Megyn Kelly Loses Gala-Hosting Gig After Alex Jones Interview

Megyn Kelly’s interview with the controversial Alex Jones – of conspiracy-floating InfoWars fame – hasn’t even aired, but the NBC News star is already feeling the heat. The Sandy Hook Foundation, begun by families impacted by the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, has removed Kelly as host of their annual Promise Champions Gala, which is taking place on Wednesday night in Washington, DC.

Jones has gone on record with his belief that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (among his other wild theories), and that has the Sandy Hook Foundation rankled. In a statement, the foundation said:

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Kelly, the former Fox News host, has pre-taped the interview with Jones, which is scheduled to air this Sunday on her new NBC show. For the show’s part, producer Liz Cole believes that airing Jones’ views has benefit.

“He’s a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it’s our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be,” Cole told CNN’s Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.

“He is someone who is worthy of examination, by sitting down with him, there’s value in that,” she continued.

Is the interview with Jones really as loaded with controversy as the Sandy Hook Foundation fears? Or is the whole thing much ado about nothing? We won’t really know until the program airs, but one thing’s for sure: it’ll be interesting to see if more controversy follows Kelly after the interview.

When Chuck Met Katy

There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the news media after President Trump’s press conference on Thursday–pretty much par for the course whenever the Donald deigns to take questions from the White House press corps (or “corpse,” as Barack Obama might say).  It follows a familiar pattern:  reporter asks a question that is primarily fabricated to cause the most embarrassment, Trump roasts said reporter with a mischievous gleam in his eye, reporter later whines about how horribly the president treats the press.  Repeat as needed, your individual results may vary.

Occasionally, however, one reporter rises above the rest to produce a complaint so dense, so lacking in self-awareness, that one has to wonder how a person so utterly unable to see what’s going on around him ever became a reporter in the first place.

Exhibit A, one Chuck Todd of NBC News:

How should I dissect this morsel of journalistic foppery?

  • “This isn’t a laughing matter.”  Well, Chuck, it kind of is–if the guffaws heard ’round the country are any indication.  Trump is plainly having a ball provoking you.  What’s more, you take the bait every single time.  To those of us who live outside of the Beltway Bubble, this is pure comedy gold.
  • “Delegitimizing the press is in-American.”  Um, no–it’s not.  Satirizing the high and mighty (and believe me, Chuck, you media types absolutely see yourselves as the high and mighty) is every American’s God-given right.  If you’re unsure of this, you can look it up.  It’s the same right that guarantees the freedom of your business to do what it does.

What makes Chuck clueless, however, is that he misses the most obvious point of all:  What makes Trump’s media bashing so funny?  We all know that for humor to work, there must be at least an element of truth in it–and in the case of the Media vs. Donald Trump, there is a truckload of proof that Trump is absolutely correct.  For all the criticism the media heap on him for having a loose relationship with the truth, how many times have they shown their own reckless disregard for the same?  It seems like every day the media get busted for running with a badly-sourced story that is quickly debunked as fake–but that doesn’t seem to matter to them, so long as the story advances their narrative that Donald Trump is a singular threat to democracy.

Which brings us to Katy Tur.  There must be something in the water cooler over at NBC.  How else to explain an inanity such as this?

Granted, Katy once dated Keith Olbermann, so some lapses in judgement are to be expected–but the sheer ego on display here is absolutely stunning.  Firefighters risk their lives when they run into burning buildings, Katy.  What do you risk?  A sarcastic aside from the Donald?  It’s not like he’s going to put a hit out on you for making him mad (unlike, say, Vladimir Putin–reporters who cross him have a habit of ending up dead).

In both of these tweets, though, you can see the arrogance that feeds the Washington press corps’ animus toward Donald Trump.  Even after slobbering over Barack Obama for eight years, throwing away any pretense of objectivity and credibility, they still believe that they should enjoy unquestioned deference from a White House they are actively seeking to destroy.  But unlike George W. Bush, who remained a gentleman (and thus allowed the media to attack him relentlessly), Trump goes on offense against the media–and they don’t know how to handle it.

