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Trump Mulling Camp David-Style Summit to Confront Islamic Extremism

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Trump tells Muslim leaders he brings message of 'friendship, hope and love' / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV - President Donald Trump is considering a Camp David-style summit in an effort to resolve tensions between U.S. allies in the Arab world. Trump also intends to use the summit to renew his call for the Arab world confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism,” Fox News reported.

NBC’s Chuck Todd Asserts Obama Not Swaying Election Akin to 9/11

Last this week, The Washington Post published an article saying that the Obama administration knew well in advance of Election Day 2016 that Russia was trying to meddle the U.S. election process. And despite their knowledge, they chose not to go public because of the fear that many would think President Obama was swaying the election to Hillary Clinton. During NBC’s Sunday Today, the network’s Chuck Todd let his true feelings show when equated Obama not putting his figure on the electoral scale to President Bush not acting on intelligence reports about Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks.

“This was a Washington Post story this week that said Obama administration soft-pedaled its response to the Russian meddling because it didn’t want to be seen as putting its thumb on the scale of this election,” prefaced host Willie Geist, before asking Todd the triggering question. “What’s the impact of that story and all this stew of Russia?”

Todd whined that Trump was making his “head spin” by creating the “atmosphere” that kept Obama from taking the Russian meddling intelligence public. “I mean, for the very reason: Here's President Trump criticizing former President Obama for not doing anything,” he bemoaned. “Well at the time they got this intelligence, candidate Donald Trump was telling everybody that this election was going to get rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton.

According to Todd, “In hindsight, though, there clearly a bunch of Obama White House folks are hand-wringing about this.” Todd seemed to be almost obsessed or disturbed by Obama’s decision because he declared that he would “never get over” how one Obama official claimed that “we choked” for not speaking out.

The story seemed to hit a boiling point for the Meet the Press moderator. “Look, this could be, Willie, what the infamous August 6th presidential intelligence daily briefing: ‘Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S. before 9/11,’” he announced, with a slight tinge of anger.

This may be the equivalent in history on this Russian infiltration of the American democracy. We may go back and say: ‘This was equivalent of that,’” He continued to rant. “The Obama administration had the intelligence, had the smoking gun, and decided to pull back for fear of politicizing the election.” What Todd failed to mention was that the warning received by Bush was not a cut-and-dry fact, but a vague prediction about what bin Laden wanted to do with no set date. In sharp contrast, Obama's intelligence was about what they knew to be happening at the time.

Geist seemed to sympathize with Todd, saying: “And as you say, we’re hearing from a lot of Obama, who behind the scenes saying we should have done more in real time.

In a commercial for his show on MSNBC, MTP Daily, Todd once claimed to be the “referee” who was out there to enforce the political “rules.” By misleadingly comparing the Bush administration’s and the Obama administration’s inactions on intelligence, Todd is equating 9/11 with Trump’s presidency. That doesn’t sound like an unbiased referee. That sounds like one that has chosen a clear side to back and throws his own low blows.

Transcript below:

 

NBC
Sunday Today
June 25, 2017
8:06:24 PM Eastern

(…)

WILLIE GEIST: Let me move on to Russia because when President Trump wasn’t tweeting about health care this week he was tweeting about Russia. I’ll read you one of them, Chuck. “Just out: The Obama administration knew far in advance of November 8th about lection meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. Why?” Put to the side the fact that he acknowledges Russian meddling in that tweet right there, something he has not done previously. Just go to this is a story—This was a Washington Post story this week that said Obama administration soft-pedaled its response to the Russian meddling because it didn’t want to be seen as putting its thumb on the scale of this election. What’s the impact of that story and all this stew of Russia?

CHUCK TODD: Well look, talk about making your head spin. I mean, for the very reason: Here's President Trump criticizing former President Obama for not doing anything. Well at the time they got this intelligence, candidate Donald Trump was telling everybody that this election was going to get rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. And that was the atmosphere that the Obama administration was dealing with publicly when they got this intelligence, so we understand the reason why they did this. In hindsight, though, there clearly a bunch of Obama White House folks are hand-wringing about this. That line, I’ll never get over, you know: “We choked.”

Look, this could be, Willie, what the infamous August 6th presidential intelligence daily briefing: “Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S. before 9/11.” This may be the equivalent in history on this Russian infiltration of the American democracy. We may go back and say: “This was equivalent of that.” The Obama administration had the intelligence, had the smoking gun, and decided to pull back for fear of politicizing the election.

GEIST: And as you say, we’re hearing from a lot of Obama, who behind the scenes saying we should have done more in real time.

(…)

Trump Continues to Turn the Tables on the Obama Administration Regarding Russia Narrative

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TEL AVIV -- President Donald Trump on Saturday continued to hammer the Obama administration on Twitter regarding its role in claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Terrorist Who Murdered Lee Rigby Radicalises Dozens of Prison Inmates Who Vow Jihad on Release

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One of the terrorists who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby is radicalising other prison inmates who vow to become jihadists when they are released, prison sources have revealed.

Why Is The Huffington Post Afraid of The Washington Post?

This week, NewsBusters and other sides noticed that after the death of Otto Warmbier, The Huffington Post edited, but did not take down a controversial article entitled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.”

Washington Post media blogger Eric Wemple also grew interested in why the HuffPost would keep the Warmbier-bashing piece, when it unpublished a contributor arguing President Trump was right about the negatives of immigration in Sweden...as if that was more offensive. Here's what he found: the Huffington Post is terrible at returning phone calls from other media outlets.

Why is The Huffington Post afraid of The Washington Post? It's not like Wemple is a right-winger with a Make America Great Again hat. His wife works at Mother Jones.

Writer La Sha asserted Warmbier was the victim of white male privilege as it’s inculcated in America: “Every economic, academic, legal and social system in this country has for more than three centuries functioned with the implicit purpose of ensuring that white men are the primary benefactors of all privilege.” She even compared Warmbier to white male mass shooters.

Here’s how Wemple reported trying to get an answer out of HuffPost:

For days now, the Erik Wemple Blog has been attempting to engage HuffPost in a discussion about the piece. Lena Auerbuch Anderson, a spokeswoman for the site, emailed this statement: “HuffPost’s contributor platform operates an opinion site that hosts hundreds of items per day, and inevitably some are going to be more controversial than others,” reads the statement. “We enforce clear standards regarding hate speech and factual accuracy, but we’re not in the business of deleting posts because we disagree with the opinions in them.”

