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Monday, October 12, 2020
MRC Again Cheers Theft Of Intellectual Property By Conservatives
Topic: Media Research Center

As we've documented, the Media Research Center normally loves the idea of private property -- except when the property in question is a song or image belonging to a non-conservative that a conservative uses without permission. The MRC regularly complains when Twitter "censored" meme President Trump retweets that are created by right-wing meme-maker Carpe Donktum and using stolen property -- that is, images without the permission of the original owners. The MRC's Alexander Hall made that complaint yet again in a Sept. 21 post:

Twitter labelled a meme shared by President Donald Trump. Now a lawsuit is targeting the meme’s creator and Trump himself.

The parents of toddlers featured in a Carpe Donktum meme video that parodied CNN’s biased portrayal of Trump supporters “have sued President Trump and meme artist Carpe Donktum for their involvement in the creation and sharing of the meme,” ReclaimTheNet reported September 18. A copy of the summons claimed that Logan Cook, better known as Carpe Donktum, “misappropriated” the toddlers’ “pictures and likenesses” and that the defendant added “fraudulent text to the manipulated video further distorting it.”


The meme video depicted a fake CNN headline that stated, "TERRIFIED TODLER [sic] RUNS FROM RACIST BABY." The footage featured footage, which had already gone viral on the internet in 2019, of an African-American toddler being chased by a white toddler with seemingly ominous music playing in the background. The segment was followed by a clip of "WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED," which featured the same two children “running toward each other on a sidewalk before embracing as Harry Connick Jr.'s version of the Carpenters’ ‘Close to You’ plays,” NBC News summarized.

While the video was clearly intended as a hyperbolic parody of liberal media coverage, Big Tech and liberal journalists took it with utter seriousness. The parody video’s editor, Carpe Donktum, has since been permanently suspended from Twitter.

At no point do Hall or Carpe Donktum address the actual issue at hand of stolen intellectual property, or why the parents of the toddlers have no right to enforce who uses the image they own. instead, Hall let Mr. Donktum rant about suing Twitter and whine that he was the purported victim of a "fraudulent DMCA Takedown which DIRECTLY led to my suspension" from Twitter, "which I had built over the course of 12 years and had amassed 273,000 followers, was not only my preferred outlet for expressing my 1st amendment rights, it also serves as an archive of all of my artistic work." DMCA is a reference to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs intellectual property like online images and videos; if Mr. Donktum explained what was "fraudulent" about him being held to the same standards as everyone else, Hall didn't excerpt it.

Again, the MRC apparently believes property rights belong only to conservatives, not the creators and owners of the images conservatives co-opt -- which seems to run counter to the property rights that conservatives normally hold so dear.

(Image of Carpe Donktum via CNN)

Posted by Terry K. at 9:34 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020 9:41 PM EDT
CNS Gives Lindsey Graham A Pass On His Supreme Court Flip-Flop

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham did a massive flip-flop on Suprme Court nominations. He said in 2016, in an effort to justify his fellow Republicans' blocking of President Obama's SCOTUS nominee that the next president should make that nomination in the last year of his first term, adding that if a case came up when a Republican president was in the same situationb, "you could use my words against me, and you'd be absolutely right." But when President Trump was given the opportunity to fill a seat less than two months before a presidential election with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Graham lent his support to Trump.

But rather than call out Graham for this flip-flop, helped him justify it. CNS' leading pro-Trump stenographer, Melanie Arter, devoted a Sept. 21 article to Graham explaining away his abrupt change of heart, even letting him play victim by blaming Democrats for it:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) now has a different view on the judicial confirmation process, and his Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee are to blame.

In a letter to told Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham said on Monday that the way Democrats on the committee treated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has changed his view on Supreme Court judicial nominees.

Since Graham made sure not to describe the behavior he was flip-flopping over, Arter didn't either. The rest of her article is just a copy-and-paste of Graham's letter.

By contrast, CNS has repeatedly attacked Joe Biden as a flip-flopper; a Sept. 29 column by Bill Donohue is headlined "Year-by-Year Breakdown of Joe Biden's Abortion Flip-Flop," and Arter gave Republian House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a platform to bash Biden, claiming that "I’ve never seen anybody flip-flop more. 

