Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who may very well be on the outs after the midterms, gave a rare interview to The Wall Street Journal today vociferously defending special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe. Rosenstein told the Journal, “People are entitled to be frustrated, I can accept that. But at the end of the day, the public will have confidence that the cases we brought were warranted by the evidence and that it was an appropriate use of resources.” He said the investigation has been “appropriate and independent.” There are, of course, lingering questions about that recent report saying Rosenstein had at one point talked about secretly recording Trump, though subsequent reporting said people had interpreted it as a joke. Rosenstein told the Journal that “the president knows that I am prepared to do this job as long as he wants me to do Continue reading "Rosenstein Defends Mueller Probe: People ‘Entitled to Be Frustrated,’ But It’s ‘Appropriate and Independent’"
The Washington Post has announced it will be running a brand-new column from Jamal Khashoggi that he filed prior to his disappearance. And the subject of his new column, per the Post, is about “the need for a free press in the Mideast.” Khashoggi is believed dead after being killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and there is growing international pressure on Saudi Arabia over his murder. The op-ed page will include a new piece from the editorial board, and Khashoggi’s column will be posted online at 8 pm EST tonight. President Donald Trump has publicly noted multiple times that Saudi Arabia has so far denied involvement, and today he was asked whether the FBI is investigating. “Well, he wasn’t a citizen of this country, for one thing,” Trump said. “And we’re going to determine that––and you don’t know whether or not we have, do you?” Continue reading "Washington Post to Run New Column Filed by Jamal Khashoggi Before His Disappearance"
Penske Media, the parent company of Variety, Rolling Stone and Deadline, is under pressure to end a lucrative business relationship with Saudi Arabia in light of the alleged murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi leaders find themselves in the midst of a diplomatic crisis following Khashoggi’s disappearance earlier this month during what was supposed to be a routine visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish media has reportedly obtained audio of what they say is the torture and subsequent murder of the journalist. The developments have prompted multiple media outlets and journalists to pull out of the annual Future Investment Initiative forum held in Riyadh next week. In February, Penske Media secured a $200 million contribution from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. At the time, Penske dubbed the investment a “significant milestone” for the company. The New York Post reports Continue reading "Parent Company of Variety, Rolling Stone Under Pressure to End Saudi Business Relationship"
As part of his extensive interview with the Associated Press, President Trump seemed to completely disregard the heat he’s been taking over his new personal insult to Stormy Daniels. Yesterday, Trump called the adult film actress “horseface” as he gloated on Twitter about the news her defamation lawsuit against him was thrown out by a federal judge. When asked about this, Trump called the case “so obnoxious and so wrong” even as AP asked him if it was appropriate of him to insult Daniels as she continues to wage a legal battle against him. “You know what? You can take it any way you want,” Trump said. “Did you see the letter? She put out a letter. I had nothing to do with her. So she can lie and she can do whatever she wants to do. She can hire a phony lawyer. You take a look at this guy, Continue reading "Trump Deflects Criticism of ‘Horseface’ Dig: ‘You Can Take it Any Way You Want’"
Republican Senator Ben Sasse uses numerous pages in his upcoming book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal, for criticizing pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity and his impact on the media landscape. According to The Daily Beast, Sasse includes a 20 page section in his book on media criticism, in-which the Nebraska senator focuses on Hannity. “[His shows are] not to promote a particular conservative agenda, or to encourage American patriotism, or even to offer coherent arguments against liberalism,” Sasse wrote after reading Hannity’s own description of his TV and radio shows. “His core cause is to rage.” Sasse also referred to Hannity’s style of news coverage as “polititainment,” which he explained breaks down into a simple narrative: “Liberals are evil, you’re a victim, and you should be furious.” He continued:
“Hannity tells a lot of angry, isolated people what they want to hear. Continue reading "Ben Sasse Rips Hannity For 20 Pages in New Book, Hannity Fires Back: ‘He Totally Conned Me’"
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is now apologizing after a campaign ad landed her in hot water for misidentifying some women and outing others as survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, naming them in several state newspapers without permission on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, some of the individuals were in fact not survivors and certain of the women never authorized the use of their names. “I deeply regret this mistake and we are in the process of issuing a retraction, personally apologizing to each of the people impacted by this and taking the necessary steps to ensure this never happens again,” the senator said in a statement Tuesday, according to the outlet. Lexi Zhorela, one of the women named who spoke with the AP, has chosen to change her vote over the matter, stating she will no longer support the incumbent. “I’m furious,” she told Continue reading "Heitkamp Apologizes For Campaign Ad Misidentifying Abuse Survivors: ‘I Deeply Regret This Mistake’"
Patti LuPone has won two Tony awards and is legendary on Broadway as well as the London stage. And it was from London where last week she told The Guardian that Christians in the United States are the same as the terrorists who attacked her home country, and city, on 9/11. LuPone is not new to remarks that stir controversy, and last year made waves when she said in a red carpet interview that she would not perform for an audience if Donald Trump was in it, saying the reason was “because I hate the motherfucker, how’s that?” In a lengthy profile for The Guardian, reporter Hadley Freeman recounts a series of remarks that will, in her circles, no doubt prove equally as controversial, including trashing 21 time Tony winning director Hal Prince and the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she famously sued in the 90s. But Continue reading "Broadway Star Patti LuPone Says Christian Right ‘No Different’ from al-Qaeda: ‘Someone Needs to Say It’"