President Obama’s Press Conference on Ferguson and Iraq:
Obama: US military will continue to carry out “limited” operations. #Iraq— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) August 18, 2014
Obama: new Iraqi prime minister needs to develop a new, inclusive government. #Iraq— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) August 18, 2014
It’s disturbing how easily Obama’s answers on Iraq could be applied to the situation in #Ferguson.— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) August 18, 2014
Stl Press Club Condemns Treatment of Media #Ferguson journalists should be able 2 cover these important events w/o undue restrictions.— leisa zigman ksdk (@leisazigman) August 18, 2014
Obama says looting in Ferguson “undermines rather than advancing justice.”— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 18, 2014
Obama “ours is a nation of laws, for the citizens that live under them, and for the citizens that enforce them” #Ferguson— Bree Smith (@BreeSmithWx) August 18, 2014
RT @cnnbrk: Obama: Justice has opened independent probe into death of Michael Brown.— KMOV (@KMOV) August 18, 2014
Obama: “We’ve made extraordinary progress but we have not made enough progress.” #Ferguson— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) August 18, 2014
POTUS w/ very real, candid talk on the state of African-American men in America. Reminiscent of his Trayvon Martin remarks #Ferguson— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) August 18, 2014
President Obama says that the looters and vandals are a small minority and are probably not from the village. #ferguson— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem) August 18, 2014
Obama: We have to be able to differentiate peaceful protesters and people who are looting and tossing Molotov cocktails.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 18, 2014
Of note: Obama says it’s “probably useful” to review the Pentagon program sending military weapons to local police. #Ferguson— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) August 18, 2014
CNN "Crossfire" co-host S.E. Cupp is in talks to join ABC's "The View," sources familiar with the negotiations told POLITICO's Mike Allen on Friday. Cupp has been approached by "The View" and is under consideration to co-host the daytime talk show alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell, whose return…
CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp is in talks to join ABC’s “The View,” sources familiar with the negotiations told POLITICO’s Mike Allen on Friday.
Cupp has been approached by “The View” and is under consideration to co-host the daytime talk show alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell, whose return to the show was announced Thursday.
The talks come just weeks after former co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were abruptly fired from the program. Barbara Walters, a founding co-host, left in May upon announcing her retirement.
Cupp is not the only conservative television personality under consideration. Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, will guest co-host next week and is seen as a possible addition to the panel, according to The Wrap.
Cupp joined CNN from MSNBC in 2013. She is also a columnist at New York Daily News and a contributor to TheBlaze.
A spokesperson for “The View” did not respond to a request for comment.
WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg's Heated Debate With Guest Co-Host Will Cain Of Glenn Beck's The Blaze About Offensive Words [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege]
Russell Brand’s scorching critique of Fox News sparked a heated debate between Whoopi Goldberg and guest co-host Will Cain about using offensive words on Thursday. The tense exchange started when Goldberg brought up Brand’s response to Fox News h…
NOTE: The trigger warnings were for Will Cain’s controversial comments about offensive words. He’s the racist in this conversation, Whoopi was right on with her commentary. Will works for The Blaze, owned by Glenn Beck, and one of his coworkers is controversial figure Dana Loesch, so what’d you expect?
Russell Brand’s scorching critique of Fox News sparked a heated debate between Whoopi Goldberg and guest co-host Will Cain about using offensive words on Thursday.
The tense exchange started when Goldberg brought up Brand’s response to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro’s recent rant about President Obama. Pirro said that Obama didn’t have “the balls” to try terror suspects in Guantanamo, and also advised the United States to “bomb” and “keep bombing” Iraq. Brand later excoriated Pirro and Fox News over her comments.
Speaking on Thursday’s “View,” Cain said that Brand’s reaction was the latest example of people being overly offended by words.
"We elevate words to the most harmful thing in society," he said. "How dare you say something that could offend somebody? How dare you something that could hurt my feelings? Why have we gone to this place where words are the worst thing?”
"Because we have a history of utilizing words to harm people and hurt people and the people who have been on the other side of it, I think are at the point where they’re saying, this is not okay anymore,” Goldberg countered. “And you got to roll with it because at some point, we all have to grow up."
She cited different groups who she said have the right to ask people to stop using words that offend them.
“We’ll all be out of business, we’ll all stop talking,” Cain said. “Everybody’s offended all the time, from the Fighting Irish to the Redskins. Everyone’s offended.”
“That is spoken like a true white guy,” Goldberg quipped.
