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No matter how many times liberals lie and say that Big Tech is biased towards conservatives, it won’t be true

The evidence that Big Tech has its thumb on the scales in favor of liberal and/or legacy media publishers is so overwhelming at this point that no reasonable person should contest it.

The list of major figures banned by Twitter and Facebook is over 90% filled with conservative and/or pro-Trump figures. It is also facially obvious that Facebook’s allegedly independent fact-checkers disproportionately target conservative publishers. Additionally, FEC records clearly demonstrate that the employees of both Twitter and Facebook are overwhelmingly liberal and pro-Democrat.

Still, liberals frequently contest it. If you want a decent roundup of liberals making this insane claim, this Politico article from September contains a few examples. Against the mountain of evidence that conservatives are treated differently and worse by the Big Tech companies, the liberals making this argument frequently point to lists that purportedly show that conservative publishers are getting more traffic from social media sources.

In the first place, as the Daily Wire noted Wednesday, this isn’t even true. It is usually true that the Daily Wire is number one on the engagements list, followed by Fox News; however, if you add all the total engagements for left-leaning sites on the top 25 list, they actually outnumber engagements for right-leaning sites.

However, even if this argument were true, it would entirely miss the point. Even if conservative sites were actually dominating traffic on Facebook, it would not constitute proof that Facebook is actually trying to help conservative sites. Anyone who would make such an argument simply doesn’t understand what it’s like to live life as a conservative.

See, if you are liberal, you have a billion places you can go to find news and information that is presented to you in a manner that reinforces the correctness of your beliefs. For starters, you can consume the news from any of the broadcast networks and all the cable networks, with the occasional exception of Fox News. Alternately, you can read pretty much any newspaper in the country, except for the New York Post and the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal. If that isn’t enough for you, you can just watch pretty much every television show and movie that’s produced and be rewarded with material that reinforces your liberal beliefs. And in 2020, you can get bonus reinforcement from watching any sporting event in the United States and find athletes and teams happily validating your liberal beliefs.

Conservatives have long been forced into a kind of cultural and informational underground when it comes to sharing their beliefs. One of the things liberals have never understood about the success of Rush Limbaugh is that it largely existed because, for a period of many years, Limbaugh was almost the only major figure in the media who was saying things conservatives believed. If you’ve been a conservative for any length of time, you know that virtually the only way conservative ideas get disseminated is through person-to-person contact, because the mass media certainly goes out of its way to avoid helping.

By all accounts, social media traffic to liberal sites should be beating traffic to conservative sites even more than it is, with the patently uneven treatment afforded conservative publishers. The only reason that conservative sites are even close is that conservatives have spent decades waging informational guerilla warfare against virtually all of popular culture. Sharing content that is scoffed at by smug people who purport to be gatekeepers of truth is something that anyone who’s ever voted for a Republican for president is used to doing.

Conservatives do not enjoy an advantage with big tech companies, no matter how many times liberals make this clearly false claim. What irritates liberals is that despite a years-long campaign to stifle conservative publishers on social media, those publishers are still punching at a roughly equal weight to their liberal counterparts.

It isn’t enough to many liberals that liberals control almost all of broadcast media and pop culture; it’s offensive to them that there’s literally any venue where center-right ideas can disseminate. And so they have pressured the Big Tech companies to take every measure in the book to suppress the spread of those ideas, and the Big Tech companies have willingly complied. And still, center-right sites are almost as popular as liberal ones.

The reason for that is simple: Conservatives are used to being forced underground, and no matter how far down they are pushed, they’ll still find ways to share their ideas. This is the world liberals have created, and conservatives have adapted to it.

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NY Times circulates false claim about woman fired over viral Central Park racism video

Amy Cooper’s world was turned upside down in May when she, a white woman, called the police on Christian Cooper, a black man, in Central Park. Amy Cooper was walking her dog without a leash in a section of the park that requires animals to be leashed. Amy Cooper told police that her life was being threatened, but video evidence proved that was not true.

The story was immediately thrust into the national spotlight as yet another instance of blatant racism. Amy Cooper was eventually fired from her job.

But she found herself back in the news last week following a new story from the New York Times.

What did the Times report?

The Times reported that Amy Cooper called police not just once, but twice, to claim that Christian Cooper was threatening her life.

In a story titled, “Amy Cooper Falsely Accused Black Bird-Watcher in 2nd 911 Conversation,” the so-called “newspaper of record” reported:

Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on a Black bird-watcher in Central Park, had a second, previously unreported conversation with a 911 dispatcher in which she falsely claimed that the man tried to assault her, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

“The defendant twice reported that an African-American man was putting her in danger, first by stating that he was threatening her and her dog, and then in a second call indicating that he tried to assault her in the Ramble area of the park,” Joan Illuzzi, a senior prosecutor, said.

The story came the same day as the explosive story about Hunter Biden in the New York Post. And as was noted on social media, because of the Times’ story, “Amy Cooper” trended on Twitter — not Hunter Biden.

But, as it turned out, the Times’ story was incorrect.

What’s the truth?

Although it was easily provable by watching the video of Amy Cooper that went viral, Cooper did not, as the Times’ claimed, call police twice to report that Christian Cooper was threatening her life.

In fact, the second call between Amy Cooper and police was initiated by a 911 dispatcher.

An editor’s note at the top of the Times’ story now reads, “Editors’ note: The New York Times and several other news organizations originally reported on Wednesday that Ms. Cooper made a second call to 911, citing courtroom statements. But on Friday, people familiar with the case clarified that the second call had actually been made by a 911 dispatcher who called Ms. Cooper back. This story has been updated to reflect that new information.”

However, the Times did not update the headline of the story, nor did it delete social media posts that reported the false information, leading to new scorn against Cooper.

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With a handful of days until the election, press asks Biden: ‘What flavor milkshake did you get?’

With 16 days until the election, and so many unanswered questions surrounding Joe Biden’s campaign, the media asked the Democratic presidential nominee the critical question of: “What flavor milkshake did you get?” That was the pivotal query that the press decided to ask the possible next president with a little over two weeks until the election.

The media were presented with an opportunity to ask Biden a question regarding his campaign on Sunday. The press could have asked if he is in favor of court-packing or asked about his response to the allegations of Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings, which one report links the former vice president to. Possibly fearing being attacked by Biden for asking any questions about the New York Post’s bombshell report like CBS News’ Bo Erickson did, the press decided to ask Joe about his milkshake.

On Sunday, Biden made a stop in Durham, North Carolina, where he visited the fast-food chain Cookout. Biden and his granddaughter Finnegan ordered milkshakes from the North Carolina-based burger joint.

As Biden walked away with his frosty treats, a reporter shouted, “Mr. Biden! Mr. Biden! What flavor did you get?”

The Hill media reporter Joe Concha commented on the hard-hitting journalism.

“There has never been a presidential candidate less scrutinized that the 2020 Democratic nominee,” Concha said. “And this is after political media screaming about transparency for the past four years. You either hold the powerful or potentially accountable or you don’t.”

New York Magazine and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali tweeted, “‘What flavor did you get?’ – you don’t need to ask the candidate this question. Find out from staff. Two weeks out, a party nominee should be asked more substantive questions. This isn’t the first Iowa trip!”

The question about Biden’s milkshake somehow became even worse when CBS political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported that the candidate would likely call a lid until Thursday’s presidential debate in Nashville.

“This week is mostly about debate prep,” O’Keefe said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” “He will not be seen again after today until Thursday night in Nashville at that next debate. So they’re going to keep him focused on that. That’s a signal that they believe this is still a very big opportunity for them to provide one last contrast with the president and they have to prepare him for potential attacks from the president.”

