Important headlines for October 18th:
Bottom Line: These are the stories you don't want to miss (but probably would if I didn't find them for you)...
NFL Kneelers Ruining Emotional Attachment to Football Robert Ehrlich, DC Examiner
Excerpt: Colin Kaepernick's original decision to take a knee was a direct response to police shootings of African-Americans. We know this because Kaepernick said so. Immediately thereafter and continuing to this very day, however, the police indictment has been enlarged to include a more general critique of the criminal justice system's treatment of African-Americans. We know this because many of the kneeling players have said so.
That the former charge rests on thin evidence is a matter of fact. Despite a persistent media narrative to the contrary, the statistics (as compiled by the Washington Post and various other media sources as well as the federal government) show that police killings and brutalizations of African-Americans are quite rare. Infrequent but highly sensationalized exceptions do not prove the rule.
All important points. As illustrated recently and as a point I feel compelled to repeat... A police officer is 18 times more likely to be murdered by a black person than a black person is to be murdered by a police officer. Nearly every time I cite this information I have many of the nastiest critics come out of the woodwork suggesting I'm a racist. And that's what's so backwards anymore. When facts are racist. When police and the criminal justice system is racist. When a player refuses to pay respect to the flag and the anthem and wears socks depicting police officers as pigs on behalf of a movement that chats "cook them like bacon". When this is tolerated in society and by an entertainment league. Yeah whatever the heck the league has become has definitely inhibited the emotional attachment many of us had to what was supposed to be entertainment from the nonsense in real life.
NBC's Credibility Collapse Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
Excerpt: What the network did with the Weinstein story is a scandal.
With a slew of alleged victims and a made-for-broadcast audio recording on hand, the only reason NBC would have turned down Farrow's story was because it had a stake in the outcome.
The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove reported Wednesday that Weinstein "had enjoyed a long business relationship with NBC Universal, and Universal Pictures produced both his seven-Oscar 'Shakespeare in Love' in 1998 and 2009's 'Inglourious Basterds,' for instance, while he had co-produced the hit reality-TV show 'Project Runway' for the NBC-owned Bravo channel."
But Oppenheim said during the company townhall that NBC "reached a point over the summer, where as an organization, we didn't feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it."
NBC refused to run a deeply reported story about sex abuse in Hollywood — an "open secret," according to now-countless people in the industry — but in the last two weeks, the network has really nailed down the details about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson supposedly calling President Trump a "moron" behind his back.
During a meeting at the Pentagon in July, according to NBC's two stories, Trump said he wanted a "tenfold" increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. When the meeting ended, Tillerson is said to have called Trump a "moron."
Trump, Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and (the media's favorite) White House chief of staff John Kelly all denied the reports.
Godless, soulless, slanderous. Anyone else care to explain this one away for NBC? Slander the President and protect a sexual predator. Btw, anyone else alarmed that no one is being held accountable at NBC News or the NY Times for spiking stories protecting a sexual predator? How many women have been rapped and abused since the NY Times and NBC News buried the stories of their reporters?
How Trump Could Win the North Korea Nuclear Game Ken Gause, National Interest
Question, how many ICBM's have been flying over Japan since President Trump said we'll destroy them if we have to?