A new biopic about Ronald Reagan is in pre-production, and Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter relayed that Manifest Film Sales has picked up international sales rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.
The producers of the $25 million film, simply called Reagan, "inked a deal for a U.S. release on 3,000 screens and $35 million in prints and advertising." It doesn’t sound like a Oliver Stone hatchet job, but is based on his historic role in bringing down the Soviet empire.
The May 5 edition of People is focused on “50 Most Beautiful” people, but also has a pictorial titled “Hot Right Now: 10 buzzworthy stars talk about everything from their geeky pasts to who they look up to as beauty icons.”
CBS “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies is pictured in a red gown and talks about how she wears a wig on her show rather than have to force stylists to straighten her own hair every day. But in white text over her red gown is gooey praise for radical feminist Gloria Steinem:
In Saturday’s Washington Post, they published a letter to the editor from a Paul Whittemore in Spotsylvania, Virginia, who noticed the Post’s movie critics never attempted a movie review of God’s Not Dead, which has so far grossed $55.5 million at the box office and tiptoed back into the top ten this weekend.
On March 21, the Post could only report “This movie did not screen in time for critic review in Weekend.” As if the Posties couldn’t buy tickets at the cineplex? Whittemore also noticed the naughty, porny movies they did not skip:
Words like “controversial” weren’t used as People magazine recently boosted ABC anchor Robin Roberts in a cover story and how her mother assured her that God approves of homosexuality. Instead, People saved that word for evangelical Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure in the May 5 issue.
The headline on the Patrick Gomez article was “Faith, Family, and Full House: The former child star opens up about her controversial beliefs – and how they guide her life as a traditional wife and mother.”
Twentysomething MSNBC host Ronan Farrow told New York magazine at the Time 100 Gala that he knew nothing about marijuana vaporizers -- "That is how uncool I am," he insisted -- but his assessment of how his show is performing sounds like it came after he inhaled.
How is this show a success beyond his "wildest dreams"? His dreams must be incredibly vanilla:
At the Daily Beast, radical feminist Amanda Marcotte is upset that someone would name a new Elizabeth Banks movie “Walk of Shame.” There should be no such thing, she insists. Ban it from the English language! No one should ever feel bad for a bar-night bump-and-run.
She rejects the spin phrase “stride of pride,” but then goes on to make it worse: “Instead of acting like they’re regrettable mistakes, why not start thinking of one-night stands as one-off adventures, or, at worst, important learning experiences?”
Regardless of what The Washington Post says, its “Civilities” advice column is not primarily about manners. It's a political correctness column, about adjusting to the new intolerance of anything that doesn’t offer complete acceptance of the gay agenda.
Steven Petrow isn’t really for “manners” when it comes to conservatives or religious traditionalists. On his Facebook page, he praised a “great interview” The Wall Street Journal conducted promoting the books of one of the biggest gay bullies around, “sex columnist” Dan Savage, who concluded a promotion for his book "American Savage" with this exchange.
NPR sells itself as a voice of civility, an oasis away from the haters and the shouters. But many NPR stations run the show “Marketplace” from American Public Media. On Wednesday night, host Kai Ryssdalinterviewed author Zac Bissonette, author of the book Good Advice From Bad People.
Ryssdal raised eyebrows with this declaration: “Alright, we will start with a guy for whom I personally believe there is a special place in Hell reserved. His name is Donald Trump.”
Former AP Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier is advising the White House press corps to toughen up. “The typical White House reporter considers President Obama's team the most secretive in memory, stingier with information than the tight-lipped Bush White House and, according to a Politico survey, prone to lie.”
So Fournier advised in National Journal that it’s time to be “both fair and tough,” to shift the leverage of the conversation from the government to the people, and even consider blowing off the White House briefing as “a waste of time.”
The White House can play “Twitter police” with the White House press corps. Yahoo White House correspondent Olivier Knox relayed “Reporters who regularly cover Obama have become familiar with seemingly out-of-the-blue emails or telephone calls from officials taking issue with their tweets — often thoughtfully and constructively, sometimes with obscenity-laced yelps of outrage.”
Even instant critiques of Obama get hammered by the Carney spin patrol. The tweet watcher is 24-year-old Jessica Allen:
On Wednesday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Howard Kurtz conceded the media are kind of allergic to covering Benghazi. But he would not agree that this “allergy” is about protecting Barack Obama. O’Reilly ticked off the media avoidance: no Benghazi e-mails coverage in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal. “The Washington Post ran the story on page 17. Only USA Today was honest and responsible, putting the Benghazi email story on the front page.”
