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CNN Producers Arrested Trying to Break into World Trade Center in Broad Daylight

In 'what were they thinking' news, two CNN producers tried to breach security at the World Trade Center in broad daylight and were arrested, the NYT reports:

ProducersThe two men, Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, were seen repeatedly trying to get in, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the site...

The men were presumably trying to 'test' security at the site after two recent incidents in which a teen broke in at night and climbed to the top, and three BASE jumpers and an accomplice made a daredevil skydive from the tower:

The CNN employees, however, were trying to enter the property around 2 p.m., as the area teemed with construction workers, tourists and police officers. They carried a video camera on a tripod and a GoPro, a smaller camera often attached to the user, Mr. Pentangelo said.

According to the NY Post: "A CNN spokesperson said Boals and Pomrenze 'were not asked to sneak onto the World Trade Center site.'"


Jon Stewart Mocks CNN's Preposterous Wall-to-Wall Coverage of Malaysia MH370: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart takes CNN to task for its 24-hour speculative coverage of the missing Malaysian flight (which included, of course, questions about a possible black hole), followed up by CNN's coverage of FOX News' coverage of CNN's coverage of the vanished jet.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Pastor Robert Jeffress Defends Phil Robertson, Asserts Gays Are Sexual Threat To Children

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First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress was brought on to CNN's "New Day" to discuss the never-ending Duck Dynasty controversy. Jeffress, who was dumped by Tim Tebow and compared gay sex to plugging a TV into the wrong outlet, predictably took Phll Robertson's side with the standard tired defenses that Robertson was merely expressing the beliefs and moral standards outlined in the Bible. Said Jeffress:

He is simply quoting what Paul says in Romans 1. Now, people may not agree with that, they may want to attach some new interpretation to it, but people don't have the right to label Phil or me or tens of millions of evangelical Christians as hateful because we hold to a historical understanding of the Bible. 

Except that people DO have that right. Just as Robertson has the explicit right to hatefully compare homosexuality to bestiality, adultery, drunkenness, deception, and the rest, people who took offense to his hatred have the right to call it what it is. CNN host Victor took the opportunity to question Jeffress' education on homosexual issues, challenging his past statement that homosexuals were a disproportionate threat as child molesters, asking:

Where is that in the Bible, or in science?

Jeffress claimed that his assertion was true and made a feeble dodge, saying to consult the book he wrote for the sources Victor asked for.

You can watch the unembeddable video at CNN's website.


GOP Congressman: CNN's Carol Costello 'Beautiful' But Not Honest - VIDEO

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In an artful display of chauvinism and condescension, Republican Representative Todd Rokita (Indiana), while appearing on CNN's show News Room this morning to discuss the government shutdown and the protracted battle over Obamacare, told anchor Carol Costello, "You're beautiful, but you need to be honest."

However, as Jezebel points out, the awkward exchange did not end there, with Rokita making comments such as, "I don’t know if you have children yet, I’m sure you don’t have grandchildren yet, you look much too young, but we’re fighting for them. Carol, do you have any idea how much this law is going to cost?"

Watch a video of the cringe-worthy interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Petition Asking CNN To Drop Anti-Gay FRC Leader Tony Perkins Has Over 32,000 Signatures

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An online petition asking CNN to stop hosting anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins has been signed by over 32,000 people, more than double the original goal. The initiative was created by the progressive Christian organization Faithful America, after CNN chose to feature Tony Perkins as the "Christian response" to the Supreme Court's DOMA decision. 

From the petition:

This week, millions of Christians celebrated as our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters came one step closer to equality. From coast to coast, church bells rang out to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision overturning the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

But CNN once again turned to a hate-group leader to speak on behalf of America's Christians. Less than an hour after the decision was announced, they interviewed Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who falsely warned that the court decision would lead to "religious organizations losing their exemption."

Media Matters for America points out that CNN and the other major news networks have a long history of inviting Perkins to represent the Christian point of view on LGBT rights, oftentimes without disclosing to viewers that the Family Research Council has been officially designated as a 'hate group' by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

If you would like to sign the petition, you can do so HERE.


NOM Chair: Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality are 'Judicial Tyranny' -- VIDEO

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National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman went on CNN's State of the Union yesterday morning to rant against--ahem, discuss--last week's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.  Suffice it to say, he is not happy:

Well, it is a state-by-state battle, and I think he had one aspect of the state-by-state battle that is legitimate, which is to try and persuade people to make this change through their legislatures.  But he had a threat behind that: if the legislatures don't do that, we're going to have the courts impose this on them whether the people want it or not.  

Earlier you said that 12 states had voted to change the definition of marriage.  Well that's not true.  Half of them have--less than half of them have; the others have had it imposed on them by the courts.  This question is clearly not answered in the Constitution of the United States, and we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that definition.  That's judicial tyranny.

For a law professor (he teaches at Chapman University School of Law), Eastman doesn't seem to have all that much respect for the judicial process.  

You can watch his full remarks to Candy Crowley, in all their glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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