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  • Fake News: Media Erroneously Tweet Steve Bannon ‘Guilty’ Before Closing Arguments

    07/21/2022 5:53:52 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2022 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Several journalists erroneously tweeted that Stephen K. Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress in federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday afternoon — before closing arguments in the trial. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted: “BANNON GUILTY.” His colleague Chris Hayes tweeted “Bannon found guilty,” citing a tweet by CBS News correspondent Scott MacFarlane, who was covering a different case. Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace warned others that they were getting the facts wrong: So, too, did Bannon biographer Joshua Green: O’Donnell apologized for spreading the misinformation about the verdict, as did Hayes, taking down their mistaken tweets: Others also apologized:...
  • Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

    10/19/2021 11:40:50 AM PDT · by edwinland · 50 replies
    New Republic ^ | 10/19/2021 | Alex Shephard
    For a political press hopelessly addicted to speculation about the next big election, there are precious few data points to obsess over during the first year of a president’s term. New York City elects a mayor during this off-off-year, but it’s an election that’s typically too chaotic and too particular to really tell us much of anything about national trends. New Jersey elects a governor, but the Garden State has become so reliably blue that it hardly registers as a point of interest: Its days of electing gruff Republicans seem to be long gone. And so it must be periwinkle-hued...
  • Freak Out as Conservatives Exit Public Schools, Abandon Reform

    10/19/2021 4:23:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 95 replies ^ | 10/18/21 | Alex Newman
    The totalitarian-minded education establishment and its extreme left-wing allies are starting to freak out as conservatives abandon futile efforts to “reform” government schools in favor of a mass-exodus strategy. Even powerful union bosses are starting to panic. The trend has been building quietly for years. But it has accelerated rapidly in recent months as a trickle of families fleeing the system became a tidal wave amid face-mask edicts, vaccine mandates, Critical Race Theory, Marxist indoctrination, extreme “sex education,” and other controversies. The first major shoe to drop in response came on September 30, when the fringe left-wing magazine New Republic...
  • Why This Anti-Science Fanaticism Is Dangerous for Democracy; The blue versus red vaccine divide is...terrifying from a democratic perspective (barf alert)

    06/28/2021 5:43:15 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 50 replies
    New Republic ^ | June 28, 2021 | Michael Tomasky
    ...You’re probably thinking at this juncture that the point of this column is to make fun of red states. No. The point of this column is to denounce them. Their willful anti-science ignorance is going to prolong this pandemic by months (at least) and lead to thousands of needless deaths...Almost worse, though, is how this anti-science fanaticism is perverting the meaning of the concept of freedom. This is dangerous for democracy in ways most people aren’t even thinking about right now.... Incredibly, the right has now established the “principle” that people can engage in potentially harmful action without any expectation...
  • This Is How Trump Will Try to Take Down Kamala Harris

    08/09/2020 8:40:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 64 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 5, 2020 | Osita Nwanevu
    Are the Democrats ready for grotesque attacks about the senator’s ex-boyfriend Willie Brown?
  • Sanders Supporters Shocked to Find Bias at CNN

    01/16/2020 7:18:53 AM PST · by Conserv · 28 replies
    When the CNN moderators gave Sanders the Trump treatment, the outraged ululations of the Left could be heard from sea to shining sea. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi tweeted, “This is an unusually vile performance by CNN.” The Nation’s Elie Mystal raged, “Jesus Christ I hate these biased questions from the moderators. ‘How would you keep your plan from bankrupting the country?’ JUST ASK THE KOCH BROTHERS TO MODERATE NEXT TIME!” HuffPost’s Zach Carter griped about CNN’s post-debate panel discussion, “CNN’s crew is just straight bashing Sanders post-debate.” The New Republic’s Libby Watson whined, “CNN is truly a terrible influence on...
  • (What’s Left of) Our Economy: The Case that the Phase One Trade Deal With China Passes the Enforceability Test

