WND Reacts To The Capitol Riot, Part 1 Topic: WorldNetDaily
The events that occurred in the nation's Capitol yesterday are more than just disturbing. They strike at the very heart of our system of government, one that purports to be based on the rule and law and the peaceful transition of power from one party to another. It seems that everybody in the media is convinced that President Trump instigated the violence and encouraged the mob by his comments to hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered on the National Mall to hear his speech.
Did Trump's comments spontaneously instigate an angry mob and induce them to storm the Capitol to save his presidency?
If such is humanly possible any more, let's look at this critically.
Don't you find it odd that President Trump might have had the intent to unleash a mob which would have the effect of stopping the process he's been pushing since early November, and in which he's invested all his hope for a second term as POTUS? Certainly he knew, as any reasonable person does, that an attack on the Capitol would not succeed and would only cast the attackers and their benefactors in the worse possible light.
Might it not make more sense that those wishing to undermine the integrity of the republic, those who have been burning, looting and destroying our cities since May 2020, would interfere with the constitutional electoral process through force and violence?
Regardless of what you think about President Trump and his performance as president, it is wholly irrational to believe that he, by his comments, intentionally inflamed a crowd of his supporters to storm the Capitol. This claim against Trump is simply another in the endless list of alleged wrongdoing by a president whose only offense seems to be that he loves his county.
Congress certified the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden in the middle of the night, just like how Jesus was convicted by the Jewish high priests in the middle of the night, just like five states committed election fraud last Nov. 3-4 in the middle of the night.
Riots took place in D.C. Wednesday. The media are playing those scenes over and over, unlike what they did last summer when Antifa and BLM were burning down American cities. The police killed an unarmed woman, 17-year Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.
Congress used those riots to punt on its responsibility to "defend and protect" the United States Constitution. It refused to look at the irregularities and constitutional violations by those five states that changed election processes without legislative approvals as per the Constitution. It ignored the ballot harvesting that happened with COVID as the excuse. It ignored the vote switching from Trump to Biden as recorded for the Georgia Legislature and proved in Michigan.
Why are some Americans rioting over the election? Because they, too, are frustrated. They are not getting anyone to investigate their grievances.
Pretend the riots over election fraud were done by Black Lives Matter or Antifa. What would those politicians be saying? Pretend that Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed by the police, was black and shot during a BLM protest. How would the media be treating this?
Just like the Supreme Court, the Congress punted on its responsibility. The ramifications of that will last for generations, as the bad guys now have free will to defraud Americans.
MAGA men and women are just that: The best of people in the worst of times. These good people converged on D.C., Jan. 6, to protest the certification of the Electoral College vote.
They, who have "nothing before them," had come to demand that something be done by those who had "brought [them] forth into this wilderness," yet sit "by the fleshpots [on the Potomac] and [eat] bread to the full." (My adaptation of Exodus 16:3.)
Cassandra Fairbanks, of the Gateway Pundit web-hub, framed her report about the protest that ensued just right: "Patriots Have Stormed the Capitol Building – Masses Breaching Federal Barriers – Cops Losing Control."
Yes, patriots. Rage that had been simmering over an election whose results lacked constitutional credibility had finally come to a boil.
Here's the difference between pro-Trump patriots and BLM detritus:
The latter, BLM, trashed, looted and leveled their countrymen's livelihoods, their businesses. MAGA men and women stormed the seats of corruption.
All this is background, so I can ask you to think about what you do see – as well as what you don't see.
What you do see if you watch or listen to the mainline media, is that Trump's MAGA movement has crashed and burned, as a result of the president's own personal failings, now writ large over the nation. The Democratic Party was somehow – perhaps through the grace of A-men and A-Woman – able to persuade enough demoralized Democrats, BLMers and Antifa supporters to vote for a man who campaigned from his basement and socially distanced himself from reporters and opinion scribes.
What you don't see is celebrations breaking out among 80 million Joe Biden voters who crawled across broken glass to vote and have now gathered around state capitols singing patriotic Marxist hymns. Nor do you see them pitching in and helping small businesses rebuild their burned and looted shops. They also aren't questioning why a flu-like illness with a low death rate should shut down our economy, turn governors into lawmaking monarchs running police states, close schools and businesses, and shut down houses of worship (a constitutionally protected activity).
You also don't see Democrats (OK, mainline commentators) wondering about the implications of electronic election fraud (both now and in the future). They don't opine about corrupt election officials who shepherded the stolen election and then fired whistelblowers. Nor do you hear speculation on what it means to the nation when the newly elected president's son has been paid hundreds of millions of dollars by the Chinese Communist Party (perhaps the most repressive regime in the world).
Finally, you don't see them speculating on the character traits of a man whose character they have spent five years assassinating. If they did, they might have some hint of what lies just ahead for them. Perhaps investing themselves so deeply in the lies they prepared for us at each broadcast, they have become immune to Truth, even when it is staring them in the face.
Not only are they beating up Trump on his policies and on his efforts to find and prove election cheating, but they now accuse him of fomenting the rioting at the Capitol. Apparently, all because he asked those in Washington to go to the Capitol to show their support of Congress in their anticipated vote.
Thousands did, but some others were there with another goal – to cause disruption and chaos. And they succeeded – not only challenging outside security but getting inside the building, into public areas and private offices, stealing and causing damage.
Bottom line, these guys play for keeps, and they have pulled out all the stops in their efforts to destroy Donald Trump. It began when he declared his candidacy, continued through his presidency and now continues as he tries to show that, in fact, these last election results are fraudulent.
As Limbaugh said, "They want a scalp."
They may want that, but Donald Trump is not ready to provide it. He's a fighter for what he believes is true and right, and he's maintained that throughout his presidency. Talk about strength.
