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Today — September 29th 2022NB Blog Feed

Amy Schumer Pitches Colorado As ‘Premier Destination’ … For What? ABORTIONS

On today’s list of people I cannot stand: Amy Schumer. In an elevator-pitch style, Amy Schumer promoted her show “Inside Amy Schumer.” Schumer advocated for women to visit Colorado for its best attraction: being a state that supports the slaughter of the unborn.    “Amy Schumer presents her elevator pitch for why Colorado is the premier destination for a last-minute trip, and why you should at least keep it on your radar (uh, just in case …),” Paramount listed in the video description on YouTube.  The series is set to air on Paramount Plus at the end of October but the promo was enough to verify that I will not be tuning in.  The whole video, Schumer danced around the idea of abortion without explicitly saying it.  “But we’re more than just beautiful wilderness,” Schumer explained when listing all the pros of Colorado. “We also have bustling town centers and access to all the services [dramatic pause] you may need.”  A clip of a “Women’s Health Clinic” played on the screen when Schumer said the word “services” and then the image of a hospital bed with foot stirrups (commonly used in GYN or abortion facilities) flashed on the screen.  Obviously Schumer is advocating for Colorado’s main "pro" --- abortion access.  The video featured a husband and wife couple who explained that visiting Colorado was on their “bucket list of things to do before we die” then the woman explained that she “might have” died if she hadn’t been able to visit Colorado. If it wasn’t clear, the woman was hinting at Colorado's extreme abortion availability and her thankfulness for it.  Schumer's video also highlighted the story of one lady who boasted about her employer paying for her trip to Colorado “they covered travel and time off.” Here, the series was alluding to those hundreds of companies who pledged to help their employees kill their children with ease.  Granted, all of these stories are inevitably scripted presentations and not actual testimonies . Another disturbing part of the video was when Schumer showed a map of the U.S. to give a visual representation of how and why Colorado is a “premier destination.” Colorado was highlighted in blue and Schumer pointed out how people in red-colored Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Nebraska or Oklahoma (places where life is valued) may want to visit Colorado. She also added that Illinois was “also an option” for a great vacay destination if you’ve got the goal of ending your pregnancy.  At the end of the clip, Schumer walked viewers through the use of a private browser to check out different abortion service sites. She also made sure to encourage people to “subscribe to an encrypted VPN internet provider” and to delete search history.   Schumer also insisted that these services are available “for a limited time only,” alluding to the dwindling opportunity to murder an innocent child (good!).  It’s pretty cringe-inducing for people to be so adamant about killing kids that they have to make entire shows glamorizing it. This is not something I’ll be wasting my free time watching. That’s a promise.   

Lakers Announce 4th Pride Night, But Block Comments On Instagram

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that they will be hosting their fourth Pride Night, and that lots of big-name supporters of the poisonous LGBT agenda will be in attendance. However, when the Lakers made the announcement on Instagram, they disabled the comment function on the post.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Los Angeles Lakers (@lakers) While the Lakers social media team stopped all interaction on Instagram, they forgot to do so on Twitter. Naturally, plenty of users let them hear it for announcing this unnecessary pandering.   We don’t need this shoved down our throats lol. But at least they’re doing it in the preseason not regular season 😂 — NBA and NFL tweets (@dseNBAandNFL) September 28, 2022 pic.twitter.com/TAKQHJzjCf — Jack Reacher (@JackReacher626) September 29, 2022 Lakers . Can't spell it without an L — Ggmoney (@Ggmoney991) September 29, 2022 If the Twitter responses are any sort of indication for what the comments on Instagram were like, it's easy to see why LA disabled the comments: they wanted people to stop dunking on the franchise and chastising it for its stupidity.  Related: Don’t Agree With Time Mag Lefties? You Might be a Christian Nationalist But it's more than just shutting out the voices of those who are giving them well-deserved flack. By not allowing people to voice their opinions on the matter -- at least on Instagram -- Los Angeles is inferring that the only acceptable way to react to this announcement is by celebrating the LGBT lifestyle. Any viewpoint that does not display ardent support for what they are doing is deemed hateful and intolerable and subsequently shut down.  Isn’t that slightly hypocritical? If you say its okay for gay people to “Live their truth,” what makes it wrong for people to disagree with their agenda? Shouldn’t anyone that doesn’t support this ideology also be allowed to live in a way that's true to them?  While the Lakers, will never admit it verbally, the answer they declared through their actions is that any voices opposing this agenda are wrong and need to be silenced. This whole situation is a microcosm for what happens in the real world, and in case you’re wondering, that’s not a good thing. Flag On The Play! NFL Fails Hilariously With New Hispanic-Themed Logo https://t.co/7dBUY9qnId — MRCTV (@mrctv) September 27, 2022

Race Hysteria: USA Today Cites Systemic Racism In Hiring of NFL Coaches

If Black Lives Matter or some other race hustling group had issued the “NFL Coaches Project,” it wouldn’t look much different than the indictment released this week by USA Today. USA Today’s verdict is that the league hasn’t progressed much in racial hiring over the last 40 years, and the league is guilty of systemic racism. It’s just another media claim of racism that does not stand up to scrutiny.  Hard left-tilting writers Nancy Armour and Chris Bumbaca say they unearthed “evidence of subconscious segregation that has helped funnel white assistants to coordinator and head coaching positions while stunting the progress of their Black counterparts.”  The NFL’s executive vice president of football operations is black, but he also contributed to the USA Today race grievance:  Biases are showing up before the (coach) even begins the interview. This is consistent over the last 15 to 20 years but, in particular, over the last few years.  Vincent cited several excuses teams have given for not hiring black coaching candidates. His list includes marginal responsibilities that shouldn’t hold back coaching candidates of any color: the trite responsibilities of actually calling plays and managing the game clock, inability to motivate veteran players, lousy interviews and nervousness. Additionally, some black candidates cited not looking the part of a coach as a rationale for missing out on career advancement.  USA Today mentioned Todd Bowles as a black coach who was passed over for a job during a recent hiring cycle. There are just a few slight problems with that assertion. Bowles is the current head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He was also head coach of the New York Jets, after serving several assistant coaching roles – including defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, where he looked very much the part of Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.  Kansas City’s black offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (appearing in photo), who does not call the plays, has whiffed at numerous head coaching interviews. But it’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always the race card. Vincent says he and others have an entitlement for career advancement:  Nobody can tell me that these men here, any combination you want, that they "don't interview well," that they "lack experience," that they "didn't look a part" or they "seemed nervous in the process." It's hard for me and many others to accept that ... We just felt like this is the best that we have. These men, at minimum, should be presented an opportunity to lead a football franchise at the professional level.  Some of the percentages clearly deflate USA Today’s racial arguments. Of 722 on-field NFL coaches right now, 43.5 percent are non-white. That’s the largest percentage in NFL history, and it’s more than three times the national population of blacks (13 percent). Pittsburgh and Houston both have coaching staffs that are 60 or more percent non-white. So, where’s the beef?  Despite these numbers, Vincent blathered on, "We’re trying to eliminate that bias, promote trust, develop skills and present opportunities.” Which plays right into USA Today’s race card hand.  Speaking on one of his recent Fearless videos, The Blaze’s Jason Whitlock refuted the race hysteria. He said blacks are more interested in playing pro football than coaching. Whitlock cited black players, who were not even all-conference level in college, have spent years trying to catch on to NFL teams and practice squads. At the same time, white men were more likely to start coaching careers at the graduate assistant level in college and work their way up through the coaching ranks. 

Gaffe House: Nets Ignore Kamala’s Big Overseas Flub Hours After Biden’s Mental Flatulence

Less than 24 hours after President Biden called out for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) despite the fact that she passed away nearly two months ago, Vice President Kamala Harris insisted during a speech Thursday in South Korea that America “shares a very important relationship with the Republic of North Korea.” Naturally, the broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC all ignored this story despite the fact that all three had at least three segments of other stories not related to the devastation caused in Florida by Hurricane Ian. ABC’s Good Morning America covered Harris’s visit, but again, said nothing of her embarrassing gaffe that was very quickly explained away by a journalist from the taxpayer-funded Voice of America.     “Now to Vice President Kamala Harris on a mission to South Korea this morning just days after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea,” GMA co-host and former Clinton official George Stephanopoulos began. Foreign correspondent James Longman followed from London with more on North Korea’s launch of “two short-range ballistic missiles towards South Korea's eastern waters” for “their second test in a week.” “Now, Kamala Harris visited the demilitarized zone. She was seen looking through binoculars from an observation deck. She also spent time speaking to U.S. service members...The visit was aimed, as these always are, at shoring up support for the south,” he added. The rest of the 67-second segment touched on fears of North Korea launching more missiles to go along with the “18...so far this year” and a possible nuclear test “as early as next month although, as is often the case with North Korea, it’s impossible to know for sure”. But, as per Harris’s gaffe that the U.S. and North Korea are tight, there should be some optimism that the two sides will fix things pronto. As my colleague Scott Whitlock reported, at least NBC’s Today got in their segment about bras. Thursday’s segment was brought to you by advertisers such as Kohl’s and Liberty Mutual. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcript from September 29, click “expand.” ABC’s Good Morning America June 29, 2022 7:35 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking Overnight; Vice President Harris in South Korea; High Stakes Mission in Wake of North Korea Missile Tests] GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Now to Vice President Kamala Harris on a mission to South Korea this morning just days after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. Foreign correspondent James Longman is in London with the story. Good morning, James.  JAMES LONGMAN: Yeah, good morning, George. North Korea carried out another missile launch hours before Vice President Kamala Harris visited South Korea today. They fired two short-range ballistic missiles towards South Korea's eastern waters on Wednesday evening. That was their second test in a week. Now, Kamala Harris visited the demilitarized zone. She was seen looking through binoculars from an observation deck. She also spent time speaking to U.S. service members about some of the villages on both sides of the border, north and south. The visit was aimed, as these always are, at shoring up support for the south.  [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Developing Story; North Korea Test Fires Missiles; New Provocation as Vice President Harris Visits South Korea] Kim Jong-un's regime has launched ballistic missiles 18 times so far this year and carried out more than 30 tests in total. There’s also concern that North Korea forged ahead with their nuclear program. Lawmakers in Seoul claim Pyongyang has prepared an underground nuclear test site and that they’ll launch their seventh nuclear test as early as next month although, as is often the case with North Korea, it’s impossible to know for sure, George. STEPHANOPOULOS: That is for sure. Alright, James, thanks very much.

Paging Babylon Bee? WashPost Columnist Rants ‘7 Ways a Recession Could Be Good for You’

A Washington Post columnist downplayed the plight of the millions of Americans who are struggling under high inflation, giving them “seven silver linings” for recession.  “Hey, a recession isn’t all bad news,” Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary wrote in what read more like an op-ed than a news story. The headline of the Sept. 28 story was downright insulting to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet: “7 ways a recession could be good for you financially.” In her logic, “[A]s bad as things are — rising interest rates, high inflation, stock market tumbling — the economy hasn’t imploded as it did during the Great Depression.”   In other words, don’t worry, be happy! At least America hasn’t reached Great Depression levels of economic instability. Yikes. “Of course, times are tough — and for some people, much more than others. But remember that fear will not help you make wise financial decisions,” Singletary patronized to her readers. [Emphasis added.]  If that wasn’t bad enough, Singletary quoted former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural speech in an attempt to convince the American people that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” on recession. But even there, she hedged. “Here are seven silver linings if we are heading into a recession.” [Emphasis added].  She pointed to (1) housing prices, (2) saving rates, (3) the I bonds inflation rate, (4) the dollar, (5) unemployment, (6) used car prices and (7) student loan forgiveness to make her point.  The economy contracted for its second quarter in a row in August, meeting the traditional definition of a recession. But a “recession” means something different in The Washington Post’s universe, it seems.  Singletary continued to give unsolicited advice about the bright side of a recession. “While many people are hurting, there may be ways to cushion the downside,” she wrote.  She continued: “Unemployment is still relatively low. People with jobs and money to spare can spend on luxuries such as a vacation.”  But Brownstone Institute President Jeffrey Tucker blew up the liberal media’s narrative on the “red hot” job market in an August column in The Epoch Times headlined “The Jobs Hoax.” The economy is forcing people to pick up “second and third jobs,” Tucker explained. He later warned against trusting media spin on the economy  in an exclusive interview with MRC Business, “so we don’t find ourselves living in an Orwellian world, in which the government is forever broadcasting great news about the great glories of life while people are at home suffering and dying and wondering why their electricity bill is three times what it was six months ago.” To top it all off, Singletary celebrated President Joe Biden’s legally dubious student loan forgiveness plan, comparing him to Roosavelt using “his executive power to wage war against the economic emergency gripping the United States.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact The Washington Post at 202-334-6000 and demand it quit telling falsehoods to its readers that a “recession could be good” for them “financially.”

Biden Gaffe Watch Day #2: Here’s What They’re Covering Instead of Cringe Shout Out to Dead Rep

Joe Biden Gaffe Watch: Day #2. As we noted on Wednesday night, the networks avoided the cringe-inducing moment when the President asked where a recently deceased Congresswoman was, wondering of Jackie Walorski: “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” All three evening newscasts censored the President’s latest awkward moment.   How about Thursday? Despite an available six hours of air time, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Mornings and NBC’s Today all avoided it as well. But what about Hurricane Ian threatening Florida, you might ask? Would there be time? The networks rightly offered detailed coverage on this dangerous storm and all who were impacted by it.      But there was still time to cover Biden’s latest example of being confused in public. For instance, ABC’s Good Morning America managed to devote five minutes and six seconds to Hocus Pocus 2. Sounding like a commercial for his Disney overlords, co-host George Stephanopoulos enthused that the original has “come to define Halloween for a generation of kids and their parents.” Shilling for his corporate parent, he reminded, “[Hocus Pocus 2] starts streaming tomorrow on Disney+!”      GMA allowed another five minutes and 51 seconds for a cooking segment with reporter Stephanie Ramos. They went with this despite ABC White House correspondent Cecilia Vega being one of the journalists who pressed the White House for answers at a press briefing. Over on the Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie sold products that are available on the Today show websites, offering deals on “wonderknit bralettes and bikinis,” “drop hoop earrings, “plant-based milk makers” and “bedding collections.” This went on for five minutes and eight seconds. That was followed by a four minute and 25 second cooking segment with Gabby Dalkin.  CBS Mornings was the only show that devoted all two hours to the hurricane. That doesn’t excuse the co-hosts from covering Biden’s latest embarrassment. But at least it can be argued as a decision to focus on serious things. ABC and NBC have no excuse for not ignoring the Biden gaffe. No excuse other than Biden Protection Duty. 

Noah Mocks Biden's Latest Gaffe, Other Late Night Hosts Ignore

Of the six regular late night comedians, only Comedy Central’s The Daily Show host Trevor Noah used his Wednesday show to highlight President Biden’s latest gaffe where he sought out Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died in a car crash in August. After running down a list of what he considers to be Biden’s accomplishments, Noah declared, “In fact, many people are actually saying that Biden might have a really good shot at winning a second term in office. All he needs to do though is avoid doing stuff like this.”     After playing a clip of the gaffe, Noah continued to highlight the awkwardness of the situation, “No, no, Joe what are you doing? That's so awkward, and his explanation didn't help, you know, he’s like “of course I knew Jackie wasn't there, I was looking for Jackie Kennedy where's Jackie Kennedy, where--where are you, Jackie, where's Jackie O.”  Choosing to look on the bright side of life, Noah continued, “Look, I mean, I guess on the up side at least he noticed she wasn't there. This is a good thing. Yeah, it could’ve been much worse if he was like ‘where’s Jackie? Oh, there she is, there’s Jackie, everyone look at Jackie.’” Continuing with the sarcastic optimism, Noah concluded, “And look I know a lot of people are saying this is another example of Biden's brain being foggy but I think if anything, this makes Biden a better president. Yeah, think of how hard he must be working to keep Americans safe knowing that Osama Bin Laden is still out there somewhere. ‘Where is he, where is he, Jack where is he?’” While Noah highlighted Biden’s latest moment of indignity, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers all ignored it. Meanwhile, James Corden discovered what he considers to be Biden’s “biggest gaffe yet”: not holding a conference with the leaders of various Pacific island countries in Fiji. Ultimately, he also ignored the real gaffe. This segment was sponsored by DoorDash. Here is a transcript for the September 28 show: Comedy Central The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 9/28/2022 11:06 PM ET TREVOR NOAH:  In fact, many people are actually saying that Biden might have a really good shot at winning a second term in office. All he needs to do though is avoid doing stuff like this.  MALE REPORTER: An awkward moment for President Biden today at a White House conference. While calling out people in the audience he accidentally included Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski who was killed in a car crash over the summer.  JOE BIDEN: I want to thank all of you here including bipartisan elected officials like Representative McGovern, Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative-- Jackie, you here? Where’s Jackie? I don't think she was -- she wasn’t going to be here—to help make this a reality. NOAH: No, no, Joe what are you doing? That's so awkward, and his explanation didn't help, you know, he’s like “of course I knew Jackie wasn't there, I was looking for Jackie Kennedy where's Jackie Kennedy, where--where are you, Jackie, where's Jackie O.”  Look, I mean, I guess on the up side at least he noticed she wasn't there. This is a good thing. Yeah, it could’ve been much worse if he was like “where’s Jackie? Oh, there she is, there’s Jackie, everyone look at Jackie.” People are like “There’s no Jackie” “she’s there everyone sees Jackie.” And look I know a lot of people are saying this is another example of Biden's brain being foggy but I think if anything, this makes Biden a better president. Yeah, think of how hard he must be working to keep Americans safe knowing that Osama Bin Laden is still out there somewhere. “Where is he, where is he, Jack where is he?” 

Message to Parents: Stay Out of Your Kids’ Education and Trust Teachers to Indoctrinate Them

A group called Families for Freedom recently took issue with a “race, gender, equality, and inclusivity” vocabulary packet produced by a Connecticut 10th grade English teacher, alleging that it was critical race theory (CRT).  Educators rallied to defend the packet, arguing the parents were threatening free speech and suggesting their protests were equivalent to book burning. Not surprisingly, 62 faculty from Southern Connecticut State University signed on to a letter in this vein.  According to the Hartford Courant, “The SCSU faculty said that while parents are free to engage in or refrain from speaking about topics concerning sexuality and racism in their own homes, they should not manage classroom instruction.” So parents should just have faith that teachers will be responsible in how they instruct their children? Considering the state of public education in America, that would amount to dereliction of parental duty. Also, why is an English teacher educating students on these topics? They seem irrelevant and unnecessarily imposed.  Families for Freedom was not unreasonable, stating that these topics should be taught, but that they should be taught as theory, not facts. Some quotes from the packet appear to be stating facts such as: “No individual is personally responsible for what white people have done or the historical decisions of the American government, but you are responsible for whether you are currently upholding the systems that elevate white people over people of color.”  Quite a large responsibility for a 10th grade English class student …  Maybe if this was a sociology class, this packet would be justified, but these issues should not be forced into an English class.  It is understandable why parents would be outraged at this and it should be celebrated that they are taking such an interest in their children’s education. Parents should respect teachers, but they shouldn’t be expected to unconditionally trust them. There should be dialogue and compromise, not criticism and shunning. 

Snopes Cries 'False' at PJ Media for Accurate Obama Foundation Story

In the wake of the controversy over the unprecedented federal raid on Donald Trump's vacation home in search of possibly classified documents, conservative outlets have wondered why intrepid liberal reporters never cared before about what documents departing presidents had taken with them. Matt Margolis of PJ Media revealed a 2018 letter from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) underlining Obama had possibly poorly secured classified documents.  The letter said in part:  The Obama Foundation agrees to transfer up to three million three hundred thousand dollars ($3,300,000) to the National Archives Trust Fund (NATF) to support the move of classified and unclassified Obama Presidential records and artifacts from Hoffman Estates to NARA-controlled facilities that conform to the agency’s archival storage standards for such records and artifacts... On Tuesday, that "fact checking" website Snopes.com pounced, asking "Did Obama Foundation Store Classified Documents at Empty Furniture Warehouse?" That would seem clear from the passage above. That would be "True." But Nur Ibrahim of Snopes.com insisted this was "False"!  Team Snopes harped on the idea that Team Obama "had neither possession nor control" of the archival documents, and that Trump had both possession and control. Margolis pointed out: "Seeing as Mar-a-Lago is Trump’s Florida home, it is protected by Secret Service, making it far more secure than whatever setup they likely had at the former furniture store space. There is no mention of what kind of security measures are in place to protect the Obama documents — if there are any at all." Ibraham cited a Chicago Tribune article from 2016: "contrary to the claims by PJ Media, it is secured and not open to the public. The Tribune reported that Obama’s documents would remain there until the opening of the Obama Presidential Center, and only then would some documents be available for public viewing." I can't find anything in this article that explains how the documents are "secured," only that they're not open to the public.  But as Snopes added, other presidential materials sat in undistinguished storage spaces (and there were no FBI raids). The article also noted that documents of previous presidents were also kept in temporary storage facilities. George H.W. Bush’s papers were kept in a “strip mall space previously occupied by a bowling alley and a Chinese restaurant,” for example, while Bill Clinton’s were in a former Oldsmobile dealership near his future library in Arkansas.  There is no legitimate reason why Snopes would throw a "False" flag at PJ Media for this story.  Snopes, like other liberal media outlets, have a situational concern for the security of classified documents. They certainly didn't have it when classified documents were flowing in and out of Hillary Clinton's private email server. 
Yesterday — September 28th 2022NB Blog Feed

Scarborough: In Dark Days of Trump, I'd Sit At Night and Listen to Churchill Speeches

As soon as Morning Joe brought on Jon Meacham to talk about Winston Churchill's speech rallying the British people during the darkest days of WWII, you knew that Joe Scarborough would try to tie it to former President Trump and the alleged threat to democracy, etc. And sure enough, after the clip of Churchill's "finest hour" speech was played, Scarborough said: "In the dark days of American democracy, four, five years ago, sometimes at night, with the lights off, I would put Churchill's speeches on, and just close my eyes and listen."     We can neither confirm nor debunk Scarborough's claim. But when we imagine Scarborough sitting in the dark, somehow we see him grooving to the Grateful Dead's greatest hits, with all that entails. Note: Scarborough introduced Meacham only as a "presidential historian," thereby failing to disclose that Meacham is a Biden adviser and speechwriter. In a segment devoted to speechmaking, Scarborough's omission was particularly egregious. For there can be no greater contrast in oratory than that between Churchill's stirring words, and Biden's rumbling, bumbling, stumbling emissions. On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough claiming that during the dark days of Donald Trump, he would sit at night with the lights off and listen to the WWII speeches of Winston Churchill was sponsored in part by Abbott, maker of Skyrizi, Liberty Mutual, Flex Seal, United Health Care, and Subway.       Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 9/28/22 6:36 am EDT JOE SCARBOROUGH: Right now, let's bring in presidential historian Jon Meacham. Jon, it's great to have you here. You're out today with a new episode of your award-winning podcast series, "It Was Said."  My favorite podcast that's out there, and in the season-two premier, you talk about Winston Churchill's powerful, the "finest hour" speech, delivered in June of 1940, one month after the premiership,  he rose to the premiership at a time very few in America or across the world gave Great Britain a chance of pushing back and stopping a Nazi invasion of the island. Here's a little bit of that speech. WINSTON CHURCHILL: If we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age, made more sinister and perhaps more protracted by the lights of perverted science.  Let us, therefore, brace ourselves to our duty. So bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for 1,000 years, men will still say, this was their finest hour. SCARBOROUGH: Just an absolutely remarkable speech, Jon. You know, first of all, since this podcast series is about speeches, let's talk about Churchill for one second. As an orator, I, let's just say in the dark days of American democracy, four, five years ago, sometimes at night, with the lights off, I would put Churchill's speeches on and just close my eyes and listen.

NewsBusters Podcast: A Buzzkill for the 'Festival of Fact-Checking'

This week, PolitiFact is hosting "United Facts of America," a so-called "festival of fact-checking. But the virtual conference, like their website, betrays that they identify strongly with the liberal media, hosting journalists from NPR, PBS, and CNN to discuss how the conservative media is "misinforming" the nation. Our new study shows they're six times more likely to "fact check" people or websites criticizing Biden than "fact checking" the president. Biden hasn't drawn a single "Pants on Fire" as president. Let's guess this is because that would make him too.....Trumpy.  This week was supposed to provide the last installment of the Pelosi-picked panel known as the House January 6 Committee. Hurricane Ian caused a postponement, but first, former GOP congressman Denver Riggleman was interviewed twice by 60 Minutes and CBS Mornings to tout the "grand jewels" of the committee probe. We close with a reflection on James Bowman's criticism of media environmentalism in the latest edition of The New Criterion. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

There in Spirit: Nets Bury Biden Looking for Dead Congresswoman During Speech

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden proved once again he's not mentally with us anymore when he called out for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) during a speech on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health despite the fact that Walorski died in a car crash in August. While Biden may not be capable of remembering events that far back, we know he was notified of her death since he and the First Lady both put out a statement and lowered the American flag in her honor when she passed along with two staffers.  All three evening newscasts ignored the latest gaffe from our apparently senile President and instead focused on a reported Methane spill in the Baltic Sea (CBS Evening News), and Katie Couric's cancer diagnosis (ABC's World News Tonight). meanwhile, NBC spent the entire half hour of NBC Nightly News covering Hurricane Ian.  During Fox News Channel's Special Report White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich covered Biden's latest gaffe and the subsequent firestorm at the White House press briefing on whether Biden even remembered that Walorski died.  "After Biden called out for a Congresswoman who died in a car crash last month at a hunger and nutrition event," Heinrich reported. Noting that in the briefing room there was "commotion over the President's mental acuity."      During the press conference, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre "struggled to explain" Biden's gaffe:  I don't think it's all that unusual to have someone top of mind, especially as there's a big event, two big events today, and also Friday that is going to occur and so he is going to see her family. They are going to honor her. "That didn't make a lot of sense. But when pressed Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said her answer would not be changing," Heinrich quipped.  Making it crystal clear that both President Biden and the First Lady knew that Walorski died, Heinrich reported that "when Congresswoman Jackie Walorski passed away the President and First Lady released a statement saying that they were shocked and saddened at the news of her death and ordered flags lowered to half-staff."  Anchor Bret Baier jumped in to note that when he watched the press briefing, he had never "seen the press corps jump together on a question as much as the one about President Biden looking for the now deceased Congresswoman in the audience." Heinrich retorted that "it just seems like the easier response would have been an acknowledgment that the President misspoke but that’s not the answer that we got."  The terrible combination of Joe Biden's almost daily gaffes and Karine Jean-Pierre's stunning inability to put together a coherent sentence makes it obvious why the leftist news networks have no interest in covering the administration's never-ending list of incompetence and failures.  This bias by omission from the three networks was made possible by Prevagen on ABC, Liberty Mutual on CBS, and Capital One on NBC. Their information is linked. To read the relevant transcript click "expand":   FNC’s Special Report 9/28/2022 6:12:19 p.m. Eastern JACQUI HEINRICH: In the briefing room, commotion over the President's mental acuity.  KIMBERLY HALKETT: This is a legitimate question.  HEINRICH: After Biden called out for a Congresswoman who died in a car crash last month at a hunger and nutrition event.  PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Senator Booker, Representative, Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie? She was going to be here.  HEINRICH: The Press Secretary struggled to explain.  KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I don't think it's all that unusual to have someone top of mind, especially as there's a big event, two big events today, and also Friday that is going to occur and so he is going to see her family. They are going to honor her.  HEINRICH: That didn't make a lot of sense. But when pressed Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said her answer would not be changing. When Congresswoman Jackie Walorski passed away the President and First Lady released a statement saying that they were shocked and saddened at the news of her death and ordered flags lowered to half-staff, Bret.  BRET BAIER: And Jackie, quickly the hurricane obviously and the recovery effort down in Florida are topic of the day. But I watched some of that press briefing in the White House and I have not seen the press corps jump together on a question as much as the one about President Biden looking for the now deceased Congresswoman in the audience.   HEINRICH: It just seems like the easier response would have been an acknowledgment that the President misspoke but that’s not the answer that we got, Bret.  BAIER: Jacqui, thank you. 

Whoopi, Cuomo Suggest White People Don't 'Pay Attention' to Black People

Only to an American leftist can a black American host the number one daytime show, be an award-winning actress and comedian, and somehow argue that people don’t pay attention to her. During an appearance on The Chris Cuomo Project podcast to promote her movie Till, about the murder of Emmitt Till, co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg suggested current-day white Americans were “not paying attention” to black Americans in much the same way they were in 1955. At the top of the interview, Chris “Fredo” Cuomo lamented that the 1955 murder had fallen out of the news cycle and the media stopped reporting on it. “And it was huge in the 60s but I always feel Whoop, like it’s never mattered enough since. You know? Because there’s still some news there,” he said. Goldberg built off of her friend and declared that black Americans “never mattered really enough” to the country. “You now? The mere fact that institutional racism just continues on like it was nothing,” she continued, beaming in from her mansion. As they were discussing how Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley put her son’s body on display to get public attention to the crime, Goldberg suggested white Americans currently weren’t paying attention: GOLDBERG: Well, you know, how else are you going to get peoples’ attention? CUOMO: Yup. GOLDBERG: Because white people weren’t really paying much attention to us. The way that they kind of are not paying attention now in a way.     Sticking to the present, Cuomo asked about what the reaction to Till’s murder would be today. Goldberg sunk her cynical shot at white Americans almost immediately. “I think people would lose their minds much like we did during George Floyd. And I would think it would not just be black people. Because people are tired of this,” she declared. She went on to argue that it was important to “just know this story like we know Anne Frank’s story” because presumably, America needed to answer “why” it happened “and is it okay with us still?” Lazily playing Devil’s advocate, Cuomo tossed up a strawman “resistance” to Goldberg’s smears of white people and America today: So a couple of points of resistance. We’re not 1955 anymore, the progress has been tremendous, and the media and certain components of the left architect a false perception of police violence against people of color and prejudges and it doesn’t really exist the way it does today. “You can pretend to be in the dark,” she snarked. “And that’s just the way it’s going to be. You’re going to be in the dark. But know that if you’re alive in this country, you know exactly what this movie is about.” Suggesting people watching might have said racist things in the past, she rolled in a bizarre analogy about people being eggs: Chances are you may have said something that slipped out of your mouth ‘cause it didn’t occur to you it might not have been the right thing to say. People say stuff. Stuff slips out all the time. But only when you say, “You know what? I just heard myself I shouldn’t have done that.” That’s when you’ve got growth. It’s when you go, “I don’t know what you’re talking about” that you remain – that – that you’re an – you’re just an egg. You’re not hard-boiled, you’re not soft-boiled, you’re just there. It was later in the podcast after they talked about starting a new political party called the Shrimp Party, that Cuomo made a joke about being high. Goldberg denied being on anything at the time.

KJP Embarrasses Herself Battling Reporters Over Biden’s Latest Sign of Cognitive Incapacity

In what might be her worst performance as White House press secretary (in what’s already been dominated by ineptitude), Karine Jean-Pierre faced searing heat Wednesday from across the ideological spectrum of the press corps after President Joe Biden called out to Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) at a global hunger event despite the fact that Walorski died nearly two months ago. ABC’s Cecilia Vega broke through as the second reporter called on, wondering “what happened at the hunger event” as Biden “seemed to indicate she might be in the room.” In response, Jean-Pierre claimed Biden was simply “acknowledging her incredible work” on food insecurity and, because her family will meet him on Friday, “she was on his mind” and “top of mind.”     Vega wasn’t moved: “He said, ‘Jackie, are you here? Where is Jackie? She must not be here.’” Jean-Pierre doubled down that “she was on top of mind,” so it fell to CNN’s Phil Mattingly a few minutes later, who admitted he was “trying to get my head around” her excuse. “Why was he looking for her? I’m not trying to be snarky here,” he added. Unfortunately, Jean-Pierre stuck to her explanation for what should otherwise be viewed as a sign of cognitive decline. “I think people can understand...when someone is at top of mind. And — and this was such an important, uh, such an important event when we're talking about hunger,” Jean-Pierre said. Despite his apology to Jean-Pierre for asking, CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy said he was “compelled to ask...about Congresswoman Walorski.” When Jean-Pierre wanted to know “why,” Portnoy insisted her “memory...and history requires some clarity here.” Portnoy even gave Jean-Pierre an out to claim it was put in the teleprompter, but she didn’t take it and instead accused him of “jumping to a lot of conclusions” (click “expand”): PORTNOY: Can you explain where the mistake was made? Did the President — was the President confused? Was there something written in the teleprompter that he didn't recognize? Can you just help us understand what happened? JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, you're jumping to a lot of conclusions. PORTNOY: I’m simply seeking [inaudible] to find out —  JEAN-PIERRE: No, but you’re —  PORTNOY: — what happened here? JEAN-PIERRE: — but I — no, I hear you, Steven and I'm answering the question that you're jumping to a lot of conclusions. I just answered the question. If I had — if that had been the case, I would have stated that, right? I have — I would have stated that clearly — have stated what you just laid out. What I have said is that she was on top of mind and that he is going to see her family in just two days time on Friday to honor her, to honor her work, to honor, uh, to honor her legacy, if you will.  (....) PORTNOY: Would you be prepared to release the prepared remarks that the President had in the teleprompter just so we can understand? JEAN-PIERRE: I'm not understanding why — why that would be — would be necessary. We always share the remarks that the President had, um, uh, even you know, delivered. That's probably gonna be on the website. Uh, not really sure what that has to do with anything. I just answered the question about her being on top of mind. I don't think that's any — that's unusual. The Washington Post’s Matt Viser took a similar track and leaned into his role as Team Biden’s potted plant before asking about Biden’s now-infamous gaffe: “I think we all totally get why she’s top of mind. You've made that case pretty effectively. But I think the confusing part is why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the President think that she's living and in the room?” Jean-Pierre continued to gaslight by claiming she “[doesn’t] find that confusing” and “many people” have behaved this way and called out for someone because they’re “top of mind” with that being the case because Walorski was passionate about food insecurity. In the back rows, some reporters decided they had enough, including Newsmax’s James Rosen: “I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day but I'm not looking around for him anywhere.” Jean-Pierre thought she had him caught with this dead fish of a zinger: “When you sign a bill for John Lennon — Lennon as president, then we can have this conversion.” From there, chaos ensued. EWTN’s Owen Jensen first wondered “why don’t you just apologize” and continued as Jean-Pierre tried to escape by calling on a friendly reporter in USA Today’s Michael Collins.  Unfortunately for her, the shouting didn’t stop, led by al-Jazerra English’s Kimberly Halkett stating the fact that “[t]hese moments of confusion are happening with increasing frequency” and that “Americans...have concerns.” Jean-Pierre kept calling out to Collins and later scolded Halkett (click “expand”): JENSEN: Why don’t you just apologize? JEAN-PIERRE: [TO MICHAEL COLLINS] Okay, go ahead. Go ahead. [REPORTERS SHOUTING] HALKETT: But the question —  JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. HALKETT: — is the frequency, Karine.  JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. OWEN JENSEN: Wouldn’t that be the humble thing to do and just apologize? JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. HALKETT: These moments of confusion  —  JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. Go ahead. HALKETT: — are happening —  JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. HALKETT: — with increasing frequency. JENSEN: Why don’t ya just apologize? JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. Go ahead. COLLINS: Excuse me, there are reports that — HALKETT: Americans are watching this happen and have concerns.  COLLINS: — there are reports that — HALKETT: What do you say to that? JENSEN: It sounds like you’re making excuses. COLLINS: — that the Treasury Secretary — HALKETT: This is a legitimate question.  COLLINS: — Yellin is likely to leave — HALKETT: We need to have some answers. COLLINS: — this administration at the end of the year. What can you tell us about that? JEAN-PIERRE: I’m sorry. Somebody was yelling — COLLINS: Sure. JEAN-PIERRE: — over you, so — HALKETT: Just asking about the mental —  JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead.  HALKETT: — acuity of the President. JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. Go ahead. HALKETT: This is a valid question. COLLINS: There are reports that the Treasury Secretary, Yellin, is looking to leave — JEAN-PIERRE [TO HALKETT]: It is not your turn — COLLINS: — at the end of this year. JEAN-PIERRE [TO HALKETT]: — to speak. And you’re being rude to your colleagues. And let your colleague answer the question. HALKETT: I’m not being rude. I’m asking a serious question. JEAN-PIERRE [TO HALKETT]: No, I — you’re yelling — and over colleague, so that is incredibly rude. STEVEN NELSON: Can you give us an answer to the substance of the question here? JEAN-PIERRE [TO COLLINS]: Go ahead. Go ahead. HALKETT: We’re just trying to get an answer, Karine. COLLINS: There are reports that the Treasury Secretary — HALKETT: Top of mind is not a good answer. COLLINS: — Yellin is looking to leave the administration at the end of the year? What can you tell us about those reports and, also, are you preparing for the departure of other administration officials by the end of the year? A few minutes after things calmed down, Real Clear Politics’ Philip Wegmann had the last Walorski question and tried to see if Jean-Pierre would return to reality: “Does he believe he handled that reference appropriately or is this something that he would like to get back?” Jean-Pierre played dumb and, after acknowledging it's “a question...many of you have had,” proclaimed “my answer is certainly not going to change.” To see the relevant transcript from September 28's briefing, click here.

Sen. Ron Johnson Requests YouTube Docs About Censorship

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) last week requested YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki send company documents related to the censorship of Johnson's videos and the multiple suspensions his account has received. He wrote that he is giving the company until Oct. 5 to produce the documents. “YouTube has displayed a troubling track record of censoring a sitting United States Senator, the proceedings of the United States Senate, journalists that interview me, and the display of data that is entirely generated from U.S. government health agencies,” Johnson wrote.  Johnson is familiar with Big Tech censorship. Last year, NewsBusters reported that YouTube suspended him and later removed a video from his account that discussed alternative COVID-19 treatments. "YouTube's ongoing COVID censorship proves they have accumulated too much unaccountable power," he told Fox News at the time. Johnson also asked Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal why the platform censored a post containing a chart of government data about COVD-19. “.@Twitter’s ‘COVID misinformation policy only looked at information that was demonstrably and widely believed’ to be false – testified a Twitter executive last week,” Johnson tweeted last week. “Then why, @paraga, was my chart with government data about COVID-19 censored?” Big Tech platforms also have a history of suppressing content related to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The Media Research Center reported that a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates after the 2020 election showed that 36 percent of Biden voters were unaware of Hunter’s financial dealings with China. Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that it not target conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

QUASH! YouTube Removes Future Italian PM’s Speech After It Goes Viral

UPDATE: After MRC Free Speech America reached out to YouTube, the platform restored the video of Giorgia Meloni's 2019 speech. YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi offered the following statement: "Upon careful review, we determined this video is not violative of our Community Guidelines and have reinstated it. We enforce our policies regardless of the speaker’s political views and when it’s brought to our attention that a video has been mistakenly removed, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring the relevant videos or channels–as we have done with this video." ------------------------------------------------------------------ YouTube suspiciously censored a 2019 speech by future Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni just days after she was elected and the clip went viral. Coincidence? Likely not. Meloni made quite the splash this week when clips of a 2019 speech she gave at a World Congress of Families event went viral. “We will defend God, country and family,” she said during the speech, according to subtitles provided by the poster. But YouTube on Tuesday removed the original video that most of the viral clips came from, according to Legal Insurrection. A YouTube channel called “Cassius” translated videos of European politicians from languages like German, French and Swedish into English. Cassius posted the video of Meloni speaking at the event in April 2019, according to an archived version of the video. YouTube allowed Meloni’s speech to remain on its platform for nearly three and a half years before deciding to censor it after it went viral. Users attempting to view the video instead find a notice that reads “This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines.” It’s unclear exactly why the platform removed the video. The platform’s “hate speech policy” prohibits “content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups” based on attributes like “Gender Identity and Expression,” “Sex/Gender” and “Sexual orientation.” Meloni did openly speak out against the LGBT ideology. “They said it's scandalous for people to defend the natural family founded on marriage... to say no to gender ideology,” she said. Meloni later added: “I say the embarrassing ones are not us. The embarrassing ones are those who support practices like ‘womb for rent,’ abortion at nine months, and blocking the development of children with drugs at 11 years of age.” This is not the first time YouTube censored one of Meloni’s speeches. In February, the platform removed two whole days of the American Conservative Union’s live-streamed videos from the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, including Meloni’s speech. The platform removed the videos nearly a month after they were posted for allegedly violating its “election integrity policy.”  At the time, Meloni tweeted: “Google removed two full days of speeches from the YouTube channel of @CPAC, the largest conference of American conservatives. An unacceptable censorship. Solidarity with the organizers and all those present: this is not the free world we are fighting for!” YouTube did not provide MRC Free Speech America a comment by publication time. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Video: Media Meltdown Over ‘Neo-Fascist’ Italian PM Bringing Back WWII

You might think that the first female prime minister of Italy would be hailed as an advancement for women’s equality. But you would be wrong. Journalists reacted to the news that Giorgia Meloni has been elected in Italy very badly, melting down over the coming “neo-fascist” state and warning that a return to the dark days of World War II could be coming.  Over and over again on networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as the cable channels, all lashed out at the “neo-fascist” candidate. Making a comparison to the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, CBS journalist Chris Livesay hinted, “It’s stunning because of Italy’s disastrous history the last time a hard-right party rose to power.”  Later, Livesay made his dark prediction explicit: “Italy is revered for its history. But not all of that history is beautiful. And many fear that one particularly ugly chapter could soon repeat itself.”  NewsBusters media editor Bill D’Agostino made a montage of the media meltdown. Check out his video:      When host Christiane Amanpour tried to do this kind of fear mongering on PBS, it didn’t work out so well. On September 27, Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Raffaele Trombetta appeared on PBS. Amanpour fretted, “We all know that Italy was the birthplace of fascism. And her party's been accused of having roots in that.”  Trobetta shot down this alarmist media argument: “There were elections.... Giorgia Meloni is actually the leader of the main party. They got a very solid majority from the Italian people. So, I think, you know, we respect that. It's democracy functioning.”  

Latino Media Go From Mock to Shock As Migrant Buses Keep Rolling North

Reaction from the nation´s Spanish-speaking networks to the transfer of busloads of undocumented migrants from the states of Texas and Arizona to Democrat sanctuary states and cities in the North has morphed- from on-air mockery to alarm, scorn and shock, as Republican governors continue to offer that alternative to qualifying migrants crossing illegally into the country. Since April, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent the first bus to DC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN En Español, and Estrella TV have all flooded their national newscasts with close to four hours of coverage to date. The following video compilation showcases the evolution of their synchronized talking points; from the first bus arriving at DC's Union Station, through the express deportation from Martha's Vineyard of some 50 migrants sent by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: NICOLE SUÁREZ, TELEMUNDO: Telemundo News exclusively obtained the images of the first undocumented migrants sent to Washington from Texas by Governor Greg Abbott. It's his answer to President Biden's decision to withdraw the controversial Title 42. […] FELICIDAD AVELEYRA, TELEMUNDO: ... as part of his strategy to oppose the end of Trump-era border policy. […] CAROLINA SARASSA, UNIVISION: That's part of Greg Abbott's plan to question the immigration policies of President Joe Biden's administration, especially the end of the well-knownTitle 42. […] JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION: Abbott warned he would do this as part of his zero-tolerance policy against irregular immigration through the Texas border area. […] PATRICIA JANIOT, UNIVISION: Abbott warned he would do this to get President Biden to take care of the undocumented who are, he said, entering illegally through Texas. […] FRANCISCO COBOS, UNIVISION: ... to protest President Joe Biden's immigration policy […] ELYANGLÉLICA GONZÁLEZ, UNIVISION: ... to protest President Joe Biden's decision to allow Title 42 to expire […] VOCES: ... in rejection of the end of Title 42 of the Trump era […] JUAN CARLOS LÓPEZ, CNNEE: How do legislators reply to this transfer of people as if they were objects, or simply pawns for a political campaign? […] JULIO VAQUEIRO, TELEMUNDO: With this, he sends a political message ... It's a political clash […] ANA MARÍA MEJÍA, CNNEE: this issue is purely political […] CRISTINA LONDOÑO: ... It could be called 'Abbott's revenge'. […] JAVIER VEGA, TELEMUNDO: It's the bus of discord […] WENDY CASTILLO, ESTRELLA TV: This has been labeled a war […] JANIOT: ... The mayor, Muriel Bowser, says it's a humanitarian crisis. […] NACHO LOZANO, TELEMUNDO: ... the migration crisis deepens […] VOCES: ... the growing humanitarian crisis […] AVELEYRA: a crisis […] KARLA MARTINEZ, UNIVISION: ... the crisis worsens […] LONDOÑO: ...crisis […] MARTINEZ: … this crisis […] PALMIRA PEREZ, ESTRELLA TV: ... crisis ... Huge crisis […] ARLETY GONZALEZ, TELEMUNDO: ... humanitarian crisis... […] VOCES: ... a humanitarian crisis […] ALAN TACHER, UNIVISION: This is a real migration crisis […] EDWIN PITTI, UNIVISION: A crisis in every sense of the word […] MARTIN BERLANGA, TELEMUNDO: Sending these immigrants to sanctuary cities is costing taxpayers $12 million […] GONZALEZ: $12 million […] LOPEZ: $12 million […] BERLANGA: ... about 12 million dollars that we taxpayers are paying […] MARTINEZ: Well, look; fraud, kidnapping or legal action. […] LOPEZ: or likely victims of human trafficking […] SARASSA: ... alleged human trafficking […] ALIX ASPE, TELEMUNDO: And this month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could be investigated for human trafficking. ... ... a federal investigation into human trafficking […] PEDRO ULTRERAS, UNIVISION: There is an ongoing investigation and whoever is responsible will be brought to justice if it is proven that a crime was committed […] REBEKA SMYTH, TELEMUNDO: Oh Cristina, and it's a population of 20,000 people, and some locals say that receiving 50- it's not that they don't want to, it's that it's a lot for, for, for the island. The Latino media newscasts took the issue lightly at first. During this initial stage, they all hammered the talking points of “Abbot is doing this to protest President Biden's immigration policy and the end of Title 42”. However, when the buses continued to arrive in D.C., then New York, and Chicago, the conversation changed. This time around, the media chose drama, by pulling out the “humanitarian crisis” card : “it's a huge crisis!”, a ”crisis in every sense of the word!” they cried in unison. Next came the “it's hurting our pockets” stage: “This is costing us 12 million dollars!”; “12 million dollars!”; “12 million dollars that all taxpayers are paying!”. Last, but not least, came the ´lock-em-up´ twist. One Telemundo hostess sported a wide, cynical smile as she joyfully announced- “And this month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could be investigated for human trafficking.” Funny how that angle has never made the cut when reporting about the Biden migrant flights north in the dead of night! “There is an ongoing investigation and whoever is responsible will be brought to justice if it is proven that a crime was committed”, Univision´s Pedro Ultreras solemnly warned their audience in reference to a lawsuit against DeSantis for allegedly luring the migrants into making the trip with false promises.  This accusatory angle made it to the news AFTER the migrants were promptly taken away from the vacation paradise of the rich and famous, that by the way, make much ado about supporting illegal migration and welcoming the migrants into their sanctuary state. The ultimate hypocrite comment came from anchor Rebeka Smyth, from Telemundo, who lamented on-air -“Oh Cristina (Londoño), and it's a population of 20,000 people, and some locals say that receiving 50- it's not that they don't want to, it's that it's a lot for, for, for the island.” Really? Go tell that to the even smaller communities on the border towns where not 50, but thousands upon thousands of illegals cross daily. Let advertisers like Lysol know the bias they sponsor in the Spanish-language media. Call them out here.    

Actual Heart Doctor DEBUNKS Abrams’ Claims On 6-Week ‘Manufactured’ Heartbeats

On September 22, a video of far-left Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams spread across the internet, in which she claimed that six-week-old fetal heartbeats are “manufactured” sound. I sat down with a medical expert to hear the scientific debunking of Abrams’ claims.    Dr. Tara Sanders Lee, who studied heart development at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the Director of Life Sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, was astonished by Abrams' anti-science claims.  “Stacey Abrams is completely ignoring scientific fact,” Lee began.  Lee then provided legitimate scientific findings that squashed Abrams’ lies, first explaining that “the heart is the first functioning organ in a developing human being” and that it begins beating “just 22-days after fertilization.”  After destroying Abrams' basic claim, Lee then commented on the motive behind the leftist media covering for Abrams, saying: This is the playbook that they use. The media can perform these olympic level semantic gymnastics all they want but most Americans instinctively understand that a developing human organ which beats rhythmically and pumps blood through the body is in fact a heart. And I think they do this because if they can convince themselves and others that there’s actually not a living human being with a beating heart, its the only way that they can justify their support for advocating for the right to kill a baby.  Lee was spot-on with her remarks. We’ve seen time and time again how pro-abort position of the leftist media - whether it's in the glamorization of abortion, the erasing of content that doesn’t push the pro-"choice" narrative, or the promotion of blatant scientific lies, the media’s stance is clear.  Take the Planned Parenthood website, for example, which scrubbed its site regarding a 5-6-week old developing heart in utero shortly after Abrams’ video spread on Twitter. Dr. Lee was not surprised at the move, and mentioned how Planned Parenthood acted similarly when there was debate over whether or not the treatment for ectopic pregnancies counted as abortions (fyi: they don't).  Lee added that that same media is painting Senator Lindsey Graham’s 15-week abortion bill as “extreme," despite the fact that “47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion after 15-weeks," making Graham's bill far from "extreme." Lee does exceptional work fighting for the unborn over at CLI, and suggested viewers visit a partner site, Voyage of Life, to learn more about the truth of abortion and avoid falling into the bandwagon of leftist, pro-abortion fallacies.   

‘Moving’: Russell Brand ‘Censored on YouTube’ Vid Prompts Bongino to Invite Musk to Rumble Too

After commentator Russell Brand tweeted about being “censored on YouTube,” nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dan Bongino invited Tesla CEO Elon Musk to join alternative video platform Rumble. Russell Brand tweeted a video on Sept. 27 with the comment, “I’ve been censored on Youtube.” In the video, Brand said, “We have been officially censored by YouTube. They took down one of our videos for ‘misinformation,’ but why are Big Media organizations not censored for misinformation in the same way? Is it because YouTube [is] part of the mainstream media now?” Brand said he is moving his streaming and video content to Rumble. Brand said he did a video about “changing narratives around COVID[-19], the pandemic and COVID treatments.” Brand said he cited information from official government websites. YouTube censored the video, according to a screenshot displayed by Brand. Replying to Brand’s tweet, Elon Musk tweeted, “Good point.” Dan Bongino then encouraged Elon Musk to join Rumble as well. Musk is currently in a legal battle about his proposed purchase of Twitter to make it more pro-free speech “Elon, It would be really incredible if you and Rumble got together. A force multiplier like no other,” Bongino tweeted. Musk simply responded, “I’m a little preoccupied rn.” YouTube quietly updated its draconian COVID-19 misinformation policy recently, tacitly admitting it had been wrong to censor some content about masks and vaccines. YouTube’s rank hypocrisy was on display in its recent update of its policies. It removed or edited standards that had been used to censor and remove content, besides allowing leftist media to spread false statements on the platform. Brand said he does have a responsibility to ensure that what he says on YouTube is accurate, and noted that his language in the censored video was slightly inaccurate in one instance; he said, “recommending” instead of “trialing.”  He then called out YouTube for hypocrisy. Brand juxtaposed how he said YouTube treated his video to how the platform treated MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for comments on COVID-19. Maddow falsely claimed in a YouTube video, “Now we know that the [COVID] vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person. A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus, the virus does not infect them.” Even NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that individuals can still get infected with COVID-19 after they’ve been vaccinated. The CDC also says, “People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19.” The MSNBC clip is still available and uncensored on YouTube. It merely has a label from YouTube linked to the “latest information from the CDC” on the COVID-19 vaccines. Brand said that being “censored on YouTube” for a “relatively minor error” is the reason he is making the move to Rumble. The video is available on Brand’s Rumble channel. Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube here and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

WATCH: Influencer An0maly Blasts ‘Evil’ Big Tech Fact-Checkers for Censorship

Social media influencer An0maly has had it with the leftist social media fact-checkers and decided it was about time to put their ‘evil’ operations on blast in a new documentary. An0maly’s “MINI DOCUMENTARY” ripped Facebook fact-checking partners like Science Feedback and Lead Stories for shoddy work that causes posts to get censored. An0maly proclaimed he was going to “expose you frauds on every single platform” and make them “answer to the public.”  He continued dressing down fact-checkers for their history of left-wing spin on facts while disguising themselves as truth gatekeepers. “Do you know you’re dishonest,” he asked. “Do you know you’re sloppy? Do you know that you’re ruining a lot of people’s lives and careers who don’t deserve it? Do you know you’re making mistakes? Do you know that you’re sucking away tens of thousands upon millions of dollars from people when you’re wrong?” According to Facebook, users fail to click through fact-check interstitials 95 percent of the time. An0maly told MRC Free Speech America in a Twitter direct message that “Facebook has been fact-checking posts that I can prove are 100% factual” for “years.” The censored posts included “CDC quotes, NBC news articles, New York Times screenshots. Basic stuff. Facebook refused to correct it,” An0maly said. “Fact Check organizations act smug & elitist.” In the social media influencer’s view, “Something very nefarious is going on here & Big Tech’s customer service is garbage.” The social media influencer called out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his documentary for letting his propaganda apparatus run wild with little to no accountability.  “Mark Zuckerberg, how do you allow this to happen on your platform?” he asked. “You guys are horrible now. You’re evil. Who cares if you’re building a VR set for the Metaverse? You treat humans like garbage, or your staff treats humans like absolute garbage!” An0maly pulled no punches: “Who’s fact-checking the fact-checkers? I am, and I’m not done.” Watch An0maly’s entire documentary below:     An0maly slammed a Science Feedback fact-check by “imbeciles” at the French-registered organization Science Feedback that Instagram used to censor one of his videos. The video covered a Nuclear Threat Initiative simulation of a monkeypox outbreak getting censored for so-called “False Information.” In an email exchange between the fact-checker and An0maly, Science Feedback used the opinions of random users commenting on his Instagram post to arbitrarily accuse the influencer of claiming that the “monkeypox outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic might have been planned, for instance.” But An0maly didn’t say that in his video. Science Feedback then quoted An0maly in the Instagram video saying that “they planned their response of a coronavirus pandemic, and then six months later really rolled out the plan that they had. It’s worth talking about.” But the quote Science Feedback critiqued was taken from an entirely “different live stream” posted by the influencer on Facebook. If that wasn’t bad enough, the fact-checker ended up stating the same thing An0maly said about a planned “response” to a pandemic that it originally critiqued as false: AN0MALY: “[T]hey planned their response of a coronavirus pandemic, and then six months later really rolled out the plan.” SCIENCE FEEDBACK: “Pandemic preparedness exercises aim to improve the global response to pandemics and don’t constitute evidence of an orchestrated disease outbreak.” Science Feedback twisted An0maly’s words to argue a straw man. “Instagram is now allowing an organization based in France to read thousands of my comments & blame me for what other people say,” An0maly told MRC Free Speech America. Why is @ScienceFeedback allowed to claim that I made commenters on my Instagram video think things — and trace it back to other social media videos I made? Not fair. Not accurate. Tyrants. pic.twitter.com/vbokuS87j2 — An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) September 28, 2022 Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

KABLAM! Big Three Ignore $9 Trillion Obliterated from Americans’ Wealth

The stock market plunged at the end of the second quarter, blotting out a whopping $9 trillion worth of Americans’ wealth. But the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news shows completely ignored the news on Tuesday night.  “Americans’ holdings of corporate equities and mutual fund shares fell to $33 trillion at the end of the second quarter, down from $42 trillion at the start of the year,” CNBC acknowledged in a Sept. 27 story. To put that in perspective, U.S. GDP in 2021 was roughly $23 trillion, according to The World Bank, meaning that an equivalent of almost 40 percent of U.S. GDP just disappeared from Americans’ collective pocketbooks.  To emphasize this point further, counting $1 every second and stopping at $1 trillion would take approximately 31,688 years. As a result, it would take 285,192 years to count from $1 to the $9 trillion that hemorrhaged from Americans’ stock portfolios last quarter.   This makes omissions of the sinking stock market news by the major news networks all the more egregious. ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News — CNBC’s sister network’s evening news show zeroed out coverage of the critical story on their Sept. 27 broadcasts. The same Big Three evening networks also downplayed the S&P 500’s worst start “ever” in January.  Go figure.  Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi reportedly told CNBC that the stock market drop “could reduce real GDP growth by nearly 0.2 percentage points over the coming year,” adding to an already difficult year for Americans struggling under high inflation. But not a word of that was mentioned on the Big Three evening news shows last night.  Instead, ABC World News Tonight continued its drumbeat of Jan. 6th Committee coverage. CBS Evening News showed footage of NASA’s asteroid mission. And NBC Nightly News did a segment on Hispanic American Month.  With 58 percent of Americans reporting that they own stock, per a May Gallup poll, the stock market plunge is huge news for the millions of Americans potentially at risk. But apparently, for the scoffing liberal news networks, this news wasn’t important enough for any evening coverage. NewsBusters Analyst Kevin Tober contributed to this report.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News 818-460-7477, CBS News 212-975-3247 and NBC News 212-664-6192 and demand they report on the $9 trillion stock market plunge.

The View Lashes Out at DeSantis for Thanking Biden for Hurricane Help

With Hurricane Ian bearing down on Florida, politics was rightly put aside as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and President Biden (D) were working together to get resources and support to the state. But the cackling coven of ABC’s The View were so filled with hate in their hearts that they lashed out at DeSantis for thanking Biden and suggested he was like a little dictator. But one cast member took issue with how their network and the media were playing politics with the storm even calling it “clickbait.” At the top of the show, they played two quotes from DeSantis thanking Biden and talking about how politics was being put aside to the benefit of the people (Click “expand”): My phone line's open. When people's lives and property are at risk like this, we all need to work together regardless of party lines. The Biden administration has approved our request for a pre-landfall declaration and did that very quickly. So, we're thankful for that. [Transition] And it's my sense that the administration, you know, wants to help. I think they realize that this is a really significant storm, and there's a lot of people that we're working with the locals. We work very well with them, of course at the state level, but we really need everyone working together to make sure people have their needs tended to. But as they came back, co-host Whoopi Goldberg had an inexplicable attitude and sneer as she bashed DeSantis for his comments. “Well I mean, he's the president of the United States, that includes Florida. And you don't have to, you know, you don't have to agree with him about stuff, but these are his people, your people, our people. That's what you are supposed to,” she ranted.     The not-so joyful Joy Behar chimed in next to do a mocking little jig with her hands raised and suggest that governments preparing for a hurricane was something Republicans didn’t like: socialism. She also leaned on the intellectually vapid argument that firefighters and police are socialist programs: BEHAR: Isn't it socialism when the government helps you? SUNNY HOSTIN: That's what they say. Like social security and Medicare and Medicaid and things like that. BEHAR: Yeah, and the fire department’s got to come and the police. I mean, socialism! [Raises hands and does a mocking dance] Always vile “Sunny Hostin” (a fake name) chimed in to rhetorically ask, “what are we going to see from the individual mayors and what kind of leadership will we see from DeSantis?” She was just teeing herself up to suggest he’ll be good at organizing for the storm because he’s like a little dictator. “DeSantis, in my view, he's like, you know, he likes to have like a little fiefdom. He likes to be in charge,” she ripped. The most surprising comments came from co-host Sara Haines who took issue with the media’s politicized coverage of Hurricane Ian. The View falls under the ABC News umbrella and Haines didn’t like how their information “packet” was framing DeSantis’s comments as “DeSantis praises Biden, praises Biden, praises Biden.” Her gripe seemed to be that the network was overhyping comments as some sort of victory for Biden and decried it as “clickbait.” She also disapproved of how the media’s questions to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, during a White House press conference on Tuesday, boiled down to “did Biden call DeSantis? Did Biden call DeSantis?” “[I]f we're going to say we're consistent and worried about humans and a storm and all coming together, the coverage of that should also show that,” she said. These attacks on DeSantis while he’s trying to organize a respond to a hurricane were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from CarShield and L’Oréal. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 28, 2022 11:01:47 a.m. Eastern WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Well, Florida's bracing for a Hurricane Ian to make landfall in just a few hours and the Governor DeSantis says it's all hands on deck to prepare for what's coming and that includes reaching across the aisle for help. Take a look. [Cuts to video] GOV. RON DESANTIS (R-FL): My phone line's open. When people's lives and property are at risk like this, we all need to work together regardless of party lines. The Biden administration has approved our request for a pre-landfall declaration and did that very quickly. So, we're thankful for that. [Transition] And it's my sense that the administration, you know, wants to help. I think they realize that this is a really significant storm, and there's a lot of people that we're working with the locals. We work very well with them, of course at the state level, but we really need everyone working together to make sure people have their needs tended to. [Cuts back to live] GOLDBERG: Well I mean, he's the president of the United States, that includes Florida. And you don't have to, you know, you don't have to agree with him about stuff, but these are his people, your people, our people. That's what you are supposed to. This is what they did in New Jersey with Obama and Chris Christie. You know? That's the job of the administration. That's what they're supposed to do. JOY BEHAR: Isn't it socialism when the government helps you? SUNNY HOSTIN: That's what they say. Like social security and Medicare and Medicaid and things like that. BEHAR: Yeah, and the fire department’s got to come and the police. I mean, socialism! [Raises hands and does a mocking dance] (…) 11:04:59 a.m. Eastern HOSTIN: But I wonder, what are we going to see from the individual mayors and what kind of leadership will we see from DeSantis? BEHAR: You know what really ticks me off? GOLDBERG: I think we should wait a day or two and let this do what it's going to do. BEHAR: Yeah, he'll be fine. I think he'll handle it. He's not stupid. GOLDBERG: No, no. She's talking about the gov—she’s talking about the other folks in the -- HOSTIN: I hope he can organize in the way that the Puerto Rican governor -- he took a lot of flak for it, but he really organized Puerto Rico and organized those mayors, and the mayor of San Juan especially where when you think about DeSantis, in my view, he's, like, you know, he likes to have like a little fiefdom. He likes to be in charge. [Crosstalk] SARA HAINES: I thought the – GOLDBERG: Sorry. HAINES: It’s all right. The coverage, like when we're talking about it, we say this is what presidents do because they don't just help the people that voted for them. They help all people. So, what we saw was very normal, but the part that kind of caught me was the coverage of it because we were reading our packets and it kept saying “DeSantis praises Biden, praises Biden, praises Biden.” And I'm looking and I'm, like, “where’s the praise?” I see this, “thank you for your help, Mr. President.” And I thought, when did that become -- when did politics become so ugly that so say, I'm grateful – which I'm not criticizing the language. I'm saying the coverage of it was like clickbait. And yesterday during the hearing with the FEMA – the administrator from the FEMA – Sorry. The FEMA administrator who was running this press conference, every question was, “did Biden call DeSantis? Did Biden call DeSantis?” And it’s kind of like, if we're going to say we're consistent and worried about humans and a storm and all coming together, the coverage of that should also show that. (…)

Plus Size Pop Icon Lizzo Lauded for Historically Inappropriate Moves

In a crazy clash of classiness and trashiness, popular singer Lizzo played James Madison’s 200- year-old crystal flute at her concert in DC while scantily clad and twerking.  In typical narcissistic fashion, she tweeted: “NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD THIS FAMOUS CRYSTAL FLUTE BEFORE  NOW YOU HAVE  IM THE FIRST & ONLY PERSON TO EVER PLAY THIS PRESIDENTIAL 200-YEAR-OLD CRYSTAL FLUTE— THANK YOU @librarycongress ”  As referenced in Lizzo’s tweet, the flute is owned  by the Library of Congress. Lizzo is mainly known for being a singer and “body positivity” icon, but she has also been a flutist since grade school.  Despite the distasteful display, Lizzo’s actions were largely glorified by the media. NPR dotingly described Lizzo’s marvelous moment as follows: “Clad in a shimmering bodysuit, she gingerly accepted the instrument and carried it carefully to the standing microphone a few steps away, remarking that ‘it's like playing out of a wine glass, so be patient.’”  Evidently, everything about Lizzo was elegant that night, according to NPR’s pleasant prose: “Lizzo lined up her fingers and played a clear, reverberating note — then widened her eyes and stuck out her tongue in apparent amazement. She played another trill while twerking to the beat, as the audience roared.”  Even reading this is gross.  Of course there were efforts to frame this event through the lens of race. In a tweet with over 17,000 likes, Law Professor Tiffany C. Li glowingly remarked, “Lizzo, a Black female superstar, collaborating with Carla Hayden, the first African American and first woman Librarian of Congress, to use a flute from James Madison, the Founding Father who originated the 3/5 Compromise and also the Library of Congress itself? The symbolism!!!” Er, if you say so … Adding to the obscenity, Lizzo exclaimed, “B***h, I just twerked and played James Madison’s crystal flute from the 1800s. We just made history tonight!”  Ideas of history, along with those of beauty and class, just ain’t what they used to be. 

