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In an internal memo, CNN chief Jeff Zuckerman has announced the resignation of CNN's Candy Crowley:

In her 27 years at CNN, Candy Crowley has been one of the most important and impactful journalists on our air. Since she joined us in 1987, her assignments have taken her to all 50 states, covering a broad range of political stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races. Candy made her mark covering the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney. And as we all remember, she made her mark yet again in 2012 when she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.[...]

Thus, it is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career. As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support. There will be more time in the weeks ahead for all of you who have been lucky enough to work with Candy to share your own thanks for all she has done. But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.


And now, beneath the orange stargate, join me in the Way Back Machine for one of the finest moments in her career and American history, as she moderated the 2012 debate between President Barack Obama and venture political capitalist, Mitt Romney.

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 at 07:33 PM PST

Stuff My Social Media Says

by FiredUpInCA

When it comes to reporting on and analyzing today's news, social media has become infinitely more interesting to me than the mainstream media because the often young and unfiltered citizen reporters talk about today's events viscerally and astutely in a way that I can relate to.

Here's a brief, but by no means comprehensive sampling of some of my favorite insights I have recently found on social media.

"Hunger Games" reference:

If you have some gems that you have found too, please share them in the comments.

More than hundred days after killing unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is finally ready to talk to the country.

Tonight ABC will air the first half of Wilson's hourlong, self-serving press junket with, George Stephanopolous.

In the interview Wilson said there was "no way" Brown put his hands up before [he] fired his weapon, as some witnesses have described. Wilson said he thought, "he will kill me if he gets to me" when he saw Brown come toward him.

Wilson: “When he stopped, he turned and faced me, and as he does that his right hand immediately goes into his waistband, and his left hand is a fist at his side, and he starts charging me.”

Stephanopoulos: “What did you think when you saw that?”

To get an glimpse into the mind of the ex-fugitive on paid leave, check below the orange flourish.

Will you be watching part one of the Darren Wilson interview tonight and the second half of Good Morning America?

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According to NBC's Kasie Hunt, here's one of the early reviews of President Barack Obama's 15-minute immigration reform speech.

Most Congressional Republicans were not in Washington DC to react to the President's speech as they had flown back home for a much-needed break from doing nothing, in order to spend quality time with family and donors.

But the Republican Governors Association, holding their conference in Boca Raton, Florida have been reacting angrily to the speech since yesterday.

Attendees at the RGA were not just seeing red, at least one member reportedly turned red about the speech--even before the President gave it:

[Former Mississippi Gov. Haley] Barbour grew red in the face as he explained his frustration with the media’s focus on immigration. Most of the questions at two separate press conferences, in addition to the panel moderated by [Chuck] Todd, were about Obama’s coming executive order.[...]

“To take up all the time talking about that is taking your eye off why we’re here. That’s what y’all want to talk about,” Barbour said to reporters assembled around him. “If y’all want to talk about it, go somewhere else.”

Most of the governors’ energy was focused on denouncing the president for raining on their parade and spoiling their thunder. There was not much talk about how to deal with the reality that, even if states are the place where policy experiments are best conducted, the modern presidency still holds enormous power to control the national conversation.

From where I sit, it looks like the President's speech was affecting and memorable to at least one key segment of his intended audience.

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This long-awaited, politically-charged speech from the President of the United States about one of the nation's most pressing challenges will not be aired live by the major broadcast networks.

Apparently because the White House announced the speech on Facebook, but didn't ask the networks for airtime. So the networks are unfriending the President in real time for this impeachable breach of protocol.

"In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.

Instead of broadcasting the 10-15 minute speech at 8 PM ET on Thursday, the major networks will be addressing more compelling dramas facing our weary nation.

ABC has the fall finale for Grey’s Anatomy on at that time, while CBS has ratings powerhouse The Big Bang Theory, NBC has reality show The Biggest Loser and Fox has Bones. As of right now, none plans changes to their regularly scheduled Thursday night November sweep schedules for the approximately 15-minute speech.
There are two networks that plan to postpone their regularly scheduled programming to broadcast and analyze the important speech, namely Univision and Telemundo.
With an audience very interested in what Obama has to say, Univision has the 2014 Latin Grammys on tomorrow from 8-11 PM. The speech and possible analysis will be cutting into that broadcast. This is how the network said in a statement that they would handle the two events:
Univision Network will...proceed with our coverage plans for the Latin GRAMMY’s, immediately following the President’s remarks. Complete coverage of the announcement, reactions and what it means for the US will be covered across Univision’s news platforms, as well as on the Network’s “Despierta America” morning show.
Fellow Spanish-language network Telemundo will also show the speech live, with reaction and analysis to follow at least until 9 PM.
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When you buy the things you love, how much of your money is going to causes you hate?

If you want to know, there's a free, new iPhone app for that. It's called BuyPartisan. Since downloading the app I discovered two things: it's addictive and shocking.

