I’m pretty annoyed with CNN these days. I have called them “recklessly irresponsible” for failing to apply the slightest skepticism to the administration’s absurd claims of sonic weapon attacks in Cuba. Then there’s their website’s autoplay videos, which shrink, move to the sidebar, and keep playing if you scroll past them. Because obviously, when you scroll past a video to read a story, what you want is to see the video.
But Brianna Keilar nails it in this interview with Georgia State Senator Michael Williams:
“Where are you getting that…if you’re making that argument, shouldn’t you have your facts straight?” Brianna Keilar presses Georgia State Senator Michael Williams on his suggestion that Delta offers discounts to Planned Parenthood https://t.co/iaF9x9bzvj https://t.co/bLlxbEqPce
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) February 27, 2018
That’s right, she asked the exact question I’ve criticized CNN for failing to ask: how do you know that? And Senator Williams dances a beautiful little jig in his effort to dodge her question.
Donald Trump’s accusations of ‘fake news’ aren’t just disingenuous, they’re cowardly. Some of those accusations are specific, and those are usually smacked down, hard:
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) October 19, 2017
Those aren’t the ones I’m talking about. At least, in those cases, he’s making a claim that can be fact-checked. More often, it’s just poisoning the well against (essentially all) legitimate news organizations:
Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 16, 2017
My list of Republican criticisms of President (in a few cases candidate) Trump just got a bit longer. David Weigel at the Washington Post has some zingers from members of the “Meeting of the Concerned”:
In The Atlantic, not in the Atlantic. A new article in The Atlantic is making the rounds on social media, “Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research.” The article speculates on the likely long-term effects of President Trump’s proposed ~20% cut to the NIH budget. Which is fine, because what has the NIH ever done for us? Okay, there was the whole genetic code thing, plus
Think you’re special, Virginia, because one of your candidates for Congress looks at porn? Pfft. Here in Montana, we have a full-blown conspiracy theorist running for governor. I’m talking (or rather he is) chemtrails, Sandy Hook, and 9-11 Truth.
…to love Bruce Springsteen: http://www.snopes.com/bruce-springsteen-bathroom-law/
To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.
In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a. the stimulus) Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain published a Stimulus Checkup in December, 2009. This pamphlet concludes that “…billions of dollars of stimulus funding have been wasted, mismanaged, or directed towards silly and shortsighted projects,” and, not surprisingly, many of the projects so identified are federally funded scientific studies. Number 35 in this list is an NSF grant to Dr. David Inouye and colleagues: