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Uruguay and Venezuela Warn Citizens To Avoid Travel To Baltimore

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro demonstrates his Salt Bae sprinkling technique during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Maduro demonstrated the technique after speaking about the invitation to the famed Nusr-Et steakhouse in Istanbul when he stopped over briefly in Turkey on the way home from a trip to China to raise badly needed investment. Videos of Maduro feasting on a steak is drawing fury from opponents of the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

 

CBS Baltimore reports that Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advisory to citizens planning travel to Baltimore. To be fair, two other U.S. cities, Albuquerque and Detroit, made the list as well.

The travel warning came in the wake of the El Paso and the Dayton, Ohio mass shootings which occurred last weekend. The Ministry cited the Ceoworld Magazine 2019 index as a reference.

In addition, the Venezuelan government warned its citizens against travel to several U.S. cities including Baltimore. The other cities to avoid include Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Stockton and Buffalo. In their advisory, the government stated that these cities “are among the 20 most dangerous in the world,” citing a study from “Forbes (2019).”

The feud between President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) which has heated up in the last couple of weeks has thrust the city of Baltimore into the national spotlight.

At a campaign rally in Cincinnati last week, Trump told his supporters that “the homicide rate in Baltimore is significantly higher than El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala. I believe it’s higher than, give me a place that you think is pretty bad, give me a place.”

The U.S. State Department currently has a “Level 2: Exercise Extreme Caution” warning in effect for U.S. citizens considering travel to Uruguay. For Venezuela, the State Department has issued a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” warning.

I think I’d rather take my chances in Baltimore or Detroit.

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Mika Brzezinski Gives a Wildly Dishonest Defense of Joaquin Castro’s Doxxing Efforts and Nobody’s Buying It

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“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski interviews Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) – 8/7/19. Screen grab via MSNBC.

Just one day after unhinged MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski claimed President Trump “wanted” members of the Hispanic community targeted and murdered by white nationalists, Morning Joe‘s worse half (but not by much) was defending Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) and his efforts at doxxing Trump supporters in his own Congressional district.

Here’s how Brzezinski teed up the segment (transcribed):

“I just actually am doing some math here and I’d love to hear the Congresman, um, sort of give his point of view on this. But you know, the conversation out there about, you know, where this is all coming from and who’s creating the danger seems kind of ridiculous.

You’re not releasing any new information or revealing any secrets. You’re literally framing what is already public information. And wouldn’t you want more people to know who was funding which presidential campaign?

And if you’re proud of funding President Trump, you need to understand that that will be public information. And all you’re doing is trying to explain what it is in terms of the policies or the morals that you are funding.”

She then went on to talk about how Trump “spews hate speech”, asking the question “who’s creating the danger?”, which allowed Castro to begin what he believed was a good defense of his underhanded tactics.

Watch her interview with Castro below:

I’m going to analyze her comments in just a second, but before I do that I wanted to also note that co-host Willie Geist, unlike Mika, wasn’t interested in plumping Castro’s pillow. Geist followed up by asking very important questions as to his motivations and what he thought would come of the doxxing:

“Congressman, as you look at this list — and you even put their addresses out there. It’s easy to find them,” Geist said. “These people are undoubtedly already being harassed online or perhaps face to face in some cases, they could be.”

“What do you say to those people this morning when you say, ‘I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed? I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home?’ What do you say to them? Do you want them to repent for their support of President Trump or what do you want from them?”

Castro said he does not want anyone “harassed or targeted” over the donations, but Geist quickly said “they will be because you put their names in public.”

“That was not my intention,” Castro replied. “These things are public. No, what I want is for people to think twice about supporting a guy who is fueling hate in this country.”

“It’s public information,” co-host Mika Brzezisnki attempted to interject.

Geist pushed back again later, pointing to Castro’s comments that President Trump’s rhetoric has led to violence.

“If you agree rhetoric can lead to incitement, even if it triggers one person to do something terrible, does it give you any pause to put these names out in public?” Geist asked.

“Well, Willie, they’re already public, they’re already out there,” Castro responded.

“There are 11 retirees and one homemaker who are not public,” Geist noted.

“And this was already circulating. I shared it, so I didn’t create the graphic,” Castro replied.

“I didn’t create the graphic”? That is seriously lame. Wow. Seriously lame. And weak.

