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Kelly: Trump coverage was like ‘television crack cocaine’

Megyn Kelly says Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to give her gifts, including a free stay at one of his hotels, as part of what she called his pattern of trying to influence news coverage of his presidential campaign.

In her memoir Settle for More, to be released today, Kelly says Trump may have gotten a pre-debate tip about her first question, in which she confronted him with his critical comments about women.

Her book also details the insults and threats she received after Trump’s tirades objecting to her reporting.

The Associated Press obtained an advance copy of the book over the weekend.

Kelly, host of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly Report, said Trump routinely attempted to gain favorable treatment from other journalists and commentators.

“This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign: I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage,” Kelly said. He also attempted to woo them with praise, she said, adding, “This is smart, because the media is full of people whose egos need stroking.”

“Trump tried to work the refs, and some of the refs responded,” she said.

When it became obvious that some reporters were “in the tank” for Trump, she alleges in one chapter, “certain TV hosts” would work with the candidate in advance on occasional Trump criticism so they would appear unbiased. She didn’t identify them by name or media outlet.

Resisting Trump’s attempts to buy her goodwill with an offer to comp her “girls’ weekend” stay at his downtown New York City hotel or fly her and her husband to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida was an easy ethical decision, Kelly wrote.

More difficult was rejecting the ratings bonanza the colorful GOP contender could deliver with his “unscripted, unguarded” approach that made for great TV but was the equivalent of “television crack cocaine,” Kelly wrote.

She and her producer agreed they had to provide balance and be judicious in their coverage, asserting this was not a “directive to cover Trump negatively or to ignore him.”

It was at the first GOP primary debate last August that Kelly questioned Trump about derogatory comments he’d made about women. The day before, Trump had called Fox News executive Bill Sammon to say he had heard that Kelly’s first question would be a pointed one aimed at him, she wrote.

““How could he know that?’ I wondered,” Kelly said, not answering the question but clearing her Fox colleagues on the debate team of any suspicion of leaking it to him. Trump was agitated out of proportion in the phone call, she wrote, calling it “bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes.”

Kelly was cast by Trump as his nemesis after the first GOP debate in which she asked him about labeling women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Trump called her questions ridiculous, adding, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

Before another Fox debate, Kelly recalled being backstage with her family and getting an unsettling insight on how her children were being affected by the harsh rhetoric.

“I’m afraid of Donald Trump. He wants to hurt me,” she quoted her 5-year-old daughter, Yardley, as saying. When Kelly told her that wasn’t so, the child replied, “Well, he wants to hurt you, so he wants to hurt me too.”

UW-Oshkosh is No. 3 on Sierra’s list of greenest schools

Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities and put University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the top 3.

Each of the schools ranked in the top 20 have displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues and encouraging environmental responsibility, according to a news release from the club.

More than 150 schools filled out Sierra’s survey about sustainability practices on campus. Using a customized scoring system, Sierra’s researchers ranked the universities based on their commitment to upholding high environmental standards.

Sierra magazine’s top 20 schools of 2015 are:

  1. University of California, Irvine

  2. University of California, Davis

  3. University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

  4. Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

  5. Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)

  6. University of Connecticut   

  7. University of California, San Diego

  8. University of Washington, Seattle

  9. Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR)

  10. University of California, Berkeley

  11. University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

  12. Green Mountain College, (Poultney, VT)

  13. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

  14. Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

  15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  16. Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)

  17. College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME)

  18. University of California, Santa Barbara

  19. Colby College (Waterville, ME)

  20. Portland State University (Portland, OR)

“We’re so inspired to see how colleges are taking the lead on addressing climate change,” said Avital Andrews, Sierra magazine’s lifestyle editor. “From building green to saving water to offering hundreds of eco-classes, these schools’ efforts are profound, and are changing not only the campus grounds, but also the minds of the students they’re educating.”

