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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If Anyone Is Spreading White Supremacy, It’s the Media, Not Trump

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President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, May 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

I knew the moment that I heard about the El Paso shooter’s manifesto on Saturday that this would shooting would become about President Donald Trump’s supposed racism. In fact, at the time of this writing, #WhiteSupremacistInChief is trending on Twitter.

But despite continuous claims and talking points circling around Trump’s hatred of minorities, no one can ever point to something that Trump said that was actually racist. When they do mention something that he said, they can never quote him verbatim, just one or two words.

“He called immigrants animals,” they tell me along with other famous claims like calling immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”

Did Trump say those things? Yes, but the context is so out of sync with the stories that are pushed about him. Let’s take the “animals” comment for instance. This line popped up during a moment when Trump was speaking about the gang MS-13. That gang originates in central America and runs a national crime syndicate that includes drugs and sex trafficking. Their motto is “rape, control, kill.”

To call them “animals” is actually putting it lightly.

Yet, everyone from the New York Times to the Washington Post was swearing up and down that they had caught Trump red-handed with racism. Instead of agreeing with Trump that MS-13 was a horrific presence in America that needed to be dealt with, they went after Trump for “racism.” To be clear, the media was running defense for MS-13 — the gang who had just brutally murdered a man in an unspeakable fashion — in order to own Trump.

That line still persists among the left from the politicians to the media. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke mentioned the “animals” line during his press tour on the El Paso shooting, where he’s decided to use the horrific deaths of innocents as a way to boost approval points by attacking Trump.

Even when it came to the “rapists” and “criminals” line that you see consistently quoted by leftists politicians and media, Trump was clearly referring to the illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the border who commit these crimes. Here’s the full context:

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

Trump’s words were, at best, inartful in not making sure it’s understood more that not every person trying to come across the border is a horrible person. He even makes mention that he assumes there are some good people in that crowd. However, he’s not wrong. Some heinous things happen at the border and they bring it here. Brandon Darby of Breitbart was on the ground covering what happens at the border, and to Trump’s credit, rape is very common.

Yet, the media didn’t focus on this. They just focused on keywords within Trump’s dialogue about the border.

A pattern is already starting to develop here. Trump says things, the media picks out a singular word or phrase, then proceeds to paint him as a new Hitler by throwing away all context. Be it about the border or Baltimore, Trump has to be seen as a white supremacist, even if he is correct about the state of something and acknowledging it would help people in the middle of it.

The sick part is that with this in mind, it’s clearly not Trump pushing white supremacy. It’s the media.

The media is consistently generating narratives that shouldn’t even exist and only divide people to extremes. It shouldn’t be a radical thing to acknowledge that the border crisis is out of control or that Baltimore is living in rats and filth. It shouldn’t be controversial to say shut down travel from countries that are known hotbeds of terrorism as we witness death and rape in Europe skyrocket as they welcome people from those countries in.

The media narrative, however, is that Trump is a racist white supremacist and all of his supporters are white supremacists as well. Their modus operandi is to completely ignore or deny that any problems exist until they become politically expedient, like the photo of the dead child and father that finally got the left to admit that there was a border crisis. They don’t want to talk about the shooting that just happened in Democrat-controlled Chicago or talk about the Dayton shooter who was a socialist Antifa supporter. They don’t want to accurately tell you what’s happening about any given issue that involves someone of a race other than white.

Trump brings up a legitimate problem, he’s called a racist, the media denies any problems exist while people see the problem first hand, and people find themselves becoming bitter and angry. Those with issues to begin with become vindictive and we get shootings like Christchurch and El Paso.

I want to be very clear that I’m not making excuses for these shooters who are pure scum and deserve to die forgotten by the world they were trying to grab the attention of. Nor am I pardoning racism, which is one of the lowest forms of hatred.

That said, the media keeps greasing the wheels for white supremacists to have all the attention and platform they want. Meanwhile, Trump is actually looking issues surrounding minority groups in the face and moving to act. As Greg Gutfeld tweeted the other day, if he is a racist, he sucks at it, given his penchant for helping minorities in trouble.

In fact, would a white supremacist condemn white supremacy like Trump did today?

The media, however, is continuously giving airtime to the subject white supremacists and creating them out of thin air whenever the opportunity arises, like with the Baltimore controversy. They’ve even put white supremacists like Richard Spencer on-air for commentary. That’s not Fox News doing that, that’s CNN.

