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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 11:09:58 AM mt

Anxious CBS: Can Trump Stay in Office for the Next Three and a Half Years



Excited journalists are salivating at the idea that the events of this week could be the beginning of the end for Donald Trump. On Thursday, the New York Times predicted that Republicans weredoomed. On Friday, CBS This Morning co-host Norah ODonnell intoned, The Presidents isolation grows.

She added, What does that mean for the consequences of the rest of his presidency? Can he stay in office for the next three and a half years? Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson threw cold water on any impeachment notions. He even cited the concept of media bias:

Well, absent some other event, you've got Republicans who would have to remove him from office. And while the President is quite isolated as you point out and that's going to have impact on his ability to get any legislation passed, there are a lot of people who believe he's the victim of a pile on by the media. Started by the media and now joined by some people.

The Times on Thursday saw the GOP as in crisis and questioned the survival of the Republican Party.

[This CBS segment brought to you by Progressive, Dove soap and Nissan.]

A transcript is below:

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CBS This Morning
8/18/17
8:05:19 to 8:09:10

GAYLE KING: CBS News chief correspondent and Face the nation anchor, thats John Dickerson, joins us at the table to continue the discussion. Always good to see you, John Dickerson.

JOHN DICKERSON: Good to see you.

KING: So, you have Senator Scott there. Then you have Senator Bob Corker say, in words that I think took many by surprise, that he doesn't think the President has demonstrated the stability or confidence to be successful in this job. This is a big deal why?

JOHN DICKERSON: Well, two things. Its both who's saying the remarks and the nature of them. The first is that Senator Corker is not a hot head who is in the, kind of, traditional, kind of usual suspects category who is always criticizing the President and everything he does. Senator Scott is not in that category either. So, its rare for him to criticize the President. They have golfed together. But also, it's the nature of the critique, which is not just about the events of Charlottesville. But its a broader critique about the Presidents stability and compatibility between his natural instincts and the job he holds. And whether it's possible for him to fit those natural impulses into that job. If this isn't solved, said Senator Corker, the country will be in great peril.

KING: Are you hearing that others share this view, that are wondering about his stability?

DICKERSON: They have shared the view in terms of the Presidents incompatibility with the office. But it's always been off the record or they've said, You know, we hope things change. Or maybe General Kelly, as chief of staff will help and so on. But to come out and say it in public and not just toss off a remark, this was obviously carefully considered and kind of a methodical critique.

NORAH ODONNELL: The President's isolation grows. Hes now insulted more Republicans, I think, this week than Democrats on his Twitter feed. Even within his own White House staff the isolation grows. What does that mean for the consequences of the rest of his presidency? Can he stay in office for the next three and a half years?

DICKERSON: Well, absent some other event, you've got Republicans who would have to remove him from office. And while the President is quite isolated as you point out and that's going to have impact on his ability to get any legislation passed, there are a lot of people who believe he's the victim of a pile on by the media. Started by the media and now joined by some people. And so, there are some who say, Theres a dangerous world out there and while we find the behavior of the President objectionable in A, B and C, he's still the President. Theres still an Iran deal we dont like. North Korea is out there. We must rally behind him. And then there's the second group that says, you know, We must stay in the White House, we must support him because who knows what he'll do if there aren't people to check him.

JEFF GLOR: And you look at the polling, a decisive majority of Republicans support what he said about Charlottesville. The overwhelming majority disagree about what he said about Charlottesville. So, again, the issue politicized.

DICKERSON: Right. It sorts to where people were originally. But thats where somebody like Senator Corker matters because he's breaking out of the usual trajectory these things go in of where things go in. And thats what could over time shift the view of the President. But at the moment people are pretty much sorting into where you sit is where you stand.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 11:09:57 AM mt

MSNBCs Butler: Trumps Neo-Nazi Racist Behavior Is Just Following Ronald Reagans Legacy



One can always count on the left to overreach. Thursdays Hardball featured MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler arguing that President Trumps Charlottesville response was only a continuation of white racism put forth by former Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

To make the shows A-block even more loony, USC professor Erroll Southers later argued that the right-wing is the greatest threat to our nations homeland and national security thanks to Trump being a champion in the White House.

Host Chris Matthews teed Butler up by wondering if Trump allowed himself to be identified with the cause of the Civil War to support the continuation and extension of slavery into the territories.

Butler then unloaded, lumping Trump in with Reagan:

You know, I think that hes just being more open and transparent about his close connection with white racism than some other Republicans, like Reagan and Nixon, whose whole Southern strategy used code words like welfare queen and urban crime to talk about black people. Again, Trumps friendliness with white supremacists is more open, its more transparent, and in a sense, its more frightening, its more threatening to our nation.

Matthews largely agreed, proclaiming that Reagan did some good things before trashing him: He knew what he said, not just welfare queens, he talked his phrase the young buck who would come into the supermarket and buy liquor with food stamps. That was one of his babies, too.

