‘Good Morning America’ Host Robin Roberts Will Anchor ABC NFL Draft Coverage

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Ironically, a woman named after a baseball player will host ABC’s opening night presentation for the 2019 National Football League draft, marking its first coverage of the annual player dispersal.
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Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News Show Doesn’t Air 1 Week After Remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Muslim Faith

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Jeanine Pirro’s weekly show on Fox News did not air on Saturday evening one week after the former federal judge suggested on air that Rep. Ilhan Omar may not fully support the United States Constitution because she is a Muslim — a statement that the network said it “strongly condemns.”

Without explanation, “Justice With Judge Jeanine” was replaced by a repeat episode of the documentary series “Scandalous,” about the 1991 rape trial of William Kennedy Smith.

“We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a rep for Fox News said, declining to comment further on whether Pirro had been suspended and how soon she might return to the air.

Also Read: Rep Ilhan Omar Thanks Fox News After Network ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jeanine Pirro

President Donald Trump noted her absence from the air and called on Fox News to restore her show.

“Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro,” the president tweeted early Sunday. “The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well.”

In a subsequent tweet, he added, “Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true….

Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox …..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019

….must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019

Also Read: Fox News ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jeanine Pirro for Remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Muslim Faith

On last Saturday’s show, Pirro sparked bipartisan outrage over her remarks about Omar, a first-term congresswoman from Minnesota who wears a hijab as part of her Muslim faith. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?” Pirro asked.

After growing outcry, Fox News issued a statement condemning Pirro’s remarks. “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” a network rep said.

At the time, the rep did not respond to requests to elaborate on how the matter was addressed or whether any disciplinary action would be taken.

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Meghan McCain Calls Out Trump for ‘Obsessing Over’ Her Family: ‘No One Will Ever Love You’

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Meghan McCain fired back at Donald Trump Saturday after the president delivered yet another verbal attack on her father, the late Sen. John McCain.

“No one will ever love you the way they loved my father,” “The View” co-host said in a tweet replying to the POTUS. “I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”

The sharp words came after Trump disparaged McCain in yet another tweet on Saturday, blasting the Vietnam veteran over his “no” vote to repeal Obamacare and his part in bringing the Steele Dossier to public attention.

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“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’” Trump wrote, quoting former Clinton special prosecutor Ken Starr. Trump continued on Sen. McCain: “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

The president has long nursed a grudge against McCain. The Arizona Republican was a sharp critic of Trump’s during the 2016 presidential campaign and frequently frustrated his legislative plans during his last months in the Senate. One of McCain’s final Senate votes was also one of his most significant — preventing the chamber from sending a repeal of Obamacare to the president’s desk.

Trump has never shied about going after McCain, famously telling pollster Frank Luntz in 2015 that the Senator was only considered a war hero “because he was captured,” adding that he liked “people who weren’t captured.” The attacks from Trump continued even after McCain was diagnosed with the malignant brain tumor and his subsequent death.

Also Read: Meghan McCain Makes Tearful Return to ‘The View’: ‘Fabric of Democracy Is Fraying’

The president was notably left off the guest list at McCain’s funeral.

No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4

– Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019

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Mike Cernovich’s ‘5-Year Statute of Limitations on All Offensive Content’ Doesn’t Extend to James Gunn

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Paris Jackson Calls Out TMZ After Reports of Attempted Suicide: ‘F–ing Liars’

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Paris Jackson called out TMZ Saturday moments after the website reported that she had been hospitalized in an apparent suicide attempt.

“F– you you f–ing liars,” the model and actress tweeted at the publication just minutes after they published their report saying “Michael Jackson’s only daughter slit her wrists.”

It was followed by another tweet from her: eight question marks and a scowling emoji.

Although reps for Jackson and TMZ did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, a person with knowledge of the situation said Jackson had an incident Saturday morning that required medical treatment, and that she is currently resting at home and doing fine. “Any reports of a 5150 hold/suicide attempt are simply untrue,” they added.

