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  • TV’s Worst of the Week: Teen Chapel Threesome, Bible Bashing & Pro-Pronouns
    by Alexa Moutevelis on December 6, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Welcome to TV’s Worst of the Week, where MRC Culture's on TV Blog recounts the top liberal bias moments in entertainment television from the past week - plus bonus coverage from Thanksgiving week! From Our Blog • The reboot of Gossip Girl on HBO Max got especially gross with high school teens having a threesome in their school's chapel in front of a crucifix.   • Peacock's TV adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol also offended Christians by called the Bible "a bizarre book of stories filled with contradictions, with outdated beliefs, with outright absurdities:"   • ABC’s R&B drama Queens had the women's group rapping pro-abortion lyrics, along with support for LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter in their latest music video:   • Mindy Kaling’s HBO Max comedy The Sex Lives of College Girls absurdly defended pronouns and safe spaces. One character's even told that saying her pronouns are obvious “makes you suck” and “sound like a really dumb, cis bitch:”   • The HBO Max romantic dramedy Love Life was decidedly unromantic with its discussions about abortion. They tried to normalize the procedure and send the message that abortion brings "relief" instead of death. • Sexual confusion was the name of the game on season two of the woke Saved by the Bell reboot on Peacock which pushed LGBTQ and other woke issues. Other Odds & Ends • On the positive side, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FXX mocked Hollywood wokeness and The Great on Hulu humanized a child in the womb. Read All MRC Culture's On TV Blog Posts Here

  • CNN Pundit Has 'Separation Anxiety' from Brian Williams, Compares Lara Logan to Drug Addict
    by Tim Graham on December 6, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Former Baltimore Sun media reporter David Zurawik is a regular guest on Brian Stelter's Reliable Sources show, in part because his shameless hatred of Fox News and Trump, but also because of his slavish adoration of liberal-media stars. On Sunday's show,  Zurawik displayed his tilt by insisting Chris Cuomo did a "terrific job" for CNN, and confessed "I have separation anxiety" about Brian Williams leaving his MSNBC show. But Fox's Lara Logan is like a drug addict. Let's guess Stelter was very pleased, and will keep him in the regular rotation. First came the smooches for ethically compromised Democrats: STELTER: Zurawik, how do you view this landscape suddenly changing with Cuomo's departure? ZURAWIK: It's a huge thing and that's a big part of this story, Brian, I think is that Chris Cuomo as a performer, as a talent in the 9:00 p.m. time slot, did a terrific job. I mean, he did a terrific job. He had almost a million viewers a night. He was competitive in the toughest primetime time slot there is. That complicated, I'm sure, for CNN when they were dealing with him because he was so successful as a performer in that time slot. Listen, I'm missing -- I have separation anxiety about Brian -- it's MSNBC, but I have separation anxiety about Brian Williams leaving at 11:00 because it means so much. We're losing big stars in this medium and I don't know what the impact is. Bring in the "laugh track" for the idea that Cuomo was "competitive" in the ratings. It's like praising the Detroit Lions as "competitive." Zurawik hates Fox so much that he's going to ignore headlines like "Fox News Nabs 94 of Top 100 Most-Viewed Live Cable Telecasts," or that Sean Hannity gets about three million viewers to Cuomo's "almost a million." People like Zurawik and Stelter proclaim they revere professionalism in the media, and yet they still have the tenderest feelings for Brian Williams, who shouldn't have even been rewarded with an MSNBC show after being exposed as a serial liar about his personal exploits in hurricanes and war zones.  Later in the show, Stelter asked Zurawik about Lara Logan being on a "time out" of sorts from Fox News after comparing Dr. Fauci to Dr. Mengele. That outburst was bad, but since when does CNN get to promenade about Nazi comparisons when it has thrown that mud routinely?? On his show, Stelter let a guest say Donald Trump would kill more people than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao combined!  ZURAWIK: This is someone who was a big, big star and an outstanding journalist, and the greatest, most important TV journalism production in the history of the medium, 60 Minutes. She's no longer relevant, she's moved to the margins and she's adopted this playbook that Donald Trump used, and now Lauren Boebert, and people on the far right use of being super transgressive to get attention to themselves. It's kind of like drug addiction because you have to get worse and worse and uglier and uglier and nastier and nastier, and they keep doing that. She's part of that now. And it's -- and it's not sad. It's disgraceful. But more disgraceful or just as disgraceful is Fox not commenting on it, not denouncing these words and it is disrespect to everyone who would -- who perished in the hell of the Holocaust and their survivors today, this is deplorable. But this is the state, our political and to some extent journalistic because Fox calls itself a journalistic institution, has declined. They always want people to forget that 60 Minutes was not only the home of Dan Rather's Fake Bush News, but a sickening syrupy forum for Democratic politicians, especially Barack Obama's love-ins with Steve Kroft.  Zurawik's wacky takes were supported in part by Chase and Fidelity.

