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NY Times Coos Over the Shades: Tom Cruise-Like ‘Aviator Joe’ Shows ‘Democracy Still Works'

The New York Times is making the most out of President Biden’s legislative “victories” to give him a political makeover and to make “Aviator Joe” a thing, even pushing the shades-wearing Biden as a political Tom Cruise. Call it Mission Impossible. Fashion reporter Vanessa Friedman’s embarrassing tribute to Biden’s Ray-Ban sunglasses will appear in Thursday’s print edition: “The Return of Aviator Joe -- President Biden is back after Covid, vacation and legislative victories, and so are his shades.” Aviator Joe is back -- just in time to take his quasi-victory lap. Forget the glowing eyes of Dark Brandon. As President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrives back in Washington, D.C., to enter the White House to sign the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, it is his Ray-Ban 3025s -- the dark, wire-rimmed, teardrop-shaped sunglasses he has made his signature -- that once again seem the emblem of the man. …. It’s the attitude as much as anything (even taking into account the glare of summer). He’s not just wearing sunglasses now. He’s wearing shades. “You know Joe Biden is having a good day when he wears his aviators,” said Lis Smith, the author of the recent book “Any Given Tuesday” and the political strategist who helped craft Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign…. Then the fateful Cruise comparison was made. That the re-emergence happened in the wake of another great aviator re-emergence and success story, that of Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick,” is probably not a coincidence…. …. More recently, another pair of Ray-Bans helped power “Top Gun: Maverick” to the top of the box office, defied conventional wisdom that said Covid and streaming had buried the summer blockbuster, and played an integral part in a story featuring an aging but even more effective hero. Someone all the better for all his experience. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. More like Blech! Blech! Meanwhile, reporter Aishvarya Kavi covered one of Biden’s many vacation jaunts in Wednesday’s paper: “‘Go Get Your Bathing Suits!’: Biden Takes a Vacation as Washington Beckons.” She called the "Inflation Reduction Act “one of his landmark achievements as president,” and ended with the thoughts of a Biden-besotten local, Caitlin Tuten-Rhodes: But it’s still a thrill, she said, to know she might bump into Mr. Biden around town. The current Biden parade launched on August 13's front page, after Biden’s misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives: “House Delivers Biden Victory, and a Bet on America’s Future.” Michael Shear and Zolan Kanno-Youngs got ahead of themselves in their eagerness to boost Biden. He promised a new social safety net. He pledged to develop a robust plan to fight global warming. He vowed to reduce the gap between rich and poor by making the wealthy “pay their fair share.” And along the way, Joseph R. Biden Jr. often said as he battled Donald J. Trump for the White House in 2020, he would prove that democracy still works in America. With final House passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, President Biden is poised to deliver the latest in a series of legislative victories that will ripple across the country for decades -- lowering the cost of prescription drugs, extending subsidies to help people pay for health insurance, reducing the deficit and investing more than $370 billion into climate and energy programs. How are the reporters so sure the plan will in fact “reduce the deficit”?

Texas School District Pulls ‘Explicit’ Books from Library — The Holy Bible Included

Just before the 2022-23 school year begins, Keller Independent School District of northern Texas has pulled dozens of books from the school library, among them are many LGBTQ books as well as "The Bible."  Three new conservative-leaning board members recently joined the Texas school district and sought a re-review of all books that were previously challenged. The list for review included over 41 titles and were removed for “explicit” content, according to Fox News. Some of the titles worthy of removal were “Gender Queer: A Memoir” about man-on-man intercourse, “I Am Jazz,” about a transgender ‘female’ who began transitioning as a young child and “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” about queer black boys are all titles that have the potential to indoctrinate youth. Other challenged titles didn't merit the removal they received including “The Bible” and “Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation).” It has become the “default” for books about queerness to outnumber copies of "The Bible" in school libraries as weekend host Pete Hegseth pointed out on Fox News Thursday morning. “'Bible’s' out of the school libraries, 'Gender Queer' is in,” Hegseth said.  While it’s a shame and intellectually incompetent that "The Bible" has been pulled from shelves, Hegseth noted that at least the other books are also being “contested.” I think this school district is signaling that they’ll let "The Bible" back in as just a reference book in the library. Imagine that, a reference book you could go pull out and read as a kid, certainly not gonna be taught in the classroom. But, this policy was put in place because of the absolute tsunami of gender theory, queer theory [and] critical race theory that’s entered into libraries at elementary, middle school and high school. Hegseth is pleased that there is policy in the Texas school district where parents can challenge the books they think aren’t appropriate for their kids to have access to. Yet, he pointed out that with that policy, the woke, leftist, progressives will “use it as an opportunity” to get rid of things they don’t side with like “Anne Frank’s Diary” or "The Bible."  The policy has potential, Hegseth mentioned, but parents and the board should be vigilant on the application of it.  If "The Bible" is out, then the explicit, left-wing books need to be out as well. 

Is Merrick Garland Actually, Genuinely Serious?

Commenting about the FBI executing a search warrant on former president Donald Trump’s Florida home, which he approved, Attorney General Merrick Garland said: “Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. … All Americans are entitled to the even-handed application of the law, to due process, and to the presumption of innocence.” None of this applies to the way the Department of Justice, the FBI and most of the media have treated Donald Trump. From the Steele Dossier, Russia “collusion,” the labeling of Trump as a Russian “asset,” the Mueller Report, and the refusal by the Biden administration to enforce our immigration laws, the Justice Department in this administration has done just the opposite when it comes to equal application of the law and due process. Whatever one thinks of Trump’s character, he is entitled to the same presumption of innocence as any other American. Trump always suffers from a presumption of guilt. He is forced to continually prove he is innocent of charges, often made by “sources” who leak information to anti-Trump media, or must explain himself to hostile Democrats (and a few hostile Republicans). The specter of armed federal agents outside Trump’s Florida home is not an image I suspect many of us are comfortable with. Even those who do not like Trump and hope he does not run for president in 2024 should be alarmed at how this focus on him is contributing to what has been a long slide in the trust Americans place in our institutions. In 1973, when the Gallup organization began polling on the subject, 42 percent of respondents had a “great deal/quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. This year that number is just 7 percent. In 1991, 73 percent of the public had a great deal/quite a lot of confidence in the presidency. This year only 23 percent feel that way. Confidence in the criminal justice system has reached a new low with just 14 percent coming down on the side of great deal/quite a lot. Is it any wonder with stories of woke prosecutors freeing criminals with low or no bail only to see many of them commit new crimes? In what should be a warning to the media – a warning that has been apparent for many years—confidence in the trustworthiness of newspapers has declined from a high of 51 percent in 1979, to a record low of 16 percent today. Confidence in TV news reflects a similar drop – from 46 percent in 1993, to the current 11 percent. Perhaps some introspection by the media as to the “root causes” might be beneficial to the profession and the public. Gallup has recorded similar declines in confidence levels for other institutions, including the church (no wonder with all the scandals and some TV evangelists still living the lifestyles of potentates as opposed to that of the One they claim to follow). It may surprise many that the police, which have been under heavy assault from various liberal groups, continue to enjoy major support. Gallup found 45 percent have a great deal/quite a lot of confidence in the police, down only from 52 percent in 1993. No foreign power could hope to undermine the pillars of our democracy better than we are doing ourselves. Serious attention to rebuilding these and other institutions, which can lead to restoring confidence in them, is urgently required.

Fox Business’ Kudlow Unleashes ‘Double-Barreled Criticism’ on Biden’s Inflation Bill Farce

Fox Business host Larry Kudlow blasted Biden Democrats for reversing a strong economy under former President Donald Trump on the Aug. 17 edition of Kudlow’s show. Kudlow said President Joe Biden’s inflationary “Inflation Reduction Act” is a “$750 billion monstrosity, does not reduce inflation, does not reduce global warming, does raise taxes for middle-class working folks, will deepen recession and has not one iota, scintilla, whit, shred or morsel, of economic growth incentives.” Ouch.      He unleashed more of what he called “double-barreled criticism” on Biden’s policies during his monologue.  “In a mere twenty months, the economy has turned from boom to bust, but until the GOP recaptures Congress and saves America by repealing this bill, we're going to have to live with this monstrosity.” Biden’s bill will hurt, not help, an already ailing economy, Kudlow explained.  The American people seem to agree with Kudlow’s analysis that Biden’s bill will worsen inflation. Kudlow referenced a YouGovAmerica poll that found 40 percent of Americans said they believe that Biden’s bill will increase inflation. Just 12 percent said that inflation would improve as a result of Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act.”  In another sign of the darkening economic mood nationwide, Kudlow cited recent reports on Target. The retail giant reported a 90-percent plunge in profits, according to CNN Business.  But Kudlow, who served as director of the National Economic Council under Trump, found two especially dangerous and “insane” energy provisions in Biden’s radical climate legislation.  “First up, we have the National Climate Bank,” Kudlow said. “That’s right, a $27-billion government bank that will be administered by the U.S. Environment[al] Protection Agency, the EPA.” Kudlow likened the bank to a “green slush fund” for Biden’s political allies.  Second on the “insane” list was an enormous $250-billion payout to the Energy Department, a more than 500-percent increase from the department’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget, Kudlow said. He added that Biden’s disbursement was a throwback to green energy company Solyndra’s scandal during the Obama administration.  The company went bankrupt despite more than a half billion dollars in government loans and claims from then-Vice President Biden that Solyndra would lead America toward a more “solar-powered” future. Back in 2020, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) called Biden’s climate bill “Solyndra on steroids.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they report the truth about how Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will further cripple an already ailing economy.

Mozilla Posts ‘Privacy Warnings’ for Period and Pregnancy Tracker Apps

Mozilla has made its stance on abortion clear. In a blog posted on its website Wednesday, the company said it reviewed 25 period and pregnancy tracker apps. Mozilla warned that 18 of the 25 apps “have opaque privacy protection.” The apps have a warning label of “*Privacy Not Included.” Mozilla has expressed concern about the government using information from technology apps to prosecute women who obtain an illegal abortion, despite an absence of evidence that state governments will do this. “Companies collecting personal and sensitive health information need to be extra diligent when it comes to the privacy and security of the personal information they collect, especially now in our post-Roe vs Wade world in the U.S. ," Jen Caltrider, the lead of Mozilla’s “*Privacy Not Included” team, said, according to the Mozilla blog post. "Unfortunately, too many are not. This is frightening." Misha Rykov, a researcher at the “*Privacy Not Included” team, claimed that reproductive health tracking apps ignore established privacy practices.  “Best practices for privacy by design and by default have existed for a while, but most of the leading reproductive health apps chose to ignore them," Rykov said. "This is scary when even the baseline security is shaky in apps used by millions of women post-Roe vs Wade." The company is no stranger to taking a firm stance in favor of left's narrative. In 2014, Mozilla co-founder and then-CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the company in 2014 after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to a California ballot measure prohibiting same-sex marriage years earlier. Just last year, NewsBusters reported that Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker wrote that social media platforms “need more than deplatforming.” “[U]se of the internet to foment violence and hate, and reinforce white supremacy is about more than any one personality,” Baker wrote after Twitter banned former President Donald Trump. “Changing these dangerous dynamics requires more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from 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 transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Rules for Thee, Not Me: Seth Dillon and Joe Rogan Talk Leftist Speech Double Standard

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon told podcaster Joe Rogan that despite harassment policies, Big Tech platforms have no qualms in sometimes allowing such behavior. On Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, the pair discussed Twitter content moderation and the apparent intent behind Section 230 protections to shield users from obscene content, harassment and doxing. “All that stuff is there. It’s all there. They don’t take it down,” Dillon said. “They don’t have a problem with harassment.” He later added that Big Tech and leftist bullies on social media are “doing what they say you shouldn’t be allowed to do but it’s justified when they do it.” Dillon used Libs of Tiktok as an example. “They’ll post a video of something, they’ll say, ‘Oh there’s this family-friendly drag show coming up,’ you know, and ‘This is a flyer that is being publicly advertised,’” he said. Dillon described the visceral response from leftist apologists online. “They will go hard like doxing, intimidating, trying to harass, and shut up this account that is drawing negative attention to things that they don’t want to receive negative attention. Rogan agreed. “It’s not like what Libs of TikTok is posting is fake,” he said. “These are real.” But the podcast host also raised the common leftist talking point that Libs of TikTok cherry-picks examples of “really ridiculous people” to gin up concerns. “People who are not doing anything remotely like that get lumped into that same group,” Rogan said. “That’s what people are scared of.” Dillon responded that leftists “lump themselves into it by defending those things”: MRC CensorTrack has recorded that Big Tech censored Libs of TikTok 10 times in the last five months, or about every other week on average. “They’ll say, ‘Well, why can’t a teacher talk to a student about sex and gender?’ ‘Why can’t they demand that they be addressed by certain pronouns?’ ‘Why can’t they be the confidant that children come to, because their parents won’t accept them for who they are?,’” Dillon said. “It’s not like these are outliers that they’re, that they’re saying, ‘Oh, no, no, no, we want nothing to do with that, we don’t believe in that.’ They actually defend it hard.” 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.

WIRED Whines Google’s Search Results Should Have MORE Censorship

Tech outlet WIRED complained that Google’s search results need improvement—through more censorship! WIRED whined in an August 16 piece that content on Google, just like on social media platforms, can create an “information trap.” Francesca Tripodi asserted in the WIRED article that “[c]onspiracy theorists and propagandists” are engineering online content to spread “lies.” WIRED described Google’s “clean appearance,” “sleek designs,” “remarkably accurate [search] results” and “deceptively static” appearance, hiding subtle changes that made important shifts. “Google Search Is Quietly Damaging Democracy,” WIRED asserted in a ridiculous headline. One example of the supposed ongoing destruction to democracy that Tripodi raised were the events of January 6, 2021, the left’s favorite punching bag.  Tripodi wrote that an article from The Washington Times published on January 6, 2021, titled “Facial Recognition Identifies Extremists Storming the Capitol,” was inaccurate.  Yet “the disinformation is still widely accessible with a simple Google search,” Tripodi huffed. She indignantly defended Antifa, which the Homeland Security Secretary previously classified as a domestic terrorist group in 2020.  Tripodi also resorted to bashing both The Washington Times and the Jan. 6 protestors, frantically spewing that “elected officials” both on the “House floor” and on Twitter “perpetuated” The Times story. Do WIRED and Tripodi object to free speech and freedom of the press? Allowing users to access alternative views the left classifies as “misinformation” is unacceptable, WIRED indicated through its reporting.  “To combat [misinformation], users must recalibrate their thinking on what Google is and how information is returned to them, particularly as a heated midterm season approaches,” Tripodi lectured. “Rather than assume that returns validate truth, we must apply the same scrutiny we’ve learned to have toward information on social media.” Ironically, Tripodi recommended that users research a “variety of sources” rather than simply relying on search engines. How does she reconcile her support for harsh censorship of views she deems “misinformation” with her support for research from a “variety of sources”? While WIRED is correct in noting that search engines can return biased results, this bias generally favors leftists. For instance, research by psychologist and researcher Dr. Robert Epstein uncovered evidence that Google’s search results leaned in favor of Democrats leading up to the 2020 election. An election-related data analysis project launched by Axios and Google Trends in November 2021 indicated that Google’s left-leaning search bias is continuing ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, as Epstein exclusively analyzed for MRC Free Speech America. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Google at (650) 253-0000 and demand that it be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide clarity on its data policies and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

WNBA’s Pitiful TV Viewership Hailed as ‘Good News’ By Woke Writer

“Good news” for the Women’s NBA (WNBA) is the equivalent of appalling news for other pro sports leagues. Case in point, the Awful Announcing sports blog reported that this year’s microscopic television viewership was “more good news for the WNBA heading into the playoffs.” The truth is that nobody cares about this radical league and the fact that practically nobody’s watching proves it.  The Awful Announcing story cited an ESPN report that 25 WNBA games airing on Disney platforms this summer averaged 372,000 viewers.  At the end of the regular season, the front end of a Sunday doubleheader between Minnesota and Connecticut attracted 682,000 viewers. The second game, featuring Seattle and Las Vegas, drew an average of 852,000 viewers – the league’s most-watched game since 2008.  Awful Announcing writer Joe Lucia raved that these figures could lead to even better viewing for the WNBA playoffs. The playoff television coverage on ESPN will also offer a real “nugget,” pregame shows, he wrote.  Despite the ridiculous hype by Lucia, televised WNBA games attracted just .001 percent of the American public this season. An average audience of 372,000 viewers in a nation of 330 million people is statistically insignificant. The WNBA never started out with any significant TV viewership. When the league turned radical and players openly supported Black Lives Matter (BLM) and campaigned for then-Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in 2020 and 2021, it guaranteed basement ratings moving forward. WNBA players also took a knee in honor of criminal Jacob Blake. With a strong LGBT-ISK3FG flavor, the WNBA has become one of the most woke, left-wing, unappealing professional sports enterprises in the United States.  This is also a league that adorned its courts with BLM and Brittney Griner decals. It named Griner, the Phoenix Mercury center imprisoned on drug charges in Russia, an honorary starter for its 2022 all-star game. Apparently, that's their idea of a 'heroic figure.' In 2017, the Seattle Storm entered into a partnership with Planned Parenthood and gave the notorious abortion outfit some of the proceeds from one of its games. After the Supreme Court derailed Roe v. Wade this summer, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the WNBA complained that reproductive health should be protects.  All things considered, the WNBA continuously gives sports fans reason after reason NOT to watch its left-stained product.  No wonder nobody’s watching the woke Women’s NBA.

No Joke: Seth Dillon Firmly Defends Pro-Life Worldview on 'Joe Rogan Experience'

Seth Dillon runs the Babylon Bee, a satirical news website that creates fake yet humorous headlines about everything from religion to sports. But during an appearance on the “Joe Rogan Experience,” he was all business when defending the pro-life approach to babies and standing against the foolishness of pro-choice advocates. Towards the beginning of their discussion regarding abortion, Rogan tried to trap Dillon in his words by asking if he thought it was okay to abort a baby that was conceived in rape. Most pro-choice advocates try to frame the question as if women somehow undo the evil of rape by performing the evil of killing a baby. Dillon didn’t fall for this, and calmly stated that “two wrongs don’t make a right.” As the interview progressed, Dillon continued to calmly refute each ill-founded point Rogan tried to contrive, providing sound logic and reasoning to show that the pro-choice way of thinking is inherently faulty and unworthy of support. The best moment of the interview came when he eviscerated the argument that “abortion is healthcare” by comparing it to an equally faulty argument. Related: Lefties Cry Over FL Abortion Ban On 16-Year-Old “I think that abortion is healthcare the way that rape is lovemaking, if you want to use rape as an example,” Dillon said. “I think they’re opposites. And these are euphemisms that we use. You know, we use the word ‘healthcare,’ we’re talking about a procedure that ends an innocent human life and we’re calling it ‘healthcare?' That’s like calling rape 'lovemaking!'” The rest of the video is stirring and invigorating for those who still have enough common sense to say that abortion is murder. The segment of their video discussing abortion is right here. Thank you @SethDillon for standing for the human right to life—without exception—on @joerogan's show today.@joerogan, let’s talk. I think we would find a lot of common ground on protecting families, fighting censorship, and pursuing a meaningful life. pic.twitter.com/StlfgNxARo — Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 16, 2022

Former Australian Rugby Player Transitions to Become a Man

What is it about Australian Rugby that makes everyone want to become transgender? Former Olympic gold medalist and Australian women’s rugby team star Ellia Green has come out as transgender, making the “transition” from female to male. Green, who won a gold medal in women’s rugby at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, announced her decision in a pre-recorded video displayed at a conference in Canada regarding the fight to end homophobia in sports. Green said that declining mental health was what prompted her to make the decision, which began to deteriorate quickly after her retirement from the sport in 2021. Related: Irish Rugby League Bans Transgenders From Joining Women's Teams “I just knew it was going to be the most liberating feeling when I had that surgery and to be in the body I knew I had to be,” Green said. “That was a bright spark in my mind during these dark times facing demons, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.” I’m sorry, but deciding to go through a surgery that mutilates your body does nothing to liberate you and speaks to the possibility that your mental health might be worse than you could ever imagine.  Choosing this way of life actually keeps you enslaved to a toxic mindset and ideology that overpromises on its results and that constantly underdelivers for those foolish enough to follow it. A large contingent of men and women who have undergone this creepy and frankly demonic surgery regret their decision afterward despite the fact that trans activists claim it is liberating and life-giving. I fear they have enslaved yet another victim.

BREAKING: Brian Stelter Is OUT at CNN, ‘Reliable Sources’ Cancelled

CNN’s chief media correspondent and liberal media janitor Brian Stelter — perhaps one of the most polarizing liberal journalists of all-time — is being pushed out of the network and his show Reliable Sources being cancelled following a final episode this coming Sunday. Stelter confirmed the news Thursday to NPR media reporter and fellow lefty David Folkenflik, saying he was proud of his work that showcased “the media, truth and the stories that shape our world.” According to Folkenflik, the decision to move on from Stelter came down late Wednesday from new CNN boss Chris Licht, who’s promised to make changes to the network (see here, here, here, and here) following years of sagging ratings and exponential levels of partisanship under former puppetmaster Jeff Zucker. Concerning Reliable Sources, Stelter added to Folkenflik that “[i]t was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.” CNN executive Amy Entelis also provided a statement to Folkenflik in which she said Stelter “departs CNN an impeccable broadcaster” and that they were “proud of what Brian and his team accomplished over the years, and we're confident their impact and influence will long outlive the show.” If that would include the rumble that is CNN’s reputation after years of mendacious punditry disguised as objective analysis and reporting (as well as a broader decimation of the media’s credibility writ large), then Stelter certainly had an impact. Despite having retained its tone and tenor under Zucker of liberal sycophancy and venom for conservatives, Stelter’s ouster marks yet another personnel change under Licht and Discovery boss David Zaslav. Along with longtime chief legal analyst and Zoom nudist Jeffrey Toobin having announced Friday he was finished, previous axings included Chris Cuomo, Zucker, and Zucker’s lover/colleague Allison Gollust. Stelter’s former colleague Dylan Byers had more at Puck News on how it went down: On Wednesday afternoon, I got a text from a reliable source that Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s Reliable Sources and the lead author of its late-night newsletter of the same name, had been summoned to C.E.O. Chris Licht’s office. Apparently, Stelter emerged from the meeting looking ashen and refused to talk about the conversation with anyone. His co-author, Oliver Darcy, wrote Wednesday evening’s newsletter by himself. This morning, I confirmed that Stelter will be leaving CNN. His last episode of Reliable Sources will be this Sunday.  Stelter’s departure is both totally unsurprising and yet completely and utterly stunning. As Byers and Folkenflik noted, Stelter has been a major media player for over a decade despite being only 36 years old. A native of Damascus, Maryland, Stelter got his start writing about the news business and journalism happenings while a Towson University student by launching TVNewser. Stelter then moved to The New York Times where he worked for the late David Carr before assuming the role of lead media reporter. Independent journalist Yashar Ali also had the story, which went live just before 1:30 p.m. Eastern. In a two-sentence piece, Ali said that Stelter was “set to leave CNN.” Stay tuned to NewsBusters for more on this breaking story.

Rough Start: Alex Wagner’s New MSNBC Show Gets Smoked by Fox in Debut

On Tuesday, far-left pundit Alex Wagner made her formal return to MSNBC with her new primetime show Alex Wagner Tonight that will air Tuesday through Friday nights in place of mainstay Rachel Maddow (whose new contract allows her to keep her slot on Mondays). According to Nielsen Media Research, it struggled in comparison to the Fox News Channel with a lowly 183,000 views in the key 25-54 demo compared to 404,000 for FNC’s Hannity. Wagner’s launch — which featured some cringeworthy technical difficulties — drew 2.04 million total viewers compared to Sean Hannity’s 3.1 million total viewers. While Hannity tripled CNN Tonight’s 866,000 total viewers and 176,000 in the demo, Wagner did manage to blow CNN out of the water and was MSNBC’s top-rated show for the day in both metrics. However, given the state of CNN and how the 9:00 p.m. Eastern hour is being helmed by a series of rotating anchors (with weekday afternoon CNN Newsroom host Alisyn Camerota at the desk this week), that’s not exactly saying much. But on the other hand, Alex Wagner Tonight finished behind seven FNC shows in total viewers and then 13 FNC shows and two CNN shows in the demo. As our Geoff Dickens wrote on Monday, Wagner has a long history of bias at both MSNBC as a fill-in host and failed host of her midday show Now with Alex Wagner and at Showtime as co-host of The Circus. Our Tim Graham also had a story this week about Wagner in which she told Deadline that her show will be focusing on “dismantl[ing] or at least undercut[ting]” right-wing lies. Over at The Washington Post, Jeremy Barr seemed to be enthused by Wagner’s show and allowed her to insist she’s still “a journalist” even though “Wagner leans left on many issues.”

Discriminatory COVID Fines Dropped for California Church

This is a victory for religious freedom.  Calvary Chapel San Jose in California was fined $200,000 from the state and $2.8 million from San Jose County for holding worship services and not enforcing mask mandates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some charges have since been dropped, but lead pastor Mike McClure deemed the fines “unconstitutional” and a violation of the First Amendment. When the church was presented with the fines back in 2020, it refused to pay. The church reportedly failed to follow COVID-19 restrictions like holding in-person services, loose mask mandating, and a failure to submit social distancing protocol to the county.  Pastor McClure and attorney Mariah Gondiero of Advocates for Faith & Freedom, spoke with Fox Thursday morning. The pair deemed the fines discriminatory and an attack on religious freedom.  Gondiero pointed out that the California court dropped the charges due to the recent Supreme Court rulings that sided with freedom of speech, most specifically religious freedom, as evidenced by the Kennedy v. Bremerton School District case.  The attorney also noted the hypocrisy in California's COVID-19 restrictions. Though the state had and still has stringent restrictions, it treats liquor stores, shopping stores and and pot shops “more favorably than churches,” Daily Citizen reported. Fox News host Carly Shimkus noted the idiocy in prioritizing the attack on churches when there are so many other, more pressing concerns in the state. Insane tax rates, sanctuary state status for baby killing and having Gavin Newsom as governor to name a few.  It’s persistence paid off and the $200,000 fine was dropped this week. The $2.8 million fine is still in deliberation, but McClure isn't focused on that. He's more concerned with being able to share the good news of the Gospel.  We need a great awakening, you know, hope comes from Christ. He’s the one who died for us. The governor didn’t die for us. The county didn’t die for us. When you look at the reality of what Christ has done in people’s lives, and can do again in this generation, we need a great awakening. So, whatever comes from the county, I don’t care about that. What I care about is [that] the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, gets out to a hurting and dying world.  McClure also likened his church’s situation to communist countries where dictators “stop religion first,” which appears to have motivated his perseverance through all the discrimination he and his church faced.  For the time being, this is a win for religious liberty. Churches and other conservative leaning organizations are likely to face discrimination as the left continues to push the bounds of its woke, progressive and radical agenda. As evidenced by McClure, persistence and commitment to the cause is the best retaliation.   

CNN Screams 'Misinformation' to Defend Woke Boston Children's Hospital

On Wednesday’s installment of New Day on CNN, host Brianna Keilar and correspondent Alexandra Field alleged that it is “misinformation” and “demonstrably false” to say that Boston Children’s Hospital provides genital surgeries for minors. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. Keilar kicked off the segment by reporting that “Boston Children's Hospital says its doctors and staff have been facing violent threats after right-wing groups spread online misinformation and conspiracy theories like this one on TikTok about their facility providing care for transgender children.”     Obviously threats are not acceptable, but the purpose of this segment was to shut up BCH’s critics and Field wasted no time attempting to do just that, “Look, the claims being made online are demonstrably false, unequivocally.” She further reported that, “But the hospital has now put out a statement saying it’s taking all possible measures to protect members of the community, and it is saying in no uncertain terms it condemns the attacks and misinformation that is being spread. It also goes on to say in very clear terms, ‘Boston Children's does not perform genital surgeries as part of gender affirming care on a patient under the age of 18.’”  It is true that if you go to BCH’s website it says in bolded text that “To qualify for vaginoplasty at Boston Children's Hospital, you must be at least 18 years old and meet certain,” but on August 7, before the video went viral, the same website said in unbolded text that the age was 17. Either the original website was wrong and nobody noticed until they got embarrassed on Twitter or BCH is lying. Either way, it is dishonest to say critics are spreading conspiracy theories that are “demonstrably false.”  Field was not done accusing critics of disinformation, “That video showed a doctor talking about and explaining hysterectomy, the doctor made no mention of girls, no mention of minors and yet that post was accompanied with this text, ‘Boston Children's Hospital is offering ‘gender affirming hysterectomies for young girls,’ just entirely false.” Not mentioning it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Again, the BCH’s own website says “The Center for Gender Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital provides gender affirmation surgery services to eligible adolescents [emphasis added] and young adults” and one surgery listed on the same PDF is a hysterectomy. Elsewhere their website says “Most surgeons prefer to wait until someone is an older adolescent [emphasis added] or young adult before performing these surgeries. Surgical options include: surgery to the breast area and genital surgery” and hysterectomies are not included in the list of genital surgeries that require a patient be at least 18-years old. Wrapping up Field warned that “we’re talking about this not just because of the threats to this hospital, but because it’s part of a larger narrative we’re seeing nationwide. We're seeing more facilities that provide gender affirming care, which is not just surgery at all, it’s a multidisciplinary approach to caring for the transgender community coming under fire.”  Keilar then concluded the segment by lamenting “That misinformation being amplified by a former top aide to President Trump, we should mention. This is gaining a lot of traction.” Perhaps because “misinformation” is really just information. This segment was sponsored by Samsung. Here is a transcript for the August 18 show: CNN New Day With John Berman and Brianna Keilar 8/18/2022 8:35 AM ET BRIANNA KEILAR: Boston Children's Hospital says its doctors and staff have been facing violent threats after right-wing groups spread online misinformation and conspiracy theories like this one on TikTok about their facility providing care for transgender children. CNN's Alexandra Field is with us now on this story. What’s happening here?  ALEXANDRA FIELD: Look, the claims being made online are demonstrably false, unequivocally. But the threats that this hospital community is facing, they are and they feel very, very real. Boston Children's Hospital bills itself as the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health facility in the nation, it provides gender affirming care. But the hospital has now put out a statement saying it’s taking all possible measures to protect members of the community, and it is saying in no uncertain terms it condemns the attacks and misinformation that is being spread. It also goes on to say in very clear terms, “Boston Children's does not perform genital surgeries as part of gender affirming care on a patient under the age of 18.”  Now, the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts has said that their office is investigating any possible leads after they saw this spike in threats against the hospital community that followed a proliferation of social media posts, including a video that was posted to an account that has 1.3 million followers. That video showed a doctor talking about and explaining hysterectomy, the doctor made no mention of girls, no mention of minors and yet that post was accompanied with this text, “Boston Children's Hospital is offering ‘gender affirming hysterectomies for young girls,” just entirely false. But really we’re talking about this not just because of the threats to this hospital, but because it’s part of a larger narrative we’re seeing nationwide. We're seeing more facilities that provide gender affirming care, which is not just surgery at all, it’s a multidisciplinary approach to caring for the transgender community coming under fire. Now, Massachusetts has very strong laws that protect and support the LGBTQ+ community. But we have seen action in 15 other states to either implement or work to implement laws that would restrict access to this kind of care.  KEILAR: That misinformation being amplified by a former top aide to President Trump, we should mention. This is gaining a lot of traction. Alexandra Field, thank you for taking us through that. 

New York Times Finds Conservative Racism, McCarthyism, Nazism Afoot in 3 States

What do Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia have in common? Dangerous conservative trends, according to the New York Times. The paper saw the dark cloud of McCarthyism still hanging over Wisconsin in “Why Wisconsin Is the Most Fascinating State in American Politics.” "On Politics" newsletter editor Blake Hounshell’s Q&A with reporter Reid Epstein, posted August 12, teased out dubious insights over the political history and influences in Wisconsin. It’s where two once-powerful senators, Joseph McCarthy and Robert La Follette, defined two of the major themes we still see playing out today -- what the historian Richard Hofstadter called the “paranoid style,” in McCarthy’s case, and progressivism in La Follette’s. The Times poses as the Guardians of Truth, but they are still, despite all evidence, well, Soviet Infiltration Deniers: They're still parading around with McCarthy being asked about his decency and "McCarthy used his new platform to begin his infamous anti-communist crusade — persecuting supposed communists inside the federal government." Supposed! Then they conclude: Much of the state remains rural and conservative -- McCarthy and Trump country. Asked “How did the state get so starkly divided?” Epstein ridiculously responded that right-wing radio hosts control the debate: The Wisconsin political and media ecosystem has long been dominated by conservative talk radio hosts. More than any other state in the country, Wisconsin’s right-wing talkers control the political agenda, and like Fox News nationally, they generate ratings by stoking outrage -- usually against Democrats, but sometimes against fellow Republicans. The newspapers in Madison and Milwaukee are as liberal as the Times. Later Epstein whined about mean Republicans. Republicans have such control of the levers of power in Wisconsin that voters are almost immaterial. It is the most gerrymandered state legislature in the country…. Wisconsin doesn’t afford its citizens the opportunity to petition things into law or the state constitution like Michigan and dozens of other states do. So the only hope is through the Legislature, where Republicans have shown no compunction about maintaining their hold on power through whatever means necessary. Alexander Burns reported from Georgia on Sunday’s front page and portrayed the Republican Party’s supposedly “hard-edged” and “hard-line” ideas in the least flattering fashion he could. "Yet in the 2021 off-year elections, Republicans recovered some ground with Asian American voters in New York City and Virginia, offering a hard-edged message about crime and opposition to liberal education policies that would have reformed or abolished certain kinds of selective public-school programs that are popular with Asian families but that many Democrats regard as exclusionary of Black and Hispanic students." But Burns claimed "conservative-leaning older voters have turned away from the Republican Party’s increasingly hard-line views on race and national identity." Contributing writer Robert Draper in the Sunday Magazine wrote thousands of words on the awfulness of Arizona’s GOP, even throwing in a nasty, unfounded Nazi comparison: “The Arizona Republican Party’s Anti-Democracy Experiment -- First, it turned against the establishment. Now it has set its sights on democracy -- the principles, the process and even the word itself.” Trump also endorsed Blake Masters, now the Arizona Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate against the incumbent Democrat, Mark Kelly. Masters, the 36-year-old former C.O.O. of Peter Thiel’s venture capital firm, embraces the “great replacement” conspiracy theory. “If you say as a candidate, ‘Obviously, the Democrats, they hope to just change the demographics of our country, they hope to import an entirely new electorate,’ they call you a bigot,” he told Rob Hephner, who goes by Birdman, on the “Patriot Edition” podcast in April. Such views are in alignment with those of Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, who gave Masters his “forceful endorsement.” (Masters rejected the endorsement.)  Hillary Clinton was endorsed in 2016 by the Communist Party. Was that relevant?

Editor’s Pick: Fox News Digital Exposes Ties Between Stacey Abrams, Communist China

Over at Fox News Digital, reporter Jessica Chasmar detailed on Thursday morning how, thanks to the far-left social justice initiative Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ), liberal media darling, election denier, and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) has ties to a prominent Chinese executive linked to human rights abuses. Chasmar wrote that she “co-chaired a racial justice organization that’s financed by an executive of Alibaba, a Chinese firm that reportedly helped create surveillance technology used against Uyghur Muslims.” Due to her campaign, Abrams is now listed as “co-chair emeriti.” Abrams became involved with the group in April 2021 and said in a statement that she was “excited” to be part of a group that “puts Black leaders in the driver’s seat – with Black activists on the ground who understand how racism plays out in their community defining both the problem and the solutions.” Backed by “18 partners,” Chasmar noted one of them was the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation with Joe being the co-founder and “executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, one of China’s largest technology firms that actively works to advance the interests of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” Chasmar further reported that not only has Alibaba been under the thumb of the Chinese government, they’ve reportedly assisted in “fund[ing] several Chinese artificial intelligence companies blacklisted by the U.S. for human rights abuses” and include Uyghur concentration camps. If a Republican running for governor or Senate in a key swing state and had such ties to a foreign adversary, you’d bet that this would have already been reported on CNN and MSNBC and in the pages of the major liberal papers. To see more, check out the full FoxNews.com piece here.

Ruhle Smiles & Nods As Guest Compares Banning CRT Books to Nazi Germany

On Wednesday night’s The 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle proved that she hates conservatives who want to prevent the ideological and sexual indoctrination of children so much that she allowed one of her guests to compare their efforts to that of book burnings in Nazi Germany.  After smearing Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for preventing Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ indoctrination from being taught in schools, which she suggested is making the teacher shortage worse, she cried to Texas Democrat Senator Roland Gutierrez: "Texas is also facing a teacher shortage. It’s not a surprise. Teachers are woefully overworked, underpaid, and now under attack. How do you get more qualified teachers in Texas classrooms?" This led Gutierrez to wail that “70 percent of the teachers in Texas were actually thinking that they wouldn't come back to teaching, over the next several years, because of a lot of the issues that are happening in the legislative process.”      Continuing his kvetching about Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Gutierrez said: “We had a weak, watered-down CRT bill, in a special session, because Abbott said we have to do something about CRT. Yet he won't do anything about guns.” “These aren't problems,” he cried referring to the teaching of the racist Critical Race Theory. “But this is how bad things begin. And it’s how bad things may have begun historically. It is how -- it's what happened in Nazi Germany. They began to burn books, they began to tell people how to think.”  He claimed, “that is what’s happening with people like Rick DeSantis [sic], people like Greg Abbott.”   A responsible news anchor would’ve immediately stopped Gutierrez and told him the analogy he made was inappropriate and historically inaccurate.  Yet, Ruhle is neither responsible, smart, nor a news anchor. Not only did she fail to correct him, but she also sat there and smiled and nodded her head. Ruhle is a Democrat Party propagandist who will say anything to further her party’s radical leftist agenda.  This irresponsible segment was made possible by BMW & Fidelity. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased programming they fund.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  MSNBC’s The 11th Hour August 17, 2022 11:30:12 p.m. Eastern  STEPHANIE RUHLE: Roland, Texas is also facing a teacher shortage. It’s not a surprise. Teachers are woefully overworked, underpaid, and now under attack. How do you get more qualified teachers in Texas classrooms? It's crucial.  STATE SENATOR ROLAND GUTIERREZ: You know, it's really hard. We just saw a survey in Texas where 70 percent of the teachers in Texas were actually thinking that they wouldn't come back to teaching, over the next several years, because of a lot of the issues that are happening in the legislative process. Sometimes I think that Abbott is DeSantis's mini-me. Because what Florida does, Texas does. We had a weak, watered-down CRT bill, in a special session, because Abbott said we have to do something about CRT. Yet he won't do anything about guns. My suspicion is that that CRT bill is going to come back in the spring. We are going to see a much stringent CRT bill. Let's face it.  These aren't problems. But this is how bad things begin. And it’s how bad things may have begun historically. It is how -- it's what happened in Nazi Germany. They began to burn books, they began to tell people how to think. That is what’s happening with people like Rick DeSantis [sic], people like Greg Abbott. People need to wake up. There is certainly a woke problem. But it's the fact that people need to wake up as to what’s happening with these two leaders in this country.  RUHLE: All right. Well, so if Greg Abbott has done nothing on gun violence, you don't have enough teachers, and Texas has an enormous power grid problem -- okay, these are three issues that impact people across your state. And the governor is doing nothing. If he is doing nothing on any of those, what is he doing for the people of Texas? And the reason I ask is because this guy may have his eye on the White House.
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NewsBusters Podcast: Media Give Liz Cheney a Participation Trophy

Rep. Liz Cheney was clobbered by 37 points in her Wyoming Republican primary, but the media broke out their praises as she gaudily compared herself to Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She's a savior of the Republic!  Research director Scott Whitlock -- both a history nerd and a media-bias nerd -- joins the show to assess how the media now hail Glorious Liz -- and how before the ascent of Trump, was Odious Liz. (Chris Hayes laid it on thick.) After the landslide, they asked Cheney if she would run for president in 2024, ignoring all proof that she drove her political car off a cliff. Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pressured Cheney to proclaim the Democrats should keep their majority power in Congress. They want her to sound fully like a Democrat. Democracy is only authentic and safe when Democrats win. None of them seemed to figure out Republicans don't want to vote for Cheney when she's being painted as a hero by Dan Rather. At least CNN analyst Nia-Malika Henderson accurately conceded this politician's base of support is "the Beltway media." Their polling guru Harry Enten noted Cheney's favorable-unfavorable numbers were -10 among all voters. That's -53 among Republicans, -17 with independents, and +36 among Democrats. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

CBS Falsely Equates Abortion Bans with High Maternal Mortality Rates

On Wednesday night’s CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell and correspondent Elise Preston decided to tie pro-life laws in Republican states with higher maternal mortality rates despite providing no evidence or explanation for how the two are tied together.  O’Donnell kicked off the dishonest segment by randomly bringing up abortion restrictions. “Despite spending more on health care than any other country, America continues to have the highest maternal mortality rate compared to other wealthy nations. Now new abortion bans are limiting women's healthcare options even more,” O’Donnell cried.     She never explained how the two are related, but that wasn’t the point. The goal was to put the idea in viewers’ heads.  Picking up where O’Donnell left off, Preston talked to a man who lost his wife while she was in labor (click expand to read):  ELISE PRESTON: Charles Johnson is trying to fill the void for his two sons, but the loss of their mother, Kira, in 2016, is too deep.  JOHNSON: Kira was rocked when I see these boys and how amazing they are, it's bittersweet.  PRESTON: It was supposed to be a routine c-section.  JOHNSON: The doors to the operating room opened, and they closed behind Kira and that's the last time I saw her alive.  PRESTON: In the U.S., at least 3,000 mothers have died during childbirth since 2016. 12 of the states that have the most restrictive abortion laws also have maternal mortality rates above the national average. Nationwide, black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy.  Preston never explained how exactly Johnson’s wife died, nor did she explain how abortion bans contributed to her death.  She then interviewed an abortionist who runs an organization called Physicians for Reproductive Health, which is a leftist term for abortion (click expand to read):  DOCTOR JAMILA PERRITT (CEO, PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH): I'm as terrified as the people I take care of. Survival beyond pregnancy is the least of what we deserve.  PRESTON: OB/GYN doctor Jamila Perritt says the blame goes beyond women simply having access to quality care. How do we get to black women dying at a rate three to four times?  PERRITT: We didn't get here overnight. I'll tell you that. There's lots of evidence, lots of research that shows black women are treated differently when we see seek care. We're not listened to in the same way. We're given a different level of care, a lesser level of care.  This segment was purposefully vague in order to scare viewers into believing abortion bans lead to increased maternal mortality rates. This is despite the fact that as previously reported here at NewsBusters, there isn’t one state in the United States that prevents a woman from receiving an abortion if her life is at risk.  This deceptive segment from CBS was made possible by TD Ameritrade. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they fund.  To read the transcript of this segment click “expand”:  CBS Evening News August 17, 2022 6:48:41 p.m. Eastern  NORAH O’DONNELL: Despite spending more on health care than any other country, America continues to have the highest maternal mortality rate compared to other wealthy nations. Now new abortion bans are limiting women's healthcare options even more. CBS's Elise Preston goes in-depth to look at the problem and possible solutions.  CHARLES JOHNSON: I got you!  ELISE PRESTON: Charles Johnson is trying to fill the void for his two sons, but the loss of their mother, Kira, in 2016, is too deep.  JOHNSON: Kira was rocked when I see these boys and how amazing they are, it's bittersweet.  PRESTON: It was supposed to be a routine c-section.  JOHNSON: The doors to the operating room opened, and they closed behind Kira and that's the last time I saw her alive.  PRESTON: In the U.S., at least 3,000 mothers have died during childbirth since 2016. 12 of the states that have the most restrictive abortion laws also have maternal mortality rates above the national average. Nationwide, black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy.  DOCTOR JAMILA PERRITT (CEO, PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH): I'm as terrified as the people I take care of. Survival beyond pregnancy is the least of what we deserve.  PRESTON: OB/GYN doctor Jamila Perritt says the blame goes beyond women simply having access to quality care. How do we get to black women dying at a rate three to four times?  PERRITT: We didn't get here overnight. I'll tell you that. There's lots of evidence, lots of research that shows black women are treated differently when we see seek care. We're not listened to in the same way. We're given a different level of care, a lesser level of care.  [...] PRESTON: Johnson is now sharing his wife's story to help other vulnerable mothers.  JOHNSON: Every time I share my experience it's extremely painful. It's literally the worst thing that's ever happened. But my hope is that by telling the story, it will help prevent what happened to our family from happening to other families. 

CensorTrack with TR: Big Tech’s Bias Against Life, Military & Christ

It’s Episode 51 of CensorTrack with TR. This week, we talked about how Big Tech has an anti-conservative and anti-Christian bias.   CensorTrack With TR has been running for a year now, and throughout the last 365 days MRC Free Speech America has seen a plethora of censorship types, cases and attacks. Big Tech has particularly targeted life-affirming posts, content that relates to our military and posts that honor the Christian faith. In September, Google banned Live Action’s ads for the abortion pill reversal drug. Women would take this drug to reverse the effects of a Plan-B abortion pill in the case that a woman begins the process of an abortion but changes her mind. Live Action said that this reversal pill has saved thousands of children, and Google blocking the ads makes the knowledge of this life-saving resource less accessible Google also banned ads for Live Action’s “Baby Olivia” video, which detailed the gestational life of a child.  It appears that Big Tech doesn't care for the unborn as it hides life-saving resources and information. It is also evident that Big Tech has little to no care for our military either.  Army vet Sam Brown was badly burned during an IED explosion in Afghanistan, leaving his face wounded. Brown posted an image of himself saluting in uniform for the Fourth of July. Twitter marked the image as “sensitive content” last year, and the image is still censored. 1st Aviation Brigade Surgeon Dr. Theresa M Long is an Army surgeon who was removed from LinkedIn after praising her fellow servicemen and touting her faith. According to purported screenshots, Long wrote to “keep him [her friend mark] and his family in your prayers - that in all things God is glorified.” Her post and account at large was removed.  It’s a shame that Big Tech is blatantly against morally good things and freedom of speech in general.  Watch below for the fifty-first episode of CensorTrack with TR! We encourage you to post and share it across all social media. If you have been censored, contact us at www.CensorTrack.org, and use #FreeSpeech to point out more of Big Tech’s unacceptable bias. Check out our recent episodes: Big Tech Has No Sense of Humor Peterson, Rubin Silenced Over ‘Ellen Page’ Tweets Big Tech Censors ‘God Bless America’ Over ‘Racism’ and ‘Phishing’ Big Tech’s Censorship Effect Is BERSERK Big Tech Censors The Babylon Bee’s JOKES And more!  Conservatives are under attack. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.  

Oracle Is Now Vetting TikTok’s Algorithms

Oracle is vetting and auditing TikTok’s algorithms. On Tuesday, Axios reported that Oracle will be responsible for reviewing the platform’s content moderation methods and will soon have all U.S. user data on its cloud. An Oracle spokesperson told Axios that this traffic is now being routed to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure.  The technology corporation’s reviews are part of “Project Texas,” the platform’s efforts to convince U.S. lawmakers that its algorithms do not threaten national security.  This review of the algorithms will "ensure that outcomes are in line with expectations and that the models have not been manipulated in any way," the spokesperson told Axios. Last year, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) reintroduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act to ban TikTok from devices used by federal employees. Hawley claimed that TikTok is “a Trojan horse for the Chinese Communist Party that has no place on government devices—or any American devices, for that matter,” in a statement.  “TikTok has repeatedly proven itself to be a malicious actor[,] but Joe Biden and Big Tech refuse to take the threat of Chinese espionage seriously," he added. "It’s time for Congress to act." Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Transgender ‘Female’ REJECTED from Every Sorority at University of Alabama

Last week, Grant Sikes, a freshman MALE at the University of Alabama (UA) attempted to join a sorority - yes, the Greek Life chapter for females. Thankfully, he was dropped the day before bid day.  #BamaRush became popular on the TikTok social media app at the end of the summer last year and trended again this year. The trend is for students who are rushing to join a sorority at UA to share the outfits of the day, updates, and day-in-the-life montages so that viewers can see what the process is like. Each year there are a few people who stand out online with the help of social media algorithms. These users are called “the main character of BamaRush.” This year, TikTok’s shining star was Grant Sikes. Sikes began posting on TikTok on August 6, and by the 8th he had already garnered over 57,000 followers. Now, less than 10 days later, Sikes' TikTok has close to 115,000 followers. While Sikes was being propped up the platform and followers, opponents were censored. I was blocked by Sikes and censored twice by TikTok during the sacrifice that I went through in order to conduct my research. TikTok doesn’t like that I "trust the science" on Grant’s actual gender.  His videos are pretty cringe if you ask me and honestly seem like a parody or mockery of women and girls.  The sororities may have agreed, as all but two sororities dropped Sikes prior to the first day of rush week. And on the day before the concluding ceremony called “bid day,” a phone call indicated that Sikes wasn't chosen to be part of any female sorority. I don't blame the sororities whatsoever.  On Saturday, Aug 13, Sikes posted a TikTok video expressing how sad he was that he can’t “be a part of a sisterhood.”  On Instagram, which I had to view via a private browser due to Sikes blocking me, he posted a four paragraph lament about his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Unfortunately, this chapter is closet. This recruitment journey is over for me. Being dropped from my last house this morning during primary recruitment at the University of Alabama doesn’t come as a surprise considering out of the almost 20 chapters- I was dropped by every single one except 2 before day 1.  -Gamma Phi Beta -Kappa Alpha Theta I am hopeful of a future where everyone is welcomed for just being themselves — everywhere.  I knew Sikes would act in such a manner when I broke this story last week after one of MRC’s interns, Aubrey Tuell, was censored for questioning Sikes’ place in a FEMALE sorority (redundancy intended). “He’ll probably throw a diva tantrum and complain that the school is transphobic,” I wrote last Monday.  Perhaps Sikes was dropped due to the fact that, regardless of what's between his legs, he wasn't a good candidate for a sorority. Sororities were set to be a distinguished group of young ladies who aim to serve the community. In order to be accepted, women need to have a certain GPA and good tract record. Some users speculated that Sikes did not meet the criteria regardless of being a biological male and that may have been the reason for his rejection. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know why Sikes was officially dropped as there's a large amount of secrecy dealing with Greek life.  All I can say now is that this is a win for the safety and sanity of the actual girls in sororities at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide ladies.

Tim Pool Tells Dan Bongino NewsGuard is a ‘Joke,’ ‘Not a Legitimate Agency’

Fox News “Unfiltered” host Dan Bongino asked podcast host Tim Pool about his website’s recent clash with NewsGuard. “I think it’s a joke,” Pool said. “They gave us a good rating, but it is not a legitimate agency.” NewsGuard is a browser extension that rates news supposedly on the basis of “credibility and transparency,” but Pool said he caught the website breaking its own criteria and basic journalistic ethics.  Pool said that NewsGuard misquoted him in its nutrition label for his website Timcast.com. “They inserted words into my quote on their rating to change the context of what I said,” Pool told Bongino. “It took me three tries of saying, ‘You have to remove those words.’ And they finally said ‘oh, oh, fine we’ll remove them.’” Timcast.com fell short in the “Gathers and presents information responsibly” section of NewsGuard’s credibility nutrition label, which scored Timcast an 82 out of 100. “They gave us one strike for irresponsibility,” Pool told Bongino. “They first emailed me questioning why I reported on the Hunter Biden laptop emails and my response was, ’Your agency certified two outlets that claimed the emails are verified. And they immediately said ‘oh, oh, whoops, whoopsy.’” NewsGuard complained of multiple issues in several different Timcast.com articles when it rated the site. Pool said in one case, NewsGuard penalized Timcast for accurately reporting something that former President Donald Trump said. “They came and claimed that because we quoted Donald Trump in a factual news article on our website, Timcast.com, that it was irresponsible because Donald Trump is a liar and they said his quotes are provably false.”  Pool told Bongino that he responded by saying, “We are not fact-checking what he said. We’re reporting he responded with a statement.” Pool also said he told NewsGuard he and his colleagues would “implement a new policy moving forward on all quotes to fact-check them all so we’re not being irresponsible.”  Pool noted his website has a “very good rating from NewsGuard” despite Timcast’s slightly tarnished score. He also tweeted that NewsGuard lowered Timcast’s score based on five articles which is concerning because wildly biased and openly inaccurate news sites–like BuzzFeedNews, USA Today, and The Nation–have perfect or near-perfect scores. “NewsGuard says we are not responsible because out of 3,892 articles around 5 either were too similar to other outlets reporting or did not provide fact checks on quotes,” Pool tweeted. “They refuse to say USA Today, which admitted to fabricating 23 stories, is irresponsible.”  USA Today retains a perfect NewsGuard score. MRC Free Speech America also found in December that NewsGuard rated left-leaning outlets 27 points higher on average than right-leaning news outlets, based on a list compiled by AllSides.  That list classified outlets’ “bias” on a left-to-right scale. 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.

Court Gives Musk Access to Docs from Fired Twitter Exec: Report

On Monday, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that Twitter must give Elon Musk documents from its former head of consumer product. The Verge reported that although Musk requested documents from 22 Twitter employees, the court granted just one of his requests. According to an order obtained by Vox.com, Judge Kathaleen McCormick ordered Twitter to “collect, review, and produce documents from Kayvon Beykpour.” The court ordered that Twitter produce documents from a previousy agreed 41 custodians in addition to Beykpour. "The plaintiff is not required to collect, review, or produce documents from any other of the defendants’ proposed 22 additional custodians," the order reads. "The plaintiff need only collect, review, and produce documents from the 41 custodians to which plaintiff has agreed to date and Mr. Beykpour." Twitter fired Beykpour in May when company CEO Parag Agrawal decided to “take the [company] in a different direction,” Beykpour tweeted. In a podcast recorded last year, The Verge said that as the head of consumer product, Beykpour was “responsible for deciding what tools Twitter actually builds for people to express themselves.” MRC Free Speech America reported earlier this month that Musk said his deal to purchase the platform for $44 billion would move forward if Twitter provided proof of real accounts. The “proof” Musk is asking for would presumably end Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk and his countersuit against the company. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide clarity on “hate speech” and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Latino Nets CHEERED $4 Gas, Call Record Bidenflation ‘Great News’!

In yet another example that shows why Hispanic trust in media is at an all-time low, the ever-shrinking viewers of the national Spanish-speaking media had to endure yet another cringe episode of blatant pro-Biden propaganda. One blaring example was the recent pro-Biden barrage coming from all channels, anchors and reporters, in news reports about the July CPI. MRC Latino compiled a sampling from Univision, Telemundo and Estrella TV, to illustrate just how seriously the Latino media seem to take their role as propagandists for the Biden administration. RAUL GONZALEZ: And we are just hours away from receiving a new economic report and everything seems to indicate that it is loaded with good news! [...] TACHER: Good news that has to do with inflation, the price of gasoline [...] ARLEN DEL TORO: This week is full of good news for everyone's pockets. [...] NIDIA CAVAZOS: We're reporting this good news [...] ROMI DE FRIAS: Yes, well, very good news for drivers here in the United States [...] FELICIDAD AVELEYRA: This week we have seen a relief in gasoline prices [...] LUIS MEGID: Hopeful news [...] GUILLERMO GONZÁLEZ: One bit of news is that, as you can see here behind me, the national average is already below $4, something that will certainly ease the pockets of millions of Americans. [...] NACHO LOZANO: And gasoline prices keep coming down. Today we are going to tell you how much longer this news that cheers everyone's pockets could last. [...] PALMIRA PÉREZ: And well, the price of gasoline continues to fall, which is a relief for consumers tired of inflation. [...] DEL TORO: Now this is really good news. The average price of gasoline nationwide is $4.01. This is really a relief for the pockets of Americans. ... The truth is that it is excellent news and that is that finally the prices of gasoline fall even a little. For the first time in the last five months [...] The next time you fill up your vehicle's tank you'll pay less than $4 per gallon. How wonderful, folks! [...] GALO ARELLANO: I am currently at a gas station in Doral (Florida), and you need to take a very close look at the gas prices. Right now, a gallon of regular gas is at $3.63- plus is at $3.97. These are prices that truly delight the soul. Great news! Prices that delight the soul! What a relief! Look at the happy faces! Those were the delusional talking points repeated by the Hispanic corporate media to an economically challenged viewership, one that has repeatedly appeared on air to confirm their struggle to put food on the table and gasoline in their tanks. A viewership, by the way, that deserves much better. Help the MRC call out the bias in the Spanish language news media. Follow this link for more information.

Legacy Media Blind to Navy Lieutenant in Japanese Prison

The media's power lies as much in what they don't cover as in the spin they give subjects they care about.  An example of this is the story of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Ridge Alkonis. He's been in a Japanese prison for more than a year, and has been sentenced to remain there for another three. Lt. Alkonis was convicted of negligent and drowsy driving in a car accident that claimed the lives of two bystanders. However, numerous sources deemed the accident a result of a medical emergency. He was reportedly experiencing acute mountain sickness that caused him to lose consciousness at the wheel and lose control of the vehicle.  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) spoke out about the situation late last month, asserting that Alkonis was being “targeted here because he’s an American.” Similarly, Rep. Mike Levin (R-CA) stated that “the Japanese government violated the status of forces agreement, which governs the treatment of our service members there.”  On August 18, a group gathered in Washington D.C. behind the White House to rally in support of Alkonis's return. Speakers included his friends and family, who all called for a correction to his imprisonment. Among them was Trevor Reed. Reed was previously detained in Russia for 985 days before President Joe Biden exchanged prisoners at the end of July. “The United States government, the DOD and the White House have a responsibility to get him (Alkonis) out,” he urged. Reed argued that, as Japan is an allied country, there doesn’t need to be a prisoner exchange in order to get Alkonis back. Reed insisted that it be done “immediately,” according to NowThisNews’ livestream.  Alkonis’s wife Brittany traveled to D.C. to with the couple’s children. She said that her husband dedicated his life to his country as a member of the Navy but feels “abandoned” by America. She vowed not to leave until she was invited to the White House to discuss a plan of action for her husband's return.  While Alkonis’ story remains in the shadows, legacy media has spent countless minutes garnering support for Brittany Griner, who is similarly being held in a Russian prison.  Griner was arrested by Russian authorities back in February over drug smuggling charges. She was sentenced to nine years in prison after being caught attempting to board a plane with cannabis vape cartridges in her carry-on-bag.  Griner pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis but numerous figures have deemed her imprisonment wrong.  Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted Aug. 4 that Griner “should be released immediately.” Unironically, Harris was admittedly against the legalization of marijuana when she served as San Francisco DA. Now however, Harris has dismissed Griner’s activity.  Similarly, MSNBC blamed America for Griner’s imprisonment deeming her decision to break Russian law as a result of unequal NBA/WNBA pay.  While the left is clamoring to get Griner out of Russian imprisonment. Alkonis's situation is in violation of the status of forces agreement with an ally. This isn’t a matter of one crime vs the other, it's a matter of advocating for the freedom of a progressive celebrity who admitted to breaking the law over a man who was serving his country when involved in a tragic accident.   

CCP-Tied TikTok Caves to Pressure, Launches Elections Center in Lead-Up to 2022 Midterms

Foreign interference in U.S. elections? Chinese Communist Party-linked TikTok launched an in-app Elections Center in the lead-up to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. On Aug. 17, TikTok released a statement detailing, “Our commitment to election integrity.” TikTok described its new Elections Center, with “authoritative” resources in 45 languages, including live election reports and information about “who and what” is on the ballot provided by Ballotpedia. TikTok will also label content across its platform related to the midterm elections, allowing users “to click through” to the Elections Center. This comes as the U.S. House of Representatives’ Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor just issued a “cyber advisory” on TikTok, labeling the app “high-risk” because of China’s access to personal data on it. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-tied ByteDance, also stated it would ban so-called “election misinformation, harassment - including that directed towards election workers - hateful behavior, and violent extremism.”  TikTok explained that alleged “election misinformation” spurred the creation of the in-app Elections Center. “Providing access to authoritative information is an important part of our overall strategy to counter election misinformation,” TikTok claimed.  The new center also involves collaborations with the Center for Democracy in Deaf America, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, Campus Vote Project and Restore Your Vote, which describes itself as an organization that helps convicted criminals determine their voting eligibility, according to TikTok. TikTok claimed that any action requiring the sharing of information, like registering to vote, would direct users away from the platform and therefore it would not have access to people’s personal data. “We'll have more to share in the coming weeks, including some further steps we're taking regarding political accounts on TikTok as we work to foster an authentic environment for our community,” the TikTok statement concluded. TikTok has a history of targeting conservatives with censorship, including banning MRCTV. And the creation of the elections center is not the only anti-election “misinformation” action TikTok has taken. The platform recently banned influencers from posting paid political content. TikTok recently came under fire after it was revealed that Chinese ByteDance employees had direct access to TikTok U.S. user data.  TikTok’s announcement of the Elections Center came only three days after The New York Times pressured the app to increase its censorship in a piece titled, “On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms.” The Times’s Tiffany Hsu claimed, “TikTok is shaping up to be a primary incubator of baseless and misleading information,” citing pro-Trump content as trivial as the #StoptheSteal hashtag.  The Times previously pushed Meta (Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg to increase censorship of so-called “election misinformation” as well. Facebook and Twitter have also recently announced they will censor so-called election “misinformation.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact TikTok via email at communitymanager@tiktok.com and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

WATCH: Jordan Peterson Wrecks Global Climate Extremists: ‘Leave Us Alone!’

Psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson rebuked the woke globalist peddlers of climate doom in a fiery video essay on his YouTube channel. “Have you all noticed that food has become much more expensive?” Peterson asked in an Aug. 15 video. “That shelter has become much more expensive? That energy is more expensive? That many consumer goods are simply unavailable?”      The video was titled, “Back Off, Oh Masters of the Universe.” Peterson went on to explain that life is more difficult because of the so-called “energy transition,” advanced by those Peterson called believers in an “environmental apocalypse.”   Peterson vowed to resist a global fear campaign aimed at stripping people of freedom and making life more expensive and more difficult. “Leave us alone, you centralizers of power. You worshippers of Gaia. You sacrificers of the wealth and property of others. You would-be planetary savers. You Machivellian pretenders and virtue-signallers, objecting to power, all the while you gather it around you madly.”  “Leave us alone,” Peterson added for emphasis. “Peddlers of environmental doom have shown their true totalitarian colours,” Peterson wrote in the headline of the original Aug. 15 article in The Telegraph that his video was based on.  In the video, Peterson continued his call for resistance: “We will not advance without resistance through the straits of your enforced privation. We will not allow you to steal and destroy the energy that makes our lives bearable and that produces our food and shelter and housing and the sporadic delights of modern life, just to address your existential terror, particularly when it will fail to do so in any case.”  Peterson gave an alternative vision to the left’s green utopian fantasy, placing emphasis on economic growth.  “I learned that the fastest and most certain pathway forward to the future we all want and need — peaceful, prosperous, beautiful — is through the economic elevation of the absolutely poor,” he said.“Make the poor rich, and the planet will improve. Or at least get out of their way while they try to make themselves rich. Make the poor poorer, and this is the concrete plan, remember, and things will get worse. Perhaps worse beyond imagining.”  Politicians, celebrities and the liberal media have repeatedly fearmongered on climate change over the past few years while not living up to their own words. For example, State Department Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry said at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in July that “We all have to be able to reduce the emissions. We have to accelerate the transition. We’re behind.”  That same month, Fox News revealed that Kerry’s private jet made a total of 48 trips and emitted an estimated 715,886 pounds of 325 metric tons of carbon.  Conservatives are under attack. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they report on climate hypocrites like John Kerry and Bill Gates.