Pregnant Comedian Kicks Off Peacock Series With ‘Killer Abortion Jokes’

“I feel guilty, not getting an abortion when I still had the chance.” Peacock’s Ladykiller series is set to debut on September 30. The series is a comedy special where comedian Jena Friedman will talk about “marriage, motherhood, and murder” with a strong emphasis on the pro-abort narrative.  The trailer alone gave a great indicator on not only the views of Friedman but of the kind of content Peacock features on its platform.  The first line of the 80 second trailer starts with Freidman’s utter support of abortion: “I feel guilty, not getting an abortion when I still had the chance,” she spoke to her audience.  “Sorry,” she added while turning to expose her very pregnant belly and then continuing “while we still had the chance.” Her sarcasm on that last “joke” was deafening.  The audience erupted into laughter at her insistence that there was a “we” due to the fact that she was pregnant. I presume they’re all in support of dehumanizing unborn children in order to justify their radical pro-death views.  “It feels like I’m passing up free tickets to the Rolling Stones. They might not be around in a month,” she persisted.  Great, now getting an abortion is equated to snagging tickets to the endangered species that is the Rolling Stones. Glad to know that the life of a child is placed at the same significance as concert tickets.  Friedman doesn’t stop there (remember this is just the 80 second trailer and I presume much, much worse things are said in the actual series). “For 50 years, both abortions and Mick Jagger have been servicing women,” she went on.  OK that one was low-key funny but only because abortions and Mick Jagger are both horrible dis-services to women.  Her last line (for now) pressed on the “pro-choice” narrative: I know abortion is a sensitive topic and if anything I say makes you uncomfortable, feel free to leave. I would never dare force you to do anything against your will. The crowd, yet again loved that joke as they presumably seem to think that abortion bans are ways to “control” women “against their will” … in reality, abortion bans have one goal: stop the inhumane, unjust, unnecessary murder of innocent human babies.  Unfortunately, Freidman wasn’t overdramatizing her talking points for the entertainment aspect. In a statement following filming Ladykiller, Freidmen said that the show “made me really appreciate having a platform where I could talk about some of the things I have been losing sleep over since Roe was overturned, and to do so particularly before the midterms.”  Great, so she really is just a horrible human.  Ladies and gents, use this as your warning to NOT watch Ladykiller.

Mulkey Takes LSU Women’s Basketball Helm, Woke Mob Screams ‘Homophobe!’

Kim Mulkey just left Baylor University to become head women’s basketball coach at LSU, putting herself in the crosshairs of the Left. According to leftist weenies with blogs, she’s bringing her anti-LGBT baggage with her, igniting renewed attacks for not playing ball with the woke mob that celebrates anything that is not heteronormative. Or any lesbian named Brittney Griner.  When Mulkey coached Griner at Baylor University years ago, she was the “bigot” who told her star player keep her lesbianism to herself. More recently, Mulkey refused to join the pity party crying over Griner’s Russian imprisonment. For declining to support woke malarkey on Griner, Mulkey is public enemy No. 1.  Now reviled as a Trumpy homophobe, Mulkey is fair game any time she makes the news. Forgotten is the fact she was the first woman in history to win Olympic and Pan-American gold medals in basketball, along with national college championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She’s a horrible person because she would not acknowledge Griner’s sexuality or comment on her Russian imprisonment.  “I would never want to play for someone like that,” ESPN’s Jalen Rose moaned. “That’s so rude and disrespectful.”  The Nation said Mulkey is not capable of offering human decency, declining to offer a simple nod of support for poor Griner, serving a nine-year prison sentence for drug smuggling. The leftist rag also warned female basketball prospects to consider Mulkey’s betrayal of the all-mighty LGBTQTIA when considering college scholarship offers. A former player’s tweet said Mulkey’s silence on Griner “speaks volumes.”  Outsports raged that Mulkey presided over a “dark undercurrent” at Baylor and now brings “considerable baggage and questions about how she’ll handle any potential out athletes on the LSU roster. Over the past two decades, Mulkey has exhibited a pattern of discomfort with the topic of gay and lesbian athletes.”  The LGBT’s useful media idiots keep pressing Mulkey to get woke, but she says her players’ sexuality is their own private business. That’s not exactly the ringing capitulation demanded by LGBT fascists. Griner previously said Mulkey’s hush-hush policy on sexuality “was a recruiting thing. The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play at Baylor.  “It was more of an unwritten law [to not discuss your sexuality]... It was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know, just don’t do it. They kind of tried to make it like, ‘Why put your business out on the street like that?”  A lesbian teammate of Griner's at Baylor, Emily Nkosi, said Mulkey was a member of a region known for its conservative and homophobic belief system. Mulkey bought into that belief system.  Outsports is hoping Mulkey’s worldview will benefit from leaving Baylor’s homophobic environment and get woke at LSU, with its myriad of LGBT alphabet clubs.  Other sports figures crumble like cake before the demands of the LGBT and its media minions, but Mulkey is solid as a rock and not ready to crack. 

Nets Yawn at Bloody Violence in Soros-Backed DA's Philly

Another day, another spasm of violence in Philadelphia, a major city where George Soros spent $1.7 million to elect far-left Democrat District Attorney Larry Krasner. Yet, typically, the networks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning mostly ignored the shooting of five teenagers at a local Philadelphia high school.  An epidemic of violence has swept the city, — murders are about to hit 400 on the year — but NBC couldn’t be bothered and CBS and ABC barely noticed. On Wednesday’s CBS Mornings, co-host Gayle King allowed 23 seconds. She quickly noted, “Police in Philadelphia say a gunman targeted a group of high school football players after a scrimmage yesterday. One of the players, a 14-year-old teenager, was killed. Four others were wounded, and police are still looking for the attackers.”      With no irony, King added, “Now this shooting happened just hours after the mayor banned guns and other deadly weapons from all recreation areas in the city.” Apparently banning guns at rec centers didn’t solve the problem.  The only other coverage came from Tuesday’s World News Tonight. Anchor David Muir allowed 15 seconds:  Tonight, authorities say there’s been a deadly shooting following a high school football scrimmage in Philadelphia. Authorities say one player was killed, four others wounded as they were walking off the field at Roxborough High School. Police say they were ambushed by two gunmen shooting from a Ford Explorer.  According to WHYY Philadelphia, Soros donated almost 30 percent of all the money spent to get Krasner the nomination. And now in his second term, Krasner is not prosecuting criminals aged 18 to 25: Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner has presided over a surge in violent crime, and his new policy promises more of it. Krasner recently announced plans to de-prosecute crimes for offenders aged 18 to 25, ignoring how this age group tends to contain the most violent of criminal defendants. Krasner’s office has established a new unit that will move some 18-to-25-year-old defendants into “rehabilitative programming” instead of seeking criminal punishments. Krasner has been accused of abusing the grand jury process in order to charge a police officer with murder. All of this deserves some investigating from the networks. But they don’t want to touch the crime wave in Democratic Philadelphia, as well as the George Soros connection.  The minimizing of a crime epidemic in Philadelphia was sponsored by Progressive insurance on CBS and by Weather Tech on ABC. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more:  CBS Mornings 9/28/2022 7:15AM ET  GAYLE KING: Police in Philadelphia say a gunman targeted a group of high school football players after a scrimmage yesterday. One of the players, a 14-year-old teenager, was killed. Four others were wounded, and police are still looking for the attackers. Philadelphia's been hit by a rise in violence in recent years. Now this shooting happened just hours after the mayor banned guns and other deadly weapons from all recreation areas in the city. ------------------------------------------------------------ ABC's World News Tonight 9/28/2022 6:51PM ET  DAVID MUIR: Tonight, authorities say there's been a deadly shooting following a high school football scrimmage in Philadelphia. Authorities say one player was killed, four others wounded as they were walking off the field at Roxborough High School. Police say they were ambushed by two gunmen shooting from a Ford Explorer. 

Editor’s Pick: Free Beacon on the Blackout of Dem Facing Sexual Assault Claim

Over with our friends at the Washington Free Beacon, staff writer Josh Christenson posted a study showing the liberal media have largely ignored sexual assault allegations against Iowa Democratic senatorial candidate Mike Franken, who’s seeking to take down longtime Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Christenson wrote that Franken — who’s been “accused of forcibly kissing his former campaign manager Kim Strope-Boggus” back “in April” — has been aided since the revelation arose on September 19 by a liberal media unconcerned with this story as CNN and MSNBC have yet to give “a single second of coverage to the alleged sexual misconduct.”  “Likewise, mainstream papers like the New York Times and Washington Post have also failed to report on the allegations,” Christenson said. He noted that Politico came through with a story on Monday, joining local media outlets (including the state’s largest paper, the Des Moines Register). For his part, Franken has denied the allegations, saying he was “just so disappointed that anything negative has come up about this” and “it didn’t happen.” While a police report was filed, the Des Moines Police Department closed the case without charges Along with Christenson’s reporting, we can add that the broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC have also ignored the claims against Franken. To read Christenson’s full post, click here.

RACISM! 'Stranger Things' Star Only Has 15.4 Million Instagram Followers

Here’s a serious question: If you had 15.4 million Instagram followers and were a main character on a wildly popular TV show, would you consider yourself a victim of racism? (Or of anything, really?). If you wouldn’t, you’re probably a normal person. But Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix hit drama show “Stranger Things,” doesn’t see it that way. McLaughlin spoke at the Heroes Comic Con in Belgium this past weekend, where he described how he’s purposely been shunned by fans of the show because he is black. He recounted times where he had meet and greet tables at events, but that those people would avoid him for how his character acted in the show. here's caleb talking about how he had to deal with racism just because he was "the black kid who was mean to eleven in season 1" and felt like it was important to share his thoughts on that :) #StrangerThings #TUDUM #CalebMcLaughlin @HComicConBE pic.twitter.com/JZoXS9aaBW — L ☾ met timothée (@spideychaIamet) September 25, 2022 “My very first Comic Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, like, ‘Oh, I didn’t wanna be in line because you were mean to Eleven (the show’s protagonist),’” McLaughlin said. “Even now, some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m Black.” Related: Don’t Agree With Time Mag Lefties? You Might be a Christian Nationalist McLaughlin also said that his parents were the ones that suggested the absurd theory that his Instagram following is a sign of racism (15.4 million followers is less than some other castmates have. But it's still a few million more people than the population of greater Los Angeles.) So there’s a lot wrong here. McLaughlin said he could “feel” people being racist towards him, but he admitted that some people said they wouldn’t choose to be around him because of how his character in the show treated Eleven, the show’s protagonist. While it's incredibly stupid to judge a real person for how his character acted in a fictional show, that doesn’t automatically mean race is involved (by the way, he never mentioned a time when someone explicitly told him they wouldn’t come in his line because of his skin color). Furthermore, McLaughlin’s smaller following on social media also does not mean that Stranger Things fans are inherently being prejudiced towards him. One of the many possible explanations for the disparity in followers is that he plays a character that might not be as popular as the show’s other major players (Eleven, Dustin, Nancy, etc.). Once again, unless you’re purposefully looking for this to be a surefire sign of racism, it’s probably nothing to worry about. The problem with such claims is that each time a “story” like this emerges, it continues to cheapen the meaning and validity of the word “racism.” In today’s world, racism has come to predominantly describe any disparate outcomes between between black and white people, whether it's with a celebrity having a certain amount of Instagram followers, or how many black coaches are hired in the NFL, or whether or not black and white people receive the same amount of criticism for their wrongdoings. It no longer carries the seriousness it once did, thus creating a world where anyone who doesn’t get what they want - or have what others have - is automatically a victim of prejudice. That’s a pretty upside-down way for McLaughlin, or anyone else, to view the world.

Italian Ambassador Debunks Media's Fascist Label Of New Prime Minister

Raffaele Trombetta will soon be leaving his job as Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, but before he does he had to travel over to Tuesday’s Amanpour and Company on PBS to debunk the media’s idea that his country’s new conservative prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, is a fascist. Initially, Christiane Amanpour didn’t directly accuse Meloni of being a fascist, but noted that other people are, “So, you've had a long time to get used to—to get used to-- this. So, how should we all be looking at what's just happening in Italy? I mean, we all know that Italy was the birthplace of fascism. And her party's been accused of having roots in that.”     A lot of those accusations have come from the media and Trombetta wasn’t having any of it as he observed that democracy means candidates the media doesn’t like will occasionally win, “I think this is a result of a very democratic process. You know, there were elections. The coalition, I know the -- Giorgia Meloni is actually the leader of the main party. They got a very solid majority from the Italian people. So, I think, you know, we respect that. It's democracy functioning.” Amanpour then gained some semblance of self-awareness as she realized she was talking to a nonpartisan civil servant, but not enough to drop the matter, “So, I know that you're a diplomat and not a politician. But I do need to try to figure out how we should all be looking at it. Whether we should all be, you know, worried and scared as we were talking to Senator Leahy about the backsliding of democracy.” She then played a clip of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on CNN International, which Amanpour and Company also airs on, declaring that while he and Meloni are “rivals,” that does not make her a fascist and any fear mongering about the state of Italian democracy is “fake news.” That should’ve ended the conversation. A partisan politician who opposes Meloni, but who knows that she’s not a fascist has more sense than most of the media, but Amanpour continued to press Trombetta more directly, “Do you believe that, that it's fake news?” Trombetta agreed and argued that not only is Meloni not a fascist, her party’s is a typical European conservative party, “I do believe that. ... Also, if you also consider the very statement that they’ve been making before the election. Let’s talk about Russia for instance, they have been very supportive of Italian government actions, you know, to support Ukraine. So, yeah, I don't see any danger at all.” Unwilling to take no for an answer, Amanpour continued, “how does a party like that -- it didn't just suddenly spring into popularity. These kind of right-wing roots in, you know, World War II fascist movements, have become mainstream. How did that happen?... It wasn't like Germany, who called out the Nazis and called it out and just, you know, tried to eradicate that moment and come to terms with it. Italy did something different. Can you explain that?” For Trombetta, the answer is very simple: Italy is a democracy and conservatives exist, “Well, I think if you look also at the elections over the years, it's always the 40, 45 percent of the Italian people who are, let's say, on the conservative side. Now, they may switch sometimes from one party to the other, but the bulk is there.” Trombetta, like Renzi, has proved that journalists should listen to the Italians before projecting their own anti-GOP sentiments onto other countries. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the September 27 show: PBS Amanpour and Company 9/27/2022 11:21 PM ET CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: So, you've had a long time to get used to—to get used to-- this. So, how should we all be looking at what's just happening in Italy? I mean, we all know that Italy was the birthplace of fascism. And her party's been accused of having roots in that. RAFFAELE TROMBETTA: I think this is a result of a very democratic process. You know, there were elections. The coalition, I know the -- Giorgia Meloni is actually the leader of the main party. They got a very solid majority from the Italian people. So, I think, you know, we respect that. It's democracy functioning. AMANPOUR: So, I know that you're a diplomat and not a politician. But I do need to try to figure out how we should all be looking at it. Whether we should all be, you know, worried and scared as we were talking to Senator Leahy about the backsliding of democracy. Let me just play for you then the words of an Italian politician, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. MATTEO RENZI: I was against Giorgia Meloni, so I’m not her best friend, we grew up together in politics, but we were—we are and will be rivals always. At the same time, I think that is not a danger for Italian democracy. She is my rival. I -- we -- I'm rival. We will continue to fight each other. But the ideas are now, there is a risk of fascism in Italy, is absolutely a fake news. AMANPOUR: Do you believe that, that it's fake news? TROMBETTA: I do believe that. As I was saying, I mean, it was -- you know, our people voted and they -- she was elected. Also -- I mean, she was of course, you know, a party. Also, if you also consider the very statement that they’ve been making before the election. Let’s talk about Russia for instance, they have been very supportive of Italian government actions, you know, to support Ukraine. So, yeah, I don't see any danger at all. AMANPOUR: You must have been -- you know, I mean, you're watching your country's politics. We'll get to the fact that it lurches back and forth at the drop of a hat. And we've had so many prime ministers in so few years. But how does -- and I've heard a lot of conversation and questioning around this, how does a party like that -- it didn't just suddenly spring into popularity. These kind of right-wing roots in, you know, World War II fascist movements, have become mainstream. How did that happen? How did that happen in Italy? Because I know that there was an attempt to unify after World War II. It wasn't like Germany, who called out the Nazis and called it out and just, you know, tried to eradicate that moment and come to terms with it. Italy did something different. Can you explain that? TROMBETTA: Well, I think if you look also at the elections over the years, it's always the 40, 45 percent of the Italian people who are, let's say, on the conservative side. Now, they may switch sometimes from one party to the other, but the bulk is there. And I think what Giorgia Meloni has done and their party in the last few years is basically to be a convincing party for that sort of -- that side of the Italian electorate, of the Italian people. They have been, to say, convincing. They have been very consistent also in their message, you know, to the public. So, I think rather than linking it to the fascists, I would actually connect that to the fact that, as I say, there's 40, 45 percent of the Italian electorate with, of course, some swings from one election to the others, who is generally conservative.

Confused NY Times Rejoices GOP Govs Migrant Bus ‘Stunts’ Are ‘Backfiring’

The smugly liberal New York Times has long convinced itself Republicans only want to make illegal immigrants suffer, which explains how the paper’s “The Morning” newsletter Monday got the recent “busing migrants to Martha's Vineyard” story the wrong way around: The moves by the governors of Texas and Florida to bus migrants to liberal enclaves were not about punishing migrants so much as exposing the hypocrisy of American "sanctuary city" liberals (and it worked). Newsletter writer German Lopez talked to Times immigration reporter Miriam Jordan (a selection of Lopez’s questions appear in italics below), and they commiserated over the Republican “stunts,” while reveling in the migrants’ success in America as some kind of backfire against the governors. Lopez set the table: Good morning. Republican governors’ immigration stunts are actually helping some migrants. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida created a firestorm this month for what he did to about 50 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who had recently crossed the southern border: He put them on two planes that took them to Martha’s Vineyard, the famously liberal and upscale vacation destination in Massachusetts. He was following the lead, albeit more explosively, of his fellow G.O.P. governor Greg Abbott of Texas, in sending migrants to progressive strongholds. As is often the case with liberals, Jordan gave away the Biden Administration’s game of encouraging immigration: “The United States, they heard, was allowing Venezuelans who made it to the border to stay in the country, and jobs were plentiful.” Jordan explained what happens to migrants at the border: After they have been processed, the Border Patrol releases them -- for example, at a church in a border town, such as Eagle Pass, Texas. There, they are offered two options: They can buy a bus ticket to get to San Antonio and beyond. If they don’t have any money, they are encouraged to board a free bus to Washington, D.C., New York or Chicago. The free service is provided by Abbott, who’s trying to show that he’s keeping the border under control and spreading the responsibility for this influx of migrants to Democratic cities and states. Jordan seemed to think she had a “gotcha” against the GOP in her response to Lopez, by claiming the migrants are “ironically” doing well (click “expand”): Lopez: How do the migrants do if they take that free ride? Jordan: Ironically, it’s benefiting many of the migrants. For example: I met a Venezuelan migrant named Lever Alejos. He had used up all the money he saved to make the trek to the U.S. from Venezuela. He took one of the buses to Washington, D.C., where he found a bed in a shelter. In a matter of weeks, he has managed to not only find work; he has started sending money back to Venezuela to support his 7-year-old son. He said his son’s life is 100 percent better. He has also saved to buy a cellphone and plans to buy a used 2012 Honda Civic. Instead of thinking this was an own goal, Lopez suggested this was proof it all has “backfir[ed]” on Abbott: Is this backfiring for Abbott, if the migrants are doing well and they’re filling an economic need for Democratic areas? Jordan: Ultimately, it’s about optics. It’s in part about securing support from his right-wing base. They back cracking down on unauthorized immigration; punishing people who, in their view, didn’t come to the U.S. the right way; and placing the burden of helping the migrants on Democratic cities and states….the stunts are costing Democratic cities and states money in the short term; they have to offer shelter and other services to the migrants. “Costing Democratic cities and states money…” So just like border states for decades?

NOAA Hurricane Director Twice Shuts Down Lemon For Blaming Climate Change

On his Tuesday CNN show, Don Lemon, who is from Florida, tried to argue with Jamie Rohme, who is the acting director at the NOAA National Hurricane Center, about whether climate change is to blame for the intensity of Hurricane Ian. It did not go well for Lemon. Lemon started the climate change portion of the interview by asking, “So, meteorologists, Jamie, have said that this storm could be entering another period of rapid intensification. Can you tell us what this is and what effect climate change has on this phenomenon?”     Initially, Rohme felt the whole idea to be a distraction from the immediate urgency of the matter, “Well, we can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done. There could be a little bit more intensification as it's still over the warm waters of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don't think we're going to get any more rapid intensification.” After Rohme observed “a second eye wall forming around the inner eye wall…that should arrest development,” Lemon tried again, “So, listen, I just -- I'm just trying to get that you said you want to talk about climate change, but what -- what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that -- that is happening now. Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That's the question here.” In his second rebuttal, Rohme was more scientific, “I don't think you can link climate change to any one event on the whole, on the cumulative, a climate change may be making storms worse. But to link it to any one event, I would caution against them.” Sure, Rohme may be the director of the NHC, but Don Lemon is a native Floridian, “Okay. Well, they -- listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying something is causing them to intensify” Of course, Rohme is correct and Lemon’s entire premise is that if we all vote for candidates and legislation he supports we can appease Neptune and tame hurricanes. Tuesday was not the first time in recent memory that Lemon got schooled by someone who actually knows what they're talking about. This segment was sponsored by Crest. Here is a transcript for the September 28 show: CNN Don Lemon Tonight 9/27/2022 10:09 PM ET DON LEMON: Yes, that's a big area. So, meteorologists, Jamie, have said that this storm could be entering another period of rapid intensification. Can you tell us what this is and what effect climate change has on this phenomenon? JAMIE ROHME: Well, we can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done. There could be a little bit more intensification as it's still over the warm waters of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don't think we're going to get any more rapid intensification. If you look here, you can actually see pretty interesting for your viewers. You can actually see a second eye wall forming around the inner eye wall, and that's basically the second eye wall has overtaken the original eye wall, and that should arrest development. LEMON: So, listen, I just -- I'm just trying to get that you said you want to talk about climate change, but what -- what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that -- that is happening now. Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That's the question here. ROHME: I don't think you can link climate change to any one event – LEMON: Okay. ROHME: -- on the whole, on the cumulative, a climate change may be making storms worse. But to link it to any one event, I would caution against them. LEMON: Okay. Well, they -- listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying something is causing them to intensify. So, this storm is just -- it's a massive one. Its effects are also being felt in the southern part of Florida. 

New Poll Debunks Media Claims That Pro-Life Stance Will Doom GOP

The new talking point coming from the liberal media is that being strongly pro-life will doom Republican candidates in the midterm elections. Both CBS, MSNBC and CNN have hyped supposed GOP “extremism” on the issue to cheer up Democrats and scare Republicans. So it’s not a surprise that the networks on Monday and Tuesday morning ignored good news for Greg Abbott, the strongly pro-life governor of Texas.  Abbott, who hailed the overturning of Roe, who signed a trigger law banning most abortions in the state, represents the views of his state. As noted by The Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard: here’s data from an Emerson College/The Hill poll:  “Voters were asked which candidate they align with most on the issue of abortion rights. Forty-nine percent align with Abbott while 44% align with O’Rourke.”  That clearly doesn’t fit the media narrative of impending doom for pro-life Republicans. Drawing conclusions from a single poll is risky, but multiple recent surveys show a surge for the Republican. According to Real Clear Politics,  Abbott leads pro-abortion Democrat Beto-O'Rourke by eight in the Emerson poll.  Abbott leads by seven in the September 18 Spectrum News/Siena poll.  Abbott leads by ten in the September 16 KHOU-TV poll.  Abbott leads by 11 in the September 13 Dallas Morning News poll.  When Kansas voted no on a confusingly-worded abortion referendum in August, MSNBC obsessively devoted 65 minutes over 12 hours to the vote, touting it as a victory against extremism. On August 29, CBS pushed new polling suggesting Democrats might save their majorities by promoting abortion. On August 30, CNN hyped a turning point for Democrats. Here’s Brianna Keilar:  The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade has energized voters and made abortion rights a flashpoint in the midterm elections. It's given Democrats a boost. Now, some Republican candidates who were strongly opposed to abortion are suddenly softening their stance. If Democrats don’t win big because of abortion, if candidates like Greg Abbott in Texas actually do better because of being pro-life, will journalists point it out? Don’t hold your breath.  

On CBS, 'FBI: Most Wanted' Targets Georgia & Tennessee Pro-Life Laws

CBS' FBI: Most Wanted pushed a Democratic ideological agenda again this week with an abortion episode attacking states' pro-life laws.  In last night's episode, "Taxman," a woman named Darla (Dani Deetté) is unable to get an abortion in either Tennessee or Georgia. She spirals into violent revenge after her abortion request is refused. Darla is an IRS employee who was raped by two colleagues at a conference in Florida. She has dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, but has stopped taking her medication. After discovering she's pregnant and unable to get an abortion without a police report of the rape, she kills the two men who raped her and then drives toward the Georgia clinic that declined to perform the abortion. Via a laptop interview, the FBI team warns the Georgia abortionist, Mary, about Darla.     Mary: Darla is nine weeks pregnant. She told me that she had been sexually assaulted and couldn't get help in Tennessee because they have no exception for rape. So she came here to see us.  Agent Gaines: Did you do the procedure? Mary: No. We do have an exception for rape in Georgia, but you're required to bring a copy of the police report you filed. And she didn't have one.  Agent Scott: How'd she react? Agent Barnes: Well, how do you think? She was raped and nobody would help her. Mary: She said the assault happened in Florida, and it was too late to get a police report. And she just wanted it out. She even demanded we give her mifepristone and misoprostol so she could go home and do it herself. Agent Gibson: That's the abortion pill, right? Mary: We don't call it that, but yes. I told her that it wasn't possible without a police report either. She got even more upset, and she left. And she hasn't come back. Agent Cannon: Call Atlanta pd? Agent Scott: Yeah, go. Mary, you have security there? Mary: They always keep a guard outside. Why? Agent Scott: Darla's a fugitive wanted for murder, and we think she's in Georgia right now. I'm concerned you could be a target.  Mary: Seriously? Usually, it's the protesters we worry about, not the patients.  I doubt FBI: Most Wanted would ever show a crisis pregnancy center worker telling the FBI how she worries about violent threats from "protesters." Violence against crisis pregnancy centers is ignored by Hollywood and the media. The scene presumes that an abortion would "help" Darla and that the police report requirement is an unfair burden. But how is it better for rapists to go uncharged? And what is helped by creating a second victim in the child and further physical and psychological trauma for Darla via abortion? None of those issues are addressed. When Darla reaches the clinic, she takes Mary hostage and cries, "I want it out!" In desperation, Darla grabs a surgical instrument from the table and attempts to abort the child by herself. Ambulances arrive on the scene as she is bleeding out and she survives.  The 2022 network television season has barely begun and a popular show is already attacking new pro-life state laws in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision.  Hollywood, which takes its cues from Planned Parenthood, will no doubt have many more shows this season with a pro-abortion formula. The abortionist will be a warm and kind women who cares about her patients, not one of the multiple real-life abortionists who have kept dead unborn babies in jars as trophies. More scripts will likely focus on the rare number of abortions in cases of rape while avoiding the ways in which abortion is used by rapists and predators to cover-up their crimes.  This particular episode of FBI: Most Wanted also tossed in some lines attacking white men just because Hollywood likes to insult white guys nowadays. The killer is first reported as a white male since Darla cut her hair short and dressed like a man to murder the IRS co-workers who assaulted her. When the FBI gets the case, an agent quips, "Well, yeah, a young white male, rage issues with the government. I'd say that's a concern." One of the men who raped Darla was black and the other white. The black man is the first killed. His wife suggests a racial motive for the killing and smears white people in general. "It's not obvious? A white racist loser angry at the world. The country's full of them." Could a television show get away with such dialogue about any other race? Why is it increasingly common on television for characters to speak about white people as though they are inherently evil? Last week's episode of FBI: Most Wanted attacked the Second Amendment. This week, it's pro-life laws and white men. The new season is just more left-wing propaganda in a cut-and-paste crime drama.

STUDY: PolitiFact Is Nearly 6 Times More Likely to Defend Biden Than Check His Facts

This week, the Poynter Institute and their PolitiFact website are hosting their "United Facts of America" conference to "celebrate facts" with a cast of liberal journalists, including PBS anchor Judy Woodruff, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, CNN "misinformation" reporter Donie O'Sullivan and CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic. We've also found the "fact checking" at PolitiFact has a liberal tilt. Earlier this year, a NewsBusters study of Biden’s first year in office – from January 20, 2021 through January 19, 2022 – found Biden was fact-checked 40 times, while Biden critics were checked on 230 occasions. In other words, they’re much more sensitive about someone mangling the truth about Biden than they are about Biden mangling the truth.  Now MRC analysts have updated the research to include another eight months to the count. The pattern continues. From January 20 to September 19, 2022, we counted 18 PolitiFact checks on Joe Biden, compared to 108 “fact checks” of Biden critics. That's exactly a six-to-one ratio. Put it all together, and over his first 20 months in office, Biden had 58 fact-checks, while Biden critics were checked 338 times.  Overall, there were 5.8 fact checks of Biden critics for every one of the president. Over his first year and a half, Biden landed on the “Mostly False” or worse side in 28 of 58 fact checks (48 percent). But the “Fact Checks About Joe Biden” were overwhelmingly negative – 298 out of 338 were “Mostly False” or worse (88 percent). There were only three that were “True,” six that were “Mostly True” -- making 9 out of 338 (2.6 percent). Another 31 were “Half True.” There were zero “Pants on Fire” rulings about President Biden in his first 20 months. By contrast, Donald Trump has 10 in that time span. Biden has only six in his entire career since PolitiFact began in 2007. Biden could say the evacuation from Afghanistan was an "extraordinary success,” and we have “zero percent” inflation, and there were no factual objections. On April 22, he claimed he was a "full professor" for four years at the University of Pennsylvania, which is simply false. They called it "Half True." But there have been 79 “Pants on Fire” rulings against Biden critics in the first 20 months of his presidency. Some of them repeat. On May 10, just like last year, they lunged to correct a Facebook post that the jockey who won the Kentucky Derby refused a White House visit because "If I wanted to see a horse’s ass, I would’ve finished second." They performed two "Pants on Fire" checks -- on March 25 and April 20 -- insisting Hunter Biden had not been arrested. They threw two "Pants on Fire" flags -- on July 21 and August 31 -- at "Biden threatens to assassinate Ukraine president." Many of the fact checks about Biden are about “Facebook Posts,” “Viral Images,” or “Instagram.” Those rulings often translate into content warning flags on social media. The shutdowns of Biden critics don't just happen on PolitiFact, but on Big Tech platforms.  Methodology note: Media Research Center analysts found only a fraction of fact checks about Biden appeared under PolitiFact’s “Fact Checks About Biden” heading. But PolitiFact lists every “Truth-O-Meter” rating on pages broken down by category, and reviewing those pages brought our total to 338.

Column: CBS Is Not 'Going Rogue' on January 6 Committee

The partisans running the House January 6 Committee would like you to believe there’s a controversy over an ex-Republican coming out with his own “unauthorized” January 6 book the day before their last scheduled committee hearing. Would your average cynical reporter buy this “going rogue” story line? Or does it look conveniently designed to put the Pelosi-picked panel back in the headlines? Liberal media outlets lose all the cynicism when the Democrats are in power. CBS's 60 Minutes pushed out one of those “bombshell” interviews with Denver Riggleman, the former GOP congressman from Virginia who worked on the committee at Liz Cheney’s urging. CNN and MSNBC were pushing this story in heavy rotation. Their appetite for the January 6 narrative is ravenous. The 60 Minutes tick-tock was predictably partisan on September 25. A week after Scott Pelley’s soft-soap interview with President Biden, Pelley conducted another soft-soap interview with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Even there, January 6 came up, as Pelley asked Blinken “Given January 6th, given the fabricated controversy over the election results, do you find that countries around the world are worried about the stability of the United States?” Pompous Pelley’s offering Democrat publicity, not “news.” Next came Bill Whitaker’s supine interview with Riggleman. Whitaker began by saying this man was “once a member of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus,” but never asked why he ended up in ultraliberal Pelosi’s clutches. Instead, they hyped up a ten-second phone call no one has heard between a rioter and some unknown person in the White House. Whitaker described how Riggleman’s data searches uncovered texts from White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. CBS viewers heard the Meadows texts were the “crown jewels,” that Riggleman made a graph of the rioter messaging called “The Monster,” and that these communications read like “an infection.” Riggleman decried “an administration that was completely eaten up with a digital virus called QAnon and conspiracy theories, an apocalyptic, Messianic buffoonery.” He said this was today's Republican psyche. Whitaker offered this one brief feint toward an opposing viewpoint: “People in the Republican Party would say, ‘You're an opponent, you're the opposition. Of course, you are going to say this.’” Riggleman said he’d tell Republicans “I’m not their enemy. I’m just a guy who`s trying to tell you that the data doesn't support that the election was stolen.” Try to parse that nonsense: I’m not anti-Republican, I’m only saying Republicans have been eaten alive by Q-Anon buffoonery. The publicity streak continued on Monday's CBS Mornings, where co-host Dokoupil drew a preposterous cartoon for Riggleman: “Where my mom lives in West Virginia, where you’re from in Virginia....they may not even know there's a committee investigating January 6th. And if they have heard of it, they think it was a peaceful demonstration where a couple of people got out of hand.” Riggleman agreed, that he somehow has talked to “tens of thousands” of Americans walking through his distilleries who are uninformed morons. Obama donor/CBS host Gayle King gushed over Riggleman, repeating his description of the “crown jewels” texts and how it was like “staring into the mouth of madness.” Between Sunday night and Monday morning, CBS gave Riggleman almost 22 minutes of publicity. Put aside the horror of that one afternoon, January 6, and consider how CBS sounded like repeaters, not reporters on this narrative. Just like the hearings themselves, there will be no questioning of the Pelosi plotting. They call this suffocatingly unanimous process “saving democracy.”

MSNBC Asks Anita Hill if Pro-Lifers Are Chauvinist & Misogynist

On Tuesday night’s Alex Wagner Tonight, the eponymous MSNBC host brought her viewers back into the early 1990s by dragging sexual assault hoaxer Anita Hill on the show to help her sell a book she wrote. During this interview, Wagner predictably asked Hill if she sees chauvinism and misogyny in the Dobbs decision and the subsequent pro-life legislation that it gave rise to.  Wagner, after talking about the Proud Boys, asked Hill: “Do you see the Republican zeal to control a woman's body as an extension of that chauvinism, obviously pro-life groups will tell you this is about protecting the sanctity of unborn life but do you see the same sort of chauvinism and misogyny that gives rise to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers?”  Wagner didn’t specify how pro-lifers are “chauvinist” or “misogynist” but she didn’t need to because Hill jumped right into the fray and lied through her teeth in a rambling and incoherent answer.  Hill recalled how former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed her “conservative colleagues on the court, were on this unrestrained course to corral rights in this country,” which apparently included “racism in employment, as well as sexual harassment in employment.”     “Dobbs is that is part of what she was complaining about,” Hill insisted. Adding that “the right part of the conservative part of the courts, to really limit and disrespect the granting of rights. The extension of civil rights.”  Proving once again that she’s just as big of a liar as she was over thirty years ago, Hill repeated the thoroughly debunked lie that the Supreme Court is inclined to rehear the so-called right to same-sex marriage. Hill claimed Thomas is “giving every indication that he's willing to hear LGBTQ rights put on trial again.”  Wagner apparently agreed with everything Hill said since she responded: “Right, it's not a question of the judiciary or the legislature or the gubernatorial races. It's all interlinked.”  This segment on MSNBC was made possible by Liberty Mutual. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight 9/27/2022 9:52:51 p.m. Eastern  ALEX WAGNER: Do you see the Dobbs decision, I'll set Clarence Thomas aside, but do you see the Republican zeal to control a woman's body as an extension of that chauvinism, obviously pro-life groups will tell you this is about protecting the sanctity of unborn life, but do you see the same sort of chauvinism and misogyny that gives rise to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, do you see in an extension of that in the Dobbs decision related to state abortion bans?  ANITA HILL: You know, I see a lot in Dobbs. And I'm going to go back to 2013 when Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote just a phrase in one of her dissents that said that her colleagues, on the conservative colleagues on the court, were on this unrestrained course to corral rights in this country. Civil rights in this country. And what she was talking about was employment discrimination, specifically racism in employment, as well as sexual harassment in employment. And what she predicted was basically, if we continue this path, we are going to be setting back precedent that we have -- had thought that was there, protections, that we thought you know, going to be with us forever.  WAGNER: Yeah.  HILL: And I think what we are seeing with Dobbs is that is part of what she was complaining about. This, that this is a tendency of the left, excuse me, the right part of the conservative part of the courts, to really limit and disrespect the granting of rights. The extension of civil rights. So I don't see Dobbs as separate from the removal of protections of sexual harassment in the workplace, for example. And that's what Ginsburg was complaining about back in 2013.  I just see this as following a pattern that she identified and that will continue. Already in the Dobbs, decision, and concurring opinions, Thomas concurring opinions, he's giving every or he's giving every indication that he's willing to hear LGBTQ rights put on trial again. Same-sex marriage put on trial again. And so we know, we have had this message for a while. But I think what we do have in this country is this tendency to try to divide and conquer.  WAGNER: Yeah.  HILL: And so and we are trying to divide the rights to an abortion, from the many other rights and we need to see them all together.  WAGNER: Right, it's not a question of the judiciary or the legislature or the gubernatorial races. It's all interlinked.  HILL: It is.
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Reid Accuses DeSantis of Owning the Libs Instead of Preparing for Hurricanes

While real news outlets were tracking the path of incoming Hurricane Ian and covering the preparations that local authorities were executing in their towns, MSNBC's Joy Reid went on another hate-filled rant Tuesday night about how allegedly terrible Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is. Reid couldn't even make it a full minute into her show The ReidOut before falsely accusing DeSantis of spending his entire term "owning the libs" instead of preparing his state for hurricanes.    "Florida prepares for a monster storm, with landfall expected tomorrow. Governor Ron DeSantis is going to be put to the test, forced to actually do his job. When he's used to spending most of his time hanging out on Fox News and owning the libs," Reid hatefully claimed in the opening preview of her show.  After laughably complimenting Biden for his stellar job performance as president, Reid started acting out her DeSantis derangement syndrome again by lashing out at the Florida Governor as well as his Republican colleagues. "While Biden has been grinding out the sometimes thankless job of governing, Republicans have been waging these giddy little culture wars to own the libs," Reid claimed.  She then went after Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin who, according to Reid, "has drawn massive protests and walk-outs by high school students over his use of his executive power to force schools to out transgender students’ birth sexes against their will."     She then rhetorically asked: "that's the priority of a whole entire governor?"  Does Reid not think parents should be made aware of what gender their children are pretending to be?  Turning back to DeSantis, Reid went on an unhinged rampage:  In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has spent the majority of his term waging wars against Disney while openly running for president on the side, sticking Florida taxpayers with a $2 trillion tax bill in the process while also attacking books and history and masks and Venezuelan migrants who aren't even in his state, flying them from Texas at exorbitant rates to Massachusetts.  Again, at Florida taxpayer expense. Maybe even breaking the law in the process. And let's just be clear, he is doing this as his audition to have Joe Biden's job. But is that what voters really hire an executive for? While DeSantis is fighting with Mickey and scoring hits on Fox News, Florida teachers are fleeing his state. She wasn't finished. Turning to the left's major paranoia, Reid cried that "climate change is ravaging the coast" and falsely blamed DeSantis for the alleged collapse of the state’s home insurance market which, according to Reid, is "leaving thousands of Floridians in danger of having no coverage for their homes when natural disasters like hurricane Ian strike."  "And that last bit is important. Because preparing for and dealing with hurricanes is kind of what Florida governors do. And making sure that people have insurance, well it is kind of key," Reid sanctimoniously lectured.   Obviously, DeSantis is doing his job as governor of the state of Florida. He consistently receives high marks for his job performance and is currently on track to win reelection decisively. Reid can't stand that he's successful and lashes out every chance she gets.  This segment was made possible by Liberty Mutual. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  MSNBC’s The ReidOut 9/27/2022 7:00:59 p.m. Eastern  JOY REID: Florida prepares for a monster storm, with landfall expected tomorrow. Governor Ron DeSantis is going to be put to the test, forced to actually do his job. When he's used to spending most of his time hanging out on Fox News and owning the libs. Is he up to the task?  [...] 7:01:43 p.m. Eastern  REID: We begin with Florida, bracing for Ian, a major hurricane that could submerge large portions of the gulf coast. And it will be a test of leadership. Governing, you see, is hard. It's unsexy, and not always television-friendly. And governing through a crisis, well, that is where the proverbial rubber meets the road.  President Biden has had to juggle a bunch of competing crises while still trying to deliver for the American people. I mean it is what it is. That's the executive gig. And today, the juggling act was on full display. Biden spent the day talking up his plan to lower drug costs and bolster Social Security, unveiling a plan to end hunger by 2030 and reaching out to Florida mayors ahead of hurricane Ian's landfall.  [...] REID: On the other side of the spectrum, while Biden has been grinding out the sometimes thankless job of governing, Republicans have been waging these giddy little culture wars to own the libs. While ignoring their citizens' basic rights and needs. Take for example Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who told a crowd of supporters how thrilled he was to leave Jackson, the state capital, in the midst of a devastating collapse of the city's water system. This after he spent years bragging about how successful he's been at blocking funds to fix the water crisis in the past.  Then there's book banning Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin who has drawn massive protests and walk-outs by high school students over his use of his executive power to force schools to out transgender students’ birth sexes against their will. That's the priority of a whole entire governor? In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has spent the majority of his term waging wars against Disney while openly running for president on the side, sticking Florida taxpayers with a $2 trillion tax bill in the process while also attacking books and history and masks and Venezuelan migrants who aren't even in his state, flying them from Texas at exorbitant rates to Massachusetts.  Again, at Florida taxpayer expense. Maybe even breaking the law in the process. And let's just be clear, he is doing this as his audition to have Joe Biden's job. But is that what voters really hire an executive for? While DeSantis is fighting with Mickey and scoring hits on Fox News, Florida teachers are fleeing his state. Climate change is ravaging the coast, and the state’s home insurance market is literally collapsing leaving thousands of Floridians in danger of having no coverage for their homes when natural disasters like hurricane Ian strike. And that last bit is important. Because preparing for and dealing with hurricanes is kind of what Florida governors do. And making sure that people have insurance, well it is kind of key.  [...]

FLASHBACK: 3 Paul Krugman Rules for ‘Bidenomics’ That Self-Destructed in 2022

The New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman’s so-called “rules” for Bidenomics that he preached just days before President Joe Biden took office aged like spoiled milk. Krugman published a blog six days before Biden’s inauguration where he established “Rules That Should Guide Bidenomics.” Among Krugman’s garbage heap of ideas, he argued that Biden shouldn’t worry about national debt or inflation and should spend taxpayer monies like a madman. He summed up his trainwreck of suggestions for Biden: “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”  How brilliant! Just over a year into the Biden presidency, the American economy is now reeling from a 40-year high inflation crisis, an energy crisis, a debt crisis, a housing recession, supply chain disruptions and more. . But in January 2021, Krugman was confident that his “rules, based on hard experience,” were the key to American economic success. He also dismissed how “bogus economic concerns” shouldn’t “stand in the way of delivering the” leftist policies Krugman said “America needs.” But history hasn’t treated Krugman well.  Here are three of Krugman’s Bidenomics “rules” from Jan. 14, 2021 that ended up self-destructing. “Rule #1: Don’t doubt the power of government to help.” Following Biden’s inflationary “$4.6 trillion” in new spending and The Federal Reserve’s disastrous money printing policies, The Heritage Foundation now estimates that “the average American has lost the equivalent of $4,200 in annual income under the Biden administration because of inflation and higher interest rates.” The money supply, also referred to as M2, skyrocketed to over $21,000,000,000,000 in July, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Just two years earlier in July 2020, when Donald Trump was president, the money supply was roughly $18 trillion, meaning that the money supply ballooned by over 16 percent in just two years. To quote late President Ronald Reagan, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help.”  “Rule #2: Don’t obsess about debt.” The U.S. National debt soared over $30 trillion after Krugman wrote this. Krugman grumbled against the “[c]onstant warnings about the dangers of government borrowing hobbled the Obama agenda almost from the start. Biden shouldn’t let that happen again.” Now, the Committee for a Responsible Budget estimated on Sept. 13, 2022 that Biden’s excessive government borrowing ($4.8 trillion so far) will “lead to continued inflationary pressures, drive the national debt to a new record as soon as 2030, and triple federal interest payments over the next decade – or even sooner if interest rates go up faster or by more than expected.”  “Rule #3: Don’t worry about inflation.” Yikes. Krugman had a lot to say at the time about the so-called inflation doom mongers who ended up being right. Krugman slammed the “[c]onstant warnings about soaring prices, combined with false claims that the government was hiding the true rate of inflation,” and snarked that “inflation never took off.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new survey Sept. 21, 2022 showing that 90 percent of small businesses — a “new high” — are “concerned about the impact of inflation on their business, with 54% saying they are very concerned.” Here’s the telling part: “Half of small businesses (50%) say inflation is the biggest challenge facing small business right now.” CNN released a story Sept. 27, 2022 headlined: “71% of workers say their pay isn’t keeping up with inflation.”  These three awful “rules” that Biden clearly followed viewed alongside Krugman’s July 2022 mea culpa admitting he was “wrong” on inflation make it clear that Krugman should probably return his Nobel prize in economics. In January, Krugman conceded that he didn’t understand “what the hell has been going on” with inflation. He apparently doesn’t know “what the hell” makes for good economic policy either.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact The New York Times at 1 (800) 698-4637 and demand it distance itself from Krugman’s economic nonsense.  

Pants on Fire: Liberal Media Mislead, Cheer Far-Left Students Protesting Youngkin on Trans Kids

On Tuesday, far-left students in ultra-liberal areas of Virginia (and those looking to skip out on class) spilled out of their rooms and onto the streets in protest of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s (R-VA) new education policy on transgender students that ensures parents have a seat at the table. But when it comes to the media coverage, the liberals in the journalism profession have decided that Youngkin’s policy “restrict[s] the rights of transgender students.” USA Today reporter Cady Stanton whined that the policy dared to “put decisions on students’ identities and preferred names at school exclusively in the hands of their parents” and parroted claims from “students and parents” that “the changes put LGBTQ youth in danger because it bans they/them pronouns and allows students to be deadnamed or misgendered.” Stanton added that Pride Liberation Project leader and McLean High School senior Casey Calabia insists certain students have come “out” as transgender “at school but not at home” and thus parents being brought up to speed about their underage children (of whom they are legal guardians) “would absolutely ruin their lives.” While Stanton included provisions from the Youngkin administration, she buried under one phrase in the fifth graph (in one bullet point) that students can still be recognized as transgender and by their different names so long as the parents notify that school and provide legal documentation. Inside the White House Briefing Room, USA Today White House correspondent Michael Collins lobbed this embarrassing, lie-filled softball at Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: “Students across Virginia today walked out of their classroom to protest the governor's new guidelines restricting the rights of transgender students. Does the White House support these students?”     Claiming she had not “seen those reports,” Jean-Pierre sure seemed to have some thoughts as she insisted President Biden “supports the LGBTQI+ community” and opposes any “mistreatment of that community.”  “[H]e believes transgender youth should be allowed to — to be — to be able to go to school freely, to express themselves freely, to be able to have the protections that they need to be who they are,” she added. But again, it has nothing to do with robbing students of any identity. Rather, it brings parents into the equation on something as monumental as altering their name and sexual makeup as well as protecting women’s sports by ensuring athletes remain with their actual gender.  Moving on, the Washington D.C.-area’s CBS affiliate WUSA-9 lamented that Youngkin “would change how schools in the commonwealth treat transgender students.” Axios Richmond was distraught, griping in the headline, “Youngkin transgender student policy draws torrent of public comments.” Washington Post “social issues” reporter and Bradlee Fellow Nicole Asbury adopted Collins’s spin (click “expand”): Students at several Virginia schools are participating in walkouts Tuesday in opposition to new guidelines from the administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) that would restrict the rights of transgender students. The walkouts, organized by the Pride Liberation Project, a statewide LGBTQ youth advocacy group, are scheduled throughout the day on about 90 campuses across the state. “These revised guidelines will only hurt students in a time when students are facing unparalleled mental health challenges, and are a cruel attempt to politicize the existence of LGBTQIA+ students for political gain,” the group said in a statement. (....) Catherine Knecht, 17, joined roughly 200 students who walked out of Langley High School in Fairfax County Tuesday morning. Three students from the high school spoke about their opposition to the guidelines as a part of demonstration that lasted about 20 minutes, she said. Then the students headed back into the classroom. Knecht, who is queer, said the guidelines are “prioritizing the parents’ will over the child.” She added that many of her classmates are being raised in negative — even abusive — situations that she believes could be worsened if the draft guidelines take effect. Down in the Hampton Roads, NBC affiliate WAVY-10 was shameless: “Students in Hampton Roads and across the commonwealth organized walkouts on Tuesday to protest new model policies from Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration that would roll back protections for transgender students.” And in the Charlottesville market, CBS-19 News sneered: “Governor Glenn Youngkin is on the defense of his new policies for the Virginia Department of Education model, which sharply restricts transgender student rights.” They added that while Youngkin “says these policies will bring parents to the forefront of matters concerning their children,” there are “many” who “disagree, saying that would be harmful.” There, 83 percent of voters backed McAuliffe. In a statement, Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter laid it all out for those that have their ears plugged or need to read slowly:  The guidelines make it clear that when parents are part of the process, schools will accommodate the requests of children and their families. Parents should be a part of their children’s lives, and it’s apparent through the public protests and on-camera interviews that those objecting to the guidance already have their parents as part of that conversation. While students exercise their free speech today, we’d note that these policies state that students should be treated with compassion and schools should be free from bullying and harassment. But worst of all was how none of the coverage mentioned support for Youngkin’s policy was born out of opposition to the anti-parent policies initially laid out by his predecessor, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam (aka Governor Blackface). In central Virginia, August County School Board held a July 29, 2021 vote to not adopt Northam’s decree allowing students to conceal their supposed gender from parents. Weeks earlier, hundreds reportedly showed up at a previous school board meeting against Northam. Other such protests and/or votes took place in Campbell, Franklin, Rockingham, Russell, Warren, and Wise counties fought back against Northam’s moves to keep  And during the famous June 2021 Loudoun County School Board hearing, the far-left board fled so as to avoid hearing from angered parents.

Kyrie Irving: I Had to Turn Down $100 Million Extension Because I Was Unvaccinated

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving claimed that he turned down a massive contract extension before the 2021-22 season in large part to remain unvaccinated. Irving said that the Nets offered him a contract of four years and roughly $100 million in salary, but that his decision to be unvaccinated was a strong factor in him and the organization not being able to come to terms with the new contract. "I gave up 4 years, $100-something million deciding to be unvaccinated. I had to deal with that real life circumstance of losing my job." - Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/QMSZyG4YfC — Nets Videos (@SNYNets) September 26, 2022 "I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be unvaccinated and that was the decision," Irving said on Monday. "[Get this] contract, get vaccinated or be unvaccinated and there's a level of uncertainty of your future, whether you're going to be in this league, whether you're going to be on this team, so I had to deal with that real-life circumstance of losing my job for this decision." Last year, New York City required all personnel to be vaccinated, with few exceptions, which prevented Irving from playing in Brooklyn’s home games until very late in the season. Nets general manager Sean Marks contested Irving’s take, saying that the point guard’s vaccination status had nothing to do with the extension talks falling through. Related: Russian NHL Players Banned From Playing In Czech Republic "There's no ultimatum being given here," Marks said. "Again, it goes back to you want people who are reliable, people who are here, and accountable. All of us: staff, players, coaches, you name it. It's not giving somebody an ultimatum to get a vaccine. That's a completely personal choice. I stand by Kyrie. I think if he wants, he's made that choice. That's his prerogative completely." Whether or not Irving’s vaccination status directly played into contract talks might be uncertain, since both sides’ recollection of events is different, the fact that it even had to be considered in the first place is the unfortunate element of the story. Sure, Irving has made enough money in his excellent NBA career to last him for a long time, but he likely could have easily cashed in on a big payday and the sides likely could have reached an agreement without any hiccups had New York not been so adamant about implementing a pointless, harmful, and costly mandate. 

MSNBC Applauds Civil War Fan Fiction From CBS About Violent Texans

MSNBC’s Katy Tur welcomed CBS chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and the executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, David Becker on to her Tuesday program to discuss their new book, The Big Truth, which contains a bit of civil war fan fiction. Tur wasted no time getting to the hyperbole, “And we are 42 days until our democracy faces its next big test and it is not hyperbole to say we're in a bit of a scary moment. The book, The Big Truth, goes over three Januarys. What did not happen in 2017. What did happen in 2021. And what could happen in 2023.”     Getting to the book’s contents, Tur added: The cautionary tale about a possible and avoidable American unraveling. Authors Major Garrett and David Becker start this tale, 42 days from now on Election Day in Texas, an open carry state where millions believe voter fraud is rampant and where poll watchers now have wide authority to move around polling places, question procedures and exercise authority. In their story, an argument, a gunshot, and the death of a poll worker lead to the cleaving of the country from Nancy Pelosi refusing to seat the Texas delegation because of an election tainted by violence and suppression to Texas and other sympathetic states bordering themselves off from the federal government. It is the beginning of a modern day civil war. It is fiction, but that could change.  It is fiction and it will stay fictitious as claims of “suppression,” but Tur still had to pretend this was a legitimate idea worth discussing. After introducing Garrett and Becker, she asked the former, “If you can tell me in a concise way because I know it goes on for many pages what could happen come January '23?” Garret began by denouncing election conspiracy theories, but there is a big difference between that and civil war fan fiction, which is he followed up with: And those combustible forces, we argue, are not tamable. They will continue to run and fester in unpredictable and ultimately destructive ways and we paint a scenario. It's all fiction. And it's not a prediction. But what could happen in a highly pressurized state like Texas and you outlined what we say might happen. Those pressures in the national political bloodstream are mounting and we could see ourselves becoming more and more separate from one another over questions of election legitimacy when there's no basis for those questions in the first place. It is a place we are heading toward. We don't have to be there and that's why we wrote the book. If a conservative journalist wrote a book about a Stacey Abrams supporter shooting someone at a place over “suppression” concerns, they would be rightfully condemned. However, when a CBS reporter does it, MSNBC welcomes them with open arms and tells them how profoundly insightful they are and when Election Day comes and goes without violence in Texas, Tur will almost certainly not have Garrett back on to question him. This segment was sponsored by Google. Here is a transcript for the September 27 show: MSNBC Katy Tur Reports 9/27/2022 2:36 PM ET KATY TUR: And we are 42 days until our democracy faces its next big test and it is not hyperbole to say we're in a bit of a scary moment. The book, The Big Truth, goes over three Januarys. What did not happen in 2017. What did happen in 2021. And what could happen in 2023. And we're going to begin with that 2023 what if. The cautionary tale about a possible and avoidable American unraveling. Authors Major Garrett and David Becker start this tale, 42 days from now on Election Day in Texas, an open carry state where millions believe voter fraud is rampant and where poll watchers now have wide authority to move around polling places, question procedures and exercise authority. In their story, an argument, a gunshot, and the death of a poll worker lead to the cleaving of the country from Nancy Pelosi refusing to seat the Texas delegation because of an election tainted by violence and suppression to Texas and other sympathetic states bordering themselves off from the federal government. It is the beginning of a modern day civil war. It is fiction, but that could change.  Joining me now are the authors, Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research.  Gentlemen, it’s good to have you, it’s nice when you write a book and I get to steal you from another network for a few minutes so I appreciate you being here.  MAJOR GARRETT: Thank you, Katy. TUR: Major, in reading the book, you start off with these what ifs and you talk about January, so January 2017 is the January after the 2016 Election. 2021, the January after the 2020 Election when the insurrection happened. And then you look ahead to what might happen after this midterm election in '23.  If you can tell me in a concise way because I know it goes on for many pages-- GARRETT: Right. TUR: -- what could happen come January '23?  GARRETT: Well Katy, our overarching argument in the book is that this election denialism, which is baseless, the 2020 election was not stolen. It wasn't an act of fraud. Millions of Americans voted, we had the highest turnout and the election was secure and verified. So any lie about that is creating combustible forces in American society.  And those combustible forces, we argue, are not tamable. They will continue to run and fester in unpredictable and ultimately destructive ways and we paint a scenario. It's all fiction. And it's not a prediction. But what could happen in a highly pressurized state like Texas and you outlined what we say might happen. Those pressures in the national political bloodstream are mounting and we could see ourselves becoming more and more separate from one another over questions of election legitimacy when there's no basis for those questions in the first place. It is a place we are heading toward. We don't have to be there and that's why we wrote the book.

Washington Post Buries Its Own Terrible Poll for Biden on Page A-14, with Trump Ahead

How incredibly damaging have all the Trump scandals and "legal woes" been to his political appeal? The latest ABC-Washington Post poll found that "if the 2024 race is again between Biden and Trump, 48 percent of registered voters say they would support Trump while 46 percent would support Biden, a difference within the poll's margin of error." As MRC's Brent Baker pointed out on Sunday, ABC buried this particular finding on This Week, and The Washington Post put it in the penultimate paragraph of a 35-paragraph story in the print edition.  Aside from @GStephanopoulos 44 minutes into #ThisWeek: “Our poll shows him [Trump] defeating Joe Biden in 2024.” @WashingtonPost put that ABC News/Washington Post poll finding, 48% Trump to 46% Biden, in 34th paragraph of 35 paragraph story in Sunday's print paper. pic.twitter.com/ATfZ6i1qnH — Brent Baker 🇺🇦 (@BrentHBaker) September 25, 2022 Stephanopoulos reported several other poll findings at the top of the show. For its part, the Post buried the story on this poll on page A-14. There was no plug on page one above the masthead -- but they did tout that one anonymous NFL owner wants Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder to sell the team. The headline on page A-14 seemed designed to be dull: "Poll finds sharp divides as midterms near." It signaled to readers "go ahead and turn the page to A-16."  It did not suggest this was a bad poll for Biden and the Democrats.  The pull quote in bold italics also deemed designed to placate the paper's Democrat-dominated readership:  Earlier predictions of big GOP gains have been clouded by the Supreme Court's decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, spurring on abortion rights supporters, especially younger women.  Post writers Dan Balz, Emily Guskin, and Scott Clement cleared their throats about highly motivated voters on both sides before getting to the bad news in the sixth paragraph: President Biden continues to be a drag on Democratic candidates this fall. The Post-ABC survey pegs his approval rating at 39 percent, with 53 percent disapproving, including 41 percent strongly disapproving. The share of Americans saying Biden has accomplished “a great deal” or “a good amount” has grown from 35 percent last November to 40 percent today, although a 57 percent majority still says he has not accomplished much or anything. Independents favored Republicans by five points -- 47 percent to 42. The Post explained the Democrats led by seven points in the final pre-midterm poll before the 2018 midterms. But they found the silver lining that Democrats are only down five when independent voters in this poll disapproved of Biden by 60 percent to 31 percent.  All in all, you can see why liberal media groups bury their polls they don't like. 

Backbiting Women: The View Bashes Sinema for McConnell Partnership

Proving yet again that they are more concerned with pushing a radical leftist agenda over empowering all women on Tuesday, the backbiting cast of ABC’s The View had their knives out for Democratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema for daring to say nice things about having a good rapport with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Joy Behar was the most vocal in her hatred; actively calling for her to be removed from office. “The political divide is pretty wide these days but apparently not for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who spoke very highly of each other yesterday and how they found common ground across the aisle,” announced co-host Whoopi Goldberg at the top of the show in a heavily sarcastic and mocking tone. In the following soundbite, McConnell commended Sinema as “the most effective first-term senator” he’s ever seen and she noted: “while we may not agree on every issue, we do share the same values.” The grimace on Goldberg’s face [pictured above] made it clear those kind words made her stomach churn. “Okay,” she chided. Asking the rest of the cast: “So is this the picture of bipartisanship politics? Do we need more of this or do both of their records kind of tell a different story than what we're talking about right now?”     Behar was up first with a rant about how Sinema was “not popular in her own state”: 55 percent of women find her unfavorable. Men don't like her. White voters don’t like her. Hispanic voters don't like her. Voters 50 and over don't like her. Younger voters don’t like her. The only person who seems to like her is Mitch McConnell. And Mitch McConnell likes her because she works with him to obstruct the Democrats. Basically, that's how I see it. Despite the fact that Sinema was popular with a majority of Republicans in Arizona, Behar falsely claimed she wasn’t. “She's not going to be popular with the Republicans either. Because she doesn't have a religion as far as I could tell and she says that she's bisexual,” she screeched. Behar’s hatred for Sinema boiled over; blurting out “she's a problem” before catching it and saying “she has a problem.” She then demanded that Arizonians elect another leftist sycophant. “She does not help the Democrats. We don’t need her. We need a strong Democrat in Arizona like [Sen. Mark Kelly],” she raged. The segment was bookended with Goldberg lashing out at both Sinema and McConnell. “I think that when people are full of it they're full of it. And what those two were talking about, because if this were true, we’d be working together but we're not,” she huffed. For her part, Sara Haines essentially argued that the problem was with Republicans supposedly not representing their constituencies and not giving up policy objectives like Democrats supposedly did. She claimed “[Republicans] fall in party line rather than people and constituents” unlike Democrats, and that “Republicans need to take a note from Mitch McConnell himself that we need to be working across the lines.” This backbiting against a successful woman was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Procter & Gamble and L’Oréal. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 27, 2022 11:02:37 a.m. Eastern WHOOPI GOLDBERG: The political divide is pretty wide these days but apparently not for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema who spoke very highly of each other yesterday and how they found common ground across the aisle. Take a look. [Cuts to video] SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): I've only known Kyrsten for four years, but she is – in my view, and I told her this before – the most effective first-term senator I've seen in my time in the Senate. [Transition] She's today what we have too few in the of Democratic Party a genuine moderate and a dealmaker. [transition] SEN. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-AZ): Despite our apparent differences, Senator McConnell and I have forged a friendship, one that's rooted in our commonalities. Including our pragmatic approach to legislating, our respect for the Senate as an institution, our love for our home states, and a dogged determination on behalf of our constituents. [Transition] While we may not agree on every issue, we do share the same values. [Cuts back to live] JOY BEHAR (in disgust): Yeah. GOLDBERG: [Grimacing] Okay. So is this the picture of bipartisanship politics? Do we need more of this or do both of their records kind of tell a different story than what we're talking about right now? BEHAR: You know, she's not popular in her own state, 55 percent of women find her unfavorable. Men don't like her. White voters don’t like her. Hispanic voters don't like her. Voters 50 and over don't like her. Younger voters don’t like her. The only person who seems to like her is Mitch McConnell. And Mitch McConnell likes her because she works with him to obstruct the Democrats. Basically, that's how I see it. And, you know, she's not going to be popular with the Republicans either. Because she doesn't have a religion as far as I could tell and she says that she's bisexual – neh [makes an “X” with her fingers] they don't like that. So, I think that she's a problem – she has a problem. She does not help the Democrats. We don’t need her. We need a strong Democrat in Arizona like – um… SUNNY HOSTIN: Mark Kelly. GOLDBERG: Mark Kelly. BEHAR: Mark Kelly. (…) 11:06:48 a.m. Eastern SARA HAINES: We’ve talked about how it was brave of Liz Cheney and the bar was low, it to say the election was not stolen and January 6 was a problem and I do think people break with their party we should more of it. Where I disagree with Mitch McConnell is I think it happens more on the right than the left in what we’ve seen in the last how many years. BEHAR: What happens more on the right? HAINES: That they fall in party line rather than people and constituents. What I do like and I do think we're lacking – again, Republicans need to take a note from Mitch McConnell himself that we need to be working across the lines. And the gun bill, we have to remember that, the legislation that went – there hasn’t been movement on guns for 30 years. Was because she teamed up with the Republican from Texas. So, even though I can't agree with a lot of what she does, I think everyone can cheer on when two people can say, you got to give a little. You’ve got to give a little to get a little. And right now D.C. has gotten way too partisan. (…) 11:08:21 a.m. Eastern GOLDBERG: And I’m going to say this. I think that when people are full of it they're full of it. And what those two were talking about, because if this were true, we’d be working together but we're not. And so, both -- that's all well and good, but we all know we're full of it until something you don’t want to do comes up, then we’re back to that. There's no discussion here, there's no real connection between Democrats and Republicans. There just isn’t and it doesn't make any sense to me because it's about us and nobody seems to give a rat's behind about the fact that it's about us.  But that’s – [Outro music starts] You don't have to turn it that loud. (…)

Chris Wallace’s Debut on CNN TANKS With Fox Pulling in Over 3x More Viewers

After having been cancelled when CNN+ went under, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? debuted Sunday night on the regular CNN and, much like CNN+’s failed existence, it tanked with a scant 425,000 viewers at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and more than a third behind the total put up by the Fox News Channel (FNC). Things were even worse in the key 25-54 demo as it sank to 44,000. Over on FNC, former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) had a far more successful time with his show Sunday Night in America with 1.31 million total viewers and 83,000 in the demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. In fact, Gowdy provided our friend, conservative talk radio legend, and MRC Bulldog Award winner Mark Levin with a giant lead-in that the latter rode to the highest cable rating of the day with roughly 1.67 million viewers (and 133,000 in the demo). Things got even worse for Wallace when looking at CNN’s ratings on either side of him. The 6:00 p.m. Eastern edition of CNN Newsroom with Pamela Brown with fill-in Alexander Marquardt drew 457,000 viewers and 70,000 in the demo. At the other end, a CNN documentary on the Havana Syndrome followed Wallace with 549,000 viewers (and 79,000 in the demo).  In his debut episode, Wallace spoke with retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, actor Tyler Perry, and country singer Shania Twain as part of his pledge for the show “to explore some of my other interests” alongside politics, and would thus foster “smart, thoughtful conversations with a wide range of people from news makers to athletes, CEO's to comedians, musicians to movie stars, and everyone in between.” Based on the first episode, viewers must not have found them “smart” and “thoughtful conversations” worth tuning in for between NFL games.