That contributor platform is a holdover from the days when HuffPost was the Huffington Post, the creation of mogul Arianna Huffington. The idea was to supplement the often-very-good original reporting of the Huffington Post with a come-one, come-all content vertical that delivered free content — and free traffic — from voices everywhere. It was a critical part of the founder’s utopia of very well-rested liberals improving the world one clickbaity blog post at a time, mixed with a managerial blind spot toward tawdry partnerships with mattress producers and ride-sharing companies.

Just last year, the outlet streamlined procedures for posting on the contributor platform, the better to boost the ranks of these folks from 100,000 to 1 million. A backlash ensued...

Now the contributors are fading. The blog hired Lydia Polgreen, an editor at The New York Times…..

And the contributor platform is closed to new entrants, as of this writing. We asked Anderson whether that status reflected any policy decision at HuffPost. We didn’t get a reply, though one source indicated that Polgreen “wants to build a mini-New York Times.” The New York Times lacks a freewheeling contributor network.

The Erik Wemple Blog would prefer to bag anonymous descriptions of Polgreen’s intentions in favor of input directly from her. Repeated appeals for an interview, however, went nowhere. With her background in mainstream media, though, Polgreen surely grasps the awkwardness of the contributor system that she has inherited. Why should her reporters have to deal with the fallout from a story that they had no role in generating? “Staffers aren’t thrilled when some controversial contributor piece gets intertwined with what the newsroom is trying to do,” says a HuffPost source.

It's fun to see an anonymous source inside the media. Perhaps if there were more stories quoting anonymous sources inside media outlets, they would get a sense of how that can seem like a great way to mischaracterized someone's thoughts or statements, or simply trash somebody with no consequences. 

Polgreen is somehow unwilling to talk to a fellow liberal at The Washington Post about this, but she did vaguely discuss the issue back in March on CNN’s Reliable Sources when they were discussing host Brian Stelter's favorite topic -- Fox News -- and he asked if the HuffPost had trouble separating news from opinion, or in their case, their full-time paid writers and the contributors who are unpaid: 

POLGREEN: Well, we try to be very clear about it. But, again, you know, we have contributors in our network. But we have to be very clear about the fact that people see things and they don't distinguish whether it's opinion or news. I've often said that at The New York Times, there was this tradition of having ragged right [text justification] on a news analysis piece rather than a justified right on a news piece. And we acted as if that with a clear signal to the reader that you're reading analysis and not straight news.

STELTER: We both used to work there and we both know that doesn't work. That's not enough.

POLGREEN: It doesn't work. And, you know, the confuse -- even though the op-ed page of The New York Times is far removed from the news pages, people -- if you read it in The New York Times, you read it in The New York Times. So, this is a much larger media literacy issue.

So why isn't this logic leading Polgreen to take down the piece slashing Warmbier? Because minority journalists won't take down a "white privilege" piece? By contrast, Wemple explained what HuffPost labored to take down:

For an example of when HuffPost does delete a contributor piece, please see this archived item from February. Contributor René Zografos argued that President Trump was right in his comments about the impact of immigration in Sweden. “It’s well known for Scandinavians and other Europeans that liberal immigration comes with drugs, rapes, gang wars, robbery and violence,” wrote Zografos. “Additional to that we see the respective nations cultures fading away, for good and for bad.” Also: “The truth is, that several European cities have huge immigration problems where even the police force is afraid to interfere in some locations in these cities. UK, France and several other European countries are changing rapidly with extreme quantity of immigration. I’m not saying immigration is only bad, but a lot of problems come with poor immigration policy, as consequences we get violence, terror and gangs.”

Does that stuff amount to hate speech or factual inaccuracies? A rep for HuffPost told the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson back in February that the piece violated “our terms of use.” We’ve reached out to HuffPost in an attempt to determine why that piece triggered deletion, but not the Warmbier piece. We’ll update when we hear back.

In the meantime, laugh at the HuffPost if they complain the Trump White House isn't engaging enough with the press. 

CBS Only Offers Seconds on Johnny Depp Talking About Assassinating Trump

On Friday, while both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America provided full reports on left-wing actor Johnny Depp joking about assassinating President Trump, CBS This Morning could only manage 45 seconds of air time out of its two-hour broadcast to mention the latest outrageous celebrity outburst.  

Co-host Gayle King noted: “Johnny Depp is causing controversy this morning for comments he made about assassinating President Trump.” A clip played of Depp remarking: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?...it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.” Fellow co-host Norah O’Donnell labeled the incident “inappropriate” and explained that the Secret Service was “aware of the comment.”

King added: “I think it’s just never funny to joke about assassinating a president. I don’t care who you are or what you do. Not funny.” That was the extent of the coverage.

The hosts devoted nearly the same amount of time (41 seconds) to Trump driving his golf cart on the green at his golf course in New Jersey as on Depp’s offensive rant.

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In sharp contrast, the Today show featured a 2 min 44 second report on Depp, while Good Morning America included a 2 minute 15 second segment on the topic. By providing more coverage, the NBC and ABC morning shows were able to remind viewers of the attempted assassination of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise just one week ago and refer back to other hateful celebrity displays, such as Katyh Griffin’s mock beheading of the President.

Speaking of Griffin, when that story broke at the end of May, CBS This Morning could only afford 36 seconds of coverage. Again, that was in comparison to full reports on Today and GMA.

Here is a full transcript of the June 23 news brief on CBS:

7:31 AM ET

GAYLE KING: Johnny Depp is causing controversy this morning for comments he made about assassinating President Trump.

JOHNNY DEPP: When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?

[CHEERS]  

I want to clarify, I’m not an actor, I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.

NORAH O’DONNELL: That’s inappropriate. Depp may have been joking yesterday at an arts festival in England, but the Secret Service did take note and they tell us they are aware of the comment.

KING: Talking about the golf cart sin, I think it’s just never funny to joke about assassinating a president. I don’t care who you are or what you do.

O’DONNELL: Yeah.

KING: Not funny.

CBS, NBC Rage Over Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ ‘Mortal Sin’ on Golf Course

The journalists at CBS and NBC have found a new Donald Trump “outrage” to hyperventilate over: The President drove his golf cart onto a green at one of the courses he owns. This, according to CBS This Morning guest host David Westin, is a “mortal sin.” Today's Matt Lauer insisted he was “gasping” over video of Trump. 

