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Friday, July 10, 2020
MRC's Graham Still Clinging to Fiction That Antifa Is Behind Unrest
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center is not going to let a little thing like lack of evidence keep it from blaming Antifa for recent unrest, just as President Trump instructed it to do. Tim Graham took his shot in a June 25 post complaining that a Washington Post op-ed pointing out that inconvenient fact, as well as giving Trump a four-Pinocchio rating for blaming Antifa. As a lazy "media researcher," Graham can't be bothered to  disprove the Post,so he tries to insult it instead:

Perhaps we could suggest that left-wing “news” sites could try to investigate Antifa and identify their activities with one-hundredth the ardor they chase after tiny factions of Klansmen. Instead, we get octopus-ink articles claiming Antifa is formless, shapeless, and blameless. 

Graham further displayed his immaturity by feeling the need to mock the name of the Post's op-ed writer, a German university professor named Curd Knupfer, tossing out the juvenile insult of "Cheesy Curd." Graham also describes Knufer as a "leftist" but provided no evidence to back up his claim, unless he's assuming that anyone who researches the content of right-wing media is automatically "leftist" by defintion.

Despite being, again, a lazy researcher, Graham felt the need to attack Knupfer's valid research method of using software to "scrape" Antifa-related articles from right-wing websites: "'Scraped' the articles? Does that mean someone actually read them? Or just used crude computer analytics? Why are the leftists to averse to actually reading when they analyze media?"

Graham got further enraged when Knupfer pointed out that these right-wing websites spoke of Antifa only in vagure terms and never quoted anyone identifying themselves with the group:

Dear Curd: This might be a little tough when they dress up in black masks and don't hand out business cards. Black-bloc hooligans are more likely to beat on camera crews than do interviews. Clearly, this man thinks negative writing about Antifa somehow fits into a framework of "criminalizing dissent." Instead of, say, criminalizing criminal activity, like vandalism and fighting cops. 

The MRC, meanwhile, designs its "media research" methodologies to further its rigiht-wing anti-media narrative rather than to conform to accepted research standards, so maybe Graham doesn't have a lot of moral standing to criticize Knupfer, who -- unlike anyone who works at the MRC -- is a trained and experienced academic researcher.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:56 PM EDT
CNS Managing Editor Is Mad Dave Chappelle Insulted Fox News Host, Ignores His Message
Topic: CNSNews.com

Comedian Dave Chappelle served up a powerful and, frankly, not terribly comedic performance in "8:46," a medication on the world in the wake of the death of George Floyd. CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman completely ignored Chappelle's message to devote an entire June 12 blog post -- in which he puts "comedian' in scare quotes to describe Chappelle -- to raging that he insulted a prized Fox News host:

In his new Netflix special "8:46," where he talks about the killing of George Floyd, comedian Dave Chappelle takes time to criticize conservative author and TV host Laura Ingraham for daring to mock LeBron James's leftist political views and emphatically labels her a "c**t."

"LeBron James once said something about racism and Laura Ingraham, which I will say publicly anywhere, anytime, is a c**t," said Chapelle. "Tell them I said it."

She "told one of Ohio's greatest residents ever, 'shut up and dribble,'" he added.

[...]

"My friend is the best at something, and this bitch is not the best at anything," he said. "She's a regular ass white bitch with a platform. And I use the word bitch all the time because it's black."

Chapman then went on to attack James for having "criticized pro-democracy comments about Hong Kong by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey," sneering, "There is a huge market for the NBA in Communist China and James apparently does not want to rock the financial boat."Chapman went on to cite criticism of James by "Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong," then laughably equated Ingraham to him: "We'll have to wait and see what Chappelle decides to call Joshua Wong."

It seems as if Chapman only cares about what's happening in China and Hong Kong if it can be used to own the libs.

Oh, and Chapman couldn't be bothered to remark on anything else Chappelle said during his special. It's as if an important CNS agenda item is defending Fox News hosts and not, you know, reporting the news.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:28 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, July 10, 2020 12:30 AM EDT
Thursday, July 9, 2020
How Is The MRC Freaking Out About George Soros Now?
Topic: Media Research Center

For years, the Media Reserarch Center has shared the right's obsession with George Soros as a bogeyman -- to the point that it notoriously used anti-Semitic imagery to portray him as a liberal puppet master. That obsession is still going strong.

The main way it's been showing up these days is in numerous posts by Joseph Vazquez -- who did a post attacking Soros at the start of the year --  complaining that he's allegedly funding political groups attacking President Trump and promoting Joe Biden. Here's what Vazquez has attacked since the start of 2020:

You will not be surprised to learn that Vazquez does not track right-wing anti-Biden ads -- which may ahve been funded by the MRC's chief benefactor, the Mercer family -- with the same level of obsession.

Vazquez also contributed a Feb. 4 post complaining that Soros criticized Facebook because it might help get Trump re-elected, sarcastically adding: "Is Soros concerned that Trump’s social media game will hinder his agenda to bend the 'arc of history' in 'the right direction?'"

In March, Alexander Hall complained that Soros bought an interest in a video game company that "appears to have jumped the shark in recent years -- even capitulating to communist censorship in 2019." Hall never returned to the subject, and thus didn't bother to report that Soros saw a 45 percent return on his investment in just a few months, which made it a smart financial decision.

Also in March, Gabriel Hays went far afield to attack a British website in his usual sneering way because it received some funding from Soros and  expressed an opinion he didn't like:

Lefties on George Soros’s payroll know that no good crisis should go to waste and are using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to peddle their communist garbage, like the idea that this crisis should remind society of its imperative to “abolish the family” and the “private household.” Wow, what a wonderful thought.

In April, Vazquez served up this curious thought: "The Washington Post continues to ruin its reputation by relying on a mix of a Soros-affiliated organization, the UN and the ADL to claim criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus is racist." No, Joe; they criticized the use of slurs like "kung flu" are racist. And he nev er actually explained how the Post citing any of these groups -- even the pro-Jewish Anti-Defamation League, which he snidely dismissed as "lefty" -- "ruin its reputation."

The MRC even bashed something as uncontroversial as media literacy as being tainted by Soros' involvement. A May 7 post by Hall grumbled that "Facebook is partnering with Soros-funded Poynter’s 'Mediawise' project and a progressive news outlet to teach youth how to process media," going on to further attack Poynter as "openly liberal." In fact, the Poynter Institute is a nonprofit institute that educates journalists; of course, in the highly skewed eyes of people like Hall and the MRC, any organziation that refuses to be as right-wing as they are is automatically slimed as "openly liberal."

Vazquez returned yet again for a May 11 post complaining that Soros said in an interview, "I have put my faith in Trump to destroy himself, and he has exceeded my wildest expectations.” Vazquez didn't note that letting Trump destroy himself has worked out quite well so far; instead, he huffed that "Soros’s super PAC Democracy PAC has been involved in funding radical left-wing groups. These groups have been exploiting the coronavirus in TV ad blitzes and appear to have aligned with Soros in an attempt to 'destroy' Trump and undermine his efforts."

This is the kind of abject hate and enemy creation that the MRC has to create to keep its right-wing narratives alive.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:17 PM EDT
CNS Unemployment Coverage Distortion Watch
Topic: CNSNews.com

As a pro-Trump media outlet, CNSNews.com is compelled to make the unemployment numbers as good as possible in service of President Trump. Susan Jones was in full embellishment mode for her lead article on June's unemployment numbers:

As America reopens, the economy is recovering from the devastating employment snapshot recorded in April and May, and while the numbers released today show improvement, they're still far from the many records set under Trump.

According to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed Americans increased by 4,940,000 in June to 142,182,000.

While that's well below the Trump-era record high of 158,803,000 set in December 2019, it is is 30,000 more than the number of Americans counted as employed when Barrack Obama took office amid a recession in January 2009.

The number of unemployed Americans dropped by 3,235,000 last month, and the nation's unemployment rate also dropped to 11.1 percent, down from 13.3 percent in May and the record 14.7 percent in April.

President Trump, at an impromptu Thursday morning news conference, hailed the 4.8 million jobs added in June, calling the "largest monthly jobs gain in the history of our country."

Jones made no mention of the BLS' classification errors that should have made the unemployment rates for April and May even higher than they were.

As usual, CNS served up sidebars on government employment and Hispanic employment. These articles also failed to mention the BLS' classification error affecting the numbers, nor did it tell readers what the "real unemployment rate" was, even though that U-6 rate (18.0 percent) is much higher than it was under the Obama administration, a time when CNS last regularly reported it.

Instead, CNS did an article on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointing out that Trump needs to demonstrate "real leadership" by working with Democrats to pass a relief bill, which Craig Bannister chose to interpret as Schumer demanding that "Senate Republicans give Democrats what they want" -- blithely ignoring the fact that Americans are in need of further economic relief.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:53 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
NEW ARTICLE: A Shared Love Of Hating Others
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center once despised Ricky Gervais and J.K. Rowling for being too liberal. Then they attacked or made fun of transgendered people, and the MRC suddenly decided they were worthy of being loved and admired. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 8:51 PM EDT
CNS Managing Editor Tries To Slime Susan Rice As A Commie
Topic: CNSNews.com

So CNSNews.com does care about the origin of phrases when it wants to.

