Showing posts with label News Media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label News Media. Show all posts

July 5, 2018

Ed Shultz Liberal Journalist, Dead at 64

ed schultz
Did not like the man and he sold us out for a job with the Russians. Dead at a young age, no one is talking about what it was except it was natural reasons. Well we all die of the nature of dying and its all natural as long as we die on planet earth. CNN was the first to anounce it and  I caught it. Don't know if he had any supporters on my readers but is just news. I do remember him defending gay marriage before the supreme court made it law. Adam

Ed Schultz, the liberal firebrand and former MSNBC host who most recently anchored a show for a Russian-funded media organization, died on Thursday. He was 64.

Schultz's death was confirmed by RT America, the Russian-funded media outlet where he hosted "News With Ed." 
"We at RT America are sad to announce the passing of Edward Andrew Schultz," the network said in a statement. "Ed Schultz passed quietly early morning on July 5 at his home in Washington, D.C. This announcement comes as a shock to all of us here at RT America." 
WDAY-TV, where Schultz had once worked as sports director, reported that Schultz died of natural causes. 
A longtime resident of Minnesota, Schultz distinguished himself from other liberal pundits with his gruff, blue collar style. His broadcast career took off with a radio show in Fargo, North Dakota, but he rose to national prominence at MSNBC, where he hosted a show for six years until it was canceled in 2015.  
Schultz was hired by the network at the outset of Barack Obama's presidency, and -- true to his staunchly pro-labor ethos -- he used his program to drive up support for the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2012. But Schultz left MSNBC three years ago as the network reshuffled its programming lineup, ultimately landing at RT America in 2016. It was at the Russian-funded outlet where Schultz's career took a turn.  
Once a strong critic of Vladimir Putin, Schultz turned dismissive of the allegations that the Russian government was involved in hacking the 2016 election, echoing the argument from many on the left that it's simply an excuse for Hillary Clinton's defeat. In 2017, a month in Donald Trump's presidency, Schultz even spoke on a panel at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, an event he once compared to Nazi Germany. 

April 30, 2018

Joy Reid is Her Worse Enemy and PFLAG Was Wrong In taking Back The Award Over a Charlie Crist

Below you can read the letter PFLAG sent to Joy Reid because of material she wrote on her blog about Charlie Crist. I am so sorry that PFLAG picked this particular writing about Crist who was closeted at the time even though most gays living in Florida at the time (I was one) knew the guy was gay and let me quickly add that was not the problem any of us had with him. The problem with Crist was that he was a gay closeted Republican running on anti-gay issues or siding with the GOP on the same issue or staying quiet while the Republicans had a field day in the media and in Captitals across the nation. The guy when running for Congress was running from a Republican district (13 Dist) but being a more educated district one could argue you did not have to be a GOP to win there but that is Florida Water under the bridge. Back on Y2K, those were the times the "Moral majority' was fighting any legislation to give the LGBT community any security in jobs or not getting rented because of being gay and in every issue big or small. Gay marriage was way out there as a national agenda but we were fighting it in the states to get same-sex marriage one at the time while at the same time going through the courts. This was a winning stragegy as history shows. Ok so Crist was a hipocrite!Next..

I don't want to rehash any of this I just want to make two points:

Using Crist as an example of anything is like defending a bully because he broked a finger while punching a skinny, small gay kid.

1} Charlie Crist was a hypocrite and he worked against issues by either speaking against them or staying quiet when Republicans were saying all the things you heard about us. Cant be school teachers because we can't be trusted with the kids. Can't work in a position high in the government because we would get blackmailed and give the secrets away.

No matter what Joy is written or said Charlie is no reason to send that letter and take something away from her. Eventually, Charlie ran for governor and when he ran for re-election he was so unpopular in the GOP by just staying in the middle of issues and not wanting to offend anybody he offended everybody. He Even Changed his party affiliation to Democrat to see if he could be reelected because he had no support from the people he had supported. I'm sure I have written worse things about Crist
(but Im a small fish and gay) and I always said: "We, Florida Gays knew who Charlie Crist, whether he got married or not or whether he got rid of all his gay porn or not." He was gay and not liked because he was working with the people working against us. That is the threshold I hold on outing someone and I have written this before. If the person is closeted the person deserves the time and the form to come out or not come out. But if you are closeted and are working against LGBT interests, then you are a hypocrite and I will take the opportunity to out you and if someone else does I will applaud that and printed it.  

Joey Reid: The problem with her is her

2} As far as I'm concerned as a gay man the big problem is not what she wrote but what she denies and then semi accepts. She awful things in the past but so have a lot of people in the press and the government but now they support us 100%. We are happy about the support!and there is no need to accept what was said in the past but to accept the present time behavior. When asked Hillary Clinton  why she was not pro-gay marriage earlier. Whether you agree or not she would not deny it and say  it's true but at the time many were like her but she came along wiht the times. I never liked that but I also remember what she did in the state dept for gays in the military and in the civil service of the state dept. Also as a first lady she defended the right to be what we are. What she would not say is,"No I was always pro-same-sex marriage no matter what anybody said". Or do like Trump and say "fake news!"

