As Bad News Piles Up, MRC Remains A Musk Cheerleader Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Cener has been an enthusiasticcheerleader of Elon Musk and his bid to buy Twitter -- so much so that his coziness with China, which the MRC used to deplore has been shoved down the memory hole. But as Musk's Twitter deal stopped looking so brilliant -- and Musk himself stopped looking so brilliant -- the MRC still played sycophantic cheerleader for Team Elon.
A May 18 post by Autumn Johnson drily wrote about how Twitter was planning to "enforce" its deal with Musk to buy Twitter at the agreed price of $54.20 a share, but was silent on one big reason why Twitter would feel the need to enforce the deal: Twitter's stock price had dropped precipitously, from $51.20 on April 25, the day after the deal was announced, to $36.85, the day of Johnson's post. Instead, Johnson helped Musk raise a new distraction about the number of fake and spam accounts on Twitter.
The same day, Gabriela Pariseau rant to Musk's defense on another issue:
Guerrilla journalism outfit Project Veritas reportedly caught an alleged Twitter employee trashing free speech and claiming Elon Musk has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Project Veritas released another video Tuesday as part of its “Twitter Exposed” series. Alex Martinez, purportedly Twitter’s lead client partner, reportedly told a Project Veritas undercover journalist that Twitter employees “believe in something that’s good for the planet, and not just to give people free speech.” The video purportedly shows Martinez calling Musk “a loony tune” and alleging Musk has Asperger’s syndrome.
Martinez went on to mock Musk, claiming he was on the autism spectrum. “Elon Musk as a person is whatever… like he’s a loony tune, he has Ossbergers, Asperger’s. So he’s special. We all know that and that’s fine,” Martinez said in the video. “I’m like, you’re special needs–you’re literally special needs. Literally, though, you really are. So, I can’t even take what you’re saying seriously. ‘Cause you’re special.”
Never mind, of course, that Musk himself has admitted that he has Asperger's syndrome and that his erratic public behavior is fair game for comment -- after all, the MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com, believes rampantspeculation about President Biden's purported mental state is fair game. Hilariously, Pariseau called on verbally abusive serial plagiarizer Benny Johnson to defend Musk.
Johnson used a May 22 post to engage in a Trumpian victimization defense of Musk after it was reported that his SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement to a flight attendant who said Musk harassed her:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the left is out to get him after he announced he would vote Republican.
Musk responded to a story from Insider that alleged he sexually propositioned a flight attendant. He said the left personally attacked him for his commitment to free speech as well as his declaration that he would vote Republican from now on.
“They began brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced,” he tweeted. “In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is …”
Johnson somehow forgot to mention that a six-figure settlement was paid to the flight attendant, which sure looks a lot like an admission of guilt.
The MRC continued to serve as the PR agency for Musk's ramblings and PR bulldog to attack his critics:
The MRC even rushed to Musk's defense over an anti-LGBT meme Musk tweeted, in a June 1 post by Wallace White:
Every time pride month rolls around the establishment and corporate America waste no time in declaring their love for the LGBT cause by changing their logos to a rainbow rendition. Musk decided to poke fun at the sudden onslaught of multi-colored logos that recurs like clockwork every year, and the liberals and LGBT on Twitter were quick to ruin the fun for everyone.
It doesn’t take a detective to realize that musk’s companies were guilty of it too. The left took this information and ran with it, treating it as a “gotcha!” moment for Elon haters. Predictably, the humor of it all was lost on liberals on Twitter, and they could not possibly fathom that Elon could take a joke even at his own expense.
The meme simply acknowledges that corporate America regularly uses woke messaging to pander to LGBT customers. The meme doesn’t mean that Musk hates gay people. The predictability of the annual display of rainbows is something worthy of poking fun at because of its clear superficiality. Leave it to liberals to suck all the laughter and fun out of a good joke and take everything so seriously. Maxwell Adler of Bloomberg was not laughing, which means, of course, that no one else can laugh. When you point out that LGBT causes have the backing of massive corporate power, even superficially, the left goes into meltdown mode.
The liberals have made it clear: no fun allowed on Twitter if I'm the butt of the joke. It shouldn’t be surprising that they would take a silly meme personally and lash out at Musk. They’ve been on the crusade against comedy for years, and this is simply another incident to add to the list.
But Wallace offered no evidence that Musk acknowledged that he was making a joke at his own expense or that he even knew that his own companies participated in what he was mocking. But it fits right in with the MRC's homophobia, so White did his best to make it fit the narrative.
