(RepublicanWire.org) – Keith Olbermann is furious CNN demoted Don Lemon Thursday. He called CNN a sh*tshow and trashed new CNN boss Chris Licht.

Keith said, Chris Licht (who, when we worked together at MSNBC, I believed used to eat paste) has now surrounded Don Lemon with an ex-Daily Caller “journalist” and somebody who last month demanded an apology from Biden to Republicans.

“The @CNN Sh*tstorm is here.(And @brikeilarcnn’s cut-and-pasted complaint about Biden’s marines, and doubling and tripling down on this pathetic and hypocritical conservative talking point, did not save her. You can never be sufficiently doctrinaire for TV Fascists like Licht and John Malone)”

Lemon lost his primetime show at CNN amid a shakeup and will be moved to mornings at 6 a.m. 

Joining Lemon will be anchor Poppy Harlow and White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

“This demonstrates our commitment to the morning and how important it is to me,” CNN’s new boss Chris Licht said. “The show will set the tone of the entire day, and it will set the tone for the news organization.”

Licht is still searching for a permanent host for the 9 p.m. role that Chris Cuomo had before he was fired and now will fill lemon’s spot as well.

Harlow said, “Don has been one of my closest friends for more than a decade — there for every milestone along the way.

“I’m consistently in awe of Kaitlan’s reporting and the remarkable woman she is. I can’t wait to laugh with them and learn from them each morning.”

Lemon said, “I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I’m honored by his belief in me.”

Collins said, “I can’t wait to wake with our viewers and do the news every day.

“So pour a cup of coffee and join us.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – A majority of Americans want President Joe Biden to secure the southern border with tougher immigration policies. However, it seems the will of the American people falls on deaf ears under the Biden regime.

Customs and Border Protection encountered 221,2020 migrants illegally crossing the southern border in March, marking a 22-year high as the Biden administration releases an unprecedented number of border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. interior.

The Department of Homeland Security warns as many as 18,000 migrants will flood across the southern border per day if Title 42 is revoked.

The Biden administration has no plans to stop the mass illegal migration surge.

In fact, the Biden White House is “grateful” for the job Vice President Kamala Harris has done as border czar.

Asked during Wednesday’s briefing whether Harris could still be trusted to halt the influx of illegal immigrants, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recognized Harris’s handling of the border crisis.

“A question about immigration. Does the president still have confidence that the vice president can get to the bottom of root causes of migration?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

“He absolutely does,” Psaki replied. “And he’s grateful for her work in doing exactly that.”

“Why?” Doocey shot back. “What gives the president confidence when he sees that March 2022 has 28 percent more migrant encounters at the border than March 2021, when she got this assignment?

Psaki insisted the administration has addressed the root cause of migration by forging immigration agreements with Costa Rica and a partnership with Mexico to stem “irregular migration.”

“Addressing root causes means working with countries in the region to take steps to have regular partnerships and be able to have people sent back to the region as needed,” she said.

A majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Harris. Fifty-six percent of likely voters have an “unfavorable” view of the vice president, according to a Rassmussen survey conducted on March 27 and 28.  Forty-seven percent said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of Harris, while 9 percent viewed her ‘somewhat unfavorably.

Most Americans also want Joe Biden to implement tougher immigration policies. A new CBS News/YouGov poll reveals that 52 percent of Americans believe Biden “should be tougher on illegal immigrants, while just 27 percent say he is “handling things right” at the border.

(RepublicanWire.org) – An audio recording recently leaked of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shamefully saying White House correspondent Peter Doocy of Fox News “sounds like a stupid son of a b****.” Psaki’s comment came in response to a question from a left-wing podcast host. She went on to explain that this isn’t Doocy’s fault, but rather that Fox News as a network makes anyone sound like a “stupid son of a b****.”

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly blasted Psaki for the remark. Kelly says Psaki took “a shot at him” because he “asks her tough questions.” Most of the liberal mainstream media hand Psaki softball questions that aim to make the Biden administration look good.

Kelly explains, “She’s [Psaki] making the rounds, she’s going on Pod [Save] America, the far-left Obama guys have their podcast which is popular with liberals. And while on there she gets asked about Peter Doocy and whether basically he’s a jerk… they ask her basically if he’s some sort of an a**hole.”

