Yesterday I pointed out how Newsweek compared Charles Manson with Donald Trump. The Newsweek article seemed like a cheap attempt at clickbait that took advantage of a popular topic in the news Manson and linking it with the most clickable name of the year, Trump. The article was perfectly poised to accommodate those readers on social media who would love to read a well-written comparison between the two most evil people in American history. And, at the same time, it accommodated what we like to call “hate clicks” from Trump supporters who are so outraged by the comparison that they just have to click that link to see how outrageous it is. But there is something a little more insidious at play in this article and it illustrates how the media covers issues that generally have a liberal perspective or objective. The journalist who dreamed up the Manson=Trump article was Continue reading "How Journalists Use ‘Science’ in Political Arguments To Advance Their Own Bias"
You may have noticed that as this extremely depressing and never-ending “celebrity sex abuser” storyline plays out, there are at least a couple of patterns. One of them, which no one has had the courage to fully examine, is that almost all of the most high-profile alleged abusers from the world of media/entertainment/politics are men who would not be generally considered physically attractive. Some might even be called ugly, and not just because of their behavior. I am always very skeptical of when the media takes a few stray data points and weaves them into a convenient narrative, but there is clearly something to this. Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Mark Halperin, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, John Conyers, John Lasseter, and Jeffery Tambor all clearly fit within this description. So, is this just a Continue reading "Here’s Why Most of the ‘Celebrity Sex Abusers’ Are Unattractive Males"
It is only Tuesday and we’ve already seen bombshell reports about sexual misconduct from veteran journalist Charlie Rose, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and Disney/Pixar giant John Lasseter. The Creep Purge of 2017 has weeded out dozens of powerful men from numerous industries and there is no indication that it will slow down anytime soon. While it is important to continue to weed out these sexual predators, we shouldn’t let their employers who brushed their behaviors under the rug for so many years off the hook. Before this became a hot topic like it is today, it was over six months ago when Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News. Last April, a bombshell report from The New York Times revealed that the network paid out $13 million to several women with sexual harassment allegations against its star anchor over the years. And Continue reading "As Sexual Predators Are Exposed, We Should Also Take Aim At Institutions Who Covered For Them"
Speaking at a Clinton Foundation event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton being elected president, Hillary Clinton lamented the existence of Fox News and other media outlets established after 1992. Peter Hasson from The Daily Caller watched the event (full video embedded below) and grabbed this little nugget during an interview with both Clintons conducted by James Carville:
Hillary Clinton: Bill probably wouldn’t have 'survived' If Fox News had been around in 1992 pic.twitter.com/BettIzGWNS— FOX&friends Weekend (@ffweekend) November 19, 2017
“Unfortunately our body politic’s immune system has been impaired because there has been a concerted effort starting with the creation of the Fox network — it wasn’t there when Bill first ran, it was one of the reasons he probably survived, it was there when he ran the second time — it and all of its associated media outlets who are by no means delivering news. They Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Pines For The Days When Her Lies Went Unchallenged"
On Friday morning, I went on HLN TV to discuss my recent column (gasp!) defending a guy I loathe, Al Franken. During the appearance, I made the assertion that President Donald Trump, for whom I also have disdain, is at least strategically smart enough to fight back against the abuse allegations against him, while Franken, handcuffed by his PC liberalism, is rendered impotent to do so. I concluded that this is why Trump survived the Access Hollywood nuclear bomb, while Franken may not do the same with the relative BB gunshot he took this week. This is a reality which should be seen as an embarrassment for our country, but it is, nonetheless, also a very sad truth. I was rather amused then when, later in the day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what the difference is between the one allegation against Franken and Continue reading "Here’s How Trump Would Have Handled the Tweeden Allegations If He Was in Franken’s Position"
“He was a comedian then, not a Senator.” How many times have we heard that from the media over the past 24 hours in describing Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Al Franken forced himself on her and groped her in 2006? He was just a comedian, we hear. He wasn’t a Senator. Just a comedian. But he wasn’t. He was, in fact, an influential political talk radio host who used his program to build a national base upon which he launched his 2008 senatorial campaign. Franken hosted his three-hour talk show on Air America, the liberal talk radio syndication enterprise launched in 2004 with Franken’s The O’Franken Factor (Later The Al Franken Show)as its most prominent program running from 12-3PM ET, directly opposite Rush Limbaugh. The program ran right up until Franken launched his campaign for Senate and he interviewed politicians and pundits and thought-leaders from the left Continue reading "In 2006 Al Franken Was An Influential Political Talk Radio Host, Not ‘Just A Comedian’"
In the past few months, we’ve seen a wave of allegations of both sexual harassment and assault that have ruined careers of powerful men in the entertainment industry and world of politics. It’s a remarkably ugly and growing series of sexual misconduct stories – that shows no sign of abating any time soon. But there is one very important individual who has thus far dodged any political comeuppance or consequence for his alleged behavior: President Donald Trump. Some might suggest that the recent avalanche of misconduct charges feels like past behavior being weaponized for political gain. And in some instances that may be true. But, presuming that charges can be reasonably verified, that shouldn’t matter at all. The fact that lecherous behavior is finally being called out is nothing less than a terrific development for anyone who believes in a social contract of acceptable behavior. So if we are going to Continue reading "Reminder: Trump Bragged About Sexual Assault and Blamed His Accusers of Being Too Ugly"