Elon Musk Jokes About Buying Manchester United on Twitter

Manchester United of the English Premier League (EPL) seemingly never have a moment's peace. Whether it’s a revolving door of managers, players who don’t perform in a way worthy of their contracts, or losing games they should win, the club always seems to be engulfed in drama in one form or another. But none of that compares to the recent edition of the drama that now shrouds the Red Devils, although this instance is rather funny. Elon Musk, the guy who was supposed to buy Twitter, used that same app to jokingly claim that he was going to buy the iconic club in an attempt to save it from its downward spiral. A follower was fooled by the quip and asked Musk if he was serious, but the billionaire quickly said he was kidding.  No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022 Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils won 13 Premier League Titles and two Champions League trophies, but since his retirement in 2013, Manchester has struggled to maintain its relevance amongst the top clubs in the country and the world. Their woes have continued to start the season, losing to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford by scores of 2-1 and 4-0, respectively. So while it might take more than a stake in ownership to right the burning ship that is Manchester United, it might not be the most outlandish thing to happen with the club in recent memory.

VA Education Blob Wants to Downgrade the Founders. Youngkin Isn’t Having it.

The governor of Virginia is not a fan of efforts to downgrade the status of George Washington and James Madison in the history teaching of the state’s public schools. To Glenn Youngkin, the two Founders from Virginia should remain “The Father of our Country” and “The Father of the Constitution,” respectively. The Virginia Department of Education is scheduled to update the state’s learning standards. The VDOE says the proposed demotions of Washington and Madison were included in the draft standards inadvertently, and had originally been proposed during the administration of former governor Ralph “Step n’ Fetchit’ Northam when he was atoning for his blackface and/or KKK photo hubbub.  Youngkin, who was elected largely by parents appalled by the garbage progressive school boards and education bureaucrats were shoving into school curricula, rejected “removing the nomenclature” about Washington and Madison and said “all these standards still need significant work.” “I believe that we should tell our history accurately, the good and the bad. And part of the history we're going to tell is that our Founding Fathers, including George Washington, and James Madison, let's not forget about Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry and the others played an extraordinary role in the founding of our nation,” Youngkin added. On the other hand, Atif Qarni, who was Bojangles Northam’s secretary of education, told 7News about the “two different commissions so we had a commission on African-American history education … and then we had another advisory committee called the Culturally Inclusive Practice Advisory Committee … collectively it was about 60 different people – experts weighing in.” Qarni, you had me at “Culturally Inclusive Practice Advisory Committee!” You let loose those ninjas of the education bureaucracy? No wonder you’re so bullish on the standards: “These proposed changes, if they go through, as is, will really separate apart in the best possible way to take a holistic perspective and really teach our history because they both provide a balance between depth and breadth,” said Qarni. “And then they also create a system where [a] variety of perspectives can really be understood and comprehended. And teachers can really work with students to really understand their local communities, but also have a nice global perspective and connect the dots.” So ‘tis as clear as is the summer sun.  Maybe, if Qarni’s global dot-connecting, deep and broad balancing, perspective comprehending standards do get through, and Youngkin still doesn’t like them, we can compromise. George Washington: “Male-identifying caregiver of his country.” Madison could be “the sperm donor to the loving lesbian couple who nurtured the constitution.” Check in with former governor Minstrel Show. I bet he’d have creative ideas.  

New York Post RIPS CBS Star Norah O'Donnell for Incorrect Tweet on Trump Raid

Anonymous sources can cut both ways. After CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell sloppily tweeted an inaccurate claim that Trump was lying about the FBI taking his passports in the Mar-a-Lago raid, unnamed critics inside CBS pounced in a Tuesday New York Post story.  [T]he anchor attributed the information to a single source — a big no-no at CBS News, which has a strict two-source protocol, angry CBS sources told The Post. They added that the tweets also made it sound like O’Donnell was calling the former president a “liar.” “This is an embarrassment for CBS that the face of your network can’t even make a second call to a Justice Department rep,” one livid source said. “It’s Journalism 101.” The loathing of Trump routinely leads to sloppy, rushed reporting to paint Trump as perennially engulfed in damaging scandal.  NEW: According to a DOJ official, the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump's passports. Trump had accused the FBI of stealing his three passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago home. — Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) August 15, 2022 Team Trump responded with an email acknowledging they took the passports:  This is how Fake News works, folks. Biden admin actively feeds half truths & lies that the media willingly amplifies—advancing a partisan narrative to attack Trump.@NorahODonnell, did your “source” read you this email? Did you bother asking if they indeed seized the passports? https://t.co/DlzkagN0ie pic.twitter.com/VwCU7DPCvg — Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) August 15, 2022 The Post did publish a response from CBS: In a written statement to The Post, a CBS rep defended O’Donnell’s series of tweets. “Donald Trump publicly alleged that his passports were ‘stolen’ and in the hands of the FBI. As part of the normal reporting process, our reporters inquired with the DOJ about whether they had Donald Trump’s passports,” a CBS rep said in a statement to The Post. “They replied that they did not,” the rep added. “Our reporting reflected that; it was true then and it is true now that the FBI was not in possession of his passports at the time. And as the tweet thread makes clear, any items that were not contained in the warrant would be returned.” “It’s still bad journalism,” the source punched back. “She didn’t ask if the passports were ever in their possession. She didn’t say ‘no longer in possession.'” On Tuesday night, The Post Editorial Board piled on:  No sooner did we warn that the media was back to relying on dubious anonymous sources to pump up anti-Trump narratives than CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell proved our point. “According to a DOJ official,” she tweeted Monday, “the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports. Trump had accused the FBI of stealing his three passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.” No name for the source, of course. Oops: Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich soon shared an email from the Justice Department admitting it did confiscate three of the ex-prez’s passports, “one being his active diplomatic passport.” CBS lamely tried to cover, claiming the FBI no longer had Trump’s passports at the time O’Donnell tweeted. Sorry, no: She plainly was painting the ex-prez as a liar. This follows breathless Washington Post and New York Times pieces similarly promoting the anti-Trump claims of anonymous government sources — despite all the corrections and retractions the papers have had to past stories that relied on anonymous liars.

EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Knock Google Pilot Program to Remove Gmail Leftist Spam Bias

Republican politicians knocked Google’s newly approved email plan, suggesting it doesn’t  go far enough to ensure GOP fundraising emails reach Gmail users’ inboxes. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Aug. 11 approved a proposed pilot by Google to address GOP concerns that too few Republican political fundraising emails were reaching Gmail users’ inboxes. The approval follows a March North Carolina State University study that exposed how Gmail marked 67.6 percent of right-leaning candidates’ emails as spam and just 8.2 percent of left-leaning candidates’ emails as spam.  In addition to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Republican Sens. Steve Daines (MT) and John Thune (SD) expressed doubt that Google will shore up its documented left-leaning spam filter bias, even after the FEC approved Google’s pilot proposal. “While it’s good to see the FEC has cleared the way for Google to increase transparency, this pilot program won’t fix the underlying issue of Republican emails getting caught in spam or not delivered at all,” Daines said in a statement to MRC Free Speech America. “I’ll keep pushing for Google to establish parity between both sides to ensure all Americans can connect and engage in political discourse.” The pilot will last through January, and Thune’s office signaled discontent with the temporary nature of the program. “While Sen. Thune is glad Google has acknowledged this issue, he believes it’s an inadequate response to a large and serious problem,” Thune spokesperson Ryan Wrasse wrote in an email. “More needs to be done. Consumers want a long-term, transparent fix, which is what his bill would provide.” Thune led 26 other GOP senators in June in introducing a bill to ban email providers from automatically marking certain political campaign emails as spam. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) introduced companion House legislation days later. The bills, which remain pending in committees, would require Gmail to release quarterly reports noting how many times the provider flagged respective GOP and Democratic Party campaign emails as spam. NRCC took issue with the proposed pilot, saying it allows Google to further “put its finger on the scale” of elections. “We are calling for Google and all other email providers to protect political speech by delivering 100% of opted-in political emails to recipients without blocking and filtration,” an NRCC spokesperson wrote in an email. A Google spokesperson said that his company’s goal during this pilot program is to assess “alternative ways” of addressing concerns from bulk senders, while giving users “clear controls” to minimize unwanted email. As approved, the pilot would ask Gmail users whether they wanted to receive emails covered by the pilot in their inboxes, giving them the option to opt out anytime after opting in. “We will continue to monitor feedback as the pilot rolls out to ensure it is meeting its goals,” the Google spokesperson said. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Google at 650-253-0000 and demand it mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on hate speech and an equal footing for conservatives.

NBC Lobbies Liz Cheney: Just Say It's Better for Dems to Keep Congress!

NBC on Wednesday repeatedly lobbied Liz Cheney to run for president after she lost her renomination bid for Congress. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie also repeated the media-created comparison that Cheney is Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars and Trump is Darth Vader.  Guthrie deemed “64 percent” of Republicans to be election deniers (without citing a source) and then lobbied for Cheney to outright call for Democratic victory in 2022: “That is your red line. That is who is coming to Congress if Republicans prevail and get control of Congress. Given that state of affairs, do you think it would be better for the country if Democrats retained control?”  After the Republican declined, a frustrated Guthrie tried again: “Well, let me try it one more time. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she fears for our very democracy if Republicans win in November. Do you?”      Again, Cheney refused and so the Today host spun the midterms as a “battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” She demanded, “Has that choice been made by Republicans fundamentally?”  Guthrie closed by, yet again, comparing the congresswoman to Obi-Wan Kenobi:  Finally, in the moments we have, word on the street is that you and your team were fond of an editorial recently that likened you to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars who said to Darth Vader, essentially as they duked it out, “If you strike me down now, I'll be stronger in death.” Is that how you see it? You’re stronger in political death this morning?  On Tuesday’s Today, Hallie Jackson compared Cheney to, you guessed it, Obi Wan Kenobi:  I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump. But, to prove that it was actually possible to ask tough questions, Guthrie on Wednesday did manage to ask one to Cheney. Here it is:  We all know the old adage “all politics is local” and in focus groups and interviews with reporters, many Wyoming voters said that you lost your way. You went Washington and were focused too much on Trump and not the issues they cared about. One poll showed 61 percent of likely Republican voters there said you weren't focused on Wyoming issues. Was that the issue? Did you have the wrong focus?  For more on how the media used to hate Liz Cheney, see my study here.  The Democratic propaganda on Today was sponsored by Citi cards. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the questions is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Today 8/17/2022 7:06AM ET GUTHRIE: And I'm remembering back to when we had an interview back in may 2021 when you lost your leadership position. I said they are coming after you. President Trump wants to go to Wyoming and take you on in the primary. And you said, “Bring it on.” They did. And here we are and you lost. How do you feel about that now? What's your response today?”  ... GUTHRIE: Back a moment to your race. We all know the old adage “all politics is local” and in focus groups and interviews with reporters, many Wyoming voters said that you lost your way. You went Washington and were focused too much on Trump and not the issues they cared about. One poll showed 61 percent of likely Republican voters there said you weren't focused on Wyoming issues. Was that the issue? Did you have the wrong focus?  ... GUTHRIE: In point of fact, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy did consider this a referendum on your work on January 6th. President Trump, former President Trump, last night said it was a complete rebuke of that work. And you have said in the past you thought the voters of Wyoming fundamentally understood how important that fidelity to the Constitution was. Did you get that wrong? Do people see it differently in the Republican Party?  ... GUTHRIE: The former President said last night you're now headed to political oblivion. You said this fight is just beginning. You've even launched a political organization already. So let's just be straight about it. Are you considering running for president yourself?  ... GUTHRIE: Congresswoman, you didn't answer me yes or no....You didn't say yes or no, and that's fine if you are thinking about it. But are you thinking about running for president?  ... GUTHRIE: Let's go back to the primary season. It's almost over now. And 64 percent of the Republicans who have won their primaries are election deniers. That is your red line. That is who is coming to Congress if Republicans prevail and get control of Congress. Given that state of affairs, do you think it would be better for the country if Democrats retained control?  ... GUTHRIE: Well, let me try it one more time. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she fears for our very democracy if Republicans win in November. Do you?  ... GUTHRIE: You are now the latest House Republican who had crossed party lines and voted to impeach President Trump to not be retaining your seat. Only two have won in their primaries. People talk about the battle for the soul of the Republican Party. You have said there's a time for choosing whether we're loyal to the Constitution or loyal to Trump and we must choose. Has that choice been made by Republicans fundamentally?  ... GUTHRIE: Finally, in the moments we have, word on the street is that you and your team were fond of an editorial recently that likened you to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars who said to Darth Vader, essentially as they duked it out, “If you strike me down now, I'll be stronger in death.” Is that how you see it? You’re stronger in political death this morning? 

To Avoid New GOP Laws, MSNBC Promotes Homeschooling

Wednesday’s Jose Diaz-Balart Reports on MSNBC had what initially appeared to be a promising segment about the rise of black families who have decided to homeschool their children. However, that promise evaporated when it was portrayed as a useful way to get around new Republican laws that seek to combat far-left racial theories and politicized versions of history. Diaz-Balart led off the segment by reporting that, “for a growing number of black families, the COVID pandemic has made them decide to homeschool their kids” before introducing correspondent Antonia Hylton’s more in-depth report.     Introducing a video segment, Hylton repeated Diaz-Balart’s point about COVID, “For a growing number of black families, they have decided to keep their kids out of the classroom for good. They told me their problems with existing public school systems didn’t start with the pandemic, but COVID shutdowns gave them a good excuse to walk away. Take a look.” The video began by highlighting Brenaea Fairchild who founded the Melanin Village, “a collective of black families that have decided to homeschool, many driven away from public schools after the pandemic exposed inequities” That could’ve led to an interesting discussion about the power of unions, their relationship with the Democratic Party, and the effects of shutdowns on learning, but MSNBC went another direction. After reporting that “Before COVID, only 3% of black students were homeschooled. In 2021, it shot up to 16%,” Hylton asked Fairchild, “When did you decide that this is what you wanted for your kids?” Fairchild declared that, “I looked at the presentation of slavery in the Civil War in U.S. history textbooks, it's not accurate, it’s not honoring to the African-American experience.” Without knowing the specific textbooks in question, it is difficult to make an honest assessment of Fairchild’s claims, but based on what Hylton would follow up with, skepticism appears to be justified, “Village parents were fed up with schools that had few teachers that looked like their kids. Many offended as districts struggled to teach about race. And at least 36 states passed or proposed laws to restrict those conversations in school.” Those laws prohibit schools for compelling white children to feel guilt for simply being white. They are not written in such a way to prohibit uncomfortable discussions. Still, Hylton, who has never been one for facts on this issue, asked “When you look at the state of schools right now, are black kids being served?”  Declaring that it isn’t, Fairchild replied, “Our current system is not designed in a way to serve black children.” If MSNBC wanted to talk about the disproportionate impact COVID shutdowns had on black families they should have at least mentioned the close, triangular relationship between Democratic politicians, unions, and public health officials, not simply another misrepresentation of new GOP curriculum laws. This segment was sponsored by Google. Here is a transcript for the August 17 show: MSNBC Jose Diaz-Balart Reports 8/17/2022 10:39 AM ET JOSE DIAZ-BALART: Thirty-nine past the hour, students across the country are now returning to the classroom for the new school year. But for a growing number of black families, the COVID pandemic has made them decide to homeschool their kids. NBC’s Antonia Hylton has more. ANTONIA HYLTON: Hey there. This back-to-school year, some families are making a different choice when it comes to their kids’ education. For a growing number of black families, they have decided to keep their kids out of the classroom for good. They told me their problems with existing public school systems didn’t start with the pandemic, but COVID shutdowns gave them a good excuse to walk away. Take a look. BRENAEA FAIRCHILD: You guys want to feed some animals?  UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: You want more? HYLTON: It may look like a simple summer outing, but these kids are at Terhune Orchards in New Jersey for a full day of school lessons about plants and animals. They are the Melanin Village, a collective of black families that have decided to homeschool, many driven away from public schools after the pandemic exposed inequities.  Do you want to go to regular school?  GROUP OF CHILDREN: No!  HYLTON: Not one person?  UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD 2: For a whole entire day? No.  HYLTON: Before COVID, only 3% of black students were homeschooled. In 2021, it shot up to 16%.  FAIRCHILD: And once you do it— HYLTON: Brenaea Fairchild says many aren't going back. When did you decide that this is what you wanted for your kids?  FAIRCHILD: I looked at the presentation of slavery in the Civil War in U.S. history textbooks, it's not accurate, it’s not honoring to the African-American experience.  HYLTON: Fairchild founded the Melanin Village to share school materials and organize group activities with families like hers. They’ve served over 450 families since 2020, thousands attend their conferences. Village parents were fed up with schools that had few teachers that looked like their kids. Many offended as districts struggled to teach about race. And at least 36 states passed or proposed laws to restrict those conversations in school. When you look at the state of schools right now, are black kids being served?  FAIRCHILD: Our current system is not designed in a way to serve black children.

Canadian College Forced To Relocate Home Games Thanks To COVID Policies

Canada only has one college that is affiliated with the NCAA: Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia. As such, the Athletics have to compete against American universities to find an equal level of competition, but thanks to the petty tyrants in Canada’s government, their football schedule for the upcoming season is going to be tricky. Thanks to idiots like Justin Trudeau and his COVID mandates, SFU has had to reschedule four of its home games to Blaine, WA (which is only an hour from Burnaby according to Google Maps) to accommodate American teams with players who do not have to live as strictly as Canadiens do. The four schools that will now travel to Blaine are Texas A&M-Kingsville, Western New Mexico, Angelo State (TX), and West Texas A&M. Furthermore, the team had to cancel its Sept. 10 non conference matchup with Montana State-Northern. “We are all looking forward to a time when the impact of the global pandemic will be behind us,” Theresa Hanson, the Simon Fraser athletic director, said. “This news is especially disappointing for our student-athletes, but we continue to support them and advocate for ways to ensure they can train and compete. We are looking forward to creating a home-field atmosphere in Blaine for these games.” While it is admirable that Hanson is trying to put a positive spin on this, it’s a garbage situation no matter how you look at it. If all the games had to be relocated because SFU was undergoing some major changes to its football stadium, then sure that would be an unfortunate situation that at least had a justifiable reason. But there is no excuse for a government that has used a relatively mild disease as an excuse to radically restrict seemingly every aspect of life for its citizens, including when and where a college team can play its football games. I’d like to say there’s hope that Trudeau could change his mind, but based on his decisions so far, that doesn’t seem likely.

Yahoo Shames Puritanical Bigots For Failing Griner, Black Women

Our bad. Shame on us for failing black women who try to smuggle drugs onto planes. Through our bigotry, we have really let down Brittney Griner, the black lesbian basketball star serving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia for drug smuggling.   Our accuser is Yahoo writer Sughnen Yongo-Okochi, an immigrant from Nigeria, who says the narrative on Griner needs to change. She assailed the people who say Griner should not have broken the rules in Russia, for they are “overly righteous and puritan when a black person gets into the slightest trouble.”  Griner apologized to a Russian judge, but the people criticizing her on social media are making critical statements that “are shrouded in hidden internalized bigotry.” (Can a statement be "shrouded in hidden internalized bigotry?" Shrouds are coverings, and things that are hidden and internalized seem like they'd make very poor shrouds. Or is to point that out failing Yongo-Okochi in the same way we've failed Griner?)  Memes directed at Griner, the 6-foot-9-inch center of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, are not funny either, Yongo-Okochi fumes. The people behind these light-hearted memes have supposedly created a “comedic fiasco sandwiched in politics” -- just to gain a few hundred likes. The Yahoo writer adds that doing so “misses the mark and pushes us further away from our humanity.   The harsh reality is that Griner has been detained for months, and has allegedly been treated poorly, not by Russian detainers, but by Americans. Instead of investing in wisecracks, showing genuine support is what is needed now.  Yet the empathy for Griner has been underwhelming, writes her defender. It’s deeply insensitive for people to counter that LeBron James would not have put himself in the situation (she tried to carry vape cartridges containing cannabis onto a plane in Moscow and got busted.)   Yongo Okochi says this argument “blatantly dismisses the fact that Griner made a mistake, has owned up to it and is fighting hard for her freedom. Even though the internet has been awash with think pieces, the overall response to Griner’s imprisonment, which many have collectively called ‘unfair’ and ‘extreme,’ has been grossly underwhelming.”  Griner’s story demonstrates that we need to do a better job of protecting black women. Who knew that she needed us to protect her by yelling “no!” before she tried to board that Russian jetliner?  It’s not just the American people that let Griner down. The truth, Yongo-Okochi reveals, is that systems also fail black women. They aren’t always a priority of society, and this makes it even more painful to follow the Griner story. Black women are often “the most ignored, disrespected and ignored in society, and Griner’s story has repeatedly highlighted this theme,” the writer concludes.  Yeah, Griner is so under-valued by American society that our government, it’s been reported, is willing to swap Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States. That’s right: an arms trafficker for a basketball player. This possibility shoots huge holes in Yongo-Okochi's sensationalized indictment of U.S. citizens who bear no blame for Griner’s predicament. 

Jingle Bells in His Head: Paul Krugman Calls Biden’s Insane Climate Bill a ‘Christmas Tree’

New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman just stepped on another rake by likening President Joe Biden’s insane $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act to Christmas. Biden signed his eco-utopia bill into law yesterday, which allocates $369 billion in taxpayer dollars to new climate spending. Right on cue, Krugman released a new op-ed slobbering how he “wrote back in that 2019 thread, ‘If we’re going to pass anything that helps avert [climate] catastrophe, it will have to be a Christmas tree.’” Krugman’s arbitrary usage of “Christmas tree” was in reference to a “bill that offers a lot of specific payoffs to various interests. And if news reports about the signing ceremony are right, today is Christmas.” To that end, Krugman concluded in his infinite wisdom, “Yes, the Inflation Reduction Act is a Christmas tree.” Krugman justified his Christmas analogy for “the incredible fact” that “we have, after decades of fruitless appeals for action, done something major about climate change.” Sure, it’s not the left's preferred measure of a carbon tax, but Krugman spun that at least it’s something to push the U.S. toward some pie-in-the-sky Green Utopia. “For now, however, we’re tackling climate change with carrots, not sticks, with subsidies, not taxes. And that’s OK.” He even claimed that experts "believe that it will make a big difference to emissions." Never mind that the “worthless” and astronomically expensive IRA, which places enormous inflationary burdens on taxpayers, still manages to make the whole facade more of a case of how the (ironically green) “Grinch Stole Christmas.” But Krugman proceeded to make the IRA appear like a mammoth basket of goodies that in his opinion would be better policy than climate taxes at the moment: [T]he recent history of energy technology — revolutionary cost reductions for renewable energy that seem to have been jump-started by government aid — suggests that at least for now, with low-emission technologies still in their infancy, there’s a strong case for industrial policy as opposed to, or in addition to, carbon pricing. CATO Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards pointed out that “[b]oth Tax Foundation and Penn‐​Wharton find that the [IRA] would actually increase deficits the first few years, and thus have the opposite effect on inflation as the ‘reduction’ promised by the bill’s title.”  In addition, Hoover Institution visiting fellow and climate expert Bjorn Lomborg pointed out in a recent interview on Fox Business that the IRA would have a negligible impact on climate change. Lomborg concluded that one estimate of a reduction in carbon emissions found that the world’s temperature wouldn’t budge by even a “thousandth of a degree fahrenheit. That’s just, nothing!” But all that context seems lost on the same Krugman who once absurdly propagandized that the Democrats may ‘save’ civilization with their beloved "Christmas tree" of an IRA. To quote Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister's lip sync, “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact The New York Times at 800-698-4637 and demand it continue to distance itself from Krugman’s pro-Biden propaganda.  

Genderbread Man Teaches CA Kids About What's Between Their Legs

It’s almost time for kids to go back to school! If you live in California however, you should consider homeschooling.  California’s Newport-Mesa school district is using a “Genderbread Identity” man in its curriculum this year to facilitate conversations about gender, sexuality and everything in-between (pun intended), Fox Digital reported Tuesday.  The Genderbread man is reportedly part of CA’s “Teen Talk,” which targets middle and high school students in California. It’s purpose is to talk to teenagers about sexual topics and brainwash them with the left’s woke, radical agenda.  Fox Digital shared images of the curriculum and lets just say, an eyeball bleach bath was necessary after viewing. The Genderbread man itself labeled the parts of the body as such: the brain dictates gender, attraction comes from the heart, sex comes from what’s between the legs, and expression is what’s on the outside. There’s also a section dedicated to “Who someone is attracted to” and options listed are heterosexual, gay or lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual. I had to look up what most of those meant.  The curriculum also included two teenagers discussing “what it’s like to be trans in high school," ew. The Genderbread Identity curriculum is being disguised as sweet and friendly with it's cookie shaped form but in reality is just another way to groom children.  Alicia Beget, a mother in the CA school district told Fox, “Our children are sponges. There's an influence on our young children, and this is by very much by design [by] the progressive agenda to slowly [of the]… sexualization of our children. I worry about it every single day.” Later adding, “Rather than guiding them with an ethical and moral responsibility to access of mental health care, they are instead referring to resources to affirm their gender.” Beget is spot on. Kids are not the wisest, obviously, they’re kids. They’re very impressionable and are going to follow whatever is trendy or popular.  This content is going to do nothing but harm them. Parents can supposedly opt-out of sex education lessons but if the schools are willing to even offer lessons of this sort, there’s no telling what other indoctronating content it pushes on a daily basis.  The news comes amid a time where schools across the country are spending less time teaching how to read and write and more time teaching what’s between a kid’s legs and how to use it.  Portland schools recently took "academic queer theory and turned it into a K-5 pedagogy,” Manhattan Institute’s Chris Rufo told Fox. Schools are lying to kids and teaching boys that they can have vaginas and girls that they can have penises and are encouraging “synthetic sexual identities” through classroom curriculum. In Oregon, school libraries contain books with pornographic content including “imagery of sex acts” and a Minnesota principal recently recommended that five-year-olds read a book about transgender kids.  The content and indoctrinating practices of schools is disturbing but what’s even more disturbing is that legacy media and the left refuse to believe that.

Conservative Group Hilariously Roasts Trans Women In Sports Through Ad

A conservative nonprofit group named “Citizens for Sanity” (CFS) is going all out on creating ads to criticize leftist policies and values, and it just released a doozy. It's latest ad takes aim at the preposterous worldview that transgender women can compete fairly in women’s sports with no repercussions. As such, CFS had some fun in making a video that completely eviscerated progressives and highlighted the catastrophic consequences of applying this worldview. Holy shlit pic.twitter.com/k2xeICFjXU — Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 16, 2022 Highlighting the absurdity of men competing in women's sports is effective and funny. Expect to see more ads like this in the future. Ian Prior, who serves as a consultant for the organization, said that CFS will be using it's platform to combat the woke ideologies that have taken over our culture. “Citizens for Sanity is not an ideological organization: we stand for reason, common sense, objectivity, equality, the neutral rule of law, and open scientific inquiry — everything the radical left now stands implacably against,” Prior said. “And we are using these messaging campaigns to alert Americans to the urgent need to defeat and repudiate woke insanity before it destroys America.”

Lefties Cry Over FL Abortion Ban On 16-Year-Old

Man, oh man. Florida wants to spare the lives of two children?! How dare they! A Florida appeals court ruled June 15 that a 16-year-old female needed to carry her pregnancy to term and could not proceed with an abortion without parental consent. As a result, baby killing enthusiasts soiled themselves on Twitter.  Escambia, FL judge, Jessica Frydrychowicz, reportedly blocked the teen’s abortion request claiming that she had “not established by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.”  (Could we get this judge to rule on the topic of gender-affirmation surgery as well since 16-year-olds should also not be old enough to decide to sterilize themselves?)  Anyway, the "parentless" teen was supposedly enrolled in a program for troubled young women and recently went through the death of a friend. Shortly thereafter, she sought an abortion. The timing of these events was one of the reasons the court deemed her too immature to make such a life-changing decision.  Micaiah Bilger of LifeNews pointed out how valuable this pregnancy is, especially for the preborn baby.  The girl was 10 weeks pregnant when she appeared before the first judge, according to the report. It is not clear how long ago that was or how far along she is in her pregnancy now. Florida law prohibits killing unborn babies in abortions after 15 weeks.  At 10 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies already have beating hearts and brain waves, fingers and toes. They respond to touch, and their own unique fingerprints already are forming. No matter how the child in the womb appeared there, nothing merits ending the life of an innocent child. That’s why parental consent is necessary for minors to make such a life altering decision.  Bilger pointed out that parental consent laws aim to prevent “minors from making hasty and dangerous decisions” thence why it's required in order to get a tattoo or piercing but unsurprisingly, abortion activists want to make abortion, the most severe of these decisions, up to only the minor in question.  Hence why Twitter lefties pitched a fit when they found out that the infant’s life would be spared.  “No Lie” podcast host, who spews nothing but lies, claimed that Florida court is “forcing” the girl to have the baby. Slate writer Mark Joesph Stern, agreed. Florida appeals court affirms an order prohibiting a parentless 16-year-old from terminating her pregnancy on the grounds that she has not proved she is mature enough to get an abortion. So the state will force her to have a child instead. https://t.co/1UqnPUErG0 pic.twitter.com/z8uMmAoxub — Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) August 16, 2022 Lawyer Max Kennedy called the situation “procedural sophistry to mask cruelty.” He failed to recognize that abortion, in and of itself, is a perfect manifestation of cruelty. An account called “The Rep Project” who aims to challenge gender stereotypes called the ruling “illogical” as it is "about control and subjugation.”  And finally, "GOOD," an account that aims to help users understand the world to "improve it" alluded to the idea of denying laws.  Lefties are going to use any emotional pull that is in arm's reach to make you feel bad for the teen who’s in an unplanned pregnancy. Regardless of extenuating circumstances, the child has way more options than an abortion which is what the Florida court pointed out with its ruling, the left however, doesn’t want her or anyone else to know that.

CNN Pundits Admit: Liz Cheney's Base Is 'Democrats and the Beltway Media!'

Not exactly the people you need to win a Republican presidential primary . . . Given Liz Cheney's overwhelming defeat in yesterday's Wyoming Republican congressional primary, it would be a very uphill slog for her to win a national GOP presidential primary, should that be her goal for 2024. In a mark of just how steep that climb would be, on today's New Day, CNN cast the two legs of Cheney's base of support as . . . Democrats, and the Beltway media! First up was CNN polling maven Harry Enten, who offered a Reality Check on the pure polling numbers. Cheney's bad numbers mean she doesn't have a path to winning anything. ENTEN: Among Republicans, not surprisingly it's well under water at minus 53, independents minus 17. Of course, that might be the group she might want to appeal to. She does have a base within the Democratic party, right, at plus 36. And that's not surprising, given that the counties she won last night in Wyoming were, in fact, two counties that Joe Biden carried....  But, overall here, I'm just not quite sure given this number [-10 overall favorability] what she's exactly going to do, especially to stop Donald Trump, especially given how far under water she is with Republicans. During the subsequent panel discussion, CNN political analyst Nia-Malika Henderson offered a surprisingly candid take, one that wouldn't have been out of place coming from us! She said: HENDERSON: In so many ways, Liz Cheney is a person without a party. I mean, her party in many ways is the Beltway media [chuckles]. And, you know, she might get grand profiles in The Atlantic, and maybe she gets a cable news deal. But in terms of having actual Republicans who will follow her, we can see in the polling, we can see in the results from this race, but that she, you know, is a person on an island in her party.  Establishment Republican analyst Scott Jennings seconded Henderson's take: "There may not be enough Republican primary voters to sustain Liz Cheney. But to your [Henderson's] point, there may be enough interviews to sustain Liz Cheney." He referred to Cheney appearing on NBC's Today with Savannah Guthrie to play the courageous martyr. Jennings also noted what he wryly described as a "very interesting" change in Hageman's politics. He pointed out that at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Hageman was part of a group trying to block Trump from getting the nomination. But she ran in the primary as an ardent Trump supporter, having received his endorsement. He said she was a "pure populist," posing as a "vessel" for whatever the "mob" wants.  On CNN's New Day, Liz Cheney's base of support being described as composed of "Democrats" and "the Beltway media" was sponsored in part by Samsung, maker of Galaxy phones, Tempur-Pedic, and Skechers. Here's the transcript. CNN New Day 8/17/22 6:02 am EDT HARRY ENTEN: So, you know, she wants to take things nationally and I'm not exactly sure what the lane is. Part of that you can see here, her net favorability rating, that's her favorable minus her unfavorable, among all voters it's at minus 10 points. It's under water.  Among Republicans, not surprisingly it's well under water at minus 53, independents minus 17. Of course, that might be the group she might want to appeal to.  She does have a base within the Democratic party, right, at plus 36. And that's not surprising, given that the counties she won last night in Wyoming were, in fact, two counties that Joe Biden carried.  But, overall here, I'm just not quite sure given this number [-10 overall favorability] what she's exactly going to do, especially to stop Donald Trump, especially given how far under water she is with Republicans. NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: Listen, she's got big plans, right? I mean, the speech was grand in its language, references to the Civil War, to Lincoln, to Ulysses S. Grant. I don't know if she's Lincoln or Ulysses S. Grant or both in, in this speech.  But she talked about America being a house on fire in many ways in terms of the threat to our democracy, and her being someone who wants to be part of gathering Americans to, essentially, put out this fire that she says is being set by Donald Trump and some of his allies.  We will see. I mean, in so many ways, Liz Cheney is a person without a party. I mean, her party in many ways is the Beltway media [chuckles]. And, you know, she might get grand profiles in The Atlantic, and maybe she gets a cable news deal.  But in terms of having actual Republicans who will follow her, we can see in the polling, we can see in the results from this race, but that she, you know, is a person on an island in her party.  . . .  JOHN BERMAN: You spoke of actual Republicans. There's one sitting next to you, Scott Jennings! What lesson do you take out of this? SCOTT JENNINGS: Well, I think getting on the wrong side of Trump is survivable if it doesn't become a crusade. For Cheney this became a crusade, and obviously she paid the price.  It did raise an interesting question, sometimes in political-science circles, we talk about whether congressmen are supposed to -- supposed to act the way they think they should act, or are they supposed to be mirrors of what their constituents want?  And in Wyoming, we found out that the Republicans out there would rather their congressman be more of a mirror than somebody who follows what's in her heart. So she, her positions aren't invalid, it's just that they're out of step with the people of Wyoming. And so, I think that that question is interesting in this day and age.  The person we don't talk much about is Hageman, who won, who has been on quite a journey. I mean, I'm old enough to remember when she was on the floor of the Republican National Convention, literally plotting a coup against Donald Trump's nomination. I mean, she [chuckles] she was part of the people who were trying to set up a vote on the floor to get rid of Donald Trump in that big dramatic Ted Cruz moment, and now she's come all the way to being Trump's choice here, which I find extremely interesting, to say the least.  And so, I think she more represents the, well, I'm just going to do what you want me to do. I mean, it's kind of a pure populist. I have no views of my own. I'll just be a vessel for whatever the mob, in this case Republican voters, want me to do. . . .  There may not be enough Republican primary voters to sustain Liz Cheney, but to your [points to Henderson] point, there may be enough interviews to sustain Liz. Cheney. I mean, she's going to be on a major national network this morning at 7:00 A.M. I mean, this is part of the plan, is to try to just generate as much attention over time for yourself as you can, and see if it eventually turns into something. I'm dubious that it will . . .  She clearly deeply believes this and, you know, there is something to be admired about people who are facing certain negative outcomes who keep going. On the other hand, you know, the raw, cynical, political tactician in me is like, you went out and you blew yourself up, you're now out of office, you have no chance of achieving the objective you're probably going to be seeking. There's an interesting duality here: admiring the commitment versus wondering, you know, when are you going to actually realize you're heading towards a cliff?

Not Their Finest Hour: RAF Skipping White Guys to Fill Diversity Quota?

Things are dumb all over, not least in Britain. The home of Orwell apparently feels that distinction carries with it the responsibility to be particularly, well, Orwellian. Thus we have spectacles like the Hampshire Constabulary handcuffing a freeborn Englishman for “causing anxiety” in a Facebook post. Now comes word from The Daily Mail that the Royal Air Force has imposed a hiring freeze on white male recruits until the RAF hits its fiscal year minority hiring quota. The Mail and other sources are saying that the RAF’s head of recruiting – a female officer –  has resigned in protest of the policy, though her name has not been made public. Apparently, the women/minority recruiting targets are “impossible.” "We are all really pro-diversity and we want to see better representation across the services but … levels of ambition for ethnic targets … are absolutely crazy," one source said. "There is no scientific or cultural background to these particular levels of ambition." The RAF denies the white male freeze, saying through a spokesperson, “There is no pause in Royal Air Force recruitment and no new policy with regards to meeting in-year recruitment requirements.” Let’s hope that’s true, and let’s hope there’s more honor and professionalism left in the RAF than there is in the public school blob in Minneapolis. There, a widely-reported  agreement between the school district and the teachers’ union “stipulates that White teachers will be laid off before teachers of color, regardless of their seniority.” Things really are dumb all over.  

Franken Warns Against 'Existential Threats' Including Ted Cruz Being 'A D***'

Former Democratic senator and Saturday Night Live cast member Al Franken guest hosted ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday and it went about as well as anyone could predict. During his opening monologue, Franken rattled off a list of supposed threats to democracy including “just how big a dick Ted Cruz is” while later he turned the show into a Democratic commercial during an interview with Rep. Katie Porter. After declaring that the erroneously named Inflation Reduction Act is the biggest investment in the climate ever, Franken thought that, as a former senator, “I really should talk about some of the other existential threats facing our nation. The enormous gaps in wealth and income. The threats to our democracy. But I really that think one of the most serious issues facing our country today is just how big a dick Ted Cruz is.”     After the clapter from the liberal audience subsided, Franken continued, “Now, I've said it before, but I probably liked Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues liked Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz. Now, Ted Cruz is probably one of the most famous senators, because as I mentioned, he's a huge dick.” Later in the show Franken welcomed Porter on to discuss the IRA. It is fitting he chose her, because like himself, Porter often turns politics into entertainment as she is always trying to achieve that viral moment. Describing the IRA as “huge,” Franken invited Porter to “Let's talk about what's in that package. Of course there's the climate part, which is, you know -- it's been hot lately.” Porter described the circumstances as “it’s life or death,” a sentiment Franken repeated as she continued, “I mean, if we don't do something, Orange County is going to feel like Las Vegas and that would be the end world for people in Orange County. We're a soft people.” Franken then shifted the conversation to Medicare and the pharmaceutical industry. After running through all talking points in favor of the IRA, Porter added “It's also about standing up to corporate special interests.” Turning the show into a campaign ad, Franken then asked, “Well, how many -- when you say Congress stood up to the pharmaceutical industry, how many Republicans voted in the Senate and the House? Zero?... So, who's standing up for the American people?” Naturally , the Inflation Reduction Act won’t reduce inflation, but it will hire 87,000 new IRS agents that Porter claims are for customer service and continue runaway spending. These segments were sponsored by Jeep. Here is a transcript for the August 16 show: ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live! 8/16/2022 11:37 PM ET AL FRANKEN: While I'm here, I really should talk about some of the other existential threats facing our nation. The enormous gaps in wealth and income. The threats to our democracy. But I really that think one of the most serious issues facing our country today is just how big a dick Ted Cruz is. Now, I've said it before, but I probably liked Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues liked Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz. Now, Ted Cruz is probably one of the most famous senators, because as I mentioned, he's a huge dick. … 12:25 AM ET FRANKEN: It really is. And it's huge. Let's talk about what's in that package. Of course there's the climate part, which is, you know -- it's been hot lately.  KATIE PORTER: It's life or death.  FRANKEN: It's life or death.  PORTER: I mean, if we don't do something, Orange County is going to feel like Las Vegas and that would be the end world for people in Orange County. We're a soft people. FRANKEN: And there's also -- what's -- talk about some of the other parts. Like Medicare being able to negotiate pharmaceuticals.  PORTER: This is going to save seniors money on their drugs, but it’s going to save taxpayer money.  FRANKEN: Yes. PORTER: Money I hope we plow back into the research and development of new drugs, expanding coverage for people, and making our health care system work better for everyone involved. So— FRANKEN: Oh, that.  PORTER: -- This is big. Big. You—you-- also know, it's a huge deal that Congress stood up to Big Pharma. Big Pharma got this big price negotiation in the dark of the night. It never should have happened and it has taken us how many years to get it set back? So, this is really about, for me, yes, it's about Medicare. It's about prescription drug prices. It's also about standing up to corporate special interests. FRANKEN: Well, how many -- when you say Congress stood up to the pharmaceutical industry, how many Republicans voted in the Senate and the House? Zero?  PORTER: Yup. FRANKEN: So, who's standing up for the American people? Oh.  PORTER: Yeah. Some of us. Some of us. But I have to say, look. Big Pharma has had a grip on both sides of the aisle.  FRANKE: Yup. PORTER: And we've had pharma hearings, both Democrats and Republicans. The night before the hearing they're out at mixers and taking money from Big Pharma, the next day they're supposed to hold them accountable? 

Media Love Her Now, But Hated ‘Toxic’ ‘Daughter of Dracula’ Liz Cheney Then

Liz Cheney on Tuesday night badly lost her renomination bid in Congress, getting trounced by over 37 points. Journalists have been eagerly cheering Cheney 2.0 as the GOP’s Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake for principles. Just prior to the election, NBC compared her to Obi-Wan Kenobi facing off against the evil Darth Vader.  But a simple look into history shows that journalistic love for a Republican is entirely dependent on how useful that person is to liberal press. In the past, the news and entertainment media despised the “toxic” “daughter of Dracula,” freely using sexist language to mock the child of Dick Cheney. Here’s the worst examples.    Sexism Against Liz Cheney? It Was Okay Back Then Now that Cheney is a hero in the media, it would be misogynistic to dismiss the Congresswoman for her ex-Vice President father. But in years past? It was fine.  In 2010, then-MSNBC host Ed Schultz wouldn’t judge Liz Cheney on her own merits. Instead, he used sexist language: Here he is on September 29, 2010: “There's a couple of gals who've been riding the wave of crazy that's been sweeping the nation's right-wingers: ‘Shooter's little girl, Liz Cheney, has been hitting the lecture circuit, parroting daddy's fear-mongering rhetoric.”  On the March 4, 2010 edition of Hardball, Chris Matthews huffed that Liz Cheney was nothing more than the “daughter of Dracula.” It must be pointed out, in 2020, Matthews would abruptly retire after accusations of “objectifying and belittling” women.     Shooting Liz Cheney in the Face? Hollywood Found It Funny     Hollywood loves Liz Cheney now. As NewsBusters editor Tim Graham noted in an August 10 column, Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $43,000 to her current reelection campaign. But a few years ago, it was okay to joke about killing her. On the September 27, 2016 episode of the Fox show Scream Queens, one of the characters recounted a hunting trip and shooting Liz Cheney. Here’s the exchange:  “CHAD”: All of a sudden, Liz Cheney pops out. And I think she was, like, peeing. Anyway, Randal lowers his shotgun, shoots her right in the face. Boom! “MUNSCH”: Hope she was okay. No, I don't. She's awful.     In 2022, Hollywood and the liberal media would call this kind of “joke” a sexist hate crime.    The “Odious” and “Toxic” Liz  In 2022, MSNBC journalists approvingly quoted Liz Cheney for her role in the January 6 Hearings. But back in 2013, host Chris Hayes flat-out hated her. Talking about Cheney’s ultimately-failed run for Senate on July 17, 2013, he seethed, “Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today.” Displaying the casual sexism okay only for Republican women, Hayes dismissed the female Cheney because of her dad:  Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like.     Liz Cheney Was “Divisive” and Started a “Family Feud” Over Gay Marriage In 2014, Cheney briefly ran for a Wyoming Senate seat. That she was challenging an incumbent Republican Senator deserved coverage. But instead, the networks bashed Liz Cheney for her “divisive” family feud with her sister Mary Cheney over gay marriage.  On the January 6, 2014 (the day Cheney's campaign ended) CBS This Morning, Jan Crawford again quoted Mary Cheney publicly lecturing, “You're just wrong, and on the wrong side of history." On the same day’s Today show, Kelly O'Donnell opined, "Her campaign was brief and divisive.” She added, “But then her campaign exposed a stunningly public family feud over same-sex marriage, when sister Mary Cheney, and Mary's wife Heather Poe, criticized Liz's opposition to gay marriage.” On ABC's Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos saw the primary campaign against incumbent conservative Mike Enzi as one that “has caused a lot of controversy, sparked a family feud.”        In the days and weeks going forward, journalists will likely portray Liz Cheney as a hero for justice. But just a few short years ago, these same reporters hammered her with nasty, sometimes sexist, language. 

Here We Go Again! Twitter and Facebook to Censor Speech in Leadup to Midterm Elections

They’re at it again! Two of the leading platforms responsible for censoring the bombshell New York Post Hunter Biden scandal stories before the 2020 presidential election are gearing up to censor free speech to combat so-called “misinformation” ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and Twitter pledged to target “misleading narratives” by suppressing election content they deem to be false, misleading, or dangerous. Censorship methods mentioned in the policies involved decreasing the reach of offending posts, the continued use of third-party fact-checkers, and updated content recommendation algorithms. Facebook’s parent company Meta quietly revealed that it is preparing to tackle so-called election misinformation. The platform said it created a “dedicated team focused on the 2022 midterms to help combat election and voter interference.” Notably, Meta’s 2022 midterm elections policy indicated that government may even collude with the platform in censoring content. “We’re working with federal government partners including the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as well as local and state election officials and industry peers, to make sure we’re all preparing for different scenarios,” the policy noted. Meta said it will limit the reach of content that violates its “voter interference policies and other Community Standards” across Facebook. Meta will also demote fact-checked election content. The platform claimed it will use its 10 fact-checking partners in the U.S. to “address viral misinformation.” The platform has also acknowledged in the past that when fact checkers rate content as false, it limits the content’s reach “so people can decide what to read, trust, and share.” The platform claimed users will incur additional penalties if they “repeatedly share false content.” Twitter also got on the censorship bandwagon again. It announced Thursday that it will begin enforcing its Civic Integrity Policy ahead of the U.S. 2022 midterm elections. Twitter claimed in a tweet thread that its policy will target “misleading claims about the voting process, misleading content intended to intimidate or dissuade people from participating in the election, or misleading claims that may undermine public confidence in elections outcomes.”. Perhaps the most nefarious element of Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy involves its revival of “prebunk” prompts. Through these prompts, the platform claimed it would take it upon itself to “get ahead of” so-called “misinformation” by placing notices directly on people’s timelines and search pages. The platform then bragged about the effectiveness of its censorship. Redesigned warning labels yielded “promising results” in quashing the reach of content Twitter deemed dangerous, the platform also claimed. These new labels “increased click through rates by 17%, meaning more people were clicking labels to read debunking content.” The platform also noticed decreased engagement with labeled tweets: “-13% in replies, -10% in Retweets and -15% in likes.” Twitter even updated its content recommendation algorithms. The platform claimed it explored ways to “prevent misleading Tweets from being recommended through notifications.” Early testing showed that “impressions on misleading information dropped by 1.6 million per month.” But we’ve seen all this before. Big Tech platforms have proven time and again that they only value civic conversation about elections when it aligns with their preferred narrative. Both Facebook and Twitter silenced the bombshell New York Post reporting implicating President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in corrupt foreign business dealings. A Newsweek analysis showed that the Post’s story reached about 1.94 million people, while anti-Trump stories reached roughly 5.37 million. YouTube removed a clip of former President Donald Trump alleging voter fraud, citing its Elections misinformation policies. The YouTube policies tell users not to post certain content around election integrity, including supposed “false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in certain past certified national elections. Or, content that claims that the certified results of those elections were false.” Chinese Communist Party-tied TikTok has also aligned with leftist U.S.-based social media platforms in blocking so-called election misinformation, according to Reclaim The Net. TikTok has reportedly censored several hashtags that the platform claimed promoted “conspiracy theories” about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “TikTok prohibits election misinformation, including claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent, and works with independent fact-checking organizations who help assess content so that violations of our Community Guidelines can be promptly removed,” a platform spokesperson reportedly told The Washington Post. 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.

Column: Dumb Question -- Is the Pro-Biden Spin Getting Out?

Anyone who reads or watches the badly named “mainstream media” knows it carries all the echoes of a Democratic Party messaging service. It’s so efficient that it goads itself into providing happy news for Joe Biden. For example, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter tweeted “Congress is passing major, and often bipartisan, bills. Biden is following through. Is the news getting out?” Gee, is the pro-Biden media putting out the pro-Biden messaging? Of course. Stelter linked to New York Times editorial board member Farah Stockman, who insisted “Regardless of what plays now on cable news, historians of Mr. Biden’s first term will have to admit that a surprising amount got done.” If there’s anyone more reliably liberal than the reporters, it’s the historians. Time magazine proclaimed “Biden’s ‘bland leadership’ may be getting results.” Washington Post analyst Dan Balz gushed “Biden gets a big victory and Democrats get some November talking points.” The Post is all about Democrat talking points. In his daily morning newsletter, New York Times senior writer David Leonhardt announced "Biden is the second straight Democratic president to shepherd a big agenda through Congress. During the first of those two presidencies, of course, Biden was the vice president, and he helped manage congressional relations.” Biden’s been great in the White House – twice! As Biden prepared to sign the “Inflation Reduction Act” – a law as badly titled as “mainstream media” – ABC’s Good Morning America put the gush into heavy rotation. Guest co-host Gio Benitez touted “a big victory at the White House. President Biden is set to sign the massive health, climate and tax bill into law later today. Now this is the largest climate investment in U.S. history.” White House reporter Cecilia Vega repeated “such a big win for President Biden.” On screen, the message was “President Biden’s Big Victory: Set to Sign Inflation Reduction Act Into Law.” There were no quotation marks around the bill’s title – because it’s Democratic Party messaging. Benitez wrapped it up with a bow: “The President and cabinet members going across the country trying to convince the American people that this is helping them.” ABC’s is certainly helping with the people-convincing. We’re in a sprint toward Labor Day, and the liberal journalists are already aggressively trying to prevent a “red wave” for Republicans in the fall. All these badly disguised Democrats are mistaking the passage of legislation with the unalloyed good of the country. “The largest climate investment in history” sounds a lot like the major boost the Obama administration tried to give to “alternative energy” in his first term. Does anyone remember that? What if the “Inflation Reduction Act” spending spurs more inflation? If it does, the ABC types won’t be connecting that bad news with the Democrats. How can we know? Check out the coverage of the one-year anniversary of Biden’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan. ABC did an entire report on the anniversary without using the name “Biden” in it. Ben Shapiro pointed out that anniversary stories from NPR and The New York Times also skipped any mention of the name “Biden.” If you were to gamble on what spin a network like ABC would use on Biden stories, you would not put your hard-earned money on “fair and balanced.” You’d put your cash bet on “this news story is going to sound so much like an advertisement you’ll be looking for the insurance-selling emu wearing sunglasses.”

Walls Closing In Again at CNN: Giuliani's Goal Is 'To Die A Free Man'

Two of Rudy Giuliani's former aides turned on him with a vengeance on CNN's New Day on Tuesday morning. First up, former Rudy spokesman Ken Frydman. Commenting on Rudy being made a prosecution target by Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis in Fulton County, Georgia, Frydman said that "He knows he lied to legislators. He knows that he concocted this false elector scheme. He knows he lied for his client. And he knows we all know." He said Rudy's strategy is to "delay, delay, delay," and "At this point in his life, his goal is to die a free man." Even co-host John Berman was a bit taken aback, saying, "that's pretty stark." So now "the walls are closing in" on Rudy. How has this spin turned out before?   Next up was CNN analyst John Avlon, a former Giuliani speechwriter, back when Rudy was a liberal Republican. He gave a more-in-sorrow-than-anger spiel about "the tragedy of his trajectory. But it's a self-inflicted tragedy. " The segment had begun with a clip of Rudy saying that his potential prosecution would be the mark of a "fascist state." Avlon said: "to throw around terms like fascist state is beneath the man he was, and the credibility he once had." Gag me with a subpoena! If there's anyone throwing around "fascist" nowadays, it's the liberal media. Take Joe Scarborough over at MSNBC, who's made a virtual cottage industry out of dropping the f-word to condemn Trump and his supporters. Examples here, here, and here of Scarborough riding his "fascist" hobbyhorse into the ground. Finally, defense lawyer Bernarda Villalona piled on, taunting: "Rudy Giuliani, you can run but you can't hide. Your time is up." Funny how, when it comes to discussing Trump and his allies, "defense" attorneys on liberal networks turn into pitbull prosecutors! On CNN's New Day, gloomy talk about Giuliani's future was sponsored in part by Ring, Amazon, Samsung, maker of Galaxy phones, Liberty Mutual, and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Voltaren. Here's the transcript. CNN New Day 8/16/22 6:08 am EDT JOHN BERMAN: This morning, Rudy Giuliani is making his first public comments since learning that he is the target of a 2020 election investigation in Georgia. RUDY GIULIANI: It's just a further desecration of the Sixth Amendment. I was his lawyer of record in that case. The statements that I made are either attorney/client privileged, because they were between me and him. Or, they were being made on his behalf, in order to defend him. When you start turning around lawyers into defendants when they're defending their client, we're starting to live in a fascist state. BERMAN: Giuliani has been ordered by an Atlanta-area judge to appear I in person in front of a special grand jury tomorrow. . . .  NICK VALENCIA: Good morning, John. And despite his best efforts, Rudy Giuliani was trying to delay his testimony because of health concerns. He will now have to appear before that special-purpose grand jury, but he will be doing so as a target of Fani Willis's criminal investigation.  . . .  BERMAN: Ken, I want to start with you, as someone who worked for Rudy Giuliani. John did also, but you were Rudy Giuliani's press secretary. The target, now, of this investigation. That's a big deal. KEN FRYDMAN: It is a big deal. And he's trying to create a smoke screen and delay as long as possible. Listen, Rudy flew too close to the sun, he got too close to Trump, he got burned. He knows how the DOJ works . . . I know he's nervous. He could have flown to Georgia. You know, he flies all over the world. So, that's just a typical tactic to try to postpone the inevitable. BERMAN: Why do you think he's nervous about this Georgia investigation? FRYDMAN: Because he knows the truth. He knows he lied to legislators. He knows that he concocted this false elector scheme. He knows he lied for his client. And he knows we all know. It's clear. BRIANNA KEILAR: What's his next move? FRYDMAN: Delay, delay, delay. Kick the can down the road. You know, at this point in his life, his goal is to die a free man. BERMAN: Pretty stark, John. JOHN AVLON: That is stark. And, look, it highlights, I think, the tragedy of his trajectory. But it's a self-inflicted tragedy.  The deal is that Rudy was, as Ken knows, was really one of the most respected legal minds of his generation. I remember him telling many times, the law is about the search for the truth. And that is not what he is, is pursuing right now. He's trying to evade the truth, because he's afraid of what will come up. Now he is saying, look, I was acting as in the capacity as lawyer. And whether the ex-president ultimately throws him under the bus is yet to be seen.  But I will also say, Rudy Giuliani is someone who said many times, on tape, from the Blue Room at City Hall, that you respect the sanctity of a grand jury. They know more than we do. And so, to push back against that as aggressively as he has, and to throw around terms like fascist state, is beneath the man he was, and the credibility he once had. KEILAR: To be clear, Bernarda, about the luck he's going to have pursuing this. Yes, delay. But success, probably not. I mean, the judge has said, fake electors, you have to comply. Congressman Jody Hice, you have to comply. Senator Graham, you have to show up! BERNARDA VILLALONA:  Exactly. So, Rudy Giuliani, you can run but you can't hide. Your time is up.  
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Nets Ignore Former Dem Congressman Under Federal Indictment

On Tuesday Fox News reported that former California Democrat Congressman Terrance John Cox was indicted by a federal grand jury on numerous financial crimes including wire fraud, and money laundering. Despite even The New York Times reporting this news, all three evening news broadcast networks ignored the story.  Instead of reporting on the indictment of former Democrat Congressman Cox, the three leftist networks wasted valuable airtime on fear mongering over climate change and droughts in the midwest, and a shark attack off the coast of the Florida Keys.   According to The New York Times, Cox is “charged with 28 counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a campaign contribution under the name of another person, according to a criminal complaint that a federal judge unsealed on Tuesday.”  Cox had diverted $25,000 in contributions to his 2018 congressional campaign to “fund and reimburse family members and associates for donations to his campaign,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California.  Cox was arrested early Tuesday morning. If convicted, Cox would face millions in fines and 20 to 30 years in prison.  Considering how much time was spent covering the FBI seizing the phone of Republican Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10), you would think this would be a bigger story for the media, or at the very least get a brief mention on the newscasts.  But Cox is a Democrat and Perry is a Republican so the media is happy to ignore Cox’s arrest and hype the FBI seizing Perry’s cellphone.  This appalling example of bias by omission from the three leftist broadcast networks was made possible by Verizon on ABC, Ensure on CBS, and Allstate on NBC. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they fund.

NYT FREAKS: TikTok Not Doing Enough to Wipe Out So-Called ‘Election Misinformation’

The New York Times is having another meltdown over so-called “election misinformation” on social media and trying to pressure Big Tech companies to up their already bloated censorship operations.  Times technology reporter Tiffany Hsu screeched in an Aug. 14 story headlined: “On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms.” Hsu mourned that the Chinese Communist Party-tied platform’s “poor track record during recent voting abroad does not bode well for elections in the U.S., researchers said.” In fact, fretted Hsu, TikTok is supposedly “shaping up to be a primary incubator of baseless and misleading information, in many ways as problematic as Facebook and Twitter, say researchers who track online falsehoods.”  Who in the world crowned the propaganda-spewing Times the Arbiter of Truth? But Hsu proceeded to fearmonger about how free speech shared on TikTok threaten to upend the electoral process: Baseless conspiracy theories about certain voter fraud in November are widely viewed on TikTok, which globally has more than a billion active users each month. Users cannot search the #StopTheSteal hashtag, but #StopTheSteallll had accumulated nearly a million views until TikTok disabled the hashtag after being contacted by The New York Times. Some videos urged viewers to vote in November while citing debunked rumors raised during the congressional hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Hsu harrumphed that TikTok posts her newspaper disagreed with “garnered thousands of views by claiming, without evidence, that predictions of a surge in Covid-19 infections this fall are an attempt to discourage in-person voting.”  Oh, the horror. The brouhaha over TikTok follows The Times’ recent crying in June about how Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t doing enough to vaporize “election misinformation” on his platforms Facebook and Instagram before the midterms.  The Times complained then that Meta’s “shift in emphasis” away from elections “could have far-reaching consequences as faith in the U.S. electoral system reaches a brittle point.”  Meta apparently empathized with the newspaper’s crocodile tears, as it would later release a document outlining how it created “a dedicated team focused on the 2022 midterms to help combat election and voter interference while helping people vote.”  It gets even more Orwellian.  Meta said it was working “with federal government partners including the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency” to construct its 2022 midterm strategy. It appears The Times is attempting to exert the same pressure on TikTok.  Free speech be damned.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.  

Nets Bury School Board Proposing White Teachers Get Laid Off First

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Minneapolis teachers union and the school board reached a tentative agreement that if layoffs are needed, white teachers will be laid off before non-white teachers regardless of seniority. Since racism to fight alleged racism is apparently fine with the three leftist broadcast networks, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News & NBC Nightly News all ignored this blatantly racist and unconstitutional policy.   Instead of reporting on the racism of the Minneapolis school district, the three leftist networks wasted valuable airtime on fearmongering over climate change and droughts in the midwest, and a shark attack off the coast of the Florida Keys.       During Tuesday evening’s Special Report on the Fox News Channel, correspondent Garrett Tenney reported how “if the district is forced to lay off teachers, race will take precedent over experience and seniority when deciding who gets let go. In a section titled protections for educators of color.”  Reading from the contract, Tenney reported that “the contract says if excessing, which means laying off or relocating a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site. The district shall excess the next least senior teacher who is not a member of an underrepresented population.”  According to Tenney “that same policy would apply to the order in which teachers are reinstated to job openings.”  And that “MPS says these changes are needed, quote, to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the district to improve the retention of teachers of color and to ultimately have a workforce that reflects the demographics of the city schools.”  Despite the well-deserved backlash, Tenney reported that “the teachers union is not backing down though. In fact, some of its members are suggesting this policy could serve as a model for schools nationwide.”  Sadly this is what the woke left is all about. They believe in seeking revenge for racism that occurred in the past by enacting racist policies today, and the leftist media is always happy to sweep the news under the rug for them.  This appalling example of bias by omission from the three leftist broadcast networks was made possible by Verizon on ABC, Ensure on CBS, and Allstate on NBC. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they fund.  To read the transcript of the August 16, 2022, Special Report segment click “expand”:  FNC’s Special Report August 16, 2022 6:26:46 p.m. Eastern  BRET BAIER: Social justice or discrimination that is the question tonight in Minneapolis where a teachers union and the school board say if necessary white educators will be laid off before teachers of color regardless of seniority. Correspondent Garrett Tenney reports tonight from our midwest bureau. Good evening, Garrett.  GARRETT TENNEY: Bret, good evening to you. That is just one of the so-called anti-racist provisions and tentative agreements between Minneapolis public schools and the teachers union. Under this new contract which is still being finalized if the district is forced to lay off teachers, race will take precedent over experience and seniority when deciding who gets let go. In a section titled protections for educators of color.  The contract says if excessing, which means laying off or relocating a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site. The district shall excess the next least senior teacher who is not a member of an underrepresented population. That same policy would apply to the order in which teachers are reinstated to job openings.  MPS says these changes are needed, quote, to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the district to improve the retention of teachers of color and to ultimately have a workforce that reflects the demographics of the city schools. Currently, 60 percent of MPS students are nonwhite compared to just 33 percent of staff. But some critics argue the policy is unconstitutional and has almost no chance of surviving if it's challenged in court.  JAMES DICKEY (UPPER MIDWEST LAW CENTER): The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that an attempt to remedy past discrimination that no longer exists by discriminating in the present is a violation of the protection clause of the 14th Amendment. And that's the case here.  TENNEY: And James Dickey’s office says he has already heard from taxpayers and teachers in Minneapolis who want to challenge this policy if it's not changed. The teachers union is not backing down though. In fact, some of its members are suggesting this policy could serve as a model for schools nationwide. Bret?  BAIER: We’ll follow that one. Garrett, thank you.

Bloomberg News Exposes Eco-Hypocrite Billionaire Bill Gates’ Involvement to Save Biden Climate Bill

Liberal billionaire Bill Gates embarked on a campaign to woo Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in an attempt to gain his support for President Joe Biden’s massive climate bill, according to a new report.  A new Bloomberg Green report exposed a years-long behind-the-scenes pressure campaign by Gates to influence the senator into supporting his leftist climate agenda. Recently, when it appeared that Manchin was set to sink massive left-wing legislative efforts that included “climate or tax provisions” last month, Bloomberg Green said that Gates “felt he had to give one of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers a little pep talk,” referring to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The Aug. 16 story was headlined: “Bill Gates and the Secret Push to Save Biden’s Climate Bill.”  Gates reportedly didn’t just start his secret efforts to influence Manchin and other U.S. legislators to adopt his radical utopian vision on climate. “As [Gates] revealed to Bloomberg Green, he has quietly lobbied Manchin and other senators, starting before Biden had won the White House, in anticipation of a rare moment in which heavy federal spending might be secured for the clean-energy transition,” Bloomberg said.  When Manchin expressed hesitancy to supporting new climate spending, Gates reportedly saw “‘a unique opportunity.’” He “tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d cultivated for at least three years. ‘We were able to talk even at a time when he felt people weren’t listening,’” Gates reportedly told Bloomberg. Biden signed his mammoth climate bill today, thanks to Manchin’s newfound support, during a ceremony at the White House. The $740 billion farce of an Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) allocates $369 billion to new climate spending. Bloomberg Green spun Gates’s efforts as “quiet back-channeling” that helped eventually shape Biden’s climate package, a euphemistic way of describing the intense lobbying needed to pass Biden’s irresponsible climate legislation.  But Gates is no climate angel. He admitted in 2021 that he has one of the “highest greenhouse gas footprints of anyone on the planet” in an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper. He is also worth a whopping $118 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Gates’ net worth alone accounts for roughly 32 percent of the $369 billion in the IRA's climate spending. This indicates that even Gates’ enormous net worth can only cover just over a quarter of the price tag that he and Biden are forcing U.S. taxpayers to pay for their extreme green policies.  Gates celebrated the passage of the IRA that he apparently helped push over the finish line on Twitter Aug. 12: “The Inflation Reduction Act’s passage through Congress is nothing short of extraordinary.” He continued: “This $369 billion investment will spark innovation, drive job creation, and reduce energy prices and emissions. It sets a clear example of what serious climate action looks like.”  This $369 billion investment will spark innovation, drive job creation, and reduce energy prices and emissions. It sets a clear example of what serious climate action looks like. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 12, 2022 So much for the left’s harrumphing about the power of special interests in politics. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they report on the behind-the-scenes pressure campaign from Bill Gates to change Joe Manchin’s vote.

