January 22, 2018

Awww: CNN’s Jim Acosta Suffers Serial Self-Humiliation During Shutdown

CNN’s Jim Acosta has had a rough four days. It’s hard not to take some pleasure in that situation, given the Chief White House Correspondent’s habitual rudeness and petulance with President Trump, and with his representatives during White House press briefings.

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Disgraced Dan Rather, 86, Joins Far-Left Young Turks Network With Monday Show

There is probably no better indicator that facts and the truth really don’t matter to today’s journalists than the fawning coverage disgraced former news anchor Dan Rather receives whenever he makes a post-CBS career move. CNN’s story on Rather’s latest foray into online broadcasting typifies the kid-glove treatment he has received since he was relieved of his anchor duties at CBS almost 13 years ago.

Monday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time marked the beginning of the not-so-young Rather hosting an “untraditional evening newscast” on the “progressive” (really far-left) online Young Turks network.

That network is perhaps best known on the center-right as the outfit whose panelists went into a hysterical, profanity-laced meltdown (Warning: not safe for work) on the night of the 2016 presidential election as Hillary Clinton’s thought-certain victory turned into a crushing defeat.

It will be quite difficult for readers to avoid laughing uproariously at Oliver Darcy’s obsequious CNN report:

… On Monday, Rather will premiere “The News With Dan Rather” … The program will focus on original reporting, stories that Rather believes are not receiving the amount of attention they deserve, and analysis of the hot topics of the day.

“The format is designed to allow me to focus on substance,” Rather said, stressing that his show “will be raw” with “no bells and whistles.”

His jump to the provocative progressive outlet … is a bit out of step with the rest of his storied career, Rather acknowledged.

(At CBS) Rather aimed to provide viewers the news of the day without bias or favor.

… The 86-year-old veteran newsman told CNN that President Trump’s attacks on the press and political norms helped motivate him to launch the new show.

“I feel strongly that when you have a president who is continually, relentlessly damning the press, individuals by name, individual institutions and calling the press the enemy of the people — listen, this has to be resisted,” he said.

… That said, Uygur told CNN that The Young Turks Network doesn’t need Rather to be “progressive on the network.”

(Rather said) “I don’t kid myself that we are going to have much effect on someone who is a follower of Breitbart or Fox News. But even if we can have a little effect — I think some of the authenticity can get through to some of these people.”

Rather could have used some “authenticity” when, in 2004, he instead presented fabricated documents as he and CBS attempted to smear incumbent President George W. Bush with an utterly bogus story about Bush’s alleged shirking of his duties while he served decades earlier in the Texas Air National Guard.

Of course, Darcy’s CNN story, which pretended that Rather has had a “storied career” while spending decades aiming to be “without bias or favor,” also pretended that what came to be known as “Rathergate” never happened.

Those who need a primer or refresher on Rather’s disgraceful career should visit the Media Research Center’s Dan Rather File, particularly its “Dan’s Downfall: Forged Documents” section.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Why this man says abortion isn’t just a woman’s issue

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Denver:

Jan 21, 2018 / 12:00 am

A man who lost his own child to abortion believes men have important things to say on the issue, and their voices need to be heard.

“We are told that men shouldn’t talk about abortion,” but it’s an issue that affects them too, Jason Jones told CNA in a recent interview. “It’s a man’s issue and it’s a woman’s issue.”

“As a man, I have something in me that wants to protect the vulnerable from violence. That is what men do,” he said.

Jones, a national pro-life advocate, said when he speaks frankly in those terms, men respond to him, because “we need to say the truth.”

“When men speak about abortion, it is very effective,” he added.

It might seem natural to think that women are better pro-life “spokespersons,” or that men should have a diminished role, Jones said. But “men have their place” in the discussion.

“Men share their stories, and their stories are sorrowful. Men who are scared, and manipulated or coerced someone into having an abortion. Men who can be humble and say ‘I coerced my daughter or my girlfriend or my wife into getting an abortion.’ We need to hear those stories.”

When men tell the truth about their own experience with abortion, “it changes people,” he said. “No one has a happy abortion story. When people tell the truth, it influences people.”

Jones, who often shares the story of his own child’s abortion, told CNA he was 17 when he and his girlfriend Katie found out they were pregnant. Still in high school, they planned to hide the pregnancy while he dropped out and joined the army so he could take care of the baby. He was excited to be a father, he said.

However, while still in basic training and during their third trimester, Jones got a call from his girlfriend’s father saying their “secret” had been discovered and “taken care of.” He was devastated.

An atheist who didn’t fully understand what abortion was, Jones said he realized his daughter, whom they had already named Jessica, had been murdered.

“That was it for me. It horrified me. It was unbelievable,” he said. “I had never been to church a day in my life, I knew nothing about politics. I was just a kid who was last in his class in high school, who to me, school was just something I had to do to play football.”

However, since the moment he found out that his daughter had been aborted, he says he has committed his life “to protecting women and children from the violence of abortion.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

RIP, Weather Channel Founder and ‘Climate Change’ Skeptic John Coleman

Weather Channel pioneer and award-winning meteorologist John Coleman, 83, passed away Saturday. During the last 20 years of his career, during what he called his “retirement job” at San Diego station KUSI-TV, Coleman also emerged as an outspoken skeptic of “global warming” aka “climate change.”

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