On Friday, Biden had a sparsely attended rally in Detroit, where he relied on a huge teleprompter through much of his speech.

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Biden town hall featured voters with undisclosed Democratic ties, ABC News silent on growing criticism

ABC News has refused to address criticism surrounding their town hall with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday after two of the voters who asked Biden questions had undisclosed connections to Democrats.

What are the details?

One of the questioners, Nathan Osburn, was introduced by town hall moderator George Stephanopolous as a “Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Democrat” and identified as a “communications” professional, according to the New York Post.

As it turns out, Osburn’s communications background includes working for the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008. Osburn also worked as a speechwriter in the Obama administration for more than five years, including stints at the Small Business Administration and Department of Commerce.

Osburn now works at Google, according to his LinkedIn page.

Meanwhile, another questioner, Mieke Haeck, was identified by ABC News as a physical therapist from Pennsylvania. As it turns out, Haeck is “the wife of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat,” Fox News reported.

From Fox News:

Haeck is also the wife of Ezra Nanes, who in 2018 ran for Pennsylvania state Senate Republican Majority Leader Jake Corman. Nanes is currently an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee.

Nanes praised his wife’s appearance at the town hall on Twitter. “Our children and I are so proud of our @MiekeHaeck for her courage in asking this question of @JoeBiden and so grateful to our next President for his caring and decisive answer in support of transgender and all LGBTQ people,” Nanes wrote

How did ABC News respond?

According to Fox News, the news network is staying silence amid growing criticism, only pointing toward comments from Stephanopoulos at the town hall’s opening.

“Some are voting for [Biden], some have said they’re voting for President Trump, some are still undecided, and we’re going to try to take questions from as many as we can tonight,” Stephanopoulos said.

Anything else?

The controversy comes after ABC News hosted a town hall with President Donald Trump last month in which the network presented those who would ask Trump questions as “uncommitted voters.”

However, one of the questioners had committed on social media to volunteer for Sen. Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary last year. The voter was a self-described “liberal Democrat” and repeatedly bashed Trump on social media, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Meanwhile, another alleged “uncommitted voter” who asked Trump a question tweeted just weeks before the town hall that he’s “never once supported trump and won’t now.”

ABC News also dodged questions about the partisanship of those questioners, telling the Free Beacon that the voters “all identified to [the network] as uncommitted.”

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Don’t these false or misleading reports lack ‘authoritative reporting’? Where’s Twitter’s ban-hammer?

On Wednesday, the New York Post published an explosive report on emails the Post claims were obtained from a computer belonging to Hunter Biden. The emails appear to provide more details on Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukrainian energy company Burisma and contradict claims from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings. Critical questions have been raised about the Bidens’ ties to Ukraine and whether the Democratic candidate previously used his position as vice president to benefit his son financially.

The New York Post story quickly became controversial with many journalists disputing the details of the story and questioning the Post’s sources. But outrage was triggered when social media platforms stepped in to prevent users from reading the story and drawing their own conclusions about the Post’s reporting.

Facebook acted first, questioning the veracity of the Post’s report and announcing that distribution of the story on its platform would be limited until an independent fact-checker finished reviewing the Post’s work. Twitter acted next, initially giving some users a warning label stating “headlines don’t tell the full story.”

Then Twitter went further. Engaging in what the New York Post called “extraordinary censorship measures,” Twitter banned users from tweeting the story, from retweeting it, and even from sharing it in direct messages. The New York Post’s Twitter account was locked and subsequently other prominent Twitter accounts that shared the story were locked as well, including the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Twitter also banned a follow-up report from the Post on emails relating to “lucrative” deals with China.

The explanations offered by Facebook and Twitter for their censorship claim that the platforms’ policies are intended to prevent the spread of misleading or inaccurate information. Twitter in particular made the determination that the Post is not a source of “authoritative reporting.”

“Given the lack of authoritative reporting on the origins of the materials included in the article, we’re taking action to limit the spread of this information,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner Wednesday.

In a statement published by Twitter, the company changed its story and said the ban was put in place because “images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules.” The images of emails published by the post contain unredacted email addresses. Additionally, Twitter views the emails reported by the post as “violations of our Hacked Materials Policy.”

“Commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves, aren’t a violation of this policy,” Twitter said. “Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves.” The company explained that this policy, created in 2018, “prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization.”

This public statement made no reference to Twitter’s original rationale for suppressing the New York Post story: That it lacked “authoritative reporting.”

How does Twitter determine what constitutes “authoritative reporting?” The standard clearly isn’t suppressing misleading or inaccurate information. If that were the case, why were the following stories were never censored by Twitter?

  • A February 2017 story from the New York Times alleging that the Trump campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence was riddled with “misleading and inaccurate” information, FBI notes revealed. The story was based on unsubstantiated claims from anonymous sources and was never updated to reflect how it became discredited.
  • CNN claimed in June 2017 that then-FBI Director James Comey would, in congressional testimony under oath, dispute a claim made by President Trump that the FBI director had assured the president he wasn’t under investigation. Comey did not dispute the president in his testimony and CNN was forced to issue a correction to its story.
  • The New York Daily News in 2018 published a report claiming the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter was “trained by the NRA.” In reality, the National Rifle Association had absolutely nothing to do with the shooting.
  • After the Parkland shooting, CNN misleadingly claimed in a graphic posted on Twitter that 22 “school shootings” had already occurred that year. The inaccurate number was inflated by including accidental discharges of firearms on school campuses, gang violence, domestic violence, and university shootings and incidents that did not even include pupils.
  • Remember the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal covered in-depth in by CNN and others in 2018? The UK investigation into digital marketing firm found that allegations of colluding with Russia to influence the results of the Brexit referendum and break U.S. campaign laws were unfounded.
  • The New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari highlights how the Mueller Report’s release in April 2019 debunked several media narratives that were shared on social media without censorship, including reports that Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort met with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London; that Jeff Sessions lied when he said he didn’t meet the Russian ambassador as a Trump surrogate; that Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with Kremlin officials; that Trump ordered Cohen to lie to Congress; and of course the salacious and allegations from the Steele Dossier. All inaccurate or false stories.
  • In 2019 CNN, the Washington Post, and other outlets pushed a false narrative that high school student Nicholas Sandmann had provoked an encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C., near the Lincoln Memorial. The media claimed that Sandmann and others taunted Phillips, claims which viral video showed were false. The Post and CNN went on to settle million dollar defamation lawsuits brought by Sandmann.
  • In September 2019 the New York Times published a smear of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Times wrote about a previously unreported sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh from his undergraduate days at Yale, but failed to mention that the supposed victim did not recall the alleged incident.
  • In April 2020, Politico issued a lengthy correction and apology for falsely claiming that President Trump owed “tens of millions” to the Bank of China. Tweets propagating the original false story remain undeleted.
  • In September 2020 The Atlantic published claims from four anonymous sources that President Trump referred to a cemetery for fallen WWI soldiers as “filled with losers.” Over 20 witnesses went on-the-record to dispute the Atlantic’s account.
From these examples, which can still be shared on Twitter’s platform, it’s clear that “authoritative reporting” does not mean accurate or well-sourced material.

It’s code for “stories the censors at Twitter agree with.” An unfavorable report about Joe Biden doesn’t qualify.

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Press-protected Biden has answered less than half as many questions from media as Trump has since Aug. 31: Report

A new report from Axios details how Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden might be the “luckiest, least scrutinized frontrunner” ever in a presidential election based on the media’s highly favorable, hands-off approach to the candidate.

