In what has to be seen as a bit of a welcome change from the norm, Friday morning coverage at the Associated Press of the Thursday terror attacks in Spain which, as of the time this post was written, had killed a total 14 and injured 125, many seriously, hasn't gone wobbly or weaselly. That said, there's one connection the AP and others in the press haven't made. Someone needs to.


Season 16 of Lifetime’s fashion hit Project Runway premiered Thursday, August 17, with a focus on designing for all body types, ranging “in size from two to 22,” according to designer and the show’s judge Tim Gunn. Oh, and a "dude in a dress."  Because, of course.


The New York Times' Gardiner Harris came up with a Trump-centric spin on an annual report about religious persecution worldwide, which this year focused on the terrorists of ISIS, in his Wednesday report “Islamic State Criticized As Persecutor In U.S. Report.” The text box: “Singling out ISIS in a study of threats to religious freedom.” Harris had some other threats in mind: The Trump administration, for one, both for attacks on Muslims and for failing to bring more of them in as refugees.


Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson claimed that the Republican party has been "playing the race card" for "many decades" as she commented on Republican reaction to President Donald Trump's recent comments in which he seemed to give cover to white racist rally participants in Charlottesville.

 


On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher; MSNBC contributor and historian Jon Meacham; and CNN host Fareed Zakaria all admitted that it is not necessarily "racist" for one to have concerns about whether immigrants are assimilating properly into American culture after Maher brought up Zakaria's recent article criticizing Democrats on the subject. After Zakaria made an argument similar to his recent commentary, Meacham -- a former Newsweek editor -- noted that assimilation by immigrants has always been a legitimate topic of concern before blaming Republicans for making it look "racist" to have such a debate.

 


Appearing as a guest on Monday's New Day, liberal CNN political commentator Symone Sanders not only repeatedly smeared White House advisors Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka as "white supremacist sympathizers," but she even deceptively claimed that Gorka had characterized "brown people" as a problem.

 


SiriusXM talk show host and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah appeared on Monday afternoon's MSNBC Live with host Ali Velshi to blame a recent mosque bombing on, you guessed it, President Donald J. Trump. Obeidallah frantically cried: "He demonized our community where what we're seeing today, the climate we live in is thanks to a man named Donald J. Trump, who is President of the United States...and it's a time of fear that's palpable..."


Appearing as a guest on Sunday's CNN Newsroom to preview their episode of The Nineties about terrorism, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem was twisting herself into knots to downplay the threat of terrorism from radical Muslims by claiming that the "biggest threat" is from "white supremacists or sort of anti-government terrorism."

 


Now there’s something you don’t see very often. CBS This Morning on Monday highlighted a Christian evangelist who is spreading the faith to Muslim countries. Co-host Charlie Rose introduced, “An unassuming 86-year-old evangelist is sharing a message of healing around the world. She's traveled for years to several predominantly Muslim countries to spread the Gospel.”


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank's vicious, mean-spirited attacks on Donald Trump, Republicans, and conservatives have become so predictable and trite that they're barely worthy of attention, no matter how shrill his rhetoric. The unhinged Milbank is of course entitled to his opinions, but in his latest column on Friday, he tried to promote an obvious falsehood as an indisputable fact, claiming in his column's headline that "There’s no such thing as a Trump Democrat."


The resignation of a key Obama DHS holdover, George Selim, has left many liberals seething as the department has begun to incorporate Trump policies. One example of this could be found in Monday’s edition of The Atlantic where contributing editor Peter Beinart mourned the end of an era. Praising Selim as a stalwart conservative Republican who had wrongfully been misjudged, Beinart went on to denounce key Trump officials such as Sebastian Gorka for their newfound influence. Explaining away the administration’s policies as “psychological ghettoization,” his article concluded that the Trump administration is, in fact, doing “exactly what ISIS and al-Qaeda want.”


Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to “hate speech” and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is “Islamophobia." Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it's so... yesterday. “Hate speech” against Muslims is now a top shelf matter for the politically concerned. Apparently only "Islamophobic news organizations" covered the protests of Jewish groups protesting two Friday sermons by imams in California calling for the elimination of the "filth" of the Jews.