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Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Haven’t Stopped Falling Yet

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is still watching her viewers burn off by thousands, continuing a trend that’s been going on since the release of the Mueller report cleared President Donald Trump of the wrongdoing she and her fellow leftist hosts swore up and down he was guilty of.

According to the latest numbers as reported by the Daily Caller, “The Rachel Maddow Show” averaged 2,450,000 viewers a night during June, which is a significant drop from 2,608,000 during the month of May. This is a long fall, especially given the fact that she used to compete with the top cable news show “Hannity” on Fox News:

Maddow’s show was the third-highest rated show on cable news behind “Hannity,” which finished first with 3,217,000 average viewers per night, and “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which finished in second place with an average of 2,841,000 average viewers per night. Both Hannity and Carlson saw an increase in viewership from the month of May, improving from 3,138,000 average viewers per night, and 2,761,000 viewers per night, respectively.

It’s pretty clear at this point that people were tuning into Maddow’s show because she was hammering home the idea that Trump really was guilty of collusion and obstruction. People were glued to their televisions after work at every claim, clue, and report that made Trump look like the criminal the left had always said he was.

Upon the news being released that he was nothing of the sort, the masses had no reason to continue watching Maddow’s program, and chunk by chunk, the public is going to find better things to watch. Meanwhile, Hannity and Tucker Carlson are only growing their audiences.

Maddow’s not alone, however. Media attendance is down across the board for many different leftist outlets, especially CNN, who is even having to close down its offices in London on top of their falling ratings.

 

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Navy SEAL: Eddie Gallagher Acquitted of War Crimes Charges by Court Martial

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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher embraces his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Diego. The decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

Yesterday, a court-martial panel at Naval Base San Diego found Navy Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher not guilty of all but one charge in a seven-count indictment that included premeditated murder. He was convicted of disobeying a lawful general regulation by posing with the corpse of an ISIS fighter in a photo.

This is one of those cases that never should have been brought based on the evidence. It further demonstrated that the institutional Navy had decided that it needed Gallagher’s scalp hanging on its lodgepole to remind the warriors in the field that it is actually the fat-assed, bespectacled, gender-questioning types (NTTAWWT) who call the shots in today’s Navy.

The nitwits and boobs who comprise the NCIS (the real one, not the bullsh** television show) seemingly slanted statements to show criminality. The lead NCIS investigator was accused of shaping and coaching testimony of the people he interviewed. The prosecutor in the case used a type of malware to monitor the communications of Gallagher’s attorney and was dismissed. There was no body and no autopsy. Apparently, there was actual film of the incident that cleared Gallagher but the case was pressed anyway. The government’s lead witness, a Navy Corpsman…or Corpseman, if you speak Obama…testifying under a grant of immunity…said that he, himself, killed the ISIS fighter. The Navy’s own expert testified that he didn’t have a clue as to what killed the fighter because there was no body. A witness said Gallagher didn’t kill the prisoner.

All in all, the Navy pulled out all the stops to convict Gallagher. When President Trump broached the idea of pardoning him, a platoon of tame, stump-broke veterans appeared to convict Gallagher as a callous murderer and claim that his pardon would turn our armed forces into marauders who, to quote some famous dipwad, “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.”

In the end, he was convicted of something that should never have been taken to a court-martial to begin with.

Gallagher faces up to four months confinement but he’s served over that amount of time in pre-trial confinement because the Navy tried to make him out to be some guy who was threatening witnesses (note he was acquitted of that charge). So, after sentencing, Gallagher walks. Gallagher was with just a few months of retirement when he was charged. He’s probably fully eligible now. The question is whether the Navy cuts its losses and lets him go or digs in and tries to give him a discharge under other than honorable conditions. He could also end up being discharged as an E=1 because if the court-martial panel imposes confinement at hard labor, an automatic reduction to the lowest enlisted grade goes along with it even if the punishment doesn’t specify the reduction in rank.

There are other guys either in prison or currently on parole who were railroaded just as certainly as the Navy tried to rail road Chief Gallagher. President Trump should, at a minimum, appoint a fact-finding commission to look at those convictions if not outright pardon them.

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BREAKING: Trump Calls Report He’s Surrendering on Census Citizenship Question False

Well, this would be surprising if true (or not surprising if we are talking about the media’s penchant for getting this stuff wrong).

