WATCH: CNN’s Will Ripley Captures Eerie Morning Ritual in North Korea

CNN international correspondent Will Ripley posted a video to Twitter Wednesday capturing an eerie morning ritual in North Korea. Ripley, who is based in Tokyo but currently reporting from inside North Korea, filmed the daily wake up call blasted through speakers every morning at 6 a.m. in Pyongyang. Ripley scans over the city with his phone as the creepy “revolutionary music” plays, serving as an ominous morning alarm for people in the capital city. The video comes as tensions escalate between North Korea and the United States, with leadership in Pyongyang threatening to sink the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier conducting tactical drills in the Pacific Ocean. Military posturing from the hermit kingdom has been accompanied by a number of recent arrests Continue reading "WATCH: CNN’s Will Ripley Captures Eerie Morning Ritual in North Korea"

‘Demeaning Smuttiness’: Twitter Reacts to Jesse Watters

Fox News’ Jesse Watters is in hot water after making a comment some viewers considered to be a sexual joke about Ivanka Trump. Watters, a former fixture of the O’Reilly Factor, made the comment Tuesday night during the second episode of The Five in its new 9 p.m. time slot. Following a discussion of Ivanka’s cold reception in Germany, in which Watters questioned the left’s respect of women, he said he “really liked the way she was speaking into that microphone.” Watters responded to the controversy on Twitter and in a statement to Mediaite, denying that his comment had sexual implications:

‘You Disgusting Creep’: Conservative Lion John Podhoretz Savages Jesse Watters

Podhoretz Conservative writer John Podhoretz slammed Jesse Watters in a series of tweets Wednesday morning, after the Fox News host made a comment about Ivanka Trump some viewers took as sexually suggestive. Following a discussion of Ivanka Trump’s appearance at a conference in Berlin, in which she was jeered by a crowd for defending her father, Watters made the following comment:
I really liked the way she was speaking into that microphone.
That caused something of a stir on Twitter, with many viewers taking the comment to be suggestive, particularly when seen in the context of Watters’ history of provocative statements. Commentary editor and New York Post columnist John Podhoretz took to Twitter to express his profound distaste for Watters:

‘See You in The Supreme Court!’ Trump Lashes Out Again at Federal Judges

Donald-Trump-via-CNN-2 Donald Trump woke up in a cranky mood Wednesday morning, after judges from the ninth circuit court of appeals ruled that the president could not legally withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities.” As is his wont, Trump vented his frustration online. In a series of fiery Tweets, Trump slammed the ninth circuit as being routinely overturned and warned that he would appeal their rulings against him to the Supreme Court.

How Publishers Can Navigate the Metrics of Outrage

I changed my screensaver recently, so it displays the current top searches via Google Trends. Now after I step away from my computer for a few minutes, I come back and feel like I’ve walked into a coffee shop where I can eavesdrop on the rapid-fire gossip of the internet. The topics are predictable. Sports, celebrity deaths, TV shows, a new release from a musician or election results. Then there’s one other theme that appears irregularly but often enough I notice it: Outrage!!! I can usually tell through my Google Trends screensaver when the internet is roiling with rage because it’s a “one of these things is not like the other” situation. When Arsenal, the Cavs and, say, Pepsi, Sean Spicer, United, or Shea Butter show up among the top searches, I can guess that there are playoff games going on and something got the internet angry. Unable to stop myself, I search and find dozens
Continue reading "How Publishers Can Navigate the Metrics of Outrage"

For Just $425, These Jeans Covered With Fake Mud Can Be Yours

jeans If you have $425 burning a hole in your pocket and are looking to purchase some new fashion for spring that will make you look like you’ve slipped on a rainy day at a music festival, look no further. Nordstrom has you covered. The “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” are described as “Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.” So… they show you’re not afraid to get “down and dirty,” even though you spent $425 just so that you won’t have to actually get “down and dirty” in them. Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, took to Facebook to absolutely skewer the pants, saying, “Finally – a pair of jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with
Continue reading "For Just $425, These Jeans Covered With Fake Mud Can Be Yours"

Breitbart Again Denied Congressional Press Passes

Breitbart logo The U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery once again struck down Breitbart’s application for permanent congressional press passes Tuesday, according to Buzzfeed’s Steven Perlberg. The Gallery, a committee of journalists responsible for granting credentials to news organizations, denied Breitbart “hard passes” due to a number of inconsistencies in the right-wing outlet’s application. The standing committee had previously rejected Breitbart’s application on March 27, citing a lack of transparency in the website’s ties to Rebekah Mercer, whose family invests in Breitbart, and the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit co-founded by Steve Bannon. The committee again convened Tuesday, to read a letter from Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, detailing the organization’s independence from Mercer and the GAI.