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Elon Musk Vows to Set Up Site for Rating Journalists
In a series of Twitter posts yesterday, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk ranted about the dishonesty of media companies. According to Business Insider, Musk believes that sensationalist journalism lies at the heart of this problem, and that journalists are the ones constantly vying for attention from advertisers.
To remedy this issue, Musk vowed to create a website which would evaluate the “core truth of any article,” and “the credibility of each journalist, editor, and publication.” He is considering naming this site “Pravda,” which was also the name of the official Communist Party newspaper in the former Soviet Union.
Many were quick to respond to Musk’s plans, including journalists who called the Tesla CEO a “media-baiting Trump figure,” who is “irrationally screaming about fake news.”
The rant stems from recent negative coverage of Tesla’s operations, including poor working conditions, an Autopilot Model S crash, and the resignation of several executives.
President Trump Says NFL Players ‘Have to Stand Proudly’
Early this morning, President Trump reported on Fox & Friends that the NFL “did the right thing” by requiring all players to stand during the national anthem. He added that players who kneel during the anthem “shouldn’t be playing, and shouldn’t be there,” as well as “maybe they shouldn’t even be in the country.”
Trump took some credit for the new NFL policy, but mainly attributed Commissioner Roger Goodell’s action to “the people, who pushed it forward.”
To read an updated report on this policy from CMN’s Arianna Lynne, click here.
Conservative Figure Tomi Lahren Gets Splashed at Restaurant
Fox News staple Tomi Lahren had water thrown in her face while out at a restaurant on May 20, according to Fox. The incident was recorded by other customers at the Minneapolis joint, immediately going viral.
Lahren appeared early Wednesday on Fox & Friends to make a public statement on what happened in Minneapolis. She reported that she has experienced this sort of treatment in the past, and that she is “used to it.” Despite this, Lahren stated that the incident was disheartening, especially since it took place in front of her parents.
People on Twitter were quick to react to the incident, demonstrating mixed perspectives. Because Lahren is a controversial conservative figure, many on the right defended her, while many on the left applauded the restaurant hecklers. Some moderate observers agreed that while Lahren may not express agreeable views, the hecklers had no right to treat her that way.
To see these reactions, read Carla Loebenstein’s post here.
Today in a Tweet
Footage of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown being tased over a parking violation was released by Milwaukee police. Twitter has something to say.
Last But Not Least: Sadam Hussein’s Yacht Is Being Turned Into a Luxury Hotel
Did you ever want to sleep on a ship? How about a ship owned by the former dictator of Iraq?Introducing the 270-ft long yacht, “Basrah Breeze,” which will now be a five-star hotel complete with luxury rooms and a presidential suite.
According to NBC, the yacht was built for Saddam Hussein in 1981. Hussein never stepped foot on the yacht himself, but the Iraqi government owned the ship until 2010, finally selling it for $30 million. The hotel is intended to service ship captains and marine researchers coming in through the Basrah port of Iraq.
Maybe the ghost of Hussein will visit you during your stay…or maybe not.
This Thursday Morning Scoop was compiled by Arianna Lynne, Carla Loebenstein and the CMN Staff. Who loves the sun? Who cares that it makes flowers? The Velvet Underground might not, but we definitely do.
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