Yesterday, RedState’s streiff wrote on what looked like pretty sound reporting that the administration had fully caved on the citizenship question being put on the census. This came on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling the inclusion of the question was constitutional, yet Roberts crossed over to the liberals to assert that Commerce would need to resubmit their reasoning for scrutiny.

The timing, with the census forms needing to go to printer already, made it seem like something that couldn’t be pursued further.

Maybe that report was wrong though?

For Donald Trump’s sake, this better be true. He’s cried wolf a few too many times in the past month and he doesn’t need another hit.

What I suspect happened here is that the original email shown was true, but that Trump didn’t like the backlash and has reversed course. That’s fine. Better to do the right thing late than stick with the wrong thing.

There is no reason whatsoever that a question that was on the census for 175 years can’t and shouldn’t be re-added. The statutory authority to do so is clear. Apportionment for the House is based on census results and it’s clearly against the intent of the Equal Protection Clause to continue to allow areas with high populations of illegal immigrants to garner extra seats.

Print the question and move forward. The Supreme Court has already affirmed the legality of doing so and this decision came down way too late to force such a change. The rest is bureaucratic nonsense that can be fought later.

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Hollywood Avoids Tariff Retribution as China’s Box Office Begins to Lag

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As studios held their breath waiting for some payback economic conditions have changed the game.

Many industries have been worried their products would bear the brunt of economic reprisals in the Mainland following Donald Trump’s tariffs program levied on Chinese products. While a legitimate concern one sector some may not immediately expect to be affected is the entertainment industry, but Hollywood studios have managed to sidestep the economic revenge — for now.

In China the movie industry takes on a deeply curious characteristic, one that is already gauzy and curious here in the US. The ChiCom government wields control over the movie industry not too dissimilar from the way OPEC influences the crude oil commodities markets. The ChiComs operate the theater chains, lord over the production studios, and approve of the content that is permitted onscreen inside theaters. They also keep a very tight reign on the involvement of Hollywood in its marketplace.

Each year only a few dozen Hollywood produced films are allowed into the Chinese film market. And of those permitted the authorities can, and frequently do dictate when particular content has to be removed. Hollywood has shown a willingness to censor its own product in order to gain entry into the lucrative Chinese market. To this extent the ChiComs have floated its explosive film industry as a signifier of the overall health of the nation.

That is why the news that 2019 has shown a significant struggle for the Chinese movie business becomes a source of many questions. At the halfway point of the year the Chinese box office is down a significant -2.6% over 2018 returns. A number of factors have been considered, but the reality is it could have been significantly worse — except for Hollywood. Movies originating from Burbank have seen a sharp increase of nearly 15% over last year. That means the domestically produced films — which the ChiComs deeply favor — have performed even worse than the initial metrics indicate.

The communist government officials keep a very tight clamp on Hollywood productions. While many foreign markets grant Hollywood in the range of 40%- 45% of the box office returns, in China the rate is only 25%. (Chinese co-productions with Hollywood
will see a title returning closer to 40% for US studios.) The government also manipulates the film release schedule to favor home-grown movies. The peak weekends on the calendar are usually denied to Hollywood titles, in order to ensure Chines movies dominate the box office figures.

But now the ChiComs are in a position where they may need to rely on Hollywood films to bail out a flagging marketplace. So far this year two of the top-5 films in China were US-produced — “Avengers: Endgame” ($614b US), and “Bumblebee” ($170b US). In years past when this type of market drop took place the ChiCom movie authorities have relaxed the hard quotas, allowing for more Hollywood titles than normal. Also this year they have encouraged far more non-US titles to be exhibited, with a stark increase of nearly 40% of non-Hollywood foreign films to be shown.

The irony in this is that in order for the flagship marketplace to appear vibrant the Chinese film authorities have had to flood its marketplace with outside content. In order for the Chinese film industry to appear vibrant they are relying on Hollywood, and foreign productions, to make it seem far more successful; the foreign imports used to boost the appearance of a strong local economy.

The unintended result here is that this reliance on Hollywood blockbusters to invigorate the Chinese film business means US studios may be avoiding economic punishment as a result of Donald Trump’s tariffs.

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Dan Crenshaw: AOC’s Only Solution to Border Crisis Is Open Borders, and That’s Not Going to Happen

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Since being sworn in to serve in Congress in January, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has emerged as a leading voice on the border crisis and a persistent vocal critic of the duplicitous tactics of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

He’s ripped Ocasio-Cortez for her absurd comparison of border detention centers to Nazi concentration camps. He’s also called her out over her refusal to consider a funding request to alleviate some of the humanitarian issues at the border – even as she complained about the conditions (months after she asserted the crisis was manufactured).

