With his repertoire of sullen facial expressions as he confronts the latest whopper emanating from Donald Trump’s White House, it’s not hard to guess what Jake Tapper is thinking. “I’m trying to keep my face as neutral as possible,” the CNN anchor protested on Wednesday, the morning after his epic, 25-minute televised clash with presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway—in which the usually feisty Conway wilted under fire as Tapper repeatedly called out her boss for what he politely referred to as “falsehoods.” “Sometimes I’ll have a reaction to something that’s said because sometimes people say things that are legitimately surprising,” Tapper told The Daily Beast, explaining his spritzed-by-cold-water response—an eye-blink, followed by a head-shake, the universal signifier of WTF—when Conway tried to defend a White House list of supposedly “under-reported” terrorist attacks that CNN and other … [Read more...] about Jake Tapper, CNN’s Resident BS Detector, on How to Hold President Trump to Account
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A vendor sells poinsettias, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, at a nursery in Tegucigalpa. A vendor sells poinsettias, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, at a nursery in Tegucigalpa. Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA, Staff / AFP/Getty Images Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA, Staff / AFP/Getty Images Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 A vendor sells poinsettias, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, at a nursery in Tegucigalpa. A vendor sells poinsettias, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, at a nursery in Tegucigalpa. Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA, Staff / AFP/Getty Images Here’s how people celebrate the holidays around the world 1 / 7 Back to Gallery In December, people around the world … [Read more...] about Here’s how people celebrate the holidays around the world
For the first time in the long and sordid history of the Catholic Church’s saga with pedophile priests, the Vatican has approved a special judicial tribunal that could bring to justice the bishops who have helped protect offending priests. But is it enough to protect kids? Survivors groups hope that this time the Vatican has come up with an approach that will work. “It could be, but only time will tell,” David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests (SNAP), told The Daily Beast. “But this isn’t like horseshoes. Every ‘miss’—however close it seems to be to the peg—means more kids will be raped.” The new tribunal was the brainchild of American cardinal Sean O’Malley, who has become a central figure in the popular papacy of Pope Francis, which may make him a major contender when it comes time for the next conclave. As head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, … [Read more...] about Judgment Day for Pervert Priests?
I landed my first job in network television in the spring of 1981. Johnny Carson had just taken The Tonight Show from 90 minutes to one hour and given the extra 30 minutes to the show that followed. The Tomorrow Show, as it was called, was renamed The Tomorrow Show Coast to Coast starring Tom Snyder—and it was a hot mess. NBC executives had brought in a studio audience and turned a once-intimate talk show known for revealing interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Alfred Hitchcock into a variety show with brassy gossip queen Rona Barrett as the co-host in L.A. Tom Snyder was miserable, Rona Barrett was worse and, as the story goes, the NBC suits sat around 30 Rock trying to think of the toughest person who could control their unruly anchors who they believed were acting like petulant children. It didn’t help that The Tomorrow Show’s executive producer was Snyder’s live-in girlfriend. She would be the first casualty. “What about that S.O.B. who used to … [Read more...] about Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Me. I Thought I Was The First and Last
From its modest beginning six years ago — a dinner with approximately 250 guests — Firefly Autism’s signature fundraiser, Laugh Yourself Blue, has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of Denver’s largest charitable events. The 2018 edition brought a standing-room-only crowd of 800 to the Seawell Ballroom and raised a record $520,000, thanks to leadership provided by co-chairs John Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater, Kelly Hume-Hodges, Fred Churbuck and Wes Olivas. Honorary chairmen were Sam and Nancy Gary, Sandy Wolf, Pam Savage Sims and Nancy Koontz. Farnam and Heitzenrater were putting in their third year as Laugh Yourself Blue chairmen; they are also 2016 recipients of Firefly’s Luminescence Award, an award that Churbuck and his sister, Megan Fearnow, shared in 2017. Churbuck and Fearnow are part of the Salah Foundation, which offered a $100,000 challenge grant for the evening’s special appeal. When all was said and done, the appeal generated $183,000 … [Read more...] about SEEN: Firefly Autism Laugh Yourself Blue fundraiser