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Eyes Turn to Elizabeth Warren’s Daughter Following Surprise Endorsement by the Working Families Party

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In an unexpected move, the Working Families Party (WFP) has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after a 60.9% showing in a party wide vote.

There are several reasons why this endorsement came as a surprise, especially to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). Sanders earned the party’s endorsement in 2016 with an 87% win in an online membership survey and it was widely believed he would receive it again.

Warren’s daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is the Board Chair of liberal think tank, Demos. According to Demos’ 2018 tax filing, they contributed $45,000 to the WFP in 2018, their first donation ever to the party.

According to Washington Post reporter Dave Wiegel, this number (Warren’s 60.9%) combines two groups. 50% of the total, or 30.5%, is determined by the votes of WFP leaders and the other 50% is the result an online membership survey. He notes that WFP has dozens of leaders and thousands of members.

The party has been asked by skeptics to release the details of the vote, however, they have refused to do so.

In 2016, when the WFP endorsed Sanders, they released the separate vote tallies which can be viewed here.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Warren campaign’s treasurer remains on the board of Demos.

Given this set of circumstances, it’s only natural that Sanders’ supporters would be concerned. We won’t be too surprised to hear more about this when/if the Democratic primary turns into a two person race between Sanders and Warren.

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Speculation:

$45,000 is not a huge number so far as political contributions go, a source familiar with WFP told independent journalist Jordan Chariton that “Demos’ $$ to WFP was a “signal” that there’s more where that came from if WFP were to endorse Warren.”

Chariton’s source also informed him that, “at the time of the @ewarren endorsement that they were “broke” and expect more money to come into it as a result of Warren endorsement. In light of this news, it goes without saying….”

 

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Greta Thunberg Absolutely Loses It While Giving a UN Speech

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

This is what child abuse looks like.

Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old autistic teenager who has been thrust into the spotlight as the face of the most hysterical aspects of the climate change movement. We were first introduced to her after she sailed from Europe on a solar powered ship to the U.S. to protest the matter last month. Even then, the irrationality and hypocrisy were on full display. The ship itself was highly carbon intensive to build and her handlers had crews flying to and from Europe to pilot the thing for the cameras. Because of her age, she was immediately deemed off limits from criticism.

Apparently, she’s not going away though, if for no other reason than her parents and the most radical elements of the climate change movement won’t let her go away. This led to her giving a speech at the UN yesterday that was absolutely bonkers, but also incredibly disturbing to watch.

This isn’t just dark, it’s pure delusion.

The speech is a turn from the language she employed in her earlier public appearances. Instead of diplomatic phrasing, we see Thunberg angry, lashing out, and pushing doomsday predictions that hold no basis in science. There’s no doubt she actually believes all this stuff, but we are not headed toward a mass extinction. No one has stolen her dreams and childhood except her parents who are allowed this abuse to take place.

This is not normal and this is not a child who can be counted on to think and react rationally to what she’s being told to do. At one point, she proclaims she shouldn’t be at the UN and that she should be in school. Correct. There is no reason for a 16 year old to be speaking at the UN about things she clearly doesn’t understand. Even the worst case scenarios from the most hysterical portions of the IPCC report do not predict mass extinctions.

This is a new level of Malthusian-esque  insanity that you’d expect to here in death cults. Instead, it’s being presented as mainstream political debate. I’m not sure where this leads, but it doesn’t feel like it will be anywhere good.

Who even wrote this speech?

Manipulating an autistic child to push a nonsensical political agenda, which coincidentally revolves around re-imagining the world economy into a socialist paradise, is just disgusting. The people who are doing this to her, whether it be her parents, the left at large, or our compliant mainstream media, should be ashamed of themselves.

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President Trump Gives Greta Thunberg All the Acknowledgment She Merits in a Tweet

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

For reasons that have never been all that clear, we’re supposed to sit in rapt attention, much like Nipper, the RCA dog, at the ranting of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who is playing the role of the high school Jeremiah of climate alarmism. Or, more accurately, she’s playing the role of human shield for the climate alarmist nonsense with her puppeteers trying to use her age and disability to prevent any criticism of her message. Yesterday, she was at the UN where she gave a disturbing performance. Here’s that speech:

First and foremost, there is no reason that any adult should take seriously the mewlings of any teenager on a matter of global import. Once they get old enough to buy a beer, maybe then we can talk. Maybe.

