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On June 23, 2017, Rolling Stone published an interview with Sammy Hagar, former lead singer of the iconic 1980’s band Van Halen. When asked about the political climate, Hagar revealed an attitude entirely different from most celebrities -- an attitude of hope in America’s current President.
On June 20, 2017, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote a misleading open letter to Donald Trump just before his visit to Iowa. She called her multi-million dollar abortion organization “lifesaving” and claimed Planned Parenthood closures would cause many to lose health care - among blatant other lies.
According to a recent Press Release from 2ndVote, sustainable outdoor gear and attire retailer Patagonia donated $67,000 to Planned Parenthood. And this isn’t the first time the $600 million dollar corporation has participated in left-leaning political activism.
On June 21, 2017, the far-left group Catholics for Choice put an unsavory, anti-Catholic ad in The Washington Post Express, falsely accusing Catholics of “discrimination.” The aim of the ad is clear: coerce Catholic institutions into paying for abortion-inducing drugs by lying.
The ad featured a caricature of cardinal in pre-Vatican II clerical garb, pointing at viewers. A printed inscription below the image ran “We want YOU to help us discriminate.”
The night of June 20 was a rough one at Buzzfeed, the nasty hard-left clickbait site. How do we know? Partly because of their depressed coverage of the Georgia special election results, and partly because a new book tells us what it was like around the Buzzfeed offices election night 2016.
On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, comedian Seth Rogen admitted to direct messaging Donald Trump, Jr. several times. While Rogen declared his tweets were “polite and measured,” they only made the comedian look like a typical Twitter troll.
Producer-singer-songwriter and boyfriend of Lena Dunham, Jack Antonoff, has fallen into a nearly ubiquitous celebrity trend: creating an echo chamber of empty political commentary. Josh Duboff of interviewed Antonoff June 15, 2017. The musician’s comments on the President and his family were particularly nasty – and, frankly, false.
You may believe Hollywood touts a strong pro-choice bias. And according to a recent poll, most Americans would agree with you.
Rewind to January 2017 – a politically fraught month, with the Women’s March and March for Life scheduled back-to-back, not to mention President Trump’s Inauguration. Twenty million viewers were watching Meryl Streep vent about politics and call Hollywood and the press “the most vilified segments in American society right now.” She also lauded Hollywood’s impressive cultural diversity.
Tom Morello constructed a band dedicated to bashing capitalism, among other supposed “injustices.” But beware, Morello fans: this guitarist is, unsurprisingly, worth millions.
Tom Morello, lead guitarist of Prophets of Rage and Rage Against the Machine, takes to Twitter constantly – though not necessarily to discuss his music (given the band’s taste for screaming and ear-ringing metallica, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing). Given his loud adherence to the Resistance, Morello has an unquenchable penchant for the political.
Al Franken’s recent book Giant of the Senate has a single aim, very much in line with Franken’s careers in media and politics: take down conservatives. Chock-full of quintessential nasty Franken wit, the book guides readers through Franken’s time on SNL, Air America, and – in recent years – the U.S. Senate. Reflections on (as well as various defenses of) his previous books, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, and The Truth (with Jokes) crop up throughout the memoir. The book recounts Franken’s time in media and politics. Yet it ultimately boils down to a constant (albeit comedic) attack on anything that hints at conservatism.
After House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, of LA. was shot gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA., celebrities were more concerned with the politics of gun control than the fact that a U.S. congressman was shot. Mia Farrow, previous wife of Frank Sinatra and star in The Great Gatsby (1974), tweeted:
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck, don’t try to tell tell Whoopi it’s a duck.
On June 13, 2017, The View host Whoopi Goldberg claimed the connections between the main character of Shakespeare in the Park’s Julius Caesar and Donald Trump were dubious.
Implying the only likenesses between the Shakespeare in the Park production’s main character and Trump were the fact that both were white, wore red ties, and had blond hair, Goldberg proceeded to claim that the play was simply a contemporary representation of Shakespeare’s classic – nothing more. According to Goldberg, “some bonehead on Fox” was reading too much into the matter, mistaking simple Shakespeare for political satire. After all, theater often “contemporizes” productions, host Sunny Hostin weighed in – and indeed, “they always do that.” “This is not the story of Donald Trump,” host Jedediah Bila agreed.
Only rarely do media show an ounce of self-awareness, let alone self-criticism. Yet Jess Walter, writing for Quill, a publication from the Society of Professional Journalism, demonstrated more than an ounce of both in the magazine’s May/June 2017 issue.
His satirical short story in Quill, ‘Payload’, features an encounter between a truck-driving conservative, Duane, and the moralistic Jay – a liberal journalist who develops a troubling fixation with Duane’s truck.
On June 10, Bustle’s Lani Seelinger lambasted Ivanka Trump, claiming all feminists must “[stand] up for abortion rights” and “support Planned Parenthood.” Media have levied heavy criticism against the eldest first daughter, Bustle foremost among them. The particular content of the criticism stemed from Ivanka’s apparent silence on or divergence from leftist agenda. Yet Bustle’s criticisms became increasingly farfetched and, frankly, petty in Lani Seelinger’s article. Take Ivanka’s silence on pro-abortion policy, for example. “Women need . . . full reproductive rights, and advocates who will fight for them,” ventured Seelinger, apparently forgetting 60 percent of adult American women consider themselves “very pro-life.”
Is this new Michael Moore video ‘Unf—ing’ the world or simply contributing to the rage?
Michael Moore directed the Prophets of Rage’s new music video, entitled ‘Unf— the World’, and The Hollywood Reporter likened the video to Moore’s “decades-long crusade for truth.”
“It’s a lot cheaper to grab a couple drugs and kill you than it is to provide you with life sustaining therapy,” Dr. Brian Callister of Reno, NV told the Patients’ Rights Action Fund. “Simple as that.” His words appeared in a sobering video PRAF released exposing the shockingly limited treatment options available to terminally ill patients.
The irony. After taking Miss USA to task over her statement on health care as a “privilege,” rather than a “right,” BuzzFeed has detailed the horrific failings of a significant public health care system.
On May 30, Karla Zabludovsky of BuzzFeed News wrote a piece exposing the Venezuela’s dysfunctional health care system. The piece, entitled ‘These People Had A Chance At Life. Venezuela Is Taking It Away,’ exposed the breakdown of socialist Venezuela’s public health care system. “The health care system is on the brink of total collapse and patients who thought they were in the clear are back to fighting a harsh reality,” wrote Zabludovsky. “Doctors . . . perform surgery with antiquated equipment in operating rooms cleaned with dirty water.”
Although Scarlett Johansson claims to advocate women’s rights, she appears to be out of touch with a significant group of women.
This July’s issue of Cosmopolitan features an interview with Scarlett Johansson, entitled “Think Out Loud,” in which she discusses January’s Women’s March, Planned Parenthood, and reproductive rights. Johansson, who has appeared in He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), The Avengers (2012), and Hail Caesar (2016), stars most recently in Rough Night — to open June 16. While acclaimed for her Hollywood and Broadway performances, Johansson has broadcasted her political views on numerous occasions, the Women’s March foremost among them.