Week-ends (07/20/19)

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

The Milwaukee Brewers, Matthew and Caroline Rittner

Philip Pavone

This young man

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The “squad”

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

When are “the Radical Left Congresswomen” going to “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said? So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions. If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
President Trump tweeting about four Democratic Congresswomen

“Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait. We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with Trump last weekend, advised the president to “aim higher” during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” even as he accused the members in question of being “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American.”

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
President Trump in another tweet. All of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.

“The immigrants I know, including my mother-in-law, are the people most disgusted by Rep. Omar’s ingratitude to the nation who rescued her family from an African refugee camp and gave her the equivalent of a lottery ticket to come to the USA. We must do a better job as a country and as parents of teaching civics and patriotism to our children.”
U.S. Rep Sean Duffy, who represents Wisconsin’s seventh congressional district, didn’t directly comment on Trump’s tweets but criticized Omar and suggested schools and universities are teaching American students not to love the United States

“This week we will be voting on an intelligence authorization bill and a minimum wage bill on the House floor, but the only questions we will get asked, the only questions that will be debated on TV and social media, will be about tweets we can all agree were wrong. Instead of mean tweeting, let’s do our job and work to fix the looming budget crisis, a broken healthcare system, and a broken immigration system.”
Mike Gallagher (R)  is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district

“….they are destroying the Democrat Party. I’m appalled that so many of our Presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to try to agree with the four horsewomen of the apocalypse. I’m entitled to say that they’re Wack Jobs.”
Louisiana Senator John Kennedy

“All too often, Trump’s tweets are bad, both morally and politically. And the media would always prefer to jabber about those tweets than about news that harms Democrats. So why would Trump continue to provide them the oxygen they so desperately seek?”
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com

Who decides where the line is that the president crossed? The headline writer working today who thinks it’s ‘insensitive’ or the one tomorrow who thinks it’s ‘racist?’ Were we to use my moral standards, the line for calling people and words racist in this country would have been crossed decades ago. But that’s not what journalists do. We report and interview and attribute.

“What’s at stake is journalism’s embattled claim to be the source of credible news grounded in the kind of deep, fair reporting that exposes injustice and holds powerful people to account. It may be satisfying to call the president’s words, or the president himself, racist, given the attacks tweeted from his bully app and so often aimed at our profession. But at what cost?

“It’s already nearly impossible to separate actual journalism from the argumentative noise on the cable networks that dominate so much of public perception. There are already too many journalists dancing day and night on the line that once separated fact and judgment. When that line is finally obliterated and we sink into the cesspool beckoning us to its depths, this historically flawed, imperfect tool for revealing and routing racism will look and sound indistinguishable from the noise and become just as irrelevant.”
NPR’s Standards and Practices Editor, Mark Memmott

“You’re married to an immigrant that is a nationalized U.S. citizen. If someone were to say to her she should go back to her country as a criticism of federal policies, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?”
CNN’s Manu Raju, questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao who was born in Taiwan

“Well, the Secretary of Transportation came here at age eight legally, not speaking a word of English, and has realized the American dream. And I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s going on in this country for a very long time and is good for America. We ought to continue it. As I said, the–the immigration has been a fulfilling of the American dream, and new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, tend to do very well and invigorate our country, and my wife’s a good example of that.”
McConnell’s response to Raju

“What will happen is, there will be hundreds of people who come over the border illegally, and my father and other border patrol agents will see them. And these border patrol agents can’t send them back, all [migrants] have to do is have someone that they say is their child, that they say is under 18 with them.

“And they don’t have to have any proof of that. The border patrol will just take them into our country, and it’s very disturbing that there are just floods and floods of illegal immigrants just coming through, [and] their first act in America is breaking the law.”
14-year old student activist Ellie Taylor, whose father is a border patrol agent, in a radio interview

“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage.’”
Disney heiress Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney’s brother Roy. She commented after she went to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and said conditions for park employees were bleak.

“We strongly disagree with this characterization of our employees and their experience at Disney.” Her account is “a gross and unfair exaggeration of the facts that is not only a misrepresentation, but also an insult to the thousands of employees who are part of the Disney community.” Disney strives “to enhance the employment experience of our more than 200,000 employees through a variety of benefits and programs that provide them opportunity, mobility and well-being.”
A Disney statement in response to Abigail Disney

“With their politicization of their victory, their expletive-filled speech and their publicly expressed contempt for half their fellow citizens, the women of the U.S. women’s soccer team succeeded in endearing themselves to America’s left. But they earned the rest of the country’s disdain, which is sad. We really wanted to love the team. What we have here is yet another example of perhaps the most important fact in the contemporary world: Everything the left touches it ruins.”
Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The “squad”

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

How much of this actually got reported?

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

NYC Blackout: Love Conquers All, Including Wedding Day Darkness

A Manson murder house is for sale. That’s a challenge, especially this year

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is now an Airbnb lodging option in Chicago

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