Media personalities rushed to scandalize President Obama for saluting Marines while simultaneously holding a coffee cup, criticizing the move as disrespectful — forgetting former President George W. Bush’s habit of saluting service members while holding his dog.
President Obama Salutes Marines While Holding A Cup
Wash. Post: “Obama Salutes A Marine While Holding A Cup.”The Washington Post reported that President Obama saluted Marines flanking him as he exited Marine One in New York on Tuesday, with a cup in hand:
[Washington Post, 9/23/14]
Media Invent A Salute Scandal To Attack Obama
Fox Nation Suggests Obama’s Salute Was Disrespectful. FoxNews.com’s September 23 “Pic of the Day” featured President Obama’s salute and a caption that asked “Was Obama’s Salute Disrespectful?” [FoxNews.com, 9/23/14]
ABCNews: Obama’s “Unusual Gesture” Dubbed The “Latte Salute.” ABC News’ The Note blog reported on President Obama’s salute, calling it an “unusual gesture,” and nicknaming it the “latte salute.” [ABC News, 9/23/14]
Breitbart: “Obama’s Disrespectful ‘Latte Salute’ Shocks And Offends.” Breitbart criticized the president’s “sloppy salute,” claiming the gesture shocked and offended people. [Breitbart, 9/23/14]
Fox Contributor Allen West: "Latte Salute" Proves Obama’s Low Regard For Military. Fox contributor Allen West tweeted that President Obama’s salute “seals the deal,” as proof of the low regard Obama has for the American military:
Conservative Pundit Jim Hoft: “Most Degrading Salute Ever.” Conservative pundit Jim Hoft tweeted that President Obama reached “a new low,” calling his salute the “most degrading salute ever”:
Fox Radio Host Todd Starnes Calls The Salute “Disrespect.” Fox radio host Todd Starnes tweeted that the president’s salute meant “disrespect”:
President Bush RoutinelySaluted Service Members While Holding His Dog
President George W. Bush Saluted While Holding His Dog. During his tenure as president, George W. Bush was photographed saluting while holding his Scottish Terrier, Barney:
LA Times: President Bush Saluted While Holding Barney. On another occasion, the LA Times reported that President Bush saluted service-members holding his dog, Barney, while departing Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base:
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
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.
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.
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
Putin said the new law will not impact attendees at the Olympic games.
"I couldn’t care less about their sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all visitors to the Olympics," he said. "None of our guests will have any problems."
The Russian president said that other countries should not interfere with his country’s laws.
"The Russian people have their own cultural code, their own tradition," Putin said. "We don’t interfere, don’t stick our noses in their life and we ask that our traditions and culture are treated with the same respect."
Putin added that Russia will be ready to hold the Olympic games, despite some obstacles.
"Given the scale and, let’s be honest about it, given the lack of experience of construction on such a vast scale in this country, in today’s Russia, of course setbacks were inevitable," he said. "Everything has been done. Things need to be cleaned up."
From the 01.19.2014 edition of ABC’s This Week:
After Robin Roberts of Good Morning America came out of the closet, it was only a matter of time before Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera attacked her for being gay. In an interview with Vic Eliason of VCY America yesterday, LaBarbera blasted Roberts for her “defiance” and lamented that “every coming out is a tragedy.”
“And how sad that our First Lady and the White House in general and President Obama as well, all celebrate homosexuality,” LaBarbera added.
Eliason also seemed to be confused by Roberts’ gender.
Later in the interview, LaBarbera invoked Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech to explain his campaign against gay rights.
“The homosexual so-called marriage movement is evil,” LaBarbera said. “We need to do what Reagan did with communism, we need to come right out there and say: this movement attaching the God-ordained good of marriage to an abomination which is homosexuality, calling that marriage, that’s evil, it’s an evil movement.” He went on to claim that “the homosexual so-called marriage movement has become a huge platform to corrupt children” as its message “corrupts the minds and the souls of young children.”
Later, the two also railed against the transgender community as Satanic, and Eliason likened transgender people to circus “freak shows”.
From the 01.02.2014 edition of VCY America’s Crosstalk:
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts publicly came out for the first time in an end-of-year Facebook post on Sunday. In a list of people she is grateful for, Roberts included her “long-time girlfriend Amber.”
“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote.
In 2012, Roberts famously sat down with President Obama for a groundbreaking interview in which he embraced same-sex marriage for the first time. After the interview, Gawker claimed Roberts had been hesitant to take the interview for fear it would out her.