I think President Trump has handled this as well as could be done. While at the UN he ignored both Thunberg and her monomania (see Nick Arama’s Greta Thunberg Encounters Trump, The Left Melts Down). And this morning he acknowledged her via Twitter:

In my view, this strikes the right tone on both occasions. Thunberg should be dismissed for what she is: a teenager who had been force-fed fear by adults and sent out to do battle on their behalf. The people behind her are monsters, but Thunberg, herself, is a victim. And the sooner we stop giving her any legitimacy, the sooner she can get her life back.

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Greta Thunberg Encounters Trump, The Left Melts Down

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, joins a coalition of youth climate leaders and environmental groups during a climate strike outside the United Nations, Friday Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

There was an unexpected encounter at the United Nations yesterday that set off some fireworks both in the halls and then on social media.

16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg was there to deliver a fiery speech before the United Nations Climate Summit. While her speech was embraced as “powerful” by many on the left, those on the right looked at the speech and truly worried about what the climate change cult was doing to the girl.

But as she was leaving her speech, she suddenly encountered security and was shunted off to the side to make way for someone else.

It was President Donald Trump, on his way in to give a speech about religious freedom. You can see he didn’t even see her and basically stole the show with his presence.

She was not at all happy about it and gave his back a death stare.

Some characterized her as “staring down” Trump, others claimed that he was a “coward” for avoiding her despite it being clear that he didn’t even see her.

This from someone who works for Twitter:

And of course they celebrated her as a hero of the movement which is absolutely not a cult…

As Tom Elliott at Grabien notes:

As the face of this movement, many progressives have started depicting Thunberg in spiritual terms. ”Watching Greta Thunberg mobilize hundreds of thousands just through her presence and sincerity is like watching a 21st century version of how Saints or Miracle Workers used to emerge, shuffling whole kingdoms in the Middle Ages,” the British author Ben Judah wrote. He then compared her to the Catholic saint Joan of Arc: “Her purity, her visions of justice, apocalypse and the need to forgo. Moving millions, the way that mix has done so many times before … like an environmental Joan of Arc.”

New York Magazine also likened the teen activist to Joan of Arc: “She was the Joan of Arc of climate change, commanding a global army of teenage activists numbering in the millions and waging a rhetorical war against her elders through the unapologetic use of generational shame.” A reader wrote in response: “Greta is honestly a prophet.”

No, she isn’t.

She’s a 16 year old who has been thrust into the forefront of this movement preaching we are on the verge of an extinction event. And listening to the kids who were at the climate strike this past week, many of them are buying her message, that the world is about to end due to the evil, uncaring adults. And because of that they should panic, give up studying and be in immediate fear because the world will be unlivable in 18 months, three years or 12 years, depending on which measure you wish to believe.

Liberals have made her the face of the movement, demanding that we take what she says seriously, even inviting her to speak to the UN. But at the same time, they say she’s a child and so therefore cannot be criticized.

But there is no science supporting that the world will become unlivable in three years or that we are at this moment about to become extinct.

That isn’t reality. And we need to be calling out such fear-mongering against our children and point behind the scenes at the people, the adults, who are pushing this to serve their own political ends, like AOC, who are trying to grab more control of society, using climate change as the hammer to do it.

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Kentucky Governor Releases an Ad Fighting for Women Athletes’ Dreams of Success: ‘What if That Shot was Taken Away?’

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[Screenshot from Campaign for American Principles via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=38&v=gb870EcuY5s]

 

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has released a new ad in his race against Democratic challenger Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The video proposes a world where Beshear-backed policies leave girls with the short end of the stick in the world of athletics.

“All female athletes want is a fair shot in competition,” the ad’s female narrator says.

“What if that shot was taken away by a competitor who claims they’re a girl, but was born a boy?”


It’s a really good question, and it’s happening to girls already — see here, here, here, and here.

Men and women, of course, are extremely different. It’s in the name of fairness that we have male and female leagues.

Here’s Joe Rogan with a great bit of explanation about all that:



The Kentucky ad summarizes:

“Andy Beshear supports legislation that would destroy girls’ sports. He calls it ‘equality.’”