“And I don’t mean it in a bad way,” she continued. “But have you had the experience where … your [ancestors] said, you know, when I first came here this is what they did to me and this is how they treated me and this what they said to me and this is what called me?”
“No, I’ve not had that experience,” Cain said.
“That’s the difference,” Goldberg said.
Watch the segment at the link above.
BREAKING: SCOTUS rules 6-3 against Aereo. #SCOTUS #AEREO
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)June 25, 2014
— ISCOTUS (@ISCOTUS)June 25, 2014
SCOTUS goes out of its way in Aereo to say that its ruling does not endanger other technologies.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog)June 25, 2014
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn)June 25, 2014
Breaking: in Aereo -2d Circuit is reversed: Aereo is illegal because it engages in public performances.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog)June 25, 2014
#SCOTUS justices on ABC v. Aereo: Aereo: Scalia, Thomas, Alito ABC: Roberts (CJ), Kennedy, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, and Ginsburg.— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem) June 25, 2014
Diane Sawyer to Lead New ABC News Programming Tackling Big Issues and Extraordinary Interviews
George Stephanopoulos Promoted to Chief Anchor of ABC News Handling Special Reports and Breaking News
David Muir Will Become Anchor and Managing Editor of World News Starting September 2
ABC News today announced new roles for anchors Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and David Muir. Sawyer will lead new programming tackling big issues and extraordinary interviews. Stephanopoulos, Anchor of Good Morning America and This Week, has been promoted to Chief Anchor of ABC News, handling special reports and breaking news. Muir, Anchor of 20/20, will become Anchor and Managing Editor of World News starting September 2.
“We have an extraordinary team of anchors who are gifted storytellers and uniquely skilled broadcasters,” said James Goldston, president, ABC News. “For years to come, they will inspire us all to do our best work and set a high bar for excellence to inform, empower and inspire our viewers.”
After leading World News, the network’s flagship broadcast, for nearly five years and to a number one finish in the May sweep, Sawyer has decided to step aside from anchoring a daily program to concentrate full time on new programming. She will lead a team to create and commission original reporting and major interviews for all ABC News programs and platforms. Sawyer will anchor and produce television specials and continue to interview the most extraordinary people in the world.
“For many years to come Diane will be a driving force at ABC News with her exceptional storytelling genius,” he added. “She is one of the giants of modern journalism. Her curiosity, passion and energy are unmatched, and I can’t wait to see where she’ll lead us next.”
“After wonderful years at “World News” I decided it is time to move to a new full time role at ABC News. I’ll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world,” Sawyer said. “I can’t wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David – congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great times ahead.”
World News won the May Sweep in Adults 25-54, the evening broadcast’s first sweeps victory in more than six years. Season to date, World News is up versus the same point last year in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, delivering its most-watched season in five years and best news demo number in three years. World News is the only evening newscast to improve on its news demo performance from the previous season compared to NBC and CBS.
Stephanopoulos will add the duties of Chief Anchor of ABC News to his responsibilities. For the last four years he has helped lead Good Morning America to number one, and after returning to the program two years ago, has driven This Week to its best competitive position in a generation. In his new role Stephanopoulos will also lead the network’s coverage of special events and breaking news.
The best political journalist on television, Stephanopoulos will also lead ABC News’ election coverage starting with the mid-terms this fall, the 2016 presidential race and beyond.
“George skillfully navigates uncertain and unfolding situations. He is adept at balancing both complex global and public policy questions and deeply personal and emotional stories,” said Goldston. ”He brings to all our programs and live coverage his tremendous intellect, competitive drive and unwavering work ethic. The news division simply could not be in stronger hands with George in this new and vital role.”
“Getting the chance to do work you love — work that touches people’s lives every day — is one of life’s greatest privileges,” said Stephanopoulos. “Even luckier is when you get to do that work with the best in the business – Diane, David and our entire ABC News team. It’s an honor to be part of that team. I can’t wait to build on our success — and bring our viewers our best — for years to come.”
GMA stands as the No. 1 morning news program for the 2nd-straight year in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This Week is delivering its strongest performance in five years and won the May sweep in Adults 25-54, the first sweeps victory in the key news demo in nearly 21 years.
Starting September 2, Muir will become Anchor and Managing Editor of World News.
For a decade Muir has been front and center on nearly every major news story for World News, first reporting for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Muir’s dispatches from around the world have been a staple for World News viewers. He was the first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the worst famine in a generation, coming under fire while reporting from the war-torn city. In 2013, Muir took viewers into Iran, getting rare access to the streets of Tehran. We will continue to see David report from all over the world, contributing to all programs and platforms of ABC News.
