BASIC SKILL LEVELS DOWN: Paraphrasing Senator Harris!

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019 In search of what she said: Long ago and far away, we administered the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills to a succession of fifth grade classes right here in Baltimore, Maryland, in a set of public schools not far from our current sprawling campus. It seems that the Iowa Tests are… Read More

‘Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month’ Is Now ‘Sex Ed For All Month’

When talking about “sex education for all,” could we please start with male state legislator Republicans who think they know enough about lady parts to regulate them (badly)? Setting that aside, Planned Parenthood made a re-branding announcement for the month of May: Reproductive health and rights groups dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health, rights… Read More

EPA prefers coal plants over people

Expect more poisoned fish and more unhealthy mothers as the agency prepares to roll back the mercury emissions rule Full Story Here Salon May 13, 2019 12:41 pm Support Us

FROM THE LEADERSHIP DOWN FILE: Digest of reports!

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019 Starting tomorrow, Basic Skill Levels Down: It was the featured, front-page essay in yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Review. It ran beneath a conspiratorial headline:Men Invented ‘Likability.’ Guess Who Benefits.A hint of conspiracy was already in the air. It continued in the essay’s first paragraph:POTTER (5/5/19): If the supposedly unlikable Hillary… Read More

LEADERSHIP DOWN: The mainstream press corps [HEART] those "gaffes!"

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 One aspect of Leadership Down: Almost anywhere a person might look, he or she is likely to see some aspect of Leadership Down. This morning, we looked at New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer site. When we did, we found a three-person discussion of mainstream press gaffe culture. When did mainstream gaffe… Read More

Tom Cotton Insults Farmers To Defend Trump’s Tariffs

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asserted on Monday that Americans who suffer economic consequences due to President Donald Trump’s trade war with China are not making the type of sacrifices that soldiers killed in action have made. During an interview on CBS This Morning, host Norah O’Donnell warned that the trade war “could end up hurting… Read More

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner says that she “would advocate for the president personally to tell” U.S. consumers “to hold tight right now”

ASHLEY WEBSTER (FOX BUSINESS CONTRIBUTOR): Those companies are getting hit very hard on the markets today. Then you have the Boeings, who sell their planes to China. Caterpillar, the big industrial giant, that sells its products in China.  HARRIS FAULKNER (ANCHOR): So is there opportunity here? Where’s the opportunity here and can we hold some… Read More

Chris McDonald: Conservatives Must ‘Declare War’ on the Left

On last Thursday’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald proclaimed that conservatives must “declare war” on the left because the Democratic Party has already “declared war on on America.” “The Democratic Party has declared war on God,” he said. “They’ve declared war on America. They’ve declared… Read More

Chris McDonald: Conservatives Must ‘Declare War’ on the Left

On last Thursday’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald proclaimed that conservatives must “declare war” on the left because the Democratic Party has already “declared war on on America.” “The Democratic Party has declared war on God,” he said. “They’ve declared war on America. They’ve declared… Read More

Where do embellished accounts come from?

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019 One last intriguing account of What Harris/Barr Said: “Mommy, where do embellished facts come from?” In this media-savvy modern world, 6-year-old children now ask that question pretty much every day of the week. According to academic research, mothers are confronted with that awkward question a full 63 percent of the time.… Read More

Healthy MOMMIES Act Introduced to Tackle ‘Unconscionable’ US Maternal Mortality Crisis

Jessica Corbett, staff writerA group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to tackle the nation’s maternal mortality crisis—which disproportionately affects black and Native American women—by promoting community-based, holistic healthcare for pregnant women and new moms. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org May 13, 2019 12:11 pm Support Us

Citing ‘Unprecedented’ Power of Zuckerberg, Facebook Co-Founder Says: ‘Time to Break It Up’

Jessica Corbett, staff writerFacebook co-founder Chris Hughes joined the growing group of tech experts, privacy advocates, and politicians publicly raising alarm about the “staggering” power of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg—and, in a lengthy New York Times op-ed published Thursday, called on the government to break up the social media behemoth. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org… Read More

House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate… Read More

Escalating U.S.-China Trade War Sends Stocks Plunging

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved sharply lower Monday on Wall Street and extended the market’s slide into a second week as investors seek shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index each fell more than 2% as investors sold trade-sensitive shares. Chipmakers… Read More

Louisiana’s Million-Dollar Charter School Scam

This story was produced by FOX8 WVUE, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio as part of Reveal’s Local Labs initiative, which supports lasting investigative reporting collaborations in communities across the United States. Since 2007, Carlie Care Kids has run a child care out of a couple of nondescript converted townhouses in Terrytown, Louisiana. Now it’s gearing up… Read More

When Will Network News Demand A Donald Trump Interview?

