Melissa Mullins

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Melissa Mullins is a freelance writer and public relations professional living in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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Jason Samenow, a chief meteorologist of the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, penned an op-ed for the Sunday paper slamming the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its decision to remove certain web pages that dealt with global warming science, claiming it was a declaration of “war.”


Talk about betraying a bias. A reporter from the Washington Post actually admitted that she and her cohorts had “a little bit of fun” assembling and highlighting examples of foreign leaders who have mocked President Trump. Anne Gearan, the reporter who cheerfully wrote a story last week titled, “Trump said foreign leaders wouldn’t laugh at the U.S. Now they’re laughing at him.”


Following the recent controversy for trying to boost ratings by interviewing the combustible fake-news Infowars host Alex Jones, NBC’s Megyn Kelly has completely reconfigured her Sunday night show by bringing on the families of Sandy Hook and editing her interview to seem tougher on Jones.

Jones is known for his conspiracy theories, most notably claiming the attacks on September 11 were a government inside job and for claiming the Sandy Hook massacre never actually happened. Kelly invited the families of Sandy Hook on her show so they could underline the pain of people suggesting their children weren't killed during the interview.


It seems as though Michael Moore is still bitter from last November’s election and directing anti-Republican movies as a creative and cathartic outlet. After all, who can forget his movie Fahrenheit 9/11 that the George W. Bush presidency and his War on Terror. Brent Bozell called it a "flagrant foul on the facts."

Moore has now teamed up with his former collaborators to produce Fahrenheit 11/9, a play on the title of his Bush-bashing movie, though this time the date signifies the day after Donald J. Trump was elected president...and liberals compared it to a "moral 9/11."


Liberals are putting their loathing of Donald Trump into everything. The Huffington Post featured an article headlined: "Resist Trump With These Mother’s Day Cards For Muslim And Immigrant Moms: And they’re made by queer and transgender artists of color."

With the hashtag #MamasDay, the nonprofit group “Forward Together” distributed 15,000 cards to such women in need. The group includes coalition members like CAIR (the Council for American-Islamic Relations).


Actor Robert DeNiro has made no attempt to hide his contempt for President Donald Trump, often using interviews as a platform to rail against Trump.  Last Monday proved no different when he accepted a lifetime achievement award and decided to use his acceptance speech and take aim at President Trump’s proposed budget, which would cut funds to the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For the record, Trump’s budget wasn’t signed into law, but that didn’t stop DeNiro from calling it “bullsh*t.”


In light of a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Miley Cyrus is facing backlash over her comments of not listening to rap and hip hop music anymore. After talking about a new Kendrick Lamar song, she said: “That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock'—I am so not that.”


Linda Cohn, who has been with ESPN for over 25 years, thinks politics IS partly to blame for the layoffs. In an interview this past Friday with WABC’s “Bernie and Sid Show.”

Cohn, when asked if she feels there was a “distaste” among viewers for politics invading the programming decisions, said she feels it that is “definitely a percentage of it....I don’t know how big a percentage,” she said, “but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, then they’re blind. And that’s what I meant about the core group of what made ESPN so successful.”


The Washington Post summarized the latest "inclusion" and "diversity" controversy in the fashion world: "Shea Moisture reaches out to white women in hair products ad. Black women protest."

Many took to social media to blast the company.  One writer expressed the ad a “blatant erasure of African American women who made the brand what it is,” while another said the ad completely discredited the needs of women of color much like the slogan “All Lives Matter,” and the #allhairmatters hashtag popped up in protest.

 


In Rolling Stone magazine, writer Matt Taibbi gave a surprisingly sober (if socialist) review of a new book written by reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that provided a detailed inside look at the failed Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run.

 


Forget calling him a Hollywood director. Clint Eastwood is quickly earning the title of America’s director.

Eastwood, who has recently directed films depicting American heroes – from former Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the movie American Sniper, to Sully, on pilot Chelsey Sullenberger's flawless emergency landing of a jet in the Hudson River. Next, Eastwood will be directing a film on the August 21, 2015 incident in which three courageous American friends who stopped an ISIS-inspired terror attack where a man opened fire on a Paris train.  


Harvey Weinstein isn’t one to shy away from publicity, but his recent criticism of an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on his company’s new movie 3 Generations isn’t a publicity stunt, or so he claims.

3 Generations tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Elle Fanning, who wants to transition into a boy, who must first find her father to get permission for the procedure.


BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith appeared on the CNN podcast “The Axe Files” to proclaim that President Trump’s attacks on the press had “breathed new life” into them, and “singlehandedly…postponed the collapse of a fair share of the legacy media in an interesting way.”

Smith is just the latest liberal to insincerely praise Trump for reviving a dormant media elite – without admitting they were asleep under Obama.


Social justice warriors are at it again, this time taking aim at the popular United Kingdom game show University Challenge because not a single female made it to the final.  A game in the mold of Jeopardy, University Challenge airs on the BBC that features college students from the UK’s top schools.

 


In a panel discussion at NeueHouse in Hollywood after the show’s official Television Academy Emmy screening, “Homeland” actors and creators commented on the reasons why season six has taken a different turn and tune, mainly due to “fake news,” the election, and trying to right the self-perceived “wrongs” of what they felt was the promotion of Islamophobia in the first five seasons.

As a way to try and combat that criticism, season six was created as a way to stop being “part of the problem” and be “part of the cure.”


Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (D) was recently on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation when he told host Al Sharpton that the Trump administration wanted to make sanctuary cities into “fugitive slave catchers” by withholding federal funding from such cities. Baraka made a point that he would defy they law when it came to illegal immigration. 

 


MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was at it again on Monday with his wacky comments, this time comparing President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Uday and Qusay Hussein —the murderous adult children working for their ruthless father and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.


On Wednesday in Washington D.C., Jessica Chastain appeared at the Holocaust Memorial Museum for a special advance screening of her new movie The Zookeeper’s Wife when she commented that the Trump administration could learn a thing or two about compassion when it came to refugees.

 


The New York Times has penned an op-ed pushing their agenda of long-term amnesty for illegal immigrants. Try and follow along. It’s difficult, but they wrote that "the only long-term solution to this conundrum is returning to the bipartisan consensus that enabled the 1986 bill."


The Obama White House got the star treatment when they were in office, so they were all-but-guaranteed the same Hollywood treatment out of office. Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content supposedly have a “high-concept workplace comedy” in the works, a movie called From the Corner of the Oval. Set for a 2018 release, the movie will be based on a book proposal from former White House stenographer, Beck Dorey-Stein.