On CBS, co-host Norah O’Donnell huffed, “Well, golf is a sport of etiquette, but President Trump appears to have committed a golfing sin.” Continuing the religious language, unusual for liberal journalists, Westin excoriated, “This is a mortal sin, actually, if you're a golfer. A mortal sin.” 

A mortal sin? Even as a joke, this type of language is way over the top. Over on NBC’s Today, Lauer mentioned the story at 7am as the show opened. He hyped, “A golden rule of golf broken. You won't believe who is behind the wheel today.” 

A minute later, he marveled, “As a golfer, I'm gasping over that last story. But I'll save my outrage.” Later in the 7am hour, Lauer returned to the story, still annoyed: “That's not good. That really isn't good. It's a nice golf course, by the way, but to take a heavy golf cart and to ride right across the green, that just breaks every rule of golf.” 

CBS This Morning devoted 41 seconds to freaking out over Trump’s golf cart error. That was just four seconds less than a movie star jokingly encouraging the assassination of the President. Talk about misplaced priorities.  

Transcripts are below: 

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CBS This Morning
6/23/17
7:30am ET 

NORAH O’DONNELL: Well, golf is a sport of etiquette, but President Trump appears to have committed a golfing sin. Yep, he's driving a golf cart on a putting green. The President will probably get a pass. He owns the Bedminster course. I think that's a violation that can usually get you kicked out of a particular club. 

DAVID WESTIN (Bloomberg/CBS guest host): No kidding. This is a mortal sin, actually, if you're a golfer. A mortal sin. 

GAYLE KING: David, as Norah knows, I don't play golf. But I’m thinking, are golfers just clutching their pearls? You’re looking at that going, “No!” 

O’DONNELL: Yes. Yes, they are

KING: But he owns the course. Does that matter? 

O’DONNELL: Well, it’s the green. They are expensive to upkeep  

WESTIN: Imagine what the green keepers are thinking. 

O’DONNELL: They’re the ones that are really — 

KING: They’re really clutching their pearls. 

Today
6/23/17
7am

MATT LAUER: A golden rule of golf broken. You won’t believe who is behind the wheel today. 

7:01 

LAUER: As a golfer, I’m gasping over that last story. But I’ll save my outrage for later. 

7:51

MATT LAUER: All right. I need a moment. Dylan's over in the orange room with a story that pains me as a fan of the sport of golf. Dylan? 

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: It's all right. 

DYLAN DREYER: I'm right there with you, Matt. We all know that President Trump loves the game of golf. He owns nearly 20 golf courses and has held countless tournaments so you would think that he would know the game's etiquette pretty well. Well, a newly surfaced video begs to differ. We have to warn you, for golfers out there, this may disturb you. 

So, take a look at this. Driving all over the green at Trump National Golf Club in new Jersey. That is a major no-no for anyone who knows the game and as you can imagine, the reaction online to this video is a mash-up of sports etiquette and politics. So let's dig right in. Chris writes, “This is unacceptable, driving on the green. Sad.” While Aaron tweets, “He owns the course, he can drive wherever he wants on it.” Makes a good point there. Brian writing, “I don't golf and even I know that's not acceptable” and even some Trump supporters saying, “This is the first thing President Trump has done that I didn't like. I feel guilty even walking on the green sometimes. How do you guys feel about this? 

LAUER: Yeah, that's not good. That really isn't good. It's a nice golf course, by the way, but to take a heavy golf cart and to ride right across the green, that just breaks every rule of golf. 

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In Letter To Trump, Cecile Richards Lies: 'They Will Have Nowhere Else to Go'

On June 20, 2017, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote a misleading open letter to Donald Trump just before his visit to Iowa. She called her multi-million dollar abortion organization “lifesaving” and claimed that Planned Parenthood closures would cause many to lose health care - among blatant other lies.

Inviting the President to visit Iowan Planned Parenthood clinics, Richards wrote:

“Since the first days of your administration, women’s health care has been under assault - endangering the lives of low-income women around the globe, undermining a woman’s ability to decide if and when to have a child, and making it harder for people to have and raise a family...Your health care repeal bill will cause millions of women to lose their insurance, could allow insurers to drop maternity coverage, and block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventative care at Planned Parenthood.”

“Richards bemoaned the fact that in Iowa, “14,600 women will no longer be able to see their trusted health care provider for cancer screenings, STD testing and birth control. For many, they will have nowhere else to go for this basic care.”

On June 22, Bustle affirmed and repeated Richards’ lies in a piece they wrote on the letter:

“Cecile Richards invited Trump to visit Planned Parenthood clinics...The proposed health care bill, which could be up for a vote before the Senate's July 4 recess, has been heavily criticized for potentially taking away subsidies for things like birth control, STD and HIV testing following sexual assault, and maternity care — all issues that millions of low-income women turn to Planned Parenthood clinics for.”

Yet Richard’s rhetoric on the impact of Planned Parenthood closures in Iowa is, for the most part, false. According to the State Data Center of Iowa, nearly 1.6 women live in the midwestern state - which, according to Richard’s own statements, means less than 1 percent of Iowan women actually use Planned Parenthood services. That “many” of these women “will have nowhere else to go” for cancer screenings and STD testing is simply false.

Data from the Charlotte Lozier Institute reveals that for every one Planned Parenthood clinic, there are 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers - which, like Planned Parenthood, receive federal grants and accept Medicaid. FQHCs don’t provide abortions, but - far more importantly - do provide cancer screenings and STD testing. FQHCs, like Planned Parenthood, also primarily treat persons of low income.

Richards’ claim that defunding Planned Parenthood “could...block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventative care at Planned Parenthood,” is actually entirely true - but only for those seeking care at Planned Parenthood, which, under the new health care law, would not receive federal funds. People with Medicaid coverage would be able to access an even wider variety of health care services at FQHCs.

The key difference between FQHCs and Planned Parenthood clinics is this: the founders of FQHCs aim to provide the uninsured with good health care; the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist. And I’m sure Cecile Richards knows as much.

