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Thursday, April 22, 2021
NEW ARTICLE: Mainstreaming Extremism At CNS
Topic: promoted Marjorie Taylor Greene even before she became a Republican congressional candidate and then a House member -- but it hid her extreme far-right views from readers until they finally became politically inconvenient. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 4:19 AM EDT
MRC Censors The Lies That Got Va. Lawmaker's Facebook Page Removed
Topic: Media Research Center

Embracing right-wing extremists to own the libs is a tradition with the Media Research Center's "Free Speech America" operation. That happened again in a March 23 post by Alexander Hall:

Facebook has obliterated GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase’s state Senate page as a critical Virginia election approaches.

“Facebook appears to have permanently removed State Sen. Amanda Chase’s official state Senate page, according to email communications provided by the campaign,” Virginia Business reported March 22. “After multiple unsuccessful attempts by her campaign to get her public page reinstated as recently as last week, Chase, R-Chesterfield, said Sunday that she is considering a national class action lawsuit against the social media giant on behalf of herself and others whose pages were restricted because of content related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.”

Chase reportedly condemned Facebook for “[adopting] un-American policies” and speculated: “This is all a target on conservative Republicans. This has lit a fire under me. I will put Facebook out of business.” Censoring Chase’s official campaign page was no small case of deplatforming.  Chase stated that she had “144,000 followers on the public page, where she frequently posted live videos and photos from events,” according to Virginia Business.


Facebook responded to inquiry from the MRC by explaining "We’ve removed Senator Chase’s Page for repeatedly violating our Community Standards and placed her profile in a feature block meaning she will lose the ability to post on Facebook during this time.” How long this punishment is expected to last remains unclear. 

but Hall censored the fact that in that Virginia Business article, it's noted that a Facebook officlal "explained in an email to Chase’s campaign that Facebook restricts and disables pages that are tied to violent groups, including U.S.-based militias and QAnon followers, and limits other content that includes 'praise and support of the storming of the U.S. Capitol, calls to bring weapons to locations across the U.S. — not just in Washington but anywhere in the U.S. — including protests, incitement or encouragement of the events at the Capitol, including videos and photos from the protestors.'"

Meanwhile, an actual news outlet reported that in December, Chase declared that Donald Trump should hang on to power by declaring martial law, and that her original suspension was driven in part because she "praised rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as 'patriots' while also suggesting that left-wing 'antifa or BLM agents of destruction' were really to blame." As the MRC surely knows, Antifa and Black Lives Matter played no role in the riot, meaning that Chase was lying.

Is this the kind of extremist activist the MRC really wants as governor of Virginia? Apparently so. Of course, it's not "meddling" to remove false and inflammatory content -- it's a private company enforcing its terms of service, which is something the MRC doesn't believe private companies have a right to do.

Hall also repeated the lie that Trump was removed from social media for calling for peace after the Jan. 6 riot (that he instigated), stating that "Multiple Big Tech platforms cracked down on Trump’s account following the former president’s call for peace amid political unrest in D.C., which saw rioters storm the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6."

UPDATE: Chase wasn't done being offensive, later declaring that ex-police officer Derek Chauvin's guilty conviction in the death of George Floyd "makes me sick."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:55 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:02 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
MRC Writer: It's Not Cancel Culture When Christians Do It

Some among the cancel culture crowd have accused Christian families of having been the perfectors of cancel culture. But is that an accurate characterization?

Cancel culture has come to entail retailers, providers, employers, media and others refusing to carry products, not permit services, fire employees and/or censor content, among other things. In fact, cancel culture has even come after some of the very things that Christian families have sought to protect their children from.


But in truth, there is a significant difference between those in the cancel culture crowd and institutions like the Christian family determining not to partake in certain things.

The latter is like going to a store to buy an apple and deciding you don't want to buy a certain kind of apple because you don't think it tastes as good, you don't prefer the way it was picked, how or where the apple company spends its money, etc. (Such preference provides choices and competitive options for individuals.) The former, however, is like going to a store to buy an apple and the store telling you, “We refuse to carry that apple anymore because we found out you liked it,” or we cancelled it “because we disagreed with it.” (Cancel culture limits choices and competitive options for individuals.)

In hypothetical one in the previous paragraph, where the individual gets to determine what apple he or she wishes to buy, the consumer has more options and can choose not to purchase apples for any number of reasons, but ultimately has the freedom to choose. In hypothetical two, where the store cancels a type of apple or all apples, the consumer’s choices are instead limited by the provider. The individual no longer has the freedom to choose and is instead compelled to conform to buying from the limited options available, or go without entirely.

