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    This reporting appears as one of several scoops featured in this week’s edition of Confider, the newsletter pulling back the curtain on the media. Subscribe here and send your questions, tips, and complaints here. Newsmax meathead Grant Stinchfield has disappeared from its airwaves—and nobody knows what the channel’s plans are with the frequently unhinged host. Early last month, the ratings-challenged Fox News wannabe overhauled its lineup to make room for Greta Van Susteren. The former Fox News anchor was given the 6 p.m. ET slot, bumping former Trump flack Sean Spicer to 5 p.m. and moving another ex-Fox star, Eric Bolling, to primetime—in Stinchfield’s 8 p.m. slot. Since losing his primetime show, Stinchfield, a former NRATV host, has been completely absent from Newsmax’s air. At the time of its Greta-based overhaul, the network claimed Stinchfield would soon shift to weekends but there has been no word since his final appearance on June 12 or since his show’s final broadcast (with a guest host) the next evening. Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to the Confider newsletter here and have The Daily...
    Conservative outlet Townhall this week quietly deleted an opinion column from its website that took direct aim at 2000 Mules, the election-denying Dinesh D’Souza “documentary” funded by Salem Media Group—the company that owns Townhall. The post in question, titled “Dinesh’s Stupid Movie” and written by influential right-wing columnist Ann Coulter, ripped into D’Souza’s baseless movie, calling it “stupid” and based on “hocus pocus” claims. The syndicated column was posted to Townhall’s website on Wednesday evening and then removed some time early Thursday. “Page Not Found,” a notice now states at the URL where Coulter’s thrashing of D’Souza’s movie once existed. “We’re sorry, we seem to have lost this page, but we don’t want to lose you.” Neither Townhall’s publisher Jonathan Garthwaite nor its editor Katie Pavlich responded to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment. When reached by phone on Friday afternoon, a woman in the Salem Media executive office who would only identify herself as “Tracy” snarkily told The Daily Beast of the Coulter column deletion: “Oh, really. That’s interesting. We have been deleted from a lot of Google sites...
    The New York Times wants its staffers to ease up on their Twitter usage, according to a memo sent Thursday from executive editor Dean Baquet to all staffers. “For some time, I’ve been hearing serious concerns from newsroom colleagues about the challenges that Twitter presents,” began Baquet’s note, which The Daily Beast obtained and reviewed. “We can rely too much on Twitter as a reporting or feedback tool—which is especially harmful to our journalism when our feeds become echo chambers. We can be overly focused on how Twitter will react to our work, to the detriment of our mission and independence. We can make off-the-cuff responses that damage our journalistic reputations. And for too many of you, your experience of Twitter is shaped by harassment and attacks.” His note continued: “It’s clear we need to reset our stance on Twitter for the newsroom. So we’re making some changes.” Among the social-media policy changes, Baquet announced that “maintaining a presence on Twitter and other social media is now purely optional for Times journalists.” He wrote that many staffers want to “step...
    While Chrissy Teigen claims that she has accepted responsibility and said she’s sorry to people she trolled with online insults and abuse, Courtney Stodden said they never received a personal apology from the supermodel and one-time Twitter “queen.” “Not only have I not met her, I have never spoken to her in my life,” Stodden said in a podcast interview Tuesday. Stodden alleged that Teigen never reached out personally to address the online attacks more than 10 years ago when she sent the then-teenaged media personality private messages, telling them to die. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Chrissy Teigen attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)  Stodden, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, also said on Alex Cooper’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast that Teigen’s bullying was all the more difficult to handle because they had been a fan of Teigen and of her husband, musician John Legend. “I actually really liked her,” Stodden, now 27, said. “Like I followed her....
    If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday. Harry feared Meghan was going to “dump” him After a relatively quiet few weeks, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to their customary column inch-hogging pole position this weekend. The Times of London reports that Harry feared Meghan would end their relationship if he didn’t make a strong public statement condemning what he felt was the media’s racist treatment of her at the beginning of their relationship, so he ordered his office to do just that, the Times claims.
    Tulsi Gabbard on Monday voiced her displeasure with a recent report detailing payments her 2020 presidential campaign received from an alleged Russian agent. Appearing on the friendly airwaves of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the former congresswoman criticized “so-called journalists” and accused “the media” of “lying.” Last Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that an alleged Russian agent donated to the Hawaii Democrat’s 2020 presidential campaign. Dual Russian-American national Elena Branson, also known as Elena Chernykh, illegally pushed pro-Russia policies in the U.S. without registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to a criminal complaint filed last week. Her only campaign contributions over nearly a decade of lobbying for Kremlin interests went to Gabbard, according to the Beast report. (A spokesperson for Gabbard said she intends to give the total amount donated, $59.95, to a charity.) Branson fled the U.S. last year and is still at large. “You saw headlines a couple of days ago: ‘Tulsi Gabbard Paid Off By Russian Agents,’” the former Democratic candidate said. “What the media is lying about is the fact that an American citizen gave my...
