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Newsmax's Chris Salcedo Slams Media for Silence on Dem Anti-Semites

By: Jeffrey Lord — December 3rd 2022 at 18:10
Well, bravo. Over there at NewsMax, Chris Salcedo, the host of “The Chris Salcedo Show”, nailed it exactly when covering the dust-up over the Trump-Kanye West dinner that, unknown to Trump, would include decided anti-Semite Nick Fuentes. The problem? The liberal media instantly jumped on the dinner - and that’s fine. Salcedo himself pointedly noted that Ye had been spewing anti-Semitism and he, Salcedo, condemns anti-Semitism no matter where it comes from. He’s right, of course. There’s no room for anti-Semitism and white supremacism in America -- period. But as Chris vividly illustrated, this liberal media outrage strangely disappears when the anti-Semitism is coming from, yes, anyone on the left. In his preamble segment, titled “Identifying Enemies of Your Freedom”, he made the point that one of the "biggest threats to your freedom” is leftist media pushing narratives instead of actual news. He went on: “The press has been obsessed with anti-Semitism” since the news of the Trump dinner emerged he says. Then, pointedly, saying he has looked at the background of Fuentes, he adds that Fuentes is every bit as anti-Semitic as “AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Louis Farrakhan are.” For Trump to dine with Ye and Fuentes, he said, was just as bad as if he “broke bread with Ilhan Omar, the leaders of BLM, or Linda Sarsour, or any leftwing Jew hater.” He went on to zero in on MSNBC, showing a commentator on host Nicolle Wallace’s show saying Kanye West had been spewing anti-Semitism “for weeks.” To which Chris correctly noted that “Democrats that have been uttering anti-Semitism for years…Nicole Wallace and her network have expressed…barely a peep over this long festering anti-Semitism from the Democrat Party.” Then he flashed a Newsweek headline from 2020 that read: Why Won’t Joe Biden Repudiate Anti-Semitic Democrats?, the piece written by Bruce Abramson and Jeff Ballabon. Next he screened a panoply of Democrats who had either made anti-Semitic remarks over the years or refused to condemn those that did. The list:  Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, (the latter two featured speakers at a Democratic National Convention, with Sarsour being a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and Mallory a social justice activist), Louis Farrakhan, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Democrat Reps. Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, James Clyburn, (the latter the Democrat House Majority Whip who said that anti-Semitism was acceptable when it came from “women of color”), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and neo-Nazi activist Richard Spencer, the latter who endorsed Biden for president. He noted that no less than ex-KKK head David Duke had praised Omar for her anti-Semitism. All of these people, Salcedo points out, are either “pushers” of anti-Semitism or have refused to condemn those that are, yet they have escaped the kind of intense, repeated scrutiny Trump has faced over the last week. He noted that famed lawyer and pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz had been on his program and expressed alarm at the rise of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. “Yet the biased press suppresses that condemnation and coverage of Democrat hate.” He adds that MSNBC only condemns anti-Semitism when it benefits their left-wing politics. Then, as a Wallace guest cited conservative Ben Shapiro (an admitted rarity on MSNBC!) for saying the best way to avoid having dinner with an anti-Semite you don’t know is not to have dinner with an anti-Semite you do know, Chris noted that Wallace couldn’t bring herself to mention Shapiro’s name. Wow, said Chris. “That’s the level of respect” Wallace has for a Jew who is…conservative. The bottom line here is that Chris Salcedo nailed it exactly in this segment. The left-wing media will drill in on anti-Semitism as long as they can attack Trump. The very same Trump who has a Jewish daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, successfully negotiated the Abraham Accords, became the first president to visit the “Wailing Wall” in Jerusalem and moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. In fact, Trump is so popular in Israel that he has had a train station in Jerusalem named for him. But when it comes to serious and similar intense media coverage of blatantly anti-Semitic Democrats or left-wing activists there is no such coverage. It doesn’t exist. Not good. Not good at all.
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James Woods To Sue Twitter Over DNC-Ordered Censorship

By: Autumn Johnson — December 3rd 2022 at 16:10
Actor James Woods says he is suing Twitter after information regarding the company’s censorship of his account was revealed. Internal Twitter documents released by Elon Musk revealed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ordered Twitter to remove his tweets for speaking out on the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Fox News reported Friday evening that Woods announced his intention on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” "I can guarantee you one thing more than anything else you'll ever hear in your life: I will be getting a lawyer. I will be suing the Democratic National Committee no matter what," he said. He added that cancel culture ruined his career and he does not care whether he wins or loses. “Whether I win or lose, I am going to stand up for the rights that every American – not a so-called celebrity. I'm not a celebrity -- I'm hardly recognizable anymore because my career has been destroyed by these very people. “And I will sue. And I'm hoping other people will sue And if it turns out there are a lot of us on this list where the DNC targeted us, then I will quote the immortal words of Joseph Welch when he attacked [Wisconsin Senator] Joseph McCarthy for the enemies list he had – 'At long last or have you no shame?’’ He considers it as a compliment that the Democratic Party chose to go after him personally, but he laments the loss of his career. "I think it is a compliment, but, it's a big price to pay. It's not a lot of fun. I loved my career for 50 years. I was happy to be an award-winning and honored and appreciated actor, and I miss my career," he said. Woods later thanked Musk for fighting for free speech. “Thank you, @elonmusk, for giving back to all Americans, and voices around the world, the most precious of gifts - free and open speech” he tweeted. “I admire you and I salute you, sir.” 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.
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‘Pelosi in the House’ Marks New Low for Media Bias

By: Christian Toto — December 3rd 2022 at 13:43
HBO has a well-earned reputation for pushing progressive causes. The pay channel’s original films, think Game Change, Recount, and Confirmation, routinely lean to the Left. So do Real Time with Bill Maher, despite its host’s occasional independence, and Last Week Tonight. The channel no longer airs specials from Dennis Miller, one of the few openly conservative comics to grace HBO in recent years. That history suggests any HBO project focused on Rep. Nancy Pelosi would follow a similar trajectory. Except Pelosi in the House could make that biased content look downright conservative by comparison. The new documentary, debuting December 13 on HBO, is directed by Alexandra Pelosi. Yes, that’s the House Speaker’s daughter, a veteran filmmaker whose body of work reflects her family’s progressive bona fides. To be clear, HBO hired Nancy Pelosi’s filmmaking daughter to shoot a documentary about mom. Just imagine a platform like HBO or Showtime releasing a docuseries on President Donald Trump produced by Ivanka or Eric Trump. It’s not possible because it wouldn’t happen. Nor should it. HBO’s marketing team makes no effort to hide the nepotism on full display, to its credit. The film’s synopsis, though, suggests an attempt to place the outgoing speaker in the context of modern history … as seen through the eyes of a daughter who shot, produced and directed the film. Here’s the official synopsis: Filmed in a cinéma vérité style over the course of three decades, PELOSI IN THE HOUSE provides a unique, longitudinal window into the life of a longstanding Democratic politician and history in the making. The film goes behind the headlines as it tracks Pelosi’s life in public office from her election to Congress in 1987 and becoming the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 through the 2020 election and President Biden’s inauguration. Following Pelosi at both work and home in real time during consequential political moments in the country’s recent history, the film offers a unique look at American politics through her efforts on the Affordable Care Act, the COVID-19 relief package, two impeachments as well as a record of the events of January 6, 2021, following Pelosi and other lawmakers at a secure location as the crisis unfolded. Even if Alexandra Pelosi could capture her mother’s political life in an unflinchingly neutral fashion HBO shouldn’t choose her to film such a project. Had Pelosi in the House focused more on the speaker’s personal life, not her decades of Beltway maneuvering, the mother-daughter connection could have yielded some revealing morsels. As is, the project clearly hopes to put Pelosi’s political life front and center, with a side helping of Jan. 6 content to appease HBO’s progressive base. Naturally, august news organizations like the Associated Press reported on the news without an ounce of skepticism about the viability of the project. Alexandra Pelosi is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who was with her mother filming during the Jan. 6 insurrection. She’s specialized in political documentaries, earning four Emmy nominations for her 2002 film Journeys with George about George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. See, she’s fair and balanced!  Don’t expect any chin-stroking think pieces on the fallacy of this approach elsewhere, either. The young Pelosi deserves some credit for making movies that attempt to reach across the aisle. She invaded Trump’s America for Outside the Bubble, for example. She also loves her mother, of course, and that can’t help but come out during media appearances. “She’s been around. This is not her first rodeo,” her daughter Alexandra, who is also a political reporter, told CNN. “And that should make you sleep at night knowing that at least somebody in this town knows what they’re doing.” None of this is new. We’ve watched pop stars like Taylor Swift release documentaries about their careers that avoid material that would damage their brands. Recent documentaries like Fauci, Bring Down the House and Hillary similarly fawn over their subjects, pushing objectivity to the curb. At least Pelosi in the House silences any chance of a fair and balanced look at a consequential Democrat right from the start.
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Flashback: The Media’s Clown Show Coverage of 2015 Terrorist Attack

By: Rich Noyes — December 3rd 2022 at 12:35
Seven years ago, the national media made a spectacle of themselves for both the speed and stupidity with which they seized upon a horrible mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, racing to promote their anti-gun agenda, bashing conservatives and prayer in the process. The December 2, 2015 attack, which left 14 dead and 21 injured, was conducted by a husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who had earlier posted on Facebook they had “pledge[d] allegiance” to the leader of ISIS. The FBI declared it an “act of terrorism.” Yet before actual facts were known, TV viewers heard baseless speculation about who might be at fault. During live coverage on December 2, CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes suggested the perpetrators could have been “a domestic militia group, an anti-government domestic militia group wanting to attack the government.” “It could be some right-wing group, for all I know,” CNN analyst Harry Houck echoed a few hours later. The next day, when the identity of the killers was known, CNN host Erin Burnett still wondered why the wife joined in the attack. She asked an FBI profiler: “Could there be something else, anything else that could have explained her involvement? Something like a postpartum psychosis?” Over on MSNBC, Chuck Todd fretted about the blowback upon learning the killers’ identity: “I have some fears of where this conversation goes, if this turns into being an American Muslim, an American citizen, and the investigation comes out that this is a radicalized situation and all this stuff. I think the consequences on our politics could be very ugly and very negative....It’s just going to raise the issue of Islamophobia again.” Then there were usual suspects in the media’s anti-gun lobby. Despite the shooting occurring in deep blue California, which already had some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, angry journalists lambasted those who offered thoughts and prayers instead of instant legislation. “Dear ‘thoughts and prayers’ people: Please shut up and slink away. You are the problem, and everyone knows it,” Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten tweeted on December 2, just hours after the shooting occurred. “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS,” screamed the New York Daily News in a headline the next morning. The paper’s not-so-subtle front page message: “As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.” The rest of the New York media chimed in. “I thought that headline was very powerful,” an impressed CBS morning host Gayle King told viewers. “We have to do something. As the New York Daily News said, God is not going to fix it. We have to fix it,” King’s co-host Charlie Rose agreed. And they weren’t the only ones. Watch:     For more examples from our flashback series, which we call The NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.  
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Nets Ignore Twitter Files As NBC Blames Musk For Hate Speech

By: Alex Christy — December 3rd 2022 at 11:49
None of the three broadcast networks covered the Friday revelations of how Twitter censored the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story on their Saturday morning shows. However, NBC’s Today did manage to blame Elon Musk for a raise in hate speech on the platform. Correspondent Steve Patterson set the dramatic tone for the segment, “While the focus has been on [Kanye] West’s suspension, researchers are warning that hate speech and harassment has increased dramatically since Elon Musk took over the platform and that they worry that while one man is being pushed out, a wave pushed a wave far worse is being ushered in.”     As part of the recorded video report, Patterson declared: Just five weeks after Elon Musk took over Twitter, this morning, the billionaire's vision on the platform is coming into focus as questions over free speech versus hate speech swirl. While the suspension of recording artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from the platform has captured the headlines, hundreds of Twitter accounts belonging to far-right activists and Q-Anon theorists have been reinstated according to data reviewed by NBC News. Musk’s belief in free speech led Sarah Roberts of something called the “UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry" to claim “Musk is setting a tone of permissibility for the kind of behavior that had people shown the door in the first place.” As for that “kind of behavior,” Patterson reported, “After Musk acquired the site, slurs against black Americans tripled and anti-Semitic tweets soared more than 61% according to groups that monitor online hate. Musk pushing back calling reports of hate speech ‘utterly false’ and tweeting ‘hate speech impressions… continue to decline despite significant user growth.’” Patterson did not elaborate on Musk’s rebuttal and the numbers he cites come from a New York Times article on the same subject. What the Times reports, but Patterson does not are specific numbers for tweets targeting black Americans: from 1,282 to 3,876. What neither cites is that is out of 867 million total tweets per day. The idea that Twitter is a racist hellscape is sensationalism. Patterson concluded the segment by specifically discussing Kanye West’s recent suspension. Meanwhile, the ignoring of The Twitter Files was also ignored on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS Saturday Morning despite both having the time to report on the existence of Qatari camel beauty pageants and the cheating that occasionally goes on at such events. This segment was sponsored by Wayfair.  Here is a transcript for the December 3 show: NBC Today 12/3/2022 8:13 AM ET KRISTEN WELKER: NBC's Steve Patterson is following all of it for us. Steve, good morning to you.  STEVE PATTERSON: Guys, good morning to you. While the focus has been on West’s suspension, researchers are warning that hate speech and harassment has increased dramatically since Elon Musk took over the platform and that they worry that while one man is being pushed out, a wave pushed a wave far worse is being ushered in.  Just five weeks after Elon Musk took over Twitter, this morning, the billionaire's vision on the platform is coming into focus as questions over free speech versus hate speech swirl. While the suspension of recording artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from the platform has captured the headlines, hundreds of Twitter accounts belonging to far-right activists and Q-Anon theorists have been reinstated according to data reviewed by NBC News. BEN COLLINS: People know how to play the game in the white supremacists spaces, who know how to get people radicalized subtly over time. Those are the people that are coming back.  PATTERSON: Andrew Anglin, the founder of one the most influential neo-Nazi websites, just one of hundreds of formerly banned users now back on the platform after Musk’s Thanksgiving tweet, that “amnesty beginning next week.”  Meanwhile, the billionaire cutting the company staff, including those dedicated to monetary abuse and hate speech.  SARAH ROBERTS: Musk is setting a tone of permissibility for the kind of behavior that had people shown the door in the first place.  PATTERSON: After Musk acquired the site, slurs against black Americans tripled and anti-Semitic tweets soared more than 61% according to groups that monitor online hate. Musk pushing back calling reports of hate speech “utterly false” and tweeting “hate speech impressions… continue to decline despite significant user growth.”  This morning, Ye's Twitter account remains suspended after being banned Thursday night. Musk writing, “I tried my best, despite that he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”  Are you surprised that Elon found that line in the sand? COLLINS: Everybody has their line. For Elon, it seems to be relatively capricious. It seems to be based on his feelings at the moment.  PATTERSON: But, analysts worry while one famous user is being punished the real danger now has an open platform.  So, Musk says the decision to allow Ye back on the platform in the first place had nothing to do with him and was made well before he took over, no word on the estimated length of that ban though. Guys. 
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AWFUL: Lefty Journos Blame the Late Rush Limbaugh for Colorado Shooting But Hail ‘Legendary’ Pelosi

By: Geoffrey Dickens — December 3rd 2022 at 11:05
The last month has seen the leftist media blame conservatives (including the late great Rush Limbaugh) for the gay nighclub shooting in Colorado, claim Herschel Walker supporters were “comfortable with cruelty” and charge that the U.S. was as bad on human rights as Qatar — thanks to Republican governors.  On the other hand, they bent over backwards praising outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as they were “in awe” over the “legendary” “most important” and “consequential” Speaker in “American history.”  CNN host Don Lemon was in complete denial or blatantly lied when he told CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert “I don’t think we ever were liberal” on CNN.  Speaking of late night hosts, NBC’s  Seth Meyers wondered which GOP “ass****” would win the GOP presidential nomination? Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis?  The following are some of the most outrageous outbursts from lefty journalists and Hollywood types from November:   Lemon Is Either Lying or He’s Crazy     Host Stephen Colbert: “The word on the street is you guys aren’t allowed to be liberal anymore? Is that the case?”CNN host Don Lemon: “I don’t think we ever were liberal.”Colbert: “What?”Lemon: “Yes, I don’t think we ever were liberal.”— CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, November 29.    Rush Limbaugh and His “Far-Right” Successors Responsible for Anti-Gay “Violence”     “Then where does the hate come from? We obviously do not yet know the motivation of this shooter….Where does this anger, where does the violence stem from?...The far-right is dehumanizing, right? It’s demoralizing the LGBTQ community. And truthfully any ‘other’ community that is not white, heterosexual, and straight. It’s happening all across the country….None of it’s new, right? Rush Limbaugh was the king of this kind of misinformation for decades. But for many of those decades he was the only one out there doing it. Why has it gotten so much worse? Because there’s so many Rush juniors out there?”— Host Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, November 22.   CNN Oozes for “Spunky Grandmother” Pelosi’s “Legacy” as a “Great Athlete” Waves Goodbye     Correspondent Audie Cornish: “She’s [outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] already in the National Women’s Hall of Fame at Seneca Falls, so you’re talking about the history book. That’s already written. So, I think this moment really is very powerful….Her leading the prayer to me is a significant moment. She’s always put her faith at the forefront even when her detractors were kind of saying that's not something Democrats would do. I think she’s always been a counterbalance to the strongest talking points from the Republican side.”...Host John King: “This is like watching, you know, a great performer on the stage or a great athlete making a big decision about the next chapter.”...Cornish: “ She was there for the most consequential moments of the last 15 years legislatively….I know people like to say, like, she’s a spunky grandma who just happened to get there. And, to me, that's, like, the antithesis of her story….Her story is a person who was in a political family who rose to political power and has held on to it as she wants.King: “She may be a spunky grandmother but she works hard.”— CNN’s Inside Politics, November 17.  “I think she’s [outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] may be the most important Speaker of the House in American history….Pelosi has a legacy that is so large not just for shattering the glass ceiling of being a woman but I think the Affordable Care Act….That really has provided so many people with the ability to pay for operations, surgical procedures, saved lives, and Obama and Harry Reid say it couldn’t be done without Nancy Pelosi. That’s a big feather in her cap.” — CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley on CNN’s Inside Politics with John King, November 18.    “In Awe” of “Consequential” Nancy’s “Legendary” Run      “It’s the end of an era and an incredible one, and I mean, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, it’s sort of hard not to be in awe of what she has accomplished. Unless you’re in a cult.”— Co-host Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, November 18. “Along with thick skin and a wicked sense of humor, these skills helped make Pelosi by far the most consequential Speaker of our time….When she said she prayed for the presidents she supported and those she opposed, including [Donald] Trump, she was serious. Nancy Pelosi is a believer. And her belief has made ours a more perfect union.”— The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson in November 17 article “Nancy Pelosi was the Most Consequential Speaker of Our time.”     GOP “Leadership by Bullying”      “Your reaction to [Republican House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy? I mean his threats of investigations, if the [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] secretary doesn’t resign. Is this what we can expect if Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker of the House? Leadership by bullying?”— Host Alex Witt to Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley on MSNBC’s Alex Witt Reports, November 26.   It’s the End of America, As We Know It      “Donald Trump has instilled such fear in other Republican candidates that they go right up to the trip wire of answering the question of if he does indeed, God forbid, become President of the United States again, it poses a threat to national security, and a threat to the larger existence of the United States of America, as we know it?”— MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, November 18.   Herschel Walker Supporters are “Comfortable Voting for Cruelty”     “What strikes me most is how many people are comfortable voting for cruelty. Comfortable voting just because they don’t want other people to have something….Why would you subject yourself to voting for somebody like him [GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker] who is rife with this many issues? And then, you realize what it is. It’s that, oh, as long as he has pledged to go after these specific people who they don’t like, or vote against these people that they don’t like, then it’s perfectly acceptable to have a certain amount of incompetence.”— Former ESPN host and current The Atlantic writer Jemele Hill on PBS’s Amanpour and Company, November 10.    Nevermind Russia and China, Elon Taking Over Twitter is the Real “Threat” to “National Security” “Mister President, do you think Elon Musk is a threat to U.S. national security?” — Bloomberg White House reporter Jenny Leonard to President Joe Biden during November 9 press conference.   U.S. Just as Bad on “Human Rights” as Qatar, Thanks to Republicans      “No one is saying Qatar is perfect. But I’m urging us to be a bit more nuanced in our critiques and resist simply parroting generic Orientalist tropes. While it is fair to question and criticize Qatar, I wonder if this debate is truly about migrant workers’ rights and human rights….I wonder if any of these American pundits, grandstanding about human rights, called for the U.S. to be stripped of hosting the 2026 World Cup for the way elected leaders in this country and our judicial system in this country have rolled back reproductive rights, or are trying to ban the world ‘gay’ in public schools or even ban books.”— Host Ayman Mohyeldin on MSNBC’s Ayman, November 19.    She Must Be a Blast at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table     “It’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with historical inaccuracies. Built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn. A simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed. It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks because here is the secret they want so desperately to keep. We are a country founded on violence. Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia, ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. With those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card carrying member of polite society, Ku Klux Klan, picked up where the Civil War ended, using violence to maintain white supremacy.”— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, November 23.    Which “Ass****” Will Win GOP Presidential Primary?     “I have no idea what’s going to happen in 2024, but we can’t just take it for granted that Trump is toast and assume he’ll quietly go away. He’s still a deeply nefarious presence in American politics. I mean, sure, he’s facing a potential primary challenge from a popular Florida governor backed by the GOP establishment, and as we all know from history, that usually works out. And Ron DeSantis doesn’t have the sparkling personality of Jeb Bush, DeSantis is like if a mailbox could be racist….I have no idea which of these ass[bleep] will out-ass[bleep] the other ass[bleep] and win, but it will certainly be interesting to watch them destroy each other.”— Host Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night, November 17.
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MSNBC Absurdly Claims Twitter Files Makes Twitter Look Good

By: Alex Christy — December 3rd 2022 at 10:07
Brandy Zadrozny’s appearance on Friday’s The 11th Hour on MSNBC with host Stephanie Ruhle raised the question of whether or not the duo read the same Twitter thread as everybody else, because Zadrozny claimed Matt Taibbi’s thread detailing how Twitter suppressed the New York Post article on Hunter Biden’s laptop actually makes Twitter look good. Ruhle clearly tried to make the thread conform to her pre-determined conclusion as she asked Zadrozny to explain the matter, “I want to ask you about what he did today. Elon Musk. He spent the majority of his day promoting a heavily criticized thread, Twitter thread, about the laptop of Hunter Biden, a private citizen, someone who's obviously the son of President Biden, but who is not a government official. Can you explain this whole thing to us?”     Heavily criticized by whom? That glaring bit of partisanship aside, Zardrozny proceded to explain the gist of the Post’s story, but then made the hilarious claim that: it was really helpful thing, actually, the Twitter files today, we got to see how content moderation works. We got to see how when a group of people with different political ideas and ideologies and views, gets together in the spirit of making a platform safe and healthy, right before an election, right when we knew we had just learned of the hack and leaks and Wikileaks and all the stuff that that did to hurt and to affect the 2020--the 2016 election. In 2020, they were heightened. People were trying to do the right thing and inside Twitter.  In the actual thread, Taibbi does concede that content removal requests were available to both sides, but in practice, Democrats had a better chance of success because Twitter is a ultra-liberal company. The idea that there were conservatives inside Twitter who agreed to suppress the Post article is not anywhere in Taibbi’s thread. What is in the thread is people struggling to accept the hack explanation, but not be willing to do anything about it. Taibbi also reports the extraordinary measure of resorting to suppression, noting that such methods were usually reserved for things such as child pornography. Yet, Zadrozny still claimed, “it looked like, this weird story of a laptop left in some, like, repair shop, it looked like a hack and leak. That's what people inside Twitter thought it was. And so, they acted a little fast.” After claiming censoring the article made Twitter look good, Zadrozny unwittingly contradicted herself by reporting that Twitter officials admit they acted too quickly: And when we heard that from Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety two days ago on Kara Swisher’s podcast, he said that. He didn't agree with this idea. The day after it happened, Jack came out and said I don't agree with what happened, that happened too quickly. Because content moderation is a human activity. It's stuff that we do as humans. To, you know, fulfill the north star of whatever organization we have.  It is interesting that Zadrozny cites Jack Dorsey when Taibbi’s thread says the decision was made without his input. Perhaps she should re-read the thread. This segment was sponsored by Fidelity. Here is a transcript for the December 2 show: MSNBC The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle 12/2/2022 11:23 PM ET STEPHANIE RUHLE: I want to ask you about what he did today. Elon Musk. He spent the majority of his day promoting a heavily criticized thread, Twitter thread, about the laptop of Hunter Biden, a private citizen, someone who's obviously the son of President Biden, but who is not a government official. Can you explain this whole thing to us?  BRANDY ZADROZNY: Sure. So, background in 2020, there was a New York Post story about Hunter Biden's laptop. When that came out, it was suggesting that somehow Hunter Biden, the president's son, was trading his closeness with the president to gain money and a position in Ukraine.  When that came out, we now know, it was really helpful thing, actually, the Twitter files today, we got to see how content moderation works. We got to see how when a group of people with different political ideas and ideologies and views, gets together in the spirit of making a platform safe and healthy, right before an election, right when we knew we had just learned of the hack and leaks and Wikileaks and all the stuff that that did to hurt and to affect the 2020--the 2016 election. In 2020, they were heightened. People were trying to do the right thing and inside Twitter.  And it looked like, this weird story of a laptop left in some, like, repair shop, it looked like a hack and leak. That's what people inside Twitter thought it was. And so, they acted a little fast. And when we heard that from Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety two days ago on Kara Swisher’s podcast, he said that. He didn't agree with this idea. The day after it happened, Jack came out and said I don't agree with what happened, that happened too quickly. Because content moderation is a human activity. It's stuff that we do as humans. To, you know, fulfill the north star of whatever organization we have. 
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Politico DROPPED Obsession with Paul Pelosi Attack After Election Was Over

By: P.J. Gladnick — December 3rd 2022 at 20:28
After a total of ELEVEN Paul Pelosi assault  stories appearing in the October 29 edition of Politico in which the alleged assailant, David DePape, was portrayed (with scant evidence) as a MAGA Republican for whom GOP officials were expected to apologize for, the sum total of these stories once the midterm elections were safely past dwindled to the extent that for the past couple of weeks, there has been no follow-up on the investigation of how this attack unfolded. What makes it more curious is that after their October 31 attack upon conservatives for questioning the official account of the assault, there has been complete silence from Politico on the retraction of an NBC story and suspension of the reporter, Miguel Almaguer, for revealing that Paul Pelosi answered the door on the night the police arrived. So why the incredible lack of curiosity by Politico over a story that it initially went into absurd overkill mode in promoting? Well, Politico inadvertently provided the reason in its final story related to Paul Pelosi on November 13, "Pelosi: Some people voted because political violence has ‘gone too far’." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she knew of some individuals inspired to vote last week because of political violence, including the brutal attack on her husband. “We’ve been so comforted by the outpouring of so many prayers and good wishes, and even people saying, ‘I wasn’t going to vote, but now I’m going to vote, because this has gone too far,’” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” Therefore the politicization of the attack by Politico and much of the rest of the media has served its political purpose, so there is no further need to obsess over it now, especially since legitimate questions are being raised about what really happened and why the suppression of the NBC story and its reporter. They did find space for a brief story on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin apologizing in a letter to Nancy Pelosi for "making light" of the attack by suggesting voters should send Pelosi home to her husband.  Is it any wonder that fewer and fewer people now trust the media, including Politico, to provide anything approaching objectivity in their news coverage. The flip side is that more and more frequently people have to turn to alternative media to get closer to the truth as exemplified by this Megyn Kelly podcast (labeled by the New York Times as a "purveyor of misinformation"), which questions the official Paul Pelosi assault narrative.   Exit question: Will anyone in the press pull back Paul Pelosi from his current nonperson status and investigate why the post-election suppression of the assault story after having hyped it so heavily before the election?
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CNN Host Laments HIV Patients Not Allowed to Donate Blood

By: Brad Wilmouth — December 3rd 2022 at 06:12
On Thursday morning, CNN promoted the politically correct cause of making it easier for gay men to donate blood as CNN This Morning devoted a segment to the topic. Setting up the discussion, co-host Poppy Harlow even seemed to complain that Americans who are HIV positive (most of whom are gay men) are not allowed to donate blood. After noting that it was World AIDS Day, she recalled that "there are approximately 1.2 million people living in the U.S. with HIV today, many of them restricted on when they can donate blood," and then added: "but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering revising their donor criteria, moving away from blanket assessments about donors to ones that consider risk for transmitting HIV." Harlow then looked happy as she brought aboard CNN medical correspondent Dr. Tara Narula and added: "This is fascinating. Our Dr. Tara Narula is here. What's changing?" Dr. Narula informed viewers that, since the FDA ban on "MSM" (men having sex with men) donating blood was put in effect in the 1980s, in recent years some gay men have been allowed to donate blood if they have abstained from sex for months -- which is considered unreasonable by the left. It used to be 12 months, but since Covid hit, it's been shortened to three months. There is no restriction for women having sex with women. The doctor recounted recent complaints that "stigma" is the reason for the partial ban: "Now, a lot of groups -- the American Medical Association, the Red Cross -- in fact, 500 doctors and health care professionals -- wrote an open letter back in 2020 saying, 'Look, these policies are based on stigma, not science.'" After recalling that HIV can be detected more quickly now than in decades past, leading other countries to also allow gay men to donate, the CNN hosts concluded by rejoicing that "stigma" might no longer prevent gays from donating blood: HARLOW: Science over stigma -- Dr. NARULA: Correct. HARLOW: -- is the direction finally. Dr. NARULA: Finally. DON LEMON: Thank you, Doctor. COLLINA: Thanks, Doctor. LEMON: I appreciate it so much. While Harlow's initial suggestion that known HIV patients might be allowed to donate blood was probably a flub or sloppy write-up in the teleprompter, CNN host Anderson Cooper back in 2016 suggested that it would, in fact, be acceptable for those who are HIV positive to donate blood as long as they were taking medication as he also devoted a segment to pushing the issue. This politically correct episode of CNN This Morning was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual. Their contact information is linked. Transcripts follow: CNN This Morning December 1, 2022 8:06 a.m. Eastern POPPY HARLOW: Okay, it is -- did you know? -- World AIDS Day today, and there are approximately 1.2 million people living in the U.S. with HIV today, many of them restricted on when they can donate blood, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering revising their donor criteria, moving away from blanket assessments about donors to ones that consider risk for transmitting HIV. This is fascinating. Our Dr. Tara Narula is here. What's changing? Dr. TARA NARULA, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, so let's take a little bit of a look back historically. And so, in the early '80s -- around 1985 -- is when we first saw this ban on men who have sex with men. So from 1985 until 2015, they were not allowed to donate blood at all. And this was really born out of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. And then in 2015, the FDA changed its plan and said, actually, you can, if you're a man who has sex with another man, donate blood as long as you've been abstinent for a year. Fast-forward to 2020, the height of the COVID pandemic, when we saw a lot of shortages, they then amended it to say, "As long as you've been abstinent within three months, you can donate blood." Now, a lot of groups -- the American Medical Association, the Red Cross -- in fact, 500 doctors and health care professionals -- wrote an open letter back in 2020 saying, "Look, these policies are based on stigma, not science." The ability to test for HIV has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, and so now we can actually find out if someone's infected within seven to 10 days of active infection. We also know that other countries have changed their policies either eliminating these bans completely or using more of a questionnaire-based screening. And the issue really comes down to the fact that a lot of these groups are saying this should be a targeted screening approach based on your individual risk, whether you are high-risk and how you have sex -- what are your sexual practices -- not based on how you identify and who you have sex with. So, for example, there are a lot of men who have sex with men who are low-risk. They use prep -- they're in monogamous relationships -- and they're not allowed to donate blood compared to men or women who have sex with the opposite gender unprotected, multiple partners. They are allowed to donate blood. So there's a lot of issues here and a lot of groups saying this needs to change. KAITLAN COLLINS: So what are these changes from the update? What could they look like? Dr. NARULA: Right, and so the FDA has not really given us a timeline when they are going to announce this, but they are planning to release some new guidelines hopefully in the next couple of months. And they're basically basing this on a study that was commissioned based on community health centers using this questionnaire-based screening and to see: Can that work better than these time-interval approaches? And also they're looking internationally at what other countries are doing, so, as I said, there are a lot of other countries that have changed how they're handling this. So, hopefully, we'll be seeing some of these updates soon. HARLOW: Science over stigma -- Dr. NARULA: Correct. HARLOW: -- is the direction finally. Dr. NARULA: Finally. DON LEMON: Thank you, Doctor. COLLINA: Thanks, Doctor. LEMON: I appreciate it so much.
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NewsBusters Podcast: Free Beacon vs. the Biden-Friendly Press

By: Tim Graham — December 2nd 2022 at 22:32
The liberals would like to claim that conservative web sites don't report news, but that's not true at all. We have CNSNews.com here at the MRC. Right now, it's more like the Biden-friendly news outlets are doing more publicity than hard-charging investigative reporting. Their friends are in power.  On the latest NewsBusters Podcast. Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher explains how they report many stories the leftist press won't. An inspector general at the IRS just declared after an investigation that audits of FBI director Jim Comey and his underling Andrew McCabe were random and found no evidence of malfeasance by Trump or Trump-appointed officials. That flies in the face of hot-and-heavy conspiracy theorizing by The New York Times and others when the audits were first reported. There are some other fascinating Free Beacon stories right now:  -- Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) was named the new head of the Congressional Black Caucus despite a long-running affair with an intern that began when she was 21. Horsford was narrowly re-elected as his wife tweeted bitterly about how terrible he was. -- The Atlantic is trying to tell people that Ron DeSantis is stiff and awkward around people, even though he's been elected governor twice, and this time by an impressive margin.  -- MSNBC's Morning Joe discussed anti-Semitism by turning to Rev. Al Sharpton, who has a lot of anti-Semitism on his resume. Did you know Congressman Joe Scarborough sponsored a resolution in 2000 denouncing Sharpton's anti-Semitic fulminations?  -- Time magazine is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from China's communist dictatorship for pages of "China Daily" fake news in the magazine....while Time's owner has made business deals in China. We also discuss how "fact checkers" attacked them for an accurate story in February that the Biden administration was paying millions for "harm reduction kits" that included crack pipes for drug addicts.  Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
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UNLEASHED: Twitter Owner Elon Musk Releases Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal Censorship Docs

By: Joseph Vazquez — December 2nd 2022 at 19:47
Twitter owner Elon Musk released damning documents exposing the extent of the platform’s efforts to squash the Hunter Biden laptop scandal first reported by the New York Post. Journalist Matt Taibbi, who first reported on the documents Dec. 2, stated that they revealed how Twitter staff and executives over time found “more and more uses” for censorship tools. Specifically, per Taibbi, “Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly.” In one snapshot dated Oct. 24, 2020, Taibbi stated that “[b]y 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: ‘More to review from the Biden team.’ The reply would come back: ‘Handled.’”  Musk’s release of the documents put an even greater spotlight on the nefarious scheme by Twitter to interfere in the electoral process to help throw the election to then-candidate Joe Biden. MRC President Brent Bozell praised Musk for making Twitter’s internal operations transparent to the American people at last: “Twitter sabotaged the 2020 elections. A big thank you to Elon Musk for releasing more information about this. The American people deserve to know the truth." https://t.co/j4EeXEAw6F can see the confusion in the following lengthy exchange, which ends up including Gadde and former Trust and safety chief Yoel Roth. Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, “I'm struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe”: pic.twitter.com/w1wBMlG33U — Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022 With regards to the laptop scandal, the decision to censor the story reportedly went to the highest levels of Twitter leadership albeit without the knowledge of former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. However, former Twitter legal executive Vijaya Gadde and former Twitter head of trust and safety Yoel Roth were both involved in the decision to censor the story. In one snapshot, Roth claimed that “the policy basis is hacked materials - though as discussed, this is an emerging situation where the facts remain unclear. Given the SEVERE risks here and lessons of 2016, we’re erring on the side of including a warning and preventing this content from being amplified.” This is especially concerning given Roth’s past statements of wantonly smearing President Donald Trump’s administration as being staffed by “nazis.” Yes, that person in the pink hat is clearly a bigger threat to your brand of feminism than ACTUAL NAZIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. — Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) January 22, 2017 Taibbi reported further that “‘[b]y this point “everyone knew this was fucked,’ said one former employee, but the response was essentially to err on the side of… continuing to err." Taibbi reported that the “hacked” materials policy basis sparked confusion amongst leadership and staff. Taibbi said: “Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, ‘I'm struggling to understand the policy basis for marking [the New York Post story] as unsafe.’” In addition, “Former VP of Global Comms Brandon Borrman asks, ‘Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?’” The policy basis for the censorship reportedly didn’t hold weight as a serious decision: 'They just freelanced it,’ is how one former employee characterized the decision. ‘Hacking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that wasn’t going to hold. But no one had the guts to reverse it.’ Taibbi even said that Twitter’s decision to block transmission of the Post story via direct message was “a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.” An amazing subplot of the Twitter/Hunter Biden laptop affair was how much was done without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, and how long it took for the situation to get "unfucked" (as one ex-employee put it) even after Dorsey jumped in. — Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022 In another snapshot showing an Oct. 24, 2020 communication detailing “an additional report by the DNC,” an alleged tweet by conservative actor James Woods was listed. Taibbi summarized that “[c]elebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party.” Taibbi then noted that these open channels for political parties to leverage censorship requests overwhelmingly favored the left: This system wasn't balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right. Musk teased the release of the documents on Twitter before the release: “This will be awesome.”  This will be awesome 🍿 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022 MRC Free Speech America published a comprehensive timeline for how the censorship of the laptop scandal transpired on Big Tech platforms. MRC Free Speech America conducted extensive analysis in April utilizing its unique CensorTrack database to reveal 646 examples of how far Big Tech went to protect President Joe Biden from his critics. The number included 140 documented cases of users — including lawmakers, organizations, news outlets and media personalities — censored on Twitter and other platforms for sharing anything related to the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story. Twitter in particular locked the Post’s account for 17 days. In addition, Twitter slapped a “warning” label on the GOP House Judiciary Committee’s website for linking to the New York Post bombshell report. MRC Free Speech America’s research on Big Tech platforms like Twitter protecting Biden was so influential that it was cited in an ongoing lawsuit from Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor Americans. MRC Free Speech America also demonstrated how Big Tech’s cancellation of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal helped shift the 2020 election in Biden’s favor. A 2020 MRC poll found that 45 percent of President Joe Biden’s voters weren’t fully aware of the Post story precisely because Big Media and Big Tech whitewashed it. Had Americans been fully aware of the scandal, 9.4 percent of Biden voters would have abandoned him, flipping all six of the swing states he won to former President Donald Trump, giving Trump a victorious 311 electoral votes. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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As I Mark 80 Years of Age...

By: Cal Thomas — December 2nd 2022 at 18:10
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures (Psalm 90:10) A TV ad for a dietary supplement features a woman who says, “Age is just a number and mine is unlisted.” Mine is not unlisted and a simple internet search can reveal it, so I will admit it. I was born Dec. 2, 1942, which makes me 80 years old on Thursday. President Biden and I now have something in common. In some cultures, wisdom is thought to have been attained by people who reach such an age. Not so much in contemporary America as youth is worshiped and wisdom is thought to be whatever one reads online. When I was one, my Dad was drafted into World War II as were many other men. He was gone for two years, but a community of neighbors became like family to many in similar situations. He and his brothers came back. Not everyone did. I and my fellow high school classmates, who have also turned 80 this year, are fortunate to have grown up at a time when families mostly stayed together, when right and wrong were taught at home and in schools and when you were responsible for whatever choices you made. In my years in journalism, first as a reporter and now a columnist, I have met every president of the United States since John F. Kennedy. The current one I recall meeting when he was a senator. As a reporter for NBC News and a network affiliate in Houston, I was privileged to meet and work with people I still regard as great journalists. Their signed pictures hang on my office wall to remind me of what real journalism once looked like. I treasure another picture. It is of my mother (age 11), grandmother and great-grandmother standing next to President Warren Harding in the White House driveway. They were regular visitors to the White House because my maternal grandfather and Grace Coolidge, wife of the 30th president, were first cousins and frequent companions. That picture reminds me of something else; that while presidents and politicians change, none can make your life better. That’s your job and mine. Coolidge shared the same belief and expressed it in the way he lived and spoke and in his policies which reflected his view that the government should tax less so the people might have more. In my columns over the last nearly 39 years (more than 4,000 of them), I have sought to remind readers of those old values, which became old because they worked for most people who embraced them. Among the many privileges from a career in journalism are the many talented and intelligent people I have been fortunate to meet. No other job of which I am aware allows you to associate with such a diverse group, from presidents and prime ministers, to astronauts, singers, composers, actors and physicians, especially the One known as the Great Physician, who has shaped my thinking and my life. I’ve been asked when I will retire, but I can’t think of anything that matches or exceeds expressing my opinions and getting paid for them. If good health continues, and with the approval of editors around the country, I shall press on, annoying liberals for as long as I am able. In this, my examples include the British journalist, William Rees-Mogg, who was still writing in his 80s and Tom Wolfe, who lived to be 88 and wrote until near the end of his life. I humbly admit I am not in their league, but I shall keep working at it as long as strength endures
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TIME Hates Facts: It's 'Misleading' to Call Hakeem Jeffries an 'Election Denier'

By: Tim Graham — December 2nd 2022 at 17:12
Time.com posted this curious article by staff writer Jasmine Aguilera on Friday afternoon:  Top Republicans Are Attacking Hakeem Jeffries as an 'Election Denier.' Here's Why That Label Is Misleading The Time staff is unhappy that the Republicans are pointing out that Jeffries has a track record of trouble recognizing Republicans as legitimate:  “The newly elected incoming leader of House Democrats is a past election denier who basically said the 2016 election was quote ‘illegitimate,'” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday, “and suggested that we had a quote ‘fake president.'” This is rather difficult to challenge on the facts. The Congress certified the 2016 election -- despite the Democrat challenges to it -- so clearly Jeffries denied Trump's election. But Aguilera explains that somehow, Trump's denialism was more extreme and led to the January 6 riot, so somehow it's "misleading" to associate the term "election denier" with Democrats:  The term “election denier” has taken on a particular meaning, however, after Trump’s failed re-election campaign. The phrase has come to be associated with Republicans who claim the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, assert without evidence there was fraud in 2020 voting, and cast doubt on secure voting systems—claims that lead to the deadly January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Calling Jeffries an “election denier’ is misleading and conflates different issues... The actions taken by Trump and his supporters leading up to 2020 election and after were unprecedented. Trump stoked false conspiracies of voter fraud, filed more than 60 election-related lawsuits, and pressured officials to interfere with election results. Don't "conflate"? The plain language of Hakeem's tweets are hard to ignore. Time quoted this one:  “The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes,” Jeffries tweeted in February 2018. “America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office #RussianInterference.” It gets more amusing when Time turns to the "Bipartisan Policy Center" to match their partisan take:  “Casting unfounded doubt on the outcome of an election is irresponsible when either party does it,” says Rachel Orey, associate director of the Elections Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington think tank. “But I think it’s important to remember that the culture around elections was quite different before 2020.” Orey's biography shows she uses "they," and "they" were an intern for Sen. Kamala Harris.  It ends with Orey somehow arguing it's putting "democracy first and politics second" when you only describe the Trumpers as "election deniers."  “In this day and age, it’s incredibly easy for public servants to post something online, and a couple years down the road have it come come back up in public discourse,” Orey says. “But I think that as the nature of threats to democracy shift, we all need to be vigilant and make sure that we are placing democracy first and politics second.”
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CCP-Tied TikTok Accounts Backed Dems, Bashed GOP Before Election

By: Catherine Salgado — December 2nd 2022 at 16:57
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) state media accounts criticized Republicans and defended Democrats on TikTok leading up to the 2022 midterm elections. That would seem to indicate  foreign interference in U.S. elections—and it’s been happening on social media since at least 2020. Congress held hearings to investigate comparatively minor Russian influence on elections, but there’s another U.S. enemy that also tried to sway American voters: China. That’s according to a report released Thursday by Forbes and Hot Air. CCP state propaganda accounts managed by registered foreign agent MediaLinks TV of China Central Television, according to the account bios, “criticized some candidates (mostly Republicans), and favored others (mostly Democrats),” Forbes said. The publication called out @NewsTokss for bias, adding that @Pandaorama and @The…Optimist also attempt to influence Americans politically. These accounts garner millions of views. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company in which the Chinese Communist Party both owns a financial stake and maintains a board seat. Chinese state media has produced constant propaganda on social media for years. In fact, MRC Free Speech America found 106 Chinese state-affiliated accounts across Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube with a total of 867 million followers in October. Hot Air linked to some of the CCP accounts’ political videos targeting U.S. politicians, including White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accusing former President Donald Trump of being “anti-Semitic” and President Joe Biden calling Republicans “hypocritical.” CCP accounts’ videos also attacked Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Senate candidate Herschel Walker (GA), and former Senate candidate Mehmet Oz (PA). Forbes claimed, “‘this is the first report of a Chinese state media entity using TikTok to influence U.S. audiences’ opinions about U.S. politics.’” But it’s certainly not the first time Chinese state media has targeted Republicans over Democrats on American social media before an election. CCP state media Global Times has endorsed violence against other countries multiple times on Twitter. But MRC Free Speech America can reveal the publication also repeatedly attacked then-President Donald Trump at least 22 different times going into the 2020 presidential election on Twitter. It tweeted a potentially negative statement about Joe Biden only once, according to MRC Free Speech America’s findings (the account did attack Biden a few times before 2022). One tweet in August said, “‘If Trump believes China is helping Biden, he can simply not provoke China and show less hostility,’ a Chinese expert said. China’s interference in 2020 election a good excuse for @realDonaldTrump’s failure as president.” Several attack tweets mentioned TikTok, including, “Trump dislikes TikTok, and he has reason to worry that the American teenagers will use the app to make trouble for him again at a crucial moment in the election: Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin.” Global Times also accused Trump of being racist and predicted a Trump loss if he didn’t take a more favorable China stance. Global Times continued to slam Trump after the election, too, as it criticized Trump supporters on Jan. 6 While Global Times critiqued Biden a number of times in 2022, it also admitted, “One year ago, when @JoeBiden became the new US president, many Americans, US allies and even China and Russia, hoped his administration could fix the problems left by Donald #Trump. But now, most of them found Biden's performance disappointing.” A 2020 tweet expressed hope for a pro-China Biden administration. WIRED also claimed that an online pro-CCP group “Dragonbridge” also tries to spread U.S.-tailored election propaganda online. Hot Air speculated that there wouldn’t be much coverage of the recent Chinese election influence, because it seems tilted in favor of Democrats. 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.
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‘French Toast’; CBS, NBC Celebrate ‘Glitz and Glamor’ at Biden State Dinner

By: Curtis Houck — December 2nd 2022 at 16:52
On Friday morning following President Biden’s first state dinner the night prior, CBS Mornings and NBC’s Today were load for bear to gush over the event starring French President Emmanuel Macron as filled with “glitz and glamor,” “lots of big names,” and even scandal-plagued Hunter Biden. Moments after touting her friend and former President Barack Obama’s campaign stop in Georgia, CBS Mornings co-host and Democratic donor Gayle King gushed that the dinner in D.C. had a “guest list” that “included lots of big names, people you know.”     Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang boasted the evening “was glitz and glamor all the way” after a two-year delay thanks to the pandemic. “And of course, France is known for its food and fashion. Both were on full display, so was friendship as Presidents Biden and Macron tried to reassure the world that their bond is stronger than ever. A warm embrace kicked off the first state dinner in three years. The ending to a day devoted to diplomacy,” she explained. After a portion on the day’s diplomatic talks about Ukraine and disagreement on “Made in America” provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, Jiang returned to the dinner and hyping the gowns worn by the leading ladies: Like many world leaders before them, they hit the red carpet together to kick off the evening festivities. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden dazzled in a custom Oscar de la Renta gown. Her French counterpart, Bridget Macron stunned in an ivory Louis Vuitton. President Biden said it was fitting that France was the guest of honor at his first state dinner. Fitting right in with making sure to plug her CBS colleagues Stephen Colbert and Jon Batiste of The Late Show (along with Julia Louis Dreyfus and French shoe designer Christian Louboutin) with the latter performing as part of the program that included “a decadent meal.” Over on NBC’s Today, co-host Craig Melvin was enthused, stating in tease: “French toast. President Biden hosting the leader of France in his first star-studded White House state dinner...Just ahead, inside the pomp and circumstance as Washington looks to shore up relations with a key ally.” Chief White House correspondent Kristen Welker had the story and shared how “American and French cultures came together here at the White House overnight for that first state dinner in three years due to COVID.” “On the menu, they had butter-poached Maine lobster and also high stakes diplomacy with the leaders looking to strengthen ties, as you said, and also address some of the simmering tensions between them,” she added. Welker also hung on the celebrity presence by citing leaders of both parties in the House and stars “Jennifer Garner, John Legend, and Jon Batiste” plus an “American-themed dinner menu.” Near the end of the story, Welker mentioned the appearance of Hunter Biden even though he’s “under federal investigation” and the fact that he was in the same room as possible incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), “McCarthy who has vowed to scrutinize the President's son.” “McCarthy brushing off questions about being at the same dinner. All of it wrapping up a day spent chewing over critical issues in an attempt to strengthen ties with America's oldest ally,” she continued. This latest dose of anti-Walker coverage was brought to you by advertisers such as Ashley Homestore (on CBS) and Dick’s Sporting Goods (on ABC). Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcripts form December 2, click here (for CBS) and here (for NBC).
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Sunny Demands ‘Limitation’ on Free Speech, Hints Jerry Jones Could Be KKK

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — December 2nd 2022 at 16:40
Racist Sunny Hostin was at it again on Friday’s edition of The View. During a discussion about Kanye West’s heinous comments spouting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, the ABC co-host demanded a “limitation” on the First Amendment. Something she surely doesn’t intend to apply to her, as she followed up with a disgusting assertion that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could have been in the KKK when he was 14. In their conversation rightfully denouncing West’s anti-Semitism and praise for Hitler and Nazis, co-host Joy Behar tried to tie in billionaire Elon Musk, suggesting he was personally responsible for a supposed “81 percent” increase in anti-Semitism on Twitter (she didn’t cite the source of her stat). “Elon Musk supposedly was going to buy Twitter to open up the – the – I guess free speech town square, but it's just opened up racism and anti-Semitism and bigotry,” Hostin bemoaned in response. When asked if there was a way to get a handle on hate speech, Hostin called for “some sort of limitation [to be] placed” on the First Amendment (Click “expand”): BEHAR: Is there no way to control hate speech, Sunny? I mean, free speech, hate speech. HOSTIN: It's really difficult and it's something that I struggle with because I think, you know, Kanye is clearly a sick person, and I don't know about Alex Jones and Nick Fuentes, but I believe in the First Amendment and I believe you should be allowed to espouse your beliefs. But there has to be some sort of limitation placed. The condemnation of West and his ilk was broken by co-host Ana Navarro, who hijacked the conversation to draw attention to Jones. She began the detour agreeing with basketball player LeBron James’s hypocritical gripe that people go to him for his opinion on matters dealing with race and bigotry.     “LeBron made the point that he gets all these questions about Kyrie Irving, about everybody else, and all these things. He says, you guys haven't asked me about Jerry Jones and why the disparate attention?” she said. They missed the obvious point that James gets people asking him about those things because he’s put himself out there as an activist on the issue of so-called “social justice.” He gets asked about Irving because he’s a fellow player in his league, while Jones is an owner in a different one. Meanwhile, The View doesn’t have an issue with James’s silence on China’s genocide of the Uyghurs. “I hope Jerry Jones really does take the opportunity to own this, to talk about it, to explain it and to talk about the change that has happened in 65 years, and his role in it,” Navarro proclaimed, saying he’s someone “who has so many black players, who has such a platform, who has all this money, who's got all this access” In the 1957 photo in question, a 14-year-old Jones can be seen craning his neck from what The Washington Post reluctantly admits is “yards” away from other teens blocking passage of black students from entering a high school. And Hostin admitted Jones “claims he was just a casual observer at that event.” Joy Behar pointed out that Jones, who’s now 80, was only 14 in 1957. But Hostin countered, pointing to how other kids Jones’s age at the time were in the KKK, seemingly hinting at the possibility that Jones could have been one of them: BEHAR: He was 14. HOSTIN: Yeah, he was 14, he was a casual observer. BEHAR: And how old is he now? HOSTIN: There were 14-year-olds in the KKK as well. Right? SARA HAINES: 80. BEHAR: Oh, he's 80 now. In some confusing remarks, Hostin went on to lament that she doesn’t see the same “energy” used to talk about “anti-blackness” and the “oppression” observed in the Jones story when compared to Kanye and anti-Semitism. “I don't like to compare oppression because I think that's offensive. But I would like to see it treated -- oppression treated the same across the board and I don't see that energy when it comes to Jerry Jones,” she demanded. This ridiculousness from Sunny Hostin was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Pfizer and Air Wick. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View December 2, 2022 11:02:05 a.m. Eastern JOY BEHAR: So yesterday, Kanye West found a safe space for his anti-Semitism when he was interviewed by conspiracy theorist and all-around awful person Alex Jones. West showed up in some kind of bondage hood and proclaimed his love for Hitler and the Nazis. (…) 11:04:19 a.m. Eastern SUNNY HOSTIN: Kanye West, I believe, also allowed – before he was deplatformed from Twitter – allowed Alex Jones and Nick Fuentes to live tweet from his own account to his 32 million followers. BEHAR: Which by the way, let me interrupt for one second. Anti-Semitic posts referring to Jews and Judaism soared more than 81 percent in the two weeks after Elon Musk acquired Twitter. HOSTIN: And that's the other thing. I mean, when you think about deplatforming, it's also risen against black people. It's risen against women. And so, you know, Elon Musk supposedly was going to buy Twitter to open up the – the – I guess free speech town square, but it's just opened up racism and anti-Semitism and bigotry. BEHAR: Is there no way to control hate speech, Sunny? I mean, free speech, hate speech. HOSTIN: It's really difficult and it's something that I struggle with because I think, you know, Kanye is clearly a sick person, and I don't know about Alex Jones and Nick Fuentes, but I believe in the First Amendment and I believe you should be allowed to espouse your beliefs. But there has to be some sort of limitation placed. (…) 11:06:29 A.m. Eastern ANA NAVARRO: You've got money. You've got people. You're mentally ill? Go get help. But I am not excusing the horrible things that you say. [Applause] And talking about not excusing, yesterday LeBron James gave an interview or maybe it was Wednesday which I thought was so incredibly poignant where he brought up the picture from 1957 of Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys standing in Arkansas as a mob of white boys were blocking black students from going into a high school. And, you know, LeBron made the point that he gets all these questions about Kyrie Irving, about everybody else, and all these things. He says, you guys haven't asked me about Jerry Jones and why the disparate attention? And I do think it’s important and I hope that Jerry Jones, who has so many black players, who has such a platform, who has all this money, who's got all this access, I hope Jerry Jones really does take the opportunity to own this, to talk about it, to explain it and to talk about the change that has happened in 65 years, and his role in it. HOSTIN: Well, he claims he was just a casual observer at that event. BEHAR: He was 14. HOSTIN: Yeah, he was 14, he was a casual observer. BEHAR: And how old is he now? HOSTIN: There were 14-year-olds in the KKK as well. Right? SARA HAINES: 80. BEHAR: Oh, he's 80 now. HOSTIN: But I think, when you think about anti-blackness, people need to keep the same energy that we're seeing when we're talking about Kanye and we're talking about anti-Semites. I don't like to compare oppression because I think that's offensive. HAINES: Yeah. HOSTIN: But I would like to see it treated -- oppression treated the same across the board and I don't see that energy when it comes to Jerry Jones.
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2 Years Too Late? Ex-Twitter Safety Chief Admits Censoring NY Post Hunter Biden Story a Mistake

By: Paiten Iselin — December 2nd 2022 at 13:41
Two years later, former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth admitted censoring the bombshell New York Post Hunter Biden laptop story was a mistake. On this week’s episode of CensorTrack with Paiten, we looked at the former Twitter executive’s defense of the platform’s sordid past censorship.   In an interview hosted by the left-wing Knight Foundation, tech writer and podcast host Kara Swisher asked Roth if he thought the company made a mistake in restricting people from sharing the Hunter Biden laptop story.   Roth tried to pass the buck while simultaneously claiming that he didn’t think the bombshell report should have been censored. “We didn’t know what to believe,” he said. “We didn’t know what was true; there was smoke. And ultimately for me, uh, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter. Everything about it looked like a hack-and-leak and smelled like a hack-and-leak, but it didn’t get there for me.” Roth admitted Twitter didn’t know if the Hunter Biden laptop story was false at the time. But the platform suppressed the story anyway – just in case. Apparently, Roth and his former Twitter team did not trust the American public to use critical thinking skills and come to their own conclusions. Responding to a Reuters report on Roth’s comments, Musk openly stated that Twitter interfered with U.S. elections under its previous leadership. He said in a Nov. 30 tweet, “The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections.” He also indicated that files on “free speech suppression” at Twitter will soon be made public. These files could include information related to the platform’s foul censorship of the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Musk tweeted on Nov. 28, “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened … .” Even though Musk’s acquisition of Twitter reignites hope that free speech will return to the platform, we must continue working to restore and preserve free speech online. To stay updated on free speech news and to help hold Big Tech accountable, visit CensorTrack and follow MRC Free Speech America’s social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Rumble GETTR MeWe Parler Also, check out some of our previous episodes: TikTok CEO: Content Moderation (Censorship) Is a ‘Top Priority’ Leftists Blame Everything on So-Called ‘Misinformation’: Midterm Election Edition! Google: The Ultimate Election Puppetmaster? And more!  Conservatives are under attack. If you have been censored, contact us at the MRC Free Speech America contact form on CensorTrack.org, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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CBS Swoons Over Obama Stumping for Warnock, Bringing ‘Zingers’ Against Walker

By: Curtis Houck — December 2nd 2022 at 13:13
Just a day after our latest study showing a cavernous divide in the liberal media’s treatment of Senator Raphael Warnock (D) versus Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s Senate runoff, Friday’s CBS Mornings further proved our point by leading with former President Barack Obama’s campaign rally for Warnock filled with “zingers” and fixating on more negative headlines for Walker. Co-host, Democratic donor, and Obama family friend Gayle King started the newscast with her friend’s trip to the Peach State: “Senator Raphael Warnock is getting some prominent help in trying to fend off a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker. Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in Atlanta to make a very forceful argument on Warnock's behalf.”     King then tossed to congressional correspondent Nikole Killion and bragged: “Nikole, President Obama had some zingers yesterday.” Killion conceded, “yeah, that’s right,” but otherwise moved on with her opening on the long early voting lines before transitioning to a large chunk on the rally: “[L]ast night, the former President urged supporters to keep it up and not get tired or complacent.” After a clip of Warnock asking for help from supporters, Killion stated: “Hoping to maximize turnout ahead of this closely contested run-up, Senator Raphael Warnock turned to a reliable source.” Two more Obama clips later, she boasted Obama “took another jab at Warnock's opponent, Herschel Walker” as juvenile. Obama’s evidence? Walker joking during a speech two weeks ago that he’d want to be a werewolf instead of a vampire. Pivoting to Walker, Killion simply noted he “held a competing rally with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham after casting his own ballot” prior to going all negative on Walker with more hit pieces and the self-centered antics of outgoing Lt. Gov. Jeff Duncan (R), who seems more keen on securing a CNN and MSNBC gig instead of being a conservative or Republican (click “expand”):    KILLION: The former football star also pushed supporters to get to the polls as he fights new allegations. A former girlfriend told The Daily Beast Walker is “unstable,” and records show he took a tax break in Texas intended for primary residences while running in Georgia.  WALKER: I'm Georgia born, Georgia bred, and when I die, I'll be Georgia dead.  DUNCAN: Herschel Walker will probably go down as one of the worst Republican candidates in — in our party's history.  KILLION: Outgoing Republican Lieutenant Governor Jeff Duncan said he couldn't bring himself to support Walker or Warnock, leaving his ballot empty this week.  DUNCAN: Unfortunately didn't have anybody that achieved that, you know, respect out of me or my vote.  KILLION: Back in the November general election, about 200,000 voters backed Governor Brian Kemp but didn't support Walker. And so, that is a critical block for both candidates as Warnock tries to pick them off and Walker tries to win them back. The GOP governor did throw his support behind Walker, campaigning with him recently, and cutting several ads. ABC’s Good Morning America also covered the race. Co-host and former Clinton official George Stephanopoulos said in the tease that Obama was “back on the campaign trail with four days until final votes” for the “high-stakes runoff.” Correspondent Steve Osunsami also started with the long lines with Obama soundbites on the significance of Senate Democrats increasing their ranks to 51 versus remaining at 50. Osunami wasn’t as negative on Walker, though he did note “Walker surprised people in his own party when he wasn't seen on the campaign trail for several days around the Thanksgiving holiday and he's been keeping even more distance from reporters.” But in his wrap-up to Stephanopoulos, Osunami gave oxygen to the fact-free Jim Crow 2.0 crowd: There are some people who believe that the new election laws which reduce the number of early voting days were purposefully designed to keep blue voters from voting, but, George, there have been records broken — voting records broken on many of the days of early voting this week, George. This latest dose of anti-Walker coverage was brought to you by advertisers such as Ashley Homestore (on CBS) and Dick’s Sporting Goods (on ABC). Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcripts from December 2, click here (for ABC) and here (for CBS).
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Colorado Pitcher An Ultra Fanatic About Preserving The Planet

By: Jay Maxson — December 2nd 2022 at 11:33
Tree-hugging climate nut Brent Suter, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, was tailor made for Sports Illustrated’s SI Climate series “about how sports are adapting to—and affecting—our changing world.” The seven-year Major League Baseball veteran is an Ivy Leaguer and ultra-fanatic about saving the planet.  Suter engages in numerous climate fetishes, and appears more of a climate activist who plays baseball than a baseball player devoted to the extremist climate cause.  Former Milwaukee Brewers’ teammate Brandon Woodruff noted that Suter, age 33, is anal about preserving water. “He’s in and out of the shower so quick. I’m not saying he doesn’t wash himself. But he’s so fast … I’m like, dude, I can’t do that.”  The major leaguer pitches relief for the Rockies and Mother Earth by bringing reusable containers to limit waste from meals on road trips, driving an electric car and spurning red meat. (He must be a real blast in the clubhouse.) Furthermore, Suter supports feel-good environmental legislation and multiple nonprofit groups obsessed with the climate. Previously with Milwaukee, he urged the Brewers and the community to focus on sustainability initiatives. Baseball teams are apparently threatening the environment more than we know.  Fossil fuels have also got to go, Suter says in earning his environmental spurs.  “I know I’m the tree hugger, and it’s one of those things where it’s like, yes, I’ll wear that label proudly,” says Suter, who studied environmental science and public policy at Harvard. "But I also want to bring people on board, so I don’t want to make it seem too weird ... I’m just trying to tell them what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, and I’ll invite them to hop on, too.”  Suter also tries to shame his teammates into supporting his climate obsessions. While playing for Milwaukee, he pledged money for planting trees for every team win. Surprisingly, team losses did not require tree planting. He persuaded relief pitchers to match his donations upon saves and holds. Again, blown saves and blown holds rendered new tree plants unnecessary. Colorado is really "hurting" for greenery with "just" 24 million acres of forested land! Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri says Suter is doing much more than all the above, too. He got the Rockies to start a sustainability council, and convinced teammates to work in an urban garden. Some teammates joined Suter for “Meatless Mondays,” others “embraced the effort to cut down on plastic in the clubhouse.” No word on how many begged to be traded. The climate-spewing pitcher still isn’t satisfied with his efforts to save Planet Earth. “He understands the team’s (and league’s) carbon footprint is bigger and more complex than any of these individualized actions—and that many long-term, macro-level questions here are far bigger still,” Baccellieri noted.  SI also reported that Suter fell for Al Gore’s 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth, “as the awakening for his environmental activism.” Al Gore has a lot to answer for. Suter says it’s all about walking the walk, spreading the environmental gospel, using his MLB platform to get others involved in the movement.    Suter said he’s not self-righteous about his favorite cause. “I get ribbed all the time for being liberal or whatever, because a lot of baseball players do tend to be conservative. And so being on the other side, at least on the environmental spectrum, it’s different … I try to talk about it, to work it in, without trying to be preachy.”  “Earth’s our mother, you know? It sounds corny, but that’s what it is. It’s our home, and we’ve got to take care of it,” Suter said. Sure does sound corny. Baccellieri wrote that many of Suter’s lifestyle fetishes come across as personal, not political, “even if they were really both: These conversations didn’t have to feel like they were about politics. It didn’t necessarily win everyone over, at least not at first, but it got the ball rolling.” Suter found some like-minded major leaguers willing to go to the mat to save the environment.  The SI agenda piece also boasts about retired outfielder Chris Dickerson, who’s active in Players for the Planet, and Brewers infielder Keston Hiura, an ambassador for the organization focused on ocean health. Hiura lacks the tree-hugging rep of Suter, and “It would be hard for anyone to,” Baccellieri raves.  This story also hypes other environmental activism in athletics, such as the Green Sports Alliance and Players for the Planet— though pro sports campaigns are still rare, thankfully.  Suter is highly concerned about the flying involved with Major League Baseball. He tries to learn what resonates with people and what doesn’t. Doomsday vibes turn people and shut down conversations.  No matter, Suter’s overly obsessive devotion to saving the planet and the Sports Illustrated exposure have done plenty to brand him as a climate nut as life and the Earth continue to function. 
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Collins Declares GOP Podcasters Agree With Kanye's Anti-Semitism

By: Alex Christy — December 2nd 2022 at 12:54
On Friday’s MSNBC Reports reporter Ben Collins responded to Kanye West’s Thursday anti-Semitic diatribe by warning that “Republican podcast circles” may not go as far as he did, but support “those same talking points.” Such an incendiary claim requires solid evidence, but none was forthcoming. Collins began by condeing that “within Republican circles, within the official channels, you will hear nothing but condemnation about this” and his assessment of West’s lunacy was harsh, but completely fair, "And Kanye, there's no other way to put this. The stuff he was saying yesterday was Nazism. It wasn’t just, you know, bog-standard dog whistle white supremacy stuff that you would frequently hear on InfoWars. This was straight up Nazism, saying that Hitler-- he liked Hitler and Hitler had a lot of good ideas and that he said that he said he loved a lot of those ideas. This is not-- he's not dancing around this thing.”     However, his next point was not fair: You know, there are a lot of people who are pushing those same talking points and, you know, saying that while they don't agree with the classification that all the Jews are doing this, that Kanye might have some good points, that’s a lot of stuff you hear in the Republican podcast circles right now, trying to thread the needle and move the Overton Window over so that overt Nazism is the far-right now and somewhere in the middle is Republican talking points. It’s very grim stuff. At this point it would have behooved Collins to provide a list of several conservative podcasters—not just one or two fringe cases—to back up his fearmongering but, since his job consists of monitoring online crazies and portraying them as more popular and influential than they are, he didn’t. Host Lindsey Reiser followed up with other panelists with statements from the Republican Jewish Coalition and Kevin McCarthy, giving at least some semblance of balance to the segment, but Collins’s irresponsibly broad assessment went unanswered. This segment was sponsored by Wayfair. Here is a transcript for the December 2 show: MSNBC Reports 12/2/2022 11:32 PM ET BEN COLLINS: Yeah, within Republican circles, within the official channels, you will hear nothing but condemnation about this. This is a man who met with the president with Nick Fuentes, the same guest that was on InfoWars yesterday. He met with him nine, now ten days ago, two days before Thanksgiving. This is a very recent development.  And Kanye, there's no other way to put this. The stuff he was saying yesterday was Nazism. It wasn’t just, you know, bog-standard dog whistle white supremacy stuff that you would frequently hear on InfoWars.  This was straight up Nazism, saying that Hitler-- he liked Hitler and Hitler had a lot of good ideas and that he said that he said he loved a lot of those ideas. This is not-- he's not dancing around this thing.  That's exactly what he was talking about. So within those circles, you hear a lot of that, you hear people saying, we must condemn this, we must get away from this thing, but, you know, there are a lot of people who are pushing those same talking points and, you know, saying that while they don't agree with the classification that all the Jews are doing this, that Kanye might have some good points, that’s a lot of stuff you hear in the Republican podcast circles right now, trying to thread the needle and move the Overton Window over so that overt Nazism is the far-right now and somewhere in the middle is Republican talking points. It’s very grim stuff. LINDSEY REISER: Oren, I want to read part of a statement from the Republican Jewish Coalition, condemning Ye and it reads in part “conservatives who have mistakenly indulged Kanye West must make it clear that he is a pariah. Enough is enough. But Oren, this isn't the first time we're talking about anti-Semitic comments from Ye. Will he be treated as a pariah now?  OREN SEGAL: Well, I mean, I certainly hope so. It's not just that Ye doesn't care about the Jewish people. It's that his consistent and repugnant anti-Semitism can lead others to a path of violence. We have seen this play out over and over, how these types of statements animate people online and that's why the Jewish community right now feels particularly vulnerable. So, it's really important not just that Republicans and Democrats, but that others in online space try to make it more difficult for him to spread his hate. You know, at the end of the day, people will remember not just the horrible anti-Semitism and hatred that he's spreading, and the platforms that provided that, but what they did about it to create friction so that they are standing up against the anti-Semitism as well. 
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Pro-Aborts Interrupt Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Banquet Honoring Life

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — December 2nd 2022 at 12:36
Unfortunately, the following is a dispatch from the abortion wars.  Thursday, December 1 was the one year anniversary of the oral arguments of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that eventually led to Roe’s demise. To mark the occasion, Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (CHPC) of Washington D.C. held its pro-life banquet at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Virginia. I was honored to attend. Upon arrival to the event a group of about 30 protesters were standing outside. They were the same crew that we’d seen time and time again in front of the Supreme Court this summer when the justices were deciding on the future of abortion at the federal level.  They screamed into megaphones “Thank God for abortion!” and held signs saying “Jesus ❤️ Abortion,” “Forced birth is fascism,” “The trigger bans have turned a … medical procedure into a legal consultation … she was screaming … hemorrhaging … she lost close to a liter of blood,” and what looked like a middle school art project of slurs and remarks against the pregnancy center.  Luckily, they wished me well and shoved their signs into my face so I could capture their idiocy and immaturity on my iPhone. “Go to your banquet! Go to your fucking banquet!” And that I did! It was an elegant event featured notable guests who spoke on the organization and the pro-life movement at large. Everyone enjoyed a three course meal and incredibly kind wait staff. Everyone, including three individuals who stood up in protest just as the director, Janet Durig, was talking about the heightened security risks and numerous attacks on the center this year due to the Dobbs leak and Roe’s overturn.     The first woman started cussing us all out. “Blood on your fucking hands. Every last mother fucking one of you ass holes.” At that moment I wanted to ask the staff to shove a bar of soap down her throat as my mother would have done if I spoke with such vulgarities. She was escorted out screaming “Jane says revenge!” (CHPC understandably had numerous police officers, hotel security, and CHPC security on hand). Another was escorted out. The last thing she said before the doors shut in her face was “abortion is forever.” Yes, just not in the way she meant. In this first wave of protests a third pro-abort stood up. He couldn’t have been more than 90-pounds and did a cute little jig with his finger raised screaming, “Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center is a fake clinic” and something about “insurrectionists” and “fascists.”  The tolerant left. Everyone at the event was stunned, including a mother who sat at the table with the three whackos.  After the first disruption, the mother walked to the stage with her two-year-old child and explained how she just looked into the faces of those pro-aborts and shared a meal with them. Wiping away tears, she explained that if it weren’t for the staff at CHPC, she would have aborted her child and wouldn’t be there that evening.  Sadly, that wasn’t the end of it.  Four more protestors stood up and screamed. One of the boys, wore what looked like a cross pin on his jacket and yelled “We know that you have blood on your hands.”  Unironically, he was talking to us, not himself and his friends, who are stained with the blood of the 63 million + babies who have been killed as a result of Roe.  It was an evening dedicated to celebrating life, all life, that was disturbed and violated and for what? None of us changed our minds that children deserve the most basic human right, the right to life. If anything, their little show simply reaffirmed that the pro-life movement has to work 10x harder and never stop fighting for life. 
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Random Musings and Random Sarcasm

By: Larry Elder — December 2nd 2022 at 12:14
Elon Musk conducted a Twitter poll to ask whether he should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account. The poll received 15,085,458 votes -- and Twitter issued its final results in just one day! Musk should stop wasting his genius on hobbies like Tesla and SpaceX and become the Maricopa County, Arizona, election supervisor. About that Twitter poll, what’s the over/under on when two-time unsuccessful Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams accuses the survey of “voter suppression” for failing to require voter ID? After two years, CBS reports that it has “independently verified” the authenticity of the Hunter Biden laptop. As for why it took two years, the network likely has a perfectly understandable explanation: supply chain issues. Sources say CBS has developed a system to avoid repeating the embarrassment of taking two years to verify Hunter Biden’s laptop. It plans to hire reporters. BREAKING NEWS ... CBS has “independently verified” that Pilgrims have landed at Plymouth Rock. BREAKING NEWS ... CBS has “independently verified” that 9/11 was, in fact, a terror attack. BREAKING NEWS ... MSNBC reports that a New York Times investigative journalist confirms that CBS has “independently verified” that “life disproportionately impacts people of color” -- and a Department of Justice whistleblower tells CNN that the Biden administration has drafted a proposal for reparations. BREAKING FUTURE NEWS ... “Despite the liberal media’s attempt to connect ‘hateful, anti-gay, transphobic, right-wing rhetoric’ to the 2022 Colorado gay nightclub mass shooting, CBS has independently verified that the suspect is ‘nonbinary.’” -- CBS News, Nov. 24, 2036 The American Bar Association, to achieve diversity, inclusion, and equity, has dropped the Law School Aptitude Test requirement for application to law school. Why not eliminate class attendance, classrooms, books, professors, tests, grades, reading, knowledge, logic, comprehension, brain waves, and the ability to register a pulse? In solidarity with the American Bar Association, and to achieve “diversity and inclusion,” will the New York Philharmonic no longer require study, practice, rehearsals, talent, ability, dedication, aptitude, work ethic, reading music, or mastery of a musical instrument? To demonstrate its solidarity with the American Bar Association, will Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association no longer require the winning team to achieve a higher score? Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., is set to succeed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as ranking Democrat U.S. House member. After Trump’s election in 2016, Jeffries tweeted: “LIE (more than any administration in the history of the Republic.) CHEAT (2016 election/Russian Interference).” In 2018, he tweeted: “The more we learn about the 2016 election, the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes.” And Jeffries tweeted on his congressional account, “America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE president in the Oval Office.” In 2019, he tweeted that Trump was put into the White House “artificially” after Special Counsel Robert Mueller had concluded Trump had not colluded with Russia and did not obstruct justice. In 2020, Jeffries tweeted: “History will never accept you as a legitimate president.” In March 2021, he wrote: “What kind of political party worships at the altar of voter suppression? A morally bankrupt one.” Doesn’t this make Jeffries an ... “election denier”? Because I oppose the policies of liberals, including those of black liberals, I’ve been called “a self-loathing black man who hates his people.” Barack Obama, when running for Illinois state senator, unseated a black liberal Democrat female incumbent, with whom he had no real ideological differences. In a bid to become a U.S. House congressman, Obama unsuccessfully primaried a black liberal Democrat incumbent, with whom he had no real ideological differences. To become a U.S. senator, Obama beat a black Republican conservative. Obama opposed my attempt to recall the governor of California, even though I would have been that state’s first black governor. Obama opposes the Georgia U.S. senate candidate, Herschel Walker, a black Republican conservative. So, Obama has run against black liberals and campaigned against black conservatives. Does this make Obama a “self-loathing black man who hates his people”? Asking for a friend. Larry Elder is a best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Tim Burton’s New Netflix Show Deemed ‘Racist’ for Casting Black Actors as Bullies

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — December 2nd 2022 at 11:14
I can’t remember the last time the left left well enough alone. Tim Burton, creator of the Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands movies,  recently launched a Netflix series called Wednesday, a take on the Addams Family character. Said series is now under scrutiny by leftist social justice warriors who are pissed off that Burton cast black actors as the bullies.  The show is essentially the story of how Wednesday Addams, the female child from The Addams family, is placed in a boarding school for students who have unique abilities. Some turn into mermaids, others turn into werewolves, and Addams has visions and is followed by a walking hand, “It.”  In the series Joy Sunday, a black actress, plays the antagonist at Addams school and actor Iman Marson, plays a bully from the main town as well as the son of the corrupt, also black, mayor.  In the series, the mayor of the town owns a sort-of amusement park called “Pilgrim World.” As noted by New York Post, Pilgrim World is “an eyebrow-raising choice considering the museum celebrates pilgrims and colonizers.” It’s also important to note that there are bullies and antagonists who are white in the series too, but there’s been no mention of that whatsoever from the critics. Here’s some of the pushback Burton got relating to his supposed “racism.” tim burton casts black people finally and makes them pilgrim villains. y’all can’t tell me that man isn’t insufferable and racist as hell in real life. — Jack ❤️‍🔥 (@jacquelinvenise) November 27, 2022 they called tim burton racist and now all the black characters in wednesday are the bullies lmaooo — AYIKO/RU/ (@Prettyroaches) November 23, 2022 Me trying to badly to push pass the racist and anti-Black undertones in the Wednesday Addams Netflix show. Like whoever thought making the Black man as the owner of a pilgrim amusement park is literally going to HELL. 😶🙃😬😒💁🏾‍♀️ — Jada (@jada178) November 26, 2022 Another person, in a since-deleted tweet, suggested, “Don’t get me wrong…I love Jenna Ortega and that she’s playing Wednesday but one thing I hate about this show is that why did they make ALL the black people in this show terrible people? Like how did Netflix see nothing wrong with this? I hate Tim Burton’s racist self.” The funny thing is, the lead character, Wednesday, is played by Jenna Ortega who said she is “75 percent Mexican and 25 percent Puerto Rican.” If he were so racist against anyone but white people, why would he hire a non-white lead? Despite his supposed “racism,” Burtons series racked up 341.2 million viewing hours and even beat out Stranger Things to Netflix’s top spot, reported the Daily Mail. It’s ridiculous for people to be pitching a fit over something as trivial as this. Burton hired his cast based on their abilities but the left loves to cry wolf. I'll end with what a rep for Burton told NY Post when it asked for comment regarding his supposed "racism." “I’m not forwarding a comment request this silly to Tim." Mic drop.
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Joe & Mika Were Guests At Biden State Dinner—Gushing Ensues