Then comes the part of the ad I don’t understand: “Maybe.”

Maybe?

Moving on:

“But is it fair?” the narration asks.

In a move that I find shocking, Democrats are pushing for a day when a female boxer faces down a man who’s poised to break every bone in her face.

And this is the party for women?

Strange way of showin’ it.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, here, and here.

See more pieces from me:

Every House Democrat But One: 234 Elected Officials Demand The Extermination Of Women’s Sports. #TimesUp

Nike Model Claims Men Can’t Be Women & Loses Her Agent. Her Next Shocker Makes Things Much Worse

Every House Democrat Voted To Crush The Dreams Of Women Athletes With The Ironically-Named ‘Equality Act’

Science Report: Sex-Based Sports Must Be Eradicated In Favor Of ‘Nuanced Approach.’ The New Criteria Are Stunning

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The Emmy’s Viewership Craters to Record Breaking Lows

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Another Hollywood awards show — another dip in the ratings.

According to Deadline, Sunday night’s Emmy’s brought in the lowest viewership of all time, with a whopping 32 percent drop in people tuning in to Fox to see the ceremonies:

Watched by 6.9 million viewers from 8 PM to just after 11 PM ET, the hostless ceremony pulled in the smallest audience for any Emmys ever.

That’s smack is a 32% fall in sets of overall eyeballs from the Monday airing of the show on NBC last year and a 39% drop from the previous Sunday airing on CBS back in 2017. In addition, the decline this year from the last time Fox had the Emmys in 2015 is a hard to swallow 42%.

It gets worse. The glitz and glam of Hollywood is usually an attractor for younger crowds, however, they hardly showed up at all:

In terms of the key demo of adults 18-49 …well, they’ve tuned out it seems even with big wins by the much watched Game of Thrones for its final season. Pulling in a 1.6 rating among the 18-49s, last night was also an Emmy low.

This drop could be for various reasons. Many people around the key demographic would rather do something else and watch the highlights online later than sit around for the multi-hour long affair. This is a trend that has been seen when it comes to multiple things, including late shows and SNL.

What’s also not helping is the fact that many people have tuned out due to celebrities using their platforms and awards as opportunities to proselytize about social politics, and it’s always to the left. The 2019 Emmys had its share of political statements as well. People are tired of having politics injected into their escapism by people who live inside a very gilded bubble.

Unless, there’s a massive change to Hollywood as a culture, it’s unlikely that these award shows will see boosts. The trend seen is that the percentages dropping every year, and if it wants to staunch the bleeding, it will have to allow a diversity of thought at the very least. Actors giving speeches and films winning awards for their political messaging will have to go.

I wouldn’t hold my breath, though.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Just Put Another Bullet Into the Latest Trump “Scandal”

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Just how much can a story targeting Donald Trump implode? Apparently, this much.

If you are short on background, on Wednesday of last week, a story broke that a “whistle-blower” had filed a complaint against President Trump. The assertion was that Trump had threatened Ukraine’s newly elected president on a phone call over investigating Joe Biden. The threat supposedly involved $250 million in military aid. After a day of full blown meltdowns on the left and in the media, the impeachment train was stopped in its tracks when it was revealed Trump had in fact not threatened Ukraine, nor offered any kind of quid pro quo.

In the end, we are left with Biden admitting to extorting Ukraine on tape and Trump simply asking if it could be looked into. Worst scandal ever.

Now, Ukraine’s foreign minister, who has read the read out of the call, just dumped even more cold water on this story.

“I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure,” Prystaiko told Hromadske. “There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions, sometimes requiring serious answers.”

This is correct. Whether Democrats and the media want to admit it or not, presidents talk to foreign leaders. They inquire on many different things and it would certainly be in bounds to ask why a former VP is on tape admitting he extorted Ukraine’s former administration. There was no promise made or pressure applied here. How do I know? Because no investigation happened and the money ended up being released anyway. We are once again left arguing hypothetical nonsense, much like during the Mueller probe.

