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Ubiquitous
2020-01-16 04:18:58 UTC
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Ever notice that those with the least to say get the most upset when
their nonresponse is obviated?
Yeah, we noticed.
Ever notice they're too stupid to realize that munging the headers
doesn't work?
Judging by your upset reply, I'd say it is working.
Thanks for making my point.
Again.
Yeah, that's why you never see any of these replies.
You mean the second or third time you post a followup?

I see it took you a week to notice this time. LOL
Ubiquitous
2020-01-15 01:46:16 UTC
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As the Iranian people rose up to protest the brutal totalitarian regime
ruling their country, on Monday, ABC's chief global affairs
correspondent Martha Raddatz appeared on Good Morning America and
lamented that the demonstrations were evidence of "Iran's unity
shattered," only a week after she hailed the "massive and emotional"
crowds that turned out to mourn terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
Yeah, they turned out in droves for Stalin's funeral, too. So what?
When you live in a repressive society, you go to things like that no
matter how you feel about the guy because you don't want to be reported
to the state police by a neighbor as that one guy who stayed home.
"A week ago, this was a country with masses of people shouting down the
United States, but this morning in Iran, the anger is aimed at their
own leaders," Raddatz fretted at the top of her report, noting the
Iranian public outraged by their military admitting it accidentally
shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people aboard
last week.
Later in the segment, she fondly recalled when the U.S. was the target
of anger in Iran just days earlier: "In the aftermath of Soleimani's
death, Iranians were united, angrily protesting against the United
States drone strike on Soleimani."
Raddatz then seemed full of sorrow as she noted: "Now, Iran's unity
shattered. Iranian protesters ripping down posters of Soleimani, the
slain military leader, and some protesters refusing to trample the
image of an American flag."
Amazing, isn't it? American media figures are mourning the death of a
brutal killer and lamenting the fact that the protesters refuse to slur
America.
As I said in another thread, the satire sites can't keep up. Every
https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-reporter-informs-iranian-protesters-theyre-supposed-to-be-shouting-death-to-america
That's the SECOND time you've cited a comedy/satire website.
Yes, as an example of how close satire sites are coming to reality.
This is the SECOND time you've failed to comprehend that.
FPP isn't stupid; this is one of the things FPP does when he's lost a debate.

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FPP
2020-01-16 12:56:42 UTC
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As the Iranian people rose up to protest the brutal totalitarian regime
ruling their country, on Monday, ABC's chief global affairs
correspondent Martha Raddatz appeared on Good Morning America and
lamented that the demonstrations were evidence of "Iran's unity
shattered," only a week after she hailed the "massive and emotional"
crowds that turned out to mourn terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
Yeah, they turned out in droves for Stalin's funeral, too. So what?
When you live in a repressive society, you go to things like that no
matter how you feel about the guy because you don't want to be reported
to the state police by a neighbor as that one guy who stayed home.
"A week ago, this was a country with masses of people shouting down the
United States, but this morning in Iran, the anger is aimed at their
own leaders," Raddatz fretted at the top of her report, noting the
Iranian public outraged by their military admitting it accidentally
shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people aboard
last week.
Later in the segment, she fondly recalled when the U.S. was the target
of anger in Iran just days earlier: "In the aftermath of Soleimani's
death, Iranians were united, angrily protesting against the United
States drone strike on Soleimani."
Raddatz then seemed full of sorrow as she noted: "Now, Iran's unity
shattered. Iranian protesters ripping down posters of Soleimani, the
slain military leader, and some protesters refusing to trample the
image of an American flag."
Amazing, isn't it? American media figures are mourning the death of a
brutal killer and lamenting the fact that the protesters refuse to slur
America.
As I said in another thread, the satire sites can't keep up. Every
https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-reporter-informs-iranian-protesters-theyre-supposed-to-be-shouting-death-to-america
That's the SECOND time you've cited a comedy/satire website.
Yes, as an example of how close satire sites are coming to reality.
This is the SECOND time you've failed to comprehend that.
FPP isn't stupid; this is one of the things FPP does when he's lost a debate.
Your entire existence is one big satire site.
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sycophants say.
They are all liars. He is little more than a cult leader with a rabid
base of followers who have left reason, logic, critical thinking, and
common sense behind.
Let’s face it: If Trump had not been born rich, he would either be
unemployable or he would be running some boiler room scamming people out
of their hard-earned money.
Ubiquitous
2020-01-16 20:56:04 UTC
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As the Iranian people rose up to protest the brutal totalitarian regime
ruling their country, on Monday, ABC's chief global affairs
correspondent Martha Raddatz appeared on Good Morning America and
lamented that the demonstrations were evidence of "Iran's unity
shattered," only a week after she hailed the "massive and emotional"
crowds that turned out to mourn terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
Yeah, they turned out in droves for Stalin's funeral, too. So what?
When you live in a repressive society, you go to things like that no
matter how you feel about the guy because you don't want to be reported
to the state police by a neighbor as that one guy who stayed home.
"A week ago, this was a country with masses of people shouting down the
United States, but this morning in Iran, the anger is aimed at their
own leaders," Raddatz fretted at the top of her report, noting the
Iranian public outraged by their military admitting it accidentally
shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people aboard
last week.
Later in the segment, she fondly recalled when the U.S. was the target
of anger in Iran just days earlier: "In the aftermath of Soleimani's
death, Iranians were united, angrily protesting against the United
States drone strike on Soleimani."
Raddatz then seemed full of sorrow as she noted: "Now, Iran's unity
shattered. Iranian protesters ripping down posters of Soleimani, the
slain military leader, and some protesters refusing to trample the
image of an American flag."
Amazing, isn't it? American media figures are mourning the death of a
brutal killer and lamenting the fact that the protesters refuse to slur
America.
As I said in another thread, the satire sites can't keep up. Every
https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-reporter-informs-iranian-protesters-theyre-supposed-to-be-shouting-death-to-america
That's the SECOND time you've cited a comedy/satire website.
Yes, as an example of how close satire sites are coming to reality.
This is the SECOND time you've failed to comprehend that.
FPP isn't stupid; this is one of the things FPP does when he's lost a debate.
Your entire existence is one big satire site.
See what I mean?


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FPP
2020-01-16 23:03:55 UTC
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As the Iranian people rose up to protest the brutal totalitarian regime
ruling their country, on Monday, ABC's chief global affairs
correspondent Martha Raddatz appeared on Good Morning America and
lamented that the demonstrations were evidence of "Iran's unity
shattered," only a week after she hailed the "massive and emotional"
crowds that turned out to mourn terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
Yeah, they turned out in droves for Stalin's funeral, too. So what?
When you live in a repressive society, you go to things like that no
matter how you feel about the guy because you don't want to be reported
to the state police by a neighbor as that one guy who stayed home.
"A week ago, this was a country with masses of people shouting down the
United States, but this morning in Iran, the anger is aimed at their
own leaders," Raddatz fretted at the top of her report, noting the
Iranian public outraged by their military admitting it accidentally
shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people aboard
last week.
Later in the segment, she fondly recalled when the U.S. was the target
of anger in Iran just days earlier: "In the aftermath of Soleimani's
death, Iranians were united, angrily protesting against the United
States drone strike on Soleimani."
Raddatz then seemed full of sorrow as she noted: "Now, Iran's unity
shattered. Iranian protesters ripping down posters of Soleimani, the
slain military leader, and some protesters refusing to trample the
image of an American flag."
Amazing, isn't it? American media figures are mourning the death of a
brutal killer and lamenting the fact that the protesters refuse to slur
America.
As I said in another thread, the satire sites can't keep up. Every
https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-reporter-informs-iranian-protesters-theyre-supposed-to-be-shouting-death-to-america
That's the SECOND time you've cited a comedy/satire website.
Yes, as an example of how close satire sites are coming to reality.
This is the SECOND time you've failed to comprehend that.
FPP isn't stupid; this is one of the things FPP does when he's lost a debate.
Your entire existence is one big satire site.
See what I mean?
Rarely, if ever.
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"... If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom,
consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the
Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)." -Donald J. Trump 10-7-19

Next up: "Kneel before ZOD!"
Ubiquitous
2020-01-15 01:05:07 UTC
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Breaking news from the Washington Post:

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) tweeted a petition and fundraising
appeal that included what appeared to be an altered photo of
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drawing a retweet Thursday morning
from President Trump.

The tweet marks the second time this week that a House
Republican has tweeted a photo that appears to have been
manipulated…

The tweet shows a close-up, red-tinted photo of Pelosi, with
the lines in the House speaker’s face exaggerated due to the
image’s unnaturally high contrast.

Here’s the nefarious tweet:

https://twitter.com/EliseStefanik/status/1215005555116429312?s=20

If you follow the link there’s a fuller version of the same photo at
the site:
Loading Image...

That’s clearly tinted and the contrast is ramped up but it’s a real
photo. In fact, I was able to find the original in a couple minutes:
Loading Image...

And by playing with the contrast and color in Photoshop I produced this
from the original photo in 10 minutes. Not exactly right, but it’s in
the ballpark:
Loading Image...

So that’s where this came from but the bigger question is whether or
not this is at all newsworthy. The answer to that question appears to
be no, at least it wasn’t newsworthy when Pelosi herself did it.
Stephen Miller quickly found an altered photo of Mitch McConnell in
Pelosi’s timeline:

The House has taken action to protect women from domestic
violence, defend our health care from Trump’s attacks,
guarantee equal pay for equal work, and much more.

It's time Mitch McConnell act for the American people rather
listen to Donald Trump and special interest wallets.
pic.twitter.com/sYxgSEgnFY

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) May 7, 2019

And these photos of President Trump appear to have been similarly
altered. You can see every wrinkle in his face because the contrast has
been ramped up.

We would be delinquent in our duties if we failed to
#DefendOurDemocracy and Constitution.

This is about patriotism. This is about the future of our
country. pic.twitter.com/O1EVzBkdk8

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) December 10, 2019

In this one Trump’s face is yellow and there are magenta blotches in
his hair and on his collar:

He endangered our national security. He betrayed his oath of
office by undermining our elections. And he abused his power.

The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery.
No one is above the law. pic.twitter.com/TjBRINfNnY

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) November 16, 2019

Is Brett Kavanaugh usually this pink? Notice the off-angle stripes
across his face which were added through some sort of filter:

FACT: Judge Kavanaugh will threaten Roe v. Wade, health care,
reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections,
and so many more of our priorities. #StopKavanaugh
pic.twitter.com/SZXNTwsgm2

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) October 2, 2018

They really went all out with this next one. President Trump as a pink
zebra:

https://twitter.com/TeamPelosi/status/1032365652353286144

Here’s one of Sen. Corker:

Republicans were well-aware of the devastating consequences
of the #GOPTaxScam. But it didn't stop them because donors
issued their ultimatum: force it through or never "call again"
assuring "financial contributions would stop."

And then, there's the Corker Kickback.
pic.twitter.com/en3itPQluG

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) April 11, 2018

Rep. Mark Sanford with added contrast and a filter for tint:

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford confirms what we've been
underscoring: his Republican colleagues have been
*deliberately lying* to American voters about the
#GOPTaxScam; it punishes the middle class and benefits
the top 1% and corporations shipping jobs overseas.
pic.twitter.com/s8eAQv3q71

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) December 5, 2017

Pretty sure this image of Paul Ryan has been altered. Maybe the Post
can check.

We should be working to provide Americans with a better
future, #ABetterDeal instead of forcing an unpopular,
deficit-exploding #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes and
obliterates Medicare and health care.
pic.twitter.com/yfMDOsZ0CC

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) November 29, 2017

Sec. Betsy DeVos got similar treatment:

Want to know to benefits from the #GOPTaxScam? Betsy DeVos!
Denounce it. ? https://t.co/oQ9nd6kv9d
pic.twitter.com/OlZC8ZgkIq

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) November 7, 2017

And if the Washington Post is concerned about manipulated images of
political figures, they might want to ask Pelosi about this (she posted
this clip twice):

What Republicans did *was not* tax reform. It was a tax
scam, a massive con job that is robbing from our future
and threatening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
#GOPTaxScam pic.twitter.com/8oALlGuVYi

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 28, 2018

I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering a
photo of Pelosi. In fact, Pelosi has a much higher profile and nearly
twice as many followers as Stefanik on Twitter, so why didn’t the Post
notice? I guess you could say there’s a high contrast in how the Post
responds to Democrats vs. Republicans. Maybe Jeff Bezos or someone
working for him should take an interest in that.

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Ubiquitous
2020-01-15 21:41:37 UTC
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Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly shared a startling admission
from MSNBC on Monday. During his interview on former Sen. Al Franken's
(D-MN) podcast, MSNBC host Laurence O'Donnell admitted that "no one"
who defends President Trump will be offered any airtime.

Quite an admission from ?@Lawrence?: "on MSNBC there will
be no one defending [Trump.]" "Bc we don't bring on liars,"
he adds. So anyone who defends Trump is a liar, & MSNBC will
never offer any defense for anything Trump does. Media is so
broken. https://t.co/RbXIGgNu5a
- Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 14, 2020

O'Donnell also accused MSNBC competitor CNN of being too kind to Trump.

"One third of the people on their payroll love Trump," he argued. "So
you're guaranteed on any hour of CNN to, minimum one third of the
programming will be supportive of Trump-someone on their payroll
saying, `Here's why Trump's right.'"

"That's one of the reasons why Trump kind of wants you to watch CNN
instead of MSNBC," O'Donnell added. "Because he knows on MSNBC there
will be no one defending him. Because we don't bring on liars. I don't
bring on a liar. I won't do that."

To suggest that CNN is somehow too pro-Trump is outlandish. All day and
night the network adds snarky or misleading chyrons to accompany their
news segments, making sure their audience knows that Trump doesn't know
what he's talking about or that he's just plain evil. They do it all
the time.

For every sarcastic headline, there's a CNN anchor directly
contradicting the president during their broadcast, or a flashy White
House reporter smugly sparring with the president and his staff on live
TV.

But if O'Donnell wants to argue about which network is _more_ biased
against the president, then yes I suppose we can concede him the win.
His colleagues include Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. The former has
accused Trump of being "Hitlerian," and an "assassin," while the latter
has called the Trump administration a "calamity."


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FPP
2020-01-16 13:08:15 UTC
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Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly shared a startling admission
from MSNBC on Monday. During his interview on former Sen. Al Franken's
(D-MN) podcast, MSNBC host Laurence O'Donnell admitted that "no one"
who defends President Trump will be offered any airtime.
be no one defending [Trump.]" "Bc we don't bring on liars,"
he adds. So anyone who defends Trump is a liar, & MSNBC will
never offer any defense for anything Trump does. Media is so
broken. https://t.co/RbXIGgNu5a
O'Donnell also accused MSNBC competitor CNN of being too kind to Trump.
"One third of the people on their payroll love Trump," he argued. "So
you're guaranteed on any hour of CNN to, minimum one third of the
programming will be supportive of Trump-someone on their payroll
saying, `Here's why Trump's right.'"
"That's one of the reasons why Trump kind of wants you to watch CNN
instead of MSNBC," O'Donnell added. "Because he knows on MSNBC there
will be no one defending him. Because we don't bring on liars. I don't
bring on a liar. I won't do that."
To suggest that CNN is somehow too pro-Trump is outlandish. All day and
night the network adds snarky or misleading chyrons to accompany their
news segments, making sure their audience knows that Trump doesn't know
what he's talking about or that he's just plain evil. They do it all
the time.
For every sarcastic headline, there's a CNN anchor directly
contradicting the president during their broadcast, or a flashy White
House reporter smugly sparring with the president and his staff on live
TV.
But if O'Donnell wants to argue about which network is _more_ biased
against the president, then yes I suppose we can concede him the win.
His colleagues include Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. The former has
accused Trump of being "Hitlerian," and an "assassin," while the latter
has called the Trump administration a "calamity."
One who orders assassinations can be commonly thought of as an assassin.
And, yup, Trump is a fascist. He's admitted he wants out military to
become war criminals, if he has his way.

And then he wonders why he doesn't get a Nobel Peace Prize.
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The No. 1 scam to NOT fall for: Anything Trump, his campaign, or his
sycophants say.
They are all liars. He is little more than a cult leader with a rabid
base of followers who have left reason, logic, critical thinking, and
common sense behind.
Let’s face it: If Trump had not been born rich, he would either be
unemployable or he would be running some boiler room scamming people out
of their hard-earned money.
FPP
2020-01-16 23:19:43 UTC
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Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly shared a startling admission
from MSNBC on Monday. During his interview on former Sen. Al Franken's
(D-MN) podcast, MSNBC host Laurence O'Donnell admitted that "no one"
who defends President Trump will be offered any airtime.
be no one defending [Trump.]" "Bc we don't bring on liars,"
he adds. So anyone who defends Trump is a liar, & MSNBC will
never offer any defense for anything Trump does. Media is so
broken. https://t.co/RbXIGgNu5a
O'Donnell also accused MSNBC competitor CNN of being too kind to Trump.
"One third of the people on their payroll love Trump," he argued. "So
you're guaranteed on any hour of CNN to, minimum one third of the
programming will be supportive of Trump-someone on their payroll
saying, `Here's why Trump's right.'"
"That's one of the reasons why Trump kind of wants you to watch CNN
instead of MSNBC," O'Donnell added. "Because he knows on MSNBC there
will be no one defending him. Because we don't bring on liars. I don't
bring on a liar. I won't do that."
To suggest that CNN is somehow too pro-Trump is outlandish. All day and
night the network adds snarky or misleading chyrons to accompany their
news segments, making sure their audience knows that Trump doesn't know
what he's talking about or that he's just plain evil. They do it all
the time.
For every sarcastic headline, there's a CNN anchor directly
contradicting the president during their broadcast, or a flashy White
House reporter smugly sparring with the president and his staff on live
TV.
But if O'Donnell wants to argue about which network is _more_ biased
against the president, then yes I suppose we can concede him the win.
His colleagues include Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. The former has
accused Trump of being "Hitlerian," and an "assassin," while the latter
has called the Trump administration a "calamity."
One who orders assassinations can be commonly thought of as an assassin.
And, yup, Trump is a fascist.
Circular logic noted. Twice.
Post by FPP
He's admitted he wants out military to become war criminals,
if he has his way.
Debunked Never Trumper myth noted.
Post by FPP
And then he wonders why he doesn't get a Nobel Peace Prize.
Why not? Obama and a terrorist got one.
Get back to us when you have real arguments to make.
Well, boy-howdy! How bad must Trump be, in world opinion, to rate lower
than terrorists!
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"... If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom,
consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the
Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)." -Donald J. Trump 10-7-19

Next up: "Kneel before ZOD!"
anim8rfsk
2020-01-16 14:17:17 UTC
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Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly shared a startling admission
from MSNBC on Monday. During his interview on former Sen. Al Franken's
(D-MN) podcast, MSNBC host Laurence O'Donnell admitted that "no one"
who defends President Trump will be offered any airtime.
What's the startling admission?
Post by Ubiquitous
be no one defending [Trump.]" "Bc we don't bring on liars,"
he adds. So anyone who defends Trump is a liar, & MSNBC will
never offer any defense for anything Trump does. Media is so
broken. https://t.co/RbXIGgNu5a
O'Donnell also accused MSNBC competitor CNN of being too kind to Trump.
"One third of the people on their payroll love Trump," he argued. "So
you're guaranteed on any hour of CNN to, minimum one third of the
programming will be supportive of Trump-someone on their payroll
saying, `Here's why Trump's right.'"
"That's one of the reasons why Trump kind of wants you to watch CNN
instead of MSNBC," O'Donnell added. "Because he knows on MSNBC there
will be no one defending him. Because we don't bring on liars. I don't
bring on a liar. I won't do that."
To suggest that CNN is somehow too pro-Trump is outlandish. All day and
night the network adds snarky or misleading chyrons to accompany their
news segments, making sure their audience knows that Trump doesn't know
what he's talking about or that he's just plain evil. They do it all
the time.
For every sarcastic headline, there's a CNN anchor directly
contradicting the president during their broadcast, or a flashy White
House reporter smugly sparring with the president and his staff on live
TV.
But if O'Donnell wants to argue about which network is _more_ biased
against the president, then yes I suppose we can concede him the win.
His colleagues include Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. The former has
accused Trump of being "Hitlerian," and an "assassin," while the latter
has called the Trump administration a "calamity."
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FPP
2020-01-16 13:05:47 UTC
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I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account...
And he's obviously not familiar with "web safe" color profile that dumbs
down anything saved for the web to "safe" web RGB triplet color pallet.

In addition, if the JPEG format is used, when a JPEG image is opened,
edited and saved again it results in additional image degradation. JPEG
is a lossy format.

But, hey... what do I know.
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The No. 1 scam to NOT fall for: Anything Trump, his campaign, or his
sycophants say.
They are all liars. He is little more than a cult leader with a rabid
base of followers who have left reason, logic, critical thinking, and
common sense behind.
Let’s face it: If Trump had not been born rich, he would either be
unemployable or he would be running some boiler room scamming people out
of their hard-earned money.
Ubiquitous
2020-01-16 20:39:55 UTC
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I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account [when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering
a photo of Pelosi.]
Well, there you go Dowdifying quoted material whenever you've lost the debate
again!
Post by FPP
And he's obviously not familiar with "web safe" color profile that dumbs
down anything saved for the web to "safe" web RGB triplet color pallet.
In addition, if the JPEG format is used, when a JPEG image is opened,
edited and saved again it results in additional image degradation. JPEG
is a lossy format.
But, hey... what do I know.
Yeah, right, those altered images were made by accident.

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FPP
2020-01-16 23:20:57 UTC
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Post by FPP
I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account [when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering
a photo of Pelosi.]
Well, there you go Dowdifying quoted material whenever you've lost the debate
again!
Post by FPP
And he's obviously not familiar with "web safe" color profile that dumbs
down anything saved for the web to "safe" web RGB triplet color pallet.
In addition, if the JPEG format is used, when a JPEG image is opened,
edited and saved again it results in additional image degradation. JPEG
is a lossy format.
But, hey... what do I know.
Yeah, right, those altered images were made by accident.
Hanlon's Razor.
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And now, another in a series of Mental Health Bulletins:
"... If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom,
consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the
Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)." -Donald J. Trump 10-7-19

Next up: "Kneel before ZOD!"
BTR1701
2020-01-16 16:37:42 UTC
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I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering a
photo of Pelosi.
Even if she was aware of it, this falls squarely under the rule "It's
Always 'Different' When a Leftist/Progressive Does It".
FPP
2020-01-16 23:22:10 UTC
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I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering a
photo of Pelosi.
Even if she was aware of it, this falls squarely under the rule "It's
Always 'Different' When a Leftist/Progressive Does It".
Rather lazy follow-up, counselor. We've come to expect much better
bullshit from you.
Why puss out now?
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I guess the Post reporter wasn’t aware of all these altered images on
Pelosi’s own account when she wrote a story about a GOP Rep. altering a
photo of Pelosi.
Even if she was aware of it, this falls squarely under the rule "It's
Always 'Different' When a Leftist/Progressive Does It".
How refreshing of FPP to claim that Pelosi's altered images were made by
accident. LOL!
Remain ignorant... fine with me. I wouldn't expect you'd be able to be
educated, anyway.
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But when the President being impeached was a Democrat, the spin was
completely reversed. In 1999, the broadcast networks were reluctant
even to cover the Senate trial for any extended period of time. All
three major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) cut their live
coverage after 90 minutes on the first day, leaving only PBS to run
live gavel-to-gavel coverage.
And those fuckers didn't air a single minute of the Johnson impeachment
AT ALL!

