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NBC News’ Presidents Day lamentation: Trump will NOT be the shortest-serving leader in US history

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:59

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s President’s Day, and NBC News observed the occasion in their own totally objective MSM kind of way:

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This story should have been preceded by a trigger warning for Michael Moore:

This Presidents Day, as thousands prepare to swarm the streets for anti-administration rallies, President Donald Trump has reached his 32nd day in office – meaning he will not have the shortest term in the Oval Office.

NBC News published the same kind of “trivia” early in Obama’s presidency, right?

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**Written by Doug Powers

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At last, a website that allows Hillary fans to exist in a comforting alternate reality (open thread)

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:39

**Written by Doug Powers

Another Sunday open thread brings with it great news for those still in denial about Hillary Clinton’s loss: Behold HillaryBeatTrump.org — a world where Hillary is the nation’s 45th president, dammit!

Stuff like this is so funny it may well have been written by a Trump fan for all I know:

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Here’s a freshened up logo they should feel free to use:

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(h/t PsychicPebble)

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The Washington Post, on their Snapchat section, are trying out a new motto and image. I kid you not:

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Meanwhile, the dinosaur print media continues to die in broad daylight.

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Who’s the favorite to win the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination? My money at this point is on John McCain:

Republican Sen. John McCain took a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, cautioning that suppressing the press “is how dictators get started.”

McCain, who has broken with Trump on several issues, made the comments in an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, after being asked about the president’s condemnation of several media outlets as “fake news” and “an enemy of the American people.”

“I hate the press. I hate you especially,” McCain joked. “But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.”

“If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press,” McCain said. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”

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How Debbie Wasserman Schultz made this accusation without lightning striking is anybody’s guess:

The former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that reported contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and Russia amounted to collusion.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” the media reports necessitated an “independent, bipartisan investigation.”

“With every passing day, it gets more and more disturbing, and more and more evidence that there was collusion,” Wasserman Schultz said.

And when it comes to spotting collusion, Debbie should know.

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For some reason, the media continue to be perplexed by why “regular people” don’t hold a positive view of them:

Trump: "The media is the enemy of the American people"

Media: "Hold my beer" pic.twitter.com/gW25o2vxe8

— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) February 18, 2017

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The New York Times recently cited the buzz of the Trump alarm clock as being loud enough to have awakened the MSM from their 8-year hibernation:

The New York Times on Thursday discovered that journalists have found a “renewed sense of mission” under Donald Trump. Times reporters Michael M. Grynbaum and Sydney Ember explained, “For journalists anxious about the state of their profession, there is a renewed sense of mission.”

The headline cheered, “Journalists, Battered and Groggy, Find a Renewed Sense of Mission.”

Pointing out media bias is a lot easier when they flat-out admit it.

Have a good Sunday all!

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**Written by Doug Powers

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PC job board: ‘Sensitivity readers’ to assist book editors are becoming all the rage in demand

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 16:20

**Written by Doug Powers

Artists of many stripes along with publishers often express concern about the government becoming a threat to freedom of expression, but in reality it’s looking increasingly likely that the literary industry could soon be completely self-censoring:

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

Learn more about the impact “sensitivity readers” are having on literature in these re-released books:

  • To Marginalize a Mockingbird
  • Hello, Deity Which Might Only Exist In My Head, It’s Me, Margaret
  • If You Give a Pig a Pancake in NYC You’ll Get Arrested
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Hey Why Do You Hate Vegans So Much?
  • **Written by Doug Powers

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    Awwwk-ward: EPA employees who called Senators to lobby against this nominee, meet your new boss!

    Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:40

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Employees at the EPA have reportedly been working the phones in order to convince the Senate to stop the nomination of Scott Pruitt:

    In an unusual show of opposition for federal employees, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers have been calling their senators to urge them to reject President Trump’s pick to lead their agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, has sued the EPA more than a dozen times in his current post, alarming many of the agency’s employees, who fear that, if confirmed, he will work to dismantle its progress.

    EPA bureaucrats, meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss:

    The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Republicans desperately want to rein in after what they charge was eight years of dangerous activism under the Obama administration that hurt businesses, jobs and the economy.

    Pruitt maybe just the person to do it. As Oklahoma attorney general he sued the agency many times in that pursuit and has vowed to curb the EPA’s regulatory reach once in office.

    The largely party line vote was 52-46.

    Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who both represent energy producing states, voted for Pruitt. Moderate Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted against him.

    There’s no better way to impress the new boss than by having him find out you were working the phones to try and stop him from getting the job. Hopefully somebody’s about to be “promoted” to the Animas River cleanup crew.

    If the EPA keeps the whole planet from being destroyed, as the panicked reaction from many progressives certainly indicates, how did humanity survive prior to 1970? Maybe the guardians of Richard Nixon’s legacy could explain that one.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Lapdogs miss previous master? Chuck Todd says Trump’s ‘un-American’ for ‘delegitimizing’ MSM

    Thu, 02/16/2017 - 22:34

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Being jarred back to consciousness after an eight-year nap on the couch can really cause one to be grumpy. Case-in-point: After a lengthy hibernation the mainstream media just wasn’t ready to be doused with a bucket of cold water on Thursday:

    President Donald Trump’s press conference on Thursday was the “harshest and most sustained attack on the media by a president of the United States in history,” according to Howard Kurtz.