Joy has denied and then apologized for this and not for that. If you read about what she says about it you really don't understand what she is really meaning by it all. She gets confusing and and apology should never be confusing but uncomplicated, precise and honest sounding. She apologizes for saying some things but then says someone else wrote them for her and put them in her past blog pages. 

If she would just come out and say she is sorry and take responsibility for all of it and say some might not be mine but it appeared on my blog and I had a quick mouth (like many straights) in blaming being gay for stupidity,  girlish or not macho enough. Even parents to their kids. My father was calling me a faggot since I can remember and If you saw me you would not know I'm gay unless I let you know. When I was younger and closeted I and with a dad calling faggot I made sure I even dance straight. Where he got that? I was different. I looked different than my brothers and would scare easy and I was very close to my mom. That made me gay in his book.

I used to like Joy but because her being dishonest about what she writes and say; A person who is in the business of reading and reporting the news, should at least be trusted.  If she was someone else I would not care but because of what I just said, I really don't like her anymore nor trust her. I hope she finds peace with her thoughts and feelings. I hate to be gay with her as my mom. My dad was not in the news business so his awful remarks only hurt me and no one else. She is hurt people that like her.

APRIL 24, 2018
PFLAG National—the nation's first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their families, and allies—today has rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media award to political analyst Joy Reid.

Said PFLAG National president Jean Hodges, “When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist. We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally. However, in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, we must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.”

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
(202) 657-4026

December 4, 2017

Joy Reid of MSNBC Apologizes For Having Come Too Strong on Charlie Crist, ex Fl., Gov

 'What a blow of fresh air'

MSNBC host Joy Reid issued an apology on Sunday for a series of blog posts nearly a decade ago, mostly critical of former Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, that has been criticized as homophobic and “anti-gay.”

“This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized,” Reid said in a statement shared with NBC News, which, like MSNBC, is owned by NBCUniversal.

The blog posts were unearthed on Thursday by Twitter user @Jamie_Maz.

"From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so," @Jamie_Maz wrote in the first of a series of tweets about Reid.

The Twitter user noted Reid repeatedly referred to Crist as "Miss Charlie" in her posts and speculated that his 2008 marriage to a woman was a fraud and part of a “veep marketing strategy.”

During the time she wrote those blog posts, Reid was a morning talk radio host and blogger covering Florida politics.

"Among the frequent subjects of my posts was then-governor Charlie Crist, at the time a conservative Republican, whose positions on issues like gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Florida shared headlines with widely rumored reports that he was hiding his sexual orientation," Reid wrote in her apology.

"At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy," Reid added.

Crist, who served as Florida’s governor from 2007 to 2011, supported a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2008. He later apologized for supporting the amendment, telling Watermark Online, an online LGBT publication based in Orlando, "I’m sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me."

Now, it is Reid who is seeking forgiveness for, as she put it, “insensitive, tone-deaf and dumb” comments.

"In addition to friends and coworkers and viewers, I deeply apologize to Congressman Crist, who was the target of my thoughtlessness. My critique of anti-LGBT positions he once held but has since abandoned was legitimate in my view. My means of critiquing were not," she wrote.

"Re-reading those old blog posts, I am disappointed in myself. I apologize to those who also are disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better," Reid wrote.
Brooke Sopelsa, NBC News

In all fairness to Joy, I said as much about hypocrite ex-governor Crist. Of coarse one thing is for the criticism to be coming from a gay man who knows this guy is gay and want to use the language this old queen deserved than a blogger that is straight. We both could say the same things using different adjectives but I belonging to that same group will be given more leeway and rightly so than an outsider. Such is true if you substitute gay for any other group. Her remarks could easily be taken as saying that Crist as a gay man was feminine because gay men are that way since she called him "Miss" That would make it unfair and homophobic. I never called him 'Miss' because of that implication and it did not cover my point which was he was an old guy pretending like everyone was blind but did called him a "closet queen." It had nothing to do with the masculinity of the guy. He was a coward but referring to him in the feminine sense would be unfair to both gays and women.

I'm still glad she cleared the air and apologized and now we can move on in discussing the crazy orange man in the White House. 