You DO see the logic fallacy of trying to compare 3 different
impeachments from 3 different centuries, right?
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CNN fact check reporter Daniel Dale fact checked claims made by
President Donald Trump's lawyers during the first day of the Senate's
impeachment trial that occurred Tuesday, but did not fact check any of
the Democratic impeachment managers.

Dale critiqued the president's attorneys Wednesday for, among other
things, not saying the precise number of days the House held onto the
two articles of impeachment before transmitting the articles to the
Senate.

"While House Democrats did wait before they transmitted the articles of
impeachment, they took 28 days, not 33," Dale wrote. "The House voted
to impeach Trump on December 18, Democrats sent over the articles on
January 15."

Dale also dinged Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow for claiming
that Trump's counsel was denied the right to participate in the House
impeachment process, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone for claiming
that Republicans were not allowed in the Sensitive Compartmented
Information Facility (SCIF) during the beginning of House Democrats'
impeachment inquiry. Dale did not fact check lead House impeachment
manager Adam Schiff or any of the other managers.

Dale spent four years fact checking Trump as The Toronto Star's
Washington bureau chief before being hired by CNN last summer. Dale has
been a staunch critic of the president since he came into office, and
said last year that "there is no equivalence" between Trump and leading
Democratic presidential candidates when it comes to the Truth.

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2020-01-27 23:05:56 UTC
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CNN fact check reporter Daniel Dale fact checked claims made by
President Donald Trump's lawyers during the first day of the Senate's
impeachment trial that occurred Tuesday, but did not fact check any of
the Democratic impeachment managers.
Maybe checking President Bumblefuck's lies are a 24/7 full-time job for
the poor bastard.
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The supposedly reasonable PBS on Tuesday abounded with dark conspiracy
theories about the impeached Donald Trump fomenting violence in
November after losing, as well as whether America is turning into Nazi
Germany. Veteran journalist Ted Koppel shot down that theory, but
engaged in the idea of mass violence by dejected Trump voters.

Talking to Amanpour and Co.'s Walter Isaacson, Koppel began with
impeachment coverage, saying, "It is too easy for people to quite
literally sort of divide the press down the middle and establish quite
easily who is for and who is against. And I think this is troublesome."

Moving on, Koppel described America as in an "ideological civil war"
that has, so far, had a "minimum of bloodshed." He then theorized,
"Let's say, for the sake of argument, that whoever the Democratic
candidate is defeats Donald Trump in November, we then have a period
from early November until the 20th of January, that interregnum period,
when Donald Trump is still president, but he knows that he only has a
few months left to serve. How do you think that period will go?"

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/ted-koppel-spins-dark-scenario-where-trump-loses-foments-violence

According to the former Nightline anchor, not well. He imagined the
scenario where "millions" of Republicans might resort to violence:

Do you think he will be a gracious loser? Do you think that
he will accept defeat and reach out the hand of friendship
to whoever is going to replace him? I don't think so. Can I
see Donald Trump at that point making the argument that the
election was stolen? A possibility. And I think there are
unfortunately millions of people in this country today who
would respond to that in a fashion that, you know, I'm not
even sure I really want to consider all the consequences of
where that might go. Could it lead to violence? Yes, it could.

Perhaps excited by this bit of speculating on what might happen,
Isaacson jumped to the tired question of whether America is becoming
like Nazi Germany:

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/pbs-ted-koppel-trumps-america-nazi-germany-koppel-scoffs

You have been a pretty bleak assessment of where we are and
how it could get worse. In some ways, people have compared
this to sort of an authoritarian tumult, even the way it was
in Germany in the 1930s. Your family, your parents escaped
Germany I think in 1937, got to England. Is that comparison
in anyway valid?

To Koppel's credit, he dismissed this, saying, "I don't think so....
There is still something unique about America and the many, many
voices." He then hammered those "on the left" who talk about being the
"resistance" to Trump:

That's why it bothered me so much when some people on the left
began talking early on about the resistance. And when I think
about the resistance, I think about courageous Germans in Nazi
Germany who were confronting the possibility of imprisonment,
torture, death. I think about the French resistance to Nazi
Germans who occupied France during World War II. We're nowhere
near that in this country. Yet.

Showing himself, to be more reasonable than Isaacson and his worries
about the Nazis, Koppel even chided Washington Post and New York Times
reporters for going on liberal MSNBC and CNN:

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/ted-koppel-chides-journalists-who-claim-be-objective-appear-liberal-msnbc-cnn

You can't watch MSNBC or CNN, for that matter, without seeing
a whole bunch of spear carriers from The New York Times, from
The Washington Post.... When a reporter from the New York
Times or The Washington Post ends up on one of those programs,
sitting next to Mika Brzezinski it's very hard for that
reporter to lay claim to objectivity.

Koppel even called out Isaacson, saying, "I must tell you... I see you
occasionally on Morning Joe." He concluded, "I don't think democracy
is being strengthened by [a lack of objectivity.] Is it being
undermined? Yes."

A partial transcript is below. Click "expand" to read more:

Amanpour and Co.
1/28/20
11:35 PM ET

WALTER ISAACSON: Do you think newspapers like The Washington Post and
the New York Times, in particular, have moved away from objective
journalism, especially when it comes to President Trump?

TED KOPPEL: Let me tell you a story, Walter. It goes back probably
about 30 or 35 years. I was doing Nightline at that time. I was the
managing editor. I called up a reporter at the New York Times" who had
been a particularly good story and I asked him if he would come and
appear on Nightline that evening. He said, I'm going to have the check
with Abe. Abe Rosenthal at the time was the executive editor of the New
York Times and he called me back a little while later and he said, Abe
said, "Sure, if you want to go do Nightline, you go ahead and do
Nightline. Then don't come back to the New York Times." The point
being, there were actually two points. Abe didn't want his reporters
sharing whatever their reporting had been with rival news organization.
But also he didn't want his reporters as he put it, "If you go on,
Koppel is going to ask you tough questions and you may end up
expressing your personal opinion. I don't want my New York Times"
reporters expressing their personal opinions on TV."

That, clearly, has changed. You can't watch MSNBC or CNN, for that
matter, without seeing a whole bunch of spear carriers from The New
York Times, from The Washington Post. And I must tell you, I see you
occasionally on Morning Joe. When a reporter from the New York Times or
The Washington Post ends up on one of those programs, sitting next to
Mika Brzezinski it's very hard for that reporter to lay claim to
objectivity, whether or not anything he or she says ends up being
subjective or ends up being perceived as being in favor of one's side
or the other. The mere fact that they are on a program that is
perceived as being very left of center and very anti-Trump, I think
undermines the public perception of those people as being objective.

ISAACSON: But don't you think that opinionated journalism is in some
ways more honest? Reporters have always had biases, but now at least
they get to express their opinions and we know who is on Fox who is on
MS, who is on CNN, what they're saying on Twitter and Facebook.

KOPPEL: Yeah, it's not as though we've never had the opportunity to
express opinions before. It's just that in the past, we've limited
those opinions to the op-ed pages. And that's no longer the case. And
that I think is a step in the wrong direction. It is too easy for
enemies of really good journalism, and I don't want anyone to think
that I'm in an way deprecating what appears on the front pages of The
New York Times and The Washington Post. I think there is some really
brilliant journalism going on. But, A, I don't really like seeing
analysis pieces on the front page of a major newspaper. I think they
belong in the back on one of the op-ed pages. And, B, when those
reporters whose reporting may be absolutely objective appear on
programs that are perceived by almost everyone who watches them as
having a vested political interest in one direction or another, I think
the reporters end up being perceived as having too much of a stake in
the game. No, I don't think it's a good thing.

ISAACSON: So you think that cable TV news in some ways has undermined
objective journalism?

KOPPEL: Well, I think cable TV news in many respects, look, obviously,
what happened is the first to do it was Rupert Murdoch and it became
hugely profitable. You know, you may have been know the numbers better
than I do. But I think Fox these days probably earns about one and a
half billion a year. That's real money. And at the time when Fox
started doing that, MSNBC was nowhere, doing nothing, making zero and
it is only when the folks over at NBC decided that they were going to
turn MSNBC into a liberal counterpart to what Fox was doing, that they
started really improving their ratings and, therefore, also improving
the amount of money they were making. I mean, let's not kid ourselves.
Donald Trump has been very, very good for the business of journalism.

ISAACSON: Do you think that democracy is getting undermined by the fact
that people are getting their news and information from more partisan
and idea logical sources?

KOPPEL: I don't think democracy is being strengthened by it. Is it
being undermined? Yes. I think that a democracy requires, desperately
needs, what are widely perceived by people of all political stripes as
objective sources and news. Otherwise, it's too easy to dismiss what is
being said by one side or the other simply because they don't share
your political point of view. You know, that doesn't mean that network
news or cable news or the major newspapers cannot be very tough in
terms of the reporting they do. But I don't think the reporters should
be perceived as siding with one group rather than the other. I think
that's - I think that does undermine democracy. Yes.
...

KOPPEL: You know, on one level and I'm not first to say this, I won't
be the last, we clearly are already engaged in a sort of ideological
civil war in this country. For the time being, it has been waged with
at least a minimum of bloodshed. I am wondering, for example, what's
going to happen? Let's say, for the sake of argument, that whoever the
Democratic candidate is defeats Donald Trump in November, we then have
a period from early November until the 20th of January, that
interregnum period, when Donald Trump is still president, but he knows
that he only has a few months left to serve. How do you think that
period will go?

Do you think he will be a gracious loser? Do you think that he will
accept defeat and reach out the hand of friendship to whoever is going
to replace him? I don't think so. Can I see Donald Trump at that point
making the argument that the election was stolen? A possibility. And I
think there are unfortunately millions of people in this country today
who would respond to that in a fashion that, you know, I'm not even
sure I really want to consider all the consequences of where that might
go. Could it lead to violence? Yes, it could.

...

ISAACSON: You have been a pretty bleak assessment of where we are and
how it could get worse. In some ways, people have compared this to sort
of an authoritarian tumult, even the way it was in Germany in the
1930s. Your family, your parents escaped Germany I think in 1937, got
to England. Is that comparison in anyway valid?

KOPPEL: I don't think so, no, I mean, there is still and I hope to God
that we can defend it, there is still something unique about America
and the many, many voices. I mean, so far at least. That's why it
bothered me so much when some people on the left began talking early on
about the resistance. And when I think about the resistance, I think
about courageous Germans in Nazi Germany who were confronting the
possibility of imprisonment, torture, death, I think about
the French resistance to Nazi Germans who occupied France during World
War II. We're nowhere near that in this country. Yet. And, no, I don't
see that yet. Is it possible?

We are not immune to the laws of history around if we give up our
protections. If we no longer value the rule of law and the
appropriateness of journalism that is much heavier on objectivity than
it is an opinion, if we don't value those things appropriately, then I
fear not that we're going to become Nazi Germany or fascist Italy, but
it's not going to be a happy place. And we have seen periods like that
in this country. The McCarthy era in that country, in the early 1950s
was much closer to that, People lived in fear. People lived in fear of
expressing honest opinions out loud. So we've come dangerously close in
the past and I think we, we are at least in a position today where it's
not beyond the question. I mean, it's not beyond possibility that we
could slide more in that direction. But do I see a precise parallel
with Nazi Germany? I do not.


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The supposedly reasonable PBS on Tuesday abounded with dark conspiracy
theories about the impeached Donald Trump fomenting violence in
November after losing, as well as whether America is turning into Nazi
Germany.
Not turning. Turned.
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Alan Dershowitz is calling the media out this morning, specifically CNN
and MSNBC, who he says are willfully distorting what he said on the
Senate floor yesterday when he discussed how a president can act both
in the public interest and in the interest of his campaign and it not
be a quid pro quo that necessitates impeachment.

First, here's a short clip from yesterday of Dershowitz making the
argument that the media is distorting:

https://youtu.be/rYbly-9Dm2g

Essentially, Dershowitz says CNN and MSNBC are claiming he argued a
president can do anything as long as he believes it's in the public
interest (like a dictator).

But he said that is just not true and he explains his argument again
below:

Taking advantage of the fact most of their viewers didn't
actually hear the senate Q and A, CNN, MSNBC and some other
media willfully distorted my answers. More to Come

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a
president believes that his re-election was in the national
interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as
anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

What I said was that there are 3 broad categories of relevant
motive:
1) pure national interest ( help the military)
2) pure corrupt motive ( get a kickback) And 3) mixed motive
(help the national interest in a way that helps your
reelection efforts )
(MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

I said that the 3rd was often the reality of politics and
that helping one's own re-election efforts cannot - by itself-
necessarily be deemed corrupt.

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

I gave as an example mixed motive President Lindon's decision
to send troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so that
they would vote for his party. He genuinely believed that his
party's victory in Indiana was essential to the war effort,
but it also helped him politically.

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

I gave another hypothetical. President Obama promised to bomb
Syrian military targets if Assad used chemical weapons. He
broke his promise. (MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

What it if turned out that a reason he broke his promise was
that his political advisors warned him that bombing Syria
would lose him votes among the hard left? (MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

My point is that these are complex issues and that the Framers
did not intend impeachment for mixed motive decisions that
contain an element of personal partisan benefit. (MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

Anyone watching my answer would know that it was in response
to the manager's claim that any electoral benefit would
constitute an impeachable quid pro quo. (MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

I pointed out how open ended that argument is because
politicians honestly believe that their reelection helps
the national interest. (MTC)

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020

I did not say or imply that a candidate could do anything to
reassure his reelection, only that seeking help in an election
is not necessarily corrupt, citing the Lincoln and Obama
examples. Critics have an obligation to respond to what I said,
not to create straw men to attack

- Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020


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Alan Dershowitz is calling the media out this morning, specifically CNN
and MSNBC, who he says are willfully distorting what he said on the
Senate floor yesterday when he discussed how a president can act both
in the public interest and in the interest of his campaign and it not
be a quid pro quo that necessitates impeachment.
First, here's a short clip from yesterday of Dershowitz making the
https://youtu.be/rYbly-9Dm2g
Essentially, Dershowitz says CNN and MSNBC are claiming he argued a
president can do anything as long as he believes it's in the public
interest (like a dictator).
But he said that is just not true and he explains his argument again
Don't give a shit about what he said today. He said what he said, and
it wasn't ambiguous.

And no amount of polish will make that turd look (or smell) any better.
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They are all liars. He is little more than a cult leader with a rabid
base of followers who have left reason, logic, critical thinking, and
common sense behind.
Let’s face it: If Trump had not been born rich, he would either be
unemployable or he would be running some boiler room scamming people out
of their hard-earned money.
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On Saturday, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi dedicated a segment to essentially
airing his grievances about the impeachment votes, and how he views
Trump’s responses, current and future.

Velshi stood in front of the definitions of both “exonerate” and
“acquittal” as he gave his remarks. He showed former president Richard
Nixon discussing his own impeachment (see full video below), as an
example of doing a good job of being impeached. The idea was that while
Nixon was apologetic and putting the country first, Trump is not and
won’t be.

(Nixon’s rehab is really coming along nicely these days.)

The reason for the definitions on screen wasn’t so much for
enlightenment of anyone who might not understand the words, but rather
to underscore his point. That point, which took several minutes to
deliver, essentially boiled down to saying “you didn’t win.”

Acquittal does equal exoneration. A plain fact, though delivered as if
it were an insight. The thrust of the segment was to be put-out about
the vote and give the finger to Trump. It was an editorial, and as
editorials go, not bad. It won’t move any needle but it would make a
good blog post. But it brings up a difference between how the networks
are treated and perceived.

MSNBC (and CNN) do not make a formal distinction between whether a
program is news or opinion the way Fox News Channel does. At CNN, for
example, the now infamous moment of laughing about the “rubes” in
Trump’s voter base was during Don Lemon‘s show, which is a mix of news
and commentary.

However, during the day time hours, viewers do generally think of
MSNBC’s programming, particularly MSNBC Live, as a news program, and
the hosts as anchors. However, they are also accustomed to hosts taking
a segment to offer their own commentary.

In the segment where Velshi discussed the definition of exoneration
versus the definition of acquittal, no indication was made that the
segment would be the host/anchor’s opinion. One may find such
disclaimers useful or not as one sees fit, but there’s is zero doubt
that a line as blurry as the one at MSNBC Live would cause fits were it
a Fox News program.

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NBC News reporter Peter Alexander said Thursday that the Republican
lawmakers who support President Donald Trump were reduced to being
"bobbleheads" during his speech in the White House East Room.

"What you probably didn't see but we could see from our position here
is just what I would best describe as bobbleheads-the Republican
supporters, the allies and aides to the president, who were nodding
approvingly throughout the entirety of his remarks," Alexander told
MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing.

Alexander said he was "struck" by how GOP lawmakers need support from
Trump back in their home states, and Trump is willing to "lavish
praise" on his allies, such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.). Alexander
also passed judgment on the "jovial atmosphere" in the White House
following Trump's acquittal in the Senate, and he described how he
shouted questions at Trump about whether he had learned "lessons" from
the behavior that led to his impeachment in the House.

"As he was exiting the room, in the back I yelled at him and said, `are
there any lessons learned, have you learned any lessons from this?'"
Alexander said. "He ignored that question, but as the best evidence of
his answer was what he said earlier on in his remarks: He said, `I did
nothing wrong,' again insisting that call-that again many Republicans
say was inappropriate and wrong-he says still was perfect."

Alexander was referring to Republicans who expressed their disapproval
of Trump's actions without voting to remove him from office, such as
Sen. Susan Collins (Maine).

https://youtu.be/8Z5XkcdUEhs


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Leftist CNN commentator John Harwood and a panel of other left-wing
commentators at CNN unloaded on President Donald Trump late this week after
he gave his post-impeachment acquittal speech in the White House.

"Look, this was a very disturbing tableau for the country," Harwood said. "It
was dark because he's made clear that his mind is dark. This is someone who
is in deep psychological distress right now, self-pitying, insecure, angry."

Harwood later continued by mocking the president, "He doesn't recognize
abstract concepts like right and wrong, like morality or immorality, like
true or false."

Leftist Axios reporter Alexi McCammond claimed that Trump was trying to play
on "the inherent tribalism that I think a lot of people feel since President
Trump was elected."

Watch:
https://youtu.be/W0ciO9lfqgc

TRANSCRIPT:
BRIANNA KEILAR: To hear Mitt Romney explain, it really comes from a genuine
place of conviction where he searched his searched his soul, he said
essentially that he was looking for a reason to convict. But he couldn't and
that was because he had really an oath to God that he couldn't move past that
without feeling like he was breaking that to acquit the President. I was
struck by just what a dark place this was in this speech. Other speeches in
history strike a somber tone, strike a conciliatory tone, strike a forward
looking tone. This was so dark, Nia.

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: Yeah, and surprising. I mean, not surprising that the
President can be vindictive, can be petty, can be, you know, frame himself as
the victim and want to air grievances all the time, but it felt like this was
a real moment, right, where he could have some focus on a forward-looking
message for the country, borrow from some of the themes in the hope from the
State of the Union, Republicans certainly received that very well, but here
he was talking about Bill Clinton, talking - or Hillary Clinton, talking
about the FBI agents, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. So it was very, very
bizarre, in some ways a missed opportunity. Look, he spent a lot of time
yesterday having to look at Mitt Romney on screen all day and give that very
passionate address where he talked about his faith and really, in some ways,
dismantled the Republicans arguments against impeachment and removing the
President from office. So here this was just a long and rambling speech. You
know, I was watching it and this was sort of like a session with your
therapist, right, where you're sitting on the couch and you're kinda talking
about the internal emotions that you're having cause that's what it sounded
like and listen, he's not going to get over the Mitt Romney thing. That was
very deep-wounding to him. He very much prize - prizes the fact that he's
been able to keep Republicans together, and the fact that Mitt Romney has
strayed away from the Republican pack in aligning, you know, not aligning
himself with the President. I think this is not something he's going to
forgive.

KEILAR: I might argue it's more a dear diary or certainly you're not getting
your money's worth because a therapist might interject in the middle of that
and this was more of like a - this was more just a monologue. John Harwood,
you cover him day in and day out. What struck you?

JOHN HARWOOD: Look, this was a very disturbing tableau for the country. It
was dark because he's made clear that his mind is dark. This is someone who
is in deep psychological distress right now, self-pitying, insecure, angry.
He almost said plaintively at the end when he was reading a text from Strzok
to Page, where he said I'm a good - I'm not a bad person. He was sort of
imploring people to accept that view of him. When Kaitlan and Alexi said, he
thinks I did nothing wrong, that sentence stops with the word "I" because,
with Donald Trump, if he did it, it's not wrong. He doesn't recognize
abstract concepts like right and wrong, like morality or immorality, like
true or false. He recognizes what is good for him in the moment and what has
happened, what Mitt Romney has done by casting that vote, what Nancy - Pelosi
has done has felt very, very unpleasant to him. He said impeachment is a very
ugly. By going after Romney, the other part of it that I think is striking is
that the entire Republican Party reduced to sitting applauding this rambling,
disordered set of remarks, and one of the reasons why it is an uncomfortable
moment for them is that Mitt Romney, when he gave that speech, said, I've
looked at the facts. I've come to the conclusion and I can't avoid this. He
stripped naked the rationalizations that they have used for their votes.
Remember they started off saying, look, the whistleblower broke. They started
out saying, well, it would be terrible if there was a quid pro quo, but
there's no evidence of a quick. Now, when we got to the end of the process,
Ted Cruz told the White House lawyers well, we all know it's a quid pro quo
and what they're saying is, yes, it was a quid pro quo. They approved that
case but it's not that big a deal. They were starting from the end point of -
of protecting this President and Romney has shown that the - the calculations
behind that are pretty hollow.

GLORIA BORGER: He is the victim here.

KEILAR: Yeah.

BORGER: There - this is how he sees himself. He is the victim in all of this.
He has done nothing wrong, and as you point out, John, lots of Republicans
are now saying, well, the call was inappropriate - he thinks - but not
impeachable. He said there is nothing wrong with it, he is the good guy, they
are the bad guy, and this is the way this campaign is going to be run. Make
no mistake about it. No matter who his opponent is, the world will be divided
into good and evil and most of the country, I don't think, is in the good and
evil thing. I think the country looks at politicians and says, well, there
are some good things he says, there are some bad things she says. I don't -
you know -

[CROSSTALK]

HARWOOD: Most of the country is against it.

BORGER: That's right. That's right. But people don't see people as black and
white.

ALEXI MCCAMMOND: And he's playing on the inherent tribalism that I think a
lot of people feel since President Trump was elected and clearly that a lot
of people were feeling -

BORGER: Absolutely

MCCAMMOND: - bubble up, you know, when Obama was President.

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In case you missed it, Stephen Miller married Katie Waldman over the
weekend. The New York Times published a wedding announcement, but they
left out an important detail. Lucky for us, HuffPost senior reporter
Christopher Mathias, whose beat is the far Right, was there to make
sure we knew about it:

Given everything we know about Stephen Miller, seems a massive
abdication of journalistic duty to publish a normalizing
announcement of his wedding in @nytimesvows, and to publish
said announcement with no mention that he's a white nationalist
https://t.co/RK35xWK7V5 pic.twitter.com/N95UyNhSYq

- Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) February 17, 2020

As Soledad O'Brien suggests, this is just par for the course with the
New York Times:

Very @nytimes to not mention the white nationalist part.
https://t.co/dG1hQctV52

- Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 17, 2020

Yes, the New York Times is notorious for being soft on Trump
associates.

