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Dave Chappelle and Big Tech Rotten Tomatoes: Everyone Is Biased About Everything

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My last actual gig prior to venturing out and founding Less Government – was at the Media Research Center (MRC).

I described MRCs toil as: “We work to expose and catalogue Leftist media bias.”  And then always added “We’re understaffed.”

But I have always held what I know was a minority perspective at the MRC.  On the media – and perhaps all humans everywhere.

MRC’s Mission Statement:

“To create a media culture in America where truth and liberty flourish.”

The MRC at least used to want to get back to the alleged halcyon days of unbiased journalism.

Except there was never any such thing as “unbiased journalism.”  Because human nature.  Humans – are biased.

CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite – was “The Most Trusted Man in America.”  And, we know now, a pronounced Leftist liar.

Because media culture is human culture – truth and liberty will never, ever flourish.  Personal perspectives on things – always will.

The Leftist perspective – has nigh always dominated the news media.

Right now, the Leftist perspective dominates the entertainment media and Hollywood.  But ’twas not always so – at least amongst the actors.

Before there was the heinousness of Rob Reiner and the beautiful ignorance of Alyssa Milano – there was the Golden Era of Tinsel Town.  When Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Bob Hope – and many, many others – were huge stars…and conservative as the day is long.

But in all of this: One word you would never, ever use to describe any of these people – is “unbiased.”

Because humans – are biased.  Because human nature.

Humans do media – so media has been, is, and always will be biased.

When robots start doing journalism – they will reflect the biases of their programmers.

Speaking of media, Hollywood, Big Tech and pronounced bias….

Rotten Tomatoes Gives Dave Chappelle Special Zero Percent Rating

Dave Chappelle – is absolutely one of the funniest people alive.  Even if he simply came on stage and Bill Burr-style extruded a profanity-laced insult-fest of the city in which he was appearing – it would get something higher than…zero.

But you see – Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” special – is an actually funny thing.  (I know – I’ve watched it.)

Which means it draws humor from and pokes fun at – everyone.  And everyone – includes Leftists.

Rotten Tomatoes couldn’t let that go unchecked.  So Rotten Tomatoes – rigged their Chappelle rating:

“Chappelle’s latest hour-long stand-up set for Netflix received an extremely rare 0 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating from five professional critics….”

Wait – only “five professional critics?”  Rotten Tomatoes’ business model is – per their website:

“(T)he leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from critics, we provide fans with a comprehensive guide to what’s Fresh – and what’s Rotten – in theaters and at home….

“The Tomatometer score – based on the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of critical recommendation for millions of fans.”

“Hundreds of…critics….”  So why was the entirety of the Chappelle review – limited to five obviously Leftist, pre-selected-by-Rotten-Tomatoes reviewers?

Because Rotten Tomatoes – is biased.  Because Rotten Tomatoes – is made up of humans.  In modern Hollywood and Big Tech – that means Leftist humans.

An important part of Rotten Tomatoes and its success – is serving as a place where We the Viewing Public can also rate what the “experts” rate.

When Rotten Tomatoes finally published the ratings of We the Viewing Public….:

“Rotten Tomatoes unveiled Chappelle’s special has received an equally rare 99 percent audience score.

“The high audience rating was the cumulative score from at least 3,753 casual reviewers who praised the comedian for daring to broach controversial topics that most comic stars have avoided in the era of ‘cancel culture.’

“Such a stark contrast among critics and regular viewers is almost unheard of and illustrates the wide cultural divide among the general public and media elites.”

This is…oh, I don’t know…about the nine millionth instance of Leftist Big Tech abusing their nigh-monopoly online platforms to screw anyone not in lockstep with their hard Leftism.

Of course, anecdotes of Big Tech Leftist bias – no matter if they number in the infinities – do not add up to data.

So one particular Leftist – delivered us the data on one particularly influential Leftist Big Tech function: Web Search.  How you get answers – when you ask the Internet questions.

Rotten Tomatoes rigging entertainment ratings is…bad.  But not fundamentally transformational of our politics – and thus our nation.

Leftist Big Tech rigging Web searches…is exceedingly awful.  In a great many ways – including politically.

And in 2018, 87.3% of all Web searches in the United States – took place via uber-Left, uber-huge Google (Market Cap: $851 billion).

So when you want to search the Web – you “Google” something.  Both rhetorically – and literally.

So when Google rigs things – they’re rigging nigh everything Americans see on the Web.

We all by our onesies have documented dozens and dozens of instances of Google (and other Big Tech joints) screwing conservatives.

