Who Had the Best and Worst Day? Mediaite Daily Winner, Loser

In our daily newsletter we choose the media winners and losers of each day from the world of Mediaite. Sign up to find out who has won and lost! WINNER: Caitlyn Jennerjenner The Olympian turned reality show star has been having something of a moment recently. While on a bit of a media tour, Jenner logged rock solid appearances on 20/20, and the premier 8:00 p.m. showing of Tucker Carlson Tonight. On CNN with Don Lemon, Jenner even speculated about a future in politics. Loser: Jesse Watters watters On his second appearance as a permanent member of The Five, Jesse Watters made a curious comment about Ivanka Trump and a microphone. The fallout drove a full news day of outrage, spurring comments from Jake Tapper, John Podhoretz and the wider Internet. Sign up for Mediaite’s Daily Winner & Loser Newsletter here!

Intolerant Far-Left Mob Wins Again Over Free Speech, This Time at Berkeley

2017-02-05-YouTube-KPIX-Berkeley_Black_Bloc The far left, which dominates too many colleges in the United States, scored another victory on Wednesday after controversial author Ann Coulter cancelled her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, due to threats of violence. No one should be surprised by this totalitarian reaction from the campus left at this point. During the first four months of 2017, anti-conservative forces at Berkeley rioted outside of Milo Yiannopoulos‘ speech, vandalized College Republicans’ signs, and forced the cancellation of a planned speech by conservative author David Horowitz. This kind of thuggish behavior isn’t limited to the notoriously liberal school, either. During the same time period, left-wing protestors violently shut down a lecture by Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont in March, and disrupted presentations by conservative author Heather MacDonald at UCLA and Claremont McKenna College in California the following month. Back in 2016, protesters at California State University Continue reading "Intolerant Far-Left Mob Wins Again Over Free Speech, This Time at Berkeley"

You May Hate Ann Coulter, But By Not Supporting Her at Berkeley, We All Just Lost

After being on, then off, then possibly changed, and then on again, Ann Coulter has finally cancelled her planned speech at the University of California-Berkeley. While many on the left will irrationally rejoice, and some on right who don’t like her personally will simply shrug, the reality is that all of us should be condemning this development. Whether we realize it or not, we all just lost a little bit of our most (formerly) cherished and important freedom. There are many reasons that our freedom of expression is so incredibly vulnerable (and why in 2005 I wrote a largely-ignored book called The Death of Free Speech). One is that, for free speech rights not to erode over time, we as a society must be willing to constantly defend the rights of those whom we don’t like, and sometimes even loathe. When we fail to fight for the speech rights Continue reading "You May Hate Ann Coulter, But By Not Supporting Her at Berkeley, We All Just Lost"

With the O’Reilly Era Over, Here’s Why Fox News Has Been Horrible for Conservatism

Bill O’Reilly, the king of cable “news” for most of the past two decades, has now officially been dethroned/replaced, and his name, like that of a deposed dictator, is barely ever mentioned on the same Fox News Channel where he reigned supreme for all those years. This is the latest in a stunning series of major personnel decisions at the network, which began with the departure of star-maker Roger Ailes. It now leaves Fox News with only one prime time host, Sean Hannity, remaining from their coverage of the majority of the 2016 campaign, over which they had historic influence. Among other things, this seems like a good time to take a look at the impact the network has had on conservatism.
Now, to the average Fox News viewer, especially those who are big fans of Donald Trump, I am quite certain that this topic is rather Continue reading "With the O’Reilly Era Over, Here’s Why Fox News Has Been Horrible for Conservatism"

Prediction: Rachel Maddow is Going to Dominate 9:00 P.M.

Rachel Maddow For a few months in 2016 and 2017, Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow battled for ratings dominance at 9:00 p.m. It was a fascinating contest to watch; Carlson was the undisputed king of the hour, but Maddow’s momentum was undeniable. That titanic struggle abruptly ended this week, however, with news that Carlson would move to 8:00 p.m, replacing the network’s ratings king, Bill O’Reilly. The reshuffle comes with a lot of unknowns for both their careers, but at least in the short-term, the field is clear for Maddow — and MSNBC — to seize 9:00 p.m. from Fox entirely. In many respects, we’ve been heading in this direction for several months. While first quarter ratings data for 2017 showed Carlson’s show at number 2 — just behind O’Reilly — the real story may have been Maddow, who rode the wave of Donald Trump‘s tax returns to Continue reading "Prediction: Rachel Maddow is Going to Dominate 9:00 P.M."

NY Times Concludes James Comey Gave Election to Trump, But What About The Times Itself?

James-Comey-via-C-SPANToday, the New York Times is out with a comprehensive report into how FBI Director James Comey handled investigations into both presidential candidates during the 2016 election. Their conclusion seems to be that Comey, in overreacting to Hillary Clinton’s self-inflicted wounds, effectively handed the election to Donald Trump. On the surface, the reasoning behind this thesis is rather sound. Comey made a show of reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server less than two weeks before the polls closed. Meanwhile, there was (and still is) an ongoing FBI investigation of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, about which Comey was completely silent. Polls clearly showed that Hillary was in command of the race before the now infamous Comey letter to Congress. I was among the many commentators who strongly believed that, before this letter, Hillary was a virtual lock to win. The data overwhelmingly suggests Continue reading "NY Times Concludes James Comey Gave Election to Trump, But What About The Times Itself?"

FLASHBACK: LGBT Activists Flipped Off Reagan’s White House Portrait in 2012

2017-04-20-CNN-TL-Kid_Rock_Palin_Nugent Liberal commentators predictably hammered Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock over their trolling photo in front of Hillary Clinton’s White House portrait on Wednesday. The left’s reaction on Twitter to the dinner guests of President Donald Trump varied from a lecturing tone to straight fire-breathing. CNN’s Ana Navarro asserted on Friday that the trio’s pose was “immature, childish, foolish, and to be expected from that crowd.” The pundit Continue reading "FLASHBACK: LGBT Activists Flipped Off Reagan’s White House Portrait in 2012"