So we're at the "Why won't The NY Times wedding section say
that Stephen Miller is a white nationalist??" stage of media
"criticism." pic.twitter.com/E5prZjd848

- Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) February 17, 2020

Apparently.

its a fair criticism. Miller deserves to have that he is a
white nationalist mentioned every time he appears in print.
He wouldn't be famous but for his white nationalism. It is
his defining trait.

- Ben Solo fanboy (@Logan_OConnor) February 17, 2020

https://twitter.com/JayCaruso/status/1229455958021230604

Stephen Miller's no saint by any stretch, but is it really so alarming
that the New York Times wouldn't describe him as a "white nationalist"
in a freaking wedding announcement?


This hot take is neither hot, nor a take.

As a matter of fact, pay it no mind and go back to your lives.

I apologize for making note of it. https://t.co/sKJX5XkkzN

- Tony Katz (@tonykatz) February 17, 2020

#WhatLiberalMedia

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2020-02-20 12:14:14 UTC
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In case you missed it, Stephen Miller married Katie Waldman over the
weekend.
What? Two nearly identical posts! One right after the other?
Sure sounds like somebody is triggered!
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sycophants say.
They are all liars. He is little more than a cult leader with a rabid
base of followers who have left reason, logic, critical thinking, and
common sense behind.
Let’s face it: If Trump had not been born rich, he would either be
unemployable or he would be running some boiler room scamming people out
of their hard-earned money.
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Post by Ubiquitous
In case you missed it, Stephen Miller married Katie Waldman over the
weekend. The New York Times published a wedding announcement, but they
left out an important detail. Lucky for us, HuffPost senior reporter
Christopher Mathias, whose beat is the far Right, was there to make
Given everything we know about Stephen Miller, seems a massive
abdication of journalistic duty to publish a normalizing
said announcement with no mention that he's a white nationalist
https://t.co/RK35xWK7V5 pic.twitter.com/N95UyNhSYq
As Soledad O'Brien suggests, this is just par for the course with the
https://t.co/dG1hQctV52
Yes, the New York Times is notorious for being soft on Trump
associates.
So we're at the "Why won't The NY Times wedding section say
that Stephen Miller is a white nationalist??" stage of media
"criticism." pic.twitter.com/E5prZjd848
Apparently.
its a fair criticism. Miller deserves to have that he is a
white nationalist mentioned every time he appears in print.
He wouldn't be famous but for his white nationalism. It is
his defining trait.
https://twitter.com/JayCaruso/status/1229455958021230604
Stephen Miller's no saint by any stretch, but is it really so alarming
that the New York Times wouldn't describe him as a "white nationalist"
in a freaking wedding announcement?
This hot take is neither hot, nor a take.
As a matter of fact, pay it no mind and go back to your lives.
I apologize for making note of it. https://t.co/sKJX5XkkzN
What? Two nearly identical posts! One right after the other?
Sure sounds like somebody is triggered!
Whatver are you babbling on about now?

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2020-02-29 09:43:41 UTC
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are describing the
federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared
for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed
leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For
starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing
instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never
took effect.

More AP Fact Checks
https://apnews.com/tag/APFactCheck

A look at some of the Democrats’ remarks:

MIKE BLOOMBERG: “There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we
should be doing. And he’s defunded — he’s defunded Centers for Disease
Control, CDC, so we don’t have the organization we need. This is a very
serious thing.” — debate Tuesday night.

JOE BIDEN, comparing the Obama-Biden administration with now: “We
increased the budget of the CDC. We increased the NIH budget. ... He’s
wiped all that out. ... He cut the funding for the entire effort.”

THE FACTS: They’re both wrong to say the agencies have seen their money
cut. Bloomberg is repeating the false allegation in a new ad that
states the U.S. is unprepared for the virus because of “reckless cuts”
to the CDC. Trump’s budgets have proposed cuts to public health, only
to be overruled by Congress, where there’s strong bipartisan support
for agencies such as the CDC and NIH. Instead, financing has increased.

Indeed, the money that government disease detectives first tapped to
fight the latest outbreak was a congressional fund created for health
emergencies.

Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House
budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and
local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in
detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion
by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.

The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the
response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak.

The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic
preparation — regardless of who’s president or whether specific
instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into
place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work
for any respiratory-borne disease.

Among the health authorities overseeing the work are Dr. Anne Schuchat,
CDC’s principal deputy director and a veteran of previous outbreaks,
and Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH’s infectious disease chief who has advised
six presidents.


“The CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past,”
said John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s
Health, which works with government at all levels to improve the
nation’s response to high-risk health crises. Some Democrats have
charged that Trump decimated the nation’s public health leadership, but
Auerbach said CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during
the past three years.

Will the preparations be enough?

One of the lessons learned in prior crises, such as the anthrax
attacks, is not to offer false assurances when scientists have
questions about the illness.

The CDC, for example, can accurately test for the virus but has
struggled to get working test kits to state health departments. That’s
key if there’s a need to rapidly increase the number of tests being
performed.

The U.S. closed borders to travelers from China to buy time as
preparations began but, “classically that’s not the way you address an
outbreak,” Fauci told The Associated Press this week. “If you do it for
a very limited period of time, temporarily until you can get things in
order in your own country, it could have some benefit. But in general,
the concept of closing borders, you cannot do that for an extended
period of time.”

But with infections now in much of the world, one of the questions for
U.S. policymakers is whether it’s time to modify any of those border or
travel restrictions.

___

Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this
report.

___

EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

___

Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd


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2020-02-29 10:44:54 UTC
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are describing the
federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared
for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed
leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For
starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.
He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing
instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never
took effect.
Was that BEFORE or AFTER he disbanded the NSC staff that is charged with
curbing global pandemic threats?

You know... the staff that was specifically designed to handle the
crisis we're facing.
The staff we DON'T have anymore because President Bumblefuck just HAD to
kill anything Obama thought was a smart idea.
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Mr. President, ...your false claims fool no one.
You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in
2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020.
Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it.
You’ve betrayed America. Again. - Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff 2/23/20
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CNN's Chris Cuomo was the first on CNN to actually cover Chief Justice
John Roberts criticizing Schumer for his threats on Supreme Court
justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. He waited until the last couple minutes
of his hour to do it though. And then he turned it into a Roberts/Trump
bashing segment.

https://videopress.com/embed/qV6AGAvS

Cuomo starts out by playing Schumer's remarks and saying:

"I don't like it Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Look
I know Trump says the same crap. That's why it's wrong. I get
Schumer's concerns and many viewer's about undoing Roe v. Wade.
It's real! You're just not helping by appearing to threaten
justices. If you act like what you oppose, how are you any
better? And that's not `go high when they go low', that's
reality."

Cuomo then claimed Roberts is a hypocrite because he hasn't rebuked
Trump:

"Now it drew a rare rebuke from Chief Justice Roberts, who
not only called Schumer's comments inappropriate, but
dangerous. But you know what? He's a problem too here. What
hasn't he said that about Trump?"

He then ripped into Trump for calling on action to be taken against
Schumer:

"[Trump] is the worst when it comes to respecting the
judiciary. He had the gall - Trump - to say action should
be taken against Schumer. He wants to enforce civility. You
want to enforce civility Mr. President? This is easy. Start
with yourself."

"And they wonder why so many of you think so little of them.
It's a problem, they should fix it."

Trump never threatened Sotomayor or Ginsburg the other day. He simply
called on them to recuse themselves for their apparent biases against
him. In fact Trump was responding to Sotomayor criticizing Gorsuch and
Kavanaugh for being biased in favor of Trump.

Regardless of whether or not you think Trump should have even said
anything, he never threatened nor tried to intimidate anyone. It's not
even close to the same thing as what Schumer said today, essentially
threatening to try and impeach Gorsuch and Kavanaugh if they don't rule
his way. And Cuomo is a schmuck for attacking John Roberts and
suggesting otherwise.

I've been saying tonight that CNN hadn't covered the Schumer threats
today. Actually Jake Tapper touched on it briefly just before Roberts
issued his statement in the 5pm hour. But nobody after 6pm touched the
Roberts statement criticizing Schumer until Cuomo did at the very end
of his hour. And you see the mess he made out of it.

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2020-03-06 12:44:00 UTC
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CNN's Chris Cuomo was the first on CNN to actually cover Chief Justice
John Roberts criticizing Schumer for his threats on Supreme Court
justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. He waited until the last couple minutes
of his hour to do it though. And then he turned it into a Roberts/Trump
bashing segment.
https://videopress.com/embed/qV6AGAvS
"I don't like it Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Look
I know Trump says the same crap. That's why it's wrong. I get
Schumer's concerns and many viewer's about undoing Roe v. Wade.
It's real! You're just not helping by appearing to threaten
justices. If you act like what you oppose, how are you any
better? And that's not `go high when they go low', that's
reality."
Cuomo then claimed Roberts is a hypocrite because he hasn't rebuked
And rightly so... Trump actually attacked a juror. Roberts pretended he
was too busy washing his hair to comment.
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You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in
2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020.
Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it.
You’ve betrayed America. Again. - Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff 2/23/20
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CNN has spent days spreading panic about coronavirus, but last night, just as
the White House was explaining the timeline for a vaccine trial, CNN cut away
to a townhall with Michael Bloomberg. They’re whipping up hysteria just to
hurt @RealDonaldTrump!

CNN has spent days spreading panic about coronavirus.

But last night, just as the White House was explaining the
timeline for a vaccine trial, CNN cut away to a townhall with
Michael Bloomberg.

They’re whipping up hysteria just to hurt @RealDonaldTrump!
pic.twitter.com/AESNXIGZUv
— Trump War Room – Text WOKE to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) February
27, 2020


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CNN has spent days spreading panic about coronavirus, but last night, just as
the White House was explaining the timeline for a vaccine trial, CNN cut away
to a townhall with Michael Bloomberg. They’re whipping up hysteria just to
CNN has spent days spreading panic about coronavirus.
But last night, just as the White House was explaining the
timeline for a vaccine trial, CNN cut away to a townhall with
Michael Bloomberg.
pic.twitter.com/AESNXIGZUv
27, 2020
And here I am thinking it's the soaring number of virus cases and the
crashing stock market, and the economy in a tailspin, and people not
spending any money that was doing it.

Glad I know better now.
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Mr. President, ...your false claims fool no one.
You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in
2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020.
Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it.
You’ve betrayed America. Again. - Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff 2/23/20
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2020-03-10 12:40:48 UTC
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But last night, just as the White House was explaining the timeline for
a vaccine trial, CNN cut away to a townhall with Michael Bloomberg.
CNN has spent days spreading panic about coronavirus.
But last night, just as the White House was explaining the
timeline for a vaccine trial, CNN cut away to a townhall with
Michael Bloomberg.
pic.twitter.com/AESNXIGZUv
27, 2020
That's our media. Never let a good crisis go to waste!
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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens blasted President Donald Trump on
MSNBC's MTP Daily with anchor Katy Tur Tuesday afternoon, billing the novel
coronavirus as the commander-in-chief's "Chernobyl" which he "can't lie and
spin your way through."

The columnist began the segment by stating, "When coronavirus broke out in
China, people said this is China's Chernobyl. It's actually Donald Trump's
Chernobyl."

"There are some things you can't lie and spin your way through, above all,
something like a virus this is out of control - just as the Soviet government
couldn't lie its way through atomic particles going through the air in
Ukraine 35 years ago."

Tur then followed up with a question regarding people who are viewing the
deadly virus as fake news.

"How do you make that argument to people who refuse to believe it's a
problem," Tur asked, referring to Trump supporters who are dismissing the
virus which is gaining a foothold across the country.

Stephens fired back, "That's going to be fake news until it happens to
someone in their neighborhood."

"That's how long that fantasy lasts, and this is beyond the area of just
having a president make stuff up," Stephens stated.

The New York Times columnist continued to rip Trump stating the president
will not be able to treat the virus as if it is another real estate deal that
he can BS his way through.

"Having a president who treats this as another kind of real estate deal where
he can kind of BS his way through it isn't going to work. I think this is
probably not only the biggest test of Trump's presidency, but it's actually
the way in which his entire presidency is exposed for the fraud that it is,"
Stephens concluded.


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Every American should want President Trump and his administration to handle
the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who seem eager
to see the president fail and to call every administration misstep a fiasco
risk letting their partisanship blind them to the demands not only of civic
responsibility but of basic decency.
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The mainstream media has downplayed another scandal involving former Vice
President Joe Biden's family.

A new report revealed legal problems and allegations of possible fraud
involving former Biden's brother, James, on Monday – but anyone who relies on
the mainstream media would have no idea.

In the latest instance of the Democratic primary front-runner’s family
members’ dealings drawing scrutiny amid his presidential bid, James Biden’s
business with medical companies – including Americore Health – led to
allegations that he potentially engaged in fraud and traded on his brother’s
name, Politico reported early Monday.

CNN and MSNBC completely ignored the story on air through Tuesday afternoon.
ABC, NBC and CBS skipped the story on their evening and morning newscasts,
too.

Several prominent members of the mainstream media have been accused of
favoring Biden over Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Media Research Center’s
NewsBusters, which first reported that network newscasts have skipped the
story about Biden’s brother, wrote that “nets are doing their best to bury
the scandal.”

James Biden reportedly convinced Americore that he could use his political
clout to deliver a significant influx of cash in the form of an investment
from the Middle East and even convinced the company to take on financial
burdens including a six-figure loan to James that he has yet to repay.

James Biden, Americore and Americore founder Grant White are among those now
facing a lawsuit from medical companies in Tennessee federal court accusing
them of fraud over alleged promises made. Biden and the other defendants have
denied any wrongdoing, but the plaintiffs last month reportedly said in a
court filing that they were willing to drop their claims against White, who
had provided exculpatory evidence as well as information that further
implicated Biden and others.

James Biden’s attorney, George Mesires, did not immediately respond to a
request from Fox News for comment.

James Biden is the latest member of the Biden family whose business ventures
have surfaced as Joe Biden progresses towards possibly becoming the
Democratic presidential nominee.

The former vice president’s son Hunter made national headlines after
President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to assist an
investigation into Joe Biden's role ousting a prosecutor who had been looking
into Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings where Hunter had a lucrative
board position. Joe Biden has admitted to being instrumental in the
termination of the Ukrainian prosecutor but insists it had nothing to do with
his son. Trump’s discussions with Zelensky led to his impeachment – and
subsequent acquittal – while Hunter Biden remains of interest to Senate
Republicans looking to further investigate the matter.

Donald Trump Jr. recently challenged Hunter Biden to a debate about who has
made more money off their father’s elected office.


--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to handle
the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who seem eager
to see the president fail and to call every administration misstep a fiasco
risk letting their partisanship blind them to the demands not only of civic
responsibility but of basic decency.
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A new report revealed legal problems and allegations of possible fraud
involving former Biden's brother, James, on Monday – but anyone who relies on
the mainstream media would have no idea.
Bullshit. It was covered fully.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/09/james-biden-health-care-ventures-123159

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-profitable-business-of-being-joe-bidens-brother

https://www.thedailybeast.com/james-and-hunter-biden-accused-of-cashing-in-on-the-family-name
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Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up."

** The number of cases was up over 1,000 two weeks later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE9BXkQ-SRc
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In a viral moment from an auto plant in Detroit Tuesday, a raging Joe Biden
lashed out and threatened to assault (slap) an autoworker who confronted him
about his support for curtailing Second Amendment rights. The threat was
omitted by all the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and Univision,
with CNNEE and Telemundo ignoring the incident altogether. But what NBC
Nightly News did was particularly deceptive in that they completely cut
around Biden's threat of physical violence.

In the NBC coverage of the "tense confrontation," correspondent Gabe
Gutierrez actually noted that Biden did want to ban so-called "assault
weapons" before boasting that the former Vice President "pulled no punches."
He then played the manipulated video:

BIDEN: We'll take your AR - your AR-14s away.

AUTOWORKER (talking about Biden sticking a finger in his face):
This is not okay. [Transition] You're working for me, man.

BIDEN: I'm not working for you. Gimme a break, man. Don't be such
a horse's ass.


Here's a close-up video of Joe Biden yelling in a union worker's
face today.

Biden is not well.

Nominating him would be a disaster.
There's no way he could beat Trump. pic.twitter.com/0gNkApKEah

- Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) March 10, 2020

The marked "transition" was where Biden can be heard in unedited video
saying "Don't tell me that, pal, or I'm going to go out and slap you in the
face." The whole confrontation can be watched here (or above, NBC's report
is below) with the edited portion starting at the 1:03-second mark. The edit
was intentional because the comment only lasted less than four seconds (thus
there was no time crunch), and NBC reporter Jonathan Allen noted the threat
in an online report.

Both ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News didn't dare get close to
that portion of the video and downplayed Biden's actions. CBS politics
reporter Ed O'Keefe simply suggested: "Biden got testy when a man who asked
why he wants to take away guns."

Over on ABC, senior national correspondent Terry Moran reported that "along
with the chants and cheers, an angry confrontation with one autoworker, who
confronted Biden on guns." Moran even included a sizable soundbite of Biden
lying about his position on taking away guns:

BIDEN: No. No. Shush, shush. I support the Second Amendment. The
Second Amendment just like right now if you yelled fire, that's
not free speech. From the very beginning, I have a shotgun, I have
a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My sons hunt. Guess what? You're not
allowed to own any weapon. I am not taking your gun away at all.
Do you need 100 rounds? No.

AUTOWORKER: When you said you're going to take our guns.--

BIDEN (yelling over him): I did not say that! I did not!

None of the English or Spanish-language networks mentioned that Biden had
also told a female campaign staffer to "shush" after she tried to defuse the
situation and move him away.

The Transcripts are below, click "expand" to read:

ABC's World News Tonight
March 10, 2020
6:50:07 p.m. Eastern

(.)

TERRY MORAN: But along with the chants and cheers, an angry confrontation
with one autoworker, who confronted Biden on guns.

AUTOWORKER: You are actively trying to take away our Second Amendment right
and take away our guns.

FMR. VP JOE BIDEN: You're full of [ bleep ].

FEMALE BIDEN STAFFER: Okay, thank you, guys.

BIDEN: No. No. Shush, shush. I support the Second Amendment. The Second
Amendment just like right now if you yelled fire, that's not free speech.
From the very beginning, I have a shotgun, I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My
sons hunt. Guess what? You're not allowed to own any weapon. I am not taking
your gun away at all. Do you need 100 rounds? No.

AUTOWORKER: When you said you're going to take our guns.--

BIDEN (yelling over him): I did not say that! I did not!

(.)

CBS Evening News
March 10, 2020
6:50:04 p.m. Eastern

(.)

ED O'KEEFE: Touring an auto plant in Detroit earlier in the day, Biden got
testy when a man who asked why he wants to take away guns.

FMR. VP JOE BIDEN: You're full of sh[Bleep]. I did not.

BIDEN: No. No. Shush, shush. I support the Second Amendment.

[Transition]

AUTOWORKER: You say you're going to take our guns--

BIDEN: I did not say that, that's not, I did not say that.

(.)

NBC Nightly News
March 10, 2020
7:21:58 p.m. Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Back now with a big day and an important night for both Bernie
Sanders and Joe Biden with primaries in six states. But also grabbing
headlines, Biden's response today when he was questioned by a union worker
about guns. Here's NBC's Gabe Gutierrez.

[Cuts to video]

GABE GUTIERREZ: On primary day in battleground Michigan, a tense
confrontation. Joe Biden cursing at an autoworker who went after his views
on guns.

AUTOWORKER: You are actively trying to diminish our Second Amendment right
and take away our guns.

FMR. VP JOE BIDEN: You're full of sh[ Bleep ].

FEMALE BIDEN STAFFER: Okay, thank you, guys.

BIDEN: No, No, shush, shush. I support the Second Amendment. [Transition]
I'm not taking your gun away at all. You need 100 rounds?

GUTTIERREZ: Biden, who supports banning assault weapons, pulled no punches
as he toured a Detroit auto plant.

BIDEN: We'll take your AR - your AR-14s away.

AUTOWORKER (talking about Biden sticking a finger in his face): This is not
okay. [Transition] You're working for me, man.

BIDEN: I'm not working for you. Gimme a break, man. Don't be such a horse's
ass.

(.)

--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to handle
the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who seem eager
to see the president fail and to call every administration misstep a fiasco
risk letting their partisanship blind them to the demands not only of civic
responsibility but of basic decency.
Ubiquitous
2020-03-17 01:05:06 UTC
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The Chinese Communist Party does not want to be held responsible as the
source or for the spread of COVID-19, also rightfully known as the
Wuhan virus. This is entirely unsurprising for an authoritarian regime
that has long deployed propaganda and manipulation. What is surprising,
and alarming for Americans, is that the U.S. publication The Atlantic
would adopt China's anti-American disinformation efforts.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan in early January, Chinese officials
have concealed information about the spread of the virus, silenced and
punished Chinese doctors who tried to warn others, ordered the
destruction of lab evidence, and claimed the virus originated in the
United States.

From China's official foreign ministry spox:

If there is one good thing that comes from this, perhaps it
will be the final recognition that the Chinese regime are our
enemies, shameless liars, and we should do everything in our
power to disentangle our economies pic.twitter.com/biO98s0lSL

- Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 14, 2020

Instead of investigating or writing about China's propaganda machine
working in real time as we watch the virus rapidly spread across the
globe, journalists at The Atlantic are more interested in writing their
own pro-China, anti-American virus hot takes. Here are the receipts.

Disputing the name "Wuhan virus" is China's first big hurdle in
distancing themselves from the virus. They would much prefer
"coronavirus" or the scientific name "COVID-19," despite the fact that
scientists and doctors have a long-held practice of naming a new
disease after a population or the site of its first major outbreak. So
of course one of the easiest positions for The Atlantic to publish was:
Wuhan = bad, COVID-19 = good, and for good measure, blame the name
discrepancy on "conservatives" deploying "racist tropes."

In a second article headlined "Why Trump Intentionally Misnames the
Coronavirus," the magazine charged that all disease naming was
"xenophobic." After the author, Atlantic writer Ben Zimmer, spends
1,000 words explaining the history of this practice, he admits the
reason officials call it Wuhan virus "may be to combat Chinese
Communist Party propaganda," but claims Trump is only calling a
"foreign virus" because he thinks anything foreign is bad.

President Trump labeling the novel coronavirus a "foreign
virus" isn't a new strategy: When it comes to the popular
naming of infectious diseases, xenophobia has long played
a prominent role. @bgzimmer writes. https://t.co/gq26St9Q0v

- The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 13, 2020

Atlantic Staff Writer David Frum also got creative with the renaming
efforts.

Wuhan virus?
Or Trump plague?

- David Frum (@davidfrum) March 9, 2020

China does not just want to hide their mishandling of the outbreak, but
they want to blame the origin of the virus on the United States and
paint themselves as heroes saving the rest of the world from the
pandemic they started. China's Communist Party-controlled newspaper,
People's Daily, attributed shipments of masks and other medical
equipment to countries like Iran and Italy as their love and care for
all people. The Washington Post reported that those shipments were not
donations, but exports purchased by those countries.

Not to be deterred by facts, however, Atlantic Staff Writer Anne
Applebaum upheld the lie that China was "sending aid" to Italy out of
the goodness of their hearts.

Loading Image...

In an article titled "The Coronavirus Called America's Bluff,"
Applebaum makes the case for why the Trump administration is just as
bad as the Chinese Communist Party. Applebaum initially describes
China's failings in handling the virus, but then compares Trump to
officials in Wuhan for being "concerned about the numbers-the optics of
how a pandemic looks."

She acknowledges China's threats against it's own doctors, but shifts
blame away from the Chinese Communist Party because they did not
instruct "anyone in the United States not to carry out testing." She
writes "many of those recounting China's missteps have become just a
little bit too smug."