This is UC Irvine’s sixth consecutive year as a top 10 finalist and its second time in a row as Sierra’s winner, thanks in part to three on-campus solar projects, a 19-megawatt turbine cogeneration plant, and energy-efficiency goals that are consistently exceeded.

Other factors that helped those at the top of our list: dining halls that serve organic, local foods; waste systems that divert trash away from landfills; transportation options that keep students and staff out of cars; academic programs that are heavily eco-focused; and strong methods in place to conserve water and energy.

“Young people understand the need to confront climate disruption and jump-start our economy. That’s why students across the country have joined the Sierra Student Coalition’s Seize the Grid campaign — demanding 100 percent localized clean energy on campuses,” said Karissa Gerhke, national director of the Sierra Student Coalition. “‘Cool Schools’ is a showcase of campuses taking concrete steps toward those goals. We look forward to working with these schools in taking the next step and committing to 100 percent clean energy.”

The full ranking of 153 colleges, including each school’s completed questionnaire, is online at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools.

UW-River Falls ranked No. 24.

UW-Milwaukee ranked No. 68.

UW-Stevens Point ranked No. 70.

UW-Green Bay ranked No. 78.

UW-Whitewater ranked No. 94.

Ratings take a bite, but ‘Sharknado 3’ still a success

Fearsome sharks rained down once more in the latest Sharknado TV movie, but they didn’t create the ratings deluge of last year’s installment.

An estimated 2.8 million viewers tuned in for Syfy’s campy Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, a decline of 1.1 million people from the 3.9 million who watched 2014’s Sharknado 2.

The sequel was still the day’s No. 1 cable program, and had double the first-viewing audience of the original 2013 movie, a surprise hit with its blend of offbeat casting and over-the-top storytelling and special effects.

But just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water — Syfy says a fourth movie is planned.

Madison earns perfect score on LGBT equality index

The city of Madison earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index, which looks at cities and efforts to ensure equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The average score for cities in Wisconsin is 76 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 59, according to the HRC Foundation, which released the study this week.

In the review of Wisconsin, which was limited to four cities, Green Bay scored a 54, Kenosha scored a 58, Madison scored a 100 and Milwaukee scored a 91.

Nationwide, progress this year has been noteworthy on transgender equality. Thirty-two million Americans now live in cities and towns that have taken bold action to embrace comprehensive transgender-inclusive laws that go beyond explicit protections offered by their state or the federal government, according to HRC.

The MEI’s standard criteria for earning points this year, for the first time, included whether a city offers transgender-inclusive health care benefits.

“From Mississippi to Montana, mid-size cities and small towns have become the  single greatest engine of progress for LGBT equality — changing countless lives for the better,” said HRC president Chad Griffin. “In just three years, the number of municipalities earning top marks from the MEI for their treatment of LGBT people has more than tripled.”

“Simply put,” Griffin continued, “in this country there is an ongoing race to the top to treat all people, including LGBT people, fairly under the law. It’s time our state and federal laws caught up.”

Cities such as Salt Lake City and East Lansing, Columbus and Rochester, Tampa and Tucson, St. Petersburg, Tempe and Dayton, are doing better by their LGBT residents and workers than their state legislatures, or Congress, the report indicated.

The report provides a snapshot of 353 municipalities of varying sizes. The cities researched include the 50 state capitals, the 200 most populous cities in the country, the four largest cities in every state, the city home to each state’s largest public university and a mix of 75 of the nation’s large, mid-size and small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples.

The findings:

• 38 cities earned perfect 100-point scores. That’s up from 25 in 2013 and 11 in 2012.

• Cities showing a commitment to LGBT equality are in all regions of the country, not just in those many people assume are most LGBT friendly.

• Cities continue to excel even in the absence of state laws: of cities that scored a perfect 100, 15 are in states that don’t have comprehensive relationship recognition or a statewide non-discrimination law.

• 42 cities, or 12 percent of those rated in 2014, are offering transgender-inclusive health care options to city employees. This is up  from 16 cities in 2013,and just 5 cities in 2012.

