Media are saying GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's victory in the New Hampshire primary is a result of his "appeal to large masses of Republican voters," noting that, despite the GOP vowing "just four years ago to be more inclusive," Trump's victory shows "how far the Party of Reagan has drifted from its moorings."
The Donald Trump campaign is continuing its courtship of Alex Jones, with one senior adviser hailing the leading conspiracy theorist for being "on top" of immigration. Jones and his website Infowars.com believe immigrants are "an invading army under the control of the New World Order and are being used to collapse and destroy the world's economy" through crime, disease, and poverty.
In a February 8 interview with Infowars.com, Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller praised Jones and Infowars for having "been on top of ... the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on the immigration issue." Miller then repeatedly pitched Trump to Jones' audience, telling them that "if you want to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you want to close the border, if you want to protect American jobs and wages, then you have to support Donald J. Trump."
After Infowars reporter Richard Reeves warned that the GOP might try "stacking that delegation" at July's nominating convention in Cleveland with "GOP hardline establishment folks," Miller responded with a get out the vote pitch for Trump.
"The easiest thing to do if we want to have Donald J. Trump be our nominee is to show up and vote tomorrow in New Hampshire and then to vote in South Carolina and all across this country," Miller said. "And that will guarantee, I assure you, that Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee."
Reeves responded by urging Jones' audience to "get to your precinct conventions and precinct caucuses 'cause that's the road to Cleveland."
Miller is a former top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who joined the Trump campaign in January. He worked with Sessions to oppose immigration reform and, according to the Washington Post, "When Sessions and Trump began to build a relationship last year, he asked Miller to work with Trump's campaign as it thought through its immigration position. That experience laid the groundwork for Miller's hire."
Jones is a well-known conspiracy theorist and one of the more extreme media personalities in the country. He believes the government was behind the 9/11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the mass shootings in Aurora, Sandy Hook and Tucson (among others). He and his website have repeatedly suggested that the San Bernardino shooting was a "false flag." Jones ultimately believes that a cabal of secretive global elites is working behind the scenes to, in the words of one of his films, "exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the elites to live forever with the aid of advanced technology."
Infowars is a cesspool of anti-immigrant conspiracy theories. Jones' Infowars YouTube page contains the following show segment descriptions about immigrants:
Donald Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attempted to win over Jones and his audience. The New Hampshire primary winner appeared on his program in December and praised Jones as having an "amazing" reputation and promised to "not let you down." In a January, Trump called him "a nice guy." Roger Stone, a former paid policy adviser to the Trump campaign who recently launched a pro-Trump super PAC, has regularly appeared on Jones' program to promote Trump's candidacy.
Trump is the only presidential contender who engages with Jones and his fringe ideology. The radio host has been a booster of Trump, saying that "we have to defend him because the ideas he's putting out in general are very good." (Jones has a long relationship with former candidate Rand Paul, who appeared on Jones' show before dropping out.)
From Miller's interview with Alex Jones' Infowars.com:
RICHARD REEVES: Richard Reeves with Infowars.com at the Red Arrow Diner with Steve Miller. What's your position with the Trump campaign, again?
MILLER: I'm the senior policy adviser.
REEVES: So as senior policy adviser, what are you really looking -- what are the top issues that you're working on?
MILLER: Well two of the biggest ones are trade and immigration and that's a lot of what this election comes down to. And of course, Alex Jones and Infowars have been on top of this for a long time, both on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on the immigration issue and all of the different facets of it. So it's really great to be talking with you today. But my short message for your audience would be that if you want to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you want to close the border, if you want to protect American jobs and wages, then you have to support Donald J. Trump. He's the only person who's been clear and consistent and firm on these issues and who isn't relying on large special interests and donors.
REEVES: Well he clearly does appear to be the most serious candidate on that issue and I'm convinced that he will actually get Mexico to even pay for the wall as well, right?
MILLER: There's no doubt that he will.
MILLER: The easiest thing to do if we want to have Donald J. Trump be our nominee is to show up and vote tomorrow in New Hampshire and then to vote in South Carolina and all across this country and that will guarantee, I assure you, that Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee and millions and millions of people are joining this movement and it's going to make truly make America great again.
