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Sunday, April 25, 2021
CNS Touts State Efforts To Ban Transgender Athletes
Topic: CNSNews.com

It's been observed that right-wing activists have ramped up their targeting of young transgender athletes because their activism against same-sex marriage has turned into a failure -- indeed, it has become the latest culture-war wedge issue for right-wingers. Because CNSNews.com is a stenographer for these right-wing activists, it has eagerly pushed this anti-trans narrative by touting efforts to push state laws banning transgender athletes.

In February, it published an article by Quinn Weimer touting the Idaho student  who has been made into the appealing face of anti-trans athlete laws, Madison Kenyon, insisting that "Idaho’s ban on transgenders in girls’ sports is positive, and that efforts to allow biological males to compete against biological females are wrong and unfair to women." Weimer went on to declare that "Female athletes continue to worry about the implications of allowing biological males to compete in their sports. Consequences of one male athlete joining could result in a missed scholarship, victory, or athletic opportunity." There was no attempt at balance made by publishing the other side of the story.

That was followed a few days later by CNS' chief LGBT-hater, managing editor Michael W. Chapman, quoting his favorite right-wing evangelical activist: "In reference to President Joe Biden's executive order mandating that transgender women (biological males) be allowed to play on real girls' sports teams at public schools and colleges, Rev. Franklin Graham said 'this is blatant discrimination against women and girls,' and asked where is 'the outcry from feminists and women's rights groups'?" Chapman included deliberately unflatterng photos of transgender athletes.

CNS finally serve up a counterpoint in a Feb. 10 article by Melanie Arter, in which she complained that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that "trans rights are human rights" -- a view that runs counter to CNS' editorial policy.

CNS even highlighted former President Trump playing to the crowd at the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference, where he declared that "Women’s sports as we know it will die" if transgender athletes are allowed to have the same rights as other athletes.

As states -- egged on by right-wing anti-LGBT groups -- started to push for bans on transgender athletes, CNS wrote of the efforts while burying or entirely ignoring arguments from those critical of such bans:

(Note CNS' continuing obsession with labeling transgender athletes as "biological females," so much so that it insists on putting the term in the headline.)

In that last article on Florida, Chapman added: "As CNS News has previously reported, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is 'biologically impossible,' and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder." As we have previously reported, McHugh's views have been widely discredited.

UPDATE: Chapman added a new article on April 26, this one on the Alabama goveror signing the bill "that prohibits transgender 'females' (biological males) from joining real girls' sports teams."


Posted by Terry K. at 4:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 26, 2021 2:38 PM EDT
Saturday, April 24, 2021
MRC Shilling Again For Right-Wing Filmmaker's New Hatchet Job
Topic: Media Research Center

We've documented how the Media Reserarch Center was snugly in bed with right-wing filmmaker Phelim McAleer through the years of fund-raising and production for his film about rogue abortion doctor Kermit  Gosnell -- while steadfastly refusing to disclose what sort of deals McAleer cut with the MRC for all that promotion. Now, it appears the MRC's Gabriel Hays is unmaking the bed to settle in with McAleer on his new hatchet job - er, film project:

If you missed the news story about Joe Biden’s son having a laptop with evidence that he gave access to his then-VP father to foreign countries in exchange for a windfall of cash, it’s not your fault. Big Tech took it off the internet before you noticed. Still an upcoming movie from Gosnell creators gives viewers a second chance to learn about allegations of Biden family corruption.

A press release put out by filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney on March 16 announced their next political film project titled, My Son Hunter: The Family Comes First. It described the project, stating, “Hunter Biden’s wild life and corrupt business dealings are slated to get the Hollywood treatment in the newly announced feature film ‘My Son Hunter.’ The movie will be a biopic of Hunter Biden chronicling his elitist party lifestyle, dodgy business dealings, family drama, and corruption.”

Sounds like a crime drama for the ages.

[...]

McAleer commented on this Biden/big tech/media alliance, saying, “The media and big tech covered up the bombshell report by The New York Post that showed the depth of corruption in the Biden family. The truth deserves to be told and it needs to be seen by as many people as possible.”

