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James O’Keefe Announces ‘This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke’

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Before leaving a Washington, D.C. stage last night, James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, told his audience:

We have one announcement to make real quick. Because of what Eric did, another person came to us. We’re proud to announce the next insider who will blow the whistle. He’s been recording for months, all of his colleagues, his bosses, his senior people. This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke. Next week, the next insider to blow the whistle on the next organization … is within CNN.

O’Keefe, the self described guerrilla journalist, said he will release “dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view.”

O’Keefe said a CNN insider had conducted some “hidden camera muckraking” and that it will be the group’s “biggest story of the year.” He added that, “Based upon what the people in these tapes say, [the media] is no longer even doing legitimate news gathering.”

The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, allegedly said he “started at CNN with a dream to work in media, but my dream had become a nightmare.”

Obviously, CNN anchor Brian Stelter will play a starring role in the recordings. O’Keefe issued a warning to Stelter by tweet (below).

He wrote, “It might be time to recall the worst things you’ve said to CNN staff in the hallways, @brianstelter. Project Veritas has a reliable source who wore a hidden Westlake Legal Group 1f3a5 James O’Keefe Announces ‘This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke’ project veritas progressives Mainstream Media Liberal Elitism journalism james o'keefe Front Page Stories Featured Story fake news democrats CNN Brian Stelter Allow Media Exception Abuse of Power

O’Keefe is a conservative political activist best known for going into left leaning organizations (academic, governmental, and social service organizations) under cover to capture abusive, embarrassing or even incriminating statements or actions. He has faced reprimand and even lawsuits over some of his projects. According to Wikipedia, he has been “criticized for selectively editing videos to misrepresent the context of the conversations and the subjects’ responses, creating the false impression that people said or did things they did not.”

He gained national attention for his video recordings of workers at Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) offices in 2009, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) under false pretenses, and the release of videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011.

When his videos portraying ACORN workers seemingly aiding a couple in criminal planning hit the 24-hour cable news cycle, the U.S. Congress quickly voted to freeze funds for the non-profit. The national controversy resulted in the non-profit also losing most of its private funding before investigations of the videos concluded no illegal activity occurred. In March 2010, ACORN was close to bankruptcy and had to close or rename most of its offices.[9] Shortly after, the California State Attorney General’s Office and the US Government Accountability Office released their related investigative reports. The Attorney General’s Office found that O’Keefe had misrepresented the actions of ACORN workers in California and that the workers had not broken any laws. A preliminary probe by the GAO found that ACORN had managed its federal funds appropriately. One of the fired ACORN workers sued O’Keefe for invasion of privacy; O’Keefe issued an apology and agreed to pay $100,000 in a settlement.

O’Keefe has gained support from right-wing and conservative media and interest groups. In 2009, Andrew Breitbart commissioned him for the option to publish new videos exclusively on BigGovernment.com. In June 2010, O’Keefe formed a 501(c)(3) organization, Project Veritas.

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Biden Campaign Has a Hissy Fit as Even the Left Wing Media (Except CNN) Can No Longer Ignore the Corruption

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In a way you have to feel sorry for Joe Biden. In best Politburo fashion, which is the only way the Democrat Party works, he has served in the fields and worked his way to the top of the hierarchy. Like a good soldier, he accepted his orders and stood aside in 2016, despite being a much stronger candidate, for the “historic” candidacy of a corrupt, unlikable and unaccomplished (unless we want to call being married to Bill Clinton an accomplishment) tour director for Fort Marcy Park (just joking, you leftwing goobers, lighten up), Hillary Clinton.

