The Epoch Times, a multi-language newspaper founded by a group of Chinese-Americans associated with the “spiritual group” Falun Gong, printed an open letter to NBC News on Thursday, objecting questions being asked by their reporters.
Characterizing NBC’s questions as “inappropriate” and unduly focused on the religious practices of Epoch employees, the letter has garnered some attention on social media.
The story NBC is writing, according to this public statement from The Epoch Times, is about the way in which Epoch covers President Donald Trump. As they characterize it, NBC is trying to “discredit” the website because it is insufficiently critical of the president.
“The plain truth is that because The Epoch Times’ coverage of Trump differs from that of NBC, two reporters have sought to hunt for an agenda that would discredit us,” wrote publisher Stephen Gregory on Thursday.
The public complaint begins with the explanation that NBC’s Continue reading "Newspaper Accuses NBC News of Asking ‘Highly Inappropriate Questions’ For Report on Their Trump Coverage"
As Joe Biden continues to fend off criticism for his remarks about working with segregationists, an old news story is resurfacing — bringing attention to the ex-veep once referring to Jesse Jackson as “that boy.”
Journalist Walker Bragman unearthed an old news article from the 1980s in which Biden used the term while speaking about Jackson at a news conference
From the article:
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), while praising Democratic presidential candidate Jesse L. Jackson, used the word “boy” to refer to him and Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.) during an informal news conference here late Friday night.
Jackson “is one of the brightest guys around,” Biden said in remarks made after a speech. “That boy ain’t no dummy, just like Gary Hart, that boy ain’t no dummy either.”
Biden’s remark came in response to a reporter’s question about the impact of Jackson’s candidacy on Continue reading "Joe Biden Once Referred to Jessie Jackson as ‘That Boy’ in Unearthed Report"
A new profile on a former Republican operative-turned-opinion writer for Wall Street Journal is shedding some light on his ties to white nationalism.
Marcus Epstein, a former staffer for ex-Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, has published numerous works for the Journal, The Hill, Forbes, and other outlets under the byline “Mark Epstein” over the last two years. According to BuzzFeed News, however, Epstein has extensive ties to white nationalism, including writing for website VDare and counting as a member to a nativist political club he founded with Richard Spencer.
The report says Epstein formed the Robert A. Taft Club in 2006 with Spencer and Kevin DeAnna, another noted white nationalist with whom Epstein also helped fun a far-right student group, Youth for Western Civilization. These activities connect Epstein to other figures like Matthew Heimbach, a prominent white nationalist, and John Derbyshire, another Continue reading "Ex-GOP Staffer Who Wrote For White Nationalist Site Writes For Wall Street Journal and Forbes: Report"
As President Donald Trump announced that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will not go forward to pursue confirmation for the job, new reports have shed some light on why Shanahan might’ve decided to withdraw.
USA Today reported that that the FBI’s background check has led to the bureau investigating a domestic violence incident nine years ago between Shanahan and his ex-wife, Kimberley Jordinson. According to court filings and police records, Shanahan and Jordinson both alleged the other had punched them, but Jordinson was taken into custody as police found Shanahan with a bloodied nose, a blood-stained hand and scratched chin.
Shanahan and Jordinson stood by their respective accounts when USA Today reached out for comment, but they also got a statement from their son, William Shanahan, who witnessed the incident. Shanahan claims his mother “coerced” him into submitting a statement to his mother’s criminal lawyer back then after saying Continue reading "Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Opens Up on Family’s Shocking History With Domestic Violence in Exit Interview"
Right-wing talker Michael Savage is far to the right, and very rarely mentioned by mainstream press, but he’s in the New York Times this week for bashing his audience and others on the right over their devotion to Donald Trump. He finds it embarrassing, he says, that so much of his audience treats Trump like a “demigod.”
As the Timesnotes, Savage is no Rush Limbaugh. He’s not even a Sean Hannity, and he airs on Westwood podcasts these days. But unlike the big names, Savage, maybe the earliest supporter of Trump for president, occasionally has criticism for the administration or its policy. And his audience is not down with that, apparently.
Savage isn’t criticizing Trump from the center or the left, as many conservative or Republican “NeverTrump” are accused of doing. But it doesn’t make a difference to the devoted, he told NYT’s Jeremy W. Peters.
As Donald Trump prepares to kick off his 2020 re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida, the city’s local newspaper has made clear that they don’t want him to have another term as president.
The Orlando Sentinel‘s editorial board released a column on Tuesday saying that even though the paper has a history of endorsing Republicans for the White House, they’ve decided that their 2020 pick is “not Donald Trump.”
From the editorial:
“We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump. Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent. Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump. After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.”
Trump chronicler Michael Wolff responded to criticism alleging multiple errors in his new book by refusing to apologize and calling “bullsh-t” on the whole thing.
It all happened while Wolff was being interviewed for Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery.
