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The Morning Brew for April 2, 2018
Sinclair Under Scrutiny, Caught Scripting
Sinclair, a broadcast company that owns and operates over 200 local news stations, was accused of scripting their news shows by CNN earlier this year. The script is a promo that pushes a mistrust of the media. This became a firestorm on Twitter when Deadspin created a compilation video showcasing many newscasters reading the exact same promo.
The promo for the stations has language that touts the station as reliable source of “fair and balanced” news and says “fake stories” are “stories that aren’t true, without checking facts first. Variety, the source I used, went on to say it reflects President Donald Trump’s calling out “fake” news. This scrutiny comes as the FCC is looking at Sinclair’s possible acquisition of Tribune for $3.9 billion dollars. This would give Sinclair a longer reach in the news market by acquiring gaining 40 more stations.
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London Overtakes New York’s Murder Rate
For the first time in recent history, London has taken the lead over New York City in terms of the murder rate. A new report, which has been released in February, has London at 15 killings to New York City’s 14 over the course of the month and 22 killings in March, one more than the city that was the backdrop for Charles Bronson’s Death Wish in the 1970’s. Normally, London is no where near the murder rate NYC has, coming in at between one half to one twentieth since the 1800’s. The report also has Londoners listed to be six times more likely to be burgled than New Yorkers, the danger of being raped as triple, and Londoners are one and a half times more likely to be robbed than New York citizens.
This is in direct contrast to Mayor Khan’s assertion of London being “the safest global city in the world” in 2017. This claim has been highly contested after a rash of Islamic-linked attacks with trucks on the bridge and London being dubbed the “acid attack capital of the world”. Mayor Khan and its head of police, Cressida Dick, have refused to see the problems in the city, dismissing them as having been present for “centuries and centuries and centuries”. They have refused to see that political correctness have lead to the police and the Mayor turning a blind eye to a rampant immigrant problem being in direct correlation to the rise in crime in London.
One would turn to the possibility London’s police are understaffed, but it is about equal to New York City, which makes any cuts to the budget an inadequate explanation.
Trade Wars! China Hits US with Tariffs
Pork and certain fruits are a few of the 128 U.S. products subject to a tariff from the Chinese government, a response to President Trump pursuit of trade restrictions against Beijing. This action could force the current administration to push through said restrictions. The Washington Post feels that people will purchase products from other countries, once the tariffs are levied on United States products. This tariff will start to be rolled out on Monday.
President Trump had planned to apply steep tariffs in late March on steel and aluminium imports, excluding many countries but not China. He also took actions on $60 billion in Chinese products and limiting China’s investing abilities the U.S. technology industry. President Trump has long accused China of poor trade practices which led to the closure of 60,000 factories and the loss of 6 million jobs.
The President has dialed back much of the rhetoric he made during the 2016 campaign. He seems to be taking a more cautious approach, even though a lot of what he still wants to do has thrown many US businesses and foreign leaders for a loop. Many cannot get a feel for what the President wants to do as he now has a reputation of waffling on topics he once took a hard stance on.
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