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On Saturday, TMZ also reported that Jackson was on “5150 hold” — which refers to being held without will for up to 72 hours in a psychiatric hospital — and cited “family sources” and “sources with knowledge”  that the attempt was made as a “direct response to the allegations made against her father in ‘Leaving Neverland,” a documentary in which two boys accused her father of molestation in the 1990s.

It’s unclear what specifically the star was refuting in her response to the TMZ story.

The HBO documentary presented a stark case of pedophilia and sexual misconduct against the King of Pop, with interviews with two men — Wade Robson and James Safechuck — who accuse Jackson of molesting them as children. The fallout for Jackson and his estate has been substantial, with Jackson’s music being pulled from radio stations in several countries, and the “Simpsons” even yanked an iconic episode of their show which featured a prominent Jackson cameo.

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As they did during his life, the Jackson family has vociferously denied the accusations.

“We can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him,” his family said in a statement in response to the documentary. “Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.”

 

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USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann Won’t Resign In Wake Of College Bribe Scandals

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Black Editor Resigns Just Weeks After Replacing Pro-KKK Editor of Alabama Paper

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A black woman who took over as editor-in-chief of a local Alabama newspaper after her predecessor published an editorial praising the Ku Klux Klan has herself resigned from the position, the New York Times reported on Friday.

Elecia R. Dexter had only served in the position at the Democrat-Reporter for a few weeks before stepping down and after interference from the paper’s ex-editor-in-chief Goodloe Sutton, according to the NYT.

“I would have liked it to turn out a different way, but it didn’t,” Dexter told the Times. “This is a hard one because it’s sad — so much good could have come out of this.”

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The decision caps a brief but eventful career for Dexter at the 144-year-old paper, which she joined as an office clerk roughly two months ago. She had no prior journalism experience .

Both Dexter and reps for the paper did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Once an obscure southern broadsheet with no official website and a circulation of just a few thousand, The Democrat-Reporter made it into the spotlight in February after, Sutton, the paper’s 80-year-old editor, published an editorial lauding the Ku Klux Klan.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” the Feb. 14 editorial read. “Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities [in Washington]. They call them compounds now. Truly they are the ruling class.”

Also Read: Alabama Newspaper Editorial Says Ku Klux Klan ‘Needs to Ride Again’

The piece additionally took aim at D.C. politicians for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama” and said D.C. Democrats were leading the United States into unnecessary wars. The editorial was brought to widespread attention through social media and was denounced by some of the state’s most prominent voices — including Alabama Senator Doug Jones, who called on Sutton to resign.

“OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under? This editorial is absolutely disgusting & he should resign -NOW! I have seen what happens when we stand by while people-especially those with influence- publish racist, hateful views,” Alabama Senator Jones said in a tweet. “Words matter. Actions matter. Resign now!”

Sutton later said the piece was intended to be ironic, but the pressure ultimately did force him out. He remained on as an advisor to Dexter. It has not been announced who will succeed Dexter leading the paper.

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Mike Cernovich Urges Media Matters Boycott of Disney After James Gunn Rehired

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Mike Cernovich urged Media Matters for America to launch a boycott against Disney on Friday after the announcement that the Mouse House had decided to re-hire James Gunn to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.”

“Disney’s rehiring of James Gunn presents an excellent opportunity for Angelo Carusone and Media Matters to show they are principled fighters for social justice,” Cernovich told TheWrap. “I eagerly await joining Media Matters’ boycott of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3.’”

“What James Gunn said is worse than anything Tucker Carlson or anyone else has said. The left doesn’t care and isn’t sincere,” Cernovich tweeted Friday.

As TheWrap previously reported in July 2018, Disney cut ties with Gunn after Cernovich and others uncovered numerous old tweets from the director talking about rape and pedophilia.

Also Read: James Gunn Returns to Direct, Write ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

Reps for Media Matters directed TheWrap to their past reporting on Cernovich’s past remarks. 

