Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) is willing to pay more than $75 billion for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), according to people with knowledge of the matter, a sign Rupert Murdoch is undeterred after being rebuffed in an initial offer for the media company. Time Warner shares soared.
Fox’s willingness to raise its offer higher than $85 a share is contingent on Time Warner engaging in talks and opening its books to Fox, according to one of the people, who said Murdoch hasn’t been directly involved in discussions. A deal would reshape the media industry by giving the TV-and-film companies bargaining power in negotiations with cable operators such as Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., which are in the process of their own merger.
Fox calculates the combined company could achieve more than $1 billion in cost savings, including through the elimination of overlapping back office, human resources, sales and information technology operations, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Fox estimates that figure could go higher once it’s able to conduct due diligence on Time Warner, the person said.
Fox News is owned by Fox Entertainment Group which is a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
Time Warner has among its subsidiaries: HBO, CNN, DC Comics, New Line Cinema, Turner Broadcasting and Warner Brothers.
Liberals are obviously in a state of massive panic.
At least 35 Disney World employees have been arrested since 2006 over alleged child sex offences, an investigation has revealed.
The suspects included a ticket seller, a concierge and a trainee tour guide at the Florida resort – and even a night shift manager accused of watching child porn at work while he wrote a church sermon.
Police caught many in stings modelled on the TV show To Catch a Predator, with undercover officers receiving explicit messages before the suspects agreed to meet at a home rigged with cameras.
Disney dismissed the story by claiming only a small number of children would have been molested.
“The numbers reported by CNN represent one one-hundredth of one percent of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period. We continue to work closely with law enforcement and organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as we constantly strengthen our efforts,” said Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler.
Lawyers representing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film, America, have fired off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure out where the movie is playing.
The letter claims that Google has been confusing America with 2016: Obama’s America, which was D’Souza’s first movie and has been out of theaters for two years, while Lionsgate released America on July 2 and it is currently playing in about 1,100 theaters nationwide.
Google, according to the letter, has been “misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters. We understand this was brought to your attention for correction five days ago, yet the problem persists.”
It demands that Google disclose “whether human or automated error was the source” of the alleged mistakes and asks “what measures have been taken to fix the problem.”
The letter also asks Google to supply “statistics on searches from the time the misdirection began until resolved so that we might ascertain the number of users who could not find the film as a result of this mix-up.”
As of Monday night, a Google search of “America movie” yielded a strip of film posters that included two Captain America movies and several other superhero movies. There’s also an image of the poster for America, yet it is labeled 2016: Obama’s America, a surprise hit in 2012. Clicking the image takes users to a plethora of information about 2016 but very little about America.
Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.
The Baltimore Sun somehow forgot to include Hobby Lobby in its profile of regional businesses who have elected to pay their employees more than the minimum wage.
The piece, “U.S. Retailers Raise Minimum Wage Ahead Of Schedule,” lauded five major companies as “ahead of the gradual curve of a new law that will raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by July 1, 2018.”
The current Maryland minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Ikea, the company with the highest starting wage mentioned in the piece, will start its College Park, Maryland employees at $13.20 an hour beginning in January. Hobby Lobby, which has four locations in Maryland, starts its full-time workers at $15.
“There is no reason that the Sun team had to include Hobby Lobby in this timely trend story,” wrote Terry Mattingly, director of the Washington Journalism Center. “However, there are a number of good reasons to do so, starting with the obvious news hook of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that touched on a related issue — benefits.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Doug Mainwaring, The American Thinker – The gay marriage story out of Kentucky was just one of many on my news feed. Algorithms designed by Yahoo wiz kids make sure that at least twenty-five percent of the headlines I see are positive stories about same-sex marriage.
Reading just Yahoo, it seemed even the Cherubim and Seraphim were proclaiming heaven’s joy at Kentucky’s ‘come to Jesus’ moment.
Interestingly, I had read the previous weekend about the revelation of a clandestine experiment that Facebook conducted on its subscribers.
An official report concluded that the social media site’s users were subject to emotional contagion.
That got me wondering: aren’t judges people too? Aren’t they subject to emotional contagion as easily as the rest of us mortals?
Looking back at what has happened in our courts since the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling last year I wondered, “Maybe what we’re looking at here is a different type of contagion, a new strain: Judicial Contagion?”
So here’s the thing: every time someone turns on the radio or TV, reads the newspaper, or perhaps more importantly in this day and age, goes to their preferred social media, newsfeed or news aggregator, they are bombarded with exceedingly positive news and commentary about same-sex marriage, and ridiculing and accusatory negative coverage about opposition to it.
This is not happenstance. It doesn’t even have a foothold in reality. It is the result of a carefully designed strategy meant to cultivate an impression of overwhelming consent and inevitability.