His Emmy-nominated “Made in America” series has become a hallmark of World News. He has filed more than 100 reports on U.S. companies creating jobs in America.
“David has made his reputation reporting from the ground on every big story of recent times, and we know that when big stories happen, wherever they happen, David will be there for us and for our audience,” said Goldston. “I am thrilled he is taking the helm at World News.”
“On this incredibly humbling day, I think of the 12-year-old boy with a dream of being a reporter and seeing the world. I never could have imagined seeing that world with Diane Sawyer,” said Muir. “On this day I thank her for not only setting the bar for the rest of us, but for being a trusted friend. I cannot wait to begin this new adventure with Diane and with George, whose political brain power and endless curiosity inspire me, and drive us all to be better every day.”
In 2013, Muir was named co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20, which closed out the 2013-2014 season with its highest ratings in five years. He will continue to co-anchor the program with Elizabeth Vargas.
Muir will no longer anchor World News Saturday and Sunday, a job he has held since 2011.
Palin tweeted an excerpt from Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” on Monday, in which Clinton recounted how then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 campaign asked her to issue a statement criticizing Palin after she was chosen as Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate.
Look who fired the 1st shot in the real “war on women”. Hint: it wasn’t the GOP. See this excerpt from Hillary’s book pic.twitter.com/kKBShf9vHj— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 9, 2014
"Look who fired the 1st shot in the real ‘war on women,’" Palin wrote. "Hint: it wasn’t the GOP."
"That’s not exactly what I said," Clinton told ABC News’ Robin Roberts. “What I said was that in beginning the process of working with Sen. Obama after I ended my campaign, we had as I describe in the book, an awkward but necessary meeting to clear the air on a couple of issues and one of them was the sexism that unfortunately was present in that ’08 campaign.”
Clinton told Roberts that the Obama campaign did ask her to “go out and criticize Palin.” In the excerpt, Clinton wrote “I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn’t think it made political sense, and it didn’t feel right. So I said no.”
"I think it’s fair to say that I made it clear I’m not going to go attack somebody for being a woman or a man," Clinton told Roberts. "I’m going to try and look at the issues, where they stand, what their experience is, what they intend to do and then that’s fair game."
She added that the atmosphere for a potential female candidate on a presidential ticket is different now than it was during the 2008 campaign.
"I think it’s different for women across the board, because it’s not just in the political sphere that we continue to have these obstacles to women’s full participation … But I think that over the last six, seven years there has been a much greater awareness in the American public about the double standard," Clinton said.
Tea Party Conservative hero Ben Carson went on The View earlier this week and was given a platform to espouse his views with little push back. The Conservative media went gaga over his performance saying he’s the best conservatives values spokesman around. Or who wonderful a job he did explaining to liberals how stinky their stinky welfare system is.
Here’s what he said that made them shine with glee:
When you rob someone of their incentive to go out there and improve themselves, you are not doing them any favors. When you take somebody and pat them on the head and say, ‘There, there, you poor little thing. … Let me give you housing subsidies, let me give you free health care because you can’t do that.’ What would be much more empowering is to use our intellect and our resources to give those people a way up and out.”
In Carson’s worldview, the poors should never get their grubby little fingers on any type of government assistance because it makes then moochers of the worst kind. But when we look at the facts of his own life, a common theme emerges regarding the welfare state.
Hagel noted that it could be difficult to accommodate transgender soldiers’ medical needs.
"The issue of transgender is a bit more complicated, because it has a medical component to it. These issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women in — in many cases, don’t always provide that kind of opportunity," he said.
I agree with Chuck Hagel that the military’s ban on transgender individuals needs to be put up under review and hopefully ended.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told George Stephanopoulos Sunday that she left the Republican Party in the mid-90s because it was tilting the playing field in favor of Wall Street.
Warren has quickly become a populist hero to liberals. Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s The Week, noted something in her background that “might surprise” her supporters: the fact that she has voted Republican in the past, and was a registered Republican in Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1996. Warren said she left the party after that because she felt it was siding more and more with Wall Street:
I was an independent. I was with the GOP for a while because I really thought that it was a party that was principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets. And I feel like the GOP party just left that. They moved to a party that said, “No, it’s not about a level playing field. It’s now about a field that’s gotten tilted.”And they really stood up for the big financial institutions when the big financial institutions are just hammering middle class American families. I just feel like that’s a party that moved way, way away.
