Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series


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NBC’s Today broadcasted a segment on Monday promoting a new movie about the sexual harassment case against former Fox News honcho, the late Roger Ailes — during which there was much talk about sexual harassment in the workplace, but none about sexual harassment in the NBC workplace. No one, for example, made even a passing reference to the network’s own scandals, even the one involving former Today co-host Matt Lauer, who we stress to immediately repeat hosted this very show. (And has been defended by those still on it.) Most of the segment focused, of course, on the actors and their roles, a typical on-air promotion. But the discussion also covered Ailes and the scandal, as well as Fox News. Actress Naomi Watts said she was attracted to the role of Gretchen Carlson by the courage it took to take down someone “at that level of power.” Continue reading "Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series"

Celebrities Staged Dramatic Reading of Mueller Report Because Of Course They Did


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The Mueller report is a long and grueling read, by some accounts. But never let it be said that boring material and pointless performance stops celebrities who know better than us about everything. Which is why a lot of actors- like seriously, a lot — gathered together on Monday night at the behest and on the dime of Law Works Action to stage a dramatic reading of that report. The performance is titled “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts”, and is listed as just #TheInvestigation on their website, because hashtags you guys!” It stars Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Jason Alexander, Alyssa Milano, Alfre Woodard, Zachary Quinto and several others (even the “I’m a Mac” kid!) reading the Mueller report. Reading. The Mueller. Report. That clip above is from the actual performance. Sorry. It was big news, Continue reading "Celebrities Staged Dramatic Reading of Mueller Report Because Of Course They Did"

The NY Times Handled the Trump Rape Allegation Just Fine & Should Not Have Been Forced to Pathetically Apologize


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It would be shocking if there is anyone, especially a conservative, who is as on record as being skeptical of President Donald Trump, the news media, and the #MeToo movement as me. Consequently, I come at the recent allegation by E. Jean Carroll that she was raped by Trump 23 years ago, and the media coverage of it, from a unique perspective. It is extremely rare for me to praise the news media in their coverage of any controversial subject, but this is particularly the case when the topics include two of the media’s hottest buttons: Trump and rape. Yet the immediate reaction of most of the news media to Carroll’s accusation, detailed in a New York magazine article to promote her new book, was actually quite measured, sensible, and fair. To be clear, this type of situation is an exceedingly difficult one to cover appropriately, especially in such Continue reading "The NY Times Handled the Trump Rape Allegation Just Fine & Should Not Have Been Forced to Pathetically Apologize"

A Prominent Writer Accused President Trump of Rape and the Media Shrugged


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Though it seems ancient by comparison, there was a time in the not-so-distant past in which a sitting president being accused of rape would be bombshell news. Wall-to-wall panel discussion on cable news suggesting a possible constitutional crisis and front page newspaper coverage with screaming headlines. This president, it seems is different, now we are so inured to sexual assault allegations against him. New York magazine website The Cut first published the mag’s cover story Friday afternoon. In it, well-known Elle advice column E. Jean Carroll alleged that she was assaulted by the then-businessman Donald Trump in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the ’90s. As skeptics have pointed out, Carroll’s account originates from a soon-to-be-published book entitled What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, which has raised reasonable questions about the self-promotional timing. Yet in cable news interviews with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Continue reading "A Prominent Writer Accused President Trump of Rape and the Media Shrugged"

Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It


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Donald Trump Praises Hillary Clinton A large part of President Donald Trump’s “genius” is that he understands the inherent advantage being able to lie with impunity provides the fabricator when going up against someone who cares about the truth. This is mostly because we as a culture are still extremely hesitant to condemn someone as a liar, and yet weirdly don’t really punish powerful people once it has finally been proven they lied. Therefore, lying provides someone with a huge head start, along with the ability to fight any contest on their own terms. This is especially the case when the race they are running is a sprint, instead of a marathon. Very early in his life, Trump learned that if you claimed to be a billionaire, and acted like a billionaire, that everyone, including the morons in the news media, would believe you and even treat you like one. At the very least, the Continue reading "Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It"

Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It


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Donald Trump Praises Hillary Clinton A large part of President Donald Trump’s “genius” is that he understands the inherent advantage being able to lie with impunity provides the fabricator when going up against someone who cares about the truth. This is mostly because we as a culture are still extremely hesitant to condemn someone as a liar, and yet weirdly don’t really punish powerful people once it has finally been proven they lied. Therefore, lying provides someone with a huge head start, along with the ability to fight any contest on their own terms. This is especially the case when the race they are running is a sprint, instead of a marathon. Very early in his life, Trump learned that if you claimed to be a billionaire, and acted like a billionaire, that everyone, including the morons in the news media, would believe you and even treat you like one. At the very least, the Continue reading "Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It"