The events of the last couple months have sickened me. To see Trump – and by extension, the will of the American people – betrayed by the highest powers in the land is revolting. The Supreme Court refused to hear evidence of the stolen election. The GOP has lost the Senate for the next two years. Chuck Schumer will become majority leader. And of course, Vice President Pence had a genuine "Et tu, Brute?" moment when he stabbed the president in the back after refusing to block Biden's electors.
"Although a slew of evidence was released in recent weeks in the form of sworn affidavits and expert testimony, the claims were repeatedly denied by leading election officials and lawmakers," observes Janita Kan of NTD. "Critics and members of the media have also characterized the claims as 'baseless.'" Bulltucky.
As John Whitehead with the Rutherford Institute put it, "Either way, no matter which candidate lost to the other, it was always going to be the Deep State that won."
MRC Tries To Portray Hawley As A Victim Over His Book Getting Canceled Topic: Media Research Center
If the Media Research Center can find a way to portray conservatives as victims, no matter how unjustified, it will. Joseph Vazquez eagerly played the victim card in a Jan. 8 post:
Rule of thumb: Always be skeptical of a company that tries to act woke, especially when CNN blowhard Brian Stelteris pushing it.
Publishing company Simon & Schuster tried to do just that by canceling publication of Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley’s upcoming book “The Tyranny of Big Tech.” The firm arbitrarily pinned blame on him for the Capitol Hill riot. The company wrote in a statement on Twitter: “[W]e take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”
But, there may be political reasons why the company decided not to publish. Federal Election Commission (FEC) records revealed that Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp donated exclusively to Democrats this electoral cycle. Karp donated $350 to former Democratic presidential candidate and leftist Beto O’Rourke in 2019, while he was President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing. So, a Democrat donor is head of the company that canceled a Republican senator’s book. No conflict there, right?
Stelter touted the news on Twitter, writing: “This just in: @SimonSchuster ‘has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH.’" Stelter proceeded to parrot some of the highlights from the Simon & Schuster statement, but he didn’t mention anything about the company’s CEO being a Democrat donor.
Vazquez is simply making stuff up. Does he really believe that Karp canceled Hawley's book because he once donated $350 to a Democrat in Texas (and another $100 to liberal donation aggregator ActBlue)? If Karp is so partisan, how does Vazquez account for Hawley's book initially ghetting approved for publication under Karp's watch? How dumb do he and his employer think we are?
Vazquez also lied when he claimed Hawley as "arbitrarily" being blamed for his role in inciting the Capitol riot. There is plenty of evidence to support his incitement role, such as his push to overturn the election and to continue to do so even after the riot.
Vazquez's post is less reality-based examination and more politically driven speculation. But then, the MRC cares much more about the narrative than it does the truth.
P.S.: Hawley's book was quickly snapped up by right-wing publisher Regnery, so Vazquez need not fret about whether Hawley will be unable to cash in on his newfound notoriety.
WND also published a Nov. 17 column by Teresa Blazewicz laughably declaring that "Sidney Powell's battle for democratic freedom in the United States today mirrors the battle Joan of Arc fought on behalf of her country so many years ago."
But when Powell was dismissed by Trump's legal team, WND's Joe Kovacs was concerned since she was "appearing with President Trump's campaign lawyers at news conferences through last week," then touted how "Powell said she was going to file a lawsuit of 'biblical' proportions in order to 'blow up' 2020 election results based on alleged fraud involving electronic voting machines in Georgia." Blazewicz returned on Nov. 24 to buck up Powell after her dismissal from the Trump team, insisting that "Sidney Powell is a serious lawyer who has poignantly stated that she never says anything she cannot prove, and who has had, up until this moment, a generally unassailable reputation."
But it started becoming clear (to WND, at least; the rest of us figured it out some time earlier) that the only master of deception here was Powell. On Jan. 8, Unruh reported Dominion's $1.3 billion lawsuit against Powell for her lies about the company falsely claming its machines changed vote counts.Unruh tried to put a positive spin on things, declaring that "In a defamation case, Dominion must prove the falsity of the statements. Allaw.com noted truth is an 'absolute defense' in such claims, and pretrial discovery in the case will enable Powell to question Dominion official under oath and obtain evidence."
WND's admiration for Powell, though, ultimately went down with a whimper as Kovacs used a Jan. 19 article to recount how Powell withdrew her "Kraken" lawsuit:
Sidney Powell, the high-profile attorney who vowed to "release the Kraken" in a lawsuit alleging widespread fraud in Georgia resulting in a presidential victory for Joe Biden, has voluntarily dropped her legal action less than 24 hours before Biden's inauguration.
In a motion filed at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Powell and other attorneys agreed with defendants including Gov. Brian Kemp and Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger to have the case dismissed.
"This civil action brings to light a massive election fraud," her original lawsuit had indicated.
"I feel very optimistic the truth will get out," Powell had said in November concerning her actions trying to prove fraud helped steal the election away from President Trump. "Of course, everybody on the face of the earth now is trying to suppress it, including people in our own government.
"But I won't quit until it's out and (we) release the Kraken," she said, invoking a line from the mythological monster fantasy film "Clash of the Titans."
Powell was a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, alleging Dominion Voting Systems, the company supplying voting machines for Georgia and other states, was rigging the election in favor of Biden.
WND hasn't mentioned her since --perhaps to keep it out of further defamation lawsuit scrutiny, since it already opened itself up to that when it published James Zumwalt's attack on a Dominion official.
MRC Gives Levin A Platform To Whine About His Radio Syndicator Topic: Media Research Center
If right-wing radio host Mark Levin has a complaint, it can count on a sympathetic ear from the Media Research Center, as demonstrated by the years the MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com, has spent cranking out Levin stenography. So when Levin feels the need to rant about coverage of a new directive from the company that syndicates his radio show, Tim Graham has a pillow for him to cry on:
Early on Monday morning, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi posted a hot story headlined “Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric.” It said “Cumulus Media, which employs some of the most popular right-leaning talk-radio hosts in the United States, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Trump — or else face termination.”