Watch the segment below:

Mika noting that the information is already available to the public is a talking point many on the left have used to justify Castro’s incitement. It completely misses the point. It shouldn’t be available to the public. Not only that, but just because it is available to the public doesn’t mean a politician should irresponsibly put it on blast for people with axes to grind who otherwise wouldn’t have a clue where to look to see it:

Furthermore, Mika’s husband Joe (who is also on board with ‘outing’ Trump supporters and their political donations) was allegedly one of many targets – most of them Congressional Democrats and media types – of alleged domestic terrorist Christopher Hasson, who the feds describe as a white supremacist. Both Mika and Joe both have blamed Trump for Scarborough being targeted by Hasson, claiming Trump “fans the flames of hatred” with his words and actions.

So by their own words previously on the subject of domestic terror threats, Mika and Joe believe a politician’s words and actions can incite bad people to attempt to hurt and kill other people. Yet when a Democratic politician posts the names, personal addresses, and employment information of people in his district who have made the maximum donation to Trump, they’re totally okay with it. Because it’s legal to do or something.

Both Mika and Joe’s defenses of Castro are dishonest, despicable, and just plain wrong. But going by their rules, if something bad does happen to any of the people on Castro’s dox list, we’ll make sure to assign full blame to Mika and Joe – and also let people know that the couple “wanted” the bad things to happen.

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The Media Crossed a Line This Week and There’s No Going Back

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In this file photo Mika Brzezinski waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. President Donald Trump has used a series of tweets to go after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who’ve criticized Trump on their MSNBC show “Morning Joe.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

This has been one of the most hectic and disturbing news cycles I can remember.

It started off with three mass shootings within a 24 hour period, one in El Paso, one in Dayton, and one in Chicago. Because the latter two didn’t fit the narrative, they were essentially memory-holed right away. I don’t think the shooting in Chicago even made national news for the most part.

While acts of evil are distressing enough, it was the response to those shootings which has brought such a unique dread to the public sphere. Bad things have happened throughout our history, but the venom with which one side is attacking the other over things they had nothing to do with has reached a new level in the modern era. It really does feel like we are coming apart at the seams, with near majorities of the country being accused of “white supremacy” by some major figures simply for supporting a politician.

Driving the division, broad brushing, and hatred this week had been the liberal media. Whether it’s newspapers amplifying the disgusting rhetoric of people like Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren or the constant stream of divisive, racially tinged editorials that are being pushed out, there’s no question of their role. The cable news beat has been even worse, with one MSNBC host actually saying that Donald Trump wants there to be mass shootings while another threatened business owners as complicit in white supremacy who donate to the GOP.

I never thought I’d say this during the Trump era because things are also so crazy, but this week was different. A line was crossed by the media and there’s no going back.

Here’s a sampling of some of the insane and incredibly dangerous rhetoric that’s been bandied about.

Meanwhile, you had outlets like The Daily Beast making up quotes in order to further incite hatred toward Mitch McConnell. That hatred manifested in a protest outside his house where people actually screamed that they wanted to stab the Senate Majority Leader in the heart. Twitter decided to scrub the video from their platform for obvious reasons, but here’s another source.

Things escalated further when Joaquin Castro decided to publicly post a chart containing the names, addresses, and employers of Trump donors. This was obviously done to spurn harassment of those individuals, who included retirees and a homemaker among the list of non-public figures. There would be no other reason to do what Castro did, even though he’s attempting to claim otherwise now.

While the press continues to blame Republicans for their “rhetoric,” there’s no question that the vitriol we’ve seen from the left this week dwarfs anything anyone on the mainstream right has ever said or done in a political setting. Period. Calling entire voting blocks white supremacists, doxxing donors, yelling for the death of a Senator, asserting Republicans want mass shootings to occur, threatening people for their political activities, asserting the President wants to exterminate a race – these are not the rantings of sane people looking for de-escalation of rhetoric. They are the drivers of escalation in our rhetoric and it’s reaching dangerous levels.

There’s no coming back from this for the media. There will never be a time when a majority of the country trusts them again. They will always now be looked on with scorn by far more people than approve of their actions. No amount of rehabilitation post-Trump is going to save this current generation of journalists and cable news pundits from the credibility death spiral they chose to enter.

These people have lost it. They are so caught up in their bubbles that they can’t even function with any sense of rationality. As the press as an institution finally burns to the ground, they have no one to blame but themselves and things are only going to get worse.

