Late Thursday afternoon, news broke of Charles Krauthammer’s death after a battle with cancer. While Krauthammer was a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize winner, Fox News contributor, and best-selling author, CNN host Don Lemon could not spare a single second of his two-hour show to the passing of the beloved pundit.
Facebook cracked down this week on Splinter News for sharing a link to its article revealing Stephen Miller’s personal cell phone number. According to Facebook’s Community Standards, posting links that contain an individual’s personal information, such as a person’s private cell phone number, can violate the site’s policy to prevent identity theft.
Pictures may sometimes be worth 1,000 words, but they often either don't tell the whole story or tell a misleading one. Significant issues have emerged with what the press has read into the "iconic" photo taken of a crying two year-old taken at the U.S.-Mexico border by Getty Images photographer John Moore. The most important one, according to a UK Daily Mail interview with the girl's father left behind in Honduras with the couple's other three children, is that mother and daughter "were never separated by border control agents and remain together."
First Lady Melania Trump caused a stir with the liberal media on Thursday when she wore a questionable jacket with “I really don’t care. Do you?” written on the back. She headed off to visit the children at the border who were separated from their parents. Of course, the gossip-prone media spend a considerable about of time trying to divine the secret meaning of the wardrobe choice and there were those who suggested she was saying that to the kids. CNN’s The Lead had both.
Freeform is known for having its overblown, progressive teen dramas, so Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger using the phrase “check your privilege” only mildly annoyed me. Following up with the belief that "this whole country's trying to kill [black people] every day," however, is where I would hope to draw the line.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced Tuesday that the nation's number 3 fast-food outlet (by number of locations) is closing 150 U.S. stores. It's not difficult to read Johnson's comments as indicating that the shuttered stores will primarily be in "blue" or liberal sections of the U.S. At the same time, he has specifically targeted "middle America and the South" for expansion. The business press isn't even trying to make the obvious connection between Johnson's announcement and the respective presence or absence of high minimum-wage laws and excessive regulation.
It didn’t take long for condolences to come pouring in from people across the political spectrum and throughout the media. Even with such short notice, both CBS and NBC ran news briefs on their evening programs reporting his passing. But ABC was the lone broadcast network to skip Krauthammer’s passing. And The Washington Post, where he wrote for decades, published an obituary that partially blamed him for the Iraq War.
Debate over child detentions and family separation at the border has gone into overdrive in the wake of President Trump’s executive order. But a video from 2014 shows that discussions of coming into the United States took on a very different tone just four years ago.
Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant centers in the history of the NBA and now he is one of the most popular entertainers among athletes retired and active, with a growing list of TV commercials and movie credits. He's also a good citizen who wants to serve as a sheriff in Georgia. But to the divisive ESPN writer Howard Bryant, one of America's leading social justice enforcers, Shaq is a piker who should be rushing to join the crusade of race-baiting Kaepernick malcontents.
On June 19, Atlantic magazine writer Uri Friedman stated that although he didn't think the Singapore Summit accomplished much last week, he now believes that the "results are actually of considerable consequence."
Sony Pictures Classics is releasing a new film starring Peter Fonda as scheduled – following the actor’s tweet threatening to “rip” the president’s 12-year-old son “from his mother’s arms” and place him in a “cage with pedophiles.” Not everyone has been so lucky after other obscene tweets (think: Roseanne Barr).
Five congressmen have signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai to express their “concerns” over the tech giant’s partnership with the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies. Huawei runs Google’s operating system, Android, on its phones. The lawmakers penned their letter soon after Google ended its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Appearing on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin Thursday afternoon, journalist and presidential historian Jon Meacham lamented that Donald Trump’s presidency was “nasty, brutish, and longer than we would like.” He went on to wail that press was giving the president too much attention and becoming a victim of “the longest abusive relationship in American history.”
Slacktivism may have reached its final frontier. Video gaming.
Grist’s Jesse Nichols touted efforts of University of Washington scientist Dargan Frierson to create climate change video games. The lefty environmental website asked, “Could a video game help us solve climate change?”
On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night, MSNBC National Affairs Analyst John Heilemann wrote off Republican responses to President Trump’s immigration policy as little more than self-interested. Heilemann argued that Republicans were facing an existential crisis and that “this policy was going to put 100 Republican seats in jeopardy.”