August 11, 2017 Last Updated 8:36 am

Eggs, Statue of Liberty, Gorka, Sieg Heil, Locked and Loaded, ‘Tell me where is sanity?’

Morning Brief: Much of the media has a hard time deciding what is important news and what is merely distraction, and this is supposed to be the dog days of summer!

If Twitter really reflected the real world one would think we were just minutes away from nuclear Armageddon. If UK papers were the real world one would think that Dutch eggs were about to destroy humanity. And we wonder why the media’s credibility is questioned.

UK newspapers

Things turned a little more serious for many UK news outlets when the president woke up this morning, before he could put on his golf shoes tweeted “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

There are those that take the president seriously when he tweets things like this, but the chances are that Trump was merely in the bathroom looking for inspiration.


Since when has Condé Nast’s Vogue magazine become a political periodical? That is apparently the conclusion of some on the right who saw the September cover and immediately believed it an attack on the right-wing. It, after all, featured a fashion shot of Jennifer Lawrence.

Vogue Jennifer LawrenceIt wasn’t the sight of the actress that upset some, but the Statue of Liberty seen in the background. Really.

The Hollywood Reporter, Stephanie Chan:

Breitbart Vogue Magazine Twitter Feud Erupts

Breitbart writer is up in arms over Vogue’s September cover…

“We’re going to have to create a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry because the Opposition Media can’t even do fashion without attacking us,” he wrote alongside a screenshot of Vogue’s cover starring Jennifer Lawrence in front of the Statue of Liberty.

Carney claims that Vogue’s decision to include the Statue of Liberty — a symbol of freedom and an iconic figure that welcomes immigrants when they first arrive to America — is a veiled commentary on Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration policy. “It’s clearly an allusion to our current immigration debate, taking the #poemlaw side,” Carney responded to a Washington Examiner reporter.

Entertainment Weekly, Oliver Gettell:

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue cover with Statue of Liberty blasted as ‘attack’ by Breitbart editor

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the image depicts Lawrence in a flowing red dress with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The cover line reads “American Beauty” and teases Lawrence’s thoughts on “love, liberty, and the freedom to be herself.”

…Zara Rahim, Vogue‘s director of communications, responded to Carney’s accusations by noting, “we shot this in June buddy.”



For some reason Sebastian Gorka has been seen all over US television in the past few days. Can someone tell me why?

No one knows what this guy’s role is in the Trump administration, yet he goes on television to undermine the pronouncements of other members of the administration. Some think that the president is managing some sort of multi-dimension strategy, when it is more likely a sign of incompetence and amateurishness.

Sebastian Gorka

Rolling Stone, Bob Dreyfuss:

Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru

It’s not easy to find out exactly what Gorka does in the White House for his $155,000 salary. In terms of policy, according to The New York Times, Trump’s recent pro-Saudi Arabia tilt was “driven by two advisers, Stephen K. Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.” But a former top White House official tells Rolling Stone, “His only job appears to be to go on talk radio or Fox News to defend the indefensible.”

…Early this year, his wife and partner, Katharine Cornell Gorka, took up a post at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she is now an adviser to the department’s policy office. Almost as soon as they entered the Trump administration, the Gorkas absorbed withering incoming fire from national-security experts and in a series of exposés in LobeLog.com and The Forward, a progressive Jewish periodical. By late April, White House sources told The New York Times and The Washington Post that Gorka was on the way out. Yet so far – likely thanks to support from Bannon – both Gorkas have defiantly stayed in place. According to one insider, Gorka’s dubious qualifications may have saved him. “The White House tried to find him a job at another agency,” says the source. But no luck: “Nobody wanted him.”

Breitbart News, Joel B. Pollak:

Rolling Stone Collects Every Lie About Sebastian Gorka in One Place

Dreyfuss does not seem to have done any original research, but recycles work done by other hacks — without, of course, bothering to provide his readers with any of the defenses that arose in their wake.

He cribs shamelessly from the left-wing Forward, which has quarterbacked the campaign against Gorka and recently listed him twice on a list of people Jews should fear most, and right behind the arch-antisemite Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan…

…What is curiously refreshing about Dreyfuss’s work is how shamelessly bad it is. One might have thought that after Rolling Stone‘s recent history of hoax reporting, its editors had learned a lesson. You have to admire their chutzpah.



CNN yesterday fired Jeffrey Lord because of the tweet above. It is hard to believe that it was the real cause of his firing because it really wasn’t, it was the excuse.

CNN’s head, Jeff Zucker, has made a mess of the cable news channel. It often languishes in third place in a category where only one or two channels can thrive. Still, he hangs on to his job. CNN needed a housecleaning, and getting rid of Lord is a good start, but I would have started at the top, with Zucker.

Jeffrey Lord

CNN, Brian Stelter:

CNN severs ties with Jeffrey Lord

Lord said his tweet was misunderstood. He said he was mocking fascists, not acting like one.

“I love CNN, but I feel they are caving to bullies here,” he said in a telephone interview shortly after the network’s decision was announced…

…Lord, a former Reagan administration staffer, had been one of CNN’s best-known commentators. He was the first explicitly pro-Donald Trump commentator to join the network, back in August 2015, two months after Trump entered the GOP primary race. At the time Lord was a counterweight to CNN’s other conservative commentators, who were all dismissive of Trump’s candidacy.

Other pro-Trump voices joined the network later. But Lord always stood out from the pack — for his interpretations of history and his intense exchanges with commentators like Van Jones on “Anderson Cooper 360” and other programs.

The Washington Post, Paul Farhi:

CNN severs ties with pundit Jeffrey Lord over his use of Nazi phrase on Twitter

His undoing was an outgrowth of a long-running argument between Lord and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group that has been critical of Lord.

In a column for the conservative American Spectator on Thursday, Lord called Carusone’s group the “Media Matters Fascists.” In a follow-up post, he called them “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”

Lord was specifically critical of Media Matters’ promotion of an ad boycott against Fox News host Sean Hannity. Lord said Media Matters was playing a “fascist game” by targeting Hannity’s sponsors. The group has led other boycotts against conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly.

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