Now, in this last chance to grasp the brass ring of the presidency, QuidProJoe finds himself enveloped in a miasma of outright corruption and very corrupt looking activities which also largely involve his coke-snorting, philandering son, Hunter Biden. Ordinarily, we can expect the leftwing media to run interference for Democrat candidates on just about everything, see, for instance, how the media covered manifest and blatant corruption that characterized the Clinton Foundation. So one can excuse Biden for being butthurt when the New York Times ran this op-ed yesterday: What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That’s the Problem

In December 2013, Joe and Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China; less than two weeks after the trip, Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which he founded with two other businessmen in June 2013, finalized a deal to open a fund, BHR Partners, whose largest shareholder is the government-run Bank of China, even though he had scant background in private equity. (Representatives of the fund claim that the timing of the deal and the Bidens’ trip to China was coincidental.) Thus far, the firm has invested about $2.1 billion, according to its website.

In trying to disprove a link between the father’s powerful position and the son’s surprising success, Hunter Biden’s lawyers claim he did not take an equity stake in BHR Partners until after Joe Biden left office. Hunter, whose company, according to its financial records, held an equity stake in the fund, took a board seat when it was founded, in December 2013. At the same time, his business partner, Devon Archer, was vice chairman.

With the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, Joe Biden became point person in Ukraine as well. That same year, Hunter Biden landed a board position with the Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. Despite having no background in energy or Ukraine, the vice president’s son was paid as much as $50,000 a month, according to financial records. (He left the board in early 2019.)

To say the Biden campaign went batsh** crazy is to indulge in massive understatement. 

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Tater appears to have had an orgasm reading it:

Biden campaign blasts NYT in letter to Dean Baquet

In a Wednesday evening letter addressed to Dean Baquet, the Biden campaign excoriated The New York Times for its recent coverage of Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and Ukraine. The letter was written by deputy campaign manager and comms director Kate Bedingfield. She expressed extreme displeasure with how The Times has covered the debunked notion Biden abused his office to benefit his son.

Bedingfield wrote that The Times, which published a widely panned story in May by reporter Ken Vogel and then-freelancer Iuliia Mendel, “had an outsized hand in the spread” of the “baseless conspiracy theory.”

In Bedingfield’s words, “What was especially troubling about the Times’s active participation in this smear campaign is that prior to its reporting on the subject by Ken Vogel, this conspiracy had been relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russian propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon.”

Quick glossary:

  • “widely panned” means truthful but didn’t fit the Democrat narrative.
  • “debunked” means they can’t answer the charges so all they can do is claim they don’t exist.
  • “conspiracy theorist” is anyone who doesn’t agree with the Democrat narrative…like the people who claimed from the beginning that the Russia Hoax was…well…a hoax.

Biden is pulling the old coaching ploy of screaming at the ref on this play in hopes that he will get a better call on the next one. It won’t work. The corruption of Joe Biden’s influence peddling to assist and protect his son is simply too blatant and too easy to understand. More is going to trickle out and the New York Times will either have to take the lead in breaking those stories or begrudgingly following other outlets as they do. But the story is going to come out. The second reason that it won’t work is that when you have a newspaper that will hire a member of its editorial board who boasted about she hates men and white people, you should be bright enough to figure out that a septuagenarian, melanin-challenged, penis-possessing (making an assumption here, I have no personal or second hand knowledge that this is the case) candidate like Biden is not going to get treated all that well. The New York Times’s reporting staff is firmly in the bag for Elizabeth Warren and any story that hurts Biden helps her.

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De Niro F-bombs his way into CNN’s Stelter’s heart against Fox News

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Actor Robert De Niro was interviewed by CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources Sunday. During the interview, he dropped a couple of F-bombs against the people at Fox News. The host acted more amused than anything else at the actor’s D-List performance.

De Niro caused an audible “Woah” from someone off-screen when he said “F**k ’em. F**k ’em” in response to Stelter’s question about critics at Fox News. He used the same language during the Tony Awards in June 2018. So, Stelter asked why he uses that language. “We are in a terrible situation.”

“Sorry. Sorry,” the actor said.

“This is cable, so it’s not an FCC violation, but it still is a Sunday morning,” host Stelter commented.

Trump must be impeached, you see because we’re in a crisis. For some reason, De Niro thinks people are being “too gentle and genteel” about that sentiment. Really? Americans who pay attention to politics seem to be in a state of perpetual outrage. I see very little genteel behavior on either side.