He added: “The network news last night didn't cover the Benghazi story. MSNBC, didn't cover it. Nor did CNN in primetime. And this morning, only the CBS Morning News [sic] mentioned the Benghazi story. That's a scandal. A scandal. That is proof the American press is dishonest. Period.” He couldn’t believe Kurtz didn’t find it political:
In their magazine, Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman offered this latte-spit-take Joke of the Day headline: “What Is Hillary Clinton afraid of? If she doesn’t run, the single biggest factor holding her back will be the media.”
The story’s final quote is from a royal insider to Queen Hillary: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” Thrush and Haberman began with a poor-poor-Hillary flourish:
“Clinton doesn’t talk about her faith much. She never, as [adviser Burns] Strider says, used it “as an overt tool to talk about who she is.”
Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer wrote this. She graduated from Vassar in 2012. So it’s fair to say that she might have few memories of the media's "Methodist moments" during the Clinton presidency. But is Strider’s claim too good to check? Checking wouldn’t take long. Try Hillary selling her memoirs with Barbara Walters in 2003, as we wrote in Whitewash:
James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal ably summarized the "hindsight and hypocrisy" of the New York Times editorial page. "Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the Donald Sterling scandal is that virtually no one in the sports world was surprised to hear that Mr. Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, may have been caught on tape spewing racist sentiments," the Times proclaimed.
But apparently, the NBA is responsible for tolerating Sterling's "plantation attitudes" for decades, and somehow The New York Times editorial-page crusaders never before located this American racist menace:
On NPR’s race-matters talk show “Tell Me More” on Monday, host Michel Martin discussed the Donald Sterling scandal with New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden, announcing he had written the book "Forty Million Dollar Slave: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption Of The Black Athlete."
Rhoden used the Sterling scandal to thump a tub for racial quotas in journalism. He claimed that every time there’s not a black journalist in a newsroom or a stadium press box, that news outlet or media elite is Donald Sterling-level racist: [MP3 audio here.]
NPR set up a “race-sensitive” project called “Code Switch” -- poised to be politically correct on the "frontiers of race, culture, and ethnicity" -- and it’s so sensitive that project manager Gene Demby has managed to frustrate a pile of commenters who complain he bans them for the slightest pushback.
It’s drawn the attention of Joel Kaplan, an ombudsman at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). “We would have liked to include Code Switch's response to Mr. Vandenberg's complaint, but no one from the team has chosen to respond. For six weeks, my research assistant, Antoinette Siu and I sent emails and made phone calls to find out what was going on and to get Code Switch's side of this controversy. We have yet to receive a response.” Here’s one what commenter from Washington state named Chris Vandenberg complained about:
Zack Beauchamp at Vox.com suggested “New York Times news articles aren't exactly known for their colorful prose.” But Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren raised eybrows by “describing the Palestinian militant faction Hamas as a ‘militant Islamic group widely seen in the West as the devil.’”
Beauchamp argued that the language was “actively misleading,” not because the West is too heavily secular, or because Hamas is a positive force, but because the U.S. and the European Union are cheering on their negotiations with the less extremist Fatah faction:
Barbara Boland at CNSNews.com noticed that Michelle Obama explained in a Monday interview with TV talk show host Michael Strahan that most Sundays, the Obamas are just “lounging and napping” or plotting out the girls’ activities, like rehearsals or birthday parties. Their church attendance is very sparse.
Strahan asked “Easter was yesterday, so how did you spend the day?” After church, "We sat around really full because we ate too much....It was a good Easter. It was successful. We were full."
MRC's Scott Whitlock found a newsy tidbit from an April article in Variety magazine. Former Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh reported from a Barbara Walters interview that "The View" lost both its edgier political personalities -- right-leaning Elisabeth Hasselbeck and leftist insult comedienne Joy Behar -- due to network pressure on her and the show's producer Bill Geddie.
“These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.” It sounds like co-hosts from both sides may return in the fall:
In his April 11 Washington Post column, “Thought police on patrol,” columnist Charles Krauthammer slammed the group "Forecast the Facts" for gathering signatures to ban "deniers" from the editorial pages: “the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian.”
On Saturday, the Post published a long letter from their campaign director Brant Olson that doubled down on the censorious swagger: Krauthammer's column was "not only unreasonable but also built on misinformation that should have no place in a space intended to further an informed debate." At least the Post also published a Sam Kazman letter from the right noticing how the Post had a funny way of avoiding a front-page article noticing that the traditional D.C. cherry blossoms bloomed late...although it was a front-page story in 2012 when they were early:
There are few things more predictable than liberal TV news anchors pining for the good old days when moderate Republicans voted for tax increases (like the 1990 budget deal) or expanded Medicare coverage (George W. Bush, 2002).
