Sean Hannity Wants Trump To Cancel Press Briefings And Just Tweet His ‘Accomplishments’

Fox News host Sean Hannity endorsed President Donald Trump?s threat to end daily press briefings during his Friday show, suggesting the commander in chief should simply ?tweet out his accomplishments instead.?

Hannity, a longtime Trump loyalist, highlighted the president?s recent interview with Fox News? Jeanine Pirro, in which Trump said he might cancel the daily meetings with press secretary Sean Spicer in favor of holding a press conference himself every two weeks. 

According to The New York Times, Trump has grown increasingly dissatisfied with Spicer?s performance, while the media uproar around the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey has reportedly led Trump to consider canceling the briefings altogether.

Hannity later fumed: ?If the propaganda ?destroy Trump? media, if they?re going to smear and slander him and his administration and his family and lie about facts and what he?s done, why bother??

?Why waste the energy trying to appease people who obviously hate his guts and want to destroy him?? he went on. ?And who twist his words and damage him every single day??

Instead, Hannity said, ?every week? Trump should ?tweet out all of his accomplishments, going back to day one ? update people daily about what he?s doing and what he?s accomplishing.?

?The president can also take to Twitter,? he added. ?He can respond to the barrage of attacks, this ridiculous conspiracy theory about Russia that is being pushed with no evidence.? 

Hannity, who acknowledged last year he was more an entertainer than a journalist, has previously called for Trump to ?change the traditional relationship? between the media and the White House.

In November, he raged: ?Until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard that they?re supposed to stand and uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people.?

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Internet Comes For Bigot Who Claims Gays ‘Stole The Rainbow From God’

Many in the LGBTQ community were saddened by Friday?s news that artist and activist Gilbert Baker, who created the rainbow flag, had died at age 65. Leave it to conservative radio host Bryan Fischer, however, to seize the moment to make a homophobic barb. 

On Sunday, the host of American Family Radio?s ?Focal Point? blasted the use of the rainbow as a pro-equality symbol for the LGBTQ community on Twitter

The Bible verse cited by Fischer details the parable of Noah?s ark. After wiping out all living creatures in a massive flood, God sends ?the bow [that] is seen in the clouds,? promising not to destroy the planet again. 

The Internet?s reaction to Fischer?s bonkers claim, of course, was fast and furious. Among those to respond was ?Star Trek? icon George Takei

Others didn?t hold back, either. Check out some of the best Twitter responses below, then scroll down to keep reading. 

Of course, Fischer is no stranger to making outrageous declarations about the LGBTQ community. Last year, the American Family Association?s former director of news analysis likened the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the U.S. to both the bombing of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

He?s also rallied against the pro-equality arguments seen in ?Modern Family,? Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?s hit single ?Same Love,? and even a 2014 Burger King campaign.   

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Elizabeth Warren-Backed Candidate Looks To Unseat GOP Congresswoman In California

A consumer advocate backed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will challenge a Republican congresswoman in next year?s election.

Katie Porter, an attorney who teaches consumer law at the University of California, Irvine and is the author of several studies on the subprime loan crisis, announced Monday she will run against Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) in 2018.

?As a consumer advocate, I?ve spent my career fighting Wall Street banks who cheat consumers and families,? Porter said in a statement announcing her candidacy. ?Now, I?m running for Congress to take that fight to Washington. I?ll take on Donald Trump and the powerful Washington special interests who control Congress.?

Walters represents a portion of Orange County, one of the GOP?s strongholds in largely blue California. Democratic operatives have eyed the area as ripe for House seat pick-ups since the region sided with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election ? the first time the county voted for a Democratic candidate since 1936 ? and are looking to attract voters who are displeased with President Donald Trump and lawmakers who back his legislative priorities.

Porter?s team has already employed that strategy, pointing to a FiveThirtyEight analysis showing Walters voting in line with Trump?s agenda 100 percent of the time.

Porter?s campaign is also emphasizing her support from Warren and Harris, two progressive favorites and outspoken critics of the president. 

Warren, who was Porter?s professor at Harvard Law School, described the attorney as a ?fighter.?

?She?s been in the trenches with me fighting for families for nearly two decades ? and she?s gotten real results,? Warren said in a statement. ?She?s fought relentlessly for important protections that safeguard consumers and force banks to give families a fair shake. There?s no one I trust more to take on Donald Trump and the entrenched special interests in Washington on behalf of working families.?

Harris also has longstanding ties with Porter: As California attorney general, Harris appointed Porter in 2012 to oversee the $25 billion mortgage settlement by Wall Street banks.  

?Katie has spent her career battling powerful Wall Street banks who take advantage of consumers and families,? Harris said in a statement. ?She will be just as relentless in Congress fighting against the powerful Washington special interests on behalf of our families.?

Walters has served in the House since 2015. She was re-elected in November with 58.6 percent of the vote. 