MSNBC: Inflation Reduction Act is 'Marketing Genius' for Democrats

The pen ink wasn’t even dry on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that President Biden signed into law before MSNBC started hyping the legislation and praising the Democrats’ “marketing branding genius.” Moments after Biden signed the bill into law, on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House frequent MSNBC guest Maria Teresa Kumar gushed over how smart her party was for the name they chose for the law, despite the fact that it won’t actually lower inflation.  Guest host John Heilemann teed Kumar up by asking her if it was “worth the wait.” Heilemann bemoaned how “Build Back Better wait seemed to go on forever, the administration took on a fair amount of water over it. And then it finally got done.”      He then asked her to “talk about the substance of this bill and its value and also the politics and its potential value for Democrats.”   Kumar melted with praise for the newly enacted law and its name:  Well, let's start with the name of it. The Inflation Reduction Act basically speaks to what everybody's concerned with right now, kitchen table checkbook items. And so he addresses this head-on. You and I often talk about how the Democrats aren't the best marketers. This is marketing branding genius.  She swooned over the massive spending the bill promises, seeming to not understand how this will only make inflation worse. “Coupled with The Chips Act and The American Recovery Act, this bill affords close to $500 billion in clean energy and clean tech.” She added how it's “historic.”  According to Kumar, the bill appeals to every demographic group “making sure that corporations are paying their fair share. Bundled together, we're talking to the youth vote. We're talking to independents and we're talking to older voters.”  The left thinks that they can name the bill the “Inflation Reduction Act” and expect voters to believe inflation will be solved. The Congressional Budget Office which purports to be nonpartisan even said that the bill will have a negligible effect on inflation at best.  False advertising isn’t “marketing branding genius,” it’s deception! The law should be called the “Inflation Enhancement Act.” This gaslighting from MSNBC over the Inflation Reduction Act was made possible thanks to the endorsement from Progressive and Wayfair. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they fund.  To read the transcript of this exchange click “expand”:  MSNBC’s Deadline: White House August 16, 2022 4:05:41 p.m. Eastern  JOHN HEILEMANN: Maria Teresa, I want to ask you, you know, is it worth the wait? I mean, the Build Back Better wait seemed to go on forever, the administration took on a fair amount of water over it. And then it finally got done. Talk about the substance of this bill and its value and also the politics and its potential value for Democrats.  MARIA TERESA KUMAR: Well, let's start with the name of it. The Inflation Reduction Act basically speaks to what everybody's concerned with right now, kitchen table checkbook items. And so he addresses this head-on. You and I often talk about how the Democrats aren't the best marketers. This is marketing branding genius. And now let's move into the actual legislation.  Coupled with The Chips Act and The American Recovery Act, this bill affords close to $500 billion in clean energy and clean tech. It's historic on its own but coupled together, it is telling the American people the big bets that Biden believes we need to do and it's in the future.  Now we talk about Medicare prescription drugs, and we're talking about perking up the ears of older voters who happen to be more on the moderate side, more conservative. This benefits them, and then finally, the corporate taxes.  That making sure that corporations are paying their fair share. Bundled together, we're talking to the youth vote. We're talking to independents and we're talking to older voters. Going into a midterm where we know it's going to be very, very tight races in some of the reddest states in the country. This is a big one for him.

NBC Now: Donald Trump Is Darth Vader! NBC in 2011: Dick Cheney Is Vader!

NBC journalists need to decide who Darth Vader is in their tortured political analogies. On Tuesday’s Today, Hallie Jackson said to an on-screen colleague, “[Let me] raise you a Star Wars analogy.” But back in 2011, Dick Cheney was the evil Vader.  Talking about the probable loss of Liz Cheney in Wyoming’s congressional primary, she connected, “I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump.”      Jackson rather lamely continued the sci-fi language: “But I think it gives you a sense of how her team is kind of casting this as a bigger, broader, galactic fight here.” The problem with Trump being Darth Vader is that NBC already suggested that Dick Cheney may be Vader.  Back on August 29, 2011, Today’s Jamie Gangel compared the former Vice President: “A conservative hero to his fans, Darth Vader to his critics.” Highlighting Cheney’s new memoir (co-written by Liz Cheney), Gangel stressed how “controversial” Dick Cheney is:  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out about his controversial new memoir....looks back on his controversial time in the White House. The Star Wars column in question referenced by Jackson comes from The Washington Post where Jonathan Capehart tried to settle just which GOP villain is, in fact, the genocidal Darth Vader:  Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as Kenobi and former president Donald Trump as Vader. Now, I realize that Cheney’s father, former vice president Dick Cheney, has traditionally been known as Darth Vader, what with the Iraq War and “enhanced interrogation” techniques and all that. But work with me, people. So, who, exactly, is Darth Vader, NBC? Dick Cheney? Donald Trump? Or would it be any Republican the network doesn’t care for?  The need to compare all Republicans to Darth Vader was sponsored by Citi cards. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Today 8/16/2022 7:09 AM ET  SAVANNAH GUTHRIE:  We want to turn to Hallie Jackson, our senior Washington correspondent. Hallie, to say this is a long shot for Congresswoman Cheney to pull this out is an understatement. What are you looking for? What are the numbers there?  HALLIE JACKSON: So she —  a recent poll has her down by something like 20 points. So you are right. This is an absolutely uphill battle. Let's stipulate anything can happen. But right now she will almost certainly not be able to come out ahead here. There has been a push to get Democrats to switch their party registrations and vote in this primary. But it would really take something extraordinary for that math to work out for her, to overcome this hole that she's in. It's not like there is a whole ton of Democrats in Wyoming. It's a very red state. Donald Trump beat president Biden by 40-plus points in 2020 there. So it is an uphill battle. She knows it. She is very clear eyed about what's ahead.  GUTHRIE: Well, we're talking about Wyoming. So let's use a cowboy metaphor, it doesn't seem like she is ready to ride off into the sunset. Seems like she's raised her national profile and has political aspirations.  JACKSON: Yeah. It's not the end of the road for her. Right? It's the start of another one. Let me see your cowboy analogy and raise you a Star Wars analogy, because I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump. But I think it gives you a sense of how her team is kind of casting this as a bigger, broader, galactic fight here.  She understands how it will certainly cost her seat in Congress. There is this 2024 speculation. You talked to her about it. It may be premature. Cheney to start a think tank, do a media tour, join you up with other anti-Trump voices and she's not giving up the national stage, at least right  not now. Think about what we're going to see next month. The next January 6th hearing that she will be a big part of. She'll stay in the spotlight.  GUTHRIE: Okay, Yellowstone fans are happy. Star Wars fans are happy. Hallie Jackson, thanks so much. 

WSJ Editorial Board RIPS Twitter Censorship, Says WH Pressure Bolsters ‘State Actors’ Argument

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board slammed Twitter in light of new “hard evidence that Twitter booted blogger Alex Berenson” after White House officials complained about the journalist to Twitter employees. Journalist Alex Berenson on Friday released apparent internal Slack messages from Twitter employees, indicating that the Biden White House pressured Twitter to ban Berenson before the platform finally banned him in August 2021. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board slammed the government’s apparent strong-arming of Twitter into censoring free speech. As Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said, “Twitter is a proxy for government censorship. Now we have the proof of what we knew was going on all along." Berenson had repeatedly criticized COVID-19 measures such as “government lockdowns, mask mandates and mRNA vaccines,” which seemingly prompted Twitter to ban him in August.  Stopping short of agreeing with Berenson’s point of view on COVID-19 measures, The Journal’s editorial board detailed that political officials and social media companies had made mistakes amid the pandemic. “Twitter is a private company. But evidence of a direct connection between White House pressure and Twitter censorship bolsters the argument that social-media platforms can be sued as ‘state actors’ for restricting speech in violation of the First Amendment,” The Journal Editorial Board wrote. In fact, the Editorial Board wrote, measures like lockdowns did “great harm” and highlighted the need for “robust debate.” Furthermore, the government has a constitutional obligation not to target free speech. The Twitter Slack messages noted that White House officials pushed Twitter to take action against Berenson. “‘[White House COVID-19 advisor] Andy Slavitt suggested they had seen data viz [visualization] that had showed he was the epicenter of disinfo that radiated outwards to the persuadable public,’” Berenson quoted one message.  Pressure increased after the meeting between Twitter and White House officials in April, Berenson wrote, until Twitter banned him in August in 2021. The board said that Berenson showed that White House officials tried “to conscript the platform into silencing him,” and wondered if Berenson had been the only target. “Have Biden officials pressured other platforms to censor users who express contrarian views on other topics such as climate change?” The Journal asked. Newly released internal messages between Twitter staff show a Slack discussion of an April 2021 meeting with the White House, according to Berenson’s Substack. Berenson indicated that more “messages, emails, and internal documents” would be coming. Twitter banned Berenson in August 2021 for spreading alleged COVID-19 “misinformation.” Berenson then sued Twitter in December. The platform reinstated Berenson in July after he settled the lawsuit, which accused Twitter of acting “on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from access to its platform.” As The Journal Editorial Board concluded, “A condominium of Big Tech and government is itself a hazard to public health and democracy.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide clarity on “hate speech” and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

WATCH: Based Hoover Visiting Fellow Bjorn Lomborg Wrecks Biden’s ‘Worthless’ Climate Bill

Hoover Institution visiting fellow and climate expert Dr. Bjorn Lomborg slammed President Joe Biden’s climate bill as an ineffective farce. Lomborg joined the Aug. 15, edition of Fox Business’ Kudlow and exposed Biden’s gargantuan $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which allocates a whopping $369 billion in climate spending as a joke.  Lomborg didn’t mince words, calling the bill “incredibly expensive but almost worthless.” In fact, it won’t significantly alter the world’s temperature. Lomborg concluded that one estimate of a reduction in carbon emissions found that the world’s temperature wouldn’t even budge by a “thousandth of a degree fahrenheit. That’s just, nothing!”  But Lomborg’s estimate of the bill’s effect on climate turned out to be miniscule. Lomborg predicted a reduction of global temperatures of “less than three one-hundredths of a degree by the end of the century. We will not be able to measure that.”  “You’re spending $369 billion, and you won’t be able to measure the impact,” Lomborg said. “Maybe we should have known that and maybe people would have voted differently had they known.”      Lomborg added that Biden’s plans to “eliminate fossil fuels” would be “fantastically expensive” and impractical. “Remember, everything you like about civilization is powered by lots and lots of energy,” he said. “Most of that energy today comes from fossil fuels.”  Biden is expected to sign the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” into law today in an effort to “tackle climate change,” according to The Washington Post. But Lomborg found little evidence that Biden’s bill would impact the global climate after he plugged in estimates of carbon emission reduction into the United Nations climate model. “It’s not rocket science,” he said. But few scientists or journalists have actually examined Biden’s climate promises, despite the huge price tag. “The spending bill, just for the climate bit, is estimated at $369 billion,” Lomborg said. “And no one is saying, ‘Well, how much will that actually do?’”  Biden told a young girl at a campaign rally in 2019 that he would destroy the fossil fuel industry. “Kiddo, I want you to just take a look, okay?” Biden said, speaking to a young girl in New Hampshire. “You don't have to agree, but I want you to look in my eyes. I guarantee you —  I guarantee you — we're going to end fossil fuel.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they report the truth about how Biden’s “worthless” Inflation Reduction Act will have a negligible effect on the climate.

Biden’s Evening Network Sidekicks Ignore Report U.S. Is in ‘Housing Recession’

The ABC, CBS and NBC evening news networks continued their pathetic gambit to shield President Joe Biden from any suggestion that his economy is in a recession. CNBC reported Aug. 15 that The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index “dropped 6 points in August to 49” for its eighth consecutive monthly decline. Anything below a 50 is considered negative. Fox Business reported that the result marked the “worst stretch for the housing market since the 2008 financial crisis.” NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said in a statement obtained by CNBC that “‘[t]ighter monetary policy from the Federal Reserve and persistently elevated construction costs have brought on a housing recession.’” But ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, which spun themselves silly in recent days either by avoiding the admission that the U.S. is in a recession or by legitimizing the White House’s redefinition of the term, entirely ignored the sour housing news during their Aug. 15 broadcasts. The housing news is even worse when broken down on a regional basis. “Regionally, on a three-month moving average, builder confidence in the Northeast fell 9 points to 56, and dropped 3 points in the Midwest to 49. In the South it fell 7 points to 63, and in the West, where home prices are highest, it declined 11 points to 51,” CNBC wrote. The freefall in the builders’ index is compounded by the Aug. 8 report that consumer confidence in the housing market “dropped to the lowest level since 2011.” CNBC reported then that just “17% of those surveyed in July said now is a good time to buy a home, down from 20% in June.”  Apparently none of the housing news was worth bringing up last night for the Big Three, perhaps because the term “recession” is a political "buzzword" that could spoil Democrats’ chances in the upcoming midterm elections. And the Big Three evening nets aren’t the only ones practicing political obfuscation of the word “recession.”  An Aug. 2 NewsBusters analysis found that after Biden made the absurd claim that the U.S. wasn’t in a recession following a second consecutive quarter of GDP contraction, “all but one of the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening shows either repeated or promoted the Democrat’s economic denialism. That’s 10 of 11 broadcast network shows covering the topic since the announcement on Thursday of the negative growth.” It appears the ABC, CBS and NBC networks are doing everything they can to help the flailing left-wing hegemon in Washington lumber across the finish line in November. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and hold them to account for ignoring the news about the U.S. being in a “housing recession.” NewsBusters News Analyst Kevin Tober contributed to this report.  

Don’t Bet On Pre-election NBA Activities To Be Non-partisan Efforts

There will be no NBA games played on election night in November. The league, however, is expected to have plenty to say the night before that when all 30 teams are featuring “election-based themed” activities. Given the league’s recent support for radical causes and candidates, these events could well be biased activities for the Left.  Outkick writer Mark Harris assumes as much, sarcastically writing today: “Surely each team’s theme will be unbiased and not at all driven by one specific political party or message. The NBA simply cannot help itself from being political.”  Here are five reasons why Harris is likely to be right on the money.  So-called “voter suppression” is a key talking point of Democrats and NBA players (I.e, LeBron James) and coaches (I.e, Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers). James helped form a group that spent millions of dollars to combat “voter disenfranchisement in predominantly Black communities.”  Anti-Republican rhetoric. Rivers called out former President Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the police for their roles in continuing a system of oppression that has murdered black people for centuries." Rivers also chastised Republicans for talking about fear.   Abortion is a key election talking point of the Democrats and the NBA. In response to the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade in June, on the votes of six justices appointed by Republican presidents, the NBA stated: ““The NBA and WNBA believe that women should be able to make their own decisions concerning their health and future, and we believe that freedom should be protected. We will continue to advocate for gender and health equity, including ensuring our employees have access to reproductive health care, regardless of their location.”  Race is a constant talking point of Democrats and the NBA. The 2020 season that finished in the Florida bubble was wrapped in Black Lives Matter propaganda. Republican hater and coach of the San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich said race is the "elephant in the room in our country." Democrats constantly call Republicans racists.  Partisan politics. The NBA and Trump were at war during his four years in office. Barack Obama was then the de facto president of the NBA. A championship Warriors team visited Obama in Washington instead of doing a White House celebration.   Prior to that, James did a PSA on Obamacare. He and Obama (seen yukking it up together in the White House in 2013) also teamed up to increase the turnout of black voters who overwhelmingly support Democrat candidates. James is the face of the NBA, and he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. Karen Finney, a Democratic political strategist, called James’ activities on behalf of left-wing candidates “huge.”  The NBA can dress up the pre-election night as a non-partisan event all it wants, but that will do little to change the public perception that this league leans heavily to the Left politically. 

Twitter Restricts Link to PJ Media Article Questioning FBI Motives for Trump Raid

Shielding the FBI? Twitter restricted the link to a PJ Media article questioning the FBI’s motives for raiding former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. Bestselling author and PJ Media columnist Matt Margolis wrote an article for PJ Media titled, “Is This Proof the Mar-a-Lago Raid Was a Fishing Expedition?” In the article, Margolis pointed to comments from Trump’s lawyers and a Fox News report suggesting that the “revelations that the FBI took boxes of privileged documents supports the theory that the raid was a pretext” to search for other information to undermine Trump’s defense about the events of Jan. 6, rather than truly to seize “classified” documents. The FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on August 8, sparking concerns from conservatives across the country. Twitter apparently objected to Margolis’s speculative critique of the FBI, however, because the platform restricted the tweeted article link. “Warning: this link may be unsafe” or “potentially spammy,” read the Twitter warning that came up after clicking the link. Twitter apparently objects to speculation that President Joe Biden’s FBI acted in bad faith, but it hasn’t acted against a violence-promoting tweet posted by former CIA Director and NewsGuard advisor Michael Hayden seemingly promoting the execution of Trump. Hayden’s tweet potentially violates Twitter’s Violent threats policy, which states, “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.” In the article Twitter restricted, Margolis quoted Trump’s comment about the documentation the FBI claimed were pretext for the raid: “They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”  “I don’t think they’re that interested in classified information or the Presidential Records Act,” PJ Media quoted Andrew C. McCarthy, a former assistant attorney for the Southern District of New York. “They’re looking for evidence to try to make a case on Trump for Jan. 6.”  Margolis concluded, “It looks like he was right.” Some of the documents seized by the FBI were covered by “attorney-client privilege,” and some potentially by executive privilege, Margolis wrote. “Why does this matter? Because Trump has repeatedly asserted executive privilege in the Democrats’ January 6th witchhunt investigation,” he wrote. “Now, as a result of the FBI’s raid, the FBI has documents covered by attorney-client privilege and possibly executive privilege in their possession.” Twitter has a history of favoring the leftist narrative on its platform, often targeting conservatives and other free thinkers online for censorship. 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.

Georgia HS Football Players Save Woman's Life

Most football stories worthy of news coverage involve something that happened on the field. This time, five high school football athletes in Georgia did something far more important than score touchdowns - they helped save a woman’s life. Last Friday, Rome High School football players Antwion Carey, Alto Moore, Tyson Brown, Cesar Parker and Treyvon Adams were heading to school when they noticed a car crash right outside the building. Instead of standing by and waiting for authorities to address the situation, the group ran towards the fire and helped rescue the woman, who suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.  "We weren't worried about ourselves, we were worried about the lady," Brown said.  Watch the video for more regarding the incident:   high s

ABC or DNC? Network Cheers: ‘Such a Big Win,’ ‘Big Victory’ for Biden!

ABC News on Tuesday blurred the lines between the network and the DNC talking points, cheering the “big win,” “big victory” for Joe Biden after the passage of a new spending bill. The journalists at Good Morning America could barely contain their excitement.  Guest co-host Gio Benitez hyped, “We're going to turn now to a big victory at the White House. President Biden is set to sign the massive health, climate and tax bill into law later today. Now this is the largest climate investment in U.S. history.”  An on-screen graphic painted the same picture: “President Biden’s Big Victory: Set to Sign Inflation Reduction Act Into Law.” In case you weren’t sure how to feel about spending an additional $740 billion on climate and health care, Cecilia Vega explained, “It’s such a big win for President Biden, he's actually interrupting his vacation and flying back to White House today just for this bill signing.”      Equating Democrats “saying” something with the truth, he continued:  Listen to this: Some $370 billion. This includes tax credits for solar panels, electric vehicles. And look, Democrats say that by the end of the decade, these incentives will cut greenhouse gas by 40 percent from those 2005 levels. The big question right now? This is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement for the rich. Look, the White House is calling this a once-in-a-generation investment. Where was Republican opposition in all this? It was boiled down to a sentence from Vega: “We have heard this from Republicans and many experts who dispute by how much it's actually going to help inflation.”  So ABC reporters have “heard” this from Republicans, but Benitez didn’t bother featuring any of these people. Instead, the journalist touted the need to see this all as a success: “The White House is really planning to capitalize on this one. They're going to hit the road, the President and cabinet members going across the country trying to convince the American people that this is helping them.”  The Biden/DNC propaganda was sponsored by Verizon. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 8/16/2022 7:10AM ET  GIO BENITEZ: We're going to turn now to a big victory at the White House. President Biden is set to sign the massive health, climate and tax bill into law later today. Now this is the largest climate investment in U.S. history and our chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega has more on how else this bill will impact Americans. Hey, Cecilia. Good morning.  ABC GRAPHIC: President Biden’s Big Victory: Set to Sign Inflation Reduction Act Into Law CECILIA VEGA: It’s such a big win for President Biden, he's actually interrupting his vacation and flying back to White House today just for this bill signing. So let me show you what’s inside of it. Because as you said, it is indeed a big one. We're talking about some $740 billion overall, on this health care front. It’s going to help some 13 million Americans pay for insurance by expanding subsidies. It caps prescription drug costs at 2,000 there are a year for Medicare recipients. And then, starting next year, those receiving Medicare will receive $35 a month for insulin. That’s that really expensive drug. It’s also, Gio, as you just said, climate investment in U.S. history.  Listen to this: Some $370 billion. This includes tax credits for solar panels, electric vehicles. And look, Democrats say that by the end of the decade, these incentives will cut greenhouse gas by 40 percent from those 2005 levels. The big question right now? This is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement for the rich. Look, the White House is calling this a once-in-a-generation investment. Promising that it's going to save Americans by saving them money, reducing inflation and lowering the deficit. But we have heard this from Republicans and many experts who dispute by how much it's actually going to help inflation. Robin the White House is really planning to capitalize on this one. They're going to hit the road, the President and cabinet members going across the country trying to convince the American people that this is helping them. Of course, all tied to those midterms that are coming up.  ROBIN ROBERTS: And they’ll be here before we know it. All right, Cecilia, as you know. Thank you. 

CBS Warns Pro-Lifers Are Making It Difficult To Treat Diseases

The media is fear mongering on pro-life laws again. This time the culprit was the Tuesday installment of CBS Mornings where it was claimed that in some states it is now more difficult to treat ectopic pregnancies and other, non-pregnancy-related diseases. Host Nate Burleson kicked off the segment by reporting “The fight over limits on abortion is spreading to some unexpected places including drug stores. At least one medication commonly prescribed for arthritis, lupus, and even cancer is becoming harder to get after the Supreme Court allowed states to restrict or outlaw abortions. Janet Shamlian has a story of patients who are caught in the middle and dreading the possible impact on their health.”     Shamlian began her report by highlighting 10-year old Noraa Wise, who “has been living with a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflation in her bones.” After several failed attempts to treat the disease, “life changed, her mom says, after Noraa’s doctor prescribed methotrexate.” Shamlian then gave a summary of Methotrexate, “It’s commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers but can also be used to terminate non-viable ectopic pregnancies where a fertilized egg grows outside the womb. Since the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade some women report trouble getting the medication by pharmacists concerned they could be held responsible for aiding an abortion.” Norra’s mother Tyse was then showed worrying, “As soon as I started hearing about women in other states having this issue I started asking the question, “Is this going to be a problem?” CBS Mornings didn’t answer the question, but based on CBS Evening News and Indiana law, the answer is no. Not willing to accept good news, Shamlian shifted to Missouri where, “Annie England Noblin is a longtime user of methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis, but says a pharmacy recently put her refill on hold.” This bit of fear-mongering was also immediately debunked as Noblin admitted she still receives the treatment, “They needed to make sure my rheumatologist actually prescribed me methotrexate for my RA and not so that I could, you know, abort a fetus.” Like Indiana, Missouri does not define removal of ectopic pregnancies as abortions, but Shamlian still encouraged Noblin to blame the law and not the pharmacy’s lack of reading comprehension, “It was immediate anger. I was embarrassed because I was in a pharmacy line and I—I-- said, ‘okay, do you also need to know the first date of my last period as well?’” To complete the trifecta, Shamlian traveled to Texas where she introduced “John Thoppil is as an OB/GYN doctor practicing in Texas, another state were most abortions are illegal,” whose office featured a poster of former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In response to Shamlian’s questioning if there are other medications that can do what methotrexate does, Thoppil replied, “Unfortunately for an ectopic pregnancy, no. So, you know, if this is delayed, there is a timeline that this works, the pregnancy gets too far along, the only thing left is surgery.” Just like Indiana and Missouri, it is illegal to treat ectopic pregnancies in Texas. Maybe CBS should get their information from people who don’t have pictures of liberal heroes in their offices. This segment was sponsored by Cadillac. Here is transcript for the August 16 show: CBS Mornings 8/16/2022 7:40 AM ET NATE BURLESON: The fight over limits on abortion is spreading to some unexpected places including drug stores. At least one medication commonly prescribed for arthritis, lupus, and even cancer is becoming harder to get after the Supreme Court allowed states to restrict or outlaw abortions. Janet Shamlian has a story of patients who are caught in the middle and dreading the possible impact on their health. JANET SHAMLIAN: Noraa Wise has been living with a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflation in her bones. For a while, her mom says, there was no relief. TYSE WISE: We're doing therapies and everything we could but her pain kept increasing and she would be crying all night long.  SHAMLIAN: The 10-year-old Indiana girl says the worst pain was in her lungs.  NORAA WISE: It felt like I didn't want to breathe. It just felt like needles.  WISE: But, life changed, her mom says, after Noraa’s doctor prescribed methotrexate.  TYSE WISE: We started the methotrexate, it took about two weeks and she said she wasn't in pain anymore.  SHAMLIAN: Methotrexate slows the body's immune system and reduces inflammation. It’s commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers but can also be used to terminate non-viable ectopic pregnancies where a fertilized egg grows outside the womb. Since the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade some women report trouble getting the medication by pharmacists concerned they could be held responsible for aiding an abortion. TYSE WISE: As soon as I started hearing about women in other states having this issue I started asking the question, “Is this going to be a problem?” SHAMLIAN: Annie England Noblin is a longtime user of methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis, but says a pharmacy recently put her refill on hold.  ANNIE ENGLAND NOBLIN: They needed to make sure my rheumatologist actually prescribed me methotrexate for my RA and not so that I could, you know, abort a fetus.  SHAMLIAN: Noblin lives in Missouri, a state banning almost all abortions. When you heard that, what did you think?  NOBLIN: It was immediate anger. I was embarrassed because I was in a pharmacy line and I—I-- said, “okay, do you also need to know the first date of my last period as well?” SHAMLIAN: John Thoppil is as an OB/GYN doctor practicing in Texas, another state were most abortions are illegal. JOHN THOPPIL: This is a common thing we deal with. SHAMLIAN: He's prescribed methotrexate about ten times over the last year to end non-viable pregnancies and is concerned about potential delays in patients getting it.  SHAMLIAN: Are there other medications that can do what this drug does?  THOPPIL: Unfortunately for an ectopic pregnancy, no. So, you know, if this is delayed, there is a timeline that this works, the pregnancy gets too far along, the only thing left is surgery. SHAMLIAN: For Noraa Wise, the medication is a game changer she wants to keep taking. NORAA WISE:  I know the medicine works. I don't have any more pain. It's just, I hope that I'll have my medicine. 

On Jim Acosta's Show, 'Legend' Sam Donaldson Compares Trump to Al Capone

Sam  Donaldson is absolutely sure that Donald Trump is guilty of something. He isn't exactly sure what the specifics are for the crimes he is sure happened but he has a solution. Convict him on something relatively minor such as mishandling documents. Sam even came up with an example where this worked before. On Al Capone. Donaldson revealed his Al Capone idea on Sunday's CNN Newsroom while being interviewed by another former White House screamer: Jim Acosta. Naturally, Acosta promoted Sam as a "broadcasting legend."   JIM ACOSTA: Over the course of your career, you've seen it all from Vietnam to Watergate to the Clinton impeachment and the Iraq war, and now we have top secret documents recovered from the home of a former president who still refuses to admit he lost an election. How should this story be covered in the eyes of Sam Donaldson? SAM DONALDSON: Well, you know, when I heard about it, the fact that the FBI had seized from his safe and other places these documents which should be held someplace else, particularly the top-secret ones which must be held someplace else. It may be a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. That's a very serious crime. I thought of Al Capone. Now, Al Capone was a great big gangster in the 1920s and '30s, bootlegged millions of gallons of whiskey that was illegal, but more than that, lot of credible evidence that he had ordered the murder of many people. But they never brought him to justice on that. But wait a moment. The IRS discovered that Al Capone was cheating on his income taxes, and so they brought him to justice on that. He went to prison, that's where he died. If the attorney general cannot bring himself because of lack of evidence or belief that the country is not ready to bring a president on charges of insurrection or obstruction of justice, how about violation of laws which keep this country safe like the Espionage Act? If there's credible evidence, I think more of the American public would say, well, yeah, he shouldn't have done that. Let's see what the jury of his peers provides for. I'd like to see it. First of all, Sam, Al Capone did not die in prison. He was released from prison in 1939 and died in Miami Beach in 1947. And if it is too difficult to try Trump for insurrection or obstruction of justice, it seems pretty silly to think the solution is to charge him with violating the Espionage Act of 2017 especially since DOJ officials went through the documents in question at Mar-a-Lago in June and no charges ensued.  After smearing Trump, Donaldson had a very condescending parting shot for his supporters: But assuming that is done, all of this explanation, if we haven't in the last five years or more heard from Donald J. Trump and the people who believe in him regardless of the evidence, regardless of what anyone else says, regardless of whether their own eyes show them something else, we're not going to be able to convince them. We're not going to be able to conclude that, hey, look at the evidence, look at the proof here. They're not going to look at it. And so, I think they're lost and I regret it because, you know, their respects, they're American citizens and in many respects, really good neighbors. But in this respect, we're not going to allow them to control the country, they're not going to seize the United States. Donald J. Trump and his merry band really have lost. You call them lost, Sam, but how many of those Trump supporters have so little knowledge of history as to think Al Capone died in prison?

Ouch. Kevin Durant Wants Trade, Andrew Bogut Offers Hilarious Solution

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant requested to be traded from his team earlier this summer, which makes sense because he’s an entitled narcissist that leaves teams whenever things don’t go as he would want. The Nets, however, are rightfully hesitant to let go of one of the best talents the league has to offer. However, a former teammate of Durant’s suggested a foolproof way for him to get what he wants.  Retired NBA Champion and No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005 Andrew Bogut took to Twitter to offer his sage wisdom to Durant, which actually would have a high chance of working should Durant follow through with it.  An easy way for KD to get out of @joetsai1999 's @BrooklynNets that no NBA analyst is discussing. A simple tweet: "Free Hong Kong, Free Taiwan". Gone the next day..... 😎😎😎 — Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) August 13, 2022 As you may know, Nets owner Joe Tsai is deeply connected with the Chinese Communist Party and has a history of trying to shut down any anti-China activism. When then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted that same slogan Bogut suggested back in 2019, Tsai lobbied for Morey to make a full-on apology in what has become one of the many black stains in the shady relationship between China and the NBA. Related: Another Kaepernick Documentary? America Takes New Hit From Ex-NFL Radical  With Tsai’s previous history regarding how he handles the ever-tense NBA-China relationship, it's easy to see why Bogut’s sarcastic suggestion might actually work should Durant take that course of action. But Durant better be careful, since there is a possibility that the league could ostracize him like they have Enes Kanter Freedom and other non-woke players and coaches in the league.

New York Times Helps Dems Push Abortion Rights in Campaign Ads, Feminist Press

The New York Times is trying its hardest to make abortion a winning “freedom” issue for the Democrats in November. The latest push came on Monday’s front page, “Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022.” Reporters Shane Goldmacher and Katie Glueck surveyed Democratic ads running in various states, variations on a histrionic theme of hateful Republicans targeting women. In Michigan, Democrats took aim at the Republican nominee for governor almost immediately after the primary with a television ad highlighting her opposition to abortion, without exceptions for rape or incest. In Georgia, Democrats recently attacked the Republican governor in another television ad, with women speaking fearfully about the specter of being investigated and “criminalized.” And in Arizona, the Republican nominees for both Senate and governor were confronted almost instantly after their primaries with different ads calling them “dangerous” for their anti-abortion positions. All across America, Democrats are using abortion as a powerful cudgel in their 2022 television campaigns, paying for an onslaught of ads in House, Senate and governor’s races that show how swiftly abortion politics have shifted since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. With national protections for abortion rights suddenly gone and bans going into effect in many states, senior White House officials and top Democratic strategists believe the issue has radically reshaped the 2022 landscape in their favor.... Nowhere in here is there any notion of "fact checking" these claims about "dangerous" anti-abortion laws and pols, The Georgia ad implies women could be investigated for miscarriages, for example:  WATCH: With his abortion ban now in effect, Brian Kemp’s extreme anti-choice agenda is not just a threat —it’s a reality. Now abortion is banned at 6 weeks and before most women know they are pregnant. pic.twitter.com/yXw16pCc7C — One Georgia (Authorized by Abrams for Governor) (@OneGeorgiaInc) July 21, 2022 A front-page Business Section story Monday by Katie Robertson plugged fiercely pro-abortion feminist news outlets that proudly ignored pro-lifers during the post-Roe freakout. “After Roe v. Wade Reversal, Readers Flock to Publications Aimed at Women.”  And through each big news development, readers have flocked to women-centric publications that support abortion rights to understand how it will shape their lives. Jezebel, a feminist website started by Gawker Media in 2007, saw an 18 percent increase in traffic after a leaked draft of the decision was published by Politico in May. The 19th, which covers gender and politics and takes its name from the 19th Amendment, reported a 63 percent jump in readership for its abortion-related stories. And The Cut, New York magazine’s women’s site, said traffic to its abortion rights coverage increased nearly threefold in June compared with the previous month.... Jezebel editor-in-chief Laura Bassett boasted "We are able to cover this in an unflinching and honest way, with a perspective that I think a lot of traditional media outlets sort of aren’t able to do,” The "traditional" New York Times isn't "unflinching" on abortion? They didn't flinch from this puff piece. Bassett also proclaimed "In some ways, I do think we do pieces of writing that should be readable for everyone, but am I trying to expand Jezebel’s audience into the pro-life crowd? No, I’m not." The Times helped with publicity for some ostensible media rivals, at least those with correctly radical views regarding abortion access. The remaining publications have found their moment. Readers outraged over the erosion of abortion rights across the United States seemed to be seeking outlets that match their reactions and provide updates and analysis as well as practical information on what new legislation means for their state, how to help other women or even how to obtain an abortion themselves. Liberals are always "finding their moment" when liberal media are constructing a narrative.

The Secondhand Censorship Effect: Big Tech Kept Information from People 195M Times Q1-Q2

Big Tech sent a stark message to conservatives during the second quarter of this year that it will continue to fiercely protect President Joe Biden and censor viewpoints that differ from the left’s narrative on major political issues. Throughout the first two quarters, MRC counted 309 total individual censorship cases that translated to no fewer than 195,251,589 times that Big Tech kept information from social media users through secondhand censorship. Big Tech companies tirelessly worked to shackle the spread of content across several issue areas; most notably, elections, President Joe Biden and “transgenderism,” from April through June. This discriminatory information control was an attempt to strong-arm Americans to embrace leftist orthodoxy. These and other instances of censorship are highlighted in MRC Free Speech America’s unique CensorTrack database. The Media Research Center's CensorTrack.org, has identified and documented over 4,000 individual cases of censorship. For purposes of this report, we examined the second quarter of 2022. During that time, 133 cases of censorship were identified. MRC Free Speech America analyzed the censored accounts and added the followers belonging to each person and group targeted by Big Tech during that three-month period. MRC Free Speech America found that secondhand censorship affected users no less than 49,500,152 times during the second quarter.  MRC defines secondhand censorship as the number of times that users on social media had information kept from them. Big Tech’s 49,500,152 times of keeping information from social media users in the second quarter follows 145,751,437 times in the first quarter that tech companies withheld information from platform users. MRC Free Speech America updated its first-quarter secondhand censorship number – adding about 1,449,724 times social media users had information kept from them – as more details of Big Tech’s censorship have emerged since the previous study’s July 20 publication.  MRC continues to track instances of secondhand censorship across major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Spotify.  This secondhand censorship report only scratches the surface of censorship during the second quarter of 2022, as it only covers documented cases from our one-of-a-kind CensorTrack database.  See this link for a breakdown of our second-quarter secondhand censorship numbers. Elections MRC Free Speech America found that Big Tech kept 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. The liberal New York Times complained in June that Facebook executives decided to censor less election-related content during the 2022 election cycle than the platform censored during the 2020 election cycle. But contrary to the Times’ reporting, MRC Free Speech America found that Facebook’s election-related censorship persists at an alarming rate.  The platform spiked an election-related post by Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro in May, with the help of its fact-checking partner PolitiFact, according to a May 10 CensorTrack entry. The “fact-checker” flagged a Daily Wire article that cited political commentator Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2000 Mules” calling the article “partly false,” as “the same information was checked in another post by independent fact-checkers.” The movie examined voter fraud in the 2020 election by using cell phones’ geolocation data. The secondhand censorship effect of the fact-check meant that Shapiro’s 8.5 million Facebook followers couldn’t see information linking potential voter fraud to the 2020 election. The same Facebook fact-checker that censored Shapiro also censored conservative commentary website Twitchy over a social media post highlighting voter laws.  Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr tweeted in May that second-time Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams supported moving the 2021 MLB All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver because of allegedly stricter voting laws passed in her state. That post drew a “false” fact-check, which cited an Abrams op-ed in USA Today that initially expressed a pro-boycott stance before being updated to express an anti-boycott viewpoint.  Twitchy tweeted side-by-side excerpts from both versions of the op-ed. Facebook originally flagged the Twitchy article for "missing context," slapping the same phony fact-check on the article, before removing the flag. The Facebook fact-check meant that Twitchy’s 1,080,200 Facebook followers were impeded from seeing the post. President Joe Biden CensorTrack.org second-quarter published entries reveal at least 6,917,208 times that Big Tech kept posts critical of President Joe Biden from social media users. That secondhand censorship calculation emerged from just seven individual cases of censored content. Another victim of Facebook’s fact-checking censors was Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) Chief Economist Vance Ginn. An April 1 CensorTrack entry shows that the foundation shared a video interview featuring Ginn on Fox Business. During the interview, Ginn criticized gas price hikes, which he said resulted from Biden policy decisions to reduce U.S. oil drilling. Facebook claimed the post was "missing context" and linked to an AFP Fact Check article. The fact-check called social media posts critical of Biden’s oil policies “misleading,” and claimed that "sharp swings” in energy prices instead came from a “variety of factors." Fact-checked posts lose exposure and are negatively affected by the platform's algorithm. Facebook’s censorship potentially prevented TPPF’s 306,000 Facebook followers from seeing basic economic and energy policy criticism of the Biden administration. In addition, TikTok and Facebook targeted five total MRCTV social media posts critical of Biden during the second quarter. The five posts amassed a combined secondhand censorship effect of 6,586,208 times that Big Tech kept Biden criticism from social media followers of MRCTV in the second quarter. Most recently, Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-linked TikTok removed a clip of MRCTV host Nick Kangadis talking about the intelligence and empathy level (or lack thereof) of the Biden administration, as detailed in a June 15 CensorTrack post. In a clipped episode of his show, Kangadis talked about several flubs and gaffes of the Biden "regime," as he called it. TikTok removed the video and rejected MRCTV's appeal, giving only the vague explanation that the content violated its “Community Standards." The CCP-linked TikTok’s censorship of Kangadis’s Biden criticism kept information from social media users 79,900 times. “Transgenderism” MRC counted 25 individual cases of censorship of content critical of so-called “transgenderism” in the second quarter. Secondhand censorship affected the followers of these accounts 8,111,001 times during the quarter. Twitter perpetrated the most substantial suppression of so-called “transgender”-related content  in the second quarter in June. The platform removed a post by renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson when he used “transgender” actor Elliot Page’s given name, Ellen Page. Secondhand censorship affected Peterson’s followers 2,800,000 times. “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician,” Peterson purportedly tweeted according to screenshots tweeted by his daughter Mikhaila Peterson. Twitter apparently deemed the post to violate its rules against “hateful conduct.” Another egregious example of censorship happened in April, when TikTok removed a video by PragerU personality Amala Ekpunobi. The platform labeled her criticisms of top surgery "Hate speech,” according to an entry in CensorTrack. As a result of this censorship action, secondhand censorship affected Ekpunobi’s TikTok followers 599,400 times because they couldn’t see her post opposing genital mutilation.  Secondhand Censorship Totals by Platform For the second quarter in a row, CensorTrack entries indicated that Facebook inflicted the most secondhand censorship of any platform. Facebook users experienced secondhand censorship 30,157,298 times in the second quarter, according to data logged in the MRC CensorTrack database. The largest instance of Facebook’s secondhand censorship in terms of follower count was the suppression of Shapiro’s election-related post detailed in the “Elections” section above. The No. 2 most egregious case of Facebook’s second-quarter secondhand censorship happened on April 5, when the platform flagged a pro-life post by conservative influencers Ben and Candy Carson as “missing context.” The post merely stated that Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) had signed a law legalizing abortions “up until the moment of birth.” The former Housing and Urban Development secretary and his wife called the law “demonic.” They had 5,200,000 followers when they were censored. Twitter – the second worst violator – withheld information from users through secondhand censorship 12,845,270 times in the second quarter, according to CensorTrack. Twitter’s most substantial instance of secondhand censorship is detailed in the Peterson “transgenderism” critique highlighted above. But the platform’s biased censorship affected the second largest number of viewers with secondhand censorship when it censored Human Events journalist Jack Posobiec on April 10. Posobiec posted on GETTR that his offending Twitter post called Disney “groomers” – apparently referring to the company’s opposition to a recent Florida law – according to a CensorTrack entry. As a result, secondhand censorship affected Posobiec’s followers 1,700,000 times on the platform, preventing viewers from seeing his perspective opposing leftist gender indoctrination of children. TikTok was the third worst violator in terms of secondhand censorship in the second quarter of 2022. The platform kept information from users a total of 4,053,242 times in the second three months of this year. Secondhand censorship on TikTok walloped Young America’s Foundation (YAF) harder than any other organization or individual in the second quarter. MRC Free Speech America counted six separate times that the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated app censored YAF in the second quarter, keeping information from users of the platform a total of 1,311,700 times. Akin to many other cases of censorship by TikTok, the platform did not provide a reason for its latest suppression of YAF in the second quarter, as highlighted in a June 16 CensorTrack entry. YAF, a youth organization that describes itself as the “principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement,” makes TikTok videos on a variety of topics, including “transgender” ideology, abortion, woke culture and capitalism. Earlier in June, TikTok removed a YAF video of political commentator Ben Shapiro saying that supposed medical experts who believe in male pregnancy are not doctors but rather are activists, according to a June 15 CensorTrack entry. The deletion meant that YAF’s 187,200 TikTok followers couldn’t see content featuring a science-based perspective on so-called “transgenderism.”  CONCLUSION Secondhand censorship by Big Tech continues to impact social media users around the world. Censorship goes beyond silencing one person. It  cramps national debate and dialogue on issues including elections, President Joe Biden, “transgenderism” and many other issues. The longer that national policymakers wait to take action against the grave threat posed by Big Tech censors, the more that our American republic and free speech are threatened. MRC continues to call on the American public to push tech companies to end their authoritarian suppression of opposing viewpoints. Gabriela Pariseau, Catherine Salgado and Heather Moon contributed to this report.

Screen Actors Guild Health Plan Offers Reimbursement For Abortion Travel Expenses

I guess you can't be a celebrity and a mom after all. Hollywood’s largest union, SAG-AFTRA,  just announced that it will reimburse actors for out-of-state travel and lodging expenses.  The decision to include reimbursement was supposedly unanimously approved in order to “ensure participants will continue to have access to safe abortion services regardless of where they live or work.” The release indicated that even if a member lives in a state where abortion access is illegal, she can travel out-of-state to obtain the procedure — full expenses paid. Essentially, SAG-AFTRA is offering to pay for an all inclusive vacation to terminate a pregnancy.  It’s not surprising that this Hollywood union is encouraging the slaughter of the unborn. Think about it. Celebrities who are actively working in shows or movies cannot all of a sudden become pregnant as it won't fit for their character within the story. Similarly, it is a lot less time off for a woman to take a weekend and travel for an abortion then it is for her to spend nine months pregnant then have a child to tend and take care of. Not to mention, its cheaper for healthcare insurance providers to cover a one-and-done abortion than it is for them to cover pre-natal care. Of course SAG-AFTRA is promoting abortion.  SAG-AFTRA has an estimated “160,000 members,” Breitbart reported. That’s a hell of a lot of potential abortions being offered and encouraged.  The union, however, is behind the curve. Netflix, Disney, and Warner Bros. Discovery have all pledged to support these abortion vacations.  Newsbusters also reported Hollywood’s history of boycotting certain areas in protest to abortion bans.  The Writers Guild of America East urged Hollywood to abandon filming in states that affirm life.  Hollywood celebrities themselves are also huge fans of abortion and routinely use their platform to push their radical abortion views. Even CA Governor Newsom demanded that Hollywood return to California for filming in order to help them gain access to abortions.  It really is a shame that our entertainment industry has the desire to slaughter unborn babies running through its veins. Hopefully things will turn around and Hollywood will start to value life. Don’t sit on the edge of your seat waiting though.   

Maddow's Stand-In Alex Wagner Hopes to 'Dismantle' or 'Undercut' Right-Wing Lies

In an interview with Deadline.com, MSNBC host Alex Wagner -- now filling in four of the five nightly shows in the Rachel Maddow hour -- hopes to "dismantle or at least undercut" right-wing lies. That's a not-so-veiled attack on Fox News (and clickbait for Brian Stelter). “It’s incredibly distressing to talk to people on the ground and realize that a third to nearly half of this country is living in a parallel universe,” she said. “And I think the urgency of the hour is figuring out how to dismantle, or at least undercut a system that has effectively spun a web of lies for the American public, and it has had an incredibly deleterious effect on American democracy. It’s the $1 trillion question, and I’m not entirely sure how we answer it, except that we keep pushing for the truth, and we keep asking people, and challenging their beliefs if they’re founded on lies.” MSNBC always thinks they're the antidote for Fox:  “I think everybody should keep an eye on what’s happening on Fox News,” she said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure that when information is out there that is not true, that we as journalists are purveyors of the truth. So am I going to spend all my time talking about Tucker Carlson? Listen, there is enough happening in the world that is important to cover, that one has to make choices, and I’m not saying this to get into some cable tit for tat. But Fox has has a profound effect on American democracy, and it’s important to understand what is happening over there.” Of course, Wagner found it necessary to honor Maddow, and her superfans: "We are trying to figure out the ways we can carry through some of the incredible intellectual rigor and informative analysis that Rachel has established in the 9pm hour, and how we can make a through line with what we do Tuesday through Friday, and also add in some new elements that are reflective of my experience," Wagner said.  In recent weeks, Maddow gets a million more viewers on her Monday night program than MSNBC gets with rotating hosts on the other weeknights. In his story on the new show, AP media reporter David Bauder offered only gush for Wagner: “They hope that they’ll be able to turn her into a star,” said Mark Feldstein, professor of broadcasting at the University of Maryland. “This is a big void with Rachel stepping back, and Wagner has the star power to do it. It’s kind of surprising to me that she isn’t one already, since she’s smart and very good on television.”

S.E. Cupp Shrieks Over GOP Anti-Grooming Laws: They're Big Government!

If there was any doubt left that CNN commentator S.E. Cupp is now a full-blown leftist, the following should remove all doubt. On Monday night’s CNN Tonight during the panel discussion, S.E. Cupp went ballistic over Republican governors wanting to keep public school children safe from “LGBTQ” indoctrination and grooming from their teachers.  Host Alisyn Camerota broached the subject in light of the nationwide teacher shortage. Suggesting that Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act and the teacher shortage are somehow linked.      “In Florida, there are these two controversial bills. There is one that is called the Parental Rights Act, it's also known by critics as the, quote, don't say gay bill. There’s another that is called the, quote, Stop Woke Act,” Camerota whined.  “Both bills are creating a culture of confusion among teachers who are nervous if they can be open to litigation by parents who somehow disagree with the curriculums,” she continued her wailing. “This is happening in the middle of what the labor bureau is calling a nationwide teacher shortage.”  Later in the segment, S.E. Cupp huffed how Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake “literally wants to indoctrinate kids with the Trump-approved curriculum from Hillsdale College in public schools.”  According to Cupp, teaching five-year-olds about transgenderism isn’t indoctrination, but the liberal arts college Hillsdale teaching high schoolers about our founding documents without smearing them is indoctrination.  Cupp continued her shrill shrieking over Republicans wanting to protect little children from being sexually indoctrinated:  They really are big government Republicans now. I mean, this is as intrusive as government gets into your private life. Your kids and school and education. This is all big government.   When Camerota asked Cupp what she thought about DeSantis’s proposal to hire veterans as teachers. Cupp scoffed at the idea: “Is he under the assumption that all veterans are Republican Trump lovers? Because I know tons that are not.” She ended by howling that “the right has co-opted like the patriot porn” market for decades.  This is supposed to be CNN’s version of a “Republican.” No thanks! No wonder they have no ratings. This hysterical segment was made possible by Bayer. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the kind of programming they fund.  To read the relevant transcript of this segment click "expand":  CNN Tonight 8/15/2022 9:50:25 p.m. Eastern  ALISYN CAMEROTA: It’s back to school time and in Florida and really across the country many kids are returning to classrooms that are struggling to find teachers. In Florida, there are these two controversial bills. There is one that is called the Parental Rights Act, it's also known by critics as the, quote, don't say gay bill. There’s another that is called the, quote, Stop Woke Act. Both bills are creating a culture of confusion among teachers who are nervous if they can be open to litigation by parents who somehow disagree with the curriculums. This is happening in the middle of what the labor bureau is calling a nationwide teacher shortage. [...] S.E. CUPP: The irony is that over in Arizona, the Republican nominee over there Kari Lake, literally wants to indoctrinate kids with the Trump approved curriculum from Hillsdale college in public schools. I mean, literal indoctrination here, but it's the left that’s woke. I just think the worst of it, there's gonna be lawsuits which are terrible, and then there's the villainization of teachers. Which teaches kids to villainize teachers so that they're no longer partners in your education, they are the enemy, that’s terrible.  As you say, they're already understaffed, underfunded, this is going to be worse. And then lastly, what I hope doesn't happen is I fear for transgender students. Who could be targeted by these laws. Because Ron DeSantis has told school districts to ignore federal guidance that would protect trans students from discrimination. That could have, incredibly dangerous, real-life effects.  [...] CUPP: They really are big government Republicans now. I mean, this is as intrusive as government gets into your private life. Your kids and school and education. This is all big government.  CAMEROTA: But about this idea? Ron DeSantis because they’re having teacher shortage, has suggested and is encouraging veterans to become teachers.  And they won't need a college degree. They can just get a certificate. I find this interesting because obviously, veterans have a lot to offer, they certainly have a lot to offer in the classroom. But without a degree in teaching, I’m not sure how that’s going to work.  [crosstalk] CUPP: And also. Also, is he under the assumption that all veterans are Republican Trump lovers? Because I know tons that are not. And so, I mean look, the right has co-opted like the patriot porn, you know, market for decades, decades. And in some cases, Democrats have ceded it to them. But because of Trump, I mean, I know a lot of veterans who feel abandoned by the Republican Party. So I don't think this is very well thought out.

NewsBusters Podcast: Beware the Media's Chosen 'Extremism Experts'

In the wake of the FBI raid on Trump's Florida home, liberal journalists are turning to "extremism experts," "violence researchers," and "scholars" to support their narrative that hot right-wing talk about the raid is going to lead to violence. They've rushed to connect it to the shooter outside the FBI office in Cincinnati. But who are these experts? Democrats, progressives, and Obama advisers, presented as nonpartisans. The New York Times used professor Robert Pape to "compare conditions in the United States to those of the dry forest with lots of combustible material on the ground. All it takes is a spark, like the search of Mar-a-Lago to ignite the tinder." The Times ended the story with Pape insisting "it's wildfire season" for violent right-wing talk. In 2008, Pape advised Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  Yahoo! News turned to Jared Holt, who spent the Trump years as an investigative reporter for the leftists at "People for the American Way." He also spent two years with David Brock's Fox-hating media analysis group. As they maligned the "Don't Tread on Me" flag as a "far-right" symbol, NPR turned to Rachel Carroll Rivas of the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center. (NPR praised the book In Defense of Looting, and touted a book saying leftist race riots should be described glowingly as "rebellions.") All these "extremism experts" were presented without being identified as ideologically on the Left. We also discuss how CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy had a bizarre conversation suggesting -- in defiance of reality -- that the "mainstream media" hasn't been reporting the hottest talk from pro-Trump activists on social media and podcasts like Steve Bannon's. How could they so shamelessly be wrong?  Enjoy the podcast by clicking below or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Nets Ignore DISTURBING Border Numbers, 10 Suspected Terrorists Crossed Border

On Monday the U.S. Customs and Border Control released new figures on how many foreign nationals illegally crossed the U.S./Mexico border in the month of July. It seems that each month the number of illegals pouring across our borders rises because of President Joe Biden's refusal to secure the border. While all three evening news broadcast networks (ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, & NBC Nightly News) ignored the new border numbers, Fox News's Special Report anchor Bret Baier proved again how he's one of the few remaining television journalists in the United States.  Instead of reporting on the new Biden border crisis numbers, the leftist broadcast networks decided to focus on a South Carolina woman being killed by an alligator, a recall of baby swings and cribs, and a report on Americans cutting back on streaming service subscriptions.    .@BretBaier on new border encounter numbers: "Just under 200,000 in July. There were 10 hits on the FBI's terrorist screening database bringing the fiscal year total of those hits to 66...Fentanyl seizures were up more than 200 percent in July over June..." pic.twitter.com/yFCdM4qxUC — Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) August 16, 2022   During Fox's Special Report, anchor Bret Baier brought viewers the stats on the rapidly worsening Biden border crisis. "U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has just released its figures for the southern border encounters in July and they're stunning," Baier noted. "Official number just under 200,000 in July. There were 10 hits on the FBI's terrorist screening database bringing the fiscal year total of those hits to 66. That's more than double the last five years combined," Baier added.  Keep in mind that only nineteen terrorists were needed to kill almost three thousand Americans on September 11, 2001. Continuing his breakdown of the numbers from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Baier reported that "Fentanyl seizures were up more than 200 percent in July over June." Considering how deadly Fentanyl is and how it has added to our nation's drug overdose epidemic, a 200 percent increase in a month is stunning.  Baier ended his report by remarking how "added all together, experts say all of these numbers are extremely disturbing."  They are disturbing but the three leftist news networks couldn't care less. They will avoid reporting on the crisis at the border for as long as they can because reporting on the crisis only hurts Joe Biden.  This latest instance of bias by omission from the three leftist networks was made possible thanks to the endorsements from Progressive on ABC, Febreze on CBS, and Liberty Mutual on NBC. Their information is linked so you can contact them. Check out the full transcript of the August 15, 2022 Special Report segment below:  FNC’s Special Report  8/15/2022 6:42:17 p.m. Eastern BRET BAIER: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has just released its figures for the southern border encounters in July and they're stunning. Official number just under 200,000 in July. There were 10 hits on the FBI's terrorist screening database bringing the fiscal year total of those hits to 66. That's more than double the last five years combined. Fentanyl seizures were up more than 200 percent in July over June. Added all together, experts say all of these numbers are extremely disturbing.

Surprise! Jezebel Writer Really, Really Hates America

I don’t know her reasoning, but Jezebel writer Kylie Cheung has determined to be the nasty, America-hating leftist from central casting. Maybe being a caricature is a good career move for a feminist writer. In an August 15 piece about a Netflix movie, Cheung apparently just can’t seem to control herself. The movie is a rom-com called Purple Hearts.  The movie is set during the Iraq War and focuses on a lefty female musician who has diabetes and a conservative active duty marine. They don’t like each other, but enter a marriage of convenience so she can access military healthcare and he gets some perks out of being married. Of course they end up falling in love … I haven’t seen it and couldn’t care less about it. Cheung, on the other hand, is deeply offended by its existence. How could she abide “a movie that pretty blatantly romanticizes U.S. military occupation in Iraq and somehow even the United States’ violent privatized healthcare system?” Our “violent privatized health system?” Cheung must be a blast at parties.  The name Purple Hearts itself is a clever little pun referencing the blending of their “blue” and “red” politics — Cassie is a liberal feminist and Luke is, well, someone who is shipping off to help kill Iraqi people.  So … that’s what she thinks of U.S. military personnel. But wait, there’s more! Somewhere in the flick: One of Luke’s fellow Marines makes a toast to “hunting down some Goddamn Arabs.” The line itself seems like a pretty accurate representation of the U.S. military—I’d argue the real problem is the extent that the movie implicitly and explicitly justifies military presence in Iraq as somehow protecting the U.S., rather than just colonizer behavior 101 that’s swallowing up $1 trillion in federal funding, while kids rack up school lunch debt. Yes, left-wingers really do use phrases like “colonizer behavior.” Elsewhere, she scoffs “Both sides-ing the U.S. military occupation of Black and brown countries is … a choice.” (Whaddaya think, is Cheung’s armpit hair braided or just dyed green?)  In truth, Cheung deserves our sympathy. Her America is a dark place indeed: We’re living through unprecedentedly violent times, between routine state violence in the U.S. in the form of racist killings by police; abortion bans rupturing the health system; inaccessible life-saving medications; and, of course, close to 1 million people killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan since 9/11.  So let's review: Contempt for the military, check. Healthcare grousing, check. Stupid social justice buzz words, check. Racist cops, check. Abortion is healthcare, check. Our evil foreign policy, check. All in a few hundred words about a romantic comedy.  Lefties are fun, aren’t they?  

Vile MSNBC: Roe's Overturn Serves White Supremacists' Interests

In one of the vilest and most sinister columns ever written for MSNBC, opinion columnist Cynthia Miller-Idriss writes that the overturning of Roe v. Wade serves the interest of white supremacists because among other reasons they can rape women to create more white babies. Even for MSNBC, this is a disgusting new low.  In the column which is titled “How the loss of Roe directly serves white supremacists' horrifying plot,” Miller-Idriss opens by claiming how “Reports late last month of the arrest of a former Marine with ties to a neo-Nazi group highlight the dangerous and somewhat convoluted relationship between white extremists and the state of reproductive rights in the United States.”   “Minorities and white women are targets of an ideology that both seeks to reduce nonwhite populations and to increase white ones,” Miller-Idriss states.  In probably the worst part of this entire disgraceful piece, Miller-Idriss writes “Abortion is seen by white extremists as part of the so-called white genocide plot, and in that sense, reproductive rights are a part of their ‘white extinction anxiety’.” Continuing her disgraceful smear of the pro-life movement by comparing them to white supremacists, Miller-Idriss wailed: “The loss of Roe v. Wade, in this scenario, directly serves white supremacist extremist goals — as long as it is white babies who cannot be aborted. As NPR has reported, ‘prominent white supremacists have at times called for abortion to be banned only for white women but for it to be accessible and even free for women of color’.”  According to Miller-Idriss, “rape is seen by some on the far right spectrum as acceptable, even desirable — if it produces white babies.”  While it’s no doubt true that white supremacists are evil people who adhere to a racist and repugnant ideology, what Miller-Idriss writes doesn’t even make sense at face value.  Forty percent of the potential black population has been killed in abortions since Roe v. Wade, this is something a racist would celebrate, not the overturn of Roe v. Wade.  Meanwhile, pro-life Americans of all races rejoice that the unborn of all races and sexes will now have an opportunity to live. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is not only an evil person, but she doesn’t even have her facts about abortion straight.

Atlantic Magazine: 'The Rosary Has Acquired a Militaristic Meaning'

A new symbol has joined the pantheon of hate along with the "OK" hand sign and the thumbs up according to Atlantic magazine. The prayer beads of the rosary.  This discovery was made by Daniel Panneton in Sunday's edition of the Atlantic whose headline blared "How Extremist Gun Culture Is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary." The subheadline described the rosary as a "sacrament," which is a ridiculous error, It is called a sacramental. And now we join Panneton as he weaves his conspiratorial tale of how the rosary has somehow become a radical symbol of hate. Just as the AR-15 rifle has become a sacred object for Christian nationalists in general, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or “rad trad”) Catholics. On this extremist fringe, rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture. These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal. Their social-media pages are saturated with images of rosaries draped over firearms, warriors in prayer, Deus Vult (“God wills it”) crusader memes, and exhortations for men to rise up and become Church Militants. Influencers on platforms such as Instagram share posts referencing “everyday carry” and “gat check” (gat is slang for “firearm”) that include soldiers’ “battle beads,” handguns, and assault rifles. One artist posts illustrations of his favorite Catholic saints, clergy, and influencers toting AR-15-style rifles labeled sanctum rosarium alongside violently homophobic screeds that are celebrated by social-media accounts with thousands of followers. Don't call this a "Hail Mary pass." The weird thing here is that the net effect of Panneton's rantings is probably to increase the popularity of the rosary in large part just to irk people like him who seem overboard obsessed with it. Militia culture, a fetishism of Western civilization, and masculinist anxieties have become mainstays of the far right in the U.S.—and rad-trad Catholics have now taken up residence in this company. Their social-media accounts commonly promote accelerationist and survivalist content, along with combat-medical and tactical training, as well as memes depicting balaclava-clad gunmen that draw on the “terrorwave” or “warcore” aesthetic that is popular in far-right circles. ...Catholics are taught to love and forgive their enemies, that to do otherwise is a sin. But the extremist understanding of spiritual warfare overrides that command. To do battle with Satan—whose influence in the world is, according to Catholic demonology, real and menacing—is to deploy violence for deliverance and redemption. The “battle beads” culture of spiritual warfare permits radical-traditional Catholics literally to demonize their political opponents and regard the use of armed force against them as sanctified. The sacramental rosary isn’t just a spiritual weapon but one that comes with physical ammunition. Psst! Better not tell Panneton but tactical paracord rosaries, or what he would call "battle beads," are now available on eBay and thanks to him, those sales will soon be surging. This is quite a match with The Atlantic trying to tell us that the far-lefties at Jane's Revenge are some kind of phantom "bogeyman" and that the right wing calling out their threats and fire-bombings is unhelpful: “A fixation on the threat of 'Jane’s Revenge' may ultimately contribute to its spread."

Scarborough Has a Joe Biden Moment: ‘What Was That? All the Stuff!’

