Nope.Posted: February 19, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Chuck Schumer, Democrats, Time Magazine Leave a comment
[MEDIA] TIME Magazine SurrendersPosted: February 2, 2017 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Donald Trump, journalism, Magazines, media, news, Parody, satire, Steve Bannon, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Magazines: As Seen in Checkout AislePosted: February 2, 2017 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Donald Trump, Magazines, media, news, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Mikhail Zygar: Why Putin Prefers TrumpPosted: December 10, 2016 Filed under: Entertainment, Global, Politics, Russia | Tags: Angela Merkel, Democratic National Committee, Direct election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Kanye West, Mikhail Zygar, Spin (magazine), Time Magazine, Time Person of the Year Leave a comment
With signs of Russian involvement in the damaging Democratic National Committee email hack, questions have been increasing about just what Putin’s motives might be when it comes to the US presidential election. We put that question to one of Moscow’s top Putin observers.
Mikhail Zygar writes: The year 2005 was a turning point in Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy and worldview. Until then, he’d had the sense that he was in control on the world stage, that he knew the rules of the game, that he understood whom he was dealing with and who his partners were. But in 2005, everything changed, and slowly the ground started moving out from under his feet.
That was the year Putin’s friend and partner Gerhard Schroeder lost the German elections and resigned as chancellor. Schroeder and Putin, who spoke German after serving in the KGB in East Germany, understood each other well and established close diplomatic and personal ties. But in 2005, Schroeder was replaced by Angela Merkel, whom Putin didn’t understand—and doesn’t understand to this day. In the intervening 12 years, he started suspecting Merkel of deceiving him, spinning intrigues and weaving conspiracies against him. He showed his distrust by bringing his dog to meetings with Merkel, knowing full well that she had an intense fear of canines.
[Check out Mikhail Zygar’s book “All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin” at Amazon.com]
Now, Putin seems to be experiencing déjà vu: In the upcoming U.S. election, the battle is, once again, between a Gerhard Schroeder and an Angela Merkel—but with the differences and the stakes hugely amplified. The American Merkel is even more unpleasant to Putin. Hillary Clinton is already inclined to dislike him and Russia from her experience as secretary of state. Their personal interactions have not been positive; there is no love lost between the two. And then you have the American Schroeder, who seems to be an even better fit for Putin than the German one, and better even than Putin’s favorite international partner, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Donald Trump, in the Kremlin’s view, is extremely pragmatic, extremely unprincipled and extremely cynical—which makes him easier to reach an understanding with. Not to mention that Trump, unlike Clinton and just about the entire rest of the Washington foreign policy class, has explicitly expressed admiration and sympathy for Putin.
This is the kind of relationship with a US president the Kremlin has dreamed about, and has been unable to attain, for years. Read the rest of this entry »
Barone: The Collapse of the Political LeftPosted: December 7, 2016 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Barack Obama, Constitutional right, Democratic Party (United States), Donald Trump, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, President of the United States, Republican Party (United States), Time Magazine, Time Person of the Year, Vladimir Putin Leave a comment
Leftist politicians supposed that ordinary voters with modest incomes facing hard times would believe that regulation and redistribution would help them. Evidently most don’t.
Michael Barone writes: It’s been a tough decade for the political left. Eight years ago a Time magazine cover portrayed Barack Obama as Franklin Roosevelt, complete with cigarette and holder and a cover line proclaiming “The New New Deal.” A Newsweek cover announced “We Are All Socialists Now.”
Now the cover story is different. Time has just announced, inevitably though a bit begrudgingly, that its Person of the Year for 2016 is Donald Trump. No mention of New Deals or socialism.
It’s not surprising that newsmagazine editors expected a move to the left. The history they’d been taught by New Deal admirers, influenced by the doctrines of Karl Marx, was that economic distress moves voters to demand a larger and more active government.