Apparently, only some flip-flops are newsworthy at CNS.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:33 PM EDT
MRC Tries To Push Biden Conspiracy Theory
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock used a Sept. 28 post to express sadness that the media won't buy into his conspiracy theory that the the Biden campaign worked with the New York Times on its expose on President Trump's taxes so that it could quickly put up an ad about it:

Journalists like to think of themselves as skeptical types who are always asking questions. But when theNew York Times on Sunday claimed to have acquired Donald Trump’s taxes and, just hours later, the Biden campaign had a corresponding campaign ad out, the networks didn't seem cynical. 

According to the Times, the President paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017. CBS This Morning reporter Ed O’Keefe on Monday marveled, “Within hours of The New York Times report, the Biden campaign was out with a new ad contrasting the tax burden of average working Americans with the $750 in income tax the President paid. And they're also out with new campaign buttons that read ‘I paid more income taxes than Donald Trump.’” O’Keefe credulously cheered, “ Quick work there by the Biden campaign.”


Given how journalists jump on promoting all sorts of liberal theories about Republicans, isn't at least a little skepticism warranted at just how coordinated the Times story seems to be with the Biden campaign. 

Never mind, of course, that Whitlock offers no evidence whatsoever of coordination, thus making this a pure conspiracy theory; the Times has debunked the conspiracy, but Whitlock didn't think that was relevant to his piece. Further, there are software programs that promise to teach you how to make a video ad in minutes, so it shouldn't be surprising that the Biden campaign turned one around so quickly.

The MRC does have a bad habit of embracing conspiracy theories when thinks it it suits its right-wing political agenda to do so

Posted by Terry K. at 2:29 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020 6:59 PM EDT
Newsmax Gives Uncritical Platform To Misinformation About Coronavirus Origin
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax gave airtime to a conspiracy theory, as described in a Sept. 18 article by Brian Trusdell:

The Chinese virologist who fled her native country in April and claims the novel coronavirus was created in a lab in China says the communist government used a process to mask its origins because it was produced for nefarious purposes.

Dr. Yan Li-Meng told Newsmax TV on Friday that China used a process call gain of function, in which a virus can be passed through animals, to hide the genetically modified biomarkers that would indicate its man-made origin.

"This is done by the gain of function experiments because, as I said, I was a virologist and working on a vaccine study in that lab before," Yan told "Spicer & Co." "So what I can say is, based on the evidence after modification in the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome, there clearly shows this is after the created and make this not harmful virus into the human, highly contagious and dangerous virus.

"And this gain of function process definitely did not have any medical purpose. It's not to make a helpful, or have us get [a] vaccine, or drugs. Not at all. I mean, this is totally go to the other side, to make it harmful."

Yan's claim that coronavirus was created in a lab has been repeatedly disproven by actual researchers. The paper Yan co-wrote making this claim has not yet been peer-reviewed (which Trusdell does concede later on in his article).National Geographic found numerous holes in Yan's study, prompting another virologist to note, "It looks legitimate because they use a lot of technical jargon. But in reality, a lot of what they're saying doesn't really make any sense."Further, Yan's paper was funded by the Rule of Law Society, created by former Trump adviser (and current indicted criminal) Steve Bannon.

Trusdell did not note any of this criticism of Yan's conclusions, and neither did Spicer. Thus, Newsmax is perpetuating misinformation.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:51 AM EDT
WND Columnist Is Scared Immigrants Making America More Liberal (And Less White)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Elliot Resnick is the editor of the Jewish Press, an Orthodox Jewish newspaper, and is a homophobe who claims that the "white man" gave Christianity to blacks and if they don't like America, they can "re-embrace the primitive religions they practiced in Africa" and doesn't understand why people consider blackface to be racist. So you can see why WorldNetDaily would want to publish his work.

WND let Resnick be a "guest columnist" for a Sept. 28 piece complaining that immigrants are making America more liberal -- and, he heavily implies, less white:

Conservative intellectuals don't particularly like discussing immigration. It's uncomfortable, after all, to say "no" to millions of poor Mexicans and Salvadorans pining to live the American dream so many of our ancestors enjoyed.

Yet, the fact is that unless Republicans stanch the flow of immigrants to this country – both illegal and legal – the America bequeathed to us by our forebears will disintegrate before our eyes.


