Trump’s recent wave of attacks against CNN and MSNBC’s Morning Joe are understandably leading to outrage and counterattacks from many in the media, who see it, rightfully, as a dangerous escalation in rhetoric against the press. But despite these condemnations, let us not forget how much of a role these very players had in the rise of President Trump.
During Friday’s inauguration protests, more than 200 people were arrested and charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Among those facing a decade in prison were at least seven journalists covering the protest, rounded up by D.C. metro police due to their proximity to the unrest.
Why the Trump University debacle is exactly what his fan base needs to finally understand he's a predator
After getting pushed around by Donald Trump for the better part of a primary season, Florida senator Marco Rubio finally landed a clean shot during Thursday night’s CNN/Telemundo debate, taking aim at the billionaire's notorious real estate seminars, dubiously called Trump University.
On Saturday afternoon the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart walked back a widely circulated “debunking” of a photo of Bernie Sanders from his days at the University of Chicago during the civil rights sit-ins of 1962. The original story, published Thursday, asserted with total certainty that the photo was not of Bernie Sanders but rather Bruce Rappaport:
Twitter user @HistOpinion (Historical Opinion) tweeted out polls from 1939 and 1938 showing what Americans thought of political refugees, most of whom were Jewish, on the eve of World War II. On the question, "What’s your attitude towards allowing German, Austrian & other political refugees to come into the US?" the numbers are, in retrospect, devastating:
John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While other shows center around round-table chats and celebrity interviews, Oliver uses his massive platform to highlight overlooked but important political issues. Recently, he told CBS that his focus was "absurd public policies."
White billionaires born into massive privilege aren't usually known for their rags-to-riches tales, but Trump is trying to sell one to the American public. Or, at least, to Matt Lauer.
Bernie won all the focus groups and online polls -- so why is the media saying Hillary won the debate?
Who “won” a debate is inherently subjective. The idea of winning a debate necessarily entails a goal to be achieved. What this goal is, therefore, says as much about the person judging its achievement as the goal itself. Pundits are ostensibly supposed to judge whether or not a candidate said what "the voters” want to hear. But what ends up happening, invariably, is they end up judging whether or not the candidate said what they think voters wanted to hear. This, after all, is why pundits exist, to act as a clergy class charged with interpreting people’s own inscrutable opinions for them. The chasm between what the pundits saw and what the public saw was even bigger than usual last night.
Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn won the vote for Britain’s Labour leadership election - basically the equivalent to the American democratic party primary - in a blowout, garnering almost 60% of the vote while the runner-up, Andy Burnham could only muster 19% of the vote. Jeremy Corbyn, a self-described socialist, outflanked his opponents to the left on many issues, including militarism, immigration, unions - breaking ranks on a whole host of centrist orthodoxy that Labour had embraced since the mid-90's.
One-time fringe-right best pals Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have evidently had a falling out and it ain't pretty. After they appeared at the anti-Iran deal "protest" Wednesday, Beck took to his nationally syndicated radio show to blast the celebrity conservative for being unprincipled and all-around fatuous.
Since the Salem witch trials, moral panics have been a staple of American society. We love a good morality tale and we love a good scapegoat. It’s only fitting this unique puritanical impulse would combine with America’s other favorite pastime: mindless racism.
Donald Trump is achieving two feats simultaneously that, based on conventional wisdom, should be impossible. His poll numbers are skyrocketing while his support among Hispanics - a group that makes up 6-8% of the GOP voting base - has bottomed out to unprecedented lows. Roughly 65% of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump, a staggering 40 points higher than the second to least popular,Ted Cruz at 24%. While Hispanics are not historically a sizable bloc of GOP voters, this radically inverse correlation speaks to a broader, troubling trend that begs for explanation. The excess, previously untapped surge, as it turns out, appears to be coming largely from white nationalist and xenophobic elements.
WATCH: Teen behind 'Deez Nuts' gives first interview -- and offers more nuanced views than GOP field
The 15-year-old behind the Internet sensation "Deez Nuts", Brady Olson, has given his first sit-down interview with a local affiliate KTIV's Sam Curtiss and has some rather refreshing views for a teenage troll.
vidently bored with the campaign already, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell began an otherwise routine interview with Bernie Sanders with a series of bizarre leading questions, trying to trap the Vermont Senator into criticizing Hillary Clinton - something Sanders has been adamant about not doing.
Soon after the Ashley Madison details were made public Wednesday, tabloids fell all over each other to find juicy tidbits of hypocrisy and moral corruption -- especially of their political enemies. Yesterday afternoon Gawker hit gold, revealing that Josh Duggar -- a known pedophile and the already reigning king of rightwing hypocrites -- had sought extramarital affairs on both Ashley Madison and OKCupid. In no time, the Schadenfreude-giddy blogs were basking in another Duggar scandal. But was it all worth it?
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