    This exclusive reporting appears as one of several scoops featured in this week’s edition of Source Material, the media newsletter that pulls back the curtain to reveal what’s really going on inside the world’s most powerful navel-gazing industry. Subscribe here and send your questions, tips, and complaints here. — To fill its upcoming Rachel Maddow void, MSNBC almost took a time machine back to the good old days of 2011. Keith Olbermann, who shaped the network’s liberal voice before being canned more than a decade ago, was in lengthy discussions with NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and news boss Cesar Conde to return to MSNBC and take over the key 9 p.m. time slot, the former Countdown host told Source Material. But any dream of an Olbermann reunion was squashed when Maddow—who recently signed a massive $30 million deal to work less and transition out of her nightly broadcast—stepped in to personally veto him as her successor. “I offered to have her production company ‘produce’ the show. Would give her some proxy control and a fuckton of money but she and...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are so valuable to the business model and circulation of the British tabloids that the outlets won’t stop writing about and attacking them. Despite the couple’s increasing willingness to resort to lawsuits—which they have a habit of winning—in an attempt to silence their critics, industry insiders have told The Daily Beast the tabloids are more likely to react by doubling down on their aggressive coverage. On Wednesday, Harry fired off the latest threat from his Californian home, suing their old enemy, Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publishers of the Mail on Sunday, for libel. Although Harry’s team have declined to say what the case is about, The Daily Beast was told by sources that the action was connected to a story that appeared in last week’s Mail on Sunday which accused Harry of trying to keep secret his legal action against the British government, and issuing a misleading account of events when he said, in a press release, that he would pay for that protection himself. ANL have declined to comment beyond confirming Harry...
    Welcome to Source Material. The Daily Beast’s brand-new weekly newsletter about what’s really going on at the nexus of media, politics, and entertainment. Each week, The Daily Beast’s media desk will pull on threads to reveal juicy stories about the drama engulfing newsrooms, the hypocrisy of powerful media figures, the shady behavior of partisan media cranks, and the misdeeds of the boardrooms shaping both the state of journalism and a deeply polarized political future. Think of it as spicy scooplets from the vantage point of media insiderdom, but designed for you, the general news junkie, and your inbox. A newsletter everyone loves, until they are in it. If you’re a loyal reader of the Beast’s media team, you’re already familiar with how our crew has consistently broken major media stories over the past several years. We love a compelling story about the media—but not of the navel-gazing sort. We know the media is changing fast, and its power over our everyday lives is incalculable, so we won’t bore you with esoteric business news. Source Material will peel back the curtain...
    Twice impeached ex-president Donald Trump took to a stage in Florence, Arizona on Saturday night, after a long lineup of 2020 election deniers fired up the crowd with unhinged election conspiracy theories and talk about “psychological operations.” “The Big Lie, The Big Lie is a lot of bullshit,” Trump exclaimed shortly after taking center stage in a red “Make America Great Again” hat and a crisp open-collar white button-down. “We have had more destruction, I think, than five presidents put together in the last year,” Trump continued while claiming his fervent supporters were being “persecuted” for practicing their freedom of speech. “There’s nobody that can see the end of this crowd,” Trump added, boasting about his rally crowd size. “And has cars that stretch out for 25 miles. That’s not somebody that lost an election.” During the lengthy address, Trump praised One America News (OAN) following the Friday evening news of DirectTV not re-upping their contract with the far-right network. “This is a great network...I watch it all the time.” “It’s a disgrace what’s going on!” During the evening...
    One of the kookiest claims of anti-vaxxers is that they can “reverse” a COVID-19 vaccination if someone has been vaccinated but now regrets it. According to the Daily Beast’s Mark Hay, the Niatonin Protocol is a mixture that anti-vaxxers have been promoting on a Telegram channel — although the person who developed it denies being an anti-vaxxer. “A few months ago,” Hay explains, “a channel popped up in the anti-vaccine recesses of the fringe-friendly social media platform Telegram and began extolling the virtues of the ‘Niatonin Protocol,’ a daily regimen of high doses of niacin, butyric acid, and a few other supplements. The exact cocktail is situational and ever-shifting. Through a barrage of anonymous anecdotes and jumbled, supposedly scientific explanations, the group argued this program was a surefire ‘antidote’ for the dangers — some real but rare, others seemingly invented — that they associate with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.” But Dmitry Kats, who developed the Niatonin Protocol, stressed to the Beast that he doesn’t consider himself an anti-vaxxer. Kats told the Beast, “I don’t want people to think this...
    Former President Donald Trump is reportedly still on a warpath to avenge his exile from social media platforms. Although Trump appears to have failed in his attempt to create a far-right, MAGA-fueled social media platform of his own, the former president may have found a right-wing business partner to help advance his agenda. According to The Daily Beast, Trump is holding private discussions with the Canadian-based right-wing video sharing platform, Rumble. Email and server records reportedly suggest that Rumble and Trump's nearly defunct platform Truth social already have shared infrastructure. Per The Beast: "In recent months, Rumble and the twice-impeached former president’s social media venture have been in talks about a potential business partnership, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of these sources, who has spoken to Trump about the prospect, said the former president has repeatedly inquired about how much Rumble could pay him—and has bragged that whatever Rumble offers, his partnership would be worth “double that,” given his massive fanbase of conservatives and Republican voters." The timing of both companies going public also raises...