There was some empirical evidence in that direction as well. The recession triggered by the financial crisis of 2007-08 was the deepest experienced by anyone not old enough to remember the 1930s. Barack Obama waselected with 53 percent of the popular vote—more than any candidate since the 1980s—and Democrats had won congressional elections with similar majorities in 2006 and 2008.
“The United States Constitution was designed to provide a framework in which rights are guaranteed and voters in states can choose policies in line with their different backgrounds and beliefs.”
Things look different now, and not just because Donald Trump was elected president. It has been clear that most voters have been rejecting big government policies, and not just in the United States but in most democratic nations around the world.
[Read the full story here, at Washington Examiner]
Leftist politicians supposed that ordinary voters with mdest incomes facing hard times would believe that regulation and redistribution would help them. Evidently most don’t.
The rejection was apparent in the 2010 and subsequent House elections; Republicans have now won House majorities in ten of the last 12 elections, leaving 2006 and 2008 as temporary aberrations.
“The nation-state remains the focus of most peoples’ loyalties, and in a time of economic and cultural diffusion, as Yuval Levin argues in his recent book ‘The Fractured Republic’, big government policies designed for an age of centralization have become increasingly dysfunctional.”
You didn’t hear Hillary Clinton campaign on the glories of Obamacare or the Iran nuclear deal, and her attack on “Trumped-up, trickle-down economics” didn’t strike any chords in the modest-income Midwest.
[Order Yuval Levin’s book “The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism” from Amazon.com]
Republican success has been even greater in governor and state legislature elections, to the point that Democrats hold governorships and legislative control only in California, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island. After eight years of the Obama presidency, Democrats hold fewer elective offices than at any time since the 1920s. Read the rest of this entry »
Evolution of a Time CoverPosted: November 9, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Donald Trump, journalism, Magazines, media, news, Presidential Election 2016, Time Magazine Leave a comment
someone PLEASE photoshop the TIME logo melting in the third cover. #prettyplease https://t.co/pr6wNNhuD8
— Itsallgood, man (@recoveringlibrl) November 10, 2016
Media’s Victory Celebration Comes EarlyPosted: August 11, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Bill Clinton, DNC, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mainstream media, media, news, propaganda, Time Magazine Leave a comment
[PHOTOS] The Many Faces of Ted: Cruz’s Controversial Time Magazine CoverPosted: April 7, 2016 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Campaign advertising, journalism, media, National Enquirer, Photography, Political Journalism, Republican Party (United States), Ted Cruz, Texas, Time Magazine, Twitter Leave a comment
Back in March of last year, fake news site The Onion issued a stark warning to the readers of Time magazine: “Brace for inevitable issue with close-up of Ted Cruz’s face.” And here we are, just over a year later….
When reached for comment, the Onion issued this statement to Time:
“We are committed to providing our 12 billion readers in over 500 countries with disturbingly comprehensive news coverage and upholding the very highest standards of journalistic excellence that all other lesser publications — such as your own — have long since abandoned.”
And what about rival Donald Trump? He’s previously expressed being miffed at Time for skipping him over as “Person of the Year,” so this bit of publicity probably won’t go over so well…(read more)
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TIME Magazine’s Headline Is Worse Than Ignorant — It’s Defamatory, Historically Dishonest, Anti-Human Rights PropagandaPosted: October 9, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Self Defense, War Room, White House | Tags: American Thinker, Anti-Defamation League, Antisemitism, Ben Carson, Civil Rights, Flags of the Confederate States of America, Gun control, Human rights, Israel, Jonathan Greenblatt, Nazi salute, Nazism, propaganda, Self-defense, Smear Campaign, The Holocaust, Time Magazine, United States 2 Comments
BEN CARSON IS RIGHT: YES, JEWS SHOULD HAVE HAD GUNS IN THE HOLOCAUST
Anyone who would deny such people guns because ‘it wouldn’t have mattered anyway’ ought to be cut off from the class of decent human beings.
Ben Shapiro writes: On Thursday, Republican 2016 presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson stated on CNN that the Holocaust would have been less likely had Jews been armed.