“It has to happen,” De Niro told CNN Business’ Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. He called the present political situation a crisis, “and too many people are too gentle and genteel about it. And we’re in a crisis situation, period,” De Niro said. Two days earlier, on the red carpet for the New York Film Festival opening night premiere of his new film “The Irishman,” De Niro told Variety he hopes Trump gets impeached.

Like other celebrities and public figures, De Niro has a history of anti-Trump and anti-Republican comments. When Alec Baldwin briefly hosted a talk show, De Niro was his first guest. During the premiere episode in October 2018, De Niro said he was “offended” by Trump and also by Republicans. In other words, criticism of Trump is expected of De Niro in these interviews. When De Niro walked out on the stage at the Tony Awards to present an award but first had to curse the president, he was rewarded with a standing ovation from the audience. This is how normal behavior looks to them.

De Niro called President Trump a “gangster” and labeled him as “crazy”. When Stelter asked if he meant crazy as in the medical sense, De Niro said yes. Remember the phony psychiatric diagnosing of the president as mentally insane or at the least, unstable, by guests on CNN in past interviews? Facts don’t matter. Science doesn’t matter to the party of science. It’s all about emotions and the inability of the left to accept the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Trump broke a lot of people.

“Possibly medically too,” De Niro said. “I didn’t think that before, but now I actually – when I saw him out in front of the helicopter waiting to go somewhere, talking endlessly and sweating and sweating … this guy, he’s not even aware of what he’s – he should at least ask somebody for a handkerchief or something and dry himself off.”

“There’s just something very strange,” the actor added.

Sweating? Excessive talking and sweating are what Dr. De Niro bases his medical diagnosis on? Has he ever seen Robert Francis O’Rourke or any number of politicians out in the sun for a lengthy question and answer stop? De Niro has so little to work with because it’s his emotions, not actual facts, that moves him to such vulgar behavior. He is so Trump deranged that he has no other way to respond.

Stelter asked if De Niro thinks Trump is just acting. He was asking if Trump really believes the things he says. De Niro says yes, Trump may be acting. He also dragged FNC into it again.

“In some ways, I think he is,” De Niro answered. “As I think some of these pundits on Fox are too,” he volunteered. “Because I can’t believe they would actually buy into this craziness. This guy should not be president, period.”

He thinks this way about Trump supporters, too, you know. There is no way that Trump supporters can actually believe in what they believe. Leftists are incapable of understanding that conservatives really think differently. De Niro attacks on a personal level, though, instead of raising objections to actual policies or actions taken by the Trump administration. He doesn’t like Trump and that’s all he’s got.

Like Alec Baldwin and Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro cashes in on their hatred of Trump. Baldwin plays Trump on SNL and Colbert created Our Cartoon President for Showtime. De Niro played Robert Mueller on SNL. He’s trying to continue that gig longer.

As for his portrayal of Mueller on “Saturday Night Live,” De Niro said he hopes to bring the character back. He said he’s already spoken to the show’s Executive Producer Lorne Michaels about doing a sketch depicting “all the things people would have wished Mueller had done — would have done, should have done, could have done,” while he was acting as special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

De Niro and his ilk can’t let it go. Instead of being trapped in an endless cycle of yelling at the sky about Trump, he’d do more good supporting a candidate in the 2020 election cycle. He can’t help himself, apparently, and his own personal hell over the last presidential election is of his own making. Just wait until Trump wins re-election.

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The New York Times Stealth Edits Major Story and There are Few Complaints to be Heard

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The paper of record repeats its false narratives like a broken record.

It was precisely the kind of red meat the voracious anti-Trump warriors and #Resistance fighters devour. The New York Times delivered a scathing report on Friday that was a perfect example of everything wrong with a Trump presidency. The paper detailed that Trump had brokered a quid pro quo deal with the NRA during a meeting with Wayne LaPierre, whereby he established if the organization lends its support to his campaign for reelection he would stop the games being played with gun control legislation.