So what happened over the last few decades? Have Democrats convinced voters that their ideas are superior to Republican ideas? Has the liberal educational establishment finally succeeded in turning Americans against the Judeo-Christian tradition?

No. What happened is immigration. Starting approximately 30 years ago, immigrants began crossing our border in ever-increasing numbers and brought their left-leaning voting habits with them. The result? Red states turned purple – and then blue.


In short – to put the matter bluntly – three-quarters of Hispanics essentially do not subscribe to our Founding Fathers' vision of individuals pursuing their own destiny with minimal interference from a central government. (Western European immigrants presumably reject this vision, too, considering the popularity of "social democracy" on the Continent.)

If American public schools taught children the founding ideals of this republic, the situation wouldn't be so dire. Impressionable young minds could be imbued with the spirit of freedom and rugged individualism. They could be taught, as Thomas Paine said, that "government is at best a necessary evil" – and that it therefore should be kept as small as possible. They could be taught that America was founded on the radical premise that man is born free and that the individual – not government – is sovereign. They could be taught that the founders took pride in America not resembling Europe.

But they are taught none of this. They are taught instead that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were benighted bigots. They are taught that racism and sexism undergird all of American history and that nothing that came before the legal recognition of gay marriage in 2015 is worth preserving.

With the school system we have – and the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood disseminating liberal ideology 24/7 – it's a miracle half the country still votes Republican. But that won't last long. If we continue letting a million immigrants (and numerous more illegal immigrants) into this country every year, Republicans are doomed. Not because immigrants are bad people, but because the overwhelming majority of them simply don't share our founders' values.

The word "white" doesn't appear in Resnick's column, but his complaint about too many Hispanics and his overall racial history make it quite easy to read between the lines.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:37 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020 1:18 PM EDT
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Hypocritical MRC Writer Censors Facts To Attack His Target For Criticizing Trump
Topic: Media Research Center

Mark Finkelstein began his Sept. 28 NewsBusters post by noting the line "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers," then adding:

That was the iconic line in the famous play (and movie) by Tennessee Williams, by which poor Blanche effectively admitted to having lived a life of prostitution. So when Tim O'Brien used that same line about Donald Trump, you know he was doing it with malice aforethought, and with the unmistakable goal of making the same insinuation against the president.

O'Brien uttered his insult during his appearance this morning on CNN's New Day. O'Brien was touted as the author of the book Trump Nation that claimed Trump was misleading voters by claiming to be a billionaire. (Trump sued him.)

First: Trump being described as a prostitute is an odd thing for Finkelstein to get offended by, given that just two days later ,his perpetually outraged MRC colleague Nicholas  Fondacaro described people employed by the Disney corporation as "WHORES." We don't recall Finkelstein getting particlarly bent out of shape over that.

Second: Finkelstein curiously failed to mention the outcome of Trump's lawsuit against O'Brien: he lost.

In his book, O'Brien argued that Trump was actually worth between $150 million and $250 million, not the billions he has claimed to be. Trump sued O'Brien for a whopping $5 billion, claiming that O'Brien relying on anonymous sources to back up his claim could rise to the actual malice standard needed for public figures to prevail in a libel suit. But Trump was so unprepared for his deposition by O'Brien's lawyers that he touted a document showing his assets and liabilities despite it also declaring that it wasn't a reliable gauge of his wealth. Trump also said that his sense of financial worth on a given day depends on his feelings that day, and he supplied no reliable information to back up his own claims about his net worth.

To sum up: Finkelstein was not only hypocritical, he hid factual information because it made his target look better and Trump look bad. Par for the MRC course, we'd say.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:25 PM EDT
CNS Hypes Trump's Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

The Media Research Center may have complained that President Trump's dubious Nobel Peace Prize nomination didn't get the coverage it demanded, but its "news" division,, was actively promoting it.

The first article CNS did on it was a Sept.9 item by Craig Bannister highlighting Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera in his "daily twitter video" gushing at the own-the-libs aspect of the nomination. Bannister falsely claimed that the Norwegian lawmaker is "a populist Progressive Party lawmaker"; in fact, he belongs to the Progress Party, which is a right-wing party.