So the choice is clear, America: you can take a stand and continue the fight of our Founding Fathers, or you can take the easy route and bow to the cancel culture crowd. One is the opportunity to live in a nation where you have the ability to choose and live in freedom. The other is a downward spiral toward ultimate tyranny.

-- "Michael B. Morris, Esq.," MRC Free Speech & MRC Business Associate Editor (and onetime commentary editor), March 23 CNS commentary

Posted by Terry K. at 6:17 PM EDT
Newsmax Columnist: Mexican Immigrants Will Turn U.S. Into Mexico
Topic: Newsmax

Indeed in my recent "De-Americanizing America," I wrote that for well over the last half-century, the United States has arguably been the most remarkable — and certainly the most powerful and prosperous — country globally — a magnet for immigrants around the world, wishing to partake in the material plenty and political and intellectual liberty it can provide.


However, immigrants can only contribute beneficially to American society if they absorb and internalize its values and they themselves become absorbed and integrated into the overarching socio-cultural fabric of the host nation — otherwise they will, almost inevitably, become an onerous and disruptive element.

But when immigrants arrive in unrestricted, unregulated masses, such integration and absorption are liable to be very difficult, indeed, virtually impossible.

Thus, the social values and mores to which they are liable to be exposed and in which they remain immersed, are those of their country of origin, which they left, rather than those of the country of destination, in which they reside.

As the presence of such immigrant inflows increase, the environment in which they live will inevitably begin to resemble that which they left.

Thus, for example, instead of a Mexican immigrant becoming Americanized, more and more of America will be transformed into Mexico.

Accordingly, the inevitable outcome of the sustained application of the emerging mode of governance adopted by the Biden administration will be to transform America into an unrecognizable remnant of its former self, increasingly reminiscent of realities in South and Central America.

This will induce accelerating emigration, with increasing portions of the more mobile and successful population fleeing higher taxes, socio-cultural alienation, and economic decline.

Increasingly unable to compete in international markets, the U.S. will fall into steep decline, reeling ever closer to the status of a third-world nation — with a decaying nuclear arsenal — unable to keep up with more virile rivals.

Soon it will begin to resemble the lands the immigrants left behind far more than the land to which they flocked — and with that, jeopardizing the very Union which, for over two centuries, held it together so successfully.

-- Martin Sherman, March 20 Newsmax column

Posted by Terry K. at 2:07 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:12 PM EDT
Dubious WND/AAPS Doc Goes On A Rant Against Fauci
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The last time we checked in on WorldNetDaily columnist and fringe-right Association of American Physicians and Surgeons member Marilyn Singleton, she was lying about being "censored" for talking about dubious treatments for coronavirus. In her March 29 column, she lashes out at the "federal medical bureaucracy" for its response to the pandemic, claiming that it "has resulted in a wasteland of lost economic and educational opportunities, psychologically damaged children, terminally lonely nursing home residents and lives lost to suicide, illicit drug overdoses and missed diagnoses." Actually, suicide rates in the U.S. declined over the past year.

Singleton then asserted: "So why were children barred from attending school? To protect Grandma. Even if children were found to be transmitters of disease – they haven't been – a sensible alternative to depriving all students of a proper education and social life would have been to ask children whether elders lived in their homes. If so, that group could have been provided with educational accommodations. But the way of bureaucracy is all or none with no room for individual considerations." Actually, children are much more likely than older adults to infect other family members.

Singleton went on to play into the longtime right-wing obsession with attacking Anthony Fauci -- and, of course, invoked her favorite dubious coronavirus treatments in the process:

With the media's help, the public health gurus waged a campaign of fear to keep us in line while we waited for Dr. Fauci's solution: vaccines. One of the medical bureaucracy's biggest (intentional) missteps was the failure to support early treatment of COVID. They told us to stay home until we couldn't breathe. Of course, at that point the virus has overwhelmed the body. The scientific elite maligned study after study and thousands of clinical successes with early treatment with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin in favor of unproven high-priced drugs. Despite the CDC and FDA previously acknowledging the 60-year safety record of hydroxychloroquine, it miraculously became harmful in 2020.

It is as if the medical bureaucrats are making up the ever-changing rules as they go along. They claimed they were "following the science." Why haven't we heard from these politically driven experts as hundreds of illegal migrants are released into the United States without COVID tests while U.S. citizens are being fined for not wearing useless masks?

Shameless non-clinician bureaucrats have stolen our lives, stolen the smiles from children's faces and bullied a segment of the population into paralyzing fear. Those hiding behind masks (including our precious children) no longer see people as people, but as 170-pound nests of germs and certain death.

