CNN’s Weir slammed for ‘misogynistic’ tweet about Kelly Loeffler

CNN chief climate correspondent Bill Weir was slammed on social media after tweeting what many saw as a “sexist” and “misogynistic” tweet about Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) yesterday.

Loeffler, who faces a runoff January 5 to retain her seat, shared a positive message on Twitter about her life and what she wanted for all Georgians.

“I’ve lived the American dream. I went from the farm to the Fortune 500. I want Georgians to have the same freedom & opportunities I had,. And it won’t be possible if we go down the road to socialism. We must hold the line and protect the American Dream.”

That was too much for Weir who responded, “Good news, Georgia! If you live on a farm, you now qualify to marry the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange!”,  insinuating that Loeffler’s success is due to who she married and not her ability.

That didn’t sit well with many critics including fellow Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa.

Other reactions on Twitter were similar to Ernst’s.

Twitter user Olivia PC reminded Weir that CNN carried an op-ed recently by a former aide in the Obama administration condemning sexist rhetoric surrounding the election.

Maybe Weir thought that only applies to Democrat women.

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Author: Don Irvine

WaPo quietly changes headline about Biden

The Washington Post quickly changed a headline suggesting Washington’s “aristocracy” had high hopes for Joe Biden’s presidency.

“Washington’s aristocracy hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again,” read the original headline of the story, which was first posted online Monday at 6 a.m. Eastern. But just a few hours later the headline had changed to read,” Washington’s establishment hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again.”

The Post didn’t mention the change in the updated version and it probably would have gone unnoticed except for the eagle eye of independent journalist Aaron Mate, who noted the change on Twitter.

Written by Post style writer Roxanne Roberts, the article was all about the hope that things would return to normal under a Biden presidency after the elite were pushed to the sidelines by Trump.

“The aristocracy of this city is ready to move on, daring to hope that the last four years was a fever that finally broke and life can get back to normal,” Roberts wrote. “Normal, as in a respect for experience and expertise. Normal, as in civility and bipartisan cooperation.”

Plus the hoped-for return of elegant parties that declined under Trump according to Roberts.

“Back to normal will mean more state dinners, a prestigious and glamorous way of reestablishing global ties,” Roberts added. “And it means that Washington events traditionally attended by the president and first lady for the better part of five decades — the Honors, the Alfalfa Dinner, the Gridiron, Ford’s Theatre Gala and the Correspondents’ Dinner — will likely return to their former glory.

Roberts also spoke to what she referred to as an influential Republican hostess who would only speak under the condition of anonymity saying that there were a lot of Republicans thrilled to see Biden in the White House.

“People who have always enjoyed the Washington scene are yearning to get back to that, have some semblance of what they enjoyed so much before. There are a lot of Republicans who sat out the Trump years and bit their tongues for four years who are thrilled to have Biden.”

After 47 years in politics, Joe Biden has a lot of friends and allies to reward now that he is about to inhabit the White House for the next four years. President Trump fought the establishment, Joe Biden is bringing them back in full force.

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Author: Don Irvine

Obama laments media’s diminishing importance

Former President Barack Obama lamented the diminishing importance of the mainstream media as “the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not,” blaming in part “a particular paranoia among some segment of that conservative population,” which led to the rise of the conservative media ecosystem.

Obama made his comments during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on AppleTV+ about his latest memoir, “A Promised Land.”

“Part of what I write about is the degree to which the media changes in a way that I did not fully anticipate,” Obama told Winfrey.  “You couldn’t even see it, but it started just as I’m getting elected the importance of mainstream, the old network. Walter Cronkite, the Nightly News, New York Times, Washington Post, them being sort of the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not.

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Author: Don Irvine

MSNBC’s Fineman ripped by liberals for criticizing Obama’s ‘ego’

MSNBC analyst Howard Fineman faced the wrath of liberals and Twitter blue checks when he criticized former President Barack Obama for lecturing President Donald Trump on the eve of the release of his mammoth autobiography.

“I’m an #Obama fan, but can’t help but noticing that he lectured #Trump about ego management on the eve of publishing a 700-page FIRST VOLUME of his own autobiography,” wrote Fineman.

Former CNN contributor Roland Martin’s reaction was typical of the responses Fineman received.

Fineman’s tweet was in response to comments Obama made during his interview with CBS News’ Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, when Pelley asked, “What is your advice in this moment for President Trump?”

“Well, a president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design. And when your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments. My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing,” Obama said.

Pelley also asked Obama, “What should President Trump do on this next inauguration day?”

“Look, there are a set of traditions that we have followed in the peaceful transfer of power. The outgoing president congratulates the incoming president, instructs the government and the agencies to cooperate with the new government coming in. You invite the president-elect to the Oval Office.

“And then on inauguration day, the president invites the president-elect to the White House and there’s a small reception. And then you drive to the inauguration site, and the outgoing president sits there and is part of the audience as the new president is sworn in.

“And at that point, the outgoing president is a citizen like everybody else and owes the new president the chance to do their best on behalf of the American people. Whether Donald Trump will do the same thing, we’ll have to see. So far, that’s not been his approach. But you know, hope springs eternal. There’s a promised land out there somewhere.”