By: Mark Finkelstein — December 2nd 2022 at 11:00
Gag me with a lobster claw. Donald Trump might have turned down Joe and Mika's importuning for an invitation, but Joe Biden was a lot more amenable. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough and Brzezinski revealed that they had attended last night's state dinner, Biden's first as president, in honor of visiting French president Emmanuel Macron. Forget any notion that journalists should maybe avoid going to White House dinners so they can appear as nonpartisan as they can. No no, when you can brag about your important place in the elite, that's most important. As has been reported, Joe and Mika were there not as journalists covering the event, but as "guests," i.e., official Biden fankids. Predictably, the pair gushed this morning over the event, calling it "beautiful," "lovely," and "very joyful.' Scarborough told his guests "Joe Biden gets up, talks about the sort of things that all presidents have talked about, but really hasn't had the resonance, because you've heard it so many times. Being for freedom, for liberal democracy. He talked about all of these values." Is that what all the climate-change dictates are, a sign of "freedom"? Or the EU warning Elon Musk they'll dump Twitter if there's no "hate speech" crackdown?  Then, in a swipe at conservatives, Joe and Mika reserved emotional praise for Macron's line that the "fight for democracy" is taking place not only in Ukraine, but "in our own countries." Democracy was on the ballot—take that, Republicans! Take that, Kevin McCarthy -- who attended the dinner. And leaving no doubt at whom Macron's line was aimed, Mika mentioned that "everybody started clapping." "Everybody": as in, all the dutiful members of the liberal claque. So, now that Joe and Mika have been officially ensconced as Biden courtiers, look to Morning Joe for even more pronounced pro-Democrat sycophancy, and denunciations of those ee-vil Republicans! Note: It was also telling that Scarborough said, "it was great to have everybody back." Meaning, the usual suspects of liberal politicians, journalists, and celebrities. On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough gushingly reporting on having attended as guests Biden's first state dinner as president was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual, GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Shingrix, Etsy, E*Trade, Roman, and Sleep Number. Here's the transcript. MSNBCMorning Joe 12/2/22 6:00 am ET MIKA BRZEZINSKI: And Congress passes last-minute legislation to keep railways moving. So what happened to the request from workers concerning paid sick leave? We'll have the latest on that. JOE SCARBOROUGH: Were you thinking about calling out for sick leave today? I was. MIKA: We were out very late last night. SCARBOROUGH: For us, late. MIKA: We're never out, and we were out late. SCARBOROUGH: Watching Wheel of Fortune, and then going to sleep. And then, something's wrong.  MIKA: It was a lovely evening at the state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron, and it was just beautiful. And I kind of can't remember an event like this at the White House for about six years, really. Given Covid, and then, obviously, the Trump years. But it was very joyful. SCARBOROUGH: It was very, it was joyful. It was great to have everybody back. I mean, it was a little late for my tastes.  . . .  When they got up and gave the [inaudible.]  MIKA: The speech, the toasts. SCARBOROUGH: It was a real moment, the toasts. It was another one of those surreal moments where for a second you stop and say, wait second, we're in an extraordinary time.  Joe Biden gets up, talks about the sort of things that all presidents have talked about, but really hasn't had the resonance, because you've heard it so many times. Being for freedom, for liberal democracy. He talked about all of these values. And then Macron got up -- MIKA: The Constitution -- SCARBOROUGH: -- basically reiterated it, and said, I'm holding in my hand the Constitution, and talks about liberal democracy.  MIKA: Shared values. SCARBOROUGH:  And he said, it's not just a fight in Ukraine. It's not just a fight across parts of Europe. It's a fight in our own countries. And he just held it up and he said, we the people -- MIKA: Mmm! SCARBOROUGH: We the people. And I just,  MIKA: And everybody started clapping. SCARBOROUGH: Clapping. MIKA: It was beautiful. 
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Hillary, PBS Claim Pro-Lifers Are Similar to Iran, Taliban, Russian Rapists in Ukraine

By: Alex Christy — December 2nd 2022 at 10:13
Hillary Clinton joined PBS’s Amanpour and Company on Thursday to preview the Clinton Presidential Center’s upcoming summit on the status of women’s rights around the world. For the former Secretary of State, the state of women’s rights in Iran, in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and in Ukraine where Russian soldiers use rape as a weapon is analogous to Arkansas, where pro-lifers run the state government. For host Christiane Amanpour, this was a completely normal thing to say. Amanpour began the interview by asking Clinton her thoughts on the “unfinished business” of women’s rights.     This led Clinton to proclaim that much progress has been made, “But we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been, I think, taken for granted by too many people is under attack. Literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine where rape is a tactic of war, or under attacks by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women's health care and bodily autonomy.” Instead of halting the conversation because one of those things is not like the others, Amanpour wanted to focus on pro-lifers, “We're going to go around the world with you in a second. But first, about -- precisely what you're talking about and where you are. Arkansas itself, I believe, rapidly moved to make a woman's right to choose illegal in your state or your former home state and you are hosting this conference. Talk to me about the confluence of both these events. This pushback on American women's rights at the same time as you're trying to figure a way forward.” After using the opportunity to promote the summit, Clinton expressed some hope over “what we've seen particularly since the Dobbs decision across our country is that when voters, both men and women, but led by women have a chance to vote on these draconian abortion restrictions. They do not accept them. They overturned them. They certainly want to limit the reach of the government into the most intimate, private parts of our life.” Following some more self-promotion, Amanpour lamented that the two were even having this conversation in 2022, “But, I mean, how much persuasion can we expect when it comes to our -- and I'm speaking as a woman, basic rights. Whether it's in the United States or around the world. As you said, they are human rights. At what point should these be enshrined even in the American law and Constitution even. I mean, I'm probably exaggerating. But it's extraordinary in 2022 that this basic right of women, half the world's population is still at risk.” Clinton responded by hyping the recently passed gay marriage bill, before turning to abortion-related fearmongering, “So, we'll see what happens in states like Arkansas and so many others when we face real world problems. As we have seen already where women with miscarriages go in for medical care and are turned away. When maybe, God forbid, a woman dies because that health care is denied her.” If those women are being denied medical care, it isn’t because of the laws. It’s because people like Clinton and Amanpour misrepresent them leading to unnecessary panic. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the December 1-taped show: PBS Amanpour and Company 12/2/2022 1:03 AM ET CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: And Hillary Clinton is joining me now for an exclusive interview from the Clinton Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Welcome to our program. And, you know, that was such a rousing statement you made that I think took the world by surprise when you said it in Beijing. And I just wonder when you hear it again and you see what's happening now to women around the world, what do you think as you say, unfinished business? HILLARY CLINTON: Well, what I think, Christiane, is that we have come a long way si I made that statement back in 1995 on so many fronts. But we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been, I think, taken for granted by too many people is under attack. Literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine where rape is a tactic of war, or under attacks by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women's health care and bodily autonomy. AMANPOUR: We're going to go around the world with you in a second. But first, about -- precisely what you're talking about and where you are. Arkansas itself, I believe, rapidly moved to make a woman's right to choose illegal in your state or your former home state and you are hosting this conference. Talk to me about the confluence of both these events. This pushback on American women's rights at the same time as you're trying to figure a way forward. CLINTON: Well, you're absolutely right. We are here at the Clinton Presidential Center. With an exhibit that is just astonishing and the breadth and depth of its look at the history of the fight for the vote. To raise our voices. To claim our rights. And I think that's a conversation that should happen everywhere. Not just with people who agree with you. But we have work to do to try to defend our rights, to stand up for them. And what we've seen particularly since the Dobbs decision across our country is that when voters, both men and women, but led by women have a chance to vote on these draconian abortion restrictions. They do not accept them. They overturned them. They certainly want to limit the reach of the government into the most intimate, private parts of our life. So, I'm thrilled to be back in Arkansas. It's a state that means a great deal to me. It's where I got married. It's where my daughter was born. I have so many friends. And the Clinton Presidential Center is a real source of bringing people together and talking about tough, difficult issues because we have to continue talking and listening to each other. There will be, I hope, opportunities for us to really learn about how we can move forward instead of being pushed back. And so, we will be here at the summit tomorrow. The exhibit will be up into the late spring but we're going to keep the conversation going here and everywhere we have a chance. AMANPOUR: So, let me ask you about that because, you know, keep the conversation going. Persuade everybody, et cetera. But, I mean, how much persuasion can we expect when it comes to our -- and I'm speaking as a woman, basic rights. Whether it's in the United States or around the world. As you said, they are human rights. At what point should these be enshrined even in the American law and Constitution even. I mean, I'm probably exaggerating. But it's extraordinary in 2022 that this basic right of women, half the world's population is still at risk. CLINTON: Well, you're right and it's why the United States Congress just this week passed a federal law protecting the right of gay marriage, the right of interracial marriage. To try to enshrine at least a federal right to those fundamental human rights. And I think we have to have that conversation going because, as you could see, with that vote in the Senate, I think, a dozen Republicans voted with all the Democrats. That would not have happened 10 years, 20 years ago. I know. So, in a democracy when things don't go your way, when you suffer setbacks, you need to remember that there is no permanent political victory or defeat. You have to keep fighting for these fundamental rights. You have to try to enshrine them in law as best you can. And in our system, at both the federal and the state level. So, we'll see what happens in states like Arkansas and so many others when we face real world problems. As we have seen already where women with miscarriages go in for medical care and are turned away. When maybe, God forbid, a woman dies because that health care is denied her. I just believe that the fervor of the interests that are saying there should be absolutely no choice for women in half the states or more of our country will run right up against reality. As it has in elections in Kansas and Kentucky and Montana, California, and Michigan, where voters got to vote on these extreme measures or trying to prevent them from ever being imposed in their states. And right now, it's obvious that, you know, the great majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court, local states, legislatures, et cetera have gone way too far.
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Bozell Calls Out Leftist Media for Sitting on Bankman-Fried Money

By: Brian Bradley — December 2nd 2022 at 09:24
As news outlets showed no indication Thursday that they planned to return millions of dollars in reported donations by disgraced FTX owner Sam Bankman-Fried, MRC founder and President Brent Bozell called for at least five media organizations to return those contributions. "It's not just politicians who should be giving back donations from Sam-Bankman Fried,” Bozell said in a statement. “All of the media outlets that took his money should do the same." The Daily Mail reported on Friday that Bankman-Fried dumped millions of collective dollars into at least five news companies through his cryptocurrency firm’s philanthropy arm. Any company’s retention of funds donated by Bankman-Fried could be ethically questionable amid open allegations that the cryptocurrency boss may have misused FTX customer funds.  MRC Business asked those companies whether they plan to return the funds Bankman-Fried donated to them. At the time of publication, none had stated they intend to return the funds. Bankman-Fried pledged $5 million to the leftist ProPublica for “ongoing investigative work on pandemic preparedness and biothreats,” according to ProPublica spokesperson Alexis Stephens, who cited a Nov. 11 message sent from ProPublica President Robin Sparkman to staff. But Bankman-Fried has only sent one-third of that amount so far. While the remaining two-thirds are due by April 1, 2024, the remainder of the grants are “on hold at this time,” according to Sparkman’s message, and ProPublica did not say whether it planned to return the SBF donations in the face of continuing controversy. The Intercept, too, had been slated to receive $4 million from SBF’s charity arm, “Building a Stronger Future Foundation,” to fund “pandemic prevention and biosafety coverage,” according to an Intercept spokesperson. The Intercept has received only $500,000 so far, the spokesperson said. The Intercept Acting Editor-in-Chief Roger Hodge reportedly wrote to staff saying it will rely on other donors “stepping forward” to compensate, according to Daily Mail. SBF granted an unspecified amount to Vox’s Future Perfect podcast this year “to support a project on technological and innovation bottlenecks that hamper human progress,” Vox spokesperson Priyanka Mantha told MRC Business. While the program is now “paused,” Mantha did not say whether her company plans to return the donated money. “Vox is committed to editorial independence, and has covered the controversy surrounding FTX and its founder extensively,” she added. SBF was also an early investor in Semafor, the outlet founded by leftist former New York Times media columnist and former BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, according to Fox News. It’s unknown how much Semafor received from the crypto enthusiast. SBF also donated to legal journalism outfit The Law & Justice Journalism Project (LJJP), according to Daily Mail, though it’s unclear to what extent. Semafor and LJJP did not respond to MRC Business requests for comment. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ProPublica at 212-514-5250, The Intercept at submissions@theintercept.com, Vox at bishopwoods@vox.com, Semafor at info@semafor.com and LJJP at info@ljjp.org, and demand that they return the funds given to them by Sam Bankman-Fried.
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Column: Shooting the Starting Pistol at Ron DeSantis

By: Tim Graham — December 2nd 2022 at 05:46
Presidential campaigns always start too early, at least in the media. You might hear the starting pistol and see it’s being shot at Ron DeSantis. For example, New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni wrote a piece describing DeSantis as an “optical illusion,” that “geyser of gibberish” Elon Musk seems fond of him. “Magnates like Musk typically cling to the moment’s shiniest toys, and DeSantis, fresh off his re-election, is a curiously gleaming action figure.” Bruni’s spitting nails at the idea that Musk could find him “sensible and centrist.” He used italics to ask “In what universe?” Conservatives wouldn’t find him one bit appealing if he was “centrist” like blue-state Gov. Larry Hogan. But liberal journalists have tried to paint pretty much every Democrat nominee since Jimmy Carter as a “centrist.” If that’s not silly enough, they try to portray their own media outlets as sensibly centrist. Don Lemon thinks CNN’s never been liberal. Another ranting liberal is Mark Leibovich at The Atlantic, whose idea of ruining DeSantis is to insist he’s not fun at parties, that he’s a stiff, awkward guy. He found Republicans to offer colorful quotes like “My sense is that Trump would gut DeSantis with a dull deer antler.” He concluded “Republicans who want to save the party from Trump are investing great hope in a blank slate.” Somehow DeSantis is Jeb Bush, waiting to happen. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe hootenanny – which is never sensibly centrist -- Leibovich added DeSantis holds press conferences and “loves attacking the media, especially younger women reporters.” He’s apparently a sexist, which might appeal to Republicans, who are trying “to find the better bully.” This requires rebuttals: 1. Liberals like Leibovich sees Republicans “attacking reporters,” and never acknowledge that reporters are attacking Republicans at press conferences. One memorable attacker was Sharyn Alfonsi of CBS in 2021, working up a hit piece for 60 Minutes. Alfonsi is 50, and hopefully wouldn’t want Leibovich to treat her like she’s defenseless Princess Peach in a pink gown. 2. Reporters have a very sensitive definition of being “attacked.” Alfonsi, for example, was browbeating DeSantis with the conspiracy theory that he took $100,000 in donations from people at the Publix supermarket chain and then hooked them up as a primary site for Covid vaccinations. It’s rude and sexist to call that a “fake narrative”? Even then-New York Times media columnist Ben Smith ruled CBS didn’t prove their case: “Broadcast TV remains worse than anyone else at just quickly admitting when they screwed up.” 3. Democrats aren’t typically “attacking reporters,” because reporters usually toss softballs, like then-New York Times man Jeff Zeleny asking Barack Obama what “enchanted” him about being president. Ten years ago, Leibovich penned a cotton-candy front-page piece in the Times headlined “Obama Seizes Chance to Score As an Everyman.” (Frank Bruni did not ask “In what universe?”) Leibovich proclaimed “Obama’s team has proven effective in exploiting each gaffe” Mitt Romney made. On Twitter, he even kissed Obama strategist David Axelrod’s ring in response to one anti-Romney tweet: “You ate your Tweeties today, Axe. Impressed.” It’s a fair point for Trump diehards to suggest that DeSantis is going to face an all-out national-media assault. But that’s true of any candidate who leads a Republican primary poll. In 2011, the national media ripped into every Republican who seemed like the front-runner, from Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and then Romney. Republican presidential contenders should never expect national reporters to be friendly to their campaigns, and neither should Republican voters expect that national reporters are interested in any other goal than keeping a Democrat in the White House.
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Ruhle, Lefty Journo Panic Over Rise of Authoritarianism in US

By: Kevin Tober — December 2nd 2022 at 01:05
On Thursday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, Stephanie Ruhle brought on leftist journalist Maria Ressa to panic with her over the rise in "authoritarianism" in the United States and then proceeded to blame the rise of social media and the newly liberated Twitter which Elon Musk recently bought to restore free speech to the platform. "We are sitting here in the United States right now looking at all of the things that are happening, scared," Ruhle wailed before turning to Ressa to ask her about authoritarianism. "You have witnessed firsthand the rise of authoritarianism. Do you look at what's happening here and have fears that that could happen here?"  "It already is" Ressa cried. Ruhle then jumped in and repeated the debunked claim about Florida's Parental Rights in Education law being the "don't say gay" law and other ridiculous nonsense about it being evidence of dictators wanting to crush dissent.  "You've also witnessed what happens when there’s dissent against a dictator. We are having things happen here now, squashing speech, don't say gay," Ruhle huffed.  Continuing to cry, Ruhle asked Ressa: "when you talk about holding the line against fascism with free speech comes this awful speech that’s being amplified, hyper speed, on social media, so what do you do with that?"     Ressa proved she's even loonier than Ruhle when she ranted about "surveillance capitalism" click "expand" to read:  Well, the first is actually make sure that this doesn't happen because in the end, this comes from a corrosive business model that we didn't even have a name for in until 2019. Surveillance capitalism. And in order to fix this, in the long term, it's education. In the medium term, it's legislation. We need protection because essentially, what this is doing, it's manipulating our emotions in order to change our worldviews. Thinking fast first in order to change how you act in the real world. In the Nobel lecture, I called it a behavioral modification system and we are Pavlov dogs. This is based on data. In the short term, it becomes a person-to-person defense of democracy. It is hand-to-hand combat on social media to be able to get your messages out. But again, as you can see, if hate gets most of the distribution, then all of us get dragged and get sucked into this, and it creates emergent human behavior. Ruhle was concerned that the solutions Ressa laid out aren't attainable. "If you are saying the long-term solution is education, the medium-term solution is legislation, let's be honest, we are not getting anything out of the government, and this education you are talking about, people aren't going to school." "What are they doing? They are spending their days scrolling through Twitter, and while we are scrolling through Twitter, Twitter is having more and more layoffs," Ruhle bemoaned.  "So how dangerous is this moment that we are in?" Ruhle asked. "It's become even more dangerous," Ressa fearmongered.  This buffoonish segment was made possible by Chase. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":  MSNBC’s The 11th Hour 12/1/2022 11:46:30 p.m. Eastern STEPHANIE RUHLE: We are sitting here in the United States right now looking at all of the things that are happening, scared. You have witnessed firsthand the rise of authoritarianism. Do you look at what's happening here and have fears that that could happen here?  MARIA RESSA: It already is, Stephanie. First, thanks for having me, but just listening to kind of, you know we've heard earlier, you doubled down -- that's exactly the kind of incentive structure our communications our information ecosystems encourage. And it is not a surprise, that's the behavior that we see.  RUHLE: So you've also witnessed what happens when there’s dissent against a dictator. We are having things happen here now, squashing speech, don't say gay. What's -- why is that happening, and what could it mean?  [...] RUHLE: But when you talk about holding the line against fascism with free speech comes this awful speech that’s being amplified, hyper speed, on social media. So -- so what do you do with that?  RESSA: Well, the first is actually make sure that this doesn't happen because in the end, this comes from a corrosive business model that we didn't even have a name for in until 2019. Surveillance capitalism. And in order to fix this, in the long term, it's education. In the medium term, it's legislation. We need protection because essentially, what this is doing, it's manipulating our emotions in order to change our worldviews. Thinking fast first in order to change how you act in the real world. In the Nobel lecture, I called it a behavioral modification system and we are Pavlov dogs. This is based on data. In the short term, it becomes a person-to-person defense of democracy. It is hand-to-hand combat on social media to be able to get your messages out. But again, as you can see, if hate gets most of the distribution, then all of us get dragged and get sucked into this, and it creates emergent human behavior. RUHLE: But Maria, if you are saying the long-term solution is education, the medium-term solution is legislation, let's be honest, we are not getting anything out of the government, and this education you are talking about, people aren't going to school. What are they doing? They are spending their days scrolling through Twitter, and while we are scrolling through Twitter, Twitter is having more and more layoffs. People who were in charge of content moderation. So what -- so how dangerous is this moment that we are in?  RESSA: It's become even more dangerous.  [...]
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Don Lemon Goes Soft on Antisemitism: 'Whether You Agree With Kyrie Irving Or Not...'

By: Mark Finkelstein — December 1st 2022 at 21:57
What's next, Don Lemon: "whether or not you agree with the people hanging 'Kanye Is Right' banners?" Lemon hosted a segment on Thursday's CNN This Morning to discuss LeBron James complaining that his old Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving has been subjected to intense criticism over his promotion of an antisemitic book and movie, whereas there has been relatively little attention paid to a photo that recently published by The Washington Post showing a 14-year-old Jerry Jones, now owner of the Dallas Cowboys, in a crowd blocking black children from entering a North Little Rock school in 1957. Jones claims he was curious, but not a participant in the event. He was 14. Kyrie Irving is 30. At one point, Lemon said of LeBron's statement: "I've been making a very similar point, that there are a lot of people, whether you agree with Kyrie Irving or not, but there are a lot of people who feel the same way that LeBron James does." So, there are two legitimate sides to this, Don? Those that agree with Irving that it is worthwhile to promote vile antisemitic tropes, including Holocaust denial, and those that don't? To paraphrase a former president, are there "very fine people" on both sides of Kyrie Irving's promotion of antisemitism, Don? Lemon also praised LeBron's "courage" in speaking out on the issue. Does anyone imagine that in making his statement, James put anything at risk? Note: although it hasn't attracted as much attention, Irving's promotion of Hebrews To Negroes wasn't his first foray into the sewer of conspiracy theories with antisemitic implications. As has been reported: "In September, Irving tweeted a video by far-right conspiracy theorist and provocateur Alex Jones. In the video, Jones claims secret societies or 'occults' are in control of America, which Irving said he believes to be true." Should we also be on the lookout for Lemon saying, "whether you agree with Alex Jones or not?On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon, discussing Kyrie Irving's promotion of antisemitism, saying "whether you agree with Kyrie Irving or not," was sponsored in part by VisionWorks, GoDaddy, T-Mobile, and Lincoln. Here's the transcript. CNN This Morning 12/1/22 6:41 am ET DON LEMON: It's time for sports in the morning. LeBron James, calling out reporters. The NBA superstar saying there's a double standard when it comes to how the media covered the controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving's tweet, supporting a documentary deemed to be antisemitic, and the way the media covered the photo that has emerged of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones among the crowd of white students attempting to block black students from entering the doors of North Little Rock High School. This was in 1957.  Listen to this. LEBRON JAMES: I have one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here. I was wondering why I haven't gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo? But when the Kyrie thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that. . . .  And that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, black people, have been through in America. And I feel like, as a black man, as a black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something that people don't agree with, it's on every single tabloid, every single news coverage, it's on the bottom ticker, it's asked about every single day. But it seems like to me like the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo -- and I know it was years and years ago, and we all make mistakes. I get it. But it seems like it's been buried under, like, oh, it happened. Okay, we just move on. And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven't received that question from you guys. LEMON: Hmm, wow! Very powerful. . . .  I've been making a very similar point. That there are a lot of people, whether you agree with Kyrie Irving, or not. But there are a lot of people who feel the same way that LeBron James does. Lebron just has the courage and the platform to be able to say that. And he's not concerned about the outcome. Do you see what I'm saying?
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MSNBC's Joy Reid: Democrats Nominate Better Quality Black People

By: Kevin Tober — December 1st 2022 at 21:40
On Thursday night’s The ReidOut, things got vile right from the beginning when host Joy Reid used the opening segment of her MSNBC show to personally insult Georgia Republican Senate candidate Hershel Walker and made the racist accusation that Republicans nominate lesser quality black people than Democrats do. Being the racist that she is, Reid claimed that’s why African Americans don’t vote for Republicans.  After cutting live to a rally in Georgia held by former President Barack Obama in which he mocked Walker, Reid cut away and boasted “that is the black excellence that Democrats expect and that's why black folks vote for Democrats. If Republicans want to answer the question, that's the answer.” Reid then listed off a list of other black Democrats who she deemed competent and intelligent:  Gary Chambers in Louisiana, Chris Jones is a literal rocket scientist who ran in Arkansas. Charles Booker in Kentucky, Mandela Barnes, who was the lieutenant governor. It’s what the expectations that are met among black folks, which is—Stacey Abrams, that's why black folks vote for Democrats.   Reid’s guest, Democrat strategist Don Calloway reasoned that while “both parties have ceded some wing of their nomination process to celebrity,” “the difference is on the Democratic side, even in a universe where politics is now the realm of celebrity, on the Democratic side, we tend to nominate qualified and competent people.”      “There's no evidence that that is the case on the Republican side from everything from President with Donald Trump,” Calloway sneered.  Without evidence, he claimed the “Republican Party would rather give the reins of the American experiment to these unqualified deeply flawed characters rather than let everyone play equally.”  He ended his race-baiting by claiming “one-half of the American experiment would rather burn it down than live in a universe where you and I and Barack Obama get to participate freely in our multicultural democracy.”  This racist segment was made possible thanks to the endorsement of Chase. Their information is linked so you can let them know what you think.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  MSNBC’s The ReidOut 12/1/2022 7:17:38 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: That is the black excellence that Democrats expect and that's why black folks vote for Democrats. If Republicans want to answer the question, that's the answer. Right? I mean, Gary Chambers in Louisiana, Chris Jones is a literal rocket scientist who ran in Arkansas. Charles Booker in Kentucky, Mandela Barnes, who was the lieutenant governor. It’s what the expectations that are met  DON CALLOWAY: Sure. REID: Among black folks, which is—Stacey Abrams, that's why black folks vote for Democrats.  CALLOWAY: You know for a long time now, both parties have ceded some wing of their nomination process to celebrity. And some of that has to do with fundraising. Some of that has to do with telegenaity [sic] if that’s a word and all the others.  REID: It is. CALLOWAY: But the difference is on the Democratic side, even in a universe where politics is now the realm of celebrity, on the Democratic side, we tend to nominate qualified and competent people. There's no evidence that that is the case on the Republican side from everything from President with Donald Trump. If you notice that diatribe about werewolves and vampires was very similar to his comparison at the White House correspondents' dinner of Donald Trump making decisions between who to fire, Ed Baigly Jr. Or Lil Jon. Right? It’s the same stuff because these are a deeply unqualified universe of people that came as a residual effect of the Donald Trump years. But it is more indicative of the idea that the Republican Party would rather give the reins of the American experiment to these unqualified deeply flawed characters rather than let everyone play equally.  And I don't want to get too philosophical. I'm a political practitioner, but there's a philosophy that guides what we do in reaching out to these voters and in organizing votes. And the philosophical right here is that one-half of the American experiment would rather burn it down than live in a universe where you and I and Barack Obama get to participate freely in our multicultural democracy.
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NY Times Reporter Revels in Warnock Ad: Walker Remarks Spur 'Disbelief and Embarrassment'

By: Clay Waters — December 1st 2022 at 21:37
In Tuesday’s New York Times, political reporter Reid Epstein packed a lot of open mockery into a short news account about a campaign ad from Rev. Raphael Warnock, the current U.S. senator from Georgia, who is in an electoral runoff with Republican candidate and former football star Herschel Walker: “‘Is He for Real?’: Warnock Hits Walker in New Ad, but Lets Others Do the Talking.” The subhead was "Days before the Georgia Senate runoff election next week, Senator Raphael Warnock’s ad shows people watching Herschel Walker’s remarks in disbelief, and embarrassment." The 60-second ad from Mr. Warnock, the Georgia Democrat, splices together footage of his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker, speaking about vampire movies, pregnant cows and how “our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air.” The ad showed eight people watching clips of Walker’s campaign footage. Their perplexed reactions tell the story Democrats have been trying to get across about Mr. Walker for months…. So much for the Times’ former tut-tutting about negative campaigning. Perhaps even more than words, the facial expressions convey what the Warnock campaign wants Georgians to think about Mr. Walker representing them in the Senate. They sigh, close their eyes, shake their heads and stare with their mouths open. What goes unsaid in the ad is the prospect that if Mr. Walker is elected, Georgians could be in for six years of unfortunate viral moments from their senator. The enterprising Epstein managed to hit another Republican Senate candidate while snarking about Walker: Of course, there is no shortage of United States senators who have done or said things their constituents regret. It’s not necessarily even bad politics. In Wisconsin, Democrats chose not to focus on a long roster of reality-defying statements from Senator Ron Johnson during his re-election campaign this year. (It didn’t work. Mr. Johnson, a Republican, won.) Epstein reveled in the Warnock campaign’s tactics, with the Democrats betting that Georgia voters “will decide they don’t wish to send a meme factory to Washington. Whether that overrides inherent partisan desires remains to be seen.” Speaking of indulging partisan desires, the Times has barely broached allegations about Warnock’s failure to provide child support payments to his ex-wife, which would seemingly invite journalistic charges of religious hypocrisy against a man of the cloth like Rev. Warnock. The Times certainly hasn't ignored allegations that Herschel Walker paid for abortions for two women, but has issued several detailed accounts.
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CNN Stokes Rage at SCOTUS for Student Loan Scheme Hold-Up

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — December 1st 2022 at 20:06
Instead of admitting that President Biden's student loan election bribe has no constitutional or legal merit, to begin with, CNN stoked rage at the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to lift federal court injunctions that are preventing the “forgiveness” of certain student loans. The liberal outlet also lamented that the Biden administration had to send out letters disappointing those who already applied and were approved. All during a year when an attempt was already made on a justice’s life. “A big new legal setback for the Biden administration tops our money lead. The Supreme Court is keeping a block on the student loan forgiveness plan,” anchor Jake Tapper said as he introduced justice correspondent Jessica Schneider. “Jessica, tell us more about this because it now seems it's going to be many more months before we know the fate of the President's debt relief plan.” Schneider said that “the good news … is that the Supreme Court is actually fast-tracking these arguments,” but “The bad news is that this loan forgiveness program, it remains on hold” and borrowers “won't be getting that anytime soon.” She went on to bemoan that the Supreme Court has forced the Biden administration to send out letters that would disappoint those already approved by the program: And the administration here, they've been sending out these letters basically telling students you're not going to get the relief that we thought you would. So, the secretary of education sent out the letters to those who were approved. 16 million people have already been approved so far. Saying that, “unfortunately a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging the program which have blocked our ability to discharge your debt at present.” Those court challenges continue with the Supreme Court hearing the arguments.     According to Schneider, there was “a silver lining” in that the Biden administration was coming to the rescue with a continuation of the “loan pause.” “And they said that will be in effect for 60 days after all litigation concludes. So, that will be in effect at least until February, possibly as late as May or June here,” she boasted. “Does the Biden administration have any other recourse?” Tapper followed up, trying to make the President look like a savior. “They don't,” Schneider lamented, making seem as though Biden was besieged from all sides. “This was the end of the line here. The 5th Circuit ruled against them actually just last night. The 8th Circuit ruled against them.” Paraphrasing the legal appeals to the Supreme Court and their decision to keep the injunctions in place, Schneider cast the Supreme Court in the role of a heartless dream smasher: They had gone to the Supreme Court to say we need some emergency relief here, can you take off these injunctions and let this program go into effect? The Supreme Court said we're not going to lift these injunctions, we're not going to let this program go back into effect. We will throw you a bone, we'll hear arguments on the case. This CNN segment stoked hatred against an American institution that already saw an attempt against the life of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family earlier this year. At the time, CNN tried to suggest the man who attempted to kill them didn’t have a weapon “at all.” This effort to stoke hate against the Supreme Court was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from the US Postal Service and United Healthcare. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: CNN’s The Lead December 1, 2022 5:06:22 p.m. Eastern JAKE TAPPER: A big new legal setback for the Biden administration tops our money lead. The Supreme Court is keeping a block on the student loan forgiveness plan. Let’s bring in CNN’s Jessica Schneider. Jessica, tell us more about this, because it now seems it's going to be many more months before we know the fate of the President's debt relief plan. JESSICA SCHNEIDER: Right. It's on hold until at least February, Jake. So, the good news for the Biden administration here is that the Supreme Court is actually fast-tracking these arguments. They'll hear them in February, which is quicker than they would’ve. The bad news is that this loan forgiveness program, it remains on hold. So, for all those student borrowers who were counting on maybe between $10,000 and $20,000 in debt relief, they won't be getting that anytime soon. They'll have to wait until the Supreme Court ultimately makes the decision. And the administration here, they've been sending out these letters basically telling students you're not going to get the relief that we thought you would. So, the secretary of education sent out the letters to those who were approved. 16 million people have already been approved so far. Saying that, “unfortunately a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging the program which have blocked our ability to discharge your debt at present.” Those court challenges continue with the Supreme Court hearing the arguments. There is a silver lining here, though. The Biden administration had put in place a loan pause that was back because of COVID. Certain borrowers didn't have to pay their loans. They've now extended that pause. So, certain borrowers will not have to pay any loans back. And they said that will be in effect for 60 days after all litigation concludes. So, that will be in effect at least until February, possibly as late as May or June here. TAPPER: But on that block, at least until February when the Supreme Court hears -- and probably beyond because they have to make a ruling, they have to make a decision. Does the Biden administration have any other recourse? SCHNEIDER: They don't. This was the end of the line here. The 5th Circuit ruled against them actually just last night. The 8th Circuit ruled against them. They had gone to the Supreme Court to say we need some emergency relief here, can you take off these injunctions and let this program go into effect. The Supreme Court said we're not going to lift these injunctions, we're not going to let this program go back into effect. We will throw you a bone, we'll hear arguments on the case. But there's really no other recourse at this point. The Biden administration will have to wait till February to argue in front of the justices. TAPPER:  All right. Jessica Schneider, thanks so much. Appreciate it.
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Shameful Networks Ignore Sickening Report of California Releasing Droves of Pedophiles

By: Curtis Houck — December 1st 2022 at 19:02
The Daily Mail uncorked a blockbuster investigation Monday into California’s database under Megan’s Law and found that, in a state where Golden State voters have chosen time and again to devalue law and order, “[m]ore than 7,000 sex offenders” that “were convicted of ‘lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age’” have been “let out of prison the same year they were incarcerated.”  Of course, because of California’s status as a deep blue utopia led by Governor Gavin Newsom (D), the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC and lefty cable networks CNN and MSNBC have completed ignored this sickening development. Meanwhile, the Fox News Channel has given it repeated attention with segments on at least five shows over Tuesday and Wednesday totaling over 15 and a half minutes on the piece, “‘It's frightening for society.” Thousands of convicted pedophiles in California are being released from prison in less than a year for horrific acts, including rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of kids under 14, DailyMail.com investigation reveals.” Reporter Josh Boswell began by noting that “[p]edophiles are getting less than a year prison time after a range of horrific acts, including raping kids under 14,” as per an “[a]nalysis...despite sentencing guidelines”  Within the 7,000 sex offenders released, Boswell explained that includes “365 pedophiles convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child who spent less than 12 months in prison, 39 cases of sodomy with a child under 16, and three cases of kidnapping a child under 14 'with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts’”. This startling statistic about sex offenders in the country’s largest state flew in the face of the fact that “[a]ccording” to “the US Justice Department, sex offenders are at least four times more likely than other criminals to be rearrested for a sex crime.” Worse yet, Boswell’s numbers didn’t go beyond 2019 because, in a convenient turn of events, “the California Department of Justice has added digital blocks on its website to prevent new data being gathered and analyzed.” As for why it’s happening, Boswell explained it’d stem from Proposition 57 (click “expand”); One child abuse prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office told DailyMail.com the situation was 'a disgrace'. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami added that the problem of short prison time for pedophiles was getting worse, not better. He blamed Proposition 57, a 2016 bill allowing early parole for nonviolent felons which was supported by his boss, LA DA George Gascón. 'Thousands of child victims are being denied justice and George Gascón and his group of radical prosecutors can care less,' Hatami said. 'The CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] is not even notifying the child victims and their families of these early releases. It's shameful. 'Furthermore, most of these sex offenders who are released early have not been rehabilitated whatsoever. This will clearly endanger our future generation of children and our entire community. 'It's a disgrace that the state of CA is not prioritizing the safety and well being of our children.' The first Fox mention came up on the late Monday/early Tuesday edition of Fox News @ Night in host Trace Gallagher’s “Common Sense Department” segment. “Remember, this is the same state where voters and 2014 reduced penalties for property and drug crimes. And when I say reduced, I really mean got rid of...Maybe we don’t have the resources to protect all the CVSs and Target stores in California. But Common Sense would ask: What about our kids,” Gallagher stated.     Boswell made two appearances on Tuesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight and Wednesday’s Hannity. On the former, Boswell explained the lengths he had to go to chart the release of convicts using the database and two examples of monsters let out (click “expand”): BOSWELL: So there is a database in the State of California that allows people to look up at sex offenders, people who live near to them maybe. But what you can’t do is look at the database en masse to look at the statistics from it. So I wrote a bit of code to pull down some of that public information, have a look at it, and what we found was, there are over 7,000 pedophiles who have been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts against an under 14-year- old, who spent less than a year in prison or in jail, which was quite shocking and some of the examples really stuck out to me, So we’re looking at someone like Noah Holt, who we highlighted in the story from Santa Cruz County. He was convicted of those lewd and lascivious acts with an under 14, child porn, indecent exposure, and he pled no contest in 2013. He was out with a job in 2014. You’ve got similar examples, Carlos Nehue, continuous sexual abuse of a child he was convicted of in 2015. He spent two days in jail and he now lives one block from a daycare according to the database, which is in California, run by the California Department of Justice. We asked them to give us the data but they refused, and so I had to write this script to put this all together so that I could show the public this information. CARLSON: So just to be clear, these are not technical sex crimes. This is not a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old getting frisky at the prom and getting arrested. This is child molestation. This is molesting little kids, prepubescent kids. BOSWELL: That’s right. Yeah.  Boswell added that, upon reaching out to the office of California’s Attorney General, “what they were telling me is...this isn’t their problem. It’s the Courts. It’s the local DAs, but really, this is a problem for the whole State of California, and prosecutors I spoke to said that this could be partly a result of wanting to release prisoners early from prison...to...reduce the prison population.” Hannity was told something similar as they also reached out to the AG’s office as well as Team Newsom. The latter told them that there’s “a lack of understanding of the role of the state versus the role of local prosecutors and judges.” And on Wednesday’s Gutfeld!, host Greg Gutfeld stated the obvious that “no normal human being can be okay with this stuff,” but you’re “only hearing about it here on Fox News and nowhere else on legacy media” since their side has one-party rule over the Golden State. Instead of even giving this a news brief, the networks decided other things were more notable, such as celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie Love, Actually (on Tuesday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America), previewing Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting (on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News), and salivating over the latest act of narcissism from Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle in the form of a trailer for their Netflix series (on Thursday’s CBS Mornings).
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Hawley Releases Internal E-Mails on Biden Admin’s Disinformation Governance Board

By: Catherine Salgado — December 1st 2022 at 18:38
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has obtained hundreds of pages of new documentation as part of his investigation into the Biden administration’s defunct Disinformation Governance Board (DGB), which had attempted to censor Americans online. Hawley announced the new information in a press release, linking to many redacted emails he obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversaw the DGB’s brief existence. The press release said that DHS’s original plans for the DGB were “much more extensive than the Biden administration has publicly acknowledged.” In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Hawley wrote, “The Department still has not told the truth about its continuing efforts to censor political speech.” The new documents uncover a far more extensive partnership effort between the Biden DHS and Big Tech than previously indicated, including a planned meeting with Meta’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher, who held his position during the censorship of the Hunter Biden scandal. Hawley’s press release said the DGB even reached out to the Omidyar Network, leftist billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s “left-wing dark money organization that has funneled millions of dollars into liberal advocacy groups” and “combatting ‘misinformation.’” Omidyar Network sent the “Z Memo” to the DGB a mere week before then-DGB head Nina Jankowicz shared an Omidyar staff op-ed with colleagues. Hawley and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) originally obtained whistleblower documents about the DGB in June, revealing that the government had reached out to Twitter and other Big Tech companies for a potential censorship partnership. The plans for the DGB also included a “Rumor Control Program,” and reached back as far as September 2021. The new documents show February 2022 meetings (despite Mayorkas’s May 2022 testimony that the board had not met at that time). The press release added that Jankowicz pushed for increased coordination between Big Tech and “disinformation experts” and “industry partners.” She also displayed leftist bias, citing an “expert” who argued, “Anti-immigrant disinformation is strongly associated with the ideology of exclusion and native supremacy that underpin [sic] right-wing popularism and far-right extremism.” But the DGB’s members have not simply returned to private life. After the DGB’s official disbanding, Hawley wrote in the letter, the White House National Security Council Resilience and Response Directorate hired former board deputy Elizabeth Kozey. “A federal court recently concluded that an official in your department is ‘supervising the ‘nerve center’ of federally directed censorship,’” Hawley wrote to Mayorkas. “In light of that, I would have hoped you would be more forthcoming. Instead, you have continued your blatant attempt to avoid transparency and sidestep congressional oversight. The documents you turned over to my office, six months after I requested them, are so heavily redacted most are illegible.” Hawley concluded that he was asking for unredacted copies of the documents and would release all documentation to the public “so Americans can judge for themselves your agency’s efforts to censor speech.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing 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.
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Univisión y Telemundo apenas cubren acuerdo de Biden por petróleo venezolano

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — December 1st 2022 at 17:26
Los medios corporativos en español revalidaron su compromiso como propagandistas y encubridores de noticias desventajosas para el régimen de Biden, con Univisión y Telemundo otorgando al pésimo acuerdo entre Estados Unidos y Maduro para bombear petróleo venezolano, unos 1:15 minutos combinados en el aire desde que se anunciara el 26 de noviembre. Como era de esperar, los informes de la colaboración del gobierno de Biden con el dictador socialista Nicolás Maduro , fueron ambiguios. Veamos este clip de Al Punto con Jorge Ramos de Univisión, emitido el domingo 27 de noviembre de 2022. GUILLERMO GONZÁLEZ, REPORTERO: Estados Unidos dijo que permitirá que la compañía Chevron bombé petróleo venezolano para apoyar las conversaciones del gobierno venezolano y la oposición. Que ya acordaron un fondo administrado por la ONU para programas de salud, alimentación y educación en Venezuela. Observe cómo Univision dejó al presidente Biden fuera de su cápsula de 15 segundos, encontrando tiempo para mencionar a los Estados Unidos, Chevron, el gobierno venezolano, la oposición y la ONU. También tome nota de la ausencia de cualquier referencia al sufrimiento de millones de venezolanos a manos de Maduro, tema al que la cadena dedica vastas cantidades de tiempo cuando se trata de empujar la agenda pro fronteras abiertas del gobierno de Biden. A fin de cuentas, el señor dinero siempre gana. Comparemos la ínfima cobertura a las sanciones petroleras de Estados Unidos y Venezuela, con el tiempo que ambas cadenas dedicaron a las decoraciones navideñas de Jill Biden en la Casa Blanca: la friolera de 11, sí, once, minutos combinaos de halagos (eso sí, callaron el desaire de la pareja presidencial a la hija de Hunter Biden con una stripper, cuando mostraron los nombres de sus nietos en las medias de regalos navideños). Además, en Univisión, la visita de Kanye a Mar-a-Lago con el invitado sorpresa Nick Fuentes, una historia negativa para Trump, obtuvo un total de 3:32 minutos en el aire. La desconexión entre los medios latinos y las audiencias a las que dicen servir sigue creciendo, al igual que la manipulación de las noticias para acomodar los puntos de conversación del DNC. Les invitamos a unirse al MRC en denunciar los anunciantes que permiten el sesgo desmedido en los medios latinos como el arriba mencionado. Puede comunicarse con Target y Walmart accediendo sus enlaces.  
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Univision, Telemundo Barely Covered Biden Deal for Venezuelan Oil

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — December 1st 2022 at 16:37
Latino corporate media once again validated their roles as propagandists and buffers of damaging news for the Biden regime, with Univision and Telemundo granting the awful U.S-Maduro deal to pump Venezuelan oil, a scant one minute and 15 of combined airtime since the agreement was announced on November 26th. As expected, reports of the Biden administration getting chummy with socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro were entirely ambiguous. Take a look at this clip from Univision’s Al Punto with Jorge Ramos, which aired on Sunday:     GUILLERMO GONZÁLEZ, REPORTER: The United States said it will allow Chevron to pump Venezuelan oil, in support of talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, wherein they have already agreed on a UN-administered fund for health, food and education programs in Venezuela. Notice how Univision left President Biden out of its 15-second news brief while mentioning the U.S., Chevron, the Venezuelan government, “the opposition”, and the U.N. Also take note of the absence of any reference to the suffering of millions of Venezuelans at the hands of Maduro, something the network spends massive amounts of time on when it comes to campaigning in favor of the Biden Administration’s pro-open borders agenda. In the end, money talked and Joe Biden walked. Contrast to the infinitesimal U.S.-Venezuela oil sanctions coverage with how both networks covered Jill Biden’s White House Christmas decorations: a whopping 11 – yes, eleven – minutes of combined adulatory coverage (albeit ignoring the presidential couple’s snubbing of Hunter Biden’s love child with a stripper in the family stocking display). Also, at Univision, Kanye’s visit to Mar-a-Lago with uninvited guest Nick Fuentes, a Trump-adverse story, garnered a whole three minutes and 32 seconds. The disconnect between the Latino media and the audiences they claim to serve continues to grow, as does the manipulation of news to conform to the DNC’s talking points. Help the MRC call out advertisers that allow the reigning bias at Latino networks such as the one mentioned above. You can reach out to Target and Walmart by clicking on their links.
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CNN Pranked by Kimmel Troll Claiming to Be Walker Voter

By: Alex Christy — December 1st 2022 at 14:52
The usefulness of news outlets cherry-picking voters to highlight on TV has always been questionable, but one voter that was shown Thursday’s CNN Newsroom wasn’t actually voter, he was a troll sent by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. Covering the Senate runoff in Georgia, scandal-plagued co-host Jim Sciutto introduced two clips, “CNN spoke to one of these split-ticket voters that Warnock references as well as someone standing by [Herschel] Walker despite the scandals that have plagued his campaign.”     The first clip showed a man named Blake Briese declaring, “The interviews we've had, the type of stuff that Herschel Walker says, I'm of the opinion he'll say pretty much anything to get elected.” The Walker voter shown to be Jacob Byrd “I just like how he talks and like the stories he tells, and, you know, he just, he's off the cuff. He's not all serious about everything. Everything is not a big deal to him, you know. Is he the best candidate for the job? Maybe not. I mean, is he the most qualified guy in the world? I don't know. Maybe not. But does he have a great attitude? Yes.” As it turns out Byrd is really Tony Barbieri who, according to Mediaite, has shown up at various GOP functions for Jimmy Kimmel Live! While it may be forgivable for CNN to not recognize Barbieri, his lack of a serious answer either in favor of Warnock or opposition to Raphael Warnock should have been a red flag. If they missed that, the Hillary Clinton-esque “I’m with Herschel” shirt was another sign something could be off. Later in the segment, co-host Bianna Golodryga asked Georgia Public Television’s Bill Nigut about Walker “voters” such as “Byrd,” “What we just heard in that piece, specifically the voter who is supporting Walker, now he by no means represents every Walker supporter, but to hear him say, is he the best candidate for the job, probably not. Also knowing that the Senate is not up for grabs with this runoff, how concerning should that be for Republicans ahead of next Tuesday?” Nigut responded by predicting Georgians will be more like Briese, “Well, I do think it’s-- there are many Republicans who share that voter sentiment who have decided they won't cast a ballot for Walker because they don't think he's the most qualified. It's important to remember that on Election Day, Herschel Walker underperformed every Republican on the state ballot. Every other Republican won their elections by significant margins. Herschel Walker underperformed Brian Kemp by more than 200,000 votes.” Kimmel despises Walker, so while this is an opportunity for him to mock the liberals at CNN, he will probably still use it to attack Walker by arguing “Byrd” was so believable that CNN reasonably fell for it. This segment was sponsored by ServPro. Here is a transcript for the December 1 show: CNN Newsroom 12/1/2022 10:22 PM ET JIM SCIUTTO: CNN spoke to one of these split-ticket voters that Warnock references as well as someone standing by Walker despite the scandals that have plagued his campaign.  BLAKE BRIESE: The interviews we've had, the type of stuff that Herschel Walker says, I'm of the opinion he'll say pretty much anything to get elected.  JACOB BYRD: I just like how he talks and like the stories he tells, and, you know, he just, he's off the cuff. He's not all serious about everything. Everything is not a big deal to him, you know. Is he the best candidate for the job? Maybe not. I mean, is he the most qualified guy in the world? I don't know. Maybe not. But does he have a great attitude? Yes. … BIANNA GOLODRYGA: What we just heard in that piece, specifically the voter who is supporting Walker, now he by no means represents every Walker supporter, but to hear him say, is he the best candidate for the job, probably not. Also knowing that the Senate is not up for grabs with this runoff, how concerning should that be for Republicans ahead of next Tuesday? BILL NIGUT: Well, I do think it’s-- there are many Republicans who share that voter sentiment who have decided they won't cast a ballot for Walker because they don't think he's the most qualified. It's important to remember that on Election Day, Herschel Walker underperformed every Republican on the state ballot. Every other Republican won their elections by significant margins. Herschel Walker underperformed Brian Kemp by more than 200,000 votes.
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Fairfax County Schools To Use 'Assigned Females/Males' in Sex Ed

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — December 1st 2022 at 14:30
Fairfax County Schools in Fairfax, Virginia, is considering a new policy for students' sexual education that would include referring to boys as “assigned male at birth” and girls to “assigned female at birth.” Nowadays, since you can pick your gender on a whim the district, a deep blue D.C. suburb, wants to reaffirm that delusional notion by allowing and encouraging kids to identify as something other than their biological sex.  Sadly, it gets worse. According to News7, in tenth grade sex-ed classes, boys and girls would attend class at the same time for all the lessons including discussion on sexual orientation and gender-identity. They'd also be forced to watch a video from no less a moral authority than PBS.  Said video contains the following lines, “We do have different body parts. But let me take a minute here and say that in addition to girl parts, boy parts ... There are also people who have different parts or intermediate parts or people who do not fit in a traditional binary gender system of male or female. There are people who are trans or people who don’t have a gender.” That's the kind of fact-based education Northern Virginia parents have come to trust! Luckily, some parents have called out the school system for its clear progressive agenda and are able to submit comments and feedback to the school systems proposal up until Thursday, December 1 at 4:30 pm.  One parent, Maria Sherwell urged “This school board has got to go. This makes Loudoun look calm. I feel and I'm not alone, that their role is to take control of our children and push parents out of the room. It moves their agenda forward.” Yet, another parent, Robert Rigby, was in full support. “I think it’s good because it helps all kids. I don’t think queer kids will be put in a spot of having to out themselves when they aren’t ready to,” he told 7News. The outlet also reported that Rigby thought the new policies were “more inclusive, more informative, and welcoming to LGBTQ students.” Cringe. This is unfortunately not the first time Fairfax County has shown its indoctrination practices.  In November 2021, Fairfax schools asked 12-year-olds sexually explicit questions like “have you ever had oral sex?,” “how old were you when you had your first sexual intercourse for the first time?,” and “during the past three months, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?” Riveting content for 12-year-olds to consider.  In June, the county proposed changes to the school handbook that would punish and penalize students who misgender their peers. So if a boy looked like a boy and was called a “he” but wanted to be a “she” a suspension could take place.  Such malarkey!  In September 2022, when Gov. Glenn Younkin, (R-Vir.) suggested that parents have a say in what their children learn in schools, a Fairfax County teacher urged students to walk out in protest. It’s unsurprising that Fairfax County Schools has wreaked havoc once again in the name of advancing radical ideologies. Let's hope parents complain enough to stop the “assigned” at birth garbage that's currently on the docket!  
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Salon Admits Pandemic Profoundly Impacted Children – With Caveats, Of Course

By: Jason Cohen — December 1st 2022 at 13:52
The pandemic lockdowns immensely impacted children by stunting their development. Shocking.  A new Salon piece by Matthew Rozsa tells readers “The pandemic ‘ruptured’ childrens' social skills around the world, researchers say.”  Naturally, Rozsa made it racial even though all ethnicities struggled: “Children of color in the United States were already at a disadvantage in America's education system, and these inequities broadened during the pandemic.” After attempting to racialize, he wrote, “American children more broadly have also seen a drop in test scores and other educational benchmarks as a result of the pandemic.” Why? Not for the common sense reason conservatives claimed, of course: “Although conservatives have blamed this on school closings, other experts say it is because of the more widespread disruption caused by the pandemic to every sector of life.”  The left can not bring itself to give conservatives any credit. Trust the “experts.”  As if this were not enough, “Amidst the chaos and anxiety of the lockdown, there was a spike in reports of mental health-related emergency room visits among American young people.” Rozsa included an excerpt from a national emergency of adolescent mental health declaration by The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  In part, it stated that: "This worsening crisis in child and adolescent mental health is inextricably tied to the stress brought on by COVID-19 and the ongoing struggle for racial justice and represents an acceleration of trends observed prior to 2020.” So they knew mental health was already a crisis for the youth before COVID-19. It should have been obvious that lockdowns and shutdowns would accelerate it.  It was such a blessing that young people generally had effective immunity against COVID-19. Instead of taking advantage of this and letting them live as normally as possible, many places in the US did not. Instead, society obliged children to protect the adults.  In terms of the racial element of the emergency declaration, it is probably accurate. If children watched the horrifying video of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police and were told that it was commonplace and witnessed the aftermath, such as protests and riots, that would have a detrimental effect.  Parents and society are not raising children right nor protecting them appropriately anymore. That needs to change for America to have a bright future. 
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The View 'Republican' Praises Jeffries in Leadership, 'Wise Call' By Dems

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — December 1st 2022 at 13:50
Alyssa Farah Griffin has been an utter disaster as the voice of Republicans and conservatives on ABC’s liberal viper pit, The View. No matter how many times she declares the GOP as “my party,” it’s clear that she harbors resentment for those who made her. And that was evident on Thursday’s show as she praised House Democrats for electing New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to be their leader and whined about GOP leadership. “I think Hakeem Jeffries was a very wise call for Democrats,” she proclaimed. Recalling her time working for real Republicans in the House, Farah Griffin touted Jeffries as someone who has “credibility” with the growing progressive wing of the party and could supposedly work with Republicans. Describing the GOP as “my party,” Farah Griffin lamented “their House leadership is a bit of a mess right now.” She liked that the leadership was relatively young, but hinted at racism within the party: We have fairly young leadership with McCarthy, Stefanik, but we lack representation. I actually really was hoping Byron Donalds, a Florida member would’ve challenged Elise Stefanik for conference chair because we don't have minority representation in our leadership. This is an example of how detached and out of the loop she is from “her party.” Donalds did run for a leadership position, he just didn’t win and was considered a long-shot candidate. It was also another example of Farah Griffin putting the Democratic Party over “her party.” In September, she punted an opportunity to promote Republican women who could run for president in 2024. Instead, she chose to tout the potential candidacy of Michelle Obama. And she’s made it clear she’s eager to push a Democratic 2024 candidate on the show.     Bashing a real Republican woman, Farah Griffin lamented New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was not the conference chair, calling her an election denier (Click “expand”): BEHAR: Isn't she an election denier, Stefanik? FARAH GRIFFIN: She is. HOSTIN: She's a Trumper. BEHAR: Please. FARAH GRIFFIN: Elise Stefanik used to be one of my favorite members. She was a moderate, thoughtful, like millennial, and she went in a completely different direction. BEHAR: The body snatchers have gotten her. In reality, Jeffries was a 2016 election denier. “The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office,” he tweeted. He’s also claimed former President Trump was “artificially” installed by Russia and that a “cloud of illegitimacy” hangs around him. The other so-called Republican on the panel, the always toxic Ana Navarro lauded how well the Democrats rallied around Jeffries. “How quickly without drama this election took place. In the meantime, on the Republican side, you've got Kevin McCarthy making pacts with insane people in order to get the votes he needs to be speaker and I'm not sure it's going to happen or what's going to happen by the time that comes,” she huffed. And, of course, the other liberal co-hosts were in a very good mood. According to anti-Christian bigot Whoopi Goldberg, it was a new age for the country. One where “everything is starting to feel like we might actually be able to have a conversation again about what we can do to make the country better.” Racist co-host Sunny Hostin and the cast suggested Jeffries possessed the kind of leadership that could get the country through another January 6 (Click “expand”): HOSTIN: When I first heard that Nancy was stepping down, I was a little nervous only because when we saw those January 6 insurrection videos, the way she took charge with chuck Schumer, I felt we were in good hands. BEHAR: Oh, he'll do good. GOLDBERG: Oh, he’s no joke. HOSTIN: But Hakeem replacing Nancy makes the -- I think the Democratic Party very strong “He is the smartest person for that gig. He's the right person. He's the smartest person. He is on par with Nancy Pelosi,” Goldberg asserted. “No question. He has that kind of strength,” Hostin agreed. This praise for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Humana and Macy’s. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click “expand” to read: ABC’s The View December 1, 2022 11:03:50 a.m. Eastern WHOOPI GOLDBERG: It's nice actually to get some good news out of D.C. these days, but yesterday New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries was elected as the first black party leader in Congress. [Applause] I mean, he says he's committed to working across the aisle, but of course, you know, he'll push against the extremist views. I mean, everything is starting to feel like we might actually be able to have a conversation again about what we can do to make the country better. I think he's one of those -- I was going to say kids. He's not a kid. He's a man. SUNNY HOSTIN: He's young. He's 52. GOLDBERG: He's a kid. HOSTIN: I’ve know – Hakeem and I went to college together. GOLDBERG: Ah, yes. JOY BEHAR: Oh really? HOSTIN: We're good friends, and he's a strong, strong leader. GOLDBERG: Yeah. HOSTIN: And has always been since college. He's a serious person. GOLDBERG: Yeah. HOSTIN: When I first heard that Nancy was stepping down, I was a little nervous only because when we saw those January 6 insurrection videos, the way she took charge with chuck Schumer, I felt we were in good hands. BEHAR: Oh, he'll do good. GOLDBERG: Oh, he’s no joke. HOSTIN: But Hakeem replacing Nancy makes the -- I think the Democratic Party very strong and also younger in a sense. And a lot of the Democratic voter turnout this midterms was predominantly young people. And this will speak to them. [Crosstalk] GOLDBERG: Listen. He is the smartest person for that gig. He's the right person. He's the smartest person. He is on par with Nancy Pelosi. HOSTIN: No question. He has that kind of strength. GOLDBERG: So, I'm thrilled. What I found interesting was that some folks on the other side were already -- he hadn't even been in yet more than five minutes, they were, like, “Oh, man. We hate this guy. We don't like him,” and I just thought, like, give him a minute. ANA NAVARRO: Listen. The folks on the other side have got to get their house in order because I was struck by how – [Applause] -- How quickly without drama this election took place. In the meantime, on the Republican side, you've got Kevin McCarthy making pacts with insane people in order to get the votes he needs to be speaker and I'm not sure it's going to happen or what's going to happen by the time that comes. (…) 11:07:09 a.m. Eastern HOSTIN: And he's only 43. I was really impressed by him as well. He's 43 and now he has the third ranking position. ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think Hakeem Jeffries was a very wise call for Democrats. When I worked in the House, he was known -- he has credibility with the progressive flank, but he was known for somebody the other side could work with. So, I think just in general moving to next generation leadership is smart. My party, to Ana's point, their House leadership is a bit of a mess right now. We have fairly young leadership with McCarthy, Stefanik, but we lack representation. I actually really was hoping Byron Donalds, a Florida member would’ve challenged Elise Stefanik for conference chair because we don't have minority representation in our leadership. BEHAR: Isn't she an election denier, Stefanik? FARAH GRIFFIN: She is. HOSTIN: She's a Trumper. BEHAR: Please. FARAH GRIFFIN: Elise Stefanik used to be one of my favorite members. She was a moderate, thoughtful, like millennial, and she went in a completely different direction. BEHAR: The body snatchers have gotten her. [Laughter] FARAH GRIFFIN: It's unfortunate. But no, we can all take a lesson from – There's something about passing the torch to a next generation of leaders that I think is super valuable. (…)
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Google and YouTube Give Biggest Fact-Check Grant Ever - To Soros-Funded Group

By: Catherine Salgado — December 1st 2022 at 13:43
Big Tech giant Google is bankrolling the propaganda industry known as “fact-checking” to the tune of $13.2 million for a new fact-check fund, the behemoth announced Tuesday. The money will go to the Poynter Institute’s notorious International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a gang of “fact-checkers” that Facebook and Instagram regularly use to censor content they don’t like. Poynter has received millions of dollars in donations from rabid leftist groups – including those connected to billionaires George Soros, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. YouTube and its parent company Google will send the grant to launch the “Global Fact Check Fund,” Google wrote in a blog post Tuesday. “Google and YouTube take our role in helping to fight misinformation seriously,” the post droned. Google claimed “misinformation” is a “global challenge” requiring new technologies, optimized verification tools, and other updates to conquer the straw man. Google apparently believes the new Global Fact Check Fund is supposed to help. This is Google’s “single largest grant in fact-checking,” the post bragged. The companies directed the grant to buoy Poynter’s network of “135 fact-checking organizations from 65 countries covering over 80 languages,” according to the blog post. The tech giant noted Google and YouTube provide fact-checks already in several ways, including through fact-check panels on YouTube and the Fact Check section on Google News. The $13.2 million donation to IFCN is just a portion of the money that Google has donated to combating so-called “misinformation” in recent years.  Since 2018, the Google News Initiative has invested nearly $75 million in projects and partnerships to “strengthen media literacy and combat misinformation” globally, Google gloated.  YouTube Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Leslie Miller bragged during an Oct. 26 Senate Commerce Committee hearing that YouTube removed over 1 million videos of supposed COVID-19 “misinformation” from the platform. YouTube later quietly changed its COVID-19 “misinformation” policy on masks, vaccines and social distancing, tacitly admitting its previous policy was a mistake. Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube here 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.
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MRC’s Bozell TORCHES Big Tech, Biden WH’s ‘Scary’ Plan to ‘Control Information’

By: NB Staff — December 1st 2022 at 13:37
Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell made his latest appearance Thursday morning on the Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. and took a blowtorch to Big Tech and their liberal allies in government for their increasing threats towards Elon Musk-owned Twitter, their desire to engage in “Big Brother-ism” by “control[ling] information in America” and telling us “what is and what isn't acceptable.” Fill-in co-host Ashley Williams began with an exchange from Wednesday’s White House press briefing in which Fox’s Peter Doocy asked Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre “when are you guys going to delete the White House Twitter account” since they’re “saying...you're keeping an eye on Twitter because it might not be a suitable platform.”     Shortly after they finished with Jean-Pierre insisting Biden believes “it is important on social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation,” Bozell first explained how the left’s definition of “what hate speech and misinformation means” could be boiled down to “anything that is contrary to their narrative.” Bozell added how, along with the fact that we “now know that the Justice Department was colluding with Facebook” to steal the 2020 election by burying Hunter Biden’s laptop and Musk’s simple belief that “let’s have free speech”, the left’s world has come crashing down. “Now you see the true colors of the radical left. It’s true colors of the Biden administration that they’re saying, ‘oh we can’t have that,’” he said. Asked by Williams “what are they so frightened about,” Bozell simply stated it’s “the truth” being out in the public square as they instead “want to control information in America.” Bozell noted how the left’s goals are “really scary stuff” and “Big Brother-ism,” but not if Musk is standing in the way: Look, this is really scary stuff. I mean, I’m laughing, but I shouldn’t be laughing. This is very scary stuff. This is big brother-ism where they will tell you what is and what isn't acceptable and now Elon Musk is breaking some eggs and he’s saying, no, the American people will decide what is and isn’t acceptable, not the White House.  The rest of the segment touched on a Wednesday piece from the New York Post editorial board in which they lay out how liberals are demanding they stop focusing on rising crime since it hurts Democrats. Bozell replied this harkened back to the liberal media’s behavior in the Black Lives Matter riots with Ali Velshi’s comments on MSNBC in Minneapolis and CNN’s infamous chyron amid the Kenosha riot. Bozell also cited NBC’s Lester Holt (and liberals writ large) for having lashed out at Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) ahead of Election Day for making crime a central premise of his gubernatorial bid. The MRC Founder concluded by noting the irony of the media pushback seeing as how “Zeldin was almost assassinated and his family was almost shot” in a shooting outside his house, adding: “[C]rime is the number one issue that will hurt the left. And so, you've got the media doing damage control and that is all this is.” To see the relevant transcript from December 1, click “expand.” FBN’s Varney & Company December 1, 2022 10:46 a.m. Eastern [TEASE] [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Next on Varney; Brent Bozell] ASHLEY WILLIAMS: Alright, now this. The White House says it will continue to use Twitter even though Musk's takeover opens the door to misinformation. Take a listen. PETER DOOCY: When are you guys going to delete the White House Twitter account? JEAN-PIERRE: Why would we do that? DOOCY: Well, you're saying that you're keeping an eye on Twitter because it might not be a suitable platform, so why use it? WILLIAMS: Yeah. Good question. We’ve got KJP’s full response, and you want to hear that, believe me. Also, take a look at this. The New York Post editorial board says the liberal media wants them to talk about rising crime because they say it hurts the Democrats. Are you kidding me? Brent Bozell takes that on next. (....) 10:51 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: WH Pressed on Deleting Official Twitter Account] WILLIAMS: Now this. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked whether the White House will delete its Twitter account after she said the administration is going to keep a close eye on Twitter. Listen to this. DOOCY: When are you guys going to delete the White House Twitter account? JEAN-PIERRE: Why would we do that? DOOCY: Well, you're saying that you're keeping an eye on Twitter because it might not be a suitable platform, so why use it? JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I want to be very clear here. The President has always said and he has been very, very clear in his belief that it is important on social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation. [SCREEN WIPE] Media platforms make independent choices about their information that they present.  WILLIAMS: Ah. Brent Bozell joins me now. Always so much to talk about, Brent. In this case, are Democrats just upset they can no longer control Twitter? [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Brent Bozell on the WH ‘Keeping an Eye’ on Twitter] BRENT BOZELL: Yeah, that’s all it is. That’s all it is. Let's understand what hate speech and misinformation means. It means anything that is contrary to their narrative. And what’s happened is we now know that the Justice Department was colluding with Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has — has admitted it — to bury the Hunter Biden story which would have cost President Biden the presidential election. That’s an absolute fact. We now know that Mayorkas was working with — with these people to stifle free-speech. And all Elon Musk has done is come along and say, let's have free-speech and now you see the true —  WILLIAMS: Yes. BOZELL: — colors of the radical left. It’s true colors of the Biden administration that they’re saying, “oh we can’t have that!”  WILLIAMS: What are they so frightened about? They’ve all — the handwringing and pearl-clutching. I just don’t understand what the big fear is?  BOZELL: The truth, that's all it is. That’s all it is. WILLIAMS: Ah. BOZELL: They want to control information in America. Look, this is really scary stuff. I mean, I’m laughing, but I shouldn’t be laughing. WILLIAMS: Yes. BOZELL: This is very scary stuff. This is big brother-ism where they will tell you what is and what isn't acceptable and now Elon Musk is breaking some eggs and he’s saying, no, the American people will decide — WILLIAMS: Yes. BOZELL: — what is and isn’t acceptable, not the White House.  WILLIAMS: I’ve got into this subject. It’s TV gold. The New York Post editorial board says the liberal media wants us to stop talking about rising crime. Why? Because it hurts the Democrats. It’s just classic, is it not, Brent? [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: NYP: Liberal Media Says Stop Covering Crime] BOZELL: This has been going on since the riots. I’ve got some quotes — a couple quotes form you. This is CNN —  WILLIAMS: Yeah. BOZELL: — a headline on CNN during the riots when Minneapolis [sic] was — was — was always on fire. The quote is, “fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting.” MSNBC, and they've — they’ve just — WILLIAMS: Yeah. BOZELL: — been doing off the deep end. They’ve been doing the same thing. They had Ali Sheedy [sic], who was on television saying the exact same thing. It’s a peaceful protest. Yes, the city is on fire but it’s a peaceful protest and now you’ve got them going after Lee Zeldin because he talked about crime and — WILLIAMS: Right. BOZELL: — and here is — this is a — this is a quote from MS — from NBC’s Lester Holt. He said, “fear” that “some would argue not by reality, but by videos of rampant lawlessness and some unsettling headlines.” So, he is accusing Zeldin of taking advantage of crime and not knowing what he's talking about. WILLIAMS: Right. BOZELL: Well, guess what? Zeldin was almost assassinated and his family was almost shot. WILLIAMS: Yes, right. BOZELL: He knows a thing or two. WILLIAMS: Ah. You can’t make it up and — [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: NYP: Crime Topic Is Hurting the Democrats] BOZELL: Crime — crime is the number one issue that will hurt the left. WILLIAMS: — yes. BOZELL: And so, you've got the media doing damage control and that is all this is.  WILLIAMS: Yeah. We’re just not allowed to talk about it. Alright, Brent Bozell, terrific stuff as always. We could go all day on this and I wish we could, but we can't. Bra — thank you so much, Brent. BOZELL: Thank you, Ashley.
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James, WashPost Assassinate Character Of Dallas Cowboys Owner

By: Jay Maxson — December 1st 2022 at 11:51
We know that LeBron James is more than an athlete and the Washington Post sports section is more than a sports section. They’ve told us so. On Wednesday night, James took on members of the media in condescending fashion after a Lakers’ game about why they did not question his reaction to an ages-old photo of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones watching desegregation efforts in Arkansas.   The NBA’s leading social justice warrior was miffed that the media had recently jumped all over the Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving for anti-semitism and why Jones wasn’t canceled over a photo of Jones resurrected from 1957. James should have been the go-to commentator on that; just ask him.  “I got one question for you guys before you guys leave,” James said, reversing roles with members of the press. “I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo. But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”  The Washington Post’s race-baiting SJW’s (who take a backseat to nobody -- not even James -- in their self-regard) are doing a series castigating the NFL for not hiring more black coaches. Last week the installment centered in on the photo of Jones watching racial intimidation in Arkansas as a 14-year-old boy. Jones was quoted saying he was present to watch the event out of curiosity and he did not participate in it.   The Post headline belittled Jones as a man who transformed the NFL, except when it comes to race. He was photographed in Arkansas during a time of racial conflict, and he’s never hired a black man to coach the Cowboys. He’s risen to power in the confederacy of the pro football plutocracy, the Post story goes, in part based on the cultural effect of Jim Crow of his youth. It’s character assassination at its finest.  Getting back to James, while constantly running interference for his evil Communist Chinese benefactors, he assumed that Jones was guilty of something for just having watched race relations boil over in Arkansas so long ago. Jones also opposed anthem kneeling in 2017, putting a target on his back for social justice warriors. James is no longer the Dallas Cowboys fan he used to be.  Irving was suspended in November because he posted a link on social media to a documentary that included antisemitic tropes, and he has since apologized. The media typically feeds James’ massive ego and sought out his opinion on that issue. He craved for the same attention over Jones.  James whined about the media burying the Jones photo, and he cannot tell the media enough how disappointed it was that they didn’t seek out his opinion on that.:  “But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo — and I know it was years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get it — but it seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. Okay, we just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”  Mark Harris’s Outkick blog post asserts James “isn’t very good at hiding racist overtones.” James’ “big brain seems to think that 30-year-old Kyrie Irving is wrongfully being targeted by the media for publicly sharing anti-semitic content because he’s a black man,” and Jones skates because he’s white.  Let’s review. James assumes – without any proof – that Jones engaged in racism as a boy and as the Cowboys’ owner. But who’s got the more verifiable racist past?   In 2017, James reported he’d been the target of racist graffiti sprayed on his California home, but an investigation found no such thing. On Twitter, he targeted a white Ohio police officer who shot a black teen to death, stating “You’re next.” U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (Rep-Ark.) accused James of a dangerous remark inciting violence against the officer.  LeMore Than An Athlete James thinks he’s helping blacks with his incendiary remarks about race, but in reality, he’s just fanning the flames of his own racism. 
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Scarborough Suggests DeSantis Attacking The Media Proves He Is Sexist

By: Alex Christy — December 1st 2022 at 11:48
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and the rest of the Morning Joe cast clearly feels threatened by the possibility of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launching a 2024 presidential campaign because Scarborough is already suggesting his attacks on the media are sexist. The genesis of the segment was a Mark Leibovich article in The Atlantic that argued that DeSantis does not have the most likeable personality. This led Scarborough to claim, “Well, you know, it was interesting because I've never spent time with Governor DeSantis so I don't know but I do know a lot of people in Washington, Republicans in Washington, and Republicans in Tallahassee who have dealt with him, and I all hear the same thing, he's a really -- personally, he's a very stiff, awkward guy.”     Not knowing anything about DeSantis didn’t stop him from adding, “In Tallahassee, he's got an extraordinary amount of control in that town with overwhelming Republican legislatures, you know, holds a couple of press conferences, he loves attacking the media, especially younger women reporters. Loves going after them, and he has this routine down, which helps him raise a lot of money, helps him be the anti-woke candidate.” That not-so subtle suggestion of sexism is, of course, not accurate, but Scarborough then shifted to Leibovich: I keep hearing the same thing, two words always attached to him as a political candidate if he goes out on the national stage, those two words, glass jaw, a boxing term to say this guy, once he gets out on the big stage won't be able to take a big—won’t be able to take a punch. I don't know if that's the case or not. Again, I have never met him. That's what Republicans who work with him say, and your story—your article is filled with stories like that.  To show just how bad Leibovich’s article is, it identifies the Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson as “a Republican media consultant.” The idea that Wilson and his fellow travelers work with DeSantis is hilariously absurd. However, absurdity is a prerequisite to be a Morning Joe panelist. Accordingly, Leibovich declared: Yeah, it's true, and the thing is it's not like he's going to tiptoe out into a friendly environment. Donald Trump is going to be waiting for him, and traditionally, Donald Trump does well with people who are not as comfortable in their, you know, in their skin as he is. He has a presence about him for better or for worse. You know, in a weird way, the Republican Party has tried to find the better bully in some ways. I mean, that's kind of been their play over the last, you know, since Trump came on the scene, and you know, hope that someone who has some self-control and who has less baggage than Donald Trump can sort of be their person.  Leibovich also doesn’t see a DeSantis candidacy going very far, “I don't see it. I also think that there's a whole tradition of candidates like DeSantis being overhyped. Then they come out and under whelm fairly fast. All the big donors are holding their breath. And look, DeSantis does have like a Scott Walker, Rick Perry vibe about him.” If Morning Joe really believes DeSantis not being immediately backed by big donors is a negative, then they may very well end up disappointed.   This segment was sponsored by Jeep. Here is a transcript for the December 1 show: MSNBC Morning Joe 12/1/2022 6:38 AM ET JOE SCARBOROUGH: Well, you know, it was interesting because I've never spent time with Governor DeSantis so I don't know but I do know a lot of people in Washington, Republicans in Washington, and Republicans in Tallahassee who have dealt with him, and I all hear the same thing, he's a really -- personally, he's a very stiff, awkward guy. In Tallahassee, he's got an extraordinary amount of control in that town with overwhelming Republican legislatures, you know, holds a couple of press conferences, he loves attacking the media, especially younger women reporters.  Loves going after them, and he has this routine down, which helps him raise a lot of money, helps him be the anti-woke candidate.  But I just-- Mark Leibovich, I'll bring you in, I keep hearing the same thing, two words always attached to him as a political candidate if he goes out on the national stage, those two words, glass jaw, a boxing term to say this guy, once he gets out on the big stage won't be able to take a big—won’t be able to take a punch. I don't know if that's the case or not. Again, I have never met him. That's what Republicans who work with him say, and your story—your article is filled with stories like that.  MARK LEIBOVICH: Yeah, it's true, and the thing is it's not like he's going to tiptoe out into a friendly environment. Donald Trump is going to be waiting for him, and traditionally, Donald Trump does well with people who are not as comfortable in their, you know, in their skin as he is. He has a presence about him for better or for worse. You know, in a weird way, the Republican Party has tried to find the better bully in some ways. I mean, that's kind of been their play over the last, you know, since Trump came on the scene, and you know, hope that someone who has some self-control and who has less baggage than Donald Trump can sort of be their person.  I don't see it. I also think that there's a whole tradition of candidates like DeSantis being overhyped. Then they come out and under whelm fairly fast. All the big donors are holding their breath. And look, DeSantis does have like a Scott Walker, Rick Perry vibe about him. 
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No Sanctity of Life: Baby Dies from 23x Amount of Fentanyl Needed to Kill Adult

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — December 1st 2022 at 11:36
The left never fails to amaze me how much they DON’T honor the sanctity of life.  A recent Daily Caller report indicated that a baby died after being exposed to 23 times the amount of fentanyl that is needed to kill a full grown adult. Though the event happened back in May, the lack of media coverage or care since then is proof of the leftist view that children’s lives have little to no meaning. Supposedly Liam Sauve’s mother and her boyfriend gave the 11-month-old baby fentanyl to calm him down. The medical examiner said he most likely went into cardiac arrest which is what inevitably killed him.  As Daily Caller reported, the child had 69 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl in his system. Only three nanograms are needed to kill an adult.  The medical examiner said the child either inhaled “copious amounts,” of fentanyl, was “covered in” it or was “in contact with it for many hours.” Regardless of how it contacted the baby, it killed him and that’s what matters.  The child’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with second-degree manslaughter. But what’s worse is that the boyfriend was on probation at the time of Liam’s death after testing positive for fentanyl during his addiction counseling treatment, Syracuse.com reported. And Liam’s mother tested positive for benzodiazepines two weeks before she murdered her son. His mother also didn’t even have custody of her other child who was two weeks old at the time that Liam died. Child Protective Services had placed the sibling with Suave’s mother but Liam was still under custody of Suave.  Suave is reportedly out without bail as her case is moved to grand jury. The boyfriend is being held without bail “due to his prior criminal record.”  Just yesterday, another baby was exposed to fentanyl.  These stories are horrific but a great example of how much children’s lives have been devalued. In a culture that celebrates death through abortion more than celebrating new life, stories like this are unfortunately inevitable. Children are treated as issues that are disposable and meaningless, which is exactly the attitude that these so-called “parents” had when choosing the convenience of being less irritated over the life of their own child. 
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Google and YouTube Give Biggest Fact-Check Grant Ever To Soros-Funded Group

By: Catherine Salgado — December 1st 2022 at 11:26
Big Tech giant Google is bankrolling the propaganda industry known as “fact-checking” to the tune of $13.2 million for a new fact-check fund, the behemoth announced Tuesday. The money will go to the Poynter Institute’s notorious International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a gang of “fact-checkers” that Facebook and Instagram regularly use to censor content they don’t like. Poynter has received millions of dollars in donations from rabid leftist groups – including those connected to billionaires George Soros, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. YouTube and its parent company Google will send the grant to launch the “Global Fact Check Fund,” Google wrote in a blog post Tuesday. “Google and YouTube take our role in helping to fight misinformation seriously,” the post droned. Google claimed “misinformation” is a “global challenge” requiring new technologies, optimized verification tools, and other updates to conquer the straw man. Google apparently believes the new Global Fact Check Fund is supposed to help. This is Google’s “single largest grant in fact-checking,” the post bragged. The companies directed the grant to buoy Poynter’s network of “135 fact-checking organizations from 65 countries covering over 80 languages,” according to the blog post. The tech giant noted Google and YouTube provide fact-checks already in several ways, including through fact-check panels on YouTube and the Fact Check section on Google News. The $13.2 million donation to IFCN is just a portion of the money that Google has donated to combating so-called “misinformation” in recent years.  Since 2018, the Google News Initiative has invested nearly $75 million in projects and partnerships to “strengthen media literacy and combat misinformation” globally, Google gloated.  YouTube Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Leslie Miller bragged during an Oct. 26 Senate Commerce Committee hearing that YouTube removed over 1 million videos of supposed COVID-19 “misinformation” from the platform. YouTube later quietly changed its COVID-19 “misinformation” policy on masks, vaccines and social distancing, tacitly admitting its previous policy was a mistake. Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube here and Google at (650) 253-000and 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.
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Daily Show Thanks God For 'Basic Human Right' Of Euthanasia

