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“Absolute Whopper”: Brit Hume Takes MSM To Woodshed Over Silence On Warren’s and Harris’s Michael Brown Lies

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August 9th was the 5th anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson.

The 2014 case was one that further strained racial divisions in America, in no small part thanks to the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative pushed by Democrats, liberal commentators, and left-wing journalists that later turned out to be false.

As Bonchie wrote over the weekend, several 2020 Democratic candidates for president posted tweets on Friday noting the anniversary of Brown’s death, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kamala Harris (CA).

In both of their tweets, Harris and Warren stated that Brown, a black teenager, had been “murdered.” In Warren’s tweet, she noted the alleged “murder” had taken place at the hands of a “white officer”:

While it’s true Wilson is white, both tweets were egregious and deserving of being challenged by the mainstream media. Especially when you consider that the conclusions President Barack Obama’s Justice Department drew were quite different. But to the surprise of almost no one, neither Senator was questioned by a member of the press regarding their revisionist history.

Former Fox News “Special Report” host and longtime journalist Brit Hume corrected Warren in particular, and in a later tweet pointed out the media’s silence on the matter:

I suspect the main reason Harris’s and Warren’s falsehoods about Wilson and Brown have gotten little to no coverage is because many of the very reporters charged with keeping politicians accountable and truthful were active participants in perpetuating the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie to begin with.

In response to the erroneous tweets from 2020 Democratic candidates on this issue, Sharyl Attkisson wrote a detailed analysis of both the case and the media’s coverage of it that is well-worth reading, especially when you consider the contemporary racially-inflammatory lies Democrats and the MSM have pushed regarding President Trump’s “very fine people” Charlottesville comments as well as his remarks on MS-13 gangs.

Attkisson’s spot-on conclusion is one you won’t see many in the mainstream media amplify for obvious reasons:

Ferguson, based on the findings of the Obama Justice Department, isn’t an example of bad policing run amok or racism. It’s a tragic case of media malpractice ruining the life of a police officer who was found to have done nothing other than defend himself.

Indeed. Unfortunately, that malpractice the media and Democrats alike routinely engage in on these issues shows no signs of letting up.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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De Blasio’s Iowa Event Brought In Beyond Pitiful Numbers and Gets Roasted by the Internet

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New York Mayor and 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio was just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids for a campaign event at the Parlor City Pub…

…and only 15 people showed up according to the New York Post:

“Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,” de Blasio told the crowd, which numbered around 15 — not counting the press corps, campaign staff and Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg, the event organizer.

“If we as Democrats are talking about that, we’re winning,” said de Blasio, before reiterating his campaign slogan, “Working people first.”

“Here’s the bottom line: We have a country that’s favored the 1 percent now for literally 40 years,” said de Blasio. “The rich have gotten richer. Everybody else has been pretty much treading water.”

It gets worse when you consider the fact that the people who did show up weren’t exactly on board with everything de Blasio was talking about, making them sound more like people who just so happened to stumble into the pub for other reasons and wound up at a de Blasio event unintentionally:

The pitch was met with a mixed reception by the few there to hear it.

“I liked a lot of what he said,” offered Carol Wickey, a 78-year-old retiree. “[But] I thought in his prepared comments he focused too much on working people.”

Wickey said that she feared the divisive tone would drive a wedge between Democratic voters and ultimately wasn’t sold.

“He did not say anything that would sway me that he would be my choice as a candidate,” she said. “Nothing made him stand out among the other two dozen people.”

Geoff Johnson had a similar takeaway, reacting somewhat fondly to many of de Blasio’s ideas, but questioning whether he had enough faith in the campaign’s “viability” to caucus for Hizzoner.

“There are 25 candidates,” said the 40-year-old call center worker. “He’s fairly high on the list, but I’m not sure he quite makes the top five at this point, but some of that may just be because of the viability situation.”

Adding insult to injury, Twitter did not let de Blasio’s shameful turnout to go unpunished.

De Blasio hasn’t been doing well during the 2020 race to the White House at all. In fact, his inclusion into the race has drudged up more anger over the fact that positivity, with one in 12 Democrats saying they’d be angry if he won the Democrat nomination.