That’s the intention behind McElhinney and McAleer’s new movie, to get as many people as possible to see the truth about Joe and Hunter in the form of an “entertaining and enjoyable movie.” McAleer added that the medium is “the best way to tell the story of the Biden family’s corruption and to ensure as many people are educated about this as possible.”

Of course, Hays must shill for McAleer, since he wouldn't have it any other way: "For their new movie, McElhinney and McAleer announced their goal of crowdfunding $2.5 million within 60 days. The press release claimed that, 'if successful it will be the largest crowdfunding ask for a film in history.'"

We don't recall McAleer being similarly concerned about the corruption in the Trump family. Perhaps he could explain why sometime.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:55 PM EDT
WND Columnist Fearmongers About COVID-Spreading Immigrants
Topic: WorldNetDaily

No doubt, when future generations read about the fall of The United States of America, if such historical reading is even allowed at that point, they will question how we allowed "a mask" to be the bullet that took us down. I can almost see each student sitting in front of their computers (in a world where distance learning has become norm and the great outdoors, foreign) shaking their heads and saying, "Had they only taken them off and united in protest as the illegal immigrants flooded the border, we might not have to wear these masks still today." And they would be right.

As we sit back and watch U.S. citizens being hauled off to jail for refusing to wear a mask while illegal immigrants, many carrying COVID-19, flood our borders without a single test required, our inaction can be seen as none other than agreement with the destructive direction we are currently heading. Through it, we are agreeing with the messaging that legal citizens are automatically deemed second-class within our nation. We are agreeing never to walk around in public again without masks. We are agreeing with a nationally mandated vaccine. We are agreeing with a voiceless, vote-less existence. We are agreeing to communism over capitalism. And we are agreeing that indentured servitude is all we could ever expect for our children … most of them anyway. Certainly, not the offspring of the elite.

[...]

In some ways, removing our masks now, in unison and nationally, is the most humane way of saving lives. It will reestablish the citizens of the United States as THE force to be reckoned with. It will demand the current administration answer for its lax border policies, resulting in mass illegal immigration and increased COVID-19 spread. It will send a strong signal to all politicians to reexamine their ways, especially blue state governors. It will awaken SCOTUS. God knows they need to be woken up. And it will bring our nation's slow decline to an immediate head, saving all of us a lot of stress and worry. It might also reduce bloodshed and any additional unnecessary death.

[...]

As Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with regards to the horrific murders perpetrated against the Asian American community in Atlanta this week, "None of us should ever be silent in the face of any form of hate." It is this single statement that I agree with. This is the reason I find myself writing this column as well as the reason I am speaking out against her, her boss and the rest of their squad of fear mongers who, according to their actions, hate the American people. How else should we interpret their inaction at the border?

It is our turn, however, to decide how we are going to meet this inaction in kind – with more of our own? Mask on or mask off? They can't arrest 332,209,157 U.S. citizens or even half that number at the same time. We should pick a date and remove our masks together, marking a line in the sand and, quite possibly, a new national holiday to be honored in perpetuity by generations of freedom-loving children to come.

The choice is ours. The result could save our nation.

-- Laura J. Wellington, March 18 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 4:23 AM EDT
Friday, April 23, 2021
MRC's Deceptive Attack On Wash. Post's Trump Phone Call Correction
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Tim Graham was feeling quite satisfied in a March 15 post:

The Washington Post published a rather stunning correction on Thursday, on an old January 9 story by reporter Amy Gardner on Donald Trump's phone call to Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger.

This correction did not appear in Friday's print edition of the Post...or Saturday's, or Sunday's. You would have had to go back to this January 9 article's link to find it.

What happened is that in January, the Post published an article detailing a call from Trump to Watson, as detailed by an anonymous source. When a recording of the call was released two months later, the Post corrected claims originally attributed to Trump that turned out not to be accurate: "Trump did not tell the investigator to 'find the fraud' or say she would be 'a national hero' if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find 'dishonesty' there. He also told her that she had 'the most important job in the country right now.'"