“And she basically says oh ‘he works for a network that feeds its questions to people in a way that would make anybody sound like a jerk,’” Kelly added. “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘number one I’ve worked at Fox News and they actually, unlike NBC news, they don’t feed the anchor the questions. At Fox News nobody ever wrote a question for me ever. Not in a presidential debate, not on a big night, not on my nightly show, and I guarantee you nobody’s writing Peter Doocy’s questions for him,” Kelly continued. “And she [Psaki] decides to take a shot at him [Doocy]. Because he’s the only one willing to ask her tough questions.”

Political commentator Buck Sexton called Psaki’s response “pathetic” and said the only questions worth hearing to him are Doocy’s.

In response, Fox News released a statement that reads: “In his role as White House correspondent, Peter Doocy’s job is to elicit truth from power for the American public. His questions are his own, he is a terrific reporter and we are extremely proud of his work.”

“If we had a real press corps those press conferences would be testy, Megyn” Sexton said. “It should be interesting.” 

“Peter Doocy works for a network that provides people with questions that might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b****,’” the podcast host shared. “Because the question was ‘is he really as much of a stupid son of a b as we think?”

“I know it’s annoying to be asked tough questions but it’s literally your job to answer them in that role,” she added. “And you’d do better to be honest. I mean even the president came out and tried to say that Doocy made up the basis for his questions about you know ‘you said you would respond in kind to Russia if it uses chemical weapons, was that smart?’”

(RepublicanWire.org) – California Democrats have proposed legislation that would mandate a four-day workweek for large companies.

A bill put forward by Democratic state Reps. Cristina Garcia and Evan Low would require companies with 500 employees or more to change the definition of a work week from 40 hours to 32 hours. The bill, AB 2932, would mandate that employees receive the same level of compensation for working four eight-hour days as they would for a regular five-day, 40-hour work week.

Any employee required to work more than 32 hours would have to be compensated with overtime pay. Hours worked in excess of 32 hours would be compensated with time-and-a-half paym while overtime work over 40 hours would require double pay by law.

The legislation would effectively force employers to give workers a raise because it prohibits reduced pay for the fewer hours worked. According to the state’s Employment Development Department, more than 2,600 California companies and more than 3.6 million workers would be impacted by the bill.

There is an exemption, however, for companies that have a collective bargaining agreement with workers — meaning large companies with unionized employees can keep the standard 40-hour work week. It is unclear how the legislation would impact salaried employees.

Similar legislation has been introduced at the federal level by U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).

Garcia, one of the state bill’s sponsors, told the Los Angeles Times that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for Americans to rethink what work should look like. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 47 million Americans quit their jobs in 2021, and many transitioned to working from home during the pandemic.

“We’ve had a five-day workweek since the Industrial Revolution,” Garcia said, “but we’ve had a lot of progress in society, and we’ve had a lot of advancements. I think the pandemic right now allows us the opportunity to rethink things, to re-imagine things.”

Democrats claim that a 32-hour work week would actually increase productivity and profits, citing pilot programs at companies like Kickstarter as evidence the idea could work. They also point to case studies from Iceland that found companies that reduced their work week to 35 or 36 hours maintained the same level of productivity and service while workers reported being happier.

“The fact of the matter is many other companies are already doing this, and other countries too, so I think this is the direction we’re going,” co-sponsor Low said.

The California Chamber of Commerce is firmly opposed to the legislation, calling it a “job killer.”

Ashley Hoffman, policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a letter to Low that the bill “imposes a tremendous cost on employers and includes provisions that are impossible to comply with.”

She estimated that the bill would impose a minimum 10% increase in wages per employee per week, which she said would be unsustainable for many businesses.

“Such a large increase in labor costs will reduce businesses’ ability to hire or create new positions and will therefore limit job growth in California,” Hoffman said. “This is especially true now as businesses are still recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 and resulting rises in supply chain costs.”

Hoffman also noted that an unintended consequence of the bill could be a reduction in hours for workers.

AB 2932 will be considered by the state Labor and Employment Committee before it advances in the legislature.

(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said Sunday that America was losing its hold on the world’s stage, emphasizing that the signs were “everywhere.” 

“One of the defining features of the new era is that it is post-American. By that I mean that the Pax Americana of the past three decades is over,” the “Fareed Zakaria GPS” host said. 

Zakaria pointed to UAE and Saudi Arabia officials’ unwillingness to accept a phone call from President Biden as evidence of American decline. 

“You can see the signs everywhere,” he said. “Consider that according to The Wall Street Journal the leaders of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, two countries that have depended on Washington for their security for decades, refuse to even take phone calls from the American president.”