WND's Mercer Still Backing Russia, But Is Cool With Ukraine Militia Because They're Fighting For White People Topic: WorldNetDaily
Ilana Mercer is still pro-Russia regarding its invasion of Ukraine. But as her May 12 WorldNetDaily column (also published at CNSNews.com) shows, she's now reduced to trying to make an intellectual argument for it to distract from its ugly reality while also trying to muddy the issue a bit by bringing up the Azov Batallion, a militia group in Ukraine that has invoked Nazi imagery:
I therefore questioned, during the "Hard Truth" broadcast, the Nazi designation attached to the Azov Brigade, suggesting that if Azov are not engaged in acts of violence against the traditional Nazi victims and other ethnics, and are merely a military battalion fighting in the Russia-Ukraine military theater – then the Nazi insignia and paraphernalia are irrelevant. These symbols then fall into the category of ritualistic, offensive speech – thought crimes – the kind for which the left criminalizes the right.
This I say despite the fact that, as a longtime critic of American foreign policy, my sympathies here are firmly on the Russian side. Putin's war in Ukraine is a war for which there are plenty reasons, all of them vindicating Russia (although such a statement must be qualified by saying that reasons for war are not the same as justification for war. A war of aggression is seldom justified).
Since the American left is forever criminalizing the right for thought crimes, pro-Russia sympathies notwithstanding, principle is paramount. It will not do to expediently visit the same on the Azov, namely vilifying the brigade for thought crimes.
Moreover, if one is to believe "the Empire of Lies," to use Putin's term for the United States in his epic pre-war address, Russia claimed it went to war to cleanse Ukraine of Nazis. There is little truth in this, however. For where is this emphasized in Putin's speech? It isn't. The Nazi ruse is near-redundant, sort of an afterthought in Putin's cogent address to the nation. The overriding reason for war, to quote Putin, is "the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military infrastructure ever closer to the Russian border." On the facts, U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia has not promoted peace between the two, but sought to sever the former's centuries-long ties to Russia and bring it into the U.S.-led NATO sphere of influence. Cold war is waged when conflict outweighs cooperation. Détente is when conflict and friction are reduced. The U.S. has sought a new cold war with Russia. Those were Putin's salient points.
Portraying Russia's reasons for war as "vindicated" while also not being totally pleased at the war's execution reminds us of how Mercer, a native of South Africa, claimed she opposed apartheid as a racist idea even as she made an intellectual case for it. Mercer's complaint abaout the Azov Batallion using neo-Nazi imagery rings a bit hollow, given that when when she mourned the death of South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, she was silent on the fact that Terreblanche led a white supremacist militia group whose logo resembles the Nazi flag.
Mercer ultimately sides with the Azov batallion because -- quelle surprise! -- it's defending white people:
It is clear: Azov has a fight with the Russians. Its vigilance might also be in support of the Ukrainian white ethno-state. But if this is the case, and the battalion's war doesn't involve ethnic cleansing other than their battle to repel a Russian invader, I would put it to the reader that we on the dissident right should not in any way adopt the left's evil of prosecuting thought and speech crimes, and should not be bothered by the Azov's belief system, flags, goosestepping and assorted attire, all no more than accoutrements of speech. I do agree with Mr. Malic that it is worse than hypocrisy – treasonous? – for Western press and politicians to ignore the white nationalism of Ukraine's defenders as they criminalize white nationalists stateside.
Yes, war makes strange bedfellows, and she went on to argue that "if Azov are not engaged in palpable acts of violence against the traditional Nazi victims and other ethnics, and are merely a military battalion fighting in the Russia-Ukraine military theater – then the Nazi getup is irrelevant."
MRC Cheers Clarence Thomas' Biased Gotcha, Censors His Wife's Growing Scandal Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Nicholas Fondacaro loved the biased gotcha from a Supreme Court justice he served up in a May 16 item:
On Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at an event in Dallas held by the Old Parkland Conference, a group that looks to tackle issues in the black community. During his time on stage (which included a Q&A), Thomas spoke about the liberal media and how they do their jobs poorly along with the “white liberal elites” who try to keep him down and isolated from the rest of the black community, lest they hear the truth.
In a clip that has gone viral, Thomas seemed to address calls from the media for him to resign for any of the number of fabricated grievances they try to smear him with. “I will absolutely leave the court when I do my job as poorly as you do yours,” he quipped to the laughter of the crowd and his own infectious belly laugh. “And that was meant as a compliment, really,” he continued to joke. He would go on to give an example.
Towards the end of his speaking time, Thomas talked about how the right needed to hold themselves to a higher standard and be better behaved than those who aim to destroy on the left. “The most they can point to is Garland did not get a hearing. But he was not trashed,” he argued. “And it was a rule the Joe Biden introduced by the way. Which is, you get no hearing in the last year of an administration. That was not the rule before then.”
He then noted that the right would not be caught “going to other peoples’ houses, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing things on them.”
And giving some astute analysis of how the liberal media machine works, Thomas pointed out that when they can’t outright censor you, “they load you up with negativity and they give you challenges as for credibility to prevent you from getting to their ears.”
This isn't quite the gotcha Fondacaro thinks it is, since Thomas' anti-media rant that parroted right-wing narratives exposed him as a highly biased justice who puts ideology before facts (kind of like the MRC itself).