December 1, 2017

Fox's Geraldo Had a Melt Down While Defending Matt Lauer For Something G Has Experience on (in)

That picture of the old guy on the right is not only old like he is (dirty old man!) but is got more make up than the girl with carbon eyes and floral dress at the White House. Let's show a selfie.. (I'm told he posted, did not want to spend more time than necessary verifying if he posted or someone else posted, I think he posted because of the no shirt part (small part) that makes me feel ashamed of my heritage). By Adam
 Twitter alert: Geraldo Rivera posting seminude selfies again, bringing all he's got [photo] –

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera had a minor meltdown on Wednesday defending former NBC News host Matt Lauer, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. “News is a flirty business,” Rivera wrote on Twitter. “It seems like [the] current epidemic of sexual harassment allegations may be criminalizing courtship and conflating it [with] predation.” 
Rivera’s swift of defense Lauer’s alleged behavior sparked some questions—namely: What’s with the sudden concern? A 1991 resurfaced interview with Barbara Walters and Bette Midler seems to suggest Rivera has an extremely predatory definition of flirting. One might even call Rivera’s version of flirting sexual assault. 
Some backstory: in 1991, Rivera released a book aptly entitled Exposing Myself. The book is rife with Rivera’s alleged sexual encounters, one of which involves a story about Midler. “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point, I put my hands on her breasts,” he wrote, proclaiming it was a “thrilling” moment.
Midler’s version of events differs dramatically from Rivera’s. She explained to Walters that Rivera shoved her into a bathroom with a producer, forced poppers under her nose, and groped her:
Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me in the early 70s. This was when he was very, sort of, hot. He and his producer left the crew in the other room and they pushed me into my bathroom. They broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me. I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly.

Eleanor Sheehan 
Splinter News

More Pussy from The Dick in Chief 

When the infamous (and very realAccess Hollywood tape Donald Trump gloating about grabbing women by the pussy leaked, it was obvious that his comments were standard Trump Talk. He would later describe them as “locker room” banter. The Daily Beast provided yet another instance of Trump’s habitual misogyny on Wednesday—in the form of an on-the-record comment he made gloating about “first-rate pussy.” 
A journalist for the now-defunct Maximum Golf magazine, Michael Corcoran, was writing a story about Trump in 2000 which involved flying on his private jet with Jeffrey Epstein, a notorious billionaire pedophile. Corcoran joined Trump and Epstein for dinner at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, during which Trump unabashedly remarked “there is nothing in the world like first-rate pussy” while observing a “young socialite.” 
Corcoran included the quote in his story, but the magazine’s top editors polished Trump’s comments to seem slightly more innocuous—despite Corcoran’s protestations:
Corcoran used the quote as the kicker in his piece, but says it was changed by the editor-in-chief, who replaced the obscenity with the word “talent.”
Joe Bargmann, Corcoran’s editor at Maximum Golf, confirmed Corcoran’s account. 
“I was asked to change the last word of the story from ‘pussy.’ When I refused, my top editor changed the quote,” Bargmann told The Daily Beast.
The story ran in August 2000 and featured a sultry spread of Melania, who was still Trump’s girlfriend at the time, naked in a bathtub filled with golf balls.
Given what we know about Trump’s long history of sexual abuse and harassment, his remarks aren’t entirely shocking. Gross and vulgar, but not shocking. But his previously unreported comments in Maximum Golf come as nearly every facet of American culture reels from a sexual harassment reckoning—and at a time when Trump criticizes his rivals for their sexual misconduct while maintaining his innocence.
Privately, too, Trump has claimed that the Access Hollywood tape wasn’t real. According to The New York Times, Trump told a Senator that the voice on the tape wasn’t his despite previously admitting it was.
Eleanor Sheehan

November 29, 2017

Matt Lauer is Let Go After Complaint of Sexual Harassment

NBC "Today" star Matt Lauer, the highest paid personality in TV news, was fired following "a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said this morning in an email to NBC News staff.
Between the lines: Several news outlets had reportedly been investigating Lauer for weeks, including the New York Times and Variety. Variety's New York Bureau Chief, Ramin Setoodeh, said they discovered multiple victims, and that NBC was aware of Variety's story.
The big picture: Lauer is the latest in a string of media men accused of sexual harassment in recent weeks. 
The instant fallout:
  • Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said at the top of "Today," reading Lack's statement and saying she had just learned the news: "This is a sad morning. … We are devastated. … We are still processing this."
  • Choking up, Guthrie said that as painful as the process is, this reckoning in workplaces is "long overdue... We promise to be transparent," she told viewers, promising to continue covering the story.
  • Trump tweeted within 20 minutes of the story breaking: "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack's past!"
Here is the full text of Andy Lack's email to staff:
On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with the reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.
Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.
Editor's Note: NBC is an investor in Axios and Andy Lack is on the Axios board.

November 10, 2017

Trump Can't Deny A broadcasting License But He Can Deny A Merger (Control or Punish CNN)

"We Are changing from a nation of laws into a nation of bullies"LAG

It seemed like a match made in media heaven. AT&T is a telecommunications giant whose reach stretches to millions of people all over the country, and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO and Warner Bros., has content galore. Together, the two companies would create a colossus straddling the worlds of internet access, news and entertainment.

