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Sunday, October 2, 2022
Marvel Madness: MRC Rages Against Gay Spider-Man, Thor, 'She-Hulk'
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center wants its superheroes to be white, heterosexual right-wingers, and it and it will loudly complain about any depiction that deviates from that rigid orthodoxy.

Wallace White whined in a July 1 post that a new Spider-Man will not be heterosexual, which will force Americans to be subjected to "leftist globo-homo propaganda":

No corner of American life is safe from leftist globo-homo propaganda. Spiderman is the latest victim. The latest “Spider-Verse” variant in the comic book series “Edge of Spiderverse” is a gay spinoff character “Web-Weaver”, as reported by CBR June 28.

The “Edge of Spiderverse” series is known for creating new versions of Spiderman with their own stories. It’s part of the larger “Spiderverse” series that explores the same kind of story telling. Most of the time the new alternate “spidermans” are a large departure from the traditional Spiderman, with unique character traits, backstories and idiosyncrasies. 

Of course, being the liberals that Marvel are, this new spiderman will focus in on his gayness, and his “His fearlessly femme identity,” as writer Steve Foxe said about his new creation.


Marvel unveiled a new gay, “femme” character, whatever that means. Nothing new here, just typical leftist attempts to shoehorn sexuality discussions into their media. 

What else is new?

White also ranted that there was once a Spider-Man comic in the 1970s in which "Spiderman was teaming up with Planned Parenthood to procure abortions for the people to foil an evil mastermind known as 'The Prodigy.'"

Michael Ippolito spent part of his summer internship raging at the new "Thor" movie. He had one of his masculinity panic attacks in a May 25 post on a trailer for the film claiming that that our hero is emasculated:

Since the earliest days of cinema, films with male protagonists used to be respected and strong. In the 1980s, the stereotype was every male hero was a buff man with a tough attitude. There were no quirky one-liners but good characters that embodied masculine virtues that were respected. Unfortunately, modern cinematic male heroes do not reflect those traits but instead are treated like jokes for entertainment sakes. The new Thor trailer is another example of woke companies attempting to destroy the classic male hero archetype for cheap jokes. This trailer follows the blockbuster hit movie “Avengers: Endgame,” which depicted Thor as a fat, beer-drinking, depressed man instead of a strong, determined, and courageous man. Once again, another example of woke movie studios making their once heroic characters weak to appease their woke base. 


While this issue may not seem inherently important, movies play an enormous role in the culture war. For better or worse, many turn to film for lessons about life, so when movies promote a woke agenda, more will support woke policies. Cinematic heroes used to inspire a young generation of men to be better. Now movies like “Thor: Love and Thunder” show that the strong, silent types are long gone.

Perhaps because moviegoers want to see relatable characters instead of stereotypes that not only not terribly realistic but harmful.

Ippolito spent a July 18 post complaining that right-wing homophobia targeting the new "Thor" movie was being called out:

Being a woke propagandist is not as easy as it looks. Even the seasoned woke warriors at Disney sometimes have to wake through a minefield.

According to the LGBT site Pink News writer Emily Chudy, both conservatives and the LGBT community are upset at the recent Thor movie. 

Chuddy begins her piece by attacking a conservative parent group, One Million Moms, who rightfully called for the boycott of Thor: Love and Thunder. This latest Thor flick followed other woke movies such as Lightyear and included numerous inappropriate LGBT moments. “One Million Moms needs your help to make sure as many people as possible are aware that Marvel Studios is pushing the LGBTQ+ agenda on families in their newest superhero movie,” the group stated. “The alien character named Korg mentions having two dads … The bisexual goddess, King Valkyrie, kisses another woman’s hand to show interest … An Asgardian kid insists on going by a gender-neutral name. And the gay romantic tension between Thor and Star-Lord is apparent but played off as a gag.” Instead of focusing on making quality movies, Disney wants to make the same woke movie that's meant to be eaten by their blind consumers. 

One Million Moms created a petition to boycott the film with over 110,00 signatures.  “Marvel has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming,” the group stated. “But Marvel should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.”

Of course, Ippolito didn't mention that One Million Moms is actually just one mom. But he did whine that "woke director" Taika Waititi "wishes he had more gay garbage" in the movie. Waititi didn't say "gay garbage," of course; that's Ippolito putting hateful words in the director's mouth.

The MRC also predictably hates the new show "She-Hulk: Attorney At Law" for catering to people other than white males. Elise Ehrhard huffed in an Aug. 19 post:

Disney continues its relentless crusade to destroy beloved brands with the new cringe-inducing Disney+ series, She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law.

Based off the Marvel comics, the show's feminist whining and anti-man attitude proves that Disney is willing to insult Marvel fans just as much as they do Star Wars ones.


It's also clear that these writers did not know how to write a compelling female hero. Hollywood has written plenty of iconic female heroes that appeal to both men and women from Wonder Woman to Princess Leia to Sara Connor.

At their best, these heroes confidently and charmingly parlay with men and focus on selfless objectives. They don't waste the audience's time complaining about an inability to get along with the opposite sex. Nobody wants to listen to someone who hates half the human population.

Alas, eight more episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law are due to follow this unbearable premiere. My guess is that only the most committed woke feminists will be able to sustain long-term interest in the series.

Teirin-Rose Mandelburg spent an Aug. 30 post raging against a new addition to the "She-Hulk" cast -- not for anything she has contributed to the show (because she hasn't had a chance to yet) but because she can't stop spewing hate at her for being an independent-thinking person:

Does anyone remember when Disney was actually family-friendly? 

The Walt Disney franchise just cast rapper Megan Thee Stallion in Marvel’s She Hulk: Attorney at Law, according to a report from Deadline. The show will stream on Disney+, a supposed “family-friendly” service.

Now, lets take a brief moment to reflect on Megan Thee Stallion’s ... er, interesting, portfolio of work and character at large.

First off, lets mention the elephant in the room (no not Lizzo). Megan Thee Stallion “danced” on a massive bed/stage combo with another leftie rapper, Cardi B. The two wore what looked like clothes that would fit a toddler and performed the song, “Wet Ass Pussy.” That’s become Megan Thee Stallion’s main attention grabber in the recent months and is a great display of her character.

Megan Thee Stallion is also a major fan of abortion. In a deranged display of vulgarity and ignorance at a concert this year, she screamed, “Tell these god damn, stupid ass men in Texas trying to tell us what the f*ck to do with our bodies.” At another concert, this time in 2021, she yelled, "This middle finger is also to these motherf*cking men that want to tell us what the f*ck to do with our body. Cuz how the f*ck you gonna tell me what to do with my motherf*cking body?” Classy. The tolerant left ladies and gents, sorry,  theys and thems. 

And Mandelburg is the one who's being tolerant by her nasty personal attacks? Her rants might make a little sense if either Megan or "She-Hulk" was being marketed directly to children -- but it's not. Speaking of nasty, this is at least the second time an MRC writer has made childish fat jokes about Lizzo.

Despite the fact that Mandelburg knows absolutely nothing about the character Megan will play on the show, she can't stop attacking her: "I don't have kids, or enjoy Disney whatsoever anymore, but I know that if I did, I wouldn’t let them even know about a show promoting someone as vulgar and raunchy as Megan Thee Stallion."

