Mixed Media

Media Reactions to Mother Jones Report on Bill O'Reilly's "War Zone" Stories

| Fri Feb. 20, 2015 12:27 PM EST

It didn't take long for Bill O'Reilly to hit back against Mother Jones's in-depth look at his questionable accounts of reporting during the Falklands War, firing off a string of insults to Politico Thursday night. This morning, Daniel Schulman, who co-wrote the report with MoJo DC bureau chief David Corn, appeared on CNN's "New Day," where he laid out the details of the story, and defended the reporting:

"The only place combat took place during that war was in the remote Falklands Islands, which were 1,200 miles from Buenos Aires where Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the press corps is," Schulman told host Chris Cuomo. "The combat situation that he says he was involved in now, actually, was a very violent protest that took place after the war was over. Now, it was violent, but it was not a combat situation."

CNN's senior media correspondent Brian Stelter also appeared on the program to discuss the story, highlighting the fact that O'Reilly was quick to dismiss the report only after ignoring requests for comment by Mother Jones for most of the day on Thursday.

"Brian Williams apologized and went silent," Stelter said. "O'Reilly started calling your colleague David Corn a 'guttersnipe,' a 'piece of garbage,' a 'liar' a 'left-wing assassin.' I think O'Reilly was talking less about your allegations and more about the personalities involved here."

Stelter also spoke to Don Lemon about the Mother Jones report Thursday night:

For more media reactions, check out Erik Wemple of the Washington Post's thoughts. You can read the exclusive report in its entirety here.

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Racist Chelsea Fans Shove Black Man Off Paris Metro Train

| Wed Feb. 18, 2015 8:41 PM EST

A group of fans of the English soccer club Chelsea were filmed forcibly blocking a black man from entering a subway train in Paris.

The video, recorded by an onlooker and provided to the Guardian on Tuesday, shows the white fans violently shoving the unidentified subway rider as he attempts to squeeze into the train, while chanting "We're racist. We're racist. And that's the way we like it." A black woman is seen backing away from the commotion.

According to Paul Nolan, the British man who recorded the scene, the fans also referenced World War II in their chants.

Club officials were quick to condemn the incident. "Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society," read a statement. "We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders."

Paris prosecutors have also announced a probe looking into the video.

The shocking footage comes as a separate video surfaced earlier this week of Arrigo Sacchi, Italy's former soccer coach, complaining there were "too many colored players" playing for Italian teams. Sacchi has since said his comments were misunderstood and the product of the media "always looking for scoops."

As for Chelsea, the team has been dogged by racist allegations for decades. In 2011, captain John Terry was accused of calling a black player a "fucking black cunt." European soccer in general is notorious for such abuse.

The UEFA also condemned the Chelsea supporters, but said because it occurred inside the Paris Metro and not the stadium any disciplinary action could not be taken.

"We are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris Metro on Tuesday,” officials said in a statement. "However, as it occurred away from the stadium, it is outside UEFA’s remit to act.”

This Supercut of Women Kicking Ass Puts Hollywood's Lack of Female Action Leads to Shame

| Tue Feb. 17, 2015 3:10 PM EST

Hollywood's gender inequality issues always take an even more frustrating turn when the focus moves to the dire lack of female leads in action movies. While more actresses are speaking up, it's unlikely studio heads will start truly investing in badass female roles anytime soon—unless of course your lady appears overtly sexualized, to the delight of nerds everywhere.

Till then, we have this: a rousing supercut produced by awesome woman Clara Darko filled with just the ladies—Helen Mirren! Sigourney Weaver! Uma Thurman!—kicking ass way better than the boys.

(h/t Gizmodo)

A Mesmerizing, Freewheeling JD McPherson Recaptures the Golden Era of Rock and Roll

| Mon Feb. 16, 2015 7:00 AM EST

JD McPherson
Let the Good Times Roll
Rounder

More than a half-century after the original golden era of rock and roll, it can be hard to remember just how disruptive—even dangerous—early stars like Eddie Cochran and Little Richard seemed with their crazy beats and oversize personalities.

Though no revivalist by any stretch, Oklahoma's JD McPherson does a swell job of recapturing that freewheeling sense of abandon on his terrific second album. Not nearly as predictable as the generic title suggests, Let the Good Times Roll gets its sizzle from a rip-snorting backing band, snappy original songs and, most important, McPherson's fiery vocals, which find him howling one moment and pleading the next, as if barely able to maintain control. Recalling the Blasters at their peak, he's a mesmerizing showman with a timeless gift for deliciously greasy sounds.
 

A Torrent of Tributes to David Carr

Fri Feb. 13, 2015 12:58 AM EST

Upon news of the New York Times columnist's death on Thursday night, Twitter exploded with shock, remembrances, and praise for David Carr. Here are some highlights:

Watch an Emotional Jon Stewart Announce He's Leaving "The Daily Show"

| Wed Feb. 11, 2015 9:49 AM EST

During Tuesday's recording of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart revealed to a rather shocked audience that after 16 years he would be exiting the show sometime later this year. Word of his notice quickly leaked on social media, which resulted in an official statement confirming the news from Comedy Central.

The episode aired in the evening and it was nothing short of the ever-earnest, personal message Stewart consistently provided for his viewers every night. His farewell sums up exactly why we'll miss him so much. Watch the announcement below:

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Elizabeth Warren Just Explained in One Tweet Why We'll Miss Jon Stewart So Much

| Tue Feb. 10, 2015 9:34 PM EST

The senior senator from Massachusetts puts it better than most:

Hear, hear.

One Perfect Tweet Demonstrates How Utterly Ridiculous the World Is

| Tue Feb. 10, 2015 9:13 PM EST

Brian Williams is being suspended without pay from NBC for 6 months. ThinkProgress' Ian Millhiser summed it up perfectly:

This Was Jon Stewart's Best Moment

| Tue Feb. 10, 2015 8:13 PM EST

Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show later this year. Here is the time he went on Crossfire and destroyed, well, Crossfire.

Jon Stewart Is Leaving "The Daily Show"

| Tue Feb. 10, 2015 7:55 PM EST

Update: Here is Jon Stewart's announcement:

Original post below

Jon Stewart reportedly surprised Daily Show audience members tonight by announcing his retirement from the comedy show he has hosted for more than 15 years. The announcement hasn't been made official but many of those in attendance have taken to social media to share the news.

Tonight's episode airs at 11pm ET on Comedy Central.

Update: Comedy Central just amde it official with the following statement. "Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year."

This is a developing story. We'll update when more news becomes available.