6:15 PM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The green-lipstick wearing interviewer of President Barack Obama expressed her concern that the "po-po" (meaning: police officer) might shoot and kill her husband. The interviewer, GloZell Green, made the remarks to the president in an "interview" held today at the White House:
"I have three family members who are in the law enforcement, and my husband, who painted that," said the YouTube star pointing to a portrait on the wall, "yes, he's retired from the Air Force."
After the president thanked her husband for his service, the interviewer continued, "However, he's mad at me right now, because I cut all the hoods off his hoodies."
Obama started laughing.
Green continued, "I did, I did that for real to protect him because I'm afraid when he goes outside that somebody might shoot and kill him. And it's not, like, regular folks. It's the po-po. I hope that this changes. How can we bridge between black, African American males and white cops?"
Obama replied by saying most cops are good cops -- and by saying that he's been fighting racial profiling in law enforcement for a long time.
5:36 PM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama sat down "interviews" with YouTube stars this afternoon. As one of the interviews ended, one of the stars, Hank Green, asked Obama for an autograph:
12:12 PM, Jan 15, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
After the State of the Union Address next week, President Obama will turn to YouTube personalities to answer questions.
Meet Jan Helfeld, Internet provocateur.1:05 PM, Mar 26, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
Oxon Hill, Md.
Unlike the young conservatives milling around the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with cameras waiting for their favorite politician or pundit to turn the corner so they can get a “selfie,” Jan Helfeld is here with a camera for a different reason—a serious interview. Politicians and pundits are usually eager for free publicity, so Helfeld often scores big names, despite having no mainstream-media affiliation or even many Twitter followers. But many of them have found that sitting down for a conversation with him can come with costs.
"We ♥ Prophet Muhammad"3:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, "Innocence of Muslims" and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here's an image of a poster advertising the rally:
1:34 PM, Aug 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Yesterday, when speaking with the White House press, President Obama was asked about the now infamous pro-Obama super PAC ad that links Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney with a female victim of cancer. Obama tried to play down the significance of the ad by saying "it ran once."
7:30 AM, Apr 7, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Do we still get a subsidy if we trade in our president instead? "Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle."
The use and abuse of words that pack a punch12:00 AM, Oct 13, 2010 • By BARTON SWAIM
Recently I watched a 10-minute YouTube video purporting to be the “100 Greatest Movie Insults.” It’s a pretty diverse collection, though as you’d expect it favors American films from the 1980s and later.
America Speaking Out.12:00 AM, Jun 3, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
The day Abraham Lincoln delivered his electrifying speech at New York City’s Cooper Union in 1860, he sat for a now famous photograph by Mathew Brady. Lincoln’s stem-winding perorations that night won him high praise from political elites, but the picture – widely used and reproduced in the campaign that year -- contributed as much, or more, to his presidential victory.
Twitter feeds, YouTube footage show what really happened.10:55 AM, Jun 2, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Noah Shachtman has a rather dour take on the utility of Israel's new media engagements in the wake of the flotilla fiasco:
An interview with Dale Peterson, YouTube star.6:30 PM, May 18, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
In years like 2010, you get candidates like Dale Peterson. The 64-year-old retired businessman has never run for public office, but he's one of three GOP candidates in the June 1 primary for Alabama agriculture commissioner. His ad "We are Better Than That!" has gone viral, with more than 470,000 views on YouTube. Bloggers are calling it the best campaign commercial of the year (so far!). He's been on Glenn Beck's radio show.