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Monday, June 22, 2020

Media owes Kathie Lee Gifford an apology

Oh how high and mighty the American media felt when Kathie Lee Gifford lost her morning TV gig after 15 years of national syndication. The Chicago Tribune self-righteously headlined the firing, "A Farewell to Kathie Lee, Sweatshop Queen."

The story was a column by lawyer Jonathan D. Rosenblum.

He wrote, "First came the famous, Live!, and perhaps even unrehearsed tears of 1996: 'You can say I'm ugly, you can say I'm not talented, but when you say that I don't care about children ... How dare you?' This, after dresses in her $300 million Wal-Mart clothing line were revealed to be sewn by, among others, Honduran child laborers.

"Shortly thereafter, to add to the sordid sweatshop fashion show, a dozen cameras captured Kathie Lee and her husband Frank Gifford at a factory in New York City's Chinatown, which produced Kathie Lee blouses. More than two dozen workers, mostly women, had been cheated out of their pay during several weeks of rush orders, so Kathie Lee and Frank tried to commandeer the media feeding by slipping the bewildered workers envelopes of $300 each.

"In the third episode, I joined the shoot. Still having never seen her show (other than the excerpts on the news) I sat across from her in the Roosevelt Room of the White House at the opening meeting of a new task force on working conditions in the global apparel and footwear industries. Beautifully attired, nicely coiffed and at the elbow of President Bill Clinton, Kathie Lee was now America's Sweatshop Queen."

Then he began gloating.

The cancel culture notched its holster.

Gifford had rented her name to a line of clothing sold at Wal-Mart, which was the Made in America forerunner of today's socially aware Walmart.

The smug media targeted her because she was white, wealthy, and Christian. The products were made mostly in Central America where labor is cheaper compared to ours. America companies can go there, pay a little more, and get great workers to make their products.

By applying American standards to Honduran realities, Gifford came off as the sweatshop queen even though she was involved in the marketing end, not the manufacturing end.

20 years later, we know she was the victim of a hit job by agenda-driven Marxists, who this summer are pushing the Black Liberation Movement (now known as Black Lives Matter).

Nike is one of the biggest signalers of virtue. It rented Colin Kaepernick's name to peddle a line of shoes.

He is the modern Kathie Lee Gifford because his shoes are made in sweatshops in Red China. The difference is no one calls him out. The same virtue signalers that went after Gifford revere Kaepernick.

The media that clutched its pearls over sweatshops in Honduras could not care less about slave labor in Red China. The former was labeled as exploitation. The latter is labeled as free market.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre lists Nike and 82 other companies as benefiting from slave labor in Red China. Others on the list include Apple, BMW, General Mills, GM, and Microsoft, whose founder Bill Gates is the second-largest funder of WHO, which covered up Red China's role in spreading covid-19 across the globe.

The center said, "In March 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published a report Uyghurs for sale: 'Re-education, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang,' which identified 83 foreign and Chinese companies as allegedly directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uyghur workers outside Xinjiang through potentially abusive labor transfer programs.

"ASPI estimates at least 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang and assigned to factories in a range of supply chains including electronics, textiles, and automotives under a central government policy known as ‘Xinjiang Aid’. The report identified 27 factories in nine Chinese provinces that are using Uyghur labor transferred from Xinjiang since 2017."

The lack of curiosity among reporters is understandable. Corporate media is globalist, which is why it opposes President Donald John Trump with every fiber in its being.

Gifford is just one woman, a celebrity who somehow got railroaded in a media feeding frenzy.

The same media that toasted itself for bringing her down should apologize in light of the under-reported slave labor used by 83 globalist companies. In retrospect, maybe the goal was to move those sweatshops from Honduras to Xinjiang.


  1. so wrong! Kathy Lee was targeted because she was Jewish. Jewish and sweatshop made her a perfect attack combo for the media!
    Yes, I know she converted. No matter! She was still a Jew, despised for converting by both sides of the aisle.

  2. An excellent post.

  3. A wonderful lady hasn't done anyone any harm leave her alone

  4. There was a story a while back, in the Philippines I think, where do-gooders shut down a sweat shop. Luckily for the children, they were able to return to their former profession...prostitution.

    1. Considering how many do-gooders turn out to have a fancy for children, they probably considered it a win-win.

  5. Journalists are the scum of the Earth. Walter Duranty got a Pulitzer for hiding Stalin's crimes against humanity.

    1. Mkelley,

      So true!

      If I may, man I suggest listing three of Stalin's crimes that Duranty covered up?

      Or mention that when Duranty's accuracy in reporting was questioned, (both (1) the reason/mechanism behind the 15k/day starvation, and (2) the death toll* of the Holodomor were strongly questioned), Duranty wrote that 'what little is actually due to Stalins policies is a necessary evil: the Soviets are creating New Men, and you can't make an omlet w/o breaking some eggs.' — that's where that saying originates.

      * NB: commie fellow-traveller estimate 3-5 million starved, actual evidence indicates a solid count of 7-10 million, with strong evidence suggesting the figure's over 19 million ppl.

      ~ Greybeard

  6. The media will only apologize if they make a mistake in their fawning coverage of liberals.

  7. and how about the times ho sleeping with that senate security guy to slip her classified papers?

    Duranty was before i was born.

    he just got sentenced.

    she got promoted.

    the times needs cauterization.

    scorch their portion of earth.