The author who previously made headlines with his book Fire and Fury was asked by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff about a relatively minor inconsistency in his new Trump book, Siege: Trump Under Fire.
“Even if I was wrong, I’m not going to admit it to you,” Wolff said when probed about mistakenly claiming former Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand was nominated by President Barack Obama, not President Donald Trump.
Then, when asked about a bigger inconsistency — the title of the alleged indictment he cites is noticeably different than the one cited by all other DoJ indictments casting doubt on its authenticity — Wolff refused to concede he may have Continue reading "Michael Wolff Snaps in Heated Interview Challenging His New Book’s Claims: ‘This Critique is Bullsh*t!’"
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) filed official paperwork on Thursday to run for governor of Montana in 2020 as the Republican Party’s nominee. NBC Montana reports that Gianforte will make the news official next week.
Gianforte has pursued the governorship before, having previously lost to Gov. Steve Bullock (D) in 2016. No Democrats have officially announced a campaign for the job yet, but Gianforte will compete against a crowded field of fellow Republicans including Attorney General Tim Fox, State Senator Al Olszewski, former State Senator Gary Perry, and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Gianforte stepped into the national spotlight when he ran for Congress in 2017, during which he ran into major controversy when he body-slammed Ben Jacobs as The Guardian reporter covered his campaign. Gianforte initially blamed Jacobs over the encounter, but even though he eventually admitted to the assault amid bipartisancondemnation, he still managed Continue reading "Journos Beware: Congressman Who Bodyslammed Reporter Now Running For Governor"
Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, was raked across the coals on Thursday after media observers noticed his recent suggestion that white men make up pretty much the only demographic of writers who can produce super-extensive cover stories.
Goldberg’s comments came in an Atlantic piece about how the organization has shaken things up and put women in many more editorial positions than ever before. As he and Executive Editor Adrienne LaFrance took questions on where The Atlantic still needs work, Goldberg offered this take on how hard it is to find people who can write decent, 10,000 word cover stories:
We continue to have a problem with the print magazine cover stories — with the gender and race issues when it comes to cover story writing. [Of the 15 print issues The Atlantic has published since January 2018, 11 had cover stories written by men. —Ed.]
A new interview with Donald Trump includes a moment where the president scolded Kellyanne Conway for not telling him Bob Woodward wanted to speak with him when he wrote Fear: Trump in the White House.
In a conversation with Yahoo’s Alexander Nazaryan, Trump gushed over numerous members of his cabinet while acknowledging there have been “some clinkers” in his administration. Nazaryan reports that Conway sat in for this interview, and she remained present when the conversation shifted and Trump turned his ire towards negative books written about his presidency.
After calling Michael Wolff “a dopey guy,” and apparently mixing up Fire and Fury with William Faulkner‘s The Sound and the Fury, Trump started bashing Conway for not telling him Woodward wanted an interview as the Washington Post associate editor drafted his own book.
Here’s how Nazaryan described the moment:
Kellyanne Conway‘s husband is at it again, and he’s very skeptical of President Donald Trump‘ claim to have been favorably covered by the British media during his trip to the United Kingdom.
Trump parroted Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday morning by tweeting out a quote about how warmly the British media received him. He also took the opportunity to bash CNN and Rachel Maddow.
“The President has received glowing reviews from the British Media. Here at home, not so much. MSNBC Ramps up hateful coverage and promotes conspiracy theories during Trump’s trip to Europe.” @seanhannity The good news is that @maddow is dying in the ratings, along with @CNN!
The New York Times faced criticism on Monday after a reporter in Ukraine announced her new job as spokeswoman for the nation’s new president — just several weeks after authoring a controversial piece on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian business dealings.
Iuliia Mendel, once a part-time Times reporter, announced her new communications job for the newly-elected Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter Monday morning, which sparked scrutiny over her past reporting. In a piece last month, titled, “Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies,” Mendel — along with a co-byline from Times investigative reporter Kenneth Vogel — detailed the Biden controversy that President Donald Trump has used to hit the former vice president.
Thanks everyone for your congratulations. There were 4000 applications. It is a big honor and big responsibility to become a spokesperson for the President of Ukraine
A former liaison between President Donald Trump‘s transition team and foreign officials has been indicted by federal officials over child pornography charges.
George Nader, a Lebanese-American business executive, has been under scrutiny for some time because of his reported connections with the Middle East and Russians who wanted to make early contact with 2017 transition officials. Nader served as a key witness to the special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, and according to court documents obtained on Monday by the Washington Post, he is now facing indictment in federal court in Virginia.
According to the report, Nader was served a subpoena last year while he was detained by federal agents at Dulles International Airport. It isn’t clear exactly what child porn charges Nader faces, but this indictment comes 28 years after he was convicted of transporting child pornography. He was let off with a light sentence at Continue reading "Trump Transition Associate Indicted by Feds on Child Porn Charges"
Long-time conservative columnist and Trump-critic Peggy Noonan wrote an op-ed last week in which she opposed impeaching the President. And he let her have it for that… offense(?), in a Tweet on Sunday afternoon.