The tolerant right, ladies and gentlemen.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:27 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:59 PM EDT
CNS Repeatedly Attacks Biden Speech -- But Doesn't Rebut Its Facts
Topic: has whined a lot about President Biden using tough language against right-wing Trump supporters who refuse to accept that the indisputable fact there was no fraud in the 2020 federal elecction and pointing out the threat that poses to the country:

  • Melanie Arter wrote in an Aug. 31 article that "American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Wednesday that by President Joe Biden calling conservatives who support former President Trump 'fascists,' he’s showing himself to be what he accuses them of being." Arter uncritically repeated Schlapp's false claim that "The Trump agenda was universally popular."
  • Susan Jones editorialized in a Sept. 1 "news" article: "As President Joe Biden excoriates millions of Americans as 'MAGA Republicans' 'extremists,' 'semi-fascists' and threats to democracy -- something he's likely to do again tonight in his so-called 'soul of the nation' speech -- former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Biden's sneering insults stem from 'terror.'"
  • Another pre-speech article by Jones sneered, "Biden tonight will discuss his version of "the soul of the nation," a phrase of vague meaning that he's been using since before he became president," before going on to quote another Republican (Mario Rubio) attacking him.
  • Jones cpntinued to whine in another article that "As President Joe Biden gears up for another political speech tonight, he's expected to continue his attack on the millions of Americans he calls "MAGA Republicans" before, yes, hyping yet another attack by a Republican (Kevin McCarthy).
  • An weirdly anonymously written commentary (but one may assume that, given the subject matter, it was written by editor Terry Jeffrey) huffed that "Biden’s view is that for America’s soul to be right, the nation must allow for abortion on demand. ... In other words, deliberately killing an unborn baby is a “fundamental right” in Biden’s view." There was no explanation why the commentary's author was being hidden.

When Biden did make that speech, CNS worked hard to portray it as negatively as possible.Jones was first up to complain:

"Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal," President Joe Biden said Thursday night in Philadelphia, as he called for the nation to "come together," even as he disparaged Donald Trump and his supporters, saying they "represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."

Biden said he wanted to be "very clear."

"Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology. I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans," Biden continued:


After demonizing Trump and those who agree with Trump's aim to "make America great again," Biden called for unity, as he did in his presidential campaign -- a goal never attained.

"That’s why tonight I’m asking our nation to come together, unite behind the single purpose of defending our democracy regardless of your ideology," Biden said:

Jones offered no fact-based rebuttal to anything Biden said, but she made sure to give space to Republican attacks:

In a speech in Scranton on Thursday, a speech billed as a "pre-buttal," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said since Biden became president, he "has launched an assault on the soul of America and its people and its laws -- on its most sacred values.

"He has launched an assault on our democracy,” McCarthy said: "His policies have severely wounded America's soul, diminished America's spirit and betrayed America's trust.

McCarthy noted that for the past 19 months, Democrats have controlled all branches of government. "They have all the levers of power. So let me ask you this: How have they done?...Are you better off? What has two years of one-party rule in Washington given us?"

Then the cherry-picking began.Patrick Goodenough groused that "On a day when President Biden in a combative speech lumped opposition to abortion with other purported characteristics of the “extremism” represented by “MAGA Republicans,” a DNC Twitter post on the subject prompted a plaintive question from the advocacy group Democrats for Life of America: “What about pro-life Democrats?” We don't recall CNSgiving pro-choice Republicans similar deference. Jeffrey brought his anti-abortion obsession as well:

President Joe Biden delivered an address in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Thursday night--that the White House described as remarks on the “battle for the soul of the nation”--in which Biden advocated for same-sex marriage and killing unborn babies through abortion.

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards—backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” Biden said.

Since it had trouble rebutting Biden on the facts, CNS then moved to optics. An anonymously written article complained:

President Joe Biden used two members of the U.S. Marine Corps as props to stand behind him outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Thursday night as he delivered a speech attacking what he called “MAGA Republicans.”


At Friday’s White House press briefing, reporter asked Biden spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre: “Where does the president think the line should be drawn for having members of the military, who could be perceived as being part of stagecraft for an address?”

“Where does the president see the line for having members of the military included?” the reporter asked.

In her response, Jean-Pierre defended the use of the Marines and said the Biden’s speech “was not a political speech.”

The anonymous reporter censored the fact that Trump had no problem using the military as props for his own political purposes.

Craig Bannister devoted an article to repeating right-wing attacks on the "ominous" lighting of the stage from which Biden gave the speech:

Ominous images from President Joe Biden’s “battle for the soul of America” prime-time address Thursday night went viral on social media, as the angry, animated president stood before a striking blood-red background with Marines on either side in the shadows behind him during a "dark and divisive" speech.


“Satanic Ghoul,” commentator and Podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted, captioning one screenshot of an enraged Biden with arms raised and fists clenched during the speech.

“Biden Goes Third Reich. Progressives Fawn Over Their House Fascist,” Radio Host Eric Erickson tweeted, along with the picture. “Staging by Leni Riefenstahl,” Erickson commented in an earlier post of the image.

In a separate article, Bannister cheered that "Broadcast networks ABC, NBC, and CBS aired their regularly-scheduled programs Thursday, instead of President Joe Biden’s angry, divisive speech attacking Make America Great Again (MAGA) Americans."

There were still more attack articles as well:

For all their political attacks, none of these articles offered a fact-based rebuttal to anything Biden said in his speech.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:25 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:28 PM EDT
Saturday, October 1, 2022
MRC Writer (And Potential Customer?) Mad That Right-Wing Dating App Was Mocked
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock was weirdly angry in an Aug. 12 post:

The haters at ABC late night on Thursday showcased, yet again, that they despise half the country. Jimmy Kimmel Live guest host David Alan Grier seethed about a new conservative dating app, deriding The Right Stuff as “Tinder for bigots.” Grier didn’t really bother to offer a joke there, just that all conservatives are racists. 

CBS Mornings on Friday also covered the new app with Democratic donor Gayle King agreeing that she would want her kids dating within their political party. But first, here’s Grier on Thursday night: “There's a new dating app. It is called The Right Stuff....It's basically Tinder for bigots.”

The hateful Grier then played a doctored ad for the dating app with faux graphics proclaiming, “No gays,” “no Mexicans,” “only a few Blacks.” How hateful are the people behind Jimmy Kimmel Live? In 2017, when asked about Republicans turning off his show, Kimmel replied, “Not good riddance, but riddance.” 

Is Whitlock planning to be a client? He seems oddly desperate to defend the honor of this app.

Meanwhile, Wonkette looked at a promotional video for The Right Stuff and declared it to be "like watching what Fritz Lang would have come up with if he was directing an eHarmony commercial."

Whitlock further promoted the idea of associating only with fellow ideologues later in the post:

Over on CBS Mornings, co-host Tony Dokoupil asked about the new conservative dating app, wondering, “So I put the question to my trusty co-hosts, you have kids, would you want —  without revealing political beliefs of your children -- Would you want them to marry within their political belief system?” 

After pondering the question, King replied, “I think it would be easier. But I just want them to be happy with whatever partner they choose. I really do mean that. I think it would be easier if you were more like-minded.”

Of course, if he associated with non-conservatives, he might learn they are not inherently evil -- which, unfortunately for him, would undermine he hate he needs to constantly keep at a boil to do whatever the MRC demands of him.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:14 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2022 11:16 PM EDT
What's Mychal Massie Melting Down Over Now?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Godless, demonic supporters of anarchy, haters of modernity combined with a fallacious sense of self-worth – there are none whom this better describes than Democrats and all of their various hellish conjugations. Conjugations that include but are not limited to Marxists, neo-Leninists and Fabian democratic socialists.

Each and every one of these radical demonic social philosophies hates with a passion Jews and those who subscribe to being a crayon color as the highest elevation of self-worth.

Regardless of where you find them, they are Erebusic marplots and pernicious liars whose energy is spent on destruction and divisiveness at the expense of truth and civility.


If the serpent in the Garden of Eden belonged to a political party it would the Democrats. They censor truth and fact, destroy the family, promote debauchery and encourage disease-causing behavior.

Imagine a political party that is undeniably guilty of the disruption, anarchy and deconstruction of the greatest nation in the world. And like Carter and Obama before him, Biden is will willing to destroy the economy and standard of living for hundreds of millions of Americans to promote programs that do not work and for which we have no need.

