Water Cooler 1/25/18 Open Thread; Fake News ? CNN Still Won't Correct Fake Story; Feminists Demand Feminist Science; Grumpy Cat Goes To Court

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If You Are Upset About Being Called Fake News, You Might Just Try Not Printing It.

CNN has arguably been the biggest source of questionable attack journalism directed at the current administration, and without argument the biggest crybaby when it comes to the administration pointing out their problems and poor reporting. Contrary to what some people may say, the press and politicians attacking each other with words is not a constitutional crisis matter of fact it’s one of the ways you know things are working properly in our little republic. The time to worry is when the politicians and the press just have nice things to say about each other. Either way, it’s the citizens that decide what’s what, what’s important and what’s fake, and if CNN want’s to make the case they are the victim they could try correcting and apologizing for false stories in a timely fashion, unlike this one.

Nearly seven months after falsely accusing President Donald Trump of getting the facts wrong on classified information that former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey leaked after he was fired, CNN still hasn’t corrected its false story on the matter. On the heels of numerous other false stories published or broadcast by the cable network, the latest failure of the network to correct false reporting raises serious questions about its commitment to accuracy.

Last July, Trump blasted Comey on Twitter for leaking classified information.

“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”

CNN’s Jake Tapper, however, took issue with Trump’s statement, and wrote the following lede and supporting paragraphs in a CNN story accusing the president of peddling false information about the nature of the information leaked by James Comey after he was fired by the president:

As it turns out, however, the information leaked by Comey was classified, and the records in his possession were clearly government records which Comey was not authorized to possess or distribute. How do we know the information was classified? Because the FBI itself told Congress as much. In fact, the information leaked by Comey was so sensitive that members of Congress were not even allowed to read the memos he wrote outside of a Special Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, a highly secure room or area designed to prevent classified information consumed within from being improperly distributed.

—The Federalist

Jake Tapper not understanding our nations rather involved rules for classification of government documents is understandable. CNN complaining it gets unfairly labeled fake news when it won’t fix the story well that’s at best  whiny and it does raise the question why are they willing to keep this out there ?


“Feminist Science”, If That Reads Wrong To You Pat Yourself On The Back

Well I hope they will be purging that horrible misogynist Sodium soon. He has been getting free pass forever, same with his buddy Hydrogen and maybe Helium will get some of the credit she so rightly deserves.

Sorry hard to write seriously about people trying attach our petty squabbles to things that aren’t even aware we exist. Unfortunately that’s just what is happening at UC Santa Cruz

Of course science is now under siege by SJWs, because that’s what they do. For example, see the event being held at UC Santa Cruz titled “Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science.”

Yes, “feminist science.” The event description reads:

Participants will be challenged to apply principles and practices of justice to their own work, interrogating questions such as: Who benefits? Who is harmed? Who is most vulnerable? … And ultimately, who do we do science for, and why? The workshop will conclude with practical skills and resources for participants to push their research communities to be more inclusive, equitable and attentive to social justice.

The event is being organized by an Los Angeles-based group titled — sigh — “Free Radicals.”

According to The College Fix:

The mission of the Free Radicals is to enact political and social change by advocating scientists “think through the hidden assumptions in their methodological approaches and challenges researchers to think more deeply about the political implications of their work,” its website  states.

Got that? They want scientists to only undertake studies and only publish conclusions that will support a radical feminist worldview.

–PJMedia

I can only hope the people promoting this will one day be treated by doctors who were fully indoctrinated in the precepts and with drugs that were made by people who were more worried about political correctness than efficacy.


He’s Not Just Grumpy He Has A Lawyer.

If you thought Grumpy Cat was just another cute feline, think again.

A cat made famous online because of its permanent scowl has been awarded $710,000 (£500,000) in a copyright case by a California federal court.

Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image.

The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its “Grumppuccino” iced drink, but sold other Grumpy products.

The cat, real name Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online.

Originally posted on the social website Reddit by the brother of the cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, the image of the cat quickly spread as a meme with funny text captions.

In 2013 Grenade Beverage, owned by father and son Nick and Paul Sandford, struck a $150,000 deal to market iced coffee beverages with the cat’s scowl on its packaging.

But in 2015 Grumpy Cat Limited sued them for breaching that contract.

A court filing claimed they had exceeded the deal by selling roasted coffee and Grumppucino T-shirts, which Grumpy Cat said “blatantly infringed” their copyrights and trademarks.

–BBC

Apparently claws weren’t enough and Grumpy upgraded to lawyers.


Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread