Magazine Exec Compares Outrage Over Esquire Cover to ‘Bone Saw’ Murder of Jamal Khashoggi


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Harper’s Magazine Vice President of Marketing and Communications Giulia Melucci is getting blasted on Twitter for comparing outrage over Esquire‘s March cover with the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Esquire has been heavily criticized and memed for a cover story featuring the plight of a young, white, “American Boy” for it’s March issue, but which was released in the middle of Black History Month. But on Tuesday evening, Melucci — whose Twitter account is not verified, but has been active since 2009 — leapt to defend the magazine in the most absurdly macabre of terms: Remarkably, Continue reading "Magazine Exec Compares Outrage Over Esquire Cover to ‘Bone Saw’ Murder of Jamal Khashoggi"

Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
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Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


This post is by Caleb Howe from Mediaite


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
Continue reading "Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction"

Hillary Claps Back at GOP Using Her Campaign Slogan for Trump: ‘Now Copy My Plan on Health Care’


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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton clapped back at the Republican National Committee Twitter account for copying her slogan as part of a pro-Trump ad, challenging them to copy her policy platform as well. “Now copy my plan on health care, a fairer tax system, and voting rights,” she said on Twitter in response to the ad, which captioned, “We’re only getting stronger together.” The ad itself received a mix of bad reviews from President Donald Trump‘s critics, ranging from claims of racism to stealing ideas.

Ocasio-Cortez Roasts Sinclair’s Top Pundit Boris Espsteyn For Arguing With a Parody Account


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is having a blast mocking her trolls on Twitter lately. This time, she destroyed Sinclair Broadcast Group’s chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn after he mistakenly trolled a parody account while thinking it was her. Epshteyn had initially responded to a parody account posing as “AOC press”, which vowed to break silence on the “reckless move by President Trump pulling out of the IMDb treaty with Russia.” Thinking it was real, Epshteyn began debating with the “confused” parody account. “One minute they scream that president is Russia’s puppet the next they don’t want the president to be tough on Russia,” tweeted Epshteyn, moving on to mock the intentional “IMDb” error. “You mean INF? IMDb is the movie database that you seem to so desperately want to have a big profile on.”

Rob Lowe Deletes Elizabeth Warren Native American Joke Because ‘Some Peeps Got Upset’


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Actor Rob Lowe tried to get in on the “fun” with Donald Trump by posting a “joke” about Massachusetts Senator and democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, but later deleted the joke, without apology, because “some peeps got upset.” Trump has waged a campaign of slurs against Warren over her claim of Native American heritage, and following Warren’s campaign launch Saturday, tweeted a crack about the Trail of Tears. But Trump wasn’t the only one playing Native Americans for laughs following Warren’s official launch. Lowe, known for roles in The West Wing and more recent television programs, tweeted that “Elizabeth Warren would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief’.” The tweet drew significant backlash from other users:

Jeff Bezos Stuns With Mindblowing Post Accusing National Enquirer of Extortion and Blackmail: ‘Holy Sh*t’


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Jeff Bezos speaks about privacy at the Vanity Fair summit in 2016. Jeff Bezos dropped a stunning Medium post tonight accusing the National Enquirer‘s parent company American Media of extortion. He shared the emails with details of the sexts they allegedly threatened to publish. And just when everyone thought the news cycle couldn’t test our capacity for shock anymore…

Fox’s Neil Cavuto Worries That Trump Will Ruin SOTU With a ‘Nasty’ Tweet


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On Fox News Tuesday, host Neil Cavuto spoke with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer about the looming State of the Union address, and worried that anything the President says may be rendered moot when he gets hold of his Twitter app. The two first discussed the selection of special guests of the President, working off the story of the bullied 11-year-old with the President’s last name who will be in attendance during the speech. Spicer suggested to Cavuto that it’s not just who the President chooses to be his guest, but his way of relating to them. “But it’s not just the individuals that are there, Neil, it’s how the president talks about them and integrates them into the speech,” said Spicer. “If you look back on the last two joint addresses, one a joint address and one the State of the Union the president has given, he’s Continue reading "Fox’s Neil Cavuto Worries That Trump Will Ruin SOTU With a ‘Nasty’ Tweet"

Creator of Spongebob-Travis Scott Meme Calls Out Super Bowl Halftime Show For Not Giving Him Credit


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After the NFL’s Super Bowl Halftime Show aired a viral mash-up video featuring Spongebob Squarepants and performer Travis Scott’s song “Sicko Mode,” the Twitter user who originally paired the cartoon and the rapper’s hit track called out the organization for not crediting him. “No credit. No payment. No nothing,” wrote Anthony Trucco, who created the unofficial crossover video in September of last year. “RT until @NFL @NFLonCBS @CBS @nflnetwork addresses me. Thank you.” Some on Twitter did not side with Trucco’s dispute against the halftime show, since he didn’t own any of the content used to create the meme. Though, the official Spongebob Squarepants Twitter account acknowledged and joked about the Continue reading "Creator of Spongebob-Travis Scott Meme Calls Out Super Bowl Halftime Show For Not Giving Him Credit"

Big Game Not (Super) Bowling Twitter Over: ‘This Sucks Pretty Hard’


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The first half of Super Bowl LIII did not go over well on social media. The low scoring game (second lowest first half in Super Bowl history) has people dragging the game, and the commercials, and even the halftime show that before it started. There were memes and gifs, and even people hoping for a Spongebob appearance. Check it out.