Cumulus executive Brian Phillips insisted Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’”
Farhi put Mark Levin at the center of his story about "orders," but Levin told NewsBusters “I never received that memo, and my crew never received that memo. This story is done by a reporter who has never spoken to me – ever." He said if he received that memo, "I would make sure the entire nation would hear about it." He added "I would like a correction and an apology from the Post, but I won’t hold my breath.”
Farhi would not comment to NewsBusters on Levin’s accusation that there was no attempt at contact. Isn’t it fascinating when reporters say “no comment”?
Of course, the basic story is true -- Cumulus did, in fact, issue a memo to that effect. Whether Levin personally received a copy is irrelevant. Indeed, the question is whether Levin is receiving special treatment; the company's directive appears mostly directed to local hosts, while national hosts like Levin are apparently not being held to it.
But Levin wasn't done whining to Graham:
Levin also told NewsBusters the Post was “unprofessional” in another story last Thursday suggesting he somehow played some role in a protester dying of a heart attack at the Capitol: “Greeson appeared to have an account on the right-wing social media site Parler filled with recent obscene and violent posts, fueled by misinformation spread by right-wing radio host Mark Levin, the Proud Boys and others.”
Levin also complained the “reprobates” at Mediaite used the Post story against him. The site’s Ken Meyer energetically slimedLevin and Dan Bongino as inciters of an “insurrectionist mob.”
"My broadcasts are on my website going back four years," Levin said. "I haven't incited anything." He said his protests have all been about the election decisions made in four states that he says violate the Constitution, including the way elected judges in Pennsylvania overrode the state legislature in setting election rules.
It's not clear what specific case Levin is referring to, but actual scholars of constitutional law (which Levin also claims to be but apparently isn't) have said that courts have discretion to interpret election law.
Also, it's hilarious that Graham ismocking the Post reporter for declining to comment on his gotcha question when the MRC routinely refuses to publicly comment on controversies regarding it, i.e., the fact that MRC chief Brent Bozell spent years slapping his name on columns Graham ghost-wrote. Y'know, Tim, it's never too late to share your opinion about that with the world.
The idea of a "Great Reset" was tailor-made to be turned into a conspiracy theory. Devised by the World Economic Forum -- the folks behind the annual meeting of the world's elites at Davos, Switzerland -- as a plan to restart the world's economy after the coronavirus pandemic that writer Naomi Klein described as containing "some good stuff that won’t happen and some bad stuff that certainly will and, frankly, nothing out of the ordinary in our era of 'green' billionaires readying rockets for Mars. Indeed, anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Davos speak, and the number of times it has attempted to rebrand capitalism as a slightly buggy poverty alleviation and ecological restoration program, will recognize the vintage champagne in this online carafe."
Needless to say, WorldNetDaily glommed onto this. An entire issue of its sparsely read Whistleblower magazine was devoted to this, and the promotional blurb fully went there:
The first and most pivotal phase of the Great Reset plan under cover of COVID is, of course, winning the 2020 presidential election through a dizzyingly multifaceted attack on the integrity of the U.S. election system itself, in conjunction with a unified campaign by Big Media and Big Tech to elect Joe Biden at all costs.
Biden is fully on board with the “Great Reset.” In fact, the Biden presidential campaign chose as its official campaign slogan the seemingly innocuous phrase, “Build Back Better,” which happens also to be the slogan of the “Great Reset” coined by its originator and main advocate, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab.
Under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schwab insists the entire world must “act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies,” meaning, as he explains, “we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” In other words, socialism.
Prince Charles is a key advocate for the Great Reset, as is International Monetary Fund chief economist Gina Gopinath, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, as well as heads of many major corporations, including Microsoft.
Unfortunately, as Whistleblower shows, the world’s elites do not really want equality for everybody. Historically, from Stalin to Mao to Chavez, Marxist/socialist leaders have never been truly interested in everyone being equal. That’s just happy-talk to seduce the masses. What they want, first and foremost, is power, they want wealth and privilege for themselves, they want glory, they want revenge on their enemies, and they want worship.
“In a word,” writes Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian, “they want to be gods. The original temptation in the Garden of Eden was, ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ (Genesis 3:5) But when humans try to become gods, they turn into devils. And the agenda planned by these would-be rulers is both insane and evil.”
Kupelian went even further in his essay from the issue from which the promotion blurb was adapted, which started by ranting about events from "Big Media openly siding with the senile and corrupt Joe Biden while portraying President Donald Trump as a mentally ill, racist would-be dictator, to November’s breathtakingly rigged election – likely the most crooked and corrupt in our history." And since China is the right-wing bogeyman du jour, he ranted about how the Chinese want to put a barcode on everybody:
Since the coronavirus originated in China, and since Joe Biden is profoundly compromised with regard to China because of his family’s corrupt financial activities with that nation, and since Big Tech and so many U.S.-based mega-companies are in total thrall to China both for its vast retail markets and its cheap labor pool, it is reasonable to wonder: How exactly does China fit into the plan to “reset” the world under cover of COVID?
That’s easy: China is the leader.
Recently, in a chilling story headlined “Give Everyone a Barcode? China Trying to Use COVID Fears to Launch Global Tracking System for Humans,” the Christian Broadcast Network reported: “China's communist leader Xi Jinping is calling for countries across the world to accept a global COVID-19 tracking system that uses QR codes in an attempt to expedite international travel.”
It was during a Nov. 21 virtual G20 leaders' meeting that Xi proposed the "global mechanism" to deploy an electronic barcode that would help determine travelers’ health status.
