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‘A f*cking horror show’ — The Wire’s David Simon torches Sinclair anchors who read Trumpian ‘Fake News’ statement

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Over the weekend, anchors at TV stations around the country owned by Sinclair read a Trumpian propaganda statement in which they vowed to fight “fake news.”

Being forced to spread conservative propaganda that undermines other media convinced at least one Sinclair employee to quit in protest. Like most in the TV industry, the anchors signed draconian contracts that make them pay huge damages if they quit before the term is up, which has won them some sympathy.

Not from David Simon. A former Baltimore Sun reporter who went on to be the producer of HBO’s The Wire among other street-wise dramas torched everyone involved in a series of tweets. The anchors should have refused or quit and sued if they were fired or otherwise punished, he argued.

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“[It] is too much to say they were so enslaved that their own consciences couldn’t dictate an act of journalistic integrity,” he said. “They could have refused to lie or misrepresent themselves on camera and the courthouse remedy remained for them.”

Simon says that “any journalist with even a passing familiarity to the established ethos of the profession” because going to court to punish the anchors would have been “a f*cking horror show” for Sinclair, he says.

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New York Times admits they ‘downplayed’ the rape allegation against Trump

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On Monday, The New York Times issued a mea culpa for the nature of their coverage of the allegation by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that President Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s.

"After an article last week reported the advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Trump, some readers accused The Times of downplaying the story," wrote staff editor Laura Takenaga. "Many have written to ask us why we didn't give the allegations more attention on our website and in print ... Some questioned whether the lack of prominence showed too much deference to the president's denials, or whether it even suggested misogyny or an unwillingness to believe a victim's account."

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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Christian university president quits after massive backlash over inviting Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in toxic administrations caused such a backlash that a Christian university is now searching for a new president.

"Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker," Religious News Service reported Monday.

Students and alumni had protested the invitation.

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