By: Alex Christy — December 1st 2022 at 10:47
Filmmaker Ondi Timoner travelled to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday to promote her film The Last Flight Home, but this isn’t just any other film, it is film that hypes the alleged “basic human right” of euthanasia. Adding to the creepy and ghoulish nature of the film’s subject matter is that is based off the true story of Timoner’s father. However, Noah didn’t see it that way, “I feel like it’s an inspiring story, it is a beautiful story, it's a funny story, it's made me see life in a completely different way.”     After Noah and Timoner rattled off some biographical information about her father, most notably that he suffered a massive stroke at 53, Timoner added, “He was paralyzed for 40 years. But he suffered with such grace, you know? So when he said he needed to die at the end, it was something we all had to get behind, you know? And thank god for that law. The law was a gift. We didn't know there was a right to die a medically assisted death in California.” Later in the interview, Noah praised the film’s message that people should be allowed to play God with their lives, which takes on a dark irony when Timoner’s rabbi sister is included: Then we get into the conversations around the morality. And you know, it’s interesting you bring up the fact that your sister is a rabbi and how so many of us have these ideas of how your life should end or shouldn't end. It is not your decision.  But there’s a line in the film, someone says, none of us chooses how to come into this world. But we should be allowed to choose how and when we leave. And for many people, that is a controversial statement. I know that the family was on a journey, and I would love to know what changed some people's minds about your dad being able to make that choice.  Neither Noah nor Timoner mentioned that her sister opposed the film and concedes euthanasia is against Jewish law. However, she does raise the possibility that it may be time to reconsider. As for secular law, Timoner declared that, “, I am very passionate now and our whole family is, that this law be passed in every state where it’s being-- I think it is in front of 22 state legislatures right now. It’s not a law here in New York but it’s a basic human right to. You know, it’s a basic human right. Who should make that determination?” Timoner then claimed that Jewish law has been changed, “they've since reversed that decision,” but that simply isn’t true. This segment was sponsored by Geico. Here is a transcript for the November 30 show: Comedy Central The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 11/30/2022 11:21 PM ET TREVOR NOAH: You know, the clip that we play from the movie, we play a quick because we can't play the whole movie, make it seem like this is a sad story, it even sounds like a sad story if you tell anybody that somebody made a film about their father choosing to end their own life, you would go, this is a sad story that no one might even want to watch, why would I want to and yet I feel like it’s an inspiring story, it is a beautiful story, it's a funny story, it's made me see life in a completely different way.  So, let's talk a little bit about your dad. I mean, he has lived quite the life. There are few human beings who can say that they have personally known kings and princesses, who--somebody who started their own airline essentially, someone who is running an airline, getting low-cost airlines for people to fly around, wanting everybody to be able to travel, having this infectious attitude that lit up every single room.  We see you chronicling this life. We see you telling us the story. And we also see how quickly it can change. Your father was 50 – how old? ONDI TIMONER: Fifty-three  NOAH: Fifty-three and then had a stroke and everything changed.  ONDI TIMONER: Yeah, he went in for a massage and his neck was manipulated and 10 minutes later -- he was in perfect health, I mean he had run 6 miles that morning and at the height of his career. He had the fastest growing airline in the history of the world and he led with love. He led with love and kindness. The airline just was really at its height. And then he was ousted. There were no rights for the disabled at that point. NOAH: Right, right. TIMONER: And lost everything financially, and all his social standing. But the greatest thing about dad is he never complained. He just rooted for all of us. He was paralyzed for 40 years. But he suffered with such grace, you know? So when he said he needed to die at the end, it was something we all had to get behind, you know? And thank god for that law. The law was a gift. We didn't know there was a right to die— NOAH: Right, right. TIMONER: -- a medically assisted death in California. It’s only in nine states in America. You know, we expected dad to be there forever. I don't know, we never thought about it. He always said he'd be there forever. And suddenly he was not going to walk again. He had been put in the hospital for breathing issues and— NOAH: Right. TIMONER: -- not to do with COVID, but he was isolated in there, he was terrified, and he wanted to go. He needed to go and my brother found this law and it was a gift. I mean, having these 15 days, it allowed us to really celebrate his life and to really look at his achievements and also to help him through a shame that he deeply held.  My sister, who’s a rabbi, came with these age-old rituals, and we all came together. You know, like, dad was an exemplary human being. And he showed us how to love and how to live. And so yeah, it was terrifying, but also the most beautiful and sacred space any of us had ever been in.  NOAH: It really is a story that touches on everything because as you said, one part of the story gets into how much people with disabilities lose not just their income come about their access to a life of dignity. You know, your father experienced that when he's pushed out of a company that he was running successfully because he did not like the optics of a person in a wheelchair running this company even though he could.  We see him lose everything. We get into that conversation. Then we get into the conversations around the morality. And you know, it’s interesting you bring up the fact that your sister is a rabbi and how so many of us have these ideas of how your life should end or shouldn't end. It is not your decision.  But there’s a line in the film, someone says, none of us chooses how to come into this world. But we should be allowed to choose how and when we leave. And for many people, that is a controversial statement. I know that the family was on a journey, and I would love to know what changed some people's minds about your dad being able to make that choice.  TIMONER: You know, it was dad's spirit that was just so uplifted by finally having agency and power to make a determination over his own body. And what would happen with his own life. It was just an incredible shift that happened, and we all saw it and I mean, I am very passionate now and our whole family is, that this law be passed in every state where it’s being-- I think it is in front of 22 state legislatures right now. It’s not a law here in New York but it’s a basic human right to.  You know, it’s a basic human right. Who should make that determination? And even when the film, you know, I was terrified sharing my family, the most raw and vulnerable, but especially for my sister who is the rabbi— NOAH: Right. TIMONER: -- because it was against Jewish law— NOAH: Right. TIMONER: -- for the millennia, you know, you can't end your life. They've since reversed that decision.  NOAH: Oh, Wow.  TIMONER: Yeah, they’ve reversed that law. NOAH: Wow. 
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Mike Pence Praises Elon Musk’s Plan to Release Censorship Files

By: Autumn Johnson — December 1st 2022 at 09:40
Former Vice President Mike Pence praised Twitter owner Elon Musk’s decision to release internal Twitter files related to censorship on the platform. Pence joined the panelists of the Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered to discuss Musk’s decision to release internal files on the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal in 2020. “I think it may well be because Elon Musk, who I came to know very well during the four years of the Trump administration, I think it’s because he is preparing to release information, finally, about the suppression of the Hunter Biden story, which … was a disgrace,” Pence said.  He added that the public deserved to know the truth about the “deeply offensive” censorship. “The fact that a laptop was discovered in the weeks before the election, that emails were revealed and that social media platforms, including Twitter, actually suppressed access to a New York Post story is deeply offensive to me,” he said.     For his part, Musk said the files would be released to give the American people the truth. “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” he tweeted. “The public deserves to know what really happened.” Pence also expressed apparent concern that the Biden administration seems to be monitoring the new changes at Twitter, one of which includes ending one-sided censorship. "The suggestion that the P resident of the United States is keeping a close eye on any element of the media is deeply offensive to me." Although their politics differ, Pence said anyone who believes in free speech can get behind Musk’s new pro-free speech policies on the platform. "The foundation of America is freedom. The freedom of speech, free and independent press, is a bulwark of why this nation is extraordinary and exceptional," he said. "Elon Musk’s politics are different than mine, but he has a bias for freedom, a bias for American innovation. I know he's going to bring that to Twitter." 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.
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Report: Media Malpractice Helped Create ‘The Transgender Leviathan’

By: Jason Cohen — December 1st 2022 at 09:38
The transgender craze is a “social contagion,” according to a new report called "The Transgender Leviathan" from the American Principles Project Foundation (APPF).  Its stated goal is “to provide a consolidated analysis and understanding of transgenderism with the hope that Americans will do as they have done time and time again in times of cultural crises — to choose the good, to continue to advance human flourishing, and to protect the dignity of the human person.” The report made clear that so much of this phenomenon is due to misinformation propagated by the mainstream media.  A tragic example was a study by the Karolinska in Sweden and the Yale School of Public Health that the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) published in October of 2019, which “initially claimed ‘gender-affirming’ surgeries are associated with improved mental health outcomes.” Since it was such a positive result, “Reuters, ABC News, and the whole host of mass media helped popularize its findings.”  If there were a negative result, the mainstream media likely would not have covered it.  Similarly, the study’s findings were promoted by “The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which bills itself as the ‘voice of academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).’” Unfortunately, it was too good to be true: “Nine months after the study’s publication, serious concerns raised by researchers and scientists over methodology forced the AJP to request an independent statistical review of the data.” The reanalysis revealed that the surgery did not cause any improvements in mental health outcomes, and the AJP had to update its original conclusion, stating there was “no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts.”  According to APPF’s report, in the time that lapsed before the AJP’s conclusion was corrected, “several medical journals had already cited and promulgated the study’s initial conclusion.”  Yikes! Perhaps they should not have rushed to cite and promulgate something so consequential before a thorough audit.  Surgery is not the only “gender-affirming” care for transgender people. Doctors also give them puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. Sadly, a recent study published by the Heritage Foundation found that increased access to them has “increased suicide rates among some young people.”  It seems like it should have been common sense that messing with hormones may have devastating impacts.  In a sane society, these drastically dangerous gender-affirming measures would be halted. Or at least their severe effects would be exposed to the public so they can make more informed decisions.  But once a narrative is established and there is so much incentive to maintain it (read the report to find out about all the money involved), it is difficult to change.  As much as powerful forces attempt to prevent it, the truth will come out. One example given in the report is the Libs of Tik Tok Twitter account.  Hopefully, this report achieves its goal. If Americans understand this issue, they will do the right thing, regardless of media malpractice.
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Georgia Run-Off: Walker 88% Negative News, 71% POSITIVE for Warnock

By: Rich Noyes — December 1st 2022 at 08:30
In an election year where the liberal media pounded Republicans with bad press while rewarding Democrats with a favorable news agenda, no race has seen more manipulative national media coverage than the Georgia Senate race between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. With the decisive run-off just days away, a new study by the Media Research Center finds the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts have blasted the GOP candidate with 88 percent negative coverage, while the Democratic incumbent has enjoyed 71 percent positive press. More than half of the coverage (nearly 46 minutes, out of 87 minutes total) has consisted of personal allegations against Walker, vs. a mere 11 seconds spent on personal accusations against Warnock. Abortion was the only policy issue to receive significant airtime (just under four minutes), and network reporters unanimously employed the “abortion rights” labels preferred by the Left, using it to tar Walker as a threat to women while concealing Warnock’s extremism on the same issue. Details: ■ All Scrutiny on Walker: The networks spent the lion’s share of their airtime focusing on Walker, while Warnock received a free ride. Our analysts looked at all 87 minutes of evening news coverage of the Georgia Senate race from September 1 through November 29. About three-fourths of this coverage (64 minutes, 42 seconds) was spent discussing Walker, vs. 21 minutes, 12 seconds talking about Warnock — a three-to-one disparity. [The remaining minutes of airtime focused on voters or the election process without referencing the candidates.] This lopsided allocation of airtime was not meant as a favor to the Republican. The evening news coverage was chock full of evaluative statements about Herschel Walker (66), nearly all of which (88%) were negative. In contrast, Warnock was on the receiving end of just seven evaluative comments, but most of them (71%) were positive. [See the full methodology at the bottom of this article.] Back on September 22, for example, CBS Evening News reporter Nikole Killion called Walker “the Trump-backed Heisman Trophy winner [who] has been plagued by gaffes and accused of lying about his past,” while Warnock, according to her network’s poll, “gets favorable marks on character and experience.” Killion then amplified this point by showing viewers a pleased Georgia voter: “I believe Reverend Warnock is the better candidate.” On November 4, Killion was back with another soundbite from a voter enthused by Warnock: “I am a Warnock girl, right, because I really believe that he exercised the most in civility and I believe he’s capable.”   ■ No Airtime for Warnock’s Personal Controversies: The massive disparity we found in tone is directly due to the lopsided agenda of these news stories. These networks found it worthwhile to delve into multiple accusations against Herschel Walker, while showing zero interest in allegations against his Democratic competitor. Walker’s coverage was dominated by claims — denied by Walker himself and not proved by any media outlet — that he paid for abortions for two girlfriends decades ago (36 minutes, 21 seconds of airtime). The networks also provided a combined four minutes, 28 seconds to the flap over Walker’s display of an honorary police badge at his debate with Warnock; two more minutes on accusations he’s an absentee father; plus another two minutes, 50 seconds for other personal controversies. The combined 45 minutes, 40 seconds spent on this cornucopia of charges against Walker amount to half (51%) of all network evening news coverage of the Georgia Senate race since September 1. Compare that to the meager 11 seconds — on ABC, October 16 — spent on relaying an allegation against Warnock that he’s failed to pay adequate child support. The media’s silence cannot be justified — reporters covering the race knew about Warnock’s child support problem for the entire campaign. Back in April, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that “U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s ex-wife is seeking changes to their child custody arrangement in court documents that claim he’s in ‘willful contempt’ of the agreement as she attempts to move outside of Georgia.” Yet CBS and NBC, obsessed with accusations against Walker, never said a word about this story, while ABC only mentioned it — briefly — on a Sunday night newscast, and then only because it was raised during the Warnock-Walker debate. There were other anti-Warnock stories utterly absent from the airwaves. For instance, the Washington Free-Beacon reported that the church where Warnock serves as senior pastor “has moved to evict disadvantaged residents from an apartment building it owns, one of whom it tried to push out on account of merely $28.55 in past-due rent.” In the wake of the Free-Beacon’s reporting, the National Legal and Policy Center called for an IRS investigation to see if Warnock’s church had violated its tax exempt status. Yet while the national networks had no shortage of airtime for accusations against Walker, these developments — at the very least, an embarrassment to the Democrat — were never mentioned on any of the Big Three evening newscasts.   ■ Concealing Warnock’s Abortion Extremism: Network reporters had no trouble reaching for inflammatory language to present the Republican candidate as a danger to women rather than as a protector of the unborn. “Walker supports banning all abortions, without exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother,” CBS’s Norah O’Donnell warned on October 4. All three networks invariably employed the “abortion rights” labeling promoted by liberals, rather than the “pro-life” labeling preferred by conservatives. ABC’s Rachel Scott on October 5, for example, juxtaposed how “Walker opposes abortion rights in all cases, no exceptions,” while Warnock “is out on the campaign trail making it clear that he supports abortion rights.” “I’m supporting Warnock,” a random voter explained on CBS October 17, “because, obviously as a woman, I need to be able to protect my rights.” There were no equivalent soundbites from pro-life voters grateful for Walker’s stance. TV viewers would not know that Warnock’s position is far to the left of the average voter. As National Review’s Rich Lowry pointed out in late October, Warnock refused in his debate to provide any hint that he opposed even late-term abortions or abortions for sex-selection. And, “as a co-sponsor of the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, the senator affirmatively wants to wipe away any restrictions on abortion in all 50 states. And he’d kneecap the filibuster to do it.” Very few senatorial or gubernatorial elections receive the heavy national media attention that the Big Three devoted this year to the race in Georgia. But instead of trying to fairly inform audiences about both sides, the national reporters parachuting into this race were consumed with damaging the Republican candidate and boosting the Democrat. +++++ METHODOLOGY:  We calculated spin by tallying all clearly positive and negative statements from non-partisan sources (in other words, reporters, anchors, voters and other unaffiliated sources). This excludes coverage that merely reflects the partisan back-and-forth of the campaign, in order to isolate the spin being imparted by the networks themselves. It also excludes “horse race assessments” about the candidates’ or a party’s prospects for winning or losing. This is identical to the methodology we used in 2018, to enable direct comparisons between the coverage of both midterms.
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MSNBC's Ruhle Shocked to Discover Jan. 6 Committee Is Political

By: Kevin Tober — December 1st 2022 at 00:07
MSNBC’s 11th Hour host Stephanie Ruhle finally figured out on Wednesday night, nearly two years after it was launched, that the Pelosi-picked January 6 committee is a partisan venture. During the opening segment, Ruhle had a back-and-forth with Washington Post investigative reporter Carol Leonnig about the committee’s final weeks before the incoming Republican majority shuts it down.  Ruhle seemed miffed that committee chairman Bennie Thompson wants to provide the Justice Department with the transcripts it collected at the same time it releases them to the public. This didn’t sit well with Ruhle who rightly viewed that as political and self-serving.  “I don't know how to make sense of what Bennie Thompson said, that the committee wants the Justice Department to get the transcripts the same time the public does,” Ruhle complained.  Turning to Leonnig, Ruhle asked “Why do they want that? Who is it good for? What should we think about this?”  Leonnig explained that “the committee has a completely different MO" "than the Department of Justice.” According to her “the January 6 committee was almost operating as if it were a subdivision of the Department of Justice.”   “So, in Bennie Thompson's view, and in the view of many lawmakers, they are going to issue their report, they're going to share all their facts before they give over all the transcripts,” Leonnig predicted.      “I guess I'm still scratching my head. Based on what you're telling me, that sounds like the committee is being super political,” Ruhle said disappointingly.  “If the whole basis of their work in the committee is to get this information and make sure the country is stronger and safer, wouldn't they take all the work and hand it over to the Justice Department immediately?” Ruhle asked. “It sounds like what you're telling me is no, they want the world to see what they did and take a victory lap. That sounds political.”  Leonnig shot back in defense of the January 6 committee: “Isn’t everything in Congress ultimately political? Why would we have hearings in primetime? Why would we withhold information until we can show you at the 8:00 news?”  “That is what happened in this congressional investigation. I don't say that as a criticism,” Leonnig concluded.  When you’ve lost Stephanie Ruhle, you know you’re in serious trouble as a Democrat.  This segment was made possible by Fidelity. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”: MSNBC’s The 11th Hour 11/30/2022 11:07:38 p.m. Eastern STEPHANIE RUHLE: Carol, I don't know how to make sense of what Benny Thompson said, that the committee wants the Justice Department to get the transcripts the same time the public does. Why do they want that? Who is it good for? What should we think about this?  CAROL LEONNIG (INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, WASHINGTON POST): Well, you know, the committee has a completely different Mo, Steph than the Department of Justice. The Mo of the committee’s look, we did the digging, we did the hard work, we were first out of the gate to find and interview these witnesses and gather this evidence, and we are sharing it with the American people. And you know, frankly, after covering these kinds of investigations for years, it's the Department of Justice that is typically out in front, way out in front, in front of reporters, in front of Congress. But this time the January 6 committee was almost operating as if it were a subdivision of the Department of Justice.  It was really gathering new facts, fresh facts. And frankly, bad facts for Donald Trump on the criminal case of obstructing a government proceeding. They found a lot of ways in which he was the man operating the levers to try to, for example, get the Department of Justice to falsely claim that there was a fraudulent election in Georgia, get different elements of his government to seize voting machines, to re-run the election, pressuring his Vice President over and over again to not do his constitutional duty and certify the election, the win, the victory of Joe Biden.  So, in Benny Thompson's view, and in the view of many lawmakers, they are going to issue their report, they're going to share all their facts before they give over all the transcripts. To be fair, the Department of Justice has a really good claim on this material, and frankly they're doing the proper thing which is to ask for everything. They don't want to cherry pick.  RUHLE: I guess I'm still scratching my head. Based on what you're telling me, that sounds like the committee is being super political. If the whole basis of their work in the committee is to get this information and make sure the country is stronger and safer, wouldn't they take all the work and hand it over to the Justice Department immediately? It sounds like what you're telling me is no, they want the world to see what they did and take a victory lap. That sounds political.  LEONNIG: Isn’t everything in Congress ultimately political? Why would we have hearings in primetime? Why would we withhold information until we can show you at the 8:00 news? That is what happened in this congressional investigation. I don't say that as a criticism. [...]
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NewsBusters Podcast: The US Hostage In Iran Rooted for Iran to Beat US?

By: Tim Graham — November 30th 2022 at 22:34
In a truly puzzling piece of clickbait, Washington Post columnist Jason Rezaian -- who reported from Tehran for the Post until he was taken hostage by Iran for 544 days -- proclaimed he was rooting for Iran to beat the USA in the World Cup soccer tournament. Why wouldn't you root for America, since it's the American government that gained your freedom? He claimed Iran winning would be good, since it would keep the focus on Iran's dismal human-rights record. But Bobby Ghosh of Bloomberg said his sources told him that Iranian dissidents were rooting for the USA, because they "hate their regime" and the team that represents it! There's a case to be made that teams fronting for dictatorships shouldn't be rewarded on the world stage for their tyranny. Plus NewsBusters Associate Editor Nick Fondacaro shares the latest silliness on The View. On Monday, the lefty ladies demanded that Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from a religious liberty case because she was too Catholic. Then they extended that to all the Catholics on the court. Liberals never have to recuse themselves for any reason. At least they also lamented the trashy Christmas ad campaign by the high-fashion firm Balenciaga where one child posed next to a teddy bear in bondage gear. But “conservative” Alyssa Farah Griffin was mad that they were going to aid the right-wingers and their “anti-LGBTQ sentiment.” In a segment lamenting Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, liberal actress Alyssa Milano insisted liberals had to stay on the platform in the new "turf war." But Whoopi Goldberg insisted liberals should leave Twitter until they figure out how they “get the control” they “need” over the platform. Enjoy the podcast below or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
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Elizabeth Warren Slams Elon Musk’s Pro-Free Speech Changes at Twitter

By: Autumn Johnson — November 30th 2022 at 18:56
Elon Musk is working to make Twitter a bastion of free speech–and Elizabeth Warren just isn’t having it. Fox News reported that the Democratic senator criticized Musk’s decision to end unfair censorship on the platform, claiming that “one human being” should not be able to make decisions on a social media platform. Warren has been a proponent of increased content moderation on Twitter. ​​Speaking to Fox Business Network's Hillary Vaughn, Warren declared: "I think that one human being should not decide how millions of people communicate with each other, and it doesn't make any difference who that human being is. One human being should not be able to go into a dark room by himself and decide, 'Oh, that person gets heard from, that person doesn't.' That's not how it should work." "But those decisions are going to be made. I think they ought to be made transparently out in the open. And I think a lot of people ought to be able to have input to it. And that's not what's happening right now on Twitter," Warren added. Earlier this month, NewsBusters reported that Warren was among the senators who sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that Musk’s decision to end unfair censorship is “alarming”: Twitter’s new Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, has taken alarming steps that have undermined the integrity and safety of the platform, and announced new features despite clear warnings those changes would be abused for fraud, scams, and dangerous impersonation. According to media reports, in prioritizing increasing profits and cutting costs, Twitter’s executives have dismissed key staff, scaled back internal privacy reviews, and forced engineers to take on legal liability for new changes — preventing managers and staff tasked with overseeing safety and legal compliance from reviewing the product updates. In April of this year, Warren bizarrely claimed that more “rules” were needed to keep social media safe from wealthy people like Musk. “So one of the things we need is we need rules so that you can leave the Twitter platform and go to a competitor’s platform and still be able to reach each other," Warren said at the time. "Right now what we’ve got in tech is we don’t have that kind of competition. Rules of the road could help facilitate that kind of competition and, frankly, break the stranglehold of someone like Elon Musk coming in and just owning the whole thing," she added. 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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Nets Hype 'Historic' Hakeem Jeffries Elected House Democrat Leader

By: Kevin Tober — November 30th 2022 at 20:45
On Wednesday, House Democrats officially tapped New York Democrat Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to be the next Democrat minority leader when the party becomes the minority next year. Because Jeffries is African American, and no African American has ever served as minority leader in the House of Representatives, the networks were quick to point that fact out and tout him as "historic."  While all three networks gave brief reports, none of them bothered to mention Jeffries' uncle  Leonard Jeffries who has a long and troubling past spewing anti-Semitic and racist comments about Jews and white people. According to Fox News Digital, he blamed "Jewish people for the transatlantic slave trade" and supported "black supremacist ideals, like the theory that higher melanin levels make black people inherently superior to white people." If Jeffries was a Republican, all three networks would have at least gotten in a brief mention of this or made a snide comment about it.  During a back-and-forth with congressional correspondent Rachel Scott, ABC's World News Tonight anchor David Muir was quick to gush to Scott about the "history made today."  Scott took over from there and breathlessly reported that "Congressman Jeffries now the first black lawmaker to lead a party of Congress." She then added that "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially passing that torch. In a statement, she says this new generation of leaders reflects the diversity of our great nation."      Over on CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O'Donnell stood in front of a screen that said "historic party leader" over a picture of a confident-looking Jeffries. During her brief report, O'Donnell gushed "House Democrats made history today as they voted in a new generation of leaders."  "Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was elected minority leader, making him the first black American to lead a major political party in Congress," she added proudly.  Finally, on NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt gave a pretty straightforward report on the election of Jeffries.  "House Democrats electing a New York Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries, as their new leader replacing Nancy Pelosi who is stepping down from that role," Holt announced. "Jeffries is the first African American to lead a political party in either the House or Senate. The change comes as Republicans take control of the House in January."  The networks gushing over Jeffries and ignoring his racist and anti-Semitic uncle was made possible by Prevagen on ABC, Nature's Bounty on CBS, and Ensure on NBC. Their information is linked. The transcript of each segment is below. Click "expand" to read: ABC’s World News Tonight 11/30/2022 6:38:50 p.m. Eastern DAVID MUIR: And Rachel, while we have you tonight, the other headline from the hill, history made today, we know Democrats electing their party's leaders for the next Congress. Officially naming Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi?  RACHEL SCOTT: Yes, David. And Congressman Jeffries now the first black lawmaker to lead a party of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially passing that torch. In a statement, she says this new generation of leaders reflects the diversity of our great nation, David.  MUIR: Rachel Scott live up on the hill tonight. Rachel, thank you.  CBS Evening News 11/30/2022 6:50:12 p.m. Eastern NORAH O’DONNELL: House Democrats made history today as they voted in a new generation of leaders. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was elected minority leader, making him the first black American to lead a major political party in Congress. The 52-year-old New Yorker will replace Nancy Pelosi who made history herself as the first and only woman to be elected Speaker of the House. NBC Nightly News 11/30/2022 7:07:38 p.m. Eastern LESTER HOLT: Also in Congress today, House Democrats electing a New York Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries, as their new leader replacing Nancy Pelosi who is stepping down from that role. Jeffries is the first African American to lead a political party in either the House or Senate. The change comes as Republicans take control of the House in January. 
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Doocy Puts KJP to Shame Over the Biden Border Crisis, Targeting Elon Musk’s Twitter

By: Curtis Houck — November 30th 2022 at 18:50
On Wednesday, Fox’s Peter Doocy grilled inept and stammering White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over the Biden border crisis and Jean-Pierre’s concerning comments from Monday that the Biden administration would be “keeping an eye on” and “monitoring” Twitter now that it’s owned by Elon Musk. On the latter, Jean-Pierre offered some weak tea on how “monitoring” simply meant watching the news. Doocy started with the border and this fable that Biden has visited the border (which has been debunked): “Kevin McCarthy says that he invited President Biden down to the border. How has the President RSVP?”     Jean-Pierre and her fellow liberals in the press corps laughed, but Doocy kept asking: “We know — we know the President has never been down to the border. The possible next speaker says that he wants him to go with him, so is he going to?” Jean-Pierre twice replied with the lie that he has “been there,” so Doocy interjected to ask “when did he go to the border.” Naturally, she didn’t answer and insisted Biden has been working since day one “to fix our immigration system and secure our border” while, on the other side, Republicans have shown zero “willingness to work with us on...fixing a situation that's been around for decades now” and instead engaged in “political stunts.” Doocy pivoted to Twitter and what would be a natural conclusion to the premise that the White House is somehow concerned about Twitter’s safety: “When are you guys going to delete the White House Twitter account?” Jean-Pierre fell right into his trap and wondered why they’d do that. He then let her know why he asked that: “Well, you're saying that you're keeping an eye on Twitter because it might not be a suitable platform, so why use it?” Using one of her catchphrases that she “want[ed] to be very clear,” Jean-Pierre argued that, while she didn’t “have anything to share on any policy,” Biden “has been very, very clear in his belief that it is important social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation.” Doocy tried one last time with another natural conclusion (which the White House admitted they were doing last year with Facebook on alleged coronavirus disinformation): “When you say that you're going to be monitoring some of the speech on there, if you see something that you don't like, would you try to shut Twitter down?” Jean-Pierre clownishly thought she could put this to rest with some sarcasm, “I hate to break it to you, Peter, just like everybody else we very much monitor the news.” She continued by reiterating that the White House “pay[s] close attention to everything that you all are reporting and Twitter is in the news a lot and so that's what we're paying attention to.” She named dropped three far-left, pro-censorship groups (the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Public Health Leaders) as “hav[ing] been very vocal about their concerns” before concluding she “hope[s] that all Americans, including social media companies, civil rights organizations I just laid out, including Fox as well, will agree that we need to...call out hate speech and misinformation.” The Daily Mail’s Geoff Earle twice tried to return to the border issue. In one question, he inquired if the administration thinks McCarthy’s border invite would be taken “as a good-faith invitation to go” down there. Of course, Jean-Pierre ducked, saying she wasn’t going to comment any further. To see the relevant transcript from November 30’s briefing, click “expand.” White House press briefing [via Washington Post Live] November 30, 2022 3:22 p.m. Eastern PETER DOOCY: Kevin McCarthy says that he invited President Biden down to the border. How has the President RSVP? [REPORTERS LAUGH] KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: [LAUGHS] To — DOOCY: We know — we know the President has never been down to the border. The possible next speaker says that he wants him to go with him, so is he going to? JEAN-PIERRE: So, look, he's been there. He's been to the border and since he took office — DOOCY: When did he go to the border? JEAN-PIERRE: — since he took office, President Biden has been taking action to fix our immigration system and secure our border and that's why on day one, he put forward an immigration reform, a piece of legislation to deal with what is currently happening at the border. But you know that we're not seeing that from Republicans. We're not seeing a willingness to work with us on — on, you know, fixing a situation that's been around for decades now. Instead, they're — they’re doing political stunts. That's what they want to do. That's how they want to take care of the situation. But in the meantime, you know, the president has secured record levels of funding for the Department of Homeland Security. We have over 23,000 agents working to secure the border. We've taken thousands of smugglers off the streets, and we're cutting down on asylum processing times and a number of individuals arriving unlawfully from northern Central America and Venezuela is coming down significantly because of the actions that the president has taken. DOOCY: Okay. On another subject: When are you guys going to delete the White House Twitter account? JEAN-PIERRE: Why would we do that? DOOCY: Well, you're saying that you're keeping an eye on Twitter because it might not be a suitable platform, so why use it? JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I want to be very clear here. The President has always said and he has been very, very clear in his belief that it is important social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation and he will continue to say that, but media platforms make independent choices about the information that they present and so, look, I don't have anything to share on any policy or any changes that we will be making. We have multiple platforms, as you know, that we utilize to communicate with the American people. DOOCY: When you say that you're going to be monitoring some of the speech on there, if you see something that you don't like, would you try to shut Twitter down? JEAN-PIERRE: So, look, you know, when you when you talk about monitoring, you know, it is I hate to break it to you, Peter, just like everybody else we very much monitor the news. We pay close attention to everything that you all are reporting and Twitter is in the news a lot and so that's what we're paying attention to. We're paying attention to what is in the news and what is being reported on the misinformation that's out there. Let's not forget, there's groups like NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Public Health Leaders have been very vocal about their concerns as well. So, yes, we are reading what you all are writing and looking at what you all are reporting about the misinformation that is out there. But, you know, I would hope that all Americans, including social media companies, civil rights organizations I just laid out, including Fox as well, will agree that we need to — you know, we need to — to — you know, call out hate speech and misinformation. (....) 3:46 p.m. Eastern GEOFF EARLE: Back on the border for a second. Congressman McCarthy also said that it was the President who brought up the border in the meeting. Is that accurate? JEAN-PIERRE: I’m not going to go beyond the readout. EARLE: Did you take it as a good-faith invitation to go to the border or something less? JEAN-PIERRE: I’m just — I’m telling you right now I’m not going to go beyond the readout that we gave — that we provided yesterday.
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Pushes Amped Up Censorship on CBS Mornings

By: Catherine Salgado — November 30th 2022 at 17:58
Maria Ressa is a Nobel Peace prize winner, an author–and a supporter of increased restrictions of online free speech. Nobel Peace Prize winner and author Maria Ressa came on CBS Mornings Nov. 28 to discuss her new book, How to Stand Up to a Dictator. Ressa received the prize for supposedly helping to “safeguard freedom of expression,” but the Philippina dissident seemingly forgot that suppression of free speech is part of the dictatorship she supposedly fights. CBS Mornings gushed in a tweet, “Nobel Peace Prize winner @mariaressa, who faces decades in prison in the Philippines, says we are living in the age of ‘exponential lies,’ as fast-moving disinformation online weakens democracy globally.” CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King explained that Ressa’s new book is specifically about fighting a dictator–and online disinformation. Ressa then detailed her pro-censorship philosophy. “Without facts you can’t have truth, without truth you can’t have trust,” Ressa pontificated. She said she was the “truest of true believers” when Facebook first started. But now, Ressa said, Facebook spreads lies “by design.” She noted that 100 percent of Philippinos on the internet are on Facebook, and are “guinea pigs” for manipulation. CBS Mornings co-host Tony Dokoupil mentioned that many say more free speech is the solution to bad speech. Ressa said that statement was made before the internet, before “the age of exponential lies” and social media. She used the analogy of having an angel and a devil on one’s shoulder advising a person what choices to make, and claimed that social media “gagged the angel” telling people to do the right thing and put the “devil … directly in your nervous system.” Ressa said social media changes behavior and manipulates emotions. Her example of social media causing violence was, of course, the extremely-overused events of Jan. 6, 2021, where the only people who died were two protestors killed by law enforcement. “If you don’t have integrity of facts, you do not have integrity of elections,” Ressa scaremongered, without providing proof. Facebook, Twitter and TikTok all attempted to influence the 2022 elections. Social media creates “information warfare,” Ressa said, citing the Mueller report. Nothing like citing fake news to support censorship. Ressa also claimed that social media hits “both sides” of the political spectrum, even though evidence shows conservatives are far more targeted than leftists. “When you say a lie a million times, it becomes a fact,” Ressa said. Does that include the lie that censorship helps democracy? She said from 2016 on there has been a “drug addiction” of “disinformation” online, and “democracy is weaker not just here … but globally.” “It’s not misinformation, it’s disinformation,” Ressa blathered, emphasizing the supposed deliberate nature of it. “We have to get back agency.” Except for those with whom Ressa disagrees, apparently. “Why is there not a Better Business Bureau for our minds and emotions?” she asked, comparing it to regulation of DNA-editing technology. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing 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.
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Megyn Kelly, John Stossel Take on Liberal Media Bias, Envy, and Hatred

By: John Stossel — November 30th 2022 at 16:59
Today, big media has an agenda. Fox and most talk radio push right; most other media spin left. For a long time, leftists pretended this wasn’t happening. In 36 years at CBS and ABC, none of my colleagues admitted leaning left. There were only “facts” versus “narrow-minded conservatives.” Then Bernie Goldberg’s book “Bias” came out. The book is dead-on accurate, and a huge bestseller, but my ABC peers wouldn’t even read it. Soon after, annoyed by my wish to cover failures of big government, ABC dropped me as “20/20" co-anchor. My new Fox News bosses didn’t like my libertarian arguments either, but they never stopped me from making them. They let me argue that America should allow more legal immigration, stop policing the world, end the drug war, etc. Conservatives were still nice to me in the hall. There I befriended Megyn Kelly. She seemed neutral politically. But when she got a prime-time show, she made it clear she found some leftist opinion just silly. That’s when the envy and hatred came out. As her friend, it was ugly watching it happen. First, Donald Trump fans attacked her. She had done the professional thing, confronting Trump about his calling women “fat pigs,” etc. Trump then took to the media -- including Fox -- to say, “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly” and, “She had blood coming out of ... “ Trump fans then threatened Kelly. What I didn’t know until I interviewed her this week is that there was also blowback from our Fox boss, Roger Ailes. He told Kelly not to be so hard on Trump. “He was scared,” she says in my new video. “He was losing a portion of the Fox News base to people who felt Fox wasn’t being fair to Trump.” Then, when Ailes got embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal and Kelly didn’t leap to his defense, Fox’s nasty “media relations” department came after her. “They would cut you,” says Kelly, meaning they would spread dirt on their own reporters. Still, she says, “They look like absolute teddy bears compared to where else I’ve been.” “Where else” she’s been is NBC, where she moved after Fox. That’s when we saw how stupid and vicious the leftist media can be. Because Kelly was pretty and successful, other reporters, especially women, hated her. Because she once worked at Fox, she was “evil” and fair game. People attacked her simply for interviewing bad guys, like Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones. News shows like “60 Minutes” win awards for interviewing despicable people, but now the media claimed that it was “horrible” for Kelly to interview Jones. After Kelly interviewed Putin, “The Daily Show’s” Michelle Wolf sneered, “Seeing someone so conniving trying to manipulate the American public was disgusting ... I’m not talking about Putin, I’m talking about (giggle) Megyn Kelly.” Women even attacked Kelly for asking Jane Fonda about plastic surgery. “How much work have you had, b---?’” shrieked “The View’s” Joy Behar. Then, shortly before Halloween, Kelly, after she asked a question about dressing in blackface, said, “When I was a kid, that was OK.” Her NBC guests nodded in agreement. But the media pounced on Kelly. “Kelly has always been racist,” said Elle Magazine. Her comment was “jaw-dropping,” said a column in The New York Times. Lefties like Behar and Jimmy Kimmel had actually worn blackface, but Kelly was vilified just for asking a question about it. The next day, nearly in tears, she apologized. The following day, NBC fired her. Now she tells me: “The leftist media and the woke left are the most insufferable people we have.” She’s free to say things like that today because she’s her own boss. Kelly now has a popular podcast that runs on SiriusXM. “I’m totally un-cancelable,” says Kelly. “That was my only mission in coming back into our business.” She calls most of the media “stupid, uninformed ignoramuses” and is upset that they “are the ones driving our national discussion.” I agree. I’m glad that more people now can get another side of the story from independent journalists like Kelly. And ... me. At Stossel TV, I bring many points of view together for civilized debate. I don’t shout anyone down. Even when I disagree, we let them have their say.
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Soros-Funded Group Pleads for Biden Admin to ‘Investigate’ Elon Musk’s Twitter Ownership

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 30th 2022 at 15:59
A group funded by liberal billionaire George Soros is pressuring the federal government to investigate the world’s richest man simply because he now owns Twitter. A press release by The Open Markets Institute (OMI) promoted a Nov. 16 letter it sent clamoring for the U.S. government to investigate Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s “purchase and management of Twitter and his ongoing management of Starlink.”  The letter itself was saturated with absurd fear-mongering language that a Musk-owned Twitter meant doom for the world: “[P]eople across the United States and around the world are watching Mr. Musk potentially destroy – out of greed, recklessness, or incompetence – a service that has proven critical to their safety, and around which they have institutionalized entire systems of emergency response.” OMI sent the letter to the “heads” of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Soros’ Open Society Foundations doled out at least $380,000 to OMI between 2017 and 2019. In true liberal fashion, OMI joined the left's tired propaganda drumbeat claiming Musk purchasing Twitter was somehow a threat to democracy: No democracy can survive if its citizens allow one or few private individuals to seize control over the public square or public marketplace, or any platform or network essential to the ability of citizens to speak with and do business with one another. Citizens of democracies therefore have an absolute right and duty to protect the independence, neutrality, and economic wellbeing [sic] of every communications and commercial platform and network. It’s a wonder then what OMI thinks of liberal Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai who have documented histories of instituting bloated censorship operations against conservatives. Perhaps OMI’s interpretation of “democracy” only survives if Big Tech CEOs happen to have the correct left-wing politics. The press release took it a step further by giving itself kudos for how it “warned early on that allowing Elon Musk to purchase and manage Twitter presents serious risks to democracy, free speech, and security in the U.S. and around the world.” The Soros-funded group’s letter is especially concerning in light of White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s veiled Nov. 28 threat in a press briefing that the Biden administration was “monitoring” Musk’s handling of Twitter. She made her comments just 12 days after OMI sent its wild letter to Biden's DOJ.     Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Whoopi Claims Christians Want Doctors to Let Gays Die, Go Untreated

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 30th 2022 at 15:56
The anti-Christian bigotry of ABC’s The View continued to poison American discourse on Wednesday as co-host Whoopi Goldberg spewed a BIG LIE suggesting Christians, or “religious people” as she put it, wanted doctors to let gays die by not giving them medical treatment. She also hinted the Christian belief of a “right to life” didn’t extend to gays and didn’t cover the concept of war. Speaking about the Respect for Marriage Act, which codified the ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges and gay marriage, and Republican support in the Senate, a majority of the cast (Goldberg, racist Sunny Hostin, and Joy Behar) thought it was hypocritical given their convictions on abortion and the right to life. “I think people do see them very differently. If you have a religious or ideological confliction that says abortion is killing a life, that is a very different position than saying equal protection under the law,” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin defended them. This triggered Goldberg, who proceeded to raise the asinine question: “Where do [pro-lifers] stand on war?” Hostin agreed, calling it yet another inconsistency with their beliefs and actions, particularly when it comes to gun rights and self-defense. Objectively, the question was asked in bad faith (not like Whoopi has a solid grasp on faith to begin with). But as with any group that’s comprised of millions of people, opinions will vary. Of course, there will be conscientious objectors and pacifists; there’s also something to be said for taking action to stop atrocities, would-be murderers, and other justifiable reasons. There isn’t a one size fits all answer like the left likes to hoist on people. Thinking that her big brain had Christians cornered with her broken logic, she shouted at “religious people” that they needed “to understand that those who do not follow or subscribe to your beliefs also have rights in this country.”     Concocting a false narrative designed to smear Christians, she suggested they wanted to have doctors let gays die by refusing them medical treatment: But you don't really have the right to stand and tell me that you're a doctor, but you won't take care of me because I'm gay! You know? You don't have that right anymore. We got -- we've fought because some people died trying to get to a doctor, and a doctor who would not see them. “So, when you talk about right to life, whose life are we talking about?” she sneered, not citing any particular incident, legislation, or case. Ignorant of what she was talking about, Goldberg continued her shouting, saying, “Because if you are talking about what I believe and what you believe, when you have a Hippocratic Oath, you don't draw a line. You don't make those distinctions.” Goldberg was near-screaming as she took things to a commercial break: “And so for me, I get very frustrated because I don't mind you not believing as I believe. I mind when you try to get in my way when I'm talking for myself. That pisses me off to no end. We’ll be right back.” Despite Goldberg’s lies, there was some intellectual honesty on the show from co-host Sara Haines. While she does lean left, is an “avid LGBTQ ally,” and is pro-choice, Haines defended Christians from the accusations of hypocrisy from the rest of the cast: HAINES: If I was looking at it from the other side, I can see a difference. I can see that loving someone doesn't hurt anyone if you believe that providing an abortion is murder, that would be – HOSTIN: So, you're looking at it through the religious angle. HAINES: I'm saying, trying to look at it through the lens as someone – I don’t see it as inconsistent. Hostin whined about how only 12 Republican senators supported the gay marriage bill, despite previously celebrating the passage of a gun control bill that had 10 GOP senators support it, and it was called “bipartisan” legislation. The racist lashed out at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) interracial, heterosexual marriage and said that’s why he should have supported the gay marriage bill. The View’s anti-Christian bigotry was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Vicks and Disney. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 30, 2022 11:05:47 a.m. Eastern (…) SARA HAINES: If I was looking at it from the other side, I can see a difference. I can see that loving someone doesn't hurt anyone if you believe that providing an abortion is murder, that would be – SUNNY HOSTIN: So, you're looking at it through the religious angle. HAINES: I'm saying, trying to look at it through the lens as someone – I don’t see it as inconsistent. HOSTIN: I think that’s their position, but it's a little bit hypocritical because the Republican Party is now out of step with the country. Right? And so, if you heard Joy, the majority of Americans agree with having access to safe abortions, with maybe some conditions. And the majority of Americans believe in gay marriage and believe there should be marriage equality. What was fascinating to me was they keep on calling this a bipartisan bill, a bipartisan bill. Well, only 12 Republicans voted for it. JOY BEHAR: Yeah, but God bless them for doing it. HOSTIN: At least those 12, but then you have someone like Mitch McConnell who is in an interracial marriage who voted against it. So, that I think explains the entire Republican Party. They are out of step with their base, but they think they are in step with their base. BEHAR: They’re inconsistent also. (…) 11:07:59 a.m. Eastern ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think people do see them very differently. If you have a religious or ideological confliction that says abortion is killing a life, that is a very different position than saying equal protection under the law. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: But I have a question about that. Because they say it's protecting a life, it’s protecting a life. So, where do people stand on war? BEHAR: Well, that's something else. HOSTIN: Well, that’s inconsistent with the Republicans also! [Applause] GOLDBERG: I'm just saying, you know, were -- HOSTIN: Or gun control. GOLDBERG: If we're going to talk about what, you know, what we should be doing – I mean, quite honestly, I need all of the religious people to understand that those who do not follow or subscribe to your beliefs also have rights in this country. They have the right not to believe. You don't have to -- I don't have to believe what you believe. You don't have to believe what I believe. But you don't really have the right to stand and tell me that you're a doctor, but you won't take care of me because I'm gay, you know? You don't have that right anymore. We got -- we've fought because some people died trying to get to a doctor, and a doctor who would not see them. So, when you talk about right to life, whose life are we talking about? Because if you are talking about what I believe and what you believe, when you have a Hippocratic Oath, you don't draw a line. You don't make those distinctions. And so for me, I get very frustrated because I don't mind you not believing as I believe. I mind when you try to get in my way when I'm talking for myself. That pisses me off to no end. We'll be right back.
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Like the Measles? CNBC's Jim Cramer Offers Full Flip-Flop on COVID Dangers

By: P.J. Gladnick — November 30th 2022 at 15:54
This is a tale of two very different Jim Cramers separated by only a year. In November 2021 Cramer went full authoritarian as chronicled here by Joseph Vazquez in "Did Someone Break CNBC’s Jim Cramer? Host Calls for Military-Run Universal Vax Mandate." CNBC host Jim Cramer went on an unhinged rant against unvaccinated Americans and called for the federal government to impose a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate enforced by the U.S. military. Cramer took precious airtime during Monday's edition of CNBC’s Mad Money to express his fury at Americans who won’t get the jab: “It's time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID.” Then came Cramer’s dip into absurdity: “Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it. If you don't want to get vaccinated, you better be ready to prove your conscientious objector status in court.” ...Cramer chose to kick off his bumbling segment by fearmongering over the omicron COVID-19 variant: “How do we finally put an end to this pandemic? How do we save lives and get business back to normal so everybody can put dinner on the table?” Here was his idea: “Simple. The federal government needs to require vaccines, including booster shots, for everyone in America by, say, Jan. 1.”     WHEW! And from that very Orwellian Jim Cramer we have a no big deal Jim Cramer of almost exactly a year later in which he compares COVID-19 to the measles while talking about the problems of Xi Jinping in China over his zero COVID policy: CNBC’s ⁦@jimcramer⁩: “Covid is the measles” pic.twitter.com/BLa0X6xta0 — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 29, 2022 Cramer proclaimed:  It’s just outright confusing. Almost as if that he wants the economy to shrink. And you know he doesn’t. That’s why I told Becky, don’t try to game this thing because it is an irrational strategy. There is no zero Covid. You can’t — no one has immunity to Covid. There is no natural immunity. So if you’re with someone — it’s like people — maybe they aren’t old enough, but the measles, like, one kid would come to class with the measles, and then the next day everybody had the measles. We don’t have anything like that anymore, but that's — you know, Covid is the measles. Apparently Cramer suddenly woke up and realized that going full authoritarian on COVID as they have done in China is not a good look, so he has done a full flip-flop away from the mandatory vaccine or else Jim Cramer of a year ago to this year's "Covid is the measles."
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Jimmy Kimmel Thinks Gay Jokes Are a Riot as Long as Conservatives Are Targeted

By: Jason Cohen — November 30th 2022 at 13:43
On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel used his mundane monologue to mock some prominent right-wingers in a strikingly intolerant manner.  Kimmel remarked, “Speaking of head injuries, polls are showing Herschel Walker in a dead heat with the incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock in their runoff.” That’s really funny, considering Democrat John Fetterman had a stroke, and Joe Biden has had two brain aneurysms. But Kimmel would not dare mock those misfortunes.  Then after showing a video of Lindsey Graham doing push-ups with Herschel Walker to promote Walker’s campaign website, Kimmel joked, “I really think Lindsey Graham might be in love with Herschel Walker. It’s crazy … and by the way, 35 push-ups. It’s hard to do push-ups with an erection. That’s a lot.” Flat-out homophobic, Jimmy.  This monologue is not the first occasion that so-called comedians have gone after Graham’s sexuality. According to NB's Alex Christy, on MSNBC, after Graham supported a 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 Gold’s fellow panelists condemning her for her crude comedy, they “erupted in laughter.”  When will Kimmel and the left officially lose their label of being tolerant and loving liberals? They are hateful and mean-spirited to anyone who disagrees with them. They are bullies.  
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Ken Burns Hysterically Warns of 'Authoritarianism,' 'Nationalism'

By: Alex Christy — November 30th 2022 at 13:35
Documentarian Ken Burns took his book tour to PBS’s Amanpour and Company on Tuesday where he hysterically warned that “authoritarianism” and “nationalism” are on the rise in America putting everything from elections to the independent judiciary in trouble. With analysis such as that, it should not be surprising Burns was both short on facts and hypocritical when making his assessment. Conducting the interview was Walter Isaacson who led Burns with a request that was not nearly as dramatic, “You titled the book Our America and the pictures show the great diversity of our America. But the title also implies that there are things that we share. Tell me what that -- you're trying to show that we share.”      The book is Burns’s attempt to tell the history of the country through photography, but Burns appeared to put that aside and launch into an attack on GOP education policy, “Well, I think, you know, Walter, everybody's talking about, oh, we can't teach our kids the sad stuff. We can't do this. We can't do that. We can't talk about this. I mean -- and I just realized, these are the hallmarks of a tilt towards a kind of an authoritarianism in which you suddenly take, you know, the nationalist approach which is, you know, all human beings do horrible things, you know. Every culture everywhere, you know. It's a litany.” Burns may have said “everybody” but the truth is nobody is talking about that, even Republicans who pass laws against Critical Race Theory and The 1619 Project aren’t against teaching “the sad stuff.” After waxing poetic about how diversity is our strength, Burns continued, “And at the same time, we can know that the ongoing struggle for freedom has always been complicated and is ongoing. And the fragility of that republic, that Franklin fought that -- you know, would be -- you, know if you can keep it, it goes along for 250 years, almost.” Warning that we may not be able to keep it, Burns added, “And yet, now, the things we taken for granted through the first crisis, the Civil War, the Depression, the Second World War, you know, of free and fair elections, of the peaceful transfer of power, of an independent judiciary now all seem, kind of, up for grabs. And we, kind of, can sense the tenuousness. You know, we've been through this stuff before. We'll go through it again. We just have to periodically re-remind ourselves of that complexity and let’s celebrate that complexity.” We just had an election that will result in politicians entering and leaving office peacefully and the judiciary is still independent, but Burns was really just lamenting that it is independent of his preferences and liberal outrage. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the November 29-taped show: PBS Amanpour and Company 11/30/2022 1:44 AM ET WALTER ISAACSON: You titled the book Our America and the pictures show the great diversity of our America. But the title also implies that there are things that we share. KEN BURNS: Yeah. ISAACSON: Tell me what that -- you're trying to show that we share. BURNS: Well, I think, you know, Walter, everybody's talking about, oh, we can't teach our kids the sad stuff. We can't do this. We can't do that. We can't talk about this. I mean -- and I just realized, these are the hallmarks of a tilt towards a kind of an authoritarianism in which you suddenly take, you know, the nationalist approach which is, you know, all human beings do horrible things, you know. Every culture everywhere, you know. It's a litany. What you want to do is say, let's own it all. The hallmark of a great country is to embrace its diversity. And understand that in the case of the human resource of it, that diversity has been a strength. As Pete Hamill said, that's an alloy, much stronger than its constituent parts. And at the same time, we can know that the ongoing struggle for freedom has always been complicated and is ongoing. And the fragility of that republic, that Franklin fought that -- you know, would be -- you, know if you can keep it, it goes along for 250 years, almost. And yet, now, the things we taken for granted through the first crisis, the Civil War, the Depression, the Second World War, you know, of free and fair elections, of the peaceful transfer of power, of an independent judiciary now all seem, kind of, up for grabs. And we, kind of, can sense the tenuousness. You know, we've been through this stuff before. We'll go through it again. We just have to periodically re-remind ourselves of that complexity and let’s celebrate that complexity.
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Rejected #BamaRush Transgender Can’t Figure Out How Tampons Work

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 30th 2022 at 13:28
I keep forgetting that the word “woman” apparently means nothing these days.  Grant Sikes, a 23-year-old male-to-female transgender student at the University of Alabama became popular over the summer when he decided to rush for a spot in a Bama sorority. He documented his journey on TikTok and gained millions of views and followers. But his latest video showed just how un-womanly he really is.  Grant hopped on a trend that another male-to-female transgender “influencer,” Dylan Mulvaney, started where they document each day of “girlhood.” They say thinks like “day 10 of being a girl and today …” You get the gist. On Wednesday he posted his day 12 video where he went to Target to purchase tampons and had no idea whatsoever how they worked … despite being a "female."  “Day 12 of being a girl and we’re gonna go buy tampons,” he began. Here’s where my jaw began to drop.  Then he got back in his car to show off his new purchase. “Ummmm … I think these are like little dots to see how much you flow is what somebody said online … I don’t know so let’s do an unboxing.” Biological male who went viral this year for attempting to join a sorority is now learning from Dylan Mulvaney and creating tiktoks making a mockery of women. pic.twitter.com/CFUCgzg5Xb — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 30, 2022 His tone was not only annoying but also comes across as pretty b***hy. Maybe he is a girl after all.  He continued asking numerous questions to the camera like “that just hangs out inside you?” “how do you get it out?” “where does the string go?” etc.  Who’s gonna tell him that he’s never gonna need to use one of those bad boys?  Nonetheless, when another user commented “wait why do you need those?” Sikes replied “For me?” as if that was obvious. 
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Governor Kristi Noem Bans CCP-Tied TikTok in South Dakota for Gov’t Employees

By: Catherine Salgado — November 30th 2022 at 13:16
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) just banned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-tied app TikTok in her state for state employees and agencies.  Following recent revelations that Chinese employees at TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, could access U.S. TikTok user data, lawmakers and experts have increasingly called for TikTok to be banned in America. South Dakota’s governor heeded the calls and banned the social media app in her state for government employees and agencies. Gov. Noem tweeted Nov. 29 that she “signed an Executive Order that bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices.” She added, “South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of the Chinese Communist Party.” Many others have recently expressed urgency in calling for the app’s ban. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) previously called TikTok “potential spyware” and Heritage Foundation’s Tech Policy Center Director Kara Frederick called TikTok a CCP “spy app” last week. Gallagher also just called TikTok “digital fentanyl” for kids on Fox News. Former White House National Security Council (NSC) Chief of Staff Alexander Gray previously told MRC that China practices “civil-military fusion,” where everything in the economic and tech spheres is accessible to the Chinese military. The CCP also demands data, including “non-public data,” from major tech companies in China like ByteDance. While the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) reportedly only requires “basic information” from Chinese tech companies right now, the rules may change in the future. Noem’s TikTok ban also comes amidst a wave of protests across China as citizens demand more freedom from the authoritarian CCP. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing 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.
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You’re the Enemy: CBS Uses Dumb Trump Dinner to Project GOP as Anti-Semites Party

By: Curtis Houck — November 30th 2022 at 13:11
Is there any difference between John Dickerson and Joy Reid? It’s a worthwhile question as Dickerson and the CBS Mornings co-hosts eagerly used former President Trump’s idiotic dinner with a trio of white nationalists (with one of them also being a Holocaust denier) to tar and feather the party Wednesday as one that trumpets white nationalism and “normalizes” anti-Semites having a home in the GOP, with violent rioting being “legitimate political discourse.” Co-host Tony Dokoupil teased it as “Republicans...reacting to former President Trump's dinner” with Dickerson there “to talk about the fallout,” adding at the segment’s onset that Trump was facing “a Republican backlash over his recent dinner with two known anti-Semites” with “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [having] publicly condemned the meeting.”     After clips of McCarthy saying Nick Fuentes “has no place in this Republican Party” and McConnell saying there’s “no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy” and “anyone meeting with” such people “are unlikely to ever be elected,” Dokoupil dismissed their rebukes because Trump’s name wasn’t mentioned. At this point, goal posts should be charging journalists a fee for how much time they spend moving them. Dickerson — who childishly insisted his rhetoric wasn’t dangerous or untoward when he wrote in 2013 that Barack Obama “must declare war on” and “go for the throat” of Republicans — played footsie with the GOP as the party of anti-Semites with Trump supporters no more than roadside trash: [E]ven when you come up against anti-Semitism, there is this collective silence at first about taking him on, either because Republicans are afraid of taking on Donald Trump because he has littered the roadside with Republicans who have tried to take him on moral issues, and he's won. Dickerson hilarious claimed only Republicans have a problem with refusing to call out their own side so as not to “giv[e] aid and comfort to Democrats or the media,” which flies in the face of their tone toward anti-Semitism and white-hot rhetoric. “You might say, well, on anti-Semitism or racism it's everybody's job, but that's not the political world we're in right now in the Republican Party,” he added. Co-host and Democratic donor Gayle King turned her guns on the American people, suggesting we’re a racist country: “But can we just look at the history for a second of Donald Trump? He won for president, he — he won the presidency by saying racist things. That didn't seem to stop anybody. What does it say about us?” Later, she griped that she’s “worr[ied] about” Republicans “normaliz[ing]” this behavior to the point that support for anti-Semitisim, Holocaust denialism, and white nationalism won’t be seen as “that big [of] a deal.”  Following an aside pointing out Trump believes “he's the smartest person in the world” yet doesn’t know who people like Fuentes are, he falsely claimed Trump has “never condemned white supremacy” or “Nazis.” A simple search of the Trump White House website and his Twitter account (see here, here, here, here, and here) would disprove that. For example, he said this on December 11, 2019: “With one voice, we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears.” And at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 25, 2017, he said the following (click “expand”): Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world.  We’ve seen anti-Semitism on university campuses, in the public square, and in threats against Jewish citizens.  Even worse, it’s been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities, or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction. This is my pledge to you:  We will confront anti-Semitism (Applause.)  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness.  And we will act.  As President of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people — and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the State of Israel. Dickerson then closed by smearing Republicans as on par with the Oath Keepers, collectively thinking January 6 was harmless (not true, which even Politico noted), and believing anti-Semitism could become “normalized” (click “expand”): DICKERSON: When you talk about normalizing things, Gayle, when — you know, when the Republican Party, we just saw the head of the Oath Keepers get convicted. KING: Yeah. NATE BURLESON: Right.  DICKERSON: That's something that the Republican Party, January 6th they said was legitimate political discourse. When it comes to Donald Trump, there has been this thing where he crosses a line and his supporters basically lower the line or change the line. They've changed the standard which is what normalizing is. So, does this get normalized or do Republicans say because Donald Trump seemed to have been somewhat toxic in the last election, this is — it’s kind of a combination, it's a moral failing on Donald Trump's part but also because he's no longer a winner, then they can speak out and it's more powerful for them to do so? Or it's like every other instance in which there's a lot of chatter and then it goes away —  BURLESON: Yeah. DICKERSON: — and he retains the — the supremacy in the middle of the Republican Party.  NBC’s Today also covered “the growing backlash,” but senior Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake largely kept the focus on Trump’s horrendously poor judgment other. Here were some highlights (click “expand”): HODA KOTB: We’ve got a lot more to get to, including the growing backlash facing Donald Trump from fellow Republicans[.] (....) HAAKE: It's all part of the growing fallout from that dinner you mentioned, which now has the GOP in damage control mode and the former President fuming. Former President Trump now facing the harvest criticism from the top two Republicans in Congress, Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell over Mr. Trump’s pre-thanksgiving dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club with prominent white supremacist Nick Fuentes.  MCCARTHY: I don’t think anybody should associate or be a part of Nick Fuentes. HAAKE: McConnell saying there is no room in the party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy.  MCCONNELL: And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view in my judgment are highly unlikely to be elected president of the United States.  HAAKE: Even as the GOP leaders distance themselves from Mr. Trump, nearly a week after the dinner, neither condemned him by name. McCarthy, who Mr. Trump has supported in his effort to become House Speaker next year, falsely claiming Mr. Trump condemned Fuentes multiple times and McConnell dodging the question if he would support Mr. Trump should he win the GOP nomination in 2024. MCCONNELL: That would apply to all of the leaders in the party who will be seeking offices. (....) HAAKE: The Republican backlash against Mr. Trump still growing, led by former Trump Vice President Mike Pence. MIKE PENCE [on NewsNation’s On Balance With Leland Vittert, 11/29/22]: President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-Semite, and Holocaust denier a seat at the table and I think he should apologize for it. CBS’s purposeful smearing and playing footsie with the notion that half the country supports anti-Semitism and white nationalism was made possible thanks to the endorsement of advertisers such as Febreze and Hilton. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcripts from November 30, click here (for CBS) and here (for NBC).
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Accusers, Protesters Ready For All-Out Blitz Against Browns’ Watson

By: Jay Maxson — November 30th 2022 at 11:51
Deshaun Watson’s return to NFL action Sunday may become a case of being sorry what you wished for. At least 10 of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct will be there. So will many people protesting his return to action after an 11-game, slap-on-the-wrist suspension. His former team, the Houston Texans, will be the opposing team.  Welcome to your nightmare, Mr. Watson.  “Some of my clients asked to go,” said Tony Buzbee, attorney for many of the women who accused Watson of sexual misconduct. “They thought it important to make clear that they are still here and that they matter.”  These are just a few of the many women who settled lawsuits against Watson out of court. Outkick blogger Alejandro Avila said they are “hoping to spite the 26-year-old QB for what he allegedly did to them, including flashing them amid massage appointments and making advances on them with the intent to have sex.”  Watson’s accusers will get VIP treatment as they watch the 4-7 Browns take on the Texans from a stadium suite.   The scene in Cleveland will be ripe for more of the protests waged earlier this year after the Browns acquired Watson in a trade from Houston and during his preseason appearances. The Browns have been thoroughly trashed by people who don’t understand why they would put the potential of winning football games above assembling a team of men with integrity. You know, like other men who haven’t been accused of sexual perversions by 30 women. Watson was rewarded for his many alleged misbehaviors with a big fat $230 million contract.  Key members of the Browns’ organization seem to be downright tone deaf to the protests. As a matter of fact, Head Coach Kevin Stefanski met with the media Monday and appeared to be living in a parallel universe.   Stefanski said: “As you know, we had Deshaun in the building for three weeks but not out on the field with us and then the last couple of weeks out on the field. Next step is obviously being out there taking all of the first team reps.  “He has been doing a nice job getting the defense ready with the scout team reps that he has gotten. I think he has done a nice job with his time away physically, staying sharp and mentally staying sharp so I think he will be ready to roll.”  These words mean absolutely nothing to folks who are looking at a bigger picture. Tom Withers, in a story for Houston’s ABC TV13, says Watson won't have a playbook for everything that lies ahead. “The practices, meetings, film work, making handoffs, throwing passes for the Browns, all of that will be easy, second nature. The rest: protesters, heightened scrutiny and pointed questions, will be unscripted.”  There's also no blueprint for the “once-revered quarterback now reviled in some circles,” Withers wrote.  When the Browns acquired Watson months ago, there were a lot of protests. One banner read “22 Women Do Not Lie.” People protested at Coach Stefanski’s home and outside the stadium, too. An online petition encouraged women to “Please let Cleveland know that a person's character is just as important as their ability to play football. Women are important.”  The National Center on Sexual Exploitation released an open letter to the team stating:   At present, it strains credulity to believe that the Cleveland Browns and the NFL as a whole are in anyway concerned about issues of sexual violence and exploitation when we witness your franchise choose to promote and elevate an alleged, serial sexual exploiter.   With visions of Watson leading them to a Super Bowl, the Browns have completely blown off the protests. 
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CensorTrack Has Receipts! WashPost Claims ‘No Proof’ of Conservative Twitter Censorship

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 30th 2022 at 11:40
That The Washington Post can claim with a straight face that there was “no proof” of Twitter censoring conservatives when the Media Research Center has been documenting individual cases of censorship for over two years is simply ridiculous.  A Nov. 27 Post article written by three reporters brazenly claimed “[t]he right wing and conservatives for years have accused Twitter of censorship with no proof.” That’s despite the fact that Twitter owner Elon Musk stated unequivocally days before the article’s publication that it was “correct” when conservative podcaster Dinesh D’Souza said that Twitter “[c]ensorship has been deployed as a one-way operation against conservatives.” The Post glossed over Musk’s affirmation of Twitter censorship by teasing that he “agreed with right-wing figures on the site who accuse Twitter’s previous management of being biased against conservatives,” but only as a way of making it seem like the billionaire is misleading when “he says he’s a political moderate.” Correct — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022 MRC Free Speech America would also like to introduce The Post to its CensorTrack.org database, which was launched in September 2020 to specifically show the proof of the extent of Big Tech censorship of conservatives. It’s pretty convenient for the liberal rag to treat this database as though it didn’t exist. MRC Free Speech America researchers have logged 4,714 documented cases of Big Tech censorship across platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn and others. Twitter alone accounted for 55 percent (2,583) of the total number of cases logged in CensorTrack.  The MRC’s exclusive database was so influential that an MRC Free Speech America study based on CensorTrack data was cited in an ongoing lawsuit from Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor Americans. What’s ironic is that The Post has reported on the same lawsuit against Biden that cited CensorTrack data. One Oct. 25 story was headlined: “Cyber officials may have to testify about alleged social media collusion.”  Another MRC Free Speech America study released in 2021 showed that Big Tech overwhelmingly censored Republican members of Congress by a rate of 54-to-1 compared to congressional Democrats. But “[n]o proof,” right Washington Post? The Post tried to act like a Twitter-rule gatekeeper by complaining that Musk “restored several major rule-breaking accounts, including former [P]resident Donald Trump’s, following an unrepresentative and unscientific Twitter poll.” Perhaps The Post forgot that Morning Consult released a survey of 2,005 registered voters in May showing that a plurality (47 percent) said  “Trump’s account should be revived.” Was that poll “unrepresentative and unscientific” too?  The Post continued, whining that Republicans were benefiting from Musk opening up Twitter to be more of a free speech platform: On the day Musk’s purchase was finalized, Republican members of Congress saw their follower counts skyrocket. Greene gained some 37,000 followers, as did Jordan, then the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. That same day, Democrats’ follower counts plummeted, with Warren losing nearly 19,000 followers and Schiff losing 13,000. The trend continued for days, with prominent online Republicans gaining thousands of followers and Democrats losing them. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Colbert, Ex-CNN Reporter Claim Free Speech Responsible For Dictators

By: Alex Christy — November 30th 2022 at 10:48
Former CNN reporter Maria Ressa was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.” On Wednesday, she traveled over to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to claim that freedom of speech on social media is responsible for the raise in authoritarianism around the world. During their interview, Colbert asked, “You don't just talk about how to stand up to a dictator, you also talk about how standing up to social media companies is important too. So how are those two connected, authoritarians or dictators and social media companies. How are they connected in ways that perhaps we don't often think about?”     Ressa claimed that “One enabled the other. You know, there’s a reason why 60% of the world today is now under authoritarian rule, the numbers of democracies globally has been rolled back to 1989 levels.” To back up her absurd claim she claimed that Rodrigo Duterte would never have been elected president of The Philippines, her native country, if it wasn’t for Facebook. Throughout the interview, Ressa would also cite academic studies to give her argument more validity, but this cherry-picking of evidence ignores that countries that were dictatorships prior to 1989 and ones like Russia and Venezuela that did not relapse because of social media and that those regimes hate social media and freedom of speech and that Duterte is no longer president of The Philippines. After also blaming social media for January 6, Ressa added, “Three sentences have I said repeatedly since 2016, if you don't have facts, you can't have truth. Without truth you can't have trust. Without these three we have no shared reality. We can't solve any problems. We have no democracy. That’s what social media has done. It has come in, and used free speech to stifle free speech, right?” Does this lamentation over not having a shared reality include revulsion at the idea that men can become pregnant or was the previous Twitter leadership right to label that hate speech? Colbert did not ask that obvious question, instead asking, “Elon Musk has made a big noise about how he believes in free speech. Do you have a message for either one of those CEOs or men like them about how they can do the right thing with their social media as opposed to perhaps the most profitable or expedient thing?” Ressa didn’t offer any solutions, instead just condemning “surveillance capitalism” and the negative psychological and sociological impacts of social media, which is a fine conversation to have, but is unrelated to free speech on the internet and the rise of dictatorships. After her interview with Colbert, Ressa journeyed over to Wednesday's CNN This Morning to claim that free speech is the answer to bad ideas "doesn't work today. Not in the age of exponential lies." This was uttered during a segment on China cracking down on anti-lockdown and anti-Xi protestors. This segment was sponsored by Volkswagen. Here is a transcript for the November-29 show: CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 11/30/2022 12:29 AM ET STEPHEN COLBERT: You don't just talk about how to stand up to a dictator, you also talk about how standing up to social media companies is important too.  MARIA RESSA: Oh yeah.  COLBERT: So how are those two connected, authoritarians or dictators and social media companies. How are they connected in ways that perhaps we don't often think about? RESSA: One enabled the other. You know, there’s a reason why 60% of the world today is now under authoritarian rule, the numbers of democracies globally has been rolled back to 1989 levels. In 2016 I stood up and I said—we demanded an end to impunity on two fronts: Rodrigo Duterte, our president in the Philippines, his brutal drug war and the second is Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook because in the end, what happened in the Philippines would not have happened if Facebook wasn't there. A hundred percent of the Filipinos on the internet are on Facebook. Facebook is our internet.  And, you know, I guess this is the other part, in 2016 I said "America, look at us. What is happening to us is coming for you.” And I, when I saw January 6th happen, violence on Capitol Hill, something you have never seen before, but the same methodology, bottom up, social media, lies, a fact, you know, comes a lie or a lie said a million times becomes a fact, so you can't distinguish.  Then it comes top down from the government, from the president himself, same methodology, and then you have no idea where truth lies, right. So in our case what we saw is all of a sudden society was splintering. And how do you react to this? I think the other part is that because this is where I am going to be like [unintelligible] combined. Three sentences have I said repeatedly since 2016, if you don't have facts, you can't have truth. Without truth you can't have trust. Without these three we have no shared reality.  We can't solve any problems. We have no democracy. That’s what social media has done. It has come in, and used free speech to stifle free speech, right?  COLBERT: Well, there’s a lot of talk—in talking about regulation, or at least editorial control of social media like Facebook or Twitter in this case, Elon Musk has made a big noise about— RESSA: Yeah. COLBERT: -- how he believes in free speech. Do you have a message for either one of those CEOs or men like them about how they can do the right thing with their social media as opposed to perhaps the most profitable or expedient thing? RESSA: Well, that's the biggest problem is that all of a sudden our public sphere is governed by an economic system we didn't even have a name for. Now in 2019 it was named by a Shoshana Zuboff, a Harvard emeritus professor, she called it surveillance capitalism, right? So think about, oh, I don't have my phone. So think about-- you pull out your phone, right, what is--this is social media is mildly addictive, right? You’re supposed to scroll. And all of that is actually-- what keeps you scrolling. Lies. This is an MIT study from 2018, lies spread faster and further than facts.  What else keeps you scrolling, fear, anger, hatred, us against them. Multiply that, right, so more money comes in, as you become more afraid, as you become more hateful and it impacts us on many levels, personally, right? Psychologically, sociologically, the second one, we behave differently in groups and then finally that last part which we rarely talk about is emergent human behavior. What kind of species behavior are we encouraging with this information ecosystem? It is the worst of who we are. This is what I saw in the Nobel lecture, it’s what I said there but it is backed by facts and evidence, the data doesn't lie. 
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Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Heartbeat Bill

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 30th 2022 at 10:13
Abortion bills and abortion bans have been flip-flopping back and forth ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The latest shift in Georgia is in favor of life. After a left-wing judge overturned Georgia’s heartbeat bill back in mid-November, by the grace of God, the strikedown has been reversed. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that children in utero with a detectable heartbeat (around six-weeks) may not be aborted according to Georgia law. The case passed the State of Georgia v. Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective on November 23 and is the start to life-saving measures in Georgia’s future.  Previously, Georgia had a heartbeat ban but it was blocked when Fulton County Judge Robert C. I. McBurney struck down Georgia’s abortion ban in an attempt, as Breitbart put it, “to read the right to abortion into the state’s constitution — much in the same way Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were.” When he blocked the life-saving measure he claimed, "This ruling is merely a reinforcement of what ought to be for everyone the uncontroversial notion that, if the judicial branch has declared a constitutional right, legislatures exceed their authority, improperly expand their role, and fundamentally alter the balance struck by the separation of powers when they enact laws they know to be plainly and facially unconstitutional.” For the billionth time, nobody has the “right” to end the life of an innocent child.  In a blunt, to-the-point statement, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a one-page reversal of McBurney’s opinion.  Naturally, pro-deathers were peeved at the news.  Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, called the news “devastating.” The court's decision to reinstate Georgia's abortion ban is devastating. Yet again, it cruelly forces Georgians out of their communities to access essential health care — without notice, effective immediately. Let's be clear: This fight isn't over. https://t.co/z3jo32WDnb — Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) November 23, 2022 The Occupy Democrats account used the news as an urge to “DEMAND THAT CONGRESS CODIFY ROE V. WADE!” BREAKING: Georgia's Supreme Court throws the women of the state to the wolves and reinstates the Republican Party's six-week abortion ban — ensuring unwanted pregnancies and avoidable deaths for the forseeable future. RT TO DEMAND THAT CONGRESS CODIFY ROE V. WADE! — Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) November 23, 2022 The Center for Reproductive Rights tried to pull on the heartstrings of Twitter users by explaining how women would be “turned away” from abortion clinics. Boo hoo! 🚨#BREAKING: The Georgia Supreme Court has allowed the state’s 6-week abortion ban to take effect again while litigation continues. Today, people in waiting rooms across Georgia are being turned away, forced to seek care elsewhere or else continue pregnancies against their will. — Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) November 23, 2022 Somehow it's become trendy for people to outwardly celebrate baby deaths and get pissed off when said baby lives are honored. Let's just hope that Georgia stops flip flopping and stays on the track that notices the sanctity of children.
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Men in Thongs, 'They/Them' Stuffed Animals, the War on 'Mom' | Woke of the Weak

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 30th 2022 at 09:42
Welcome to our newest MRCTV show, Woke of the Weak! On this show I’ll update you about the most woke, progressive, insane, and crazy clips and stories from the fringe left.  This week we talked about a “mom” who, because she identifies as “nonbinary,” refuses to allow her children to call her mom. When filling out paperwork for her kids dentist appointment she wrote “parent” instead of “mom” and pitched a fit when the check in woman questioned her reasoning.  We also talked about the insanity of schools these days. One teacher praised her opportunity to teach her kids that gender is NOT defined by what’s between someone’s legs. They decided to give a stuffed animal “they/them” pronouns as a result. Another teacher celebrated her six-year anniversary of teaching by wearing a “they/them” sticker, sporting rainbow hair and glasses and numerous facial piercings. No, that’s not the description of a new horror film.  But what is comes from our next clips that feature one man (we think) on a leash and another in a thong grinding the floor in front of children. To top things off, a drag queen held hands with a toddler to emphasize “expression” and “freedom.” Said drag queen was also in a thong, had bills protruding from his undies and had iridescent nipple stickers.  Viewer discretion is advised.    That’s what’s up this week in the woke world of the WEAK left! 
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Column: The Media vs. Free Speech on Twitter

By: Tim Graham — November 30th 2022 at 06:16
Anyone who thinks the First Amendment is best represented by the “news” media is not paying attention to the way they wage war on freedom of speech for the conservative “rabble” on social media platforms. Imagine if the media had attacked new media owners Jeff Bezos or David Zaslav with the kind of venom that they’re using on Twitter owner Elon Musk. No one would suggest it’s important for the government to monitor The Washington Post or CNN as potential sources of misinformation. Their brands are supposed to be synonymous with “trustworthy,” even though public opinion would offer a harsh reality check. In recent weeks, Musk has taken the place of Rupert Murdoch on the information-supervillain beat. Outlets like CNN and the Post are actively rooting for Twitter to fail, with CNN hopefully reporting on “Twitter’s Last Gasp,” and the Post chronicling that a third of Twitter advertisers haven’t appeared in the last several weeks. Many were a bit stunned by Reuters reporter Andrea Shalal begging White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to put the power of the federal government all over Musk.  "There's a researcher at Stanford who says this is a critical moment in terms of ensuring that Twitter does not become a vector for misinformation,” Shalal insisted. “Are you concerned about -- Elon Musk says there are more and more subscribers coming online. Are you concerned about that, and what tools do you have? Who is it at the White House that is really keeping track of this?" Oh no! Twitter is gaining subscribers! Misinformation will defeat Real Information! Panic in the newsrooms! But wait, if Twitter is gaining subscribers, CNN was wrong about that “last gasp” business. Jean-Pierre found it easy to pander to the press on this question. “This is something that we’re certainly keeping an eye on,” and “when it comes to misinformation, when it comes to the hate that we’re seeing, that they take action, that they continue to take action.” She underlined, “we’re going to continue to monitor the situation.” Again, if the president was Trump and his press secretary pledged they would be “keeping an eye” on the prestige press as a dangerous “vector of misinformation,” that would have been painted as tyrannical Enemy of the People stuff. The problem here is which privileged people are allowed to define what is “misinformation” and what is “hate.” If it’s anyone like Reuters or other “Old Media” outlets, then conservatives will be targeted, and the Left will get a free pass. The “news” media ally themselves with radical “anti-defamation” groups like GLAAD and the so-called “Center for Countering Digital Hate” that organized a “Stop The Deal Coalition,” as if they get to appoint who owns social-media giants. “A Musk-Owned Twitter Won’t ‘Help Humanity,’” screeched an October GLAAD press release. Apparently, allowing anyone to dissent from the GLAAD line is hurting humanity. It’s in their usual Orwellian vein, as they present themselves as the forces of “diversity and inclusion,” but they really want to exclude dissenting points of view on the internet. Conservative views undergo a reductio ad absurdum. So if, for example, you oppose boys competing in girls’ sports, you favor violence, even suicide. Media leftists keep shouting about the need to “get the reins” on Twitter like it’s a runaway horse. They can no longer count on Twitter to quash damaging scoops like the Hunter Biden laptop. This isn’t about free speech. It’s about the Left trying to maintain its information dominance and maximum narrative enforcement. They pose as valiant defenders of democracy, but they are cowardly opponents of debate. 
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MSNBC's Joy Reid Lashes Out at GOP, Lies About Holocaust Book Bans