Notice they don’t warmly recall when Democrats voted for the Reagan tax cuts or B-1 bombers and aid to the Nicaraguan rebels. Those Democratic “sellouts” are never honored. But PBS NewsHour anchor and Washington Week host Gwen Ifill just adores Bob Dole as he trashes the Tea Party as "far right" and Jeb Bush as he embraces “comprehensive immigration reform.”
In his “Happy Warrior” column in the April 21 National Review, Jonah Goldberg reports on how “Press Shows Bias.” In this case, it’s the case of California state Sen. Leland Yee, whose remarkable attempts to smuggle guns and even missile-launchers went mostly ignored in the national media.
The most notable omitter was CNN, which tweeted it covers state officials “just about never.” (On April 11, CNN anchor Jake Tapper proved the exception to the rule: “This week, Yee pleaded not guilty to charges that are stunning in their reach and, if true, hypocrisy.” A full report by Jason Carroll followed.) Goldberg’s column mocked the old cliche of covering “man bites dog” stories:
Leftist radio host Mike Malloy picked up a dated editorial on the Sochi Olympics by Rev. Franklin Graham to lamely claim Graham is “inching closer to Fred Phelps” on the hate meter, since he felt Putin seems more Christian than Obama.
But it’s Malloy who is a better role model for coarse rhetoric, suggesting this Christian leader needs "sexual advice," namely, to try anal sex before he condemns it, just like you shouldn’t condemn pizza without trying it (video below):
Miley Cyrus gave an interview to Elle magazine, to an 17-year-old interviewer, Tavi Gevinson. At the very end, the topic of feminism bubbled up.
Miley seemed to think that feminism is defined as she, just like a male pop star, wants to be able to grab her crotch and surround herself with “hos” on stage. That is societal “evolution,” she claimed:
Greg Gilman at The Wrap has the details on how actor George Clooney fiercely came to the defense of his "longtime friend" Barack Obama in an argument with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn two weeks ago.
Wynn told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb. Clooney "stood up and threw a hissy fit” when one of two CAA executives also seated at the table told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Wynn says he rubbed Clooney the wrong way when the actor “sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act.”
Sean Hannity went after Comedy Central jokester Jon Stewart Tuesday night at the top of his program. Stewart mocked Hannity on Monday for sticking up for rancher Cliven Bundy. Protesting the government for excessive force brought to the Bundy ranch, Hannity mocked Stewart posing as “such a devout law-and-order type of guy."
Stewart acted shocked that Bundy has any supporters. “So apparently, Sean Hannity thinks laws are served buffet-style and that you can pick and choose the ones that you like best. The ones that you don't like, you don't have to abide.” Isn’t that the liberal view on illegal immigration, marijuana smoking, and hippie sit-ins in government offices? (Video below)
When Aaron Sorkin’s leftist series “The Newsroom” debuted on HBO in 2012, then-ABC reporter Jake Tapper trashed it in The New Republic, writing “though “The Newsroom” intends to lecture its viewers on the higher virtues of capital-J journalism, Professor Sorkin soon reveals he isn’t much of an expert on the subject.”
Via Buzzfeed, we learned that on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Sorkin admitted in an interview with former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau that Tapper was right, he’s not an expert, and he's not sophisticated on politics or journalism:
At Politico Magazine, writer and physician James Hamblin tried to answer the question "Who is Dr. Ben Carson?" After describing how he became a "darling of the right-wing media" after calling out President Obama at a prayer breakfast, Hamblin tried to explain how he speaks in "over the top" language about America in decline.
But Hamblin really let loose when he insisted that despite Dr. Carson's surgical talent, his opposition to Obamacare is based on "sentiment," not a "rational pespective. His talent "does not imply an elevated or even rational perspective on health-care policy."
In the textbooks, journalists are supposed to be watchdogs of government – not just government of one party, but both parties. If Edward Snowden’s massive leaks on government surveillance programs (approved by presidents of both parties) win a Pulitzer Prize for “Public Service,” why isn’t exposing President Obama’s scandals like Benghazi and IRS harassment hailed as a public service?
This isn’t just an issue for liberal judges of the Pulitzers and other journalism prizes, but for CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter, who on Easter Sunday grilled Sharyl Attkisson about her alleged failures and "conservative bias," and then turned around and treated Pulitzer-winning Glenn Greenwald like he was God’s gift to journalism. David Gregory was "infamous" for challenging his propriety:
“Washington Gadfly” blogger Evan Gahr caught Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman in an ethical dance over accepting a “civil liberties” award from the ACLU at their “Bill of Rights Award Dinner.” Gellman recently shared the Pulitzer Prize with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras for revealing Edward Snowden's leaks about U.S. anti-terrorist surveillance programs. Four years ago, TIME sent Gellman on the road for six months to report a cover story on the "Secret World of Extreme Militias" a month before the midterm elections.