• 32 million people now live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state or the federal government.

• The average city score was 59 points, with half of the cities researched scoring over 61 points. Eleven percent scored 100 points; 25 percent scored over 80 points; 25 percent scored under 44 points; and four percent scored fewer than 10 points.

• Cities with a higher proportion of same-sex couples, as tabulated by the U.S. Census,  tended, not surprisingly, to score better, and the presence of openly-LGBT city officials and LGBT police liaisons also were correlated with higher scores.

The study rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:

1. Non-discrimination laws.

2. Relationship recognition.

3. Municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive   insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors.

4. Inclusiveness of city services.

5. Law enforcement.

6. Municipal leadership on matters of equality.

TV ratings down for Sochi Olympics

NBC’s prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have averaged 23.2 million viewers, an 11-percent decline from the Vancouver Winter Olympics four years ago.

TV analysts say part of the problem is the nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. Due to that difference, most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC’s prime-time broadcasts begin.

Highlights from television coverage of the Sochi Olympics include:

RATINGS: After a quick start, NBC’s ratings for the Sochi Olympics are fading. Saturday night’s prime-time telecast was seen by 17.1 million viewers, the smallest audience so far and smaller than any night of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. The Saturday telecast opened with the compelling story of the U.S.-Russia men’s hockey game, but things quickly went downhill, and there were few notable performances by Americans to keep home team fans interested. The comparable Saturday in Vancouver had 26.7 million viewers, and the Turin Games in 2006 had 19.7 million. The hockey game on the NBC Sports Network was seen by an average of 4.1 million people, swelling to 6.4 million during the shootout, strong numbers that indicated how word spread quickly about what was going on.

On Sunday night, 21.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  But Sunday’s audience totals were 8 percent lower than the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.

WEIR WARDROBE WATCH: Skating analyst Johnny Weir had a bright green jacket with white shirt, and a green and gold headband. Or maybe it was a tiara.

ICE DANCING: Weir is warming to his job, firing off some good lines during the ice dancing competition Sunday. “They sold that program like the rent is due tomorrow,” he said of one pair. “With ice dancing being the peacock of our sport, we need some plumage,” he said, urging Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates on.

HOCKEY HANGOVER: NBC’s hockey team was quick to call out the U.S. men for looking energy-deficient during part of the game against Slovenia on Sunday, probably a natural hangover from the previous day’s excitement. The announcers were a little less inviting to the non-hockey fanatics, with repeated references to a “natural” hat trick without explaining the phrase. We’ll assume it has nothing to do with hairstyles.

CURLING: Was it just us, or were there some long, lingering closeups on competitors in the Russia-Sweden women’s curling match?

Madison gets perfect score on equality index

The Human Rights Campaign released its second municipal equality index, giving 25 cities in the United States — including Wisconsin’s capital — perfect scores for policies, laws and programs furthering equality for LGBT citizens.

HRC rated 291 municipalities, looking at non-discrimination ordinances, equal employee benefits, relationship recognition, city service programs and also leadership.

The 25 cities to receive 100 points on the index include major cities: Chicago, Baltimore, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo. The list also includes Long Beach, Palm Springs and West Hollywood in California, Jersey City in New Jersey; Cambridge, Mass.; New Haven, Conn.; Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; Columbus, Ohio; Missoula, Mont., and Madison, Wis.

“The message is clear. Equality isn’t just for the coasts anymore. Real leadership is happening from Atlanta to Missoula to Salt Lake City and everywhere in between,” said HRC president Chad Griffin.

Eleven cities received perfect scores last year, the first year HRC published the index. The number of cities included in the index increased from 137 in 2012 to 291 in 2013.

To build the index, HRC examined the climate for LGBT people in the 50 state capitals, the 150 largest cities in the United States, the three largest cities in each state, the city home to the state’s largest public university and 75 municipalities with high proportions of same-sex couples.