By: Kevin Tober — November 29th 2022 at 22:34
On Tuesday night's The ReidOut on MSNBC, host Joy Reid lashed out at the idea that "mainstream" Republicans are any different that Donald Trump or the people he had dinner with last week. During her latest unhinged rant, Reid falsely claimed Republicans are banning books about the Holocaust and they're "suing Disney because they don't like the fact that Disney makes films with too many gay people in them." This is all obviously false but that never stops Reid from pushing her leftist agenda.  During a discussion on Trump's dinner with two anti-Semites, Reid attempted to smear the entire Republican Party because she was angry that "mainstream Republicans" are getting a pass because they're not Trump: This is a party whose main—forget Donald Trump for a moment, their mainstream politicians are banning books about the Holocaust. Their mainstream supposedly politicians are banning books by black and LGBTQ authors. Their mainstream politicians are suing Disney because they don't like the fact that Disney makes films with too many gay people in them, and they don't like it. Don't say gay is the policy in a mainstream Republican state that he runs. They're banning protests.  Of course, Reid is lying once again. The only verified example of a school banning a book having to do with the Holocaust is in a Tennessee school district where the book had explicit language that was not appropriate for the grade level it was taught in. It wasn't because the school wanted to ban the teaching of the Holocaust. Reid continued howling: "This kid is an idiot who an idiot Nazi who does a show in his parents' basement. But the problem is the supposedly better Republicans are doing the stuff I just mentioned and they get called mainstream just because their name isn't Trump."     Once Reid was finished, failed former Senator Claire McCaskill jumped in to attack Republicans for not voting for the Orwellian named Defense of Marriage Act which radically infringe on the religious liberty of Americans and faith organizations.  "I think you can look no further than the vote today on the Senate floor, where you had the majority of the Republicans vote against a bill that was loaded down with protection for religion and religious differences on the subject of marital equality," McCaskill falsely claimed.   "[C]ulture wars have become the main attraction in the Republican Party," McCaskill bemoaned as if Republicans are the ones waging them instead of responding to the cultural rot the left is imposing on the country.  "I don't think most Americans think that's what this should all be about, and I think in the long run, they're going to pay a price for it," she predicted.  Reid jumped in one last time to attack the GOP. "If you're making it illegal to teach about the Holocaust without telling the other side or the other side of slavery, don't sit there and get mad at Trump for eating with the Nazi," Reid sneered. "Because maybe you ought to look at your own policies and talk to the man and the woman in the mirror." This segment was made possible by Chase. Their information is linked. To read the transcript click "expand": MSNBC’s The ReidOut 11/29/2022 7:31:24 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: But, I have to go back, and I hate to harp on it. This is a party whose main—forget Donald Trump for a moment, their mainstream politicians are banning books about the Holocaust. Their mainstream supposedly politicians are banning books by black and LGBTQ authors. Their mainstream politicians are suing Disney because they don't like the fact that Disney makes films with too many gay people in them, and they don't like it. Don't say gay is the policy in a mainstream Republican state that he runs. They're banning protests.  This is my challenge, Claire. This kid is an idiot who an idiot Nazi who does a show in his parents' basement. But the problem is the supposedly better Republicans are doing the stuff I just mentioned and they get called mainstream just because their name isn't Trump.  CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Well, I think it's a fair point. I think you can look no further than the vote today on the Senate floor, where you had the majority of the Republicans vote against a bill that was loaded down with protection for religion and religious differences on the subject of marital equality, but it stood for an important principle, and that is marriage, legal marriage should be recognized in every state in the union. It was a really frankly not a bold step. It is something that the vast majority of Americans agree with, but the majority of the elected Republicans in the Senate rejected it. Only 12 voted for it, and the majority of them are retiring.  So it is really fair, I think, to say that the culture wars have become the main attraction in the Republican Party. Not policy, not how big should the government be or what tax policies should be or even what foreign policy should be, but rather culture wars. And I don't think most Americans think that's what this should all be about, and I think in the long run, they're going to pay a price for it, Joy.   REID: In the end, if you're making it illegal to teach about the Holocaust without telling the other side or the other side of slavery, don't sit there and get mad at Trump for eating with the Nazi. Because maybe you ought to look at your own policies and talk to the man and the woman in the mirror. That's all I'm saying. 
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New York Times Plea: Don’t Trust GOP or New York Post, NYC Crime Isn’t So Bad

By: Clay Waters — November 29th 2022 at 21:56
New York Times reporter Nicholas Fandos’ Sunday election-aftermath piece appeared under the cynical headline deck, “Meet the Voters Who Fueled New York’s Seismic Tilt Toward the G.O.P. -- Republicans used doomsday-style ads to prey on suburban voters’ fear of crime in New York, helping to flip enough seats to capture the House.” Fandos talked to a state resident who no longer sets foot in New York City for what Fandos described as fears of “flagrant shoplifting, seemingly random acts of violence and hate crimes.” She voted Republican in the midterm elections “to endorse the party’s tough-on-crime platform, and punish the ‘seeming indifference’ she ascribes to Democrats like Gov. Kathy Hochul.” Yet Fandos assured readers that New York City was safe, actually, and it was doomsaying on the part of the Republican Party – and the paper’s journalistic competitor the New York Post -- to suggest otherwise. New York and its suburbs may remain among the safest large communities in the country. Yet amid a torrent of doomsday-style advertising and constant media headlines about rising crime and deteriorating public safety, suburban swing voters like Ms. Frankel helped drive a Republican rout that played a decisive role in tipping control of the House. Fandos appeared to blame those “media accounts” for suburbanites’ fears. Then there is the coronavirus pandemic. Arguably no metropolitan area was hit harder than New York, where the economy and old patterns of life have also been slower to return. Remote work remains popular here, leaving Midtown office towers, commuter trains and subways below capacity -- and many suburbanites increasingly reliant on media accounts saturated with images and videos of brutal acts of violence to shape their perceptions. While admitting that Midtown Manhattan suffered from an “apparent proliferation of homeless encampments and open drug usage,” he faulted the New York Post for daring to report on street crime, a journalistic act which evidently offends the Times’ woke sensibilities. Several, including Ms. Frankel, said they frequently read The New York Post, which made Mr. Zeldin’s candidacy for governor and the repeal of the state’s 2019 bail law a crusade for more than a year, splashing violent crimes across its front page, however rare they may still be. Many asked not to be identified by their full names out of fear of backlash from friends, colleagues or even strangers who could identify them online. …. Republicans, led by Mr. Zeldin, a Long Islander himself, relentlessly fanned those fears, blaming Democrats for the small rises in crime while accusing them of coddling criminals…. The Times again pulled out the “it was worse in the ‘90s!” deflection. Crime statistics tell a more complicated story. Incidents of major crimes are higher in New York City and Nassau County than before the pandemic, though they remain well below levels seen in recent decades…. And don’t blame the re-elected Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul, who is fighting crime with a “more nuanced approach.” Fandos nudged Times readers not to trust what they read in the Post: As [Gregory Gatti] read a fresh New York Post -- its front-page headline, “Children of War,” once again devoted to New York City crime -- Mr. Gatti said changes to the state’s bail law were “definitely” driving increases in crime, and he was now worried about possible upticks in the suburbs…. The Times has often gone after its local competitor for actually covering stories embarrassing to liberals, including street crime.
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Nets Skip Report Biden's Afghan Withdrawal Was 'Propaganda Boon' for China

By: Kevin Tober — November 29th 2022 at 20:48
Over a year since President Joe Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, we are still finding out how much chaos and destruction that decision has cost the United States both from a reputational and national security standpoint. The latest shoe to drop came Tuesday when the Pentagon released a report that showed how much the deadly and incompetent withdrawal hurt the credibility of the United States. According to the Pentagon, the United States' retreat from Afghanistan was a "propaganda boon" to China because it reportedly was used to prove that the United States cannot be trusted to uphold its commitments or responsibilities abroad.  This latest revelation was ignored by all three evening news broadcasts: ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News. Instead, the "big three" networks hyped an interview with now-disgraced actor Will Smith after his widely publicized slap of Chris Rock.  During Fox News Channel's Special Report, guest anchor Trace Gallagher turned to correspondent Gillian Turner to report on what the Pentagon found in their report. "Gillian, the Pentagon has issued a new national security report on China. What’s the finding there?" Gallagher asked turning to Turner.   .@GillianHTurner: "President Biden's own Defense Department is reporting the withdrawal from Afghanistan that he ordered last year which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. Service members, in the end, was a propaganda boon for the Chinese government..." pic.twitter.com/gj4hXN6En3 — Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) November 30, 2022   "President Biden's own Defense Department is reporting the withdrawal from Afghanistan that he ordered last year which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. Service members, in the end, was a propaganda boon for the Chinese government," Turner revealed.  "It’s a damming claim out of DOD," Turner added in apparent shock over the transparency of the report from the Department of Defense. Turner ended by revealing that the Pentagon is "reporting Chinese officials capitalized on the botched withdrawal to convince world leaders that the U.S. is no longer a reliable partner or ally. The White House, though, keeps insisting that operation was an unprecedented success." This bias by omission by the three networks was made possible thanks to lucrative sponsorships from Fisher Investments on ABC, CarFax on CBS, and Prevagen on NBC. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased programming they fund.  The transcript of the November 29 Special Report segment is below, click "expand" to read:  FNC’s Special Report 11/29/2022 6:22:20 p.m. Eastern TRACE GALLAGHER: And meantime, Gillian, the Pentagon has issued a new national security report on China. What’s the finding there? GILLIAN TURNER: Well, President Biden's own Defense Department is reporting the withdrawal from Afghanistan that he ordered last year which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. Service members, in the end, was a propaganda boon for the Chinese government. It’s a damming claim out of DOD. They’re reporting Chinese officials capitalized on the botched withdrawal to convince world leaders that the U.S. Is no longer a reliable partner or ally. The White House, though, keeps insisting that operation was an unprecedented success. Trace?
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GOP Leader: White House Attacks Against Musk Are ‘Offensive’

By: Autumn Johnson — November 29th 2022 at 18:59
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the White House’s plans to monitor Elon Musk’s pro-free speech policy changes at Twitter are "offensive."  Fox News reported Tuesday that McCarthy discussed a number of topics, but particularly emphasized his belief that Republicans "will no longer let government go after people simply because of their political views." "That is offensive to me," he said. "The government’s going to go after someone who wants to have free speech? What do they have to look at Twitter about? Do they want to go after the American public about whether they can have an opinion on something?" McCarthy was referencing White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre’s statement that social media platforms have a responsibility to "make sure that when it comes to misinformation, when it comes to the hate that we're seeing, that ... they take action, that they continue to take action.” Jean-Pierre’s comments were reported by Reuters. "This is something that we're certainly keeping an eye on," she added when asked about Twitter’s role in spreading so-called “misinformation” after Musk’s takeover. McCarthy’s comments come after Musk said that free speech is essential to the survival of personal liberties. “This is a battle for the future of civilization,” he tweeted Monday. “If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead.” He also announced that he plans to release internal files detailing Twitter’s intentional suppression of the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal. 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.
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Musk-Owned Twitter ‘No Longer Enforcing’ So-Called COVID-19 Misinfo Policy

By: Gabriela Pariseau — November 29th 2022 at 16:48
While Americans were getting ready for Thanksgiving, Twitter was quietly dissolving its COVID-19 content policy.  In a recent transparency report, the platform noted that as of November 23, “Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.” The platform has been one of the most aggressive censors of COVID-19 information that runs counter to the accepted narrative. According to the report, the platform used its COVID-19 misleading information policy to suspend over 11,000 accounts and remove nearly 98,000 pieces of content worldwide from Jan. 2020 to Sept 2022. The numbers just further emphasize that Twitter’s dropping of the policy is a huge shift for the platform.  It’s worth noting that the old policy didn’t merely censor controversial claims that “5G wireless is causing COVID-19” or even “that COVID-19 is not real.” For two years, the platform permanently suspended medical doctors who dared criticize the COVID-19 vaccines. It removed content that drew attention to growing numbers of adverse events to COVID-19 vaccines reported in the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and it slapped warning labels on the tweets of elected officials trying to get information to their constituents.  Last December, the platform famously permanently suspended Dr. Robert Malone, an early mRNA researcher who has been credited as the inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology.  Malone tweeted a video entitled "The Pfizer Inoculations For COVID-19 -- More Harm Than Good -- Video," according to purported screenshots. Along with the video link, Malone tweeted: “Pfizer 6 month data which shows that Pfizer's COVID-19 inoculations cause more illness than they prevent. Plus an overview of the Pfizer trial flaws in both design and execution." The platform was also notorious for throttling the reach of tweets with a misleading information label which would allow the tweet to be seen but not liked or retweeted. The platform slapped variations on the words “This Tweet is misleading. Find out why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people." President of America's Frontline Doctors Dr. Simone Gold, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) all tweeted out content that received this label.  Others affected by Twitter’s COVID-19 policies include: Dr. Zev Zelenko, who was one of the first to treat COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine, White House Coronavirus Taskforce advisor Dr. Scott Atlas, former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health Dr. Li-Meng Yan, American Heart Association and the European Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences. MRC Free Speech America released a study in February citing 808 cases of Big Tech censorship related to shared COVID-19 content. Nearly half of the cases in that study (386) came from Twitter censorship. To date, MRC Free Speech America has documented 616 cases of Twitter censorship related to COVID-19 in our unique CensorTrack.org database.  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.
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‘Vassal of the CCP’; DeSantis SLAMS Apple for Crushing Free Speech in China, U.S.

By: Catherine Salgado — November 29th 2022 at 15:41
“[Apple] is providing aid and comfort to the CCP.” Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) slammed Apple for kowtowing to the Chinese communist government while simultaneously trying to squash free speech in America by potentially banning Twitter from the App Store. The riots against tyrannical Chinese Communist Party (CCP) COVID-19 lockdowns and other authoritarian policies have captured the attention of the world. One of the groups protesting harsh working conditions en masse in China are employees of Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, according to PJ Media. But, as DeSantis said, Apple is apparently on the side of the CCP, not the workers, because the tech giant is acting like a CCP “vassal” and preventing protestors from using the airdrop function on their phones. That iPhone’s gonna come late this season pic.twitter.com/cM8O67JiM5 — Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 24, 2022 “There’s reports that Apple is not allowing the protestors to use this airdrop function where they’re trying to communicate,” DeSantis stated. “That, obviously, is providing aid and comfort to the CCP, and so you see that report and that’s very concerning.”      But Apple’s crackdown on free speech isn’t limited to China. DeSantis explained that “Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store because Elon Musk is actually opening it up for free speech and is restoring a lot of accounts that were unfairly and illegitimately suspended for putting out accurate information about COVID[-19].”  Experts were wrong about many things when it came to COVID-19, DeSantis emphasized. “And Twitter, the old regime in Twitter, their response was to try to just suffocate the dissent,” the governor stated. But Twitter’s new owner Musk “knows that’s not a winning formula, and so he’s providing free speech.” If Apple were really to ban Twitter from the App Store for allowing more free speech, that would be a “huge mistake,” a “raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress,” DeSantis added. DeSantis concluded that he was “glad things are changing at Twitter,” because, even though there is still a lot of work to be done to control Big Tech’s censorship frenzy, “this is big progress.” The governor didn’t pull any punches with Apple. “Don’t be a vassal of the CCP on the one hand, and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves.” Congressional Republicans are joining Musk in critiquing Apple’s threat to Twitter, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who called it “unacceptable.” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) also condemned the threat. Musk tweeted Monday, “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” This is not the first time Apple has succumbed to Chinese pressure. In 2019, Apple removed the app HKmap.live from its app store after the CCP complained about the app’s use by freedom protestors. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Docs on NBCNews.com: Permanent Mask Mandates Good for Mental, Physical Health

By: Jason Cohen — November 29th 2022 at 15:12
On Sunday, three academics from the Brown University School of Public Health wrote a piece for NBCNews.com arguing for more mask mandates to benefit the public's physical and mental health. People, Place and Health Collective's Abdullah Shihipar and Brown University's William Goedel and Abigail Cartus claimed we are in the middle of a “tripledemic” of flu, Covid, and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and recommended we take similar measures to the ones we took in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, “starting with the most basic and flexible level of protection: masking. When and where respiratory viruses are surging, mask mandates should be reinstated.” “Masks work and, critically, they don’t need to work perfectly to have a positive impact,” they wrote. “A recent study found that Boston school districts that had lifted mandates averaged 45 more Covid cases per 1,000 students and staff than those with mandates.”  Underwhelming. To bolster the argument, they added that evidence suggests masks are effective against the flu, as well, and that is why there were such low rates of flu during the pandemic. They also claimed, “Mask mandates not only stem the spread of diseases but also have helpful psychological benefits.” Huh?   Their point was that mandates “remove the onus on individuals to figure out ‘what is safe.’”  Ah, understood. It is psychologically beneficial for the public to avoid thinking for themselves. Just wear the obedience diaper, do not question it.  As if that was not enough reason for mandatory masking, they added, “[a] mandate preempts the awkwardness of having to ask people to mask or of having to disclose a high-risk condition.”  How about the awkwardness of not being able to understand people because they are wearing a muzzle? How about the awkwardness of not being able to smile at one another? How about the awkwardness of not being able to breathe normally?  They argued for permanent masking even after this “tripledemic” ends.  The trio added: “We should always encourage mask-wearing during fall and winter seasons (as these respiratory viruses tend to transmit more efficiently in colder weather due to changes in humidity and how much time people spend indoors) and in busy places like mass transit and grocery stores.” Towards the end, they conceded that “[w]e are all tired — of the pandemic and its attendant disruptions to our lives, of taking mitigation measures.” But with that said, they still argued for doing this permanently: “The pandemic has taught us that levels of community transmission of respiratory diseases can increase quickly and unpredictably. Luckily, it has also taught us how to take action to decrease their dangers.” The American public have learned from the past two years and will almost certainly never let ideas like this happen again. 
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Whoopi: Libs Should Leave Twitter Until They 'Get the Control'

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 29th 2022 at 14:33
There was a lot of Elon Musk hate from the cackling coven of ABC’s The View on Tuesday, even blaming him for the continuation of global hunger. But co-host Whoopi Goldberg said the quiet part out loud when she argued with hysterical liberal activist Alyssa Milano that liberals should leave Twitter until they figure out how they “get the control” they “need” over the platform. Asked to comment on Musk because she recently virtue signaled by selling her Tesla, Milano suggested that Musk was perpetuating global hunger because he could have given the $40 billion he spent on Twitter to her via UNICEF: MILANO: Like, you buy Twitter to destroy it for $40 billion, right, $40 billion, Elon Musk – imagine if he donated that money to UNICEF. He would change the world. There would be no hunger. GOLDBERG: He could go in his pocket and donate that money. MILANO: He could go in his pocket and it wouldn't cost 40 billion, but these guys— With racist co-host Sunny Hostin continuing to call Twitter a “hellscape” because she and the cast get called out for their hatred and bigotry, Milano says she hasn’t noted a difference and has always needed to wear a “helmet” when on Twitter. “I'm so scared like something's going to come out and hit me,” she said. FACT CHECK: False. Nothing can come through her phone or computer screen and hit her.     Milano argued the left shouldn’t leave Twitter because they “can't cede that territory. It's like turf war now.” Goldberg disagreed and said there were other social media networks the left could “grab” for themselves. “Leave that to them because that is what that is meant to be now. It's not meant to be any better than what we’re seeing,” she declared. A small debate ensued where Milano argued the left should be present for debates on the platform, but Goldberg said the quiet part out loud in that the left needed to have all “the control” and run over the opposition: MILANO: If we're not representing our side of – of the political discourse, aren't we just saying, you know what you can have Twitter? GOLDBERG: I'll tell you, some things you have to walk away from until you can get the control you need of it. Right now there's no way to get this control. And so find the ones that you can get and fix and then come back and run that over. Proving she spends too much time online, Milano admitted she has “spent many, many days with [her] therapist talking about Twitter and social media” comments about her. Hostin followed up by saying she had stopped reading the criticism when they questioned her parenting ability. “And I stopped. I was like because I'm going to go out there and I’mma find these people,” she threatened. If it wasn’t obvious enough, co-host Sara Haines quipped that Hostin would be like “Liam Neeson” in the Taken movie series. Earlier in the show, co-host Joy Behar inexplicably asked actor Samuel L. Jackson to comment on Twitter and Musk. Behar said she was “a little frightened for Twitter” because “Nazis” were supposedly taking over. Jackson said he had more important things to worry about than Twitter and Musk (like reelecting Democratic Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock) and claims he “[doesn't even know if [Musk] is a real person.” This call for authoritarian censorship and control was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Angi and Crest. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 29, 2022 11:37:53 a.m. Eastern (…) JOY BEHAR: So, Sam, you've also been known to clap back at politician or two in your day, which I enjoy. What do you make of what's happening now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter? I’m a little frightened for Twitter, frankly. What about you? SAMUEL L. JACKSON: I just quit it. [Crosstalk] JACKSON: But there are so many more important things that we have to deal with. Like we're busy trying to get -- LATANYA RICHARDSON JACKSON: Raphael Warnock! JACKSON: Raphael Warnock elected. RICHARDSON JACKSON: Please go to the polls and vote! JACKSON: As opposed to an idiot who probably doesn't even have a Twitter account that can’t use Twitter. BEHAR: Yeah, but that's a big audience, these Nazis can come in on those social media outlets. I don't like that. JACKSON: People need to understand, everything that happens, Twitter is not a real world. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: You can actually not look at it. RICHARDSON JACKSON: You can. And Brittney Griner lives in the real world. She lives in the real world. JACKSON: Those are real world things that we need to do. RICHARDSON JACKSON: Tweet that! JACKSON: Elon Musk is Elon Musk. I have no idea what he is. I don't even know if he is a real person. (…) 11:48:21 a.m. Eastern ALYSSA MILANO: I'm kind of like – like I'm so annoyed with all of these billionaires, with like the exception of a few, but especially with Elon Musk. Like, you buy Twitter to destroy it for $40 billion, right, $40 billion, Elon Musk – imagine if he donated that money to UNICEF. He would change the world. There would be no hunger. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: He could go in his pocket and donate that money. MILANO: He could go in his pocket and it wouldn't cost 40 billion, but these guys— (…) 11:49:16 a.m. Eastern SUNNY HOSTIN: What happens if things continue the way they are on Twitter? I think it's become a hellscape. But its’ been a hellscape for a minute. MILANO: I mean, I was always on the receiving end of trolls. Right? So like, to me it doesn't feel any different. But you know, I always open Twitter with like – such – with like helmet on, because I'm so scared like something's going to come out and hit me. HOSTIN: Do you think you'll stay only it? MILANO: Yeah because we can't cede that territory. It's like turf war now. That's how I look at it. GOLDBERG: No, no. Not that. There’s other ones you can come and grab, leave that to them because that is what that is meant to be now. It's not meant to be any better than what we’re seeing. MILANO: If we're not representing our side of – of the political discourse, aren't we just saying, you know what you can have Twitter? BEHAR: You’re handing it over. GOLDBERG: I'll tell you, some things you have to walk away from until you can get the control you need of it. Right now there's no way to get this control. And so find the ones that you can get and fix and then come back and run that run over. MILANO: Right. GOLDBERG: But, do yourself. MILANO: I know, it is about self-care. [Crosstalk] BEHAR: Well, don't read the comments, for one thing. Do not read the comments. HOSTIN: Never read the comments. MILANO: I always read the comments. [Crosstalk] MILANO: Who doesn't read the comments? Everybody reads the comments. [Crosstalk] HOSTIN: Whoopi and Joy taught us when we each joined the show. MILANO: Do you turn the comments off? BEHAR: No. I just don't read them. I’m not interested unless it’s someone that I respect. HOSTIN: I have another question. GOLDBERG: I left. HOSTIN: She left. GOLDBERG: Because I can't take it anymore. MILANO: I respect that. Listen, I spent many, many days with my therapist talking about Twitter and social media. HOSTIN: What so anonymous person said about you. MILANO: Right. And it's hurtful. GOLDBERG: Someone who doesn’t know you. Someone who doesn’t know you, hasn't met you, doesn't know your family, doesn’t know your – doesn’t know anything about you. But we let them – We let them in and say you have that power. Oh, no! MILANO: It's the accessibility. HOSTIN: It is. I stopped reading it when people came after my kids about the way that I mothered. And I stopped. I was like, because I'm going to go out there and I’mma find these people. [Crosstalk] SARA HAINES: Liam Neeson those people. (…)
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Thanksgiving Reflection: ‘We’re Thankful for Our Abortions'

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 29th 2022 at 13:48
Yup. This holiday season, women are giving thanks for new death.  In a Thanksgiving piece by The Nation, numerous women expressed their gratitude for having abortions. Though the holiday season is supposed to be a celebration of life, new and old, these women are most grateful that they got the chance to murder their innocent children, The Blaze reported.  The author of the piece, Nikiya Natale included her gratitude for the abortions that she’s had, “But I am thankful for both of my abortions. I am thankful that I didn’t want to be a parent then, so I didn’t have to be a parent then,” She also included testimonies from other women that shared their thoughts to the pro-abortion organization, "We Testify." Natale holds a deputy director position at "We Testify," and its purpose is essentially to praise women for having abortions.  The Nation piece was a smorgasboard of propaganda from its start. Complaints about white supremacy, about black lives being killed by police, and how “any sense of LGBTQ+ peace and tranquility has been obliterated by gun violence and hate.” Drama much? It was essentially a bash piece against our nation with the emphasis on abortion limitations and restrictions.  Ladies included sentiments regarding their own gratefulness for abortions, just like The Nation piece author did.  “I am thankful for the freedom of self. Some people may call this selfish, but I don’t think it is … I felt compelled to have my abortions, not because of what I thought other people might think of me, but because it was what I needed to do. I am grateful for the bravery I showed myself,” One lady said. Rosa Parks? Brave. Abraham Lincoln? Brave. Jesus? Brave. Someone who killed their unborn child? NOT brave.  One lady went into a clinic to have an abortion and said she was so grateful for her procedure that she went into the same clinic two weeks later to apply for a job.  “My abortions meant the freedom to choose the direction of my life,” another woman admitted.  One lady claimed that she killed two of her children for the reason of not wanting to be a parent.  It’s disheartening to see people blindly accepting abortion as a form of birth control or as a solution to a “problem” but its worse to see them actually praising and showing sincere gratitude for such a grave evil.
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It Pained Poor Mika To Praise Pence For Criticizing Trump On Fuentes Dinner 

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 29th 2022 at 13:38
Poor Mika Brzezinski. Caught between acknowledging reality, and maintaining her liberal street cred. On today's Morning Joe, Mika acknowledged that Mike Pence had offered a "full-throated, robust" criticism of Donald Trump for his dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West.  In an interview yesterday with Leland Vittert on NewsNation, Pence said: "It's wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-semite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table. And I think he should apologize for it, and he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification. I think the president demonstrated profoundly poor judgment in giving those individuals a seat at the table." But actually praising Pence for his statement? That was just a bridge too far for Mika. Perhaps she feared getting trashed by the left for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Or even, heaven forbid, turning up in a future Pence for President campaign ad! Check out the screencap. Poor Mika! The thought of praising Pence patently pained her! And so, when Joe Scarborough began to praise Pence, Mika balked. When Scarborough said that Pence was "doing what he should be doing," Mika interjected:  "Should have been [doing before], some would say." Scarborough then summoned some of his Baptist background, and in a reference to people at Revivals, said, "They played 'Just As I Am,' Mike's walking down to the front, the invitation, we're going to accept him." Mika kvetched: "He was his Vice President." And when Scarborough said of Pence's statement, "we're glad," Mika responded dubiously, "really?", adding that she was going to have to "work on it." After Scarborough repeatedly made the point that Pence, after all, "did it," that they should acknowledge "one step forward," Mika sighed so deeply that Scarborough expressed concern for her: "how are you doing?"  To which Mika reluctantly replied: "I'm okay." Pence accusing Trump of "profoundly poor judgment" was very tough stuff, especially coming from someone who as Vice President stood steadfastly behind Trump during his various controversies. On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski being very reluctant to praise Mike Pence for having strongly criticized Donald Trump for having dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West was sponsored in part by Pfizer, maker of Nexium, Abbott, maker of Skyrizi, and Clear Choice.  Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 11/29/22 6:13 am ET MIKA BRZEZINSKI: A growing number of Republicans are speaking out against Donald Trump's dinner with a white nationalist. Including his former Vice President now, in a rare, ih an interview yesterday, Mike Pence denounced Trump's meal last week with Holocaust denier Nicholas Fuentes, and disgraced rapper Kanye West. MIKE PENCE: It's wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-semite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table. And I think he should apologize for it, and he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification. I think the president demonstrated profoundly poor judgment in giving those individuals a seat at the table. MIKA: So that was actually a full-throated, robust response to it.  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, it was. MIKA: He's calling on the former president to apologize for what he's done. It's very different than saying, yeah, maybe I would have done something different, or I wouldn't have done that, hemming and hawing out of it. That was -- Mike Pence is lining up. SCARBOROUGH: Well, he's doing what he should be doing. MIKA: Should have been, some would say. SCARBOROUGH: But again -- MIKA: They played "Just As I Am," Mike's walking down to the front, the invitation, we're going to accept him. MIKA: He was his Vice President. SCARBOROUGH: We're not going to ask -- but we're glad. MIKA: Really? Okay. SCARBOROUGH: We're glad that he -- MIKA: I'm going to work on that one. SCARBOROUGH: You're not glad that he didn't -- MIKA: I'm glad, but I -- SCARBOROUGH: But he did it.  \ MIKA: Okay. SCARBOROUGH: Right? He did it. MIKA: He did it. SCARBOROUGH: He did it. Mark that down. One step forward, right? MIKA: One step forward. SCARBOROUGH: And he did it, Willie --  MIKA: [sighs deeply] SCARBOROUGH: How are you doing? MIKA: I'm good. SCARBOROUGH: Okay.
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Doocy, Wegmann, Friends Grill WH Over Their Weak Support of China Protests

By: Curtis Houck — November 29th 2022 at 13:17
On Monday’s episode of the White House press briefing, numerous White House reporters challenged National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby on the Biden administration’s milquetoast response to the growing and potentially seismic protests in China over the communist regime’s ongoing lockdowns and human rights abuses. The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller set the table with the first general China questions that triggered Kirby’s nonchalant response that “[t]he White House supports the right of peaceful protest.”     But it was CBS’s Ed O’Keefe who provided some bite standing up for the protests, which made sense seeing as how competitors ABC is owned by Disney (with business in China) and NBC having a correspondent still in China. O’Keefe poked holes in this esoteric statement of support: “In that realm, the statement you issued — or that was issued earlier today didn’t include any explicit calls for China to stop detaining and harming protesters and journalists. Why not?” Kirby didn’t go any further other than to add “we’re going to watch this closely, and we’ll see where things go.” AFP’s Sebastian Smith brought up an important question as to whether this has received any additional priority from the President: “Could you give us a sense of how much the President is engaging with this issue? Is he watching it personally, you know, getting updated more than on, maybe, some other things?” Kirby scoffed at that, insisting Biden’s “staying briefed on what’s going on inside China” before joking “I’ve never been in the room where he wasn’t, like, closely briefed.” Coming from the left, Yahoo! News’s Alexander Nazaryan argued people “assume that the United States supports peaceful protest around the world” and such a take isn’t “a novel position.” Given the stakes, Nazarayan wondered, why hasn’t the administration gone further “to...assert the rights of people, advocating for freedom and democracy more forcefully than perhaps we have.” Kirby cowardly sought to not anger the communist thugs and replied the U.S. has reemphasized in this moment it’s ongoing belief in “free assembly and...peaceful protest” and that this is an issue “for the Chinese people and the Chinese government to speak to.” Doocy Time finally arrived, beginning with one about China: “[W]hy is the White House’s line that ‘everybody has the right to peacefully protest’ and not ‘the U.S. thinks it’s bad to lock people up in their houses to stop COVID?’” After Kirby claimed “a lockdown is not a policy that we’re going to support here,” Doocy changed gears to Venezuela and lifting sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime (click “expand”): DOOCY: [A]nd on the sanctions relief for Venezuela — KIRBY: Yeah. DOOCY: — why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.? KIRBY: That’s not an accurate take on the President’s view. DOOCY: Earlier this month, he said, “No more drilling.  There is no more drilling.” KIRBY: The President has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter; 9,000 of them are being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States. Now, I’ll let Chevron speak for this particular issue of sanctions relief, but our expectation is it won’t be a lot of oil coming out of there.  It will have to be shipped to the United States. DOOCY: Does the President think there’s some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here? KIRBY: No, it has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate, Peter. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. Nine thousand and we’re talking about one there in Venezuela. Now, look, it remains to be seen how much will get drilled down there. It’ll be up to Chevron to decide that, Peter. But — but as a function of the sanction itself, that oil, whatever product is drilled, has to come to the United States. And finally, the great Philip Wegmann of Real Clear Politics had perhaps the question of the briefing: “[W]hat is the President’s reaction when he hears protesters in China chant ‘freedom’ or ‘Xi Jinping step down’?” Kirby wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole: “The President is not going to speak for protesters around the world; they’re speaking for themselves.” Wegmann tried a second time: WEGMANN: And so there’s no reaction? KIRBY: These protesters are speaking for themselves. What we are doing is making it clear that we support the right of peaceful protest. Tying the war in Ukraine to China’s authoritarian movements, Wegmann questioned whether “the backlog of arms shipments to Taiwan” has been “a result of our stepped-up efforts to send arms to Ukraine.” Kirby made clear he wasn’t going to get into specifics other than to state in vague terms that “we are constantly balancing, as we must, our own inventories, the inventories of our allies and partners and people that we do conduct arm sales with.” To see the relevant transcript from November 28’s briefing, click here.
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Musk: Free Speech Is a ‘Battle for the Future Of Civilization”

By: Autumn Johnson — November 29th 2022 at 12:57
Twitter owner Elon Musk said the fight for free speech against one-sided censorship is “a battle for the future of civilization.” If civilization is to survive, Musk said that free speech must be a top priority not just for the United States, but for all countries around the world. “This is a battle for the future of civilization,” he tweeted Monday. “If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead.” The declaration came after he announced that internal files detailing Twitter’s intentional suppression of free speech will soon be made public. The files could potentially include information on the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal. “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” he tweeted. “The public deserves to know what really happened…” Musk previously said that releasing the internal documents is “necessary to restore public trust.” When a user tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.” Musk responded, “This is necessary to restore public trust.” He also called the battle “a revolution against online censorship in America.” Musk has faced severe criticism from the left for his new pro-free speech policies on Twitter. NewsBusters reported last week that Musk’s new Twitter policy will offer “general amnesty” to suspended accounts that do not break the law or engage in “egregious” spam. Liberal activists in favor of increasing content moderation on Twitter were not happy about the new policy. Imran Ahmed, CEO of the campaign group the Center for Countering Digital Hate, reportedly told The Guardian that only “superspreaders of hate” will benefit from the policy change. "Superspreaders of hate, abuse and harassment will be the only people to benefit from this latest decision by Twitter," Ahmed reportedly said.  Hopewell Chin'ono, a journalist in Zimbabwe, tweeted that the “amnesty” policy will be "a major disaster especially in Africa where State sponsored Ghost accounts were suspended for endangering human rights activists & journalists!"  Chin'ono added that users who voted in favor of the poll “allowed vile people to put our lives in danger as journalists! You will have blood on your hands @elonmusk.” 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.
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Fox Business: 13 States Wage Regulatory War on Vanguard Group Over Woke ESG Obsession

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 29th 2022 at 12:48
U.S. states have reportedly had it with leftist behemoth investment companies like Vanguard Group exploiting woke environmental, social and governance standards to overhaul American culture into a leftist dreamscape. Thirteen Republican attorneys general led by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) “filed a rare motion Monday” asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “to prevent” Vanguard Group from “purchasing shares of publicly listed utility companies,” according to Fox Business. The reason? The company has a particular obsession for ESG investing. The AGs are reportedly asking “to hold a hearing examining whether Vanguard Group should be given blanket authorization to purchase large quantities of public utility stocks due to its support” for ESGs. ESGs are wielded to coerce companies to change their corporate policies to abide by a leftist ideological structure on issues such as climate change and gender.     The AGs asserted that “‘[t]he Commission granted the 2019 Authorization [to own more than $10 million worth of public utility shares] based on assurances from Vanguard that it would refrain from investing ‘for the purpose of managing’ utility companies,’” according to the filing obtained by Fox Business. However, they continued,  “‘Vanguard’s own public commitments and other statements have at the very least created the appearance that Vanguard has breached its promises to the Commission by engaging in environmental activism and using its financial influence to manipulate the activities of the utility companies in its portfolio.’” [Emphasis added.] Vanguard reportedly manages a whopping $8 trillion in assets.  Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas have all reportedly joined Utah in the motion.  Heartland Institute’s Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy Research Fellow Linnea Lueken outlined the dangers of ESGs and the magnitude of the threat they pose to American businesses: ESG investment funds are targeted portfolios that choose to invest only in companies that meet established environmental, social, and corporate governance goals set by woke activists and elite fund managers. Instead of investing based on traditional economic performance indicators, like, profits, return on investment, long or short term stock performance, record of repaying loans, etc., investors look at a company’s stated commitment to goals such as, net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, union membership, gender and sexual diversity in the board room, and other distinctly progressive positions. Banks and financial institutions apply ESG scores to often unwitting companies, and a low score can mean your business is passed over for investment, [emphasis added.] Utah State Treasurer Marlo Oaks (R) stated in an exclusive interview with MRC Business that ESGs were the “the greatest threat to our freedoms in America today without question.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818) 460-7477, CBS News (212) 975-3247 and NBC News (212) 664-6192 and tell them to report on state efforts to fight back against the radical ESG movement.
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Your Tax $ at NPR: GOP Bills on 'Gender-Affirming Care' Could Cause Teen Suicides

By: Tim Graham — November 29th 2022 at 12:34
On Monday, NPR posted a very one-sided report headlined “Bills targeting trans youth are growing more common — and radically reshaping lives.” Republicans are “targeting” the “trans kids,” and they might kill themselves. [Graphic by NPR] It’s a big report, with a big “analysis.” It’s 2,354 words on a radio website. It carries a major bias. The term “gender-affirming care” is used 15 times (not counting one use in a quote.) At the bottom of the story, you can see NPR.org uses “gender-affirming care” as a topic. This is the main finding:  An NPR analysis of this fast-changing landscape found that over the past two years, state lawmakers introduced at least 306 bills targeting trans people, more than in any previous period. A majority of this legislation, 86%, focuses on trans youth. Most of the sources quoted are transgender or “trans-affirming.” The story begins with ACLU plaintiff Dylan Brandt, a 17-year-old trans boy in Arkansas who is pondering leaving the state to keep taking male hormones. “We wouldn’t have any other choice, because this isn’t something I can live without.”  The LGBTQ Left always argues that they must have their way... or conservatives are causing suicides.  A January poll from the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis support for the LGBTQ community, found that 85% of trans and nonbinary youth said their mental health was negatively affected by these laws. A subsequent poll found that more than half of trans and nonbinary youth "seriously considered" suicide in the past year. "Regardless of if these bills pass ... it is already having a negative impact for LGBTQ youth generally," says Sam Ames, director of advocacy and government affairs at the Trevor Project. For many, Ames says, "we are talking about life and death." NPR also quotes Rutgers law professor/activist Katie Eyer on the wave of “anti-trans” bills. “ It's an echo, she says, of the period after Brown v. Board of Education, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation in schools, but many states kept trying to pass laws to obstruct the ruling. "This phenomenon of states just ... churning out legislation as it's struck down is one that has a long history in civil rights," says Eyer.  Oppose the transgender agenda? You’re comparable to a segregationist. That’s your tax dollars at work at NPR.  Conservative sources are quoted twice. Republican state Rep. Scott Cepicky appears in paragraph 25. Jay Richards of the Heritage Foundation is quoted in paragraph 31. In both cases, NPR immediately rebuts the quotes with phrases such as "Critics, however, see a solution in search of a problem."  They're not subtle about associating conservatism and hate:  In some cases, bills have been given a boost by conservative advocacy groups like the Heritage Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), according to lawmakers and advocates. The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified ADF as an anti-LGBTQ hate group. The group, which was involved in the Idaho ban on trans women and girls in sports, disputes the designation, writing in a statement that its legal cases in support of conservative causes "frequently draw broad support across ideological lines. As you might expect, all of the leftist sources are never identified as leftist, or liberal. This is especially irresponsible when you're presenting leftist groups tagging their opponents as "hate groups." This tweet sums it all up:  As expected, the deep sludge underneath this headline is pretty much pure propaganda with just the slightest acknowledgment that the other side -- researched, documented, and legitimate -- even exists. Taxpayers should not be funding this effort @npr pic.twitter.com/JjXu6cIIl3 — Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) November 29, 2022 Feel free to let NPR's "Public Editor" know your opinion on this piece There's an online response form, or she tweets at @KellyMcB. 
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Trump's Dumb Dinner Leads to Salon Labeling All Rightwingers as White Supremacist

By: Jason Cohen — November 29th 2022 at 11:44
Salon’s Amanda Marcotte is on to you, Republicans. She can see right inside your pasty white scalps and into your racist brains. She knows you’d be fine with Trump dining with white supremacists, as long as it did not hurt your election chances.  As part of that, she had a piece out titled “Republicans don't care that Trump's a white supremacist — just that he's indiscreet about it.”  In it, Marcotte not only condemned right-wing politicians as racist bigots but also contemptibly categorized their voters similarly. She wrote, “GOP base voters, who either fully agree with Trump's racist views or don't care enough to hold it against him, dig in their heels and refuse to reconsider their cult-like worship of the former president.” Marcotte then went on to call Trump an “overt white nationalist.” Does she not know what “overt” means or is Marcotte purposely misleading her readers?  Of course, she did not give a single example of Trump being an overt white nationalist.  This next part was hilarious. Marcotte wrote, “The latest reminder of Trump's racial views: He had dinner with Ye, formerly Kanye West (whom Vox dubs ‘a poster child for antisemitism and white nationalism’) and Ye's new Holocaust-denying buddy Nick Fuentes.”  So Ye, a black man, is a poster child for white nationalism? Marcotte thought she found proof the GOP does not care about racism. She noted that while Republican politicians criticized Trump’s judgment for hosting the dinner, they did not mention: “That white supremacy is reprehensible, regardless of its impact on the GOP's electoral outcomes. Nor did they mention that rising white nationalism has led to mass murders.” Does Marcotte believe the right does not view white supremacy as disgusting and that they do not care about mass murders motivated by this sick ideology?  She then did a little concern-trolling, lecturing Republicans that “white supremacist views offend some number of Americans who might otherwise be inclined to vote for their party. In the end, GOP leaders send the message that the problem with Trump's overt racism is not that it's wrong or damaging, but that it's inconvenient to white conservatives.”    It is 2022, and except for a small fringe, Americans detest these imbecilic ideologies. But the left is so brainwashed with hatred that they generalize this to half of the country.
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Rams’ Cupp Denounces Ad Campaign Featuring Kids With Bondage Gear

By: Jay Maxson — November 29th 2022 at 11:21
The NFL constantly pumps its woke “Inspire Change” campaign, and Rams’ receiver extraordinaire Cooper Kupp turned that into a positive over the weekend. Cupp slammed Balenciaga for a BDSM-themed ad campaign featuring children.  The fashion company Balenciaga has apologized for the unthinkable ad featuring a child holding a teddy bear dressed in bondage attire.  The most valuable player of this year’s Super Bowl, Cupp wrote a statement demanding Balenciaga be held accountable for this sick, twisted imagery:  “To try to be a voice for our children, who rely on the protection of the men and women that were entrusted the responsibility of nurturing them and raising them up: please make yourself aware of the attack against our young ones by @balenciaga, and ensure that they are held responsible for it.  “For those of us in positions to create change in the way that companies manipulate people and advertise evil, please stand up!”  How refreshing! A key figure in a league known for woke nonsense stands up for children and makes a crucial point on the declining cultural state of the nation.  Balenciaga came under fire for teaming up with Adidas for a second ad with disturbing child abuse imagery. This ad also included language from the U.S. Supreme Court case on pedophilia, United States v. Williams, regarding the distribution of child pornography.  Balenciaga apologized for both ads and indicated it is pursuing legal action against the people responsible for creating them.  Fox News reported the photographer for the “Toy Stories” campaign is Gabriele Galimberti. The despicable photographs have been “mostly scrubbed from the global brand’s website,” said Fox’s Ryan Gaydos.  According to the New York Post, the fashion house released its mea culpa in an Instagram post Monday afternoon.:  “We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intent to include it in the narrative. Our plush bear bags and the gift collection should have not been featured with children. This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images. The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone.”  Balenciaga also termed the campaigns “reckless negligence.”  To say the least. 
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Lemon on CNN: 'I Don't Think We Ever Were Liberal'

By: Alex Christy — November 29th 2022 at 10:51
CNN This Moring co-host Don Lemon travelled over to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday to promote the show and insist that “I don’t think we were liberal” when speaking about the pre-Chris Licht era. Colbert asked about changes to the network under Licht, “The word on the street is you guys aren't allowed to be liberal anymore? Is that the case?”     Lemon laughably argued that, “I don't think we ever were liberal.” After a somewhat surprised Colbert replied with a simple “What?,” Lemon doubled down, “Yes, I don't think we ever were liberal.” Not only was CNN liberal, it still is, but trying to get Lemon to expand on his assertion Colbert, declared “That's not me saying that. It's the people out there saying he’s not letting you be liberal anymore.” Giving his understanding of Licht’s ideas, Lemon declared, “Well, listen, I think that-- I think what Chris is saying is that he wants Republicans, sensible Republicans, he wants us to hold people to account, but he wants people to come on and feel comfortable with coming on and talking on CNN, and appearing on CNN. So, if you invite someone in your house, you want to make them feel comfortable. But, also, by the nature of what we do, we have to hold people to account.” He then proceeded to tripled down on not being liberal, “And so that doesn't necessarily mean we're going liberal or conservative or whatever. It just means we are doing what we do, and that's good journalism.” After Colbert asked if this means “accountable, not confrontational,” Lemon continued: I think sometimes one must be confrontational. Look, I don't think a conversation on television should be any different than a conversation in person. Listen, I have confrontational conversations with people I love. And I have uncomfortable conversations with people I love. And I think it's necessary. And I think it's also necessary to do that on television, on CNN.  Wrapping up this portion of the interview, Lemon added, “And then-- but you can do that without being vitriolic. I think not being vitriolic is maybe a better way of putting it, but you can do that and not have vitriol. As people say, you can disagree without being disagreeable and so I think that, you know, that’s what our mission is.” Back in the real world, the real CNN features Lemon labeling those “sensible Republicans” as worse than Trump.  This segment was sponsored by Volkswagen. Here is a transcript for the November 28-taped show: CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 11/29/2022 12:16 AM ET STEPHEN COLBERT: Chris Licht, he's the CEO of CNN.  DON LEMON: Oh, right, right. COLBERT: He's your boss now.  LEMON: Oh, he’s not there anymore. COLBERT: He used to stand right over there—he used to stand right over there-- and hit the applause sign-- LEMON: Yeah. COLBERT: -- right before we went to commercial, basically all his job was. And now he’s a really hard job— LEMON: Yeah. COLBERT: -- which is running CNN. The word on the street is you guys aren't allowed to be liberal anymore? Is that the case?  LEMON: I don't think we ever were liberal. COLBERT: What? LEMON: Yes, I don't think we ever were liberal.  COLBERT: That's not me saying that. It's the people out there saying he’s not letting you be liberal anymore.  LEMON: Well, listen, I think that-- I think what Chris is saying is that he wants Republicans, sensible Republicans, he wants us to hold people to account, but he wants people to come on and feel comfortable with coming on and talking on CNN, and appearing on CNN. So, if you invite someone in your house, you want to make them feel comfortable. But, also, by the nature of what we do, we have to hold people to account.  And so that doesn't necessarily mean we're going liberal or conservative or whatever. It just means we are doing what we do, and that's good journalism.  COLBERT: So, accountable, not confrontational? LEMON: I think sometimes one must be confrontational. Look, I don't think a conversation on television should be any different than a conversation in person. Listen, I have confrontational conversations with people I love. And I have uncomfortable conversations with people I love. And I think it's necessary. And I think it's also necessary to do that on television, on CNN.  And then-- but you can do that without being vitriolic. I think not being vitriolic is maybe a better way of putting it, but you can do that and not have vitriol. As people say, you can disagree without being disagreeable and so I think that, you know, that’s what our mission is. 
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Netflix Dark Comedy ‘Dead to Me’ Recognizes Humanity of Preborn Child: ‘You Have a Life Inside You’

By: Dawn Slusher — November 29th 2022 at 00:45
It’s not often that Hollywood acknowledges the value of preborn human life. In fact, it’s usually the opposite, especially since Roe v. Wade was overturned (which is no accident). So, it was a pleasant surprise when Netflix’s hit dark comedy Dead to Me showed reverence and respect for the unborn baby main character Jen (Christina Applegate) is carrying during the show’s third and final season, referring to the baby as a “human being" and “a life.” It was also nice to see Hollywood prove that a single mother who finds herself facing a crisis pregnancy during a very difficult time can absolutely choose life for her child and still be successful and happy. Jen is menopausal and widowed with two sons at home when, in episode 7, “Can We Be Honest,” her doctor surprises her with the news that she’s pregnant from a one-night stand. This happens right after finding out her best friend Judy (Linda Cardellini) has stage IV cervical cancer. “How is this even possible?” Jen asks. “I am a thousand years old.” When the doctor asks if she’d like to know the sex, Jen retorts, “I would like to go back in time and not have the sеx.” Her doctor gently reminds her, “Jen, I understand this is a shock, but it's also kind of a miracle. Do you know how many women would kill to get pregnant at your age?” Jen immediately thinks of Judy and how much she’s always wanted to be a mother, but due to her cancer, she’ll never be able to live out that dream. Still, Jen manages to quip sarcastically to the doctor when she asks if she has a partner, “Don't say partner. I'm not running a small business. I have a f*cking human being in my body.” The news about the baby hits Judy hard, but she keeps her pain to herself not wanting to burden Jen with it. In the final episode, “We’ve Reached the End,” the two are temporarily hiding out from the law together on a girls getaway in Mexico. Jen wants to stay there until Judy passes from the cancer, but Judy won’t hear of it, leading to a conversation and scare that again displays the value of a preborn child: Judy: You have a life in Laguna. You have a life inside you. Jen: Okay, I don't wanna...just let's not...I can't talk anymore. Judy: You promise me. Don't let that baby grow up without knowing its father. Trust me. It creates a hole in your heart that... Jen: Judy. No, no. Judy: It's okay. You're okay. Doctor: (Speaks in Spanish) Jen: Okay, I'm...I'm sorry. We don't speak Spanish. Um... Judy: No, he said that you have something called placenta previa, and that's the cause of the bleeding. Jen: Okay, well, what does that mean? Doctor: (Speaks Spanish) Judy: Oh. Jen: What? What did he say? Is there something wrong with the baby? Judy: He said she looks really healthy. Jen: She does? Judy: She does! Doctor: (Speaks Spanish) Judy: Sí. We'll definitely follow up. Gracias. Jen: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. We will. Gracias. She's a girl. Judy: She is! Jen: All right, I'm not gonna say I wasn't hoping for a girl 'cause I don't even know what I was hoping for. And I mean, you know how gender is just so loosey-goosey these days. Judy: Yeah. Jen: But damn, was I hoping for a girl. Judy: Oh, I know. I know. Me too! Jen: Oh, God. It's not like boys aren't fine. Judy: Oh, they're great. Jen: But girls are better, obviously! Judy: The best, obviously! Oh my God! Oh! As someone who dealt with secondary infertility due to endometriosis and who finally conceived a miracle baby after brutal surgery and drug therapy for my disease, only to experience the same issue with placenta previa, this scene really hit home for me. Thankfully, my beautiful baby boy was born despite it all, albeit after an emergency induction due to preeclampsia, a life-threatening complication. My son’s oxygen level kept falling during labor as well, due to the cord being wrapped around his neck, which my doctor swiftly removed as soon as his head and neck were exposed. Praise God the baby and I were both okay. All these complications, however, make you extremely grateful for the life that’s growing inside of you even more than you ever thought possible, especially when you finally get to hold that precious baby in your arms. Kudos to this show for capturing that emotion perfectly and for recognizing the value of preborn human life!
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Biden’s Misplaced Emphasis on One Gun

By: Cal Thomas — November 29th 2022 at 10:20
We now know at least one of the priorities of the Biden administration during the remaining weeks Democrats control the House of Representatives. The president says he would try to “get rid of assault weapons.” Speaking to reporters at his Nantucket, Massachusetts, holiday house, Biden said: “The idea [that] we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.” His statement followed a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. The gunman used an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon. He also had a handgun which a hero used to beat and subdue him. Another shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, involved a handgun. The killer murdered six people and then killed himself. Did laws already on the books deter these men from murdering others? How would more laws achieve compliance? Then there is the unsolved murder of four college students in Moscow, Idaho, in which a knife was used. No one is calling for knives to be banned. Someone intent on murder will find a way to kill no matter how many laws are passed. Banning a so-called “assault weapon” (which neither the president nor few other gun control advocates have defined), would not have deterred the Virginia and Colorado shooters. Laws against murder did not stop the Idaho stabber. What has been missing in the continuing debate about guns is a focus on the declining value our culture places on life, as well as any notion of personal responsibility and accountability for one’s actions. From the continued advocacy by some for no restrictions on abortion, to states that have passed assisted-suicide legislation, the value on human life “endowed by our Creator” has eroded like sand at the seashore. Perhaps this is in part due to the increasing number of us who no longer listen to the Creator’s voice, choosing instead to live as we please. If we see ourselves only as evolutionary accidents in a meaningless universe, then some will believe they can live with no restraints, even to the point of killing fellow humans. This also helps explain the crime wave and disregard for human lives in some of our major cities where people now fear going out at night. What difference might it make if instead of imposing the latest fads and trends in our schools and universities, students were taught what matters most – honor, integrity, a moral code that has been accepted by most Americans for generations, along with the previously mentioned personal responsibility and accountability for one’s actions? But don’t people have different views on such things? One might ask how those different views are working out and advise a return to the values that once promoted the general welfare. The buzzwords “diversity,” “inclusion” and “equity” have replaced right and wrong and we are suffering the consequences. C.S. Lewis had it right when he wrote on moral values: “Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that. … The real job of every moral teacher is to keep on bringing us back, time after time, to the old simple principles which we are all so anxious not to see; like bringing a horse back and back to the fence it has refused to jump or bringing a child back and back to the bit in its lesson that it wants to shirk.” Instead of focusing on passing more gun laws, when those on the books haven’t worked, perhaps President Biden should spend some time reading Lewis.
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PBS Welcomes CCP Hack to Praise Zero-COVID Policy, Trash Anti-Xi Protestors

By: Alex Christy — November 29th 2022 at 09:49
For Tuesday’s edition of Amanpour and Company on PBS and CNN International, host Christiane Amanpour welcomed Victor Gao of the China National Association of International Studies to praise China’s zero-COVID policy and condemn the protestors calling for Xi Jinping’s removal. While it would not be fair to say Amanpour lobbed softballs to Gao, she was not as tough as she should’ve been. After Gao, whose Wikipedia page also describes him as a “media spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party,” Amanpour asked “We pose the question of what will the government do, given that, you know, any sort of lifting or sudden lifting of restrictions could cause a massive outbreak. What does the government fear most?”     Gao again condemned the protestors while praising the zero-COVID policy, “This is a very important question. Before answering your question, allow me to make one brief point. Some of the protesters were calling for human rights. I would advise them that actually the most important human rights as far as China's concerned is the life-- the right to life. So, without life, you lose every political rights you may want to achieve.” He also claimed China is better than the U.S. in this regard, “Therefore, as a result of the dynamic zero-COVID policy, China saved a minimum of one million lives, or even up to about 10 million lives. And I reached these numbers using the U.S. death number as a reference point. After all, China's population is more than four times larger as that of the United States. So, whoever -- who are unhappy about the zero-COVID policy should be reminding themselves of a massive amount of lives that China has managed to save over the past three years.” Instead of questioning Communist Party statistics, Amanpour gave credence to the claim, “clearly, many people feel that yes, yes, you're right. There were a lot of lives saved compared to the U.S., Brazil, et cetera.” It is notable Amanpour picked the U.S. and Brazil, countries that were led by Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, two men she despises, and every other country gets lumped in with “et cetera.” As for Gao’s claim that China instituted the zero-COVID policy because it cares about human rights, while Amanpour did not bring up the awful state of human rights in China she did manage to ask, “However, this is three years and they're feeling like life is being snuffed out. I just want to play you the sound from a protester in Hong Kong. He's very concerned, you know, that he can't get back home. Here's what he said.” After playing a clip of a Hong Kong protestor condemning the policy because it banned him for visiting his parents and that he had friends commit suicide because of the policy, Amanpour asked if three years was enough. Gao responded by claiming that China is shifting strategies, but the real problem is the protestors, “And this is exactly the time when the whole nation in China needs to be united rather than accusing each other, for example, or even trying to bring in chaos or anarchy into China, which is the last thing that the majority of the people in China want.” Amanpour did not rebut the “chaos or anarchy” talking point, instead choosing to move onto vaccine efficacy and reciprocity. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the November 28-taped show: PBS Amanpour and Company 11/29/2022 1:05 AM ET AMANPOUR: So, Mr. Gao, you know, there's a famous quote, “you would say that, wouldn't you?” Of course, I understand that you oppose those protests calling for the removal of Xi Jinping, calling for more freedom. But what is the government’s option? You said that they must do something. They must get to the bottom of it. We pose the question of what will the government do, given that, you know, any sort of lifting or sudden lifting of restrictions could cause a massive outbreak. What does the government fear most? GAO: Thank you, Christiane. This is a very important question. Before answering your question, allow me to make one brief point. Some of the protesters were calling for human rights. I would advise them that actually the most important human rights as far as China's concerned is the life-- the right to life. So, without life, you lose every political rights you may want to achieve. Therefore, as a result of the dynamic zero-COVID policy, China saved a minimum of one million lives, or even up to about 10 million lives. And I reached these numbers using the U.S. death number as a reference point. After all, China's population is more than four times larger as that of the United States. So, whoever -- who are unhappy about the zero-COVID policy should be reminding themselves of a massive amount of lives that China has managed to save over the past three years. AMANPOUR: Okay GAO: Now, you talk – AMANPOUR: Yeah. I just want to pick you up on that. GAO: Yes, this is a – AMANPOUR: Because clearly, many people feel that yes, yes, you're right. There were a lot of lives saved compared to the U.S., Brazil, et cetera. However, this is three years and they're feeling like life is being snuffed out. I just want to play you the sound from a protester in Hong Kong. He's very concerned, you know, that he can't get back home. Here's what he said. HONG KONG RESIDENT: I am a victim. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How so? HONG KONG RESIDENT: I cannot go home for many years, like, two to three years, right. My parents were locked down for three months. And even relatives of my good friends, they suicide because of the lockdowns, right. And I know people die because of it. Because of the side effects of this policy, right. I think everyone who has the same mind should say something or do something to stop this unreasonable social measure. AMANPOUR: So, I mean look, at this all started -- you heard what he said, suicides and unreasonable measures after three years. And remember, we're talking about three years now. And that fire in Urumqi is considered -- and the video seemed to suggest that the firefighters could not reach the fire because of the COVID barriers that were outside. So, if you are advising the government, what would you say? GAO: Well, first of all, China is right now in the middle of a transition from the original version of the anti-virus strategy which really focused on minimizing deaths and infections to a new paradigm which needs to pursue two goals. One still is minimizing deaths and infections. But on the other hand, equally important if not more important, to achieve higher level of normalcy of life for the people and restoring economic activities to the normal course of activities. Both goals are very important. We try to pursue the first goal for the past three years. Now is the time to make that big transition into pursuing two goals. Now, in making this transition, it will involve a lot of uncertainty. Many difficulties. And this is exactly the time when the whole nation in China needs to be united rather than accusing each other, for example, or even trying to bring in chaos or anarchy into China, which is the last thing that the majority of the people in China want. So, I think we need to be very scientific. We need to rally behind the government in making sure that China goes through the transition smoothly, with less cost, with less deaths, and with less people getting infected in this transitional period.
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ABC's ‘The Good Doctor’ Praises Parents Who Reject ‘Selective Reduction’

By: Elise Ehrhard — November 29th 2022 at 00:48
Television has been pushing the pro-abortion agenda hard this fall, but every now and again a pro-life script slips through the cracks. Monday night's episode of ABC's The Good Doctor surprised with a narrative about a very high-risk pregnancy that celebrated life. In the episode, "Boys Don't Cry," St. Bonaventure Hospital prepares for the delivery of a high-risk multiples pregnancy. The mother had been prescribed clomiphene, a medication that stimulates ovulation to treat infertility. It worked too well and she unexpectedly conceived six children. The team at the hospital delivers the six babies and begins the work of saving the infants who were most at-risk during the pregnancy.  While in surgery on one of the preemies, Dr. Jordan Allen (Bria Samoné Henderson) praises the parents, Gena and Jack, for choosing to keep all six babies. Her colleague,  Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), criticizes them for refusing to "selectively reduce," a euphemism for abortion:     Allen: The parents, Gena and Jack? Heroes.  Glassman: We might throw that word around just a little too easily.  Allen: Think of the risk they took, bringing six new lives into the world.  Glassman: Refusing to selectively reduce is what got us here in the first place. Delivering 11 weeks pre-term is a little bit less than ideal.  Allen: Like Dr. Andrews says, we're going to beat the odds and save them all.  Glassman: Well, if we pull that off, then we are the heroes. Glassman and Allen further disagree when monitoring the infant post-surgery. The child's recovery is precarious and Glassman is pessimistic about whether or not the baby will make it. Allen remains positive. "As long as she's breathing, her heart is beating, her brain is functioning, there's still hope," Allen says. In the end, all six babies survive with good prognoses for their future. They go home with their joyful parents. Dr. Glassman thanks Dr. Allen for "helping me to not give up on hope." While the show celebrated life, it unfortunately also catered to some selfish notions about the rights of children. During the episode, a gay male couple talked about having children without ever asking if it would be unfair to intentionally deprive a child of a mother. A single female doctor looked through sperm bank donors with no concern about deliberately depriving a future child of a father. Sadly, a child's need for both a mom and a dad has long been portrayed as irrelevant in television shows and pop culture in general. But at least a child's right to life was honored in the episode. In a post-Roe world in which Hollywood is pushing the pro-abortion agenda more intensely than ever, such a script is unique. 
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CNN Reporter Finds Daylight Savings Time 'Sheds Light' on America's Structural Racism

By: Tim Graham — November 29th 2022 at 08:26
From the Everything Is Racist department, Paul Sacca at The Blaze pointed out that health reporter Jacqueline Howard ginned up a CNN.com article titled: "Daylight Saving Time sheds light on lack of sleep’s disproportionate impact in communities of color." Surprise, surprise -- Howard used to be a writer for The Huffington Post. It's a lateral liberal move to CNN. The latest inequity article began:  As the United States rolled back the clocks one hour this month to observe the end of Daylight Saving Time, many people got a bit more sleep than usual – but some not as much as others. Growing evidence shows that lack of sleep and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, remain more prevalent in Black, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino communities, and these inequities can have long-term detrimental implications for physical health, even raising the risk of certain chronic diseases. "Sleep researchers" underlined the CNN thesis: “Poor sleep is associated with a host of poor health outcomes, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including of the breast and colon. Many of these health outcomes are more prevalent in the Black population,” said Chandra Jackson, a researcher and epidemiologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who has been studying racial and ethnic disparities in sleep. We're told "it’s not that White adults don’t also experience a lack of sleep and its health consequences – but people of color appear to disproportionately experience them more, and that’s believed to be largely due to social systems in the United States." Jackson isn't finished with the grand theorizing:  Jackson added that she often reflects on how the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March 2020 and the shooting of George Floyd’s 4-year-old grandniece in Houston on New Year’s Day both happened when they were asleep – and how systems of structural racism in the US can cultivate conditions that make such incidents more likely to happen in Black communities. “This would require research,” she said. Well, it doesn't require research to get a push from CNN. Howard then includes “examples of structural racism” that can affect health: “discriminatory mortgage lending,” how “predominantly white school districts tend to get more funding,” and “even how hair discrimination may contribute to some Black women using potentially harmful chemical hair products.” Howard is eager to share studies that show racism in health outcomes, like this in October:  Black and Hispanic adults who go into cardiac arrest in public are less likely to receive CPR from anyone standing by before a medical team arrives, a new study finds https://t.co/yIebrHFYBR — CNN (@CNN) October 28, 2022
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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle Suggests GOP is Party of Racists & Anti-Semites

By: Kevin Tober — November 29th 2022 at 00:45
On MSNBC's low-rated show The 11th Hour, host Stephanie Ruhle during a segment on former President Donald Trump's dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and anti-Semite and degenerate rapper Kanye West, Ruhle decided to smear the entire Republican Party by suggesting they are the party of racists and anti-Semites despite the fact that Republicans from all corners of the party have rightly condemned Trump for keeping bad company.  After airing a clip of former President George H.W. Bush condemning former KKK grand wizard and then-candidate for Governor of Louisiana David Duke for his racist and anti-Semitic views, Ruhle referenced a tweet by Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy which strongly criticized Trump's dinner with Fuentes and West. She then whined that "he was responding to the Trump dinner saying this is not who the Republican Party is. But here's the thing. We just listened to George Bush. It might not be who the Republican Party was. But it's absolutely who they are today."     Responding to Ruhle, turncoat Republican and Lincoln Project grifter Stuart Stevens claimed that "listening to that clip from President Bush is like an artifact from a lost civilization. And in that campaign, they got a former Republican governor Dave Treen to run the campaign against Republican David Duke." "This is just what happens when you don't believe in anything. You allow whoever says they will help you get elected just for power to take over. And that's what the Republican Party has done," Stevens whined.  Stevens continued kvetching that "this is what the Republican Party wants to be." Ruhle then jumped in once more to agree with Stevens' smear, claiming "it's who they are."  Ruhle never offered proof that the GOP is the party of racists & anti-Semites other than pointing to Trump's dinner last week.  Not only did she fail to offer any evidence to back up her hateful smear of half the country, but she was defiant. When called out on Twitter shortly after she made those comments, she refused to apologize or retract what she said:    Thanks for tuning in Kev — Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) November 29, 2022   This dishonest segment was made possible by Chase. Their information is linked. So you can let them know about the biased news they fund.  To read the transcript click "expand": MSNBC’s The 11th Hour 11/28/2022 11:37:44 p.m. Eastern STEPHANIE RUHLE: David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. You know, Stewart earlier, we shared Republican Bill Cassidy's tweet. He was responding to the Trump dinner saying this is not who the Republican Party is. But here's the thing. We just listened to George Bush. It might not be who the Republican Party was. But it's absolutely who they are today.  STUART STEVENS: Yeah. Listening to that clip from President Bush is like an artifact from a lost civilization. And in that campaign, they got a former Republican governor Dave Treen to run the campaign against Republican David Duke. It's just—look. Where the party is now, though, is not surprising.  I mean go back to when Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims. And no one in the party or very few said anything. This is just what happens when you don't believe in anything. You allow whoever says they will help you get elected just for power to take over. And that's what the Republican Party has done.  We used to say, I don't know, some of us believe that it turned out to be completely false, but that character is destiny. And that's what happened to the Republican Party. The character of the Republican Party has proved to be its destiny. And it's heartbreaking to some of us who worked in the party, there's no way to deny it. This is what the Republican Party wants to be.  RUHLE: And it's who they are.
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NewsBusters Podcast: Elon Musk vs. the 'Defamation' Censors

By: Tim Graham — November 28th 2022 at 22:57
On MSNBC on Sunday, weekend host Katie Phang sounded furious about Elon Musk offering a Twitter "amnesty" to some banned users. She asked Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt about how the Left should "get the reins" on Twitter. They can't stand this "free speech" business. He said freedom of speech isn't freedom to slander. Last week, Greenblatt offered the same routine on CNN, as anchor Erica Hill noted the ADL was partnering with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). These groups use their "defamation" branding to pressure the social-media giants to punish and curb conservatives. The Left employs Orwellian lingo about "diversity and inclusion" to exclude their opponents. We also explore Brian Stelter looking like a reasonable moderate next to the radical-leftist censor Nandini Jammi, who wants to defund conservative news sites from Fox News to Breitbart. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
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NYT's Mara Gay: Modern GOP Was Founded on Backlash to Civil Rights

By: Kevin Tober — November 28th 2022 at 22:45
On MSNBC's The ReidOut, New York Times editorial board member and MSNBC analyst, Mara Gay proved that she knows very little about the civil rights movement or how the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed when she attempted to slime the "modern" Republican Party as being in opposition to civil rights. When in reality, the civil rights legislation of the 1960s would never have passed without GOP support.  ReidOut host Joy Reid started off the nasty and historically illiterate segment by going after the Tea Party movement. "The Tea Party is now the base, and he's one of them, and these tea party people are now the fundamentals of the party. So, it's not as if Trump is some sort of outlier. I think that’s what we’re missing," she stated.  "Trump isn't some freak who’s dragging the party to the right. He represents the median belief system of many of the people who vote for him. It's that simple," Reid insisted.  Gay jumped in to smear the GOP as a bunch of racists who are against civil rights for African Americans, which of course is an obvious lie to anyone who took a fifth-grade-level history course.  "The origin of the Republican Party as we know it today really has to do with a backlash to civil rights. And so any understanding of that Republican Party without that historical backlash to civil rights is incomplete," Gay said with a straight face.      While facts and logic are a foreign concept on MSNBC and The New York Times, they aren't here at NewsBusters. The truth is in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was in serious trouble because of Southern Democrats in the Senate.  Even then-Democrat President Lyndon Johnson told Hubert Humphrey that “The bill can’t pass unless you get Ev Dirksen," who was the Republican Senate Minority Leader at the time.  Despite having 67 members of the Senate, barely 40 Democrats supported cloture on the Civil Rights legislation. According to Senate.gov's history of the legislative fight, "This meant that Dirksen had to deliver at least 25 votes from his 33-member caucus that was divided among 21 conservatives, five moderates, and seven liberals."  In the end, the Republican Party under the leadership of Everett Dirksen, "the final tally stood at 71 to 29—27 Republicans and 44 Democrats joined forces to support cloture."  This ignorant segment on MSNBC was made possible thanks to the endorsement of Chase. Their information is linked. To read the transcript click "expand": MSNBC’s The ReidOut 11/28/2022 7:15:20 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: Part of it is they are the base. Right? The Tea Party is now the base, and he's one of them, and these tea party people are now the fundamentals of the party. So, it's not as if Trump is some sort of outlier. I think that’s what we’re missing. Is that Trump isn't some freak who’s dragging the party to the right. He represents the median belief system of many of the people who vote for him. It's that simple.  MARA GAY: I mean, that's right. We have to kind of go back to the historical origins of the modern-day Republican Party, which does not mean that every single Republican subscribes to these beliefs. Quite the opposite. But yet, the origin of the Republican Party as we know it today really has to do with a backlash to civil rights. And so any understanding of that Republican Party without that historical backlash to civil rights is incomplete. And so while of course a majority, we hope, of Republicans do not espouse these views, I think we can safely say that.  That thread has always been there and there's always been a tension between the ways it is expressed, excuse me, what's acceptable, what kind of language can we use around it, how close do you get to some of the grosser parts of that base, versus just plain conservative economic agenda, and so that tension has always been there. The difference is that Donald Trump has brought forth an id if you will, I'm certainly not the first to say this, that is really the darkest face of that. And I think it's really up to the Republican Party to excise that, confront it once and for all and move forward, but they do not appear in a position to do so. 
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Nets Bury Cross-Dressing Biden Admin Official Charged With Felony Theft

By: Kevin Tober — November 28th 2022 at 20:16
On Monday, Fox News Digital reported that Sam Brinton, the deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the Department of Energy was charged with stealing women’s luggage at an airport before taking a “leave of absence” without anyone noticing. If convicted, Brinton could serve up to five years in prison and be fined $10,000 for theft. The “big three” broadcast networks ignored this story during their flagship newscasts (ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, & NBC Nightly News).  Instead of reporting that the official in charge of making sure our nation’s nuclear waste is disposed of properly - among other essential duties - was charged with felony theft, the three networks decided to cover the return of comedian Jay Leno after suffering a severe burn (ABC), the Biden White House’s Christmas decorations (CBS), and local weather reports (NBC).  Brinton, the infamous dog fetishist, and crossdresser who was seemingly appointed to that post for this reason in order to fill the Biden administration’s desperate quest for diversity at any cost, reportedly stole a $2,325 Vera Bradley suitcase at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport on September 16, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Fox News.  Authorities then observed Brinton stealing the luggage and removing its tag which identified the owner after police were notified regarding the stolen suitcase. "Law enforcement had observed Brinton using the bag at least two other times when traveling to and from Washington D.C. on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9," Fox New Digital reported. When Brinton was contacted by an officer, he denied stealing the luggage, despite still being in possession of the suitcase.  "If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual. That was my clothes when I opened the bag,” Brinton told the officer, according to Fox News.  Then two hours later, Brinton called the officer back and subsequently apologized for not being "completely honest."  Brinton claimed it was a mistake and made excuses claiming he stole the suitcase because he was tired.  This outrageous example of the networks hiding the Biden administration’s crossdressing dog fetishist Department of Energy official being charged with stealing a woman’s luggage was made possible by Liberty Mutual on ABC, United Healthcare on CBS, and Ensure on NBC. Their information is linked so you can contact them. 
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Musk Suggests He’ll Make Internal Discussions on Twitter’s Hunter Biden Scandal Censorship Public

By: Catherine Salgado — November 28th 2022 at 19:11
Twitter owner Elon Musk announced that files on “free speech suppression” at Twitter will soon be made public, which could include information related to the platform’s sordid censorship of the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal. A Twitter user tweeted Nov. 23, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.” Musk responded, “This is necessary to restore public trust.” Musk then tweeted Nov. 28, “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened.” The New York Post released a bombshell story in October 2020 detailing the Hunter Biden laptop scandal involving him and his father President Joe Biden’s alleged shady business dealings in Ukraine. Twitter banned the report, blocking users from posting it and locking the Post’s account. A 2020 MRC poll found that 45 percent of President Joe Biden’s voters weren’t fully aware of the New York Post story precisely because the media and Big Tech whitewashed it. Had Americans been fully aware of the scandal, 9.4 percent of Biden voters would have abandoned him, flipping all six of the swing states he won to former President Donald Trump, giving Trump a victorious 311 electoral votes. The Daily Wire noted, “Media outlets such as The Washington Examiner, CBS News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have confirmed the laptop’s contents and messages, in part regarding foreign business deals Hunter Biden worked on in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere.” Big Tech not only suppressed the Hunter Biden scandal when his father was a presidential candidate, the tech companies continued to protect Joe Biden after he took office. An MRC Free Speech America study found in April, based on MRC’s unique CensorTrack database, that Big Tech censored criticism of Biden 646 times over a two year period. That includes 140 instances of censorship of the Hunter Biden scandal. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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CNN Implies Republicans Are the Party of Anti-Semitism, Hate Crimes

By: Curtis Houck — November 28th 2022 at 18:37
CNN’s Inside Politics host John King has long been seen as one of the more even-keeled CNN mainstays, but when he has an itch, he becomes just as partisan as the rest. Such was the case Monday when he and his panel used former President Trump’s brazen dining with virulent racists and anti-Semites Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and the GOP response as proof that the party is content with being an anti-Semitic party encouraging hate crimes. “To American politics now and to this sad, sad but recurring reality: Donald Trump associates himself with conspiracy and hate and all but a few Republican leaders say nothing,” King began, restating the details of the Trump dinner before whining there’s been “silence” from the GOP minus “a few willing to call this out.”     Upon introducing his panel, King had as much disgust for the GOP as he did for Trump: Why is this so hard? Why is this so hard? This is the company Donald Trump keeps and it's the company he has kept for years. Everyone’s focusing on Nick Fuentes, who is a horrible, reprehensible human being for what he says and advocates, but Ye, Kanye West, however you want to say it, also even recently involved in anti-Semitism and Trump won't apologize and they won't call him out. Why? King also blasted Chris Christie, Mike Pompeo and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for their recent comments on anti-Semitism as insufficient because they weren’t tearing Trump and the party to shreds (click “expand”): KING: And Chris Christie says another example of an awful lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which combined with past judgments make him an untenable general election candidate. Mike Pompeo says anti-Semitism is a cancer and talks about what he did as secretary of state, doesn't call out Donald Trump. DANA BASH: No.  KING: Doesn't say he should be, you know, not allowed to win the nomination. Ronna McDaniel, the party chairwoman, “as I have repeatedly said, white supremacist and neo-Nazism and hate speech and bigotry are disgusting, do not have a home in the Republican Party.” You didn’t say — where’s the next sentence? So, Donald Trump denounce it and nor do you. BASH: At least there's something there. You're — you’re right about Kevin McCarthy. It's not an excuse but it is a political reality that, if he says anything that will make Donald Trump combat him, attack him, he could very well lose the very, very small number of — of Republicans that are even there for him to become Speaker of the House. As always, nothing will be enough for these people as they’re the living embodiment of moving goalposts. State of the Union co-host Dana Bash was trying to outline the thinking of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but King interjected: “Power and politics over principle, period.” Bash changed her tune to fit the dangerous road King was going down in smearing Republicans as greenlighting hate crimes: “[I]t speaks to...what so many people who follow these issues say over and over again, silence is viewed as a green light for more hate and for even the speech to become more vicious, even to become violent.” King reacted with his disgusting smear by comparing Republicans to the racist Buffalo grocery store shooter: If you do not criticize something this reprehensible, you are complicit in it. If you have a position — just today, the suspect in the Buffalo shooting in the supermarket pled guilty said that he sought that supermarket out so he could kill the most available black people in one place. He has also railed against Jews as well. If leaders, political leaders, movement leaders encourage such behavior, you cannot be shocked when you get it.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tia Mitchell poured on and further proved why Republicans should adopt the Christina Pushaw approach in treating journalists: We're seeing that time and again with political rhetoric, translating into violence in America and it's something that unfortunately sometimes our elected officials like to focus on the mental health or the red flag laws and not really talking about the root causes of bigotry and racism that contribute to events like Buffalo.  Going to break, Bash suggested that, by not meeting the media’s satisfaction of distancing itself from Trump, Republicans are allowing anti-Semites and white supremacists to believe now is the “time to act.” “You invite people off the fringe. You invite people out of there. They think they better stay isolated because they can’t lift their head because people will condemn them. Instead, you welcome them. Sadly a conversation that will likely continue,” replied King. This insinuation that the GOP is the party of anti-Semitism and gateway to hate crimes and mass murder was made possible thanks to the endorsement of advertisers such as Lexus 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 November 28, click here.
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Politifact se une a la estafa de la desinformación en español

By: Jorge Bonilla — November 28th 2022 at 13:38
La cacería por "desinformación en español" está resultando ser la estafa de mayor crecimiento en Estados Unidos: tanto es así que Politifact ahora quiere entrar a la arena. Tenemos una idea bastante clara de cómo lucirá un Politifact en español, gracias a un estudio reciente del MRC que muestra que Politifact tiene 6 veces más probabilidades de defender a Joe Biden que de verificarlo. Comenzamos por la oferta de empleo: PolitiFact, la organización de verificación de datos políticos ganadora del Premio Pulitzer, busca reportero bilingüe para ayudarnos a ofrecer información basada en hechos a los hispanoparlantes en los Estados Unidos. ... Contaremos con usted para ayudarnos a conectar con comunidades que históricamente no han tenido acceso a información verificada. Sus habilidades de verificación de datos y comunicación ayudarán a nuestra audiencia a comprender cómo se manipula un vídeo o una foto, el contexto ausente detrás de una afirmación política, y la importancia de los hechos . Algunos días, explicará la verdad detrás de un vídeo viral en Instagram; otros días verificará las declaraciones del presidente de los Estados Unidos. Este reportero debe ser completamente bilingüe en español e inglés escrito y hablado. Tomaremos en consideración aquellos candidatos apasionados por divulgar la verdad, ansiosos por aprender y que entiendan el valor de desacreditar la desinformación dentro de un entorno político extremadamente polarizado. Politifact ha publicado verificaciones de datos en español esporádicamente durante más de un año, pero nuestro objetivo es crear una versión separada en español dentro de nuestro sitio web. Los interesados deben adoptar los valores fundamentales de Politifact, incluidos precisión, independencia, transparencia y equidad. (Lea "Los principios del medidor de la verdad" de Politifact para más detalles). Un elemento central a la incursión de Politifact en la verificación de datos en español es el concepto erróneo que afirma que los hispanos son incapaces de discernir entre realidad y ficción sin la ayuda de instituciones designadas por la élite como proveedores certificados de información para una comunidad supuestamente desatendida. En realidad, la decisión tiene todo que ver con poder y control, y no difiere de la reencarnación de la fallida cadena de radio Univisión América, ahora "Radio Soros". Los hispanos siguen distanciándose de la izquierda y sus instituciones, incluidos los medios de comunicación en español. La izquierda se esmera por mantener a los hispanis dentro de su coalición racial, y lo hace mediante la sustitución de instituciones fallidas por otras nuevas. Por lo tanto, "Politifact en español" busca unirse a Univisión, Telemundo y todos los demás Juanes del Pueblo en un mercado de "desinformación en español" que ya está saturado. Uno se imagina que Politifact no pasará su tiempo revisando mensajes al azar en Instagram y WhatsApp, sino que procederá directamente a cubrir por los demócratas en español. Si el reciente estudio del MRC y la conducta de Politifact dan algún indicio, sería una tontería esperar algo diferente.  
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The View: Appalled by Ugly Clothes, Not Kids Posed With 'Bondage Gear'

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 28th 2022 at 17:55
As part of their Monday show, The View voiced outrage that images of kids made to pose with “bondage gear” would be used to oppose grooming, drag queens, and gender transitions for kids. They were more appalled that the kids were made to pose with “ugly” clothes rather than them being made to pose with sexually explicit items they admit they can’t show on TV. “So, fashion house Balenciaga, a very, you know, posh, is under fire for a controversial fetish-themed ad campaign featuring child models,” co-host Joy Behar explained the situation. “Balenciaga blames the production company for the ads. They have a kid posing with S&M stuff. But the set designer says Balenciaga executives were on the set; they knew what was happening.” Faux conservative Alyssa Farah Griffin didn’t hesitate to lash out at the “far-right” for using this incident to warn the public of child exploitation. She said the ad campaign was “particularly distasteful in this moment” because “there's growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment right now and how it's being framed is as portraying, you know, trans people as groomers.” Farah Griffin warned, “This is a term you'll hear on the far-right. They're groomers. This is where you get the anti-drag queen stuff that we're seeing.” She also whined that “Balenciaga played right into their hands by having kids in a sexualized manner carrying something that, you know, represents sex acts.”     She described the disgusting photoshoot as just a “misstep” and proclaimed it “a dangerous time to even give credence to those kind of insane takes.” In an apparent attempt to distract from the child exploitation, racist co-host Sunny Hostin worked to stir up outrage at how “ugly” the bondage gear was: HOSTIN: Yeah. I mean, we can't even show the picture because it's so distasteful. But what's also very distasteful is Balenciaga lately, I mean, their stuff is just ugly. [Laughter] The bag that the little girl is holding is ugly. Do you remember when Kim K was dressed in Balenciaga for the Met Gala? BEHAR: She loves it. [Picture of Kim Kardashian appears on screen] HOSTIN: Look at that. She looked like a bat or something. So, they are – I don't know what they're doing. “I don't know if their intent is to be subversive and draw attention to the issues or are they just making ugly things,” she scoffed at the brand. Co-host Sara Haines appeared to be gearing up to blast the company’s “bureaucracy” for approving the minors with bondage materials but was interrupted by Hostin, who was continuing to go off on how ugly the clothes were. “They like the ugly stuff! It's like been happening over and over again. They had a garbage bag shaped like a trash bag, and it was $1,790,” Hostin exclaimed. “What I don't understand is how they can sue somebody when they designed a bag for their holiday season. The bag is shaped like a teddy bear wearing bondage gear,” co-host Ana Navarro lamented. “You got to look inside your house because you’ve got people who are not doing their job well and who have no damn common sense.” There was no discussion about how this could harm the young minors involved. The View’s indifference to child exploitation was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Etsy and Procter & Gamble. Their contact information is linked so you can let them know. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 28, 2022 11:23:46 a.m. Eastern JOY BEHAR: So, fashion house Balenciaga, a very, you know, posh, is under fire for a controversial fetish-themed ad campaign featuring child models. Okay? Balenciaga blames the production company for the ads. They have a kid posing with S&M stuff. But the set designer says Balenciaga executives were on the set; they knew what was happening. Are they taking a page from Trump's notebook and say[ing], “I didn't know? I know nothing. I know nothing, I say nothing. I say knowing.” What's going on here? ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I found this ad campaign particularly distasteful in this moment. So, there's this -- there's growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment right now and how it's being framed is as portraying, you know, trans people as groomers. This is a term you'll hear on the far-right. They're groomers. This is where you get the anti-drag queen stuff that we're seeing. BEHAR: Right. FARAH GRIFFIN: So, Balenciaga played right into their hands by having kids in a sexualized manner carrying something that, you know, represents sex acts. It was a really bad misstep at a moment where it's just kind of a dangerous time to even give credence to those kind of insane takes. SUNNY HOSTIN: Yeah. I mean, we can't even show the picture because it's so distasteful. But what's also very distasteful is Balenciaga lately, I mean, their stuff is just ugly. [Laughter] The bag that the little girl is holding is ugly. Do you remember when Kim K was dressed in Balenciaga for the Met Gala? BEHAR: She loves it. [Picture of Kim Kardashian appears on screen] HOSTIN: Look at that. She looked like a bat or something. So, they are – I don't know what they're doing. I don't know if their intent is to be subversive and draw attention to the issues or are they just making ugly things. ANA NAVARRO: What I don't understand is how they can sue somebody when they designed a bag for their holiday season. The bag is shaped like a teddy bear wearing bondage gear. Now, it takes hundreds of people -- HOSTIN: And it’s very ugly. NAVARRO: It takes hundreds of people in a fashion house like Balenciaga to approve a design, to approve an ad campaign. So, I'm sorry, you guys. I know you're trying to cover your ass, but you got bigger problems than – You got to look inside your house because you’ve got people who are not doing their job well and who have no damn common sense. SARA HAINES: And anyone who's worked in a company, it doesn't take a fashion house. Any company you work in, we all complain of bureaucracy and how many nets and loops and how many eyeballs and lawyers and standards have to look at every single thing. There is no world in which that was not seen on the front end on the set, seen to approve the pictures -- HOSTIN: They like the ugly stuff! It's like been happening over and over again. They had a garbage bag shaped like a trash bag, and it was $1,790. HAINES: Were they the potato chip bag too? HOSTIN: Yes! HAINES: Oh my gosh! [Crosstalk] NAVARRO: Don’t you remember what’s her name? Kim Kardashian was wrapped in crime tape that said Balenciaga from head to toe? HOSTIN: I don’t remember that one. NAVARRO: It must have hurt to take off. HAINES: Maybe we're getting punk'd. [Crosstalk] HAINES: May the purpose of this campaign is to get us to say –  HOSTIN: Is it a subversive campaign? BEHAR: For the record, Kim Kardashian who was the ambassador for this brand, is re-evaluating her relationship with Balenciaga. HOSTIN: Yeah. BEHAR: Okay? So, just saying. HOSTIN: And I have a legal note. BEHAR: We have a note. HOSTIN: Balenciaga has apologized and is taking legal action against -- BEHAR: Their clothes? HOSTIN: -- the production company North Six and set designer Nicholas Desjardins. An agent for Desjardins said everyone from Balenciaga was on the shoot and was present on every shot and worked on the edit of every image in post-production, adding that he's being used as a scapegoat and is hiring a legal team. North Six has declined to comment on the allegations.
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A Pro-Abortion Advocate Made This Case Against Abortion

By: Larry Elder — November 28th 2022 at 17:48
Pundits, liberal and conservative, underestimated the impact on the midterms of the reaction to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. In states like Kentucky and Michigan, where abortion was on the ballot, restrictions to abortion were lost, and “protecting access” to abortion won. In California, voters voted on Proposition 1, a ballot measure to “codify” abortion by placing the right to abortion in the state constitution. Based on the language, one could interpret it as allowing abortion up to a moment before birth and when the mother’s health is not in danger. Gov. Gavin Newsom overwhelmingly won the reelection. Proposition 1 passed by a larger margin than Newsom’s victory percentage. But even in conservative counties, where the Republican candidate won, a majority of voters voted for Proposition 1. According to The New York Times, in the two months following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, there were 10,000 fewer abortions nationwide than would have been expected pre-reversal over that period. If the price of saving 10,000 lives is Republicans underperforming the midterms, it is, in my opinion, a small price to pay. At one time, a famous person agreed with me and wrote a personal compelling article that makes the case against abortion. This is what he wrote: “I was born out of wedlock (and against the advice that my mother received from her doctor) and therefore abortion is a personal issue for me. From my perspective, human life is the highest good, the ‘summum bonum.’ Human life itself is the highest human good and God is the supreme good because He is the giver of life. That is my philosophy. Everything I do proceeds from that religious and philosophical premise. “Life is the highest good and therefore you fight for life, using means consistent with that end. Life is the highest human good not on its own naturalistic merits, but because life is supernatural, a gift from God. ... “Some argue, suppose the woman does not want to have the baby. They say the very fact that she does not want the baby means that the psychological damage to the child is reason enough to abort the baby. I disagree. The solution to that problem is not to kill the innocent baby, but to deal with her values and her attitude toward life -- that which has allowed her not to want the baby. Deal with the attitude that would allow her to take away that which she cannot give. “Some women argue that the man does not have the baby and will not be responsible for the baby after it is born, therefore it is all right to kill the baby. Again the logic is off. The premise is that the man is irresponsible. “If that is the problem, then deal with making him responsible. Deal with what you are dealing with, not with the weak, innocent, and unprotected baby. ... “There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of a higher order than the right to life. I do not share that view. I believe that life is not private, but rather it is public and universal. If one accepts the position that life is private, and therefore you have the right to do with it as one pleases, one must also accept the conclusion of that logic. That was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside of your right to be concerned. ... “It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mindset about the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth.” The author is the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He wrote this in 1977. Seven years later, he ran for president as a Democrat and described abortion as a “freedom of choice” matter. What changed? Larry Elder is a best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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KJP Issues Veiled Threat to Pro-Free Speech Musk: We’re ‘Keeping a Close Eye’ on Twitter

By: Gabriela Pariseau — November 28th 2022 at 17:17
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sent a veiled threat Monday to Twitter owner Elon Musk when she claimed that the The White House is “monitoring” Twitter after Musk took over the platform.  When asked about the White House’s concerns that a Musk-owned Twitter might become a “vector of misinformation,” Jean-Pierre made it clear that the White House has all eyes on Musk. “This is something that we're certainly keeping an eye on,” she said. “It is [social media platforms’] responsibility to make sure when it comes to misinformation, when it comes to the hate that we’re seeing, that they take action, that they continue to take action. [W]e're all keeping a close eye on this. We're all monitoring what’s currently occurring." Reuters reporter Andrea Shalal referenced a Stanford researcher who called Musk obtaining Twitter “a critical moment … in terms of making sure Twitter doesn’t become a vector of misinformation.” She asked Jean Pierre if the Biden administration was concerned about new users coming to Twitter and “who is it at the White House that is really keeping track of this?”  Jean Pierre emphasized that “Social media companies have a responsibility to prevent their platforms from being used by any user to insight violence especially violence directed at individual communities as we have been seeing and the president has been very clear on calling that out. He’ll continue to do that, and we’re going to continue to monitor the situation.”  KJP makes veiled threat to @ElonMusk: "This is something that we're...keeping an eye on...It is their responsibility to make sure when it comes to misinformation, when it comes to the hate...they take action....[W]e're all keeping a close eye on this. We're all monitoring" him. pic.twitter.com/uji3FGhGXs — Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 28, 2022 The White House didn’t seem interested in “monitoring the situation” after social media companies allowed posts threatening violence after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson overturned Roe v. Wade. The administration was similarly silent when it first took office following a violent summer of BLM and ANTIFA riots, many of which proliferated on social media platforms.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Sharpton Asks Clyburn to Decry McCarthy Removing Democrats from Committees

By: Tim Graham — November 28th 2022 at 16:48
On Sunday’s Politics Nation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton asked outgoing House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn about how Kevin McCarthy is running for House Speaker and is threatening to remove Ilhan Omar, Eric Swalwell, and Adam Schiff from House committees.  Sharpton mangled Omar's name:  To that end, he has pledged to remove three of your colleagues – uh, Elliani Omar, Alon Omar – Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from House committee assignments in January if he’s successful. Republicans will have a very narrow majority in the next Congress. Do you see him getting the majority votes he needs for these removals, if he becomes speaker, that is?  Notice he mangled the black lady's name, and not the white guys.  As usual, they pretend the last Congress didn't have a narrow Democrat majority when they stripped "MAGA" Republicans of committee assignments.    Clyburn turned to religion metaphors, suggesting McCarthy is playing God: CLYBURN: Well, you’re a minister. I’m a PK, a preacher's kid, and today is Sunday. “Vengeance is mine says the Lord.” I would say it to Mr. McCarthy, don't put yourself in the place of meting out vengeance. Let's try to run this country. Let's do the things that are necessary to make people's lives better. So that they can prepare to pass on to their children and their grandchildren a country better than they found it.  Going out, doing this retribution. Doing to a member something that you perceived as being unfair to one of your members, when everyone knows that there is just cause for those people being removed from their committee. You cannot do it “just because.” You’ve gotta have just cause.  So when Democrats do it, it's a just cause, and when Republicans return the "favor," Clyburn insisted it's time to unite the country, not time for "tit for tat." At the top of the interview, Sharpton performed unintentional comedy by suggesting both parties have always recognized the Justice Department as independent and nonpartisan. In reality, Democrats questioned the independence of the DOJ under Trump, and Bush, and Bush, and Reagan.... LOL! Pants on Fire moment from Al Sharpton: "Pence has resisted testifying before the congressional January 6 probe because he views it as partisan. But he has no such excuse when it comes to the DOJ, which both parties have always recognized as an independent institution." pic.twitter.com/REzwdqND4c — Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) November 28, 2022 The Al Sharpton show was brought to you in part by Fidelity and Infiniti.
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Rep. Gallagher: CCP-Tied TikTok Is ‘Digital Fentanyl’ for US Kids

By: Catherine Salgado — November 28th 2022 at 16:01
Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) warned that Chinese-owned social media app TikTok is as addictive and dangerous as “fentanyl” for children. The fentanyl epidemic in America claims lives every day. But Gallagher says that TikTok is the digital equivalent of the highly addictive drug. The representative went on the Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo and discussed the dangers of TikTok. “TikTok should be banned,” Gallagher said bluntly, adding that he and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) have legislation to ban the app. Gallagher added, “TikTok is digital fentanyl addicting our kids, and just like actual fentanyl, it ultimately goes back to the Chinese Communist Party.”     The congressman noted that TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company in which the Chinese Communist Party both owns a financial stake and maintains a board seat. “That means the CCP can track your location, it can track your keystrokes, it can censor your news,” Gallagher said. “Why would we give our foremost adversary that amount of power?” Gallagher said TikTok is using the “swamp” in Washington, D.C. to its advantage. “They're hiring an army of lobbyists, including former congressmen, senators, 31 former high-level congressional staffers in order to do their bidding,” he stated. “No paycheck is worth that…we need to ban TikTok.” Gallagher is one of many lawmakers and experts concerned about TikTok’s popularity in America in light of recent revelations that TikTok data is accessible to Chinese ByteDance employees. Rubio and Gallagher previously called TikTok “potential spyware” and Heritage Foundation’s Kara Frederick called TikTok a CCP “spy app” last week.  Former White House National Security Council (NSC) Chief of Staff Alexander Gray previously told MRC that China practices “civil-military fusion,” where everything in the economic and tech spheres is accessible to the Chinese military. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) reintroduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act back in 2021 to ban the TikTok app from official federal devices alongside Sens. Rick Scott, (R-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR). 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.
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Anti-Catholic Bigotry: The View Demands Justice ACB Recuse Over Faith

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 28th 2022 at 15:58
As part of their first post-Thanksgiving show on Monday, the cast of ABC The View wallowed in some anti-Catholic bigotry. They demanded that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from a religious liberty case because of her Catholic faith. It was quickly expanded to all the Catholic justices with erroneous accusations that Barrett had either renounced her faith, was a member of a splinter cult, and/or held the rank of “handmaid” within the hierarchy of The Catholic Church. “Justice Amy Coney Barrett's religious faith is being called into question again,” Joy Behar proclaimed. “There were calls for her to recuse herself from a case which is about a web designer who wants to post a statement that she won't design wedding websites for same-sex couples because it's against her religious beliefs.” Noting that Barrett was a member of the People of Praise, a Catholic organization that she called “a hate group,” Behar treated the group’s adherence to Catholic teachings as a serious problem and seemed to suggest beliefs such as “sex should occur only within marriage and, of course, between a man and a woman” where cultish beliefs only followed by the group. Flaunting her ignorance, Behar seemed to be unaware that Barrett was a devout Catholic, even suggesting she had renounced her faith to follow a cult (click “expand”): HOSTIN: But she’s Catholic by faith. BEHAR: Who is? HOSTIN: She's a Catholic. BEHAR: She was. HOSTIN: And she reportedly – NAVARRO: No, she is HOSTIN: She's catholic. BEHAR: So, what’s these People—? HAINES: That's a side group. Racist Sunny Hostin, who purports to be a devout Catholic herself, whined that “a majority of the Supreme Court justices” are Catholic and that “they don't recuse themselves when they have to deal with religious issues.” Even though People of Praise were not a party to the case, Hostin bemoaned that Barrett and the other Catholic justices were not recusing themselves. According to her, “the problem here is the Supreme Court has no procedure by which to force a judge's removal. You get to decide on your own.”     Deflecting from their own bigotry, the hate-fueled duo accused Barrett of being the bigot for being on the board of a private school that followed Catholic teachings (click “expand”): BEHAR: But she served for almost three years on the board of this private school – HOSTIN: Yes. BEHAR:  -- hat effectively barred admissions to children of same-sex parents. HOSTIN: Yes, that was the Trinity school BEHAR: So, she's prejudiced obviously against gay marriage and gay people it seems to me. HOSTIN: It seems that way. Ever-shrieking and ever-hateful co-host Ana Navarro agreed that the Catholic justices needed to go because “The problem we have is that I think most of America does not believe that this court separates between church and state.” “Yeah, we don’t,” Behar agreed, helping to erode American institutions. “[W]e can trust the process, but do we trust the justices? Do I trust Clarence Thomas who's married to Ginni Thomas who was involved in the insurrection to not recuse himself in a case involved in the elections? No, I don't,” the raging Navarro shouted, adding that the court was suffering from “a crisis of credibility.” Perhaps that’s because the liberal media are telling the public that the Supreme Court is evil because they’re Catholic and conservative and can’t be trusted. There was some pushback to the majority opinion at the table from “avid LGBTQ ally and supporter” Sara Haines, who argued that Barrett didn’t need to recuse herself. “This is not a religious opinion,” she said, arguing that they back up their opinions with scholarly sources. “As the general public, we hear the headlines of the results, not how they got there. It's kind of like a math problem. They have to cite and source every single part of what they do.” Haines noted that “judges across this country go to work every day and have to set aside their personal beliefs” so it would be no different from Barrett. “So, despite maybe not liking where she gets through her legal philosophy, I don't think it necessarily is immersed in just her religious belief,” she added. Barrett also got weak support from self-described “conservative” Alyssa Farah Griffin who said the Justice would do “what they’re expected to do” in being impartial and “it's kind of important that we trust the process.” She also erroneously suggested that Hostin would be an impartial Catholic if she were on the court. The View’s anti-Catholic bigotry was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Etsy and Procter & Gamble. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 28, 2022 11:13:51 a.m. Eastern JOY BEHAR: Welcome back. Justice Amy Coney Barrett's religious faith is being called into question again. There were calls for her to recuse herself from a case which is about a web designer who wants to post a statement that she won't design wedding websites for same-sex couples because it's against her religious beliefs. Now, here's my question. She is, you know, a religious person. She belongs to this People of Praise group which the – um – the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled them a hate group, and their founder has questioned the so-called separation of church and state. They believe that sex should occur only within marriage and, of course, between a man and a woman. They've got very specific things that they believe. SUNNY HOSTIN: But she’s Catholic by faith. BEHAR: Who is? HOSTIN: She's a Catholic. BEHAR: She was. HOSTIN: And she reportedly – ANA NAVARRO: No, she is HOSTIN: She's catholic. BEHAR: So, what’s these People—? SARA HAINES: That's a side group. HOSTIN: As are a majority of the Supreme Court justices— BEHAR: Are Catholic, yeah. HOSTIN: So, they don't recuse themselves when they have to deal with religious issues. But I will say this: She's never -- I'm not defending her just because she went to my law school. She's never publically acknowledged her membership in the community since becoming a judge. Did not disclose it though during her confirmation. And what made me most uncomfortable is at the time it was reported that the People of Praise erased every single mention and every single photo of her from their website. So, if she wasn't affiliated, then why remove all of that information? And I think the problem here is the Supreme Court has no procedure by which to force a judge's removal. You get to decide on your own. BEHAR: But she served for almost three years on the board of this private school. HOSTIN: Yes. BEHAR: That effectively barred admissions to children of same-sex parent. HOSTIN: Yes, that was the Trinity school BEHAR: So, she's prejudiced obviously against gay marriage and gay people it seems to me. HOSTIN: It seems that way. ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think you do have to either believe in the impartiality of the justice system or not though is the problem. Because, to Sunny’s point, the majority of the court is Catholic. So, you could single her out because of this association, but when we chose judges – [gesturing to Hostin] like you're Catholic. I would trust you to be able to argue a case involving Catholic faith. HOSTIN: I think I could be impartial. FARAH GRIFFIN: That is what they’re expected to do. So, I think when we talk about our institutions, it's kind of important that we trust the process. HAINES: Yeah. Because I'm an avid LGBTQ ally and supporter and I believe in all of that, but I don't think she should recuse herself for that very reason. This is not a religious opinion. And Sunny would know this best. When you write these opinions, they're pages long. As the general public, we hear the headlines of the results, not how they got there. It's kind of like a math problem. They have to cite and source every single part of what they do. And judges across this country go to work every day and have to set aside their personal beliefs. So, despite maybe not liking where she gets through her legal philosophy, I don't think it necessarily is immersed in just her religious belief. ANA NAVARRO: Two things. First of all, the court has ruled on separation of church and state. In 1947, Everson vs. Board of Education, Justice Hugo Black wrote, “in the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against the establishment of religion and law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.” The problem we have is that I think most of America does not believe that this court separates between church and state. BEHAR: Yeah, we don’t. NAVARRO: Which is why we have record low approval ratings of this court. HOSTIN: That's a good point. NAVARRO: But it's also because of, you know, people -- we can trust the process, but do we trust the justices? Do I trust Clarence Thomas who's married to Ginni Thomas who was involved in the insurrection to not recuse himself in a case involved in the elections? No, I don't! [Speaking over Hostin] Neither do most Americans which is why the court is in such a – has a – in such a crisis of credibility and I think it's something Justice Roberts has to do something about. There needs to be some guidelines as to what should require recusal. (…)  11:18:34 a.m. Eastern BEHAR: It’s a little different from just being a Catholic in this – to me, because according to The Washington Post, she's considered a handmaid in the religion. She's considered a high -- NAVARRO: The Washington Post called her a what? BEHAR: According to The Washington Post, Barrett was a handmaid or a high-ranking woman within the group. It's not just being a Catholic. (…)
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PROPAGANDA DE RÉGIMEN: Univisión engatusa rescate de préstamos estudiantiles de Biden

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — November 28th 2022 at 15:58
​Los presentadores de los noticieros mañaneros y del mediodía de Univisión asumieron el papel de propagandistas del régimen del presidente Biden el pasado miércoles, al dar a conocer las "excelentes noticias" de una nueva extensión en los pagos de préstamos estudiantiles federales. De nada vale que un juez federal en Texas declarara ilegal la promesa de Biden de proporcionar hasta $ 20,000 en condonación de préstamos, y que sus informes no solo fueran propagandísticos sino también engañosos. Veamos a Satcha Pretto, de Despierta América, y Borja Voces, de Noticiero Univisión: Edición digital, embabucar a los deudores de préstamos estudiantiles con los supuestos beneficios de la promesa ILEGAL del gobierno de Biden:     SATCHA PRETTO: Si te preocupa la deuda estudiantil, hay excelentes noticias para ti porque el presidente Biden extiende por octava vez la pausa a los pagos de los prestamos federales. Este es un beneficio que comenzó en 2020 para ayudar a personas con dificultades financieras por el covid 19. […] BORJA VOCES: El plan de Biden es cancelar hasta 20 mil dólares en deudas para beneficiarios de ciertas becas universitarias y hasta $10 mil para otros con préstamos federales. Más de 43 millones de personas tienen deudas estudiantiles federales y este plan del presidente Biden ayudaría aproximadamente a unos 20 millones de deudores. Esperemos a ver si lo consiguen, si la corte se lo permite, bien. De bono, el informe matutino también incluyó consejos del corresponsal de DC, Edwin Pitti, a los deudores que deseen refinanciar su deuda, instándoles a abstenerse hasta junio de 2023, cuando se espera que la Corte Suprema se pronuncie sobre el asunto. Los televidentes de los medios de comunicación en español de la nación merecen más que publirreportajes políticos que pasan por noticias. Les invitamos a unirse al Centro de Investigación de Medios para denunciarles aquí.     ​
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Musk Hurled With Anti-Semitism Claims for Criticizing Resistance Hack Vindman

By: Jason Cohen — November 28th 2022 at 15:24
May we criticize an individual without being assumed to be prejudiced against their entire ethnic group?  Evidently not. Especially if you are an enemy of the left like Elon Musk is.  Retired United States Army lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman happened to be the most prominent account posting a copypasta (text that is copied, pasted, and shared on the Internet) that said, “Kinda weird that @elonmusk gets to decide how like a half-billion people communicate. Way too much power for one erratic individual to wield, don’t you think?” Elon Musk criticized Vindman, tweeting, “Vindman is both puppet & puppeteer. Question is who pulls his strings … ?” In the aftermath, Musk was slandered as an antisemite, despite it being unclear whether he even knew Vindman was Jewish.  This tweet was copied, pasted, and posted by many Twitter users. So in that sense, Vindman is the puppeteer. In another, he is a puppet for tweeting a sentiment that aligns perfectly with the mainstream narrative.  None of this has anything to do with Vindman's ethnicity/religion. But that did not stop Congressman-turned Reply Guy Adam Kinzinger from quote tweeting and asking, “You mean, like, the Jews or something?   Is that what this is?” You know what they say about people who make assumptions ...  Additionally, Jerusalem Post insinuated Elon Musk might be an anti-Semite: “Musk's tweet – deliberately or not – evoked an antisemitic trope that Jews are puppeteers who secretly wield power over various institutions or that they are puppets of the Israeli government.” Sheesh, what ever happened to the benefit of the doubt? The modern left definitely does not believe in that. Guilty until proven innocent.  People in politics are called puppets/puppeteers all the time, Jewish and not. Vindman has entered the political arena, and it is reasonable to expect he will face those labels. Being a specific religion/ethnicity should not make him exempt from it. 
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WashPost Theater Review: Pedophile Punishment is Too Harsh

By: Matt Philbin — November 28th 2022 at 14:49
Wasn’t it just a few days ago that somebody shot up a gay bar because conservatives are too uptight about kids at drag shows? Aren’t @LibsofTicToc and Tucker Carlson creating a moral panic over nothing, screaming about “grooming” and dirty books in schools?  Yes. That’s what our betters told us. So it’s kinda funny to come across this November 23 theater review by Peter Marks in The Washington Post. The headline reads “‘Downstate’ is a play about pedophiles. It’s also brilliant.” Masterful trolling or supreme ironic timing?  Right at the outset of the review, Marks tells readers to “Take a deep breath and try to ruminate calmly on the position playwright Bruce Norris takes in his scintillating new play, ‘Downstate’: that the punishments inflicted on some pedophiles are so harsh and unrelenting as to be inhumane.” The playwright, Marks says, “is questioning what degree of compassion should society fairly hold out to those who have served their time for sexual abuse, assault or rape.” Simple answer: none. Some crimes are so heinous that the law and society should have no compassion for the perpetrators. Whatever compassion individuals can muster for sex abusers is between them and God, but society must draw an unmistakable line at pedophilia.  According to Marks, “the predators who’ve completed their prison terms are depicted not as monsters but rather as complicated, troubled souls.” He continued: We learn about what each of them has done, and we are in effect asked to judge for ourselves what magnitude of ongoing torment each deserves. It develops here as an agonizing moral question, one that our retributive correctional culture would rather not have to debate. But correctional culture does not have to debate it. It must protect others from those who would victimize them. There is no moral question, and to say there is stands reality on its head. As a matter of fact, from Marks’ description, the villain of the play is a former victim who shows up to confront the piano teacher who molested him.  “Some theatergoers no doubt will resent that Norris chose to illuminate this delicate subject in a nuanced way that doesn’t jibe with their own undiluted revulsion, Marks writes. “If you suspect you are one of these people, “Downstate” is not for you. No, I daresay it isn’t. Elite culture has reached a seriously dark place. Remember that next time progressives demand access to our kids.
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NY Times Sees Signs of ‘Extremist Violence’: Owning Guns, Not Voting for Liz Cheney

By: Clay Waters — November 28th 2022 at 14:47
A long, overheated New York Times Sunday editorial, “The Republican Party and the Scourge of Extremist Violence,” was part of the paper’s hysterical editorial series The Danger Within, condescendingly “urging readers to understand the danger of extremist violence.” (Translated from Times-speak: “Keep voting Democrat!”) The paper extrapolated wildly from an appearance by the Proud Boys founder at a Republican club in Manhattan in 2018, after which there was a violent confrontation with left-wing protesters and some arrests. From there the Times launched into one of its tiresome “Democracy Is At Stake” lectures and urged Republicans to purge their party, while sounding like a more-paranoid Paul Krugman column. It has happened before. The Republican Party successfully drove the paranoid extremists of the John Birch Society out of public life in the 1960s. Party leaders could do so again for the current crop of conspiracy peddlers. Voters may do it for them, as they did in so many races in this year’s midterm elections. But this internal Republican Party struggle is important for reasons far greater than the tally in a win/loss column. A healthy democracy requires both political parties to be fully committed to the rule of law and not to entertain or even tacitly encourage violence or violent speech. A large faction of one party in our country fails that test, and that has consequences for all of us. Meanwhile, they ignored the violent rioting at Black Lives Matters rallies over the summer of 2020, which the Left tacitly encouraged as a "reckoning."  Somehow only Republicans wake up and choose violence. Own a gun? You too may be part of the conspiracy! It is impossible to fully untangle the relationship between conspiracy theories and violence. But what Americans do know should sound alarms: A survey this year found that some 18 million Americans believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that force is justified to return him to power. Of those 18 million, eight million own guns, and one million either belong to a paramilitary group or know someone who does. That’s alarming because violent people who belong to communities, online or offline, where violence is widely accepted are more likely to act. A portion of the G.O.P. has become such a community. The editorial pathetically repurposed a partisan prime time speech by President Biden into responsible political leadership. ….In a speech in September, President Biden did his part, when he identified the threat that the dominance of specifically “MAGA Republicans” poses not just to the Democratic Party but to the entire country…. Again the Times tried to extrapolate standard Republican rhetoric as “speech that has been linked to violence,” no actual evidence of Republican responsibility needed. ….They depicted gay and transgender people as “groomers”; they helped spread the racist so-called great replacement theory that has inspired numerous mass shootings; they promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory, not to mention ubiquitous lies about fraud and the 2020 election, which led to the Jan. 6 attack. Even the perfectly sound democratic ritual of Republican primary voters in Wyoming voting out Rep. Liz Cheney, who had pretty much ignored her constituency while pursuing the white whale of Donald Trump, was somehow an example of Trump’s “brand of authoritarianism.” Two prominent Republicans who have been outspoken about right-wing extremism and baseless lies, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, have been driven out of office. Meanwhile, the spread of conspiracy theories that have already inspired violence continues unabated from politicians and conservative media.
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Vivek Ramaswamy Rips Centralized Digital Currency as 'Cancer' Symptom of 'New World Order'

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 28th 2022 at 11:43
Nation of Victims (2022) author Vivek Ramaswamy didn’t pull any punches about how a centralized digital currency would catapult America into a new, scarier era of dystopian government surveillance. The Strive Asset Management executive chairman went on the Nov. 25 edition of Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight to slap down the “Great Reset — this dissolution of boundaries between the public and private sector, between different nations.” Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), according to Ramaswamy, are a “really bad idea” that amount to a “symptom of that deeper cancer” of a “New World Order.” Host Tucker Carlson kicked off the segment by arguing that CBDCs effectively meant “Chinese social credit scores come to America.”  Ramaswamy ripped apart leftist economists' arguments promoting CBDCs: “[T]hey say that actually China is doing [CBDCs] and the U.S. will be less competitive and that the dollar will be less strong if the U.S. fails to keep up.” There are “so many things wrong with that argument,” he said. [T]hat’s a good path to get us to be more like China,” Ramaswamy warned. This “is not a good way for the U.S. to go in terms of being a surveillance state.”     Carlson stated at the beginning of the segment that federal authorities exploited the recent  liquidity scandal involving FTX founder and Democrat mega donor Sam Bankman-Fried to push CBDCs. “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” Ramaswamy later quipped. Bankman-Fried oversaw a liquidity crisis at his cryptocurrency exchange that led to “a mass exodus of customers from the platform.” The crisis led to allegations of “fraud” against Bankman-Fried that reportedly cost investors at least $11 billion in damages.  Carlson noted that “several banks have announced already that they’re working with the [Federal Reserve] to” implement a centralized digital currency. “If that happens, we’re done,” said Carlson. “No more political debate. We will have unprecedented levels of regulation; of surveillance and of control.” 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 dangers a centralized digital currency would pose to American freedom.
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Jewish Ex-Trump Staffer Let Don Lemon HAVE IT on Trump Dinner with Anti-Semite Fuentes

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 28th 2022 at 11:27
Don Lemon has unwittingly let CNN's cat out of the bag. Guests aren't there to engage in an actual discussion. They're brought on to express a specific opinion. And if they try to stray from CNN's script, they will be shut down. Lemon gave a perfect illustration of the phenomenon on Monday's CNN This Morning. The guest was Len Khodorkovsky, a former Trump administration official, who is Jewish.  And in Lemon's mind, the clear purpose of Khodorkovsky's appearance was to have him criticize Trump for hosting a dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West. In fact, in a variety of ways, Khodorkovsky did just that. He began with: "Let's just call Nick Fuentes for who he is. He is an antisemite, he's repulsive, his views are disgusting. And no one of any substance should give him any forum" But when he tried to expand the conversation to include antisemitism among elected Democrats including Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, AOC, and President Obama, Lemon shut him down. No one was allowed to discuss them. Things got testy, with Khodorkovsky at one point saying, "Don, I would appreciate it if you didn't put words in my mouth." Lemon gave away CNN's game when he said: "The reason you were invited on this program was to talk about Donald Trump, this weekend, meeting with known antisemites. And whether you condemn it as someone who worked for the administration and who is Jewish. That's what this story is about. That's what you're here to talk about." And when Lemon petulantly demanded a "yes or no" answer, Khodorkovsky landed a huge blow with this response: "If there's an answer you want from me, why don't you tell me what that answer would be—and what's the need for me to appear here?" Lemon foolishly fell into Khodorkovsky's trap, actually offering up the answers he was demanding from his guest! "That answer would be  . . was it wrong to meet with him? The answer is, yes, it was wrong to meet with him. Should he have met with him? The answer is no, he should not have met with him." Khodorkosvky replied:  Don, it's very rich when you're telling somebody who is Jewish, who has experienced antisemitism first-hand, who is a grandson of Holocaust survivors, what is an appropriate way to address antisemitism. Frankly, it's a little bit insulting. You know, Don, with the advances in artificial intelligence, in lieu of human guests it shouldn't be too hard for CNN to create a hologram that would give exactly the answers you want. Look into it!  Note: Wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Lemon got ahold of the producer who arranged for Khodorkovsky's appearance? Can't you imagine Lemon unloading along these lines: "what the hell were you thinking in inviting this guy? I was looking for someone to trash Trump, not start throwing examples of Democrat antisemitism back in my face!" On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon's testy exchange with a Jewish former Trump official regarding Trump's dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West was sponsored in part by Etsy, GoDaddy, Johnson & Johnson, maker of Listerine, Subaru, and Dove.  Here's the transcript. CNN This Morning 11/28/22 6:30 am ET DON LEMON: Joining us now is Len Khodorkovsky, he is a former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration, and he is Jewish. Thank you for being here. . . .  LEN KHODORKOVSKY: You know, I can tell an antisemite when I hear one. And I can tell you with confidence that President Trump is not an antisemite. He also has a very strong record on issues that concern the Jewish community. We can start with any number of things, like making it tougher to discriminate against Jewish students at college campuses. LEMON: Okay, sir, I understand that, but can we talk about Nick Fuentes, please. Thank you. KHODORKOVSKY: Let's just call Nick Fuentes for who he is. He is an antisemite, he's repulsive, his views are disgusting. And no one of any substance should give him any forum. It's frankly beneath President Trump to meet with him, of course. LEMON: Okay, so you're saying it was wrong for him to meet with him? KHODORKOVSKY: Well, again, he didn't know he was coming, but it's never a good idea to give antisemites a forum.  LEMON: What about Kanye West? He knew Kanye West was coming, and Kanye West has certainly made many antisemitic outbursts and statements, especially as recently as a few weeks ago. KHODORKOVSKY: Yeah. I think Kanye West sounds a lot like Louis Farrakhan and President Trump, I wish he wouldn't have met with either one of them frankly . . . If we're going to make Trump repudiate Kanye or a sidekick, I think we have to look at antisemitism in the halls of Congress, from Rashida Tlaib, from Ilhan Omar, from AOC, from the entire Abbas caucus. LEMON: They're not President of the United States. KHODORKOVSKY: Look at the mainstreaming of woke antisemitism on college campuses. LEMON: Sir, they're not the President of the United States. And this is whataboutism. He met with an antisemite. So, can we stick to the former President, and not do whataboutism?  . . .  It sounds like you're making excuses for him. And there's no excuse for bad behavior, there's no excuse for antisemitism, and there's no excuse for being the former president and not knowing who you're allowing into a place where you have kept classified documents. KHODORKOVSKY: Don, I would appreciate it if you didn't put words in my mouth. LEMON: I'm asking if you entertain, do you condemn him for entertaining and meeting with antisemites? It's a very simple question.  . . . KHODORKOVSKY: Well, I'm trying to give you an answer, that I wish he wouldn't have met with them. LEMON: It's a yes or no. It's a yes or no. KHODORKOVSKY: I didn't realize I was on a witness stand here, Don. He should not have met with Kanye West and a sidekick. What I'm also trying to point out, Don, is that it behooves you and CNN, and every other press outlet, to call it out when you see it. Especially when it comes in the halls of congress, especially when every Democratic presidential hopeful goes and kisses the ring of Al Sharpton.  . . .  If you're going to make me do a yes or no with you. Yes or no, should Ilhan Omar be condemned? Yes or no, should Rashida Tlaib be condemned? Yes or no should -- LEMON: This is not about Omar or Tlaib. KHODORKOVSKY: Yes or no, should President Obama condemn Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright? Yes or no, Don? LEMON: This is not about President Obama. This is not about Jeremiah Wright. This is about Donald Trump and Nick Fuentes. KHODORKOVSKY: Why don't you want to talk about the problem -- LEMON: Because they're not meeting with them at their homes. They're not meeting with antisemites. They're not meeting with antisemites. And the reason you were invited on this program was to talk about Donald Trump, this weekend, meeting with known antisemites. And whether you condemn it as someone who worked for the administration and who is Jewish. That's what this story is about. That's what you're here to talk about. KHODORKOVSKY: So if there's an answer you want from me, why don't you tell me what that answer would be—and what's the need for me to appear here? LEMON: That answer would be one of not whataboutism. It would be one to directly address the situation at hand.  Was it wrong to meet with him? The answer is, yes, it was wrong to meet with him. Should he have met with him? The answer is no, he should not have met with him. It's very simple. KHODORKOVSKY: Don, it's very rich when you're telling somebody who is Jewish, who has experienced antisemitism first-hand, who is a grandson of Holocaust survivors, what is an appropriate way to address antisemitism. Frankly, it's a little bit insulting. LEMON: It's insulting for you to think I don't understand bigotry and racism. Because, I understand it. 
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Editor’s Pick: National Review Takes Blowtorch to Leftist Media Demanding Censorship

By: Curtis Houck — November 28th 2022 at 11:05
Writing Sunday for our friends at National Review, senior writer Charles C.W. Cooke provided another scalding evisceration of the liberal media that have become modern-day Stasi agents meting out punishment for undesirable opinions and “zealous obscurantists staffing would-be censorship agencies” and thus having moved beyond previous self-centered descriptors as “firefighters,” “mediators,” and “conveyers of vital information.” Cooke has long recognized how the press have sought to silence anyone outside their profession or like-minded allies for whom they serve as public relations officials. He argued recent events such as the attack on Paul Pelosi, the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting, and Elon Musk’s purchasing of Twitter have been met with grounds to censor conservatives under the guise of public safety. Cooke spent a large portion of the piece exposing The New York Times and its rank hypocrisy by calling for censorship (such as after last week’s events in Colorado), even though they themselves warned last year that “Americans are losing hold of a fundamental right...to speak their minds and voice their opinions...without fear of being shamed or shunned.” “C. S. Lewis once observed that ‘it would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.’ So it is here. Yesterday’s bowdlerizers were at least open about the enterprise in which they were engaged. Today’s, by contrast, are pathologically determined to euphemize it,” he explained. Cooke added that, in their world, “there is ‘speech’ as classified and approved by media sentinels, and then there is ‘disinformation,’ ‘hatred,’ and even ‘stochastic terrorism,’” but even “[w]orse still is the grotesque tendency for members of the press to cast their transparently self-serving determinations as raw scientific truths.” “It’s not the opinion of NBC, Axios, or the Washington Post that Twitter would be better left as is; it’s a fact — as determined by the ‘experts.’ That these ‘experts’ have been repeatedly proven to be full of it...Nor, indeed, does it seem to matter that a great many of our arbiters of truth are rank hypocrites and contemptible lunatics,” he continued. He later concluded that it should be emphasized blame for such mass attacks should reside exclusively with the perpetrator, but instead, “too many” in the liberal media “stand in line with the rest of the cynics and the poltroons, warning that it’s a bad idea to pick a fight with a man who buys red ink by the barrel.” To see Cooke’s full piece at National Review, click here.
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Baylor Professor Condemns University For Not Leading Griner Protest

By: Jay Maxson — November 28th 2022 at 10:41
A liberal Baylor University professor is demanding that Christians stop hating homosexuals and that the Baptist school should lead the charge of protest against Russia’s imprisonment of lesbian basketball player Brittney Griner.  Greg Garrett, the Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor, wrote on Baptist News Global that “we don’t talk about Brittney” and “We should.” The Baptist university in Texas should be yelling the loudest on her “wrongful imprisonment,” but that’s not happening, he groaned.  Griner is the 6-foot-9-inch center who led Baylor to a national championship in 2012 while keeping her lesbian sexuality to herself. She came out of the closet upon getting drafted by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Last February, she was arrested in Moscow for attempting to take cannabis onto a plane flight. Griner was convicted of a drug smuggling crime in Russian court, and very recently, she was transported to a penal colony/labor camp to begin a nine-year sentence.  Professor Garrett is using this story to condemn Christians and Baylor University for not loudly protesting the imprisonment of a lesbian. He believes Christians are apathetic to Griner’s plight because she is lesbian and has protested the American flag.:  "It feels like a failure to me and I don't want to indict any single person, but it's there from the regents all the way down except for Baylor's current head coach. It seems nobody seems to be speaking out for her and that disturbs me."  Though Garrett acknowledges Baylor has expressed public support for Griner, it’s not enough. LGBT people apparently deserve special treatment, the professor infers.  The university released a statement saying: “Brittney Griner is and always will be a member of the Baylor Family. We remain deeply concerned for her health, safety and well-being. Throughout her detainment, high-ranking Baylor officials have been in contact with those close to Brittney, as well as with appropriate elected and government officials. In addition, on several occasions Baylor has expressed public support for Brittney on social media."  Garrett wrote, “We need to reach out and do everything we can to get her back home. We have to support her and stand up for her and let her know that she is not alone and she is not forgotten."  In shilling for the LGBT movement, Garrett demanded that Christians set aside scripture on unnatural relations and celebrate unrepentant sin. They need to read the Bible differently, too. Apparently, LGBT folks should receive a free pass on biblical sin. Especially Brittney.  Garrett also claims some Christians believe Griner got what she deserved for breaking Russian law, and says she represents “that family member we don’t talk about.”  The hateful attitudes of evangelicals toward homosexuals are a great impairment to spreading the Gospel, says the liberal professor who says forget about the Gospel. Baylor’s allegiance to biblical teaching is harming Baylor’s closeted LGBTQ faculty, staff and students, Garrett insists.  Garrett neglected to mention in his LGBT puff piece that Griner has previously accused the United States of systemic racism, called for the national anthem not to be played before WNBA games, and this far-Left basketball league is extremely unpopular with mainstream America. 
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WATCH: Daryl Davis Says ‘We Need to Cancel Cancel Culture’ Online

By: Gabriela Pariseau — November 28th 2022 at 10:14
Pianist and author Daryl Davis said “[w]e need to cancel cancel culture” online in an interview with Turning Point U.S.A. contributor and host of “The Spillover” Podcast Alex Clark.  “Everybody needs a platform,” Davis told Clark on last week’s episode of “The Spillover.” “In this country, the Supreme court ruled we have a right to hate. We don’t have the right to hurt.” He later added that “[h]ate speech is very unfortunate. It’s very harmful, emotionally harmful ok. But people need a platform to express that. And how you combat it is providing more positive speech.” Davis reportedly inspired over 200 Ku Klux Klan members to leave the organization and is known for his belief that more speech and discussions plant the seeds to change minds–not less. His attitude toward online speech is no different.  Davis explained that when extreme ideas are shut out of the public conversation they don’t simply disappear. In fact, those ideas crop up elsewhere. “If you drive those people off that platform, guess what, they will find another platform maybe in a darker area,” he said later adding that “they are surrounded by echo chambers and it just enables and builds up that platform.” Leftists often advocate for removing accounts that present so-called extreme views or sometimes even views legitimately identified as hateful but Davis said censorship is unproductive. “[I]f you give that person a platform of course there are going to be people who are opposed to those points of view but we learn how to debate or converse civilly, and that way you may plant a seed in that person’s mind that may give them pause for thought,” he said.  He went on to explain the importance and impact of our constitutional right to free speech in a free society: “We all live in this country together and we can improve this country together if I get some of your ideas, you get some of my ideas. Together we can iron out the differences. And since we all want the best for this country ultimately, ok it might be a little more of some of me, it might be a little more of some of you.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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A Season to Dread

By: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. — November 28th 2022 at 10:02
WASHINGTON -- The holiday season commences: Thanksgiving Day, and all the jokes about turkeys; Christmas Day, and all the gifts we give and receive; and finally New Year's Day, and all the bowl games, more food, more drink, leftover turkey and Pepto Bismol! Then finally, back to normalcy, knowing we shall do it all again next year. There is nothing like the holiday season when it comes to excess. New Year's Day, the last day of this trinity of overindulgence, is my least favorite day of the holiday season. Football games are the most irritating example of excess on the tube. The advertisements appeal to the mentality of an eternal adolescent of the male of the species. Though with an eye for expanding market share, the National Football League and the NCAA are seducing ever more women to be spectators with lady sideline commentators and, who knows, possibly, even lady players. Do you laugh?  On May 4, 1970, I was invited to sit in on a nationally televised chat show featuring Pete Rozelle, in those days commissioner of the National Football League, and Aileen Hernandez, then a spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women. Hernandez startled Rozelle by claiming that in a generation women would be sufficiently beefy to be starting in the NFL. She hogged the show with her gasconades. Another guest, John Filo, a few hours before had taken the iconic picture of the Ohio National Guard shooting demonstrators at Kent State University. At least four demonstrators were killed, and nine were injured. Filo hardly got a word in that night, though he won the Pulitzer Prize for his photograph. Now Hernandez is deceased, and the NFL has yet to greet her innovation at a bowl game, much less a Super Bowl game. The sports commentary is equally childish on the over-hyped bowl games, though I doubt many sports fans are listening all that intently. In the old days, Howard Cosell at least appealed to the linguistically interested with his commentary. Football fans left a Cosell word-fest with a new word almost every time he appeared. I believe I once heard him utter the word “troglodyte,” or was it “internecine”? At any rate, he was entertaining.  As for Christmas Day, its significance was lost years ago as the huge exchange of gifts has overwhelmed the memory of a child's birth in a manger in Bethlehem. I think Christmas Day is more a celebration of our affluence than of our piety. We have become so affluent that a Christmas gift is almost superfluous on Christmas morn. What is so special about the gift you receive at Christmastime? I say wait a few days and purchase it when it goes on sale. Then there is Thanksgiving Day. Frankly, I think this is my favorite day of the holiday season. The family gets together year in and year out. The children age and grow bigger and stronger. Eventually, they bring with them their children, as Mom and Dad age and grow dimmer and dimmer. Who cares if the turkey is too dry? We did not come for the turkey but for the companionship of a family meal and dare I say it, the tradition. Thanksgiving should have a special meaning to Americans, and I think it does. It was only intermittently celebrated until President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the Civil War made it a federal holiday, and so it has remained. Now of course the pox of political partisanship threatens this great feast. Democrats and Republicans bring their pet peeves to the Thanksgiving table, I am told. Everyone thinks he or she is capable of being a Tucker Carlson or a Greg Gutfeld. They cannot resist belaboring one another about the greatness of Joe Biden or the greatness of Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis. I say let the politics go for a day or two. You might even want to let it go until Christmas. You might find that life can be more pleasant without politics at a family gathering. People say partisanship has gone too far. I agree. This year, make a stand against it. No politics as dinner! Glory to Ukraine!
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The Left’s Cynical ‘Speech Is Violence’ Ploy

By: Ben Shapiro — November 28th 2022 at 09:43
Last week, another evil mass shooter unleashed horror at a gay club in Colorado Springs, killing 5 and wounding another 25. The shooter -- whose name I refuse to mention in order to disincentivize future shooters, who seek notoriety -- was clearly mentally ill: Just last year, the shooter reportedly threatened his mother with a bomb, resulting in his arrest. Yet Colorado’s red flag law, which could have deprived him of legal access to weaponry, was not invoked by either police or relatives. The Colorado Springs massacre, then, is yet another example of a perpetrator with more red flags than a bullfighting convention, and no one in authority willing to take action to do anything about him. Yet the national conversation, as it so often does, has now been directed away from the question at hand -- how to prevent mass shootings -- and toward broader politics. Instead of seeking methodologies that might be effective in finding and stopping deranged individuals seeking murder without curbing rights and liberties for hundreds of millions of people, our political and media leaders have decided to blame Americans who oppose same-sex marriage, drag queen story hour and “family-friendly” drag shows. Disagreement with the radical Leftist social agenda amounts to incitement to violence, they argue. Thus, NBC News senior reporter Brandy Zadrozny said, “there is a pipeline. It starts from some smaller accounts online like Libs Of Tiktok, it moves to the right wing blogosphere, and then it ends up on Tucker Carlson or ends up out of a right-wing politician’s mouth, and it is a really dangerous cycle that does have real-world consequences.” Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times wrote, “it seems hard to separate (these murders) from a nationwide campaign of anti-LGBTQ incitement... They’ve been screaming that drag events... are part of a monstrous plot to prey on children. They don’t get to duck responsibility if a sick man with a gun took them seriously.” Brian Broome wrote in The Washington Post that the shooting could not be “blamed on mental illness”; no, he stated, “It’s right-wing rhetoric that sparks these nightmares... The bottomless list of homophobes and transphobes on the right don’t need to throw the rock and then hide their hands. Instead, they use someone else’s hands entirely.” The Left’s attempt to lay responsibility for violence at the feet of anyone who opposes the transgressive social agenda doesn’t stop with blame -- it extends to calls for full-scale censorship. “We’re living in an environment that’s driven by two things,” averred Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “Politicians who are using us to bolster their careers by creating division and hate, and number two is social media platforms that are monetizing hate, and especially against marginalized communities. They’re -- they’re choosing profits over hate, and it’s killing, literally killing our community.” Social media, the logic goes, ought to shut down or demonetize any video disagreeing with the GLAAD agenda. This is cynical politics at its worst. It’s also nothing new. The Left routinely cites violent incidents as reason to crack down on free speech with which they disagree. As the inimitably imbecilic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Instagram, tweeted, “After Trump elevated anti-immigrant & anti-Latino rhetoric, we had the deadliest anti-Latino shooting in modern history. After anti-Asian hate w/ COVID, Atlanta. Tree of Life. Emanuel AME. Buffalo. And now after an anti-LGBT+ campaign, Colorado Springs. Connect the dots, @GOP.” Yes, according to AOC, virtually every major mass shooting of the last seven years is the result of her political opponents -- none of whom has called for violence. But in the world of the Left, disagreement is violence merely waiting to be unleashed. Which is why censorship, they believe, is the only way to achieve a more peaceful world.
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'East New York' and 'The Resident' Tackle Fentanyl Crisis — Fail to Mention Root Causes

By: Stephanie Hamill — November 28th 2022 at 01:28
CBS’s East New York and Fox’s The Resident both took on the fentanyl crisis plaguing communities across America in their most recent episodes, yet both shows failed to mention the root causes, such as the border crisis and China. Kudos to the writers for at least tackling this important issue, as fentanyl overdoses have been reported on as the leading cause of death for young adults ages 18-45. The numbers are staggering, with fentanyl deaths accounting for more in this age range than anything else such as Covid-19, suicides, cancer and motor vehicle accidents, among other things.  Season 1, episode 8 of East New York centers around the deaths of four young partygoers due to fentanyl overdoses. Detectives attempt to track down the source of the drugs, which leads them to a warehouse where they eventually seize a large amount of fentanyl:     Detective Tommy Killian: Fifty dollars a head to get in, no alcohol, no food. Bring your own drugs? Club Bouncer: People do what they do. I just don't get involved. Killian: What's your end? Club Bouncer: Exposure. There's dope people here, I DJ, they throw it on socials... I got 90,000 followers and... I'm just getting started. Wow. Who's that? Killian: Relax. She's the precinct commander. Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood: I got called in by Operations on my way in. What are we looking at? Officer Marvin Sandeford: Four fatalities. Looks like a drug overdose. Haywood: Fentanyl, probably. Officer Brandy Quinlan: Whoa, excuse me, sir. You're gonna have to step back. Victim's Boyfriend: I got a call that my girlfriend died. I just want to see her. Quinlan: I'm sorry, but you can't do that right now. Victim's Boyfriend: I can't see her?  Quinlan: I'm sorry, not at this time. Detective Crystal Morales: Who do you think passed the bad dope? Sean: No idea. Morales: No, huh? Sean: I wasn't holding and I wasn't looking, so... I don't know. Haywood: What about other people? Sean: I don't know about other people. Haywood: What was the vibe? Were they doing cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, what?  According to the storyline, the main supplier of the drugs is a Mexican drug cartel, but no mention of how the drugs made it into the U.S. in the first place. Also, no mention of how the Mexican drug cartels are taking advantage of the Biden administration’s lax border policies or how China is a main source of fentanyl-related substances. In episode 8, Season 6 of The Resident, the plot revolves around a bad batch of fentanyl-laced pills taken by a group of students. A young boy named Malik, who they suspect is suffering from an overdose, is brought to the hospital. They find out from his girlfriend that other students had taken pills from the same batch, which led one of the doctors on a life saving mission to save the other students before it’s too late:     Dr. AJ Austin: By the time Conrad got to him, he was already gone. Dr. Billie Sutton: These fentanyl overdoses just keep climbing. Crazy. Pushing past 200 a day, nationally. Austin: Kids are supposed to learn from their mistakes, not die from them. And this one here is gonna need both of our expertise. It's a damn shame. Sutton: Meet you in ct. Dr. Kincaid Sullivan: That's two minutes. Pause compressions. Dr. Conrad Hawkins: We got a pulse. Nurse Ellen Hundley: His brain has been without oxygen for a long time. Hawkins: Yeah, we've given him a shot. Not time to celebrate just yet. Dr. Kincaid Sullivan: We'll get him to the ICU and send him through the scanner on the way.  awkins: Good. I'll go check on Malik. Dr. Ian Sullivan: Hey, I heard you had a bunch of overdosed kids in the ER. I came down, I wanted to see if I could help. Dr. Kincaid Sullivan: Uh, yeah, multiple cases of fentanyl poisoning. This kid had a PEA arrest on the way in, we got him back, but it's not clear what's left. Dr. Ian Sullivan: So, nothing surgical? Dr. Kincaid Sullivan: Dr. Austin and Dr. Sutton have a head trauma that'll probably end up in the OR. Dr. Ian Sullivan: Okay, right. I'll check with them. Dr. Ian Sullivan: This one of the fentanyl overdoses? So young. Hawkins: Yeah. 13. Two of the older ones are in real trouble. Another one was dead at the scene. Dr. Ian Sullivan: Did you find the rest of the pills? Hawkins: Yep, his older brother had them in his pocket. Sadly, the fentanyl crisis doesn’t get the attention it deserves, considering the amount of death and destruction taking place in the U.S. because of the synthetic opioid.  And it’s not just TV shows avoiding the topic of root causes, it's also the mainstream media. In September, MRC analysts reported that network newscasts let President Joe Biden escape blame for the fentanyl Border crisis, when they actually bothered to cover the issue: 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. 
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PolitiFact Tilts Georgia: Sen. Warnock Can't Be False, Herschel Walker Can't Tell the Truth

By: Tim Graham — November 28th 2022 at 06:51
On a daily or on a yearly basis, it’s not hard to find those "independent" critics at PolitiFact telling the public that Democrats are factual and Republicans are liars. Take the Georgia Senate race: Sen. Raphael Warnock’s ratings in 2022 are three “Mostly True” checks and one “Half True.” Not a single rating in the False category: -- On November 22, Herschel Walker “wants a nationwide ban on abortion” and said no exceptions “not even for rape or incest or life of the mother.” -- In mid-October, a “Mostly True” for “Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die (from maternal mortality) even when they have the insurance and the income.” -- In September, there was a “Half True” rating for the child tax credit passed under President Biden “has helped 97% of the families with children who are living in poverty.” -- In April, helpfully gave Warnock a “Mostly True” for scolding President Biden on gas prices: “While the initial increase in oil prices resulted in a near instantaneous increase in gas prices for consumers, the subsequent decrease in crude oil prices has failed to meaningfully provide relief for Georgia's families at the pump.” Then look at Warnock’s challenger, Herschel Walker, and you get the exact opposite. In 2022, Walker drew two "False" ratings, two "Mostly False" ratings, and one "Half True." There was no rating on the "True" side. -- On November 17, Walker was judged "Mostly False" for saying Warnock "believes in no cash bail" and "letting people out of prison that are going to make us prisoners in our own home." -- In September, Walker was "Mostly False" for saying Warnock "called police thugs, then cut their funding." PolitiFact insisted "Warnock used the word 'thugs' in a 2015 sermon. He was specifically referring to police in Ferguson, Missouri, not police generally." -- Earlier in September, Walker drew a "Half True" in claiming President Biden and Warnock "are spending $1.5 billion on ‘urban forestry’ and raising taxes on those making under $200k to pay for it.” It was true that they spent a billion and half on tree-planting in cities. --In July, a “False” for asserting Democrats, including Biden, “stopped domestic drilling” for oil, driving gasoline prices higher. -- In March, they threw a “False” flag for the notion “The presence of apes calls into question the concept of evolution.” PS: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was awarded a “True” for claiming Herschel Walker misled about “personally treating 4,500 veterans per year,” about “graduating from college” and about “working in law enforcement.” As we often point out, these "Fact Checkers" don't have to be wrong about the facts to be biased. It's obvious in their "target selection" that they're helping out the Democrats, defending their records and blatantly attacking Republican talking points. PolitiFact is often Exhibit A. 
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Tax Filing Services Are Sharing Personal Info with Facebook: Report

By: Autumn Johnson — November 27th 2022 at 20:34
Online tax filing services are reportedly sharing the sensitive financial information of Americans with Facebook. In a co-published report with The Markup, The Verge reported on Tuesday that major online tax preparers like H&R Block, TaxAct and Tax Slayer gave the personal financial information of filers with Facebook without first obtaining consent to do so using a code known as the “Meta Pixel”: “The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.” The report said that Facebook obtained financial information necessary to complete a tax return online like a person’s filing status, adjusted gross income, and the amount owed, if any, from a refund: “When users sign up to file their taxes with the popular service TaxAct, for example, they’re asked to provide personal information to calculate their returns, including how much money they make and their investments. A pixel on TaxAct’s website then sent some of that data to Facebook, including users’ filing status, their adjusted gross income, and the amount of their refund … .” TaxAct and H&R Block reportedly also used Google Analytics to share “filers’ health savings account usage and dependents’ college tuition grants and expenses.”  Even more egregious, the report stated that financial information provided by TaxSlayer allows Facebook to match the information with existing accounts on the social media platform: “TaxSlayer … sent personal information to Facebook as part of the social media company’s “advanced matching” system, which gathers information on web visitors in an attempt to link them to Facebook accounts.” Both TaxAct and TaxSlayer told The Verge that they comply with IRS regulations. “We take the privacy of our customers’ data very seriously,” TaxAct spokesperson Nicole Coburn reportedly said. “TaxAct, at all times, endeavors to comply with all IRS regulations.”  TaxSlayer spokesperson Molly Richardson said the company removed the pixel from its website. “Our customers’ privacy is of utmost importance, and we take concerns about our customers’ information very seriously,” she said according to the report. Intuit, the company that runs TurboTax, reportedly did not send financial information to Facebook but instead provided account usernames. When confronted, the report said that the company claimed it will no longer send usernames. Mandi Matlock, a tax law lecturer at Harvard, said the report shows that taxpayers are, unfortunately, “providing some of the most sensitive information that they own, and it’s being exploited.” “This is appalling,” she said according to the report. “It truly is.”  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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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UNHINGED: CNN Analyst Says Free Speech Is ‘Nonsense’

By: Autumn Johnson — November 27th 2022 at 17:49
On Friday afternoon's CNN Newsroom, CNN intelligence and security analyst and former CIA official Robert Baer responded to Elon Musk’s new pro-free speech policies on Twitter by disturbingly slamming free speech as “nonsense.” Our friends at The Blaze reported on Saturday that Baer bizarrely accused Musk of promoting free speech online to benefit Russia in its war against Ukraine.  "Well, Boris, I can tell you one thing, Putin will be all over Twitter if there's no regulations on this,” he said of reinstated censored accounts. “Fake accounts, spoofed accounts, the rest of it, this is a great opportunity for him." Fmr. CIA analyst on Elon restoring banned Twitter accounts: ”Putin is going to be all over Twitter if there’s no regulations on this, fake accounts, spoofed accounts … And so when he’s talking about the popular voice, Musk, he’s really talking about Russian intelligence.“ pic.twitter.com/2V546kBIZI — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 26, 2022 Baer then went on to suggest that Musk was personally colluding with Russian intelligence officials against the United States. "And so when he's talking about the popular voice, Musk, he's really talking about Russian intelligence,” he said. "The Russians are waiting for something like this.” He also claimed that Musk was trying to interfere with U.S. support of Ukraine. "They need a propaganda campaign against the United States and against our support for Ukraine," he continued. "And they're going to be all over Twitter. I guarantee this. Supporting the far right, plans, demands to stop arming Ukraine. You just wait." Baer’s comments became even more unhinged as claimed that free speech as “nonsense.” Bob Baer, cont’d: “It’s not right. And you know, this freedom of speech is just nonsense because you can’t go into a movie theater and yell ‘fire.’ It’s against the law. What Putin is going to do & the Russians is they’re going to use this as a vehicle to save himself in Ukraine” pic.twitter.com/3FnuOZDiSd — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 26, 2022 “[Y]ou know, this freedom of speech is just nonsense because you can't go in a movie theater and yell 'fire.' It's against the law,” Baer continued, incorrectly labeling legally protected speech illegal. When Sanchez asked Baer what advice he would give to Musk for the future, he said, "I'd say this Libertarian nonsense is destructive to American national security. And he has got to reinstitute the same restrictions that were on Twitter before he bought it. There's no other choice." 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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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NYT Repelled by New ‘Deeply Conservative’ Congress ‘Bedevil[ing]’ Poor Biden

By: Clay Waters — November 27th 2022 at 17:34
Already out of Thanksgiving cheer, The New York Times delivered a cold housewarming greeting to the incoming Republican-controlled House of Representatives in Saturday’s “Meet the House Republicans Who Will Wield Power in the New Congress.” Reporters Catie Edmondson, Luke Broadwater, and Emily Cochrane made it clear what they thought of the incoming GOP, as an unwelcome disruptor of the poor put-upon Democratic President Biden: Republicans may have won control of the House by only the slimmest of margins, but in a chamber that operates purely by majority rule, their razor-thin edge has given them all the tools they need to plunge the Biden administration into a morass of investigations. Wielding gavels and subpoena power, the Republicans set to lead influential House committees have pledged to bedevil President Biden on a litany of issues, including the foreign business dealings of his son Hunter Biden, security at the southern border, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Justice Department’s initiative to address threats of violence and harassment directed at school administrators and school board members. At the same time, they will face calls from their conservative base -- and an influential clutch of hard-liners in Congress -- to impeach a phalanx of officials, from Mr. Biden himself to the vice president and cabinet secretaries. The Times leaned hard on the identity card, at least when it makes Democrats look good. Sometimes ethnic diversity doesn’t matter as much to The Times when conservative politicians demonstrate it. The trio dismissed such gains as "modest," insisting what actually matters is a party's "senior ranks" and, with the GOP, they "reflect the overwhelmingly white, male makeup of their conference" with "no people of color leading committees -- a notable shift from House Democrats" as nine minorities has gavels. They couldn't forget the gender card either: Republicans are also set to have only two or three women leading committees, down from the seven Democratic women who now hold gavels. The individual profiles of the “key players” expected to helm various committees had some labeling bias as well. Mike D. Rogers of Alabama was “a deeply conservative 10-term congressman,” while both Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) were “two-term congressmen who are deeply conservative and have military backgrounds. Mr. Green is a member of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, while Mr. Crenshaw has scrapped with the hard-right flank of his party."
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WH COVID-19 Head Blames Social Media Users for ‘Misinformation' Spread

By: Autumn Johnson — November 27th 2022 at 17:06
Last week, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha blamed social media users for spreading so-called misinformation related to the virus. Reuters reported that Jha warned Americans during Tuesday's White House press briefing not to “trust” other social media users that challenge the government’s narrative about COVID-19. "You can decide to trust America's physicians, or you can trust some random dude on Twitter. Those are your choices," Jha said. "For journalists and for people who own platforms, what I would say is you should be thinking about what your personal responsibility is, and do you want to be a source of misinformation and disinformation? That's up to those individuals," he added. The Biden administration has a history of using Big Tech companies for its own gain. Last year, NewsBusters reported that the administration enlisted the help of Big Tech social media platforms to censor content that challenges the official narrative about the origin of COVID-19. Facebook censored posts alleging that COVID-19 was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. CNN later reported that Facebook backtracked “[i]n light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19.”  Big Tech has also attacked Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for his response to the virus. YouTube deleted a roundtable video from DeSantis and several physicians for spreading so-called “misinformation.” And at the start of the year, CBS News demanded that podcast host Joe Rogan be censored after he promoted alternative treatments to COVID-19. 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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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ABC: People Still Debating If Biden Is Major Success or Failure

By: Kevin Tober — November 27th 2022 at 16:31
On Sunday’s edition of This Week on ABC, political director Rick Klein made the laughable observation during the “PowerHouse Roundtable” discussion that in Democrat circles, there’s a debate over whether the Biden presidency has been a success or failure. All anyone needs to do in order to answer this question is look at their grocery bills, the price of a gallon of gas, and their 401k and they will find out pretty quickly what the answer is.  During a discussion on the Biden administration’s legislative agenda in light of the GOP winning control of the United States House of Representatives, Klein noted how ”we're in a stage still where people are trying to figure out, on the Democratic side, is the Biden presidency a resounding success or is it kind of a middling thing or is it a major disappointment?” “There's an argument to be made about how productive this Congress has been and how productive Biden has been, and what he’s been able to do,” Klein added.    ABC's Rick Klein: “We’re in a stage still where people are trying to figure out, on the Democratic side, is the Biden presidency a resounding success or is it kind of a middling thing or is it a major disappointment?” pic.twitter.com/0yuLYkA2K9 — Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) November 27, 2022   Klein also pointed out that “there’s a case to be made about promises unkept and liberal fantasies and dreams that are unmet,” and that this debate “will bleed into 2024 conversation.” “People are still deciding on the Democratic side was this election a validation or vindication or not. And what does it mean for the President's prospects going forward,” Klein observed.  He ended by noting that a federal appeals court judge striking down Biden’s student loan bailout as unconstitutional could hurt the President’s political standing: “So when you have a stalled action item like this, a promise that was not delivered it's harmful.” This segment was made possible by CarFax. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript, click “expand”: ABC’s This Week 11/27/2022 9:41:54 a.m. Eastern RICK KLEIN: We're in a stage still where people are trying to figure out, on the Democratic side, is the Biden presidency a resounding success or is it kind of a middling thing or is it a major disappointment? And you’ve got voices on the left— MARTHA RADDATZ: It depends on who you ask on this side of the table.  [crosstalk] KLEIN: There's an argument to be made about how productive this Congress has been and how productive Biden has been, and what he’s been able to do. There’s also a case to be made about promises unkept and liberal fantasies and dreams that are unmet. This will bleed into 2024 conversation. Because President Biden of course has not made an actual announcement as whether he’s gonna run or not.  It doesn’t appear like there’s likely to be a major primary challenger to him. But people are still deciding on the Democratic side was this election a validation or vindication or not. And what does it mean for the President's prospects going forward, so when you have a stalled action item like this, a promise that was not delivered it's harmful.
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CNN's Bash Claims Walker's Trans Swimmer Ad 'Targets' Trans People

By: Kevin Tober — November 27th 2022 at 15:18
Much like the rest of the leftist media, CNN has a difficult time grasping the concept of biology and science. This basic fact was once again on full display on the network’s Sunday show State of the Union when co-moderator Dana Bash took issue with Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s ad criticizing men competing with women in sports, in this case competitive swimming. Bash thought Walker’s ad “targets” trans people.  “After five people were killed at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado last week, you urged your fellow Republicans to tone down the rhetoric, particularly towards the trans community,” Bash lectured.  “But just days after that shooting, Georgia Republican senate candidate Herschel Walker debuted this ad I want to play, and it targets transgender athletes,” Bash said without explaining how the ad targets transgender people. Pointing out that it's unfair for a man who thinks he’s a woman racing an actual woman, isn’t meant to “target” anyone.  Bash then aired the powerful ad which features a young woman named Riley Gaines who lost to a man named Lia Thomas who was allowed to participate in the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships despite being a man.  In the ad Gaines articulated how unfair it was that she worked so hard and got up so early in the morning to practice swimming and yet still lost to a man who decided to join the women’s swimming team.  After airing the ad, Bash asked her guest Liberal Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson  “are you comfortable with what Walker is doing there?”   Instead of asking Bash what he’s supposed to be uncomfortable with, he simply accepted the premise of the question and said he’s comfortable with the ad and noted how he had already “signed a law in Arkansas that prohibited biological males from competing with women in women's sports.”      Bash was still whining about the ad and the so-called timing of its airing. She appeared to take issue with the fact that it was released days after the shooting at the “LGBTQ” night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  “What about the timing there?” Bash asked.  Proving that he’s a prime example of what Daily Wire host Michael Knowles calls “playing court jester in the kingdom of liberalism,” Hutchinson once again accepted the premise of Bash’s ridiculous question and agreed with it.  “That's a fair question, but it happens to be in the middle of an election, and you can't hardly pull everything down,” Hutchinson mumbled.  The basic science and biology that CNN doesn’t understand is that men are naturally stronger physically than women and it’s unfair to let men compete with women in sports and pretend that there will be an even playing field.  It’s not an attack on transgender people to point that out.  This segment was made possible by Dove. Their information is linked. The transcript is below. Click “expand” to read:   CNN’s State of the Union 11/27/2022 9:21:58 p.m. Eastern DANA BASH: Governor, after five people were killed at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado last week, you urged your fellow Republicans to tone down the rhetoric, particularly towards the trans community. But just days after that shooting, Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker debuted this ad I want to play, and it targets transgender athletes.  [cuts to video] RILEY GAINES: For more than a decade, I worked so hard, 4:00 A.M. practices to be the best. But my senior year I was forced to compete against a biological male.  HERSCHEL WALKER: That's unfair and wrong.  GAINES: A man won the swimming title that belonged to a woman. And Senator Warnock voted not to let it happen.  [cuts back to live] BASH: Are you comfortable with what Walker is doing there?  GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON: Well, I am. I signed a law in Arkansas that prohibited biological males from competing with women in women's sports. To me it's about the tone and about the broader arena. We also passed a hate law in Arkansas. We shouldn't be targeting anyone because of their race or their gender. We also have to speak in a compassionate way and to have an understanding heart. And so these are difficult issues that we're dealing with as a society. And it's fair to debate and discuss— BASH: What about the timing there?  HUTCHINSON: That's a fair question, but it happens to be in the middle of an election, and you can't hardly pull everything down. That's a fair question. But the substantive issue is one that's on the hearts and minds of people, and you've got to be able to talk about it, state your position on it, and you've got to recognize these sensitive issues have to be dealt with by parents, by school officials, by employers as well. And what happened in that nightclub is a human tragedy. And we all have to be able to express ourselves with compassion toward that, understanding and we need to work through this as a society. These are challenging issues, and what happened is just simply wrong.
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On Fox, Jonathan Swan Says Republicans 'Still Fear' Criticizing Trump on Fuentes Dinner

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 27th 2022 at 14:20
Guest-hosting Fox News Sunday, Jennifer Griffin suggested to Jonathan Swan that Donald Trump's dinner with Nick Fuentes had triggered something of a wave of criticism of the former president among prominent Republicans. But liberal reporters like Swan are trying to draw out fiercer criticism, including nudging Gov. Ron DeSantis to slam Trump. Swan dissented from Griffin's take: "There actually haven't been that many prominent Republicans who have come out against Trump . . .  Which tells me there is still a fear among Republicans, even ones who want to oppose him potentially in 2024, that Trump still commands a serious, meaningful proportion of the base, and they don't want to cross him yet." Then again, by adding that "yet" at the end of his comment, Swan seemed to suggest that criticism of Trump by prominent Republicans is a matter of when, not if. Swan pointedly mentioned that DeSantis has remained "completely silent" about Trump's dinner with Fuentes. Seems that the Florida governor is keeping his '24 powder dry. Swan, relaying comments he'd received from members of Trump's team, indicated that they aren't "lighting their hair on fire" or "freaking out." For them, having been through a variety of Trump controversies, the Fuentes dinner is just "another day at the office." The dinner is odd, considering Fuentes previously heckled Donald Trump Jr.  Griffin clearly took a dim view of the Mar-a-Lago dinner, saying that Trump doubling the number of anti-Semites to the mix by adding Fuentes to Kanye, "should be cause for concern!" Note the graphic in the screencap: "Democracy 2024." That sounds like something you'd expect to see on CNN or MSNBC--not Fox News Channel. More evidence that the Murdoch empire is moving away from Trump? Swan will soon be moving from Axios to the New York Times. He has been one of the most fair and balanced reporters on the national scene. Let's hope that doesn't change when he goes to work for the Woke Grey Lady. On Fox News Sunday, Jonathan Swan saying that there is still fear among prominent Republicans to take on Donald Trump was sponsored in part by Raymond James, Toyota, and Honda.   Here's the transcript. Fox News Sunday 11/27/22 9:17 am ET JENNIFER GRIFFIN: Jonathan, now to Donald Trump, and his third run for the White House. Are you surprised by the number of prominent Republicans who have come out against Trump, even as Attorney General Bill Barr writes, "Trump will burn down the GOP, time for new leadership"?  What's the reaction from Trump advisors to his dining with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last week?  JONATHAN SWAN: Well, there actually haven't been that many prominent Republicans who have come out against Trump. And you're even seeing, there's a few--Bill Barr has already condemned Trump before this. You see Chris Christie, he's pretty vocal. But even, you look at people like Mike Pompeo, Trump's former Secretary of State, he's criticizing Trump without naming Trump, which tells me, and Pence is being kind of gentle as well. Which tells me there is still a fear among Republicans, even ones who want to oppose him potentially in 2024, that Trump still commands a serious, meaningful proportion of the base, and they don't want to cross him yet. DeSantis, for example, is being completely silent.  Nick Fuentes, to your question, one of the most virulent anti-Semites, and just open racist. Holocaust denier. You just go through his clips. It's kind of staggering to listen to.  Trump's advisors, you know, most of his core team right now have been through Charlottesville, Access Hollywood, go through the list. This is sort of another day in the life of. They don't run around lighting their hair on fire.  I sort of see some people saying, they're all freaking out. That wasn't my experience the last few days, talking to them. These are people who, you know, it's just sort of another day at the office actually. And one person said to me, and I saw someone else sort of tweeted this. Basically their take was, this Republican official, he invites one notorious anti-Semite to dinner, Kanye West, and he shows up with another notorious anti-Semite. So, you know, the surprise was that there was two rather than one.  GRIFFIN: But it's doubling. Should be cause for concern! SWAN: Yeah, yeah: two is worse than one. Yeah.
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'People Aren't Listening' ABC Frets Americans Refusing COVID Boosters

