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Bette Midler musters up mea culpa for her xenophobic remark about Melania Trump

As we’ve come to understand, left-wing entertainer Bette Midler can dish out the disses with the best of them — particularly when her target is President Donald Trump.

But it would appear that even a Hollywood icon like Midler isn’t always strong enough to withstand public outrage.

What happened?

See, when first lady Melania Trump headlined the second night of the Republican National Convention this week, Midler thought it would be a wise idea to live tweet her reactions.

And the insults flowed from Ms. Wind Beneath My Wings, who called the first lady an “illegal alien” and followed that barb by saying, “Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.”

Midler also compared her to a mail-order bride. “I’m surprised Trump wants to destroy the #PostOffice. He got all his wives from it,” she said.

What was the response?

Midler’s comments, particularly about Mrs. Trump’s English-speaking abilities, were met with massive backlash accusing her of racism and xenophobia:

  • “There is no one as racist and xenophobic as the tolerant left. To think that when I was growing up in Africa I fiercely admired you and many others who now are showing how low and hateful they can be. I’m ashamed for you,” one person said.
  • “As a Mexican immigrant I am very offended at your prejudice! My hard working parents with accents love and value this country! We put everything into what we do and do not expect to be treated unfairly because we may not sound like you ! Practice what you preach!” another person said.
  • “Oh hey look everyone… a washed up, dumpy old lady racist,” another person responded.
  • “She speaks 6 languages, English is one of them. How about you?” another person said.
  • “You are the epitome of everything you hate,” another person pointed out.
  • “Attacking an immigrant because of her accent. The loving and tolerant left,” another person responded.
  • “I’d rather listen to Melania speak than listen to you sing,” another person mocked.
  • “No, she’s just speaking with an accent. You, however, are a fool in any language,” Ben Shapiro said.
  • “An immigrant woman, who doesn’t have English as her first language, just got up on on a stage and was so gracious that she refused to attack classless people like you and instead focused on hope and positivity. I’ll take her accent over your ghoulishness any day,” another person said.

Doubling down — then crying ‘uncle!’

After the deluge of criticism, Midler appeared to double down and defend herself: “Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine.”

But just hours later it apparently became clear that she was going to lose this battle in the court of public opinion — and Midler apologized:

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” she tweeted Wednesday. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

Oh, Bette, did you ever know that you’re my hero — and everything I would like to be?

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Noted environmentalist pens article apologizing for ‘climate scare’ foisted on public for decades — but piece is taken down reportedly just hours later

Michael Shellenberger is no slouch when it comes to environmental issues.

Besides his TED talks garnering more than 5 million views, he’s a Green Book Award Winner, a frequent contributor to publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American — and he also authored “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” which was released Tuesday by HarperCollins.

But Shellenberger said a Forbes article — “On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare” — based on his new book was soon “censored” soon after it went up Sunday. The Daily Wire reported that his piece was taken down from the Forbes website “a few hours” after it was published. The Forbes site on Tuesday showed where Shellenberger’s article should be — but only says it’s “no longer active.”


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TheBlaze on Tuesday didn’t immediately hear back from Forbes in regard to the reasons Shellenberger’s article was removed or the reported time frame in which it was shuttered.

But
Shellenberger has a few ideas on why his article is no longer there: “No book on the environment has ever been praised by a more prestigious group of scientists & scholars than ‘Apocalypse Never,'” he wrote on Twitter. “And no book has ever been more devastating to green alarmism. No wonder they’re so terrified you’ll read it.”

In a statement to the Daily Wire — which published his piece in its entirety — Shellenberger said, “I am grateful that Forbes has been so committed to publishing a range of viewpoints, including ones that challenge the conventional wisdom, and was thus disappointed my editors removed my piece from the web site. I believe Forbes is an important outlet for broadening environmental journalism beyond the overwhelmingly alarmist approach taken by most reporters, and look forward to contributing heterodoxical pieces on energy and the environment in the future.”

What does his article say?

Here’s how Shellenberger opens his article: “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”

He also says he feels “an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.”

Shellenberger then details a list of “facts few people know”:

  • Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
  • The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
  • Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
  • Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
  • The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
  • Carbon emissions have been declining in rich nations including Britain, Germany and France since the mid-seventies
  • Adapting to life below sea level made the Netherlands rich not poor
  • We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

“I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many people,” he adds. “But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.”