Kupelian went on to reference the Biblical "mark of the devil" stuff, of course. And he concluded by declaring that "America indeed needs a great reset, but not one envisioned by deluded, power-obsessed, sociopathic elites. Rather, the reset we truly need is a repentance-fueled revival that will invite God’s renewed blessing on us and restore our nation to its former greatness and goodness."
CNS Tries To Mainstream Another Far-Right Member of Congress Topic: CNSNews.com
Marjorie Taylor Greene isn't the only newly elected extreme-right-wing Republican member of Congress CNSNews.com has been trying to mainstream. Rep. Lauren Boebert, like Greene, has expressed support for the QAnon, and she has also praised the thugs in the Proud Boys. And as with Greene, CNS has no interest in talking about her extremism.
Articles by Patrick Goodenough on Nov. 5 and Nov. 18 touted Boebert alongside Greene as the new "pro-life women" elected to the House. On Nov. 24, managing editor Micchael W. Chapman was quite giddy that Boebert "reportedly has asked what the rules are to carry a gun on Capitol Hill and in her congressional office," touting how she "is from a largely conservative district in western Colorado. She is a defender of the Second Amendment and operates a restaurant called Shooters Grill, in Rifle, Colorado. She is sometimes seen sporting a Glock pistol on her hip."
Colorado's newly elected U.S. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday described herself as "a 34-year-old woman who wants to protect herself in this dangerous city, here in our nation's capital" -- by carrying a gun.
"You know, it's very interesting that here in the United States of America that there is so much controversy over our Second Amendment rights," Boebert told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning.
Boebert, the owner of a "gun-themed restaurant" in Rifle, Colorado (as the Denver Post described it) is allowed, as a member of Congress, to carry a gun in the Capitol, except in certain restricted areas.
In a post-riot Jan. 15 article, Melanie Arter featured how Boebert "called out Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Thursday for implying that she gave a tour of the U.S. Capitol building to 'insurrectionists' a day before the Capitol riots." It wasn't until the seventh paragraph that Arter got around to admitting that "Maloney didn’t name Boebert in his interview as the person who gave the tour."
None of these articles mention Boebert's extreme views, even though CNS is not shy about highlighting what it considers extreme views of Democratic politicians.
MRC's Mysterious Sports Blogger Melts Down Over Super Bowl Halftime Show Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center 's mysterious MRC sports blogger, Jay Maxson, loves to freak out over Super Bowl halftime shows. So when The Weeknd was announced as the lead entertainer for this year's Super Bowl, Maxson went into full meltdown mode:
It's official. The entertainer known as The Weeknd will provide the substandard gutter garbage, sexually explicit, vulgar rot. We're not talking about MTV or even the Grammy Awards here. He's actually the NFL's pathetic choice to headline the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (seen in photo), a Canadian who passes as a so-called entertainer and who goes by The Weeknd moniker, has been chosen by The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation to keep the bar lower than low for this year's Super Bowl halftime disgrace.
During the recent CBS broadcast of an NFL game, shameless studio host James Brown delivered this “exciting news" to a world waiting for the identity of the next Super Bowl embarrassment, Feb. 7 in Tampa. Family entertainment, it's not. Not even close.
Maxson cied only obscure "lowlife garbage" from early in The Weeknd's career. No mention of anything that more likely landed The Weeknd the gig -- songs like the non-vulgar "Blinding Lights," universally considered one of the best songs of 2020. But Maxson is not here to talk about an artist's work -- he/she's here to spew right-wing rants:
This ongoing parade of trash halftime shows aptly demonstrates the NFL's diminished capacity to provide “family entertainment” under Commissioner Roger Goodell’s feeble "guidance.” The halftime stage has become a showplace for an exposed breast, crotch-grabbing, pole-dancing, twerking, grinding, edited profanities and a dance salute to the murderous Black Panthers.
Atlanta in 2019 provided another low point in Super Bowl history. Travis Scott and Big Boi provided the vulgar, N-wording, women-denigrating rap with the full approval of the National Football League. And a book by Mike Freeman demonstrates that abusing women is no big thing to the NFL.
Meanwhile, in the real world, The Weeknd has vowed to "keep it PG" for his halftime show.
That's not the only Super Bowl-related meltdown Maxson has had. In a Jan. 26 post, he/she lost it when a sports writer brought up the despised name of Colin Kaepernick:
The Feb. 7 Super Bowl is shaping up as a tale of two great quarterbacks: Kansas City’s young gunslinger Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay’s old G.O.A.T. Tom Brady. Great as their legacies are, neither can compare to the one preferred by The New York Times writer Kurt Streeter – Colin Kaepernick.
Yes, sad to say, Kaepernick’s notorious, undeserving name is snaking its way into media discussions about Super Bowl LV.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in an NFL game for more than four years. His mediocre career is over and done with, but the NYT’s Kurt Streeter is still an obsessive fanboy.
With an underwater career record of 28-30 as an NFL starter, Kaepernick isn’t deserving of a lofty legacy for what he did on the field.
WND Promotes Another Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily loves a good conspiracy -- and many bad ones. An example pf the latter surfaced in a Jan. 5 article by Bob Unruh:
The rate of influenza this season has cratered and now an epidemiologist is explaining why.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cumulative positive influenza test rate from September through the middle of December was 0.2%, down from 8.7% a year ago.
"The weekly comparisons are even starker: This week one year ago, the positive clinical rate was 22%, where now it stands at 0.1%," reported Just the News.
So where has the flu gone?
Nowhere, explains epidemiologist Knut Wittkowksi. It's just being called something else.
"Influenza has been renamed COVID in large part," he said.
He's the former chief of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University.
"There may be quite a number of influenza cases included in the 'presumed COVID' category of people who have COVID symptoms (which Influenza symptoms can be mistaken for), but are not tested for SARS RNA," he said in an interview with Just the News.