But again, let’s get scientific.  Meet Dr. Robert Epstein – a self-avowed man of the Left.  I would not call him a Leftist – because he’s actually honest.

He’s been studying Big Tech’s political bias – for quite a while:

“Regarding elections, Dr. Epstein has found in multiple studies that search rankings that favor a political candidate drive the votes of undecided voters toward that candidate, an effect he calls SEME (“seem”), the Search Engine Manipulation Effect….

“(B)iased search rankings exercise undue influence over voter’s opinions – influence that cannot be counteracted by individual candidates but that can easily determine who will win a close election.”

Before Dr. Epstein did an in-depth study of Google manipulating voters and potential voters in the lead-up to the 2016 election – he called his shot:

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election – August 19, 2015

Shocker – Google did.

In fact, Dr. Epstein’s study reveals – the election doesn’t even have to be close…to be transformationally affected by Google’s Leftist bias.

“In 2016, I set up the first-ever monitoring system that allowed me to look over the shoulders of a diverse group of American voters — there were 95 people in 24 states,” (Epstein) said….

“The study looked into ‘politically oriented searches’ from a ‘diverse group of American voters,’….

“‘I looked at politically oriented searches that these people were conducting on Google, Bing and Yahoo. I was able to preserve more than 13,000 searches and 98,000 web pages, and I found very dramatic bias in Google’s search results… favoring Hillary Clinton — whom I supported strongly.”

Again: The election doesn’t have to be close – to be won by Google:

“‘That level of bias was sufficient, I calculated, to have shifted over time somewhere between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Hillary without anyone knowing that this had occurred….’”

We have heard INCESSANTLY since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton – that she won the popular vote by about three million votes.  That popular-vote-Clinton-victory – has re-ginned-up the Left’s push to end the electoral college.

And it turns out that if 90%-of-US-Search Google hadn’t uber-rigged their results for Clinton – Trump most likely would have also won the popular vote.  Maybe by a lot.

And how did Google get so uber-huge?  So as to wield such huge, Leftist, stealth political power?

Government cronyism.

Platform, or Publisher?:

“Section 230 of the (1996) Communications Decency Act immunizes online platforms for their users’ defamatory, fraudulent, or otherwise unlawful content. Congress granted this extraordinary benefit to facilitate ‘forum[s] for a true diversity of political discourse.’

“This exemption from standard libel law is extremely valuable to the companies that enjoy its protection, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but they only got it because it was assumed that they would operate as impartial, open channels of communication—not curators of acceptable opinion.”

Get that?  Google and the rest of Big Tech get this massive cronyism – so long as they do not act as “curators of acceptable opinion.”

But Google – and the rest of Big Tech – have done exactly that.  Trillions and trillions of times.

The accumulated tonnage of anecdotes – proves it.

Dr. Epstein’s in-depth study – documents it.

Big Tech is biased – because they’re human.  And human nature…trumps…all.

Thus legislation dependent upon humans not behaving like humans – is folly.

Thus Section 230 – has gots to go.

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Poll: Over 70 Percent of Republican Students Stay Silent About Their Views Out of Fear for Their Grades

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We know that academia is filthy with hard-left leaning professors and students, and it seems like college-aged Republicans are few and far between in academia. As it turns out, they’re not uncommon, they’re just incredibly quiet due to fears that if they’ll speak out, their professors will harm their grades.

According to The College Fix, an online poll from last month showed that Republican students kept their mouths shut about their beliefs by a whopping 73 percent:

The online poll was conducted in late August exclusively for The College Fix by College Pulse, an online survey and analytics company focused on college students. Only students who self-identify as Republican or Republican-leaning were polled.

The question asked: “Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?” Seventy-three percent of students who identity as “strong Republican” reported that they had, while 71 percent of students who identify as “weak Republican” said yes.

Even students who identify as Republican-leaning independents indicated they’ve kept quiet: 70 percent reported they have withheld their political views to protect their grades.

This is a sad ordeal. Higher education is supposed to be where your beliefs and understanding of things are tested, that is true, but not being able to express any beliefs out of fear is horrible.

Students were asked to make comments, and some of them are stories of being singled out by their professors who acted angrily toward them or witnessed a professor fail a student for having a right-leaning paper.

“I wrote a 19 page research paper on a Christian pro-life movement. I was the only one in the class that, when presenting my paper, had a “surprise visitor” (who was the teacher’s very liberal friend) argue [with] me about their views,” wrote a student from Western Kentucky University.