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Sarah Silverman Admits She Lost Film Role Over Old ‘Blackface’ Comedy Skit

 

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Comedian Sarah Silverman revealed recently that she had been fired from a film after it was discovered she had once performed a “blackface” skit.

Page Six reports that on a podcast appearance the former Jimmy Kimmel paramour said she didn’t fight the decision, even though it disappointed her.

“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part,” she said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Then, at 11 p.m. the night before, they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode.

“I didn’t fight it,” she continued. “They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”

In the comedy skit she referred to, Silverman donned “blackface” to try to find out if it was harder to be Black or Jewish. She claims at the time it was done in good faith, but has since come to regret it.

Silverman has long spoken out against the sketch, which she said at first was praised and helped her career. She maintains she regrets it.

“It was like, I’m playing a character, and I know this is wrong, so I can say it. I’m clearly liberal. That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism,” she previously told GQ.

Silverman went on to express concern about “cancel culture” and how it does not allow for redemption.

“I think it’s really scary and it’s a very odd thing that it’s invaded the left primarily and the right will mimic it,” adding that she calls it “righteousness porn.”

“It’s like, if you’re not on board, if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once, everyone is, like, throwing the first stone,” she continued. “It’s so odd. It’s a perversion. It’s really, ‘Look how righteous I am and now I’m going to press refresh all day long to see how many likes I get in my righteousness.’”

The whole fiasco is silly. Obviously the point of the skit was solidarity, not ridicule.

She is right to be concerned and upset, but it would nice if she acknowledged that these are the very rules she herself has encouraged over the years. She has been cold and unforgiving towards anyone who didn’t toe the liberal line. She has so harshly judged those on the other side of the political aisle that she has ascribed hate and racism to their every utterance, even in the simplest of expressions. She – like her liberal brethren in the industry – has decided that no conservative/Republican could possibly be arguing in good faith ever. She has assigned the cruelest of intentions to past statements, jokes or social media interactions to people on the right who, just like her, have moved on from certain cultural expressions.

Sarah, while I feel for you and agree with everything you’re saying here, I can’t help but feel like you’re looking at the bed you made and having second thoughts about laying in it.

These are your rules. We all have to play by them now.

Pick your cliche. Sorry, babe. We tried to warn you. We’re all right-wing nutjobs now.

 

 

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Illegal Alien Who Confessed to Murder Of Mollie Tibbets, Says His Constitutional Rights Were Violated

On July 18, 2018, University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbets, age 20, went out for a jog in Brooklyn, Iowa and disappeared.

Following an exhaustive search, Tibbett’s body was found over a month later in a Poweshiek County cornfield. Police had been led there by illegal alien Cristhian Bahena Rivera, then 24, who had confessed to the murder. Surveillance camera footage had shown Rivera’s car following Tibbetts. Rivera was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $5 million bond.

According to Breitbart News:

Rivera told police that Tibbetts was jogging when he saw her, according to prosecutors. That is when he said he approached Tibbetts and started talking to her. After Tibbetts told Bahena Rivera that she would call the police if he did not stop following her, the illegal alien allegedly chased her and says he “blacked out” after this.

Rivera lived in the county, an area which is surrounded by sanctuary cities, and with a “stolen ID and social security card,” he had found work at a local dairy farm.

Rivera is being represented by two tax-payer funded attorneys, Chad and Jennifer Frese.

They have just filed a 29-page motion which was obtained by the Des Moines Register. They claim that Rivera’s constitutional rights were violated because the local Iowa police who questioned him failed to make it “clear that he could have contacted the Mexican consulate before speaking to law enforcement.”

The filing states:

Providing this information to Bahena Rivera — a confused, exhausted and vulnerable Mexican national was seeking trustworthy help — would have triggered an invocation of consular notification and a decision to await the consulate’s assistance before making any other statements.

They also claim that Rivera was not read his Miranda Rights “until hours into a 12-hour interview — a violation of his constitutional rights that they claim should nullify his alleged murder confession.”