The quote from Cernovich is a reference to the liberal watchdog group’s long history of targeting Fox News stars for advertiser boycotts over their on-air remarks and the group’s recent efforts dredging up past embarrassing statements from primetime host Tucker Carlson.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios,said in a statement at the time.

Gunn himself also apologized for the remarks, saying in a statement of his own that he had been joking.

Also Read: James Gunn in Talks to Direct ‘The Suicide Squad’

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” Gunn wrote in a series of tweets. “In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.”

The tweets from Gunn came mostly from a period between 2008 and 2011.

“Expendables is so manly I f–ed the s–t out of the p—y boy next to me,” he wrote in one.

“The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’” he wrote in another.

There were many more which have since been deleted.

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From the moment they originally dropped Gunn, Disney faced pressure from Hollywood stars — including from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise — to reverse the decision.

Dave Bautista, who stars as Drax in the “Guardians” films, decried the decision saying on Twitter that it was “pretty nauseating” being employed for Disney after it bowed to “a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis.”

“It’s a bitter-sweet conversation — um, no it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” Bautista said on “The Jonathan Ross Show” in August, 2018. “They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”

Bautista did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Inside Facebook, YouTube and Twitter’s Struggle to Purge Video of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks

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The daunting, near-impossible challenge of purging violent attacks from major tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube was made clear on Friday in the minutes and hours after the horrifying mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 people and left dozens of others wounded.

The attack, and others like it, isn’t something that can be proactively blocked from social media. Instead, the shooting, which the shooting suspect livestreamed using Facebook Live and then recirculated on other platforms, is something that forces human moderators and artificial intelligence tools to act quickly to block. But the reaction isn’t instantaneous or flawless.

The responses of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube underscore the whack-a-mole nature of policing massive social media platforms — with massive audiences. Facebook has more than 2 billion users. YouTube pulls in more than 1 billion views each day and has hundreds of hours of content uploaded each minute. Twitter has 321 million users.

Entirely eradicating the video is immensely difficult, if not impossible. While the platforms are busy deleting posts, some users are working to share the attack. It’s the digital equivalent of capping a busted fire hydrant.

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The attacker, a 28-year-old Australian named Brenton Tarrant, may have known this would be the case. By livestreaming the bloodshed as he entered a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, and opened fire, he was able to maximize the anguish while allowing a faction of the internet to pick up where he left off, re-sharing the attack and thereby searing it into the memory of anyone that watches it.

And as one person familiar with Facebook’s review process told TheWrap, taking the draconian measure of banning new uploads that mention keywords like “mosque” or “shooting” isn’t feasible. Not only would it fail to block all uploads of the attack video, it would stifle innocuous reports and commentary on the tragedy.

The livestream, which captured the anguished cries pierce the brief moments between gun shots, remained up for nearly 20 minutes before Facebook was alerted by New Zealand police officers that the attack was being broadcast.

Also Read: Death Toll in New Zealand Mosque Shootings Rises to 49

Facebook spokesperson Mia Garlick said the company then “immediately removed” the livestream and deleted both the suspected shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Facebook is also “removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters,” Garlick said, adding that the social media giant is continuing to work with police on its investigation of the case.

TheWrap has been unable to find video of the livestreamed attack on Facebook on Friday. That’s largely due to the measures Facebook took after removing the livestream — which include producing a scan of the video that allowed the company to detect new uploads that include the same scenes as the livestream.

According to one Facebook rep, the company’s AI technology is also able to spot blood and gore from the livestream — enabling Facebook to immediately remove uploads showing the most gruesome aspects of the livestream while allowing news reports on the massacre (which are unlikely to include graphic footage). The company is actively looking for links to the livestream on other sites, then alerting those sites to take the video down, the rep added.

But the recorded shooting continues to linger on other platforms, despite a unified push to remove it.

A person familiar with Twitter’s review process said the company is using a combination of AI and an international team of moderators to scan the platform and remove the offending video. This process hasn’t been foolproof, however; several tweets sharing video of the attack have remained easily findable on Twitter on Friday, with many of the tweets remaining up for hours at a time. An individual familiar with Twitter’s moderation team said the company strongly encourages users to flag tweets sharing the video so that its moderators can more quickly remove the clips. (Sharing the video violates Twitter’s rule against “glorification of violence.”)

Twitter declined to share how many tweets of the video it has removed.

Also Read: PewDiePie Is ‘Sickened’ After New Zealand Mosque Shooter Names Him in Attack Video

YouTube, the biggest video hub on the planet, has run into similar issues keeping the video off its site. A person familiar with YouTube’s response said it has removed thousands of uploads of the shooting on Friday. News reports showing segments of the attack will not be removed from YouTube, as the company allows exceptions to its ban on graphic content if it contains news value. But the company, like Facebook and Twitter, is leaning on machine-learning tools and its human moderation team to remove uploads of the raw video.

Our hearts are broken over today’s terrible tragedy in New Zealand. Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.

— YouTube (@YouTube) March 15, 2019

Even after thousands of uploads have been removed, a constant stream of new uploads are added each hour by users looking to skirt YouTube’s enforcement mechanisms. Most are quickly caught and taken down, as a YouTube search of the last hour of uploads showed, but some slip through the cracks and allow viewers to watch the attack.

Right now, these tech giants are left with an imperfect solution — a reliance on flawed technology and moderators with a finite amount of time and energy —  to the problem of completely blocking video of violent attacks from spreading.

Jon Levine contributed to this report. 

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Cinedigm to Buy Future Today Ad-Supported Video Network in $60 Million Deal

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New York City Mayor Says ‘Unusual Factors’ Surrounding Jeff Bezos Derailed Amazon-NYC Deal

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio strongly suggested on Friday that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pulled out of his plans to build a second corporate headquarters in the Big Apple because of fallout stemming from his relationship with news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

“I think we could all say that unusual things were happening within the Amazon family at that moment in time — and that was said politely,” de Blasio said on “Morning Joe” Friday. “There were clearly some unusual factors happening. We know who the ultimate decision maker is. I only am saying it was an unusual environment.”

On set, several regular guests immediately pounced, demanding to know if the mayor was specifically referring to the Bezos affair with Sanchez. “You think his affair had something to do with that?” Donny Deutsch asked.

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“You floated something out that we have to pin you down on,” co-host Willie Geist added moments later. “You believe Jeff Bezos affair is somehow …”

“I didn’t say that. I said an unusual environment,” de Blasio continued.  “A lot of cross-pressures, a lot of things going on.”

“Like what?” Geist demanded.

The mayor declined to elaborate on those “cross-pressures” and instead punted to the show saying it was their responsibility to uncover the truth. Geist kept pressing over what de Blasio meant — to some laugher on set — but the mayor demurred.

Reps for de Blasio’s office and Amazon did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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While the Amazon deal was announced with great, fanfare in November 2018, the company abruptly pulled the plug on the plan after rising opposition from liberal and Democratic Socialist lawmakers in the city.

Though the Amazon deal had faced broad support across all demographics of New Yorkers, critics attacked the billions of dollars in tax abatements the company was offered as an incentive. Others worried about rising costs of living and gentrification issues which also would have accompanied the retailer’s planned move to Long Island City.

Though de Blasio called the Amazon pullout “unquestionably” a big loss for New York City, it was celebrated by a new rising star in his party — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted after the company announced the pullout in February.

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PewDiePie Is ‘Sickened’ After New Zealand Mosque Shooter Names Him in Attack Video

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YouTube star PewDiePie expressed his remorse on Friday morning over the lives lost in the New Zealand mosque massacre after he was mentioned by the shooter in video of the attack.

As the man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant walked onto a Christchurch street following a shooting rampage inside one of the two mosques he targeted, he can be heard saying, “Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie,” according to Newsweek. He then opened fire on passersby.