    01/16/2020 7:06:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reality Check Blog ^ | 01/16/2020 | Alan Tonelson
    Not only has the “Phase One” trade deal now been signed by the United States and China, but official texts have now been released. And my initial read indicates that the Trump administration just might have come up with an effective enforcement regime – though success here will depend on U.S. governments (including this one) displaying nerves of steel. At the same time, the enforcement terms raise the question of why the President felt the need to reach this point via a treaty, rather than simply punish China unilaterally for economic transgressions – as his tariffs on hundreds of...
  • New Republic Writer Hilariously Triggered by Melania Trump's Christmas Decorations Video

    12/22/2019 1:56:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 22, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    Once upon a time, the New Republic was a respected journal of political thought. Its decline accelerated under the ownership of Facebook-enriched Chris Hughes, and nothing has changed now that liberal banking heir Winthrop McCormack, bought the failing periodical three years ago.  Take, for example a December 19 screed by David Roth, who "was an editor at Deadspin," the left-wing sports blog. Roth's verbose critique of Melania Trump's Christmas-decorations video was titled  "A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic." Roth implies the Trumps have caused a rip in the fabric of the universe, as revealed in the subtitle: "The bloodless...
  • Texas Republicans bracing for a Blue Wave in 2020. Yes, Texas

    08/12/2019 9:57:46 PM PDT · by deek69 · 106 replies
    When Beto O’Rourke proclaimed, during the second round of Democratic presidential debates, that “there’s a new battleground state, Texas, and it has 38 Electoral College votes,” eyes rolled in unison across America. We’ve all heard that nonsense before! Pundits and progressives have been predicting that minority-white Texas would go blue for so long, it’s practically become a running joke. And while O’Rourke came tantalizingly close to knocking off Ted Cruz last fall, that race seemed to have all the hallmarks of a fluke—a Republican senator who even Republicans can’t stomach, running in a strong Democratic midterm cycle against a fresh-faced...
  • The Fetid, Right-Wing Origins of “Learn to Code”

    02/03/2019 6:18:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 107 replies
    New Republic ^ | 2-1-19 | TALIA LAVIN
    Dozens of jobs were slashed at HuffPost that day, following a round of layoffs at Gannett Media; further jobs were about to be disappeared at BuzzFeed. It was a grim day for the media, and I just wanted to channel my tiny part of the prevailing gloom. Then the responses started rolling in—some sympathy from fellow journalists and readers, then an irritating gush of near-identical responses: “Learn to code.” “Maybe learn to code?” “BETTER LEARN TO CODE THEN.” “Learn to code you useless bitch.” Alongside these tweets were others: “Stop writing fake news and crap.” “MAGA.” “Your opinions suck and...
  • A Famous Science Fiction Writer's Descent Into Libertarian Madness (Robert Heinlein)

    11/18/2018 6:15:19 PM PST · by narses · 93 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 8, 2014 | By JEET HEER
    By JEET HEER June 8, 2014 The science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein once described himself as “a preacher with no church.” More accurately, he was a preacher with too many churches. Rare among the many intellectual gurus whose fame mushroomed in the 1960s, Heinlein was a beacon for hippies and hawks, libertarians and authoritarians, and many other contending faiths—but rarely at the same time. While America became increasingly liberal, he became increasingly right wing, and it hobbled his once-formidable imagination. His career, as a new biography inadvertently proves, is a case study in the literary perils of political extremism. MOST...
  • The Modern Automobile Must Die

    08/21/2018 12:48:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 83 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 20, 2018 | By EMILY ATKIN
    If we want to solve climate change, there's no other option. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible. But with a little over a year left to go, despite dedicating $580 billion toward a low-carbon energy system, the country “is likely to fall short of its goals,”...
  • New Republic to MSM: Trump Probably Won't Be Leaving Office Early

    04/17/2018 10:32:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 17, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    If the "Trump is doomed" narrative sounds familiar, it is because we have been hearing some version of this on an almost daily basis from the mainstream media since even before President Donald Trump entered the White House.  It is one thing to hear criticism of this type of anticipatory journalism from conservatives but in this case it is the New Republic's Jeet Heer, hardly a Trump supporter, who wrote the critique about the MSM  living in a fantasy world in which Trump is constantly on the verge of leaving office. We Are (Probably) Not in the “End Stages” of...
  • Libertarian Think Tank Let Boss Sexually Harass Workers