The real story here continues to be Biden bragging on camera that he extorted Ukraine’s former administration. There was no reason for Biden do what he did from a foreign policy standpoint and even if there were, the former VP knew about the grave conflicts of interests. We already know he lied about having discussed his son’s employment in Ukraine. We know the Obama administration warned him. Yet, he threatened Ukraine anyway until they fired a prosecutor who was targeting his son. That stinks to high heaven and deserves a real investigation.

We were told for years after Trump was elected that investigations are good. That the subjects of them should be thankful for their coming exoneration. Why is this any different? Why isn’t Mitt Romney demanding a probe into Biden’s actions? Why is it that investigations are only good and proper when they target Trump? Why is Biden allowed to obfuscate and dictate to the press on this matter?

None of this lost on Republican voters and they see the game is rigged.

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Sheila Jackson Lee Claims She’s Held an AR-15 then Laughably Proves She’s Never Held One

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When trying to push legislation that would affect the entire country in very drastic ways, you’d figure you’d want to sound at least a little knowledgable about the subject you’re passing laws around, but in many a Democrat’s case, it really boils down to how sensationalistic you can be. Truth be damned.

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, for instance, told reporters that she’s held an AR-15 and began describing it. To say that the description was “off” is an understatement.

“I held an AR-15 in my hand, I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street,” she said.

Let’s go over some obvious things. For one, AR-15’s don’t fire 50 calibur rounds, it fires 5.56 or 223. A 50 cal is so powerful that you have to have a different kind of gun to fire it. A 5.56 round has trouble penetrating trees, whereas a 50 cal is what you fire when you want to hit the guy hiding behind the refrigerator at your neighbor’s house, or at least that’s the case for some types.

Also, the average AR-15 weighs just over six pounds, with around an extra pound added after you put in a magazine filled with ammo. A large moving box by itself is just over two pounds, so three of those would equal the weight of your AR-15. Jackson Lee, however, wants us to believe an AR-15 weighs ten of these boxes on moving day, filled with items.

I feel silly even having to clear this up.

Thing is, this is the Democrat’s method when it comes to pushing agendas. It’s sensationalism and scaremongering before facts. Jackson Lee knows her constituency isn’t going to go and look up proof, so like the rest of the anti-gun Democrats, she’ll tell blatant lies that may scare people into supporting her.

The truth is likely that she’s never held an AR-15 before despite her claim that she has. It could also be possible that she held a completely different gun and thought she was holding an AR-15. Either way, she’s not coming off as knowledgable and is looking more like Steve Carells’ character in 40-Year-Old Virgin when he’s trying to describe having sex when he never has.

*content warning*

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On Media Narratives

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Once upon a time, the legacy media controlled the daily news narrative. There were three principal broadcast TV networks which took their nightly news cues from the NYT and, secondarily, the WaPo. Before cable TV, talk radio, and the rise of social media, the news of the day moved slooooowly and could be controlled and shaped by the powers-that-be. By the way, that was the title of a book about the early days of the legacy media, and it is a https:///Powers-That-Be-David-Halberstam/dp/0252069412″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>good read – for historical perspective purposes – about the media.

Back in the day, the New York Times – there was only a “print edition” back then – broke the news of the day each morning, which was used directly by other major and minor newspapers and/or repeated by the Associated Press and United Press International news services across the land.

Americans were conditioned over time to catch daily news summaries each evening on their favorite broadcast TV network. The leading stories on those broadcasts were almost always the major news stories printed by that day’s edition of the NY Times. I daresay that every American over the age of 50 can rattle off the talking heads back in those days: Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, Frank Reynolds/Howard K Smith, and their successors over the years.

In those days, the Democrat Party almost completely controlled the political narrative largely thanks to their media allies at the NYT and other major newspapers, as well as at the three broadcast TV networks. But there was at least a veneer of “impartiality” in those days. Controlling the media narrative made it easy to propagandize the socialist agendas of LBJ and Jimmy Carter. And even Nixon’s domestic policies were aided by the narrative, as they were largely left-of-center; e.g., he authorized the EPA and took us off the gold standard.

Had there been any real semblance of political balance among the major media in the decades leading up to 1980, the major media transformation that has transpired partly due to the Reagan presidency and partly due to new technology may have turned out differently. However, that was certainly NOT the case, as the media narrative was tightly controlled and aligned with the liberal political establishment’s policy objectives. The only conservative voices were a few token columnists on the op-ed pages and a few conservative magazines with tiny subscription bases, such as National Review, The American Spectator, Human Events, and the Conservative Chronicles. And there was also the inimitable William F. Buckley, Jr., on the flagship PBS TV show, “Firing Line,” during which he carved up any and all liberals/Democrats who appeared on his show.

