November 29, 2017 Last Updated 7:03 am

President’s early morning retweets make news worldwide; Canadian newspaper industry reflects on flood of closings

Morning Brief: Gateway Pundit White House correspondent arrested at public event sponsored by UConn College Republicans after scuffle occurs during speech titled ‘It’s OK To Be White’

The simple act of getting up in the morning and awakening the iPhone becomes a depressing experience these days. What to include in the Morning Brief? Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC for sexual harassment? That’s broadcast, something outside TNM’s bailiwick. The president’s retweeting of violent Islamic tweets? What the hell is wrong with the man? Is this what the POTUS is supposed to do now, promote discord between world religions?

The tweets were from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, the ultranationalist British political organization — and while the group has no seats in parliament or elsewhere, they appear to have the POTUS as a supporter. If you are a UK citizen think about that, think what it would be like to have the leader of Britain First as prime minister.

There have been question about whether it really matters what the president of the United States tweets as he gets up in the morning. Yesterday, the government of Libya, which had opened an investigation into the slave trade there following a CNN report, now says it might investigate the news channel because the president has said it produces fake news.

The Guardian, Patrick Wintour:

‘Fake news’: Libya seizes on Trump tweet to discredit CNN slavery report

A tweet by Donald Trump accusing CNN of purveying “fake news” has been seized on by Libyan media to challenge a report by the US broadcaster which suggested modern day slave auctions were being held in the country…

…But in a sign that the US president’s persistent attacks on the credibility of American news outlets has a real world effect, the broadcaster Libya 218 used the tweet to question the credibility of the CNN video.

The Libyan broadcaster said it was striking that the president’s tirade came only days after the CNN report, which prompted global outrage when it was published earlier this month.

Libyan authorities announced that an investigation would be opened into the allegations of the report – which included footage apparently showing more than 10 men being sold at auction outside Tripoli. But on Monday, Libya 218 suggested Trump’s remarks may lead to an investigation of CNN itself.

The Independent, Lizzie Dearden:

Donald Trump retweets Britain First deputy leader’s Islamophobic posts

Donald Trump has shared a series of anti-Muslim tweets from far-right extremist group Britain First, sparking condemnation for spreading its “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

The first video, originally shared by deputy leader Jayda Fransen’s account, claimed to show “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”. A second re-post was captioned “Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary”, while a third read “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death”.

Metro: Donald Trump retweets hate messages from Britain First deputy leader
Mirror: Donald Trump just retweeted far-right group Britain First’s deputy leader three times – and she’s very excited about it
RT: Trump retweets string of violent anti-Muslim videos shared by far-right Britain First leader

Lucian Wintrich, the White House Correspondent for Gateway Pundit, was arrested last night after an altercation that occurred while he was giving a speech at the University of Connecticut. His speech, titled “It’s OK To Be White,” and was sponsored by UConn College Republicans.

In the speech, which was open to the public, Wintrich accused liberals of wanting “black people to dress like they did in Africa 300 years ago,” and other attacks based on the idea that liberals support a “multicultural utopia.”

The event was designed to draw a confrontation, and it did, with attendees yelling “go home Nazi” and other taunts.

Wintrich ended up getting arrested after a woman grabbed a piece of paper from the lectern. Wintrich followed her to retrieve the item. Later, UConn police held Wintrich and charged him with breach of peace. He was released on $1,000 bail. One doubts that any charges will formally be filed, as video clearly shows he did not initiate the incident, though there is no doubt either that he invited it.

Hartford Courant, Rebecca Lurye:

Lucian Wintrich, White House Correspondent For Gateway Pundit, Arrested After Altercation At UConn Talk

This was a very disappointing evening,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. “Thoughtful, civil discourse should be a hallmark of democratic societies and American universities, and this evening fell well short of that.

“We live in a tense and angry time of deep political division. Our hope as educators is that creative leadership and intellectual energy can be an antidote to that sickness, especially on university campuses. Between the offensive remarks by the speaker who also appeared to aggressively grab an audience member and the reckless vandalism that followed, that was certainly not the case on our campus tonight. We are better than this.”

The Daily Campus, Lillian Whittaker:

White House correspondent arrested during speech at ‘It’s OK to be White’ event

While many students joined in on the protests, some students, like third-semester environmental studies major Wawa Gatheru, were appalled by all aspects of what took place.

“The whole stance at the left was very childish and he was doing the exact same thing back,” Gatheru said. “Honestly, I think there’s a whole demographic on campus where people don’t know where they fit in with social justice issues. But racism is not a partisan issue.”

Third-semester women’s, gender and sexuality studies major Sara DeFazio said she felt sickened by the situation. “For me, what did it was when he sipped milk,” DeFazio said.

During the speech, in between each angered interruption made by the audience, Wintrich took a sip from his glass of milk. Milk has been used as a motif for white supremacy since over half of the world cannot digest milk, DeFazio said.

Gateway Pundit: Lucian Wintrich Freed on Bond After Arrest by UCONN Police for Stopping Thief at His Speech That Was Disrupted by Violent Leftists

The repercussions from the Meredith deal to buy Time Inc. are just now being felt. An industry battered all year by declining print ad sales, a hostile White House, and generally poor management, has gotten a punch in the gut by seeing an iconic publisher brought low.

But this week another sale took place, and one feels its impact will end up being far greater on the nation, though little coverage has taken place because that nation is Canada.

If you missed it, here is a chance to catch-up: Canadian newspaper publishers Postmedia and Torstar agreed to swap community newspapers, then announced that most will be closed. (Here is the original story.) What this means is that many communities will lose their papers, and many newspaper professionals will lose their jobs. It was a big, shift blow to journalism in Canada.

The US media does a piss poor job of following events in Canada. Unless the prime minister is visiting, not much news from up north filters down to the states. Maybe because I am from Detroit and grew up on Hockey Night in Canada on the Windsor television station, I have always been interested in keeping up with events up north. Some of my best friends in the B2B magazine business were Canadians working for Rogers and other publishers, and we always got together at industry events to trade stories.

As judged by the front page of this morning’s Globe and Mail, it looks like our two countries are heading in very different directions politically, while our newspapers industries are in lock step.

The Globe and Mail, Dave Bidini:

Our local newspapers didn’t have to die

Say the names: The Meaford Express, Brant News, Orillia Packet and Times, Norfolk News, Barrie Examiner, Northumberland Today, Fort Erie Times. Just a few days ago, they were newspapers with working newsrooms, old coffee machines, towers of Styrofoam cups, cabinets feathered with Post-it notes and stacks of press releases and council notices crowding desks hiding the figures of working reporters punching keyboards in between hours covering municipal chambers, Rotary luncheons, who won bronze in the sack race and every measure of life in Canada’s postage-stamp counties, which is most of Canada. Today, however, many of those newsrooms and reporters are gone. The coffee is dripless and the towers bent. Only the stamp remains.

Toronto Star, Alex Ballingall:

Heritage minister accused of doing ‘nothing’ for newspapers after Torstar-Postmedia deal

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly came under fire Tuesday when opposition MPs accused her of failing to protect Canada’s struggling print news industry, one day after a deal between two media companies involving 41 newspapers resulted in the closure of almost three dozen publications.

New Democrat MP Rachel Blaney challenged Joly during question period to explain how she can “sit back and do nothing” while people in the newspaper industry lose their jobs.

“The heritage minister has been talking the talk about the news industry crisis. She had options, yet did nothing to prevent this disaster,” Blaney charged.

Comments are closed.