Conan didn’t stand a chance … Conan O’Brien traveled to Haiti to film a special for TBS that will air this upcoming weekend. While it is impossible to know what is in the full show yet, a look at O’Brien’s Twitter feed shows that O’Brien is giving a glimpse at a small slice of Haitian life. I’m old enough to remember when that was called propaganda.
One of the most retweeted of Conan’s postings was this one of Conan drinking a tropical drink in the ocean near a beach with mountains in the background. CRTV’s Steve Deace lit up Conan both on his show and in a column for Conservative Review. Deace has been to Haiti on a mission trip and shares his experience with the poor and downtrodden, versus the rosy picture Conan tries to paint. Deace absolutely destroys the “elitist” propaganda.
Speaking of sick propaganda … Fasih Ahmed, the editor of Newsweek Pakistan, tweeted something appalling in the aftermath of a U.S. military report on the problem of Afghanistan military members sexually abusing minors. In a since deleted tweet – archived here – Ahmed said, “The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that.” Wait, what? He was pilloried in the comments and later apologized. But what makes someone, let alone a journalist, say that the sexual abuse of children “leads to great art?” File under despicable.
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Really, People? … Earlier this week, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump celebrated their wedding anniversary. That’s where the concern trolls at People magazine come in. People’s Tierney McAfee wrote asking where the “cutesy tweets” were from the Trumps regarding the anniversary. Maybe the Trumps celebrated their anniversary privately? This “concern” by People is obviously trying to continue a narrative of strife in the Trumps’ marriage.
Kurtz on fire … Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz has a new book out. In it he goes after media bias against Trump — hard. Kurtz describes himself as “radicalized” by the way his media colleagues have chosen to cover Trump without any pretense of objectivity. The Hollywood Reporter has an excerpt of Kurtz’s book that is well worth the read. Will the media take this criticism to heart? If the past is any guide, that is doubtful.
Trouble in Young Turks paradise … Young Turks CEO Cenk Uygur, who has been under fire for serial misogyny, has a new problem on his hands. This time it is a black reporter who has filed a complaint against Uygur’s company for racial discrimination. Uygur said, “The quotes attributed to me in the workplace are completely false.” I’m just wondering how long it will be before he changes his mind and says the actions alleged in the complaint were caused by his conservative past. I mean, it’s not like he’s tried that before … oh wait, he has.
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