The pair can try and assert that Reagan was supportive of such hatred, but the facts are not on their side. Newsmax wrote an article on Wednesday about how Reagan specifically talking about such groups:

To those individuals who persist in such hateful behavior . . . you are the ones who are out of step with our society; you are the ones who willfully violate the meaning of the dream that is America. And this country, because of what it stands for, will not stand for your conduct, Reagan told the audience.

In March of that year, 20-year-old Michael Donald was found beaten and lynched in Birmingham. Three members of the Ku Klux Klan were eventually convicted and one was later executed.

Reagan attacked the disturbing reoccurrence of bigotry and violence.

A few isolated groups in the backwater of American life still hold perverted notions of what America is all about.

Southers continued to dig further by slamming Trump as offering not just a dog whistle to racists but a foghorn to his base. Sure, professor, theres 63 million racists in the country (since thats the number of people that voted for the President). Good luck making that claim without people laughing or taking offense to it.

Hes actually defending what has become the greatest threat to our nations homeland and national security, which is the right wing. Youve seen the statistics, over twice as many attacks in the last decade put out by the right wing. We knew this past weekend, wed have trouble in Charlottesville, Southers argued.

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The Daily Beasts Sam Stein stepped in to call out this over-generalization (even though Stein himself is no conservative):

I wouldnt I wouldnt paint the entire right-wing as the threat here. I think we need to be more specific about it. Were talking about white nationalist right-wing extremists. Lets not paint too broad a [brush].

Southers somewhat back-tracked, responding: Well, what I would say is we all know that what we saw on Saturday were neo-Nazis, militia conservatives, we saw neo-Confederates, we saw several factions of the Klan. These are groups that usually are fragmented.

Butler returned later to double down on his Republican smear, hoping that more in the GOP would condemn the President while also trashing them:

So I hope it will become even too much for the Republicans. But we have to understand that mainstream Republicans have always appealed to white resentment. No Democrat since Lyndon Johnson has gotten a majority of the vote. So these Republicans who are okay with the more subtle signs, the attacks on African-American, on civil rights, and the lack of concern about police brutality and people of color, the attacks on immigration -- again, what Trump is, is the chickens coming home to roost. But there`s always been stirring up of resentment by Republicans.

Spoiler alert, when youre looking to convert someone to your opinion, dont attack them at the same time.

Heres the relevant transcript from MSNBCs Hardball on August 17:

MSNBCs Hardball
August 17, 2017
7:03 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me go to Paul Butler on this whole question. Lets talk about what Trumps up to, apparently, saying that the Lincoln rather, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial are in danger. This isnt about me marching or hanging around with people who march with Nazis. I got a new angle on this baby. What do you think of this attempt to squirm out of his historic reputation problem, I think.

PAUL BUTLER Yes, so Chris, this is about deflecting and pivoting from his coziness with white supremacists to this academic debate about different ways to remember history, but heres the thing. President Trump is not an intellectual thought leader. This week, he sounded like a bigot who just doesnt get that the white supremacist side lost the Civil War and we now live in a country that should not honor terrorists who use violence and rape to keep black people down.

MATTHEWS: Do you think he allowed himself to be identified with the cause of the Civil War to support the continuation and extension of slavery into the territories? Do you think he got that bad off?

BUTLER: You know, I think that hes just being more open and transparent about his close connection with white racism than some other Republicans, like Reagan and Nixon, whose whole Southern strategy used code words like welfare queen and urban crime to talk about black people. Again, Trumps friendliness with white supremacists is more open, its more transparent, and in a sense, its more frightening, its more threatening to our nation.

MATTHEWS: Well, Reagan did some good things, but one of the bad things he did, he talked about, as he look, you cant disguise what he said. He knew what he said, not just "welfare queens," he talked his phrase the young buck who would come into the supermarket and buy liquor with food stamps. That was one of his babies, too.

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MATTHEWS: Professor Southers, let me ask you about this whole question of what do you hear when you hear Trump defend basically, defend those who march with Nazis, as well as with KKK people, as well as defending the monuments to the people who really caused the Civil War?

ERROLL SOUTHERS: Well, Chris, as your previous guest mentioned, this is not just a dog whistle anymore. This is a foghorn to his base. Hes actually defending what has become the greatest threat to our nations homeland and national security, which is the right wing. Youve seen the statistics, over twice as many attacks in the last decade put out by the right wing. We knew this past weekend, wed have trouble in Charlottesville. And they see this as an incredible movement in terms of their ability to move on, be emboldened, recruit, radicalize and engage and now theyre out in force. Theyre not wearing hoods or sheets anymore. They dont feel they need to hide. And they have a champion in the White House.

SAM STEIN: I wouldnt I wouldnt paint the entire right-wing as the threat here. I think we need to be more specific about it. Were talking about white nationalist right-wing extremists. Lets not paint too broad a

MATTHEWS: What do you make of that, Professor?