In summary, no evidence supports the claim that flu cases are being misdiagnosed as COVID-19. Although both diseases share similar symptoms, probable COVID-19 cases must meet additional criteria besides the presence of disease symptoms, such as previous close contact with a COVID-19 case or a positive SARS-CoV-2 antigen or antibody test result. Social media posts questioning how public health measures can effectively limit the spread of flu but not COVID-19 are misleading as they fail to account for several factors, such as the differences in transmission between COVID-19 and flu. Experts suggest that the lower than usual flu activity this season is likely due to a combination of factors, including public health measures implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and higher flu vaccination rates.
Wittkowski is a coronavirus misinformer whom WND has previously promoted, and notorious enough that Rockefeller University has issued a statement distancing itself from him.
Unruh did actually cite an epidemiologist who correctly and logically noted that COVID-19 mitigation is largely responsible for the decline in flu cases -- but he then let Wittkowski respond by claiming "there is 'no evidence' to support the idea masks would stop the flu." Again, Unruh didn't fact-check that either, thus censoring the fact that, yes, there is plenty of evidence masks help slow the spread, as the above fact-checker also noted:
Wearing face masks reduces the spread of COVID-19 by blocking the release of respiratory droplets from infected individuals. Therefore, wearing face masks likely reduces the transmission of other respiratory infections that spread in ways similar to COVID-19, including the flu. For this reason, Wittkowski claims that if face masks worked, then they should be able to stop both COVID-19 and flu equally. ... As we explain below, such interpretations are misleading, as they overlook the fact that COVID-19 spreads easier than flu. Furthermore, other factors besides the use of face masks may also contribute to reducing flu transmission, such as an increase in flu vaccination rates.
Unruh's article is the kind of factually dubious content WND thinks people will donate to its "News Center" to create.
NEW ARTICLE: The MRC's Crush On Kayleigh McEnany Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center -- mostly NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck -- spent the past several months gushing over President Trump's final press secretary, cheering every "walk-off" insult-fest and allegedly sick burn of the media. Read more >>
Uber-Catholics At CNS Attack Biden For Being Insufficiently Catholic Topic: CNSNews.com
The uber-Catholics who run CNSNews.com -- namely editor Terry Jeffrey and managing editor Michael W. Chapman, who think they're more Catholic than the pope -- has not been shy about seeking every opportunity to attack Joe Biden as insufficiently Catholic by refusing to force all Americans to submit to Catholic dictates, particularly on abortion.
Before the election, for instance, CNS dredged up a vice presidential debate from the 2012 election to complain that Biden said he "accepted that “life begins at conception” but would not interfere with women doctors aborting human lives in the womb," quoting him as saying on the Catholic Church's anti-abortion stance that "I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others." And Chapman found a random Catholic priest to rant that the "Democrat Party [sic] is the Party of Death" and that Biden is its leader. (Weird how a Catholic priest who is supposed to be above politics is spouting deliberate right-wing misnaming of the Democratic Party.)
But Jeffrey's meltdown that Biden's victory speech interrupted a Notre Dame football game -- which he declared Biden, as a "devout Catholic," should have known about and thus should have waited until at least halftime to speak -- set the tone for CNS' post-election attacks on Biden's (purported lack of) faith, as did CNS' bashing of Catholic bishops who congratulated Biden on his win.
The attacks on Biden continued:
On Nov. 19, Chapman quoted a bishop who called on Biden "to 'repent' from his support of abortion and gay 'marriage' for 'his own salvation' and the good of the country." Curiously, Chapman referred to Biden as a "Democratic presidential candidate" even though by this time he was president-elect.
In a Dec. 3 article, Jeffrey dug up a 2015 interview of Biden where he "spoke of his admiration for Pope Francis and what this pope was doing for the church," quoting Biden saying that the pope was "the embodiment of the Catholic social doctrine I was raised with." Jeffrey hates Pope Francis for not being right-wing enough.
Two days later, Chapman found a bishop who thought Biden "should not receive Holy Communion" because of "his long history of supporting 'grave moral evils,' such as abortion."
CNS published a Jan. 5 column by Catholic activist CJ Doyle blaiming Biden for being personally responsible for millions of abortions because he voted against the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork, who would have been an activist on the court to overturn Roe v. Wade (ironically demonstrating that Bork was unfit to be on the court).
On Jan. 14, Chapman found a bishop who proclaimed that Biden "ran on a platform avidly supporting this gruesome capital punishment for innocent pre-born babies."
In a Jan. 18 article, CNS found another bishop who thinks that any Catholic priest who gives Holy Communion to Biden "without clearly teaching the gravity of his facilitating the evil of abortion (and his approval of same-sex relationships), they do a serious disservice to their brother bishops and their people."
The same day, Chapman located yet another priest to claim Biden should be denied communion because he "has not repented of his avowed pro-abortion policies," and "has not sought God's forgiveness for them." Of course, the priest cannot possibly know that because the sacrement of confession is veiled in secrecy.
CNS gave a Jan. 26 column to anti-abortion activist Hugh Brown, who ranted that "There is no such thing as a liberal Catholic" and that anyone who thinks so, like Biden, "are the anti-Church spoken of by St. John Paul II."
On Jan. 28, dishonest Catholic Bill Donohue was given space to huff that "Biden has a real problem with the most basic moral teachings of his professed religion" and that "Biden's choice of Thursday [when Catholic bishops were holding a Vigil for Life] to announce his pro-abortion executive orders makes him look like a rogue Catholic."
Chapman penned a Feb. 1 article highlighting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) condemned Biden's action rescinding the Mexico City policy, which had blocked U.S. support to foreign organizaitons that mentioned abortion as a choice for women, which was effectively a gag rule -- as furthering the "destruction of human lives in developing nations."
Chapman wrote in a Feb. 3 article: "African Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, one of Nigeria's most powerful leaders, said that Democratic President Joe Biden's executive orders to promote abortion widely in the United States and abroad are contrary 'to reason' and they violate 'human dignity."' Chapman also proudly touted that Kaigama once explained "why it is morally right to imprison people who contract 'gay marriage.'"