    The Daily Beast was ridiculed for reporting "disinformation" with its framing that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was a Nazi defender during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland.  The left-wing site published an article by reporter Justin Baragona headlined, "Ted Cruz Defends Parents Doing Nazi Salutes at School Board Meetings," which claimed the Republican lawmaker "at one point defended parents throwing up Nazi salutes at school board meetings" when Cruz actually asked if such a gesture was protected by the First Amendment.  "I am no fan of Cruz, but this is not a fair headline," liberal activist Lawrence Lessig tweeted. CRUZ CLASHES WITH AG GARLAND OVER 'ABUSIVE' MEMO INSTRUCTING DOJ INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MATTERS Journalist Glenn Greenwald took notice and scolded the Daily Beast in a series of scathing tweets.  "To say @Lessig is no fan of Cruz or the GOP generally is a huge understatement. Yet even he sees the headlines from the Daily Beast and other liberal outlets claiming Cruz ‘defended’ the Nazi Salute are such blatant lies that he had to denounce...
    Queen Elizabeth is giving every indication that she’s guiding efforts to shield Prince Andrew as much as possible from the fallout of his sex abuse scandal, with a new report saying that her attorneys sent letters to major British newspapers, warning them against taking or publishing photographs of the royal family and their guests at her Balmoral estate. The Daily Beast reported that the letters appear to be a veiled warning against specifically taking photos of Andrew, as they were sent Aug. 10. That’s the day Andrew arrived at Balmoral, and the day after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in New York City, accusing him of raping Virginia Roberts Giuffre multiple times in 2001, when she allegedly was one of Jeffrey Epstein’s underaged sex trafficking victims. Photograph appearing to show Prince Andrew Duke York with Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser Virgina Guifre and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell. (Florida Southern District Court) (Florida Southern District Court) “The timing of the letter being sent the day after the lawsuit landed is likely to fuel speculation that the queen is using her enormous domestic...
    British media organizations hoping to snap a picture of a disgraced Prince Andrew holidaying at his mother’s private Scottish residence have been warned off by the queen, The Daily Beast can exclusively reveal. Lawyers from British firm Farrer & Co, acting for Her Majesty, wrote to major British newspapers warning the publications against taking or publishing pictures of the royal family or their guests at Balmoral the same day that Andrew arrived there. Sources at the palace confirmed to The Daily Beast that the letters were sent out to media organizations, but they added that similar letters were sent “every holiday” and that it was therefore not remarkable.
    Less than 24 hours after the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, scenes of chaotic desperation played out at Kabul’s main airport as people climbed onto the wings and sides of departing military jets and clambered up gangplanks to try to get onto the last flights out of the capital. At least five people were reported killed after the U.S. military, which has control of the airport, opened fire. It was yet unclear on Monday if they were shot by a stray bullet or crushed in a panicked stampede. Several people also appeared to be jet wings as they took off. The Washington Post analyzed video posted on social media that showed at least one person falling from the sky and landing on a rooftop as the jet ascended. An Afghan journalist who worked with American media—and who is therefore almost assuredly in the Taliban’s sights—told The Daily Beast as gunfire echoed in the background that he and eight family members had been trying to get out of Kabul since before city fell. “There is fear and panic among everyone:...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has avoided interviews on CNN and MSNBC, while other Republicans are satisfied giving interviews to networks that want to destroy them, the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. “While some Republicans venture onto CNN and MSNBC, DeSantis has not,” the newspaper noted, outlining he gives interviews to Newsmax, One America News Network, Fox News and the Weather Channel during hurricane season. In a second example, former Deputy Communications Director Meredith Beatrice in February “gave conservative media organizations — including Fox News, Newsmax, the New York Post, the National Review, Breitbart, The Daily Wire and The Blaze — advance notice that DeSantis was about” to roll out a new announcement. “Other outlets were left in the dark for hours,” the Tampa Bay Times continued. “Since Trump’s defeat, DeSantis is a Fox regular once more,” the Florida publication added. In the first six months of 2021, “DeSantis had scheduled as many appearances with top Fox hosts Hannity (8 times), Tucker Carlson (6) and Laura Ingraham (7) as he had meetings with his lieutenant governor, Jeanette Nuñez (7), according to his public calendar.” Fox News is not the...
    The Russian marketing agency Fazze made a splash with attempts to pay off European influencers to spread fake dirt about Western vaccines in an apparent bid to make Moscow’s COVID-19 jab seem more appealing. The effort to buy their way into social media popularity in Europe may not have been Fazze’s only gambit, however. The Daily Beast found a similar attempt to seed the same talking points and content to American audiences—part of “a multi-phase operation that employed almost every trick in the book,” according to Jack Stubbs, director of the social media analytics firm Graphika. Welcome to Rabbit Hole, where we dive deep on the biggest story. It’s for Beast Inside members only. Join up today.
    Alan Dershowitz has long been the go-to lawyer for prominent MAGA-world figures who are having trouble with the law—from legal advice to legal punditry. But when it comes to former President Donald Trump’s class-action lawsuit against the social media giants who booted him off their platforms, even Dershowitz is currently keeping his distance this time. And that’s not from a lack of trying from Trump’s legal team. Two people familiar with the matter tell The Daily Beast that lawyers for the Trump class-action lawsuit against big tech companies reached out to Dershowitz in an attempt to enlist his support in the case. Specifically, the sources say, Trump’s legal team has asked the celebrity attorney if he would write a filing for the lawsuit, potentially an affidavit, in support of the First Amendment and free speech arguments leveled against the companies. But lately, Dershowitz has been acting less than enthusiastically about the prospect, the sources said. His reluctance marks another bump in the road for a legal crusade that legal scholars call a fundraising “stunt” doomed to eventual dismissal in federal...