Turns out the story was a little too perfect. It sure had all the proper outrage elements; an allegedly corrupt president, a despised organization, and a possibly illegal deal between the nefarious forces. This was the kind of scandal that would cement the expulsion of the president. With the supposedly grievous Ukrainian phone call outrage taking place already this additional legal behavior would make it required that he be driven from office.

Were any of it true. Turns out that the New York Times has fallen into a pattern with these groundbreaking stories. Release the report, frame it in such a way that generates the most outrage, and then much later quietly make a significant alteration that changes the entire interpretation. In the original release the paper described this arrangement as being done “in return for the support”.

Then in the early evening The Times altered this language, replacing this accusation with the completely neutral language of “During the meeting…”. The only indication of this shift in tone is a note at the end indicating only that the piece had been “updated”, with no specifics given behind the update, and no explanation what led to the change.

When your change of content is so blatant that Josh Marshal takes notice you know this was some journalistic malpractice. This is the same methodology used just weeks back when The Times supplied an “explosive” announcement of a new alleged victim of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and then later revealing that this supposed victim had no memory of the alleged events, whatsoever. The Times had that detail all along. It rested inside the very same book that the paper was promoting with its claimed “exclusive”.

What is most revealing about this technique is how it is warmly accepted by those who feel perfectly at ease screeching about every supposed factual error in the Fox News and right-of-center media. Brian Stelter is the self-anointed media arbiter at CNN, and his mission statement is to comment on press activities. Yet, after helping push the Kavanaugh lie, he has been uncritical of the vagaries in the Ukrainian story and misrepresentations in the press. Brian has been quite content pushing the narrative and perpetuating the inaccuracies

This weekend’s edition of Reliable Sources saw him incapable to find any time to mention the New York Times alteration. You would think a major paper with a major factual problem would warrant coverage by a media critic, but no such content was delivered. Instead, Brian dedicated a lengthy block of his air time to interview a Ukrainian whistleblower “expert” — actor Robert DeNiro. The telling part in all of this is Stelter’s co-worker at CNN, Jake Tapper, had a direct involvement with the alteration from The Times.

Tapper had sent out a tweet on Friday following the initial revelation by the paper. But once the alteration of the entire narrative was exposed Tapper at least did the proper thing and alerted his followers to the change in the story and pulled down his original post — something not even The Times could manage to do with its own change.

This is the state of contemporary journalism. Their actions have made it necessary that the audience has to work harder than media members in order to get the complete story.

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CNN and Stelter Continue to Create Their Own Storm Damage in Targeting the President

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As Hurricane Dorian has moved off and become an inconsequential storm in the North Atlantic over at CNN they continue to make themselves inconsequential in their attempt to brew up a tempest over President Trump’s Sharpie advisory. As most would expect a news organization to focus on the storm’s aftermath, especially the damage inflicted upon The Bahamas (you can help here) CNN continues to rail about a perceived error the President made over one week ago.

The tempest involves the President holding a forecast tracking map of the hurricane while it was in the Caribbean and showing Florida as a likely target for landfall. He then chose to manually extend the cone of probability with a Sharpie to show Alabama could also become impacted. CNN and others in the media pounced, as they say, because supposedly official storm offices and researchers had not gone so far as to include coastal Gulf locations.

Except in a fashion they had. As the President himself noted in a tweet he sent out, CNN weather personalities had themselves mentioned Alabama as a possible location for impact from hurricane activity. This has done nothing to alter Stelter’s track on attempting to impact the president. On Brian’s Sunday program Reliable Sources he was still going after President Trump.

You just have to sit back and marvel at how oblivious Stelter is in this segment. He is declaring that Trump is using his campaign playbook of demonizing his network in order to sway the electorate over to his lies, and then he goes on to state that this is all the justification needed to continue what they have been doing. What he is saying is that because the President has declared CNN/the Press his opponent they now have to attack him even more, justifications for doing so being irrelevant.