Until last week, AT&T’s pending $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner seemed destined to close by the end of the year. On Wednesday, however, tensions between the Justice Department and executives at the two companies spilled out into the open.

Now it seems possible that the Justice Department and AT&T will end up battling each other in court. The ongoing negotiations have also demonstrated how the Trump administration may regulate big-ticket mergers and acquisitions, representing the first major test for the government’s antitrust strategy.

A central component of the dispute, according to people from both companies and the Justice Department, is CNN — the network that Mr. Trump has frequently attacked as a purveyor of “fake news.”

Late last week, AT&T called the Justice Department to request a meeting between top antitrust officials and AT&T’s chief executive officer, Randall L. Stephenson. On Monday, at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington, Mr. Stephenson and AT&T’s general counsel, David McAtee, met with Makan Delrahim, the new assistant attorney general for the department’s antitrust division, and other Justice Department officials. 

In one account of the meeting, Justice Department officials called on AT&T to sell Turner Broadcasting — the group of cable channels under the Time Warner banner that includes CNN — as a potential requirement for gaining government approval, according to three people from the companies involved, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the delicacy of the negotiations.

Or, the people said, AT&T could sell off DirecTV, the satellite television provider that it bought two years ago for nearly $49 billion. But AT&T and Time Warner executives say privately that such a concession is not realistic, given that DirecTV and its DirecTV Now streaming service would be crucial to a combined AT&T-Time Warner.

A different account emerged later: It was Mr. Stephenson who had offered to sell off CNN as part of a strategy to win governmental approval, according to two Justice Department officials who declined to speak publicly about the meeting. The officials also insisted that selling the cable news channel would not be enough to address antitrust concerns.

Mr. Stephenson responded with a public denial. “Until now, we’ve never commented on our discussions with the D.O.J.,” Mr. Stephenson said. “But given D.O.J.’s statement this afternoon, it’s important to set the record straight. Throughout this process, I have never offered to sell CNN and have no intention of doing so.”

The Justice Department said it was committed to carrying out its duties in accordance with the laws and the facts. “Beyond that, the department does not comment on any pending investigation,” it said in a statement.

AT&T and Time Warner are poised to fight to keep all their assets intact, believing that the government has no legal grounds for blocking the transaction, according to the company officials.

At stake is a deal that, if completed, would join one of the nation’s biggest wireless internet providers to HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. and DirecTV. Behind it is the desire to create a powerful provider and distributor of content, with AT&T able to both produce hits like “Game of Thrones” and distribute them to wireless service customers and DirecTV subscribers.

The deal is designed to help AT&T counter slowing growth in its core wireless, internet and satellite businesses while fending off online video upstarts like Netflix and Hulu.

Because the proposed deal involves two companies that do not compete directly with each other, executives at both AT&T and Time Warner believe there is little legal basis to block it.

Mr. Trump, who has long accused CNN of being biased against him, has spoken against the proposed deal — most notably during a speech in the final month of the 2016 presidential campaign, in Gettysburg, Pa.

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After mentioning the “crooked” media, he seemed to oppose AT&T’s bid for Time Warner on populist grounds. “As an example of the power structure I’m fighting,” Mr. Trump said, “AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration, because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.”

In response to news articles speculating that the president had pressured the Justice Department concerning the proposed deal, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said, “The President did not speak with the Attorney General about this matter, and no White House official was authorized to speak with the Department of Justice on this matter.”

Mr. Delrahim, the assistant attorney general, also denied that Mr. Trump had been involved in the discussions.

“I have never been instructed by the White House on this or any other transaction under review by the antitrust division,” he said.

Critics of the merger have described it as a sign that there is too much consolidation in the media and telecommunications industries. Even lawmakers who have otherwise been critical of Mr. Trump have offered support for the Justice Department’s continued review.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said on Twitter that the deal still needed a “thorough” and “exacting” review.

The uncertainty has weighed on Time Warner’s stock, as investors have worried that the deal may founder on antitrust grounds. Those fears began to crystallize on Wednesday, when AT&T’s chief financial officer, John Stephens, said at an investor conference that the timing of the deal’s closing was in doubt.

“We are in active discussions with the D.O.J.,” Mr. Stephens said. “I cannot comment on those discussions. But with those discussions, I can now say that the timing of the closing of the deal is now uncertain.”

To win approval of the deal, AT&T early on hired lobbyists close to Vice President Mike Pence and others in the Trump administration. AT&T was among the top donors to Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

Mr. Stephenson, the AT&T chief, has attended at least two meetings with Mr. Trump this year. Shortly after the first one, Mr. Trump lashed out at CNN on Twitter, saying that “their credibility will soon be gone!” After the second meeting, the president complimented Mr. Stephenson, saying he was doing “really a top job.”