SOUTHERS: Well, what I would say is we all know that what we saw on Saturday were neo-Nazis, militia conservatives, we saw neo-Confederates, we saw several factions of the Klan. These are groups that usually are fragmented. They usually have a lot of internal strife. They dont usually coalesce to one location for one cause, and they did that. And with all due respect, were not going to paint the right wing in that way, but we are going to paint the extremists that were there, and these are the people that are being emboldened by his activities. Weve seen attacks over the last several weeks and months that have gone ignored and not been reported, and they know whats going on and they have a champion in what was said again for the third iteration of his explanation about what was going on...

MATTHEWS: Do you think those pictures that were showing, Professor, the pictures we just showed while you couldnt see, were showing people fighting with each other hands -- its fist to fist. Its not exactly gun to gun, but its pretty rough. Were looking at -- is that a recruitment poster for the alt-right?

SOUTHERS: Absolutely. What they wanted to have on Saturday was they wanted to be attacked by the counter-protesters. Weve seen this in activities in other protests. We had one in Los Angeles in 2010, where the alt-right was attacked by the protesters. The following day on their Web site, they had a notice saying, We were there peacefully protesting when we were attacked. Unfortunately, on Saturday, things went tragically and deadly awry, and they were unable to respond to that. So what theyre trying to do now is to lay low. The word is out. They didnt expect on someone to get killed, especially someone on the other side, and they have to regroup and restrategize of how theyre going to go forward.

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MATTHEWS: What do you think will happen politically if that becomes the case in the rest of the summer?

BUTLER: So I hope it will become even too much for the Republicans. But we have to understand that mainstream Republicans have always appealed to white resentment. No Democrat since Lyndon Johnson has gotten a majority of the vote. So these Republicans who are okay with the more subtle signs, the attacks on African-American, on civil rights, and the lack of concern about police brutality and people of color, the attacks on immigration -- again, what Trump is, is the chickens coming home to roost. But there`s always been stirring up of resentment by Republicans.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:38:07 AM mt

NYTs Fox News Obsession Contempt Boils Over on Thursday: 'Presidential Safe Space'



The New York Times obsessive contempt for Fox News boiled over in its hysterical coverage in Thursdays edition of Trumps comments in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

Jonah Engel Bromwichs brief piece on a tweet from the medias preferred president managed to lump neo-Nazis and Fox News fans together: A Charlottesville Tweet by Obama Is the Most Liked of All Time.

Barack Obamas response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., became the most-liked tweet in Twitters history Tuesday night, according to representatives for the social media platform.

The former presidents tweet, sent out Saturday evening, paired a quote from Nelson Mandelas 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, with a picture of Mr. Obama smiling up at a diverse group of young children.

Bromwich penned a credulous story on the dubious incident last December of two stunt video hoaxers (fakes on a plane)supposedly removed from a Delta Airlines flight for speaking Arabic on a cellphone. On Thursday, he carelessly lumped in Fox News watchers with white supremacists while comparing President Trump unfavorably to Obama.

His tweet provided a contrast to President Trumps equivocal responses to the protests in Charlottesville. The protests developed out of a rally organized by white nationalists and resulted in the death of one counterprotester. Mr. Trump, in his early response to the episode, condemned the violence on many sides.

Mr. Obamas tweet passed Ms. Grandes on the same day that Mr. Trump repeated his criticism of both sides in Charlottesville in an impromptu question-and-answer session. His remarks stunned many politicians, media personalities and even members of his own staff. But they prompted cheers from his supporters on Fox News, as well as the prominent white supremacists David Duke and Richard Spencer.

Times media reporter Michael Grynbaum had fun reporting Fox host Eboni Williams criticism of Trump: A Fox News Host Criticizes Trump, and Some Viewers Bristle. The text box: A dissenting voice in a usually safe space for the president.

Fox News, televisions equivalent of a presidential safe space, kept up its steadfast defense of President Trump even as he faced an uproar this week over his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia last Saturday. Anchors like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson praised the president and lauded his bare-knuckle criticism of the news media.

Those are nervy words from Grynbaum, who previously attacked fellow journalist Matt Lauer for not providing a sufficiently safe space for Hillary Clinton during a tough interview, and whose own newspaper provided eight years of protection for President Obama, constantly calling his opponents far-right and racially motivated.

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But notably, some pundits broke ranks. Eboni K. Williams, a host of the 5 p.m. show The Specialists, derided Mr. Trump in exceptionally blunt terms, calling his initial remarks about the rally cowardly and dangerous and accusing the president of minimizing blatant, flagrant hatred rather than risk roiling a portion of his base.

It was the kind of unvarnished criticism that Fox News usually outsources to liberal guests and Ms. Williams, who is African-American, said that her words had come with a price.

In the days since her segment aired, Ms. Williams said she had received nearly 150 menacing messages from people who denounced her remarks and called her a traitor, a racist, a disgrace, and anti-American. Some of the messages, she said, implied an intent to harm, and she said she requested and received a security escort from Fox News.

