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November 29, 2023

Sebastian Stan to Play Young Donald Trump in 'The Apprentice' Film (Variety.com)


Sebastian Stan is playing young Donald Trump in a movie titled “The Apprentice” from Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi (“Holy Spider”), Variety can confirm.

The script, according to sources familiar with project, tells of a young Trump building his real estate empire in the 1970s and 1980s. Trump’s mentor and attorney Roy Cohn will also be a major character.

Gabriel Sherman, author of “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country,” will write the film about Trump. His novel inspired the Showtime miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” which starred Russel Crowe as Roger Ailes. Amy Baer will produce “The Apprentice” for Gidden Media.

This year, Stan received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his portrayal of rocker Tommy Lee in Hulu’s biographical drama “Pam & Tommy.” He’s most well known for his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. His most recent appearance as the hero came on the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and he’s next due to star in “The Thunderbolts” in 2025.

Read more: https://variety.com/2023/film/news/sebastian-stan-donald-trump-apprentice-movie-1235813840/


Since Gabriel Sherman is writing it, it should be at least interesting. But who'd want to be saddled with playing Donald Trump on their acting resume?
November 29, 2023

Elon Musk to X/Twitter Advertisers Who Have Pulled Spending: 'Go F-- Yourself'

Source: Variety.com


Elon Musk said advertisers who pulled out of spending on X/Twitter, following his post that endorsed an antisemitic theory, were trying to “blackmail” the company and were threatening to driving it into bankruptcy.

Musk, currently the world’s wealthiest individual, had a message to big advertisers who were pulling spending: “Go fuck yourself… Go. Fuck. Yourself. Is that clear?” he said Wednesday at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit. He lambasted advertisers who were acting as if they were acting virtuously while being “evil.”

Musk’s X is dealing with an exodus of major advertisers, including Disney, IBM, Warner Bros. Discovery, Sony, Comcast and NBCUniversal, and Lionsgate. Those marketers suspended ad spending after Musk endorsed a post on X pushing the antisemitic replacement theory, writing “You have said the actual truth,” and following reports by activist group Media Matters that found ads appeared next to pro-Nazi and white nationalist posts.

Musk, at the DealBook Summit, admitted, “I should have not replied to that particular person… I essentially handed a loaded gun to those who hate me.” He said he clarified his remarks in subsequent posts, saying that persecuted groups that were funded by Jewish organizations were calling for attacks on Jewish people — and that it was a wholly illogical situation. He reiterated that he is not antisemitic and that, “If anything, I am philo-Semitic.”

Read more: https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/elon-musk-x-twitter-advertisers-antisemitic-post-spending-go-f-yourself-1235813657/

Yeah, that's the way to get your advertisers (and users) back.
November 29, 2023

TCM Schedule Saturday, Dec. 2: Bing and Bob, Marilyn Monroe, Reginald Owen, Dick Van Dyke, Lana Turner

TCM Schedule Saturday, Dec. 2: Bing and Bob, Marilyn Monroe, Reginald Owen, Dick Van Dyke, Lana Turner

Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Mr. Lucky (1943
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
MGM Cartoons: Garden Gopher (1950)
Aladdin's Lantern (1938) (short)
Beautiful Budapest (1938) (short)
Crashing Las Vegas (1956)
Buck Rogers Ch. 5: The Phantom Plane (1939)
Popeye: Be Kind to 'Aminals' (1935)
Hold That Baby! (1949)
King for a Day (1934) (short)
Ladies of the Chorus (Musical Matinee)
Road to Utopia (1946)
Lili (1953)
Christmas Carol, A (1938)
Fitzwilly (1967)
Imitation of Life (1959)
All I Desire (1953)
(P) Black Angel (1946) - TCM LATE NIGHT
All-American Boy, The (1973)
Main Event, The (1979)

12:00 AM The Philadelphia Story (1940)


Socialite Tracy Lord is getting married, and an honest reporter is there to get the story. It's a dull assignment until Tracy's ex-husband shows up, with a thirst for alcohol and a not-quite extinguished torch for his lovely one-time wife.
Dir: George Cukor Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
Runtime: 111 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTOR -- James Stewart {"Mike Connor"} (WINNER)
ACTRESS -- Katharine Hepburn {"Tracy Lord"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Ruth Hussey {"Liz Imbrie"}
DIRECTING -- George Cukor
WRITING (Screenplay) -- Donald Ogden Stewart (WINNER)