The death toll currently stands at 49 with another 48 people injured, making it in the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

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PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, soon tweeted: “Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

The Swedish national, who currently lives in England, boasts more than 89 million YouTube subscribers, thanks in part to a viral “Subscribe to PewDiePie” meme.

However, Kjellberg has suffered backlash in the past after being accused of making anti-Semitic jokes and racial slurs.

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Australian-born Tarrant, 28, filmed the attack on social media and was taken into custody, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. Three other people, two men and a woman, were also taken into custody. Police say explosives were also found attached to vehicles they stopped.

The suspect, dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle, started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque shortly after 1:40 p.m. local time on Friday.

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The New York Times reported that shortly before the attacks began, a man claiming responsibility posted links on Twitter and 8chan to an anti-immigrant manifesto.

The 8chan posting also linked to a Facebook page where, according to the Times, a 17-minute video, taken with what appears to be a helmet camera, showed a man attacking two mosques and shooting an unspecified number of people.

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Candace Owens Ripped for ‘LOL’ Reaction After New Zealand Massacre Suspect Named Her Biggest Influence

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Candace Owens, right-wing commentator and Kanye West influencer, was on the defensive Thursday evening after the suspect in the mass killing of 49 people at two New Zealand mosques publicly named her as his biggest influence in a lengthy manifesto.

In several tweets — issued as bodies were still being counted — Owens jeered at critics whom she said were attempting to pin responsibility for the massacre on her.

“LOL! ???? FACT: I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam,” Owens said in response to one now deleted tweet. “The Left pretending I inspired a mosque massacre in…New Zealand because I believe black America can do it without government hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL!”

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“HAHA OMG you racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level hahah. Black people don’t have to be Democrats” now means…mosque shootings in New Zealand?” she continued. “This clearly won’t stick but damn if I won’t grow #BLEXIT highlighting your sheer desperation. ????????”

The suspect in Friday’s mass shooting, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media and was taken into custody, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph.

In an online manifesto, Tarrant wrote, “The person who has influenced me above all was Candace Owens” — but Gawker co-founder Elizabeth Spiers noted many “sarcastic” passages in the document and suggested that Owens’ mention may have been “trolling.”

Still, commenters found Owens’ uses of  LOL and HAHA and laughing emojis inappropriate. “Lol is never the right response to a mass shooting,” said Bulwark contributor Molly Jong-Fast.

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“I try not to give oxygen to far-right provocateurs — the milos, katie hopkins, faith goldys — you know, the entire, interchangeable units of the hate industry — but when someone’s response to a mass killing start with “LOL” and “HAHA”, the inhumanity forces your attention #christchurch,” added Los Angeles Review of Books contributor Idrees Ahmad.

Others took exception to her tweeted assertion that she had “never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam” and resurfaced past comments that suggested otherwise.

“Please remind [London mayor] @SadiqKhan that according to the birth rate, Europe will fall and become a Muslim majority continent by 2050,” Owens said in one tweet. “There has never been a muslim majority country where sharia law was not implemented. When we’re forced to save you guys (again) we’ll forgive the balloon.”

Also Read: Fox News Guest Candace Owens Says Kanye West Is ‘One of the Bravest Men in America’ (Video)

Owens has had a meteoric career after being singled out for praise by singer Kanye West.

In regular speaking engagements and rallies she has championed the “Blexit” movement aimed at winning over black voters to the Republican Party. She received a rapturous reception at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Committee and was praised by President Trump himself.

“Lol” is never the right response to a mass shooting.

— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 15, 2019

I try not to give oxygen to far-right provocateurs—the milos, katie hopkins, faith goldys—you know, the entire, interchangeable units of the hate industry—but when someone’s response to a mass killing start with “LOL” and “HAHA”, the inhumanity forces your attention #christchurch pic.twitter.com/jNWNehCpQV

— Idrees Ahmad (@im_PULSE) March 15, 2019

The mention of Candace Owens in the manifesto might have been trolling (and we don’t know) but her assertion that she’s never written anything Islamophobic is a lie. https://t.co/8Wg6vvjKsg

— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) March 15, 2019

Candace Owens had a really bad night.