Trying to defend the FBI from charges from politicization on Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had a Joe Biden moment, forgetting the name of the Steele dossier as he introduced disgraced ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok.  Introducing Strzok, the Morning Joe host's train of thought was derailed:  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Peter, thank you so much for being with us. There are people out there obviously who say, “We can’t trust anything the FBI does. Look at what Peter Strzok did and look what happened with the — with the — ” [pause] what was that? I can’t even remember it. Uh, the —  BRZEZINSKI: Text messages?  SCARBOROUGH: Just all the stuff. I can’t believe — That said that Donald Trump did horrible things in Russia. The Steele dossier! The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start.      The exchange was reminiscent of a Biden moment in 2020 when he attempted to quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing.”  As for Strzok, Scarborough brought on a then-FBI agent who famously declared in a text to the woman he was having an affair with that “we’ll stop” Trump from being president. Here’s the host’s logic:  The FBI makes mistakes. The church makes mistakes. People make mistakes. They screw up. Should this be any reason for Americans to not trust that what the FBI and the DOJ are doing now is in pursuit of protecting classified documents.  Regarding Scarborough’s claim that “The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start,” MSNBC promoted it. On April 9, 2018, the network went live for an hour. Guest Bret Stephens insisted, “It reminds us that the salacious and unverified details in the Steele dossier are eminently plausible.”  Scarborough’s Biden moment was sponsored by Comcast. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A partial transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Morning Joe 8/15/2022 7:21 MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Let’s bring Peter Strzok into the conversation. He is former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s counter intelligence division.  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Peter, thank you so much for being with us. There are people out there obviously who say, “We can’t trust anything the FBI does. Look at what Peter Strzok did and look what happened with the — with the — ” [pause] what was that? I can’t even remember it. Uh, the —  BRZEZINSKI: Text messages?  SCARBOROUGH: Just all the stuff. I can’t believe — That said that Donald Trump did horrible things in Russia. The Steele dossier! The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start, I must say. But I don want to read this first before you answer that question. It’s from Wikipedia and it talks about The Wall Street Journal investigation. Comprehensive review in February 2018 of Strzok's messages concluded that texts critical of Mr. Trump represented a fraction of roughly 7,000 texts, which stretching across 384 pages and show no evidence of a conspiracy against Mr. Trump. That is, of course, from Mr. Murdoch's Wall Street journal. Despite that fact, I put that out there. The FBI makes mistakes. The church makes mistakes. People make mistakes. They screw up. Should this be any reason for Americans to not trust that what the FBI and the DOJ are doing now is in pursuit of protecting classified documents? 

Idaho Passes Life-Saving Laws! Lefties SCREAM

Nothing angers the left like live babies. Abortion in Idaho will become illegal on August 25 due to a near-total abortion ban decided on August 12. Planned Parenthood chapters in Idaho sent three lawsuits to Idaho courts to try and block the states abortion bans but the court has blocked them for now. Babies' lives will be spared. The first lawsuit aimed to stop Idaho's law that would criminalize abortion. Another lawsuit challenged Idaho’s six week abortion ban and another was against Idaho’s law that would let family members of an aborted baby sue healthcare professionals who conduct their relatives' slaughter, The New York Times reported.   The decision Aug. 12 determined that Idaho’s pro-life laws could take effect even while the lawsuits are pending. Idaho court indicated that “it declined to implement the pause on the abortion ban because Planned Parenthood’s lawyers didn’t demonstrate a substantial likelihood that their argument would be successful,” Idaho Statesman reported.  Basically, Planned Parenthood was full of crap and the court noticed. For now, it’s a win in Idaho. While pro-lifers celebrate this current victory, pro-death(ers) threw tantrums in protest. Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, Terri Pickens Manweiler, shared her clear distaste for life. Voters should take note before casting their vote this fall. Welcome to Idaho - where a government mandate controls medical decisions between you and your doctor. #idpol — Terri Pickens Manweiler For Idaho (@TerriForIdaho) August 13, 2022 She also called life-saving laws “draconian and cruel.”  Make no mistake. Women will die because of this draconian and cruel law. We have to vote them all out! WE WON’T GO BACK! #VoteThemOut #idpol Abortion will become illegal in Idaho as Supreme Court declines to pause trigger law https://t.co/zxPJ61DGlp — Terri Pickens Manweiler For Idaho (@TerriForIdaho) August 13, 2022 Ah, yes! The laws that aim to stop the tearing apart of limbs and the murder of innocent children are draconian. That makes total sense.  David Roth, the “ONLY openly gay U.S. Senate Nominee,” got very confused about Idaho’s pro-life stance. Roth argued that the abortion bans would “cost lives,” when in actuality, they aim to save them. I was hoping that the court would decide to uphold not only basic human rights, but also protect the dignity of victims of rape. These laws will cost lives. We must do better. #CodifyRoe https://t.co/MrBrkmWkJs — David Roth (@rothforIdaho) August 13, 2022 Planned Parenthood's Kate Smith went all dystopian comic book. — Kate Smith (@byKateSmith) August 13, 2022 The cringe is real.  While it’s a win right now for the babies in Idaho, it appears that leftie lunatics will stop at nothing to normalize baby killing. Hopefully their brainwashed heads will come back to reality soon and realize the vile truth about abortion.

CNN Ignores FBI Whistleblowers, Hypes Dubious ‘Right Wing’ Terror Stat

On the Monday edition of CNN’s At This Hour, host Kate Bolduan emphasized the FBI’s 2700 open domestic violent extremism (DVE) cases, noting that this figure was “more than double” what it had been in 2020. Notably absent from the segment was any discussion of recent FBI whistleblower reports, which alleged that agents were being pressured to artificially inflate the number of open DVE investigations to please top officials at the Bureau. The segment featured disgraced former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (now a paid CNN analyst), who complained at length about Americans’ souring view of the his former employer. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 21 years with the bureau,” he remarked, adding, “It’s just terrifying.” Bolduan then brought up the DVE statistic: “I’m sure it’s more now, but the latest data have is the FBI has about 2,700 open domestic terror investigations, which is double since Spring 2020.”     She quickly pivoted to a discussion about what the FBI was doing “to protect agents while they are doing this most important work,” but let’s dwell in that figure for a moment. According to alleged whistleblowers within the Bureau, agents are being pressured to reclassify cases as DVE investigations despite many such cases not meeting the necessary criteria. On July 27, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, detailing these allegations: Another whistleblower—who led at least one high profile domestic terrorism investigation—stated that a field office Counterterrorism Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the FBI’s Director of the Counterterrorism Division have pressured agents to move cases into the DVE category to hit self-created performance metrics.  According to whistleblowers, the FBI uses these metrics to dispense awards and promotions. Every whistleblower has called it an environment of “pressure” within the FBI. That’s all pretty damning, if true. Unfortunately, it looks like Bolduan will never bother to tell her viewers about these alleged whistleblowers. After all, what better time to bring them up than during a discussion of the recent uptick in DVE cases based on the FBI’s own numbers? Those on the left defending the FBI have brushed off these recent whistleblower reports, claiming Jordan’s status as a known Trump-defender automatically destroys his credibility. Evidently Bolduan and her producers harbor that view as well.

John McEnroe Blasts Unvaccinated Ban Preventing Djokovic From Playing

Novak Djokovic is in a bit of an odd situation. Currently, the defending Wimbledon champion is being denied the opportunity to play in the U.S. Open due to his vaccination status, despite the fact that the tournament itself has no rules on vaccination status for participants. The U.S. is still holding onto its delusion that foreigners who are not vaccinated should not be allowed into the country. Related: Djokovic Still Banned From U.S. Open Due To Vaccination Status American tennis legend John McEnroe thinks that this whole situation is nonsensical. Speaking at an LAFC game, he stated that vaccination is the decision of the individual and that any national-level bans on unvaccinated individuals is unnecessary.     “I think it's B.S.,” McEnroe said. “I think he should be allowed to play. That’s up to the individual. He’s perfectly entitled to make that decision.” The all-time great further said that a world-class athlete like Djokovic is incredibly particular about what he puts in his body and that he is in peak health, which should render his vaccination status as irrelevant. “It’s frustrating to see at this point … he’s not allowed into the country because he’s not vaccinated,” McEnroe said. “That’s the rules that we have right now, I don’t agree with it.” You’re not the only one who feels that way, McEnroe.

Watson’s Apology, Passing Falter; Jacksonville Fans Boo ‘Sick F—k'

A weak apology and a pitiful performance Friday reignited public animosity for alleged massage therapist abuser Deshaun Watson. In a big, big way.  During a pregame interview in Jacksonville Friday, the Cleveland Browns notorious new quarterback gave an apology that fell far short of taking responsibility for his pathetic behavior. He’s been accused by 30 message therapists of engaging in sexual misconduct with them, was allowed to play in an exhibition game at Jacksonville and will serve a suspension of six games or more. Here’s the pull-out quote from his interview with ESPN’s Aditi Kinkhabwala:  “Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation. The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”  If you noticed this statement was short on the details of his aberrant behavior, you weren’t the only one.   On ESPN’s First Take TV program before the game, Emily Kaplan blasted the Browns and their $230 million quarterback.:  “I feel like the Browns are living in denial because they’re living in their own world right now because of this contract that they gave him with all these millions of dollars of guarantees because they live in this bubble in Ohio where Deshaun Watson gets on the field at training camp, the fans are cheering for him and asking him for autographs.”  Then came the game in Jacksonville. Watson probably regrets saying before the game he was excited to get back on the playing field. He was dreadful, completing one of five pass attempts for all of seven yards. The treatment he got from Jaguars’ fans was even more brutal than his performance.  Jacksonville fans booed the heck out of Watson. They cheered his incomplete passes and chanted, “No means no.” That was the tame stuff.  Jags’ fans also chanted, “You sick f—k!, you sick f—k!”  A retired judge, Sue Robinson, recently gave Watson a six-game suspension. Watson said he deserves an 8-game suspension, but the NFL is seeking a suspension that would sideline him for the entire 2022 season. 

Joe Who? ABC Avoids Biden’s Name in Report on ‘Sad,’ ‘Hungry’ Afghanistan

ABC on Monday avoided the words “Joe Biden” while recounting one year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Reporter Ian Pannell lamented how “sad,” “isolated” and “hungry” the country has become in the wake of the takeover, but never mentioned the President who presided over the collapse. NBC and CBS Didn’t do much better, saying Biden’s name just once each.   On ABC’s Good Morning America, Ian Pannell was clearly sad about the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. Reporting from the country, he explained, “One year after America’s withdrawal lapsed into chaos, one year since the Taliban’s victory, Afghanistan is isolated, sadder and hungrier than ever.”  Yet, no mention in the two minute and 32 second segment of the Biden administration's disastrous withdrawal. Pannell ended by trying to offer some “hope.” He suggested:  This is a very different country from 20 years ago. Even the Taliban has smart phones. The country is connected to the outside world and they can see what’s going on. Yes, there are broken promises, but, Robin, not broken spirits.      Broken promises from whom? Pannell didn’t say.  Over on NBC’s Today, Savannah Guthrie at least managed to name the President in office during the debacle: “We turn now to a new U.S. intelligence report on Al Qaeda's presence in power in Afghanistan. It comes nearly one year after President Biden declared the end of America's longest war.”  Reporter Kelly Cobiella recounted the terrible shape the country was in: “One year after the Taliban takeover, that country is in crisis with tens of millions unable to afford food. And women, once again, fighting for the right to work and education.”  On CBS Mornings, Biden’s name came up, barely. Here’s Imtiaz Tyab: One year into the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, and the nation also remains in the grips of what the U.N. considers the world's worst humanitarian crisis after the Biden administration froze billions in assets from the central bank and foreign donors pulled vast amounts of funding that once made up three quarters of the nation's annual budget. He added, “For the Afghans we've been speaking to, today is a day of sadness, anger, and fear.” But the reporter noted the Taliban’s happiness:  But for the Taliban, today is a day of joy as hundreds fill the central Kabul square just yards from where the U.S. embassy once stood, waving flags and chanting "God is great." Rejoicing that it's back in control of a country it once ruled from 1996 up until the 2001 allied invasion that followed the 9/11 attack.  Last week, on August 18, ABC rediscovered the Afghanistan disaster, but allowed only three seconds to Biden.  The pro-Biden spin on ABC and CBS was sponsored by Progressive insurance, on NBC by Hyundai. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Below is a transcript of ABC and partial transcripts from CBS and NBC. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 8/15/2022 7:14 GIO BENITEZ: We’re going to turn now to Afghanistan. Today marks one year of Taliban rule as forces on the ground celebrate. Chief foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is live in Kabul. Ian, good morning.  IAN PANNELL: Yeah. Good morning, Gio. That’s right. One year later. We were here a year ago reporting on the collapse of the government, the panic as U.S. troops withdrew and the Taliban sweeping into the city. Well, one year later, the militants are celebrating. You can see them there atop American-made humvees. But for so many Afghans, there’s nothing to celebrate. This morning, America’s old enemy celebrating what they call independence day here on the streets of Kabul. It's exactly one year since the militants took control of the capital and the country.  These are the fighters America spent 20 years trying to defeat. Today they're celebrating America’s withdrawal and their assumption of power here.  The scene on the ground a stark contrast from a year ago as American forces withdrew, ending America’s longest war. Today, it’s Taliban soldiers patrolling the streets, many of them with U.S.-made weapons. But most Afghans aren’t on the streets celebrating. They are mourning the loss of jobs, money or any place in society. This weekend, a small group of brave Afghan women taking to the streets calling for bread and freedom. But this is the Taliban's response, gunfire into the air and some female protesters beaten. I sat down with a Taliban spokesman who denies women and girls are oppressed.  ABDUL QAHAR BALKHI: Women are being given their rights. Each society interprets rights of human beings, men, women, children, the planet and animals, differently.  PANNELL: But this is the image to remember today, not the Taliban celebrating, but babies dying from hunger. More than 90 percent of Afghans no longer have enough to eat. The youngest and weakest struggling to survive in the new Afghanistan. One year after America’s withdrawal lapsed into chaos, one year since the Taliban’s victory, Afghanistan is isolated, sadder and hungrier than ever. Well, today there is actually hope despite that bleak picture. Women defying Taliban on the street, girls going to secret schools. This is a very different country from 20 years ago. Even the Taliban has smart phones. The country is connected to the outside world and they can see what’s going on. Yes, there are broken promises, but, Robin, not broken spirits.    CBS Mornings  8/15/2022 IMTIAZ TYAB: The Taliban is really celebrating the one-year anniversary of its takeover of Afghanistan and, indeed, the end of two decades of fighting. But for the Afghans we've been speaking to, today is a day of sadness, anger, and fear. The tumultuous end to America's  longest war immortalized in these chaotic scenes. ... TYAB: But for the Taliban, today is a day of joy as hundreds fill the central Kabul square just yards from where the U.S. Embassy once stood, waving flags and chanting "God is great." Rejoicing that it's back in control of a country it once ruled from 1996 up until the 2001 allied invasion that followed the 9/11 attack.  ... TYAB: One year into the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, and the nation also remains in the grips of what the U.N. considers the world's worst humanitarian crisis after the Biden administration froze billions in assets from the central bank and foreign donors pulled vast amounts of funding that once made up three quarters of the nation's annual budget. Today 8/15/2022 SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: We turn now to a new U.S. intelligence report on Al Qaeda's presence in power in Afghanistan. It comes nearly one year after President Biden declared the end of America's longest war. 

Facebook & Instagram Strike Heritage for Accurate Post About IRS Job Requiring ‘Deadly Force’

A post that dared to accurately point out that an Internal Revenue Service job posting required a willingness to use “deadly force” apparently triggered Facebook’s leftist fact-checking partners. Both Meta companies Facebook and Instagram slapped The Heritage Foundation with a “Missing Context” label for posts that read: “ICYMI: ‘Be willing to use deadly force if necessary’ (The IRS edited this job listing yesterday).” An archived IRS article indicates that a job listing for “special agents” within the Criminal Investigation branch of the agency did in fact say that “major duties” required agents to “[c]arry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”   But leftist Facebook fact-checking partner Lead Stories constructed a straw man that Facebook and Instagram put under The Heritage Foundation’s posts. The fact-check papered over the language of the initial job listing. An updated version of the job listing revealed that the “deadly force” language was edited out following major backlash. “Fact Check: IRS Is NOT Trying To Arm All Its Agents,” the Lead Stories headline blares. The Heritage Foundation never said in its posts that the IRS was trying to arm “all” its agents, but inserting one’s own meaning into a benign post is convenient when Big Tech’s goal is to censor content that makes President Joe Biden look awful.  The Lead Stories article specifically targeted a Facebook post by the “pro-liberty youth organization” Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) that included a snapshot of the IRS “Criminal Investigation” job description. YAL included its own commentary along with the snapshot: “The IRS is hiring! The government wants its IRS agents armed and its citizens disarmed. We'll let everyone just marinate on that for a second.”  Lead Stories twisted the YAL post in an attempt to make it seem like the group was saying “all'' IRS agents were required to be armed. “Is the IRS trying to arm all its employees?” asked Lead Stories. “No, that's not true: A job posting from the IRS Criminal Investigation unit, which carries firearms, does refer to carrying firearms.”  In fact, Lead Stories propagandized, “the unit consists of only 2,100 law enforcement agents, according to a spokesperson.” How peachy. Facebook also plastered YAL’s post with a “Partly false information” label. [Emphasis added.]  Even though the controversy was severe enough for the IRS to edit the “deadly force” language out of the job description entirely, Lead Stories’ primary source to rebut the accuracy of the YAL post was … the IRS: The job description for the Criminal Investigation unit is not unusual for the unit, [IRS spokesperson] Anny Pachner said. It is standard compared to some other federal law enforcement job descriptions, she said, which Lead Stories verified by looking at the special agent job description from the FBI. But when Lead Stories apparently broached the stealth edit of the job post to eliminate the violent language, the IRS just played dumb: “Lead Stories followed up with Pachner for information on why the ‘Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary’ line was removed from the C[riminal] I[nvestigation] unit special agent job description. Pachner told us she would look into the change. We will update this story with any response.” [Emphasis added.] The Heritage Foundation is a member of MRC’s Free Speech Alliance.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

NBA Continues To Ostracize Non-Woke Athletes And Coaches

If you think NBA free agent Enes Kanter Freedom is the only player or coach in the NBA that has suffered the consequences of holding worldviews the league doesn’t believe., think again. Freedom posted the transcript of a conversation he had with an anonymous assistant coach in the NBA who recounted a story in which a colleague of his basically ended their friendship because he didn’t support the woke nonsense the NBA does. Just had a conversation with one of the assistant coaches in the @NBA. He was getting attacked throughout the whole season because 1) Who he supports, 2) He is a Republican. He felt so uncomfortable and he quit his job at the end of the year. This is unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/Ab7zgn9TYT — Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) August 13, 2022 While this coach’s story is unfortunately not surprising, it speaks to just how scary cutthroat the NBA has become with regards to tolerance (or lack thereof) of diverse worldviews. This is ironic because the NBA is the self-proclaimed champion of equality, diversity, and inclusion. But as it would turn out, Freedom, this coach, and lord knows how many other people in the NBA are slowly being driven out by an organization that looks more and more like a hotbed for communist thought. Maybe their suspicious relationship with China has something to do with that …

Forbes Exposes, ByteDance Denies ‘300’ TikTok & ByteDance Employees Worked for Chinese State Media

Over 300 employees at TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, previously worked for Communist Chinese state media publications, according to a new report. At least “[t]hree hundred current employees at TikTok and its parent company ByteDance previously worked for Chinese state media publications,” according to LinkedIn profiles reviewed by Forbes. The exposé further deepened the already shady connections between the Chinese Communist Party and TikTok.  A ByteDance spokesperson told MRC Business that the Forbes report was "inaccurate” and “draws from outdated online profiles of people who never worked for state media, no longer work for our company, or work on China businesses only. Our conflict of interest policy does not allow employees to concurrently hold positions at China state media organizations.”  But that statement appears to contradict a search by MRC Business that uncovered at least seven individuals on LinkedIn that claim to be current employees of ByteDance or TikTok while also claiming to have previously worked at Chinese state media outlets or companies.  “Chinese state media outlets have a large presence on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but so far, they have been relatively quiet on TikTok,” Forbes reporter Emily Baker-White wrote. But Chinese state media influence on TikTok only seems to be growing.  And with that growth seems to come a penchant for increasingly authoritarian action. TikTok has repeatedly banned, censored and removed MRCTV videos posted to the platform. TikTok permanently banned MRCTV on May 26. This is after a Chinese government public relations entity reportedly tried to open a “stealth” TikTok account in 2020 to influence Western audiences.  While TikTok vowed in March to apply “labels to content from some state-controlled media accounts,” that policy does not seem to apply to many of the largest Chinese state media sources.  A search of TikTok shows that the China Global Television Network, for example, does not appear to have a warning label indicating it is a China state-affiliated media outlet.  Reuters revealed in August 2021 that the Chinese government took a major stake and board seat in ByteDance, the multinational internet tech company in charge of TikTok and located in Beijing.  Is it any wonder that more than half of Americans want app stores to remove TikTok after news that Chinese employees have direct access to U.S. user data, according to a Trafalgar Group survey?  Popular podcaster Joe Rogan voiced similar concerns about privacy when he said that TikTok’s endgame is “China having all of your data” on his July 26 show. Rogan took the sledgehammer to TikTok for its spooky privacy policy, which states that TikTok collects personal data including IP address, a numeric designation that identifies its location on the Internet, user location and even biometric data like faceprints and voiceprints from its millions of users.  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.

Tons of Anti-White Racism in Freeform’s ‘grown-ish': Calls White College Staff 'A Few Tiki Torches Shy of a Hate Crime'

Freeform’s racist comedy and black-ish spinoff, grown-ish, has unfortunately returned for a fifth season, but the show has been revamped with a mix of new and old characters, now that main character Zoey (Yara Shahidi) has graduated from California University (Cal U), where the show is set. What hasn’t changed, sadly, is the show’s hatred towards white people and conservatives as evidenced in its latest episode.   Kiela (Daniella Perkins), whose character debuted last season, has returned in a more vital role. In Wednesday’s episode, “Look What U Started,” she and newcomer Brandon (Matthew Sato) are both trying out for a position with Cal U’s Social Justice Society (SJS). Before their interviews, they get into a virtue-signaling debate about who's more worthy for the position - a “blossoming anarcho-Marxist” or a freshman who was on Biden’s transition team: Brandon: What's up, Kiela? You interviewing, too? We met at the SJS meeting, right? Uh, you made me prove to you that I wasn't subscribed to Ben Shapiro before I put my name on the sign-up list. Kiela: Right. Yeah. Um...Brendan. Brandon: Brandon. Kiela: Sorry, you're interviewing for director of strategy for the social justice society? Brandon: Yep. Yeah, I gotta say, I'm surprised a blossoming anarcho-Marxist like yourself is interested in something this...institutional.   Kiela: Okay, look, if you need, like, a résumé-padder for your Peace Corps app, there's like a thriving hacky sack club on the east quad. And, you know, just a...an FYI, they've never given this position to a freshman. Brandon: Oh. Well, how often do they meet a freshman who was on Biden's transition team? Interviewer: Kiela. Come on in. Brandon was on Biden's transition team? That's just begging for a "Let's go, Brandon," joke! During the interview process, it’s revealed that Kiela and Brandon are complete opposites in their approach to obtaining their goals, which leads to them both being hired, after Kiela calls former president Ronald Reagan a “genocidal clown": Kiela: Making change is about getting people to stop and pay attention. Brandon: Look, we all know the levers of change are pulled by like five old white dudes in a smoke-filled room. So, the question is... Both: How do you get them to listen? Brandon: Collaborate, not alienate. Kiela: Explosive, disruptive. Brandon: Tactical, laser focused. Kiela: Drive the conversation and mobilize revolution. Brandon: Work behind the scenes toward concrete, achievable goals. Kaden: I'm writing my thesis on activism during the AIDS crisis. And do you know what my biggest takeaway has been? Kiela: Reagan was a genocidal clown? Kaden: You need the act up die-hards handcuffing themselves to the stock exchange, and you need the HRC insiders lobbying senators. Do you see what I'm getting at? Your tactics couldn't be more different. Which is why you'll make incredible co-directors. Congratulations. Another returning character is Afro-Centric professor Aaron Jackson (Trevor Jackson), boyfriend of Zoey. As a refresher, Aaron is the one who said, “white people are inherently bad,” that it’s okay for black people to lie about having a felony on their resume because, “the system is designed to work against people of color,” and that conservatives are “idiots” who support policies that oppress black and poor people. In this episode, Aaron makes a viral TikTok complaining about how many white people are on the school’s faculty, mocking them on looks alone with critiques such as, “a few tiki torches shy of a hate crime,” and having a “’60s country club whiteness": Aaron: Hey, how you guys doing? Professor Jackson here, and today I'm gonna be rating Cal U's faculty diversity by department. That's a few tiki torches shy of a hate crime. Zero out of 10. Now, you see that? That right there, that's giving '60s country club whiteness, but there are some ladies in the mix, so we'll give them a 2 out of 10. It's not great, but it's better than the last one. Now, finally, see that? There's that Benetton Energy we've been looking for. You're probably wondering what department that is. Is that history? Film studies? No, it isn't. It's global studies, guys. Global studies. And you see that guy right there in the corner? That's me, next to all my friends that Cal U panic-hired over the last six months. Junior: At first, Aaron's TikTok flopped, until one student saw the comic potential and used Aaron's sound for his own riff... Aaron: Zero out of ten. Junior: Rating the lack of seasonings at various dining hall stations. When it blew up, suddenly students started using Aaron's sound to call out everything problematic at Cal U. So, after Aaron forgot about his scream into the social media void, it popped off, too. Yo, bro. Congrats on sticking it to the man. Aaron: Thanks? What...what are you talking about? Junior: Your TikTok. It blew up. Check out the comments. Aaron: Uh... Let's see here. "If Noah Beck and Malcolm X had a baby." Oh, Lord help these kids. Hold on. Whoa, I just got like 100 kids trying to audit my class. Wow. 101. Okay. Junior: Looks like people are psyched to see professor TikTok in action. I guess so. The professors end up angry at Aaron after seeing the video, leading Aaron to complain to Zoey about the tension. Zoey encourages him to make amends, advising, “If you want people to be on your side, you're gonna have to win them over a little bit. Show them that you’re one of them.” Aaron decides to take her advice, but when he goes to mingle with the white faculty, he has visions of them as vapid and rude borderline racists and thus decides he can’t bring himself to associate with them: Aaron: Okay, okay, it's just drinks. Drinks with coworkers. That's all it is. Zoey's right, just bring the charm. Show them what you're all about. It's not ass-kissing, it's career development. Big difference. How bad could it be? Man: Where'd you get that tie? It's so dope! Man 2: What I love about Kamala is she's so real. Aaron: She's...she's so real. She's so real. Hey, what are you doing? Alright. Yeah, that's my...That's my hair. Thank you. Nope, nope. Nope. Haha? black-ish may finally have ended its reign of racist “comedy,” but it looks like its legacy will unfortunately live on through grown-ish for the unforeseeable future. Conservatives Fight Back! This episode was sponsored by Olive Garden, Walmart, and GEICO. Click each advertiser for their contact information so you can let them know how you feel.

The Worst of Alex Wagner: Meet Rachel Maddow’s Part-Time Replacement 

So you won’t have Rachel Maddow to kick around any more. Well okay she’s not retiring and she will still be on MSNBC one night (Mondays) a week but rest assured her timeslot (9pm Tuesday through Friday) will be occupied by a familiar lefty — former MSNBC host and Showtime’s “The Circus” co-host Alex Wagner.   Back on June 27, MSNBC announced that Wagner will be occupying the Maddow chair for four nights a week (officially starting this Tuesday night, August 16.)  It’s a bit of an odd choice given that her first stint as an MSNBC host didn’t end well when it was canceled in 2015 for poor ratings.  A look back at Wagner’s run on her eponymously named show Now with Alex Wagner reveals early examples of her  ridiculous overplaying of the race card — “Usage of the word ‘thug’ spiked on Monday...Some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word” — and silly sucking-up to libs. She once gushed to Chelsea Clinton: “I must bring up the fact that your mother — she graced us all. Everyone is thrilled that she is now on Twitter.”  Wagner is also on record as wanting to completely ditch the Second Amendment. In 2011 she told Bill Maher on his HBO Real Time show: “Get rid of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have…. owning a gun does not….tally on the same level as those other Constitutional rights.”  The following are the worst outbursts from Wagner via the MRC’s archive: Witnessing Downfall of America, As Republicans Fidget-Spin     Host Bill Maher: “This is the moment in America that Rome faced with Julius Caesar when the republic became a dictatorship. I know they are going to acquit him but the fact that we had this trial and there was no witnesses and we don't care about laws anymore or rules or what matters, when it goes from nation of laws republic to Senate that just goes along and might is right, that is that moment I know that sounds overly dramatic.” Former MSNBC host and current Showtime’s The Circus co-host Alex Wagner: “It’s not. It’s heartbreaking. It's a farce that there are Republican senators in the audience with fidget spinners, but when you think about the gravity of the moment, this is a test of liberal democracy....Has one party become so corrupted by power that they’re shredding the basic principles of what the country stands for?” — HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, January 24, 2020.   Asking a Basic Census Question = GOP Plot to Oppress Minorities “Let me be very clear. The addition of a citizenship question is to keep immigrants and their families in the shadows, it is to disenfranchise cities with large immigrant and minority populations and it is to skew congressional redistricting that happens in 2020 to disenfranchise largely Democratic states and cities that have large minority and immigrant populations. That is why there’s a citizenship question.” — CBS News correspondent Alex Wagner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, April 20, 2018.   Alex Wagner Sucks Up to the Clintons     “When we talk about women’s participation and women’s involvement in the world, I must bring up the fact that your mother [Hillary Clinton] — she graced us all. Everyone is thrilled that she is now on Twitter. She has, in my humble opinion, one of the best Twitter bios on the Twittersphere.” ... “This is, I think, the fifth anniversary of your mother’s ‘shattering the glass ceiling’ speech. Do you think we need — and I’m not naming names — do you think we need a woman in the White House? Do you think America needs to sort of achieve that milestone, being the leader in the globe that we are today?” — Two of MSNBC host Alex Wagner’s questions for Chelsea Clinton on the June 14, 2013 edition of Now with Alex Wagner.   Wagner: Nasty Conservatives Want to “Punish” Immigrants With “Alligator Moats”     “Around immigration, there’s a sense that we need to punish people when they come here and they don’t know our language. We gotta punish people who came here the wrong way, even if they’ve been contributing to American society for a decade or more. Bigger, meaner, scarier fences by people suggesting electrified, alligator-filled moats to prevent ‘them’ coming in, by the language we use to talk about ‘those people’ who want to be here. You know what? Those people who want to be here are us. That’s what this country is made of.” — MSNBC host Alex Wagner in one of her network’s “Lean Forward” commercials, aired during June 2013.   Wagner Pushes Bogus “War on Women” Mantra     “Just when you thought the Republican Party’s open antagonism toward women and their reproductive organs couldn’t get any more hostile, hours ago, talk show host, former governor, and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took it upon himself to ‘mansplain’ to the women of America how one party wants to tame their wild libidos.” — Host Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, January 23, 2014.   Anti-Illegal Immigration Protest Makes Alex Ashamed to Be an American     “When you see the footage of these furious crowds yelling ‘Go home, go home,’ I think it brings — I will say personally, I found it to be a shameful moment to be an American, to see people treated like that, people who are seeking a new day here in America.” — Host Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, July 2, 2014.   Wagner Overplays the Race Card     Host Alex Wagner: “Usage of the word ‘thug’ spiked on Monday — appearing in roughly 50,000 tweets....The word’s ubiquity has, this week, led to re-examination of the origins of the word ‘thug,’ and the debate over its racial connotations....Some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word. Give us your take.” Salon contributor Brittney Cooper: “Sure. It’s rooted in a racialized understanding of black people. So, for instance, no one is calling the police who put this kid in a van and snapped his spine and crushed his voicebox ‘thugs’ — right?...When are we going to have a language to talk about the systemic violence that white folks do in the name of anti-blackness and white supremacy in this country?” — Exchange on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, April 29, 2015.   Wagner OK With Racial Fear Tactics—If That’s What It Takes for Dems to Win     Alex Wagner: “Democrats hoping to get minority voters to the polls have instead focused on race and racial bias. In North Carolina, Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC ran this radio spot attacking GOP Senate candidate Tom Tillis.” Ad clip: “Tillis won’t fight for us. Instead he made it harder for communities of color to vote, by restricting early voting and voter registration. Tillis even led the effort to pass the type of stand your ground laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” Wagner: “In Georgia, state Democrats printed a flyer warning that the way to prevent ‘another Ferguson’ is to vote. Arkansas residents meanwhile, received a mailer showing a man in a hands-up, don’t shoot position made infamous in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing. The mailer reads: ‘If we want to end senseless killings like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we need to vote’...It’s important to say that it shouldn’t have to be the threat of undermining civil rights that gets people to vote, but if it does, so much stronger the party is for it.” — MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, October 30, 2014.   Melodramatic MSNBCer Wagner: “We Are Back in, Like, Margaret Sanger Days”     “I just can’t – you know, Cecile, it’s like every time we have a discussion it feels like the clock has turned back even more, you know. And it feels like the ACA was progress and it’s real, and yet the force is pulling us back – not just on the question of national health care, but on the question of access to contraception. I mean, we are back in, like, Margaret Sanger days here.”   — MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, March 21, 2014.   Time to Scrap the Second Amendment “I think get rid of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech, I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the same level as those other Constitutional rights.”  — MSNBC host Alex Wagner on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, November 4, 2011.

NPR Hates DeSantis, Smears Old Flag as Symbol of 'Dangerous Right-Wing Ideology'

How do you know the left-wing media is gunning for Ron DeSantis? When taxpayer-funded NPR suddenly finds the "Don't Tread on Me" flag from the Revolutionary War to be a "far-right" emblem of lies and violence. Scott Neuman wrote: When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently tweeted an image of what he said was a new state license plate featuring a coiled rattlesnake and the words "Don't Tread on Me," he said it sends a "clear message to out-of-state cars." The imagery of the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag dates to Benjamin Franklin but has, for many, come to symbolize a far-right extremist ideology and the "Stop the Steal" movement that sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Conservatives launched at the tweet of this bilge:  Gov. Ron DeSantis said a new Florida license plate featuring the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag sends a "clear message to out-of-state cars." Critics say it symbolizes a dangerous far-right extremist ideology.https://t.co/7rU6zTwj9p — NPR (@NPR) August 11, 2022 This is a little funny, since NPR has an affinity for dangerous far-left extremist ideology. They favorably reviewed the book In Defense of Looting in 2020. Looting is a "powerful tool." NPR gets goosebumps over books about how leftist riots for racial "justice" should be called "rebellions," not riots, and should be considered a respectable form of activism. Naturally, NPR turned to the left-wing "extremism experts," who claimed "most of the public"....thinks like NPR? "The state can't claim a lack of knowledge about what this image represents to most of the public," says Rachel Carroll Rivas, deputy director of research and analysis for the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. She says it's become clear that the flag has been used for some "really awful" causes, most notably the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where violent protesters attacked police as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Biden won, and January 6 was awful, but smearing this Gadsden flag as associated with far-right kookery is nothing new. Liberal media stars also tried this tactic when it was a Tea Party favorite in the Obama years. Chris Matthews called it "McCarthyite," and also turned to the SPLC to decry this symbol. Juan Williams associated it with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Even porny Playboy got into the act as it ripped Glenn Beck. The press secretary for Ron DeSantis pushed back at this culture-war exchange: The latest fake news hysteria is about the new Gadsden Flag license plate @GovRonDeSantis announced to help Florida veterans in need. Media is smearing this as a "racist"/"domestic terrorist" symbol, which is absurd! See details & order online here: https://t.co/y819qcDllj pic.twitter.com/kQoSrBZo4Z — Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 3, 2022

Partisan NY Times Blames 'Right-Wing Rhetoric' for Violence

One co-lead story in Sunday’s New York Times regarding the aftermath of the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residency screamed “As Right-Wing Rhetoric Escalates, So Do Threats and Violence.” According to reporter Alan Feuer, this violence is taking place almost exclusively on the right, the actual fact of violence by Black Lives Matter riots and ANTIFA notwithstanding. The story was keyed to the attack on an FBI office by an armed Trump supporter. The armed attack this week on an F.B.I. office in Ohio by a supporter of former President Donald J. Trump who was enraged by the bureau’s search of Mr. Trump’s private residence in Florida was one of the most disturbing episodes of right-wing political violence in recent months. But it was hardly the only one. In the year and a half since a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, threats of political violence and actual attacks have become a steady reality of American life, affecting school board officials, election workers, flight attendants, librarians and even members of Congress, often with few headlines and little reaction from politicians. …. While this welter of events may feel disparate, occurring at different times and places and to different types of people, scholars who study political violence point to a common thread: the heightened use of bellicose, dehumanizing and apocalyptic language, particularly by prominent figures in right-wing politics and media. Note that the following paragraph appeared in the same paper that ran an opinion piece in 2019 calling for the doxxing of border agents: Despite that threat, one day later, when the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News published the warrant underlying the Mar-a-Lago search, it did not redact the names of the F.B.I. agents on the document. Almost immediately afterward, posts on a pro-Trump chat board referred to them as “traitors.” Feuer at least nodded toward reality. There have also been some high-profile recent criminal cases involving political violence by left-leaning defendants, including one filed against a California man who was charged with attempted murder for showing up armed with a pistol, a knife and other weapons near the Maryland home of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in June. He still felt the need to deliver pro-Democratic damage control. Republicans have often criticized Democrats for paying scant attention to the Kavanaugh incident, and for only caring about aggression when it comes from the right. Some have pointed to a string of episodes -- not all related to political violence -- that reach back to 2017. The above is a bizarrely elliptical way not to mention the June 2017 attempted assassination of Republican congressmen on a baseball field by a Bernie Sanders supporter. The Times has a low bar when it comes to seeing threats from conservatives. Experts note that rhetoric does not have to directly reference violence to contribute to threats. Dehumanizing language also plays a role. They point to efforts to label immigrants as invaders and people who support teaching about transgender and gay rights as “groomers.”…. Meanwhile, Democratic politicians and liberals are free to call conservatives Nazis, deplorables, Rethuglicans, MAGAt’s…. Feuer has a long-standing blind spot regarding conspiracy theories, seeing danger solely on the right. He remained closed-minded about the mysterious figure of Ray Epps and his role in the Capitol Hill riots, slamming accusations of Epps being a federal informant. Epps was captured on video encouraging people to go into the Capitol building the night before President Trump’s infamous speech. Feuer doesn’t find all conspiracy theories dangerous. In June 2006, a convention of Truthers who considered the 9-11 terrorist attacks an inside job by the Bush administration received a respectful hearing from him.

CNN: Republican States Are Forcing Women to Have Babies!

On Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, guest host Brianna Keilar during her interview with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson suggested that Republican states with pro-life laws are forcing women to have babies.  “Arkansas has an unenviable record on maternal and infant care. But you've taken some steps to improve care for mothers and infants like expanding Medicaid coverage for pregnant women” Keilar said to Hutchinson.      After insulting his state, she asked the Governor if “Republican states are going to force women to have babies they wouldn't otherwise have had, do those Republican-led states need to support them more? Because many states are not doing this.”  Hutchinson never corrected her that pro-life laws prohibiting the killing of unborn babies aren’t forcing women to have babies. Life was already created by the time the abortion was to take place.  Instead, Hutchinson discussed how he wants the government in his state to provide maternal care, improved foster care, and increased adoption services. “We want to expand Medicaid coverage, health care services for that mom with that young child in their home to increase the chances of survivability and better health outcomes, both for the mom and both for the child,” Hutchinson said.  Keilar then brought up the case in “Nebraska where an 18-year-old and her mother are facing multiple charges after allegedly conducting an illegal self-managed medicated abortion.” She claimed, “you had police there obtaining their private Facebook messages which is raising concerns that law enforcement is going to use people’s private data to enforce state abortion laws.”   Turning to Hutchinson, Keilar asked if that’s “something that you would endorse in Arkansas? And do you think this is right?” Keilar ignored the fact that the Nebraska woman illegally used the self-medicating abortion drug to kill her 23-week-old baby and then burned and buried the baby’s body.    This CNN segment smearing pro-life laws and distorting a murder case to push the left’s abortion blood lust was made possible by Verizon. Their information is linked so you can contact them.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  CNN’s State of the Union 8/14/2022 9:37:08 a.m. Eastern BRIANNA KEILAR:  I want to talk to you about abortion. Because Arkansas has done something interesting. Arkansas has an unenviable record on maternal and infant care. But you've taken some steps to improve care for mothers and infants like expanding Medicaid coverage for pregnant women. If you’re going— if Republican states are going to force women to have babies they wouldn't otherwise have had, do those Republican-led states need to support them more? Because many states are not doing this.  GOV. ASA HUTCHINSON: Well, the answer is, yes. And I hope that we're all looking at that because in Arkansas because we had a trigger law that we have reduced the number of abortions dramatically. Last year we had 3,000. That means there's going to be 3,000 pregnancies in round numbers that might be unwanted or might be under difficult circumstances.  So, we've got to provide the maternal care, the improved foster care. We've got to be able to provide increased adoption services. It's not because we've neglected that in the past. It's because we do anticipate more live births, which is a good thing and something we support.  So, here in Arkansas, we have made progress in reducing teen pregnancy, but our infant mortality rate is not where it should be. That counts those infants that die in the first year after birth. So, we want to expand Medicaid coverage, health care services for that mom with that young child in their home to increase the chances of survivability and better health outcomes, both for the mom and both for the child.  KEILAR: I want to ask you about something in Nebraska where an 18-year-old and her mother are facing multiple charges after allegedly conducting an illegal self-managed medicated abortion. You had police there obtaining their private Facebook messages which is raising concerns that law enforcement is going to use people’s private data to enforce state abortion laws. Complicated case, yes, but is that something that you would endorse in Arkansas? And do you think this is right?  HUTCHINSON: Well, I'm not familiar with that specific case, but it's very important under Arkansas law and that in all of the pro-life laws that we have that we say that it's illegal to perform an abortion and the penalties is after the provider. There's no punishment for the woman. That is not the target of what we have nor should it be—  [crosstalk] KEILAR: The provider in this case would be -- it was self-managed.  [crosstalk] KEILAR: So don't go after them, you're saying?  HUTCHINSON: Yeah, don't go after the woman. That’s not the target of that. If there's some provider or some internet provider that sent that medication in, that would be a violation of Arkansas law, but there's no penalty, consequences for the woman. We have sympathy for her. We want to improve the health. We want to help them make the right decisions and to care for that child.

MSNBC Anti-Trump Melodrama: 'Vote As If Your Life Depends On It—Will We Survive?'

It was anti-Trump melodrama to the max on Jonathan Capehart's MSNBC show on Sunday. Michael Beschloss, the liberal historian turned Twitter troll, looked directly into the camera [see screencap] and beseeched the viewers: "Vote as if your life depends on it. Because it might." Then, a panicky Capehart asked Beschloss: "are we going to survive this?" "I don't know," replied Beschloss.  But before poor Jonathan could do something rash, Beschloss added that he doubted there'd be an actual civil war in a military sense, and noted that America overcame the fascist threat of the 1930s. Beschloss, who was recently in a gaggle of liberal historians invited to the White House to adviser Biden before the raid, made two incendiary claims: -- He said that Kevin McCarthy threatened Merrick Garland, telling him that unless he laid off Trump, "there would be violence." There somehow a violent threat in this? “When Republicans take back the House we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” -- And he claimed there were reports that Trump tried to send a message to Garland, saying that unless he were granted some form of immunity, there would be "civil war."   And Trump did ask a federal appeals court to rule that he is entitled to absolute presidential immunity from civil lawsuits regarding his efforts to remain in office after the 2020 election. But again, that is altogether different from threatening Garland with civil war unless he were granted immunity. Can Beschloss cite chapter and verse to back up his inflammatory accusations? If not, rather than McCarthy or Trump, it's Beschloss who could be rightly accused of potentially inciting violence by stirring up irrational fears among the very audience he begged to vote "as if your life depends on it." Anti-Trump melodrama to the max on Jonathan Capehart's Sunday MSNBC show was sponsored in part by Verizon, CVS, Volvo, Subway, and Safelite. Here's the transcript. MSNBC The Sunday Show With Jonathan Capehart 8/15/22 10:54 am EDT MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: You know, it's always said, this was the most important election in our history. Well, it's pretty close to it.  And I would say to our friends, who are watching us today: vote as if your life depends on it. Because it might. JONATHAN CAPEHART: You know, the meeting that you had with the president happened before the search at Mar-a-Lago.  BESCHLOSS: Yes. CAPEHART: Again, unprecedented, to have the home of anyone who has held the title of President of the United States. First time ever. After this wild week, what would you tell the president now? BESCHLOSS: I think what I would say is, you have to pursue the law, and you have to let your attorney general do his thing. And that's advice, obviously, he did not need. You know, the thing I hated most about this week, Jonathan, was not just the fact that Donald Trump had done things that no ex-president has done. You know: national security documents, nuclear documents, reportedly, by your newspaper [the Washington Post], that could put our children in danger if they get to be public, or if they are given to some foreign government, or get to a terrorist. Presidents are supposed to protect, not do that.  What, you know, what is even worse than that? Kevin McCarthy, threatened—the possible next Speaker of the House if the Republicans win—threatened an attorney general, and said, you better lay off, essentially, you better lay off Trump, or else there's going to be violence. When have we ever seen that before in American history? And even reports that Trump himself tried to send a message to Merrick Garland, that unless you get some kind of immunity, you going to have a civil war. That's a threat. No one should make it. An ex-president of all people.  CAPEHART: And so, finally then, given everything that you just said. And your last answer is truly the most frightening thing that I've heard, or that we can even contemplate. Are we going to survive this? BESCHLOSS: I don't know.  But what I would say is, look at, remember those two moments I mentioned: 1860 we went through a civil war. God help us, I don't think that's going to happen in terms of the sense of military on the field.  And we certainly got through the fascist wave of the 1930s. So, the hopeful part of this is that America does have resilience, and we do get over moments like this. Let's pray together that we do. CAPEHART: From your lips to God's ears. Michael Beschloss, thank you very much for coming back to the Sunday Show. BESCHLOSS: Loved it always: thank you. 

Andrea Mitchell Argues With GOP Senator: We're Not in a Recession Yet

You would think being married to a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Andrea Mitchell would know at least something about economics. Sadly that’s not the case and Mitchell displayed her ignorance for all to see on Sunday’s Meet the Press when she started arguing with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds about the definition of a recession.  As she did in most of the interview, Mitchell harped on the unprecedented raid on former President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago. “Given how casual he was about securing documents, that's been well established when he was President, do you think that should disqualify him from being President again and would you vote for him if he runs?” Mitchell asked.      Rounds dodged the question and announced Republicans are going to focus on the 2022 elections before paying attention to the 2024 presidential election. “We want to retake the House. We definitely want to retake the United States Senate,” Rounds said.  He added: “I think in doing that, our goal is to focus on what’s going on right now with the American people, we're going to focus on the fact that inflation is still over 8.5 percent.”  Rounds then pivoted to the current recession that Biden’s policies put the country in: “We are still talking about GDP, which has been going down. As you know, sharing breakfast with the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, anytime you got two quarters in a row, you are in a recession. We want to see us get out of that recession.”  This statement of economic fact triggered Mitchell who shrieked “we're not in a recession yet, but we'll wait and see what does happen.”  “Two quarters tell you differently than that,” Rounds shot back. Mitchell then falsely claimed two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth being the definition of a recession is “out of date” and “even according to Republican economists.”  In reality, that does mean we’re in a recession. This has been a widely accepted fact by everyone up until the left decided to start changing the definition of words that don’t fit their definition. Like woman, recession, and most recently, raid.  Don’t let them get away with it! This segment on NBC was made possible by Allstate and Fisher Investments. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:  NBC’s Meet the Press 8/14/2022 10:52:35 a.m. Eastern  ANDREA MITCHELL: Let me just ask you quickly, given that they did take all this material, boxes of material, and classified documents as well, and given how casual he was about securing documents, that's been well established when he was President, do you think that should disqualify him from being President again and would you vote for him if he runs?  SENATOR MIKE ROUNDS (R-SD): I'll keep my powder dry with regards to your last question. I think right now we're going to focus on the 2022 election. We want to retake the House. We definitely want to retake the United States Senate. I think in doing that, our goal is to focus on what’s going on right now with the American people, we're going to focus on the fact that inflation is still over 8.5 percent.  We are still talking about GDP, which has been going down. As you know, sharing breakfast with the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, anytime you got two quarters in a row, you are in a recession. We want to see us get out of that recession, and certainly, we want to see gas prices come down. They're still a buck and a half higher than when Joe Biden took office. Those are not good policies to run on for Democrats. We need to focus on that and as we get past that, and get into the 2024, I think the Republican will be well positioned, but let's get past the 2022 election first.  MITCHELL: And we're not in a recession yet, but we'll wait and see what does happen and we really want to thank you. Very good you come on today Senator.  ROUNDS: Two quarters tell you differently than that.  MITCHELL: That's out of date. Out of date. Even according to Republican economists. In any case. 

Canada Is Plotting a Digital ID System

Canada is working on implementing a digital ID system at the federal level. The country seems to believe that its “Digital Ambition” plan will make government services more “accessible and flexible.” “The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age,” the plan that was released this month reads. "The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms." The Canadian government argues that the program would authenticate a person's identity akin to a driver’s license or passport. “Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.” Canada plans to use a “vast amount” of personal data to “make better business decisions” and “design better policies and programs.” “We need to use the vast amount and variety of data and information the [Government of Canada] collects, creates and holds (including personal, financial, geospatial, scientific and statistical data and information) to make better business decisions, provide better advice to ministers and design better policies and programs, and in turn, deliver a better service experience.” The country hopes to implement the program over the next three years. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Chinese Video Game Company Is Targeting a Popular Franchise: Report

China’s leading video game studio is reportedly gaining power in a world-famous video game company. Earlier in the month, Reuters exclusively reported that Tencent, the communist country’s largest video game studio, is acquiring a greater stake in Ubisoft. Ubisoft is a French studio behind the famous Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six franchises: “China's largest social network and gaming firm, which bought a 5% stake in Ubisoft in 2018, has reached out to the French firm's founding Guillemot family and expressed interest in increasing its stake in the firm, the sources said. It is not clear how much more Tencent wants to own in Ubisoft, valued at $5.3 billion, but Tencent aims to become the single largest shareholder of the French company with an additional stake purchase, two of the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.” The move is part of the communist country’s bid to gain more control over technology companies around the world. Last year, NewsBusters reported that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, sold a stake to WangTouZhongWen Technology, a Beijing company owned by three state entities in China. The platform’s privacy policy gave the company unlimited amounts of user data. “We may share all of the information we collect with a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliate of our corporate group,” the TikTok policy says.  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) reintroduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act in 2021 to ban the app from devices used by federal employees. Hawley said that TikTok is “a Trojan horse for the Chinese Communist Party that has no place on government devices—or any American devices, for that matter,” in a statement. “TikTok has repeatedly proven itself to be a malicious actor[,] but Joe Biden and Big Tech refuse to take the threat of Chinese espionage seriously. It’s time for Congress to act.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

ABC's Karl Grills Jean-Pierre on 'Orwellian' Inflation Reduction Act

On Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week, viewers witnessed a random act of journalism from co-anchor Jonathan Karl who challenged White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on why the recently passed legislation referred to as the Inflation Reduction Act should be called that since according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the legislation will have a negligible effect on inflation at best. Karl even suggested the name sounded Orwellian.  Before getting to that question, Karl started out by sucking up to the Biden administration and their economic record. He bemoaned how “just 37 percent of Americans approve of President Biden's handling of the economy” and “70 percent say they felt the economy was getting worse.”     “We have since learned that inflation actually abated in July,” Karl proclaimed. “Why is it that if things are getting better, so many Americans are unhappy with President Biden’s handling of it?”  Jean-Pierre repeated the Biden administration’s claim that there was “zero percent of inflation” last month and credited the Inflation Reduction Act for working “to lower costs for Americans.”  This led Karl to ask about the dishonestly named Inflation Reduction Act: But let me ask you, it's called the Inflation Reduction Act, but the Congressional Budget Office which is nonpartisan said that there would be a negligible impact on inflation this year and barely impact inflation at all next year, isn't it almost Orwellian?  Jean-Pierre responded that the legislation is “making sure that billionaires in corporate America are paying their fair share making sure that the tax code is a little bit more fair” and she claimed that “when you put it in its totality, you will see that it will bring down lower the deficit, which will help fight inflation.” When asked to clarify her answer by Karl whether she disagrees with the CBO’s assessment, Jean Pierre doubled down: “it is going to fight inflation. It has been proven it has been said by economists across the board on the Republican side and the Democrat side.”  While Karl did ask the right question, he’s too late. The time to challenge the Biden administration about the Orwellian named “Inflation Reduction Act” would’ve been before it was passed by Congress and signed into law, not after.  This segment on ABC was made possible by Nature’s Bounty and Verizon. Their information is linked.  To read the transcript of this portion of the interview click “expand”:   ABC’s This Week 8/14/2022 9:24:41 a.m. Eastern JON KARL: Let me turn to the domestic agenda, so we saw our poll that came out ABC News/IPSOS that came out last Sunday, showed that just 37 percent of Americans approve of President Biden's handling of the economy, 70 percent say they felt the economy was getting worse, now we have since learned that inflation actually abated in July. Why is it that if things are getting better, so many Americans are unhappy with President Biden’s handling of it? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: So you know we’ll say this. You know we’ve said this before, like get it, we understand what the American people are feeling at this time, this is a number one priority, inflation has been a number one priority for the President. Lowering costs has been a number one priority for this President. If you look at everyday this summer we saw gas prices go down by more than a $1, saving Americans about a little more than 100 bucks a month, that matters, and that is because partly of the work that this President has done, you just mentioned how inflation abated.  You look at the CPI date last month in July. Zero percent of inflation. And so that is the work that we'll continue to do, and if you look—I know we're about to talk about what Congress did, what Democrats in Congress did with this Inflation Reduction Act, the work of this President.  This President when he announced back in 2019 he wanted to make sure that he had -- he led with his conviction on what is needed for the American people, making sure that we build this economy from the bottom up and the middle out, do not leave anyone behind and you see that anti-inflation bill you see that it's going to lower costs for Americans.  Prescription drugs, energy costs, and also let’s not forget those 13 million Americans on the ACA Affordable Care Act who are now going to continue to see their premiums go down, that is important. KARL: But let me ask you, it's called the Inflation Reduction Act, but the Congressional Budget Office which is nonpartisan said that there would be a negligible impact on inflation this year and barely impact inflation at all next year, isn't it almost Orwellian? How can you call it Inflation Reduction Act when the nonpartisan experts say—- [crosstalk] JEAN-PIERRE: I appreciate the question, we've actually addressed this, the CBO. It was the top line number, there's more in there that shows that it will have the money from--remember how we're doing this, too, it's making sure that billionaires in corporate America are paying their fair share making sure that the tax code is a little bit more fair, when you do that, when you put it in its totality, you will see that it will bring down lower the deficit, which will help fight inflation. Look, here’s the thing, we have 126 economists, both Republicans, both Democrats who have said it's going to fight inflation. We have five former Secretaries of Treasury– KARL: So you disagree with the assessment of—  JEAN-PIERRE: Well there's more to it. It was the way that Republicans did that was so that it could make an argument that is false. It is going to fight inflation. It has been proven it has been said by economists across the board on the Republican side and the Democrat side.

Chris Wallace, CNN Hate Talk of Federal 'Gestapo'...Unless Dems Use It

Pam Key at Breitbart noticed on Friday's New Day, CNN anchor Chris Wallace said Republicans characterizing the FBI’s action at Mar-a-Lago as a "huge" “Gestapo” tactic is "out of touch with reality." The FBI should not be compared to the Nazis. CNN and their Democrat friends save that for Republicans. Liberal media reaction to the FBI raid has focused heavily on neo-Nazi and racist message boards as the stand-ins for Trump voters.  But we know that if Trump's FBI raided a Clinton house, the metaphors of tyranny would be free-flowing. CNN focused on the assertion that Republicans weren't condemning the violent nut who attacked the FBI field office in Cincinnati. That condemnation should be easy and obvious.  Wallace wisecracked "you know, the thing that was, to quote Simon and Garfunkel, 'The Sound of Silence.' You heard precious little condemnation from people on the right." BERMAN: You know, attorney general, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was earlier and said the same thing. He said, where are the Republicans? At this morning saying, you know, no violence, saying this is wrong, saying what happened in Cincinnati was wrong. He, too, was stunned by the silence there. WALLACE: Well, I mean, again, we’re talking about a party that is, has hit Democrats for not supporting, backing the blue, for not supporting law enforcement. Here we have people doing their job. And, you know, let’s make it clear again, this was not a raid. This was a very carefully-vetted search. They went to a judge. They got a search warrant. They went in. They apparently had notified the Secret Service at least an hour ahead of time. They specifically, reportedly, were concerned to do it when the former president was not on the premises, and went in and did it. They basically did it by the book. You can argue as to whether they should have done it at all, but they did it by the book. And the idea that this is being seen as some huge, and the word has literally been used, Gestapo tactic by the FBI is just so out of touch with the reality of what happened. KEILAR: Yeah. And they're playing with fire when they're talking about this. We see that happening yesterday. But CNN didn't mind the Nazi/Gestapo talk when it's applied to the government under Trump.  -- In 2020, CNN's New Day crew sat by as Rep. Jim Clyburn said of federal law enforcement during the Portland riots: That kind of activity is the activity of a police state, and this President, and this Attorney General seem to be doing everything they possibly can to impose Gestapo activities in local communities." -- In 2018, CNN's Twitter account demonized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials as comparable to the Nazis. In a March 14 tweet, CNN touted their own report of a Jewish woman taking in illegal immigrants, “driven by thoughts of the Holocaust." On air, CNN's Erin Burnett asked if she heard "the echoes of history." More routinely, the Nazis are the conservatives. In 2019, New Day regular John Avlon mocked Pat Buchanan's speech to the 1992 Republican convention, recalling "columnist Molly Ivins memorably criticized as 'probably sounding better in the original German.'" Then of course, there's comparing Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch to the Nazis, as CNN host Fareed Zakaria did in 2021. But he may have been plagiarizing from someone else.

MSNBC's Tiffany Cross: 'Traitor' Trump 'Trafficking' Nuke Secrets To Putin?

A perp walk and a jail term might not be enough to satisfy Tiffany Cross's bloodlust for Donald Trump. Now we're talking the possibility of . . . the needle! As we've previously noted, MSNBC's Cross harbors a lurid fantasy of Donald Trump being arrested "COPS"-style. She broke that out again on her Saturday show, specifying "handcuffed" and with a "perp walk." A bit later in the show, Cross raised the possibility that Trump might be "trafficking" nuclear secrets to the Saudis or the Russians. Her guest, Andy Weber, a former Department of Defense official, said that Putin would be the most obvious recipient of the info.  CROSS: And I'm just curious from you, Andy: who on the world stage would have the most to gain from this information? I mean you think about Donald Trump's relationships with the Saudis, his relationships with the Russians, and the fact that he really appears to have no allegiance to America. He has allegiance to his sycophants, but certainly not to this democracy.  If someone were to ask you, who stands the most to gain from this information? Give me a guess of who who that might be? WEBER: Well, we don't know what information was in these documents. But my best guess would be, President Putin would stand the most to gain, to having access to our most classified nuclear weapons information. CROSS: Which is a frightening thought, Glenn. So given that. That this could really be a situation where you're a traitor! He is actually a traitor to America.  Cross wanted to know what the punishment would be. MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said that under the statute cited in the warrant for the search-not-a-raid of Mar-a-Lago, Trump could be looking at 10 years. But that statute only relates to gathering, transmitting, or losing national security or national defense information. If Trump were actually convicted of being a "traitor," i.e., of committing treason, the punishment under federal law includes "death." But would even that be sufficient to satisfy Cross? After all, federal executions are performed via a mundane and relatively painless lethal injection. Might Cross lobby for the statute to be amended to subject Trump to, say, medieval England's punishment for treason: drawing and quartering? Or why not public stoning, with Tiffany getting to throw out the first ball, so to speak? PS: Good news for Cross—an ex-CIA chief favors executing leakers of nuke secrets! On her MSNBC show, Tiffany Cross surmising that Donald Trump could be a "traitor" for "trafficking" information on nuclear weapons to people such as Putin was sponsored in part by 4Imprint. Here's the transcript. MSNBC The Cross Connection 8/13/22 10:10 am EDT TIFFANY CROSS: Honestly, when you come to the legal aspect of all of this, I think a lot of people, Roland, want to show the difference in this country. The difference in the justice system that many people navigate. I think a lot of people do want to see you know, Donald Trump, you know, handcuffed like an episode of COPS -- ROLAND MARTIN: Of course.  CROSS: -- and walking out. MARTIN: Perp walk. CROSS: -- we want to see a perp walk, Donald Trump, and we might see that. MARTIN: It may happen in Georgia with [Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis. . . . CROSS: So as we mentioned, the Washington Post may have had the scariest headline about the Mar-a-Lago search this week, and that's that the paper reported the FBI was looking for missing documents related to nuclear weapons. Now, that's according to people familiar with the investigation. Again, NBC News has not confirmed that. And of course,, Donald Trump has denied it.  But if it were true, it leads to a whole set of new questions. So I have some right now for our guests. Joining me is Andy Weber. He's a senior fellow at the Council on Strategic Risk. He's also a formere assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs. And, the great Glenn Kirschner is still staying with us as.  Andy, I do want to get started with you, because material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive, and usually restricted to a small number of government officials. How exactly is it possible that they were even allowed to be handled so recklessly? And what could Trump have been doing with these documents? Like, who stands to gain? What, what, what would he be doing, taking these documents out of the White House? ANDY WEBER: It's incredible. And these are our nation's most precious secrets. And the fact that he took them to his private residence, out of the White House, out of control, in an unsecured environment, protected apparently by padlock—it's just extraordinary.  I was the classifying authority for Department of Defense nuclear weapons information. And the release of this information, this top secret, compartmented information, by definition would cause exceptionally grave harm to national security. CROSS: Indeed it would. And I'm just curious from you, Andy: who on the world stage would have the most to gain from this information? I mean you think about Donald Trump's relationships with the Saudis, his relationships with the Russians, and the fact that he really appears to have no allegiance to America. He has allegiance to his sycophants, but certainly not to this democracy.  If someone were to ask you, who stands the most to gain from this information? Give me a guess of who who that might be? WEBER: Well, we don't know what information was in these documents. But my best guess would be, President Putin would stand the most to gain, to having access to our most classified nuclear weapons information. CROSS: Which is a frightening thought, Glenn. So given that. That this could really be a situation where you're a traitor! He is actually a traitor to America. What might the punishment, if it is confirmed that he was trafficking our information around nuclear weapons, which is a huge deal, what might the punishment for something like that be? How would the DoJ go about prosecuting something like that? GLENN KIRSCHNER: Well, the punishment, under the statute that is cited in the search warrant materials, it's a ten-year federal felony. A violation of 793, which is gathering, transmitting, or losing national security or national defense information. 