In making its case, the news outlet noted that “Biden has yet to be pinned down on an array of legitimate questions” regarding his mysterious intentions on packing the Supreme Court as well as his views on Medicare for All, reallocating police department funding, the Green New Deal, and reparations for black Americans. The former senator also has not been grilled over his questionable support of the 1994 crime bill.

The key statistic

A poignant example of the media’s favorability toward Biden highlighted in the report is a Trump campaign statistic not disputed by the Biden campaign that found that since Aug. 31, “Biden has answered less than half as many questions from the press as Trump — 365 compared with 753.”

Axios noted that in that time, Biden has been interviewed by local TV reporters 35 times and national reporters three times and conducted two town halls.

Earlier this year, Biden went more than a month without holding a press conference and has generally, during the campaign, flown under the radar and avoided appearances with reporters.

The imbalance of press questions since Aug. 31 is actually an improvement on a reported imbalance between July 19 and Sept. 15. The New York Post reported that during that time, Trump fielded 1,141 questions to Biden’s 274 questions — a whopping five times more.

Attempting to provide an explanation for the most recent statistic, Axios suggested the mainstream media’s “obsession” with President Trump along with the president’s “compulsion” to dominate the news cycle as reasons for the imbalance.

But a more obvious explanation may simply be that the mainstream media have a biased opposition to Trump’s re-election and therefore have no interest in grilling his challenger and risking damage to his election chances.

Such media bias was on full display during an early September press conference in which reporters tossed softball question after softball question to Biden. Several conservative commentators lashed out in response to the event, calling it “shameful” and “pathetic.”

“It’s like watching someone make sure a 3-year-old wins CandyLand,” RealClearPolitics senior writer Mark Hemingway tweeted, relaying a friend’s text message.

Trump campaign spokesman Andrew Clark told Axios: “Biden has been the least-scrutinized presidential candidate in modern history at great disservice to the voters, but the press still has time to rectify that.”

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Post-debate media roundup: The fly dominates the debate. Also, Mike Pence is sexist.

Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate was a substantive, issue-driven, coherent political debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and a significant amount of the media discussion about and reaction to the debate focused on a fly.

During the debate at Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, a fly landed on Pence’s head and sat there for about two minutes.

And for a time, the fly dominated debate discussion.

Daily Caller reporter Andrew Kerr called out the media for its triviality.

Aside from the fly, immediate media reaction to the debate focused on the performances of the two vice presidential candidates. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow remarked that the debate reminded her of what politics used to be like, before criticizing the Trump administration.

Maddow led a panel with MSNBC contributors Nicole Wallace and Joy Reid.

Reid, after mentioning the fly, criticized Pence for interrupting Harris, accusing him of “doing a softer version of what Donald Trump did last week.”

“He repeatedly interrupted her, he demanded, well, he also repeatedly interrupted the other woman in the room, which is the moderator who seemed to at some point lose control of him, and he also continually demanded that Kamala Harris answer his questions,” Reid said. “She was not there to answer his questions.”

After Reid noted how Pence apparently steamrolled the moderator and Harris, which she said will hurt Trump with women, Wallace said his performance was “flaccid and anemic,” which she says will hurt Trump with men.

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill later joined the MSNBC panel and called Pence “patronizing” and “boring.”

Pence was criticized by other commentators for interrupting Harris. According to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, CBS anchor Norah Odonnell claimed that Pence interrupted Harris “twice as often” as Harris interrupted Pence.

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski complained that Pence overran his time and was not controlled by moderator Susan Page.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes made the interruptions a gender issue.

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos brought sexism into his analysis, accusing Pence of “mansplaining” to Harris.

But two independent reviews of the speaking time reveals that Harris had equal time with Pence, if not more.

Ben Shapiro said that Pence’s performance was “effective,” which is why commentators assumed he spoke more.

Others said Pence performed well. CBS’ Norah O’Donnell said Pence was “masterful.”

“You may not agree with anything his administration does, but in terms of his debating style he repeatedly did not answer the question that was posed to him about the record of the Trump administration on a number of issues, he pivoted and used the time to deliver a direct attack against Joe Biden’s long record in Washington. And I was stunned because I thought that Kamala Harris, the former prosecutor and skilled debater … would be able to make sure it was the Trump record that was on defense.”

“Many times it seemed like Kamala was on defense,” she added.

ABC News newscaster Linsey Davis said Pence “really held [Harris’] feet to the fire” on the Supreme Court.

ABC News contributor Sara Fagen said Pence “did a great job.”

CNN contributor Van Jones said Harris was “run over” and said Pence was “masterful” and “made conservatism seem normal again.”

Harris was criticized for missing opportunities to attack the Trump administration and for dodging some questions.

NBC’s Lester Hold and Andrea Mitchell noted Harris “didn’t score” on the issue of masks.

CNN’s Jake Tapper criticized Harris for dodging a question on packing the Supreme Court.

Conservatives, for the most part, say Pence won the debate. Progressives say Harris won. But if debates are won on memorability, we should all acknowledge the fly as the true winner.

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Senate Republicans torch Washington Post over ‘religious smear’, ‘disgraceful attacks’ on Amy Coney Barrett

High profile Senate Republicans Ted Cruz (Texas) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) blasted the Washington Post on Wednesday for publishing a “religious smear” against Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The Post investigative article titled “Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise” examined Barrett’s involvement with People of Praise, “a small Christian group founded in the 1970s based in South Bend, Ind.” One of the contributing authors of the article is Emma Brown, who The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway noted was the same reporter who first published the sexual harassment allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

In a tweet, Cruz shared a screenshot of the article and wrote “WaPo levels religious smear at Judge Barrett,” adding “Next, the Dems propose a test: if she floats . . . she’s a witch!”

The Post’s article reviewed Barrett’s connections to People of Praise and raised the possibility that Barrett will be asked about the Christian group during her Senate confirmation hearings, which are set to begin Oct. 12.

The Post reported that Barrett held the title of “handmaid” within the group. The title is a reference to the biblical description of Jesus’ mother Mary as “the handmaid of the Lord.”

The Post noted that the word “handmaid” holds a recent pop culture connotation as a reference to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a television series based on a 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood about a dystopian future where a totalitarian society subjugates fertile women, called “handmaids,” to child-bearing slavery. Some progressives have
adopted the story as, “an expression of the deepest, most intense political fears haunting liberals during the Trump presidency.”

Last month, Newsweek and other publications falsely reported that People of Praise inspired Atwood’s story and were forced to issue a correction.

McConnell’s office issued a press release criticizing the Post for reporting on the term.

“The word ‘handmaid’ appears dozens of times in the King James Bible. It was good enough for the Virgin Mary,” McConnell said. “But now, because one liberal author put it in the title of an anti-religious novel in the 1980s, the press tries to imply that one of the most brilliant and powerful women in the legal world is anti-woman.”

The responsibilities of a “handmaid” in People of Praise include giving younger women advice on issues like “child rearing and marriage.” The Post reported that Barrett was “one of three handmaids in the South Bend branch’s northwest area” in 2010, and brought attention to Barrett’s parents’ role in the group:

Barrett’s position was in keeping with her family’s prior service in the community. Her mother, Linda Coney, served in the New Orleans branch as a handmaid, the Associated Press
previously reported, and her father, Michael Coney, led that branch as principal coordinator and sat on the national group’s all-male board of governors.

The article highlighted that “handmaids” “did not carry authority equivalent to positions held by men in the group’s formal hierarchy.” It also stated “some critics of Barrett” accuse People of Praise of holding a “sexist expectation that women defer to men.” It also called attention to Barrett’s relationship with the People of Praise’s co-founder Kevin Ranaghan and the group’s “male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles.”

