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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Newsmax Promotes An Even More Dubious Trump Conspiracy Book
Topic: Newsmax

Apparently, publishing the dicredited Jerome Corsi's pro-Trump conspiracy theory book was not enough for Newsmax. It's now latched onto another one.

A June 4 "advertorial" written to look like a news article and carrying the byline of John Blosser -- we're guessing this is the same John Blosser who works for American Media, publisher of the pro-Trump National Enquirer --  serves up the details:

A shocking new book has torn away the curtain from the secret, subversive "Deep State" and exposed the plotting and tactics of those trying to destroy the Trump Presidency.

"The Plot to Destroy Trump: How the Deep State Fabricated the Russian Dossier to Subvert the President," written by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, CEO of The Roosevelt Group, with a forward by leading Republican political consultant Roger Stone, is a hard-hitting book that rips the lid off of how the Deep State tried to use a phony dossier to spy on Donald Trump's campaign, smear him and block his election.

When that failed, Deep Staters continued to use it, to give birth to an investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government – an investigation which, so far, has cost $16.7 million and produced not a whiff of proof that any such collusion exists.

"Make no mistake: there was a clear attempt, call it a plot, to take down the duly elected President of the United States,"Stone writes in his introduction to the must-read book.

Malloch is a pro-Trump sycophant most recently associated with WorldNetDaily who was reportedly for nomination as President Trump's ambassador to the European Union until he was busted for exaggerating his biography in, among other places, his WND-published autobiography. We last saw Malloch on the TV show of even more conspiracy-obsessed Alex Jones ranting about the "global elites" are being influenced by "Luciferianism." Roger Stone is, of course, a sleaze of the highest order whose unconventional sex life gets a pass from right-wing outlets who got the vapors when President Clinton had an affair with an intern.

The "advertorial" -- and, thus the book it's promoting -- gets off to a bogus start by portraying the Steele dossier as "phony" and "fabricated." As we've pointed out, several parts of the dossier have been corroborated. The "advertorial" adds:

The riveting book notes blatant errors in the dossier. For example, the dossier claims that Trump's attorney Michael Cohen met in "secret meetings with Kremlin officials" in Prague in August, 2016. Cohen has never been to Prague, according to his passport, and in August, 2016, was in Los Angeles for his son's college baseball tryouts.

Actually, special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has evidence Cohen was in Prague in the summer of 2016 and that he entered through Germany, a trip for which he would not have needed a passport.

Nevertheless, the "advertorial" goes on to quote Malloch as saying that the dossier is part of a "carefully designed plot that begins with Christopher Steele and runs through the FBI, CIA and NSA, all in an attempt to subvert the Trump Presidency."

We suspect the dossier is more factually verified that Malloch's book.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:57 AM EDT
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Newsmax's Kerik Serves Up More Right-Wing Ranting
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted how disgraced ex-New York City police chief Bernard Kerik is trying to reinvent himself as a right-wing-ranting Newsmax columnist (the place that has done more than a little image rehab on him over the years). The ranting hasn't really stopped.

Kerik served up more pro-Trump huffing in an April column, declaring that the search warrants served up dubious Trump attorney Michael Cohen "should scare the hell out of every American in our country," adding that "Like an out of control locomotive, it appears by all reports that these prosecutors are extremely dangerous and acting with impunity, and unfortunately, with their actions against Michael Cohen, they just drove that locomotive smack into the scales of justice — and shattered the Constitution and what it stands for."

In another April column, Kerik attacked former FBI director James Comey, alleging that he was "leaking classified information" and that he should receive "the same treatment as Matt Bissonette, General Michael Flynn, and so many others that have dedicated their lives to the service of our country, only to be targeted by the very government they worked for, for selective and political reasons." Kerik has apparently not considered the possibility that Trump is targeting Comey for selective and political reasons."

Kerik's May 1 column attacks Democrats for allegedly abandoning blacks in favor of undocumented immigrants, going on to tout how "Blacks like [Candace] Owens, Ben Carson, retired Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and Trump supporter Joy Villa, a black female singer and song writer, have been taking their message to America’s black communities." In fact, Clarke didn't "retire"; he abruptly resigned amid growing questions about his mismanagement of the county jail.

