"Donald Trump’s campaign is under new management — and his white nationalist fanboys love it," Betsy Woodruff and Gideon Resnick wrote Wednesday for the Daily Beast.
"The campaign’s new chief executive, Stephen Bannon, joins from Breitbart News — where he helped mainstream the ideas of white nationalists and resuscitate the reputations of anti-immigrant fear-mongers.
"White nationalists today invest a lot of energy worrying about growing Hispanic and Muslim populations in the U.S. Turns out, Breitbart News spends a lot of time worrying about those things, too. And in Bannon, they see a media-friendly, ethno-nationalist fellow traveler.
“ 'Latterly, Breitbart emerged as a nationalist site and done great stuff on immigration in particular,' VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow told The Daily Beast.
" VDare is a white supremacist site. It’s named after Virginia Dare, the first white child born to British colonists in North America. Brimelow said he and Bannon met briefly last month and exchanged pleasantries about each other’s work. . . ."
Jonathan Martin, Jim Rutenberg and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times characterized Trump's decision to make Bannon his campaign's chief executive as "a defiant rejection of efforts by longtime Republican hands to wean him from the bombast and racially charged speech that helped propel him to the nomination but now threaten his candidacy by alienating the moderate voters who typically decide the presidency.
"It also formally completed a merger between the most strident elements of the conservative news media and Mr. Trump’s campaign, which was incubated and fostered in their boisterous coverage of his rise. . . ."
Yamiche Alcindor, New York Times: Trump, Rallying White Crowd for Police, Accuses Democrats of Exploiting Blacks
Michael Barbaro and Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: Stephen Bannon, a Rookie Campaign Chief Who ‘Loves the Fight’
Zack Beauchamp, vox.com: It’s time to accept that Donald Trump is never going to learn basic stuff about the world
Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times: What Is Breitbart News?
Raoul Lowery Contreras, Fox News Latino: Hispanics do not speak Trump
Jelani Cobb, New Yorker: The Appalling Last Act of Rudy Giuliani
Mark Joyella, TVNewser: In Breitbart-Trump ‘Merger,’ Some See Post-Election Media Powerhouse
Brendan Karet, Media Matters for America: ABC's World News Tonight Ignores Stephen Bannon’s Extremism
Cristina Lopez, Media Matters for America: Latino Advocacy Organization Calls Out Trump For Denying Access To Hispanic Media
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: A memoir from inside Donald Trump's base
Laurel Raymond, ThinkProgress: So Much For Dog Whistles. Trump Has Now Fully Embraced White Nationalists.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: In defense of pointy-heads and MSM puppy-dogs
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post: Donald Trump: The New York Times Is Biased Because ‘It’s Owned By Mexico’
Boston Globe: Clinton Foundation Should Retreat
"Although the Charity founded by former President Bill Clinton has done admirable work over the last 15 years, the Clinton Foundation is also clearly a liability for Hillary Clinton as she seeks the presidency," (accessible via search engine) the Boston Globe editorialized on Wednesday.
"The once-and-maybe-future first family will have plenty to keep them busy next year if Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in November. The foundation should remove a political — and actual — distraction and stop accepting funding. If Clinton is elected, the foundation should be shut down. . . ."
Separately, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, writing the Fact Checker column in the Washington Post, awarded Bill Clinton three Pinocchios for his defense of his wife's use of her email server in a talk Friday before the Asian American Journalists Association and APIAVote.
"This comparison is a pathetic and misleading attempt to normalize Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email account and play down the fact that she was the only secretary of state to use a private server. The decision to use a private server is the root of all of the political difficulties concerning her email practices."
In Tuesday's editorial, the Globe maintained that when Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, she “promised to maintain a separation between her official work and the foundation, but recently released emails written by staffers during her State Department tenure make clear that the supposed partition was far from impregnable.
"That was bad enough at State; if the Clinton Foundation continues to cash checks from foreign governments and other individuals seeking to ingratiate themselves with a President Hillary Clinton, it would be unacceptable.
"Winding down the foundation, and transferring its assets to some other established charity, doesn’t have to hurt charitable efforts. If the foundation’s donors are truly motivated by altruism, and not by the lure of access to the Clintons, then surely they can find other ways to support the foundation’s goals. And in four or eight years, the Clinton family could always form a new foundation and reestablish their charitable efforts. . . ."
On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, political commentator Bakari Sellers protested that the good work of the foundation was being lost amid the speculation of scandal.
"When you look at it, one of the things that I hope the Clinton campaign begins to do is start talking about the millions of children that the Clinton Foundation helps around the world," Sellers said. "The millions of women who now have health care around the world. The millions of young people who are now getting educated around the world because of the Clinton Foundation.
When political commentator Amanda Carpenter asked, "Isn't being president possibly enough for her and Bill?," Sellers replied, ". . . Because children need the Clinton Foundation throughout the world. You have 9.9 million kids who now have access to vaccinations because of the Clinton Foundation. . . ."
Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Bill Clinton and a veteran Sacramento TV reporter make my AAJA
Traci G. Lee, NBC Asian America: Immigration, Diversity Front and Center at 'Quad-Partisan' Presidential Election Forum
Charlie Northcott, BBC: Native Americans plan to make history in the US election
Louisianans Say Flood Deserves More Coverage
"In this age of social media, the harsh reality of the Louisiana Flood of 2016 has been all but inescapable online," Mike Scott wrote Tuesday for NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune. "Click over to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed, and you'll become a de facto eyewitness to countless stories of heartbreaking loss, heroic rescues and utter devastation.
"But it's not just water that's rising. So is the frustration level of many observers who can't help but notice a key absence amid the tragedy: the national media.
"With so-called 1,000-year rains hammering the region for days — in some places measuring 2 feet in less than three days — the National Guard was activated to rescue stranded residents. The self-appointed 'Cajun Navy' sprung into action. Ordinary citizens from Grand Isle to Ruston have stepped in to offer what aid they can to victims of what is being called the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
"But the national media has, by and large, rendered the flood a secondary story at best.
" 'You have the Olympics. You got the election. If you look at the national news, (the flood is) probably on the third or fourth page,' FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said Tuesday. . . ."
Emma Brown, Ashley Cusick and Mark Berman reported Wednesday for the Washington Post, "At least 40,000 homes have been damaged, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). The death toll has risen to 13. . . ."
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: Compassion for Baton Rouge-area flood victims is the only acceptable response
Editorial, Baton Rouge Advocate: Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama
Clarence Page to Be Pallbearer for McLaughlin
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page will be a pallbearer at services Saturday for John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of "The McLaughlin Group" television show who died Tuesday, Page told Journal-isms.
McLaughlin was 89. No causes of death was mentioned in the official announcement, Frazier Moore reported for the Associated Press. The future of the show has not been determined; there was never a substitute host, Page said by telephone on Thursday. When McLaughlin was not able to do the show, he taped one in advance.
Page has been with the show since 1988, at first flying in from Chicago before moving to Washington, where the show was based and transmitted via public television.
He and Michelle D. Bernard have been the only regular African American panelists, Page said, although others, such as Robert C. Woodson, head of the Washington-based National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, and Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have appeared occasionally. Jonathan Capehart, a Washington Post columnist who now appears on MSBNC, appeared briefly.
"I attribute the fact that we haven't had more people of color to the same excuses," Page said, "the disappointingly low number of people of color on national political beats" and among pundits.
Moore reported Tuesday for the Associated Press, "Since its debut in April 1982, 'The McLaughlin Group' upended the soft-spoken and non-confrontational style of shows such as 'Washington Week in Review' and 'Agronsky & Co.' with a raucous format that largely dispensed with politicians. It instead featured journalists quizzing, talking over and sometimes insulting each other. In recent years, the show billed itself as 'The American Original' — a nod to all the shows that copied its format.
Page, who is writing a column about McLaughlin, called the show "high energy punditry" that he said he hoped prompt viewers to seek out traditional news sources. He says he had to answer "yes" when asking himself whether "McLaughlin" was partly responsible for the rise of Donald J. Trump. The show did contribute to the rise of reality television and the merger of that genre with news. However, Page also said he believed the show did more good than harm.
"It made the complicated politics of Washington easier to comprehend," he said. "No filibustering allowed. I wish I had a nickel for every millennial who said, 'I grew up with that show.' "
Page praised McLaughlin's personal generosity. "He was still a Jesuit schoolteacher. The tough-minded instructor who really cared about his students. . . . He always made me feel welcome."
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017. They are open to the public, a spokeswoman said.
Ever-Expanding Univision Buys Bankrupt Gawker
"Gawker Media, whose fierce independence afforded it an unsparing approach to web journalism that influenced news organizations across the internet and the wider media world, was sold to Univision at auction on Tuesday, giving the freewheeling company an outside owner for the first time since its founding 14 years ago," Sydney Ember reported Tuesday for the New York Times.