By: Kevin Tober — November 27th 2022 at 10:28
On Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week, co-moderator Martha Raddatz thumbed her nose at Americans who are apparently not listening to Dr. Tony Fauci and the entire medical establishment’s desperate pleas to get COVID booster shots. The whining became almost embarrassing at one point when Raddatz turned to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ashish Jha to ask “what do you do?” After airing Fauci’s last lecture from the White House podium before he retired, Raddatz said “you heard Dr. Fauci the administration is launching a new campaign urging people to get those flu shots, get those COVID boosters.” Turning to Jha, Raddatz bemoaned that “about 11 percent have gotten the booster so far, maybe 42 million the flu shot, we’ve talked about this so many times. People aren't listening, what do you do?” WATCH:   ABC's Martha Raddatz whines about people not listening to Fauci and getting COVID boosters: "Only about 11% have gotten the booster so far, maybe 42 million the flu shot. We've talked about this so many times. People aren't listening, what do you do?" pic.twitter.com/P0LQGOftKz — Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) November 27, 2022   Jha responded by letting people know they can “move on if they keep their immunity up to date.” He then preached about how vital it is for everyone to get vaccinated: “It's incredibly important as we head into the holidays for people to update their immunity, get the new COVID vaccine, get the flu shot, it’s a great way to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.” Raddatz jumped in again to fret a “UCLA study that says that adult flu vaccination rates have declined in states where COVID vaccination rates are also low.” She then asked Jha if he’s “concerned that the controversy and hesitancy over COVID vaccines is carrying over to flu vaccines?”  “We know these vaccines first of all are incredibly effective, they’re very safe,” Jha insisted. He then touted a plan to “get out into the community, talk to religious leaders, talk to civil society leaders, community based organizations,” and “have them get out into the community and talk to people.” “I really believe if we do that and we continue pursuing that strategy, more and more Americans are going to get vaccinated,” Jha said.  ABC’s Raddatz whining about Americans not listening to Fauci and Jha was made possible by CarFax. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript, click “expand”: ABC’s This Week 11/27/2022 9:22:37 a.m. Eastern MARTHA RADDATZ: You heard Dr. Fauci the administration is launching a new campaign urging people to get those flu shots, get those COVID boosters, about 11 percent have gotten the booster so far, maybe 42 million the flu shot, we’ve talked about this so many times. People aren't listening, what do you do? DR. ASHISH JHA: Well, first of all, good morning. Thank you for having me here. So, look, it's been obviously a long 2.5 years for Americans and we understand that, you know, people want to move on. The good news is, people can move on if they keep their immunity up to date. I really think when you look historically people tend to get their flu shot in November & December, into January, I think we're gonna see a lot more people getting vaccinated in the upcoming weeks this is why we're launching the campaign we are right now because we think it's incredibly important as we head into the holidays for people to update their immunity, get the new COVID vaccine, get the flu shot, it’s a great way to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.  RADDATZ: But there’s also this UCLA study that says that adult flu vaccination rates have declined in states where COVID vaccination rates are also low. So are you concerned that the controversy and hesitancy over COVID vaccines is carrying over to flu vaccines?  JHA: So, look, here's what we know, we know these vaccines first of all are incredibly effective, they’re very safe. That’s point number one. I think point number two is we know people get vaccinated when they hear it from trusted voices so our strategy is get out into the community, talk to religious leaders, talk to civil society leaders, community based organizations. Have them get out into the community and talk to people. I really believe if we do that and we continue pursuing that strategy, more and more Americans are going to get vaccinated.
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You Can Define 'Far Left' Kook as Someone Who Makes Brian Stelter Sound Reasonable

By: Tim Graham — November 27th 2022 at 08:28
For a definition of what "far left" is, you could suggest that someone who sounds extreme sitting next to former CNN media reporter Brian Stelter. Check out left-wing extremist Nandini Jammi, whose "Check My Ads" racket seeks to separate all advertiser money from Fox News, Breitbart, and other conservative media outlets.  At an October 28 panel convened by the New York State Writers Institute, Stelter was bemoaning Elon Musk taking over Twitter, suggesting it's divisive:  If Twitter becomes a cesspool and a free-for-all, advertisers will move. Users will move, right? The party will go somewhere else. And I worry that we become even more of a country and a society where there’s a right-wing internet and a left-wing internet. And Twitter will be, Elon Musk is clearly trying to appeal in some form to the right-wing internet. And we end up with even fewer spaces where the two meet and cross over. Jammi (on Twitter at "Nandoodles") hated this "unhelpful framing." She defines advertising anywhere on the right -- the entire right -- as equivalent to funding hate, bigotry, and violence. NANDINI JAMMI: I don’t like to think about the internet in terms of right-wing and left-wing. I think that’s not, like, a helpful framing, in my opinion…We use very specific language even at Check My Ads. We say, you know, advertisers should not be – it’s our value position that they should not be advertising on obviously not violence and so on, on hate, harassment, bigotry. We even try to helpfully frame it as like, what is the real-world outcome of the content you’re supporting? And advertisers, when we consulted with advertisers, this was a much more helpful framing for them. Jammi hates a right-versus-left, fair-and-balanced framing. She wants a defund-the-conservatives framing to "optimize" for the socialist revolution. JAMMI:  I just want to point out that there’s a universe of products and tools and frameworks that advertisers currently rely on, that there’s for example, there’s something called Ad Fontes Media. It’s some kind of a bias chart, with like right vs. left, with reliability as the Y axis, those are frameworks advertisers currently look it up on your phone, you can Google it, it’s a nonsense chart of like left, right. There’s like Washington Post up here, and maybe a little bit to the, like, left is maybe, or in between the right is CNN, and and then there’s like InfoWars down here, and like, what is the point of this freaking chart? What are you supposed to take away from it? They do sell it to advertisers, and advertisers are like, ‘ok, so how are we, like how are we going to stay balanced and objective, and do both sides and respect both sides? When the truth of the matter is like, a lot of this content, unfortunately, on the right side is just toxic in terms of the definition of hate and harmful content and in terms of real-world violence. So we have to move away from right vs. left. I don’t think that even exists anymore. I don’t know what that means, and move towards a set of values that we can define and agree on, ‘cause what we’re dealing with is real-world outcomes. What you’ve shared with us so far, your stories, are about real-world outcomes. We need to optimize for the kind of world that we want to, or country that we want to live in. That is something every advertiser needs to be doing, that’s what all of us need to be working towards, defining as journalists. Stelter is drumming his fingers on the table at the sound of this, and then he accurately defines what she's advocating: "But you’re viewed by the far right as a pressure campaign to censor and stop and shut them down, right, which is basically what you are." She looks shocked by this accurate definition, so Stelter added, "In other words, you’re part of the elite cabal. You’re part of the threat, what’s hurting Real America,” he said. “This is what we’re up against,” that “there’s a minority that feels loss of power and status, that feel like only outlets like Fox speak to their truth.”
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Politifact Joins ‘Spanish-Language Disinformation’ Grift

By: Jorge Bonilla — November 26th 2022 at 22:03
The hunt for “Spanish-language disinformation” is proving to be America’s fastest-growing grift: so much so that Politifact is now itching to get into the game. We have a pretty good notion of what a Spanish-language Politifact is going to look like, thanks to a recent MRC study showing that Politifact is 6 times more likely to defend Joe Biden than it is to fact-check him. From the job posting: PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning politics fact-checking organization, is seeking a fluently bilingual reporter to help us deliver fact-based information to Spanish speakers in the United States. … We’ll be counting on you to help us connect with communities who historically have not had access to fact-checked information. Your fact-checking and communication skills will help our audience understand how a video or photo was manipulated, the missing context behind a political claim, and why facts matter. Some days, you will be explaining the truth behind a viral Instagram video, other days you may be fact-checking a claim from the president of the United States. This reporter must have full professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English. We’ll strongly consider candidates who have a passion for truth-telling, who are eager to learn, and who understand the value of debunking misinformation amid an extremely polarized political environment. PolitiFact has been publishing Spanish-language fact-checks sporadically for more than a year, but we aim to create a full Spanish-language version of our website. Candidates must embrace PolitiFact’s core values of accuracy, independence, transparency and fairness. (Read PolitiFact’s “The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter” for more details.) A core element of Politifact’s foray into Spanish-language fact-checking is the belief that Hispanics are unable to discern between fact and fiction without proper assistance from institutions designated by the enlightened elite as approved purveyors of information to the heretofore underserved community.   In reality, these moves are about power and control- and are no different from the reincarnation of the failed Univision America talk radio network as “Radio Soros”. Hispanics continue to move away from the left and its institutions, including Spanish-language news media. The left scrambles to hold a restive cohort in line via the buttressing of failed institutions and the creation of new ones. Thus “Politifact En Español” seeks to join Univision, Telemundo, and every other Tom, Dick, and José in an already-crowded “Spanish-language disinformation” market.  One imagines that Politifact isn’t going to spend its time checking randos on Instagram and WhatsApp, but will go straight to providing cover for Democrats en español. If the recent MRC study and the entirety of Politifact’s conduct serve any indication, it would be foolish to expect anything different.  
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On PBS, David Brooks Wishes for 'Massive Cultural Shift' to 'European-Style' Gun Laws

By: Tim Graham — November 26th 2022 at 21:01
On Friday's PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks responded to a question about lame-duck legislation after several mass shootings. He was pessimistic about anything passing but touted the idea of "a massive cultural shift" to "regard our common good, more frankly, in a European style," instead of our terribly "individualistic" gun culture.  When anchor William Brangham asked why we have mass shootings, Brooks said "We have a lot of guns of this country, too many guns in this country, and too many unregulated guns in this country. So, I think that's the primary cause of why this happens in America more than other places."  Capehart said "I really wish I could say yes, that we could get an assault weapons ban, that we could even get a background-checks law, something that would do something about the access to guns." Brooks spoke more broadly: BROOKS: Well, as Jonathan mentioned, we had some not insignificant gun legislation within the past couple of years. And so that was a pleasant surprise. It would take — President Biden spoke about red flagging, that you would find somebody you think is potentially dangerous, and we would be able to — authorities would be able to go in and take guns away. That would take a gigantic cultural shift in this country, a revamping of the way we think about privacy, a revamping of the way we think about the role government plays in protecting the common good. I think it'd be something I think would be good not only for — to head off shootings, but good to live in a society where we cared more intimately about each other. And I would be willing to give up certain privacies for that to happen. But, for many Americans, that would just be a massive cultural shift to regard community and regard our common good more frankly, in a European style. I think it would benefit our society in a whole range of areas, but it's hard to see that kind of culture change to a society that's been pretty individualistic for a long, long time. Later in the segment, Brangham worried about Republicans curtailing military aid to Ukraine, but Brooks thought this was mostly limited to the hordes of conservative media: BROOKS: There are some in the Republican Party who are entertaining that idea. I think there are more people in the Republican media-industrial complex who are entertaining that idea. I think it's unlikely that the Republican Party would seek to cut off aid. I think most Republicans strongly support aid to Ukraine. PBS is brought to you in part by you, the American taxpayer. There are also underwriters like the financial firm Raymond James.
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Musk Says De-Platforming Trump Was ‘Grave Mistake’

By: Autumn Johnson — November 26th 2022 at 18:45
Elon Musk said in a series of tweets that Twitter’s decision to permanently ban former President Donald J. Trump was a big mistake. Musk was discussing Trump’s decision not to tweet after his reinstatement. He argued that Trump’s reinstatement isn’t about the former president actually using the platform but is instead about promoting free speech online. “I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service,” he tweeted.  He added that the decision alienated “half of America.” “Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America,” he wrote. NewsBusters reported earlier in the month that Musk decided to reinstate Trump’s account after a majority of voters in his Twitter poll voted that he should be. Over 15 million people voted in the poll. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk said of the decision. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” Musk tweeted Friday that while he has supported liberal candidates for office in the past, he has been disappointed with President Joe Biden. “As a reminder, I was a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump,” he tweeted. Musk said that ultimately, free speech is more important than politics. “[F]reedom of speech is the bedrock of a strong democracy and must take precedence,” he added. “My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist. I had hoped that would the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far.” He later said that “the woke mind virus” convinced him to create a counter-narrative. “I am neither conventionally right nor left…,” he tweeted, adding that “the woke mind virus has thoroughly penetrated entertainment and is pushing civilization towards suicide. There needs to be a counter-narrative.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter: (415) 222-9670 or mail to 1355 Market Street Suite 900 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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Lib Activists LOSE IT Over Musk’s ‘Amnesty’ Plan

By: Autumn Johnson — November 26th 2022 at 18:05
Liberal activists have lost their minds over Elon Musk’s so-called “amnesty” plan for Twitter. NewsBusters reported Friday that Elon Musk’s new Twitter policy will offer “general amnesty” to suspended accounts as long as they do not break the law or engage in “egregious” spam. After the policy was announced, Axios reported that liberals in favor of pro-censorship policies are speaking out against the plan and calling for more content moderation. Imran Ahmed, CEO of the campaign group the Center for Countering Digital Hate, reportedly told The Guardian that only “superspreaders of hate” will benefit from the policy change. "Superspreaders of hate, abuse and harassment will be the only people to benefit from this latest decision by Twitter," Ahmed reportedly said.  Hopewell Chin'ono, a journalist in Zimbabwe, tweeted that the change would be "a major disaster especially in Africa where State sponsored Ghost accounts were suspended for endangering human rights activists & journalists!"  Chin'ono wrote that people who voted in favor of the poll “allowed vile people to put our lives in danger as journalists! You will have blood on your hands @elonmusk.” Alejandra Caraballo, an instructor of cyberlaw at Harvard and so-called "expert," reportedly told The Washington Post that Apple and Google should consider “booting Twitter off the app store.” "It's like opening the gates of hell in terms of the havoc it will cause," Caraballo said. "People who engaged in direct targeted harassment can come back and engage in doxing, targeted harassment, vicious bullying, calls for violence, celebration of violence. I can’t even begin to state how dangerous this will be." It remains to be seen how political leaders around the world will respond to the policy change.  Notably, Axios added that the new policy will “put [Twitter] on a collision course with the EU — where laws like the Digital Services Act put more responsibility on platforms to police and remove content deemed illegal, such as hate speech, with fines for failure to comply.” 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.
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The Media Cry Foul When Pelosi's Chickens Come Home to Roost

By: Jeffrey Lord — November 26th 2022 at 17:15
It goes without saying that the liberal media just loved outgoing Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. If Pelosi did X, then X was just fine by the media. Take, for example, the case of Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, a favorite target of liberal Democrats for her conspiracy theories.  Here’s a typical headline about Pelosi’s treatment of Rep. Greene, this one from the New York Times.  The House votes to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. The move effectively stripped Ms. Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, of her influence in Congress. The Times story begins by reporting that on the long list of Greene’s sins was included trafficking in “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” Then there was this from NPR:  House Removes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene From Her Committee Assignments The taxpayer funded leftist media outlet gloated that Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern had called out Greene for several things on his list, notably including that he had never heard her “apologize or retract the anti-Semitic” remarks. And then there was the Associated Press, admiringly headlining this of the Pelosi Democrats’ removal of Greene from her committee assignments:  Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees Characteristically, it was House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy who at the time warned of the political dangers in stripping Greene of her committee assignments. Said McCarthy:  “If that’s the new standard,” he said of Democrats’ move against Greene, “we have a long list.” Neither House Democrats or the media were in a listening mode for McCarthy’s wisdom. They also campaigned to remove Rep. Lauren Boebert over her "Islamophobic" comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. But now? Now that self-same Kevin McCarthy is close to being elected Speaker of the new GOP-dominated House. And here’s a sample headline from the media -- NBC in this case -- on a new McCarthy vow:  Democrats slam Kevin McCarthy over his vow to remove them from committees  “He will adhere to the wishes of the lowest common denominator,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said when asked about McCarthy’s pledge to remove him from the House Intelligence Committee. NBC reports: Three House Democrats swiftly pushed back at Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's threat to strip them of their committee assignments if he is elected speaker. After Republicans narrowly won control of the House in the midterm elections, McCarthy this weekend doubled down on his pledge to remove several prominent House Democrats from their committee assignments if he becomes speaker. McCarthy said he would not allow Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, on the House Intelligence Committee. In a tweet posted Saturday alongside a video clip, McCarthy said that he would keep his promise to remove Omar "based on her repeated antisemitic and anti-American remarks." He made similar comments during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. And right there were seen the media-loving Pelosi chickens coming home to roost. The liberal media loved Pelosi for forcing the Republican Rep. Greene off her committee assignments for, among other things, anti-Semitism. McCarthy warned of the precedent this would set, but he went unheeded. Now McCarthy has turned the tables. Democrat Rep. Omar has been seriously accused -- as was Greene -- of anti-Semitism. Infamously Omar had written of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” An uproar ensued. On another occasion Omar had cited what she called “unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.”  All of this individually not to mention collectively was enough for McCarthy to promise to apply the Democrats’ standard for removing a Member from their Committee assignments. For good measure McCarthy would include California Democrats Schiff and Swalwell, both who would be removed from the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff would be targeted for repeatedly lying about the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, Swalwell for a decidedly ill-advised affair with an alleged Chinese spy. McCarthy clearly thinks both Schiff and Swalwell showed appallingly bad judgement and cannot be allowed to sit on the Intelligence Committee. So, in the fashion of the Pelosi precedent with Marjorie Taylor Greene - off they would go. And like clockwork, with, as the old saying goes, all the predictability of the sun rising in the east, the media clocks in with breathless headlines on McCarthy doing exactly what Pelosi did. CBS News attempted to explain Pelosi acted "in response to violent and extremist statements they promoted online." CNN set up Swalwell to complain this was the "Trumpization" of politics, when it's merely following Pelosi's example. On CNN's 'Inside Politics,' John King suggests Dems had a POINT in stripping "egregious" Republicans of committee assignments, but whoa, Ilhan Omar, they "think she's too liberal and they don't like her, they think she's anti-Israel." They "think" she's anti-Israel?? pic.twitter.com/vt9AKkn0zI — Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) November 21, 2022  Yahoo put in the headline that McCarthy was somehow a puppet of Marjorie Taylor Greene.   A modified version of that famous quote from former President Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, substituting the name “Pelosi” for Wright’s use of “America” comes to mind. That would read: “Pelosi’s chickens have come home to roost.” And right on cue, the liberal media is not happy. Imagine that.
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Musk Will Invent ‘Alternative Phone’ If App Stores Remove Twitter

By: Autumn Johnson — November 26th 2022 at 16:27
Elon Musk says he will create a new cell phone if Twitter gets booted from Apple and Google’s app stores because of its new pro-free speech policies. Conservative commentator Liz Wheeler tweeted that Musk should create a new phone if Apple and Google remove the app from their app stores. “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone,” she tweeted. “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”  Musk responded that while he hopes it does not come to that, he is prepared to create the new technology if the backlash escalates to a ban. “I certainly hope it does not come to that,” Musk replied, “but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.” On Friday, NewsBusters reported that Musk planned to offer “general amnesty” to censored accounts as long as they do not do anything illegal or engage in “egregious” spam. Musk created a poll that asked voters to vote on “general amnesty:”  “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” he asked via tweet. Slightly over 72% of voters answered “yes” and over 3 million people voted in the poll. Musk later tweeted that the “general amnesty” policy will begin next week. “The people have spoken,” he added. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” As of now, it appears that Apple officials are already protesting Musk’s new pro-free speech policies. The New York Post reported Friday that Phil Schiller, an Apple fellow responsible for leading the company’s App Store, deleted his Twitter account. 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 Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Time Magazine Indulges 'Zero Covid' Fantasists: Isolate 14 Days For Thanksgiving?

By: Clay Waters — November 26th 2022 at 15:30
Even as communist China is being compelled to step away from its fanatical “zero COVID” fantasy, Time magazine is pushing it here in America, just in time to ruin the third holiday season in a row, this time pushing the threat of “Long COVID,” the disease with a thousand general symptoms. “For Some Families, COVID-19 Is Still Upending Holiday Plans,” by health correspondent Jamie Ducharme patronized some sad, hypochondriac families who stopped living normally when COVID kicked in and may never start again: Julie, who is 38 and lives in North Carolina, considers herself, her husband, and their two children “zero COVID people.” Motivated by studies about COVID-19’s potential long-term effects on the body, they orient their lives around not getting the virus. That means avoiding indoor spaces where people won’t be masked, often wearing masks outside, and seeking out service providers who are still taking precautions, such as masking and using air purifiers. For the most part, Julie says, this is fine. “There’s not a whole lot we don’t do,” she says -- they just do it all in high-quality masks…. The Zero Covid folks' demands are so high, it’s no wonder they’re left alone on holidays. Ducharme lamented that "[t]he holidays, however, present some challenges as "Julie’s relatives are no longer willing to take the safety measures that would make her family feel comfortable gathering with them in person." In turn, she explained: [H]er family pod will celebrate by “making better food” than usual and eating it at home. The hardest part, she says, is watching family members who were once open to isolating for 14 days before visits now forgo precautions, knowing that means Julie and her family won’t feel comfortable joining the festivities. Ducharme nodded along to the neuroticism of a woman using her overzealous COVID precaution as an excuse to divorce her husband for wanting to join the world again. The below paragraph is the story’s sole mention of vaccines, almost as if they don't exist. By contrast, masks, which are of dubious effectiveness against airborne COVID, are mentioned seven times (click "expand"): Not everyone is so understanding. Kara Darling, who is 46 and lives in Delaware, is in the process of divorcing her husband because he was ready to “reintegrate” into society around the time vaccines rolled out, and she has chosen to remain highly COVID-cautious by working remotely, homeschooling her kids, and socializing only with those who are willing to take strict precautions. Darling’s stance is informed both by her work as a practices and research manager at a clinic that treats people with complex conditions, which has exposed her to the realities of life with Long COVID, and by the fact that three of her children have overactive immune systems. This paragraph was simply sad, with the writer seemingly immune to how normal people would react to such bizarre restrictions: Darling’s Thanksgiving will be small this year -- just her household, her oldest son, and her son’s girlfriend, cooking and eating together at home. (Darling’s son and his girlfriend don’t live with her, so they’ll avoid any unnecessary public activities, wear respirators, and test multiple times in the 10 days before coming over.)….
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How Can Dems 'Stop This'? MSNBC Freaks Over Pending GOP Investigations & Committee Purges

By: Kevin Tober — November 26th 2022 at 13:58
With a little over a month until Republicans take control of the United States House of Representatives, MSNBC’s Alex Witt started panicking during a segment of her Saturday show Alex Witt Reports that the Biden Administration will be held accountable for the border crisis that’s been unfolding for the past two years. Witt especially lost it when Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised to investigate Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and possibly impeach him if he doesn’t resign.  After airing his statement on the incoming House Republican majorities’ plans for Mayorkas, Witt went to Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley for his reaction: “His threats of investigations, if the secretary doesn’t resign. Is this what we can expect if Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker of the House? Leadership by bullying? Is this an inappropriate tone or approach to address issues with immigration?”  It’s amazing how investigations and impeachments are always good and noble when Democrats are conducting them, but the second Republicans come to power and turn the process around on them, it becomes “leadership by bullying” or an abuse of power.      Someone should ask Witt if the never ending January 6 committee investigations were “leadership by bullying.” Quigley speculated that McCarthy is promising to investigate Mayorkas because he’s  “gonna be in a tight race for Speaker within his own party, to get to that threshold number. He is attempting to appease them on an early stage.” He went on to whine that Republicans “jumping to impeachment, it goes beyond bullying. It is well beyond constitutional purview and I think it is what we should expect.” “Hmmm. That’s unfortunate,” Witt sneered.  Later on in the segment, Witt aired what she described as “another threat of Kevin McCarthy.” This time it was McCarthy promising to strip the congenital liar Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, who reportedly has connections to a Chinese spy, and noted anti-semite Ilhan Omar, of their committee assignments:  Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector. Why would we ever give him a security clearance in the secrets to America? I will not allow him to be on Intel. You have Adam Schiff who had lied to the American public time and again, we will not allow him to be on the Intel committee either. Look, Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward. We are not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs. “I’m sorry, I will not allow him? What is your response to this?” Witt wailed. “ “Is there anything Democrats can do to stop this from happening or would it take Republicans putting pressure on McCarthy to quit with the threats and is there any chance that will happen? Witt desperately asked Quigley.  Quigley admitted “there’s a small chance” that McCarthy could be stopped and claimed “there’s a handful of Republicans that can see this for what it is.”  This hypocritical segment was made possible by Subway. Their information is linked.  The relevant transcript is below. Click “expand” to read: MSNBC’s Alex Witt Reports 11/26/2022 12:19:59 p.m. Eastern ALEX WITT: Your reaction to Kevin McCarthy? I mean his threats of investigations, if the secretary doesn’t resign. Is this what we can expect if Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker of the House? Leadership by bullying? Is this an inappropriate tone or approach to address issues with immigration?  REP. MIKE QUIGLEY: You know I think we have heard about this for coming months and it sounds like McCarthy preaching to the faithful. He knows he’s gonna be in a tight race for Speaker within his own party, to get to that threshold number. He is attempting to appease them on an early stage. You know we impeach for people, Presidents who incite violent insurrections and attempted coups. But we impeach Presidents who attempt to extort our allies like Ukraine. We don't impeach for policy disagreements.  There is an oversight function which is all together, fitting & appropriate. And if you don't like what the secretary is doing, you can talk about that. You can introduce legislation to address it. Jumping to impeachment, it goes beyond bullying. It is well beyond constitutional purview and I think it is what we should expect.  WITT: Hmmm. That’s unfortunate. [...] WITT: Well let's take a listen to another threat of Kevin McCarthy. He made it last weekend and then targeted some of your colleagues on the Intelligence Committee. Here it is.  [cuts to video] REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY: Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector. Why would we ever give him a security clearance in the secrets to America? I will not allow him to be on Intel. You have Adam Schiff who had lied to the American public time and again, we will not allow him to be on the Intel committee either. Look, Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward. We are not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs.  [cuts back to live] WITT: I’m sorry, I will not allow him? What is your response to this? Is there anything Democrats can do to stop this from happening or would it take Republicans putting pressure on McCarthy to quit with the threats and is there any chance that will happen?  QUIGLEY: You know, there’s a small chance and I think there’s a handful of Republicans that can see this for what it is. The fact of the matter is, I served with -- Congressman Schiff and Eric Swalwell for almost eight years now on those committees. And again, McCarthy is letting policy disagreements get way ahead of the game here. [...]
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What Must Be Said About Harvey Weinstein Journo-Drama ‘She Said’

By: Christian Toto — November 26th 2022 at 13:50
The New York Times covered Harvey Weinstein’s fall with a fervor usually reserved for GOP politicians … like Donald Trump. So it makes sense that “She Said,” the true story behind the New York Times expose of Weinstein’s crimes, starts with accusations against the real estate mogul. The Oscar-bait film, which tanked during its opening weekend, offers a look at modern journalism in more ways than one. The drama shows it functioning at the highest levels, speaking truth to power while acknowledging the impact stories have on both abusers and victims. She Said also reminds us journalism is broken beyond repair. Focusing on a rare example of reporters at their very best can’t disguise that truth. It’s not the movie’s fault, of course. The blame falls squarely on institutions like The New York Times and The Washington Post who put partisanship, and power, above the facts. She Said delivers on its promise, showing the rigorous work that helped expose Weinstein’s decade-long run as a Hollywood predator. The performances click, the real-life parables matter and the presence of Ashley Judd, one of Weinstein’s real-life victims, transcends the medium. Did Judd ever dream she’d be throwing dirt on the grave of Weinstein’s career in a major Hollywood film? It doesn’t make up for the hurt and anguish, but it’s impossible not to cheer her inclusion. It’s equally hard not to let other real-world narratives interrupt the story. Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan) follow journalistic best practices nearly every step of the way. They don’t jump to conclusions but keep their minds open. They work tirelessly to get critical facts on the record, using background interviews to prepare them for the larger truths. And they refuse to hit publish until they’ve done everything possible to confirm their investigation’s accuracy. Wonderful. Now, consider how the media actually works today. We see Fake News story after Fake News story peddled without care or consequences by most, if not all, the major news outlets. Need a short list? The Covington Catholic scandal The Russian Collusion hoax The “Very Fine People” hoax Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s rape accusations Hunter Biden’s laptop is “Russian disinformation” Today’s reporters scramble to get stories out first, pushing caution and cynicism aside. So many narratives are too good to check, too delicious to reconsider with the necessary levels of skepticism. Let’s not forget the stories we don’t read or see across our smart phone screen. They are legion. It took weeks, and weeks, before major news outlets picked up Tara Reade’s sexual assault accusations regarding then-Presidential candidate Joe Biden. Reporters scoffed at the Hunter Biden laptop report without dedicating any resources to proving its “Russian disinformation” roots. Then, long after the final 2020 presidential votes were tallied, the same outlets sheepishly admitted they got it wrong the first time around. No apologies. No soul searching. No course correction. Hollywood has a long history of celebrating journalists on the big screen. They’re truth tellers, selfless souls who sacrifice everything to get to the truth. And, sometimes, that’s accurate. The modern journalist is too often a propagandist, or someone who stays silent as his or her fellow scribes cover what matters most … with a pillow, to paraphrase IowaHawk. Now, we know the truth. They’re hopeless partisans, cheerleaders for the DNC who will aggressively look the other way if a progressive behaves badly. They’ll hide a world leader’s muddled mental state and savage reporters who dare reveal the truth about a Democratic hopeful. The creative team behind She Said isn’t responsible for journalism’s freefall. And to put the necessary context into the film would be unwieldy at best. Audiences know better, though, at least those who sample alternative media outlets and keep their minds wide open to fallacious narratives. That helps explain the film’s abysmal box office results. And, rest assured, few media outlets will note the audience’s exhaustion with Fake News when reporting She Said’s box office belly flop.
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NYT Accuses Gun Rights Advocates of Brandishing to Shut Down Free Speech

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 26th 2022 at 12:51
In a Saturday article headlined “At Protests, Guns Are Doing the Talking,” New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire accuses gun rights advocates with “a right-wing agenda” of “increasingly using open-carry laws to intimidate opponents and shut down debate” at protests, gatherings, and public meetings. There’s a legal term for what he’s describing and it’s called “brandishing”; a term that describes an illegal activity and does not appear once in his nearly 2,600-word piece. The word doesn’t appear because he knows that’s not what’s happening. He even admits that “shootings were rare” and that “armed protests accounted for less than 2 percent” of total protests. But that admission didn’t come until paragraph 42 of 56. He would also admit that when the rare violence would break out it “often involved fisticuffs” with other groups “such as antifa [sic].” “Across the country, openly carrying a gun in public is no longer just an exercise in self-defense — increasingly it is a soapbox for elevating one’s voice and, just as often, quieting someone else’s,” McIntire openly lamented in his opening paragraph. Giving little credit to the fact that Democrats are openly anti-gun rights in many states, some even calling for abolishing the Second Amendment altogether, McIntire seems appalled that law-abiding gun owners find a home in the Republican Party. He treated the political partnership as some sort of cabal, seemingly finding it suspicious that “Republican officials or candidates appeared at 32 protests where they were on the same side as those with guns.” He also suggests gun rights proponents are on a “hair trigger” and are ready to mow down oppositional protesters at a moment’s notice (Click “expand”): Whether at the local library, in a park or on Main Street, most of these incidents happen where Republicans have fought to expand the ability to bear arms in public, a movement bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling on the right to carry firearms outside the home. The loosening of limits has occurred as violent political rhetoric rises and the police in some places fear bloodshed among an armed populace on a hair trigger. But the effects of more guns in public spaces have not been evenly felt. A partisan divide — with Democrats largely eschewing firearms and Republicans embracing them — has warped civic discourse. Deploying the Second Amendment in service of the First has become a way to buttress a policy argument, a sort of silent, if intimidating, bullhorn. At one point, he asserts that “men with guns interrupted a Juneteenth festival in Franklin, Tenn.,” only noting that they were “handing out fliers” while doing it. He links to a local NBC affiliate, WSMV4, who reported that “Authorities asked both groups to leave and they complied. No violence or arrests were reported after Franklin officers intervened.” It’s clear that McIntire is opposed to lawful open-carry as he bemoaned the inability of Democrats to impose stricter gun laws (Click “expand”): Attempts by Democrats to impose limits in other states have mostly failed, and some form of open carry without a permit is now legal in 38 states, a number that is likely to expand as legislation advances in several more. (…) More than half of all armed protests occurred in 10 states with expansive open-carry laws: Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Three of them — Michigan, Oregon and Texas — allowed armed protesters to gather outside capitol buildings ahead of President Biden’s inauguration, and in Michigan, militia members carrying assault rifles were permitted inside the capitol during protests against Covid lockdowns. In an apparent attempt to suggest that the lives of Democratic politicians were at risk and that open-carry proponents harbored ill intent, McIntire noted: “In July, for example, men wearing sidearms confronted Beto O’Rourke, then the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, at a campaign stop in Whitesboro and warned that he was ‘not welcome in this town.’” But an accompanying photo of the interaction shows O’Rourke having a peaceful discussion with a man whose sidearm is holstered and who is only holding a bottle of water. Another man can be seen with an AR-style rifle slung over his back and listening from a few feet away. An officer is also at O’Rourke’s side. Of the seven people McIntire apparently talked to get quotes for this article (not counting the quotes pulled from speeches or other sources), only one of them supported gun rights advocates: Jordan Stein of Gun Owners of America. Citing no one in particular, McIntire takes it upon himself to “argue that openly carrying firearms at public gatherings, particularly when there is no obvious self-defense reason, can have a corrosive effect, leading to curtailed activities, suppressed opinions or public servants who quit out of fear and frustration.” One of his go-to sources, Sam Jones of the “nonpartisan data group” The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project openly scoffed at the fact that law-abiding gun owners were not brandishing their weapons: “Armed groups or individuals might say they have no intention of intimidating anyone and are only participating in demonstrations to keep the peace,” said Mr. Jones, “but the evidence doesn’t back up the claim.” The only evidence presented in the article were the anecdotal accounts of a handful of people who felt uncomfortable around those with firearms. Brandishing or not, these people are possibly against being around firearms no matter the context. At no point does the article prove that there’s a concerted effort or intent by law-abiding gun owners to “intimidate opponents and shut down debate,” as the premise of the piece states.
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Flashback: Lib Journalists’ Tearful Eulogies for Cuba’s Communist Dictator

By: Rich Noyes — November 26th 2022 at 12:15
Six years ago today, November 26, 2016, news broke of the death of Fidel Castro, the former communist dictator of Cuba. Castro’s communist regime executed hundreds of political opponents and drove tens of thousands more into exile. The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all listed Castro’s Cuba as among the worst violators of human rights on the planet. Yet liberals in the U.S. media — who rightly condemned such abuses when perpetrated by dictators such as Chile’s Augusto Pinochet — inexplicably remained enchanted with Castro and his socialist revolution. His death at age 90 was an opportunity for journalists who should have known better to salute the prison state’s advances in health care, and to mindlessly babble about how Cubans supposedly preferred donkey carts to modern automobiles. Then-MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews recalled how Castro was celebrated as a “romantic figure” and “folk hero” in the late ’50s, at least until “he began executing people and joining the Soviet side.” Yet Castro’s deplorable record on human rights was not enough to break the bonds of liberal affection he enjoyed among many in the American media. Here are some of the lowlights from coverage six years ago:     ■ “He was a romantic figure when he came into power. And when he knocked off the corrupt dictator [Fulgencio] Batista we American, young high school kids and kids in those days rooted like mad for the guy. We thought here was this guy in fatigues with a beard coming in out of the country side, leading a revolution and swept aside this old corrupt regime. And he was going to be almost like a folk hero to most of us for many months....He would be a figure that you’d look up to and say ‘God this guy is great!’ And then, of course, he began executing people and joining the Soviet side.”— Hardball host Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of Castro’s death in the morning of November 26, 2016. ■ “It’s very easy to have a simplistic view, that he was all awful for Cuba and the world, and I just don’t think that’s accurate. I think that the Cubans have a tremendous sense of pride over his legacy, and I think that he will be remembered fondly.”— FNC’s Geraldo Rivera on Fox & Friends, November 26, 2016 talking about the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. ■ “Even Castro’s critics praised his advances in health care and in education....Fidel Castro was considered, even to this day, the George Washington of his country among those who remain in Cuba.”  — Correspondent Jim Avila during ABC News coverage of Castro’s death early in the morning of November 26, 2016 .     ■ “A declared socialist, he dramatically improved health care and literacy....He never tolerated free elections or dissent but gave his people better health care and education....I think he will be revered as someone who brought education and social services and medical care to all of his people.”— NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell during MSNBC’s breaking news coverage of Castro’s death in the early morning of November 26, 2016.     ■ “Whether you love Fidel Castro because of what he did in education and health care, or hate him because of civil rights and human rights, there is no doubt that he is considered here a revolutionary hero. Not only in Cuba, but in many place around the world, and also for his defiance of the United States.”— Host Charlie Rose from Havana, on CBS This Morning, November 28, 2016.          ■ “It’s still one of those nations where you see donkey carts alongside cars, trucks and buses in downtown Havana, because that’s exactly what they’d rather have for transportation.”— Ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams during MSNBC's live coverage of Castro’s death early in the morning of November 26, 2016.
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As Georgia Voting Begins, MSNBC Touts Warnock, Hurls Insults at Herschel Walker

By: Rich Noyes — November 26th 2022 at 10:35
As early voting began Saturday in the run-off election in Georgia for the final U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in 2022, MSNBC’s Velshi brought on left-wing media personality Roland Martin to talk up the importance of voting for Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock while hurling insults at GOP challenger Herschel Walker. “Herschel Walker is grossly unqualified and has no business being anywhere near the United States Senate,” Martin seethed, while condemning Republican voters as uninterested in character. “It doesn’t matter what Herschel Walker has done when it comes to paying for abortions. I mean, look at one of the women who says she has an audiotape of him as well; that had barely a ripple. Republicans do not care. They do not care.” Martin, who bragged that he’d be in Georgia campaigning alongside Black Voters Matter through December 6, pitched MSNBC’s audience on the need for the Democrats to win this seat, as a way to bolster their Senate majority in advance of the 2024 cycle: “Keep in mind, whoever wins wins a six-year term. If you are Democrat, you are going to want that seat because 2024 is going to be a tough road map as well. So you want a win wherever you can get a win.”     Below are excerpts from the November 26 exchange on MSNBC’s Velshi (click expand). Host ALI VELSHI: Roland, talk to me about this race and what your take is on where we are and how it’s going. You know, Herschel Walker, every couple of days something interesting happens with this guy. ROLAND MARTIN: You use the word “interesting” four different times. I’d probably use the different word. Look, at the end the day, Republican simply do not care. What they wanted was someone who could match the popularity of Senator Raphael Warnock. There was some no doubt that they were deliberate to get an African American to run. Look at the revelation that he just took a tax break based upon his home in Texas, yet he’s claiming to be Georgia. This sounds like Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania really being from New Jersey, but running in Pennsylvania as well. But the bottom line is here that Herschel Walker is grossly unqualified and has no business being anywhere near the United States Senate. But remember, Republicans have one of the dumbest people in America, Tommy Tuberville as a U.S. Senator from Alabama. And so again, they really don’t care. It is about the issue of power, about being in control. And what Democrats need to understand, I’ve even heard some Democrats say, “Hey, we control the Senate, Georgia is not that important.” Keep in mind, whoever wins wins a six-year term. If you are Democrat, you are going to want that seat because 2024 is going to be a tough road map as well. So you want a win wherever you can get a win. ... VELSHI: Raphael Warnock is a very disciplined guy. He’s a good orator, obviously, he is a preacher. But he is actually keeping a lower key in this campaign. He’s talking about policy more than anything else. In his debate with Herschel Walker — that Herschel Walker claims he cleaned the floor with Warnock [Martin snickers] — Warnock just sort of kept to himself. His strategy seems to be, “let Herschel be Herschel.” MARTIN: Well, but you also have advisors saying, “look, if you go too hard after Herschel Walker, you make him sympathetic.” I disagree with that. I think you have to expose him as well. But remember, he is operating as the incumbent. This is not 2020, where he was running to defeat Kelly Loeffler. You had Ossoff running against David Perdue. And so his whole deal is “I’m the United States Senator.” So he wants to be able to project that in talking about policy. But the reality is, it also is going to come down to — for Republicans, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what Herschel Walker has done when it comes to paying for abortions. I mean, look at one of the women who says she has an audiotape of him as well; that had barely a ripple. Republicans do not care. They do not care. And so that’s not what’s going to be the difference. This is going to be, who can get the vote out. It’s going to be a ground war. You can run all the ads on television that you want to, but they’ve got to be doing massive door knocking. That is what it’s gonna boil down to, and that is why the Warnock campaign is being very strategic in terms of really hitting the ground all across the state. MSNBC’s in-kind contribution to the Warnock campaign was brought to you by Arby’s and Verizon. The DNC didn’t have to pay a penny.
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CNN Is Mute as Biden Still Doesn't Understand Meaning of 'Semi-Automatic Weapons'

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 26th 2022 at 06:48
It's been more than a half-century since Joe Biden was first elected to public office. Even for a guy who finished near the bottom of his law school class, you figure that'd be long enough for Biden to understand what "semi-automatic weapons" are. But no. Friday's CNN This Morning led with talk of the president "taking action" on guns in the wake of recent mass shootings. Don Lemon said Biden was "railing against access to assault weapons in this country." Then Biden denounced guns as he vacationed in Nantucket: "The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick! It's just sick! It has no, no, socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profits for the gun manufacturers. " So, if able, Biden would prohibit Americans from buying "semi-automatic weapons?"  Joe, let's keep this simple for you. Here's the Cliffs Notes version of the meaning of a "semi-automatic weapon:" you pull the trigger, it fires one round. Got that?  Many popular hunting rifles—not just "assault" rifles but also the non-scary-looking ones—are semi-automatics. And the great majority of pistols are semi-automatic, as well. Americans already lawfully own countless millions of such weapons. Would Biden make it illegal to buy a typical deer rifle? Or make criminals of individuals who for reasons of their own decide to sell such weapons? Don Lemon, who ran the segment, naturally did nothing to correct Biden's faulty understanding. For that matter, FanDuel odds on whether Lemon himself could explain the difference between semiautomatic and automatic weapons? Biden's statement was followed by a reasonably fair 'n balanced report by CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond. He acknowledged that, realistically, there's little Biden can do to ban guns before the Republicans take over the House majority in January. He went on to talk realpolitik: "the White House also sees some political value in talking about this, [as] something that's galvanizing for Democrats and the Democratic base."  But Diamond did say something that was absurd on his face. He claimed, "there's no question that the president is sincere in his desire to want to get this done." How can Diamond possibly know what Biden is "sincere" about? Does even Biden himself—who went from being pro-life to pro-choice-with-no-restrictions—know what he is "sincere" about—or is it all a matter of the political expediency of the moment?  For that matter, if Biden did manage to somehow get an "assault weapons" ban into law, he could be handing Republicans a good issue for 2024. Something that—in Diamond's words—would be "galvanizing" for the Republican base. So it's just as likely that Biden wants to sound tough on guns, but in his heart of hearts, he knows those Second Amendment hordes aren't going to let much of anything to happen. PS: Speaking of being "tough," Biden's tough-guy look of a cap pulled down over shades was undermined by the lid's label: "Nantucket"—that chichi isle where the uber-elite like Joe and Mika go to "summer." On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon failing to correct Joe Biden's faulty understanding of "semi-automatic weapons" was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual, Pfizer, and Abbott, maker of Rinvoq.   Here's the transcript. CNN This Morning 11/25/22 6:00 am ET DON LEMON: We want to tell you what's happening with President Joe Biden, railing against access to assault weapons in this country in the wake of the three most recent mass shootings in Virginia and in Colorado.  JOE BIDEN: The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick! It's just sick! It has no, no, socially-redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profits for the gun manufacturers.  REPORTER: Can you do anything about gun laws during the lame duck, sir? BIDEN: I'm going to try. REPORTER: What will you try to do? BIDEN: I'm going to try to get rid of assault weapons. LEMON: So what, if anything, can the president actually get done before Republicans take control of the House come January? Let's bring in CNN's Jeremy Diamond for us this morning, live at the White House.  Hello, Jeremy. What can the president get done?  JEREMY DIAMOND: Not very much, Don, to be honest. I mean, President Biden is vowing to try and ban assault weapons, whether in the lame-duck session or after that, but the fact of the matter is, that the president just doesn't have the votes. And he doesn't have the votes in the lame duck, either.  Remember that President Biden, during these midterm campaigns, he repeatedly urged voters to elect more Democrats to Congress, to be able to pass this assault weapons ban. The reality is that while Dems, Democrats, are going to be losing the House of Representatives, even now with that majority in the House, the Senate, they just don't have the 60 votes to get over the filibuster to be able pass that ban on assault weapons.  There's no question that the president is sincere in his desire to want to get this done, but the White House also sees some political value in talking about this, and consistently calling for this ban on assault weapons. They see it as something that is broadly popular with the American public, and also something that, of course, is a galvanizing issue for Democrats, and the Democratic base. 
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NY Times Profiles ‘Compassionate,’ 'Uplifting' Activist Who Wants Humanity to Die Off

By: Clay Waters — November 26th 2022 at 05:42
New York Times climate reporter Cara Buckley issued a weirdly casual “news” profile of the “gentle” leader of a radical anti-humanity movement called Voluntary Human Extinction, datelined (naturally) Portland, Oregon, under the admirably honest headline: “Earth Now Has 8 Billion Humans. This Man Wishes There Were None.”  So enthusiastic was Buckley that this sentence was included in her online byline: “Buckley interviewed Mr. [Les] Knight in Portland and was surprised to find him curiously uplifting.” The praise for the humanity-loathing human began at the start. Not even Tucker Carlson could hamper Knight’s good vibes. For someone who wants his own species to go extinct, Les Knight is a remarkably happy-go-lucky human. He has regularly hosted meteor shower parties with rooftop fireworks. He organized a long-running game of nude croquet in his backyard, which, it should be mentioned, is ringed by 20-foot-tall laurel hedges. Even Tucker Carlson proved no match for Mr. Knight’s ebullience. During a 2005 interview with Mr. Knight on MSNBC, Mr. Carlson criticized him for espousing “the sickest” of beliefs but then added, “You are one of the cheeriest guests we’ve ever had.” Then came the hammer blow inside the velvet glove: Mr. Knight, 75, is the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, which is less a movement than a loose consortium of people who believe that the best thing humans can do to help the Earth is to stop having children. A voluntary die-off of humans to clear Planet Earth, in other words. Mr. Knight added the word “voluntary” decades ago to make it clear that adherents do not support mass murder or forced birth control, nor do they encourage suicide. Their ethos is echoed in their motto, “May we live long and die out,” and in another one of their slogans, which Mr. Knight hangs at various conventions and street fairs: “Thank you for not breeding.” “Voluntary” for now, anyway. It’s always best to hedge when it comes to radical left-wing wish lists, where living longer and no longer dying young aren't considered positive trends. On Nov. 15, the Earth became home to a record eight billion human beings. Despite declining birthrates, the number is forecast to peak at 10.4 billion in the coming decades, in large part because of increases in life expectancy and decreases in child mortality. Buckley briefly noted qualms about "racist theories like eugenics" surrounding population control, but let an outside source rebut them. Yet Stephanie Feldstein, director of population and sustainability at the Center for Biological Diversity, said while greater human longevity and health were good things, they have come at a cost to other living things on the planet. Buckley nudged readers to ignore the stark literal inhumanity of the group’s ideals and to focus instead on Knight’s beaming personality. Tall and gentle, Mr. Knight comes across as clear-eyed and thoughtful, like a mash-up of Bill Nye and Fred Rogers. While Mr. Knight may be against the creation of more humans, he shows great compassion for the ones that already exist. Perhaps the piece’s most casually chilling line was this: ….Research has shown that having one fewer child is perhaps the most significant way to reduce one’s carbon footprint, and while Mr. Knight doesn’t like to push his beliefs on people, he likes to think there are some humans who don’t exist because of his efforts. Earlier this year, Buckley applauded the violent eco-nuts of UK “climate” activists who have “taken hammers to gas pumps and glued themselves to museum masterpieces and busy roadways.”
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WashPost Throws a Fit Over Musk’s Pro-Free Speech Changes to Twitter

By: Autumn Johnson — November 25th 2022 at 21:00
Writers at the Washington Post are outraged that Elon Musk is making pro-free speech changes to Twitter. Technology reporters at The Post wrote an article Tuesday blasting Musk’s decisions that have monumentally changed the platform’s content moderation policies. The article says Musk’s “reign” has been “marked by chaos.” The headline:  Musk’s ‘free speech’ agenda dismantles safety work at Twitter, insiders say Amid the wider turmoil since his takeover last month, Musk has moved rapidly to undermine Twitter’s deliberative content moderation system Reporters Cat Zakrzewski, Faiz Siddiqui, and Joseph Menn complained: "Musk’s brief reign at Twitter has been marked by chaos and upheaval as the notoriously mercurial and impatient billionaire seeks to impose his will on a company famous for its deliberative culture.” The writers also complained that Musk has personally “stoked” the culture war. “Amid the turmoil, Musk has stoked the culture-war issues that helped inspire him to purchase the company in the first place,” the article reads. “A fierce advocate for the right “to speak freely within the bounds of the law,” Musk has moved rapidly — at times erratically — to undermine a regime built over a decade to define dangerous language on the site and protect vulnerable communities, replacing it with his own more impulsive style of ad hoc decision-making.” A final complaint criticized Musk’s decisions to drastically reduce the platform’s content moderation team and to reinstate suspended accounts belonging to the Babylon Bee and former President Donald J. Trump. “The Trust and Safety team lies at the heart of that battle. Known for examining every question from every angle before taking action, the team is responsible for many of the polarizing decisions that have prompted the right to cry censorship, including the ban on former president Donald Trump after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.” For The Post, it seems that censorship is more important than democracy. 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.
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On Second Thought, Chris Licht Wants CNN To Stay Librul!

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 25th 2022 at 20:19
When Chris Licht took over as CNN CEO, there was much talk that he and David Zaslav, CEO of CNN's parent corp Warner Bros Discovery, wanted to bring the network back toward the center, and away from its hard-left tilt under former CNN CEO Jeff Zucker. There were some promising early signs in that direction, as CNN showed the door to uber-liberals Brian Stelter and John Harwood. And reliable lefty Don Lemon was demoted from his prime-time gig to a new morning show. But, as it turned out, when Lemon moved to the morning, it might have been a different time of day, but it was the same hard-left bias. In response to Lemon's repeated morning liberal slant, we asked: "Is this what Chris Licht had in mind when he announced his plan to make CNN less partisan and more straight-news-oriented?" Now we have the answer. All that stuff about Licht wanting to pull CNN back toward the center? Never mind! As The Hill headline reveals: "New CNN boss Licht: Idea I want network to be centrist is ‘bulls—‘" AndThe Hill quotes Licht: “One of the biggest misconceptions about my vision is that I want to be vanilla, that I want to be centrist. That is bulls--t.You have to be compelling. You have to have edge. In many cases you take a side. Sometimes you just point out uncomfortable questions. But either way you don’t see it through a lens of left or right.” As anyone watching can see, CNN's "edge" will surely continue to tilt left. So, Don Lemon, not to worry! Your boss has made clear that you and your fellow hosts and "reporters" remain free to continue spewing your leftist take on the news! In an earlier interview with Kara Swisher for New York magazine, Licht also boasted that they'll still be opinionated. "And if you look at our election night coverage, we literally labeled people 'election deniers' as the adjective, just as you would call them an incumbent." Swisher also asked if Licht considers Fox News to be a news outlet. "I was not born yesterday. Come on," Licht answered. He also boasted that he doesn't want his journalists to care about ratings:  “I don’t, do not, want someone who’s producing an hour of television on CNN saying, ‘You know what? I could lead with this or I could lead with that. I’m going to lead with that because it’ll get a better number.’ I want people leading and stacking their shows in a way based on journalism and what’s important,” Licht said during a separate interview with the journalist Kara Swisher last week. “Let me worry about the ratings. Chase stories, not ratings.” That's encouraging talk, since CNN continues to stink in the ratings. Don Lemon's morning show is getting beat in the ratings by a Hannity rerun at 2 am. 
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NEW: Elon Musk Confirms Twitter Helped Libs Win Elections

By: Autumn Johnson — November 25th 2022 at 18:15
Elon Musk says Twitter helped progressive candidates win their elections. Musk was responding to a tweet discussing the censorship of conservative candidates on the platform in order to boost liberal ones. He promised that the company would be more transparent under his leadership. “The more I learn, the worse it gets. The world should know the truth of what has been happening at Twitter,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Transparency will earn the trust of the people.” Musk added that the accounts of conservative candidates were “objectively” censored more than progressive ones. “It is objectively the case that ‘conservative’ political candidates were more negatively affected than ‘progressive’ candidates,” he tweeted. “Anyone using Twitter knows this. Question is simply one of magnitude.” The transparency follows a promise he made in October that he will personally “look into” one-sided censorship during the 2022 midterm elections. “I will look into this,” he tweeted. “Twitter should be even-handed, favoring neither side.” Musk’s comments reflect what we already knew about Big Tech’s influence on recent elections, particularly on social media. Original research from Media Research Center’s CensorTrack recorded the censorship of conservatives 646 times between March 10, 2020, and March 10, 2022 to boost President Joe Biden and his agenda. MRC also found Facebook and Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post stories covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal helped sway the 2020 presidential election for Biden. 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.
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MSNBC Bewails Lack of Weapons Ban: “What’s It Going to Take?”

By: Rich Noyes — November 25th 2022 at 15:44
Just a day after President Biden pledged he was going to “get rid of assault weapons,” MSNBC viewers heard guests and hosts obediently blame gun deaths on Republicans for failing to pass legislation banning these weapons. “What’s it going to take?” MSNBC anchor Katy Tur wailed at the top of the 2pm ET hour of MSNBC Reports on Friday. “If it’s not going to take children getting shot, or shoppers in a Walmart, even though that was a pistol, other places, other markets, kids getting shot, lawmakers getting shot, I mean what is there — do you have a sense of where the line is, or if that line exists for lawmakers to say, ‘ugh, God, we’re just a little bit tired of this?’” “The line is probably 60 Senate Democratic votes,” Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman replied. “This has become a signal of where you stand on the culture war,” The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes grumped an hour earlier. “It’s why you have members of Congress who fetishize gun, who put out Christmas cards showing, you know, their families all holding, basically, weapons of mass destruction....Unfortunately you have some of the most prominent voices on the right who have been willing to demagogue this particular issue.” Earlier, however, MSNBC’s 11am ET anchor Jose Diaz Balart inadvertently let the cat out of the bag when, at the end of a segment about the upcoming special election in Georgia, asked Atlanta Journal-Constitution Washington correspondent Tia Mitchell about Biden’s push, which he admitted would “probably stall” on Capitol Hill. “Do you think this issue is something that can bring voters out in Georgia on one side or the other?” he wondered. Mitchell replied: “The issue of an assault weapon ban, particularly, is more of a rallying cry for Democrats.” So, why would the President throw his weight behind a legislative dead end? Because it might help get out the vote in Georgia, and pad the Democrats’ Senate majority to 51. Oh, and early voting in Georgia starts tomorrow. How helpful of MSNBC to pump out hour after hour of one-sided cause bolstering this mission.   Here are the relevant transcripts from Friday, November 25. (Click expand) # MSNBC Reports, 2:09pm ET Anchor KATY TUR: I wonder, do you have a sense — and you’ve seen a lot over the last decade and a half covering Capitol Hill. You’ve seen lawmakers get shot, Steve Scalise, get shot with an assault-style weapon. What’s it going to take? If it’s not going to take children getting shot, or shoppers in a Walmart, even though that was a pistol, other places, other markets, kids getting shot, lawmakers getting shot, I mean what is there — do you have a sense of where the line is, or if that line exists for lawmakers to say, ‘ugh, God, we’re just a little bit tired of this?’ Punchbowl’s JAKE SHERMAN: The line is probably 60 Senate Democratic votes.... # MSNBC Reports, 1:08pm ET Anchor CHRIS JANSING: Why hasn’t there been any change? We keep hearing about how the NRA has lost its power, its not putting enough money in, you know, like it used to. They’ve cut their support by millions of dollars. What is the hold that this has on Congress and in this case, in the Senate in particular? The Bulwark’s CHARLIE SYKES: Well, first of all Chris, a quick correction. I am absolutely not a Republican. Have not been one for years, given what’s happened to the Republican party. The hold on the, on Congress is, basically, this has become part of the culture war, this has become a signal of where you stand on the culture war. It’s why you have members of Congress who fetishize gun, who put out Christmas cards showing, you know, their families all holding, basically, weapons of mass destruction. And unfortunately this has becoming more than simply the second amendment. And this is something that has been locked in and unfortunately you have some of the most prominent voices on the right who have been willing to demagogue this particular issue. But you know even though this is a lost cause for the Biden administration and gun control advocates, I think that this is a lost cause worth pursuing because otherwise the world is going to look at the United States and wonder why are we so indifferent? Why are we numb? Why are we unable to do the kinds of things that is virtually every other civilized country on the planet has done? so even though the votes are not there, I hope they go ahead with it, because I think we need to constantly challenge the conscience of the nation and put people on record.   # MSNBC Reports, approx. 11:15am Anchor JOSE DIAZ BALART: Tia, as you know, President Biden announced that he’s going to be renewing his push for a national assault weapons ban, a move which is likely to probably stall in Congress. Do you think this issue is something that can bring voters out in Georgia on one side or the other? TIA MITCHELL, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: You know, I do think that the issue of guns, which is kind of one subset of the overall issue of crime, is really important to voters. When we polled voters both formally and informally ahead of the general election, we heard over and over again that crime is of concern from voters in both parties. But we know that interpretation is different. Democrats are more likely to support gun control measures, Republicans are more likely to support legal access to guns which they think can help good guys deter the bad guys. So I think — however, the issue of an assault weapon ban, particularly, is more of a rallying cry for Democrats.
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WashPost Buried Non-Binary Killer Angle Under Trashing a 'Fundamentalist' 'Hate City'

By: Tim Graham — November 25th 2022 at 02:46
The aggressive downplaying of Colorado Springs mass-shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich declaring himself "non-binary" isn’t just contained to TV news. Thursday’s Washington Post managed to Post-pone that information until paragraph 31 of a story blandly headlined “Suspect is held without bond after hearing while awaiting formal charges.” The story by reporters Robert Klemko, Mark Berman and Reis Thebault did carry a picture of a large “Pride” flag hanging over Colorado Springs City Hall. This came in paragraph 3: The rampage on Saturday night shattered the fragile sense of security that Club Q, one of only two local gay bars, offered a community that has long faced discrimination in this bastion of American conservatism. "Bastions of conservatism" threaten the safety of gay bars. Then, at paragraph 8: The symbolism was striking for a place once known as the “hate city,” where for decades anti-LGBTQ Christian fundamentalist groups and local leaders fought against gay rights. “As I see this flag above me, what I remember is the many times that this building chose to deny the existence of LGBTQ people,” Leslie Herod, a Colorado Springs native and the first gay African American elected to the state’s legislature, said at the flag’s unveiling. “That it took a tragedy like this to have an LGBTQ flag in this building is wrong.” As Herod spoke, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers (R) stood on the steps to her right, hands clasped in front of him. As Colorado’s attorney general, a post he held for 10 years, Suthers fought in court to bar same-sex marriage in the state, suing the Boulder County clerk for issuing same-sex marriage licenses in 2014. “Knowing that John Suthers has fought against LGBTQ equality since I’ve been aware, and seeing him stand to the side here — it struck me,” Herod said. Suthers did not speak at the event. In an emailed statement afterward, Suthers said: “I believe everyone has the right to live in a place where they are safe, and I stand with our community as we are all together grieving the senseless loss of life that occurred at Club Q.” The Club Q attack came during a period of increasing anti-LGBTQ laws and rhetoric, and advocates have said such activity often inspires violence. So the “right-wingers often inspire violence" came long before the non-binary murderer part in paragraph 31, in the story's last column: In their filings, defense attorneys also asked to have access to the arrest affidavit, saying that it “provides the basis for the arrest and detention” of the shooting suspect and that they need it for providing effective counsel. The attorneys also said the suspected attacker is nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them. The filings saying that Aldrich identifies as nonbinary come as investigators have so far not publicly discussed any potential motive in the case. Officials also have not confirmed whether they will pursue hate-crime charges in court. Ann England, a clinical professor of law at the University of Colorado, said it was common for attorneys to clarify in court how clients wish to be addressed. What is unusual here, she said, was putting the information out in court documents. “The only curious thing is that they decided to put that in a filing, knowing this case has tons of publicity,” said England, who previously worked at the Colorado state public defender’s office. That information “had to have come from the client,” England said. “The client would’ve had to say, this is how I identify myself.” The District Attorney in the case said this declaration would have no impact on his prosecution.
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Elon Musk Agrees Twitter Censorship Targeted Conservatives, Not Leftists

By: Catherine Salgado — November 25th 2022 at 11:42
Twitter CEO  Elon Musk agreed that it’s been conservatives, not leftists, who overwhelmingly bore the brunt of Twitter’s Orwellian censorship operation. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza tweeted Nov. 21, “We don’t hear much about Democrats and leftists being let back on Twitter. Why? Because they were never kicked off in the first place. Their lies and misinformation simply escaped all scrutiny. Censorship has been deployed as a one-way operation against conservatives @elonmusk.” The new owner of Twitter agreed with that assessment, responding the next day, “Correct.” D’Souza then tweeted, “Nice to get validated here by Twitter’s senior fact checker.” Musk has been slowly reinstating some of the high profile conservatives banned by Twitter. He reinstated former President Donald J. Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday, after a Twitter poll he created found 52 percent of respondents voting that Trump’s account should be restored.. Over 15 million users voted in the poll. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following the events on Capitol Hill in January, 2021. Trump has said he will not return to Twitter, remaining on his platform TruthSocial. Musk also tweeted Nov. 18, “Kath[y] Griffin, Jord[a]n Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) personal account was also restored. Conservatives and former leftists who spoke out against certain leftist narratives have been banned on Twitter, including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Dr. Naomi Wolf, Steve Bannon’s War Room and Dr. Robert Malone. Musk conducted another Twitter poll Nov. 23 concerning a “general amnesty to suspended accounts.” Seventy-two percent voted yes, and Musk announced, “Amnesty begins next week.” Big Tech and the U.S. government are currently accused of colluding to censor Americans. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in May filed a lawsuit, which apparently uncovered what Schmitt has called a “vast censorship enterprise” between Big Tech and the Biden administration. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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Musk to Offer ‘General Amnesty’ to Censored Accounts

By: Autumn Johnson — November 25th 2022 at 10:40
Elon Musk wrote that Twitter will offer “general amnesty” to censored accounts as long as they do not break the law or engage in “egregious” spam. He first asked Twitter users to vote in a poll about “general amnesty:”  “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” he asked via tweet. Approximately 72% of voters answered “yes.” Over 3 million people voted in the poll. In response to the final results of the poll, Musk tweeted that the “general amnesty” policy will begin next week. “The people have spoken,” he added. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” The change in policy is monumental, as conservative accounts have long faced unfair censorship and arbitrary suspensions. MRC Free Speech America’s unique CensorTrack database recorded in June that TikTok removed a video of conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro saying that so-called medical experts who believe men can get pregnant are activists, not doctors.  MRC also found that Big Tech social media platforms censored election-related content from social media users no fewer than 16,007,321 times from April to June, stemming from 15 individual cases of censorship. For his part, Musk believes that Twitter is the “de facto public town square” of society. “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” he tweeted in March of this 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, clarity on “hate speech” and 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.
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Nets Tout Biden’s “Passionate” Promise to Ban “Assault Weapons”

By: Rich Noyes — November 25th 2022 at 09:40
The three broadcast morning shows on Friday collectively donated four and a half minutes to President Biden’s empty vow to “get rid of assault weapons,” even though all of the correspondents agreed it would be “an incredible uphill battle” at best. ABC’s MaryAlice Parks told viewers that “President Biden is passionate about this,” while NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell was impressed by Biden’s “visceral” reaction to a pair of recent shootings where the motives have yet to be established. All three networks gravitated to Biden’s slam that it is “sick” to “allow” semi-automatic weapons to continue to be sold (ABC inexplicably did not have any video), and CBS and NBC both aired the interaction between the President and a pool reporter on Thursday, where the reporter pushed Biden from the left: “Can you do anything about gun laws during the lame duck, sir?...What will you try and do?” To which Biden made the impossible promise that all three networks touted as news: “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”         These networks’ post-Thanksgiving tribute to Biden’s visceral passion to slam gun manufacturers was brought to you by Simplisafe (ABC), Google phone (CBS) and Progressive insurance (NBC).   Below are transcripts of the relevant portions of Friday’s (November 25) morning shows (click expand to view). # ABC's Good Morning America Fill-in host WHIT JOHNSON: Now to President Biden’s remarks on gun control following the mass shootings of the past seven days. ABC’s MaryAlice Parks is in Nantucket where the President is spending the holiday. MaryAlice, good morning to you. MARYALICE PARKS: Whit, good morning. The President over the holiday spoke briefly to reporters about these two devastating mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia. He said he wants to see red flag laws used more and better enforced. Both those states have such laws on the books, where, if a judge agrees, a family member or law enforcement can move to remove any weapons from a person who might be seen as a danger. And the President again called for a ban on assault weapons. He said, quote, “the idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick, just sick. It has no social redeeming values. Zero, none.” President Biden is passionate about this. He said he’s going to continue to try to get votes for this in Congress but, of course, passing any ban like this would be an incredible uphill battle. The reality is he couldn’t get this done when Democrats had control of both chambers and, of course, next year Republicans will control the House....   Fill-in host PETER ALEXANDER: Doubling down: President Biden announcing he is renewing his effort to ban assault rifles in the wake of a string of mass shootings. We go inside the President’s Thanksgiving Day push, and whether or not he can get Congress onboard. ... KELLY O’DONNELL: The President renewed his push for an assault weapons ban during a stop here in Nantucket at a local fire station to offer good wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday, and he talked with reporters who asked for his reaction to that deadly shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. The President’s response was visceral. BIDEN: The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. REPORTER: Can you do anything about gun laws during the lame duck, sir? BIDEN: I will try. POOL REPORTER: What will you try and do? BIDEN: I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons. O’DONNELL: But getting an actual bill passed is politically very difficult, we know that. The current Congress with Democrats in charge of both the House and the Senate has just weeks left to serve, and the President did not commit to trying to go for new legislation, saying he needed to make an assessment about how many votes are actually there....   # CBS Mornings, opening tease: Fill-in host MICHELLE MILLER: President Biden promises another push for stricter gun control laws in the wake of America’s latest mass shooting. BIDEN: The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. ... [After running video of Biden’s exchange with the pool reporter.] ERROL BARNETT: The reality is legislative action on guns will be more challenging when Republicans take control of the House come the new year. Our Weijia Jiang is traveling with the President on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and she joins us now. Weijia, good morning to you. WEIJIA JIANG: Good morning Errol, and good morning to everybody. President Biden went on to acknowledge that getting rid of assault rifles of course depends on whether or not he has the votes to pass legislation, and right now it does not appear that he does. The Democratic-controlled House passed a bill to ban assault weapons earlier this year, but with such a narrow majority in the Senate the measure hasn’t had enough support to advance....  
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STATE PROPAGANDA: Univision Shills for Biden’s Student Loan Bailout

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — November 25th 2022 at 09:08
The morning and midday anchors at Univision News assumed the roles of regime propagandists for President Biden on Wednesday, as they joyfully announced the “excellent news” of a new extension on federal student loan payments. Never mind that a federal judge in Texas declared Biden’s promise to provide up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness as unlawful, and that their reporting wasn’t just propagandistic but outright misleading. Watch anchors Satcha Pretto, from the morning kaffeeklatsch Despierta America, and Borja Voces, from the noon edition, as they insist on encouraging student loan debtors on the benefits of the ILLEGAL Biden Administration promise: SATCHA PRETTO: If you're worried about student debt, there's great news for you because President Biden extends the pause on federal loan payments for the eighth time. This is a benefit that began in 2020 to help people with financial difficulties due to COVID 19.  [...] BORJA VOCES: Biden's plan is to cancel up to $20,000 in debt for recipients of certain college scholarships and up to $10,000 for others with federal loans. More than 43 million people have federal student debt, and President Biden's plan would help approximately 20 million debtors. Let's wait and see if they get it, if the court allows it, ok. Amazingly, the morning report also included advice from D.C. correspondent Edwin Pitti, to debtors wanting to pay their debt via refinancing, urging them to abstain until June 2023, when it is expected that the Supreme Court will rule on the matter. The viewers of the nation’s Spanish-speaking media deserve more than political advertorials in the news. Join the Media Research Center in calling them out here link.    
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FTX CEO Mocked Gullible Media for Hyping His 'Effective Altruism' Shtick

By: P.J. Gladnick — November 25th 2022 at 07:15
During a Twitter DM interview by Kelsey Piper of Vox with FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried last week, something remarkable happened. Bankman-Fried ditched his annoyingly sanctimonious "monk-like" mask and revealed his true self: a greedy cynic who is laughing at the world, including the gullible media, for believing his phony "effective altruism" shtick as you can see in the section of the interview below.   wtf. DMs from founder of FTX Sam Bankman-Fried were exposed on Vox Media where he was asked if "talking about ethics" was just a "game of winners and losers". SBF responds: "ya hehe" pic.twitter.com/mFH7n5wKfn — Michael Wrubel (@michaelwrub) November 17, 2022   And among the suckers who completely bought into the "dumb games we woke westerners play" Bankman-Fried was the host of the video below who was lionizing the FTX CEO because he was saying "all the right shibboleths so everyone would like" him.   FTX CEO pic.twitter.com/y9yfKSpLEw — Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) November 12, 2022   But as gullible as the video host was, it was no worse than the many many news sources that sung the praises of Bankman-Fried not only because he saying "all the right shilobeths" but especially because he was the second biggest donor to the Democrats this past year. Here are just a few of the news outlets acting as worshipful acolytes singing "effective altruism" praises for their beloved Sam the Scam: Bloomberg "News" was so sickeningly sweet as to threaten a diabetic episode in anybody who reads their April 3, 2022 paean by Zeke Faux, "A 30-Year-Old Crypto Billionaire Wants to Give His Fortune Away." As he fields questions about how the U.S. should regulate his industry, he pulls up a fantasy game called Storybook Brawl, chooses to play as “Peter Pants,” and prepares for battle with someone who goes by “Funky Kangaroo.” “We’re anticipating a lot of growth in the United States,” Bankman-Fried says as he casts a spell on one of the knights in his fairy-tale army. Just a child-like innocent fantasy gaming waif, or so he was portrayed at the time before he was revealed as Sam the Scam who crashed the crypto market. The New York Times which on May 14 slobbered all over Bankman-Fried with this saccharine drool from David Yaffe-Bellany: As might be expected for a young man raised on dinner-table discussions of moral theory, Mr. Bankman-Fried is also an admirer of Peter Singer, the Princeton University philosopher widely considered the intellectual father of “effective altruism,” an approach to philanthropy in which donors strategize to maximize the impact of their giving. When Mr. Bankman-Fried was an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he had lunch with one of Mr. Singer’s disciples, Will MacAskill, a co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism. “He was like, ‘Oh yeah, I was raised as a utilitarian,’” Mr. MacAskill recalled. “I didn’t know that happened.” Fortune on June 1 got closer to the truth as to why the media loved Bankman-Fried, namely using "effective altruism to help Democrats. In recent years, Bankman-Fried has built up a reputation for writing big checks, most notably donating to political campaigns. This includes a record-setting $12 million to fund effective altruism-aligned candidate Carrick Flynn. Last month, Flynn lost in the Oregon Democratic congressional primaries. The absolute love of the Business Insider's Phil Rosen was blurted out right at the start of his adulatory story on April 4 in the title, "Crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried plans to give away 99% of his money as the FTX CEO embraces 'effective altruism' and shuns luxury." The list of recent media tongue baths for Sam (the Scam) Bankman-Fried goes on and on. It must be embarrassing for the perpetrators of this adulation to know that the object of their love was cynically laughing at them the whole time because he knew just which buttons (especially the big donations to Democrats button) to push.
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Column: Traumatic Executions vs. Therapeutic Abortions

By: Tim Graham — November 25th 2022 at 06:02
When National Public Radio appeals for donations, it explains its mission is “to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.” That’s fancy talk for one-sided propaganda. NPR listeners aren’t “challenged and invigorated” by two sides of a controversial issue. They’re pushed to a “deeper understanding” of how conservatives are dead wrong…subsidized by taxpayers.   NPR calls its evening newscast All Things Considered, a title that’s a nightly lie. Consider their crusading November 16 story, carrying the online headline “Carrying out executions took a secret toll on workers — then changed their politics.” It was a one-sided exploration of how some execution workers are so disturbed by their work that they’ve considered suicide. The “public radio” network started asking online for execution workers to come forward in July, through reporter Chiara Eisner, who came to NPR from The Marshall Project, another crusading leftist project advocating a soft-on-crime line. One star of this story was Indiana minister Bill Breeden, who described his trauma from the execution of Corey Johnson in 2021. “So I prayed for Corey and for all of us. And I ended the prayer by saying, I believe Corey, if he could, would say the same that Jesus said -- 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.'" Then the execution by lethal injection didn’t take at first. The prisoner apparently said “I feel like my mouth and my hands are on fire.” Eisner explained the aftermath: “For months afterwards, Breeden became claustrophobic and would start sobbing in the middle of conversations. He still can't escape the execution, even in his sleep.” This 12-minute report on NPR couldn’t find the time to describe why Corey Johnson was given the death penalty. According to the Justice Department, Johnson went on a killing spree in early 1992, shooting and killing seven people “for perceived slights or rivalry in the drug trade.” In one case, Johnson shot and killed one victim at the victim’s home when he failed to pay for crack cocaine — and he also murdered the victim’s sister and a male acquaintance. But the minister compared him to an innocent Jesus. Eisner turned to Joseph Currier, a psychology professor who studies people in the military, who explained “If you were to compare and contrast which events really haunt people the most after their war-zone service, taking someone else's life is the highest predictor of most mental health problems.” What’s amazing is just 13 days earlier, NPR’s Morning Edition aired an 11-minute story from Michigan from inside an abortion clinic, “Northland Family Planning.” Reporter Kate Wells wasn’t there to inquire about how killing unborn babies on a daily basis causes trauma for abortion clinic workers. They actually aired sound of an abortion taking place, and when the killing was over, the “mother” thanks everyone in the room, and they cheer and laugh: “ You did good, you did great! You did just fine!” There was no trauma. There was only relief. There was certainly no opposing view. There were only mothers saying they couldn’t have any more babies. One even said of their surviving children “I love them to death.” The point of this NPR story was that Michigan had a forthcoming referendum on abortion, and what easier venue to locate pro-abortion voters than an abortion clinic? NPR feels passionately that executing a murderer of seven is somehow more immoral that dismembering a baby. One haunts your sleep, and the other comes with hugs and hot cocoa. On 825 NPR affiliates across America, leftist ideology is the only consistency.
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Same Dismal Pattern: CBS Only Mustered One Hunter Biden Story, ABC and NBC Fail to Notice

By: Tim Graham — November 24th 2022 at 19:07
On Monday morning, CBS News became the first of the Big Three networks to announce that their "independent forensic review" found Hunter Biden's laptop is full of authentic contents. They didn't dwell on how CBS mocked this laptop as Fake News before Biden was elected in 2020. Then CBS did not air a story on Monday evening, or on Tuesday, or on Wednesday. It looks like a one-and-done.  ABC and NBC were not spurred to report its own version of the CBS story. NBC was more determined to do multiple stories last weekend on the White House wedding of Hunter's daughter Naomi Biden, with Kristen Welker stories on Friday's Nightly News and Saturday's Today. On Friday, NBC anchor Tom Llamas introduced the last story: "Finally, it is the hottest invitation in Washington this weekend. President Biden`s granddaughter about to join a very short list of brides who said I do at the White House." Kristen Welker gushed: "Now, a new couple forging a more perfect union at Americas most famous address." Monica Alba offered another story on Saturday's Nightly News. "History in the nation`s capital today, bridal parties walking down the aisle, instead of political parties divided by it. A White House wedding for President Biden`s first grandchild, Naomi, who married Peter Neal in a private ceremony Saturday, wearing Ralph Lauren and surrounded by 250 guests, all with a view of the Washington Monument on a chilly fall day." The White House refused to grant media access to the nuptials, saying it was "private," and then it came out that they welcomed in Vogue magazine for pre-wedding photos. NBC didn't act like they needed any access in order to grant positive publicity. Let's revisit the timeline put together by MRC's Geoffrey Dickens of how the broadcast networks have suppressed the Hunter-laptop story from October 14, 2020 through the morning of November 21, 2022:  Oct. 14, 2020, 5 a.m.: New York Post publishes story “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad.” ABC, CBS, NBC spend 0 seconds on it. Oct. 15, 2020: CBS and NBC arrive on Post laptop story spending a total of 5 minutes, 13 seconds on it, 3 minutes, 52 seconds of which are arguments dismissive of it. ABC = 0 seconds.  Oct. 16, 2020 - Oct. 18 2020: CBS, NBC spend a total of 5 minutes, 56 seconds total on the laptop story, 4 minutes, 43 seconds of which are knocking down the revelations. ABC = 0 seconds.  Oct. 19, 2020: Former U.S. intelligence officials write a letter deriding the veracity of the Post. NBC spends 3 minutes, 6 seconds on laptop story, 2 minutes, 37 seconds are dismissive. CBS, ABC = 0 seconds. Oct. 21, 2020: CBS and NBC spend a total of 1 minute, 56 seconds on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, 53 seconds of which knock down the story. ABC = 0 seconds.  Oct. 23, 2020: Nine days after the Post went to print, ABC finally arrives on laptop story. Donald Trump’s criticisms in the final presidential debate get ABC to notice. CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. Oct. 24, 2020 - April 1, 2021: ABC, CBS, NBC go 160 days without one second covering the Hunter Biden laptop story. April 2, 4, 5 2021: CBS interviews Hunter about his memoir. Total amount of time on laptop is 2 minutes, 55 seconds of which 2 minutes, 29 seconds is dismissive. ABC, NBC = 0 seconds.   April 10, 2021: CBS This Morning correspondent Brook Silva-Braga briefly (26 seconds) brings up the laptop controversy in a story about internet censorship.  April 11, 2021 - March 30, 2022: No mention of Hunter Biden laptop scandal on ABC, CBS, NBC evening, morning or Sunday roundtable programs for over 11 months.   June 8, 2021 - The Daily Mail uncovers texts from Hunter’s laptop that show him using “the n-word multiple times in conversation with his white, $845-per-hour lawyer.” ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. September 21, 2021 - After initially discrediting them as “Russian disinformation” Politico finally acknowledges the validity of Hunter’s emails. ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds  March 16, 2022: The New York Times belatedly confirmed that Hunter Biden’s laptop is real and not an example of Russian disinformation. ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. March 31, 2022: NBC Nightly News correspondent Pete Williams spends a measly 22 seconds on the laptop scandal. ABC, CBS = 0 seconds. May 18, 2022:  NBC Nightly News ended its forty-seven-day silence on the laptop scandal with a story by Hallie Jackson on how Hunter Biden has paid back a tax bill of $2 million. Jackson also reported the story on the May 19 Today. ABC, CBS = 0 seconds. June 14, 2022: ABC's Good Morning America interviewed Hunter's ex-wife Kathleen Buhle about her memoir If We Break. Anchor Amy Robach merely mentioned the laptop in passing in a sympathetic question: We’ve seen images of Hunter, the ones that were on his laptop looking disheveled. Was that the husband you knew in moments, at times?" CBS also interviewed Buhle, but never mentioned the laptop. June 27, 2022: London's Daily Mail reports an audio recording was released of Joe Biden calling Hunter in December 2018 about a story on the Biden business dealings in the New York Times. Joe Biden said "I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear." ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. July 20, 2022: CNN's Jake Tapper and Fox's Bret Baier each report Justice Department sources say the Hunter Biden probe has reached a "critical stage." Not critical enough for the Big Three. ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds.  July 26, 2022: CBS’s Catherine Herridge (online), FoxNews.com’s Kelly Laco, and Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy reported that FBI whistleblowers had told Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) of alleged meddling in the Hunter investigation, claiming evidence was being intentionally discounted as disinformation. ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. September 12, 2022: New 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.” ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds. October 4, 2022: Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski dropped bombshell after bombshell for a full hour on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. Bobulinski's name has yet to be mentioned by the Big Three newscasts. ABC, CBS, NBC = 0 seconds.  October 6, 2022: The Washington Post reported federal agents believe they have a plausible case to charge the president son with tax crimes, and also with lying on a gun application when he said he wasn't using illegal drugs. ABC, CBS, and NBC all reported this.  Then CBS picked it back up on November 21...with one story, at 7:30 in the morning.
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Don Lemon: 'Hands Up Don't Shoot'—Fake But Accurate!