REEVES: And beyond that folks, get to your precinct conventions and precinct caucuses 'cause that's the road to Cleveland. Steve Miller, thank you so much.
MILLER: Thank you, great to be here.
From the February 10 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:
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From the February 10 edition of CNN's New Day:
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White nationalists, including a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, praised National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent for posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page, claiming Nugent had "the courage" to tell "the truth," lauding the fact that Nugent "appears to have doubled-down" on his anti-Semitism, and celebrating that a large audience was exposed to anti-Semitism by Nugent.
As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump campaigned in New Hampshire, media outlets hyped a "subdued" and "toned down" candidate, even going so far as to ask the presidential candidate "who are you, and what have you done with Donald Trump?" However, the media's portrayal of a different Trump is occurring as Trump continues to make extreme statements, including his support for forms of torture "a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding," and his remark that he could look Syrian refugee children in the face and say "you can't come" to America.
A CNN op-ed outlines how media criticism of Hillary Clinton's voice is not only "sexist" and a distraction from political issues, but also represents a "charge faced by professional women that they are too aggressive and ambitious."
Miami Herald and World Politics Review columnist Frida Ghitis calls out reporters for attacks on Clinton's speaking style, suggesting the criticism is part of "the 'shrill' smear against Hillary Clinton." Ghitis writes that Bob Woodward and Joe Scarborough's critique of Clinton's Iowa victory speech was an example of "transparent sexism." Ghitis also calls a New York Times report "absurd" for claiming that Clinton came off angry compared to Sanders, when in fact both speeches were "heated and intense." She highlights The Philadelphia Inquirer's assessment that Clinton lacks "elegance and grace," Peggy Noonan's comparison of Clinton to a "landlady yelling," and Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza's comment that Clinton was "Hyper aggressive." Ghitis likens the "sexist" attacks against Hillary Clinton to the "charge faced by professional women that they are too aggressive and ambitious."
These are not the only sexist attacks that have been levied against Clinton since her speech in Iowa. Fox's Geraldo Rivera claimed her "shreik" was "unpleasant" and suggested Clinton "may be hard of hearing," while Sean Hannity -- who has referred to Clinton as "shrill" in the past -- said the speech was merely "angry, bitter screaming." The media has a history of making sexist remarks about Clinton, targeting subjects including but not limited to her voice. From the February 8 op-ed:
Woodward, in case you haven't heard, brought his decades of expertise to the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" to shed light on the difficulties faced by the once-undisputed Democratic front-runner. He opined "a lot of it, with Hillary Clinton has to do with style and delivery, oddly enough." Then he explained, "She shouts. There is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating and I think it just jumps."
The transparent sexism, along with Clinton's poor performance with women, led former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to declare this weekend at a Clinton campaign rally that "there is a special place in hell for women who don't help each other." Women, in fact, are free to choose among the candidates. But like all voters, they should ensure that insidious sexism, theirs or the pundits', does not waft in to cloud their judgment.
That there is sexism in politics, in business, in the world, is beyond dispute. But in this particular case there is an overarching risk, a cautionary message for voters. Sure, sexist attitudes are a problem for women. But here they are a problem for all Americans deciding who should become president. Instead of discussing what truly matters, the experts are talking about Clinton's tone of voice. And that is just one of the distractions along this well-trod path.
There's the voice, of course, which a (female) writer in The Philadelphia Inquirer finds lacks "elegance and grace," and Peggy Noonan says "reminds me of the landlady yelling." Then there is that charge faced by professional women that they are too aggressive and ambitious.
During Thursday's debate, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza called her "Hyper aggressive." Another debate review, in The New York Times, contrasted her and her opponent, saying Bernie Sanders "kept his cool in the debate," while Clinton appeared "tense and even angry at times." The truth is they were both heated and intense, which was fitting. The Times' comparison was absurd.
From the February 8 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:
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From the February 8 edition of Fox Business' Risk & Reward with Dierdre Bolton:
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From the February 8 edition of Fox Business' Making Money with Charles Payne:
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From the February 8 edition of Fox News' The Five:
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National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent shared a graphic suggesting that Jews are "really behind" gun-safety laws. The image was previously posted on Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website.