Trivia: The film was shot in eight weeks, and required no retakes. During the scene where James Stewart hiccups when drunk, you can see Cary Grant looking down and grinning. Since the hiccup wasn't scripted, Grant was on the verge of breaking out laughing and had to compose himself quickly. Stewart (apparently spontaneously) thought of hiccuping in the drunk scene, without telling Grant. When he began hiccuping, Grant turned to Stewart, saying, "Excuse me." The scene required only one take.

2:00 AM Bringing Up Baby (1938)


A straight-laced paleontologist loses a dinosaur bone to a dog belonging to a free-spirited heiress. In the course of retrieving the bone he falls for the heiress and many subsequent mishaps ensue.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles
Runtime: 102 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant frequently socialized off the set, double-dating with their respective steadies at the time, Howard Hughes and Phyllis Brooks. They loved working on the film so much that they frequently arrived early. Since Howard Hawks was usually late, they spent their time working out new bits of comic business.

Trivia: Christopher Reeve based his performance as Clark Kent in Superman (1978) and its three sequels on Cary Grant's character David Huxley from this film.

Trivia: The scene in which Susan's dress is ripped was inspired by something that happened to Cary Grant. He was at the Roxy Theater one night and his pants zipper was down when it caught on the back of a woman's dress. Grant impulsively followed her. When he told this story to Howard Hawks, Hawks loved it and put it into the film.

4:00 AM Mr. Lucky (1943)


A gambling-ship owner is out to fleece a beautiful society woman, but falls in love.
Dir: H. C. Potter Cast: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford
Runtime: 100 mins Genre: Crime Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: Before Las Vegas became easily accessible, the state of Maryland was a haven for people who wanted to get married with a minimum of restrictions. Many couples in movies went there to get married quickly. In addition to this film, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn eloped to Maryland in Woman of the Year (1942), and Rock Hudson and Doris Day woke up in a motel in Maryland legally (to their surprise) married in Lover Come Back (1961).

6:00 AM Thrill of a Romance (1945)


A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Frances Gifford
Runtime: 105 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia; Producer Joe Pasternak often took license in merging fact with fiction in his casting. For example, Jose Iturbi played himself as a single man in Three Daring Daughters (1948) after playing himself as a married man with myriad children just two years earlier in Holiday in Mexico (1946). In a similar vein, in Thrill of a Romance (1945), Tommy Dorsey introduces his daughter, Susan Dorsey, who takes the stage to perform the "Hungarian Rhapsody" on piano (which transforms into "The Guy With the Slide Trombone&quot . In fact, Dorsey did not have a daughter named Susan. She was a fictional character portrayed by teen actress Helene Stanley, who frequently appeared in Disney films of the period.

8:00 AM Cartoon: Garden Gopher (1950)
A stubborn gopher gives Spike a difficult time when he tries to bury a bone.
Dir: Tex Avery (fred) Cast: Sara Berner, Tex Avery, William Hanna
Runtime: 7 mins Genre: Animation Rating: TV-G CC: Y

8:07 AM Short: Aladdin's Lantern (1938)
In this film, a gang of children decide to put on a show based on the story of Aladdin.
Dir: Gordon Douglas Cast: Gloria Brown, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Henry Lee
Runtime: 10 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: N

8:18 AM Short: Beautiful Budapest (1938)
This short documentary focuses on the landmarks, people and culture of Budapest.
Dir: null Cast: James A. Fitzpatrick, James A. Fitzpatrick, Winton Hoch, Jack Shilkret
Runtime: 8 mins Genre: Short Rating: TV-G CC: N

8:27 AM Crashing Las Vegas (1956)
When an electric shock turns one of them into a psychic, the Bowery Boys invade Las Vegas.
Dir: Jean Yarbrough Cast: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Mary Castle
Runtime: 62 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