  • MSNBC Uses Dem Attacking Pro-Life GOP to Peddle Misinformation on Guns, Abortion
    by Brad Wilmouth on December 5, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    In the aftermath of Democratic Senator Chris Murphy accusing Republicans of hypocrisy over being "pro-life" in response to the school shooting in Michigan, several MSNBC hosts seized on the speech and used it to peddle anti-gun misinformation. In primetime, Chris Hayes and Joy Reid even had the Connecticut Senator on as a guest. And, even though the current crime wave began in May 2020 as the liberal media and BLM activists tried to undermine confidence in the nation's police officers, Murphy tried to blame the crime wave on an increase in gun sales and even on President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, as Reid had Senator Murphy on The ReidOut, she engaged in her typical trash talk about Republicans, claiming that they want the right to cough on people and make them sick, and to have guns to "shoot up" places: strikes me that Republicans are willing to go to the wall for some things. Their right to have as many guns as you want, and you can shoot up wherever you want, do that. The right to cough on as many people as you want with COVID and get as many people sick as you want with COVID, and your kids get as many people sick as they want. After Murphy repeated his claims that Republicans do not care about saving people's lives, Reid declared: I have started calling them just the "Get'em born and then it's your problem" party because, right, they're very much interested in birth, but they don't seem to be interested in life, meaning educating children, providing health care for our citizens, preventing people from dying from gun violence... They don't care about keeping people alive. On Wednesday's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough also picked up on Senator Murphy's anti-Republican speech, and, even though the gun used in the Michigan shooting was a handgun (as are most gun-related crimes) recently bought by his father after a background check, the MSNBC host repeated calls for more background checks and restrictions on AR-15s, and repeated discredited polling claiming gun control is popular with the public. And, while Scarborough made a big deal about requiring background checks for gun purchases between individuals, studies have found that the overwhelming majority of guns used by criminals were acquired under circumstances that are already illegal -- like theft or straw purchases. No acknowledgement was made that gun sales from gun dealers already require background checks, as Al Sharpton, appearing as a guest, claimed that an AR-15 can be bought without a background check. Mika Brzezinski took a parting shot at Republicans as she wrapped up the segment: The anxiety that our children, that this generation is growing up with, is incomprehensible. And Republicans, they kind of own it. I mean, I don't know what else they want to own at this point. This entire 40-minute block of television has been about the danger the Republican party is putting on the American public. And they will do nothing at this point, and they will say nothing. It's got to stop. This anti-Republican bias was sponsored in part by HughesNet and Liberty Mutual. Their contact information is linked. Transcripts follow: MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes November 30, 2021 8:53 a.m. Eastern CHRIS HAYES: It is an American problem. Shootings like this happen if not frequently, at least regularly, more regularly than they should across the country, which is why Senator Chris Murphy whose home state of Connecticut was the site of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, took to the Senate floor tonight visibly angry. SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY (D_CT): Do not lecture us about the sanctity -- the importance of life when 100 people every single day are losing their lives to guns...This is purposeful. This is a choice by the United States Senate to sit on our hands and do nothing while kids die. (...) HAYES: It happens across the country -- day in and day out -- of hundreds of people being shot by guns. And it happens at a level that it doesn't happen anywhere else, as you said, in wealthy democracies. SENATOR MURPHY: And it's happening at a rate, Chris, right now that we have not seen in decades --  2020 was the deadliest year in our lifetimes. We saw a 40 percent increase in gun murders, which was not coincidental to a 25 percent increase in gun sales. So we're flooding the market with firearms that we choose not to regulate in a way that every other high income nation does.  