New York Times Applauds Violent Eco-Nut Tactics to ‘Avoid Planetary Catastrophe’

The New York Times is going all in on radical “climate change.” First, reporter Cara Buckley issued the paper’s latest profile Friday in praise of disruptive eco-nuts: “These Groups Want Disruptive Climate Protests. Oil Heirs Are Funding Them.” They’ve taken hammers to gas pumps and glued themselves to museum masterpieces and busy roadways. They’ve chained themselves to banks, rushed onto a Grand Prix racetrack and tethered themselves to goal posts as tens of thousands of British soccer fans jeered. The activists who undertook these worldwide acts of disruption during the last year said that they were desperate to convey the urgency of the climate crisis and that the most effective way to do so was in public, blockading oil terminals and upsetting normal activities. Can one imagine how the paper would cover a similarly aggressive right-wing protest movement using these tactics? The paper was ideologically repelled even by peaceful protests against vaccine mandates by Canadian truckers. Here’s Buckley’s punch line: The disruption is being bankrolled by guilt-ridden members of the oil-rich Getty and Rockefeller families. They also share a surprising financial lifeline: heirs to two American families that became fabulously rich from oil. Two relatively new nonprofit organizations, which the oil scions helped found, are funding dozens of protest groups dedicated to interrupting business as usual through civil disobedience, mostly in the United States, Canada and Europe. While volunteers with established environmental groups like Greenpeace International have long used disruptive tactics to call attention to ecological threats, the new organizations are funding grass-roots activists. Buckley was histrionic about the dangers of “climate change.” So far, the fund has given away just over $7 million, with the goal of pushing society into emergency mode, she said. Even though the United States is on the cusp of enacting historic climate legislation, the bill allows more oil and gas expansion, which scientists say needs to stop immediately to avert planetary catastrophe. Buckley sympathized with the radicals, then let the eco-nuts compare themselves to an actual hero without rolling her eyes. Protesters have been screamed at, threatened, labeled eco-zealots and dragged off by angry commuters. Research from the University of Toronto and Stanford University also found that while more disruptive protests attracted publicity, they could undermine a movement’s credibility and alienate potential support. But Ms. Salamon and activists backed by the Climate Emergency Fund said pushback was inevitable. They pointed to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who, according to a Gallup Poll, had a 63 percent disapproval rating in the years leading up to his death. In Saturday’s edition, Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport unsubtly suggested the “septuagenarian lawmakers” that lead the Democratic party were moving too slow to save the planet: “Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk. There Is More to Be Done.” ….younger Democrats and climate activists crave more. They look at the bill as a down payment, and they worry a complacent electorate will believe Washington has at last solved climate change -- when in fact scientists warn it has only taken the first necessary steps….But scientists say the United States needs to do more. It must stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2050, which the bill won’t achieve.…Even as scientific evidence links climate change to extreme weather that is causing death and destruction in the United States, polls show that the American electorate is divided along partisan lines about the scale of the problem and what to do about it.

Bari Weiss: NY Times Editor Wanted to Check with Schumer on Tim Scott Op-Ed

Candace Ortiz at Mediaite reported that former New York Times editorial staff Bari Weiss offered a little story to Sen. Tim Scott on her podcast.   “I wanna tell you a little story that I’m not sure if you know,” Weiss began, discussing his proposed police-reform bill that was endorsed by a range of people including Senator Chuck Schumer. The bill didn't pass. “Well, here’s what happened. I was at the New York Times and you or your staff sent in an op-ed about the bill and why it fell apart,” Weiss recounted. “And this is the part I’m not sure if you know. There was a discussion about the piece and whether or not we should run it. And one colleague, a more senior colleague said to a more junior colleague who was pushing for the piece, ‘Do you think the Republicans really care about minority rights?'” Scott said "Wow." “And the more junior colleagues said, ‘I think Tim Scott cares about minority rights.’ And then, and here’s the pretty shocking part. The more senior colleague said, ‘Let’s check with Senator Schumer before we run it,'” Weiss added. She said the younger colleague felt that was unethical, and didn't call. Weiss asked “Are you surprised to hear that? Or does that story feel kind of representative of the way the media has treated you and maybe some of your colleagues?” Scott said he was "disappointed" but not "surprised." He added "You have to remember that The Washington Post fact-checked my life." (The Post "Fact Checker" squad pored all over very old records trying to prove Scott exaggerated his humble origins in a 2020 GOP convention speech. We picked that apart here.) “I can’t tell you how disrespectful and dishonoring that entire process was — went on for three or four months as they went through records to find out whether or not my grandfather actually dropped out of the school in the third grade, their records suggested he dropped out in the fourth grade, but still didn’t learn to read,” he recalled. “They wanted to know if I had somehow hidden my silver spoon and just was using a plastic spoon instead.” “And the more they dug, the more they realized that there was no evidence that disproved the fact that I am, who I say I am and that I experienced what I said I’ve experienced,” he added. “So there is something in national media that wants to frame any conservatives, particularly Black conservatives as being disingenuous or insincere or a tool for the conservatives. When in fact the Black community is consistently as conservative as any community,” he concluded. On Newsmax's Spicer & Co. on Friday, I argued that because Scott's op-ed never ran in the paper, we should guess that Schumer was consulted.  Talking on "Spicer & Co." on Newsmax about Bari Weiss telling Sen. Tim Scott in a podcast that a New York Times opinion editor wanted to check with Sen. Charles Schumer before running an op-ed on police reform by Sen. Scott. (It didn't make the cut.) pic.twitter.com/4D2Kk3nKZq — Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) August 13, 2022

Privacy Expert Says iOS’s Facebook and Instagram Apps Can Monitor User Interactions: Report

A new report from an iOS privacy expert said the system’s Facebook and Instagram apps can track a user’s interaction with external websites. Felix Krause, an iOS privacy expert, wrote last week that the apps can monitor a user’s interactions with external websites without user consent. Krause is the founder of fastlane, “an open source tool for iOS and Android developers focussed on making building and releasing apps easier.”  He said that the amount of data the apps could collect is “staggering.” “With 1 Billion active Instagram users, the amount of data Instagram can collect by injecting the tracking code into every third party website opened from the Instagram & Facebook app is a staggering amount,” he wrote. He noted that iOS users of the apps can take steps to protect themselves from potential tracking. “Whenever you open a link from Instagram (or Facebook or Messenger), make sure to click the dots in the corner to open the page in Safari instead,” he wrote. Krause said his project’s intention was to show users how the apps are exploiting in-app search engines. “Overall the goal of this project wasn’t to get a list of data that is sent back, but to highlight the privacy & security issues that are caused by the use of in-app browsers, as well as to prove that apps like Instagram are already exploiting this loophole,” he 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 CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

FEC Says Google Can Let Campaigns Skip Spam Filters: Report

The Federal Election Commission reportedly approved a proposal from Google that could bring significant changes to your inbox. While Google did not need the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) approval to implement the program, it did so to ensure it didn’t break any federal election regulations, The Verge reported on Thursday. Some members, however, questioned the motives of the program. “I have a hard time getting around the fact that this is a unique benefit offered to political committees, and only political committees,” commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub reportedly said during the FEC's Thursday open meeting. She likened the pilot to an “in-kind” contribution from the company to political groups. “Our goal during this pilot program is to assess alternative ways of addressing concerns from bulk senders, while giving users clear controls over their inboxes to minimize unwanted email,” Google spokesperson José Castañeda told The Verge on Thursday. “We will continue to monitor feedback as the pilot rolls out to ensure it is meeting its goals.” NewsBusters exclusively reported that Republicans challenged the company's disproportionately used spam filter. For its part, the Democratic National Convention says the program overwhelmingly benefits Republicans. “It’s sad that instead of simply stopping sending spam emails, Republicans engaged in a bad-faith pressure campaign — and it’s even more unfortunate that Google bought it,” DNC Deputy Communications Director Daniel Wessel told The Verge in June. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Joe Scarborough Now Decries ‘Fascism,’ Didn’t Mind Liberal Abuse of Power

Following the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, with agents swarming, guns drawn, Morning Joe took to the air the next day to, incredibly, say the critics of the raid are “fascists.” Scarborough added of the raid’s critics: “And so they’re making fascist threats. And we need to do what the United States has always done. We need to confront fascism and defeat it.” There is the FBI….the self-same organization that pushed the Trump-Russia collusion lie. The self-same organization that had peddled the phony “dossier” story. The very organization that was home to agents (Peter Strzok and Lisa Page anyone?) plotting how to use their agency as “insurance” that Trump would not be elected in 2016. The organization once run by the corrupt James Comey and Andrew McCabe. Now, the FBI raids the private residence of a former President of the United States — and Joe Scarborough calls the critics of this the fascists? Really? Really? What Joe Scarborough is defending with this FBI raid is what long-ago Soviet state security chief Felix Dzerzhinsky lovingly described as using “the iron fist of the dictatorship of the proletariat to smite its foe.” This is truly the stuff of banana republics, with the Attorney General authorizing a raid on the home of his boss  President Biden’s last and potentially next election opponent. The hard fact of political life in America is that the American Left has repeatedly demonstrated its lust for absolute power and the hard use of that power. It is safe to say that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was the inevitable follow-up to what Dinesh D’Souza wrote in The Daily Signal back in 2017 as the “bullying and terrorizing of conservatives on campus, the shaming of Republicans in the media, the defilement of the American flag,(and) the disruption of Trump rallies.” Note the line about “the shaming of Republicans in the media?” By dropping out of the GOP and running a far Left morning show that praises Democrats, Joe Scarborough escapes “the shaming of Republicans in the media.”  Then there’s Joe’s laughable chutzpah in saying this: “In America, even in the age of Trump, no man is above the law.” Apparently Joe has never heard of Hunter Biden, Jim Biden, Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton. Every one of whom should be investigated by the FBI but are not because, well, you know, they are in the right political party.  Infamously the FBI had possession of the explosive Hunter Biden laptop and — did nothing. In an appearance on the Fox News show Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo, Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson put it this way:  “Why did they (the FBI) sit on it? Are they covering up just because Hunter Biden might be engaged in things that also maybe should have been investigated and possibly prosecuted? Do we have two systems of justice: one for Democrats and one for Republicans? One for the well-connected versus one for the rest of the Americans?” The answer to the Senator’s question is quite obviously yes - there are “two-systems of justice: one for Democrats and one for Republicans.” That and the fact that the FBI has not raided Hunter Biden’s home, or the Joe Biden White House or his home in Delaware, or that of the other Biden family members involved in all this, not to mention they have not invaded Hillary Clinton’s home says everything Joe Scarborough should recognize as the left's hideous double standard.  But instead of calling all of this out, Joe Scarborough is busy defending it. 

CNN's Mudd Claims that Alleged Nuke Docs at Trump's 'Beach House' are Super-Secret

Does Phil Mudd know something The Washington Post doesn't? On Friday's New Day, Mudd, a CNN counterterrorism analyst, claimed that even with the Top Secret clearance he had in his senior positions at the FBI and CIA, he wouldn't have been permitted to view the documents related to nuclear weapons that the FBI was allegedly looking for at Mar-a-Lago. Introducing the issues, co-host John Berman read this opening paragraph of the WashPost story, hyping it as a "potentially mammoth bit of reporting": "Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation." But Berman omitted this paragraph [emphasis added]: "The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation." So the Washington Post, which broke the story, doesn't know what those documents are, or just how classified they might or might not be. It certainly can't say whether the FBI found what their anonymous sources were claiming as justification for this unprecedented don't-call-it-a-raid. But Mudd said: Nuclear stuff, let me give you a clear picture of how significant it is--really clear. I was deputy director of counterterrorism at the CIA. I had a Top Secret code word clearance for 25 years. I was deputy director of national security at the FBI. I do not believe, based on my understanding of these documents, that I would have had the clearance to view them. I don't know what else to say. This is serious stuff that very few people get access to, Brianna. So, just what is Mudd's "understanding of these documents," and who provided him that understanding? Does Mudd have sources WaPo doesn't? And if he knows something not contained in the WaPo article, why didn't he spell it out?  Mudd also derided security at Mar-a-Lago, twice dismissing it as a "beach house." He summarized "You're keeping nuclear stuff at a beach house that I couldn't review at the CIA. Enough said." Huh. A beach house. I'll have to look it up on Airbnb. I'm willing to go $500/week. Oh, wait. Here's the transcript. CNN New Day 8/12/22 6:00 am EDT JOHN BERMAN: Another potentially mammoth bit of reporting overnight from The Washington Post. I'm going to read from it right now. Their lead is, "Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation." Now, this would put the possible concern over these documents at an entirely different level.  . . .  BRIANNA KEILAR: First, I want to bring in CNN counterterrorism analyst and former FBI intelligence adviser Phil Mudd, CNN political commentator Errol Louis, and Palm Beach state attorney Dave Aronberg with us as well.  Phil, just put this into context for us: classified documents relating to nuclear weapons. PHIL MUDD: Boy, let me give you a couple perspectives. I initially downplayed this, because when you think about classified documents you can everything -- if you think about a car on a car lot, from a 15-year-old clunker with 200,000 miles, to new Maserati, this is at the new Maserati end of that car lot.  You can look at documents that might have been explainable in Mar-a-lago. For example, maybe the president kept transcripts of his conversations with presidents in Europe. Maybe he kept documents related to how he decided to withdraw from the climate change, from the climate treaty. I would have said, you know, I wouldn't worry about that too much.  Nuclear stuff, let me give you a clear picture of how significant it is--really clear. I was deputy director of counterterrorism at the CIA. I had a Top Secret code word clearance for 25 years. I was deputy director of national security at the FBI. I do not believe, based on my understanding of these documents, that I would have had the clearance to view them. I don't know what else to say. This is serious stuff that very few people get access to, Brianna. . . .  BERMAN: Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons, those were among the items the FBI agents sought. If those were at Mar-a-Lago, why would the Department of Justice, the FBI, the counterintelligence division of the FBI apparently, because that's who signed off on it, why wouldn't they want them at Mar-a-Lago? MUDD: Well, if you look at the security at place like the Department of Justice, if you look at the security at a place like the Department of Energy, compared to a beach house, are you kidding me? One of the reasons the Department of Justice would have asked for the videos from Mar-a-Lago is to ask some basic questions that you would never have to ask if these documents were properly secured.  For example, who brought stuff in? Do we have the stuff that they brought in? Or did it disappear on another day? More significantly, who went in that room? And I'm going to guarantee you, that if there's national-security stuff related to nuclear weapons in there, that people who went in that room not all of them had the appropriate clearance. So you don't know what's in there. You don't know who is accessing it. You don't know if those people know how to secure this kind of secrets.  I mean, I don't know what to say, John. You're keeping nuclear stuff at a beach house that I couldn't review at the CIA. Enough said

Woke USA Today Gives Unfunny Lecture on Modern Comedy

When historians reflect on the current state of free speech in America they’ll come away with two distinct impressions. It was a terrible stain on a great country’s legacy The mainstream media played a pivotal role in speech’s decline That’s never more true than when it comes to comedy. Mainstream journalists alternately empower Cancel Culture or question its existence. They tag-team against comics like Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle and others who defy the Cancel Culture scolds or simply follow the funny wherever it leads. The tells are obvious. Journalists either put scare quotes around the term Cancel Culture, or they preface it by “so-called.” The real proof is in the reportage, and USA Today offers a prime example. The liberal outlet published a series on comedy in the modern age. The funniest part? One segment explores the role of “stereotypes” in comedy, but the overall project smacks of progressive stereotypes tied to modern humor. “Punching Up/Down” “Marginalized Communities” “Speaking Truth to Power” The article summing up the series is typical of the approach. “To keep with the times and celebrate more voices, of course, (comedy) has to be updated,” author and comedian Phoebe Robinson tells USA TODAY. Although there are “great foundational aspects to comedy,” she says, it’s important to “not rely on what worked before and push the genre further.” Yes, let’s dismiss the groundbreaking work by Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce for the wit and wisdom of Phoebe Robinson. Who? Instead, let’s look to Hannah Gadsby and fellow woke comedians, the kind who deliver TED Talks that rarely deliver laughs.     USA Today did some investigative digging into the topic – “We talked to dozens of comedians and industry experts to find out where comedy is today.” Not one voice vehemently disagreed with the newspaper’s thesis, though. Odd. Where’s Tyler Fischer? Ryan Long? Dave Chappelle? Bill Burr? Rob Schneider? Steven Crowder? Dave Landau? Chrissie Mayr? Anthony Cumia? Andrew Schulz? Nick Di Paolo? We do get canned quotes from Rowan Atkinson railing against Cancel Culture and acknowledging that comedy always has a target. And Shane Gillis, fired from “Saturday Night Live” for offensive Asian jokes, is quoted, too. That’s as much balance as USA Today can offer. In its place, we learn that comedy must “evolve.” We never hear how today’s comedians treat the Biden administration with care, avoiding hard jokes against it until the media gives them the “all-clear” sign. Nor does it mention that cruel comedy is perfectly acceptable if the targets are on the Right. That’s speaking “Truth to Power,” as our biased press sees it. USA Today isn’t alone in this mindset. TheWrap.com, purportedly a site covering creative expression, cheered on Cancel Culture with a series of videos last year. Journalism’s credibility is in free fall, and for very good reason. Series like the USA Today comedy showcase hardly help. [Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]

Velshi Blasts Florida For Not Giving 'Gender-Affirming Care' To Minors

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi was not happy with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s latest decision to remove the ability to use Medicaid to pay for gender dysphoria treatment. Velshi alleged on his Saturday show that move is on the level of not providing puberty blockers to minors and the “Don’t Say Gay bill.” As part of his monologue, Velshi declared, “Since Governor Ron DeSantis took office, few states have been more hostile toward LGBTQ+ community than Florida.”     After reporting on the new Medicaid provisions, Velshi portrayed them as anti-scientific, “In making this change, Florida asserts that treatments like hormone replacement therapy, and puberty blockers, aren't quote, 'a medical necessity.' Even though the American Medical Association has endorsed those treatments for years as part of standard medical care.” Velshi claimed that “This is the culmination of months-long efforts to deny transgender individuals, including trans minors, treatment that they want and deserve.” Like the Medicaid rules, this was also alleged to be anti-scientific, “Back in June, the state—the-- released a report which falsely stated that gender affirming care was ineffective, and under-researched. A team of scientists and a law professor at Yale University subsequently criticized that report for lying on pseudoscience, and making misleading claims.” Florida’s rules that Velshi is attacking are in line with Finland and Sweden, which aren’t exactly full of right-wing culture warriors. Still, despite portraying himself as the factual one, Velshi concluded by repeating another common falsehood, “And this is only the latest action taken by the state that discriminates against members of the LGBT community, like late last month. A new law that critics called the Don't Say Gay bill took effect which restricted educators can teach, or say in the classroom, about sexual identity and gender diversity.” Neither Velshi nor “critics” have ever provided a compelling reason why children third grade and under should be taught about matters of sexuality and left-wing gender theory. This segment was sponsored by IHOP Here is a transcript for the August 13 show: MSNBC Velshi 8/13/2022 8:34 AM ET ALI VELSHI: Since Governor Ron DeSantis took office, few states have been more hostile toward LGBTQ+ community than Florida. And soon will be more difficult for some transgender residents of all ages to receive gender-affirming care in the states--in that particular state. Beginning August 21st, trans Floridians will no longer be able to use Medicaid to pay for treatment for gender dysphoria, a condition that refers to the psychological distress that some people experience because their biological sex doesn't align with the gender identity.  In making this change, Florida asserts that treatments like hormone replacement therapy, and puberty blockers, aren't quote, "a medical necessity." Even though the American Medical Association has endorsed those treatments for years as part of standard medical care.  This is the culmination of months-long efforts to deny transgender individuals, including trans minors, treatment that they want and deserve. Back in June, the state—the-- released a report which falsely stated that gender affirming care was ineffective, and under-researched. A team of scientists and a law professor at Yale University subsequently criticized that report for lying on pseudoscience, and making misleading claims.  And this is only the latest action taken by the state that discriminates against members of the LGBT community, like late last month. A new law that critics called the Don't Say Gay bill took effect which restricted educators can teach, or say in the classroom, about sexual identity and gender diversity.

Flashback to When MSNBC Hated 'Odious' and 'Toxic' Liz Cheney

Now that journalists see Liz Cheney as a heroic Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake, it’s good to sometimes remind everyone of the seething hatred many in the liberal media had for the daughter of Dick Cheney. One such example is the July 17, 2013 edition of MSNBC’s All In.  Host Chris Hayes raged at the “odious,” “toxic” Republican  who was then running for Senate. Referring to her father, Hayes ranted:  Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like.     Regarding Cheney's decision to run in the GOP primary against incumbent Republican Mike Enzi, Hayes continued:  Now, there are a few things we should all keep in mind about this new development in Wyoming politics, besides the fact that Liz Cheney is apparently a really crappy friend. Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today. ... Liz Cheney does not just argue her point of view. She boils up a stew of the most repugnant factless fearmongering propaganda to rile up the darkest forces of the far political fringe. Back in 2022, here’s how Hayes trying to square the liberal circle on Cheney appreciation.      For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.  A transcript of the July 17, 2013 edition of All In can be found below. Click “expand” to read more.  CHRIS HAYES, BEFORE COMMERCIAL BREAK: Okay, here's a fun fact: The state fish of Wyoming is called the cut-throat trout? What does that have to do with the way Liz Cheney has entered into the Senate race there for 2014? I don't know, but it sure seems apropos, doesn't it? Don't go away. (...) [LIZ CHENEY] HAYES: That, of course, was Liz Cheney, people pleaser, announcing by way of YouTube yesterday she will bow to the great pressure  from the good people of Wyoming and run for the Senate next year. But here's the thing: There's not an open U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming next year. The seat she's currently running for is occupied by someone from her own party. Republican Mike Enzi, who's serving his third term and who, it just so happens, announced his own intentions to run for another term just yesterday. [SENATOR MIKE ENZI (R-WY)] HAYES: Now, there are a few things we should all keep in mind about this new development in Wyoming politics, besides the fact that Liz Cheney is apparently a really crappy friend. Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today. Liz Cheney, for example, is responsible for the shameless far right pressure group that cast Justice Department lawyers who were called upon to represent Guantanamo prisoners as al-Qaeda sympathizers, the same group that helped lead the charge against the Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan, cleverly if completely inaccurately, nicknamed by the far right as the Ground Zero mosque. Just a few months ago, she all but accused the President of being an anti-American agent, writing, quote, "The President has so effectively diminished American strength abroad, there's no longer question whether this was his intent." Last year, she went even further, suggesting that by supporting defense cuts, the President was basically working for the Taliban. LIZ CHENEY: What President Obama is doing is something that America's enemies, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, you know, have been unable to do, which is to decimate the fighting capability of this nation. HAYES: And if you asked Liz Cheney what with all this pro al-Qaeda, Taliban sympathizing, you can't really blame the fringe crazies for thinking President Obama must be a secret Kenyan Muslim terrorist plant. Here's how she explained the all American phenomenon of birthers back in 2009. CHENEY: People are uncomfortable with having, for the first time ever I think, a President who seems so reluctant to defend the nation overseas. HAYES: Liz Cheney does not just argue her point of view. She boils up a stew of the most repugnant factless fearmongering propaganda to rile up the darkest forces of the far political fringe. As an added bonus, she's in the "global warming is fake because of snow caucus" as well. Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like. She bought a house in Wyoming last year, and as far as anyone could tell, the justification for her campaign is that she would very much like to be a U.S. senator, thank you very much. And, presumably, her dad will be helping her raise money with his fabulously wealthy and powerful friends. And to be perfectly honest, there is no real reason to care about this race on its face, a race that will probably be decided by fewer people than simultaneously did the "Gangnam Style" horse dance with Psy in Seoul last fall. But here's what's fascinating about it anyway. Liz Cheney's candidacy represents a return to the 200 proof neoconism into the Republican Party. She'll be spending the next year playing to a conservative base that has gone increasingly anti-interventionist, a la Rand Paul, in terms of foreign policy. So what's about to unfold in Wyoming is a captivating test case as to whether the Republican base can beat back the neocon aristocracy. Joining me now is Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of the libertarian magazine Reason, co-author of the book, The Declaration Of Independence: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America. Well, Liz Cheney is what's wrong with America, and I'm hoping that the Wyoming libertarian streak is going to beat her back. Because, I genuinely think that one of the most fascinating elements of center by politics is that the base is no, no, no, nowhere near as interventionist as the oligarchy that runs foreign policy. And here we have got a perfect test case. (...) So here's the fascinating thing. So the way that Liz, the question about Liz Cheney is, how do you win a race where you represent the establishment? How do you get the grassroots that hates the establishment on your side? I think the answer is, "I'm going to out Obama hate anyone." Right? That's the card she is going to play. Here she is making her case for how she's growing to run this race.

Ruhle Invites Democratic Congresswoman To Fact Check 87,000 New IRS Agents Claim

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle illustrated some bizarre fact checking standards on Friday’s edition of The 11th Hour. She argued that President Biden is fighting inflation simply because Democrats just passed something called the Inflation Reduction Act while also thinking a Democratic politician is a credible source to fact check GOP claims about the IRA’s provision that will lead to 87,000 new IRS agents. During an interview with Rep. Katie Porter, Ruhle declared “Inflation Reduction Act, great name” and addressing Biden’s critics, added “Now for all of those who say, ‘President Biden, what are you going to do about inflation?’ You've got it.”       Ruhle proceeded to simply ask Porter to “Explain to us how it’s going to help the American people.” After Porter explained the Democratic arguments for the bill, none of which had anything to do with the immediate inflation crisis, Ruhle switched to the IRS, “There are some Republicans out there warning, with the passage of this bill, there will be, quote, ‘an army of 87,000 IRS agents coming for Americans earning less than $75,000 a year.’ You want to fact check that?” Porter declared that such claims were “a load of malarkey” and that the new agents are really just about better customer service, “The number one agency that the American people would like to have – have-- more agents, be more helpful, pick up the phone, build better technology, be more responsive -- is the IRS. So, this is an investment in allowing the IRS to modernize and prepare for the wave of anticipated retirements in customer service agents that we’re already facing.” She then claimed the audit portion was directed solely at big corporations. Proceeding to do her best Tim Russert impression, Porter pulled out a whiteboard and argued, “For every dollar that we invest in IRS enforcement, of the most wealthy Americans, and the largest corporations -- with an army of lawyers and accountants to do their bidding -- we can recover $5 in taxes that are owed to the rest of us.” Instead of fawning over the whiteboard gimmick, Ruhle should’ve asked why Democrats voted down an amendment that would’ve codified new agents only auditing the rich, but fact checking wasn’t really Ruhle’s goal for the segment. This segment was sponsored by 4imprint. Here is a transcript for the August 12 show: MSNBC The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle 8/12/2022 11:49 PM ET STEPHANIE RUHLE: Inflation Reduction Act, great name. Now for all of those who say, “President Biden, what are you going to do about inflation?” You've got it. Explain to us how it’s going to help the American people.  KATIE PORTER: Well, the thrust of the bill is bringing down costs and for American families, in the short term, through things like reducing the health care premiums that families pay within the Affordable Care Act, reducing the price of prescription drugs, and reducing energy costs for families in terms of heating and cooling their homes. So, those are the three areas that families are going to see immediate investments.  But the other part about this is about creating a kind of, strong, stable, globally competitive economy that’s going to have the kind of energy independence and energy security that will help us fight forces like global instability that can lead to inflation in the future.  So, I think this is a terrific economic plan in that it both addresses short term concerns, where American families are right now. But also, as a mom, as someone who's thinking about the future, this sets us up to equal and best our global competitors in terms of the economy of tomorrow.  RUHLE: There are some Republicans out there warning, with the passage of this bill, there will be, quote, “an army of 87,000 IRS agents coming for Americans earning less than $75,000 a year.” You want to fact check that?  PORTER: What – what-- would a load of malarkey. That is just not true. Let me tell you the straight deal. I get phone calls every day from my constituents and colleagues around the country, asking for help with federal agencies that are not being responsive, that they're waiting on answers from. The number one agency that the American people would like to have – have-- more agents, be more helpful, pick up the phone, build better technology, be more responsive -- is the IRS.  So, this is an investment in allowing the IRS to modernize and prepare for the wave of anticipated retirements in customer service agents that we’re already facing. The audit piece of this is focused on big corporations. And that is exactly why you're hearing Republicans, who are beholden to those big corporations, try to weaken and attack this piece.  The reality is, the focus of the bill on the audit piece is on big corporations. It’s on cracking down on corporate tax cheats. And here is how that math works. For every dollar that we invest in IRS enforcement, of the most wealthy Americans, and the largest corporations -- with an army of lawyers and accountants to do their bidding -- we can recover $5 in taxes that are owed to the rest of us. And ultimately, this kind of investment is going to let us have a more stable tax structure going forward. 

NY Times: One-Issue 'Freedom' Voters Good for Democrats, Dangerous for GOP

See the New York Times ideological hypocrisy regarding single-issue voters: When Democrats cynically employ the word “freedom” but apply it only to the single issue of abortion, it’s a praiseworthy political tactic. But when it’s Democrats joining Republicans to support actual freedom by opposing harmful vaccine mandates, mask mandates, and school closings, it’s potentially dangerous. Reporter Katie Glueck huddled up with the Democrats on their new campaign tactic while reporting “Progressive Groups Push Democrats on ‘Freedom’ for Midterm Election Message,” which redefined “freedom” as “abortion.” As if saying “freedom” will make voters forget years of moralistic liberal calls for lockdowns and mandates at the expense of actual individual freedom. What does this freedom entail? Abortion, mostly. The move is the latest evidence that Democrats at every level of the party and of varying ideological stripes….are increasingly seeking to reclaim language about freedom and personal liberty from Republicans. It is a dynamic that grew out of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, and one that is intensifying as more states navigate abortion bans while Republicans nominate election deniers for high office. Glueck at least allowed a Republican a pithy quote: In a statement, Emma Vaughn, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, highlighted the effort to paint Democrats as anti-freedom over pandemic measures, calling them the party of “shuttered businesses, school lockdowns, masks on toddlers and forced vaccines.” Last month, The Washington Post also hyped the Democrats as the "party of freedom" because of their support for abortion on demand. By contrast, reporter Sheera Frenkel’s alarmist front-page August 1 story on mothers moved to protest Covid-related mandates and school closures took a strange angle: “Pandemic Made Some Parents Fervent Anti-Mandate Voters.”  They waved signs that read “Defeat the mandates” and “No vaccines.” They chanted “Protect our kids” and “Our kids, our choice.” Almost everyone in the crowd of more than three dozen was a parent. And as they protested on a recent Friday in the Bay Area suburb of Orinda, Calif., they had the same refrain: They were there for their children. Most had never been to a political rally before. But after seeing their children isolated and despondent early in the coronavirus pandemic, they despaired, they said. On Facebook, they found other worried parents who sympathized with them. They shared notes and online articles -- many of them misleading -- about the reopening of schools and the efficacy of vaccines and masks. Soon, those issues crowded out other concerns. Frenkel didn’t bother analyzing the strengths of the actual argument to keep schools open, as if admitting that keeping public schools shuttered was indefensible policy. Ms. Longnecker and her fellow objectors are part of a potentially destabilizing new movement: parents who joined the anti-vaccine and anti-mask cause during the pandemic, narrowing their political beliefs to a single-minded obsession over those issues. Their thinking hardened even as Covid-19 restrictions and mandates were eased and lifted, cementing in some cases into a skepticism of all vaccines. …. ….Fueled by a sense of righteousness after Covid vaccine and mask mandates ended, many of these parents have become increasingly dogmatic, convinced that unless they act, new mandates will be passed after the midterms. A correction revealed Frenkel’s desire to tar the fight for normal lives for children as extremist. Because of an editing error, the article included a link to a “Stop the Steal” Facebook group, suggesting that it was among the groups [former Democrat and mother Natalya] Murakhver had joined. She was not engaged with that group, and the link was removed from the article.

NewsBusters Podcast: A 'Brutal Payback' for the Trump Raid?

Attorney General Merrick Garland kept reporters and TV networks waiting (and filling air time) for more than a half-hour before he came out and made a brief statement and took no questions from reporters. It was not a demonstration of transparency after this unprecedented step of the FBI raiding the home of a former president like he was a criminal.  The networks tried to present Garland as reasonable and nonpartisan -- insisting of course, he must have a good reason for this raid. Then an ABC reporter turned to frighten the public with neo-Nazis ripping Garland on message boards -- he's Jewish -- and seemingly associated all Garland's critics with the worst extremists.  Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel predicts that if Republicans take Congress, "The Payback Will Be Brutal." She wrote "to read the left’s media scribes, Monday’s search was a ho-hum day in crime-fighting. The Beltway press circled the wagons around Attorney General Merrick Garland and primly parroted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s piety that “no one is above the law.” Democrats may be betting that adverse coverage of Mr. Trump will help them in November, or in 2024. They’d better hope so. Their media defenders recklessly ignore the boomerang history of unleashed governmental powers and the long-term political danger of violating precedents and norms. We wrap today by taking a minute to talk to our departing summer news-analyzing interns Margaret Buckley, Aidan Moorehouse, and Emma Schultz. Our interns dig right into "news-busting," and these young people make us feel optimistic about the future. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts.   

MSNBC Guest Calls GOP Behavior 'Treasonous,' Forgets to Call Out Liberal Violence

On Friday, Morning Joe made everyone wish they had just stayed in bed by having New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay come on the show. Her dangerous anti-Republican rhetoric included calling the Republican Party’s behavior in the wake of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago “treasonous” and “stomach churning.” Gay lectured viewers: “Patriotism is not simply about waving a flag, it is actually about doing the right thing and the hard thing to defend the country, even when it means holding your own party accountable.”     She then labeled “seeing the democracy denigrated” as “stomach churning,” further accusing Republicans and other right-wingers of “creating an environment of political violence.” She even thought it would be important to bring up the fact that it was also “the anniversary of Charlottesville” the previous day.  “They are putting Americans at risk,” she warned the audience, “not only FBI agents, but any American or anybody really who is seen as the target of the far right.” According to Gay, what these evil-doing Republicans are doing “has historical precedent,” despite her clarifying “I'm not a historian, I’m not—I don't feel qualified to talk about,” saying it dates back to the Civil War. It looks like she needs to go back to elementary-level history class, because the Civil War era was a much worse time in terms of racism. Even after the slaves were thankfully freed, they still had to struggle to get equal rights, so civil rights had come a long way since then. But she is too cooped up in her lefty bubble to use her critical thinking skills. She added that “what they're doing is telling a story that the true Americans are Trump supporters, everybody else is the enemy,” saying that once again, “it is very scary and it is very serious and it is treasonous behavior in my view.” Gay conveniently forgot the attempted assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this summer, the terrorist attacks against pro-life centers across the country, and the attempted assassination of multiple Republican members of Congress a few years ago by an avid MSNBC viewer (just to name a few). Once she and Joe Scarborough address every single crazy act of violence that the side they cater to has done, maybe then they can talk about accountability. This example of eye-rolling leftist hypocrisy was made possible by HughesNet and The Farmer's Dog. Click "expand" for the full transcript of this lecture. MSNBC’s Morning Joe August 12, 2022 9:18:39 a.m. Eastern MARA GAY: It is remarkable, Joe. You know, I'm old enough to remember a time in which the Republican Party wrapped itself in the flag and at least stood up for those values that the flag represented in its own vision. You know—patriotism is not simply about waving a flag, it is actually about doing the right thing and the hard thing to defend the country, even when it means holding your own party accountable.  And so this is really when we find out, you know, who the patriots are, and you know— this behavior is treasonous. And, on top of that, it is not just the principle of seeing the democracy denigrated that is so upsetting and deeply just stomach churning, it is also the fact that these Republicans and others are creating an environment of political violence. Yesterday, we already saw just an inkling of what is possible when somebody tried to breach the FBI field office in Ohio.  And this is not the first time, obviously yesterday was also the anniversary of Charlottesville, so this is a very dangerous environment that they're creating. They are putting Americans at risk, not only FBI agents, but any American or anybody really who is seen as the target of the far right. And so, that could really be anybody.  And I think it is also important because what they're doing is telling a story that the true Americans are Trump supporters, everybody else is the enemy. So, it is very dangerous. It has historical precedent but you know—I'm not a historian, I’m not—I don't feel qualified to talk about, but that dates back to the Civil War. It is very scary and it is very serious and it is treasonous behavior in my view. 

Pulling Out: Jeffrey Toobin Finishes Tenure in CNN, Sticking Book Together

CNN masturbation expert and chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced he was leaving the third-place network on Twitter Friday afternoon, a little over a year after his return following his suspension due to a sticky situation he got himself into at The New Yorker during a zoom meeting. And he announced he’ll be writing another book. “Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving [CNN] after my vacation. Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don. Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from [Simon & Schuster],” he explained in the tweet (with comments wisely turned off).   Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation. Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don. Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from @simonandschuster — Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) August 12, 2022   Toobin’s sudden departure came 14 months after his awkward return to the network, where he made CNN Newsroom host Alisyn Camerota explain to the audience that he was suspended for nearly nine months because he masturbated during a Zoom call with journalist colleagues: CAMEROTA: It’s been awhile. TOOBIN: It has been awhile indeed. CAMEROTA: I feel like we should address what's happened in the months since we've seen you, since some of our viewers may not know what has happened, so I guess I'll recap. I'll do the honors. TOOBIN: Help yourself. CAMEROTA: Okay. In October, you were on a Zoom call with your colleagues from The New Yorker magazine. Everyone took a break for several minutes, during which time you were caught masturbating on camera. You were subsequently fired from that job after 27 years of working there, and you since then have been on leave from CNN. Do I have all that right? TOOBIN: You’ve got it all right. Sad to say. In the little more than a year since he’s been back on CNN, Toobin made sure to leave a mark of his presence. When Democrats attempted a federal takeover of state elections systems and the filibuster was all that was standing in the way, Toobin argued in favor of Democrats by suggesting “this is life and death for the democracy.” During the confirmation hearings for new liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Toobin decried Republican focus on her child porn rulings. “You have a judge here who has been on the bench for ten years almost. And we had the entire half-hour of Senator Hawley's question about a single case where he got to recite the grisly details of and say pedophilia over and over again. This is about appealing to the QAnon audience,” he asserted at the time. Toobin peaked when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In some of his analyses, he raged at originalism: The originalists are winning. And they won yesterday, at least that's how Justice Thomas raised his opinion in the guns case. But, you know, again, it depends how cynical you are about how the Supreme Court works. Some justices want to reach one result or reach another result and find a justification. Abortion is an issue near and dear to Toobin. He once knocked up Casey Greenfield, the daughter to his former CNN colleague Jeff Greenfield and tried to pressure her into getting an abortion. He then had to be dragged into court and ordered to make child support payments. He will not be missed.

NewsGuard Advisor Seems to Agree Trump Should Be Executed for Allegedly Having Nuke Docs

A former CIA director and NewsGuard advisor yesterday seemingly promoted the execution of former President Donald Trump on Twitter. A Washington Post “exclusive” released Aug. 11 speculated that the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Fla., estate to locate alleged missing nuclear documents. NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted shortly after the “exclusive” was released that the “Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953.”  Retired Gen. Michael Hayden quote-tweeted Beschloss’s post with the comment, “Sounds about right.”  Washington Examiner Justice Department reporter Jerry Dunleavy blasted Hayden and Beschloss for their apparent flirtation with killing a former president. “NBD just a former NSA & CIA Director (who also was among the dozens of ex-intel officials who signed the infamous October 2020 Hunter Biden laptop letter) out here suggesting that Trump should be executed,” Dunleavy tweeted. Hayden is listed as an “advisor” for leftist online “credibility” arbiter NewsGuard.    Sounds about right. https://t.co/hJCjxhN2BQ — Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) August 12, 2022   The former CIA director has a history of spouting insanity. Hayden went on emotional rants on CNN in October 2020 against then-President Donald Trump. In 2018, Hayden compared the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal immigration to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. NewsGuard claims to give news outlets and websites red or green ratings based on the supposed “credibility” of the sites’ content. But MRC Free Speech America has found on multiple occasions that NewsGuard is nothing but a rubber stamp of approval for leftist media.   In February, NewsGuard co-CEO Steven Brill painted his company as a sort of white knight that can save impressionable dupes from repeating another Jan. 6 “insurrection,” and asserted Fox News and OANN traffic in conspiracy theories. “Imagine if we watched the Moon Landing,” Brill opined. “Today, you would have, whether it was Fox or OANN or something like that, they would say, ‘It is a fraud. Biden did not really achieve that.’” Brill also became notorious for calling the now-verified Hunter Biden laptop scandal a “hoax" even as his firm doled out perfect 100/100 scores to liberal media outlets that tried to cast the whole story as Russian disinformation. An MRC study found that outlets classified as “left” or “lean left” by AllSides received an average NewsGuard score of 93/100. Sites considered “right” or “lean right” by AllSides had an average NewsGuard rating of 66/100. NewsGuard has even rated several Chinese state-run media outlets higher than U.S. media outlets OANN, Newsmax and LifeNews. MRC Free Speech America reached out to NewsGuard for comment but received no response as of the publication of this story. Conservatives are under attack. Contact NewsGuard General Manager Matt Skibinski matt.skibinski@newsguardtech.com and demand the firm release a statement on Hayden’s sordid tweet seemingly promoting the execution of a former president.

You Love to See it: Brianna Keilar takes KJP to Task Over Inflation Reduction Act

In an unexpected but not unwelcome act of journalism on Friday morning, CNN anchor and New Day co-host Brianna Keilar pushed back on White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s misleading answers about the Inflation Reduction Act. Keilar began with the simple question of whether or not the White House is confident all Democrats in the House will vote for the bill. Jean-Pierre said “we are confident” about Pelosi’s ability to whip her caucus to vote for the bill, but not before misspeaking and calling the Inflation Reduction Act a “really critical, important anti-inflammation bill out of the Senate.”     Jean-Pierre then gushed about the contents of the bill, particularly the climate and healthcare provisions:  If you look at what it's going to do for climate change, there's been special interest groups — again, for 30 years, those climate deniers — who have stopped, who have tried to stop us for putting in significant investments like clean and — for a clean energy future, for our clean — for clean energy jobs. This is going to do that. And also, continue those ACA premiums so we keep — keep lowering costs — uh, for healthcare for Americans. So this is a win. But Keilar didn’t uncritically accept Jean-Pierre’s boilerplate rhetoric at face value, retorting, “How does it bring it down right now, though?” A little unsteadied by this challenge, Jean-Pierre replied, “So for — uh, ACA, those premiums, those 800 — about average about $800 dollars a month savings — uh, for Americans, that's going to continue.” A clearly skeptical Keilar asked, “They're going to feel that right away?” and pressed her for a more specific timetable when Jean-Pierre repeated her first question in the affirmative. Clearly shaken at this point, Jean-Pierre made the generalized assertion that, “Uh, well, let's get this bill passed and then we’ll see how the mechanics and all of that’s going to work through,” but did specify that the price of prescription drugs would be lowered, “earlier in the year next year.” Showing she had done her homework, Keilar pointed out, “But the actual phase-in will be many years later,” and, “I don't think people should be expecting on — on their drug prices that that's going to kick in here.” Nevertheless, Jean-Pierre doubled down, claiming, “Well, they're gonna put the first ten pieces, the — the first — uh, ten — um, medication out there, right, to start the process so they can start negotiating the lowering costs.” Over Jean-Pierre’s objections, Keilar pointed out some key missing details: KEILAR: That's 2026?  JEAN-PIERRE: No, no. Wait. KEILAR: Isn't it? For the first ten —  JEAN-PIERRE: Well —  KEILAR: — and then the additional ones phasing into —   JEAN-PIERRE: Well — KEILAR: — 2029? Perhaps feeling pity for the Press Secretary, Keilar ordered the fact barrage to cease, generously conceding, “I think we have different — maybe some different — uh, timeline reference points on that,” and the final few minutes of the interview were non-confrontational. It isn’t often that CNN hosts push back hard against Democratic talking points, so NewsBusters likes to highlight it when they do. Kudos to Keilar for a tough but not obnoxiously aggressive interview. This unexpected act of journalism was made possible by Volkswagen and Sleep Number. Their contact information is linked. Click “Expand” to see the relevant transcript. CNN’s New Day 08/12/22 6:42:32 AM ET BRIANNA KEILAR: The House is voting on the Inflation Reduction Act today. Uh, do you think that you have all Democrats?  KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Well look, first, let me just — uh, just — we're grateful and congratulate Senator Schumer and — uh, Senator Manchin for getting — uh, this really critical, important anti-inflammation bill out of the Senate. Now it's in the Speaker's hands. We know that — uh, she is very ept to get this through with her leadership. So we are confident. And we have been involved in helping in any way that we can to make sure that it gets through.  The thing that I want to say about this piece of legislation, it is a win. It is a huge win for the American people. If you think about, Brianna, the last 30 years, and how special interest groups, wealthy special interest group has — has tried to stop negotiating Medicare so that we can bring prices down. This bill is going to bring prices down for the American people as you look at — uh — uh, drugs and pharmaceutical drugs, especially for your seniors.  If you look at what it's going to do for climate change, there's been special interest groups — again, for 30 years, those climate deniers — who have stopped, who have tried to stop us for putting in significant investments like clean and — for a clean energy future, for our clean — for clean energy jobs. This is going to do that. And also, continue those ACA premiums so we keep — keep lowering costs — uh, for healthcare for Americans. So this is a win. KEILAR: How does it bring it down right now, though? In for — JEAN-PIERRE: So —  KEILAR: — Americans need it right now.  JEAN-PIERRE: So for — uh, ACA, those premiums, those 800 — about average about $800 dollars a month savings — uh, for Americans, that's going to continue. Uh, that is something that we were fighting for for the past year. And so you'll have that.  When you think about the energy costs and utility bills because of the investments that we're making, that's going to — they're going to feel that —  KEILAR: But that's not — JEAN-PIERRE: — right away.  KEILAR: They're going to feel that right away? JEAN-PIERRE: They're going to feel that right away.  KEILAR: How soon? JEAN-PIERRE: Uh, well, let's get this bill passed and then we’ll see how the mechanics and all of that’s going to work through. But those are things specifically that the Americans are gonna feel right away —  KEILAR: You —  JEAN-PIERRE: — when it comes to lowering prescription drugs, that’ll be — uh, earlier in the year next year.  KEILAR: When it comes to lowering prescription drugs?  JEAN-PIERRE: Right. Because that's something that Medicare has to negotiate. So that’s gonna be a process and that’s gonna come at —  KEILAR: But the actual phase-in will be many years later. Just to be clear on the —  JEAN-PIERRE: Well it’s gonna be —  KEILAR: — negotiation on the highest-priced drugs.  JEAN-PIERRE: Right. That's exactly right. But the process starts early next year. But look, this is a big —  KEILAR: I just — I just want to be clear, I don't think people should be expecting on — on their drug prices that that's going to kick in here.  JEAN-PIERRE: Well, they're gonna put the first ten pieces, the — the first — uh, ten — um, medication out there, right, to start the process so they can start negotiating the lowering costs. But the point that I'm making is that this is an investment —  KEILAR: That's 2026?  JEAN-PIERRE: No, no. Wait. KEILAR: Isn't it? For the first ten —  JEAN-PIERRE: Well —  KEILAR: — and then the additional ones phasing into —   JEAN-PIERRE: Well — KEILAR: — 2029? JEAN-PIERRE: Well, here’s — the point that I'm making here is they're going to see energy costs, utility bills, that’s gonna come down.  KEILAR: Okay —  JEAN-PIERRE: They’re going —  KEILAR: I guess — JEAN-PIERRE: No, no, no, wait, wait —  KEILAR: — I was trying to speak about the immediate impacts. But I do want to ask you —  JEAN-PIERRE: But those are the immediate impacts. When you think about utility bills —  KEILAR: I was — I — I’m talking about here in the coming months, just to be —  JEAN-PIERRE: I —  KEILAR: — I think we have different — maybe some different — uh, timeline reference points on that.  JEAN-PIERRE: No. KEILAR: But I — I — JEAN-PIERRE: But you're asking me about immediate — immediate impact. I'm talking about the energy costs. That’s gonna be immediate. I'm talking about the ACA, the Affordable Care Act. Those premiums, that’s going to continue. That's going to lower costs for 13 million Americans. 13 million Americans. That matters.  KEILAR: Continuing to keep —  JEAN-PIERRE: Right. KEILAR: — to keep those.  JEAN-PIERRE: Right. But remember that was not going to happen without — KEILAR: That's right. It would have —  JEAN-PIERRE: Exactly. KEILAR: — it would have increased just to be clear.  JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah. That's a continuation. That's important to 13 million —  KEILAR: Yes. JEAN-PIERRE: — Americans.  KEILAR: No, certainly. They don't want rising cost —  JEAN-PIERRE: Exactly. KEILAR: — in the middle of all this.  JEAN-PIERRE: So that — so that totally matters. And let's not forget, there's been gas prices that we have seen come down every day this summer — KEILAR: Yeah. JEAN-PIERRE: — and that has been the work of the American people as well. (...)

The Atlantic Asks 'Just How Meaningful Is Jane’s Revenge'

The Atlantic styles itself as the outlet for the more intellectual and sophisticated news consumer and on Friday it raised an important question “Just how meaningful is Jane’s Revenge?” The question was raised by staff writer Kaitlyn Tiffany and the answer would appear to be self-evident as the article’s subheadline reads “A mysterious pro-abortion-rights group is claiming credit for acts of vandalism around the country, and right-wing activists and politicians are eating it up.” In the article’s second paragraph, Tiffany continued with the “conservatives pounce” angle, “Right-wing media outlets have provided ample coverage of this new threat, and anti-abortion politicians have demanded government action to address it. But the group’s practical significance remains in question. Just how meaningful is Jane’s Revenge?” Tiffany also cited how Jane’s Revenge has taken credit for acts of violence across 16 cities including “the offices of a Christian-fundamentalist lobbying group in Madison, Wisconsin.” Still, Tiffany didn’t see what the big deal was, “But at this point nothing indicates that the authors of the anonymous blog posts have any real connection to the actions they cite.” The story isn’t that pro-lifers are being targeted, it’s that Republicans are calling attention to it: Erin Gallagher, a research assistant at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center… found major nodes of activity at the Twitter accounts of Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri … and the right-wing journalist Andy Ngo … In other words, Hawley and Ngo are among the figures driving the most discussion of the group. ‘I think it’s helpful to see whose voices are dominating a particular conversation on Twitter, especially when elected officials are prominent in the discussion,’ Gallagher told me recently. ‘Content about their ideological enemies doing evil things likely performs very well.’ Tiffany also noted that “news articles about the threat of Jane’s Revenge have also clustered at conservative sources.” That would suggest that non-conservative sources are refusing to cover something that contradicts their narrative that violence is a pro-life or right-wing phenomenon, but Tiffany declared it actually proves conservatives are exaggerating: That includes specific incidents of arson for which Jane’s Revenge has claimed credit in its blog posts, but also many other property crimes, such as smashed windows and pro-abortion-rights graffiti. One report on the list describes a fire at a Catholic bookstore that has not been ruled an arson, much less a politically charged attack. Eleven other instances of reported vandalism or suspected arson on the list have no obvious ties to Jane’s Revenge or the Dobbs decision.” The media will tie every possible extremist to the GOP, but no less than 16 examples of left-wingers engaging violence: does not imply the existence of a complex, coordinated campaign of violence. ‘Looking at the way in which the moral panic around antifa operated throughout the Trump years is a really good way of understanding what’s happening now with the Jane’s Revenge activity,’ Stanislav Vysotsky, a sociologist and the author of the 2020 book American Antifa, told me.  Ultimately, Tiffany decided to blame the victims, “A fixation on the threat of “Jane’s Revenge” may ultimately contribute to its spread, Vysotsky told me. Something similar happened with antifa: After the election of Donald Trump and the outbreak of violence at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, right-leaning media outlets kept talking about the group, and raised its profile among a certain segment of sympathetic listeners. All that publicity helped build support, Vysotsky said.” No, that was all the comparisons to D-Day soldiers. Even if, for the sake of discussion, Tiffany is right about Jane’s Revenge, the story should still be about widespread pro-abortion violence, not how pro-lifers are reacting.

Beto Male: Beto O’Rourke Calls Heckler “Motherf*cker”

Another day, another leftist politician acting like an unhinged lunatic. This time it's everyone’s favorite non-Mexican furry, Beto O’Rourke.  Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O’Rourke Called A Heckler “Motherf*cker” Over His Claims About AR-15s. This @BetoORourke response, to a man in the crowd laughing about using AR-15s in schools, is perfection.  — Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 11, 2022 The tweet shows that Beto took the time to go after an Abbott supporter who began laughing while the gubernatorial candidate was talking about the Uvalde Massacre. “It may be funny to you motherf*cker, but its not funny to me, OK?,” Beto says to the cheers of his supporters. Beto seems pretty upset over the man who interrupted his event. Did he forget about the time he interrupted a press conference on the Uvalde shooting? Does he deserve the title of motherf*cker too? Related: Hidin' Biden: White House Provides Scant Details on President's Vacation The video reveals that the Abbott supporter was not laughing at the Uvalde shooting, but at Beto’s inaccurate history of the AR-15. Beto claimed these guns were “originally designed for use on the battlefield in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead.” Just like the rest of his leftist politicians, Beto fails to understand the history of the AR-15. Does he not know that there are more powerful guns that are considered hunting guns? But of course, the AR-15 is the big, bad boogeyman.  Beto has once again displayed his lack of respect and lack of masculinity. Just another day in leftist fairytale land.

HystoWRECKED: Boston Children's Offers 'Gender-Affirming' Hysterectomies

When reading daily headlines, I often find myself thinking that I dreamt what they say due to the extreme level of radical lunacy … Friday was one of those days.  Boston Children’s Hospital recently boasted about its new procedures for kids. It plans to offer hysterectomies as part of its “gender-affirming" treatment in order to help children remove organs that they don’t want.  Boston Children’s Hospital (@BostonChildrens) is now offering “gender affirming hysterectomies” for young girls pic.twitter.com/JOH5fFtGJ0 — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 11, 2022 No, this is not part of a dystopian fictional narrative. This is August, 2022 where even the craziest of stories and situations are coming to fruition.  Boston Children’s, one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals, released a YouTube video titled “What happens during a gender-affirming hysterectomy?” The video seems to have been released early Aug. but as of Aug. 12, the video appears it is listed as private and therefore unavailable.  The video featured Dr. Frances Grimstad who specializes in gynecology. Grimstad walked viewers through the steps of a “gender-affirming hysterectomy.” A  hysterectomy for kids is the same as adults. Surgeons remove the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes — all of which are reproductive organs. The procedure permanently prevents a patient from any possibility of bearing children. The procedure is non-reversible. Grimstad's delight when explaining the process of mutilating children is terrifying. To make matters worse, Boston Children’s updated its YouTube series titled “Understanding Gender: Answers for Families,'' where videos about “vaginoplasty,” “tucking,” “breast augmentation” and “choosing a bathroom” are all highlighted. The hospital boasted about its "full suite of surgical options for transgender teens,” the Post Millennial reported.  Having a dedicated “suite” to surgically remove the organs of children is evil. Thankfully, people who are against the medically reckless castration of patients have stood in opposition. The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles put it great in Friday’s podcast episode of The Michael Knowles Show.  You expect, when you see this kind of evil in the country, you expect it to come with a pitchfork and horns and maybe a kind of scary, demonic voice, Grrrrrraaaa. Listen kids, we’re gonna cut your womb out, argh. But it’s not how it happens actually. It’s even more insidious than that.  He’s spot on. These psychotic doctors are posing as so-called friends and companions of these impressionable and vulnerable kids. They are approaching kids with “compassion,” as Knowles put it, to affirm a delusional sense of identity.  Director of Outreach at Parents Defending Education Erika Sanzi tweeted her worry for these kids and the glamorized idea that it’s okay to promote life-altering and unnecessary medical procedures.  Sanzi told The National Desk “A world renown pediatric facility proudly talking about removing the uteruses of healthy young girls in the name of gender affirming care is terrifying” and reaffirmed that this is “mutilation” of healthy bodies.  Boston Children's has the potential to help and save so many lives but this “gender-affirming care” is a regression of those possibilities. This will only hurt children in the long run and the media needs to expose the group for its lunacy in order to combat these vile, malicious, and destructive practices.   

Djokovic Still Banned From U.S. Open Due To Vaccination Status

The U.S. government is serving up some nonsense to tennis star Novak Djokovic. Under the current rules of entry for the United States, the Serbian star and defending Wimbledon champion cannot participate in the final installment of the Grand Slam because he is not vaccinated. The ban still stands despite the fact that U.S. Senator Marsha Balckburn (R-TN) has recently written a letter to Rochelle Walensky, M.D., the director of the CDC, asking that this sham of a health organization remove its ludicrous COVID policies and allow Djokovic to play. “Americans are ready to move beyond the pandemic and its endless list of rules, but the Biden Administration wants a forever pandemic,” part of Blackburn’s letter reads. By barring Novak Djokovic from competing in the U.S. Open, the Biden Administration is making it clear that it would like to impose a "forever pandemic." However, the hypocrisy in this power grab is clear. Illegal immigrants can cross the border without proof of vaccinations or negative COVID tests, but Djokovic cannot fly to the United States and compete in the U.S. Open. Ace, Blackburn. Related: Another Kaepernick Documentary? America Takes New Hit From Ex-NFL Radical  While the U.S. Open “not have a vaccination mandate in place for players,” this U.S. law would prevent Djokovic from entering the country. As Blackburn pointed out, it's just another way the Biden administration is perpetuating the COVID fear and using any means they can to take obsessive control over the American people. And that is a shame.

'Be Bullish': NBC Claims Inflation 'Finally Peaked' Despite Soaring Prices

On Friday, NBC’s Today show joined the morning broadcast chorus of ABC and CBS in claiming a .6 percent drop in inflation heralded the end to America’s economic woes. And despite admitting food prices are still “soaring” and the price of crude oil was creeping up again, correspondent Sam Brock tried to paint a rosy picture of the economy. “Also this morning, there are fresh signs the U.S. economy jolted by record inflation may finally be starting to pump the brakes on the runaway prices,” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie boasted. “And today the House is set to vote on that landmark economic and climate package passed along party lines in the Senate earlier this week.” Brock initially agreed, noting that “gas prices falling is certainly a great first step because fuel affects the cost of just about everything else.” But he then informed Guthrie that “family and business owners” would tell her “food costs right now are soaring. Menus, in many cases, are double what they were a year ago and rents are relentless.” But that didn’t stop him from adding: “Still, there’s optimism right now we’re headed in a better direction.”     Going into the video portion of the segment, Brock touted how gas prices were down (though they’re still high) and a .5 percent drop in costs for producers: For an American economy that’s been beaten up by soaring inflation, there are critical clues this morning things may be slowly improving. Average gas prices dropped below $4 for the first time since March. (…) And the PPI, what producers pay for their goods, fell half a percent last month, its first dip since 2020. Still, some say the real benchmark for progress is clear. After highlighting a family who could afford a vacation in Florida, Brock went back to covering the runaway prices of food. He spoke with a crab restaurant owner who told him, “Labor costs are still very high. Packaging supplies are much higher than they were. Food cost is still very high. Even though we are starting to see a little relief in that area.” Brock eventually got around to propping up the so-called “Inflation Reduction” Act and lauded it for “provid[ing] tax credits for cleaner homes and cars, and ultimately cap Medicare drug costs.” Although he did admit the negotiation for drug costs won’t kick in for four years, he omitted the fact that economists have said the bill would not reduce inflation but make it worse. Coming back to the live shot, Brock suggested that “another reason to be bullish” was that “the inflation rate has remained the same month over month after massive increases, Savannah and Craig, perhaps indicative of the fact that rising costs may have finally peaked.” But he warned “the cost of crude oil per barrel is up $6 in the last few days. It could be signs that our progress on the gas front could be short-lived.” “Ugh. Hope not,” Guthrie groaned. NBC’s gaslighting about the economy was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Hyundai and Comcast. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: NBC’s Today August 12, 2022 7:13:13 a.m. Eastern SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Also this morning, there are fresh signs the U.S. economy jolted by record inflation may finally be starting to pump the brakes on the runaway prices. And today the House is set to vote on that landmark economic and climate package passed along party lines in the Senate earlier this week. So, what does it all add up to you – for you? NBC’s Sam Brock joins us with more on that. Sam, good morning. SAM BROCK: Savannah, good morning. Look, gas prices falling is certainly a great first step because fuel affects the cost of just about everything else. But you talk, Savannah, to family and business owners, they’ll tell you food costs right now are soaring. Menus, in many cases, are double what they were a year ago and rents are relentless. Still, there’s optimism right now we’re headed in a better direction. [Cuts to video] For an American economy that’s been beaten up by soaring inflation, there are critical clues this morning things may be slowly improving. Average gas prices dropped below $4 for the first time since March. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: Yes, I really did see a big difference. BROCK: And the PPI, what producers pay for their goods, fell half a percent last month, its first dip since 2020. Still, some say the real benchmark for progress is clear. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2: Prices will drop. It's real simple. BROCK: The Polinskys of Connecticut are taking their first vacation this year to Florida. MR. POLINSKY: I think we both feel a little more comfortable with the way the economy is going. BROACK: And hope is on the horizon for businesses battling inflation. What has this wave of inflation done to your menu? BRIAN HERSHEY: Well, all of the prices on our menu have gone up. BROCK: Brian Hershey is owner of Billy's Stone Crab Inc. in Hollywood, Florida. He’s cautiously optimistic inflation will turn a corner and he can drop prices, like the signature stone crab now at $51 a pound. What were they a year ago? HERSHEY: They were about a year and a half ago they were $28 a pound. BROCK: He said lower fuel bills helped immensely. But it's part of a larger picture. HERSHEY: Labor costs are still very high. Packaging supplies are much higher than they were. Food cost is still very high. Even though we are starting to see a little relief in that area. BROCK: Later today, the House will vote on the Inflation Reduction Act that already has cleared the Senate which, among other things, will provide tax credits for cleaner homes and cars, and ultimately cap Medicare drug costs, although not any time soon. BRIAN SULLIVAN (senior national correspondent, CNBC): Let’s be clear, the Medicare pricing provision negotiating prices for 10 drugs doesn't kick in until the year 2026 and then expand to 15 drugs in 2027. BROCK: But many Americans are looking for help now. This has felt like a tidal wave. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2: A tidal wave. A huge tidal wave. And it needs to stop. [Cuts back to live] BROCK: And another reason to be bullish. The inflation rate has remained the same month over month after massive increases, Savannah and Craig, perhaps indicative of the fact that rising costs may have finally peaked. However, beware, the cost of crude oil per barrel is up $6 in the last few days. It could be signs that our progress on the gas front could be short-lived. Guys, back to you. GUTHRIE: Ugh. Hope not. Sam, thank you very much.

‘Playing Games’: Frank Luntz Slaps Biden for ‘Orwellian’ Zero Inflation Claim

Pollster Frank Luntz wrecked the Biden administration for claiming that inflation is at “zero” when most Americans are struggling with grocery and gas prices, among other prices.  President Joe Biden said the economy had “zero inflation last month” during an Aug. 10 event at the White House. But Luntz didn’t mince words on his reaction to Biden’s skull-dragging press conference on the Aug. 11 edition of Squawk Box.  “It’s cynical,” Luntz said. “It is a destruction of the meaning of words; it’s Orwellian at its worst.” Luntz also said that Americans will remember Biden’s inflation nonsense for “playing games with the English language.”      And Luntz didn’t stop there. He later slammed Biden for his zero inflation hoax. It is “the height of hypocrisy and a president has the responsibility to tell the American people the truth,” Luntz said. Luntz emphasized that Biden’s invective “plays into our belief that we can’t trust our elected officials and we can’t trust our institutions.” And to make things worse, it doesn’t seem that Americans are buying the government line on inflation, according to Luntz.  “We’ve been polling this issue, and the American people think that it’s harder now to make it to get by,” he said. “More than seventy percent of Americans have trouble making ends meet. One out of four literally have trouble paying their bills at the end of the week or end of the month because of inflation.”  The pollster said that Americans should also be angry at Biden for his attempts to redefine the word “recession.” “For Joe Biden to redefine what that means and to attempt to do it for the word ‘recession’ is really the thing that the American people should be angriest about.”  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they report honestly on Biden’s attempts to spin inflation.