Zakaria pointed to the Biden administration’s inability to lead a joint response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine as further evidence of American decline.

“Consider as well that Israel initially in the Security Council vote and India have refused to describe Putin’s actions as an invasion and that all four countries have made it clear they will continue to do business with Russia,” Zakaria said.

Zakaria also argued that an increasingly armed Europe can be beneficial to the United States.

“At first glance, it might seem that this is a new global order stacked against America, but that is not necessarily so. The U.S. remains the world’s leading power, still stronger than all the rest by far,” he said.

“The greatest strategic opportunity lies with Europe, which could use this challenge to stop being the passive international actor it has been for decades. We now see signs that the Europeans are ready to end the era of free security by raising defense spending and securing NATO’s eastern border,” he said. “If Europe becomes a strategic player on the world stage, that could be the biggest geopolitical shift to emerge from this war. A United States joined by a focused and unified Europe would be a super alliance in support of liberal values.”

Zakaria then called on the west to defend Ukraine, saying it was necessary to protect democracy.

“But for the west to become newly united and powerful, there is one essential condition. It must succeed in Ukraine. That is why the urgent necessity of the moment is to do what it takes, bearing costs and risks to ensure that Vladimir Putin does not prevail,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – News headlines in 2021 ranged from the ridiculous to the outrageous. Below are some of the best of the worst that a remarkable year had to offer.

The candidates this year included controversial takes on President Biden, an economy battling both a high inflation rate and a supply chain crisis, the coronavirus, education, and even fatal tragedies. The list below captures a few of the more unpopular takes on these concurring events, as well as some accompanying reactions from startled readers.

Some media observers would refer to these titles as “Not the Bee,” in reference to the popular satirical website the Babylon Bee.

1. ‘Inflation is Good for You’

As the rise in inflation began affecting Americans everyday lives’ this year, The Intercept told its readers in November that they should welcome it.

“That’s because inflation is often good for most of us, but it’s terrible for the kinds of people who own corporate news outlets — or, say, founded coal firms,” author Jon Schwarz wrote. “And a panic about inflation usefully creates the conditions to weaken the power of working people.” 

The Intercept’s take turned out to be one of several more examples to come of the liberal media downplaying the economic crises.

2. ‘Maybe Christmas Shortages are a Gift’

Yahoo Finance senior columnist Rick Newman claimed inflation was a great time to consider embracing a less burdensome Christmas shopping experience.

“Save money, time and aggravation by exploiting the pandemic shortages to slash your shopping burden,” he wrote, advocating for a permanent “partial Christmas.”

1. ‘Inflation is Good for You’

As the rise in inflation began affecting Americans everyday lives’ this year, The Intercept told its readers in November that they should welcome it.

“That’s because inflation is often good for most of us, but it’s terrible for the kinds of people who own corporate news outlets — or, say, founded coal firms,” author Jon Schwarz wrote. “And a panic about inflation usefully creates the conditions to weaken the power of working people.” 

The Intercept’s take turned out to be one of several more examples to come of the liberal media downplaying the economic crises.

2. ‘Maybe Christmas Shortages are a Gift’

Yahoo Finance senior columnist Rick Newman claimed inflation was a great time to consider embracing a less burdensome Christmas shopping experience.

“Save money, time and aggravation by exploiting the pandemic shortages to slash your shopping burden,” he wrote, advocating for a permanent “partial Christmas.”

3. ‘China Basks in COVID Vindication as Omicron Closes Borders’

Bloomberg published a piece this month that claimed, without satire, China was “vindicated” by omicron, the latest recorded strain of the coronavirus.

China’s containment methods had worked because it did not appear to be as affected by omicron as other nations, the piece argued.

“The emergence of a new coronavirus variant has provided some vindication for China’s Covid Zero approach, which has kept strict border controls in place since the start of the pandemic,” according to the authors.

“While other places pivot to living alongside the virus, China has prioritized weeding out every last infection, saying the health of the population is its main priority – and economic benefits will follow,” they later added.

Social media users accused the outlet of parroting Chinese Communist Party talking points. 

“Two years into the pandemic and major media outlets are still willingly pushing CCP narratives,” tweeted the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy.  

4. ‘Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others’

CNN infuriated readers when it tweeted a headline that appeared to suggest an SUV drove itself into a crowd of people at a Wisconsin town’s Christmas parade and killed six people. A more fitting headline, critics told the outlet, would have included the alleged culprit, a career criminal.