And with that as his impetus Stelter continued to harp on the hurricane gaffe, hammering away without a nail. In an attempt to offer conflicting evidence as a way to prove Trump wrong Stelter presented this forecast tracking map from NOAA.

Aha! Alabama is not even included — we nailed him! Uh, yes Brian, if you are going to rely upon selective evidence gathering. Turns out if you follow storms with any type of regularity, as we do here less than 100 miles from the cat-5 landfall, there are numerous measurements and projections with these storms, including wind speed charts. These tend to show areas potentially affected by storm winds, and there was one of these charts made available. It was on the day of President Trump’s Sharpie Scandal. Additionally, it was also offered up by NOAA.

Huh. It seems the weather experts were actually citing Alabama as a potential location for activity. This is an interesting omission by Mr. Stelter in his hyperventilating message on a windstorm. Yet despite scientific data to the contrary, and video evidence of his own network making the exact same claims, Stelter states this map conflagration is deeply important.

This past week wasn’t “Sharpie-gate,” it was “lying about a hurricane-gate.”He wasn’t “doubling down” all week, as many people (myself included) said, he was “digging a deeper hole.” He wasn’t stirring a “controversy,” he was politicizing the weather and providing more evidence of his instability.

Amazing the layers of projection in that quote, with Tater accusing The President of all characteristics he is displaying himself. Stelter has declared this to be the biggest lie the President has told in his term so far. This really places Russian collusion in perspective. And in his zeal to deliver rebukes Stelter also states all of this “was about Trump failing a basic geography test.”

That so, Brian? That’s a curious accusation coming from the same network that delivered this map citing Alabama as “Mississippi’ to viewers, at the same time.

 

 

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James Clapper Endorses Breaking the Law While Defending James Comey

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These people were once in charge at the highest levels of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Is it any wonder Republicans have zero faith in these institutions at this point?

James Comey was recently found to have mishandled classified information and broke the law by the DOJ Inspector General. Of course, prosecution was declined because no one is ever held accountable in Washington. Instead of slinking into the background, Comey decided to claim the report as vindication and his allies rushed to MSNBC and CNN studios everywhere to defend his malfeasance.

Enter James Clapper, one of the most insidious, corrupt actors during the Obama administration.

Notice self-described really serious journalist Brian Stelter sharing this clip without a hint of push back. A former government official just admitted he supports breaking the law based on the whims of partisan, appointed officials. That seems like something worth a little critiquing doesn’t it? But Clapper is actually on CNN’s payroll, because being corrupt gets you TV gigs these days as long as your corruption targeted Trump.

As to Clapper’s comments, of course there’s a rule book for for what he describes as an “extraordinary situation.” It’s called the normal rule book. I can’t express properly just how incredibly dangerous it is for bureaucrats to think they can simply flaunt the law if they have a gut feeling about something.

The brazenness with which these former officials operate is typically pretty striking, but to see one just openly endorse breaking the law seems noteworthy. If only we had a media complex willing to actually tackle issues like this instead of handing them fluff interviews. CNN has become an absolute joke. Hiring Andrew McCabe, even as he was found to have lied to the FBI, and guys like James Clapper show they have no credibly left. It’s all about pushing a narrative.

I honestly don’t see how the FBI, CIA, and DOJ ever earn back trust at this point. Their histories are littered with abuses and they never seem to learn from the fall out. In fact, they seem to not care at all. It doesn’t matter who gets stuck at the top, these agencies are filled with career employees, the vast majority of which are liberal. Who’s to say they won’t do all this again the next time they get back in power? They almost assuredly will given there have been no consequences to this point.

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Irony Overload: Lemon and Cuomo Argue About Whether CNN Should Provide a Platform for Dishonest Guests (Watch)

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The most unintentionally hilarious few minutes of primetime television on cable news is arguably the time on CNN when Chris Cuomo’s show is ending and Don Lemon’s starts, where they have a brief exchange of thoughts while the cameras are still rolling.