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Hollywood’s Rosanna Arquette Apologizes for Being White. She Announces Her Shame & Disgust Over Her Birth

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We’re living in strange times. “Morality” used to be a set of behavioral dictates not too dissimilar to the Ten Commandments. But these days, the rules are a bit more complex. Sometimes, it seems, one of the most offensive things someone can do is be born.

On Wednesday, Hollywood actress Rosanna Arquette — whose Twitter profile notes that she “[resists] fascism on a daily basis” — apologized for her skin. And her birth.

She’s sorry for it.

And disgusted with herself.

And ashamed of herself for doing it.

Waaay more advanced than “Thou Shalt Not Steal.”

Her tweet probably wasn’t wholly disconnected from one three hours earlier:

That seems to be a popular claim as of late — see here, here, here, and here.

She also, inexplicably, believes the President — who was loved by Hollywood until 2 or 3 minutes ago — is trying to ignite a race war:

Are they confusing New York’s eccentric billionaire with Charles Manson?

Honestly, from the things I’ve seen in my performance of this job, it’s less outlandish an idea than it should be.

If you’re not completely clear on who Rosanna is, she was featured in Pulp Fiction and The Whole Nine Yards. In 1985, she co-starred with Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Now she’s desperately seeking an end to fascism, racism, and what the Manson Kids hoped for.

And in the fight, as she assured The Guardian…

“I’m a ‘take no sh**’ kind of person. I’ve never kept my mouth shut, especially as my industry is so misogynistic. I’ve got a reputation as a troublemaker.”

Well there ya go.

Primo Example-O:

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Twitter Shuts Down Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Account Because They Didn’t Like Him Making the Left Look Bad

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Over and over we hear the refrain from the left and the media and the Vichy Republicans that the idea that Big Tech is actively trying to stifle conservative voices is a myth. Well, that’s not entirely true. You do have the whole group of former Republicans at The Bulwark and their buddies who see their own milquetoast form of conservatism as being the financial benefactor as no one really cares what their opinion is enough to stifle them. Those are the ones chanting “muh private company” and such.

While the evidence has been overwhelming for quite a while it has been largely ignored because the targets were conservative pundits and provocateurs. Now Twitter has take the full-blown step into election manipulation. They actually suspended Mitch McConnell’s senatorial campaign Twitter account.

As my colleague Sister Toldjah related, on Sunday night a rather unhinged mob descended on Mitch McConnell’s personal residence and shouted obscenities and threats at him. The video of this low level political violence that is actively encouraged by Nancy Pelosi an her henchcreatures was pushed out on Twitter by Mitch McConnell’s campaign and by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra. Twitter didn’t like it. Both the McConnell campaign and Saavedra had their Twitter accounts suspended. This is the story:

The McConnell campaign wasn’t all that amused, either.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.

After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville, the campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, has been locked out.

“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.

“Twitter will allow the words of “Massacre Mitch” to trend nationally on their platform, but locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”

If a television station or radio station had pulled a stunt like this, it would be in violation of federal election law. They simply are not allowed to refuse to carry candidate campaign ads. That Twitter blithely removed a candidate’s campaign messages from its platform is either violation of the law or is should be (and Facebook does the same, see the case of Elizabeth Heng who had her ads pulled because she had fairly tame images of the Cambodian genocide her family survived). Regardless of the legality, this was flagrant interference by a private corporation in a federal senatorial campaign.

As Saavedra points out, Twitter had zero problem with the demonstrators distributing the images. They had not problems with threats being directed at McConnell. They only had a problem when the threats were pushed out as a negative story.

This nonsense has to stop. We can’t let our republican system of government and the elections that underpin it become the plaything of three or four megacorporations and the billionaires that run them. The time is long past of a vigorous action on the part to Department of Justice to do whatever it takes, up to and including bankrupting these behemoths, to make them stay the hell out of our elections.

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ANTIFA’s First Mass Killer?

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ANTIFA’s First Mass Killer?

Most of us are pretty aware that the Dayton shooter had a public profile that aligned with leftist philosophy and groups like ANTIFA. “Dayton shooter Connor Betts may be antifa’s first mass killer,” is yesterday’s New York Post article that dives into more detail about this leftist killer than the rest of the Leftist press combined.