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 24th 2022 at 11:28
Shades of Dan Rather! On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon tried to make the case that, despite being debunked by a Justice Department investigation and report, the Ferguson-born slogan of "hands up, don't shoot" was fake but accurate.  As Lemon put it: "Remember, hands up don't shoot, after Ferguson, became a nationwide protest symbol for police mistreatment of minorities. It was about more than the shooting of Michael Brown."  Note that Lemon only spoke of a "DoJ report" on Ferguson, debunking the "hands, up, don't shoot," claim. Lemon never revealed that the report was authored under the Justice Department leadership of Eric Holder, then-President Obama's attorney general and close confidant. Lemon made his claim in the context of criticizing Elon Musk for mocking the piles of #Stay Woke t-shirts he found at Twitter. He accused Musk of having "repeated a right-wing talking point suggesting that the protests following Brown's death were overblown." Let's have a look at the article on the subject from the Washington Post—hardly a "hotbed of right-wing talking points." Entitled, ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson," the article gives Four Pinnochios to people claiming the contrary, and concludes [emphasis added]: "Investigators have overwhelmingly rejected witness accounts that Brown had his hands up in a surrender before being shot execution-style. The DOJ has concluded Wilson did not know whether Brown was armed, acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown. The majority of witnesses told federal investigators that the initial claims that Brown’s hands were up were not accurate. “Hands up, don’t shoot” did not happen in Brown’s killing, and it is a characterization that deserves Four Pinocchios." Lemon had the chutzpah to claim during the segment, "facts first here on CNN." We got your facts right here, Don. Same goes for Poppy Harlow, who after Lemon concluded his spiel, solemnly intoned, "Don, thank you for that. It's important to have the facts."  On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon trying to explain away the fact that "hands up, don't shoot" didn't actually happen in Ferguson was sponsored in part by Pfizer, maker of  Nexium and Chapstick. Here's the transcript. CNN This Morning 11/24/22 6:15 am ET ELON MUSK: Here we are at the merch thing. And there's an entire, entire closet full of -- secret closet--off hashtag woke t-shirts.  DON LEMON: That was Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, mocking a t-shirt the company made years ago in an effort to show support for its black employees and users. Previous owner Jack Dorsey wore the shirt during a 2016 panel with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Some critics ridiculed him for him wearing it.  During the panel, Dorsey mentioned being on the ground in Ferguson for protests over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.  In a now-deleted follow-up tweet, Musk noted that the shirts came after the Ferguson protests, and repeated a right-wing talking point suggesting that the protests following Brown's death were overblown. And he wrote, and I quote here, "hands up, don't shoot" was made up. The whole thing was a fiction.  Now, Musk replaced the deleted tweet with a follow-up tweet containing only the link to a Department of Justice report on Brown's death. Okay, facts first here on CNN. Musk said that "hands up, don't shoot" was made up -- the whole thing was a fiction. This needs some context. [Cut to clip of Ferguson protesters chanting, "hands up, don't shoot.]    So the phrase hands up, don't shoot became a national rallying cry in 2014 in solidarity with Michael Brown, the black teenager who some witnesses said had his hands up to surrender when he was shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson.  In 2015, the Justice Department cast doubt on the "hands up" account, concluding in a report that Wilson shot Brown multiple times only as Brown was moving towards the officer. This is what Musk is referencing in his tweets.  The DoJ did not find grounds to charge the officer. But in a separate report released the same day, it did find evidence of systematic racial discrimination in Ferguson at the hands of the city's police department and municipal court. Now, the DoJ, in a scathing report, pointed to the statistics for proof. Black people in Ferguson are twice as likely to be searched during vehicle stops than whites. Though white people were found to have contraband at a higher rate than black people. At least 85% of those pulled over, ticketed, or arrested for traffic violations were black, and the Justice Department said it was money not public safety that the department and the city focused on. And black citizens paid the highest price.  So remember, hands up don't shoot, after Ferguson, became a nationwide protest symbol for police mistreatment of minoritie. It was about more than the shooting of Michael Brown. This is about the pattern of police shootings and brutality in this country. And hashtag "Stay Woke," which Musk mocked, was how Twitter wanted called out racial injustice -- how they wanted to call out racial injustice. Poppy?  POPPY HARLOW: Don, thank you for that. It's important to have the facts. 
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Appeals Court Blocks Depositions of Biden Officials in Big Tech Suit

By: Autumn Johnson — November 24th 2022 at 09:10
This week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the court-ordered depositions of three Biden administration officials in a lawsuit targeting social media censorship. The New York Post reported Monday that the court temporarily blocked the depositions of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly, and White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty on Monday. The appeals court wrote that the lower court must analyze whether the information provided by the officials could be obtained by other, “less intrusive” means. The officials were previously ordered to give depositions on the Biden administration’s collusion with Big Tech companies to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story and so-called “misinformation” about COVID-19. NewsBusters reported last week that the district court refused to block the depositions of the officials. Dr. Anthony Fauci and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki are still scheduled to be deposed. At the time, the district court wrote in its order that Fauci had “personal knowledge” about online censorship related to COVID-19: Plaintiffs have proven that Dr. Fauci has personal knowledge about the issue concerning censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19 and ancillary issues of COVID-19. The Court has considered that Dr. Fauci is a high-ranking official, especially as he is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President. The Court sees the only potential burden imposed on Dr. Fauci as a result of him being deposed is that of his time. The lawsuit cites original research from Media Research Center’s CensorTrack that recorded pro-Biden censorship 646 times between March 10, 2020, and March 10, 2022. MRC also found that the purposeful censorship of the New York Post stories covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal helped sway the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. 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.
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NPR Presents Laughably Pathetic Thanksgiving Food Substitutes Due to Inflation

By: P.J. Gladnick — November 24th 2022 at 06:20
Remember "funemployment?" That was a concept introduced during the Obama administration during 2009 to make people feel better about rampant unemployment by portraying it as a fun thing. Well, flash forward to the inflationary era of 2022 during the Biden administration and National Public Radio has come up with something similar. Not the "Whip Inflation Now" (WIN) of the 1970s but more of an upbeat version that makes inflation sounds like a creative challenge or Winflation. And as part of the Winflation challenge, NPR has come up with what they think are creative ideas for whipping inflation during Thanksgiving dinner. Picture the scene: The Thanksgiving guests are seated around the dinner table and eagerly anticipating the traditional dinner when the host reaches into the oven and pulls out a tray of... bacon. Imagine the depressing letdown of the guests when they realize it is no joke and they won't be eating turkey. Nothing could be destroy the mood more except perhaps if the host also presents his substitute for stuffing... sliced tomatoes.  I kid you not, that is exactly what NPR recommended on Tuesday in "Inflation won't win Thanksgiving: Here's NPR's plan to help you save on a meal." Turkey is by far the most expensive thing on the table. Turkey prices have risen about 50% in the last two years, largely because of production slowdowns and an outbreak of avian flu. On average, a 16-pound bird will run you $28.96 and stuffing (prices are up about 70%) will run you $3.88. NPR Global Economics Correspondent Stacey Vanek Smith decided she would stick with meat for the main dish (many vegetarian options are cheaper), even though that's not easy. Meat prices have risen significantly across the board: Beef, chicken, fish and even Spam are all pricey. So Stacey opted for pork. Specifically: bacon. Stacey's local grocery store was selling family packs of bacon for just $4 apiece. And, of course, a little bacon goes a long way. Instead of stuffing, Stacey sliced some tomatoes — a relative bargain that she hoped could be put to use with leftovers to create a new holiday tradition: The Thanksgiving BLT. You have to wonder about the gastronomic sensibilities at NPR when it was recommended that, in the name of fighting inflation, mashed potatoes be replaced by... mashed beans. The price of Russet potatoes is up more than 20% and the price of the milk needed to whip into the potatoes, up 16%. Energy and Transportation Reporter Camila Domonoske's solution: Mashed lima beans, also known as butter beans. Whereas one pound of Russets makes two servings of mashed potatoes, one pound of lima beans makes 13 servings of mashed beans. Finally, the NPR Thanksgiving dinner substitution game includes an item that most of us have been avoiding since we were babies, namely baby food. Finding a butter substitute turned out to be the biggest challenge. Margarine prices are up more than 40%. Jelly, jam, and peanut butter prices have all skyrocketed. So Alina went on a hunt in her grocery store and found...baby food. Baby food prices have risen a lot more slowly than butter or margarine. Nowhere in this dreary tableau is there any mention that inflation could be associated with the Biden administration or the Democrats for their massive domestic spending. The strange thing is that NPR types like to present themselves to the public as urbane sophisticates yet they seem too clueless to realize that serving such food for Thanksgiving would instantly turn them into pariahs among all their dinner guests to the extent that besides no one ever attending their Thanksgiving dinners again, they would probably never be invited to one by anyone present as punishment for serving up that recommended disaster of a dinner. Oh, and has NPR estimated the cost of replacing the plates and glasses smashed by their disgusted Thanksgiving guests?
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NewsBusters Podcast: Non-Binary Murderer Ruins the Leftist Colorado Narrative

By: Tim Graham — November 23rd 2022 at 22:46
The chorus of "I told you so" broke out after public defenders of the alleged mass shooter at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado explained their client was "non-binary" and used "they/them" pronouns. So much for the notion that statements by Tucker Carlson and GOP politicians were somehow responsible for the violent crimes. On every leftist channel, they were blaming "a climate of rhetoric" instead of the shooter. CNN's Alison Camerota was beside herself. Conservatives have (and should have) blamed the criminal for the violent crimes committed. As we pointed out Monday, law enforcement hadn't located a movie for these murders, but the Left pounced on "anti-LGBTQ hate" as the real killer. They didn't have an easy way out of that dark alley once the defense lawyers spoke. We also discuss how the coverage of scandals is one of the most obvious ways the media demonstrate they are Democrats. After two years of energetic promotion of the House January 6 probe and other anti-Trump investigations, suddenly the media are attempting to shame House Republicans out of hearings into the border crisis or into Hunter Biden's global buckraking off of his father's name.  Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Our thanks to you for listening to our podcasts. You could check some older episodes on the long weekend! 
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Hanoi Joy Reid: America Was Founded on Violence, Smears Thanksgiving

By: Kevin Tober — November 23rd 2022 at 20:00
On Wednesday night, while normal Americans were making last-minute preparations for Thanksgiving and spending time with family and friends, MSNBC’s Joy Reid took to the airwaves on her show The ReidOut to smear America’s founding and to distort the true story of Thanksgiving.  Right off the bat, Reid began her show by lashing out at Thanksgiving and the United States:  We begin with Thanksgiving. The day we gather with friends and family to enjoy Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. We throw on the game, catch up on our lives and discuss or quite possibly argue about religion and politics. For millions of Americans, it’s a day of cherished tradition. And as Americans, we certainly value those traditions. But it’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with historical inaccuracies. “Built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn,” Reid insisted. “A simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed,” she huffed.     Reid then lashed out at the United States: “We are a country founded on violence. Our birth was violent.” She also took a page from her fellow race hustlers, including Nikole Hannah Jones of the 1619 Project, by inaccurately claiming the country was founded in racist violence: “In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia, ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead." Reid then ended her historically inaccurate and downright delusional rant by claiming “we are a country that chooses violence over and over again. There is no facet of the mark in society untouched by it.” A lot of families have someone like Joy Reid at their Thanksgiving dinner table and they ruin every family gathering.  This segment was made possible by AT&T. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the anti-American propaganda they fund.  To read the transcript click “expand”:  MSNBC’s The ReidOut 11/23/2022 7:01:17 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: We begin with Thanksgiving. The day we gather with friends and family to enjoy Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. We throw on the game, catch up on our lives and discuss or quite possibly argue about religion and politics. For millions of Americans, it’s a day of cherished tradition. And as Americans, we certainly value those traditions. But it’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with historical inaccuracies.  Built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn. A simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed. It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks because here is the secret they want so desperately to keep.  We are a country founded on violence. Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia, ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. With those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card carrying member of polite society, Ku Klux Klan, picked up where the Civil War ended, using violence to maintain white supremacy. The clan is still active and as Americans, we continue to choose violence. We are a country that chooses violence over and over again. There is no facet of the mark in society untouched by it.
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Benedict Arnold: Nina Jankowicz Registers as Foreign Agent to Fight So-Called Disinfo

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 23rd 2022 at 16:02
The former head of President Joe Biden’s defunct Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board found a new gig by registering as a foreign agent to fight so-called “disinformation." Former DGB Executive Director Nina Jankowicz said in a Nov. 18 “foreign agents” filing with the Department of Justice that she would be hired as a “disinformation expert” with the U.K.-based Centre for Information Resilience. Jankowicz’ role involves acting as an “ambassador for CIR on the Hill, within the Federal Government, media, among tech companies / Silicon Valley, on ‘K Street’, and among potential philanthropic organisations.” It appears the self-proclaimed “Mary Poppins of disinformation” may have turned out to be a Benedict Arnold. The filing states that Jankowicz appeared as a CIR ambassador on the taxpayer-funded National Public Radio on Election Day to "[d]iscuss Russian disinformation ahead of the 2022 midterms." But this is the same Jankowicz who parroted Biden’s talking points that the now-verified New York Post Hunter Biden laptop bombshell story was a “Russian influence op." You can just call me the Mary Poppins of disinformation 💁🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/eGV9lpctYn pic.twitter.com/WVQFA2bPmq — Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) February 17, 2021 Jankowicz’ role also included actively developing relationships with U.S. media: [Will] Act as a spokesperson for CIR, appearing on US media organisations, in consultation with the Head of Media / co-founders. Develop relationships with key US outlets, and advise the Head of Media on where specific investigations may land / be appropriate for partnerships. Jankowicz resigned from the DGB following the Department of Homeland Security’s pause on the board’s efforts due to widespread backlash against its reported coordination with Big Tech companies and targeting of Americans. The DHS would later dismantle the DGB entirely in August, but its underlying work is still ongoing. “[U]nfortunately and ironically we were undone exactly by a disinformation campaign coming from folks who apparently want to put our national security behind their own personal political ambitions,” Jankowicz later whined on the May 19 edition of CNN Tonight. Apparently Jankowicz’ virtue-signaling didn’t preclude her “personal ambitions” to work with a foreign entity in the U.K. to target so-called “disinformation” in the U.S. Go figure. Biden’s former disinfo czar is also ironically on the record supporting the curtailing of free speech in the U.K in the name of protecting women from criticism, according to a transcript of a September 2021 meeting in the UK to consider the Draft Online Safety Bill. Jankowicz suggested to the Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill at the time that it would be a “useful starting point” for Ofcom (the UK Office of Communications) to punish Big Tech platforms with “fines” for not censoring users enough. NINA JANKOWICZ registers as a foreign agent for the U.K.'s Centre for Information Resilience, which tracks disinfo. She'll serve as their "ambassador" to American policy makers and a media representative. https://t.co/1KrG5KrKUy pic.twitter.com/zU3Qvt1Gf3 — Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 23, 2022 You can read Jankowicz' filing with the DOJ by following the embedded link below: Jankowicz-Foreign-Agent-CIR. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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UN-HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Why Do Journos Hate This Holiday So Much?

By: Geoffrey Dickens — November 23rd 2022 at 15:30
It’s that wonderful time of year when families get together to enjoy turkey, football and most importantly to express gratitude for all they’ve been blessed with. Of course the liberal media want you to use that day of giving thanks to instead lecture your conservative family members about America’s atrocities.  Over the years the MRC has tracked liberal journalists’ hatred of this very American holiday and how they’ve tried to ruin it for everybody.  The following are some of the most egregious examples of lib journos attempts to wreck Thanksgiving:    1. HOW DARE YOU CELEBRATE THAT DAY OF ATROCITY!   Media Check Our Thanksgiving Privilege, Tout “Day of Mourning” In 2019, NB’s Gabriel Hays wrote up the attack on the hallowed day by The New Yorker and CNN: The New Yorker did some heavy historical lifting to remind white European-Americans just how much their hallowed “creation stories” are lies meant to distract them from what this country is: a place of racial injustice that was founded on racial injustice. During America’s civil war era, “American mythmakers discovered that the Pilgrims, and New England as a whole, were perfectly cast as national founders: white, Protestant, democratic, and blessed with an American character.” Thus a story was born to serve white megalomania for centuries to come. The outlet claimed, “Glorifying the endurance of white Pilgrim founders diverted attention from the brutality of Jim Crow and racial violence, and downplayed the foundational role of African slavery.” The piece clarified the savage truth behind this myth: “the Thanksgiving story buries the major cause of King Philip’s War — the relentless seizure of Indian land. It also covers up the consequence.” Oh yes, as we’ve been told time and time again, much raping and pillaging happened. It even threw in the idea that the fabled meeting between both Wampanoags and Pilgrims happened because the cautious Indians were perturbed by the settlers having a good old time shooting guns, those rednecks. “It was a party, not a prayer, and was full of people shooting at things,” historians have claimed, affirming that Indians weren’t actually there to celebrate, but see if everything was all right. “They came not to enjoy a multicultural feast but to aid the Pilgrims: hearing repeated gunfire, they assumed that the settlers were under attack.” Of course what followed were centuries of land seizure, small-pox, and yes, genocide. … Even CNN’s Victor Blackwell had to start his Thanksgiving coverage by mentioning the “Day of Mourning,” the alternative Thanksgiving where the last few Wampanoags living in Massachusetts remember they were robbed, and are still waiting for justice for the wanton destruction of their tribes.   Curry: Indians “Feel Thanksgiving Should Be Day of Mourning”     During an interview on the November 24, 2003 Today show with the author of a book urging families to learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and to appreciate being American, Curry countered: “You know there are some American Indians who feel that Thanksgiving should be a day of mourning, not a day of celebration, because of what happened to their people.”   Happy “Colonizer” Day!      MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson: “Thanksgiving has changed over time as well. I know in my family, I know several people who call it ‘Colonizer Christmas,’ because they don’t really like the idea of what Thanksgiving represents.”...The New Yorker writer Jelani Cobbs: “That original Thanksgiving, you know, where the colony was starving….anthropological research suggests was in such dire conditions they had to resort to cannibalism to remain alive….It always has been kind of awkward to say that you commemorate that, by stuffing yourself with as much food as you can find. And maybe, perhaps, people have to actually think about a small sacrifice that would be fitting, in keeping with this day.”— MSNBC’s AM Joy, November 21, 2020.    MSNBC: Thanksgiving Is About White Settlers Who Brought “Genocide and Violence”     On the November 20, 2021 edition of The Cross Connection, MSNBC host Tiffany Cross allowed a guest to deliver a rant against America to mark the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. After lauding liberal Native American activist Gyasi Ross as a “show favorite,” she then switched to what appeared to be a pre-recorded essay from him with his thoughts about the holiday. Ross began by claiming that it is a “pathology of white America” to see their ancestors as improving North America after they arrived, he then added: “But I’m still trying to find out what indigenous people received of value. Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence.”   HuffPost: Cancel Thanksgiving to Save the Planet Back in 2019 NB’s Alexa Moutevelis discovered a Huffpost article that posited we forgo Thanksgiving to save the planet:  HuffPost recommends forgoing Thanksgiving all together to save the planet from global warming. Because traveling to gather with family and friends to offer thanks is selfish. Author Alexandra Emanuelli began her article on Nov. 5 with a reminder that Trump is pulling out of Paris climate agreement and the surely non-political Climate Action Tracker rates America’s efforts as “insufficient.” This leads Emanuelli to write, “With that in mind, one wonders: How much damage are we doing with our epic Thanksgiving meal every year?” No, actually, normal people don’t wonder such ridiculous things. And yet she talked to researchers in an attempt to calculate “Thanksgiving’s carbon footprint.”   Thanksgiving Is “The Supremely White American holiday,” “Most Ghoulish Event on the National Calendar” In 2007, NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham stumbled upon this anti-Thanksgiving rant featured on the Website The Black Commentator:  “Nobody celebrates Thanksgiving quite like Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history and the intent of ‘the founders’ as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year — a pure glorification of racist barbarity.”   New York Times: Happy Thanksgiving, Trumpian Bigots and Other Ignorant Folks In 2019 NB’s Clay Waters found a couple of cheery holiday items by New York Times columnists: With the woke left busy repurposing Thanksgiving as a day of Western guilt and genocide against Native Americans, Times columnist Paul Krugman counterintuitively, perhaps insincerely, portrayed the Thanksgiving holiday as something worth celebrating. Why? To bash Trump and his supporters as bigots, naturally in the piece: “Why Trump Should Hate Thanksgiving”  “Do Trump and his band of bigots even understand what Thanksgiving is about? If they did, they would hate this most American of holidays. After all, the Pilgrims were refugees fleeing persecution by the English monarchy, which at the time was still an autocratic regime. They were, in other words, exactly the kind of people Trump and company want to keep out. Furthermore, the traditional portrait of the first Thanksgiving is as a moment of racial tolerance and multiculturalism: European immigrants sharing a feast with Native Americans. That moment didn’t last: Much of New England’s native population was wiped out over the next few decades. And such an outcome may well have been inevitable. But we still celebrate the tale of a benign meeting of races and cultures.”... Columnist Charles Blow was on more familiar ground, explaining the real history of Thanksgiving to the ignorant in “The Horrible History of Thanksgiving — Before you fill your plate, please remember why we mark this day.” At least he didn’t spare himself from condemnation: “I thought it was such a beautiful story: People reaching across race and culture to share with one another, to commune with one another. But that is not the full story of Thanksgiving. Like so much of American history, the story has had its least attractive features winnow away — white people have been centered in the narrative and all atrocity has been politely papered over.”   2. POLITICS RUINS THANKSGIVING, UNLESS YOU ARE LECTURING CONSERVATIVES   Blame Trump for Why Civility Has Disappeared from Thanksgiving Dinner     In 2019, NB's Kristine Marsh recounted how ABC’s The View crew complained that Donald Trump had ruined the holiday:  Whoopi [Goldberg] went on to wish for times where there wasn’t animosity towards family members for their political differences. “I want the America where we're all sitting around going, ‘Well, I don't know if I agree with that?’ Not, ‘You’re a terrible, horrible person’ because remember, like, 20 years ago when people started saying, ‘Well, you're not really an American if you don’t agree with me’?’ I want to go back to those days. I want the days back where we can sit and disagree and pick our teeth and eat food. That's what I want. You know? That’s what I want.” This was met with applause but Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar couldn’t help but blame Trump. “I think that will come back when people believe in their government, when people believe that their president is acting for their own — for Americans,” Hostin remarked. Behar piped up with “Instead of himself!” to Hostin’s agreement. Whoopi asked her co-hosts, “Do you think it will come back if we believe in ourselves as well?” before adding, “Civility seems to have gone away.”    CNN: How to Talk Impeachment at Thanksgiving Dinner In 2019, NB’s P.J. Gladnick discovered this CNN item on how to become the most annoying guest at the Thanksgiving Dinner table:  Do you have a bizarre desire to both bore and annoy your fellow Thanksgiving dinner guests? Well, good news! CNN's Zachary B. Wolf on Wednesday provided a handy dandy guide on how to easily accomplish this task with “Get smart on impeachment before Thanksgiving dinner.”  Wolf somehow assumes that hearing the mainstream media hype impeachment (which is now losing steam) 24/7 is not enough for the public. His fantasy is that the public will not only have its fill of turkey and stuffing but will have room left over for a discussion about impeachment that the media is so obsessed about. “Happy Thanksgiving! You probably don’t want to talk politics with your Uncle Al, but it’s going to come up. A CNN poll this week found that about 4 in 10 Americans are paying very close attention to the impeachment proceedings --- but almost everyone has an opinion about it. Here’s what you need to know about impeachment to not sound like a stuffed turkey in front of your family and friends.”   Chicago Tribune Columnist: How to Mock Your Crazy Trump-Loving Family Members This Thanksgiving In 2019, Kristine Marsh wrote up Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke’s guide on how to talk to the Trump-loving, Fox News-watching members of the family:  Huppke also goes into a pompous lecture bashing Republicans as a cult without brains: “We are living not just in a divided America but in an America made up of two wholly separate realities. One is inhabited by those of us who have managed to keep at least one foot in the world where provable facts exist and good and bad mean what we’ve always believed them to mean. The other is populated by those who have joined President Donald Trump’s cult of lack-of-personality and had the left hemisphere of their cerebral cortex replaced with a Sean Hannity bobblehead that, every five minutes, shouts, “BENGHAZI!!”   Harper’s Bazaar Writer: Become Annoyingly Political at Thanksgiving Dinner Back in 2018, P.J. Gladnick found this thoughtful bit of dinner conversation advice by Harper’s Bazaar writer Rachel Elizabeth Cargle:  Cargle has come up with a bunch of ways to destroy the Thanksgiving mood by going annoyingly political as you can read in her November 19 article, “How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving.” Cargle kicks things off by dispensing advice from a famous American Communist: “After a year of relentless atrocities that don’t always make for easy conversation at the dinner table, it’s important to make Thanksgiving preparations beyond the tablescape and the menu. This year, I want you to prepare for something a little more nuanced than stuffing or cranberry sauce: I want you to prepare to rock the family boat, with important discussions that stretch beyond the surface of “How's the weather?” and “Who are you dating these days?” So, I'm coming to you with a guide that should push you beyond apathy, and instead, teach you how to be a part of the solution. As Angela Davis reminds us, it is not enough to not be racist. You have to be anti-racist, and if you are not actively being part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. So here is some language to help you navigate Thanksgiving day dinner.”   3. HOW DARE (REPUBLICAN) PRESIDENTS EXPLOIT THANKSGIVING FOR PHOTO-OPS   MSNBC’s Ruhle Calls Trump’s Thanksgiving Visit to Afghanistan a “Photo-Op”     In 2019, NB’s Alex Christy wrote-up MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle ascribing cynical motives to President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to the troops:  Surprise presidential visits to war zones to spend time with the troops during Thanksgiving or other holidays have become a bipartisan tradition that everyone can support. While most view such visits as a way to honor the troops and express amazement at the amount of planning and secrecy that goes into such trips, MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle took Friday to call Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan a “photo-op” and wonder that if he will plan more foreign visits as part of a strategy to counter impeachment. Ruhle theorized that the trip was about the imagery of the presidency, “The imagery of the president standing there with troops behind him, the President literally, maybe he’s watching, tweeted a bunch of photos from the trip. That’s a big win for him.” She then asked Washington Post White House correspondent Anne Gearan, “Given the impeachment battle is going on, the president is under attack in all sorts of ways, are we going to see more overseas trips that give him these kind of photo-op scenarios?”   Obama “Wins Troops’ Cheers” in Iraq, But Bush's Thanksgiving Visit Greeted With Petulance Back in April 2009, Barack Obama wowed the press with his trip to Iraq, which was a different reaction George W. Bush received from journalists when he made a Turkey Day visit to the troops in 2003:  The front page of Wednesday’s Times featured a huge Associated Press photo of President Obama greeting troops on his surprise trip to Baghdad. The caption (from the print edition, emphasis in original): “In Unexpected Visit to Iraq, Obama Wins Troops' Cheers - Military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad applauded President Obama on Tuesday when he said ‘It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis.’” That teased a favorable story about Obama’s visit on Page 11, which included another photo of Obama and the troops, with a more straightforward caption (again from the print): “President Obama spoke to American troops at Camp Victory, Iraq, on Tuesday. The president said that it was time for Iraqis ‘to take responsibility for their country and for their sovereignty.’”  Compare the photographic enthusiasm the Times showed over Obama’s first trip as president to Iraq to the coolness with which the paper’s photo-caption writers greeted President George W. Bush's dramatic first, secret visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving Day 2003, which occurred during intense wartime hostilities. While even Bush-hostile reporter Elisabeth Bumiller admitted in her front-page story that the president was surrounded by “stunned, whooping soldiers,” none of that enthusiasm made it into the photo captions from Bush’s visit to Baghdad. The caption accompanying a front-page photo of Bush carrying a turkey among troops was coolly descriptive: “President Bush with American troops yesterday at the mess hall at Baghdad International Airport.” And a photo caption that evidently appeared on the article’s jump page was self-obsessed and petulant. According to the Times archive (the photo itself is not online), the text read: “President Bush posed for a photograph yesterday during his surprise visit to American troops at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Few journalists were told of the trip or allowed to cover it.”
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'He Saved Peoples’ Lives!' The View Gushes for Fauci, Attacks Critics

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 23rd 2022 at 14:35
Dr. Anthony Fauci is finally leaving his cushy government job making six figures while telling many Americans during the pandemic to go poor and starve (and possibly get a book deal for it). But the cackling coven of ABC’s The View spent Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday) attacking his critics and suggesting “He spent his entire life saving peoples' lives.” They did this while ignoring how the Colorado Springs gay bar shooter is “non-binary,” despite covering the shooting all week and blaming the GOP. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg opened the segment featuring Fauci’s White House press conference and whining about how some, unnamed conservatives supposedly had their “heads exploded from outrage.” Without giving a quantified number or any evidence at all, Goldberg suggested some said they would prefer to get COVID than follow Fauci’s demand they get tested for the holiday. It was Goldberg’s head that exploded in outrage as she began to scream about her recent COVID infection (her second this year): Let me explain something to you as somebody who's just come off it again – And not a nice, light, you know, because I came off a tough – a tough ass COVID, okay? You don't want to get this! It's not funny! You don't want this! This will kill you! What's the matter with you people?! Joy Behar chimed in and suggested the only reason Goldberg was alive was because she was triple-boosted. “If you are not boosted, you’re gonna [die],” she falsely claimed.     This eventually gave way to racist co-host Sunny Hostin who erroneously asserted that Fauci has “spent his entire life saving people's lives.” Hostin said she “detest[s]” when people point out the fact that the latest booster is not that effective (which she admits it is): I detest when I hear people say, “well, look about the new variant, you know, the new It gives you limited protection.” I wish to God that they had even that limited protection so that my husband and his siblings would not suffer the way that I have seen them suffer. And for shame. For shame for someone saying you shouldn't even get anything. Behar called it “disgraceful.” Pretending that Fauci’s edicts have not led to people losing their livelihoods, people going broke, students committing suicide because of the isolation, and people suffering from other forms of hardship, co-host Sara Haines huffed about people hate watching Fauci and said they should just find something else to do since he supposedly can’t do anything. Behar said they’d prefer to die (Click "expand"): HAINES: Why do people hate-watch Dr. Fauci? If you don't like him, carry on. There are other channels. There’s other things to do. It's not like he got you to wear a mask or do anything else. So, like, the focus on him just shows you that they're trying to put their vitriol somewhere because he's here for other reasons. So just carry on. Keep doing your non-masking and everything else. BEHAR: It’s almost like, “gee, I'll get COVID and I'll die, and I'll own the libs.” What a good idea! Faux Republican co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin bragged about being good friends with Fauci and lamented how he became “a boogeyman” to the right. She argued their animosity was misplaced because “he's not an economic adviser. So, if you don't like that states closed down because of COVID or because businesses closed down, that was not Dr. Fauci, an infectious disease doctor’s decision to do that. Or even things like discussions around masking kids in classrooms… He's not a developmental doctor who deals with children.” Behar added on by saying Fauci was made into a “scapegoat,” while Haines said others were made “unknowing victims of the narrative” against him. Their ridiculous love for Dr. Fauci was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Procter & Gamble and Hulu. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 23, 2022 11:05:12 a.m. Eastern (…) WHOOPI GOLDBERG: People's heads exploded from outrage. A lot of conservatives who posted about how much they hate Dr. Fauci, that they’d rather get COVID than ever test again. Let me explain something to you as somebody who's just come off it again – And not a nice, light, you know, because I came off a tough – a tough ass COVID, okay? You don't want to get this! It's not funny! SUNNY HOSTIN: No. GOLDBERG: You don't want this! This will kill you! What's the matter with you people?! JOY BEHAR: The reason it didn't kill you is because you have been boosted. GOLDBERG: Yes. BEHAR: Okay? If you are not boosted, you’re gonna – you could die. That's the point. People write on Twitter or someplace, “You see? Whoopi got it and she has the vaccinations.” Yeah, but Whoopi's sitting there. She's not in a casket, thank you. (…) 11:06:22 a.m. Eastern HOSTIN: He spent his entire life saving people's lives. SARA HAINES: Seven administrations. HOSTIN: He saved – seven administrations. He saved people's lives during the AIDS epidemic, you know. Thank – The holidays are now, for the past few years in our family, a really sad time because both of my husband's parents died of COVID within three days of each other, within three days and within a week of their birthdays. BEHAR: It was before they had the vaccines. HOSTIN: There were no vaccines. BEHAR: Right. HOSTIN: I detest when I hear people say, “well, look about the new variant, you know, the new It gives you limited protection.” I wish to God that they had even that limited protection so that my husband and his siblings would not suffer the way that I have seen them suffer. And for shame. For shame for someone saying you shouldn't even get anything. BEHAR: Disgraceful. HAINES: Why do people hate watch Dr. Fauci? If you don't like him, carry on. There are other channels. There’s other things to do. It's not like he got you to wear a mask or do anything else. So, like, the focus on him just shows you that they're trying to put their vitriol somewhere because he's here for other reasons. So just carry on. Keep doing your non-masking and everything else. BEHAR: It’s almost like, “gee, I'll get COVID and I'll die, and I'll own the libs.” What a good idea! ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I was so – So, Dr. Fauci is a friend of mine. It was such an honor to work with him during the height of COVID and congratulations on an incredible 50-year career. I was surprised by what a boogeyman he came for the right. I did tell him, “if you go on TV too much, you're going to put yourself out there and open yourself to criticism.” But he’d always say, “Alyssa, I got to get the information to the people.” He just wanted to do his job. And what I’d say to Republicans who kind of -- HOSTIN (interrupting): Why do you think he became the boogeyman? FARAH GRIFFIN: I think they blamed him – I think a lot in my party blamed him for everything they disliked about COVID policies. But he's not an economic adviser. So, if you don't like that states closed down because of COVID or because businesses closed down, that was not Dr. Fauci, an infectious disease doctor’s decision to do that. Or even things like discussions around masking kids in classrooms– BEHAR (interrupting): So, he's a scapegoat. FARAH GRIFFIN: Yeah. He's an infectious disease doctor. He's not a developmental doctor who deals with children. So to put him -- kind of all of this on him as if he handled it wrong, I think is totally misplaced. BEHAR: But that's a political move too, isn't it? To put it all on him. HOSTIN: But it seems like she’s saying they just misunderstand what his position was. FARAH GRIFFIN: I think they're misunderstanding the roles people play in public policy. HAINES: But I think there were people who understood that allowed that to keep going. Like, they pulled the train along with people that were kind of unknowing victims of the narrative. (…)
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Full of Hot Air: Paul Krugman Cries GOP Will ‘Undermine’ Biden’s ‘Successful Governance’

By: Joseph Vazquez — November 23rd 2022 at 13:04
New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman has a knack for propping up President Joe Biden's atrocious economy at the expense of making himself look foolish. Krugman belched up another word salad worth 846 words with a blaring headline: “How Democrats Can Fight This G.O.P.” After haranguing Republicans for supposedly not having “policy ideas,” Krugman bleated that a GOP-controlled House of Representatives with a narrow majority will be more “destructive” in part because the “economic environment, which was a headwind for Democrats this year, will probably (although obviously not certainly) begin to look better heading into 2024.” Inflation, appraised Krugman, “seems set to fall substantially.” It’s unclear given Krugman’s abysmal track record on inflation under Biden why he’s arguing like he has any serious authority on the subject. Barron’s magazine reported Nov. 11 that historical trends suggest that “when year-over-year inflation rises above 8%, as has happened with the CPI this year, it doesn’t recede quickly but tends to accelerate 70% of the time.” The outlet’s story was headlined: “Inflation Isn’t Going Anywhere. History Says It Could Take a Decade to Get Back to Normal.” This context was apparently lost on Krugman. His latest drivel read like he psyched himself into a state of denial. He claimed Republicans will “wreak as much havoc as they can” and “undermine what might otherwise look like successful governance by the Biden administration.” Yikes. [Emphasis added.] Krugman’s distorted view of Democrats sticking it to the GOP was nothing short of comical. Krugman claimed Democrats should “crazyproof” policy by — wait for it — “raising the debt limit high enough that it won’t be a problem and locking in sufficient aid for Ukraine to get through the many months of war that surely lie ahead.” In Krugman's view, “Democrats would be, well, crazy not to do these things as soon as possible.” Uh, what? The U.S. economic situation after nearly two years of Biden’s leadership is so bad that the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development is reportedly estimating U.S GDP growth to only reach an anemic 0.5 percent next year, and only 1 percent in 2024. Krugman’s solution for Democrats was to keep the government’s spending obsession — which helped stimulate the inflation crisis to begin with — going like clockwork. Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts stated in an op-ed ripping liberal elites on the debt ceiling that “with the Federal Reserve having ‘bought’ nearly all of the debt from Congress’s new spending — that is, just printed more money like someone cheating at ‘Monopoly’ — Biden’s only fiscal plan is … more spending!”  But for Krugman, it is the GOP who “won’t help govern America. It will, in fact, almost surely do what it can to undermine governance.” The Democrats, cried Krugman, “need to do whatever they can both to thwart political sabotage and to make the would-be saboteurs pay a price.”  This is the same Krugman who gave three rules to supposedly guide “Bidenomics” prior to Biden’s 2021 inauguration that ended up imploding in 2022. Two of those “Rules” need no explanation: “Rule #1: Don’t doubt the power of government to help.” “Rule #3: Don’t worry about inflation.” Just over a year into the Biden presidency, the economy would be hit with a 40-year high inflation crisis that Krugman claimed was “transitory” for months, an energy crisis, a debt crisis, a housing recession, supply chain disruptions and more. But in the face of these issues, Krugman still insisted in September that the so-called “Biden Boom” was great for U.S. workers “whether they know it or not.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact The New York Times at 800-698-4637 and demand it continue to distance itself from Krugman’s awful inflation predictions.
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Study: Broadcast Networks Shield Biden from Thanksgiving Inflation, Advise Skimping on Food

By: Bill D'Agostino — November 23rd 2022 at 12:43
After aggressively cheerleading the Biden administration’s inflationary spending, the broadcast networks have spent nearly an hour over the last two weeks instructing viewers to host thrifty potluck Thanksgiving dinners featuring drink rations, expired ingredients, and frozen food. MRC analysts examined the big three broadcast networks’ (ABC, CBS, and NBC) flagship morning and evening newscasts over the past two weeks, from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 20. During that time, these networks aired 13 different segments — 47 minutes and 31 seconds’ worth of content — advising their viewers on how to save money for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Yet not a second of airtime on any of the three networks was spent connecting the record-breaking inflation with the reckless spending and money printing that have resulted from the Biden administration’s legislative priorities. During the November 8 edition of NBC’s Today, correspondent Vicky Nguyen recommended that viewers save on accommodations by seating Thanksgiving guests on “folding chairs from poker night” or “a bench that can seat three people.” She also suggested limiting beverages to “one drink per person, per hour.” Nguyen returned the following week to recommend cooking with soured milk. On November 14, CBS Mornings ran a segment suggesting viewers replace meat dishes with vegetables — frozen, not fresh. Meanwhile, Good Morning America proposed a “flexible” approach, such as serving beef or chicken instead of Turkey. Above all, journalists looked for anything other than spending policy to blame for rising food costs. Across multiple newscasts, both ABC and NBC repeatedly mentioned the avian flu as a potential culprit for the high price of turkey. By contrast, there was just one mention (on the November 15 edition of Good Morning America) that according to the USDA, the virus had not impacted the sale of whole turkeys. Russia also received some of the blame; NBC’s Today mentioned on November 15 that fertilizer costs were up as a result of the war in Ukraine, which in turn contributed to more expensive turkeys. Taken by itself, there is nothing inappropriate about a news report aimed at helping viewers save a few bucks. Rather, the problem is with this sequence of events that has played out in predictable fashion: 1) Broadcast networks spend significant time and effort hyping massive spending packages proposed by their favorite political party. 2) Those spending packages inevitably result in inflation and rising food costs. 3) Wealthy broadcast journalists tell their viewers to cook with spoiled milk before heading off to their own fancy Thanksgiving dinners, all while refusing to name the root cause of inflation in the first place. Sound familiar?
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NBC Drops Colorado Shooting as Lefty Narrative CRUMBLES With Nonbinary Suspect

By: Curtis Houck — November 23rd 2022 at 12:26
Late Tuesday, the leftist narrative about early Sunday’s shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub crumbled as the suspect’s lawyer revealed their client is nonbinary, blowing holes in the narrative that Christian conservatives and Fox News caused the attack. Of course, NBC promptly dropped any mention of the massacre on Wednesday’s Today while ABC’s Good Morning America omitted this inconvenient truth. NBC did, however, find time for stories it deemed more important, such as a 25-second news brief on the Supreme Court clearing the way for a House committee to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns.     On ABC, co-host George Stephanopoulos promised “[n]ew details in the Colorado shooting investigation” and a “chilling Facebook post from the shooter’s mother,” but his network sure left out the crucial fact that the alleged gunman committed a hate crime....against their own people? After co-host Robin Roberts similarly failed, chief national correspondent Matt Gutman even occasionally used the suspect’s preferred pronouns of they/them (click “expand”): This will be the suspect's first appearance in court in which they're read their charges for the first time and that as we learn of this chilling Facebook post made by the suspect's mother just hours before the shooting in which she says her son went missing. He took her phone and her debit card and cryptically promised, “the best night ever.” Overnight, ABC News obtaining this chilling Facebook post from Laurel Voepel, the mother of the Colorado Springs massacre suspect seemingly concerned about her son's whereabouts in the hours before the shooting, saying, “my son is missing...He took MY PHONE and debit card. We had plans and were so excited.” She ends by saying her son told her, “To get ready for the best night” The 22-year-old suspect now facing preliminary charges for the first degree of Ashley Paugh, Daniel Aston, dance as continue, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, and Derrick Rump. Ring footage from 2021 shows the suspect surrendering to police after allegedly making a bomb threat against his own mother.  (....) But that case later dismissed and the suspect’s record sealed after the family refused to press charges. That enabled the suspect to legally purchase that AR-style rifle.  At the end of his report, Gutman still peddled the false narrative, vaguely referring to “a think tank that monitors hate speech online report[ing] a shocking 613 percent rise in hate speech targeting the LGBTQ community...parroted by politicians and influencers online” amid concern “this could spur even more violence.” A member of the community herself, Roberts fretted there’s “a lot of concern about that.” In contrast, ABC’s lowly overnight shows World News Now and America This Morning had a combined three minutes and 47 seconds with co-host Andrew Dymburt highlighting the suspect’s gender identity.  Dymburt didn’t let the narrative go too far as he lamented they were bullied and have a grandfather who, as a former member of the California General Assembly, “once compared the January 6th riots to the American Revolution and has voted against LGBTQ legislation.” Similarly, NBC’s Early Today mentioned the gender as co-host Philip Mena said the suspect “is nonbinary and uses they-them pronouns.” Mena still tied blamed opposition to the LGBTQ lifestyle as he touted a GLADD report claiming “there were 124 incidents in 47 states” of “protests, threats, and attacks against drag events.” CBS went in the opposite direction and kept their viewers informed with both the early-morning show CBS Morning News and the flagship CBS Mornings spotlighting this change (albeit minus an apology for past coverage). The latter dedicated the first minute of the two-minute-and-30-second segment to the suspect. Co-host Nate Burleson cut to the chase: Turning now to that deadly Colorado nightclub shooting. The suspect will appear in court by video for the first time today. Five people were killed in Saturday's massacre, and nearly 20 injured. The alleged shooter's attorneys say their client identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.  Correspondent Janet Shamlian even tipped her hand to this busted narrative by saying from the scene that “now we may know why” there’s “been few details about the suspect.” Shamlian continued, using the suspect’s name and preferred pronouns: As court records indicate, they did not grow up as Anderson Lee Aldrich, following a very tumultuous past. The person suspected of killing five people inside Club Q was born with the name Nicholas Brink. Court records show at 15, they petitioned to change the name to Anderson Lee Aldrich, stating they didn't want to be connected to their father who had a criminal history. The change happened months after they were allegedly viciously bullied online. The suspect's past coming into focus as we learn more about what happened inside Club Q Saturday night.  ABC refusing to tell their viewers about a narrative-bursting detail in this was brought to you by Apple and NBC’s bias by omission was brought to you by Fidelity. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcripts from November 23, click here (for ABC World News Now), here (for ABC’s America This Morning), here (for ABC’s Good Morning America), here (for CBS Morning News), here (for CBS Mornings), and here (for NBC’s Early Today).
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TikTok CEO: Content Moderation (Censorship) Is a ‘Top Priority’

By: Paiten Iselin — November 23rd 2022 at 12:20
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew joined Bloomberg News to double down on the anti-American company’s censorship policies. On this week’s episode of CensorTrack with Paiten, we looked at Chew’s defense of TikTok’s anti-American and anti-free speech agenda.     During an interview with Bloomberg Deputy Editor-In-Chief Reto Gregori Nov. 16, Chew called content moderation one of the app’s “top” priorities. “Our mission is to inspire creativity and to bring joy,” Chew claimed. “If we don’t have a safe and trusted platform, it is very difficult for people to inspire each other and bring joy to each other. So this is something that we take very seriously and since the time I’ve been in my role, I’ve made this a very, very top priority for us.” He then cited his Community Guidelines as the litmus test used to “determine what is allowed and not allowed on our platform. You know, it’s stuff like we don’t allow violence, we don’t allow pornography, so on and so forth. There are fourteen of them. The way we have designed them is such that they’re easy to understand and they’re easy to operationalize internally.” It seems Chew does not understand the definition of “easy to understand.” Community Guidelines are largely vague. The ones that are not vague are generally applied unevenly. Take the platform’s “Hateful behavior” Community Guideline. The policy says “We do not permit content that contains hate speech or involves hateful behavior, and we remove it from our platform.” Young America’s Foundation experienced this firsthand when the anti-American TikTok removed one of the organization’s videos. Apparently, if you dare to point out the biological realities between men and women, TikTok will slap you with a hateful behavior violation. But a video calling for the genocide of white men still remains on the platform. Is it time to pull the plug on TikTok? A basic pro/con assessment shows the anti-American app’s risks far outweigh any benefits. Are a few quirky dance videos worth risking national security? To stay updated on free speech news and to help hold Big Tech accountable, visit CensorTrack and follow MRC Free Speech America’s social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Rumble GETTR MeWe Parler Also, check out some of our previous episodes: Leftists Blame Everything on So-Called ‘Misinformation’: Midterm Election Edition! Google: The Ultimate Election Puppetmaster? A 'Threat' to Free Speech: Media Meltdown Over Musk-Twitter Deal And more!  Conservatives are under attack. If you have been censored, contact us at the MRC Free Speech America contact form on CensorTrack.org, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
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PBS Blames DeSantis, 'Right-Wing Influencers' For Colorado Shooting

By: Alex Christy — November 23rd 2022 at 12:08
A Thursday interview of Equality Florida press secretary Brandon Wolf by PBS Amanpour and Company’s Hari Sreenivasan was taped before the revelation that the Colorado Springs shooter identifies as non-binary, but that is not an excuse for blaming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and “right-wing influencers” for motivating others to commit or threaten to commit acts of violence. The reason why is the blame game was still played despite both acknowledging that the motive remains unknown as Sreenivasan asked Wolf to respond to his own tweet, “You know, in response to Saturday's shooting, you tweeted, and I want to read, ‘we don't know a motive yet. But let's be honest, the anti-LGBTQ hysteria being whipped up in this country has had me checking over my shoulder more than I have in six years.’ Tell me about that kind of, well, I guess, lack of safety that you feel. Why do you need to look over your shoulder right now? What is the fear?”     Wolf began his lengthy reply by first going after DeSantis, “Well, it's a scary time to be in LGBTQ person in this country. I live in the state of Florida, and it's not just, you know, the extremists in different parts of our state that have been whipping up this anti-LGBTQ frenzy, it's powerful people in our state. It's the governor of the third largest state in the union who has trafficked in some of the darkest and ugliest tropes in the books. And by the way, he has continued to do that.” However, it is not just DeSantis that is to blame, “People, right-wing influencers around this country, have continued to do that even as the temperature has risen. People are afraid because there are armed protesters showing up to drag brunches, places where, you know, we are just having a mimosa, eating eggs with our friends, have now become the front lines of a battle, a culture war.” According to PBS, claiming there are 58 genders or allowing males to compete in women’s sports is not a culture war, but conservatives objecting is. Wolf then tied these “influencers” to people being “afraid because there are white supremacists being arrested outside of Pride Festivals in places like Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, threatening to commit acts of mass violence. People are afraid because children's hospitals in Boston and other cities have suffered bomb threats over the last couple of years, having to install metal detectors in airport security like terminals to keep people safe in those hospitals.” Doubling down, Wolf added “And it's not the first time we have seen the deadly consequences of this kind of hateful rhetoric. So, people are afraid because we know what happens next.” Even if the shooter had been confirmed to be the stereotype of a right-wing hater it would still be disgusting to blame DeSantis and “influencers” for the shooting. That the shooter is not the stereotypical right-winger just makes it even worse and nobody at PBS or CNN International will be held accountable. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript for the November 22 show: PBS Amanpour and Company 11/21/2022 11:34 PM ET HARI SREENIVASAN: You know, in response to Saturday's shooting, you tweeted, and I want to read, “we don't know a motive yet. But let's be honest, the anti-LGBTQ hysteria being whipped up in this country has had me checking over my shoulder more than I have in six years.” Tell me about that kind of, well, I guess, lack of safety that you feel. Why do you need to look over your shoulder right now? What is the fear? BRANDON WOLF: Well, it's a scary time to be in LGBTQ person in this country. I live in the state of Florida, and it's not just, you know, the extremists in different parts of our state that have been whipping up this anti-LGBTQ frenzy, it's powerful people in our state. It's the governor of the third largest state in the union who has trafficked in some of the darkest and ugliest tropes in the books. And by the way, he has continued to do that. People, right-wing influencers around this country, have continued to do that even as the temperature has risen. People are afraid because there are armed protesters showing up to drag brunches, places where, you know, we are just having a mimosa, eating eggs with our friends, have now become the front lines of a battle, a culture war. People are afraid because there are white supremacists being arrested outside of Pride Festivals in places like Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, threatening to commit acts of mass violence. People are afraid because children's hospitals in Boston and other cities have suffered bomb threats over the last couple of years, having to install metal detectors in airport security like terminals to keep people safe in those hospitals. And people are afraid because, at the end of the day, we know where this rhetoric takes us. It's not the first time the LGBTQ community has found its back against the wall. And it's not the first time we have seen the deadly consequences of this kind of hateful rhetoric. So, people are afraid because we know what happens next.
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Shangela Drags Partner into Drag Get Up for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 23rd 2022 at 11:52
One drag queen was one too many. Now they’ve gotta give us TWO!?  For the 31st season of Dancing With the Stars, history was made when a drag queen was cast. Somehow said drag queen made it to the finale episode where he danced with Gleb Schevancok who, for the finale, also dressed in drag.  Didn’t know I was going to see men in tights when I flipped on DWTS Monday evening.  The male to male pair transformed into the shows first ever (and hopefully last ever) queen to queen pair. Savchenko danced in a white and pink sparkly bodysuit and looked like he was performing in the Broadway show Cats. He also had on a blonde wig, high heels and a full face of makeup. The pair danced on a mock set of RuPaul’s Drag Race Werk Room, and two other queens from that show joined in on the performance. Let's just say Gleb or as he was introduced, “Natasha,” was NOT a sight for sore eyes.  Even so, the judges virtue signaled with their remarks following the performance. Judge Len Goodman was flabbergasted (as was I) and commented, “For the first time in 31 seasons I forgot to vote because I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole thing." And Derek Hough said "We've never seen something like that on this show before. That was wild." Wild it was indeed! Another judge, Bruno Tonioli, said "I feel like I won the lottery. Shangela! Natasha! Two showstopping sensations for the price of one. What a show, what a finale, and you two are the crowning glory of this incredible season." The queens of course received a perfect score.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) Shangela used the opportunity on DWTS to exclaim that “drag belongs everywhere.” Uh … no. I can name about a billion places where drag does NOT belong. For one, anywhere that children exist or have a place to be at.  Such as on Disney+.  But, as most of you know, DWTS airs on none other than Disney+. This isn’t something only accessible for adults. In fact, with it’s existence on Disney+, it serves as something to encourage kids to watch. This performance and drag being “everywhere” is just another sick attempt by the left to create an army of woke progressivism.  Count me OUT!
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MSNBC Doubles Down on False 'Anti-Trans' Narrative Despite Axios News

By: Kevin Tober — November 23rd 2022 at 11:51
On Wednesday's MSNBC Reports, host Lindsey Reiser and guest Scott Mccoy of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center doubled down on the now-debunked leftist media narrative that conservatives wanting to protect children from drag shows and other forms of grooming are somehow responsible for the shooting that happened at the gay night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  "After the shooting, far-right Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert whose previously labeled trans people and drag queens as groomers tweeted quote the news out of Colorado Springs is awful, this lawless violence needs to end and end quickly," Reiser said in an attempt to smear Boebert as hypocritical.   Reiser then claimed Boebert changed her tune and went back to attacking "transgender" and "LGBTQ" people: "Boebert on a radio show this week vowing to continue her antitrans rhetoric and rejecting calls from critics to be accountable for her words. Saying quote it's absolutely disgusting to try to blame this on me and try to say I've had bad rhetoric about the LGBTQ community. That is completely false." "You’d think after something like this, the rhetoric would cool off," she huffed.      McCoy lectured that "you can't spend years and years and midterm elections and all this time demonizing LGBTQ people, working to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation federally and across the states, and then try to inoculate yourself against the charge that you're a part of this problem by simply tweeting oh this is a tragedy and it's terrible that it happened." McCoy ended by demanding conservatives be held accountable for wanting to protect children from being sexualized: "we need to start thinking about, what are the accountability measures that we can take against these right-wing influencers to hold them accountable for their part in what's happened here."  This segment on MSNBC was made possible by Verizon. Their information is linked so we can let them know about the biased news they fund.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand": MSNBC Reports 11/23/2022 11:11:56 a.m. Eastern LINDSEY REISER: Scott, I want to talk to you about rhetoric. Because after the shooting, far-right Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert whose previously labeled trans people and drag queens as groomers tweeted quote the news out of Colorado Springs is awful, this lawless violence needs to end and end quickly. But then fast-forward to now and we have from our NBC affiliate in Denver, KUSA Boebert on a radio show this week vowing to continue her antitrans rhetoric and rejecting calls from critics to be accountable for her words. Saying quote it's absolutely disgusting to try to blame this on me and try to say I've had bad rhetoric about the LGBTQ community. That is completely false. You’d think after something like this, the rhetoric would cool off. But what are you actually seeing?  SCOTT MCCOY (SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER): Yeah, unfortunately, that's not the case. In the end, you can't spend years and years and midterm elections and all this time demonizing LGBTQ people, working to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation federally and across the states, and then try to inoculate yourself against the charge that you're a part of this problem by simply tweeting oh this is a tragedy and it's terrible that it happened.  Well, we've seen throughout the last year and even before and certainly in midterm elections is a concerted effort by right-wing people like her and other influencers to drum up anti-LGBTQ sentiment and motivate voters to go to the polls.  And these right-wing influencers cannot just skate away and say, sorry not us. I mean that’s why they’re called influencers. They're attempting to influence the people that listen to them with their rhetoric and words and motivate them to do something. And so they should or -- they should know or they know or should know that their words and their rhetoric can have consequences.  And I think no one should be surprised that when you throw that kind of vile -- vile rhetoric out into the world you can't just expect nothing to happen. And so it's great that we're going to have hate crimes and criminal prosecution for Aldrich, the actual perpetrator, but we need to start thinking about, what are the accountability measures that we can take against these right-wing influencers to hold them accountable for their part in what's happened here.
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LGBT Hysterics: Walker’s ‘Hateful Rhetoric’ Tied To Colorado Shooting

By: Jay Maxson — November 23rd 2022 at 11:38
U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s latest campaign ad exposed his Democrat rival, Sen. Raphael Warnock, for supporting the transgender threat to women’s sports. Angered LGBT propagandists lashed out, accusing Walker of dehumanizing people who are psychologically confused about their gender and by trying to tie him to a horrible shooting at an LGBT club in Colorado.  Walker’s ad featured University of Kentucky All-American female swimmer Riley Gaines, who last season had to swim against William “Lia” Thomas, the male swimmer on the Penn University’s women’s team. She and Thomas tied for fifth place in the women’s 200-meter NCAA championships, but he unfairly got the medal for the fifth spot. Riley’s medal was mailed to her – denying her the moment of adulation she earned.  “For more than a decade, I worked so hard. 4 AM practices to be the best. But in my senior year, I was forced to compete against a biological male,” Riley says in the Walker ad.  Walker chimed in, saying, “That’s unfair and wrong.”  Oh, no, you can’t say that, the LGBT activists cried out. You’d have thought the world was ending, by the way they shifted blame from the actual Colorado shooter and trashed Walker.  Nadine Bridges, executive director of One Colorado, said: “Shame on Herschel Walker — and shame on every politician using LGBTQ lives as political props." She went on: “There’s an undeniable nexus between this kind of baseless and hateful rhetoric and the violence leveled against our community this weekend in Colorado Springs and the violence being perpetrated against marginalized communities all across this country.”  Five people were killed and 19 others were shot at the LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.  Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and chief executive of GLAAD, also attacked Walker for his ad:  “Airing this kind of rubbish under the guise of a political campaign was already deplorable enough—but in the wake of Saturday night’s massacre at Club Q, it’s simply unconscionable.  “These ads should be pulled immediately from Georgia’s airwaves before more lives are put in danger.”  This is a case of people shooting off their mouth before they know the facts. The shooting suspect in Colorado Springs is none other than a non-binary person. The undeniable nexus is deniable, and the ad had absolutely nothing to do with any crime. There is no “undeniable nexus” between the horrific crime or the lives of LGBT people and the Walker ad. “Mx.” Aldrich, better known as Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting at Club Q. Whoops, LGBT folks. The anti-Walker remarks need to be walked back real quickly.  In addition, CNN wrongly accused Walker of “targeting” transgenders.  Several states have been legislating against the kind of unfairness Walker and Riley highlighted in the recent ad. But when politics are involved, the opponents of radical LGBT demands must be demonized. It’s part of the Left’s playbook.   Also, the LGBT activist’s outcry over Walker’s ad is part of their own political agenda. Don’t expect a “sorry--my bad” from the LGBT activists any time soon. They're too busy eating crow because Mx. Aldrich, like a quarter of LGBT people in the U.S., is one of their own.
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Joe Scarborough's Sudden Respect on Conservative SCOTUS Justices vs. Trump

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 23rd 2022 at 11:36
There was much liberal gnashing of teeth when Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Libs feared that those Justices would do Donald Trump's bidding without question. But it hasn't turned out that way, as underlined in the brief, unanimous decision just issued by the Court clearing the way for the IRS to turn over Trump's tax returns to the Democrat-controlled House. In reaction, Joe Scarborough went on a long spiel on today's Morning Joe, hailing the Court's conservative Justices.  Scarborough praised the Justices for "standing steadfast" for "Madisonian checks and balances." Scarborough also said that, contrary to Trump's assumption that the Justices he appointed would rule in his favor, "not only do they not rule in his favor, but these decisions are unanimous. They're unsigned, and, I would say, a ringing endorsement of some basic, fundamental rules of law." Scarborough completed his hosannas by breaking out a sports analogy. Saying that Trump was "sadly mistaken" in thinking that conservative Justices would automatically rule in his favor, Scarborough observed that, when it comes to constitutional issues, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett have been "straightforward in calling balls and strikes." Note: Joe's joy over the conservative Justices could be short-lived. Under the same statute that led the Court to rule that House Democrats could get Trump's tax returns, it's possible that the Republican House majority could obtain Biden's returns. What if it turns out that Biden is indeed "the big guy," who skimmed some of Hunter's profits? Did Ol' Joe declare those ill-gotten gains on his tax returns? On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough showing sudden respect for conservative Justices on the Supreme Court was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual, GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Shingrix, and Jeep. Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 11/23/22 6:04 am ET WILLIE GEIST: The Supreme Court has cleared the way for House Democrats, finally, to access Donald Trump's tax returns. The former president has fought for years to shield those records from the House Ways and Means committee. The decision came in a brief, one-page order that noted there were no dissenting votes. This means the House Ways and Means committee, which has been seeking Trump's tax documents since 2019, can now attempt to access the materials before Republicans take over the House in January.  . . .  JOE SCARBOROUGH: We're going to be talking about quite a few other topics this morning regarding legal challenges. Spurious challenges that Donald Trump has made to the United States supreme Court, and Jon Meacham, one after another after another of Trump's spurious claims, whether it's about his taxes, whether it's about, you know, his stolen-election conspiracies, whether it's about privilege, whether it's about the special master.  We're seeing, time and again, the United States Supreme Court in these issues, these issues involving Madisonian checks and balances, we see this Court standing steadfast, and really drawing a straight line between themselves and the U.S. v. Nixon case back in 1974. . . .  I think it's important not to conflate other decisions the Supreme Court makes, whether you're talking about the overturning of Roe—a half-century precedent which was shocking, but actually not surprising if you look what these Justices had said since their law school days.  I think it's important that commentators don't conflate those ideological decisions with these constitutional questions regarding a president's power or a former president's power. And again, time and again, when talking about the special master, whether you're talking about tax returns, whether you're talking about privilege, whether you're talking about all of these questions where Donald Trump's thinking, oh, they're my Court because I appointed them -- he's thinking they're going to rule in this favor. Not only do they not rule in his favor, but these decisions are unanimous. They're unsigned, and ringing, I would say, a ringing endorsement of some basic, fundamental rules of law. . . .  When you even go up to Clarence Thomas, you go up to Brett Kavanaugh, you go up to Amy Coney Barrett. If he thought he was going to get any special breaks on these rulings, he's been sadly mistaken . . . This is quite a compelling argument for this Supreme Court, on these issues, being straightforward in calling balls and strikes.
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WashPost Columnist: ‘Racist’ Team Names Bad But Useful

By: Matt Philbin — November 23rd 2022 at 11:32
The bureaucrats at the the New York state education department recently took a break from under educating Empire State children to decree that Native American mascots and team names are verboten  Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen approves of this (she is, after all, a Washington Post columnist). It’s of little import to Cohen or the experts and grievance grifters she quotes that the vast majority of Native Americans don’t have a problem with Indian-related mascots. In 2016, her own paper had to admit its jihad against “The Red Skins” wasn’t gaining traction, and 90% of Native Americans were fine with the team name. Last year, 83% of Native Americans polled told Sports Illustrated they liked the team names.  Still, Cohen pauses to consider the implications of purging offensive mascots: Will we lose something when “Grizzlies” and “Tigers” replace “Indians” and “Braves”? Are stereotypical images of Native Americans better than no images of Native Americans? Huh? For years, lefties like Cohen have been telling Indians they should be offended by team names. Now she’s afraid people will stop thinking about Indians altogether if those team names go away?  But it makes sense. Cohen understands that sports mascots have become a handy club to beat America with. They keep what she calls the “racism, genocide and displacement that decimated Indigenous peoples” in the national consciousness – and on the national conscience. We’re not naturally inclined to feel guilty for what people we didn’t know did to other people we didn’t know centuries before we were born. But Cohen hasn’t given up.  One solution you might have heard lately is the “land acknowledgment,” an official statement recognizing that an institution occupies specific ancestral lands. These statements are common in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Every morning, Toronto schoolchildren hear some version of the following: “We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit peoples.” The purpose here is to make little Gordy feel lousy about being Canadian. Whether it works is up for debate. Rote recitations tend to lose their meaning after a while. Many American lefties grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. And anyway, Cohen isn’t so sure about land acknowledgements: Land acknowledgments risk doing — albeit in a far less offensive way — what mascots do: relegate Native people to a hazy past, while relieving us of the responsibility to do anything to know or help Native Americans in the present. No institution should get to make a land acknowledgment unless it is also backing it up with action, whether financial, political or educational.  Okay, we take away your fun mascots and instead you get a formulaic mea culpa that you’re probably not worthy of reciting. Progress!
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Ruhle Skips New Colorado Evidence, Labels Rush King Of Misinformation

By: Alex Christy — November 23rd 2022 at 10:14
As its name suggests, MSNBC’s The 11th Hour airs at 11:00 Eastern, which on Tuesday was well after the bombshell report that the Colorado Springs shooter identifies as non-binary. Still, host Stephanie Ruhle wondered how to combat conservatives who are “dehumanizing” anyone who isn’t a white heterosexual. Later, irony died as she labeled Rush Limbaugh ‘the king” of misinformation. During an interview with Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod, who Ruhle introduced as the first elected black LGBT in the state, Ruhle unwittingly asked two contradictory questions, “Then where does the hate come from? We obviously do not yet know the motivation of this shooter. But if people don't support a community, why not just not part not participate in it? Where does this anger, where does the violence stem from?”     Ruhle should’ve stopped after admitting the motive remains unknown, especially with the new revelations from the defendant’s lawyers. However, that would’ve defeated the purpose for Herod’s appearance. For her part, Herod wasted no time escalating the rhetoric, “Well, a lot of the violence and the anger does come from the elected leaders that choose to target LGBTQ people, especially transgender youth in their rhetoric, in the bill, in the legislation that they choose to pass. It is extremely, extremely problematic and quite frankly it's dangerous.” Escalating even further, she claimed, “So, this rhetoric and what we see on social media, in the press, all of that does add up to creating an atmosphere not only of hate but of dehumanizing people and making it seem okay, okay that their lives, and their lives that don't matter, right? And make it seem like it's okay for them to be murdered.” Instead of pushing back on the outrageous allegation that conservative lawmakers want people murdered, Ruhle eagerly accepted the premise, “Then what do you do about that, right? That the far-right is dehumanizing, right? It's demoralizing the LGBTQ community. And truthfully any ‘other’ community that is not white, heterosexual, and straight. It's happening all across the country. Given that, where do we go from here? Where do you do in your position?” While “heterosexual” and “straight” are redundant, Herod spoke of needing to go beyond legislation to counter allegedly hateful rhetoric. Later, during a segment on Salem Media and conservative talk radio and against a chyron that read “"Right Wing Disinformation On The Radio", Ruhle asked The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes, “Charlie, you know the space so, so well. You were a longtime radio host. None of it's new, right? Rush Limbaugh was the king of this kind of misinformation for decades. But for many of those decades he was the only one out there doing it. Why has it gotten so much worse? Because there's so many Rush juniors out there?” Sykes responded by lamenting the state of talk radio, “But it's also interesting to watch the transformation. It used to have hosts who were reasonable, thoughtful hosts like Michael Medvedev, now they have people like Charlie Kirk and Seb Gorka. They still feature Hugh Hewitt, who continues to peddle misinformation, Dennis Prager has become more MAGA.” After that segment with Herod, Ruhle has no right to call anyone the king of misinformation. These segments were sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Here is a transcript for the November 22 show: MSNBC The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle 11/22/2022 11:26 PM ET STEPHANIE RUHLE: Then where does the hate come from? We obviously do not yet know the motivation of this shooter. But if people don't support a community, why not just not part not participate in it? Where does this anger, where does the violence stem from?  LESLIE HEROD: Well, a lot of the violence and the anger does come from the elected leaders that choose to target LGBTQ people, especially transgender youth in their rhetoric, in the bill, in the legislation that they choose to pass. It is extremely, extremely problematic and quite frankly it's dangerous. In the General Assembly, we saw an uptick in the number of anti-LGBTQ legislation being introduced. Now, though it has been stopped by progressives in the General Assembly, we know that that rhetoric does seep into the hearts and minds of so many.  So, this rhetoric and what we see on social media, in the press, all of that does add up to creating an atmosphere not only of hate but of dehumanizing people and making it seem okay, okay that their lives, and their lives that don't matter, right? And make it seem like it's okay for them to be murdered.  RUHLE: Then what do you do about that, right? That the far-right is dehumanizing, right? It's demoralizing the LGBTQ community. And truthfully any “other” community that is not white, heterosexual, and straight. It's happening all across the country. Given that, where do we go from here? Where do you do in your position?  HEROD: Yeah, you know, I don’t think it’s as simple as a piece of legislation. You know, we have passed progressive legislation throughout Colorado. In fact, a lot of folks find Colorado to be a safe haven, a sanctuary state for folks who are seeking refuge because of their transgender stratus, definitely embracing of immigrants as well. … 11:39 PM ET RUHLE:  Charlie, you know the space so, so well. You were a longtime radio host. None of it's new, right? Rush Limbaugh was the king of this kind of misinformation for decades. But for many of those decades— CHARLIE SYKES: Yes. RUHLE: -- he was the only one out there doing it. Why has it gotten so much worse? Because there's so many Rush juniors out there?  SYKES: Yeah. There's a little bit-- there's a little bit of room in the space. And Salem is a juggernaut. But it's also interesting to watch the transformation. It used to have hosts who were reasonable, thoughtful hosts like Michael Medvedev, now they have people like Charlie Kirk and Seb Gorka. They still feature Hugh Hewitt, who continues to peddle misinformation, Dennis Prager has become more MAGA. You know, one of the things about radio is it's a very intimate media-- medium.  It actually has—there’s a different relationship between the host and the listener than you will find on television or social media, because you are in people’s ears. You are in their lives. And therefore they do have that sort of credibility. So it is based on trust and if that trust is abused aggressively, you get the kind of results we are talking about tonight. 
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Heritage’s Kara Frederick: TikTok Is a CCP ‘Spy App,’ Must Be Banned

By: Catherine Salgado — November 23rd 2022 at 10:01
“It is a CCP, a Chinese Communist Party spy app, and Americans are using it. They should get off.” Heritage Foundation’s Kara Frederick emphasized the national security risks of TikTok on Fox News Tuesday. There is an increasing bipartisan call from lawmakers to ban Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-tied TikTok. TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps in the U.S., despite recent revelations that Chinese employees at CCP-controlled ByteDance can access U.S. TikTok user data. Frederick did not mince words about TikTok on Fox News.  “There’s no excuse at this point,” she said on Fox & Friends. “We know from leaked data, from leaked audio, from reports, that Chinese officials, via ByteDance, its parent company, have decided to monitor the specific locations of Americans” using TikTok.     Co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that American TikTok is filled with junk content, or “escapism,” especially compared to its Chinese counterpart (Douyin). Yet the proportion of adults aged 18-29 who use TikTok for news content in the U.S. has spiked from 9 percent in 2020 to 26 percent in 2022, Kilmeade noted. President Joe Biden has invited TikTok influencers to the White House. Frederick said Democrats like Biden “absolutely realize” the national security risks of TikTok, but are so “reflexively anti-Trump” that they don’t care. “Given the national intelligence law that China has … private companies have to give information to the Chinese Communist Party,” Frederick explained. But after Trump’s executive order targeting TikTok, lawmakers have cared more about opposing Trump than about TikTok’s risks, she indicated. Lawmakers are also “court[ing] the younger generation” on TikTok, trying to gain future voters, Frederick added. “The Democratic Party wants those voters, so they’re using this platform over and over again,” she said. Kilmeade asked if Democrats were sacrificing national safety in exchange for Gen Z voters.  “That’s exactly right,” Frederick agreed. “It’s a pattern. [Democrats] want political gain at the expense of U.S. national security.” Kilmeade agreed the success of TikTok has platforms like Instagram and struggling SnapChat desperately trying to keep up. “The secret sauce to TikTok, though, is in their machine-learning algorithm,” Frederick said. “Thus far other companies haven’t been able to replicate it.” Ultimately, Frederick’s core point was that banning TikTok is long overdue. “How long do we have to wait?” she asked. Heritage Foundation is a member of Media Research Center’s Free Speech Alliance. 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.
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Column: Suddenly, the Media Become Scandal Deniers

By: Tim Graham — November 23rd 2022 at 08:05
The media excoriate “election deniers,” but when it comes to the Bidens, they sound like scandal deniers. Suddenly, the cheerleaders and champions of live prime-time hearings of the Pelosi-picked January 6 panel are scolding Republicans that they shouldn’t waste everyone’s time and money with hearings on Biden scandals. Four years ago, Axios was touting “Democratic hit list: At least 85 Trump investigation targets.” Politico ran a piece titled “How to Flood the Trump Administration With Investigations.” Now, Axios is warning “Biden-district Republicans brush off impeachment talk.” Politico is also putting on the brakes: “The latest victim from House GOP’s election night: impeachment.” Forget the revenge impeachments. How about simple hearings? Associated Press put out a story with the headline “House GOP pushes Hunter Biden probe despite thin majority.” Does anyone remember a story headlined “House Democrats push January 6 probe despite thin majority”? Democrats are always justified, according to their Associated Publicists. AP reporter Colleen Long lined up Democrats and nervous Republicans to sound alarms that the GOP is destined to overdo this oversight thing. Legal analyst Jonathan Turley underlined this line from AP: “Joe Biden has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business, and nothing the Republicans have put forth suggests otherwise.” Doesn’t that sound like angry Democrats beating their keyboards? The AP later revised that line: “Joe Biden has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business, and there are no indications that the federal investigation involves the president.” Ahem – the charge is Hunter used his father’s influence to rake the bucks. That involves the president. AP describes itself as "an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting." Wrong. They're a Democrat-dependent organization dedicated to left-wing editorializing. Biden’s claim that “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” is preposterous. Hunter’s laptop proved that Joe Biden lies, repeatedly. There are emails and photos demonstrating coordination between Hunter, Joe, and Hunter’s clients. It’s like Trump saying he never met Stormy Daniels when everyone could see the hip-to-hip photographs. Those so-called ornery cynics in the press couldn’t be bothered to discuss the prospect of Vice President Biden flying to China with his son on Air Force 2 without discussing Hunter’s planned business dealings on the trip. An audiotape surfaced where Joe called Hunter on the phone about a December 2018 story in The New York Times on Hunter’s dealings in China: “Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear.” When White House reporters Peter Doocy and Philip Wegmann asked questions about this to Karine Jean-Pierre, no one else cared enough to follow up. Time for a nap? This underlines the greatest lie of the leftist press. When Republicans are in the White House, they insist it’s their eternally solemn and noble duty to “hold them accountable” with energetic scandal stories. They don’t wait for congressional Democrats to pounce. They do their own pouncing – or they coordinate it with Democrats, thinly disguised as anonymous “senior officials.” But when Democrats are in the White House, journalists seem more eager to scold the Republicans for wasting everyone’s time, and demand we all forget about accountability. The media’s solemn and noble duty suddenly becomes building a defensive perimeter around the White House instead of investigating it. They don't do the people's business. They do the Democratic Party's business.
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WATCH: CNN Stunned As Their Narrative on Gay Club Shooter Gets Crushed

By: Kevin Tober — November 22nd 2022 at 23:25
Late on Tuesday night, court filings by the attorneys for the alleged shooter from the LGBTQ night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado revealed the shooter is non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns. After spending the past two days smearing conservative Christians for allegedly inspiring this apparent attack against gay people, CNN Tonight anchor Alisyn Camerota was clearly stunned as she watched her network’s narrative come crashing down.  Breaking the news to her audience, Camerota begrudgingly reported that the “attorneys for the accused shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, say in new court filings tonight that the suspect now identifies as non-binary.”     She went on to reveal that “In a footnote to a motion, asserting legal privileges, the public defenders say, quote, Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns. And for the purposes of all formal filings will be addressed as Mx Aldrich. So in other words, not Mr. or Ms..”  After revealing that new revelation that completely contradicted and destroyed the narrative the leftist media has pushed for days, she turned to her panel speechless: “I don't know what to say about that. I mean that's not anything that we had heard from his background. People had been looking into his background.” Desperately looking to her panel for a lifeline she asked “are you guys lawyers? I mean, you know, I don't know what to say about that. That's what he's now saying.” CNN political commentator Errol Lewis still desperately clung to his now-debunked narrative and claimed “It sounds like they're trying to prepare a defense against a hate crimes charge.”   “They're trying to build some kind of sympathy or at least confusion on the question of whether or not this was purely motivated by hate,” Lewis added.  Camerota responded by agreeing: “That is what it sounds like. We will wait to see.”  CNN's reaction segment was made possible by Subaru. Their contact information is linked.  The transcript is below: CNN Tonight 11/22/2022 10:20:03 p.m. Eastern ALISYN CAMEROTA: So, attorneys for the accused shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, say in new court filings tonight that the suspect now identifies as non binary. In a footnote to a motion, asserting legal privileges, the public defenders say, quote, Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns. And for the purposes of all formal filings will be addressed as Mx Aldrich. So in other words, not Mr. or Ms..  Joining me now CNN political commentator Errol Lewis, also back with me Al Franken and Joe Walsh. I don't know what to say about that. I mean that's not anything that we had heard from his background. People had been looking into his background, and I don't know if anybody here–are you guys lawyers? I mean, you know, I don't know what to say about that. That's what he's now saying.  ERROL LEWIS: It sounds like they're trying to prepare a defense against a hate crimes charge. That's the least of his problems, legally speaking. But it looks like they're trying to build some kind of sympathy or at least confusion on the question of whether or not this was purely motivated by hate.  CAMEROTA: That is what it sounds like. We will wait to see.
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CBS Exploits 'Transgender' 11 Year Old to Attack Virginia Bathroom Law