None of these articles gave anyone a chance to counter the anti-Biden slant CNS is promoting, even though CNS' mission statement declares that it "endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story."
Odds And Ends: MRC Can't Stop Deflecting Over Capitol Riot Topic: Media Research Center
There are a few odds and ends we skipped over regarding the Media Research Center's defensiveness over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Let's go over them, shall we?
In a Jan. 8 post, Alex Christy complained that CNN wasn't giving enough credit to Trump administration officials who resigned over the riot:
For years, CNN has exploited former Trump officials as they dumped on the old boss, from Anthony Scaramucci to Omarosa. But CNN thinks anyone resigning the wake of the Capitol Hill riot has no principles at all, and are just trying to "cleanse their reputation" It's too late to help CNN.
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, Anderson Cooper noted among those resigning was deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger and chief of staff to the first lady Stephanie Grisham Regarding Grisham, Cooper took one last parting shot at the woman whose tenure began by getting involved in "an all out brawl" with North Korean security on behalf of the press, "Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's chief of staff who used to be the spokesperson of the White House and was one of the top liars while she held that position."
After tarring of anyone who worked in the White House for the last four years as a lying hack, Cooper and [John] Harwood couldn't give any credit to anyone resigning after the riots.
On Jan. 11, Nicholas Fondacaro continued the MRC's defense of Melania Trump, this time over the statement she issued afterwards. When ABC News pointed out that she turned attention to herself by grousing about "salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me,'" Fondacaro huffed that "An important part of the statement that ABC and Bruce intentionally omitted from their reporting, was how the First Lady said she’ll carry with her the stories of those who had died at the Capitol."
Scott Whitlock ramped up the victimhood in a Jan. 13 post grumbling about late-night hosts were unfairly blaming all conservatives for a conservative-instigated riot:
The far-left Democratic activists posing as late night hosts on Monday night used last week’s violent assault on democracy as an excuse to smear all conservatives and Republicans as "sociopathic" and to mock Mike Pence, who was nearly murdered by the band of demagogic thugs.
They also dismissed any free speech concerns conservatives with Twitter and Amazon as nothing more than a bunch of “racists” on Twitter.
Christy returned to huff: "Americans of all races and political persuasions want those who rioted at the Capitol on Wednesday to be brought to justice, so it was disheartening, but not necessarily surprising when former Republican senator from Maine and Clinton Secretary of Defense William Cohen poured gasoline on the fire on Monday's Andrea Mitchell Reports by spreading the blame to 'white people' and their 'white rage.'"
Vice’s latest anti-life piece is proof that last week’s Capitol riot is a one-smear-fits-all bad PR event being used by the left to condemn all of its political enemies.
This time the hipster, soyboy lefty outlet is associating the entire anti-abortion movement with with the few identifiable anti-abortion activists who stormed the Capitol building on January 6. They want to convince readers that pro-lifers are in league with a “white supremacist” insurrection.
But again, we had to hear from the left all Summer, that violent BLM/Antifa protesters did not represent the millions of peaceful protesters who stood for racial justice.
After agreeing with that "hipster, soyboy lefty outlet" on the fact that one of the rioters had previously firebombed an abortion clinic, Hays wailed: "So because criminals who happen to be pro-life were at the rally, that means the whole pro-life movement is a collection of similar dregs of society? That’s stupid. The left sure loves its guilt by association game, BUT only when dealing with conservatives. Otherwise, according to them you should never judge a group by its worst actors."
Newsmax Columnist Promotes Conspiracy Theory About Coronavirus Death Counts Topic: Newsmax
Newsmax seemed to understand that Mark Schulte's Jan. 12 column was a bit of bogus conspiracy-mongering -- that's why it starts with the disclaimer that "The author is a non-clinician." Indeed, Schulte's bio describes him as "a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science."
Schulte's column is all about coronavirus death counts. After highlighting that 4,000 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Jan. 8 and noting that the average death count was much lower in the first four days of January than the next four days, he immediately went into conspiracy mode:
Therefore, the average daily increase in deaths, between Jan. 5 and 8, is 3,812, compared to an average of 1,999 between Jan 1 and 4.
This extraordinarily suspicious 91% average increase could have resulted from the departments of health, in Democratic-controlled cities and states, unscrupulously underreporting their death tolls in the first four days of 2021, and then overreporting their totals in the second four days.
Indeed, my first Newsmax article about the COVID epidemic, on April 16, 2020, extensively documented that the departments of health of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Andrew Cuomo, were repeatedly “fudging” their overlapping deaths totals.
Or, you know, it's because the first four days of January took place over a holiday weekend, when reporting might be less than complete because people who were normally reporting numbers were off work.
As you might have surmised, Schulte's goal here is to push the right-wing conspiracy theory that COVID deaths have been artificially inflated:
Finally, that 4,000 Americans were killed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, on two consecutive days last week, is just the latest “Fake COVID Epidemiology,” disseminated by completely untrustworthy Democratic politicians, including, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and the governors and mayors of other dysfunctional Deep Blue states and cities.
No wonder Newsmax slapped a disclaimer on Schulte's column.
Schulte likes to play games with numbers, particularly on coronavirus. Here are a few more columns on the subject:
In his Jan. 28 column, Schulte complained that President Biden noted that coronavirus death toll reached the number of Americans killed in World War II, howling that was a "heinous" comparison because those dead from coronavirus were a smaller proportion of Americans than during World War II and are mostly elderly with a much lower "productive years of life lost" than the mostly young men killed during the way.