(Above: Back in 2017, the media noticed that Trump wasn’t sitting down for interviews with anyone but Fox. And the election season isn’t changing that.) I’ve been writing over and over again that Donald Trump hides himself away in the comfy couches of Fox News and Fox Business networks and is rarely faced with tough… Read More

ProPublica Illinois Honored With Five Peter Lisagor Awards From the Chicago Headline Club

by ProPublica Illinois ProPublica Illinois won five Peter Lisagor Awards on Friday for its investigative reporting, feature writing, data journalism and blogs. The Lisagor Awards, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, the nation’s largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, recognizes exemplary journalism produced in 2018 in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. ProPublica Illinois received… Read More

Is Facebook Betting Big on Brexit?

Facebook has chosen London as the center to expand the operations of its WhatsApp messaging service, as the company seeks to establish new methods of monetizing its operations, especially as existing revenue sources increasingly come under political and regulatory attack. The timing of the announcement is as interesting as the choice of venue. Perhaps Facebook… Read More

China May Specifically Punish Republican Senators In Trade War

The stock market is looking at a 500-point drop this morning over China retaliating against Trump’s tariffs. CNBC reports: Stocks fell sharply on Monday, giving back the gains from a strong turnaround in the previous session, after China decided to raise tariffs on some U.S. goods as the ongoing trade war between the world’s largest… Read More

The Fox “News” Lie

The Fox “News” Lie by on Scribd Research contributed by Katie Sullivan, Grace Bennett, Bobby Lewis, Courtney Hagle, Zachary Pleat, Gabby Miller, Tyler Monroe, Alex Walker, & Tim Johnson. PDF Design by Sarah Wasko. Full Story Here Media Matters- Blog May 13, 2019 9:56 am Support Us

TPUSA’s ‘Professor Watchlist’ Suspended By Web Host

Professor Watchlist, a project of right-wing youth organization Turning Point USA that was dedicated to naming and shaming “college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” appears to have been suspended by its web host. The Professor Watchlist website featured maps and directories of instructors whom Turning Point USA staff… Read More

The Earth Just Eclipsed a Terrifying Threshold

This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration measures atmospheric carbon dioxide at its Moana Loa observatory. You can see that on May 11 we were just about at 415 parts per million of CO2. A couple of days this week, we’ve gone over 415. When… Read More

The Left Is Taking a Bashing All Over the Globe

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just plain… Read More

Dave Hayes: Q’s Promised Mass Arrests Will Happen Within a Year and Will Destroy The Democrats for a Generation

On Saturday, Dave Hayes, a Christian author and online activist known as the “Praying Medic,” joined Trump-loving broadcaster Brenden Dilley for a joint broadcast, during which Hayes predicted that mass arrests of prominent Democrats and thousands of business, media, and entertainment leaders will happen within the next year, which will destroy the Democratic Party for… Read More

3 Disturbing Reasons Trump Could Win Again

It seems absurd to believe that America could make the same mistake again, to elect an ignorant and vulgar narcissist to the most powerful position in the world. But we can’t underestimate the ability of the self-serving super-rich to convince millions of Americans that a surging stock market and a powerful military are essential to… Read More

Fox contributor fearmongers about the Democratic party: “The Democrats scare me. … I mean, in like a Bill of Rights-shredding kind of way. They genuinely scare me.”

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): The president says they are obsessed with investigating anyone who is connected with him. How is that going to work in 2020? How is that going to effect the election?  DAN BONGINO (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Yeah, I’m not exactly sure how the Democrats’ 2020 campaign slogan is going to read. You know,… Read More

A High-Speed Internet Boondoggle is Now a Campaign Issue in Kentucky

by Alfred Miller, Louisville Courier-Journal Candidates for governor of both parties are using Kentucky’s long-delayed and over-budget statewide internet project to bash Gov. Matt Bevin, following a jointly published report by the Courier Journal and ProPublica. KentuckyWired — a bipartisan plan pushed by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican Rep. Hal Rogers — promised… Read More

FROM THE "BASIC SKILL LEVELS" FILE: Digest of reports!