The Atlantic's praise for a communist regime whose vile tactics have
cost countless innocent lives is not just un-American, but disgusting.
But what's even more frightening is their willingness to aid in that
regime's propaganda and misdirection efforts.

Although it's hard to imagine now, this is bigger than Wuhan virus and
the growing pandemic. Authoritarian regimes like China are always
seeking challenge the United States and the West. China is never going
to stop using coercion to seek change that serves their interests. This
was true before the Wuhan virus, and it will be after.

The Atlantic's willingness to share an American enemy's talking points
aids the enemy, not Americans. The magazine whose founding motto states
it is "of no party or clique" is now the enemy of the people.


--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.


The Chinese Communist Party does not want to be held responsible as the
source or for the spread of COVID-19, also rightfully known as the
Wuhan virus. This is entirely unsurprising for an authoritarian regime
that has long deployed propaganda and manipulation. What is surprising,
and alarming for Americans, is that the U.S. publication The Atlantic
would adopt China's anti-American disinformation efforts.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan in early January, Chinese officials
have concealed information about the spread of the virus, silenced and
punished Chinese doctors who tried to warn others, ordered the
destruction of lab evidence, and claimed the virus originated in the
United States.

From China's official foreign ministry spox:

If there is one good thing that comes from this, perhaps it
will be the final recognition that the Chinese regime are our
enemies, shameless liars, and we should do everything in our
power to disentangle our economies pic.twitter.com/biO98s0lSL

- Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 14, 2020

Instead of investigating or writing about China's propaganda machine
working in real time as we watch the virus rapidly spread across the
globe, journalists at The Atlantic are more interested in writing their
own pro-China, anti-American virus hot takes. Here are the receipts.

Disputing the name "Wuhan virus" is China's first big hurdle in
distancing themselves from the virus. They would much prefer
"coronavirus" or the scientific name "COVID-19," despite the fact that
scientists and doctors have a long-held practice of naming a new
disease after a population or the site of its first major outbreak. So
of course one of the easiest positions for The Atlantic to publish was:
Wuhan = bad, COVID-19 = good, and for good measure, blame the name
discrepancy on "conservatives" deploying "racist tropes."

In a second article headlined "Why Trump Intentionally Misnames the
Coronavirus," the magazine charged that all disease naming was
"xenophobic." After the author, Atlantic writer Ben Zimmer, spends
1,000 words explaining the history of this practice, he admits the
reason officials call it Wuhan virus "may be to combat Chinese
Communist Party propaganda," but claims Trump is only calling a
"foreign virus" because he thinks anything foreign is bad.

President Trump labeling the novel coronavirus a "foreign
virus" isn't a new strategy: When it comes to the popular
naming of infectious diseases, xenophobia has long played
a prominent role. @bgzimmer writes. https://t.co/gq26St9Q0v

- The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 13, 2020

Atlantic Staff Writer David Frum also got creative with the renaming
efforts.

Wuhan virus?
Or Trump plague?

- David Frum (@davidfrum) March 9, 2020

China does not just want to hide their mishandling of the outbreak, but
they want to blame the origin of the virus on the United States and
paint themselves as heroes saving the rest of the world from the
pandemic they started. China's Communist Party-controlled newspaper,
People's Daily, attributed shipments of masks and other medical
equipment to countries like Iran and Italy as their love and care for
all people. The Washington Post reported that those shipments were not
donations, but exports purchased by those countries.

Not to be deterred by facts, however, Atlantic Staff Writer Anne
Applebaum upheld the lie that China was "sending aid" to Italy out of
the goodness of their hearts.

https://thefederalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/applebaum.jpg

In an article titled "The Coronavirus Called America's Bluff,"
Applebaum makes the case for why the Trump administration is just as
bad as the Chinese Communist Party. Applebaum initially describes
China's failings in handling the virus, but then compares Trump to
officials in Wuhan for being "concerned about the numbers-the optics of
how a pandemic looks."

She acknowledges China's threats against it's own doctors, but shifts
blame away from the Chinese Communist Party because they did not
instruct "anyone in the United States not to carry out testing." She
writes "many of those recounting China's missteps have become just a
little bit too smug."

The Atlantic's praise for a communist regime whose vile tactics have
cost countless innocent lives is not just un-American, but disgusting.
But what's even more frightening is their willingness to aid in that
regime's propaganda and misdirection efforts.

Although it's hard to imagine now, this is bigger than Wuhan virus and
the growing pandemic. Authoritarian regimes like China are always
seeking challenge the United States and the West. China is never going
to stop using coercion to seek change that serves their interests. This
was true before the Wuhan virus, and it will be after.

The Atlantic's willingness to share an American enemy's talking points
aids the enemy, not Americans. The magazine whose founding motto states
it is "of no party or clique" is now the enemy of the people.


--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.
FPP
2020-03-25 20:09:23 UTC
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Even though COVID-19 originated in China and became a global pandemic
because the Chinese government prioritized containing information about
the outbreak rather than the outbreak itself, Richard Engel of NBC
condemned the phrase "Chinese Virus," referring to it as a "scapegoat."
Because it is. Everybody knows where it came from. Calling it "Chinese
virus" just gives bigots an excuse to beat up on people with slanted
eyes. Americans beaitng up on Americans..

Why do you clowns see the need to make something worse for your own people?
Does it make you feel like a big man to blame innocent Americans?

Give the bullshit a rest.
--
Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up." (As of 3-24-20:
43,500 confirmed cases.)

Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Ubiquitous
2020-03-30 16:10:49 UTC
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After a White House staffer pulled the microphone away from PBS White House
correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and President Donald Trump declined to answer
her questions - and berated her - at the coronavirus press conference Sunday
evening, fellow reporters came to her defense on Twitter.

Media figures also saluted CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond for handing the
microphone back over to Alcindor to complete her follow up question, which
Trump then answered.

Before the microphone debacle, Trump berated Alcindor over her question,
which angered the president and led him to falsely claim he never questioned
whether governors need the equipment they requested to deal with the
coronavirus.

"I think that a lot of things are being said that are more, I don't think
certain things will materialize, a lot of equipment is being asked for but I
don't think they'll need." Trump stated to Fox News' Sean Hannity, further
questioning whether governors needed as many ventilators as they were
requesting.

When Alcindor asked Trump about those comments, he called her question
"threatening" and refused to answer it.

CNN's Jim Acosta billed Alcindor's question to Trump as "fair game."

Totally legitimate question from @Yamiche about what Trump said to
Hannity about ventilators. Fair game.

- Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 29, 2020

Other reporters cheered Diamond and praised the PBS reporter's courage to
ask difficult questions at the presser.

Cheering for my friend @JDiamond1 who handed the microphone to
@Yamiche !! This is how it's done people. Proud to know them both
- Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) March 29, 2020

bravo to my @cnn colleague @JDiamond1 for, once called on, handing
microphone to @yamiche so she could resume the questioning that
Trump earlier cut off with his false and inappropriate tirade
- John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 29, 2020

The way it should work. Classy by @JDiamond1 to hand off to @Yamiche
for her second question https://t.co/TKZ8yYNezU
- Dan Balz (@danbalz) March 29, 2020

@JDiamond1 for ceding his time back to @Yamiche.
- Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) March 29, 2020

Couldn't be prouder of @Yamiche for refusing to be intimidated.
This is real journalism. What's sad is that she has to take this
on a regular basis from this condescending asshole.
https://t.co/l4jJtjnV8Z
- Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 29, 2020

I consider @Yamiche a role model for us all of us working in
journalism, both in terms of her reporting and her decorum. No
one deserves the treatment she receives from Donald Trump or his
followers. https://t.co/N8StAVlLxG
- Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 29, 2020

If you want to see the combination of the courage and struggle of
being a journalist who covers this White House, watch @Yamiche. She
just.never.stops speaking truth to power
- Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) March 29, 2020

Who just gave Yamiche back the mic ?? THANK YOU!!!!!
- Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 29, 2020

Speaking of @Yamiche, everyone should be watching the @NewsHour
every Mon thru Fri. Consistently the best hour of TV news on air.
And you get to see @Yamiche - plus @JudyWoodruff, @IAmAmnaNawaz,
@LisaDNews, @nickschifrin, Jeffrey Brown etc - all the time, not
just at pressers.
- Carlos Lozada

Alcindor responded to Trump teller her "be nice" and no "be threatening,"
Sunday evening:

President Trump today at the White House said to me: "Be nice.
Don't be threatening."

I'm not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist
to be told that while doing a job.

My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And,
always press forward.

- Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 29, 2020

[Remember the outrage over Obama's treatment of tough (but polite)
questioning of him?]

--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
Ubiquitous
2020-03-31 01:05:06 UTC
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Donald Trump: "so attentive to the scientific literature." Really?

That highly dubious claim was just one part of the lavish praise
showered on the president during a Friday interview by Dr. Deborah Birx,
response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force. And its
stunning fealty earned the doctor a strong dose of mockery from MSNBC's
Brian Williams.

Williams began his Friday night show by running down Trump's latest
round of public statements about the Covid-19 pandemic, which in the
just the past few days has featured him baselessly speculating about the
true demand for ventilators and pushing for an Easter restart of the
economy that his own infectious diseases expert has dismissed as false
hope. The MSNBC anchor then played a clip of Brix appearing in an
interview on the notably Trump-friendly Christian Broadcasting Network
earlier that day.

"How would you describe the job President Trump is doing behind the
scenes and in front of the cameras during these daily briefings that
we're seeing?" the CBN reporter asked. "What's been your perspective,
Dr. Birx?"

"He's been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and
the data," Birx claimed, despite plenty of public evidence to the
contrary. "And I think his - his ability to analyze and integrate data
that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real
benefit during these discussions about medical issues," she added,
ladling on even more adulation and stroking of Trump's well known demand
for absolute loyalty.

Williams, however, was not about to let such genuflection go unremarked
upon.

"That was translated from the original North Korean," Williams's dry wit
concluded right after the clip ended, his biting quip drawing
inspiration from the all-time classic zinger by sharp-witted liberal
columnist Molly Ivins, who said of conservative Pat Buchanan's
infamously far right 1992 Republican National Convention speech: "It
probably sounded better in the original German."

"Back in the real world, here's a reminder," Williams continued, showing
his work. "Over a month ago on February 25th, the CDC warned coronavirus
spread was inevitable here in our country. Later that week, the
Washington Post reported the president was furious over what he
considered an alarmist response from his administration. And just two
days after the CDC warning, here's what he said: `You know, it could get
worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We'll see what
happens. Nobody really knows. The fact is the greatest experts, I've
spoken to them all, nobody really knows.'"

The MSNBC host then pulled in Never Trumper and U.S. Naval War College
professor Tom Nichols, to ask about the corrosive value of such over-
the-top encomiums when it comes to retaining public trust in the federal
government.

"So, professor, when job one at that podium is to praise the dear
leader, what do we as citizens and consumers do when we have even a
whiff of doubt about anyone not named [Dr. Anthony] Fauci on that stage?

"Well, I think we have to have a certain amount of sympathy for the
experts on that stage because they're trying to manage a pandemic and
manage the president at the same time," Nichols said, alluding to the
ongoing tension between Trump's rosy predictions and self-congratulation
and Fauci's much more sobering analysis and admissions of administration
failure. "This is a really difficult situation for an expert because the
first job of an expert is to speak truth to power. It's to tell the
boss, it's to tell society, it's to tell your client the truth no matter
what it is. But of course the president has a long history of firing
people who tell him things he doesn't want to hear. So I think the first
thing we have to do is just kind of discount some of that ritualistic
cant, and then listen to what they say in their professional capacity."

--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.
FPP
2020-03-31 10:22:36 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
Donald Trump: "so attentive to the scientific literature." Really?
That highly dubious claim was just one part of the lavish praise
showered on the president during a Friday interview by Dr. Deborah Birx,
response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force. And its
stunning fealty earned the doctor a strong dose of mockery from MSNBC's
Brian Williams.
Williams began his Friday night show by running down Trump's latest
round of public statements about the Covid-19 pandemic, which in the
just the past few days has featured him baselessly speculating about the
true demand for ventilators and pushing for an Easter restart of the
economy that his own infectious diseases expert has dismissed as false
hope. The MSNBC anchor then played a clip of Brix appearing in an
interview on the notably Trump-friendly Christian Broadcasting Network
earlier that day.
"How would you describe the job President Trump is doing behind the
scenes and in front of the cameras during these daily briefings that
we're seeing?" the CBN reporter asked. "What's been your perspective,
Dr. Birx?"
"He's been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and
the data," Birx claimed, despite plenty of public evidence to the
contrary. "And I think his - his ability to analyze and integrate data
that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real
benefit during these discussions about medical issues," she added,
ladling on even more adulation and stroking of Trump's well known demand
for absolute loyalty.
Williams, however, was not about to let such genuflection go unremarked
upon.
"That was translated from the original North Korean," Williams's dry wit
concluded right after the clip ended, his biting quip drawing
inspiration from the all-time classic zinger by sharp-witted liberal
columnist Molly Ivins, who said of conservative Pat Buchanan's
infamously far right 1992 Republican National Convention speech: "It
probably sounded better in the original German."
"Back in the real world, here's a reminder," Williams continued, showing
his work. "Over a month ago on February 25th, the CDC warned coronavirus
spread was inevitable here in our country. Later that week, the
Washington Post reported the president was furious over what he
considered an alarmist response from his administration. And just two
days after the CDC warning, here's what he said: `You know, it could get
worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We'll see what
happens. Nobody really knows. The fact is the greatest experts, I've
spoken to them all, nobody really knows.'"
The MSNBC host then pulled in Never Trumper and U.S. Naval War College
professor Tom Nichols, to ask about the corrosive value of such over-
the-top encomiums when it comes to retaining public trust in the federal
government.
"So, professor, when job one at that podium is to praise the dear
leader, what do we as citizens and consumers do when we have even a
whiff of doubt about anyone not named [Dr. Anthony] Fauci on that stage?
"Well, I think we have to have a certain amount of sympathy for the
experts on that stage because they're trying to manage a pandemic and
manage the president at the same time," Nichols said, alluding to the
ongoing tension between Trump's rosy predictions and self-congratulation
and Fauci's much more sobering analysis and admissions of administration
failure. "This is a really difficult situation for an expert because the
first job of an expert is to speak truth to power. It's to tell the
boss, it's to tell society, it's to tell your client the truth no matter
what it is. But of course the president has a long history of firing
people who tell him things he doesn't want to hear. So I think the first
thing we have to do is just kind of discount some of that ritualistic
cant, and then listen to what they say in their professional capacity."
What did I just see? Was that TWO rapid-fire posts to the same thread,
one right after the other?

Why aren't you counting them now? As Supreme Usenet Scorekeeper, are
you falling down on the one useful thing you appear to be capable of doing?
--
Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up." (3-27-20: 95,000
confirmed cases and 1,500 deaths.)

Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-07 01:05:04 UTC
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Post by FPP
Post by Ubiquitous
Donald Trump: "so attentive to the scientific literature." Really?
That highly dubious claim was just one part of the lavish praise
showered on the president during a Friday interview by Dr. Deborah Birx,
response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force. And its
stunning fealty earned the doctor a strong dose of mockery from MSNBC's
Brian Williams.
Williams began his Friday night show by running down Trump's latest
round of public statements about the Covid-19 pandemic, which in the
just the past few days has featured him baselessly speculating about the
true demand for ventilators and pushing for an Easter restart of the
economy that his own infectious diseases expert has dismissed as false
hope. The MSNBC anchor then played a clip of Brix appearing in an
interview on the notably Trump-friendly Christian Broadcasting Network
earlier that day.
"How would you describe the job President Trump is doing behind the
scenes and in front of the cameras during these daily briefings that
we're seeing?" the CBN reporter asked. "What's been your perspective,
Dr. Birx?"
"He's been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and
the data," Birx claimed, despite plenty of public evidence to the
contrary. "And I think his - his ability to analyze and integrate data
that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real
benefit during these discussions about medical issues," she added,
ladling on even more adulation and stroking of Trump's well known demand
for absolute loyalty.
Williams, however, was not about to let such genuflection go unremarked
upon.
"That was translated from the original North Korean," Williams's dry wit
concluded right after the clip ended, his biting quip drawing
inspiration from the all-time classic zinger by sharp-witted liberal
columnist Molly Ivins, who said of conservative Pat Buchanan's
infamously far right 1992 Republican National Convention speech: "It
probably sounded better in the original German."
"Back in the real world, here's a reminder," Williams continued, showing
his work. "Over a month ago on February 25th, the CDC warned coronavirus
spread was inevitable here in our country. Later that week, the
Washington Post reported the president was furious over what he
considered an alarmist response from his administration. And just two
days after the CDC warning, here's what he said: `You know, it could get
worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We'll see what
happens. Nobody really knows. The fact is the greatest experts, I've
spoken to them all, nobody really knows.'"
The MSNBC host then pulled in Never Trumper and U.S. Naval War College
professor Tom Nichols, to ask about the corrosive value of such over-
the-top encomiums when it comes to retaining public trust in the federal
government.
"So, professor, when job one at that podium is to praise the dear
leader, what do we as citizens and consumers do when we have even a
whiff of doubt about anyone not named [Dr. Anthony] Fauci on that stage?
"Well, I think we have to have a certain amount of sympathy for the
experts on that stage because they're trying to manage a pandemic and
manage the president at the same time," Nichols said, alluding to the
ongoing tension between Trump's rosy predictions and self-congratulation
and Fauci's much more sobering analysis and admissions of administration
failure. "This is a really difficult situation for an expert because the
first job of an expert is to speak truth to power. It's to tell the
boss, it's to tell society, it's to tell your client the truth no matter
what it is. But of course the president has a long history of firing
people who tell him things he doesn't want to hear. So I think the first
thing we have to do is just kind of discount some of that ritualistic
cant, and then listen to what they say in their professional capacity."
What did I just see? Was that TWO rapid-fire posts to the same thread,
one right after the other?
Well, there you go making up shit because you've lost the debate and are
desperate for an "Internet win" again!

Strawman noted.
Deflection noted.

Get back to us when you have a real argument to make.

--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
Ubiquitous
2020-04-01 01:05:02 UTC
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Trump critics and the media whipped up entertaining controversies when
they had the luxury to do so. Now a real crisis is here.

On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the
coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch
McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial
of Donald J. Trump.

On January 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in
America lit up with praise for the epic, nay historic, performance by
House impeachment manager Adam Schiff in the trial's opening arguments.

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared a world health
emergency. The U.S. Senate prepared to vote on impeachment witnesses.

On February 5, the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined thousands
of passengers after a major outbreak on board. Mitt Romney announced
that he'd vote to convict Trump on one of the two counts against him,
and the Senate voted to acquit on both.

If the Senate had approved additional impeachment witnesses, the trial
would have stretched into February at least, overlapping even more with
the epidemic.

Trump closed off travel from China while the trial was still ongoing,
the day after senators asked their final questions of the impeachment
managers and the White House defense team. Only two and a half weeks
after the trial, the White House requested $1.25 billion in emergency
coronavirus funding from Congress.

If the trial hadn't ended expeditiously, the Senate easily could have
been still seeking the testimony of, say, former White House counsel
Don McGahn about the details of the non-firing of special counsel
Robert Mueller - at the same time that everyone expected the
administration to be shifting into wartime footing against the virus.

In that circumstance, the impeachment trial obviously would have been
immediately shelved, because a discretionary national crisis can't
compete with a real, unavoidable one. Political melodrama must give way
to a potential public-health catastrophe. Purportedly historic events
that were going to be forgotten within weeks can't compare with days
that genuinely might define our era.

For more than three years, American national politics has been
constantly on a crisis footing over presidential tweets, two-day
controversies, and dubious storylines whipped up by the media and
Trump's genuine outrages. Little of it has been enduring, or nearly as
important as the intense, wall-to-wall attention at any given moment
suggested.

Trump and his opposition have been engaged in a performative dance of
mutual animosity that is angry, hysterical, and, ultimately,
inconsequential.

The Mueller probe constituted the tent pole of this period. For years,
it drew wishful comparisons to Watergate in the media, but it came up
empty, since its premise of a Trump conspiracy with the Russians was
always a progressive phantasmagoria.

After all the energy devoted to inflating the Russians into a clear-
and-present danger to the workings of America here on our shores, that
threat has instead proved to be China, which loosed a virus on the
world that has temporarily crashed the American economy and shut down
much of American life, including elections.

After we spent months pretending that Trump would somehow be ousted
from the presidency by his own party in the Senate, not only is he
still the president, all people of good will are rooting for him to
perform as ably as he can in this crisis.

After acting as though we had endless time and energy to waste on
nonsense because the stakes were so small in what was, until the day
before yesterday, a time of peace and prosperity, we have been jolted
into a period when our national decisions really matter, and time and
resources are of the essence.

In short, the epidemic has put in stark relief the pettiness and
absurdity of much that has taken place in our national life since Trump
won the presidency. This crisis is the unmistakable punctuation mark on
that post-2016 era and the beginning of something new.

How Trump performs now - finally without Mueller or impeachment,
artifacts of another time, dogging him - will determine how this time
is remembered.


--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.
FPP
2020-04-02 11:06:54 UTC
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On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the
coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch
McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial
of Donald J. Trump.
No, you're not getting away with that fat fucking lie. During his
impeachment, Trump and his administration barely participated.

And President Bumblefuck had plenty of time to go golfing, and stay on
vacation at his golf resort in Mar-A-Lago. Frequently.

Don't give us any bullshit that he was stopped from doing his job by the
impeachment. He hasn't bothered to do a goddamned thing about this
crisis for the last two months.

He was acquitted on February 5th. What the fuck has he done for the
last 2 months? Dick, that's what.
--
Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 50,000.

Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up." (4-1-20: 206,000
confirmed cases and 4,713 deaths.)

Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-07 01:05:06 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the
coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over
Mitch McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial
of Donald J. Trump.
No, you're not getting away with that fat fucking lie. During his
impeachment, Trump and his administration barely participated.
Well, there you go accusing others of what you practice again...
Post by FPP
And President Bumblefuck had plenty of time to go golfing, and stay on
vacation at his golf resort in Mar-A-Lago. Frequently.
QED
Thanks for making my point.
Here's the article you didn't include b/c you were unable to refute it.
Post by FPP
Trump critics and the media whipped up entertaining controversies when
they had the luxury to do so. Now a real crisis is here.
On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the
coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch
McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial
of Donald J. Trump.
On January 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in
America lit up with praise for the epic, nay historic, performance by
House impeachment manager Adam Schiff in the trial's opening arguments.
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared a world health
emergency. The U.S. Senate prepared to vote on impeachment witnesses.
On February 5, the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined thousands
of passengers after a major outbreak on board. Mitt Romney announced
that he'd vote to convict Trump on one of the two counts against him,
and the Senate voted to acquit on both.
If the Senate had approved additional impeachment witnesses, the trial
would have stretched into February at least, overlapping even more with
the epidemic.
Trump closed off travel from China while the trial was still ongoing,
the day after senators asked their final questions of the impeachment
managers and the White House defense team. Only two and a half weeks
after the trial, the White House requested $1.25 billion in emergency
coronavirus funding from Congress.
If the trial hadn't ended expeditiously, the Senate easily could have
been still seeking the testimony of, say, former White House counsel
Don McGahn about the details of the non-firing of special counsel
Robert Mueller - at the same time that everyone expected the
administration to be shifting into wartime footing against the virus.
In that circumstance, the impeachment trial obviously would have been
immediately shelved, because a discretionary national crisis can't
compete with a real, unavoidable one. Political melodrama must give way
to a potential public-health catastrophe. Purportedly historic events
that were going to be forgotten within weeks can't compare with days
that genuinely might define our era.
For more than three years, American national politics has been
constantly on a crisis footing over presidential tweets, two-day
controversies, and dubious storylines whipped up by the media and
Trump's genuine outrages. Little of it has been enduring, or nearly as
important as the intense, wall-to-wall attention at any given moment
suggested.
Trump and his opposition have been engaged in a performative dance of
mutual animosity that is angry, hysterical, and, ultimately,
inconsequential.
The Mueller probe constituted the tent pole of this period. For years,
it drew wishful comparisons to Watergate in the media, but it came up
empty, since its premise of a Trump conspiracy with the Russians was
always a progressive phantasmagoria.
After all the energy devoted to inflating the Russians into a clear-
and-present danger to the workings of America here on our shores, that
threat has instead proved to be China, which loosed a virus on the
world that has temporarily crashed the American economy and shut down
much of American life, including elections.
After we spent months pretending that Trump would somehow be ousted
from the presidency by his own party in the Senate, not only is he
still the president, all people of good will are rooting for him to
perform as ably as he can in this crisis.
After acting as though we had endless time and energy to waste on
nonsense because the stakes were so small in what was, until the day
before yesterday, a time of peace and prosperity, we have been jolted
into a period when our national decisions really matter, and time and
resources are of the essence.
In short, the epidemic has put in stark relief the pettiness and
absurdity of much that has taken place in our national life since Trump
won the presidency. This crisis is the unmistakable punctuation mark on
that post-2016 era and the beginning of something new.
How Trump performs now - finally without Mueller or impeachment,
artifacts of another time, dogging him - will determine how this time
is remembered.
--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
Ubiquitous
2020-04-10 16:23:03 UTC
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For years, the media complained that President Donald Trump wasn't
holding enough press conferences. Now, as the media's poor performance
in his daily coronavirus press conferences is on worldwide display,
they're begging him to leave his own press conferences, and leave them
alone to craft their anti-Trump storylines.

When March polls showed Trump receiving unusually high marks for his
handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the media receiving their
traditionally low marks for it, many journalists began pushing for
censorship of the press conferences. While many outlets tried this
approach, it obviously failed with viewers who turned to other outlets
for the news they sought.

The media, however, continued to be mocked for the prevalence of silly
and unserious questions from reporters who clearly think they come off
better outside their echo chambers than they do:

https://youtu.be/NZea7ECCRnM

In an attempt to regain control, the media have shifted to a new
approach. Trump's daily press conferences with updates on the Wuhan
Coronavirus pandemic are actually bad _for him_, yeah that's the
ticket!

The New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, who would be
known for their extreme anti-Trump posture and histrionic analysis if
it weren't shared by nearly everyone else in the White House press
corps, laid out their case in a tendentious essay that the usual
followers at many media outlets echoed throughout the day.

The article claims that "White House allies and Republican lawmakers" - not
the embarrassed media - are deeply concerned by the briefings. Sen.
Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican known for nightly telling
television audiences his senate committee will someday do things in
response to horrific wrongdoing by the agencies they oversee, said
Trump should drop the press conferences to once a week. Sniping also
came in, reportedly, from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
and Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana.

Martin and Haberman emphasized that polling shows Trump trails
governors and medical experts in surveys of who the public trusts.
However, they noticeably failed to mention that the media trails far
behind all of them, and is the only group underwater out of all the
institutions and public leaders surveyed. Whereas Trump has a 22-point
net approval rating in the poll they mentioned, the media's net
approval rating was negative 11 points, a 33-point difference. That
very important and relevant fact was studiously hidden by Martin and
Haberman from the public, as per usual.

Instead, the "journalists" highlight that Trump's job approval has
ticked down a bit. That's true, and is due not to the president
spending too much time at his press conferences, but at frustration
that he's following the media's lead in focusing on the serious public
health crisis at the expense of the traumatic costs of the shutdown.
Those who virulently loathe him, such as those in the media, would not
give Trump positive ratings even if their lives depended upon it.
Others support him seemingly no matter what he does. But those outside
those extremes are able to balance competing thoughts. They can approve
of virus suppression attempts while not thinking it should go on
perpetually, as the media are pushing for. They can support initial
efforts while getting annoyed and losing patience with Trump bending
the knee to Coronavirus concerns at the expense of all other concerns.

The Coronavirus pandemic has three major battle fronts: public health,
economic, media. Whatever his flaws, Trump understands that all three
battles must be waged. The deadly Coronavirus must be fought lest it
overwhelm hospitals. The economic collapse must be fought lest the
"cure be worse than the disease," as he's fond of saying. And the media
- which are currently parroting Communist Chinese government
propaganda, engaged in cartoonishly hostile postures, and showing
opposition to any discussion of an exit strategy - must also be
contended with strongly if the other two fronts are to have any chance
of success.

It is rather absurd on its face to suggest that the president of the
United States should not be managing his own press conferences no
matter the situation. But in a situation that marries public health,
economic, and media crises, it's even more absurd. The media would like
the federal government to continue focusing on the public health issue
at the expense of the others. Seen that way, their push to remove Trump
from his press conferences is understandable, since he keeps
emphasizing media malfeasance and the economic shutdown, both barriers
to the continued exclusive focus on the public health crisis.

There is no Republican in existence who handles media malfeasance as
well as Trump. It is obvious that the media objective is to turn the
handling of the Coronavirus pandemic into Trump's "Katrina." Trump
doing press conferences is a major frustration in their ability to do
that. That's why the media are trying to pressure him to stop doing
them.

For the average American, it is difficult to navigate the news,
politics, and policy in an environment where so very many in the media
are actively framing every event and data point through the lens of how
it can be used to hurt Trump. Far too many in the news media are not
focused on conveying information that is true or factual, and certainly
not whether it is good for America or for its citizens. The simple
calculus is to push the envelope as far as they think they can get away
with in their goal to ensure Trump does not win re-election.

When the president and other leaders, along with tens of millions of
regular Americans, are actively trying to figure out what's best for
the nation during a legitimate national emergency, one that is
unprecedented and with fast-changing information, compounded by the
full shut-down of a capitalist economy, it is an added burden on
citizens to have to contend with a media in large part committed to
misinformation, dishonesty and outright propaganda.

No, Trump should not abandon his daily press briefings because of media
pressure. He should of course keep speaking to the American people who
elected him. He should understand that the media pressure to keep him
from focusing on reopening the American economy is of course a trap.

Once the media get through emphasizing the likely apex of deaths in the
coming days, Trump will need to fight the media's pressure. He will
need to do press conferences to keep corrupt and disingenuous media
from telling falsehoods and spinning the news. He will need to do press
conferences to provide leadership on the economic crisis the country
faces. And he will need to do press conferences to communicate the
nation's plan for handling the next 18 months of a public health
crisis.

--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
Ubiquitous
2020-04-13 16:48:45 UTC
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The New York Times is facing backlash after stealth-editing a report on a
sexual assault claim against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and
deleting a tweet that - unfortunately for the editors trying to sneak the
notable edit by readers - featured the passage that was edited.

In the original report, published early Sunday, the Times finally
reported on the credible accusation against Biden by one of his former
Senate staffers, Tara Reade, who says that in 1993 Biden "pinned her to a
wall in a Senate building, reached under her clothing and penetrated her
with his fingers." The Times reports:

A friend said that Ms. Reade told her the details of the
allegation at the time. Another friend and a brother of Ms.
Reade's said she told them over the years about a traumatic
sexual incident involving Mr. Biden.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Biden said the allegation was false. In
interviews, several people who worked in the Senate office with
Ms. Reade said they did not recall any talk of such an incident
or similar behavior by Mr. Biden toward her or any women. Two
office interns who worked directly with Ms. Reade said they
were unaware of the allegation or any treatment that troubled
her.

Last year, Ms. Reade and seven other women came forward to
accuse Mr. Biden of kissing, hugging or touching them in ways
that made them feel uncomfortable. Ms. Reade told The Times
then that Mr. Biden had publicly stroked her neck, wrapped his
fingers in her hair and touched her in ways that made her
uncomfortable.

After speaking to Reade and "nearly two dozen people who worked with Mr.
Biden during the early 1990s, including many who worked with Ms. Reade;
and the other seven women who criticized Mr. Biden last year, to discuss
their experiences with him," the Times concludes that they found "no
pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden." Here's how the original key
passage read:

No other allegation of sexual assault surfaced in the course of
our reporting, nor did any former Biden staffer corroborate
Reade's allegation. We found no pattern of sexual misconduct by
Biden, beyond hugs, kisses, and touching that women previously
said made them uncomfortable.

That passage was tweeted out by the Times (see below). But within minutes
of publishing the report, the Times revised the passage, providing no
notice and no explanation for the change in the article. Here's how the
revised passage now reads:

No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course
of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate
any details of Ms. Reade's allegation. The Times found no pattern
of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.

The portion that suddenly vanished without explanation - "beyond hugs,
kisses, and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable"
- sparked widespread criticism online, particularly after the Times
revised the passage in the report but left the tweet up. The tweet was
eventually deleted Sunday.

The only acknowledgement from the Times that they revised the passage
came in a vague tweet noting that one of the tweets on the report (the
one highlighting the passage) had been deleted because it "had some
imprecise language that has been changed in the story."

Many media figures and Twitter users, and outlets, including Fox News,
Hot Air, and Twitchy, have called out the Times for the stealth edit and
tweet debacle.

Fox News highlights a few responses, including from Jeremy Scahill, co-
founder of The Intercept: "The [New York Times] deleted this tweet and
also did an unacknowledged edit of this out of their story. Brave,"
tweeted Scahill. "What would the correction even say? `An earlier version
of this story contained a true statement that the Biden campaign demanded
we remove so we cut it without alerting our readers.' Something like
that?"

Journalist Glenn Greenwald also weighed in: "Do you think people won't
notice that liberal institutions and media outlets spent months maligning
Brett Kavanaugh's defenders as misogynistic rape apologists, only to now
invoke all their arguments to defend Joe Biden [and] demean Tara Reade?
Do you think people are that dumb?"

Bernie Sanders' national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray also criticized
the Times' handling of the allegation: "I'm not sure how that line from
the NYT's long-delayed coverage of Tara Reade's accusation can sit
alongside reporting that 7 other women have accused Biden of sexual
misconduct."

--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
FPP
2020-04-14 23:26:49 UTC
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The New York Times is facing backlash after stealth-editing a report on a
sexual assault claim against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and
deleting a tweet that - unfortunately for the editors trying to sneak the
notable edit by readers - featured the passage that was edited.
No, they're really not.
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Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 50,000.
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up." (4/14/20: 582,000 cases & 23,000 deaths.)

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-18 01:05:05 UTC
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We know a steady diet of bad news is bad for us, but we’ve rarely seen the
deleterious effects on such a grand scale as with media’s handling of the
Wuhan virus effects.

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, Americans were exhausted by
the ceaseless stream of ‘round-the-clock news. A poll released in February by
the Pew Research Center found 66 percent of Americans were “worn out” by the
sheer volume of news.

It’s no surprise, then, that Americans are having difficulty coping with the
news’ now profoundly negative tone. Public consumption of large amounts of
adverse news comes at a price. We know a steady diet of bad news is bad for
us, but we’ve rarely seen the deleterious effects on such a grand scale as
with media’s handling of the Wuhan virus.

From as far back as late January, when the president declared the coronavirus
a public health emergency and began taking action, many in corporate media
seem compelled to take the opposite view of just about anything he says, even
when it’s so obviously wrong. A cynical person might think many in the media
would rather politically injure the president with massive amounts of
negative press than provide viewers urgently needed information about a
deadly pandemic.

For examples of how certain outlets have treated the president, look here,
here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The information to Americans is
frequently diverted from public health to Trump attacks. At the point
corporate media decided it was more important to take out Trump than report
news, they do bear responsibility for harming public health.

Broadcasts of Context-Free Doom and Gloom

Everyone is affected by this pandemic, and need frequently updated
information. But the toll of continuously bad media coverage is damaging our
mental health.

People are being ordered to stay in their homes, and every major news network
for the past month has been broadcasting doom into their living rooms. Here
are some of the Google news results for “coronavirus” in March and April:

• "Coronavirus update: 1.96 million cases worldwide, 125,476 deaths; and
Trump goes into battle with state governors."
• "The mystery of why the coronavirus kills some young people." "
• "As U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 10,000, HHS watchdog says American
hospitals face `severe' shortages of equipment, staff and tests."
• "Trump says 200,000 Americans could die from coronavirus, because he's done
`a very good job.'"
• "Coronavirus May Kill 100,000 to 240,000 in U.S. Despite Actions, Officials
Say."
• "Coronavirus updates: Fear batters the economy as U.S. death toll rises to
26."
• "Workplace vs. Coronavirus: `No One Has a Playbook for This.'"
• "US sales of guns and ammunition soar amid coronavirus panic buying."
• "How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S."

People are afraid, and made more so when the media prioritizes battling the
White House over objective journalism.

The Media Effect on American Despair

Additionally, there have been alarming increases in suicides, domestic
violence, and substance abuse relapses, all made worse by massive
unemployment. While the media’s questionable approach to news coverage is not
entirely to blame for all these incredible tragedies, there is research to
suggest they do have some culpability.

Mental health professionals are very concerned about how this steady diet of
bad news is affecting people. Health Psychology recently published a paper
that determined consuming large amounts of negative media is detrimental not
just to our mental health but our physical health too. The authors found a
correlation between prolonged media exposure to tragic events and “increased
posttraumatic stress (PTS) and new-onset physical health ailments 2 to 3
years later.”

Negative news can also cause learned helplessness, contempt, and hostility
towards others. It’s not only the amount of news people are watching, it’s
the type of news as well. Explicit and disturbing content has been linked to
PTS and difficulty performing daily activities. In light of the public health
risk created by the inordinate amount of pandemic coverage, the authors
believe the media has a responsibility to keep news objective.

“Although it is critical for the media to convey information to the public to
promote appropriate health protective behaviors and effective institutional
responses,” the study authors say, _“it is imperative that information be
conveyed without sensationalism or disturbing images”_ (emphasis added).

Emotions Can Spread Like a Virus

Hand in hand with the distressing mental health effects of continuously
disturbing news is how easily that negativity is transferred from one person
to another. Emotions behave very much like a virus and can spread throughout
communities.

The term scientists use to describe this phenomenon is emotional contagion,
and it has the potential to change the mood of everyone around it. In a 2016
study on strategies for how to manage emotional contagion during a crisis,
researchers found that panic emotions were particularly contagious and
destructive.

We’re seeing first-hand how detrimental panic can be, as people are isolated
in their homes unable to get even the smallest amount of relief like meeting
a friend for coffee. Remember doing that?

People’s tolerance for being quarantined is wearing thin. To give you some
idea of how desperate people are, one of the most searched phrases on April
9, according to Google Trends, was “when will things get back to normal?” and
on April 13 it was, “when will the economy open?” It’s a sad commentary that
people are asking a search engine to tell them when they can have their lives
back.

Plans for Recovery Give People Needed Hope

There is hope, however, that local governments may be getting the message.
Stateline reports that in the absence of a federal strategy to return to
normal, state authorities are beginning to implement plans for recovery.

For those suffering from the mental distress of isolation, lockdown measures,
and job loss, this can’t happen soon enough. As new information becomes
available, Americans will want states to reconsider emergency powers and
safely work towards restoring personal freedoms.

The news media has an incredible amount of influence on what society thinks
about, which means they have an incredible responsibility to society. In
numerous instances, the networks have allowed their contempt for the
president to influence commentary and produce absurdly partisan questions at
White House press conferences, as opposed to just reporting the facts and
asking about things people actually care about, and it has negatively
affected masses of people.

This probably explains why in a recent Pew poll Americans gave the media the
lowest institutional approval rating, even below Congress, on its handling of
the coronavirus. But Americans have a learning curve and hopefully won’t be
so quick to trust the news when the next crisis occurs.

Mrs. Efferson has an M.S. in speech language pathology, and an M.S. in
counseling psychology. She writes on mental health issues, and is a therapist
in east Tennessee.

--
Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.
FPP
2020-04-19 14:34:32 UTC
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Even before the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, Americans were exhausted by
the ceaseless stream of ‘round-the-clock news.
Sun comes up a lot, too!
--
Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 50,000.
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up." (4/14/20: 582,000 cases & 23,000 deaths.)

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-20 08:37:16 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
We know a steady diet of bad news is bad for us, but we’ve rarely seen the
deleterious effects on such a grand scale as with media’s handling of the
Wuhan virus effects.
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, Americans were exhausted
by the ceaseless stream of ‘round-the-clock news.
Sun comes up a lot, too!
Nonresponse noted. Get back to us when you have a real argument to make.

--
Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
FPP
2020-04-21 03:36:35 UTC
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Post by FPP
We know a steady diet of bad news is bad for us, but we’ve rarely seen the
deleterious effects on such a grand scale as with media’s handling of the
Wuhan virus effects.
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, Americans were exhausted
by the ceaseless stream of ‘round-the-clock news.
Sun comes up a lot, too!
Nonresponse noted. Get back to us when you have a real argument to make.
What the fuck do you think the three 24 hour news networks are going to
be doing for the 24 hours that they're broadcasting, if not reporting
the news?

Guess what? Baseball runs a lot of baseball games during baseball
season, too... or did - before the malfeasance in the reign of Mad King
Donald made that impossible.
--
(4/20/20: 792,759 cases & 42,514 deaths.)
Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 11,000.
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up."

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-19 19:01:11 UTC
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Friday's New York Times offered its "strange new respect" to its most
unlikely recipient of all: Right-wing radio host Michael Savage, in "He
Still Taunts Pelosi, But His Loudest Howls Aim at Virus Doubters."

Savage has been criticized by both sides for his vulgar on-air shock-
jockery. But now that he's shifted targets, using his epidemiology-
related degrees to attack "uneducated" conservative rivals Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity over their coronavirus coverage, he's gone
from persona non grata to media darling. Times reporter Jeremy Peters
is known for using any weapon to attack titans of conservative media.

There are a lot of people who are ruining the country right
now, according to Michael Savage. Representative Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez. Liberal mayors in big cities like San
Francisco. Undocumented immigrants. Homeless people.

But for the past two months, listeners to Mr. Savage's
conservative radio show have heard him howl with unabated
contempt about another menace: "The pimps" in the right-wing
media "who tell you what you want to hear." They are
"intellectual dwarfs" and "science illiterates," he says,
who spent weeks downplaying the threat from the coronavirus
epidemic and accusing President Trump's opponents of
exaggerating it to hurt him politically.

Savage thinks anyone listening to the other hosts are ignorant
lemmings. He told his listeners "Do you understand the danger you're in
by listening to these people and just following them blindly over a
cliff?"

With no small amount of self-satisfaction, Mr. Savage reminds
people of his credentials -- a Ph.D. and training in
epidemiology -- and of the fact that he was one of the few
voices in conservative media who had warned them all along.

_Much of the time, Mr. Savage still sounds like any other
right-wing shock jock -- making fun of Nancy Pelosi and
doubting the validity of the #MeToo movement. But on the
subject of the coronavirus, Mr. Savage has become one of the
loudest voices of dissent on the right._

_His views are a striking departure from the accepted version
of events among Mr. Trump's loyalists in the media, who have
made a concerted effort to deny that they downplayed the
epidemic...._

Peters offered a metaphorical pat on the back:

His contempt for hosts like Mr. Limbaugh and Sean Hannity,
whose top-rated radio shows draw more than 30 million listeners
each week, is especially searing. He mocks them as "Dr.
Hannity" and "Rush Limbaugh, M.D., Ph.D.," belittles their
lack of education compared with his, and berates people who
took their claims seriously....his background in science, and
a recent heart attack that has reduced his schedule to three
days a week, have given him a unique perspective.

This extended quote about conservatives' lack of education dovetailed
perfectly with the media elite's prejudices toward the right.

Mr. Savage's wife....sees him taking on responsibility for
waking people up to what parts of American conservatism,
especially in the media, have become. "This culty hero worship
of the uneducated, it's very depressing," she said. "It makes
me ashamed to be a conservative"....

Peters has a history of attacking conservative outlets, bizarrely
attacking Fox News for blaming China for the outbreak. This tribute to
Savage is a sneak version of his usual attacks on the right-wing media
bubble, from his own left-wing bubble.

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FPP
2020-04-21 12:19:04 UTC
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Friday's New York Times offered its "strange new respect" to its most
unlikely recipient of all: Right-wing radio host Michael Savage, in "He
Still Taunts Pelosi, But His Loudest Howls Aim at Virus Doubters."
Savage has been criticized by both sides for his vulgar on-air shock-
jockery. But now that he's shifted targets, using his epidemiology-
related degrees to attack "uneducated" conservative rivals Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity over their coronavirus coverage, he's gone
from persona non grata to media darling. Times reporter Jeremy Peters
is known for using any weapon to attack titans of conservative media.
There are a lot of people who are ruining the country right
now, according to Michael Savage. Representative Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez. Liberal mayors in big cities like San
Francisco. Undocumented immigrants. Homeless people.
But for the past two months, listeners to Mr. Savage's
conservative radio show have heard him howl with unabated
contempt about another menace: "The pimps" in the right-wing
media "who tell you what you want to hear." They are
"intellectual dwarfs" and "science illiterates," he says,
who spent weeks downplaying the threat from the coronavirus
epidemic and accusing President Trump's opponents of
exaggerating it to hurt him politically.
Savage thinks anyone listening to the other hosts are ignorant
lemmings. He told his listeners "Do you understand the danger you're in
by listening to these people and just following them blindly over a
cliff?"
With no small amount of self-satisfaction, Mr. Savage reminds
people of his credentials -- a Ph.D. and training in
epidemiology -- and of the fact that he was one of the few
voices in conservative media who had warned them all along.
_Much of the time, Mr. Savage still sounds like any other
right-wing shock jock -- making fun of Nancy Pelosi and
doubting the validity of the #MeToo movement. But on the
subject of the coronavirus, Mr. Savage has become one of the
loudest voices of dissent on the right._
_His views are a striking departure from the accepted version
of events among Mr. Trump's loyalists in the media, who have
made a concerted effort to deny that they downplayed the
epidemic...._
His contempt for hosts like Mr. Limbaugh and Sean Hannity,
whose top-rated radio shows draw more than 30 million listeners
each week, is especially searing. He mocks them as "Dr.
Hannity" and "Rush Limbaugh, M.D., Ph.D.," belittles their
lack of education compared with his, and berates people who
took their claims seriously....his background in science, and
a recent heart attack that has reduced his schedule to three
days a week, have given him a unique perspective.
This extended quote about conservatives' lack of education dovetailed
perfectly with the media elite's prejudices toward the right.
Mr. Savage's wife....sees him taking on responsibility for
waking people up to what parts of American conservatism,
especially in the media, have become. "This culty hero worship
of the uneducated, it's very depressing," she said. "It makes
me ashamed to be a conservative"....
Peters has a history of attacking conservative outlets, bizarrely
attacking Fox News for blaming China for the outbreak. This tribute to
Savage is a sneak version of his usual attacks on the right-wing media
bubble, from his own left-wing bubble.
What Liberal media? In this case, NO liberal media.
Michael Savage... remember?
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Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 11,000.
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up."

