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Aborted Baby Parts Sellers Are Shut Down; The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Hardest Hit

<p>In November 2015, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar at <em>The View</em> rudely shut down then-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, insisting that she was lying when she stated that Planned Parenthood had admitted to harvesting baby parts from aborted fetuses. On Friday, Orange County's district attorney announced a $7.8 million settlement with two California companies accused of "selling fetal-derived cells and tissues" obtained from fetal body parts acquired from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. When will ABC demand that Whoopi and Joy apologize?</p>

Jim Acosta Follows Press Tradition: Harass GOP Admins, Go Easy on Dems

<p>CNN's insufferably self-important Jim Acosta made the news all about himself once again on Tuesday. This time, as reported by Randy Hall at NewsBusters, following in the footsteps of ABC's detestable Sam Donaldson during the Reagan administration, Acosta, despite being warned not to, interrupted a bill-signing ceremony to shout out a question at President Donald Trump. Acosta's press cohorts clearly aren't objecting to his conduct, which is in sharp contrast to how they treated a reporter for a center-right outlet in 2012 when Democrat Barack Obama was in the Oval Office.</p>

CNN: Never Mind About That Jeff Sessions Russian Contact Disclosure Problem

<p>In May, the establishment press went into overdrive after learning that Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn't disclose two 2016 contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on his disclosure forms applying for security clearance. On Monday, based on "a newly released document," <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/10/politics/jeff-sessions-fbi-russian-contacts/index.html">the network reported</a> that Sessions was accurately told that the disclosures weren't required, because those meetings were connected with his Senate duties. In other words, seven months later, the network finally said: "Oops. Never mind."</p>

Press Virtually Ignores Gloria Steinem’s Howler: Trump ‘Lost by 10 Million Votes’

<p>At the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Wednesday, so-called "feminist icon" and late-1990s Bill Clinton apologist and enabler Gloria Steinem made a big deal out the fact that she never has and never will call Donald Trump "president" — to her, he's the "harasser in chief" — while claiming that Trump "lost" last year's general election by "10 million votes." The vast majority of the establishment press is ignoring Steinem's virtually illiterate remark. In one noteworthy instance, the Associated Press either ignored the obviously noteworthy "10 million votes" claim or deleted it in revising an earlier report.</p>

Newsweek Injects Heavy Bias, Distortion In Covering… Pence Family’s Dying Pets

<p>At what little is left of <em>Newsweek</em>, reporter John Haltiwanger published a story on the unfortunate deaths of several pets in Vice President Mike Pence's family during the past two years. In doing so, he followed what has apparently become a rule in the establishment press during the Trump administration — "There shall be no puff pieces" — and put on a virtual clinic on how to maximize bias, distortion, and disinformation.</p>

‘AP Explains’ on Jerusalem Fails to Note Prior Promises, Senate Resolution, 1995 Law

<p>A Friday morning attempt by the Associated Press's Tia Goldenberg to "explain" the "US pivot on Jerusalem" failed to make three crucial points: First, that three ultimately victorious U.S. presidential candidates promised that they would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and failed to deliver on those promises; second, that just six months ago, the United States Senate expressed unanimous support for the idea that "Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel"; and third, that previous presidents dodged the clear intent of a 1995 law mandating that the U.S. embassy be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. </p>

‘AP Explains’ on Jerusalem Fails to Note Prior Promises, Senate Resolution, 1995 Law

<p>A Friday morning attempt by the Associated Press's Tia Goldenberg to "explain" the "US pivot on Jerusalem" failed to make three crucial points: First, that three ultimately victorious U.S. presidential candidates promised that they would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and failed to deliver on those promises; second, that just six months ago, the United States Senate expressed unanimous support for the idea that "Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel"; and third, that previous presidents dodged the clear intent of a 1995 law mandating that the U.S. embassy be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. </p>

Kaiser Health Network: Going Part-Time to Afford Obamacare Premiums Is No Big Deal