Warren’s instincts on the GOP’s sympathy for the big financial institutions proved prescient. Former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) spent the 1990s spearheading legislation that made the 2008 financial crisis possible: the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which broke down the firewall between commercial banks and the far riskier investment banks, as well as the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which deregulated the over-the-counter derivatives that played a key role in the 2008 financial collapse. Both bills passed with majority Republican support, though they were also supported by a good deal of Democrats and the Clinton White House.
“Starting in the 80s, the cops were taken off the beat in financial services,” Warren explained. “These guys [the big financial institutions] were allowed to just paint a bullseye on the backs of american families. They loaded up on risk, the crashed the economy, they got bailed out. And what bothers me now is they still strut around Washington, they block regulations that they don’t want, they roll over agencies whenever they can, and they break the law. And they still don’t end up being held accountable for it and going to jail.”
Warren also dinged the Obama White House, saying, “I make no secret of my differences with the administration in how they’ve treated the large financial institutions.” But she noted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — which was largely Warren’s brainchild — would not exist without Obama’s support. The agency has already begun cracking down on payday lenders and debt collectors, while cataloging and reporting on mortgage service abuses.
Warren credited the agency with already forcing the largest financial institutions to return more than $3 billion they’ve cheated from customer, and she herself has gone after Republicans for filibustering the CFPB’s nominated director unless the agency is restructured to weaken its political independence.
Since 2008, the Democrats and the Obama Administration have made some efforts — albeit limited — to repair some of the damage, particularly by passing the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and the CFPB. But prominent Republican senators like David Vitter (LA) former Sen. Jim DeMint have tried to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial regulation laws, or repeal them wholesale. And as Mike Konczal has detailed, both establishment and Tea Party republicans have spent the time since the crisis opposing nearly every new regulation to rein in Wall Street’s risk-taking and every attempt to reinstate the rules lost during the 1990s.
“What’s happening is we’ve got a Washington for those he can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. Their voices get heard in Washington and rules get tilted in their favor,” Warren said.
“Working families, not so much.”
Rev. Franklin Graham on Sunday said that he stood by earlier comments agreeing with so-called gay “propaganda” bans in Russia because President Vladimir Putin was doing “what’s right” for the country. During a March interview with the Charlotte…
ABC host George Stephanopoulos announced on This Week that talk radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham is the network’s “newest contributor.” On her syndicated radio program The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants.
Here are 10 hateful moments from Ingraham in the past year:
1. Ingraham Used A Gunshot Sound Effect To Cut Off A Replay Of Rep. John Lewis’ March On Washington Speech. During her coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 2013, Ingraham criticized the event and its speakers, saying the goal “was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda.” She then played a clip of a speech from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, abruptly interrupting the playback of his comments with the sound of a loud gunshot. Following criticism of this sound effect, Ingraham defended her use of the gunshot sound, instead calling it a “blow up effect” and claiming that criticism of her using the sound effect on Lewis was an attempt “to crush free speech.”
2. “Hillary Clinton Should Be Absolutely Crucified For Her Lack Of Performance As Secretary Of State.” On her August 2, 2013, radio show, Ingraham lobbed attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while discussing foreign policy, claiming that the rest of the world is “emboldened by Barack Obama’s weakness” and that Clinton “should be absolutely crucified for her lack of performance” as secretary of state.
3. Ingraham Repeatedly Mocked An Immigration Protestor For Speaking English With An Accent. In November 2013, Ingraham repeatedly mocked a woman who was protesting the Obama administration’s record number of deportations, saying, “Wait, what did she say at the end? I can’t — I need a translator. I speak Spanish too. I’d rather have her just speak Spanish, at least I’d understand that.” She then went on to affect the woman’s accent, stating, “No want more amnesty. No want more lies. No want more phony promises. No want more people coming into the country, filling up our schools and our emergency rooms, having anchor babies and then blaming us for it. No want more that.”
4. Ingraham Claimed Immigration From Mexico Would Turn U.S. Into A “Hellhole.” Ingraham used a May 2013 hearing on immigration reform to claim that immigration from Mexico would create a “hellhole” and a “mini-Mexico,” saying, “I think a lot of you look around at this culture of ours, and some of it is our own fault, but we see America disappearing. I’m not even talking about demographics, I’m talking about our culture.”