Hailey Bieber BLASTED by ABC for Being White, Wearing Brown Lipstick

I swear to you, the media finds the smallest thing to nit-pick when they have nothing good to talk about. On today’s episode of what the hell is wrong with our society: only certain races can wear certain lipsticks.  Supermodel Hailey Bieber faced criticism this weekend over a TikTok video about a new lipstick technique that she tried out. She called her makeup trick “brownie glazed lips” which involved using a brownish tinted lip liner and blending it with a clear glossy lip treatment from Rhode, her beauty brand.  Bieber’s beauty tips trended a few months ago when “The Hailey Bieber Nails” went viral. She called them “glazed donut” nails in a white/pearl color and then later “chocolate glazed donut” nails to kickstart fall. Given her names for her other trends, it’s fair to assume that the name “brownie glazed lips” were a play on the brown color as well as the brown baked pastry.  Even though Bieber was simply trying to show of her pretty lipstick and promote her new beauty brand, internet social justice warriors went for her throat for “cultural appropriation.” Their complaints even led ABC's Good Morning America to feature a segment on social media “freaking out” about Bieber’s use of brown lipstick.       “I know that that that lip combo is not ‘Hailey Bieber Lips,’ it is a latina and black woman lip combo,” one female user declared. I didn’t know that latina and black women had copyright trademarks on certain shades of lipstick.  Another female explained her frustration with Bieber’s trending lipstyle: “African American and latina women get denigrated for the way that they present their body, the way they would wear their hair,  they would use words like ‘ghetto’ or ‘ratchet’ and have these ideas to degenerate women.”  Earth to GMA: There's much bigger s**t to deal with and much bigger issues in the world than Hailey Bieber's freaking lipstick routine.  On TikTok users posted sarcastic comments like “Latina queen” or “my tia did this in the 90s” and a bunch who asked for Bieber to “give credit” to black and latino women.  The supposed issue with Bieber’s lip combo is that African-American and Latino (and even white) women have been doing something similar since the 90s … but does that mean that a Bieber, now 30 years later, can’t also partake in a pretty trend?  If Bieber is racist for choosing to wear a brown lip shade, are black girls racist or participating in “cultural appropriation” when they dye their brown/black hair blonde? Or, what about when they wear bright red lipstick? Wasn’t that a Marilyn Monroe (white female) staple?  The thing is, Bieber didn’t even claim to have invented wearing a brown tinted liner with a clear gloss on her lips. She posted it on TikTok as more of a discovery of a cool beauty trick.  But, leave it to radical social justice warriors and the leftist media to make every damn thing about racism.  Alright, I gotta blast. Off to CVS to get some brown lip liner and a gloss. 

President Meandering & Confused While Honoring Atlanta Braves

To use a baseball analogy on President Joe Biden’s Monday reception for the 2021 champion Atlanta Braves, let’s just say he made more than his share of errors. Though his apologists at The Associated Press certainly weren’t going to admit that.  It was left up to Breitbart to describe the bewildered president’s conduct and behavior. The president “appeared meandering and confused,” throughout the embarrassing celebration, in the words of Breitbart writer Charlie Spiering. So it was a typical day for the prez, business as usual.  As the team prepared for the obligatory photo with the president, President Biden’s mind was elsewhere. “Well folks, guess we’re going to do something now, that is uh … a reception,” he said. No, it was time for photos. An error.  Instead of staying focused for the photographers, the president turned away and started yakking at Braves’ players. The photograph shows him starting to leave before the photo shoot had concluded. Another error.  At one point, the president called for children to come forward to meet him:  “Guys, c’mere. Everyone under 15, c’mere. C’mon.”  Biden sweet-talked a girl in the audience and ordered her to come front and center:  “C’mon, honey. I’ve got a daughter that’s two-team all-state, so c’mon.”  What this had to do with the reception honoring a World Series championship team is anyone’s guess. President Biden bobbled the ball again.  “Atlanta is a great sports city — American sports city,” Biden said, overlooking the fact that last year he endorsed the idea of Major League Baseball moving the game from Atlanta to another location. He said then that Georgia’s new voting laws were like “Jim Crow on steroids.” Yet another error. (Meantime, his press secretary was calling on the team to change it's name.) It was clear throughout the event that President Biden didn’t have the right stuff. Like a manager slowly trudging to the mound to relieve a struggling pitcher, a White House staffer eventually came up to the stage and yanked the president. He retired not to a clubhouse, but to the White House.  And this is the so-called “leader of the free world,” barely making it through a celebration with a baseball team.  None of the president’s struggles were mentioned by his woke friends at the Associated Press. Instead, this liberal news service focused on how White House visits “were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinion. Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back.”  AP’s reporters saw only what they wanted to see, and they missed the president’s blundering errors. Chalk it up to an inconvenient truth for the left-stream media.

Don’t Agree With Time Mag Lefties? You Might be a Christian Nationalist

There’s a new right-wing bogeyman out there. He’s not all that different from previous reactionary monsters and, if you look closely, he’s not much different from the progressives who are wetting themselves over him. The terror du jour is Christian Nationalism, and Time Magazine has a fascinating primer on the subject by an academic named Andrew Whitehead.  “Christian nationalism,” Whitehead says, “refers to an ideology that asserts all civic life in the U.S. should be organized according to a particularly conservative and ethnocentric expression of Christianity.” But really, it turns out Christian Nationalism is shorthand for traits Whitehead doesn’t like:  -- Strict moral traditionalism focused on sustaining social hierarchies. -- Comfort with authoritarian control—exercised by the “right” people—that includes the threat and use of violence. -- A desire for strict ethno-racial boundaries around who is a “true” American, where non-white and non-natural born citizens are viewed as unworthy of full participation in American civic life. (This is why many label it white Christian nationalism)  So we have a fancy new way of calling conservatives racist. Bravo. But wait, Whitehead says Christian Nationalism poses many “threats” to America – trust him, “recent social science research” is on his side. Mercifully, he concentrates on only three. It’s anti-democratic. "Christian nationalism," Whitehead asserts, "does not want a government for the people by the people. It wants a government for a particular people, by a particular people. Namely, politically and religiously conservative white American Christians." Hmm. The racism slur aside, don’t libertarians want government by and for libertarians? Don’t socialists want government by and for socialists? That’s why they form political parties and vote the way they do. They must be anti-democratic. And if, as Whitehead also says "democracy demands we share power," should the Democrats willingly hand over control of one or both houses of congress to make sure they're being democratic? “Christian nationalism is about power. Power in the “right” hands to ensure the U.S. fulfills its covenant with God.” Sort of how power needs to be in the “right” hands to ensure racial equity, environmental sustainability and the right to identify as a halibut? The real giveaway that Christian Nationalists are a threat: they don’t agree with left-wing Democrats on a whole raft of questions:  This is why in one recent study we find that Americans who embrace Christian nationalism are more likely to: -- Deny voter suppression is a problem -- Believe it is “too easy to vote” in the U.S. -- Believe voter fraud is rampant -- Support having to pass a civics test in order to vote -- Support laws that would disenfranchise anyone who committed certain crimes Christian nationalism approves of political violence.  You saw all those Christian Nationalists out burning down bodegas and luting Targets in the summer of 2020 – and all those awful Republicans who were excusing them. Christian nationalism perpetuates racism. This really doesn’t deserve explanation; if you’re not persuaded by the garbage history and self-serving conclusions of the 1619 project, you’re a Christian Nationalist. Whitehead has found a new way to say that conservative thought is beyond the pale for polite company. It’s like asserting that they’re “semi-fascist” or a “Basket of deplorables,” but he puts a sheen of social science on it and makes it sound ominous. As Count Floyd would say: “Ooh, Scary!”

WALKOUTS: VA Students Throw Temper Tantrum Over Youngkin’s Trans Policies

On September 16, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin released the state’s revised Model Policy for schools regarding parental voice in education - in reference, specifically, to pronouns, given names, and gender identity. In light of Youngkin's emphasis on parental involvement, students in nearly 100 schools across specific parts of Virginia planned “walkouts” to protest. The Pride Liberation Project is a student-led group of over 500 members. This is the group who pushed for the protest walkouts.  Blue Virginia posted an article on September 26 regarding the pending walkouts and how the policy is “attacking LGBTQIA+ students across Virginia.” The piece also included a sentiment from one “Virginia Queer student.” As a closeted student, my friends and I are terrified that we won’t be able to come home if these proposed guidelines go through. We just want to be ourselves at school, without worrying about whether we’ll be subject to abuse or harassment. I wonder which school put the "Virginia Queer student" up to that. The thing is, kids don’t know anything. They can barely cook popcorn. How are they supposed to decide what freaking gender they are? Why can’t they just worry about passing a math test or studying for the SATs? And all the policy does is keep parents in the loop. The same release also linked to a Google spreadsheet with a list of schools, their school system, the time of day that they will be partaking in walkouts as well as a note as to whether press is or is not allowed to the event. The sheet is currently at 96 different schools and counting.  According to Fox5, some walkouts have already begun. In Culpepper, VA, students were gathered outside at 7:35 AM. Fox 5 deemed the incorporation of parents in the new transgender policy “controversial” … well, it’s clear where Fox 5 stands on the issue. Geez louise.  HAPPENING NOW: A student walkout at Culpeper Co. HS is one of many expected Tuesday across Virginia in response to the state's new controversial policy regarding transgender students. https://t.co/zvQfpNxJyG pic.twitter.com/PnrGCKAvtE — FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) September 27, 2022 Side note: Culpeper is about as populated as an eastern shore beach in December so this walkout, like the rest, did nothing except distract from actual issues in schools.  There is also a public form from Pride Liberation Projects encouraging the walkouts, claiming that Youngkin’s new policy “[r]equires schools to forcibly out transgender and gender expansive students,” "denies schools the right to prohibit malicious deadnaming and misgendering,” and “prevents students from having their real name and pronouns recognized,” among other lies being pushed to students.  All Youngkin's policy does is allow parents to know what's happening with their own children in school. Related: Youngkin Promotes Parental Voice Over Children’s Gender And Pronouns Nonetheless, the same group tweeted out: The student voice is clear: we don’t want @GlennYoungkin to politicize our education and use our community as a political pawn. Students know we can build affirming schools that let all thrive. https://t.co/VanblVYn3x — Pride Liberation Project (@PrideLiberation) September 26, 2022 Did it really just say “build affirming schools”? Are ya kidding? Shouldn’t we be teaching kids about, I don’t know, academics? Rather than affirm kids' delusional sense of self-identity, perhaps we should teach kids things they actually need to know. These walkouts are meaningless. All they show is that each school with students participating in “walkouts” has failed to teach basic biology. If students learned about the two and only two genders in school, this wouldn’t be happening.  Kudos to Youngkin for giving parents a say in what happens to their children in the schools that their tax dollars are funding.  A note to the media: focus on something more important. 

ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN Still Burying Political Murder of Republican Teen

Over 100 people gathered in McHenry, North Dakota on Monday to mourn the loss of teenager Cayler Ellingson who was murdered because his alleged killer thought he was a “Republican extremist.” But you likely wouldn’t know about the left-wing political violence if you watched ABC, CBS, NBC or MSNBC. These networks and cable channels have buried what would be a huge story if only the man who hit the teen was a conservative, a Republican, or a pro-life activist.  In contrast to these liberal outlets, Fox News Channel and Newsmax have covered all the details of the story. On Tuesday morning, Fox and Friends co-host Carley Shimkus explained:  More than 100 loved ones come together to remember the life of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson who was laid to rest after he was run over by an SUV last week. His alleged killer, Shannon Brandt, told an 911 operator that he hit Ellington with his car because he was part of an Republican extremist group. But he is currently walking free, given no curfew and under no house arrest after posting what one prosecutor called a, quote, “very low” $50,000 bail.      FoxNews.com noted the sad statement from Ellingson’s family: “Our love for you will never go unnoticed, you will forever be on our minds, it's heartbreaking to let you go... Please watch over all of us. Until we meet again, we love you, Cayler.”  Since September 18, the morning and evening shows on the networks, as well as MSNBC have been silent on the act of political violence. CNN covered it briefly on Friday's New Day for one minute and 45 seconds. According to a search of CNN.com, the online version of the liberal cable network allowed just one story. CNN.com writer Andy Rose referenced the "specifics of the alleged argument."    Brandt told a 911 dispatcher the victim was “part of a Republican extremist group,” according to court documents. Authorities did not provide further details of Brandt’s claims nor the specifics of the alleged argument. It’s not just TV journalists that are burying the violent attack. As NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham observed last week:  How about our taxpayer-funded PBS and NPR? Zero coverage. The New York Times and The Washington Post had nothing. Associated Press did a brief story, but it left out the partisan/ideological details, that Brandt said Ellingson was a Republican "extremist.” They cited the Highway Patrol saying a political argument is still unsubstantiated. They don’t want this in the “political violence” category, where it becomes fodder for national debate. Any news that counters the media narrative of conservative, Republican extremists isn’t welcome on the networks. As I reported in June, ABC, CBS and NBC suppressed the wave of pro-abortion violence against pro-life clinics and organizations in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  UPDATE: A previous version of this said that only CNN.com covered the story. However, the cable network itself had a story on Friday's New Day for one minute and 45 seconds. 

White House Calls For Atlanta Braves To Change Their Nickname

Leftists are doubling down on their calls to have the Atlanta Braves change their nickname. On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that it was time for the MLB to change the Braves' name on the grounds that it was insensitive to use an element of Indian culture as a team name. Jean-Pierre voiced her idiotic concerns at a press conference after the Braves visited the White House to celebrate their 2021 World Series title earlier that day. Karine Jean-Pierre: "It's important to have this conversation" about changing the name of the Atlanta Braves pic.twitter.com/TCW2Gd0ZG6 — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 26, 2022 “We believe that it’s important to have this conversation and Native American and indigenous voices should be at the center of this conversation,” she said, further adding the name change was about treating Indians “with dignity and respect.” What Jean-Pierre isn’t acknowledging is that there are Indians that have put their voices in the conversation and that directly contradict the position that many leftists have. Last year, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph published an article in which MLB commissioner Robert Manfred reached out to Indian tribes within Atlanta’s market to see how they felt regarding the franchise’s name and the fans use of the “Tomahawk Chop” at games (a gesture performed by fans that serves as a rallying cry). Much to leftist dismay, the answer showed a strong level of support for both. “I’m not offended by somebody waving their arm at a sports game,” Richard Sneed, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, said. “I’m just not. If somebody is, that’s their prerogative, it’s their right. They can be offended ... I don’t know very many, maybe one or two, from my tribe who say, ‘Yeah, I don’t like that.’ But at the end of the day, we’ve got bigger issues to deal with.” Sneed also added that he was frustrated that the public focused on changing the sports name of a franchise rather than the bigger issues like poverty and crime that Indians wrestle with.  Related: Stephen A. Smith: Ime Udoka Was Wrong, But Why Aren't White People Criticized Like He Is? “There’s just so much happening and the frustrating part for me as a tribal leader is when the only issue that seems to be discussed is...‘How offended are you by the chop and should the Braves change their name?’” Sneed said. “Really, it’s the least of our problems, I guess is what I’m saying.” Furthermore, when major sports franchises choose their names, they choose an object or person that is associated with something admirable (Lions are associated with strength, Patriots with a love for America, etc.). It’s worth noting that a “Brave” in an Indian tribe is an esteemed warrior, which would imply that Atlanta (and before it Boston and Milwaukee) wanted its baseball team to reflect the praiseworthy qualities found amongst the braves of Indian culture. I can’t think of anything more, in Jean-Pierre’s words, dignifying and respectful of Indian culture than that name. Leftists always strike out when they try to make this argument. Its time they move onto something else.

AZ Schools Offers Secretive Sex Chat Rooms for Kids

It’s not grooming. Really, it’s not. It’s just making sure that when kids are talking dirty with adults online, their parents won’t find out. And it’s sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). What could be more innocent? According to AZFree News, parent Peggy McClain doesn’t see it that way, and she’s filed a lawsuit against ADE Superintendent Kathy Hoffman. McClain wants the “chat rooms where minors discuss sex and gender with adults present” removed from the ADE website. AZFree News: The chat room website advertised by the ADE, Q Chat Space, targets LGBTQ+ youth 13 years and older. It offers a “quick escape” feature that masks a child’s visit to the site by redirecting from the Q Chat Space site to Google’s homepage. The adults facilitating discussions, “Q Chatters,” don’t have to be licensed professionals. Some of the upcoming chat rooms are: “Sex and Relationships Q&A,” “FOR TRANS/NON-BINARY YOUTH: Activism and Allyship,” and “FOR TRANS/NONBINARY YOUTH: Sex Ed.” Hoffman launched the chat room program last June as part of (Wait for it!) Pride Month. Our collective ability to offer protection, love, and security for our LGBTQIA community is just one reason to celebrate PRIDE this year. Thank you @PrideArizona, @FlagstaffPride, and #BisbeePride for inviting me to the celebration! pic.twitter.com/VQAKJJQriQ — Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 15, 2020  “Q Chat Space,” says AZFree News, is a collaborative effort of Planned Parenthood, the LGBTQ+ support network organization PFLAG, and LGBTQ+ community center organization CenterLink.” Who could object to anything with the Planned Parenthood stamp of approval? McCain “claimed that Hoffman violated the Parents’ Bill of Rights provision prohibiting any attempts to encourage or coerce minors to withhold information from their parents.”  And it violated common sense, propriety and decency. McClain summed it up nicely when she said, “Katherine Hoffman is encouraging the grooming of young children.”

Meyers Fawns Over Alleged Economic Genius, Bernie Sanders

NBC Late Night host Seth Meyers welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders on to his Monday-taped show to discuss the midterms, how his socialist policies make him an economic genius, and how much Meyers appreciates him. Naturally, there was also plenty of trashing of Republicans and warnings of aspiring authoritarians. During the interview, Meyers lamented that Sanders’s views on economics are not widely shared, “It must be frustrating for someone like you that has a real understanding of the minutiae of the economy, how it affects so many people, and yet you must also appreciate that you're at the mercy, come election day, or we might be he mercy, of what the gas prices are that day that not every American looks at the stock market ticker every day, but most of them drive by and they see a number. And that number indicates something.”     Right on cue, Sanders responded by proving that he is not an economic heavyweight, “That's right, you're absolutely right and yet what we should understand is that while gas prices have soared -- they're going -- have gone down considerably -- the oil companies are making record-breaking profits. When people go to the supermarket and see the high price of food, understand that you got a handful of food companies that control the industry that are also making record-breaking profits.” Sanders then proceeded to argue that if you do not agree with him and his inflation-causing policies then you are opening the door to strongmen: And I'll tell you something, Seth, if we are not successful in doing that, you're going to see more and more people saying, ‘I don't believe in democracy. Why are you telling me about government you give me a 30 second stupid ad on TV, and yet I can't afford to send my kid to college, I can't afford rent, I can't afford to buy a house. Don't tell me about that crap anymore. I want a strongman who's going to get things right, get the trains to run on time.’ And you see that in Italy recently so, you know, this is not just an economic issue. It's a political issue, and that we can lose our democracy unless you have a government that stands with the working class of this country and not just wealthy campaign contributors.  Later in a second segment with Sanders, Meyers further lamented not only that it took Dobbs to motivate Democrats, but also that Republicans are polling well on economic issues, “if I can just bring it back to midterms one more time, it does seem like, you know, the left has been -- I don't know, energized by the worst possible reason, which was Dobbs. And then you have -- so maybe the left is surging ahead based on abortion. But it does seem like the right dominates the economy as it gets closer and closer to an election. What do politicians in the Democratic Party have to do?” After Sanders responded by giving his typical socialist spiel, including how $15 an hour is no longer a sufficient minimum wage, Meyers concluded by thanking Sanders not just for being on the show, but for being a left-wing senator, “Well, I really appreciate you making the time as always. Keep up the good fight in D.C. for us, and we'll see you next time.” Sanders would continue that “fight” on Tuesday’s CBS Mornings where he again ran through his usual talking points and was not asked if his inflation-causing policies might have anything do with the high cost of living. This segment was sponsored by Claritin. Here is a transcript for the September 27 show: NBC Late Night with Seth Meyers 9/27/2022 1:01 AM ET SETH MEYERS: It must be frustrating for someone like you that has a real understanding of the minutiae of the economy, how it affects so many people, and yet you must also appreciate that you're at the mercy, come election day, or we might be he mercy, of what the gas prices are that day that not every American looks at the stock market ticker every day, but most of them drive by and they see a number. And that number indicates something.  BERNIE SANDERS: That's right, you're absolutely right and yet what we should understand is that while gas prices have soared -- they're going -- have gone down considerably -- the oil companies are making record-breaking profits. When people go to the supermarket and see the high price of food, understand that you got a handful of food companies that control the industry that are also making record-breaking profits.  So I think what we have to deal with is this issue of corporate greed, of billionaire control of our political system, of concentration of ownership, and we've got to tell the American people that we're going to fight. And it's not going to happen tomorrow but the fight has got to be for a government that works for all of us and not just for the people on top.  And I'll tell you something, Seth, if we are not successful in doing that, you're going to see more and more people saying, "I don't believe in democracy. Why are you telling me about government you give me a 30 second stupid ad on TV, and yet I can't afford to send my kid to college, I can't afford rent, I can't afford to buy a house. Don't tell me about that crap anymore. I want a strongman who's going to get things right, get the trains to run on time.” And you see that in Italy recently so, you know, this is not just an economic issue. It's a political issue, and that we can lose our democracy unless you have a government that stands with the working class of this country and not just wealthy campaign contributors.  … 1:13 AM ET MEYERS: So, what -- you know, I think -- you know, if I can just bring it back to midterms one more time, it does seem like, you know, the left has been -- I don't know, energized by the worst possible reason, which was Dobbs. And then you have -- so maybe the left is surging ahead based on abortion. But it does seem like the right dominates the economy as it gets closer and closer to an election. What do politicians in the Democratic Party have to do?  SANDERS: Look, what you have to say is, be honest about what Republicans stand for. Republicans have made clear, Mitch McConnell and others, that they want to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I think that's a horrible thing to do, but it's bad politically.  The entire world is worried about the crisis of climate change, and these guys are really indebted to the fossil fuel industry. They're not gonna do anything on it. Many of us want to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. I introduced legislation for 15 bucks an hour, which is not enough now. We had zero Republican support.  So, I think if you look at the Republican Party, issue by issue, you know, it is clear that they are the party that represents the wealthy and the powerful. Are the Democrats doing enough for working people? No, but I think the contrast between the two is strong enough that I would hope that all over this country people reject this right-wing extremism and put Democrats back in office in the House and the Senate. MEYERS: Well, I really appreciate you making the time as always. Keep up the good fight in D.C. for us, and we'll see you next time. 

Rumble Slams Hate Mail From Cosmopolitan For Allowing Free Speech

A free speech platform just got yelled at for promoting free speech. Yes, you read that correctly.  The far-left outlet, Cosmopolitan, reached out to Rumble on Monday to ask for comment on allowing Andrew Tate, a popular and controversial social media influencer, on its platform. Hysterically, Rumble told it to look in the mirror.  “I am writing an article about the rise of Andrew Tate and how many social media platforms — Meta, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter — removed his content for violating their policies on ‘dangerous individuals’ and ‘hateful content,’” Harriet Hall, Cosmo’s Features Director wrote to Rumble.  “Tate is now promoting his content on Rumble profile to his users and using the platform to continue bedding his views and gaining followers,” Hall continued.  Hm, that sounds a lot like what the left likes to do.  Hall then asked for a “comment” from Rumble as to why it’s allowing people like Tate on its site. In the e-mail, Hall mentioned that Tate’s content had been “labelled by women’s charities and experts as ‘violently misogynistic.’” Tate came under public scrutiny, this summer especially, for his advocacy of traditional masculinity and gender roles. Some argued that Tate was “misogynistic” while he said he was simply “living a traditionally masculine life,” and people didn’t like it.  In response to Cosmo’s email, Rumble gave the outlet a taste of it’s own medicine.  “Like everyone else, you're welcome to join Rumble, but first look in the mirror,” Rumble indicated in a tweet. It also attached two tweets from Cosmopolitan. One wrote “Confirmed: Men who objectify women are effing horrible” and the other said “36 Summer Olympic bulges that deserve gold [trophy emoji].”  Cosmo supposedly doesn’t think those are misandry, hence why Rumble sent the Tweets right back to the inbox of the left-winged digital magazine. We just received this email from the @Cosmopolitan & @Hearst. Our response: "Like everyone else, you're welcome to join Rumble, but first look in the mirror." pic.twitter.com/EA0nUIHaOB — Rumble - 🏴‍☠️ $RUM (@rumblevideo) September 26, 2022 Cosmo’s had it out for Tate for years. In 2017 the outlet attempted to write a hit piece on him regarding one of his tweets. Cosmo did nothing except show once again that its writers are cry babies.  Regardless of one’s thoughts on Tate, Rumble believes that he deserves equal footing on tech platforms. In fact, Rumble prides itself on being “immune to cancel culture.” It’s about page states "We are for people with something to say and something to share, who believe in authentic expression, and want to control the value of their own creations.” It also indicates that it’s on a “mission to protect a free and open internet” since “everyone benefits when we have access to more ideas, diverse opinions, and dialogue.” On Rumble, users have the option to opt-in or opt-out of Tate's content. Nobody is required to watch Tate’s videos. THAT is what an open platform should do. It shouldn’t censor someone just because his/her videos don’t please everyone and their mother.  Tate has some “hot takes,” but that doesn’t mean that he needs to be censored. So, Cosmopolitan, just because you don’t agree with someone, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve freedom of speech. Oh, and like Rumble said, make sure to check yourself and your own content before coming for someone else.  Get wrecked. 

MSNBC Whines Sinema & McConnell Said Nice Things to Each Other

On MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, host Stephanie Ruhle and her two guests complained on Monday that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema dared to share a stage together at a public event and say nice things about each other. Since McConnell is hated by the fire-breathing leftists on MSNBC for successfully confirming all three of former President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, and Sinema is despised for not going along with Biden’s radical leftist agenda, they are both public enemy number one for MSNBC.  The McConnell and Sinema hatefest started when Ruhle turned to weekend host Jonathan Capehart and asked if he can “explain this as a political strategy?” Capehart couldn’t make sense of it, and claimed to understand McConnell’s strategy, claiming “I don't know if he's trying to own the libs, but he’s certainly trolling the libs.”     “Of course, he thinks she's the most effective first-term Senator, she blocked a lot of the stuff that he couldn't do as minority leader, by insisting that the filibuster not be reformed so let's say voting rights could happen, voting rights reform could happen, that other bills could be passed, codifying Roe, standing in the way of the agenda of the Democratic President,” Capehart cried.  “I think she is the most inscrutable politician around for me right now,” turncoat Republican and Bulwark grifter Tim Miller whined, referring to Sinema.  “Kyrsten Sinema is in a state Joe Biden won, and she hasn't made clear what her policy agendas, or what vision is and why she would buck the party,” Miller cried, adding that he believes “that she thinks she's been a maverick, but it really ain't working.”  MSNBC spends every waking moment on air crying about the death of American democracy and as soon as a Republican and Democrat get together in public to compliment each other, it becomes a scandal.  They have no credibility left to complain.  This segment was made possible by Chase. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”: MSNBC’s The 11th Hour 9/26/2022 11:39:12 p.m. Eastern STEPHANIE RUHLE: I need you two to explain how this one works. I want to ask you about Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema. She left Arizona and flew to Kentucky today, where she spoke at an event with none other than Mitch McConnell. At that event, McConnell called her the most effective first term Senator he has seen during his 37 years in the Senate. Jonathan, to you first. Can you explain this as a political strategy?  JONATHAN CAPEHART: Sinema's political strategy? I have no idea. But I do understand why Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell invited her to Kentucky. One to troll—I don't know if he's trying to own the libs, but he’s certainly trolling the libs. But also to call her the most effective first-term Senator. It's not damning with faint praise, but of course he thinks she's the most effective first term Senator, she blocked a lot of the stuff that he couldn't do as minority leader, by insisting that the filibuster not be reformed so let's say voting rights could happen, voting rights reform could happen, that other bills could be passed, codifying Roe, standing in the way of the agenda of the Democratic President.  RUHLE: I get why Mitch McConnell is weighing this. But why would Kyrsten Sinema be, Tim?  TIM MILLER: I think she is the most inscrutable politician around for me right now. The best answer I have to that is that she thinks she's kind of doing this John McCain maverick imitation in reverse. But there's a lot of ways that that's not working, number one John McCain had some very clear issues that he is different with the party on. He was pretty loyal to the party on a lot of stuff. and he had a few things that mattered to him. Torture, campaign finance, immigration. That he bucked the party on. The voters understood, that's where he was. What exactly is Kyrsten Sinema's position, besides just wanting to be obstructionist, wanting to make Mitch McConnell happy?  Having some very weird particular complaints about the way that the Senate works? Wanting to help out the hedge fund guys? It's not like a populist maverick style that I think has any appeal, and so I've been the number one Joe Manchin stan on MSNBC, I think what he’s doing makes a lot of sense, he's in a deep red state, it makes sense for him to buck the party on things. Kyrsten Sinema is in a state Joe Biden won, and she hasn't made clear what her policy agendas, or what vision is and why she would buck the party. I think that she thinks she's been a maverick, but it really ain't working.

NewsBusters Podcast: Liberal Networks Never Sounded Like 'State TV'?

A Washington Post book review of the umpteenth anti-Trump book says "Fox News became the closest thing to state TV the United States has ever had." Did liberals miss the gush over Bill and Hillary Clinton, and then the love tsunami for Barack and Michelle Obama? In his review of The Divider by journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Yale professor Jacob Hacker reports "In a single year, Trump tweeted about stories on [Fox's] news shows 657 times." Liberal Democrats have a much wider array of supportive channels to rely on.  Hacker still blames the "mainstream media" for Trump's win and "threat to democracy," claiming the dominant "character issue" of 2016 was Hillary's email server. That's just false. The dominant "character issue" was almost always a Trump issue, from the Access Hollywood tape to the angry tweets about fat beauty queens or people who were like "dogs" or "pigs." Hacker concludes that in this "all-hands-on-deck moment" -- a moment that never seems to end in the war on Trump -- "we need journalists focused on the horizon and shouting quickly and clearly about icebergs ahead." This is exactly what's driven down the trust numbers for the press. The "icebergs" are always the "MAGA Republicans" and smooth sailing is defined as Democrats in control of all the levers of Washington power.  Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

ABC Ignores Own Poll Showing 56 Percent of Dems Don't Want Biden in '24

During Monday's edition of ABC’s World News Tonight, the left-wing evening newscast ignored their own network’s poll which showed that 56 percent of Democrats want someone other than President Joe Biden to be their party’s standard bearer in the 2024 presidential election. This result, plus other findings of the poll, including Biden’s approval rating sinking to 39 percent, shows why ABC decided to bury the poll during their flagship nightly newscast. While the network did briefly cover the poll on their Sunday evening newscast when most people are tuned out, the network wasted an opportunity to cover the poll on Monday night when more people are watching. ABC instead decided to blame a drought in Somalia on "climate change," smear Italy's new PM as "ultra-conservative", and run footage of a train derailment in Colorado.  While World News Tonight was covering for their friends in the Biden administration, Fox News Channel’s Special Report covered the latest round of bad Biden poll numbers.      Giving the report for Fox’s Special Report newscast, chief White House correspondent Peter Doocy noted how “polls focused on the President are down,” and that “a new Washington Post/ABC News survey finds him with a 39 percent approval rating.”  “Just 35 percent of Democrats say they want Biden on the ballot in 2024. 56 percent say they’d favor someone else,” Doocy added.  Despite the ongoing media narrative that “abortion rights” are the top issue for voters after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade, Doocy reported that according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, “the top four highly important issues per this Washington Post/ABC poll are the economy, education, inflation, and crime.”  Even former Biden White House press secretary Jen Psaki was forced to admit on Sunday’s Meet the Press that “if it is a referendum on the President, they will lose. And they know that.”  Despite this fact, the media and their Democrat friends would rather continue pushing the narrative that Biden is making a comeback in popularity and the overturn of Roe v Wade is putting Democrats on the verge of victory in the upcoming midterm elections.  This bias by omission from ABC’s World News Tonight was made possible by Liberty Mutual. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  FNC’s Special Report 9/26/2022 6:03:41 p.m. Eastern  PETER DOOCY: Polls focused on the President are down. A new Washington Post ABC News survey finds him with a 39 percent approval rating. Even the White House officials insist their policies are winning people over.  KARINE JEAN PIERRE: You think about the pieces of, of legislation that we have passed they are very popular with the American people, with Republicans and Democrats. DOOCY: As President Biden hosted the Atlanta Braves to celebrate their world series win.  PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I know in Georgia you show up when it counts.  DOOCY: Just 35 percent of Democrats say they want Biden on the ballot in 2024. 56 percent say they’d favor someone else.  JIM ACOSTA: Should he take another stab at winning the White House?  SEN JOHN TESTER: So, it -- Jim, I would love to say yes or no. But, truly, it is not my call.  DOOCY: The former White House Press Secretary now warns this President could be a liability in the midterms.  JEN PSAKI: If it is a referendum on the President, they will lose. And they know that.  DOOCY: The top four highly important issues per this Washington Post ABC poll are the economy, education, inflation, and crime. Something White House officials are apparently aware of.  PSAKI: They also know that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats. I would say one of the biggest vulnerabilities.  DOOCY: White House officials dispute that.  JEAN PIERRE: Crime is complicated and multifaceted. Look, this is a President who has secured historic funding to make sure that law enforcement has what it needs.  DOOCY: But the impact of this President's policies are to be determined. Does President Biden think America's big cities are safe?  JEAN PIERRE: It is not a -- it is not a yes or no question.  DOOCY: It is a no by the numbers. Like the 20 percent increase in thefts and robberies in the first half of this year in America's major cities according to the Counsel on Criminal Justice. President Biden is not one of these Democrats calling to defund the police but that doesn't mean his plans are working. Bret?

Doocy Trips Jean-Pierre With Simple Crime Question: Are Americans Safe?

With crime soaring in American cities across the country as a result of extreme progressive district attorneys turning criminals loose without bail or without charges (including crimes involving firearms), safety is a major concern for Americans who call those places home. So, one would think the Biden White House would have a serious answer when asked if they think “America’s big cities are safe?” But, of course, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was as unserious as ever as Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked the simple question. Putting off Doocy to near the end of the Q&A portion of the briefing, he asked the question as simply as possible: “Does President Biden think America’s big cities are safe?” Jean-Pierre was rendered confused by the simple premise of the question, asking in return, “Can you say more?” “Well, we know that thefts and robberies are up about 20 percent in the first half of this year. So, I’m wondering if he thinks America’s big cities are safe?” he elaborated. Still, Jean-Pierre felt like she was blowing in the wind in need of more solid information. Of course, Doocy obliged with more examples of runaway crime:     JEAN-PIERRE: Are you talking about The New York Times story specifically? Or, is that what you’re referring to? DOOCY: Yeah, they had some stats: the murder rate is still 30 percent above its 2019 level. They’re all from the Council on Criminal Justice. So, we’ve seen some high-profile examples of this the Washington Commanders running back was being mugged, he got shot. Karen Bass, member of Congress, had her house robbed. These are high-profile people. So, should everyday Americans who are not in the public eye feel safe? In American cities. “So, I’ll say this: that same story also stated that the crime is complicated and multifaceted,” she initially deflected. She proceeded to suggest Biden had “secured historic funding” for local police “in the face of opposition from Republicans.” She also blamed former President Trump, saying Biden “inherited a rising crime rate from the previous administration,” despite the fact the rising crime was in predominantly liberal jurisdictions. “So, I guess, just the original question: Does President Biden think America’s big cities are safe?” Doocy plainly asked again in the face of her non-answer. “It is not – it is not a – um – It is not a yes or no question,” Jean-Pierre stammered. For his final question, Doocy invoked comments from Jean-Pierre’s predecessor behind the podium. “Jen Psaki says that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats. Why would she say that?” he wondered. Looking to avoid the topic of America’s rising crime epidemic, Jean-Pierre ranted proudly about how “we’ve been able to do is create a pretty much clear split screen of what we are doing to deliver for the American people and what Republicans refuse to do.” She then rambled on about Medicare, Social Security, and the deceptively-named Inflation Reduction Act. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: White House Press Briefing September 26, 2022 2:04:21 p.m. Eastern PETER DOOCY: Does President Biden think America’s big cities are safe? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Can you say more? DOOCY: Well, we know that thefts and robberies are up about 20 percent in the first half of this year. So, I’m wondering if he thinks America’s big cities are safe? JEAN-PIERRE: Are you talking about The New York Times story specifically? Or, is that what you’re referring to? DOOCY: Yeah, they had some stats: the murder rate is still 30 percent above its 2019 level. They’re all from the Council on Criminal Justice. So, we’ve seen some high-profile examples of this the Washington Commanders running back was being mugged, he got shot. Karen Bass, member of Congress, had her house robbed. These are high-profile people. So, should everyday Americans who are not in the public eye feel safe? In American cities. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I’ll say this: that same story also stated that the crime is complicated and multifaceted. Look, this is a president who has secured historic funding to make sure that law enforcement has what it needs. Especially – and he was able to do this in the face of opposition from Republicans during a time when he inherited a rising crime rate from the previous administration. The President put forth the American Rescue Plan. And in that very plan, there was more than $300 billion to go to local –to local states and local cities to make sure that they able to hire law enforcement officers. They were to hire, you know, firefighters. They were able to hire people that were critical to their needs as they were dealing with a pandemic. Tsk, Republicans voted against that. DOOCY: So, I guess, just the original question: Does President Biden think America’s big cities are safe? JEAN-PIERRE: It is not – it is not a, um – It is not a yes or no question. It is very much a question of: what has he done. That is how we see the question. Is what has he done to make sure that cities and it doesn’t matter if it’s a big city or a small city. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a red state or a blue state. What matters is: is that we have the funding and we have done the work, put the policy forward to make sure that these cities whether it’s big or small have what they need to protect their community. And that’s what this President has done. Again, without the help of Republicans. DOOCY: And my last one on this. Jen Psaki says that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats. Why would she say that? JEAN-PIERRE: so – you know – um, again, I can’t do electoral politics from here. As you know. But I – I – I kind of – I don’t agree with your characterization of what she actually said. But I’ll say this – and I’ve already – I’ve already said this already. The past few months, what we’ve been able to do is create a pretty much clear split screen of what we are doing to deliver for the American people and what Republicans refuse to do. We are making sure that – that – that we have Medicare and Social Security and we make sure that the – the pharm—the Big Pharma is – is not – a – upping cost for our seniors. Right? And making sure that – a – we give them a little bit of breathing room. And, you know, you have Republicans who want to cut Medicare. They want to sunset Medicare. They want to sunset Social Security. You have this GOP agenda that was put out by the House where they want to go after the Inflation Reduction Act, which will have an effect that will actually hurt Americans. And so, I think there is a stark contrast here – uh – that we’ve seen the past several months. I would argue the past 19 months. (…)

Facebook, Instagram CENSOR MRC, Apply Fact-Check to Post Critiquing Margaret Sanger

Facebook and Instagram censored the Media Research Center, slapping an outdated fact-check on an MRC post of a quote criticizing Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s racist views.  The censorship came just one week after MRC Free Speech America published an exclusive in which Brownstone Institute founder and President Jeffrey Tucker accused Facebook of collaborating with government and choosing sides against Trump. Media Research Center (MRC) posted a quote from former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on Facebook and Instagram, which are both owned by Meta. Carson pointed out the racist roots of abortion giant Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood was started by Margaret Sanger who was a eugenicist,” he said. “She wanted to limit the numbers of black people and Hispanic people. That’s why the clinics are predominantly found in minority communities.” Facebook and Instagram applied a PolitiFact fact-check to censor MRC and claim the post was “missing context.” The fact-check applied to the MRC post was from 2015, and was supposedly correcting an entirely different Ben Carson quote! Carson said in 2015 that Sanger “believed that people like me should be eliminated.” Media Research Center president and founder Brent Bozell commented, “Planned Parenthood's founder was a vile racist who wanted to abort black babies. No fact check can change that.” In fact, Sanger expressed explicitly racist views on eugenics and reportedly had ties both to Nazis and to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Sanger published an article by the chief architect of the Nazi sterilization program, and, in 1938, urged America to imitate Hitler’s program, according to Breitbart News. Breitbart wrote that two close Sanger associates praised Nazi eugenics programs. Sanger also reportedly started the “Negro Project” to limit the black population. She also declared that “minorities (including most of America’s immigrants) are inferior in the human race, as are the physically and mentally handicapped,” NewsBusters reported. Discussing the “Negro Project,” Sanger wrote, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” according to a CNSNews.com commentary by Catholic League CEO Bill Donohue. According to a LifeNews report and another CNSNews.com commentary by Grove City College professor Dr. Paul Kengor, Sanger spoke at a 1926 KKK rally, which she boasted led to multiple other speaking invitations from white supremacist groups. Yet PolitiFact’s 2015 fact-check misrepresented that Planned Parenthood had not targeted black unborn babies in its early days and that eugenics is about “improv[ing] the human race by having people be more healthy through exercise, recreation in parks, marriage to someone free from sexually transmitted diseases, well-baby clinics, immunizations, clean food and water, proper nutrition, non-smoking and drinking.” Maybe PolitiFact should do a little basic research on Sanger and her associates. PolitiFact has a history of targeting pro-life groups and ideas online, and a NewsBusters study in January found that PolitiFact was six times more likely to defend President Joe Biden than fact-check him. Even before this latest case of censorship, Big Tech censored MRC as an organization 79 times this year, based on MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack database. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Facebook headquarters at (650) 308-7300 and contact Instagram at 650-543-4800 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

'It's Not Christian': Mika Says Migrant Issue Might 'Backfire' on GOP

Wait: we thought liberals are horrified at the prospect that some Republicans want to declare the USA to be a Christian nation. But on today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski said that the immigration issue might backfire on Republicans because their policies on immigration aren't popular: "It's not Christian. It's not right. It's inhumane." So which is it, Mika: should American policies be guided by Christian principles, or not?  Joe Scarborough accused Republicans of "overreaching" on issues in which they are in a strong position. Regarding immigration, Scarborough said that on the one hand, most Americans agree that people coming into the country need to do so legally, and that "Democrats have badly mishandled the southern border." But he said that Ron DeSantis has overreached on the issue, repeatedly accusing the Florida governor on lying to immigrants he arranged to be flown to Martha's Vineyard. DeSantis has said the immigrants signed a waiver, that their information packet included a map of Martha's Vineyard, and that they knew they were going there. Scarborough also perpetuated the Morning Joe technique of deceptively describing the immigrants' destination. Earlier this month, we noted Willie Geist saying that the immigrants had been dropped "on an island off the coast of Massachusetts." As we said, "You'd have thought the migrants were being stranded on a barren rock in the ocean. Willie never mentioned that the island in question is Martha's Vineyard, the tony isle second in elitism only to Scarborough's favored island summering spot: Nantucket." Scarborough pulled a similarly deceptive stunt this morning, describing DeSantis as sending the immigrants "to an island in the Northeast." Again summoning visions of a desolate rock, rather than the billionaires' playground that is Martha's Vineyard! Here's a photo of the simple shack that a certain former president, whose initials are Barack Obama, managed to buy on that desolate rock. Looks like plenty of room to house dozens of deserving immigrants.  And Scarborough really put his foot in it in the way he accused Republicans of overreaching on the issue of abortion. He said that as a result of their harsh laws, "we see a 10-year old girl fleeing the state of Ohio to have an abortion because they were raped." What Scarborough failed to disclose: the accused rapist in question is . . . an illegal immigrant. Tell us again how Republicans are "overreaching" on immigration, Joe? On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski claiming that Republican policies on immigration are not Christian was sponsored in part by Subway, Jeep, and Amazon. Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 9/26/22 6:11 am EDT MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We know that it's a tall order for Democrats to do extremely well in these midterms. We know that. historically, because of what happens in this type of midterm.  But, there are two issues that are creeping into this that might even distract a person who is committed to Trump to the end, and that would be abortion, and maybe even this migrant issue.  I think it might backfire. I think it might just cut most people the wrong way. It's not Christian. It's not right. It's inhumane. There are people who just will know that was wrong, and will feel something about it. And then the hispanic voters! JOE SCARBOROUGH: I think what you're talking about, obviously, is where Ron Desantis takes people that have fled a Communist country. MIKA: And other Republicans. SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, but specifically, Ron Desantis gets people who have fled a Communist dictatorship. Lies to them. Sends them to an island in the Northeast, and apparently it seems, lies to them, have people lie to them to do it. And this is another great example of Republicans overreaching. Everything they're doing, they're overreaching. You know what? Obviously, the Supreme Court is not making these calculations. But if the Supreme Court had just upheld the Mississippi case, which places the ban at 15 weeks, a majority of Americans would be with them.  No. They go all the way, and now we see 10-year-old girls fleeing the state of Ohio to have an abortion because they were raped.  And you have the most horrible scenarios being laid out. Women who are, you know, could die on the operating table if Republicans get their way in Texas. If the attorney general gets his way.  So, same with immigration. Now, Democrats have badly mishandled the southern border over the past several years. Horribly! It's just, the issue doesn't seem to matter tp them at all. It matters to most Americans. Most Americans believe that if you come into America, you need to come in legally. That's where most Americans are. If that shocks you, you need to wake up, okay? You need to wake up. They take that issue, which should be a huge win for them, and they overreach by taking people who are fleeing a Communist tyranny in Nicaragua, in Venezuela, coming up to the United States and then treating them like political pawns.

Woke Superstar Rihanna to Perform at SB Halftime Show

Do you feel it coming in the air, hearing the screams from everywhere? That’s the sound of all the people that are ecstatic that woke singer Rihanna will be performing at the Super Bowl LVII halftime show. The voice behind “We Found Love” and “Diamonds” made the announcement on Sunday via Instagram, which ended speculation that Taylor Swift might be the headline artist for sport’s biggest concert.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Jay-Z, who was signed to head up the NFL’s music entertainment in 2019, said. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.” While her status as an icon and her talent are not in doubt, she has a long history of supporting anything woke. In June, Rihanna, along with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, pledged $15 million to organizations that combat climate change and its particular effect on people LGBT members and minorities (because climate change is homophobic and racist). Furthermore, her beauty company, Fenty, released a series of ads that showed gender-bending men wearing lipstick. She’s also an avid supporter of abortion, but that shouldn’t be a surprise in today’s celebrity culture. Hopefully, her concert doesn’t have any underlying woke messages in it and we can just enjoy a halftime show simply as a concert. But given her track record -- and the fact that this is an NFL-organized event -- that might be too much to ask.

Bloomberg Columnist Smacks ‘Apostles’ of Woke ESG Movement

A columnist for the liberal outlet Bloomberg took a sledgehammer to the woke environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards movement currently plaguing corporate America. Bloomberg Global Business Columnist Adrian Wooldridge blasted the ESG movement and its super-woke cousin, the diversity, equity and inclusion movement (DEI) as “the ruling business ideology of our age” in a Sept. 26 op-ed. Those six letters, Wooldridge argued, have generated “massive industries” and powered leftist investment giants like BlackRock Inc., State Street Corp. and Vanguard Group Inc.  Wooldridge then unleashed a barrage on “[t]he apostles of ESG” for being “as guilty of overselling their product as they are of intellectual sloppiness.” Ouch.  Wooldridge added that the ESG movement packs “buzzwords” together that are “ineffective or even counterproductive.” In effect, the incoherence of ESGs could end up undercutting its green utopian vision and “also distracts from the mission that initially set the buzzwords afloat — preventing the world from overheating in the first case and tapping a wider range of talent in the second,” Wooldridge noted. Wooldridge continued, pointing out that ESG standards have proved themselves to be an inconsistent mess.  “ESG didn’t even provide a reliable template for how to deal with an obvious evil such as Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Stephen Bainbridge of UCLA Law School points out that European corporations with major operations in Russia prior to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine typically had higher ESG ratings than those who were not operating in Russia.” [Emphasis added].  Even a more detailed analysis of ESG investment portfolios revealed that “companies in ESG investment portfolios violated more labor laws, paid more fines and had higher carbon emissions than those in non-ESG portfolios sold by the same institution,” according to Woolridge, citing a study published in the Review of Accounting Studies of American mutual funds between 2010 and 2018.  The return-on-investment of ESG funds appears even worse. Wooldridge cited a 2021 literature review of more than “1,100 peer reviewed studies” and “27 published meta-analyses” showing that “ESG investing has on average been indistinguishable from conventional investing.”  But if ESG funds are blatantly biased and financially useless, why do they exist at all? The answer is politics, according to investor Vivek Ramaswamy. “Under the banner of ‘stakeholder capitalism,’ CEOs and large investors work with ideological activists to implement radical agendas that they could never pass in Congress,” Ramaswamy wrote in his 2022 book Woke, Inc. Wooldridge refused to run afoul of the left entirely, criticizing anti-ESG warriors like Florida Republican Gov. Ron Desantis for “bundling lots of different things together” in the battle against ESG standards. But in an apparent nod to the anti-ESG crowd, Wooldridge conceded that the “world’s greatest capitalist powers — first Britain and then America — were responsible for abolishing the slave trade and the practice of slavery.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and tell them to report honestly on the ESG movement’s silent takeover of corporate America, which is driving up gas prices and sneaking woke values into the business world.

Whoopi Pushes for Splitting the Republican Party, Which Helps Dems

With the midterms fast approaching, the Monday edition of ABC’s The View looked to seize on apparent bickering within the Republican Party to try and drive a wedge, with co-host Whoopi Goldberg pushing for the party to split, forming a third party, and cementing Democratic Party supremacy. Surprisingly, there was some pushback from unlikely members of the panel but one of the so-called “Republican” co-hosts admitted she’s willing to swing for Democrats. This conversation was spurred on by comments from Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) over the weekend where she declared: “I'm going to make sure Donald Trump – I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he's not the nominee, and if he is the nominee, I won't be a Republican.” After the wildly liberal and masked studio audience was done cheering, Goldberg pressed the two “Republican” co-hosts Ana Navarro and Alyssa Farah Griffin on the idea of a mass exodus from the party. “Is that what it's going to take to sort of get this straightened out? Is it going to take people saying to the party, I'm out if you can't get your act together?” she wondered. Navarro was up first and after initially praising Cheney as “a woman who has no damns left to give,” she pushed back on the notion of leaving the party: When you grow up in a party, it's somewhat like growing up in a church. It's your beliefs, it's your traditions, it's your habit, it's your family. It's your circle of friends. It's what you grew up believing. And even if you have radical disagreements, you somehow want to be part of the solution in getting it fixed. I deeply believe that we need two healthy parties competing for our votes and offering bipartisan solutions. Goldberg was a bit blunter with Farah Griffin, asking pointedly, “is it time for a third party?” A move that would only serve to help Democrats as the opposition would be split.     Eager to please her new liberal paymasters, Farah Griffin initially agreed, saying, “it might be” time to split the GOP because “we don't elect the most qualified people. We elect the people who cater the most to the base…” “The Donald Trump Party is not a conservative party. It's a populist nationalist right-wing party that I have about as much in common with that I do Bernie Sanders,” she continued. And she finally admitted that she’s willing to support a Democrat over a Republican. “As far as supporting Democrats, I’d be open to it on a case-by-case basis. I would have to look at their policies. And that’s kind of where I am,” she said. Back in June, Farah Griffin let slip her intention to back Democrats when she accidentally asked the cast for their preferred 2024 nominee. “I’m curious. Like who are the Dems going to run? Where is like the Obama energy that we could bring?” she asked at the time. After a commercial break, pushback to Goldberg came from an unlikely source in Sara Haines, who suggested current GOP lawmakers weren’t representing their constituencies, according to polls. She insisted: “Well we need two robust parties. Anybody who agrees with the way this country has gone, you need to have two parties that are strong, and that's the problem here is one is not being represented.” With the changing of the breeze, Farah Griffin thought it was a good time to walk back her earlier support for splitting the party. “By the way, I'm not for the third party in the way it currently exists because it would kind of end up sinking the other party,” she said. Adding: Our system is not there, but it should actually happen.” Of course, so-called “Sunny Hostin” (a fake name) wallowed in her racism again by whining about the existence of Latino Republicans. “He [Donald Trump] is the party now and that is the party of white supremacy. It's a party of fascism. It's a party of all the things that are counter to our democracy,” she ranted. Nearing another commercial break, Goldberg used Hostin’s rant to press Navarro and Farah Griffin again to leave the party and gave them no time to respond: Your party is right now being painted as the party that Sunny was referring to. So my question is, rather than have to constantly fight and say, “those are not my values,” is it smarter to find like-minded people to talk about maybe creating the Republican Party as you remember it and want to see it? That's what I'm talking about. As Navarro was trying to argue for reforming the party from within, Goldberg inexplicably declared she was “running out of time” to do that then joked that they had no time since they were up against the break. Goldberg’s eagerness to split the GOP was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from the ASPCA and Angi. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 26, 2022 11:02:49 a.m. Eastern WHOOPI GOLDBERG: All right. So this weekend, outgoing Congresswoman Liz Cheney was at the Texas tribune festival with a message for Republican voters about the power struggle within her party. (…) 11:03:28 a.m. Eastern REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): I'm going to make sure Donald Trump – I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he's not the nominee, and if he is the nominee, I won't be a Republican. [Cuts back to live] [Applause] GOLDBERG: You know. You know, as much as our politics don't jive, I have to say I'm starting to, like, dig her for just saying -- no. For just saying this is wrong and I'm not going to stand for it. Thanks, Liz. She even said she – wait a minute. She even said she would campaign with Democrats to stop the GOP candidate and election denier Kari Lake from becoming governor of Arizona. So, is it going to take more voters? I mean, I'll ask the two of you [gestures to Ana Navarro and Alyssa Farah Griffin] because, is that what it's going to take to sort of get this straightened out? Is it going to take people saying to the party, I'm out if you can't get your act together? ANA NAVARRO: Frankly I don't think the Trump base cares if people like Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger or frankly myself are out. If any thing, think they would like us out. Which is part of what keeps me in. Look, Liz Cheney – I like to be an irritant. Liz Cheney obviously is a woman who has no damns left to give, and she's unfiltered. GOLDBERG: Nice way to put it. Nice way. NAVARRO: She's being absolutely honest. But, I think, look. And this is something you and I talk about all the time. When you grow up in a party, it's somewhat like growing up in a church. It's your beliefs, it's your traditions, it's your habit, it's your family. It's your circle of friends. It's what you grew up believing. And even if you have radical disagreements, you somehow want to be part of the solution in getting it fixed. I deeply believe that we need two healthy parties competing for our votes and offering bipartisan solutions. (…) 11:05:57 a.m. Eastern GOLDBERG: But is it time for a third party? ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think it might be because I think that the way the parties are structured now in the primary system, we don't elect the most qualified people. We elect the people who cater the most to the base which is the minority of both parties rather than people who are most likely to want to get things done, to work across the aisle. I’ll say this, I agree about halfway with Liz Cheney. I will full stop never support an election denier. I still want to work from within with the Republican Party. I believe politics is cyclical and the Donald Trump moment which has consumed all of us for so long will eventually come to an end and I hope to influence the party from within. The Donald Trump Party is not a conservative party. It's a populist nationalist right-wing party that I have about as much in common with that I do Bernie Sanders. But I want to get back to something where we are pro-free trade, pro-globalization, for legal immigration into the country, securing the border but with legal immigration, and that's just not where we are now. As far as supporting Democrats, I’d be open to it on a case-by-case basis. I would have to look at their policies. And that’s kind of where I am. (…) 11:07:49 a.m. Eastern SUNNY HOSTIN: He [Donald Trump] is the party now and that is the party of white supremacy. It's a party of fascism. It's a party of all the things that are counter to our democracy. (…) 11:17:15 a.m. Eastern SARA HAINES: Well we need two robust parties. Anybody who agrees with the way this country has gone, you need to have two parties that are strong, and that's the problem here is one is not being represented. FARAH GRIFFIN: And I’m actually – By the way, I'm not for the third party in the way it currently exists because it would kind of end up sinking the other party. HAINES: It would split a party. FARAH GRIFFIN: Our system is not there, but it should actually happen. Many Americans identify as moderate, as independent. Most Americans aren't extreme -- as extreme as the base of either side and those are often not the people who are represented in our electoral – And I would notice just this: Democrats are guilty of it too. They denied Bernie Sanders the nomination in favor of a more moderate Joe Biden because that's who they wanted to have. GOLDBERG: But that's not the point – that's not the thing. Your party is right now being painted as the party that Sunny was referring to. So my question is, rather than have to constantly fight and say, “those are not my values,” is it smarter to find like-minded people to talk about maybe creating the Republican Party as you remember it and want to see it. That's what I'm talking about. NAVARRO: But I’m thinking people are wanting to do that from within the party because doing it third party— GOLDBERG: But you’re running out of time. Like me. We’ll be right back.

Woke Kansas Governor Flip-Flops on Males In Girls’ Sports

Will the real Gov. Laura Kelly please stand up? The incumbent Kansas Democrat seeking re-election is changing her position often enough to make a chameleon dizzy when it comes to transgender boys playing on girls' sports teams. Both sides of the political divide exposed her dishonesty over the issue of integrity in girls' sports.   Gov. Kelly twice vetoed bills aimed at keeping boys out of girls’ sports in Kansas. She made her position on the issue crystal clear, and it’s a major topic of debate in the governor’s race.  Vetoed in April, SB 160 was designed to prevent transgender students from membership on women’s sports teams, saying sports designated for females "shall not be open to students of the male sex." The bill would have required the state high school activities association and the Board of Regents to enforce the law.  Last week the chameleon changed her position, saying, “You may have seen my opponent’s attacks, so let me just say it: of course men should not play girls’ sports. OK, we all agree there.”   Wait just a cotton-pickin' minute here, said the Republicans, catching her in a big fat lie. That wasn’t her position before the election cycle. Republicans said she was trying to have it both ways, responding “no amount of backtracking and spin from the Kelly campaign can distract from the truth.” Democrats were furious with her betrayal of LGBT interests.    Derek Schmidt, the Republican candidate for governor, busted her in the chops, tweeting:  “FALSE! Liberal Laura Kelly, in a desperate new ad, says “of course” men should not play women’s sports. But she vetoed Fairness in Women’s Sports TWICE. She's been with Biden on this for years, now at reelection time she lies. Kansans know it, and will vote her out.”  The Kansas City Star editorial board questioned the governor on transgenders and sports, and she changed her colors again.  Breitbart’s Katherine Hamilton said the governor denied that her ad was specifically targeted at transgender student-athletes when given the example of a 16-year-old high school student. “Instead, she claimed her ad was talking about ‘a male over the age of 18’ who wanted to compete with girls — implying that her comments were about age rather than just gender identity.”   The governor also claimed she has been consistent on the issue, and the NCAA’s permissive policy is what Kansas should follow. Think Lia Thomas and the ridiculous farce of the former Penn University swimmer, a mess allowed by the woke NCAA leadership.  “The ad that I put out was to respond to the misleading attacks that my opponent has put out that I favor letting men play in girls' sports,” said Kelly, trying to squirm out of her predicament. “I have never said that.” She also called the bills she vetoed “discriminatory. They were also designed by politicians. If this had come from the Kansas High School Activities Association, which is the governing body for sports in our schools, I would have addressed it differently.”  Is that Gov. Kelly’s final position on the issue? Or will it continue to shift with the wind? Check back daily. The Republican candidate, Schmidt, has taken a firm, unchanging position on the nonsense of allowing bigger, faster, stronger boys to wreck the level playing fields in girls’ sports. He vowed to sign the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act in his first 100 days as governor, if elected. 

Buzzkill: Pelosi Gets Booed On Stage At Global Citizen Concert in NYC

San Fran Nan’s been tone deaf for a while, now she might be actually deaf too.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) graced New York with her presence this weekend at the Global Citizen concert held at Central Park. Pelosi was booed on stage, New York Post reported (yes, it’s OK to laugh). In a now viral video, Pelosi received a not so warm welcome when she was invited to join the stage by actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Nick Jonas’ wife). Pelosi walked on stage in her iconic white pants suit to talk about climate change and cutting carbon emissions.  “As speaker of the House, I am here to thank you for your dazzling advocacy, entrepreneurial thinking, and determination as global citizens,” she began.  The audience erupted but not how you may think. While some cheered for Pelosi, there was an overwhelming majority of booing and heckling from the crowd.  Nonetheless, Pelosi continued.  It’s thanks to your help that the United States recently enacted historic climate legislation, which will be a game changer. It will slash carbon pollution by 40% by 2030, it will give a historic, an historic $370 billion to fight the climate crisis. I wonder how much carbon pollution was created as a result of the private jet that inevitably got Pelosi to the NY stage.  During her uncalled for speech, Pelosi also gave a shout-out to her grand children who were in the audience. She claimed that she told them that she’d keep her comments to a minimum as to not disturb the show.  Hate to break it to you Nancy, but that ship sailed when you walked on stage.  In her presentation, Pelosi also called for “better water and air for our children" and "better-paying jobs and lower energy bills for their parents." Despite the less-than-pleasing response from the audience, Global Citizen Tweeted a note of gratitude to Pelosi.  Thank you, @SpeakerPelosi for recognizing Global Citizens all around the world who took action in support of the new, historic climate legislation in the US! — Global Citizen ⭕ (@GlblCtzn) September 25, 2022 Pelosi’s attendance was awkward and far from welcomed, even at a progressive leaning event.  The Global Citizen has been putting on concerts of this sort for ten-years in an attempt to end poverty and this isn’t the first time it praised Pelosi. Last year the concert included a video message from Pelosi about environmental causes and in 2016, Pelosi preached about the importance of voting.   I’m curious if Pelosi will be welcomed back in 2023 given the audience response to this year’s promotion of her.  Perhaps young people are noticing that Pelosi and the Biden Administration are on an outrageous and unnecessary spending crusade (on all the wrong things) or maybe they just didn't what their concert interrupted.     

