Friday, May 19, 2017

Fox News Fires ‘The Five’ Co-Host Bob Beckel Over Racist Comment

Variety ^ | 05/19/2017 | Brian Steinberg 

Fox News Channel is parting ways – again – with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, “The Five.”
“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement.
The dismissal opens — or perhaps closes 0- another chapter in an off-and-on relationship Beckel has had with the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet over the years. Beckel, a longtime political consultant as well as a former campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, joined Fox News in 2000, and had a years-long tenure on “The Five” when it aired in the late afternoon. Indeed, he was one of the program’s original co-hosts.
He departed in 2015 while recuperating from back surgery in a split that was seen as less an amicable. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said Bill Shine, who was then the network’s executive vice president of programming, in a statement at the time. “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”
But Beckel returned to Fox News in 2017 after doing a stint at CNN, and was greeted with open arms. “Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement, in January.
Fox News’ human-resources department was made aware of a complaint about what one person familiar with the situation characterized as a “racially insensitive remark” on Tuesday evening. Executives conducted an internal investigation, this person said, and decided to part ways with Beckel Friday morning.
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Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias

Heat Street ^ | 19 May 2017 | Heat Street Staff 

A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media’s bias against Donald Trump.

Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump’s first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.

They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations:
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The academics based their study on seven US outlets and three European ones.
In America they analyzed CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
They also took into account the BBC, the UK’s Financial Times and the German public broadcaster ARD.
Every outlet was negative more often than positive.
Only Fox News, which features some of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters and is often given special access to the President, even came close to positivity.
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After Mueller, Trump Critics Worry: Maybe There’s No Scandal

The American Interest ^ | May 18, 2017 | Jason Willick 

Eli Lake is right: The DOJ’s appointment of widely-respected former prosecutor Robert Mueller to lead the special inquiry into the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia is a reprieve for a Trump Administration in crisis—a reprieve that it will almost certainly squander, but a reprieve nonetheless.
How do we know? Because the responses from Trump’s most dogged critics on the Russia question betray a kind of anxiety about the Mueller appointment—an anxiety that the no-nonsense law enforcement wise man will lower the temperature in Washington without actually uncovering enough damaging material to bring down the President.
Take, for example, Josh Marshall declaring that while he has confidence in Mueller to identify and expose any criminal activities undertaken by Trump or his associates, he won’t be able to prosecute the real Trump-Russia wrongdoing: a labyrinthian “conspiracy” which may not even involve any illegal behavior.
It is critical to understand that the most important details we need to know about the Russian disruption campaign and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with it may not be crimes. Indeed, I would say that the crimes we’re likely to discover will likely be incidental or secondary to the broader actions and activities we’re trying to uncover. Just hypothetically, what if Russia had a disruption campaign, Trump campaign officials gave winks and nods to nudge it forward but violated no laws? That’s hard to figure but by no means impossible. (Our criminal laws are not really designed for this set of facts.) The simple point is that the most important ‘bad acts’ may well not be crimes. That means not only is no one punished but far, far more important, we would never know what happened.
And here’s David Frum in the Atlantic making a similar objection:
The special counsel will investigate whether people in the Trump campaign violated any laws when they gleefully leveraged the fruits of Russian espionage to advance their campaign.
By contrast, what happened in plain sight—cheering rather than condemning a Russian attack on American democracy—will be treated as a non-issue, because it was not criminal, merely anti-democratic and disloyal.
Since the summer before the election, Trump’s critics have been suggesting or sometimes stating outright that Russia is involved with a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of Trump’s inner circle. But now that an unimpeachable bulldog prosecutor has been named to probe these very allegations, the critics seem to be trying to move the goalposts, saying that the real problem isn’t criminality, but the sleaze and outlandish behavior of the Trump campaign more generally—behavior that was already obvious to voters when they went to the polls in 2016, and will be even more obvious when they go to the polls in 2018.
Trump’s outrageous and indefensible conduct around the Russia investigation—his firing of Comey to attempt to quash the inquiry, along with the subsequent allegations that he demanded Comey’s loyalty early on and leaned on him to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn—cries out for a special counsel, and Mueller, by all accounts, is a consummate choice. Any wrongdoing related to the Trump campaign, from the President himself to bottom-feeders like Carter Page, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
But the Trump-Russia hounds now seem to be realizing the limits of the scandal they have been pursuing—yes, maybe someone like Manafort will go down for money-laundering, and yes, Trump had shady deals with Russian banks as a real estate tycoon in the 1990s. But this is simply not as big of a scandal as they would like it to be.
Mueller seems well-equipped to do what the country sorely needs right now: Determine if there was criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and hold any wrongdoers accountable. He is not, however, equipped to do what Trump’s most relentless critics seem to want: Launch a wide-ranging and essentially political investigation into Donald Trump and his associates with the aim not of bringing the matter to a resolution, but of creating a steady stream of media frenzies that paralyzes an administration they loathe.

