Just before the start of his MSNBC program this morning, Ali Velshi took to Twitter to inform his audience that he planned to honor those who lost their lives in the Florida school shooting, and also discuss the NRA.At the end of the hour, Velshi delivered his promised monologue, and used it to push a theory that the NRA is likely inflating its membership stats by counting gun owners who don’t pay dues to the organization.Starting off by stating that if he had a loved one who had died from a mass shooting he wouldn’t care for “thoughts and prayers,” Velshi went in on the NRA while adding that only in America is “gun control something that is frowned upon or thought of as infringement.”“Virtually nowhere in the world can you buy, sell, trade and carry guns in a manner that America’s gun lobby, the NRA, would have us do,” Velshi exclaimed. “No one else in the world seems to be able to make sense ever why America can’t … [Read more...] about MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Accuses NRA of Possibly Faking Its Membership Stats in Scathing Rant
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Jimmy Kimmel recently had Stormy Daniels on his show, so of course, he had a LOT to say about the news this week regarding the porn star’s alleged relationship with Donald Trump.Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen confessed two days ago that he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 campaign came to an end. Cohen wouldn’t elaborate on why exactly he made that payment and whether Trump ever reimbursed him. But as for Daniels, she’s taking the admission to mean that she’s been released from her non-disclosure agreement and is now free to talk about her time with the president.Kimmel found this quite “unbelievable” as he talked about it on his show last night, and the only way to make sense of it all was to check it out through a satirical commercial he made for Cohen’s law firm.“Have you never had sex with a porn star? Then you need a lawyer to give that porn star large amounts of cash,” a … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Trump Lawyer With Fake Ad: ‘Giving Porn Stars Money for No Reason At All!’
Punk rock boy meets punk rock girl in the pleasingly rough-around-the-edges Montreal indie Fake Tattoos (Les faux tatouages). The fiction feature from up-and-coming Quebec director Pascal Plante strings together largely familiar notes that hit their target without fail and is, on the surface, a sweet summer-fling-type romance, though there’s a darker undertow churning just underneath that the talented director slowly teases out and that acts as an amplifier of the film’s already quite significant emotional resonance.The writer-director-editor, who earlier made the docu-fiction hybridThe Porn Generation, here shows a deft hand with his young professional actors and a straightforward but never simplistic command of film language. The Canuck indie has played at a few local festivals and picked up the Best Canadian Feature accolade at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal last fall. It makes it international bow with a Slamdance-Berlin twofer that should lead to wider … [Read more...] about ‘Fake Tattoos’ (‘Les faux tatouages’): Film Review | Slamdance 2018
Trump published his “Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards,” and we at Law & Crime couldn’t help but notice that there were a few items of typically Trump-declared “fake news” that somehow didn’t make the cut. #1 The Stormy Daniels story. Over the last week, it has been widely reported that porn star Stormy Daniels discussed having had an affair with Donald Trump back in 2006. The surrounding details range from the salacious to the bizarre, including Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly having paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money, and Trump’s having complimented Daniels for reminding him of his daughter, Ivanka. We’d have expected Trump to exercise a sort of last-in-first-out approach with this story, but he failed to even mention it on his “fake news” list, despite having publicly declared it a lie. Why was it left off the list?Our guess is that Trump’s lawyers insisted on it. Although Stormy … [Read more...] about If Trump’s Sexual Assault Accusers are Liars, Why Weren’t Those Stories on His List of Fake News?
It’s Fake News Awards day! And as President Donald Trump has said, “The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”Excitement has been building on social media. And the White House Press Corps has seemingly embraced the big day, going so far as to ask Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about it during the daily briefing.That’s not to say there aren’t some party-poopers out there trying to ruin the festivities.“[W]e are told via twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the ‘most corrupt and dishonest” media awards,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a fiery Senate floor speech Wednesday morning. “It beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle. But here we are.”Here we are, indeed. And we at Mediaite don’t plan to let Sen. Flake rain on our parade. No sir. We want to know who’s going to take home the … [Read more...] about Handicapping the Fake News Awards: Who Will Take Home The Fake News Trophy?