Politico Founding Editor Wants to Rewrite Constitution Because of Trump

President Donald Trump isn't even currently in office but his mere existence has such a powerful effect on Politico founding editor John F. Harris that he wants to drastically rewrite the U.S. Constitution. Rather than be embarrassed about wanting to upend the document that guarantees our freedoms and form of government, Harris proudly declared to the entire world on Thursday, "The Best Way To Save The Constitution From Donald Trump Is To Rewrite It." However, this is not really changing the political infrastructure to immunize against the Trump virus. It's an excuse to change our form of government away from the federalism and limited government Harris clearly despises.Trump exploited everything "problematic" in the Constitution:  ...Trump is properly seen as a constitutional menace, but from a progressive perspective many of the most offensive features of his tenure were not in defiance of the Constitution. Instead, they flowed directly from its most problematic provisions. He was in office in the first place because the presidency is chosen by the Electoral College rather than by the popular vote. His influence will live for decades because partisan manipulation of the Senate’s judicial confirmation power gave him three Supreme Court justices, who have no term limits and face no practical mechanisms of accountability. Like some other presidents, but more so, he used the Constitution’s absolute pardon power for nakedly self-interested reasons. In short, Trump may be an enemy of the Constitution but he is also the president who most zealously exploited its defects. "Defects" and "infirmities" in our Constitution have to be removed, and somehow it's not the Left that doesn't like how democracy is working: ...Correcting or circumventing what progressives reasonably perceive as the infirmities of the Constitution, in fact, seems likely to be the preeminent liberal objective of the next generation. Progress on issues ranging from climate change to ensuring that technology giants act in the public interest will hinge on creating a new constitutional consensus. Trying to place more sympathetic justices on the Supreme Court is not likely to be a fully adequate remedy. There are more fundamental challenges embedded in the document itself — in particular the outsized power it gives to states, at a time when the most urgent problems and most credible remedies are national in character. So who is the real enemy of the Constitution, Mr. Harris? Trump or yourself who wants to drastically alter it into basically an alternate document that gets rid of the federal system our government is based upon? Next, these early amendments have to go:  A constitutional renovation would clean up the infuriatingly murky language of the Second Amendment to make clear if effective gun control is allowed if the guns have nothing do with a “well-regulated militia.” Yeah, so "wondrous and enduring" that Harris wants a "constitutional renovation" into an alternative document that subverts the intention the current one. By 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in just 15 states. That means 30 percent of the population — coming from places that are less diverse and more conservative — will choose 70 senators. Already each senator from Wyoming, the least populous state, exercises his power on behalf of less than 600,000 people, while each senator from California, the most populous, represents nearly 40 million. This distortion of democracy, already hard to defend, could become the defining feature of national life. All the "flaws" in the Constitution seem to be the things that keep the Democrats from having complete control. It's a "distortion" to let small states dictate things when New York and California should be dominating. And if this hostility towards the Constitution is a prevalent attitude at Politico, what does that say about a site dedicated to covering politics when there is no respect for our founding document?

‘SO Absurd’; MRC’s Houck Scorches Liberal Media Snowflakes on ‘Fox News @ Night’

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck joined the late Friday/early Saturday edition of the Fox News Channel’s Fox News @ Night for the show’s weekly media panel and, for both his high and low of the week. He took aim at triggered liberals in the media upset that conservatives would report the facts on the southern border and feel the need to lie about abortion. Speaking with fill-in host Kevin Corke, Houck praised Fox’s Bill Melugin as his high point for ending up in Politico because the Biden White House has reportedly been unnerved by his border coverage.     “[T]he White House is apparently triggered by the fact that Bill Melugin, A, spends time at the Southern Border reporting on what he sees, which is record numbers of migrants coming across the border, some of them tragically drowning, and then [B,] sharing it with the rest of the world,” Houck began. Houck added that the Biden administration has found Melugin to be “alarmist in his behavior and he’s not displaying nuance in his coverage,” which, in reality, was “so absurd that in this media age, a reporter who spends time in the field, and his boots on the ground is seen as an alarmist and not displaying nuance.” Humorously, Houck noted that, in a follow-up hit piece, Politico shared with the old some supposed dirt that Melugin’s adversaries had found that was supposed to paint him in a negative light. The dirt? Well, it was the fact that Melugin was an Abercrombie & Fitch model in college. Joining Houck was District Media Group president Beverly Hallberg, who picked as her highlight a viral exchange on CNN between primetime host Don Lemon and a royal commentator named Hilary Fordwich in which Fordwich schooled Lemon on the issue of reparations and slavery so badly that he cut to commercial. “She brought reason and facts to the table, turning the narrative against a typical reparations commentary...I think what it points out is when you can poke holes and a typical narrative, you win the argument,” said Hallberg. For his low point, Houck called out the liberal media rallying to the defense of Stacey Abrams for her pseudoscience claim insisting babies don’t have heartbeats at six weeks and that such sounds from an ultrasound machine aren’t real. “It’s some sort of Moon Landing-level conspiracy theory. And of course, we had the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, the so-called Fact Checker running after him. And my colleague, Bill D’Agostino at NewsBusters put together a hall of shame over the years showing how the media have really created this narrative,” Houck said. Putting it in the big picture, Houck said it was an example of how the media will “do anything to cover up for Stacey Abrams” instead of cover missteps and falsehoods by both sides in a tight election season. Hallberg closed out the segment with one of many nonsensical statements from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with this one focusing on her false claim that President Biden was only talking on CBS’s 60 Minutes about the COVID-19 pandemic being over at the Detroit Auto Show because that’s where part of the interview took place. To see the relevant transcript from September 24, click “expand.” FNC’s Fox News @ Night September 24, 2022 12:13 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: News Week; Media Panel Discusses This Week’s Highs and Lows] KEVIN CORKE: The weekend is upon us after another very busy news week here across the country. And to discuss what went down as well as the highs and lows, we welcome tonight’s media panel. Beverly Hallberg, District Media Group President and Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. And Curtis Houck, NewsBusters Managing Editor. I look forward to this segment all the time because it gives us a chance to sort of unpack what in the world went on. I want to take you, Curtis, first. And I just want to share this from Tuesday, a headline. Doocy -- a Doocy on the border. And they’re not talking about our Peter Doocy. Tell me about that. Why is this relevant for you? [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: From the Playbook; Politico Focuses on Fox News Reporting From Border] CURTIS HOUCK: Yes, the White House is apparently triggered by the fact that Bill Melugin, A, spends time at the Southern Border reporting on what he sees, which is record numbers of migrants coming across the border, some of them tragically drowning, and then sharing it with the rest of the world. I mean, they say that he is alarmist in his behavior and he’s not displaying nuance in his coverage, Kevin. I mean, I just find that so absurd that in this media age, a reporter who spends time in the field, and his boots on the ground is seen as an alarmist and not displaying nuance, and has drawn the ire of the White House. And when the White House tried to peddle this on Politico with the second story on Wednesday, they’re pushed back, he was an Abercrombie model in college. Oh, no. CORKE: Oh, no, heaven forbid. That’s an interesting highlight of the week for you, Curtis. Let me bring you in, Beverly, to the conversation. What’s your highlight for the week? [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Royal Lessons; Commentator Corrects Don Lemon’s Reparation Claims] BEVERLY HALLBERG: Well, my media highlight of the week is Royal Commentator Hilary Fordwich who stunned Don Lemon into silence on his brand new morning show. She brought reason and facts to the table, turning the narrative against a typical reparations commentary. So, basically, instead of a Read with Don Lemon on what reparations should be, she brought some historical facts. She talked about William Wilberforce and how the Brits were the first country to abolish slavery. And she rightly pointed out that the majority of slaves were sold by their own people, by African leaders. Well, Don Lemon didn’t know what to do with this. He actually had this long, awkward silence and then quickly went to commercial break. And I think what it points out is when you can poke holes and a typical narrative, you win the argument. And so, that is why she is my winner of the week. CORKE: You know, I watched it live and I have to admit, I was like, well, that was something. But I’m not just going to tell you about it. I’m going to let the folks at home watch it because this was — well, we’ll let you judge. HILARY FORDWICH: When slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. CORKE: The look on the face, Curtis, was a sight to see. So, that was Beverly’s high point of the week. What about your low point? [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Life Alert; Abrams: “No Such Thing as a Heartbeat at Six Weeks] HOUCK: My low point was the media coverage rushing to defend Stacey Abrams for her coverage insisting that the ultrasound machines for pregnant women is really just a beeping sound. It’s some sort of Moon Landing-level conspiracy theory. And of course, we had the Washington Post Glenn Kessler, the so-called Fact Checker running after him. And my colleague, Bill D’Agostino at NewsBusters put together a hall of shame over the years showing how the media have really created this narrative, whether it’s the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, suggesting that this is some sort of pseudo-science machine, I guess, created by men or whatever. They’re really willing to do anything to cover up for Stacey Abrams and help create this narrative for the pro-abortion side. And if the media were honest in this tight election season, they would be covering gaffes from both sides. But thus far, we have not seen that with this from Stacey Abrams. CORKE: No. And you’ve seen this pattern actually dating back I think over the last six years. If one side makes a mistake, misspeaks, or flubs of fact, lie, and then if people go crazy, but if the other side does it, it’s like, oh, well, you know, accidents happen. Speaking of accidents, your low light for the week, Beverly, is a sight to see. Tell me about it then we’ll let the folks at home see. [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Pandemic Pause; WH Press Sec Walks Back Biden’s ‘60 Minutes’ Comments] HALLBERG: Yes, this is press secretary — White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who’s struggled very much answering how she could discuss the President saying in his 60 Minutes interview on Sunday when he said the pandemic is over. She struggled to have a response, not only saying -- trying to walk it back, saying that that’s not what he really meant, but even pointing out that he was walking through the Detroit car show, making us all think that maybe he was just distracted by cars, but a poor response by her all the way around. CORKE: That was a tough one because you would think that she would be better prepared because she’s seen it happen. I’m sure she talked about it with the staff. And for some reason, in the moment, she just missed on that one. Let me share what she said so you can watch what Beverly just described. KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: So, the President said, and he was very clear in his 60 Minutes interview that, you know, COVID remains a problem and we’re fighting it. And we have to continue to make sure that we are fighting this once in a generation pandemic. And so, here’s the thing, what he believes is we can acknowledge that the massive amount of progress that we have made. CORKE: Again, a lot of this is just practice your answer. Practice your answer repeatedly. Get good at it. And if they go one way, you go the other way. But you know, that’s just time on the job and obviously, she’s still learning as we go. Beverly and Curtis, real pleasure to have you with us on a Friday. Have a great weekend. Thank you. HALLBERG: You too, Kevin. Thanks. HOUCK: Thanks, Kevin.

DUMB: Facebook Slaps Fact-Check on Babylon Bee Satirical LeBron James Photo

The trigger-happy oligarchs at the censorship-obsessed Facebook are apparently so dense they don’t understand satire. Satire site The Babylon Bee posted a funny photo of Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis wearing laced collars to honor the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The posted meme was a snapshot of a two-year-old Bee article published Sept. 22, 2020. According to Facebook, the joke was “false information.” The platform linked out to a 2020 fact-check by CheckYourFact.com to rebuke The Babylon Bee. The fact-check was headlined: “FACT CHECK: DID THE LAKERS WEAR LACE COLLARS TO HONOR RUTH BADER GINSBURG?” The Daily Caller wholly owns CheckYourFact.com.  News flash, Facebook: The meme was clearly a joke! The tech platform apparently realized how foolish it looked and later removed the fact-check from the post, but not before being blasted on social media for applying the fact-check in the first place. The Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon mocked Facebook for its inability to take a joke: “This was a particularly dangerous joke,” he tweeted. “Thank you, Facebook, for keeping us all safe!” This is more proof that Big Tech’s crazy censorship apparatus is so senseless and arbitrary that it even comes back to kick them in the pants.  For example, Facebook once flagged posts that used the word "hoe" in a group called WNY Gardeners when users referred to the useful weeding tool. The censorship was so stupid that even The Associated Press ran a story headlined: “Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group.” As comedian Rodney Dangerfield humorously remarked during a stand-up performance: “Just last week a guy pulled a knife on me. I could see it wasn’t a real professional job — there was butter on it.”  This was a particularly dangerous joke. Thank you, Facebook, for keeping us all safe! https://t.co/0UDIhYdvXL — Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) September 25, 2022 But Facebook isn’t the only platform at war with satire. The Babylon Bee’s Twitter account remains locked after The Babylon Bee posted that transgender U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine was the site’s “Man of the Year.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

NYT's Sad Song: Elton John ‘Prescient’ About Trump Stripping Away LGBT Rights

The New York Times “White House Memo” by Katie Rogers made an amazingly big deal out of a visit by singer Elton John to the Biden White House to receive the National Humanities Medal: “Elton John, a Favorite of Trump, Performs at the Biden White House.” Most of the article was a look at former President Trump unsuccessfully working to get John, one of his favorite entertainers, to the White House. John, a reliable liberal entertainer, rebuffed him. For anyone who was listening, Elton John’s music was the unofficial soundtrack to Donald J. Trump’s presidency. The songs “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man” were pumped into the background of his political rallies at earsplitting decibels. A copy of Mr. John’s 1972 album, “Honky Château,” became a diplomatic gift for North Korea’s dictator. The singer’s crowd sizes were both a presidential fixation and an aspiration. Which is why it was so interesting that Mr. John, a superstar and longtime activist, played at the White House on Friday as a guest of President Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, years after sidestepping Mr. Trump’s overtures. “Interesting” to Rogers anyway, who got 1,400 words out of it for Saturday’s print edition and some righteous but unfounded political digs against Trump. ….as Mr. Trump grew more involved in politics, the singer he was so personally fond of began to publicly declare his support for Democrats. Mr. John, who played at a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival for the presidency, said that he had “fear for the world” if Mr. Trump were to win. “He’ll marginalize people,” Mr. John told the news site Mic in the summer of 2016. “He’s already doing it.” The warning was prescient: After Mr. Trump’s election victory, his administration aggressively moved to strip away the rights of people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Rogers didn’t deign to provide links or examples of the “rights” Trump had “strip[ped] away.” In fact, Trump came into office as a supporter of gay marriage, which is more than could be said for Barack Obama. After spending several years with his music piped into Mr. Trump’s political wind turbine, Mr. John, who is 75, seems intent on reclaiming his music and reaffirming his support of communities that Mr. Trump and his supporters have maligned. Again, no examples of such “malign” intent, just one last ridiculous shot at Trump while promoting a silly victory lap for Biden. Rogers can be relied upon to find awful things in everything Trump said or did, no matter how correct, as when he called COVID, which originated in China, the “Chinese Virus.”

When the Washington Post Breaks Out 'Both-Sidesism' -- Victims of Communism Museum!!

The Washington Post and its journalism lecturers like Margaret Sullivan have strongly denounced "both-sidesism" in covering American politics, insisting Donald Trump and his supporters should be treated like destroyers of democracy. So it looked ridiculous on Sunday when The Washington Post Magazine found the urgent need to be "fair and balanced" when it came to...the new Victims of Communism Museum in Washington, DC. The magazine article was headlined "A New Museum Spotlights the Crimes of Communism." In an otherwise unexceptional review of the museum, Post writer Justin Moyer insisted the history of American communism "gets complicated." Can anyone imagine the Post absolving American Nazis by saying it's more "complicated" on the domestic front?  In the United States, however, unpacking the history of communism — an ideology associated with John Reed, Woody Guthrie, Isadora Duncan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Paul Robeson, Lucille Ball, the Hollywood 10 and Rage Against the Machine — gets complicated quickly. This philosophy that killed tens of millions also inspired generations of activists. Roberta Wood, 73, joined the U.S. Communist Party in 1969. At the time, the nation was in the throes of the Vietnam War, mired in persistent segregation, and awash in revolutionary rhetoric among youth. The daughter of a steelworker, Wood was no hippie; she just wanted to join the labor movement. She moved to Chicago to work for U.S. Steel and later became a mechanic in Chicago’s sewage treatment plants. In retirement, she became the labor editor at a Communist Party-affiliated newspaper. Now the grandmother of eight children, she’s a party spokesperson. It has been, she told me recently, “a really wonderful life.” Wood says communists are “against the victimization of anyone under any system.” “I can’t defend everything that’s been done in the past century-and-a-half in the name of communism. ... Humans are always going to make mistakes,” she argues. Wood has never been to the museum, but, “judging from its website,” she says, “this museum could be the basis of a whole other museum called ‘Lies About Communism.’ ” You could put the Nazis in every spot in this "balancing" passage to note how sick it sounds: Nazism "inspired generations of activists," being a lifelong Nazi is a "really wonderful life," and then maybe the Holocaust Museum could inspire another museum devoted to "Lies About Nazism." There are few things in life more annoying than the idea that the systematic mass murder of millions is just "humans making mistakes," like it's an oops? And you can never put this horrific mountain of communist violence "in the name of communism."  What "lies" are in the museum? The commie didn't need to specify. She didn't even have to go to the museum. They would never do this when a conservative is opposing a museum or its exhibits....like one where ants crawled over the crucifix of Christ. The Post found "intolerance" in protesting that trolling.

Facebook Users Sue Meta Over Alleged Privacy Breaches

New lawsuits claim that Facebook is illegally tracking the behavior of its users. Ars Technica reported on Thursday the plaintiffs' claims that Facebook actively “conceal[ed] privacy risks, circumventing iOS user privacy choices, and intercepting, monitoring, and recording all activity on third-party websites viewed in Facebook or Instagram's browser.” Both lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. On its website, Ars Technica posted the text of the first lawsuit, filed on Sept. 15, 2022. This lawsuit claims Facebook illegally tracks “all user interactions” and that the platform has misrepresented that it does not track users' online activity without permission. Apple recently gave iOS users the ability to specifically ask certain apps not to track their behavior. “[B]y running custom scripts on third-party websites, Meta [Facebook] can and does intercept, view, monitor, and record all user interactions—every button and link they tap, as well as text selections, screenshots, form inputs (including passwords, addresses, and payment card numbers), other personally identifiable information, protected health details, and other private and confidential communications and data,” the Sept. 15 complaint claims. The second lawsuit, filed on Sept. 21, 2022, and also listed on Ars Technica’s website, claims that users do not realize that Meta is overriding privacy settings without consent. “Even users who may realize they are visiting websites from within Facebook’s in-app browser do not realize that this activity overrides their privacy settings and enables Meta to track, intercept, and monitor their activities on the websites as a consequence of Meta’s undisclosed injection of code,” the second lawsuit says.  The second lawsuit further claims that it is impossible for an average user without advanced knowledge about online privacy to discover this. “Meta’s JavaScript injection cannot be detected by a lay person, and a website when viewed on Facebook’s in-app browser functions no differently than otherwise,” the second lawsuit alleges. The complaints use evidence covered in a recent report by iOS privacy expert Felix Krause. Last month, NewsBusters reported that Krause’s report claims the amount of data being collected is “staggering.” “With 1 Billion active Instagram users, the amount of data Instagram can collect by injecting the tracking code into every third party website opened from the Instagram & Facebook app is a staggering amount,” Krause wrote in the report. Conversely, Meta said the allegations about its Facebook and Instagram platforms are false. In a statement to TechCrunch, a Meta spokesperson claimed that the allegations were “without merit” and added that the company would defend itself “vigorously.” “We have carefully designed our in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads,” the spokesperson said in the statement. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

NBC's Chuck Todd: Bring in More Migrants to Solve Inflation!

Multimillionaire Chuck Todd has never lived in the real world and he made it painfully obvious that he's oblivious to how the economy works during Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press on NBC. During his “data download” segment, Todd promised to explain “why immigrants crossing the border could actually be a solution to our inflation problem.”  When Todd did return from the commercial break, Todd managed to dismiss Republican Governors’ concerns about the record numbers of migrants crossing the border as well as give a pseudo economics lesson on migrants and job growth.      “Over the last few weeks, Republican Governors have been shipping asylum seekers to more liberal leaning Democratic enclaves. Trying to send a message that they think migrants are a political problem for Democrats,” Todd snarked at the opening of the segment.  “But in fact the data shows us that more migrants could actually help solve one of the country's most pressing problems,” Todd added.  Pointing to his electronic board with statistics on it, Todd claimed that “even before the pandemic, migration in the United States had been slowing,” adding that “we started the last decade at almost 700,000 migrants coming into this country in 2010. We hit a peak of just over a million in 2016,” Todd noted.  "When Donald Trump got elected, it dropped all the way down to 247,000 thanks to the pandemic. And you can see the labor force participation rate. It’s been dropping, we were at 63.4, we’re still sitting at 62.4,” Todd proclaimed.  “They're short 45,000 workers in Boston, they’re short under 400,000 in New York. They’re short 170,000 in Washington, D.C., even Miami, is short some 20,000 there,” Todd said, seeming to suggest migrants should be sent there. Finally making his point, the leftwing NBC host said that “these migrants could actually be helping our labor force problem, which would help our supply chain, which could help inflation.”  You read that right. According to Todd, the way to solve the forty year high inflation isn’t to stop reckless government spending, it’s to let millions of migrants continue pouring across the southern border and give them jobs.  So while Americans are losing their jobs because of the Biden induced recession, Todd’s solution is to let immigrants take their jobs. He doesn’t even get the supply and demand equation right.  Our supply chain problems are only a tiny fraction of the cause of inflation. The problem is too much money chasing too few goods.  It’s clear Todd has never had a real job in his life.  This segment was made possible by Fisher Investments. Their information is linked.  To read the transcript click “expand”:  NBC’s Meet the Press 9/25/2022 11:16:42 a.m. Eastern CHUCK TODD: When we come back, I'm going to show you a new way to look at the immigration debate and why immigrants crossing the border could actually be a solution to our inflation problem. [...] 11:19:42 a.m. Eastern TODD: Over the last few weeks, Republican Governors have been shipping asylum seekers to more liberal leaning Democratic enclaves. Trying to send a message that they think migrants are a political problem for Democrats. But in fact the data shows us that more migrants could actually help solve one of the country's most pressing problems. Let me show you the issue we’ve been dealing with. Even before the pandemic, migration in the United States had been slowing.  We started the last decade at almost 700,000 migrants coming into this country in 2010. We hit a peak of just over a million in 2016. When Donald Trump got elected, it dropped all the way down to 247,000 thanks to the pandemic. And you can see the labor force participation rate. It’s been dropping, we were at 63.4, we’re still sitting at 62.4.  One percentage point by the way, represents 2.6 million people missing from this workforce. And guess where these workers are missing from? They're short 45,000 workers in Boston, they’re short under 400,000 in New York. They’re short 170,000 in Washington, D.C., even Miami, is short some 20,000 there. So the point is, these migrants could actually be helping our labor force problem, which would help our supply chain, which could help inflation.

ABC's Donna Brazile: Biden Has Done a Fabulous Job on Economy

On Sunday’s This Week on ABC, chief anchor George Stephanopoulos reported on his network’s devastating new poll for President Joe Biden and the Democrats in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Despite the ABC/Washington Post poll showing just 36 percent of registered voters approving of his job performance, ABC contributor and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile claimed “Joe Biden has really done a fabulous job.” Kicking off the “Powerhouse Roundtable” segment, Stephanopoulos turned to former New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie, who clarified how bad the polls are looking for congressional Democrats.  “President at 36 on his approval rating, 21 points underwater. That 74 percent of people in the poll said the economy is bad,” Christie noted. Adding that the poor economy is “the top issue to 84 percent of the people.” Christie then recalled talking to a local farmer who told him that “since Biden got into office his diesel fuel costs are up 222 percent on his farm and his nitrogen costs are up 262 percent.”      “That's not only bad for them and their ability to make money, but it's going to hit us in supermarkets all over this country. This is hardly over,” Christie added.  Hoping there was some way to save Democrats from electoral doom in November, Stephanopoulos asked Donna Brazile: “Is there any argument the Democrats can make that will make inflation not the top issue on voters' mind as they go to the polls?”  Proving how delusional she is and that she will say anything no matter how absurd to help her Democrat Party, Brazile claimed: Joe Biden has really done a fabulous job, I think, in making sure that every day Americans can feel the things that he's doing, whether it's lowering gas prices, making sure that our supply chain is now moving forward, he just stopped a rail strike which really would have crippled our economy. Brazile continued to whistle past the graveyard claiming “we know we have a big job to do in motivating people to get out to vote. But most importantly, Joe Biden is playing the long game. That's why I’m still with Joe Biden, I'm ridin' with Biden, baby.”  Of course, there was no pushback from Stephanopoulos on her claim that “Joe Biden has really done a fabulous job.” Any rational person knows that a President whose reckless government spending sent inflation skyrocketing and the economy plummeting hasn’t done a fabulous job. Unfortunately, Stephanopoulos isn’t a rational person.  This segment was made possible by CarMax & Red Lobster. Their contact information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  ABC’s This Week 9/25/2022 9:35:17 a.m. Eastern GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Chris, let’s start with the poll. Even divide among Democrats and Republicans in the generic. But that's not saying much for Democrats as we head into the midterms.  CHRIS CHRISTIE: No, it's not. Look, the key numbers I looked at, George was the President at 36 on his approval rating, 21 points under water. That 74 percent of people in the poll said the economy is bad. That’s what they characterize it. And that it's the top issue to 84 percent of the people. That's all bad news for the Democrats in that poll. I'll tell you, I was talking to a family farmer this week.  Just to put what we have to look forward to, he said since Biden got into office his diesel fuel costs are up 222 percent on his farm and his nitrogen costs are up 262 percent. That's not only bad for them and their ability to make money, but it's going to hit us in supermarkets all over this country. This is hardly over. And that’s what these numbers are telling, people are feeling that. And they're gonna vote that way, and that's not good for the Democrats.  STEPHANOPOULOS: Is there any argument the Democrats can make that will make inflation not the top issue on voters' mind as they go to the polls?  DONNA BRAZILE: I mean, look, Democrats understand that the stakes are high. This is a consequential midterm. And we know we have to defy history. That being said, look at the alternative. What are the Republicans planning to do to harm you, to harm the economy? Joe Biden has really done a fabulous job, I think, in making sure that every day Americans can feel the things that he's doing, whether it's lowering gas prices, making sure that our supply chain is now moving forward, he just stopped a rail strike which really would have crippled our economy. So look, we know we have a big job to do in motivating people to get out to vote. But most importantly, Joe Biden is playing the long game. That's why I’m still with Joe Biden, I'm ridin' with Biden, baby.

NPR Roots Against the NFL, Like It's a Uniquely American Sickness

On Friday night's All Things Considered, National Public Radio questioned why on Earth the NFL is popular, and seemed to root for its popularity to decline over sexual harassment investigations and accusations of discrimination. The online headline was "Scandals? What scandals? Here's why fans are still watching the NFL." The summary? "No matter the scandal, fans cannot quit the NFL." As you listen, you might wonder the same thing about NPR: they've had internal turmoil over accusations of a lack of diversity, and in 2017, Michael Oreskes was forced to resign over sexual harassment. But here they were, puzzling over why people still watch pro football.  Co-host Juana Summers brought in Kevin Draper, sports business reporter for The New York Times, who wrote an article on this on September 8. They talked about how the league's attempt to court female fans is hurt by the sex-harassment scandals, how there's a decline in kids playing tackle football, and as Summers put it, "the dearth of black coaches in a league where the majority of players are black. The league has also struggled with how to handle social justice movements and the movement for racial justice in recent years." Translation: they struggled with leftist demands to cater to Colin Kaepernick and other police-bashers. At least Draper got around to admitting "the NFL is not so different from Congress, from other corporations, from maybe even other sports leagues - places where sexual misconduct isn't taken as seriously as it should, or where black people face, you know, worse opportunities or aren't given the opportunities that their white colleagues are." Then check out how NPR's All Things Considered trashed the NFL on September 8, the evening of the first game of the season, quoting from the end of Draper's article:  AILSA CHANG: OK. And I'm sorry, but it seems like scandal is just, like, a regular part of the NFL experience. And that's no different this season, right? TOM GOLDMAN: That's right. And, again, several involve bad treatment of women. The Deshaun Watson case in Cleveland - he'll serve an 11-game suspension in relation to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Much of this off season, The Washington Commanders commanded the wrong kind of attention with their owner Dan Snyder for an alleged toxic and misogynistic workplace environment. AILSA CHANG: And yet, I mean, Tom, it seems like despite all of that ongoing scandal, the NFL -- it's still wildly popular. Can you please explain this to me? TOM GOLDMAN: Yeah, still the No. 1 spectator sport in the U.S. It's thrilling. It's in this country's blood. For a more nuanced answer [?], I will quote Travis Vogan, a University of Iowa professor. He studies sports in American culture. He told The New York Times NFL fans are, quote, "OK with the contradictions and the hypocrisy and even the discord that exists within the league. People will say football is so American because it's about violence and capitalism and territory. But maybe the hypocrisy and discord and corruption are just as American." AILSA CHANG: Oh, my God. Well, that says a lot about us. NPR is supported by you....through your tax dollars. 

NY Times: ‘Failing’ Jewish Schools, But Memorizing Koran ‘the Way to Heaven’

A massive two-year New York Times’ investigation condemning Jewish yeshiva schools appeared on the front page on Sunday, September 11. The core accusation of “Failing Schools, Public Funds,” by reporters Eliza Shapiro and Brian Rosenthal, was that New York’s yeshiva schools for Hasidic boys focused almost solely on religious instruction, at the expense of secular education. After relaying an anecdote about a Hasidic school where every student failed state standardized tests, Shapiro and Rosenthal were accusatory. Students at nearly a dozen other schools run by the Hasidic community recorded similarly dismal outcomes that year, a pattern that under ordinary circumstances would signal an education system in crisis. But where other schools might be struggling because of underfunding or mismanagement, these schools are different. They are failing by design. The leaders of New York’s Hasidic community have built scores of private schools to educate children in Jewish law, prayer and tradition -- and to wall them off from the secular world…. The Federalist weighed in on the Times attack. ….at the heart of the matter is the rights of minority communities to live peaceably out of step with the majority. And on this point, the Times’ editorial board gives the game away, arguing for a plan under which the government “allows private schools to operate only when local school boards find that their level of instruction is at least equal to that of local public schools.” Empowering the people who run local public schools to shut down their competition is a very bad idea and goes far beyond what is necessary to ensure that schools are teaching essential subjects such as English and math…. The decision to go after yeshivas, in general, seems to have been driven by activism. The Times’ story was immediately seized on by politicians and was published just days before the state board of regents voted to impose new regulations on private schools.  The Washington Examiner agreed: “The piece, rife with half-truths and distortions, was clearly timed to influence a vote by the New York Board of Regents on a proposal to regulate private schools.” Eliza Shapiro also harshly attacked Yeshiva schools back in 2018, under the online headline: “Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out.” But is there also a religious double standard in play? After all, the paper has actually celebrated an Islamic school where all boys did all day (no girls allowed) was read the Koran. The paper waved way concerns about lack of secular education. In 2006 the paper ran a puff piece by Michael Luo on a Muslim center in Queens under a jaunty headline, “Memorizing the Way to Heaven, Verse by Verse.” The school was teaching young Muslims the Koran -- and nothing else -- for up to three years, with Luo lamely noting as an aside that "the school may be inadvertently running afoul of state law." He waved the concern away: “Several parents said they were not worried about their children falling behind because they are smart enough to make up the academic work. Some students from the class have, in fact, gone on to the city’s best high schools, parents and school officials said.” That’s some serious handwaving there. And looking abroad to Denmark, the liberal Times came out against mandatory pre-school when Muslim migrants were at risk of getting a secular education under the headline “For Help From Danish State, a Demand: Give Us Your Children.”

Adam Carolla on Free Speech, Cancel Culture, AOC and Covid Hysteria

Performers censor themselves -- fearing they might offend. Those who offend Hollywood lose work. Some lose friends. Adam Carolla doesn't care. That's why he's the subject of my video this week. Carolla is one the most successful performers in America. His books are bestsellers. His comedy shows sell out. He hosts one of America's most-listened-to-podcasts. Recently, Carolla dismissed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's intellect, cracking that “If AOC was fat and in her 60s, would anyone listen to another thing she ever said?” That enraged leftists. “Predatory!” said Majority Report's Emma Vigeland. “Projects his sexism onto others,” said Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. But what Carolla said is simply true. Nobody pays much attention to House freshmen. Ocasio-Cortez is a political celebrity simply because she's pretty, and also, she speaks without constantly saying “uh.” “If she was in her 60s and husky,” adds Carolla, “nobody would listen to a word she ever said!” He won't apologize for saying that. Or anything else. “No Apologies” is on the cover of his new book, “Everything Reminds Me of Something.” “They want you to apologize because they want dominion over you. And once you apologize, they just keep coming back.” I get upset when people criticize me. Carolla says, “I just happen to be wired not to care, as long as I'm right.” He says he was right for criticizing the government's COVID pronouncements. “They didn't give the ages of the people who died at the very beginning,” Carolla tells me. “I immediately got suspicious because it was a bunch of 90-year-olds.” For saying that, Carolla was mocked and condemned by his celebrity friends. Radio show host Howard Stern said Carolla was “making fun of people for taking COVID seriously.” “Adam doesn't believe in shampoo or soap,” added Jimmy Kimmel. “It's disturbing.” Carolla is a “right-wing troll,” said actor David Alan Grier. Carolla laughs at those attacks. He's unusual in Hollywood because he's still friends with leftists who disagree with him. He does stand-up comedy with Sarah Silverman. He joins Bill Maher's podcast. Such political mixing is rare today. Usually, the left and right just don't talk to each other. Carolla says that's not surprising. “If you're a Steelers fan in a bar, you want to sit next to a guy who's a Steelers fan.” But “occasionally ... you have to invite somebody over from the Patriots bar and have a robust debate.” All my career, I had robust debates. I learned from those arguments. Today Stossel TV still hosts debates, but that's rare in today's political media. Most just mock the other side or spend all their time with people who agree with their own positions. On college campuses, it's worse. The left simply silences the other side. I first encountered it years ago, covering a rape accusation at Brown University for “20/20.” A student had sex with a woman who was drunk; weeks later, she accused him of rape. The school newspaper put the boy's photo on its front page but kept his accuser anonymous. University officials suspended the boy. I asked Brown students holding up signs that said “Break the silence, stop sexual assault” to explain Brown's new definition of rape. The group screamed at me, chanting “Rape is not TV hype!” so loudly that I couldn't interview anyone else. They don't want the other side to be heard. “They would let the other side speak if they thought they could beat them in a debate,” says Carolla. “They don't.” Carolla is eager to debate, partly because he's confident about his ideas. “I think if you're intellectually honest or I gave you two beers, you would agree with me.” Agreeing isn't the point. If his ideas are bad, they'll go away. But it's important that people be free to speak. “I don't really have a choice as to what I say,” says Carolla. “It has to be the truth all the time. I'm a comedian. It's a sacred oath I took.” Good for him.

PBS Pair RIPS Republican Party as Fractured and Flattened by Trump

On Friday's PBS NewsHour, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty and New York Times columnist David Brooks took turns dismissing Kevin McCarthy's "Commitment to America" platform for the midterm elections. The GOP can't agree on anything, and as Tumulty put it, "Donald Trump keeps creeping into the news." As if Team Biden and their media enablers have nothing to do with that!  Anchor Judy Woodruff played dueling soundbites of McCarthy introducing his plan and Biden slamming it, and then asked Tumulty "What is going on here?" We heard the usual liberal mantra: this isn't a referendum on Biden or the Democrats. TUMULTY: Normally a midterm election is a referendum on the president, but this one's different because people are looking at what the Republican agenda itself could be. In part because of the abortion decision, in part because Donald Trump is in the news constantly, and so, yes, house Republicans are looking for something to talk about that are not those two things, but this package that was unveiled today, and it was meant to be sort of an echo of the 1994 Contract with America, was not specific at all. It was basically a bunch of talking points, and I think that among other things reflects how fractured the Republicans in the House are. I mean, getting a majority of them to agree on anything is not only difficult in the campaign, but it is going to be difficult for Kevin McCarthy or whoever the speaker is if in fact the Republicans get power, or get the majority again in this midterm election. WOODRUFF: How fractured are they? BROOKS: In 2020, they had no platform at all, so I take this as a step forward. TUMULTY: They did. Their platform was anything Donald Trump wants. That's not exactly true. With all the COVID lockdowns, Trump and the party decided to stick to the 2016 platform and not create a committee to start a new one. Then they slammed the media for mocking the plan. Brooks suggested BROOKS: It is becoming a party that is much more hostile to corporations, much more welcoming of an entitlement state, the welfare state, Social Security and all that, much more willing to use government to help working-class folks, but it takes a while for a party to migrate. I think they are migrating, but a lot of people like Kevin McCarthy are part of the old party. There are some people like Paul Ryan, the old speaker, who were part of the old party. You have people part of that business party and then you have the working party, and they do not see eye to eye a lot because this is a party changing his colors in rapid form. Woodruff asked if this liberal dynamic – this is a referendum on MAGA Republicans more than Biden – would continue over the next seven weeks or so. With eyes opening wide, Tumulty said “One of the problems for the Republicans is Donald Trump keeps creeping back into the news!” Then they discussed all the investigations the Democrats are pushing on Trump, pretending as usual that he isn't facing a Democrat in New York state, a Democrat in Fulton County, Georgia, a House Democrat committee on January 6, and a Democrat Department of Justice.  The taxpayer-funded "news" show can't acknowledge that it's the Democrats who keep dragging Trump back into the news, including desperate measures like the FBI raiding Trump's home in some kind of crusade for the National Archives. Democrats clearly figure that a constant whir of Trump scandals will help Democrats avoid a red wave in the midterms. The media will always help with the constant whir.  The PBS NewsHour is brought to you....by you, the American taxpayer. 

The MRC at 35: Imagine If Reagan Had a Conservative Media Like Today's

Talk about a birthday party! This week the Media Research Center celebrated its 35-year anniversary with a gala, star-studded evening at Washington’s National Building Museum. I was privileged to be in attendance with my NewsBusters colleagues. We were treated to appearances by Mark Levin, David Limbaugh, Bo Snerdley (James Golden), Cal Thomas, Larry O’Connor and Chris Plante, with David and Bo reminiscing about Rush.  The event was itself a cause to remember just how far conservative media has come over the years. So take a trip with me in my always ready-to-go time machine, starting those 35 years go. That would be 1987. And in 1987 I was ensconced in the Reagan White House as an Associate Director of Political Affairs. On July 1, 1987, President Reagan stepped before cameras to announce he was nominating the conservative Federal Appeals Court Judge Robert Bork for the Supreme Court. And in a blink the Left went berserk. Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, the “liberal lion” of the Senate, took to the Senate floor and launched an unprecedented attack on Bork. Saying, among other things, this:  Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is--and is often the only--protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy. ... The damage that President Reagan will do through this nomination, if it is not rejected by the Senate, could live on far beyond the end of his presidential term. President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice. The Senate Judiciary Committee, in charge of the Senate confirmation hearing, was chaired by Delaware Democrat Senator Joe Biden. Said Bork later Biden’s briefing on Bork? The Biden briefing "so thoroughly misrepresented a plain record that it easily qualifies as world class in the category of scurrility.” The Reagan White House, it is safe to say, was unprepared for the scurrilous fury unleashed on Bork. The Bork nomination would go down in flames on October 23rd by a vote of 58 opposed to 42 in favor. Included in the 58 opposed were the anti-Bork votes of six Republican senators. But notably, in retrospect 35 years ago, the political and media resources for the Reagan White House to respond simply did not exist. The MRC came to life on October 1, 1987 - by coincidence 22 days before the Bork defeat. The MRC's massive library of Kodak videocassettes that began then never included the Bork fight on television news.  Rush Limbaugh would not debut his national show until 1988. Fox News would not appear until 1996 -- then enabling Sean Hannity to make his national debut. There was no NewsMax. But there was L. Brent Bozell III -- who, without knowing the future -- took the first step to counteract the left-wing media domination, taking a small team from the National Conservative Foundation to start a new venture, the Media Research Center. Brent Baker began its monthly newsletter MediaWatch -- barely a change of name from the Newswatch newsletter they published at NCF. And now? Now the American Left foams at the existence of conservative media - and the MRC is here to catalogue every liberal media whisper, moan and primal scream at conservative media keeping the media honest. By way of illustration, here are a few sample headlines from the MRC just this week, starting with this nationally syndicated column from Tim Graham: Republican Teenager Murdered, Media Yawn Then this comprehensive study from research director Scott Whitlock: Bystander President: Nets Let Biden Escape Blame for Fentanyl Border Crisis Washington Post “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler was taken apart by Alex Christy: Kessler Twice Falsely Defends Democrats' Pro-Abortion Spin  Associate EditorNicholas Fondacaro brought pain to the Post on their lame attacks on the Twitter juggernaut Libs of TikTok: WashPost Writer Blames Libs of TikTok for Her LAZY Research And on it goes. To think that once upon a time -- as the Bork episode illustrates -- challenging the liberal media for mangling facts and omitting stories that didn't match their narrative simply did not exist. And now? Thanks to Brent Bozell and Brent Baker, MRC not simply exists -- it thrives. Conservatives out there know exactly where to go to fact check the baloney and propaganda that spills endlessly from the liberal media. And come to MRC they do. Make no mistake. Where once there was the lonely voice of William F. Buckley, Jr. at National Review, then joined about ten years later by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. and The American Spectator, conservative media has grown and grown, and as is true of the Media Research Center it now thrives. So taking a night out to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the MRC was a night delightfully well spent. Happy anniversary, MRC!

Monarchs of the American Big City

WASHINGTON -- The enormous outpouring of affection for Queen Elizabeth II has recently demonstrated to the world that monarchy is not dead. Now attention will turn to King Charles III, and we shall see how he will do. As I intimated last week, I think he will do very well. I said his initial speech to his subjects and to the world was “brilliant.” I pointed out that he is a thoughtful man and has a mind full of good ideas preeminent of which is not to push his ideas from the past, which were narrow, but rather to push his idea of the role of a constitutional monarch, which is much broader than the untried ideas of a modern-day environmentalist or even his criticism of modern architecture, which I favor. Yet the king now has a broader portfolio than environmentalism or modern architecture. Asked back in 2018 about his desire to take the lead in environmentalism when he comes to the throne, he snapped, “I'm not that stupid.” Well said, King Charles. Still, as the days of his kingship have rolled on, the viability of monarchy has come under question. Josh Zumbrun writing in The Wall Street Journal this past weekend observed that “Just over 40 countries lay some sort of claim to monarchy ... This is sometimes cited as evidence that monarchies have been surprisingly stable. But a closer look at the numbers suggest monarchy is undergoing relentless decline.” What then follows is a clever and entertaining argument based on specious world-wide numbers that are meant to prove monarchy is on the decline. However, Zumbrun ends by saying that “One-man rule is alive in well in places like Russia and China. They just don't call themselves monarchies. Well, you do not have to go to out-of-the-way places such as Russia and China to find “one-man” rule, or at least one-party rule. You can find one-man or increasingly one-woman rule right here in America. In fact, you can find one-man, one-woman and, of course, one-party rule governing most big American cities. Moreover, the electorate in these big cities do not seem to mind if their elected officials are effective or not. In fact, I rather think they like being governed by incompetent nincompoops. They think it is a sign of their superior sophistication over, say, Dallas, Texas or Bull Snort, Georgia. Consider Chicago, where the inimitable Lori Lightfoot governs without hearing a squawk of protest or our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., where Muriel Bowser waves the scepter. I braved downtown Washington several times this month. I resisted the temptation to carry a weapon, though I did wear my swiftest running shoes, just in case. In Washington, city parks have been decorated by various types of pup tents and other informal lodgments whose inhabitants avail themselves to the great outdoors to answer nature's call, the same as the park squirrels and the nocturnal rats. There was, until very recently, overwhelming evidence that the Democrats were going to be evicted from the House of Representatives in large numbers and the Senate would change hands, too, thanks to a Republican wave election in November. The days of the Democrats' one-party rule were about to end. Then, of a sudden, the pollsters started working their magic. The races were tightening all over the country with Republicans dropping from sight and Democrats waking up. The illegal immigrants streaming across our borders no longer troubled Republicans and the independents. Nor did they mind losing control of their children to the public schools. They agreed, nothing could be done to thwart crime in the streets. Finally, the inflation that was dissolving their bank statements would simply go away. And Joe Biden might be the most ill-prepared man to become president in American history, but hey, what can one expect from an old geezer who is almost 80 years old and has to keep an eye out for his wayward son? So, we are perhaps going to be stuck with our own one-man and one-woman rulers in America. Only they are not as competent as King Charles III. Actually, they are about as competent as President Vladimir Putin, though less lethal. Glory to Ukraine!

PBS Humorist Blames Reagan For Increased American Ignorance

Political humorist and satirist Andy Borowitz joined Walter Isaacson on Friday’s Amanpour and Company on PBS to discuss his new book Profiles in Ignorance which purports to report on the country’s growing anti-intellectualism. However, Borowitz’s segment proves the book is actually just an anti-Republican screed as he blames the problem on Ronald Reagan and defends Democrats against similar charges. Isaacson kicked things off by asking Borowitz to explain himself, “But you sort of start the contemporary age of it with Ronald Reagan's election as governor of California. And you call it, sort of, the stage of ridicule. Explain that to me.”     Borowitz claimed that “there are the three stages of ignorance, as I defined them, which are ridicule, acceptance, and celebration. And Ronald Reagan really kicked off the ridicule phase.” After declaring that Reagan was simply “great on TV,” Isaacson started to ever-so-slightly push back, “Yeah, you say he didn't know anything. But let me just ask you, it seems like an odd question, who was smarter, Ronald Reagan or Jimmy Carter?” Almost insulted that Isaacson would ask such a question, Borowitz replied, “Oh, clearly, Jimmy Carter. And, you know, smart is an interesting adjective. I'm not qualified as a neurologist to know much -- how much brain capacity somebody has. I'm really not qualified in that regard. But one thing I think that's really important is how much intellectual curiosity you have. And that's usually reflected in how much you read. And people like Jimmy Carter read a ton. Harry Truman read a ton. Ronald Reagan didn't open a single book in college.” It was clear, even without Borowitz's reminder, that he isn't a neurologist, and putting aside the fact that Reagan was actually very well read, reading books by itself doesn’t make you smart. For example, if you read Borowitz’s book, you will come out dumber than you went in, as he soon proved. In response to Isaacson claiming that Reagan was “a very successful president in terms of getting done what he wanted to get done” and Carter “was remarkably unsuccessful,” Borowitz blamed Reagan for AIDS and homelessness: Well, it depends on how you define success really, I guess. I don't regard Ronald Reagan as a successful president. I think he was successful in getting elected. I think he was very successful in getting his agenda through. But what that agenda was, unfortunately, was very redolent of his own ignorance. He let the AIDS crisis spiral out of control because he was very unaware of what AIDS was or what it meant. He really created homelessness in this country because he thought that -- and he said this to David Brinkley, he said, the homeless just want to live outside. They don't want homes. Borowitz ignored that whole “winning the Cold War” thing. He also waved away the objection Isaacson, who was shockingly reasonable, raised by reminding him that “really smart people” like McGeorge Bundy and Robert McNamara made foolish decisions before Reagan by simply declaring smart people also make mistakes. Moving beyond Reagan, Borowitz also included George W. Bush and the Iraq War, but when Isaacson reminded him that prominent Democrats also supported the war, he again explained that away as them being smart, but wrong. While it was nice Isaacson pointed out that Borowitz had one standard for Bush and Reagan and another for Democrats, it would have been even better if he had bothered to ask why he makes excuses for the latter but not the former and his incorrect depiction of Reagan’s intellect. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the September 23 show: PBS Amanpour and Company 9/24/2022 12:00 AM WALTER ISAACSON: But you sort of start the contemporary age of it with Ronald Reagan's election as governor of California. And you call it, sort of, the stage of ridicule. Explain that to me. ANDY BOROWITZ: Well, I focused on the last 50 years of American ignorance. It has been a centuries old trend, of course, and goes back to the 17th century. I won't get into that. But yes, there are the three stages of ignorance, as I defined them, which are ridicule, acceptance, and celebration. And Ronald Reagan really kicked off the ridicule phase. In the ridicule stage, politicians who were ignorant had to pretend to be smart. And Ronald Reagan was great on TV, that's why he was recruited by some Californian millionaires to run for governor. But he didn't know anything. He knew very, very little. And so, they had to pump him full of information to make it seem like he knew stuff, and he won the election by a million votes. And that really got the whole party started. ISAACSON: Yeah, you say he didn't know anything. But let me just ask you, it seems like an odd question, who was smarter, Ronald Reagan or Jimmy Carter? BOROWITZ: Oh, clearly, Jimmy Carter. And, you know, smart is an interesting adjective. I'm not qualified as a neurologist to know much -- how much brain capacity somebody has. I'm really not qualified in that regard. But one thing I think that's really important is how much intellectual curiosity you have. And that's usually reflected in how much you read. And people like Jimmy Carter read a ton. Harry Truman read a ton. Ronald Reagan didn't open a single book in college. And when his chief of staff, James Baker, prepared a briefing book for a big economic summit, he didn't touch that. And James Baker said, why didn't you read that last night? And he said, “well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on TV. ISAACSON: Well, let me drill down a bit on that. You say that Ronald Reagan was not nearly as smart as Jimmy Carter. Yet, what is the correlation with success there? Ronald Reagan actually was a very successful president in terms of getting done what he wanted to get done. Jimmy Carter was remarkably unsuccessful. Why are people like you putting so much on this notion of quote “intelligence" when it doesn't seem to correlate to success as president? BOROWITZ: Well, it depends on how you define success really, I guess. I don't regard Ronald Reagan as a successful president. I think he was successful in getting elected. I think he was very successful in getting his agenda through. But what that agenda was, unfortunately, was very redolent of his own ignorance. He let the AIDS crisis spiral out of control because he was very unaware of what AIDS was or what it meant. He really created homelessness in this country because he thought that -- and he said this to David Brinkley, he said, the homeless just want to live outside. They don't want homes. So, in terms of ignorance, yes. A guy who is very good on TV, like Ronald Reagan, much better than Jimmy Carter, he cleaned his clock in the debate, he's going to have much more success electorally, and he's going to have a lot of success, perhaps, getting his agenda through. But what that agenda is and what it will mean for America is another thing. And that's where I think it helps to actually read a book.

‘Woke’ Celeb Patton Oswalt Admits: One Day I Won’t Be Woke Enough for the Left

Patton Oswalt is so woke he fell for the biggest con of our age. The actor/stand-up once praised Antifa, a thuggish outfit known for assaulting free speech. Oswalt compared Antifa to the Allied soldiers who walked into enemy fire on D-Day in World War II … just to mock President Donald Trump.     Note: Just because a group dubs itself “anti-fascist” doesn’t mean it actually is.  Oswalt likely feasts on a diet of CNN, MSNBC and other corrupt news outlets that refuse to tell Antifa’s full story. Still, praising that hateful group wasn’t enough to stop the woke mob from pouncing, and seizing, on him for a critical error. He treated longtime friend Dave Chappelle … like a longtime friend. Oswalt appeared on stage with Chappelle, a comedian targeted by the far-left for telling jokes about the trans community. The social media mob torched Oswalt for supporting a longtime chum who tells the “wrong” kind of jokes. That episode ended with Oswalt throwing said friend under the bus in favor of a few dozen woke Twitter accounts. Now, Oswalt’s latest special admits the obvious. He’ll never be woke enough for the far-Left mob.     The Daily Beast, via Yahoo!, shares how Oswalt’s new Netflix special reveals an ugly truth. No one is woke enough … ever. Not even a progressive comic eager to throw friends aside at a moment’s notice. “I’m woke, I think,” Oswalt tells the crowd. “But you know what? I won’t be someday. Be woke, be open-minded, just don’t pat yourself on the back, because it will bite you in the ass….” Oswalt does predict that as he continues to age, he will inevitably fail to keep up with the progress of society and risk getting “canceled” for expressing opinions that are no longer acceptable. Oswalt also casually threw another comedian, podcast giant Joe Rogan, under the same bus as Chappelle. The “sweet” Rogan, he says during the special, has gone “off the rails.” Why? Because CNN/MSNBC told him to think that way. Oswalt probably cringes at Rogan suggesting we should be able to speak our minds, debate those with whom we disagree and worry the CDC may not have the best advice on global pandemics. For that, the far-Left put a juicy target on Rogan’s back. And Oswalt, following his progressive marching orders, is only to happy to pile on. Perhaps when he’s canceled, sooner or later, he’ll join Rogan’s Spotify podcast and share his side of the story. Rogan once said of Patton, “I love him to death.” Chances are, he’ll forgive Oswalt for the unkind words and embrace him like a brother. After all, that’s what friends are for. [Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.] 

Looks Who’s Talking, Justice Kagan

Supreme Court justices return to work next month following a tumultuous last session in which the majority issued some controversial rulings, most notably the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Liberals in general and Justice Elena Kagan in particular, are upset by the decisions of the conservative majority. Justice Kagan recently spoke at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She said: “When courts become extensions of the political process, when people see them as extensions of the political process, when people see them as trying to impose personal preferences on a society irrespective of the law, that’s when there’s a problem.” As conservatives see it, what Kagan objects to is precisely what liberal judges have been doing for more than half a century. Conservatives have seen the court as too often making law from the bench that has little or nothing to do with the Constitution, only what the justices think it ought to say and would have said had they written it. Former President Barack Obama once revealed the objective of many liberals. During an interview in 2001 he seemed to disparage the Constitution as merely “a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.” In fact, the Constitution limits the power of the federal government to preserve and protect individual liberty. That’s why the Preamble begins “We the people of the United States” not you the government. The late Justice Antonin Scalia was on point when he said: “As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to ‘do what the people want,’ instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically.” Following criticism by then-president Donald Trump about judges who reflect the ideology of the presidents who appoint them, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare statement in rebuttal: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.” If that were true, there would be no dissents and all judges would have the same view of the Constitution, but clearly in modern times they reflect the view of law of the Democratic presidents who nominate them. That is not always so with Republican presidents. Earl Warren, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, Warren Burger, Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter and Anthony Kennedy were all named by Republican presidents and to one degree or another (some more than others) voted in ways, from abortion to same-sex marriage, that delighted Democrats. So far as I can tell, only one judge named by a modern Democrat did not completely reflect the views of the president who nominated him. That was John F. Kennedy’s pick of Justice Byron White, who was in the 7-2 minority when Roe was decided in 1973. If there are no Bush, Obama, Clinton, Trump and Biden judges, how else could they be described? The Founders intended the Supreme Court to be the least powerful of the three branches of government. That would eventually change when Justice John Marshall ascribed to the Court powers the Framers of the Constitution never intended it to have. In Marbury vs. Madison, Marshall placed the judiciary in a position of primary authority on constitutional law and established judicial review as a fundamental principle and the sole responsibility of the Court. That philosophy would be reflected later by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, who claimed, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” So, the ideological, political and legal war rages on. Welcome back, justices.

FLASHBACK: Unlike Today’s Late Night Hacks, Johnny Carson ZINGED Biden on Plagiarism

It was 35 years ago this September that Joe Biden’s first of three presidential campaigns was embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, one that would torpedo the bid in controversy. While journalists and late night hosts in 2022 don’t seem interested in mocking now-President Biden, it’s worth remembering that Johnny Carson had no problem joking about the Democrat in 1987.  Here's The Tonight Show star:       Now on the political scene, one of the Democratic candidates is Senator Joseph Biden. Have you seen the problem he's been having? He went around and made a speech, and apparently he quoted a British politician, took his speech and paraphrased it as his own. And the press got on him and he was also charged with taking part of Bobby Kennedy's speeches. And Biden says, “Not to worry.” He reassured his staff, he said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."  The Biden for President in ‘88 campaign imploded and didn’t even make it into calendar year 1988. This all happened after it was revealed that the Democrat stole portions of the life story of then-British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock without attribution and appropriated them as his own.  As then-MRC Research Director Rich Noyes and I wrote in a study for NewsBusters in 2019: “Side-by-side clips showed Biden aping Kinnock talking about his wife being the first in her family to go to college, and about his ancestors playing football for hours after a long day of working in the mines.”  Here’s a video montage created by the MRC’s Bill D’Agostino:      Unlike in 2022, journalists and late night hosts in 1987 actually slammed Biden for the rhetorical theft. As we said in 2019: On the September 18 Good Morning America, ABC correspondent Jeff Greenfield (a former Robert Kennedy speechwriter) said Biden’s plagiarism of other politicians “suggests there is a kind of emptiness that you will fill with whatever sounds good.” On the same show, PBS commentator David Gergen suggested “voters are going to have to decide whether he was dishonest or dumb.”         Today’s journalists, just like 2022 late night comedy hosts, can’t be bothered to even gently joke about Biden.  For more examples from our FLASHBACK series, which we call the NewsBusters Time Machine, go here. Editor's note: This was originally published on September 17, 2020. 

MSNBC: Graham Has 'Never Seen A Vagina' or 'Naked Woman,' Pro-Life Men Need Viagra

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle lost all control of Friday’s edition of The 11th Hour during an undignified segment on Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 15-week abortion bill. Panelist and comedian Judy Gold accused Graham of supporting the bill because “he’s never seen a vagina” or “seen a naked woman.” Instead of returning dignity to the conversation, all the other panelists erupted in laughter allowing Gold to later claim that pro-life men need Viagra. Ruhle began the abortion conversation in a more reasonable tone, but still without regard for basic facts: Lindsey Graham, who is more than doubling down, he is going further pushing a federal ban. A national ban on abortion. I want you to first help me understand, why would he even be doing this? Right. They overturned Roe v. Wade. So for that portion of their base who wanted that, you got what you wanted. Why do this? Republicans don't even support it across the board. He's dividing Republicans. It's not like you can get white evangelical voters to vote for you twice. And now they're knocking out a ton of other potential new voters.     Even the chyron admitted it was a 15-week ban, but after some cross-talk, Gold couldn’t believe Graham would have the gall to introduce such a bill, “And, the fact that he is telling women what to do with their bodies. He's never seen a vagina! He has never seen a naked woman. And he is telling me—” Instead of condemning Gold’s remarks and getting the conversation back on track, Ruhle fed into the commotion that Gold’s comments created, “We don't know that for sure.” CNBC’s Ron Insana added such remarks in the journalism profession would be regarded as “an unconfirmed report” and after some more crosstalk, Insana added, “If I could flip that though. As a married man who’s got a wife and two daughters. I don't want somebody who's not married, without a family dictating my family policy.” CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles followed by returning to Graham, “Well, and also even though I know that their women who support the ban on abortion and support the revocation of Roe v. Wade. It really makes me uncomfortable that a guy, that a man, in the press conference, there he is in front with these two meek women standing beside him.” After Insana interrupted to remind everyone that Sen. Marco Rubio was also there, Giles wondered, “Do they want to have babies? Do they want—” Gold then claimed, “No, they’re men who need Viagra. They don't even operate correctly!” MSNBC’s transformation into left-wing comments sections is now complete. This segment was sponsored by Lexus. Here is a transcript of the September 23 show: MSNBC's The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle 9/24/2022 11:50 PM STEPHANIE RUHLE:  Well I know all of you have something to say about Lindsey Graham.  JUDY GOLD: Oh my god. RUHLE: Lindsey Graham, who is more than doubling down, he is going further pushing a federal ban. A national ban on abortion. I want you to first help me understand, why would he even be doing this? Right. They overturned Roe v. Wade. So for that portion of their base who wanted that, you got what you wanted.  NANCY GILES: Right. RUHLE: Why do this? Republicans don't even support it across the board. He's dividing Republicans. It's not like you can get white evangelical voters to vote for you twice.  GILES: Right. RUHLE: And now they're knocking out a ton of other potential new voters.  GOLD: And he’s ignoring what happened in Kansas.  GILES AND LIZ PLANK: Yes. GOLD: You know, it's like, come on people.  PLANK: And in so many other swing states, women registering to vote. GOLD: Oh, I know. And, the fact-- GILES: Go for it. GOLD: -- that he is telling women what to do with their bodies. He's never seen a vagina! He has never seen a naked woman. And he is telling me.  [Unintelligible] RUHLE: We don't know that for sure.  [crosstalk] RON INSANA: Judy, we refer to that as an unconfirmed report. GOLD: Okay, I’m going to say unconfirmed— PLANK: Someone needs to find out. GOLD: I’m going to speculate— GILES: According to Judy Gold— GOLD: --that— INSANA: If I could flip that though— RUHLE: Yeah. INSANA: -- As a married man who’s got a wife and two daughters. I don't want somebody who's not married, without a family dictating my family policy.  GOLD: Oh, same. GILES: Well, and also even though I know that their women who support the ban on abortion and support the revocation of Roe v. Wade. It really makes me uncomfortable that a guy, that a man, in the press conference, there he is in front with these two meek women standing beside him.  INSANA: And Marco Rubio, don’t forget. GILES: Oh my god. GOLD: And these are men-- GILES: Do they want to have babies? Do they want— GOLD: No, they’re men who need Viagra. They don't even operate correctly!  GILES: Right.

NEW NewsBusters Podcast: 'Independent Fact Checkers' or DNC 'Flying Monkeys'?

Stephen Kruiser of PJ Media said it was "beyond ludicrous" for liberal media outlets to have "fact checkers" when they sound like "flying monkeys" for the Democrats (like The Wizard of Oz.) That's what happened when Georgia gubernatorial candidate proclaimed her conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body." Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post "Fact Checker"  tried in several ways to defend Democrats on late-term abortions and the beating hearts of young unborn babies. He tweeted in support of Abrams: "FWIW, "fetal heartbeat" is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo. The so-called "heartbeat" sound you hear is created by the ultrasound." Kessler claims you can't say Democrats favor no limits on abortions -- which is true -- because late-term abortions are rare and heart-breaking. "But the GOP attacks are disingenuous at best. They imply that late-term abortions are common — and that they are routinely accepted by Democrats. The reality, according to federal and state data, is that abortions past the point of viability are extremely rare. When they do happen, they often involve painful, emotional and even moral decisions.”  "Independent fact checkers" are neither independent nor dealing primarily in facts. Enjoy the podcast below or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Stephen King in NYT Sees Dawning U.S. Dystopia; DeSantis Gives ‘Free Pass’ to Censors

Best-selling horror author (and combative Twitter liberal) Stephen King reviewed the dystopian novel Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng for the upcoming October 2 edition of the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and spotted ominous parallels with the real world, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis standing in as a censorious book-pulping tyrant bringing forth a real-life dystopia: The definition of “dystopia” in the Oxford English Dictionary is bald and to the point: “An imaginary place in which everything is as bad as possible.” Literature is full of examples….Celeste Ng’s dystopian America is milder, which makes it more believable -- and hence, more upsetting. Twelve-year-old Chinese-American “Bird” lives in Massachusetts. His mother is on the run for writing a “supposedly subversive poem” in an America under “the Preserving American Culture and Traditions Act.” (....) We have heard this tale of government scapegoating before, which adds to its power rather than detracting from it. Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany’s economic malaise. Trump told us to fear migrant caravans full of “bad hombres.” Here it’s Asian people in general and Chinese Americans in particular who are held responsible for everything that’s gone wrong -- blame those who don’t look like White America…. King seems to think he’s unearthed a damning parallel involving white racism. And yet, most of the real-world anti-Asian hate crimes caught on tape involve blacks attacking Asians, as The Times itself knows but for ideological reasons cannot say: On another level, “Our Missing Hearts” is a meditation on the sometimes accidental power of words. Why are Mr. Gardner’s library shelves so empty? Because students must not have access to books that “might expose them to dangerous ideas.” This isn’t dystopian fiction but actual fact, as rancorous school curriculum meetings and protests across the United States have proved. The Florida Parental Rights Bill, signed by Governor DeSantis in March of this year, is basically a free pass to text censorship. Wrong! It's age-inappropriate obscenity and sexual scenes, not “dangerous ideas,” being “censored” (as in, removed from school libraries). Nonetheless, King continued making it a matter of race, invoking George Floyd and Rodney King and cries for help before suggesting it was proof that “[g]overnments are right to fear words” because “[t]hey can change hearts and topple tyrannies.” “By the same token, they can increase the chokeholds of some tyrants: witch hunt, fake news, I rest my case,” he added. Speaking of the power of words, how about the power of the correct words? King didn’t actually say, “Can’t we all just get along?” As The Times has reported, a shaken Rodney King said the following after the verdict in his police beating trial launched the L.A. riots: "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?" King later wound down by again tying our supposed sorry state to a praise for the novel’s main character as “a relatable portal into a world that seems more like our own every day.”

Doocy EXPLODES After KJP Ducks His Abortion Question: ‘You Did NOT Answer My Question!’

