H.A. Goodman, BernieBro Poster Child, Finally Admits He's a Trump Supporter
This week, to the shock of absolutely no one, former BernieBro extraordinaire H.A. Goodman, who built his brand on mindless, conspiracy-laden hatred of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, has come out as a Trump supporter. In a tweet to his followers released Friday, April 20th, ...read more
HuffPo's Ryan Grim Fights Fox News F*ck-Weasel Jesse Watters, Is the Hero America Needs
If you're a regular listener to the podcast I do with fellow Banter-ite Bob Cesca, cleverly titled "The Bob & Chez Show," you know that as far as I'm concerned there's no one on the planet who more richly deserves a righteous ass-kicking than Fox News ambush reporter and ...read more
Bristol Palin is Right: Shut the F*ck Up About "Cultural Appropriation"
Halloween is every perpetually aggrieved liberal's favorite time of year to dole out outrage over culturally/racially insensitive choices of costume. On top of the relentless barrage of politically correct language decrees and hostility towards anyone who refuses to abide by ...read more
An Open Challenge To The Media: Can You Stop Using These Irritating Clickbait Headlines?
If you get most of your news from your Facebook feed these days, you probably get the feeling that you've no idea where the articles you read actually come from anymore. Regrettably, this is entirely by design and completely predictable outcome given the digital media's ...read more
It's Official: All Major Websites Are Now Trolling For Views
The Buzzfeedification of the internet is now reaching epic proportions, with virtually every major publication putting up annoying listicles and shocking headlines to generate pageviews. And it's all the goddam time. This was on the front page of the Huff Post: This - a ...read more
THE MORNING BANTER: Brasil Posts, Minimum Wages, Jesus Jokes, and NFL Recaps
It's only Tuesday. Try not to think about it. Here's what's happening on the interweb: 1. Arianna Huffington Introduces the Brasil Post Only a week after launching The World Post, Arianna Huffington is now launching the Brasil Post, in partnership with the Abril Group, one ...read more
10 Questions With…Alyona Minkovski of HuffPost Live!
Alyona Minkosvki is a former Russia Today correspondent who is now a host on HuffPost Live. She was named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential media personalities under the age of 30, and she has strong views on asteroid attacks... The Daily Banter:You were born in ...read more
The Daily Banter Launches "THE WORLD BANTER"!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we are announcing the launch of a revolutionary new website that transcends the online publishing world and pushes the boundaries of what is possible on the internet. After much internal discussion, we figured out that the ...read more
Arianna Huffington's 'The World Post': Exactly What the World Doesn't Need
During times of massive wealth inequality and economic uncertainty, our tolerance for the whims of the super rich tends to wane a bit. That's why multi-millionaire media mogul Arianna Huffington's announcement that she would be launching a new website for the likes of Tony ...read more
The Morning Banter: Twitter's Mistake, the Globes' Snubs, and Beyoncé's Big Surprise
Remember that intro I wrote for last Friday's Morning Banter? Yeah -- just recycle that here. 1. 140 Character Assassination Twitter is the weapon of choice when it comes to voicing outrage these days. So you can imagine what happened when Twitter suddenly changed the way users ...read more
NSA Uses Sex and Porn to Expose Terrorist Hypocrisy, Just Like Greenwald Does to His Opponents
You might've seen the latest Greenwald/Snowden/NSA item over at The Huffington Post. It's easily the sexiest Snowden revelation so far because, yes, it involves porn. Finally, a fun Greenwald article. Specifically, in a document stolen and leaked by Edward Snowden to Greenwald, ...read more
Dolphin Masturbates With Dead Fish In Extremely Disturbing Video (NSFW)
Sometimes, when describing The Daily Banter to curious friends, families, and strangers, I like to say, “It’s what the Huffington Post used to be and wishes it still was,” because I’m snarky/an asshole like that. And while I mean that more as a compliment to ourselves, as I ...read more
Introducing New Banter Writer (And Whole Foods Survivor) Kelly MacLean!
If you've a) been to Whole Foods, b) read the internet, you've probably heard of Kelly MacLean - the stand up comic, actress and writer from Los Angeles who penned what has to be the funniest column of the year, "Surviving Whole Foods" at the Huff Post. "Whole Foods is like ...read more
How to Handle a Hangover (And Hide it From Your Boss)
Did you get wasted last night? Were your eyes bigger than your liver? Is tequila stronger than you remembered? Fear not, my nauseous friend! Below are 7 ways to help handle a hangover (and appear to be a functioning member of society): 1.) Open Eyes This is the first and ...read more
The Daily Banter Mail Bag: Ben & Chez Joined By Huff Post's Alyona Minkovski!!