Mika Brzezinski on Trump's America: ‘It Does Feel Like a Developing Dictatorship’

In an exchange on June 23, MSNBC Morning Joe Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough went on a rapid fire, rambling analogy rant, comparing President Trump to a developing dictator, the leader of North Korea, and the bumbling, buffoonish Nazis of a 60s TV sitcom.

“You can do some work reading history,” Brzezinski said, “and reading books about how dictatorships happen, the development of very negative forces taking over. And what you are seeing is either this, happening right now, or someone who’s not well. There’s very few options.”

“I think it’s actually more like Hogan’s Heroes, you know, than anything else” Scarborough interjected, referring to the 60s comedy about clever Allied prisoners repeatedly outsmarting their bumbling Nazi guards. “Oh, we have a Sergeant Schultz, and we have a [Colonel] Klink.”

Brzezinski also brought up an interview she had with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meachem the day before, where she set him up to compare Trump to Kim Jong Un. “He stretched as best he could to Nixon, and then we had to move outside the United States of America to find a parallel, and I believe it was North Korea.”

This type of exchange is becoming more and more common for Morning Joe, with Scarborough and Brzezinski going from remotely diagnosing Trump with dementia on May 2, to comparing him to “a kid pooping their pants” on June 1.

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PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS:

BRZEZINSKI: It’s sad for the country. This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way. Can anyone go back in history –

SCARBOROUGH: “Well, you asked Jon Meacham yesterday.

BREZEZINSKI: I tried

SCARBOROUGH: He went back to Thor.

BRZEZINSKI: He stretched as best he could to Nixon, and then we had to move outside the United States of America to find a parallel, and I believe it was –

SCARBOROUGH: Ok. So, I can’t wait to hear –

BRZEZINSKI: North Korea.

SCARBOROUGH: What Kasie Hunt has to say, once we read the news on –

BRZEZINSKI: It does feel like a developing dictatorship. Anyhow. Senate Republicans rolled out their healthcare bill today, and it took little time before they were met with internal resistance.

SCARBOROUGH: See, that’s the sort of thing – that’s an inside voice saying what you just said.

BRZEZINSKI: No, it’s not.

SCARBOROUGH: You say you want to be like Greta [Van Susteren], who’s like – Greta pulls back before she says things like that.

BRZEZINSKI: I’m going to actually channel Greta, and have an even tone. But I will say you can do some work reading history, and reading books about how dictatorships happen, the development of very negative forces taking over. And what you are seeing is either this, happening right now, or someone who’s not well. There’s very few options.

SCARBOROUGH: I think it’s actually more like Hogan’s Heroes, you know, than anything else. Oh, we have a Sergeant Schultz, and we have a Klink.

AP Buries News That DNC Rejected DHS Help to Fight Hacking

Until I read Wednesday evening's dispatch from the Associated Press by Deb Riechmann and Richard Lardner, I had no idea that the secretaries of state and boards of election throughout the land had surrendered their roles in compiling election results to the Associated Press.

Now I know better. In a report which primarily concerned former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's appearance earlier that day before the House Intelligence Committee, the AP buried news that the Democratic National Committee had refused DHS's help after its systems were allegedly hacked, but also told readers that prior to Election Day, Johnson "contacted the Associated Press, which counts votes."

The AP pair buried what should have been the lede in their dispatch's final two paragraphs:

Johnson said he doesn't know whether the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails and other Moscow-directed interference "did in fact alter public opinion, and thereby alter the outcome of the presidential election." He said he was frustrated DHS learned of the hack into the DNC late in the game and said the committee refused help because it was using a private cyber security firm.

"In retrospect, it would be easy for me to say that I should have bought a sleeping bag and camped out in front of the DNC in late summer," Johnson said.

Johnson's testimony, combined with former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony in January that "the bureau requested but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee’s email servers and other hacked devices," means that there has been no confirmation from a government investigatory agency that the DNC was "hacked" at all, and that the media continues to assume that the "hacking" occurred based solely on the assessment of an outside firm with apparent conflicts of interest and basic problems with credibility.

The Hill also reported on Comey's January testimony, indicating that the FBI instead had to rely on "CrowdStrike, the private security firm ... (which) published extensive forensic analysis backing up its assessment that the threat groups that infiltrated the DNC were associated with Russian intelligence." But in March, CrowdStrike "revised and retracted statements it used to buttress claims of Russian hacking during last year's American presidential election campaign," and that "some cybersecurity experts have questioned its evidence."

It's absurd that Johnson's testimony that the DNC refused help from his agency didn't lead the AP's story.

Instead, reporters Riechmann and Lardner spent much of the previous verbiage in their report claiming retroactively, with the help of Johnson's convenient Wednesday testimony, that election systems in 21 states may have been "hacked," only to acknowledge later that even if such "meddling" occurred, which  as far as I can tell no one has demonstrated, that they had no direct electoral impact.

As has so often been the case since the Russian obsession began, the wire service also began the festivities with a deliberately scary and presumptive headline:

US OFFICIALS UNDERSCORE RUSSIA THREAT TO 2016 ELECTIONS

U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season.

Officials also revealed what appeared to be a breakdown in communications about how severe the threat appeared, and they reported tensions the Obama administration faced in trying to publicly warn of meddling in the face of a skeptical then-candidate Donald Trump.

What a pathetic excuse. Are we really supposed to believe that it's Donald Trump's fault that the Obama administration, if it genuinely believed there were credible threats to election system integrity, didn't or wouldn't do its job?

Well no, because four paragraphs later, the AP finally told readers that this "threat," if it even existed, had no tangible electoral results:

Johnson said Russian hacking didn't change election totals, but he can't be sure other meddling didn't influence public opinion.

"It is not for me to know to what extent the Russian hacks influenced public opinion and thereby influence the outcome of the election," he said.

What is this "other meddling"? How would unsuccessful or even successful hacking "influence public opinion"? Was Johnson promoting the long-debunked and discredited theory that "fake news" produced by questionable and supposedly Russian-sponsored overseas clickbait sites changed some voters' minds?

Beyond that, based on DHS's actual conduct before the election, the supposed "Russian hacks" to which Johnson referred didn't happen.

Johnson and apparently almost everyone in the press and on the left want us to believe that a hack is any attempt to break in to a computer system. It's not, at least if one relies on the word's dictionary definition, which requires (meaning #7 at link) one of the following:

  • to modify (a computer program or electronic device) or write (a program) in a skillful or clever way.
  • to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file,etc.), usually with malicious intent.