-- Mychal Massie, July 11 WorldNetDaily column

If parents and school systems were actually concerned about the fecal substance being tracked into the schools, they would do something about it. Schools would have dress codes for students and teachers. Course selection would remain focused upon civics, mathematics, science, history, art, music, language(s), technical training, etc. None of the course subjects I included involve condoms or learning how to place condoms on bananas or how to have pleasurable anal sex.

If there were a scintilla of concern for the safety of children in schools there would not be co-ed locker rooms. Sexual perversion classes would not be taught to children in K-5. The value of killing children would not be taught to those who are mere children themselves. Abstinence and morality would be promoted and applauded by parents, teachers and peers alike.

Christendom would play a pivotal role in family life and the role of acceptable behavior. Joe Biden and Bill Clinton should be recognized for the amount of prison time they received for beating, molesting, raping and battering women – not for keeping and ensuring the industrialized extermination of children was available to children in public elementary school.

Hillary Clinton would be recognized as the horrid old sot reputed to have body odor able to asphyxiate people working at a landfill. The Obama woman would be justifiably recognized as a tawdry old vodka-swilling harridan who elevated obliquity to levels consistent with her husband's self-confessed unquenchable lust for having sex with men.

-- Mychal Massie, July 25 WND column

I make no pretense of my contempt for liberals and those for whom the spreading of lies and misinformation is an orthodoxy. These people are of their father the devil. They are liars from the beginning, and there's not an ounce of truth in them. They exist to spread lies, discord and chaos. (See: John 8:44 KJV)

It takes a special kind of evil, i.e., a form of Hebephrenia (Disorganized Schizophrenia), that will be consistent with those who bear the mark 666.

Add to their manic demonism a hatred of President Trump, and these people should not be permitted to walk the streets without supervision.


The Jan. 6, proceedings are tantamount to trying to find a virgin in a Las Vegas brothel. Why aren't Democrats investing as much energy into arresting those who burned entire neighborhoods to the ground in Baltimore, Chicago, Oregon, Minnesota and Missouri? Why are they not bringing to justice those who are killing, plundering and looting in the New York, Philadelphia and Seattle?

Before President Trump, politics and elections were dog shows and shell games. The winner was chosen in a back room, and in order to raise the most amount of money, the pretense of choice was prostituted to the public.

At the end of the day, the unalterable fact is President Trump was a smashing success as president. His detractors can claim what they want, but the facts speak for themselves. Read his complete record. President Trump is the only president in history to donate his entire salary.


I say without fear of error: If President Trump chooses to run in 2024, the only way he loses is if they find a way to steal the election again. I remember when Kennedy stole the election from Richard Nixon, and I remember Oswald, Jack Ruby and John Hinckley – the boy who attempted to assassinate President Reagan. Do not think for an instant that these people are not desperate enough to stage an assassination attempt.

-- Mychal Massie, Aug. 8 WND column

Fox News is less trustworthy than CNN because CNN boasts of being dishonest shills for the worst humanity has to offer. Fox News, on the other hand, gained its approval by masquerading as the friend and ally of We the People, as I first warned people many years ago.

I take it personally when those who feign being allied with We the People stab the president who accomplished so much in four years in the face of unparalleled opposition from every corner of the so-called party he represented. As I have repeated said, President Trump fought as many if not more Republicans in leadership than he did Democrats. You cannot call yourself the friend of the people when you are betraying the leader We the People support.

I can tell you that it was not one of the toxic wannabe commies at CNN who betrayed me to Al Sharpton. It was Sean Hannity.

-- Mychal Massie, Aug. 15 WND column

There's a pandemic, but it's not a Chinese flu that was weaponized to terrorize and control entire populations used in conjunction with other machinations to steal the 2020 presidential election from President Donald Trump.

It's a pandemic of demonic, straight-from-the-pit-of-hell liberals. That said, there are no liberals I find more repulsive and condemnable than those absent of melanin, who are arrogant enough to tell me what it is to be black.

I'm not black. I'm a born-again Christian man, and I'm an American. My self-worth is in Jesus Christ, not the falsity of Satan's lie about a crayon color.

Liberals are anthropomorphic diseased lifeforms suffering from severe mental illness who have transmogrified into a bipedal form of cancer that uses gross depravity as a food source to feed Satanic goals and agendas.

You cannot coexist peacefully with these creatures. Peaceful coexistence is the very last thing that interests their kind. They're a pestilence and infestation wholly given over to the global subjugation of those they deem beneath them.


I echo words of the late KKK Grand Kleagle, Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, W-Va.; I've seen them without melanin and with melanin, and they are always liberal trash.

I'm speaking of boorish hoydenish trash, such as Ilhan Omar, AOC and Rashida Tlaib, one of the most common, dirty, uncouth, anti-Semite liberal women on earth, enjoined by the clown princess of baldness, Ayanna Pressley.

-- Mychal Massie, Aug. 29 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 1:22 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:20 AM EDT
Friday, September 30, 2022
MRC's Jean-Pierre-Bashing, Doocy-Fluffing Watch, Non-Doocy Edition
Topic: Media Research Center

It was Gabriela Pariesau's turn to take a whack at White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over her Sept. 8 briefing:

When in doubt, point to the Trump administration! That’s what White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did Wednesday when she dodged a question about alleged collusion between the Biden administration and social media companies to suppress free speech.

When asked about the allegations Jean-Pierre said, ”[t]here has been ongoing work dating to the Trump administration to provide accurate COVID information where folks get their news.”

Her comments came in response to Fox Business reporter Edward Lawrence who asked Jean-Pierre about a pending lawsuit. Attorneys general Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana brought a lawsuit against members of the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor so-called “misinformation.”

Pretending that misinformation is subjective and deserves scare quotes is an MRC narrative to protect right-wing misleaders and liars from suffering the consequences of their behavior.

The MRC's resident Karine-hater, Curtis Houck, returned to do his usual dirty work out hyping right-wing reporters' biased attacks on the Sept. 9 briefing:

Prior to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre using Thursday afternoon’s breaking news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death to end that day’s briefing, she was asked by reporters from two ends of the political spectrum how President Biden and his family have been affected by record-high inflation and gas prices and whether they’ve cut back on anything. Of course, the stammering, yammering Jean-Pierre had nothing to offer.

Fox Business Network’s Edward Lawrence noted that, seeing as how Jean-Pierre has “talked about trying to get costs down,” “a new Gallup poll show[ed] that” Americans have been forced to do so with 24 percent of the country revealing they’re “spending less” and “17 percent traveled less or canceled vacations” due to the high living costs.

Despite that, Lawrence noted that Biden “has been to his beach house six times” and gone on vacations to the Carolinas. “Is he considering any spending cuts for the administration or for himself personally because of inflation,” he asked.

We don't recall Houck or anyone else at the MRC demanding that the Trump family act and spend like the "real Americans" he reference in his headline. The right-woing stenography continued:

Real Clear Politics’ Philip Wegmann had a series of probing questions about leaks from the Mar-a-Lago raid, Energy Secretary Granholm praising California’s energy policies days ahead of concerns it could fail, and why has it been over 200 days since President Biden last gave a (television) interview.

On that last one, Jean-Pierre responded in much the same way Psaki did when similar questions were raised: “The President loves talking to you all. He takes your questions all the time...He is happy to talk to you all. As you know, he does it multiple times during the week.”

We recall when the MRC was unbothered that Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham gave no press briefings at all during her tenure.

Houck lashed out at the Sept. 15 briefing under the nasty headline "KJP Rides Struggle Bus Through Basic Questions from Heinrich, Welker on the Border":

Amid the left’s collective meltdown over Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) sending illegal immigrants to far-left, rich, white Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled with questions from both her allies in the press corps and actual reporters about the move, including a Kamala Harris-like answer and a general attitude painting Martha’s Vineyard as some sort of Third World outpost.


