Lara Logan tells ‘Hannity’ about rampant liberal, anti-Trump bias across news media: ‘Nobody owns me’

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday night to speak about what she claims is a rampant liberal and anti-Trump bias across the news media, but she proclaimed she is independent from the political spectrum.

“I want to say loudly and clearly: Nobody owns me,” she told host Sean Hannity.

She said she doesn’t pretend not to have opinions, but the former war journalist said she refuses to fall into dishonesty.

Logan noted that journalistic standards have slipped and audiences know it.

She spoke about her work covering war, living five years in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan. She said she has been on a battlefield since 9/11 and she survived the Arab Spring uprisings.


“The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?” Logan, who is South African, previously asked on an episode of retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland’s “Mike Drop” podcast.

“The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats.”

— Lara Logan, former correspondent for CBS News

During his show, Hannity concurred, wondering if it’s closer to 90 percent of journalists who identify as liberals.

Logan’s appearance on the Ritland podcast drew a huge backlash online.

“Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying,” Logan said on the “Mike Drop” podcast.

“This is the problem that I have. There’s one Fox, and there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left,” Logan continued. “The problem is the weight of all these organizations on one side of the political spectrum. When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store, if they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

“If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

— Lara Logan, former correspondent for CBS News


Hannity called her brave for the interview, which may mean career suicide for her.

“I am braced for fire and fury,” she said. “I can give you the script now. … It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing.”

She questioned where are the independent journalists who do more than repeat the same talking points.

“They can’t take down the substance,” she noted, so the liberal media resort to attacks on personality, integrity and reputation.”

Pomona man charged with murder of 11-year-old Inglewood boy in 1990 cold case

“I just want to keep the momentum going and plead with the community to come forward,” said Hubert Tillett, the boy’s father. “Take a look at this picture, and if anything jogs your mental Rolodex from three decades ago, please contact [police].”

‘One on One’: Of 2,000 KCSO candidates only 6 remain, Youngblood says

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was in the TBC Media studios Wednesday for “One on One with Robert Price,” talking about the challenges facing his cash- and personnel-strapped department.

• Youngblood addressed the difficulties that the department has had in the hiring process: From 2,000 applicants for 20 positions, the KCSO was able to identify only 15 suitable candidates — and now just six of them remain in the academy.

• The failure of the county’s 1-cent sales tax increase measure last November — it “went down in flames,” Youngblood acknowledged — has forced the department to maintain a dubious course, with raises still on hold and mandatory overtime shifts frequent. That state of affairs has hurt morale.

• Although they disagreed on many policy issues, Youngblood said, he admired and got along well with Gov. Jerry Brown. Youngblood isn’t sure what to expect from his successor, Gov. Gavin Newsom, who seems likely to push more liberal policies.

It’s official, Bill Lyons joins Gov. Newsom’s staff as a voice of the Valley

SACRAMENTO – Bill Lyons officially became the Agriculture Liaison to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday afternoon.

What is the Agriculture Liaison? That’s something Lyons will have to help figure out. The position is new, apparently created specifically for Lyons and for a governor trying to deepen his understanding of how the Central Valley works.

“Gov. Newsom is really concerned about the entire Central Valley,” said Lyons on Wednesday. “He sees the opportunities in the Central Valley, and he’s really making an effort to reach out to people up and down the entire Valley.”

Lyons is well-known in Modesto, where he is CEO of Mape’s Ranch (which specializes in cattle and various crops) and Lyons’ Investments (a land development company with interests throughout the San Joaquin Valley). He was a member of the Modesto Irrigation District board of directors (1984-93), ran for county supervisor (2010) and has served on community boards ranging from Little League baseball to Haven’s Women’s Center to the Howard Training Center to Salvation Army to the Gallo Center for the Arts.

He’s also well known in Sacramento, where he was the state’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture under Gov. Gray Davis (1999-2004), and has remained active in Democratic Party politics.

Lyons, 68, is a political rarity in that he has received prestigious awards both from agriculture and environmental groups – organizations frequently in conflict over water and land use. He was president of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and is a former California Cattleman of the Year. He was named the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Environmentalist and was the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Conservationist of the Year in 2010 – among other numerous awards.

That might be why Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others recommended him for a seat on the State Water Resources Control Board last month. Instead, the Governor apparently wanted Lyons closer, bringing him directly into his office in a newly announced role as “liaison.”

“I bring a very broad range of knowledge on a lot of different topics,” said Lyons. “There are people who disagree with me, but I really do think I have some experience in bringing balance and offering sensible solutions.”

