On Sunday's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd gushed like a geyser over controversial U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe. He began by insisting Rapinoe "right now is bigger than LeBron, bigger than Brady, bigger than just about anyone in the sports world and maybe beyond," and "we are very happy" for her to appear.
The Russian bots are coming! The Russian bots are coming! And they used outrage over Colin Kaepernick's 2016 national anthem protests to mettle in the election, says U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris. In a Friday interview on "The Breakfast Club" radio show, Harris said the easiest way for Russian online trolls to sow discord in American politics in 2016 was to stoke racial animosity.
Broadcast networks continue to handle Antifa — a violent anarcho-communist group who recently put a reporter in the hospital — with kid gloves. As of this evening, NBC and CBS still refuse to cover an Antifa member’s attempts to burn down an ICE facility, while ABC has barely mentioned it.
Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s press honeymoon over? No, but a few hints in the New York Times in the last week suggest the ardor has cooled. It's always fun to read New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd turn her acid pen to the left on occasion, and shake up her progressive readership. Dowd sounded positively Republican at times: "A.O.C. should consider the possibility that people who disagree with her do not disagree with her color."
Did you know that the evil Greg Stillson of "The Dead Zone" and President Donald Trump both breath oxygen? Therefore it is yet another similarity that demonstrates that Trump is as scary, no, make that even scarier, than Stillson. Ridiculous analogy, right? Yes, but no more ridiculous than the laughably tenuous parallels that King draws between the two in his interview with Now This News which was reported on in Saturday's Rolling Stone with a straight face in "Master of Horror Stephen King Says Trump is ‘Scarier’ Than His Novels."
On Sunday, CNN’s Brian Stelter and Phil Mattingly warped the recent sentencing of child abuser and Democratic mega-donor Jeffrey Epstein into a story about (who else?) Donald Trump. Following the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta — who had come under scrutiny for a shockingly favorable plea deal he had previously granted Epstein as a federal prosecutor — both Stelter and Mattingly brandished Acosta’s resignation as the latest example of instability and high turnover within the White House.
On his MSNBC show Saturday Night Politics, Donny Deutsch insisted that Democrats have to warn that the "fascist stuff is coming" in the next two (or six) years of President Trump. It's a funnier idea that liberals have long been forbidden from exploiting fear in their politics, or haven't dared to suggest Trump is a fascist or Nazi or dictator.
The July issue of the glossy fashion magazine Elle is touted as their first-ever Conservation Issue. It's a bumpy ride, since they do a photo shoot illustrating the receding glaciers of Iceland with a model and the usual credits: "Coat, $9,200, belt $2,100, tweed handbag, $3,300, leather bag, boots $1,350, all Chanel."
A writer for the organization that has been at the forefront of censoring conservative channels on YouTube has proclaimed that the charge that conservative voices have been suppressed on social media is a "baseless theory." This is akin to Colonel Sanders denying that there is such a thing as chicken slaughter.
The New York Times, pushing hard for migrants, is still slamming the now-rescinded family separation policy at the Southern border. Now it’s found a new liberal immigrant heroine: El Paso Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar. Reporter Emily Cochrane was all gushing in Friday’s edition: “‘People Listen to Her’: House’s Voice of Fervor, And Reason, on Border.” The next day, Cochrane covered the actual congressional hearing on family separation, focusing on another liberal heroine, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose grandstanding met with hypocritical approval.
Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight made some waves at the end of Tuesday's program, when Carlson called Rep. Ilhan Omar a "living fire alarm" of the danger of welcoming immigrants who hate the United States. It was certainly a hot take, and it underlined once again that the liberal elites -- the ones who claim to love democracy and free speech -- will not tolerate criticism of Omar. They demanded an end to Carlson's show.
The New York Times demonstrated its loathing for conservative social media activists, while skipping over some of its own inconvenient blind spots. The headline over reporter Kevin Roose's pre-meeting table-setter, “Trump Woos Social Media Influencers,” belied the story’s hostility, but the online headline accurately captured the tone: “Trump Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Right-Wing Social Media Trolls.” Yet the Times itself is no stranger to sucking up to hoaxters or spreading falsehoods about Republicans
Snowfall, the FX series following a fictional depiction of the crack cocaine epidemic in the Reagan years, is back for a third season, and it certainly didn’t take too long to get something wrong. True, the entire series is based on a debunked claim that the CIA was responsible for the crack epidemic in black communities, so getting facts wrong is just second nature at this point. The latest blunder comes from the idea that black cops are basically race traitors.
On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, discussing the dust-up between Nancy Pelosi and "The Squad" [composed of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashid Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley] Julianne Malveaux urged her fellow Democrats to unite around their larger objective: "at the end of the day, the goal has to be to get rid of the orange orangutan."
Fox Sports claimed the World Cup soccer champion American team lifted the nation and a gender. The progressive sports blog SB Nation calls U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe "love" and "a godlike figure." One courageous sports writer isn't drinking that Kool-Aid though. Phil Mushnick, columnist for the New York Post, disputes those claims, says the American team invited scorn and calls Rapinoe a "a foul-mouthed stage hog."