Friday’s White House press briefing sent viewers into the weekend with a bang as Fox’s Peter Doocy showed a rare moment of anger as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre blatantly and repeatedly refused to answer his question as to whether President Biden believes in any limit to abortion.  Doocy began as he always does with a basic, rather innocuous question. This time, it touched on her opening remarks lambasting the 15-week abortion ban proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “Following up on your topper, does President Biden favor any limits on abortion?”     Jean-Pierre said “[w]e've been very, very clear” in “talking specifically about” Graham’s plan, but Doocy interjected to push her along: “And your position on his plan is clear. 15 weeks is unacceptable.” She then continued: “I was speaking to — directly to what Republicans are trying to do. They are calling — they are calling — they are calling for a national ban, which takes us backwards.” Continuing to stammer her way along, Doocy fact-checked her by noting Graham’s proposal is only for 15 weeks and not an outright ban. Jean-Pierre continued to lie, claiming “it's a national ban, which will take us backwards and will put at risk the health of women” and would be the first step by “extreme Republican officials” in ending “privacy” and “contraception” and attacking “marriage” (as in gay and interracial marriages). “I'm not going to get into specifics here. I’m just going to lay out what — what they have said that they’re going to do,” she hilariously added. Doocy seized on that nonsense: “Why not get into specifics? The Republicans are saying we don't want abortion after 15 weeks. Why can't you say how many weeks the President thinks the limit is?” Jean-Pierre again diverted by invoking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and the House GOP’s Commitment to America, but Doocy wasn’t having it, saying he’s “not asking about Kevin McCarthy” and instead about “Joe Biden and his position on abortion.” After being asked one last time “how many weeks,” Jean-Pierre filibustered with a meandering answer about Republicans “trying to take away the rights and freedoms of Americans.” Doocy tried to push back, but Jean-Pierre moved on to Bloomberg Government’s Courtney Rozen. Doocy almost always complies when Jean-Pierre (or Jen Psaki) would move on, but not on this day as he exclaimed, “[y]ou did not answer my question” (click “expand”): JEAN-PIERRE: Peter — Peter, I'm answering your question. What Republicans are trying to do is take us backwards. They're trying to take away the rights and freedoms of Americans. That's what we're calling out and that’s what we’re going to continue to call out. House Republicans oppose a pharmacy bill that would deny women essential medications. As of September, 166 House Republicans have signed onto a heartbeat bill that would decide abortion at the federal level even though 28 of those members have since said decisions on abortion should be left to the states. And just this week, a Michigan GOP official said he — he — he wants to ban abortion. So, we should really listen to what Republicans are trying to tell us.  DOOCY: And — JEAN-PIERRE: And that’s what we are speaking out against —  DOOCY: — and — JEAN-PIERRE: — and that’s what we’re going to talk about the national ban —  DOOCY: — and we’re — JEAN-PIERRE: — that Republicans are continuing —  DOOCY: — we are — JEAN-PIERRE: — continuing to push when majority of Americans do not want that. I — DOOCY: We are all covering the Republican plan. JEAN-PIERRE: Okay. DOOCY: I’m just wondering — JEAN-PIERRE [TO COURTNEY ROZEN]: Go ahead. Go ahead. DOOCY: — why can't you say how many weeks for Biden? COURTNEY ROZEN: Thank you, Karine. JEAN-PIERRE [TO ROZEN]: Okay, go ahead. DOOCY: No. JEAN-PIERRE: No. [TO ROZEN] Go ahead. DOOCY: No. Why — JEAN-PIERRE: I answered — I answered your question. [TO ROZEN] Go ahead. Go ahead, Courtney. DOOCY: You did not answer my question, Karine. ROZEN: I wanted — JEAN-PIERRE: I did. I did. DOOCY: Why can't — JEAN-PIERRE: [TO ROZEN] Go ahead, Courtney. DOOCY: — you say — Earlier in the briefing, Reuters’s Jeff Mason sought White House reaction on the day’s porous financial news, but Jean-Pierre insisted the economy was strong thanks to “one of the strongest job markets on record” and “record” growth. Fox Business’s Edward Lawrence followed up a little later, wondering if this “stable growth the President is moving us toward” is reflected in the Federal Reserve’s projection that the U.S. economy will suffer in “slow[ing] down to growing just 0.2 percent for the entirety of this year and then 1.2 percent for next year.” Jean-Pierre continued the tone deafeness, saying it was natural because of 2021's “historic economic growth” and that the Fed will “bring down inflation...without sacrificing all of the historic gains that we made.” Lawrence had one more inflation question, citing last week’s White House event celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act with James Taylor and another event Friday night with Elton John even though “Americans are making touch choices” regarding their finances (click “expand”): LAWRENCE: On inflation, one more, if I could: the — Americans are making tough choices related to inflation and last week, they saw the President do the celebration during the Inflation Reduction Act when core inflation for the 1st time in 5 months on that day. This week, there's another celebration 48 hours after the Fed chairman said there'd be more economic pain. Is that optics of those two celebrations insensitive to what Americans are going through? JEAN-PIERRE: So, the President has always, when he talks about the economy, has made clear to understand what the American families are going through, what the American people are going through. He understands that the economic and inflation in particular — high costs is — is — is giving some pain, to your point, to Americans. That is why we passed, that is why Democrats in Congress passed Inflation Reduction Act. By the way, no Republicans supported that. And, as you know, we’ve heard me say it many times, you’ve heard the President say it many times, it is going to lower costs when it comes to prescription drugs. It’s going to lower health care costs and energy costs. And it is one of the most — the most historic investment to fight climate change as we are talking about extreme weather. I’ve gotten multiple questions on Puerto Rico and what the people from Puerto Rico — brothers and sisters — are going through. What — what may happen in this hurricane season, a lot of that is going to be helped by the work that this President has done. Bipartisan infrastructure law. Again, the Inflation Reduction Act. So, we are doing the work. We are going to continue to do that. We’re going to continue to work. We’ve seen gas prices go down for 14 weeks straight and that, again, is because of the work that this President is doing. So, yes, we understand what the American people are going through, but our job, the President’s job, is to do everything that he can in his power to give Americans a little bit more breathing room. To see the relevant transcript from September 23's briefing (including a lame question from Bloomberg knocking U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss’s economic plan), click here.

WashPost SPEWS Soros-Tied Twitter ‘Whistleblower’ Anti-Trump Hysteria

The Washington Post found a so-called “whistleblower” connected to liberal billionaire George Soros to stoke hysteria about how former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account threatened the planet. In a so-called “exclusive,” The Post found a Twitter truther to steal former Twitter executive Peiter “Mudge” Zatko’s thunder and make the issue about Trump rather than the Big Tech platform. “Jan. 6 Twitter witness: Failure to curb Trump spurred ‘terrifying’ choice,” was The Post headline.  The leftist whistleblower — now identified by The Post as Anika Collier Navaroli — was reportedly a “former policy official on the team designing Twitter’s content-moderation rules,” meaning the “rules” that made Twitter a bloated censorship operation to silence conservative speech. But nowhere in the article did The Post mention Navaroli's ties to Soros. Navaroli reportedly overcame the “terror she felt” about coming forward due to her so-called “worry” that Trumpian “extremism and political disinformation on social media pose an ‘imminent threat not just to American democracy, but to the societal fabric of our planet.’” [Emphasis added.] The story fawned how a previously “unidentified former Twitter employee” testified before the Soviet-style House Jan. 6 committee to slam the company for ignoring “false and rule-breaking tweets from Donald Trump for years because executives knew their service was his ‘favorite and most-used … and enjoyed having that sort of power.’” Twitter banned Trump two days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Navaroli “worked on media and internet privacy campaigns for” the nutty, Soros-funded defund-the-police group Color of Change — founded by CNN commentator and former Obama appointee, Van Jones. Soros has donated millions to the group. The leftist organization proclaims itself as the “nation’s largest online racial justice organization.”  Soros gave Color of Change $4.4 million between 2018 and 2020, with another $1,380,000 doled out to the group between 2012 and 2015. In addition, Soros gave another $2.3 million to the Color of Change Education Fund between 2016 and 2019. Soros’s super PAC, Democracy PAC, also gave Color of Change PAC $2.5 million in the 2020 election cycle. Color of Change PAC was recently behind an anti-police effort called “Cut Ties With The [Fraternal Order of Police]” (FOP). FOP describes itself as “the voice of our nation’s law enforcement officers.” Color of Change PAC said that the order was “the deadliest frat in the world.”  Color of Change even identified Navaroli as its “senior campaign manager” in 2017 when she whipped out the race card to celebrate the ouster of former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and pledged to place more woke activist pressure on Fox News.     But that’s not all. Navaroli also is listed as an “alumnus” of the Soros-funded Data & Society Research Institute (DSRI). Among the leftist group’s feats: moderating a 2019 event called “CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONSPIRACY: NETWORKED DISINFORMATION,” which accused the “international far right” of “leveraging the current climate crisis.” Soros gave DSRI $1,540,000 between 2016 and 2019. "But we're not done." - Anika Navaroli, Color of Change senior campaign manager View the report: https://t.co/iXT05zwC7x — ColorOfChange (@ColorOfChange) April 22, 2017 While disingenuously painting Navaroli as having a “strong bias for protecting speech,” The Post championed how she “grew fascinated with how” online censorship rules “were helping shape real-world social movements, from the inequality campaigns of Occupy Wall Street to the protests over racial justice and police brutality.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact The Washington Post at 202-334-6000 and hold it to account for not reporting Navaroli’s ties to George Soros.

List of Shame: All the Media Outlets Pretending Babies Don't Have Heartbeats at 6 Weeks

Numerous pro-abortion journalists have rushed to the defense of Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, after she drew heavy criticism for claiming: “there is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks [of pregnancy].” Abrams further pontificated: “[The heartbeat] is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.” One can’t be certain, but Abrams seems to have gotten her talking point from Dr. Nisha Verma, an abortionist from Georgia who has become something of a go-to source for establishment journalists looking to “debunk” the idea of a fetal heartbeat. In 2021, Verma told NPR: The flickering that we’re seeing on the ultrasound that early in development of the pregnancy is actually electrical activity, and the sound that you ‘hear’ is actually manufactured by the ultrasound machine. For many people, Abrams’s fumble was likely the first time they’d even heard this argument. But as National Review contributor Alexandra DeSanctis pointed out on Thursday, “abortion supporters have made claims such as these for years, even before heartbeat bills were common.” She continued: The pieces come in several flavors. Some are billed as reporting articles on heartbeat laws, wielding abusrd phrases such as “fetal cardiac activity,” “the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart,” and “embryonic pulsing.” We decided to investigate just how widespread this pseudoscientific pro-abortion narrative was throughout the establishment media, so here’s a hopefully close-to-exhaustive list of which leftwing print outlets have abandoned seriousness in service of the abortion cause. But first, let us consider this quote from radiologist Pradheep J. Shanker on why the “electrical pulses” argument is nonsensical: Ultrasound only detects density and motion. It cannot detect any electrical activity at all. This is a scientific fact… It is true that the valves in the heart develop later. However, the cardiac muscles that are located in the embryological heart are contracting. They are in fact moving inward and outward. That is how you define a beat. Keep Shanker’s words in mind as you peruse the following quotes from purportedly serious publications: The Atlantic: How Ultrasound Became Political (2017) Previously titled, “How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person,” this piece has undergone heavy revisions since it was initially published in 2017. For example, it no longer includes the unfounded assertion that babies in utero have “no heart to speak of” six weeks into a pregnancy. Business Insider: The ‘fetal heartbeat’ that defines Texas’ new abortion laws doesn’t exist, say doctors (2021) This piece opens with a bulleted list of key points. One item reads: “A six-week-old fetus doesn’t have a cardiovascular system, the sound of the thumping is from the machine.” HuffPost: Stacey Abrams Enrages Republicans By Citing Science On ‘Fetal Heartbeats’ (2022) In which author Josephine Harvey stops just short of punctuating her argument with “Slay, queen!” Jezebel: Stacey Abrams Corrected Abortion Misinformation and Republicans Lost Their Minds (2022) This article is very similar to the one from the Huffington Post, but written with a less family-friendly lexicon. Actually that’s a pretty decent description of Jezebel in general. Live Science: Is a ‘fetal heartbeat’ really a heartbeat at 6 weeks? (2021) This piece quotes a doctor who refers to a “fetal heartbeat” as “a little flutter in the area that will become the future heart of the baby.” Sounds sciencey! The New York Times: Louisiana Moves To Ban Abortion After a Heartbeat Is Detected (2019) Paradoxically, given the title of the article, author Alan Blinder referred to an unborn baby’s heartbeat as “the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart.” New York Magazine’s The Cut: Embryos Don’t Have Hearts (2019) Katie Heaney writes: “To wit, though pulsing cells can be detected in embryos as early asa six weeks, this rhythm — detected by a doctor, via ultrasound — cannot be called a “heartbeat,” because embryos don’t have hearts.” As with most of the pro-abortion pieces in this vein, the fact pattern presented in the article is a clear product of expert-shopping. NPR: The Texas Abortion Ban Hinges On ‘Fetal Heartbeat.’ Doctors Call That Misleading (2022) Republished shortly after the draft Dobbs opinion was leaked in May, this article is the source of Dr. Verma’s misleading quote about heartbeats being “manufactured” by ultrasound machines. Texas Tribune: For Texans who want a child but have difficult pregnancies, the new abortion law just made that journey even harder (2021) This article is yet another case of ideologically convenient expert-shopping: “Medical and legal experts say it is misleading to use ‘heartbeat’ to refer to the cardiac activity of embryos at a developmental stage when they don’t possess a heart.” The Washington Post: Conservatives’ junk science is having real consequences (2019) This piece is exactly what one would expect from opinion writer Dana Milbank. The surprising bit was seeing the Post’s Glenn Kessler defending Abrams this past week in a tweet which read: FWIW, “fetal heartbeat” is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo. The so-called “heartbeat” sound you hear is created by the ultrasound. Not until 10 weeks can the opening and closing of cardiac valves be detected by a Doppler machine. Wired: ‘Heartbeat’ Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong (2019) Before deploying the same goofy argument as all of the above articles, author Adam Rogers takes a moment to complain about the phrase “unborn human individual,” presumably on the grounds that it’s too humanizing. Did we miss any? If you find another major print outlet that’s sacrificed its credibility on the altar of abortion, contact @banned_bill on Twitter and we’ll add it to the list.

NYT Flunky Writes in Column: ‘Giving People Money Is a Great Way to Reduce Poverty’

A New York Times opinion columnist exploited child poverty in order to advance the virtues of a nutty leftist policy goal: “universal basic income.”  Times opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo called President Joe Biden’s expanded “Child Tax Credit” program a “blessing” and a “quiet revolution in American welfare policy” in an op-ed ludicrously headlined “Giving People Money Is a Great Way to Reduce Poverty.” The Times has since changed the headline to “Biden Has Helped the Quiet Revolution of Giving People Money.”  Manjoo flacked for child tax credits despite warnings that the government handouts would worsen the economy, increase inflation and do little, if anything, to help children.  The Times columnist also said the quiet part out loud, revealing that his support for Biden’s “Child Tax Credit” is closely tied to the leftist dream of universal basic income. “The expanded Child Tax Credit, on the other hand, was more like Social Security for people under 18,” Manjoo wrote. “It was a kind of nearly universal basic income.” [Emphasis added].  The success of the Child Tax Credit is almost a proof-of-concept for “guaranteed income,” Manjoo wrote. But Cato Institute economist Chris Edwards told MRC Business in exclusive comments that taxpayer-paid child allowances carry hidden costs for American families, a pitfall Manjoo decided to bypass to promote his “guaranteed income” idea:  “The cost is that when the government forcibly extracts taxes from Americans to pay for programs, it reduces their freedom and damages the entire economy. Higher taxes reduce overall GDP and the incomes of all Americans. As tax rates rise, the economic damage rises more than proportionately, so limiting government spending is important to maximizing overall incomes.”  There’s also an ethical issue at hand, Edwards said. “Is it ethical to steal money from the people who earned it to give it to others for free? And what’s the limit? If giving people $300 a month makes sense, then why not $1000? For advocates, it’s always ‘the more free stuff the better,’ but they never consider the cost.” “One of the main backers of guaranteed income” is the Economic Security Project (ESP), Manjoo wrote. As it so happens, the ESP is a progressive group closely tied to liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros gifted the advocacy arm of the ESP, Economic Security Project Action, with $1,000,000 in 2019, per Open Society Foundation records.  The costs for a child tax credit program might hurt children more than others, according to a 2021 analysis by the Hoover Institution research fellow David Henderson: “[C]hild allowances would create increased dependence, are not targeted at the needy, could reduce the work effort of lower-income women, and would add to the already huge federal budget deficit and debt.”    Conservatives are under attack. Contact The New York Times at 800-698-4637 and demand it report fairly on the caustic effects that child tax allowances have on young children and families.

CNN Doesn't Disclose That Teen Killed After Political Argument Was A Republican    

Imagine this scenario. An adult admits that after a political argument with a teenager whom he described as a "Democrat extremist," he ran the teenager down with his car, killing him. Think CNN would have reported the political affiliation of the victim and what the accused called him? Rhetorical question. Not only would those facts have been stressed, but there'd be much handwringing over how comments by Donald Trump are provoking political violence by "MAGA extremists."  But in a segment on the death of an 18-year-old North Dakota Republican, after a man admitted intentionally running the teenager over with his car after a "political argument," and called the teenager a "Republican extremist," CNN never mentioned the political affiliation of the victim or what the accused called him. This ignores the CNN.com article:  Brandt told a 911 dispatcher the victim was "part of a Republican extremist group," according to court documents.      This is the mirror image of the omission Morning Joe made earlier this month regarding another killing. There, the show suppressed the fact that an elected official accused of murdering a journalist who had written stories exposing his misconduct is a Democrat. Here, it's the political affiliation of the victim that a liberal media outlet is suppressing.  Both omissions serve the same purpose: shielding the Democrat party from blame in connection with heinous crimes. Note: CNN correspondent Adrienne Broaddus reported that authorities are saying that there is "no evidence" that a political argument preceded the killing. That is false. The accused admitted that there had been a political argument. And far from being exculpatory, that argument revealed a motive for the killing. So it was an admission against interest, and therefore very probative.  CNN's New Day failing to mention that the teenager killed after a political argument was a Republican was sponsored in part by Amazon, Samsung, AT&T, Flonase, and United Healthcare. Here's the transcript. CNN's New Day 9/23/22 6:27 am EDT BRIANNA KEILAR: So, this morning, police in North Dakota say a man has confessed to fatally hitting a teenager with his car after a political argument. CNN's Adrienne Broaddus is live in Chicago with more. Adrienne, tell us what happened here. ADRIENNE BROADDUS: Well, Brianna, unlike that story that John just shared with us, this driver did not return to the scene. And authorities are saying, at least at this point, there's no evidence showcasing there was a political argument before that teen was killed.  Here's what we do know. 41-year-old Shannon Brandt has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. Now, he did call police and told investigators he hit a pedestrian. He was later arrested at his home for driving under the influence. His blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. He did consent to a breath test at his home.  He told investigators he feared that teen was calling people to come get him. By contrast, those who knew the teen say they were surprised to hear all of this unfolding. LOCAL RESIDENT: It's just impacted the community like nothing I've ever seen before. What bothers me, and a lot of people, the most is it has become something political. Which it shouldn't be. This is nothing more than a person who took another person's life. BROADDUS: And this morning, that family is trying to figure out what exactly happened and why. It's unclear if the teen and the 41-year-old who was charged knew each other. Brianna. KEILAR: All right, Adrienne, so many questions here. Adrienne Broaddus, thank you for that report.  

ANTITRUST CARVE-OUT? Big Media ‘Cartel’ Bill Passes Senate Committee After Initial Barrier

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday cleared a Big Media “cartel” bill that would protect certain news outlets that band together to negotiate payment terms with tech platforms from antitrust enforcement. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) passed 15-7 as the committee adopted an anti-censorship amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The bill itself, which now goes to the full Senate for approval, would create a four-year safe harbor from antitrust laws for print, broadcast and digital news companies to allow news outlets to jointly negotiate payment terms for content distribution on social media. In a statement Thursday, Cruz’s office made the case that the amendment he secured creates a fairer Big Tech environment because it limits the bill’s antitrust exemption to price discussions between media groups and tech companies. The amended bill also now explicitly excludes “content moderation” – or censorship – agreements between media groups and tech companies from antitrust exemptions. Two weeks ago, Cruz secured an amendment that terminated the original version of the legislation. All seven senators who voted against the bill were Republican. Sen. Mike Lee (UT) was one of those Republicans. Even in its amended form, the legislation wrongly seeks to “improve competition” through the formation of Big Media-Big Tech “cartels,” something that U.S. antitrust laws strictly prohibit via enforcement of criminal penalties, he said during a Thursday executive business meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill “links the financial incentives of Big Tech platforms and the news industry by requiring tech platforms to share their monopoly rents with the news industry, making news publishers more dependent on Big Tech, not less,” Lee said. Lee continued: “If we do it for this industry, why wouldn’t we do it for others? Before long, you can imagine Congress engaging in other uncomfortably close relationships with other industries.” In Sept. 6 comments to the committee, former Vice President for Media Research Center Free Speech America and MRC Business Dan Gainor wrote that one false premise underlying the bill is that it will prompt Big Tech to treat conservative media in a content neutral way. “That is false and any parts of the bill that are vague would be used against the right,” Gainor wrote. “It is great to say Big Tech can’t discriminate based on content type, but they do and they will. Nothing in this bill stops them. And given the ongoing struggles between so-called fact-checkers and the conservative movement, no bill should include any reliance on those biased organizations.” Gainor testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee about the original version of the JCPA in February. Introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the companion House version of the JCPA has sat pending in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law since May 2021. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment.

AOC: US Women Oppressed Like Iranian Women

Injustice in Iran provoked AOC to come close to criticizing radical Islam as oppressive for women. But she couldn’t quite get there and fell back on her usual woke pablum.  A woman named Mahsa Amini died in police custody in Iran, allegedly murdered for refusing to wear a hijab. This cruelty caused mass protests including the burning of hijabs. Police responded with brutality.  Of course, AOC did not use the words “radical Islam” or even “Islam” in her critique, but she did attribute Amini’s alleged murder to “patriarchical and autocratic forces repressing women” although she followed it with the caveat “the world over.” [emphasis added] She makes it seem as if the struggles women face in Iran are similar to those faced in western countries.  Additionally, AOC had the audacity to directly compare American women’s restricted access to abortions to Iranian women not even being able to decide what they wear, stating, “The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care.”  Quite a flagrant false equivalency that is so plainly political. There is no rational reason to link Iranian women’s fight for fundamental freedoms to American women’s disregard for innocent life.  This is an excellent example of the hyperbolic hysteria of the American left when it comes to abortion. Whether they truly believe they have lost their basic human rights and have been relegated to second class citizens, or they’re playing victims to get their way.  While that may have been apparent before, it is now blatant. What should have been a rallying cry for Americans to stand up against the oppressiveness of radical Islamic theocracies is now just a narcissistic nitwit needlessly venting about how bad American women have it. AOC’s crazy comparison takes away from the fact that she actually said something somewhat critical of radical Islam. 

Return of the Donald? Facebook Exec Says Ban of Former President Trump May Be Lifted

Facebook’s ban of former President Donald Trump may be lifted in January 2023, a company executive suggested in an interview. Facebook Global Affairs President Nick Clegg told startup news company Semafor during a Sept. 22 event that his platform might allow Trump back on the platform in January 2023, when Trump’s two-year suspension expires. “When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution,” Clegg reportedly said, explaining that Facebook will consult “experts” and consider the supposed “risk of real world harm,” Semafor wrote. It is the first time Clegg has spoken publicly on the subject. According to Reclaim The Net, Clegg also said during the Semafor event that Facebook risked becoming “the greatest industrial-scale censor ever in human history.” Facebook originally suspended Trump after the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Trump had provoked “violence.” Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the decision in May 2021. In actuality, Trump told his supporters that day to “stay peaceful.” Trump had 35 million Facebook followers before the platform banned him, Semafor reported. Yet Facebook is still claiming Trump’s presence on the platform was risky. “If we think there is … content on our platform which will lead to real-world harm — physical harm — then we feel we have a clear responsibility to act against it,” Clegg alleged, according to Semafor Media.  Meanwhile, Facebook allows multiple Russian state-affiliated accounts to remain on the platform, despite Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. While Facebook continues to restrict Trump’s free speech, Facebook’s Zuckerberg recently admitted that his company buckled to FBI pressure and censored the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which swayed the 2020 election. Trump later slammed the FBI’s and Facebook’s “Election Interference” on his Truth Social platform. Facebook hasn’t acknowledged the damaging effects of its censorship on the 2020 election. But Facebook recently announced that it would increase censorship of supposed “election misinformation” leading up to the 2022 midterms. The platform said it created a “dedicated team focused on the 2022 midterms to help combat election and voter interference.” Facebook is also one of the companies which, according to the Biden White House, is launching an initiative to target supposed “violent extremist ideologies” online. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Facebook headquarters at (650) 308-7300 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Heart Doctor Proves Stacey Abrams Is WRONG About ‘Manufactured’ Fetal Heartbeats

Stacey Abrams not only showed how anti-life she is, but also how ignorant she is during a recently surfaced video regarding abortion. As a result of Abrams lies, Dr. Tara Sander Lee, who studied heart development at Harvard Medical School and serves as Director of Life Sciences and Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), completely squashed Abrams claims. Flashback to earlier this week when Abrams claimed: “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body.” Here’s the video if you don’t believe me. Dr. Lee dragged Abrams' claim. One wonders if Ms. Abrams was absent the day her health class covered human development? Even now, all it takes is one quick search of the public database of scientific and embryology research to confirm that the heart is the first functioning organ in a developing human being, with the first heartbeat just 22 days after fertilization. I truly wonder if Abrams was purposely trying to make a fool of herself. What motive would doctors have to “manufacture” the sound of a child’s beating heart - especially doctors who support the "right" to abortion? Wouldn’t a soundbite of a heartbeat juxtapose the pro-abort narrative that some doctors have? “A baby’s heart is actively beating at six weeks gestation and will have already beat nearly 16 million times by 15 weeks. In fact, at six weeks, when Stacey Abrams says a heartbeat doesn’t exist, that baby’s heart is actually beating at about 110 beats per minute (bpm),” Dr. Lee continued. Dr. Lee added a bit of humor to her rebuttal against Abrams. Rightfully so, as Abrams claims were quite comical due to their inaccuracy. Most American parents have seen their baby’s beating heart during prenatal ultrasound and discussed it with their obstetrician. The mainstream media can perform Olympic-level semantics gymnastics all they want, but most Americans instinctively understand that a developing human organ which beats rhythmically and pumps blood throughout the body is, in fact, a heart. Abrams truly made a fool of herself and everyone who sat with her on that panel that nodded in agreement. Dr. Lee, as any level-headed human being should also be able to do, squashed Abrams clams for not only being anti-life, but completely anti-truth, as well. The only truth that Abrams proved was that she is unashamedly for abortion.

Mitchell Mourns 'Last Truly Great Day In The Supreme Court'

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell welcomed Slate senior legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick onto her Friday show to promote her new book is Lady Justice: Women, the Law and the Battle to Save America and to declare that “many women” have questions about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and mourn “the last truly great day in the Supreme Court.” Mitchell kicked things off, “The new term at the Supreme Court is almost upon us and with the Court facing unprecedented scrutiny, many women in particular are questioning the legitimacy of the conservative majority's decisions.”     Women upset with the Court get no ideological label, but the Court does. It was a theme that would be present throughout the segment. After recalling the days when women couldn’t wear pants when addressing the Court, Mitchell turned to more contemporary issues, “you begin… with this extraordinary day, this oral argument in the Hellerstedt case, Texas solicitor general arguing for Texas on new restrictions placed on abortion, 2016 I think it was. Tell me about what you called the last truly great day in the Supreme Court.” Waxing nostalgic, Lithwick recalled, "And for me, it just felt like this triumphal ‘we’re close, we’re not there, but we’re close.’ And then Justice Stephen Breyer who I always think of as the fourth radical feminist in that opinion that is so solicitous of women’s health, their interests, their families, their economic interests, he says ‘no more lying. If you’re going to close clinics, you can’t do it with the pretext that you’re putting their health first.’" After Lithwick lamented “then it all, within a few months, falls away,” Mitchell turned more recent cases, “And then we have Texas leading the way in these extraordinary restrictions. The bounty system, all the rest in succeeding years.” Describing SB 8 as “that vigilante bill,” Lithwick claimed the Court allowing it remain intact meant Roe’s demise was inevitable. She also claimed that the Court was “going to do it without even regard for who was being harmed. And so, yeah, it happened so fast. And you're right, Texas has been at the vanguard of making sure that it happened really, really without any real doctrinal thinking or work.” After fawning over Breyer’s Hellerstedt opinion by citing a bunch of policy rationales, Lithwick has no standing to complain about the Court’s alleged lack of “real doctrinal thinking or work.” Moving on from abortion, Mitchell asked, “So looking forward to the new Court term, what are your concerns, what are your hopes as you look at the cases coming before the Court?” Again, Lithwick portrayed the Court as a bunch of conservative ideologues and herself as the straight-shooting law commentator. From affirmative action to cake bakers to election cases, “there’s almost nothing that isn't on the docket and, as you said, the Court enters this with a public that is deeply, deeply worried and concerned that the court is just a political beast. So there is a lot going on and I think that it is going to be another hard term for the Court in terms of the public's respect and regard for the institution.”  By “for the institution,” Mitchell and Lithwick really mean for liberals. This segment was sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Here is a transcript for the September 23 show: MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports 9/23/2022 12:40 PM ET ANDREA MITCHELL: As women register in unprecedented numbers to vote in the midterms, clearly energized by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The new term at the Supreme Court is almost upon us and with the Court facing unprecedented scrutiny, many women in particular are questioning the legitimacy of the conservative majority's decisions. Joining us now is Dahlia Lithwick, the senior legal correspondent at Slate, and her new book is Lady Justice: Women, the Law and the Battle to Save America and what a book it is with the pink color, so we're all in pink today. Actually not planned, but we’ll just. It's planned.  DAHLIA LITHWICK: I’m going to say it was planned. MITCHELL: We’ll say it was planned. LITHWICK: Thank you. MITCHELL: Well, congratulations on the book.  LITHWICK: Thank you. MITCHELL: So, your book, it’s is an extraordinary history of women, women lawyers, women judges, women Supreme Court justices, and the way women have been affected both empowered and disempowered by decisions of the Court going all the way back to 1873 was it when the Supreme Court ruled that women could not be lawyers?  LITHWICK: Right, because we're delicate.  MITCHELL: Yeah, and I remember an era when my friends were all becoming lawyers and were not allowed to wear pants.  LITHWICK: Pants! Yeah MITCHELL: There was a dress code if you were addressing the Court. So you begin the Court [sic] with this extraordinary day, this oral argument in the Hellerstedt case, Texas solicitor general arguing for Texas on new restrictions placed on abortion, 2016 I think it was. Tell me about what you called the last truly great day in the Supreme Court.  LITHWICK: It was a day that felt like we were so close, that after centuries of trying to achieve not even parity, something close to parity, the idea that finally you had three women on the bench and you had women oral advocates and nobody was going to silence these women. There is an amazing moment in the audio where Ruth Bader Ginsburg more or less gently turns to Chief Justice John Roberts and says “you’re going to give her a little more time now.” And John Roberts goes “okay, a little more time” and it’s just this moment of women, their power, their identity, their stories are being told at the Court.  And for me, it just felt like this triumphal “we’re close, we’re not there, but we’re close”. And then Justice Stephen Breyer who I always think of as the fourth radical feminist in that opinion that is so solicitous of women’s health, their interests, their families, their economic interests, he says “no more lying. If you’re going to close clinics, you can’t do it with the pretext that you’re putting their health first." It is an amazing day. And then it all, within a few months, falls away.  MITCHELL: And then we have Texas leading the way in these extraordinary restrictions. The bounty system, all the rest in succeeding years.  LITHWICK: Yeah, one year ago—one year ago-- that SB 8, that vigilante bill was blessed by the Supreme Court in the shadow docket without real reasoning. One year ago if you were reading the tea leaves it was clear that the Court was going to nullify Roe and they were going to do it without even regard for who was being harmed. And so, yeah, it happened so fast. And you're right, Texas has been at the vanguard of making sure that it happened really, really without any real doctrinal thinking or work.  MITCHELL: So looking forward to the new Court term, what are your concerns, what are your hopes as you look at the cases coming before the Court?  LITHWICK: I mean, the Court is as you said in your intro in trouble. It has the most shockingly low approval rating since the history of polling and last year it had the lowest approval rating since the history of polling until this year. It’s going into a term where affirmative action is on the docket, the follow-on to the cake baker case of the someone who doesn't want to participate in gay weddings.  It has huge election cases coming before it, including a case that I think doesn't get enough attention about essentially handing all power to state legislatures to determine how elections go. So there’s almost nothing that isn't on the docket and, as you said, the Court enters this with a public that is deeply, deeply worried and concerned that the court is just a political beast. So there is a lot going on and I think that it is going to be another hard term for the Court in terms of the public's respect and regard for the institution. 

CBS on the Border: Do NOT Panic! Everything Is Under Control!

Days after giving viewers a small glimpse into the chaos at the U.S./Mexico border that included illegal immigrants sleeping on the streets of El Paso, Texas, Friday’s CBS Mornings put forth a different narrative blessed by the Biden administration that there’s noting to see here and we should all remain calm. In other words, CBS correspondent Manuel Bojorquez set out to be the living embodiment of epic memes starring Kevin Bacon from Animal House and the late Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun.     Co-host Nate Burleson set the table: Turning to how the U.S. is handling the migrant crisis. A record number of migrants are being apprehended at the border. Manuel Bojorquez has been reporting from a processing center in El Paso. That's where some asylum seekers hope they will be among those allowed to stay in the U.S.  Bojorquez laid it on thick, showing someone barefoot in the desert with the voiceover: “These are their first steps into the United States. Migrants arrive here sometimes nervous, often exhausted, but hopeful.” Much of the piece consisted of interviews with three illegal immigrants with much the same story. Bojorquez said the first told him in Spanish that “you see hope and opportunity, not only for you but for your family that's left behind,” with another sharing how they had “been traveling for a month” through “seven countries” from Venezuela that resulted in multiple deaths along the way. Turning to the setup just steps inside the U.S., a DHS official showed Borjorquez around, partnering with calm and orderly footage as if to show that the border crisis is actually a ripple (click “expand”): DHS OFFICIAL: This is the initial screening and vetting where we medically screen, identify, classify them.  BOJORQUEZ: This mobile processing center is seeing an average of 1,500 migrants a day, about half of them from Venezuela. [TO DHS OFFICIAL] How does that change the equation for you?  DHS OFFICIAL: Well, unlike the Mexicans and Central Americans that we can process under the CDC authority of Title 42, we are having to process the people coming from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua under our Title 8 authorities.  BOJORQUEZ: Meaning they're usually released and allowed to request asylum, a process that typically takes years to complete. But not everyone is allowed in. CBP says more than 1.3 million migrants were reported or expelled so far this year.  Of course, Borjorquez circled back to end with more fluff: “Julie Jimenez Gonzales fled Cuba and is hoping to reach relatives in Tampa. [INTERPRETING GONZALES] You want to be free and reunite with your family. A long journey with longer still to go.” Back in reality, the border crisis is anything but orderly as, instead, it’s been marred by numerous drownings, children abandoned in the desert, fentanyl coming across that’s resulted in over 100,000 dead Americans in 2021, illegals found dead in a tractor trailer, and terrorists blending in with the general population. Friday’s installment of state-run TV was brought to you by advertisers such as Hershey’s Almond Joy and Progressive. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcript from September 23, click “expand.” CBS Mornings September 23, 2022 7:12 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: America’s Immigration Crisis; Inside Look at How El Paso, TX Is Dealing with Migrant Influx] NATE BURLESON: Turning to how the U.S. is handling the migrant crisis. A record number of migrants are being apprehended at the border. Manuel Bojorquez has been reporting from a processing center in El Paso. That's where some asylum seekers hope they will be among those allowed to stay in the U.S.  MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: These are their first steps into the United States. Migrants arrive here sometimes nervous, often exhausted, but hopeful. [TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT] So, you see hope and opportunity, not only for you but for your family that's left behind. [SPEAKING SPANISH] Fabricio Hoyos has been traveling for a month. [TO HOYES] So, almost a month on the road. [SPEAKING SPANISH]  FABRICIO HOYOS: [SPEAKING SPANISH] BOJORQUEZ: Seven countries. [SPEAKING SPANISH] A dangerous journey from Venezuela where he says others died along the way while crossing through a jungle. [TO HOYES] You'd rather risk your life over this one-month journey over staying in Venezuela.  HOYOS: [SPEAKING SPANISH] BOJORQUEZ: There's no guarantee.  HOYOS: [SPEAKING SPANISH] BOJORQUEZ: Can't buy medicine. No education. The migrants' processing happens under this bridge next to the border.  DHS OFFICIAL: This is the initial screening and vetting where we medically screen, identify, classify them.  BOJORQUEZ: This mobile processing center is seeing an average of 1,500 migrants a day, about half of them from Venezuela. [TO DHS OFFICIAL] How does that change the equation for you?  DHS OFFICIAL: Well, unlike the Mexicans and Central Americans that we can process under the CDC authority of Title 42, we are having to process the people coming from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua under our Title 8 authorities.  BOJORQUEZ: Meaning they're usually released and allowed to request asylum, a process that typically takes years to complete. But not everyone is allowed in. CBP says more than 1.3 million migrants were reported or expelled so far this year. A greater number than those still in the U.S. Still, critics say the Biden administration's policies incentivize migrant crossings. Julie Jimenez Gonzales fled Cuba and is hoping to reach relatives in Tampa.  JULIE JIMENEZ GONZALES: [SPEAKING SPANISH] BOJORQUEZ: You want to be free and reunite with your family. A long journey with longer still to go. For CBS Mornings, Manuel Bojorquez, El Paso, Texas.  (....) 8:01 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Migrant Influx] BURLESON: We visit a processing center in El Paso, Texas dealing with the growing number of people needing asylum.  BOJORQUEZ: This mobile center is seeing an average of 1,500 migrants a day. About half of them from Venezuela.

Behar: U.S. Abortion Laws Are Like Iran's Morality Police Killing Women

On Friday’s edition of The View, the broken clock struck correctly as the ABC cast railed against the oppressive and murderous regime in Iran and promoted the nationwide protests there after a woman named Mahsa Amini was brutally killed by the country’s morality police for not wearing a hijab/headscarf correctly. But the moment was spoiled by co-host Joy Behar who had to cram in abortion, warning that America was on its way to becoming Iran. The conversation was also spurred on by CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour losing an interview in New York City with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi because she refused to wear a hijab. “And I think it was an act of solidarity with what is going on in Iran, and we should all be standing in solidarity with what's going on in Iran,” self-proclaimed Republican co-host Ana Navarro touted Amanpour. Behar immediately jumped in to suggest America was barreling toward becoming an oppressive theocracy too. But Navarro wasn’t having it: BEHAR: Well, we should be standing in solidarity in this country for men who are trying to control us with their abortion laws. NAVARRO: Let’s not make that comparison. BEHAR: Why not? NAVARRO: Because those women over there are getting killed.     “I'm not saying they're equivalent. I’m just saying we need to watch what's going on in our own country too because these men will try to control women,” Behar insisted. “I agree, but to me, they’re very different conversations,” Navarro added before co-host “Sunny Hostin” interrupted to distract from that point. Despite playing a soundbite of Amanpour saying “I have never been asked by any Iranian president – and I have interviewed every single one of them since 1995 – either inside or outside Iran, never been asked to wear a head scarf,” the panel failed to mention that in a recent 60 Minutes interview with Raisi, CBS journalist Lesley Stahl capitulated to the head scarf demand and more. “I was told how to dress, not to sit before he did, and not to interrupt him,” Stahl admitted to her audience on Sunday. Now imagine if Stahl had admitted to doing all that for former President Trump. The View segment would be about how Stahl is a traitor to women. This is an example of how media capitulation to murderous regimes isn’t condemned yet the defiance is praised. So, they should be criticizing Stahl especially since she was in Iran after Amini was killed. Lest you get the wrong impression that Navarro was being reasonable on Friday as, earlier in the show. she flipped out on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for helping to transport illegal immigrants to liberal cities. “That is inhumane. It is unconscionable. It is heartless, it is cruel, and I will tell you what: it is It the not Christian! So, for all of those Republicans including Ron DeSantis telling me he is putting on his armor of God, how dare you bring up Christian values,” she screamed. NewsBusters readers might remember that Navarro once compared creepy porn lawyer and convicted felon Michael Avenatti to “The Holy Spirit.” So, she really shouldn’t be arguing about what’s Christian-like. This ridiculousness from Behar was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from CarShield and Vicks. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 23, 2022 11:03:59 a.m. Eastern (…) ANA NAVARRO: I want to say about Jared [Kushner] and about this issue going on in Florida, this is something that strikes me very personally. First of all, I'm a Floridian. As is Jared now, unfortunately. So that's my taxpayer money that's being used as a political stunt to schlep immigrants who are fleeing a communist regime like I did from Nicaragua 80 years— JOY BEHAR: Like Cubans did. NAVARRO:  Like Cubans did – Like Cubans continue to do. BEHAR: Yeah. NAVARRO: The difference is there's a Cuban Adjustment Act, and so Cubans get legal status the moment they set foot here. These Nicaraguans and these Venezuelans, they are trekking through the jungles of Panama to get here, and Republicans talk every day against communism, and against socialism, and yet they have no conscience and no qualms about using victims of communism and socialism as political pawns and a political stunt to get the base out. That is inhumane. It is unconscionable. It is heartless, it is cruel, and I will tell you what it is It the not Christian! So, for all of those Republicans including Ron DeSantis telling me he is putting on his armor of God, how dare you bring up Christian values! How dare you go against communism and use these victims of communism for your political gain! (…) 11:19:27 a.m. Eastern NAVARRO: And I think it was an act of solidarity with what is going on in Iran, and we should all be standing in solidarity with what's going on in Iran. BEHAR: Well, we should be standing in solidarity in this country for men who are trying to control us with their abortion laws. NAVARRO: Let’s not make that comparison. BEHAR: Why not? NAVARRO: Because those women over there are getting killed. BEHAR: I'm not saying they're equivalent. I’m just saying we need to watch what's going on in our own country too because these men will try to control women. NAVARRO: I agree, but to me, they’re very different conversations. (…)

Auburn’s Coach Pearl Rips Into Dem Congresswoman’s Jihad On Oil

We're used to lefty athletes, coaches and celebrities popping off about politics. But it's worth noting when an unwoke person uses his or her platform. Auburn University basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Thursday blew a gasket over the latest Democrat jihad on fossil fuels. The New York Post said he “executed a cannonball into the political pool” on Thursday after Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Dem-Mich.) criticized JP Morgan for not joining the Let’s war on gas and oil.  The congresswoman, who’s been pressuring all major bank CEOs to stop funding fossil fuels, asked JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, “Does your bank have a policy against funding new oil and gas products?”   Dimon replied: “Absolutely not, and that would be the road to hell for America.”  Tlaib responded to that with a lame analogy:  “Sir, everyone that got relief from student loans [that] has a bank account with your bank should probably take out their account and close their account. The fact that you’re not even there to help relieve many of the folks that are in extreme debt because of student loan debt, and the fact that you’re out there criticizing it…”  That set off Pearl, who wasn’t buying the congresswoman’s nonsense. He tweeted:  “Like Gas Prices aren’t high enough? Is the Congresswoman from Michigan not at all concerned with how much it’s going to cost people to stay warm this winter? Let’s just let Russia and Iran take care of our fossil fuel needs?! A weaker USA is dangerous for the world!”  Cong. Pete Sessions (Rep-Texas) confirmed in the Fox News op-ed that the Biden administration and Democrats are targeting the future of the American oil and gas industry. Not to mention U.S. energy independence. The president canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the radicals in California have set a 2035 deadline for the sale of gas-powered vehicles there.  Pearl won national coach of the year honors in 2006 and also captured a Division II national championship at Southern Indiana in 1995. Along with Dimon and Rep. Sessions, he understands the madness of Democrats intent on severely damaging the nation with unreasonable demands. 

Wimps: WashPost Urges Colleges to Provide Counseling Over 'Climate Anxiety'

College campuses are now wasting money to validate feelings of anxiety over climate change.  You can insert your own "snowflake" punchline, but this is not a joke.  On September 12, The Washington Post highlighted the “critical” need for what it called “climate stress counseling services” at universities across the country.  “It was hard to feel as though there was a ‘level of understanding of how dire the situation is,’” one student told the Post.  Oh Lord, here come the sob stories. Eco-anxiety is commonly used to describe people’s concerns about climate change, but psychologists say it is better to use more general terms such as 'climate stress' and 'climate distress' — terms that encompass the array of feelings someone may have in response to climate change,” according to The Post.  You’ve got to be kidding me.  The Post indicated that these “counseling services” are to “validate” students feelings of helplessness and anxiety over climate change.  So yes, that means that tax-payer money that goes into public universities is paying for students to have their feelings over climate change “validated.”  What the frick is happening to our society!? More lunacy indicated that these university support groups needed places to “manage despair and grief related to the future of the planet.”  At meetings, participants would choose an object in nature they resonate with — including leaves, flowers, twigs, stones, shells — sparking conversation and allowing students to connect to each other’s experiences. To take it a step further, the Post indicated that “experts” suggested that counselors seek special training to help people with “eco-anxiety” as it takes a special type of psycho to think that people need therapy over climate change.  Here's what I expect these support groups to look like:     The Washington Post not only published this dumb story to its website but even spent money printing it out for the September 16 edition of the paper.  Sure, the climate may be experiencing some changes but dwelling on it and having “support groups” to talk about twigs, flowers and stones is not going to do anything except validate stupid feelings. 

Sen. Cruz: Big Tech Power to Censor Is ‘Incredibly’ and ‘Profoundly’ Dangerous

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) railed against Big Tech’s unfettered power on Thursday and reminded Democrat senators that Big Tech is an unreliable friend that could turn against the left without warning. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Cruz urged his Democrat colleagues to consider Big Tech’s immense power over the flow of news and discussion. “Big Tech exercises a concentration of power that I think is unknown in the history of mankind,” Cruz said. He later added that “whether you agree or disagree with the speech they’re silencing, the idea that we would cede monopoly control of public discussion in America to three or four billionaires in Silicon Valley – modern-day American oligarchs – is profoundly dangerous.”  He referred to Big Tech’s “abuse of power,” pointing to the platform's ability to profit from shared media that it didn’t create and online censorship: “Big Tech’s abuse of power is not limited to the exercise of market power. They also abuse their power mightily in the public square,” Cruz said. “More and more, they are nakedly and brazenly engaging in censorship, silencing views they don’t like.”     The senator also cautioned Democrats that their alliance with Big Tech companies could shatter at a moment’s notice. “Right now, it so happens the views that they’re silencing are right of center but there’s no guarantee that will continue,” Cruz said. Directly addressing Democrat senators, he later added, “you might agree with [Big Tech companies] today, but if they have the arbitrary power to decide tomorrow they disagree with you and so your views, what you have to say, have to be silenced, that is, I think, incredibly dangerous.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Don Cheadle Jokes That Trump Has ‘Dumbmentia’

Donald Trump hyperbolically stated that he can declassify documents simply by thinking about it and the left has seized on the opportunity to relentlessly ridicule him. Don Cheadle was no exception, stating Friday that Trump is a special kind of stupid called “dumbmentia.”  It seems so dumb for a devout leftist to make such an offensive joke, especially when they get outraged at people who say that Biden has dementia. This was not the first time Cheadle and other liberals have engaged in such hypocritical and hateful “humor.”  In August of 2016, Cheadle wished Trump would die a painful death. In now-deleted tweets directed at Trump, first he tweeted,  “You are truly a POS.” Building on that, he tweeted, “Sorry. I misspelled ‘die in a grease fire.’” Absolutely appalling. It is worth contemplating if someone on the right would still have their Twitter account if they said something like this about Biden. Another example of the left abandoning their typical “tolerance” when it comes to Trump is fat-shaming him. They preach body positivity, but then make fun of Trump’s weight, such as Anderson Cooper calling him an “obese turtle.” Liberals clearly cannot even adhere to their own principles. They are insincere and full of contempt, but they act like they are not by virtue signaling. It is about time they lose their status as the party of love and acceptance.

Stephen A. Smith: Ime Udoka Was Wrong, But Why Aren't White People Criticized Like He Is?

Stephen A. Smith really can’t state an opinion without making it about race. The host of “First Take” discussed the story surrounding Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka on Thursday's edition of the show. Udoka was suspended by the Celtics for the 2022-23 season for having a relationship with a female employee within the organization (her name has not yet been revealed). The relationship was consensual, but still an egregious violation of team policy. Smith went on air Thursday morning and spent nine minutes discussing this event (the full video is below), saying that he believes the Celtics botched the handling of the situation by revealing some of the details on why he was suspended.    “The issue I have with the Boston Celtics is that if you’re firing him, you wouldn’t tell us why, so if you’re going to retain him, why let us know now?” Smith said. “Why do we know this stuff? Why is he going to be suspended, but you’re leaking this stuff out? You either keep him, or you let him go. But what you don’t do is keep him and in the same breath disseminate information about a clear personal matter.” The credibility of Smith’s take is questionable. If you’re going to suspend a coach for an entire year, especially a coach that led a team to the NBA Finals the year before, shouldn’t the public have some idea as to why, regardless of if you fire him or decided to simply suspend him? When I first saw the video, I was willing to give Stephen A. the benefit of the doubt. He had an opinion on how the Celtics should have handled the situation.  And he almost voiced his thoughts without making it about anything else besides the event. But Smith just couldn’t help himself, and at the end of his monologue stated that white people in sports organizations are protected from the criticism Udoka is deservedly getting. “I’m going to take it a step further. I don’t appreciate that being done to a brother because I got news for you, America, there’s plenty of white folks in professional sports that’s doing their thing, and I say that not complimentary,” Smith said. “I don’t see the information out about them. Why are we talking about this now?” First of all, white people are punished if they violate team policy or create a toxic environment; just look at what’s happened to Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver in the past few days. Related: South Carolina Football HC Unnecessarily Apologizes for Telling Female Athletes to Leave Field Second, Smith’s half-baked accusation that white people aren’t held accountable for their actions is no excuse for Udoka to not have to face public scrutiny for what happened. If the head coach for one of the most iconic sports franchises in North America has sex with a woman in the organization in a way that violates the team’s policy, people are going to talk - and they darn well should. The skin color of the coach holds no bearing on whether or not it's a worthwhile news story, and a white coach who was in Udoka’s position would have been criticized just as heavily. Third: unless Smith can name a white Celtics employee who did the same thing as Udoka and wasn't punished, he cannot possibly draw any conclusions regarding race.  Stephen A. was so close to having a measured take on a big issue in sports. But in the end, he couldn’t resist the temptation to race-bait.

Pot Meet Kettle: CNN Claims Murdochs Lacks 'Journalistic Integrity'

To promote CNN’s new doc-series entitled The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, consulting producers Jim Rutenburg and Jonathan Mahler joined Thursday’s Don Lemon Tonight to discuss the namesake family and accuse them of having “a major political bias.” Meanwhile, Lemon alleged “the journalistic integrity is not always there.” Lemon got things started, “So, Jim, I'm going to start with you. The largest media empire in history. Give us some perspective on just how big, how powerful, how profitable the Murdoch family empire really is.”     Rutenburg, who is also a writer-at-large for the New York Times, ran through the list of outlets owned by the Murdochs, “Just look at what they have here in the United States. The Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post. In the U.K., they've got The Sun, they've got The Times of London. They control a lot of that newspaper market. They control a lot of the news market in Australia, that's, you know, a lot of the English-speaking world. They control the news and a lot of entertainment.” “A lot of [Fox] entertainment” has been acquired by Disney in recent, but Lemon continued as he shifted the conversation to Mahler, “And it's not always journalistically, there’s-- the journalistic integrity is not always there when it comes to the Murdochs' media empire.” Mahler, who when he isn’t producing CNN documentaries is a New York Times Magazine staff writer, added, “There's certainly a major political bias and there is a preference for a, sort of, tabloid-style, I guess you would say.” The New York Post tabloid broke the Hunter Biden laptop story that most of the rest of the media simply ignored. While The Sun tabloid has reliably endorsed the Conservative Party since 2010, it’s Scottish derivative has endorsed the left-wing Scottish National Party in two of the last three elections. Meanwhile, the The Times, endorsed Barack Obama in 2012. That’s more diversity than either CNN or the New York Times, which hasn’t endorsed a Republican since Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. Not only that, the two outlets work together as this CNN documentary is based off New York Times reporting. Still, Lemon, who is not immune to tabloid behavior on CNN, wondered, “You cannot ignore the political influence of Rupert Murdoch that he has had on the culture and on the world. How do you think it has been most strongly felt?” For Mahler, it’s not British newspapers or the New York Post that has done the most damage, but Fox News: I mean, I think that we probably got the-- our, kind of, clearest understanding of it, honestly, during the Trump era, where we saw the network, Fox News network, kind of -- effectively, kind of, merge with the Trump White House and amplify—amplify-- the president's messages, also in many cases influence the president's policy choices. And so, I mean, that in some ways is almost kind of the culmination of -- for Rupert Murdoch, a lifetime of the accumulation of power and influence, it finally, kind of, came to a head with the Trump White House. All this on the network that went into mourning over the departure of Jeff Zucker, who thought it was CNN’s job to be an extension of the Trump opposition. This segment was sponsored by Discover. Here is a transcript for the September 23 show: CNN Don Lemon Tonight 9/22/2022 11:52 PM ET DON LEMON: So, Jim, I'm going to start with you. The largest media empire in history. Give us some perspective on just how big, how powerful, how profitable the Murdoch family empire really is. JIM RUTENBURG: Just look at what they have here in the United States. The Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post. In the U.K., they've got The Sun, they've got The Times of London. They control a lot of that newspaper market. They control a lot of the news market in Australia, that's, you know, a lot of the English-speaking world. They control the news and a lot of entertainment. LEMON: And it's not always journalistically, there’s-- the journalistic integrity is not always there when it comes to the Murdochs' media empire. JONATHAN MAHLER: There's certainly a major political bias and there is a preference for a, sort of, tabloid-style, I guess you would say. LEMON: You cannot ignore the political influence of Rupert Murdoch that he has had on the culture and on the world. How do you think it has been most strongly felt? MAHLER: I mean, I think that we probably got the-- our, kind of, clearest understanding of it, honestly, during the Trump era, where we saw the network, Fox News network, kind of -- effectively, kind of, merge with the Trump White House and amplify—amplify-- the president's messages, also in many cases influence the president's policy choices. And so, I mean, that in some ways is almost kind of the culmination of -- for Rupert Murdoch, a lifetime of the accumulation of power and influence, it finally, kind of, came to a head with the Trump White House. 

Russian NHL Players Banned From Playing In Czech Republic

The San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators will play two regular season games against each other at the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Oct. 7 and 8 to begin the season. However, the Czech Foreign Ministry has told the two clubs they must leave certain players behind. The Sharks and the Predators cannot bring any Russian-born players on their rosters to the games, since the war with Ukraine has cast an unfavorable light on both Russia and Belarus. Fortunately, both teams only have a small number of Russian players - the Sharks have forward Yakov Trenin and the Predators have Alexander Barabannov and Evgeny Svechnikov - but the ban is still an unnecessary overreach that punishes people who have nothing to do with the war Related: Sarver Selling Suns, Won’t Be Able To Continue Doing Great Things  "My view is we're a team in here, and if we go over there, we want everyone on our team to be there," Sharks captain Logan Couture said. "All the guys that are going to make the team are a part of our team." The move, while incredibly stupid, is not surprising. The Czech Republic was one of the first European Union countries to stop issuing visas to Russian internationals (with a few exceptions) when the invasion began in February. Former NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek, himself a Czech, has been one of the strongest supporters of the ban and even lobbied the Czech Republic’s upper house of Parliament, the Senate, the government and the Foreign Ministry for it. "Yes, we don't want any promotion of the Russian aggression here," Hasek said after the vote passed. "We're guarding our lives and the lives of our allies in the first place." Except, you’re not really doing that. If you wanted to stop Russian politicians or foreign officials from entering the country, that would make sense. But banning Russian athletes that live and work in another country for most of their lives is highly counterproductive and accomplishes nothing.  Let the Russians play.

Column: Republican Teenager Murdered, Media Yawn

A long time ago, when Air Supply and Toto were in heavy rotation on the radio, I was an 18-year-old Midwestern Republican kid in braces. So I was especially outraged when news emerged from tiny McHenry, North Dakota that 18-year-old Republican kid in braces Cayler Ellingson was run over and killed for his political views. Shannon Brandt, 41, struck and killed the teenager with his Ford Explorer SUV early Sunday in an alley. His mother said Cayler called and asked her if she knew Brandt (she did). The boy called again a short time later and said ‘that ‘he’ or ‘they’ were chasing him.” The mother could no longer reach him after that. Court documents said “Brandt admitted to striking the pedestrian with his car because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to come get him.” He claimed the teen was part of an unspecified Republican "extremist group.” Brandt was released on bail. While the Fox News Channel and Newsmax both started reporting this story on the evening of September 20, NewsBusters found zero coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. How about our taxpayer-funded PBS and NPR? Zero coverage. The New York Times and The Washington Post had nothing. Associated Press did a brief story, but it left out the partisan/ideological details, that Brandt said Ellingson was a Republican "extremist.” They cited the Highway Patrol saying a political argument is still unsubstantiated. They don’t want this in the “political violence” category, where it becomes fodder for national debate. This murder bears some resemblance to 32-year-old Heather Heyer dying when she was run over by a white nationalist during dueling protests in Charlottesville in 2017. In that case, another 35 people were injured. The liberals would insist this was different because it occurred at a major protest scene over the removal of Confederate statues that the national media had been anticipating for weeks in advance. Heyer’s death was promoted as a political disaster for President Trump. PBS NewsHour ran headlines like “Trump faces backlash for Charlottesville comments as protest victim is laid to rest.” Joe Biden later declared that Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville attack inspired him to run for president. Comedian and actor Michael Ian Black tweeted “Metaphorically speaking, yesterday the President stood in the middle of 5th Ave and shot somebody. Her name was Heather Heyer.” Liberal outlets recently rolled out a new set of stories marking the fifth anniversary of Heyer’s death. Doesn’t Cayler Ellingson’s death deserve national attention? Or is it just too contrary to the narrative that all the political violence is presumed to be coming from the conservative side? No one’s going to suggest this is a problem for President Biden, who recently trashed MAGA Republicans as a dangerous threat to democracy. This lines up with the recent murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German by a Democrat county official, Robert Telles. Since the victim was a journalist, this has gotten some national attention, but it came with a nasty tendency to avoid describing Telles as a Democrat It makes it harder to speculate that Democratic politicians are spurring violence through using hateful rhetoric if media outlets seek to squelch the idea there's any politically motivated violence by Democrats. 

Demonic Joy Reid Compares DeSantis Mask Policy to Whipping up Race Riots

Proving once again how hateful she is, MSNBC host Joy Reid lashed out at Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on her show The ReidOut over flying illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard and used the topic to harken back to when he informed high school students at a public event that they weren't required to wear masks as the same as "whipping up a mob at the University of Mississippi because James Meredith was coming and then cheering it on as four people are killed in that mob."  Reid kicked off her tirade against DeSantis by wailing: "yelling at kids because they have masks on to protect themselves. Suing cruise lines because they would dare to try to stop COVID from getting on the ships with the passengers. The things that he does don't have policy priorities," she cried.     She then added that DeSantis's policies "definitely to me feel more like sort of 1960s-era whipping up a mob at the University of Mississippi because James Meredith was coming and then cheering it on as four people are killed in that mob. It does feel like he’s that kind of retro politician."  After accusing DeSantis of being the type of politician that would gin up deadly race riots despite the fact that it was her party the Democrats who were responsible for riots in opposition to civil rights and desegregation, Reid lashed out and claimed: Lynchings were like a party and it was the act of being cruel together. It wasn't just doing the violence, but it was the license to do violence, and the license to do violence together. So there is this horrible American tradition of this and I just wonder if there's a way to counter politics that somehow mitigates it. Reid either doesn't know her history, or she's pretending that Republicans were for the evil racist violence that was so common in the old south during the early to mid-1960s. Regardless, any person with a firm grasp on reality knows Ron DeSantis doesn't support violence of any kind and is against racism.  While everything on The ReidOut is about race in one form or another, normal Americans know that being against mask and vaccine mandates or for secure borders isn't racist in any way shape, or form. The only racist in this discussion is Joy Reid.  This race-baiting segment on MSNBC was made possible by Discover. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the kind of hateful rhetoric they fund.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  MSNBC’s The ReidOut 9/22/2022 7:49:49 p.m. Eastern  JOY REID: Yelling at kids because they have masks on to protect themselves. Suing cruise lines because they would dare to try to stop COVID from getting on the ships with the passengers. The things that he does don't have policy priorities. They definitely to me feel more like sort of 1960s-era whipping up a mob at the University of Mississippi because James Meredith was coming and then cheering it on as four people are killed in that mob. It does feel like he’s that kind of retro politician. My question is, what does it say about our country that that’s so effective?  ADAM SERWER: I think it says that we have a system that is kind of majoritarian, and it rewards a specific coalition that has ideally, geographically distributed to exploit the -- to win the electoral college or to control the Senate. And because of that it is very important for the party that represents this coalition to make sure that they always feel like they are on the verge of apocalypse, that they are being threatened by these people who are different from them. When you're in that kind of situation, you think your back’s to the wall, your back is to the wall. You think the apocalypse is nigh. Then you are willing to do crazy things, or cruel things because you're thinking, well I'm doing this to defend myself, this is for my survival.  I'm trying to save the country. And that gives you license. That gives you license to be cruel in this particular way. And I think that's why, when you see these Donald Trump or DeSantis giving these sort of outlandish speeches, where like the liberals are doing this, the liberals are doing that, and it’s some sort of crazy insane conspiracy, the point is to make these people afraid so that they are willing to justify cruel acts towards people that they see as threatening them even if all those people are trying to do is come to this country and try to have a better life.  REID: You're right about this. And you talk about this, the fact that lynchings were like a party and it was the act of being cruel together. It wasn't just doing the violence, but it was the license to do violence, and the license to do violence together. So there is this horrible American tradition of this and I just wonder if there's a way to counter politics that somehow mitigates it.

Ron Johnson Up 13 Among Independents, But AP Warns He's Losing That Group?

Beware the liberal media trying to warn you of how Republicans are in trouble, and the Democrats are gaining momentum. On Monday, Associated Press ran a story from Wisconsin headlined “GOP’s election-year standing with independents at risk.”  Reporter Tom Beaumont began with one voter: “Sarah Motiff has voted for Sen. Ron Johnson every time his name appeared on the ballot, starting in 2010 when the Wisconsin Republican was first elected as part of the tea party wave.” That would be....twice. But now, AP proclaims, after Johnson downplayed January 6 probe and the Supreme Court issued a ruling “invalidating a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, Motiff is opposing Johnson and supports his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, in one of the most fiercely-contested Senate races this year.” It's actually Jesse Mandela Barnes, but he dumped the Jesse.  Beaumont summarized: “Now, a midterm campaign that the GOP hoped would be a referendum on President Joe Biden and the economy is at risk of becoming a comparison of the two parties, putting Republicans in an unexpectedly defensive position.” With the liberal media, Republicans always expect to be placed in a defensive position.  Then Beaumont lined up: -- “Steve Gray, a self-described Republican-leaning independent,” who says the Dobbs decision was “a partisan hand grenade Trump threw into this election.” -- Dilaine Noel, who supports abortion -- Mary Percifield, who supports abortion -- Christian Wood, who opposes Johnson over January 6 One might think all the independent voters are unanimously going Democrat, like these five . Then Beaumont added a push to the narrative: "Independent voters who lean neither Democrat nor Republican nationally preferred Biden over Trump, 52% to 37% in 2020, and preferred Democrats over Republicans in U.S. House races by a similar margin in the 2018 midterms, according to AP VoteCast." AP did not report that Johnson was two points ahead of Barnes among independents in the Marquette University Law School poll, 48 to 46 percent. That's quite a shift from August, when independents split for Barnes 55 to 40 percent.  Then check out the poll that came out after AP's story: Johnson was ahead 52 to 39 percent among independents.  — InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) September 20, 2022 The latest Real Clear Politics polling average has Johnson up by 0.5 percent, since the last poll (from Emerson College) has Johnson up 48-44. While AP suggested Johnson was in trouble on abortion, he failed to note Barnes takes the extreme position of favoring abortion at any time in pregnancy with no restrictions.