    More from: Keith J. Kelly G/O Media, owner of Deadspin, the Onion, faces new staff woes, discrimination suit Ex-Deadspin EIC Jim Rich resigns in latest turmoil at G/O Media New owner of NY Daily News mulling bankruptcy: source Dueling Tucker Carlson books to hit shelves Alexi McCammond, ousted at Teen Vogue over social media posts, returns to Axios Rolling Stone magazine named Noah Shachtman, the top editor at the Daily Beast, as its new editor-in-chief, ending a five-month search for a replacement. Shachtman, who will start the new gig in September, replaces Jason Fine, who in February was moved to director of content development, charged with overseeing Rolling Stone Films, documentaries, podcasts and books. “Rolling Stone changed my life. Its music journalism helped push me to play in bands for real. Its conflict reporting gave me a north star to aim for when I was a national security reporter,” Shachtman said. “Its gonzo political journalism inspired me as an editor. I can’t wait to work with Rolling Stone’s talented team to write the next chapter of this amazing story. Let’s do this.”...
    Chrissy Teigen faces perhaps the fiercest backlash of her “Queen of Twitter” career over claims she wrote bullying tweets and direct messages 10 years ago to Courtney Stodden, telling the then-16-year-old media personality to take a “dirt nap” and kill themselves. Stodden, now 26, identifying as non-binary and using they/them pronouns, opened up in an interview with the Daily Beast about how they were publicly shamed by Teigen and other celebrities after they became famous in 2011 as the “teen bride” who married a 51-year-old actor. Stodden also became a media sensation for their unconventional behavior, large breasts and preference for wearing revealing outfits, the Daily Beast. Stodden’s persona also made them a target of cruel treatment by the media and media personalities, akin to what Britney Spears faced in the 2000s. Stodden told the Daily Beast: “(Teigen) wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'” "She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take...
    Social media users ripped The Daily Beast for publishing misinformation about the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. In its initial reporting, the liberal site suggested that when police showed up on the scene, Bryant was unarmed and a knife was found lying "on the ground." However, when Columbus police released body camera footage of the incident, the video revealed that Bryant was attacking two other females, one of whom she pushed, another whom she swung at with a knife. An officer shot Bryant four times before she collapsed to the ground. She died at the hospital after being taken there in critical condition. NPR ADMITS COLUMBUS SHOOTING STORY MAY BE INACCURATE: 'SOME FACTS REPORTED ... MAY LATER TURN OUT TO BE WRONG' In its original report, The Daily Beast quoted Bryant's aunt, Hazel Bryant, as its primary source. She told reporters her niece was the one who called the police and that she was given no warning before they shot at her. She added the police would "lie" about the altercation with her niece. "The police are going to lie," said. "The police are going to cover...
    A father walking out to his car to get ready for the day quickly jumped into action when a 'rabid' bobcat attacked his wife - tossing the wild animal before grabbing his gun to shoot the creature.  Viral video circulating around social media shows the altercation unfold as the couple's relaxed morning quickly turned chaotic.  The footage was initially posted by TikTok user keithmcgeaux but has been repeatedly removed due to violence, according to several people on Twitter. It is unclear where the video was filmed. Scroll down for video  Viral video circulating around social media shows the shocking altercation unfold with the couple and the 'rabid' bobcat
    Russia is gearing up for war again, local experts, state media propagandists, and government officials are all saying. The fight will begin once again on the real-world battlefield of Ukraine. But it will extend much, much further. And the real enemy? Thousands of miles from Kyiv. “Everything will start in Ukraine,” predicted Andrey Sidorov, deputy dean of world politics at Moscow State University, appearing on Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev this weekend. “We will be forced to step onto the battlefield in a fight for which they think we’re not ready,” he added. The host asked: “A fight against whom?” and Sidorov clarified: “Against the collective West.” The fear-mongering propagated by Russian state media aims to prepare the population for the consequences of the Kremlin’s actions, while preemptively placing most of the blame upon the United States. Russian experts fear that to make Russia pay for its election interference, hacking and other malign activities, the Biden administration might declare Russian President Vladimir Putin a “persona non grata,” and impose a total trade embargo upon Russia. Preparing for the worst and...
    The alarming ferocity of the seditious rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol continues to shock millions of Americans. Sadly, for those of us who work in the pro-choice health care movement, this is an all too familiar scene. It is the continuation of a decades-long history and only the latest nationally publicized example of extremist violence in our country. To date, anti-choice extremists have murdered 11 Americans who worked in abortion care. My former boss, Dr. George Tiller, was executed at a peaceful Sunday morning church service. Anti-choice extremist Cheryl Sullenger, who had harassed Dr. Tiller for years and was convicted of bomb making in the 1980s, had an affiliation with the gunman who murdered him. In January, Sullenger, along with former President Donald Trump and 70,000 others, had their accounts suspended from social media due to her statements during the recent insurrection. For those of us dedicated to the pro-choice cause, the threat of violence—both at work and home—is always looming. It is constantly hanging over our heads, while spreading like wildfire throughout social media. It forces us...
