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February 18, 2019

Roger Stone may have been ordered to keep quiet by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., but he's not staying silent on Instagram, posting a picture on Monday of the judge next to a crosshairs symbol.

Stone, a longtime Republican operative and adviser to President Trump, wrote in the caption that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used "legal trickery" to ensure that his criminal trial for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction went before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Stone, who has been hustling to raise money online to cover his legal bills, tagged his defense fund, and added the hashtag #fixisin.

When contacted by BuzzFeed News, Stone said he posted a "random photo taken from the internet," and "any inference that this was meant to somehow threaten the judge or disrespect court is categorically false." He later deleted the image and filed a notice of apology with the court, saying the photograph and comment were "improper" and he "recognizes the impropriety and had it removed." Catherine Garcia

May 31, 2018

Full Frontal host Samantha Bee apologized Thursday to Ivanka Trump for calling the president's daughter and senior adviser a "feckless c--t" during the Wednesday night episode of her TBS show.

Bee came under criticism for her use of the vulgar insult in a segment asking Ivanka to persuade President Trump to put a stop to his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when the family has crossed the border illegally. "Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless c--t," Bee said. "He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell him to f--king stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, okay?"

The president has called the practice of separating migrant families "horrible" and attributed it to congressional Democrats, but his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, announced the "zero tolerance" policy earlier this month.

The White House called Bee's joke "vile and vicious" in a statement earlier Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged Bee's network to hold her accountable. Bonnie Kristian

September 13, 2014

Coming a day after the Atlanta Hawks announced general manager Danny Ferry would be taking an indefinite leave of absence, the team's front office released an open letter of apology to fans today, signed by CEO Steve Koonin.

"Over the course of the last week, the Hawks have let down our players, our employees, our fans and the city we love," the letter reads. "Our shortcomings have been broadly shared — including how we have failed to operate well internally and externally. It has been humbling and…our learnings have just begun."

The team has been embroiled in controversy stemming from racially charged statements made by Ferry, as well as co-owner Bruce Levenson, The Associated Press reports. The Hawks' general manager described player Luol Deng in a June conference call with team owners as a man who "has a little African in him." The internal investigation into those comments also turned up an email written by Levenson two years ago, in which he claims that "the black crowd crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base."

The open letter from Koonin said the infractions did not stop there, and that the team "must own these shortcomings and failures." Koonin added that the Hawks will hire a chief diversity officer, in addition to reaching out to a variety of community leaders.

You can read the full letter here. Sarah Eberspacher

May 7, 2014

HGTV is axing its new reality show Flip It Forward after the show's hosts were revealed to have a history of spewing anti-gay and anti-abortion vitriol. The program, which was slated to premiere in October, featured twin brothers David and Jason Benham helping families remodel their homes.

Controversy erupted yesterday when Right Wing Watch exposed the twins' father Flip Benham's extremist views (he's the leader of the anti-abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America). The twins also led a prayer rally at the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte denouncing "abortion on demand" and "demonic ideologies" taught in public schools. That same year, David "compared the fight against marriage to opposition to Nazi Germany," reports Raw Story.

The network announced its decision not to move forward with the Benhams' series on Facebook. Jordan Valinsky

May 6, 2014

Way Too Early host Thomas Roberts made the poor decision yesterday of airing a special Cinco de Mayo segment in which a sombrero-clad producer pretended to get drunk off tequila while shaking a maraca. Hugo Balta, the president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, called it the "the worst example I have seen of discriminatory stereotypical portrayal of any community by any media," prompting an apology from MSNBC.

"It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references," the network said in a statement. The show's producer told Balta that all employees involved in the segment will be disciplined and ensured him that an incident like this will never happen again.

The Huffington Post has video of the cringe-worthy segment. Jordan Valinsky

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