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Not every viewer has been pleased. I couldnt get to the remote soon enough to change the channel, one Twitter user wrote on Wednesday, after Ms. Williams again criticized Mr. Trump on the air. Another wrote: I wonder if @FoxNews now regrets the divisive hateful words spewed out of the nasty mouth of Ms. Williams.

Mr. Hannity and other anchors, including the morning show hosts on Fox & Friends, rarely question the president, and several of them recently dined with Mr. Trump at the White House. Rupert Murdoch, Fox Newss executive chairman, is a regular adviser to Mr. Trump, even counseling him on the fate of Stephen K. Bannon, the presidents chief strategist.

After leading with the safe space crack, Grynbaum admitted later:

But Mr. Trump has his critics on Fox News. Juan Williams regularly battles with his pro-Trump co-hosts on the prime-time show The Five. The daytime news anchor Shepard Smith can offer up tough criticism. So far weve been unable to find the very fine people protesting with the white supremacists, he said sarcastically on Wednesdays broadcast, referring to Mr. Trumps assertion that very fine people were among the demonstrators in Charlottesville.

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Ms. Williams, a lawyer who formerly worked at CBS News, said in the interview Wednesday that her superiors at Fox News had not expressed concern.

Ill tell you the truth, if they had said anything, it would have shocked me, she said. Im no puppet for the network. I call Fox as I see Fox. And for me its been a positive experience. Its not been a perfect experience, but Im there because the good outweighs the bad.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:38:05 AM mt

Marcados contrastes en la manipulacin meditica de las noticias sobre Charlottesville



La violencia poltica en Charlottesville y su repudio por el presidente Donald J. Trump han sido cubiertas de la manera ms divergente posible por dos cadenas de televisin en espaol, una con sede en Los ngeles y la otra en Miami.

En Los ngeles, la presentadora Adriana Yez de Estrella TV introdujo las noticias provenientes de Charlottesville diciendo a sus televidentes que "las polticas de odio de Donald Trump han llegado a su nivel ms catastrfico".

Y para aumentar el efecto dramtico, Yez agreg que slo supremacistas blancos haban llenado las calles de la ciudad "de sangre y violencia".

ADRIANA YEZ, PRESENTADORA, NOTICIERO ESTRELLA: Buenas tardes, los saluda Adriana Yez con las noticias ms relevantes del da. Las polticas de odio de Donald Trump han llegado a su nivel ms catastrfico. Supremacistas blancos llenan de sangre y violencia las calles de Charlottesville, en Virginia.

Y sigue peor. Increblemente, la presentadora de Estrella introdujo entonces la grabacin de la denuncia del presidente Trump calificando de maligno al racismo y su crtica a quienes incurren en violencia con esa motivacin, diciendo que el presidente "conden suavemente" los actos de odio racial.

ADRIANA YEZ, PRESENTADORA, NOTICIERO ESTRELLA: Esta delicada situacin hizo que el presidente Trump volviera a pronunciarse y condenara suavemente esos actos de odio racial.

PRESIDENTE TRUMP: El racismo es maligno. Y quienes cometen violencia en su nombre son criminales y matones, incluidos el KKK, los neo-nazis, los supremacistas blancos y otros grupos de odio que son repugnantes a todo lo que queremos como estadounidenses.

Puede haber una excusa para esto, que no sea el hecho de que Yez no satisface los requisitos mnimos de la Ley RAISE de comprender el idioma ingls, simple y llano?

En contraste agudo con la manipulacin descarada de Estrella contra el presidente en la presentacin de las horrendas noticias provenientes de Charlottesville, e introduciendo el mismo video de la declaracin de Trump, la presentadora Mara Elvira Salazar de Mega TV con sede en Miami, dijo a sus televidentes el 14 de agosto que en su condena del ataque, el presidente Trump "arremeti violentamente en contra del Ku Klux Klan, los neo-nazis y los supremacistas blancos".

MARA ELVIRA SALAZAR, PRESENTADORA, NOTICIERO MEGA: Hoy el presidente Trump arremeti violentamente en contra del Ku Klux Klan, los neo-nazis y los supremacistas blancos. Y conden el ataque terrorista ocurrido en Charlottesville, Virginia, este fin de semana, en contra de una manifestacin anti-fascista que le cost la vida a una mujer y ha dejado 19 heridos".

PRESIDENTE TRUMP: El racismo es diablico. Y esos que provocan violencia en su nombre son criminales y asesinos, incluidos el KKK, los neo-nazis, los supremacistas blancos y otros grupos de odio que son repugnantes a todo lo que queremos como estadounidenses.

La tremenda discrepancia de las presentaciones de la misma noticia revela tambin las diferencias importantes que existen tanto en la composicin ideolgica como demogrfica de los mercados noticiosos de California y Florida desde los cuales emanan las transmisiones de las dos cadenas nacionales.

Especficamente, en comparacin con Miami, en Los ngeles parece haber escasa diversidad ideolgica entre los presentadores y locutores de noticieros de televisin y radio en idioma espaol. Adems, a diferencia de Miami, los activistas de la izquierda extrema en Los ngeles, incluidos Antifa y los socialistas, tienen rutinariamente una presencia robusta en las calles.