5. Ingraham Equated Negotiating With President Obama To Negotiating With Castro On Human Rights. While discussing immigration reform in August 2013, Ingraham claimed that Democrats wanted to a “forge a permanent majority in the U.S. government, which is what they wanted all along.” She continued, “Small government conservatives willing to sit down and forge a comprehensive deal with Barack Obama on immigration. I mean, if you’re willing to do that, you might as well be willing to sit down with Castro and talk about human rights, because he’s had such a great record on that.”
6. Ingraham: People Who Use Food Stamps Are The Next Hurricane Katrina “Roof Squatters.” While discussing the House of Representatives’ passage of the farm bill in July 2013, Ingraham lamented the number of people who use food stamps, saying, “44 million people sucking on the — of the government. You know, the udder of the government.” She went on to say of food stamp recipients, “The next thing you know, they’re going to be standing on the roof, waiting for the helicopters to rescue them, right, the roof squatters during Hurricane Katrina.”
7. Ingraham Threatened To Personally Primary Challenge Republicans Who Support Immigration Reform. In May and June of 2013, Ingraham launched a series of attacks against Republican politicians whom she perceived as supportive of immigration reform, going so far as to claim that she would “primary challenge [Arizona] Senator Jeff Flake [her]self.” She also stated that she would look into running against Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his immigration policies, saying, “people think I’m joking, I’m actually not joking,” and later asserted that she would campaign against any House Republican who supported comprehensive immigration reform.
8. Ingraham Smeared The American Children Of Undocumented Immigrants As “Anchor Fetuses.” Ingraham’s attacks against pro-immigration reform Republican politicians were accompanied by numerous smears against immigrants and Latinos, including referring to the American children of undocumented immigrants as “anchor fetuses” during a discussion about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “embrace of the path to citizenship” in May 2013.
9. Ingraham Compared Obama’s Immigration Policies To “Spousal Abuse.” Ingraham invoked a “spousal abuse” analogy in February to describe President Obama’s immigration policies, claiming, “The administration led by Barack Obama are abusers of our Constitution.”
10. “We Can Then Wall Off Detroit” If Immigrants Move There. In January, Ingraham derided Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to attract skilled immigrants to work and live in bankrupt Detroit, saying, “we can then wall off Detroit” to keep those immigrants from moving to other parts of the country.
h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA
Keith Ellison: Birth control haters back ‘corporate personhood’ over ‘individual liberty’ | The Raw Story
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Sunday warned Republicans that allowing the “corporate personhood” of Hobby Lobby to trump the the right of people who want to use birth control would set a dangerous precedent for individual liberties in the United…
Arrogant homophobe Juan Pablo Galavis was finally taken to task for his homophobic comments on last night’s “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” special. The 32-year-old serial dater told TV Page in January that a gay version of ABC’s The Bachelor wouldn’t be appropriate for television, because gay people are “too pervert.” He later apologized issued…
Arrogant homophobe Juan Pablo Galavis was finally taken to task for his homophobic comments on last night’s “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” special.
The 32-year-old serial dater told TV Page in January that a gay version of ABC’s The Bachelor wouldn’t be appropriate for television, because gay people are “too pervert.” He later apologized issued an awful statement regarding the incident and may or may not have given Lance Bass a call.
Host Chris Harrison noted that “viewers were shocked by how [Galavis] treated some of the women this season,” but the women were more universally shocked by his antigay sentiments.
The women used some colorful language to describe Galavis, including “disgusting,” “insecure,” “not genuine” and “disastrous,” though none were more troubled by his language than Kelly, a contestant with gay parents. She reportedly ripped into him and broke into tears.
“Coming from [having] a parent who is gay I was hurt by that,” she said.
Galavis told her again that his comments were “taken out of context.” “I love gay people,” he said. “They were born that way.”
TIME calls the moment “awkward” (how progressive!) Here’s their rundown:
Kelly, who apparently has two fathers, takes the opportunity to call Juan Pablo out on his homophobic remarks. As tears roll down her face, she demands an explanation and he refuses to give her one, saying that he wants to talk to her for an hour instead of deliver a four-minute sound bite. As the women holler at him, Sharleen, once again, defends him. She says that on their date they talked about equality and he seemed cool with it and that’s good enough for her.
Okay bye Juan Pablo! Enjoy your life of eternal obscurity, forever being referred to as “that homophobic Bachelor!”
Dana Loesch is going to be a guest host on The View this Monday morning, February 3rd.