Then, on May 7, Kerik penned a screed against the purportedly "corrupt" FBI and Department of Justice, painting himself as a victim in the process:

For any American that has ever been the subject or target of a federal criminal investigation, there are three things that become abundantly clear to you — and your family —  as you are dragged into a nightmare intended to bankrupt you, as well as destroy you personally, financially, and professionally.

First, that the good guys are not always good guys. Second, you do not have the constitutional rights you believe you have, especially if you don’t have the money to fight for those rights. Third, it’s not always about truth or justice for U.S. prosecutors — it’s about winning at all costs.

[...]

Having run two of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation, the NYPD, and New York City jail system — including Rikers Island — I was completely oblivious to these tactics and injustices by federal prosecutors. Then I was targeted. 

In the last two years however, things have changed, and unless you’re hiding under a rock, the American public has gotten to see firsthand how the FBI and Justice Department selectively violates U.S. law and their own policies with impunity.

As usual, Kerik's Newsmax bio omits the fact that he spent three years in prison on tax-related offenses, charges to which he pleaded guilty.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:42 AM EDT
Monday, May 28, 2018
O'Reilly Not Helping His Credibility By Promoting Corsi's Book
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted how Newsmax has been courting disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly for months, in conjunction with an image rehab operation it's doing for him by giving him a platform on Newsmax TV and shoving all those sexual harassment claims against him down the memory hole. Indeed, rumors of O'Reilly hooking up with Newsmax have been heating up again of late.

Another sign of a possible O'Reilly-Newsmax hookup: O'Reilly is shilling for Newsmax's products -- and a particularly substandard one at that. A May 9 Newsmax article touts:

Bill O’Reilly says “Killing the Deep State” is “a book that the left doesn’t like.”

He’s right.

In fact, the left, and their allies in the big media hate Jerome Corsi’s sensational new book.

So much so, they have placed a virtual ban on Corsi across all the major networks — CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC . . .  and even Fox News.

But Bill O’Reilly is not afraid and recently featured Corsi on his popular BillOReilly.com podcast.

Holding the book up for viewers, O’Reilly declared: “There’s a new book out — and it’s an homage to me — called 'Killing the Deep State' by Dr. Jerome Corsi,” referring to his own hugely successful series of “Killing” books.

[...]

“It’s a bestseller, it’s a bestseller,” O’Reilly emphasized, noting that the book reveals detailed evidence about the deep state war on Trump.

Corsi told O’Reilly he thinks Trump still beats the deep state.

“Trump always manages in the last act to pull it out and win,” Corsi said

“This is the biggest challenge of his life,” O’Reilly responded, before urging his viewers to check out the book.

Of course, as we noted, the real reason nobody will have Corsi on TV to promote his book -- published by Newsmax's book division, Humanix, something this article failed dto disclose -- is because he's an utterly discredited, conspiracy-mongering author whose  main employment was formerly with WorldNetDaily and is currently with paranoid Alex Jones' Infowars.

Putting his now-meager promotional weight behind anything written by Corsi is not a good way for O'Reilly to rebuild his credibility, even if it might help him land a steady gig at Newsmax.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:57 PM EDT
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Newsmax Columnist Gushes All Over Melania Trump
Topic: Newsmax

If Doug Wead was ever an objective reporter on the presidency, he stopped being so some time ago, what with his pro-Trump insta-book after the 2016 election and his bizarre conspiracy theory that there's a secret list of Bill Clinton's sexual assault victims.

Wead's pro-Trump sycophancy reaches new heights in a May 8 Newsmax tribute to Melania Trump about which the term "embarrassingly fawning" fails to do it justice:

We may be witnessing the unfolding story of one of America’s greatest first ladies, Melania Trump. And on this upcoming Mother’s Day, May 13, an example of a dedicated mother who puts her child ahead of other justifiably demanding, distractions.