    This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.Why Do the Toxic People Always Win?In the last 24 hours on Twitter, I’ve laughed at everyone’s jokes about the boat stuck in the Suez Canal, each trying to encapsulate how it seems *just right* that, at this complicated moment in our global existence, of course a freaking boat would halt international trade for weeks because of a gust of wind. I saw Hugh Grant’s name turned into a silly meme. I’ve watched Teresa Giudice’s masterclass appearance on Watch What Happens Live celebrated, Jane Fonda’s ferocious photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar celebrated, and Bo Burnham’s casting as Larry Bird in HBO series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers celebrated. (They are both so tall!) People made jokes about donuts and vaccines, vented in solidarity with the infuriatingly laid-off staffs of The Huffington Post and MEL magazine, spoke in support of the Asian-American community, railed for gun...
    HuffPost is set to announce its new editor in chief, ending a months-long search that has left the top job at the liberal online publication empty for a year. Sources with knowledge confirmed to The Daily Beast that the site is tapping Danielle Belton, the current editor-in-chief at The Root—G/O Media’s Black-focused news and culture outlet—for the top job. (A spokesperson for HuffPost/BuzzFeed declined to comment.) Belton will take the reins at a tumultuous moment for HuffPost, one of the earliest and most prominent digital-news sites. The outlet had gone without a top editor since March 2020, when Lydia Polgreen departed to lead up Gimlet Media, Spotify’s podcasting studio. Earlier this month, BuzzFeed, which acquired HuffPost last year from Verizon Media in a stock deal, announced that it was laying off 47 HuffPost staffers and that the digital-news outlet was on track to lose $20 million for the second year in a row without substantial cuts. The departures and closure of several international branches of the news site hit staffers hard. “We are devastated and infuriated, particularly after an...
    Miami Beach Police used SWAT Teams to try to enforce its emergency curfew against out-of-control spring breakers — also sparking a wild stampede by firing pepper balls, according to reports and videos. Videos on social media and local media showed thousands of partiers defying both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Florida beach town’s curfew after it started at 8 p.m. Saturday. Even as police SWAT teams rolled in to block the streets and used piercing sound cannons to try to clear the completely packed streets, the parties continue to rage for hours, a reporter for the Daily Beast noted from the scene. Videos shared on social media showed some standing among the masses to throw out money — while another showed women twerking atop cars long after the curfew was supposedly enforced. At least one woman climbed on top of a police vehicle to dance provocatively, the Miami Herald noted. Parties raged in the streets despite the emergency curfew.REUTERS Police ultimately fired pepper balls at the crowd, the Daily Beast said — with wild videos showing a mad stampede in...
    Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association, couldn’t help feeling pure “rage” as early television reports of Tuesday’s mass murders in Atlanta began to dominate the news cycle. In addition to her anger directed at the 21-year-old white suspect—who allegedly shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three local spas and massage parlors—Underwood’s ire was aimed at the largely white media narrative that his supposed motive was sexual addiction and a perverse effort to eradicate temptation, not racist hate amid a horrific increase over the past year to nearly 3,800 incidents of verbal attacks and physical assaults in the United States against people of Asian descent. Underwood and other critics of this week’s news coverage ascribed the initial mainstream media skepticism that the massacre could have been a hate crime—not to mention an outright denial of that possibility by various Fox News personalities—to the relative absence of Asian journalists’ perspective among many of the outlets that reported on the killings. “I think where my rage is personally is the fact that...
    The man suspected of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at three massage parlors in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia has been identified as Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, a city 48 kilometers northwest of Atlanta.  Six of the eight people who were shot to death were Asian Americans, raising the specter that the 21-year-old white suspect committed hate crimes against Asian Americans.   But Long, who is in custody facing murder charges, claims the killings were not racially motivated, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker said Wednesday.  Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock in Cherokee County poses in a jail booking photograph after he was taken into custody by the Crisp County Sheriff's Office in Cordele, Georgia, March 16, 2021.Baker said an interview with Long revealed signs of possible sex addiction and that the parlors, which Baker said Long may have previously visited, were “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”  A former high school classmate of Long said the suspect was “very innocent-seeming” and “sort of nerdy,” according to The Daily Beast....
    The man suspected of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at three massage parlors in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia has been identified as Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, a city 48 kilometers northwest of Atlanta.  Six of the eight people who were shot to death were Asian Americans, raising the specter that the 21-year-old white suspect committed hate crimes against Asian Americans.   But Long, who is in custody facing murder charges, claims the killings were not racially motivated, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker said Wednesday.  Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock in Cherokee County poses in a jail booking photograph after he was taken into custody by the Crisp County Sheriff's Office in Cordele, Georgia, March 16, 2021.Baker said an interview with Long revealed signs of possible sex addiction and that the parlors, which Baker said Long may have previously visited, were “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”  A former high school classmate of Long said the suspect was “very innocent-seeming” and “sort of nerdy,” according to The Daily Beast....
    The man suspected of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at three massage parlors in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia has been identified as Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, a city 48 kilometers northwest of Atlanta.  Six of the eight people who were shot to death were Asian Americans, raising the specter that the 21-year-old white suspect committed hate crimes against Asian Americans.   But Long, who is in custody facing murder charges, claims the killings were not racially motivated, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker said Wednesday.  Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock in Cherokee County poses in a jail booking photograph after he was taken into custody by the Crisp County Sheriff's Office in Cordele, Georgia, March 16, 2021.Baker said an interview with Long revealed signs of possible sex addiction and that the parlors, which Baker said Long may have previously visited, were “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”  A former high school classmate of Long said the suspect was “very innocent-seeming” and “sort of nerdy,” according to The Daily Beast....