NBC Reports 'Latinos Shifting to The GOP', Asks Dem Senator Why

In a random act of journalism, Thursday night's edition of NBC Nightly News ran a segment on the ongoing exodus of Latino voters abandoning the Democrat Party and voting for Republicans. This trend isn't just relegated to Florida Hispanics, as NBC pointed out, there are more voters shifting towards the GOP.  "Less than 50 days until the mid-terms Latino voters are more coveted than ever including right here in battleground Nevada where they're expected to make up 1 out of every 5 voters," correspondent Guad Venegas announced at the top of the report.  Venegas added that Republicans are "optimistic with more Latinos shifting to the GOP in 2020." He then interviewed Washo County resident Sydney Martinez, "who says she's voting Republican this year, blaming Democrats for soaring inflation and a weakening economy."  Martinez in a soundbite from the interview told NBC "I have to pay more to fill my tank, and I don't have enough to feed my family. That's not a political issue. That is a survival issue."      "Republicans proudly tout Mayra Flores, a Latino Republican who recently won a Democratic-held House seat in largely Hispanic south Texas," Venegas added. He then noted that "In Nevada, the race for Senate is a toss-up. Democrats' hopes resting on incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto, the only Latina ever elected to the Senate."   Turning to endangered Democrat incumbent SenatorCortez Masto, Venegas actually asked her  "why are more Latinos preferring the Republicans now? What is happening in Nevada?" In response, Cortez Masto played dumb and pretended to not know the backlash in the Hispanic demographic against Democrats: "I can only tell you what I know in Nevada and the Latinos I talk to may be different than the Latinos you're talking to. Is that they're looking for somebody that understands the challenges that they're facing, is going to fight for them."  Credit to NBC News for covering the Democrat Party's worsening problems with Hispanic voters due to their economic failures and insistence on imposing their woke transgender ideology on the country instead of covering it up like they normally do.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  NBC Nightly News 9/22/2022 7:21:12 p.m. Eastern  LESTER HOLT: Back now with the power of the vote. With the mid-terms fast approaching there's a battle heating up for the crucial Latino vote, which has been shifting. Guad Venegas reports from the key swing state of Nevada.  GUAD VENEGAS: Less than 50 days until the mid-terms Latino voters are more coveted than ever including right here in battleground Nevada where they're expected to make up 1 out of every 5 voters. Republicans optimistic with more Latinos shifting to the GOP in 2020. Washo County resident Sydney Martinez says she's voting Republican this year, blaming Democrats for soaring inflation and a weakening economy.  SYDNEY MARTINEZ: I have to pay more to fill my tank, and I don't have enough to feed my family. That's not a political issue. That is a survival issue.  VENEGAS: Republicans proudly tout Mayra Flores, a Latino Republican who recently won a Democratic-held House seat in largely Hispanic south Texas.  Jesus Marques is organizing Latinos behind GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt.   JESUS MARQUES: Latinos are mad. They’re angry at the Democratic Party. VENEGAS: Though Republicans still have their work cut out for them. One poll showing Democrats lead by 24 points nationally among Hispanic voters, economic issues their top voting concern. In Nevada, the race for Senate is a toss-up. Democrats' hopes resting on incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto, the only Latina ever elected to the Senate. Why are more Latinos preferring the Republicans now? What is happening in Nevada?  CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO: I can only tell you what I know in Nevada and the Latinos I talk to may be different than the Latinos you're talking to. Is that they're looking for somebody that understands the challenges that they're facing, is going to fight for them.  VENEGAS: And Democrats in Nevada can count on the backing of a key union. Here in Nevada canvassers with the culinary workers union are going out into the neighborhood to talk with registered voters including Latinos about the midterm elections. They plan to knock on over 1 million doors statewide before election day. Democrat union member Joleen Reyes helped canvas in the 90-degree heat.  JOLEEN REYES: If the Republicans get into office they're going to overturn our rights in the state. Which we've always had our rights as females to do what we want with our bodies.  VENEGAS: Yet the GOP only needs just a small shift among Latinos to make big midterm gains. Tonight all eyes set on the Latino vote. Guad Venegas NBC News, Las Vegas. 

WashPost Writer Blames Libs of TikTok for Her LAZY Research

Last week NewsBusters documented Washington Post technology columnist, crybully, pathological liar, and online harasser Taylor Lorenz threatening Libs of TikTok on behalf of her colleague Elizabeth Dwoskin with false claims that the account was responsible for threats made against a hospital and that it was “evacuated.” Well, there was fallout Thursday when Libs of TikTok called out how the paper lied about the hospital being “evacuated” and Dwoskin blamed the account for her lazy research. In the false Washington Port report posted on Tuesday titled “Trump’s ‘big lie’ fueled a new generation of social media influencers,” Dwoskin and Jeremy B. Merrill wrote: “[Libs of TikTok] was recently suspended after a post led to death threats against providers at Boston Children’s Hospital, and bomb threat caused the hospital to be evacuated.” According to screenshots provided by Libs of TikTok, the account direct messaged Dwoskin sometime after the report was published pointing out the fact “BCH was never evacuated” and asking “Why are you lying to you[r] reader[s]? You should correct this ASAP.” The same screenshot shows Dwoskin’s response blaming Libs of TikTok for her lazy research and trust of Lorenz, to tell the truth. “We will be making a correction this morning to reflect that it was put on lockdown and access was restricted. It should go up shortly. Curious why you did not flag this to Taylor when she reached out to you on my behalf?” she whined as if it was a plot to make her look bad. “The term was mistakenly in the note she sent you that you posted.”   WaPo published an article claiming a hospital was evacuated. No hospital was evacuated. When I questioned them about this lie they blamed me for not doing their work for them. You can’t make this up. Journalism! pic.twitter.com/qLHGiC1pva — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 22, 2022   The correction for Dwoskin’s lie was buried all the way down at the bottom of the report under 45 paragraphs and eight graphics/images (the automated reader on the post also says it’s an over-15 minute read): A previous version of this story said Boston Children’s Hospital was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat. The hospital was put on lockdown, and access to it was restricted, but it was not evacuated. This story has been corrected. Simply reaching out to the hospital in some way or looking up media reports – you know, actual research – could have saved Dwoskin a lot of embarrassment [if a liberal journalist could feel shame]. It’s not the responsibility of Libs of TikTok to do the research for them, especially when Lorenz messaged the account in such a hostile manner; declaring the paper was determined to blame the account for “foster[ing] violence” and “We also say you intend to continue targeting hospitals.” It’s also curious why Dwoskin’s editor didn’t fact-check her to make sure what she claimed was correct, since evacuating a hospital is such a big deal.   Why is she obsessed with me? @TaylorLorenz, I don’t want to date you pic.twitter.com/YivZhCxDBS — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 12, 2022

STAY TUNED! Florida Petitions Supreme Court to Uphold Its Big Tech Free Speech Law

The Supreme Court may consider a Florida law banning social media censorship after the state’s attorney general petitioned the high court for a ruling on the law. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and multiple other Florida officials asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a petition to determine if states have the right to regulate how social media platforms moderate content. The debate over pro-free speech Texas and Florida laws could now reach the majority-conservative Supreme Court. The Florida and Texas laws would forbid social media platforms from censoring certain speech. Courts have issued conflicting rulings on similar laws, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week upholding the Texas law. “That irreconcilable divide warrants this Court’s review,” Moody wrote in the petition. The petition asks the Supreme Court to decide if the First Amendment prohibits states from forcing tech platforms to host speech that they do not wish to host, and if the platforms must explain to users why censorship occurred. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in May struck down provisions of Florida’s law, but after the Fifth Circuit Court’s ruling supporting the similar Texas law, Moody is arguing the decisions are in conflict, and is appealing to the Supreme Court for a resolution.  Reporting on the petition Wednesday, The Washington Post noted that the Supreme Court’s decision could impact elections, given that social media functions as a de facto public square. Big Tech’s actions already affected the 2020 election, as the Media Research Center found in November 2020 that platforms’ censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story helped steal the election for Joe Biden. A “torrent of hate speech, misinformation and other violent material” could be allowed online if the Texas and Florida laws are not struck down, The Post squealed. The outlet did not note that what was “misinformation” yesterday is the fact of today. For instance, after labeling the lab leak theory of COVID-19’s origins “conspiracy theory,” leftists later admitted the theory was credible. University of Chicago Law School professor Genevieve Lakier told The Post, “If these laws are upheld, it’s going to require the platforms to host a lot of speech that they don’t want to host.” In May 2021, the legal battle over Florida’s law started with NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filing a lawsuit to prevent the law from taking effect. Both NetChoice and CCIA are industry groups who represent major tech companies. Big Tech companies are less private than some originally believed. Recent revelations indicate that tech companies colluded with the federal government to censor COVID-19 content. The Biden White House last week hailed several Big Tech companies’ newly announced initiatives “to limit the spread of hateful rhetoric in coordination with a White House gathering on hate-fueled violence.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Soros-Funded Group Behind Lawsuit Against DeSantis on Martha’s Vineyard Flights

A group funded by George Soros with nearly $1.4 million is behind a legal effort to punish Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for shipping migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Immigration activists sued the Florida governor just days after DeSantis took credit for sending about 50 migrants by plane from San Antonio to the liberal paradise island of Martha’s Vineyard on Sept. 14. Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed on behalf of the group Alianza Americas, “a class of affected immigrants, including the immigrants” on Martha’s Vineyard, according to a LCR press release.  Soros funded Alianza Americas with a total of $1,383,947 between 2016 and 2020, according to Open Society Foundations records. The group describes itself as “the premiere digital organizing site for the Latinx community” on its website.   Alianza Americas also targeted DeSantis in a Sept. 14 press release, calling the migrant episode “sadistic theater” designed to win social media likes. This is nothing new for Soros, who has bankrolled several far-left, pro-open borders organizations. In January 2022, a Soros-funded group secured a $158 million government contract to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation, in what appears to be a violation of U.S. border security policy.  DeSantis, on the other hand, has voiced support for strong national borders. He tweeted on Sept. 15 that in Florida, “we take what is happening at the southern border seriously. We are not a sanctuary state, and we will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions.”  The LCR patted itself on the back in its press release, calling its lawsuit against DeSantis part of a “herculean pro bono effort” backed by an “army of volunteer attorneys.” Their stated objective was to seek “damages” from DeSantis for his supposedly “unlawful relocation scheme” of roughly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.  The LCR also claimed that DeSantis’s plan “added” to “vulnerability and nightmare” for the migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and tell them to report honestly on Soros’s funding to keep the southern border open and weaken American border security.

MRC Gala Honors Cal Thomas With Bulldog Award for Lifetime Achievement

Wednesday night during the Media Research Center’s 35th anniversary gala, we were honored to present our friend, legendary conservative columnist, TV commentator, and longtime MRC Gala attendee Cal Thomas with the first annual Bulldog Award for Lifetime Achievement. Emcee and WMAL host Chris Plante first recognized the five winners that we bestowed in May and then noted the MRC had “decided it was high time real recognition be given to those who actually excel at their profession.”     Plante’s WMAL colleague Larry O’Connor introduced Thomas and shared his memories of the two together, including his thoughts on how Thomas is “not only an incredible force for logic and wisdom and conservative thought in a very abusive, left-wing media, but he was also just a great guy.” “Cal Thomas has fought the fight all these years and he has always done it with a smile on his face. He has always done it with wit and with wisdom and with integrity and with charity and love, especially for those he would duel with and who opposed him ideologically because he could always understand that they were human beings and creatures created in the image of God. And he never forgot that,” O’Connor added. For Thomas’s part, he brought the house down with a slew of quips, including this zinger: “When you get a lifetime achievement award, the next step is the cemetery. I mean, I’m old enough in this business to remember when drag races meant cars.” Thomas went onto thank readers for having sent him “wonderful mail” over the years as well as the MRC for giving him an award that “means a lot to me”: Well, I want to thank the MRC, which I tremendously respect and Brent and Brent Baker and the research that they do is just impeccable. I have often quoted it in my columns. I very much appreciate this award. It means a lot to me. And I’ll see you all at the cemetery.

David Limbaugh and James Golden (AKA Bo Snerdley) Honor Rush at 35th Anniversary MRC Gala

David Limbaugh and James Golden (AKA Bo Snerdley) came together on Wednesday night to honor the late Rush Limbaugh at the Media Research Center’s 35th Anniversary Gala, Night of the Unwoke. Limbaugh, the brother of Rush, and Golden, the often-mentioned call screener/producer for the radio star, praised the optimism and patriotism of their friend. Both were introduced by gala master of ceremonies/radio host Chris Plante.  David Limbaugh discussed what his brother would say about the world in 2022, as well as the radio host’s dedication to his audience:      People always ask me — I mean always ask me — what would Rush think about what’s going on. I get all these comments on Twitter. And I go, “What do you think he would think?” You know what he would think. But what he would say is, “See, I told you so. I always warned you about the left. I always told you as soon as they were able to be unleashed and feel their oats, they would do the kinds of things they would do today.”  (....) People always ask me if, growing up with Rush, I anticipated he would be this successful, as successful as he was. And the answer is a little bit nuanced. I always knew, we always knew how talented he was.... But who could have imagined that he would be able to parlay those gifts into creating an entire industry? A new genre of conservative talk radio from which so many in this room and elsewhere have benefitted. But the real thing I want to mention tonight is how much Rush loved his audience.... I would bet 10,000 people have told me in one form of communication or another, that he is the best friend they never met. He spent three hours a day with them every day on the radio. He was in their family. He considered them a really close family member, an extended family member.  David Limbaugh closed with an emotional discussion of Rush’s battle with cancer:  God uses evil for good and Rush is a demonstration of that. He used Rush’s cancer to bring him closer to Himself and to bring him closer to his audience. And to make him fight like he had never fought before, both for his own survival and for the future of this country.  Golden talked about just what a legacy and impact Rush had on the conservative movement and the media:  In America, we honor our heroes....Rush is our hero for those of us who came up through what we used to call the era of Limbaugh. When he began the radio show, there was still three dominant voices: ABC, CBS, NBC. In print, you all know better than I do some of the print voices that were still ruling over the American ideological machine that pretended to be journalism. Those days are over.... What Rush began in the media has been brought alive by so many of you in this room. You are Rush’s legacy, those of you that are continuing the work. Rush was fearless. He was fearless. And he would say, “Fearless in pursuit of the truth.”  Both David Limbaugh and Golden praised the MRC and founder/President Brent Bozell. Here’s David Limbaugh first:  Brent Bozell and Rush were good friends and Rush was a staunch supporter of the MRC all those years. Brent made going after the mainstream media cool way before it was even thought about as being cool. He was a forerunner of all we do today.  Golden cheered the MRC gala as “the most fun evening” in Washington D.C.:  Brent, thank you for 35 years of this, a fun evening, the most fun evening that conservatives ever have in Washington D.C. Thank you.  Click here to watch video of conservative columnist Cal Thomas accept his lifetime achievement award at the MRC gala.  Partial transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  Media Research Center's 35th Anniversary Gala: Night of the Unwoke  9/21/2022 DAVID LIMBAUGH: I wish Rush could be here like he was five years ago. Gone too soon. Brent Bozell and Rush were good friends and Rush was a staunch supporter of the MRC all those years. Brent made going after the mainstream media cool way before it was even thought about as being cool. He was a forerunner of all we do today. And we love him for it. Rush loved him.  People always ask me — I mean always ask me — what would Rush think about what’s going on. I get all these comments on Twitter. And I go, “What do you think he would think?” You know what he would think. But what he would say is, “See, I told you so. I always warned you about the left. I always told you as soon as they were able to be unleashed and feel their oats, they would do the kinds of things they would do today.”  (....) LIMBAUGH: People always ask me if, growing up with Rush, I anticipated he would be this successful, as successful as he was. And the answer is a little bit nuanced. I always knew, we always knew how talented he was.... But who could have imagined that he would be able to parlay those gifts into creating an entire industry? A new genre of conservative talk radio from which so many in this room and elsewhere have benefitted. But the real thing I want to mention tonight is how much Rush loved his audience.... I would bet 10,000 people have told me in one form of communication or another that he is the best friend they never met. He spent three hours a day with them every day on the radio. He was in their family. He considered them a really close family member, an extended family member.  (....) LIMBAUGH: God uses evil for good and Rush is a demonstration of that.  He used Rush’s cancer to bring him closer to Himself and to bring him closer to his audience. And to make him fight like he had never fought before, both for his own survival and for the future of this country.  (....) JAMES GOLDEN: Brent, thank you for 35 years of this, a fun evening, the most fun evening that conservatives ever have in Washington D.C. Thank you.  In America, we honor our heroes.... Rush is our hero for those of us who came up through what we used to call the era of Limbaugh. When he began the radio show, there was still three dominant voices: ABC, CBS, NBC. In print, you all know better than I do some of the print voices that were still ruling over the American ideological machine that pretended to be journalism. Those days are over.... What Rush began in the media has been brought alive by so many of you in this room. You are Rush’s legacy, those of you that are continuing the work. Rush was fearless. He was fearless. And he would say, “Fearless in pursuit of the truth.” 

Kessler Twice Falsely Defends Democrats' Pro-Abortion Spin

Glenn Kessler defended Democrats on abortion not once, but twice on Thursday and both times the Washington Post’s resident fact-checker got his facts wrong. The first instance was an article entitled The GOP claim that Democrats support abortion ‘up to the moment of birth.”  In the third paragraph, Kessler cited Republican arguments about Democrats voting for “Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would have restored the right to abortion enshrined in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case recently overturned by the Supreme Court. The legislation includes exceptions for the health of the mother, which Republicans describe as a loophole that puts no limit on when an abortion can take place.” That last sentence would appear to prove Republicans correct and if the Democrats Kessler talked to for the piece say Republicans are misrepresenting their position, that is because they are trying to have it both ways. However, that’s not how Kessler saw things, “But the GOP attacks are disingenuous at best. They imply that late-term abortions are common — and that they are routinely accepted by Democrats. The reality, according to federal and state data, is that abortions past the point of viability are extremely rare. When they do happen, they often involve painful, emotional and even moral decisions.” If Kessler wants to argue for radical and unpopular abortion positions, he should take it the opinion page, because that isn’t a fact-check and after several paragraphs of statistics and defense of third trimester abortions, Kessler finally got back to the improperly named Women’s Health Protection Act: The bill would prevent states from prohibiting abortion ‘after fetal viability when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health.’ [Marco Rubio spokeswoman Elizabeth] Gregory suggested that ‘health’ was an escape hatch that permitted abortion at any point. A Supreme Court case, Doe v. Bolton, decided the same day as Roe v. Wade, concluded that a medical professional may decide that ‘health’ in the context of abortion could relate to ‘all factors physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.’ Kessler would not put the “true” label on this Republican claim despite all the evidence that it was, but when it came to defending Stacey Abrams he was more definitive.     Abrams absurdly claimed, “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body.” In a tweet, Kessler defended this non-sense, “FWIW, "fetal heartbeat" is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo. The so-called "heartbeat" sound you hear is created by the ultrasound. Not until 10 weeks can the opening and closing of cardiac valves be detected by a Doppler machine. ...” In a follow up tweet, Kessler linked to an NPR as his evidence. In response to Kessler’s claim, conservative radiologist Pradheep Shanker tweeted, “Glenn... This is scientifically and medically incorrect. 100%. Ultrasound can't detect electrical activity. Who told you otherwise?” Shanker added “The NPR link you cited is WRONG. I wrote extensively about it at the time. Ultrasound only detects density and motion. It cannot detect any electrical activity at all. This is a scientific fact.” Indeed, in that 2021 thread, he cited multiple radiology sources to back up his claim and back in present day, he reasonably points out that it would be silly to assume a fetal heart beats in the same way as a fully developed adult’s, but that doesn’t make it any less of a beat.

HYPOCRISY: WashPost Cry-Bully Taylor Lorenz Whines YouTube ‘Rife’ with ‘Harassment’

The same petulant Washington Post columnist who became notorious for doxxing the user behind the Libs of TikTok Twitter account and misrepresenting her dealings with two YouTube content creators is back whining about “harassment” on social media. The Post’s in-house crybully columnist Taylor Lorenz released a new victim piece with a headline that reeked of hypocrisy: “YouTube remains rife with misogyny and harassment, creators say.” Lorenz wielded a YouTube-focused book by Bloomberg technology reporter Mark Bergen to claim “[W]omen creators” were “dealing with vicious harassment, bullying, and stalking,” channeling similar language she used to whine that MSNBC didn’t correctly address the fallout from her viral fake-cry April Fools’ Day interview about “harassment” correctly.  Then came the kicker. “Bergen’s book details how one female creator called out the rampant bullying and explained that she was terrified after a fellow YouTuber made hostile videos about her, ‘doxed’ her (posted her personal information online), and sent waves of angry followers to attack,” Lorenz wrote.  It’s unclear whether Lorenz is even aware how much of a hypocrite she’s making herself out to be. She is on the record bragging about how she was able to track down the Libs of TikTok account owner’s phone number, address and line of work. Libs of TikTok posted a screenshot suggesting that Lorenz even harassed one of the account owner’s relatives.  On the day that Libs of TikTok was doxxed, the account owner shared a Twitter message she received from an account with a similar name as her real one, in which Lorenz threatened to ruin their life if they didn't respond to her message. “You’ve been mentioned as the administrator of the ‘Libs of TikTok’ account … you’re being implicated as starting a hate campaign against LGBTQ people,” Lorenz reportedly sniped.  Hi @TaylorLorenz! Which of my relatives did you enjoy harassing the most at their homes yesterday? pic.twitter.com/QehkBSgcmG — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 19, 2022 But Lorenz — hiding her own selfish propaganda — harrumphed how “[h]igh profile women who speak up about sexism or who are perceived as too progressive are frequent targets of misogynistic YouTubers.”  Her drivel got worse. Lorenz then proceeded to bloviate how YouTube “[c]reators said that the Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp defamation trial was a pivotal moment in the online harassment landscape, emboldening misogynistic YouTubers and allowing them to collectively amass millions of followers.”  Perhaps this is a misdirection for Lorenz to victimize herself and hide the recent scolding on the internet she’s received for allegedly fabricating sources on the Depp-Heard trial. Lorenz falsely claimed she contacted two YouTube content creators (ThatUmbrellaGuy and LegalBytes) for comment in a smear piece smacking them for prospering from their YouTube coverage of the infamous court trial between actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard.  Both YouTube influencers LegalBytes and ThatUmbrellaGuy enthusiastically disputed Lorenz’s claim that she contacted them before publication. The Post even stealth-edited the article in an apparent attempt to hide Lorenz’s apparent lazy journalism and misrepresentation. Fox News Digital media reporter Joseph Wulfsohn originally reported on the stealth-edit. The Washington Post LIED and DID NOT contact me before including me in their story on Johnny Depp, despite reporting they did so. I noted this on Twitter today at 8:31p. At 9:44p they decided to contact me, AFTER I noted this publicly. ( pic.twitter.com/gkGt0WuMKZ — ThatUmbrellaGuy (@ThatUmbrella) June 3, 2022 Lorenz even tried to continue smearing ThatUmbrellaGuy, the same account at the heart of her journalistic scandal, as one of the “misogynistic YouTubers” making money off of anti-Amber Heard content. Why in the world did The Post think it was OK for Lorenz to criticize a source against whom she’s been credibly accused of committing journalistic malpractice? Conservatives are under attack. Contact The Washington Post at 202-334-6000 and demand that it stop letting its cry-bully Lorenz use its platform as a springboard to spout her leftist opinions and disguise it as news.     

Whoopi on The View: 'I Should Probably Never Do this Show Again'

Seemingly unsatisfied with the naked racist bigotry from “Sunny Hostin” earlier in the week, Whoopi Goldberg stepped it up by lashing out at South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) on Thursday’s edition of The View by playing to the homophobic smear that the Senator is a closeted homosexual. She was forced to make a non-apology where she called it a “joke” and quipped, “I should probably never do this show again” if people don’t get jokes anymore. Goldberg’s attack came as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was talking about Graham’s national 15-week abortion ban bill. “Senator Graham had said maybe about a month ago, early August, that he believes when it comes to marriage when it comes to abortion, it's for states to decide. So, Senator Graham, what changed?” she huffed. “Maybe he's getting married,” Goldberg blurted out. She dabbled in the homophobic rhetoric by adding: “Do it quick because I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights. Whoever, wherever you stand.” Jean-Pierre, who’s openly lesbian, knew where things were going when Goldberg opened her mouth the first time, exclaiming “Oh,” looking away from the co-host, and not addressing it.     Following the commercial break, Goldberg returned and immediately gave a forced non-apology where she didn’t mention what she was apologizing for but defended what she said by calling it “a joke.” “I need to make clear that I was doing what I do as a comic. Sometimes I make jokes, and it was a joke. Nothing more than that,” she defended herself. She then admitted that she got a talking-to during the commercial break, which she obviously didn’t take seriously, quipping: “I just got a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke. I mean, okay. I should probably never do this show again. If this is what it's coming to, no.” “It was a joke, guys,” she concluded on the matter. That wasn’t the only ridiculous thing Goldberg said during the Thursday show. At the top of the hour, she tried to mock former President Trump for saying a president could just think a document is unclassified by trying to use her weak brain power to put him in prison: [Whoopi Goldberg closes her eyes and raises up her hands] JOY BEHAR: What are you doing, Whoopi? WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I'm – [Laughter] BEHAR: Thinking about it. [Applause] GOLDBERG: I'm thinking him into jail. [Laughter and applause] “You think about stuff and the stuff just happens,’ Hostin added. Co-host Sara Haines noted Twitter called it a “Jedi mind trick” and faux “conservative” Alyssa Farah Griffin called it “I Dream of Jeannie.” Whoopi Goldberg’s attack was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Chewy and Mr. Clean. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 22, 2022  11:04:15 a.m. Eastern (…) DONALD TRUMP: If you are the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it's declassified, even by thinking about it because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you're sending it, and it doesn't have to be a process. [Cuts back to live] [Whoopi Goldberg closes her eyes and raises up her hands] JOY BEHAR: What are you doing, Whoopi? WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I'm – [Laughter] BEHAR: Thinking about it. [Applause] GOLDBERG: I'm thinking him into jail. [Laughter and applause] SUNNY HOSTIN: You can just think about stuff. GOLDBERG: Just think about stuff. HOSTIN: You think about stuff and the stuff just happens. GOLDBERG: Yeah, who knew? SARA HAINES: Twitter was saying he Jedi mind tricked that. ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: Or like I Dream of Jeannie. GOLDBERG: That's a good one too. (…) 11:31:57 a.m. Eastern KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Senator Graham had said maybe about a month ago, early August, that he believes when it comes to marriage, when it comes to abortion, it's for states to decide. So, Senator Graham, what changed? HAINES: Yeah. BEHAR: I know. What changed? GOLDBERG: Maybe he's getting married. [Laughter and applause] JEAN-PIERRE: Oh! [Looks away] BEHAR: I doubt that. [Applause] JEAN-PIERRE:  Okay. GOLDBERG: Do it quick because I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights. Whoever, wherever you stand. (…) 11:37:28 a.m. Eastern GOLDBERG: Will before I do this introduction, I need to make clear that I was doing what I do as a comic. Sometimes I make jokes, and it was a joke. Nothing more than that. I just got a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke. I mean, okay. [Laughter] I should probably never do this show again. [Laughter] If this is what it's coming to, no. It was a joke, guys. I'm, you know. (…)

Air Force Academy Focuses On Training Cadets In Gender-Inclusive Language

Hear that rattling sound? That's Chinese fighter pilots shaking at the prospect of meeting America's elite air warriors and...being scolded for not using their correct pronouns. Instead of being trained on how to engage in combat, the Air Force Academy is spending its time educating its cadets on how to be diverse and inclusive with their word choices. No longer is flying planes or learning aircraft maintenance of utmost importance, but rather using gender inclusive words and refraining from using terms like “mom” or “dad.” Part of cadets training now involves new material from a presentation entitled “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” and the material is about as nauseating as you would think. "Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,'" a presentation slide obtained by Fox News Digital said. "Use words that include all genders​: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’" If you think that’s bad, it gets worse. Related: UMass Football Schedules Pride Day Game Against Liberty University Additionally, these soon-to-be Air Force officers are taught not say they “don’t see color” when looking at people, but rather to see the value each person has despite their skin color. Cadets also are charged to engage in group activities that will highlight how different racial perspectives benefit the team as a whole. "Not ‘Colorblind’ or ‘I don’t see color,’ but Color Conscious," the presentation adds. "We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness." Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., in an interview with Fox News Digital said that the news is discouraging and that what he sees happening now goes against everything the military should be focusing on when training soldiers. "Now we're instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say mom and dad, to not say boyfriend or girlfriend, and this kind of drive towards gender neutrality," Waltz said. "I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro aggressions against America that are happening all over the world." Indeed they should. If the Air Force is ever called upon to protect our homeland in combat, I would like to know that America is sending its most fearsome aviators who will show no mercy when engaging the enemy and do what it takes to protect our way of life. Instead, it looks like we will have to settle for grown men and women who are being taught how to be less offensive with their words in ways that children in elementary schools across the nation are being taught these days. Our enemies should be laughing at us.

47 Days Before Elections! Chinese Communist Gov’t-Tied TikTok Tinkers with Political Accounts

Chinese Communist Party-tied TikTok is experimenting with its policies on political accounts just 47 days before the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. Following recent revelations of Chinese employees having access to U.S. TikTok user data, the August creation of TikTok’s Election Center already raised concerns of foreign influence on the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. Now TikTok is targeting politically-affiliated accounts, less than two months before the elections on November 8. A Sept. 21 TikTok press release noted that, while many politicians and political party accounts are already verified on the platform, the verification is optional. TikTok is now running a test that will make account verification mandatory for accounts belonging to governments, politicians and political parties through the November midterm elections. It’s unclear whether the test will apply to all or merely a portion of U.S.-based political accounts. These accounts will also now be automatically unable to access advertising and monetization features, according to the press release. TikTok’s blog did not delve into factors that would potentially prevent verification of an account. The platform, however, has a history of anti-conservative bias and censorship.  Will this new program be an excuse to ban or prevent conservative political accounts on TikTok? Government accounts will be allowed to access ads in “limited circumstances,” the press release noted. TikTok cited COVID-19 booster vaccine ads as an exception to the restrictions on government ads. Politicians, political accounts, and governments will “not be able to give or receive money through TikTok's monetization features, or spend money promoting their content.” The press release added that TikTok also will “disallow solicitation for campaign fundraising.” TikTok is raising increasing concerns in American politics. U.S. House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor issued a “cyber advisory” on TikTok in August, labeling the app “high-risk” because of China’s access to personal data on the platform. TikTok is owned by Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-tied ByteDance. The CCP owns a stake and board seat in ByteDance. The CCP recently demanded more user information from Chinese companies – including “non-public” data. A recent MRC Free Speech America study also discovered 11 pro-free speech organizations “permanently banned” by TikTok. Conservatives are under attack. Contact TikTok via email at communitymanager@tiktok.com and demand Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Stacey Abrams Claims 6-Week Fetal Heartbeats Are ‘Manufactured Sound’

Stacey Abrams is an abortion extremist.  A recently surfaced clip of far-left Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, showed just how much of an abortion lover she is. Abrams claimed that fetal heartbeats are “manufactured” and made other completely false claims in order to push the abortion narrative. Abrams has the innate ability to confidently lie through her teeth.  There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body. That's a complete lie.  For starters, a pregnant woman can hear a heartbeat through an ultrasound at six-weeks of her pregnancy. Not to mention,  numerous scientific studies indicate that the child’s heart starts beating even earlier than that.  A 2016 study from the University of Oxford states: “a team funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the University of Oxford has demonstrated earlier beating of the heart in mouse embryos which, if extrapolated to the human heart, suggests beating as early as 16 days after conception.” There ya have it folks. Trust the science!  The sound of a beating heart is not “manufactured” by doctors.  What does Abrams think? Do doctors just plug in an ipod and play the audio file of a heartbeat? How dumb does she think we are?  Think of Planned Parenthood for example, a baby slaughterhouse, when they give ultrasounds, even before an abortion, a heartbeat is clearly audible. Why would they “manufacture” the sound of a child’s beating heart when they’re about to destroy it? Other than Abrams being completely wrong, her claims don’t even make sense.  Abrams is lying to people so she can push her extreme abortion views and it’s evil. She supports abortion with no limits and indicated that if she wins the governor seat for Georgia, she will make it her mission to legalize abortion up until birth.  Abrams is anti-life, anti-truth and now especially, anti-science. 

CNN Announces More Big Moves With Jake Tapper Heading to Primetime

CNN continued its programming overhaul with a huge release Thursday revealing that, starting October 10 and going through the week of the midterm elections, Jake Tapper will move to primetime to takeover the 9:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot previously held by Chris Cuomo. With Don Lemon accepting a demotion from 10:00 p.m. Eastern to lead the revamped morning show with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow, Lemon’s primary fill-in host Laura Coates will slide in alongside Alisyn Camerota, who currently co-hosts the weekday afternoon installments of CNN Newsroom with Victor Blackwell. In another big move, John Berman and Brianna Keilar have found a temporary landing spot after losing their morning show New Day by sliding into Tapper’s show The Lead. CNN boss Chris Licht didn’t address that third move in a statement, but did heap praise on the others. Explaining the Tapper move, he said “[t]he world has come to rely on Jake’s no-nonsense approach to covering the news, especially during high-stakes election cycles” so a primetime gig “will showcase his tough reporting, smart analysis and consequential interviews.” And regarding Camerota and Coates, Licht praised these two partisans for possessing “insight, experience[,] and strong voices” that will “creat[e] something complimentary and compelling in primetime.” No other changes were announced with respect to the rest of the day’s programming, meaning Wolf Blitzer will keep The Situation Room, Erin Burnett will have OutFront, and AC360 will air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern as Tapper’s lead-in. We’ll see if it helps CNN in the ratings department or if it will merely be a reshuffling of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Sarver Selling Suns, Won’t Be Able To Continue Doing Great Things

Suspended Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner and SJW Robert Sarver announced Wednesday he plans to sell the teams despite all the great things he’s done. Claiming he’s united the community for 20 years, Sarver’s written statements come across like an arrogant man in denial of the division he’s sown.  Initially hoping to maintain ownership of the two pro basketball teams while serving a one-year suspension imposed by the NBA, Sarver instead sinks into the sunset boasting about being a do-gooder. Many of the narcissist’s employees disputed that and said he demeaned minorities and women.  The Suns-Mercury primary owner said:  “But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that (maintaining majority ownership) is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”  Sarver’s next statement also leaned into an apology, but then quickly veered back to boastful posture that cannot repair his badly tarnished legacy. He also tried to use his faith as a crutch:  “Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together — and strengthened the Phoenix area — through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball. As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.”  Additionally, Sarver said he didn’t want to be a distraction to the two Phoenix teams, and he wants what’s best for all concerned. Phoenix vice chairman Jahm Najafi said a resignation is what’s best for everyone. There should be zero tolerance for the lewd, misogynistic and racist statements that characterized Sarver’s misbehavior, Najafi added.   Suns guard Chris Paul and Lakers forward LeBron James agreed that Sarver’s $10 million fine and 12-month suspension were too light to fit the wrongdoing.   An exhaustive investigation of Sarver revealed he had demeaned a pregnant employee, sexually harassed female employees, cursed and bullied other subordinates. It was just his way of uniting the community and spreading goodwill as a man of faith.  During the NBA’s lengthy investigation, Sarver also tried to avoid punishment by invoking his alleged woke status. He cited his “longstanding commitment to social and racial justice” and his “commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”   Sarver had also bragged about a league-high 55 percent minority office staff. Which really just gave him more minorities to abuse. 

Noah Laments To O'Rourke That 'Texas Isn't Exactly On The Same Page'

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah welcomed Beto O’Rourke on to Wednesday’s installment of The Daily Show to promote his new book and his floundering gubernatorial campaign. During the interview, Noah would lament to O’Rourke just don’t get it and see that he is right, particularly on immigration. While singing O’Rourke’s praises, Noah mourned, “You know, there's no denying that you've always had a charismatic way about you. There's no denying you have been really popular on the national stage. Unfortunately, sometimes, it feels like the majority of Texas isn't exactly on the same page that you are.”     For Noah, perhaps the best example, “is the busing stunt that's happening right now, you know, with Greg Abbott busing people all over the country to prove a point. You're against that. You've spoken out against it multiple times. But more than 50% of Texans go, "Yeah, this is the right move, because it sends a message to Washington, D.C.” Finally getting to a question, Noah wondered, “How do you, you know, how do you work that in your mind the idea that you are opposed to so many Texans where they say, ‘No, this is actually what we want.’” Ever the politician, O’Rourke insisted that he can win by convincing people who didn’t vote in 2020 to vote for him in 2022. Beyond that, he tried to contrast himself with Abbott: What if instead we had, for example, a Texas-based guest worker program or the ability to join family and not wait 20 years in line in Mexico or India or the Philippines to come to the U.S. today. What if you were trying to claim asylum, you didn't wait six years for your claim to be adjudicated, which is the current wait time. What if Texas led the way in rewriting our laws to reflect our values, our interests, and our needs and we say ‘Look, if you want to come to our country, you must follow our laws. But our laws must follow our values.’ I want Texas to lead on that. Noah did not follow up asking how the governor of Texas can “rewrite” federal immigration law. This segment was sponsored by AT&T. Here is a transcript for the September 21 show: Comedy Central The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 9/21/2022 11:36 PM ET TREVOR NOAH: You know, there's no denying that you've always had a charismatic way about you. There's no denying you have been really popular on the national stage. Unfortunately, sometimes, it feels like the majority of Texas isn't exactly on the same page that you are. You know, a good example is the busing stunt that's happening right now, you know, with Greg Abbott busing people all over the country to prove a point.  You're against that. You've spoken out against it multiple times. But more than 50% of Texans go, "Yeah, this is the right move, because it sends a message to Washington, D.C. How do you, you know, how do you work that in your mind the idea that you are opposed to so many Texans where they say, "No, this is actually what we want."  BETO O’ROURKE: I actually think that this extremism that we see in our current governor and government in Texas is reflective of the fact that we have a badly broken democracy. Seven million Texans didn't vote in the last election in 2020, 7 million who were eligible to did not and if a majority right now thinks that busing migrants to D.C. or Chicago is a good idea, maybe, as you suggested, it's a reflection of the fact that our immigration is so badly broken. And people want to do something. What I propose, though, is instead of these stunts, which are so cruel and unkind-- not just to those migrants but to those of us who live in Texas, to the border patrol agents who we put on their backs this entire immigration system that is so badly broken. What if instead we had, for example, a Texas-based guest worker program or the ability to join family and not wait 20 years in line in Mexico or India or the Philippines to come to the U.S. today. What if you were trying to claim asylum, you didn't wait six years for your claim to be adjudicated, which is the current wait time. What if Texas led the way in rewriting our laws to reflect our values, our interests, and our needs and we say “Look, if you want to come to our country, you must follow our laws. But our laws must follow our values.” I want Texas to lead on that.

Liberal NBC Screws Up: Admits the Unborn Are ‘Babies in the Womb’

NBC’s Today 3rd Hour on Thursday screwed up and described unborn babies in the womb as... unborn babies in the womb. Someone will no doubt have to be punished for this breach of journalistic decorum. In an otherwise light-hearted segment on the food pregnant moms eat and the impact it has, Sheinelle Jones blurted, “We want to show you amazing baby faces. Researchers in Britain wanted to know if babies in the womb react when mom injects a flavor of food.”  “Babies in the womb”? That’s not the language you usually hear from the liberal media. But it continued. An onscreen NBC graphic about the unborn noted, “Baby Faces! Images Show Possible Reaction to Flavor.” Showing ultrasound images, Jones added, “The left is of a baby in its resting state. Then on the right, see how he smiles.”      Talking another unborn child, Jones described, “Watch this baby’s reaction. Mom had kale.” Regarding a study on women and the food they eat, the journalist concluded, “The study's co-author says the images could just show muscle movements when a baby’s reacting to a flavor that’s bitter.”  In total, 5 unborn “baby” mentions on NBC. Plus, this from the Today Twitter account.      As Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams pointed out on Twitter, quite the contrast to the USA Today description:    NBC’s admission that babies in the womb are babies is a contrast from the network's journalistic reaction to Roe v. Wade being overturned. An unhappy Chuck Todd huffed about a “rigged” court while Yamiche Alcindor complained about the “devastating” decision. NBC calling an unborn baby a baby was sponsored by Kellog's and Verizon. Click on the links to thank them for speaking truth.  A transcript of the brief segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  3rd Hour of Today 9/22/2022 9:05 NBC graphic: Baby Faces! Images Show Possible Reaction to Flavor  SHEINELLE JONES: [Showing ultra sound images.] We want to show you amazing baby faces. Researchers in Britain wanted to know if babies in the womb react when mom injects a flavor of food. This is what they saw. Do you want to guess what was on the left? The left is of a baby in its resting state. Then on the right, see how he smiles. The mom ate carrots. That was the resting state.  AL ROKER: She liked the carrots. So, were there other foods?  JONES: There were other foods. I'm glad you asked. Watch this baby’s reaction. Mom had kale.  ROKER: What if mom had ice cream? Why would they go with carrots and vegetables?  JONES: Let me explain. So, the study's co-author says the images could just show muscle movements when a baby’s reacting to a flavor that’s bitter. So, you shouldn’t interpret it whether it’s happy or  ROKER: Because once they get out of the womb, it’s the same look! 

'Dilbert' Comic Strip Canceled for Laughing at Progressives

Progressives really have no sense of humor. The famous comic strip “Dilbert,” a fictional story about a character with the comic’s name that serves as a satirical commentary on office politics and workplace culture, has been removed from over 80 newspaper publications. Lee Enterprises, the company that distributes the comic, has not commented on why it was discontinued. However, Scott Adams, the creator of the comic, believed it was cut from publications because of his tendency to poke fun at woke agendas that have found a home in the American corporate world. "It was part of a larger overhaul, I believe, of comics, but why they decided what was in and what was out, that's not known to anybody except them, I guess," he said.  Adams consistently poked fun at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues affected the workplace. One of the many focuses of the ESG philosophy is to make sure that workplaces are diverse, since that automatically means that a company will perform better (wink). "All of the wokeness and anything that permeated from ESG … so that stuff made its way into the business world, and then it became proper content for Dilbert," Adams said. "The problem is that people see that even though it's a workplace-related joke, but it's more about how they implement it." Related: Crybabies! Liberals Whine Over Tim Allen's Joke About Biden This was a major plot line in one of Adam’s recent comics, where a character named Dave, who is black, identifies as white. Dave and Dilbert’s supervisor is looking to boost the companies ESG score, so he goes one step further and asks Dave to identify as gay: "Dave, I need to boost our company's ESG rating, so I'm promoting you to be our CTO. I know you identify as White, so that won't help our ESG scores, but would it be too much trouble to identify as gay?" his boss asks in Tuesday’s strip. “Depends on how hard you want me to sell it,” Dave responds. "Just wear better shirts," the supervisor replies. Obviously, this is a hilarious dialogue that shows to an extreme extent just how ridiculous worrying about an ESG score can affect a company. That is one of the many purposes of humor, to make fun of the way our world operates. But because this particular story laughs at progressives’ expense, it was likely received in poor taste by some of his audience to the point of being canceled. Of course, Lee Enterprises is not framing it that way, since other comics were discontinued as well. But with how sensitive and anti-humor the left can be, it wouldn’t be surprising if it were erased largely because of its content.

Bystander President: Nets Let Biden Escape Blame for Fentanyl Border Crisis

A devastating drug crisis is sweeping across the open southern border and wreaking havoc across the country. But while the network newscasts are covering the fentanyl epidemic, there has been almost no mention of culpability for Joe Biden.  In eight and a half months of fentanyl stories, ABC, CBS and NBC allowed just two mentions — totaling 30 seconds —  of the man in charge of the immigration policy leading to this drug crisis. MRC analysts reviewed every one of these stories on the broadcast network morning and evening newscasts from January 1, 2022 through September 15, 2022. They found 39 minutes and 56 seconds of coverage on the epidemic, but just 30 seconds devoted to Biden or his role in any way.  As for the total amount of coverage on fentanyl, CBS offered by far the most: 29 minutes and five seconds. NBC came in a distant second at six minutes and 54 seconds and ABC managed a scant two minutes and 57 seconds.  Much like other crises during the Biden presidency (the border in general, gas prices, the baby formula shortage), ABC, CBS and NBC treated the Democrat as a bystander to these severe problems. On the May 10 NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt announced:  Today is the first-ever national Fentanyl Awareness Day. It’s an effort by the DEA to spread the word about the synthetic opioid that now accounts for nearly two-thirds of all overdose deaths in the U.S.  No mention of Biden or his policies. On the May 11 CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell shared the “staggering” news:  Today, the CDC shared a truly staggering statistic on drug overdoses....Overdoses involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, topped 71,000, accounting for about two-thirds of all fatal overdoses in 2021. Even when the focus of the story was fentanyl and the border, Biden or the administration didn’t come up. On the May 5 CBS Mornings, journalist Lilia Luciano reported live from Brownsville Texas, explaining: From 2014 to 2019, China was the leading source of illegal fentanyl. Since then, Mexico tops the list and while seizures of cocaine, meth, and heroin by Customs and Border Protection have decreased in recent months, fentanyl continues to go up. The same thing happened on the August 27 Today. Kristen Welker avoided Biden even as she revealed: “And back in this country, we are learning more about a massive drug bust along the Arizona border this week. Border Patrol agents seized more than $4 million worth of fentanyl during a vehicle stop.”  From January 1 to September 15 2022, the President’s name came up exactly twice for a grand total of 30 seconds. On the May 10 CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell interviewed Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram. She managed one question on Biden:  NORAH O’DONNELL: Republicans say it’s President Joe Biden’s border policy is the reason we have a drug crisis in America.  ANNE MILGRAM: I think it’s important to talk about the border, and I can say with 100 percent assurance that the criminal drug cartels in Mexico will stop at nothing to get fentanyl into the United States.  The other example came with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it three second reference on the June 14 Today. Kate Snow noted, “More Americans died of an overdose last year than at any other time in history. The Biden Administration calls it an epidemic.” Not exactly an indictment of the President’s policies.  An August 16, 2022 Washington Times headline starkly summarized the impact of an open border: “July border stunner: Enough fentanyl to kill every American.” Writer Stephen Dinan detailed:  Fentanyl is surging across the southern border at an astronomical rate, with July’s rate of seizures shattering the previous record and tripling June’s rate, according to Homeland Security Department statistics released this week.  ... Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered enough to kill. Given the drug’s lethality, July’s seizures would be enough to slay nearly 470 million people and amount to nearly 1½ doses for every American. So you might think journalists would want to investigate what’s causing this exploding fentanyl crisis and the death it is inflicting across the country. But not the reporters at ABC, CBS and NBC. In order to protect Joe Biden, they won’t point fingers. After all, that might harm Democratic chances in the midterm elections. 

Meet the New CNN, Same as the Old CNN

In the aftermath of several Republican governors sending illegal immigrants to Democrat-run cities, CNN host Victor Blackwell demonstrated that his news network is far from reforming itself into being more balanced. In fact, despite all the personality changes, the new CNN is the same as the old one. A few days after having on Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and giving the Texas Democrat a forum to trash GOP governors over the issue, the CNN host was more aggressive in dealing with Republican Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne while discussing the same issue on Monday. Blackwell began his segment with Van Duyne by quoting a Democratic state legislator in Massachusetts who accused Republicans of "kidnapping" and "trafficking" migrants:     I want your reaction to the latest call for a DOJ investigation into DeSantis's flight. This is from State Rep Dylan Fernandez, who represents Martha's Vineyard -- he says, "...there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty and human trafficking." Your thoughts? Van Duyne responded by taking offense to Republican governors being compared to traffickers as she listed some of the horrors that migrants have to endure to cross into the U.S. She also alluded to the cartels taking advantage of the border chaos to smuggle in more fentanyl, leading to a surge in more Americans dying of overdoses. Blackwell bristled as he wrongly suggested that she was accusing asylum seekers of being criminals: Okay, let me say this. Let me say this. You are talking exclusively about crime here. These are people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. There is no evidence that anyone on any of these buses or anyone flown on these planes is someone who has committed any of the crimes you are discussing. So these are asylum seekers. There's a difference. Even though Blackwell had started the interview by vaguely asking his guest what her thoughts were on the issue, he then accused her of not answering his question: CONGRESSWOMAN BETH VAN DUYNE: I wasn't comparing -- I wasn't comparing anybody on the buses. What I'm saying -- VICTOR BLACKWELL: Well, then, please answer the question I asked. A bit later, after Van Duyne complained that the policies of the Joe Biden administration are encouraging illegals to flood into the country, Blackwell spun for Democrats as he lamely responded: "The Vice President literally said, 'Do not come,' so when you say that they are suggesting people come, they have said explicitly the opposite." A bit later, the CNN host similarly complained about Republicans calling the border situation an "open border." But on Friday, when Congresswoman Lee was on the show to discuss the issue, Blackwell was more subdued in responding:     CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX): Not only should the federal government enjoin them, take them to court, and seek an injunction against this maligning behavior, but they should also determine whether civil or criminal actions need to be taken or whether they violated civil or criminal laws. This is an abomination, and it's unacceptable. BLACKWELL: So it is a stunt, right? It's obvious that Ron DeSantis sent planes to Texas to take migrants to Martha's Vineyard. But, to the question -- the concern of some in Texas -- that they are overwhelmed. What should be the responsibility or the burden sharing among the states? Should Texas take all of that responsibility? Or should some of the migrants be sent in a more orderly fashion to other parts of the country? After Lee suggested that it was racist to send illegal immigrants to the home of Vice President Kamala Harris, Blackwell just changed the subject to the Brittney Griner controversy. Unlike Fox News Channel, CNN does not clearly inform their viewers that Central Americans who bring their children with them can cross the border illegally and then, when caught, gain entry to the U.S. by declaring that they with to apply for asylum. The overwhelming majority of asylum claims are eventually rejected, but there is no easy way to make them leave the country. So crossing the border illegally gives them a way to stay in the U.S. indefinitely by exploiting dysfunctional laws. This poor journalism was sponsored in part by Consumer Cellular and Liberty Mutual. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Transcripts follow. Click "expand" to read more.  CNN Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell September 19, 2022 3:23 p.m. Eastern VICTOR BLACKWELL: I want your reaction to the latest call for a DOJ investigation into DeSantis's flight. This is from State Rep Dylan Fernandez, who represents Martha's Vineyard -- he says, "...there are legal implications around fraud, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty and human trafficking." Your thoughts? CONGRESSWOMAN BETH VAN DUYNE (R-TX):  I wish he was as sincere about his thoughts on sex trafficking and human trafficking as we've seen on the border. I wish he would actually get down there and before claiming and being proud of sanctuary cities, would be willing to come on the border and see what I have seen -- the travesty of little girls given condoms by their families before trekking on a journey to Mexico where they know that they're going to be raped repeatedly -- where they see little girls and little boys who are basically owned by sex traffickers and sold into slavery once they get here -- or the travesty of knowing what it's like to lose a son over the thousands of pounds of fentanyl that's coming over our borders -- people like the Heitzmans in Dallas who lost their 23-year-old son Martin. That's a travesty. BLACKWELL: Okay, let me say this. Let me say this. You are talking exclusively about crime here. These are people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. There is no evidence that anyone on any of these buses or anyone flown on these planes is someone who has committed any of the crimes you are discussing. So these are asylum seekers. There's a difference. VAN DUYNE: I wasn't comparing -- I wasn't comparing anybody on the buses. What I'm saying -- BLACKWELL: Well, then, please answer the question I asked. VAN DUYNE: -- is what's happening on the way here. You asked me how I felt about him comparing the governors who are sending people on air-conditioned flights into Martha's Vineyard at the end of their summer season to drug traffickers to sex traffickers who are actually encouraging them to come into our border where they are having atrocities. I would say the travesty is not what these governors are doing -- I'd say the travesty is what the Biden administration is doing by encouraging that kind of a trick through Mexico and other South American cities where people are meeting those horrific ends. BLACKWELL: The Vice President literally said, "Do not come," so when you say that they are suggesting people come, they have said explicitly the opposite. But let me ask you about -- VAN DUYNE: There's a difference between what they're saying and what they're doing. BLACKWELL: -- why these governors are doing this. Let me ask you why they're doing this. Abbott -- Ducey -- DeSantis are being criticized for performing these stunts and shows with people's lives -- vulnerable lives. (...) VAN DUYNE: The other issue is you finally have Democrats who have been saying that there is no border crisis -- "open borders, sanctuary cities are great" -- finally have those Democrat mayors finally say, "We do have a crisis, this is an emergency, this is a humanitarian crisis, and we need to address it." That I really think is the best result. BLACKWELL: Again, no one is calling for an open border on the Southern border. (...) September 16, 2022 3:31 p.m. Eastern VICTOR BLACKWELL: We had Congressman Crist on just a few minutes ago who said that the DOJ should investigate here. Do you agree that they should? CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX): Well, absolutely, the Department of Justice as I have written to the Attorney General and spoke to the Department of Justice today as well as the Department of Homeland Security ... We have never, Victor, seen this. I ask just a rhetorical question: Have we seen this kind of behavior with public officials in the last 50 years? We've seen the flotilla -- we've seen people coming across the border -- we've seen the surge in 2014 -- we've seen the surge in recent years of refugees, migrants coming across our border. We've even seen activity at our northern border. But never in the last 50 years -- and maybe longer  -- have we seen public officials, governors of states taking human beings like discarded waste and dumping them wherever they feel that they have the privilege to do so. Not only should the federal government enjoin them, take them to court, and seek an injunction against this maligning behavior, but they should also determine whether civil or criminal actions need to be taken or whether they violated civil or criminal laws. This is an abomination, and it's unacceptable. BLACKWELL: So it is a stunt, right? It's obvious that Ron DeSantis sent planes to Texas to take migrants to Martha's Vineyard. But, to the question -- the concern of some in Texas -- that they are overwhelmed. What should be the responsibility or the burden sharing among the states? Should Texas take all of that responsibility? Or should some of the migrants be sent in a more orderly fashion to other parts of the country? LEE: Well, stunts are being perpetrated by governors who are stunt promoters and followers of Trump in Arizona, Florida and Texas. It looks like they're competing against each other. (...) We can work with these states by giving them more funding -- giving them more staffing and moving more staff from one part of the border to the next and providing a viable place where the refugees can go. So, yes, we can work together, but we cannot work together on what I think has racial implications, and the very fact that migrants, refugees were dropped at the Vice President's home, I have to say as a woman and a black woman, I'm incensed. I think we can do better, and these are stunts that should not be tolerated, and, frankly, both departments -- Homeland Security and Justice -- needs to investigate these governors because it's not funny at all. BLACKWELL: Let me ask you about the meeting happening today between President Biden and the families of Brittney Griner...

Hack Stephen Colbert’s DeSantis Obsession Is PAINFULLY Unfunny

It’s beyond obvious that the late night hosts have no interest in appealing to any part of the country outside the rabidly liberal Democratic base. But Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night proved that his obsession with Ron DeSantis has ruined any possibility of “comedy” on the show. In a rant about the Florida Governor sending illegals to liberal enclaves like Martha’s Vineyard, Colbert abandoned jokes for cheap partisan gibes.  Colbert attacked the possible 2024 contender: “You'll recall that Governor DeSantis tried to score cheap political points in Florida by dragooning people off the streets in Texas and smuggling them to Massachusetts.” Cheering Democratic stunts, the host continued, “Well, good news we found out that a Texas sheriff is investigating DeSantis' role in flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard. Hell yeah! Get him!” “Hell yeah”? “Get him”? Can you imagine Johnny Carson even or Jay Leno even trying anything so nakedly partisan? After all that build-up, here’s Colbert’s lame “joke.”  You can catch it all on the new TV show Walker Texas Florida Martha's Vineyard!”      Colbert even admitted that he couldn’t think of any laws Colbert broke:  The investigator in question is Bear county sheriff... Javier Salazar. Salazar, investigating the case, which he calls an abuse of human rights even though he could not specific laws that may have been broken. Yeah. But it is just like pornography, you know it when you see it and you don't want it to involve Ron DeSantis.  On Monday, the host sneered, “How big of an a-hole is Ron DeSantis?”  The cheap Democratic hackery was sponsored by Olay. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Late Show With Stephen Colbert 9/20/2022 11:38 STEPHEN COLBERT: I suspect you are now. You know that I like wrestling with life's big questions like why do bad things happen to good people or better still why don't more bad things happen to terrible people. People — people like Florida Governor and body builder—  Florida Governor and body builder who always gets head day, Ron DeSantis. You'll recall that Governor DeSantis tried to score cheap political points in Florida by dragooning people off the streets in Texas and smuggling them to Massachusetts. Well, good news we found out that a Texas sheriff is investigating DeSantis' role in flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard. Hell yeah! Get him! You can catch it all on the new TV show Walker Texas Florida Martha's Vineyard! The investigator in question is bear county sheriff and character cut from Peewee’s Playhouse half Javier Salazar. Salazar, investigating the case, which he calls an abuse of human rights even though he could not specific laws that may have been broken. Yeah. But it is just like pornography, you know it when you see it and you don't want it to involve Ron DeSantis ... COLBERT: It ain't just DeSantis, this weekend Texas governor Greg Abbott sent at least nine bus loads to the port authority in New York City. Oh no, governor Abbott, now workers will have deal with crowds of confused and sad people at the Port Authority. What will we do? Oh no. 

35th Anniversary NewsBusters Podcast: How to Identify and Expose Liberal Media Bias

As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Media Research Center, we recall our list of the types of media bias that we take into account in our "news busting." MRC's Brent Baker -- the architect of our media-analysis infrastructure -- put our list in his 1994 book titled How to Identify, Expose, and Correct Liberal Media Bias. We'll explore examples from the past and the present on these tactics or tricks of the trade: The most dominant tactic right now -- when the Democrats are in charge of the White House and Congress -- is bias by omission. For example, the networks seem to have an allergy to reporting on Hunter Biden's corruption, exploiting his father's position to gain millions. Perhaps next year, if Republicans take over and hold Hunter Biden hearings, they will "move on" to attacking the Republicans for having Hunter Biden hearings.  In 1992, then-CBS reporter Betsy Lloyd underlined the problem: "The largest opinion is what we leave out. I mean, it sounds simplistic, but I always say worry about what you're not seeing. What you are seeing you can really criticize because you're smart and you have opinions. But if we don't tell you anything, and we leave whole areas uncovered, that's the danger." This list isn't outdated, unlike Baker's advice in the book that "VCR tapes cost $3 to $5 each for standard-grade VHS tape. There's no need to pay extra for the higher quality stereo or super-VHS tape. Remember, you're taping the news, not a high-fidelity concert."  Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

WATCH: AT&T CEO Predicts US Economy Possibly Entering ‘Stagflation’

AT&T CEO John Stankey sounded the alarm bells on the economy, telling a finance reporter that the U.S. is potentially entering a “stagflation environment” as high inflation and rising food prices continue to squeeze American households.  "When you see the numbers coming in on inflation, it's hard to believe it's not going to have an impact at some point,” Stankey said at the Sept. 12 Goldman Sachs Technology Conference in San Francisco. He continued:  And even if we miss a full-on recession, the question is – is the growth strong enough to really supplant the high levels of inflation? – And we kind of see more of a stagflation environment. But I think we're going to have to wade into the fourth quarter, first quarter of next year, to really see what the outcome of that game is. [Emphasis added].      Stankey also noted that consumers are “a little more strapped and living paycheck to paycheck.”  Someone should call CNN CEO Chris Licht and tell him that his boss, Stankey, seems to have little confidence in the economy under President Joe Biden. AT&T is the parent company of CNN, according to Adweek. But instead of aligning with Stankey on the economy, CNN argued in July that America isn’t officially in a recession because eight “white economists” didn’t say so. Yes, really.  Despite Biden’s absurd claims that Americans should not worry about recession, AT&T’s stock portfolio tells a different story. AT&T’s stock crashed 7 percent after the company revealed in its second-quarter earnings that “customers were paying their bills about two days later compared to trends seen in the previous year,” according to Yahoo! Finance.  But nothing to see here, right, Biden? If even the CEO of AT&T — a company that is by no means a conservative bastion —  is speaking out about recession and stagflation, then maybe the economy is actually in a major slump, despite recent media gaslighting to the contrary. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and tell them to report honestly on Biden steering the economy into an inflationary, recessionary and stagflationary mess.

Florida Man Angry at Post-Stelter CNN: 'The Other Side Shouldn't Be Given a Voice'

Tom Jones at the Florida-based Poynter Institute -- touted by Johnny Dollar as a "Stelter press agent"  -- has penned a deeply disturbed piece headlined "CNN ‘hewing toward the center’ is not necessarily good for our democracy: Pushing for fairness and completeness in journalism is never a bad idea. But presenting 'both sides' sometimes can be." Jones was attempting to shame the Chicago Tribune for an editorial touting this purported CNN move to the center -- which sorely lacks evidence so far, other than dismissing a few flagrantly opinionated staffers like Stelter and John Harwood. Jones sounds like a press agent upset at Stelter's firing. At the end of 2020, Jones handed out his "best of media" kudos, suggesting the best media show was Reliable Sources and the best book on media was Stelter's profane, gossipy anti-Fox book Hoax. Sounds like a press agent, indeed. Oh, and Jones hates every word that flows from Greg Gutfeld.  The Tribune writers mysteriously suggest that "Perhaps it’s Pollyannaish to hope that CNN can retrofit itself in a country where each political side believes the other is living in a kind of dangerous alternate reality," but somehow the "innovation" of moving ranty Don Lemon to mornings with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins signals "refreshing changes that might just help with this country’s ever-expanding habit of spinning the facts before digesting them.” No-Spin Don Lemon??? Jones angrily replied:  The editorial got this right: It is Pollyannaish to think that way. I’ll add another word to at least consider: dangerous. Pushing for fairness and completeness in journalism as well as fewer “hot takes” is never a bad idea. But that’s not the same as making sure you present both sides. Sometimes, the other side shouldn’t be given a voice, particularly if that side’s argument is based on lies or pushes harmful agendas. Jones does not specify what is "based on lies or pushes harmful agendas," but I think we could start with "climate change skepticism" and "anti-LGBTQ" and anti-CRT and probably "photo ID requirements at the polls." You can be mad at Trump's refusal to concede for its disrespect toward democracy, but liberals never understand how stupid it sounds to say "I favor democracy, and that's why the other side shouldn't be given a voice."