The next day, Patrick Goodenough noted that "A Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday he was nominating Trump for the 2021 Nobel peace prize, citing his role in achieving the Israel-UAE agreement." He didn't note that the lawmaker is a right-winger, but shilled for the president by stating that "Mideast peace efforts have garnered the Nobel peace prize before." Goodenough repeated the Nobel reference in another article.

Bannister returned to gush that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted how "the Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the president, two of them: very well deserved."CNS then sent an intern out to pester a Republican congressman with a softball question:

When asked if he believes President Donald Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on normalizing relations between previously adversarial nations, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said yes, the president deserved the peace prize. McCarthy added that it was Trump’s new approach to the conflicts that brought the peace deals to a closure.

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked Rep. McCarthy, “President Trump has been nominated for two Noble Peace Prizes -- one for Israel-UAE, one for Serbia-Kosovo, do you think he is deserving of these awards?”

When Trump got a third nomination, Melanie Arter was there to fluff it:

President Donald Trump received his third Nobel Peace Prize nomination by a group of Australian law professors on the basis of the “Trump Doctrine” on foreign policy, Newsweek reported.

"The Trump Doctrine is something extraordinary, as so many things that Donald Trump does. He is guided by two things, which seem to be absent from so many politicians. He has firstly common sense and he is only guided by a national interest, and therefore, in our circumstances, an interest in the Western alliance," law professor David Flint told Sky News in explaining why he decided to nominate Trump.

Arter censored the fact that Flint is a right-winger who wants to restore the monarchy to Australia.

Despite all this fluffing and lobbying for Trump, when the actual winner of the Peace Prize turned out to the World Food Programme, CNS couldn't be bothered to report on that.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:52 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2020 8:59 PM EDT
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Insensitive MRC Politicizes A Family's Tragedy
Topic: Media Research Center

Leave it to Gabriel Hays -- whose stock in trade at the Media Research Center is mocking and smearing celebrities who aren't as far-right as he is and being enraged that cartoons teach children that racism is bad -- to politicize someone's tragedy.

Hays particularly hates model Chrissy Teigen. He has previously sneered at her for responding in kind to a nasty insult from President Trump, mocked her for having "quarantined in her luxury pad with her husband, singer John Legend" and cried "BARF" when a magazine did a story on them and declared her "the spokeswoman for 'Vaginal steaming.'"So when Teigen reported having a miscarriage, Hays was eager to exploit it for his right-wing agenda, using an Oct. 1 post to gloat that the "pro-choice" Teigen admitted she was having a child:

Sometimes, even the most pro-choice people on the planet have a hard time denying the reality that their unborn child is a living human being inside of them. 

Hollywood couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen tragically lost their third child due to pregnancy complications on October 1. In their mournful social media posts about the horrific loss, they revealed themselves as a pro-life family, if only for a moment.

The Grammy award-winning singer and his model wife very much treated their unborn baby “Jack” as a very real, and very human part of their family from the moment they found out Teigen was pregnant.

Hays offered a little sympathy lip service, but that's not he's really about. But he also devoted a paragraph to disputing whether Teigen actually miscarried:

It’s not clear how far along in the pregnancy Teigen was, but media were under the impression she had suffered a miscarriage. Though that’s the term for the death of an unborn child before 20 weeks of pregnancy due to malformation in the womb. All we know for sure is that Teigen had publicly confirmed that she was having a baby boy just only a couple weeks ago.

He even put "miscarriage" in scare quotes in the headline. That's not the sign of someone who truly has sympathy for Teigen and Legend.

Hays ended by claiming that "They should take solace in the fact that they may see him again in the light of God’s presence someday." Hays, meanwhile, is taking solace in how he pushed his political agenda on the backs of someone else's tragedy.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:46 AM EDT
Your Weekly Mychal Massie Meltdown, Double Shot Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

[T]he Democratic Party is loaded with miserable, contumacious, contentious, Erebusic harridans. Then there is Nancy Pelosi: a broom-rider who needs no introduction.

Pelosi is insulted at being expected to abide by the same rules/edicts as we commoners; after all, her hair salon visits are important. I could be sarcastic and say she is further aggrieved because the Halloween door-to-door costume events in her district have been canceled, which means she will be unable to showoff her latest ensemble, complete with pointed hat and facial contortions.

-- Mychal Massie, Sept. 21 WorldNetDaily column

I believe the Democratic Party and the Biden campaign should be indicted and charged with elder abuse for what they're doing to Joe Biden. Look, I don't like rats or groundhogs, but I don't want to see them tortured endlessly for the exclusive benefit of the torturer. That's exactly how I feel about Biden.

It's a fact and attested to by his closest friends on Capitol Hill: Biden is at or near the very end of the line when it comes to brains. Newt Gingrich, among others who have known Biden for many years, admits publicly that Biden is a likable, funny guy, with no one at home upstairs.

Watching his campaign apparently pump him up with drugs and him still unable to coherently read the words on a teleprompter is beyond the pale. For them to resort to staged townhall events in which the persons asking the questions are part of his campaign team, and camera angles that conceal the fact the room/area is virtually empty save for his campaign people, and still watch him unable to answer questions lucidly is reducing Biden to a boorish joke punch line.


I'm not being mean-spirited; I'm being more honest than Biden's wife and family. I'm not making things up. There are countless YouTube and Twitter videos of Biden making one gaffe after another. These aren't doctored or edited to make him appear like a befuddled mentally challenged old man. 

Attacking anyone and everyone who questions and/or points out Biden's clearly worsening dementia and accusing them of being supporters of President Trump, as Biden's wife is now doing, doesn't help Biden. Denying that Biden has massive mental health issues isn't prolonging his life. It's doing just the opposite.


If Jill Biden were a decent human being, she would put her husband's quality of life before the pursuit of a job he couldn't competently perform if it were handed to him by fiat. Biden the candidate is the clearest example of non compos mentis in history.

-- Mychal Massie, Sept. 28 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 2:25 AM EDT
Friday, October 9, 2020
MRC Embraces Anti-Vaxxers To Own The Libs, Or Something
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center just can't stop embracing fringe-right causes to advance its bogus narrative that social media is unique discriminating against conservatives. Kayla Sargent actually wrote this in a Sept. 23 post:

Regardless of your stance on vaccination, hiding information about anti-vaccine groups and content probably doesn’t help anyone. 

ZDNet, an Australian news website, reported that Facebook is attempting to hide what it deems “vaccine misinformation” from users. 

Facebook recently submitted a report to the Australian Senate Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media. In the report, Facebook stated that it is “taking a range of steps to make anti-vaccination misinformation harder to find and to elevate authoritative information about vaccines … .”

Yes, Sargent actually wrote that giving anti-vaxxers a platform is a good thing. (Also, ZDNet is not "an Australilan news site"; it's a U.S-based tech news operation owned by CBS.)

Sargent then tried to both-sides anti-vaxxers, but undermined it by rehashing its bogus narrative: 

The anti-vax movement exists on both the far right and the far left. The Washington Post noted that there were several prominent anti-vax individuals, including Andrew Wakefield and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 

Facebook, in recent months, has attempted to crack down hard on “misinformation,” but its attempts have often resulted in the censorship of conservative voices.

Meanwhile, the MRC is still fretting about QAnon conspiracy theorists getting shut down on social media. An Oct. 7 post by Alexander Hall went the whataboutism route:

Facebook has been cracking down on conspiracy theorists while allowing groups that organize and share content in apparent conflict with Facebook’s policies. That means QAnon is gone but Antifa is still allowed.

Facebook previously established policies in August “that barred QAnon groups that called for violence,” The New York Times summarized, but this wasn’t enough for liberal news outlets pressuring Facebook. The Times illustrated that since then, “Facebook acknowledged that its previous policies had not gone far enough” in an October 6 update.


While liberals panic about people sharing conspiracy theories, extreme left-wing groups are using Facebook to organize civil unrest.

Among Hall's examples of "civil unrest" were "far-left Canadian organization Adbusters" allegedly undertaking "foreign political interference" and that "Facebook allowed activists to organize on the platform to harass sitting U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at his purported home address about how he intends to vote concerning a replacement for deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:39 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, October 9, 2020 2:52 PM EDT
CNS Weirdly Obsessed With Pelosi's Calls To Prayer
Topic: is a bit obsessed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. When it's not trying to portray her as frail and senile, it loves to detail her calls to prayer.