Last month, CNS couldn't be bothered to explain the racist origin ofPresident Trump's warning to protesters that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." But when Susan Rice, former national security adviser and United Nations ambassador under President Obama, said she supported Joe Biden as president because he will "remove Donald Trump and consign him and those who supported him in the Senate to the trash heap of history," managing editor Michael W. Chapman spent a June 19 article explaining what he claimed was the communiist origin of the phrase she used, thereby suggesting that she too was some kind of communist:

The "trash heap of history" or "ash heap of history" is a popular phrase that goes back centuries. However, it was often used by Soviet officials during the Cold War to explain what they would do to the Christian West.

As the late William Safire explained in the New York Times in 1983, "The phrase was popularized by Leon Trotsky, who told the Mensheviks departing from the 1917 Congress of Soviets, ''Go to the place where you belong from now on -- the dustbin of history!' That was the way his phrase, transliterated as musornyi yashchik, was translated in the English edition of Trotsky's autobiography; in reviews of the movie 'Reds,' Trotsky was quoted as saying of the faction opposing the Bolsheviks, 'They are just so much refuse which will be swept into the garbage heap of history.'"

Chapman added: "Rice was notorious for repeatedly telling the American people that the Benghazi, Libya attack in 2012, which killed four Americans, was sparked by an anti-Muslim video." Chapman didn't explain why this was supposedly "notorious," given that's what intelligence officials believed at the time she made that claim.

CNS repeated that latter attack on Rice in a July 7 article by Susan Jones, who uncritically quoted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claiming without evidence that Rice "made up a story about a video and a protest when she knew full well that this was a terror attack. She did so because it was politically convenient to say that."


Posted by Terry K. at 2:50 PM EDT
Kupelian Still Laughably Claiming That WND Publishes The Truth
Topic: WorldNetDaily

He's no Joseph Farah, but David Kupelian -- who's mostly running WorldNetDaily these days while Farah remains out of commission -- hsi fully embracing Farah's delusion that WND publishes the truth, despite mountains of evidence demonstrating otherwise. These days, he's not making those claims onthe website; they're in emails begging for money while fearmongering about the outrage fo the day.

Kupelian ranted in a June 5 email (overenthusiastic bolding in original):

Look, you and I aren’t dumb. We know the truth: The unhinged left is attempting to use a global pandemic to destroy President Trump, AND to transform the United States of America into a socialist paradise — you know, like Venezuela.

The only thing standing between the far left and absolute, 24/7 propaganda and disinformation? Us. You and me, Friend.

You and I fight for uncompromisingly truthful news reporting … because without the truth, all is lost. We must make sure the American people know the truth about what’s going on in our country.

Kupelian similarly complained in a June 15 email:

For years, the leftist media has observed a grotesque double standard … one for themselves and another for conservatives. But I never thought it’d get this bad.

The only choice conservatives have right now? Fight with everything we’ve got.

That’s what WorldNetDaily is doing every single day… fighting back with the truth, a very powerful weapon!

For his June 30 email, Kupelian was in full victim mode:

As you probably know, WorldNetDaily is under relentless assault by forces of the far left that want to transform America – particularly the online media gatekeepers we collectively refer to as Big Tech.

Our current difficult financial situation (we’ve gone from 50 employees a couple years ago to 9 today, but they are 9 of the best in the business) is the direct result of a relentless campaign by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants, as well as the big establishment media and their allies on the far left, to shut down conservative journalism. Which is to say, to shut down America’s free press, without which a nation CANNOT stay free.

After the usual right-wing complaints about "shadow banning" and purportedly "accurate" articles labeled false by Facebook, Kupelian played the fake "truth" card again to beg for money:

WND is a critical part of the national news media … because, almost alone among major news outlets, we provide a conservative, Judeo-Christian, pro-American insight and context to today’s civilization-shaking news stories.

Without WND, which has reported boldly and truthfully every single day since May 1997 – 23 years ago! – our nation will be that much closer to being buried under a radical, far-left agenda and propaganda blitz that crushes our Constitution and tramples our values.

We need your help to keep our lights on and our journalists punching back against the far-left with the truth.

In fact, WND is not terribly crucial -- because it's not terribly truthful. Kupelian has yet to acknowledge that particular crucial truth.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:09 AM EDT
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
MRC Stands With Anti-Immigrant, Islamohobic, Apparently Racist British Commentator
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has a bad habit of endorsing the wrong people -- i.e., coronavirus conspiracy theorists -- when they get banned from social media, downplaying or outright censoring the evidence that they were banned from social media for good reason. The MRC took that step again in a June 22 post by Alexander Hall:

Twitter has censored British conservative commentator Katie Hopkins for reportedly mocking a threat of violence by one of her detractors. Twitter, being Twitter, decided she was the dangerous one.