From the article,

“Kill every fascist,” the shooter declared in 2018 on twitter, echoing a rallying cry of antifa ideologues. Over the next year, his tweets became increasingly violent. “Nazis deserve death and nothing else,” he tweeted last October. Betts frequently flung the label “Nazi” at those with whom he disagreed online.

As a historical note, “Facist” and “Nazi” were the most vile appellations that could be hurled at you in the former Soviet Union, more proof that just because your team is all on the left side of the spectrum, doesn’t mean you will necessarily like each other. This is similar to some Blacks’ antipathy for Jews and Homosexuals (Jessi Jackson’s “Hymie town,” comment) or Al Sharpton’s (“You ain’t nothing, you a punk faggot. Now come on, do something!”).

The article goes on to point out the the difference between how the leftists treated mentions of the El Paso killer, trumpeting his “manifesto” while trying to link him to The President. Contrast that to the virtual silence regarding the one in Dayton, once they found out there was no question about his leftist leanings and support for a leading Democrat Presidential candidate.

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders succinctly condemned white nationalism — the ideology espoused by the El Paso shooter in his purported 2,300-word manifesto.

However, when it comes to condemning the Dayton shooter’s militant far-left views, all remain mum. Others, such as anti-police activist Shaun King, even claimed the Dayton shooter targeted blacks in a hate crime, though ­racism doesn’t appear to have been a component of his twisted worldview.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the hypocrisy and sheer political vindictiveness of the Leftists is breathtaking. Knowing full well that the Dayton shooter displayed not one whit of any kind of racist intent, they still use his actions to promote the idea of a white supremacy epidemic and advocate for the confiscation of firearms.

Mention of ANTIFA? It almost had to be squeezed out of them. I’d say what we have at the end of the day, usa a public that has been diverted from the fact that ANTIFA might just have scored their first mass murder.

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Baltimore Sun Treats Conservative Activist’s Cleanup Efforts Like Garbage Because He Made Democrats Look Bad

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Most people reading this have heard the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished.” But in case you haven’t, the editors at the Baltimore Sun have helpfully – though inadvertently – provided us with a case study on just what the phrase means in real time with a sneering editorial they recently published on conservative efforts to clean up the city.

We’ll get to that in a moment, but first a bit of back story.

Brandon Morse wrote Tuesday about the inspiring story of conservative activists who stepped up to the plate to help citizens in the poverty-stricken areas of Baltimore. The effort was organized in the aftermath of the uproar over President Trump’s criticisms of the city and of Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose Congressional district runs through Baltimore.

Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reported on the effort:

Nearly 300 volunteers removed a toilet, chairs, tables and spare tires, among other things, from piles of trash in a west Baltimore alley. The volunteers completely cleared out what was an impassable alley, making a real difference and a real dent in the condition of the neighborhood.

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Most of the volunteers don’t live in the neighborhood. Many of them live in other states, such as Ohio and North Carolina, and nearly all of them heard about the cleanup from Scott Presler, the organizer.

“I never intended it to turn into a national event. It was never supposed to be this big,” Presler said.

Presler, who said he is an ardent supporter of Trump, is a grassroots conservative activist who has an enormous social media following. Presler said one tweet last week launched 1,000 trash bags in Monday’s efforts.

Presler, who also told the news outlet that the gathering was not meant to be “pro-Trump” or “anti-Elijah Cummings”, posted numerous photos and videos of the clean-up day on his Twitter page.

Phil Yacuboski from WBAL also posted some photos and videos to his Twitter account:

You’d think that the volunteerism would be appreciated for what it was, right? Well, it was to residents of the community, as Presler’s videos make clear. But it wasn’t by the liberal editorial board at the Baltimore Sun.

Instead of devoting a significant amount of space on their website to praising the diverse group of volunteers for bringing the community together for positive change, they zeroed in on casting doubts on Presler’s stated motivations for organizing the event.

In a condescending piece titled “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”, here’s what they wrote (bolded emphasis added by me):

The effort was organized by pro-Trump activist Scott Presler. He claimed the event was not political. Yes, he was inspired to come by tweets from President Donald Trump describing the area, represented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, as a “rodent infested mess.” But the visit wasn’t about showing support or animosity for either man, he said.

Call us skeptical.

Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore. More than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash, according to Mr. Presler’s Twitter feed. He doesn’t post any photos of the totality of the trash, so we’ll have to take his word for it.