Graham went on to lecture that "Anonymous sources are not always reliable!" -- which, of course, does not keep the MRC from citing them when politically convenient -- addinfg: "This newspaper insists they are the Truth against the 'Big Lie' of election fraud. But they were so convinced Trump's resistance to the election results was evil, they were snookered by a source who told them just what they wanted to believe."

Nicholas Fonbdacaro followed up by ranting: "Over two months after the rest of the liberal media latched onto a Washington Postreport claiming then-President Trump called up a Georgia election official and ordered them to “find the fraud,” the paper admitted they were peddling fake news. But with the rest of the media scrambling to make the corrections in their online copies of the story, ABC News and PBS, who talked about the now-debunked order on-air, refused to give corresponding corrections to their viewers Monday."

In his March 20 column, Jeffrey Lord huffed, "Actually The Post  story was more than incorrect. It was flat out false, replete with a made-up out of whole cloth, entirely fictitious “quote” from Trump," adding, "The Washington Post story was really about the liberal narrative that Donald Trump is a bad guy, so bad that The Post  can even make up utterly bogus quotes to try and make their point."

Of course, Lord has no evidence whatsoever that the Post deliberately made up quotes about the Trump call. But that's not the only reason the MRC's criticism of the Post is disingenuous and deceptive -- it seems that the MRC is using the Post correction to deny that Trump ever tried to push Georgia election officials to overturn the election.

This flies in the face of reality, given that we already had the full audio of the phone call Trump made to Raffensperger -- which, curiously, none of these MRC writers mention. And even with the correction, Trump's call to Watson is far from exonerating, attempting to flatter and cajole Watson by claiming that "The people of Georgia are so angry at what happened to me ... They know I won, won by hundreds of thousands of votes. It wasn’t close," and that "When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised." The Post's correction isnot the huge discrediting deal Graham and the MRC want you to think it is -- it's a relatively minor correction that doesn't change the fact that Trump improperly tried to influence Georgia election officials for the purpose of overturning an election he lost.

Further: The MRC's manufactured outrage over the Post's correction is laughable given that the MRC still hasn't told its readers that the Fox News story it heavily promoted before the 2016 election that an indictment of Hillary Clinton was imminent was retracted a few days later.

Unlike the MRC,  he Post made an effort to correct the record. Graham and Co. could learn some lessons from that.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:34 PM EDT
CNS Plays Up Senility Narrative In Covering Biden Press Conference
Topic: CNSNews.com

We caught CNSNews.com playing up President Biden makoing "three gaffes in 30 second" at his March 25 press conference. But that was far from the only negative coverage that CNS gave to it.

First and foremost in CNS' anti-Biden agenda was to perpetuate the right-wing narrative that he's going senile. Thus, Craig Bannister devoted an article to what he insisted was a "four-second mental meltdown":

Thursday, at his first press conference as president, Joe Biden appeared to forget what he was saying, then become so confused that he struggled to move on to a new topic.

Biden seemed to have increasing difficulty expressing his thoughts, then completely lost his train of thought:

[...]

Biden, then, appeared to continue to be confused as he tried to refer to his notes to call on the next reporter:

“Okay, um – hang on…ah, sorry. Oh. Same name, Miss Kim.”

Answering the next question, Biden recovers, somewhat, though he pauses and has trouble continuing, at one point. By the following question, he appears to get back on track.

Note that Bannister can't be bothered to acknowledge Biden is the president in the lead paragraph, waiting until the second paragraph to note that, and even then only giving him an abbreviation.

An anonymously written article did the same thing regarding another part of his press conference:

President Joe Biden during his first presidential press conference today referred to written notes when calling on—and trying to name--reporters to ask him questions.

At one point, while looking down at his notes as he prepared to call on a reporter, he verbally stumbled around for about seven seconds, while saying: “Uh…Okay…Um…Where Am I Here…Let Me See.”

It's weird that CNS thinks Biden spoke in capitalized words.