After Jean-Pierre had worked her way around the room a few times, it was finally Jacqui Time. Fox’s Jacqui Heinrich started a short, probing question in the mold of her colleague, Peter Doocy: “Do you think that Americans believe that the border is secure?”

Jean-Pierre kept to her binder (which earlier had her referring to Ted Cruz as the governor of Texas) about there being a “process” the Biden regime has followed “to secure the border” and “fix[ing] a broken system” is not like “flipping a light switch”

Heinrich then fired off this fastball about whether there’s “risk...that voters might feel like they’re being lied to” about the porous border and whether border conditions are “humane”[.]

Remember, Houck cares only that right-wing reporters play gotcha, not that their questions are fair or informative -- and,apparently, that Heinrich is just as biased as Doocy.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:29 PM EDT
CNS Continues To Complain About Mar-a-Lago Raid On Trump's Behalf

More than a week after the FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago comaound for stolen classified documents, CNSNews was still largely serving up biased "news" defending Trump and attacking law enforcement. One of the few execptions to that is an Aug. 19 article by Susan Jones throwing shade at Trump's legal team for not being aggressive enough in countering the raid:

The Trump legal team did not file a motion of its own, nor did it join another motion arguing for the full release of the affidavit underlying the search warrant for Donald Trump's Palm Beach home.

Why not? Fox News's Laura Ingraham asked Trump attorney Christina Bobb Thursday night:

"We believed that Judicial Watch and some of the other parties actually had argued it quite well," Bobb responded, "and we believe it was very interesting and somewhat encouraging that you had parties from both sides of the aisle -- of course, liberal media outlets coupled with conservative watchdog groups really together on the same side.

"And so we were curious to see how that played out, of course, you know, reserving our rights to try something else in the future if we want to, but we really just chose to see how it will play out."

Bobb disagreed that the Trump team has now waived its right to dispute anticipated Justice Department redactions to the affidavit.

CNS did find its way back to being a Trump propagandist. Craig Bannister declared in an Aug. 25 article:

Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) has filed a complaint against the judge who approved the warrant to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, seeking the magistrate’s dismissal from the case and removal from the bench.

The complaint, filed with the Judicial Council of the Eleventh Circuit, accuses Florida-based Judge Bruce E. Reinhart of “unethical and prejudicial conduct” and of having a “conflict of interest and a pattern and history of hostility to President Trump.”

An anonymously written Aug. 26 article seemed to complain that "The affidavit that the Biden Justice Department presented to a federal court in Florida in order to get a “warrant to search and seize” at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home cites as part of the legal authority for this action an Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama." Another article that day by Bannister hyped a right-wing writer (whose ideology he did not identify) mocking redactions:

“Transparency is one of DOJ’s and FBI’s passions,” Sean Davis, co-founder and CEO of “The Federalist” sarcastically tweeted Friday, after the release of a heavily-redacted copy of the affidavit used to justify a warrant to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

In a series of tweets, Davis razzed the FBI and DOJ for its lack of transparency regarding its unprecedented raid of a former president’s home.

Bannister made no mention of the fact that purloined classified documents are at the heart of the Mar-a-Lago search, meaning that it's absolutely prudent to redact certain information because, you know, it's classified.

Jones served up more uncritical whining in an Aug. 29 article from a Republican senator, Roy Blunt, complaining that he hadn't been tipped off to the search, though she did highlight how evasive Blunt was in refusing to directly answer the simple question of whether it was right for Trump to take classified documents that were not his. Then it was more right-wing fearmongering courtesy of Bannister:

The FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago wasn’t just an attempt to get former President Donald Trump – it was also meant to frighten and intimidate the American people, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) warned Tuesday.

“Here is just another example of ‘The rules don't apply in this particular case, because it's Donald Trump,’ Rep. Jackson said, calling the raid nothing more than a “fishing expedition” in an interview on Fox & Friends First.

“It should infuriate every single American and it should make us all scared, because this was done for two reasons,” Jackson said. While the raid was intended to hurt Trump politically, it had an even more sinister purpose – to send a threatening message to all Americans:


“No one trusts the FBI or the DOJ anymore. I don't trust them any further than I can throw that entire building,” Rep. Jackson said.

Since the vast majority of American have never stolen classified government documents, they likely have nothing to worry about from the FBI or DOJ.

An anonymously written Sept. 5 article hyped a pro-Trump judicial ruling:

Federal District Judge Aileen M. Cannon issued an order today requiring that a “special master” be appointed to review what the Justice Department seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home when it was raided last month by the FBI.

In the order, the judge said that the FBI had seized “medical documents” from Mar-a-Lago.


The judge also said in the order that Trump faces “potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” and “risk of suffering injury from the Government’s retention and potential use of privileged materials in the course of a process that, thus far, has been closed off to Plaintiff and that has raised at least some concerns as to its efficacy, even if inadvertently so.”

Unlike with Reinhart, CNS did not mention that Cannon was appointed by Trump, which raises questions of bias regarding her pro-Trump rulings.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:31 PM EDT
WND's Farah Still Pushing Election Fraud Lies
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah just loves pushing discredited claims about purported election fraud, and he hasn't stopped. He ranted in his Aug. 15 column:

Think about it.

It makes all the sense in the world.

"Disqualifying" Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential race – or something worse – gets us no closer to being a free nation.

I know it's unthinkable, but think as if our country is depending on Trump, as though our very lives depended on him – because maybe they do.

We're not likely to figure out all the ways the 2020 election was stolen.

We're not likely to "prove" it was stolen – to the satisfaction of Trump's enemies.

We're not even likely to hold Big Tech responsible for the vast conspiracy of 2020 – or dismantle it before the next election.

We can't even have the one "conservative" cable network in the U.S. MENTION the possibility of grand theft of our election – let alone all the many ways it was carried out.

We can't even have debate or dialogue about the recent film "2000 Mules." It's unmentionable.

Perhaps that's because there was, in fact, no "grand theft of our election" -- certainly none has ever been definitively proven -- and "2000 Mules has been thoroughly discredited, to the point that even the True the Vote subjects of Dinesh D'Souza's fraudulent film are desperate to move on.

Farah used his Aug. 22 column to do a bit of word-twisting to claim that Joe Biden "tipped" that he would steal the 2020 election:

But I will never forget something Biden said June 10, 2020.

He may have tipped off that this election would be rigged.

It was in a letter the campaign wrote so Biden couldn't botch it up.

It was the first time the topic of "election disinformation" came up.

"Tens of millions of Americans rely on Facebook as a news source," the letter quoted Biden. "But the company continues to amplify misinformation and lets candidates pay to target and confuse voters with lies."

Now get this. The letter had these specifics for Facebook, which surprised CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who probably thought he was doing enough for Biden in terms of millions of dollars going to Democratic voter outreach in swing states, like Wisconsin's famous nursing-home scam in which caretakers cast votes 99% for Biden without even asking their charges – some of them were comatose.

But no sir. This is what the Biden campaign was asking:

  • Promoting authoritative and trustworthy sources of election information, rather than the rants of bad actors and conspiracy theorists;
  • Promptly removing false, viral information;
  • Preventing political candidates and PACs from using paid advertising to spread lies and misinformation – especially within two weeks of election day;
  • Having clear rules – applied universally, with no exceptions for the president – that prohibit threats and lies about how to participate in the election.


Five months after the Biden letter, it was clear what happened. We all had our suspicions about why. Let's just say the nation was in shock. It would take many months for people to see the movie "2000 Mules" that showed us just how the election was stolen.

