Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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Well-known climate alarmist and retired actor/director Robert Redford continued his assault on President Trump on Friday by calling the GOP official "one unqualified authoritarian” whose “depraved indifference to the climate crisis” does not define “Americans' commitments or the character of our nation. ... The clock is ticking so loudly” that “the rest of the world can hear it,” he stated. 



Environmental activist and actress Jane Fonda continues to follow through on her pledge to get arrested in Washington, D.C., every Friday as part of an ongoing effort to fight climate change, which she described as “an urgent crisis.” In fact, the 81-year-old liberal has even called on other famous people to join her in the nation’s capital, stating in an interview that she was “inspired” to take on the challenge by 16-year-old “climate warrior” and Swedish teen Greta Thunberg.



With less than a year until election day, the liberal late night shows are offering daily support to the various Democratic presidential candidates. During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, Mandy Moore -- a liberal actress who is “friendly” with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- enthusiastically endorsed the candidate as someone who is “overwhelmingly qualified” and “brilliant.”



According to a page on Andrew Yang’s website, his liberal policies include providing Medicare for all, fighting climate change, providing a pathway to citizenship for “undocumented immigrants” and supporting LGBTQ+ rights. Despite that, Time magazine on Tuesday failed to label him a “liberal.” 



Even though it’s been more than a decade since Katie Couric hosted a news program on ABC, CBS or NBC, “America’s Sweetheart” is still popular with many journalists who continue to shower her with praise and awards. That behavior continued on Saturday evening, when Couric received a 2019 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism during a ceremony where the liberal anchor stated: “I’ve been doing it for so long that I think people know I’m fair-minded and trustworthy."



In yet another example of the massive double standard between the way the “mainstream media” treats liberals and conservatives, Politico media reporter Michael Calderone greeted the resignation of disgraced Democrat congresswoman Katie Hill as an "epic dilemma" for the media. One media critic even warned of the oncoming "congressional selfie apocalypse."



More than two months after the New York Times began an ambitious plan to “reframe” the history of slavery in this country, the August 18 issue of the newspaper’s magazine referring to the 1619 Project has sold out in the publication’s online store. In addition, supporters of the effort have encouraged its producers to add to their crusade by expanding the articles into a book.



While 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris is not leading in any national polls or major fund-raising efforts, the California senator is ahead in a significant category for the Democratic Party: Hollywood celebrities, who have contributed $1.1 million to her campaign so far. As further proof that entertainment is wildly disconnected from people across the country, Pete Buttigieg -- the homosexual mayor of South Bend, Indiana -- is Hollywood’s second choice, with more than $922,000 coming from stars in the entertainment business during the third quarter of 2019.



The case involving a student from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky and a Native American activist took a dramatic turn on Monday, when a federal judge in the Bluegrass State changed his earlier ruling that denied Nicholas Sandmann’s choice to sue the Washington Post for defamation. The original incident took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in mid-January, when the 16-year-old junior and his fellow students took part in the nearby March for Life rally with several of them wearing red “Make America Great Again” caps.



It came as no surprise that Jeff Zucker, president of the liberal CNN network, stated on Thursday that he’d be “very open” to talking with Shepard Smith after the former anchor startled almost everyone by suddenly leaving the Fox News Channel on October 11. Of course, Zucker added that such a discussion would only take place after Smith’s contract expires and the “very talented” newsman becomes “available.”



Despite his role in the ongoing debacle with disgraced former star Matt Lauer, NBC decided to renew the contract of embattled president Noah Oppenheim. According to Variety, this came even as the company prepared to defend itself against allegations recently raised by Ronan Farrow’s explosive book, Catch and Kill. 



It’s been a long time since the executives at CBS News have had something to cheer about in the ratings, and that trend continues despite the replacement of the previous Evening News anchor Jeff Glor with female host Norah O’Donnell. In addition, the network is paying O’Donnell at least $7 million per year, much more than the $2 million Glor received during the 18 months he sat in the anchor chair.



Even though the initial wave of #MeToo scandals have come and gone with new and shocking allegations continuing to arise, many of the early scandals continue to have an impact on those involved in the sexual harassment allegations that arose in 2017. One of the people affected most is Linda Vester, a former war correspondent who began the Silence Breakers Alliance, a foundation working towards ending workplace harassment and who stated on Wednesday that the internal investigation by NBC News “was not honest” while remaining a “cover-up” protecting “dangerous” people like former anchor Matt Lauer.



On Monday’s edition of the noontime Inside Politics program on CNN, AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace used an odd word to describe Hunter Biden's exploitation of his father's last name to make money in foreign countries like Ukraine and China. She called it “confusing.”



The ongoing battle between New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and George Washington University media professor Dave Karpf took another bizarre turn on Thursday, when Stephens pulled out of a scheduled debate with Karpf because the clash would not be closed to the public. Intended as the end of a feud between the two men that began back in August -- when the professor compared the columnist to a “bedbug” in a post on Twitter -- the event was slated to take place on October 28 in Washington, D.C., until Stephens pulled out.



As is often the case with celebrities, actors, singers and other performers, many of those people believe that they somehow have a special insight into issues and conflicts that the average person does not share. An excellent example of this concept came on Wednesday, when Robyn Rihanna Fenty -- who is better known as just Rihanna -- stated that President Trump seems to be “the most mentally ill human being in America right now.”



The #MeToo scandal that began in 2017 is still producing ripples, not just to the men who have been accused of sexual harassment, but also some of the women who went public with their stories. One of those instances pitted Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski against former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester, who accused NBC anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual impropriety.



Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is best known for his role in the Watergate scandal, but that reputation didn’t help him at all when he attempted to moderate a discussion on a new book concerning the #MeToo phenomenon. Instead, Woodward ran into a buzzsaw of criticism with boos and heckling while hosting a discussion with New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the authors of a book that describes the beginning of that sexual abuse scandal.



With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, a recent survey has indicated that the gaps between how Republicans and Democrats view national media outlets such as CNN and Fox News continue to spread, solidifying the country’s partisan echo chambers with no change in sight. 



Unfortunately, time has not softened the extreme views of Robert De Niro regarding President Trump, and his hostility has apparently only been aggravated by the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. The actor made his views clear on Monday by calling the GOP occupant of the White House “such a low life” who “taints everyone around him.”