Hopkins “received a permanent ban from Twitter for a tweet she made in response to a threat against her,” Sky News reported. A Twitter spokesperson allegedly claimed that Hopkins’s suspension was intended “to keep Twitter safe.” In another statement from Twitter, according to The Guardian, Hopkins’s “account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy.”

Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy states that users “may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.” If remains unclear exactly what protected human group Hopkins could have been insulting by referring to the genitalia of primates.

Hopkins explained to Sky News that she “used the phrase hung like a baboon in response to a threat of a sexual nature of violence against me.” Twitter reportedly told her that she, by mocking a threat made against her, had committed “violations of our hateful conduct policy.”

On her Instagram account Hopkins also made note that “hung like a baboon” was a reference to the history-themed sitcom “Blackadder” starring Rowan Atkinson and Brian Blessed.

As we've documented, Hopkins is sometimes described as the "British Ann Coulter," with all the hatred of brown people and Muslims that this description means. She's so hateful that the notoriously right-wing Daily Mail dropped Hopkins as a columnist after she called for a "final solution" after a bombing in Manchester by a radical Islamist killed 22 people. She also was ordered to pay $164,000 in damages and legal costs to a food writer whom she libeled by falsely claiming she supported the defacing of a war memorial.

Hall also deliberately softens the incident that got her banned from Twitter. Contrary to Hopkins' description, which Hall swallows whole without bothering to fact-check, she made that "hung like a baboon" comment to a black rugby player who called her "f***ing toxic" -- in other words, not a "threat of a sexual nature of violence" -- in response to her reported mocking of Black Lives Matter protests. A couple weeks earlier, Hewitt had described the racism he suffered as a child growing up in Wales as the son of Welsh mother and a Jamacian father.

But Hall isn't interested in telling the full truth. He'd much rather promote a hateful racist and Islamophobe's next venture:

While Twitter appears to be resolute in its decision to purge Hopkins, she has chosen to instead embrace an entirely new platform.

She closed her Instagram video by encouraging her followers to follow her on Parler instead under the name “@KTHopkins,” identical to the handle on her former Twitter account.

Parler, of course, being the place right-wingers go when they get kicked off Twitter for being too offensive. Hall didn't tell his readers about that, either.

(Image: South Wales Argus)


Posted by Terry K. at 5:24 PM EDT
How Is CNS' Managing Editor Hating LGBT People Now?
Topic: CNSNews.com

It's been a while since we checked in on how notoriously homophobic CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman is pushing an anti-gay message that is presumably endorsed by his employer, the Media Research Center. Just because there's been a pandemic doesn't mean he's forgotten to do that.

In March, Chapman uncritically touted another notorioius homophobe, E.W. Jackson, ranting that "promoting homosexual behavior is destructive and constitutes a 'violent attack' on the family, especially in the black community" and declaring that "the gay movement is 'the homovirus for the family.'" He also dug up an obscure "Jewish religious judge" in Britain who objected to a new LGBT-centric curriculum in the countryby declaring "Those four letters, LGBT, are an abomination, according to the Torah" and that "One is obliged to give up one's life rather than comply" with the curriculum.

On April 1, Chapman cheered that Idaho approved "legislation that prohibits biological males from competing in female sports, thus barring "transgender women" from real women's sports. He then cheered his favorite right-wing evangelical minister, Franklin Graham, cheering the law. Later that month, Chapman cheered a proposed Hungarian law that "would legally define a person's sex or gender as "sex at birth," meaning later in life a person could not legally change their gender"; he accompanied the story with pictures of a church, authoritarian Hungarian leader Viktor Orban (another CNS favorite) and men in tutus dancing in a parade, which is apparently how Chapman believes all LGBT people act.

In a May 5 post, Chapman complined that "the gay N.Y. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson demanded that the Christian-run Samaritan's Purse field hospital -- treating patients in Central Park -- be shut down because of its natural and biblical views on marriage" -- that is, hating gay people as much as Chapman does. He then did an irrelevant hit job on Johnson: "The New York Times reported in 2018 that Corey Johnson did not finish college, completing only one month at George Mason University. Johnson also had a history of binging on alcohol and cocaine but apparently sobered-up in 2009."