But if this was all about “Americans helping Americans,” why all the videos of Baltimore residents thanking Mr. Trump for bringing attention to the issue? We happen to know that not everybody in West Baltimore feels that way. And in the same posts as the videos, why the frequent reminders that this is in act Mr. Cummings’ district?

Then there’s the photo of a Washington Post front page from the day that President Barack Obama was first elected. Mr. Presler tweeted that volunteers found the strikingly un-yellowed, decade-old newspaper among the trash. “Obama Makes History. U.S. decisively elects first black president,” the headline reads on the page. “It’s been 11 years,” Mr. Presler tweeted in what reads as a not-so-subtle critique of how much good Mr. Obama did for Baltimore.

What the Baltimore Sun is really getting at is revealed in the next paragraph, where they accidentally admit the real reason they’re “skeptical” of Presler’s motivations: because his efforts and those of the other volunteers made the Democrats who have run the city into the ground look bad:

Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?

Conservatives literally cannot win with liberals. If they don’t step up to do their part and instead continue to complain behind a keyboard, they’re “part of the problem” and “racists.” But if they do volunteer, they’re still up to no good because they’re making Democrats look bad. Oh, and they’re still “racists.”

I’d say “shame on the Baltimore Sun” if I thought they had any.

Related –>> The Baltimore Sun looks at volunteers cleaning a city and only manages to see problems

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Remember Mueller’s Peculiar 9-Minute Press Conference In May? There Was A Reason For It

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In a little noticed exchange during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last month, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) tried to determine why he had held his peculiar press conference on May 29th.

McClintock asked, “Did your May 29th press conference have anything to do with the fact that the previous day, the judge threatened to hold your prosecutors in contempt for misrepresenting evidence?”

Mueller replied, “No.” (Please scroll down to view a transcript of this exchange.)

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, who presided over the special counsel’s case against two Russian internet “trolling” firms, wished to question prosecutors from the Mueller team about a concern she shared with the defendants’ attorneys. She called for a closed hearing to be held on May 28th.

Judge Friedrich and the defendants’ attorneys claimed that the Mueller report contained “misleading language” about the Russian government’s role in 2016 election interference. Recently released court documents suggest she insisted on changes and “privately threatened to hold his [Mueller’s] team in criminal contempt of court.”

The hastily arranged press conference held the next day appears to be the Mueller team’s attempt at “damage control.”

If this is proven to be true, then Mueller may have perjured himself when he told Rep. McClintock (under oath) that the hearing held on May 28 had nothing to do with his press conference the following day.

It almost goes without saying that the Mueller team wished to leave the impression that “the Kremlin had interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win.”

Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry reported:

Although no reporters were allowed inside, it is now known that Friedrich agreed with one defendant’s claims that Mueller had overstated the evidence when he implied in his report to Congress that the trolls were controlled by the Russian government and that the social media operations they conducted during the 2016 presidential campaign were directed by Moscow. News organizations had seized on the highly suggestive wording in his report to report they were part of a Kremlin-run operation.

Judge Dabney Friedrich ordered Mueller to stop overstating evidence of Kremlin-directed interference.

Concerned that Mueller’s words could prejudice a jury and jeopardize the defendants’ right to a fair trial, Friedrich ordered the special prosecutor to stop making such claims and “to minimize the prejudice moving forward” — or face sanction.

Friedrich’s ruling stated, “The government shall refrain from making or authorizing any public statement that links the alleged conspiracy in the indictment to the Russian government. Willful failure to do so in the future will result in the initiation of contempt proceedings.”

The judge explained that Mueller’s report improperly referred to the defendants’ “social media operations” as one of “two principal interference operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections” carried out by the Russian government. She also pointed out that he referred to their Internet trolling as “active measures” — a term of art that typically includes operations conducted by Russian intelligence to influence international affairs. She said this was a departure from the government’s original February 2018 indictment, which “does not link the defendants to the Russian government” and “alleges only private conduct by private actors.”

Friedrich further directed the prosecution to make clear that its allegations are simply that and “remain unproven.” She also admonished Mueller’s team from expressing “an opinion on the defendant’s guilt or innocence.”

The next day, Mueller called the press conference in which he read a prepared statement and took no questions afterward. I wrote about it here, here and here.

Mueller’s most important words, and everyone seemed to miss their significance at the time, were that the “Russians he had indicted were “private” entities and “presumed innocent.””