Of course, WND has more than proven itself to be a less-than-trustworthy source of information on election or pretty much anything else, so it's easy to see why Farah might feel threatened by that. He went on to huff:

A post-election poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates showed that 36% of Biden voters were not aware of the evidence linking Joe Biden to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter. Thirteen percent of these voters (or 4.6% of Biden's total vote) said that had they known these facts, they would not have voted for Biden.

Such a shift away from Biden would have meant President Trump would have won reelection with 289 electoral votes.

That, of course, is a poll that the Media Research Center bought from McLaughlin -- who was Trump's pollster, so its objectivity is very much in question -- to prove its version of Trump's Big Lie.

Farah was still at it in a Sept. 6 column:

I figure most Democrats never bothered to see the documentary "2000 Mules." Perhaps, they didn't even know about it because it was kept quiet by even Fox News, and that is a shame. After all, Fox was involved in an important role in the fix – the calling of Arizona way too early. (Of course, they fired all their crack "experts" immediately after the call.)

Almost two years later, I think it's worth a shot urging Democrats to see the film.

But that's a long shot.

Why would anyone want to see a film that's been so thoroughly discredited? Farah didn't explain. Instead, he doubled down:

It's understandable that the polls were out of whack in 2020. Joe Biden was never expected to get anything like the astonishing vote toll he got. Like I said, it was IMPOSSIBLE. The fix was in. Biden would get whatever he needed – especially in the five states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin.

It's possible that the vote for Trump was much stronger than predicted and that Trump not only won all five but several others as well.

"2000 Mules" proves that Trump won those five states hands down. If you're curious enough to see why Biden's vote total was hyped beyond any reasonable tally pollsters were expecting, maybe you should see "2000 Mules," just for the mathematics of it.

I know. There aren't that many Democrats convinced of voter fraud. But if you're just a little concerned with the unanimity from Republicans and independents, maybe this is worth your attention.

And aren't you a little concerned about why it's verboten to say what's on so many minds?

Isn't it still OK as a free American to say what seems obvious?

Never mind how weird and fascist Democrats seem to acting. Never mind that Democratic leadership seems to be actively suppressing a real movement among MAGA folks. And never mind how they have are actively courted Big Tech to repress that movement.

Instead, open your mind and seek the truth.

The fact that Farah is so desperately cling to this discredited film shows us that he won't "seek the truth" -- he has a narrative to push, and he isn't about to let pesky things like facts get in the way.

Farah did some more twisting the next day, insisting that Biden clearly misspeaking was an admission he was stealing the election:

He can't stop telling us about 2020, in no uncertain terms, or hinting about it openly when he's around the right crowd – his fans.

We first heard him say it when it was very much on his mind Oct. 24, 2020, on the eve of the election. You remember?

He said, when it was very much on his mind before his election against Donald Trump, "We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."

It wasn't a hate crime yet to say what he said, odd though it was – maybe even a little creepy.


But if Biden can't stop talking out of both sides of his mouth, there will more outrage about his candor than his performance as an illegitimate "president," a stand-in, a "fill-in meant to fool some of the people" to get the job done until he completes it, as he explained just days ago.

Biden is clearly his own worst enemy – the worst "president" in history bar none.

He's a laughingstock internationally for what he's done to the country. And a comfort to its enemies.

Vote accordingly, and it just might bring the Deep State down – if we're lucky.

Just take a look at what comes up when you choose any search engine besides Google and type in the words, "Is Biden his own worst enemy?" or "Biden sticks his foot in his mouth."

He can't help himself. He's so hopelessly cognitively challenged.

Farah has not questioned the cognitive skills of Trump for repeatedly insisting he won an election that all credible evidence shows that he lost. Perhaps that same behavior should raise questions about Farah's cognitive skills as well.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:03 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2022 3:05 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: The MRC vs. Jeff Zucker
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center regularly hurled the anti-Semitic "puppetmaster" slur at the (Jewish) former CNN chief -- then childishly gloated when a personal scandal cost him his job, despite having given Roger Ailes a pass for his behavior. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 8:59 AM EDT
Thursday, September 29, 2022
MRC Still Raging That Liz Cheney Got Praise For Standing Up To Trump
Topic: Media Research Center

Even as Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming House seat in the primary to a Trump-endorsed opponent, the Media Research Center continued to be upset she was being portrayed as standing up for the principle of holding Donald Trump accountable (something the MRC has no interest in doing). Mark Finkelstein complained in an Aug. 17 post:

Not exactly the people you need to win a Republican presidential primary . . .

Given Liz Cheney's overwhelming defeat in yesterday's Wyoming Republican congressional primary, it would be a very uphill slog for her to win a national GOP presidential primary, should that be her goal for 2024. In a mark of just how steep that climb would be, on today's New Day, CNN cast the two legs of Cheney's base of support as . . . Democrats, and the Beltway media!

Scott Whitlock similarly complained in a post later that day:

NBC on Wednesday repeatedly lobbied Liz Cheney to run for president after she lost her renomination bid for Congress. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie also repeated the media-created comparison that Cheney is Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars and Trump is Darth Vader.

Guthrie deemed “64 percent” of Republicans to be election deniers (without citing a source) and then lobbied for Cheney to outright call for Democratic victory in 2022: “That is your red line. That is who is coming to Congress if Republicans prevail and get control of Congress. Given that state of affairs, do you think it would be better for the country if Democrats retained control?”

Neither Whitlock nor Finkelstein didn't explain where the nobility is in defending Trump's attempted insurrection.

Graham whined about this yet again in his Aug. 17 podcast:

Rep. Liz Cheney was clobbered by 37 points in her Wyoming Republican primary, but the media broke out their praises as she gaudily compared herself to Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She's a savior of the Republic! 


After the landslide, they asked Cheney if she would run for president in 2024, ignoring all proof that she drove her political car off a cliff. Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pressured Cheney to proclaim the Democrats should keep their majority power in Congress. They want her to sound fully like a Democrat. Democracy is only authentic and safe when Democrats win.

None of them seemed to figure out Republicans don't want to vote for Cheney when she's being painted as a hero by Dan Rather.

He too failed to explain why it's preferable to take Trump's side of corruption over Cheney's side of accountability.

Kevin Tober took up the complaining about praise of Cheney in an Aug. 18 post:

In news that will shock nobody, MSNBC’s The ReidOut turned into another Republican bashing segment where a guest referred to the GOP as supporters of Fascism and the Democrats as supporters of democracy. Never mind the fact that the network spent much of Wednesday and Thursday wringing their hands over the defeat of Never Trump Republican Liz Cheney’s landslide defeat for renomination. The leftist media only reveres democracy so long as their preferred candidates win.

Graham whined in an Aug. 20 post that it was pointed out that Cheney was effectively "disappeared" Soviet-style by her fellow Republicans for the sin of not loving Trump enough:

We know that liberal journalists have descended into a nasty habit of associating the Democrats with democracy and the Republicans with authoritarianism. But Time magazine took it its illogical dead end: Liz Cheney getting trounced in an election was some sort of Stalinist liquidation. 

The headline was "The GOP Just Borrowed a Soviet Skill and Disappeared Liz Cheney." If you've been around a while, you know why this spin is funny. Time magazine made Mikhail Gorbachev the "Man of the Decade" and honored him as the "communist Pope and the Soviet Martin Luther." So maybe Liz Cheney is their Gorbachev now. Don't send her to Lithuania.


Except she wasn't executed! She didn't actually disappear! The liberals can't stop spotlighting her! Trump has a Politburo, like America is a one-party state. At least Elliott acknowledged "Her performance made her a darling of liberals who not that long ago thought the Cheney clan to be some of the worst people in America."

Graham again failed to explain why Republicans must jettison Cheney to cling to the corrupt Trump.