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019 Starting tomorrow, The Rise of Leadership Down: Yesterday, we published an extremely rare Sunday report. It related to our ongoing study, a month-long effort which appears beneath the award-winning rubric, Leadership Down. Good God! A full eighteen months from next year’s presidential election, the New York Times had published a front-page… Read More

Rep. Pascrell Predicts Trump’s Tax Returns Will Drain His Support

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. was on Morning Joe today to talk about his committee’s fight to get Trump’s tax returns Jonathan Lemire pointed out that the White House has known shown no inclination to cooperate with any request for Trump’s taxes. “If they ignore the subpoena, what happens next?” Rep. Pascrell spelled out the items… Read More

Corporate Media’s Venezuela Coverage Is Both a Tragedy and a Farce

Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic (5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan “Guaidó’s pro-democracy movement.” The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman’s wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela’s elected government into a “pro-democracy… Read More

Reality Check: What The Founders Meant By ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’

“Impeachment is a heavy word that’s being thrown around lightly,” John Avlon said, introducing a Reality Check segment. “It’s the mechanism set up to remove a president from office for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Treason and bribery are clear enough, but ‘other high crimes’ is intentional, and to some, infuriatingly broad… Read More

Chelsea Manning Warns About Tump’s True Intentions With Assange

Facing the possibility of being imprisoned yet again in the coming days for refusing to testify before a secretive grand jury, U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Sunday warned of the grave threat the Trump administration poses to press freedoms. “I think that ultimately what they really want is, they want to go after journalists,” Manning said… Read More

John Oliver On The Green New Deal: ‘We’ve Broken Bill Nye!’

As John Oliver points out, the Green New Deal is a nonbinding resolution that sets out climate goals on greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to clean energy, and creating jobs. “The whole Green New Deal is just 40 pages long. That is seven pages shorter than the menu for the Cheesecake Factory,” he said. Oliver focused… Read More

Blue America’s Mothers’ Day Senate Endorsement: Jeff Merkley

Even if Bernie, Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris wins next year, without a strong and more progressive Congress, the issues they’re campaigning on won’t go anywhere. It appears likely that the Democrats will retain their big majority in the House. The Senate– and obstructionist Mitch McConnell– remain a real impediment to progress. Blue America will… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

alicublog – Nooners hits the Franzia again; First Draft – Mommy Martyr Day sucks! From Pine View Farm – your modern GOP! Hackwhackers – law firm I used to work for represents the NRA – and may bankrupt them! Zandar Versus the Stupid – meanwhile, in Bevinstan … Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at stinque.com… Read More

Wall GoFundMe Guy Just Got Himself A $1 Million Yacht

Doubtless, the Trump cult will admire this guy’s pluck and ingenuity in bilking millions off of them, right? I’m not exactly sure, but the boat in question looks like a Jupiter 41SB, which if new would set you back around a million dollars. Nice work if you can get it, eh? Source: The Stern Facts… Read More

Sweden to Reopen Rape Case Against WikiLeaks’ Assange

STOCKHOLM— Swedish prosecutors said Monday they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and seek his extradition after he has served his 50-week prison term in Britain for jumping bail. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, told a news conference in Stockholm that “there is still a probable cause to… Read More

The Green New Deal Can Quash Inequality, Too

Across the country, you’ll find millions of working families whose wages haven’t budged in a generation, even as the cost of living has skyrocketed. Many of these same communities are now getting hit hardest by floods, droughts, storms, and other climate disasters. How are workers going to withstand rising climate risks if their paychecks don’t… Read More

Integrity Forged in Cages

Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps students complete their degrees at Rutgers after they take college courses inside prisons through the New Jersey… Read More

Open Thread: Mother’s Day Comfort For Those Who Need

For all the people out there who don’t have mothers, who have mothers that are not around or have passed away, or who don’t have a good relationship with them; …and for all the mothers who have lost a child or have had to cut off communication with their adult children given the toxic nature… Read More

San Francisco Journalist Vows to Protect Source After Police Raid

SAN FRANCISCO—A freelance journalist is vowing to protect his source after San Francisco police raided his home and office while keeping him handcuffed for several hours as part of a criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report. Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that officers banged on his door Friday and confiscated dozens of… Read More

Elliott Williams misstates rather badly!