9:30 AM Serial: Buck Rogers, Chapter Five: The Phantom Plane (1939)
In Chapter Five of Buck Rogers, Killer Kane's men ambush Buck and his crew.
Dir: Ford Beebe, Ray Trampe Cast: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran
Runtime: 20 mins Genre: Horror/Science-Fiction Rating: TV-G CC: N

10:00 AM Cartoon: Be Kind to 'Aminals' (1935)
Popeye and Olive see Bluto driving a wagon hitting his weak-looking horse because he cannot pull the wagon. They ask Bluto to stop and when he doesn't, Popeye goes to the rescue of the poor animal.
Dir: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky Cast: Floyd Buckley, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie
Runtime: 4 mins Genre: Animation Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

10:07 AM Hold That Baby! (1949)
The Bowery Boys discover a lost baby they think is heir to a fortune.
Dir: Reginald Le Borg Cast: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell
Runtime: 64 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

11:30 AM Short: King for a Day (1934)
A talented tap dancer who can't get an audition uses his prowess at playing craps to gain ownership of a musical show.
Dir: Roy Mack Cast: Bill Robinson, Ernest Whitman, Dusty Fletcher
Runtime: 21 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

12:00 PM Ladies of the Chorus (1949)


A one-time burlesque star tries to shield her daughter so she can marry a nice young man.
Dir: Phil Karlson Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Adele Jergens, Rand Brooks
Runtime: 61 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: When the film was re-released in November 1952, Columbia redesigned the opening title credits with the name of Marilyn Monroe over the title, and the name of Adele Jergens, who originally had top billing, moved to the head of the supporting cast; this is the version that was shown on Turner Classic Movies.

1:15 PM Road to Utopia (1946)


Two song-and-dance men on the run masquerade as killers during the Alaskan gold rush.
Dir: Hal Walker Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Runtime: 90 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations: 1946 (19th)
WRITING (Original Screenplay) -- Norman Panama, Melvin Frank

Trivia: Bob Hope recalled that during the scene where he and Bing Crosby were bedding down beside their cabin in the Klondike, they were to be joined by a bear. They were told that the bear was tame and its trainer would always be nearby. Against their better judgment they went along with it. However, when the cameras started filming, the bear ambled over to Hope and, instead of lying down next to him like it was supposed to, the animal sniffed him and started growling. Hope and Crosby immediately stopped the scene and refused to work with the bear any longer, despite the trainer's protestations that it was tame and harmless. The next day the bear attacked its trainer and tore his arm off.

3:00 PM Lili (1953)


A French orphan gets a job with a carnival puppet show.
Dir: Charles Walters Cast: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean Pierre Aumont
Runtime: 81 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Leslie Caron {"Lili Daurier"}
ART DIRECTION (Color) -- Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Arthur Krams
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) -- Robert Planck
DIRECTING -- Charles Walters
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) -- Bronislau Kaper (WINNER)
WRITING (Screenplay) -- Helen Deutsch

Trivia: This film was based on The Saturday Evening Post's Paul Gallico's short story "The Man Who Hated People," published in the 28 October 1950 edition, which was inspired by the children's puppet show "Kukla, Fran and Ollie." Due to the success of the film, Gallico expanded the story into a novella.

Trivia: The earliest known appearance of the "smiley" emoticon, , was in an ad for this film in the New York Herald Tribune on 10 March 1953, page 20, columns 4-6. The film opened nationwide, and this ad possibly ran in many newspapers. It read: Today You'll laugh You'll cry You'll love 'Lili'" This should not be confused with the graphical yellow "smiley face," which was first drawn by Harvey Ball some 10 years later.

4:30 PM A Christmas Carol (1938)


In this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart
Runtime: 69 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Trivia: This was the only film in which Gene Lockhart appeared with his wife Kathleen Lockhart and their daughter June Lockhart.

Trivia: June Lockhart's film debut.

Trivia: Although he seemed much older, Reginald Owen was only 4 years older than Gene Lockhart.

6:00 PM Fitzwilly (1967)


When an aging philanthropist goes broke, her butler robs from the rich so she can give to the poor.
Dir: Delbert Mann Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, Edith Evans
Runtime: 102 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-PG CC: N

Trivia: The copy machine Juliet wants to return is a Xerox 813, the world's first "desktop" plain paper copier. It weighed 200 pounds and was introduced in 1963.