Tober returned to whine again in an Aug. 21 post:

Days after recently ousted anti-Trump Congresswoman Liz Cheney laughably compared herself to former Republican President Abraham Lincoln, ABC’s This Week co-moderator Jonathan Karl took it a step further and compared Cheney to former President Theodore Roosevelt. The ahistorical idol worship didn’t end there, USA Today bureau chief Susan Page suggested Cheney could have the same long-term ideological impact on the GOP that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders had on the Democrat Party [sic]. 

After first declaring Cheney the face of the “opposition to Donald Trump in this country,” Karl turned to Page who happily noted how Cheney told Karl during an exclusive interview that “she’ll be campaigning for some Democrats, who are running against election deniers” and gushed that Cheney “has the statute and the ability to raise money to have an influence on some of those races.”

Grham spent his Aug. 24 column contradictorally whining that Cheney was being lionized for her crusade to hold Trump accountable while also insisting that Trump doesn't have a death grip onthe Republican Party:

Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming primary election by 37 points. But the concession speech didn't so much concede as announce a new crusade, a quixotic campaign to drag down Donald Trump in any way possible before the 2024 election. 

When she lost, CNN analyst Nia-Malika Henderson accurately explained that her base was no longer in Wyoming. It's the “Beltway media.” It's more than that —  it inspires the Left from New York to Hollywood. They want to portray it as both impossible and irresistible. 

Cheney's been raising millions from Democrats who want to stir up this campaign as another goad to Trump. Many Republicans would like to try a different flavor than Trump the next time around, but it's time to imagine that just as they've been doing in the midterm primaries, the Democrats deeply desire another run by Trump -- this time, the Trump that goaded on a riot and refused to concede defeat. They want him, damaged and angry.

The Democrats and their media partners like the narrative that Trump has a “death grip” on the Republican Party, because death is what they seek. They boast about how they are the saviors of democracy when what they really want is to shut the “ignorant” half of America up. 


Cheney's defeat did not underline that Trump has full control of the Republican Party. It did show that Republicans have control of the Republican Party, no matter how much the liberal media and the Democrats want to run it.

Note that Graham isn't exactly running away from Trump -- his criticism is tepid at best because he knows that Trump does, in fact, control the Republican Party. He will sheepishly go with the GOP crowd and continue to support Trump, making a full public break only if his boss, Brent Bozell, orders him and the rest of the MRC to do so -- his paycheck depends on it, after all. But that's not coming anytime soon because Trump serves the MRC as a victim and because his views are those of the conservative movement.

Cheney has guts. Graham doesn't, nor does the rest of the MRC. And they know it.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:58 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2022 12:05 AM EDT
WND's Kupelian Warns Of Liberals Redefining Things -- As He Insists 1/6 Insurrection Was A 'Demonstration'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The August issue of WorldNetDaily's sparsely read Whistleblower magazine is themed "Newspeak 2022," which dedicated to complaining that liberals are redefining evil things to make them good. As usual, it's based around a rant-filled essay by managing editor David Kupelian:

The elites are changing America’s language itself, so that people’s words – and therefore, their very thoughts – inevitably come under the control of the ruling class. It’s a way of bending reality in real time, so that what is actually illusion appears to be true, while what is real and true can readily be discredited as lies, misinformation, “extremist rhetoric” and “conspiracy theories.”

Thus, the unprecedented, banana-republic-style raid on the home of former President Donald Trump by dozens of armed FBI agents was not, you see, a raid at all, insists the Ministry of Truth (i.e., virtually the entire elite media). “The execution of a search warrant isn’t a raid,” Americans were told condescendingly. “It’s a judicially overseen process!”

Oh. So the massive, unannounced, armed police raid on a U.S. president’s home wasn’t a “raid.” But the Jan. 6, 2021, demonstration in the U.S. Capitol by that same president’s supporters, who had every reason to suspect the 2020 election had been stolen – was an “armed insurrection,” even though not one protestor was armed nor did their actions in any way amount to an “insurrection.” Nevertheless, Vice President Kamala Harris insisted the Jan. 6 “insurrection” was every bit as infamous and awful as the raid on Pearl Harbor and the 9-11 terror attacks, each of which killed thousands of Americans. Change the definitions of words and you change everything.

Of course, Kupelian's the one redefining things, pretending that an attempt to overthrow the government because Donald Trump can't mentally handle the fact that he lost an election -- in which numerous law enforcement officers were injured, some so badly they cojmmitted suicide later -- was just a "demonstration."

There's a COVID rant too:

Well, at least the COVID pandemic seems to be waning, thanks to the vaccines, right? Wrong. In reality, the experimental shots the government forced on virtually everyone in the country do not work, as even its key salespeople like Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx now openly admit. But wait: All vaccines prevent people from contracting and transmitting a particular disease – that’s literally what vaccines have always done! How, then, can these shots, which we now know do not work as vaccines, and which have become irrefutably associated with many deaths and serious side effects, possibly be called “vaccines”? That’s easy: The CDC quietly changed its official definition of “vaccine”! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you turn an untested, unproven, experimental gene therapy into a "vaccine"; simply change the definition of something everybody in the world has trusted and revered for more than two centuries, since the first smallpox vaccine, and re-tool the "official" definition of that almost sacred word to apply to whatever your flawed, unproven shot actually does.

Needless to say, Kupelian is lying. As we've previously noted, the vaccines do work; while the previous generation of COVID vaccines offered less protection from catching COVID as the virus mutated into the Omicron variant, they do reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, even among those who have previously caught COVID -- hardly "unreliable." And the new generation of vaccines should do a better job of catching the Omicron variant.

Kupelian had one mnore rant of note:

All of this Orwellian tampering with language might not be quite as necessary in a nation that has never known freedom. But in the United States of America, where tens of millions of citizens are very well acquainted with genuine, God-blessed liberty – indeed, where so many have fought, bled and died to preserve it – the ruling elites find it necessary to redefine, and thereby corrupt the meaning of, everything in order to enable actual violent extremists, domestic terrorists, racists and fascists to implement the real insurrection. Theirs.

Says the guy who spreads lies and misinformation to WND readers on a daily basis. No wonder legitimate businesses want nothing to do with WND and Joseph Farah was continually beg for money to keep his dishonest website alive.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:53 PM EDT
MRC Refuses To Blame Trump For Census Errors Under His Watch
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Bill D'Agostino huffed in an Aug. 24 post:

There has been near-total silence across leftwing broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC) and cable (CNN, MSNBC) networks about a 2020 post-enumeration survey by the Census Bureau, which found errors made in the 2020 census heavily benefited Democrats and hurt Republicans. As of August 23, the only coverage any of these networks any of these networks have given the report was a fleeting 4 a.m. mention on CBS.

The post-enumeration survey on undercount and overcount rates, which the Census Bureau conducts to measure the accuracy of their initial count, found that errors made in 2020 resulted in the misallocation of at least six congressional seats and billions of dollars in federal funding. This incorrect apportionment of House seats uniformly benefited Democrats.


One can only imagine the bloodcurdling shrieks we’d be hearing on CNN and MSNBC if census errors had set Democrats back by even a single congressional seat, let alone six. Instead, neither they nor ABC or CBS have spent even a second of airtime on this disastrous mishap by Census Bureau.

D'Agostino, of course, went on to cheer how Fox News covered this story. But he did forget to mention one pertinent fact: the census that contained all these alleged undercounts and overcounts took place during the Trump administration -- meaning that it happened under Republican oversight -- and that Trump cut the census short, which may have hindered accurate counting. He also failed to mention how the census was also hindered by the COVID pandemic.

Later that day, Nicholas Fondacaro and Curtis Houck rehashed this story on the MRC podcast -- but like D'Agostino, they didn't mention that the census took place iunder Trump so that's where the blame for the errors ought to be placed, though Houck did concede that the census "was a huge challenge because of COVID." He didn't lay any blame at Trump's feet, of course.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:25 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2022 2:26 PM EDT
CNS Cherry-Picks More Biden Statements To Mock Him
Topic: reverted to an old, dishonest trick to maximize negative coverage of President Biden: cherry-picking out-of-context statements by him that look weird or ridiculous when isolated in order to further its narrative that Biden is cognitively challenged.