Seven paragraph after covering Johnson's discussion of "Russian hacks," the AP finally got to separate Senate Intelligence Committee testimony given by several secretaries of state, including Indiana's, who told the committee that Johnson had essentially told them that no hacking as the dictionary defines it had occurred, or was even on the radar:

Connie Lawson, Indiana secretary of state and president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said there were three conference calls led by Johnson with top state election officials about attempts to compromise state elections systems.

She said the calls occurred on Aug. 15, Sept. 8 and Oct. 12. "Each time Secretary Johnson was directly asked about specific, credible threats and each time he confirmed that none existed," Lawson said.

Johnson said in the late summer and into the fall, he was very concerned about the meddling in state election systems and that the department encouraged states to seek assistance from DHS.

The AP reporters never explained how Lawson's specific conference call recollections about "no credible threats" and Johnson's current claim that he was "very concerned about the meddling" could possibly exist in the same universe.

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But all this concern about the integrity of state elections systems is apparently irrelevant, based on the following two paragraphs found near the end of the AP dispatch:

... (Johnson) also said he contacted The Associated Press, which counts votes, and its CEO, Gary Pruitt.

"Prior to Election Day, I also personally reviewed with the CEO of The Associated Press its long-standing election-day reporting process, including the redundancies and safeguards in its systems," Johnson said.

Either Johnson really believes that the AP "counts votes," and as such would serve as some kind of backstop against electoral hacking, or reporters and Riechmann and Lardner believe that, and are the most ignorant political reporters on earth. That verbiage is so clumsy that one can't tell for sure. What a choice.

Attributing special Election Night importance to AP is beyond ridiculous. The only thing AP needed to do its job on Election Night was robust online access to the states' election results web sites, just like everyone else on earth. Beyond that, it attempted to project election results, but so did the various broadcast and cable networks, several major newspapers, and dozens of other independent websites.

Why Johnson cared at all about "redundancies and safeguards" in the AP's reporting process is quite bizarre and potentially quite disturbing.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

Trump in the Meathouse

An unlikely, yet perfect in some ways, metaphor from an iconic film.

Why Finsbury Park and London Bridge Are Not Alike

When it comes to cultures, leftists live in a multicultural dreamland and utterly refuse to be awakened. 

Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West

The modern German mentality is in many ways a mutation or an update of the same mentality that has guided Germany since the eighteenth century.

Trump’s Presidency Reaffirms Nationalism over the Globalist Ideal

Despite their promise for a more peaceful world, the United Nations and every multilateral group have been a disappointment if not a failure.  President Trump is the antidote.

Trump Derangement Syndrome and the Religious Impulse

Some Progressives are not just apoplectic about the recent presidential election, but actually epileptic.

NY Daily News Makes Case for Warriors to Visit White House

The New York Daily News has provided a lot of space to reporting on whether or not the NBA champion Golden State Warriors will, or should, visit the Donald Trump White House to celebrate their 2017 title. Evan Grossman wrote the Warriors would be "jerks" to skip a White House visit and now Jake Becker reports the team's head coach, Steve Kerr, is open to a visit.

Kerr said, "I, like many of our players, am very offended by some of Trump's words and actions. On the other hand, I do think there's something to respecting the office, respecting our institutions, our government. And I think it could make a statement in a time where there's so much divide and everybody seems to be angry with each other."

Furthermore, Kerr said: "It might be a good statement for us to go and to show that, hey, let's put this aside, put all this partisan stuff aside and personal stuff aside, respect the institution. And maybe even if one of you players wants to voice your concerns over what's happening, what better opportunity to do so? Now, that may be incredibly idealistic. But I would want to at least bring that up with our players as an option rather than coming out and saying, 'No way. I'm not going.'"

Becker also says the Warriors have not met as a team about a White House visit because an invitation has not yet been extended. However, if an invitation is still a possibility, Kerr is offering an olive branch:

“But I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought. And everybody knows I've been a very outspoken critic of Trump, and as a result, maybe we won't even get the invitation. But I do think it's very important to consider a potential invitation because I think it could have really positive ramifications if we did go.”

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Grossman told the Warriors to "stop being jerks and enjoy your championship." He asked, " And further, what kind of statement does it make if pro athletes decline an invitation? Refusing to meet with Trump, rejecting an invitation for a photo op, accomplishes less than nothing. Not showing up does not create dialogue; it creates silence." Not visiting the White House would be equivalent to Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem, Grossman argues.

But there's "one" in every crowd, be it reporters or the people they cover. Golden State forward Andre Iguodala foolishly thinks the whole issue may be a moot point because he says Trump might not even be president much longer. The New York Daily News writer Christian Red cited a USA Today quote by Iguodala to that effect: “I think we handle (the White House situation) when it gets there. I mean, it may be different. There might be somebody different in (office). That’s a realistic thing to say though, right? So you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

This hair-brained statement brings two thoughts to mind: Iggy is now qualified for work at MSNBC, and he proves that, as Mark Twin said, it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads

Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision didn’t come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers.

The Hill–Bannon: Trump’s Strategy Is ‘Let the Warfighters Fight the War’


In contrast to the prior administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to the president’s Chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump prefers to leave tactical military decisions up to the military. Max Greenwood writes at The Hill: White House chief strategist Steve Bannon cast President Trump’s defense policy as one that puts military power into the hands of the “warfighters.” “The President believes the best thing to do is to let the warfighters fight the war,” Bannon told CNN. But the chief strategist also said that Trump has ultimately held onto his ability to oversee “anything important on the warfighting side,” according to CNN, adding that he has remained deeply involved in developing military strategy. “He hasn’t given up any of the strategic decisions,” Bannon said. Trump has increasingly empowered the Pentagon and military leaders to make tactical military decisions, breaking from the precedent of White House oversight carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past, CNN reported. Read the rest of the story here:

TBS: North Korean Terrorists Taking Over White House Would be Better Than Trump

In a commercial promoting an upcoming showing of the movie Olympus Has Fallen, centered around the plot of North Korean terrorists violently seizing control of the White House and holding the President of the United States hostage, cable channel TBS edited clips of the film to make it seem like fictitious national security officials were relieved and thrilled by that prospect. A not-so-subtle reference to the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald Trump.  