Trivia: First credited movie appearance of Barbara Feldon and the final film appearance of Billy Halop.

8:00 PM Imitation of Life (1959)


A successful actress with a distant only daughter sets up housekeeping with a black housekeeper whose own daughter has disowned any connection to her race.
Dir: Douglas Sirk Cast: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
Runtime: 125 mins Genre: Romance Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Susan Kohner {"Sarah Jane (age 18)"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Juanita Moore {"Annie Johnson"}

Trivia: This film, which focuses on the relationship struggles of mothers and daughters, was Lana Turner's first since a very public scandal involving Turner and her daughter Cheryl Crane. The previous year, the fourteen year old Crane had fatally stabbed Turner's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato. Stompanato, part of Mickey Cohen's infamous gang, had been beating Turner, and the court ruled that Crane's actions were justifiable homicide. Nonetheless, the killing and subsequent scandal created a rift between Turner and her daughter, and seriously threatened to end Turner's film career. However, Turner channeled the pain from her experience into this film. It proved financially and critically successful, and served as a comeback vehicle for the actress.

10:15 PM All I Desire (1953)


An actress who has been estranged from her family, returns to her hometown to see her daughter in a school play.
Dir: Douglas Sirk Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger
Runtime: 79 mins Genre: Romance Rating: TV-G CC: Y

12:00 AM NOIR ALLEY: Black Angel (1946)


When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.
Dir: Roy William Neill Cast: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre
Runtime: 83 mins Genre: Crime Rating: TV-PG CC:

Trivia: When Mr. Marko is talking on the telephone with George Mitchell, the columnist, he hangs up the phone while he is still talking to him. Mr. Marko says the words "Be seeing you" as he is placing the receiver in the cradle.

1:45 AM The All-American Boy (1973)

Vic "Bomber" Bealer is a handsome, manipulative boxer who aspires to something greater than the small-town life he knows in Texas. But even when opportunities present themselves, Bealer is too restless and indecisive to take advantage. Despite being on the cusp of making the Olympic boxing team, his life is in total disarray ...
Dir: Charles Eastman Cast: Jon Voight, Nancie Phillips, Art Metrano
Runtime: 118 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-MA CC: Y

4:00 AM The Main Event (1979)


Hillary Kramer, a wealthy perfume executive, awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and escaped to South America. While going through what's left of her remaining assets, she finds Kid Natural, a boxer she purchased as a tax write off years earlier. She decides to take Kid, who hasn't been in ...
Dir: Howard Zieff Cast: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand
Runtime: 112 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Trivia: Producer Jon Peters, who was Barbra Streisand's boyfriend at the time, has since said, "I talked Barbra into doing that ("The Main Event&quot . It was time for us to do another film and I felt a comedy was the best way to go."

Trivia: Diana Ross was the original intended star. According to a Barbra Streisand biography, Ross left the project after her brief affair with Ryan O'Neal turned sour.
November 29, 2023

Philips sleep apnea machines can overheat, FDA warns

Reposted from Latest Breaking News

Source: CBS News

November 29, 2023 / 10:32 AM EST

A device made by Philips Respironics for treating sleep apnea should be monitored closely when in use because it can overheat, according to federal regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that the Philips' DreamStation 2 can start to issues or even start burning while in use. The agency said it received 270 reports or problems with the company's continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine between August and November 15. The issue "may be related to an electrical or a mechanical malfunction of the machine, which may cause it to overheat in certain situations," the FDA said.

To reduce the chances of the DreamStation 2 overheating, users should regularly clean the device, put it on a flat surface and kee it away from flammable materials when in use, the FDA said. Consumers should unplug the machine when it is not in use.

