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Ted Koppel performed a great service to his country in telling Sean Hannity to his face that he was “bad for America.” Hannity can simmer in his lingering anger over the widely shared clip that originally aired on CBS Sunday Morning as he sees fit, but it does not absolve him of the sins that led Koppel to make the statement.

Hannity may be a successful cable host, but he is also a proven liar and a man known to make comments that ping-pong back and forth between fatuous and flat-out prejudiced. Considering the offended party’s unusually high level of self-importance, it’s unsurprising that a serious newsman made a pretend one lose it over criticism.

Even so, though Koppel may have been correct in his assessment of Hannity and the damage that political opinion in news media is capable of, the segment itself was rooted in a false equivalence with respect to political opinion shows. Koppel, like many, continues to operate from the unfortunate space that all opinion shows are equal. However, the segment compares sound bites from John Oliver, who hosts a late-night cable political comedy show, and Michael Savage, a conservative radio host who fancies himself an activist—and in doing so, it is helping to perpetuate a false dichotomy.

Oliver is a comedian who opines on politics, but his commentary is often well researched and, by and large, factual. The same goes for Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah. Those are folks whose first job is to be funny, not necessarily to inform. Nonetheless, a decade ago, a study by Pew Research highlighted that viewers of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (then hosted by Jon Stewart) and The Colbert Report held the “highest knowledge of national and international affairs while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last.” So even if, seven years later, a separate Pew Research study noted that many people continued to identify those shows as legitimate news sources, other studies have shown that people do actually learn something.

What are people learning from Tomi Lahren or Rush Limbaugh other than that many people miss the days of water fountains with access based on skin pigmentation?

Other studies have shown that outlets such as Fox News and MSNBC have a negative impact on people’s knowledge of current events, but I question anyone who would argue that Rachel Maddow is like Tucker Carlson, that Chris Hayes is anywhere near Bill O’Reilly or that Joy-Ann Reid mirrors Megan Kelly in any way. The only person on Fox News worth listening to in terms of actual news is Shepard Smith. That doesn’t mean Fox’s opinion hosts are incapable of educating their viewers while sharing their respective ideology, but they opt not to.

It’s not so much that opinion programming on news networks is the problem as it is that we are bombarded with uninformed opinions—primarily because of a conservative media that’s much more invested in playing into the racial and gender biases of its viewership than in educating them. When it comes to problems with news media, cries that it’s too opinionated read as an oversimplification.

What’s MSNBC’s problem? It could use far more color and a bit more youth. Oh, and in the case of the 6 p.m. hour on its Monday-to-Friday lineup, stop trying to make fetch happen with Greta Van Susteren. Simply chasing after old Fox News watchers isn’t going to cut it. Soon enough, NBC will learn that with Kelly. Shoutout to Tamron Hall.

As for Fox News, well, drown that network and hand only Smith a life raft. That station is nothing but a dedication to the white establishment and willful ignorance. It is insulting to compare its mythology-peddling with people who bother to actually know about a given issue before commenting on it.

Now, with CNN … first, join me in prayer.

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As all sensible people know, the 45th president of the United States is a stupid, shifty, lying son of a bitch. If you heard “son of a bitch” in Tisha Campbell’s voice when she played Yvonne in Boomerang, congratulations, you’re a real one. However, when it comes to sensible people in public life who are not afraid of Peachy Pol Pot and his pathetic band of white supremacists poorly running the White House, no one tops California Rep. Maxine Waters.

Waters, like most black women, is doing more work on behalf of the resistance—or, hell, basic human decency—than many of her peers. Shoutout to the 53 percent of white women who helped make her life and the rest of our lives much worse than it needed to be. In any event, no matter what racist, extra-loud jackasses who host Fox News shows and likely jerk off to the sound of their own voices thinks, Maxine Waters is a patriot.

As a personal thank-you to Waters, the de facto auntie of Congress, here is a list of her greatest hits thus far in reading that orange, vile, lazy nincompoop of a president for the foolish and perhaps treasonous fraud that he is.

“I don’t believe anything Donald Trump says.”

To be fair to Waters, she tried to give him the benefit of the doubt as much as she could muster. After all, as she points out, he is a lying-ass liar who has given her no reason to believe anything he has to say. Not to mention, he’s disrespectful and a con artist. She left out that he eats well-done steaks with ketchup, but you get it.