(Ben Cohen's note): While Bob Cesca shirks his responsibilities at The Daily Banter by selfishly getting married and having a honeymoon, Chez and myself have been left to do pretty much all the editorial heavy lifting in his absence. As the time for the mailbag neared, Chez and ...read more
Huff Post's New Commenter Policy and the Perils of Anonymity
At first, it seemed like a good idea. Arianna Huffington announced recently that her hugely successful site, The Huffington Post, would no longer allow anonymous commenters. Before I go any further, I hasten to fully disclose that I've been a blogger for Huff Post since 2005, ...read more
Why Does the Huff Post Keep Referring to Obama as "O"?
Anyone else noticing the Huff Post calling Obama "O" all the time? Their latest headline: Not saying it's a bad thing, but can't for the life of me understand what it's all about. Anyone? ...read more
The Daily Banter Exclusive: Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on why Arianna Huffington took a big Risk Hiring a Palestinian
By Ben Cohen: Regardless of whose side you take in the Israeli Palestinian crisis, there is no denying that the Jewish state has been far better at the public relations game than the Palestinians have ever been. There are many well funded pro Israel groups in the US that have ...read more
Quote of the Day: Ignoring Israel's Occupation Ignores Reality
The Huff Post's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin decries the framing of the Israeli assault on Gaza that paints Palestinians as aggressors: To ignore the role of Israel's occupation of Gaza is to ignore the fundamental fact needed to frame the latest escalation in reality rather than rhetoric ...read more
Finally, a Balanced Discussion on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
The distortions flooding the internet and airwaves regarding the latest Israeli assault on Gaza are familiar and depressing. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has managed to frame the latest episode in the conflict as Israel 'defending itself' from incessant rocket attacks from ...read more
Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney has a Casual Relationship with the Truth and Reality
Matt Taibbi and the Huffington Post's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin had a great discussion about Mitt Romney's naked hypocrisy when it comes to the national debt. Taibbi pointed out that Romney's entire career was built around loading companies up with debt then extracting as much value out ...read more
Sadly for Romney, Hurricane Sandy Highlights Need for Strong Federal Government
During a 2011 Republican debate Mitt Romney outlined his steadfast belief that the function of government should be outsourced to the for profit industry whenever possible. When asked about FEMA, the organization that disastrously handled Hurricane Katrina after the Bush ...read more
Chuck Todd Has No One To Blame but Himself
By Chez Pazienza: When it comes to the not-so-subtle art of spinning tantalizing link-bait out of thin air nobody's better -- and by better I mean more shameless -- than the Huffington Post. God bless them, they really know how to get you to point-and-click against all better ...read more
Choose and Lose: MTV Plays Games with the 2012 Election
By Chez Pazienza: I'm probably going to sound like the stereotypical old guy in the room here, but bear with me. The first time I voted for president was in 1992 and, like many my age at the time, I voted for Bill Clinton. The reason should be obvious to anyone who lived ...read more
Colorado Bat Man Movie Shootings Shock America
President Obama speaks to the nation on the horrific shooting in a movie theater in Colorado that has seen a total of 12 people killed and 71 injured: From the Huffington Post: Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, in a briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon, said that 71 ...read more
...And the Hits Just Keep on Coming
By Chez Pazienza: You know, at some point I want this little debate over "Marijuana the Amazing Wonder Drug®" to be over, I really do; the thing's been going on in one form or another for about two months now. But I guess I can't complain that I cross-posted the original Daily ...read more
The Jobs Numbers and More Republican Sabotage
By Bob Cesca: The jobs slowdown this past month isn't the worst news in the world, despite what you might be reading on various alarmist blogs. On Friday when the numbers were released, my home away from home, The Huffington Post, posted a scary headline photograph of a ball ...read more
Conservatives Aren't Funny. Ever.
By Bob Cesca: Republicans are hilarious. No, not like that. They make me laugh just about every day, but it's not because they're naturally funny with killer senses of humor. They simply, and unintentionally, do stupid things that make me laugh out loud. And that's a good ...read more
Low-Effort Thinking Leads to Conservatism
By Bob Cesca: There's a new study out this week indicating that "low effort" thinking contributes to conservatism. In other words, kneejerk reactions to issue-oriented questions are more often conservative, while thoughtful deliberation is more liberal. In a press release ...read more
Bad Headline of the Day
As much as I love the Huffington Post, sometimes their headlines are beyond awful. Here's the latest: I guess it is an intriguing headline as I immediately clicked through to the story (only to find it was about Republicans threatening to cut foreign food aid, not John Boehner ...read more
Netanyahu Tries to Humiliate Obama Again
If there were any questions as to who is responsible for stalemate in the Middle East, the recent press conference between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama should clear things up. From the Huffington Post: Showing no progress toward peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...read more
Huffington Post Lets Jenny McCarthy Aid In Killing Children With Anti-Vaccination Nonsense
No, you shouldn't take medical advice from Playboy models, or at the very least Playboy models who don't have a medical degree. Here is Jenny McCarthy writing on Huffington Post, pushing back on the findings that Andrew Wakefield's study connecting vaccines and autism are a total ...read more