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
Ubiquitous
2020-05-02 01:05:05 UTC
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Trump rails about fake news all the time and this is exactly what he's
talking about:

Washington Examiner
"I have ice cream in my freezer. I guess it's better than
having Lysol in somebody's lungs, as he's suggesting."
@SpeakerPelosi defends her ice cream freezer while hitting
@realDonaldTrump on talk of "disinfectant" to fight virus.
https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/1255270793967292417

It's disgusting and it's all lies. Trump NEVER told anyone to inject
bleach or lysol or anything else into their bodies. It NEVER happened.

Yet we have both Nicole Wallace and Nancy Pelosi still lying about
this. Again, watch for yourself:

Breaking911
President Trump: "Suppose we hit the body with a tremendous
light. That hasn't been checked..."

"The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, & is
there a way we can do something like that by injection inside,
or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs"
https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1253453555702345728

Clearly Trump wasn't beings sarcastic like he claimed. He's musing
about possibilities that he wants his scientists to look into - if they
are even possible. But he NEVER suggested that anyone drink bleach or
inject it or any other disinfectant in their bodies or lungs. It's all
lies, it's all fake news, and both Wallace and Pelosi should be ashamed
of themselves.


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Ubiquitous
2020-05-02 05:05:07 UTC
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The hypocrisy of Democrats, and their media allies, is on prominent
display in their handling of sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden
versus their treatment of Brett Kavanaugh. Another example of the
hypocrisy relates to the demand, or lack thereof, for documents related
to the official government work of the two men.

Until they switched at the last minute to Christine Blasey Ford's
allegation, Democrats' main message and procedural complaint against
Kavanaugh was that they needed to review millions of public records from
his time of service in the executive branch. It was the basis for their
theatrics in the first round of nomination hearings in the Senate
Judiciary Committee. At issue was whether these documents were covered
by executive privilege, and what kind of precedent it would create to be
exchanging these documents between the branches of government. It wasn't
a new argument, but one that rears its head in confirmation battles.

For example, Cory Booker stunned the Senate Judiciary Committee on
September 6, 2018, by announcing even before questioning began that he
would violate Senate rules by releasing emails that had been marked
"committee confidential." His "Spartacus" moment, as he called it,
followed months of battles over how many of documents related to
Kavanaugh's work for the president had to be turned over to the
committee.

Committees usually seek paperwork when they're trying to learn more
about nominees whose judicial views are unclear. That wasn't the case
with Kavanaugh, who had spent 12 years as a prominent federal judge,
with 307 opinions of his to peruse. If senators were curious about
Kavanaugh's judicial opinions, they could simply read them. By contrast,
when Elena Kagan was nominated to the Court by Barack Obama, she had no
opinions to her name and limited writings because she had never served
as a judge. Her paperwork during her time in the executive branch was of
relatively more importance.

Paperwork from early in Kavanaugh's career as a government lawyer and
presidential aide said less about how he'd be as a judge than the 12
years he spent as a federal judge. Beyond that, Kavanaugh had more
papers in the government record than other nominees. He'd served on Ken
Starr's Whitewater investigation, in the White House counsel's office,
and as staff secretary in the George W. Bush White House. Technically
staff secretaries have millions of papers come across their desk, even
if they have nothing to do with the authorship of those papers.
Nonetheless, Charles Grassley set about obtaining those papers because
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they needed to review
them.

All papers had to go through multiple presidential reviews on account of
how they affected multiple presidencies. The Whitewater papers, having
previously been combed over, were easiest to produce and showed
Kavanaugh in a favorable light. He had argued against releasing
personally embarrassing details about President William Jefferson
Clinton's sexual misconduct, for example.

Grassley hired an "e-discovery" firm, marking the first time such
techniques would be used in a Supreme Court confirmation process. He put
together a team of dozens of staffers to go through the documents,
working out of a windowless, rat-infested, cinder-block suite in the
basement of the Senate's Dirksen Office Building. Democrats still
claimed it wasn't enough.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference on July 31,
joined by Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein and assorted leaders of
left-wing activist groups. He posed with a small pile of empty boxes
labeled "missing records" and said he wanted to see them filled with
Kavanaugh's papers from his time as White House staff secretary.

"I want to make clear, for just a sec, how aggressive the obstruction
is," Schumer said.

A few days later, Republicans posed with 167 boxes representing the
hundreds of thousands of pages that were being made available to the
committee in easy-to-search digital form.


"If you were to stack up all these pages, it would be taller than the
Big Ben, taller than the Statue of Liberty, taller than the Capitol
dome, and taller than the Taj Mahal," noted Sen. Thom Tillis of North
Carolina. "I think it's more than enough for the Democrats to make a
rational decision about supporting Judge Kavanaugh."

When the hearings finally began on September 4, Chairman Grassley barely
began speaking before Sen. Kamala Harris of California interrupted him
to complain there hadn't been enough time to review a tranche of 42,000
Kavanaugh documents that had recently been released. Sen. Mazie Hirono
of Hawai interrupted next to ask that the hearing be postponed so that
she could review the documents. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
called the hearing a charade and mockery. And Booker began complaining
about the documents as Grassley calmly told him he was out of order.
"What is the rush? What are we trying to hide?" Booker asked.

NBC News had previously reported that Schumer had orchestrated the
Democratic protests over paperwork and Sen. Christopher Coons of
Delaware told media outlets "It was important that we lay down a marker
that this hearing is not a normal hearing."

Booker performed his "Spartacus moment" a couple of days later, tweeting
out links to documents that had been marked "committee confidential,"
meaning they could be reviewed by the committee but not released
publicly, per an agreement with the executive branch. There was nothing
to connect Booker's situation with the famous scene from the 1960 Kirk
Douglas movie in which a group of slaves all claim to be the outlaw
Spartacus to help the real Spartacus avoid being crucified. The emails
themselves were a dud but Booker tried to make a big deal out of them.
"I knowingly violated the rules put forward," he bragged. He technically
hadn't even violated any rules, having been authorized by an official at
the Bush library to release them hours prior.

The bottom line is that Democrats were certainly eager to get their
hands on every last scrap of paper that had been within a six-foot
radius of Kavanaugh, even if only as a delay and spectacle tactic
against Kavanaugh. Democrats and their media allies also pored over
Kavanaugh's high school yearbook and personal notes he wrote friends as
a teenager.

How is that standard being applied to Biden now that his official
records are at the heart of a major controversy? To date, not one of the
Senate Democrats who demanded that the Kavanaugh team spend months
supplying them with paperwork have so much as mentioned the fact that
Biden is hiding relevant documents at the University of Delaware. These
are not documents where significant constitutional or legal precedent
issues are at stake, unlike the battle over the documents in the
Kavanaugh confirmation. The stakes are purely political. Nor is there an
issue about who owns the documents and has the right to release them.
Biden controls access to these papers, which he has granted to campaign
operatives.

Biden - who opposed the Kavanaugh confirmation, said of Blasey Ford that
he presumed "the essence of what she's talking about is real," and
demanded an FBI investigation into the allegation - refuses to supply
any papers from his 36 years as a United States Senator or 8 years as
Vice President of the United States. That would cover any papers dealing
with his handling of Tara Reade, his employee who accuses him of a 1993
sexual assault, and his handling of the Clarence Thomas confirmation
hearings that were turned into a circus through an unsubstantiated claim
of sexual harassment.

"Millions of documents provided by thee but none by me," is the
Democrats' apparent standard.


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Every American should want President Trump and his administration to
handle the coronavirus epidemic effectively and successfully. Those who
seem eager to see the president fail and to call every administration
misstep a fiasco risk letting their partisanship blind them to the
demands not only of civic responsibility but of basic decency.
Ubiquitous
2020-05-04 08:34:40 UTC
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Left-wing reporters took remarks that President Donald Trump made on
Sunday night out of context and made it appear as though Trump believes
he is treated worse than former President Abraham Lincoln, who was
assassinated in office, when Trump was specifically talking about the
media's coverage of his presidency.

Trump made the remarks during a Fox News virtual town hall event that
was being held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in response
to the following question: "Why do you use descriptive words that can
be classified as bullying, and why do you not directly answer the
questions asked by the press, but instead speak of past successes and
generally ramble?"

Trump responded:

Good, I think I like that question, I'm not sure, but I think
I like that question. I appreciate it, I appreciate the prayers
too, very have much. Look, I am greeted with a hostile press
the likes of which no president has ever seen. The closest
would be that gentleman right up there. They always said
Lincoln, nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am
treated worse. You're there, you see those press conferences.
They come at me with questions that are disgraceful, to be
honest, disgraceful. Their manner of presentation and their
words. And I feel if I was kind to them, I would be walked off
the stage. I mean, they come at you with the most horrible,
horrendous, biased questions. And you see it. 94 to 95 percent
of the press is hostile.

We have tremendous support, but the media might as well be in
the Democrat Party. And why? I don't know. . All of the things
we have done and yet we have a very hostile press, and you
understand, maybe you are not going to say it or admit it and
maybe you shouldn't, but nobody has seen anything like this.
I appreciate the question, and I very much appreciate the
sentiment behind the question. But I'm standing up there and
instead of asking me a normal question, the level of anger
and hatred, I'll look at them as say, "What's your problem?
What is your problem?"

PBS writer Yamiche Alcindor, who has a history of making false claims
and has often showed her bias against the administration, responded by
writing, "Video of President Trump, sitting at the feet of the Lincoln
Memorial, saying is he being treated worse than President Abraham
Lincoln, who was assassinated after freeing enslaved people across
America."

Left-wing activist Brian Tyler Cohen tweeted: "Trump, sitting at the
foot of the Lincoln Memorial, claims he's been treated `worse' than
Lincoln, who was shot in the head and killed while in office."

Left-wing CNN commentator Keith Boykin responded: "Lincoln was
assassinated, but that's nothing compared to Trump having to answer
questions from reporters."

Others quickly called out the misleading claims, which failed to note
that Trump was specifically talking about press coverage.

Federalist reporter Emily Jashinsky responded to Alcindor by writing:
"This is such a stupid hair to have to split, but he was specifically
talking about his treatment from the press, not the public in general.
Watch the clip. A lot of misleading tweets on this."

Breitbart Editor Joel Pollak responded to left-wing CNN reporter Oliver
Darcy's tweet, which did not include the context of Trump's remarks in
the text of the tweet: "In terms of MEDIA COVERAGE. You know it, and
your tweet proves it."

Seattle-based conservative radio host Jason Rantz responded: "Trump is
talking about treatment from the press. He's right."

National Review Senior Writer Dan McLaughlin responded: "A little
misleading, since he says worse *by the press* but even there.no. True,
Lincoln had the NY Times like Trump has Fox News, plus Lincoln owned a
newspaper in Illinois. But even adjusting for all that: no."


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Ubiquitous
2020-05-15 01:05:03 UTC
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For nearly two years, CNN eagerly offered itself up as a platform for House
Democrat Adam Schiff and former Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper to claim there was "significant evidence" of collusion between the
2016 Trump campaign and Russia. But after the May 7 release of transcripts
in which numerous top-level Obama officials admitted they'd seen no evidence
of collusion, CNN should be embarrassed by their cozy relationship with
Schiff and others who strung the liberal cable network along for 22
months.

Clapper himself was among the officials interviewed by the House Intelligence
Committee. On July 17, 2017, the former DNI admitted under oath: "I never saw
any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was
plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle in the election."

That remark stands in stark contrast to Clapper's comments on the February 8,
2019 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, where he was asked whether he
thought the President might be working on behalf of Russia instead of the
U.S. Then, the former DNI sounded a far more sinister note: "Well, it's a
reasonable question."

Clapper wasn't the only former Obama official to abruptly stop pointing
fingers at Trump once he was under oath. As NewsBusters previously pointed
out, former Obama Defense official Evelyn Farkas went from accusing Trump of
collusion on MSNBC to admitting to the House panel: "I knew nothing."

Former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice also couldn't recall any
evidence of collusion when she was interviewed by the House committee in
September, 2017: "I don't recall intelligence that I would consider evidence
to that effect, that I saw prior - of conspiracy, prior to my departure."

Neither could former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch a month later: "I
don't recall anything being briefed up to me, and it's just my recollection, at this point, is not."

Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes pled ignorance during his
interview with the committee in October, 2017. When asked if he'd seen
anything "concrete" indicating coordination between the Trump campaign and
Russia other than just his "educated opinion," Rhodes demurred: "I would
not have that information."

The interview with fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed that at
the time the FBI began spying on George Papadopoulos in his capacity as a
Trump campaign official, they did not believe he was even in contact with
the Russian government: "Papadopoulos' comment didn't particularly indicate
that he was the person that had had-that was interacting with the Russians."
Schiff, as the ranking Democrat on the committee, knew about all of these
officials' testimony as he went on CNN to assert "you can see evidence in
plain sight on the issue of collusion." And as the following video shows,
"Facts First" CNN eagerly accepted all of it:

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/cnn-spent-nearly-two-years-lapping-schiffs-collusion-lies

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Ubiquitous
2020-05-27 01:05:15 UTC
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During a Tuesday segment on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry and anchor Katy
Tur were apparently stunned by folks in Wisconsin allegedly unconcerned
about their safety because most were not wearing masks outside.

As Perry attempted to shame one massless Wisconsin man, however, he
quickly pointed out that the MSNBC cameraman was also not wearing a
mask, humiliating Perry.

"Are the people there just not worried about it, Cal? Are they just not
worried about their own personal safety?" Tur asked the correspondent,
apparently amazed at Wisconsin citizens' behavior.

"I haven't met anybody who is," Perry responded.

"I met some folks actually from Lake Geneva who lived in the area, they
were staying a few miles outside of town . and they said they're
worried about it, they're worried about that second spike, they're
worried about folks coming in from Chicago," he continued.

"But they'll quickly add, at the same time, this is a place that relies
on that business."

"You can see here, just around, nobody is wearing them," Perry said,
gesturing toward a local man with no mask

"Including your cameraman," the man shot back.

"Yeah, there ya go, including the cameraman, yeah," a stunned Perry
responded, before tossing up his arms and throwing the wrecked segment
back to Tur.

All Tur could muster: "Striking images."

The issue of masks, especially outdoors, has folks divided. Initially,
visible health experts warned non-medical personnel not to wear masks,
stating that they are essentially useless when it comes to protecting
yourself from contracting COVID-19

"Wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your chances of
getting a disease. It can also give you a false sense of security,"
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said at the end of March.

"What the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC (Centers for
Disease Control) have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do
not recommend the general public wear masks," Adams continued.

"Here's why: on an individual level, there was a study in 2015 looking
at medical students, and medical students wearing surgical masks
touched their face on average 23 times," he said. "We know a major way
that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a
surface and then touching your face. So wearing a mask improperly can
actually increase your chances of getting a disease. It can also give
you a false sense of security; if you've seen many of these pictures of
people out and about closer than six feet to each other but still
wearing a mask."

Adams also noted that N-95s masks have to get fitted, and did not
recommend them for the general public. "As a medical professional, I
can't just go out and wear an N-95; I have to make sure it's properly
fitted and I have the right size in order for it to work properly," he
said.

However, leading voices on the White House Coronavirus Task Force are
now in support of masks where folks cannot "social distance."

Eddie Zipperer

INSTANT CLASSIC FROM @MSNBC:

ANCHOR: "Are the people there just not worried about it?
Are they not worried about their personal safety?"

REPORTER: "I haven't met anybody who is... you can see here,
nobody's wearing them [masks]."

GUY ON STREET: "Including the Cameraman."
https://twitter.com/EddieZipperer/status/1265374806662397953


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2020-05-27 17:28:30 UTC
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During a Tuesday segment on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry and anchor Katy
Tur were apparently stunned by folks in Wisconsin allegedly unconcerned
about their safety because most were not wearing masks outside.
As Perry attempted to shame one massless Wisconsin man, however, he
quickly pointed out that the MSNBC cameraman was also not wearing a
mask, humiliating Perry.
"Are the people there just not worried about it, Cal? Are they just not
worried about their own personal safety?" Tur asked the correspondent,
apparently amazed at Wisconsin citizens' behavior.
"You can see here, just around, nobody is wearing them," Perry said,
gesturing toward a local man with no mask
"Including your cameraman," the man shot back.
"Yeah, there ya go, including the cameraman, yeah," a stunned Perry
responded, before tossing up his arms and throwing the wrecked segment
back to Tur.
All Tur could muster: "Striking images."
Hahahahahaha! I love it. All it takes is a random passer-by to put these
hypocritical fear-mongering hacks in their place.

Like Nancy Pelosi, who wears her mask as nothing but a virtue-signal on
camera, then the moment the interview is over and set lights go out, she
pulls off the mask and starts talking to all her staffers, well within
the mandated six feet.
FPP
2020-05-27 22:03:43 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
During a Tuesday segment on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry and anchor Katy
Tur were apparently stunned by folks in Wisconsin allegedly unconcerned
about their safety because most were not wearing masks outside.
As Perry attempted to shame one massless Wisconsin man, however, he
quickly pointed out that the MSNBC cameraman was also not wearing a
mask, humiliating Perry.
"Are the people there just not worried about it, Cal? Are they just not
worried about their own personal safety?" Tur asked the correspondent,
apparently amazed at Wisconsin citizens' behavior.
"You can see here, just around, nobody is wearing them," Perry said,
gesturing toward a local man with no mask
"Including your cameraman," the man shot back.
"Yeah, there ya go, including the cameraman, yeah," a stunned Perry
responded, before tossing up his arms and throwing the wrecked segment
back to Tur.
All Tur could muster: "Striking images."
Hahahahahaha! I love it. All it takes is a random passer-by to put these
hypocritical fear-mongering hacks in their place.
Well, that and ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DEAD AMERICANS.
But yeah... we know it's not as bad a Benghazi! (tm) or Obamagate! (tm).
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REAL PRESIDENTS LEAD. REALITY TV PRESIDENTS DON'T.

May 11, 2020: 1,457,649 cases & 87,522 deaths. (So much winning!)

"We’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The
federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success
story." -Prince Jared 4/29/20

*Trump was given more than a dozen briefings on the Covfefe-19 threat in
January & February.
"Four is four too many!" - Republicans on Benghazi! (tm)
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up." 4/26/20

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Ubiquitous
2020-05-28 03:42:46 UTC
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During a Tuesday segment on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry and anchor Katy
Tur were apparently stunned by folks in Wisconsin allegedly unconcerned
about their safety because most were not wearing masks outside.
As Perry attempted to shame one massless Wisconsin man, however, he
quickly pointed out that the MSNBC cameraman was also not wearing a
mask, humiliating Perry.
"Are the people there just not worried about it, Cal? Are they just not
worried about their own personal safety?" Tur asked the correspondent,
apparently amazed at Wisconsin citizens' behavior.
"You can see here, just around, nobody is wearing them," Perry said,
gesturing toward a local man with no mask
"Including your cameraman," the man shot back.
"Yeah, there ya go, including the cameraman, yeah," a stunned Perry
responded, before tossing up his arms and throwing the wrecked segment
back to Tur.
All Tur could muster: "Striking images."
Hahahahahaha! I love it. All it takes is a random passer-by to put these
hypocritical fear-mongering hacks in their place.
Like Nancy Pelosi, who wears her mask as nothing but a virtue-signal on
camera, then the moment the interview is over and set lights go out, she
pulls off the mask and starts talking to all her staffers, well within
the mandated six feet.
Rest assured, they've been given marching orders to NEVER take them
off in public again.

P.S.
I see another Dem who demands everyone to wear a facemask in public was
caught maskless at a Walgreens picking up a prescription and ignoring the
distancing rules.

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From the start, TV news media have done their darnedest to paint the
riots happening across the country in a positive light. While many
journalists glossed over the widespread violence by relying on
misleading characterizations like “mostly peaceful,” others outright
defended and justified the rioting.

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/video-tv-journalists-defend-excuse-five-nights-riots


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Tom Elliot over at Grabien has just put together a fantastic supercut
exposing the blinding double standard from both Democrats and the media
on protests:

SUPERCUT!

The media's super consistent messaging on protesting during
Covid19 pic.twitter.com/Iq5hTJKcPO

- Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 8, 2020

I bet you'd already forgotten all about those COVID-19 protests around
the country that the media hated? No love for them whatsoever among the
ranks of Democrats either.

But flip the script to something like the George Floyd killing, which
again was horrific, and suddenly the media and Democrats are playing
down the riots and looting as if they aren't a big deal at all and are
love love loving the protests. Covid-19 what?

Just amazing how blatant these people are with their double standards
and agendas.

Go ahead and use this as an open thread:

Guy rehabs a wild duckling - who flies back to visit with his
girlfriend! pic.twitter.com/MfXEgkTdAp

- The Dodo (@dodo) June 8, 2020


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During a contentious interview with Republican South Carolina Senator
Tim Scott on Thursday, NBC’s 3rd Hour Today show co-host Craig Melvin
wondered if the only black GOP member of the U.S. Senate was being
“used” by his party as a “token” to lead policing reform efforts in the
wake of George Floyd’s death. Scott promptly rejected the insulting
suggestion.

After allowing the Senator to briefly outline the Republican proposal
for police reform, Melvin launched his nasty attack: “Senator, you have
faced a fair amount of criticism, especially over the past few days,
because you are the only black Republican senator, some have said that
your party is using you, they’ve even thrown around the word ‘token,’
as well. Your response to that criticism?”

Scott pushed back hard at the dismissive insinuation:

Well, I am also the only person in my conference who has been
racially profiled, driving while black. I’m the only one in my
conference that’s been stopped seven times in one year as an
elected official, perhaps the only one in my conference wearing
this senate pin that was stopped from coming into the building.
So if there’s someone in the conference who understands
discrimination and profiling, it’s me. It’s the reason why I
asked to lead this charge, because it is a personal issue, it
is the right issue. And frankly, I think it helps to have
someone who has been a victim of this situation and who still
has a tremendous respect for where our country can go together.
So I shrug those comments and criticisms off. But you’ve got
to know, when you’re a black Republican, you’re like a unicorn.
People are going to criticize you when you wake up, when you
go to sleep. If you say you like apple pie and football,
there’s a lot of critics for that, too. So God bless their
souls.

It’s interesting that during a softball interview with Democratic New
Jersey Senator Cory Booker on Wednesday, about him leading his party’s
push for police reform, Melvin never asked if Booker’s white liberal
colleagues in the Senate were using him as “token.”

After Scott’s response on Thursday, fellow co-host Al Roker jumped in
and tried to push the Republican to denounce President Trump:

Well, Senator, let me ask you this, the President just
announcing that he’s gonna host a rally next week, Tulsa,
Oklahoma, where hundreds of African-Americans were killed
during racial unrest in 1921, and on Juneteenth, the day that
folks mark the end of slavery in this country. Also rejecting
the idea of removing confederate statues – or names, I should
say – from military bases. You’re from a state where a lot of
the statues are common, a lot of statues coming down. Do you
think the President is listening to the conversation, and how
do you feel about confederate statues being removed?

Scott replied in part: “I’d like to spend as much energy about
monuments – that is an important conversation – I’d love to spend an
equal amount of energy talking about school choice and public and
charter schools. I’d love to spend more time talking about issues that
make a better future, as much as we are looking in the past.”

As the segment wrapped up, Melvin cast doubt on the ability of the
Senate to get anything done, remarking: “Alright, we didn’t get a
chance to talk about the anti-lynching component, but we’ll bring you
back....you guys couldn’t get that passed last week. We can’t even get
U.S. Senators to agree on what constitutes lynching.” Scott immediately
corrected him:

Well, actually, that’s not accurate. We have already passed
this legislation twice in the Senate....There is a debate on
the floor, but that is an inconsistent and inaccurate
statement. We passed it in the Senate, I hope that the House
would just take up our bill and pass it. In the House bill,
they actually have the exact legislation that we passed in the
Senate. I think we’ll get it done if we can come to the same
table....that bill has already been passed. So I think we
should focus on getting this done, because it is so important
to our country, after 200 failures on anti-lynching, we’re
right at the goal line. I hope we get it across the line.

Melvin concluded: “Alright, I didn’t mean to get in the weeds there
with you, Senator....For a second there, it was starting to feel like
MSNBC, instead of NBC.”

The amount of liberal rhetoric from Melvin and Roker in the exchange
certainly sounded like MSNBC. There doesn’t appear to be a line between
the left-wing cable channel and the broadcast network anymore.

Here is a full transcript of the June 11 interview:

9:05 AM ET

CRAIG MELVIN: With the issue of police reform now a top priority in
Washington, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is taking the lead for
Republicans in the Senate. He joins us now from Washington. Senator
Scott, good morning to you, sir

SEN. TIM SCOTT [R-SC]: Good morning, thanks for having me.

MELVIN: It’s called the Justice Act package, as I understand it. I know
that you’ve been in talks with the White House, specifically Jared
Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, the acting
chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well. What is that package going to
look like? When might we see it?

SCOTT: Well, we’ve been talking to Democrats and the White House
because this is an issue whose time has come. Bottom line, within the
package, we work on body cameras, more notification, grants on de-
escalating the aggression that we see caught on videos, we look at the
use of force. We have a commission to study some of the issues. We also
talk about the duty to intervene. The three officers that were standing
there as the one officer was on Mr. Floyd’s neck, we think that there
should be a duty to intervene. So we’re trying to provide the resources
necessary to retrain these local departments, as well as provide more
incentives for policies to change. If we do that part, we will make a
difference.

I’ve been working on this since Walter Scott was shot in the back five
times, and the police report said something exactly the opposite. So if
we’re going to make progress, let’s not lose this moment I’ve been
waiting for this for a long time. I’m sad that it takes another death
to get here. But if we're doing our jobs and we’re doing it right, and
it’s not the Republicans and Democrats, it’s Americans working together
to solve a serious issue that has been running rampant throughout
communities of color for far too long.

MELVIN: Walter Scott, of course, the man who was running away from the
North Charleston police officer when he was shot in the back.

Senator, you have faced a fair amount of criticism, especially over the
past few days, because you are the only black Republican senator, some
have said that your party is using you, they’ve even thrown around the
word “token,” as well. Your response to that criticism?

SCOTT: Well, I am also the only person in my conference who has been
racially profiled, driving while black. I’m the only one in my
conference that’s been stopped seven times in one year as an elected
official, perhaps the only one in my conference wearing this senate pin
that was stopped from coming into the building. So if there’s someone
in the conference who understands discrimination and profiling, it’s
me. It’s the reason why I asked to lead this charge, because it is a
personal issue, it is the right issue. And frankly, I think it helps to
have someone who has been a victim of this situation and who still has
a tremendous respect for where our country can go together. So I shrug
those comments and criticisms off. But you’ve got to know, when you’re
a black Republican, you’re like a unicorn. People are going to
criticize you when you wake up, when you go to sleep. If you say you
like apple pie and football, there’s a lot of critics for that, too. So
God bless their souls.

AL ROKER: Well, Senator, let me ask you this, the President just
announcing that he’s gonna host a rally next week, Tulsa, Oklahoma,
where hundreds of African-Americans were killed during racial unrest in
1921, and on Juneteenth, the day that folks mark the end of slavery in
this country. Also rejecting the idea of removing confederate statues –
or names, I should say – from military bases. You’re from a state where
a lot of the statues are common, a lot of statues coming down. Do you
think the President is listening to the conversation, and how do you
feel about confederate statues being removed?

SCOTT: Well, I certainly think the states have an opportunity to look
at where the statues are. And if they’re on public property, they
should have a serious conversation about that. As you’ll remember, in
2015, we were able to remove the confederate flag from the top of the
state dome, that was the right decision. I’ll give that to the states
and let them move that forward. And if we do it right, we can bring
this country together and unify it. If we do it wrong, then we’ll be
talking about the past. I’d like to spend as much energy about
monuments -- that is an important conversation -- I’d love to spend an
equal amount of energy talking about school choice and public and
charter schools. I’d love to spend more time talking about issues that
make a better future, as much as we are looking in the past.

MELVIN: But, Senator, you do recognize –

ROKER: But what about the President? What about the President’s
Juneteenth rally, and his choice of these things?

SCOTT: Well, Al, that’s a good question. I would certainly say that the
more diverse our staffs, the more we avoid these public issues that
come about. So I don’t have a good answer for that because I’m not on
his staff and I don’t know what his plan is.

MELVIN: Are you going to be in Dallas today for the speech, Senator?

SCOTT: I am not. I’m working here in Washington on the Justice Act, I’m
trying to get Republicans and Democrats to come together, our bill has
some of the Democrat priorities in the bill. And so, I’m hopeful that
we’ll be able to make a push next week on this package.

MELVIN: No-knock warrants, choke-holds, are they part of your package,
as well?

SCOTT: Yeah, we do address no-knock warrants by bringing in more
information around those. One of the things we’ve created is the
Breonna Taylor Reporting Act, that requires all the agencies to provide
us with more information. There is a suggestion that they’re not used
very often. I think that suggestion will be proven false if we can get
the information. It’s the exact same concern I had around the Walter
Scott shooting, when you see the police report, it is so inconsistent
with what happened, that when we’re talking about making decisions, we
have really incomplete information. And we need that information. But,
yes, we will start addressing some of these issues. We’ll provide more
grants, more resources for those departments that want to train, and I
think we should reduce the grants for those departments that do not
want to train. And the last thing is that there are people within the
conference who are working heavily on when we see the no-knock warrants
and/or the choke-holds as a part of the legislation, different factions
on the Democrat side and Republican side, trying to find the common
ground to move it forward.

MELVIN: Senator, really quickly here, as you know, there’s also this –
there’s this movement afoot in a lot of cities and states, as well, to
reallocate money for police departments, taking some of the tens of
millions, in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars, from law
enforcement and redirecting that money to social programs, community
programs, education programs, that you just mentioned. What do you say
to folks who are spearheading that effort?

SCOTT: Well, I’d say, I’d tap the brakes. You can do two things at one
time. One, you have to continue to provide necessary resources to our
police departments, but we may need to take a look at what should be
included in that funding. As an example, my conversations with
legislators on both sides of the aisle, mental health is a major
component that can’t be really addressed by a law enforcement officer.
That needs to be addressed by a social worker or a mental health
expert. Perhaps there’s an opportunity for us to include, in police
departments, more mental health experts. I would increase funding for
that, not decrease funding for that. It’s one of the ways that we could
solve some of the problems, and giving those resources so that we can
have more experts coming to the door when necessary, especially when
it’s an a habitual home that’s calling over and over again. Local law
enforcement know the folks in the communities, that would give us a
chance for both folks, the suspect and the officer, to go home and be
so in a healthy way.

MELVIN: Alright, we didn’t get a chance to talk about the anti-lynching
component, but we’ll bring you back –

SCOTT: Yes, that’s in the bill, too.

MELVIN: I know, I know.

SCOTT: It’s got to be there.

MELVIN: But you guys couldn’t get that passed last week.

SCOTT: Absolutely.

MELVIN: We can’t even get U.S. Senators to agree on what constitutes
lynching.

SCOTT: Well, actually, that’s not accurate. We have already passed this
legislation twice in the Senate.

MELVIN: Well, the amendment, though –

SCOTT: There is a debate on the floor, but that is an inconsistent and
inaccurate statement. We passed it in the Senate, I hope that the House
would just take up our bill and pass it. In the house bill, they
actually have the exact legislation that we passed in the Senate. I
think we’ll get it done if we can come to the same table.

MELVIN: You are correct, it has passed in the Senate.

SCOTT: Yes, sir.

MELVIN: But I think we’re talking about the amendment that was put up
by the Senator from Kentucky.

SCOTT: Listen, I think he should withdraw the amendment, but that bill
has already been passed. So I think we should focus on getting this
done, because it is so important to our country, after 200 failures on
anti-lynching, we’re right at the goal line. I hope we get it across
the line.

MELVIN: Alright, I didn’t mean to get in the weeds there with you,
Senator.

SCOTT: No, no, it’s all good, it’s all good.

MELVIN: For a second there, it was starting to feel like MSNBC, instead
of NBC. Senator Tim Scott. Senator, thank you, always good to see you,
sir.

SCOTT: Let’s do this again

MELVIN: Let’s do it.

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The mainstream media suddenly cares about social distancing again.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced plans to hold his first
major campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma since the start of the novel
Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The event was originally planned for June
19 but was rescheduled to June 20 as not to conflict with the holiday
on "Juneteenth."

As Tulsa prepares for the rally, the Trump campaign announced it had
received more than 1 million requests for tickets in an early sign that
a silent majority backing the president surely exists, even as his poll
numbers decline under nationwide social unrest.

The media however, is spiking fears that the large gathering will be a
deadly "super-spreader" for COVID-19 even after celebrating the mass
protests that took over the nation's cities and even drew participation
from woke politicians.

Little over an hour apart. pic.twitter.com/K2a7fGRNDd

"Trump's Tulsa rally raises concerns over exacerbating racial tensions,
becoming a coronavirus `super-spreader' event," warned a headline in
The Hill.

"Why Trump's Tulsa rally could become a COVID-19 superspreading event,"
read another in Vox.

"Trump's Rally in Tulsa Could Spread Virus," one headline in the New
York Times read plainly.

Several Tulsa attorneys even sued to stop the "super-spreader" event,
which a judge promptly denied.

When it came to recent weeks of mass demonstrations in the nation's
cities however, protestors were celebrated while the violence from the
riots was downplayed, even as millions of Americans remained banned
from properly saying goodbye to loved ones because the government
deemed it too dangerous.

We were told we couldn't have more than 10 people at an
outdoor graveside service in Maine literally 10 days ago.
People were afraid to come see my family.
https://t.co/kXh951js5j
- Christine "Go Donate Blood" Rousselle (@crousselle)
June 2, 2020

Just seeing this and wow. https://t.co/Bq3kfw6hgQ
- Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 3, 2020

Aerial view shows large crowd of protesters marching through
Philadelphia as protests over the death of George Floyd roil
the nation. https://t.co/BL5Q39gdAi pic.twitter.com/dP4mLd48QL
- ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2020

Pretty large crowd outside the White House an hour before
curfew for the George Floyd protest. Hard to tell exactly but
feels like a larger crowd than yesterday.
Very diverse group of demonstrators. Peaceful so far.
pic.twitter.com/CaCi62Artv
- Shabtai Gold (@velvetart) June 2, 2020

The D.C. region can expect a packed Juneteenth with marches,
protests and actions. We've got the list:
https://t.co/1iLzgPUP0t pic.twitter.com/hynz3Q18V2
- DCist (@DCist) June 16, 2020

There was little to no social distancing shaming from the press on the
account of the protestors, and when concerns were raised over spreading
the novel coronavirus, it was almost always framed in the form a
question.

"Will the protests cause a spike in COVID-19 cases? Wait two weeks,"
headlined the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Will the protests be super-spreader events for the coronavirus?
Experts say it's too soon to tell," read one in Fortune.

"Why protests aren't as dangerous for spreading coronavirus as you
might think," explained The Guardian. If that were true - and it might
be - one would think in a sane world that everything outdoors would be
open. Even as Trump's Tulsa rally is slated to take place indoors, the
media made no qualms about the indoor memorial services for Floyd, who
was rightly put to rest surrounded by loved ones in a luxury
unavailable to the rest of the country.

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When the media frantically warns of record spikes of coronavirus cases
in Florida and several other southern states and predicts these states
will become the next epicenter for the virus, people automatically
conjure up images of Italy and New York City. Naturally, that is the
desired result of the media-driven panic. In fact, the media has been
predicting Florida would become the next New York since early April.
However, once you study the data on who these states are testing and
why testing is going up yet deaths are still declining every day, it
becomes clear that the reality is the exact opposite of the panic the
media is pushing.

The reality is that what happened in New York City in March was an
anomaly, and its unique dynamic is not migrating to other states. In
fact, the virus continues to prove itself less deadly than previously
thought and likely becoming milder as time goes on. Several weeks into
the superficial spike in cases, deaths are plummeting, reaching the
lowest level on Sunday since the beginning of the epidemic and down 90
percent since the peak.

Only 297 reported deaths today with the 7-day avg falling to
592. Sunday's are low due to weekend reporting lags, but
today's figure is the lowest for a Sunday since Mar 22.
pic.twitter.com/w9vLEVsute

— Todd Lowdon (@tlowdon) June 21, 2020

More widespread and less deadly

During the peak of the virus in April, Miami-Dade County found through
a serology test that the likely number of people infected was 16.5
times higher than the number of known cases. We also now know that an
unknown percentage of people who get the virus, particularly those who
don’t present symptoms, don’t even produce antibodies because their
bodies ward off the virus with T cells.

It’s therefore not surprising, as testing becomes universal in doctors’
offices, hospitals, workplaces, and particularly in hot spots such as
prisons, migrant labor, nursing homes, and meatpacking plants, that
even if the virus is generally abating, we will discover more cases
than even during the peak, especially in states that had a mild peak.
Also, with the national obsession with testing, officials are now
counting multiple positive tests for one patient as well as antibody
tests that have all become more widespread in the past month. We never
knew how many cases really existed during the peak weeks, because we
were only testing those with serious cases, usually older and sicker
people. Therefore, there is no way to track the true growth or decline
of positive cases in a given state because we don’t have a fully
transparent starting point.

It also makes sense that we will see these illusory increases,
particularly in the southern states that were never hit hard. Because
they had relatively few deaths, they didn’t test nearly as much as
states that got hit hard like New York and New Jersey. Thus, the
earlier numbers of cases were very low. It therefore doesn’t take much
to see an increase once testing becomes universal. Unlike in New York,
the increases are coming from a very low baseline that is not causing a
strain on the hospitals.

The media is acting like the discovery and even possible spreading of
new cases will be a New York situation. But the increased cases have
been going on for a number of days, yet the new daily deaths continue
to be nearly nonexistent in a state of 21 million people and many
seniors.

Florida covid deaths by date of death. Thanks to @gummibear737
for the chart.

Hope this trend continues, though that will definitely make
@DWUhlfelderLaw sad.

We know how it tickles his grim little reaper to see things
get worse. pic.twitter.com/DQoFbb6SC6

— Newman Nahas (@NahasNewman) June 16, 2020

If anything, this dichotomy of more known cases, yet barely any deaths
demonstrates that the entire fear of the virus itself has been
disproportionate relative to its actual threat, especially outside
senior facilities. As the Ft. Lauderdale mayor recently said, officials
have not seen a large community spread from the opening of businesses
and venues, and the virus appears to be much weaker in those it has
infected.

Younger people, much less hospital strain

The virus also appears to already have gone through most of the
vulnerable population and is now targeting younger people who don’t get
too sick from it. According to Florida officials, the median age of
those infected has gone down from 65.5 during the peak to 37. We now
know from a new study in Italy of 4,326 individuals infected that 69.1%
of those under 60 were asymptomatic.

This chart from the Florida Department of Health says it all:
https://storage.googleapis.com/conservativereview/2020/06/florida-
median-age-testing.png

As you can see, there is nothing unique that has happened in recent
weeks. The median age of known cases has been going down from day one
as testing became universally available. It started with seniors who
had bad cases and now reflects roughly the median age of the
population. It’s not that younger people don’t get the virus (although
children are infected at a lower rate); it’s that very few get
critically ill from it. Also, not a single child has died in a state of
21 million.

That explains why we are not seeing a jump in ICU and ventilator usage
like we did in April.
https://storage.googleapis.com/conservativereview/2020/06/fl-death-
chart.png

There were more deaths in Florida among those over 90 (a much smaller
cohort) than among everyone under 65. There are even fewer deaths among
all ages if you isolate the data for deaths in senior care facilities.
https://storage.googleapis.com/conservativereview/2020/06/deaths-by-
senior-care.png

So the fact that most of the new infections are in people under 50
demonstrates that this is not something to panic over.

It also explains why so many people in the hospital are now being
pegged as COVID-19 patients when they are in the hospital for other
reasons. Prior to universal testing, anyone who came in for a car
accident, heart attack, kidney stone, or broken bone was not tested.
Now all those younger, asymptomatic, or mildly symptomatic cases are
being detected through the natural interaction with the health care
system that is running normally again. On top of that, there are now
many more people in the hospitals for all reasons, now that elective
procedures have continued, people are no longer scared away from ERs,
and there is likely even an increase in hospitalizations to make up for
the lost care during the virus peak in April.

This is the flattening of the curve that we should all be celebrating

More broadly, what we are seeing in the states, mainly in the South,
that are now being dubbed as hot spots, is a true flat curve. To
flatten a curve means to drag out cases for a longer period but avoid a
steep surge of serious hospitalizations and fatalities. Thus, the
current increase in cases, the overwhelming majority of them minor, is
a feature of a better outcome, not a bug.

Florida’s hospitalizations were never a problem during the peak weeks
like they were in New York and are not a problem now.

Florida covid19 hospitalizations have NOT increased, & covid19
deaths continue to DECLINE since phase 1 partial reopening &
phase 2 full reopening, 5/4/20, & 5/18/20, respectively
https://t.co/jWWRKhN34v pic.twitter.com/NMXqclnFSJ

— Andrew Bostom (@andrewbostom) June 21, 2020

All things considered, Florida and North Carolina would rather
experience a longer curve without the immediate decline than what New
York experienced. Ironically, the draconian shutdown did nothing to
save lives in New York, as 66% of those who were hospitalized were
people who were staying at home, so Florida has no incentive to go that
route.

Recently, the New Yorker warned that in Florida, 12,673 people are
hospitalized with coronavirus. The media is still trying to give you
the impression that Florida has become like New York City at its peak,
when roughly the same number were hospitalized with COVID-19 in early
April. In fact, Florida never had more than 2,000 people hospitalized
at once, just 3.5% of capacity. The 12,673 is the cumulative number
since March. Florida still has far fewer people in ICUs than it did
during its peak, which was itself was much milder than the peak in many
other states. Florida is also more than two and a half times larger
than New York City.

https://megaphone.link/BMDC1131676331

Aside from the fact that almost everywhere outside the New York City
area never experienced a plague anywhere on par with the degree of
hype, it appears that the virus is getting less deadly over time.
Italian doctors have observed that the viral loads are lower and the
patients in the hospitals, including even elderly patients, are not in
dire straits like they were in March and April.

JUST IN: Ft. Lauderdale mayor speaks on recent COVID-19 numbers

Health experts tell him the virus is weaker, recent cases
aren’t from businesses opening, and people shouldn’t overreact.
pic.twitter.com/FEdOzczSUG

— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 18, 2020

This explains how the rate of cases seems to be going up in at least 20
states, yet the deaths continue to plummet. Every day last week set a
new low for deaths by day of the week since the epidemic took off in
late March. Deaths have been declining by as much as 20 percent every
week, even as the cases have increased since late May in many states.

Right on the money. Today we closed out at 630 newly reported
(down from 695) to finish the week at 4,203 (down from 5,302
last week). https://t.co/k3DwPVcnt0 pic.twitter.com/gjINYRCr5L

— Kyle Lamb (@kylamb8) June 20, 2020

Hospitalizations and ICU usage are also not on the rise nationwide,
despite jam-packed protests in nearly every state for the past three
weeks.

overall hospitalization levels on 6/20 are 53% below peak.

ICU is 66% below peak.

even at peak, almost no hospital systems outside NY in the US
were stressed. pic.twitter.com/5wHeyjPRNC

— el gato malo (@boriquagato) June 21, 2020

To begin with, in places like North Carolina, which the media is
dubbing a hot spot, the infection fatality rate was only 0.1%, and that
includes the lopsided numbers from senior care facilities. Unlike in
New York City, states like Florida and North Carolina appear to be
experiencing what Singapore and Qatar had with migrant workers causing
a spike in cases, but because they were young, there were very few
deaths.

At some point, the media needs to stop spinning all news on coronavirus
as bad news. A flat curve is exactly what we wanted. Short of full
eradication of the virus, which absent a vaccine is not in our control,
properly shielding the vulnerable while having younger people go out
and achieve immunity was always the goal. The concern was that this
virus was somehow too dangerous to the younger population to achieve
that goal. The dramatic dichotomy between the multitude of new cases
and the low number of deaths proves that panic prediction wrong. In
that sense, the discovery of more cases is actually a good thing.


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In a report on Friday marking America's Independence Day, CNN reporter
Leyla Santiago, reporting from Mount Rushmore, where President Trump
spoke, referred to Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
not as two of the greatest presidents in America's history, but simply
as "two slave owners."

Santiago stated, "Kicking off the Independence Day Weekend, President
Trump will be at Mount Rushmore, where he'll be standing in front of a
monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native
Americans told that uh, be focusing on the effort to `tear down our
country's history.'"

CNN anchor Jake Tapper made no effort to ameliorate the situation,
saying simply, "All right. Leyla Santiago, with that report, thank you
so much."

As Santiago delivered her nasty characterization of Washington and
Jefferson, CNN was running a nasty chyron that mocked July 4 by putting
`Independence" in scare quotes as it stated, "Reexamining
`Independence' Day," with the subheading, "As Americans grapple with
racial reckoning, some are uncertain how to celebrate Independence
Day."

The scare quotes are unnecessary, of course: Independence Day is the
official name of the holiday, under 5 USC Section 6103.

Santiago's hostile perspective vis-…-vis Washington and Jefferson is
not unique for CNN; in August 2017, CNN commentator Angela Rye called
for all statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to be removed
after The Daily Beast's editor John Avlon argued Washingon spent his
life trying to unite the nation.

Rye stated:

I think that we have to get to the heart of the problem here
and the heart of the problem is the way in which many of us
were taught American history. American history is not all
glorious and even though I love John to death, I couldn't
disagree more about George Washington. George Washington was
a slave owner and we need to call slave owners out for what
they are. Whether we think they were protecting American
freedom or not, he wasn't protecting my freedom. I wasn't
someone - my ancestors weren't deemed human beings to him.
\ And so to me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue
or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue, they
all need to come down. There is a way that we can recognize.

I'm not feeding into white supremacy. I'm calling out white
supremacy for what it is. And sometimes what it is, John,
are blind spots. Sometimes what it is, is not acknowledging
that this country was built on a very violent past that
resulted in death and the rape and the killing of my ancestors.
I'm not going to allow us to say it's OK for Robert E. Lee but
not a George Washington. We need to call it what it is. And
I'm not saying that they don't deserve to be taught about.
We definitely need to learn about it so that we don't repeat
it because we are close to repeating it right now. But I'm not
giving any deference to George Washington or Robert E. Lee.

https://youtu.be/YXxPVNkR4qw


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In a report on Friday marking America's Independence Day, CNN reporter
Leyla Santiago, reporting from Mount Rushmore, where President Trump
spoke, referred to Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
not as two of the greatest presidents in America's history, but simply
as "two slave owners."
This is her. Honest.