By: Kevin Tober — November 22nd 2022 at 20:40
On Tuesday's edition of CBS Evening News, the network found a way to criticize conservatives for their opposition to the left's obsession with appeasing people who claim to be "transgender" and blame them for creating an environment that led to the shooting at the gay night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This time, anchor Norah O'Donnell and D.C. correspondent Natalie Brand exploited an 11-year-old "transgender" girl to attack Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin's proposal to require students to use the bathrooms that correspond to their sex, not the sex they pretend to be. "The mass shooting in Colorado Springs reignited fears in the LGBTQ+ community over inadequate protections," O'Donnell whined. "It’s a concern playing out in Virginia where next week the state is set to reverse its limited rights for transgender students," she added.  Brand then took over to give her report which featured a girl named Betty Thomas who claims to be "nonbinary." "When Betty Thomas was seven years old, this children's book sparked a conversation about gender," Brand claimed.      "Betty, now a vibrant eleven-year-old identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns Ze/Zir," Brand reported as if this was completely normal. She never explained how it's possible that a seven-year-old can ever be mature enough to decide to change their gender, nor did she explain what "Ze/Zir" means.  After attempting to make their viewers sympathize with Thomas, Brand turned to attack Youngkin over his plan to enact common sense and science-based bathroom laws in schools. "Current Governor Republican Glenn Youngkin's administration has proposed its own policy that has protections against discrimination and bullying but would require parental permission to change names or pronouns at school and would require students use bathrooms that correspond to their sex assigned at birth," Brand bemoaned before huffing that "the move has led to a heated public debate."  Brand ended by worrying that due to Youngkin's policies, transgender students like Betty will "wonder whether they'll still have support at school."  This segment on CBS was made possible by Liberty Mutual. Their information is linked so you can contact them.  To read the transcript of this segment click "expand":  CBS Evening News 11/22/2022 6:44:36 p.m. Eastern NORAH O’DONNELL: The mass shooting in Colorado Springs reignited fears in the LGBTQ+ Community over inadequate protections. It’s a concern playing out in Virginia where next week the state is set to reverse its limited rights for transgender students. CBS’s Natalie Brand goes in-depth on the policy controversy.  BETTY THOMAS: Then one amazing day, everything changed.  NATALIE BRAND: When Betty Thomas was seven years old, this children's book sparked a conversation about gender.  THOMAS: There was finally a breakthrough in those like three years of just complete anger and sorrow and confusion.  BRAND: Betty, now a vibrant eleven-year-old identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns Ze/Zir.  COURTNEY THOMAS: As soon as Betty had words to describe what Ze was feeling, Ze was able to start moving toward a more authentic life.  BRAND: Mom Courtney Thomas says accommodating school policies put forward by Virginia's Democratic governor in 2021 allowed Betty to open up in the classroom.  COURTNEY THOMAS: Now our teachers, our principals, our counselors get the training and the information that they need in order to accommodate kids like Betty, but it’s also led to a very serious backlash.  BRAND: Current Governor Republican Glenn Youngkin's administration has proposed its own policy that has protections against discrimination and bullying but would require parental permission to change names or pronouns at school and would require students use bathrooms that correspond to their sex assigned at birth. The move has led to a heated public debate.  TRANS ACTIVIST: If you enact these policies, children will die.  VIRGINIA PARENT: My parental rights don't stop where your feelings begin.  BRAND: Mom Sarah Vias supports the change.  SARAH VIAS: You cannot have good quality of education or of mental health excluding the parent from the process.  BRAND: The Thomas family is most worried about the students who don't have support at home.  THOMAS: That decision that I made changed my life so much.  BRAND: As students like Betty wonder whether they'll still have support at school.
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NY Times Celebrates Elderly Biden’s Robust Health; Demanded Details From McCain

By: Clay Waters — November 22nd 2022 at 18:24
People on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concerns about President Biden’s mental acuity, but the New York Times says no worries, “Age is more than a number.” Reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote the puff piece for Sunday’s edition: “President Biden Is Turning 80. Experts Say Age Is More Than a Number,”   President Biden has said it is a “legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit” to serve in the White House. To those who question his fitness, he has a stock answer: “Watch me.” …. ….left unsaid is that Mr. Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term, should he run in 2024 and win -- a fact that his critics have seized upon and that gives even some Democrats pause. But while the risk of life-threatening diseases, dementia and death rises faster with each passing decade of a person’s life, experts in geriatrics say that people in their 80s who are active, engaged and have a sense of purpose can remain productive and healthy -- and that wisdom and experience are important factors to consider. "Wisdom," eh? The New York Times spoke to 10 experts in aging to paint a picture of what the next six years might look like for a person of the president’s age…. Mr. Biden, these experts agreed, has a lot going in his favor: He is highly educated, has plenty of social interaction, a stimulating job that requires a lot of thinking, is married and has a strong family network…. Stolberg rounded up excuses for Biden’s miscues -- including searching an audience for a congresswoman who had died the previous month -- as “common in older people.” This was the red flag that wasn’t: Mr. Biden did not undergo cognitive screening during his last physical, and experts are divided about its necessity for older adults…. Stolberg concluded with this stunner: As to whether age should matter in any election, Dr. Nir Barzilai, who is leading a study of centenarians and directs the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, put it simply: “Age,” he said, “is not something to consider on its own.” Compare that incuriosity about Biden’s failure to get a cognitive screening with the unforgiving Times editorial of May 4, 2008, demanding then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain release even more detail about his bouts with melanoma. Senator John McCain is 71 years old, a survivor of an aggressive form of skin cancer. If elected, he would be the oldest man to become president. These factors are not disqualifying, but they impose on Mr. McCain a larger duty than usual to provide detailed, timely disclosure about his health. So far, he has failed to meet this obligation to voters, even though he is now the presumed Republican nominee. Even after McCain opened up his medical records to the press, the editorial page was still not satisfied, complaining on October 21, 2008 that …reporters were not allowed to photocopy any documents, making it harder for them to ask other experts what the medical findings might imply. There’s an interesting sidelight about then-Sen. Biden regarding his past surgery for “potentially life-threatening aneurysms in the brain,” a possible ongoing health concern ignored by Stolberg’s current story. At the Times, only senior-citizen Republican presidential candidates are suspect, while significantly older Democratic candidates get soft, “Age Is More Than a Number” scrutiny.
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FIREWORKS: KJP Blows a Gasket When Daily Caller Reporter Tries to Question Fauci

By: Curtis Houck — November 22nd 2022 at 18:09
Between the run-up to the midterms and President Biden’s lengthy foreign trip, White House briefings have been few and far between. But there was one Tuesday and it devolved into a near riot with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly excoriating Daily Caller’s Diana Glebova and her defenders when she tried to shout questions to Dr. Tony Fauci about his role in the origins of COVID-19. Glebova had a point to intervene considering questions for Fauci looked like this from ABC’s Karen Travers: “You became a household name in large part because of your appearance is here at the early stages of COVID. What do you want Americans to remember about your service in government?”     Glebova interjected after Fauci’s answer, asking what he was doing in relation to the “investigations into the origins of COVID,” but Fauci and Jean-Pierre ignored it. Fast-forward and there was more stupidity from the likes of theGrio’s April Ryan lamenting that the country isn’t “talking about mask-wearing” anymore since “[m]asks and the word masks have become a pejorative in some parts of this nation,” and thus invited him to “talk about the importance of mask-wearing as you’re worried about the holidays and people gathering together.” After Fauci insisted masks were one of “multiple actions...to protect ourselves” and Ryan followed up on masks “being a pejorative,” Glebova tried again to bring up “the origins of COVID.” Ryan promptly screeched at Glebova: “Don’t be disrespectful.” Jean-Pierre said the same, so the New York Post’s Steven Nelson intervened and called on Fauci to given them “an answer.” Jean-Pierre squashed that, saying she didn’t call on him either. Round three was where the rubber met the road as Jean-Pierre tried to go to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond as a security blanket. Glebovashouted her question, which led Jean-Pierre to explode: Hold on a second. We have a process here. I am not calling out on people who yell and you’re being — you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you’re being disrespectful to our guests. I will not call on you if you yell. And also, you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple minutes. Things continued to spiral as Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba joined in by saying she had “a great question.” Amidst that, Nelson joined in and demanded Fauci answer why the NIH was still funding the shady group tied to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, EcoHealth Alliance (click “expand”): GLEBOVA: [INAUDIBLE] JEAN-PIERRE: I’m done. I’m — GLEBOVA: [INAUDIBLE] JEAN-PIERRE: — not getting in a back-and-forth with you. Go ahead, Jeremy. DIAMOND: Thanks, Dr. Fauci — GLEBOVA: You didn’t give an answer to the question. SIMON ATEBA: But — but she’s asking — she’s asking a great question. GLEBOVA: It’s a valid question. RYAN: You’re not being [INAUDIBLE] [REPORTERS SHOUTING] JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead, Jeremy. Go ahead, Jeremy. [REPORTERS SHOUTING] ATEBA [TO RYAN]: You asked your question. You should allow her to ask her question. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead, Jeremy. Jeremy —  ATEBA: She’s asking a valid question —  JEAN-PIERRE: — it’s Jeremy — it’s Jeremy — ATEBA: — of Dr. Fauci about the origin of COVID-19. JEAN-PIERRE: — it is not — it is not your turn. [REPORTERS SHOUTING] NELSON: Why are you still funding EcoHealth — JEAN-PIERRE: It is not your turn. NELSON: — Alliance, Dr. Fauci?  ATEBA: You — you call on —  RYAN: You’re not being professional. ATEBA: — the same people. That’s not the thing. NELSON: Why are they getting millions of dollars? ATEBA: You — you can’t have a press briefing. You need to call on people from across the room. She has a valid question. She’s asking about the origin of COVID — JEAN-PIERRE: I hear the question. ATEBA: — and Dr. Fauci’s the best person to answer that question. JEAN-PIERRE: I hear your question, but we’re not doing this the way you want it. This is disrespectful.  Things eventually wound down when, after Ateba said this was about access for the entire room, Jean-Pierre snapped while also going back to Diamond: “I’m done. Simon, I’m done. I’m — Simon, I’m done. I’m done with you right now...You’re taking time away from your colleagues.” Of course, Biden stooge Mike Memoli of NBC did get a semi-relevant question answered when he asked Fauci how he was “preparing for the likelihood of aggressive oversight from House Republicans.” Doocy Time made a brief return when he pressed Jha on reports of shortages on key antibiotics and antivirals (click “expand”): DOOCY: So, Dr. Fauci said that it is not surprising there's this rebound effect with the flu this season. Why then does it seem like the country is caught so flat-footed by it?  JHA: What do you mean caught flat-footed by it? DOOCY: Well, people in this country are struggling to get basic antibiotics and antivirals. Why?  JHA: So, I'm not sure what — what — so, we have plenty of Paxlovid. There's — I've not heard people struggling. DOOCY: Not — not COVID. The flu and RSV. JHA: So, I don’t know what antivirals your thinking about for RSV. Not — there aren't any that I'm aware of. There is a monoclonal that's for very, very high-risk children. We have that. We have plenty of that, so I don't think anybody’s struggling. I'm not aware of anybody struggling to get the monoclonal for high-risk children, immunocompromised children. But —  DOOCY: There’s a CNN headline today. JHA: Okay. DOOCY: “Shortages of antivirals and antibiotics compound the stress of a rough season for viral illnesses in kids.” JHA: Again, I'd have to look at the specifics, what I would say is, we often see shortages of individual antibiotics. I'm not — I'm not aware of antivirals that are in shortage. The single most important thing that — that. People need to do to protect themselves in this moment where we have a lot of flu, still have a decent amount of RSV, still got a good amount of COVID, the single most important thing we need to do is get vaccinated. It keeps you out of the hospital. It protects — it keeps you from getting particularly sick. We have plenty of flu vaccines. We have plenty of COVID vaccines, We have plenty of COVID antivirals. As I said, I think the country is ready. We're ready to support hospitals that are getting into trouble. We have been working with jurisdictions over the last month, meeting with them. If — if hospitals need help, we've offered that and we stand ready to help hospitals get through this moment. In Jean-Pierre’s portion, not a single reporter corrected Jean-Pierre when she falsely claimed Republicans and possible House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has “no plan” and “do nothing except do political stunts.” At the end of the briefing, The Washington Post’s Toluse Olorunnipa and the Daily Mail’s Rob Crilly pressed Jean-Pierre on this past weekend’s White House wedding that was closed to the media and the revelation with it that bride Naomi Biden has been living at the White House. On both counts, Jean-Pierre wanted nothing to do with them and, for Crilly, she angrily denounced these questions because this event (at one of the most famous taxpayer-funded homes on the planet) was no one’s business since it wasn’t “a national security meeting” or anything related to the economy. To see the relevant transcript from November 22’s briefing (including more softballs from a left-wing reporter inviting Fauci to trash the Trump administration and COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha offering a warning shot to Twitter’s Elon Musk), click here.
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Univision Ridicules Trump’s Message to CPAC Mexico On God, Family, Country

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — November 22nd 2022 at 16:31
Univision, where journalists routinely advocate for abortions, transgender rights, the sexualization of grade school children, same sex marriage, et. al, has now become the watchdog of virtue – that is, Donald J. Trump's, who “does not practice any religion and has five children by three different women'', yet dared urge a group of supposed ultraconservatives gathered in Mexico City, to "defend God, Family, and Country."  The virtue signaling came in the form of a story published in Univision.com, under a generic Univision byline, regarding a pre-recorded message from Trump that was aired at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Mexico City this past weekend. The article – entitled Trump's Unusual Call to Conservatives Gathered in Mexico to Defend God, Family and Country – went on: “Although he does not practice any religion and has five children by three different women, former US President Donald Trump urged a group of ultraconservatives gathered in Mexico City, to defend God, Family and Country. Trump said it is very important for conservatives across the hemisphere to come together to defend God, family and country.”  And… “The newly launched candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination called for a halt to what he called the advance of socialism. And just not allow it to continue to wipe out the region or our land. We must rebuild our economies, to support our workers and our families.” God forbid! Because Trump has five children from three different women, Univision has apparently deemed that disqualified him from stating that “it is very important for conservatives across the hemisphere to come together to ‘defend God, Family and Country.’” In essence, it's perfectly ok to abort unwanted babies any time before birth, transition underaged children, or take them to drag queen shows, but to have children from different spouses? How dare Trump?  The Univision.com piece also criticized “the newly launched candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination”, for calling for a halt to the advance of socialism in a city ruled by a leftist administration. “Trump said he was confident that ‘this vital mission’ will be carried out by the people who gathered last weekend in the capital of Mexico, a city ruled for decades by the left.” It's the opposite, by the way – the perfect place to do so, given the number of Mexicans rushing to our southern border, away from the left and in search of the American Dream.  Univision also cast aspersions on Mexican star and pro-life activist Eduargo Verástegui, who the article dismisses as a has-been whose ticket to fame is the – apparently – lower echelon genre of Mexican telenovelas: “In his message, the former president also thanked Eduardo Verástegui – an actor who is best known for having participated in Mexican television soap operas – who is promoted by a conservative group in Mexico and currently heads the Mexican office of the CPAC. The group has considered Verástegui to run for the presidency of Mexico.” As the saying goes, don't bite the hand that feeds you. Pay heed Univision, since time immemorial, it's the soapy soap operas that have subsidized your – and other Latino media – operations. Thanks to their popularity, Verástegui is one of Mexico's preeminent and much loved screen personalities, a position he uses to promote life and Christian values. But such is the double standard at Univision, where advertisers like Febreze from Procter & Gamble enable opinion to pass for news. Follow the link to voice your concern.
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Univisión ridiculiza el mensaje de Trump a CPAC México sobre Dios, la familia y la patria

By: Kathleen Krumhansl — November 22nd 2022 at 16:05
Univisión, donde los periodistas rutinariamente defienden el aborto, los derechos de las personas transgénero, la sexualización de los niños en primaria, el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, etc., de repente se ha convertido en fiscalizador de la virtud; es decir, la Donald J. Trump, quien "pese a que no practica ninguna religión y tiene cinco hijos de tres mujeres diferentes", tuvo la odasía de instar a un grupo de supuestos ultraconservadores reunidos en la Ciudad de México, a "defender a Dios, a la familia y a la patria". El postureo ético se dio en una nota publicada en Univisión.com, bajo la firma genérica de Univisión, acerca de un mensaje pregrabado de Trump que se transmitió durante la Conferencia de Acción Política Conservadora (CPAC), llevada a cabo en Ciudad de México el pasado fin de semana. El artículo titulado "El insólito llamamiento de Trump a conservadores reunidos en México a defender a Dios, la familia y la patria", prosiguió: "Pese a que no practica ninguna religión y que tiene cinco hijos de tres mujeres diferentes, el expresidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump exhorto a un grupo de ultraconservadores reunidos en la Ciudad de México, a “defender a Dios, a la familia y a la patria”. Y... "El recén lanzado como aspirante a la candidatura a la presidencia por el Partido Republicano exhortó a detener lo que consideró el avance del socialismo. Y simplemente no permitirle que continúe arrasando con la región o nuestra tierra. Debemos reconstruir nuestras economías, para apoyar a nuestros trabajadores y nuestras familias". Para Univisión, el hecho de que Trump tenga cinco hijos de tres mujeres diferentes parece descalificarle de poder afirmar que "es muy importante que los conservadores de todo el hemisferio se unan para defender a Dios, la familia y la patria". O sea, es perfectamente aceptable abortar a criaturas no deseadas en cualquier momento antes de su alumbramiento,  transicionar a niños menores de edad, o llevarlos a espectáculos de travestis; pero ¿tener hijos de diferentes cónyuges? ¿Cómo se atreve Trump? El artículo de Univisión.com también criticó al "recién lanzado aspirante a la candidatura presidencial del Partido Republicano" por pedir un alto al avance del socialismo en una ciudad gobernada por una administración izquierdista: "Trump dijo tener confianza en que se lleve a cabo ´esta misión vital´ por parte de la gente que se reunió el pasado fin de semana en la capital de México, una ciudad gobernada desde hace décadas por la izquierda". Por el contrario; es el lugar perfecto para hacer tal llamado, dada la cantidad de mexicanos que se trasladan hacia nuestra frontera sur para escapar los estragos del izquierdismo y perseguir el sueño americano. Univisión también criticó a la estrella mexicana y activista provida Eduardo Verástegui, a quien el artículo intenta pasar por un don nadie que alguna vez actuó en el indigno subgénero de las telenovelas mexicanas: "En su mensaje, el expresidente agradeció además a Eduardo Verástegui, un actor cuya labor más conocida es haber participado en telenovelas de la televisión mexicana, que ha sido promovido por un grupo conservador de México y quien actualmente encabeza la oficina mexicana de la CPAC. Verástegui ha sido considerado por este grupo para contender por la presidencia de México". Como dice el refrán, no muerdas la mano que te da de comer. Desde siempre, las telenovelas han subsidiado las operaciones de Univisión y de otros medios latinos. Gracias a su popularidad, Verástegui es una de las personalidades más reconocidas y queridas de la pantalla mexicana, lo que aprovecha para promover el derecho a la vida y los valores cristianos. Pero así es el doble estándar en Univisión, donde anunciantes como Febreze (de Procter & Gamble) permiten que opiniones personales pasen por noticias. Siga el enlace para expresarles su inquietud.    
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G20 Summit Declaration, Endorsed by Biden, Supports Censorship of ‘Disinformation’

By: Catherine Salgado — November 22nd 2022 at 16:01
The G20 Summit in Bali buried an endorsement of censoring “disinformation” in its Leaders’ Declaration. The declaration, posted on the White House website, came as the Missouri and Louisiana attorneys general have sued the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor certain content. The G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration focused largely on woke climate agendas and “sustainable development goals [SDG],” which have historically centered around woke environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. But G20 leaders are now correlating “sustainable development goals” with online censorship. Section 24 of the G20 Declaration mentions the supposed need to target “disinformation” online. “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transformation of the digital ecosystem and digital economy,” the section began. “We recognize the importance of digital transformation in reaching the SDGs.” The Declaration added that “trust in the digital economy” is important, and called for policies “to create an enabling, inclusive, open, fair and non-discriminatory digital economy that fosters the application of new technologies, allows businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive, and protects and empowers consumers.” But the G20 Summit, just like United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, does not want the internet to be too free. “We acknowledge the importance to counter disinformation campaigns, cyber threats, online abuse, and ensuring security in connectivity infrastructure,” the declaration states. The U.S. government’s endorsement of censorship is hardly surprising since it’s currently the subject of a federal lawsuit for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in May filed a lawsuit, which apparently uncovered what Schmitt has called a “vast censorship enterprise” between Big Tech and the federal government. Fox News reported that Schmitt and Landry can move ahead with depositions of Biden officials, including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and the FBI. China, one of the major players at G20, is notorious for its flagrant censorship regime and tyrannical policies. The authoritarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can demand data or even potentially specific censorship actions from companies. The European Union also passed legislation this year pressuring tech companies to increase censorship. As NewsBusters previously reported, the EU Digital Services Act (DSA) aims to target supposed “illegal” content and alleged “fake news” 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
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The Washington Post Props Up Fake Meat Company That ‘Vows’ to 'Help Save the Planet'

By: Gabriela Pariseau — November 22nd 2022 at 14:30
First, they wanted us to eat the bugs. That didn’t catch on, so now they want to make our meat in a lab. The Washington Post’s latest climate nonsense fawned over lab-grown meat to save the climate.  The Post propped up Good Meat, the company that served its lab-grown meat to the world’s elite at the U.N. COP 27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  “[T]he company serving it vows it will soon help save the planet,” read a Post story published on Friday. The paper’s most recent prodding over climate change came just a week after the COP27 conference devoted a day to discussing climate change and food production.  The Post described the so-called “meat” in what read more like advertising copy than a news article. “It was raised not on a farm but in a lab. It tastes exactly like chicken, but no chicken’s life was taken to serve it up as crispy skins, spicy skewers and a grilled boneless thigh,” The Post fawned. “Soon there will be beef, pork and fish, too, in this quest to mass-produce edible flesh without cruelty or climate chaos.”   The Post continued its free promo when it summarized Good Meat chief executive Josh Tetrick’s “pitch:”  “If synthetic meat can be made affordably and in mass quantities, the implications for nourishing the world and curbing climate change are considerable,” The Post wrote. “Raising and feeding farm animals consumes two-thirds of the world’s agricultural land and drives 15 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases.” Notably, the article fails to explain how not farming animals for meat will reduce methane gas in a slaughter-free way. Common sense holds that the animals would have to somehow die in order to actually reduce the feared emissions. It also makes no mention of the lab-grown meat’s nutritional value in comparison to real meat. This isn’t the first time elites have tried to convince plebes to eat alternative proteins. The New York Times Opinion section posted a video titled “The Case for Edible Insects” in February. The Times sounded the false alarm on meat: “Scientists have warned that unless we make major adjustments to the kinds of food we eat and how we produce it, we have no chance of meeting our climate goals.”  The Times also claimed that “reduced demand for meat, would help relieve pressure on the environment and mitigate global warming.” Uber-liberal mega-billionaire Bill Gates drew intense public ire this year for promoting fake meats. Gates reportedly “invested in [a] range of ‘synthetic meat’ startups including Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, Memphis Meats and Hampton Creek Foods,” according to Australia-based Beef Central.  He also helped fund a study in The Lancet that coincidentally benefited Gates’s investments. The study alleged that 2019 deaths traced to unprocessed red meat intake spiked an estimated 36-fold. Conservatives are under attack. Contact the Executive Editor of the Washington Post at sally.buzbee@washpost.com and demand that the liberal rag report with integrity on climate issues.
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The View Defends Ilhan Omar’s U.S. Hate: A 'Different Understanding' of Things

By: Nicholas Fondacaro — November 22nd 2022 at 14:23
Up in arms that possible House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised to strip extremist Democrats of their committee assignments when/if he becomes speaker of the House, including Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, The View took to downplaying her rabid anti-Semitism on Tuesday and giving a full-throated defense of her anti-American comments comparing the United States to terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban. Despite admitting that Omar had used disparaging tropes about the Jews and money, racist co-host Sunny Hostin whined that McCarthy’s repeated references to them were somehow harmful “tropes” against her. “She committed to learning more. We’ve never heard her say anything like that again,” she falsely declared, pointing to their midterm win percentages as a bizarre argument against McCarthy. Hostin then tried to use her big brain to hint that McCarthy attacking Omar, a popular politician on the left, was somehow racist code for the Republican base: So, I think it's very interesting that the people he chooses to attack are the very same people that he thinks his base wants attacked. That says something about where the Republican Party is today. In recent months, co-host Sara Haines has become the only cast member willing to stand up to Hostin when she’s spewing nonsense. And she did it again in this instance as she called out how Omar had compared the U.S. and Israel to the terrorist organizations of Hamas and the Taliban.     Hostin and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar immediately jumped to Omar’s defense arguing that what she said was true “depending on who you talk to”: GOLDBERG: It depends on who you talk to. HAINES: I mean, that’s how they’re recognized as terrorist organizations. HOSTIN: But it does depend on who you talk to. JOY BEHAR: Well, they’re recognized in this country. HAINES: The thing is, when you're talking about – Haines was then interrupted by Hostin who tried to shut down the conversation entirely, suggesting they couldn’t talk about it unless they had a Middle East expert at the table. “When we talk at the Middle East, I think we need to have Middle Eastern experts like someone from Palestine, someone from Israel, someone that is Muslim,” she proclaimed Luckily, Goldberg permitted Haines to “finish her point.” Haines proceeded to call out how Omar for refusing to recognize the Armenian Genocide: What I was saying was that there have been votes she's voted on that I would say some of that plays into. There were actually in Syria and the Armenians that were killed, it was a genocide, she voted “present,” which is essentially voting “no.” “And so, she talks a lot about the people being massacred but then there’s been two votes where she wasn't voting in a way that I would want voted on that committee to vote,” she said. Self-describe Republican co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said she didn’t trust Omar on the Foreign Affairs Committee because of her “lack of understanding on certain geopolitical politics.” But Hostin snapped back at her, suggesting Omar simply had “a different understanding of geopolitics because of who she is.” Hostin went on to defend Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA) over his relationship with a known Chinese spy, Fang Fang. “His relationship with Fang, who was, I believe a spy, he was investigated by the FBI and no wrongdoing was found. And that’s the other piece that seems to get lost whenever Republicans use those talking points,” she sneered. This defense of anti-Americanism was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Purina and CarFax. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 22, 2022 11:04:46 a.m. Eastern (…) SUNNY HOSTIN: I was disappointed with was sort of the tropes. Right? He constantly attacks Ilhan Omar. And yes, she made that comment – “all about the Benjamins” comment. And then Nancy Pelosi pulled her, you know, coat tail and said, “Let me tell you something that you're going to apologize for.” And she did apologize! At the time, she said that, “anti-Semitism is real. I’m grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painfully history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is to never offend my constituents or Jewish-Americans as a whole. This why I unequivocally apologize.” She committed to learning more. We’ve never heard her say anything like that again. And she is actually more popular in her district than Kevin McCarthy is in his. She got 75 percent of the vote, and he got 67 percent of the vote. So, I think it's very interesting that the people he chooses to attack are the very same people that he thinks his base wants attacked. That says something about where the Republican Party is today. SARA HAINES: One of the things that Representative Ilhan Omar said that did bother in 2021, she tweeted something comparing the U.S., Israel, and the Taliban as all terrorist organizations. And she has maybe way more knowledge and experience in the very complicated Middle Eastern relations, but I did find being on a foreign committee and comparing the country to a terrorist – a known terrorist – those are organized terrorist communities, not Israel, but Hamas and the Taliban -- WHOOPI GOLDBERG: It depends on who you talk to. HAINES: I mean, that’s how they’re recognized as terrorist organizations. HOSTIN: But it does depend on who you talk to. JOY BEHAR: Well, they’re recognized in this country. HAINES: The thing is, when you're talking about – HOSTIN (interrupting): And that’s why I think we always – when we talk at the Middle East, I think we need to have Middle Eastern experts like someone from Palestine, someone from Israel, someone that is Muslim. GOLDBERG: Right. HOSTIN: I don’t think that we can sort of get into that kind of discussion about that. GOLDBERG: No, but I want her to finish her point. HAINES: What I was saying was that, there have been votes she's voted on that I would say some of that plays into. There were actually in Syria and the Armenians that were killed, it was a genocide, she voted “present,” which is essentially voting “no.” And so, she talks a lot about the people being massacred but then there’s been two votes where she wasn't voting in a way that I would want voted on that committee to vote. ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I’m personally not comfortable with her on Foreign Affairs either. I think she should be on other committees— HAINES: Yeah! Other committees are fine! I don’t mind— FARAH GRIFFIN: But she’s shown a lack of understanding on certain geopolitical politics. And, of course, she is a refugee – she’s a Somalian refugee. Maybe on those issues she has some personal— HOSTIN: Maybe not a lack of understanding but a different understanding of geopolitics because of who she is, she's Somalian, and where she comes from. HAINES: Different experiences. Different lived experiences. GOLDBERG: And how she's been treated. HOSTIN: A different lens. But I will say this about Swalwell: his relationship with Fang, who was, I believe a spy, he was investigated by the FBI and no wrongdoing was found. And that’s the other piece that seems to get lost whenever Republicans use those talking points. (…)
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VICE: ‘Anti-Trans Activists’ Return to Twitter Despite Club Q Attack

By: Jason Cohen — November 22nd 2022 at 13:38
What constitutes an “anti-trans activist” to the left these days? Vice News decided Tuesday to set the bar remarkably low.  Not only that, but it attempted to connect these so-called “anti-trans activists” to the recent Club Q shooting with their piece entitled: “Elon Musk's Twitter Reinstates Anti-Trans Activists on Same Weekend as Club Q Attacked.”   Who was VICE referring to? Jordan Peterson, James Lindsay, The Babylon Bee, and Donald Trump.  In addition to calling them anti-trans activists, VICE claimed they all (except Trump) were banned from Twitter for “abusing the [LGBTQ] community.” VICE even admitted: “The motive behind the shooting is still unknown.” But that did not stop it from making assumptions that serve its agenda, adding, “but it comes at a time when anti-LGBTQ sentiment is ramping up to feverish levels, particularly due to the rhetoric coming from an increasingly mainstream element of the Republican Party.” James Lindsay’s grave offense was popularizing the phrase “ok groomer.” It is not a term for transgenders, as it refers to adults who intentionally influence children in sexually inappropriate ways. No matter what their gender identity is, these people should receive criticism for corrupting children.  Twitter banned Jordan Peterson for a tweet about the transgender actor, Elliot Page. Peterson tweeted, “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”  The tweet violated Twitter’s guidelines because it used Page’s birth name "Ellen" rather than her updated name "Elliot". That hardly makes Peterson an anti-trans activist or worthy of being associated with a mass shooting with undetermined motives.  The Babylon Bee is satire, but apparently, it’s a hotbed of anti-trans activists too. Twitter banned its account for jokingly calling transgender woman Rachel Levine “Man of the Year.” They have other content mocking LGBTQ people, but that should not be considered anti-trans activism or motivation to murder.  Lastly, VICE lumped Trump in as one of the anti-trans activists reinstated to Twitter although that was not why he was banned. VICE categorized him as an anti-trans activist because he "made several comments dog whistling gender identity, particularly within the school and athletic systems."  It sounds like he was advocating to protect children from groomers and to protect biologically female athletes from transgender athletes, not the murder of LGBTQ people.
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FIN DEL JUEGO: La FCC da luz verde a la venta de 18 estaciones de radio de Univisión a 'Radio Soros'

By: Jorge Bonilla — November 22nd 2022 at 13:22
Tal y como se esperaba, la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) despejó el camino para la compra de 18 estaciones de radio de Televisa Univisión, entre ellas Radio Mambí de Miami, por Latino Media Network (LMN), respaldada por Soros. Según informara Inside Radio el lunes: La decisión de la FCC despeja el camino para el cierre de la venta que involucra a 18 estaciones, entre ellas 10 AM y ocho FM en los mercados más grandes de los Estados Unidos, incluidos ocho de los 10 principales mercados latinos. Los mercados que se cubren son Los Ángeles, Nueva York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, McAllen, Fresno y Las Vegas. LMN, una nueva compañía fundada por las emprendedoras sociales Stephanie Valencia y Jess Morales Rocketto con el apoyo de un grupo de inversionistas, dice que las estaciones alcanzan a casi un tercio de la población latina en los Estados Unidos. La venta anunciada en junio, ha sido una políticamente cargada. Los republicanos en el Congreso pidieron a la FCC una revisión exhaustiva de la venta; mientras, los demócratas instaron a la agencia a aprobar el acuerdo. La preocupación en la comunidad de exiliados cubanos de Miami es que LMN, cuyos fundadores y financieros tienen vínculos con el Partido Demócrata, transformará WAQI y WQBA de ser medios conservadores que sirven a la población cubana de Miami, en su mayoría de tendencia derechista, en bastiones para los puntos de vista de la izquierda. El acuerdo enfrentó oposición nominal que la FCC acalló con premura. Esto se debe, en parte, a que el mejor momento para poner fin al acuerdo fue en 2017, cuando el Congreso republicano entrante tenía el poder de hacerlo bajo la Ley de Revisión del Congreso. Recordemos que fue bajo el manto de la transición Obama-Trump que la FCC aprobó un cambio radical en las reglas que permitieron a Univisión incrementar su participación en propiedad foránea, del 25 al 49 por ciento. El Congreso republicano- que se durmió- falló en revisar y revocar la regla cuando lo pudo hacer. Esto, a su vez, creó el precedente que eventualmente permitió que Univisión se convirtiera en una subsidiaria de propiedad total de Televisa. El resultado de la inacción del Congreso fue que una corporación de propiedad foránea ahora está en la posición, en virtud de esta venta de activos significativos a un grupo partidista nacional, de ejercer una influencia indebida sobre nuestras elecciones. Durante nuestro análisis inicial de la transacción, observamos que LMN buscaba reconstruir la huella de la fallida cadena Univisión America y cambiar la dinámica de la información para el mercado nacional hispano antes de las elecciones de 2024. Como señalamos entonces: ... la movida parece estar impulsada principalmente por el pánico por la continua pérdida de influencia de los demócratas sobre el voto hispano antes de las elecciones presidenciales de 2024. Este es un desarrollo significativo en la medida en que establece un marcador, pero no como una transformación permanente, o incluso un cambio de juego, dado el actual cuasi monopolio existente de la izquierda en los medios de comunicación en español. Con la eliminación del último obstáculo importante, Latino Media Network, respaldada por Soros, puede concluir su compra de las estaciones de Univisión, neutralizar o matar al bastión anticomunista Radio Mambí e intentar ejercer influencia sobre las elecciones de 2024 en los principales mercados hispanos de la nación, que incluyen lugares como el Valle del Río Grande (McAllen, TX) y Las Vegas. El establecimiento de "Radio Soros" como proveedor confiable de información es fundamental para la próxima etapa de La Gran Guerra de Desinformación en español que hemos visto desarrollarse durante los últimos años. A medida que finalmente surjan alternativas conservadoras, queda por ver si *esta* empresa tendrá éxito.    
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FBI Director Admits 70% of Post-Roe Violence Is On Pro-Lifers, Media Misconstrues

By: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg — November 22nd 2022 at 12:19
During a November 17 Senate Homeland Security Hearing, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called out Federal FBI director Christopher Wray for the FBI’s blatant bias against investigating attacks on pro-life groups. Wray claimed that the FBI is not biased in its investigations but rather that the media misconstrues what the FBI is and isn’t focused on.  Hmmmm, sounds fishy.  Scott pointed out that the Bureau seems to be playing for one team and not the other: So the there appears to be investigations and arrests of pro-life, the pro-life community. And, you know, it's just the opposite of what's happened. We've had numerous fire bombings, violent attacks, acts of vandalism against churches, pro-life organizations and crisis pregnancy centers. Then he asked Wray if these attacks are or are not happening.  Wray responded by first admitting that 70% of the violence that erupted following Roe’s reversal this summer was violent attacks on pro-life groups and said the FBI is focused on investigating those crimes.  Now, we have quite a number of investigations as we speak into attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers, faith based organizations and other pro-life organizations. And you might be interested to know that since the Dobbs Act decision, probably in the neighborhood of 70% of our abortion related violence cases or threats cases are cases of violence or threats against pro-life. So where the victims are are pro-life organizations, and we're going after that through our joint terrorism task forces, through our criminal authorities, face act and things like that. We have about 20 field offices involved in this. And so we take it very seriously. And again, I don't care whether you're motivated by pro-life use or pro-choice views, you don't get to use violence to express it.  Is that really so? It seems like, as Scott pointed out, quite the opposite is happening. A study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) confirmed that there have been 135 attacks against pro-life groups from May-September 2022 and only six on pro-abortion groups. Based on that number, there are 22 times as many attacks on pro-life groups than pro-abort groups.  “It just seems to me that in DOJ, FBI, in particular, they they might be doing the right thing, but they you guys allow information to be to go out that not talk about what you're doing," Scott said. "Because if you listen, if you read the press, you would think that you guys are only going after pro-life groups and not going after groups that attack pro-life.” Yup. You got that right mister.  As a matter of fact, The Daily Signal reported back in October that the FBI refused to share whether or not it has made any arrests related to attacks on pro-life centers, groups or churches following the Dobbs draft leak. At the same time, we’ve seen the FBI raid homes of pro-life individuals.  Still, Wray was in denial.  Senator, I think we don't have the time for me to tell you how frustrated I sometimes get by some of the news reporting about our work and the misreporting about our work. The circumspection that we display with regard to discussing our investigations is based on rules and practices that are important to people having confidence in the integrity of our work and go back decades in multiple administrations. Wray admitted to the fact that 70 percent of attacks post-Roe are on pro-life groups but hasn’t done a thing about it and then blamed the media for only showing the FBI’s investigations of pro-life groups. Director, if you are investigating pro-abortion violence, let the public know. Or keep doing what you're doing and complain that the public doesn't trust the FBI.
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CNN Guest: U.S. 'A Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Anti-Semitic Country'

By: Alex Christy — November 22nd 2022 at 13:00
As part of a larger CNN Tonight panel discussion on the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting, former NYPD detective Tom Verni declared the United States to be a “racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic country.” Neither host Alisyn Camerota nor any of Verni’s co-panelists bothered to raise objections to this broad denunciation of over 300 million people. Camerota asked Verni to “put your detective hat on for us because you've worked on these issues for so long, and can you just explain the motive and mindset of a deranged person who goes into a nightclub where people are dancing and having a great time and thinks that by shooting, killing five people, what people aren't going to be gay anymore? I mean, what's the thought process there?”     Before answering that question, Verni went on a rant, “You know, as he just mentioned. So, we, here's a breaking news: we live in a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic country. This is stuff that is learned behavior passed down through generations. And unless we address that root issue, that and upon itself makes-- everything stems from that.” It must be miserable to live life under the assumption that everybody else is a horrible person without any evidence, but Verni continued by switching to guns, “And then when you add into the mix, you know, the free flowing of guns in our country, which are awash in every neighborhood of every state. Now you have people who are a few sandwiches short of a picnic, like this guy, who get their hands on a weapon and then go out and then massacre people just trying to enjoy themselves.” Finally getting around to Camerota’s question, Verni claimed “I can't really explain what is behind the methodology of a psychopath,” but “we see a re-occurring theme of people who are extremely angry and have all kinds of vitriol that they need to just let out.” Although he never mentioned anybody by name, it was clear Verni was talking about conservatives, when he followed up by adding, “And as many people in government are guilty of, they are fueling this fire of people. And if they're on the edge to go out and snap and do something that maybe that's all it takes is someone of authority to give them that green light to do it. And it's just sickening. It's sickening what's happening in this country.” Earlier in the segment, Camerota asked pollster Frank Luntz, “So, Frank, you heard me talking to the senator there, 344 anti-LGBTQ bills in state houses around the country. Why is that issue suddenly so politically active?” Luntz, who is supposed to be a Republican pollster, could not find it in himself to mention that it is perfectly reasonable for parents to want to keep sexualized material out of their young children’s education, who want their children to be taught there are only two genders, and who want only women to compete in women’s sports. Instead, Luntz offered up a simple, “I don’t know,” before going on about the evils of social media. This segment was sponsored by The Farmer’s Dog. Here is a transcript for the November 21 show: CNN Tonight 11/21/2022 10:08 PM ET ALISYN CAMEROTA: So, Frank, you heard me talking to the senator there, 344 anti-LGBTQ bills in state houses around the country. Why is that issue suddenly so politically active? FRANK LUNTZ: I don't know. And I do know that there is a poison and toxicity that exists in our dialogue right now, and I know that much of it comes from social media. I don't seek to politicize anything for any reason because people are dying. And it's so much more important than trying to find partisan gain over it. I do see that there's a sickness in our society that-- that-- is harder and harder to take. The more that -- and my job is to listen to these people. My job is to hear what they have to say, and it's not a Republican or Democrat issue. It's a social media issue. It's a cultural issue. And there is so much hate and divisiveness. So much more than when I started in this profession. And I'm scared to death. I'm scared. CAMEROTA: What are you scared of? LUNTZ: That it's going to get even worse. I think this is only the beginning. We look at these and we say never again. Well, I'm afraid that it's going to be again and again until we can get a hold of how we talk to each other, how we treat each other. The fact is, the more faith we have, the more civility we have, the more understanding, empathy we have, the less likely this is to happen. But I don't see us moving in that direction at all. CAMEROTA: Tom, put your detective hat on for us because you've worked on these issues for so long, and can you just explain the motive and mindset of a deranged person who goes into a nightclub where people are dancing and having a great time and thinks that by shooting, killing five people, what people aren't going to be gay anymore? I mean, what's the thought process there? TOM VERNI: You know, as he just mentioned. So, we, here's a breaking news: we live in a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic country. This is stuff that is learned behavior passed down through generations. And unless we address that root issue, that and upon itself makes-- everything stems from that. And then when you add into the mix, you know, the free flowing of guns in our country, which are awash in every neighborhood of every state. Now you have people who are a few sandwiches short of a picnic, like this guy, who get their hands on a weapon and then go out and then massacre people just trying to enjoy themselves. I can't really explain what is behind the methodology of a psychopath. What I can tell you is that we see a re-ocurring theme, and as I mentioned on CNN Newsroom yesterday, once we get into the background of this individual, which they now have, you know, coming through his social media and talking to the people that he knows, we see a re-occurring theme of people who are extremely angry and have all kinds of vitriol that they need to just let out. And as many people in government are guilty of, they are fueling this fire of people. And if they're on the edge to go out and snap and do something that maybe that's all it takes is someone of authority to give them that green light to do it. And it's just sickening. It's sickening what's happening in this country.
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Scarborough: GOP Probing the Hunter/Joe Biden Scandal Translates to 'Lose Big' in 2024

By: Mark Finkelstein — November 22nd 2022 at 12:49
Just when you thought Joe Scarborough had gone as far as possible in repudiating his conservative past, he finds a way to take it up another notch! Witness today's Morning Joe. Once again, Scarborough went on a long spiel about how back in 1995, he and his fellow soldiers of the Gingrich revolution made a big mistake by investigating Bill Clinton. "Members of Congress got beaten badly in '96. Did worse in '98." Did they? After gaining 54 seats in 1994, the Republicans in 1996, lost....three. In 1998, they lost...four. Like the 2022 midterms, everyone expected the GOP to gain seats in 1998, but it's not a debacle Scarborough suggested that today's Republicans are making a similar mistake in investigating what he repeatedly called "Hunter Biden's laptop." That was a blatant mischaracterization. As Rep. James Comer, the chairman of the House oversight committee that will be conducting the investigation has made clear, this is an investigation of Joe Biden. The question is whether Biden was indeed "the big guy" who was skimming a share of the ill-gotten proceeds that Hunter obtained through his influence-peddling schemes. Scarborough told Republicans "they're going to waste two years and lose big in '24."   It's through that lens that we therefore have to ask: why is the liberal media so intent on trying to dissuade the Republicans from investigating Hunter Biden's dealings and the possible connections to Joe Biden? One thing is certain: it's not out of MSM concern that by investigating, the Republicans will be hurting themselves politically! We all know that old adage about not stopping an enemy when he's in the process of destroying himself! Last week, we caught Don Lemon, on his new morning gig at CNN, suggesting that, when it comes to Hunter Biden, there's no "there, there." And furthermore, that "The American people are dealing with a lot of things. I'm not sure this is one of them." It was Lemon doing his best Leslie Nielsen impersonation: "move on: nothing to see here!" Can Scarborough possibly believe that Americans don't have a right to know whether the sitting President of the United States might have profited in this illicit way, including in deals with China, which is arguably the US's most determined and dangerous rival? Of course not! Scarborough and the rest of the MSM want to undermine, and hopefully derail, the investigation for the very reason that they know, or certainly suspect, that there is plenty of "there, there." He can't possibly say out loud "the walls are closing in" on the Bidens, so he just orders the Republicans to stop with those walls. At one point, Scarborough made a slip that revealed just how closely he identifies with the Democrats. He said: "People are going, oh, they [the Democrats] are afraid they're going to investigate Hunter Biden. No, I'M NOT." Scarborough and the Democrats: same struggle! Note: as for Scarborough's claim that Republicans are exclusively focused on "Hunter Biden's laptop," to the exclusion of addressing issues of concern like crime, inflation, and the border. Comer made the point that Republicans can walk and chew gum at the same time, and that the great majority of House Republicans are not on the Oversight committee and will be addressing those other issues. On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough trying to dissuade Republicans from investigating Hunter Biden's dealings and the possible ties to Joe Biden was sponsored in part by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Theraflu, Johnson & Johnson, maker of Listerine, and Liberty Mutual.  Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 11/22/22 6:03 am ET JOE SCARBOROUGH: Willie, yesterday I was reading, we have David Frum who is going to be on today. I was reading, he was talking about how -- and I can put myself in this collection of people -- how we were so out of touch after getting elected in 1994. We got elected. We had this great majority. Just a landslide, and we went in there, and we got in a bubble.  We had a Contract with America. Despite what Democrats said, about 75% of Americans supported things in there, and then the investigations started. And they started against Bill Clinton, and they continued and they continued. And David said that people -- and he was right. Basically, Americans go, we know the guy's got some problems. And we know he also has some problems when it comes to ethics inside the government. We don't care. Just, you know, do your job.  We talked about how we were in a bubble. Members of Congress got beaten badly in '96. Did worse in '98. Bill Clinton is impeached and he leaves with, what, 62, 63% approval rating, right?  Well, David said it's because we were in that bubble. That's exactly what's happening with the Republicans. We can see it. Right? I mean, people that aren't inside Kevin McCarthy's bubble, that aren't inside the House. They can see it. But, everybody can see it, but they can't. . . .  WILLIE GEIST: Former speech writer for George W. Bush and conservative columnist Marc Thiessen tweeted, "So voters just stopped the GOP red wave because they thought Republicans were too extreme. But as soon as they win a razor thin majority, the first thing Rs announce they're doing is . . . investigating Hunter Biden -- not addressing inflation, or crime or the border. Absolutely nuts," writes Marc Thiessen.  To your point there, Joe. It's going to be about Hunter Biden, it's going to be about the laptop. Some of the extreme members have promised impeachment hearings of Joe Biden as soon as they sit down. It begins in late January. SCARBOROUGH: And guess what, no plan. I mean, inflation, no idea. No plans. Let's investigate Hunter Biden's laptop . . . Say what you will about my class. We had a Contract with America. We said these are the ten things we're going to do. What do they have? Their contract with Hunter Biden is, we're going to investigate Hunter Biden's laptop.  . . . And by the way, this Hunter Biden laptop stuff, they [the American people] are already tuned out on that. They're already tuned out on this crazy -- they can do it. Like, people are going, oh, they [the Democrats] are afraid they're going to investigate Hunter Biden. No, I'm not. If you're a Republican you should be afraid that they're going to waste two years and lose big in '24. 
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Despite Diminishing Returns, NBA Wants $72 Billion For Broadcast Rights

By: Jay Maxson — November 22nd 2022 at 11:50
Wokeness, sucking up to communist China and partisan politics come with a price, and the NBA is about to pay the piper. The NBA’s television contract with TNT expires in 2025, and the woke league may well be held accountable for turning off its fans, according to a Variety report.   Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav says he won’t overpay for TNT to maintain broadcast rights with a league that is seriously suffering diminishing returns.  “We don’t have to have the NBA,” Zaslav said. “And if we do a new deal with the NBA, it’s gonna look a lot different. I’d like to do a deal with the NBA, but it has to be a deal for the future. It can’t be a deal for the past. … “Sports is hard. Yes. Especially sports of diminishing returns.”  Warner Brothers is paying the NBA $24 billion for its current contract, and the clueless league wants to triple that figure. This comes at a time when interest and TV viewership in the woke NBA are falling fast. Zaslav hinted that it could move NBA games to HBO Max in the future.  Outkick blogger Bobby Burack noted the obvious when he wrote “overpaying for a declining product in the NBA is hardly an advantageous business decision for Discovery.”  The NBA is in denial about its product and the related diminishing returns, but the fans who put the league in their rearview mirrors certainly aren’t. This league is a doormat for China and its atrocious human rights abominations. It favors Democrat politics, shills for Black Lives Matter and views America as a racist nation. The NBA also flies the LGBT flag. The NBA took a knee on the national anthem, and fans are taking a pass on the NBA.  Unsurprisingly, NBA television viewership is dropping like a rock. Only a fraction of the fans who watched the NBA Finals in yesteryear are watching today.  Last year, a Harris poll revealed that 57 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of respondents overall pointed to the NBA’s politics as the reason they tuned out. “The NBA and its players have made their political opinions well-known, which has led to many fans turning their back on the league,” wrote Kyle Matthews, of The American Reporter.  As the TV contract with Warner Bros. Discovery nears its end, the NBA of diminishing returns is deluded if it believes a woke brand is worthy of $72 billion in a new television contract. Good luck with that. 
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Mike Pence: A Man of Integrity

By: Cal Thomas — November 22nd 2022 at 11:59
If former Vice President Mike Pence is ever in need of a character witness, he could not do much better than one statement former President Donald Trump made to him. In his new book “So Help Me God,” Pence quotes Trump as pressuring him to overturn the results of the 2020 election by rejecting electoral votes from the states. When he refuses, Pence says Trump told him “you’re too honest.” It was cynicism at its worst and what so many people hate about Washington and politics. Pence says he told Trump, “…other than your family, no one in the administration has been more loyal to you than me.” That is undeniably true. Some critics have accused Pence of being too loyal and say he should have spoken out, or resigned, in the face of Trump’s denial of the election outcome. If Trump defines narcissism, Pence defines integrity: “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Can someone who is more mild-mannered than Clark Kent and the answer to Diogenes’ search for an honest man be elected president in our toxic environment? The same question was raised following the Johnson and Nixon administrations which saw demonstrations and street violence in reaction to Watergate and the Vietnam War. Along came Jimmy Carter, a church-going, once-married man who seemed just the right candidate to restore moral and political order to the country. In his book, Pence says he twice voted for Carter, but later became a Reagan Republican. In an interview with David Muir of ABC News, Pence described Trump’s language and behavior that incited a mob to invade the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 as “reckless.” He said it “made me furious.” He told Muir he had not spoken with Trump in more than a year and didn’t seem especially displeased with that. Asked whether he could support Trump who announced Tuesday he is running again for the presidency, Pence said he thinks there are “better choices.” The book is not a salacious “tell-all” screed that some other people who worked for presidents have written to settle scores. It is a sober reflection on Pence’s life and his role in one of the most controversial periods of our political and national history. Pence admits when he has made mistakes, something rare for politicians, and he doesn’t make his criticisms of Donald Trump personal. He criticizes Trump’s words and behavior, but does not demean the man. Trump should take note. Pence comes as close to saying Trump lied to him as he could without saying it outright. Pence had told the president he did not believe he had the power to block congressional certification of President-elect Biden’s election. “Regardless,” he writes, “the Trump campaign issued a statement saying that I had never said that and calling (The New York Times report) ‘fake news.’ “I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The campaign had issued a statement directly contradicting what I had told the president just a few hours earlier.” When Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, called the campaign’s communications director, Jason Miller, Pence writes that Miller apologized and then quotes him as saying, “I had no choice.” While these are some of the juicier parts of the book, much of the rest is about Pence’s upbringing, his father and mother, wife and children. It is a recipe for how his values and worldview developed. Pence told Muir his family will gather over Christmas and likely decide what the future holds. If he runs for president, he will have stiff competition, all of whom are much better than Donald Trump.
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Ex-Al Jazeera Journo Compares Europeans, U.S. Conservatives To Qatar

By: Alex Christy — November 22nd 2022 at 11:49
Qatar may have prepared for the World Cup with slave labor, but MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin used his Saturday show to say that people should be careful when criticizing them because of the existence of the European migrant crisis and conservatives in the U.S. being pro-life, don’t want sexualized curriculum for elementary students. Mohyeldin, who once labeled Chris Kyle a racist, declared that criticism of Qatar “reveals the depths of Western prejudice, performative moral outrage, and perhaps most significantly, gross double standards.”     Before moving on, Mohyeldin acknowledged, “I lived in and I worked in Qatar for the better part of five years.” While it nice that Mohyeldin admitted this, he also omitted the crucial part that the work he did was for Qatari-funded Al Jazeera.  Mohyeldin then went on a digression about how corrupt FIFA is and that those criticizing Qatar should turn some of their displeasure their way, which nobody ever disagreed with. After claiming that Qatar hosting the World Cup, despite a lack of notable soccer history, is no different than the U.S. doing the same in 1994, Mohyeldin returned to the issue of Qatar’s human rights record, “Look, no one is saying Qatar is perfect. But I'm urging us to be a bit more nuanced in our critiques and resist simply parroting generic Orientalist tropes. While it is fair to question and criticize Qatar, I wonder if this debate is truly about migrant workers’ rights and human rights or is it that European countries, who view themselves as the guardians of global soccer for their own selfish economic purposes, can't stomach the idea that an Arab Middle Eastern country will host this venerable global gathering?” A report shows that 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country was named host, but that was not mentioned as Mohyeldin turned to American conservatives, “I wonder if any of these American pundits, grandstanding about human rights, called for the U.S. To be stripped of hosting the 2026 World Cup for the way elected leaders in this country and our judicial system in this country have rolled back reproductive rights, or are trying to ban the world “gay” in public schools or even ban books.” Only an MSNBC host could say that homosexuality being illegal in Qatar and straw men about not being able to say “gay” in certain states, the desire that books in school be age appropriate, and that elected – a key word Mohyeldin completely ignored – leaders are pro-life are comparable. Switching back to Europe, Mohyeldin then focused on opposition to illegal immigration, “Europeans should set a better example of how migrants and their own countries are treated. More than 24,000 migrants have died trying to cross into Europe since 2014.” Concluding, Mohyeldin absurdly claimed Qatar is held to a different standard than other dictatorships, “Nuance and context matter here. And now have accused Russia, China, and Qatar of sports-washing. To suggest Russia and China, which have accused of war crimes and genocide respectively yet who are both allowed to host the World Cup and the Olympics are in the same camp as Qatar is dubious and disingenuous.”  The International Olympic Committee’s decision to award the Olympics to China was fiercely condemned and there was a futile movement to move the games out of Beijing. At the same time Russian athletes and sports teams have been banned or prohibited from competing under the national flag. This segment was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. Here is a transcript for the November 19 show: MSNBC Ayman 11/19/2022 9:40 PM ET AYMAN MOHYELDIN: What has played out over the past several years and intensified in the final few months before the World Cup kicks off reveals the depths of Western prejudice, performative moral outrage, and perhaps most significantly, gross double standards.  And full disclosure, I lived in and I worked in Qatar for the better part of five years. As a Muslim, I'm also acutely aware of the social conservatism and the societal limitations Qatar has to balance in welcoming fans from different backgrounds while preserving cultural and religious norms and traditions. And as an avid soccer fan, I also plan on attending the World Cup, which as an Arab-American, I'm excited to witness in the Middle East.  But let's be clear here: in making these impassioned attacks about Qatar, a great deal is being swept under the rug. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is arguably one of the most corrupt international organizations in the world. It has been plagued with accusations and scandals. So much so that the U.S. Department of Justice indicted several high-ranking FIFA officials in 2015. To say that the governing body and its rules in awarding countries the right to host the World Cup needs reforms, well, that's an understatement.  Which means that if Qatar is a villain in this, it is certainly not alone. When Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup, some questioned how a country with a little soccer history was allowed to host it. But that actually belittles the purpose of the tournament and ignores history. In fact, today, Qatar is the reigning Asian champions.  When the U.S. won the World Cup, the country did not have a professional soccer league. And yet, with the arrival of the World Cup, the sport has taken off in meaningful and lasting ways. A major purpose of the tournament is to advance and promote the sport as a form of positive development.  Look, no one is saying Qatar is perfect. But I'm urging us to be a bit more nuanced in our critiques and resist simply parroting generic Orientalist tropes. While it is fair to question and criticize Qatar, I wonder if this debate is truly about migrant workers’ rights and human rights or is it that European countries, who view themselves as the guardians of global soccer for their own selfish economic purposes, can't stomach the idea that an Arab Middle Eastern country will host this venerable global gathering?  I wonder if any of these American pundits, grandstanding about human rights, called for the U.S. To be stripped of hosting the 2026 World Cup for the way elected leaders in this country and our judicial system in this country have rolled back reproductive rights, or are trying to ban the world “gay” in public schools or even ban books. No one is accusing the U.S. of trying to sports-wash its anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, anti-book policies and perhaps, Europeans should set a better example of how migrants and their own countries are treated. More than 24,000 migrants have died trying to cross into Europe since 2014.  Nuance and context matter here. And now have accused Russia, China, and Qatar of sports-washing. To suggest Russia and China, which have accused of war crimes and genocide respectively yet who are both allowed to host the World Cup and the Olympics are in the same camp as Qatar is dubious and disingenuous.
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AP Whitewashes IRS Scandal Out of Glowing Special Counsel Jack Smith Profile

By: P.J. Gladnick — November 22nd 2022 at 11:04
The Associated Press published a glowing profile of newly appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith under the headline "New special counsel has long career confronting corruption."  AP reporter Eric Tucker completely skipped a scandal in Smith's interactions with IRS official Lois Lerner seeking to use the IRS to crack down on Tea Party and conservative groups. Tucker proclaimed "Smith will presumably have to move swiftly to ensure his work concludes before the home stretch of the 2024 presidential election, given the Justice Department’s historic interest in avoiding action that could be seen as interfering in the outcome of a race." Attorney General Merrick Garland named Smith just three days after Trump declared his 2024 campaign, so it can already be seen as interfering in the outcome of his race.  Smith was painted as a savior for responding to Obama Attorney General Eric Holder's request to run the Public Integrity Unit, meaning this is the second time Team Obama-Biden has picked him to be...."independent"? That's how AP wants to play it. Colleagues who have worked with Smith describe him as hard-charging, fast-working and passionate, a prosecutor who operates free of political persuasion and who is relentless about his cases. He displays a similar style outside court, where he is a competitive athlete who has participated in triathlons all over the world. “He’s an exquisite lawyer and an exquisite prosecutor,” said Lanny Breuer, who led the Justice Department’s criminal division, which includes the public integrity section, at the time Smith was hired for the job. “He’s not political at all. He’s straight down the middle.” How sweet. Former Assistant General Lanny Breuer who participated in the ATF Operation Fast and Furious coverup in the Holder Justice Department vouches for Smith as a standup guy who is "not political at all" and plays it "straight down the middle." The new special counsel tasked with overseeing investigations related to former President Donald Trump is a veteran prosecutor with a track record of tackling everything from war crimes to public corruption to police brutality. A look at Jack Smith: https://t.co/OuT23GMoco — The Associated Press (@AP) November 19, 2022 Tucker found another colleague for adulatory adjectives:  Alan Tieger, a fellow war crimes prosecutor who has worked with Smith, described him as “both a guy imbued with old-fashioned ideals but who’s relentless and driven and brilliant.” He said Smith “brings that entire skill set to bear.” “You never see Jack dragging through a day,” Tieger said. “He’s full-on every day.” Tieger is also a cheerleader in a New York Times profile of Smith: “You want an idealist and a brilliant independent thinker and a gutsy lawyer, then you got him.”  Although AP sent Smith's IRS Lois Lerner scandal down the memory hole, it was so egregious that even CNN felt obligated to report on it. The 2014 official House of Representatives report on the scandal, "How Politics Led the IRS to Target Conservative Tax-Exempt Applicants for their Political Beliefs" reveals  just how much of an active role Smith had in targeting those conservative applicants: After reading the New York Times article, Justice Department Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith wrote to his colleagues: “Check out [the] article on front page of ny times [sic] regarding misuse of nonprofits for indirectly funding campaigns. This seems egregious to me – could we ever charge a [18 U.S.C. §] 371 conspiracy to violate laws of the USA for misuse of such non profits to get around existing campaign finance laws + limits? I know 501s are legal but if they are knowingly using them beyond what they are allowed to use them for (and we could prove that factually)? IRS Commissioner sarah ingram [sic] oversees these groups. Let’s discuss tomorrow but maybe we should try to set up a meeting this week.” And now you now why the Associated Press was too embarrassed to give us the full background on "straight down the middle" Smith.
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Huffington Tries, Fails, to Paint Trump as Anti-Semitic

By: Jason Cohen — November 22nd 2022 at 10:36
In the left’s latest effort to frame Donald Trump as an antisemite, HuffPost tried to spin his recent remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition in a piece with the headline “Donald Trump Scolds Jews, Praises Evangelicals In Geopolitical Swipe.” Sounds terrible, right? But in reality, it was not at all. Huff Left out details about the speech and the response to it. For starters, in the clip it used from Mediaite, Trump began: “I just grew up with a great fondness and a great feeling for Jewish people and for Israel.”  HuffPost ignored that and started with this quote: “Some people in the United States — Jewish people — don’t appreciate Israel the way they should.”  Funnily enough, this line received loud applause from the crowd at the RJC, but HuffPost neglected to note that. Is the audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition anti-Semitic too?  HuffPost also included this quote: “I’ll tell you who does appreciate Israel very much are the evangelicals, because evangelicals are on your side. The evangelical Christians, they’re really on your side.” Ok, so Trump said Evangelicals appreciate Israel more than many Jews. That is a fact, not antisemitism.  Trump continued, “But I appreciate Israel, and it’s an honor to have, I think, done far more for Israel than any other president.”  Trump is particularly proud of his accomplishments in Israel, his favorite child is Jewish, and he has a lifelong record of being a friend to the Jewish people.  Worst anti-Semite ever.  When will the left ever learn to judge people by their actions, not words and tonality? 
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Late Night Blames Guns, Masculinity, SCOTUS, And More For Shooting

By: Alex Christy — November 22nd 2022 at 10:23
NBC Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Jenny Hagel and CBS The Late Show host Stephen Colbert reacted to the shooting at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub that left five dead by making sure they mentioned every possible left-wing cliché by blaming everything from gun culture, the Supreme Court, unhealthy concepts of masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, to conservatives. Meyers himself did not talk about the shooting as part of his usual diatribe against Republicans, but welcomed writer Jenny Hagel, who is gay herself, to give her own thoughts. Hagel began by implausibly suggesting social conservatives control the culture: When I read the news about Colorado on Sunday morning, I was shocked. But also, I wasn't shocked because sadly, our culture is filled with messages that there is something wrong with queer people. That we are at best weird, and at worst, sick and those messages, whether it's something small, like telling a little boy he can't wear nail polish, or something big, like passing a law that says queer people can't adopt children, they all contribute to the dehumanization of queer people and once a group of people is seen as less than human, it's easy to hurt them.      People who do not want their children taught about the 58 alleged genders are not responsible for a mass shooting. That’s insane, not “dehumanizing,” and ultimately just a not-so clever way to try to shut people up. Briefly switching topics, she declared, “I'm sure that for many, what happened in Colorado will be seen as the result of our nation's obsession with guns, and that's part of it, for sure,” before switching back to “our culture's deep-seated homophobia and transphobia, our unhealthy relationship with masculinity, and our nation's tendency to allow religion to be used as a cover for prejudice.” Hagel also found a way to include, “the way our nation's history of racism intersects with and compounds all those things. Now, that's a lot to untangle, and I don't know how to do it.” Earlier, on his show, Colbert longed for gun control, “Why do we constantly have to have ‘heroic patrons,’ or ‘heroic teachers,’ or ‘heroic bystanders’? How about some heroic politicians who will do anything about the epidemic of gun violence in this country?” Zeroing in on the Second Amendment specifically, Colbert continued, “or a heroic justice system that stops a dangerous person like this with a history of violence from getting access to these weapons of war? Or how about--how about-- a heroic Supreme Court that recognizes that, however you want to interpret it, the Second Amendment, as it is currently applied, is a complete failure?” Before anybody could object by pointing out Colorado has some of these laws he supports, Colbert moved on, “But ultimately, ultimately, it's going to take heroic voters, who will toss out the people who cynically target marginalized communities for their own political gain and then take money from these ghoulish weapons manufacturers who profit off of fear so that the rest of us, every week, need to honor a new group of heroic patrons.” Blaming people other than the shooter for mass shootings and calling a part of the Bill of Rights a failure is not the best way to convince people to vote for your preferred candidates, but that won’t stop Colbert from trying. Late Night was sponsored by Oral-B and The Late Show was sponsored by Energizer Batteries. Here are transcripts for the November 21-taped shows: NBC Late Night with Seth Meyers 11/22/2022 12:39 AM ET SETH MEYERS: Before we move on, we would like to take a moment, this weekend, five people were killed and many more were injured when a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire LGBTQ community one of our writers, Jenny Hagel, is gay, and she's here to comment.  JENNY HAGEL Thanks, Seth. When I read the news about Colorado on Sunday morning, I was shocked. But also, I wasn't shocked because sadly, our culture is filled with messages that there is something wrong with queer people. That we are at best weird, and at worst, sick and those messages, whether it's something small, like telling a little boy he can't wear nail polish, or something big, like passing a law that says queer people can't adopt children, they all contribute to the dehumanization of queer people and once a group of people is seen as less than human, it's easy to hurt them.  I'm sure that for many, what happened in Colorado will be seen as the result of our nation's obsession with guns, and that's part of it, for sure. But it's also the result of our culture's deep-seated homophobia and transphobia, our unhealthy relationship with masculinity, and our nation's tendency to allow religion to be used as a cover for prejudice.  And the way our nation's history of racism intersects with and compounds all those things. Now, that's a lot to untangle, and I don't know how to do it. So, instead, I just wanted to say that despite the millions of voices in our culture saying that there is something wrong with queer people, that we're sick or deviant or predatory or just a little off, we are totally, 100 percent normal. We live the same way that everyone else does we want the same things. We are great in the same ways and boring in the same ways. We're just regular people. If you're queer, I wanted to say that I see you, and I'm grieving with you and in this week of giving thanks, one thing I'm deeply, deeply thankful for is the LGBTQ community.  And if you're queer but you're not out because you don't feel ready to be or because it's not safe for you to be, I see you, too, and I think you are great and perfect just the way you are. Nothing about us needs to be fixed, but there is something in America that desperately needs fixing, and I hope we figure out soon how to do it. Thank you.  *** CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 11/21/2022 11:55 PM ET STEPHEN COLBERT: Why do we constantly have to have "heroic patrons," or "heroic teachers," or "heroic bystanders"? How about some heroic politicians who will do anything about the epidemic of gun violence in this country?  Or--or a heroic-- or a heroic justice system that stops a dangerous person like this with a history of violence from getting access to these weapons of war? Or how about--how about-- a heroic Supreme Court that recognizes that, however you want to interpret it, the Second Amendment, as it is currently applied, is a complete failure?  But ultimately, ultimately, it's going to take heroic voters, who will toss out the people who cynically target marginalized communities for their own political gain and then take money from these ghoulish weapons manufacturers who profit off of fear so that the rest of us, every week, need to honor a new group of heroic patrons. 
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MRC’s Houck, FNC’s Gallagher Torch CBS for Finally Admitting Hunter’s Laptop Is Real

By: NB Staff — November 22nd 2022 at 10:05
Making his latest appearance on the Fox News Channel’s Fox News @ Night, NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck and host Trace Gallagher slammed CBS News early Tuesday for having finally admitted 768 days after the New York Post’s first report to concede Hunter Biden’s laptop is real and anything but a conspiracy theory. “And another black eye for CBS. After dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop as disinformation and unable to be verified, the network once called Tiffany now having an epiphany, yet sadly it comes two years too late,” said Gallagher in a tease. Going later to Houck, he noted that “the phrase better late than never...might not apply this time” with CBS waiting until two major elections passed to consider the laptop’s “authenticity” as well as the fact that CBS’s 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl mocked the idea it was real in an October 2020 interview with then-President Trump.     Houck began by concurring with the prevailing notion that CBS waited until they “[felt] that the coast was clear and they could let...the great Catherine Herridge” take it up and give her five minutes and 41 seconds on Monday’s CBS Mornings. He added that Herridge brought in “a former Secret Service agent and his son to look at a copy of the hard drive” and not only did they tell her it was real, but one said, “the sheer volume...would be difficult, if not impossible to fabricate.”  Of course, he noted that was in contradiction to Stahl’s antics and cited a new study by our Bill D’Agostino that found “Casablanca was put together in less time and...William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and James Garfield combined to last less time that it took CBS to acknowledge Hunter’s laptop...was real.” Houck later agreed with Gallagher’s recognition that CBS made this call in order “to get ahead of” next year’s House probes, adding it could be that as well as simply being “on the other side the midterm elections, but I think it's definitely more about wanting to get ahead of the House Oversight Committee”. He also threw two more numbers into the equation with the observation that CBS’s story arrived “250 days after The New York Times and 236 days after The Washington Post that CBS joined this case.” More importantly, he revealed it was “a one-off story” as the CBS Evening News didn’t mention it and ABC and NBC have yet to join in. Gallagher’s final question wondered about where CBS goes from here and if any future stories would “dig deeper” and claims made by former Biden family business partner Tony Bobulinski. Houck seized on the Bobulinski angle with the stark reality that his name came up in Herridge’s story and served as “the first time in network news that Tony Bobulinski's name has been mentioned, which is just absolutely astonishing in and of itself.” Houck gave CBS a few pointers: Yes, the next question for CBS is you want to go deeper about the contents of the laptop? You want to talk about specific e-mails, you want to follow up on the reporting of the Daily Mail and others. And for the others, yes, you want to get to that point because they take their cues from The New York Times and The Washington Post, these major papers. So, you would think that they too, would want to follow to at least get ahead of this story. To see the relevant transcript from November 22, click “expand.” FNC’s Fox News @ Night With Trace Gallagher November 22, 2022 12:00 a.m. Eastern [TEASE] [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: CBS News Verifies Hunter Laptop...Two Years Later] TRACE GALLAGHER: And another black eye for CBS. After dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop as disinformation and unable to be verified, the network once called Tiffany now having an epiphany, yet sadly it comes two years too late. (....) 12:09 a.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Media Spotlight; Hunter Gatherers; CBS News Finally Verifies Hunter Biden Laptop] GALLAGHER: Well, you know the phrase better late than never? Well, it might not apply this time. CBS News after two years and two elections has finally verified the authenticity of the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop when the story broke, in the run up to the 2020 presidential election, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl repeatedly said the laptop could not be verified. Let's bring in NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck. Curtis, always great to see you. I mean I just look at this in CBS, you go back two years, and first it was disinformation, and then it couldn't be verified. And Leslie Stahl said it time and time again, and now, suddenly, no more elections. Guess what? We verified it. Your thoughts? CURTIS HOUCK: Yes, exactly, Trace. Yes, five minutes and 41 seconds. That's what we got. You know, I think there was definitely feeling that the coast was clear, and they could let, you know, the great Catherine Herridge on the case. And that's exactly what they found. She found a former secret service agent and his son to look at a copy of the hard drive. And they said, “the sheer volume...would be difficult, if not impossible to fabricate,” which Leslie Stahl said it can't be verified. Those were exact words to Donald Trump at the time. CBS, you point out the delay. Casablanca was put together in less time and three presidents that didn't last very long. William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and James Garfield combined to last less time that it took CBS to acknowledge Hunter’s laptop existed — was real. [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Late to the Game; CBS Verifies Hunter Biden Laptop Two Years Later] GALLAGHER: The New York Post the following here the headline: CBS confirms Hunter Biden laptop is real, 769 days speaking of time, after the post broke the story going on to say, “Most news outlets ignored the laptop's contents until recently. CBS's report follows belated verification of the laptop in March by The Washington Post and The New York Times.” What's the motive, though? I mean, that's the whole thing, Curtis. I want to know, what's the mode? How does it benefit them by coming out now? Are there more coming out and they're trying to get ahead of this? What do you think? HOUCK: Yes, it's certainly possible, Trace. I think that they — A. definitely want to get ahead of this; B. they're on the other side of the midterm elections. But I think it's definitely more about wanting to get ahead of the House Oversight Committee and whatever Congressman Comer and his team want to look at. You know, as you mentioned, yes, but the New York Post, it was 250 days after The New York Times and 236 days after The Washington Post that CBS joined this case. But again, they didn't cover it tonight. So, it was kind of a one-off story. It wasn't covered on ABC or NBC. So, I think we'll go back to not hearing about it for a while. GALLAGHER: And that's my, my last question to you, Curtis. If you are covering this in earnest, you are legitimate about this, why not dig deeper into the President's potential involvement in the laptop? Why not focus more of the report on the president and some of the indications that Tony Bobulinski gave and all the various facts that weave into that? HOUCK: Yes, and first, I'll just say, Tony, Bobulinski came up today on CBS. That was the first time in network news that Tony Bobulinski's name has been mentioned, which is just absolutely astonishing in and of itself. Yes, the next question for CBS is you want to go deeper about the contents of the laptop? You want to talk about specific e-mails, you want to follow up on the reporting of the Daily Mail and others. And for the others, yes, you want to get to that point because they take their cues from The New York Times and The Washington Post, these major papers. So, you would think that they too, would want to follow to at least get ahead of this story. But CBS is now out there saying it's real, it's not fake after years of conspiracy theories, so they have eggs on their faces. GALLAGHER: And you would think that if you're going to mention Tony Bobulinski's name that you would put some context there and you would say, and by the way, this is the guy who made these accusations. Never saw him Curtis Houck. Thank you for coming on. We appreciate it. HOUCK: No problem, Trace.
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CNN Disgustingly Ties Herschel Walker to the Colorado Gay Nightclub Shooting

By: Curtis Houck — November 22nd 2022 at 08:56
On Monday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, things briefly took a bizarre and sinister turn when the leftist regime tied Georgia Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker to the deadly mass shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub. The reason? Well, he released an ad on Monday with former NCAA All-American Riley Gaines denouncing transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Co-host Victor Blackwell noted the shooting and immediately pivoted to Walker: “[A]s you know, there was that mass shooting Saturday night in Colorado Springs at an LGBTQ nightclub. Five people killed. Herschel Walker in Georgia has released a new ad today. Let's play a portion of it.”     In the ad, Gaines and Walker introduced themselves with Gaines sharing how, “[f]or more than a decade, I worked so hard. 4:00 a.m. practices to be the best, but my senior year, I was forced to compete against a biological male.” The ad continued: WALKER: That's unfair and wrong.  GAINES: A man won the swimming title that belonged to a woman and senator Warnock voted to let it happen. WALKER: Warnock's afraid to stand up for female athletes.  GAINES: Herschel Walker stands up for what's right. Blackwell then snarked to conservative commentator Scott Jennings: “Why is that the message for this moment?” CNN’s best actual conservative, Jennings didn’t take the bait and instead noted this has been “a huge issue for the Republican base” and supporting women and girls in sports will hopefully turn out “a number of Republicans who voted for Kemp in the general election who didn't vote for Herschel Walker, so this is a base engagement strategy”. Fill-in co-host Bianna Golodryga (whose husband worked for Barack Obama) took Blackwell’s side, claiming they’re “just question[ing] the time of it all” and suggested he could have waited “a few more weeks...after a mass shooting.” Golodryga then tied opposition to exposing young children to graphic sexual content to the alleged Colorado Springs gunman, acknowledging how far-left panelist Ron Brownstein would agree (even though they had to go to break) that Republicans aren’t “reading the temperature of the country”: Listen. Republicans and you, Ron, would agree in your assessment, Republicans got hurt by some of their leaders' response to the attack against Nancy Pelosi’s husband, not really reading the temperature in the country and now, to release this ad has a lot of people raising — raising questions. Exit question: How many CNN anchors and likeminded folks at MSNBC want their young children to be taught sex ed and encourage them to explore changing their gender? CNN’s disgusting insinuation was made possible thanks to the support of advertisers such as Liberty Mutual and Subway. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page. To see the relevant transcript from November 21, click “expand.” CNN Newsroom November 21, 2022 3:26 p.m. Eastern [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: GA Senate Runoff; GOP’s Walker Releases New Ad Targeting Transgender Athletes] VICTOR BLACKWELL: Scott, as you know, there was that mass shooting Saturday night in Colorado Springs at an LGBTQ nightclub. Five people killed. Herschel Walker in Georgia has released a new ad today. Let's play a portion of it.  RILEY GAINES: I'm Riley Gaines, a 12-time NCAA All-American.  HERSCHEL WALKER: And I'm Herschel Walker.  GAINES: For more than a decade, I worked so hard. 4:00 a.m. practices to be the best, but my senior year, I was forced to compete against a biological male.  WALKER: That's unfair and wrong.  GAINES: A man won the swimming title that belonged to a woman and senator Warnock voted to let it happen. WALKER: Warnock's afraid to stand up for female athletes.  GAINES: Herschel Walker stands up for what's right.  BLACKWELL: Why is that the message for this moment?  SCOTT JENNINGS: Well, it's a huge issue for the Republican base. I assume what the Walker campaign is thinking is they need to keep Republicans engaged in this election. Obviously, they've got to get them to come out to the polls one more time, and there were a number of Republicans who voted for Kemp in the general election who didn't vote for Herschel Walker, so this is a base engagement strategy, and just having been around Republican politics for a few years, I can tell you. This issue right here does engage Republicans. So, I — I see why they're doing it. I understand the strategy behind it, but to me, it is — it is all about keeping Republicans on the hook to come out one more time in an election where Walker is actually fighting from behind. He got fewer votes, so he’s got to get a few more Republicans to the polls on the runoff.  BIANNA GOLODRYGA: Just question the timing of it all though. He’s got a few more weeks and to do it after a mass shooting — just a few days. Listen. Republicans and you, Ron, would agree in your assessment, Republicans got hurt by some of their leaders' response to the attack against Nancy Pelosi’s husband, not really reading the temperature in the country and now, to release this ad has a lot of people raising — raising questions.
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GAME OVER: The FCC Greenlights Univision’s Sale of 18 Radio Stations to ‘Radio Soros’

By: Jorge Bonilla — November 22nd 2022 at 06:15
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cleared the way for the Soros-backed Latino Media Network’s (LMN) purchase of 18 Televisa Univision radio stations, among them Miami’s Radio Mambí.  Inside Radio reported this on Monday: The FCC decision clears the way for the closing of the sale that involves 18 stations including 10 AMs and eight FMs in the largest U.S. markets, including eight of the top 10 Latino