“I actually got yelled at by a professor for my views on gun control. It wasn’t an argument or anything, just plain one-sided insulting,” wrote another student from Notre Dame.

“When writing papers for gen ed classes? Absolutely. I know a guy who chose to write a pro-border wall argumentative essay for our super liberal professor and the prof just wrote “this whole paper is one big fallacy” and bombed him. Me? I wrote about the evils of horse racing. Perfectly safe topic,” wrote a student from Clemson.

“In my sociology class, my professor asked us if we would give our child hormone blockers if they believed they were transgender (that was the day’s lesson). One guy said he would rather teach his daughter to love her body the way it is than change it. She [sat] straight up said “so you would be a bad parent then? What was your name again?” Then she went to type something on her computer. Not a good day for him, I’m sure,” said a student from Arizona State.

College Republican groups are catching on and becoming more popular, but would likely be much larger in size if it weren’t for the fact that many students feel it better to keep their heads down and get the necessary grades to graduate.

Students pay a lot of money to attend Universities and would rather not sacrifice the time, funds, and their future by vocalizing their “wrong-think” in front of their professors. While it’s easy to say that these students should be braver and stand up for themselves, the real attention should be focused on the professors.

Something needs to be done about this infection, and stripping government grants and funding if even one student is failed due to his or her political opinion should be just the start.

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Congrats, You Now Have a Constitutional Right to Harbor Illegal Immigrants

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A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are loaded on to a van, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Granjeno, Texas. At least six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies patrol the five mile zone which is illegal immigration’s busiest corridor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The judiciary is out of control.

A judge in Kansas ruled 8 U.S.C. 1324 is unconstitutional because it supposedly infringes on the first amendment. This ruling is bonkers for a variety of reasons, namely because of what the statute actually says vs. why the judge claims to be invalidating it. It also means a single, lower court judge is once again dictating their whims on the entire country, something that was never imagined to be possible at our founding. With the stroke of a pen, 130 years of duly passed law and precedent is gone. As you’ll see, the conflicts of interests present with this judge leave real questions of whether this is purely political.

Here’s the details per Conservative Review.

KCUR-FM reports that on Wednesday, Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court of Kansas ruled, based on a Ninth Circuit opinion, that 8 U.S.C. §1324, the law prohibiting someone from “encouraging” or “inducing” illegal immigration, is an unconstitutional infringement upon the First Amendment. In doing so, Murguia vacated the convictions of two illegal aliens, Jose Felipe Hernandez-Calvillo and Mauro Papalotzi, who were convicted in August 2018 by a jury for conspiring to encourage illegal aliens to remain here through employment at a drywall company in Lawrence, Kansas. Four others were originally indicted by a grand jury in 2015.

Let’s talk about the legal aspects first.

By this judge’s logic, you can go encourage and induce anyone to commit any crime and it’s not illegal. Want your husband killed? Just ask someone else to do it and you aren’t liable because it’s just free speech, right? I’m being overly broad though. In this case, this wasn’t just about free speech. The convictions that were vacated centered around two other illegal aliens who were encouraging illegal aliens to come work for their drywall company. The judge, based on no logic or legal standing whatsoever, decided that such direct actions to harbor and assist lawbreaking are the same as simply protesting ICE or railing against high taxes.

The truth is, 8 U.S.C. 1324 in noway stops activism and this judge projected his own ridiculous interpretation onto a law that clearly says otherwise.

Rather than rule based on the law, he decided to adopt the ruling of the Ninth Circuit (which doesn’t have jurisdiction in Kansas), which ruled last December that §1324 is “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression.” “The court adopts (the 9th Circuit’s) analysis in full and agrees that (the law) on its face is overbroad under the First Amendment,” said Murguia in a brief bench ruling first reported by KCUR-FM.

This assertion is ridiculous, because the law clearly refers to engaging in subversive and fraudulent activities to encourage or enable actual individual aliens to remain in the country, not mere political advocacy for liberal immigration policies in the abstract. It’s like saying that someone who hates high taxes or gun control laws and advocates against them is the same as a person who actively assists tax cheats and gun felons in achieving the end goal of the criminalized behavior.

If I sell a gun to a felon who can’t own a gun, that’s not free speech. If I harbor an illegal immigrant by giving them a job knowing they are an illegal immigrant, that’s not free speech. It’s helping someone else perpetuate criminal behavior. In every other aspect of our criminal justice system, that’s a crime. This judge decided it’s not for the very specific case of illegal immigration. Why?

Well, we have a pretty good idea of why.

