Two months after investigative reporter Brian Ross and long-time producing partner Rhonda Schwartz resigned from ABC News, an editor with the liberal Daily Beast website has claimed that even though Ross made an “erroneous assertion about the president,” he’s “still employable.” Regarding his new work for the Law & Order streaming website, Ross stated: “We get feedback right away, good and bad, and the bosses pay attention to it, as they should. But this sense that something goes wrong, you correct it, you go on -- now it’s a death sentence from the point of view of the president. His attacks on the media are going to have, and are having, a chilling effect.”
Michael Moore’s anti-American polemics and bomb-throwing “journalism” are usually taken with a grain of salt. But in the era of Trump, the salt shaker is nowhere to be found. And his new movie, Fahrenheit 11/9, has a Rotten Tomato score that indicates that the conspiracy-peddling director has hit the sweet spot in terms of what the media wants.
On Thursday, NBC News was rocked by back-to-back investigative reports by The New York Times and The Daily Beast detailing breaches of journalistic integrity and threats to “smear” Ronan Farrow, who has since left the organization. His crime? Trying to expose Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior. If the accusations are accurate, it could explain why NBC superstar Matt Lauer was allowed to get away with what he was doing for decades.
Liberal Democrats who consider themselves the champions of tolerance constantly show that their actions are quite different from their talking points. Take the case of Israel Broussard, an actor in Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie. After being “outed” for making “problematic” tweets and likes -- including liking tweets from Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, President Donald Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio –- the conservative celebrity has officially apologized for his "inappropriate and insensitive words and likes on social media."
In June 2017, during the very public case against Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop who politely declined making a wedding cake for a gay couple, transgender lawyer Autumn Scardina asked the baker for a cake to “mark the anniversary of her gender transition.” Unsurprisingly, Phillips declined. Samantha Allen of The Daily Beast called Phillips’ refusal to bake the cake “spurious.”
Picture that one weird, older uncle you might have. You know, the one who appears to be losing his grip on reality as he sits on your back porch sipping craft beer, puffing a funny-smelling cigarette, and rambling on about how Bernie Sanders’ political musings are the answers America needs right now. That’s basically how actor Danny DeVito has been coming off lately.
As long as they have the media on their side, comedians can actually build a career out of displays of ill-humored ridicule and provocative statements. None have embraced this so well as The Break host Michelle Wolf, who recently took aim at ICE law enforcement officials.
On Tuesday's The Situation Room, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin likened President Donald Trump enforcing immigration law by separating families to both a bank robbery and to Hurricane Katrina as the group discussed HHS Secretary Alex Alzar defending the administration's progress in reuniting children with their parents. And CNN analyst Jackie Kucinich displayed the latest example of CNN conflating legal asylum seekers with illegal immigrants who cross the border illegally and seek asylum after they are apprehended as she complained about some asylum seekers being separated from their children.
A bunch of people in a position to know say Jim Jordan did not enable sexual harassment as a college wrestling coach, but you would hardly realize that if you follow the liberal media. On June 9th, six wrestling coaches who personally know and worked with Jordan when he coached at Ohio State University came to his defense against recent sexual harassment allegations.
“The current season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been brutal. And so has America as of late,” the Daily Beast contributor Alex Zaragoza bemoaned to open her overwrought piece on why we should be worried that our country is turning into a dystopian feminist fiction.
On Thursday, CNN.com's Hunter Schwarz spotlighted the recent victory of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and underlined that the left-wing congressional candidate's electoral win could be a sign that future millennial politicians "might include Democratic socialism" in their platforms. Schwarz pointed out that "for many cash-strapped millennials in debt, Democratic socialism isn't radical, it's a way to fix a system they believe failed them." The journalist also cited a two-year-old poll that found that "Millennials are OK with socialism."
The media are very worried about Justice Kennedy leaving for one main reason: abortion. On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. The media immediately expressed fury that, with a pro-life judge as replacement, Roe v. Wade might be overturned. The 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized abortion on a federal level in the United States. Overturning it would leave abortion up to the states – but media figures from The New Yorker to Salon warned about abortion vanishing.