Fighting the deal could prove challenging for regulators, antitrust experts said. The Justice Department would have to argue that AT&T would have an incentive to withhold Turner channels from rival broadband distributors like Verizon and Comcast. It could also try to demonstrate that AT&T would give channels like CNN or TNT preferential treatment over their competitors.

A potential requirement to sell DirecTV is rooted in the idea that AT&T would otherwise have too much control over the distribution of content. The company could block competing networks like Starz or ESPN from running on DirecTV’s satellite or streaming services, the argument goes.

A counterargument to that line of thinking is the Obama administration’s approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal in 2011. In that case, the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission attached several conditions to Comcast’s business practices, including promises that Comcast would not withhold content from rival streaming services.

Mr. Trump, however, was also critical of the Comcast-NBC deal in his Gettysburg speech last year.

A version of this article appears in print on November 9, 2017, New York Times

March 29, 2017

Sky News Dumps Host Calling a Boy Gay for Backing Women’s Rights

Here are the two videos, the bottom one is the offending one in which this man from another century calls a 15 yr old gay for standing up for women’s rights. The first one fills you up on the story.
"I thought he was gay. Well, yes, who wouldn't think that?" Latham said after viewing the video.
"Only later in the video did it become clear the students were reciting the words of women as part of some strange social media presentation."
His comments were condemned by senior politicians including Education Minister Simon Birmingham and current Labor leader Bill Shorten, who said Latham was a "sad bully".

October 7, 2016

Why Would ‘The Atlantic' go for HC?


The following are the reasons why a publication such as The Atlantic which never endorses political candidates and has been negative on Hillary Clinton now endorses Hillary Clinton. I usually don’t post about news publications endorsements anymore because I don’t see that they are as important today as they might have been in the past. Candidates obviously still love to be endorsed since is free advertisement besides most people would prefer a good word about them that a bad word. 

Since The Atlantic has been what I consider very critical of Clinton I was a little surprised by the endorsement and thus would like to share with you the main reasons the The Atlantic felt compelled to endorse Hillary Clinton. I think the reason for a publication that has more to loose than to gain in an endorsement reasoning should be interesting for those that plan to vote on the US Presidential election a few weeks from now.


“Today, our position is similar to the one in which The Atlantic’s editors found themselves in 1964. We are impressed by many of the qualities of the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, even as we are exasperated by others, but we are mainly concerned with the Republican Party’s nominee, Donald J. Trump, who might be the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.

These concerns compel us, for the third time since the magazine’s founding, to endorse a candidate for president. Hillary Rodham Clinton has more than earned, through her service to the country as first lady, as a senator from New York, and as secretary of state, the right to be taken seriously as a White House contender. She has flaws (some legitimately troubling, some exaggerated by her opponents), but she is among the most prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency. We are confident that she understands the role of the United States in the world; we have no doubt that she will apply herself assiduously to the problems confronting this country; and she has demonstrated an aptitude for analysis and hard work.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read. 

This judgment is not limited to the editors of The Atlantic. A large number—in fact, a number unparalleled since Goldwater’s 1964 campaign—of prominent policy makers and officeholders from the candidate’s own party have publicly renounced him. Trump disqualified himself from public service long before he declared his presidential candidacy. In one of the more sordid episodes in modern American politics, Trump made himself the face of the so-called birther movement, which had as its immediate goal the demonization of the country’s first African American president. Trump’s larger goal, it seemed, was to stoke fear among white Americans of dark-skinned foreigners. He succeeded wildly in this; the fear he has aroused has brought him one step away from the presidency.

Our endorsement of Clinton, and rejection of Trump, is not a blanket dismissal of the many Trump supporters who are motivated by legitimate anxieties about their future and their place in the American economy. But Trump has seized on these anxieties and inflamed and racialized them, without proposing realistic policies to address them.

In its founding statement, The Atlantic promised that it would be “the organ of no party or clique,” and our interest here is not to advance the prospects of the Democratic Party, nor to damage those of the Republican Party. If Hillary Clinton were facing Mitt Romney, or John McCain, or George W. Bush, or, for that matter, any of the leading candidates Trump vanquished in the Republican primaries, we would not have contemplated making this endorsement. We believe in American democracy, in which individuals from various parties of different ideological stripes can advance their ideas and compete for the affection of voters. But Trump is not a man of ideas. He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters—the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box—should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent”

September 6, 2016

Fox News is On Top But It Only Has 10 yrs(tops) of Mainstay Left

If Hillary Clinton wins in November and is given a second term the democratic candidates fighting to replace her then,  wont have Fox to kick them around anymore.  Let us explain;  But to do this we will need help from (based on scientific polling) an article on what is keeping Fox where it is and what will happen to melt the ice they are standing on in the frozen cold lake of network television. The help comes from Derek Thompson in an *article he wrote on the Atlantic. The article was edited and condensed by adamfoxie*blog.