In 2018, CNS published a mocking column from John Horvat II sneering at her call to pray for Dreamers, huffing that Pelosi "calls herself Catholic" and accusing her of having "politicized" her call to prayer. Last October, Susan Jones mocked her again under the headline "Pelosi, After Provoking Trump, Urges Prayers for His 'Health'," blaming her and Democrats for "deliberately provok[ing]" Trump (and , of course, not Trump for being so lacking in self-control that he allowed himself to be provoked).

After touting in February how Trump lashed out at Pelosi for allegedly "say[ing] I pray for you when they know that that's not so," CNS has spent the following several months being fascinated by Pelosi's various calls to prayer:

It's unclear what CNS wants its readers to take away from its fixation on Pelosi and prayer. Its uber-Catholic editors like Terry Jeffrey and Michael W. Chapman have never respected the way Pelosi conducts her Catholic faith -- it conducted a failed hit job on her over how she had "an epiphany on Easter" -- so they obviously don't believe her calls to prayer are sincere. So why promote them at all, except as a sort of backhanded acknowledgment that even the hated Pelosi believes in prayer?

That would certainly conflict with the prevailing frail-and-senile narrative at CNS, though. So it's a mystery.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:31 AM EDT
Thursday, October 8, 2020
NEW ARTICLE: The MRC Doesn't Care About Tara Reade
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center has embraced a woman who accused Joe Biden of sexual misconduct a few decades back -- but only because she's useful to its agenda. By contrast, it demeans women who make similar allegations against President Trump. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 2:55 PM EDT
CNS Can't Let Go Of Its Biden-Is-Senile Narrative

For months, has been pushing the Trump-approved narrative that Joe Biden has some mental issues, if not actually senile (though it complains when Trump's mental slippages are highlighted). It continued to do so over the past month.

As he did in June, CNS' Craig Bannister played gotcha when Biden mistakenly said "millions" instead of "thousands" when describing the numbner of Americans killed by coronavirus. Instead of giving Biden the benefit of the doubt -- he said nothing when Trump embarassingly mispronounced "Yosemite" and "Thailand" -- he lectured:

For the second time this year, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden grossly exaggerated the number of coronavirus deaths while visiting Pennsylvania, claiming hundreds of millions, instead of thousands have died.


The U.S. population is estimated to be about 328 million people, meaning nearly two-thirds of the nation have died from COVID-19 if Biden's claim were true, when, in actuality, nearly two hundred thousand people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

In an anonymously written Sept. 28 article, CNS took seriously Trump's taunt that Biden needed to take a "drug test" before the first presidential debate, intoning that Biden had "no comment" when asked about it. The same day, in another anonymous article, seriously portrayed Biden's obvious joke that he had first served in the Senate "180 years ago" as another example of sanity slippage, noting only that he "briefly chuckled" over the remark and lecturing, "Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, which was 48 years ago, and took his seat in January 1973, whcih was 47 years ago.

Susan Jones tried to drag Biden's wife into its narrative in another Sept. 28 article:

Delicately treading on Joe Biden's mental state, CNN's Jake Tapper gave Jill Biden a pass when she firmly rejected Tapper's suggestion that "your husband has been known to make the occasional gaffe."

"Oh, you can't even go there. After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word gaffe," Mrs. Biden told Tapper in an interview that aired on Sunday.

Jones has previously gotten mad that "Liberal activists in the media are now focusing in particular on Trump's mispronunciations" even as she has aggressively refused to do so.

Biden's vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, wasn't immune either. In a Sept. 15 article, Bannister asserted that Harris "made the kind of verbal slip made famous by the party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden" by referring to "the Harris administration" in an interview.Bannister then hyped the "social media frenzy accusing Harris of a 'Freudian slip' based on the belief that she’ll actually be the one running the show if Biden wins the White House."

Later that day, Melanie Arter wrote that "One day after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential running mate to former Vice President Joe Biden, referred to what 'a Harris administration' will do, Biden himself has the same gaffe." She waited until the end of the third paragraph of his article to admit that Biden"correct[ed] himself."

