Jake Tapper Interviews Michael Avenatti, Doesn’t Ask About Threats to Daily Caller

Hours after Michael Avenatti threatened to sue the Daily Caller News Foundation over an unflattering article about his past business dealings, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump appeared on CNN for an interview with host Jake Tapper —but Tapper didn’t ask Avenatti about the threat during the entire five minute sit-down. Considered one of the best journalists in Washington, D.C. among conservatives and liberals, Tapper either ran out of time during the segment or didn’t consider the matter worth asking about. Either way, it’s a disappointment to those, like myself, who have looked to Mr. Tapper for years as one of the best examples of how a respected journalist should conduct himself. Tuesday’s interview with Avenatti, however, was anything but an example of objective journalism. While the Daily Caller News Foundation is obviously a publication with a conservative bent, the Continue reading "Jake Tapper Interviews Michael Avenatti, Doesn’t Ask About Threats to Daily Caller"

Is This Why Michael Avenatti Won’t Go On Fox News?

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, threatened to sue the conservative Daily Caller website and two of its reporters over a story detailing Avenatti’s allegedly shady business dealings. The Daily Caller‘s story, published Sunday night, was authored by reporters Peter Hasson and Joe Simonson. The report outlines several of Avenatti’s past legal involvements, including allegedly failing to pay for $160,000 worth of coffee supplied by supply company Dillano’s. Avenatti once bought struggling coffee shop chain Tully’s out of bankruptcy, but he is no longer an owner and now serves as General Counsel for the Seattle business. Avenatti’s initial failure to pay Dillano’s Coffee wasn’t the only problem stemming from the media-savvy attorney’s failed business venture, though. Seattle attorney David Nold filed legal charges against Avenatti, alleging that he used his failed coffee venture as a “‘pump Continue reading "Is This Why Michael Avenatti Won’t Go On Fox News?"

CNN Reporter’s Joke About Iranian Leader Sparks Outrage Amongst MAGA Dipsh*ts Who Didn’t Get It

President Donald Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Deal less than one week ago and, already, Iran’s supreme leader appears to be trying to get underneath Trump’s skin. But Trump isn’t the only one irked after the supreme leader’s trolling. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared an image on social media showing himself at an international book fair in Tehran, Iran while holding a book that Trump has publicly berated. In fact, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by author Michael Wolff reportedly upset the president so much that he attempted to halt further publication. Khamenei appeared to seize upon Trump’s disapproval of the book on Friday.
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Salem Media’s Effort to Purge Anti-Trump Conservatives Tells You How the Business Really Works

Since the very beginning of Donald Trump’s takeover of the “conservative” movement, I have been writing about the perfect storm of factors which has caused the “conservative” media to help facilitate this coup. Recently, the Salem Media Group, which owns “conservative” radio stations and publications, has been under fire for having played a key role in this rebellion and for continuing to rid the landscape of any lingering opposition once the war has been effectively won. As someone who has had extensive dealings with Salem, I have watched these developments with interest, but, unfortunately, have not been at all surprised by what has been alleged. In fact, based on my experience and communications I have had with current Salem hosts, the reality is even more overt than even what the coverage of these stories would suggest. Not only do I live where Salem is headquartered, but I used to host Continue reading "Salem Media’s Effort to Purge Anti-Trump Conservatives Tells You How the Business Really Works"

NBC’s Self-Serving Investigation Into Matt Lauer Adds Fuel to Network’s Credibility Crisis

On Wednesday, NBC released its findings on its own investigation into former Today Show host Matt Lauer. And let’s the say the results weren’t exactly satisfactory. When NBC announced they had launched an internal investigation without seeking the help of outside counsel, some expressed skepticism given the inherent problems of an organization conducting a proper, unbiased investigation of itself. And based on the report they’ve released, those concerns were completely legitimate. Let’s dissect the roughly 7-page memo. What raised the most eyebrows was the first and only “finding” from its investigation… which was that NBC supposedly found nothing about leadership at the network knowing about Lauer’s behavior.
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Republicans Opposing Iran Deal Withdrawal Are Not Hypocrites. They’re Rational.

There has been much criticism this week of some “Never Trump” Republicans over their position on President Donald Trump’s decision to withdrawal from the Iran Deal, which those very same Republicans strongly opposed just three years ago. On its face, I can see why one would say this is pure politics. The same Republicans who opposed the Obama administration’s Iran Deal now support staying in the agreement because President Trump supported pulling out. That’s the far-Right’s argument. But, while that argument is perhaps convincing at first, it’s worth taking a look at the real-world implications of withdrawing from the agreement at a time when America’s credibility was already on the line. Among the Republicans who supported the Iran Deal in 2015 but opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement this week is Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona. Flake told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that “pulling out of the deal at Continue reading "Republicans Opposing Iran Deal Withdrawal Are Not Hypocrites. They’re Rational."

Bari Weiss’ Latest NY Times Op-Ed Chronicles the Oppression of Famous and Influential Media Figures

Bari Weiss — the New York Times columnist known for falsely calling an American of Japanese descent an “immigrant” and regurgitating alt-right propaganda in an op-ed — published yet another piece on Tuesday painting rich and famous media figures as victims. In her latest take, titled “Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web,” Weiss makes the case that a group of media personalities — including conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, philosopher Sam Harris, psychology professor Jordan Peterson, former left-wing commentator-turned-conservative darling Dave Rubin, and comedian Joe Rogan — have been pushed out of the “mainstream conversations” due to political correctness run amok. And it seems the subject is Weiss’s white whale, since this piece marked her fourth time writing about the — albeit, overblown — scourge of free speech censorship in her relatively short tenure at the New York Times. As her reporting goes, the Continue reading "Bari Weiss’ Latest NY Times Op-Ed Chronicles the Oppression of Famous and Influential Media Figures"