Media, The Speech Police, Trump

Colbert Makes Gay Joke, Catches Praise Because Target Was Trump & Putin

Stephen Colbert, who totally has a late night talk show you guys, called Donald Trump Vladimir Putin’s “cock holster.”

Let me know the day a right-winger can make that joke and not be called homophobic.

Now to be clear, I don’t care if this nobody with shit ratings makes a gay joke, but you can bank on the fact that if someone else made one he’d be leading the mob, pitchfork and torch in hand, as would his friends.

Source: [WATCH] Stephen Colbert Skins Donald Trump Over Q&A Insults To John Dickerson | Deadline

Media, Social Justice Snowflakes, The Speech Police

All Players in the Milo Story are Wrong.

Everyone is wrong in this Milo Yiannopoulos story. Every last person and organization and company is wrong. You may be tangentially aware of this, or only paying attention to it to the degree it crowds your social feeds, but “Breitbart” was the number one trending topic yesterday so I take it most of you are aware of what’s gone on. To say everyone is wrong is the easiest way to summarize it, but it is the only way to convey the degree of wrongness going on right in front of all of us. It also has the benefit of being accurate.

Source: Everyone Is Wrong About Milo And CPAC

Hypocrites, Media

The Guardian Hates Unpaid Internships; Has Unpaid Internship Program

The Guardian has turned complaining about unpaid internships and the exploitation of interns into a crusade, publishing close to a dozen articles on the subject over the past few years.

However, the publication doesn’t put its money where its mouth is: The paper is offers internships to prospective journalists from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. The program is unpaid, and students and graduates who take the Guardian up on its offer will only be able to request reimbursement for travel expenses, but not their output.

Source: Hypocrisy Alert: The Guardian Rails Against Unpaid Internships—but Also Offers Them |Heat Street


The Need To Step Out Of The Echo Chamber

Interestingly, post-election and post-Brexit, if anything, people should have learned that the echo chamber can distort your perception of what’s actually going on so badly that it’s imperative to step out of it to be more informed.

Instead, people seem to have descended further into it.  I literally watched one of my friends say “Republicans did really well with uneducated voters so they put Betsy Devos in a position to create more of them.”

Yep.  One guess how they voted?

What is emerging is the worst kind of echo chamber, one where those inside are increasingly convinced that everyone shares their world view, that their ranks are growing when they aren’t. It’s like clockwork: an event happens and then your social media circle is shocked when a non-social media peer group public reacts to news in an unexpected way. They then mock the Other Side for being “out of touch” or “dumb.”

Source: The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb. – Medium


CNN Won’t Get White House Love

Of course, Trump’s stance toward CNN is not terribly different from how the Obama administration handled Fox News.  That said, somehow we suspect the mainstream media will be slightly more outraged over Trump’s treatment of CNN than they were over Obama’s hostility toward Fox News over the years.

Yeah, and at the same time the conservatives who went after Obama as a coward probably won’t go after Trump.  It works both ways.

But either way, CNN doesn’t get to have access just because they’re CNN.  If they want to promote fake news they can do that, but the White House is under no obligation to cooperate with any news org.  Just like it wasn’t under Obama or anyone else.

Source: White House Blackballs CNN; Refuses To Send Surrogates On “Fake News” Network | Zero Hedge