This is the two of them at their most arrogant and narcissistic as they try to one-up each other in the Woke TV Anchor Sweepstakes

Such was the case on Thursday night, when the two continued a discussion they had had on Wednesday night about whether or not the network should give airtime to who they characterized as dishonest Trump administration officials.

Fox News sets the scene:

CNN’s anti-Trump anchor Don Lemon on Thursday night told Trump surrogates who attack the media and “lie all day long” that appearing on CNN “is a privilege” and “not a right.”

Following his colleague Chris Cuomo’s “closing argument” that lambasted RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany for claiming that President Trump doesn’t “lie,” Lemon began their nightly handoff by reading the Merrian-Webster’s definition of the word “lie.”

“A lie is a lie all day long,” Lemon said. “For these folks to say he doesn’t lie or that you’re maybe misunderstanding how he’s communicating- that’s rich.”

Lemon knocked Trump defenders who attack the media, insisting they apologize “when the media gets it wrong.”

The media “apologizes” when they get it wrong? Not sure what “media” he’s talking about, but it certainly isn’t CNN.

Cuomo, who (to my surprise) evidently has a tiny bit better of a grasp on what journalism actually is about than Lemon, explained to his colleague why it was necessary to have political guests on their programs:

Cuomo then challenged the “CNN Tonight” host on how he would “conduct the journalism of vetting” the Trump campaign if he doesn’t allow anyone who represents it onto his show, which Lemon countered by saying “you can have people on who represent it” but don’t have to sit through the “lies.”

“We have Trump supporters on all the time and we hold them accountable to the truth and they don’t make excuses for everything this president does,” Lemon explained. “But there are those like the one who was on last night- excuses about everything.”

“It’s the job of us to test and expose and let people see it for what it is- one: so that they can believe their eyes and ears, and two: if they’re against it, they know how to oppose it,” Cuomo told Lemon.

It’s also the job of journalists to have political guests on if for no other reason than to simply allow the airing of differing legitimate viewpoints with which liberal CNN hosts like Cuomo and Lemon might disagree. And if there is disagreement, counter or dispute the argument. If you feel someone is lying or is otherwise not being honest, correct them.

This is what’s called “political discourse” for those of us not well-connected enough to be awarded primetime anchor chairs on CNN.

Lemon later attempted to up his game during the segment by telling his colleague Cuomo that people who don’t tell the truth should not be allowed on CNN in order to “promote propaganda and lies”:

“I don’t think people need the space to promote propaganda and lies,” Lemon continued. “I think that’s a disservice… It’s allowing someone- giving them a platform that they haven’t deserved, that they don’t deserve.”

Watch the segment below:

This must be a new position for Lemon to take, considering how frequently he’s had fraudster Michael Avenatti on his program, not to mention all the times Avenatti has guested on other programs like Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources”:

Either Lemon himself is being purposely disingenuous here about not wanting to allow certain guests on CNN who “tell lies”, or he’s being truthful about it and would just prefer CNN limit the dishonest people on their network to those who host their programs.

I’ll leave that for readers to decide.

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CNN guest: Let’s face it, Trump might kill more people than Hitler or Stalin

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Via the Examiner, this is who they had booked for a show called “Reliable Sources.”

It’s very on-brand for CNN that even a guest whom they had on to argue that Trump *isn’t* crazy would qualify that by adding that he’s probably worse than Hitler anyway.

Initially I thought that the many millions of deaths foreseen here were an allusion to nuclear war, that Trump might throw a fit over something he saw in a “Fox & Friends” segment, say, and push the button. This was, after all, a segment about the president’s “erratic” temperament. But that claim would run into the inconvenient truth that Trump, for all his petty belligerence towards antagonists, has been commendably restrained thus far in matters of actual war. The standard media narrative about his interactions with his advisors is that they’re forever trying to talk him out of doing something rash and destructive, which may be true when it comes to trade. But when it comes to dropping bombs, the dynamic is the other way around.