Also, while in law school, Barrett lived at the South Bend home of People of Praise’s influential co-founder Kevin Ranaghan and his wife, Dorothy, who together helped establish the group’s male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles. The group was one of many to grow out of the charismatic Christian movement, which sought a more intense and communal religious experience by embracing such practices as shared living, faith healing and speaking in tongues.

“Barrett’s ties to the group, which has conservative stances on the role of women in society and other social issues, did not come to light until after she was questioned by senators considering her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017,” the Post reported. “Senators are preparing to question her next week over her nomination to the high court.”

The story also expanded on the “male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles” of People of Praise:

The community was led by men, who taught members to run their families according to their interpretation of biblical views of gender roles, according to former members and group documents.

“Women were homemakers; they were there to support their husbands,” one former member said in an interview. “My dad was the head of the household and the decision-maker.”

A person who was raised in the community said she was instructed by elders not to “emasculate” her male peers by getting the better of them in conversation. “I was made aware of the difference from a young age,” the person said. “I was aware that it would have been better if I had been born a boy.”

The article also cited critiques of feminism from a 1991 essay by Dorothy Ranaghan, the wife of the group’s co-founder:

Dorothy Ranaghan, a former high school religion teacher, co-wrote two books on charismatic Christianity with her husband in the years around People of Praise’s founding.

She lamented the impact of modern feminism in a 1991 essay that said “the basic differences between men and women should be respected and given cultural expression” and promoted the traditional roles of husbands as decision-makers and wives as homemakers, even as women pursue professional ambitions.

“The wife for her part is called to submit to her husband, not as a slave, but as a companion,” Ranaghan wrote, while stressing that there was “no room here for domination, oppression or of thinking of her as less than a full and free human person.” The Post obtained a copy of the essay from a former People of Praise member.

The essay also criticized a magazine for Girl Scout leaders as presenting an “overly aggressive idealization of girls and women.”

A spokesman for People of Praise, Sean Connolly, told the Post the Gospel of Jesus Christ treats men and women as equals before God.

“In the People of Praise we live by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which recognizes that men and women share a fundamental equality as bearers of God’s image and sons and daughters of God,” he said. “We value independent thinking, and teach it in our schools.”

McConnell characterized the Post article and other “attacks” on Barrett as a “disgrace.”

“The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett’s faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers,” McConnell said.

He accused the press of “following the lead of Senate Democrats,” pointing out that last week Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said Barrett’s “closely held views” were relevant to her confirmation, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) wrote a letter calling Barrett’s views “disqualifying” based on a report that Barrett signed a pro-life ad sponsored by a group that opposes in-vitro fertilization.

“These euphemisms fool no one,” McConnell said. “United States Senators are suggesting that Judge Barrett is too Christian, or the wrong kind of Christian, to be a good judge.”

“The secular left says they’re for progress, but they’ve just wandered back into the embarrassing tropes of the 1960s, when some argued John F. Kennedy would obey the Pope over the national interest,” he continued. “These disgraceful attacks only reinforce why it is crucial to confirm judges like Judge Barrett who understand and respect our Constitution, including its protections for all Americans’ religious liberty.”

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Report: NBC News misled viewers, presented Joe Biden supporters as ‘undecided’ voters

NBC News moderator Lester Holt told viewers Monday night that his town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Miami featured “undecided voters” in attendance who would ask Biden questions throughout the program.

But David Rutz and Collin Anderson reported for the Washington Free Beacon that at least two of these “undecided” voters had previously declared their support for Biden on NBC News’ sister channel, MSNBC.

Lawyer Peter Gonzalez and marketing executive Ismael Llano were both featured audience members who posed questions to Biden. They were described by NBC News as part of an “audience of undecided Florida voters.” But the Free Beacon found video from an MSNBC segment in August in which these “undecided” voters explained why they were supporting Biden.

NBC’s ‘undecided’ town hall voters already told network they were voting Biden

“If we get four more years of Trump, good luck, and good luck with the future attracting younger voters,” Gonzalez said on MSNBC. The chyron in that MSNBC segment stated he was “voting for Biden.”

Llano was identified as an “independent voting for Biden” and praised a speech delivered by the former vice president.

“It is not the first time that television networks have featured Trump opponents masquerading as undecided voters, who are difficult to find and often less publicly vocal about their political views,” the Free Beacon reported. “ABC News last month described several Trump critics as undecided voters, including one who had previously described Trump as a ‘f***ing moron,’ ‘pathetic,’ “pig,’ ‘swine,’ and a ‘punk ass’ on social media.”

Additionally, the Free Beacon unearthed pro-Biden social media posts from two more of the supposed “undecided” voters from Monday’s town hall.

Michelle Cruz Marrero, described as a former Republican by NBC News, has several Facebook cover photos that show support for Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris. “Pro-America, anti-Trump” one says.

Another audience member, Cassidy Brown, reportedly retweeted an pro-Biden account that attacked President Trump for allegedly calling deceased military soldiers “losers.”

Politico reporter Marc Caputo picked up on the friendly attitude from the audience toward Biden, noting that the NBC News program was “the equivalent of a one-hour infomercial” for the Democratic candidate.

“This was not a real Miami town hall. Those would have a lot more screaming. This was a television show, just like the presidential debates, the next of which is scheduled to be in Miami and is a town hall-style format,” Caputo wrote.

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Kirstie Alley trounces CNN reporter over President Trump’s return to the White House: ‘You hate him. Just report that.’

Actress Kirstie Alley trampled on a criticism from a CNN reporter being leveled against the president over his actions after returning to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center.

President Donald Trump took his mask off before cameras after arriving at the White House. Some in the media and many of his critics pounced on the moment to accused him of being irresponsible.

“Only days into his diagnosis, the first thing President Trump does when he gets back to the White House is take his mask off,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said.

Alley ripped into Collins with an expletive-ridden response.

“What would you like him to do? Start crying like a little b***h so you can report that he’s …crying like a little b***h? He could have a hazmat suit on and you would report … he’s a f***ing lunatic in a hazmat suit,” Alley said.

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“You hate him. Just report that,” Alley concluded.

Collins had been accused of being a “Faker” by the president himself in a previous kerfuffle where the reporter had been caught pulling off her mask when she thought cameras were off after she had criticized the administration for the same offense. She tweeted later that she had only taken off her mask for six seconds.

Alley had also criticized the Democrats in an earlier tweet that mocked them for spending all their time trying to take down Trump.

“The truth is DEMS have accomplished NOTHING in the last 3 1/2 years other than Devising ways to take TRUMP DOWN,” she tweeted.

“U have been a waste of our tax dollars TIME & faith. EVEN with all YOUR attempts to destroy him, you FAILED!” she added.

After the president made an appearance outside the White House, he tweeted a video from his social media account encouraging Americans not to be afraid of the coronavirus.

“One thing that’s for certain. Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it,” said the president.

“We’re going back. We’re going back to work. We’re going to be out front,” he continued. “But don’t let it dominate your lives, get out there, be careful.”

Here’s more about Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis:

White House press blames media for ‘panic’ over Trump’s health

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Ted Cruz scorches CBS News over ‘most complete indictment of media bias ever’ involving Biden accuser

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) identified the “most complete indictment of media bias ever” over the weekend — and now he wants answers.

What did Cruz say?

Over the weekend, “60 Minutes” aired a special interview with Tara Reade, the woman who claims Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s when she worked in his Senate office. Biden has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

But for some reason, CBS News, just weeks away from the election, set up the exclusive interview to air in Australia — not the United States.

