CNN’s Bill Weir has been tapped by the Discovery Channel as host of a new live, reality series featuring border patrol agents, their families, the job itself, and the immigration issues around it. What makes him a bizarre choice is that he’s also an activist social media warrior on those same topics, fighting tooth and nail with anyone who supports border enforcement or opposes illegal immigration. Border Live will “document the work of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the real lives, real moments and real stories of those that live and work along its remote stretches,” according to the press release on Friday. What the press release does not say is anything about how the new host — who will air his portion from New York City — feels about the “lives, real moments, and real stories” of those agents, or their work. His Continue reading "Host of Discovery Channel’s New Border Patrol Series is Also a Liberal Immigration Activist"
For anyone who has watched CNN in 2018, the idea of the network skipping a story featuring Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, or even being dragged kicking and screaming to it rather than enthusiastically covering it in every hour, would have been unthinkable before last night. But once news broke that the man who managed to make the Brett Kavanaugh hearings even less dignified had himself been arrested on charges of domestic assault — the network grew oddly reluctant to cover it. Or in the case of one of the biggest Avenatti promoters Chris Cuomo, didn’t cover it at all. Alisyn Camerota, who has interviewed Avenatti in the past and even expressed skepticism over some of the allegations he’s made, is a frequent on-air lecturer on feminism and #MeToo. She didn’t mention his name either Thursday morning, even while her co-host, John Berman, briefly reported Avenatti’s Continue reading "CNN’s Chris Cuomo Skips Avenatti News, Rest of Network Barely Touches"
The entire world has heard about the wildfires which have ravaged large parts of California over the past week (which thankfully, due to our amazing firefighters, my family and I have apparently survived unscathed). Understandably however, much less has been made of the figurative inferno which has burned down the last vestiges of what was once a great Republican machine here in the Golden State, leaving permanent destruction in its path, the likes of which the national GOP may never fully overcome. It is no secret that Republican prospects in California have been waning for the past generation. The fact that the state elected, and reelected, two consecutive Republican presidents who resided here (Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan) is now just a weird piece of trivia for most of its residents. But the wreckage that has been revealed after the dust settled from last week’s midterms exposes a Continue reading "Thanks Partly to Trump, California is Now an Electoral Anvil Around the Neck of the National GOP"
Yesterday, the White House suspended the press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta after he had a confrontation with President Donald Trump during what was likely the most ridiculous press conference in presidential history. The revocation of his credentials was allegedly based on a false allegation that Acosta inappropriately touched the White House intern who trying to take back the microphone the reporter was using. Let’s be very clear about what really happened here. Trump called on Acosta because he wanted to provoke a fight with someone his base loathes, and he knew that the grandstanding Acosta would be happy to play his role in this mutually-contrived confrontation because it would be good for his brand. As Shakespeare famously wrote, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women are merely players.” Everyone involved got pretty much exactly what they wanted. I would even be willing to Continue reading "Media Needs to Take Some Responsibility for Why Republicans Won’t Rush to Jim Acosta’s Cause"
Yesterday was apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back. CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials pulled after his latest battle with President Donald Trump. Their heated exchange began when Acosta pressed Trump about calling the migrant caravan an “invasion” leading up to the midterms as well as the controversial ad his campaign released that was yanked by various networks. But as the president wanted to move on to other reporters, Acosta attempted to squeeze in a third question about the Russia investigation and while doing so got into a physical altercation with a female White House intern as he refused to hand over the microphone. It’s extremely difficult for Acosta to portray himself as the victim here. Acosta was given almost a minute and a half of Trump’s undivided attention and instead of asking good questions chose to debate him yet again about policy. That wasn’t good Continue reading "Jim Acosta is No Martyr, He Deserved To Lose His Press Credentials"
Let’s stipulate that President Donald Trump’s bizarre and hyper-combative marathon press conference was an embarrassment for our country and a degradation of his office. In a rational world, Trump’s narcissistic and infantile display of deceitful delusion would have repercussions because his own party would condemn him and a significant majority of the American public would repudiate his behavior. However, after witnessing this kind of show repeatedly in the last three years of the national nightmare that is having to pretend Donald Trump is of legitimate presidential timbre, we know that of this is unlikely to be the case. Instead today’s ridiculous press conference further proved that the media seems to not understand (or care?) that the definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing over and over, all while expecting a different result. The primary “result” of this press conference was that Trump mostly, though not Continue reading "The Undisciplined Media Unwittingly Helped a Wounded Trump During His Bizarre Press Conference"
Some parts of America may be progressive. Some demographic groups may be progressive. And maybe as time passes and the Baby Boomers leave the scene, things will change. But right now, a full-throated, undiluted progressive approach to politics can’t command mainstream support, even in blue states. It’s not just the defeats of Andrew Gillum, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Stacey Abrams. There were strong progressives running for governor in Maryland and Arizona, and in congressional districts from New York to California, who also went down to defeat — dashing the hopes of many in the Democratic base. Ballot measures tell a similar story. In Washington state, a proposal for the nation’s first carbon tax — proudly dubbed “the New Green Deal” — got smashed, 56-44. In Arizona, a clean energy measure that would have forced power companies to get half their energy from renewable sources (like, say, the sun) Continue reading "Midterm Elections Show United States is Not a Progressive Country"