The stifling of conservative voices by the Establishment received a big course correction with the election of President Reagan in 1980. The Fairness Doctrine, which in reality was used to control political discourse in the media, was abolished. And a conservative upstart by the name of Rush Limbaugh led the rise of conservative talk radio, and he paved the way for a veritable explosion of alternative media sources, which broke the Establishment’s chokehold on the daily news narrative.

Of course, the other major event essentially concurrent with Rush’s debut on August 1988 was the development of the Internet. Originally a research network, DARPA adopted TCP/IP in 1983, and Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1990. And thankfully, the Internet was unleashed and has been essentially unregulated unto the present day. The Internet led to an explosion of news sources and a goldmine for alternative and independent news media.

As a result, the legacy media lock on “the daily narrative” was broken. One by-product of the Internet age and the proliferation of cable news networks was the acceleration of the news cycle to the point of “instantaneous news” virtually “in the moment.” No longer could the daily narrative be shaped in the normal way by the legacy media. And the profusion of voices conveying “news” has only accelerated with the advent of social media. The Establishment’s daily narrative was diluted by dozens of other voices. Literally EVERYONE can become a journalist these days. Or at the very least become an “opinion journalist” based on their own political framework and life experience. [Hey! That defines me to a “tee”!]

Another result was the blurring of the lines between “investigative” and hard news journalists versus “opinion journalists” – in effect, the lack of differentiation between the news pages and the opinion pages in the media these days. The legacy media began to convey opinions even in hard news, and the political spin was invariably liberal and obvious to the discerning news consumer. That led to further fracturing of news sources, with the legacy media losing significant market share (and $$!). And thus, the political battle lines became more pronounced with each passing year, with the legacy media and their Establishment backers trying to regain market share and control of the news cycle and narrative, by hook or by crook.

One early attempt to control the media narrative was the Clinton regime’s use of a “War Room” to directly influence the media by conveying talking points to trusted allies in the media via phone and facsimile and, later, by email. This was so successful that it soon became obvious to various observers that certain media personalities were using the exact same words to describe the issue(s) of the day.

This was first made widely known by Rush Limbaugh, who introduced the “media montage” to his YUUUGE audience. He has used that device to highlight the extent of media coordination of the daily narrative for years now. For example, who could forget the legacy media’s parroting of the word “gravitas” to convey Bush 43’s lack of foreign policy experience by his selection of Dick Cheney as his VP candidate (who provided the necessary “gravitas”)? Others in the conservative media, e.g., Sean Hannity, now use media montages to showcase the media’s laziness and willingness to toe the Democrat line on a regular basis.

But media montages aren’t the only signs of agit-prop from the Establishment press. Remember the “journo-list”? This will refresh your memory:

Just in case you’ve been living in a cave, or if you only get your news from MSNBC, here’s the story. A young blogger, Ezra Klein, formerly of the avowedly left-wing American Prospect and now with the avowedly mainstream Washington Post, founded the e-mail listserv JournoList for like-minded liberals to hash out and develop ideas. Some 400 people joined the by-invitation-only group. Most, it seems, were in the media, but many hailed from academia, think tanks, and the world of forthright liberal activism generally. They spoke freely about their political and personal biases, including their hatred of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

JournoList e-mails obtained by the Daily Caller reveal what anybody with two neurons to rub together already knew: Professional liberals don’t like Republicans and do like Democrats. They can be awfully smug and condescending in their sense of intellectual and moral superiority. They tend to ascribe evil motives to their political opponents – sometimes even when they know it’s unfair. One obscure blogger insisted that liberals should arbitrarily demonize a conservative journalist as a racist to scare conservatives away from covering stories that might hurt Obama. Oh, and – surprise! – it turns out that the “O” in JournoList stands for “Obama.”