Dr. Fauci remains the highest paid federal government employee, and Dr. Birx has moved on to her private air purifier consulting job. Meanwhile, we are left in the wasteland with their legacy: boarded up shops, needless lost lives, and the death of common sense, scientific discourse and medical freedom that we may never regain. And why?

Well, in no small part because of right-wing, AAPS-affiliated agitators like Singleton who have no problem politicizing a pandemic to push a political agenda that casdts doubt on legitimate medicine. Not that she'll ever admit that, of course.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
WND vs. Education
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Rewriting history is a popular pastime among leftists – often right in front of our eyes. (Witness what's happening with the Capitol riots less than two months ago.) History becomes nothing more than a political tool.

This is why history is so important.

In fact, the left knows precisely how important the teaching of accurate history is. That's why they're not permitting it in public schools and universities. The current lies taught in American public schools – the joys of socialism, the absolute refusal to acknowledge its legacy of horrors and economic tragedy – means generations of schoolchildren are being taught propaganda purely for political gain. Y'know, just like what happened in Soviet Russia. Oh wait, that's not taught in school either.

-- Patrice Lewis, Feb. 26 WorldNetDaily column

I have been telling parents for decades that sending a child to almost any college is playing Russian roulette with his or her values.

But it is a different version of Russian roulette. In the traditional version, only one of the gun's six chambers contains a bullet. In the college version of Russian roulette, five of the six chambers contain a bullet. If your child attends almost any university in America (or Canada or anywhere else in the English-speaking world), the odds are that your child's decency, intellectual acuity, faculty of reason, character and moral compass will be damaged, perhaps permanently.

The worse news is that sending your child to almost any elementary school or high school – public or private – is fast becoming equally toxic. More and more schools are being taken over by left-wing ideologues and by nonideologues who lack the courage to confront the ideologues.


Why would you send your young child to a school that sponsors a "Drag Queen Story Hour" or that dwells on "nonbinary" gender identity? Do you think such things do not damage your child's innocence? Do you want your child to be challenged about his or her sexual identity?

Why would you send your child to any school that teaches The New York Times' "1619 Project"? This project holds that America was not founded in 1776 but in 1619, with the arrival of the first black slaves in North America, and that the Revolutionary War was fought not to gain independence from Britain but to preserve slavery. Virtually every leading historian specializing in American history – most of whom are liberals and Democrats, and some of whom were anti-Trump activists – have labeled "The 1619 Project" a lie.

-- Dennis Prager, March 8 WND column

Putting aside the ethics of turning math into a racist subject, a practical question remains: Why aren't children being taught math? How will they function as adults if they're unable to add two and two? How will they balance their checkbooks, handle a bank loan, calculate a tip, or make change at a store? Why are children deliberately being kept stupid?

Schools are banishing lessons about World War I and II, the Holocaust, the Civil War and other historical milestones. New priorities include LGBTA+ "awareness" and "systemic racism." Educators are deliberately cultivating the stupidest generation in the history of America. What other explanation is there when children are not permitted to know the sum of two and two?

Why does public education exist at all if its only goal is to keep children ignorant? That is not a rhetorical question; I honestly want to know. What is the purpose of school if no one will be taught that 2+2=4? Or worse, that the correct answer to 2+2 is racist? The answer is obvious: school is to indoctrinate, not teach.


The only thing modern college degrees are good for is getting jobs as Diversity Nazis at a variety of woke companies, creating yet more wokeness. And if no such job comes available, that's OK. BLM and Antifa are always hiring. There are cities to trash! Businesses to burn! Law enforcement officers to torment! And so the downward spiral continues.

-- Patrice Lewis, March 12 WND column

Most disturbing of all, however, is what is occurring in America’s schools. The next generation is literally at stake. Picking up the Marxist “virus” from the nation’s colleges and universities, today’s government schools – from pre-school through high school – are infecting millions of children with hatred and guilt toward their own country. This is happening right now.

In “1984,” the “Party” controls everything in the mythical state of Oceania – from its politics to its culture to its economy. But what the ruling oligarchy most craves, which enables it to exercise full totalitarian control of its citizens, is shaping and taking control of the people’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, attitudes, beliefs, guilts, comforts, and particularly their sense of moral self-worth. This is precisely what today’s “woke” “progressive” “left” (all Marxist code words) is engaged in doing in every corner of society – but nowhere more consequentially than in education.