    For Newsmax, it looks like midnight is approaching, and the upstart TV channel is in danger of turning back into a pumpkin. The pro-Trump cable news network—which barely registered in Nielsen ratings for the first six years after its chief executive and majority owner, Chris Ruddy, launched it in May 2014—prompted massive media attention for seemingly taking Fox News head-on in the aftermath of last year’s presidential election. Perhaps more than a Cinderella story, it was a wingnut media version of David versus Goliath. But now, a mere four months after the supposed slingshot to Fox News’ forehead, reality has intruded, and Newsmax finds itself smack-dab in the middle of a ratings collapse. Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media Royalist World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel Beast Inside Crossword Newsletters Podcasts About Contact Tips Jobs Advertise Help Privacy Code of Ethics & Standards Diversity Terms & Conditions Copyright & Trademark Sitemap Coupons © 2021 The Daily Beast Company LLC
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is already facing a legal threat over his new social media platform “Vocl,” courtesy of a website bearing a similar name. “On Thursday, lawyers for Vocal’s publicly traded parent company, Creatd, Inc., warned Lindell, in a letter reviewed by The Daily Beast, to change his social media network’s name and surrender ownership of the Vocl.com domain name. If Lindell refuses to change the name, he could face a lawsuit,” The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng reported on Friday afternoon. “It is clear that you are acting with bad faith and with intent to profit from Creatd’s mark,” the letter addressed to Lindell asserted, per the Beast. “Creatd is prepared to take all steps necessary to protect Creatd’s valuable intellectual property rights without further notice to you.” Asked about the legal threat, Lindell told The Beast: “It has nothing to do with their trademark. I haven’t even launched yet. But it has nothing to do with us.” He added that his name stood for “Victory of Christ’s Love.” The MyPillow CEO, upon reviewing the...
    The Daily Beast MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Is Trying To Launch a Social Media Site, and It’s Already Resulted in a Legal Threat Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesMyPillow founder and staunch Trump ally Mike Lindell plans to launch a social network of his own in the next few weeks, creating a haven for the kind of pro-Trump conspiracy theories that have been banned on more prominent social-media sites. On Lindell’s “Vocl” social media platform, users will be free to claim that a supercomputer stole the election from Donald Trump, or that vaccines are a tool of the devil.Any new social media network faces serious challenges. But Vocl must grapple with a daunting problem before it even launches: a website called “Vocal,” spelled with an “A,” already exists.On Thursday, lawyers for Vocal’s publicly traded parent company, Creatd, Inc., warned Lindell, in a letter reviewed by The Daily Beast, to change his social media network’s name and surrender ownership of the Vocl.com domain name. If Lindell refuses to change the name, he could face a lawsuit.While Lindell has promised to turn Vocl into a...
    I spent years as an on-air contributor at the Fox News Channel, so I was less than surprised when conservative media, always on the look-out for a new battle to juice up ratings, latched on to what it quickly termed liberal “cancel culture.” To hear this narrative unfold, the supposed leftist assault on Dr. Seuss, Pepé Le Pew, Mr. Potato Head and other bastions of our halcyon youth will consign a generation of children to reading Das Kapital while drinking organic hemp milk from their sippy cups. But in the reality-based community, it is the very policies that these media companies and so many other organizations employ that have canceled the careers of millions of women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other traditionally disenfranchised employees. Today, one in three American workers is bound by a non-disclosure agreement. These confidentiality provisions, which were originally intended to protect proprietary information like the secret formula of Coca-Cola, are now widely used to prevent workers from discussing toxic workplace issues like sexual harassment, misogyny and gender and racial discrimination. Too...
    The Daily Beast Putin Ramps Up RT’s Propaganda Budget as Poll Rating Slumps Mark Schiefelbein-Pool/GettyMOSCOW–With Vladimir Putin’s popularity already in decline, news of the United States’ latest round of sanctions on Russia has alarmed the Kremlin, prompting its cast of experts, advisers, and anti-American ideologues to float several possible responses.Senator Olga Kovitidi promised that Russia would “send America to a blind knockout.” One expert suggested publishing lists of Russian media “spreading fake news.” Certain military experts proposed the formation of “information battalions” in cyberspace, modeled after the masked Russian soldiers deployed in the 2014 Ukraine crisis. Ultimately, the government landed on a familiar strategy: they will try to change the perception of Russia by pouring even more money into propaganda.After the sanctions were announced—this time in response to the poisoning of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny–the Russian government is reportedly aiming to expand the global audience of the Kremlin-funded RT television channel from 800 to 900 million viewers. They want to raise viewership on online platforms by promoting the internet content of the entire fleet of both Russian and foreign-oriented...