Yet one judge, who worked for an open-borders group named El Centro Inc. and whose sister Janet Murguia is president of La Raza (now called UnidosUS), suddenly thinks conspiring to harbor and encourage illegal immigration violates the First Amendment. Carlos’ sister Mary (who is an identical twin to Janet) is a federal judge on the very Ninth Circuit Court from which he drew this opinion. Judge Mary Murguia once recused herself from a trial involving pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio because of her sister’s leadership of La Raza. Carlos should have done the same thing this week in this case, which involves a law that directly conflicts with the work with the open-borders groups his family is associated with.

It just so happens that this judge’s sister is the president of La Raza, a radical pro-illegal immigration outfit that pushes Hispanic supremacy in a variety of ways. They’ve since changed their name because being called “The Race” didn’t help them avoid criticism. This judge himself also worked for a pro-illegal immigration outfit in his past. All of this adds up to an easy decision for the judge to recuse himself, but he didn’t. Instead, he tortured the law and invented a new constitutional right to harbor and encourage illegal immigration.

No doubt, this case isn’t just about the two convictions being overturned either. This is a green light to sanctuary cities to keep doing what they are doing.

The DOJ needs to come down hard on this.

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Miss Nevada Disqualified from Miss America Pageant and Shamed Over Trump Support

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Everyone has political leanings, and while they may play a role in your decision making, especially in the voting booth, it shouldn’t solely define who you are as a person. In this day and age, many seem to make this the only thing relevant about a person.

Combat veteran and pro-American Katie Williams, 2019’s Miss Nevada winner, is suffering from that very thing as we speak. Apparently, her support for President Donald Trump has just disqualified her from the upcoming Miss America pageant.

Posting a video to Instagram telling the entire story in an eight-minute video, Williams starts off by telling the viewer that she’s been effectively kicked out of the pageant thanks to a director who, at first, seemed to agree with her politics but soon came to seem resentful of Williams’ stances.

At some point, the director wanted her to delete a picture of her with her Trump 2020 hat on and to have a conversation over the phone with her. Williams said she’d rather have conversations over email for both of their legal protection, and refused to take down the picture. Instead, she took the director’s advice of creating a separate non-political page for her pageant work.

This wasn’t enough either.

The director continued to chide her for her political posts and eventually told her that she wouldn’t be a good fit for the pageant. In emails, Williams told the director that the things she posted shouldn’t even be controversial, such as her disdain for Antifa. Williams also notes that some of her fellow pageant contestants post overtly leftist things on their accounts are and aren’t receiving the same amount of pushback.

To cap it all off, Williams had already sent in all the fees and made travel arrangements. The pageant said she could get it all back…if she agrees to certain terms including her relinquishment of the title of Miss Nevada and any mention of her banishment from the Miss America pageant. She would also be forced to keep her family or friends from speaking about it.

Williams chose instead to leave the pageant altogether instead of giving in to these demands.

It’s a sad conclusion to her efforts as a pageant winner, but the story doesn’t have to end there. The treatment of Williams needs to be spread far and wide. There is clearly political bias at work here punishing conservative and/or pro-Trump thought, keeping it from the mainstream, and it needs to exposed.

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Politifact Ponders If Word Choice Even Matters While Refusing to Fact Check a Blatantly False Statement

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This is not a parody. This actually happened.

You may recall a few days ago when Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris (among others) were dinged for blatantly lying about the death of Michael Brown. They claimed it was the fifth anniversary of his “murder” even though multiple investigations found he attacked a police officer, tried to get his gun, and then charged the officer.

You’d think such an obvious lie would be gold for the media and fact-checkers. After all, they are just unbiased umpires calling balls and strikes, right? In reality, it only illicited a few mentions. Simply ignoring the statements even happened was the strategy of the day.

Then Politifact came along, smeared themselves in honey, and ran through the bear exhibit. BTW, if Politifact is “fact-checking” this article, that’s a joke. Politifact did not actually smear themselves in honey and run through a conglomerate of bears.

The article starts off by showing the two tweets by Warren and Harris, one of which I posted above. They then get into their analysis of the matter. Remember this is a “fact-checking” website.

After these tweets came out, PolitiFact heard from numerous readers who asked us to check whether Harris and Warren were correct in calling Brown’s death a “murder.”

There is no question that Wilson killed Brown, and there’s strong evidence that it was not accidental.

No one has claimed the shooting was an accident, so of course there’s strong evidence it wasn’t. It was a justifiable homicide. The officer had been attacked and then was being charged by Brown. Both the local and DOJ investigations found this to be what happened. There is zero evidence to the contrary.