Melania has been first lady for almost two years now. She continues to quietly and gracefully move through her public duties as wife of the president. While political storms rage all around her, she keeps her head held high, with poise, beauty, and a humble grace.

Her dignified performance is made all the more powerful when contrasted by a shrill and hysterical, corporate media, still angry that their chosen candidate lost the 2016 presidential election. Every negative thing her husband says and does is amplified while his remarkable economic and foreign policy record is ignored.

[...]

In history, Slovenians won their revenge by quietly succeeding, not through violent domination of their opponents.

This seems to be the first lady’s style. She maintains a dignity that makes her all the more mysterious when her critics rage. Sometimes she wins just by being still. And in some cases she is succeeding through her fashion sense, which is stunning, no easy thing.

So today, the media is in a frenzy about borrowed words from an old FTC document, as if it were sacred script that cannot be re-used. Tomorrow it will be something else.

Meanwhile, Melania, our beautiful, graceful first lady, whose life will one day cover entire bookshelves in libraries, can knock around the private quarters of the White House today, with a T-Shirt emblazoned with her wonderful new slogan for America’s youth, words that represent New York City meets Ljubljana — "Be best."

Apparently, Wead thinks he's "being best" when he slides into full Trump-fluffing mode.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:33 AM EDT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Newsmax Gives Bolling The Image Rehab Treatment
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted how Newsmax took a step toward trying to rehabilitate Eric Bolling with a fluffy profile that focused on his son's tragic death via drug overdose and omitted the inconvenient fact that Bolling was fired as a Fox News host over allegations of sexual harassment. Well, it looks like Newsmax is giving Bolling the patented rehab treatment with more interviews on Newsmax TV:

  • An April 10 article detailed Bolling's opinion on the possibility of President Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller. It curiously described Bolling only as an "author," despite the fact that he wasn't plugging a book and his last book (of the two we's written) came out a year ago.
  • An April 25 article -- which also described Bolling as an "author" -- highlighted Bolling's stance on medical marijuana (pro, despite his son's opioid-related death).
  • A May 11 article described Bolling as a "commentator" and featured him commenting on President Trump and North Korea.

Going back a little farther in the archive, a March 22 article called Bolling a "former Fox News commentator," while a March 2 Newsmax article called Bolling a "former Fox News anchor." Neither of these articles mentioned how Bolling earned that status.

It appears the last reference at Newsmax to Bolling's disgraceful departure from Fox News is a Feb. 20 article calling Bolling a "Conservative political commentator and former Fox News host" but adding that "Bolling had exited Fox News after allegations surfaced that he had harassed colleagues."

UPDATE: In other image-rehab news, Bill O'Reilly is apparently in talks to have a nightly show on Newsmax TV.  Newsmax has been courting O'Reilly for months.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:17 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 10:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Not A Good Sign: Ed Klein Endorses Corsi's Trump Book
Topic: Newsmax

In promoting Jerome Corsi's new pro-Trump conspiracy book fearmongering about the "Deep State," Newsmax has to sidestep the elephant in the room: Corsi's utter lack of crediblity as a diehard Obama birther who worked for WorldNetDaily and currently works for the whacked-out Alex Jones operation Infowars. So it apparently has to take endorsement for Corsi where it can.

Which brings us to this anonymously written April 30 Newsmax article:

Edward Klein once worked for one of the most liberal media organizations in America, The New York Times.

He was not just a reporter, but served as an editor of the powerful New York Times magazine.

His establishment credentials were incredible: Senior editor at Newsweek. Contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

He was the darling of the media world — until he told the truth.

When his two runaway New York Times best-sellers hit exposing Barack Obama, he was immediately shunned by the media establishment.

They turned on him because he wrote two books on Obama — "The Amateur" and "Blood Feud" — considered among the biggest exposés of the Obama years.

Now Ed Klein is endorsing a new book about President Donald Trump and the "Deep State" war against him.

It's Jerome Corsi's new "Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump."

