White House officials are reportedly planning on holding onto more prepared security clearance revocations, and selectively releasing them as a distraction to negative news cycles, as needed. In a newly released memoir, former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman made some startling allegations about her White House tenure, including alleging that she heard Trump say the N-word in an audio recording. One day later, the White House announced it revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance. As President Donald Trump expressed interest in revoking “most, if not all” of the security clearances for a select group of current and former government officials, White House communication officials are believed to be planning on releasing them selectively, as a distraction to negative news cycles, The Washington Post reported on Friday. White House staffers, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and deputy chief of staff … [Read more...] about Trump reportedly plans to yank more security clearances to distract from negative news cycles
caption A pedestrian looks at front page headlines outside the Newseum in Washington, DC. source Alex Wong/Getty New analysis from the Pew Research Center says 68% of Americans feel “worn out” by the amount of news, the same rate of voters who said they were exhausted by 2016 election coverage. The study also found more Republicans are tired of the news than Democrats. New analysis from the Pew Research Center says 68% of Americans feel “worn out” by the current news cycle, the same rate of voters that said they were exhausted by 2016 election coverage. The survey, which was conducted from Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018, found seven out of 10 Americans said they were overwhelmed by the amount of news there is, only a percentage off from the six-in-ten Americans who said the 2016 election coverage left them exhausted. Across the different groups analyzed in the study, those most likely to … [Read more...] about We just got more evidence that the 2016 election broke Americans’ relationship with news
By Gilbert Ngabo StarMetro Toronto Mon., June 4, 2018 Like many cyclists in Toronto, Albert Koehl was beaming with pride and optimism last fall when city council voted to make the Bloor St. bike lanes permanent. The 2.4-kilometre stretch between Avenue Rd. and Shaw St. was a year-long pilot to study the effectiveness of separated bike lanes in improving the safety of all road users. The project was among the first pieces of the city’s 10-year bike plan launched in 2016 to complete a cycling network, which included bold promises to build 525 km of bike lanes, cycle tracks and sidewalk-level boulevard trails by 2025. But Koehl’s hopes have quickly waned. Now he’s concerned the city will not meet the promised goal, just as it is on track to exceed road deaths recorded in 2016 and 2013, the two worst years on record. Two cyclists and 16 pedestrians have already been killed on Toronto streets this year, according to Toronto Police. “Now … [Read more...] about Toronto cycling advocates worry bike-lane progress has stalled on Bloor St.
By Tony Wong Television Critic Mon., March 19, 2018 Anderson Cooper is CNN. And the network is seeing soaring ratings under Donald Trump’s presidency, with Cooper at the helm as the most recognizable face of the brand. However, his own brand extends beyond the news channel: Cooper, 50, is also familiar to viewers as a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. (His highly anticipated interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels over her alleged affair with U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to air on that show March 25.) Read more: Stormy Daniels, you’re our only hope Article Continued Below Bestselling science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer talks Mary Shelley, the rise of Trump and what he’ll be reading in 2030 How should the media cover a hostile Doug Ford? Television was never far from Cooper’s life: the Yale graduate’s exposure started at the age of 3, as a guest on The Tonight Show with his mother, … [Read more...] about Anderson Cooper is the face of serious news, but he’s bringing his ‘fun’ side to Toronto
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM The New York Times Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Thanks to a relentless news cycle — and a dedicated fan in the Oval Office — Fox News has defied the downward trends in the television business, notching its highest-rated year in 2017 even as audiences dwindled for many networks. But the mass migration of viewers away from traditional cable and satellite packages is accelerating. And now Fox News is plotting a leap into the uncertain digital future that rivals like CNN have so far put off. On Tuesday, Fox News is set to announce Fox Nation, a stand-alone subscription service available without a cable package. The streaming service, expected to start by the end of the year, would focus primarily on right-leaning commentary, with original shows and cameos by popular personalities like Sean Hannity. It would not overlap with Fox News’s 24-hour cable broadcast — not even reruns — because of the channel’s contractual … [Read more...] about Fox News to announce stand-alone subscription service with opinion programming for superfans