As the World Churns

Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, will open an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly, an attorney who represents one of his accusers said Sunday. [CNN Money]

THE WORLDS keeps churning.

The Navy Times reports that the Carl Vinson carrier strike group is moving into the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

“Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April 8,” the release said.

“Carl Vinson Strike Group, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia.”

North Korea remains the most dangerous foreign policy challenge America faces.

The risks of such a strike, however, are enormous. Even if the U.S. managed to eliminate North Korea’s nukes, the South Korean capital of Seoul is in range of North Korean long-range artillery. Furthermore, some defense officials, including former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, have said that a punitive strike from the U.S. could trigger an invasion of the south by North Korea’s force of more than a million soldiers.

On the media front, Bill O’Reilly continues to take incoming from all sides, and remains mute.

It’s not every day that the president weighs in on the biggest media personality on cable television. In fact, no sitting president would think of such an act, but as we all know, Donald Trump isn’t your average POTUS.

Thank the gods for SNL and Lorne Michaels.

Alec Baldwin has become an American treasure.


Updated 5.18.17: About that carrier group moving into “the waters off North Korea.” um…well… This is truly remarkable embarrassing for a lot of people. Or maybe it’s just a giant head fake for North Korea’s benefit? Reporting suggests otherwise, at this juncture, but no one really knows. It was first reported by Defense News on 5.17, with The New York Times picking it up on 5.18.

White House officials said Tuesday that they had been relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from an ill-timed announcement of the deployment by the military’s Pacific Command to a partially erroneous explanation by the defense secretary, Jim Mattis — all of which perpetuated the false narrative that a flotilla was racing toward the waters off North Korea.

[…] “The ship is now moving north to the Western Pacific,” the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana White, said Tuesday. “This should have been communicated more clearly at the time.”

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