Comically Degenerate: Would-be Kavanaugh Assassin a ‘Sissy Slave,’ ‘Trans Gamer Girl’

No surprise that the kinds of people that would attempt to assassinate Supreme Court justices would also be into some pretty depraved things online. Town Hall reported August 10 that the would-be Kavanaugh assassin was, on the website Reddit, “Sophie, the trans gamer girl.” Really. In investigating Nicholas John Roske, the FBI “identified several Reddit accounts Roske operated in recent years — one of which the suspect used to embrace his transexual "femme" and submissive "sissy slave" persona, according to the search warrant applications filed in federal court,” said TownHall.  The Kavanaugh assassin was a degenerate leftist? Who would have thought? But, unfortunately, there’s more. It seems that he wrote in a Reddit post saying that he was struggling with a depressive disorder. Townhall said, “In the pair's latest session, the counselor observed his patient's ‘steadily declining mental state’ and advised Roske to return to taking medicine to help remedy his ‘existential angst.’ A year prior, Roske questioned on Reddit if medication helps with ‘intellectual anxiety.’” Yeah, if the weird sexual fetish stuff didn’t already indicate his declining mental state, then this is the nail in the coffin. The Reddit account u/AmericanNick was also Roske and was active on “r/GamerPals” identifying himself as a “trans gamer girl seeking friend,” and he introduced himself as “Sophie”, his female alter ego. He was also, in a separate Reddit community, “scouting for ‘play partners’,” and described himself as someone “pretty kinky,” said Town Hall.  Leftism is a mental illness, plain and simple. It’s pure brain rot that can get people to attempt assassinating a SCOTUS justice in the name of killing babies. God bless America because we need Him now more than ever. 

MEDIO DEL RÉGIMEN: Univisión informa que el precio de la gasolina 'alegra el alma'

El presidente Joe Biden afirmó falsamente frente a las cámaras que en el mes de julio "nuestra economía tuvo una inflación de cero por ciento". El equipo de noticias matutinas de Univisión informó que el ritmo de la inflación había descendido a 8.7%, "todavía alto pero inferior al  9.1% de junio". Pero el reportero Galo Arellano, fungiendo de propagandista para el régimen, insistió en que el precio actual de la gasolina, de menos de $4 por galón, "alegra el alma", tal y como supuestamente observó en "rotros felices". Veamos cómo Galo pasa la agenda de Biden como noticia de forma tan exagerada que recuerda a los anuncios de Crazy Eddie y sus ´Precios de locura´ de los años 80. Tal fue el nivel de pavoneo a favor del régimen responsable porque el precio de la gasolina esté al doble de lo pagamos hace un año y medio: Despierta América, Univisión 08/10/2022 GALO ARELLANO: Los economistas dicen que para cantar Victoria, esta tendencia a la baja por lo menos debe mantenerse por seis semanas consecutivas y eso todavía no ha sucedido. Pero lo bueno es de que esta mañana lo primero que hicimos es ir a una gasolinera y se pueden ver rostros felices. ... En este momento me encuentro en una gasolinería de el Doral (Florida), y ustedes tiene que ver muy bien con atención los precios de los combustibles. Ahora mismo está en $3.63 el galón de gasolina regular; la plus está en $3.97. ¡Son precios que realmente alegran el alma! La compilación anterior de dos informes transmitidos por Despierta América el martes, 9 de agosto de 2022, ilustra la creciente desconexión entre los medios corporativos en español y su público, así como la mayoría de los ciudadanos estadounidenses obligados a pagar casi el doble de lo que pagaba por la gasolina cuando Joe Biden asumió el cargo. A nadie le engaña el teatro de Univisión, diseñado para hacernos creer a todos que todo es bello y que nuestras almas se alegran por pagar $4 por galón de gasolina. Esta propaganda de Univisión nos llega gracias a anunciantes como Kellogs. Acceda este enlace para comunicarse con la empresa.

Another Kaepernick Documentary? America Takes New Hit From Ex-NFL Radical

Just what we don’t need: another Colin Kaepernick documentary. “Kaepernick & America” begins Sept. 2 on streaming television.  A Variety story says director Tommy Walker was personally captivated by the Kaepernick saga and the insights it provided about ongoing racial turmoil in the nation. The documentary explores “the intersection between his protest in the summer of 2016 and the widespread reactions they spurred.”  Walker stated, “The film we have made seeks to discover the parallels between the life and activism of Colin Kaepernick and the tumultuous and divisive factors that have colored America’s racial divide.”  A review of the documentary by Creators Faire describes the year 2016 as a time when “a discordant national cauldron” was ready to boil over. It included “the birth of Trumpism”, as well. “Then, Colin Kaepernick took a knee and America lost its mind. Kaep’s knee touched down on the divide between America’s Black and white tectonic plates, creating an earthquake in the eternal race debate. The aftershocks of his singular gesture have already rippled through our country for years.”  Though Kaepernick’s radical anti-Americanism as a member of the San Francisco 49ers ignited a social justice revolution in sports, Walker tries to convince people that his America-hating “actually reveals more about America, the land that reacted so profoundly to such a simple gesture.”  Kaepernick’s national anthem and verbal protests supposedly presented a racist America in a mirror and millions of people didn’t like what they saw. “The young man stood his ground in the face of the brutal backlash, continuing his protest for 20 consecutive weeks,” Walker said. “Somehow, with his right knee on the field and his arms passively crossed in front of him, he managed to point a finger at injustice without saying a word.”  It’s outrageous to claim Kaepernick didn’t say a word. Truthfully, he said plenty of inflammatory remarks in 2016:  I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.  This from the guy that did a press conference in Miami wearing a Fidel Castro tee shirt.Outraged Americans burned Kaepernick shirts and the ensuing social justice eruptions throughout sports turned countless fans away from the games they once loved. He was a quarterback in decline and one with a losing career record, not one team was willing to bring him and his incendiary rhetoric back to the NFL.  The “Kaepernick & America” documentary does not appear to offer much in the way of political or cultural balance. It includes conversations with CNN lefty Don Lemon, NFL sideline reporter Pam Oliver, NFL Network reporter Steve Wyche, who gave Kaepernick a microphone to spew his accusations of so-called systemic racism in America, and others.  All this bile will be viewable on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV via iTunes, along with AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Dish and Verizon Fios.  A past Kaepernick documentary, Netflix’s “Colin Kaepernick in Black and White,” presented the NFL draft as a “slave auction” -- the same NFL he wants to return to! -- and America as a racist nation.  

VILE ABC: New Conservative Dating App Is ‘Tinder for Bigots’

The haters at ABC late night on Thursday showcased, yet again, that they despise half the country. Jimmy Kimmel Live guest host David Alan Grier seethed about a new conservative dating app, deriding The Right Stuff as “Tinder for bigots.” Grier didn’t really bother to offer a joke there, just that all conservatives are racists.  CBS Mornings on Friday also covered the new app with Democratic donor Gayle King agreeing that she would want her kids dating within their political party. But first, here’s Grier on Thursday night: “There's a new dating app. It is called The Right Stuff....It's basically Tinder for bigots.”      The hateful Grier then played a doctored ad for the dating app with faux graphics proclaiming, “No gays,” “no Mexicans,” “only a few Blacks.” How hateful are the people behind Jimmy Kimmel Live? In 2017, when asked about Republicans turning off his show, Kimmel replied, “Not good riddance, but riddance.”  Over on CBS Mornings, co-host Tony Dokoupil asked about the new conservative dating app, wondering, “So I put the question to my trusty co-hosts, you have kids, would you want —  without revealing political beliefs of your children -- Would you want them to marry within their political belief system?”  After pondering the question, King replied, “I think it would be easier. But I just want them to be happy with whatever partner they choose. I really do mean that. I think it would be easier if you were more like-minded.”      Now, we don’t know about the politics of King’s daughter and son. But as I wrote in a 2020 NewsBusters analysis on her, we do know King’s politics:  Gayle King has given exclusively to Democrats. According to Open Secrets, she donated over $33,000 to the DNC, $7300 to Barack Obama, $1000 to Democrat Harold Ford Jr. Open Secrets reports that the donations stopped in 2011 as she began at CBS. But the fact that she hasn’t given anything to Republicans shows that she’s a partisan leftist.        If donating only to Democrats wasn’t enough, in 2017, King has vacationed with them as well. The CBS co-host enjoyed a trip on a yacht with the Obamas, angering actual journalists within CBS.  The hate on Jimmy Kimmel Live was sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  Transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  Jimmy Kimmel Live 8/11/2022 DAVID ALAN GRIER: Now you guys don't need this, but for some in our audience who are single and still out in them streets, they're looking for someone very special to meet. There's a new dating app. It is called The Right Stuff. Now, this is for the conservative dater. You see what they did there? The “right” stuff. It's basically Tinder for bigots. And one of their selling points is that you can view profiles without pronouns. In case you're wondering, the pronouns for anyone you meet on this app are “they” and "suck.” The Right Stuff doesn't launch till next month. But they've already put out a very informative commercial.  DOCTORED RIGHT STUFF AD:  Graphic: “No gays” “No Mexicans,” “Only a Few Blacks.” Hey, guys. I'm Ryan. I am so excited to announce a dating app for all of us conservatives. It's called “The Right Stuff." What I love most about it is it's invite only. Not just anyone can join. The right stuff is all about getting into the right dating pool. We're sorry that you had to endure years of bad dates and wasted time with people that don't see the world our way. The right way. Okay, once you're in the app, you're ready to post a date. You can create your ideal date. You choose the time and place. See you there.  VOICE: The right stuff is not liable to match you with a cousin or stepbrother. Check the Age of consent in your state before kissing. Sex before marriage may result in eternal damnation. Please use the meth responsibly. GRIER: We may have doctored it just a little bit.  CBS Morning 8/12/2022 8:30 TONY DOKOUPIL: My “Talk of the table” is not pop culture related, but it is culture related. It's about a new dating site, dating platform, dating app. It comes out of Trump world, two former Trump adviser and a political appointee with backing from a Trump donor, Peter Thiel, for conservatives. Take a look at the promo.  [Video from “The Right Stuff” dating app.] DOKOUPIL: So this caught my eye because as a business --  GAYLE KING: Are you trying to date?  DOKOUPIL: Gotta get back out there, Gayle.  KING: I'm going to tell. I'm going to tell Katy. Why does this catch your eye?  DOKOUPIL: It caught my eye because it seems like a smart business move if you look at the polling. Since the 1950s there's been a doubling in the proportion of Americans who want their kids to marry someone of the same political party. So now most Americans apparently want their kids to marry in the political party. So I put the question to my trusty co-hosts, you have kids, would you want —  without revealing political beliefs of your children -- Would you want them to marry within their political belief system?  KING: I think it would be easier. But I just want them to be happy with whatever partner they choose. I really do mean that. I think it would be easier if you were more like minded. NATE BURLESON: Yeah. I do believe that, as well. My mother said try to date someone that's evenly yoked. You would love my kids to date someone that has different beliefs so they can challenge their own within the relationship and decide on who they are.  DOKOUPIL:  Interesting. That’s some interesting Thanksgiving dinners at the Burleson household.  BURLESON: Listen, that's not bad. Listen, people have dating sites that are based on race.  KING: [Responding to the politics comment.] Yeah. I don't think that's bad at all. There's a farmersonly.com.  DOKOUPIL: I kinda wish that politics wasn't a super identity like religion or like farmers.  BURLESON: Like it’s a stamp or a title. That’s where we are. 

[Sigh] New Play Knights Joan of Arc With They/Them Pronouns

Is there anything woke lefties can’t ruin? From TV shows to movies, the’ve distorted all media to fit their radical agenda. Now they’ve come for religious figures.  According to ShakespeareGlobe, Joan Of Arc is to be reimagined as a gender-confused female with they/them pronouns.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London is proud to present the new woke piece of garbage play, I,Joan, which views the warrior saint through the funhouse perspective of modern gender silliness. “We are not the first to present Joan in this way, and we will not be the last. Regarding the use of pronouns, ‘they’ to refer to a singular person has been traced by the Oxford English Dictionary to as early as 1375, years before Joan was even born,” the Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry writes. “Regardless, theatres do not deal with ‘historical reality’. Theatres produce plays, and in plays, anything can be possible.” At least she admits using they/them pronouns is not living in “historical reality.”  The globe defends the woke deconstruction of Joan as what Shakespeare would have wanted. “He wanted to play. Play with identity, power, with the idea of pleasure, and with all sides of an argument,” the globe continues. “Shakespeare was not afraid to ask difficult questions as he imagined the lives of 1,223 characters; he represented an extraordinary range of diverse perspectives and identities, and we are all still enjoying his work over 400 years later.” What is thou smoking?  Terry defends the woke appropriation of Joan by claiming it's just another historical interpretation. “History has provided countless and wonderful examples of Joan portrayed as a woman,” the website reads. “This production is simply offering the possibility of another point of view. That is the role of theatre: to simply ask the question ‘imagine if?’” Imagine if these lunatics weren’t so preoccupied with turning nature and morality on their heads. But Shakespeare’s Globe’s promotes leftist values. “We are committed to becoming an inclusive and diverse organisation, and making necessary change is at the heart of our strategic aims for the organisation. This includes becoming pro-trans, anti-racist, and taking positive, conscious, and intentional action against any form of prejudice present in our culture,” the website reads. “We aim to create a culture and environment in which everyone’s experience at Shakespeare’s Globe is equal, inclusive, and equitable.” Does the website mention that they’re proud to be anti-Catholic?  Shakespeare’s Globe perverted a Catholic saint and molded her into a woke monstrosity. Get woke, please go broke.

‘Morning Joe’ Hypocrites Accuse Right-Leaning Media of Whipping the Public ‘Into a Frenzy’

MSNBC’s Morning Joe is so dramatic it might as well be a Shakespeare play. Thursday’s broadcast was no exception when hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and guest Mike Barnicle tried to speak to the “cynical hearts” of their right-wing colleagues, hoping their passionate words would put an end to “brainwashing” right-wing “extremists.” As always, Scarborough got this eye-rolling spectacle started by accusing right-leaning media outlets of trying to stand up for Trump despite knowing “he is guilty in their minds” and still spreading violence and lies.     That was when Morning Joe staple Mike Barnicle put away his script to recite his lines. After saying his lefty-catering piece about the former president, his monologue continued with: If you're going to believe calamity is the future, if you're going to believe that calamity is stronger than the roots, the patriotic roots of this country, then there's something wrong with you. Because this country is strong enough to survive a lot. It's already survived a lot, and we certainly ought to be able to survive Donald Trump. These people actually think that out of Russia, China, anti-America terrorists, and all the other real threats to the American people, one outspoken billionaire who loves to golf is the largest threat out there. To end her scene, Mika Brzezinski reached out to her “colleagues in this business” because “right-wing extremists and far-right websites are going to do what they are going to do, and they're not going to hear this.” She continued: “right when this peaceful search happens and twist it into an attack on America, and to go nuts and to cause people to feel that this was some sort of incredibly brazen attack on our country, on a former president, when you know what happened on January 6th, you saw it when you were begging him because you knew only he could put a stop to it.” “Know this” and “know the truth,” she implored them. She even tried to get out of the line of fire by saying “I'm not saying he committed a crime, that's not for me to say.” MSNBC is like all the lefties, and only reports when the right is all up in arms about something. Do they not remember all the riots caused by ANTIFA, crazy liberals, and even when they showed up and tried to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of Roe being decided? Did they also forget that the shooter at the 2017 Congressional baseball practice was an avid Rachael Maddow (MSNBC) watcher? They either have selective memory, or do not care about real reporting. The following lefty-dramatics were made possible by Liberty Mutual and Trivago.  Click "expand" for the full transcript. MSNBC’s Morning Joe August 11, 2022 7:10:45 a.m. Eastern MIKE BARNICLE: Everything he talks about roots around one thing, himself, and that's the biggest difference and the biggest danger, I would submit, between now and anything that has happened in the past in this country.  And to Jonah Goldberg's ultimate point, you know, if you're going to believe calamity is the future, if you're going to believe that calamity is stronger than the roots, the patriotic roots of this country, then there's something wrong with you. Because this country is strong enough to survive a lot. It's already survived a lot, and we certainly ought to be able to survive Donald Trump who, each and every day, to the other point that you just made, has to be thinking that anyone who worked for him, who was close to him from Mark Meadows on down during his administration, is thinking, “hey, if they offer me a deal, I'm flipping.”  MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So, right-wing extremists and far-right websites are going to do what they are going to do, and they're not going to hear this, but to our colleagues in this business, in the cable news business, to jump on this, right when this peaceful search happens and twist it into an attack on America, and to go nuts and to cause people to feel that this was some sort of incredibly brazen attack on our country, on a former president, when you know what happened on January 6th, you saw it when you were begging him because you knew only he could put a stop to it. And you were begging him to stop it. When you know, you know the election was not stolen, okay?  You know this. You know the truth. You know what this former president has been trying to do—I'm not saying he broke the law, I'm not saying he committed a crime, that's not for me to say, but you know that he instigated January 6th, that he wanted people to go to the capitol, that it turned ugly. And you know that even to this day, he talks about the election being stolen when it was not.  [scoffs] To be criticizing the FBI, to be saying violent things about the FBI, to be saying the FBI crossed the Rubicon, you know you're lying. And you know you're instigating people to react in a bad way and to try and run to protect Donald Trump. You know you're doing the wrong thing for America. You know what you are doing, and you should stop it. It is going to get dangerous. 

Mayer Declares GOP Legislators Passing Laws Is 'Torching Democracy'

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer is an unserious person pretending to be the opposite. She proved that on Thursday’s edition of PBS’s Amanpour and Company where she declared that legislators legislating is tantamount to “torching democracy.” Mayer was on with NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss an article she wrote on the topic with a focus on Ohio. Martin asked, “Did you go there specifically because Ohio is just to see what would happen in the wake of the overturning of Roe or was it on your radar before that?”     After claiming that was part of the reason, Mayer elaborated, “the reason I looked at Ohio, in particular, was I was hearing from someone who I'd interviewed named David Pepper, who's written a book about Ohio, that in fact, it's not really the people deciding when you can give these issues back to a state like Ohio. It's the legislature that's deciding. And the legislatures in a number of American states no longer reflect the will of the people. That's why we talk about torching democracy.” Mayer didn’t mention it, but Pepper is the former chairman of the state Democratic Party and as Mayer was talking, viewers saw a picture of him on a stage in front of a giant Democratic ‘D’ logo. Pepper has a partisan ax to grind, but Mayer still cited him as an authority on subject. The reason why Republicans are torching democracy is because they don’t follow polls: The people have one opinion, the general public, if you look at polls, feels one way. But the legislatures are way out of sync with what the population, in general, believes. And that's true in Ohio and that's what this man, David Pepper, was telling me who's written a book that's called, Laboratories for Autocracy. It's a play on a phrase that came from Justice Louis Brandeis who called the state legislatures in America laboratories for democracy. Abortion on demand-loving Democrats aren’t exactly in line with polling either, but they aren’t accused on public TV of torching democracy. Still, Mayer continued citing Pepper, “what he is saying is actually, this is where autocracy in America is—is-- growing and brewing. And it's an attack on democracy taking place in these states. And Ohio typifies it. So, that's why I went there.” Martin continued with the theme of the disconnect between legislators and polling, “So, how did it get to the point in a place like Ohio where there's such divergence between what people say they want in matters of significant public concern and what the legislature is actually doing?” Mayer then suggested that winning elections was part of some sinister plot to take over state legislatures, “It was actually a deliberate plan.” Not only that, there were racial connotations behind it, “Barack Obama had been elected in 2008. It was a shock to many white conservatives to have a black American president who was a liberal Democrat to some extent -- liberal that is to some extent. And they had lost power in both Houses of Congress and the White House. And they were looking around the country to try to figure out, well, where can we take power? And the places that seemed to be easiest to capture were state legislatures.” “Some extent?” Mayer would also go onto condemn Republicans, and only Republicans, for gerrymandering and apply the same polling logic to gun rights. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. PBS Amanpour and Company 8/11/2022 11:35 PM ET MICHEL MARTIN: You've written this devastating piece titled, "State Legislatures Are Torching Democracy." You know, very strong words. So, obviously, I'm going to ask you why you say that. But you focused on Ohio. Why Ohio? JANE MAYER: Well, Ohio has been known as a bellwether state in American politics. It's a—it’s a-- moderate state that can swing both either Republican or Democratic so that if you look back, recent history, it was a state that elected Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012 and then Donald Trump in 2016 in 2020. So, it's an interesting kind of weathervane state. MARTIN: Did you go there specifically because you wanted to see what would happen in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade? Because as you point out in the piece, the Supreme Court anticipated when it overturned Roe that the battle of abortion rights would go to the states, like, that was the whole point. Did you go there specifically because Ohio is just to see what would happen in the wake of the overturning of Roe or was it on your radar before that? MAYER: It -- that was part of the reason. I mean -- because you could hear even before the decision came down from the Supreme Court, you could hear during their arguments that the conservatives, Brett Kavanaugh particular, made a big point of saying, if we just send these issues, these hard issues like abortion back to the states, we can just let the people decide. And what I was hearing -- and the reason I looked at Ohio, in particular, was I was hearing from someone who I'd interviewed named David Pepper, who's written a book about Ohio, that in fact, it's not really the people deciding when you can give these issues back to a state like Ohio. It's the legislature that's deciding. And the legislatures in a number of American states no longer reflect the will of the people. That's why we talk about torching democracy. The people have one opinion, the general public, if you look at polls, feels one way. But the legislatures are way out of sync with what the population, in general, believes. And that's true in Ohio and that's what this man, David Pepper, was telling me who's written a book that's called, Laboratories for Autocracy. It's a play on a phrase that came from Justice Louis Brandeis who called the state legislatures in America laboratories for democracy. And—and-- what he is saying is actually, this is where autocracy in America is—is-- growing and brewing. And it's an attack on democracy taking place in these states. And Ohio typifies it. So, that's why I went there. MARTIN: In the piece, you site a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati that cited, a 2020 survey indicating that less than 14 percent of Ohioans support banning all abortions without exceptions for rape and incest. But that's not the direction of the Ohio legislature is—is-- heading in. In fact, I think the story that a lot of people may be familiar with is the story of this 10-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by an adult male, became pregnant, and then had to go to Indiana to obtain an abortion because it was impossible in her home state of Ohio. So, how did it get to the point in a place like Ohio where there's such divergence between what people say they want in matters of significant public concern and what the legislature is actually doing? MAYER: It was actually a deliberate plan. And there aren't that many things in American politics that really follow anybody's plans because it's such a mess most of the time. But back in 2010, the Republican Party's smartest operatives looked around and they were very distressed. Barack Obama had been elected in 2008. It was a shock to many white conservatives to have a black American president who was a liberal Democrat to some extent -- liberal that is to some extent. And they had lost power in both Houses of Congress and the White House. And they were looking around the country to try to figure out, well, where can we take power? And the places that seemed to be easiest to capture were state legislatures. And so, there was this very interesting plan that was drawn up called Red Map by the Republican Party operatives. And they set out to very deliberately flip as many statehouses as they could into Republican control. And there was a year that 2010 was very much on their mind to do that year. Because that's a census year, every 10 years there's a U.S. census. And every time there's a census, the statehouses get to reapportion the districts, both for Congress and for the statehouse. So, it gives the legislature special powers during those years. And they figured, if we can take the statehouses, you could redraw the lines and you could do it in such a way that you would totally advantage the Republican Party. And that's exactly what they did in a bunch of states. They picked up an incredible number of statehouses that year. They flipped them to the Republican Party, they took control of a number of them, and they set out to very systematically and scientifically redraw the district so that in many places Republicans -- I mean, they can barely lose no matter what they do. And that's what -- that was -- you know, more than 10 years ago, 12 years ago. What we're now seeing, we're seeing the consequences. This is like a science experiment in democracy. You're saying, well, what happens when you make it so that people can't lose their elections? What kind of behavior do you get in the statehouses? And what you get is really extremist legislation because the only pressure on these peoples' lives in the Republican Party is that they might be facing primary challenges from candidates who are even more extreme than they are. And so, that's those – who are the people who come out to vote in primaries. That's what they're worried about. And they couldn't care less about the opposing party's point of views. So, they keep moving further and further to the extreme. And that's what's happened in Ohio.

‘The Big Zero:’ Delusional Paul Krugman Twists Himself into a Pretzel Salvaging Biden’s Zero Inflation Hoax

Disgruntled New York Times economist Paul Krugman is clearly willing to sink his career further into the reputational abyss by mudding semantics to save President Joe Biden’s hoax that we had zero inflation in July. The failed “Team Transitory” apologist Krugman published a new op-ed spinning that “President Biden declared, accurately, that we had zero inflation in July.”  He whined that “many on the right accused [Biden] of lying, because prices in July 2022 were 8.5 percent higher than they were in July 2021. Do they not understand the difference?” To be “fair, sloppy business reporting may have contributed to their confusion,” Krugman wrote.  Krugman touted the unchanged month-to-month inflation figure, and pontificated that he saw “many headlines to the effect that ‘inflation was 8.5 percent in July,’” before proceeding to spew nonsense at conservatives for their supposed ignorance of Krugman’s gaslighting. “The more fundamental issue, surely, is that it’s difficult to get people to understand something when their sloganeering depends on their not understanding it,” Krugman griped.  Apparently Krugman doesn’t understand that the month-to-month rate means that the “rate of inflation” in July was unchanged, not that there was “zero inflation in July.” Even anti-Trump pollster Frank Luntz called such gaslighting on inflation "a destruction of the meaning of words."  Krugman even monikered the unchanged month-to-month rate figure as the “Big Zero,” which he contradictorily admitted “doesn’t mean that the inflation problem is solved.” He even babbled in his first paragraph: "This is not the end of inflation. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." So how could there have been “zero inflation in July” if there is still an “inflation problem” to fix, Krugman? Brownstone Institute President Jeffrey Tucker lambasted the asinine play on semantics being pushed by Biden and company. “It's a bogus math trick,” Tucker tweeted. “This is the overall one-month index change. Overall that means that the big drop in fuel oil and gas (following previous massive monthly increases) swamped the huge increases everywhere else.” Using the same tactic, you could also observe a one-month 19.2% increase in electricity! But of course we would not do that because that's dumb. The actual increase is 15.2% which we get from calculating year over year, just as the DoL does! grrrrr. Here's the breakdown. pic.twitter.com/Lvmes1zEVw — Jeffrey A Tucker (@jeffreyatucker) August 10, 2022 Tucker is right on point. For example, “[t]he food at home category, which tracks the cost of groceries, surged 13.1% over the last year, the most significant increase since March 1979. On a monthly basis, prices jumped 1.4%,” according to Fox Business. Tucker said that one could use Biden and Krugman’s same tactic to “observe a one-month 19.2% increase in electricity! But of course we would not do that because that's dumb. The actual increase is 15.2% which we get from calculating year over year, just as the DoL does! Grrrrr.” Krugman undercut himself further by admitting a variety of core inflation measures indicate the economy is still “running too hot,” which is literally the opposite of “zero inflation.” Economists have long known that you get a much better read on underlying inflation if you strip out highly volatile prices — normally food and energy, but there are a variety of measures of core inflation, and all of them are still unacceptably high. That’s a clear indication that the economy is running too hot, [emphasis added.] Krugman strangely claimed in the beginning of his latest drivel that “[T]here is absolutely no reason to question the numbers.” In fact, said Krugman, he expected the GOP “to accuse the Biden administration of cooking the books.” It’s hilarious that Krugman expected the GOP to accuse Biden of “cooking the books.” He literally did the exact same thing when he absurdly claimed in 2020 that it was a “possibility” that the Trump administration had “gotten to the BLS” to fudge a May 2020 report that showed employment rising a whopping 2.5 million during the COVID-19 pandemic economy. Conservatives are under attack. Contact The New York Times at 800-698-4637 and demand it continue to distance itself from Krugman’s spin on inflation.

Colbert Lobs KJP Softballs, Wonders How WH Fixed Press Relations

Stephen Colbert welcomed White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre onto his Thursday CBS show where he lobbed several softballs her way including wondering how is the White House mending the relationship with the press and wondering how Joe Biden has been so successful. Regretting how the previous administration treated the press, Colbert declared, “So, when—when—when-- y'all, you know, came into office 18 months ago, one of the things, the goals stated was, to kind of, repair the relationship between that press office and the press.”     Asking for a status update on that, Colbert continued, lamenting that some—presumably conservatives—refuse to play along with the White House, “How was that going and how do you do that when some members of the press won't agree on what reality is?”  For her part, Jean-Pierre portrayed her spin as fact, “Look, I think the way that I see it is my job, our job, is to make sure that we are delivering the facts, delivering what the president's agenda is, and that's our focus, and that's what we – we-- do every day.” She proceeded to claim “we really worked -- have worked the last 18, 19 months to really repair that relationship” and to give the politically correct answer how the relationship between the White House and the press is just part of freedom of the press. It must be nice to be part of a White House that gets mostly softballs from questioners, like the one that Colbert then lobbed her way: Since you started, al-Zawahri was killed, gun control has passed, gas prices are now down below $4 a gallon, inflation has begun to ease, the PACT Act—the burn pit legislation was passed, massive climate bill is set to pass tomorrow, what is the key to making all that happen so fast? Is it you? Are you the reason why this has happened? Or is it the fact that the president has been in isolation with COVID for a lot of that?”  Being a good press secretary, Jean-Pierre gave all credit to Biden, but gas prices are still high, inflation is still bad, and the climate bill—called the Inflation Reduction Act—won’t reduce inflation. No wonder the White House has an easier relationship with the media than its predecessor. This segment was sponsored by Angi Here is a transcript for the August 11 show: CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 8/12/2022 12:17 AM ET STEPHEN COLBERT: So, when—when—when-- y'all, you know, came into office 18 months ago, one of the things, the goals stated was, to kind of, repair the relationship between that press office and the press. How was that going and how do you do that when some members of the press won't agree on what reality is?  KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Some members of the press?  COLBERT: Some members of the press.  JEAN-PIERRE: Okay. Look, I think the way that I see it is my job, our job, is to make sure that we are delivering the facts, delivering what the president's agenda is, and that's our focus, and that's what we – we-- do every day, and we really worked -- have worked the last 18, 19 months to really repair that relationship, and there's always going to be a give and take, always, always going to be a little pull and tug, but that's okay, that's democracy, that’s the, you know, the freedom of the press, the independency of the press, and it’s, you know, we see it as an opportunity to really have, to be able to communicate to all of you, to all of the American people on the work that we're doing every single day.  COLBERT: Since you started, al-Zawahri was killed, gun control has passed, gas prices are now down below $4 a gallon, inflation has begun to ease, the PACT Act—the burn pit legislation was passed--, JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, which is— COLBERT: -- massive climate bill is set to pass tomorrow, what is the key to making all that happen so fast? Is it you? Are you the reason why this has happened? Or is it the fact that the president has been in isolation with COVID for a lot of that?  JEAN-PIERRE: I think, look, I think it's this, I really do believe that you have -- we have a president who has the experience, who is committed, who has the core of his conviction. If you think about why President Biden ran in 2019, it was because he saw what was happening to the core values of this country, our traditions, we were being attacked, it was being threatened, and he also saw that the little guy, right, everyday people, were being left behind, and so, he wanted to make sure that we lift people up from the bottom up and really bring out the economy from the bottom up as well and middle out.

Column: Dana Milbank's Uncivil War on GOP 'Destructionists'

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank was sounding the alarm in multiple national TV and radio interviews. The rage-filled tone of pro-Trump commentary after the FBI raid on Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago was going to lead to violence, possibly catastrophic violence, like the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, which killed 168 Americans. In an hour-long interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Milbank warned there’s too much hot talk about rising authoritarianism. “It doesn't take a whole lot where we are right now for things to get out of hand. We've seen rising violence from right-wing extremists. We really need our leaders -- opinion leaders and lawmakers -- to step in and calm things down.” Calm would be good. But you may smirk at this insincere schtick. Because Milbank works for a newspaper whose melodramatic motto for the last five years has implied impending despotism: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The hyperbolic title of Milbank’s new book is The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five-Year Crack-Up Of The Republican Party. Milbank insists we need to tone down the rhetoric. He should start with his own book title – and the Post motto. But he deeply imbibes from the motto. “Admittedly, I'm partisan," Milbank writes, "not for Democrats but for democrats...Republicans have become an authoritarian faction fighting democracy." The fact that Milbank can get an interview for his dangerous-GOP rant on PBS (Amanpour & Co.), an hour on NPR, and a favorable book review on NPR.org by their political editor Ron Elving tells you once again that public broadcasting is a taxpayer-funded sandbox for the Left. In these interviews and another with MSNBC, Milbank is pulling out the ancient smear that Republicans and conservative radio hosts caused the Oklahoma City bombing with their anti-government rhetoric. This was a very common smear at the time. Time magazine called them an “unindicted co-conspirator in the blast.” The late David Broder of The Washington Post huffed then that Rush Limbaugh using the slogan “America Held Hostage” under Clinton was “dangerous” and could “inflame twisted minds with statements that suggest political opponents are enemies.” Unlike "Democracy dies in darkness." In a recent column, Milbank is also re-circulating the smear that Sarah Palin using rhetoric like “Don’t Retreat, Instead — Reload!” caused the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011. Liberals like Milbank never needed proof that the shooter was a Palin supporter who actually saw the rhetoric, or if the Oklahoma City bomber loved Newt Gingrich. Who needs proof? Milbank left out smearing Rachel Maddow or Bernie Sanders for the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise in 2017. The shooter was a big fan of both of them. The Unabomber had Al Gore’s book Earth in the Balance in his hideout. But they can’t be “destructionists.” They’re not Republicans. Liberals apparently can’t be blamed for political toxicity. "Donald Trump didn't create this noxious environment," Milbank writes in his book. "He is a monster the Republicans created over a quarter century." Milbank is not a serious man for serious times. He’s the columnist as jester. When Dick Cheney accidentally shot a friend in the face in a hunting accident in 2006, Milbank showed up on the Keith Olbermann show in an orange hunting vest and stocking cap. Olbermann asked if the shooting of his friend would become Cheney’s legacy. Milbank joked “Well, we've got two and a half more years of hunting trips. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.” Milbank can mock a Gingrich or Limbaugh or Glenn Beck as a noxious presence turning political figures into vicious cartoons and replacing civil discourse with callous humor. But somehow he can never reflect on whether he resembles that critique.

Morning Joe Hilarity: Back to 'Are the Walls Closing In On Trump?'

As we described it, Tuesday's Morning Joe was a "Gloat-a-Thon" over the Mar-a-Lago search. But even the show's unbridled schadenfreude on Tueday paled in comparison to Morning Joe's absolute ecstasy today over Donald Trump's potential legal woes. Mika and George Conway both joined the long chorus line of liberals declaring that the "walls are closing in" on Trump. The ultimate euphoria came at the end of the first half-hour, as MSNBC legal analyst Charles Coleman, commenting on how the the Biden DoJ has turned the tables on Trump, quoted an "old saying:" "It's no fun when the rabbit has the gun." Mika immediately burst into prolonged, uproarious, laughter, and twice repeated the phrase. Scarborough was so enthralled with the saying that he said he would "write it down." Now imagine if a conservative commentator invoked the notion of a Republican president's law enforcement agencies having "the gun" on a Democrat president.  Cue the shrieks of liberal outrage! And consider that a favorite liberal talking point nowadays is how Trump and others have and continue to incite violence. So who's inciting violence now, as they laugh uncontrollably at the prospect of Donald Trump having a gun trained on him? Other low-lights from the segment: Mika and Joe amused themselves by repeatedly mentioning the many times that Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment during his deposition yesterday with lawyers for New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Scarborough wondered whether Trump might be "mobbed up," and if his taking the Fifth constituted a "confession." Yesterday, we noted a CNN legal analyst claiming that a federal indictment of Trump, stemming from the Mar-a-Lago search, was imminent. Today, it was Morning Joe's turn to use I-word, with legal analyst Barbara McQuade saying that an indictment of Trump in Fulton County, Georgia was likely the "most imminent." Joe and Mika broke out their traditional string of epithets for Trump supporters: "conspiracy theorists, insurrectionists, weirdos, crazy people, freaks, lunatics," and, of course, "fascists." Scarborough suggested that just as the law should go after the "fascists," the law should deal with "people on cable news channels" who in Joe's opinion are inspiring violence. Gee: wonder which "cable news networks" and which "people" Scarborough wants to see locked up? Remember how the liberal media ridiculed Trump for claiming that Trump Tower was being wiretapped? Now, McQuade also said it would be perfectly appropriate for Biden's law enforcement agencies to monitor Trump and his associates via "listening devices, surveillance techniques, confidential informants, consensual monitoring, and other things." The gloat-a-thon on Morning Joe was sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Shingrix, Ring, and Wegmans. Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 8/11/22 6:00 am MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The former president once claimed that innocent people don't plead the Fifth. So what does that say about him!--after he invoked the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times with the State of New York yesterday? Yeesh! Walls are closing in. . . .  Does he still think it's disgraceful? JOE SCARBOROUGH: 400 times over, disgraceful.  MIKA: Does he think it's something you only do if you're guilty? SCARBOROUGH: 400 times, guilty. MIKA: And does he still think it's something that the mob does? SCARBOROUGH: 400 times! Is he mobbed up? MIKA: We'll get into that. SCARBOROUGH: Is he telling us? Is this confession? . . .  GEORGE CONWAY: Well, I do agree. This is, I think the walls are closing in on him.  . . .  BARBARA MCQUADE: I think the Georgia investigation is at least the one that is the most imminent. I don't know whether ultimately it is the one that is the most significant or brings the most prison time, but I think that's the one that's moving the most quickly. . . .  SCARBOROUGH: You say, appeasing the public, you're talking about appeasing conspiracy theorists, insurrectionists, weirdos -- MIKA: -- crazy people. SCARBOROUGH: -- freaks. MIKA: -- lunatics.  SCARBOROUGH: -- Fascists. I think you call fascists fascists, and if people are, if fascists are going out making threats, I think what you do, you know, you go after them with the law. MIKA: There's that, but there's also -- SCARBOROUGH: The rule of law. And if you have people on cable news channels that inspired violence leading up to January 6th, and then were shocked on January the 6th by the violence that took place, and then after January 6th pretended that they weren't shocked by the violence that took place on January 6th, and they're doing it again?  Well, you know, there are legal channels for that, too. MIKA: Newsweek matched this reporting of where this all came from on the inside to senior government officials who told the search was largely based on from an informant -- SCARBOROUGH: -- an informant on the inside of Mar-a-Lago! MIKA: -- what documents Trump was hiding, and where they were located. SCARBOROUGH: Wow! MIKA: Trump world is now reportedly trying to figure out who flipped. According to Rolling Stone, Donald Trump is worried he may have a rat, or multiple rats, in his midst. He's wondering if his phones or tapped. Or even if his buddies could be wearing a wire. And Barbara, I would think that's a very good thing to be concerned about.  MCQUADE: Yeah, absolutely. If this is an ongoing investigation, as it appears to be, then it would be appropriate to continue to collect evidence. And so, the ways that those are done are through listening devices, surveillance techniques, confidential informants, consensual monitoring, and other things. . . .  CHARLES COLEMAN: Well, you know, Joe, as the old saying goes, it's no fun when the rabbit has the gun. [Mika bursts into extended laughter.]  And I think that's where Donald Trump finds himself [Mika continues to laugh]. He is essentially getting a very different view of how the legal system works. You know, this is someone who -- SCARBOROUGH: By the way, Charles, I grew up in the South -- MIKA: That is fantastic! It's no fun when the rabbit -- SCARBOROUGH: -- and I heard from my grandmom and my mom and my aunt, I heard just about every hearing, every saying -- MIKA: It's no fun when the rabbit has the gun! SCARBOROUGH: I never heard that one. So I'm going to write that down right now while you continue. Go ahead. 

ABC Rediscovers Afghanistan Withdrawal Disaster, Avoids Blaming Biden

Now that we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal which left thirteen American service members dead and hundreds of Americans trapped at the hands of the Taliban after their inevitable takeover, ABC’s World News Tonight decided to revisit the story after ignoring it for months.  Other than a brief dismissive mention during coverage of the killing of Al Zawahiri, ABC’s World News Tonight hasn’t covered the ongoing humanitarian disaster due to Biden’s troop withdrawal since December of 2021. Yet recently, ABC’s flagship morning show Good Morning America recently rediscovered the debacle. So World News Tonight is behind the curve even for their own network.  Yet on Thursday evening’s installment of World News Tonight, anchor David Muir turned his focus to the wartorn country in the aftermath of the United States’s withdrawal. Turning to chief foreign correspondent Ian Pannell, Muir observed how “the Taliban [is] now fully in control.”      For his report from the ground in Afghanistan, Pannell painted a grim picture of the situation in the country: “on one level the city looks similar to this time last year, but if you look again, today the troops driving around in those pickups, some of them carrying American-made weapons are the Taliban.”  Pannell added that “it's clear in a little over a week since Al-Qaeda's leader was taken out here in a U.S. drone strike that the terrorists have a safe haven again, although the Taliban is insisting that Afghanistan won't be used to plot attacks on America.”  He ended by noting how “Afghanistan has become this country of broken promises and lost dreams. Girls unable to finish their high school education. Women forced to live life behind a veil. And over 90 percent of the population lacking reliable access to food.” To underscore how devastating the conditions in Afghanistan have become since American troops left, Pannell reported that “some aid agencies are warning that the humanitarian crisis here could now kill far more Afghans than the past 20 years of war.”  It should be noted that while ABC reported on the disaster in Afghanistan, Biden’s name wasn’t mentioned once. So even when covering the disaster that Biden caused, ABC helps distance him from any blame. Mentioning Biden would only draw more attention to his epic foreign policy failure there.  ABC World News Tonight’s sudden rediscovery of Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal debacle was made possible by Simplisafe. Their information is linked.  To read the transcript, click “expand”:  ABC’s World News Tonight  8/11/2022 6:47:44 p.m. Eastern  DAVID MUIR: We turn now to Afghanistan, and as we prepare to mark one year since that chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban now fully in control, and our chief foreign correspondent Ian Pannell tonight back on the ground there. And reporting in today on what he has seen already.  IAN PANNELL: David, on one level the city looks similar to this time last year, but if you look again, today the troops driving around in those pickups, some of them carrying American-made weapons are the Taliban. And it's clear in a little over a week since Al-Qaeda's leader was taken out here in a U.S. drone strike that the terrorists have a safe haven again, although the Taliban is insisting that Afghanistan won't be used to plot attacks on America.  Afghanistan has become this country of broken promises and lost dreams. Girls unable to finish their high school education. Women forced to live life behind a veil. And over 90 percent of the population lacking reliable access to food. Some aid agencies are warning that the humanitarian crisis here could now kill far more Afghans than the past 20 years of war. David?  MUIR: Ian Pannell, who is now our chief foreign correspondent, leading our coverage there in Afghanistan one year later. Ian, thank you. 

CNN Host Coates Tries to Suggest That Republican Party May Be No More

Wednesday Night’s CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight, anchored by stand-in host Laura Coates welcomed two known Republicans and left Coates grasping for a little more hope for the downfall of the party. Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan (R-GA) and self-proclaimed conservative CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp joined Coates as she tried to wrap her head around the idea that GOP is still alive and well. During the segment, Coates asked the Lt. Gov., “You have to wonder, if all the critics are pushed out… do you have fears for the longevity of the Republican Party or is this something that this is going to enter or allow for maybe a third-party system that reclaims some aspect of this?”   Despite the question probing Duncan to answer against the party, he confidently answered this: “There is a golden opportunity here, but it’s going to take, right?” Continuing, he stated, if we put the right candidate forward that’s got solutions, that’s energetic, that’s not 78 or 82 years, they certainly have lost their best fastball. So, let’s get somebody that’s capable of leading this country in the right direction, helping our inflation issues, puts us back on the map with national security, understands immigration…” Duncan did follow up with a swipe at the party, noting “the quality of the candidate still matters. If we win the House and we shove a bunch of Marjorie Taylor Greenes in there, we're going to be embarrassed as Republicans for the next couple of years.” Simply not satisfied with the confidence and lack of demise for GOP, the host then turned her attention to Cupp, asking repeatedly, “is the time running out? Is the clock running out?” In reference to the midterms that are coming up quickly in November, Coates questioned Cupp on the timing to which the Republican Party, and Democratic as well, might have to straighten up their parties and nominate someone to run in the 2024 election. Of course, Cupp used the opportunity to lambaste the GOP “Listen, 2024 is around the corner. And Trump is really the only one who has expressed an interest in getting in to the race,” Cupp said. “So, if he has no competition in a party that wants no competition of ideas anymore (…) then we know where this is going. It is pretty inevitable.” Stating the simple truth that the United States has a moderate middle “that is just completely embarrassed at their vote for Joe Biden,” Duncan stated, “We’ve got a chance to convince the middle and win for decades.” The 2024 election will speak for itself, as well as the midterms. But one thing is certain. The Republican Party has been here since 1854 and sees no end soon. This segment is sponsored by Chevron and Carvana. Their contact information is linked.  Click "expand" to read the full transcript. CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight 08/10/22 11:30:57  p.m. Eastern (…) LAURA COATES: I mean, Lieutenant Governor, on that point, to S.E.'s point, the idea of if the Republican Party, to S.E. and many others, is wholly unrecognizable and the idea of the identity crisis really fully fledged out. You have to wonder, if all the critics are pushed out, if all those who are willing to say something different or more in line with what traditional Republicans have asserted, do you have fears for the longevity of the Republican Party or is this something that is going to enter or allow for maybe a third-party system that reclaims some aspect of this? LT. GOV. GEOFF DUNCAN (R-GA): Look, I've been a Republican a lot longer than Donald Trump has ever been one, and I'm only 47 years old. So, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to fight for my Conservative values. And I think there is a golden opportunity here, but it's going to take, right? I think you've got folks on the Republican side that now for the first time, a majority of them don't want Donald Trump to run again. Those numbers might oscillate a little bit now with some of the additional attention he's gotten with the FBI search. But they're tracking in that direction. And you've got a middle that is just completely embarrassed at their vote for Joe Biden and all the misgivings he has given America over the last two years. And so, if we put the right candidate forward that's got solutions, that's energetic, that's not 78 or 82 years old, they certainly have lost their best fastball. So, let's get somebody that's capable of leading this country in the right direction, helping our inflation issues, puts us back on the map with national security, understands immigration, the realities of immigration. We've got a chance to convince the middle and win for decades. But it's going to take time to get there. And the quality of the candidate still matters. If we win the House and we shove a bunch of Marjorie Taylor Greenes in there, we're going to be embarrassed as Republicans for the next couple of years. COATES: S.E., is the time running out? Is the clock running out? Obviously, the primaries are coming up, the midterm elections. The 2024, I mean, it's still two years away, but everyone's looking towards that to figure out what's going to happen next. Is the shot clock going to run out? I hate to mix analogies you use to baseball, Lieutenant Governor, but I'm going to go to a different one. Is shot clock running out here? S.E. CUPP, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Listen, 2024 is around the corner. And Trump is really the only one who has expressed an interest in getting in to the race. Everyone else seems a little cautious around him. So, if he has no competition in a party that wants no competition of ideas anymore, then, you know, then we know where this is going. It is pretty inevitable. (…)

AP Smears DeSantis, Conservatives as Fueling 'Anti-LGBTQ Hate' Online

The Associated Press acted as publicists for "anti-hate" leftists again, the ones that hate free speech. Their headline on a Wednesday story by AP "misinformation reporter" David Klepper was:  Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law fuels anti-LGBTQ hate online It wasn't "misinformation" to call it the "Don't Say Gay" law, apparently. Klepper's thinly disguised press release began like this:  Research that analyzed social media posts finds that hateful references to gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ people surged online after Florida passed a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. References to pedophiles and “ grooming ” rose by more than 400 percent in the month after Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” measure was approved, according to a report released Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups, and the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit group that tracks online extremism. These are both hard-core leftist groups, but AP doesn't do ideological labels for their friends. "Groomer" is a loaded word, but this study (and the reporter) imply that no one could possibly use the word accurately or without "hate." The only evidence that this isn't a press release is a statement from DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw:  “If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming,” Pushaw tweeted. In response to questions about the report, Pushaw said the Human Rights Campaign and other critics of Florida’s new law are the ones linking it to LGBTQ people. “There are groomers of all sexual orientations and gender identities. My tweets did not mention LGBTQ people at all,” she wrote in an emailed statement. This "Digital Hate" study offered the usual tactic of characterizing all criticism of LGBT activism as "hate speech," and then demanding all this criticism be removed from the public square (online and in real life). The authors of the report warn that the increased anti-LGBTQ rhetoric is inciting hatred that could lead to violence. They say social media platforms must do more to enforce their own policies on hate speech. Researchers said they reported 100 of the most hateful tweets they saw to Twitter. Only one was removed. “Online hate and lies reflect and reinforce offline violence and hate,” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. “The normalization of anti-LGBTQ+ narratives in digital spaces puts LGBTQ+ people in danger." In the report, CCDH boss Imran Ahmed is blunt about censoring all this "hate" stuff. "We are calling on Twitter and Meta to act on anti-LGBTQ+ hate and to stop hosting these harmful slurs. Social media companies that celebrate Pride Month while profiting from dangerous hatred against LGBTQ+ people should put their money where their mouth is." We should note that deep in the footnotes, one example of "hate" ads on Meta is MRC's Tierin-Rose Mandelburg asking people about the Florida law. Another is an MRCTV piece on Disney employees speaking in protest of their company's wokeness.  Brad Slager made this point on Twitter, that AP just repeat the leftist censors without questioning their allergy to free speech. You don't actually know if the AP reporter read the report, or just retyped the press release. The study leaps to say those critical of pedophiles automatically and only refer to LGBT individuals, then call the non-existent targeting "hate", THEN make the leap that will/does lead to violence. There is no proof given, but @AP repeats it uncritically.https://t.co/k2kIhkuAyO pic.twitter.com/uqYhQJxUbr — Brad Slager: MarALago Raid Veteran/CNN+ Subscriber (@MartiniShark) August 10, 2022

Another Truth Ministry? Government-Funded BBC Establishes First ‘Disinformation’ Correspondent

The leftist UK government-funded BBC is hopping aboard the Orwellian disinformation apparatus trend that’s been popping up in the U.S. and around the world. BBC reporter Marianna Spring announced with glee in a tweet that she was promoted to be “the BBC’s first Disinformation and Social Media Correspondent!” Her role, according to her propaganda-laced tweet, involves “investigating real-world consequences of online disinformation, trolling & all that’s bad on social media with new podcasts, TV & more coming soon.”  But no individual or group should be made an arbiter of truth concerning free speech online.  A lack of objectivity and fairness, or bias, is an ever-present concern regarding content moderation. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) even warned about bias regarding artificial intelligence creation. And Spring and the BBC are no exception. Spring’s bias was on display in a November 2020 tweet when she cast former President Barack Obama as an unbiased arbiter of truth, able to discern “disinformation” versus fact online. In her tweet, she used Obama’s words to bash his successor, President Donald Trump.  Spring also claimed “conspiracies” and “disinformation” were “promoted by prominent figures, with huge followings - like those in charge across the world, including in the White House.” She ended her tweet thread by promoting an interview with Obama about disinformation. In a September 2020 tweet thread, Spring seemingly defended leftist Antifa, which the Department of Homeland Security secretary designated a domestic terrorist organization in 2020, according to The Federalist. In the thread, Spring seemingly tied conservatives  to “unfounded conspiracy theories about Antifa’s role in recent fires and protests.” In a November 2020 BBC article, Spring boasted, “I've spent a lot of time this year covering the human impact of conspiracy theories - from the pro-Trump movement QAnon to the explosion in coronavirus misinformation.”  The “QAnon” article Spring linked to in that piece seemingly tried to paint many Jan. 6 protestors as conspiracy theorists, not simply as Americans concerned about our electoral process. The article also suggested that Trump had “unwittingly or not” supported dangerous conspiracy theories. The BBC has also demonstrated leftist bias. A BBC news anchor in July complained that there was too much “whiteness” on the UK national women’s soccer team. The BBC also released a Diversity and Inclusion Plan in February 2021 for its employees. The plan included mandatory unconscious bias training, encouraged voluntary reporting of employees’ social class and sexual orientation and offered ambitious short-term quotas based on race and gender. But the BBC isn’t the only public media network that has hypocritically targeted “disinformation” online. Leftist taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) announced the creation of its own "Disinformation Reporting team" back in July.  NPR contributor Casey Morell tweeted about the new disinformation division, "some great company news: we're launching a disinformation team." It did not take long for Twitter users to call out NPR and Morell, citing several times the tax-payer funded outlet spread its own biased disinformation.  Fox News contributor Gregg Re tweeted, “Does your managing editor still think the Hunter Biden laptop is not a real story?”  Ron DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw also jumped in, saying, “Omg that’s great! They can start by addressing the disinformation produced by NPR.” 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.

Serena Williams Complains About Retiring To 'Expand Family'

Serena Williams will retire from professional tennis after the U.S. Open in late August, concluding what will undoubtedly be considered the greatest female tennis career in history. While any successful athlete always gets nostalgic regarding their career coming to a close, Williams is grousing about the decision because she thinks she wouldn’t have to if her gender were different. In a lengthy article published in Vogue in which Williams articulated her thoughts about retiring, the all-time great complained that her desire to start a family meant that tennis had to go by the wayside, a reality she believes would not exist if she were a man. “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family,” she said. “I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.” If this is the the lens through which Williams views her career change, there’s a lot wrong with it. Related: NFL, ESPN Censor God & Jesus Comments Of NFL Player’s Son The first is that she hasn’t chosen between tennis and her family for at least for the past five years. She had her daughter, Olympia, in 2017 and while she did have to take a pause and adjust to life post-pregnancy, she still came back to dominate her competition. There was no “sacrifice one for the other” choice, she had her cake and ate it too for a time. But life is about tradeoffs for everyone. If you want a family, well women are the only human beings that can get pregnant -- regardless of what the trans cultists say -- so if Williams truly wants to expand her family she has to play her part in that process. Sure, winning (as of right now) 23 Grand Slam singles titles along with 14 major championships in the doubles division, four Olympic gold medals and a slew of other trophies is great, and nobody can take them away from her. Olympia and any other children Serena welcomes into the world will be proud of her accomplishments. But what will really matter to them is whether or not Serana and her husband, Alexis, were present in their lives. That is a higher and more worthy calling to follow than anything athletics can give you, and not one that should be taken up grudgingly. So as Williams enters this new chapter of her life, I hope she does so with the same tenacity and drive that made her a successful athlete. But it is sad that she sees it as a change to be grieved, and that tennis is evidently still more important to her.

Former Megadonor Says COVID-19 Vax Misrepresentations Chased Him From Dem Party

A political megadonor is dropping the Democratic party cold turkey for allegedly misleading the American people on COVID-19. Entrepreneur Steve Kirsch said that he watched his “friends die and be injured” by the COVID-19 vaccines on yesterday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight. But instead of receiving a fair hearing, Democrats gave him the cold shoulder.  “They violated my trust,” Kirsch told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on the Aug. 10 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight. “The agencies — the FDA, the CDC, the NIH — said that these vaccines were safe and effective. And when I started seeing my friends die and be injured, and I started looking at the data, there was no question that this vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine ever created by man. It is a thousand times more deadly than the smallpox vaccine, and that’s too unsafe for people to use.”     But despite his best efforts, Kirsch said that no Democratic member of Congress ever met with him to discuss his concerns about vaccine injuries. “I could not get even a single minute in front of any Democratic congressman,” Kirsch said. “The best I got was that Ro Khanna gave me off to a staff member who took two months to get back to me. And when I asked if she read what I had sent her, she said ‘No, it disagreed with the CDC, so it’s not right, and so I didn’t really read it.’”  The Silicon Valley-based businessman estimated the number of Americans killed or injured by the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. “Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been killed by this vaccine and millions have been injured,” Kirsch said. “Clearly, you are more likely to be injured or dead from the vaccine than if you were unvaccinated.” Kirsch also signaled support for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) because he’s “the only person in Congress who cares at all about the millions of people who are vaccine-injured.” He added, “And my estimates are that there [are] tens of millions of vaccine-injured in America.”  “Ron Johnson has been just very consistent about bringing [this] problem to the attention of the American public,”  Kirsch said.  Johnson invited a group of doctors and medical experts to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 24, to discuss “censorship, intimidation” and “professional reprisal” against those in the medical field who dared to express an opinion that contradicted the COVID-19 vaccine narrative.      A document reveal from the Department of Homeland Security uncovered a dystopian “Disinformation Governance Board” that was designed to target Americans who challenged the COVID-19 vaccine narrative. Kirsch has come under fire from MIT Technology Review and other publications for bucking the mainstream narrative around COVID-19 and vaccines. MIT Technology Review even called Kirsch a “misinformation superspreader” in an Oct. 5 article.  Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News at 818-460-7477, CBS News at 212-975-3247 and NBC News at 212-664-6192 and demand they cover both sides of the COVID-19 vaccine debate.

NFL, ESPN Censor God & Jesus Comments Of NFL Player’s Son

The NFL and ESPN evidently have no time or tolerance for God and Jesus. Both organizations censored the young son of a player who said he loves the whole world, God and Jesus.  The boy in question is Aaiden Diggs, whose father Trevon plays cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys. Earlier this week, Trevon brought his five-year-old son to media day and the boy delivered an incredibly positive message to brighten the day.:  "Every time I'm with my dad I love it because he gets me picks and it makes me happy. I love the whole world, I love God and Jesus, and I love my family.”  The NFL’s response? A Tweet stating, "It does not get any cuter than Aaiden Diggs. I love the whole world.”  The NFL on ESPN’s response was: "’I love the whole world.’ Aaiden Diggs is the gift that keeps on giving.”  Where’s God and where’s Jesus? They were noticeably omitted from the NFL and ESPN responses, though the Lord gives the free gift of blessed assurance.  Neither of these organizations felt compelled to explain their censoring of the Creator of the universe. The Cowboys did tweet Aaiden’s entire message.  As for the NFL, it’s just not that into Jesus Christ. After all, this is the organization that boasts of being “gay, lesbian, queer and transgender.” Unnatural human relations are considered sexual sins by God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Jesus appears to be politically incorrect, unwoke, in the NFL’s world.  Truth be known, the National Football League has been missing someone for quite some time: Jesus. The league is in dire need of Aaiden’s kind of love for Jesus. It has a huge problem with the wayward behavior of many of its players.  That would include the now ex-NFL player who was driving 156 miles per hour with a blood alcohol level twice the legally drunk figure and killed a woman.  Then there’s a lengthy list of NFL players who beat their wives, girlfriends and children. A New Orleans Saints player beat up a man in Las Vegas a few months ago.  Quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to start tomorrow’s game for the Cleveland Browns even though he’s been suspended for the season’s first six games. He allegedly sexually abused up to 30 female massage therapists.  Yet the NFL and ESPN obviously believe God is someone whose name can’t be repeated and that God and football don’t mix. Though He gave His only Son to atone for our sins. 

Twitter Birdwatch Smacks Biden Press Secretary for ‘Misleading’ Americans on Inflation

A pilot Twitter program for platform users to identify “misleading” information surprisingly dinged President Joe Biden’s press secretary for gaslighting people on inflation. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre bleated in a tweet Wednesday that “[w]e just received news that our economy had 0% inflation in July. While the price of some things went up, the price of others, like gas, clothing, and more, dropped.”  Three notes from users who joined Twitter’s pilot – known as Birdwatch – all went after Pierre for her apparent deception. One note, which was rated “helpful” and tagged to Pierre’s tweet on the actual platform, stated that “[t]his is misleading because it would cause people to believe inflation was 0% in July when in reality the year over year inflation for July was 8.5%. The 0% comes from the month over month inflation between June and July.”  Birdwatch notes rated “helpful” by “enough contributors from different points of view will appear directly on Tweets for a small, randomized group of people in the US.” However, even though the note was initially rated “helpful” and appeared on the platform in accordance with Birdwatch policies, it now sports a label that reads: “Needs more ratings.” The explanation was just as bizarre: “This note hasn’t yet been rated by enough contributors from different perspectives.” Sounds convenient. MRC Free Speech America reached out to Twitter for comment about the note but received no response as of the publication of this story. In any case, it is a rare occurrence for Twitter to even allow a fact-checkish note slamming a glaringly false Biden narrative to appear on its platform, given its ongoing censorship blitz against people who criticize the president.  An April MRC Free Speech America study of its unique CensorTrack database unearthed at least 646 examples of Twitter censoring people who criticized Biden for the infamous laptop scandal involving his son Hunter in addition to Joe’s inappropriate behavior around women and children over a two-year period.  Another study found that Twitter censored former President Donald Trump and his campaign at least 625 times between May 31, 2018, and Jan. 4, 2021, while Biden and his campaign were censored zero times during the same time frame. 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.

Shannon Bream to Anchor Fox News Sunday After Chris Wallace Left for Failed CNN+

On Thursday, it was announced that chief legal correspondent and Fox News @ Night anchor, Shannon Bream will be the new anchor of Fox News Sunday after the former host Chris Wallace left the network for a gig at CNN+, which lasted a month before the streaming platform folded. In a press release, the CEO of FOX News Media, Suzanne Scott announced that Bream would be taking the “helm [of] FOX News Sunday beginning September 11th.” “Shannon is an outstanding journalist, reporter, and anchor who has cultivated a strong and enduring relationship with the FOX News Media audience,” she added, noting Bream is “the first woman to anchor the program in its 26-year history.” The press release made a point of noting that, when Bream was part of the rotational hosts that filled in after Wallace left for CNN, she “over-delivered” and brought in significantly higher ratings than Wallace did in his last year. This included a whopping 20 percent increase in viewers compared to the 2021 average. “In January, she netted double-digit increases across the board on FNS, up 32% in total viewers (1.35 million) and 45% over the previous in the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demo (343,000), marking the highest-rated FOX News Sunday episode of 2022,” the statement said. Adding: “In June, she ushered in week-to-week gains of 37% in the 25-54 demo, a 53% increase in the 18-49 demo along with 8% growth in total viewers. Bream also notched a 10% increase in the 25-54 demo compared to the same show last year, and the FNC airings outpaced every single CNN and MSNBC Sunday program in total viewers.” While Wallace did make headlines with his CNN+ show Who's Talking to Chris Wallace by confronting New York Times race baiter Nikole Hannah-Jones and then-Press Secretary Jen Psaki, he put on an embarrassing display once it was announced CNN+ was being taken out back by parent company Warner Bros. Discovery. During an interview with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer, Wallace begged him to make a movie about his interviews with former President Trump: WALLACE: So, I have to ask a question. When we got to know each other a little better, you said to me on time that you thought there was a possible project in Trump/Wallace. GRAZER: I did. Wow, I didn’t know you’d bring that up. Umm— WALLACE: Well, I’m just – Did you really believe that? GRAZER: I really believe that. Your interviews with him were perfect. WALLACE: Well, okay. Thank you. GRAZER: They – Because you were able to, without any chip on your shoulder, you were able to talk directly and get direct answers like a little version of that. WALLACE: So, maybe we’ll talk after the— GRAZER: Yeah. WALLACE: -- the thing about going to do it. But back to Bream, the press release says she’s still Fox News Channel’s chief legal correspondent, but a “rotation of journalists will guest anchor FOX News @ Night until a permanent replacement is named.”