We have a Republican party, as we talked about earlier in the show, that is engaged in the celebration and fetishization of violence, and we have a President, our prior President, who spent four years sort of making us fearful of each other, making us think we have to arm ourselves in order to protect ourselves from the other. It's a toxic combination that has led to the highest rates of gun violence in our lifetime. (...) MSNBC's Morning Joe December 1, 2021 6:05 a.m. Eastern JOE SCARBOROUGH: You had a senator from Connecticut give a very stirring speech, Willie, about the culture of life. And the very people that are running around self-righteously beating their chests, talking about supporting pro-life issues are the very people who, of course, won't do what 90 percent of Americans want and get universal background checks -- won't make it harder for people who are mentally unfit to have weapons, dangerous weapons, to have weapons and go shoot up schools and synagogues and churches and country music concerts. They are beholden to special interests in Washington, D.C., not beholden to life. (...) 6:31 a.m. Almost 90 percent of Americans support expansive background checks. Universal background checks. Background checks that will go as far as we need to go to make sure that the people who are buying guns are law-abiding citizens. (...)  I think so much a part of this comes down to basic gun safety. If the NRA hadn't stopped, like, doing their job and preaching gun safety like they did back in the '50s and '60s, and instead just become a crazy lobbying outfit... (...) AL SHARPTON: It's interesting to me, the hypocrisy. You don't want background checks on people carrying weapons that could kill people, but you want all kind of voter ID for people to vote. I mean, it doesn't make sense. You need all of this identification to vote, but you don't need identification to buy an AR-15. I mean, give me a break. (...) SCARBOROUGH: When you go back to the hypocrisy, people claiming to be the pro-life party are the same people that are for no gun safety -- against any gun safety whatsoever -- against universal background checks to protect our children. (...) The question that I have had since Newtown is: Who could be against universal background checks? Who in good faith could be against universal checks? Almost nine out of 10 Americans support that? (...) MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The anxiety that our children, that this generation is growing up with, is incomprehensible. And Republicans, they kind of own it. I mean, I don't know what else they want to own at this point. This entire 40-minute block of television has been about the danger the Republican party is putting on the American public. And they will do nothing at this point, and they will say nothing. It's got to stop. (...) MSNBC's The ReidOut December 1, 2021 7:54 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: We are hearing near total silence from Republicans on another epidemic plaguing our country, deadly gun violence in our schools. Sadly, a fourth student has now died after a 15-year-old opened fire in a Michigan high school yesterday. It was the 28th school shooting this year. Joining me now is Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. You know, and, Senator, it strikes me that Republicans are willing to go to the wall for some things. Their right to have as many guns as you want, and you can shoot up wherever you want, do that. The right to cough on as many people as you want with COVID and get as many people sick as you want with COVID, and your kids get as many people sick as they want. But they want to shut the government down because Joe Biden would like people to not die of COVID. Your thoughts on all of that? SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): Yeah, it's pretty incredible. I mean, the lack of concern for life by Republicans given their cavalier attitude about the 700,000 Americans who have died, given their, you know, complete uncaring attitude about the 100 people killed every single day who die from gun violence. I mean, this is, you know, really incredible to see how far Republicans are willing to go in order to allow COVID to win -- how callous they are willing to be to the families in Michigan right now who are dealing with an incalculable amount of grief. And so, you know, it really is pretty unreal to listen to Republicans talk about their concern for the sanctity of life as this abortion case comes before the United States Supreme Court because, when it comes to the lives we are trying to save from a pandemic and gun violence, they are nowhere to be found. REID: Yeah, I mean, I have started calling them just the "Get'em born and then it's your problem" party because, right, they're very much interested in birth, but they don't seem to be interested in life, meaning educating children, providing health care for our citizens, preventing people from dying from gun violence, preventing kids from not (sic) having to do school shooting drills, right, and know how to respond when they think there's a mass shooter, They don't care about keeping people alive. It is something.