Most recently, Crenshaw appeared on Fox News‘s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum on Tuesday to discuss what AOC alleged about conditions at the border during her Monday visit, and what he believes her ultimate goal is at it relates to the issue of illegal immigration:

“Now she is saying that border patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets? This is insanity. This is not true. There is no one else corroborating these kinds of reports.

“Yet, she is using it to try and make her case that we shouldn’t have any enforcement and that we should have open borders. This is really dishonest behavior from a member of Congress and I honestly can’t believe it.”

Crenshaw added he believed Ocasio-Cortez is not being forthright on the facts about illegal immigration and the influx of asylum seekers.

“People like AOC are operating off of a false premise, and it’s deliberately designed to misinform the American people for her political ends,” he claimed.

“First there was no crisis at all. Then it was a ‘manufactured crisis,’ then it was a crisis completely created by Trump, then there were ‘concentration camps,’ then people are Nazis.”

The bottom line, Crenshaw suggested, was that AOC and other members of Congress – as well as Democrats running for president – were ultimately advocating for nothing short of full-on open borders with no enforcement:

“What they really want is no enforcement, this is the crux of it. They don’t talk about what the actual problem is which is tens of thousands of people coming across and overwhelming our system,” Crenshaw added. “And then they have to answer the question, should we have a system at all? And they say no. Well what is the point of even having a border? Why even have custom agents at airports if we are not going to enforce any kind of management over who comes in and out of our country? They don’t want to answer these tough questions because in the end they want open borders.”

Watch the full interview segment below:

As to AOC’s claims of abuse and harassment during her visit, the CBP responded by saying her allegations were false. Other witnesses and later visitors to the border dentention centers have disputed some of Ocasio-Cortez’s claims as well.

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Hispanic Pastors Toured Border Facilities And Were SHOCKED (At The Negative Misinformation AOC’s Been Spouting About Them)

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When Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and pastor at New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, heard the reports from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the inhumane conditions at a migrant border facility she toured in El Paso County, Texas, he was “full of indignation.”

Rodriguez, who has advised the last three presidents (including Trump) on immigration, decided to see for himself. And he was shocked. But not by the conditions at the center. Rather, he was amazed at the misinformation AOC and others have been spreading.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

In fact, some told him the sources from whom the negative coverage originated “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.

Rodriguez and the group of pastors he took on the tour of the facility noted that the commitment of the border agents — many of whom are hispanic themselves — was inspiring and their pleas to get that word out that they are not monsters as the press has portrayed them was palpable.

“[Rodriguez] said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the vilification: ‘Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.’”

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Decides to Melt Down Because Democrats Are Left-Wing

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Last weekend, I wrote a piece about two articles penned by Bret Stephens and David Brooks. In them, they both lament the fact that the Democrat party has moved so far to the left, with the main concern being that Donald Trump might win again if it continues.

Stephens’ actual article was quite good in a vacuum as a critique of the Democratic party, but the timing and who the complaints were coming from all seemed a bit self-serving. Now, your concerned about these things? The very things other Republicans figured out years ago? The Democrat party has been moving hard left for over a decade now. That’s what many on the right had on their minds when they pulled the lever for President Trump back in 2016.

We are also talking about writers who endorsed electing Democrats in 2018. Less than a year ago, they were telling everyone to put Nancy Pelosi in as speaker but now I’m supposed to listen to their worries about the Democrat party’s continued march left? There’s no credibility left there.

Stephens and Brooks aren’t the only ones who’ve suddenly discovered Democrats are crazy though.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had quite the meltdown yesterday on Twitter.

You don’t say?

Predictably, liberals didn’t take too kindly to him trying to tell them what to do, so Scarborough kept tweeting.

Would you walk into a Chinese restaurant and complain they aren’t serving spaghetti? Scarborough apparently would.

The Democrat party being left-wing is not new. It’s not unforeseen. Nancy Pelosi wasn’t a moderate three years ago. I find all these complaints to be a bit ridiculous. If he wanted a party that doesn’t endorse those things, he probably shouldn’t have went so over the top so as to put all his chips on a political party that supports abortion until birth and open borders. Just a thought.