In his new book, A More Perfect Union, Carson contends, “Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.” He defended that argument on national television, explaining, “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I’m telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.”
“The Nazi genocide against Jews relied on two factors: a population that, understandably, believed no sane or rational force on the planet, let alone the highly civilized Germans, would systematically murder civilians for no discernable purpose; and disarming that population before they could recognize the truth. Gun control had a long history in Germany long before the Holocaust.”
The media cynically objected to Carson’s language. Good Morning America labeled Carson’s comments “bizarre.” Politico accused Carson of “linking Hitler to gun control” – a ridiculous notion, given that Hitler is the one who linked Hitler with gun control.
“Just because the Nazis shot those who tried to resist them with armed force does not mean that Jews should not have had the ability to fight the Nazis. It is difficult to think of a more evil argument than the argument that you will undoubtedly be killed whether or not you have a gun, so we might as well remove your ability to defend your life.”
The media quickly ran to its leftist allies in the Anti-Defamation League, a longtime opponent of gun rights. “Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate,” National Director Jonathan Greenblatt told Yahoo! News. “The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.”
“Defending your own life is a basic human right. Jews are human beings, even if the media would hope to treat them as less than that. Ask any Holocaust survivor whether they would, in retrospect, have preferred to have a gun rather than being forced at gunpoint onto a train and then into Auschwitz, separated from their soon-to-be-gassed families, and then forced into starvation for years.”
Well, of course the “small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews” wouldn’t have prevented the Holocaust. That was the entire goal of prohibiting Jews from owning firearms over the course of years….
[Read the full text here, at Breitbart.com]
…In 1933, upon Hitler’s assumption of power, “non-Nazis throughout Germany were disarmed as ‘Communists,’” according to legal scholar Stephen Halbrook; simultaneously, Nazis were armed. The Nazis banned ownership of any “military” firearms by non-Nazi civilians, but naturally put special emphasis on seizing any guns from Jews. Handgun importation was banned.
“The argument against Carson has serious real-world consequences that extend beyond the argument against domestic gun seizures.”
Finally, in 1938, the Nazis enacted the Weapons Law, which banned weapons ownership without a license, just like the 1928 law; the law itself did not explicitly deny licenses to Jews. But the law did ban Jews from firearms businesses, and further required full government-available records of all gun sales. After Kristallnacht, the Nazis utilized the law to ban guns from all Jews after utilizing the media to blame “armed Jews” for unrest…
[Order Ben Carson’s book “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties“ from Amazon.com]
…German Jewish leadership said that any failure to comply would only drive more brutality. This strategy, needless to say, led to catastrophe.
Nonetheless, the media continue to lay out arguments that Carson was wrong, and that presumably, the Jews should have avoided guns even as the Germans came for their children. Read the rest of this entry »
What, Me Worry?Posted: August 15, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Clinton Foundation, DOJ, Email server, Hillary Clinton, media, news, Pantsuit Report, Personal Email Server, Time, Time Magazine 1 Comment
Hillary Clinton Downplays Concerns About Personal Email Server
Here’s How ‘Serious’ Journalists Tried to Smear the Koch Brothers SeminarPosted: August 6, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Bias, Charles G. Koch, Civil rights movement, Fact checker, media, news, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, United States, Women's suffrage Leave a comment
The Washington Post’s blunder is not as bad as that of TIME. The magazine published an article with the hysterical headline ‘Charles Koch says U.S. can bomb its way to $100K salaries’. They later changed the headline.
Casey Given writes: Last weekend, the Koch Brothers opened up their exclusive fundraising seminars to the media for the very first time. After years of speculating about what goes on behind the closed doors of the Kochs’ extensive political network, the press could finally see for themselves.
One would think that a decent journalist would repay this tremendous sign of good will with fair reporting on the Kochs’ words and intentions, but good journalism apparently doesn’t sell anymore. While it’s no surprise that the liberal blogosphere and Twitterverse erupted in outrage about the Koch seminars (as they always do), what’s shocking is how prestigious news outlets covered the event.