Chapman then did as he is wont to do -- portray anyone who's not a heterosexual Christian as evil -- by promoting a Catholic bishop's assertion that "abortion and gay marriage reflect the spirit of the Anti-Christ. He added that the Anti-Christ not only rejects Jesus Christ, the order of salvation, but also rejects the order of creation, nature itself, the 'order of the two biological sexes,' and the 'absolute prohibition of killing innocent human beings.'" 

On May 15, Chapman grumbled about a new PBS series on LGBTQ life in the South, making sure to quote the right-wing American Family Association to whine that thte show will "push the homosexual agenda" and is "promoting a lifestyle that is unhealthy to both the individual who participates in the unnatural sexual behavior and to society as a whole."

By May 27, Chapman had found a new outlet for his anti-gay rage: a new Pixar short film featuring a gay main character. The short is "promoting the LGBT agenda," he huffed, though he didn't explain exactly what that "agenda" is.

(This was accompanied by an op-ed from WND's favorite gay-basher, Michael Brown, warning that "gay activists have long recognized the importance of influencing children, even if they were doing it with (in their minds) the purest of intentions" and this film is an attempt to "indoctrinate" children.)

Chapman followed that with a meltdown over an upcoming Marvel Studios flim, "Eternals," that includes "an openly gay male superhero and his 'spouse,' who kiss on screen." He enlisted his fellow gay-haters at One Million Moms to warn that the movie will be "pushing the LGBTQ agenda on families."

On June 3, Chapman had one more thing to cheer about:

Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, President Donald Trump has not officially recognized June as "LGBT Pride Month" by issuing a proclamation about it. Trump did not do this during the first three years of his administration and did not do so this year.

However, Trump did issue proclamations declaring June as National Homeownership Month, as well as National Ocean Month, and Great Outdoors Month. He also proclaimed June as African-American Music Appreciation Month and as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Chapman also attacked Nickelodeon for "promoting homosexuality" by acknowledging Pride Month, ominously adding, "Nickelodeon, which is owned by ViacomCBS, is a cable channel for children, aimed at kids age 2 to 17." Chapman didn't explain why a children's TV channel acknowledging that LGBT people exist is a bad thing, but he did complain about one Nickelodeonn tweet involving SpongeBob SquarePants, huffing "It is clear from the tweet that SpongeBob is either gay or is an 'ally' of the 'LGBTQ+ community.'" (He didn't explain why he used the scare quotes.)

That's the gay-hater we know and (don't particularly) love.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 AM EDT
Monday, July 6, 2020
Irony: MRC's Graham Complains About Another Group's Finding Of Media Bias
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center really does seem to believe that it's the only one capable of detecting "media bias," even though it bias detector is so incredibly skewed. Thus, we have a June 19 post from Tim Graham ranting that abortion rights activists find media coverage of abortion to be rather skewed. Graham unironically complained:

In our experience, the “objective” media tilt dramatically in favor or abortion advocates. But amazingly, it’s not biased enough for them. NARAL Pro-Choice America released a “media analysis,” a "deep dive" this week on the way journalists cover abortion. They hired the Global Strategy Group, a Democratic polling and PR firm, to do the study. 

So a Republican, pro-Trump organizaiton like the MRC is the only "experience" about media bias that should be trusted?

Graham linked only to the press release about the NARAL report, not the actual report itself, so it's unclear how closely he actually read the thing.

Graham's general response to the NARAL study is to attack it for complaining that the abortion debate is framed in right-wing-friendly terms and to bash the women who seek abortion and the doctors who carry them out. A sample:

“Abortion is covered as a political issue, not a health issue.” That’s because it IS a political issue! Their introduction to this report actually screams “the right to abortion has never been more at risk.” But this complaint keeps coming...

“Political coverage elevates political voices and excludes those most impacted by abortion: doctors and those who seek abortion care.” They complain that politicians are quoted in political stories, when they want sensitive profiles of women who really needed to exercise their “right to choose” and the doctors who relieve them of their “burdens.”   

[...]

“Reporters characterize the abortion debate as divisive, furthering the perception of profound conflict on the issue.” They complained “around 17 percent of the articles described abortion as “divisive, debatable, charged, controversial, or other similar terms.” Abortion kills an unborn human being. They want it to be covered like pimple removal. 

This leads to the real gem:

“Charged rhetoric from anti-abortion advocates are included in coverage, often with minimal context.” Nearly half of all articles included "anti-choice" terms NARAL would deem unworthy of inclusion, including “infanticide,” “partial-birth abortion,” and “heartbeat bill.” They fussed that only four articles alluded to the notion that a “fetal heartbeat” isn’t a heartbeat, but electric pulses in a forming heart. It’s “fetal cardiac activity.” Weasel words.