Huffing Gaslight: ABC Claims ‘We’ve Turned a Corner on Inflation’

Following CBS Mornings’ lead, ABC’s Good Morning America, on Thursday, used the .6 percent drop in inflation for July to declare firmly that “we’ve turned a corner on inflation” ahead of the midterms that are looking set to handily strip Democratic control of the House. They were also bold (or desperate) enough to suggest that paying over $4 a gallon for gas “feels like a bargain.” Leading into the segment, fill-in host and White House correspondent Cecilia Vega projected her wash casting. “We’re going to turn now to these rising prices in the hope that just maybe, maybe we are turning a corner,” she hoped. “These new numbers show inflation jumped 8.5 percent from a year ago, but that was less than expected. A potential slowdown due in part perhaps to some falling gas prices.” She looked for backup from correspondent Trevor Ault who was outside a gas station in Brooklyn, New York. Ault was spinning his tires trying to cloud out reality. “[A] gallon of regular will set you back $4.15, which for New York City compared to earlier this summer, I got to tell you, it feels like a bargain,” he boasted. Ignoring how the policies of President Biden and Democrats caused prices to skyrocket since he took office, Ault tried to smooth things over by reminding viewers of how high prices used to be, before getting marginally better:     We all remember when the national average for gas went above $5 a gallon back in June. Well, this morning it's just dipped below $4 a gal long on average, $3.99. Gas prices actually fell 7.7 percent in July. They've gotten lower, 58 days in a row now and the cheapest price for a gallon of gas on average now is in Texas, $3.49. But it’s not just gas prices getting cheaper. Airline fares, used cars and trucks, communications like computers, internet – they’ve all gotten cheaper too, along with apparel. Ault was followed by chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis who was much more full-throated in her positive proclamations about inflation and the economy. “[T]his report was a relief for Wall Street. Yesterday's report showing inflation up 8.5 percent versus a year ago (…) And the way Wall Street sees this is that we've turned a corner, that inflation has peaked. And as you just heard there from Trevor, a big reason for that is gas prices,” she touted. And despite admitting “we’re not out of the woods yet” because the prices for “groceries and shelter” are still high, Jarvis insisted “we've turned a corner” on inflation. This gaslighting about the state of the economy was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships Apple and Target. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s Good Morning America August 11, 2022 7:08:25 a.m. Eastern CECILIA VEGA: We’re going to turn now to these rising prices in the hope that just maybe, maybe we are turning a corner. These new numbers show inflation jumped 8.5 percent from a year ago, but that was less than expected. A potential slowdown due in part perhaps to some falling gas prices. Trevor Ault is at a gas station here in New York with maybe some much-needed good news on this. Hey, Trevor. TREVOR AULT: Hey, good morning, Cecilia. Yeah, this morning at this Brooklyn Shell station a gallon of regular will set you back $4.15, which for New York City compared to earlier this summer, I got to tell you, it feels like a bargain. We all remember when the national average for gas went above $5 a gallon back in June. Well, this morning it's just dipped below $4 a gal long on average, $3.99. Gas prices actually fell 7.7 percent in July. They've gotten lower, 58 days in a row now and the cheapest price for a gallon of gas on average now is in Texas, $3.49. But it’s not just gas prices getting cheaper. Airline fares, used cars and trucks, communications like computers, internet – they’ve all gotten cheaper too, along with apparel. But we have a long way to go to get back to where we were. Cecilia, on average, this time last year a gallon of gas would cost you $3.18. Cecilia. VEGA: Yeah, you're exactly right. Thanks, Trevor, so much. We’re going to turn now to Wall Street reacting positively to these new numbers and a potential inflation slowdown. So chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis is right there tracking it all from the stock exchange. Hey, Rebecca. REBECCA JARVIS: Hey, Cecilia, good morning to you and in a word, this report was a relief for Wall Street. Yesterday's report showing inflation up 8.5 percent versus a year ago. That's still less than where we were just a month ago in June. And the way Wall Street sees this is that we've turned a corner, that inflation has peaked. And as you just heard there from Trevor, a big reason for that is gas prices. There are still areas of the economy, however, that are much higher than they were a year ago, groceries and shelter, these are things you just can't get around and even though we've turned a corner on inflation, we're not out of the woods yet according to economists as far as the broader economy. It is likely according to economists, Cecilia and TJ, that we will still face a mild recession ahead.

Former Miss America Launches Bid For US House to Promote Abortion

You definitely don’t have to be smart to win beauty pageants. Nor, it seems, is morality a necessary attribute. According to AP, former Miss America Cara Mund is now running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate for abortion.  Mund announced her candidacy on August 7 in her conservative North Dakota home state. So what’s her reasoning for becoming a lawmaker? The lefty freakout over the loss of the “right” to kill babies.   The SCOTUS Dobbs verdict overturning Roe v Wade was “just a moment where I knew we need more women in office,” Mund said. What she meant was more women who are abortion zealots.  Mund is furious that women must cross state lines to murder babies. The decision to return the abortion issue to state legislatures and “make women have to travel across state lines is going to impact women, and women of lower social economic status,” Mund stated. Sure these policies will impact women, but how will these policies impact those unborn babies? Given this take, you’d expect Mund to run as a Democratic nominee, but Mund is running as a member of the independent party. “It’s not fair to make Americans have to pick one side or the other,” she said. Not that anybody’s fooled. GOP nominee Rep. Kelly Armstrong saw through her veil. “If she’s pro-choice, then she’s running to the left of me on that issue,” he said. “Seems like people pretty high up in Democratic politics are excited about it. It doesn’t change anything we are doing.” If she’s looking to find common ground in a state full of Evangelicals and Catholics, she’s made a huge political miscalculation.  This is not the first time Mund’s floated around in American politics. She’s openly supported the left’s insane climate agenda and criticized President Trump in 2017 for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords. But, the ironic twist comes later in the article. Mund said if she wins or loses, she will stay in North Dakota to raise a family. So she wants to raise a family, and at the same time, women should be allowed to destroy families with infanticide.  Spoken like a beauty queen.

Impact Idiocy: Instagram Account Full of Worst Liberal Takes You’ve Ever Seen

One might think that the worst of online leftism can be found on Twitter, but you’d be wrong. Instagram is home to a plethora of sharable infographics that serve to propagate the woke orthodoxy to as many young minds as possible. Specifically, the account Impact has some of the most hilariously bad takes in the world of lefty infographic drivel.  Seven out of 10 people aged 18-29 use Instagram, and the platform is relatively on par with Twitter in serving as a news source, according to Pew Research Center. Instagram is a broad, direct avenue for ideas to be disseminated to the youth.  Here are some examples of the aforementioned “liberal infographic drivel,”  that gain lots of love from the left on Instagram and regularly infect feeds             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Impact (@impact)     If you need a minute to bleach your eyes, have at it. But this is the kind of ground-breaking content posted regularly on Impact, and shared profusely by others.             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Impact (@impact)     No, a 3-year-old cannot be trans. Stop pushing this demonic nonsense. It’s not merciful or compassionate to affirm a child’s delusional beliefs. That’s what gender dysphoria is, a deeply ingrained and extremely tragic delusion about one’s gender.             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Impact (@impact)   Not only do they post horrible takes, they also post straight-up child abuse. Yes! Your child is a boy, and boys do not wear makeup like girls do. It’s clear this woman is infected with the gender delusion and is projecting it onto her innocent son. There’s even more for you to peruse on their Instagram page in case you feel like raising your blood pressure. Impact and accounts like it run amok on the website, and are a large part in how propaganda gets out to young people. It’s time we take these accounts to task, and spread awareness of their influence on young people’s political and cultural views.  

Outsports: Christian Athletes 'Hiding Behind Bible' in Rejecting Rainbow Pride

The most in-your-face pride month ever fell short for one of the Outsports writers who slammed the athletes that refused to wear rainbow colors in June. They started a “misguided trend” by hiding behind the good book, claims Outsports LGBT apologist and former Christian Cyd Zeigler.  The Bible calls homosexuality an “abomination” and warns believers against engaging in unnatural relations. In pride promotions, Christian athletes are pressured to put the word of man above God’s word and celebrate sexual sin.  During pride events at sports venues this past June, five members of the Tampa Bay Rays refused to wear uniforms with a rainbow logo. That was “a childish sandbox move,” according to Zeigler. “Now it’s clear they started a misguided trend that is not-so-quietly building amongst anti-gay athletes in sports around the world.”  Athletes who refuse to wear LGBT-symbolic rainbows can potentially miss playing in pride night games and are also losing the opportunity to support a “clear message of inequality and rejection of an entire class of people,” Zeigler claims.  Outsports also blasted Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle, who ruffled a lot of feathers by spurning the rainbow movement a few years ago. The now married Jaelene Daniels, who plays in the lesbian heavy women’s soccer world, sat out a soccer match rather that wear the offensive rainbow colors.  That was not an act of a Christian living out her worldview, Zeigler contends. It was a case of her North Carolina Courage team embracing a player who rejects LGBT fans.   Overseas, members of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby team in Australia and the Paris Saint Germain’s Idrissa Gueye, of the anti-gay nation of Senegal, also blew off pride events this year.  The Rays Christians issued a “horribly written statement that they want gay people 'to feel safe and welcome here' at the ballpark, their singling out of this one issue in the Bible says otherwise,” Zeigler says. He also asks if they’ll refuse to eat hot dogs at the games, because that’s a biblical sin.  It’s all about selective citations of the Bible, Zeigler raged.:  These anti-gay athletes hide behind the Bible and other old-fashioned cultural norms with their refusal, with the Rays players jointly saying "it’s just a lifestyle that ... we don’t want to encourage ... if we believe in Jesus."  Of course, they have no problem defying many of the other rules of the Bible. Make no mistake: They pick and choose which ‘sins’ they will protest, and sadly Christians have put a target on the backs of gay people, singling them out specifically for far too long.  Zeigler insists no one is asking Christian athletes to overlook their “long-held religious beliefs” by wearing rainbow logos. “I hated my sexuality for many years until I was finally able to move past what some old guys wrote in a book 2,000 years ago,” he ranted. “It’s not easy to set aside what your parents, television, the news media, advertisements, some friends and your own religious leaders told you about gay people for many years.”  Oddly, Zeigler believes that wearing a rainbow patch on your uniform isn’t saying “my religion blesses all sexual relationships.” Instead, it’s stating, “Everyone is welcome at the stadium. If you’re a fan of my team or me, you’re welcome here.” Every athlete should be able to support these statements, says Zeigler.  Zeigler is accusing Christians of what he’s doing. Which is imposing his beliefs on others. He says they are using religion to beat him over the head with the Bible. Yet he’s beating them over the head with his anti-biblical views.   Christian athletes are sending a “very clear political message” that they don’t want LGBT people around and can’t deny it, Zeigler says.  Zeigler misses one very poignant fact. On faith night, sports teams do not require athletes to wear crosses on their uniforms. They don’t browbeat everyone to give their lives to Jesus. LGBT zealots like Zeigler demand that everyone bow to their lifestyle beliefs, and if they don’t do that, they get shamed.

Harlow Argues With Guest When Reminded Left-Wing Violent Threats Exist

CNN Newsroom host Poppy Harlow did not like being reminded on Thursday that left-wingers also commit and threaten to commit acts of violence. During an interview with former Trump acting Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy, Harlow demanded examples that violence isn’t just a right-wing phenomenon. Harlow began by providing examples of such rhetoric in the aftermath of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Logo, “I'll read just you two, Marjorie Taylor Greene, congresswoman calling to defund the FBI, but Paul Gosar, again, a sitting congressman, calling to, quote, ‘destroy the FBI’” Does that rhetoric make it actually in your mind more dangerous for these officials, for the FBI to do its job every day?’”     Murphy replied that while Gosar and Greene “bear some responsibility here,” to paint this is a right-wing problem is wrong because it is more of a social media problem on both sides, “And the way social media works in today's environment, people fit within these ecosystems they want to live in and they're not taking in outside opinions. So, when you have folks of influence saying those types of things, it does have an impact and it leads to people---” Harlow wasn’t having it, interrupting to ask, “But, Brian can you specify—can you specify—by what you mean when you say both sides? Are you—are you-- talking about any Democratic lawmakers right now saying things like what I just quoted from those two Republican lawmakers? What are you saying specifically?” It is amazing that while Harlow highlighted Greene calling for the defunding of the FBI, she ignored the whole Defund the Police movement. For his part, Murphy chose a different, but equally relevant example, “when the Supreme Court ruled on abortion, you know, we're looking at the same kind of ecosystem, and we saw people that were upset with the ruling to take violence as an answer to their grievance.” As Harlow interrupted to ask “Who?,” Murphy continued, “And threaten and to, you know, carry out acts of violence.”  Left-wingers have carried out several arson attacks and one man was arrested for planning to assassinate Justice Kavanaugh all as Democrats, such as Chuck Schumer, attempt to paint the Court as illegitimate and claim the Dobbs decision is a war on women that will lead women to die. Still, Harlow wasn’t satisfied with Murphy’s accurate description of the problem, “Okay, but your answer was in response to my question specifically about the danger of rhetoric like that from lawmakers.” Murphy then backtracked a little “I don't think there is an equivalency between what is happening right now and to clear and, kind of, what happened with the Supreme Court debate.” Returning to his social media argument, Murphy added that lawmakers should be more responsible, “My point is that where you have lawmakers speaking about the system in a way that is highly negative, and not kind of normal political speak, but with a point to it, people in social media will take that as a beacon.” A reasonable answer that doesn’t seek to score partisan points. No wonder CNN didn’t like it.  This segment was sponsored by Carvana. Here is a transcript for the August 11 show: CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto 8/11/2022 10:11 AM ET POPPY HARLOW:  And it is not just anonymous threats like that online. You also have absolutely shocking, tragic rhetoric from some sitting lawmakers, I'll read just you two, Marjorie Taylor Greene, congresswoman calling to defund the FBI, but Paul Gosar, again, a sitting congressman, calling to, quote, “destroy the FBI.” Does that rhetoric make it actually in your mind more dangerous for these officials, for the FBI to do its job every day?  BRIAN MURPHY: I think the two politicians just named, we’ve got to put them in context. It’s not just the right or left, it’s both sides and what we've seen and what I’ve seen during my 27-year career of doing this, both 20 years at the FBI, DHS, and now at Logically, the company I’m at, is both sides get a vote here, and the two politicians you named certainly they bear some responsibility here. But we see this going back and forth. And the way social media works in today's environment, people fit within these ecosystems they want to live in and they're not taking in outside opinions. So, when you have folks of influence saying those types of things, it does have an impact and it leads to people-- POPPY HARLOW: But, Brian can you specify—can you specify—by what you mean when you say both sides? Are you—are you-- talking about any Democratic lawmakers right now saying things like what I just quoted from those two Republican lawmakers? What are you saying specifically?  MURPHY: Sure, thanks. Over time, I'll give a more recent example, so when the Supreme Court ruled on abortion, you know, we're looking at the same kind of ecosystem, and we saw people that were upset with the ruling to take violence as an answer to their grievance.  HARLOW: Who?  MURPHY: And threaten and to, you know, carry out acts of violence.  HARLOW: Okay, but your answer was in response to my question specifically about the danger of rhetoric like that from lawmakers.  MURPHY: Yes, that's right.  HARLOW: I'm talking about lawmakers. Members of Congress. MURPHY: Sure. So, yeah, I don't think there is an equivalency— HARLOW: Okay. MURPHY: --between what is happening right now and to clear— HARLOW: Okay. MURPHY: --and, kind of, what happened with the Supreme Court debate. HARLOW: Okay. MURPHY: My point is that where you have lawmakers speaking about the system in a way that is highly negative, and not kind of normal political speak, but with a point to it, people in social media will take that as a beacon and they –  HARLOW: Words have weight. Yeah— MURPHY: That’s right. HARLOW: --and they matter very much, especially when you're in an elected position of authority and power, but thank you for clarifying there that you weren’t equivocating on that.  

EXCLUSIVE! NY Post Columnist Slams Twitter, Says Platform Censored Him for ‘No Reason’

New York Post columnist, author, investigative journalist and Hoover Institution media fellow Paul Sperry said Twitter suspended his account after he condemned the FBI raid of Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Fla. “This is outrageous censorship,” Sperry told MRC’s Free Speech America. “Yes, Twitter is a private entity, but it has become the [dominant] public town square for political information and debate and it also enjoys a monopoly as the site where government agencies and corporations first post their releases and statements to the press. Denying a veteran working journalist access to this platform restricts my ability to cover events and issue[s].” Sperry said the suspension occurred after he shared a tweet criticizing the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home in Mar-A-Lago, Fla., which occurred Monday evening. “Funny, don’t remember the FBI raiding Chappaqua or Whitehaven to find the 33,000 potentially classified documents Hillary Clinton deleted. And she was just a former secretary of state, not a former president,” the tweet said, according to a screenshot Sperry shared with the MRC. The journalist said he received notice from the platform early Tuesday afternoon saying his account was “permanently suspended.” When accounts are suspended, Twitter denies access to tweets and the Twitter feed, prohibiting users from interacting with followers. “No reason, no explanation,” he said, “other than perhaps posting factual content they didn’t like.” Sperry went on to blast the Biden administration’s involvement in social media content moderation, saying this week’s censorship “amounts to state censorship by proxy,” he said. Top Biden administration officials, including White House spokespeople, have repeatedly advocated for Big Tech censorship. Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed in July 2021 that the Biden administration was “regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy echoed Psaki’s sentiments in his own call to crack down on free speech online. He called so-called “misinformation” a “serious threat to public health,” and he encouraged Americans to “help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.” Biden’s Department of Homeland Security created the now paused Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) in April 2022 to combat the “threat” of alleged disinformation and so-called misinformation, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Free-speech advocates have raised concerns that government involvement in social media content moderation violates the First Amendment. A Congressional Research Service report explained that constitutional issues may arise “when the government’s informal attempts to encourage or threaten regulation involve matters concerning speech.” When the government pressures Big Tech companies to censor, the censorship can be considered state action and a violation of the First Amendment, according to the CRS report, which also noted that those actions can communicate the “private party’s act is no longer considered an ‘independent decision.’” Twitter did not respond to MRC Free Speech America’s request for comment by publication time. 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.

Trans Rapist Illegally Distributes Hormone Pills. Media Silent.

Groomers are abusing our kids and the media is letting them get away with it. Transgender Activist Eli Erlick reportedly sent hormone therapy drugs to youth transgender wanabees across state lines where said drugs are illegal, Breitbart reported. Now, Erlick has been accused of sexual assault and the media couldn’t care less.  In a now private YouTube video Erlick explained how he/she feels it is his/her obligation to help others by providing “life saving medication” to “people who need it.” Last time I checked, transgenderism is a choice (and a dumb one at that) … nobody “needs” to chemically change their gender, especially children.  Erlick spewed even more nonsense to help indoctrinate viewers. He/she explained how easy it is to “misinform” pharmacists, doctors, and parents in order to obtain hormone drugs. Sure, lie to your pharmacists, doctors, and parents about your health … that seems safe.  Erlick used his video as a way to virtue signal and to explain how he sends his extra prescription drugs across state lines to illegally distribute them.  Every month, for the past several years, I ordered a double dose of hormones and testosterone blockers. I save all the extra pills for my best friends, my closest lovers … I just hope these little pills can bring some joy into their lives. In an Instagram post, Erlick wrote “If you need hormones, I work with a network of distributors to give you access. Everything is free, no questions asked,” according to Reduxx. The post has since been deleted, but it's clear the lengths Erlick will go to create a full-fledged transgender clan.  The surprising thing is, Erlick is aware that he’s breaking the law. In his video earlier this year, he stated “So, yeah, I know it’s illegal” but so is “not using the crosswalk.” Ah, yes, giving out prescription hormones to people is equivalent of J-walking. Erlick encouraged people to not “let the law dictate your morality.” Yeah — who cares about the law anyways!? Erlick is clearly a deranged and disturbed human being, and he's recently been hit with sexual abuse allegations.  At age 16, Erlick started Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) where he had “access to trans-identified teenage girls, and several have since come forward with allegations that Erlick raped them,” Redux reported. If the allegations are true, are we really surprised? Pretending to be a girl to get access to other and more vulnerable kids is disgusting but certainly an easy way in … pun intended. Breitbart reported how the media has even painted Erlick in a glorified light.  The alleged sexual abuser is a prominent transgender activist that has been propped up by the legacy media. Erlick has been featured on CNN, Buzzfeed, Rolling Stone, USA Today, and the New York Times. Erlick has also been called one of “the new faces of feminism” by Teen Vogue. The media and left will do whatever it can to help push woke ideologies and progressivism. This is the terrifying reality that we're living in. 

PBS Helps 'The Destructionists' Author Tie Trump, Other Republicans To Terrorism

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has a new book entitled The Destructionists where he claims the Republican Party is the enemy of all things good and decent. On Wednesday, he took his book tour to PBS’s Amanpour and Company where he warned that the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago could lead to another Oklahoma City-like bombing, but that it is important to remember Donald Trump isn’t uniquely horrible because he followed the same playbook as the Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush eras. Talking about the raid, guest host Bianna Golodryga summarized Trump’s various legal predicaments and asked Milbank, “So, from a legal perspective, not a good week for the president. Political perspective, though, could be a bit different. What is your take?”     Milbank didn’t answer the question, instead focusing on some of the response to the raid, “Rhetoric really designed to rile people up, and you can see it in the pro-Trump social media. A lot of talk of civil war and picking up arms and bloodshed. We're seeing a lot of violent rhetoric from Fox News, saying it's war. You're -- you are under attack. So, they're very much doing this in a reckless way that has the ability to foment violence.” In order to write a book with a thesis such as The Destructionists Milbank needs to cherry pick internet craziness and project that onto the whole GOP while ignoring similar examples on the left. Such nuance would not lead him to appear on PBS, however, as he continued: The last 24 hours does tie into what I've been writing about the last 25 years, because we've had these repeated episodes of violent rhetoric from the Republicans and from conservative TV and radio that have resulted in protracted periods of violence. And there's a lot of concern that we may be headed, here in the United States, for another, say, Oklahoma City bombing of the 1995 variety. Golodryga, proving PBS is simply Democratic TV, treated this insanity as if it was some bit of level-headed analysis, “That is really frightening to hear.” She then asked if the raid and circumstances surrounding it would weaken Trump’s grip on the party. Milbank answered that may be true “in the long run,” but the immediate future “As Congresswoman Liz Cheney said, he's playing on peoples' patriotism to say that their country is under attack. They are under attack. So, that causes them to rally around him. It also has the ability to foment violence.” In case anyone came away with the impression that Trump is uniquely horrible, Milbank was there to remind them that is not so: This idea of, sort of, rallying people based on their patriotism, saying that people in our party are patriots. The people in the other party are traitors. There's certainly a trademark of Trump's presidency, but this is also something that goes back to the Gingrich era, and certainly happened during the George W. Bush's presidency where they began to say that the people on the other side of the aisle are not just our opponents but they are the enemy. They are our enemies. That began about 25 years ago. And we're really at this point now where, you know, you have the Republican Party saying, the enemy within is the Democrats. That’s rich coming from the party that spent the last four years accusing everyone they disagreed with of being pro-Putin. This segment was sponsored by viewers like you. Here is a transcript of the August 10 show: PBS Amanpour and Company 8/10/2022 11:07 PM ET BIANNA GOLODRYGA: Because from a legal perspective, it has not been a good week for that former president. FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home in an unprecedented move on Monday. Yesterday, Federal Appeals Court said that the House can obtain his tax returns. And as we just said today, he was deposed by the New York attorney general on -- for his organization's finances. An investigation into that, he had pleaded the Fifth. So, from a legal perspective, not a good week for the president. Political perspective, though, could be a bit different. What is your take? DANA MILBANK: Right. I think, that's key, Bianna. It's not a good situation legally. But what's really astonishing is the way the president, and even more so the Republicans. Without very much information, nobody really knows what's going on, particularly in the Mar-a-Lago search, but are lashing out at the FBI, at the Justice Department in the most reckless terms. Saying that the FBI, the Justice Department are corrupt, nobody is safe. They're coming after you. Rhetoric really designed to rile people up, and you can see it in the pro-Trump social media. A lot of talk of civil war and picking up arms and bloodshed. We're seeing a lot of violent rhetoric from Fox News, saying it's war. You're -- you are under attack. So, they're very much doing this in a reckless way that has the ability to foment violence. And that -- in this sense, the last 24 hours does tie into what I've been writing about the last 25 years, because we've had these repeated episodes of violent rhetoric from the Republicans and from conservative TV and radio that have resulted in protracted periods of violence. And there's a lot of concern that we may be headed, here in the United States, for another, say, Oklahoma City bombing of the 1995 variety. GOLODRYGA: That is really frightening to hear. You've written a piece just this week expressing your concerns on the aftermath of the news of this FBI search on Mar-a-Lago and the increased number of threatening social media posts that we've seen out there. And Fox News just recently, just a few minutes ago, reported that there's been an increased number of threats against Attorney General Garland, FBI agents-- MILBANK: Yes. GOLODRYGA: --and FBI Director Christopher Wray. That having been said, I'm curious as to what this means about the former president's grip on the party as a whole. There had been some questions that perhaps, the January 6th Committee investigation had been weakening the president's hold on the party, that other candidates, perhaps, were starting to rise, and that his time in the limelight— MILBANK: Right. GOLODRYGA: -- was fading. Does this change all of that? MILBANK: Right. And of course there’ve been so many moments over the last several years when we thought his grip on the party was fading, and it turned out not to be the case. Now, these legal developments, in the long run, may loosen his grip, as may the January 6th Committee. But in the short run, what's happening is it's allowing him again to say they're not just coming after me, they're coming after you. As Congresswoman Liz Cheney said, he's playing on peoples' patriotism to say that their country is under attack. They are under attack. So, that causes them to rally around him. It also has the ability to foment violence. This idea of, sort of, rallying people based on their patriotism, saying that people in our party are patriots. The people in the other party are traitors. There's certainly a trademark of Trump's presidency, but this is also something that goes back to the Gingrich era, and certainly happened during the George W. Bush's presidency where they began to say that the people on the other side of the aisle are not just our opponents but they are the enemy. They are our enemies. That began about 25 years ago. And we're really at this point now where, you know, you have the Republican Party saying, the enemy within is the Democrats.

Female ESPN Reporter Announces She Will Transition to Being a Man

ESPN has been the sports media darling for promoting woke values, and now, one of its reporters will literally be embodying the woke values they so strongly support. Mechelle Voepel, a reporter with ESPN for the past 16 years who has mainly covered volleyball, women’s basketball and the WNBA, announced in a series of tweets that next year she will be transitioning to a man. “At some point, you realize you need to have faith that your happiness/well-being is worth pursuing, and also have faith in other people's kindness and grace,” Voepel said. At some point, you realize you need to have faith that your happiness/well-being is worth pursuing, and also have faith in other people's kindness and grace. Grateful for a company that supports all of its employees, for terrific family and friends, and for societal progress … — M.A. Voepel (@MAVoepel) August 9, 2022 This, my friends, is a load of nonsense. Related: Jalen Rose Thinks 'Mt. Rushmore' Is An Offensive Term There is no world in which what Voepel is doing should be celebrated or validated. Humans are born either as a man or a woman, with no in between, no room for interpretation, and (should be) with no opportunity to change. While Voepel thinks she’s pursuing happiness, it will most likely only result in a lifetime of pain and regret. Yes, America was founded on the principle of allowing men to exercise their unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. But our founders didn't mean that you could ignore and rebel against common sense realities about human identity to get your “happiness.” The WNBA provided the “kindness and grace” Voepel was looking for when it tweeted out a supportive message for Voepel. Congrats MV sending all of our best 🧡 — WNBA (@WNBA) August 9, 2022 While it's certainly nauseating, what would you expect from a league where most of its stars are lesbians?

NPR Reporter: FBI Raid Has 'Right-Wing Media' 'Blindly Tethered to Trump Once More'

National Public Radio media reporter David Folkenflik is a professional Fox News basher. He wrote a whole book on Murdoch's World. On Wednesday's Morning Edition, they brought him on to assess the "right-wing media" reaction to the FBI raid on Trump. He tweeted they were "blindly tethered to Trump once more." The backlash is a political phenomenon that can't be ignored - as a part of politics. It also says a lot about where the Republican party and right-wing media are now: blindly tethered to Trump once more. https://t.co/l6xzdm3eI8 — David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) August 10, 2022 Morning anchor A Martinez brought him on alongside reporter Deirdre Walsh, who discussed Republican politician reaction. He asked Folkenflik: MARTINEZ: David, what about the conservative airwaves? How is this being portrayed there? FOLKENFLIK: I got to tell you, A, it's sort of swung in lockstep in full-throated defense of the former president, depicting him as a victim, depicting him as something of a martyr and also depicting him as the one person standing between an oppressive federal government and you. So, you know, if you look at Newsmax or PJ Media or The Blaze or Townhall conservative talk radio - one went on - a talk radio host went on Fox News and said that it looked like a preemptive coup. And you saw sort of the litany of Fox stars and figures presenting this in extremely dire, at times apocalyptic, terms. Let's take one of their up-and-coming stars, Jesse Watters. Here's what he had to say last night. JESSE WATTERS: I've never seen the base more angry. I'm angry. I feel violated. The whole country feels violated. It's disgusting. They've declared war on us, and now it's game on. FOLKENFLIK: Watters also said this clearly comes from the top, making an allusion to President Biden. Although Biden, of course, has said that he has learned about this from the press, and there's no reporting to show otherwise. But this is still a narrative, not just on Jesse Watters' show, but repeatedly throughout Fox in other places, that President Biden orchestrated this to go after his political foe, former President Donald Trump. It's amazing how credulous liberal journalists can be in assuming the Attorney General told no one in the White House he was going to approve a raid on Trump. Folkenflik would never assume Rupert Murdoch didn't know what was going on in his companies. As for apocalyptic terms, Folkenflik should look at NPR promoting Republicans as a "proto-authoritarian cult." Folkenflik then smeared that right-wing media as fact-averse: MARTINEZ: David, why is this the message then when we know that the FBI just can't get a warrant without going through certain steps and getting a judge to sign off? FOLKENFLIK: Well, if you're looking at Fox News, which is the most important player in all this, you know, they will acknowledge this, particularly in their news as opposed to opinion shows. But facts are often sloughed off as inconvenient, if they're acknowledged at all. This story plays into Trump's narrative, stemming back from his 2015 start of his presidential campaign and the idea of the Deep State - this effort to discredit institutions and professionals and the so-called elites in government, outside of government, in the media -- particularly those opposing Trump -- and, in this case, in law enforcement. Reality seeped in when morning anchor A Martinez suggested "Fox and other media on the right have really stood by Trump through thick and thin." Folkenflik said there have been "signs of cracks in that relationship" and Fox "starting to distance itself from Trump," but "what's happened the last 36 hours, however, has snapped Fox back to Trump's side. And it's not only leading the pack, but it's trying to catch up to it, knowing that its viewers are already there."

LOL: MSNBC Whines About Biden's Lack of Positive Press Coverage

If you need a laugh, then keep reading because this will give you a chuckle. On Wednesday night's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle and guest/MSNBC host, Symone Sanders whined about President Joe Biden's supposed lack of positive news coverage. Anyone who's been paying attention to the American news media knows how insane that complaint is. In reality, the media is largely a Democrat Party propaganda apparatus.  Ruhle kicked off the delusional segment by whining to Symone Sanders: "Symone, you worked in this White House. This week should be dominated by positive White House headlines because of all these legislative wins. Is it getting overshadowed by the Trump headlines even those are bad for Trump? Biden’s not getting headlines!"  Sanders responded by defending her former colleagues in the Biden administration: "I think that the White House is doing everything they can to push through." She then complained about the media not paying attention to Biden's so-called accomplishments.      "The day that the President signed, he also signed The CHIPS Act this week, he had a whole big thing outside on the South Lawn. And as it was starting, it wasn’t anywhere on television," Sanders whined. "None of the networks covered it, MSNBC once the President started speaking, but you heard very little mention of it in the leading up to it."  "[Y]ou're not hearing about it necessarily on the front pages if you will when you turn on the television because so many things have been happening," Sanders added.  Sanders then used her perch on MSNBC's airwaves to advise Democrats to sell the Biden agenda: "Democrats across the board, this is something folks are at home in district this week, the Senate, the House they should be talking about this everywhere they can, on the radios on the airwaves because it is something to celebrate."  This isn't journalism! This is Democrat Party advocacy. MSNBC from morning to night is one big infomercial for the Democrat Party. I don't know why Ruhle or Sanders are complaining.  This sad and pathetic segment on MSNBC was made possible by Chase. Their information is linked.  To read the relevant transcript click "expand":   MSNBC’s The 11th Hour August 10, 2022 11:24:26 p.m. Eastern STEPHANIE RUHLE: Symone, you worked in this White House. This week should be dominated by positive White House headlines because of all these legislative wins. Is it getting overshadowed by the Trump headlines even those are bad for Trump? Biden’s not getting headlines! SYMONE SANDERS: You know Stephanie I think that the White House is doing everything they can to push through. The day that the President signed, he also signed The CHIPS Act this week, he had a whole big thing outside on the South Lawn. And as it was starting, it wasn’t anywhere on television.  None of the networks covered it, MSNBC once the President started speaking, but you heard very little mention of it in the leading up to it. The CHIPS Act is huge! The semiconductors, everything from the cars to the toasters, they all needed chips, the cell phones, the laptops. So a very big deal but you're not hearing about it necessarily on the front pages if you will when you turn on the television because so many things have been happening.  So the White House has to get creative. It's not just on them though. Democrats across the board, this is something folks are at home in district this week, the Senate, the House they should be talking about this everywhere they can, on the radios on the airwaves because it is something to celebrate.

Weirdo Scarborough on Trump Raid Critics: 'Let's Tan Our Testicles!'

When the news of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago being raided by the FBI broke, Morning Joe had an absolute field day, pointing and laughing at the former president’s misfortunes like bullies reacting to a mild burn. On Wednesday, it was the same exact thing all over again, except Joe Scarborough and his broadcasting pals went after all Republicans, calling their logic “twisted.” And watch out: Mika Brzezinski is “concerned.”  Host Joe Scarborough pretended he is interested in helping the fate of the Republican Party, despite having publicly left it years ago. He insisted that GOP candidates are “underperforming” in special elections.      “They just can’t seem to connect the dots,” Scarborough states, “they keep careening closer and closer to a cliff of political oblivion.” He furthered his “analysis” by immaturely exclaiming this on national television: “They're going 'This is war, this is war! Let's tan our testicles!’" Real professional, Joe. He then, as always, labeled the GOP as “extreme,” and that while they’re all up in arms over this FBI search, “They're just fine with riots that Donald Trump let loose on the U.S. Capitol.” It appears that Joe has forgotten that a very large percentage of people were not only nowhere near the Capitol that day, but also do not condone violence in any form. After labeling all Republicans as extremists, he accused them of “screaming about needing to defund the most important federal law enforcement body in America.” Furthermore, he claimed “they attack any kind of investigations that look into Trump's un-American activities, his un-American actions and they call them witch hunts.” Again, not every Republican goes to those extreme lengths. Scarborough seems to think you renounce everything connected to Republicans or you fail his morality test. He caters to lefties so much, that he completely sweeps their rioting, whining and complaining about abortion, pronouns, and other petty matters under the rug.  Mika Brzezinski agreed with Scarborough that these “extremists” have “tortured logic,” and that they are “preying upon people who don't have the time or have too much on their hands to deal with whether it's true or not.” She exclaimed that she is “concerned” this “logic” eventually “will promote violence. And unnecessary, untrue hatred based on lies.   Most Americans are not even close to being affected by these “lies.” If anything, Americans with sense are going about their day, trying to survive this awful economy, something that the liberal media would rather not talk about.  This example of the liberal media at its finest was made possible by Jeep and Ring. Click "expand" to view the transcript of this outrageous segment. MSNBC’s Morning Joe August 10, 2022 6:02:46 a.m. Eastern JOE SCARBOROUGH: Well, and you look at how Republicans are doing right now, whether you're looking at the generic ballot, you look at how they're doing in special elections, they're underperforming—wh—what was done in 2020 by five—six points in a lot of these special elections. They continue to fall when you look at what happens in polling -- You look in the Senate races, they're underperforming in a year that should be massive for the GOP, and they just can't seem to connect the dots.  And now, they’re all rushing to the defense to—of a guy who likely broke the law and who's going to be brought to justice. They keep careening closer and closer to a cliff of political oblivion. And Americans can see it. They can see how hypocritical this Republican Party is. Yes, I understand people are upset, because they're going “this is war, this is war! Let's tan our testicles!"  [crosstalk] SCARBOROUGH: They're so extreme. And they're hypocritical, and Americans can see through this grift. You see they’re shocked by a legal search of classified documents, a legal search. You read Hugh Hewitt's column yesterday in The Washington Post, a very good column that spelled it all out. He said “Well of course, a former president can be searched, but we need transparency.”  I agree with Hugh on that. But they're shocked by a legal search of a residence by law enforcement authorities. But they're just fine with riots that Donald Trump let loose on the U.S. Capitol. They claim to support law enforcement, but now they're screaming about needing to defund the most important federal law enforcement body in America that protects you, and your family, and all of us.  These Republicans, they attack any kind of investigations that look into Trump's un-American activities, his un-American actions and they call them witch hunts. McCarthy promises, “If you elect us, we're going to once again launch our own witch hunts against law enforcement agencies.” Who were trying to do their jobs, trying to enforce the law and trying to keep Americans safe.  It's tortured logic. These twisted actions, all meant to defend a failed reality host, at the cost of harming America, its Constitution and its promise that no man is above the law. That's not radical, that's not a radical concept. It's sort of at the core of who we are as a nation. And the fact the Republican Party of Washington, D.C. are melting down the way they are, it shows why they're in political trouble right now. And that's going to continue. If they continue to look back for inspiration in their future, it's bad news, Mika.  MIKA BRZEZINSKI:  It is tortured logic. That's a really good way of putting it. And they're preying upon people who don't have the time or have too much on their hands to deal with whether it's true or not. Taking advantage of people— SCARBOROUGH: Well, the Jim and Tammy Faye Baker routine, except, they're not exploiting Jesus for gain, for money, for power. They're exploiting people's—well, their sense of patriotism, and lying to them every day, exploiting them for money, for power, for the big grift. Anyway— BRZEZINSKI: But what I see here, what concerns me about what they're doing and also those who echo it, or trying to torture that logic even more for hours and hours every day, is that this will promote violence. And unnecessary, untrue hatred based on lies.  SCARBOROUGH: Right. BRZEZINSKI:  And could roil up even more what we've already seen. And it is beyond irresponsible, whether you're a politician or a member of the media.   

NEW NewsBusters Podcast: The 'Democratic Norms' Media on the FBI Raid

Biden's Attorney General approved an unprecedented raid on a former president's home, and we still don't know why. The newscasts are mostly calm, but not so for the Colberts and Scarboroughs. Colbert thinks it's Christmas, and Scarborough thinks the Fascists are having a Fascist fit.  Some on the Left smelled hypocrisy from the "Lock Her Up" folks on Hillary's deleted government emails. A truly objective media would apply a single standard to these issues of government documents. A truly objective media might also have a distaste for partisans suggesting the other party’s leaders should be in prison.  This is a fact. We have no precedent for a former president being raided by the FBI. We have no precedent for an attorney general whose Supreme Court nomination was ruined by the former president signing off on such a raid. We can easily predict how furiously the liberal media would have reacted if Trump’s Attorney General approved an FBI raid on the Clinton house in Chappaqua.  But in this case, we heard Andrea Mitchell condemn House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for daring to speak ill of Merrick Garland. "Merrick Garland is the most careful, judicious to a fault some would say, you know, attorney general in this case." Enjoy the podcast below or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Walls Closing In AGAIN? CNN Legal Analyst Predicts Indictment of Trump Is 'Imminent'

As we've noted, the fondest fantasy of MSNBC's bombastic weekend host Tiffany Cross is to have Donald Trump arrested, Cops-style. If by chance Cross was watching the rival liberal network CNN this morning, she likely got her hopes up, as a legal analyst there claimed that the indictment of Donald Trump is "imminent." Here we go again. Four years ago, conservatives were already making fun out of how the cable networks incessantly predicted "the walls are closing in" on Trump. On Wednesday's New Day, legal analyst Joey Jackson was the latest doomsayer.  Jackson opined that there was more involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid than looking for evidence regarding classified documents. He suggested that the FBI was also looking for evidence of Trump's involvement with January 6th. Jackson then proceeded to drop this bombshell prognostication:   In my view, John, I think the issue here is that indictment -- and I’ll say it -- I think it's imminent as it relates to the president. Look at the timing and everything else. I think he’s in trouble. I think his surroundings: Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, perhaps Mr. Giuliani. It’s going down, as they say. Jackson seemed to be saying that the search will turn up evidence of Trump's criminality in connection with the January 6 riots, and that his indictment on those grounds is "imminent." Co-host John Berman, perhaps a bit taken aback by Jackson's evidence-free prediction, walked things back a bit, saying: "Just to be clear, so people understand, our reporting as of now is this has to do with the issue of archives and documents. It is not directly related to January 6th, is our reporting." But Berman then proceeded to float a wild theory of his own, saying: "There could be a national-security reason here separate and aside from a criminal reason. You want to get these documents in a safe place as fast as you can, period, and that might not necessarily mean you ultimately press charges." Berman seemed to be insinuating the possibility that the FBI wanted to seize certain documents of a sensitive national-security nature before, e.g., Trump could peddle them to a hostile foreign power! Yikes! And like Jackson, Berman offered no evidence in support of his audacious theory.  On New Day, CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson predicting that the indictment of Donald Trump was "imminent," was sponsored in part by Verizon, Downy, and Sandals. Here's the transcript. CNN New Day 8/10/22 6:05 am EDT JOHN BERMAN: Let's go back to the search at Mar-a-Lago. Joining me now CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, and former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, and professor at Cardozo law school, Jessica Roth.  Joey, reports this morning that the FBI took 12 boxes of stuff out of Mar-a-Lago when they searched it Monday. Does that seem like a lot? JOEY JACKSON: Look, anything, right, would seem like a lot when it furthers a criminal investigation. We don't know, right, how large the boxes are, how many documents are within those boxes.  I think, though, to be misled by the notion that it simply dealt with declassified documents, I think would be misleading. I think there’s a lot more here that we have to connect the dots to.  Is there any information in there with respect to January 6th that would further the notion of what he was doing, who he was communicating with—any documents centered around that? And so, the fact is, is that we are in uncharted waters here, right? Who goes to a president's residence to take documents?  In my view, John, I think the issue here is that indictment -- and I’ll say it -- I think it's imminent as it relates to the president. Look at the timing and everything else. I think he’s in trouble. I think his surroundings: Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, perhaps Mr. Giuliani. It’s going down, as they say. BERMAN: Just to be clear, so people understand, our reporting as of now is this has to do with the issue of archives and documents. It is not directly related to January 6th, is our reporting. It doesn't mean if they find something connected to January 6th they can't take it if it's in plain sight. . . . There could be a national security reason here, sort of separate and aside from a criminal reason. You want to get these documents in a safe place as fast as you can, period! And that might not necessarily mean you ultimately press charges. JESSICA ROTH: Absolutely, and it’s important to make a distinction between the legal standard necessary to obtain a search warrant, which is probable cause. And the legal standard necessary to convict somebody at trial, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s the same standard to seek an indictment, but prosecutors, especially in these circumstances, would not pursue an indictment unless they were confident that they had proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict.   

CBS Cries Over 'Inhumane' GOP 'Stunt' Sending Migrants to NYC

On Wednesday night’s CBS Evening News, fill-in anchor Margaret Brennan and correspondent Nancy Chen bemoaned the fact that Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is taking the migrants who are pouring across the U.S./Mexico border and putting them onto busses to New York City and Washington D.C. to let their liberal mayors handle them. Instead of pointing out how if President Joe Biden secured the southern border (and the fact this is what the federal government has been doing to border states and towns), this wouldn’t be happening, Chen simply parroted Democrat Party talking points calling Abbott’s bussing of migrants “inhumane” and a “political stunt.”  Introducing the segment, Brennan claimed, “there is a growing political battle between Texas and New York as Governor Greg Abbott continues to send thousands of migrants from the border to Manhattan and Washington, D.C.”  Adding “it's part of the Republican Governor's effort to criticize the Biden administration's immigration policy.”     Taking over for Brennan, Chen whined that “as nearly 100 migrants arrived in New York City from Texas this morning, they stepped off buses and into a political firestorm.”  Attempting to use migrants as political weapons to make Republicans seem cruel, Chen cried about how some of the migrants were tired after their bus ride to New York: “Johnny, a 38-year-old migrant from Venezuela, said he was tired and stressed during his trip but came to the U.S to provide a better future for his children.” “Sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Washington, D.C., and now New York. The mayors of those cities calling the move inhumane as they both asked the federal government for help,” Chen huffed.  Attempting to tell Abbott’s side of the story, Chen reported that “Abbott says he's sending migrants away, in part to protest President Biden's immigration policies,” moments later she began shrieking that “critics call it a political stunt, with families caught in the middle.” This bellyaching over Texas Governor Abbott attempting to prevent his state from being overrun by foreign nationals was made possible by Capital One and Nature’s Bounty. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they are funding.  To read the transcript of this segment click “expand”:  CBS Evening News August 10, 2022 6:39:40 p.m. Eastern  MARGARET BRENNAN: Tonight, there is a growing political battle between Texas and New York as Governor Greg Abbott continues to send thousands of migrants from the border to Manhattan and Washington, D.C. It's part of the Republican Governor's effort to criticize the Biden administration's immigration policy. Here is CBS's Nancy Chen.  NANCY CHEN: As nearly 100 migrants arrived in New York City from Texas this morning, they stepped off buses and into a political firestorm. Johnny, a 38-year-old migrant from Venezuela, said he was tired and stressed during his trip but came to the U.S to provide a better future for his children. He's one of more than 6,500 asylum seekers already processed and released by DHS. Sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Washington, D.C., and now New York. The mayors of those cities calling the move inhumane as they both asked the federal government for help.  NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ERIC ADAMS: There's nothing successful about treating people with this lack of dignity.  WASHINGTON D.C. MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER: We have a growing humanitarian crisis that we expect that the federal government expects is going to only worsen.  CHEN: More than 165 buses have left Texas since April, leading to scenes like this at Washington Union Station. Abbott says he's sending migrants away, in part to protest President Biden's immigration policies.  TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT: We're full in the state of Texas. Our communities are overrun.  CHEN: Critics call it a political stunt, with families caught in the middle. Johanna left Venezuela with her children and is seeking asylum. She says, "Everything we endured during the journey-- the sadness, the pain, the fear, and being here right now-- I feel the sacrifice was worth it.”  But one lawyer helping migrants said not everyone wanted to end up in New York. Still, with more buses likely coming, the city has opened 11 additional shelters to help house them.

CNN's Bolduan and Griffin Confused Why GOP Circling the Wagons After Mar-a-Lago Raid

A strange intersection of narratives occurred on Wednesday morning’s At This Hour, when CNN host Kate Bolduan and new co-host of The View Alyssa Farah Griffin were bemused why so many conservatives had such a negative reaction to the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, despite the news that the Bureau had foiled a plot by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to assassinate former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolduan began by asking Griffin if the raid was actually a net political positive for Trump. Griffin agreed, adding, “I do think it is showing what a strong pull he still has over the base — um, just that the words that you're hearing and the kind of language coming from Republicans is clearly very much in support of him.”     Griffin then brought up a topic Bolduan had just covered on her show and tried to use it to attack Republicans angered by the raid: And one thing I just want to note, Kate, because of the segment you did before this, obviously this significant DOJ investigation that ended up catching — uh, a plotted assassination attempt on John Bolton. That's what the FBI does, but then you have people like Senator Josh Hawley saying we need to reform it from the top down, we need to fire Chris Wray, we need to impeach Merrick Garland. So there’s just this complete disconnect from many in the Republican Party and the reality of right now. Impeccable logic: if an organization does something well, that means it is functioning perfectly in every circumstance and incapable of having parts in need of reform. After all, this is the FBI we’re talking about. It’s not like this law enforcement agency has ever fabricated evidence to gain a FISA warrant against Carter Page, or collaborated with the media to achieve maximum shock effect, or changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” to avoid charging Hillary Clinton with a crime. Bolduan ended the discussion by playing a slew of clips from Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham, arguing back in 2016 that Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials disqualified her from running for President, to highlight their supposed hypocrisy. Griffin had the last word: “My plea to my Republican Party is why on Earth are we lining up behind this man who is so vulnerable, is — is just — you know, across the board under investigations, as you point out for things that we criticized Hillary Clinton for?” Isn’t it funny how CNN conservatives like Griffin and Joe Walsh always use the possessive when talking about the GOP? While it is possible that Trump did something wrong in these situations he’s currently being investigated for, the fact that Trump was raided by the FBI for what appears to be the potential mishandling of classified documents, while Clinton got away scot-free despite 30,000 of her emails being bleached from the face of the earth, ought to tell people like Griffin why Republicans are so wary of this latest investigation. They’ve been to this rodeo before. This televised lack of reflection was made possible by Amazon and IHOP. Their contact information is linked. Click “Expand” to see the relevant transcript. CNN’s At This Hour 08/10/22 11:43:36 AM ET KATE BOLDUAN: Donald Trump is now trying to orchestrate fierce backlash against the FBI and Justice Department following Monday's FBI search of his Florida home. Threats of violence are circulating online on pro-Trump platforms and there are warnings coming from all angles for — of retaliation from congressional Republicans.  Joining me right now, CNN political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin. She’s a former Trump White House communications director and now the newly named co-host of The View. It's good to see you, Alyssa. Donald Trump clearly thinks this is good for him. Do you agree that it is?  ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: Well, I'll say this. Um — so I'm hearing from those close to Trump that they think this is good for him politically, that it's ginned up his base, it's forced other 2024 contenders like Ron DeSantis and Mike Pompeo and others to put out statements supporting him. But I am hearing that Trump personally is very, very upset over the FBI raid. So it's kind of a balance there.  I would say this. I do think it is showing what a strong pull he still has over the base — um, just that the words that you're hearing and the kind of language coming from Republicans is clearly very much in support of him.  And one thing I just want to note, Kate, because of the segment you did before this, obviously this significant DOJ investigation that ended up catching — uh, a plotted assassination attempt on John Bolton. That's what the FBI does, but then you have people like Senator Josh Hawley saying we need to reform it from the top down, we need to fire Chris Wray, we need to impeach Merrick Garland. So there’s just this complete disconnect from many in the Republican Party and the reality of right now.  BOLDUAN: I think making that comparison and connection is extremely important, because you have some Republicans flying to meet Trump at his home in New Jersey this week to kind of plan out their strategy, give their support. And you have so many others quick to jump, to line up with him.  Rick Scott’s on TV comparing the Justice Department to the Gestapo. Marco Rubio is comparing this search to third-world Marxist dictators. And then you have what will be and should be praise abound for an investigation uncovering a plot to — to take out John Bolton. I mean, the reaction from Republicans like a Rick Scott and a Marco Rubio, does that surprise you?  GRIFFIN: It — it — it does surprise me that the Republican party, my party, has been on this trend away from being pro-law enforcement. You know, we were the ones who spoke out against the Defund the Police rhetoric on the left, but then January 6 came and suddenly we weren't standing with Capitol police officers and D.C. Metropolitan police.  This is the latest where we're demonizing federal law enforcement who by and large do incredible work to keep our country safe. And by the way, those statements that you noted all went out without any of those elected officials actually knowing why the — the FBI went in, what the contents of the warrant were, and what the underlying potential crime is. So it’s saying — it’s — it's just kind of remarkable to — to make these comparisons having no idea what this is even about.  BOLDUAN: That's exactly right. I mean — everyone, we can use the phrase, but everyone just abound needs to pump the brakes. Um, we don't know really what is being investigated. The Justice Department appropriately being completely type-lipped — tight-lipped about it.  I mean, just calling a spade a spade in all of this, you talking — when you talk about the Republican reaction — and it's not entirely — but the Republican reaction you and I are just talking about of potential misuse of classified information, you do not have to look far to find the hypocrisy. Just a reminder for everyone, listen to this:  [Cuts to clip] DONALD TRUMP [11/05/16]: As you know the FBI has re-opened its criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton. Folks, she shouldn't be allowed to run.  SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL) [02/01/16]: Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being the President of the United States [Cheering] because she stored classified and sensitive information on her email server because she thinks she's above the law.  SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC) [03/07/15]: I want somebody outside the Clinton network looking through these emails.  [End of clip] BOLDUAN: And Alyssa, you know, don't go to Washington if you want to find intellectual honesty. We — we — we know that all over the place, but how — how do you get away from this?  GRIFFIN: Well, this is what's stunning to me is — is this is all happening while simultaneous, separate investigations into Donald Trump are taking place. He was deposed today in New York where he pled the Fifth. He's under investigation in this Georgia election scheme, as well as the ongoing DOJ investigation and the January 6th one.  So my — my plea to my Republican Party is why on Earth are we lining up behind this man who is so vulnerable, is — is just — you know, across the board under investigations, as you point out for things that we criticized Hillary Clinton for at a time when the polls show he is the most likely to lose to Joe Biden? There's an absurdity that I just can’t quite wrap my head around, why the party is coming out behind him. BOLDUAN: Nope. We’ll keep talking about it. It’s good to see you, Alyssa, thank you.

REGIME MEDIA: Univision Reports That Current Gas Prices 'Delight The Soul'

President Joe Biden went before the cameras today to falsely claim that “our economy had zero percent inflation in the month of July”. Univision´s morning news crew reported the inflation rate at - 8.7%, “high, but lower than the 9.1% of June”. But reporter Galo Arellano crowed, in his zest to fulfill the role of regime media propagandist, that the current gas prices of under $4 per gallon, ´delight the soul´, as he allegedly saw from people´s “happy faces”. Take a look at Galo´s excessive enthusiasm to pass Biden´s agenda as news, in a manner reminiscent of Crazy Eddie ´Prices Are Insane´ ads of the 80´s. Such was the level of pro-regime hype for paying close to double what we did a year and a half ago for gas: Despierta América, Univision 08/10/2022 GALO ARELLANO: Economists say that, in order to proclaim victory, this downward trend must continue for at least six consecutive weeks, and that has not happened yet. But the good thing is that- the first thing we did this morning was to go to a gas station, and you can see happy faces. … I am currently at a gas station in Doral (Florida), and you need to take a very close look at the gas prices. Right now, a gallon of regular gas is at $3.63- plus is at $3.97. These are prices that truly delight the soul. The above compilation of two Despierta América reports aired on Wednesday morning, illustrate the growing disconnect between the Spanish-language corporate media and their public, as well as the majority of citizens in the United States who are currently at ends over the onslaught at the gas pumps- where prices are still nearly double what they were when Joe Biden took office. No one is fooled by Univision’s theatrics, designed to make us all believe that all is beautiful and that our souls are delighted with $4 a gallon gas. Univision´s propaganda is brought to you thanks to advertisers like Kellogs. You can contact them here.  

Dems Upset, Trump Raid Disrupted 'Great Legislation of Joe Biden'

Former adviser to George W. Bush Mark McKinnon just wanted to boast about Joe Biden’s Presidency on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight with stand-in host Laura Coates, but the FBI had to go and raid President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Citing the string of massive spending bills passed by congressional Democrats making their way to Biden’s desk, McKinnon proclaimed, “he doesn’t even get one day to talk about it,” as if the leftist networks hadn’t been applauding the President in full coverage the past few days.     Of course with midterms 91 days away as Coates mentioned, any time where CNN and its troops can keep Biden’s reputation alive is a crucial time. Instead of boosting the Presidency as they had admittedly planned, McKinnon and CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers had to talk about the recent raid of Mar-a-Lago. Quick to state that Trump has “abused and prostituted the Constitution of the United States,” McKinnon continued, “this is a huge diversion and one that may ultimately hurt Trump, but it can also help him in the short run.” The Democrats are afraid of losing power. McKinnon even said, “If I’m Joe Biden, I’m pretty frustrated by all of this.” Sellers demonstrated this by briefly talking about the raid before quickly moving on to the voter’s actions during midterms. He claimed he doesn’t know “any Democrats that are running in any competitive United States Senate or Congressional seat that are going to run ads talking” essentially trash about President Trump and his indictment. In reality, alluded to the idea that they just might be saving the world and said, “They do have a story to tell. The Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS, the PACT act… there is a story to tell for Democrats.” Why not focus on what they were asked to talk about on the CNN show? Bakari states, “at the end of the day, I mean, I just think that this is another news cycle, this is another story, but many Republicans want to wash their hands of Donald Trump.” The networks will be quick to uplift President Biden and make light of his terrible term, and when the news doesn’t fit the agenda, they get mad. This segment is sponsored by Tylenol and Tums. Their contact information is linked. Click "expand" to read the full transcript.  CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight 08/08/22 11:37:00 p.m. Eastern (…) BAKARI SELLERS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Regardless of the magnitude of this, this is about democracy. This is about someone who has abused and prostituted the Constitution of the United States. I'm pretty sure it has something more to do than just boxes of classified documents, but we shall see. LAURA COATES: And on that point, I mean, Mark, I mean, the midterms are about 91 days away. And there have been already primaries happening. There will be more happening tomorrow, of course, before the general election that's coming up, where people are talking about potentially the loss of the majority for Democrats in one chamber. Whether they will be bouyed or not is another story. But will this have an impact on how election plays out? MARK MCKINNON, FMR ADVISER TO GEORGE W. BUSH AND JOHN MCCAIN: Unquestionably. And if I'm Joe Biden, I'm pretty frustrated by all of this. I mean -- COATES: Really? MCKINNON: -- you know, four hours ago, when we booked this show, Bakari and I were going to talk about the great legislation of Joe Biden, and he doesn't even get one day talk about it. So, you know -- COATES: A lot can happen in four hours, Mark. A lot can happen in four hours, as we see. MCKINNON: Don't we know, don't we know. But, you know, listen, I think the Democrats and Biden are very excited about the legislation. They had some momentum about this. This is a huge diversion and one that may ultimately hurt Trump, but it can also help him in the short run. COATES: Do you agree, Bakari? SELLERS: Look, I don't know any Democrats that are running in any competitive United States Senate or Congressional seat that are going to run ads talking about ‘aha, your President is about to get indicted,’ like that is not going to happen. But they do have a story to tell. The Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS, the PACT Act. I mean, you can talk about the Republicans if you're running against someone who is a United States Senator currently who voted against insulin caps. I mean, there is a story to tell for Democrats, especially those who are in very, very competitive districts. And at the end of the day, I mean, I just think that this is another news cycle, this is another story, but many Republicans want to wash their hands of Donald Trump. They just won't say it loudly. So, we shall see. COATES: We shall see indeed who is more exhausted, who is clutching what pearls, and what happens next. Everyone, thank you so much.

EXCLUSIVE: Brownstone Institute President RIPS ‘Lazy’ Economists for Defending Biden Admin on Jobs

Brownstone Institute President Jeffrey Tucker tore apart the liberal media narrative on jobs numbers in an exclusive interview with MRC Business.  While reporter after reporter praised President Joe Biden for the July jobs report showing a 528,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls, Tucker exposed the government’s numbers as a farce in an Aug. 8 column in The Epoch Times headlined “The Jobs Hoax.” The “hoax” was that the apparent increase in the employment numbers was not a sign that Biden started a “job-creation-machine,” but actually that the economy is forcing people to pick up “second and third jobs,” Tucker wrote in his column.  In an exclusive interview with MRC Business, Tucker warned against trusting media spin on the economy “so we don’t find ourselves living in an Orwellian world, in which the government is forever broadcasting great news about the great glories of life while people are at home suffering and dying and wondering why their electricity bill is three times what it was six months ago.”  That’s not what the media might have you believe, however. “The implication is that the Biden administration has somehow restored America as a beautiful working enterprise,” Tucker said.  But that is simply not the case and the data proves it.  “The first place we look is the labor participation,” Tucker told MRC. ”That is actually falling. Then you look [at] the labor participation rate, and then you compare that with the worker-to-population ratio and you see that’s falling, too. So now you realize you’ve got a problem.” The problem is that there are “presumably more jobs, but fewer people doing them,” Tucker said. And by any account, that’s not good news for the economy. But instead of reporting the facts, the government, the media and economists are telling their own stories on the economy, according to Tucker.  He blasted economists championing leftist economic narratives as “Biden partisans,” noting despite their “big public profiles,” they “are just lazy, unprincipled people.” “They’re lazy and they want to avoid controversy,” Tucker said.  It also doesn’t help that many of today’s economics reporters don’t have proper training, akin to the scads of reporters who reported on COVID-19 who didn’t have medical training, he added.  What did Tucker’s analysis of the jobs numbers actually reveal?  “A declining worker-to-population ratio and labor participation,” he said, “in a period in which we haven’t even recovered from the devastation of lockdowns.” But the government hasn’t acknowledged Americans who are struggling, Tucker said. In fact, it does the exact opposite: “There’s so many stories of suffering, of widespread suffering, and then you hear the Biden administration just tell you, ‘Ah, we’ve got a jobs machine, the greatest economy we’ve ever had,’ and it’s just getting creepy. It’s just feeling like 1984.”  But Tucker made clear that the economic situation was not completely hopeless, noting the path out of recession lies through better understanding the value of free enterprise: “We, as a country, need somehow to revisit some basics, like the merit of free enterprise and creativity and an economy that’s not centrally planned and controlled by bureaucracies.”  “There’s nothing government can do to bring you prosperity and happiness, I’m sorry to report.”  Tucker has been an outspoken advocate for personal liberty and for resisting government-imposed COVID lockdowns. Prominent scientists within his Brownstone Institute were key in developing the Great Barrington Declaration, a landmark statement signed by 15,907 medical and public health scientists and 47,104 medical practitioners that opposed COVID-19 lockdown policies and argued that “keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.”  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 people who are suffering under a Biden induced recession.