I mean, if you want to ding Trump on nukes, you’ve got a much stronger case that he’s dangerously naive about foreign malefactors’ supposed goodwill than that he’s looking to start an atomic exchange.

But no, this wasn’t about nukes. The guest was going for something else:

I’m tempted to use that as a jumping-off point for arguing relative blame for any ensuing climate catastrophes (China? India? Barack Obama when he had total control of government?) but I’d rather stick with a Twitter pal’s take on Frances’s hysteria: “These are the people who will be assessing whether you’re exhibiting any red flags” if new gun-control legislation passes.

As for why left-friendly host Brian Stelter didn’t challenge Frances on his insane Hitler/Stalin point, you’ll never guess what happened at that precise moment.

Note to any TV hosts reading this: If you’re distracted during a segment and you hear the word “Hitler” suddenly pop up in the conversation, that’s the point where you tune back in. “If this happened at Fox,” said Erick Erickson, “Stelter himself would be calling for an apology and covering the host going on a ‘previously scheduled vacation.’” Absolutely. Although, really, I’m not sure how Frances’s point deviates from CNN orthodoxy: Certainly a Don Lemon or Chris Cuomo would tell you that Trump is a threat to the lives of many millions of people, whether passively by not rejoining the Paris Accord or actively via nuclear war. Stelter’s “technical difficulties” excuse smells like something he manufactured because he’s less willing than Lemon or Cuomo to take an overtly adversarial approach to the president. Although he’s clearly hostile to Trump, his show focuses on how the media covers the news and it’d be a bad look for the neutral-ish moderator of a show like that to go to the mat for the idea that Trump might potentially be more dangerous than the leader of Nazi Germany.

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April Ryan’s excuse unveiled: It’s the bodyguard’s fault

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It’s time for the latest installment in the continuing saga of April Ryan versus the reporter from New Jersey. The CNN contributor and White House correspondent did an interview Sunday with Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. The stated purpose of the interview was for her to address the controversy in which she finds herself.

The story began on August 3 when a journalist was tossed from a speech Ryan was delivering to an audience in New Jersey. Ryan’s bodyguard took the reporter’s camera to stop his recording of the event after speaking with Ms. Ryan. The reporter, Charlie Kratovil, filed a criminal complaint against the bodyguard on August 21.

Let me first point out that April Ryan, a CNN contributor who is being promoted as a rising star on the network, remained silent on this whole story up until Sunday’s interview. She wasn’t in the studio with Stelter, she did the interview via Skype. Her demeanor was very different than her usual persona. She appeared almost humble and was rather soft-spoken.

Stelter described the incident as “troubling” as he introduced Ryan. To his credit, he asked her right away if she ordered the bodyguard to toss Kratovil after showing a video clip. The clip clearly shows her nodding yes to him after he says something to her. Then the bodyguard goes to Kratovil and interrupts his filming, takes the camera, and evicts Kratovil from the room before he is tossed from the venue. Ryan denied ordering him to do it. She threw the bodyguard under the bus by saying he was just doing his job – protecting her. “I was on the stage at the time.”

That’s an odd excuse, given at the time that she said she doesn’t allow people to record her speeches. Also, it’s obvious that the reporter wasn’t threatening Ryan. He wasn’t approaching the stage or causing a commotion. He was filming the event, including Ryan when it was her turn to deliver her speech.

April Ryan said it was a private event and she had a contract to speak. She said a part of her contract specified that her permission was needed to film or record her speech and Kratovil didn’t have her permission. When Stelter noted that Kratovil had the permission of the event’s host to record, she said it wasn’t her permission. “I don’t want my words twisted.” Is she, as a reporter, admitting that the press twists words? If her words are on tape, how would they be twisted?

She has since terminated her contract with the bodyguard. She refers to him as “former contracted security personnel.” She said that he overreacted when asked. She ended the contractual relationship with him after seeing the tape. She also said the bodyguard violated protocol by leaving the room and escorting Kratovil out, thus leaving her unprotected in the room.