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 His namesake just sits there and lets him: William Barr has made some weird presentations with respect to the Mueller probe, or at least he has seemed to do so. Then too, we have the pundits. Consider a presentation by Elliott Williams on last evening’s 11th Hour. Brian Williams asked Elliott… Read More

Elie Mystal SINGS IT: How Don McGahn Would Do Anything For Trump

This morning, David Gura asked his Up panel whether the people who had been touted as fairly independent in the Trump administration were serving the country or Donald Trump. They focused on Don McGahn. The former White House lawyer–whose duty is to represent the office, not Individual-1– gave dozens of hours of testimony to Mueller’s… Read More

LEADERSHIP DOWN: Outstanding youngsters who starred at Yale!

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 Seem clueless about recent past: Where did the leadership deficit start—the leadership deficit which helped send Donald J. Trump to the White House? We expect to explore that question next week. We expect to do so in a series of award-winning reports, The Rise of Leadership Down. That said, the deficit… Read More

Comey the God expounds again!

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 Plus also, Waiting for Mueller: We’re happy to say that Gloria Borger got it totally right. Here’s how the carnage went down: James Comey, long known as Comey the God, was basically at it again. Inevitably, Comey had written his latest high-minded opinion column. Inevitably, the New York Times, for unknown… Read More

LEADERSHIP DOWN: Corporate cable star’s recent adventures!

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 With decades of self-defeat: Precisely one week after April Fools Day, Rachel Maddow started her high-rated “cable news” show in the way she seems to like best—by talking about herself. Maddow was also “selling the car” this night. She was “humble-bragging” in such a way as to help her roughly four… Read More

Washington State to Offer Nation’s First ‘Public Option’ Insurance

SEATTLE—Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid… Read More

Entire site observes Barr time!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 Why we can’t have nice things: Today, the totality of our sprawling campus was running on Barr time. For that reason, we have no fish today. Service resumes tomorrow. Full Story Here Daily Howler May 12, 2019 11:26 am Support Us

Is Donald J. Trump a competent person?

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 The craziest “obstruction” of all: Is Donald J. Trump a fully competent person? Or is it possible that our commander in chief is acting out a dangerous version of The Madness of King George?The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner and… Read More

We don’t normally post on Sundays!

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019 Having said that, good God: We don’t normally post on Sundays. Having said that, good God! Perusing the New York Times on-line, we encountered this headline and synopsis linked to a hard-copy front-page report:Trump Has a Strong Economy to Proclaim. In Wisconsin, It Just Might Work.With good job creation and low… Read More

Alyssa Milano’s Call for Sex Strike Ignites Social Media

Actress Alyssa Milano has ignited social media with a tweet calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. The former star of “Charmed” and current cast member of “Insatiable,” which is filmed in Georgia, urged women in her Friday night tweet to stop having… Read More

We Finally Know When Humans Started Changing the Climate

Our influence on the Earth’s environment has lasted for a century: the human impact on droughts and moisture patterns began at least 100 years ago, researchers now say. US scientists used new analytic techniques and almost a thousand years of tree-ring data to build up a picture of drought and rainfall worldwide for the last century.… Read More

More ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans Advancing in South, Midwest

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law—like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia—that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat… Read More

Lobbyists Are Working Overtime to Quash Medicare for All

As nurses, doctors, and ordinary Americans ramped up their nationwide effort to build support for Medicare for All at the grassroots level and in Congress, staffers for some of America’s top Democratic lawmakers reportedly attended a “luxury” retreat hosted by corporate lobbyists working to undermine the growing push for single-payer. According to The Intercept‘s Lee Fang, who first reported on the swanky… Read More

Fox’s Jeanine Pirro Falsely Declares That Democrats Have ‘Stolen The House’

Is this a preview of what we can expect from Trump’s favorite propaganda network pretending to be a “news” channel if he loses the 2020 presidential election? Fox’s “judge” Jeanine Pirro opened her show this Saturday by accusing Democrats of “stealing” the House during her “opening statement,” despite the fact that Republicans are the ones… Read More

SNL Rips Mr. ‘Art Of The Deal’ For Losing Over $1 Billion

Trump and his enablers received some well deserved scorn during SNL’s Weekend Update segment with Michael Che and Colin Jost: “Weekend Update” returned to Trump headlines. Anchor Colin Jost marveled that Trump wrote “The Art of the Deal” while losing more than $1 billion. “It’s like if right now R. Kelly wrote a book on… Read More

Trump Is Backing Congress Into a Dangerous Corner

This piece originally appeared on Truthout.  After the redacted Mueller report was made public, Donald Trump tweeted, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” But when the House Judiciary Committee asked to see Mueller’s full report, Trump said no way. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to check and balance the executive branch. That includes… Read More