Remember Abraham Lincoln’s chilling observation: “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

-- David Kupelian, March 21 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 11:28 PM EDT
MRC Repeatedly Lies That Trump Was Banned From Social Media Because He Called For Peace
Topic: Media Research Center

We noted that a post last month at the Media Research Center's Free Speech America project that Alexander Hall falsely claimed "Big Tech platforms cracked down on [Donald] Trump’s account following then-president Trump's call for peace amid political unrest in D.C." -- the lie being the implication that Trump's call for peace was the reason for the crackdown and not, you know, the previous months in which he spread the lie that he won the election and encouraged that "political unrest." But that's far from the only time the MRC has done this.

Hall first forwarded this victimization lie on Jan. 6, in a post headlined "Twitter Suspends Trump As He Calls for 'Peace'" in which he declared that "Trump’s call for order was restricted by Twitter, as chaos erupted in the nation’s capital" -- and Hall was also silent then on the fact that Trump instigated the chaos he was now trying to defuse. Hall and others have spread this same dishonest lie linking the call for "peace" with suspensions in other MRC posts as well -- not just immediately after the Capitol riot but weeks afterward:

  • Other tech platforms including Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and even Shopify have followed suit in blaming the sitting president for the actions of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, even as he made a call for “peace.” -- Hall, Jan. 8
  • Twitter patted itself on the back after suspending Trump for 12 hours for posting a video in which he called for “peace” amid the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. -- Kayla Sargent, Jan. 8
  • Twitter began a censorship apocalypse in recent days after it purged Trump. Multiple Big Tech platforms even cracked down on Trump’s call for peace amid the D.C. chaos, which saw rioters storm the U.S. Capitol building. -- Hall, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13
  • Before he was banned, Twitter targeted Trump with more than a year of unprecedented restriction of his tweets, including a 12-hour suspension for posting a video in which he called for “peace” amid the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. -- Alexa Moutevelis, Jan. 14
  • Trump’s urgent warning that free speech must be protected at all costs is especially salient after he was censored by Big Tech companies. Multiple Big Tech platforms even cracked down on Trump’s call for peace amid political unrest in D.C., which saw rioters storm the U.S. Capitol building. -- Hall, Jan. 20
  • Facebook had suspended then-President Trump indefinitely, even as he called for peace amidst the U.S. Capitol riots. -- Hall, Jan. 21
  • Multiple Big Tech platforms cracked down on Trump’s account following hte former president's call for peace amid political unrest in D.C., which saw rioters storm the U.S. Capitol building.  -- Hall, March 23 and March 24
  • At least 17 Big Tech platforms cracked down on the former president’s accounts following his call for peace amid political unrest when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. -- Hall, March 31
  • Facebook banned the former President after he called for peace following the Capitol riot on January 6. -- Casey Ryan, April 13
  • YouTube was one of at least 10 Big Tech platforms that cracked down on the former president’s accounts following his call for peace amid political unrest when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. -- Hall, April 19

Spreading such lies does not help boost the MRC's credibility.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:27 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:37 PM EDT
Newsmax Columnist Goes Godwin on Masks
Topic: Newsmax

It's time for America to remove its chains and realize that there's nothing ''normal'' about the so-called ''new normal'' of extreme lockdowns and mask mandates — especially now that three variants of the Trump vaccine are being distributed at record rates.


It's now apparent that it's less about safety than it is control.

American psychologist G.M. Gilbert interviewed Hermann Göering, the highest-ranked Nazi official tried at Nuremberg. Goering reportedly told Gilbert that the masses can always be controlled with the right messaging.

''The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders,'' Goering supposedly said, according to Gilbert's ''Nuremberg Diary.''

''That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same way in any country.''

In the same manner, Americans are told that it's necessary and even ''patriotic'' to sit in your car alone while wearing a mask, avoiding human contact, closing businesses until they go bankrupt, and shuttering schools.

In the early stages of the pandemic, all these precautions appeared necessary, because we were dealing with the unknown. Now that we have a better understanding, it's time to make America free again.

-- Michael Dorstewitz, March 24 Newsmax column


Posted by Terry K. at 2:16 PM EDT
A Tale of Two Shootings, As Reported By CNS

The first reaction had to the March 16 shootings at Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed eight people -- six of them of Asian descent -- was to try and shoot down the narrative that the shooter was targeting Asians.

The first article came early on March 17 from Patrick Goodenough, who declared it was too soon to declare what the motivation was, though he did concede most of the victims were Asian:

Reports of deadly shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday sparked snap judgments on social media, with some posters not waiting for evidence of motive before declaring the killings to be hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.

Some critics sought to lay blame on former President Trump, linking the shooting to Trump’s criticism of China over the coronavirus pandemic.