In 2008, participants shared talking points about how to shape coverage to help Obama. They tried to paint any negative coverage of Obama’s racist and hateful pastor, Jeremiah Wright, as out of bounds. Journalists at such “objective” news organizations as Newsweek, Bloomberg, Time, and The Economist joined conversations with open partisans about the best way to criticize Sarah Palin.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/23/journolist__the_liberal_mother_ship.html” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Read the rest here.

 

Who could argue that the “JournoList” doesn’t still exist, at least informally, in the Age of Trump? We’ve seen them in action in spades across the legacy media, but especially at the NY Time, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC over the past two-plus years, haven’t we?

We have learned just recently that the NY Times has been following a now-failed Russian collusion narrative since late 2016 and is now in the process of “changing to a new narrative”:

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said recently that, after the Mueller report, the paper has to shift the focus of its coverage from the Trump-Russia affair to the president’s alleged racism. “We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”

Baquet used the gentlest terms possible — “the story changed” — but the fact is, the conspiracy-coordination allegation the Times had devoted itself to pursuing turned out to be false. Beyond that, Democrats on Capitol Hill struggled to press an obstruction case against the president. The Trump-Russia hole came up dry. Now, Baquet continued, “I think that we’ve got to change.” The Times must “write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/new-york-times-chief-outlines-coverage-shift-from-trump-russia-to-trump-racism” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Read the rest here.

Yes, you read that right: the NY Times engineered a false narrative for two years (“Russian collusion”), shoe-horning virtually all of their “news” (in reality, propaganda) to fit that Big Lie. And now that the Mueller Report exposed that narrative as the lie it always has been, rather than take stock of their resultant declining market share and start reporting factual news, they’ve decided to retain their TDS and engineer a new false narrative: “Trump is a racist!”

We’ve already seen them working on that lie with their recently-announced and ridiculous “1619 project,” which seeks to essentially rewrite American history by claiming that America was actually founded in 1619 when slavery was introduced into the colonies with the resultant indelible taint of slavery ultimately “disproving” the concept of American exceptionalism and giving the Left license to tear down the country and remake it into their version of a Utopian socialist paradise (sic). And along the way, @POTUS will be a central focus in order to validate that false narrative. E.g., virtually EVERY member of the Democrats’ Star Wars bar scene (a/k/a their presidential wannabes) has ALREADY accused @POTUS of being a racist – or even a white supremacist!

The Left’s media narrative-engineering efforts are also orchestrated daily by Media Matters and the execrable David Brock’s ShareBlue org. These two groups propagate Democrat/leftist narratives and even complete stories to willing recipients in the legacy media every single day. They are carrying on with a modernized version of Clinton’s old War Room in the 1990s.

We are also learning that the social media and search engine giants are on board with facilitating Democrat messaging and suppressing conservative/Republican stories, too. And the legacy media are conducting slanderous attacks against independent media now, too, because they know they’re in trouble. Here’s https://www.theepochtimes.com/our-response-to-nbc-news-inappropriate-questions_2971493.html” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Epoch Times’s response to a recent attack by NBC “News.”

There’s basically a hive mentality among the legacy media, social media, and search engine companies to support Democrats going into 2020! Some are bought and paid for by Democrats and their deep-pocketed donors like Soros and Steyer. Others are ideological soulmates. Let’s face it, the legacy media have become sources for anti-Trump agit-prop. It’s impossible to stomach CNN or MSNBC for even a few minutes these days without shouting at the tube!

What to do and where to turn for real news and commentary? Here’s my 2 cents on that score:

  • Ignore the legacy media completely except for an occasional sampling just to see what they’re lying about on any particular day.
  • Get your news and commentary from alternate/independent sources while comparing and contrasting the information to verify and validate the content.
  • Live by the phrase “trust but verify” coupled with the 48-hour rule (i.e., wait at least 48 hours before responding emotionally or otherwise to any sensational “breaking” news story).
  • Watch out for legacy media montages, and see if you can discover the “legacy media daily narratives” by looking for identical words and phrases used across the media on a given day.
  • Watch out for fake conservative (and downright anti-Trump) conservative media; they are out there and need to be shunned, too. A lot of them are sensationalists and are in it for the mouse-clicks only!

