Tuesday's HOT MIC

Here is today's HOT MIC.

The New York Times' deputy managing editor has issued a response to James O'Keefe's latest sting video, which features a NYT video editor trashing President Trump. Clifford Levy says Nicholas Dudich appears to have violated their ethical standards and misrepresented his role at the newspaper.

O'Keefe was quick to respond to the NYT's remarks:



A little too much sharing in the sharing economy here:

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Police said on Monday that a man put his townhouse up an Airbnb, but the home was loaded with hidden cameras, according to a WFTSreport.

This story comes out of Longboat Key, Florida. An Indiana couple told cops that they were renting the home of 56-year-old Wayne Natt. They noticed that one of the smoke detectors had a unsuspected pinhole, they said. They checked, and it turned out to a hidden camera pointed right at their bed, they said. Alleged victim Derek Starnes, who works in tech, told the outlet he and his wife were freaked out. When cops arrived at the scene, investigators discovered two “smoke detector” cameras with HD-quality footage and audio, the report said.

“We seized a lot of computer storage data devices, hard drives, computers, laptops SD cards anything that would store data,” police Lt. Bob Bourque said. “We don’t know if there are local victims, someone who may have been dating him or a companion that doesn’t realize they are being videotaped, and then we have the other side of who he rented to through Airbnb.”

I've worried about this kind of thing in hotel rooms for years so this is going to open up a whole new realm of paranoia with me. I've been late to the Airbnb game, mostly because I haven't been traveling much in the last few years, and whomever I'm doing the gig for pays for the hotel when I do. I am, however, about to start to make frequent trips to Manhattan and was ready to give it a shot.

Looks like I'd better learn to do a security sweep first.

It's not a stretch to think that this news could lead to some copycat action.

I mean, Harvey Weinstein has a lot of time on his hands these days and he's going to need a new source of income.

Tablet's Lee Smith lays out in a long and informative post at The Federalist how Russian propagandists associated with Fusion GPS subverted members of the media in its efforts to destabilize the United States.

Your must-read of the day:



Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that Vice President Pence walking out of an NFL game is what pushing back looks like. Today, we get an announcement from Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, that he believes everyone should stand for our anthem. He is admitting this kneeling business was a huge fail with the fans and is considering making a rule that all players stand. Goodell has bent the knee (pun intended) to what we've been demanding all along. Let the NFL players protest on their own time. On ours, just play ball.

Are you tired of winning yet? Make the NFL Great Again...one tweet at a time.

Five days after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal broke, Hillary Clinton finally issued a statement:

The Daily Mail's David Martosko makes a great point:

Remember Hillary has been "fighting for women and girls for her entire career ..."

And still nothing from the Lightbringer, whose office declined to give CNN a comment.

Weinstein raised about $1.5 million from 1990-2016, according to data from the campaign finance-tracking Center for Responsive Politics, and was a bundler for Clinton's 2016 effort, including at a star-studded fundraiser for Clinton in June 2016 at Weinstein's Manhattan home.

Clinton personally headlined multiple fundraisers Weinstein was involved in organizing during the campaign.

CRP's OpenSecrets website shows Weinstein was a bundler for Obama as well, and the Hollywood giant visited the White House on several occasions during Obama's tenure.

At a White House event for student films in 2013, first lady Michelle Obama credited Weinstein for making the event happen and praised him as a wonderful person and a good friend.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been outspoken on the issue of sexual assault, also has not appeared to make any public statements about Weinstein since the report came out. Bill Russo, a spokesman for the former vice president, declined to comment.

Barack Obama, you may remember, was hailed as "our first female president."

This week in "Florida Man"...

Vero Beach Man Sets Himself On Fire After Cowboys vs Packers Game

From the Sebastian Daily:

Residents at the home said the family was watching the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers game when someone put on a jersey that was set on fire. The man was taken to the hospital by another family member.

At the hospital, deputies spoke with a couple who admitted they were watching the NFL game and agreed to burn the losing team’s jersey. However, the man decided to wear the jersey as it was burning.

Yet another valuable lesson about wearing flammable clothing while it's, you know, being flammable and stuff.

The man is blaming the fact that he was drunk. Who among us hasn't been "Hm, I think I'll wear something that's on fire" drunk before?

Just when you thought this Harvey Weinstein story couldn't get worse there's undercover audio of him bullying a woman to watch him shower. This is so hard to listen to.

Audio at link:  Weinstein Harasses Woman on Tape

Anthem news:

According to The Hill the matter will be discussed at a meeting next week. Current policy doesn't make the practice mandatory. Of course, individual owners could do so themselves, as the owners of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins have decided to do. The rest of them are too timid to directly confront their pampered, high-priced employees and are looking for some group support.

The Harvey Weinstein story is getting much uglier today. Ronan Farrow has a story in The New Yorker that tells the stories of many women (Mira Sorvino among them) and includes audio of Weinstein admitting to groping women. It also confirms that this has gone on for decades and was known to many:

For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few people were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now––Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”

This is a lengthy, disturbing article that not only details Weinstein's sordid behavior, but his attempts to cover it up, most of which were successful until now.

In the "his day just got worse" department, Lisa Bloom's mommy is now involved:

MFW James O'Keefe drops another embarrassing video for the dinosaur media!