"Univision bid $135 million to beat out the digital media publisher Ziff Davis, according to three people with direct knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the price had not been made public. A bankruptcy judge is to officially approve the sale at a hearing later this week. . . ."
Ember also wrote, "Univision, best known for its Spanish-language television network, has recently moved aggressively to expand its online portfolio, and adding Gawker’s sites fits with its plans to extend its reach beyond Spanish-speaking viewers.
"Univision bought a large stake in The Onion this year and acquired full control of Fusion, the news site and cable channel that it started with the Walt Disney Company in 2013. Univision also owns other digital media companies, including The Root, a site focused on African-American issues. . . ."
Paul Greeley, TVNewsCheck: Univision Communications Expands Hispanic Voter Campaign
Lucia Moses, digiday.com: 5 things to know about Univision's $135m bid for Gawker
Milwaukee Paper: Can’t Wait for Politicians
Saying that its call last year for a citywide summit to address Milwaukee's racial issues went unanswered by elected officials and business leaders, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday called on community members for ideas to solve the city's "most pressing problems."
The city's Sherman Park neighborhood was the scene of a violent disturbance over the weekend after a police officer fatally shot an armed man. Both were African American. "For two nights, protesters torched a half dozen businesses, smashed cars and . . . hurled rocks at police on Milwaukee's north side," Ray Sanchez wrote Tuesday for CNN.
The Journal Sentinel editorial said Tuesday, "The metropolitan area is one of the nation’s most segregated; the black male unemployment rate in the city is around 50%; Wisconsin incarcerates the most black men in the country, and in Milwaukee County, more than half of all black men in their 30s and 40s have served time.
"Last year, as murder rates skyrocketed, we called for a summit that would include members of the community, business leaders and elected officials from all levels of government.
"We need to get people who can make a difference talking to one another about ways to meaningfully address the lack of jobs, education, skills and historic prejudice that are helping to hold down so many city residents. We need to examine best practices that have worked in other cities while also searching for uniquely local solutions.
"No one answered our call last year. We can no longer wait for politicians such as Gov. Scott Walker and [Mayor Tom] Barrett to set aside their ideological differences and work together to help Wisconsin’s poorest neighborhoods, but we can ask what, if anything, they’re going to do next.
"We can’t expect Milwaukee’s police to solve these deep-rooted economic and social problems, although they are the people who end up having to deal with them when they erupt in violence. . . ."
Jim Dalrymple II, Claudia Koerner, Mike Hayes and Ema O'Connor, BuzzFeed: Racial Violence Forces Reporters To Leave Milwaukee After Police Shooting
John Eligon and Kay Nolan, New York Times: Angry After Milwaukee Police Shooting, Protesters Turn Against Media, Too
Jesse Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times: The shame of Milwaukee
Eugene Kane, the Undefeated: The fire this time in Milwaukee
Shaun King, Daily News, New York: Milwaukee riots weren't just caused by Sylville Smith's death, or police brutality, but years of injustice
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Milwaukee’s black explosion an omen, and also an opportunity
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel disappeared flawed column on race relations (Aug. 18)
'Mortified' Over Olympics Photo's Mistaken ID
"A Philadelphia Daily News columnist has been left 'mortified' after the paper mistakenly printed a photo of Simone Biles alongside her story about Gabby Douglas in Wednesday's edition," Vince Lattanzio reported for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
"Ronnie Polaneczky penned a column about the onslaught of mean comments Douglas has been receiving on social media during the summer games in Rio.
"The piece was the Daily News' cover story, and when readers opened to the column, they found a large photo of Biles, mid-leap, smack in the center of the copy. A caption reads: 'Gabby Douglas: Olympic gold medalist, need we say more?'
" 'It makes you want to bash your head against a wall,' Polaneczky told NBC10. 'I'm mortified.'
"In the piece titled 'She Can Vault Over the Vitriol,' Polaneczky writes directly to Douglas, celebrating the young, gold-winning Olympian, saying the negative comments mean she's doing well. . . .
Lattanzio also wrote, "In a tweet, Michael Days, editor of the Daily News, apologized for the mistake. . . ."
Khaled A. Beydoun, the Undefeated: Muslim athletes’ Olympic excellence shuts down stereotypes and prejudices
Doug George-Kanentiio, indianz.com: Lacrosse must be returned to rightful place at Olympics
Amy Goodman with Jesse Washington and Anthony Ervin, "Democracy Now!": Writer Jesse Washington & Olympian Anthony Ervin on Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali & Race at Olympics
Sonali Prasad, Poynter Institute: What’s behind sexist reporting at the Olympics? Lack of newsroom diversity and experience
School Police Using Stun Guns on Students
An Aug. 11 story by Rebecca Klein in the Huffington Post describes a school police officer's use of a Taser on a 17-year-old African American high school student that gave him "a piercing electric jolt in his right shoulder that sent convulsions running through the rest of his body.