There was little sign of such caution on Twitter, where although investigators have yet to establish a motive, the assumption was that Asians were deliberately targeted for their ethnicity.

Goodenough also conceded that "Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen through 2020, according to an advocacy group called Stop AAPI Hate," though he waited until the second-to-last paragraph of his article to note that.

Goodenough returned later that day to tout statements relayed by local police that the alleged shooter said he wasn't motiviated by race:

Despite a rush to judgment by some, the man in custody in connection with a deadly shooting at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area told investigators he was motivated not by anti-Asian sentiment but sex addiction, police in Georgia reported on Wednesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Jay Baker told a press briefing that 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long said he viewed the businesses as “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”

The shootings at the three parlors cost the lives of eight people – six of them described by police as Asian women. The remaining two fatalities were a white woman and a white man, while a Hispanic man was injured in one of the three incidents.

CNS has largely ignored the shootings ever since, beyond columns complaining about anti-Asian bias being called out -- which means there's no reference to the fundamentalist Christian sect the alleged shooter belonged to, which may have warped his views about sex and may have led him to treat normal sexual desire as "sex addiction."

The following week, there was another mass shooting, at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., in which 10 people were killed. CNS published several articles related to that shooting -- but focused almost entirely on gun control efforts, with emphasis on shouting down anyone advocating for them:

There were no articles advocating against rushing to judgment on the shooter's motivation.

The Christian religion of the Atlanta shooter finally got mention in an anoymously written March 24 article -- a week after the incident -- when "Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) sent out a tweet on Tuesday drawing attention to what she thinks is the disproportionate attention paid to the religious affiliation of the Boulder, Colo., mass shooter as opposed to the religious affiliation of the Atlanta, Ga., mass shooter. “So ‘he’s Muslim’ is trending, did I miss ‘he’s Christian’ trending for last week’s Atlanta mass murderer?” Omar said in her tweet."

Those diverging focus on coverage in these two shooting stories shows us where CNS' priorities lie.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:54 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:59 AM EDT
Monday, April 19, 2021
MRC Loves Judge's Wacky Anti-Media Rant
Topic: Media Research Center

Whenever someone in government parrots right-wing attacks on the "liberal media," the Media Research Center loves it -- after all, it's been seeding that narrative for three decades. So when a semi-retired judge ranted against libel protections for the media, and it was criticized by actual journalists, Tim Graham was on hand to love it:

Liberal journalists were upset on Friday when Laurence Silberman, a Reagan-appointed judge who's now in senior status (semi-retired) ripped into the partisan and censorious behavior of the liberal media and Big Tech. 

At Politico, Josh Gerstein used the passionate words: "Silberman’s diatribe, contained in his dissent in a libel case, amounted to a withering, frontal assault on the 1964 Supreme Court decision that set the framework for modern defamation law —New York Times v. Sullivan." Later, he added it was a "blistering judicial rant." Let's guess Politico never used words like this for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opinions.

Even worse, Silberman praised Clarence Thomas: “Justice Thomas has already persuasively demonstrated that New York Times was a policy-driven decision masquerading as constitutional law.” Making a libel plaintiff have to prove "actual malice" in abusing the truth is almost insurmountable. You'd have to probe their inner thoughts, or maybe find them now in their social media posts.


“The increased power of the press is so dangerous today because we are very close to one-party control of these institutions,” the judge declared. “Although the bias against the Republican Party—not just controversial individuals—is rather shocking today, this is not new; it is a long-term, secular trend going back at least to the ’70s….One-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy.”

He said "The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets. And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction. The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe). Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along."

Since Silberman adhered so closely to the MRC's talking points, Graham isn't going to tell you the logical holes in his argument -- and another eason Silberman's opinion may not be all that trustworthy. TPM writes:

In his doomsday narrative of left-wing media authoritarianism, Silberman briefly concedes that Fox News, generally the most-watched cable channel in the country, is a “notable exception.” However, he fails to acknowledge that in addition to Fox News, conservative radio spawned the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who saturated the airwaves for decades.

The fact that then-President Donald Trump regularly used Fox News as both a bullhorn and a policy adviser (Fox host Tucker Carlson was one of his top media consultants) for four years also went unmentioned in the judge’s tirade.

Silberman, you may recall, was the judge who got utterly whipped by a Black clerk last year when he tried to argue that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery as he was railing against the growing push to remove tributes to Confederate soldiers from government property.

