WATCH: Hellish Video Shows One Man’s Drive to Escape California Wildfires

Video has emerged of a man’s drive through a hellish landscape as he fled the California wildfires. The video was uploaded by KTVU reporter Alex Savidge and shows a dashcam view of Colton Percifield‘s perilous journey through flames, falling trees and flying fireballs. Journalist Brian Schnee of KTVL also posted a dashcam video by Brynn Parrott Chatfield showing flames on either side of the road and a reddened sky.

Trump, Asked by Reporter If Soros Is Funding the Caravan, Says ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’

Speaking outside the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump refused to rule out the possibility that George Soros might be behind the migrant caravan. Trump was first asked if he thought someone was funding the caravan. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump replied. “George Soros?” a reporter pressed. “I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump continued on. “A lot of people say yes.” A “lot of people” includes Fox News folks like Lou Dobbs and Laura Ingraham, as well as pro-Trump Congressman Matt Gaetz who tweeted out this: The conspiracy theory — which apparently dates back to March — may also have Continue reading "Trump, Asked by Reporter If Soros Is Funding the Caravan, Says ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’"

New York Times and chill: With a new video series, the paper pushes for binge-watching

“Binge-watch” and “The New York Times” might not immediately seem to go together. But this week the paper launched the second season of Conception, an animated video series aimed at parents, and binge-watching a few episodes is in fact exactly what the team hopes you’ll do. Each of the six episodes of the second season of Conception is about four minutes long and focuses on the trickiness of parenting in 2018: “What is it like to parent in the context of major cultural, social and political shifts, such as #MeToo, the immigration discussion, the opioid crisis and the gun debate? How do we raise children in a world that already sees them — and you — in a certain way?” The format of each episode is the same: One parent’s story, in their own words and voice, told over animation. Here, for instance, is “Why I Won’t Continue reading "New York Times and chill: With a new video series, the paper pushes for binge-watching"

Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?

“It will probably be all video.” In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, spent several minutes of a panel at a Fortune conference talking about how Facebook was witnessing video overtake text. “We’re seeing a year-on-year decline on text,” Mendelsohn answered. “We’re seeing a massive increase, as I’ve said, on both pictures and video. So I think, yeah, if I was having a bet, I would say: Video, video, video.” “Wow,” the moderator, Pattie Sellers, responded. “The best way to tell stories, in this world where so much information is coming at us, actually is video,” Mendelsohn continued. “It commands so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually, the trend helps us to digest more of the information, in a quicker way.” “Five years to all video” wasn’t just Mendelsohn’s line — it came from
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Orrin Hatch Snaps at Female Kavanaugh Protester: ‘When You Grow Up, I’ll be Ready’

Sen. Orrin Hatch was not exactly thrilled when he was confronted by a group of protesters as he entered an elevator on Thursday. In fact, he shooed them away and told them to grow up. On Thursday, protesters angry about the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh vote descended on Capitol Hill, resulting in arrests. They also cornered Hatch in an elevator, not unlike the moment when other protesters cornered Sen. Jeff Flake days before. However, while Flake’s elevator confrontation helped lead to the FBI Kavanaugh probe, Hatch was simply not in the mood for the elevator interruption. “Why aren’t you brave enough to talk to us?” one woman is heard asking Hatch as he enters the elevator. Hatch shoos them away. “Don’t Continue reading "Orrin Hatch Snaps at Female Kavanaugh Protester: ‘When You Grow Up, I’ll be Ready’"

Matt Damon Kills It as Beer-Bro Brett Kavanaugh in SNL Cold Open

The 44th season of Saturday Night Live started off with a bang with a star-studded cold open featuring Matt Damon as a beer-bro styled Brett Kavanaugh. The topic of beer weighed heavily into the epic open as alternately angry and weepy Kavanaugh was questioned by a cast of Senators and Rachel Mitchell, as played by Aidy Bryant. “I am a keg is half full kind of guy,” the SNL Kavanaugh said at one point before moving to a tearful account of his “beautiful” calendars. He also said this when questioned by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, as played by Rachel Dratch: “I was the proudest, drunkest virgin you’ve ever seen.”

The supporting cast also stood out. At one point, Bryant’s Mitchell announced,  “I am mostly here for Twitter.” SNL’s Kate McKinnon, yet again taking on a southern conservative, took on a fired up Sen. Lindsey Graham. “This is Continue reading "Matt Damon Kills It as Beer-Bro Brett Kavanaugh in SNL Cold Open"

Watch Trump Repeatedly Interrupt Female Reporter After She Questions Him About Message He’s Sending to Women

During a rare solo press conference from New York City on Wednesday, President Donald Trump was asked by Sky News reporter Hannah Thomas-Peter about the message that it was sending women when he referred to the Kavanaugh accusations as a “con job.” Trump responded by repeatedly interrupting the reporter and mansplaining the meaning of “con job.” It all started when Trump first identified the female reporter as “the one that was nodding with every nice thing I said.” She replied it was a habit of hers. Then, the reporter asked this: “Are you at all concerned at the message that is being sent to the women who are watching this when you use language like ‘con job’ in relation to allegations of sexual assault?” “That’s like probably the nicest phrase I’ve ever used. I mean, con job. it is. It’s a con job,” he said, seemingly Continue reading "Watch Trump Repeatedly Interrupt Female Reporter After She Questions Him About Message He’s Sending to Women"