The promo began with one of the terrorists telling the Speaker of the House, played by Morgan Freeman, and a room of various other actors playing the roles of military commanders and intelligence officials: “I have your commander-in-chief.” A general asks: “Who are you?” The terrorist replies: “I am the man in control of your White House.”

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The words appear on screen: “What if the president was no longer in control.” After a long pause, the room of worried leaders erupts into sighs of relief, applause, and cheering. One actress could be heard declaring: “Finally some good news.”

Cutting back to the terrorists talking in Korean, a phony subtitle appeared: “Why are they so happy?”

Such a gratuitous slam of Trump shouldn’t surprise viewers, given that this is the same channel that puts left-wing bomb thrower Samantha Bee on the air.

NPR Sides With Leftist LGBT Activists Targeting 'Cruel' Catholic Bishop

NPR blatantly slanted against a Catholic bishop in Illinois who recently instructed his priests to deny the Eucharist, last rites, and funerals to homosexuals in civil marriages. The public radio outlet filled their Friday write-up on Bishop Thomas Paprocki's decree with quotes from four activists who dissent against the Catholic Church's teachings on sexuality. While the article included excerpts from the cleric's document, as well as from a statement from his diocese, they failed to interview anyone conservative or orthodox to provide more balance to the four dissenters.

Correspondent Laurel Wamsley highlighted near the beginning of her article, "Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses," that Bishop Paprocki had issued "a set of norms on same-sex marriage and related pastoral issues that he says are the policy of the diocese." Wamsley summarized the bishop of Springfield's instructions:

Paprocki's decree bans priests and parish staff from performing same-sex marriages or allowing same-sex weddings or receptions at any Catholic facilities. People in same-sex marriages "should not present themselves for Holy Communion, nor should they be admitted to Holy Communion." A person in a same-sex marriage who is facing death may only receive communion after expressing "repentance for his or her sins."...Paprocki writes that "unless they have given some signs of repentance before their death," people in same-sex marriages may not receive a Catholic funeral.

The NPR journalist didn't mention that the hierarch concluded his decree by reminding his priests that "while being clear and direct about what the Church teaches, our pastoral ministry must always be respectful, compassionate and sensitive to all our brothers and sisters in faith.

Wamsley devoted 12 out of the remaining 17 paragraphs of her report to the quotes from the dissenters. She first turned to two leaders of DignityUSA, which she described as a "LGBT Catholic group." However, she omitted that the organizaton has a long track record of dissent against the Church's teachings on marriage. An October 2014 report about the group by CBS News pointed out that Dignity peformed a same-sex wedding ceremony for "LGBTQ activist" Brendan Fay and his partner.

The journalist noted that DignityUSA's new president, Christopher Pett, denounced Bishop Paprocki's document as "mean-spirited and hurtful in the extreme." She also cited the organization's executive director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, who contended that it was "simply cruel and shameful to refuse burial or Communion to those who seek the grace and comfort that our Church offers at some of the most difficult moments of life."

Before quoting from her third socially-left activist, Wamsley disclosed that the Springfield Diocese had issued a statement on the controversy: "Regarding the specific issue of funeral rites, people who had lived openly in same-sex marriage, like other manifest sinners that give public scandal, can receive ecclesiastical funeral rites if they have given some signs of repentance before their death." This excerpt referenced the Church's code of canon law, which regulates who may or may not receive Catholic funerals.

The NPR correspondent then set aside five paragraphs to quotes from Michael Sean Winters, whom she described as being a "columnist at National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper." Just as in the case of DignityUSA, she failed to mention the Reporter has a decades-long history of providing a platform for heterodox activists. They left out that Winters is a Democrat who had a book party in 2008 at the home of George Stephanopoulos for his tome Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats

Winters first asserted, "I can't imagine a cruder thing more at cross purposes with what the Holy Father [Pope Francis] is trying to do." The liberal columnist later made an outlandish claim about Bishop Paprocki's peers: "Privately, 95 percent of other bishops in the U.S. are reading [the decree] and are horrified. Even the ones who are pretty arch on same-sex marriage think this is too far." How would Winters know this?

Wamsley followed her earlier bias by omission with her final Catholic dissenter, Christopher Hale, by merely noting that he "co-edits an online journal for young Catholics called Millennial." She didn't mention that Hale "helped lead national Catholic outreach for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign," as his National Catholic Reporter bio revealed. The editor stated that "a church that excludes the LGBT community is a church without a future," and that "no one goes to the grave without sin....Every Catholic deserves a Catholic funeral."

Hale, along with all of his confreres, should spend more time brushing up on Church teaching and canon law, instead of doing all in their power to change it to suit their left-wing agenda.

CNN Under Fire: ‘Very Fake News’ Network Hit from All Sides as Breitbart Investigation Forces Rare Retraction


The network President Donald Trump has identified as a "very fake news" outlet is under fire from all sides as it was forced to retract a blatantly inaccurate hit piece on President Trump and his associates in the wake of a Breitbart News investigation this weekend.

Another Terrible Review for ‘Poseur’ Megyn Kelly: ‘Shallow’ Talent Lacks ‘Acumen’ & ‘Magnetism’

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Another day, another terrible review for NBC News talent Megyn Kelly in the establishment media. The Boston Globe’s television critic Matthew Gilbert ripped Kelly for lacking both the charisma and the acumen to be successful at NBC News.

It Happens Every Time

Manchester, May 2017: The dead and wounded were White — the attacker was non-White. Why, in the name of God, was it necessary for the media to repeatedly and almost continuously invoke the name of Anders Breivik when reporting on these murders? When White people are targeted by non-White killers,

Nation’s Mayors Pledge Own Paris Agreement: ‘Can’t Depend on Our National Government Anymore’


Mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach this weekend took a tour of streets that have been raised in anticipation of rising sea levels and pledged to uphold the goals of the Paris climate change agreement that former President Barack Obama signed onto and from which President Donald Trump withdrew.

Toobin Whines That Media Isn’t Talking About GOP Harming the Poor

CNN hosts once again trotted out Jeffrey Toobin, their left-wing political commentator dressed up as a legal analyst, to trash Republicans. Toobin on Thursday expressed his frustration that the media is being distracted by Trump’s tweets when they could be talking about the horrors of the GOP health bill.

He whined, “We are not talking about millions of people are going to lose their health insurance and a tax cut for wealthy people.” In other words, don’t let the Trump bashing get in the way of the Trump bashing.