BuyPartisan is easy to use: Just scan the bar code of your favorite brand, wait for the beep, and voilà: You get a breakdown of how much money that company contributed to political causes over the past decade.

For instance, General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios made 63.5 percent of its donations to Republicans, 24 percent to Democrats, and 12.5 percent to unspecified causes. The app also scans home products: A package of Clorox wipes scores 63.25 Democrat, 19.25 percent Republican, and 17.75 percent unspecified.

“We’re trying to make every day election day for people,” former Capitol Hill staffer and app developer Matthew Colbert told the Los Angeles Times.

The free app gathers figures of popular companies’ campaign financial contributions from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. It matches the data with products that consumers buy every day so that users can learn which political party would profit the most from their buying decision.

Yahoo News

BuyPartisan is one more tool to teach our collective dollars some sense, in a political game that is rigged for the wealthiest one percent.

Thanks to the app, I have some unappetizing discoveries about some of my favorite brands beneath the orange croissant.

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These days, everybody is a brand.

Your face, your hair, the way you talk, they way you dress, your attitude, your posts on Daily Kos, Facebook and Twitter are all marketable pieces of you. Your brand.

This is especially true if you are a celebrity.

One of the fundamental laws of the ubiquitous branding universe is that you must never do anything to damage your brand. If you damage your brand, then you damage how many potential buyers you can have. That is a sin against capitalism.

So to make your brand appealing to a majority of consumers, you should try to be apolitical, post-racial and generally non-threatening to the status quo.

Somehow that memo never go to actor Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy, The Butler) and singer, John Legend.

Since the events in Ferguson have unfolded, both have been lighting up black twitter with unapologetic commentary.

Here's one of my favorite tweets of Williams responding to a fan who didn't like what he had to say about CNN's coverage of the events in Ferguson.

"Please disabuse yourself of the notion that my purpose on earth is to tuck ignorance in at night."

That would be an excellent sig line.

Even that tweet was tepid compared to the message he had for some other followers, who also did not like his stance on the events in Ferguson.

That tweet from Williams is below the orange squiggle.

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If you are a young black person in America have the right to remain silent, to be frisked or be killed.


You have the opportunity to be killed by policemen who say they feared for their lives because you were present or citizens who feared for their lives because you were present.

If you are young black person, you can be assured that America has your back, in their scopes.

In case, it is not clear, I am pissed beyond recognition that the conversation has moved away from why a complying, prone, unarmed young black man was shot in the back and face. Now we are talking about the the demise of some damn cigars instead of the demise of a human being.


Tumblr is a free microblogging site. According to Wikpedia, Tumblr hosts over 197.3 million blogs, more than 95 million posts are created on the site each day and "the service is most popular with the teen and college-aged user segments with half of Tumblr's visitor base being under the age of 25."

As soon as the news broke about the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson and the peaceful protest that followed, the kids were immediately all over what was happening there and they are staying on it.

Below the orange flourish is a scant sampling of the numerous posts about Ferguson. The kids are paying attention, they are angry, they are well aware of the historical context of these civil rights abuses and they are organizing and protesting.

Or as they put it. They #stay woke.

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Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:33 PM PDT

Genie, you're free.

by FiredUpInCA

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014). Rest in peace.


A Democratic judicial Candidate asked that question rhetorically after her husband of 17 years was outed as a white supremacist.

Maybe I am missing something, but how could you stay married to someone like that as a human being, let alone as a human being who is tasked with being an impartial judge in your community?

Here's the story posted over at Talking Points Memo:

Husband Of Connecticut Judicial Candidate: 'I Am Pro-White'

A Democratic candidate for a judicial seat in Plainfield, Conn. was forced to answer questions about her husband this week after a watchdog group exposed his ties to the white supremacist movement.[...]

"He did not have those views when we married, but acquired them after," Zubkova told the paper. "What am I supposed to do? Divorce him? It’s not unusual for husbands and wives to have different views."

In response to being "outed" by the media, Zubkova's husband, Rob Freeman, wrote a post on Friday that welcomed visitors to his site.

"I am pro-white, because so much out there is anti-white," Freeman wrote. "I am defending that part of my identity that is being attacked. I am not attacking other races, I am defending my own, and I welcome all sincere allies — Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Arab, Persian. If I missed anyone, chime in."

Freeman was exposed by One People's Project, a watchdog organization that tracks hate groups.

"He was one of 300 neo-Nazis attending a rally in Pennsylvania and, before that, was at some anti-hate forums in Massachusetts," One People's Project founder Daryle Jenkins told the Bulletin. "So we looked him up and created a bio of him."[...]

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Robert Redford will play the famed news anchor in “Truth.”

"Rathergate," the scandal that erupted in September of 2004 after Dan Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, will be the subject of an upcoming film starring Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as CBS News producer Mary Mapes.

Hollywood Reporter

Well now's the time to big batch of popcorn, and store it in gift tins, not just for the movie but for the conservative sideshow that is sure to come.

So many hot buttons. Join me beneath the genuine, artificial, orange butter topping.


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