    During the question-and-answer session, Trump repeatedly criticized CNN and tussled with its reporter, Jim Acosta, and was terse with MSNBC correspondent Kristen Welker.

    “You couldn’t turn away,” Kurtz said on “Special Report” tonight.

    It was a tough experience for any reporter who forgot to wear a cup:

    Meet the Press host Chuck Todd saw it not as an sustained slam on the mainstream media, but an attack on America itself:

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    “De-legitimizing the press is un-American”? This from a high profile representative of a body that spent the last several years neutering themselves with a copy of Audacity of Hope duct taped to an ax handle. The “de-legitimizing” of the MSM was self-inflicted, happened well before Trump took the oath of office, and is one of the reasons why he won. Try again, Chuck.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Dan Rather hoping Trump can help him relive the heady days of Watergate before he got fired

    Wed, 02/15/2017 - 18:22

    **Written by Doug Powers

    “Truth in the News” professor and dismissed CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather is pining for another Watergate to cover (on Facebook) and he’s got a lot of hope pinned on the young Trump administration:

    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather lambasted the Trump administration on Tuesday evening for its association with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, claiming “this Russia scandal” might end up being as “big as Watergate.”

    “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9,” Rather wrote on Facebook.

    “This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.”

    And what would Rather say was the biggest broadcast journalism scandal of his lifetime?

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Go figure: Woman sentenced to 8 years in prison for something Eric Holder said never happens

    Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:58

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said again fairly recently that voter ID initiatives are laws that “discriminate or that disenfranchise in the name of a problem that doesn’t exist.” With that in mind, according to Holder, you are not reading this:

    A Mexican citizen living in Texas was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014.

    Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times between 2012 and 2014.

    A jury sentenced her Thursday to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    Bonus points: The woman and her lawyer blame Trump:

    Dems make it sound like it’s too difficult for some to vote while the evidence again points to it being too easy.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Top House Dems again show off their ‘fake news’-spotting skills

    Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:50

    **Written by Doug Powers

    After the resignation of Michael Flynn as President Trump’s National Security Adviser, House Dems held a press conference that featured in part Elijah Cummings followed by Nancy Pelosi both citing a tweet from a fake Flynn Twitter account as proof the “scandal” runs deep. Here’s Pelosi dialing the “fake news” amp up to eleven:

    Too bad she’s not as skeptical of the authenticity of tweets from unverified accounts as she is about videos involving Planned Parenthood.

    Later, Pelosi was informed that what she said was about as accurate as most everything else that comes out of her mouth:

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    You could play the “caption Pelosi” game with just about anything: “What do you mean you can’t keep your plan if you like it?”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Michael Flynn resigns, NY Times’ Thomas Friedman takes it all to the next level

    Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:59

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Last night, President Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned:

    Mike Flynn’s arrival at the White House last month followed a military career and post-military life marked by contentious periods.

    None, it turned out, would be as widely followed as his latest controversy, which led to his resignation Monday after revelations that he didn’t fully explain communications he had late last year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

    Mr. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, served less than four weeks as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, stepping down amid pressure over his contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

    During his 33-year career in the U.S. armed forces, Mr. Flynn made his name as a widely respected Army officer known for his candor and unorthodox sensibilities about intelligence and military operations.

    Here’s Flynn’s resignation letter:

    Breaking: text of Flynn's resignation letter pic.twitter.com/KGue1cJFzL

    — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 14, 2017

    Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. is now the acting National Security Adviser. Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman is spinning a ridiculous web of disengenuousness:

    JOE SCARBOROUGH: The only question I would ask you to start with is it is incredible that there is anyway that this president could not have known about this conversation that the White House had been warned about a month ago.

    THOMAS FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: I share Mika’s real outrage on this issue. I don’t care what he told Pence. We only care what he told Pence because Pence went out and basically mislead the public on Face the Nation.

    The issue is what did he tell Trump? Did he and Trump actually cook up this whole thing after the Russians did not respond harshly to the eviction of their spies and diplomats? Trump actually tweeted out some positive encouragement of this. Did the two of them cook this up all along? It gets, Joe, to two other issues. The first is we have never taken seriously from the very beginning Russia hacked our election. That was a 9/11 scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor scale event. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton were where Trump was, what the right would be doing on this issue? This goes to the very core of our democracy.

    Just because even the Obama administration said the election itself was not “hacked” doesn’t mean Friedman can’t still say it (while slamming purveyors of “fake news” no less) and, on top of it all, liken that falsehood to two attacks that resulted in thousands of deaths.

    As a closing aside, the Dems didn’t always have a problem with misleading the public on Face the Nation.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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