In a February 8 post on his Facebook page, Nugent shared an image headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" with Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures feature descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg." Nugent captioned the image, "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down":
A similar image was used by a commenter on the white supremacist website Stormfront in 2014:
Nugent has claimed those shot in mass shootings are "losers amongst us ... [who] fall for the big lie of political correctness, and get cut down by murderous maniacs like blind sheep to slaughter."
The Associated Press violated its own guidelines for how to refer to transgender people in a report on a transgender man who was shot and killed by police in Arizona.
Kayden Clarke was shot and killed by police who were responding to a suicide call in his Mesa, AZ, home on February 4.
In a February 6 article, "Woman killed by Phoenix-area police had popular online video," the Associated Press violated its own guidelines for writing about transgender people, which state that transgender people should be identified by their preferred pronouns. Instead, the article repeatedly misgendered Clarke, calling him "she," even while acknowledging that Clarke was "hoping to transition from female to male and was known to friends as Kayden Clarke:"
Police in a Phoenix suburb shot and killed a knife-wielding woman whose struggles with Asperger's syndrome went viral last year when she posted an online video showing her service dog comforting her.
Two officers responding to a report of a suicidal woman were carrying stun guns but fired their weapons because they felt threatened as Danielle Jacobs, 24, lunged at them with a 12-inch kitchen knife in her home Thursday, Mesa Detective Esteban Flores said.
"They had a lethal weapon coming at them," Flores said Friday. "They were threatened."
Although police used her legal name, the Arizona Republic reported Friday night that she was hoping to transition from female to male and was known to friends as Kayden Clarke.
[Heather Allen, founder of HALO Animal Rescue] said she called police Thursday to ask that they check on Jacobs after the 24-year-old sent a suicidal email that morning asking that someone care for her dog, Sampson.
Allen questioned whether it was necessary to shoot Jacobs.
"I wasn't there, so I don't know how she was behaving," Allen said. "I wish they had been able to use non-lethal restraint, if they could have used a Taser or a beanbag gun.
"She didn't have a gun. She had a knife," Allen said. "It just seems to me there could have been a better way."
One of the officers responding to the call was retrieving a bean bag gun when the shooting occurred, Flores said. Two officers stayed in the apartment, including one who had training in crisis intervention to deal with such situations.
CNN, The Washington Post, and People all correctly identified Clarke as male in their reports on the shooting. (CNN had published an earlier article that misgendered Clarke but has since noted that the article was published before the outlet realized Clarke was transgender.)
Despite its clear guidelines requiring reporters to identify transgender people using their preferred names and pronouns, the Associated Press has recently misgendered transgender people in multiple reports.
When Samantha Bee launches her TBS program Full Frontal tonight, it will be "the only late-night satire program currently hosted by a woman, and one of very few in the decades-long history of the genre to feature a female star."
Bee has also created a diverse writing staff. As New York's Rebecca Traister reported, the weekly show crafted "a blind application process to make it more accessible to people who have not traditionally spent any time in writers' rooms. The result is a writing staff that is 50 percent female and 30 percent nonwhite."
Full Frontal, which begins airing on February 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET, will feature pieces on the Department of Veterans Affairs' handling of health care for female veterans, and Syrian refugees ("Meet the People We Are Incoherently Yelling About"). Bee told Entertainment Weekly that the show is "trying to shine our comedy light on stories that need to be told."
Bee mocked right-wing media claims that anti-gay Christian conservatives are being persecuted and victimized for their intolerance against LGBT people.
Bee responded to complaints that women would begin serving in front-line combat and highlighted double standards against women already serving in the military.
During 2011 protests in Wisconsin over collective bargaining, Bee mocked Fox News' claims that teachers are living lavishly at the expense of taxpayers.
Bee interviewed Grover Norquist, who has pushed members of Congress to sign an ironclad pledge against raising taxes. Bee asked him if there were any scenarios in which he would raise taxes. "Natural disaster? ... What about the rise of the apes?"