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Wonder what her journalism credentials are?
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Santiago stated, "Kicking off the Independence Day Weekend, President
Trump will be at Mount Rushmore, where he'll be standing in front of a
monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native
Americans told that uh, be focusing on the effort to `tear down our
country's history.'"
CNN anchor Jake Tapper made no effort to ameliorate the situation,
saying simply, "All right. Leyla Santiago, with that report, thank you
so much."
As Santiago delivered her nasty characterization of Washington and
Jefferson, CNN was running a nasty chyron that mocked July 4 by putting
`Independence" in scare quotes as it stated, "Reexamining
`Independence' Day," with the subheading, "As Americans grapple with
racial reckoning, some are uncertain how to celebrate Independence
Day."
The scare quotes are unnecessary, of course: Independence Day is the
official name of the holiday, under 5 USC Section 6103.
Santiago's hostile perspective vis-…-vis Washington and Jefferson is
not unique for CNN; in August 2017, CNN commentator Angela Rye called
for all statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to be removed
after The Daily Beast's editor John Avlon argued Washingon spent his
life trying to unite the nation.
I think that we have to get to the heart of the problem here
and the heart of the problem is the way in which many of us
were taught American history. American history is not all
glorious and even though I love John to death, I couldn't
disagree more about George Washington. George Washington was
a slave owner and we need to call slave owners out for what
they are. Whether we think they were protecting American
freedom or not, he wasn't protecting my freedom. I wasn't
someone - my ancestors weren't deemed human beings to him.
\ And so to me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue
or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue, they
all need to come down. There is a way that we can recognize.
I'm not feeding into white supremacy. I'm calling out white
supremacy for what it is. And sometimes what it is, John,
are blind spots. Sometimes what it is, is not acknowledging
that this country was built on a very violent past that
resulted in death and the rape and the killing of my ancestors.
I'm not going to allow us to say it's OK for Robert E. Lee but
not a George Washington. We need to call it what it is. And
I'm not saying that they don't deserve to be taught about.
We definitely need to learn about it so that we don't repeat
it because we are close to repeating it right now. But I'm not
giving any deference to George Washington or Robert E. Lee.
https://youtu.be/YXxPVNkR4qw
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I&I Editorial

Almost daily now we’ve been reading about how daily deaths from COVID-
19 have reached record highs. It’s a scary prospect. But the truth is
the mainstream press is grossly misleading the public by misreporting
the death counts.

Here’s a typical report, from USA Today a few days ago: “As the
outbreak continues to surge across the southern states, Florida, Texas
and South Carolina set records for new daily deaths, reporting 156, 129
and 69, respectively.”

ABC News reported that “Nineteen states set single-day records for the
most cases this week … Three states set a record today.”

According to PBS in Arizona, the state “on Saturday (July 18) set a
record for coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, with 147,
according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.”

The last story is particularly illuminating because the website the PBS
article links to includes a chart of daily deaths in the state. It
lists only three deaths on July 19. What’s more, the chart shows that
there hasn’t been a single day in the state where deaths exceeded 65.

So where did that scary 147 number come from? The same place all the
other “surging” numbers come from. Each day Arizona and other states
file reports on how many people died from COVID-19. It’s not a measure
of how many died that day. In most cases, the people died days or even
weeks earlier.

In fact, in Arizona’s case, 106 of the reported deaths on Saturday
resulted from a periodic review of death certificates.

None of those caveats made it into the PBS story.

The same thing happened in Florida, when a wave of news reports
screamed about how the state had recorded 156 deaths in one day last
week.

“The grim milestones come quickly in the Sunshine State,” CNN reported.
“The Florida Department of Health reported 156 new coronavirus-related
deaths on Thursday, the most yet in a 24-hour period.”

Yet Florida’s health department reports only 59 deaths that day. The
most deaths occurring in a single day in the state is 99. (See chart
below.)

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content/uploads/2020/07/Screen-Shot-2020-07-22-at-11.00.42-AM.png?
resize=1024%2C624&ssl=1

In fact, of the 743 deaths reported in the state over the past week,
only 348 of them actually occurred in that week, the rest happened
sometime earlier.

Nowhere in the CNN story is the difference explained to readers.

On Tuesday, Florida reported 132 deaths. But of those, 41 occurred more
than a week ago.

In Texas, a Dallas Morning News headline shouted that “As Texas sees a
record 174 coronavirus deaths in a day, Gov. Greg Abbott pleads for use
of masks.”

But CDC data show that none of the recorded deaths in Texas occurred
last week. As far as it knows, only 64 died the week before that.

In California, meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times told its readers
Tuesday that “for the weeklong period that ended Monday, 674 deaths
were reported in California, the highest weekly total to date. In the
previous seven-day period, 640 people died, which had also been a
weekly record; the week before that, 474 died.”

The CDC, however, reports that it knows of only 48 people who died from
COVID-19 in California last week, 276 the week before that, and 476 two
weeks ago.

Nationwide, it’s the same story.

For the week ending July 18, the CDC says that only 190 COVID-related
deaths are known to have occurred. But the trackers all show more than
5,000 deaths that week. The week before that, the CDC says it knows of
1,623 deaths, while the trackers report more than 4,600.

The CDC notes that its more recent daily death counts are certainly too
low because it takes time to record the deaths as being due to COVID-
19.

“It is important to note that it can take several weeks for death
records to be submitted to National Center for Health Statistics
(NCHS), processed, coded, and tabulated,” the CDC says.

In other words, we have no idea how many people are actually dying from
COVID-19 right now, and won’t have that information for weeks.

So, doesn’t that mean that the data will eventually show that a
significant surge in deaths is happening now?

Not necessarily. The number of daily new cases in states such as
Florida, Texas, California and Arizona appear to have already peaked.
Plus, the age of those testing positive is lower, hospitals are better
equipped and treatment regimens have improved since the first surge in
April. And, unlike in New York, New Jersey and other northeastern
states that panicked, these states aren’t sending COVID-19 patients
into nursing homes, where some 40% of deaths nationwide occurred.

Also, if states track “new” cases the same way they do deaths — when
the test results are logged into the system rather than when the
infection occurred — then the peak from the recent increase in
infections likely happened earlier than reported.

That’s the case in Florida, according to a report from Just the News.
It found that the state’s database includes both the “case date” — when
the test results are logged in the state’s system — and “event date” —
when symptoms first appeared.

However, the state uses the “case date” to create its daily chart of
new infections.

“Data show that the state was apparently undercounting thousands of
cases between early and mid-June, after which through the end of June
and into early July it began posting what were presumably the
backlogged cases it had missed in the prior weeks,” Daniel Payne
reported.

Assuming other states are taking the same approach, this means that the
worst of the coronavirus “surge” may have already happened and the
current panic is being stoked by a negligent mainstream media that are
unwilling or unable to understand the data they’re reporting.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

:Issues & Insights was founded by seasoned journalists from the IBD
:Editorials page. Our mission is to use our decades of experience to
:provide timely, fact-based reporting and deeply informed analysis on
:the news of the day.


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When Republicans make a mistake, they get pilloried by the national
press. But when Democrats blunder and fumble, they can usually count on
a friendly news media to help them clean up the mess. Which is good
news for Joe Biden.

TV journalists have been excusing Biden's gaffes for as long as he's
been making them. The self-described "gaffe machine," depends heavily
on the sympathetic news media to forgive his frequent missteps.

To Biden's maid brigade in the media, he's "Uncle Joe," the well-
intentioned, lovable everyman who just happens to put his foot in his
mouth every so often. NBC political director Chuck Todd summarized this
attitude perfectly on the September 9, 2019 edition of Meet the Press:
"There's a part of Biden that feels more Reagan-esque that way. You're
like, `Eh, it's Grandpa, it's Uncle Joe. Whatever that is, let the old
man do it,' you know?"

Over the years, journalists have variously spun Biden's verbal
incompetence as "authentic," "charming," "part of who he is," "almost
endearing" and "appealing to a lot of voters." To see how far the media
will go to repair the political damage of Biden's many gaffes, watch
the video below:

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/media-have-spent-decades-covering-bidens-
gaffes

When Biden told a man in a wheelchair to "stand up" back in 2008, CNN
absurdly praised him as "the master of the quick recovery."

When Biden that same year failed to accurately count how many letters
the word "jobs" contained (he said three; for those curious, the answer
is four), broadcast networks turned a blind eye, despite having savaged
Republican Vice President Dan Quayle for misspelling "potato" back in
1992.

And when Biden told an audience of mostly black voters in 2012 that his
rival Mitt Romney would "put y'all back in chains," journalists
disingenuously pondered whether the remark even "had anything to do
with race."

Biden's allies in the media even defended his bizarre on-camera
fondling of Stephanie Carter back in 2015, during her husband's
swearing-in ceremony as Secretary of Defense. On February 18 of that
year, prominent Democratic donor and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle
King remarked defensively: "Well, everybody knows he's a touchy-feely
guy, and he's just very friendly."

King's colleague Norah O'Donnell added hastily: "And it is important to
know the background, that the new Defense Secretary's wife actually
fell on the ice and was hurt pretty badly. So I think he was comforting
her."

That same day the media also gave Biden a pass for getting unnervingly
handsy with the daughter of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). On ABC's Good
Morning America, co-host Amy Robach rationalized, "Coons said [his
daughter] Maggie was not uncomfortable at all."

Is this the face a child makes when she's comfortable?

Since the 2020 campaign began, the media's cover operation for Biden
has grown even more shameless. Take for example Politifact's ruling on
whether Biden once worried that his children would grow up in a "racial
jungle." The article's summary outright admits: "In 1977, Joe Biden
warned that without `orderly integration,' his children would grow up
in a `racial jungle,'..." Yet through a bizarre combination of mental
gymnastics and repetition of the word "context," the site tried to get
away with rating the claim "Half True."

Back in February, Biden was caught on camera shouting expletives at an
auto worker who had questioned his stance on gun control. While some
journalists did their best to hurry past the story, others like CNN's
John King attempted to spin it as a potentially positive development:
"Some people see that as charming, a candidate who's willing to air it
out face to face with a guy." King also acknowledged that some people
might be turned off by Biden's behavior.

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd was not one of those people.
When asked to analyze the interaction on ABC News Live, the visibly
giddy Dowd opined: "When I saw that moment, I thought, this is gonna be
a net plus for Joe Biden."

On the August 12 edition of CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, New York Times
columnist Thomas Friedman tried to argue on that Biden had survived
decades' worth of gaffes not because the media were trying to help him,
but rather because he was just such a darn good person: "Biden's Teflon
up to now is, people think he is a decent person. So when he says some
kind of crazy stuff sometime, or stuff that doesn't seem to add up,
people give him the benefit of the doubt because they think, at heart,
he's a good and decent man."

Tonight, Joe Biden will be accepting the Democratic Party nomination
for President of the United States. He should thank his saviors in the
media, for without their ultra-friendly spin, he'd have been retired to
Delaware years ago.

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Madison Cawthorn, 25, the young GOP candidate for North Carolina's 11th
Congressional District, spoke Wednesday at the Republican National
Convention from his wheelchair, as he has been paralyzed since the age
of 18 from a car accident. At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, with the
help of two men on either side of him, slowly rose to his feet to
recite a brief portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cawthorn standing to recite the Pledge was enough for PBS journalist
Yamiche Alcindor to criticize him on Twitter, writing, "Madison
Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to
(sic) should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem.
It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl - including black athletes who
are currently sitting out games - protesting police brutality."

Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that
all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance
& national anthem.

It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl - including black
athletes who are currently sitting out games - protesting
police brutality.

- Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 27, 2020

Cawthorn began by mentioning the terrible car accident that robbed him
of the use of his legs, saying, "Instantly, my hopes and dreams were
seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks
to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled
doctors, I made it."

"My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear; God
protected my mind and my ability to speak, so I say to people who feel
forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you," Cawthorn
stated.

He continued, "In times of peril, young people have stepped up and
saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the
cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today,
political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of
information without wisdom and tribalism without truth. National
leaders on the Left have normalized emotion-based voting and a
radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream.
MLK's dream is our dream: for all Americans to be judged solely on
their character."

"I say to Americans across the country, young and old: be a radical for
freedom. Be a radical for liberty," Cawthorn urged.

Rising to his feet, Cawthorn stated, "And be a radical for our
Republic, for which I stand; one nation, under God, with liberty and
justice for all."

Conservatives across social media expressed their disgust with
Alcindor's criticism of Cawthorn:

Sean Davis Of The Federalist: "Show us on the doll where the paraplegic
who managed to stand touched you. Madison Cawthorne may be paralyzed,
but @Yamiche is the one who is a completely broken person, Only a
deranged lunatic who worships at the altar of politics could get angry
at the sight of a paralyzed person standing up. What a sad, pathetic
way to go through life."

Madison Cawthorn may be paralyzed, but @Yamiche is the one
who is a completely broken person. Only a deranged lunatic
who worships at the altar of politics could get angry at the
sight of a paralyzed person standing up. What a sad, pathetic
way to go through life.

- Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 27, 2020

Mollie Hemingway, also of The Federalist: "If you thought, `certainly
nobody could attack this man in a wheelchair for standing up at the end
of his speech,' you haven't met our completely insane White House press
corps, currently viciously attacking a paralyzed man for not sharing
their far-left political views."

If you thought, "certainly nobody could attack this man in a
wheelchair for standing up at the end of his speech," you
haven't met our completely insane White House press corps,
currently viciously attacking a paralyzed man for not sharing
their far-left political views. https://t.co/aDNqFg68hj

- Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 27, 2020

Katie Pavlich of Townhall: "Oh wow, hottest take of the night!"

Oh wow, hottest take of the night! https://t.co/Plme7Ifu45

- Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 27, 2020

Jeff Blehar, elections analyst for Decision Desk HQ:"How on earth could
you possibly turn the rather moving act of a FREAKIN' PARAPLEGIC rising
for the national anthem into some weird BLM trip? When someone holds
the door open for you, is that a rebuke of BLM too? My patience for
takes like this has reached its limit."

How on earth could you possibly turn the rather moving act of
a FREAKIN' PARAPLEGIC rising for the national anthem into some
weird BLM trip? When someone holds the door open for you, is
that a rebuke of BLM too?

My patience for takes like this has reached its limit.
https://t.co/p7EZPmzoj8

- Jeff B., now with 50% more annoyingness (@EsotericCD)
August 27, 2020

Video of speech below:
https://twitter.com/i/status/1298799813966913536

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If anyone was surprised by the nonsensical lie being pushed by The
Atlantic, they shouldn't have been.

The story, from "anonymous sources" claimed that President Donald Trump
didn't want to visit an American cemetery in France because he said
dead military members "losers" and "suckers." Anyone reading that would
know it was fake and it was immediately debunked from all quarters by
people willing to go on the record. But it sounded a lot more like the
offensive way that the left depicts the military.

The fact that such an obviously false story would be pushed shows how
desperate they are at this point. It's also pretty clear that one big
font of support for the president and the GOP in general is the
military. Consequently, Democrats have to find some way to unhinge that
support.

It's 60 days before the election. Democrats and their willing acolytes
in the media have already shown that they are willing to do anything
they possibly can to win back the White House.

"Full Measure News" Sharyl Attkisson had a warning for everyone.

https://twitter.com/SharylAttkisson/status/1301710905827356672

"Scheduled "scandals" will be rolled out regularly between now & Nov.
3. The media, politicos, propagandists pretend it's organic & pretend
to be aghast. Most of America understands what's going on. After all,
it's not exactly a new approach in politics."

No kidding.

Expect a lot more, meant to completely disorient people and shake
support from Trump.

https://twitter.com/SharylAttkisson/status/1301746638017486850

We need to bust the media on this, whenever we see this. Attkisson is
right this gives Democrats a powerful ally when they have so much of
the media.

While there have always been "October surprises," we're going to see
everything they can thrown up against the wall between now and then.

If the numbers we're seeing are true with Trump either tied or in the
lead, Democrats know they're in trouble. They don't have too many
options. Spread all kinds of scandals, try to find ballots where ever
they can. If they lose, they wouldn't accept it and create chaos.
Hopefully, our republic can stand strong against it.

Nancy Pelosi describes it, the "Wrap-up Smear."

https://twitter.com/i/status/1301530464252030980

So don't let it shake you, prepare, as Attkisson says, because wild
things will be dropping between now and the election, guaranteed.


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Media outlets are again fearmongering over COVID-19-this time as it
relates to schools reopening across the country.

The Washington Post on Thursday reported that at least six teachers
have died since school began again, with most states implementing some
kind of hybrid education system where students would spend a couple
days a week in class and the rest remote learning from home. The Hill
took the Post's report a step further with the more frightening
headline: "Teachers in at least five states have died with coronavirus
since fall semester started." The report acknowledges that six teachers
died across those five states, but waits to explain that it "is unknown
whether these teachers became infected at school."

Looking into the specific cases, however, suggests the teachers did not
contract the virus while at their respective schools. This does not
lessen the tragedy of their deaths-however, the media should not use
their deaths to scare others unnecessarily.

Tom Slade, 53, was a beloved history teacher at Vancleave High School
in Mississippi, who inspired students into majoring in history
themselves. The Biloxi Sun Herald reported that Slade tested positive
for COVID-19 on August 24, before school started, and that his sister
said he had been exposed to the virus at a gathering outside of school.
It doesn't appear as though he returned to the school after testing
positive.

Nacoma James, 42, was an assistant high school football coach and
teacher at Lafayette Middle School in Mississippi. Mississippi Today
reported that district Superintendent Adam Pugh said James didn't have
contact with students or teachers after the school year resumed, as he
did not return to the classroom.

"No one has told me officially that he had COVID, but I do know he was
self-quarantining this week," Pugh told the outlet. "Last Thursday
would've been the last contact he had with any students, at summer
workouts for the (high school) football team. I'm not exactly sure what
symptoms he had, but he wasn't around students or teachers this week."

Demetria "Demi" Bannister, 28, was a teacher at Windsor Elementary
School. The last time she was at the school was August 28 as part of a
teacher workday prior to school starting again, The State reported. It
is unclear where she contracted the virus.

Theresa Horn, 62, was a special education teacher at Tahlequah Public
Schools in Oklahoma, who died of a heart attack after she tested
positive for COVID-19, KTUL reported. It's not even clear that COVID-19
caused her heart attack. Classes at the school were being taught
virtually, so she had no contact with students. It is also unclear when
she contracted the virus. The Des Moines Register reported that another
special education teacher died the week before virtual classes began in
Iowa.

The only one of these cases that may show a teacher contracting the
virus after school began came from Missouri, where special education
teacher AshLee DeMarinis died after she began showing symptoms four
days after school began.

The real concern from these cases comes from whether the teachers would
have passed the virus on to students or others had they returned to
campus after contracting it themselves, but that issue was ignored in
favor of the fearmongering approach taken by media outlets.

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For years, the media complained that President Donald Trump wasn't
holding enough press conferences. Now, as the media's poor performance
in his daily coronavirus press conferences is on worldwide display,
they're begging him to leave his own press conferences, and leave them
alone to craft their anti-Trump storylines.
When you refuse to answer questions, and lie about those that you do
answer, they're not 'press conferences' - they're thinly disguised
campaign rallies.
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Trump's Coronavirus Response = Benghazi! (tm) X 50,000.
"There will be a lot of death, unfortunately..." - Donald Trump 4/4/20

"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to
be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done...
especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up.” We’re going
very substantially down, not up." (4/14/20: 582,000 cases & 23,000 deaths.)

Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the
authority is total.
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total." - 4/13/20
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Trump: "Everything we did was right." - 4/24/20
NoBody
2020-04-15 15:31:04 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
For years, the media complained that President Donald Trump wasn't
holding enough press conferences. Now, as the media's poor performance
in his daily coronavirus press conferences is on worldwide display,
they're begging him to leave his own press conferences, and leave them
alone to craft their anti-Trump storylines.
When you refuse to answer questions, and lie about those that you do
answer, they're not 'press conferences' - they're thinly disguised
campaign rallies.
Oh look, FPP ran away from the allegations against Biden that the NYT
admitted happened.
Ubiquitous
2020-04-15 15:34:00 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
For years, the media complained that President Donald Trump wasn't
holding enough press conferences. Now, as the media's poor performance
in his daily coronavirus press conferences is on worldwide display,
they're begging him to leave his own press conferences, and leave them
alone to craft their anti-Trump storylines.
When you refuse to answer questions, and lie about those that you do
answer, they're not 'press conferences' - they're thinly disguised
campaign rallies.
Oh look, FPP ran away from the allegations against Biden that the NYT
admitted happened.
Do keep in mind that FPP is eager for others to die to make his point.

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Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.
FPP
2020-03-31 10:20:35 UTC
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After a White House staffer pulled the microphone away from PBS White House
correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and President Donald Trump declined to answer
her questions - and berated her - at the coronavirus press conference Sunday
evening, fellow reporters came to her defense on Twitter.
And that's liberal?
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Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up." (3-27-20: 95,000
confirmed cases and 1,500 deaths.)

Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20
Trump: "I happen to feel good about it, but who knows. I’ve been right a
lot." - 3/20/20
Ubiquitous
2020-04-07 01:05:05 UTC
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After a White House staffer pulled the microphone away from PBS White House
correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and President Donald Trump declined to answer
her questions - and berated her - at the coronavirus press conference Sunday
evening, fellow reporters came to her defense on Twitter.
Media figures also saluted CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond for handing the
microphone back over to Alcindor to complete her follow up question, which
Trump then answered.
Before the microphone debacle, Trump berated Alcindor over her question,
which angered the president and led him to falsely claim he never questioned
whether governors need the equipment they requested to deal with the
coronavirus.
"I think that a lot of things are being said that are more, I don't think
certain things will materialize, a lot of equipment is being asked for but I
don't think they'll need." Trump stated to Fox News' Sean Hannity, further
questioning whether governors needed as many ventilators as they were
requesting.
When Alcindor asked Trump about those comments, he called her question
"threatening" and refused to answer it.
CNN's Jim Acosta billed Alcindor's question to Trump as "fair game."
Hannity about ventilators. Fair game.
Other reporters cheered Diamond and praised the PBS reporter's courage to
ask difficult questions at the presser.
@Yamiche !! This is how it's done people. Proud to know them both
Trump earlier cut off with his false and inappropriate tirade
for her second question https://t.co/TKZ8yYNezU
@JDiamond1 for ceding his time back to @Yamiche.
This is real journalism. What's sad is that she has to take this
on a regular basis from this condescending asshole.
https://t.co/l4jJtjnV8Z
journalism, both in terms of her reporting and her decorum. No
one deserves the treatment she receives from Donald Trump or his
followers. https://t.co/N8StAVlLxG
If you want to see the combination of the courage and struggle of
just.never.stops speaking truth to power
Who just gave Yamiche back the mic ?? THANK YOU!!!!!
every Mon thru Fri. Consistently the best hour of TV news on air.
@LisaDNews, @nickschifrin, Jeffrey Brown etc - all the time, not
just at pressers.
- Carlos Lozada
Alcindor responded to Trump teller her "be nice" and no "be threatening,"
President Trump today at the White House said to me: "Be nice.
Don't be threatening."
I'm not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist
to be told that while doing a job.
My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And,
always press forward.
[Remember the outrage over Obama's treatment of tough (but polite)
questioning of him?]
And that's liberal?
Perhaps you should read the entire article instead of stopping where you
think it supports your beliefs. I went ahead and restored everything past
the first paragraph, which you did not include in your followup. Do let us
know when you have a real argument to make.

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love this country.
FPP
2020-03-13 01:25:55 UTC
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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens blasted President Donald Trump on
MSNBC's MTP Daily with anchor Katy Tur Tuesday afternoon, billing the novel
coronavirus as the commander-in-chief's "Chernobyl" which he "can't lie and
spin your way through."
Stephens is a conservative... not a liberal.
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Donald Trump on COVID-19: "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a
couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty
good job we've done... especially with the fact that we’re going down,
not up.” We’re going very substantially down, not up."

** The number of cases was up over 1,000 two weeks later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE9BXkQ-SRc
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