The fact that CBS News chose to use its Australian version of “60 Minutes” to give Reade a platform, instead of the “60 Minutes” that airs in the U.S., is evidence that CBS News is “covering up” for Democrats, according to Cruz.

“This is the most complete indictment of media bias ever. Why does CBS think voters in…Australia need to know about these serious charges against Biden, but not voters in…America (where he’s actually on the ballot)? ONLY explanation is that @CBSNews is covering up for Dems,” Cruz said.

He added, “Please, @CBSNews respond. Either tell us (1) why YOU decided this is news in Australia, but not the USA, or (2) why you have abandoned any pretense at impartiality or journalistic integrity? We’ll wait.”

What did Reade tell ’60 Minutes’ in Australia?

Reade graphically and emotionally recounted her allegations against Biden and explained why she didn’t come forward with the allegations until it was clear Biden was going to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I decided that people needed to know,” Reade said. “He’s going to the highest office in the land. I know what he’s like. I know what his character is like — and he doesn’t deserve the presidency based on what happened to me.”

“He’s been misogynistic, he’s had sexual assault allegations, sexual harassment,” Reade added. “He’s a blue Trump, he’s a blue Trump.”

It’s not clear why CBS News decided that its Australian version of “60 Minutes” should land the exclusive interview with Reade.

However, the show did acknowledge the fact that Reade’s allegations have received extremely little coverage during the peak of the 2020 election in America.

The allegations, in fact, have received almost no airtime in the mainstream media since the spring, and Biden’s denials were hardly scrutinized.

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Leftists, media lose it after Trump exits Walter Reed, even suggest criminally charging Trump

Leftists, journalists, and media personalities were not happy that President Donald Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday to greet supporters outside the hospital — socially distanced, of course.

Trump has been hospitalized there since Friday after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

What did they say?

The president’s critics complained that Trump was putting lives at risk by leaving isolation. The Washington Post’s “conservative” blogger even said Trump should face criminal charges if Secret Service personnel become infected with COVID-19.

“I would hope that if any harm comes to those agents the attorney general of MD will indict Trump for reckless endangerment, assault (yes the virus he gives off count), etc.,” the Post’s Jennifer Rubin said.

“The GOP is a death cult. There is only one pro-life party and it’s not them,” Rubin later added.

The Lincoln Project, a band of Republicans who oppose Trump, claimed Trump “willing (sic) endangered innocent people in order to feed his small ego.”

Democratic strategist and talk radio host Chip Franklin called Trump “f***ing insane,” adding, “200,000+ dead and he’s putting more Secret Service at risk.”

Lynn Comella, an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wrote in a since-deleted tweet that Trump “is on a killing spree. What’s going on at Walter Reed? Who allowed this public health travesty?”

Feminist Liz Plank wrote at NBC that Trump’s brief exit from isolation revealed the “dangers of toxic masculinity.”

Even an attending physician at Walter Reed, Dr. James P. Phillips, lashed out at Trump.

“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play,” Phillips said.

Meanwhile, the White House Correspondent’s Association blasted Trump for leaving the hospital without reporters in tow.

Zeke Miller, president of the WHCA, said:

It is outrageous for the president to have left the hospital — even briefly — amid a health crisis without a protective pool present to ensure that the American people know where their president is and how he is doing. Now more than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so they can be reliably informed about his health.

What did the president’s medical team say?

According to the White House, Trump’s doctors approved his brief hospital exit and “appropriate precautions” were taken for those in proximity to Trump.

“Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do,” Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, said.

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Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over COVID infection: ‘You have become a symbol of your own failures’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper had a stern message for President Donald Trump on Sunday, three days after the world learned of Trump’s COVID-19 infection.

During a monologue on “State of the Union,” Tapper excoriated Trump for “failed leadership” and “undermining” efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“Many Americans are likely feeling both sympathy and anger today, emotions that don’t necessarily mix well,” Tapper began. “Sympathy for all of those suffering, including President Trump, who remains at Walter Reed Medical Center. But also anger because so much — so much of all this pain could have been avoided.

Tapper continued:

So many of us since March have been doing everything we can to preserve the health of not only ourselves and our families, but our communities, our neighbors, you. Social distancing, wearing masks, holding events remotely, weddings have been canceled, jobs lost, children are missing out on in-person education, and their ability to see friends. It’s a real crisis. It’s going to leave scars. 208,000 Americans have died. Thousands of Americans have lost loved ones without being able to properly mourn or even say good-bye. But we’re in the middle of a once in century pandemic. Health experts say this is what we need to do in order to get to the other side.

“Regardless of the sympathy we may feel, we also know the president has been undermining these efforts, expressing disdain for health regulations and those who abide by them,” Tapper claimed.

Tapper went on to say that “Americans who don’t listen to science or medicine” are making “it worse for all of us” — and he claimed those individuals are “are taking your cues” from Trump.

Then the CNN journalist tore into Republicans for gathering together last Saturday, many of them maskless, during Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination announcement.

“My god. How are future generations going to try to make sense of these images of the Republican leaders of the nation acting like this during a once in a century pandemic with more than 200,000 Americans dead?” Tapper said.

“It’s not just through failed leadership or setting bad examples. You are all now literally risking spreading the virus yourselves,” he continued. “The president and his team have been behaving as if the pandemic is over. This callous indifference to the wellbeing of the citizens the president swore to protect, it’s no longer just theoretical, it’s no longer well, they might get the virus.”

Then, Tapper directed his speech directly to Trump, who remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is battling his COVID-19 infection.

“Sick and in isolation, Mr. President, you have become a symbol of your own failures. Failures of recklessness, ignorance, arrogance. The same failures you have been inflicting on the rest of us,” Tapper said. “Get well, and please, for the rest of us who don’t get to go to Walter Reed, get well and get it together.”

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Backlash is intense against LA Times for news story involving Trump, COVID, Reagan assassination attempt

The Los Angeles Times triggered a tsunami of backlash on Friday after publishing an article that seemingly jeered President Donald Trump for his coronavirus diagnosis.

What are the details?

The Times, one of America’s largest newspapers, published a story Friday that was titled, “When Reagan was shot, country rallied around, but he hadn’t spent months downplaying assassins.”

The article goes on to say:

When President Reagan was shot and nearly killed by a would-be assassin, the country rallied around him. But he also hadn’t spent eight months downplaying the threat of deranged gunmen.

Reagan grew from the experience. In his diary, he wrote he prayed for the man who shot him. The day fundamentally transformed the president’s worldview. He believed his life had been spared by God for a reason — to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Do we expect Trump to evolve, to empathize more with those who caught the virus? To date, there’s little evidence of that, but the example of Reagan might stand Trump and his White House in good stead.

The article was written by Los Angeles Times staff writer Del Quentin Wilber, whose bio identifies him “an enterprise and investigative reporter” — not an opinion writer — for the Times.

What was the response?

The Times was raked over the coals for publishing the sly implication that Trump was deserving of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Many critics pointed to the story, and its framing, as evidence of why Americans do not trust the media.

  • “The corrupt media: ‘Why do they call us the enemy of the people?’ This. This is why,” one person responded.
  • “Its people like you that will get Trump re-elected. Thanks,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think the media can’t go any lower, it does. Ghouls,” another person responded.
  • “A new low in American journalism,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they start to dig,” yet another person responded.
  • “Desperately unhappy people now own & operate many of our formerly great legacy media properties. For shame,” Rasmussen Reports said.
  • “This is shameful. America is better than this …,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said.
  • “This is absolutely vile,” another person reacted.
  • “I thought this was like an opinion piece but it’s a news story? Just an insane way to frame this,” another person said.
  • “Whenever I think I can’t actually be shocked at tasteless framing from the media, things like this get posted to remind you that some media outlets are enjoying the @realDonaldTrump news. These people are unhinged,” yet another person said.
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New poll finds 60% of Americans don’t trust the media to report the news ‘fully, accurately, and fairly’

The distrust the American people have for the national media to provide fair and accurate reporting is continuing unabated, Gallup
revealed this week.