The attorneys wrote that he has “very limited Mexican education” and is “wholly unfamiliar with the U.S. criminal justice system.”

The case is due to go to trial on November 12 and has already been postponed once as Rivera’s attorneys try to have his confession thrown out of the case. They have already managed to “move the trial to a less white, more Hispanic-populated county in the state.”

Should Rivera’s confession be thrown out because he wasn’t read his Miranda rights until several hours into his interview? Should he escape punishment because police forgot to read them for a few hours?

I am not a lawyer, but it’s possible the police did not arrest Rivera until several hours into questioning because that is when they determined he was the killer.

The law states (and I’m sure that exceptions apply) if an individual is not read their Miranda rights, the evidence gathered cannot be used to establish guilt in court.

What happens then in the Rivera case, when the rights were read several hours into the confession? The court filing indicates that, at some point during the interview, he was read his Miranda rights.

Rivera then continued speaking to police for several more hours, signed his confession and then led police to Tibet’s body. The fact that he murdered her is not in question.

This case opens up the hot debate between liberals and conservatives over just which constitutional rights people who enter the U.S. illegally are entitled to. Certain basic human rights apply to citizens and non-citizens alike, but should undocumented immigrants receive the full constitutional rights an American citizen would?

Should American taxpayers be forced to pay for Rivera’s legal representation?

Finally, and most importantly, what about Mollie Tibbetts’ constitutional rights?

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Stop What You’re Doing, Put Your Worries Aside, & Let This Child Sing – She Has a Message We Need to Hear

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Grace Anna Rodgers is amazing.

The 9-year-old entered the world with “spine-crushing dwarfism.”

When she was born, doctors said the cherubic child would likely be deaf, and that her scoliosis — part of a condition called Conradi Hunermann syndrome — could impair her ability to breathe.

How’s that deaf prediction looking now? And you can’t carry a tune without a breath.

She’s been singing since she was 16 months old, and let me tell ya — the girl is good.

In 2013, she became a YouTube sensation thanks to her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

She was 3.

Ever seen a bunch of little kids stand in front of people and sing? At a school program? A church commencement? Most of them stare at their shoes. Or mumble through.

Not Grace.

She let’s it go.

But there were forces at work to see that she never made it onto a stage: Her mother, Angie, writes on the little entertainer’s official website, “Doctors tried to get us to abort her over five different times. It never was an ‘option’ for us.”

And it hasn’t always been easy:

“She has overcome many obstacles including being born blind due to cataracts, severe kyphosis and scoliosis of the spine, and other health issues. She has many other health issues she deals with daily. We almost lost her in 2012 due to complications after surgery. We travel to other states for her health care as far as Maryland as well as in our home state of Kentucky.”

But this little girl is special:

“[S]he is never in a bad mood. She is always singing and happy. She is super smart and loves to entertain. She is a blessing each and every day. God truly gave us a little girl that touches our souls.”

We’re living in a world where some in power are endorsing the abject murder of babies, seconds before birth or even afterward. What has become of the human heart?

To see it beating boldly, watch Grace.

Some people were put on this earth to move us. To teach us. To remind us of things we might otherwise forget. Or never learn. Some people were placed here to do something no one else can do. To inspire us in a way only they can.

Some people were born to sing.

Show them who you are, sweetheart.

-ALEX

 

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Unfathomable: Alyssa Milano Tweets for Gun Control, Pulls the Trigger Against Basic Common Sense

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Some people can’t understand the concept of defending oneself against deadly attacks.

On Sunday, actress-turned-ill-informed-political-bullhorner Alyssa Milano tweeted the following:

“BREAKING: UNFATHOMABLE! The NRA is seeking MORE constitutional protection for guns. While McConnell is doing nothing to protect us from gun violence, Dem Senators are filing an amicus brief tomorrow in the Supreme Court to stop them.”

“Unfathomable.”

Odd; it’s unfathomable that she thinks it’s unfathomable.

The outspoken tweeter notes the need to “protect us from gun violence.”

Ultimately, there’s only one thing that can protect us from gun violence: gun violence.

