Sorry but funny isn’t really happening today, as we honor the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre — and wonder how our country fell into this perilous pit of hatred. Even amid mourning and remembrance, we hear a chorus of calls for accountability not just from Trump himself but also from Fox News, the loudest […]
Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]
For Sean Hannity, it was an embarrassing day down in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court — but it was an electrifying moment for America when we learned that the Fox News personality is the “third client” of Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer and fixer. The occasion was a hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Cohen’s […]
Americans tend to trust local news outlets –including their regional TV stations — more than national news. Even in this era of media consolidation and ideological silos, local television reporters often perform important services and provide vital investigative journalism. Which is why, as John Oliver explains, the increasing control of local TV by outfits like […]
Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for theRutland Herald, the New York Daily Newsand the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the […]
Donald Trump’s papal visit was mercifully brief but still historic — as Jimmy Kimmel put it, a “holy day, or maybe an a-holey day.” During their conversation, the Holy Father tried to persuade the American president to take up the causes of the poor and the environment. “Unfortunately Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the Devil right now,” according to Kimmel, “and it has a no-trade clause…”
Bill O’Reilly began to act like an eighth grader prank-dialing the head cheerleader—talking dirty while emitting grunts suggestive of masturbation. In 2004, a Fox News producer named Andrea Mackris, whose “big boobs” he much admired, tape-recorded one of these calls and played it for Fox News lawyers. They gave her a reported $9 million to go away.
“Without advertisers, Bill O’Reilly’s show was no longer commercially viable. Fox News had no choice but to fire O’Reilly,” said Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, who led a grassroots campaign to pressure O’Reilly’s sponsors. “Accountability came from the outside, not from within. Fox News deserves no accolades, only scorn for the industrial scale harassment they have forced their employees to endure.”
Known for whipping up partisan fears and corralling voter suspicions of the other, Ailes is a logical choice to occupy a vaunted position on Team Trump after the election. Yet he seems to have joined the ranks of the disappeared in recent weeks.
Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, CNN commentator, and Koch brothers minion, is about to move from his New Hampshire home to Washington, D.C., where he plans to open his own little consulting outfit in that same ole swamp — collecting big bucks from special interests that want him to carry their contracts to the White House.
It’s not that the campaign apparatus has fallen apart. It’s not that Trump’s team misread the electorate. It’s that the GOP candidate has fully revealed himself to be a loathsome person who has surrounded himself with equally loathsome people. First and foremost among them is former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
“Over the course of many months (2014–2016), Andrea relayed to me on multiple occasions instances of Mr. Ailes’ demeaning and overtly predatory behavior, as well as the abusive conduct of Fox News’ public relations department.” The statement goes on to confirm that Tantaros spoke about retaliatory actions taken by various Fox News staffers after she spoke up about Ailes’ behavior.
What the Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question – to anyone who still nurtured any doubt – is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of Barack Obama. Fair play, due process, respect for families and the military: To most if not all so-called conservatives, none […]
Jon Stewart took off his comedian hat yesterday when he appeared on Fox News Channel Sunday, and verbally sparred — to the point of visible outrage — with host Chris Wallace. The Comedy Central star’s face turned especially red when Wallace argued that there was little difference between The Daily Show‘s liberal-leaning satire and the […]