Graham even ranted about the study's methodology: "How flawed is it? Start with how they read the media: “A random sample of more than 300 abortion-related articles were elected for study across ten major news outlets...from January through June of 2019.” It would be much more accurate to pick just one media outlet and read every article." This is from the organization that selectively examines only "explicitly evaluative statements" from a tiny sliver of the media and proclaims that to be a sweeping indictment of "liberal media bias," so maybe Graham isn't the best judge of how to conduct a study.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:39 PM EDT
WND Columnists Serve Up Rioting Conspiracy Theories
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Lowell Ponte wrote in his June 4 WorldNetDaily column:

Co-mingled with law-abiding protesters in the wake of George Floyd's murder by one rogue Minneapolis policeman, instigators are causing massive violence.

Who are these mostly-white masked men dressed in black, and why are they attacking and killing police, looting and torching black-owned stores, and spreading terror?

This is Antifa, whose name ironically means "anti-fascist." This terrorist coalition arose in Europe to fight Adolf Hitler – not to save democracy or freedom, but because – then as today – these Marxists want Stalinist-style Communist totalitarianism to dominate the world.

Their aim, says their Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, is to "destroy the state, police, military, corporations and all those who run the American plantation … by any means necessary."

"In a crowd you can pick [these professional instigators] out," says Lara Logan, veteran investigative reporter formerly with CBS.

But as we now know, there's virtually no evidence Antifa has been involved in the unrest -- in fact, there's more evidence that right-wing extremists are fomenting violence. And given that Logan has fallen for numerous Antifa-related hoaxes, she's hardly an authoritative source on the issue.

Ponte went on to accuse right-wing bogeyman George Soros of having ties to Antifa, citing the research of Matthew Vadum of the Capital Reserarch Center, a guy who onced accused up of inciting civil unrest for fact-checking him.

Barbara Simpson repeated the false Antifa claim in her column the next day in the midst of ranting about other conspiracy theories:

There has been a tsunami of hate directed at the police, the military, all white people and, of course, President Trump. Add to that the people who have established and grown successful businesses. The looting of businesses and destruction of their premises is a clear indication that there was intent to loot and destroy and it had nothing to do with George Floyd. His death was a good excuse to unleash the devastation. 

It was a directed and planned attack on all that makes this a free country. It is no accident that the attacks were coordinated across the country in so many states – and in Europe, of all places. Rioting in Europe over this death? That isn't an accident.

Many of the people involved in the rioting were not residents of the states where they did their damage. Who coordinated that, who were they, why were they there, and who paid for it all? They were equipped with clothing and radios and weapons. None of that is free. No matter how you look at it, it was a planned and coordinated attack on the United States. Any American who does not see that is a fool.

[...]

We have been attacked by anarchists – people who want to create disorder and revolt against the established laws. We have seen up close and personal, as they say, exactly what that means, and it isn't pretty. They have an intent to bring us down, and we must not allow that to happen.

[...]

The bottom line is that the movement behind all this is Antifa and the monied people funding them. Their goal is to destroy all things American, but it can only happen if we allow it. The Democrats' attacks on Donald Trump are part of the plan because they feel if they prevent Trump from being reelected, they will have control of the country – on their terms.

Think about it.

We did, Barbara, and we know you're just fearmongering.

W. Scott Magill -- who we caught advancing coronavirus conspiracy theories at WND -- tried to do the same for the unrest in his June 12 WND column, hitting the usual conspiratorial name-checks of the last decade or so:

What we have been watching the last few weeks is not merely protests or even riots. Rather, it is the continuing Revolution to utterly overthrow America and permanently suspend our Constitution by the Domestic Enemy. As explained by '60s domestic terrorist and Obama booster Bill Ayers, "Always remember the issue is never about the issue; the issue is always about the Revolution." Like Ayers, both Antifa and Black Lives Matter are firmly rooted in the Communist Party with reported ties to anti-American socialist billionaire George Soros.

Do not be hornswoggled into believing this is about George Floyd, or "words that work" such as "systemic racism," "police racism," or "police brutality." America is the least racist nation on earth. Those racist terms were first listed in Ayers' book, "Prairie Fire Manifesto," (dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan) and the "Black Panther 10 point plan," as "words that work" to be weaponized by the left. The wrongful and indefensible death of George Floyd has provided the operatives on the left, less interested in justice than revolution, the hoped-for trigger to fire off a well-engineered and organized domestic battle plan against America and its current top defender, President Trump. Only through such distractions can our domestic enemies finally achieve their Maoist-Marxist "Long march through the institution" – a 125-year march that, if successful, will kill the "last best hope for mankind on earth" and replace it with a new dark age for humanity of absolute tyranny under the rule of despots.

[...]