Democrats Are Colluding With The Media to Create Chaos

Washington Examiner ^ | May 18 2017 ast | by Emily Jashinsky 

Camille Paglia is much more worried about the media than about the steady string of Trump-related scandals they claim to be uncovering.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Paglia excoriated the press for its coverage of Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and his alleged sharing of classified information with Russian officials.
Fresh off a spirited panel with Christina Hoff Sommers hosted by the Independent Women's Forum, the iconic feminist dissident, who serves as a professor of media studies at the University of the Arts, accused journalists of colluding with the Democratic Party in an effort to damage the Trump administration.
"Democrats are doing this in collusion with the media obviously, because they just want to create chaos," she said when asked to comment on the aforementioned stories. "They want to completely obliterate any sense that the Trump administration is making any progress on anything."
The popular author, whose latest book was released in March, pointed to early struggles experienced by previous presidential administrations to illustrate the media's bias against Trump. "Obama's administration for the first six months was chaos," Paglia recalled. "Bill Clinton's was chaos for six months. Nobody holds that against a new person."
"Those two guys had actually been politicians!" she continued, noting Trump's relative inexperience with government operations.
Paglia's assessment of media bias in the Trump era leaves little room for optimism. "I am appalled at the behavior of the media," she declared. "It's the collapse of journalism."
As the Examiner reported in April, Paglia, who cast her ballot for Jill Stein last November, is predicting Trump will win re-election in 2020. "I feel like the Democrats have overplayed their hand," she said at the time.
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Though the news cycle has moved through plenty of additional scandals in the past month, it appears as though Paglia's assessment of the president's prospects has not changed.
"I'm looking forward to voting Democrat again," the acclaimed philosopher explained. "But the point is I feel that the media has so utterly lost its credibility that I think people are going to vote against the media again."

BUILD THAT WALL!Why the World’s 2nd Deadliest War Means We Need Stronger Borders Now More Than Ever!

IWB ^ | Robert Carbery 

While Syria and other far off conflicts in Asia garner most of the world’s attention, there is a war underway at our very doorstep and no one is talking about it.

