Cancel culture has thrown author J.K. Rowling into the Slytherin House once again. Back in June 2020, Rowling made a comment that only women menstruate and now, with news of a potential Harry Potter TV series, fans went off with their “TERF” (trans exclusionary radical feminist) name-calling. Rowling is totally unwoke. #canceled HBO Max and Warner Bros are reportedly bringing Rowling’s iconic book and movie series to TV. Insider’s Libby Torres talked about the “fire” Rowling is getting from ex-fans, “Because of her transphobic comments and actions, many users voiced their anger over the potential new spin-off, with many saying Rowling shouldn’t be on the receiving end of any further ‘Harry Potter’-related royalties.” Left-wing Rewire News Group senior editor Imani “Angry Black Lady” Gandy was quick to hop on the disposal of Rowling: “oh, you want me to watch something that’s going to put MORE money in her pocket? I think the fuck not.” And when a comment suggested Gandy separate a work from its author she replied with “right. maybe after she’s dead. like roald dahl. Lol.” Classy. “They/Them. Non-Binary TransFemme” Lily Simpson tweeted, “Companies don’t give a shit about trans people, not when transphobes have such profitable franchises.” Film critic Sara Clements added, “Harry Potter was the biggest part of my childhood and if it weren’t for the fact that JK Rowling is transphobic asshole I would be so excited for this but really…..who’s even going to watch this now? What’s the point?” Fans are embodying the typically selfish desires of the left. They want the Harry Potter series but they don’t want Rowling involved. Giving money to a “transphobe” seems barbaric so they’re conflicted and feeding off of other leftists to figure out what the heck they actually stand for. MRC is having a great day witnessing again how “the left has completely sold out to this lunacy and the fact that someone as previously woke as Rowling is getting heat for this speaks volumes.” Their mob mentality is not new. Torres brought up a good point: “Overall, though, users were upset at the idea of Rowling making more money off the series — despite the fact that she likely is continuing to receive royalties from existing ‘Harry Potter’-related movies, parks, and merchandise.” Hate to break it to them, but Rowling and Harry Potter are a package deal. Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Goldberg reminded viewers, “Rowling controls the franchise and has a say in everything involving the property.” Rowling is going to stand by what she believes in just as these lefties are doing, too. The residual “terror” of Rowling’s “transphobic” opinions continues. Conservatives are just sitting out and watching the heat as leftists attack one of their own yet again. Tuesday afternoon comedic relief.Read more
The media proved, once again, that they are the public relations arm of the Democrat party. This time, Spanish-language media did the deed via its total blackout of the campaign to recall California governor Gavin Newsom due to his botched response to the COVID-19 crisis. After announcing the end of the measures imposed last December to lock down small businesses from San Francisco to the San Jacinto Valley, the national newscasts at Telemundo, Univision and CNN En Español completely ignored the likeliest reason behind the sudden end to the measures that have ravaged California´s economy: the fact that 1.2 million California voters have signed the petition for a recall vote to oust Newsom (out of a goal of 1.5 million with two months to go). At all three Spanish-speaking networks, the news, however, was all about how happy small businesses are now. Take a look at how Latino media prefer to look the other way when the truth is inconvenient: JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ, ANCHOR, CNN: Although the situation in California remains critical, authorities say there are signs that they may begin to relax some measures because the numbers are declining. BORJA VOCES, ANCHOR, UNIVISION NEWS, DIGITAL EDITION: Hours ago, California governor Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home orders. The announcement is a ray of hope, especially for restaurant owners and employees, bar owners, grocery stores, nail salons, hairdressers, and other personal care services. PATRICIA JANIOT, ANCHOR UNIVISION NEWS, NIGHT EDITION: Meanwhile in Los Angeles, and after a slight decrease in the hospitalization average for COVID-19 patients, authorities lifted stay-at-home or confinement measures-a situation that could lessen the economic crisis of those affected by the restrictions. JAIME GARCIA, UNIVISION CORRESPONDENT: The governor explained that the decision is due to the decrease in the number of people hospitalized. NICOLE SUAREZ, ANCHOR UN NUEVO DIA, TELEMUNDO: Governor Gavin Newsom announced that, in the face of a reduction in cases and hospitalizations, the confinement order is cancelled. Restaurants and other businesses are soon expected to resume outdoor services in the three major regions of the state that had issued stay-at-home orders. The contrast in reporting ANYTHING about Florida governor Ron DeSantis couldn´t be more striking. Imagine, for a moment, that a recall drive against DeSantis were 80% complete with less than two months to go in the petition-gathering period. That would be a huge national story, above the fold, especially at Univision and Telemundo, which are based in Miami. Let’s face it: although these networks are out of Miami, their most important market is Los Angeles, and has been for years. California stories are de facto national stories, so there is no reason to suppress the Newsom recall effort except that it makes the wrong party look bad. Newsom’s administration declined to offer statistics to support his decision (with the press´ blessing) to withhold key data relevant to the decision to order shutdowns, because “that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public”. The obedient Latino press followed through, making it seem like everything is just peachy in California, all but erasing the 1.2 million constituents that want Newsom out of office. Keep an eye on this trend, and call it out to advertisers like Xfinity, that sponsor bias in Spanish-language news.Read more
CBS has been, once again, hit with allegations of sexism, this time at the Philadelphia affiliate. And CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King isn’t happy with her network, saying, “CBS hasn’t handled” the issue well in general. This is the same network that was rocked when her co-host, Charlie Rose, was fired in 2017 after sexual abuse allegations. After that, then-CEO Les Moonves was forced out for misconduct allegations. This Morning co-host Anthony Mason explained, “Two CBS executives are on administrative leave while the company looks into alleged racist and sexist behavior reported by The Los Angeles Times. Peter Dunn, the CBS television station’s president and David Friend, Senior vice president of the news for the stations were suspended pending a full investigation by parent company Viacom/CBS.” Reporter Jericka Duncan added, “According to allegations laid out in The Los Angeles Times investigation, Peter Dunn’s management was hostile, racist and crude.” Los Angeles Times reporter Meg James wrote in the paper: “CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn and a top lieutenant cultivated a hostile work environment that included bullying female managers and blocking efforts to hire and retain Black journalists.” Duncan explained the allegations and related the problematic history the network has had with sexual issues over the last few years: And according to the Times report, Dunn allegedly objected to extending the contract of Rachel Solomon, who is Ethiopian, and who had replaced Thomas, because, quote, “I hate her face.” In a statement to the Times, Friend said, “These comments I have made about our employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualification. Not about anyone’s race or gender.” Former CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose was terminated over sexual harassment allegations in 2017, allegations which he denied. After his firing, CBS began an investigation into workplace culture, allowing employees to share any stories of alleged harassment. A subsequent investigation eventually led to the firing of then-chairman and CBS CEO Les Moonves who denies all allegations of misconduct. King vented about CBS, closing the segment by admitting, “But we haven’t handled it well. CBS hasn’t handled it well.” It’s another one of those times where I feel like we’ve been here before. I’m sick of it and sickened by it. The more you hear the worse it gets. I’m glad The Los Angeles Times did the story. I’m glad that we are talking about it. We’re not running from it. But we haven’t handled it well. We have to own up to it. CBS hasn’t handled it well and hopefully now things will change. It’s very, very, very upsetting to me. King previously expressed annoyance about having to cover the sexual abuse allegations against Rose. On May 3, 2018, she scolded, “I don’t know what to say about this…. I don’t know what more we can do to Charlie Rose except a public flogging. He’s gone…. I’m sick of handling it.” Speaking of the man who allegedly exposed himself to multiple women, grabbed them, and made sexual comments, the co-host still called him a friend: “When the story first broke, I said Charlie was my friend. I still consider him a friend. I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say at this moment. But I don’t believe in abandoning people when they’re down.” The next day, under pressure, she reversed course and concluded, “Let the chips fall where they may.” Norah O’Donnell, who was a This Morning co-host and is now the anchor of the CBS Evening News, told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that Rose would have “screamed at me” if I confronted him about harassment. Kudos to CBS on Tuesday for at least reporting on themselves and not hiding the ongoing controversy. A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more. CBS This Morning
1/26/2021 7:14 AM ET ANTHONY MASON: Two CBS executives are on administrative leave while the company looks into alleged racist and sexist behavior reported by the Los Angeles Times. Peter Dunn, the CBS television station’s president and David Friend, Senior Vice President of the news for the stations were suspended pending a full investigation by parent company Viacom/CBS. Our national correspondent jericka Duncan has the details. JERICKA DUNCAN: According to allegations laid out in The Los Angeles Times investigation, Peter Dunn’s management was hostile, racist and crude. According to legal papers obtained by the L.A. Times from a former employee of our Philadelphia station KYW-TV, Dunn referred to veteran reporter Ukee Washington, who is Black, as jive. Another former employee echoed that claim. Dunn allegedly disparaged Washington often according to the L.A. Times and would say that, quote, “all he does is dance.” In a statement on air last night, KYW sportscaster Don Bell responded. DON BELL: Our Ukee Washington is the most hard working, authentic caring skilled journalist.
Ukee is our quarterback. He is the crown jewel of Philly. DUNCAN: But the allegedly harmful rhetoric did not stop with Dunn. According to claims in the Times report, his lieutenant, Senior Vice President David Friend also disparaged colleagues. He was allegedly critical when KYW hired journalist Brook Thomas as a morning anchor in 2016. Former Mews Director Margaret Cronin described just to the L.A. Times a phone call with Friend on Thomas’s second day on air as just venom and profanity. He screamed, “Tell her to shut the f-up.” Thomas, who is Black, was let go just months later. BROOKE THOMAS: We have spent the last two weeks together for the last two years. DUNCAN: And according to the Times report, Dunn allegedly objected to extending the contract of Rachel Solomon, who is Ethiopian, and who had replaced Thomas, because, quote, “I hate her face.” In a statement to the Times, Friend said, “These comments I have made about our employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualification. Not about anyone’s race or gender.” Former CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose was terminated over sexual harassment allegations in 2017, allegations which he denied. After his firing, CBS began an investigation into workplace culture, allowing employees to share any stories of alleged harassment. A subsequent investigation eventually led to the firing of then-chairman and CBS CEO Les Moonves who denies all allegations of misconduct. Allegations against Peter Dunn came up during investigations into workplace culture in 2019. Former KYW manager Brian Kennedy said Dunn fired him for cooporating with the investigation. CBS released a statement to the L.A. Times this week saying they haven’t had any complaints against Dunn since. On Sunday night, CBS entertainment group George cheeks met with leadership with the National Association of Black Journalists. Afterwards, NABJ said in a statement that “for the company’s culture to be transformed, it must begin with the firing of Dunn and Friend.” In an internal e-mail Monday, cheeks promised to foster and maintain a positive inclusive workplace. The network also committed to an independent investigation of the allegations raised in the Times and said is it would take appropriate action in a public statement announcing Dunn and Friend’s suspensions. For CBS this morning, Jericka Duncan. MASON: In his public statement, George cheeks said, “CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace where all voices are heard. Claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary.” We’ve reached out to Peter Dunn and David Friend for comment but have not heard back. GAYLE KING: It’s another one of those times where I feel like we’ve been here before. I’m sick of it and sickened by it. The more you hear the worse it gets. I’m glad The Los Angeles Times did the story. I’m glad that we are talking about it. We’re not running from it. But we haven’t handled it well. We have to own up to it. CBS hasn’t handled it well and hopefully now things will change. It’s very, very, very upsetting to me. MASON: The L.A. Times story is very upsetting. KING: It is. It is. We can do better and we are better than this and actions speak louder than words.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, MSNBC anchors and correspondents kept wailing about the Senate filibuster power preventing President Biden and Democrats from implementing a radical left-wing agenda. Despite bipartisan opposition to doing away with the parliamentary procedure, pundits on the leftist cable channel insisted that it must be ended in order to shove through their preferred policies. “Democrats had hope when Senator Mitch McConnell moved from majority to minority leader, the Senate might work a little differently, we might see more votes becoming more laws, more bills becoming more laws,” anchor Craig Melvin proclaimed in the 11:00 a.m. ET hour. He then warned viewers that hope had been dashed and it would cost them, literally: “But now, Senator McConnell is at the center of a new clash and it could put some of President Biden’s top priorities, like bigger pandemic relief checks for you, in jeopardy.” In the report that followed, correspondent Sahil Kapur feared: Craig, it is ultimately, in plain terms, a question of how much, if anything, President Biden is going to get done with this new Congress….he has a 50-50 Senate, that’s 50 Democratic senators, and it takes 60 votes to pass most pieces of legislation. There is no viable path to major action on issues like immigration reform, gun control, even raising the minimum wage to $15, because those do not have the support of ten Republican senators or really even close to that. So the question is how much the filibuster is going to stand in the way of President Biden’s priorities, whether Democrats are going to consider maybe abolishing it. Though he then lamented that “Democrats do not have the votes to eliminate it.” Wrapping up the segment, Kapur ominously worried that “the filibuster looms over President Biden’s agenda.” Later in the 2:00 p.m. ET hour, anchor Katy Tur turned to Democratic Party activist and fellow MSNBC host Al Shaprton, fretting: “How much pressure is the Biden team facing to get some of these things done legislatively, and what does that mean for the fate of the filibuster? Can he get police reform, can he get these other major reforms done if the filibuster is still in place?” Sharpton demanded that Democrats kill the filibuster, despite clearly not having the votes to do so: [Biden] should use his bully pulpit and his ability to deliver messages direct to the Democrats, who now control not only the White House but has a tight control of the Senate and the House, to get these laws through. And they must deal with the filibuster, which was born in the archaic times it was used to block civil rights and voting laws. We need to get rid of the filibuster and bring about laws that will protect the rights and the fairness for the American people. Despite Sharpton’s assertions, the filibuster exists precisely to provide fairness and balance in Congress and prevent one side from ramming through controversial and divisive legislation whenever they want. It’s amazing how quickly the liberal media rush to abandon claims of unity and endorse partisan tactics when Democrats are in power. The propaganda was brought to viewers by CarShield. You can fight back by letting this advertiser know what you think of it sponsoring such content. Here is a full transcript of Melvin’s January 26 exchange with Kapur: 11:33 AM ET CRAIG MELVIN: Democrats had hope when Senator Mitch McConnell moved from majority to minority leader, the Senate might work a little differently, we might see more votes becoming more laws, more bills becoming more laws. But now, Senator McConnell is at the center of a new clash and it could put some of President Biden’s top priorities, like bigger pandemic relief checks for you, in jeopardy. NBC’s Sahil Kapur is reporting on this particular story from the Hill for us this morning. Walk us through this conflict, Sahil. SAHIL KAPUR: Craig, it is ultimately, in plain terms, a question of how much, if anything, President Biden is going to get done with this new Congress. He has a narrow majority in the House to work with, he has a 50-50 Senate, that’s 50 Democratic senators, and it takes 60 votes to pass most pieces of legislation. There is no viable path to major action on issues like immigration reform, gun control, even raising the minimum wage to $15, because those do not have the support of ten Republican senators or really even close to that. So the question is how much the filibuster is going to stand in the way of President Biden’s priorities, whether Democrats are going to consider maybe abolishing it. Right now this rule standoff between Senator Schumer and the Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was about the filibuster. Currently Democrats do not have the votes to eliminate it. They did not commit – Schumer did not commit to keeping that 60 vote threshold and he talks about this fight in terms of what’s at stake in the agenda. Let’s have a listen to what Senator Schumer told our own Rachel Maddow last night. SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: I worry about the future of this democracy. If people continue to be disillusioned that this government can’t do a thing to make their lives better at a time when so many are angry, so many are sour, so many think they don’t have a chance to get ahead, I worry about the future. We will not let Mitch McConnell dictate to us what we will do be and not do, period. KAPUR: And there you have Senator Schumer laying out the stakes in plain terms of essentially what Democrats want to do. They want to take to voters some big accomplishments in 2022 and say they did something with full control at this point. The one procedural escape, Craig, they have is the issue of reconciliation, it’s a parliamentary maneuver by which you can pass budgetary measures by bypassing the 60 vote rule, they can do that with 50. That could include some COVID relief and it could include aid to states. But they’re very limited in what they can do with that. But beyond that, the filibuster looms over President Biden’s agenda, Craig. MELVIN: Sahil Kapur on the Hill for us. Sahil, thank you so much sir.Read more