Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Poll: 65 percent of Americans support decision to charge officers in Freddie Gray’s death

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    The decision by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to charge six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, including one with second-degree murder, caught many by surprise when it was announced on Friday, as some legal experts say it will be difficult to win convictions in the racially charged case. But a majority of Americans say Mosby’s decision was the right one.

    According to a newly released survey from the Pew Research Center, 65 percent support the decision to bring criminal charges against the officers, while just 16 percent disagree. (Eighteen percent of those polled did not offer an opinion, according to Pew.)

    And a majority of both blacks and whites agree with the state’s attorney, the poll found. Nearly 8 in 10 African-Americans (78 percent) agree with the decision to charge the officers, while just 7 percent disagree, according to Pew. Among whites, 60 percent support Mosby’s decision, while 21 percent do not.


  • John Oliver rips media's coverage of Baltimore

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    John Oliver opened HBO's "Last Week Tonight" Sunday with a recap of the riots in Baltimore — specifically, the media's coverage of the unrest.

    “It has been a delicate situation,” Oliver said, “handled by the media with all the deft, not-at-all-racist touch that they’ve become known for.”

    Oliver played a clip of Fox News host Geraldo Rivera mistakenly identifying record executive Kevin Liles, who was participating in protests, as Russell Simmons.

    “OK, Geraldo, you do realize that when African-Americans stand together as one, that doesn’t mean they are all literally the same person," Oliver said.

    But Rivera wasn't alone. CNN's Brian Todd made the same mistake.

    "You bear a striking resemblance to Russell Simmons," Todd told Liles. "You tell me you're not him, you're Kevin Liles — I'm not sure I believe you."

    “Why is everyone so insistent on finding Russell Simmons in the middle of this crowd?” Oliver asked. “Is there a prize for the first reporter to find him? Because this guy would not let it go.”

    Todd insisted that the person he met was the Def Jam founder, who was trying "to masquerade as a man named Kevin Liles."

  • Garland shooting: Keynote speaker was on al-Qaida ‘wanted’ list

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    The keynote speaker at a controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, where two gunmen were killed Sunday night, was on an al-Qaida hit list that included Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, who was gunned down with 11 others in an attack French satirical publication's Paris offices in January.

    Geert Wilders, a right-wing Dutch politician who gave a 20-minute speech at the event in Garland, appeared alongside Charbonnier and Salman Rushdie on the 2013 list published by Inspire magazine under the headline: “ Wanted: Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam. ”

    “ This is an attack on the liberties of all of us, ” Wilders said.


  • New videos capture moment Nepal earthquake struck

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    Newly released video footage of Saturday's deadly earthquake in Nepal captures the moment the 7.9-magnitude quake struck.

    A harrowing video taken by a tourist in Bhaktapur shows people in an ancient square scrambling to avoid debris falling from a building.

    Footage from a Kathmandu traffic camera shows motorists and cyclists slow down at a busy roundabout and dozens of people spill into the street as the earth shakes. A large monument in the center of the roundabout was toppled, though no one appeared to be injured.

    Closed-circuit television footage from inside a Kathmandu department store shows shoppers frantically trying to flee.

    And a video taken by a Turkish tourist captures the quake from a balcony, showing birds circling and dust rising in Kathmandu. Oddly, a potted plant on the balcony's ledge did not fall.

    Officials say the earthquake killed more than 5,800 people. That figure does not include the 19 people killed on Mount Everest in an avalanche that was triggered by the quake.

  • Jon Stewart grills Judith Miller on 'The Daily Show'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Jon Stewart tore into former New York Times investigative reporter Judith Miller on "The Daily Show" Wednesday for her infamous role in the lead-up to the war in Iraq.

    "I believe that you helped the administration take us to, like, the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made in, like, 100 years," Stewart told Miller at the start of the interview. "But you seem lovely."

    Miller, who was there to promote her new book, "The Story: A Reporter's Journey," said she was misled by her sources about intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but that "everyone got it wrong."

    "I wasn't alone, I had lots and lots of company," Miller said. "The intelligence sources we were talking to had really never been wrong before."

    "That's why I wrote the book," she told Stewart. "I hoped that people like you would read it and determine that it was really, really hard to do this kind of reporting."

    “The information came from the men and women who had steered me right on al-Qaida before 9/11," Miller said. "They had never led me astray."