NY Times Cites Report to Whine Tech Platforms Need MORE Election Censorship

Big Tech’s recent attempts to ramp up pre-election censorship are not restrictive enough for the leftist New York Times. A Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University report complained that social media platforms do not censor enough alleged election “misinformation” as the 2022 midterms approach. “If even a handful of Republican deniers are elected this year to state offices that oversee presidential elections — such as governor and secretary of state — the 2024 process could descend into chaos and violence,” the Stern report said, in an openly partisan claim. The report pictured Fox News and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon on its report cover. Despite the Stern report’s efforts to tarnish Republicans as the sole election meddlers, election interference often takes the form of leftist online censorship. “The malady of election denialism in the U.S. has become one of the most dangerous byproducts of social media,” The Times quoted the Stern report. The Times wrote, “The companies, the [Stern] report argued, bear a responsibility for the false but widespread belief among conservatives that the 2020 election was fraudulent — and that the coming midterms could be, too.” A whistleblower complaint from former Twitter head of security Peiter Zatko showed only two “misinformation” experts on Twitter’s “site integrity team,” The Times wrote. Oh, the horror. Yet in 2019, The Times gave Democrat Stacey Abrams a flattering interview, allowing and encouraging her to push claims that her loss of the Georgia governor’s race was partly due to election fraud and voter suppression. Times have changed, apparently. Tech platforms need to “enhance fact-checking efforts” and remove more “untrue claims,” said the Stern report and The Times. Content must be removed and not just labeled, The Times emphasized. The Times then quoted a Twitter spokeswoman who reportedly boasted to the outlet about Twitter’s efforts to “pre-bunk” allegedly “false information.” Twitter recently partnered with the United Nations’ UNESCO, the European Commission and the World Jewish Congress in the “#ThinkBeforeSharing” campaign to “pre-bunk” supposed “disinformation.” The campaign specifically defended leftist billionaire George Soros. The New York Times write-up on the report, which endorsed censorship as a way to safeguard elections, did not mention that Big Tech’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal helped steal the 2020 election for Joe Biden, as NewsBusters reported in November 2020. 4.6 percent of Biden voters said in November 2020 they would not have voted for him had they known about the scandal. Online censorship can be election interference. This election season, TikTok, Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Meta (parent company of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram) have launched projects specifically designed to target alleged “election misinformation” prior to the 2022 midterms. Many of the platforms have maintained these election policies since the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. TikTok’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through its parent company ByteDance have raised concerns about foreign influence in U.S. elections. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Nikki Haley BLASTS Racist 'Sunny Hostin,' Calls Out ABC's Inaction Against The View

Following the racist attacks from The View co-host “Sunny Hostin” (a fake name) against former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for her name and skin tone, Haley appeared on Fox News Channel’s The Faulkner Focus on Wednesday and blasted Hostin and liberal Democrats as “racist” for repeatedly attacking minority Republicans that way. She also called out ABC News for their refusal to take action against Hostin when they would have fired a Republican. After playing a montage of Hostin’s racist accusations suggesting Haley had changed her name to appear white, host Harris Faulkner was in disbelief. “Wow, she really is that racially ignorant. And your response,” she asked. Haley took the attack in stride saying this was “not the first time and it won't be the last time that the hosts of The View come after me or that liberals come after me in whatever way.” She boiled down their deep-seated hatred to the fact that “they can't stand the fact that a minority female would be a conservative Republican.” Earlier this year, Hostin attacked blank and Latino Republicans as “oxymoron[s]” she doesn’t “understand.” And when she said Justice Clarence Thomas wasn’t really black. “So, you look at what Sunny Hostin does and the idea that no, Sunny is not her name. Nikki is my name. It is on my birth certificate,” Haley addressed Hostin’s smears directly. “It is an Indian name and I embrace my Indian heritage. I have written two books that described the struggles that my family had, what it was like growing up.”     Hostin’s real name is “Asunción Cummings Hostin” and she claims she goes by “Sunny” because Americans are too stupid to pronounce it correctly. Appearing on Fox during the same hour as The View aired, Haley predicted that the show wouldn’t offer an apology because liberals were allowed to say racist stuff if their target was a conservative Republican: But the idea that they can do this. You’re not going to see her fired from that show. We won't see an apology from that show. Because they let liberals say that about conservative Republican minorities all the time. But yet nothing is done. Had this been said about a Democrat, all hell would have broken loose. And she was right. At no point during the show did Hostin or the network offer an apology or even mention the incident. Haley also recalled how liberal Democrats have long refused to acknowledge her Indian heritage and just called her white: When I ran and won governor a reporter went to a high-ranking African-American Democrat female and said how do you feel that South Carolina now has their first minority governor? And she said Nikki Haley is not a minority. She’s just a conservative with a tan. Wanting to keep the racism of leftist extremists an issue in the midterms, Haley suggested: “Let's let independents, conservative Democrats realize that no, it is not Republicans that are racist or sexist. It’s liberal Democrats that have done this for a long time and I hope it goes to the heart of what happens in the House, Senate and governors races come November.” Showing her resolve, Haley concluded by pointing out the fact that “when they go after something like your name or looks they don't have anything else. That shows you’re winning. And I will take that win all day long.” Asunción “Sunny” Hostin’s racism on Tuesday was sponsored by Crest and Downy. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: Fox News Channel’s The Faulkner Focus September 21, 2022 11:51:07 a.m. Eastern HARRIS FAULKNER: For the very first time, Ambassador Haley is with me now to react publicly and to get her response to something that is getting a ton of attention right now. It’s a personal attack on her. Critics are pushing back hard on The View's co-host Sunny Hostin for accusing Ambassador Haley of trying to hide her Indian heritage. It began with the panel talking about a potential 2024 White House race. Let's watch. [Video clips from The View] FAULKNER: Wow, she really is that racially ignorant. And your response? NIKKI HALEY: It is not the first time and it won't be the last time that the hosts of The View come after me or that liberals come after me in whatever way. They can't stand the fact that a minority female would be a conservative Republican. When I ran and won governor a reporter went to a high-ranking African-American Democrat female and said how do you feel that South Carolina now has their first minority governor? And she said Nikki Haley is not a minority. She’s just a conservative with a tan. FAULKNER: Ooooo HALEY: So, you look at what Sunny Hostin does and the idea that no, Sunny is not her name. Nikki is my name. It is on my birth certificate. It is an Indian name and I embrace my Indian heritage. I have written two books that described the struggles that my family had, what it was like growing up. But the idea that they can do this. You’re not going to see her fired from that show. We won't see an apology from that show. Because they let liberals say that about conservative Republican minorities all the time. But yet nothing is done. Had this been said about a Democrat, all hell would have broken loose. FAULKNER: You know, just in terms of that 2024, and I pointed out the politics of things that are happening on every scale right now whether it's a lawsuit against a former president. We are cooking down 48 days to the midterm elections and then begins the real talk about 2024. And what will you have to say about it? HALEY: Well, I think we'll have to say what happens in November. We have to win the House, the Senate, and these 36 governors races. And you know, I said before once the elections are out of the way we'll look at the situation. If it looks like there’s a place for me; I've never lost a race. I'll give it 1,000 percent and we'll finish it. But I think it’s really important we look at November. And what I hope Democrats realize when they look at what happened on The View is it’s Democrats that are racist. These liberal extremists are the ones that are racist. They’re the ones that think minorities are incapable of going to the DMV to get an I.D. to vote. They’re the ones that are racist who say minority parents are incapable of finding the school for their children. Let's let independents, conservative Democrats realize that no, it is not Republicans that are racist or sexist. It’s liberal Democrats that have done this for a long time and I hope it goes to the heart of what happens in the House, Senate and governors races come November. FAULKNER: Well, I have always been grateful when people show you who they are. I don't want to think someone is one thing and you find out later no, they really are the enemy. So, there is a favor to be thanked for all of this. It can be harmful to your feelings but at the same time, you know exactly where some of these people stand. HALEY: No, and look, none of this bothers my feelings. I mean, I brush it off my shoulders. FAULKNER: You were at the U.N. dealing with everything across the table from you. HALEY: You know, when they go after something like your name or looks they don't have anything else. That shows you’re winning. And I will take that win all day long. FAULKNER: Ambassador Nikki Haley you were with me with the president today through the breaking news and I appreciate you being here. Thanks you. HALEY: Thank you for having me.

Reid Passes Off Dem Activist as Local Radio Host to Smear DeSantis

On Tuesday’s The ReidOut, MSNBC host Joy Reid attempted to pass off Roberto Rodriguez Tejera, a well-known left-wing Democrat Party activist in South Florida as an objective Spanish radio host. According to a source who spoke to our colleagues at MRC Latino on the condition of anonymity, Rodriguez Tejera is paid by the Democratic Party a “monthly sum for alleged advertising for a weekly show on Actualidad Radio 1040 AM.”  During a segment on the topic of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flying migrants to the white elite liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Reid read from some reactions online to DeSantis sending migrants north.    Last night MSNBC host @JoyAnnReid passed off a Democratic activist as an objective South Florida radio host when a source told my colleagues at @MRCLatino "He is a known Democratic activist" and is paid "for alleged advertising for a weekly show on Actualidad Radio 1040 AM." pic.twitter.com/ZwJyLc141U — Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) September 21, 2022   “I'm fascinated to know what the chatter is inside of Florida,” Reid said. “State Senator Shevrin Jones tweeted ‘you can't go any lower than this. Ron DeSantis didn't see those individuals as people. He sees them as things from his political point. Florida is the laughingstock of the nation once again all for the wrong reasons.’”  Reid didn’t disclose that Shevrin Jones is a Democrat State Senator in Florida which makes her criticism of DeSantis irrelevant to the discussion of whether voters in Florida disapprove of his migrant shipments.  Turning to her next point, Reid claimed “this is unusual given what I know Florida politics.” adding that “a south Florida radio host on Spanish language radio whose name is Roberto Rodriguez Tejera said this, truly this is criminal.” Continuing to read from the comments he reportedly made on his radio show, she said “they're using human beings to advance political points of view. Condemned him and compared DeSantis to Fidel Castro.” What Reid didn’t tell you is Roberto Rodriguez Tejera is not simply a south Florida radio host, he’s a well-known Democrat Party activist.  According to a source who spoke to MRC Latino on the condition of anonymity, "Roberto Rodriguez is a known Democratic activist, the Democratic party pays him a monthly sum for alleged advertising for a weekly show on Actualidad Radio 1040 AM and for segments with RoRo, as he is known in Democrat circles. He served as director of Radio and TV Martí under a Democrat administration." Rodriguez Tejera’s bio on the radio station Actualidad Radio 1040 AM doesn’t disclose that his show is paid for by the Democrat Party.  According to Google translate his bio simply advertises his radio show and refers to him as “one of the journalists in the south of our state with the most knowledge of local politics. With over 25 years of media work, he is definitely a newsman.” Reid is known for being dishonest but she’s not shy about her leftist views. In fact, she’s proud of them. So the question is why did she feel it wasn’t important to disclose that Rodriguez Tejera is a leftist?  The real reason is Reid wanted her viewers to think a south Florida radio host is turning on DeSantis. The Democrat Party is losing ground in that part of the state so Reid wanted to make it seem like the tide is turning. MSNBC and Joy Reid especially, can’t be trusted to tell the truth about anything.  This latest example of the media passing off Democrat Party activists as neutral observers were made possible by Salonpas. Their information is linked.  The relevant transcript is below: MSNBC’s The ReidOut 9/20/2022 7:23:46 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: Fernand, let me bring you in here. I'm fascinated to know what the chatter is inside of Florida. State Senator Shevrin Jones tweeted you can't go any lower than this. Ron DeSantis didn't see those individuals as people. He sees them as things in his political point. Florida is the laughingstock of the nation once again all for the wrong reasons.  This is unusual given what I know Florida politics. A south Florida radio host on Spanish language radio who’s name is Roberto Rodriguez Tejera said this, truly this is criminal. They're using human beings to advance political points of view. Condemned him and compared DeSantis to Fidel Castro. What are people saying inside the state about this scheme? 

Once in a Blue Moon: NPR Reporter Actually Does His Job, Presses KJP on the Border

The inept White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre continued her penchant Tuesday for stumbling her way through press briefings with the latest topic being Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) flying illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Governors Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Doug Ducey (R-AZ) bussing them to liberal cities.  And, for once, NPR put your tax dollars to work in a positive manner as correspondent Franco Ordoñez grilled Jean-Pierre on the Biden administration’s refusal to work these governors to secure the border.     Ordoñez began with a basic question that should seem obvious, regardless of one’s political leanings: “Did the White House ever try to get in touch with Governor DeSantis or Governor Abbott about this to try to reach some type of understanding or a solution?” As she’s done throughout her tenure, Jean-Pierre managed to make this basic question come off like a hardball by petulantly claiming “there’s no understanding to be reached” since “[t]hey are using people who are leaving...communist countries as political stunt.” She added that, instead of the White House calling those governors, the governors should call their senators and ask them to support the Biden administration’s priorities on immigration. All the while, she claimed its governors who are obsessed with “their own political narrative.” To his credit, Ordoñez followed up with this outstanding point about whether the White House even supports the premise of having other states help border states by taking in illegal immigrants so alleviate overcrowding: [D]oes the White House support the idea or the concepts of states further from the border accepting some more migrants, kind of sharing some of the burden of state resources being used by increasing number of migrants, whether they be from Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua? Jean-Pierre again refused to show sanity and dismissed that possibility and instead whined: “[T]he way that we see it is alerting Fox News and not city or state officials about a plan to abandon children fleeing communism on the side of the street is not burden sharing.” “That is not the definition that we see of burden sharing. It is a cruel, premeditated political stunt. That is not what they’re — that is what they are doing. And so, we’re always — we’re always happy to have conversations about ways to further improve border processing,” she added. After insisting the border could be fixed if “Republicans...would stop blocking our efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Ordoñez closed out the briefing with another salient question about whether the transports would be acceptable if governors would simply give people a heads up. Predictably, Jean-Pierre wouldn’t answer and instead made it out to be a hostage situation of Republicans accept Biden’s conditions or the situation continues to worsen: What we’re saying is the President has put forward — on day one, he put forward a comprehensive immigration reform, ways to deal with what is at stake...[W]hat we’re asking is for Republicans in Congress to help us come up with a solution...and they are not doing that. Instead, they’re doing political stunts. To see the relevant transcript from September 20's briefing, click “expand.” White House press briefing September 20, 2022 12:59 p.m. Eastern [via Washington Post Live] FRANCO ORDOÑEZ: Did the White House ever try to get in touch with Governor DeSantis or Governor Abbott about this to try to reach some type of understanding or a solution? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, there’s no understanding to be reached. They are using people who are leaving a commun- — communist countries as political stunt, instead of — instead of maybe what they should do is call on their senators in their — in their state. Call on, you know, Senator Marco Rubio. Ask Senator Rick Scott why is it that they did not vote for historic funding when it comes to Department of Homeland Security, making sure that we are dealing with this issue. That’s not what they did. This is, again, a political stunt that they are taking for their own — for their own political narrative. It is not about really dealing with what is happening and coming up with a solution. ORDOÑEZ: And in terms of — in terms of that and understanding that the White House does not support the use of people as a political stunt — but does the White House support the idea or the concepts of states further from the border accepting some more migrants, kind of sharing some of the burden of state resources being used by increasing number of migrants, whether they be from Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua? JEAN-PIERRE: So, the way that we see it is alerting Fox News and not city or state officials about a plan to abandon children fleeing communism on the side of the street is not burden sharing. That is not the definition that we see of burden sharing. It is a cruel, premeditated political stunt. That is not what they’re — that is what they are doing. And so, we’re always — we’re always happy to have conversations about ways to further improve border processing. And we could be doing more if — again, if Republicans in Congress would stop blocking our efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform and also funding — historical funding for DHS. So, again, this is not what border [burden] sharing looks like. They have used the lives of people who are fleeing persecution from communist countries, using them as a political stunt. ORDOÑEZ: If the governors were more open about and transparent, would that be more acceptable? JEAN-PIERRE: What we’re saying is the President has put forward — on day one, he put forward a comprehensive immigration reform, ways to deal with what is at stake here days — the ways to deal with a broken immigration system. He put that forward on day one and what we’re asking is for Republicans in Congress to help us come up with a solution to look at what this President put forward on day one, and they are not doing that. Instead, they’re doing political stunts.

Crybabies! Liberals Whine Over Tim Allen's Harmless Joke About Biden

I forgot that jokes are apparently only funny if they poke at conservatives. Early this week ,none other than comedian Tim Allen poked fun at President Joe Biden. As a result, many raging leftists entered into an all out war against Allen. This past Sunday, Biden starred in a segment of CBS' “60 Minutes.” As you and I both know, Biden regularly forgets where he is, forgets that he’s president, shakes hands with the air and reads his teleprompter wrong. While I genuinely feel sympathy for him, his cadence is quite comical. In light of all of this, Allen tweeted a joke about Biden. Biden was on 60 minutes. I heard he asked how long the show was. — Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) September 19, 2022 This is funny, and there’s no denying it. Biden would be someone to ask a question with the answer literally embedded in it. Nonetheless, lefties on twitter were pissed about the mere joke. Classic leftist move - add cuss words to seem relevant. Fuck you Tim Allen and the cult you are in. pic.twitter.com/2nKGfTo6d1 — KeanoTheDog (@judgeyourself99) September 20, 2022 One lady compared Allen to actor Kevin Sorbo, another celebrity who makes jokes about Biden (God forbid). I thought Tim Allen and Kevin Sorbo were the same person. — Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) September 20, 2022 One user put an image of a stick figure holding a brain. Maybe it was Biden's. This is why everyone hates you and refuses to see ANY movie you’re in. pic.twitter.com/lCmCUNWr3d — jamdam85 🇺🇦ПТН ПНХ🇺🇦 (@Jamdam85) September 20, 2022 Perhaps people didn’t like the joke, but what's more probable is that they don’t like Allen. Anyone that doesn't sing the left’s praises is a terrible, racist, bigot…supposedly. Allen typically leans right-of-center. He’s a supporter of free markets and individual liberty - two sins in the world of a liberal. He previously found it humorous that Trump “pissed people off” with his cadence and rhetoric while in office. He also attended Trump's inauguration.  I guess Allen should just not poke fun at anything anymore…or maybe Biden should stop making himself the butt of the joke.  

Mika Brzezinski Labels 'Sick' Republicans 'The Party Of Inhumanity'

MSNBC Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski went on a rant when discussing the state of the GOP on Wednesday. In her world, the GOP is “sick” and “the party of inhumanity,” not only for sending 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, but for also being pro-life and defending the Second Amendment. Brzezinski’s comments were set up by the New York Times’s Mara Gay who sang the praises of Martha’s Vineyard, “it seems, in places where they are getting more support than they would have gotten, which is surely better than somebody coming up to you, potentially committing fraud, and human trafficking, you know, with false promises.”     Political analyst Elise Jordan followed by being grateful that, “By the grace of God, people are there on the ground who are actually practicing principles of compassion and grace. Because this sick guy sure didn't care about them.” They welcomed them for a day and then promptly sent them on their way. At no point did it occur to anyone that welcoming 50 people on one-time basis is a little easier than dealing with several times that number on a never-ending basis. Facts aside, Brzezinski launched into her monologue, “So, Elise, you're right, it's sick and, I mean, for other Republicans who may have some opinions on this that they don't feel like sharing. You might want to share. You're human beings too, you know, although it's getting hard to believe. I know some of you have a hard time getting over Donald Trump.” Brzezinski then went completely off the rails as she expanded the already stretched definition of inhumanity: So, maybe you can't get over Donald Trump. Maybe you're too scared to step out of line with Donald Trump, but do you really want to be in the party of inhumanity? The party that is literally becoming inhumane? You're going to be the party that forces a child to bear a child of its rapist? That’s number one. That's your party. You’re going to be the party that thinks owning weapons of war should be free and easy for everybody in an age where our children are getting slaughtered on a regular basis.  Getting back to immigration, Brzezinski continued, “That's -- your party. And now, you're in the party that thinks it's funny -- thinks it's funny -- to mislead fathers, mothers, and babies who have fled oppression in their country, walked through many countries to get here to America to seek asylum, yes, at the border, where there is, yes, a crisis.” It's nice that Brzezinski admitted there’s a crisis on the border, but it shouldn’t take Republican governors forcing blue states and cities to face the consequences of their policies for the media to finally admit it. Brzezinski concluded by directly scolding Republicans: And you think it's funny to mislead them and load them up on to a plane, tell them they're going to a better place and then put them in a place where they are sure to miss their asylum hearing so that they are forced to break a law so that they end up either deported or in jail? You're hilarious. You're so funny. You're so cool. That must be cool, to be so unbelievably sick and coldhearted. That is the Republican Party today. It's the party of humanity and I'm not even exaggerating. You look at the three issues, that's where you stand. So good luck defending that in future elections. Brzezinski should be careful what she wishes for because that may be easier than she thinks. This segment was sponsored by Subway. Here is a transcript for the September 21 show: MSNBC Morning Joe 9/21/2022 6:42 AM ET MARA GAY: He's doing it again. You know— MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. GAY: -- one small silver lining here is that some of the migrants may actually end up getting better services outside of Texas and Florida than they would have gotten before and so that, for me, I'm, kind of, trying to hold on to the idea that these actual human beings are arriving, it seems, in places where they are getting more support than they would have gotten, which is surely better than somebody coming up to you, potentially committing fraud, and human trafficking, you know, with false promises.  ELISE JORDAN: Right. By the grace of God, people are there on the ground who are actually practicing principles of compassion and grace. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah.  JORDAN: Because this sick guy sure didn't care about them.  GAY: Exactly BRZEZINSKI: So, Elise, you're right, it's sick and, I mean, for other Republicans who may have some opinions on this that they don't feel like sharing. You might want to share. You're human beings too, you know, although it's getting hard to believe. I know some of you have a hard time getting over Donald Trump.  So, maybe you can't get over Donald Trump. Maybe you're too scared to step out of line with Donald Trump, but do you really want to be in the party of inhumanity? The party that is literally becoming inhumane? You're going to be the party that forces a child to bear a child of its rapist? That’s number one. That's your party. You’re going to be the party that thinks owning weapons of war should be free and easy for everybody in an age where our children are getting slaughtered on a regular basis.  That's -- your party. And now, you're in the party that thinks it's funny -- thinks it's funny -- to mislead fathers, mothers, and babies who have fled oppression in their country, walked through many countries to get here to America to seek asylum, yes, at the border, where there is, yes, a crisis.  And you think it's funny to mislead them and load them up on to a plane, tell them they're going to a better place and then put them in a place where they are sure to miss their asylum hearing so that they are forced to break a law so that they end up either deported or in jail?  You're hilarious. You're so funny. You're so cool. That must be cool, to be so unbelievably sick and coldhearted. That is the Republican Party today. It's the party of humanity and I'm not even exaggerating. You look at the three issues, that's where you stand. So good luck defending that in future elections.

Just Making It Up: CBS Journalist’s ‘Speculative Fiction’ Predicts 2023 Violence, Civil War

They’re not even trying anymore. CBS Washington Correspondent Major Garrett has a new book out in which he employs “speculative fiction” to imagine election violence next year: A Texas Republican shoots a voter at the polls. CBS Mornings co-host Tony Dokoupil used this dishonesty Wednesday as a way of warning of America’s coming “civil war.”  Garrett’s new book is called The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie. Co-author Garrett explained how “speculative fiction” gives him license to make stuff up in his journalistic reporting:  So, to make it clear to everyone, this is speculative fiction. It's a nonfiction book that opens with a chapter of speculative fiction. We're imagining something that could happen. All right. Texas changed its laws after 2020 making already restrictive laws even more restrictive.     Garrett promoted his made-up scenario for the events of 2023:  Texas changed its laws after 2020 making already restrictive laws even more restrictive. And there are concerns –  and they've manifested themselves in the March primary there, that voters of color might have more difficulty complying with those. So, we paint a scenario where also under Texas law you can open carry and poll observers, election watchers have been given more powers to move around and contest things. So, there's an argument. The argument escalates. And nobody knows how or why. But a gunshot goes off, and a voter dies.  And Democrats looking at this nationally say, “Oh, my God, this is now a death in a polling place. And this looks like an assault on democracy that is now riddled with blood on the floor, literally in a voting precinct.” And they say, “Look, these tensions are so intense, we've reached our breaking point in terms of tolerance.” And the Speaker of the House in this speculative fiction story, we say, doesn't seat the entire Texas delegation, Republicans and Democrats, as a protest over what's going on in Texas. And because it's a close election, that delegation decides who controls the House. So now who controls the House of Representatives is up for grabs.  One might say to Garrett, if you want to write fiction, write fiction. But don’t insert it into a non-fiction analysis of American politics. Of course, the speculative scenario is exactly what’s needed for journalists to push the idea that the country is spiraling out of control. Dokoupil introduced the segment this way: “A CBS News poll finds a majority of Americans believe that, for future generations, the U.S. will be less of a democracy than it is right now.”  Now where could they get that impression? Dokoupil noted that the book claims “our nation [is] at risk for, in fact, a civil war.” Speaking of Garrett and co-author David Becker, the host reiterated, “And I hear both of you say civil war is stalking us.”  Speculative fiction isn’t new in the liberal journalistic and entertainment world. In 1999, Edmund Morris wrote a biography of Ronald Reagan in which, as the New York Times observed, “the author inserted himself as a fictional narrator, a device that baffled and angered some historians.” Even Times writer David Stout in 2019 called the bizarre decision “a device that baffled and angered some historians.”  In 2006, Hollywood made a fake documentary — what Major Garrett might call “speculative fiction” — imagining the future assassination of George W. Bush. CNN and other outlets promoted the ugly, faux documentary.   Back on CBS, Wednesday, Dokoupil responded to Garrett’s weaving of fiction and future predictions by marveling, “And so we have to save the country.” Journalists, always the heroes in their own minds.  The fiction dressed up as "speculative fiction" was sponsored by Progressive insurance. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 9/21/2022 8:18AM ET TONY DOKOUPIL: The 2022 midterms are approaching, and a new book is out now aiming to debunk some of the false claims made about the 2020 election. The timing is good because it comes as a CBS News poll finds a majority of Americans believe that for future generations the U.S. will be less of a democracy than it is right now. That's a majority belief. This is fueled in part, of course, by the false claims of former President Trump that the election was stolen from him in 2020. The book is called The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie. It argues the 2020 election was actually a triumph of democracy. It says election denial now puts our nation at risk for, in fact, a civil war. It's co-written by Major Garrett, CBS News' Chief Washington correspondent, and David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Gentlemen, good morning to both of you.  MAJOR GARRETT: Good morning, Tony.  DAVID BECKER: Good morning, Tony.  DOKOUPIL: The book is co-written, but I hear each of your voices at different times. I think that there's a very interesting contrast at the center of this book. On the one hand, you have what was a tremendous accomplishment, the 2020 election, one of the smoothest, most successful of all time. I hear your voice in that. And yet, we have this astounding denial of it that imperils us. And I hear both of you say civil war is stalking us. Those are the stakes, and that's the contradiction. Let's take them in part. Start with you David. How was the 2020 election one of the most successful in American history?  BECKER: If you look at the objective facts that we know from 2020, we had more verifiable paper ballots than ever before. These are ballots that you can go back to and audit and recount. Ninety five percent of all voters in the United States cast ballots on paper in 2020, the most ever. It was only about 75 percent in 2016. Every battleground state had paper ballots. In all of those states, the ballots were audited. We confirmed that the machines that counted the ballots did so accurately.  We had more pre-election litigation than ever before clarifying the results, every candidate, every campaign knew the rules on election day. They might not have liked them all. Both sides liked some and didn't like some, but they knew the rules. Post election we famously had more litigation than ever before. Sixty courts looked at the evidence, confirmed that the results were accurate. Even Trump-appointed judges did that. So the result was a great triumph of American democracy. The highest turnout we'd ever seen. 20 million more voters than we'd ever seen in any election managed during a global pandemic, all verified.  GARRETT: When we had say triumph of democracy we don't mean you have to be satisfied with the result. Lots of people are unhappy that President Biden won. Fine. Some people missed the Trump presidency. Fine. But disenthrall yourself from the idea that because you're unhappy that entitles you or gives you license to condemn something that was actually an example of American cooperation, collaboration, innovation, and a positive result for the furtherance of our democratic experiment.  DOKOUPIL: You imagine a January, 2023, as going very, very badly. If you could, sketch briefly that very bad outcome and what we can do to prevent it.  GARRETT: So, to make it clear to everyone, this is speculative fiction. It's a nonfiction book that opens with a chapter of speculative fiction. We're imagining something that could happen. All right. Texas changed its laws after 2020 making already restrictive laws even more restrictive. And there are concerns –  and they've manifested themselves in the March primary there, that voters of color might have more difficulty complying with those. So, we paint a scenario where also under Texas law you can open carry and poll observers, election watchers have been given more powers to move around and contest things. So, there's an argument. The argument escalates. And nobody knows how or why. But a gunshot goes off, and a voter dies.  And Democrats looking at this nationally say, “Oh, my God, this is now a death in a polling place. And this looks like an assault on democracy that is now riddled with blood on the floor, literally in a voting precinct.” And they say, “Look, these tensions are so intense, we've reached our breaking point in terms of tolerance.” And the Speaker of the House in this speculative fiction story, we say, doesn't seat the entire Texas delegation, Republicans and Democrats, as a protest over what's going on in Texas. And because it's a close election, that delegation decides who controls the House. So now who controls the House of Representatives is up for grabs.  DOKOUPIL: And so we have to save the country. The Big Lie is era. The Big Truth is the book. It will be good conversation at Thanksgiving. On sale now. We’ll be right back. 

Media Silent on Politically-Motivated Killing of Republican Teenager

For more than three days now, left-wing TV networks have refused to report on the politically-motivated killing of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson, a conservative, by 41-year-old Shannon Brandt in North Dakota. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Brandt hit the teenager with his car, reportedly due to a political disagreement, before driving off. Brandt admitted to police that the collision was a deliberate attack, and that he had been motivated by Ellingson’s political affiliation. According to court documents, Ellingson called his mother twice and asked her to pick him up, saying that someone was chasing him. By the time she arrived to collect her son, Brandt had already run him down and left the scene. A review of news coverage on leftwing broadcast (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and cable (CNN and MSNBC) outlets revealed that none of these networks have given the attack even one second of airtime. Both Fox News and Newsmax covered the incident on Tuesday evening during the 7 p.m. Eastern hour. In the current media environment where concerns over political violence are remarkably high, this silence from the establishment news media is deafening. It really does look like their refusal to cover the attack is because of both Brandt’s and his victim’s politics. Brandt claimed Ellingson was a “Republican extremist,” echoing language used by President Biden during recent a speech, in which he declared Trump voters were an extremist threat to the nation. Meanwhile, CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has been writing political fanfiction featuring Republicans violently murdering Democrats. If Garrett gets a free moment in between TV interviews plugging his new book, here’s an opportunity for him to report on a politically motivated killing that actually happened.

Canada Likely to Lift Vaccine Mandates for MLB Playoffs

Hell may have frozen over. Reports suggest that Canada will likely drop its vaccine requirements for people entering the country by the end of the month. Should this become official, it will undoubtedly be great news for unvaccinated athletes that, to this point, have been prevented from playing games in Canada. Currently, anyone seeking to enter Canada must have received at least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a second dose of another COVID-19 vaccine no less than 14 days before entering the country.  Related: Quebec City Health Commish Says City Is Forcibly 'Isolating Uncooperative' People Who’ve Tested Positive for COVID19 The news comes just over two weeks before the start of the the MLB playoffs, which the Toronto Blue Jays will likely qualify for (they are currently the top wild card spot in the American League and have a 7.5-game cushion from losing a playoff berth with only 14 games left in the season). Naturally, any team that has to face Toronto with its season on the line would rightly be furious if the mandate would force a star player to miss one or multiple games, so Canada is doing its best to stay ahead of that scenario. The mandate would also be welcome news to Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, both of whom remained unvaccinated during their seasons despite their respective leagues having mandates for its personnel.

SAD TROMBONE: Biden White House Is Reportedly Triggered by Fox’s Bill Melugin

Writing in its West Wing Playbook newsletter on Tuesday, Politico’s Max Tani and Alex Thompson revealed the Biden administration has grown disgusted with another Fox News reporter who’s not named Peter Doocy. Rather, it’s Bill Melugin for his compelling, fact-based, and substantive coverage of the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border. “There’s a tall Fox News reporter in his mid-30s with slicked back hair and an air of combative indignation who is getting under the skin of some people in JOE BIDEN’s administration. And he’s not PETER DOOCY,” Tani and Thompson began, adding that Melugin “has become a growing presence online and in broader political circles as Fox’s go-to reporter at the U.S. southern border.” The pair noted that Melugin’s live shots have “focuse[d] on the historic flow of migrants that are overwhelming communities there.” Sounds rather straightforward and necessary journalism, right? Well, according to the Biden regime, such reporting is maddening. They then got into the White House petulance, saying “several current and former...officials expressed...their increasing frustration” and “irritation” “with his on-air coverage, arguing that there is an alarmist quality to it, designed to feed political narratives rather than illuminate the actual issues feeding the migrant flow.” Citing one of their sources, Tani and Thompson wrote that “the Biden team has complained about the lack of nuance in the network’s coverage of the topic, which focuses more on the number of migrants rather than explaining the root causes of the situation,” and that such a focus on the border masks “bad headlines for conservatives.” Notice how, like Libs of TikTok, there’s no pushback to what they’re saying or claim that they’re lying. Rather, it’s that they exist. Ignoring the fact that network reporters routinely make appearances on partisan shows airing on CNN and MSNBC, Tani and Thompson bemoaned Melugin breaking the news about Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) flying illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and discussing it “on Fox News opinion primetime.” They went into more kvetching about Melugin’s “style of coverage” being “heavily” based in “on-the-ground reporting” and “technologically savvy” that “gives the story a dramatic visual scale that Fox pundits use to bolster their arguments about the enormity of the problem” on the border. The horror! Again, nothing about the facts of what Melugin has reported and instead whining that he’s putting the rest of the press to shame. The meltdown continued: Immigration has been a key issue that has filled many hours of programming for Fox News since its inception. The network regularly dispatches people to the border to cover illegal border crossings, stoking fears about caravans of immigrants. As we’ve noted for over a year, Melugin has been an indispensable presence who engages in the kind of fact-checking the so-called fact-checkers should be doing more of.  For example, we almost one year ago to the day that, following an episode of The Psaki Show, Melugin fact-checked Psaki on a litany of claims, including her insistence that the tens of thousands under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas don’t intend to say in the U.S. long. And last week on September 15, Melugin took apart Karine Jean-Pierre’s claims about illegal immigrants being transported out of Texas (click “expand”):     SANDRA SMITH: I'll get your direct reaction to the White House just now, not only calling these political stunts and the migrants used as political pawns, calling it shameful, saying that we’re working to manage the consequences of this, and then said, “the migrants were misled on where they were going,” calling it “alarming.” You say that's not the case.  MELUGIN: It's not the case for the busses here in Texas. Every single one of the migrants before they get on a bus, they have to sign a voluntary consent waiver. I have seen those waivers. They get two options. They can decide to go to New York City or they can go to Washington, D.C. They get to pick which bus they good on. They’re loaded with food, they’re loaded with water, MREs, they get to stop and get off wherever they want to. They are not forced on to the busses. The migrants themselves have said they are not forced on, they go willingly, some are very excited to do it, trying to reunite with family on the east coast. There’s a local NGO out here, Mission Border Hope. Their executive director said the exact same thing. Nobody is forced on to the busses. They all go willingly, and nobody is deceived. They all sign paperwork, guys, before they get on these busses. SMITH: Bill, I want to follow up with you on that. In addition, she was just asked by a reporter in the room at the White House. How do you explain the influx then? You know, obviously just, you know, pointing to the picture of all these migrants, so many that these Republican leaders are shipping them off to places like Martha's Vineyard and to Kamala Harris's doorstep. Her response is that “we do have work to do.” An acknowledgment, obviously, that the crisis is happening, but no specific offering as to what this white house is doing about it.  MELUGIN: Well, no and she said they have put in place a number of strategies that are having an impact on the border. They are talking about arrests they are making. But just look at their own numbers. John is exactly right. She's talking about, “well, we have expelled the most migrants ever with title 42.” Yeah, that’s because more than 2 million people have crossed this year alone. They’re breaking their own records. Last year set the all-time record with 1.7 million. We are not even done with this fiscal year yet. We’re already over 2 million. So, yes, they are going to be expelling more people when you have a massive amount of people coming across the border. The other thing is, she makes it sound like they are using Title 42 across the board in all cases. That is absolutely not true whatsoever. Here in Del Rio sector where we are — Eagle Pass, almost everybody crossing here is Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua. Those countries are not subject to Title 42 because Mexico won't take them back and neither will their home countries. Instead, they are released and processed via Title VIII. They get released with a future court date. I'm going to give you a number right now. A few days ago more than 1,800 people crossed illegally here in the Del Rio sector. Of that 1,800, only 400 were expelled Title 42. Look at the Yuma, Arizona sector. A few days ago, in Yuma, Arizona 754 people crossed in one day, 32 of them were expelled via title 42. It is not being used consistently — we apologize, we got a Border Patrol boat going by us right now — but they are not using Title 42 consistently across the board as she's trying to make it sound like to the American public.

PBS Compares Obama To Reconstruction, Trump To Backlash

NPR’s Michel Martin welcomed history professor Peniel E. Joseph to PBS’s Amanpour and Company to discuss his latest book where he compares the election of Barack Obama to the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments and to Civil Rights Movement and the election of Donald Trump to the backlash to those movements. Martin kicked things off by asking Joseph to discuss the book, “So, walk me through it. Your book -- your new book, focuses on the period between the historical election of Barack Obama in 2008 and the coup attempt on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is a period that you called ‘The Third Reconstruction,’ that's the title of your book. So, I'm going to ask you, just briefly as you can, to walk me through what was the first and what was the second and why is this the third?”     Before Joseph even began to speak, it was obvious this was going to be a segment more on name-calling than historical analysis. Sensible people understand that you don’t need to approve of rioting at the Capitol to realize there were reasons to support Trump or oppose Obama that have nothing to do with racism and that Trump won in 2016 because we won the same swing voters that Obama did. Still, if Obama represents the third Reconstruction, Joseph believes that means he is comparable to the first, “from 1865 to 1898 and it's really a 33- year period after racial slavery where we see the Reconstruction Amendments 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments that end racial slavery, provide birthright citizenship for all Americans. And provide black men with voting suffrage which later will be extended to white women in 1920 and black women in 1965.” While these were good things about the era, there were also bad things which, following Joseph’s logic, Trump is analogous to, “And the lows of the Klan, the lows of Black Codes, and convict lease systems and sharecropping. So, on some levels, like W. E. B. Du Bois says, the negro has his and her moment in the sun before being relegated back to a kind of slavery by another name.” The second historical era that Obama is similar to is, “from 1954 to 1968 the Brown Supreme Court desegregation decision all the way through the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and in-between, we see Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Acts, and certainly the urban rebellions of the 1960s that lead to black power.” Finally getting to present day, Joseph continued: And this third reconstruction really is pivoted around four different points. One, is the rise of Barack Obama in 2007-2008. Two, is the rise of Black Lives Matter 1.0, after the murder of Trayvon Martin. And the third is the rise of MAGA and Donald Trump, Make America Great Again, and this backlash to the politics of reconstruction. And then finally, 2020, which sees really a juxtaposition, Michel. You see enormous positives with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. More white people protesting for racial justice than ever in the history of the republic. And then we see the disparate treatment between black and whites and Latinx and AAPI because of the pandemic. Missing the irony of “Latinx,” Joseph would proceed to tie January 6 to racism and while rioting at the Capitol is never acceptable, so is accusing people of being racist for not supporting a liberal president. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the September 21 show: PBS Amanpour and Company 9/21/2022 1:18 AM ET MICHEL MARTIN: So, walk me through it. Your book -- your new book, focuses on the period between the historical election of Barack Obama in 2008 and the coup attempt on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is a period that you called "The Third Reconstruction," that's the title of your book. So, I'm going to ask you, just briefly as you can, to walk me through what was the first and what was the second and why is this the third? PENIEL E. JOSEPH: The first reconstruction is from 1865 to 1898 and it's really a 33- year period after racial slavery where we see the Reconstruction Amendments 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments that end racial slavery, provide birthright citizenship for all Americans. And provide black men with voting suffrage which later will be extended to white women in 1920 and black women in 1965. So, that first Reconstruction sees the highs of historically black colleges and universities, black churches, black women and men as leaders. And the lows of the Klan, the lows of Black Codes, and convict lease systems and sharecropping. So, on some levels, like W. E. B. Du Bois says, the negro has his and her moment in the sun before being relegated back to a kind of slavery by another name. The second reconstruction is from 1954 to 1968 the Brown Supreme Court desegregation decision all the way through the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and in-between, we see Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Acts, and certainly the urban rebellions of the 1960s that lead to black power. And this third reconstruction really is pivoted around four different points. One, is the rise of Barack Obama in 2007-2008. Two, is the rise of Black Lives Matter 1.0, after the murder of Trayvon Martin. And the third is the rise of MAGA and Donald Trump, Make America Great Again, and this backlash to the politics of reconstruction. And then finally, 2020, which sees really a juxtaposition, Michel. You see enormous positives with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. More white people protesting for racial justice than ever in the history of the republic. And then we see the disparate treatment between black and whites and Latinx and AAPI because of the pandemic. We see the racial backlash when we think about the election of 2020. And then finally, we see the January 6th insurrection and a coup attempt. That's really predicating on this notion that black people committed voter fraud. And that idea of voter fraud goes back to the first reconstruction. We've heard about allegations of black people committing voter fraud ever since they earned the right to vote through their participation in the Civil War and as being abolitionists.

The View's 2024 Ticket? Gov. Newsom and Pretend-Gov. Abrams

Aside from so-called “Sunny Hostin” making racist attacks against former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley targeting her name and skin tone, ABC's The View also floated names of Democrats to be their nominee in 2024 on Tuesday. One potential ticket paring that got some vocal support from the cast was California Governor Gavin Newsom and Georgia’s pretend-Governor Stacey Abrams. And the former in particular got high praise from the racist Hostin. Near the top of the show, Joy Behar fantasized about former President Trump being in prison for unnamed “crimes” or having fled to Russia as the reasons he would not be able to run again: BEHAR: Unless – to me – unless Trump is in prison – [Laughter and applause] It could happen. If Trump is in prison or is somewhere in some maybe, in Saudi Arabia, somewhere -- HOSTIN: Russia. BEHAR: Russia. It's possible. Then I think that Joe Biden is the one to beat him. He beat him before. He'll beat him again. Having settled on a future featuring Trump in an orange jumpsuit, her next choice was the pair of Governors. “I think Gavin Newsome has a chance. Gavin Newsom and Stacey Abrams. What a ticket that would be,” she rhetorically asked the audience.     Behar’s second suggestion was Jon Tester. But proving that he has almost no name recognition, she immediately asks, “Does anyone know who he is? He is the senator from Montana.” Among the attributes, Behar thought were favorable were his “crew cut” hairstyle and how “he looks like a real outdoorsy guy.” Whining as though she was on a dating site, Hostin huffed: “I don’t want to vote for an outdoorsy guy.” “He's a good guy and he's smart,” Behar spoke in his defense, still sounding like this was a blind date. But co-host Whoopi Goldberg didn’t like all this talk about different Democrats because it implied they would kick President Biden to the curb. “This is how I feel, this is how I feel, there is nothing wrong with Joe Biden,” she proclaimed. “He has done what nobody else was able to do. And so, you know, I feel like if you've done a good job I want you to continue to do that.” Goldberg ominously decried the idea of supporting a Republican because they need to be “re-educated”: I don't want to have to re-educate another person of what the values of this country are. I don't want to do it. And if you find a Republican who we don't have to re-educate about the values of America and the promise, then it's a discussionable [sic]. But the folks that you [co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin] mentioned because they hung on every word of you-know-who said, they don't qualify. As they were getting ready to head to a commercial break, Hostin spoke up again to make a full-throated endorsement of her heartthrob: Newsom. “I think Gavin Newsom is sort of that fresh energy that we need, I think that he is charismatic, I think that he is smart, he runs the fifth-largest economy in the world, more productive than India and the United Kingdom, I think if you want someone who wants real leadership and business experience,” she said. Concluding: “I'm not going to talk about the good looks, Gavin Newsom.” These 2024 fantasies were sponsored by Crest and Downy. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 20, 2022 11:04:17 a.m. Eastern (…) JOY BEHAR: Unless – to me – unless Trump is in prison – [Laughter and applause] It could happen. If Trump is in prison or is somewhere in some maybe, in Saudi Arabia, somewhere -- SUNNY HOSTIN: Russia. BEHAR: Russia. It's possible. Then I think that, Joe Biden is the one to beat him. He beat him before. He'll beat him again. If Trump is not in prison, which according to what I’m reading is highly unlikely because Merrick Garland says no one is above the law – and let us hope that he means that because he has certainly committed crimes, Trump has – then I think Gavin Newsome has a chance. Gavin Newsom and Stacey Abrams. What a ticket that would be. HOSTIN: Oh. BEHAR: Pretty good. [Applause] And there’s one other guy! I’m going to bring up another name: Jon Tester. Does anyone know who he is? He is the senator from Montana. He's from a state that Trump won in 2020, and he's been very vocal about the Democrats needing to appeal to middle America, just like, you know – Because he's from Montana, he's got a crew cut, he looks like a real – outdoorsy guy. You know? HOSTIN: I don’t want to vote for an outdoorsy guy. [Laughter] BEHAR: But he’s a smart guy. He was the lead sponsor of the PACT Act that helps toxin-exposed veterans. He's a good guy. He's a good guy and he's smart. And I think somebody like him might have a chance just like Bill Clinton was from the south and appealed to a lot of conservatives because of that. ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think Tester is actually interesting, he's a fairly moderate Democrat, but I think could do incredibly well in the general. (…) 11:08:08 a.m. Eastern WHOOPI GOLDBERG: This is how I feel, this is how I feel, there is nothing wrong with Joe Biden. BEHAR: Yeah. GOLDBERG: He has done what nobody else was able to do. And so, you know, I feel like if you've done a good job I want to you to continue to do that. I don't want to have to re-educate another person of what the values of this country are. I don't want to do it. And if you find a Republican who we don't have to re-educate about the values of America and the promise, then it's a discussionable. But the folks that you mentioned, because they hung on every word of you-know-who said, they don't qualify. FARAH GRIFFIN: Liz Cheney, though. GOLDBERG: Except maybe Liz. [Applause] HOSTIN: Can I say something very quickly? GOLDBERG: Yeah. HOSTIN: I think Gavin Newsom is sort of that fresh energy that we need, I think that he is charismatic, I think that he is smart, he runs the fifth-largest economy in the world, more productive than India and the United Kingdom, I think if you want someone who wants real leadership and business experience, I'm not going to talk about the good looks, Gavin Newsom. [Applause] GOLDBERG: I'm going to say this again -- I'm going to say this again -- I don't want to have to re-educate somebody on what to do, because I don't want him sticking his tongue out at the guy in Florida, I want somebody who's going to fix what's going on in California. HOSTIN: But he challenged him to a debate. GOLDBERG: But we got to go. But we'll be back.

Tone-Deaf Fortune Mag Headline: ‘Why You Should Be Happy About Inflation’

Fortune magazine ran one of the dumbest liberal takes on inflation yet. Its propaganda piece even puts fraudulent economists like Paul Krugman to shame.  The liberal magazine had the audacity to publish a tone-deaf inflation story with the headline: “Why you should be happy about inflation and worried about something else, top economist Brad DeLong says.” The magazine pushed the insane propaganda of University of California, Berkeley Professor Brad DeLong who reportedly said that so-called “‘reopening inflation’” has “‘so far been a very good thing.’” The liberal rag continued: “DeLong argues that there is a major economic shift taking place that people should welcome. It all has to do with our strange but kind of wonderful post-pandemic economy.” The take was so ridiculous that the magazine’s tweet of the story got heavily ratioed on Twitter, with over 950 comments and only over 430 likes so far. Ami Magazine Senior White House Correspondent Jake Turx didn’t pull any punches: “Hey @FortuneMagazine, your ‘top financial historian’ is clearly a moron. Send @delong and this ignorant propaganda back to the 1930s where it belongs instead of using it to taunt millions of people who are hurting.” Hey @FortuneMagazine, your "top financial historian" is clearly a moron. Send @delong and this ignorant propaganda back to the 1930s where it belongs instead of using it to taunt millions of people who are hurting. https://t.co/71tH8T4IUy — Jake K. Turx (@JakeTurx) September 21, 2022 Even Fortune had to hedge in the first line  of the story: “How could high inflation possibly be good?” Fortune continued undercutting its own headline before even getting to DeLong’s argument: “Not only are you paying more for stuff than a year ago, but the consistently higher-than-expected readings in the Consumer Price Index continue to devastate the stock market, sending the S&P 500 down over 1,000 points on Tuesday, its worst day since June 2020.”  But then Fortune spun itself silly by patronizing its own readers. “One of America’s top financial historians says this moment calls for a lesson in economics,” the story declared. Yikes. Inflation topped August expectations of eight percent to hit 8.3 percent year-over-year, bolstered by rent prices spiking to their highest levels since 1991 and food prices rising a staggering 11.4 percent, the largest increase since May 1979. Yet Fortune patronized its readers telling them not to believe what’s right in front of them.  FLASHBACK: Saturday Night Live Mocked Inflation Spin Narratives in 1978 The magazine wielded DeLong in a desperate attempt to put lipstick on this ugly pig of an economy: Inflation in the U.S. is currently serving two functions that could help the economy in the long run, according to DeLong: helping expand new economic sectors poised for big growth, and uncovering and optimizing supply chain snags that have been with us since the beginning of the pandemic. Fortune buried the real truth about the state of the economy in the 20th paragraph: “Expectations that inflation will become entrenched in the economy and stick around might become a self-fulfilling prophecy, which would lead to something even worse for the economy. The word for that is stagflation: the worst-case scenario of slow economic growth combined with high inflation. DeLong says it is still very possible.” [Emphasis added.] DeLong even conceded that, “'Worst of all is you get stuck in the stagflation of the 1970s.'” He continued: “‘If inflation gets entrenched in expectations, it will be a very bad thing.’” Fortune even admitted that “not every economist shares DeLong’s view that there is much good at all about the current inflation, with many saying it is a much more pressing issue that the government is failing to adequately control.” [Emphasis added.]  No kidding Sherlock! Conservatives are under attack. Contact Fortune Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell at alyson.shontell@fortune.com and demand the publication quit trying to sell inflation as a good thing.    

CBS' 'FBI: Most Wanted' Attacks 2nd Amendment in Nasty Season Premiere

On Tuesday, CBS' FBI: Most Wanted recycled every gun control cliché in the left's ideological arsenal in a nasty premiere attacking the Second Amendment. The episode, "Iron Pipeline," begins with a family of four getting shot dead in a motel in Georgia. The father in the murdered family had trafficked in illegal gun sales. His wife and sister-in-law bought guns legally in Georgia that he sold illegally up north in states with stricter gun control laws. The FBI is brought in because the killer stole the family's stash of firearms. The episode quickly turns into an hour of snarky anti-Second Amendment dialogue and overwrought gun control tropes.  When the team is told that the killer "finished off the whole family before Dad got off a shot" an agents says, "So much for a good guy with a gun, huh?" Since the murdered father was selling firearms from Georgia, the agents discuss guns from the South ending up as illegal weapons in New York City. ATF Agent: We call I-95 the Iron Pipeline. Guns traffic from Florida and Georgia up the interstate to cities in the northeast with tougher gun control. FBI Agent Barnes: Yeah, half the illegal weapons we took off the street when I was in NYPD traced back to the South. If gun control laws don't stop criminals from acquiring them illegally, maybe strict rules in blue cities that prevent law-abiding citizens from defending themselves is a bad idea? None of the characters voice such a viewpoint, of course. The implication instead is that New York City's problem with violent crime is the fault of guns from the South. Blaming guns is easier than acknowledging the disastrous effects of soft-on-crime policies. While the FBI team is investigating the case, television news announces a school shooting in Delaware. Pro-second amendment characters in the episode appear indifferent to the massacre. A gun shop owner comments on how sales go up whenever there is a mass shooting:     Gun Shop Owner: Can't afford to part with inventory at the moment. Every time there's a shooting like that Delaware thing, we get a line out the door. Everybody and their granny wants an AR while they still can get them. Agent Barnes: Nice to hear the murder of children is good for business.  Gun Shop Owner: I mean, poor kids, sure. But I sell guns for a living.  When the killer of the family from the motel later guns down a cop, he shouts, "God bless the Second Amendment!"  Subtlety isn't the show's strong suit. After catching the motel killer, the FBI team learns of an unexpected weapons sale. A man who lost his daughter in the school shooting bought one of the stolen guns: Agent Barnes: Yeah, he's been all over the news advocating for gun control, right? Agent Gaines: Okay, so what's he doing buying a trafficked assault rifle?  They search his laptop and find a video on "How to Load and Operate an AR-15." The only gun the writers of this show appear to have ever heard of is the AR-15. It turns out the grieving dad bought the weapon so he could hold the head of the "Northeastern Rifle Association" hostage and force him to post a picture of his dead daughter. In the end, the picture doesn't post on the hostage's feed because it is sensitive content. The grieving father then bursts into pained laughter and is captured by the FBI.  The audience could be forgiven for bursting into pained laughter at such bad writing. In the past, FBI: Most Wanted has had some of the most hackneyed anti-conservative episodes in the FBI television franchise. Last night's premiere was no exception.

Shocker! Villain on CBS Drama 'FBI' is Left-Wing Domestic Terrorist

There was a glitch in the matrix last night on network television. The season premiere of CBS' drama FBI focused on a left-wing domestic terrorist who tries to kill conservatives. In Tuesday's episode, 'Hero's Journey,' a far-left extremist from Portland, Oregon attempts to bomb a Federalist Society event. The FBI stumbles upon this radical's plans after an agent goes undercover as a prospective bomb buyer. The bureau discovers that the bomb they were attempting to buy had already been stolen by a left-wing lunatic named Nathan (Ben Lorenz). Nathan recently shot and killed his roommate Tony (Sammy Semenza), a fellow leftist who didn't want to resort to extreme violence.  In the basement of Nathan and Tony's house, agents find photos of well-known conservatives along with anti-right paraphernalia:     Agent Zidan: This is weird, right? Agent Chase: Yeah, I recognize some of those faces, though. They're all conservative right-wingers who've been in the news.  Agent Wallace: Dog alerted to the back room. The bomb was here, but there's no sign of it now. Agent Chase: Ok, what about any guns? Agent Scola: No, but a lot of extremist paraphernalia -- books, protest, signs, all railing against the right. Agent Chase: Well, that could be why he and the missing roommate wanted a bomb.  Agent Zidan: So let's get this scrubbed asap. Can you get this to the joc?  Agent: Yes, sir. Digging into Nathan's texts, the FBI learns that Nathan and Tony both believed "the right was destroying our democracy." Two agents, Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) and Stuart Scola (John Boyd), are sent to interview the catering company where Tony worked. They suspect Nathan is planning to bomb an event on the caterer's schedule and realize he intends to blow up a Federalist Society conference:     Agent Scola: Is there anything else that might be on the schedule you could think of?  Caterer: Some conference at a hotel out in Northport--the Links. But that already started about 10 minutes ago. And, yeah, Tony was supposed to be there. Agent Wallace: Can you pull up the information for that event? Lunch to be served after a keynote speech by Judge Edward Saunders of the Southern District of New York. Agent Scola: Hey, Tiff.  Agent Wallace: Give me one second. Agent Scola: Hard-core conservative, ok? He's been in the news a lot recently, praising the Supreme Court's recent rulings on abortion, gun rights. Agent Wallace: So if he's the guest of honor, most likely the attendees have the same political leaning. Agent Scola: Which means this conference is one hell of a target for a guy like Nathan.  Putting aside that supporting recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and the second amendment makes one a "conservative," not a "hard-core conservative," whatever that means, it's surprising to see a network show acknowledge that conservative judges and organizations are potential targets of left-wing terrorists. Agents further discover that Nathan is wanted for torching the home of the "Oregon State Chairman of the Republican National Committee." The list of real-life attacks against Republicans and conservatives is long, from the congressional baseball field shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to the assassination attempt of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Violence has included bombings of Republican offices, vandalism of crisis pregnancy centers, and a teen being killed just this week for being a Republican. Yet threats and attacks against conservative targets don't normally appear in television scripts. Quite the opposite. Television vilifies conservatives so much that during the episode I kept waiting for a "catch," wondering when the conservatives would be revealed as the "real" bad guys. But the Federalist Society conference is actually portrayed as normal. When Nathan kidnaps the teenaged son of one of the conference attendees after the bomb attempt is thwarted, the episode shows the teenager as a sweet, innocent kid and his dad as a loving father.  Who would have imagined Hollywood writing such a script? Did a free thinker accidentally slip into a CBS writers' room? An hour later, CBS returned to its natural state of anti-conservatism with the premiere of a left-wing episode of FBI: Most Wanted, attacking the second amendment. CBS' audience didn't get to see an alternate perspective for too long. But for one hour on Tuesday, an original script dramatizing the threat of left-wing terrorism somehow slipped its way onto the network schedule.

The MRC@35: The Worst Media Bias of the Past 35 Years

Tonight the NewsBusters staff is attending the Media Research Center’s 35th Anniversary Gala, “Night of the Unwoke!” To mark this luminous event we’ve put together the 35 most obnoxious quotes of the MRC’s history.  It’s a pretty offensive display of smug disdain for everyday conservatives, rabid hatred for conservative leaders, embarrassing sycophancy for liberals, and a little anti-American treason thrown in for good measure. So here they are! 35 outrageous quotes for 35 years!  Damn Those Conservatives     “Largely as a result of the policies and priorities of the Reagan Administration, more people are becoming poor and staying poor in this country than at any time since World War II.” — NBC Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, July 17, 1989.     “Good morning. The Gipper was an airhead! That’s one of the conclusions of a new biography of Ronald Reagan that’s drawing a tremendous amount of interest and fire today, Monday, September the 27th, 1999....” — Co-host Katie Couric opening Today, September 27, 1999.     “The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.” — Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, September 23, 2009.       “The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor.” — Dan Rather, March 16, 1995 CBS Evening News.     “I think he [Senator Jesse Helms] ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.” — National Public Radio and ABC News reporter Nina Totenberg reacting to Helms’ claim that the government spends too much on AIDS research, July 8, 1995 Inside Washington.     “I’ve never heard of a guy who is a one-time rapist. I’ve never heard of a one-time sexual assaulter. I grew up with guys [Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh] like this. He’s from around this area, right? He is the fifth guy in a gang rape. He’s the guy who comes in after he is drunk because everybody else encourages him and he can get away with it. He’s been pretty much covered his entire life. And now he’s on the Supreme Court, where he can move that same despicable misogynist attitude he has gotten away with his entire cowardly life to the greatest misogynist of all, which is the President of the United States.” — MSNBC contributor and TheRoot.com’s Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s AM Joy, September 15, 2019. “The torching of black churches throughout the South punctuates the ugly rhetoric of the [Pat] Buchanan campaign.... In fact, all the conservative Republicans, from Newt Gingrich to Pete Wilson, who have sought political advantage by exploiting white resentment should come and stand in the charred ruins of the New Liberty Baptist Church in Tyler [Alabama]...and wonder if their coded phrases encouraged the arsonists. Over the past 18 months, while Republicans fulminated about welfare and affirmative action, more than 20 churches in Alabama and six other Southern and Border states have been torched....there is already enough evidence to indict the cynical conservatives who build their political careers, George Wallace-style, on a foundation of race-baiting. They may not start fires, but they fan the flames.” — Time national correspondent Jack E. White, March 18, 1996 issue.     “These seem to be appeals to the extreme white wing of the Republican Party. That is to say that there continues to be among many conservatives a real resentment against blacks....I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it’s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow.” — Former CNN correspondent Bob Franken talking about the GOP candidates on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, January 6, 2012.     “Clarence Thomas is the best only at his ability to bootlick for Ronald Reagan and George Bush....And the thing that bothers me about his appointment — if they had put David Duke on, I wouldn’t scream as much because they would look at David Duke and reject him for what he is. If you gave Clarence Thomas a little flour on his face, you’d think you had David Duke talking.” — Columnist Carl Rowan on Inside Washington, July 7, 1991.     “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease....He is an absolutely reprehensible person.” — USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4, 1994 PBS To the Contrary.     “One of the most comprehensive firstperson accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years.... In 1756, he records that ‘a slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners’ savagery and inhumanity....When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.” — MSNBC host Martin Bashir on November 15, 2013 reacting to Sarah Palin’s comparison of excessive debt to slavery. Bashir apologized the following Monday, but MSNBC permitted him to stay on the air that entire week. After an extended Thanksgiving “vacation,” he  quit on December 4, 2013.     Co-host Sunny Hostin: “When you have a Mike Pence who now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we’re this a dangerous situation. Look I’m Catholic. I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.” Co-host Joy Behar: “Like I said before, it’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you....That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.” — ABC’s The View, February 13, 2018. Scornful of Everyday Americans     “What do you think the bigger obstacle is for you in becoming president, the Clinton campaign machine or America’s inherent racism?” — ABC’s Chris Cuomo to Barack Obama in a December 20, 2007 interview on Good Morning America.     “If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd that you are in.” — Host Don Lemon on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, January 14, 2021.     “It ain’t a dog whistle, it is a racist P.A. announcement that all of Trump supporters in America can listen to: ‘I know the facts aren’t on our side, I know we’re not gonna win in the courts, but let me just tell you I’m trying to keep brown people....from Latin America out of the United States. Because when I say....let’s make America great again, I’m really just saying, as Donald Trump your president, let’s keep America white, majority white.’...Put that on your bumper sticker if you’re supporting Donald Trump in 2020 because that, he has proven at last, is all his presidency is about.” — Host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, February 18, 2019.     “It’s hard to be a parent, tonight, for a lot of us. You tell your kids, don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot....And then, you have this outcome....how do I explain this to my children?...This was a ‘white-lash.’ This was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country. It was a ‘white-lash’ against a black president.” — CNN’s political analyst Van Jones during live election night coverage 12:44 am ET, November 9, 2016. “This is a moral 9/11. Only 9/11 was done to us from the outside and we did this to ourselves.” — New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, November 11, 2016. “Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.” — ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary, November 14, 1994. “Corporations pay public relations firms millions of dollars to contrive the kind of grass-roots response that [Jerry] Falwell or Pat Robertson can galvanize in a televised sermon. Their followers are largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” — Washington Post reporter Michael Weisskopf writing about Christian conservatives in a February 1, 1993 news story.     Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talking about radical Muslims: “Somehow, the idea got into their minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter.” Host Tavis Smiley: “But Christians do that every single day in this country.” Ali: “Do they blow people up every day?” Smiley: “Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine is – I could do this all day long....There are folk in the Tea Party, for example, every day who are being recently arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walk into Capitol Hill, for spitting on people. That’s within the political – that’s within the body politic of this country.” — PBS’s Tavis Smiley, May 25, 2010. “There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank....How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht.” — New York Times columnist Frank Rich talking about Tea Party protests against ObamaCare, March 28, 2010.     “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children....We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children....We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” — MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry in an early April, 2013 “Lean Forward” spot.   Contemptuous of Conservative Talk Radio     “What was the more likely cause of the Oklahoma City bombing: talk radio or Bill Clinton and Janet Reno’s hands-on management of Waco, the Branch Davidian compound?...Obviously, the answer is talk radio. Specifically, Rush Limbaugh’s hate radio....Frankly, Rush, you have that blood on your hands now and you have had it for 15 years.” — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann naming Rush Limbaugh the “Worst Person in the World,” April 19, 2010 Countdown. “In a nation that has entertained and appalled itself for years with hot talk on the radio and the campaign trail, the inflamed rhetoric of the ’90s is suddenly an unindicted co-conspirator in the blast.” — Time Senior Writer Richard Lacayo writing about the explosion at the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 people, May 8, 1995 issue. Drooling Over Their Media Heroes “If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we’d take it right now and walk away winners...Thank you very much and tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we’re pulling for her.” — Dan Rather at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting talking via satellite to President Bill Clinton about his new on-air partnership with Connie Chung.     “Maya Angelou, the late Maya Angelou, wrote a poem about her during the 2008 presidential campaign. It contains these lines: ‘There is a world of difference between being a woman and a being an old female. If you’re born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman.’ Some say she may be the first woman in the White House. I am pleased to have Hillary Clinton back at this table. Welcome.” — Host Charlie Rose setting up an interview with Hillary Clinton on his PBS program, July 17, 2014.  “I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way.” — ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran to Media Bistro’s Steve Krakauer in a February 20, 2009 “Morning Media Menu” podcast. (MP3 audio)     Bill O’Reilly: “I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clinton’s an honest man?” Dan Rather: “Yes, I think he’s an honest man.” O’Reilly: “Do you, really?” Rather: “I do.... I think at core he’s an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” — Exchange on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, May 15, 2001. “If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age.” — Charles Pierce in a January 5, 2003 Boston Globe Magazine article. Kopechne drowned while trapped in Kennedy’s submerged car off Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969, an accident Kennedy did not report for several hours.     Co-anchor Chris Matthews: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My — I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: “Steady.” Matthews: “No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.” — Exchange during MSNBC’s coverage of the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D. C. primaries, February 12, 2008. “I would be happy to give him [Bill Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.” — Time contributor and former reporter Nina Burleigh recalling what she told the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz about her feeling toward Bill Clinton, as recounted by Burleigh in the July 20, 1998 New York Observer. Soft on Communism “Few tears will be shed over the demise of the East German army, but what about East Germany’s eighty symphony orchestras, bound to lose some subsidies, or the whole East German system, which covered everyone in a security blanket from day care to health care, from housing to education? Some people are beginning to express, if ever so slightly, nostalgia for that Berlin Wall.” — CBS reporter Bob Simon on the March 16, 1990 Evening News. “Elian [Gonzalez] might expect a nurturing life in Cuba, sheltered from the crime and social breakdown that would be part of his upbringing in Miami....The boy will nestle again in a more peaceable society that treasures its children.” — Brook Larmer and John Leland, April 17, 2000 Newsweek.   Mustn’t Offend the Terrorists “We all know that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist....To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade Center a terrorist attack.” — Steven Jukes, global head of news for Reuters News Service, in an internal memo cited by the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz in a September 24, 2001 article.   Openly Aiding America’s Enemies     “Within the United States, there is growing challenge to President Bush about the conduct of the war and also opposition to the war. So our reports about civilian casualties here....help those who oppose the war. “Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces....And I personally do not understand how that happened, because I’ve been here many times and in my commentaries on television I would tell the Americans about the determination of the Iraqi forces, the determination of the government, and the willingness to fight for their country. But me, and others who felt the same way, were not listened to by the Bush administration. “Now America is re-appraising the battlefield, delaying the war, maybe a week, and re-writing the war plan. The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance; now they are trying to write another war plan.” — Then-NBC/MSNBC/National Geographic Explorer correspondent Peter Arnett’s comments on Iraq’s state-controlled television network, March 30, 2003 shown by C-SPAN.