  • Trump Social Media Partner Says It Has $1B In Capital
    by Autumn Johnson on December 5, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    A new social network being created by former President Donald Trump said it has $1 billion lined up in capital. Trump announced his plan to create a new social network after he was banned from Facebook and Twitter. The network is a product of Trump’s new company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), and he is the chair of the company. TMTG plans to become a publicly listed company by merging with Digital World. Digital World said $1 billion in capital has been lined up for the venture, while the company itself plans to invest $293 million. "I am confident that TMTG can effectively deploy this capital to accelerate and strengthen the execution of its business, including by continuing to attract top talent, hire top technology providers, and roll out significant advertising and business development campaigns,” Patrick Orlando, CEO of Digital World, said of the company. Other investors have not been identified, but Digital World said the money will come from “a diverse group” of investors. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

  • Krazy Krugman: GOP ‘Apparatchiks’ Trying ‘To Keep Pandemic Going’
    by Clay Waters on December 5, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    In “How the G.O.P. Became Saboteurs, Threatening a Government Shutdown,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman used the averted federal government shutdown to launch his usual partisan lunacy, untethered to reality. In Friday's edition, Krugman claimed today’s GOP is even worse now than in the days of (gasp) Newt Gingrich. This time, Republican obstructionists aren’t even pretending to care about red ink. Instead, they’re threatening to shut everything down unless the Biden administration abandons its efforts to fight the coronavirus with vaccine mandates. What’s that about? As many observers have pointed out, claims that opposition to vaccine mandates (and similar opposition to mask mandates) is about maintaining personal freedom don’t stand up to any kind of scrutiny…. He set his aim on his favorite target, Florida. Furthermore, actions by Republican-controlled state governments, for example in Florida and Texas, show a party that isn’t so much pro-freedom as it is pro-Covid. How else can you explain attempts to prevent private businesses -- whose freedom to choose was supposed to be sacrosanct -- from requiring that their workers be vaccinated, or offers of special unemployment benefits for the unvaccinated? ….Voters tend to blame whichever party holds the White House for anything bad that happens on its watch, which creates an incentive for a sufficiently ruthless party to engage in outright sabotage. Sure enough, Republicans who fought all efforts to contain the coronavirus are now attacking the Biden administration for failing to end the pandemic. It’s no surprise Krugman loathes Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who shunned COVID hysteria and successfully reopened public life in the state. Krugman even called him an “ally of the coronavirus” for his refusal to allow businesses to require patrons show their vaccination status or schools from requiring masks. For those gestures toward individual freedom, DeSantis was bizarrely termed an authoritarian by Krugman. In an August newsletter, the columnist went so far as to urge DeSantis -- if he had “a sudden attack of conscience” about “the carnage his Covid denial has created” -- to shut down indoor dining, under the hysterical, unironic headline “Lockdown Florida Now!” But with the summer surge of COVID past, Florida now has the lowest COVID caseload per capita of any state. Coincidentally, DeSantis isn’t mentioned in Krugman’s latest, though he still spewed nasty lies toward the Republican Party in general. Krugman reversed reality, accusing Republicans of authoritarianism when it was the Democratic Party who locked schoolhouse doors and playgrounds, threw people out of work, and compelled everyone to mask up even with no peer-reviewed studies backing mask mandates. ….As I’ve pointed out in the past, Republican politicians now act like apparatchiks in an authoritarian regime, competing to take ever more extreme positions as a way to demonstrate their loyalty to the cause -- and to The Leader. Catering to anti-vaccine hysteria, doing all they can to keep the pandemic going, has become something Republicans do to remain in good standing within the party.