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CNN hires GOP operative with no journalism experience to run its 2020 coverage

Source: Vox

Sarah Isgur once referred to her new employer as the “Clinton News Network.”

By Aaron Rupar@atrupar Feb 19, 2019, 3:50pm EST

CNN announced on Tuesday it has hired longtime Republican operative Sarah Isgur as political editor, charged with shaping its 2020 campaign coverage.

According to a CNN spokesperson, Isgur, who most recently worked as the Department of Justice’s main spokesperson under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will coordinate the network’s political coverage for the 2020 election cycle on TV and on CNN’s website. Isgur starts work next month, and will not be involved in coverage of DOJ. She will occasionally appear on TV.

Isgur’s LinkedIn page indicates she has no journalism experience. She has, however, worked for a variety of right-wing organizations and campaigns, including the Carly Fiorina and Mitt Romney presidential bids, the Republican National Committee, and a Ted Cruz US Senate campaign.

Coming as it does in the wake of a presidential cycle in which the mainstream media’s fixation on Hillary Clinton’s emails (among other issues) was widely criticized, news of Isgur’s hiring sparked concerns about the direction CNN is taking heading into 2020.

Read more: https://www.vox.com/2019/2/19/18231993/cnn-gop-operative-2020-election-coverage

White House Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters Leaving for Edelman Firm

Source: Bloomberg

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters, who regularly defended the administration’s economic policies, plans to leave in April to work for Edelman Public Relations.

Walters is the only White House spokesman besides Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to remain on the job since the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency. She joined the White House staff after working with former press secretary Sean Spicer at the Republican National Committee and concentrated on economic issues, including the 2017 tax overhaul and trade negotiations with China.

Walters said it was “time for a change” and that she was excited by the opportunity at Edelman. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the president in this administration,” Walters said in a statement.

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney praised her “savvy, sophistication, and street smarts” in a statement. Sanders said Walters “helped us thrive every day and her steadfastness is matchless.”

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-19/white-house-spokeswoman-lindsay-walters-leaving-for-edelman-firm?utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=politics&utm_source=twitter

Farrakhan Tells Ilhan Omar to Not Apologize for AIPAC Comments, Blames 'Wicked Jews'

Source: Newsweek

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defended Congresswoman Ilhan Omar against claims she made anti-Semitic comments and blamed the “wicked Jews” for using him to break up the women’s movement.

During his keynote address at the Nation of Islam’s Savior’s Day convention, Farrakhan expressed his joy at more than 100 women being members of Congress and turned attention to Omar. The congresswoman recently came under heavy criticism for comments she made about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Omar posted on Twitter that it was "all about the Benjamins" and that she believed AIPAC was responsible for paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Democratic leaders, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, called for the freshman congresswoman to apologize for using “anti-Semitic tropes” and making “prejudicial accusations” about Israel’s supporters. Omar apologized, saying she was grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who educated her about the history behind her comments.

While the apology satisfied some high profile people such as former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Farrakhan criticized her for apologizing.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/farrakhan-omar-shouldnt-apologize-comments-wicked-jews-using-him-womens-1335936?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_medium=Social

Fuck off, Farrakhan.

Aaron Rupar: this is CNN's new political editor (thread)

this is CNN's new political editor

just saw 100 ft wave surfing clip on CNN...way more interesting that carney's surfing over "truth" and "accuracy"

Sarah Isgur was unhappy that CNN's coverage wasn't more homophobic

Seriously? More balanced reporting today from CNN: chiron reads "anti-gay, anti-abortion group hosts value voters summit"

CNN's new political editor pushed conspiracy theories about Planned Parenthood that were based on misleadingly edited videos

Watch the video Planned Parenthood & its media allies don't want you to believe exists--> http://thefederalist.com/2015/09/17/watch-the-video-planned-parenthood-and-its-media-allies-deny-exists/ … via @MZHemingway

I would like to see CNN fact-check this dubious claim from their new political editor

Hypocritical for @HillaryClinton to pretend her policies don't hurt women! 92 percent of jobs lost in Obama's first term belonged to women.



