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Nation Anthem protestor Marshawn Lynch to get new reality show on Facebook

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Marshawn Lynch enjoying a banana during the National Anthem/AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch is a NFL player who plays for the Oakland Raiders. I reported back in August that at the Oakland Raiders’ pre-season opener in Arizona, Marshawn Lynch didn’t stand during the National Anthem. He sat on a cooler eating a banana.

From my post:

Lynch previously backed Kaepernick, telling comedian Conan O’Brien in September 2016, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.”

“If you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he done, what he’s doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have,” Lynch said at the time.”

Facebook is rewarding him for his antics. Another show I won’t be watching.

From Seattle Times: Can’t get enough of Marshawn Lynch, the former Seattle Seahawks running back who now plays for some team in California? Well, you can soon watch him in a new reality show that will reportedly debut on Facebook’s recently launched Watch platformaccording to Reuters.

The news service reported that the social-media giant — which launched its new platform for U.S. users in August — is paying Time Warner’s Bleacher Report millions of dollars for the reality show featuring the Skittles-loving NFL player known as Beast Mode. The show, called “No Script,” consists of eight 10- to 15-minute mini-episodes featuring Lynch involved in various hijinks. The first episode will reportedly feature Lynch taking race-car driving lessons “until he ruins the tires of the car.”

Facebook’s purchase of the show, which will reportedly start streaming this month, underscores the intense battle among web-based media companies for original content and for viewers, Reuters reported.

“We think we have a big hit on our hands,” Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, told Reuters. “People are going to spend more time on Facebook because of it.”

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CNN president Jeff Zucker threatens President Trump

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In the 2016 election, many in the mainstream media were in-your-face with their pro-Hillary partisan bias. See:

All boastful hyperbole aside, it was the Alternative Media’s reporting, especially the emails of the DNC, Hillary, and John Podesta released by the heroic WikiLeaks, which played an estimable role in helping Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

Although the New York Times has expressed regret for its biased reporting, others have not, notably the Washington Post and CNN (Cable News Network) who have only redoubled their undisguised and adamant opposition against President Trump.

It was Washington Post that approvingly and with malice cited an anonymous website’s (PropOrNot) defamation of of 200 AltMedia websites as intentional or unintentional agents of the Russian government in the 2016 election. See:

CNN also makes clear its continuing bias and hostility against Trump. See:

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On January 17, 2017, CNN’s president Jeff Zucker went beyond the network’s biased reporting when he issued a veiled but real threat against President Trump.

In a discussion with Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine on Jan. 18, 2017, Zucker defended CNN’s report of a Russian dossier by Obama administration intelligence agencies containing an unverified fabrication of Trump, while in Moscow, hiring prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed that Obama allegedly had slept in.

See “CNN Fake News: U.S. intelligence memo says Russia has ‘compromising’ information on Trump

When he was asked why CNN saw fit to publish allegations that “weren’t verified,” Zucker answered that “We didn’t pass judgment on the allegations. We reported we had not been able to corroborate them.”

Then he was asked if he’s “concerned about getting access to Trump,” given Trump bypassing a CNN reporter at his press conference the week before. This is what President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker said:

I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over. It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever. One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.

I take Zucker’s statement “Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake” to be a threat that implies that CNN — a cable and satellite television channel owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of a U.S. company, Time Warner  — will continue to engage in biased reporting in order to create and foment a negative perception of the President of the United States “in capitals around the world”.

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Jeffrey “Jeff”  Bewkes, 64, is the CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Time Warner Inc., with an annual salary of $32.5 million. Here’s the contact info. I was able to find:

~Eowyn

Charlotte vet says he was fired for lowering flag on Memorial Day

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From Stars and Stripes: When Charlotte (NC) veteran Allen Thornwell lowered his employer’s American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, he says he did not think to ask permission or consider the possibility that he had done anything wrong.

Instead, the 29-year-old former Marine, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says he was thinking about his country, the meaning of the holiday, and his best friend, Geoff, another Marine who had killed himself two years ago after returning stateside.

On Tuesday, Thornwell was fired. A manager at the placement service that arranged the vet’s job at Time Warner Cable in Charlotte told him that the company was disturbed by Thornwell’s “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”

Contacted this week, Thornwell said he remains in shock over what happened. “I’m not even mad right now,” he says. “ I don’t know what kind of moral compass you need to fire a veteran on Memorial Day for lowering the flag.”