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Another Reason Not To Give Up On Your Novel: J.K. Rowling Will Be Really Disappointed

There?s a great novel inside of you, just waiting for the moment to burst out. Not sure about that? Take J.K. Rowling?s word for it.

In a series of tweets ? inspired by one from Beauty Jackson, a podcast host and blogger with a sizable Twitter following ? Rowling encouraged creatives to never give up on their passion projects, even if the odds of success seem insurmountable.

Here?s the original tweet, which Rowling quoted:

In a long thread, she extols the value of finishing work even if it never finds an audience, the lessons learned by persevering in creating art, and the importance of remembering that success is not a true measure of quality.

Easy for her to say, right? If every struggling author eventually had a smash-hit debut novel that left them multi-millionaires, if not billionaires, then, well, money would probably cease to have much meaning.

It?s been well-documented how winding, and often difficult, a path Rowling took to superstardom ? a single mother who?d worked for Amnesty International and taught English in Portugal, she found herself scraping by to support her daughter in Edinburgh on state benefits while she toiled on her Harry Potter manuscript and trained to teach. After all that hard work, the book was rejected somewhere between ?loads? and ?12? times by publishers before Bloomsbury took a chance on the magic of Hogwarts.

And, to be clear, Harry Potter and the Philosopher?s Stone wasn?t her first novel. She wrote her first book at 6 years old; it was about a rabbit.

The point is, creating stuff ? whole-cloth, out of your brain ? is difficult, and it can be exhausting. It?s especially exhausting when your work isn?t appreciated, after all the thankless hours you invested in it. But if you?re really determined and you believe in yourself, maybe you just need a solid pep talk to carry you through the tough times ? and J.K. Rowling always serves the good stuff.

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Marvel Exec Suggests Comic Sales Fell Because Readers ‘Didn’t Want Female Characters’

Over the past few years, the elite club of iconic comic superheroes went from being exclusively white and male ? Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, all the mans ? to incorporating women and people of color into its super-roster.

For example, a Pakistani-American teenager named Kamala Khan became the new Ms. Marvel, and a black science prodigy named Riri Williams made her own Iron Man suit, taking up the Ironheart mantle. Bad Feminist author Roxanne Gay became the first black woman to write for Marvel; her series ?World of Wakanda? revolves around queer heroines in an all-women fighting force, based in a fictional African country.

Unfortunately, these initial, long overdue attempts to broaden the definition of who a hero can be are now being blamed for the decline in comic-book sales in 2016. In an interview with ?geek culture? website ICv2, Marvel?s vice president of sales David Gabriel said he was told by comic retailers that customers ?didn?t want any more diversity.?  

Gabriel continued:

They didn?t want female characters out there. That?s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don?t know that that?s really true, but that?s what we saw in sales.

We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against. That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.

Many were quick to challenge Gabriel?s hypothesis that diversity was to blame for a lapse in sales, instead of the fact that most comic books tell the same damn stories over and over and over again.

One vocal commenter was the creator of Ms. Marvel herself, G. Willow Wilson.

In a blog post responding to the controversial statements, Wilson discussed the various other factors that turn readers off from new comic protagonists that don?t relate to their race and gender ? like, for example, that they tend to kill off the reigning, beloved hero and assume his or her position, likely to anger devoted fans. 

Most notably, Wilson took issue with the framing of non-white male characters as ?diverse,? instead of just realistic. ?Diversity as a form of performative guilt doesn?t work,? she wrote. ?Let?s scrap the word diversity entirely and replace it with authenticity and realism. This is not a new world. This is *the world.*?

Others on Twitter chimed in with similar sentiments, expressing that Marvel?s blatant lag time in expanding its catalog of leading characters likely turned readers off as much if not more than their eventual attempts at inclusion. 

However, it?s not all that hard to imagine readers ?turning their noses up,? as Gabriel put it, at the concept of being saved by a teenage girl. Just think of the unfathomable wrath generated by the all-female reboot of ?Ghostbusters? and the December 2015 installment of ?Star Wars,? fronted by a woman and a black man. Sociologists and scholars have studied the propensity for misogyny in stereotypically ?nerdy? communities. Very succinctly put, participants in geek culture, often excluded from traditional displays of masculinity, seek protected communities to experience male privileges of dominance, acceptance and superiority

The good news, however, is that Gabriel is determined not to let the decline in sales deter Marvel?s path toward representation and widespread visibility. ?Let me be clear,? he wrote in a clarifying statement following his initial remarks, ?our new heroes are not going anywhere! We are proud and excited to keep introducing unique characters that reflect new voices and new experiences into the Marvel universe and pair them with our iconic heroes.?

Comic buffs and feminist nerds, if you?re reading, now is the time to support the comic heroes you?d like to see more of. In real life, it?s often women and people of color who put in work to make the world a brighter, safer place. Let?s have our comics tell truthful stories that reflect the world around us, whether or not they involve flying around cities in tight suits and capes.   

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