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Whistleblower Wrote Memo Which Appears to Contradict His Later Complaint and Transcript of Call

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump is said to have pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fox’s Catherine Herridge has dropped significant news that further calls into question the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.

The report says that the whistleblower wrote a memo about the July 25 Trump-Zelensky Ukraine call on July 26, the next day.

The whistleblower said that he made a record of the conversation he had with a White House official concerning the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

The memo describes the official as saying the call was ‘crazy,’ ‘frightening,’ and ‘completely lacking in substance related to national security.’”

That completely contrasts with descriptions of the call by others including both President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky who called it “normal.” It also contrasts completely with the public transcript released which doesn’t show anything crazy or frightening at all.

The memo claims that having a transcript of the call was normal practice.

But in an even bigger contradiction, according to the Fox report, the whistleblower’s memo says the president did not raise the question of “security assistance,” seemingly completely contrary to the same person’s later claim in his complaint that there was a discussion of aid being threatened as a quid pro quo. This was central to the complaint. The complaint was constructed later and filed on August 12, after contact with the congressional aide to Rep. Adam Schiff’s committee.

Fox tried to ask the whistleblower’s attorney about the conflict.

Fox News reached out to the whistleblower’s attorneys, who did not immediately respond.

On Friday, the lawyers did not respond to Fox News’ questions about their client’s failure to disclose his or her contacts with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s staff, as well as the whistleblower’s prior work history with a current, prominent Democratic politician.

According to a prior report the whistleblower did not tell the Intelligence Community Inspector General about his contacts with Schiff by mail and Schiff’s staff despite contacts with Congress being a part of the whistleblower form which the whistleblower reportedly filled out and filed. (READ: Report: Whistleblower Did Not Inform ICIG About Contacts With Schiff, Which May Have Been A Felony)

The connection to the unnamed current prominent Democratic politician also raises a question now that Democrats are reportedly considering not disclosing the identity of the whistleblower even to their GOP colleagues on the House intelligence Committee. (READ: Democrats Considering Hiding The Identity Of Whistleblower From The GOP, Changing His Appearance, Voice)

Would that be because knowing the identity would then reveal potential bias that would be evident?

Not only has the whistleblower’s report now been contradicted in multiple ways, we actually have the transcript and the account of the call from both presidents, both of which say there was no quid pro quo, no pressure and it was a “normal call.”

Even if there are other ‘whistleblowers’ who Democrats try to pull out of the hat, much as they did with additional claims during the Kavanaugh hearing, how do they contradict that?

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BREAKING: Trump Tells Democrats In Congress, Not Cooperating With Your Impeachment Inquiry.

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The White House just told the Democrats in Congress dreaming of an Impeachment circus before the end of the year to pound sand.

According to Axios

The White House sent a fiery 8-page letter to House Democratic leaders on Tuesday informing them that the Trump administration will not participate in their impeachment inquiry into the president, blasting it is “constitutionally illegitimate.”

Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it. Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch and lasting damage to the separation of powers, you have left the President no choice.

The working theory here is that the Democrats not taking an impeachment vote give the President more leeway to not cooperate with every subpoena that is coming out of Congrees for a yet undefined crime that is being investigated on the fly.

You better believe we will have much more here at Red State so keep checking back as this story unfolds.

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A New Study Reveals What Americans Really Think About Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports

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Do men have an athletic advantage over women?

Any given person’s answer to that question will doubtlessly hinge upon one crucial factor: Have they ever met a man and woman?

If so, the clear answer is Yes.

But what about if the man takes hormones? What then?

What if he does everything possible to make himself less than a man?

A new survey puts that question to the public. The results of a Morning Consult study released Tuesday reveals that the majority of Americans believe men still have “a competitive advantage.”

Such was true in the case of Republicans, of Democrats, and of independents.

But the numbers weren’t as high as some might expect: overall, 57% agreed that men — who are, incidentally, taller, faster, and stronger — have the edge.

Somehow, 20% declared dudes who’ve taken estrogen are in no way poised to beat the chicks.

Another 23% didn’t answer either way.

The study was performed in July, and it involved 1114 adults.