Why? Amy Schumer's Unfunny Show Making a Comeback, Comedienne Predicts ‘Trump’s Probably Going to be Back’

In 2016, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) victim Amy Schumer was so depressed by Trump becoming president that she could no longer go on with her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, despite it being renewed for a fifth season. “With Trump being a president, I was too depressed and just didn’t feel like I had anything helpful to say,” Schumer told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) at the time. Now that she’s had some time to rest, recover, and heal from her TDS, Schumer accepted an offer from Paramount + to bring the show back, jokingly posting on her Twitter account that her goal is to “burn any remaining bridges.” Brand New episodes of Inside Amy Schumer stream exclusively on @ParamountPlus starting October 20th!#insideamyschumer pic.twitter.com/jdg2px6Hew — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) September 20, 2022 Inside Amy Schumer will begin streaming on October 20, but, if Schumer couldn’t go on with the show before because she was too depressed over Trump, she may have foreshadowed another downfall by predicting Trump’s return. “Now, of course, Trump’s probably going to be back and we’re losing our rights, but I feel like I need it,” Schumer said, according to THR. “Because I have these very specific things that I want to express and also [I want to] make something funny.” THR revealed that Schumer plans to “point out hypocrisy — her own and others — and to comment on what she calls ‘the deep racism and white privilege and guilt’ that exists.” Sounds both hilarious and fun! Schumer offered one last tease about the revival to THR, stating, “You won’t want to miss the show that will finally get me forever canceled.” Promise?

Column: Cultural Leftists Scream at 'Book Ban' Groups

The cultural left never stops trying to drag America into their supposedly glorious “tolerant” future where we have an ever-expanding array of gender identities and grade-school children know as much about masturbation as they do about multiplication. Unsurprisingly, CNN is promoting left-wing “anti-censorship” groups raging against conservative parents who object to precocious pornographic indoctrination. On The Lead with Jake Tapper, the CNN host interviewed Jonathan Friedman, the “director of free expression and education programs” at PEN America, pitched merely as a “nonprofit literary advocacy organization.” They advocate for literature, not for a cultural revolution. Their latest report boils over at alleged racism and homophobia in parental objections in education. They assert most “book bans” are about “works with LGBTQ+ characters, protagonists of color, about race and racism, or with sexual content.”   At least Tapper began the interview by noting “obviously the devil's advocate argument might be to a parent out there, hey, I don't want my first grader reading anything having to do with sexuality, much less LGBTQ or heterosexual or anything.” Raise an eyebrow at this being the “devil’s” position. Friedman complained that the book removals are too knee-jerk, and “you can’t run schools that way." What the Left wants is a system where the “experts” – educators and librarians – select all the books, and the “non-experts” – parents – shut up and accept them. As usual, Tapper didn't challenge the “free expression” champion on the actual contents of controversial books, like Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, the most challenged “literary” work. The New York Times gently notes this comic book (“graphic novel”) includes depictions of sexual experiences, masturbation, and menstrual blood. Put that on TV! The Times explained how this book entered libraries across America. In 2020, Gender Queer won an Alex Award, a prize given by the American Library Association (ALA) to books written for adults that hold “special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” Librarians across the country look to awards like this when ordering new books, so high schools and some middle school libraries around the country began stocking it. So the ALA promotes the book, and then goes on a “free speech” crusade when it’s challenged. Jonathan Friedman is quoted in the Times alleging “There’s definitely an element of anti LGBTQ+ backlash.” You can’t object without being the bigoted “backlash,” and not a part of “free expression.” By the way, the 2022 Alex Awards include a book titled Light from Uncommon Stars. The plot?  “The lives of a young transgender runaway, a violin teacher who’s sold her soul to the devil, and a refugee alien starship commander twine together in a story full of music, found family, and donuts.” Tapper also asked his guest if censorship is just a right-wing thing. But the "expert" librarians get to pick some books and exclude others. Ryan Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally was removed from sale by Amazon. Does anyone think the ALA rose up and insisted that it had to be included in high-school libraries? Or in that trans-critical category, what about Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage? Would we find these books in schools, or are they nowhere to be found? The “anti-censorship” groups promoted by the liberal media have the same ideological sensibilities as their friends in the “news” business and the Big Tech sector. They all claim they’re saviors of “democracy,” but they don’t act like it. Their “free expression” credentials are just as easily questioned. They all tend to “censor” the specifics of what makes books objectionable. They aren’t good at debate. They’re good at squelching debate. 

Jean-Pierre Fumbles to Explain Biden Hypocrisy on Migrant Flights

On Tuesday night's edition of Alex Wagner Tonight on MSNBC, host Alex Wagner brought on White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for a wide-ranging interview on everything from the ongoing Biden border crisis to President Joe Biden's claim on 60 Minutes that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Comments that sent his own public health advisors into a frenzied clean-up afterward. Yet Jean-Pierre's incoherence when answering questions no matter how simple isn't just displayed during press briefings when pressed by the White House press corps, she even struggles when given softballs by friendly press.  In light of the controversy of Governors Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Greg Abbott (R-TX) sending migrants to liberal states, Wagner asked about a report that "DHS officials have presented the White House with some options including flying migrants to the country’s northern border with Canada to alleviate overcrowding on the U.S. Mexico border." Wagner then asked, "how that is meaningfully different than what DeSantis and Abbott are doing?"  Proving how she is nothing but a diversity hire, Jean-Pierre mumbled and fumbled her way through that very simple question without actually answering it in any comprehensible way: So, let me just say a couple of things about what's happening at the border. The DHS put out a report laying out what kind of a migration situation that we're dealing with, which is very new. I mentioned Venezuela, I mentioned Nicaragua, I mentioned Cuba, we have seen an increase of about 121 percent from since last year of what's going on with these countries that are fleeing communism.  So that has gone up. And if you look at north central America in the last three months, we have seen a decrease of about 43 percent. So we're in a different kind of migration component right now and so we have to deal with where we are. So the way we have worked this thing is that there's Title 42, which is a court-ordered process that we have to go through. It’s a CDC health authority. It's not an immigration authority. And so people are automatically expelled. For those who are not, they go through a legal process. And right now what we've been able to do in the past 19 months, and the past year, is we've seen a very much increase, a historic increase, of people that we have been able to expel out of the country.      She then attempted to blame the Trump administration, claiming "the system is broken. We know that. It was decimated by the last administration. And what we're trying to do is fix something that has had decades and decades of deterioration."  Jean-Pierre subsequently proclaimed that the only way to permanently fix the immigration system is to get Congress to act and begged: "we're asking Republicans, hey instead of playing political games, why don't you join us in trying to fix a real problem that's happening at the border?"  Wagner jumped to clarify: "So these measures Title 42, a Trump era holdover, flying migrants to other cities, you see these as stop-gap measures?"  With a straight face, Jean-Pierre made the laughably false declaration that "the border is not open" and "we're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're dealing with this issue. It's a crisis that has been decimated. The system has been decimated by the last administration."  "These political games, we're gonna call them out. They are really inhumane and inappropriate," she snarked.  Wagner never corrected her for her many false statements like claiming the border "is not open" and that Republicans are playing games on immigration. Neither of which is true.  This segment was made possible by Charmin. Their information is linked so you can contact them.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight 9/20/2022 9:37:07 p.m. Eastern  ALEX WAGNER: We have some reporting from NBC. The DHS officials have presented the White House with some options including flying migrants to the country’s northern border with Canada to alleviate overcrowding on the U.S. Mexico border. Under a plan proposed by DHS, migrants would be sent to such cities as Los Angeles, where shelters would get an advanced warning to have time to prepare for the influx. Now I know some people are gonna say, sending migrants on planes -- wait, wait, wait, alarm bells. Tell me how that is meaningfully different than what DeSantis and Abbott are doing. KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: So, let me just say a couple of things about what's happening at the border. The DHS put out a report laying out what kind of a migration situation that we're dealing with, which is very new. I mentioned Venezuela, I mentioned Nicaragua, I mentioned Cuba, we have seen an increase of about 121 percent from since last year of what's going on with these countries that are fleeing communism.  So that has gone up. And if you look at north central America in the last three months, we have seen a decrease of about 43 percent. So we're in a different kind of migration component right now and so we have to deal with where we are. So the way we have worked this thing is that there's Title 42, which is a court-ordered process that we have to go through. It’s a CDC health authority. It's not an immigration authority. And so people are automatically expelled. For those who are not, they go through a legal process. And right now what we've been able to do in the past 19 months, and the past year, is we've seen a very much increase, a historic increase, of people that we have been able to expel out of the country.  So that is something that we have been able to do. Look, the system is broken. We know that. It was decimated by the last administration. And what we're trying to do is fix something that has had decades and decades of deterioration. When you look at the system. So what we're asking is we’re asking to really fix it in a way that is transformative. And to do that is really Congress acting and we're asking Republicans, hey instead of playing political games, why don't you join us in trying to fix a real problem that's happening at the border? WAGNER: So these measures Title 42, a Trump era holdover, flying migrants to other cities, you see these as stop-gap measures? JEAN-PIERRE: Because we have to fix what's actually broken.  WAGNER: Well yeah.  JEAN-PIERRE: Right? And if we don't do that, then we're not truly addressing an issue that is affecting all of us. And so, look, the border is not open, we're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're dealing with this issue. It's a crisis that has been decimated. The system has been decimated by the last administration, and so we’re going to do everything that we can. But again, these political games, we're gonna call them out. They are really inhumane and inappropriate.

Nets Ignore FBI Terror Watch List Suspects Pouring Across Southern Border

On Tuesday, Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin reported that the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed that 12 people on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) terrorist watch list were arrested crossing the southern border into the United States from Mexico during the month of August. This brings the total number of illegal immigrants on the terror watch list crossing the border to 78 during the 2022 fiscal year. While Special Report, Fox News's flagship evening news broadcast reported on this frightening story, the three leftist evening news broadcasts ignored the news in favor of attacking Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for sending migrants to white, elite liberal enclaves.  While ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News refused to do their jobs, Fox News Channel's Special Report reported on the national security threat at the top of the show with a report from chief White House correspondent Peter Doocy. "12 people arrested at the border in August are on the FBI's terrorist screening database. Among 78 so far this fiscal year. Triple the last five fiscal years combined which demonstrates that warnings have been ignored," Doocy reported.      He added that despite President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's feckless pleas for the illegals not to come to the United States, "They’ve been coming in record numbers and Republican governors, including Florida's Ron DeSantis, believe flying migrants to blue districts inland is making a symbolic impact."   BREAKING: CBP reports there were 12 arrests of individuals on the FBI’s terror watchlist (TSDB) at the border in August, bringing the total for FY’22 to 78 so far. That is triple the previous 5 years combined. (26) FY17 : 2 FY18: 6 FY19: 0 FY20: 3 FY21 15 FY22: 78@FoxNews — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 20, 2022 Doocy ended his report by revealing that Biden has no interest in the domestic security of the United States by noting that "President Biden is now in New York City ahead of the United Nations general assembly and according to a briefing that we got from the national security adviser Jake Sullivan when talk turns to foreign policy, the President plans to focus more on stuff happening overseas as opposed to at the southern border."  This is how another major terrorist attack will happen. It only took 19 terrorists to kill nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. What would 78 terrorists be capable of? These are only the ones Border Patrol caught at the border. We have no idea how many were able to sneak in since Biden refuses to secure the border. The leftist media doesn't care because if God forbid something happens, they'll just blame Republicans.  This bias by omission from the three networks was made possible by Prevagen on ABC, Dawn on CBS, and Ford on NBC. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  FNC’s Special Report 9/20/2022 6:01:01 p.m. Eastern  PETER DOOCY: The White House says they are aware that one of those planes carrying migrants may soon touch down at an airport near President Biden's beach house in Delaware. And, in the meantime, President Biden is telling us that the reason for this influx of migrants at the border is changing.  PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: There are fewer immigrants coming from Central America and from Mexico. This is a totally different circumstance.  PETER DOOCY: Totally different because Central America and Mexico are not in the so-called northern triangle the Vice President has been focusing on.  VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: The President asked me to take on the role of leadership in addressing the root causes of migration. And to focus on the northern triangle countries.  DOOCY: That would be El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Now it’s—  BIDEN: What's on my watch now is Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.  DOOCY: 12 people arrested at the border in August are on the FBI's terrorist screening database. Among 78 so far this fiscal year. Triple the last five fiscal years combined which demonstrates that warnings have been ignored.  BIDEN: I can say quite clearly don't come.  HARRIS: Do not come. Do not come.  DOOCY: They’ve been coming in record numbers and Republican governors, including Florida's Ron DeSantis, believe flying migrants to blue districts inland is making a symbolic impact.  GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS: It's opening people's eyes to the solution which is let's have a secure border. Let's have remain in Mexico.  DOOCY: The White House claims they’re willing to talk to DeSantis and others.  KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: We’re always happy to have conversations about ways to further improve border processing.  DOOCY: So they are happy to have conversations but they haven't picked up the phone yet and it doesn't sound like that's coming soon.  JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, there's no understanding to be reached.  DOOCY: DeSantis argues the larger problem here is Biden's immigration policy.  DESANTIS: They will say like oh, you know, sending a bus from Texas is a stunt.  JEAN-PIERRE: Using them as a political stunt.  DESANTIS: The biggest stunt was Biden coming in as President and reversing Trump's policies just so he could virtue signal that he was against Trump.  DOOCY: The President himself laughing off questions about migrants landing in Delaware and offering DeSantis an invitation.  BIDEN: He should come visit. We have a beautiful shoreline.  DOOCY: President Biden is now in New York City ahead of the United Nations general assembly and according to a briefing that we got from the national security adviser Jake Sullivan when talk turns to foreign policy, the President plans to focus more on stuff happening overseas as opposed to at the southern border. Bret?  BRET BAIER: Peter Doocy live on the north lawn. Peter, thanks.

Jack Dorsey Deposed In Twitter Lawsuit: Report

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly gave a deposition Tuesday for the ongoing lawsuits between the company and Elon Musk. Bloomberg News reported Monday that both parties will depose Dorsey via Zoom. The report is the latest news in the contentious legal battle that will determine whether the Tesla CEO will be forced to go through with the original $44 billion deal. Musk backed out of the deal earlier in the year and accused Twitter of lying about its number of fake “bot” accounts on the platform. Musk is questioning whether there are more bots than Twitter's figure of 5 percent or less.  NewsBusters reported last month that Musk insists that the Twitter deal will move forward if Twitter provides proof to substantiate its numbers.  “If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms," Musk tweeted at the time. "However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not.” Newsbusters later reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to take another look at the numbers Twitter provided and asked it to disclose how the figures were calculated. “To the extent material, please disclose the methodology used in calculating these figures and the underlying judgments and assumptions used by management,” the SEC wrote in June. SEC also asked the company to explain a reporting error related to its daily average users between the first quarter of 2019 to the fourth quarter of 2021. The SEC questioned how Twitter determined the error wasn’t a “material weakness” in its financial reporting to the agency.  “Given that the error persisted for three years, please tell us how you concluded there was not a material weakness in your internal control over financial reporting and that your disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 31, 2022,” the SEC added. Twitter claimed in its June response letter that the error was related to users switching accounts and that the discrepancy “had no impact on Twitter’s financial statements.” "The overstatement had no impact on any of Twitter's key metrics other than mDAU, and had no impact on Twitter's financial statements," the company said. "With respect to mDAU, the overstatement represented less than one percent of mDAU for each of the quarters from the fourth quarter of 2020 through the fourth quarter of 2021." Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide clarity on “hate speech” and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

EXCLUSIVE: Critics Rip PolitiFact for Insisting Biden Anti-Oil Policies Didn’t Cause Gas Price Spike

PolitiFact had the audacity to argue like President Joe Biden’s eco-extremist policies didn't really have anything to do with America’s energy inflation crisis, continuing to prove why its worthless so-called “fact-checks” belong in the trash bin. The Facebook fact-checker seethed at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for daring to tweet in August: “Democrats' radical green energy policies caused record gas prices. They want to fundamentally transform our economy." PolitiFact rebuked Johnson for his wrongthink and falsely stated: “Green energy policies didn’t cause record prices at gasoline pumps” and suggested Johnson said this, of course, simply because he was “locked in a tight re-election battle.” JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy repudiated the so-called fact-checker in exclusive comments to MRC Business: “The notion that anyone but Biden is responsible for high gas prices has no basis in fact.” Climate Depot founder and "The Great Reset: Global Elites and the Permanent Lockdown" author Marc Morano gave a blunt assessment of PolitiFact’s gaslighting: “It's time to rename these 'Fact Checks' for what they truly are, agenda-driven 'opinion checks' and nothing more.’” Democrats' radical green energy policies caused record gas prices. They want to fundamentally transform our economy. We know that their fundamental transformation will lead to fundamental destruction. Read more about Democrats’ war on fossil fuels here:https://t.co/hFhTf9KbcG — Ron Johnson (@RonJohnsonWI) August 23, 2022 PolitiFact tried to pin blame on the COVID-19 pandemic, “because in the early days, production dipped because no one was driving. But as demand rose, supply wasn’t able to keep up, meaning higher prices at the pump.”  But as Milloy pointed out, “gas prices increased during COVID … because the price of oil went negative at the beginning of COVID. So that’s a pretty stupid argument.” Morano also retorted that “Biden's policies have helped defund and spook energy projects and markets into a retracted state which created shortages leading to massive price hikes. The price of gas began to increase in anticipation of Biden's anti-energy policies just before his inauguration in January 2021.” Morano proceeded to toss facts at the ironically dubbed PolitiFact: “Since day one as President, Biden has waged a full-scale slaughter on American energy and particularly gas production.”  Milloy argued that Biden’s anti-fossil fuel policies “cut oil and gas leasing on federal lands, made existing drilling and transporting more expensive and precarious, and scared investors and companies from new projects.” In fact, PolitiFact conceded a very crucial point that it chose to bury in the 32nd paragraph that ended up undercutting its repudiation of Johnson: “[American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers director of issue communications Ericka] Perryman … said policies can affect gasoline prices.” Perryman reportedly said that in “[i]n each of the four categories reflected in prices at the pump — the cost of crude oil, the cost of refining, distribution and marketing costs, and federal and state taxes — policy does make a difference.’” Then PolitiFact tried to cover itself by inserting context into Johnson’s tweet that didn’t exist: “So, as we noted previously, policy can play a role in gas prices — but it hardly is the only driver, or the sole one as Johnson suggests.” Johnson’s tweet never suggested that the green policies were the “only driver.” PolitiFact literally just made that up. PolitiFact further hedged by saying Biden’s policies like halting drilling on public lands “may have had a small impact on gasoline prices.” But even this spin was blatantly dishonest.  Morano outlined why the impact is not as “small” as PolitiFact is suggesting: “Biden's goal, which he achieved, was to make it more difficult to finance, drill, refine and distribute American energy.” PolitiFact even admitted that there was “little doubt” about Democrats’ intentions to overhaul American energy into a green utopia. But contrary to PolitiFact, Morano stated that “[t]he blame can be squarely placed upon Biden's energy policies.” PolitiFact also adopted the “Putin’s Price Hike” fallacy and placed the burden of blame on the War in Ukraine: “Although consumers were already facing higher gas prices, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting sanctions forced prices even higher.” Milloy wasn’t buying that either, and rebuked that “If you throw in that Putin invaded Ukraine because Biden is weak, then Biden owns basically 100% of the gas price spike.”  Conservatives are under attack. Demand PolitiFact stop the bias and quit acting like Biden’s in-house PR tool using this form.

Newsom Launches Pro-Abort Billboards In Red States, Quotes Bible

In Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) latest attempt to push his anti-life agenda, he launched pro-abortion billboards in seven life affirming states. Billboards were set to encourage abortion seekers to visit California where they can kill their kids with ease. NEW: Just launched billboards in 7 of the most restrictive anti-abortion states that explain how women can access care--no matter where they live. To any woman seeking an abortion in these anti-freedom states: CA will defend your right to make decisions about your own health. — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022 Newsom released billboards in Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. We’re used to political propaganda being shoved down our throats on Twitter, Facebook or on TV but it seems sort of personal for Newsom to enter normal states and attack people on the road. The most nasty part about Newsom’s scheme is that one of the billboards references biblical scripture. Abortion is antithetical to the Bible’s teachings yet Newsom tried using verses to validate his argument for abortion. This is sick. Take a look at the some of the billboards he’s launched. On the billboards, Newsom listed his new website where women seeking abortions can visit to gain vague information on what happens during an abortion, why it's “healthcare” and where exactly to seek a procedure. The billboards are propaganda and spreading lies to anyone who drives by. Luckily, prominent Conservatives expressed their distaste on Twitter. California Gov Gavin Newsom is so obsessed with aborting unborn children he's putting billboards up in pro-life states advertising his state as an abortion tourism destination. Just how badly do you hate unborn babies, @GavinNewsom? https://t.co/ALhUhjYVYr — SBA Pro-Life America | 72% 🇺🇸 support 15 weeks (@sbaprolife) September 15, 2022   Gavin Newsom says it is absolutely cruel and terrible for illegal immigrants to take tickets to Martha's Vineyard. Children must not be political pawns! Also, he's running billboards in red states encouraging women to travel across state lines to kill their preborn children. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 16, 2022   This makes me sick. Gavin Newsom quoting Scripture ("Love your neighbor as yourself" - Mark 12:31) in his billboard going up in Oklahoma today advertising California as an abortion tourism destination. Simply no words for how twisted this is. https://t.co/Z2d8yOZRCL — MarjorieDannenfelser (@marjoriesba) September 15, 2022   "Good Catholic" @GavinNewsom is now using Bible scriptures to encourage women to come to California to abort their babies. A truly shameful display. Meanwhile, in CA crime continues to skyrocket, the cost of living is out of control, and the state can't even keep the lights on. — David Giglio (@DavidGiglioCA) September 15, 2022 While Conservatives pointed out the evident vile nature of Newsom and his pro-abort agenda, most Twitter libs gave him full praise. Whatever the left can do to promote more baby killing, they will do without hesitation. One positive is that the people who support Newsom and his baby killing policies may leave red states and I must say, that wouldn’t be the end of the world.

New York Magazine Digs Into the 'Sordid Saga' of Hunter Biden's Laptop: Will MSM Ignore?

N ew York magazine, which rarely missed a chance to rake President Trump across the coals, has a surprising cover story titled “The Sordid Saga of Hunter Biden's Laptop - And Why It Still Matters.” It’s written by Andrew Rice and Olivia Nuzzi. Will it become the latest example of Hunter Biden coverage the "mainstream" media ignores? In his Fourth Watch newsletter, Steve Krakauer called the story “exhaustive and meticulous,” then added:  I wonder how many readers of New York magazine still believed the story was "Russian disinformation," as the intel community asserted at the time, and much of the media parroted (the part in the piece where James Clapper and Michael Hayden were pushed on their involvement in the "Russia" BS was fantastic). How many people have missed the bits and pieces of reporting by The Washington Post, CNN and others more than 18 months later that have verified the laptop, and still think it was fake because of how the story was handled in October 2020? Rice and Nuzzi’s juiciest part for us is the media’s pro-Biden bias:  The nation’s most influential media institutions approached the sordid matter with grave skepticism. In a note to the Washington bureau the day the Post story ran, Times editor Elisabeth Bumiller wrote: “Hey all, let’s please refrain from tweeting about the story while we’re reporting it out. Thanks very much.” “It was as though because the Times had not reported it, it did not exist,” says a former Times staffer. “There’s a whole category of story where conservative media covers it — sometimes sloppily — and then mainstream media institutions treat the whole area as radioactive and just won’t cover it, just surrender the subject matter entirely.” A reporter for a major television network defended the impulse. “If you were a New York Times reporter, let’s say, or a CNN reporter, and you’re looking at it, there are a million red flags. It was a thorny story to report out,” this person said. Sure, and it was a few weeks before Election Day, and only one side of the "October Surprise" is any fun. Krakauer talked to Nuzzi about reporting the story over the last six months. Nuzzi said "I was most interested in the media angle - the way the press treated the story as toxic at the time. "I wanted to interrogate the groupthink. A conspiracy of silence is, I guess by definition, almost invisible if it’s effective....self interest and a lack of intellectual courage seemed to come together to form what amounted to an industry-wide posture towards a subject," she said. "I thought it was a dereliction of duty on the part of the mainstream press and also just super lame that such an account did not exist and I was eager to team up with Andrew to take on the assignment ourselves." "We knew and were motivated by the fact that anyone outside of the conservative media was operating in a total information deficit," she told Krakauer. "You can’t form an opinion about something when you don’t know what that something even really is. People in the mainstream media refer to the right wing media 'bubble' a lot. And have for some time. But on this story, the mainstream media was in its own bubble."

Immigration and Roosting Chickens

The saying “the chickens have come home to roost” seems to apply to the immigration policies of the Biden administration, sanctuary cities and states. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) have been sending hundreds of people who have illegally crossed the border into their states to Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) sent 50 migrants to the uber-liberal town of Martha’s Vineyard. Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) promptly ordered the National Guard to send them to Joint Base Cape Cod. That should preserve property values in a town where wealthy residents, including former President Barack Obama, own homes. The saying about roosting chickens refers to the unpleasant effects of actions someone has taken. Having declared their cities and states safe havens for migrants, Democratic mayors and governors are now loudly complaining they don’t have the room or resources to care for them. They don’t mind burdening states with Republican governors for the cost, housing, health risks (few appear to have been tested for COVID-19) and other challenges, but instead are taking a “not in my backyard” position when forced to deal with the U.S. government’s failure to control the border. Illegal immigration has ebbed and flowed under previous administrations, but has reached new and unsustainable levels under the current one. Busing migrants to these liberal bastions is a clever political move, which even some on the left have acknowledged. The latest occurred when two busloads of them were dropped off outside the Washington, D.C., residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. Fox News is one of the few media outlets to consistently cover the border crisis, including human and human traffickers and the smuggling of fentanyl into the country, a drug that has become the number one cause of death among 18 to 45 year olds. That other media have largely ignored or downplayed the immigration crisis is journalistic malpractice. Biden administration officials, including Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Vice President Harris, have claimed the border is closed. Video shows that is not true. To paraphrase another familiar saying: “are you going to believe them, or your lying eyes”? It is amusing to listen to the squealing of those politicians who self-righteously claimed to offer open arms to all migrants but then turn on them, as though they were a vast migration of Republicans. Some of these politicians have quoted the Emma Lazarus poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty about sending us “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” They now have flipped, preferring a version of the Little Richard song “Keep A-knockin’, but you can’t come in.” Do our immigration laws mean nothing? Don’t our leaders take oaths to uphold the laws of the United States and protect and defend the Constitution? Those laws were passed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress and signed by presidents of both parties. President Biden is violating his oath of office, as is his secretary of Homeland Security, when they refuse to enforce them. There are checkpoints where people fleeing their countries for humanitarian reasons can be legally processed while their claims are validated. No nation can maintain its character and existence if it does not control its border. Illegal immigration has ebbed and flowed under previous administrations, but has reached new and unsustainable levels under the current one. Why have past administrations, and now this one, allowing uncontrolled immigration, along with a flow of deadly drugs? Why is so much of the media ignoring it? If Republicans win a congressional majority in the November election, they must hold the administration accountable, even to the point of impeachment. To do otherwise would be chicken-hearted and invite even more bad policies home to roost.

SHOCKER! Facebook, Twitter, TikTok Execs Push Pro-Censorship Narrative in Senate Testimony

All six witnesses representing Big Tech companies before a Senate committee last week mentioned “misinformation,” “disinformation” and/or “hate speech.” Company executives, current and former, associated with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok endorsed some form of social media censorship of those types of speech during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday. Leftists commonly apply those terms in a subjective manner as cover to call for more social media censorship. “[M]isinformation and disinformation can propagate via [social media] platforms on a scale unseen in human history,” former Twitter Senior Vice President of Engineering Alex Roetter crowed in testimony given before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. Twitter’s second witness, Consumer Products General Manager Jay Sullivan, paid lip service to “the ability to dissent” online and to share provocative “information and opinions freely,” before he absurdly hedged that free speech doesn’t work when people are offended. “That is why we have policies that make clear that we will not allow for the promotion of violence, disinformation, or hateful conduct on Twitter as they undermine our ability to serve the public conversation, our customer experience, our business, and our ability to promote the open internet,” Sullivan testified. Brian Boland, a former Facebook vice president, even called for a future Internet scrubbed of content deemed objectionable by some people. In his testimony, he called for Congress to “incentivize these companies to study, measure, prioritize and invest in innovations that can stem the tide of disinformation, misinformation and harmful content.” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox started his testimony speaking to the importance of creating a safe space and the connected need to enforce “hate speech” restrictions. Later in his testimony, Cox bragged about his company’s censorship efforts, noting over 40,000 people work on “safety and security issues” and that the company has “more than halved” the amount of “hate speech” that users saw during the last 18 months, in part, through the use of artificial intelligence. “Hate speech now represents only about 0.02% of content views, or around 2 views per every 10,000,” Cox testified. Vanessa Pappas, chief operating officer of the propaganda-pushing, Chinese Communist Party-linked TikTok, ridiculously claimed that her platform actually acts to “prohibit harmful misinformation” and promote safety. “We educate our community about these guidelines in a variety of ways in the app,” Pappas testified. “For example, we produce in app videos called @tiktoktips, that help people understand how to produce safe content and avoid content that might get their videos removed from the platform. People are notified when they have violated the guidelines and of the consequence(s) of their violation(s).” Neal Mohan, YouTube chief product officer and Google senior vice president, claimed “harmful misinformation” represents “borderline content,” adding that his platforms use machine learning to reduce recommendations of these types of content. “We are able to raise up authoritative information and reduce borderline content by using classifiers to identify whether a video is ‘authoritative’ or ‘borderline,’” Mohan claimed. “These classifications rely on human evaluators who assess the quality of information in each channel or video.” The issue, though, is that no one individual has the authority to determine what constitutes authoritative content or borderline content.  Leftists in the past have wielded the terms “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “hate speech” to target independent thought and call for more censorship. In July, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed fighting so-called “misinformation” – i.e., censorship – is “a matter of life and death. In the wake of the termination of the Biden administration’s Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) in August, the Department of Homeland Security indicated that it will continue its focus on combating so-called “disinformation” online, including supposed “domestic violent extremism,” a phrase commonly used by liberals to scold conservatives. In the vein of “hate speech,” the White House in June launched a task force to address alleged “online harassment and abuse,” including so-called “gendered disinformation,” according to a presidential memo. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech mirror the First Amendment and provide an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Rockefeller Foundation Bankrolls NPR ‘Climate Hysteria’ Agenda of ‘Total Control’

The leftist activists at The Rockefeller Foundation will bankroll NPR’s reporting on climate change, according to a recent press release. The Rockefeller Foundation is notoriously pro-abortion, pro-population control and anti-Israel.  NPR announced that it will launch a “new climate desk” to advance green propaganda in the U.S. and abroad, according to a Sept. 14 press release on its website. NPR Chief Science Editor Andrea Kissack reportedly defended NPR’s decision to accept The Rockefeller Foundation’s money because ‘[n]o story touches as many people as climate change. Heat waves, mega-droughts and unprecedented floods are all becoming more intense and frequent.’”  What Kissack didn’t mention is that The Rockefeller Foundation is radically partisan and owes much to the Clinton political machine. Huma Abedin, longtime Hillary Clinton aide and ex-wife of disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), was asked to help then-Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin a job working for former President Bill Clinton, according to Politico. This isn’t the first time that The Rockefeller Foundation has attempted to tip the scales in favor of climate fanaticism. The Rockefeller Foundation also helped build a climate misinformation arm at The Associated Press. That money helped AP reach $8 million in funding “to cover climate issues” for the “largest single expansion” paid through leftist philanthropic grants in the outlet’s history.  Kissack openly admitted that The Rockefeller Foundation’s money will help NPR swing public opinion in favor of green extremism. "With the NPR newsroom and Member stations, we'll strive to do stories that shape the national conversation on climate change." [Emphasis added.] Fox News contributor and Junk Science founder Steve Milloy told MRC Business in exclusive comments that the leftist agenda on climate change is actually far more dangerous than NPR will admit:  The goal of the leftist agenda is to control society so as to create a communistic world. The left has been working on this in America for just about 100 years now. Climate hysteria advances this agenda by scaring the public into giving the government virtually total control over the economy and our lives – where you live, what you eat, how you get around, how many children you have, what kind and how much energy you can use and much more. [Emphasis added].  NPR has acted as a sponge for leftist money, despite its claims to be an “independent” news network. MRC Business revealed that at least 10 liberal organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($14,164,937), the Ford Foundation ($12,350,000), liberal billionaire George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society ($2,900,000), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, ($218,000) and The Rockefeller Foundation ($200,000) gave a total of $43,817,937 to NPR from 2003 to 2019, according to Foundation Directory Online data.  NPR also credited another far-left group, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, with bankrolling its climate propaganda. “NPR's climate expansion has also been made possible by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, whose funding is helping NPR to add a new Climate Solutions reporter.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representative in Congress and demand they #DefundNPR.

ABSURD! Gov’t-Funded Canadian Outlet Claims ‘Extremist’ Ben Shapiro Radicalizes Young Men

Canada’s CBC, a government-funded outlet, pushed increased online censorship to stop “radicalization” -- by conservatives like Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief and political commentator Ben Shapiro. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) published a piece titled, “'It's a slippery slope': How young men fall into online radicalization.” The article claimed that any critiques of LGBTQ ideology are extremist, implied that traditional masculinity is inherently sexist, and used Ben Shapiro as an example of dangerous “extremist” content. Leftists commonly use the terms “extremist” and “extremism” to tar the right. Even President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security recently claimed it will continue to work to combat “domestic violent extremism” online after its Disinformation Governance Board was terminated in August.  TikTok, YouTube and other social media apps have sucked young men into “extremism,” according to CBC. “Extremist” commentators like Shapiro encourage “misogyny,” “homophobia,” and “sexism,” the CBC fear-mongered. The article claimed that the videos student Reid Brown saw at age 13 were “increasingly extreme,” and quoted Brown, “It started out pretty benign ... You're watching something about teen fashion and then the next thing you know, the algorithm would push you to a Ben Shapiro video.”  Oh, the horror! Shapiro may be a conservative political commentator, but his views are “controversial” and “discriminatory,” CBC accused. Shapiro is not affiliated with “hate groups,” but Shapiro’s content supposedly is “prevalent in online extremist communities,” according to the outlet. CBC cited the fact that Shapiro has suggested “transgender people” suffer from a mental disorder, an opinion with which some medical experts concur, including Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh in 2015. CBC and podcast producer Ellen Chloë Bateman suggested that ultra-feminist ideology and catchphrases so constantly pushed in society can cause men to see messaging as saying, “Men are irrelevant.” The solution? CBC gushed about “GuysWork,” founded by Morris Green to “give young men a safe space to talk about their feelings, mental health and to disrupt problematic ideals about masculinity.” In case you’re wondering, that means tearing down “traditional” masculinity and preventing men from listening to so-called “extremist[s]” like Ben Shapiro. Participants in a GuysWork program said they no longer believe they should act upon a “certain kind of typical and traditional masculinity,” CBC wrote. Joanna Schroeder, a “gender and media” writer, emphasized that boys must be trained even when very young to avoid the “radicalization” online. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

'Sunny Hostin' Accuses Nikki Haley of Using Fake Name to Seem White

Tuesday’s edition of The View gave us yet another example of how liberals are allowed to get away with making nakedly racist statements as long as the target of their hatred is a Republican. This latest instance came from so-called co-host “Sunny Hostin,” who accused former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley of not using her “real name” despite that being the name her parents gave her. But in the blowup that followed, co-host Sara Haines surprised all by calling out Hostin for using a fake name herself. During a conversation about potential 2024 candidates for both sides, “conservative” Alyssa Farah Griffin finally decided to promote conservative women (which she refused to do in the past) and noted Haley as a prospective candidate. “Nikki Haley the chameleon?” Hostin snidely asked. “What is her real name again?” she tagged on. With backup from co-host Joy Behar, Hostin’s racist sniping put Farah Griffin on the back foot. Hostin continued to assert that Haley was essentially a race traitor because she supposedly wasn’t acting like a “person of color”: FARAH GRIFFIN: I believe it’s – I don’t want to mispronounce it. It's Indian. Her background is Indian. HOSTIN: But she doesn’t necessarily – I think if she leaned into being someone of color it would be different. She’s used these overtly racist whistles before when she said black and Latino Republicans were “oxymoron[s]” she doesn’t understand, and when she said Justice Clarence Thomas wasn’t really black.     After a commercial break, Farah Griffin grew something of a spine and tried to confront Hostin on her vile comments. “Nikki Haley’s gone by Nikki since she was a child. It’s documented in high school. I wouldn't be shocked that as someone, an Indian woman growing up in South Carolina at that she actually did to avoid prejudice,” she argued. Adding: “So, I just want to be careful about critiquing her for going by the name she’s always gone by.” Hostin responded by cranking up the racism and apparently targeting Haley's lighter skin tone. “Yeah, there were some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass [as white],” she chided. While Farah Griffin floundered in her retort, Haines stepped up and shot back: “Sunny! You go by a different name!” That’s right! Sunny’s real name is Asunción Cummings Hostin. And according to her, she doesn’t use that name because Americans are too stupid to pronounce it correctly. “Because most Americans can't pronounce Asunción because of the under-education in our country,” she sneered. This conversation didn’t sit well with Whoopi Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, and she put an end to it. “I'm just going to kill this conversation! I am authentically myself! I am Whoopi Goldberg and we'll be right back,” she shouted, seemingly irked by Sunny’s nonsense about name authenticity. In an exclusive reaction given to Townhall’s Spencer Brown, Haley hit back hard by flatly calling Hosting a “racist.” “Thanks for your concern, Sunny. It's racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I'm proud of that. What's sad is the left's hypocrisy towards conservative minorities,” she declared. “By the way, last I checked Sunny isn't your birth name.”   Thanks for your concern @Sunny. It's racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I'm proud of that. What's sad is the left's hypocrisy towards conservative minorities. By the way, last I checked Sunny isn't your birth name… pic.twitter.com/NI3KZXjD6F — Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 20, 2022   Asunción “Sunny” Hostin’s racism was sponsored by Crest and Downy. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View September 20, 2022 11:06:58 a.m. Eastern (…) ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think it's time for new blood. For me I would love to see Republicans -- SUNNY HOSTIN (interrupting): Who on your side is credible enough – JOY BEHAR (interrupting): And can pass – HOSTIN: -- and can pass the primary and be in the general. FARAH GRIFFIN: I think we've got some if they're willing to challenge Trump. I'd love to see Nikki Haley. I’d love to see Liz Cheney. HOSTIN: And Nikki Haley the chameleon. And Liz Cheney who’s not the savior. BEHAR: Flip-flop. FARAH GRIFFIN: I think Nikki Haley was an incredibly effective governor of South Carolina. HOSTIN: What is her real name again? SARA HAINES: Alyssa, I have a question. Asides from Ron DeSantis-- FARAH GRIFFIN: A lot – a lot of people don’t go by their actual, real name. BEHAR: What is her name? FARAH GRIFFIN: I believe it’s – I don’t want to mispronounce it. It's Indian. Her background is Indian. HOSTIN: But she doesn’t necessarily – I think if she leaned into being someone of color it be different. (…) 11:18:35 a.m. Eastern FARAH GRIFFIN: Just real quick, cause the Nikki Haley conversation came up. So, Nikki Haley’s gone by Nikki since she was a child. It’s documented in high school. I wouldn't be shocked that as someone, an Indian woman growing up in South Carolina at that she actually did to avoid prejudice. So, I just want to be careful about critiquing her for going by the name she’s always gone by. HOSTIN: Yeah, there were some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass – so that we don’t have to be – FARAH GRIFFIN (interrupting Hostin): I don’t think that’s fair! SARA HAINES (interrupting Hostin): Sunny! You go by a different name! [Laughter] FARAH GRIFFIN: I didn’t want to be the one to say it. HOSTIN: Because most Americans can't pronounce Asunción because of the undereducation in our country. [Crosstalk] HAINES: But sometimes I would say what Alyssa is saying is that people gravitate to names for different reasons. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I'm just going to kill this conversation! I am authentically myself! I am Whoopi Goldberg and we'll be right back!

EXCLUSIVE: Expert Says Politics Drove Facebook to Spy on Private Messages, Help Oust Trump

Political motivations drove Facebook’s reported spying on users’ private messages in the lead-up to the 2020 election, Brownstone Institute founder and President Jeffrey Tucker told MRC Free Speech America Thursday. “The collaboration between government and Big Tech is one of the great disasters for human liberty in our time, and it’s been exposed now,” Tucker said. “But far from having stopped it, it’s going on every single day right before our eyes.” Political actions that preceded the reported spying included Facebook’s moderation of COVID-19-related content throughout 2020, Tucker said. “The pandemic response throughout 2020 was overwhelmingly a political action designed to empower administrative bureaucracies against the Trump administration,” he said in exclusive quotes provided to MRC Free Speech America. “Facebook chose sides. We know this.” Tucker’s words came after the New York Post reported on Wednesday that Facebook spied on the private messages and data of American users. Facebook reported users to the FBI if they questioned the results of the 2020 election or expressed “anti-government or anti-authority sentiments,” The Post reported. Under the FBI-Facebook collaboration operation, a Facebook employee flagged certain private messages over the past 19 months and sent them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters without a subpoena, New York Post’s Miranda Devine reported. There have been several other instances wherein the Biden administration and Big Tech have apparently worked together to censor certain information online. The White House touted Big Tech censorship during Thursday’s “United We Stand Summit,” fawning in a press release that tech companies including YouTube, Twitch, Microsoft and Facebook were announcing new actions to prevent “hate-fueled violence.”  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that his entire agency is targeting the “emerging threat” of “anti-government sentiment” during MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart on Sept. 11. In a long tweet thread on Sept. 1, Schmitt uncovered some bombshell revelations in documents provided during the course of a First Amendment lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. The documents contain evidence that government agencies directed social media companies to undertake several content moderation actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Joe Rogan’s podcast last month that a general request from the FBI prompted his platform to censor the Hunter Biden laptop scandal during the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on hate speech and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

‘Absolutely Groundbreaking’: Drag Queen Scores High Praise on 'Dancing With the Stars'

I told you not to watch the Dancing With The Stars premiere back in early September. I should have taken my own advice.  D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, has graced the world with “her” presence on this season's DWTS. Shangela, a drag queen, received roaring reviews for her performance last night … for her status as a drag queen however not for the dancing itself.      The premise of a dancing show should be, well, dancing but this year the show focused more on the dramatics and less on the skill.  Last night’s premiere featured Shangela with “her” partner, Gleb Savencho dancing to “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls. Interesting song choice for a 40-year-old man who still plays dress-up.  The judges LOVED the performance and each scored the couple with a seven and used the show, which was streamed live on Disney+, to push the progressive narrative.  On the episode, Shangela said: “Out of drag, I’m pronouns he/him, and in drag, she/her.” Again, I thought we stopped playing dress-up by age ten.  Shangela’s partner, Savencho was thrilled to be dancing with another male. “I’m excited that I’m gonna be the first male pro dancing with another male celebrity partner,” he said. Though, I think he got the pronouns wrong. Honestly, I’m not sure.  After the performance, instead of talking about the dancing itself, the show host said “You are the first drag queen performer on this show and it is absolutely groundbreaking.” Meanwhile other celebrities and their partners including Jordan Sparks and Charli Damilio beamed and clapped for their Drag Queen competitor.  "It was so incredibly special because I think about all the queens that ever wanted to be in this space that never got the opportunity," Shangela told People after her performance. "Maybe by seeing me and seeing how we just showed up as our true authentic self tonight and were accepted and cheered on, that they know that they can do it, too." I understand that TV shows need to dramatize storylines to keep people entertained, but this show is about dancing, not progressivism. Not to mention, DWTS switched over to air on Disney+ which is geared for younger people. Shangela doesn’t present as the best role model for kids to have.  On Instagram, the DWTS page commented “we want to be you.”             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Dancing With The Stars #DWTS (@dancingwiththestars)   I think I speak for us all when I say, no, no we don’t. On Twitter, other drag queens endorsed Shangela in the competition.  Go Vote for our girl @itsSHANGELA #DWTS text SHANGELA to 21523 pic.twitter.com/DLPLIbMVpt — Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) September 20, 2022 Our “girl” ??? I am truly so confused.  Dancing  With The Stars can choose to cast whoever it wants but pushing it on a platform that is directed towards kids is disheartening. This is just another one of Disney’s attempts to attack our kids and the reviews indicate that is the goal.  Follow us on Twitter:  Even rapper Cardi B is complaining about skyrocketing prices, but refuses to blame Joe Biden for any of it. pic.twitter.com/Z9CggYBPVE — MRCTV (@mrctv) September 16, 2022

Bad Day For Toxic Masculinity, Great Day For NFL Fashion

With ESPN rooting it on, USA Today has turned the game-day attire of NFL players into a fashion show. Their arrival is akin to the walk of fashion models down the runway. No toxic masculinity here, and the feminization of the American male continues in full swing.  Victoria Hernandez, who loves purple, is the community engagement producer at USA Today who specializes in the crossover of sports and culture. Her NFL critique for week 2 had nothing to do with bone-jarring hits and trash-talking on the field, everything to do with players’ nifty attire, demonstrated by the above file photo.  Pregame player arrivals “have become catwalks of their own,” Hernandez writes. “This includes players showing up in outfits and accessories meant to turn heads. Some go big like Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson, wearing top of the line suits and designer sneakers. While others take a more subtle approach to their game day fit, such as Seattle Seahawks lineman Poona Ford who — instead of going aspirational — went inspirational, donning a T-shirt with a powerful message.”  Hernandez started her review with the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox, who showed up for Monday night’s fashion battle with Minnesota “walking confidently in a light yellow ensemble, which had ESPN's Monday Night Countdown crew hooting and hollering.”  "Don't ever tell me that you can't be 300 pounds and sexy," Booger McFarland said on ESPN. "You can do it!"   Tennessee’s Derrick Henry came with swag for his team’s Monday night game as well. Hernandez has the call: “He opted for Louis Vuitton head to toe. His breezy shirt and pants set featured the label's signature blossom print and a touch of geography. The running back pulled out the purple from the mountains on the outfit with his matching Millionaires shades. He topped it off with a purple and black baseball cap that read ‘Malletier,’ a reminder of the fashion house's origins as a luggage maker.”  It sounds like there’s much more to the game of pro football than the average fan knew. Like Micah Parsons, of Dallas, who sported a “dark double-breasted suit with a grid pattern paired with dark shades and leather Chelsea boots said, ‘Don't mess with me’," Hernandez raved.  How about former Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, of Cincinnati? What’s his fashion status? Hernandez has the scoop. He took the flight to Dallas “wearing a burgundy grid-patterned jacket with burgundy pants and the Jordan 1 Bordeaux sneakers. While the pants are a little wrinkled and regular, the gray and black Louis Vuitton duffel bag reminded the haters he's still Joey B.”  Jets rookie Michael Cleamons “tucked a dark button-up into gray slacks with a simple belt. A gray Panama hat and single gold chain finished off the look,” Hernandez explained.  Can you feel the toxic masculinity draining from the NFL?  Indianapolis defensive end Kwity Paye made a strong – whoops, a sweet – showing with a lavender lapel-less jacket and matching pants. His Nike SB Purple Lobster sneakers were “the icing on the cake. Is it obnoxious? Yes. Is it great? Yes,” Hernandez said. Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence made the catwalk, too. He showed off a Three Stripes' collaboration with Gucci: a purple and red bowling shirt featuring both brands' logos in an interlocking pattern. “Très chic,” Hernandez gushed.  We can’t ignore Carolina’s Donte Jackson either. He brought the drip, as Hernandez says. It was a well-tailored maroon suit with white pinstripes, Christian Louboutin sneakers “(that's right, red bottoms),” classy tortoise shell shades and hair in “a loose bun that served as the crown fit for a king.”  Hernandez included many more examples of the suave, dapper attire of NFL players, indicating that it’s just not a good day for toxic masculinity.  Gillette, which featured the toxic masculinity advertisement in 2019, should be so proud of the NFL’s fashionistas. There is hope that the NFL will eventually become known more for its fashion than its brutality and toxic masculinity. 

CNN Talks Past Poll Finding That Abortion's at the Bottom of 'Most Important' Issues List

What one word is at the center of Democrat strategy for the midterms? Abortion--or "right to choose/women's health care," to employ two of the Democrats' favorite euphemisms. So when CNN devotes a segment to a Gallup poll showing the economy/inflation as the clear #1 issue to voters, and abortion at the bottom of the list, the liberal network naturally spins this as . . . good news for Democrats!! CNN polling maven Harry Enten was a guest on today's New Day. Enten displayed that list of issues concerning to Americans, as per a recent Gallup poll. And there at the top, the economy. The CNN chyron pushed "Why High Inflation Doesn't Seem to Be Hurting Democrats." According to Enten, while the economy leads the list, the percentage of Americans naming it as the number one problem isn't as high as in other years. And that's because, per Enten, while the news on inflation is bad, the news on employment is good.   But, incredibly, Enten and co-host John Berman totally ignored and made no mention of the item at the very bottom of the list: abortion. We've circled it in red for your viewing convenience.  If the economy, rated #1 by 37%, isn't hurting Democrats, then surely abortion, at only 5%, can't be helping them much at all.  This was a textbook example of the liberal media cherry-picking statistics to spin them in the way most favorable to Democrats. In doing so, CNN whistled past the graveyard of millions of unborn children. PS: In his online version of this analysis, Enten also tried to play up Democrats on abortion: "One big reason the 2022 election looks to be about something other than the economy is the US Supreme Court's June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. That marked a turning point in the national political environment (in favor of Democrats)." On New Day, CNN downplaying the significance of polling showing that the #1 problem for Americans is the economy, while ignoring the fact that the bottom issue on the list is abortion, was sponsored in part by Verizon, Skechers, Amazon, Subway, and United Healthcare. Here's the transcript. CNN New Day 9/20/22 6:36 am EDT JOHN BERMAN:  So what is the impact of inflation on the midterms so far? With me now is CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten, who's been crunching these numbers so hard these last few days, no time to shave!  HARRY ENTEN: No time to shave. It's just time to do work, John. BERMAN: But the answer, Harry, to how much of an impact this is having, it may surprise people, right?   ENTEN: I think it may surprise people. So, Gallup has been asking this question for awhile: what's the most important problem facing the country? You can name more that one.   See here, look: all the economic problems, inflation, gas prices, what have you. Whatever the Americans say, total up to 37%. Now that's on the top of the list compared to individual issues you see right here. The government poor leadership at 20% in second place.  But here's the key nugget, down here. 66% say something other than the economy is the most important issue. So, the economy right now is  number one as an individual issue, but it's only a plurality. It's not a majority.  BERMAN: Put that in some historical context, now.  ENTEN: So let's put that in some historical context, right? How many say the economy is the most important issue? This is comparing the final poll preceding midterm and presidential elections since 1988. Right now we're at about 37%, right? The average from 1988 through 2020 was 39%. So in fact, we're, if anything, slightly below average for the percentage of Americans who say the economy is the top problem. It's not anywhere close to where we were in 2012. It is above where we were in 2018, but it's really just about average over the last 35 years.  BERMAN: It's actually slightly below average there. What was it the last time inflation was so high? ENTEN: So, compared to the last time inflation was so high, so the nation's top problem, midterm cycle, so this was the last time it was this high at this point in a midterm cycle was 1974. Back in 1974, about 80% of Americans said the economy was in fact the top prolem. Now it's just 37%.  So, this is a very different picture than you might be expecting to see when inflation was this high. The percentage of Americans who say the economy is the top problem just isn't matching up at all! BERMAN: You know, why, Harry? ENTEN: Why? Why, John, with that wonderful leading question. Inflation hasn't been higher since '74, Ibut, here's the whole thing. If you look at different portions of the economy, it gives you a different picture. This is the lowest unemployment rate in the midterm cycle since 1954. And it is the biggest Idrop in the unemployment rate in a midterm cycle since 1954.  So inflation bad. But unemployment, pretty good! BERMAN: Interesting to see the different the different crosscurrents in the economy here. Maybe canceling each other out.

‘New Twist’; Nets Celebrate Lefty Texas Sheriff Launching Criminal Probe of DeSantis

The major broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC have spent days bellyaching and screeching about Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) sending flights of less than 50 illegal immigrants to ultra-liberal Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, so it was only natural Tuesday that their morning shows would be ebullient over a far-left Texas sheriff launching a criminal investigation of DeSantis. “Immigrant showdown. Overnight, a new criminal investigation targeting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who flew that group of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. This as new numbers show record apprehensions at the border,” boasted ABC’s Good Morning America co-host and former Clinton official George Stephanopoulos.     Liberal correspondent Rachel Scott accepted Bexar County, Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar’s framing as gospel: The Texas officials launching that criminal investigation insist that Republicans are playing politics with human lives claiming that those migrants were lured onto those flights with false promises of opportunity and work that they are desperately looking for. This morning, a Texas sheriff launching a criminal investigation against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, just days after he flew dozens of migrants to Martha's Vineyard. Adding that Salazar believed DeSantis may have been criminal in his desire “to make a political point,” Scott offered a mere sentence on push back by quoting DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske (versus two full soundbites for Salazar).  Only at the end did Scott take on the fact that August saw “a record number of crossings, apprehensions topping two million” for “a 175 percent increase from last August” with border towns being “overwhelmed.” In a news brief in the second half-hour, fill-in co-host Mary Bruce made sure viewers were again told that “a new criminal investigation has been launched against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after flying that group of migrants to Martha's Vineyard.” NBC’s Today came off as stoked with this tease from co-host Hoda Kotb: “New twist. A criminal investigation now launched into those surprise flights carrying migrants to Martha's Vineyard. Just ahead, the sheriff who says they were lured under false pretenses.” Co-host Craig Melvin began the report by warning the “battles are heating up” “over immigration and the dozens of migrants sent from Texas to Martha's Vineyard” with that move “now the focus of a criminal investigation.” Correspondent Emilie Ikeda followed by touting the “[s]trong words from” Salazar “who says these migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard were preyed upon,” adding DeSantis and fellow Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) have “vow[ed] to continue transporting migrants north as southern states experience a record influx of illegal crossings.” Ikeda continued (click “expand”): IKEDA: This morning, another twist in the rising tensions over immigration throughout the country. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may now be in hot water after a Texas sheriff opened an investigation into that plane of migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard last week, which DeSantis took credit for. Javier Salazar, a sheriff from Bexar County, Texas, says he believes a Venezuelan migrant was hired to recruit another group of migrants who were flown from Texas to Florida and to the wealthy enclave of Martha's Vineyard.  SALAZAR: Our understanding is that a Venezuelan migrant was paid what we would call a bird dog fee to recruit approximately 50 migrants from the area around a migrant resource center.  IKEDA: The sheriff saying the migrants were brought there dishonestly.  SALAZAR: I will use the word lured under false pretenses into staying at a hotel for a couple of days and then eventually flown to Martha's Vineyard. They were promised work. They were promised a solution to several of their problems.  IKEDA: DeSantis, who took credit for arranging the flights, hitting back overnight. Going lastly to CBS Mornings, co-host Nate Burleson announced in the “Eye Opener” that “[t]here is now a criminal investigation into how migrants were put on planes to Martha's Vineyard.” Co-host Tony Dokoupil later opened the segment by boasting that there are “questions on how” the illegal immigrants “got” to Martha’s Vineyard and Salazar wants to answer them by “open[ing] a criminal investigation.” Dokoupil did, however, concede “there is a serious situation unfolding along the southern border, and the number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants is above two million”. Correspondent Manuel Bojorquez explained the situation from El Paso (click “expand”): BOJORQUEZ: For one, they are trying to prevent people from having to sleep outside in these streets, outside this Greyhound bus station where, for days, dozens had camped out with no food, water, or money to reach their next destination. The city is moving people to motels and shelters. For many migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., this is their first stop, a Greyhound bus station in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. Border Patrol says more than a thousand migrants are crossing this area each day. Many are being released here. That's where volunteer Julianna Esparza Loya pulls in with her minivan loaded with supplies. She sets up her table and starts handing out essentials like backpacks, shoes, and clothes for children and adults who often arrive with only the clothes on their back. She told us she grew up in El Paso with very little and she identifies with the migrants' struggles. For her, this issue has little to do with politics.  (....) BOJORQUEZ: Now, the City of El Paso has set up this migrant welcome center where they provide WiFi to contact sponsor families, food, shelter, and most importantly, transportation to their next stop. [TO MURO] You're getting on average 400 people a day?  EL PASO OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT COORDINATOR TONY MURO: Yes, sir.  BOJORQUEZ [TO MURO]: That's a lot.  MURO: That's going to be increasing shortly.  BOJORQUEZ [TO MURO]: So, you don't see this slowing down at this point? MURO: At this point, we’re just managing the numbers as they come in.  Hilariously, CBS gave away the game as Borjorquez closed by noting El Paso has also buses to move illegal immigrants away from the border: El Paso has sent nearly 60 buses with migrants north, but the city says it has closely coordinated that with local leaders and charitable organizations at those destinations to ensure they are ready to receive them, unlike some GOP governors who are accused of sending migrants with little to no warning.  Tuesday’s network-wide attempt to get the hopes of their liberal audiences up was made possible thanks to the backing of advertisers such as Apple (on CBS), Claritin (on NBC), and Target (on ABC). Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcripts from September 20, click here (for ABC), here (for CBS), and here (for NBC).

Racist Hulu Dramedy ‘Reservation Dogs’ Depicts White People as ‘Degenerates,’ ‘Crackers’

Indigenous Americans have been making strides in entertainment with two shows written by and for Native Americans, Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls. Unfortunately, in doing so, they’ve also promoted hatred and racism towards white people and often use exaggerated caricatures of white people as the butt of their jokes. Last Wednesday’s episode of Reservation Dogs on Hulu, “This Is Where the Plot Thickens,” was no exception, as white men were shown in a bizarre cult ceremony. An indigenous tribal cop and his friend attempt to break up the scene, complete with racist slurs, such as “cracker.” In the episode, the tribal officer (Zahn McClarnon), who goes by the name “Big,” accidentally ingests hallucinogenic drugs along with his friend “Kenny Boy” (Kirk Fox). As they stumble through the forest and experience hallucinations, they stumble upon a disturbing initiation ceremony involving white men being intimate with beheaded catfish. Because, as the show so often says, “white people" (click "expand"):     Men: Ours! Ours! Ours! Kenny Boy: I hear it, too, if you were wondering. Men: Ours! Ours! Ours! Grand Catfish: We are here. Sons of grandsons. The old ones who settled this land. This land, our birthright, our land! Men: Ours! Ours! Ours! Big: Holy f*ck, these some strong a** drugs. Kenny Boy: No. This is real. This is as real as it gets. Grand Catfish: Do ye give ye seed for our land? Big: Oh, sh*t. I know what this is. Men: Ours! Ours! Ours! Kenny Boy: White people. Big: Uh... I heard about this. I didn't think it was real. It's the Order of the Midstreamers. Kenny Boy: The Klan? Big: No. Okies, oil execs, politicians. Secret society. Said to believe they're the rightful heirs of all Indian Territory and all the mineral rights beneath the ground. Few people went missing back in the day. Kenny Boy: Ah. Sacrifice. Big: Sh*t, they went dormant for decades now. Kenny Boy: This doesn't look too dormant. Big: It looks like some sort of initiation. Kenny Boy: How do you know so much about this? Big: Well, sh*t, YouTubes. Notice they didn’t say this is just a creepy cult, born from psychopathic, extremist, and rare behavior and beliefs. No, this can all be blamed on one thing…white people. Things devolve into a grotesque display as the initiates are made to have sex with decapitated catfish while wearing catfish masks and nothing else, as fish blood is poured over their bodies. This degenerate behavior confirms for Kenny Boy and Big that this is definitely a “f*cking white people” problem (click "expand"):     Both: Fսck*n' white people. Big: Why just the bodies? Kenny Boy: If you've ever put your hand down the business end of a catfish, you know to just cut that head off. Imagine what it would do to... Big: Cover me. Kenny Boy: Where you going? Big: I'm pretty sure there's a law against f*ck¡ng fish carcasses. Hey, hey, hey, hey! Light horse man! Take the masks off and put your hands in the air. Now you four, get on the ground, you nasty f*ckers. Everyone, masks off! Kenny Boy: That's right, you degenerates. This is Indian Territory. The Muscogee reservation. Big: The f*ck is wrong with you guys? Man: Is this part of the initiation? Priest: No, sh*t ass. This is real life. And that's a tribal cop. Grand Catfish: Which is barely a real cop. Sort of a kind of a cop. Big: I'm gonna put my real foot up your ass if you're not careful. Kenny Boy: That's a burn right there. Grand Catfish: You...are making a big mistake. Kenny Boy: Holy sh*t. Governor Wilson. Big: Oh, this some real Scooby-Doo sh*t. You nasty f*ckеr. Wilson: You don't know what you're dealing with here. Kenny Boy: Fish f*ck¡ng. Is what it looks like, scumbags. Don't you have any reverence for nature and its peoples? Water and land? The four-leggeds and the no-leggeds? Priest: Our God has given us this land to do with as we will, because the Native will not! He's too precious and too reverent. The earth is a whοre, and it is our will to take her. Kenny Boy: Shut your mouth, filthy fish f*ckеr. Earth is not a whοre! Big: Chill out, Kenny. Kenny Boy: And if it was, you guys are paying for that. And we're the p¡mp and you're going down! Of course, the old, white, male governor with a cross on his robe is the grand catfish, and of course, a priest is one of the other leaders. Might as well sprinkle in some anti-Christian bigotry while they’re at it. The cult’s security ends up getting a jump on Big and Kenny Boy, and they wind up tied to a tree and blindfolded. They’re eventually rescued by the Deer Lady (Kaniehtiio Horn), who has hooves for feet. And believe it or not, she’s actually real and not a figment of their drug-induced hallucinations. Kenny Boy and Big call for police back-up and once again apprehend the group who try inviting them to their potluck since they believe they’ve likely never been invited to a white event before. This leads to the most racist slur of all, as Big calls them “nasty crackers":   Men: Ours! Ours! Ours! Ours!   Big: Masks off, hands up! You're all under arrest! Get your sick a** over there. Back it up. Go, go. Kenny Boy: Back it up, back it up. You see what you get, fish f*ckers? See what you get when you mess with Shik'is and I? Wilson: Seriously? We were almost done. Potluck after this. Kenny Boy: Potluck's cancelled, boys. Grand Catfish: Come on. When was the last time you were invited to a white people's party? Kenny Boy: Do I look white to you? Wilson: Yes. Big: You kind of do, Kenny Boy. Kenny Boy: F*ck off, bilagáanas. Arrest these nasty crackers. Poor Kenny Boy. Such bad luck for him to look like a white person. What fate could be worse than that? /sarcasm This isn’t the first time the show has so brazenly and unapologetically displayed such racism towards white people, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. Conservatives Fight Back! 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Lemon Speechless After Guest Demolishes Reparations Talking Point

A clip of CNN’s Don Lemon from September 13 went viral on Tuesday where the recently demoted host got more than he bargained for when he welcomed royal commentator and global business consultant Hilary Fordwich in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Fordwich agreed with Lemon that reparations could be useful, but that they should be paid to the descendants of Royal Navy sailors who died fighting the slave trade. Lemon saw a disconnect between ordinary people and the cost of the monarchy and lamented the history of the British Empire and wondered if reparations might be a way to address that, “Well, this is coming when, you know, there's all of this wealth and you hear about it comes as England is facing rising cost of living, living crisis, and austerity, budget cuts, and so on. And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism. And they're wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion here and there, 500 million there. Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering why are we suffering when you are, you know, you have all of this vast wealth? Those are legitimate concerns.”     Fordwich calmly, but brilliantly set about dismantling this talking point, “Well, I think you're right about reparations in terms of if people want it though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain. Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa. And when that crossed the entire world when the slavery was taking pl