And it is not just Republicans — who have long had problems with the the nation’s TV and newspaper outlets — keeping the media’s numbers low. Independents have trust issues with the media — as do a fair share of the country’s Democrats.

What’s going on?

A new Gallup poll published Wednesday reveals that a majority of Americans do not trust the mass media to tell the full story.

According to Gallup, only 40% of U.S. adults admit to having “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly.” And 60% of adults say they have “not very much” trust or “none at all.”

Of the four options on level of trust — “a great deal,” “a fair amount,” “not very much,” and “none at all” — a plurality of respondents (33%) chose “none at all.”

The overall trust in media (40%) is the lowest it has been since 2016, when it dropped to 32%. And it hasn’t been above 50% since 2003.

Broken down by political affiliation, the data is not encouraging for the media.

Naturally, Republicans are unwilling to say they trust TV, newspapers, and radio to report the news accurately. This has been a decades-long fight for the GOP. And today, only 10% of Republicans are willing to say they trust the media. Some 58% of GOPers told Gallup they have no trust at all in the media.

But the news is not good among independents, either. Just over one-third (36%) of voters who identify as independent said they trust the media.

Even the party seen by many Americans as in bed with the liberal media is showing that it has some trust issues. Not even three-quarters (73%) of Democrats are willing to say they trust the media. Gallup noted that the share of Democrats who said they trust the media “a great deal” dropped from 24% to 16%.

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MSNBC contributor says ‘bipartsian commission’ needed to vet presidential candidates, stop another Trump from winning

An MSNBC contributor on Thursday called for a “bipartisan commission” to vet presidential candidates and prevent someone like President Donald Trump from winning the White House ever again.

NBC News National Security Contributor Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director of the FBI, said Trump’s tax returns as reported by the New York Times show he is “the most vulnerable president in our history” to compromise by foreign governments and is a national security threat. He believes the media and the 60 million people who voted for Trump in 2016 failed to properly vet him before he became president and the remedy is to have a bipartisan committee vet presidential candidates instead of the American people.

“He is the most vulnerable president in our history in terms of compromise and potential exposure to those who want to help him dig out of his financial pit in return for a price,” Figliuzzi said of Trump in a segment discussing the president’s tax returns.

Figliuzzi claimed the tax returns show how foreign governments could pressure Trump into making policy decisions that benefit their interests instead of the interests of the United States. He did not provide an example of a policy the president implemented that’s benefitted foreign governments and harmed the United States.
“There’s also another layer to this which is that when you’re this entangled with Russia and the former Soviet bloc you’re going to run smack into organized crime figures,” Figliuzzi added.

“So there’s too many gaps in the tax returns. There’s too many questions. Why is this president paying more to foreign nations in taxes than he is to the United States? How does he cover his debt? Who’s doing that for him? What’s the Deutsche Bank connection? Why are there so many golf courses losing so much money and why the continued purchase of those properties?”

But President Trump is not “paying more to foreign nations in taxes than he is to the United States.”

Berkeley professor Robert Reich recently made a similar claim, suggesting that the New York Times report on Trump’s taxes shows he only paid $750 in federal taxes in 2017 but nearly $300,000 in taxes to foreign governments that same year.

The New York Times report does not show that. The Times, in fact, reported that Trump paid the U.S. Treasury $1 million in 2016 and $4.2 million for income taxes that he might owe in 2017. This does not account for property taxes, payroll taxes, real estate taxes, or any other non-income taxes that Trump and his businesses paid to the United States in the years the New York Times reported.

On the basis of the unproven claim that Trump’s finances have made him vulnerable to foreign governments and a national security threat, Figluzzi suggested radical electoral reform is needed to make sure a candidate like Trump is never elected again.

“We’ve got to have a national discussion about how we vet a presidential candidate,” Figliuzzi said. “We screwed this up. Whether it’s the media not digging deeply enough, whether it’s a time to have a discussion about a bipartisan committee that demands tax returns, make that a requirement, or exposes financial pictures for candidates.”

“We got this wrong and this can’t happen again,” he concluded.


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Commentary: Hypocrites at NY Times run op-ed by Chinese propagandist pushing authoritarian put down of Hong Kong protests. Where’s Tom Cotton’s apology?

Remember when the New York Times caved to pressure to pull down an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) advocating for the U.S. military to intervene and stop the rioting and looting in major U.S. cities? If you would recall, a Times editor actually resigned amid outrage from the paper’s staff that he would dare publish Cotton’s opinion, an opinion they said would put people in danger.

Will the Times retract this op-ed by a Chinese communist propagandist celebrating the authoritarian crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong?

The op-ed, titled “Hong Kong is China, like it or not,” was written by Regina Ip, a legislator and member of the Executive Council in Hong Kong. Ip is an advocate for Hong Kong’s new expansive national security law, a law supported by the Chinese Communist Party leadership in Beijing that critics say will severely encroach on civil liberties and abuse Hong Kong citizens.

“Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of crises after the eruption of protests last year over a proposed bill (long since withdrawn) that would have allowed the extradition of some suspects in criminal cases to mainland China,” Ip writes. “Something had to be done, and the Chinese authorities did it.”

Last year, pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong began demonstrations against the planned security law, protesting the pro-Chinese elements of the government in Hong Kong. In response, Beijing announced in May that the communist government would ignore the Hong Kong legislature and impose the security law by fiat, declaring that the protests were evidence the law was needed.

Then the crackdown on protests and free speech began.

As the New York Times itself reported, “the Chinese government has used the letter and spirit of the law to crush Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition with surprising ferocity.” A tenured law professor and pro-democracy advocate at the University of Hong Kong was forced out of his position by authorities. Four young activists were arrested on suspicion of expressing support online for Hong Kong’s independence, an act of subversion under the new law. Beijing even canceled an election in Hong Kong, using the coronavirus as a cover, to prevent pro-democracy candidates from winning, according to the Times.

At the time, Ip welcomed the arrests, saying the authorities were “acting in accordance with the law.”

Now, Ip’s op-ed accuses pro-democracy advocates of having “done great harm to the city by going against its constitutional order and stirring up chaos and disaffection toward our motherland.” She defends the decision to postpone the election in Hong Kong as “sound.”

Even today, Hong Kong riot police enforcing the security law arrested more than 50 peaceful protesters who had gathered on China National Day. The Chinese Communist Party’s tyranny stares the world in the face, and the New York Times runs an op-ed on the same day with the sub-headline, “after months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.”

The New York Times has published Chinese propaganda before. The paper also publishes opinion editorials from convicted terrorists, Middle Eastern dictators, Russian dictators, and Hamas.

But Sen. Cotton wrote an op-ed calling for President Trump to invoke the insurrection act to stop criminals in American cities because local and state officials refuse to enforce the law, and somehow that opinion was too extreme.

Yascha Mounk, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, called out the Times for its blatant hypocrisy.

Mounk is entirely correct, and he doesn’t even agree with Cotton’s op-ed.

The New York Times is a joke.

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Black sportswriter Jason Whitlock slams ‘pointless virtue signaling’ of media outraged over Trump’s ‘stand back and stand by’ answer about Proud Boys

Black sportswriter Jason Whitlock accused critics of President Donald Trump of “pointless virtue signaling” after many journalists expressed shock and outrage over how Trump answered a debate question about white supremacy in America.