*With Ailes out, the future of the network is in the hands of the younger Murdochs, who take the helm of a network that seems to be both drowning and soaring, at a time when television audiences are fleeing the big screen of the living room for other devices. The dilemma: Does Fox change course to attract a broader audience in a period of fragmented viewership, or rededicate itself to the formula of hyperpartisan infotainment that made it the reigning emperor of cable?

Fox News’ situation is reminiscent of another television behemoth. Several years ago, ESPN enjoyed a similar dominion in the cable kingdom, as the self-anointed worldwide leader in sports. Just as there is no remotely equal challenger to Fox News on cable, there had been no real rival for ESPN in cable sports.
But today, ESPN is the victim of a broader turn away from pay TV. After peaking in 2011, the number of households that pay for ESPN declined from 100 million to about 92 million in 2015, as younger families cut the cord, or bought cable bundles without ESPN, or never got pay TV in the first place. (For any product to receive $8 a month from 90 million households, as ESPN does today, is a remarkable achievement; however, in business, as in sports and politics, all narratives are present-biased, and the trend line has not been kind to ESPN.)

Like ESPN, Fox News’s present-day strength is its future weakness: Its success is concentrated among men well into their retirement.There is no polite way to say this, so one might as well be explicit: People don’t live forever. If the future of your business relies on a dramatic and sudden extension of average human lifespans, your ten-year outlook is murky.

The lesson to take from the worldwide leader’s slip is that star broadcasters, brilliant programming, and sparkling production value are nothing compared to the sheer force of demographics and the evolution of media technology. 

Television is particularly popular among men, people who didn’t go to college, and people over the age of 70, which is a great description of a predictable conservative. (Retired seniors watch more than 50 hours of television a week.) Indeed, this older male group is not only ready-made for cable-television-viewing; it comes prepackaged with extremely conservative views. Over the last three general-election cycles, the 65-and-up group voted for the GOP presidential candidate by an average of 9 percentage points.

The press critic and columnist Jack Shafer suggests a respectable future for Fox News, in which the merchant of right-wing outrage and conspiracy politics sees the light of civic journalism and goes straight. Shafer encourages the Murdochs to broaden Fox News’s appeal and "tilt the network harder in the direction of conscientious journalists like Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, and away from its honey badgers—notably Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and the Fox & Friends crew.”

One suspects that an erudite press critic at a coastal news publication who urges Fox News to metamorph into a conservative version of PBS is thinking of his own audience rather than that of Fox News. Ailes built a media empire by broadcasting conservative septuagenarian catnip and forcing infrastructure companies to pay it billions of dollars in fees, lest old retired men use their copious free time to call Comcast and complain that they can’t get their favorite show.

There is not much precedent for expensive investigative journalism finding a dependably large audience on cable. Instead, the formula for driving profitable viewership on cable news is one that Hollywood learned several decades ago: Find your hero or antihero, and churn out as many sequels as viewers can take. On CNN, which has transformed rather deliberately into an all-day buffet of Trump banter, viewership rose 38 percent in 2015, more than Fox News or MSNBC, to reach its highest viewership in seven years. In the first quarter of 2016, its primetime ratings grew 159 percent annually.

But when it comes to building blockbusters around heroes and villains, CNN is the Padawan and Fox News is the Jedi Master. Its genius was in recognizing the appeal of simple recognizable demons, like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, politically correct teenagers, and the remainder of America’s occult army of radical socialist secularists. The wealth of Fox News and the rise of Trump-obsessed CNN suggests that most cable-news devotees probably don’t watch television to challenge their incoming assumptions and to learn that the world is complex. 

A smart case for Fox News’ sustainability—and that of the cable industry—is the overall aging of the country. The share of Americans over the age of 75 is projected to grow by more than 40 percent this decade. But it’s not altogether clear from current viewing patterns that today’s middle-aged conservatives are destined to become tomorrow's Fox News devotees. (In other words, conservatism may be an age effect, but cable news devotion is more of a cohort effect.)* It is also not clear that younger generations of conservatives are eager to pick up where their parents and grandparents left off. Today’s young people are less likely to be Republicans than their parents, less likely to watch cable news, and even less likely to pay for cable in the first place. Those who gravitate to conservative views seem more likely to align themselves with digital platforms, like Breitbart.

Fox News’ chief rival isn’t CNN, The New York Times, or even Facebook. It’s time. The average age of a Fox News viewer is about 70. The average life expectancy of a white American male is about 80. Fox News may continue to trounce CNN and MSNBC, but mortality will provide awfully stiff competition.

December 3, 2015

The Last Mass Shooting in San Bernandino Tell Us: “GOD AINT FIXING THIS” NY Daily News

Hours after the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California that left 14 people dead and 17 others injured on Wednesday, the New York Daily News tweeted out their Thursday morning cover.