Here’s a suggestion.  Instead of saying that’s un-American, how about trying out some objective journalism for change?  Maybe you’ll restore some of the trust you’ve lost with the American public.  More importantly, maybe the American public will finally get the coverage of the Trump Administration that it needs.

Sean Spicer Tears Into Reporter: “You Are Part of the Confusion”

If the Trump administration has done anything significant, they have certainly changed the way the White House interacts with the media. Tuesday’s press briefing looks like a harbinger of the next few years in Washington.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer had some choice words for and NBC News reporter over their claim that Trump administration officials failed to brief everyone involved involved in enforcing the controversial executive order putting a moratorium on immigration from certain countries known for harboring terrorists.

Spicer’s somewhat testy exchange with Kristin Welker came after NBC News cited a New York Times story which was later denied by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

“With all due respect, I think you have been part of the confusion,” Spicer told Welker.

Spicer blasted the reporter for NBC and MSNBC’s reporting — which was based on the Times’ report — that Kelly and others within the administration were “left out of the loop” until Trump had already signed the order.

“Your network was one of the people that just hours ago told people that Kelly was unaware of what was going on, and then hours later he gets on air saying, ‘Here’s how many times I was briefed,’” Spicer charged.

When Welker pointed out that NBC’s story was relying on the Times’ report, Spicer replied, “So I apologize that NBC News’s reporting is based on the Times’ false reporting.”

Here’s a clip of the exchange:

I still remain cautiously optimistic about the Trump presidency – and I know I’m not alone – but it’s refreshing and entertaining to see his administration giving back some of what the media has dished out for years. Good for Sean Spicer.

The Media’s Got The Finest, Best Hate

To say that the main stream media loathes Donald Trump would be an exercise in extreme understatement. They thoroughly hate and despise him. They hold him as a subhuman trash pit beneath even mockery. They hate him even more for making them need him so much, and they hate him most for winning and forcing them to endure four years of constant Trump.

As Erick wrote, many in the left wing media would not be ashamed, in private conversation, to admit they would love to see Trump be done away with. But failing that, the press is happy to do whatever they can to belittle and oppose our new president-elect.

In 2015, CBS hired Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie as a political analyst. Bouie bought the line on Trump as a racist, misogynist, white nationalist proffered by Democrats, hook, line and sinker. He even helped to cast that line again and again.

Remarkably, Bouie never bought the “Clinton’s a shoe-in” argument. In mid-September, he asked if it’s “time to freak out” because Trump took the lead in Ohio. So the prospect of a President Trump was always in his mind. And now we know what he thinks of that.

There’s No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter
People voted for a racist who promised racist outcomes. They don’t deserve your empathy.

Wow. So between 47 and 50 percent of Americans who voted are the worst people on earth, undeserving of basic human kindness, mercy, or civility.

On Twitter, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post gave his version of this argument. “The assumption that ‘Trump voter = racist’ is deeply corrosive to democracy. Also wrong,” he said, adding that there “is nothing more maddening—and counterproductive—to me than saying that Trump’s 59 million votes were all racist. Ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, more than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported in the aftermath of Trump’s election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. NBC News confirmed several, including incidents where vandals spray-painted slurs (“Heil Trump”) and swastikas on churches serving Hispanic or LGBT communities. At San Diego State University, a hijab-wearing Muslim student says she was confronted and robbed by two men who made comments about Trump, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Muslim student says a man approached her and threatened to set her on fireunless she removed her hijab. At the University of Pennsylvania, black members of the freshman class were added to a racist social media group, where students were threatened with lynchings.

Bouie wisely omitted a contemporaneous report from a woman in Lafayette, Louisiana who claimed she was assaulted and robbed by two men, one of whom she described as wearing a white “Trump” hat. It was a fake report. In fact, it seems many of these claims have very similar plots. White men approach a black/Muslim/LGBT person randomly, declare they are Trump supporters, and assault that person for no other reason than they are who they are.

