Category Archives: Media

Where in the world is Kellyanne Conway?

Supposedly she’s been pulled off the air after showing her truth-free mug everywhere but holding a rose in her teeth on The Bachelor. But there are alternative theories.

 

Hmmm…what do all these places have in common?

They’re all repressive regimes who try to stifle free speech. But once sticks out for some reason….

Via Zack Whittaker on Twitter.

Trump war on the press goes into overdrive

The White House press briefing room

This is pretty outrageous:

Journalists from The New York Times and several other news organizations were prohibited from attending a brieäng by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, 

[snip]

Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed. Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. 

Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended. 

Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions.

Who knew that Politico, which started as a news source favoring Republicans, would be in this group? Politico seems to have found its journalistic footing while covering The Orange Great Leader.

I may need to renew my lapsed New York Times subscription, which I had let lapse over their shameful following of the journalistic lemmings over the Hillary emails cliff.

If nothing else, Trump is proving that the glorious White House access the media has long held as the sine qua non of prestigious presidential coverage is proving to be somewhat of a bust since the media outlets who are being shut out are doing a better job than the non-right-wing “mainstream” ones still in the White House’s good graces.

Along those lines, David Frum, once a reliably pliant journalist during previous GOP White House regimes, tweeted this very good question:

Milo discovers Breitbart’s breaking point?

Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Racism.
  • Sexism.
  • Misogyny.
  • White Supremacy.
  • Too many others to name.

Of all the horrors and anti-social, anti-democratic behaviors which can be laid at the doorstep of the alt-right web site Breitbart, there appears to be one they cannot tolerate:

All is not well at Breitbart News.

A senior editor at the right-wing publication tells Washingtonian that “at least a half-dozen” employees are prepared to leave the company if Milo Yiannopoulos is not promptly fired. A second Breitbart source confirms this estimate.

Yiannopoulos, himself a senior editor at Breitbart, was booted from his speaking slot at this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC), following taped revelations in which he appears to endorse pedophilia.

I figured Milo’s time as the gay court jester of the alt-right was limited. Also, his big book deal has been cancelled.

Milo is a pig. Beyond being, apparently, an alleged defender of pedophilia.

Thought for the day

Via @CharlesPPierce, writer for Esquire and one of the smartest guys in journalism.

Ivanka and Kellyanne in the same boat

Jeez, Kellyanne.

When Mika and the gang think you’re not credible enough for their “Morning Joe” shitshow, you’ve fallen fast and hard.

Just crazy, thisTrump adviser

George Stephanopoulos finds the spine he lost during the election and shuts down the lies of this guy who is turning out to be a main attraction in the freak show that is the White House.

On TMZ, just now

I clicked on a link that took me to TMZ and noticed this on the front page.

Celebrity culture. What a cesspool.

Things such as this were the reasons I wasn’t really shocked that America elected a crooked reality TV show host as president.

Crazy right-winger from Michael’s cries hurt feelings

For people who can scream racist shit at the top of their lungs in public, these crazies sure have delicate feelings.

This is the Chicago nutball who lost her shit at the checkout in the Michael’s craft store in Chicago, talking to NBC5:

The video, seen more than 4.5 million times, shows Boyle yelling repeatedly at a black employee at a Lakeview store and telling one employee to “shut your face.”

Boyle says an employee discriminated against her and mumbled that she must have voted for Donald Trump, but the employee is heard in the video denying that assertion. 

“And I voted for Trump, so there,” she said in the footage. “What? You want to kick me out because of that? And look who won. Look who won.” 

Now, at the start of 2017, Boyle said she regrets not leaving the store and ending the situation before her viral tirade. 

“Looking at it now, I think that would have been the right thing to do,” she said. “I really believe that it was fight or flight kicked in and I felt that I needed to defend myself.” 

Fight or flight?

Who knew arts and crafts stores could be so dangerous?

Also, she lives in Lakeview? 

For those of you who don’t know, this area is also called Boystown. I’m sure that a few gay men have thrown some shade her way. 

Good. She deserves at least that.

Why, oh why, did you go on Fox News, Kurt Eichenwald?

Tucker Carlson Fox News Daily Caller
Tucker Carlson founded the extreme right-wing web site The Daily Caller. He is a host of Fox News. You do not discuss journalistic ethic with him because he has none.

The correct answer when Fox News ask you to come on TV to discuss journalistic ethics is, “No, absolutely not.” Apparently Eichenwald didn’t get the memo.

The results are a predictable train wreck of accusations being traded back and forth and Carlson baiting Eichenwald masterfully. Because, you know, that is what they do on Fox News. Every day. They are quite good at it by now.

I love Eichenwald. He did great work in the election in exposing Donald Trump’s many shady business dealings and the mess that has been Trump’s personal life. He is a good journalist.

Carlson’s career had the faint whiff of respectability when he was on CNN’s Crossfire long ago, which ended badly when John Stewart went on and famously destroyed Carlson and the show he co-hosted. And Carlson’s insipid bow tie. Which Carlson stopped wearing not long after Stewart made fun of him on national TV.

I have not a single doubt that Eichenwald is smarter than Carlson. But if you think you are going to go on Fox News and do the same thing to Carlson that Stewart did to him on CNN, you do not understand the differences between Fox News and CNN. Nor the difference between being a journalist and comedian. 

If you do go on Fox News to discuss proper news gathering and writing you probably feel the need to be on TV more than you should. Either that, or someone above Eichenwald ordered to appear with Carlson. I hope it was the latter.