Sam Seder / Majority Report discusses the presidential campaign of business mogul Donald Trump and his “war” with NBC and Univision.
In other news, Latino rapper Pitbull recently took aim at Trump for his ill-advised remarks on Mexican immigrants in America by declaring the would-be politician had blown his chance of becoming president of the U.S., writes kerngoldenempire.com.
Last month, at his announcement that he would run for President, Trump suggested many Mexicans in the U.S. are “rapists” and “criminals.”
As a result of his controversial remarks, bosses at networks NBC, Univision and Televisa decided to dump coverage of his Miss USA pageant, which aired to low ratings over the weekend.
On Thursday, Spanish-language network Univision held its annual Premios Juventud Awards, and Cuban-American star Pitbull received the first prize of the night for Favorite Urban Artist, writes kerngoldenempire.com.
During his acceptance speech, Pitbull took a moment to call out Trump for his remarks, prefacing his own comments by admitting that he’s stayed at Trump’s hotels and used his helicopters.
He said, “I am not political. I am a musician. But more than anything, I am Latino.”
The Miss USA pageant ended up airing on July 12th on ReelzChannel, which is available on satellite providers DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-verse channel 799, according to NOLA.com.
In a fit of melodrama, pundit Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox News’ show “The Five” on Monday and threatened to “knock out” fellow paid host Eric Bolling during an argument about Donald Trump’s comments about immigration, writes CNN.
Geraldo Rivera plays the paid liberal on the show.
The other four are generally right-wing conservatives, rounding out “The Five.”
Earlier, co-host Jesse Watters referred to President Barack Obama a “skinny community organizer.”
They then spoke about the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, and Rivera accused Trump of using her death as a platform to speak on illegal immigration.
“It is exploiting and sensationalizing,” Rivera said.
“From a guy who exploits and sensationalizes everything,” Bolling interjected.
“Are you talking to me?” Rivera asked, using his best Taxi Driver impersonation. Rivera is known for his sensational news and talk shows. “You’re lucky that you’re my friend. I’d knock you out right now…” he said.
According to NPR, on the morning of May 31st, 2009, a Wichita, Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions – Dr. George Tiller – was shot at his church.
Several hours later, the shooter Scott Roeder was arrested as he was driving toward Kansas City.
At his trial, Roeder admitted killing Tiller. “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the children. I shot him,” Roeder said.
Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder and given an enhanced sentence of 50 years.
Tiller’s clinic had been previously bombed in 1986, and in 1993, Tiller was shot in both arms. There had also been a “massive effort organized by the Pro-Life Action Network and Operation Rescue” in 1991 where anti-abortionist protested at three clinics that provided abortion services in the area. The main protest area was at Dr. Tiller’s clinic, and thousands poured in from across the country, states NPR.
“They did everything, they laid down,” says former district attorney Nola Foulston. “They wouldn’t walk. The officers had to carry them. They cried that there was brutal treatment.”
The protests were repeated 10 years later in 2001. The presence of “sidewalk counselors” near the clinic’s driveway continued almost on a daily basis.
But in the years before his death, Tiller did not shy away from the gates of his clinic nor from the media coverage, including from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who nicknamed him “Tiller the baby killer.” Through it all, Tiller remained defiant and vocal, according to NPR.
Even many Christians do not agree with the shooting of Dr. Tiller. The below editorial is from Christianity Today after the earlier, 1993 shooting of Tiller.
“A dangerous phrase is floating about pro-life circles these days. Following the murder of Dr. David Gunn and the shooting of Dr. George Tiller, extremists have rationalized those violent acts by calling them justifiable homicide. Fortunately, most people in the pro-life movement intuitively reject attempts to justify the murder of abortionists. But instinct may not serve us well in emotionally compelling situations. We must also think through the reasons for rejecting deadly violence in the abortion struggle.
“The logic for justifiable homicide runs like this: If a crazed killer enters your home and threatens the lives of your children, you are justified in grabbing your deer-hunting rifle and shooting the intruder. Likewise, these extremists argue, you are justified in using deadly force to stop a doctor known to be a “serial killer” of fetuses from murdering more.
“There are several assumptions in this argument that are worth examining. First, it is assumed one should try to kill a potential killer in order to prevent more killing. But the church has long recognized that the intent to kill is always sinful. The Christian may feel obliged to attempt to stop a madman with an AK-47. And that attempt may result in death. But moral theologians have applied the term justifiable homicide only to that killing which is an unintended secondary effect. The intent must be to protect the innocent. Disabling a killer—whether by hitting him with an unabridged dictionary or by shooting him with a bullet—may result in his death. But it is not permissible under the law of Christ for an individual acting alone to intend to kill another human being.
“Second, the analogy requires us to believe that the guilt of an intentional killing can be outweighed by preventing other, unknown, as-yet-not-committed evil acts. Christian ethicists have taught that we are not justified in committing a known evil in order to achieve a good end. Just as we do not cheat on our taxes in order to give more money to missions, we do not murder abortionists in order to bring more babies to term. The end does not justify the means.
“Shooting an abortionist, then, is unlike incidental killing in the defense of one’s family: it involves premeditation and sinful intention…
Writer Leonard Pitts looks at the typical talking points made by pundits like O’Reilly, such as the black-on-black crime rate:
“…this has become the go-to “reasoning” for those on the right — Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh — when asked to give a damn about the killings of unarmed black boys and men.