Schuilte has also forwardednumerousconspiracytheories about purported irregularities in the presidential election. In a Jan. 5 column, he complained that Joe Biden allegedly benefited from too much "anomalous turnout" during the election, adding, "Finally, if Democrats and their legion of cohorts in the 'Fake Liberal Media' are convinced that Biden won the election fairly, why are they so fanatically obstructing honest examinations of the legality of votes in four to six states?"
That's the caliber of columnist Newsmax has these days.
WND Plays Victim, Complains YouTube Demonitized Its Channel Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian quickly went conspiratorial in a Feb. 1 email to readers:
Big Tech is attacking WND again. Here’s their latest attempt to put one of the Internet’s oldest and most storied news organizations out of business:
Last Friday, outraged by the libeling and cancelling of prominent Trump supporter Mike Lindell and his company, My Pillow, WND’s Elizabeth Farah posted a short video in support of Mike. That video resulted in the demonetization of the entire WND YouTube account.
Although Lindell has now been permanently banned by Twitter, Farah focused her video on a libelous story appearing in the Daily Mail, which stated as fact (citing unnamed "friends") that Lindell had a torrid months-long affair with actress Jane Krakowski. Only problem was, both Lindell and Krakowski utterly deny the affair – or even knowing each other – and Lindell has already filed a defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail.
What was WND’s crime? The usual: Telling the truth – and defending a staunch Trump supporter like “the My Pillow guy.”
Well, we watched that video -- a 13-minute "Farah on Fire" piece that was posted Jan. 22 -- and it is likely that Farah's defense of Lindell over the Krakowski rumors were not the issue (Lindell has since sued the Daily Mail over the story). We do, however, think it's entertaining that Farah and Kupelian are getting all worked up about this -- at one point, Farah declared her opposition to "libeling innocent individuals" -- considering that WND arguably spent eight years libeling Barack Obama by promoting false claims that he wasn't eligible to serve as president and actually did libel a Tennessee car dealer by claiming he was involved in drug dealing (that lawsuit got settled out of court for an undisclosed sum before it went to trial). And it's certainly not because Farah's video was wildly popular -- at this writing, it had only 342 views.
Nope, the problematic part starts when Farah likens Lindell to the Founding Fathers for putting his livelihood on the line to spout election fraud conspiracy theories, then played a segment of an interview Lindell did on Steve Bannon's podcast. A couple weeks earlier, YouTube had banned Bannon's channel because it had promoted false claims about election fraud.
WND could simply edit the Bannon segment out of Farah's video and probably get re-monetized. But Kupelian won't tell you that -- he's much happier playing the victim. And Kupelian was on a roll and in full conspiracy mode:
Let’s take two steps back and look at the big picture: As we have been urgently warning about for over four years, the lords of the Internet – Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others – are finally making their big move for all-out, undisguised, totalitarian control of what you are allowed to read, watch, hear – and therefore think.
For Twitter to permanently ban the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump – who just last month a Gallup survey of Americans revealed to be the “most admired man in the world” and who had been nominated for multiple Nobel Peace Prizes – makes it pretty clear that Big Tech’s mask is off. Completely off.
No more congressional hearings where Big Tech oligarchs make excuses or blame “glitches” or mid-level employees for banning prominent conservatives, Christians and pro-lifers. Those days are over. Ever since the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol building – which the Left has equated with both 9-11 and Pearl Harbor – social media giants have abandoned their former pretense and are now wildly purging conservatives from the internet, as though we didn’t exist.
And then – no sooner did prominent conservatives announce they were quitting Twitter in favor of free-speech social media alternative Parler, than the Tech Giants ganged up to kill their competitor in the cradle.
Friends, we are fighters here at WND, and we still intend – as long as God allows us to exist as a news organization – to shout the truth from the rooftops and publish it from sea to shining sea! WND fully intends to continue to sound the alarm and expose the totalitarian left's efforts to completely take over America. That means everything from the Democrats' election-time specialty of voter fraud (and yes, despite what they tell you, the 2020 election was RIGGED), to the leftwing indoctrination of young voters at America's progressive brainwashing centers called colleges, to the Democratic Party's passionate love affair with abortion, to exposing all the outrageous lies of the corrupt "mainstream news media."
Needless to say, Kupelian concluded his email with a request for money for the nonprofit WND News Center.
MRC Defends MyPillow Guy, Censors His Election Fraud Lies Topic: Media Research Center
We'vedocumentedhow the Media Research Center kept a running tally of how many times Presient Trump has been "censored" on Twitter (never mind that slapping a label on his tweets pointing out that he's lying or reducing distribution of his lies does not constitute "censorship"), while also complaining that Joe Biden never suffered the same treatment (forgetting to explain that's beause he never violated Twitter's terms of service the way Trump has).
The last MRC article pushing that narrative was Jan. 4, when Corinne Weaver grumbled: "Twitter never took a holiday break when it came to labeling President Donald Trump’s tweets and the tweets of his campaign, @TeamTrump. In the past seven days, 42 labels have been slapped on tweets referencing elections, Georgia and any mention of fraud. Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden’s account and his campaign’s account have been left untouched by Twitter. President Trump and his campaign have been censored a grand total of 625 times since May 31, 2018."
Weaver huffed that MyPillow guy Mike Lindell's tweet that "@realDonaldTrump will be our President for the next 4 years!!!” got a label put on it (which, again, is not "censorship" no matter how much Weaver thinks it is): "For this particular message to be censored implies that Twitter has a double standard. Myriads of celebrities and figures have tweeted that Trump was not their president,."
That narrative stopped, of course, because Twitter banned Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Also of course, the MRC attacked Twitter for that by hurling bogus narratives. And when Lindell got banned by Twitter last week, Kayla Sargent was on hand to recite the victim narrative:
Perhaps Twitter was losing sleep over the fact that it’s been a whole three days since it censored a prominent conservative.
Twitter banned MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, making him only the latest conservative censored on the platform this month alone.