But for ideologues and true believers like Graham, the truth doesn't matter -- only the narrative does.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:24 PM EDT
CNS Plays Gotcha With Kerry (Briefly) Not Wearing A Mask On A Plane
Topic: likes to play gotcha with Democratic politicians (but never Republican ones). This happened again in a March 18 article by Patrick Goodenough:

President Biden's special climate envoy John Kerry dismissed as “malarkey” a social media kerfuffle sparked by a photo showing him not wearing a mask while on an American Airlines domestic flight on Wednesday.

“Feels like there’s some St. Patrick’s day ‘malarkey’ afoot on Twitter,” Kerry tweeted on Wednesday night. “Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask to one ear on a flight, it was momentary. I wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. It’s what the science tells us to do.”

Goodenough then followed with five paragraphs of criticism of Kerry, plus two more paragraphs consisting of a statement from "the passenger who purportedly took the photo" -- but all he did for the sake of balance is note in passing that "Other Twitter users defended President Biden’s climate czar, suggesting that he may have been about to eat or drink." (Could Goodenough not be bothered to verify that information?) That was follwed with several paragraphs of Goodenough rehashing airline and Biden administration policies on masks.

Goodenough did concede, however, that "Scientists say that masks, correctly warn, capture coronavirus-containing droplets that are emitted when a person speaks, sneezes or coughs, and that wearing one reduces the chances of transmitting and catching COVID-19." But he didn't mention that his employer has been claiming the opposite -- eight days earlier, CNS published a fringe doctor's claim that "healthy people should not be wearing surgical or cloth masks." So there's a mixed message here.

This is not "news" -- it's a political hatchet job. CNS did not treat the Trump administration's disdain of masks with the same derision.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:19 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:24 AM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: The MRC's War on Trump Fact-Checkers
Topic: Media Research Center
Led by Tim Graham, the Media Research Center spent much of the Trump presidency complaining that Trump was being fact-checked, eager to smear fact-checkers as biased and "liberal" for doing so. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 3:13 PM EDT
WND's Brown Back To Hating LGBT People Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

With his feelings about Donald Trump settled at last, WorldNetDaily columnist Michael Brown has been able to get back to what he does best: hating LGBTQ people.

In his Feb. 26 column, Brown complained about a poll showing that one in six Generation Z adults identified as LGBT, trying to put most of the blame on people "being influenced by the society around them, and so they perceive themselves to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender at a much higher rate. This would suggest that LGBT identity is not simply inborn and innate. It can simply be a matter of perception." Brown went on to blame the existence of non-hateful portrayals of LGBT people in the media:

Instead, this spike should be seen as the result of the constant, pro-LGBT bombardment of children, beginning with the school system literally brainwashing children from their earliest days regarding LGBT identity. Put another way, do you really think that kids who were exposed to drag queens when they were toddlers might not be more inclined to wonder if they themselves might want to be drag queens too?


Among those 18-29, the estimate was put at 29.9%, meaning that this age group thought that almost 1 in 3 Americans were gay or lesbian. And where, pray tell, did they get such an idea?

Perhaps the disproportionate representation of (and celebration of) LGBT characters on TV and Hollywood and comic books, not to mention the talking points in children's schools, contributed to this misperception?


When we also recognize the "cool" factor, meaning, that it's often considered trendy and cool today to identify as something beyond (or different than) heterosexual, Gallup's latest poll is not surprising in the least.

All the more, then, do we need to hold fast to solid, biblically based, sexual and family values, also showing greater compassion to those whom the culture has so strongly (and wrongly) influenced.

On March 3, Brown attacked a Christian adoption agency for working with LGBT parents: "Please reconsider your decision to provide services for gay and lesbian couples wanting to adopt. Please ask yourselves again: Is this decision truly honoring to the Lord in whose name you work? Is it truly in the best interest of the children whose lives you seek to better?" He then hufffed: "We all know that there are many, deeply devoted, caring same-sex couples. But that does not mean for a second that placing a child under their care is the best choice for that child, let alone what God would desire."

Brown ranted in his March 19 column:

This week, a Canadian father, Robert Hoogland, was jailed for the crime of referring to his 14-year-old daughter as his daughter. That's right. Because this concerned father referred to his daughter as female, thereby violating a court order, he has been arrested and put behind bars.

You say, "Obviously, there's something missing from this story. Did he abduct her? Is she not really his daughter? What else happened?"

In reality, the story is worse than you can imagine.

Actually, it's not. Hoogland was under court order not to discuss anything about his child's case in public -- not just talking about the child's gender -- and he violated that order. Nevertheless, Brown went on to rant about "infamous, truly detestable drag queen events," gboing on to declare: "I will always grieve over the pain that has been experienced by those who identify as transgender. But I will not collaborate with child abuse. This is madness. This must stop."