Trump Goes on Border Security Tweetstorm After Gov’t Reopens: ‘We Will Build the Wall!’


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President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm this morning after he signed the spending bill reopening the government––at least until February 15th. Trump insisted last night the deal is not a concession, despite not getting the $5.7 billion he demanded, and he made it clear in tweets this morning he’s still going to fight for the wall, while also quoting guests on this morning’s Fox & Friends:

Trump Insists Shutdown Deal Is ‘In No Way a Concession’ Despite No Funding for Wall


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Shortly after the House passed the continuing resolution ending the shutdown on Friday, President Donald Trump insisted that the deal was ‘in no way a concession” at all. “I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall,” Trump wrote. “This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!” Trump’s tweet comes Continue reading "Trump Insists Shutdown Deal Is ‘In No Way a Concession’ Despite No Funding for Wall"

Close Encounters


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The Lincoln Memorial debacle showed how vulnerable the press are to a myriad of social and political forces. This week, we examine how the outrage unfolded and what role MAGA hat symbolism might have played. And, a graphic photo in the New York Times spurs criticism. Plus, a reality show that attempts to bridge the gap between indigenous people and white Canadians. 
  1. Bob's thoughts on where the Lincoln Memorial episode has left us. Listen.

  2. Charlie Warzel [@cwarzel], tech writer, on the zig-zagging meta-narratives emerging from the Lincoln Memorial episode, and the role played by right-wing operatives. Listen.

  3. Jeannine Bell [@jeanninelbell], professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, on MAGA hat symbology. Listen.

  4. Kainaz Amaria [@kainazamaria], visuals editor at Vox, on the Times' controversial decision to publish a bloody photo following the January 15 attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Listen.

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Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’


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It’s long been public knowledge that Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, has hardcore New Year’s resolutions. In 2009, he pledged to wear a tie to work everyday. In 2010, he pledged to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he pledged to only eat the flesh of animals he had slaughtered with his own hands. Weird flex but OK pal. Reports of unorthodox behavior from Zuckerberg are nothing new. One said he got a hunting license in order to slay a bison for the dinner table. We now have a first hand account of Zuckerberg’s bloodthirsty resolution. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked about his most memorable encounter with the Facebook chief. “Well, there was a year when he was only eating what he was killing,” Dorsey replied. “He made goat for me for dinner. He killed the goat.” “He kills it Continue reading "Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’"

Trump Targets Pelosi: If Walls Immoral, Why Doesn’t She Take Down Existing Walls at Border?


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As the government shutdown hits day 31, President Donald Trump took a swipe at Speaker Nancy Pelosi tonight over her comments about the wall being an immorality. “If Nancy Pelosi thinks that Walls are ‘immoral,'” he tweeted, “why isn’t she requesting that we take down all of the existing Walls between the U.S. and Mexico, even the new ones just built in San Diego at their very strong urging. Let millions of unchecked ‘strangers’ just flow into the U.S.” Yesterday POTUS tweeted that Pelsi’s become a “Radical Continue reading "Trump Targets Pelosi: If Walls Immoral, Why Doesn’t She Take Down Existing Walls at Border?"

Trump’s Retaliatory Cancellation of Pelosi’s Trip Abroad Blows Up Twitter: ‘We’re a Failed State’


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The Twitterverse is shaking its head in response to President Donald Trump‘s announcement that he’s cutting off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just as she was set to head on a congressional trip to Europe and the Middle East. Yesterday, the House Speaker made headlines when she sent Trump a request to postpone his State of the Union address until the government is no longer shut down over their dispute on his border wall. Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a letter saying Trump is “postponing” Pelosi’s congressional delegation to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan. Trump says Pelosi can continue with her “public relations event” if she wishes, but she’ll have to fly commercial instead of taking a military aircraft typical for U.S. delegations traveling abroad. Political observers are taking swift notice of this development and are offering a plethora of responses. Some remarked that the shutdown didn’t stopped Continue reading "Trump’s Retaliatory Cancellation of Pelosi’s Trip Abroad Blows Up Twitter: ‘We’re a Failed State’"

Cardi B Goes OFF on Trump Over Shutdown in Scorching Video: ‘Our Country is in a Hellhole…All For a F*cking Wall’


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Cardi B has some thoughts about President Donald Trump and the now 26-day-old partial government shutdown — some very NSFW thoughts, in fact. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the rapper introduced her post by writing this: “I’m letting ya know shit getting real.” She then said this noting that it has now been over three weeks: “Trump is now ordering, as in [summoning], federal workers to go back to work without getting paid.” She added that she doesn’t want to hear that Barack Obama forced a shutdown too. “Yeah, bitch!” She
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The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories


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You can guess the kinds of complaints The New York Times gets about its political coverage. It’s too biased, too liberal. Too much coverage of the horserace, not enough coverage of the issues. Too much “But her emails!” in 2016 and not enough Trump/Russia. Too much “Racists: They’re just like us.” With a new personal Twitter project, Patrick Healy — the Times’ politics editor and previously a reporter covering the 2004, 2008, and 2016 campaigns — is trying to address some of those concerns by giving people a view into the paper’s decision-making process. Healy “wanted to start engaging with readers about our intentions behind our stories,” he told me, in the hopes that more transparency — about why stories are chosen, why they’re framed a certain way, and what kinds of conversations go on between reporters and editors behind the scenes — can shore up trust in Continue reading "The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories"