A few new stories hit the scopes, while the previous chart-topping stories continue to evolve…
Topics that are still monopolizing the cycle:
We covered these last time, so will only do some quick updates this time.
Reality Dispatch doesn’t cover entertainment news, except when it collides with other issues. This year’s Oscar Nominations are, so far, hitting the frequency but not the bias and prejudice meters, excepting some #metoo drama. Other than that,
- More women were nominated
- More diversity too… but not diverse-enough diversity (too many Black, not enough Asian and Latino nominees.)
Acosta battled, and was smacked down by, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over what she said was “purposefully” putting out false information. He claims that she then threatened his press access if he continued his behavior… which he considers “intimidation.”
The White House could probably legally bar Acosta… as long as it doesn’t bar CNN.
A year ago Trump called Acosta “fake news”, well before CNN won the Fake News awards with four of eleven issues. Jim’s response: “Trump is the king of Fake News.”
Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: “Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.” Thank you for your honesty Jim!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
and gave him the moniker “Crazy Jim.” Reports suggest that Trump shouldn’t have thanked Acosta for his honesty; he was merely reporting other peoples’ reactions.
The Catholic Pope’s World Day of Communication message attacked “Fake News” as a “sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred.” He called the Serpent’s messages to Adam “Fake News”, and said that journalists “must search for the truth.”
Schumer is taking a lot of blame from both sides for:
- Shutting down the government, putting “illegal” chain migration over American citizens
- Caving to the Republicans and Trump without a win, resulting in a #SchumerSellout movement.
- Flip-flopping on a deal to fund the Wall in return for some DACA concessions
DACA didn’t have a near-term deadline, because the administration hasn’t challenged the order to restart processing applications. And 58% of Democrats were against shutting down the government over DACA Dreamers.
There’s little new in the last two days. See here for our recap. The new:
- Talk of a “secret society” by those same agents
- No other references beyond texts between Strzok and Page (so far) have mentioned a “secret society.”
- There’s a four-page document some claim is very incriminating… that nobody (except Congres) is allowed to see.
- Except… it’s just a memo written by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes’ staff. Neither the veracity nor the need-for-secrecy have been vetted.
- The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (Nunes is a Republican), says the memo is “Rife with factual inaccuracies”
- That description does aptly apply to the Steele Dossier that the FBI relied on to begin with.
- Republicans are hoping to make this memo public via a #releasethememo hashtag; 65 Republican Representatives have signed a letter asking this to be released.
The Super Bowl
The barrage of hate for the Patriots that we mentioned last time has died down, leaving the normal annual Super Bowl build-up. Super Bowl advertisements are also in the news both positively, and negatively, as are the usual bets on who will win. And the ratings… despite Kaepernick’s disastrous impact as a quarterback (Blaine Gabbert had a better win-loss record in the same season with the same team, and wins is really all that matters), the NFL is doubling-down on combining social justice with sports-entertainment in a new campaign. (Keep in mind that Reality Dispatch determined Kaepernick did not reduce NFL ratings.)