In discussing the case with legal experts, however, we found broad consensus that “murder” was the wrong word to use — a legal point likely familiar to Harris, a longtime prosecutor, and Warren, a law professor.

Ok, so Warren and Harris lied. They get the pants of fire rating, correct? Nah, they chose not to even rate it.

Because the significance of Harris’ and Warrens’ use of the word is open to some dispute, we won’t be rating their tweets on the Truth-O-Meter.

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This is insanity. Every fact check includes some point of dispute. There is not actual factual dispute about what happened to Michael Brown. Just because some liberal professor says that the legal designations shouldn’t matter, that does not mean a lie ceases to become a lie.

Politifact ended with this quote.

“Focusing on the language opens up the opportunity for some to discredit the conversation about police brutality and the criminal justice system in general,” Leopold said.

What…?

If the facts of a case open up the opportunity to discredit a narrative, that means the narrative is suspect. It doesn’t mean you ignore the meaning of words and tacitly endorse the idea that word choice doesn’t matter.

While this article by Politifact isn’t a parody, it certainly reads like one. Politifact has never, ever given any Republican this kind of benefit of the doubt. We’ve seen some fact-checks of Republicans that defy all good faith analysis, with truthful claims being twisted to assign lesser ratings. Yet, here’s two top tier Democrat candidates for 2020 blatantly lying and Politifact won’t even rate their statements. It’s a double standard that’s incredibly obvious.

Laughably, Politifact claims that Elizabeth Warren is very honest, never rating one of her claims below a “half-truth.”

It’s easy to have that kind of record when Politifact refuses to fact check any knowingly false statement by Warren. The game is rigged in this case.

This is the kind of thing that kills faith in the media. If a supposed fact-checker can’t be trusted to ding a Democrat on such an obvious lie, no one will trust them on anything. This was a jump the shark moment and Politifact is still hurtling through the air, skis flailing about. For their sake, I hope they rethink this and put out a new fact check on this matter.

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Donald Trump Jokes About Fredo, Inadvertently Makes the Case Against Red Flag Laws

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Because it’s 2019 and nothing has to make sense, the biggest story in the country today was that a CNN host threatened to assault someone after they called them “Fredo.” If the alien’s are reading this, yes that’s real life right now.

This led to all kinds of hot takes from around the political sphere. CNN came out and ridiculously asserted that Fredo is an “ethnic slur” when it’s clearly nothing of the sort. Liberals who had previously supported the heckling of people like Sarah Sanders suddenly decided it was out of bounds to poke fun at Chris Cuomo out in public.

To be clear, I think the guy who went at Cuomo was a jerk. That doesn’t mean the double standards aren’t still blatantly obvious. Had a major conservative figure told someone they were going to throw them down a flight of stairs, it’d have led to non-stop condemnation and claims of mounting violent rhetoric on the right. Because it’s a left-wing individual though, he’s considered justified. Some conservative voices, who’d have clutch their pearls had this been Don Jr. or Tucker Carlson, even went to bat for Cuomo. You can be assured he won’t return the favor when the time comes.

Regardless, because there was controversy, the Trump signal lit up the sky and he immediately ran to Twitter. That led to his hilarious response to the controversy.

I’m sorry, but if aren’t reading that tweet in your head with Trump’s accent and laughing, you have no sense of humor. Trump wasn’t done poking fun though. He then made fun of Chris Cuomo by asking if he would have his weapons taken away under a red flag law.

The funny thing is, Trump just inadvertently made the case against red flag laws, which he supports for some reason.

Dana’s right. While Trump is obviously just joking, is it that far-fetched to think red flag laws could be abused in this way? Someone gets caught on camera losing their temper. They are reported to a judge who’s generally sympathetic to gun control and he oks the order. Next thing you know that person is having police show up at their house to seize their weapons.

I don’t like Chris Cuomo but I wouldn’t want to see him stripped of his constitutional rights because of a moment of weakness responding to a heckler. I also wouldn’t want someone who’s reading this right now to have their 2nd amendment rights taken away because their vindictive neighbor reported them after an argument about the property line or something. These are real issues that are inherently unavoidable when dealing with red flag laws. There’s currently such a law in Florida and reports are that judges are extremely lax with granting the cool down period, most likely because they don’t want to be accused of inaction if something did happen.

At the end of the day, if red flag laws become law, it will lead to all kinds of questionable decisions regarding the 2nd amendment. We’ve already seen how volatile and partisan the judiciary can be when it comes to dealing with the Trump administration. Is there any doubt many judges would end up unfairly and unconstitutionally enforcing red flag laws?