That’s the whole point of being able to own a firearm for self-defense.

That’s why the police carry them — there’s no other way to adequately protect themselves from bad guys who have guns and won’t obey the murder laws.

Shouldn’t the fact that there’s a black thing with a handle and trigger on the hip of every cop clue people into what’s the best defense against gun violence?

It’s like Ice-T said: “I’ll give up my guns when everyone else [gives up theirs].”

The reason we have mass murder is that some people won’t obey the law against it.

And that leaves us with a significant question: How do you protect yourself against people who don’t obey the law?

Some on the Left have an answer: Make a law.

I’ll say that again, because the nonsensical nature of it bears repeating: Some on the Left believe the way to trip up and score over those who don’t obey the law is to snare them with…a law.

BOOM!

Mission accomplished.



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How is it possible someone could think that?

They’re not listening to the question.

The answer is “the right to defend oneself.” With equal or greater armament.

You cannot be protected by a law from those who don’t obey laws.

Can someone get this on a T-shirt, and fast? Or write it in the sky? How can the message be delivered to those who believe the very thing someone won’t do is the very thing they will always do?

You can’t defend yourself against an attacker with garlic unless they’re Dracula. You can’t protect yourself against an assaulter with Kryptonite unless they’re Superman. You can’t fight back against an assailant with water unless they’re the aliens from Signs or the Wicked Witch of the West.

And you can’t defend against an attacker with a law unless they’re a law-abiding citizen.

To not understand this is…unfathomable.

-ALEX

 

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Bernie Sanders’ Staff Gets Rough With the Press at Iowa State Fair, Push Female Reporter

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The staff and security for Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got a little overzealous in their jobs while the Vermont 2020 candidate attended the Iowa state fair over the weekend.

According to the Washington Examiner, members of the press were doing what the press does and jockeying for position to get the best picture or spot to ask the Senator a question. In reaction, his security and staff began manhandling the press, shoving and grabbing them as they went:

The confrontation erupted after members of the campaign relentlessly pushed the local journalists to make room for Sanders as he made his way to various attractions at the fair on Sunday.

The press pool erupted in chaos as Sanders left the campaign event, which was hosted by the Des Moines Register.

“Do not put your hands on me. You keep pushing me,” the female photographer yelled at the staffer.

Another journalist asked if a different female reporter was okay after she was pushed by Sanders’ campaign workers many times.

Security for the event, as well as members of Sanders’ campaign, repeatedly grabbed and shoved members of the press. One staffer for the Des Moines Register pushed a gate into a reporter for the Washington Examiner after telling him that “not all press” would be allowed to follow Sanders around.

While I can understand that the press can be aggressive themselves, especially to the point of being dangerous, two wrongs don’t make a right, especially when it comes to shoving around female members of the press.

According to the Daily Wire, despite the fact that the physicality was great enough to warrant complaints within the press office, the Des Moines Register, the outlet covering the event, didn’t mention the dust-up between staffers and reporters. In fact, few mainstream press outlets appear to be doing so, at least at the time of this writing.

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Dan Crenshaw Explains His Talk of Red Flag Laws and Encourages Debate Over Emotion

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw caused a bit of an uproar when he revealed that he’d be in support of a red flag law, or in other words, a state action whereby your guns are confiscated by the government if you’re deemed a risk to society in some way.

The Republican, conservative, and Libertarian members of society came down hard on Crenshaw and Trump when the idea of a red flag law was brought to the forefront.

However, Crenshaw noted in a video posted to Twitter that what he would consider a viable red flag law doesn’t look like something Democrats would propose.

“Earlier this week, President Trump indicated his support for something called red flag laws. I stated on Twitter that maybe we should consider them at the state level, maybe we should have a conversation about it, and it should be a conversation,” said Crenshaw.

“Unfortunately, that’s not what happened,” he continued. “What came out of it instead was hate-filled comments, a lot of emotion, a lot of anger, a lot of memes – a lot of memes that could be improved.”

Crenshaw continued by noting that even mentioning the term sent right-leaning Americans into the idea that they had been betrayed and shutting out any conversation about it.