Television anchors have wrestled in recent years with the question of whether or not to come out to the public. Most famously, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper came out in 2012, arguing, ” I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.” Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, previously asserted that her fellow LGBT anchors “have a responsibility to come out.”
Roberts, who returned to ABC in 2012 after a battle with cancer and a bone marrow transplant, also thanked “God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.”
A Jim Henson puppet that looks like an alien, talking about immigration reform. Maybe a turtle, explaining the nuance of why legislation takes so long to make its way through Congress. This is, in a rough sense, the vision for No You Shut Up,” on Fusion, a news and entertainment cable network and joint venture from ABC News and Univision, launching Oct. 28.
Its newly promoted CEO, Isaac Lee said the channel will not only be aimed at young Hispanics, but — contrary to some of the early reporting — a multi-ethnic audience aged 18-34, one intensely sought after by advertisers.
“If we produce content to appeal only to Latinos, they’re not going to like it,” said Lee, during a phone interview from Miami, where the national network will be based. “We’ve done two years of research to make sure it’s something mainstream.”
The demographic argument for content aimed at a younger audience with an eye toward Hispanic viewers is clear. One in five Millennials are Hispanic and 65 percent of Hispanics are millennials. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates one in three Americans will be Hispanic by 2050.
The larger challenge for a new network is a radically shifting landscape, one that features video on demand, internet streaming, Netflix, HBOGo, and an ever-increasing crowd of entertainment options. A recent study commissioned by theNew York Times found that 34% of Millennials (18-34) watch no broadcast television: They’re online, on social media, listening to music, playing games or just out of the house away from the TV.
Lee said Fusion knows it is vital to have a strong online offering because the audience “voraciously consumes” content online, on mobile and through social media. The channel’s app, he said, will launch in 2014.
“We are doing that now through our mobile-responsive web site and through engaging the audience on social media,” he said.
But Lee also argued that even the diminished youth audience is a huge one.
“Millennials are watching 26 hours of linear television a week, that is a very healthy amount,” he said, citing Nielsen data.
A big part of Lee’s vision is for humor and serious journalism to coexist on the network to reach a younger audience.
And while Fusion is planning to use humor and satire to draw in millennial viewers, any new entrant from ABC News and Univision was always going to have a focus on news.
That part of the initiative is anchored by veteran news anchor Jorge Ramos, who Univision has previously tasked with interviewing big politicians like President Obama and Mitt Romney during events like Univision’s 2012 election candidates forum, where Ramos hit Obama for breaking a promise to focus on immigration reform in his first term and Romney for the idea that immigrants should self-deport.
Ramos also has the distinction of being someone the Latino community respects and views as a leader. A Pew Research study found that he was at the top of the list when it comes to Latino leaders, along with the likes of Sonia Sotomayor.
So why would someone entrenched in his position, roll the dice with a new network like Fusion?
“I would argue the opposite,” Ramos told BuzzFeed. “I have to do it to reinvent myself and be relevant.” He said while Univision is doing well, it’s not enough to be a small part of the conversation in America. “Everyday we have great interviews and incredibly appealing stories in Spanish but only 55 million Latinos will know, the other 250 million will have no idea.”
Ramos relayed the story of speaking to the Los Angeles superintendent two weeks ago.
“He told me in the LA school district 72 percent of children are Hispanics. LA in just a few years will become the future,” he said.
Ramos is also very familiar with the offerings on television aimed at Latinos, which includes Univision as well as Telemundo, Mun2, MTV Tres and others. But a study of Nielsen data done by Simulmedia, found that U.S. Hispanics spent the majority of their TV viewing time watching English-language programming and 37% cannot be reached at all on major Spanish-language television networks.
And Adgate, the media analyst, said Fusion’s decision to play with news formats also makes sense.
Fox News Channel has signed noted commentator and author George Will as a contributor, the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network said Tuesday.
As part of his duties, Will is expected to offer analysis and commentary on the network’s daytime and primetime programs, including on panels of “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday.”
Will had served as a panelist for ABC’s ”This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and as a commentator for ABC News, a post he had held since the debut of “This Week with David Brinkley.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning Will has also written a syndicated column, which appeared in more than 475 newspapers and served as a contributing editor for Newsweekmagazine.
Before joining ABC News, Will was the Washington editor of National Review, and served on the staff of former Republican Senator Gordon Allott between 1970 and 1972.
Right-wing media outlets are already celebrating a forthcoming book that claims that brutal 1998 murder of gay Wyoming teen Matthew Shepard - which became a rallying cry for LGBT activists - was actually fueled more by drug use than anti-gay bias.