<p>An article published at the Kaiser Health News website earlier this week showed how skyrocketing Obamacare premiums have caused one married woman to switch from full-time employment to part-time. The article identified something the establishment press almost never does, namely the specific dollar amount of an Obamacare premium. But reporter Rachel Bluth was untroubled by the implication that thousands if not millions of Americans might be making similar decisions.</p>

Kaiser Health Network: Going Part-Time to Afford Obamacare Premiums Is No Big Deal

<p>An article published at the Kaiser Health News website earlier this week showed how skyrocketing Obamacare premiums have caused one married woman to switch from full-time employment to part-time. The article identified something the establishment press almost never does, namely the specific dollar amount of an Obamacare premium. But reporter Rachel Bluth was untroubled by the implication that thousands if not millions of Americans might be making similar decisions.</p>

Kaiser Health Network: Going Part-Time to Afford Obamacare Premiums Is No Big Deal

<p>An article published at the Kaiser Health News website earlier this week showed how skyrocketing Obamacare premiums have caused one married woman to switch from full-time employment to part-time. The article identified something the establishment press almost never does, namely the specific dollar amount of an Obamacare premium. But reporter Rachel Bluth was untroubled by the implication that thousands if not millions of Americans might be making similar decisions.</p>

AP Blames ‘Booming Economy’ For Spike in West Coast Homelessness

<p>You had to figure that the Associated Press would at some point finally recognize the existence of the nation's "booming economy," at least compared to the historically weak 7-1/2 years of post-recession malaise which preceded it. Well, they're finally doing it — and erroneously tagging it with sole blame for the fast-growing homelessness problem in the nation's three West Coast states.</p>

Tucker Carlson Mocks Chicago Tribune Coverage of Bakery’s Illegal Hiring Scam

<p>In a story which should have been recognized at least two months and possibly 5-6 months ago but which remained unreported until last week, a Chicago bakery lost one-third of its workforce in July. Press reports during the past week, most prominently one from Bloomberg News seen in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> and elsewhere, won't directly admit what should be obvious, though the company involved is implausibly denying it: The workers were illegal immigrants.</p>

2008 Media Roast (3 Hours of Profane Jokes) Proves They All Knew About Matt Lauer

<p>The shocked faces at NBC and in the media last week claiming "nobody knew" about Matt Lauer's harassment and abuse of women became impossible to believe Tuesday evening. That's when Brian Flood Fox News, partly cribbing from a still-available October 2008 story at the <em>Village Voice</em>, revealed that a celebrity roast that month in Lauer's honor "left little doubt that Lauer’s colleagues (and those in attendance) knew NBC’s biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye." The <em>Voice's</em> account of the event also serves as an especially revealing and depressing window into the lack of values and the sick sense of "humor" among the elites in entertainment and the media — and that was nine years ago.</p>

Press Yawns at Threats to Man Who Revealed Presence of ‘Beyond Classified’ E-Mails on Hillary’s Server

<p>During the past week, most people who follow center-right news outlets and blogs became familiar with the name of Charles McCullough III. McCullough, the former Intel Community General Inspector who identified 22 "beyond classified" emails present on Hillary Clinton's home-brew server years after she had left her position as Obama administration Secretary of State, has appeared on several Fox shows revealing that he was harassed and threatened for reporting that finding to his superiors, and that he was promised that he would be fired once Mrs. Clinton won the 2016 general election (oops). Very few establishment press outlets have done anything with the story in the past six days, and the rare exceptions have used McCullough's revelations as a platform to take shots at President Donald Trump.</p>

Press Avoids Naming Obama and Hillary in Covering Libya Slavery ‘Debacle’

<p>Beginning in mid-November, the international press noticed that a grisly practice had returned to Libya: slave auctions taking place monthly <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/23/africa/libya-reaction-slave-trade/index.html">in at least nine locations</a>, in territory controlled by the United Nations-backed Libyan Government of National Accord. No news coverage I have seen has reminded readers that the chain of events leading to this outrageous situation started with the toppling of the government of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which could not have occurred without the indispensable support of then-President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.</p>

