No-Platforming and the Fourth Estate

Earlier today, The Raw Story and several other media outlets reported that American news broadcasters CNN were in the process of considering banning President Donald Trump’s counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, from its Sunday talk show “State of the Union” – possibly on a permanent basis – citing credibility issues, a reference to her ongoing creative interpretation of reality. (Her references to “alternative facts” to defend Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s outright lies regarding Trump’s inauguration crowd size, and to the “Bowling Green Massacre” – which never actually happened – to defend President Trump’s odious Muslim travel ban, have by now achieved a measure of both on- and off-line infamy.)

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Trump, The Cabinet, and the Purse-Strings of Power

***Warning: unapologetic speculation follows***

More than two months after Donald Trump’s electoral victory, many who did not vote for him are still in ‘Chicken Little’ mode, with social media commentators frequently inveighing against the impending disintegration of the United States, sandwiched as they are between the antithetical inexperience of the incoming ruling elite (Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price: looking at you – and your boss), and the abject ignorance of those they see as having cast their vote from some dank recess of the 14th century. Continue reading

Idiocracy’s Advent

Stunning.

When asked during her confirmation hearing of January 17th as to whether she still believes in conversion therapy, Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, side-stepped the allegation inherent in the question by claiming all students “no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe”.

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Jefferson’s Bane: 2016’s Final Victim

David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Prince. Anton Yelchin. Harper Lee. Muhammad Ali. Gene Wilder. Leonard Cohen. A.A. Gill. And many, many more.

You’ve been busy haven’t you, 2016? You macabre, sadistic, star-stealing little prick of a year, hmmm?

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Unravel: Homophobic Relapse in the House of Trump

Despite Donald Trump’s post-electoral pledge of being a “president for all Americans”, things look decidedly unsettling for the LGBT community, right now. Granted, he only said he would a be president for all Americans. He never at any point intimated that he would be a president anyone would like, a fact that likely hasn’t gone unnoticed. Continue reading