A Time Warner Cable spokesman confirmed Friday that the former Marine “was no longer under contract” with the company but declined further comment. Thornwell said he landed the job through Principal Solutions Group, a technology-based employment service. Contacted Friday, Thornwell’s placement manager, Nicki Warren, said she was not allowed to discuss personnel matters.

Charlotte attorney Murph Archibald, whom Thornwell called after the incident, says his client should have never lost his job. “It’s disgraceful,” says Archibald, a Vietnam vet. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He’s a veteran working on Memorial Day who corrected what he thought was a disrespectful flying of the American flag … I would have taken it down myself.

Whether Time Warner was improperly displaying the flag during the country’s annual tribute to its dead veterans is a matter of debate. The U.S. Flag Code, which offers guidance on how to fly the flag during holidays, says the banner should be at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day then returned to its normal position. Thornwell said the incident took place around 2:30 p.m.

Thornwell, who was discharged in 2014, said he was aware of the holiday protocol but was moved to lower the flag anyway. He wishes now that he had asked permission. “I didn’t think of it as the property of Time Warner Cable,” he says. “It’s everybody’s flag.”

Allen Thornwell/Photo from NewsFlow24

Allen Thornwell/Photo from NewsFlow24

An angry reaction

Thornwell began Marine boot camp less than week after he graduated from Phillip O. Berry in 2005. His mother, Teresa Magaña of Charlotte, describes her son as a quiet and calm man who is passionate about the military, his country and the “rights of people.” After his tour in Afghanistan in 2008-09, she says she noticed that he began to show a greater need for order and for having things done the right way.

Thornwell was a month into a six-month contract with Time Warner when he says he got a call from work on the morning of Memorial Day, asking him to work a 2 to 7 p.m. shift. Thornwell specialized in technical support and served as a radio operator in the military. At Time Warner, he amounted to a trouble-shooter, keeping watch for service outages, then quickly assembling a team to respond and fix the problems.

On Monday he arrived at the company’s service center off Arrowood Road having left his security badge at home. A boss sent him to pick up a replacement. Waiting outside the security office, he noticed the nearby flag at full staff. Without a word to anyone, Thornwell says he marched, Marine-style, to the pole, lowered the flag to a midway point, came to full attention, then about-faced and walked away. He didn’t salute. He says Marines don’t salute when out of uniform.

Inside the security building, Thornwell said he was told by one of the guards that “It’s company policy that no one touches the flagpole.” By the time Thornwell left – and only a few minutes after he had lowered it – the flag was back at full staff.

Thornwell said he reacted angrily at what he took as a sign of disrespect to him and other vets. He can be heard cursing twice in a short video he shot at the scene with his phone. He said he wanted to send a message to military personnel around the world that “this is what the people back home think about us.” The former Marine says he was never disrespectful or out of control. In fact, he said the security guard escorting him back to his work station told him, “I fought. I understand.”

That night on Facebook, Thornwell posted the photos he took of the flag at full- and half-staff, and brief video of himself talking to the camera as he walked back to his job site. He stamped the footage “Timewarner.” He put this title on the post: “So many years wasted. I’m telling you … PEOPLE DON’T GIVE A F***.”

The next day before work, he says he got a call from Warren: “Can you tell me what happened yesterday?” Time Warner, she told him, had canceled his contract.

Failure to communicate

Did the company over-react? Did Thornwell? Who can say for sure.

Retired Marine colonel Chris Woodbridge, though, calls the incident “a very sad misunderstanding” that illustrates a widening gap between the country and its military.

Today, less than 1 percent of Americans wear a uniform. “Not only do the vast majority not serve, but they don’t really know anybody who does,” says Woodbridge, editor of the monthly Marine Corps Gazette. Thus, their perception of the men and women in uniform gravitates to stereotypical extremes: from hyper-patriotic coverage that focuses on honor and courage to more critical depictions of loner vets who are shell-shocked and violent, he says.

On the other hand, he says, veterans can experience a strong sense of alienation when they return to something “they don’t recognize and they don’t understand. Sometimes symbols, like the flag, mean a lot. Because they represent something of an ideal…(an) ideal we fought for.”

Thornwell strongly disputes the notion that he fits the stereotype of the displaced and brooding vet. He does acknowledge that he is still dealing with post-traumatic stress and other emotional problems left from his service, but he says his actions at the flagpole were never excessive.

In fact, Thornwell attributes his behavior to a deeper emotions he felt throughout the day about his country, his dead friend, and his own service. For the first time in his life, he says, he understood the true meaning of Memorial Day, and he felt it, too.

Now he needs a job. First, he would like an apology – for him and other vets.

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