There’s a certain delusion that comes with Scarborough’s position. It’s one thing to be anti-Trump and sit at home. Arguments can be made over what is actually being helped or hurt at that point, but abstaining can at least be defended as a principled position. Being so triggered by Trump that you’d support socialists and crazed inter-sectionalists can’t be defended by any appeal to principle. And whether Scarborough likes it or not, that’s exactly what he’s supporting.

Scarborough chose his new friends. He could have remained somewhere in the undefined middle and not become so rabid over all this (his moral preening over Trump is especially rich since he just recently left his wife and kids for his co-host). He chose not to and instead went full full bore to elect Democrats. Now, he gets to live with the consequences of that. Liberals are not going to change who they are because Morning Joe isn’t happy with their platform.

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Fox Outperforms MSNBC, CNN For 70 Consecutive Quarters; CNN Finishes 15th

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Nielsen Media Research has released cable news viewership data for the second quarter of 2019 and Fox News is looking good.

Considering all of the criticism directed at Fox News by the mainstream media, the network has managed to attract more viewers than either MSNBC or CNN for the 70th straight quarter in both the daytime and primetime (8-11 pm EST) categories.

According to Nielsen Media Research, in the primetime category, Fox dominated with an average of 2.4 million viewers, followed by MSNBC with 1.7 million. In the number three spot was TNT, and fourth and fifth place went to ESPN and HGTV, respectively.

CNN averaged only 761,000 viewers, less than 32% of Fox’ audience.

In the daytime category, Fox was in first place with an average of 1.3 million viewers. This was the 12th consecutive quarter in which Fox has achieved the number one spot. Number two was MSNBC with 900,000. HGTV, Nickelodeon and Investigation Discovery came next. CNN wound up in eighth place with 525,000, approximately 40% of Fox’ viewership.

“Hannity” remained the “most-watched” show on cable with an average of 3.2 million viewers.

Second place went to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with 2.8 million. “Maddow” came in third with 2.5 million. (I’m surprised she had so many viewers.) Fourth and fifth place went to “The Ingraham Angle” and “The Five.”

CNN’s most watched program was “Cuomo Prime Time,” with an average of 910,000 viewers, which finished at #25. Fox reports that 14 of their network’s programs and 10 of MSNBC’s, were ahead of CNN’s #1 program.

“Hannity “also prevailed in the key demo category, averaging 505,000, which includes viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. Next was “Maddow” with 396,000. “Fox News had eight of the 10 most-watched shows in the demo, while CNN didn’t have any programs among the top ten. In fact, CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” had its lowest-rated quarter ever in both categories.”

For over eleven years, Fox News has remained the most-watched cable network in the primetime demo.

“Fox & Friends” has been the most-watched cable news morning show for over seventeen years. And “The Greg Gutfeld Show” beat CNN and MSNBC combined in its timeslot.”

Now, what was that they were saying about Fox News?

 

(Note: All data courtesy of  Fox News and Nielsen Media Research.)

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Trump Administration Folds on the Issue of Counting US Citizens In the 2020 Census

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It seems like every week marks another controversy involving the left using lawfare to advance its goal of turning this nation into the proverbial Third World sh** hole and the Administration trying to keep that from happening. The Administration has chalked up some wins but last week it lost a major one.

One of the goals of the Administration had been to ensure the US decennial census enumerated the number of US citizens rather than the number of warmish bodies of uncertain provenance. The Census would have counted everyone, but it would have identified who was eligible to vote and who wouldn’t. There is nothing nefarious about this. The UN’s agency that advises nations on how do conduct censuses recommends that citizenship be a question. Up until 1960, citizenship was a standard question. The left didn’t like that idea at all because of two factors, one real and one illusory. The illusory reason was that illegal aliens would not fill out the Census forms because of fear of being deported or some such bullsh**. Think about that for a moment. People who entered the country illegally and who are more likely than not engaged in identity theft in order to get documents that allow them to work–or who work for cash and don’t pay taxes–would quail at the thought of lying on a Census form about their citizenship. Does that make sense to you? Didn’t think so.

The real reason is that rolling non-citizens into redistricting numbers is a clear violation of the Equal Protection clause. A district composed of 50% illegals gives greater weight to the votes of the citizens in that district than to that of a district that is 100% citizen. Basing congressional seats on having a bazillion illegals disadvantages states which have a low number of illegals.

The administration added the question to the Census…and they did it according to the old Army maxim of “if you want it bad, you get it bad.” The process by which the citizenship question was added as so half-assed and ad hoc that it was difficult to construct any kind of defense for why it was included. In fact, the Supreme Court plurality last week ruled that the Administration had the authority to add the question but their justification was a pretext. They were told to come up with a better reason if they wanted to add the question. This, quite simply, was an own goal. It was a decision that was either the result of someone being too cute by half or of deliberate sabotage of the decision.

Yesterday, the Administration made noises like it would persist in trying to add the question but it was really up against a pretty tight time window if the results were to be collected by the end of 2020. Just a few hours ago, the Administration bowed to the inevitable and pulled the citizenship question.

Make no mistake about it. This is a huge loss and sets back the cause of protecting the right to vote and ensuring that Congress represents citizens and not flocks of illegals. The Administration can gripe about courts and the left all they want, but the bottom line here is that they screwed the pooch by engaging in a haphazard process that they knew, or should have known, was going to end up in hostile courts. They have no one to blame but themselves.

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In Celebration of July 4th, The New York Times Prints a Completely On Brand Hot Take About America

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The New York Times never disappoints when it comes to publishing anti-American tripe and they served up something special for this Fourth of July.

In the buildup to Independence Day, a holiday the country used to be able to largely celebrate without controversy, the Times decided it was a good idea to give space to this piece.

This is truly the most on-brand thing the Times has ever done.

I mean, the United States has only helped lift billions of people out of poverty, won two world wars, and led medical advancements that have saved literally millions of lives around the globe. Well, that and formulating most of the major technological breakthroughs of the last century, which again has helped billions of people. Clearly those are the accomplishments of a country that’s just average though according to the Times.

So where does this article get it’s idiotic take from? Why, “studies” of course. Here’s the Washington Examiner with an explainer of what’s so wrong about the video.

Referencing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Raza and Jensen offer a graphic which says the U.S. has the “highest poverty rate.” One problem? The OECD’s own statistics show America does not have the highest poverty rate of member nations. Oops. But there’s another issue here: The OECD applies a relative poverty measurement to reach its conclusions. It relies on assessments of equality of wealth; the relative poverty rate prejudices nations such as America that have a lot of wealthy residents.

They are using a study that uses relative measures of poverty and inequality. The problem with that is that’s it’s an incredibly stupid metric. If you have $1000 and I have $100000, you are still richer than the guy in Honduras with $20 while his wealthy neighbor has $100. These are the kinds of stupid games we see played in the intellectual sphere to try to paint the U.S. as anything other than what it actually is, which is the most economically prosperous and opportunity rich country in the world.

The video also goes to the tired “infant mortality” trope. In reality, records are not kept uniformly, with many countries not counting certain deaths that we count. Only an absolute moron could possibly believe the United States simultaneously leads all of human history in medical innovation but that we can’t birth children as safely as Cuba. Yet, you have mainstream liberals who will make that argument.

But things get even dumber.

“It’s gotten to a point where I think there are specific times and places where you can confuse America for a developing country,” the narrator said, “as elections are tampered with, water can’t be drunk from taps, citizens don’t trust uniformed officers, infrastructure is crumbling, and where a dual system is emerging when public services are available to the highest bidder.”

If you look at the United States and confuse it with a developing nation, you’ve never actually been to any developing nations. Most of what’s listed there is just patently false and nothing but left-wing propaganda.

On the subject of elections being “tampered with” though, guess who they flashed on the screen?

Yes, we are still doing this. Stacey Abrams, who lost by over 50,000 votes despite there being zero evidence of voter suppression (black turnout actually exceeded historical norms), is still being bandied about by the Times as a victim who had the election stolen from her. They are never going to stop are they

I’ll say this. The United States is not perfect. The same is true for every other country in the history of humanity. That does not negate that we are still the greatest country on earth. No country has done more to help more people than the United States. Whether we are talking directly, technologically, financially, or even philosophically. It shouldn’t be controversial to say that but we’ve reached a level of such insanity in our politics that it’s now politically expedient for some to denigrate the country that’s given them so much.

Keep in mind, this is the same newspaper that did an entire series about how great life was in the Soviet Union. But when it comes to the United States, we are presented as a hell hole and you better not think otherwise.

Here’s the million dollar question. If the United States is not the greatest nation on earth, who is? Of course, you’ll never get an answer to that question because then the Times would have to actually defend that position and it wouldn’t go well for them. Easier to just crap on the United States via a bunch of vague liberal talking points and run away.

 

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