“Well, how about that? Autonomous cars seem to be running amok,” legal scholar and McCormick professor Robert P. George wrote. “Evidently, one got it into its head to kill and maim a bunch of humans, so it ‘drove through a Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others.’ We should punish that car to teach others a lesson.”

“A ‘car’ did this? Not a human being with intent to kill and maim and being held on $5 million bail?” California congressional candidate Buzz Patterson agreed. “You guys are a joke.”

The headline now reads, “Waukesha held a moment of silence Sunday, one week after a man plowed a vehicle through a Christmas parade.”

The CNN tweet gave the Babylon Bee plenty of material to work with last month. “FBI To Place All SUVs On Terror Watchlist,” one of its more popular headlines mocked. But editor Joel Berry stopped short of concluding that CNN’s message was borne out of a “conspiracy theory,” instead suggesting its narrative had been driven by a natural desire to not publish anything that would implicate itself.

“I’ve always seen that as what happened in Waukesha really the media having blood on their hands,” he said. “The way they characterized it. Of course they’re going to bury it. They’re not going to run stories that implicate themselves and what they’ve done to journalism. And the reputation of media and journalism.”

“I don’t know if they got in a room and said, ‘OK, how do we bury this story,’” Berry later mused. “I think it’s almost just like a natural thing. It’s like, OK I don’t really want to talk about this because this kind of makes me feel uncomfortable.”

5. ‘The media treats Biden as badly as – or worse than – Trump. Here’s proof’

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank published what he called “proof” that President Biden has often received worse media coverage than former President Trump. 

He cited research from Forge.ai, a data analytics unit of the information company FiscalNote. The study used algorithms focused on adjectives and their placement in articles – more than 200,000 of them – to rate the coverage Biden received in the first 11 months of 2021 and the coverage Trump got in the first 11 months of 2020. Biden was often on the worse end of the stick when it came press coverage in the past four months, the findings purported to find. The study was referred to as “sentiment analysis.”

The author used the study as proof the media should engage in some “soul-searching” before considering what they’re telling their audiences.

“What’s actually interesting is you would think there’d be a corresponding effect, the left-wing media would be more favorable to Biden. But it doesn’t actually happen,” Milbank said while doubling down on his op-ed on CNN. “The left-wing media is tough on him. He’s too progressive. He’s not progressive enough.”

Milbank admitted he only “somewhat” trusted in the study’s findings. But he defended his reliance on the data, saying, “It’s better than having no numbers at all.”

The study’s methodology came under withering criticism, with pollster Nate Silver calling it “complete crap.” Critics noted some stories in the study didn’t even address Biden, and that words like “high” and “rise” were correlated with positivity, creating a misleading picture when taken out of context. 

6. ‘Is math racist? As many students of color struggle with the subject, schools are altering instruction — sometimes amid intense debate.’

USA Today provided an 11th-hour entry for 2021 on Dec. 9 when it asked, “Is math racist?”

The authors focused on “bolder recommendations to make math more inclusive.”

“No, math is not racist. Major venues like @USATODAY even asking this question is a sign of cultural sickness. Racial disparities can be addressed (in part) by using the best evidence-based pedagogical practices that enable student learning. Please stop suggesting math is racist,” Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian wrote.

Following backlash, the outlet changed the title to, “Is math education racist? Debate rages over changes to how US teaches the subject.” 

Berry said the Babylon Bee’s most engaging stories of the past year were about Biden’s botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Most of the media appeared to agree, knocking the president for the foreign policy blunder, which left Afghanistan vulnerable to a Taliban takeover. 

“Trump Sneaks Back On Twitter By Disguising Self As Taliban Spokesperson” and “CNN Praises Taliban For Wearing Masks During Attack” were two of the Bee’s wildly popular examples. The latter was even subject to fact checks after it was widely shared by social media users.

Yet the criticism of Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, it turned out, wasn’t unanimous. 

7. ‘The Media Manufactured Biden’s Political ‘Fiasco’ in Afghanistan’

New York Magazine’s Intelligencer writer Eric Levitz credited Biden for overseeing an exit from the embattled country that came with “relatively little chaos and tragedy.” He couldn’t fathom why so many other outlets thought otherwise. 

“In other words, Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a ‘disastrous’ and ‘humiliating’ ‘fiasco,’ in the words of the mainstream media’s ostensibly objective foreign-policy journalists,” Levitz wrote. “Yet this political fiasco is not a development that the media covered so much as one that it created.” 

The forthcoming headlines of 2022 have some big shoes to fill.