Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Makes A Serious Threat As More Heads Start To Roll

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Makes A Serious Threat As More Heads Start To Roll

Mounting tensions came to a head on Thursday when Sean Hannity took to Twitter to defend executive Bill Shine, who replaced the ousted Roger Ailes as the network’s co-president.

Hannity’s tweet was in response to Gabe Sherman’s story in New York Magazine about Shine’s lack of support from Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch of 21-Century Fox, who publicly refused to back Shine in a statement.

In much like Donald Trump’s MO, Hannity launched a dialogue on Twitter expressing his concern over Bill Shine’s job security. If Shine continues to lack support from the Murdoch’s, Hannity could walk.

Immediately following the tweet, Hannity addressed the erroneous insertion of the diaeresis in Sherman’s name:

Shine hasn’t been publicly associated with the FNC’s culture of misogyny behind the scenes the way in which Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly have.

However, on Tuesday, Shine was one of the names mentioned along with other executives in a class-action lawsuit by 11 former and current employees for racial discrimination in the work place and being dismissive about sexual harassment concerns surrounding Ailes.

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Hannity, who is Shine’s longtime friend and ally, believes he knows the identity of the individual gunning for the executive.

He started a hashtag campaign to extend a lifeline to a colleague he brought to FNC in the 90s.

A source close to FNC told Deadline, “Sean is willing to take a bullet for Bill out of loyalty and he knows he’s holding a lot of chits there right now too. If he threatens to leave, and he could, then that really could be the end of the place as we know it.”

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Devin Nunes Steps Away From Russia Investigation Amid Ethics Complaints

Devin Nunes Steps Away From Russia Investigation Amid Ethics Complaints

For any good organization to function, there needs to be some type of internal accountability. Government agencies especially need some type of internal affairs or ethics committee to ensure that everything is on the up and up and people in positions of power aren’t (gasp) abusing their power. I know, it seems crazy that anyone would do such a thing because humans have such incredible track records of doing the right thing, always, but ethics committees are a necessity.

So when word broke out about Donald Trump’s alleged connections with Russia, that gave U.S. Intelligence agencies cause for alarm to go and investigate how deep of a relationship Trump has with the Russian government – and it turns out it’s pretty freaking deep.

But the thing is, if an official investigation is being launched on the former reality star turned U.S. President, then it needs to be handled the correct way. Meaning you can’t have people who are in Trump or his opponent’s pocket. This means it needs to be left up to the bipartisan House Ethics Committee. 

Which is exactly why that same committee is investigating Republican Devin Nunes.

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Nunes is chairman to the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence and was previously part of the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. However, after it was alleged he made a late-night trip to the White House to obtain classified information on how Trump transition team members were “unmasked,” he’s been asked to step down from the case.

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For Nunes, being removed from the Russia investigation is due to a strong conflict of interest. In this case, the Republican seemingly illegally divulged classified information to Ryan and Trump.

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Had Nunes followed protocol, he would have briefed his Democratic Counterpart on the Ethics Committee, Adam Schiff. The committee’s basically ruling that Nunes can’t be trusted with classified information, so now the Ethics Committee won’t be investigating Trump’s tied with Russia. That job will be left to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Ethics Committee is supposed to be a completely bipartisan political watchdog.

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With an equal number of Democrats and Republicans making up the committee, the group also possesses subpoena power, meaning that they can investigate exactly what information Nunes divulged to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Donald Trump after he briefed them on March 22nd.

For Nunes, the scandal’s probably more embarrassing than this ’91 Highschool yearbook photo of him.

It’s a pretty bad look for Nunes, as he’s another “Trump ally” who’s been caught in a blatant scandal.

Nunes tried blaming “left-wing activists” for ousting him from the Russian probe.

However, as Shaun King and others are pointing out, we have a Republican President and majority Republican Senate and Congress. So maybe it’s the fact that he did something illegal that torpedoed his political career?

Some are saying that this points to further proof that Russia meddled in our election.

And others are using the opportunity to just roast the dude.

Things aren’t looking good for Nunes. (h/t thedailybeast)

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A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

Ever since Pepsi released an ad with Kendall Jenner that seemed completely tone deaf to our current political climate, companies have seen an opportunity to one up each other with how progressive they can appear in advertising campaigns. Since it doesn’t seem like ads are going away anytime soon, they may as well have a positive message beyond, “Give a cop a soda, protestors!” 

Heineken has now entered the fray with its new “Open Your World” campaign. As part of this campaign, the Dutch beer maker has partnered with The Human Library, a group which hosts events where people can be “borrowed” for conversations. The variety of people involved means that if there’s a type of person you’ve never met or understood, you might be able to find them at an event and gets some answers to questions you’ve had. Their philosophy seems to be that talking face-to-face is the best way to open people’s hearts and minds. Heineken’s philosophy is that they may as well drink a beer while they’re at it. A Heineken beer. Not a less friendly beer. Only Heineken.