Here is what truth-teller Edward Klein says:

"'Killing the Deep State' is an explosive must-read that not only exposes the insidious nature and goals of the shadow government, but also provides a road map to ensuring that the will of the people — through President Trump — succeeds."

The problem here is that Klein is not a truth-teller. He was not "shunned" by the "media establishment" because he told the truth about Obama; he was shunned because he couldn't back any of it up with on-the-record evidence and frequently uses anonymous, unverifiable sources for his most salacious claims.Oh, and one of the reasons he lost his job as an editor of the New York Times magazine is because it published a fabricated story under his watch.

Nevertheless, Newsmax keeps trying to make a silk purse out of this sow's ear:

Klein knows the consequences of telling the truth.

Now Jerome Corsi knows it, too.

He's been virtually banned by all the major TV networks — CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News refuses to put him on air or discuss his book.

But Americans like you are responding.

Problem is, Corsi isn't exactly known as a truth-teller either, as we've repeatedly documented.

So you have one factually challenged writer endorsing another one. Not a good sign for the veracity of Corsi's book.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:00 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 11:55 PM EDT
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Newsmax Touts Shoddy, Conspiratorial Right-Wing 'Documentaries' As The 'Top'
Topic: Newsmax

Troy Anderson begins an April 4 Newsmax article claiming to document "Newsmax's Top 25 Conservative Documentaries of All Time," which he claims "will give Newsmax readers a discerning guide to the highest-grossing and most impactful conservative documentaries." But some of the most prominent films on Newsmax's list are shoddy hack jobs designed to destroy, not enlighten.

For instance, No. 3 on the list is Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Obama attack film "2016: Obama's America." But a fact-check showed that the film's thesis -- that Obama was heavily influenced by his father's anti-colonial beliefs -- "is almost entirely subjective and a logical stretch at best." For instance, according to the fact-check: "In Hawaii, D'Souza asserts with no evidence, Obama sympathized with native Hawaiians who felt they had been marginalized by the American government when Hawaii was becoming a state. D'Souza also asserts — again with no evidence — that Obama had been coached to hold those views at Punahou, the prestigious prep school he attended in Honolulu."

No. 5 on the list is "The Clinton Chronicles," about which Anderson fawningly writes: "In this documentary film that grossed $10 million ($17 million in today’s money), producer Patrick Matrisciana examined various alleged improprieties of former President Bill Clinton while he was serving as governor of Arkansas. The film is widely considered the turning point in the 1994 Republican Revolution." In fact, the conspiracy-laden film was "overflowing with demonstrably false accusations" and baselessly suggested that Bill Clinton had his enemies and critics murdered.

No. 8 is the Ben Stein film "Expelled," which according to Anderson "argues that the scientific establishment suppresses those who believe in intelligent design and that the contemporary evolutionary consensus is part of a 'scientific conspiracy to keep God out of the nation’s laboratories and classrooms.'" But the film features a number of deceits, such as selectively quoting Charles Darwin to portray him as evil, and scientists who were lied to about appearing in the film.

Then again, factual accuracy was not a criterion for appearing on Newsmax's list -- the only criteria cited are "films that generated the highest box office totals and made a 'significant impact.'"

Newsmax doesn't explain why discredited films that peddle paranoia and hate are worthy of being elevated.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:20 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 4:21 PM EDT
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Newsmax Profiles Eric Bolling, Ignores His Sexual Harrassment Scandal
Topic: Newsmax

The April 9 Newsmax item "5 Minutes With ... Eric Bolling" is as fluffy as they come:

You may know Eric Bolling from his time on TV as a financial analyst on CNBC and Fox Business, or maybe as a regular on Fox News shows like “The Specialists” or “The Five.”

The 55-year-old is also a New York Times best-selling author, and a familiar face of the opioid epidemic as he works to push awareness among parents and their children after losing his own son, Eric Chase, to an accidental overdose last year.

The commodities trader-turned-media commentator also counts President Donald Trump as a personal friend, and he’s been known to get the occasional shout-out on the presidential Twitter feed.

