Shame Change: Now It’s Halperin the Harasser?

Since the titans of television news fancy themselves as stars in their own right, it only makes sense that they would try to emulate the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.  But the sex scandals?  That’s a bit extreme, if you ask me.  Alas, if what CNN reports is true, then it appears as if there was a good reason that Harvey Weinstein got so chummy with reporters.  Turns out, they’re not so different from him:

Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN…

Widely considered to be one of the preeminent political journalists, Halperin, 52, has, among other career highlights, been political director at ABC News; co-authored the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin; and anchored a television show on Bloomberg TV.

But women who spoke to CNN say he also had a dark side not made public until now. The stories of harassment shared with CNN range in nature from propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one’s breasts against her will. Three of the women who spoke to CNN described Halperin as, without consent, pressing an erection against their bodies while he was clothed.

Sound familiar?  Throw in a bathrobe and a quick massage, and Halperin would be a dead ringer for Harvey.

The first woman told CNN she was invited to visit his office in the early 2000s, when he was political director at ABC News, to have a soda, and said that while she was there with him he forcibly kissed her and pressed his genitals against her body.

“I went up to have a soda and talk and — he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs,” the woman said. “I just froze. I didn’t know what to do.”

Okay, this is getting to be uncanny.  Did Halperin spend a lot of time at Miramax taking notes?  Or maybe he and Harvey went to the same fetish conventions, dressed in matching costumes?

The second woman, another former ABC News employee, described a similar experience in his office during the 2004 campaign cycle.

“The first meeting I ever had with him was in his office and he just came up from behind — I was sitting in a chair from across his desk — and he came up behind me and [while he was clothed] he pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder,” this woman told CNN.

Eww.  Thank goodness there wasn’t a potted plant nearby, or things might have really gotten ugly.

She also alleged that Halperin propositioned her for sex on the campaign trail.

“He would say, ‘Why don’t you meet me upstairs?’ And I would say, ‘That’s not a good idea.’ And he would push the request further,” the person said. “Eventually I would just ignore him and go about my business.”

Wow.  It sounds like he got his pickup lines from an article in a 1978 issue of Penthouse:  “She Wants You, She Just Doesn’t Know It Yet.”  Personally, I’d like to know if it ever actually worked—because I can’t see any woman falling for it.  Even after five shots of Jaegermeister.

Of course, Halperin is denying that he ever forced himself on anyone, but this one tidbit from the story is telling:

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

Properly deal is mediaspeak for “consulting my lawyer to see what my options are.”

MSNBC, where Halperin makes frequent appearances on “Morning Joe,” said early Thursday that Halperin would leave his roles at that network and as an analyst at NBC News.

“We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” MSNBC said in a statement. “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

In other words, there’s enough fire with this smoke for NBC to distance themselves from Halperin. Plus the network is already in dutch for spiking Ronan Farrow’s Weistein expose. They don’t want any more of this kind of stink on them.

But hey, that’s showbiz.

You Can Take a Bum to Dinner, But You Can’t Make Him Pay

Certain habits are hard to break. Longtime convicts, once released, still hover over their food as if it’s about to be taken away. Veterans of war go into fight-or-flight at loud noises. And Donald Trump still makes promises to write checks without a thought of actually doing it.

We don’t have to rehash all the times over the last 40 years Trump has made promises, walked on to platforms at charity events to which he was not invited, and lavishly pledged millions of dollars, which he never gave. At best, he’d make a few phone calls and get someone else to donate the money. Or he’d raise it through his family foundation and simply pass the money through. (The Clintons used the same ruse.)

But now the press is on to that schtick. David Fahrenthold has a legal pad full of examples, which won him a Pulitzer Prize, and forced Trump to actually fulfill his cash promises. But old habits are hard to break.

In June, Trump called the Gold Star father of Sgt. Dillon Baldbridge, who was killed by an Afghan police officer. The father explained that he was broke and his son’s ex-wife would get the death benefit check. Trump glibly told the dad he’d write a check for $25,000. Great day for a thankful dad.

Then a card, but no check.

Enter the Washington Post. On Wednesday, they reported that Chris Baldridge never got the promised money, prompting a phone call to the White House–which declined to discuss the subject. Then by Wednesday afternoon, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said “the check has been sent,” followed by a sound thrashing of the media.

The check was in the mail, because WaPo called the White House. It’s that simple.

To be fair, President Obama had a similar problem in 2015–which took ABC News 18 months to discover and report, although the amount wasn’t disclosed. I bet ABC was working on a hagiography of Obama’s miracles of light and grace, and wanted to include that story, only to find that it never happened. Obama said it was an oversight.

And Trump’s failure was probably an oversight. I mean after the heat he took from WaPo on his charitable donations going back decades, you’d think the president would be more on his game to fulfill cash donation promises.

But like I said, certain habits are hard to break.

ABC News Employees Keep Attacking Christians. This Time It’s Their Chief Political Analyst.

Coming on the heels of ABC News referring to the Alliance Defending Freedom as an “anti-gay hate group” when it is, in fact, a volunteer organization of Christian lawyers, ABC News’s chief political analyst, Matthew Dowd, is attacking Christianity.

Dowd, you will recall, previously declared himself a Christian then said Jesus was not the only path to the divine. He also claimed both that Jesus did not come to establish a religion and that “some of the most Christian folks I know are atheists.”

Now Dowd is after Bible believing Christians, who he refers to as “fundamentalist radical Christian[s].” According to Dowd

There have been no documented cases of “fundamentalist radical Christians” beheading people. Nor have there been any who have strapped bombs to themselves and blown up busses or flown planes into tall buildings.