If the media was honest and gave every Trump phrase in context with news stories that don’t hide the truth, the issue of white supremacy wouldn’t be the mammoth that it is, but a narrative must thrive and as such, the infection grows. White supremacy has the claws it does because the media keeps sharpening them, then blames Trump as he actually tries to solve the problem.

Pathetic.

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Gubernatorial candidate refuses female reporter’s access to campaign

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A story has been going around for a few days about the Mississippi gubernatorial race. A Republican running in the party’s primary to be the nominee for governor refused a request from a newspaper’s female reporter to cover a campaign trip unless she brought along a male colleague. Is it sexism or is it a personal conviction at play?

Reporters for Mississippi Today asked to shadow all three of the Republicans running for the nomination as they campaign around the state. Two candidates, Bill Waller, a former state supreme court chief justice, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agreed to a request from a male reporter. Robert Foster, a state representative, declined the request from a female reporter unless she agreed to bring a male colleague with her. She was told that the candidate can’t “risk it” – the optics of such coverage during a 15-hour campaign trip. She is crying sexism and wrote a story about the incident.

In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a male colleague would need to accompany this reporter on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip because they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.

“The only reason you think that people will think I’m having a (improper) relationship with your candidate is because I am a woman,” this reporter said.

Robison said the campaign simply “can’t risk it.”

“Perception is everything. We are so close to the primary. If (trackers) were to get a picture and they put a mailer out, we wouldn’t have time to dispute it. And that’s why we have to be careful,” Robinson said Tuesday afternoon by phone.

The female reporter, Larrison Campbell, has a professional history with Foster. She broke the story when he became the first to announce his candidacy in the gubernatorial race last December. She also reported about Republican operatives offering Foster money to run for a different office. She says she has interviewed him many times at the capitol, in phone interviews, and at political events.

The catch is that Foster is a strong conservative. He’s running to the right of the other candidates, according to the reporter. He is considered the underdog in the race. Foster’s campaign manager admitted to “a weird request” but stuck to it.

Mississippi Today requested a ride-along with the Foster in late June. On July 7, Robison, the campaign manager, called about joining the candidate on an upcoming trip to the Gulf Coast and Laurel. At the end of the conversation, in what he acknowledged was a “weird request,” Robison said I would need a male colleague to accompany me on the trip.

My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter’s experience covering Mississippi politics; Tuesday, Robison was informed that this reporter would participate in the ride-along story alone.

The back and forth between Campbell and the campaign continued. She offered to wear her press id at all times in case a photo of her and Foster was taken. In the end, the campaign held to its decision to refuse her request.

The natural question here is whether or not Foster’s decision is a consequence of the #MeToo movement. That’s possible but I think it is more in line with a small minority of conservative male politicians who believe it is disrespectful toward their wives to be alone with a female, even in a professional setting. This pre-dates the #MeToo movement. Remember the crap that Vice-President Pence took from the left after his acknowledgement that he doesn’t go to dinner with any woman but his wife and that he doesn’t attend events serving alcholic beverages without his wife? It is a protective action Pence takes to shelter his marriage and his wife from outside attacks.

Before Pence, there was Rev. Billy Graham. The “Billy Graham Rule” was cited by Foster.

Foster defended his decision to exclude Campbell. “Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the ‘Billy Graham Rule’, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage,” he wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. “I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife.”

I wasn’t going to write about this story when I first read about it because I thought it would just be another story that is viewed through the lens of political party lines. I thought conservatives might not agree with Foster’s decision but would understand why he made it while liberals would bash him as a sexist pig. Saturday morning, however, I tuned into the Smerconish show on CNN. He used this story as the basis of a poll question he presented to the audience. “Is a candidate justified in precluding a reporter traveling with him?” He admitted he assumed that his audience would be against it. It’s CNN, you know.

Smerconish delivered the results at the end of the show – with 19,029 votes counted, he was surprised by the tally. 63% Yes, 37% No. Well, look at that. Is there hope for common sense in America after all? The results surprised me, too, to be honest. The left loves to bash conservatives as throwbacks to the 1950’s and all that. I wonder if a more liberal CNN show host would have received less favorable results from his or her audience. From the publicity Ms. Campbell has garnered for herself, maybe Mr. Foster made the right decision. With her history of covering his run, was his campaign’s response to her request really such a surprise?

