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The U.S. ambassador to Denmark starred in a movie mocked by MST3K

https://twitter.com/TheAVClub/status/1164565417198858241

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1164501684321738753

https://twitter.com/USAmbDenmark/status/1163924406198030336

Jennifer Aniston and Mark Hamill couldn't save 'The Kids Are Alright'

https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1164341414689423361

https://twitter.com/latimesent/status/1164187584727097346

It hasn't been all bad news for the McCormack clan though. Seven years ago some of the West Wing cast reunited to shoot a campaign ad for Mary's sister. She won and has since risen to Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court...


https://www.democraticunderground.com/101759691

Epoch Times photographer handing folder to Trump

https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1163817054954147840

Peter Thiel's Palantir software has directly powered ICE's accelerating workplace raids

These people that enable and profit off of Trump make me physically ill.


https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016235841

Art Spiegelman balks at Marvel's censorship of anti-Trump piece

Mr Spiegelman points out the double-standard given Marvel's ties to Trump...

https://twitter.com/io9/status/1163143441586352129
Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus Art Spiegelman was slated to write the introduction to a new Marvel collection, Marvel The Golden Age 1939-1949, but pulled his work after Marvel wanted him to remove a disparaging reference to Donald Trump.

As reported by Newsweek, Spiegelman, in an essay discussing the political background of Marvel’s offerings during and right after World War II, referenced Trump in a comparison to Nazism, saying, “In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America,” a pretty transparent reference to Trump.

In response, the Folio Society, who was handling publishing on this particular collection, asked Spiegelman to remove the topical reference, claiming Marvel was trying to be “apolitical.” So Spiegelman pulled it, and you can read the essay now in the Guardian.

A few things to note here, the first being that it’s quite odd to suggest that Marvel is trying to remain apolitical in a book which explicitly covers the relationship between the publisher’s output and the rise of early 20th century fascism. This is a book, after all, that prominently features Captain America punching Hitler in the face, in an era where, as Spiegelman points out, Jewish creators created heroes that were specifically anti-fascist in posture and action.

Another big consideration is that, as Spiegelman himself notes, there’s an extant relationship between Marvel Entertainment and the Trump administration. As he writes in the final paragraph of the Guardian version of his essay, “Isaac ‘Ike’ Perlmutter, [chairman of Marvel,] is a longtime friend of Donald Trump’s, an unofficial and influential adviser and a member of the president’s elite Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. And Perlmutter and his wife have each recently donated $360,000 (the maximum allowed) to the Orange Skull’s ‘Trump Victory Joint Fundraising Committee’ for 2020.”

Which seems not precisely apolitical, so far as Marvel’s involvement with current politics is concerned...

https://io9.gizmodo.com/art-spiegelman-withdrew-his-introduction-to-a-marvel-co-1837348403

CNN-Trump and the Disastrous Detroit Debates

Terrific piece from the Detroit Metro Times about the symbiotic relationship between Trump and CNN (Jeff Zucker) and why the Detroit Debates sucked...

https://twitter.com/metrotimes/status/1160173955933790209
..."The road to the White House in 2020 runs through Michigan," CNN wrote in one of the color-by-numbers, parachute journalism-style digital articles it published ahead of the two nights of debates to help set the stage.

The CNN rep said the network worked with the DNC to find a suitable venue, and the 5,000-seat Fox Theatre was ultimately chosen for its telegenic beauty and its availability. Producing an event like this second round of Democratic 2020 debates — the first round was held in June in Miami, and 10 more are planned before November 2020 — is apparently a mammoth undertaking. At the orientation, which mostly functioned to give photographers and videographers a chance to calibrate their equipment to the theater's lighting, another CNN rep boasted that transforming the Fox into a debate stage took a crew of more than 100 people laboring over eight days. The venue was outfitted with more than 500 additional lights, several thousand feet of cables, and more than 25 cameras across the event's entire footprint, which included the theater, the next-door Hockeytown Cafe (which served as the media "spin room" ), and an anchor set for pundits located across the street in front of Comerica Park, delivered in nine 53-foot semi trucks.