Acura, Benjamin Moore, and TD Ameritrade ran ads following the segment.

See the more complete transcript below:

9:07 PM ET

ANDERSON COOPER: Jeff, I mean, you know, I certainly agree what Ken said about how he -- the president -- or the candidate used Twitter to great effect during the campaign. You know, every attorney, you've said this, Alan Dershowitz has said this. Every attorney we've had on has said, "Look, I would advise the president to stop doing this." The president has now very good attorneys, personal attorneys, you know, and Jay Sekulow being the latest one. They seem unable or unwilling or not interested in stopping him.

JEFFREY TOOBIN: He's the client. The client's in charge. The client does what the client wants. Lawyers can only give advice. And, you know, Donald Trump, big television watcher, saw us night after night during the campaign saying, "Oh, it's all over." You know, the "Access Hollywood" tape, his comments about John McCain, Megyn Kelly. And we were wrong and he was right and he won. And I think he feels like he has an understanding of communication with the public that is better than his advisers, better than his lawyers. It certainly doesn't make a lot of sense to me. But the truth is, every minute we are talking about these tweets. We are not talking about millions of people are going to lose their health insurance and a tax cut for wealthy people. You know, we're going to talk about later in the program, but, you know, was it calculated to distract attention? It beats the hell out of me. I do not know.

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WATCH – Israel Releases Video of Retaliatory Airstrikes Targeting Syrian Military


TEL AVIV - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday night released video footage showing the Israel Air Force earlier today carrying out three retaliatory strikes targeting Syrian Army positions inside Syria from which ten mortars were reportedly fired into the Jewish state earlier in the day.

Smithsonian Magazine Mocks Memory of Conservative Talk Show Host Joe Pyne

The basic subject matter of an article in the June edition of the Smithsonian Magazine is actually quite interesting. It is about the ongoing restoration of many videotapes of the old Joe Pyne television show. Unfortunately, the author, Kevin Cook, chose to use this restoration as a way to slam not only the generally conservative Joe Pyne but current conservatives in the media as well. 

However, despite Cook's petty slams, his article does provide some interesting information about Joe Pyne who many consider the father of entertaining talk radio and television interviewing. The good news is that sometime in the near future the public will have access to many Joe Pyne interviews long thought to be lost.

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Charles Churchman throws a switch on a half-ton video console in a converted barn in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. “Well, that won’t do,” he says. The oversized reel-to-reel console, complete with wave-form monitors and oscilloscopes, looks like a relic of the Gemini program. Churchman, 69, restores obsolete videotapes in his cluttered workshop. Twisting dials and pushing buttons, he reverses the crinkly 50-year-old tape in the machine, clears a dot of rust from it, restarts the tape, color-corrects the image. “That’s better,” he says. “I mean, Joe Pyne was a lot of things, but he wasn’t green.”

Churchman is one of several techies, archivists and vintage-TV fans who hope to save “The Joe Pyne Show” from history’s scrapheap. He’s the mad scientist of the bunch, a self-taught engineer who can transform strips of moldy, decades-old videotape into crisp digital images. He first heard about Pyne from his client Alexander Kogan Jr., president of Films Around the World, a decade ago. Kogan, whose firm restores and markets classic movies and TV programs, had discovered a trove of long-lost tapes in his collection: more than 100 episodes of Pyne’s once-famous talk show on reels of two-inch videotape that weighed 28 pounds apiece. Many were in bad shape, the iron oxide that fixed the image to its acetate base flaking off. Churchman, the video savant, restored a few at a time. He has yet to work on dozens of tapes that feature interviews with some of the most polarizing figures of the 1960s.

Okay, so far so good. The petty potshots come later. At least for now the article is informative.

Nearly forgotten today, Joe Pyne ran roughshod over America’s airwaves in the 1950s and ’60s. A charismatic bully in a jacket and tie, he grilled hippies, Black Panthers, “pinkos,” “fairies” and “women’s libbers,” practically inventing the attack interview. The New York Times called him “the ranking nuisance of broadcasting...hitting a jackpot by making a virtue of bad manners and wallowing in the cheap sensationalism of an electronic peepshow.” To Time magazine he was “Killer Joe, host of a tasteless electronic peepshow.” By 1968 Pyne had more than ten million viewers a week—comparable to the audience Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly combined to reach last year.

According to media historian Donna Halper, author of Icons of Talk, “Pyne was one of broadcasting’s truly unique figures—the original angry talker. He rose from the lowest level of radio and founded the modern TV shoutfest.”

Got that? A "charismatic bully" and an "angry talker." In fact, if you watch his few surviving videotapes, Pyne seemed to be enjoying himself. Hardly angry.

Pyne died in 1970. He was 45. Had he lived, he might have lasted long enough to lecture Hannity, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Rush Limbaugh and other rabble-rousers on how much they owed him. “When it comes to manipulating media,” says media critic Halper, “he was the father of them all.”

Cook takes the ghost of Joe Pyne in order to smear talk hosts such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh as "rabble-rousers."

One of Pyne’s protégés, the controversial radio shouter Bob Grant, followed his mentor Pyne as a talk show shouter in Los Angeles before moving to New York, where Grant paved the way for his successor at WABC, Sean Hannity. Hannity had first gained national attention subbing for Rush Limbaugh, another Bob Grant fan.

Now Pyne is labeled as a "talk show shouter" as the author includes the late Bob Grant in his slam-fest.

Even Vice President Mike Pence, who hosted a right-wing talk show in Indiana in the 1990s, was a successor of Pyne’s. (Soft-spoken Pence described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”)

When a writer uses the term "right-wing" you pretty much know where his bias is coming from.

What seems to be overlooked in this article is that many of Joe Pyne's shows were non-political and flat out entertaining in a very funny way. An example is the following clip from the Joe Pyne show which featured someone with the worst hair dye job in his history as he is confronted by his very angry son-in-law. Comedy chaos ensues.

Fun Fact: The young man with glasses who rushes onto the stage in the light colored jacket is Steve Kane, one of the Joe Pyne Show producers. After he left that show he became the host of the longest running radio show in Florida history.