The cover and accompanying article criticizes Republican presidential candidates for offering "prayers" as opposed to solutions when it comes to America's glaring gun control crisis.
While many GOP players conveyed their "thoughts and prayers" in 140 characters or less in the hours following the 355th domestic shooting this year, the New York Daily News' cover specifically calls out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The publication is echoing many of the sentiments heard across the internet today.

A reddit thread titled "Maybe praying isn't enough?" put Gov. Mike Huckabee on blast for delivering the same sentiment following every recent gun violence crisis, yet making no moves to help the problem.

August 27, 2015

Anchorman Jorge Ramos Compares Trump as President to a Monkey with a loaded gun


Ricardo Sánchez, known as “El Mandril” on his Spanish-language, drive-time radio show in Los Angeles, has taken to calling Donald J. Trump “El hombre del peluquĂ­n” — the man of the toupee.

Some of Mr. Sánchez’s listeners are less kind, referring to Mr. Trump, who has dismissed some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and criminals, simply as “Hitler.”

Mr. Sánchez says that he tries to focus on the positive in presidential politics, but he, too, at times has used harsh language to describe Mr. Trump, a real estate mogul, according to translations of his show provided by his executive producer.

“A president like Trump would be like giving a loaded gun to a monkey,” Mr. Sanchez said in one broadcast. “But a gun that fires atomic bullets.”
The adversarial relationship between Mr. Trump and the Spanish-language news media, which has simmered publicly since he announced his candidacy in June, boiled over on Tuesday at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, when the candidate erupted at Jorge Ramos, the main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, when he tried to ask a question without being called on. Mr. Trump signaled to one of his security guards, who physically removed Mr. Ramos from the event.


Jorge Ramos, news anchor at Univision and Fusion, questioning Donald J. Trump at a news conference Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images:
“Don’t touch me, sir. Don’t touch me,” Mr. Ramos said, as he was marched out of the room. “I have the right to ask a question.”

Mr. Ramos was eventually allowed to return. But for the Spanish-language press, which has grown in size and influence in politics, the tense exchange was a highly public flexing of muscle against a candidate who many outlets no longer pretend to cover objectively: They are offended by Mr. Trump’s words and tactics — and they are showing it.

Some, including Mr. Ramos, said that their networks have covered Mr. Trump more aggressively than their mainstream counterparts, which until recently, at least, largely dismissed Mr. Trump as a summer amusement — less a serious candidate than a ratings bonanza in the form of a bombastic reality television star. (After the dust-up with Mr. Ramos on Tuesday night, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists issued a statement condemning Mr. Trump.)

Mr. Ramos, who earlier this month delivered a searing indictment of Mr. Trump, calling him, “the loudest voice of intolerance, hatred and division in the United States,” attributed the difference in approach to how directly the issue of immigration affects Latino Americans.

“This is personal, and that’s the big difference between Spanish-language and mainstream media, because he’s talking about our parents, our friends, our kids and our babies,” Mr. Ramos said in a telephone interview.

  Ricardo Sánchez, a talk radio host known as “El Mandril,” has at times used harsh language to describe Mr. Trump. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
Mr. Ramos, who has been called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America for the tremendous influence he holds with Hispanic viewers, said that he could not recall Spanish-language news media covering a story as aggressively as it has Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

And though cable news and the Sunday morning news shows have blanketed their political coverage with stories about Mr. Trump’s improbable campaign, the focus of Spanish-language news programs has been almost exclusively on Mr. Trump’s controversial stance on immigration.
About 58 percent of all mentions of Mr. Trump in mainstream news media — broadcast, cable, radio and online outlets — in the past month have focused on immigration, while on Spanish-language news programs, the proportion is almost 80 percent, according to an analysis by Two.42.Solutions, a nonpartisan media analytics company. The Spanish-language news media has also been more critical in its coverage of Mr. Trump’s positions on the issue, with nearly all of it negative in tone.

JosĂ© DĂ­az-Balart, the main anchor for Telemundo and MSNBC who takes a straight-news approach to his coverage and does not consider himself an advocate, nonetheless said that because of its viewership, Telemundo has delved deeper into the specifics of Mr. Trump’s immigration plan than many English-language outlets and has covered his candidacy with a sense of “urgency.”

“Our audience is very well versed, very knowledgeable, very well educated on the issue of immigration,” Mr. DĂ­az-Balart said, adding that his viewers are eager to hear “what are you realistically proposing and planning to do on the issues that are so important to the community.”
When Mr. Trump visited the United States-Mexico border last month, the Spanish-language networks devoted more time to Mr. Trump in their evening broadcasts than their English-language counterparts; Univision gave Mr. Trump six minutes, while Telemundo — which had Mr. DĂ­az-Balart anchor his nightly newscast live from the border — spent nine minutes on Mr. Trump.

In addition to his comments calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists, Mr. Trump’s immigration plan — which includes erecting a wall along the southern border and ending birthright citizenship — has also earned the ire of many Hispanics, who are expected to be a critical voting bloc in 2016.