The answer is simple. We don’t need laws that focus on the tool. We need laws that focus on the cause, and that’s typically mental illness. If someone is such a danger to society via derangement, radicalism, or depression (among other things), then taking their guns away is not a solution. You are dumping them back on the street in the same condition and there are plenty of other ways to cause carnage. Instead, we should be focusing on mental health treatment for such people.

Hopefully, the President and some conservatives re-think the unintended consequences of pushing for red flag laws.

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The Media Has A Narrative To Tell, But More And More It Is Becoming Fiction

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We can pretty much guarantee that, as far as the saga of Erica Thomas goes, the coverage has officially ended.

Yesterday, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that a witness had come forward saying it was Thomas who verbally attacked Eric Sparkes and that she is the one who said “Go back where you came from.” It could very well be that, for lying to the police, Thomas could become the next Jussie Smollett, but it is more likely that this quietly goes away.

Thomas’s story, however, is a story that has become all-too-familiar in the last three years. The media, which has experienced a sudden revival in its urge to question authority and hold it accountable, has lept on every narrative that has proven just how bad Donald Trump is for our country and how toxic his presence has been.

CNN had to retract an entire story filled with made-up accusations about Trump associates. BuzzFeed has not retracted a story saying Michael Cohen told the special counsel Trump ordered him to lie to Congress, but Mueller’s office flat-out denied it and the claim appeared nowhere in Mueller’s report. Those two stories are no longer referred to by anyone, instead having been completely wiped from the memory of most in our media.

As soon as it was revealed that the kids from Covington Catholic did not stop a Native American man and verbally assault him, the story disappeared. People remember the division that came with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but few recall the number of frankly laughable accusations made by activists and pushed by attention-seeking media figures like Michael Avenatti. We conveniently that certain outlets reported on intelligence dossiers that were outright salacious tabloid fodder at best.

All of this has been put out since Trump took office, all with the underlying narrative of “Trump Is Toxic, Part One Thousand” and all had one trait in common: They were too good to be true.

It would have been absolutely perfect to the narrative had a bunch of Catholic school white boys wearing MAGA hats berated a person of color. It would have been outstandingly convenient if the pee tape were real. It would have just beautifully fit if Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a number of women and the accusations came out right as he was up for nomination to the Supreme Court.

Too perfect. Every last story.

Our media operates under the theory of Agenda Setting. In the communications world, the theory is that mass media’s job is to set the agenda, the discussion points for the day, and that the rest of the media world would follow, trickling down until it was in the homes of every American who consumed the news. This theory, as it is practiced, assumes that CNN and the Washington Post and New York Times will start the day with what they feel is the most important topic of the day and everyone would follow.

To an extent, this theory does hold true. People on the left see the headlines and, usually, nod in agreement that this is truly the important thing to focus on. What they are really agreeing on is the angle with which the story is written – most aggressive is the angle that every story somehow, some way ties to Trump – and they will share the links approvingly.

People on the right, then, see the angle and they say “Why are you looking at it like this?” and they point out the obvious bias inherent in these angles (maybe, just maybe, Trump really has nothing to do with some of these issues, and maybe there isn’t always tumult in the White House whenever someone leaks something). So, writers and journalists on the right will then shift the focus of their audience to what they feel the priorities should be.

As you can guess, the result is the natural polarization of what the top stories should be and how they should be covered.

Erica Thomas’s story should not go away. It should be followed through until the end. She is a Democratic politician, a person in power, making her (theoretically) a person journalists should cover with scrutiny. That scrutiny, however, is far more likely to be saved for a time when a Republican does something similarly stupid.  Thomas should be out of a legislative job, and she should be encouraged by her party to just go ahead and sit it out for a long, long time. She won’t be, much like Virginia Governor Ralph Northam won’t be held accountable for wearing blackface and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax won’t be for sexual assault allegations (those are two more stories that got nowhere near the coverage a Republican in similar situations would have gotten).

But, by all means, let us continue to run with stories that fit ever so neatly into preconceived notions, almost all of which have been debunked by this point because the reporting was sloppy. Journalists went into a story knowing how they wanted it to go and ignored key facts along the way that didn’t fit their ideas. It is journalistic malpractice, but it will keep happening with no real repercussions against anyone who commits these sins again (and again and again).

