Did Jesse Watters Make an Ivanka Penis Joke Moments After Saying Left Doesn’t Respect Women?

Huh? What should we make of Fox News co-host Jesse Watters‘ throwaway comment that he really liked the way Ivanka Trump was “speaking into that microphone”? During the second episode of the newly primetime show The Five, the topic turned to the chilly reception received by the President’s daughter during a recent visit to Germany. It’s possible that he was earnestly praising Ivanka’s poise and graceful handling of an otherwise unfriendly reception. Or maybe, as a fellow public personality, he genuinely appreciated the manner in which she held the microphone on stage. Or, as some have suggested on Twitter, he was making a sophomoric and frat-bro reference to the phallic shape of the microphone? Many on social media seem to think that’s the case, and given Watters’ history as an up-and-coming provocateur, it is certainly a reasonable assumption — perhaps, even, the most logical conclusion. What’s even more Continue reading "Did Jesse Watters Make an Ivanka Penis Joke Moments After Saying Left Doesn’t Respect Women?"

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.

‘He Set a High Bar’: Tucker Carlson Briefly Addresses O’Reilly at Top of New Time Slot Debut

Tucker Carlson debuted in his new 8 pm time slot by briefly acknowledging how surreal it might be for longtime Fox viewers to see someone new in that hour. Carlson acknowledged it was surreal for him too, saying, “I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years, and I always marveled at how well-prepared he was, how tough he was, and how crisply and directly he expressed his views.” “What O’Reilly did was not easy,” Carlson concluded. “He set a high bar, and I’m gonna do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us.” An hour before Tucker Carlson Tonight debuted in the new time slot, O’Reilly resurfaced in a new episode of the No Spin News podcast. Old footage of Carlson criticizing O’Reilly and his “shtick” recently surfaced in the wake of the news that his program would be moving up an hour. Watch the Continue reading "‘He Set a High Bar’: Tucker Carlson Briefly Addresses O’Reilly at Top of New Time Slot Debut"

Jimmy Wales’ new Wikitribune

Jimmy Wales changed encyclopedias and news while he was at it. And now he’s at it at it again, announcing a crowdfunding campaign to start Wikitribune, a collaborative news platform with “professional journalists and community contributors working side-by-side to produce fact-checked, global news stories. The community of contributors will vet the facts, help make sure the language is factual and neutral, and will to the maximum extent possible be transparent about the source of news posting full transcripts, video, and audio of interviews.” The content will be free with monthly patrons providing as much support as possible, advertising as little as possible. I’m excited about this for a few reasons: First, I see the need for innovation around new forms of news. Next, I want some news sites to break the overwhelming and constant flow of news and allow us in the public to pull back and find
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HuffPost and Daily Beast Walk Back Stories on Hannity Accuser

hannity The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast both walked back stories claiming Sean Hannity sexually harassed a former Fox News guest. Both sites changed their headline after Debbie Schlussel pushed back against reports she was sexually harassed by Hannity in an exclusive interview with LawNewz.com. Schlussel appeared on a local radio show Friday and detailed an incident from the early 2000’s in which the Fox host invited her to his hotel in Detroit. When she rebuffed his repeated advances, Schlussel claimed, Hannity stopped inviting her onto his show. Shortly after the radio interview, Hannity strongly denied the allegations, stating that they were 100% percent false, and said he was planning legal action against Schlussel. The account was picked up by the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, which ran a story with headlines like “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest.” In an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday, Schlussel denied Continue reading "HuffPost and Daily Beast Walk Back Stories on Hannity Accuser"