Highlighting the importance of local protections for LGBT people, HRC emphasized in the report that 31 million people live in cities where the only protections for transgender citizens are at the municipal level. Such is the case in Wisconsin, which lacks a state law banning discrimination based on gender identity and where Fair Wisconsin and other organizations are pressing for reform from city to city.

About 10 percent of the cities rated in the MEI scored more than 96 points, 25 percent scored more than 78 points and the average score on the index was 57 points. About 25 percent of the cities HRC looked at scored 35 points or less and 3.5 percent of the cities scored 10 points or less.

The index contained ratings for three Wisconsin cities: Madison, which earned 100 points; Milwaukee, which earned 91 points and Green Bay, which earned 48 points.

UW-Madison among most LGBT-friendly schools

The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks No. 5 among the most LGBT-friendly colleges in the United States, according to a Princeton Review survey.

For the survey, the Princeton Review polled 126,000 students at 378 colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at them.

Among the topics: most LGBT-friendly and least LGBT-friendly.

The most LGBT-friendly schools are:

1. Emerson College (Boston, MA)

2. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)

3. New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)

4. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

5. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

6. Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)

7. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA)

8. Smith College (Northampton, MA)

9. New York University (NY, NY)

10. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)

11. Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

12. Bennington College (Bennington, VT)

13. University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

14. Yale University (New Haven, CT)

15. Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

16. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)

17. Maccalester College (St. Paul, MN)

18. Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)

19. Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)

20. Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)

And the most LGBT-unfriendly:

1. Grove City College (Grove City, PA)

2. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden Sydney, VA)

3. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)

4. Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)

5. University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)

6. Brigham Young University (Provo, UT

7. Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)

8. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)

9. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)

10. University of Dallas (Irving, TX)

11. Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)

12. Baylor University (Waco, TX)

13. Trinity College (Hartford, CT)

14. Auburn University (Auburn, AL)

15. Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)

16. Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC)

17. Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI)

18. Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)

19. Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)

20. University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)

The rankings are found in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges” from Random House.

“Every college in our book offers outstanding academics,” stated Robert Franek, the guide’s author and The Princeton Review Publisher. “We don’t rank them academically, 1 to 378, because they differ importantly in their academics, services, and campus culture. That variety is their strength. Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall, but to give applicants the resources and campus feedback they need to choose, get into, pay for, and graduate with a job from the college that’s best for them.”

Other top schools in various categories:

• Best-Run College – Claremont McKenna College (CA)

• Best College Library – Columbia University (NY)

• Best Campus Food – Bowdoin College (ME)

• Best College Dorms – Smith College (MA)

• Most Beautiful Campus – University of Mississippi (MS)

• Most Politically Active Students – The George Washington University (DC)

• Most Conservative Students – Auburn University (AL)

• Most Liberal Students – Bennington College (VT)

• Town-Gown Relations Are Great – Clemson University (SC)

• Top Party Schools – University of Iowa (IA)

• Top Stone-Cold Sober Schools – Brigham Young University (UT)

• Students Pack the Stadiums – University of Notre Dame (IN)

• Best Athletic Facilities – Kenyon College (OH)

• Their Students Love These Colleges – Virginia Tech (VA)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosts “Bully” filmmaker

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Oct. 11 hosts “An Evening with Lee Hirsch,” who made the acclaimed documentary “Bully.”

The program takes place 7-9 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.

Hirsh will tell the story of “Bully” and the controversy over the rating for the film last spring. He’ll share clips from the film and take “the audience behind the scenes,” said a news release.

The lecture is the centerpiece of National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month at UW-M, which includes a series of events designed to raise awareness, provide education about and explore solutions for bullying.

The series culminates in an interactive workshop with musician-activist Traciana Graves on Oct. 30.

For more, go to sociocultural.uwm.edu, friend UWM Sociocultural as on Facebook or follow on @UWMSociocul on Twitter.