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


This post is by Caleb Howe from Mediaite


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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"

WATCH: NYT’s Charles Blow Calls Out Jake Tapper’s ‘Horrible Question’ About Gun Violence


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New York Times columnist Charles Blow went off on what he called a “horrible question” that CNN’s Jake Tapper asked of Senator Cory Booker this week about the gun massacre in Virginia Beach, a question that is frequently asked in the wake of such tragedies. On this week’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher noted that “Cory Booker was on with Jake Tapper, and Jake Tapper asked him, a couple of times, what in your plan would have stopped the massacre that we had last week at Virginia Beach, and Cory Booker took a very long time to not be able to answer that question.” “Can I just say this? Journalists have to stop asking that horrible question,” Blow said. “That is a horrible question.” “Because what we’re doing is picking out one incident out of 30,000 deaths per year and saying Continue reading "WATCH: NYT’s Charles Blow Calls Out Jake Tapper’s ‘Horrible Question’ About Gun Violence"

WATCH: NYT’s Charles Blow Calls Out Jake Tapper’s ‘Horrible Question’ About Gun Violence


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New York Times columnist Charles Blow went off on what he called a “horrible question” that CNN’s Jake Tapper asked of Senator Cory Booker this week about the gun massacre in Virginia Beach, a question that is frequently asked in the wake of such tragedies. On this week’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher noted that “Cory Booker was on with Jake Tapper, and Jake Tapper asked him, a couple of times, what in your plan would have stopped the massacre that we had last week at Virginia Beach, and Cory Booker took a very long time to not be able to answer that question.” “Can I just say this? Journalists have to stop asking that horrible question,” Blow said. “That is a horrible question.” “Because what we’re doing is picking out one incident out of 30,000 deaths per year and saying Continue reading "WATCH: NYT’s Charles Blow Calls Out Jake Tapper’s ‘Horrible Question’ About Gun Violence"

Don Lemon Says CNN Isn’t Liberal and Neither is His Show, and Conservatives On Twitter. . . Well, Pounce


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CNN’s Don Lemon spoke at the Financial Times Future of News event in New York City on Thursday, and among several newsworthy remarks, offered a defense of CNN’s political coverage broadly, and his own specifically. His comments were tweeted by people in attendance, and from there, the internet (and reaction gifs) took over. Conservatives, including yours truly, were ready. The topic of CNN being in the tank, in the bag, or just plain liberal is favorite on the right. The tweet might as well have said “let the memes and gifs begin!” Some of the best were from the not-blue-checked-but-obviously-great-at-gifs Twitter demographic.

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Gives Devastating Answer on Joe Biden and Abortion Rights


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Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered a politically crushing response to former Vice President and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s position on a key abortion rights issue, framing his support for a ban on federal funding for abortion care in the starkest of terms. At Wednesday night’s MSNBC town hall, All In with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes asked Warren about Biden’s recent expression of support for the so-called Hyde Amendment. “There was an interesting thing that happened today, the former Vice President Joe Biden came out and said that he would not support repealing the Hyde Amendment,” Hayes said, and explained “That is a provision of federal law that bars of the federal government from funding abortion services for Medicare and Medicaid and others.” “You disagree with that position,” Hayes said, to which Warren replied “Yes I do.” “Is Joe Biden wrong?” Hayes asked. Continue reading "WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Gives Devastating Answer on Joe Biden and Abortion Rights"

The Media is the Reason Congressional Hearings on Impeachment Will Not Follow the Nixon Model


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Trump's Impeachment is a Fantasy in Today's Media Environment Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, clearly wants President Donald Trump to be impeached. Normally, as the person in charge of starting such a proceeding, that would mean, given the overwhelming evidence against him in the Mueller report and from the public record, impeachment hearings would have already begun. However, because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dead-set against impeaching Trump (at least for now she claims, while weirdly telling her agitated caucus she instead wants him sent to prison), Nadler’s nuts are currently in jar, probably on her desk. Currently impotent, Nadler is flailing around the edges of impeachment, scheduling witnesses for Monday for what might be referred to as a “pre-impeachment” hearing. The “star” of this proceeding, which has all the makings of being pathetic, is expected to be CNN contributor John Dean. Dean is most well-known, to those over the age of Continue reading "The Media is the Reason Congressional Hearings on Impeachment Will Not Follow the Nixon Model"

Biden’s New Climate Plan is the Closest Democrats Get to a Workable Solution


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Joe Biden crushed concerns from those to his left that he was too passive about the environment with the unveiling of a comprehensive climate change plan that is targeted, specific, and most importantly, not absurd. Despite concerns of its originality, Biden’s 22-page plan promises to go “well beyond” actions of the Obama-Biden administration, promising 100% clean energy and net-zero emissions by 2050. His proposal includes $1.7 trillion investment in federal money over the next ten years, with additional funds from the private sector and state and local governments bringing the total cost up to $5 trillion. He says he will pay for the plan by reversing the Trump tax cuts as well as closing loopholes and eliminating subsidies for fossil fuels. Biden isn’t concerned with banning air travel or rebuilding every structure in America from the ground up as are his competitors who have blindly embraced the Green Continue reading "Biden’s New Climate Plan is the Closest Democrats Get to a Workable Solution"