“Clearly even the words ‘red flag law’ just emotionally triggered a lot of people, made you guys really mad at me. It seemed that no amount of explanation was able to quell your fears or convince you otherwise, convince you that somehow the president and I had not betrayed you,” Crenshaw said. “That is not true, of course, and it’s sad that many of you think that, it really is.”

“When we say ‘red flag laws,’ you guys stop listening,” he continued. “You can’t hear what we’re suggesting because, understandably, you automatically assume that we’re just agreeing with the left’s version of that law and we all know that the left’s version would not be good, it would not protect due process. But as it turns out, that isn’t what we’re talking about at all.”

Crenshaw noted the importance of due process when crafting anything like a red flag law.

“Making sure that due process could not be abused is at the heart of any conservative solution to the supposed red flag laws. In our version of what those would look like, I’ve laid out specific safeguards that would have to be in place for us to support any type of red flag law,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw was careful to note that his looking into red flag laws does not mean he was currently crafting any legislation as of yet, and made sure to tell his listeners that he understands the right’s fears of red flag laws.

“Here’s the thing, I understand your fears about bad red flag laws. Red flag law is a general concept,” he explained. “There could be good ones and there can be bad ones. You should be against the bad ones, as I am.”

The tricky part about red flag laws is that they’re easily corruptable or expanded once they’re put in place. Should a shooting occur in a state that has a red flag law in place, calls for expansions on it with inevitably rise and that state would be put in danger of having oppressive and abusive rules put on it in the name of “gun safety.”

Crenshaw urged that nothing can change unless we have an actual conversation about it, instead of resorting to emotional reactions.

“The whole purpose of what the president did, and what I am doing, in trying to start a conversation about this is so that we take control of the narrative and propose solutions that actually do protect due process rights,” Crenshaw said. “[Let’s] ensure that we aren’t on the sidelines when Democrats are proposing blatantly unconstitutional laws that would not protect your due process.”

“It’s a conversation that conservatives have actually been having for a very long time. It’s not new at all and it definitely does not deserve the emotional reaction that it has gotten,” he added. “We are better than that. Let’s be better than that.”

(h/t: Daily Wire)

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Washington Post Shows Why We Don’t Need More Gun Control Laws

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This photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows part of a large cache of weapons seized at a home in the affluent Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Authorities seized more than a thousand guns from the home after getting an anonymous tip regarding illegal firearms sales in a posh area near the Playboy Mansion. Officials say Los Angeles police and the ATF served a search warrant around 4 a.m. Wednesday at the property on the border of the Bel Air and Holmby Hills neighborhoods. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

 

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a stunt feature trying to shape the gun control debate.

As my colleague, Brad Slager, describes it:

It is a jarring visual, one that makes you pause. It is also doing another job; serving as agitprop. To go along with this tabulation it mentions how one third of these names occurred since the Sandy Hook school shooting, declaring a massive rise in these events. What it does not do is show how gun deaths have been on the decline for decades, just as the supposed violence-inducing weapons have been rising in popularity and in numbers.

Read it slowly and out loud. 1196 victims over 54 years. To me, the takeaway from the article is that we are supposed to get exercised over 22 deaths per year in so-called mass shootings–I should say “mass shootings of white people” to really encapsulize what the Washington Post is talking about because what they studiously avoid are shootings carried out to further some criminal enterprise or endeavor:

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To put this in perspective, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 people are killed each year by lightning strikes which should give you an idea of the odds of you or a loved one being the victim of a mass shooting that would gain the interest of the Washington Post.

Cattle kill approximately 22 Americans per year nationwide, and the animals deliberately attack their victims in 75 percent of those cases, according to a 2009 study. About one-third of bovine killers have a history of aggressive behavior. Swine likely kill fewer people than cattle do, but there are no reliable data on this question. The CDC’s mortality statistics group together all mammal attacks apart from those perpetrated by rodents, dogs, and humans. The death count in the mammal-attack category averages about 73 per year, including cattle-related mortalities.