It’s far more likely that the person making the claim is incensed by even the presence of someone wearing Trump paraphernalia, and in fact feels assaulted because those people merely exist and have the courage to walk in public. I’m not saying that real assaults don’t happen. But so do fake ones. Until the police sort it out, who are we to jump to conclusions?

But the press has already made its conclusion.

Surely, there are racists and white nationalists who support Trump. Peggy Noonan compared Trump to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, of whom someone once said “that he’s like the Staten Island Ferry, pulling all the garbage in his wake. FDR’s Democratic coalition did contain some garbage, from KKK-supporting Southern Democrats to New York communists.” I don’t suppose Bouie would compare Trump to FDR. (I did, however.)

Here’s how the press has decided to cover Donald Trump as president for the next four years. If Trump gets up in the morning, it’s an affront to decency. If Trump holds a press conference, it is an opportunity to trap him with leading and loaded questions. If Trump goes out to dinner, it’s a “snub.” Quoting an NBC News headline.

As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency

This isn’t news. The media has no God-given right to be paparazzi and follow Trump to dinner with his family, or to the bathroom, or to whatever private things he wants to do. The presidency is lived in a bubble, but the press will not be satisfied to honor any boundaries with Trump.

As much as Trump used the National Enquirer to belittle and irresponsibly implicate his opponents (especially the disgusting attack on Ted Cruz and his father), now the main stream media feels justified in turning all press into a tabloid with the express purpose of bringing down Donald Trump.

They hate him, nakedly, blindingly, and completely, to the point of advocating violence. Trump’s brand of hate is only a tasteless, mild concoction of crass self-promotion and cult-like attraction. But for Trump, the media serves only the best, the finest hate.

 

Hey Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) and Patrick Burkey (@PatBurkey), Why Cecil and Not Cecile?

Cecil the Lion died in Africa and Lester Holt of NBC News and his Executive Producer, Patrick Burkey, 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. Holt and Burkey 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 Patrick Burkey and Lester Holt at 212-664-4971 and ask why they are shying away from this story.

Brian Williams’s Fluffers

We know Brian Williams will not lose his job for repeatedly telling a lie. We know because he works for Comcast, a company which allows no one out of contracts under any circumstance even when you call and beg them to cancel your account. Brian Williams has job security.

We also know something else now. In the age old debate between spits or swallows, the American press corps has swallowed his “misremembered” nonsense hook, line, and sinker. In fact, Brian Williams told the story of the helicopter numerous times after it happened in 2003 and, each time, he said it was the helicopter in front of him.

In 2006, Bob Woodruff, then co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight, was seriously injured in Iraq. In a coma for 39 days, Woodruff worked diligently to recover from his injuries, but never got back in the anchor chair. It was after Woodruff’s real injuries that his competitor, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, began to claim he had been in a helicopter that had been shot down in Iraq.

Perhaps it is coincidence. But perhaps it is ego and competition. Regardless, men are flawed and fallible. Brian Williams is a sinner. And his credibility with people will suffer long term, whether he remains as anchor or tries for redemption. I think the bigger story is not Brian Williams, but the reaction of the American press corps to him.

From New York to Washington, the circle of jerks that comprise the leading voices of the American press, have rallied to Williams’s “misremembering.” They have produced psychology reports and personal testimony that memories are frail, events can get conflated, and everybody does it.

That problem is with the last one.

The same Circle of Jerks fawning over Williams, in large part because they know his job is secure, would never show such fawning admiration for most politicians of either party and, in particular, Republicans. Were it a Republican who had done this or, for that matter, a Fox News anchor, the Circle of Jerks would be marching with pitchforks and torches demanding the person’s head in the name of integrity.

The American press is a brood of vipers who rarely bite their own and, when they do, tend to be immune from the poison. But if you are not in the cool kids club, not of the chosen profession, not useful, or of the wrong ideology the press will savage you.

The story is not so much about Brian Williams at this point. He has been exposed and has apologized, though perhaps without the full candor he should have. What is vastly more telling is how the rest of the press corps will excuse one of their own even as they destroy others who do the same.

A press that will not hold itself accountable cannot hold others accountable and no longer has the credibility and integrity the First Amendment was designed to protect.

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