We are witnessing the coming to fruition of Bill Ayers' "Prairie Fire Manifesto" and the "Black Panther 10 point plan." Conjointly, they have converted "words that work" from weapons on the invisible battlefield of ideas into weapons used within the unconcealed Revolution against the American culture.

When in doubt, invoke Bill Ayers and George Soros. it's the WND way.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:08 AM EDT
Sunday, July 5, 2020
MRC's Kaepernick Derangement Syndrome, George Floyd Edition
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has always despised Colin Kaepernick. Now that his kneeling protests against police brutality have proven prescient in the wake of the police-custody death of George Floyd, the MRC will absolutely not give him credit.

The MRC's chief Kaepernick-hater, the mysterious Jay Maxson, asserted on May 30 that Kaepernick was "blatantly defending the riots and the arson"; in fact, all he did was tweet (which Maxson called "damning") that "when civility leads to death, revolting is the only reaction."

Maxson whined on June 4 about the sportswriters pointing out Kaepernick's prescience: "With multiple stories dedicated to social justice, Colin Kaepernick, racist team nicknames, anti-police hit pieces and the like, this left-stream publication's sports page is nothing more than a politicized, left-wing gripe publication."

In a June 4 post, Alexander Hall complained that Twitter's donation of $3 million to a Kaepernick-run "activist fund" was evidence of how "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has gone out of his way to alienate himself from conservatives in the name of social justice" and his "his far-left plunge into identity-driven politics." Hall did not explain how the fund's stated purpose of "advanc[ing] the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders" was a "far-left" initiative.

Maxson returned to grouse on June 6: "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday issued a video statement apologizing for the league's refusal to listen to players protests of police brutality. USA Today called it an exoneration of Colin Kaepernick's pathetic behavior in 2016 and demands he be signed by an NFL team. Deadspin says the commissioner didn't go nearly far enough and should have issued a lengthy apology to Kaepernick."

Jonas Wells then offered right-wing revisionism of Kaepernick's activism:

The problem with Kaepernick was never that he thought police brutality was bad. It was not even that he was unwilling to stand for the National Anthem (although it is easy to see how many would take offense to that, and his avenue of protest could be improved.) The real problem was an assertion that he gave in an interview after he first knelt, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

First, he would have a legitimate cause if the problem was truly racial. But the numbers just do not pan out that way. 

Secondly, by saying this, Kaepernick essentially claimed that the collective is at fault for racist acts of individuals. And from a historical perspective, he also makes a subliminal assertion that everyone must now pay penance for the sins of their ancestors.

Maxson branded Kaepernick an "America hater," then ranted against Kaepernick's new prominence:

Colin Kaepernick spewed volumes of hate and anger with his knee during the 2016 NFL season, and the America hater is about to rev up the volume on his rhetoric through a San Francisco publishing company. Kaepernick will join Medium's board of directors in addition to writing about race and civil rights.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that Kaepernick, for five seasons a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers until he left the team in the spring of 2017, is linking his personal publishing label with the blogging and essay platform Medium and joining its board. Kaepernick's radical politics since the start of the 2016 NFL season turned off many football fans, and teams have avoided him like the plague.

Maxson also gave play to right-wing sportswriter Jason Whitlock's unsupported claim that there was no conspiracy among NFL owners to keep Kaepernick from continuing to play in the NFL, insisting that was because of his own "boneheaded decisions, overvaluing of his worth, race-baiting girlfriend and lack of genuine desire to play kept him out of the NFL."

Maxson further complained about one sport's columnist effort to reacquint fans with Kaepernick's football prowess so a team would hire him,muttering about the quarterback's allegedly "badly tarnished off-the-field public image."

Matt Philbin sneered that legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre apparently "took a couple too many shots to the head for saying that Kaepernick could be considered a hero, adding: "Colin Kaepernick is an anti-American jackass who walked away from a contract with the 49ers and has been trying to get back into the NFL ever since. He’s been unsuccessful because teams understand that most paying football fans are patriotic Americans who don’t don’t like seeing a millionaire athlete disrespect the nation that gave him everything."


Posted by Terry K. at 8:48 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:50 PM EDT
CNS Still Promotes Candace Owens, Still Censoring Her Extremism
Topic: CNSNews.com

We've documented how CNSNews.com has become enthralled with right-wing activist Candace Owens, promoting her declarations while whitewashing or hiding completely her more extreme claims, even falsely crediting her with creating the so-called "Blexit" movement to encorage Blacks to become Republicans. That enthrallment has continued this year as well -- including her claim that Hitler would have been OK if he didn't have "dreams outside of Germany."