Politico’s Veiled Attempt to Dig Up Dirt on Bernie Sanders Fails

Politico magazine (5/3/19) was apparently “startled” by what they found in Bernie Sanders’ 1980s TV show, Bernie Speaks. Politico magazine  (5/3/19) took a deep dig into Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “bizarre, charming and, at times, startling cable-access TV show,” Bernie Speaks With the Community—produced in the 1980s when Sanders was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. While the article and accompanying video… Read More

Women Entrepreneurs Thrive Managing Talented Teams And Balancing Many Investors

Women leaders tend to collaborate better than men. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com Richard A. Devine, American University and Siri Terjesen, American University Kogod School of Business Only a handful of the top companies in the U.S. are led by a woman. Efforts to change that and promote more women into positions of leadership have relied primarily on… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

The Professor’s Convatorium: The underground economy shows us what completely unregulated capitalism looks like. And it’s ugly as hell. Juanita Jean’s: Jonathan Stickland is perhaps the quintessential Republican. Hysterical Raisins: Visualizing Barr after he sacrificed his last shreds of dignity for Trump. No More Mister Nice Blog: The Republican party is too far down the… Read More

The U.S., Not Iran, Has Done Nothing But Sow Chaos in the Mideast

This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told NBC that Iran is an active threat to US interests and “sowing chaos” in the Middle East. It strikes me that exactly the opposite is true. The Islamic Republic of Iran has in recent years, despite its heritage in the 1979 revolution, acted as… Read More

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Becoming a mom was the most profound act that ever happened to me. I liken it to suddenly shifting from being the center of my universe to one of the furthest satellites. It’s not without tedium, pain, anger, and frustration, but it’s also not something I… Read More

SNL Cold Open: What Will It Take For Republicans To Dump Trump?

One of the things that our entire news cycle is predicated on, yet is never made explicit, is that the Republican Party is utterly without integrity, shame, honesty or interest in piddly little things like democracy and honesty. We’ll do a ton of column-inches and endless segments on why Nancy Pelosi won’t consider impeachment (which… Read More

C&L’s Sat Nite Chiller Theater: The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

Because the core question of all good science fiction is “What If…”, almost all of my favorites have some social or cultural commentary built into it. For example, smuggling cautionary tales about war and racism and love and politics onto America’s teevee screens by dressing them up as aliens or time travelers is what made… Read More

Wayne LaPierre Racks Up A Hefty $39k Spending Spree At A Single Boutique

LaPierre has an annual salary well above one million dollars per year, and occasionally makes much more than that in deferred compensation ($5.1mil in 2015). Couple that with an unlimited expense account and you have one sweet gig. That thousands of Americans die needlessly every year in part due to his and the NRA’s efforts… Read More

States Bring Price-Fixing Suit Against Generic Drug Makers

BOSTON—Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut on Friday, also names 15 individual senior executives… Read More

Trump Recalls Ambassador To Ukraine To Gin Up Biden Scandal

On Friday evening, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to cancel his planned muck-making trip to Ukraine. But that cancellation didn’t stop the effort to create a scandal out of nothing—an effort that has now triggered the recall of the U.S. ambassador and signaled how much America’s foreign policy is being used to support Trump’s re-election.… Read More

Mick Mulvaney Was Asked: Why Would Trump Be Embarrassed By His Tax Returns?

As you may have guessed, I really like it when journalists act like journalists. This is a podcast interview with CBS News, and I’m pleased that Major Garrett asked the obvious question of Mick Mulvaney —which is: Why would the president be embarrassed by releasing his taxes. (I’d be even more thrilled if he’d corrected… Read More

LEADERSHIP DOWN: Disordered president reaches a milestone!

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 As does Morning Joe: This morning, the Washington Post’s official fact-checker announced that Donald J. Trump has reached an auspicious milestone. The fact-checker in question is Glenn Kessler. His rise to prominence started right here, during Campaign 2000, when we announced that he was the answer to a widely-voiced question of… Read More

Trump Lawyer Giuliani Threatens, Then Abandons, Ukraine Trip

NEW YORK—Democrats denounced a plan by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, saying it was an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a U.S. election. But lawyer Rudy Giuliani has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine, citing concerns about who he would… Read More

The way our tribe’s "bombshells" appear Over There!