“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told MRC TechWatch. However, Twitter did not respond to an inquiry about which specific tweets led to Lindell’s ban. Lindell has been an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, a fact that many media outlets despise.
Sargent is lying when she claims that Twitter banned Lindell because "it’s been a whole three days since it censored a prominent conservative," and that "many media outlets despise" Lindell because he's "been an avid supporter" of Trump. Lindell was originally banned because he continued to spread the Big Lie that the election was stolen from Trump -- which Sargent played dumb about by not mentioning that relevant fact, or that Dominion Voting Systems has threatened to sue Lindell for promoting falsehoods about the voting-tech company. He's despised not for mere support of Trump; it's because he's been pushing lies. Indeed, Lindell has gone so far over the edge that an interviewer for conservative channel Newsmax TV literally walked off the set rather than put up with his ranting conspiracies any longer.
Sargent has demonstrated once again that at the MRC, the narrative is more important than the truth.
Even After The Capitol Riot, WND's Tomczak Still Supports Trump Topic: WorldNetDaily
In his Jan. 6 WorldNetDaily column -- written immediately after the Capitol riot -- Larry Tomczak was eager to spin the events of the day:
We are witnessing history.
The events of the past 24 hours will reverberate throughout the corridors of time. Their significance cannot be overstated. Because I lived 24 years in the D.C. area and 11 in Atlanta, Georgia, they have deep meaning for me personally.
First, what was described as the most consequential non-presidential election in our nation's history, two leftist-leaning Democrats won U.S. Senate seats, enabling the Democratic Party to seize control of our nation's governance. Their radical socialist agenda will now be implemented with blazing speed, catching scores of naïve citizens off guard wondering how this all could have happened in the "land of the free and the brave." It is indeed a dark day in the United States of America.
Second, under the banner of "Save America March," hundreds of thousands of patriots representing over 74 million voters for Donald Trump listened attentively as our president methodically laid out a comprehensive case exposing massive fraud and corruption in the recent election and passionately appealed for the preservation of our Constitution and honest elections in our republic.
"We will never concede. We will not take it anymore!" Mr. Trump declared as he and countless millions believe we are experiencing the greatest scandal in America's history.
Tomczak also happened to be at the rally that preceded the riot, where he and a partner "conducted nearly 40 on-the-spot interviews with people who came from across America to say by their presence something is seriously wrong and it must be addressed." He offered "three quick takeaways" on the riot, the first of which was to blame Antifa:
The gathered multitudes were a far cry from the boisterous, violent and destructive protests of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and far-left extremists.
There were some fringe elements and, we suspect, "planted" agitators whose mission was to gain media attention and discredit the law-abiding citizens in attendance. Watch how the corrupt, sympathetic and Trump-hating media (that characterized crazed looters and criminals as "peaceful protesters") will highlight incidents to continue demonizing our president and his "deplorable" supporters.
The mayor of D.C. is a leftist Trump-hater who might not mind disruptive chaos on the Capitol grounds where she has responsibility with Capitol Police to ensure adequate security and protection when there are large-scale events like this. Radical communist and socialist agitators are paid handsomely to infiltrate such gatherings to incite riots and demonize law-abiding citizens.
As we've noted, there is no evidence that Antifa played any role in instigating the riot.
In his Jan. 19 column, Tomczak was endeavoring to distance the rioters from those who attended the rally (which admitting that he actually didn't), and continuing to embrace election fraud conspiracy theories:
Recently, over 100,000 people, representing 74 million who voted to reelect President Trump, assembled legitimately and peacefully in Washington, D.C. I covered the event with a veteran news analyst who was on site while I worked from home.
Exercising First Amendment rights and appealing for further scrutiny of what countless millions believe was criminal activity (not "shenanigans") in the presidential election, masses (including myself listening from home) heard the president make a credible case and then encourage supporters to "remain peaceful"... to "walk down to the Capitol" and "cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women."
Amidst unbelievably lax security, a few hundred angry activists seized the D.C. moment Jan. 6 for political theater and venting hostilities. The riotous behavior was in stark contrast to years of Trump rallies. Who were the instigators? Why were authorities totally unprepared? Prior to the event, why were offers for increased security declined?
The Democrats and sympathetic media had a field day blaring giant size headlines like "Trump Supporters Storm the Capitol." Biden labeled them "domestic terrorists" as Democratic leaders (noticeably muted during months of mayhem, destruction, injuries to police officers and people plus the killing of a policeman) quickly launched another impeachment initiative stating that President Trump "incited an insurrection"!
This is an unfair fabrication not based in fact but political prejudice. And while the president could've been quicker to repudiate the violence like we all have, it's obvious the Democratic leaders want to humiliate the president and continue their four-year obsession to remove him from office.
Tomczak went Godwin, claiming that removing President Trump and other right-wing activists from social media for instigating violence and spreading lies "should remind us of Nazi Germany forcing Jews to wear Star of David patches during the Holocaust."
He then showed how much of a Trump dead-ender he is, gushing that Trump "used his business acumen to turn around our economy and unashamedly called out other nations taking advantage of us," among other achievements. He then begged his fellow right-wingers not to abandon Trump "in his hour of need":
The grass-roots MAGA movement is real and remains strong, and Mr. Trump is a major spokesman. The radical leftist, Marxist, socialist activists know we in the church and culture must be silenced and rendered ineffective to advance their progressive agenda. We collectively are "salt" that must not lose our saltiness to prevent decay or we'll be "good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be trampled underfoot by men" as Jesus warned (Matthew 5:13).
Here's the deal: I've shared from my heart and over 50 years in ministry what I believe to be an overview of what's really happening in America and it requires a courageous response.
Now is not the time to distance ourselves from our president, Donald Trump, for he has withstood horrendous opposition and with all his flaws remained rock solid in upholding the values that made America great, "for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith." I beseech you to pray for him and not abandon him in his hour of need.