk at a press conference, we learned yet another fascinating fact about what was really going on during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. According to The New York Times, in March of that year then-candidate Donald Trump, hemorrhaging money at a key point in the process, was rejected for a relatively small loan by Deutsche Bank, his go-to lending institution. There have been many important things that we have learned in the nearly three years since then, which were not known at the time, and may have greatly altered history. With that in mind, let’s go back to March of 2016 and reimagine how things might have played out differently.   March 14, 2016… The presidential campaign of Donald Trump, the current Republican frontrunner, was Continue reading "Reporting from the Past: Imagining The GOP Primaries in March 2016 Based on What We Now Know"

Republicans Seize on ‘GOP Pounces on Late-Term Abortion’ Stories


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A deluge of articles from outlets have finally decided to cover the late-term abortion debate in the state of Virginia, but journalists have done so in keeping with a media tradition that can only be described as committed trolling. One problem was they decided to cover the bill, and subsequent remarks from Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, only after Republicans and pro-life people voiced their shock and disgust. It was only then that mainstream media actually wrote about controversy, relying on a tired trope that misses the meat of the story: they point out how Republicans were “pouncing” and “seizing” on the controversial comments, instead of highlighting the comments themselves. In the Continue reading "Republicans Seize on ‘GOP Pounces on Late-Term Abortion’ Stories"

Partisan Rooting Interests in What Happened With Jussie Smollett are Bizarre and Telling


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One of the strangest phenomenon of our hyper-partisan and extremely fractured political discourse is how, when certain types of news stories start to emerge, liberals and conservatives instantly and reflexively pick alternative interpretations, and thus rooting interests, regarding what really happened. Recently, we saw this with the Brett Kavanaugh allegations, the “Covington Catholic” fiasco, and every winter and summer a debate over whether man-made global warming/climate change is real (as a conservative, it has always seemed strange to me that liberals often seem to desperately want to believe that really horrible things have happened). In some ways, budding news stories have become like unidentifiable plants just emerging from the soil, with one side invested in the ultimate result being a potato, and the other a tomato.  Instead of trying to figure out what the truth is, partisans on both sides actively root, prematurely, for their side of the Continue reading "Partisan Rooting Interests in What Happened With Jussie Smollett are Bizarre and Telling"

Dan Bongino Falsely Claims Roger Stone Indictment Proves No Collusion: ‘Time to Move On’


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Fox & Friends covered Friday’s indictment of Roger Stone on Monday morning and brought on frequent guest Dan Bongino to provide the same exact commentary he provides on Fox & Friends every single time that he comes on. In short: liberal media bad, there was no collusion, the president is very good. The hit today was unique, however, in that Bongino reached the conclusion that it is time for Robert Mueller to end his investigation because, after having pored over the Stone indictment three whole times, Bongino discovered that it exonerates the Trump campaign for conspiring to collude with Russian officials who interfered with the 2016 general election. “The problem is we were all told that Mueller was investigating grand conspiracy with the Russians of which is not in dispute anymore,” Bongino said. “To this day zero evidence any of that happened and the Stone indictment, at this point, proves it. Continue reading "Dan Bongino Falsely Claims Roger Stone Indictment Proves No Collusion: ‘Time to Move On’"

Mark Levin Completely Loses it on Mediaite For Counting the 18 Times He Called Pelosi ‘Fascist’


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Minutes after Mediaite published an article detailing the 18 times Fox News host Mark Levin called Nancy Pelosi a “fascist” on his radio show, Levin went on an unhinged, and yes, inaccurate, rant objecting to the article, and insulting its author. Levin — who hosts a Sunday evening show on Fox News called Life, Liberty, and Levin — vented Thursday night, but did not dispute the facts in the article. “This Tommy Christopher is such a low IQ buffoon, he doesn’t, he doesn’t even get it,” Levin said. “Eighteen times in an hour, Levin called Pelosi a fascist. Tell me Tommy, if that is your name, tell me Tommy, how many times on MSNBC has the president been referred to as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, a racist, an anti-Semite, or white supremacist? Can you count that high Tommy?” Trump has been compared, to various degrees, with Hitler on MSNBC, Continue reading "Mark Levin Completely Loses it on Mediaite For Counting the 18 Times He Called Pelosi ‘Fascist’"