In the case of same-sex marriage, informational and emotional cascades have fostered Judicial Cascades. i.e., the carefully manufactured, relentless media narrative of approval overwhelms judges who then easily buy into the “Don’t find yourself on the wrong side of history” tidal wave.
But this is precisely why the current same sex-marriage push is so urgent. Proponents only hope is to change society quickly with sophistry and emotion through judicial fiat while the window of opportunity is still propped open. They know it won’t stay open forever.
Certainly they have witnessed how the Global Warming narrative is unraveling, and how the ongoing informational and emotional cascades now produce diminishing returns, serving only to keep their most staunch supporters from straying from global warming orthodoxy. New recruits are nearly impossible to come by.
Soon, the same will be true with same-sex marriage. As more and more legitimate social science studies are conducted, and personal stories from maturing children who have been medically engineered for same-sex marriages emerge, the progressive’s very positive narrative will become more and more difficult to control and sustain. It won’t be pretty.
Read the full article at The American Thinker.
According to the Huffington Post, a major science gaffe by a politician is the following statement by Ronald Reagan:
“I have flown twice over Mount St. Helens out on our West Coast. I’m not a scientist and I don’t know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about. — President Ronald Reagan, 1980″
The Huffington Post‘s reply to Reagan is as follows: “Not quite. Cars emit about 81,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, while Mount St. Helens emitted only about 2,000 tons.”
So where did HuffPo get their information? It appears they are just repeating and misrepresenting an AP article from the October 9, 1980 edition of the Spokane newspaper the Spokesman-Review.
Here is what the USGS now says about Mount St. Helens:
“An estimated 1.5 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide gas was discharged by Mount St. Helens during the explosive eruption of 18 May 1980. Thus, approximately 2 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide was released during the whole eruption sequence.”
Consequently, the eruption of Mount St. Helens emitted about 2 million tons of sulfur dioxide over a very short period of time — and 1.5 million tons on a single day, not the 2,000 tons HuffPo claims. Only off by three orders of magnitude, which perhaps HuffPo deems is close enough for its efforts at public science communication?
Cars emit so little sulfur dioxide that the USEPA was having difficulty determining how much they emit in 1980, and the USEPA is on-record as saying “sulfur dioxide is not a problem with auto emissions.” Seems to support Reagan and refute the Huffington Post, doesn’t it?
At about this time, sulfur dioxide emissions from all “on-road and nonroad mobile sources” in the United States averaged about 0.8 million tons per year, or approximately 2000 tons per day. Highway vehicles comprise less than half of the total on-road and nonroad emissions, meaning that “automobile driving” was perhaps in the range of 1000 tons per day of sulfur dioxide emissions when Reagan was speaking. According to that 1980 newspaper article, “Jacobson said St. Helens’ [post-eruption] daily sulfur dioxide emissions range from 500 tons to 2,000 tons.”
Thus, if we add together the massive release of sulfur dioxide that occurred from Mount St. Helens when it erupted, along with the likely pre- and post-eruption emissions for five years on either side of the eruption, Reagan’s claim that he had “a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving” appears to be fairly close to accurate, and certainly far more accurate than the Huffington Post‘s claims.
Read the full article at The American Thinker.
The newspaper of record in Rochester is sorry about the 1,000 cases of black on Asian violence over the last several years. Specifically, the editors are not apologizing for ignoring the racial violence, which they did for years, but for finally writing about it after it became too bloody and blatant to pretend it was not happening.
The June report in the Democrat & Chronicle that prompted the journalistic second guessing featured interviews with public officials and immigrants who gave details of the unrelenting racial violence visited upon recent immigrants from Nepal and Burma, all by black people in Rochester.
The story was “meant to be an honest representation rather than an attempt to give offense — or give credence to inappropriate and incendiary statements,” said the editors.
In between worrying about the hurt feelings of the people responsible for the violence, the paper reported on this several-year rolling race riot with a curiously muted tone.
The former police chief, James Sheppard, who is black, told the Democrat & Chronicle the immigrants will “eventually acclimate” to their new “harsh environment.”
Asian immigrants say they stopped calling the police because the police stopped taking reports.
Marlin Newburn, who been on the front lines of racial violence for 30 years, more recently as a prison psychologist said. “Black predators know they will never be held accountable for any outrageous or violent action, and they are completely conditioned to understand that someone will stand in front of a reporter or TV camera and make excuses for them. They know they’re protected, nationwide.”
“Black street predators are a completely infantalized population living their preferred lifestyle. They know they will never be held accountable for their savagery, and thus they will never change – or grow up,” Newburn argued. “They also believe that life is a party where promiscuity, drug and alcohol use, theft, and any other destructive impulsive behavior they choose to engage in, is a legitimate lifestyle.”
One hundred percent of MSNBC viewers early on Tuesday apparently disapproved of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.