Comedian and UFC commentator — who appears to be made of cinderblocks — competently explained the male advantage in a recent podcast. Please see his description here. You’ll also find a stunning video of long-legged guys dusting a gal.

As Joe put it, it’s “cheating.”

How can a man not have an advantage in most sports? Generally, he’s much taller, with a much wider wingspan and a longer stride.

The topic is lately being spotlighted, as your know, due to the component of transgender identity. However, it seems to me that the two are unrelated — what is fair for women who are trying to excel in biologically female sports shouldn’t touch any corner of gender identity issues.

As Joe put it, even untrained men have an athletic advantage over trained women.

But, of course, not everyone agrees — about anything.

In fact, as I covered in June, Cece Helfer — who’s mopped the floor with girls on the field — insists it’s actually young ladies who have the advantage over him:

Well, he’s got 20% of the populace that may be willing to believe him.

If 57% believe men can beat women inappropriately easily, what’s that figure likely to be in another 5 years?

Are we headed toward a face-off with scientific reality that’ll once again allow female athletes to freely succeed? Or is this the beginning of the end for them?

I want to know what you think — and I look forward to finding out in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

 

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Where Was The “Favor” Granted In The Trump-Ukraine Quid-Pro-Quo Story?

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[Screenshot from Fox News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4576&v=5ODi8wTgoqs]

There has been a lot of chatter in the country for the last 2 weeks in regards to El Presidente 45 and his alleged quid pro quo with the Ukrainians from his July 25th phone call. According to the theory, Trump was pushing at, we give you military aid and you dig up some dirt on Joe Biden and his wayward kid who scored a really cool paying gig for breathing.

However, in all the news coverage that I have consumed, there has been one thing missing and I can’t seem to find it.

Where is the payoff to the Trump team?

In a murder investigation, you have to have a body to declare it a “murder investigation” and it really helps if you have the weapon also. In this case, though, we have a conversation in July and the money being released in Septemeber. We don’t have anything showing that something was exchanged for that money.

Where is that info?

Now, I know my friends on the left side of the aisle will say that is what the investigation is for. However, the Ukrainians have denied that anything was ever sent. If they kept quiet I could see some trouble coming. Yet why would the newly elected President of Ukraine lie about this?

As an example of a clear cut, you do this and you will get this, we will go to Vox and see what Joe Biden said he did while Vice President…

So in 2016, Biden told the Ukrainian government that their loan guarantees would be cut off unless they removed Shokin. He told the story at a session at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours,” Biden said. “I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’”

The former vice president said after the threat, “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

He helped get the prosecutor fired in exchange for money from the United States. This may not be against the law but it sure seems quid pro-quo-ish to me.

I went farther into the Vox article to see if maybe they had any clue to what was the gift that the Trump administration received and WHEN it was. Here is what they said…

The Trump administration initially told Congress it was releasing the aid to Ukraine on February 28. It repeated that assertion to Congress again on May 23, but failed to explain to lawmakers but struggled to explain — both publicly and to the lawmakers who approved the aid — exactly why the funds were withheld.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t get a straight answer from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the summer on why the aid hadn’t been dispersed yet.

But then on September 11, the Trump administration suddenly disbursed the money.

So what changed? It’s not entirely clear.

The last line there, that we do not know what changed being it is not clear, is telling.

Government is not a smooth-running machine contrary to what anyone that thinks it is a savior believes. The Trump administration though makes the everyday “normal” running of government look like it is standing still. They are playing whack a mole and it can get confusing and hectic.

Yet the Federal government delays things all the time. After reading the transcript myself and playing devil’s advocate and pretending I want Joe Bidens head on a plater, I can see where people would want to say Trump was arm twisting. So then to complete the process we need to see where the goods were delivered after the money was released.

Where is the quo in the quid-pro?

If you find it please let me know.

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Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On Pregnancy Lie As Republicans Pounce and Stuff

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Yesterday, I shared a report that provided documented evidence that Elizabeth Warren was never fired for being pregnant back in the early 1970s. It’s an anecdote she’s made a centerpiece of her campaign stump speeches, having shared it dozens of times going back to the beginning of this year. Essentially, she claims that upon the principal of her school noticing she was pregnant, he pushed her out the door.

Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a “2nd year” contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job. That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren’s resignation was “accepted with regret.”

In reality, not only was Warren not fired, the school board (as shown by the documented minutes) offered her an extension on her previous employment contract. Two months later, Warren herself resigned, likely because she wanted a different position which she would later admit in 2007 she wasn’t qualified for.

In short, the entire story she’s been telling in pure nonsense. So what does she do? Why, double down of course.

I’d say this is unbelievable, but what does she really have to lose? She can continue to make this false claim with total immunity. For the past few days, the mainstream media have refused to even touch the story. It wasn’t until Warren doubled down that they even decided to mention it. This only came in the context of parroting her words uncritically.

You see, it’s actually Republicans that are at fault here for pointing out that she lied. It was an affront to human decency for the Free Beacon to “challenge” Warren on the matter.

The framing here is just ludicrous. She didn’t refute anything and that “conservative news site” provided actual evidence she is lying. What’s The New York Times do? Shrug their shoulders and say there’s nothing they can do here. She denied lying and that’s that in their eyes.

Meanwhile, her defenders have spread out onto the airwaves and editorial pages to shill for her as well.

In that interview, they come to the conclusion that Warren’s story “holds water” because there’s generalized evidence that something like Warren claims could have happened. Never mind the documents showing otherwise or Warren’s own words in 2007, MSNBC is in it to win it. The “anchor” doesn’t push back at all and instead nods along and agrees.

With Warren now overtaking Biden for the national lead in the Democratic primary, you can expect the hack level to be turned up to eleven in the legacy media. There’s no lie to big, no scandal too damaging for them to actually cover if they feel like it might harm Elizabeth Warren. She is the chosen one and they are going to escort her to the finish line. Whether that works in the general election is another matter. Trump will make sure every bit of dirty laundry the Massachusetts Senator has is aired out.

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He Got to Her (Again): Tweet From President Trump Goads Hillary Clinton Into Posting an Intriguing Response

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Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Since Rasmussen reported Monday that a potential Trump vs. Clinton matchup would be “neck and neck” if she was running for president again at this very moment, there’s been some chatter on social media as to whether or not Hillary Clinton should consider giving it another try.

She’d be late to the game if she did, considering we’re just a few months away from the first round of primaries and caucuses. But it would give her a chance at revenge for what she’s routinely claimed without evidence for a couple of years now now: That the 2016 election was “stolen” from her.

With that in mind, we turn to a tweet from President Trump from earlier today in which he encouraged his former opponent to throw her hat into the ring:

Just a few hours later, Clinton responded:

“Don’t tempt me” is about as close as she’ll come to admitting she’s still considering a late entrance into the 2020 field. She’s been on a book promo tour with daughter Chelsea for the last several weeks, and she’s done numerous interviews with Democrat-friendly media outlets and programs like “The View”, People magazine, and CBS News. Their coverage of her could not possibly be more fawning.

Months in advance of her 2016 announcement she was telling the mainstream media she wasn’t going to run, but she ended up doing exactly that. And once she won the nomination she was convinced she had the presidency in the bag.

But she didn’t.

She would love nothing more than to get a second go at Trump for two reasons: 1) She wants to be the woman who breaks the glass ceiling and 2) She seriously believes he’s an “illegitimate” president and thinks she can do what she couldn’t in 2016: win.

She’s delusional, but her jumping into the ring could greatly heighten the entertainment value of the primary and general election campaign seasons.

I’ve got three words for her: Run, Hillary. Run!

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In The Midst Of Criticism Over China Policy, Trump Administration Comes Out Swinging Over Treatment Of Uighur Muslims

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Against the backdrop of criticism over China policy involving everything from trade to social media diplomacy, the Trump administration via The State Department announced Tuesday the imposition of travel visa bans on Chinese government and Communist officials for what State considers human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang providence.

On a call with reporters, State Department officials noted that the move was part of a broader effort by the administration to prioritize religious freedom.

“Promotion of protection of religious freedom is a major goal” of the administration, one official noted.