What I appreciate most about this clip is that she refused to fall for the okey-doke when asked if President Barack Obama vouched for him; she dismissed that shit for the crock it was. As if Michelle Obama would have ever let that go down.

“I don’t choose to go, I don’t choose to honor him … and that’s that.”

Mariah Carey likes to use “I don’t know her” when dismissing someone. With Auntie Maxine, she will tell you that she indeed knows who you are but she just can’t stand your ass. When Waters, a woman after my own heart, was asked about 45’s fake love of black colleges and universities, she rightly dismissed it for the con it later turned out to be. Why? ’Cause 45 never showed us “where dem dollas at.”

Moreover, when asked if she was attending the president’s joint address of Congress, she told MSNBC’s Katy Tur hell no, and proceeded to remind her and the viewing public that she doesn’t choose to honor him. Tur tried it when she attempted to compare Waters’ decision not to go to to his hourlong gabfest to that time that fool yelled “You lie!” to Obama, but Waters was not having it. If anything, her refusal to go see a sexist, xenophobic racist blab a bunch of nothing for an hour was a nice gesture because she could have yelled out, “Fuck that thot” for his entire speech, and I would’ve done nothing but stand up in my apartment and applaud her.

“This is a bunch of scumbags.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes didn’t appear to be used to a praying grandmother who can also curse you smooth out without any curse words, but he learned a valuable lesson during an interview with Waters in February. While discussing 45 and his sect, she declared: “I just think the American people had better understand what’s going on. This is a bunch of scumbags. That’s what they are. Who are all organized around making money.”

Spot the lie.

Waters on Betsy DeVos, a “wannabe billionaire teacher.”

In another February interview, Waters stopped dragging 45 long enough to snatch hairs out of his education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Considering her terrible performances during her confirmation hearings, you can’t blame Waters for dismissing DeVos as an inexperienced ditz.

 Waters said this:

Betsy DeVos has no experience, no background. You know, she, of course, never attended public school herself. Her children never attended public school. She’s never served on a school board, never taught. She’s never done anything except make big donations to Trump and others.

So this billionaire wannabe teacher is now in the position where there’s a big fight going on in the Senate.

No shade.

“I have not called for the impeachment yet. He’s doing it himself.”

Be very clear: When it comes to Tangerine Mussolini and the issue of impeachment, it’s not her fault she’s talking about it. No, no. It’s your raggedy president’s fault for being such a trash box. And she proceeded to read out a laundry list of his offenses less than 75 days into his garbage-grade presidency.

Read the rest at The Root.

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Bill O’Reilly is the crotchety, shouting canker sore of cable news.

For several years now, the FOX News host has made millions off of the vilification of Black bodies, spirits, and political ideologies. Most of us have tried to make peace with the sad reality that we can’t stop his shtick, thus, we try to ignore him as much as possible. However, there are still some instances in which we cannot ignore his bullshit. Say, when the loudmouth comes for the hair that sits on the head of the immaculate and always necessary Maxine Waters.

During a Tuesday appearance on another god-awful FOX News show, Fox & Friends, O’Reilly’s Vigo from Ghostbusters II looking somebody had the unmitigated gall to come for Waters’ wig. Earlier in the week, Waters gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, condemning the president and arguing that those who are turning a blind eye to the destruction he has wrought lack sincere patriotism.

When questioned about her remarks, O’Reilly said, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earnhardt cut in to note, “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.” In response, O’Reilly said, “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive… I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair.”

It’s actually not the same hair, but his confusion isn’t surprising.

After all, O’Reilly is the same man, who in 2007, went to Sylvia’s, a soul food restaurant in Harlem, with Al Sharpton and later said he was shocked that “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘Motherfu*ker, I want more iced tea.'”

For the record, O’Reilly, that is not a James Brown wig. I happen to love Maxine Waters’ wig. That wig is very First Lady of the megachurch or Head Deaconess hair. In other words, the hair, like everything else with Maxine Waters, is anointed.

In that same segment, O’Reilly went on to say: “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she says, she believes. She’s not a phony, that’s old school. So we’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you, Maxine. I want to see you on ‘the Factor’ and, when hell freezes over, I’m sure that’ll happen.”