Trump Was Wrong About the Central Park Five, But They Were Not ‘Exonerated’


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I realize better than just about anyone that we live in an era where nuance is deader than disco, and that going against a popular politically correct narrative is as ill-advised as stepping in front of a freight train. However, for whatever reason, sometimes, when the facts warrant it, I still can’t resist trying, even when that means some people will misinterpret what I am saying as defending President Donald Trump. Such is the situation with regard to the ongoing, now thirty-year-old, controversy over the “Central Park Five,” who were condemned to death by then “businessman” Donald Trump, convicted of a brutal 1989 assault and rape, only later to have their convictions overturned and be paid millions of dollars by the city of New York. Tuesday, now as president of the United States, Trump reiterated his stance that he would not apologize for his position on the case and strongly Continue reading "Trump Was Wrong About the Central Park Five, But They Were Not ‘Exonerated’"

Britain Just Banned Gender Stereotypes from Ads. But What Does That Even Mean?


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Apparently the British government has too much time on its hands. They’ve assigned themselves to helping advertisers stick their fingers in the citizen’s wallets by banning stereotypical ads the public already didn’t like. A new ban went into effect in the country Friday to silence all advertisements the Advertising Standards Authority deems to portray a “harmful” gender stereotype thought to “illicit widespread offense.” “Our evidence shows how harmful gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to inequality in society, with costs for all of us,” said Guy Parker, ASA chief executive, in a statement. “Put simply, we found that some portrayals in ads can, over time, play a part in limiting people’s potential.” The ban came in light of outrage over an ad for a weight loss product of a woman in a bikini with the words “Are you beach body ready?”

Outnumbered Misrepresents AOC’s Concentration Camps Comment While Blaming Her for Misrepresenting Border Policy


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Fox News opinion show Outnumbered took on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comments that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” at the southern border in a remarkably curious manner on Tuesday. Some background? AOC (as the kids call her) hosted an Instagram Live video Monday night in which she said: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are  They are concentration camps.” She then added, “If that doesn’t bother you…I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.” For many, the term “concentration camp” evokes the genocidal campaign led by Adolph Hitler in which 6 million Jews were systematically killed in what is obviously one of the darkest periods of the last century. But there is a broader term of “concentration camp” that AOC was referencing here Continue reading "Outnumbered Misrepresents AOC’s Concentration Camps Comment While Blaming Her for Misrepresenting Border Policy"

As the 2020 Campaign Officially Begins, Here is How to Beat Trump, and How He Might Win


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How to Beat Trump in 2020 -- And How He Might Win Tuesday night, President Donald Trump officially launches his bid for re-election with a huge rally in Orlando, Florida. In some ways his re-election effort is, in an apparent oxymoron, both extremely unpredictable and yet also very easily road-mapped. In modern times, we have never had a president about whom opinion was so polarized and carved in stone. There is almost no one who has tepid feelings about Trump, and therefore very few voters who might be considered on the fence about whether they would like to see another four seasons of this reality show presidency. Consequently, what normally would be irrelevant polling data well over a year before an election can actually be quite reliable, especially when Trump is placed against former vice-president Joe Biden, another extremely well-known quantity. This is what has Trump so agitated about his recent poll numbers, particularly against Biden, and why he is Continue reading "As the 2020 Campaign Officially Begins, Here is How to Beat Trump, and How He Might Win"

A Review of Stephanopoulos’s Amazing and Yet Still Squandered ’30 Hours’ Interview with Trump


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Trump's 30 Hours Interview With ABC News' George Stephanopoulos For the first time since, by my accounting, last fall, President Donald Trump agreed to a sit-down television interview with a non-friendly news personality. Trump spent “30 Hours” (not really) with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and the results were extraordinary, though not nearly as bad for him as they should have been. In short, this interview, while it included elements which would have badly damaged any other president, was actually a win for Trump. Meanwhile, Stephanopoulos inadvertently provided Trump with almost everything for which he could have asked. Here are my many takeaways from last night’s hour-long special on the interview: Amazing Access: At first glance, it may have appeared crazy for Trump to give Stephanopoulos, a former strategist for Bill Clinton, so much time to be able to dig into several previously under-examined topics in-depth. However, the gambit worked like a charm for Trump as the Good Morning Continue reading "A Review of Stephanopoulos’s Amazing and Yet Still Squandered ’30 Hours’ Interview with Trump"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator


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MSNBC would probably still object to any suggestion that their news coverage is partisan, that it is liberal and progressive and opposed to Republicans and conservatives. That’s the kind of thing a business, and it is a business, has to do. They disclaim. But MSNBC is lefty, and Fox News is righty, and water is wetty. It doesn’t mean they can’t or don’t have news people who can be good debate moderators. Or at least, that can perform the task referred to as “debate moderator” as it applies to the pseudo-debate format we’ve all come to accept in politics. But even when a place like Fox News hosts one, which they have many times in the past, they are selective about which personality from the network sits in the chair. To put it in a shorthand version any viewer of cable news or politics will be familiar with: You go Continue reading "The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator"

The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator


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MSNBC would probably still object to any suggestion that their news coverage is partisan, that it is liberal and progressive and opposed to Republicans and conservatives. That’s the kind of thing a business, and it is a business, has to do. They disclaim. But MSNBC is lefty, and Fox News is righty, and water is wetty. It doesn’t mean they can’t or don’t have news people who can be good debate moderators. Or at least, that can perform the task referred to as “debate moderator” as it applies to the pseudo-debate format we’ve all come to accept in politics. But even when a place like Fox News hosts one, which they have many times in the past, they are selective about which personality from the network sits in the chair. To put it in a shorthand version any viewer of cable news or politics will be familiar with: You go Continue reading "The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator"

25 Years Ago Today O.J. Simpson Murdered Two People. Our Media and Politics Have Never Been the Same.


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F. Lee Bailey huddles with O.J. Simpson Twenty-five years ago tonight, O.J. Simpson, one of the most famous and beloved athletes in American history, went over to his ex-wife’s Brentwood townhouse and slaughtered her and a male friend who was an innocent bystander, leaving their nearly bloodless bodies for his two small children to possibly find the next morning. The impact of this shocking event changed forever the way the news media functions, and has possibly even greatly impacted our political history. The Simpson saga was really the first massive entertainment story, disguised as hard news, of the television era. There had been huge stories like it in American history (the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, for instance) where newspapers had become totally obsessed with a popular but not really that significant narrative because it was great for business. But until the O.J. Simpson murders, television news had largely restrained itself from such behavior. Part of Continue reading "25 Years Ago Today O.J. Simpson Murdered Two People. Our Media and Politics Have Never Been the Same."

Media Takes Break From Speculating on Trump’s Health to Fret Over Fox News Speculating on Biden’s Health


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The Daily Beast is worried about Fox News Channel speculating baselessly about the health of former Vice President and current senior citizen Joe Biden, who is running for the highest office in the land and, for the moment, leading the pack. On Twitter, Daily Beast editor Sam Stein tweeted about it, sharing the article from his website, as editors are wont to do.

That article tweet was, in turn, retweeted by CNN’s Brian Stelter, with a comment from Biden’s team.

Ocasio-Cortez, Who Makes Triple Average Household Income, Defends $4,500 Pay Hike: ‘Not Even Like a Raise’


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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been in Congress less than a year and is already demanding a raise. AOC told reporters Monday that though it may not be ‘politically popular’ she’s all-in for the $4500 pay increase for members of Congress. She said that the pay increase is ‘not even like a raise,’ but instead insists it is a cost of living adjustment. The measly $174,000 that members of Congress make is forcing them to turn to lobbying firms and insider trading to make ends meet. Don’t go to K Street after this! Here’s an extra $4k! “You can vote against a cost of living adjustment all you want and it’ll look good on its surface but that is voting to exploit legal loopholes to make ends meet,” she said. But members of Congress are only allowed to make an additional 15% of their Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez, Who Makes Triple Average Household Income, Defends $4,500 Pay Hike: ‘Not Even Like a Raise’"

The News Media Muting of the FBI’s MLK Jr. Report is Hypocritical and Plays Into Conservative Mistrust


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While there have obviously been positive aspects of the #MeToo movement, one of the most dangerous has been a stunning lack of consistency in how the new rules have been both defined and implemented. For instance, it sure seems like the less attractive a man is the smaller chance he has of surviving an allegation of sexual abuse or harassment. Now, based on how the news media has handled the most recent possible case where a famous male could easily be facing being erased from history due to allegations in this realm, it sure seems as if there is a strong political bias at work as well. So much so that there is an excellent chance that you haven’t even heard about the story to which I am referring. What if I told you that an FBI report on a major religious figure was just revealed by an author, who Continue reading "The News Media Muting of the FBI’s MLK Jr. Report is Hypocritical and Plays Into Conservative Mistrust"