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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Editorial: The real 'fake news' is Sinclair Broadcast Group

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 7:38 PM


By now you’ve probably seen the video of dozens of local news anchors around the country robotically reciting the same canned script warning viewers against “fake news.” The script was a diktat from the stations’ owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair owns and/or operates nearly 200 local TV stations around the country, including affiliates of CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Telemundo and Univision. Soon, it likely will control even more.

Under President Donald Trump, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has loosened ownership laws that historically barred media companies from gaining monopolies in the markets they serve. Now, Sinclair is proposing a merger with Tribune Media, which would give it control of 233 local stations, according to a letter sent last month by U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas to the U.S. Department of Justice. The merger would give Sinclair even greater reach in new markets, including New Orleans, whose WGNO-TV (ABC) and WNOL-TV (CW) would become Sinclair stations.

Sinclair chairman David Smith has made his contempt for print journalism clear, telling New York magazine recently, “The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away. Just no credibility.”

OK. Let’s talk “credibility.”

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catch U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond talking about race after tonight's State of the Union

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:52 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

The State of the Union address — the usually-annual policy speech the president delivers to Congress — returns tonight from its inauguration-year hiatus.

After the rhetoric (and clapping. endless clapping) winds down, a palate cleanser is available: you can catch Louisiana's very own U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in a discussion about race and President Donald Trump with habitual New Orleans New Year's partier Don Lemon. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) chair joins fellow members including U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, James E. Clyburn and Robin Kelly in a discussion that airs on CNN at 9:30 p.m. Central.

There is perhaps a higher degree of excitement than usual about this year's State of the Union because it's Trump's first; in the past his tendency to wander off-script has startled aides and many wonder if he'll stick to prepared remarks this evening.

There also are several rather sedate protests and demonstrations planned by lawmakers, including black garb on some women Democrats meant to call attention to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement and red pins worn by CBC members to commemorate Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by white men whose attackers never stood trial. Taylor's granddaughter also will attend the address.

All the big networks usually stream the speech, along with the cable news channels and their websites — catch it almost anywhere online at 8 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mayor Landrieu cancels meeting with White House after latest 'sanctuary' warnings

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:24 PM

  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Following another round of pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice on so-called “sanctuary” cities, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and mayors from cities across the U.S. have pulled out of an infrastructure meeting with the White House scheduled for Jan. 24.

In a statement as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Landrieu said President Donald Trump’s “decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again — and use cities as political props in the process — has made this meeting untenable.”

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is proud to be a bipartisan organization,” Landrieu said in the statement. “But an attack on mayors who lead welcoming cities is an attack on everyone in our conference.”

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Anthony Jeselnik coming to Civic Theatre June 28

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 5:33 PM


Comedian Anthony Jeselnik — Tulane alum and darkly funny standup comic — will bring his mordant observations to the Civic Theater Jun. 28. He last appeared here in a two-night stand at Harrah's New Orleans.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

WATCH: Cedric Richmond introduces resolution to censure Trump over 'shithole' characterization

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 4:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, head of the Congressional Black Caucus, today introduced a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over Trump's widely reported remarks calling Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries as "shithole nations."

According to POLITICO, Richmond took special exception to House Majority Leader Paul Ryan's statement that the wording was "unfortunate":
“It’s unfortunate when I miss my bus. Or it’s unfortunate when the airlines lose my luggage,” he said. “But when the president of the United States decides to call Africa, Haiti and El Salvador the words he used, that’s not unfortunate. That is wrong. That is disgusting. That is hurtful. There are a number of words for it, but unfortunate’s not one of them.”
Ryan and House Republicans can block a vote on the resolution.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Who's being protected by bowdlerizing Trump's 'shithole' comment?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 4:57 PM

No, the republic did not crumble when CNN actually quoted the President of the United States without dashes, asterisks or euphemisms.
  • No, the republic did not crumble when CNN actually quoted the President of the United States without dashes, asterisks or euphemisms.

The news that President Donald Trump had called El Salvador, Haiti and the continent of Africa "shitholes" in a meeting with legislators created a lot of migraines for the D.C. GOP, but it also seemed to induce headaches inside newsrooms. Do you print what the president said in a headline? How about in the body of a story?

The Associated Press stylebook (which Gambit and many other newspapers use as a baseline standard) is clear on the subject:
obscenities, profanities, vulgarities: Do not use them in stories unless they are part of direct quotations and there is a compelling reason for them.
Trump's use of the word fulfills both criteria — so Gambit used it in an online headline, as did The New Orleans Advocate (though it later was changed to "s—-hole," the same choice made by The Washington Post, which originally reported the story, had no problem with the word (though it didn't use it in today's print headline):
“When the president says it, we’ll use it verbatim,” says Post Executive Editor Marty Baron. “That’s our policy. We discussed it, quickly, but there was no debate.”

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Women's March returns Jan. 20, with a few changes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Protesters at Duncan Plaza at 2017's Women's March. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • Protesters at Duncan Plaza at 2017's Women's March.

At last year's Women's March in New Orleans, thousands of worried people took to the streets, joining worldwide protests for gender equality and against just-inaugurated President Donald Trump. The march returns Jan. 20 to renew its call for women's rights under this administration — as well as the rights of people of color, immigrants, disabled people, LGBT people, workers and other groups national organizers see as threatened by the current political climate.

"We have to come back this year because we're worse off than we were a year ago," says Angela Adkins, president of the National Organization for Women's (NOW's) Baton Rouge chapter and an organizer of the New Orleans Women's March. "These are definitely some scary times we're living in."

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cedric Richmond: Trump's 'shithole' remark 'proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

After multiple news outlets reported President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" in a meeting about immigration reform — and the White House did not deny it — Democratic and some Republican lawmakers were quick to condemn the statement.

But it was Louisiana's sole Democratic Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, who produced one of the strongest replies to Trump, in his role as the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying "his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda":

Richmond later issued a complete statement:

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

After states refuse to participate, Trump dissolves 'voter fraud' commission

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 6:23 PM


Louisiana was among more than 40 states last summer that refused to submit detailed voter information requested by President Donald Trump's administration, which sought to investigate "voter fraud" through the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. On Jan. 3, Trump announced that he's dissolved the commission.

In a White House statement, Trump says rather than "engage in endless legal battles" over states' objections, he's handing the efforts over to the Department of Homeland Security.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler told Gambit in July that the commission "has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release."

“My response to the Commission is, you're not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law, to any candidate running for office," he said. "That’s it.”

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

12 Clancy DuBos 'Politics' columns of 2017

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

In our annual Year in Review issue, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos always composes his Top 10 political stories of the year. Here are 12 of his "Politics" columns from 2017.

• Counting coup, for now: DA Leon Cannizzaro and Mayor Mitch Landrieu exchange barbs over funding and crime

• All-out war in Jefferson Parish: Mike Yenni and Chris Roberts have accused each other of being unfit for office

• The target is truth itself: A National World War II exhibit on Nazi propaganda resonates today

• Our monumental challenge: Coming to grips with the past as the city takes down its monuments to the Confederacy

• Disarm all abusers: House Bill 223 prevents domestic abusers from possessing guns

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