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Author: Don Irvine

HuffPost reporter publishes Pence claim easily debunked by photos

Jennifer Bendery, a reporter for HuffPost, pushed out a tweet Tuesday claiming that according to her source at NASA, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, attended a SpaceX event without wearing a mask.

Not only that, she said they did not wear masks during any part of the event.

But Bendery clearly did not confirm information from her source. Information easily confirmed by viewing photos of the event.

Bendery has still not clarified or removed her tweet.

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Author: Caroline Lee Smith

Bloomberg credits Biden – not vaccine results — for jump in Pfizer stock

Last week, Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs wrote about on a big jump in Pfizer futures, citing the election of Joe Biden rather than the news that Pfizer’s vaccine was found to be 90 percent effective.

Jacobs, who is senior White House reporter for Bloomberg, failed to note that markets had already accounted for the election – +300 points following the election, as compared to +1100 following the vaccine news. Meanwhile – also likely a result of the vaccine news – stock fell for companies that have thrived during the pandemic, including UPS, Peloton and Amazon.

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Author: Caroline Lee Smith

Tapper calls vaccines ‘unmitigated success’ for Trump administration

CNN’s Jake Tapper, who has often criticized the Trump administration for its COVID-19 response, reversed course Monday when he credited it for an “unmitigated success” for the coronavirus vaccine breakthroughs that have been announced in the last week.

Tapper spoke with CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta about the large surge in coronavirus cases across the country and whether or not the country is prepared to handle the surge as we head into winter.

As Gupta was speaking about the details of the vaccines, Tapper interjected, “We should take a moment, as we always have when discussing vaccine and Operation Warp Speed, that this is — you know, putting aside all of the failures of the Trump administration when it comes to the coronavirus, and there are lots — this is an unmitigated success and we should acknowledge that.”

“The Moderna vaccine was done with funds from Operation Warp Speed and the Pfizer one has funding when it comes to the distribution and manufacture,” he added. “I just think it’s important that people working so hard… get credit for this and President Trump was the one who okayed this.”

Tapper then congratulated “all the scientists, everyone behind this all the way up to President Trump and Vice President Pence,” for the breakthrough and fast-tracking the vaccines.

Gupta said he was surprised at how quickly the vaccine development and approval process went — normally, something that takes years whittled down to months, and that as a result, “the pace of medical innovation has been forever changed.”

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Author: Don Irvine

NYT Editorial Board slams Trump as it celebrates Biden victory

The New York Times Editorial Board used the occasion of Joe Biden’s apparent victory to once again slam President Trump.

“Having peered into the abyss of autocratic nationalism, the American people have chosen to step back from the brink. The ballot counting will continue for a few days yet, but the math is what it is: Joe Biden will have the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, and likely many more. President Trump’s four-year assault on our democratic institutions and values will soon end.”

The Times noted that both sides were disappointed in the election results as the Democrats didn’t recapture the Senate which will impede Biden’s agenda while Trump’s loss will only embolden his critics.  As they acknowledged the divide in the country they felt that Biden will be able to bring everyone together though they didn’t specify how a man who won largely because he wasn’t Donald Trump would do that.

“Fortunately for America, Mr. Biden promises to be a president for both sides — a welcome shift from a leader who has spent his tenure dividing the electorate into perceived fans and enemies.”

Then came the repudiation of Trump and his policies by the editorial board.

Come January, Mr. Biden will take office facing a jumble of crises. His predecessor is leaving America weaker, meaner, poorer, sicker and more divided than four years ago. Recent events have laid bare, and often exacerbated, many of the nation’s pre-existing conditions: from the inadequacy of our health care system to the cruelty of our immigration policies, from entrenched racial inequities to the vulnerabilities of our electoral system. Mr. Biden has pledged himself to big thinking and bold action in tackling these challenges.

Mr. Trump’s message of fear and resentment resonated with tens of millions of Americans. Trumpism will not magically disappear. If anything, its adherents will very likely find renewed energy and purpose in marshaling a new resistance movement committed to undermining and delegitimizing the incoming administration.

The only real fearmongering that took place during the campaign came from the Democrats and the media which was hyper-focused on blaming Trump for all Covid related deaths and drilled into voters’ minds that the administration had no plan to control the virus.  What seems to really bother the Times is that Trump received far more votes overall than predicted keeping the national vote total much closer than expected showing that he had tremendous support at a time when in their minds he should have done much worse.

Borrowing from Trump’s main campaign theme the Times is now counting on Biden to make America greater than before without specifying how he will be able to do that given the current political situation.

“With the perspective of time, the Trump era is likely to be viewed as an extended stress test for the American experiment. The president did his best to undermine the nation’s democratic foundations. They were shaken, but they did not break. Mr. Trump exposed their vulnerabilities but also their strength. It now falls to Mr. Biden to improve and safeguard those foundations, to help restore faith in our democracy and ourselves — to make America greater than ever before.”

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Author: Don Irvine