In The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, journalist Stephen Jimenez argues that Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson bludgeoned Shepard in a meth-fueled rage. Jimenez minimizes the role of anti-gay bias in the murder, writing that Shepard and McKinney had previously had sex and done meth together (an assertion that McKinney himself denies).
Although his report of a sexual history between Shepard and McKinney is new, Jimenez’s central thesis - that drugs were the motivating factor in Shepard’s murder - has been called into question before.
In November 2004, Jimenez co-produced a piece on the Shepard murder for ABC News’ 20/20. GLAAD highlighted key shortcomings in 20/20's report, including the lack of hard evidence that drugs were a factor and its failure to point out that McKinney himself had cited anti-gay bias as a central element in the case, even attempting to employ a “gay panic” defense at trial. Shepard’s mother also condemned the report, criticizing its selective reading of evidence and accusing ABC of taking her comments out of context.
The 20/20 report neglected to mention another crucial detail: that Jimenez was a friend of Tim Newcomb, Henderson’s defense attorney.
Most disturbingly, email correspondence revealed that the Jimenez had already decided that Shepard’s murder wasn’t an anti-gay hate crime before 20/20 even started its reporting.
WND columnist Jack Cashill gloated that the book undermines the efforts of “gay grievance industry” to draw attention to hate crimes. The Shepard case, Cashill wrote, highlights how the LGBT movement’s “coordination and … duplicity” have promoted the false narrative that anti-LGBT violence is actually a problem.
Austin Ruse - who in July celebrated Russia’s brutal crackdown on LGBT people - took to Breitbart.com to blast “Matthew Shepard Inc.” for promoting the “lie” that homophobia had anything to do with Shepard’s murder. PJ Media’s Ed Driscoll touted Ruse’s report on the book, asserting that Shepard’s death had been “politicize[d]” by a “paranoid” left desperate to advance the hate crime narrative. A guest blogger on Gateway Pundit echoed Driscoll’s argument, writing that Jimenez’s book “cast[s] a terrible light on a media that has long been anxious to build a narrative hostile to mainstream America.”
Even sources outside the right-wing media have been taken by Jimenez and his argument. Writing for The Jewish Daily Forward, Kenneth S. Stern - an attorney and gay rights supporter who discloses that he and Jimenez went to high school together - calls the theory promoted by The Book of Matt "compelling." Stern made no note of the problems that plagued Jimenez’s earlier work for 20/20.
Amid the debate sparked by Jimenez’s book, it’s critical not to lose sight of the reality of anti-LGBT hate crimes. According to FBI figures, there were an estimated 1,300 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Even in parts of the country considered LGBT-friendly, anti-LGBT violence is a pervasive - even worsening - problem. New York City, for instance, is on track to see a doubling of anti-LGBT hate crimes by the end of 2013. These are figures that hate crime denialists and Matthew Shepard truthers can’t dispute.
Neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin on Sunday demanded that CNN “mute” Take Action News host David Shuster for using what she insisted were “Media Matters talking points” to slam ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl for inaccurately reporting details about the…
The legendary newscaster will leave TV journalism next summer
For decades, Barbara Walters has inspired millions with her groundbreaking interviews — but after 37 years with ABC News, the newscaster is announcing on “The View” Monday that next summer, she will retire from TV journalism. Until then, she will continue to anchor and report for ABC News, appear on “The View,” and anchor specials throughout the year including a “20 Years of 10 Most Fascinating People” special in December, an Oscars special, and a May career retrospective.
Walters will remain Executive Producer of “The View,” the show she created in 1997.
“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” she said. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”
Walters began her career in 1961 at NBC’s “Today Show,” where she eventually became a co-host.
Still, in 1976, Walters found a new home at ABC “Evening News,” where she became the first female anchor on an evening news program. Three years later, she became a co-host of “20/20.”
At ABC, her interviews were wide-ranging and her access to public figures, unparalleled; Walters crossed the Bay of Pigs with Fidel Castro, conducted the first joint interview with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin. She also developed a reputation for asking tough questions. In one instance, “I asked Vladimir Putin if he ever ordered anyone to be killed,” she recalls. “For the record, he said no.”
But there were lighter interviews too. Walters hosts a “Most Fascinating People” special in December, which has afforded her the opportunity to chat with stars from Angelina Jolie to Tom Cruise. She has also interviewed every U.S. president and first lady from the Nixons to the current administration. But perhaps one of her favorite contribution to the network has been “The View.”