Not sure LOLing, HAHAing and threatening lawsuits was the appropriate response, but hey that’s just me. #Christchurch

— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 15, 2019

#ChristChurch terrorist is the ONLY person responsible for his muderous actions but @RealCandaceO dismissive, blithe attitude, lack of introspection & seeming lack of remorse for the 40 dead people after a shout out in a terrorist manifesto is utterly disgraceful. #TryApologizing pic.twitter.com/pgEEmFX0eE

— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) March 15, 2019

Christchurch New Zealand Mosque shooter states in his manifesto that he admires Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Also included is the influence of Candace Owens and how she’s the “person who radicalized [him] the most.” pic.twitter.com/LoPTMA4bT8

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 15, 2019

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Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo Debate Ethics of Inviting Kellyanne Conway on Their Shows (Video)

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon held a spirited but civil debate Thursday night over whether guests like President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, should be invited on their shows.

Conway was a guest on “Chris Cuomo Prime Time,” and during the transition from that show to “CNN Tonight,” Lemon told Cuomo he’s opposed to bringing her on the air because “she never answers a question, she berates you, she’s condescending.”

“For me, it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things,” he continued.

Lemon said he believes that while guests on CNN are free to state their opinions, they “have an obligation to be honest with the American people.” Lemon added that if Conway were his guest, he would likely show less willingness to let her talk without answering questions directly.

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Cuomo countered that though he understands the frustration, if he held his show to the standard Lemon advocates, “I’d have very few people on this show.”

“If you’re gonna limit who you have on the show to the people who only answer the questions and are truthful,” Cuomo asked, “are you gonna be alone a lot of the time?”

Cuomo said he believes it’s important to have Conway as a guest because she has been designated to speak for the president. “I want my audience to see that this is who he believes his best defense to be,” he said.

Lemon replied that he believes “this is about truth versus false, this is about facts versus alternative facts,” and that CNN does “a disservice when we try to give false equivalence to someone who is clearly obfuscating and clearly has an agenda to mislead people.”

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Cuomo responded that as he sees it, he chooses “to call it out in real time and let people see it for what it is.”

Fortunately, the two remained friendly despite their disagreement.

“It’s not just you and I don’t mean to pick on you,” Lemon said near the end of their discussion.

“I deserve the criticism. I do it on purpose, I do it intentionally, and I do it for what I believe is good intentions,” said Cuomo. “But I do it the most and I understand that I should get the criticism.”

Watch the whole exchange below:

Cuomo interviewed Kellyanne Conway tonight. Then Cuomo and Lemon resumed their debate about whether it’s worthwhile to have her on. @DonLemon: “For me, it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things…” pic.twitter.com/OrGhdaJU2h

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 15, 2019

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Multiple People Killed in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

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Multiple people were killed Friday in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand by a gunman who appears to have streamed the attacks.

The number of people killed has not been disclosed, but police say a single suspect is in custody. It is not known if more suspects were involved. The shootings are “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said in a statement.

The identity of the suspect in custody has not been made public, but the New York Times reports that a man claiming responsibility for the killings posted links on Twitter and 8chan to an anti-immigrant manifesto. The 8chan posting also linked to a Facebook page where, according to the Times, a 17-minute video, taken with what appears to be a helmet camera, showed a man attacking two mosques and shooting an unspecified number of people.

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Representatives for Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TheWrap.

The person claiming responsibility for the attacks said he is a 28-year-old white man from Australia who went to New Zealand solely to commit the attack, and said he used guns specifically to cause discord over the Second Amendment in the United States, according to the Times.

The Times also reported that the Facebook page and Twitter posts by the person claiming to be the shooter displayed images of weapons covered with the names of men who have carried out mass shootings, as well as notable military generals. And the Associated Press reported that the man said he considered his actions to be a terrorist attack.