Obama Admin is "the new Nixon admin when it comes to bullying, withholding info and targeting enemies." http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/05/the-new-obama-narrative-163879.html#.UZFqdL2cKOE.twitter

This person will shape CNN 2020 coverage of reproductive rights issues

Left refuses 20wk ban on abortion (kills thousands) but demonizes conservatives over standing up for 2nd Amendment bc...guns. Cc @Lawrence

... more in the thread. Oy!

The letter that made thousands cry

When a happy customer's letter of appreciation to the seller of a VHS machine was shared on social media, it prompted a stream of stories about acts of kindness.

"It caught my eye because most mail I get is either an advertisement or a bill, but this was handwritten," Matt Shoukry told the BBC.

"I was blown away by how much emotion and feeling this gentleman had put into a note, and how I felt so connected to him," Matt, from St Louis, Missouri, said.

Sweet and unexpected

"It was so unexpected but so sweet, so I decided to share it with the world on Reddit," Matt told the BBC. "There is so much negative in the world today, it's refreshing to have something wholesome and positive to share with everyone."

Matt's post was upvoted 160,000 times in just one day, with many people saying they were crying with emotion.


Andrew McCabe Couldn't Believe the Things Trump Said About Putin

The former deputy director of the FBI explains why the bureau felt obligated to investigate the president—and how the Mueller probe might end.

In the months before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, FBI counterintelligence agents investigating Russian election interference were also collecting evidence suggesting that Trump could be compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who oversaw the bureau’s Russia investigation, told me in an interview conducted late last week that concerns about Trump had been building “for some time”—and that he was convinced the FBI would have been justified in opening a case against the president.

“We felt like we had credible, articulable facts to indicate that a threat to national security may exist,” McCabe told me. And FBI officials felt this way, he said, even before Trump fired Comey. That firing set off a chain of events that, as McCabe put it, turned the world “upside down.” McCabe wrote contemporaneous memos describing “key” conversations he had during that chaotic period—with the president, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and others—that are now in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

McCabe’s new book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, is not generally overstated in its approach to Trump. This reflects either an aversion to exaggeration on McCabe’s part—his self-image, it seems, is that of a just-the-facts-ma’am G-man—or an awareness that the Justice Department’s inspector general has, for all intents and purposes, branded him a fabulist, a charge he finds particularly wounding. McCabe, who was fired in March 2018, told me he’ll be filing a lawsuit against the Justice Department that will challenge the circumstances of his termination, which was ostensibly based on the inspector general’s findings that he had leaked information to the media without permission. In person, McCabe still seems awed by the “series of head-scratching, completely shocking events” that he witnessed two years ago.


Crowley, Shuster moving to K Street

Former Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will work at Squire Patton Boggs, the law and lobbying firm announced Tuesday.

K Street watchers have waited to see where the two prominent former members of Congress would land.

Crowley, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for two years, was defeated by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) in a Democratic primary last year. He had served in Congress since 1999.

Shuster, who served as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for six years, retired from Congress in January. He had served in the House since 2001.

The lawmakers join a long list of former members at Squire Patton Boggs, including former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) and former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).


Autotuned the cat because he won't shut up in the mornings. I don't know how this helps but...


Man Who Died in Democratic Donor Ed Buck's Home Called Him 'The Devil'

Friends of Timothy Dean, the second black gay man to die inside Ed Buck’s home, say he had warned them away from the powerful Democratic donor.

LOS ANGELES—Powerful Democratic donor Ed Buck solicited Timothy Dean for months prior to Dean's suspicious death in Buck’s home, according to close friends, speaking out for the first time.

Dean was found dead on Jan. 7, the second black gay man to die at Buck’s West Hollywood Home in less than two years. Charges have not been filed against Buck in either death. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in the 2017 death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore from a methamphetamine overdose at Buck’s apartment. They reopened an investigation into Moore’s death since Dean died.

Five friends told The Daily Beast that Dean characterized Buck as predatory.

In November, Dean asked DeMarco Majors, his friends of 20 years, to make him a promise. Sitting at Gym Sportsbar in West Hollywood, Dean looked Majors right in the eye.

“Ed Buck hits me up all the time, and I don’t answer none of his text messages,” he said, according to Majors. “Don’t you take your ass over there.”


Roger Stone now directly attacking the federal judge presiding over his case and posting a pic...

Roger Stone now directly attacking the federal judge presiding over his case and posting a pic of her head beside crosshairs

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