These partisan attacks on Biden's alleged "cognitive decline" were followed by four articles focusing on a single subject, immigration:

  • An article by Melanie Arter noting that Biden said "the reason why so many illegal immigrants have been trying get into the United States during his administration is because it happens every year during a time when they won’t have to risk dying because of the heat and because of problems in their country of origin."
  • Another article by Arter:" "When asked whether he moved too quickly in rolling back former President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, President Joe Biden was unapologetic, saying that Trump’s policies were not helping and 'did not slow up the amount of immigration.'"
  • A third article by Arter with the headline "Biden on Border Crisis: ‘I Guess I Should Be Flattered People Are Coming Because I’m the Nice Guy’."
  • An anonymously written article on Biden not giving a date for reporters to visit detention centers on the border.

One final anonymously written article focused on Biden's remarks about the 2024 election, seemingly upset that Biden said he didn't know if there would still be a Republican Party then.

That's a total of eight articles CNS devoted to Biden's presser. None of them, by the way, noted the two biggest bits of actual news that Biden made: upping the goal for coronavirus vaccine shots and leaving the door open for changing Senate procedures to advance his agenda. That's because pushing narratives is more important than reporting facts.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:47 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:48 AM EDT
Thursday, April 22, 2021
MRC Pretends Tucker Carlson's Replacement Theory Isn't About Race
Topic: Media Research Center

Acting like it's contractually obligated to defend everything Fox News does, the Media Research Center has rushed to the defense of Fox News Tucker Carlson over his promotion of the "replacement theory," in which he accuses liberals of supporting immigration to replace supposedly "real" Americans at the polls.

In an April 11 post, Duncan Schroeder bashed CNN's Don Lemon for pointing out the racist nature of Carlson's argument, insisting we shoujld take Carlson's denial at face value:

Lemon is lying about Carlson making his argument about race, as Carlson explicitly stated in the segment in question that his point about Democrats wanting mass immigration has nothing to do with race but that it is instead “a voting rights question.”

Lemon is also lying about Carlson’s argument being “complete nonsense” because Democrats have acknowledged that winning elections is part of why they support mass immigration. In a 2013 interview with CBS, former Obama cabinet member and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro predicted that Texas will turn blue due to “the population growth of folks from outside of Texas.”

You know what else is "outside of Texas"? 49 other states filled with Americans from which people could move to Texas. In the link Schroeder supplied to back up this claim, there's no evidence Castro was talking about immigration from other countries.

The next day, MRC executive Tim Graham spent a podcast complaining about CNN's Brian Stelter -- a longtime MRC obsession -- highlighting Carlson's argument, attcking guest Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League as an arm of the Democratic Party for doing so. Graham then played whataboutism on Carlson: "You can't actually say the Democrats are very eager to be pro-immigrant -- and not just on behalf of the people who are immigrating now, but certainly on behalf of the people who immigrated 10 years ago. This is one of the reasons they're so hot to always say there's no widespread voter fraud because they don't want to suggest illegal immigrants are voting."

On April 14, Curtis Houck devoted an entire post to whining that the Washington Post was covering the story:

In a bit so obvious that they couldn’t have denied it if they even tried, The Washington Post has spent the past week going into overdrive in favor of censorship. The Post has called for removing Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson from the air to the tune of at least 11 items over the past six days, attacking the highly-influential primetime show.

The Post played its role as a cog in the hate movement against Fox and insisting Carlson is a white supremacist. The effort has recently added the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to its ranks and a conveniently-timed interview with head Jonathan Greenblatt on CNN’s Reliable Sources over Carlson's opposition to mass, unfettered immigration.

Houck didn't deny Carlson's remarks were racist, but he reframed them as Carlson would, insisting they were merely "about immigration and liberals wanting to create a system in which new immigrants would become dependent upon the state and the Democratic Party for their well being."

An April 17 column by Jeffrey Lord cheered Carlson, declaring that "Tucker had drawn the wrath of the mob for pointing to the obvious. Which is to say the American left is deliberately creating and using the chaos at the US southern border as a way of re-populating the US, in this case with poor illegal immigrants who would presumably be the political pawns of the Democratic Party." Lord also didn't deny that Carlson was repeating a white supremacist argument.