O’Reilly would later release a statement by Tuesday afternoon, apologizing for his remarks: “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said in a statement. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.” However, considering his penchant for being a jackass with a deluded sense of moral authority, O’Reilly reminded everyone exactly who he really is by Tuesday evening’s airing of The O’Reilly Factor. While repeating his apology, O’Reilly snickered and would go on to lecture Waters about “demagoguery.” O’Reilly questioned her patriotism and argued that she and others on the left need to “stop the ideological nonsense and really focus on what America offers.”

Bill O’Reilly works on a conservative cable news station that serves as de facto state TV so it’s mighty rich that he, a man who routinely advocates for the “white establishment” while pretending white privilege is nonexistent, wants to lament about how ideology and demagoguery hurt the nation. Meanwhile, Waters made a stirring speech about a buffoonish president with dubious ties to a hostile foreign government that deserved real addressing, but O’Reilly opted instead to focus on her hair.

Read the rest at Essence.

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Tomi Lahren’s entire shtick is that she serves the ugliness of white male patriarchy with packaging that mirrors Malibu Barbie.

That line of work includes continuously distorting the merits of Black people’s right to protest; stripping Black people of their humanity even when met with the deadliest forms of racism; either turning a blind eye to various streams of prejudice, or worse, try to argue its merits with a faux sense of righteousness; lie like hell.

So, when it was reported that she was suspended at The Blaze for being pro-choice, the only thing that should come to mind is the glorious Negro Proverb “the game is the game.”

During a recent appearance on The View, Lahren offered this statement in support of reproductive rights for women:

“I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies; stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”

Of course these remarks resulted in her suspension. For all the chatter about Glenn Beck’s purported rebirth, Beck rose to fame after swimming through the pools of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. It’s how he became a star on talk radio and FOX News and ultimately launched The Blaze. Modern conservatism is less about the virtues of small government and more about the preservation of white male power and their false sense of moral authority.

Lahren, whose recently uncovered footage of her pre-Blaze work shows she used to maintain much more liberal views, made a conscious choice to swim in these same pools for careerist goals. Lahren may not be the brightest bulb in the room, but she knew she could reach many more rooms being a pretty white face for views largely held by crotchety old white men. The minute she stepped out of the line of their thinking, she was reminded of who she was and what arena she sits in.

Oh well.

Even if done in cheeky fashion, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah wasted time once again giving this racist more attention on his show than she deserves. Some have hailed his response as perfect, but many of us are far less generous. Oddly enough, I’m inclined to agree with The Blaze’s Matt Walsh, who points out that it’s actually Lahren who is just as hypocritical as others are claiming the site to be.

Walsh writes: “Tomi, who has repeatedly blasted liberals for believing that the unborn have no rights, has now decided that actually the unborn really don’t have any rights, and anyone who believes otherwise (anyone who believes as she professed to believe about 14 seconds ago) is a hypocrite and a hater. Again, I can’t explain this dramatic and troubling change of heart.”

That’s actually quite easy to make out. Lahren doesn’t come across as an ideological purist, but an opportunist willing to do and say anything to get on television and build a platform. That’s not an anomaly in the world of punditry and in Lahren’s case, while pursing applause on a mainstream daytime talk show, she forgot where she presently works.

Read the rest at Essence.

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As lovely a title as “White House press secretary” sounds, if the job becomes nothing more than trying not to lose your brains and balls to your degenerate boss who’s detached from reality, when does one’s inner Kenny Rogers appear to “know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”?

Granted, considering that Sean Spicer’s previous gig was communications director of the Republican National Committee, he’s well-versed in the art of lying like hell while sporting a self-important smug. Still, when you’re the spokesperson for Sweet Potato Saddam’s increasingly disastrous administration, it requires a level of sociopathy for which Spicer doesn’t seem to have the range. Not the convincing levels required for the gig, anyway.

Like, when he tried to argue that Michael Flynn, who was attached at the hip to 45 during the campaign and briefly served as his national security adviser, was only a “volunteer” for the campaign. Yeah, a volunteer who served as a top adviser and whose name was floated as a potential vice presidential pick. Likewise, Spicer described Paul Manafort as having only a “limited role” in Sweet Potato Saddam’s presidential campaign despite having the title of campaign manager.

And even after FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress and dismissed the claim that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, Spicer said Monday, “We are still at the beginning phase of a look as to what kind of surveillance took place and why.”

