Category Archives: Media

Lemme See If I Got This


Rachel Maddow on CNBC teased a story about having Trump’s tax returns, and apparently in 2005 he paid more by percentage than Obama…

The National Weather Service decided not to predict the winter snow totals because they thought people wouldn’t understand.

[Weather Prediction Center’s Greg] Carbin said a last-minute change downgrading snowfall totals might have given people the wrong message that the storm was no longer a threat. 

 

Ashley Judd says she got scared at a basketball game when a white haired man said “We like Trump,” and walked away.

And it’s also clear that his entire approach to me and aggressive sticking his phone 6 inches in front of my face to take my picture was a part of his plan to treat me with rudeness, aggression, and disrespect. Who knows, maybe he’s already done something undignified with the picture or maybe it was just a pretense so he could say something menacing to me.

I feel very sad that this happened, and frankly scared.

Real people think Russia preferred Donald Trump as president of the United States. As opposed to Hillary Clinton, who can be bought with a speaking fee for Bill.

 

Al Gore was on NPR this afternoon, upset that people believe what he calls disinformation and propaganda.

It’s really about the nature of the public discourse and how it now makes our country more vulnerable to the kind of disinformation and propaganda that is being substituted for the kind of dialogue that our founders hoped we would have.

And they say Breitbart News is fake? 

 

Actually, We Do Have Punishments for Blasphemy, Just Not Laws


Mark Movsesian at the Law and Religion Forum:

At the First Things site today, I have a post on the current blasphemy controversy in Denmark, which Marc discussed here last week. Prosecutors have brought a blasphemy charge against a man who posted a video of himself burning a copy of the Quran. I don’t favor Quran burning, of course. But I ask why a secular, progressive country like Denmark would bring a blasphemy prosecution in 2017:

The ironies abound. Blasphemy prosecutions are not so unusual in Muslim-majority countries, where they often serve as pretexts for the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. In fact, this month marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian Pakistani politician who had criticized that country’s blasphemy laws; his murderers called Bhatti “a known blasphemer.” But blasphemy prosecutions are vanishingly rare in the West. In America, the Supreme Court ruled blasphemy laws unconstitutional in 1952. Most European countries have abolished their blasphemy laws; where such laws continue to exist, they are dead letters.

I agree that burning a Quran is a bad idea. It confuses the debate when some clown goes overboard with that behavior.

But I disagree with part of the premise. We might not have laws about blasphemy, but tell that to the gals at the Womyn’s Studies Department. Call a transgender person a “he” when clearly that the wrong pronoun, you guys…and you’ll be shunned by the society, or even pay a fine. NY Times.

Chant the president’s name at a basketball game, and you’re labeled racist. I know it was clearly disrespectful of the minority ballplayers, but come on!

 Express support for traditional marriage — as Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama did at one time — and you’d be labeled as a bigot. Suggest that your actual, not chosen gender should determine your bathroom choice, and you’re an insane bigot. 

It was not enough when liberal activists were bossy. They have started to enforce their idiotic decrees with the power of the university and government. Across the western world, there are the beginning of enforced compliance with unwritten and shifting standards.

Blasphemy. It’s not just for religion anymore.

 

Quote of the Day


In modern Britain, affirmative action is bigotry by stealth. The statement it makes is that whoever is hiring has such low expectations of women and minority groups that they don’t believe such applicants will be able to get a job on merit. The left likes to throw around accusations, so let’s follow suit: through employing affirmative action the BBC is racist and sexist. Its bigotry extends, through a combination of pat-on-the-head box ticking and point blank exclusion, toward everyone—men, women, any of the other 31 bathroom-commandeering genders, and all the races on EarthSam White, discussing the BBC, but also modern British and American liberalism

 

Oh, Now TheTimes Cares About Anti-Semitism


h/t Ace.

The Algemeiner: (Ira Stoll)

President Trump has been in office for barely a month, but he already deserves credit for at least one major accomplishment: He’s gotten the New York Times to discover a new interest in intensively covering antisemitism.

What am I talking about?

There have been several cases of vandalism which were not covered by The Times, or made to sound unimportant. Now,under Trump, these sorts of things are major news.

This is The Narrative.

The Narrative is the undercurrent of the news business. As soon as a sort of trend develops which seems to fit the reporter or editor’s mindset, then The Narrative kicks in. Any uptick in anything which can be hung around Trump’s neck, will be.

To summarize: Ten Jewish cemetery desecrations, of which two — one of which was outside the US — were covered by the New York Times. Both times the Timesbothered to cover the attacks, the newspaper did so in a way that minimized the potentially antisemitic aspect of the attack.

In November of 2016, Donald Trump was elected president.

In February 2017, there were two attacks on Jewish cemeteries. About 200 tombstones were affected at a graveyard near St. Louis, Mo., and about 100 at one in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Times responded in a markedly different way than it did to the earlier, pre-Trump attacks, which it had either ignored or minimized.

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The article prominently noted that critics said the attacks “were an outgrowth of the vitriol of last year’s presidential campaign and Mr. Trump’s tone during it.” The Times reinforced this point with not just one, but two op-eds commenting on the attack…

In the old days, this would be missed, but now people are watching the news media. And we are finding them corrupt.

I’d write more, but the lights are flickering because of a line of thunderstorms moving through in the wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump, on a wave of racist, antisemitic and populist hate speech.  –snort –