Instead of making the core of a Aug. 30 speech Biden gave in Pennsylvania that one CNS writer did concede was about "his plan for increased police funding, training and accountability," CNS made sure not to put that in the headlines of any of the five articles it churned out on the speech, and when the points of the speech do get reported, they are undercut with partisan attacks, something CNS rarely did whwen reporting on remarks by the previous president, Donald Trump. Here are the stories:

Article 1: "Biden: ‘There’s Bad in Everything … There’s Lousy Presidents’" by Craig Bannister:

President Joe Biden laid out his plan for increased police funding, training and accountability in a speech Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and he denounced calls by Democrats to defund the police.

“There’s bad in everything,” the president said, adding that there are “lousy senators” and “lousy presidents.”

Article 2: "Biden Digresses, Talks About 'Tough Neighborhoods'; 'Only White Guy,' 'Basketball,' 'Liquor Store'"

President Biden on Tuesday called for the hiring of more police officers as part of his "Safer America Plan."

"And as we hire more police officers, there should be more training, more help, and more accountability. Without public trust, law enforcement can’t do its job serving and protecting all the communities," Biden said in his speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Then the president went off-script, describing "tough" neighborhoods, "where the best basketball in the state is." Making his point clear, Biden added that "I was the only white guy that worked as a lifeguard down in that area," and he even mentioned “gangs” and the “liquor store.”


Since Biden became president, crime has moved to the forefront of Americans’ concerns, with brazen attacks and carjackings at all times of the day in the nation’s big cities, and thieves clearing out store shelves with impunity.

And while Biden advocated more policing as a way to reduce crime, he did not address the poverty and living conditions that give rise to crime.

Article 3: "Biden: 'You Notice How Many People Are Dying of Opioid Overdoses Now?'" by Susan Jones

President Joe Biden told an audience in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday that his crime fighting plan "does something else really important: It addresses the opioid epidemic," he said.

"You notice how many people are dying of opioid overdoses now?" the president asked. "And by the way, laced with fentanyl."

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mexico and China are the primary source countries for fentanyl trafficked directly into the United States.

That drug, and others, are smuggled across the porous southwest border daily.

Article 4: "‘How Old Are You, Baby? How Old Are You?,’ Pres. Biden Asks Little Girl in Audience" by Craig Bannister

After a child in the audience professed her love for him, President Joe Biden called her “Baby” and asked her age during an event at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania on Friday.

“How are you, baby? How old are you? How old are you?,” Biden asked after the child screamed “I love you!”

After she said she was nine years old, Biden joked that she was “almost double figures.”anonymously written by " Staff"

Article 5: "Biden: ‘Not a Joke. Not a Joke.’‘I’m Not Joking.’‘Not a Joke.’‘Not a Joke.’‘I’m Not Joking.’‘I’m Not Joking.’‘Not a Joke.’‘Not a Joke.’"

President Joe Biden delivered a speech at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Tuesday in which he insisted nine times that what he had just said was “not a joke” or that he was “not joking."

“I want to thank your outstanding governor, Tom Wolf. Tom and I have been friends a long time,” said Biden. “He’s truly one of the best governors in the United States of America. Not a joke. Not a joke.”

I mean, we expect you [police officers] to do everything,” Biden said. “I’m not joking.  Everything.”

“My dad used to love to hunt in the Poconos when we lived in Scranton,” Biden said. “How many deer or bear are wearing Kevlar vests, huh? Not a joke.”

“When we disagreed, we disagreed on principle, but we then went and had lunch together,” Biden said. “Not a joke.”

“And for those brave, right-wing Americans who say it’s all about keeping America—keeping America as independent and safe: If you want to fight against a country, you need an F-15. You need something a little more than a gun,” said Biden. “No, I’m not joking.  

“DNA to say, ‘That’s my baby.’ What the hell is the matter with us?” said Biden. “No, I’m not joking.”

“Folks, when it comes to fighting crime, we know what works: officers on the street who know the neighborhood—not a joke,”said Biden.

“And the crime rate began to drop,” said Biden. “For real. Not a joke.”

None of these CNS writers explained why they decided that taking partisan and personal shots at the president was more newsworthy than fairly reporting the subject of his speech.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:17 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
MRC Rages That Non-Right-Wing Media Doesn't Hate Liz Cheney
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center raged that a House committee was seeking accountability for the Capitol riot and the events leading up to it, so it's unsurprising that the MRC made a particular target of Republican Rep. Liz Cheney for serving as the committee's vice chairman -- because Republicans are apparently supposed to ride and die with Donald Trump and the MRC will tolerate no criticism of him, especially from a fellow Republican.

Last year, the MRC tried to insist that Cheney's ouster from House leadership for being insufficiently pro-Trump wasn't news at all and demanded that non-right-wing media stop covering it. In a September 2021 post, Nicholas Fondacaro complained that a CBS report on partisan Republican hearings on the U.S. withdrawal on Afghanistan noted that Cheney came to the defense of Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley. Her presence on the 1/6 committee drew specific attacks from the MRC:

  • An April 11 post by Tim Graham grumbled that Cheney did an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, who "ended the interview by tossing a softball. Tell us, Liz, how much has House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy failed democracy?" Graham went on to whine that "Tapper is demonstrating again that he favors "CNN's kind of Republican" instead of any Republican who would dare to criticize the partisanship of the 1/6 Committee." And Graham is demonstrating again that theMRC is little more than an arm of the Republican Party that tries to keep their fellow partisans in ideological lockstep.
  • A June 7 video by Bill D'Agostino served up "a little guessing game for viewers to see how well they can distinguish between two prominent committee members from opposing parties: Nancy Pelosi, and Liz Cheney (R-WY)." D'Agostino didn't explain why Republicans should automatically support an attempted insurrection if Pelosi and Cheney oppose it.
  • A June 10 item by Curtis Houck grumbled that an ABC report on the hearings "went full shill when talking about Cheney, boasting she was made for this."
  • Elizabeth Buckley whined in a June 11 post that "Morning Joe" "glorified Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the new Winston Churchill of our time," and that "Joe Scarborough thought that it would be a fantastic move to compare Congresswoman Cheney to the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy."

But as Cheney faced a Republican primary challenge for her Wyoming seat from a Trump-endorsed opponent, the MRC was happy to make her a target.In a June 30 post, Kevin Tober complained that CNNM's Don Lemon "ma[d]e his case for why Democrats should vote for Liz Cheney in a Republican primary for the sole reason that she hates former President Donald Trump just as much as they do," going the whataboutism route:

Lemon is now using CNN's airwaves to lobby for Democrats to sabotage the Republican primaries in Wyoming. Keep in mind the leftist media melted down when conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh launched "Operation Chaos" and encouraged his listeners to switch parties and vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Primaries to prolong the process. 

Tober didn't mention that the MRC had no problem with "Operation Chaos," making him a hypocrite trying to deny the same opportunity with the political stakes reversed.

Graham spent his July 25 podcast whining that the non-right-wing media doesn't hate Cheney -- who he tried to loosely tie to Al Gore -- as much as he does:

Then there were the Liz Cheney interviews. On CNN, Jake Tapper offered a series of softball questions about how the Pelosi-picked January 6 panel would proceed, and then in a second segment, underlined how Cheney would probably lose her congressional primary in Wyoming because she's for "the truth." Then Tapper asked her if she would run for president. As with Al Gore, this was more a compliment than a serious question. Which state would Liz Cheney win when she's dramatically unpopular among Republicans?

