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Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
NEW YORK — Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
While sexual misconduct crosses party lines, reaction to news of Matt Lauer’s firing over “inappropriate sexual behavior” became political almost from the moment the news came out this morning, starting from the top.
At 7:16 a.m., Donald Trump tweeted with: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
Lack is NBC News chairman and Comcast owns NBC.
Ana Navarro, a contributor for CNN, ABC and Telemundo, wrote on Twitter that Trump is still president despite multiple sexual allegations against him while plenty of others have lost their jobs:
Matt Lauer lost his job.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 29, 2017
Charlie Rose lost his job.
Mark Halperin lost his job.
Glenn Thrush lost his job.
Billy Bush lost his job.
Harvey Weinstein lost his job.
Kevin Spacey lost his job.
But in politics...
Conyers still in Congress.
Moore still running.
Trump still President.
Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister wrote on Twitter that she and Ramin Setoodeh have been working on a story about “far ranging accusations” against Lauer from multiple women for months. “The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change,” she wrote, acknowledging how quickly men in multiple industries have lost their jobs soon after such accusations became public, starting with former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last month.
And Keith Whitney, a reporter who had been based in Atlanta, posted on Twitter that rumors about Lauer have been floating around for a decade.
And while tabloids don’t always get it right, InTouch Weekly wrote about Lauer’s possible firing on its cover a few weeks ago:
At 9 a.m., Lauer’s former colleague Megyn Kelly said this: “Matt has been kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC News. I see the anguish on my colleagues’ faces. But what we don’t see, is the pain on the faces of those who had the courage to come forward.”
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient bed days after he suffered an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said Wednesday.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:38 PM
— The first memorial in the United States dedicated to the victims of white supremacy opens in Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice by the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI, overlooks the Alabama State Capitol and seeks to shine a light on a terrifying chapter of American history that is rarely talked about: the lynchings of some 4,400 black Americans across the South during a rampage of horror and violence that went on for decades.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens this week in Montgomery, Alabama. It's the US's first memorial recognizing the nation's history of racially motivated murders of black people. https://t.co/ozBP9aHqu6— Axios (@axios) April 25, 2018
“We need to find ways to live in this country and talk about things we haven’t talked about,” EJI founder Bryan Stevenson told The Root. Stevenson said discussing this shadowy part of American history may be uncomfortable for some, but he said it’s necessary in order to move beyond it. “It isn’t about retribution,” he said.
Our nation will always be held back from making progress on today’s racial disparities if we don’t acknowledge and come to terms with the brutal reality of our past. Here is a critical & powerful new contribution to that work, thanks to @eji_org: https://t.co/whs0rUo7b1— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) April 25, 2018
Almost 25 percent of the victims of lynching were accused of sexual assault and nearly 30 percent were accused of murder, The Root reported.
The memorial was created from 800 hanging steel columns with the county and names of people lynched there etched into the column, including “unknown” victims.
The memorial site also includes the Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration.
A two-day summit, which is part of the opening events this week, is already sold out.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:37 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight.
A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident.
One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble.
“She’s bold," he said. "She ain’t scared of nothing.”
In the video, the suspect has his right hand in his waist band as he stands behind the woman's husband. The victims said the man’s hand was on a gun.
Memphis police said Sunday afternoon the man in the blue jacket came to the Whitehaven home and asked to use one of the victims’ phones and then asked for a ride.
While the incident was unfolding outside the house, the woman and her uncle reportedly were inside the house.
Police said that after the woman saw her husband in trouble, she came out the front door with a gun and fired a warning shot.
The uncle told WHBQ: “She said she didn’t want to kill him, but when he fired back at us after she fired the warning shot, she said she was trying to hit him then but didn’t.”
Memphis police told WHBQ that the suspect ran toward the back of the house before getting away.
Police said they are reviewing this surveillance video to get a positive ID on the suspect. If you have any information on who that suspect may be, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:21 PM
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A rainbow flag has created controversy in a Brevard County, Florida, neighborhood -- so much so that one HOA member compared it to the Confederate flag.
A renter in Rockledge's Ashwood Lakes subdivision said she was told to lower a gay pride flag after having flown it for two years.
"It's a symbol of acceptance, tolerance and equality," said Jenifer Raymond, a mother of three. "They're saying it's offensive. To me, that's like saying I'm offensive because I exist."
Raymond said her landlord received an email from a member of the neighborhood's architectural review committee, saying only American, state or military flags may be flown.
When it was pointed out that the community bylaws don't mention flags, the member cited part of the "ground maintenance section," saying it was deemed offensive and detrimental to the subdivision.
"Allowing the flag to be flown is setting a precedence for other homeowners to fly other offensive flags -- for example, the Confederate flag," the email said.
Raymond said she was astonished by the email.
"The Confederacy supported slavery," she said. "(The rainbow flag is) a symbol of equality and acceptance of all."
Other flags were spotted in the subdivision, including one depicting a flower, a Florida Gators flag and a Thin Blue Line flag, which is flown in support of law enforcement officers.
Those homeowners said they've never been asked to remove their flags.
An HOA attorney said if bylaws don't specifically limit flags and other flags are allowed, that could be considered discrimination.
"I'm not asking you to agree with me," Raymond said. "I'm asking you to respect my rights the same as yours."
Another member of the committee, who's also an HOA board member, said he was unaware of the email. He said the member who wrote it doesn't speak on behalf of the HOA, and he said he'll look into the matter.