Univision severed ties with the Miss Universe Organization, of which Mr. Trump is a part owner, because of his offensive comments about Mexican immigrants. Mr. Trump is now suing the network for $500 million.

Ken Oliver-MĂ©ndez, the director of the Hispanic media arm of the conservative Media Research Center, said that in the Spanish-language news media, “There’s just very opinionated, very sweeping condemnations of Donald Trump taking place.”

An analysis of news, blogs and forums by Crimson Hexagon, a nonpartisan social media analytics software company, also found that overall mentions of Mr. Trump in the Spanish-language news media since he announced his candidacy were 69 percent negative, but were less negative — 58 percent — in the English-language news media.
Critics of the Spanish-language news coverage, including Mr. Oliver-MĂ©ndez, say that the Hispanic press is engaging in advocacy and not journalism.

“The Spanish-language media is basically taking Trump through the prism of what’s best for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, so to the extent that Trump is coming out with statements that are threatening the existence of that community, he’s been covered like an enemy,” he said. 
He pointed to several moments last week on the national United States evening news broadcasts of Azteca America, a Spanish-language television network. In one, an anchor said that Mr. Trump had nothing in his head but air, and in another, Armando Guzmán, a Washington correspondent, accused Mr. Trump of lying: “As in everything else, Trump is not telling the truth,” Mr. Guzmán said.

The last one-on-one interview Mr. Trump gave to a Spanish-language network was with Mr. DĂ­az-Balart on Telemundo, shortly after Mr. Trump announced his candidacy. The Trump campaign said it continues to give credentials to Spanish-language organizations for its events and treats them like all other news media.

Alex Nogales, the president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a civil rights organization focused on American Latinos, said that the Spanish-language news media’s coverage of Mr. Trump has broad implications for the presidential election, whether or not he becomes the Republican nominee.

He said that for Latino voters, there will be a “reinforcement in terms of what they’re hearing, what they’re seeing, what they’re listening to” from the Republican candidates.

Lawrence Glick, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization who oversees golf, called Mr. Nogales this month, saying “he wanted to make peace” and set up a meeting with Mr. Trump, Mr. Nogales said. (The coalition has been calling for the suspension of all professional golf tournaments from Trump courses). But the two men seem to have reached an impasse, with no meeting imminent.

Mr. Ramos, for his part, sees a possible bright spot in Mr. Trump’s 2016 role.

“The only positive thing I might think of for Mr. Trump is that he brought immigration to the forefront of the 2016 campaign,” he said.

February 23, 2015

CNN Contributor Comes out Wishes her daughter would be Gay too


Sally Kohn, a CNN contributor and progressive activist, says she hopes her 6-year-old daughter will turn out to be gay.
Kohn, who has previously described herself as a “butch lesbian,” copped to the preference in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

“I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too,” wrote Kohn, who also contributes to The Daily Beast.
Kohn defended her position, arguing that it’s normal for parents to want their children to follow in their footsteps, whether it involves extracurricular activities, political outlook or sexual orientation.
“More often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat,” wrote Kohn, who lives with her partner Sarah Hansen and their daughter Willa Hansen-Kohn in the “liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn.”

Kohn made it clear in the essay that though she ultimately wants her daughter to be happy whatever her sexual orientation, she plans to do everything she can to encourage her daughter to avoid adhering to gender norms.
“When my daughter plays house with her stuffed koala bears as the mom and dad, we gently remind her that they could be a dad and dad. Sometimes she changes her narrative. Sometimes she doesn’t. It’s her choice,” Kohn wrote.
The activist highlighted her dilemma with a story about how her daughter recently developed a crush on an older boy who rides her school bus.
“Time will tell, but so far, it doesn’t look like my 6-year-old daughter is gay. In fact, she’s boy crazy. It seems early to me, but I’m trying to be supportive,” Kohn exclaimed.
When Kohn’s daughter said she wanted to buy the boy presents and a card, the essayist asked another student’s mother for advice on what to do.
“Bet it wouldn’t bother you so much if her crush was on a girl,” the mother told Kohn.
“She was right,” Kohn wrote. “I’m a slightly overbearing pro-gay gay mom. But I’m going to support my daughter, whatever choices she makes.”
Kohn has displayed a penchant for making controversial statements.
In an essay for CNN last summer, she argued that using the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants was like calling an African-American “the n-word.”
An in an essay at The New York Times last month, which Kohn advertised on her website as “Butch Lesbian Mom Takes Daughter To Princess Makeover,” the pundit lamented that her daughter gravitates towards dolls and dresses rather than jeans and sports.
“Even in the midst of our hyper-liberal and hyper-diverse neighborhood with girls and boys of all kinds on display every day, it happened,” Kohn wrote. “Did I do something wrong? Is feminism mysteriously skipping a generation? Meanwhile, I have to bribe her to wear jeans.”

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