The attack is New Zealand’s first mass shooting since 1990, when a man killed 13 people in the city of Aramoana. New Zealand passed sweeping changes to its gun laws in response to the event, including restrictions on what were classified as “military-style semi-automatic” weapons, and stricter gun licensing requirements.

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Jake Phelps, Skateboarding Legend and Longtime Editor of Thrasher Magazine, Dies at 56

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Jake Phelps, the longtime editor of the skateboarding magazine Thrasher, died Thursday, his uncle, Clark Phelps, announced on Facebook. He was 56.

“My illustrious nephew Jake, famed editor of Thrasher Magazine died suddenly and easy today – If you knew him you knew a character. He’s got more space on Google than anybody I know. We loved each other, and if he was anywhere near Salt Lake City he would crash for a night or two. I have dozens of stories and will tell a few in the next few days,” Clark Phelps wrote.”

He added: “I am still somewhat stunned at the unexpected news.”

No cause of death was released.

Born in California, Phelps began skateboarding at age 13. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s, where he eventually found work boxing merchandise and writing reviews for Thrasher. He was appointed editor of the magazine in 1993 and remained in the job until his death.

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Thrasher opened a clothing store in late December, which displays a manifesto Phelps wrote near the entrance: “Skateboarding vs. San Francisco is war. It’s 49 miles chock full of cops, vagrants, speeding cars, gang bangers and, the most humbling of all, the hills.”

“Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world,” Tony Vitello, son of Thrasher co-founder Fausto Vitello, said in a statement published by the magazine. “When loved ones pass we sometimes mythologize about their full lives rich in friendships and experiences. Sometimes we need to talk ourselves into believing it all. It makes us feel better, and helps us cope with the loss. Well, in the case of Jake, the task becomes wrapping your head around just how many lives one person could possibly live. He really did see it all, do it all, and that incredible brain of his could relish every last detail.”

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“But most of you reading this now identified primarily with Jake Phelps the skateboarder, and editor of our magazine, so I will leave you with this truth – I never met anybody who loves anything more than Jake worshipped skateboarding. Just as we need food and water to survive, Jake needed skateboarding to keep his blood pumping. It was more than a hobby or form of transportation or way of life – it was his oxygen,” the statement continued. “Here’s another thing. Jake never bailed. Jake f—ing slammed. And there is a big difference. He only knew commitment. He was going to go for it without hesitation, and there were only two outcomes. Either you’d see his triumphant fist pumping in the air or it’d be an earth-shaking collision with the concrete. I remember him telling me once that he never fell backwards, he always fell forward. Leaning back meant there was hesitation, and Jake was all the way IN.”

“There was no myth. The man was the myth. We love you, Jake.”

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Félicité Tomlinson, Model and Sister of One Direction Singer Louis Tomlinson, Dies at 18

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Félicité Tomlinson, younger sister of former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, died Wednesday at age 18, TheWrap has confirmed.

At the time of her death, Tomlinson was a model and social media influencer with over 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

When asked for further comment, Ann-Marie Thomson, a representative for Louis, referred us to a story published by The Sun, which reported Thursday that Tomlinson collapsed at her apartment in Earls Court, West London. According the paper, a person at the scene then called an ambulance, and paramedics attempted to resuscitate her before she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A cause of death has not yet been made public.

The sun also reports that Louis Tomlinson has withdrawn from a scheduled performance on BBC1 charity show “Comic Relief.” In 2016, the British pop star’s mother, Johanna Deakin, died of Leukemia at 43.

In a statement to E! News, the Metropolitan Police Service said that police responded to a London address following reports of a female in cardiac arrest. “Police are in the process of informing her next of kin,” reads the statement from police to E! News. “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.”

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Michael Jackson’s Molestation Trial: 10 Bizarre Details You Didn’t Know or Totally Forgot

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Southern Poverty Law Center, Winner Of Two Oscars, Fires Founder Morris Dees

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