So, when you see journalists online getting mad over the term “fake news” being thrown around in a joking manner, remember that they themselves coined the term and then proceeded to literally write and promote stories that were actually fake news ever since. Until they learn their lessons from these stories, they will continue to earn the moniker for the remainder of Trump’s two terms.

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Don’t Be Gaslit, Today’s Hearings Were a Total Disaster for Robert Mueller and the Democrats

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A few days ago, I opined that today’s hearings with Robert Mueller before Congress would be a total dud. I said that nothing worthwhile would come from them. I also, even though I didn’t write it at the time, felt that Mueller would likely come in and be sharp, able to deflect questioning with some semblance of skill while sticking to his report.

I was wrong. Today was not a dud. It was an abject disaster for Robert Mueller and the Democrats

We actually learned a lot. For instance, that Mueller was simply a figurehead who had very questionable knowledge of his own report. He didn’t know who Fusion GPS was. He claimed the Steele dossier, which was directly related to Russian election interference, was “outside” his purview. We also learned that Mueller is not the sharp edged, ruthless prosecutor he’s been built up as. In fact, he presented himself as a man not in control of all his faculties. He stammered, constantly complained he couldn’t hear, repeated himself, got confused multiple times, and contradicted his own past statements.

In essence, Robert Mueller made the case today, inadvertently, that Republicans have been making for years.

It wasn’t just Republicans pointing out how bad this was for Democrats and Mueller though. Here’s Laurence Tribe, a crazed Trump opponent who’s never met a conspiracy theory he wasn’t willing to fluff. Today’s outcome was even too much for him to spin.

Tribe is right in a sense. This was a disaster and it did certainly set back the efforts to get Donald Trump, but that’s precisely because the rule of law was recognized. Republican members of the committees, in what was a pretty shocking display of competence, actually did an incredible job at exposing Mueller and his investigation for what it was. Some examples were shared on RedState earlier today, such as Matt Gaetz grilling Mueller on the Steele dossier and Jim Jordan evicerating Mueller on not charging Joseph Mifsud for lying to the FBI.

Things were so bad for Mueller and the Democrats that even MSNBC had to admit it.

They’d eventually get Rachel Maddow on the phone to sooth their souls with more conspiratorial nonsense, but for a moment, even the most anti-Trump forces in the media saw the writing on the wall.

This is over.

The American people do not care about this issue and every minute the Democrats spend continuing to push it is only going to hurt their case in 2020. Adam Schiff can continue to lie to to voters but no one is even paying attention to him anymore. It has reached the point where all of the machinations appear pathetic and contrived.

Two things died today. One, Democrat hopes of getting the ball rolling on impeachment are over. Perhaps more surprisingly though is the death of the myth of Robert Mueller. He was supposed to be the finest, smartest, fairest among us. SNL sang Christmas songs to him and liberal sites sold prayer candles bearing his image. Establishment Republicans assured us of his honor and ability. In the end, Mueller himself was revealed to be a sham. He wasn’t even in control of his own investigation, nor did he show any capacity to lead it.

The former special prosecutor refused to answer questions 198 times today, mostly about things he inexplicably refused to investigate, including the origins of the investigation, as well as possible conspiracy between the Democrats and foreign actors (i.e. Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele). This wasn’t a sharp, forceful investigator on display. This was a man out of his depth, cowering and unable to answer the most basic inquiries.

Worse, Mueller’s actions were contrary to everything we’ve been assured about our justice system.

I’ve seen some Republicans of a certain stripe opine that today wasn’t necessary. That there was no reason to go hard on Mueller. I completely disagree. Today was absolutely necessary. After three years of this nonsense, there needed to be a reckoning. Every inconsistency, double standard, and partisan bias needed to be laid bare. The ridiculous canard of impeachment needed to not just be countered, but destroyed.

Towards the end of the hearings, I was actually starting to feel sorry for Robert Mueller. This was a man who never should of been given the position he was in. Regardless, there was a certain cosmic justice to this entire thing blowing up the face of the Democrats. They’ve led a witch hunt (and continue to lead one) for years that has culminated in vast nothingness. That deserved to be exposed and exposed it was.

Perhaps this will serve as a lesson to prevent future overreach? We know it won’t though. News rooms across America are busy, desperately trying to spin the dumpster fire that happened today into some kind of liberal victory, but don’t be gaslit. This was a total disaster for Robert Mueller and the Democrats.

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Miss Michigan Stripped of Her Crown, Accused of “Islamophobia”

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Our ridiculous woke culture continues to expand its list of victims.