During Tuesday night’s debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked the president if he would condemn white supremacists and right-wing militia, to which the president responded “sure” and asked Wallace to identify whom he should condemn specifically. Democratic nominee Vice President Joe Biden suggested Trump condemn the “Proud Boys,” and Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

Wednesday’s headlines at CNN, NPR, ABC News, CBS News, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets all accuse Trump of refusing to condemn white supremacy.

CNN commentator Van Jones was apoplectic after the debate, saying Trump “gave a wink and a nod to a racist Nazi murderous organization.”

Van Jones says Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacy

“Only three things happened for me tonight,” Jones said. “Number one: Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacy. Number two: The president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacy! Number three: The commander in chief refused to condemn white supremacy on the global stage in front of my children, in front of everybody’s families, and he was given the opportunity multiple times to condemn white supremacy and he gave a wink and a nod to a racist Nazi murderous organization that is now celebrating online, that is now saying ‘We have a go-ahead.'”

Whitlock said the outrage over what Trump said is “stupid and pointless.” Responding to someone on Twitter who asked why Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, Whitlock said “because he’s done it before and it doesn’t matter.” He called the question “clickbait.”

“It’s like kneeling for the national anthem. Pointless virtue signaling,” Whitlock said.

The segment of the debate where Trump made his “stand back and stand by” comments dealt with the Black Lives Matter anti-police brutality protests in many American cities that have turned violent. The group that Biden and Trump mentioned, the Proud Boys, was recently denied a permit to hold a demonstration in Portland because of coronavirus restrictions. The Proud Boys describe themselves as a “Western chauvinist” organization that list “anti-political correctness”, “anti-racial guilt”, and “anti-racism” among their tenets.

Trump said violence in U.S. cities was mostly instigated by left-wing agitators, not white supremacist groups.

“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not from the right wing,” Trump said.

After Wallace and Biden pressed Trump to condemn white supremacist groups, with Biden name-dropping the Proud Boys, Trump gave the answer that’s headline news today.

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem this is a left wing,” Trump said.

“Antifa is a dangerous radical group,” he added later after crosstalk with Biden.

“And you ought to be careful of them, they’ll over throw you,” Trump told Biden.

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CNN’s Don Lemon tries to backtrack on abolishing Electoral College, claims he did not say what he literally said

CNN host Don Lemon is attempting to backtrack from controversial comments he made on Monday in light of President Donald Trump having the opportunity to confirm his third Supreme Court justice.

What did Lemon say Monday?

Speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, who said both Republicans and Democrats are being “hypocritical” in comparison to their 2016 position on Supreme Court vacancies during an election year, Lemon advocated dismantling the American electoral system.

“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said.

Specifically, Lemon said the Electoral College should be abolished — which would require a constitutional amendment — and Democrats should pack the Supreme Court with ideologically liberal judges.

“You’re going to have to get rid of the Electoral College, because the people — because the minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that — is that fair?” Lemon said. “If Democrats, if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed.”

What is Lemon saying now?

The CNN host claimed Tuesday that his words were taken out of context, alleging he did not mean exactly what he said.

“I woke up and saw these headlines like, ‘Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College.’ But let me tell you. I don’t care,” Lemon said, adding that he was merely responding to Cuomo’s suggestion of electing politicians with integrity.

“And I said, well then, we have to blow up the whole system. Right?” Lemon continued. “But I said here’s what Democrats can do. And I said that’s the danger. They can stack the court. But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College and what else do they say, and that I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean, the American people.”

Lemon went on to explain that he chose to respond to the criticism because the “context was so egregious.” He claimed critics used an out-of-context “sound bite” against him.

In fact, Lemon claimed he was not personally suggesting the abolition of the Electoral College — but merely repeating others who are.

“But here’s what I say, run and tell this: I do think that we need to look at the Electoral College because I think that it disenfranchises voters, both Democrats and Republicans. If you’re in a blue state, and all of the electoral votes go to the Democratic person, then the Republicans’ votes aren’t counted, the people who voted for the Republican candidate,” Lemon said.

“So, I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchises certain people,” he added. “Should it be abolished? That’s not for me to say. I’m saying, this is what Democrats are saying. Stack the courts. Get rid of the Electoral College. But there is no nuance and no context anymore.”

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Pelosi admits retaliatory impeachment on table if Trump fills SCOTUS vacancy: ‘We have our options’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed Sunday that impeaching President Donald Trump is one option of retaliation Democrats are considering if the president fills the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

During an interview on ABC “This Week,” show host George Stephanopoulos — who served as a senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s — floated the possibility that Democrats respond to Trump filling the vacancy during an election year by once again pursuing his impeachment.

Stephanopoulos said, “Some have mentioned the possibility, if they try to push through a nominee in a lame duck session, that you and the House could move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination.”

Pelosi responded by refusing to rule out impeachment as a retaliatory measure.

“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” she told Stephanopoulos.

The ABC News host then followed up, “But to clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?”

Pelosi responded:

Good morning. Sunday morning. We have a responsibility, we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people, uh, that, uh, is, uh, when the we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.

House Democrats, who hold a majority in the lower chamber, voted to impeach Trump last December. However, the effort, widely seen as driven by partisan politics, ultimately failed once it reached the Senate.

The Senate officially acquitted Trump in February.

What else are Democrats threatening?

Aware that Trump has the possibility to nominate his third Supreme Court justice, altering the ideological composition of the Supreme Court for a generation, Democrats are furiously fighting back against a nomination prior to Election Day.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said the Senate will vote on Trump’s nominee prior to the election, and the president has said that Republicans will act “without delay” to fulfill their constitutional duty by filling the vacancy.

In response, Democrats are threatening to expand the Supreme Court — and the federal judiciary — and pack the courts with liberal justices.

“If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple,” Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Saturday.

‘We have our options’ if GOP push a SCOTUS nomination before election: Speaker Pelosi | ABC News

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News outlet attempts to disparage mask-less Trump supporters, but nearly everyone in the photo was masked

Left-leaning news website the Hill attempted to disparage Trump supporters in North Carolina on Tuesday, but seemingly disproved its own criticism with a photo from a Trump campaign rally.

What happened?

The news outlet published a story Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official,” the headline blared.

The story went on to say:

President Trump and scores of supporters gathered for a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday without masks, despite the urging of a local Republican official and a state mandate.

Dave Plyler, the GOP chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, told The Winston-Salem Journal that he felt Trump should abide by Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) order for individuals to wear a face covering when unable to socially distance.”It’s been ordered by the governor,” Plyler told the news outlet. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in North Carolina, do as the governor says.”

But Trump, who has only worn a mask a few times in public, did not wear a face covering while in North Carolina. And only a smattering of supporters could be seen wearing masks, some with “MAGA” emblazoned on them.

But, as it turned out, many of Trump’s supporters did wear face masks at the rally.

The Hill even proved this by including a picture of Trump’s supporters — a majority of whom are clearly seen with face masks — as the featured image on its story.

Image source: Twitter/@thehill screenshot

However, as video and images from the rally showed, many Trump supporters did not wear face masks, lending credibility to the Hill’s angle of criticism.

What was the response?

The Hill was mocked for pushing narrative over truth.

“Not only can you zoom in on this photo and see everyone has a mask but in @thehill article they have a video that plays where you can see everyone wearing a mask. Journalism is dead,” one person responded.

Another person noted, “In addition to lacking objectivity, the media also lacks eyesight as most Trump supporters seen in the picture are wearing a mask.”

What did the Hill do?

The news outlet deleted its original tweet — which racked up more than 13,000 mostly critical responses — and retweeted the story with a new image.

