A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
President Trump on the passing of George H.W. Bush
“George H.W. Bush should be remembered as a great American, a class act and an underrated president.”
The USA TODAY Editorial Board
“Are you comfortable tear-gassing children, like what we saw at the border?”
NBC White House reporter Hallie Jackson questioning the president
“The violence we saw at the border was entirely predictable. This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered #Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.”
On the Department of Homeland Security’s Facebook, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wanted “to provide an update on what occurred and attempt to dispel many of the rumors and much of the misinformation circulating.”
“We are all cringing at the images of migrants, including women and children, fleeing tear gas at the southern California border.
“At the same time, we have to separate the emotion of those images from the reality that a lawless surge at border checkpoints is going to draw a response from the law enforcement agents we have charged with keeping order. When dozens of migrants attempted to cross the border illegally and began hurling rocks at U.S. Border Patrol Agents, the agents had little choice but to employ tear gas to disperse the crowd.…even as we work to promote more lawful and prosperous societies abroad, we shouldn’t condemn our own law enforcement here for doing their jobs in the face of all but impossible circumstances.
“Whatever one thinks of what Trump says or tweets, particularly about his hope to build a massive border wall, it doesn’t excuse migrants rushing at our border patrol. We have laws governing immigration — whether for people seeking asylum, for those looking to gain work visas or those hoping to become citizens. Immigrants must respect our laws, just as we must. Border Patrol agents used the tear gas as a last resort, not as a first option. We’re sympathetic to the frustrations of those who made the dangerous trip to the border. The application for asylum takes time and right now, U.S. officials don’t have the resources to do the job.”
The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board
“NBC highlighted that it found a mother of two young children whose photo in the ‘chaos’ was spread far and wide by the media to push the ‘tear-gassing children’ narrative. (Gabe) Gutierrez said: ‘Maria Mesa, her escape captured in this dramatic photo. We caught up with her today. ‘When I see that photo, I just want to cry,’ she says, claiming that she wasn’t crossing the border illegally but trying to reach it to apply for asylum.
“That may be the single dumbest, phoniest claim made on NBC News in 2018. You don’t apply for asylum by running into a scene of rock throwing and tear-gassing … with photographers at the ready.”
Brent Bozell, Founder and President of the Media Research Center
“Folks can go to the San Diego Zoo to see the endangered pandas and then visit San Diego City Hall to see one of the last California Republicans.”
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, joking about the state of his political party. In the midterm election, the GOP lost every statewide office in California, and Democrats regained their supermajority in the legislature.
“We used to play the song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’ and you told us it’s no longer appropriate. I gotta be honest, I didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad…Until I read them.”
Host Glenn Anderson at Cleveland radio station Star 102. The station has stopped playing the popular Christmas song that’s been around since the 1940s because listeners raised concerns about the lyrics of the song with some saying the words send the wrong message in the era of the #MeToo movement.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Tear gas at the border
Red Christmas trees at the White House
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Oakland University professors given hockey pucks to fight potential future gunmen in classrooms