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CNN’s All-Consuming Trump Obsession

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CNN’s text-only website this morning (8:15 am ET) is a perfect example of the news network’s all-consuming obsession with President Trump.

The first item is, as usual, “5 things you need to know today”.

All of the next 18 stories involve Trump.

Every. Single. Story.

Think about that.

CNN’s obsession with All Things Trump is pushing them far beyond mere bias. It’s as if they can no longer be bothered with anything other than reporting on–and often attacking–President Trump. Like a deranged conspiracy theorist, it’s all they want to talk about.

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January 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

For ESPN, Entertainment Comes Before Sports.

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Not since Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox accidentally swore on the air has anyone said anything even remotely interesting in a live interview during a Baseball game. So why do ESPN (and Fox) subject viewers to such unnecessary drivel?

It’s the same lightweight banter that we encounter with nearly every postgame interview. Like any good trial attorney, the announcer will never ask a question if they don’t already know what the answer will be.

But unlike the postgame interview, we can’t change the channel (or turn the TV off) for fear of missing something, since the game is being played even as they present the interview.

Of course, thanks to Bobby Cox, the interview is usually now recorded between innings and broadcast several minutes later–while we’re trying to concentrate on the action on the field.

It just serves to remind us that, for ESPN, Entertainment comes before Sports.

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July 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

Hillary on Benghazi: That Awful Internet Video

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a memorial service for Benghazi victims September 14, 2012:

We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

The full State Department transcript is available here.

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May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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Aaron Swartz was killed by… Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Swartz’ father says that Swartz was killed by the government:

Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.

Aaron’s death is a tragedy, but the fact remains that he chose to end his own life.

Many people in this world face difficult situations without killing themselves.

Federal prosecutors and MIT officials may be guilty of many things, but not the death of Aaron Swartz.

Remember Aaron, honor him, and use his death to bring about a greater good. But don’t blame anyone but Aaron for what he chose to do.

 

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January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

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Bev Perdue: Now Twice As Offensive

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Time is running out for North Carolina’s lame duck governor Bev Perdue, so she’s going to the hurry-up offense.

With the clock running down on her one-term governorship, Perdue simultaneously insulted the people of two states this week. As the News & Observer reports:

“Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina “look like Mississippi,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.

Perdue’s approval rating in her home state is so dismal that she chose not to embarrass her party and herself by seeking a second term as governor. And this week the good people of Mississippi got to witness the wit, charm, and political savvy that has helped make Perdue a political failure.
The chairman of the Mississippi GOP said Perdue was out of touch with voters, while that state’s governor called the comments disappointing and said he would write Perdue a letter telling her so.
Disappointing, indeed.

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May 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Program, Boosts Sports Budget

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The University of Florida recently announced that it is eliminating its Computer Science department and increasing the budget of its athletics program.

As Forbes’ Steven Salzberg reports:

The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million…

Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year.  The increase alone would more than offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.

Gator alumni must be so proud of their alma mater.

Maybe if they don’t win a national championship this year, they’ll eliminate their Business and Law schools, too.

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April 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

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Credit Where It’s Due: TSA Discovered 1,100 Firearms At Checkpoints This Year

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Here’s an Inconvenient Truth that critics of the TSA would rather not advertise:

TSA officers have discovered more than 1,100 firearms at checkpoints this year, the agency said. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags or at security checkpoints.

That’s the last paragraph from a CNN report on the TSA catching someone in Atlanta trying to take a loaded gun onto an airplane.

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December 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

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