First, the Washington Post published an article with the headline “Charles Koch compares the work of his network to the civil right movement” — the perfect fodder to get the far left outraged at the supposedly out-of-touch “conservative” billionaire. But what did Koch actually say? From the article’s body:
“History demonstrates that when the American people get motivated by an issue of justice that they believe is just, extraordinary things can be accomplished,” Koch told 450 wealthy conservatives assembled in the ballroom of a lavish oceanfront resort here.
“Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement,” he said. “All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.”
Koch made no such comment comparing the magnitude of his political agenda to the civil rights movement. Rather, he simply cited the civil rights movement (among others) as an inspiration to fight injustice. Considering their work promoting school choice for poor minority children and criminal justice reform for prisoners convicted of nonviolent crimes, the Kochs are clearly fighting injustice. But Koch would have to be an egomaniac to claim that his politics are more important than the American Revolution — which is why he said no such thing. Read the rest of this entry »
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren’s Hand-Written Message to Hillary ClintonPosted: July 17, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Humor, Politics, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Democratic Party, Elizabeth Warren, Groceries, Hillary Clinton, satire, The Pantsuit Report, Time, Time Magazine Leave a comment
THE PANTSUIT REPORT: TIME Magazine on Campaign 2016: Can Anyone Stop Hillary?Posted: April 1, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: 2012 Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton, media, news, Parody, satire, The Pantsuit Report, Time Magazine Leave a comment
TIME’s Self-Answering QuestionPosted: March 25, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, Mediasphere, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Bowe Bergdahl, Deserter, Desertion, Magazine, media, news, Pentagon, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Opening Statements in Boston Bombing Trial to Begin Next WeekPosted: February 25, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, War Room | Tags: Boston, Boston Bombing, Boston Marathon Bomber, Jihadism, media, news, Terror attack, Terrorism, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Leaders Agree Deal for Ukraine Cease-FirePosted: February 12, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, Mediasphere, Russia, War Room | Tags: BBC, Time Magazine, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Here’s What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Over an iPhone 6Posted: February 10, 2015 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Aluminum, Apple, iPhone, media, Mobile phone, Molten Aluminum, Smartphone, Time Magazine, video Leave a comment
Saudi Arabia’s New King Refused to Intervene in a Controversial BeheadingPosted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Global, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Arabia, Arabian King, Beheading, media, news, Time Magazine Leave a comment
TIME Magazine Cover, 2015: The Year Ahead featuring NASA’s Scott KellyPosted: December 31, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, Mediasphere, Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: media, NASA, New Years, news, Space Exploration, Time Magazine 1 Comment
Help the Cuban Opposition, Not the CastrosPosted: December 19, 2014 Filed under: Diplomacy, Global, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Castro, Cuba, Havana, Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz, Time Magazine Leave a comment
America’s Uneasy Path Abroad in 2015Posted: December 18, 2014 Filed under: Diplomacy, Global, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: America, American Century, Foreign Policy, Time Magazine 1 Comment
Buzz Aldrin: Pioneers Will Always Pave the Way With SacrificesPosted: November 7, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: Buzz Aldrin, Space Exploration, Time Magazine, Virgin Galactic Leave a comment
TIME Cover Nov 2014: ‘Change’Posted: November 5, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Election 2014, GOP, Mitch McConnell, Time Magazine Leave a comment
5 Feminist Myths That Will Not DiePosted: September 2, 2014 Filed under: Economics, Education, History, Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: agenda, Feminism, myths, propaganda, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Martha Stewart: Why I Love My DronePosted: July 29, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Robotics, Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: drones, Martha Stewart, Robotics, technology, Time Magazine 1 Comment
TIME Magazine’s ‘Glitch of the Year’Posted: October 24, 2013 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Humor, Obamacare, Parody, Time Magazine, Twitchy Leave a comment