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019 Carlson writes off Trump’s losses: Do you mind if we ask you a question about “the latest bombshell Times story?” (We’re quoting the childish language of one one of our team’s professors. To confirm that she really employed that locution, you can just click here.) That latest bombshell “story”—to us, it… Read More

Kenn Starr, Go Away

Mediaite reports: Former independent counsel Ken Starr attacked the length of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, telling Fox News that “there’s just too much detail.” Speaking with Fox’s Bill Hemmer, Starr argued “the whole issue is, is there collusion?” and says the report did not prove that,… Read More

Chinese Envoy Says U.S. Trade Talks Continue After Tariffs Hike

BEIJING—China’s leading envoy to trade talks in Washington says the failure to strike a deal in the tariffs war with the U.S. was “just a small setback” and negotiations will continue despite increases in import duties on American imports from China. In comments to reporters before he left Washington for Beijing on Friday, Vice Premier… Read More

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran

John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser’s announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against… Read More

Cuba to Ration Food in Wake of Economic Crisis

HAVANA—The Cuban government says it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency Friday that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: ‘Essentially, No Obstruction’

Caleb Ecarma @ Mediaite: Ben Shapiro Storms Out of Confrontational BBC Interview: ‘I’m Popular and No One Has Ever Heard of You’. Ivan Strenski @ Religion Dispatches: The Theology That Inspired the Poway Synagogue Shooting (and New Zealand) Remains Strikingly Commonplace. Cristina López G. @ Media Matters: A short history of Turning Point USA’s racism.… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: ‘These People Are Going to Jail’

Laurie Cardoza-Moore wants the Council on American-Islamic Relations to be designated as a foreign terrorist organization: “Send them all back to where they came from and they can continue to practice their Sharia law, and their anti-West value system, where they come from … These people need to be looked at and we need to… Read More

These are Laura Ingraham’s leading advertisers

Leading advertisers Google Long John Silvers Restaurant Flonase (GlaxoSmithKline) Hampton by Hilton Sandals Hotel/Resort Sheex Safelite Auto Glass Co Nutrisystem USAA MyPillow Lifelock StarKist Booking.com WeatherTech LetGo HomeToGo.com ClearChoice Dental Wells Fargo Jenny Craig Tecovas AstraZeneca Bayer Prevagen Carfax Elite Singles Dating Service GlaxoSmithKline SoClean Mint Mobile Eli Lilly Norwegian Cruise Line Novo Nordisk Smart… Read More

These are Sean Hannity’s leading advertisers

Sean Hannity is functioning as a propagandist in order to advance a political agenda in support of Donald Trump. To this end, he peddles disinformation and aggressively promotes discredited conspiracies. Given the intensity of his promotion of Trump’s political interests as well as his reported clandestine collaborations, companies that sponsor Hannity’s show are essentially supporting… Read More

These are Tucker Carlson’s leading advertisers

Tucker Carlson’s thinly veiled racism has catapulted into full-throated white supremacy since he ascended to a prime-time spot on Fox News. Carlson constantly stokes fears about the cultural displacement of white Americans and the ongoing threat to the national culture purportedly posed by immigration and diversity. Several major companies have distanced themselves from Tucker Carlson… Read More

The Trump Administration Is Manufacturing an Iran Crisis

What follows is a conversation between professor Larry Wilkerson and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. SHARMINI PERIES It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. The United States is sending the aircraft… Read More

She’d looked at life from both sides then!

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 Sheryl Gay Stolberg in chains: It was Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Speaking at the gorgeous Trump Tower, patron saint Donald J. Trump had already said it: “You have some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” The great communicator… Read More

A short history of Turning Point USA’s racism

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Turning Point USA is often associated with the time its members wore diapers in an attempt at “triggering” liberals, but this should not be the only public failure the group is remembered for. The conservative organization, which focuses on increasing right-wing political influence on college campuses, has a long history… Read More

Silicon Valley Doesn’t Give a Damn About Earth’s Imminent Demise

Plenty of people and companies have had a hand in leading the globe down the destructive, possibly irreversible path to climate catastrophe. In his New York Times Best Seller “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?,” Bill McKibben, who has written over a dozen books about the environment and has been called… Read More

<em>Media Matters</em>’ Parker Molloy at the <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em>: Caster Semenya coverage illustrates how public perception can shape policy

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters When the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ recent rule about limits on testosterone for female athletes on May 1, it may have put an end to the career of one of this generation’s greatest mid-distance runners. For nearly a decade, world champion South… Read More