Ryan did as she often does on CNN – she spent most of her time talking about the death threats she has received. “The atmosphere around me is charged.” That might bring about some sympathy for her if it were not true that she herself is a part of inciting a charged atmosphere. The country is deeply divided yet she enjoys making incendiary remarks against the president and his administration as much as any of his opponents. Playing the victim after the fact doesn’t evoke a lot of sympathies.

Steltzer rightfully asked her if she should promote dialogue between the press and public speakers instead of throwing up barriers, especially given that she is a recipient of a Freedom of the Press award. She answered in the affirmative yet stuck to her original excuse – Kratovil didn’t have her personal permission to film or record her speech. She is trying to have it both ways.

The reason why she has been silent up until now about this story is due to the fact that her lawyer advised her to remain silent. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it.

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Hmmm: After griping about Huckabee Sanders and Fox, CNN hires … Andrew McCabe?

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The announcement came today, but the story starts yesterday with the hiring of two former Trump administration officials. When Fox News hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a contributor and ABC cast Sean Spicer on Dancing With The Stars, CNN media critic Brian Stelter lectured both networks about credibility:

Stelter then went on CNN to make that argument on television:

“The Trump White House has a record of misleading the public. All administrations spin. This administration lies consistently, whether it’s Sanders, or Spicer, or other White House aides. And it’s all led from the top by a president who lies even about the weather and the time of day. That, I think, is why this deserves outrage and backlash,” he said.

Acknowledging it is not unusual for former White House staffers to get jobs on television, Stelter added it’s not surprising Sanders has a job at Fox News, but also said, “It should still be surprising that somebody who misled the public and defended a man who calls the press ‘the enemy’ would land these types of jobs.”

Don’t forget for a moment that CNN has featured James Clapper as an analyst for the past two-plus years, despite the fact that he got caught misleading Congress on domestic surveillance. Senate Democrat Ron Wyden at one point wanted Clapper fired over it, if not prosecuted for it. Justin Amash, lately a media darling for renouncing his Republican affiliation, accused Clapper of perjury. All of that was well known before CNN picked him up as a national-security analyst. Did Stelter object then?

If not, then how about now? CNN just hired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former #2 who got fired after the Inspector General referred him for criminal prosecution for lying to investigators about his leaks to the media:

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who became one of President Donald Trump’s top enemies within his own administration, is joining CNN as a contributor, a network spokesperson said. His first day is Friday.

McCabe spent two decades in the FBI before he was fired in March of 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions just more than 24 hours before his planned retirement.

The CNN gig comes as McCabe is fighting that termination in court. Earlier this month, McCabe filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that his removal was part of a scheme by the president to remove government employees “because they were not politically loyal to him.”

The referral for prosecution didn’t come from Trump; it came from Michael Horowitz. Similarly, the recommendation for termination came not from the White House but from careerists at the Office of Professional Responsibility, who reviewed the IG’s findings and told then-AG to fire McCabe. Here’s specifically what the IG found in his investigation, via Katie Pavlich, emphases hers:

We found that, in a conversation with then-Director Comey shortly after the WSJ article was published, McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.5 (Lack of Candor – No Oath).

We also found that on May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe lacked candor when he told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor –  Under Oath).

We further found that on July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe lacked candor when he stated: (a) that he was not aware of Special Counsel having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that,  because he was not in Washington, D.C., on October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Special Counsel was or what she was doing at that time.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).

We additionally found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview during which he contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ, McCabe lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD’s questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and asked him one or two questions about the article. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor –   Under Oath).

That’s quite a collection of national-security analysts that CNN is collecting. And it’s happening while their media analyst is hyperventilating about a competing network hiring former Trump administration officials with track records of allegedly misleading the media. If hypocrisy were ratings, CNN would dominate the field.

Can’t wait to see what Stelter has to say about this … but I suspect we’ll all have to wait a long, long time.

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