Obama-Era Cheerleader Liesman at CNBC Downplays Economy’s Third-Quarter Growth

<p>At CNBC Wednesday morning, just after the release of the government's GDP report, <em>Squawk Box</em> panelist Steve Liesman appeared to do everything he could to downplay the significance, and even the relevance, of the 3.3 percent annualized growth estimate. At the end of the segment, he gave away his ignorance when he expressed outrage that the tax bill currently under consideration in Congress, while eliminating or significantly curtailing individual taxpayers' ability to deduct state and local taxes, leaves business deductions for state and local taxes intact. He, and show host Becky Quick, should know that it's bogus to try to make such a comparison.</p>

Ali Velshi at MSNBC Wrong About Tax Plan’s Impact and Doesn’t Even Know It

<p>MSNBC's Ali Velshi and co-host Stephanie Ruhle apparently gained a bit of far-left street cred in August when they fiercely berated a Donald Trump supporter with an usually strong dose of condescension, telling him that "you can't just lie on TV" about the economy. On Monday, Velshi lied about the estimated impacts on various income groups of the GOP tax plan published by Congressional Budget Office and didn't even know it — because he had no idea that the table he used contained completely different and irrelevant data.</p>

Fusion What? Despite Important Developments, AP, NY Times Have Ignored Fusion GPS for 4 Weeks

<p>The truth about Fusion GPS's involvement with creating, promoting, and disseminating the infamous Trump-Russia dossier has slowly emerged during the past four weeks. Yet, based on site searches, the Associated Press and <em>New York Times</em> have not published a single substantive, genuinely related in-house story in over four weeks.</p>

WashPost ‘Fact Check’ Angrily Gives Pence’s True Statement About Jobs ‘Three Pinocchios’

<p>In one of the more brazen and fraudulent "fact checks" one will ever see, <em>The<strong> </strong>Washington Post's</em> Nicole Lewis told readers on Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence's absolutely true mid-November statement that "There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history" deserved "Three Pinocchios," and that the audience which applauded this statement should be ashamed of themselves. The bogus nature of Lewis's "fact check" is only exceeded by the seething anger which virtually drips down readers' screens.</p>

Ignorant New York Times Op-Ed Laments the ‘Brutality of the Male Libido’

<p>Just three days after running a "Style" story <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/style/his-eye-makeup-is-way-better-than-yours.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur">celebrating</a> the <a href="http://victorygirlsblog.com/nytimes-ok-sexualize-children-cause-genderqueer/">sexualizing</a> of pre-pubescent boys lathered in makeup, <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em> gave precious space to an op-ed which told readers that the "Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido," i.e., another phrase describing "toxic masculinity," is creating a "crisis." Actually, it's been examined and addressed by civilizations and cultures for centuries. The reason it's a serious problem now is that modern culture has rejected many mechanisms once in place to keep it under control.</p>

Barely News: Emboldened Eco-Terrorists Claim ‘Climate Necessity’ as a Defense

<p>The left's determination to stretch the limits of acceptable activism now includes condoning property destruction and unauthorized disruption of energy delivery systems. On a weekend when the national press is almost exclusively obsessed with matters involving sexual assault and harassment (obviously important) and the legitimacy of Sarah Sanders' Thanksgiving pecan pie (obviously not), it's fair to wonder why the national press has mostly failed to report that this irresponsible and fundamentally lawless perspective appears to be making some headway in the courts.</p>

April Ryan, Leftists Beclown Themselves Over Sarah Sanders’ Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

<p>April Ryan, an inexplicably esteemed member of the White House press corps, having tried and failed to promote a "fake news" controversy over White House's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' Thanksgiving pecan pie, has not apologized or acknowledged her error, has rejected Sanders' face-saving attempt to smooth things over, and is apparently worried that Sanders will publicly poison her and her fellow journalists. You can't make this stuff up.</p>