Apparently, Newsom wants to hear such solutions. He has visited the Valley at least four times (not all his visits have been announced, so the exact number is unclear), including Reedley, Fresno and Monterey Park Tract in Stanislaus County. Each time, he has stressed similar issues – providing clean drinking water and greater opportunity to the region.

“You’ve already seen the number of trips he’s made up and down the Valley,” said Lyons. “As busy as the governor is, to take the time to come down personally – with all of his senior, senior staff – to tour … it means we have someone who really understands. I’m really excited about that … I think he’s going to provide some unique leadership on some very complex issues.”

As Lyons sees it, water, agriculture and opportunity are inseparable.

“Economic opportunity and the success of agriculture, it’s so intertwined,” said Lyons, “they’re almost hand-in-hand. A good economy stimulates a good agriculture base and a good agriculture base stimulates a good economy. Where there are overlaps, I may be able to voice some opinions, some ideas. But I’m also excited about Lenny Mendonca’s appointment – he’s another Valley voice.”

Mendonca is a Turlock native whom Newsom appointed to lead the High Speed Rail Authority Board. A former senior partner in one of the world’s leading project-management firms, Mendonca also has a reputation for getting things done. His first act might be to help Newsom battle the Trump administration’s efforts to force California to refund some $3 billion in federal funds already allocated – and mostly spent – on the project.

It’s possible that Lyons, too, might be offering advice on difficult issues involving federal water projects which could lose funding if the president redirects money to builds his wall. If so, Lyons leaves no doubt about his loyalties.

“Obviously, there are going to be some differences between the two administrations, but I’m supporting my governor,” said Lyons.

Because Lyons reports directly to the governor, his appointment does not require senate confirmation. It pays $175,008 per year.

Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. However, he said video evidence allowed investigators to determine the report wasn’t credible.

Guglielmi said the two brothers did meet with prosecutors and police Tuesday in a Chicago courthouse. There was no immediate information about what they discussed.

Smollett said two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. But last week, police announced that the “investigation had shifted” following interviews with the brothers and their release from custody without charges. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. They have declined to comment on reports that the attack was a hoax.

Smollett’s lawyers have said the actor was angered and “victimized” by reports he may have played a role in staging the attack.

“Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” the statement from attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement late Saturday.

Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett’s lawyers, said they would “keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf.” Kavanagh didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett in 2007 shows the actor pleaded no contest to giving false information to police when he was pulled over for driving while under the influence.

Court records show that Smollett was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother and signing a false name on the promise to appear in court. Smollett also was later charged with false impersonation, driving under the influence and driving without a valid license. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and took an alcohol education and treatment program.

The details of the complaint were first reported by NBC News.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Tuesday that she is recusing herself from the investigation.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” Foxx’s spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. Asked who Foxx is familiar with, Simonton said Foxx would have not further comment.

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, reported he was physically attacked while he was getting a sandwich around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 near his home in downtown Chicago. He said the men shouted the slurs and yelled “This is MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Smollett also said the attackers poured some kind of chemical on him.

Police looked through hours of video surveillance from the area but found no footage of an attack. They did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question.

On Wednesday police picked up two brothers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria and questioned them about the attack. They also searched the apartment where the men live.

The men, who had been held for nearly 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett, were released Friday. Guglielmi said the next day that information police received from the men “has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”

Australia to roll out emojis on license plates

Some areas of Australia will soon allow drivers to unleash their inner creativity on their license plates — with the use of emojis.

On March 1, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads will launch “emoji Plates” to drivers for $475 for a new order.


Drivers can customize their vanity plates online through Personalised Plates Queensland, which is offering five different designs, including the “wink” emoji, “smile” emoji and the “heart eyes” emoji.


The plates must include three letters and two numbers, and are offered in standard or slimline sizes.

The department also offers personalized license plates for business owners, who can design their plates with their business logo.

Organizers of memorial event invite vendors to sign up soon

Organizers of a memorial event in honor of innocent victims of gang violence scheduled for this spring are inviting organizations and businesses to sign up ahead of time to participate in the event.

The Innocent Victims of Gang Violence Awareness event, hosted by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Bakersfield Class of 2019, is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at Lowell Park, 800 Fourth Street in central Bakersfield.

The event will include a resource fair and a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. with a bench dedication and guest speakers.

Vendor set up time will begin at 9 a.m. and must be completed no later than 9:45 a.m. Vendors are encouraged to incorporate activities that are family friendly or educational.

Businesses, nonprofits and vendors that would like to participate must complete a registration form no later than May 3.