When the FX cable TV channel announced in early August that the network will produce a series that would tell the story of Monica Lewinsky, the most interesting aspect about the Ryan Murphy-guided anthology was the fact that Lewinsky herself was going to serve as a producer. However, on Wednesday, FX CEO John Landgraf responded to the fact that no one has yet been signed to portray Hillary Clinton by stating that she “is actually not a significant character” in American Crime Story: Impeachment because it’s “told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power.”
The NFL and its new partner, rapper Jay-Z, are trying to put ex-player and renegade Colin Kaepernick in the past and move social justice activities off the field, and The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin is fit to be tied about these developments. Zirin is so mad at Jay-Z for supposedly selling out Kaepernick that he wrote two blogs this week to blister the man who agreed to become a new social justice partner with the NFL.
The passing of free market and libertarian activist David Koch on Friday was met by much of the media with a dignified reaction that highlighted Koch's politics, but without portraying him as the cause of all that is wrong with the contemporary political climate. MSNBC Live guest host Chris Jansing took a different route, instead choosing to label the "Billionaire conservative donor" Koch "as one half of the Koch Brothers came to symbolize the influence of dark money in America" and hype NBC's recently concluded docu-series American Swamp where the Koch Brothers are portrayed as the nefarious billionaires out to control American politics.
Tom Wright-Piersanti, a senior staff editor on the political desk of the New York Times embarrassed his paper, which has been busy lately attacking President Trump for anti-Semitism, when several of his past offensive anti-Jewish tweets resurfaced at Breitbart, including one from New Year’s Day in which he resolves to be “less anti-Semitic” that year! It's revealing to see how the paper has dealt with previous examples of offensive (or “offensive”) social media comments, both from people in the news or on the Times’s staff. The paper’s outrage regarding “offensive” tweets seems connected to how many friends you have in liberal bastions like the mainstream press and Hollywood.
After waves of criticism — from accusations of bias to firing employees for their political beliefs — Google has rolled out new internal rules for people of all political stripes. Don’t be political. Recode wrote about Google’s new rules, announced Thursday August 22, which include “restrictions on political expression and guidelines on internal debates about company activity.” The guidelines themselves forbid “disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics” and encouraged employees to report violations via a “central flagging tool.”
It's pretty much a done deal. President Donald Trump's chances of re-election are almost non-existent. In fact for him to win the 2020 election "might take an act of God." So declared T.A. Frank in Wednesday's Vanity Fair. And if Frank's smug certainty in prognosticating the outcome of the next election sounds familiar, he was just as certain of Trump's 2016 election loss in October of that year.
On CNN, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services office, clashes with Alisyn Camerota over new rules adopted by the Trump administration to deal with border crossers. She repeatedly cuts him off, and he tells her: "I know you don't want real answers, I know you don't want truth . . . You're pushing a narrative."
On Friday, NBC’s Today show seized on liberals freaking out over former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer joining the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for the upcoming season. The report proclaimed how the decision “sparked an immediate firestorm online” and prompted calls for a boycott of the show.
Just hours after MSNBC’s John Heilemann compared the idea of holding migrant children and their families in detention centers as they await adjudication of their asylum claims to “concentration camps,” primetime host Rachel Maddow had equally hyperbolic analysis. According to Maddow, the migrant detention centers are “kind of like Guantanamo.”
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has again underlined they are a liberal lobbying group by dumping Fox News Channel as a sponsor of their September journalism conference, and sending Fox back $16,666 in sponsorship funding. In an open letter, NAHJ president Hugo Balta claims this is about putting too much opinion in the news product.
On Wednesday, ABC’s hit reality dancing competition show Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) announced that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be cast for their 28th season and the left went crazy, reportedly making #BoycottDWTS trend on Twitter for a time and excoriating ABC for the decision.
An unexpected update of the classic Monopoly game sparked an argument between liberals and conservatives because it lampooned socialism. Hasbro’s new Monopoly Socialism board game spawned a viral Twitter argument as well as a defense from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX. The packaging calls it “a parody of the classic,” and says “winning is for capitalists” and “what’s yours is ours.” Rutgers history professor and Japan historian Nick Kapur called it “mean-spirited and woefully ill-informed” as he launched a series of tweets about the rules and language of the new version of the game.
“Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” seems to be part of progressives’ commute playlist this morning, as news of the death of their political donor boogeyman, David Koch, reverberated around the internet. Several leftwing celebs jumped to Twitter to celebrate the billionaire philanthropist’s death, as he was a major donor to the Republican party. Too bad the man was probably one of the left’s better friends across enemy lines for his support of abortion and same-sex marriage and opposition to President Trump in conservative circles.
David Koch, the foremost of the businessmen, philanthropists, and libertarian activists known colloquially as the “Koch Brothers,” has died at 79. The New York Times marked his passing Friday by posting an obituary by Robert McFadden: “David Koch, Industrialist Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79." The paper has long had a virulent hostility to the Kochs libertarian activism, and McFadden’s obituary for Koch is marred by bad faith and bad labeling. He has a history of hostile obits for conservatives, while showing reverence for liberal figures.
Miley Cyrus is “at the vanguard of feminist thought.” Pity feminism. Cyrus is, of course, a pop tart who was once Disney’s Hannah Montana, after which she became one of the more crass libertines in an entertainment culture overpopulated with them. She recently split from her husband of three weeks (or whatever). It was surely a blow to romantics everywhere, but not Marcie Bianco, lesbian feminist who writes for NBC’s distinctly unthoughtful Think site.