Missing from that description, as well as any of the questions that follow: The important fact that Bolling was fired by Fox News (euphemistically described as "amicably" parting ways) following allegations of sexual harrassment surfaced against him. The firing occurred the same day as his son's overdose.

The death of Bolling's son is sad and tragic, but it should not overshadow how Bolling lost his job -- espeicially since it appears that Bolling appears to be using this opioid awareness campaign as a way to rehabilitate his own image.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:44 AM EDT
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Newsmax Columnist Misleads on NRA's Lobbying Efforts
Topic: Newsmax

Michael Dorstewitz is eager to defend the National Rifle Association from the March for Our Lives in his March 26 Newsmax column:

Although no one can doubt the sincerity of their passion and resolve, their rage is misdirected. The NRA isn’t at fault for Parkland or any other shooting. Blaming the NRA for a firearm death is akin to blaming the AAA for auto accidents.

Although the NRA is primarily engaged in firearm safety and education, it also has a lobbying arm — the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). But it’s not nearly as powerful as gun control advocates would have you believe.

The NRA-ILA doesn’t appear on OpenSecrets.org’s list of top 20 lobbying firms. Nor does hunting and shooting sports appear on the organization’s list of top 20 sectors. How about gun control? Nope, not a top 20 issue. Finally, guns and arms is absent from the organization’s list of top 20 industries.

Dorstewitz is misleading about how the NRA spends money on influence. PolitiFact serves up the actual numbers:

The NRA’s biggest chunk of spending on politics came from "outside spending," consisting largely of " independent expenditures" — efforts "expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate." Often these take the form of campaign ads, but they are carried out without coordinating with the candidates they are supporting.

This type of spending vastly outpaces what the NRA spent on giving to candidates directly. The NRA spent $144.3 million on outside spending, such as independent expenditures, during that period.

In addition, the NRA since 1998 has reported spending a cumulative $45.9 million on federal lobbying, both for its in-house operations and the outside consultants it has retained.

If you add it all up -- candidate and party contributions, independent expenditures, and lobbying -- the NRA has spent $203.2 million on political activities since 1998.

So, yeah, it's pretty powerful.

Dorstewitz concluded his column by making another misleading claim:

The NRA receives nothing in federal funding and is responsible for zero deaths.

Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, received more than $500 million in funding from the 2018 Omnibus bill, and destroys more than 300,000 human lives per year.

As we've repeatedly pointed out, federal money to Planned Parenthood does not pay for abortion, as Dorstewitz suggests, because it is forbidden by law.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:20 AM EDT
Monday, April 2, 2018
Newsmax Plays the Bestseller-List Game With Corsi's Book
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax complains in a March 30 article:

Jerome Corsi's red-hot new book "Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump" is a runaway bestseller — but you'd never know that from reading The New York Times.

"Killing the Deep State" debuted last week at No. 10 on the non-fiction hardcover list compiled by Nielsen BookScan, the book industry's only nationally recognized sales tracking list.

And yet, the influential New York Times Book Review inexplicably has not listed "Deep State" on its hardcover bestseller list, despite the fact it outsold many of the books that did make its list.

[...]

Now Newsmax has learned that the Times has snubbed "Deep State" on its April 8 bestseller list as well.

Its second week of phenomenal sales should have put "Killing the Deep State" in the No. 5 position on the Times' list. But you won't see it there, either, despite having sold more than double the amount of copies of many others that are listed by the Times.

What Newsmax isn't telling you: As we noted the last time some right-wing author tried to play this game, the Times list generally downgrades titles driven by bulk sales. Corsi's book most certainly is that, given that Newsmax is currently selling it at a deep discount as a promotional tool to boost subscriptions to Newsmax's magazine.

Surprisingly, Newsmax did disclose that it owns Humanix Books, which published the Corsi book. Which means that Newsmax basically sold a lot of those books to itself, and we're guessing Newsmax didn't pay itself the retail price on those books. Vox reports that the Times also downgrades books sold outside traditional sales channels; selling books to yourself is definitely that.