Tucker may well be pushing a racist argument, but conservatives believe he's generally good at owning the libs, and in the end that's all the MRC cares about.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:55 PM EDT
WND's Lively Blames The Germans For Everything
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a recent article, I noted that my boomer generation was the last to experience normalcy in our childhood years – in the sense that normalcy equates to things operating according to their nature as opposed to being artificially manipulated. At the start of our generation, in 1946, we had intact natural families, protected by the institution of marriage, bolstered by the active culture-wide discouragement of promiscuity and adultery. Boys were boys and girls were girls, and we celebrated that existential delight with the French exclamation "viva la difference!" We cherished babies as a gift from God and respected Him as a matter of cultural consensus. Our churches were full, and our jails were empty.

[...]

By the final year of the boomer babies, 1964, all that had changed, and for reasons most don't realize and won't discuss today for fear of "Woke" backlash.

The chief culprits were German communist immigrants who had fled Hitler's rising "fascist" National Socialism by the tens of thousands in the 1920s and '30s. Through the war years (in cooperation with homegrown Marxists), they gained ideological control of Hollywood, much of the news media, the Democratic Party and many other culture-shaping institutions because they served America's anti-Nazi interests. Post-war, they shifted their focus to overthrowing our Judeo-Christian culture. The "Red Scare" of the 1950s was an authentic and serious crisis now revised/erased from the history books by the Marxist winners.

Germany had been the chief exporter of Marxism since its native son Karl Marx launched it in the mid-1800s. Germany was the birthplace of "higher criticism" in Christian theology, which created the modern "religious left," and exported its Bible-diluting heresies to America, corrupting nearly every mainstream seminary. Germany was the homeland of the highly manipulable and manipulative "soft sciences" like Freud's psychology.

Germany (along with London and New York) was a world capital of eugenics long before Hitler. And it was the birthplace of "Cultural Marxism" at the Frankfurt School, whose founder Herbert Marcuse was the evil genius behind the rise in America of the left's ultimate weapon, the "sexual revolution," and its LGBT activist armies. Marcuse began his American take-down campaign as an employee of the OSS (forerunner to the CIA), and then a high luminary of academia who sowed the seeds of the 1960s cultural revolution in one after another of the elite universities.

[...]

How did Germany become such a center of evil in the world? I contend in my book "Dynasty of Darkness" that it was related to the excavation and acquisition by Germany of the Pergamum Altar, identified in Revelation 2 as the "Seat of Satan … where Satan dwells." I have chronicled how Kaiser (Caesar) Wilhelm II, the final emperor of Second Reich, considered his reconstruction of the Pergamum Altar in Berlin as his highest achievement, and how the process precisely tracks Germany's descent into great evil, including Fredrich Nietzsche's infamous declaration that "God is dead," escalating through the German instigation of both World Wars, and the rise of the demonic European Union (the model for the one-world government of the Antichrist) upon the reunification of Berlin (after the collapse of the Soviet "Evil Empire," which possessed the altar as a property in East Berlin from 1961 to 1990).

I also show how the United States' possession of it from 1945 to 1961 (as the dominant Allied power occupying Germany) tracks precisely with the two landmark SCOTUS rulings that officially shifted America off its biblical foundation onto the quicksand of Secular Humanism, and empowered militant atheists to purge Christianity from public life. During that same short window we also established the United Nations' global headquarters in Manhattan on land donated by the Rockefellers.

I wrote this column to convey three truths. First, that our national collapse into depravity and delusion is entirely orchestrated by wicked men whose actions can be tracked historically if one dares to do so. Second, that what we are experiencing today is literally the rise of the last-days Antichrist Kingdom, meaning our duty of evangelism has never been more urgent. And third, that America's "normalcy" before the 1960s was a reflection of our collective conformity to "the Laws of Nature and Nature's God." That witness of the natural world is our bridge to evangelize the lost post-boomer generations (and many of our own peers) who have been thoroughly conditioned to reject and even mock traditional evangelistic methods.

-- Scott Lively, March 15 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 3:11 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: Mainstreaming Extremism At CNS
Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.com 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
Topic: CNSNews.com

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 CNSNews.com 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


 


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