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Roseanne Barr Stands Up To Speech Bullies At ABC



ABC is trying to get Roseanne Barr to stop talking about politics on her hit network sitcom. But Roseanne Barr has no plans to stop integrating political scenes into her show.

Roseanne Barr is standing up to the network executives, after hitting #1 in primetime, topping 20 million total viewers, and keeping the show #1 among sitcoms.

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ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey held a press ritual to declare to reporters from outlets including Deadline that the show will tone down its politics when it comes back for a full season in the fall. Roseanne Barr is a Trump supporter. The media has been obsessed with this fact, which is giving “Roseanne” a platform to be America’s #1 comedy in a way that has not been seen since “All In The Family.”

But Barr is not going to let that happen, and she will probably have to play network politics against Dungey, who has never starred in a #1 sitcom or had 20 million people watch her do anything.

Here is Channing Dungey, the first black ABC head who took offense to a joke on Roseanne in which Barr poked fun at “Blackish” and “Off the Boat,” which belabor the point that “They’re just like us.” Barr’s show has touched all of our cultural controversies, including having a Muslim neighbor (which was no more offensive than the classic “King of the Hill” in which Hank and the gang freak out about having Asian neighbors because they think their dog had been eaten).

As usual, Jimmy Kimmel is the hammerhead for management, making ruthless fun of Barr’s show at the ABC network upfronts.

Kimmel “joked” that since Roseanne became a success despite Barr being “old and crazy”, then ABC should greenlight a show for Gary Busey to make 9/11 conspiracy observations.

It is clear that Roseanne is being pressured. Also, ABC is losing Shonda Rhimes, producer of middlebrow soap operas geared toward middle-aged women. Rhimes is going to Netflix to work with Barack Obama presumably and for board member Susan Rice.

Big League Politics reminds readers of this article of what happened when Netflix embraced Obama and Susan Rice. Our headline was “Netflix Stock Plummeting In Response To Obama Show.”



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New Gallup Poll Shows Immigration Tops Most Important Problem List



When Americans were asked what they feel is the most important problem facing the nation, immigration topped the list for just the second time in Gallup’s history. The top issue each month since January of 2017 has been the government, but immigration has just replaced its position according to a new Gallup poll.

When asked the same question in June, immigration ranked at 14% when Gallup asked Americans what’s the “most important problem” the nation faces. It jumped from 14% to 22% from June to July 2018.

Each month, Gallup asks the same question and the answer of immigration has always averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has included it in their polls. So why the sudden jump from 14% to 22%?

The past several weeks social media and news outlets alike have focused on the issue of separating families at the border with President Trump’s stance on immigration and his modified policy that would keep families detained together (if detainment must occur) continuing to be a hot button issue.

Just last month, TIME ran the cover story, “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We,” with the cover photo that was proven to be fake news. The cover showed a 2-year-old little girl crying while President Trump towers above her looking on as she wails. The cover read simply “Welcome to America.” The claim made by Time was that the little girl had been separated from her family at the border, but Yanela, daughter to Sandra Sanchez had never been separated from her mother at all. Sanchez and her daughter were arrested by Border Patrol agents under the zero tolerance policy that criminally charges anyone attempting to cross the border illegally, but at no point were they separated.

Every week immigration has remained in the news cycle, and continues to be an issue that is important to Americans. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who entered into the United States from Mexico illegally. The National Guard has also intercepted more than 3,300 others who were turned back at the border before crossing into the U.S., and have seized 11,686 pounds of marijuana.

In April of 2006, immigration reached 19% when Congress was working on passing a comprehensive immigration bill. During this time period, immigration protests popped up all across America and saturated the news cycle. The last spike, according to Gallup of immigration as the top problem was in 2014 when the news focused its attention on a large number of immigrants who were attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.

The issue of immigration is important to Americans, but for starkly different reasons. Republicans are more concerned about potential crime, impacts on the nation’s economy, and jobs being taken away from native-born families. Democrats, in contrast, support a path to citizenship for the undocumented, but more over, they know that they need all the help they can get at the polls, with Trump’s base stronger than ever heading into the Midterms.

The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-11 with a random sample of 1,033 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.


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