I started tweeting the View on Friday evening because I wanted all the female hosts who are on that show to know exactly who will be joining them for coffee at their televised table. Because Dana Loesch is a slippery one —downright oily, if you want to know the truth. She was really, really good at putting over a very “aw-shucks-I’m-just-a-regular-gal” vibe when she was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher several months ago, but I smelled a rat. I’ve seen this woman in action; she has a combo platter of venom, bully-victimhood and a faulty grasp of facts that would give Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin a run for their money.
“But Jane, she’s a nice Christian mom from the Midwest!” you might say. Since I like to think of myself as a nice, Christian mom from the Midwest, reporting what a total creep this woman is gives me no joy. But, report it I must because the issues at the center of her agenda are too precious to me, to my family and to the future of our country.
I hope The View doesn’t hire Dana Loesch, that this is a one-time gig. I know this piece has a lot of jokes and I’m trying to maintain some levity, but I truly think people of Dana Loesch’s ilk are destroying this country and they need to have the megaphone taken away; her brand of deceit must not be rewarded. We are better than that.
Let her stay on The Blaze, talking into her own reflection. I can give you a list as long as my arm of rightwing pundits that know how to fight their side with class and dignity (even if they are wrong all the time. I kid. Sort of.) Please, The View, think about Nicholle Wallace, Mary Katharine Ham, Amy Holmes, Mary Matalin or SE Cupp as possible conservative voices. Because hiring Dana Loesch is like hiring the lady at the Glenn Beck rally with the aluminum colander on her head, holding up the picture of Barack Obama with a bone through his nose.
Anyway, here’s some more links of Dana Loesch being insane or a liar or a jerk, sometimes a combo of two, sometimes all three.
- Dana lies about Wendy Davis.
- And lies more about her here (this has whiffs of a two-hen coffee-klatch btwn Megyn Kelly & Loesch).
- Dana joins Ted Nugent and the two of them yuck it up together, calling President Obama a “mongrel.” (please keep in mind that Ted Nugent likes to brag about having sex w underage girls and he shit his pants to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War.)
- Dana joked that she, too would have urinated on dead Taliban fighters (as some US soldiers have been accused of doing.) She instead goes after the reporter who reports on the story…
- Then we hear the audio of her saying it.
Again, The View- Whoopi, Sherri, Jenny and Barbara: You can do so much better. Please, don’t settle for this.
On Monday afternoon’s The View, conservative activist and media personality Dana Loesch will appear as guest co-host. In advance of that appearance, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, sparked a social media storm by expressing her views on Loesch’s activism to the hosts and producers of The View, prompting a blistering pushback from Loesch and her Twitter followers. In a special guest column for Mediaite, Shannon Watts explains what she’d like The View‘s hosts to know.
I’m a mom of five in Indianapolis who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. And I support the Second Amendment. In fact, many of our mom members are gun owners.
But I came to believe — after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary — that America has a serious gun violence problem due to easy access to guns. With rights come responsibilities, but thanks to the American gun lobby, our state and federal gun laws are far too lax. I also believe we need more research on the impact of gun violence in America — on our children, our families, our communities. But the gun lobby has also effectively shut down much of the government’s ability to work in that area.
So when I found out this weekend that The View, a television talk show aimed at women and moms, was having Dana Loesch on as a host on Monday, I was disappointed. Ms. Loesch has a history of calling for more and easier access to guns, and erroneously claims that guns make women and children safer. In addition, after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Ms. Loesch worked with Magpul Dynamics to fight for the recall of Colorado state senators who voted for background checks. Magpul is the company that manufactured the 30-round ammunition magazines used in the Newtown massacre.
The View certainly has every right to choose Ms. Loesch as a host, but American moms have the right to ask Barbara Walters and the other regular co-hosts to challenge Ms. Loesch on her claims and relationship to the gun lobby.
There are many prominent, responsible gun owners in America that The View could have chosen to host their program. Unfortunately, they chose a pro-gun activist who has a history of promoting gun lobby propaganda. But given the gun violence epidemic in America, we can’t afford to continue a polarized discussion that demonizes gun owners OR the people who support gun reform.
The reality is that, with the exception of extremists like Ms. Loesch, a majority of Americans support responsible gun reforms. We need more Americans to use their voices and votes to stand up to people who stand in the way of reform. We must all — including America’s 80 million moms — demand that Congress and state legislatures act to protect their constituents from the ravages of gun violence.
But in the absence of reason, the vocal minority — including Ms. Loesch and gun lobbyists — will continue to drive our nation’s gun policy, endangering our children and families.