Friday’s Fake ‘Morning Joe’: Pre-Recorded, Made to Seem Live

<p>The establishment press, which clearly planned to push the idea that anyone who isn't in their club is producing "fake news" just before and after last year's presidential election, never expected that the label could and would be so successfully pointed back at them to the point that they're now stuck with it. That they still don't get it was demonstrated with Friday morning's <em>Morning Joe</em> show on MSNBC, as the hosts and cast faked a live presentation, complete with contrived conversations about how everyone's Thanksgiving dinners went — even though the show was actually pre-taped on Wednesday.</p>

Bloomberg Op-Ed: IRS Targeting Scandal Is ‘Fiction’

<p>Those who believe history is presumptively written by the winners haven't seen Francis Wilkinson's attempt to create a bogus narrative on the four-year IRS scandal which appeared at Bloomberg News on Monday. </p>

ABC’s Matthew Dowd Wants to Bring Back the Bill Clinton Sexual Misbehavior Exception

<p>In a Wednesday morning tweet, Matthew Dowd of ABC News, the network's chief political analyst, demonstrated once again that he can be counted on to cling to views diametrically opposed to common sense, as he for all practical purposes resurrected the dishonest defense Democrats used to save Bill Clinton's presidency in the late-1990s. Dowd's version, tweeted today in reaction to sex harassment and assault scandals which are predominantly affecting DC Democrats, predominantly liberal establishment media icons, and predominantly liberal Hollywood celebrities, is that "there is a difference between those who are flawed who work for the common good and those who are flawed who could care less about the common good."</p>

Hillary Clinton: Fox News’s 1992 Absence ‘One of the Reasons He Probably Survived’

<p>On Saturday, Hillary Clinton told a friendly audience in Little Rock, Arkansas celebrating the 25th anniversary of her husband Bill's first presidential election victory that "one of the reasons he probably survived" and won is that Fox News didn't exist in 1992. Fox should send Mrs. Clinton a note thanking her for the compliment.</p>

Twitter to Begin Using ‘Blue Check’ Status As a ‘Big Brother’ Weapon?

<p>The growth in online censorship by tech titans Facebook, Twitter, and Google's search and YouTube platform is one of the most under-reported stories of the past two years. In the latest disturbing development, Twitter, which has been increasingly heavy-handed in censoring center-right content, content providers, and everyday users since last year's general election campaign, has announced that it will unilaterally remove "blue-check" (i.e., "verified") status from groups and users who in its view have violated its Terms of Service — even for <em>offline behavior</em> it considers unacceptable.</p>

Not News: Hillary Claims Broaddrick, Jones Are ‘Misremembering History’

<p>In a Friday radio interview, Hillary Clinton failed to answer a question about her hostile, orchestrated actions against women who credibly accused her husband of sexual harassment and assault during the 1990s. In the process, she accused the alleged victims of "misremembering or misinterpreting history." On Laura Ingraham's Friday evening Fox News show, Paula Jones took strong exception to Mrs. Clinton's nonsense. Naturally, the establishment press hasn't covered what Mrs. Clinton said.</p>

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Insults Millions Who No Longer Watch It

<p>In a <em>Sports Illustrated</em> "Off the Board" podcast released on Thursday, ESPN's Scott Van Pelt took several cheap shots at the network's critics, in the process demonstrating how horribly out of touch he is with financial realities at his the network. Van Pelt aimed particular venom at those who have decided that they didn't need to have cable TV any more when ESPN selected Caitlyn-formerly-Bruce Jenner as its 2015 annual Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, calling them "so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope."</p>

Not News: Blacks Commit Growing Share of Reported ‘Hate Crimes’

<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation published its annual hate crime statistics earlier this week. The press has dutifully fallen into line with the predictable narrative that the 5 percent reported in hate crimes in 2016 occurred because of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The numbers tell a different story.</p>

Not News: Blacks Commit Growing Share of Reported ‘Hate Crimes’

<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation published its annual hate crime statistics earlier this week. The press has dutifully fallen into line with the predictable narrative that the 5 percent reported in hate crimes in 2016 occurred because of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The numbers tell a different story.</p>

NY Times Op-Ed: ‘The Pence Rule’ Is a False Solution to ‘Male Predation’