The partnership is being promoted by this short film, or advertisement, in which three pairs of people with wildly opposing viewpoints are introduced, then instructed to build a bar together as an ice breaker. When the bar is complete, they’re shown a video that reveals what a distance they’re at ideologically. Then, they’re given the option of sitting down and talking about their differences over a beer or leaving. The three pairs are a feminist and a man who describes himself as part of the “new right,” a man who thinks climate change is a hoax and a man who doesn’t, and a man who thinks transgender people are bad and a transgender woman.

It’s honestly hard to tell if these people are actors and I haven’t been able to find an answer to that question. It seems as though the people with more conservative or hateful views come around by the end of the commercial, to a degree that some people are expressing skepticism about.

It may also be carefully edited to extract the more offensive parts of their conversation, if it was real. Maybe after a few sips, things devolved into a screaming match, which is what happens whenever I try to have a conversation with my crazy uncle. It’s also hard to know what these people thought they were signing up for when they agreed to this, but I felt particularly worried for the transgender woman, who was having her very identity questioned rather than just her belief in the ozone layer. 

But again, if this is real, it does seem like everyone was able to approach each other in a respectful and friendly way. It would be nice to be able to confront people who spew hateful things at you anonymously online in a controlled environment, just to see if there’s a human inside the troll. Also, buy Heineken!

Guess they got to me.

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Johnny Depp Just Crashed The Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride At Disneyland

The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to release worldwide next monthand as with any major movie franchise, the stars are in promo mode. Actor Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow, was filming at the Pirates ride in Disneyland, and decided to treat some lucky park-goers to a show. 

Just look at these acrobatics… 

As you can imagine, people loved the impromptu performance.

People were kind of jealous… 

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These Two Cities Have The Worst Drivers In America

These Two Cities Have The Worst Drivers In America

The only thing I dislike about driving is other drivers.

I know it’s a wildly arrogant and condescending thing to say. Of course I think I’m the only good driver on the road and that everyone else is an idiot because my commuting needs come before everyone else, right?

But for the most part I obey the rules of the road. I use my turn signals, I let drivers pass me, I stop for pedestrians and stop signs and don’t speed through residential areas like some kind of madman.

I’m not perfect. I swerve erratically to dodge pot holes and I’ve definitely held up traffic trying to make a right turn when I’ve been stuck in the left on more than one occasion. But I swear I’m trying to get better. There are some people, however, who are irredeemably bad drivers.

And as it turns out, there are two cities in America with a higher concentration of crappy drivers than any other in the country.

According to EverQuote, Pittsburgh is one of two cities that can proudly boast the worst drivers in America.

The study employed the EverRide monitoring app, which defined “good” or “bad” driving across five categories: phone use, speeding, acceleration, braking, and turning. After 11 months of data gathering and monitoring the behavior of 150,000 drivers, Pittsburgh came out on the bottom.

A combination of excessive speeding and cell phone use is what sealed the deal for citizens in the Steelers Nation, but they’re not alone when it comes to crappy motorists.

New York City shares that distinction as well. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of driving in Manhattan, then you’ll know that the data in the study is entirely accurate.

The best drivers in the nation? Minneapolis and St. Paul, St. Louis, and Portland, Oregon took the top spots.

On average, drivers received a “79” out of “100” when it came to perfect driving habits nationwide.

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You can check out the infographic in all of its driving-nerd detail here.

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Little Boy Who Was Bullied For Wearing Make-Up Gets A Perfect Gift From Ellen

Little Boy Who Was Bullied For Wearing Make-Up Gets A Perfect Gift From Ellen

Reuben de Maid is a 12-year-old boy from Wales who has quite a set of pipes. He made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week in full-face glam make-up and did something very few adults would be brave enough to do on live TV—belt out “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls

Reuben, who has a small but dedicated YouTube following, started out singing on his karaoke machine. He attracted enough attention to earn an appearance on Little Big Shots, hosted by Steve Harvey. When asked where he got a beautiful voice, he very sweetly told Ellen, “I think it just came from the inside.” And practice, he admits. Reuben also does all his own make-up and has been doing it since he was about 8.

Ellen asked if he wears make-up to school, and Reuben said he does. She asked if he was bullied and Reuben explained that he was bullied for a few months. “In my drama group, I used to get hit, punched, and kicked,” he said, “After two months, I tried to brush it off, but brushing it off doesn’t work. So I stood up to them and I told my mom.” Reuben got moved to a new school and has found his new classmates far more accepting. As they should be, because Reuben is a star:

Ellen congratulated him, saying, “Well, good for you for not stopping being who you are, that’s really tough.”  She added, “And you look fantastic.”