'Are You Kidding Me?' CNN's S.E. Cupp Told To Get Out Of Her Bubble On Mar-a-Lago Raid

CNN Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell is usually not a contentious show, but Wednesday’s edition was a little different as Republican strategist David Urban appeared to encourage political commentator S.E. Cupp to “come out of the bubble” on the matter of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. When it came to the raid, Cupp didn’t see what all the fuss is about, “I think this a Trump World talking point that all across the country people are very concerned about the overreach and losing confidence in the FBI and the Justice Department now, that is true amongst -- in MAGA World--, but I think most people across the country think if you didn't leave the White House—”     Urban then interjected, “No, no, no, S.E. come out of the bubble, come out of the bubble, S.E.” Cupp then continued her point, arguing that it was good that the raid shows a healthy FBI and Justice Department. She also labeled the idea that the FBI could come after regular Americans now “preposterous.” Urban then pointed out that completely misses the point, “What I'm simply saying is that a wide swath of Americans are very concerned about a historical precedent.” As Cupp interrupted to declare “I don’t think that’s true,” Urban continued, “this is a Presidential Records Act violation.” Cupp again interrupted, this time alleging that Trump only has himself to blame, “He set the historical precedent. He set the historical precedent.” An incredulous Urban then gave Cupp and forgetful CNN viewers a history lesson amidst more crosstalk, “are you kidding me, S.E.? Are you kidding me?... Like, did Hillary-- did they kick down Hillary Clinton's doors to get her server…With—she had top secret-- S.E., could I-- can I finish?... You have top secret information, top secret information on Hillary Clinton's computer, okay?... I'm not sure if you're familiar with how a SCIF works, S.E, but you can’t put top secret information on a computer.”  The charge of the FBI punting on a Democrat’s misdeeds, but going all in on a Republican’s raises serious questions about the FBI, but Cupp didn’t get it, “We don't have to compare and contrast.” Resenting the idea that simply pointing some of the concerns people have makes him a MAGA stooge, Urban started to conclude his thoughts, “For you to say I'm parroting MAGA World talking points because Republicans writ large are concerned. I think you need to get out and talk to some Republicans, S.E.” Cupp concluded her thoughts by attempting to portray herself as the principled one, “Hillary’s emails, bad. Trump's documents, bad. Secret service texts, bad. I want to see it all. I'm pretty fair and down the middle on this. I'm not saying one is worse than the other.” She argued that it was people like Urban who are being the hypocrites, “But I think if you're going to apply that same level of scrutiny to Hillary, we should apply it to Donald Trump, and I don't think people ‘wide swaths of Americans,’ believe that the FBI is corrupt and coming for them because they went for a president who set the precedent for doing things that no other president had ever done before. Some of which may, in fact, be criminal.” Cupp and the rest of the media just don’t get it. If Trump were to be treated the same way as Hillary Clinton the raid would never have happened. Such double standards do raise questions that should not be dismissed as “MAGA World talking points.” This segment was sponsored by Invent Help. Here is a transcript for the August 10 show: CNN Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell 8/10/2022 2:36 PM ET S.E. CUPP: I think this a Trump World talking point that all across the country people are very concerned about the overreach and losing confidence in the FBI and the Justice Department now, that is true amongst -- in MAGA World--, but I think most people across the country think if you didn't leave the White House-- DAVID URBAN: No, no, no, S.E. come out of the bubble, come out of the bubble, S.E. CUPP: -- let me finish. If you didn't leave the White House with classified documents, you don't have to worry that the FBI is coming to raid your home office. I think most people think holding even the president accountable is good. That's a good thing. That's a sign of a healthy -- of a healthy-- Justice Department, and a healthy FBI. I think this Trump World talking point that the FBI is corrupt and the Justice Department is coming for average Americans.  VICTOR BLACKWELL: Yeah, if they did it for Trump, they could do it to you.  CUPP: I mean, this is—this is-- it's preposterous, and I think –  URBAN: Listen, I'm not—I’m not saying-- – CUPP:  We're parroting it as if it's a majority opinion. It's not.  URBAN: Yeah, I'm not going that far, S.E. What I'm simply saying is that a wide swath of Americans are very concerned about a historical precedent. CUPP: I don’t think that’s true. URBAN: This is—this is—this a Presidential—this is a Presidential Records Act violation. CUPP: He set the historical precedent. He set the historical precedent. URBAN: This is not criminal. This is not-- are you kidding me, S.E.? Are you kidding me? CUPP: No.  URBAN: Like, did Hillary-- did they kick down Hillary Clinton's doors to get her server-- CUPP: What I said was true. Trump set the precedent.  URBAN: With—she had top secret-- S.E., could I-- can I finish?  CUPP: Sure. URBAN:  You have top secret information, top secret information on Hillary Clinton's computer, okay?  CUPP: Yes. URBAN: I'm not sure if you're familiar with how a SCIF works, S.E, but you can’t put top secret information on a computer— CUPP: You don't need to be condescending, David, I know what you know. Trust me.  URBAN: No, I'm not, S.E. I'm just saying it is—it is—simply a much bigger deal. Nobody raided the Clinton house in Chappaqua— CUPP: We don’t have to— URBAN: So for you to say I’m parroting—well, hold off— CUPP: We don't have to compare and contrast.  URBAN: For you to say, hey, S.E., just let me finish. For you to say I'm parroting MAGA World talking points because Republicans writ large are concerned. I think you need to get out and talk to some Republicans, S.E. That’s what I think. CUPP: You said a wide swath of Americans and I believe-- URBAN: I said Republicans, S.E., Republicans.  CUPP: Hillary's emails— BLACKWELL: All right, now let S.E. finish. CUPP: Hillary’s emails, bad. Trump's documents, bad. Secret service texts, bad. I want to see it all. I'm pretty fair and down the middle on this. I'm not saying one is worse than the other. If-- you don't have to. It's all bad. But I think if you're going to apply that same level of scrutiny to Hillary, we should apply it to Donald Trump, and I don't think people “wide swaths of Americans," believe that the FBI is corrupt and coming for them because they went for a president who set the precedent for doing things that no other president had ever done before. Some of which may, in fact, be criminal. 

Twitter Subpoenas Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison to Force Elon Musk to Complete Acquisition: Report

Twitter subpoenaed the co-founder of Oracle in a lawsuit as part of Twitter’s ongoing effort to force Tesla CEO Elon Musk to complete his paused purchase of the social media platform. Twitter subpoenaed Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who committed $1 billion to aid Musk’s original $44 billion purchase deal for Twitter, according to Fox Business. Ellison was reportedly the largest outside investor in Musk’s deal, according to Twitter’s original lawsuit. Ellison is a close friend of Musk, Fox Business said. Twitter also subpoenaed an official at the trust Ellison controls that committed the $1 billion to Musk’s Twitter deal, Fox Business wrote. Musk tried to pull out of the deal to buy Twitter in July, asserting that Twitter was not giving him sufficient and honest data on the number of “spam” or bot accounts plaguing the platform. Twitter sued Musk to force him to go through with the deal and Musk counter-sued, setting off an ongoing legal saga. The leftist leadership at Twitter claimed that Musk’s accusations were “a story, imagined in an effort to escape a merger agreement that Musk no longer found attractive,” Fox Business reported. Musk openly challenged Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a public debate about the number of “spam” accounts on Twitter. “I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage,” Musk tweeted on Aug. 6. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has

Buffoonery: Paul Krugman Suggests Dems May ‘Save’ Civilization with Insane Inflation Bill

New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman is now pretending to be a climate expert since his economic record on inflation is just awful. Now, he’s celebrating Democrat senators for allegedly trying to “save” civilization from a supposed eco-disaster with their $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act, projected to worsen inflation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is currently considering the legislation. Krugman was tickled pink in his latest drivel headlined: “Did Democrats Just Save Civilization?” In the lead of the story, he fawned: “They really did it.” He continued: “This is a very big deal. The act isn’t, by itself, enough to avert climate disaster. But it is a huge step in the right direction and sets the stage for more action in the years ahead.” That’s despite the fact that “the bill worsens inflation by constraining the productive capacity of the economy,” the Tax Foundation analyzed. The Guardian reported the bill would give a whopping “$369bn to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions and invest in renewable energy sources.” That’s despite inflation remaining at 40-year highs and the economy contracting in two successive quarters to meet the technical definition of a recession.   It’s not surprising that Krugman is deflecting inflation concerns and wielding climate propaganda to gin up hopes that more spending will somehow reduce emissions: Every Republican in the Senate was willing to kill our best chance at avoiding climate disaster, simply to deny the Biden administration a win. Forget the naysayers, Krugman bleated. “[A]ctual experts on energy and the environment are giddy over what has been accomplished, and serious economists aren’t worried about the effect on inflation.”  Of course the “serious economist” Krugman wouldn’t worry too much about the IRA’s effect on inflation, since he spent the most of Biden’s tenure in office promoting the false notion that skyrocketing inflation would be “transitory” and that President Joe Biden’s asinine $1.9 trillion stimulus package wouldn’t be inflationary. He even penned a mea culpa in July kicking himself for those awful takes: “I Was Wrong About Inflation.”  But Krugman tells readers to “forget” whether the $1.9 trillion stimulus he promoted actually juiced the inflation crisis. “The key thing is to do the math,” Krugman said. “The Inflation Reduction Act calls for spending less than $500 billion over a decade, compared with the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion in a single year — and will actually reduce the deficit. That’s why independent analysts find that it will have little effect on inflation.”  But as with most of Krugman’s sordid Keynesian arguments, he’s being misleading. CATO Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards pointed out that “[b]oth Tax Foundation and Penn‐​Wharton find that the Senate bill would actually increase deficits the first few years, and thus have the opposite effect on inflation as the ‘reduction’ promised by the bill’s title.”  [Emphasis added.] As Edwards notes, “The reality is that the bill would likely increase deficits as new subsidies would beget more subsidies.”  Take a seat Krugman. 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.

New York Times: Biden's an 'Uneasy Champion' for the Church of Abortion

Many Catholics think it’s preposterous that Joe Biden presents himself as a “devout” Catholic with a rosary in his pocket. But The New York Times on Sunday morning told us many die-hard abortion advocates think it’s unfortunate that Biden is president, since he is far too squishy on abortion. The headline on the front page was “Catholic Faith Makes Abortion Tricky for Biden.” That’s an LOL headline. It’s not “tricky” to promote abortion and present yourself as Catholic. It’s “shameless.” The online headline better reflects the spirit of the Michael Shear article: "Biden Is an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Can He Lead the Fight in Post-Roe America?" He’s not “the right messenger for the moment” in this "generational struggle"! But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is uncomfortable even using the word abortion, according to current and former advisers. In speeches and public statements, he prefers to use the word sparingly, focusing instead on broader phrases, like “reproductive health” and “the right to choose,” that might resonate more widely with the public. Mr. Biden, a practicing Catholic who has drawn on his faith to shape his political identity, is now being called on to lead a fight he spent decades sidestepping — and many abortion rights advocates worry that he may not be the right messenger for the moment. What followed was a quote from Jamie (not Charles) Manson of “Catholics for Choice” who complained that with Roe vs. Wade overturned, “This is not necessarily the guy that I am sure most activists wanted in the seat when this happened…It’s unfortunate because he has so much power and we need him to really get out of his comfort zone.” Shear found assistant House speaker Katherine Clark to say the president’s faith is not the problem, it’s “an extremist G.O.P.” but he added “for most of his career, Mr. Biden has been viewed with suspicion by abortion rights activists because of his history on the issue.” Biden cast some anti-abortion votes early in his career and just took the last step to the left-wing extreme -- forcing taxpayers to fund abortions -- in his 2020 campaign. The pull quote on page A21 was from Georgetown professor John Carr: “Biden has never sought power to make abortion more available. It’s just not part of who he is.” Carr told The Times Biden was quicker to change his position on same-sex marriage. Shear noted Carr touted Biden’s “passion and eloquence” on LGBTQ issues. So maybe it’s not his alleged Catholicism that’s the problem. They think abortion makes him too queasy. PS: This is not the first time Shear has carefully negotiated around the clash between Democratic and Catholic orthodoxy. Back in 2015, he was touting Biden in a story headlined "Catholics in White House Often Help Obama Build Support for Thorny Policy." He included the typical jibber-jabber about Biden fingering his rosary beads as they went around the church hierarchy: For the Obama White House, obtaining Catholic support on important elements of its agenda has often involved going around the church hierarchy. And to lead that effort it has often turned to Catholic members of the president’s senior staff, including Mr. Biden and Ms. Sebelius.

CBS Celebrates Inflation Still High, Declares NO RECESSION in Sight

Inflation fell just .6 percent in July and CBS Morning was treating the news like it marked the end of the Great Depression. With gas prices still way above where they were last year and people still paying through the nose for basic necessities, on Wednesday, CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger joyously proclaimed that inflation had “peaked” and spewed the Big Lie that America was not experiencing a textbook recession. Early in the show, fill-in host Nancy Cordes announced “the once-soaring gas prices that are falling fast” with “the average nationwide cost for a gallon of regular is about $1 cheaper than it was just in mid-June.” She also asserted that “it's a sign that overall inflation may have peaked.” Correspondent Erroll Barnett was standing outside a gas station in Alexandria, Virginia, and remarked “that this is typically a place of stress and anxiety for most Americans, right? But these days the vibe is much more calm[.]” But he did admit it was “relative” since “a regular gallon of gas is $1 more expensive than a year ago but $1 less expensive than two months ago.” At no point did they mention that it was President Biden’s energy policy that had caused gas prices to rise since he took office. But during their “Money Watch” segment, Cordes and Schlesinger teamed up to treat the .6 percent drop in inflation as liberation from financial hardship:     CORDES: The Consumer Price Index shows prices rose 8.5 percent in July compared to a year ago. This follows June's inflation rate of 9.1 percent which was the highest in more than 40 years. (…) Jill, good morning. 8.5 percent. That's a significant reduction. SCHLESINGER: Yeah. It may be that inflation peaked in the month of June because these July numbers are somewhat better than expected. Not fantastic news yet, but we were thinking 8.7 percent on an annualized basis, 8.5 is good. Ignoring the newest round of runaway spending from Biden and Democrats, Schlesinger suggested that if things held steady “we could believe that over the next few months we have seen the peak [on inflation], the end of the year we should come down toward seven, maybe six percent.” “But just remember, gang, before we started this inflationary period, the inflation rate in the United States was just under two percent. So these are big changes,” she inexplicably boasted without an explanation as to what or who was to blame for the inflation to begin with. Anchor Tony Dokoupil followed up with the important question: “What does it mean for a potential recession?” Schlesinger responded by spewing the Big Lie and pretending we currently weren’t in one and one wasn’t even on its way: Well, I mean, look, when we have high periods of inflation, and the federal reserve is actively fighting that inflation by raising interest rates, those are the conditions that usually will lead to this broad slowdown called a recession. It doesn't appear we're in a recession right this moment. I mean, frankly, we had half a million jobs created in the last month. And an economy that can create a half a million jobs is not usually one that is classically in a recession. “So I think that maybe for another month we're going to sort of put that recession talk off to the table,” she instructed them to stop. Schlesinger would go on to clownishly claim people were saving their money during the pandemic. She conveniently forgot about the reports CBS did showing unprecedented lines of people at food pantries struggling to get by. The network made a point of noting that many were relying on the services for the first time. This ridiculous boasting about a struggling economy where made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Comcast and Toyota. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: CBS Mornings August 10, 2022 7:11:06 a.m. Eastern NANCY CORDES: Now the latest on the once-soaring gas prices that are falling fast. This morning, the average nationwide cost for a gallon of regular is about $1 cheaper than it was just in mid-June when gas prices peaked. It's a sign that overall inflation may have peaked, as well. Erroll Barnett is at a gas station in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington. Erroll, good morning. What are you hearing from drivers there? ERROLL BARNETT: Hey there, Nancy, good morning. Great to see you and everyone. Well, I can tell you that this is typically a place of stress and anxiety for most Americans, right? But these days the vibe is much more calm, but it also is relative. A regular gallon of gas is $1 more expensive than a year ago but $1 less expensive than two months ago which has some folks wondering if it's time for one last summer road trip. (…) 8:34:23 a.m. CORDES: Well, moving on, in this morning's "Money Watch," the newest inflation numbers have just come out. They're starting to show the impact of falling gas prices. The Consumer Price Index shows prices rose 8.5 percent in July compared to a year ago. This follows June's inflation rate of 9.1 percent which was the highest in more than 40 years. The national average of a price for a gallon of gas has fallen nearly 70 cents just over the past month. CBS news business analyst Jill Schlesinger is here to help us break this down. Jill, good morning. 8.5 percent. That's a significant reduction. JILL SCHLESINGER: Yeah. It may be that inflation peaked in the month of June because these July numbers are somewhat better than expected. Not fantastic news yet, but we were thinking 8.7 percent on an annualized basis, 8.5 is good. The other part of this report, as you mentioned, gas and energy prices, that pushes the numbers down pretty dramatically. (…) 8:35:52 a.m. Eastern CORDES: So how will we know that prices have peaked? I mean, what's the guarantee that they won't just go back up next month? SCHLESINGER: Well, I think that's a great question because the war in Ukraine is the real unknown. That was what pushed oil prices above $120 a barrel. Now we're back at $90. Food prices also increased because so much of the bread basket of Europe is derived from Ukraine. I think that if the war does not create another real shortage, that we could believe that over the next few months we have seen the peak, the end of the year we should come down toward seven, maybe six percent. But just remember, gang, before we started this inflationary period, the inflation rate in the United States was just under two percent. So these are big changes. TONY DOKOUPIL: What does it mean for a potential recession? SCHLESINGER: Well, I mean, look, when we have high periods of inflation, and the federal reserve is actively fighting that inflation by raising interest rates, those are the conditions that usually will lead to this broad slowdown called a recession. It doesn't appear we're in a recession right this moment. I mean, frankly, we had half a million jobs created in the last month. And an economy that can create a half a million jobs is not usually one that is classically in a recession. So I think that maybe for another month we're going to sort of put that recession talk off to the table. (…)

ABC Allows 19 Seconds on Seizure of GOP Rep’s Phone; CBS, NBC Ignore

UPDATE: CBS Morning allowed an additional 21 seconds on Thursday. This brings the grant total to 40 seconds on the three networks.  The FBI on Tuesday seized the phone of Republican Congressman Scott Perry, yet you wouldn’t know it if you watched that night’s evening news or Wednesday’s morning news programs. CBS and NBC completely buried the story. ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday allowed a scant 19 seconds to the development, which happened in the wake of the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home. The lack of interest in Perry is quite the contrast to the attention garnered from the 2006 raid on the home and office of Democratic Representative William Jefferson.  Here’s the quick mention from GMA’s Karl on Wednesday: “And in an entirely separate investigation, Republican Congressman Scott Perry, a staunch Trump ally, revealed overnight that the FBI sized his cell phone, Perry says he was traveling with his family at the time.”      Here's Perry's statement from FoxNews.com:  “This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress,” Perry said in his statement. "My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business.”  On May 20, 2006, Democrat William Jefferson’s congressional office and home were raided and $90,000 in cash was found in his freezer. For a week, the networks devoted 26 stories to the raid and highlighted bipartisan skepticism.  On the May 22, 2006 NBC Nightly News, Pete Williams lectured, “Today, some in Congress, including Bill Frist, the Senate Republican leader, said they're concerned about the FBI raiding a Capitol office.”  On the May 23, 2006 CBS Morning News, Gloria Borger noted, “But now even top Republicans are concerned that the FBI overreached when it searched Jefferson's office.” She featured then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist: “I am very concerned, as well, with what happened over the weekend.”  For the May 27, 2006  CBS Evening News, reporter Wyatt Andrews warned, “Because the FBI works for the president, the argument is the executive branch should not launch surprise raids on Congress.”  But when they were done showcasing the bipartisan outrage against the raid, the networks shifted to protection mode. For instance in 2009, they mostly failed to identify Jefferson as a Democrat after hew as convicted on bribery charges, simply referring to him as a “former Congressman.”  Quite the contrast to 2022 and the move against Congressman Perry.  ABC burying the story was sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods. On NBC, it was Cadillac. On CBS, it was Progressive insurance. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Here's the transcript of the quick GMA  mention:  Good Morning America 8/10/2022 JON KARL: And in an entirely separate investigation, Republican Congressman Scott Perry, a staunch Trump ally, revealed overnight that the FBI sized his cell phone, Perry says he was traveling with his family at the time. Perry is the subject of a separate DOJ investigation believed to be related to January 6th.

Anthony Fauci Booed At Seattle Mariners Game

The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 in 13 innings last night in what was the longest game of the MLB season so far. But that perhaps wasn’t even the biggest storyline coming from the evening on the diamond. Before the game started, Dr. (and I say that part loosely) Anthony Fauci threw out the ceremonial first pitch at T-Mobile Park and received the Hutch Award, typically given to the MLB player that “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson, the legendary pitcher and manager who died of cancer at the age of 45.” He became just the second non-MLB player to win the award. However, he was greeted with thunderous boos from the crowd - even in a liberal city like Seattle. Fauci booed while throwing out first pitch at Mariners game in Seattle At least he has worked on his pitching since last time pic.twitter.com/9QqX8YUGwy — Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) August 10, 2022 He then proceeded to throw one of the lamest ceremonial first pitches in history. Dr. Fauci’s first pitch. Servais caught it and then had Fauci sign his mask after. pic.twitter.com/SjOf4alLtE — Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) August 10, 2022 But at least it's better than the one he threw two years ago at a Washington Nationals game. Very rarely do I hear real boos at Mariner's games. That's why I am so excited for Fauci to be coming next week to be honored on field before they play the Yankees Oh how I hope they let him throw out the first pitch again pic.twitter.com/mBfIyT8j57 — Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) August 4, 2022 If you’ve heard anything from Fauci’s rhetoric regarding how to safely protect yourself from COVID, you’ll understand why he received so many boos. The man has been as inconsistent with his “safety” protocols as an Angel Hernandez strike zone and he seems perfectly content with being inconsistent. Not only that, but he continues to look down on those who don’t take his word as gold. spealing with a group of roughly 100 employees from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, he arrogantly stated that anyone that didn't trust the "science" he claimed was true was foolish and uneducated. Oh, and he also said we’re due for another COVID surge in the fall. "It's still amazing to me that people can still hold onto such untruths,” Fauci said. “They have so much going on in their lives, that they just accept it as fact." Tell me you’re a prideful turd without saying you’re a prideful turd. No word this man utters should ever be heeded ever again. Not after the false propaganda he spread and continues to believe.

CensorTrack with TR: Big Tech Censors The Babylon Bee’s JOKES

It’s Episode 50 of CensorTrack with TR. This week, we talked about how Big Tech repeatedly targets The Babylon Bee’s satirical content.  It has become quite common for Big Tech to censor content that it doesn’t like. Lately, social media fact checkers have been working overtime to censor conservative content — even jokes.  The Babylon Bee is a satire site that aims to provide comedic relief. It’s content regularly pokes fun at leftist lunacy, which ends up being quite entertaining.  Most recently, The Babylon Bee said Google was responsible for censorship. The group’s CEO Seth Dillion tweeted that Google removed The Babylon Bee’s app from its store on August 8. When the MRC CensorTrack team checked Google for the app on Aug. 8, it was not accessible. The app is back up now, but no response was provided from Google when MRC Free Speech America reached out for comment.  Other Big Tech platforms also got in on the censorship action. The Meta platform Facebook censored The Babylon Bee back in June over a satirical parody video about a pregnant Ken doll. Dillon said Twitter locked The Babylon Bee out of its account in May after the satire group stated that “The Babylon Bee’s Man Of The Year Is Rachel Levine.” Facebook removed one of The Babylon Bee’s articles titled “Trans Woman Breaks Jeopardy Record, Proving Once And For All That Men Are Smarter Than Women.” Facebook also limited the monetization of The Babylon Bee’s clip that joked about a non-binary James Bond.  Big Tech censorship almost exclusively sides with leftist ideology, and its bias is perhaps most evident with its repeated attacks against even mere jokes.   The Babylon Bee is a member of the Media Research Center's Free Speech Alliance.  Watch below for the fiftieth episode of CensorTrack with TR! We encourage you to post and share it across all social media. If you have been censored, contact us at www.CensorTrack.org, and use #FreeSpeech to point out more of Big Tech’s unacceptable bias. Check out our recent episodes: Big Tech Has No Sense of Humor Peterson, Rubin Silenced Over ‘Ellen Page’ Tweets Big Tech Censors ‘God Bless America’ Over ‘Racism’ and ‘Phishing’ Big Tech’s Censorship Effect Is BERSERK Big Tech Protects Left’s Agenda, Censors Saying ‘Grooming’ Online And more!  Conservatives are under attack. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.  

Tim Pool SLAPS Leftist NewsGuard for ‘False’ Statements About Timcast.com

Podcast icon Tim Pool slapped leftist website ratings firm NewsGuard for making “false and misleading statements” about his website. Pool took to Twitter to blast NewsGuard for its sloppy work: “News Guard has had to issue several corrections already on their false and misleading statements about Timcast.com.” In addition, Pool said the firm “fabricated a quote from me and they have not issued a correction notice in violation of their own correction policy.” NewsGuard’s label, which rates Timcast.com with a 82/100, rebuked the website for allegedly not gathering and presenting information “responsibly.” Talk about irony. NewsGuard issued a “Corrections” note at the bottom of its Timcast.com “Nutrition Label” that illustrated how the entire write-up smacked of pure incompetence: An earlier version of this Nutrition Label mischaracterized one of the site’s podcasts and one of Pool’s quotes, inaccurately referred to Pool as Timcast’s top editor and incorrectly described Pool’s previous roles at Vice news and Fusion. NewsGuard apologizes for the errors. News Guard has had to issue several corrections already on their false and misleading statements about https://t.co/ywk7kUlRrO Further the article fabricated a quote from me and they have not issued a correction notice in violation of their own correction policy pic.twitter.com/w6GwzevjK5 — Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 9, 2022 Pool ripped the firm in a tweet thread for “false statements about our show Tales From the Inverted world and issued an opinion statement on Cast Castle.” The podcast host added these statements “show they did not perform an adequate review of the site, only specific sections and do not abide by their own standards.”  Pool is right on point. NewsGuard continues to rate the liberal newspaper USA Today with a perfect 100/100 score even after a major journalistic scandal involving at least 23 stories that included fabricated sources. Pool pointed out NewsGuard’s blatant double standard when it came to the legacy liberal newspaper: NewsGuard says we are not responsible because out of 3,892 articles around 5 either were too similar to other outlets reporting or did not provide fact checks on quotes. They refuse to say USA Today, which admitted to fabricating 23 stories, is irresponsible. NewsGuard’s label for USA Today hilariously praises the newspaper because it supposedly “[g]athers and presents information responsibly, “[d]oes not repeatedly publish false content” and “[r]egularly corrects or clarifies errors.” What a joke. But NewsGuard’s extreme leftist bias against sites it doesn’t agree with is well-documented. A December 2021 MRC study found that outlets rated “left” or “lean left” by AllSides received an average NewsGuard score of 93/100. Sites considered “right” or “lean right” by AllSides had an average NewsGuard rating of 66/100. NewsGuard didn’t just screw up its “Nutrition Label” for Timcast.com. In a recent case, NewsGuard committed a major self-own in its updated Fox News Digital “Nutrition Label,” failing the website with a 57/100 red shield rating. One of NewsGuard’s contentions with Fox News is that the news outlet allegedly fails to handle “the difference between news and opinion responsibly.”  Apparently, NewsGuard couldn’t correctly discern the difference, either. A “Corrections” note put at the bottom of its “nutrition label” scorecard for Fox News admitted that an earlier version falsely “referred to Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham as anchors [who cover the news] instead of hosts [who lead opinion shows], of their nighttime Fox News Channel programs.”  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.

CNN's Lizza Puts 'Enormously Consequential' Biden In The 'Pantheon' of Great Presidents

Pantheon:  A temple dedicated to all the gods. On Monday's New Day, CNN wasted no time this morning in elevating Joe Biden to near-godlike status for doing what Democrats do best: spending unimaginable amounts of taxpayer money, and raising taxes. CNN analyst Ryan Lizza celebrated the so-called "Inflation Reduction Act" as putting Biden in the "pantheon" of greats.   “For history, I think it’s a pretty big deal. You know, if you add up those seven pieces of legislation, it’s a $3.5 trillion agenda that Biden and the Democrats have passed since early last year. There’s really nothing like that in terms of that scale. You have to go back to – depending on how you define these things – to LBJ. So, I think for history, Biden – I don’t think there’s much debate anymore, he is an enormously consequential president and just judging him by his legislative agenda, you know, he’s sort of in that modern pantheon now.” Lizza also reported his conversation with Biden’s pollster Jon Angelone, who has “completely changed his tune” from the grim view of Democrat prospects he held back in April. Now, led by the modern-day deity LBJ, he thinks the Dems have a “fighting chance” to limit their losses in the House, and actually keep the Senate. Compare and contrast Lizza’s deification of Biden with the loathsome way he treated Donald Trump when he was president. In 2020, our Tim Graham caught Lizza asking Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany: "Does President Trump believe that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?” And when the official count of coronavirus deaths reached 100,000, he asked her, “What does the White House view as the number of dead Americans where you can say that you successfully defeated this pandemic?” Note: over 600,000 Americans have died of Covid during Biden's watch. Don't hold your breath for Lizza putting a similarly contemptible question to Karine Jean-Pierre.  On New Day, CNN political analyst Ryan Lizza saying the passage of the huge Democrat tax and spend “Inflation Reduction Act” puts Biden in the “pantheon” of modern presidents was sponsored in part by Golden Corral, Booking.com, Amazon, and Sling. Here’s the transcript. CNN New Day 8/8/22 6:00 am EDT JOHN BERMAN: Let’s get right to Capitol Hill where they were up all night Saturday into Sunday, in  marathon session, but the Senate did pass the Inflation Reduction Act. Jessica Dean is there. Jessica, what is in this big piece of legislation? JESSICA DEAN: Good morning to both of you. Yeah, this is a big, big win for Senate Democrats who frankly, John and Brianna, they didn’t know that they were going to get to this point. This almost collapsed many, many times over the last several months. So to get to yesterday when this bill actually passed on the Senate floor, there were a lot of cheering – there was a lot of cheering from the democratic side, a lot of hugs, people very excited to see this legislation passed on the Democratic side of the Senate. So, yes, to get into what’s in it, you mentioned those climate provisions, and that’s big, because this represents the biggest investment in climate that we have seen come out of the Senate ever. $369 billion, they’re hoping to curb carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030, there’s a lot of incentives in there for renewable energy and other provisions. There’s also a number of health care provisions, including allowing Medicare to negotiate the prices of some drugs, extending those Affordable Care Act subsidies for about three more years, and also capping out-of-pocket costs for Medicare at $2,000. And then to pay for all of this, are some new tax provisions as well, including a 15% minimum tax on the country’s largest corporations. . . . BRIANNA KEILAR: Joining us now is Leigh Ann Caldwell, the author of the Washington Post’s Early 202 newsletter, Ryan Lizza, CNN political analyst as well as chief Washington correspondent for Politico. He is also co-author of the  Politico Playbook. Okay, so Ryan, just put this into context for us, what this means, how big this is. RYAN LIZZA: Well, for history, I think it’s a pretty big deal. You know, if you add up those seven pieces of legislation, it’s a $3.5 trillion agenda that Biden and the Democrats have passed since early last year. There’s really nothing like that in terms of that scale. You have to go back to – depending on how you define these things – to LBJ. So I think, for history Biden – I don’t think there’s much debate anymore, he is an enormously consequential president. And just judging him by his legislative agenda, you know, he’s sort of in that modern pantheon now. The short term is a different question. You know, will this translate into an improved political environment for Democrats? I interviewed the president’s campaign pollster, Jon Angelone, yesterday, and in April he was saying that this was the worst political environment for Democrats that he’,d seen in 30 years in the business. He’s completely changed his tune on that now and because of this legislative agenda that Democrats can now run on, you know, he thinks they have a fighting chance to hold their losses in the House, and as a lot of analysts believe, actually keep the Senate.

'It's Christmas!' Colbert Celebrates 'Most Beautiful' Mar-a-Lago Raid

CBS The Late Show host Stephen Colbert must live a rather dull life because how else does one come to the conclusion that the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is like Christmas? Not only did Colbert compare the raid to that holiday on Tuesday, he also declared the related news headline “the most beautiful sentence America has ever produced.” Colbert kicked off his opening monologue by reporting that while it may have been 96 degrees outside, “in here it's Christmas.”     To a rambunctious applause from the studio audience, Colbert continued, “Because yesterday, we all got the present we wanted: FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago.” After blowing kisses to the camera and hugging himself, Colbert elaborated on the news, “Here's what we know: early Monday morning, the FBI Executed a search warrant on the former president's offices and personal quarters…So, we know the raid happened, but we still don’t know why the raid happened, because we don't yet know what was in the warrant.” The raid is like Christmas, but we also still have several unknowns? For most people that would seem like a contradiction, but Stephen Colbert is not most people, “Think about that. We're talking about the former president of the United States of America. The FBI raids his home, and all we can think is, ‘Hmm, I wonder which of his crimes they're investigating.’” Admitting to not knowing the context around something, but still comparing it to Christmas and treating it as historically positive development is why so many people have reacted to the raid with suspicion or even outright hostility. This segment was sponsored by Old Navy. Here is a transcript for the August 9 show: CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 8/9/2022 11:38 PM ET STEPHEN COLBERT: I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. It is-- what is it? What was it today? It was like 96 degrees outside. Thank you all for standing up in this heat and being here tonight. Of course, it may be hot out there--you're the heroes. Stay hydrated. It may be hot outside, but in here it's Christmas. Because yesterday, we all got the present we wanted: FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago.  That’s the most beautiful sentence America has ever produced. It's right up there with "We put cheese inside the crust."  Here's what we know: early Monday morning, the FBI Executed a search warrant on the former president's offices and personal quarters. I feel bad for those agents. "Sir, I finished searching the cabinet full of empty chicken buckets. Where should I go next? Please don't say the bathroom. Please don't say the bathroom. Please don't say the bathroom."  So, we know the raid happened, but we still don’t know why the raid happened, because we don't yet know what was in the warrant. Think about that. We're talking about the former president of the United States of America. The FBI raids his home, and all we can think is, "Hmm, I wonder which of his crimes they're investigating." Because he's done so many, it's hard.

NY Times Op-Ed Says Anti-Woke Catholicism is Hip. Lefties Fume.

Catholicism is shaping up to be a large conservative force in the United States, and people are taking notice. In a recent New York Times opinion piece, First Things Editor Julia Yost says that Catholicism's rebellion against modern woke ideas of morality gives it a “transgressive” and “hip” perception. Both left-wingers and faithful Catholics are stirring conversations about the article on Twitter. The article details the rise of Catholicism in the “Dimes Square” area of NYC, and its embrace of staunch Catholicism by some of its residents. Yost positions Catholics' role in society as in opposition to liberal morality: “Catholicism again stands athwart political progress and norms governing sex and gender. It violates a liberal-progressive dispensation that many young Americans find both malign and banal,” and “For reasons substantive or stylistic, it is possible to prefer a system in which our moral obligations are not exhausted by the avoidance of wrongthink on race and patriarchy.” Definitely not NYT material in this op-ed, and libs were mad. Take a look: NYT published an op-ed about how it's "cool" to convert to Catholicism? tbh, anyone who goes, "Yes, I'd like to join the church best known for being a kid-toucher haven" isn't "cool." — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 9, 2022 As someone who was raised pretty Catholic, I'm baffled by the effort to rebrand Catholicism as transgressive and exciting. The authentic Catholic experience is getting dragged to mass and CCD by your parents and being bored out of your damn mind — Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) August 9, 2022 And the traditional Catholic experience is having your kids kicked out of Catholic school because you finally divorced your abusive husband, then watching him get an annulment - making your five kids illegitimate in the eyes of the Church - so he could get remarried in the Church https://t.co/RR6COVp4bx — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 9, 2022 Do they realize that their personal experiences do not define the entirety of the good that Catholicism has done for the world? The cognitive bias is strong with these ones.  The article even got a shoutout from Michael Knowles of The Daily Wire, praising its writing: "Perhaps the ultimate expression of this contrarian aesthetic is its embrace of Catholicism." https://t.co/2DfeiN11gG — Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) August 9, 2022

Some Hero: Actor Ezra Miller Charged With Felony Burglary In Vermont

More controversy is coming from the weird Hollywood actor, Ezra Miller. After authorities were looking for the groomer with his 18-year-old victim, the they/them actor is in hot water again.  According to Variety, ‘the Flash’ star has been charged with felony burglary in Vermont. A Vermont State Police were notified of a burglary complaint from a Stamford, VT residence at 5:55 am on May 1, according to the police report. The homeowners were absent from the home and numerous bottles of alcohol were taken from the location. The police found probable cause to charge Miller with felony burglary after looking at surveillance videos and numerous statements. The groomer Miller was located on Aug 7 at 11:23 pm and was issued a summons to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Sept 26 for arraignment. Guess he wasn’t fast enough this time. Related: … ‘and Her Merry Persons?’ New Robin Hood a Black, Female Gen-Zer Miller has been housing a 25-year-old mother and her three children between one and five at the actor’s home ranch in Stamford. It sounds like they were more of his victims. The property served as an unlicensed cannabis farm with numerous firearms on the premises. Allegedly one source claimed the one-year-old child was found with a loose bullet in their mouth. It is unclear whether the Stamford properties are the same.  Besides this incident and the one with his 18-year-old victim, this is not the first time Miller has run into trouble. In July, Miller harassed a woman in Germany and Iceland over using his “they/them” pronouns. “All of a sudden, he’s on top of me, choking me, still screaming in my face if I want to fight. My friend who’s filming sees he’s obviously not joking and it’s actually serious, so he stops filming and pushes him off me as he’s still trying to fight me,” the victim in the Germany incident stated. “Two guy friends of mine are actually holding him back as he’s screaming, ‘This is what you wanted! This is what you wanted!’ Sounds like a mentally stable man. And in May, Miller was arrested for harassing patrons in a Hawaii bar. Miller is set to star in the upcoming film The Flash, which Warner Bros has no plans to cancel, despite their cancellation of the woke Batgirl movie.

Column: Liz Cheney, the GOP's Joan of Arc?

As the Wyoming primaries approach, The New York Times is already preparing the post-election spin boosting the post-congressional exploits of Liz Cheney. The August 8 front-page headline was “Cheney Ready to Lose a Race, But Not a Fight.” Times reporter Jonathan Martin laid it on thick: “She has used the Aug. 16 contest as a sort of a high-profile stage for her martyrdom – and a proving ground for her new crusade.” Martyrdom?  She’s not being burned at the stake like Joan of Arc, even if that’s the kind of moral high ground the liberal media coverage suggests. She’s losing her race “in part because of death threats, her office said.” Her new crusade is the media’s old crusade. The pull quote on the back of the front section read: “If the cost of standing up for the Constitution is losing the House seat, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay.” Martin also insisted “she has become arguably the most consequential rank-and-file member of Congress in modern times.” She will be “consequential” if the January 6 Committee somehow helps ruin Donald Trump before 2024. Cheney is only “rank-and-file” because she was tossed out of the House Republican leadership for seeking an entirely new constituency: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the alphabet of liberal TV networks. Martin hyped speculation that “she is preparing to run for president. She has done little to dissuade such talk.” Martin touted a house party in Cheyenne where the (unnamed) host introduced the congresswoman by comparing her to Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who confronted Sen. Joseph McCarthy when that was considered daring, and then in 1964 went on to become the first female candidate for president “from a major party.” That campaign went nowhere. In two successive CNN interviews, Jake Tapper and Kasie Hunt each oozed and pressed her about running for president. These salutes look to Republican voters like the fringe benefits of aiding the liberal media. She claimed she’s still Republican, but “when asked if the GOP she was raised in is even salvageable in the short term,” she said that “it may not be” and called her party “very sick.” In other words, this all sounds like the 2024 version of Evan McMullin for president – a protest vote for never-Trumpers. Like a good Democrat, she found more patriotic members on the Democrat side. “I would much rather serve with Mikie Sherrill and Chrissy Houlahan and Elissa Slotkin than Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert,” she proclaimed. Oh, she disagreed with them on some things, “but they love this country, they do their homework and they are people that are trying to do the right thing for the country.” Martin called this a “political awakening.” The Times recently reported liberal Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife donated more than $43,000 to her campaign “and groups supporting her.” Katzenberg said he was talking up Liz Cheney to “anybody and everybody that will listen to me.” The Cheney campaign sent mailers to registered Democrats with instructions on how to change parties ahead of the primary to vote for her. It’s quite a long way from the Obama years, when the liberal pundits used to call her the “daughter of Dracula” (Chris Matthews) and “Shooter’s little girl,” who’s "riding the wave of crazy” (Ed Schultz). Anderson Cooper accused her of “emboldening our enemies” and Chris Hayes panned her as “truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today.” Liz Cheney proves that no politician can be both the biggest darling of the liberal media and a viable candidate for Republican leadership.

Ruhle Demands You Stop Calling The FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid a Raid!

On MSNBC's The 11th Hour, host Stephanie Ruhle spent the opening segment of her show on Tuesday evening with her assembled panel to discuss the fallout from the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. While the panel discussion itself could constitute a NewsBusters blog in and of itself, what Ruhle said at the end of the segment outshined everything else in its stupidity.  Wrapping up the segment and about to head to a commercial break, Ruhle sanctimoniously claimed the FBI raid on Trump's Florida home wasn't actually a raid. "We keep hearing a lot of people call what the FBI did at Mar-a-Lago a raid. But for fact's sake here's the deal, law enforcement doesn't even use the term raid," Ruhle wailed.      "The Justice Department applied for and got a court-authorized search warrant that gave them lawful authority to into Trump's home. That was consistent with the Fourth Amendment probable cause requirement and allowed agents to seize items as permitted by the judge, and as outlined in the warrant," Ruhle huffed.  Continuing her temper tantrum, Ruhle proclaimed that "words matter" and "calling a court-authorized search a raid suggests some sort of degree of aggression and lawlessness that is simply inconsistent with the facts & the law, and those are the facts."   She ended her smug and factually inaccurate lecture by claiming she wants her "nobody was banging down any doors. Nobody was answering a door in their underwear, shaken from bed. None of that happened. It was law and order. And that's what's happened."  Arguing that the FBI didn't raid Trump's home is semantics at best. A simple google search of the word "raid" will reveal that the legal definition of a raid is "a surprise visit by police to arrest suspected people or seize illicit goods." While Trump obviously wasn't arrested, the FBI did "seize illicit goods."  Every time Ruhle goes off script she proves how dumb she really is. She should stick to simply reading the teleprompter.  Ruhle freaking out over people calling a raid a raid was made possible by AT&T & Sleep Number. Their information is linked so you can let them know about the propaganda they fund.  To read the transcript click "expand": MSNBC’s The 11th Hour August 9, 2022 11:16:16 p.m. Eastern  STEPHANIE RUHLE: And a quick, but I want to say important note for our audience, we keep hearing a lot of people call what the FBI did at Mar-a-Lago a raid. But for fact's sake here's the deal, law enforcement doesn't even use the term raid. So what actually happened? The Justice Department applied for and got a court-authorized search warrant that gave them lawful authority to into Trump's home.  That was consistent with the Fourth Amendment probable cause requirement, and allowed agents to seize items as permitted by the judge, and as outlined in the warrant. Words matter. And calling a court-authorized search a raid suggests some sort of degree of aggression and lawlessness that is simply inconsistent with the facts & the law, and those are the facts. Chuck, do I have that right?  CHUCK ROSENBERG: You got that right.  RUHLE: I want our audience to understand. Nobody was banging down any doors. Nobody was answering a door in their underwear, shaken from bed. None of that happened. It was law and order. And that's what's happened.

WATCH: Doocy Battles Jean-Pierre Over Mar-a-Lago Raid, Politicizing the DOJ

With President Biden having spent Monday in flood-stricken Kentucky and departing Wednesday for vacation in South Carolina, Tuesday marked perhaps the week's only White House briefing, so reporters got in their takes about the FBI raid of former President Trump's Florida home. Of course, Fox's Peter Doocy did battle with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the raid and whether the White House would do anything to pushback arguments that they've weaponized law enforcement against opponents. Doocy led off with a round-about way of asking about the raid: “Do you consider Donald Trump to be a political rival of President Biden?” When Jean-Pierre insisted she wouldn't “speak to that from here,” he countered with the fact that Biden “talks about Trump all time.” Incredibly, she disputed it: “Ehhh, I don't talk about Trump all the time.”     Despite a series of audible scoffs, Doocy noted a few recent examples, starting with one of the administrations catchphrases for the GOP: “Ultra-MAGA, you guys were criticizing his handling of COVID last week. You've mentioned his January 6 response a couple days ago. So, can you say, based on all that--I didn't say anything about Mar-a-Lago." Doocy tried again, but Jean-Pierre ducked, leaving the Fox reporter with another approach in citing Biden's own declaration against him that he'd “be very fortunate if I had [Trump] running against me” in 2024. Jean-Pierre tried to interjected that she wasn't “going to comment on” the raid despite Doocy's insistence that “it's just a quote from the President” He moved next to whether the White House would declare before the world that they haven't turned the Justice Department and FBI on its political adversaries (click “expand”): DOOCY: Is there a concern here that, if you guys don't say more, then these Republicans, who are accusing this White House of weaponizing the Justice Department, weaponizing the FBI are — that's going to become the public sentiment if you guys don’t say, once and for all, “we are not going that. JEAN-PIERRE: First — first of all, we’re just not going to comment on the Department of Justice investigation.  DOOCY: Okay, let me make it easier. JEAN-PIERRE: We are just not going to comment on that. DOOCY: Is this White House weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against political opponents? JEAN-PIERRE: The President has been very clear from before he was elected — very clear on this — hold on —  DOOCY: It’s just — JEAN-PIERRE: — throughout his time in office. DOOCY: — he’s President now. I heard the quote. We will be playing the quote tonight at six o’clock. Is this administration weaponizing the Justice Department the FBI against political opponents? JEAN-PIERRE: Peter, the President believes in the rule of law. The President believes in the independence of the Department of Justice. DOOCY: That’s — that’s a yes or no. Just is — JEAN-PIERRE: No, that’s —  DOOCY: — the White House — JEAN-PIERRE: — no, it’s a yes — a no for you. I'm answering the question. You may not like it, but I’m answering the question. DOOCY: — I’m just — JEAN-PIERRE: and I’m — nope, nope, nope. I’m answering the question. DOOCY: Just trying to figure out what’s happening. JEAN-PIERRE: And I’m telling you that we are not going to comment on a criminal investigation. The President has been very clear. I laid out what his thoughts were back on January 7th in 2021 about how we saw the Department of Justice and I'm just going to leave it there. We are not going to comment come from here from this White House on a criminal investigation that is currently happening. Doocy closed on a somewhat humorous note as he wanted to know “[w]ho around here decided that Americans were crying out for more interaction from the IRS” and whether they thought it would “be popular when the 87,000 new employees hired by the IRS go around and start auditing people to pay for the Inflation Reduction Act.” In a response certain to come back to bite her, Jean-Pierre insisted the new employees would only target “those earning over $400,000” a year. Both before and after Doocy, the AP's Zeke Miller, liberal partisan Mary Bruce of ABC, CBS News Radio's Steven Portnoy, and AFP's Sebastian Smith used their unsuccessful attempts with Jean-Pierre to question whether the raid could pose problems for the credibility of the DOJ and FBI (click “expand”): MILLER: Is the White House at all concerned given the domestic political climate, but also the signal that it sends to the rest of the world that the Department of Justice carried out this sort of operation on a former President that it could even be — create the appearance of politically-motivated prosecution? JEAN-PIERRE: So, first off — and you’ve heard us say this times at this podium, you’ve heard the President say this the Justice Department conducts investigations, independently. And we leave any law enforcement matters to them. It would not be appropriate for us to comment on any ongoing investigations. I can say that the President Biden has been unequivocal since the campaign. He believes in the rule of law, in the independence of Justice — of the Justice Department investigations — that those investigations should be free from political influence and he has held that commitment as President. I also want to remind you all of what he said on January 7th, 2021 when he then nominated Merrick Garland to be the attorney general and I quote: “We need to restore the honor, the integrity of the independence of the Department of Justice in this nation that has been so badly damaged. And so, many former leaders of that department in both parties have so testified and that — and stated that. I want to be clear to those that leave this department who you will serve. You won’t work for me. You are not the president or the vice president’s lawyer. Your loyalty is not to me. It’s to the law, the Constitution, the people of this nation, to guarantee justice.” So, I would refer you to the Department of Justice.  MILLER: And just lastly, does the White House or the President believe it would be helpful both domestically and the signal that it sends abroad for the department of justice to be more open about the reasons for that search warrant, the underlying evidence there? (....) BRUCE: And along this rate, I understand you're underscoring the independence of the Justice Department, but just politically and in terms of the optics of this, you concerned about how it looks for the Justice Department to be investigating and raiding the home of former President, who may very well be the current President's rival in 2024? (....) PORTNOY: Once more on this question of the general reaction to what has happened since yesterday. Does the President that the FBI’s legitimacy and decision-making in the way that it handled this is on the line.  (....) SMITH: So, I’m not asking you to comment on the Justice Department side of this, obviously, because I know you’re out. But politically, is the President — who’s the country’s leader — is he confident that he has a plan to address the way that a lot of Americans — maybe even a very large number of Americans — are being told and may now believe that Donald Trump is being persecuted, that the Deep State’s coming after you, that the IRS and the FBI are corrupt. All this kind of stuff. This is really believed, apparently, by really a lot of people. He's the leader of the whole country, as he often says. Does he have a handle on this? Though she didn't tie it to the raid (and instead suggested there's “a lot of work” left), Real Clear Politics's Philip Wegmann indirectly touched on credibility and divisions: “The President campaigned on binding up the wounds of the country and restoring norms and I'm wondering two years in if the President believes that he has made progress in restoring the American public's faith in federal institutions?” Today News Africa's Simon Ateba did the opposite in terms of subtly, leaving even the inept Jean-Pierre in position to deflect: “[Y]ou said that the President believes in the rule of law. Does he believe in the rule of law when it comes to the former President or even his son?” As for acts of liberal activism and cheerleading, CNN's Kaitlan Collins sought insight into how Biden “plan[s] to use the string of wins that he's had lately and that Democrats had lately to turn it to a sense of momentum, not just for his own low approval ratings, but also to help Democrats in the midterm elections.” On the raid, Andrew Feinberg of the Independent wanted to know if the White House and relevant agencies were “preparing for possible violence” in retaliation. To see the relevant transcript from August 9's briefing, click here.

MSNBC Sympathizes With Rogue Attorney: DeSantis a 'Wannabe Dictator'

Morning Joe tried to get viewers’ tears flowing for democracy on Tuesday by bringing on Florida state attorney, Democrat, and lefty-caterer Andrew Warren. Warren was recently suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis for refusing “to enforce Florida's 15-week ban on abortion and gender-affirming care.” Warren’s response? Acting like a free-speech martyr and calling DeSantis a “wannabe dictator,” and the MSNBC cast was fine with it. Co-host Mika Brzezinski started this pity-fest off by reading a piece of Warren’s recent op-ed in the Miami Herald: DeSantis suspended me for no greater cause than blind political ambition. The governor's illegal action is unwarranted and unconstitutional, it is a blatant abuse of power by a Republican governor, intent on governor intent on gaining national attention from the most extreme members of his own party as he looks to run for president in 2024. For DeSantis this is all political theater—let's look tough and kick out of office a prosecutor who is a Democrat and who has embraced effective criminal justice policies he doesn't like.     She then asked him, “is Ron DeSantis a threat to democracy overall? And how do you make this not personal between the two of you?” Warren responded by wildly accusing DeSantis of “waging a war on free speech,” and everyone should be “worried.” “Think about the groups that DeSantis has already attacked for speaking out against him,” Warren cried out. “First it was businesses, then teachers, now public servants? Who is next?” he nervously questioned, concluding that the “so-called free state of Florida” does not “feel very free to a lot of us.” So, Warren and the minority of people he is clearly kissing up to do not feel free, all because they cannot kill unborn children, or groom young and impressionable children by encouraging them to (seemingly) change their gender.  Host of MSNBC’s Way Too Early Jonathan Lemire added more fuel to this tiny fire by asking Warren how he’s going to combat this “unlawful” suspension and was concerned DeSantis would “get away with this.” Warren stated that he will fight “vigorously in the courts and in the Senate.” He even warned that what DeSantis did to him can happen to anyone in the “years to come," and tried to portray himself as a selfless hero by saying “again, keep in mind it is not just about me, this is about democracy.” And because this is about democracy, he and his team have “had so many people come to our aid.” He even hawked his website. He also had fighting words to conclude his monologue, saying “this is a fight for democracy, a fight to preserve the integrity of our elections, a fight for free speech, to make sure that we have the freedoms in Florida and are not subject to the tyrannical rule of a wannabe dictator.” This example of lefty-catering was proudly sponsored by Trivago and The Farmer's Dog. Click "expand" for the full transcript of this segment. MSNBC’s Morning Joe August 9, 2022 9:49:17 a.m. Eastern MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Our next guest is a twice-elected state attorney who was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis after he refused to enforce Florida's 15-week ban on abortion and gender affirming care. He's now vowing not to go down without a fight. Taking aim at the Florida governor's actions and speaking out against these laws that aren't even on the books yet, including criminalizing gender affirming health care. Joining us now, the recently suspended State Attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida, Andrew Warren. Thanks for joining us this morning.  ANDREW WARREN:  Of course, thanks for having me.  BRZEZINSKI: Let me start by reading part of your op-ed for the Miami Herald. You do not mince words here. You say, “DeSantis suspended me for no greater cause than blind political ambition. The governor's illegal action is unwarranted and unconstitutional, it is a blatant abuse of power by a Republican governor, intent on governor intent on gaining national attention from the most extreme members of his own party as he looks to run for president in 2024. For DeSantis this is all political theater—let's look tough and kick out of office a prosecutor who is a Democrat and who has embraced effective criminal justice policies he doesn't like.” You go on to write, “As DeSantis plays presidential politics, he is playing with fire in undermining democracy in Florida by trampling over constitutional rights and the will of the voters.” Is Ron DeSantis a threat to democracy overall? And how do you make this not personal between the two of you?  WARREN: Well it's not personal, I mean—and this is about many more people than me. This isn't about one elected official being suspended, this is the overthrow of democracy in Hillsborough County and in Florida.  I mean, let’s look at what he did. He’s waging a war on free speech, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or neither, everybody should be outraged, and everybody should be worried too. Think about the groups that DeSantis has already attacked for speaking out against him. First it was businesses, then teachers, now public servants? Who is next? I mean, the Governor likes to brag about the so-called free state of Florida, but it sure doesn't feel very free to a lot of us.  BRZEZINSKI: Jonathan Lemire? JONATHAN LEMIRE: Andrew, good morning, thanks for being here. So walk us through—what are the next steps here? Obviously you’ve more than registered the disapproval in the op-ed but what are the concrete— legal options, political ones that you can use in the days ahead?  WARREN: Well we are going to fight this illegal order, and we’re going to fight vigorously in the courts and in the Senate where this is likely to end up as well. But, again, keep in mind it is not just about me, this is about democracy. This has the potential to affect every single elected official, Democrat and Republican in Florida, not just today, for years to come.  And that's why we’ve had so many people come to our aid and support us at andrewwarrenfl.com. Because they know that this is a fight for democracy, a fight to preserve the integrity of our elections, a fight for free speech, to make sure that we have the freedoms in Florida and are not subject to the tyrannical rule of a wannabe dictator.  LEMIRE: Alright, well those are certainly strong words there, and obviously Governor DeSantis running for reelection, but widely rumored to have wider and larger political ambitions eyeing the White House, potentially as soon as 2024. So, talk to us about what sort of template this would set for him and the rest of the country, were he able to get away with this.  WARREN: Well it is just a blatant abuse of power. And he is abusing his power to further his own political ambitions, because he has this obsession with running for president, to out-Trumping Trump or both, but he’s abusing his power in a way to violate the most fundamental sacred aspect of our democracy, the fact that people's vote matters, that the people get to elect their elected officials. I mean—even my 8-year-old understands that, that’s how democracy works.  So what DeSantis is doing here is undermining the fabric and the framework of our democracy. 

ABC Highlights Bipartisan Calls for Transparency in FBI Trump Raid

On Tuesday, the day after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Florida home at Mar-a-Lago, ABC’s World News Tonight highlighted how not only have Trump’s allies come out in opposition to the FBI’s raid and its lack of transparency but some of Trump’s biggest critics have expressed their dissatisfaction. Anchor David Muir noted the “growing pressure on the Department of Justice and the FBI really from both sides of the aisle tonight to release something, some sort of explanation for this, you know, unprecedented raid.”  Chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl reported how this criticism “is coming not just from Republicans who are supportive of Trump, this is coming from people that have been quite critical of Trump.”  This includes Republican Governor Larry Hogan “calling on the Biden administration to release all the documents justifying this raid,” Karl added.      According to Karl, Hogan warned: “if the federal government cannot ultimately provide overwhelming evidence that actions were absolutely necessary, then it will only undermine faith in democracy and the rule of law and further divide Americans.”  During CBS Evening News’s analysis of the fallout of the FBI raid, chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa surmised that the raid “could speed up his [Trump’s] decision on 2024.”  Costa added that “many in the party are ready to aggressively go after the Justice Department in 2023 should Republicans win the House majority this fall. House Republican Jim Jordan and others preparing investigations. Political war on the horizon.”  Continuing to fill in for anchor Lester Holt, Tom Llamas speaking to justice correspondent Ken Dilanian remarked how “we can't lose the magnitude of this moment” and asked Dilanian to walk viewers through “how unprecedented a move this was by the Justice Department.”  Dilanian revealed that “legal experts are unaware of any other time in history when a former President's house was searched by law enforcement agents.”  Llamas followed up by asking if “Trump is likely to be charged[?]” Dilanian responded, “not necessarily” and that “It’s possible this was a case of the government wanting its documents back.”  This coverage of the unprecedented raid of a former President’s home was made possible by Verizon on ABC, Allstate on CBS, and Progressive on NBC. Their information is linked. To read the transcript of each segment click “expand”:  ABC’s World News Tonight August 9, 2022 6:37:54 p.m. Eastern  DAVID MUIR: In the meantime, growing pressure on the Department of Justice and the FBI really from both sides of the aisle tonight to release something, some sort of explanation for this, you know, unprecedented raid.  JON KARL: Yeah, this is coming not just from Republicans who are supportive of Trump, this is coming from people that have been quite critical of Trump, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, one of his most prominent Republican critics, is calling on the Biden administration to release all the documents justifying this raid. And he offered a warning, David, listen to what Larry Hogan said. He said, if the federal government cannot ultimately provide overwhelming evidence that actions were absolutely necessary, then it will only undermine faith in democracy and the rule of law and further divide Americans. So, that, a warning coming from somebody who has been quite critical of Donald Trump. CBS Evening News August 9, 2022 6:35:31 p.m. Eastern JERICKA DUNCAN: For more on the possible criminal and political implications of this FBI search, let's bring in CBS’s Robert Costa. Robert, good evening to you. What sort of implications does this have for a potential run for the former President which is looking at a possible bid in 2024?  ROBERT COSTA: It could speed up his decision on 2024. CBS News has learned tonight that many top Republicans on the Trump side of the party are calling him, saying, get in now, consolidate the base around you, block out rivals from running, and complicate life for the Justice Department. Become a federal candidate even while you might be under federal investigation. Others are saying hold off wait, see how this develops.  DUNCAN: And Donald Trump has endorsed nearly 200 candidates already since he left office. What are Republicans saying in reference to him being this sort of de facto leader by some, some would say that's what he is in the party.  COSTA: He is the leader of a wing of the party but the party isn't universally behind him. As Major said, about a dozen House Republicans are going to be in New Jersey tonight rallying at his side, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell today, quiet, silent, didn't want to weigh in, wants to see how this all develops.  That's the mood inside the Senate GOP in some quarters, wait to see how this plays out because they know that Trump is still a risk for the party in many ways but at the same time so many in the party are ready to aggressively go after the Justice Department in 2023 should Republicans win the House majority this fall. House Republican Jim Jordan and others preparing investigations. Political war on the horizon.  NBC Nightly News August 9, 2022 7:05:48 p.m. Eastern  TOM LLAMAS: With that new reporting, I want to bring in our justice correspondent Ken Dilanian. Ken, we can't lose the magnitude of this moment. Walk our viewers through how unprecedented a move this was by the Justice Department.  KEN DILANIAN: This appears to be a first, Tom. Legal experts are unaware of any other time in history when a former President's house was searched by law enforcement agents. To get the warrant, the FBI had to convince a federal judge there was evidence of a crime inside Trump's Florida residence. But even before that, Justice Department officials had to make the decision that such a controversial move was the best way to obtain what they were looking for. Well, the DOJ is not commenting. It’s all but certain this search would have been approved by the Attorney General himself who decide that simply asking for the documents, or demanding them with a subpoena wasn't going to work. Tom?  LLAMAS: And Ken, because the home of a former President was searched, the big question is does this mean Trump is likely to be charged?  DILANIAN: Not necessarily. It’s possible this was a case of the government wanting its documents back. That said, government officials have gone to prison in the past for taking classified documents home, Tom. It’s also possible that this is about a lot more than documents. Trump said he did nothing wrong and is calling the search prosecutorial misconduct. Tom?

MSNBC Fearmongers: Mar-a-Lago Raid Will Trigger Terrorism Like OK City Bombing

With news of Trump’s home of Mar-a-Lago being raided by the FBI dominating the news, substitute host Dr. Jason Johnson brought on Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank on Monday night's ReidOut to spread fear that news of the raid would inspire a latter-day Timothy McVeigh to commit an act of terrorism comparable in scale to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168 people and injured nearly 700. After briefly asking DNC adviser Kurt Bardella about his reaction to the news (which was unsurprisingly joyful) Johnson then asked Milbank, “people who are politically connected to Trump, all the Republican members of Congress who go down to Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring...I mean, are there members of Congress right now who are checking their schedules to see how much time they spent there and whether they left anything incriminating?”     One has to be in a pretty weird mental space to uncritically assume that all Republicans are career criminals who have at least one incriminating item or document on their person at all times.  Regardless, Milbank responded:  So — uh, there's a whole lot of reasons for a lot of people to be concerned, but there's a reason we should all be concerned right at this moment because can you see in — uh, Donald Trump's response to this that he is ready — uh, to turn up the heat, to turn people against the FBI, against the Justice Department, against the government...We know what happens — uh, when this anti-government rhetoric gets out of hand, and it can often be violent. Johnson connected Milbank’s assertion to a similar claim he made in his forthcoming book The Destructionists, where he claims Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” was the beginning of the transformation of the GOP into its current state, before asking: “Do you think that this raid on his home will lead to domestic violence, domestic terror, or any other sort of violent reaction as he claims he's been violated in his home?” Milbank stretched his book’s thesis a little further than reality might allow: Well Jason, God willing it won't, but that is exactly — uh, the concern right now. And if you look at — to go back to the '90s as — as you just were — uh, before the Oklahoma City bombing, there was a whole lot of things building up to that, a lot of smaller — uh, skirmishes and incidents, and a whole lot of heated rhetoric coming from — uh, Republican — uh, lawmakers, from conservative talk radio at the time — uh, and it got heated and more heated, and — and then we had that — that catastrophic event. Blaming Republicans for the Oklahoma City bombing is sadly not a new phenomenon, and the MRC reported it when they did it right after the bombing. As for the bomber’s true motivation, Timothy McVeigh stated in a letter published after his execution in 2001, “When an aggressor force continually launches attacks from a particular base of operations, it is sound military strategy to take the fight to the enemy.” Needless to say, somebody worried about federal overreach is not the same as someone who views the federal government as an enemy combatant. And finally, the reaction of Trump supporters on the ground was...to drive to Mar-a-Lago and protest the raid with signs and flags. But sure MSNBC, let’s paint all Republican officials and voters since the Clinton administration as potential domestic terrorists. This latest leftist fearmongering was made possible by ClearChoice and Flex Seal. Their contact information is linked. Click “Expand” to see the relevant transcript. MSNBC’s The ReidOut 08/08/22 7:26:32 PM ET JASON JOHNSON: Joining me right now is Kurt Bardella, adviser to the DNC and the DCC, and Dana Milback — uh, Dana Milbank, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Destructionists: the 25-Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party, which comes out tomorrow.  Kurt, I'll start with you. Just your immediate reaction to this unannounced raid on Mar-a-Lago. Are you surprised? Are you thrilled? Are you jumping up and down? What was your immediate reaction?  KURT BARDELLA: Uh, I guess we know why so many Republicans were talking about defunding the FBI at CPAC over the last weekend. Uh — you know, I think that this is — this is unprecedented — I mean, and we cannot underscore and understate the fact that the former President of the United States' residence, if you will, just got raided by the FBI.  Uh, I think that as we look ahead at the political consequences potentially, I think any Republican who has spent their time and energy on the campaign trail sucking up to Donald Trump, begging for his support, begging for his endorsement, they do so at their peril because, whatever happens next, I don't think it's going to be particularly good.  And I don't know how you get to campaign on being the law and order party while perhaps the single person that has the biggest sway in your party is under this type of scrutiny from the FBI. JOHNSON: Unlike Vegas, what stay — what happens in Mar-a-Lago may not stay in Mar-a-Lago after this investigation. Uh, Dana, as Kurt sort of suggested, people who are politically connected to Trump, all the Republican members of Congress who go down to Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring. Do you think right now they may be concerned? Are they thinking did I leave my business card in the wrong bathroom? Did I leave this document here or there? I mean, are there members of Congress right now who are checking their schedules to see how much time they spent there and whether they left anything incriminating?  DANA MILBANK: Well it may well be and it's — it’s a te