CNS -- mostly blogger Craig Bannister -- has remained a dutiful stenographer for Owens' pronouncements this year as well:

While CNS was touting Owens' right-wing-friendly declarations, it was censoring her controversies:

  • After the death of black jogger Ahmaud Aarbery at the hands of white vigilantes, Owens suggested he had it coming because he was "caught on camera breaking into an unfinished property ... Avid joggers don’t wear khaki shorts & stop to break into homes."
  • Owens ranted that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, was a "dicator" for locking down much of the state to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.This got her briefly suspended from Twitter (which made CNS' cohorts at the Media Research Center very unhappy).
  • Owens also declared she would not get a possible coronavirus vaccine -- while fearmongering about other vaccines -- and will refuse to wear a mask to help prevent coronavirus spread.
  • She advanced more coronavirus conspiracies, claiming that the death toll from the virus was being inflated for "financiai incentive."

Owens is a liar, conspiracy-monger and grifter, yet CNS continues to give her a platform.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:03 PM EDT
Saturday, July 4, 2020
MRC Complains That Media Treated Trump's Candidacy As A Joke, Censors That It Did Too
Topic: Media Research Center

A June 16 Media Research Center post by Rich Noyes carried the headline "Five Years Ago, Media Mocked Trump’s Announcement as a Joke" and complained: "Five years ago today, when billionaire businessman Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015, the savants in the news media weren’t just skeptical — they were openly disdainful of the man who would go on to win the Republican nomination and the presidency."

You know who else was openly disdainful of Trump's presidential run? The MRC.

As we documented, the MRC so dismissed Trump's chances that it ignored Trump's complaints of media bias against him (though they were against Fox News, which is a sacred cow at the MRC). MRC chief Brent Bozell so opposed Trump's candidacy -- his preferred candidate was Ted Cruz -- that he penned an article for National Review declaring that Trump does not "walk with" conservatives, and his MRC was complaining that media coverage of Trump insufficiently covered his Trump University scam.

But Trump kept winning, and the MRC eventually flip-flopped to become an aggressive Trump defender, excusing his every action no matter how offensive.

This happened even as Trump apparently lied about Bozell himself. In his 2019 book with Tim Graham, "Unmasked," he claimed that a Trump tweet after the Bozell piece came out said that Bozell had previously "came to my office begging for money like a dog" when he did not ask for money during the visit (though Trump had donated to the MRC anyway). But it's also a sign of how Trump has co-opted Bozell that he handwaved the lie as "just another day at the office for Trump."

Bozell also admitted the transactional nature of his (and the MRC's) relationship with by stating of his National Review denunciation: "I stand by what I wrote, without apologies. It was true. It is also true that since taking the oath of office President Trump has walked with conservativces as well as Ronald Reagan and in some respects even more than the Gipper did."

More importantly, though, Trump and the MRC share the same anti-media agenda; Bozell proclaimed how "Donald J. Trump understood that the news media were his most powerful enemy , hell-bent on preventing his election and, when that failed, destroying his presidency."

Trump has effectively bought the loyalty of Bozell and the MRC -- which results in posts like this one that censors the MRC's own early history of opposing and disdaining Trump's candidacy.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:24 AM EDT
WND Dredges Up Dense, Old Antifa-Bashing Report To Promote Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is inserting this linked boilerplate copy into some of its articles:

FREE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON ANTIFA! What exactly is ANTIFA and what are its real goals? Why does it viciously attack America at every opportunity, prompting President Trump to label it a "domestic terror group"? WND is offering an original, in-depth investigative report on ANTIFA – absolutely FREE! Sign-up here for your copy of this powerful 22,000-word e-book exposing ANTIFA, which will be delivered to you immediately!

The link goes to a page promising, "In-Depth Investigation Reveals Shocking Truth About ANTIFA – FREE!" adding, "WND is offering its readers, FREE, an in-depth, 22,000-word original investigative report on "Antifa." All yo have to do is give WND your email address -- which makes this little more than an email harvesting operation.

If this sounds familiar, it should. This appears to be the same "investigative report" on Antifa that WND first peddled in 2017. And you can read it here without the risk of finding yourself on WND's mailing list.

As we documented at the time, this report carries no author's name, despite it being densely written perhaps to the point of being above the reading level of the typical WND reader. It's largely an exercise in Antifa fearmongering, which comes across as more than a bit hollow given that, as we've noted, there's little evidence that any Antifa activists have been involved in the unrest following the police-custody death of George Floyd.

But, hey, the book has been paid for, it costs virtually nothing for WND to promote it again, and Antifa fearmongering is a WND staple, however detatched from reality it may be. So, win-win?


Posted by Terry K. at 1:02 AM EDT

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