Philips said in a statement Wednesday that the company has reviewed the complaints about the DreamStation 2 sent to the FDA. "The devices can continue to be used provided that the safety instructions for use for the DreamStation 2 sleep therapy device are followed," the company said.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philips-cpap-machine-recall-overheating-dreamstation-2-sleep-apnea/


Link to FDA safety notice - Carefully Monitor Philips DreamStation 2 CPAP Machines for Signs of Overheating: FDA Safety Communication

November 29, 2023

Exclusive: Liz Cheney's new book blasts GOP as 'enablers and collaborators' of Trump, whom one member called 'Orange Jes

Source: CNN

By Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb and Elizabeth Stuart, CNN
Updated 8:38 PM EST, Tue November 28, 2023

In her new book, former Rep. Liz Cheney paints a scathing portrait of the Republican Party, condemning her former colleagues and party leaders as “enablers and collaborators,” who after the 2020 election were “willing to violate their oath to the Constitution out of political expediency and loyalty to Donald Trump.”

The book, “Oath and Honor,” which was obtained exclusively by CNN ahead of its Dec. 5 release, is an unflinching account of what Cheney calls the GOP’s “cowardice,” and how so many were willing to support former President Donald Trump, who she calls “the most dangerous man ever to inhabit the Oval Office.”

Cheney delivers a particularly devastating takedown of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who she says told her that Trump knew he’d lost the election. Cheney is also critical of McCarthy’s successor, House Speaker Mike Johnson, who “appeared especially susceptible to flattery from Trump and aspired to being anywhere in Trump’s orbit,” she writes.

The book serves both as a roadmap laying out how Cheney realized in the days and weeks following the election the dangers of what Trump and his allies were trying to do to overturn the 2020 election, as well as a stark warning that she believes the checks and balances of the Constitution will not hold if Trump is reelected in 2024.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/28/politics/liz-cheney-trump-mccarthy-book/index.html

November 28, 2023

Fox News misleads about its own reporter's question to Biden (Media Matters)

Yet another example of Fox lying to its viewers. As it always does.



Fox News misleads about its own reporter's question to Biden

Network correspondent Lucas Tomlinson’s dishonest presentation should remind everyone that Fox is not a news organization


PUBLISHED 11/27/23 1:27 PM EST

On the November 26 edition of Fox News Sunday, Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson declared, “The oldest president in U.S. history also continues to face questions about his age, even here in Nantucket,” followed by video of President Joe Biden reacting to a yelled question — “Mr. President, are you too old to be running for reelection?” — which was clearly Tomlinson’s own voice. In reporting the story to his Fox audience, however, Tomlinson did not make it clear that he was the one who asked the question.

Fox News anchor Shannon Bream soon concluded the segment, “All right, Lucas, on the road with the president in Nantucket, thank you very much,” again confirming that Tomlinson was the reporter following Biden around for the Fox team.

Tomlinson had previously appeared Saturday night on Fox’s The Big Weekend Show, in which he and the co-hosts discussed that he had asked Biden those questions. But by Sunday morning, Tomlinson’s depiction of the event on Fox’s flagship “straight news” show had become that Biden “continues to face questions” that Tomlinson himself had been asking.

Numerous commentators and media critics on X (formerly known as Twitter) called out Tomlinson’s report from Sunday morning, including describing it as the “epitome of astroturfing a political attack.” The ridicule piled on further against Tomlinson:

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote: “It’s kind of a perpetual motion machine: 1. Report that X ‘continues to face questions;’ 2. Continue to ask those questions; 3. Report that the questions continue; 4. Repeat…”

The Poynter Institute’s Tom Jones wrote that Tomlinson’s behavior was “deceitful and disingenuous.”
The conservative media outlet Newsweek ran with an understated and deadpan headline, “Fox News Reporter Appears to Leave Out Key Point in Attack on Biden's Age.”

Tomlinson’s tweet now features a community note on X itself: “This post lacks context. The reporter that asked the question is this reporter, Lucas Tomlinson.”

Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/fox-news-misleads-about-its-own-reporters-question-biden

November 28, 2023

Manufacturing fear: How Fox News invented a terrorist attack and used it to demonize Muslims


Fox News ran with false report that Rainbow Bridge crash was an act of terrorism



PUBLISHED 11/28/23 12:22 PM EST

Fox News falsely reported last Wednesday that a car accident at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara, New York, was an act of terrorism. Much of the network’s coverage was based on reporting from correspondent Alexis McAdams, who attributed her information — later debunked — to anonymous law enforcement sources. A close look at Fox’s treatment of this event shows how the network manufactured a terrorist event out of thin air, and then blamed it on Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians, and their supporters.