EXCLUSIVE: Mexican Cartel Spying on U.S. Cops in Plot to Identify, Murder Informants in Arizona


A Mexican transnational criminal group aligned with the Sinaloa Federation (Sinaloa Cartel) is performing a surveillance operation on U.S. soil against U.S. law enforcement personnel. The cartel is attempting to identify U.S. law enforcement agents' confidential informants so that the sources can be murdered.

California Travel Ban May Keep Its Schools Out of Final Four, Football Championship

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California's Democratic-controlled government fought tooth-and-nail with the Trump administration about its travel ban, but has no problem imposing a travel ban of its own to forbid its employees from traveling to other states that don't share its progressive agenda.

People Loads Up '100 Reasons to Love America' List with Liberal Items

The cover story of the July 3 edition of People magazine carries the theme “100 Reasons to Love America,” and number one is Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. It’s odd enough that the four-page article never mentions Buzzfeed's attempt to scald them for attending a church opposing same-sex marriage.

Then came “99 More Reasons to Love America”…which largely skipped over the liberty-and-justice-for-all part and lunged into the typical liberal messaging, starting at #10, for “March Madness,” not the college basketball tournament, but “Standing up for women, science and more to exercise our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”

The #96 reason to love America was Jack Schlossberg, the son of Caroline Kennedy and the grandson of JFK. Oh, it starts with a mention of “freedom and equality,” and then comes the Trump-bashing (without naming him).

I love that I am free to say that I don’t love the new trajectory of American leadership. I am horrified by our government’s proposed immigration ban, I’m embarrassed that the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and I’m frustrated that our government is attempting to take away health care for millions. I love how many Americans are speaking out against these developments that are antithetical to the values that made America the greatest nation on earth.

Jack also loves protein powder and making jokes on the Internet. People also makes weird Love-America choices in food, including American cheese, Spam, and the dreadful Unicorn Frappucino at Starbucks. Trader Joe’s is honored with this message: “As much religion as grocery store.”

The #27 reason to love America was Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer & Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.” To inhabit Trump, Baldwin told Stephen Colbert, “left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down. Shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.” That’s liberal MAGA, apparently.

The anti-Trump note continued in #47, a 2020 presidential ticket of The Rock and Tom Hanks, and #49 with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, atheist scold. “With the issues before us like climate and energy, science literacy is urgent,” he says. Melinda Gates is #69, touting how her foundation “invest in contraceptives around the world,” so women can “space their pregnancies.” There’s no mention of their support for international abortion advocates.

Openly gay People editorial director Jess Cagle also hit a scale of LGBT notes, honoring Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly, the “Will & Grace revival,” Project Runway-winning fashion designer Christian Siriano, Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, and Barry Jenkins, who made the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, about a black, gay teenager.

Number 81 was “Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” which saved Jimmy Kimmel’s son: “Kimmel used the platform of his late-night show to praise CHLA and to advocate for health care for all children, regardless of financial need or preexisting conditions.”

Comedian Aziz Ansari was #85, described as “a gentle voice of reason in a harsh world.” Um…they must have missed the episode of Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None where he had a character say of Justice Clarence Thomas “F--- his ass.” 

There are two nods to Republicans. Number 60 is the “George W. Bush and Michelle Obama friendship.” Number 28 was Meghan McCain. She had a red-state list of what makes America great: “Freedom, the men and women who serve in the military, country music, Kentucky bourbon, the Grand Canyon, blackjack in Las Vegas and barbecue.”

U.S. Ambassador: ‘As an American, I Have to Support Gay Marriage All Over the World’


The Obama-appointed ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm, has stoked a national debate on the role of U.S. diplomacy abroad by openly advocating same-sex marriage as the country deliberates over a proposed constitutional amendment affirming traditional marriage.

Losing: The Failing New York Times Set to Lay Off More Staff, Including Reporters


Peddling fake news does not, in fact, equate to a long-term successful business strategy, reporters for The New York Times are learning the hard way.

Lying Figures

Promotional advertisements for Hidden Figures, a film that tries to convince us that without Blacks, there would have been no US space program by David Sims WHEN I PUBLICLY stated that only the White race has what it takes to send human beings to the Moon, a typical miseducated American responded, saying,…

Joy Reid: Maybe Americans Will Get Used to Living in an ‘Authoritarian State’


Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” host Joy Reid reacted to the White House holding press briefings off-camera, saying that maybe Americans will get used to living in an “authoritarian state.” “This is the United States and I think Americans are not accustomed yet, maybe they will get accustomed to it over the next four years, to living in an authoritarian state,” Reid said. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Harvard Poll: Two-Thirds Say Russia Investigations ‘Hurting Country’


A Harvard University poll has found that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the FBI’s Russia investigations are “hurting the country" and a majority believe it is time for Congress and the establishment media to "move on to other issues." The poll comes on the heels of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that found that half of Americans believe the media’s Russia coverage has been “irresponsible/overdramatized.”

Chairman Mao in America: White Schoolchildren in North Carolina Forced to Apologize for/Confess Their White Privilege

I keep telling people that communism isn’t dead and that it’s right here in the USA, but few of them believe me. This confession/apology stuff is very similar to what was found in communist China: under Chairman Mao’s leadership, Chinese citizens were forced to publicly admit/confess to and apologize for various political “crimes” [1][2].

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[1] About the so-called “struggle sessions” in communist China: “In general, the victim of a struggle session was forced to admit to various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse the victim until he or she confessed…Lately, the term “struggle session” has come to be applied to any scene where victims are publicly badgered to confess imaginary crimes under the pretext of self-criticism and rehabilitation.” — Wikipedia

[2] China’s communism is, or was, Marxist/Leninist, although it was different from Soviet communism since it was peasant/farmer/agriculture based

Polls: Public Sides with Trump on ‘Fake News’ Media Bias


The general public agrees with Republicans and President Donald Trump that the establishment press are biased against Republicans and the Trump administration, according to recent national polls.

Dem Rep Cohen: Senate GOP Health Care Bill Is ‘Like Death Part Two’


Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) ripped the Senate Republican health care bill Saturday, calling the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) “deceptive” and “a political scam.” “It’s kind of like death part two,” Cohen said on MSNBC. “It still puts 23 million people out of health care. It destroys Medicaid, which is for the disabled, seniors, poor and pregnant mothers. It is a cruel bill He added, “It’s a deceptive, awful bill that shouldn’t be called a healthcare bill. It’s an entitlement for the rich and it’s a political scam.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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