En Miami, sin embargo, personalidades de prensa como la cubano-estadounidense Mara Elvira Salazar, cuyas familias han sufrido personalmente los horrores de regmenes izquierdistas autoritarios, siguen atemperando la mezcla y parecen mucho ms a tono con las polticas de un estado donde un bloque considerable de hispanos contrarios a la izquierda y partidarios de la ley y el orden votaron por Trump en 2016.

Eso explica probablemente por qu fue Mega la que tuvo la distincin de ser el nico noticiero de una cadena de televisin en espaol que se hizo eco del presidente en su declaracin de los "muchos lados" como fuentes de la violencia poltica que se desarroll en Charlottesville, as como en otros lugares del pas.

MARA ELVIRA SALAZAR, PRESENTADORA, NOTICIERO MEGA: Pero la violencia no viene solamente de los supremacistas blancos. En las ltimas horas se han reportado fuertes protestas de activistas que se oponen a estos grupos.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:38:03 AM mt

News Conga Line of Obama Fans Resign from White House Arts Panel That Hasn't Met in 2017



So much of the liberal medias spin is about creating an anti-Republican momentum, or in this era an anti-Trump momentum. Take Politicos Friday story headlined Presidents arts and humanities committee resigns over Trumps Charlottesville response.

Edward-Isaac Dovere began:

Another advisory group is walking away from President Donald Trump after his equivocation on neo-Nazis and white supremacists, with the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigning en masse Friday morning.

We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions, members write in a joint letter to Trump obtained by POLITICO, which ends by calling on the president to resign if he does not see a problem with whats happened this week.

Liberals are tweeting this around with Holy crap reactions....without listing the signatories. It's the "president's arts council" all right...the last president's.

But how dramatic is this if they were all appointed by Obama, and are a conga line of Obama supporters? There, in paragraph three, we learn these are liberals: Members include artist Chuck Close, actor Kal Penn, author Jhumpa Lahri and Vicki Kennedy, widow of former Sen. Ted Kennedy. Penn (real name: Kalpen Modi), now acting as a White House press secretary on the ABC drama Designated Survivor, worked as an aide under Valerie Jarrett for two and a half years in the Obama White House. Lahiri was given the National Humanities Medal by President Obama and signed a letter against Trump's six-nation travel ban earlier this year.

The committee also included:

-- Minnesota state senator Richard Cohen (Democrat of St. Paul);

-- Fred Goldring, a HuffPost contributor who boasts of creating the Obama "Yes We Can" campaign ad of 2008;

-- Chicago investor Howard Gottlieb, who donated $100,000 to Obama's inauguration festivities in 2009;

-- Anne Luzzatto, who led the Obama-Biden transition team staffing up the NEA, in addition to working in the Clinton White House;

-- Tennis Channel chief executive Ken Solomon, who raised $2.7 million for Obama's two presidential campaigns;

-- Caroline "Kim" Taylor, Boston Symphony Orchestra trustee and wife of liberal singer James Taylor;

-- Andrew Weinstein, the Finance Chair of the Democratic Party of Florida;

-- Jill Udall, wife of Sen. Tom Udall (Democrat of New Mexico);

-- Jersey Boys star John Lloyd Young, who boasts of being a proud, 20-year member of the ACLU.

Then, late in the story, theres this: The 17-member committee was appointed by President Barack Obama and hasn't met under Trump, but has continued work on some of its programs. But it's "Trump's committee" abandoning Trump?

One might expect this Obama-approved arts panel to turn on Trump once his budget proposed zeroing out funds for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. But look how far afield these liberals go in their statement denouncing Trump like a committee of liberals:

You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The Administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Act, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.

Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.

Liberals always assume that if you are in favor or the arts and the humanities, then you must be a liberal. Conservatives are presumed to be anti-art and anti-humanity.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 09:04:49 AM mt

Oops: CNN Changed its SPLC Hate Group Story



On August 17, CNN published a story with the headline: Here Are All The Active Hate Groups Where You Live. Was it a concise list of Nazi groups? No. It was the SPLC hate map and the 917 hate groups that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated as dangerous. The post was just SPLCs regurgitated map and list, given without comment, context or qualification.

A few hours later, CNN changed its story. Completely. The headline now reads: The Southern Poverty Law Centers List of Hate Groups. Where before, it was promoting SPLCs hate map as its own, now it merely (and meekly) links to the SPLC website.

Before, CNN had given a complete list of the hate groups, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, ACT for America, the Family Research Council, and the American Family Association. It has since removed the list and replaced them with, To see the SPLCs full list, click here. (link) And for the SPLCs explanation of why the organizations made the list, click here. (link)

CNN originally had, Scroll down to see the hate groups that operate out of your state.

Nowhere in either article is there mention of the fact that Floyd Lee Corkins used the SPLC hate map to find his target, the Family Research Council.