More from Shellenberger’s article:

Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California.

In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.

Until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilization, and called it a “crisis.”

But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

He also added some highlights from his new book:

  • Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress
  • The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
  • 100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%
  • We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
  • Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4%
  • Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
  • “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300% more emissions
  • Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
  • The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Shellenberger writes toward the end of his piece, “Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.”

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Prestigious music college practically trips over itself in profuse apology for letting cops use restrooms during protest

Berklee College of Music has sinned.

Yes, the prestigious music school in Boston is guilty of an egregious wrongdoing amid the George Floyd protests.

Deep breath…

Here goes: Boston police officers were allowed into the Berklee Performance Center to use its restrooms Sunday night after protests at the State House.

Yup. That’s it.

Still top administrators — including President Roger H. Brown — signed a letter to the Berklee community in which they left no angle of apology unexplored for letting city police through campus doors.

“The decision to allow them into our facilities was ours,” the letter states. “This was not a formal decision by the institution, but an informal one, made on the spot. Some have asked if the campus was used to house or stage activity of the Boston Police; it was not.”

The letter adds that school officials “have heard from many of you personally and across social channels of your hurt and anger that this access was permitted,” but the letter adds that “allowing police officers into the space was in no way meant to undermine Berklee’s support for Black Lives Matter.”

It concludes:

We understand that many members of our community feel betrayed. We are deeply sorry for the impact this had on our community and for perpetuating feelings of oppression, silencing, and marginalization. We will make a more concerted effort to consider the effects of our actions.

Let us assure you, this should not have happened, and going forward, it will not happen again.

Yes, there was backlash — for bowing to the virtual mob

A cursory look at comments following the letter of apology shows very little outrage at Berklee for letting Boston cops use its restrooms — but lots of outrage for apologizing in the first place. Here’s a sampling.

“This is a ridiculous overreach by school administration,” one commenter wrote. “I’m ashamed of their cowardice. These people aren’t leaders and it shows. You cant let the police, that are there to protect your property, as well as the rest of the city, use the restroom or the building to stage? Really? Whoever made the decision was being human, and made a good choice to help these officers. I feel badly they have to answer to these clowns. We thought Berklee was better than this, but it has given us serious pause in our future relationship with them.”

Another commenter added, “Law enforcement is essential for keeping our students, our children, safe in the city. And I’m grateful you showed them kindness. I’m disappointed however, that you promise ‘never again’ to show such kindness. How sad you should give in to bullies this way. I’ll remember to say ‘never again’ when you ask for a donation.”

And yet another observer reminded school officials that Boston police have been there for citizens in the darkest of times: “Perhaps you don’t remember, but there have been police posted at the same intersection for every Boston Marathon run, including in 2013 when they cared for the injured, got people safely out of the area in case there were more devices, and oh, with the help of the FBI found the bombers in just FOUR days, FOUR! Then there were the many Championship Parades that they have been assigned to, many on mandatory overtime, at the same intersection in front of your school. Their presence never bothered anyone, including the plethora of drunk Berklee students they assisted where they were going, or when they called EMS for the children who were too drunk to walk away safely. Letting them use your facilities doesn’t make you a hero, but refusing to let them use the facilities makes you ridiculous.”

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Another Philly Inquirer editor makes headlines — this one for son’s 2017 racist, homophobic posts. Paper calls it a ‘private family matter.’

It’s been a rough few days for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Over the weekend top editor Stan Wischnowski was forced to resign due to a column titled, “Buildings Matter, Too” — a play on the term Black Lives Matter that infuriated staff members of color.

Now it’s come to light that the son of another top editor at the paper used racist and homophobic slurs in two social media posts three years ago, the Inquirer reported.

What are the details?

Gabe Escobar — an 18-year-old incoming Temple University student and son of Inquirer editor and vice president Gabriel Escobar — used the N-word in one post and homophobic slurs in two others on Snapchat in 2017, the paper said.

A Twitter user highlighted those posts last week, identified Escobar, and listed the phone number and email address for Temple’s admissions office, the Inquirer said.

“We’re aware of this content and the student associated,” Temple tweeted on Thursday, according to the paper. “We have sent this information to our dean of students for further review and investigation.”

More from the Inquirer:

The issue surfaced as The Inquirer was facing public criticism and internal turmoil over its treatment of journalists of color and an insensitive headline the paper
ran last week. Escobar’s father was one of three editors who issued an apology for that headline, which had been written by another staffer and was seen as suggesting an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans. Three days after that apology, Inquirer Executive Editor Stan Wischnowski announced his resignation.

‘I am so sorry’

The younger Escobar
posted a 13-minute apology on Instagram regarding his past posts, the paper said.

“I am so sorry to anyone I’ve hurt or disappointed by seeing these screenshots with hate speech and for the poor judgment I’ve had,” Gabe Escobar wrote, the Inquirer noted. “I can’t take back these screenshots or anything I did in high school, I know that, so all I can do is apologize and try to educate people so they don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Escobar has nearly two million followers on Tik Tok and asked others to judge him for who he is today, the paper said.

What did his father say?

“My son knows that what he sent on Snapchat, when he was 14, is hateful and hurtful,” the elder Escobar said in a statement, according to the Inquirer. “He has publicly apologized, beginning last fall when the screenshots surfaced. He has also committed himself to spreading a positive message to his followers on social media. His mother and I admire how he has expressed remorse and taken responsibility. We love and support him.”

What did the paper have to say?

Elizabeth H. Hughes, publisher of the Inquirer, said in a statement to the paper that “the social media posts in question are offensive and are contrary to our core values and beliefs. We believe this is a private family matter, and we respect their right to work through what is clearly a painful and difficult situation in private.”

Anything else?

Temple officials are grappling with condemning hate speech while honoring First Amendment free speech rights, the Inquirer noted, adding that a petition calling on Temple to require the “condemnation and immediate expulsion” of students for racist or hateful speech has gained over 3,700 signatures.

In related news, the editor of the New York Times’ editorial page — James Bennet — resigned Sunday amid outrage from employees and readers over an op-ed by Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton saying President Donald Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act and use military force to stop nationwide George Floyd riots.

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Reopened beaches amid coronavirus should help ‘thin the ranks’ of President Trump’s supporters, Miami Herald columnist says

A Miami Herald columnist said that reopened beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic should help “thin the ranks” of President Donald Trump’s supporters in Florida — as well as those who back Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami’s Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Fabiolia Santiago — in a now-deleted tweet — wrote: “Packed beaches should work nicely to thin the ranks of Trump/DeSantis/Gimenez supporters in #Florida who value money over health.”

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Santiago piggybacked on a tweet by colleague Adriana Brasileiro — the Herald’s environmental reporter — which highlighted a story she co-authored topped with the headline, “Packed Florida beach offers glimpse of what may come when outdoor spaces are reopened.”

Brasileiro’s story looked at partially reopened beaches in Jacksonville and elsewhere after DeSantis let some open as long as safety and social distancing were respected.

Interestingly, Brasileiro’s tweet wasn’t on her Twitter feed Monday afternoon.

Santiago gets dragged by Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. blasted Santiago over her “thin the herd” tweet as well as the Herald:

“This tweet from a
Miami Herald columnist tells you all you need to know about her, and based on their hiring choices, likely everything you need to know about the Miami Herald as well,” Trump Jr.
tweeted. “Their flagrant bias continues to go on unchecked. Disgusting.”

A change of heart?

Santiago soon apologized for her words: “I deleted the tweet commenting on people at the beach because it didn’t accurately convey my sentiment and I want to apologize for the phrase I used that offended many people. Regardless of political differences, I would never wish any harm on anyone.”

She added: “In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion.”

Well, apparently not completely

Santiago, however, left up another tweet which excoriates “stupid” people gathering in Miami Lakes and calls them “the red-hatted listening to their masters” — an apparent reference to the “Make America Great Again” hats, which were the iconic symbols of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

How did folks react?

As you might expect, a number of Twitter users had little good to say about Santiago’s mea culpa:

  • “Your intent was quite clear, and wished death on those you disagree with. We all saw it, and we all saved it. You deleted it, but you still meant it. And the internet is forever.”
  • “But you did wish harm on others and put it in writing. You denial exposes your character. Or lack thereof…”
  • “I like how she tries to steer the discussion away from herself, too. She was just trying to start a discussion about this serious issue, so please pay attention to that and not her disgusting remarks.”
  • “How about this for opening eyes. You are a fan of the climate change activists who want people to live in cities with stacked housing, common areas, government assistance lines and public transportation. All breeding grounds for contagions. I’d re-examine your choices.”
  • “FIRE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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