The Remarkable Mothers of Social Security

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the remarkable Mothers of Social Security. Without them, this essential program may never have been born. It certainly would be much less successful and effective. The Mothers of Social Security pushed for an expansive, ambitious program. When necessary, they fiercely resisted men too cautious to embrace their bold vision. All… Read More

Trump Rolling Out Red Carpet for Authoritarian Hungarian Strongman Viktor Orbán

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a champion of “illiberal” democracy who has aggressively moved to consolidate his power by dismantling checks and balances, is scheduled to visit the White House on Monday. While Orbán is widely viewed in Europe as a destroyer of democratic values and institutions—some leaders call him “The Viktator”—he is praised by… Read More

Are Democrats Finally Turning on Charter Schools?

The politics of charter schools have changed, and bipartisan support for these publicly funded, privately controlled schools has reached a turning point. A sure sign of the change came from Democrats in the House Appropriations Committee who have proposed a deep cut in federal charter school grants that would lower funding to $400 million, $40… Read More

Tracking the wild San Diego schools!

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 As seen in The Atlantic: It’s sad, but it’s true: When it comes to issues of gender and race, there’s nothing so improbable or odd that our liberal tribe’s intellectual leaders won’t be willing to go there. In these ways, we rack up votes for the disordered Donald J. Trump. Consider… Read More

THE EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FILE: Digest of reports!

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 Starting tomorrow, Leadership down: Is it true, what we told you last year? Is it “all anthropology now?” By that, we meant the following. We meant there was no reason to think that we modern Americans were going to be able to find our way out of current mess. As a… Read More

The Times is almost at it again!

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 The concerns of the top two percent: This very morning, right on its front page, the New York Times could almost be said to be at it again. We refer to the latest front-page report by education reporter Eliza Shapiro. Inevitably, the report is built around the question of who gets… Read More

Jonathan Alter remembers the past!

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019 The code of silence prevails: Was the impeachment of President Clinton actually bad for Republicans? In the short run, probably yes. In the slightly longer run, we’d say it’s hard to say. On Monday evening’s All In, Jonathan Alter discussed this matter with Joy Reid, who was guest-hosting for Chris Hayes.… Read More

EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS: Why haven’t they all been frog-marched away?

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019 Extraordinary reporting: As you can probably tell, we could talk about Erica Green’s front-page report for weeks. We refer to Green’s recent report in the New York Times about the latest Little Low-Income School That Could—the new I Promise School in Akron, an experimental elementary school which is being substantially (and… Read More

BASIC SKILL LEVELS DOWN: Parker eschews selective quotation!

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 But her basic skill levels stay down: This past Tuesday, FBI director Christopher Wray testified at a Senate budget hearing. Along the way, he made a statement we found to be somewhat striking. Devlin Barrettt even quoted the statement in his news report in the Washington Post. Let’s start at he… Read More

Tucker Carlson’s absurd, ongoing caricature of “the left” 

When Fox News host Tucker Carlson isn’t promoting white supremacist conspiracy theories and attempting to mainstream white nationalism, he devotes a significant portion of his show to describing his version of “the left” and what “the left” believes. “The left” is many things to Carlson: It “despises the American flag,” continues to fight a “war… Read More

TPUSA Cans Nevada Campus Leader After Racist Video Surfaces

Turning Point USA has removed University of Nevada Las Vegas chapter leader Riley Grisar after a video went viral yesterday in which Grisar looked into a camera and said the words “white power” before a young woman beside him yelled racial slurs. It’s Going Down reported that Grisar made an “OK” hand gesture, a seemingly innocuous hand… Read More

On Fox, Black Guns Matter founder says “the left” is trying to make people in cities “comfortable slave[s]”

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Tell us what you’re doing, about this group, about this movement and how you’re going into these communities.  MAJ TOURE (FOUNDER, BLACK GUNS MATTER): So in essence, Black Guns Matter, we are a firearm safety and training organization that deals also with conflict resolution and deescalation. And urban centers across the country, a lot… Read More

We Stick With Our Stories Until We See Results

by Steve Mills You know how in “The Godfather, Part III,” the aging Michael Corleone describes Mafia life: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”? The journalism we do at ProPublica Illinois is like that, too. Stories never really end. We publish a story and it leads to impact: a… Read More