In order to satisfy Judge Friedrich’s demands, the Mueller team needed to drop the part of their narrative that tied the defendants to the Russian government.

It appeared to have worked. Friedrich’s July 1st opinion was unsealed later that month. She wrote that Mueller had “demonstrated the government had complied with her order with his statements to the media.” The opinion read:

In delivering his remarks, the special counsel carefully distinguished between the efforts by ‘Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military’ and the efforts detailed ‘in a separate indictment’ by ‘a private [italics in original] Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens [italics in original] posed as Americans in order to interfere in the election.’

The media was unaware of this behind the scenes action until the court records were unsealed. Even then, it was not a major news item.

Which brings us back to Rep. McClintock’s exchange with Robert Mueller during his disastrous July 24th testimony before Congress.

As mentioned above, Mueller refused to acknowledge to McClintock that his press conference was related to his team’s dealings with Judge Friedrich.

Sperry contacted McClintock who said, “It certainly doesn’t pass the smell test…If he lied, he’s guilty of perjury and lying to Congress. I think this would be of interest to the U.S. attorney investigating misconduct in this matter and the inspector general’s office.”

But McClintock knows that House Judiciary chair, Jerry Nadler, would never refer Mueller to the DOJ for lying to Congress, and obviously wishes circumstances were different. After all, Mueller has charged Trump associates with similar offenses.

Transcript of McClintock questioning Mueller:

McClintock: Your report famously links Russian Internet troll farms with the Russian government. Yet at a hearing on May 28 in the Concord Management-IRA [Internet Research Agency] prosecution that you initiated, the judge excoriated you and [Attorney General William] Barr [who publicly recited Mueller’s claims from the report] for producing no evidence to support this claim. Why did you suggest Russia was responsible for the troll farms, when in court you’ve been unable to produce any evidence to support it?

Mueller: Well, I am not going to get into that any further than I — than I already have.

McClintock: But — but you — you have left the clear impression throughout the country, through your report, that it — it was the Russian government behind the troll farms. And yet, when you’re called upon to provide actual evidence in court, you fail to do so.

Mueller: Well, I would again dispute your characterization of what occurred in that — in that proceeding.

McClintock: In — in — in fact, the judge considering — considered holding prosecutors in criminal contempt. She backed off, only after your hastily called press conference the next day in which you retroactively made the distinction between the Russian government and the Russia troll farms. Did your press conference on May 29th have anything to do with the threat to hold your prosecutors in contempt the previous day for publicly misrepresenting the evidence?

Mueller: What was the question?

McClintock: The — the question is, did your May 29th press conference have anything to do with the fact that the previous day the judge threatened to hold your prosecutors in contempt for misrepresenting evidence?

Mueller: No.

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Putting Partisanship Above Her Community’s Pain, Dayton Mayor Encourages People to Protest Trump’s Arrival

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A masked gunman in body armor opened fire early Sunday in the popular entertainment district in Dayton, killing several people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before he was quickly slain by police, officials said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

 

 

As I wrote previously, “It seems to me that Democratic politicians and media mavericks have never been more shameful than in the aftermath of mass shootings in the era of Trump” (here).

Consider the actions of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. In anticipation of the President’s respectful arrival following a horrific mass murder, she encouraged the citizens of Ohio to engage in political protest.

Just pitiful.

Here’s what she had to say:

“I have lots of protesters all the time and even my friends protest me from time to time, so I’m glad that they’re using their right to give free speech comment. Look, I know that [Trump has] made this bed and he’s got to lie in it.”

To what “bed” was she referring? That of being relentlessly and unreasonably denigrated by Democratic politicians and media figures? Or was she suggesting he was somehow complicit in the mass killing which took nine lives and wounded more than two dozen?

She continued:

“His rhetoric has been painful for many in our community. I think the people should stand up and say they’re not happy if they’re not happy that he’s coming.”

Regardless of the inference, it certainly wasn’t time to stoke the fires of dissension.

In the aftermath of the murders, the President offered his thoughts from the Diplomatic Reception Room:

“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives.  America weeps for the fallen.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Nan:

“I’m disappointed with his remarks, I mean, I think they fall really short. He mentioned, like, gun issues one time. I think watching the president over the past few years on the issues of guns, I don’t know if he knows what he believes, frankly.”

Trump had, in fact, reached out to the mayor on the day of the slayings and told her he’d be coming.