However, the outlet did not change the headline on the story or the framing of its story. Editors did remove a claim that only a “smattering” of supporters wore masks.

The story now reads that images from the rally “showed many attendees were not wearing masks before or after Trump took the stage.” This was true.

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Shocking recordings reveal CNN President Jeff Zucker actually loved Trump, wanted to give him a weekly show

Fox News host Tucker Carlson released bombshell audio Tuesday of CNN President Jeff Zucker and Michael Cohen, the disgraced attorney who was once a member of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, indicating that Zucker once attempted to curry favor with Trump through Cohen.

The conversation took place on March 10, 2016, hours before the final Republican primary debate — which CNN hosted.

What are the details?

In the call, Zucker claimed any aspiring presidential candidate needed CNN on his side to win election:

Here’s the thing … you cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN. Fox and MSNBC are irrelevant — irrelevant — in electing a general election candidate. … You guys have had great instincts, great guts and great understanding of everything. But you’re missing the boat on how it works going forward.

Upon being told by Cohen to email Trump himself, Zucker refused — but admitted he is “fond” of “the boss,” a reference to Trump:

I’m very conscious of not putting too much in email, as you’re a lawyer, as you understand. And, you know, and as fond as I am of the boss, he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him, he then is capable of going out in his next rally and saying that we just talked, and I can’t have that, if you know what I’m saying.

Zucker then told Cohen that he wished he could talk to Trump every day:

It’s not that I don’t want to talk to [Trump] every day. I’ve just got to be careful because I’ve just got to be careful. I just don’t want him talking about it on the campaign trail. But you know what? I’m going to give him a call right now and I’m going to wish him luck in the debate tonight.

Shockingly, the CNN president even said he wanted Trump to host a weekly show on CNN:

I have all these proposals for him. Like, I want to do a weekly show with him and all this stuff. Is he back in New York tomorrow, do you know?

Later in the call, Zucker admitted that Trump would win the debate:

I think the other guys are going to gang up on him tremendously … and I think he’s going to hold his own, as he does every time. He’s never lost a debate. And you know what? He’s good at this. … He’s going to do great.

Finally, Zucker dispensed political advice for Trump. The CNN president said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would repeatedly refer to Trump as a “con man” during the debate, instructing Cohen to have Trump’s aides constantly refer to him as such preceding the debate so that Rubio’s attacks would not faze him.

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A CNN representative did not respond to a request for comment.

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‘Simply false’: John Bolton comes to President Trump’s defense over allegations in the Atlantic that the president disparaged fallen troops

Former national security adviser John Bolton is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense over allegations that he disparaged fallen American soldiers.

What’s the background?

Left-leaning magazine the Atlantic triggered a tsunami of controversy for the president last week after publishing a story claiming Trump referred to fallen American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The Atlantic’s story was based on four anonymous sources.

“The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic,” the outlet reported.

The allegations center on a canceled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery — located in Belleau in the north of France — in 2018. Belleau Wood is the location of a famous World War I battle in which American troops stopped German soldiers from advancing on Paris.

According to the Atlantic, Trump blamed the canceled visit on bad whether and the Secret Service not wanting to take a motorcade to the remote area. The magazine alleged that “neither claim was true.”

What did Bolton say?

Speaking on Fox News Monday, Bolton — who was with the president on the trip in question — said the claims about Trump as presented in the Atlantic are “simply false.”

“I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false,” Bolton said.

In fact, Bolton explained, “The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery.” Bolton’s recollection of the facts was consistent with how he told the story in his book.

In response to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin — who reported that she confirmed the Atlantic’s reporting — Bolton said Griffin’s reporting was incorrect, but said Trump routinely disparages others.

“The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump,” Bolton said.

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Last week, in an interview with the New York Times, Bolton reiterated that the Atlantic’s reporting was not true — but alleged that Trump could have made disparaging remarks about American troops when he was not present.

“I didn’t hear that,” Bolton said of the Belleau Wood allegation. “I’m not saying he didn’t say them later in the day or another time, but I was there for that discussion.”

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Reporters slammed for giving Biden softball questions; Trump: ‘Those questions meant for a child’

Joe Biden fielded questions on Friday, his second press conference this week, after going a month without answering questions from reporters. However, the media didn’t exactly press the Democratic presidential candidate.

Critics, as well as President Donald Trump, took note that reporters tossed easy softball questions to Biden.

What are the details?

Many of the questions presented to Biden at Friday’s press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, were about Trump.

In reference to The Atlantic article that made the accusations against the president using four anonymous sources, Atlantic staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere opened up the press conference by asking Biden, “What does it tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?”

Talking about the report, CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe asked Biden, “There are people out there who are supporting you or are inclined to not vote for the president who would be inclined to say, ‘Why isn’t Joe Biden angrier about all of this?'”

ABC News correspondent Mary Bruce asked Biden about President Trump’s comments this week about testing the system by voting in-person as well as using mail-in ballots if the vote is not initially tabulated.

Biden was also asked his opinion on QAnon conspiracy theory supporters and why President Trump hasn’t rejected it.

“I’ve been a big supporter of mental health,” Biden responded. “I’d recommend that the people who believe it maybe should take advantage of it while it still exists in the Affordable Care Act. It’s bizarre. Totally bizarre.”

CNN’s MJ Lee brought up Trump’s comments about Biden wearing a mask.

On Thursday at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump asked his supporters about Biden’s use of face masks, “Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?”

“He has it hanging down. Because it gives him a feeling of security,” Trump continued. “If I were a psychiatrist, right, you know I’d say: ‘This guy’s got some big issues. Hanging down. Hanging down.'”

Lee asked the former vice president, “I wonder if you worry that this kind of language that comes from the president of the United States can deter some Americans who are tuning into him to not wear masks?”

Conservative commentators noticed how the media was treating Biden with kid gloves, including Fox News contributor Byron York.

BlazeTV host Mark Levine fired out on Twitter, “Shameless corrupt media and shameful pathetic Biden.”

“Pathetic performance by reporters at Biden press conference today,” said Fox News political analyst Brit Hume. “One softball question after another. Biden, though at times halting and unclear, was more forceful than usual.”

“The media are simply the PR wing for the Biden campaign at this point,” The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro stated.

“Whether you like the former vice president, dislike him, whether you like President Trump or dislike him, these were decidedly friendlier questions than the president ever enjoys,” Fox Business host Neil Cavuto said according to the Washington Examiner.

Mark Hemingway, senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, wrote, “A text from a friend watching the press conference: ‘Who are asking Biden these questions?? It’s like watching someone make sure a 3 year old wins CandyLand.'”

“4 years of ‘but her emails’ taunts worked,” said Washington Examiner executive editor Phillip Klein. “Reporters are worried that if they ask Biden a challenging question they’ll be heckled as ‘complicit’ by the people whose opinions they care about.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted, “These are partisan Dem operatives NOT journalists!”

President Trump slammed the media for the softball questions given to his political opponent, saying the inquiries were “meant for a child.”

“I watched the interview with sleepy Joe Biden and … you didn’t ask questions like that,” Trump said at a press briefing on Friday night, reported by The Hill. “They were like, meant for a child. Those questions were meant for a child.”

“Smiles on faces of reporters — not like you and you,” the president said to reporters in the briefing room. “They were smiles on the reporters. What do you think? Take a look at those questions that they asked him. They were not meant for a grown-up, they were meant for a child.”

“I look at that and I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump said. “And then I watch Biden getting asked questions that are really meant for a child to answer, anybody could answer. And I look at the level of question that you people ask. I mean honestly, it’s disgraceful.”