Fox News personalities and guests made at least 97 claims alleging or speculating that the crash was an act of terrorism or an attack from when the incident happened at 11:30 a.m. ET, until about approximately 5:15 p.m. ET, when Gov. Hochul stated that the explosion was not related to terrorism. From when the network first began reporting the crash, around 1:15 p.m. ET, through Gov. Hochul's statement, Fox News aired 1 hour and 45 minutes of on-screen text that speculated that the car crash at the U.S.-Canada border was an act of terrorism or an attack. Several Fox guests and personalities backpedaled their statements over the course of the timeframe.

The incident occurred on November 22, one of the busiest travel days of the year, at a border checkpoint between the United States and Canada. By 9:40 p.m. ET Wednesday evening, the FBI had concluded its investigation, determining that “no terrorism nexus was identified.” Local police have now taken over the investigation, and a cause of the crash has yet to be released. The Niagara police chief criticized media outlets for spreading misinformation about the crash, which he said had “created significant and unnecessary anxiety in the community.”

Right-wing media outlets including Fox News have consistently fearmongered about the purported threat of Muslims and Arabs looking to cross into the United States to carry out violence following an attack in Israel on October 7 by the armed wing of Hamas, the Palestinian organization that governs the occupied Gaza Strip. An estimated 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas attack; Israel responded with a bombardment and invasion of Gaza that has reportedly killed more than 14,000 Palestinians, an estimated 10,000 of whom are women and children. Incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States have skyrocketed over this period.

Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/manufacturing-fear-how-fox-news-invented-terrorist-attack-and-used-it-demonize-muslims


Another reason why Fox is the world's biggest and also the worst terrorist.
November 28, 2023

Gavin Newsom Wants Fox News Viewers to Hear Him Out (NY Times - no paywall)


After sparring twice with Sean Hannity, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will jump into the ring this week with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. The stakes are high for both men.

By Adam Nagourney
Adam Nagourney covered Gavin Newsom’s campaign for California governor in 2018.

Nov. 28, 2023
Updated 1:08 p.m. ET

Gavin Newsom has a scant history of tough debates over his two decades as governor and lieutenant governor of California and mayor of San Francisco.

But he is nevertheless unusually prepared for his nationally televised face-off on Thursday with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida: Over the past few months, Mr. Newsom has lived through something of a debate boot camp on how to respond to attacks on California, President Biden, the Democratic Party and his own mistakes over the years.

It came in the form of two lively interviews with Sean Hannity, the conservative Fox News host who will moderate the debate on Thursday. From the moment they sat down, he pressed Mr. Newsom on the differences between them on issues as varied as immigration and law enforcement.

“I want border security,” Mr. Newsom said, disputing the premise of Mr. Hannity’s question in the opening minutes of their first encounter. “Democrats want border security.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/28/us/politics/newsom-desantis-debate.html?unlocked_article_code=1.B00.b1OV.LJf2q0V0TBrh&smid=url-share


I won't be watching on Fox, but I know Newsom will kick DeSatanis' ass from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco.
November 28, 2023

WWE Hall of Famer Tammy 'Sunny' Sytch sentenced to 17 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

Updated 10:41 AM PST, November 28, 2023


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former pro wrestler Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for drunkenly colliding with another car, killing a 75-year-old man, while her blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit, authorities in Florida said.

Sytch, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, pleaded no contest in August to driving under the influence manslaughter and other charges. She also had an unsealed bottle of vodka in her vehicle and cannabis in her system at the time of her arrest in Volusia County in March 2022, authorities said.

She had faced up to more than 25 years in prison during her sentencing hearing on Monday. During the hearing, Sytch said she felt remorse and regret “deep in my soul” for killing Julian LaFrancis Lasseter of Daytona Beach.

Sytch, 50, previously had been arrested multiple times from driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, where her driver’s license had been suspended. She didn’t have a Florida driver’s license.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/wwe-wrestling-sunny-sytch-prison-sentence-dui-a373f69b30f64deaccf7710db3346f2e
November 28, 2023

Republican Reading Rainbow - Kevin McCarthy and Ted Cruz read "Green Eggs and Ham"


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