For his March 31 column -- with the reality-defying headline "No, trans-identifying kids are not 'under attack'" -- Brown attacked actress Sophia Bush for defending transgender youths, declaring the children are too stupid to know what they feel: "But do kids really know who they are? Is that the reality of human life?"

First, this is now how life works. The children do not inform the parents about what is real and what is not. (And again, I'm not talking about a child experiencing physical pain or sickness.)


The reality is that the kids do not, in fact, get to tell us who they are so we can support them. If that were the case, they would be the parents and we would be under their supervision. They would be the ones driving the cars and we would be in car seats in the back. They would be the ones teaching and we would be doing the homework. They would be the doctors and we would be their patients.

Sadly, when children are allowed to tell their parents who they are, as in, "I'm really a boy, not a girl," and when the parents support these sentiments, this only reinforces the child's gender confusion. As a leading psychologist explained at a lecture I attended, if you start dressing a boy in girl's clothes at a young age, affirming him as female, it will be much harder to free him from those misconceptions when he is older.

So, by trying to help, the parents only make things worse. And shall we ignore the high suicide rates among those who have had sex-change surgery? Do their problems suddenly disappear?

Brown went on to cite "Dr. Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins fame" calling helping transgender teens transition "child abuse," while not mentioning that (as we've noted) McHugh's anti-trans work has been widely discredited.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:19 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2021 8:29 PM EDT
Sunday, April 18, 2021
MRC Sides With Racist 'Bachelor' Contestant, Mocks Host For Backing Off His Defense Of Her
Topic: Media Research Center

Even "The Bachelor" isn't safe from the Media Research Center's right-wing concern-trolling.

In February, Tierin-Rose Mandelburg complained that "Bachelor" contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was "canceled" for a "racism controversy," in which it was revealed that she allegedly bullied girls in high school for liking black men -- though she omitted that Kirkconnell also spread far-right QAnon memes on social media -- but she was really upset that "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison  was criticized for initially coming to Kirkconnell's defense, though he later backpedaled. Mandelburg groused that "the blame and woke police are after Harrison," and that "Harrison knew cancel culture would be after him which is probably why he had such an eloquent apology prepared."

On Feb. 14, Alexa Moutevelis mocked Harrison for his "pathetic" backpedaling and for leaving the show:

There’s more The Bachelor drama off-screen than on this season, much of it centering on host Chris Harrison and racism. Harrison’s already done one apology tour, but it wasn’t enough of a sacrifice to the woke gods, so now he’s “stepping aside” from the show as a sign that he’ll be walking the straight and narrow on the “path to anti-racism” from now on.


The following day, Saturday, Harrison issued his second groveling apology in a week in which he announced on Instagram he “will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

It was such a weak, sniveling apology he actually included the line, “I humble myself before all of you.”

Moutevelis also whitewashed Kirkconnell's offenses, falsely suggesting that the only thing she did was take part in an "antebellum plantation-themed fraternity ball" while in college.

On Feb. 22, Gabriela Pariseau huffed that Harrison was targeted because he "had defended a contestant, Rachel Kirkconnell, against allegations of racism which, according to the Twitter mob, was the wrong thing to do." Pariseau did not offer any guidance on when defending someone's racism is ever the right thing to do. She further attacked "Bachelorette" contestant Tayshia Adams for holding Harrison accountable:

In Adams' eyes, Harrison’s chance to “prove himself” began with his ridiculous apology but does not stop there. He must show that he is ashamed of his behavior. To regain respect and approval, Harrison must be a weak man, take his undeserved beating, and re-educate himself on the intricacies of racism that he does not understand. Once he comes back from ‘rehab for racists’ he can rejoin the vanguard of progressive society and hopefully one day Bachelor Nation. Although, cancel culture is the most unforgiving weapon lately.

Gabriel Hays also downplayed Kirkconnell's racism in a  March 4 post, citing only the "college photo of her at an 'antebellum-themed' party" and that "she had 'liked' an image of people posing with a Confederate flag" -- conveniently omitting the high school racism and QAnon embrace.His main goal, though, was to join in the mocking of Harrison for not embracing his defense of a racist:

The most pathetic and emasculating part of Harrison’s interview came when he assured GMA audiences that he had been undergoing racial sensitivity training. “I sought out leading scholars, teachers, faith leaders, people like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who I am so grateful for, and I've also been working closely with a race educator and strategist. I thank them all,” Harrison stated.

