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Fox News host: Trayvon ‘may have been violent’ because he smoked pot

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett suggested on Monday that George Zimmerman might have been justified in killing Trayvon Martin because the teen “may have been violent” from smoking marijuana. During a break in jury selection for Zimmerman’s trial, Jarrett told viewers of Fox News’ live Internet broadcast that the judge…

Russell Brand hits on ‘Morning Joe’ co-host: ‘Lose the ring’ you ‘shaft grasper’

Appearing Monday on MSNBC, comedian Russell Brand asked the “Morning Joe” team, “Is this what you do to make a living?” and repeatedly hit on the show’s co-host, calling her a “shaft grasper” and suggesting she lose her wedding ring. Brand essentially hijacked the program, going on a rant about…

Palin writing ‘legalese’ book to fight the ‘War on Christmas’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced on Monday that she was writing a book filled with “legalese” about how to fight what some social conservatives call the “War on Christmas.” In her first appearance on Fox News after once again becoming an employee of the network, Palin was asked…

46 people shot in Chicago over the weekend

More than 40 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, 7 of them fatally, while city officials pointed to a decline in violence in the city compared to June 2012. The Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday that 33 of the 46 shootings over the weekend took place between Saturday…

Utah man shoots father-in-law in head during Catholic mass

A Utah man is in custody after allegedly walking into a Catholic church and shooting his father-in-law in the back of the head on Sunday. Rebecca Hernandez told The Salt Lake Tribune that she was sitting in the back of St. James Catholic Church in Ogden as the priest was…

Czech engineers develop flying bicycle drone

A trio of Czech companies showed off a prototype of a flying bicycle in a Prague exhibition hall recently, lifting the frame into the air with the help of six large fans and a remote control. It’s called the “F bike,” according to ABC News. Weighing in around 200 pounds,…

Greenwald explains how he preempted the Snowden smears and took the media by storm

Appearing Sunday with CNN host Howard Kurtz, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald discussed his thinking behind releasing a video interview containing explosive revelations about the National Seucirty Agency, saying he wanted to present whistleblower Edward Snowden in his own words to preempt the smear campaign that’s now in high gear, as…

Texas ‘witch’ mom beats down robber then runs him over with minivan

Confronted by a knife-wielding robber who sprang out of the back seat of her minivan on Friday, a Texas mother did what she had to in order to protect her two young sons, crashing into a telephone pole, taking the man’s weapon out of his hands and punching him in…

Kurtz: Zimmerman trial ‘media overload’ makes justice system seem unfair to black people

CNN media critic Howard Kurtz worried on Sunday that cable news was already spending too much time covering George Zimmerman’s trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that the “racially inflammatory” coverage was causing people to question whether African-Americans could get a fair trial in the U.S. In an…

MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains why DNA collection is a civil rights issue

MSNBC host Ari Melber on Sunday warned that collecting the DNA samples of every arrested individual would have a disproportionately negative impact on African Americans. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court affirmed Maryland’s policy of collecting DNA profiles of those arrested for serious crimes. “Now, DNA databases and crime tracking…

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