CNN essentially reinforced the SPLCs longstanding attacks against conservative groups. The SPLC hate map actually led to a shooting and an act of domestic terrorism.

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 02:22:26 AM mt

MSNBCs Tur Pesters Charlottesville Victims Mother About Trump



Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville, Virginia when a white nationalist terrorist drove through a crowd of counter protesters on Saturday. Her mother Susan Bro, who has vowed to carry on her daughters mission, appeared on MSNBC Live on Thursday to have an interview with host Katy Tur. If you thought the interview would be about Heather or how her mother planned to continue youd be wrong.

Out of the seven questions, Tur asked in the aired portion of their taped interview, five of them were about the President.

Turs first question was indeed about Heyer, but that was all. I'd love if you could tell us a little bit more about your daughter. What moment are you going to hold on to, she inquired. But from there, she went right into five straight questions about Trump:

He also told reporters that he would be reaching out to you. Have you had a chance to speak with the President?

Bro explained that ever since her daughters untimely death, her schedule had been really full. When we got home from the funeral and reception I was completely drained, and we had family gathered around. I had my phone turned off, she said, noting she had three phone calls from him. And so it feels awful, but I just haven't had time to talk to the President, but yes, he has reached out.

Oftentimes in public tragedies like this, the President will be invited to speak at a memorial service. Was President Trump invited to this one?

According to Bro, she allowed no politicians to speak at her daughters memorial service. I just felt like there will be plenty of time later for political speeches, that sort of thing, but this was all about my daughter and her life and her legacy, and that was totally my focus, she told Tur.

You said yesterday that you're speaking now because your daughter cannot speak now. When you do have a chance to speak to the President, what are you going to tell him?

My daughter had a mission to make things fair and equitable for everyone, and I'm going to continue that mission, Bro reiterated. And anything he can do to further that mission; I'll be behind him. The answer may not have been enough for Tur, because she quickly followed up with: What would you like to see him do? Bro didnt know and didnt want to presume to know what the President does or how he does it.

Unironically, Tur prefaced her last question about Trump by claiming I don't want to make this about politics. She then proceeded to call into question the Presidents comment that there was violence on all sides that day.

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Surprisingly, Bro sounded almost like the President, saying: I did not because I'm a person who believes: Have all your facts before you make a statement, and I did not watch the rally. And so whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant. The guy mowed my daughter down. Sorry, that's not excusable, she added.

The last question to be aired by Tur was her asking Bro about the other white nationalist marches that were coming up, and wondering: What does it say to you about where we are as a country?

Bros answer was stunningly beautiful and really brought a humanizing aspect to the conversation:

What that says to me is that there are people who feel marginalized, there are people who feel their voices are not being heard, and I think that everybody needs to sit down and have an honest and painful discourse. We need to listen to each other, stop the name-calling. Once you put somebody into a name, you put them in a box and then you can put them on a shelf and you don't really have to look at them. But people are much more complicated than that.

So as much as I detest what the nationalists seem to be trying to say, they have a voice that they're trying to express and somebody needs to find out what it is that's bothering them, in the same way, any group wants to be heard, she added.

(H/T The Washington Free Beacon)

Transcript below:

MSNBC Live
August 17, 2017
2:52:45 PM Eastern

KATY TUR: Susan, thank you very much for joining us. I'd love if you could tell us a little bit more about your daughter. What moment are you going to hold on to?

SUSAN BRO: I think I'm going to hold on to the stubborn little girl that I remember and the conversations that we had in the later days of her life. Because she and I shared a lot of the same political and activist views, and we just enjoyed sounding off of each other. Some of our dinners together are my greatest treasures. But honestly the late night messages that we would send each other too, I love you, I love you too, those quick little things those Im going to miss a lot.

But those are the things that I hold on to because I don't have any regrets knowing that we had those -- she knew she was loved all the way through her life, and that means a lot to me.

TUR: Susan, the President tweeted yesterday: Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman. She will be long remembered by all. He also told reporters that he would be reaching out to you. Have you had a chance to speak with the President?

BRO: I have not. I did -- when we got home from the funeral and reception I was completely drained, and we had family gathered around. I had my phone turned off. We had Heather's dog, who was not doing well. We took her to the vet. And so I didn't even turn my phone on until around midnight and then I saw that his office had called about three times, and I had several meetings scheduled this morning. One to set up the foundation for Heather's funds that have come in. And so it feels awful, but I just haven't had time to talk to the President, but yes, he has reached out.

TUR: Oftentimes in public tragedies like this, the President will be invited to speak at a memorial service. Was President Trump invited to this one?

BRO: No, ma'am. No public officials were allowed to speak. I had a minister who was a community leader speak at her funeral and I actually had two of those. And that was all I would allow. I just felt like there will be plenty of time later for political speeches, that sort of thing, but this was all about my daughter and her life and her legacy, and that was totally my focus. I would not allow any politicians to speak. And certainly asked, but I just said no.