Kathy Zhu, who had won Miss Michigan in the Miss World America pageant, was stripped of her crown this week. The reason? Supposed racism, insensitivity, and Islamophobia. When you look into the details though, you’ll see how ridiculous the charges are and just how depraved certain segments of our society have become.

Below, she shares an email and text message exchange that better explains the situation.

Her “racism” amounted to sharing truthful statistics about black and black gun violence on social media. Her “Islamophobia?” She refused to put on a hijab when prompted to at an event on a college campus and later remarked that it was oppressive. Yes, that’s the extent of it. She simply refused to put on a head covering that is a symbol of forced oppression for hundreds of millions of women across the world. While some may disagree with having that description of the hijab, that’s hardly a reason to strip a woman of such a great accomplishment that she’s no doubt worked incredibly hard for.

When you read the exchanges, it seems like they were searching for a reason to punish her. The nonsense about her name, then all the sudden it’s about social media posts, then it’s about “racism,” which naturally serves a bludgeon regardless of the facts.

Via The Daily Caller.

DeJack specifically referred to a contestant requirement that Zhu be “of good character” and have a background that “is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation,” according to a screenshot Zhu shared.

“Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognise you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA,” the email stated.

The shot at her character is especially low. Saying she broke the rules is one thing. Trying to personally malign her is another and they are doing the latter.

The left-wing media are of course lapping this up. Here’s Newsweek’s ridiculous write up.

“Are the people in MWA implying that they advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab?” Zhu added. She did not provide any evidence to suggest the MWA was indeed in favor of punishing women for refusing to wear hijabs.

Right-wing Twitter users began sharing the story, citing it as evidence of anti-conservative bias and political correctness. BlazeTV host Lauren Chen said Zhu was stripped of her title “for highlighting crime rates in some black communities. The fact that these pageant people find her views offensive speaks more to their own bigotry than anything else.”

Music video director Robby Starbuck incorrectly interpreted the incident as proof that “you can’t even participate in a @MissWorldLtd pageant if you’re *gasp* openly Republican.” Conservative musician and activist Joy Villa also misread the situation, falsely claiming Zhu had been blocked from competing because the was a conservative.

MWA did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.

I love the “she did not provide any evidence” line. You know, except them stripping her of her crown over it. How the other personalities mentioned are “misreading” the situation is something Newsweek indeed provides no evidence of though.

Of course, the real reason she was stripped of her crown is simple. She’s a Trump supporter and a conservative, which means she’s not allowed to express herself in even the most mundane ways without backlash. If she weren’t those things, I have no doubt this wouldn’t have happened to her.

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Elizabeth Warren Tries to Shame Combat Veteran Mark Espers, Here’s How That Went

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Elizabeth Warren is in full campaign mode and when you are a Senator, that means ridiculous grand-standing in public hearings that accomplish absolutely nothing. The point isn’t to make sense though, it’s just to get on TV yelling at someone so people can say “see how tough she is?!”

Yesterday, Mark Espers was being questioned as the nominee for Secretary of Defense and Warren thought it’d be a good idea to tacitly attack his loyalty to his country. This was part of her demanding a silly commitment that he wouldn’t do contract work for at least four years after leaving government, as if that’d suddenly garner her vote to confirm. We all know she’s not voting for him.

Keep in mind, Espers is a graduate of West Point and a combat veteran. So yeah, that went about as well as you’d expect.

Espers just lays into her and it’s pretty great. If you watch until the end, Warren has a meltdown at the fact that Espers refused to be boxed in by her. She even complains that he used up her time even though she’s the one who spent most of the video railing at him in nonsensical fashion instead of just asking him a question like she’s supposed to.

On substance, it is idiotic to demand a government official not work outside of government in their field for four years after leaving a government post. People have a right to make a living in whatever way they choose. Elizabeth Warren is not the arbiter of what’s right and just in that respect.

But this is a campaign issue for her, as if being a permanent government hanger-on is somehow morally superior to someone who serves their country and then goes into the private sector. It’s a garbage contention and unfairly maligns a man like Espers, who’s done nothing but serve his country with honor most of his adult life. Meanwhile, Warren’s service to the nation boils down to getting elected in a deeply blue state and having an annoying voice.

And no, that’s not Jim or I being sexist. Kamala Harris doesn’t have this problem. Neither does Tulsi Gabbard. Warren just so happens to be Hillary Clinton but more shrill and tortured as a public speaker.

But I do have to give her credit. She’s managed to climb into 2nd place and may overtake Biden eventually. If she does, more power to her. We’ll see how all this stuff works out in a general election.

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