Since the July 24 launch of The Beat, host Ari Melber has carved out a an important niche as arguably the leading critic of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in all of television. Again, and again, and again, Melber has slammed the social networking mogul for focusing on his company’s profits and casting aside its responsibilities to society as a powerful corporation.Wednesday, Melber was back on the warpath, slamming Zuckerberg for denying that he knew that Facebook was susceptible to bots and Fake News prior to the U.S. election.“That doesn’t look very true,” Melber said. “Because Facebook is a global company, and it was ground zero for this [Vladimir] Putin/[Rodrigo] Duterte playbook long before Zuckerberg was playing naive about Fake News after November, and repeating their mantra, ‘they’re just neutral.’ In fact, there was a whole scandal in that country, the Philippines, over fake news and bots and the election which was — wait … [Read more...] about Ari Melber Shreds Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Will ‘Work With Anyone’ For Money, Even Duterte
On Saturday night (Nov. 18), a number of actors and comedians gathered at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City to raise money for Autism programs as part of Night of Too Many Stars. In support of NEXT for Autism, the event featured stand-up performances, short films and sketches.The televised event was hosted by Jon Stewart and included appearances by J.J. Abrams, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Will Forte, Abbi Jacobson, Ellie Kemper, Jordan Klepper, Howie Mandel, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Wolf, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. The Roots served as the house band.Noticeably absent was Louis C.K., who was dropped from the lineup after multiple women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.The special itself aired live on HBO, but beforehand, audience members had the chance to bid on five celebrity-influenced prizes. With the help of auctioneer Guy Bennett, audience members paid $8,000 for a visit to the … [Read more...] about ‘Night of Too Many Stars’: Jon Stewart, Superstar Friends Raise Money for Autism Programs
During Thursday evening’s edition of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart went after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his reluctance to release tax returns beyond what is legally required of him.“Presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to refuse to release his tax returns from any year prior to the years he was running for, I don’t know, the presidency,” Stewart began. “Because, as his wife Ann Romney explained today, why don’t you all shut up?”Romney’s wife had told Good Morning America Thursday morning that “we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life.”“You know enough!” Stewart mocked the Romney’s view of those who ask for more tax returns.. “You have learned that we, the Romneys, live in the grey netherworld twixt what is legal and what is moral; where desire meets power and one night get drunk, … [Read more...] about Jon Stewart Makes Up Hilariously Fake Tax Returns In Response To Romney’s Refusal To Release
Not sure you’ve heard the news, but former First Lady, New York Senator, Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a new book coming out today entitled What Happened. And depending on the media outlets one looks to, this is either an insightful account of a historic election, or a “pass-the-buck” account that is worthy of mockery.No other media outlet has embraced the schadenfreude of ridiculing Ms. Clinton for her loss than Fox News. Judging by the television transcription service TV Eyes, Fox News has mentioned the name “Hillary” and “book” 365 times in the past three months. By comparison, CNN has mentioned her by name 163 times, and MSNBC 245 times. Not an enormous difference, but mention searches do not account for context, and — based on programming points of view of each network — it doesn’t take a media expert to infer how Ms. Clinton was portrayed by Fox News anchors compared to the … [Read more...] about Yes, Hillary Clinton Wrote a Book, Defended Herself and Made Money. Spare Me the Fake Outrage
The New York Times editorial board declared firmly Tuesday that the accusation that the Obama administration paid a ransom to ensure the release of American hostages was “fake,” and the Obama administration’s diplomatic actions deserve to be lavishly praised. We know this, they argue, because the Obama administration says so.That’s only a barely an exaggeration. The easiest way to describe the editorial, “The Fake $400 Million Iran ‘Ransom’ Story,” is lazy; it literally just takes the administration’s talking points and repeats them verbatim:The truth is that the administration withheld the payment to ensure Iran didn’t renege on its promise to free three detainees — a Washington Post journalist, a Marine veteran and a Christian pastor. That’s pragmatic diplomacy not capitulation.…What really happened was this: President Obama announced the $400 million payment along with the release of the Americans in … [Read more...] about : Iran Ransom Story Is ‘Fake,’ Because Obama Says So