But look at the other side. Dowd is also attacking Muslims calling a fundamentalist Muslim “misguided.” In other words, according to Dowd someone taking the Bible seriously and literally and also someone taking the Koran seriously and literally is misguided.

How much more insulting can ABC News’s Chief Political Analyst be? I’m sure we will find out as he seeks to defend himself.

But the biggest take away is that ABC News can allow Dowd to attack Christians and Dowd can do so with impunity because of how very different Christianity is from Islam.

Senator James Lankford Takes on ABC For Labeling Christian Organization a Hate Group

On July 12, 2017, reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway, writing for ABC News, referred to the Alliance Defending Freedom (“ADF”) as an “anti-LGBT hate group” suggesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking behind closed doors to ADF. In fact, Sessions released the transcript of his remarks to the ADF.

ADF is a group that coordinates pro bono Christian legal representation around the country and has been unfairly labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because ADF represents Christians being persecuted for their refusal to provide goods and services to same sex weddings, among other things.

ABC News’s reporters took a leftwing activist group’s characterization and labeled ADF a hate group in their report. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma is having none of it and is sending a letter to the President of ABC News calling him out on the network’s biases.

“Since I think I can confidently assume that ABC news is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, why would ABC News label a peaceful group as a ‘hate group’ simply because of a difference of opinion?” the Senator asks. It is a great question and it is one ABC News should answer.

You can read Senator Lankford’s letter here:

Relying on a Favorite Group of Two Assassins, ABC News’s Pete Madden Calls a Christian Organization a “Hate Group”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a favorite group of Floyd Lee Corkins, the assassin who went into the Family Research Council intending to murder its employees and stuff their mouths with Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. Corkins said the SPLC website is where he saw the Family Research Council listed as an anti-gay group for its support of orthodox Christian values.

James Hodgkinson, the assassin who attempted a mass assassination of Republican congressmen, was also a fan of the SPLC, going so far as to list it on his Facebook profile as a group he liked.

Now, ABC News is using the Southern Poverty Law Center to label a group of Christian lawyers a hate group. In an article by reporter Pete Madden, the headline reads: “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.”

ABC News calls the Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group because the SPLC says so. The ADF is a voluntary group of Christian lawyers who work pro bono for Christians around the country. They have sought to prevent Christian business owners from being shut down if they refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings, which is why the SPLC labels them a hate group.

ADF also defends Christian students who groups are denied access to school campuses. They defend Christians fired by governments for their views. They are a terrific group I have long supported and are highly, highly respected in the Christian community.

They are the furthest thing possible from a hate group, but because they defend Christians ABC News and Pete Madden are perfectly happen to label them a hate group and try to shame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for speaking to them.

FAKE NEWS: ABC’s Matthew Dowd Tweets On Muslim Persecution By ‘Christian Extremists’

ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd ignited a dumpster fire with this one fake news tweet.

Just to review: Dowd claimed that the growing persecution of Christians around the globe < persecution of Muslims in America and around the globe. And to support this claim, he offered no evidence.

Obviously, a tweet of such monumental insensitivity and stupidity by someone who should know better garnered quite a bit of attention online.

Jay Caruso of RedState challenged the poor fact-challenged Dowd.

https://twitter.com/JayCaruso/status/863008564205539330

 

https://twitter.com/JayCaruso/status/863009061238919173

Roving bands of “Christian extremists” patrol the streets hunting Muslims and murdering them in cold blood, eh? They shout “Praise Jesus!” as they behead women and children in mosques, right?

 

Derrick Johnson, one of my Resurgent colleagues observed, “ISIS boils Christians alive, Redneck says mean things to Muslim in grocery store. Tomato, Tomahto.”

Dan McLaughlin, another RedState contributor, added the small but important fact that the State Department called ISIS attacks on Christians “genocide.”

Dowd never clarified his definition of “persecution.” Maybe he means “funny looks,” or “whispering behind their backs.” Because that’s totally the same as chopping heads off or burning alive.

Yup, we just don’t get it. The point is?

I guess it is because Dowd says so. I think he’s been taking lessons from President Trump.

(H/T Conservative Review)

Hey David Muir (@DavidMuir) and Almin Karamehmedovic (@karameha), Why Cecil and Not Cecile?

Cecil the Lion died in Africa and David Muir of ABC News and his Executive Producer, Almin Karamehmedovic, made sure the world knew.

But here at home, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood is leading an organization that is crushing the heads of children, harvesting their brains, hearts, lungs, livers, and other viable organs, and selling them for a significant amount of money.

Planned Parenthood has hired a Democratic communications firm that has been pressuring the media to avoid covering the scandal at all. It appears to be working. Muir and Karamehmedovic have avoided the story like the plague. According to the Media Research Center, their network and the others gave more coverage to Cecil the Lion in twenty-four hours than to the Planned Parenthood story since July 14th to now.

Let’s review the bidding.

We first saw Planned Parenthood employees discuss harvesting organs. Planned Parenthood responded that they did so, but not for profit.

We then saw Planned Parenthood employees haggling with buyers over price, demanding higher prices.

Then we saw behind the scenes where they had a buyers market. Children’s body parts were around the room.

The response from Planned Parenthood went from denial to hiring a crisis communications firm well connected to Democrats and members of the press that has demanded the press not cover the story. In fact, after the Politico tweeted out that Planned Parenthood wanted the press to “suppress” the story, the Politico even deleted that tweet.

Those of you concerned should call Almin Karamehmedovic and David Muir at 212-456-7777 and ask why they are shying away from this story.