    02/09/2018 11:15:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | February 8, 2018 | Eric Levitz
    Libertarians hate coercion. To the extent that the anarcho-capitalist right justifies its worldview in moral terms, it is through an appeal to the obscenity of brute force. The problem with the welfare state, according to many libertarians, is not that it redistributes resources from rich to poor but that it accomplishes this by threatening wealthy tax dodgers with imprisonment. Individual liberty is sacrosanct, and just social policies are those that do not violate a person’s will through a threat of state aggression. The logical flaws of this “nonaggression principle” are myriad. But most spring from the libertarian’s insistence on applying...
  • Hamilton Fish of the New Republic Goes on Leave After Women's Complaints (scandal spreading)

    10/30/2017 9:35:09 AM PDT · by LS · 59 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 10/30 | Sydney Ember
    Hamilton Fish, the president and publisher of The New Republic, is taking a leave of absence pending an investigation into complaints by female employees at the magazine, according to a letter sent to its staff on Sunday night.
  • The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment

    12/05/2017 9:01:09 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    New Republic ^ | December 5,2017 | Jeet Heer
    Democrats win the House of Representatives in 2018 and have the necessary votes for impeachment. But even in that best-case scenario, in which Democrats win every toss-up race for the Senate, they would still be well short of the votes they need in the Senate. Which means that kicking Trump out of the White House by necessity has to be a bipartisan effort with significant Republican buy-in. The most promising route for stopping Trump, then, is through the ballot box. Democrats need a convincing platform and effective organization to win elections at every level. If the party can win back...
  • Leon Wieseltier Admits ‘Offenses’ Against Female Colleagues as New Magazine Is Killed

    10/25/2017 9:58:41 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/24/2017 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    Leon Wieseltier, a prominent editor at The New Republic for three decades who was preparing to unveil a new magazine next week, apologized on Tuesday for “offenses against some of my colleagues in the past” after several women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate advances. As those allegations came to light, Laurene Powell Jobs, a leading philanthropist whose for-profit organization, Emerson Collective, was backing Mr. Wieseltier’s endeavor, decided to pull the plug on it. “Upon receiving information related to past inappropriate workplace conduct, Emerson Collective ended its business relationship with Leon Wieseltier, including a journal planned for publication under...
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Worse Than Sean Spicer

    09/17/2017 3:26:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 15, 2017 | Clio Chang
    <p>Yes, the press secretary is better at her job. But that is bad news for the rest of us.</p> <p>The face of the White House press operation has already undergone several iterations, with each embodying the administration in their own special way. First was Sean Spicer, who exemplified the administration’s comfort with telling bald lies and being openly hostile toward the news media. Then came Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, who was Donald Trump’s vulgarity incarnate. Now we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose style as press secretary is less shrill than Spicer, and less pelvic-thrusting bravado a la The Mooch. But that’s what makes her the most insidious of them all.</p>
  • Obama, Crowley, and White Guy Politics

    07/27/2009 5:54:01 PM PDT · by skimbell · 5 replies · 516+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 26.07.2009 | Michael Crowley
    With his phone calls to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley last week, Barack Obama seems to have defused the furor over his comment that Crowley had acted "stupidly" in handcuffing Gates on his own front porch. (I agree with Obama' final verdict, which is that Crowley did overreact, even if it appears that Gates got hysterical.) It may be that Obama was admirably taking advantage of what he calls "a teachable moment," and showing America that racial disputes can lead to dialogue and not just name-calling. But Obama was also mindful of what has...
  • Bernie Sanders is starting to get the "everybody hates Ted Cruz" treatment

    05/18/2016 1:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 18, 2016 | Ryu Spaeth
    Bernie Sanders is starting to get the “everybody hates Ted Cruz” treatment. The ongoing battle between Sanders and the Democratic National Committee has revealed not only the extent of Sanders’s contempt for Democratic officials, but that the feeling is mutual. His refusal to take a harder line against supporters who have issued violent, sexist threats against Nevada Democratic Chair Roberta Lange, along with his suggestion that they were justified in their anger, has brought condemnation from prominent Democrats and emboldened them to make harsher criticisms of Sanders and his brand of populist, anti-establishment politics. Barney Frank has gone so far...