These are Jeanine Pirro’s leading advertisers

Leading advertisers Allstate Samsung P&G Sheex Cadillac Squarespace (Statement) GSK IHOP Capital One Kayak Kabbage Expedia Ruby Tuesday PODS This list was originally published 3/27/19. It was last updated 5/9/19. Full Story Here Media Matters- Blog May 9, 2019 5:42 pm Support Us

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Kill Shot

Mark Taylor has released an updated version of his “The Trump Prophecies” book, featuring “3 new chapters on things that have already come to pass.” Rick Wiles offers a simple solution to the situation in the Middle East: Everyone just needs to worship Jesus. BarbWire declares that Attorney General Barr “needs to start indicting members… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Only in the Panhandle

Jared Holt @ Columbia Journalism Review: Confrontation and giggles at Jacob Wohl press conference. Aaron Rupar @ Vox: Trump turns shooting migrants into a punchline at Florida rally. Matt Shuham @ Talking Points Memo: Stung By Leader’s Arrest And Bad Press, Armed Border Militia Adopts New Name. Sarah K. Burris @ Raw Story: ‘Madness’ descends… Read More

Richard Land’s ‘Spiritual Antennae’ Tells Him Trump’s Life is in Danger From ‘Moral Relativists’ Like Obama and Clinton

The Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Richard Land appeared on “The Ken & Mike Show” last month, where he declared that his “spiritual antennae” has been warning him to pray fervently for the safety of President Trump, whose life may be in danger from Alinskyite “moral relativists” like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. “Between now and 2020,”… Read More

Suskind, Schwartz, Lee comment on Trump!

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 War and mental health: On last evening’ Hardball, Chris Matthews asked Ron Suskind to comment on Donald J. Trump’s intentions regarding Iran. Matthews was especially concerned with the role of super-hawk John Bolton as an adviser to Trump. Suskind, now of the Harvard Law School, said war could be part of… Read More

‘Ex-Gay’ Activists Bringing ‘Freedom March’ Back to DC

During last year’s sparsely attended “Freedom March” in Washington, D.C., a few dozen “ex-gay” activists and their supporters sang songs, told their stories, and listened to anti-LGBTQ keynoter Elizabeth Johnston, aka “Activist Mommy,” talk about the need to “overcome Satan’s plan for us, individually and as a culture.” On May 25, organizers will return to… Read More

Castro, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, and Warren To Appear On Stage At MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” June 1 In San Francisco

2020 Democratic presidential candidates Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren will all appear on stage at MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” in San Francisco, California, on June 1. At the event, each candidate will present “One Big Idea” that will change people’s lives for the better.… Read More

ProPublica Wins Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting

by ProPublica The Education Writers Association announced this week that ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier won the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, the top prize in their National Awards for Education Reporting. Dreier was honored for two articles in the “Trapped in Gangland” series, which told the stories of students caught up… Read More

These are Fox News’ leading advertisers

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Fox News in its current incarnation is operationally a propaganda network for Donald Trump, using any amounts of racism, sexism, and bigotry necessary to push his message, whatever the cost. Media Matters has repeatedly documented the network’s increasing and dangerous promotion of extremism, its embrace of white nationalism, and more. Sean Hannity,… Read More

Listen to TurboTax Lie to Get Out of Refunding Overcharged Customers

by Justin Elliott and Meg Marco The makers of TurboTax have long been luring customers into paying for a service that they promised the government they’d give away for free. Now they’re lying to customers to avoid giving refunds. We’ve heard from 16 people who say they were denied refunds and told that the truly… Read More

Chris McDonald: Colorado School Shooting ‘Was a Masonic Ritual’

Right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald closed out his “The MC Files” program on Tuesday night by asserting that the shooting at a Colorado high school earlier that day “was a Masonic ritual.” “I picked up on something quickly,” McDonald said. “Twenty seven. Two suspects, seven injured, that’s 27. And that’s 3 x… Read More

BASIC SKILL LEVELS DOWN: A unified theory of Skill Levels Down!

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 Onward towards What Trump Said: There are many ways in which our journalists seem determined to show us that basic skill levels are down. Creative paraphrase and selective quotation are only two parts of the problem. We also think of selective use of the nation’s three million academic studies. We think… Read More

Trump Hailed This State’s Prison Reforms as a National Model — but the Numbers Reflect a Grim Reality

by Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Last November, as he rallied support for federal prison reform, President Donald Trump visited Gulfport, Mississippi, touting the legislation and what Mississippi had accomplished. Trump talked about the “fantastic job” that Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall was doing of turning the state’s prisons into places that train… Read More