Her column, for the Wall Street Journal, argued that Robert Mueller‘s remarks last week “boosted” the case for impeachment, but that Democrats should still not undertake it. “It is a grave matter to overturn an election result. Why more cuttingly divide an already divided country?” she asked.
In response, Trump called Noonan “the simplistic writer for Trump haters all,” and threw in some Reagan-belittling for… good(?) measure.
In his follow-up to explosive exposé Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff claims President Donald Trump made some shocking comments when former members of his inner circle decided to cooperate with investigators.
Wolff’s latest biography on the president, Siege: Trump Under Fire, is set for release next week, but The Guardian has a report on excerpts from the book and a number of corroborating documents that shed some light on the back and forth between Trump and Robert Mueller’s probe.
As Wolff describes Mueller’s deliberations on whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, he makes a serious accusation on how the president reacted when Michael Cohen, National Enquirer‘s David Pecker, and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg struck plea deals in investigations running in tandem with Mueller’s.
“The Jews always flip,” Trump allegedly remarked of those plea deals.
In another portion of the book, Continue reading "Michael Wolff: Trump Said ‘The Jews Always Flip’ While Fuming Over Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal"
Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff is back with a sequel to his 2018 bestseller. And in it, he makes an explosive claim about an action special counsel Robert Mueller strongly considered taking against President Donald Trump. But it’s an action that the Mueller team is firmly denying.
According to the Guardian, Wolff claims that Mueller drafted an obstruction of justice indictment against Trump, before ultimately deciding not to proceed with it. The indictment, according to Wolff, would have charged the president with three counts including; witness tampering, witness retaliation, and corruptly influencing a pending proceeding.
The Guardian reports that it viewed documents relating to Wolff’s claim. Yet Mueller spokesman Peter Carr denies the very existence of these documents.
“The documents that you’ve described do not exist,” Carr told the Guardian.
Wolff claims that the draft indictment alleges that Trump began obstructing justice in the first week of his Continue reading "Mueller Team Flatly Denies Michael Wolff’s Claim That Special Counsel Drafted Indictment of Trump"
The New York Times took a beating on Memorial Day weekend for a second time over a story detailing the insults Trump has hurled at Democratic presidential candidates, complete with a handy chart.
The “Gray Lady” was already black and blue after writing that former Trump official Hope Hicks faced an “existential question” over whether to comply with a subpoena, and getting blasted for their trouble.
Then, the paper published an article entitled “The Insults Trump Has Hurled at 2020 Democrats,” which featured a chart listing each insult, as well as a timeline. The effort drew widespread scorn from journalists and politicos alike, who criticized the paper for amplifying Trump’s attacks without comment.
Among those slamming the Times were former Obama officials like Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, and Obama White House photographer Pete Souza:
That, more or less, is the message the New Yorker is sending to three prominent Republicans with its positively scathing new cover. Out front of the issue set to his newsstands on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Attorney General William Barr can all be seen kneeling at the feet of President Donald Trump and shining his shoes.
Jay Fielden, editor in chief of famed men’s mag Esquire since 2015, is stepping down.
The New York Times first reported Thursday that Fielden was leaving the publication amidst a “dramatic reshuffling” under the president of Hearst Magazines, Troy Young, who took the position last July. A successor has not been named.
Fielden confirmed his departure in a remarkably Esquirian Instagram post featuring a photo of him leaping out of the Hearst Tower in Manhattan with two fists full of luggage, including a Gucci suitcase. (The cream safari jacket is one of my personal Top 10 Favorite Looks for Spring).
“Today—after a lot of long and careful thinking—I have decided it is time to depart as Esquire’s editor in chief, three and a half years after I arrived,” Fielden wrote in a caption, adding the upcoming issue — featuring the cast of Quentin Tarantino’sOnce Upon a Time Continue reading "Esquire Editor in Chief Jay Fielden Out at Magazine"
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet predicted that most local news outlets will die in the near future — if they are not saved by a local billionaire, that is.
In candid comments made while speaking before the INMA World Congress of News Media, Baquet expressed a fear that local newspapers are at a high risk of disappearing from the media ecosystem amid the rise of new media.
“The greatest crisis in American journalism is the death of local news,” Baquet said. “I don’t know what the answer is. Their economic model is gone. I think most local newspapers in America are going to die in the next five years, except for the ones that have been bought by a local billionaire.”
“I don’t know what the answer is, but I think that everybody who cares about news — myself included, and all of you — should take Continue reading "NY Times Editor Dean Baquet Predicts Doom For Local Newspapers: Most Will ‘Die’ in Next Five Years"