Today is the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the nation’s capital. As I do every year, I ask that you remember Brian Kinney. I went to grammar school and college with Brian. He was a great man. Please keep his family in your prayers today, as they relive, once again, their personal tragedy, as the nation remembers the broader implications.
Safety check … Hurricane Irma hit Florida over the weekend. Government officials and residents are just beginning to assess the damage. For certain parts of the state, all may be lost. If you have friends and loved ones in the state, Facebook has activated their “Facebook Safety Check” feature. I’ve been happy to see that many of my friends in Florida have used the feature and are safe. There are many times we, as conservatives, get upset with Facebook. This is one of those times that the site is used for good.
Great job … I was out of pocket for most of the weekend dealing with a family matter, but from what I was able to catch, the coverage out of Florida was superb. Real factual information, and Chris Cuomo even tried to be funny to put viewers at ease. Reporting real news, without opinion, is what the media does best — when they do it.
Obligatory climate change worship … While most of the coverage of Irma was factual and meant to help those in the affected area, that didn’t stop some of the folks on MSNBC from complaining that there wasn’t enough focus on “climate change” during the coverage of the hurricane. Because that’s exactly what people who were wondering if their home was going to get hit with a 15-foot storm surge needed to hear discussed.
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LA Times on Ben Shapiro at Berkeley … Ben Shapiro is as mainstream a conservative voice as there is. He has been unafraid to criticize President Trump when he feels he is wrong and is intellectually consistent. Despite that, the L.A. Times has published a story saying that Berkeley is “girding itself for a visit from another polarizing figure.” Speech is, of course, “violence” to some of these folks. The Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold had the best reaction to this article: “This headline is poorly worded. It's not the arrival of *Ben Shapiro* that necessitates riot police.” Indeed.
Miss America gets political … Lost among the storm coverage and start of the NFL season was the annual Miss America contest that took place over the weekend. Despite a month-long drought of any coverage of the supposed “Russia collusion scandal” in the press, the contestants were asked if Trump was guilty. NewsBusters has the story. It should be noted that Trump owned, in conjunction with NBC, the rival Miss U.S.A. competition as part of the Miss Universe brand. Trump sold it in 2015 after nearly 20 years of ownership.
Chappaquiddick movie … The film “Chappaquiddick” recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival. For the first time, film tells the story of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned after Sen. Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge with her in it. According to a Variety review: "The movie is avidly told and often suspenseful, but it’s really a fascinating study of how corruption in America works.” The reviewer apparently thinks the film paints Kennedy in a very bad light. Which he justly deserves.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.