Columnists and editorial boards of national news outlets hope President Donald Trump will institute taxation of carbon dioxide, citing “prominent” Republican support for such “climate action.” In February, The New York Times editorial board, a Washington Post columnist, Time magazine and a CNN.com opinion columnist all ran pieces endorsing a carbon tax. Post columnist Robert Samuelson cried “two cheers for a carbon tax” in his headline. In order to sell the idea, the media used descriptions like “blue-collar climate plan” and labeled it a tax that “could win over” Trump. The general premise of a carbon tax is that energy companies will be taxed for every ton of carbon they emit, making the price of carbon based energy increase and the demand decrease.
So much for free speech. Businesses and CEOs are learning that saying anything positive about the new president can come at a heavy cost. Under Armour Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank is the most recent business person to land in hot water after saying something positive about Trump. Plank said in a CNBC interview that Trump’s “pro-business” attitude is a “real asset for this country.” But later in the interview, he expressed concerns about Trump’s calls for a border tax.
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor recently called out the liberal media for coming unglued after President Donald Trump criticized the media’s coverage of him during a February press conference. “The media have been kicking sand in the face of the American public for decades going after every Republican who rose to the fore” Gainor said on Feb. 17, during an appearance on Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.
Rather than rejoice over the stock market rally, many people are pushing economic pessimism and that upset CNBC’s Rick Santelli. The CNBC editor and contributor complained about the pessimism on Squawk Box Feb. 16. “Much of the world always finds something to cheer about, always finds hope in every stock market. This particular rally, because of the president, everybody wants to put cold water on it and maybe some day they’ll all get their wish,” Santelli said.
The NY-state based grocery store chain Wegmans isn’t listening to calls to boycott Trump wine. Wegman’s spokeswoman Jo Natale refused to give in to anti-Trump pressure against the store for selling Trump wine and she defended the decision. Twitchy called Natale’s response to boycott proponents with The Stop Trump Wine Group “AWESOME.”
$100 trillion for a 0.3 degree temperature drop. That’s a price tag that sounds acceptable to liberals, but not to everyone. An economist and environmentalist who says man-made climate change is real still argues that is “an incredibly expensive way to do almost no good." Self-proclaimed “skeptical environmentalist and” president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center Bjorn Lomborg appeared on FBN’s Varney & Company on Feb. 14, to discuss The Paris Agreement. He advised the new president to drop the agreement and focus on other solutions. He also criticized the expense of the deal, for what it would supposedly do to temperatures.
Do liberals really think cartoons aimed at five year olds should be pushing climate change propaganda? One Slate writer does. Slate’s parenting advice columnist Melinda Wenner Moyer whined that cartoons just don’t have enough climate change indoctrination. Moyer wrote on Feb 6, that said she found it strange that when she mentioned climate change to her five year old, he said he didn’t know what it was. Moyer argued that, since her son was learning scientific things like “A cheetah can run 70 miles per hour” and “Venus and Earth are about the same size,” those cartoons should be warning him about the “hugely important environmental issue” of climate change.
For years, the liberal media have given Bill Nye a platform to rant about his liberal views and now Netflix will give him an entire show. Nye, “The Science Guy,” is one of the media’s favorite global warming alarmists. He will star in a new Netflix show called Bill Nye Saves the World which will debut in the Spring of 2017. Variety’s TV Editor Laura Prudom reported that the show will attempt to refute religious leaders and politicians who espouse “anti-scientific claims.” Nye told Variety each episode will take on “complex scientific issues facing us today” such as “vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change.”
CNN Money tried to have it both ways on “Trumponomics,” blaming bad currency news on the new president the same day it refused to credit him for any positive impact on the jobs report. On Feb. 3, CNN Money blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for a weaker dollar, but ignored the possibility his rhetoric positively impacted jobs in January. Maybe, that’s why Trump and others have dubbed CNN “fake news.” Both stories were labeled “Trumponomics.”
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor called out the media for their “PC” coverage of radical Islamic terrorism. On Feb. 7, Gainor appeared on Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, and analyzed Trump’s recent comments blasting the media’s “very dishonest” coverage of terrorism around the world.
“Conscientiously” committing a felony is OK if done for environmental purposes, says the Daily Beast. On Feb. 6, 2017, the Daily Beast published an article reveling at the news that eco-activist Ken Ward, who appeared to admit he had committed a felony, was walking free. The article was written by Ted Hamilton, co-founder of the Climate Defense Project, which offered Ward legal help in his trial. He argued that committing crimes in defense of the climate is moral and necessary.
The liberal media boast close ties with Planned Parenthood, so it'll be interesting to see how they cover the abortion giant’s “quotas,” if at all. On Tuesday, Live Action, a pro-life nonprofit, released a video in which a former Planned Parenthood employee admitted that clinics used incentives, such as pizza parties, as a “motivator” to meet abortion quotas. Yes, that’s right, abortion quotas.
Super Bowl commercials are known for being creative, funny, and sometimes controversial, but T-Mobile’s BDSM-themed commercials took the game day ads to a weird new level. Sunday night, two T-Mobile ads compared Verizon customer experience to BDSM during the 2017 Super Bowl. The ads were meant to reflect the controversial (and media-hyped) BDSM-themed movie 50 Shades of Grey and its sequel 50 Shades Darker set to be released Feb. 9.
In a recent interview, MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor condemned The New York Times for false reports about a recent executive order. The Times claimed the Trump administration did not inform Department of Homeland Security about the new executive order regarding refugees from certain nations.Gainor appeared on Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, and said that the “media have a preconceived agenda here.”
Deficits matter … if there is a Republican in office. At least, according to The Washington Post. The Post’s Editorial Board criticized “the [government’s] reckless return to deficit spending” on Jan. 28, 2017. They warned “the country cannot borrow ever-increasing amounts [of money] without consequence” referring to President Donald Trump’s proposed economic plans and potential deficits. Although, The Post said Trump’s economic plans are “unjustified,” on Oct. 26, 2012, the Editorial Board clearly endorsed President Obama for a second term, even though Obama had just recorded a record deficit of over $1.4 trillion in 2009.
There has been no shortage of vitriol directed at President Donald Trump, but one CEO recently went beyond criticism to what could be viewed as a threat.Ted Kornblum, Founder and CEO of Magnatone guitar amplifier company, posted on Jan. 30, “Rest easy people, it’ll take only 100 days till Trump gets a bullet in the head!”
Usually when you think of comic books you think of action, excitement, and violence but now…. gun-control? DC Comic’s launched a new gun control themed issue of their comic book Deathstroke. In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, coauthor Denys Cowan said “Gun violence is a human problem” that he and other coauthor Christopher Priest deal with “in the context of a thriller type story.”
It is as cringeworthy as you would think… and then some. British musician Billy Bragg covered iconic music legend Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’” with his own lyrics bashing newly elected President Donald trump.
Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum compared the recent surge in the stock market to … you guessed it… Nazi Germany. On Jan. 25, 2017, she tweeted to keep in mind that “in Nazi Germany, the stock market rose and rose and kept rising, right up to Stalingrad.”
For years, conservatives and libertarians have been demanding the government rein in wasteful federal spending. Even liberal former President Obama once promoted the idea of agency consolidation. One agency, the Centers for Disease Control, has been called out for wasteful spending and duplication of effort for many years. Now a new report published Dec. 19, 2016, by EconoSTATS had done it again. The think tank’s work revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been duplicating work done by 19 other federal agencies.