How do we counteract the gullibility of so many voters? I’m happy to see this CNN anchor pushing back, though.
If only I hadn’t lost all my posts from the Bush era, I could just do reruns. Because really, this reminds me of the run-up to the Iraq war. Our media does not serve us well.
In a wide-ranging interview on this morning’s AM Joy, filmmaker Rob Reiner discussed how it’s possible that an “insane person” Donald Trump could win a Presidential election. Reiner’s latest movie is about Lyndon Johnson. JOY ANN REID: Actor and director Rob Reiner knows a thing or two about the workings of fame and he made the… Continue Reading →
The media refuses to call them Nazis. “Heil the people! Heil victory,” some shouted at an alt-right conference in Washington https://t.co/McMAo32r5B – The New York Times (@nytimes) November 21, 2016 The alt-right, a movement associated with racism and anti-Semitism, celebrated Trump’s election https://t.co/MFN75iLqe4 via @katieglueck – POLITICO (@politico) November 21, 2016 Meet the new think tank… Continue Reading →
Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.
“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.
A second source confirmed the fireworks.
“The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks,” the other source said.
“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.
“Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.”
Responding to Howard Kurtz’ questions about her new book, Megyn Kelly said that TV hosts who supported Trump would collude with Donald beforehand to help give themselves credibility by making believe they were tough on him and called it “play acting.” On Fox News’ Media Buzz, Kurtz asked, “Certain TV hosts were in the tank for… Continue Reading →
Of course, Jon Stewart makes his classic “both sides are bad” argument. It seems it hasn’t occurred to him that his good buddies may not be as candid around him as he believes:
Many logical and rational Americans understood what Trump’s Make America Great Again, a recycled Reagan slogan, truly meant. Naturally, the Fourth Estate, the media, NEVER pressed the orange-hued fan of tyrranical dictators for specifics, on anything. Let’s face it, Great is White in alt-Right, Trump’s America. Sadly, we knew we were fighting the battle against what… Continue Reading →
Todd Gitlin (yes, “head of the SDS” Todd Gitlin on Stephen Colbert’s election night show:
What followed Colbert’s plea for unity was a string of jokes not worth repeating. Did he mean to show that the greatness of America is that everyone feels compelled to laugh at the same lame jokes? According to CBS, this closing monologue has been viewed more than 2 million times.
Honorable Stephen Colbert: We didn’t overdose on politics. Not enough of us took politics seriously. Not enough of us troubled to vote against a grotesque parody of populist politics laced with enough racism, nativism, sexism, bullshit and lies to choke a Constitutional convention. Not enough of us resisted the systematic rollback of voting rights that choked off the votes of people of color — restrictions mounted for the first time in 2016 in 14 states, including such swing states as Virginia and Wisconsin. As Ari Berman wrote in The Nation, as “27,000 votes currently separate[d] Trump and Clinton in Wisconsin
…300,000 registered voters, according to a federal court, lacked strict forms of voter ID…. On Election Day, there were 868 fewer polling places in states with a long history of voting discrimination, like Arizona, Texas and North Carolina.”
These outrages against democracy did not draw the attention of major networks.This anti-political doctrine greases the skids for despotism.
While Colbert would have his devoted fans abandon politics until summoned again by a quivering trumpet, those who are not his fans — Republicans, not to put too fine a point on it — have arranged to take over the governments, the governorships and legislatures, in two-thirds of our states.
Two-thirds. With that control, they overthrow voting rights. With that control, they redistrict to force right-wing dominance of the House of Representatives.
To advise his hip fans to get over their retrograde interest in politics, to lighten up, to live as if hugging your adversary were the sole vitality of life, as if citizenly life were nothing more than a clogging of mental arteries — this is yahoo encouragement for the screaming me-me’s. This anti-political doctrine greases the skids for despotism. This disrespect for the common life, this indifference to truth, this counsel of surrender, Stephen Colbert, is how a republic dies.
Jeffrey Lord is still working for CNN. Yeah. This segment started with former Breitbart employee Kurt Bardella, who left the website last Spring over Trump. Bardella defined the problem with Breitbart.com: KURT BARDELLA: [Breitbart.com and Steve Bannon] represent a world view that is incredibly dangerous and divisive and to have this kind of proximity to the… Continue Reading →
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that Donald Trump supporters who bully women and minorities were not welcome in the Republican Party. During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper pointed out to Ryan that there had been countless incidents of harassment against minorities and women since Donald Trump won the presidency. “There are… Continue Reading →