TUR: Totally understand that. Absolutely. You said yesterday that you're speaking now because your daughter cannot speak now. When you do have a chance to speak to the President, what are you going to tell him?

BRO: My daughter had a mission to make things fair and equitable for everyone, and I'm going to continue that mission. And anything he can do to further that mission, I'll be behind him.

TUR: What would you like to see him do?

BRO: I don't know. I don't know. I wouldn't presume to know what the President does or how he does it, so I really wouldn't try to speak to that at all.

TUR: I don't want to make this about politics, but politics is so consuming this tragedy and so consuming everything that happened in Charlottesville that day. The President went on to blame both sides, again, just the other day saying there was violence on the left, there was violence on the right and equating the two. Did you have a reaction to that?

BRO: I did not because I'm a person who believes have all your facts before you make a statement, and I did not watch the rally. I don't know if there were non-peaceful protestors there. I don't even know what the KKK and others were doing. I saw a few sound bites of the sample fighting but it was the same sound bite over and over.

And so whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant. The guy mowed my daughter down. Sorry, that's not excusable.

TUR: Your daughter was there protesting hate. She was protesting racism. She is protesting this white nationalist protest that was trying to save a statue of the confederate president. There are other nationalist marches planned for other cities in this country. What does it say to you about where we are as a country?

BRO: What that says to me is that there are people who feel marginalized, there are people who feel their voices are not being heard, and I think that everybody needs to sit down and have an honest and painful discourse. We need to listen to each other, stop the name-calling. Once you put somebody into a name, you put them in a box and then you can put them on a shelf and you don't really have to look at them. But people are much more complicated than that.

So as much as I detest what the nationalists seem to be trying to say, they have a voice that they're trying to express and somebody needs to find out what it is that's bothering them, in the same way, any group -- I think all groups need to start talking to one another, stop the punches, stop the kicking, stop the -- once you've thrown a punch, once you've thrown a kick, once youve hurled a rock, you've become irrational.

And I'm looking for honest and painful discussion about what's bothering everybody, because that's the bottom line. We're all bothered, so let's figure out what the sources of that pain and hurt and anger are.

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Dem Scandals: Nets Blackout Indictments and Assassination Hopes



Thursday was a terrible day for the Democratic Party as they were rocked by two major scandals. First, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Facebook that she wanted President Trump assassinated. Second, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultzs former IT staffer, Imran Awan was indicted on bank fraud among other charges. Again, it was a damaging day for the Dems but you wouldnt know it from watching the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) who ignored all of it.

As documented by the local CBS affiliate out of St. Louis, Missouri, State Senator Chappelle-Nadal was in a conversation with a friend, on her private Facebook page, who claimed his cousin was on Trump Secret Service detail. The friend seemed to allude to the idea that Trump would be assassinated soonernot later. The man then said he was probably going to get a visit from the Secret Service, to which the state Senator responded: No I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!

Chappelle-Nadal was now facing calls from elected officials higher up the Democratic Party food-chain to resign immediately:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: "I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign.

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis: "(C)alling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.

But as one would be expected of such a vocal radical leftist, she refused. There is no way in hell Im resigning, she told a local radio station. When the President apologizes, Ill apologize. But Im not apologizing for being frustrated and angry at the bigot that we have in our White House.

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Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., things were heating up in the case of a Democratic Party IT aide and his wife who were indicted on multiple counts of bank fraud and lying to authorities.

According to a Fox News report, Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems.

Awan was fired by most of the Democrats he worked for but the Congresswoman from Florida, Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept him on her payroll until his July arrest, thats even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network.

Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan, the Fox News report noted. In total, Awan managed to send more than $4 million to Pakistan.

These two scandals were a publicity nightmare, so its no wonder the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and CBS) chose not mention them. Instead, all three networks hyped a story about a sports photographer who was hit in privates with a baseball. NBC really wanted to bury both stories because they filled their air-time with reports of a diamond ring around a carrot and the Powerball jackpots.

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Lifetime's 'Project Runway' Premieres With a 'Dude Wearing a Dress'



Season 16 of Lifetimes fashion hit Project Runway premiered Thursday, August 17, with a focus on designing for all body types, ranging in size from two to 22, according to designer and the shows judge Tim Gunn. Oh, and a "dude in a dress." Because, of course.

Project Runway features aspiring designers who compete to break into the fashion industry, with one designer eliminated each week after judges critique each look on the runway.

As usual for the show, aptly titled One Size Does Not Fit All, the designers this season are just as diverse as the body types theyre designing for...except, of course, for anyone conservative or leading with a Christian faith. The left can only be so tolerant and diverse, you know. Anyone who doesnt fit their political beliefs and agenda is persona non-grata.

Therefore, we have among others,a Muslim woman, Ayana, in full Muslim garb who wants to design modest clothes for women (nothing wrong with that, but how long have Christians been mocked for desiring modesty? It appears that its only cool and fashionable if it comes from a Muslim woman), a former dancer, Sentell, who became a designer because an Oracle flipped a card that told him he should be working in fashion, and Aaron, who is pushing a design aesthetic thats androgynous and playing with, like, masculinity and femininity.