On Way Too Early on Tuesday, host Thomas Roberts wrapped up the show with a summary of a survey of viewers. According to Roberts, every single participant said they thought the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly in protecting religious freedom for private business owners.
“This is the first time ever that we haven’t gotten anybody that’s in support of what the other side has done,” he said. “So everybody doesn’t think this is a good idea.”
Roberts added that health plans that provide Viagra but not contraception are “kind of a contradiction.”
Read the full article at The National Review.
That anyone would hire an idiot that doesn’t comprehend the difference between abortifacients and Viagra is definitely a contradiction.
According to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, 1 in 5 women will fall victim to sexually violence during their time in college. Conservative columnist George Will’s recent questioning of this statistic caused tremendous uproar.
In the column, the Washington Post writer claimed that colleges are purposely inflating rape statistics and pokes fun at the “coveted status that confers privilege” to victims of sexual violence. These remarks caused Will to be removed from various newspapers, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to feminist author and resident fellow at the America Enterprise Institute, Christina Hoff Sommers, the 1 in 5 statistic came from a web-based survey that polled from two major universities in the United States.
Of those surveyed, there was a very low response rate — only 42 percent. Of those who responded, 19% responded affirmatively that they had experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college. In the survey, “sexual assault” can be anything ranging from forced kissing to rape. Sommers claimed that this definition is too wide and that the survey is thus inaccurate.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted a similar survey to the White House task force’s in order to gather mandated data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence and rape. Sommers claimed that this survey only dealt with the “more serious” instances of sexual assault, and had an 88 percent response rate. This survey found that only 1 in 40 respondents had experienced instances of sexual assault.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Recall that the issue involving Lois Lerner was the targeting of conservative advocacy groups applying for 501(c)(4) status. But this letter concerned something different — the IRS’s decision to send letters to the donors of such organizations that their contributions might be subject to gift taxes.
But in claiming that Camp “sent a letter on this whole issue,” he went too far in describing the contents of the letter.
The Daily Caller…
Sent on June 3, 2011, Camp’s letter was spurred by complaints from five taxpayers who donated to 501(c)4 nonprofits and later received IRS warnings that the donations may not actually be tax-free.
It was a departure from the tax agency’s longtime leniency towards such donations. And — as the Ways and Means Committee later confirmed — all five of the affected taxpayers donated to conservative groups.
“How are tax-exempt organizations generally selected for audit?” read the fourth question in Camp’s letter. We now know that — in addition to the IRS screening 100 percent of 501(c)4 applicants with terms like “tea party” and “patriot” in their names – 100 percent of nonprofit audits in the same time period also targeted conservative groups.
Kessler also claims Lerner wasn’t aware the IRS was targeting tea party applications until June 29, 2011, weeks after Camp’s letter was sent. That’s also at best misleading, since an email from February 2011 reveals she was discussing how to separately handle “dangerous” tea party cases — individuals, groups or otherwise — months before Camp’s letter.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Liberal commentator and talk show host Tavis Smiley said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he considers it “sickening” that President Barack Obama is being held responsible for the recent violence in Iraq even though he ran on the pledge to end the war in Iraq.
“The president clearly has made mistakes since he’s been president on a number of foreign policy fronts, but to lay all of this at his feet and forget how we got in this mess in the first place as if the clock started this week on Iraq is sickening,” said Smiley, host of PBS’s “Tavis Smiley” show.
“Clearly politics is a part of all of these decisions, and that’s sad. But to watch these neoconservative interventionists this week with this revisionist history about how we got in this mess, how we got mired in this in the first place is troubling, beyond troubling to consider,” he said.
This from the guy who claims, “Christians blow up buildings in America every day,” as well as claiming that the Sandy Hook shooter who violated more than 40 laws during the shooting, would have been stopped had we simply had more laws.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Oh, and since he works for PBS, guess who pays this idiot’s salary.
The New York Times bestseller list hasn’t waited a millisecond to put Hillary Clinton‘s book atop its influential chart after just a week of sales, but has totally ignored another top-10 hardcover from noted conservative and critic of President Obama, Dinesh D’Souza.
His new book, on sale for three weeks, isn’t just absent from the top 10 lists already set for the next two Sundays, but totally missing from the list of the nation’s top 25 nonfiction hardcovers despite having sales higher than 13 on the latest Times chart.
According to sales reports provided to Secrets, D’Souza’s new book America: Imagine a World Without Her, sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week. Had it been included on the upcoming June 22 Times hardcover nonfiction list, it would have ranked No. 8, and then No. 11 on the June 29 list that puts Clinton’s sales at 85,721. The lists are widely circulated in the publishing industry before they go public.
The Times is somewhat mysterious in how it calculates its list, but it includes several books selling well under 3,000 copies in a week. A spokeswoman said, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.”
Read the full article at The Washington Examiner.