Then there is Spicer answering a question about why 45 didn’t shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand by claiming, “I don’t think he heard the question.” Never mind the video of Merkel asking him and his clearly hearing her question and yet refusing to shake her damn hand for the photo op. Oh, Spicer also lied on the British intelligence community, too.

Week after week, Spicer manages to make an ass of himself—to the point where he has ventured far beyond self-parody and into full-fledged damn fool.

However, Spicer’s penchant for poorly crafted lies and varying methods of deflection arguably two-stepped into casual racism when he tried to answer a question about 45’s hypocrisy over the number of hours he spends golfing. Last August, 45 said in Virginia, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.” He went on to claim that Obama had “played more golf than most people on the PGA Tour.”

As previously written, y’all’s president is a lazy thot and, since taking office, has, on 10 different occasions, traveled to golf clubs he owns in Florida to play golf. As the Washington Post’s Phillip Bump notes, that’s “one out of every six days he’s been in office.”

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On Wednesday morning, y’all’s punk-ass president began his day the way he so often does: by ruining everyone’s morning with deranged tweets reeking of stupidity, paranoia and various strains of bullshit.

First he took shots at Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston—whom he claims no one has ever heard of, even though Tropicana Jong-il himself met the man way back in 1988—over Johnston being the source of two whopping pages of his 2005 tax return that made their way over to MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. Shortly thereafter, 45 redirected his fury at Snoop Dogg over a music video that features a character named “Ronald Klump” being fired at by Snoop Dogg. Considering that this is the same person who said on the campaign trail that “Second Amendment people could stop [Hillary] Clinton,” 45 ought to shut his peach self the fuck up.

I know, I know: Keep dreaming—dirty-colored liberal Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon unleash the hounds on me.

In any event, while a tweeting president has become the norm—yes, even if said president is a sophomoric village idiot and messy bitch who lives for drama—there’s one habit of 45’s that still reads as anomalous no matter how much more absurd this political era seems by the day.

Considering that 45 is a narcissist who, before assuming office, was mostly known for his scamming and entertaining, of course he would find campaign rallies pleasurable.

Granted, there has been talk of who might face 45 in the 2020 election. I’ve seen names like Sens. Cory Booker (hardy-har), Elizabeth Warren (she’d be better as Ted Kennedy II than as POTUS) and Bernie Sanders (sis, stop this). Early speculation (that’s too damn early) is not new, but campaign rallies in March in the first year of a new administration certainly are. So, why is he already holding campaign rallies fewer than 100 days into his first term?

Outside of him using this to partake in legal forms of public masturbation, 45 more or less wants to continue to ball up on norms and use them as toilet paper. When he filed for re-election the same day he was sworn into office, he did so in order to very cleverly continue to rally his base, do nonstop fundraising for his re-election campaign and make lots of money by selling more “Make America great again” merchandise.

Worse, as his approval rates mirror the response to Remy Ma’s “Another One,” 45 can use campaign rallies to present an image that despite whatever we’re reading and seeing about him, he remains the people’s champ.

On his unprecedented move to have rallies this early in his term, CNN spoke to campaign finance experts Lawrence Noble and Trevor Potter:

“It gives them control over who can attend the event. By calling it a campaign event they can basically limit it to their supporters and keep protesters out,” Noble said.

While campaign rallies are private events, one organized by the White House would be public and officials would not be allowed to deny attendees entry on a political basis, Potter added.

The best thing about the end of a presidential election, no matter who wins, is that it ends. Thanks to 24-hour cable news and Al Gore’s internet creating an insatiable need for content, presidential campaigns last longer than ever. Still, once a new president is sworn in, we are typically given at least a two-year break from nonstop talks about who is and who isn’t running, how they poll, what they need to do to win and other hallmarks of peanut-gallery punditry.

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Unlike select pundits who marvel when a maniac can communicate his planned monstrosities in milder tones, I found nothing impressive about Tangerine Mussolini’s speech to a joint session of Congress last week. Perhaps when you’re a boorish hatemonger who speaks as if his tongue had a stroke while trying to cross over from a fourth-grade reading level to a fifth-grade reading level, not shouting while reading from a teleprompter is quite the deal.

Whatever the case, for those who did find 45’s speech impressive, there’s already a narrative conveniently floating as to who is responsible for this purported shift: Ivanka Trump.