In many ways, Detroit's theater and sports district was the perfect venue for CNN's debate.

That's because despite Trump's repeated jab at CNN as "fake news," the outlet has arguably done more to deliver us the real estate tycoon-turned-reality TV star president than even the far-right Fox News or Breitbart. It was Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, who greenlighted The Apprentice when he was at the helm of NBC Entertainment in 2004.

"That show, more than anything, reversed Trump's fortunes, recasting a local tabloid villain as the people's prime-time billionaire," New York Times Magazine reported in a 2017 profile of Zucker. ( "CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It." ) "And it was Zucker who, as president of CNN, broadcast the procession of made-for-TV events — the always news-making interviews; the rallies; debates; the 'major policy addresses' that never really were — that helped turn Trump into the Republican front-runner at a time when few others took his candidacy seriously." According to NYT Magazine, "CNN was the first major news organization to give Trump's campaign prolonged and sustained attention."

Following the success of The Apprentice, Trump reportedly returned the favor, lobbying for CNN to hire Zucker in 2012 after he was fired from NBC following Comcast's purchase of NBC Universal. And by the time Trump announced his presidential campaign in 2015, the network was all in. For a while, Trump was happy to appear on the network, and the network was happy to give Trump countless hours of airtime — even if it just meant broadcasting an empty podium at a Trump rally to build suspense. Another Zuckerism birthed during the 2016 political campaign was the idea to treat it like a giant sporting event. A sports fan, Zucker reportedly looked to ESPN for ideas on how to cover the 2016 campaign: that meant flashy 3-D graphics, countdown timers, and chattering talking heads to analyze the campaigns' play-by-plays, all feeding into CNN's never-ending 24-hour news cycle...

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/cnn-the-network-that-helped-turn-politics-into-entertainment-used-detroit-as-the-backdrop-for-its-democratic-debates/


https://twitter.com/StacyLeMelle/status/1160579233267310592

FEC Chair calls Trump's bluff...

Good for her but if the FEC is blocked it's time for the House to do it's job. Investigate this as part of a broader Impeachment process. Time for everyone to call Trumps' bluff(s)...



https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1163040590357061632

No doubt about it...

They are sleeping easier now.

Dean Baquet, NYT exec editor, "doesn't see this moment in American history as particularly aberrant"

In an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review, Baquet makes it clear that he does not appreciate how dangerous Trump is...

“I get that people see the phenomenon of someone who says inflammatory statements as a new thing,” he says. “I grew up in the South. I covered Edwin Edwards.” (Baquet was a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune when a candidate for Louisiana governor told him famously: “Only way I lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.”)

“Americans have a way of thinking that nothing like this has happened before,” Baquet says. “Picture what the newsrooms of the New York Times and the Washington Post were like when people thought the draft and Vietnam meant that they were literally going to have to fight a war."...

https://www.cjr.org/public_editor/nyt-headline-trump-mass-shootings.php

How out of touch can these guys be? Those who need to hold Trump accountable really don't see a problem.

What does Uruguay know that we don't?

Hopefully it's just a general reaction to Dayton being close to Detroit and not specific intel...

https://twitter.com/wilxTV/status/1158948429038403584
By Elissa Kedziorek | Posted: Tue 10:04 PM, Aug 06, 2019 | Updated: Wed 3:51 AM, Aug 07, 2019

DETROIT, MI (WILX) -- Uruguay is sending out a warning to its citizens--to avoid traveling to Detroit.

The Latin American country claims their travel warning comes in response to this week's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Although there wasn't one in Detroit, Uruguay says Detroit, Albuquerque and Baltimore as cities people should avoid.

Uruguay's foreign ministry says the cities are among the 20 most dangerous in the world.

Citizens were advised to avoid places like U.S. theme parks, shopping centers, festivals and sporting events.

Copyright 2019 WILX. All rights reserved.

https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Uruguay-warns-citizens-not-to-travel-to-Detroit-524250461.html
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