If you have to sell books to yourself to pump up sales, it's not really a bestseller -- and that appears to be the Times' justification for not including the book on its list. Newsmax will never admit that, of course -- otherwise, it would have to concede all the self-dealing it's doing to falsely jack up sales.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:31 PM EDT
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Newsmax's Kerik Sneers At 'Ignorant, Entitled, and Disrespectful Brats' At March For Our Lives
Topic: Newsmax

Bernard Kerik -- the disgraced former New York City police chief and convicted felon whom, for some reason, Newsmax has graced with its own column -- is back to whine about those meddling kids taking part in last weekend's March For Our Lives:

Saturday as I watched the charade of marches against gun violence in Washington, D.C., I felt this overwhelming regret for the American people and our country.

Instigated and propped up by the political left and mainstream media, the march’s leaders were a group of ignorant, arrogant, and disrespectful teenagers, many below the age of eighteen. I watched an interview where one of these children, David Hogg, publically degraded and mocked his own parents in a vial diatribe, acting as a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.

[...]

Those kids are living examples of ignorant, entitled, and disrespectful brats whose views of this great country have been created by social media, Hollywood and the music industry, and a lack of parental, historical, and educational guidance. Sadly, many of the same traits responsible for violence, bullying, and yes… shootings in our schools.

Although most of the protesters were not old enough to remember or even know this: 50 years ago, hand guns and rifles were far more prevalent than they are today, and there were far less restrictions on how and who could purchase, possess or carry guns of any kind.

[...]

A blind man could see that Saturday’s march against gun violence was nothing more than an anti-Trump, anti-NRA rally, and sadly, anti-American rally. Of the thousands of signs, not one focused on the real cause of the Parkland massacre. I didn’t see one sign calling out the Broward County Sheriff’s department for their failed management and response, or the FBI, for their grave errors that unfortunately led to the shooting.

[...]

The kiddie protesters don’t get it and it’s unfortunate that their parents or a grown up with some common sense hasn’t taught them history or prepared them for the real world. These are the same kids that bawled over Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss and needed psychological counseling.

These kids don’t know the difference between an AR-15, M-16, M-4, or a hunting rifle. They don’t care that the statistics refute their arguments for stricter gun laws, Chicago being one example, and the fact that 98 percent of all mass shootings occur in gun free zones. As for the hatred for the NRA, just an FYI, not one of the mass shootings were done by an NRA member.

These are high school aged kids that the Democratic Party, mainstream media, and Hollywood have believing that they are the answer to a liberal socialist movement in this country, and I’m not sure what’s more frightening… their ignorance or naiveté, or the fact that the Democratic Party and members of the U.S. Congress have turned over their pulpit to a bunch of children.

It’s not the guns or gun laws that’s the problem, it’s a lack of discipline and respect for law and order, and an increasing society of self-entitled kids brain washed by everything and everyone but their parents. That’s what we need to address and be prepared for, because until that changes, school safety will be the least of America’s problems.

Does someone who spent years in prison for corruption really have the moral standing to criticize the behavior of others?


Posted by Terry K. at 11:33 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, April 1, 2018 11:43 AM EDT
Monday, March 19, 2018
Newsmax Is Publishing, Promoting New Book By Jerome Corsi
Topic: Newsmax

When birther and conspiracy theorist left WorldNetDaily a year ago to move further down the credibility spiral for a job at Alex Jones' Infowars -- where he has been peddling even wackier conspiracy theories -- we thought we were done with him, since that particular cesspool is too toxic even for us.

But Corsi is back -- and not at WorldNetDaily.

Newsmax has a promotion going on centered around Corsi's newest book "Killing the Deep State," which tries to sell the contents of the book and the author's credibility this way:

Secretly operating behind the curtain of “national security” in Washington, D.C., exists the real government of the United States — the Deep State. This is the story of the players who pull the strings, no matter who you voted for, who actually sits in the Oval Office, or even who controls Congress.

Now, the New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Nation, The Late Great USA, and Unfit for Command pulls the veil off the Deep State and the powerful agencies behind it — the FBI, CIA, DOJ, NSA, and the Federal Reserve.