What a tragic sight. The poor Bachelor host went and “deprogrammed” himself in front of millions of people. This is what our woke masters expect us to do if we want to be relevant in this society.

"Bachelor" superfan Curtis Houck had his own take after the show's finale, which began by defending Kirkconnell:

The 25th season of ABC’s The Bachelor came to a dramatic end on Monday with star Matt James selecting Rachael Kirkconnell and, with taping having wrapped months ago, we learned that James had become an insecure, woke leftist and kicked Kirkconnell to the curb after social media posts showed Kirkconnell attended an antebellum-themed plantation party in college.

And when brought face-to-face with Kirkconnell for the first time, James dismissed a sobbing Kirkconnell’s apologies because he doesn’t “wanna be emotionally responsible for those tears.”

Though they weren’t discussed on the show, other “crimes” included Kirkconnell having been born in Georgia and then for having allegedly bullied someone in high school for liking Black men, engaged in “brownfishing,” showed a belief in Q-Anon by posting about human trafficking, and liked pro-Trump social media posts (including posts about Prager U). Before the season even started, Reddit was out for blood.

At no point did Houck (or anyone else at the MRC) disavow Kirkconnell's racist and extremist behavior. Instead, he cheered how "Kirkconnell came off as contrite, insisting in her solo segment that “I don't wanna...sit here and victimize myself” and rejected ["woke FS1 host" Emmanuel] Acho’s invitation to blame her education, family members, or hometown as having contributed to her lack of wokeness." He further whined that Kirkconnell suffered a "woke beatdown" from the titular bachelor for this season -- who, by the way, was the first-ever black bachelor -- then concluded by huffing: "Somewhere, Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi must have been watching this and, upon seeing Kirkconnell’s life destroyed, felt a sense of warmness in their hearts."

In the headline of his post, Houck called this a "dumpster fire." Perhaps the real dumpster fire is at the MRC, where he and his fellow employees won't call out racist behavior and sympathize with the perpetrator.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:32 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2021 9:29 PM EDT
CNS Columnist Hides Full Story Of Mom Trying To Assert Rights Over Estranged Transgender Teen

Mason Beasler of the right-wing American Family Association spent a March 11 column ranting about parental rights, citing this case:

Take, for example, the story of Anmarie Calgaro and her teenage son, who was referred to by the media as E.J.K. 

Although no legal emancipation had taken place, E.J.K. was not living with his parents. In 2015, he acquired a letter from the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Clinic, not the court system, that said he was an emancipated minor. The clinic never spoke to E.J.K.’s mother before taking this action.

However, E.J.K. was not legally emancipated, and his mother had not lost her parental rights.

Regardless, E.J.K. showed that “letter of emancipation” to his school principal, which led to the high school cutting Calgaro off from any participation in her son’s education, without so much as notifying her of her removal.

The 16-year-old was also able to obtain a sex-change procedure, irreversible surgeries and services provided without any parental consent whatsoever.

“This is an unacceptable situation for any parent,” said Erick Kaardal, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, “and a serious violation of parental and due process rights. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Anmarie Calgaro’s child, while a minor, was steered through a life-changing, permanent body-altering process, becoming a pawn in someone else’s sociopolitical agenda and being influenced by those who have no legal or moral right to usurp the role of a parent.”

Keep that last part in mind - “those who have no legal or moral right to usurp the role of a parent.

Shockingly, E.J.K. wanted to change his name to J.D.K., but the court disallowed this name change on the grounds of E.J.K. not being legally emancipated.

Regardless, E.J.K. was still able to receive sex-change services from Park Nicollet Health Services and Fairview Range Hospital in Minneapolis, without his mother’s consent, whose parental rights were still completely intact.

Beasler is rather deliberately hiding the full truth. As we documented when WorldNetDaily pushed this case, the teen faced abuse from the mother after coming out as gay at age 13, moved out of her house at 15 and had been living apart from the mother for several months, was earning her own money, while Calgaro made no apparent attempt to bring her home or contact her. Those who promote this case never seem to explain why such a neglectful mother was suddenly demanding that her alleged rights be respected -- or why the child was listed as a defendant in the case, meaning that the mother is suing her own child for acting on her own, which doesn't seem to be a very loving act.

Beasler is outright lying in claiming that Calgaro's "parental rights were still completely intact"; the teen turned 18 in 2017, meaning the mother no longer has parental rights to exercise, though that didn't stop her and her legal team from the right-wing Thomas More Society from trying to take the case to the Supreme Court in 2019.

This is just part of CNS' anti-transgender bent in the past few months.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:13 AM EDT

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