The gesture between the two leaders of Cold War enemy nations came as Obama greeted a line of world leaders attending the memorial in Johannesburg, according to the Associated Press.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
CBS announced weeks after the Benghazi report was retracted that Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, were taking a leave of absence from "60 Minutes."
When Morgan asked if he thought the bungled report should end Logan's career, Rather said her otherwise impressive record should redeem her.
"In my opinion, clearly labeled 'No,'" Rather said. "And I'm so glad you mentioned that. Whatever one thinks of what Lara Logan did or didn't do with this story, in fairness, it should be put against her whole record. She's still a very young correspondent, but for a young correspondent has a distinguished record. It should be seen in that context and in that perspective."
Monday, December 9, 2013
The Daily Caller mocked a rainbow flag-themed Christmas light display in Rome as "so gay." Rome's government opted to hang the lights on the city's main shopping street to combat homophobia after the recent high-profile suicide of a bullied gay teen in the city.
In a December 9 article, Daily Caller education editor Eric Owens reported on the display, calling it a departure from the "unexciting and noncontroversial monochrome white" lights hung along Via del Corso last year. Owens explained that this year's display was a response to the "alleged bullying" of a 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide:
The traditional lights hanging along Rome's main shopping street are rainbow flag-themed this Christmas season.Owens - whose derisive reporting on LGBT teens has itself contributed to the problem of anti-LGBT cyberbullying - omitted evidence indicating that the late teen's bullying was more than just "alleged." Roman police officials found homophobic text messages on the teen's phone after he left a suicide note lamenting, "I am a homosexual, no one understands my drama and I do not know how to make it acceptable to my family."
The municipal government in Italy's capital city chose the multicolored motif for the mile-longish stretch of Via del Corso to convey its stance against homophobia, reports the Daily News.
The message is pertinent in Rome because a 14-year-old gay teenager committed suicide a few months ago in response to alleged bullying and his belief that his family would not accept his sexuality.
Last year, the famous lights over Via del Corso were an unexciting and noncontroversial monochrome white. In 2011, designers used the colors green, white and red to mark 150 years of Italian unification.
The August suicide came mere months after another widely publicized suicide by an openly gay Roman teenager who encountered vicious homophobic bullying. For Owens, though, the Via del Corso display isn't so much an opportunity to highlight the widespread problem of anti-LGBT harassment and violence as it is another chance to snark about LGBT people and their allies.
It's unclear whether, in describing the lights as "so gay," Owens was expressing his aesthetic distaste for the display. He has, after all, written that "foolish" and "stupid" are perfectly legitimate definitions for the word "gay."
Ben Affleck On Republican Actors: 'I Probably Wouldn't Like' Them
"People now know me as a Democrat, and that will always be the case to some extent," Affleck told the publication. "It does [polarize viewers], and you can bifurcate your audience."
Affleck himself is not immune to the judgment, adding, "When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That s--t fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion."
The 41-year-old actor also spoke about his political influences, touching on his reasoning for supporting various candidates. "I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood," Affleck explained. "I picked up a lot of those values there, and I brought them with me when I showed up in Hollywood."
"In 2000, the Gore campaign said, 'Hey, would you come do this with us?' And I did," Affleck continued. "I thought I had a responsibility, so I campaigned for Gore. Kerry was a Boston guy, and I felt an organic connection. And then Obama in 2008."
Despite all that, Affleck himself isn't interested in a life in politics.
"I don't want to run for office. And I don't even like working in partisan politics," Affleck said to GQ in an interview last year. "People get so wound up and so ugly now. I find that doing things that are independent where you can really actually make a difference, where you can affect policy, you can affect change, means more than doing the partisan political thing."