In his latest bestseller, Killing the Deep State, Dr. Jerome Corsi reveals for the first time powerful evidence that the Deep State is seeking to remove President Trump from office.

Corsi argues that no government agency, department, or official inside Washington — including the president of the United States — is immune from the powerful grip of the Deep State.

It also includes this Corsi-esque quote from Corsi: "The Deep State will not care if Trump is removed from office by impeaching him, declaring him mentally incompetent, or in the final resort, by assassinating him, as long as he is removed from office before the completion of his first term."

The cover blurbs Newsmax includes in the promotion are a rogue's gallery of dubious fringe right-wingers -- discredited author Ed Klein, dirty trickster Roger Stone, and Corsi's former boss, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah.

Needless to say, Newsmax's promotion doesn't mention Corsi's deep involvement with bogus birther conspiracy theories -- so deep, he got himself to Joe Arpaio's bogus "cold case posse" on the subject -- or that Corsi is employed by conspiracy-crazy Infowars, or any other aspects of his sleazy history that ought to discredit him from being taken seriously by anyone.

Newsmax also doesn't mention that it's the publisher of Corsi's book. Humanix Books is listed as the publisher, which we've previously noted is a division of Newsmax.

Newsmax is also promoting Corsi on its website as well. A March 19 article let Corsi opine about the questionable firing of FBI official Andrew McCabe, and a rather lame article the same day notes that "The Barnes & Noble flagship store at Union Square in New York City is featuring best-selling author Jerome Corsi’s new book 'Killing the Deep State' on the front table of the store." The article doesn't disclose whether Newsmax paid for that front-of-store placement -- nor did it disclose that Newsmax published the book being promoted.

If Newsmax is trying to be taken seriously as a news operation, its current dalliance with Corsi will not help that effort.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:46 PM EDT
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Newsmax's Hirsen Won't Explain Why Huckabee Left CMA Board
Topic: Newsmax

James Hirsen was in full outrage mode in his March 5 Newsmax column:

Left-wing hatred, in of all places Nashville, Tennessee has just politicized a country music institution. Rather than learn a lesson from the NFL and Hollywood, a small but highly vocal group of people in Music City has managed to pressure the Country Music Association (CMA) into having former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee withdraw as a board member from the group’s educational arm — the CMA Foundation. Last week the CMA announced two new members of the board of this charitable foundation, Huckabee and singer Chris Young.

Following the announcement, the CMA was the recipient of a hate-filled backlash over its choice of Huckabee because of the former governor’s political and religious views and solid support of President Donald Trump, as well as the fact that he is the proud father of President Trump’s current press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Despite the fact that Huckabee’s appointment to the board was completely separate and apart from his political activity and cultural views, some in the industry for which Nashville is best known targeted their personal animus directly at the former governor.

The most vicious public statement came from country music manager Jason Owen, who happens to own Sandbox, a management company representing Faith Hill, Little Big Town, and Kacey Musgraves. Owen co-owns, along with songwriter-producer Shane McAnally, the record label Monument Records. McAnally has written and produced songs for Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert.

Owen labeled Huckabee’s appointment "grossly offensive" and "a shameful choice" by the CMA and its leaders. The music industry manager withdrew the support of Sandbox and Monument, declaring that the artists he handles would not work on behalf of the CMA Foundation.

[...]

Being the consummate professional and gentleman that he is, Huckabee resigned a mere 24 hours after the announcement of his appointment in order to save the organization from having to deal with any potential turmoil.

Huckabee’s departure occurred a few hours after Owen published his screed on an industry website.

Weirdly, Hirsen never explains exactly what views of Huckabee's are being criticized, preferring instead to dismiss any criticism of Huckabee as "left-wing hatred." As an actual news outlet explains, Owen, who is openly gay, was specifically targeting Huckabee's anti-gay views. In the letter that Hirsen denounced as a "screed," Owen wrote that "This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. ... Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country."