In a Reuters piece titled, “Behind Scenes, Ivanka Encouraged Trump’s Change of Tone: Sources,” we are once again subjected to the fable about daughter dearest being the calmer, moderate voice in 45’s inner circle. Reuters reporters Steve Holland and John Walcott note that per a senior White House official, during a brainstorming session in the Oval Office Sunday, it was Ivanka who assisted her father in alleviating concerns about his temperament and whether he could govern effectively.

The source explained:

He had a lot of voices around him giving him ideas and suggestions that he incorporated, but he really set out to achieve that optimistic tone and that was something she was supportive of. She encouraged him to do that.

Another source said:

She had a role. She helped set the tone.


Her fingerprints are visible on the tone, but especially on those parts of it like maternity leave that matter to her.

So, as Melania Trump was somewhere avoiding everything to do with the publicity stunt that won a presidency, it was 45’s one true love saying, “No, Daddy, inside voices! Evil is delivered way better when the delivery isn’t so elevated in volume. Oh, and please mention new mommies!”

While it’s totally plausible to believe that Ivanka give her father a few tips, the problem lies in the clear intent behind this story.

It boggles the mind how she successfully manages to get outlets to repeatedly write stories about her as if she is some liberal, despite no evidence to support such categorization.

There are so many generous reports that claim Ivanka had spoken like a Democrat on the campaign trial—including at the Republican National Convention. Still, saying that women deserve maternity leave and that child care matters doesn’t make you a progressive. Neither does vacationing with a rich Democrat, as she and her power-hungry misclassified husband, Jared Kushner, have done recently. The same goes for giving money to Democratic candidates. After all, her father said he gave to both Democrats and Republicans because as a businessman, it’s smart to have friends on both sides.

These days, if you don’t hate people having health care, don’t hang out with white supremacists, and don’t complain about there being a BET Awards and not a WET Awards, some might proclaim that you sound like a Democrat. Not all of us share these low expectations, though. Ivanka herself said that she doesn’t claim to be a Democrat or a Republican, but that falls in line with most “independents” who are merely people with both political ideologies and commitment issues.

Yet, without nary a sign of a receipt, Ivanka Trump gets christened liberal or moderate or not dead inside, like her daddy.

Just look at how Holland and Walcott describe her in the piece:

Ivanka Trump, 35, the president’s older daughter, has emerged as an influential informal adviser for her father, particularly on issues important to women and minorities.

I need an Amber Alert to help locate what the fuck these two are talking about.

There are a few things to appreciate about Ivanka Trump. She doesn’t look as stupid as her brother Eric. She’s not as smug and obvious with her political ambitions as Donald Jr. She’s not Tiffany Trump, bless her heart.

What’s less worth making note of is her supposed advocacy on behalf of women and minorities. With respect to women, if you are not white or well-connected; if you don’t believe in not challenging a reductive view of womanhood so much as learning to thrive within the structure without making too much of a fuss, or in anything else that fits into Ivanka’s overall myopic views on gender and career, is she advocating on your behalf? There is a reason why she has been called out on just who she means by “#womenwhowork,” and why some women have boycotted her products altogether.

If you’re a minority, have you seen Ivanka mention Black Lives Matter, Islamophobia, the children in schools across the country being subjected to taunts about being deported ? Ivanka has asked for “tolerance” in light of the increased bomb threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers. As a convert to Judaism, that makes sense because it impacts her directly. Therein lies the problem: She typically only speaks about issues that affect her directly or that have proved to be the least controversial.

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One may as well wear a white hood, while the other governed as if he were donning a dunce cap, but make no mistake: Hot garbage may have a stronger stench than its colder counterpart, but trash is trash.

So when it comes to the growing sentiment that maybe, just maybe, former President George W. Bush wasn’t so bad, I say this with love: Y’all have got to get the fuck on somewhere. I know Papaya Batista has us wondering if every churchgoing elder who’s been talking about the rapture since the original airings of Fraggle Rock might finally have his visions come to fruition. But oh no, we are not about to rock our hips and then wave and sip in this revisionist history about that man.

Some of this Dubya-remixed nostalgia stems from his interview on Today to promote his new book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, featuring portraits of some of the military veterans he has met.

Since Bush managed to pry himself out of self-imposed exile from the press, Matt Lauer did not miss the chance to ask him about what’s happening in our increasingly disastrous world. In turn, W. set out to prove that he’s not a complete fool and a boil on the butt of humanity, unlike the reality-show hack currently in office.