    A zoo in central China has been accused of trying to pass off a dog as a wolf after keepers replaced the beast with a domesticated animal when it 'died of old age'.  A video showing what appears to be a Rottweiler lying in the 'wolf' cage at the Xiangwushan Zoo in Xianning, Hubei province, was posted to social media on Tuesday. Zoo visitor Mr Xu posted the short video, which has since gone viral, with the caption: 'Woof! Are you a wolf?'.   Speaking to Beijing News Mr Xu said that he had been told by keepers at the zoo that there had been a wolf living in the cage but it had 'died of old age'.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next UK records another 6,040 new Covid cases - down 19% on last... Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in... Share this article Share A zoo employee confirmed to local media that the guard dog was only being kept in the cage temporarily, BBC reports.  Some joked that the zoo should 'at least...
    Former Fox News guest booking director Laurie Luhn, a repeated victim of the late Roger Ailes’ alleged sexual misconduct, lost a major legal round Tuesday in her federal defamation lawsuit against Fox News Media and its chief executive, Suzanne Scott. Affirming a lower-court decision dismissing Luhn’s complaint, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia ruled that a 2019 Los Angeles Times profile of Scott—in which the executive insisted she “had no clue on what was going on in Roger Ailes’ office” and “I have never had any issues with any sort of harassment myself”—could not meet the legal standard for defamation. The ruling said that’s because neither Scott nor the article mentioned Luhn and her statements were not “reasonably capable of any defamatory meaning.’’ The appeals court added that Luhn’s lawsuit relies on “a strained set of inferences in an effort to construct a case of defamation by implication.” Luhn’s attorney, Larry Klayman, told The Daily Beast his client plans to request that all 11 judges on the appellate court revisit the...
    Days after Sen. Ted Cruz ditched Texas during a deadly winter storm for the sandy beaches of Mexico, the Republican made light of the scandal in a bizarre speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. “I gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice,” Cruz quipped in his speech, titled “Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture.” The joke, which comes as Texas is still reeling from the unprecedented storm that left millions of residents without power and killed at least 30, was just one of many odd remarks the lawmaker made during his speech. Last week, photos emerged of Cruz boarding a Feb. 17 flight to Mexico as his state literally froze and millions of Texans were left in the dark and without drinkable water. After getting caught, Cruz caught a return flight to the U.S. on Feb. 18 and insisted he was merely trying to “be a good dad” by accompanying his daughters on a trip to Mexico. Texts from his wife to friends suggested the entire family planned to...
    Actor Emma Watson, who rose to fame by playing Hermione Granger in the popular Harry Potter franchise, has been recently making headlines after it was reported that the star has retired from acting. However, it seems like the rumour mills have got it all wrong. As per Entertainment Weekly, the actor’s manager cleared the air, putting an end to all such reports doing the rounds. Her manager, Emma Watson, Harry Potter Actress, Is Not Retiring From Acting To Settle With Beau Leo Robinton, Clarifies Her Manager. Jason Weinberg, denied the rumours, telling the publication in a statement, “Emma’s social media accounts are dormant but her career isn’t.” The 30-year-old star’s Instagram account bio currently reads, “Emma’s official Instagram page is currently dormant and is not being updated,” while her profile picture is a simple black icon. Harry Potter Actress Emma Watson Takes a Stand Against JK Rowling’s Transphobic Tweets. The actor had started trending on Thursday after an online report by a leading outlet alleged that Watson had retired from acting, leaving her fans distressed. The news...
    In a case of potential brand-blemishing by association, the Murdoch empire’s cash cow, Fox News Media, is spending $250,000 to underwrite a three-day partisan political confab featuring ousted president Donald Trump and a host of speakers on multiple panels pushing the big lie that President Joe Biden was fraudulently elected. Fox News Media donated the money via its fledgling Fox Nation streaming service, which is listed as a top corporate sponsor—along with the American Conservative Union, the organizer of the confab, and Liberty HealthShare, a Christianity-based health-care management firm—of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. (Fox Nation was also a sponsor of CPAC 2020, albeit at a much lower tier costing at least $28,000.) Fox News Media—which is the most profitable part of Fox Corp., a publicly traded company boasting $12.3 billion in 2020 revenue—narrowly avoided further possible public-relations trouble when CPAC on Monday hastily canceled its invitation to a social-media denizen named Young Pharaoh (apparently his legal name). He’s a virulently anti-Semitic, anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist who was listed as participating in a Sunday afternoon panel featuring...
    Journalists working in the United States, nominal bastion of the First Amendment, are now “soft targets” for violent mobs—thanks, it seems, to President Donald Trump. “Remember, ALL JOURNALISTS are soft targets, and are fair game in the coming revolution!” a Trump loyalist posted this past weekend on the suspended social media platform Parler. “Don’t be afraid to take reporters down by any means necessary!” (Politico congressional correspondent Olivia Beavers, who tweeted a screenshot of the alarming post, redacted the identity of the Parler user “bc I don’t want ppl rallying behind this idea to be able to easily find each other/band together,” she explained.) Before @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter account was permanently banned on Jan. 8—a belated corporate response to his barrage of toxic lies, smears, and conspiracy theories that culminated in last Wednesday’s lethal mayhem at the Capitol—the 45th president had posted at least 2,520 tweets defaming members of the press and the media as a whole as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people” among other epithets, according to U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which catalogues threats and attacks on...