Graham whined further in an Aug. 7 post about non-right-wing non-hatred of Cheney:

On Friday's PBS NewsHour, liberal MSNBC Sunday host and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart made a Star Wars analogy, comparing Liz Cheney to Obi-Wan Kenobi (and Trump to Darth Vader).

Anchor Judy Woodruff played a Liz Cheney campaign ad, with her dad, former vice president Dick Cheney, attacking Trump as a “coward.” Woodruff said “They don't come much more conservative than Dick Cheney.”

Graham's Aug. 10 column groused that Cheney was getting praise for likely losing her seat because she stood up for principle:

As the Wyoming primaries approach, The New York Times is already preparing the post-election spin boosting the post-congressional exploits of Liz Cheney. The August 8 front-page headline was “Cheney Ready to Lose a Race, But Not a Fight.”

Times reporter Jonathan Martin laid it on thick: “She has used the Aug. 16 contest as a sort of a high-profile stage for her martyrdom – and a proving ground for her new crusade.” Martyrdom?  She’s not being burned at the stake like Joan of Arc, even if that’s the kind of moral high ground the liberal media coverage suggests.

She’s losing her race “in part because of death threats, her office said.”

Her new crusade is the media’s old crusade. The pull quote on the back of the front section read: “If the cost of standing up for the Constitution is losing the House seat, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay.” Martin also insisted “she has become arguably the most consequential rank-and-file member of Congress in modern times.”

She will be “consequential” if the January 6 Committee somehow helps ruin Donald Trump before 2024. Cheney is only “rank-and-file” because she was tossed out of the House Republican leadership for seeking an entirely new constituency: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the alphabet of liberal TV networks.


Liz Cheney proves that no politician can be both the biggest darling of the liberal media and a viable candidate for Republican leadership.

Graham didn't epxlain why holding those responsible for the Capitol riot accountable for their actions is a principle no Republican should embrace.

Scott Whitlock then served up a series of flashback whataboutism posts:

  • Now that journalists see Liz Cheney as a heroic Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake, it’s good to sometimes remind everyone of the seething hatred many in the liberal media had for the daughter of Dick Cheney. -- Aug. 13
  • NBC journalists need to decide who Darth Vader is in their tortured political analogies. On Tuesday’s Today, Hallie Jackson said to an on-screen colleague, “[Let me] raise you a Star Wars analogy.” But back in 2011, Dick Cheney was the evil Vader. -- Aug. 16
  • Journalists have been eagerly cheering Cheney 2.0 as the GOP’s Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake for principles. ... But a simple look into history shows that journalistic love for a Republican is entirely dependent on how useful that person is to liberal press. In the past, the news and entertainment media despised the “toxic” “daughter of Dracula,” freely using sexist language to mock the child of Dick Cheney. -- Aug. 17

Whitlock didn't tell his readers that Cheney has ceased to be useful to Republicans because she is holding Trump accountable for his actions or why the GOP should put party before honor and responsibility. And he's done this before; he complainined in a May 2021 post that "While NBC’s Today show was eager to hail Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney for bashing fellow Republicans during an exclusive interview on Thursday, back in 2012, the broadcast questioned whether her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, deserved a life-saving heart transplant."

Posted by Terry K. at 9:04 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 9:08 PM EDT
Newsmax Continued Massive Pro-Trump Defense After Mar-a-Lago Raid
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax's blanket defense of Donald Trump following the raid on Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the classified documents he took from the White House continued apace well beyond a week after the raid took place -- and largely devoid of any balancing viewpoint from law enforcement. Let's look at how Newsmax did that since we last checked.

Aug. 17:

Aug. 18:

Aug. 19:

Aug. 20:

To sum up: From Aug. 8, the day of the raid, through Aug. 20, Newsmax published by our count a whopping 92 articles defending Trump -- and there are likely a few we didn't catch. The number of article Newsmax published offering balanced viewpoints was much lower. Then again, Newsmax has positioned itself as a pro-Trump channel, so the bias is baked in.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:23 PM EDT
WND Keeps Giving Platforms To COVID Misinformers
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Chief WorldNetDaily COVID misinformer Art Moore found a new COVID misinformer to promote in a July 20 article:

A video PSA by the Health and Human Services Department suggesting loving parents will want to get their young children vaccinated with the experimental COVID-19 MRNA shot amounts to "shameless propaganda," says a prominent epidemiologist at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Vinay Prasad argues there is "no randomized data, nor even a single observational study that has shown a reduction in severe disease in this age group," referring to children from 6 months to 4 years old.

HHS posted the PSA with the message: "Nothing matters more than keeping them safe. If your child is 6 months or older, you can now help protect them from severe COVID illness by getting them a COVID vaccine. Talk to your child’s doctor about vaccines and visit"

But Prasad, writing on Twitter, said the Food and Drug Administration "should fine HHS for false advertising."

"It's really shameless propaganda to disguise the cold reality that there will be very poor uptake for this vaccine that was pushed through for political purposes," he said.

Prasad called the ad "government-sponsored misinformation from the administration seeking to police misinformation."

Actually, Moore's the one pushing misinformation. Prasad is not an epidemiologist; he's an oncologist and hematologist with no demonstrated expertise in virology (or pediatrics). The Science-Based Medicine blog has documented Prasad spreading confusion about the efficacy of masks and falsely accusing credible medical and government authorities of irrationally scaring [people about COVID, among other things. He has also likened reasonable efforts to contain the spread of COVID to Nazi Germany in a way considered by some to be anti-Semitic, which earned him a rebuke from a college where he spoke.Prasad is also tied to the Brownstone Institute, created by the folks behind the highly dubious Great Barrington Declaration.

Moore used an Aug. 29 article to give a platform to another COVID misinformer:

Alleging fraudulent data was used to create COVID-19 guidance, a student is suing Massachusetts officials after he was kicked out of law school for refusing to be vaccinated for the disease.

John Paul Beaudoin Sr. has named Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, the state public health commissioner and medical examiners in his suit, charging they submitted fraudulent data to the federal government, which then devised COVID guidance that was adopted by his school, the private Massachusetts School of Law.

Significantly, Just the News reported, Beaudoin alleges that many Massachusetts death certificates "wrongly list 'COVID-19' as a cause of death."

One of the examples he cites is that of 7-year-old Cassidy Baracka, whose Jan. 18 death was blamed on COVID complications. Beaudoin points, however, to a Jan. 15 report in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS, which is run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The VAERS report states the child first became seriously ill "5 min post vaccination," or five minutes after receiving a COVID-19 shot.

The complaint states that the "fraudulent misrepresentations aggregate to support a false narrative" that has harmed Beaudoin and society by "convincing institutions to coerce people under color of law to take an experimental biological product."

Actually, there's more to the story of Baracka's death. The cause of the girl's apparently had not been officially determined at the time of her death -- making Beaudoin's citing of her more than a little dishonest -- but one week before her death, a Massachusetts Department of Children and Families representative visited her house and found "unsanitary and unsafe hoarding conditions,: bu the child died before a DCF social worker could visit the house. Also, our litigant appears to be using the ol' anti-vaxxer strategy of plucking numbers from the VAERS database while censoring the fact that nothing in it has been verified.

Speaking of our litigant: calling him merely a "student" is a touch misleading. Beaudoin is actually well into middle age; the ruling tossing out a previous lawsuit he filed to stop mask mandates in Massachusetts noted that he "purportedly suffers from a hearing impairment caused by an adverse reaction to a prophylactic treatment he received during the 'Hong Kong flu' outbreak in 1968." Moore didn't mention that one of his demands in the lawsuit is "a workspace in a state office and a robust computer with Excel" so he can rummage through state records and spend who knows how much time figuring out who actually died of COVID.

In short, a nuisance lawsuit filed by a right-wing crank -- you know, WND's readership.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:47 PM EDT

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