When asked about the press, Bush said that a free press was “indispensable to democracy”—not the sworn enemy of the American people as some nitwits have recently argued. Bush added, “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.”

He then opted to up the sensible-speaking ante: “Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”

What interesting commentary from a man who led the administration that lied about us getting into war, but sure, this all sounds a lot better than “axis of evil” and much of the word vomit he was known to engage in as president. As do Bush’s comments about 45’s potential ties to the Russian government.

“I think we all need answers,” he said. “I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.”

And for his thoughts on 45’s immigration policy, Bush explained, “I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.”

What Bush should have said was, “Immigration reform was probably the one decent goal I could have accomplished as president, but the hateful people of my own punk-ass party cock-blocked me.”

After the Today interview came his People magazine interview in which Bush declared, “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling, and I don’t like the people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that.”

This all prompted applause from people just happy to see a president who doesn’t make them want to cry out to God asking why they have been forsaken.

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Thanks to this administration and the congressional cowards who enable it, we have a Secretary of Education, someone in which it is not far fetched to wonder whether or not she knows her ABCs, in power.

And for a person who belongs to a family that has donated money to mindless activities like gay conversation theory, it is amusing to see Betsy DeVos severely struggle to shape shift into the role of someone actually qualified for the position. Somewhat amusing because in the end, DeVos is the lead character in the horror flick that is the future of public education.

DeVos’ gift of gaffe was well documented in both her abysmal confirmation hearings as well as one of the first things that happened after she was confirmed. Yes, bless the hearts of all parties involved, but the Twitter account of the Department of Education misspelled the name of President Minute Maid Mo’s new friend in his head, W.E.B. Du Bois. Not to be outdone, they had yet another misspelling in their tweet professing regret for the previous error.

There is a new error from DeVos, only this time it cannot be blamed on too much sauce (caffeine), autocorrect, or for goodness sake, typing so darn fast.

Following a meeting with presidents of various historically Black colleges and universities, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a statement exalting HBCUs and likening them to her only real passion with education: privatization under the banner of “school choice.”

A portion of the statement reads:

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding. They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.

HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice. They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”

When does Betsy DeVos think the first Black school was founded?

Based on the language here, it seems to be around the time Michael Jackson released “The Way You Make Me Feel,” the third single from Bad. While it’s impolite to insult someone’s intelligence by calling them dumb, it’s even ruder to be dumb-dumb-diddy about the history of Black colleges and universities.

Read the rest at Essence.

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No Comb Conway continues to dance off beat all over my last nerve.

It’s not enough that the Mistress of Propaganda has not been benched despite recent reports and my personal pleas to Black Jesus, but now this liar who helped make her con artist client president of the United States continues to show her utter disregard for basic decency. To some people, the picture of Conway’s feet on the White House couch is much ado about nothing. Those folks don’t have home training.

When you are working in the White House, you don’t kick off your shoes and relax your feet and sit on that couch like you’re about to party on down to the Xscape beat. Or, I guess if you’re working in this administration, some sort of dance remix to a Hitler speech. Whatever; you get it.

I know, I know. I’m Southern, or country as hell, as some in my life would say. I still say “Yes, ma’am” to Girl Scouts and “No, sir” to li’l kids trying to sell me diabetes on the 2 train to fund some mysterious after-school program. Maybe that’s too formal to some, but we should all agree that with respect to professional decorum, Conway could stand to do better given the setting.

Conway is on her phone, probably looking at pro-life jackasses harassing people at a Planned Parenthood on Snapchat for an evil person’s pick-me-up, with her feet tucked under her thighs on the couch like she hasn’t a care in the world. Meanwhile, Sweet Potato Saddam is in a meeting with the heads of presidents of various HBCUs. Conway can’t at least pretend to give a decimeter of a damn in their presence?

The image of those grinning black men with that orange, racist sum’bitch is unsettling enough. However, when you couple that with Kellyanne Conway, a little red Corvette of bullshit, it’s even more upsetting. Like, sis, act like you know where you are.

While I do agree with the crux of what Jezebel’s Rachel Vorona Cote says in “Did You At Least Remove Your Shoes, Kellyanne?,” I don’t want her shoes off. That woman spouts nothing but feces each and every day on the job. And she walks around the same space as Stephen Bannon. Febreze can only do so much to remove the stench of such a white supremacist fuckboy.

Read the rest at The Root.

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