“That formulation is false for multiple reasons.
“In the first place, being concerned over the shooting of unarmed black men hardly precludes being concerned over violence within the African-American community. Giuliani and others suggest a dichotomy where none exists.
“In the second place, they ignore the obvious: When black people commit crimes against black people, they face prosecution, but when police officers (or certain neighborhood watchmen) commit crimes against black people, they face getting off with little if any punishment.
“In the third place, what exactly is “black on black” crime?
“Do black people kill one another? Sure they do. Ninety percent of black murder victims are killed by black assailants.
“But guess what? White people kill one another, too. Eighty-three percent of white victims are killed by white assailants. See, the vast majority of violent crime is committed within — not between — racial groups. Crime is a matter of proximity and opportunity. People victimize their own rather than drive across town to victimize somebody else.
According to Wikipedia, Keith Russell Ablow is an American psychiatrist, author and television personality. He is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel. Recently, Ablow made some questionable comments on Fox News about transgender people.
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is preparing to hand the chief executive role of 21st Century Fox to his son James, writes The New York Times. Murdoch also owns The Wall Street Journal, Fox local stations, and many other media outlets.
Murdoch plans to ask the board of 21st Century Fox to install his younger son, James, as chief executive next week, writes the LA Times newspaper. That’s the job the elder Murdoch has held since his media company was incorporated in 1979.
He is embarking on the task of transferring control of a company to the next generation, while positioning it for future success, writes The NYT.
However, Mr. Murdoch, 84, is expected to stay closely involved with 21st Century Fox as executive chairman, a title he also holds at News Corporation, a conglomerate of media properties he spun off (but still owns) in 2013. The elder Murdoch helped build the companies into a $75 billion empire.
Murdoch has also been able to steer his companies beyond the British phone hacking scandal of four years ago, writes the LA Times newspaper. In that scandal, News Corp. journalists intercepted cellphone messages left for British celebrities, sports stars and even members of the royal family, according to the LA Times.
James Murdoch is expected to be named chief at 21st Century Fox. James has shown interest in streaming and ad technologies.
Murdoch built his conglomerate from a single Australian newspaper he inherited when his father died in 1952. The “changing of the guard” would represent a third generation of Murdoch family-controlled media, writes the LA Times.
“The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a long-awaited draft report on hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) which concluded that there is no evidence that fracking has ‘led to widespread, systemic impact on drinking water resources in the United States,’” writes lexology.com.
“A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report on the impact of hydraulic fracturing has found no evidence that the contentious technique of oil and gas extraction has had a widespread effect on the nation’s water supply, the agency said Thursday,” writes The New York Times.
“Nevertheless, the long-awaited draft report found that the techniques used in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, do have the potential to contaminate drinking water.”
Recently, host Stewart Varney interviewed anti-fracking activist and producer of the documentary Gasland Josh Fox about the recent EPA report.
It always seemed like Fox doesn’t interview liberal guests very often, because the interviews boil down to chaos. Often, they choose to interview their own people – Fox News contributors, analysts, other hosts, etc.
What is FOIA? FOIA is the Freedom of Information Act. According to Wikipedia, it is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the U.S. government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, and grants nine exemptions to the statute. This amendment was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his misgivings, on July 4, 1966, and went into effect in 1967. FOIA allows groups to petition the government to release certain information on an ethical basis.
According to a study by a former aide to Ronald Reagan and top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, Bruce Bartlett, Fox News creates uninformed voters.
This is proof that Fox News simply skews the national narrative and damages its viewers chances of ever being informed, according to Ring of Fire Radio.
Mr. Bartlett appeared on CNN earlier this month. CNN Host Brian Stelter read from a paper Bartlett published earlier this month, in which Bartlett claimed that “[i]t can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Bartlett went on to say “I don’t think that word [‘self-brainwashing’] is too strong – I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people.”
“When they go on to the Internet,” he said, “they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, so they live in a universe in which they hear the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data, repeated over and over again – and that’s brainwashing.”
When Mr. Bartlett was asked if this is more true with conservatives than liberals, he said that it is. He hypothesized that because the media traditionally leans left, conservatives latched on to Fox News when it first appeared.
Rick Santorum recently announced that he would be running for President under the GOP ticket. Recently, Fox News announced that its Republican presidential primary debate in August would include only the 10 candidates polling the highest in national surveys. After the announcement, Rick Santorum denounced the criteria, according to The New York Times.
“In January of 2012, I was at 4 percent in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses,” said Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who is now near the bottom of most national surveys.
Fox News announced Thursday that the debate competitors would be determined by averaging their last five major national polls. The top 10 competitors will be allowed to debate. The field could expand to 11 if there’s a tie for 10th, according to CBS News.
Santorum’s concern may be legitimate. The situation is reminiscent of Ron Paul in 2012. Paul was excluded from the first Fox debate that year although he performed well in some polls. The 2011 Straw Poll showed that Ron Paul was a legitimate candidate in Iowa. Paul finished second. Paul finished third in the caucuses with 21 percent of the vote, according to the publication The Iowa Republican. Paul also placed first in a Fox News poll, but Fox changed the location of the poll on their website to an area difficult to find, writes RT.