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CNN’s Sean Duffy problem is only going to get worse

How do you solve a problem like Sean Duffy? The former Republican congressman, who was hired by CNN to blindly defend Donald Trump while the impeachment process unfolds, is creating problems for the network by constantly...
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Jeannine Pirro Loses It On ‘The View’ Has A Filthier Mouth Than Her Idol...

Jeannine Pirro went on a vulgar rant on “The View” and then lied about it, saying that Whoppi Goldberg spit on her and threw her out of the building, while using the F-word. Here’s Goldberg’s version of the facts. Daily Beast: .@WhoopiGoldberg clears up what happened after our Jeanine Pirro interview: “I rarely get stirred […]

Shame on The New York Times!

Buck-buck-BUCKAW!   The New York Times Well, that was a breath of fetid air. The New York Times just announced that it has made the decision to remove political cartoons from all future editions of their “international” editions. They did this in response to outrage of the recent publication of an editorial cartoon that portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]
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You know it’s gotten bad when Sarah Huckabee Sanders puts her foot down.

"Kids! I told you to clean up this mess before you go to bed, and I meant it!" That common parental complaint is a perfect example of someone who is down to their last frayed...
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Americans are more concerned with ‘fake news’ than racism or terrorism, says new study

What’s one of the biggest problems Americans believe we’re facing in today’s age? According to a new survey released from the Pew Research Center, a good fraction of Americans believe fake news is a...
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CNN’s smear campaign against Beto and his mother completely falls flat

CNN is at it again with another one of their ridiculous “KFile” smear campaigns against a Democratic candidate for federal office. This time, they tried to smear Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee in the...

Laura Ingraham’s Radio Show Cancelled Due To Advertiser Boycott

The world will be a better place in 2019, if for no other reason than Laura Ingraham has lost one of her platforms for hatemongering, her radio show previously syndicated by Courtside Entertainment Group, due to loss of advertising revenue.  But before you get too excited, she’ll be replacing it with a podcast and she’s still a fixture on Fox News. Media Matters did a lengthy article on the lowlights of Ingraham’s show. If you find yourself wondering for even a moment why the RWNJs think like they do, here is the mother lode of their dogma, 17 years of it. Ingraham fawned over Donald Trump’s bigoted rhetoric on immigration; she defended his calls for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and even argued that the ban was “not broad enough,” claiming that she would “go farther” and be “even worse than Trump.” She asserted that “Middle Eastern countries have got to be told… we’re cutting you off,” questioned why the U.S. should allow Muslim immigration ”knowing that we can’t tell if an Islamic individual is going to be radicalized.” She fearmongered about Muslim immigrants as “people who have dual loyalties … whether it’s the Quran, or the Quranic way of thinking, versus the loyalties to the United States.” Ingraham claimed that Trump’s assertion that Mexico is “sending rapists” is true, and stated that Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people.” She parroted Trump in claiming that “nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here,” and said the United States should shoot deported immigrants if they try to re-enter the country. She hyped fears of terrorism about Muslim refugee women, asking: “What’s underneath that burqa, baby? After the October 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, she suggested that photos of the gunman’s room were staged and that he was in too “poor health” to have acted alone. Before the 2016 election, Ingraham implied that Hillary Clinton may try to kill then-FBI Director James Comey if she won. Ingraham pushed a discredited conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered for leaking the hacked 2016 DNC emails. After Christine Blasey Ford accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Ingraham argued that “George Soros is involved” because Ford’s “social media was scrubbed.” She also claimed — without offering any evidence — that Ford’s accusations were “a left-wing conspiracy.” The boycott of sponsors of the radio show was a direct result of the efforts of David Hogg and other student activists in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Ingraham’s TV show was substantially affected as well.  Politico: It’s not unusual for advertisers to flee temporarily when controversy strikes a television program. But the sustained loss of advertising minutes and big, nationally recognized brands from “The Ingraham Angle” shows the power of activist-led boycotts and the depth of major corporations’ concerns about offending would-be consumers in the hyperpoliticized era of President Donald Trump. Early this year, Ingraham’s show averaged nearly 15 minutes of advertisements per hour, in line with those of her Fox News prime-time colleagues Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, according to an analysis for POLITICO by Kantar Media. That number plummeted after the boycott campaign, and it still hasn’t recovered: Last month, “The Ingraham Angle” averaged 10 minutes and 50 seconds of ads per hour, Kantar Media found. It’s not an all encompassing victory, but it is a victory none the less. This is how it starts. If the golden adage is […]

Notre Dame Fire May Be Related To Spate Of Vandalism In Other French Churches

Humanity suffered a grave collective loss today, when Le Cathedral d’Notre Dame was destroyed by fire. The building is 850 years old. It is a blessing in my life that I minored in French and did a semester abroad, living and going to school in Normandie. I went to Notre Dame any number of times and it was always a worthwhile experience. Walking into the building itself brought a sense of timelessness. Weddings, baptisms, funerals, Easter services, all manner of ritual took place within these walls for 850 years. The atmosphere was one of gravitas and one could feel history emanating from the stone walls. The sunlight coming through the ancient stained glass was memorable, even to a child raised in the psychedelic sixties. I can only imagine the wonder that the glass held for travelers visiting Paris for the first time. It had to have been magical. The joy that I felt as a young college student will no longer be felt, at least not in the old Notre Dame, which today was ravaged by flames, and that is a human tragedy. Adding to this sense of morbidity and malaise today, it comes to light that in recent months, other Catholic churches in France have been vandalized. Evidently, in the politics-heavy news cycle of the present day, cases of arson and vandalism in a house of God, once front page stories, are relegated to a much lesser stature. That in itself is a surprising cultural development, when any desecration of a church used to be big news.  It must somehow no longer be the case in the new and frenetic world of the internet-driven, 24-hour news cycle. That’s because a major international story — one involving at least 10 acts of vandalism at Catholic churches in France — went largely unreported (underreported, really) for weeks. The vandalism included everything from Satanic symbols scrawled on walls to shattered statues. That’s right, a rash of fires and other acts of desecration inside Catholic churches — during Lent, even — in a country with a recent history of terrorism somehow didn’t warrant any kind of attention from American news organizations. Even major news organizations, such as The Washington Post, were late to covering it and only did after running a Religion News Service story. This brings us to Monday’s fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, where a massive blaze engulfed the 12th century gothic house of worship. It’s too early to tell if this incident is part of the earlier wave of vandalism, but it certainly comes at a strange time. For now, officials say the blaze remains under investigation. The cathedral has been undergoing some renovation work and the fire may — repeat MAY — have started in one of those areas. It would be crazy to assume there is a connection between all of these fires and acts of vandalism. It would be just as crazy for journalists not to investigate the possibility that there are connections. This is very sobering, indeed. It is tragic to imagine that the national treasure, the human treasure of Notre Dame was ravaged by arson. It may not have been, but absolutely, in light of other incidents in French Catholic churches, the topic demands investigation. The site of the spire tipping over in the […]

Trump’s social media summit was a complete embarrassment … that did just what Trump...

On Thursday, Donald Trump unexpectedly folded on the question of adding a citizenship question to the census. After warning that he could absolutely put the issue in place with an executive order, Trump hauled...
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Trump’s Lies are a Virus, and the Media is the Host: Must read Atlantic...

Please read Derek Thompson’s piece in the Atlantic: Trump’s Lies Are a Virus, and News Organizations Are the Host. It goes to the heart of the media’s malfeasance now and in the campaign. Exhibit A: from...

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