    For someone who is allegedly “muzzled,” Senator Josh Hawley sure talks a lot. In relentlessly whiny media appearances, he keeps telling us how censored he is from saying anything, as he keeps saying exactly that on mass media platforms. Just last night, he was wailing away on The Ingraham Angle. The most definitely not-muzzled Hawley wants you to know he is a victim of “wokeness” and “cancel culture,” because people have asked him lots of very, very, very mean questions about his role in inciting the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, his fist raised to the Trump-supporting mob. Here is what Senator Hawley should be made to explain: his part in a terrible event that left five people dead, injured 140 police officers, and left many fearing for their lives. What does the perpetually whining-about-himself Hawley have to say about the two officers who have died by suicide since, the officers with brain injuries, the officer with two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs, the officer who will lose an eye, the officer who was stabbed with a...
    Here’s a question for the supermarket tabloid publisher formerly known as American Media Inc.: Is that a Pecker in your pocket or are you still hot for Trump? Yellow journalism purveyor and Donald Trump acolyte David Pecker ostensibly retired as chairman and CEO of the National Enquirer’s financially strapped parent company last August when AMI changed its name to A360 Media as it was being acquired by a marketer of face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and vitamin supplements. But he has, allegedly, remained very much in the saddle. The revelation comes amid mass layoffs across A360 Media’s titles—which also include Star magazine, OK!, Globe, Examiner, In Touch, Us Weekly and Life and Style—with significantly curtailed severance packages being offered to a fired workforce that already took a 23-percent pay cut last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting print-media bottom lines. According to three well-situated A360 Media insiders, the 69-year-old Pecker, nominally just an “executive adviser,” is still driving editorial decisions from his Greenwich, Connecticut, estate and protecting his longtime pal Trump—much as he did during the 2016...
    Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster Reunite Virtually Ahead of Silence of the Lambs 30th Anniversary What Does Biden’s Presidency Mean for Your Retirement Plan? Video: With Jon Jones looking like a beast, are we convinced hell dominate at heavyweight? Ever since Jon Jones vacated the UFC light heavyweight championship last year, he’s spent five months preparing his body for a move up to heavyweight – and from the looks of it, whatever he’s been doing appears to be working. © Provided by MMAJunkie Jones last week offered a glimpse into his physical transformation by sharing photos of what he looks like weighing 250 pounds. In short, he looks like a beast. While it’s impressive to see what Jones has done ahead of his highly anticipated move to challenge the biggest and baddest men on the planet, you have to wonder how that extra weight will affect him once he competes inside the cage. After seeing him, do you expect Jones’ run of dominance at light heavyweight to transfer over into heavyweight? Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Mike Bohn,...
    Neil Gaiman is less than perfectly satisfied with the first two seasons of American Gods, the Starz adaptation of his beloved 2001 road-trip novel. He praises the hyper-stylized visual language original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green created in its debut season (the only one Fuller and Green helmed before departing the series). And he is effusive about the show’s “fabulous” cast, led by Ian McShane as Norse god-in-disguise Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow, the widower and ex-convict Wednesday hires as a bodyguard on his journey across America to rally the Old Gods against the New. But the celebrated fantasy author is as frank about where the rest of the show stumbled in his eyes as he is about where it succeeded. That first season “had a story that when it worked, it was jaw-dropping,” Gaiman tells The Daily Beast. “And when it didn’t work, it felt like The Twilight Zone or something, where you go off and have a new adventure each week in a different town or whatever. It wasn’t feeling like a whole.” He began...
    If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday. Harry and Meghan quit Twitter and Facebook President Trump has been ejected from multiple online platforms after inciting the Capitol MAGA riot, resulting in the deaths of five people.
    Getty Earlier this month in a small village in western Ukraine, a group of political pranksters met to declare self-government and to fly the country’s yellow-and-blue national flag upside down as their new symbol. The tiny group of misfits, led by a former plumber named Anatoly Balakhnin, was ignored by most Ukrainians; only Radio Liberty reported on the meeting, noting 10 people had shown up to it. Yet across the border, in Russian media, the new group was declared an “alternative state” and held up as an example of how Ukraine was supposedly facing “issues of separatism” in its western regions. It’s been almost seven years since Ukraine’s Maidan revolution ran out its pro-Russian president, and since breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine declared themselves to be independent of Kyiv’s governance in a bloody war that continues to this day. More than 13,000 people have died, and nearly 1.5 million people have lost their homes since 2014. Russia has waged a propaganda campaign alongside its military one, to bolster its power inside the former Soviet republic and foment dissent against...
    The Daily Beast drew heavy fire for suggesting that Hunter Biden's shady foreign business dealings which appear to be a part of a broad federal investigation in his taxes went "largely unnoticed" ahead of the election.  The Biden transition on Wednesday issued a press release with a statement from Hunter Biden acknowledging that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware was investigating his "tax affairs," but sources told Fox News that his financial links to China are also part of the probe, which began in 2018. Fox News first reported in October that the FBI subpoenaed a laptop and hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden in connection with a money-laundering investigation in late-2019. However, despite the mainstream media's refusal to dig into the New York Post reporting from October that shed light on Hunter Biden's overseas ventures, The Daily Beast raised eyebrows when it alluded to the emails that were previously published.  PIERS MORGAN BLASTS MEDIA OVER 'ABJECT FAILURE' ON HUNTER BIDEN STORY: 'DERELICTION OF JOURNALISTIC DUTY' "Evidence of the larger probe was apparent in the markings on a series of...
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