I’m not trying to be flippant about these deaths but let’s not lose sight of the fact that the sole reason the Washington Post is pushing this story is because is believes that by focusing on an extraordinarily infrequent event that it can create an emotional appeal that will, in turn, generate legislation to make gun ownership much more onerous. And make no mistake about it, it is the quest to eliminate your ability to own a firearm that is the objective of the Washington Post and its fellow travelers. Absolutely none of the solutions they are proposing would have done anything at all to prevent the shootings in El Paso or Dayton or nearly every other place.

If the Washington Post really cared about mass shootings, it would have weekend box scores from West Baltimore, Southside Chicago, East LA, and the like. The post realizes that if it does this, then mass shootings will become associated with criminal enterprises and their impact and their ability to shape public policy will be limited.

In a nation of 330 million there is a lot of tragedy every day. Very little of it is actually preventable.  Sorry. I’m not interested in finding “common sense” solutions to a non-problem. I’m not going to participate in negotiating away my rights in search of the good opinion of the left because of a manufactured national crisis. I’m not going to fall for the “do something” bullsh**. Unless and until you can show me how your proposals will only effect people who are definitely going to become mass shooters and not scoop of a hundredfold inoffensive people for every one, then we’re done.

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CNN and Oliver Darcy Decry the ‘Polluted’ Newscape While Continuing to Generate Biased Litter

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Our media betters pretend to care about the condition of the news without looking into any of their own mirrors.

When the death of Jeffery Epstein was announced late on Friday it took no time at all for the talk on social media to speculate on how the announced sucide was anything but that. What was telling was how people from both sides of the political spectrum were forwarding their impressions on how Epstein was more likely to have been dispatched, rather than have taken his own life.

This was displayed on Twitter in rather blatant fashion early Saturday morning. As the announcement was spreading across the platform there was a complete storyline taking place about how Epstein’s death fits in with a number of others surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton. I say this not to give the story any veracity, but to show how this was in fact a very common narrative on the platform. As the Epstein news was flashing across Twitter the man’s name was actually trending BELOW that of another hashtag — #ClintonBodyCount. Another reared up – #Arkancide – in just as quick of a fashion.

That is the level in which the speculation was being tossed around. However once Donald Trump joined in the game late the media lost its collective minds. Suddenly the topic that so many had been bandying about was an explosive and shameful thing to be mentioned. The press, still unable to recognize when the President is provoking them, reacted in exactly the imbalanced fashion Trump intended. He poked a stick into their cage, and they growled right on cue.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy (filling in for Brian Stelter, out on maternity leave) wrote the outlet’s latest Reliable Sources newsletter. It was filled with hand-wringing and head-shaking over the deplorable condition of the news landscape, with so many repeating or reporting on the “vile” conspiracy narrative. Darcy had plenty to say in a cautionary fashion about how the press should behave in this climate.

“And, while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it needs to be said: With the 2020 campaign approaching, and with bad actors continuing to pollute our information ecosystem, things are going to get worse.”

However in his words of warning one thing Darcy does not do is acknowledge his own network’s role in the “polluting”. For him to pretend that he and his network have not been tossing garbage theories over the transom and tossing false narratives out the windows of their driving news cycle is utter hilarity. I guess he expects us to pretend that for two and a half years they did not attempt to sell the Russian collusion narrative, absent anything approaching solid evidence.

But Darcy himself exposes his own contribution to the littered media landscape. He recently sent out a tweet referencing a New York Times article that attempts to claim the El Paso shooter was reliant upon conservative media, using similar words such as “invasion” in his manifesto.

This is Darcy polluting in the highest order. For him to attempt to sell this garbage theory he has to ignore the fact thee shooter began his opinions on the matter years before Donald Trump’s rise — that is, during the Obama administration. Darcy also bypasses the numerous leftist positions he held. He also completely pretends the Dayton shooter – with his support of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — no longer exists.

It is just more of the same from this media complex. They have strewn their biased garbage all around the political lands, and then step back and point fingers at others over all of the “pollution” they witness. In a word, the accusations are pure garbage.

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