<p>On Wednesday, Katelyn Beaty, described as "an editor at large for <em>Christianity Today</em> and the author of 'A Woman’s Place,'" tried to make "A Christian Case Against the 'Pence Rule.'"  In the process, she smeared the rule, and the Vice President, as being in place primarily to avoid "male predation."</p>

Fake Fact Check: Politifact Rates Obviously Satirical Bergdahl Entry ‘Pants on Fire’

<p>Boy, it's a good thing that Google and Facebook have enlisted "fact checkers" like the Associated Press, Snopes, and Politifact to vet questionable stories appearing in their news feeds. </p>

Vox Columnist Downplays UCLA Players’ Crimes, Takes Cheap Shot at Trump

<p>It has been known at least since Saturday that the three UCLA basketball players detained in China on shoplifting charges and forced to stay in the country while the rest of the team went home were accused of stealing merchandise from three stores. Somehow, that news never got through to Vox.com's John Kirby, who shortly after noon on Thursday, claimed that the trio had only stolen "a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses," and seemed more interested in getting in digs at President Trump than relaying accurate facts.</p>

AP Delays, Downplays Trump’s Role in Freeing UCLA Players Held for Shoplifting in China

<p>On Tuesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China last week on charges of shoplifting and who potentially faced 3 to 10 years in prison were released, thanks to intervention on their behalf by President Trump and the U.S. State Department. In sharp contrast to how other wire services have handled the news, two stories at the Associated Press,  waited eight and ten paragraphs, respectively, to recognize Trump's role in freeing them.</p>

AP Delays, Downplays Trump’s Role in Freeing UCLA Players Held for Shoplifting in China

<p>On Tuesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China last week on charges of shoplifting and who potentially faced 3 to 10 years in prison were released, thanks to intervention on their behalf by President Trump and the U.S. State Department. In sharp contrast to how other wire services have handled the news, two stories at the Associated Press,  waited eight and ten paragraphs, respectively, to recognize Trump's role in freeing them.</p>

NY Times Reporter: Video Proof of Joe Biden’s Creepiness Is ‘Fake News’

<p>Those who wonder why the average American no longer trusts the establishment press to report fairly and accurately, or even to defend basic First Amendment freedoms, need to look no further than yesterday's tweet by <em>New York Times</em> reporter Nicole Perlroth about Joe Biden's heavily documented creepy behavior towards women, particularly younger women. Rather than accept the idea that the man has a problem, Perlroth wants Twitter to "handle" this "alt-right fake-news meme."</p>

NY Times Op-Ed Writer Wants Facebook to Censor Pro-Life Content As ‘Fake News’

<p>In a Friday <em>New York Times</em> op-ed, Rossalyn Warren, described as "a journalist who regularly covers women’s rights and internet culture," wants Facebook to expand its definition of "fake news" to include "the vast amount of misinformation and unevidenced stories about reproductive rights, science and health." That is, Warren wants to marginalize and even silence legitimate pro-life messages, sites, facts, and viewpoints.</p>

NY Times Op-Ed Writer Wants Facebook to Censor Pro-Life Content As ‘Fake News’

<p>In a Friday <em>New York Times</em> op-ed, Rossalyn Warren, described as "a journalist who regularly covers women’s rights and internet culture," wants Facebook to expand its definition of "fake news" to include "the vast amount of misinformation and unevidenced stories about reproductive rights, science and health." That is, Warren wants to marginalize and even silence legitimate pro-life messages, sites, facts, and viewpoints.</p>

Veteran Yahoo Sports Writer Denies Decline, Thinks NFL ‘Attendance’ Means Who ‘Showed Up’

<p>Jay Busbee has been a "writer for Yahoo Sports since 2008" who "has covered the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, the Masters, the Indianapolis 500, the Kentucky Derby, the Final Four, NBA, NCAA football, and the MLB playoffs." It's hard to believe that someone with this level of experience can actually believe that reported "attendance" at National Football League games represents the number of people who actually "showed up" at the games. But he does, and he used that ignorance early Sunday evening to argue that attendance increased at Sunday's early NFL games.</p>
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