In his commentary immediately following the violence, he correctly read a scripted mistake referring to Toledo as the location of the slaughter.

Upon waiting for the Commander-in-Chief’s visit, she took a shot:

“I mean, I’ve heard that he’s coming Wednesday, but I’ve not gotten a call. And you know, he might be going to Toledo, I don’t know.”

Is this the best our leaders can do?

-ALEX

 

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FBI Says the Media Wrongly Labeled Gilroy Shooter a “White Supremacist”

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Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting including Ned Peppers bar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

As we’ve learned in the past week, the political ideologies of mass shooters are deeply important unless they are on the far left. Then it’s irrelevant and it’s journalistic malpractice to even report on it. That’s the contrast that’s been drawn between the shooting in El Paso and the one that took place in Dayton, OH early the next morning.

I’ve been assured on social media that the difference is that the El Paso shooter left a manifesto (which has still not been technically confirmed) and that the Dayton shooter didn’t. Therefore, I’m told, it’s completely out of bounds to draw any speculation from the latter’s calls to violence against “fascists,” his repeating of Antifa rhetoric, or his support for socialism.

The weird thing about that standard is that it didn’t apply just a week earlier. There was a shooting in Gilroy, CA where a murderer cut through a fence at a garlic festival and killed three people, injuring 12 others in the process.

Almost immediately after the shooting, the media begin to report on an Instagram post where the shooter encouraged people to read a 19th century book entitled “Might Is Right.” This was all the hook they needed to proclaim the killer a white supremacist and tie him to the right at large.

You can find various mainstream media outlets rushing to print that detail here, here, and here. To date, NBC News, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast have not reported on much more pervasive evidence of left-wing radicalization present with the Dayton shooter.

The double standard is simply brazen. How brazen? Here’s The Daily Beast’s Justin Miller providing the shot and chaser.

Miller made that statement with essentially no evidence except a vague Instagram post recommending a book. That was the extent of evidence that the Gilroy shooter was a white supremacist, yet The Daily Beast had no issues jumping to conclusions.

Less than a week later, Miller had done a complete flip-flop on what’s appropriate to report about shooters though. What changed?

Worse, the FBI has come out and chastised the media for wrongly reporting that the Gilroy shooter was a white supremacist based on a single social media post.

FBI officials called media reports characterizing the Gilroy festival gunman’s ideology “wrong” after outlets referenced a social media post and literature associated with white supremacists.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday outside the festival grounds — where three were killed and 12 injured Sunday — John Bennett, FBI special agent in charge, said investigators still do not know what the ideology was of the 19-year-old shooter, Santino William Legan.

“We’re looking at multiple threads of conversations that he’s had,” Bennett told reporters, according to footage from KTVU. “However, we’re still not comfortable in saying it’s an ideology, one way or another.”

Now, perhaps the Gilroy shooter is a white supremacist? The point here is not to argue he is or isn’t. It’s to argue that we have no real evidence of that and to point out the incredibly blatant double standard that exists in the media when it comes to reporting on a shooter’s background.

If it can be tied to the right, the media run with every detail on a social media account with no question. They speculate, they connect dots, and they draw conclusions, as we saw in dozens of headlines about the Gilroy shooter. Yet, when it’s a leftist with an incredibly clear radical ideology calling for violence, suddenly they learn what caution is. That’s not accidental.

Even now, the FBI hasn’t reached any conclusions in the shooting. In fact, it appears that whatever ideology he had adopted didn’t follow the common trends found in white supremacist shootings.

A list of organizations found on the shooter’s digital media, which Bennett says may have been potential targets, includes “religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival.”

If the religious institutions mentioned here were synagogues, that would provide some clarity, but the fact that the FBI aren’t citing that as anything conclusive probably means it was a mixture, including Christian targets. He was targeting both political parties on the list as well. Targeting government buildings could lend itself to more of an anarchist ideology.

As I’ve said before, I’d love to live in a world where neither side rushes to blame their political opponents for things deranged, evil individuals do. The problem is that the double standard is so obvious that sitting idly by isn’t much of an option. If the press are going to rush and try to tie every shooter with a hint of white supremacist ideology to the right, why should right leaning outlets be expected to show more restraint than “journalists” when it comes to mass shooter’s with left-wing ideology?

Maybe one day everyone can take a deep breath and we stop this madness. I don’t foresee that day coming anytime soon though in our current media environment.

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