Officials also noted the decision was unprecedented and that the U.S. was the first to take action on it. The hope is that other nations will eventually follow suit in condemning the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China, who are prevented from making certain purchases, staying in hotels, or obtaining  passports. There are also thought to be more than a million Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese camps, and the rest are surveilled by the state.

The justification for the visa ban, which will prevent Chinese officials or their family members from traveling to the U.S.,  according to one State Department official was a direct response to the policy of mistreatment on Uighur Muslims on the basis of “preemptive counterterrorism.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has referred to treatment of the Uighur community in China as the “stain of the century,” made a statement Tuesday explaining the decision.

Pompeo is imposing the restrictions on government leaders and Communist Party officials who are found responsible for or complicit in the detention and abuse of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other minority Muslim groups in Xinjiang, according to the State Department. Travel by those officials’ family members will also be restricted.

“The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups,” Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday. “The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.”

The travel ban comes a day after the U.S. added 28 Chinese companies to a blacklist over treatment of Uighur Muslims, angering Chinese authorities in the process.

“There is no such thing as these so-called ‘human rights issues’ as claimed by the United States,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. “These accusations are nothing more than an excuse for the United States to deliberately interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

State Department officials said Tuesday they hope the decision will help potential allies, particularly ones located in Muslim-heavy countries in the Middle East, build a coalition to address the Uighur abuse and incentivize them to begin accepting the “scale and scope of the problem.”

 

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Julian Castro Walks Asylum Seekers Across the Border, But They Get Returned to Mexico After He Leaves

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Julian Castro is wallowing at the bottom of the Democratic primary presidential polls, desperate to find a way to qualify for the next debate and raise his profile.

On Monday, he tried a political stunt.

He attacked President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, went to Mexico and brought 12 asylum seekers waiting there back across the border at Brownsville, Texas, along with their lawyers. The migrants he brought back included a deaf woman, three members of her family and eight LGBT people.

From Daily Wire:

“This Remain in Mexico program is a complete disaster,” Castro said, according to the LA Times. “People should not be living like this.”

“This president has helped create a humanitarian crisis,” the Democrat added. “People are living in squalor.”

The migrants accompanied by Castro said they have suffered harassment and harm while waiting in Mexico.

A lesbian woman who only wanted to be known publicly by her first name, Melisa, 27, told the LA Times that “she was hit in the face by a stranger as she stood talking to friends outside a nearby pharmacy.”

Mari, a 24-year-old lesbian, said she and her partner Dany have been called names at the migrant camp. “The same people who are living with us discriminate against us,” she said.

But this isn’t even a new political stunt.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tried a similar stunt earlier walking women across the border at El Paso. That didn’t do much to move the needle for him either as far as poll numbers.

Castro claimed that the people he brought over were entitled to an exception because of their status and “vulnerability.” The “Remain in Mexico policy” allows consideration for people who may face credible danger.

However, Castro’s efforts were all for naught.

The 12 people were all returned to Mexico later in the day after Castro left.

Nothing prevents people from applying to come to the U.S. legally, they simply don’t want to wait in line behind anyone else.

And if being gay allows someone asylum then watch out for the floodgates of gay folk from every country to flood Mexico and try to get in to the United States. Bottom line is Mexico isn’t Iran and people are not getting killed for being gay or facing political persecution, the requirement for asylum.

You’re also not required to wait at the border, you can leave any time.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy, along with the deal with Mexico and improvements/additions to the border wall, has been very successful.

There’s been a huge drop in arrests at the border in the last few months since both went into effect. According to the Border Patrol, there’s been a 43 percent drop from May to August in San Diego, and it’s down 56 percent nationally.

But it’s exactly because the policy and the other efforts by the president have been so successful that Democrats like Castro are fighting it.

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BIG: James Clapper Admits He Was Following Orders From His ‘Commander-In-Chief, President Obama’

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In the transcript and the video below, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, speaks to CNN’s Jim Sciutto and makes the stunning admission that he’d been following Obama’s orders – and he says it twice.

This is very big news because it’s the first time a member of the deep state has admitted that President Obama was not only aware of the investigation, but was issuing orders to his team. “What were we supposed to have done…blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do?” And, as if we missed it the first time, he says it again. “It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president.”