  • Baltimore teenager smacked by 'hero mom' says he's learned his lesson

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    The Baltimore teenager who was smacked by his angry mother during Monday's riots — a moment seen in a video that quickly went viral — says he learned a lesson from his public shaming. But some are questioning the celebration of her tactics.

    In a pair of interviews, Michael Singleton described the confrontation.

    "I was just like, 'Oh, man. What is my mother doing down here? Why would she be down here?'" Singleton told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "But when I heard, 'Put that brick down,' I was like, 'Oh, that's my mother.'"

    On Tuesday, Toya Graham, the 42-year-old single mother of six, told CBS News that she didn't want to see her only son become "a Freddie Gray," the 25-year-old who died in police custody earlier this month.

    "I felt as though my friends were down there," the 16-year-old said of his decision to join the rioters. "A couple of my friends had been beaten by the police, killed by the police. So I felt as though I needed to go down there, show my respect."

  • Baltimore Orioles' historic empty-seat game was weird, even for Twitter

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    The Baltimore Orioles home game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards on Wednesday was played in front of a near-empty stadium with no fans allowed in — a precaution resulting from riots in the city earlier this week.

    And judging from the reaction on Twitter, it was weird for everyone: the players, employees and credentialed media inside the gates, and the fans outside or watching at home.

    How weird? Just listen to the pop of the catcher's mitt.

    First batter, Adam Eaton. I'm at the back of the press box. Listen to ball hit glove. The eeriest.

    #Orioles fans pumped.

    Not on Wednesday.

    Fans gathered outside the gates and on the balconies of nearby hotels to try to catch a glimpse of he action on the field.

    Or was it?

  • Baltimore gangs unite in call for peace

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Hours before the riots erupted in Baltimore Monday, police issued an alert saying they had received a "credible threat" that members of rival gangs — including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods and Crips — had “entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers.”

    But in the aftermath of Monday's unrest, members of those gangs denied the accusation, saying they were actually on the frontlines trying to prevent the kind of violence and looting that rocked the city.

    "We did not make that truce to harm cops," one unidentified gang member told Baltimore's WBAL-TV. "We're not about to allow y'all to paint this picture of us."

    The gangs, he said, came together to stop the riots and bring peace to the neighborhood.

    "We got soldiers out here, we’re dirty," he continued. "They threw [smoke] bombs at us for trying to stop what's going on right now. ... That's all we're trying to do: We want justice for Freddie Gray."

    Not everyone in the media feels that way.

  • CNN's Brooke Baldwin apologizes for suggesting veterans 'ready to do battle' in Baltimore

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    An emotional Brooke Baldwin apologized Wednesday for suggesting that soldiers who become police officers after returning from war are "ready do do battle" and contribute to the unrest in cities like Baltimore.

    "I absolutely misspoke," Baldwin said on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning. "I inartfully chose my words a hundred percent, and I just wish, just speaking to all of you this morning ... I wholeheartedly retract what I said. I’ve thought tremendously about this, and to our nation’s veterans — to you, I have the utmost respect for our men and women in uniform, and I wanted you to know that this morning. So to all of you, I owe you a tremendous apology. I am truly sorry."

    “You learn as you go,” Baldwin's colleague Chris Cuomo said, giving her a hug.

    The on-air apology came a day after the daytime anchor made the remarks while discussing the need for better police training in Baltimore.

  • Bud Light ‘No’ label sparks backlash

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    Bud Light admitted that a message it printed on bottles as part of its Up for Whatever campaign “missed the mark,” after some consumers complained the tagline could encourage drunk driving or sexual assault.

    The label — which read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night” — drew the attention of Reddit users, who mercilessly mocked Bud Light for the mixed messaging.

    “Are you OK to drive?” one Reddit user wrote. “N...nnnn...NNNNN! Aww f--- it yeah I’m good.”

    “The car pretty much drives itself,” wrote another.

    But most zeroed in on how the tagline would undercut the antirape slogan “No means no.”

    “Because if she says Yes to a Bud Light, No isn’t in her vocabulary,” one Reddit user wrote. “Bud Light, official sponsor of easy girls and date rape.”

    “Bill Cosby commemorative bottle?” wrote another.

    “Remember ‘No’ always means ‘No,’” another quipped, “especially if the question is: do you want a bud light?”

    It’s not the first time Bud Light’s Up for Whatever campaign has caused controversy.

    The exact location hasn’t been announced.