Later Ellen asked what he wants to be when he grows up, and to the audience’s pleasure he said “a Kardashian,” explaining that he’d like to have his own make-up brand, website, and YouTube channel with his sister. Luckily, Ellen set him up with exactly what he needs to make his dreams come true, including a make-up set, a new computer, and a backdrop with the whole Kardashian brood to stand behind him. Reuben’s excitement was hard to capture:

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But I think we will have a lot more of Reuben to look forward to if he was able to accomplish this much before he even got his own box light.

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Dad Wakes Up To Discover His Daughter Gave Him A Brand New Look

Dad Wakes Up To Discover His Daughter Gave Him A Brand New Look

A young woman named Bree Telon, who lives in Buckeye, AZ, has some very excellent make up skills. All teens are actually required to watch 500 hours of YouTube tutorials in order to graduate now, so it’s not a huge surprise that she can do this:

Mashable reports that Bree was tired of using her own face as a canvas and found someone else vulnerable to her attentions: her passed out dad. He’s just sleeping, but as you will see, it’s the sleep of the dead. The RIGHTEOUS. This man is untroubled by dreams, he doesn’t shift or roll over, he doesn’t suddenly jump up in a fit of night terrors. He is Sleeping Beauty, especially once Bree is done with him:

Gorgeous! When Bree’s dad finally does wake up, he doesn’t even seem too annoyed with his new face, though she managed to glue his eyes shut while applying fake eyelashes. If I woke up with my eyelids glued shut there’d be a helluva lot more screaming, I’ll tell you that much. The video is hilarious, but people seem to be genuinely responding to Bree’s work, too:

A supportive dad will help his daughter achieve her dreams. An extremely tolerant dad can also work. 

Impressive, no?

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Cop Responds To Noise Complaint At Party By Teaching Kids How To Salsa

Cop Responds To Noise Complaint At Party By Teaching Kids How To Salsa

When cops show up to a party, they’re usually not partaking in it.

Your first reaction is probably to hide whatever contraband is in your home that shouldn’t be there, and then turn down the music and try to look as respectable as possible.

You sit there and nod your head as the officer warns you about the noise complaints and then get prepared to put in as much partying as possible before the neighbors call the cops again and you’re forced to shut down the party.

But it doesn’t always go down like that. There are some cops who are awesome, like this salsa-loving officer.

Leslie Sapp posted a video of the San Antonio cop who showed up to an event held by her kid’s dance club: NXG Dance Crew. The kids were in the middle of a dance battle.

Instead of shutting down the event, the officer asked to play a song and then joined in on the fun.

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He even got Sapp’s daughter involved in the fun and taught the kids in attendance how to salsa. 

“As a parent, especially these days, there is a lot of negativity in the world when it comes to cops, and he broke that stereotype. He didn’t have to take his time to do that and could have just (gone) in and shut it down,” Sapp said.

Sapp’s daughter said that the officer’s positive attitude changed her perception of local law enforcement.

The video quickly spread on Facebook, with tons of commenters giving props to the officer.

What a cool cop. (h/t ksat)

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The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Is Finally Here And It's Dividing The Nation

Starbucks released their special edition Unicorn Frappuccino on April 19, and it was the perfect Internet sensation. Bright colors, great for Instagram pics, associated with one of Tumblr’s favorite mythical beasties. Of course everyone would want one! And the flavors described on the menu didn’t sound…that bad. Unfortunately, the votes are in and the Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like it came out of the unicorn’s backend.

Twitter is full of responses to this monstrosity’s flavor, but Katy Perry somewhat perfectly encapsulates the experience of taking your first sip with this Snapchat:

In addition to the Unicorn Frappuccino not being all that delicious, it is also apparently slowly killing our nation’s Starbuck baristas this week. 

The Associated Press reports that Colorado barista Braden Burson posted to social media about his first day of making these concoctions, and it sounds like a nightmare. He eventually deleted the post after it went viral, and Starbucks reached out to him (with a promise not to fire him from his job), but apparently he claimed he’d “never been so stressed out” in his life than during his attempts to fill Unicorn Frappuccino orders. 

He’s not the only barista claiming to have that experience:

So, it tastes bad and it’s bad for the people making it, but damn…it looks good.

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Man Reports Wife For 'Drugs' In Her Purse, But What's Really Inside Is Even Weirder

Man Reports Wife For ‘Drugs’ In Her Purse, But What’s Really Inside Is Even Weirder

 The Wyoming, Minnesota police department rose to viral fame yesterday after they posted this image of their plans to catch stoners on 4/20. The tweet attracted over 170,000 retweets and 350,000 likes despite causing some controversy.  

But some people took the opportunity to take a look back at the force’s previous tweets, and discovered this gem.  

Yes, a man reported his wife for having drugs in her purse, and it ended up being a broken cocktail umbrella. Apparently he’s never seen a cocktail umbrella before…

As you can probably understand, people had a lot of questions.

We have so many questions.

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