The only televised debate in this primary race with be Tuesday, July 23, 2019. I wonder if the question will come up. The primary election is Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

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Narcissistic Mainstream Press Wonders Why White House Is Pulling Their Press Credentials

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Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fields questions from reporters during the daily briefing, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Trump White House has already become infamous for how they handle the press. They’ve stopped the formal press briefings — which had devolved into a cage match where poor Sarah Sanders tried to absorb the slings and arrows — in favor of informal gaggles in the driveway, where officials speak off the cuff and hope for the best.

Now, according to longtime Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, they’re revoking the passes of people like him who have have enjoyed a “front-row seat to history.”

Without ripping on Milbank too much, as it likely stings to be kicked out of the inner circle, his op-ed on the recent revocation of his “magical ticket” is instructive because, while it’s wrapped in concerns about press access and a tamping down of their ability to hold leadership accountable, it’s mostly about him.

And that, if Milbank and others could honestly analyze things for a second, may be part of the why they find themselves outside the gates.

Take Milbank’s opening paragraphs relaying the news he was no longer seated at the table.

I was in the White House the night Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day he was impeached. I was there on Sept. 11, 2001, and the fearful days thereafter, when we were trained to use escape hoods. I watched George W. Bush make the case for the Iraq War and Barack Obama pitch his remedies for the market crash. There, too, I have witnessed the carnival-like briefings and high histrionics of Donald Trump’s presidency.

But no more. The White House eliminated most briefings and severely restricted access to official events. And this week came the coup de grace: After covering four presidents, I received an email informing me that Trump’s press office had revoked my White House credential.

He sees the revocation of hard passes in favor of passes only for those journalists who are literally in the building almost daily — the hungry ones who show up — as a bit of a slap in the face for someone of his stature who has been in the viewing gallery for all the major events over the last 20 years.

And he believes it’s mostly because he’s a Trump critic.

He might be right. But the tone of his op-ed likely translates into how he approaches his work — by making himself a part of the news — and he might want to consider that the revocation of his and others’ hard press passes may have been informed by that same attitude.

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According To DOJ Data, Trump Administration Is As Leaky As Trump Says

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A watchdog group that monitors the intelligence community has determined, using data from the Department of Justice, that Donald Trump is correct when he complains about his administration’s leaks to the press: the number of leaks of classified information reached record highs over the last two years.

The number of leaks that were reported as potential crimes by federal agencies reached record high levels over the last two years, according to data released by the Justice Department last week and reported Monday by the Federation of American Scientists, which monitors the intelligence community.

There were 120 leak referrals for possible prosecution in 2017 and 88 in 2018, up from 37 in 2016 and 18 in 2015, the data shows. Only a small percentage of the cases are likely to be prosecuted.

Steven Aftergood, who directs the federation’s Project on Government Secrecy, says the uptick is almost certainly due to the fact that under Trump, there is a lot more leaking going on. There has also been a renewed focus by the Justice Department in ferreting out leakers.

“I think it’s because there are more leaks,” said Aftergood, who publishes a weekly newsletter on secrecy. “Agencies have been serious about leaks forever—it’s not like they decided, ‘oh we’re going to suddenly start paying attention to this.’ So the fact that it has escalated so sharply indicates that there is something qualitatively different.”

Trump has been complaining about leaks since almost the beginning of his time in office, calling leakers traitors and the leaks themselves, “massive over exaggeration[s] put out by the Fake News Media”.

His administration has been plagued with leaks, not only of the petty, rivalrous type but leaks of serious information that constitute criminal behavior. There was the NSA contractor taking documents home; the Georgia NSA employee who sits in prison for giving information about Russia election interference to the media; and of course, Edward Snowden’s massive leak of thousands upon thousands of NSA documents.

Aftergood and other experts believe discipline about classified information has been diminishing. Trusted, cleared individuals at the CIA and the National Security Agency, including Edward Snowden, have disclosed a raft of secrets in recent years, and that phenomenon continues.

Two examples include the leaking of transcripts of Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders to the Washington Post, and the disclosures about irregularities in the way the White House processed Jared Kushner’s security clearance to NBC News. It’s not clear whether either case was referred to the Justice Department by a federal agency, although Republican Devin Nunes, then chairman of the intelligence committee, said he filed his own referral on the transcripts.

“In some cases, these are not leaks from deep in the military bureaucracy — they’re right out of the oval office, and that’s pretty much unheard of,” Aftergood said.

The Trump administration has averaged 104 leak referrals per year. The Obama Administration (2009-2016) only saw 39 criminal referrals for leaks per year, the federation found.

In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new unit within the FBI to handle what he called a “staggering” number of leaks.

“We respect the role that the press plays … but it is not unlimited,” Sessions said said at the time the new unit was created.

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