Hirsen spends the rest of his column sucking up to Huckabee:

Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, has impeccable credentials as a public servant, and his involvement in charitable endeavors is highly commendable. As a former presidential candidate, Huckabee won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and finished in delegate count just behind John McCain and Mitt Romney. He additionally has to his credit the accomplishment of having hosted a successful television talk show on the Fox News Channel and currently hosts a television show on TBN.

[...]

The small but vociferous group that derailed Huckabee’s appointment to the board of the CMA Foundation has ended up depriving the organization of having a highly qualified member serve with distinction. Since music education is so central to the CMA Foundation mission, losing an individual of Huckabee’s caliber, someone who would have made germane and invaluable contributions to the CMA board’s primary objectives, is an outrage.

Through their actions and rhetoric, certain hate-filled individuals have provided the ugliest of illustrations of exactly what discrimination looks like.

[...]

The truth of the matter is Huckabee’s religious, political, and cultural views are shared by an enormous segment of the American population, many of whom were, up until now, country music consumers.

If only Hirsen had the courage to explain to his readers exactly what views of Huckabee's were offensive instead of penning a mash note to Huckabee.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:58 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018 4:00 PM EST
Monday, February 26, 2018
Newsmax's Hirsen Develops Conspiracy Theory Over Russian Indictments
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax columnist James Hirsen has a conspiracy theory to share with you in his Feb. 20 column about special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 presidential election:

The timing of the recent announcement by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding the indictments of 13 Russians appears to be part of an effort to provide possible cover for the FBI, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and the Democratic Party-aligned mainstream media.

The hasty public release occurred via a press statement by Mr. Rosenstein on an unusual choice of days, a Friday afternoon that was a lead-in to a three-day holiday weekend.

It is highly possible that the intention was to have the public focus on the headlines coming out of the press conference rather than zeroing in on the underlying facts of the matters at hand.

In other words, there may have been an attempt to employ a frequently used technique of diversion to direct public attention away from the admitted wrongdoing on the part of government, which was rapidly taking over the social media and conventional headlines.

In this case, it would be the effort to direct attention away from the FBI’s failure to investigate warnings that the man accused of the atrocious killing of 17 high school students had expressed a desire to kill innocent people and was in possession of a weapon to carry out his threat.

Like any good conspiracy theorist, Hirsen has a sub-theory to throw in as well:

The indictments helped to eclipse another inconvenient developing story, which would be a major embarrassment for the special counsel’s probe, and that is, that former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea is likely to be set aside.

The judge who originally accepted Gen. Flynn’s plea for lying to the FBI has recused himself from the case, since he was also a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the very court that accepted from the Obama Justice Department the Steele dossier as evidence to support the issuance of a FISA warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.

The new judge assigned to Gen. Flynn’s case has ordered Mueller to release to Gen. Flynn’s lawyers any exculpatory evidence in Mueller’s possession. The judge has also directed that any information which is favorable to Gen. Flynn be submitted to the court, even if the Mueller team believes that it is not material to the case.

This means that even if Mueller claims that his evidence is classified or not relevant, it still must be provided to the judge so that the judge can decide what can be released. This takes away the ability of the prosecutor to withhold or redact evidence on his own.

Just one thing, though: the judge's order is his standard one. So there's nothing new here.

You'd think that a guy who claims to be a lawyer, as Hirsen does, would have noticed that.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:59 PM EST
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Newsmax's Hirsen Says Accused Sexual Harasser Losing His Job Is 'Tragic'
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax columnist James Hirsen is nothing if not a loyal right-winger, at least on thte sexual harassment front. He's still bashing Anita Hill after all these years, and he tried to slut-shame one of Roy Moore's accusers.

Hirsen's sympathy for accused sexual harassers -- the conservative-leaning ones, anyway -- continues in a Feb. 6 tweet, in which he links to an NBC News tweet announcing that casino mogul Steve Wynn was stepping down from his casino company after multiple accusations of sexual harassment. (He had previously stepped down as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee when the allegations first surfaced.) Hirsen's added reaction: "This is tragic."

Hirsen has yet to explain what he thinks is "tragic" about an accused sexual harasser losing his job.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:42 AM EST

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