As if the politicization of Sunday night football wasn’t enough, you can now have politics shoved down your throat while watching a concert too. At the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on September 23, Bono warned screaming fans against a Trump presidency, or as Rolling Stone put it, “spun the Republican nominee’s gloomy rhetoric into an optimistic message.”
Liberals often allege that the media are too tough on Hillary Clinton and not tough enough on Donald Trump. Taibbi is left of center and anti-Trump, but he thinks the quantity and quality of those complaints are “getting ridiculous,” and that the main problem isn’t bad campaign coverage -- it’s dopey voters. “We are less than two months from the possibility of one of the dumbest people on the planet winning the White House,” wrote Taibbi in a Friday piece, “and it seems that all anyone's talked about this week…is the lung capacity of Hillary Clinton…That sucks. But it's not all the media's fault.”
Is media bias just smart marketing? Yes, suggests Taibbi, who claims it’s “irrelevant” that “most individual reporters” are liberals given that their profit-driven, audience-conscious corporate overlords keep them on a short leash. “Whatever their personal leanings, influential reporters mostly work in nihilistic corporations, to whom the news is a non-ideological commodity, to be sold the same way we hawk cheeseburgers or Marlboro Lights,” argued Taibbi in a July 22 article. “Wars, scandals and racial conflicts sell, while poverty and inequality do not. So reporters chase one and not the other. It's just business.”
After last week’s police-involved fatal shootings in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Jeb Lund argued that such deaths happen not because of a few racist cops, but because over the past five decades millions of voters have rewarded politicians who propose and enact racist laws. In an article that appeared Thursday prior to the murder of five police officers in Dallas, Lund declared that “both parties figured out just how much of a can't-lose proposition it was to call for more cops, harsher interdiction and zero tolerance, all while finding new drugs, new addicts and new terms for low-income criminals that broadcast one general image to voters: Bad black people.”
In response to the horrific Orlando shooting last month, two dozen celebrities have jointly recorded a charity single to benefit the recovering victims, a Florida LGBT community center ... and gay speech police organization GLAAD.
Omar Mateen claimed at various times to be aligned with terrorist groups including ISIS, Hezbollah, and the al-Nusra Front. Tim Dickinson does not consider any of those bloodthirsty outfits “the greatest threat to our homeland security today.” That description, Dickinson argues, best fits the National Rifle Association. “The NRA's unhinged gun advocacy,” he wrote in a Wednesday article, “has created a soft underbelly to our homeland security that radicals are exploiting to inflict mass murder...Make no mistake: The NRA paved the way for the Orlando attack.”
Rolling Stone — the same magazine that pushed a fictitious college rape story, allowed Sean Penn to be “journalist” for a day by writing an article on the infamous drug lord “El Chapo,” and who slapped the Boston bomber's face on the cover of their magazine — now has the audacity to take advantage of the horrific Orlando massacre by a radical Islamic terrorist by making a plea to repeal the Second Amendment.
Even though Donald Trump is “dumb” and “racist,” he might constitute an upgrade in the Republican party’s leadership, suggests Rolling Stone’s Taibbi. That’s because before Trump turned into the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, the public faces of the party were “mean, traitorous scum.” Republicans, wrote Taibbi in the magazine’s June 2 issue, “dominated American political life for 50 years and were never anything but monsters…Their leaders, from Ralph Reed to Bill Frist to Tom DeLay to Rick Santorum to [Mitt] Romney and [Paul] Ryan, were an interminable assembly line of shrieking, witch-hunting celibates…the kind of people who thought Iran-Contra was nothing, but would grind the affairs of state to a halt over a blow job or Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.”
A few months back, some maintained that Ted Cruz was ineligible for the presidency because, in their view, he wasn’t a natural-born citizen of the United States. In a Thursday article, Jeb Lund made an even more extreme argument about Cruz, suggesting that he isn’t even a full-fledged person. Specifically, Lund opined that both Cruz and his would-be running mate, Carly Fiorina, are “spectacular failed approximations of human beings,” and huge liars to boot.
Lund also contended that it’d be futile for Cruz to use Fiorina as attacker-in-chief against Hillary Clinton: “Leave aside institutional opposition to equal pay for equal work, forget opposing the re-signing of the Violence Against Women Act…skip over attacks on reproductive rights and ask who came up with the 25 years of ridicule of Clinton…If a quarter century of that bothered Republican voters, then Carly Fiorina is not the solution, especially when her idea of acknowledging a war on women is claiming that Hillary Clinton invented it…And if a quarter century of sexism and legislative scorn didn't bother Republican voters, then what single thing does she change in the slightest?”
The news of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past Saturday shocked the country. A Reagan appointee, Scalia was also Catholic, socially conservative, and brilliant; a combination that made him the left’s most-hated member of the Supreme Court. While his passing was respectfully treated by many in the media, there were still many far-left journalists who refused to show the late Justice respect, even in death. These tweets below confirm some of these writers open contempt and bias towards the Supreme Court’s leading conservative voice.
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song “White Privilege II.”
He raps: “White supremacy isn't just a white dude in Idaho. White supremacy protects the privilege I hold. White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home. White supremacy is our country's lineage, designed for us to be indifferent.”
Sean Penn has long been the poster boy for the Hollywood Left, another one of those overpaid dilettantes who constantly berate the country that’s given him international fame and incredible wealth. Penn’s loathing of Yankee imperialism is so intense that he thinks America is “over-demonizing” a Mexican drug kingpin that Forbes magazine estimates is responsible for the deaths of 34,000 people – mostly Mexicans.
In an act of sheer self-promotion, Penn exploited an acting connection to gain an audience with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, fresh from a prison escape. Instead of asking this man how he could butcher so many thousands of men, women and children, he asked him to condemn the American “war on drugs.”