Mexico’s drug war claimed the lives of 23,000 people in 2016. This death toll was second only to Syria, where 50,000 died last year in its six-year long civil war. Compared to previous years, drug-related deaths in Mexico hit 17,000 in 2015 and 15,000 in 2014, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). This upward trend in casualties and the 35% year-over-year jump in casualties is cause for alarm, if anyone was sounding it.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were right behind at 17,000 and 16,000 lives lost respectively and received much more attention from the media around the world as these are both much more visible conflicts. An eye opening fact is that most of the deaths from Mexico’s drug war were from small arms fire as opposed to air strikes. What is going on in Mexico is seeping into the United States as gangs such as MS-13 and other violent criminals (many of whom are here illegally) are spreading into cities and states where you never thought they would be.
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Throwing Shade: Maxine Waters Town Hall in Inglewood, CA ^ | May 15, 2017 | Arthur Schaper 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a.k.a. “The Crazy Black Lady” has dirtied up Congress for 28 years. UGH! This noxious witch has gotten a lot of press in the last four months. She gets lots of attention because she likes to throw shade (urban slang for constantly insulting someone) at Donald Trump, Republicans, and just about anyone else you can think of.
A wrecking ball of stupidity, Waters has faced token opposition all her career. For all of her bluster, Maxine Waters has run the South LA, Hawthorne, Inglewood, and Gardena regions into the ground for nearly 3 decades. What does she have to show for it? Zero.
I have long wanted to confront Waters on her record of professional failure. Then four days ago, I got word that Waters was hosting a town hall in Inglewood. Unlike previous town halls, I took clear steps to ensure that I would be protected ahead of time. Trump supporters don’t just find themselves behind enemy lines, I have sadly found that any outcry of displeasure or disapproval means that I get escorted out. This is the fate of the First Amendment in deep blue sections of California.
Or is it? Election 2016 was a rousing success for Republicans across the country, and even in deep-blue California, Trump did better than Romney in 2012. Where? Oakland—Governor Moonbeam’s stomping ground; Compton, which has not elected a Republican to Congress since the late 1970s.
And Inglewood. Check this article from the Sacramento Bee if you do not believe me. How to explain this? Trump resonated with black voters because of his vocal opposition to illegal immigration, which is eviscerating black communities.
Before arriving at Inglewood High School, the site of the event, I saw a great poster: “Impeach Maxine Waters” at the bus stop. Waters’ head was superimposed on a picture of James Brown’s body—when he was in a police line-up wearing a bathrobe. What can I say? Bill O’Reilly was right about Waters’ hairdo! After lining up for the town hall, the heat and the hate were already turned up. Some of Waters’ most vocal supporters were calling me “Demon-possessed” and “Satanic” because I was protesting. I had signs reading “Muddy Waters” and “Dirty Waters”, and my all-time favorite “Maxine Waters, Go to Hell.” That last one was for her emphatic hatred toward the Tea Party Movement in 2011: “The Tea Party can go straight to hell!”
There’s a long list of other things that should go straight to hell: The EPA, Obamacare, the NSA snooping on law-abiding citizens—and Maxine Waters’ political career.
Before Waters showed up, I had to handle the hate from her die-hard, brainwashed supporters. One lady behind me kept claiming that she was “Eve”, that she could trace her DNA back 50,000 years. She called me a “Neanderthal”, because I have hair on my arms. Yes, Maxine Waters’ supporters are actually crazier than she is! La Raza Nativists now follow me, claiming that white people need to “go back to Europe.” They get funnier and funnier the more that they confront me. It’s time to expose these fools for what they are: overburdened liberals taught to hate everything, since they see themselves as victims who cannot break free.
The Inglewood High School Band brought in the tuck and roll like no other band I’ve seen. They ended up playing for at least an hour and a half. I wondered out loud: “Is Maxine Waters afraid of me? She couldn’t be! She’s not afraid of anybody, right?” Funny. I live-streamed as much as I could, and people all over the world were seeing how insane, abusive, and just plain vile her supporters can be. One man in an all-black suit kept threatening me: “I’m keeping an eye on you!” And I told him the same. I pointed at him repeatedly during the town hall, and he couldn’t do a thing about it.
Finally, Auntie Maxine showed up. Maddening applause filled the auditorium. I booed as loud as I could. Waters was unfashionably late, as usual. What kind of a representative is this? Fire Maxine! That’s what I say! She spoke for the first fifteen minutes about the American Health Care Act—and how Republicans were going to push people out of health care. She actually claimed that pregnancy was a “pre-existing condition.” Being pregnant is a sickness, Maxine? Seriously? Yes, she said that, along with a host of other stupid, false, and incendiary things. Are we supposed to sit back and let her lie to us? Not me. I booed, along with other Trump supporters who had joined me.
One La Raza Nativist started yelling at me, though: “Shut up, Nazi! Shut up!” The Inglewood Unified School Police told him to leave—then another officer—Martinez, Badge #232—told me to leave too. That’s the new “fairness” in Democratic districts. “Everyone, leave!”
While I waited to speak with Inglewood PD, I confronted the same crazy liberals who had been following me around in Cudahy, Huntington Park, and even Glendora. Major fail! One of the outspoken Bernie supporters who has been following me for the last year (from Cudahy) tried to batter me about Trump, Obamacare, and everything else. Then he switched, and actually listened.
At least someone was willing to talk.
For the next hour, I kept protesting Mad Maxine and her craziness, along with two other Latinos for Trump. One young Latino, an ROTC cadet at Inglewood, greeted me and shared his support for Trump. “You are the minority here!” I answered back, “I am the minority of the minority!”
Am I glad that I went? Heck yeah! Will I be confronting Dirty Waters and her corrupt career? You bet! Because I am not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. We can’t be intimidated, we can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, racist political hacks like Rep. Waters and her cronies can go … well, you know the rest!

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