Months of CNS pushing this narrative (with the Trump's campaign's presumed blessing) set the bar so low for Biden at the first debate that he was easily able to surpass expectations. Thus, CNS hasn't suggested anything about Biden's purported cognitive decline again since the debate.But look for it to pounce on any future Biden gaffes in a way it will never do when Trump makes them.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:28 AM EDT
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Collusion? MRC Parrots Fox News With 'Ambush' Claim About Trump Town Hall
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has long been an aggressive defender of Fox News -- not surprising since they're both media arms of the Trump campaign. Butit seems the two might be so close they're working together to manufacture right-wing media narratives.

After President Trump sat down for a Sept. 15 town hall with ABC that didn't go the way the MRC hoped, Curtis Houck set the narrative: Trump was ambushed! Two entire posts were devoted to attacking ABC for asking Trump questions, under the headline "ABC Ambushes Trump With a Debate at Q&A, POTUS Brings the Heat." In the first, Nicholas Fondacarto complained: "What was pitched to viewers as a '20/20 Special Event' Tuesday, a town hall with President Trump, turned out to be the first 2020 presidential debate. But instead of Democratic nominee Joe Biden as Trump’s opponent, the President squared off against ABC’s chief anchor and Clinton lackey, George Stephanopoulos, who took every opportunity to battle his guest."

In the second, Curtis Houck echoed: "Billed as a presidential town hall with questions from undecided voters, ABC showed that they pulled a fast one on the American people as Tuesday’s The President and the People: A 20/20 Special Event ended up being debate prep for President Trump as, instead of Joe Biden, he faced 90 minutes of hostility from chief anchor and former Clinton official George Stephanopoulos." He further whined that this was an "ambush by a liberal operative."

But not only was this take not original, it may have even been workshopped beforehand. Fox News host Laura Ingraham was portraying the town hall an "ambush."

So did they collaborate on their narrative? Who knows -- Houck and Fondacaro certainly aren't going to be forthcoming about it since they're true-believer Bozell-bots who would never, ever be critical of Trump or Fox News.

Meanwhile, Houck liked this narrative so much he clung onto it a couple days later. When a similar town hall with Joe Biden on CNN was purported less ambush-y, he invoked it again: "Illustrating the liberal media’s purposeful and shameless carrying of water for Democratic ticket, CNN’s presidential town hall was a cakewalk on Thursday for Joe Biden, thanks to no fact-checking, no snarky rebuttals, or major hostility at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. That stood in stark contrast to the ambush President Trump faced on ABC Tuesday night in Philadelphia."

Hey, it's a Fox News-approved narrative. Why wouldn't the MRC run with it?

Posted by Terry K. at 10:55 PM EDT
Newsmax Columnist Rants About Lower Alcohol Recommendations, Gets A Disclaimer
Topic: Newsmax

When your publisher has to add a disclaimer to your column, that's a sign that you're perhaps a bit out of the mainstream. But Newsmax felt moved to begin Jared Whitley's Sept. 21 column by stating, "The following article has been authored by a non-clinician."

Indeed, what follows from Whitley -- whose Newsmax bio describes him as a "long-time politico" and, indeed, not a clinician -- is one long, annoying rant against a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendation that "moderate" consumption of alcohol be reduced from two drinks per day to one:

For DGAC to draw this hard line is basically the strictest the government has ever gotten with booze since Prohibition. And this recommendation might be as bad as some other ones they've made.

Note these are largely the same people who have defended the disastrous food pyramid, which dramatically over-prescribed carbohydrate consumption for decades and contributed to the country's obesity epidemic. They're also the ones behind our terrible corn-subsidies policy, which is a huge expense to taxpayers, bad for crop diversification, even worse for public health, and destroys the livelihoods of small farmers in the developing world.

The biggest problem with these new dietary guidelines as others have noted is that it focuses on just one of 60 available studies on alcohol intake. DGAC is conflating reasonable, regular alcohol consumption – like two beers – with actual alcohol abuse, like binge drinking five or more drinks at the same time.

If DGAC wants people to drink less, then it needs to start demanding we re-open society. People at bars don't binge drink – people shut in at home all alone do. But governments don't usually want to let go of power when they can grab it instead. Men are not angels, and this policy shows some nutritionists are drunk with power.

Yep, definitely needed the disclaimer.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:06 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

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