". . . This is one of at least 84 incidents of children being Tasered or shot with a stun gun by a school police officer since September 2011, according to media reports tracked by The Huffington Post."
"The number is a gross underestimation because not every incident is reported, and no state or federal organization track how often children are zapped at schools. The children, who were all hit by a Taser or stun gun by school-based police officers, also called school resource officers, were 12 to 19 years old when the incidents occurred.
"They were shocked by a Taser or stun gun for mouthing off to a police officer. For trying to run from the principal’s office. For, at the age of 12, getting into a fight with another girl. . . .
"It can be medically risky to stun a child with an electrical weapon, especially if that child isn’t fully grown. The jolts of electricity puts them at greater risk for cardiac arrest, said Dr. Zian Tseng, a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at the University of California in San Francisco who has studied the impact of Tasers. . . ."
Small Counties Seeing More Women of Color in Jail
Despite an ongoing national discussion about federal prison reforms, local jails have been overlooked and left out of those conversations, to the detriment of women, according to Liz Swavola, a co-author of Overlooked: Women and Jail in an Era of Reform [PDF], a newly released study from the Vera Institute of Justice, Nadege Green reported Wednesday for NPR's "Code Switch."
Green also reported, "According to the study, the overall population of women in jails has ballooned since the 1970s, from just under 8,000 to nearly 110,000 nationwide in 2014, with low-income women of color disproportionately represented — 64 percent of women in jails across the country are women of color. . . .
"Small counties with less than 250,000 people are seeing the fastest rate of growth for women in jail, the Vera Institute researchers found. For instance, in Stokes County, North Carolina, women made up 32 percent of the jail population in 2013, much more than the national average.
"Swavola said existing research does not clearly explain the fast growth of the women's population in small-county jails, but she pointed out that smaller counties can have fewer resources for social services, mental health resources and employment opportunities. 'In those communities, they rely on incarceration to deal with people with mental and behavioral challenges,' says Swavola. . . ."
"Nationally acclaimed sports journalist J.A. Adande will join the Medill School at Northwestern University starting in September as director of the new sports journalism program and as a faculty member," the school announced on Tuesday. "Adande has been a columnist for ESPN.com for nine years covering the NBA as well as a sideline reporter for NBA games. He has been a panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn” for the past 13 years. Previously, he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. . . ." Adande is to continue writing for ESPN on a contract basis.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith "put his lipmobile in reverse and offered a public apology" to New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony "for not reaching out personally as Smith has done with so many other stories on numerous occasions," J.R. Gamble reported Tuesday for the Shadow League. As Anthony "was leading Team USA to a string of tough victories over some game competitors in Rio, Smith blasted the All-Star forward and Olympic legend on First Take last week, for saying in an interview that his success in high school, at Syracuse and winning three gold medals would be a 'great career' in his eyes even if he doesn't win that elusive NBA championship." Smith failed to verify that the quote was accurate, and Anthony called him on it.
"Leaders of public radio stations elected and confirmed seven members to NPR’s board of directors, with terms beginning in November," Tyler Falk reported Tuesday for current.org. Gary Fernandes, chairman and president of FLF Investments and a board member at KERA in Dallas, was elected to the board for a three-year term, and LaFontaine Oliver, president and general manager at WMFE in Orlando, Fla., was elected to serve his first full three-year term.
Delores Edwards, a producer for CBS in New York, is joining WGBH News in Boston as series producer for "Basic Black" and "Open Studio," Phil Redo, WGBH general manager, told staff members on Tuesday. "Basic Black," formerly "Say Brother," "was created in 1968 during the turmoil of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of African Americans," its website says. "Now, forty years later, in the midst of another historical political shift, the mission of Basic Black remains strong. . . ."
"A Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, is being sought by the country’s army following this week’s release of a video by Boko Haram purportedly showing some of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria in April 2014," Roy Greenslade reported Tuesday for Britain's Guardian. "Salkida, a freelance, is wanted on the grounds, which are disputed, that he is linked to the Islamic extremist group which claims allegiance to Isis. He fled Nigeria in 2013 to live in the United Arab Emirates. . . ."
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