Jim Sciutto: As you know, the President has members of this government, you have the Attorney General traveling the world now meeting with U.S. intelligence partners trying to find out, in his view, whether they participated in some sort of Obama administration led effort to undermine President Trump in the last election here. You also know that John Durham who is a prosecutor here, a senior justice department official, he’s pursuing his own investigations on the origins of that probe. Are you concerned that Barr’s or Durham’s investigation will find wrongdoing and seek to punish former intelligence officials?

James Clapper: Well, I uh, I don’t know. I, I, I don’t think there was any wrongdoing. I think at the time all of us were trying to navigate a very, very difficult, politically fraught, highly charged situation. I know, for my part, my main concern was the Russians, and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric. The message I’m getting from all this is, apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all the reporting that we could that we had available to us — and put it in one report that the president could pass on to the Congress and to the next administration. And while we’re at it, declassify as much as we possibly could to make it public, and that’s what we did.

Jim Sciutto: One issue I’m — (crosstalk)

James Clapper: It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president.

Clapper makes these statements in such a deadpan voice, we don’t realize at first the gravity of his words. But this is the first time a deep state insider has connected Obama to this travesty.

Rush Limbaugh was over the moon as he read this transcript to his listeners on Monday. He said:

I’ve been waiting for this. A lot of people have been waiting for this. Here’s Clapper saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong! We didn’t do anything wrong, ’cause we were doing what Obama told us to do.” The question he was asked is (summarized), “Are you worried about this investigation that Barr and he’s team’s running against you? Are you worried? You, Clapper and Brennan, are you guys worried?” (muttering) “Oh, no. Of course not. Why? (muttering) The president told us to do all that! (muttering) Obama was the president of the United States. Uhhh, the chief executive, uh, commander-in-chief told us to do all that.”

Really?

Folks, can you say in any other time and place “bombshell”?

In a text message dated September 2, 2016, from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to fired FBI official Peter Strzok, she wrote: “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” The two were putting together a list of talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey who was scheduled to meet with Obama.

I suppose we’ve just heard Clapper’s defense. I was just following orders.

I’ve heard that’s what the Nazi’s said at the Nuremberg trials.

I’m willing to bet that wherever Obama is right now, he’s not too happy!

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While Policing Fraudulent News Facebook Settles Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Advertising Data

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In a dose of heavy irony the social media outlet paid handsomely once it has been accused of ‘Fake Views’.

A number of separate cases involving a number of advertisers were combined into a class action lawsuit against FaceBook for reporting false viewing data of video views affecting ad rates. After three years the suit, which requested a jury award of $100 million was eventually settled by FaceBook for $40 million.

The case involved the media site manipulating the playback success rates of advertising videos viewed by users. What was in dispute was the choice of FaceBook to not count any video playback that was under 3 seconds. What was discovered to have been the result is by culling these limited views the site could report vastly larger playback times.

What this led to was FaceBook touting playback rates that were estimated to be 900% larger than in actuality. While not a case of overcharging based on playbacks it was accused it led to higher base rates for advertisers. The site made the announcement that it had used these contrived metrics over a period in 2015-16.

What makes this admission so glaring is that FaceBook has taken on a strident stance against what it deems to be false reporting in regards to news sites. At the same time however it was content to issue false reports regarding advertisement playback. This actually follows a pattern of the site following policies based on revenues.

SEE ALSO: “Look at the facts behind the Snopes/FaceBook Divorce

It was this past February when it was announced that the fact-checking outlet Snopes would be severing ties with FaceBook. Snopes had been one of the verification partners that was brought on by FaceBook to vet problematic news reports and decide what was to be flagged or removed from FB over what was considered false reporting. Snopes considered a number of factors in making the decision to break away from the FB mission.

Among those was a claim made by a former Snopes editor that FaceBook was either steering the fact checkers to do work that would favor its advertisers, or even discount fact checks that might adversely affect an advertiser.

This makes the lawsuit settlement all the more revealing. The site that gives lip service to the importance of fact checking will possibly manipulate the news vetting in accordance to benefit advertising, and at the same time it shows a willingness to deliver false reports to deceive advertisers. Then cries of “fake news” will only fall on more deaf ears.

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