“America’s wrongest reporter” … There aren’t many things Gawker got right, but on ABC News’ Brian Ross, they were spot-on. The former website called Ross “America’s wrongest reporter” back in 2012 —correct then and correct now. You’ll remember that in December 2017, Ross was suspended for a false report about President Donald Trump and Mike Flynn. Tonight on 20/20, Ross will be back on the air.
In a press release, ABC said, “Brian Ross investigates the crimes and the failure of ankle bracelet monitoring to prevent them.” What could possibly go wrong?
So, what are you wearing? … On Wednesday, the Boston Globe announced that it has opened an investigation into allegations by a former employee that its editor-in-chief, Brian McGrory, harassed her. Hillary Sargent, a former editor of the paper’s Boston.com website, tweeted a screenshot of what she claimed was a text message from McGrory asking, “What do you generally wear when you write?” Who does that?
The paper has filed a legal motion saying that Sargent has not cooperated with its investigation and is in violation of the terms of her separation agreement. The paper alleges that it can’t find evidence that the text in question was sent while she was an employee. Does that really make it better?
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Known liar … James Clapper is one of the left-wing media’s favorite guests, especially when he goes after President Donald Trump. That same media continues to allow Clapper to act like he has moral authority when it is known that he has lied to Congress. NewsBusters has a great look at how TV types have been treating him with kid gloves.
How bad is it? Rachel Maddow is trying to convince us that Clapper is just a “nonpartisan professional.” Rachel, I was born, but it wasn’t yesterday.
Elon on fire … Tech gazillionaire Elon Musk has been on a tear lately against journalists who he feels have misrepresented him and his companies. He’s floated a website that would allow users to rank the trustworthiness of reporters. That’s triggered a bunch of media types.
Over on Twitter, Comfortably Smug has curated a look at some of Musk’s greatest hits over the past few days. Pop some popcorn and take a look.
Ridiculous … Jack Johnson, a black boxing champion, was arrested and successfully prosecuted in 1912 for taking his white date across state lines. That woman later became his wife. A campaign was started during the presidency of George W. Bush to get Johnson a pardon for this racist miscarriage of justice. Neither Bush nor Barack Obama pardoned Johnson. Donald Trump did. Enter the Left and its Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The Root, a publication targeted at African Americans, published a piece titled, “Jack Johnson posthumously tells Donald Trump to kiss his ass.” In the piece the writer argues that Trump didn’t pardon Johnson out of a sense of justice; no, you see, it was a signal to Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn not to snitch and they too would get pardons. You can’t make this stuff up.
As an American who believes in both freedom and contract law, this new regime infuriates me. There are contracts, i.e. privacy policies, that companies put in place between consumers and website operators. If you don’t like how a company will use your data, don’t use its service. Foreign potentates should have no say in how American companies conduct themselves inside the United States of America.
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.