Of course, theres an Aaron. The show wouldnt be complete without a designer who defies gender norms. Heres his introduction in the shows opening sequence:

Aaron: The beauty of fashion is there's no rules anymore. He's a dude wearing a dress. Like, this is crazy, but, for me, it's just normal.

But its not just normal for Aaron, according to him. He also says later in the show, as clips of male models in dresses and other feminine clothing that he has designed flash by, that his aesthetic is where fashion is heading:

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Aaron: I would say that my aesthetic is playing with the different canons of masculinity and femininity. And I think that's kind of where fashion's going at this point. I gotta make some (bleep), otherwise I'm gonna fall apart.

One guess as to what look he used for his female model.

If you guessed tuxedo, you would be correct! Although it was an upside down tuxedo and actually looked feminine to me in the end and like something I would like to wear. Maybe its only men that he completely gender bends his designs for? It will be interesting to see if he gets assigned a male model this season.

Because, a woman in a tuxedo or pantsuit is much less shocking, edgy or attention-grabbing than a man in a dress. And shock, edginess and attention is definitely what the gender fluid community appears to be after. You can just imagine him thinking, "Look at me! You cant tell what gender I am, can you?! Ha! I am such a cool, edgy and shocking androgynous rebel! No one puts Aaron in a corner!"

Aside from gender, were also told that the lower end of the models size range isnt real. According to the designers: Model one comes out, typical skinny, tall girl, and then model three comes out with real curves, real body. These girls, they have curves and butts and hips and all kinds of good stuff.

Im all for celebrating women no matter their size and teaching them to be happy in their own skin, but theres no mention of the life-threatening health complications that can come with being on the larger end of the scale.

I myself, while not obese, am above my healthy weight-range due to chronic illness and not being able to exercise, after years of being healthy, fit and thin. I love and accept myself as I am, but Id give anything to be able to work out so I can be fit and healthy again - to lower my blood pressure and eliminate the insulin resistance I have developed. I know this is not an ideal weight or good stuff.

Shaming typical, skinny, tall girl(s) as not real is not the right way to make larger women feel better about themselves, either. Theyre using body shaming to fight body shaming, which is counter-intuitive and hypocritical. If its not okay to body shame a plus-size woman, why is it okay to body shame a thin woman?

And celebrating obesity as the only real kind of body sets a lot of women up for complacency, not to mention early heart disease. Surely, there must be a happy medium thats not as unrealistic as a supermodel but also isnt dangerously heavy and unhealthy.

Designer ChaCha, not understanding Americas PC culture, complained that his"form" (model)was too fat. Myform is also too fat. Like so fat, he complained.

He was quickly educated in PC speak and given a host of other terms to use instead of fat, such as bootylicious and family size.

Overall, the show looks like a perfect circus of every stereotypical liberal. Id love to see Project Runway be truly shocking and edgy and welcome designers that dont fit perfectly into their leftist agenda.

Indeed, one size does not fit all.

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NBC Spends 60 Percent More Time on Trump than Barcelona Terror



There was sad news out of Barcelona, Spain on Thursday as an apparent ISIS terrorist attack gripped the historic city. As of the writing of this piece, it had been reported that the vehicle attack had claimed the lives of 13 people and left over 100 injured. But despite the attack, and with suspects still at large, NBC Nightly News couldnt find it in them to shake their Trump fixation. They actually gave Trump-related stories roughly 60 percent more coverage.

NBC gave the Barcelona terrorist attack four minutes and 32 seconds of total airtime while they gave Trump related stories seven minutes and 34 seconds. Time totals dont include teasers or commercials.

The network started off their evening broadcast with the Barcelona terrorist attack. That time was split between two segments: One about the attack in general, with second segment describing how difficult it was for law enforcement to prevent and defend the public from such attacks.

They immediately followed up their attack coverage with a litany of the latest developments in the President Trump/Charlottesville saga. This coverage was divided into three reports with the first hyping how the President was under fire on all sides. The next two reports dealt with the fall out of the Charlottesville violence: Tech companies cracking down on hate speech and the removal of Confederate monuments.

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In contrast, NBCs fellow members of the Big Three Networks (ABC and CBS) didnt have such profound statistics.

CBS Evening News gave the terrorist attack six minutes and 41 seconds, which was comprised of three different stories ranging from the attack itself to the history of vehicles being used for terror. As for Trump related stories, they dedicated a solid seven minutes over three stores, a difference of 19 seconds. They highlighted GOP Senators rebuking Trump and mentioned a poll showing how 62 percent of Americans were in favor of keeping Confederate monuments.

ABCs World News Tonight, unlike their competitors, was the only network evening broadcast to have inverse numbers. Over three reports, the network spent six minutes and 15 seconds covering the Barcelona terrorist attack. Thats compared to the three minutes and 29 seconds they gave to Trump related stories, of which they only ran one.

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