Here are some of the sources I’ve come to trust, by and large, for news and commentary over the past several years (in no particular order):

  • Frontpagemag(dot)com
  • The Daily Caller
  • PowerlineBlog
  • Epoch Times
  • Instapundit(dot)com
  • Gatestone Institute
  • American Thinker
  • Breitbart News
  • UncoverDC(dot)com
  • Ricochet(dot)com
  • Free Beacon
  • American Spectator
  • Legal Insurrection
  • America Out Loud
  • One America News Network
  • Human Events
  • Claremont Institute
  • Heritage(dot)org
  • TheFederalist(dot)com
  • Washington Times
  • Washington Examiner
  • NY Post
  • Judicial Watch
  • American Greatness

 

And last but by no means least, RedState(dot)com, who have graciously given me this platform from which to pontificate.

Beware of false media narratives, folks! We’re heading into the most important election cycle in the last 100 years, and the Left will pull out all stops to lie, cheat, or steal their way to victory, and narrative engineering is a big part of their political strategy! But we’re on to them this election cycle, aren’t we!

The end.

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Beto Jedi Knights His Way Toward Victory: Tremendous Condemnation Over Gun Confiscation Only Proves He’s ‘Doing Something Right’

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You know how you know you’re doing something right? When everybody tells you you’re doing it wrong.

Or something like that.

So seems to be the thinking of one Robert O’Rourke, otherwise mysteriously known at Beto.

The revolutionary recently announced he’ll be getting to the Oval Office just in time to steal the most popular hunting rifle in America from any home that has it.

Previously, he explained to the country that no one else on earth was good enough for it but him.

Before that, he told everyone their lifestyles of American excess had starved South and Central Americans and caused illegal immigration.

Before that, he claimed that he — a man who inherited millions and who married into a half-billion-dollar family — was completely opposed to privileged wealth and would seek and destroy it wherever it may roam (here).

[Except his own.]

And he also showed us he could change a tire without getting dirty, and flip a burger without getting elected.

And that’s called a “campaign.”

Recently, Beto rejoiced in the condemnation of not only President Trump but the Sena te leader of his own party, Chuck Schumer.

In Oakland Thursday, while speaking at that great bastion of political proselytizing — the veritable modern-day Lincoln-style stump — a marijuana distillery, it was high fives all around:

“It shows me we are doing something right.”

Interesting read.

On Wednesday, Chuck had peeled the pilferer, saying he ” didn’t know of any other Democrat who agrees.”

Now Beto’s shucking Schumer:

“Ask Chuck Schumer what he’s been able to get done. We still don’t have [universal] background checks. Didn’t have them when he was in the majority either. So, you know, the game that he’s played, the politics that he’s pursued have given us absolutely nothing. And have produced a situation where we lose nearly 40,000 of our fellow Americans every year.”

Of course, we’ve had a string of murders as of late that background checks wouldn’t have — or didn’t — stop.

But Beto’s a man of the people:

“What [Chuck] may not know, but what I hear loud and clear, because I’m traveling the country listening to my fellow Americans, is that the people are there.”

He certainly did receive a mighty holler from his “Hell yeah” at the last debate:

Heck — I mean, Hell — yeah — Beto even made T-shirts:

But there’s more.

As reported by The Daily Wire:

While Schumer has largely remained silent on the issue after his initial remarks to reporters, O’Rourke has continued to defend himself against the Senate’s top Democrat. O’Rourke’s presidential campaign swiftly sent out fundraising emails illustrating the popularity of a nationwide gun-grab among Democrats, and O’Rourke tweeted his case to the minority leader multiple times.

But here’s a bit of curiosity: The man who’s sure that denouncement proves he’s doing something right knows the totality of his words and actions have put him in the low single digits. Somehow, that’s the key to a win?

As told to The New York Times:

“Over the last five weeks, I’ve just been focused on saying what’s on my mind, being myself. And not really in the slightest being interested in polls, or how things poll, or what you’re supposed to say.”

It sounds like he’s following the Cory Booker model — in August, he explained that his road to victory was the path of being the thing people don’t want (here).

It’s hard to keep up with the wizardry of political pursuit these days. These guys are next-level.

Nevertheless, I don’t imagine theft as a virtue in the realm of popular vote.

But maybe I’m wrong.

2020 looms large.

May the best man who is the worst man lose which is definitely not losing and is actually winning.

Sounds like a win to me.

-ALEX

 

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