Missing from Fondacaro's post entire was the elephant in the room regarding Thomas: the right-wing political activism of his wife, Ginni, which is so blatant even the MRC stopped trying to run to their defense over it.
Unsurprisingly, the MRC has stayed silent about the latest revelations about Ginni Thomas: that she coresponded with Trump lawyer John Eastman in an attempt to help pressure Trump administration officials into overturning the election, and that she also tried to pressure 29 lawmakers in Arizona into overturning Trump's loss in that state. All this looks bad for Clarance Thomas and raises questions about whether he has a conflict of interest in ruling on cases related to the election. Instead, the MRC complained about speculation that Ginni Thomas might have been the person who leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
CNS Still Giving Space To Dishonest DINO Gabbard Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.com has been giving a platform over the past several mon ths to Democrat-in-name-only and Russia enthusiast Tulsi Gabbard to push anti-Biden and pro-Russia narratives. That dubious platform has continued; Craig Bannister seved up another on in a May 2 article:
Former Democrat [sic] presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says Democrats, and some Republicans, need to do their homework, so they’ll remember what “freedom of speech” truly means.
Monday, in a video posted in her Twitter thread, Gabbard calls out Democrats who claim to oppose dictatorships, but don’t speak out against the Department of Homeland Security’s new “Misinformation and Disinformation Governance Board,” which critics have dubbed the Biden Administration’s “Ministry of Truth”:
“To all the Democrats out there who say, over and over again, about how you stand strong against dictatorships: I’m wondering where your voice is now, condemning this creation of a Ministry of Truth in our own Department of Homeland Security.”
What’s even more troubling is that even some Republicans actually support the creation of such a government “propaganda board,” Gabbard says:
Bannister also let Gabbard fearmonger about the board in a May 19 article that gave her second billing in the headline: "Former Democrat [sic] presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard issued a similar warning on Thursday, tweeting that Americans need to beware that a new government “Ministry of Truth” might be created, using a different name."
Bannister graced Gabbard with yet another article on June 6:
The Biden Administration is claiming that it alone can determine truth in order to justify using the full power of government to punish dissent, former congresswoman and Democrat [sic] presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard warned on Saturday.
In her keynote speech at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, Gabbard warned of the Biden Administration’s use of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare what is “true,” and not “misinformation” – and, then, enforce its decrees.
“One of the latest tactics that they are using, as you well know, is they claim they want to protect us from ‘misinformation,’ protect us from that which they claim is not true,” Gabbard said.
Bannister went on to write that "'Even more dangerous than getting canceled is how they weaponize the government against the people,' Gabbard warned, noting how President Biden is using the DHS to target anti-authority views and DOJ to go after parents who disagree with school board policies." In fact, as we documented when CNS pushed this same lie, the DHS never targeted -peole for merely disagreeing with school board policies; the target was those parents who engaged in abusive and threatening behavior.
The fact that Gabbard spoke at a right-wing conference -- and that Bannister refuses to spell "Democratic" correctly -- should signal that Gabbard is no actual Democrat, but he has a narrative to push, not facts to report.
MRC Sports Blogger Still (Mostly) Cool With WNBA Player Rotting In Russian Prison Topic: Media Research Center
We've seen how the Media Research Center cares more about the plight of Russian athletes following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine than it does about an American athlete imprisoned on dubious charges in Russia. So it's no surprise that the MRC continues to express glee that WNBA star Brittney Griner is rotting away in a Russian prison despite a lack of evidence that the charges against her are valid. Jay maxson used a May 4 post to smear the WNBA as being desperate for attention for carring about Griner, and he (oir she) has assumed she is guilty despite, again, no evidence to back that up and suggests that she deserves everything bad that happens to her because she's not heterosexual and cares about racial justice:
The woke WNBA begins another season Friday, and the league is desperately hyping a Brittney Griner campaign in hopes of attracting some attention. Griner has been detained by Russia since February, when she attempted to enter the country with drugs.
ESPN reports that Griner was detained in Russia since Feb. 17, when customs officials found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow. She was allegedly trying to bring vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow airport, Fox Sports noted.
So that’s the story, and here’s the bottom line. The WNBA is glorifying someone accused of breaking another country’s drug laws. Players who have not violated any such laws will have to actually play to earn their salaries, and they won’t be honored with floor decals.
What’s more is that Griner is a black, married lesbian and a past anthem kneeler – a Black Lives Matter supporter and a social justice warrior extraordinaire. All of which count huge in the WNBA, previously called the most radically woke sports league of all.
The thought of being jailed in a foreign country is scary. However, Griner’s history is one of uncivil behavior and drug use. She is not a model citizen, and for an entire sports league to build a shrine around her is positively ridiculous.
The WNBA ought to be warning its players not to use drugs, and not to try smuggling them into other countries. WNBA TV ratings are horrible, and this is a new attempt by the league to gain some attention. Building a media campaign around an inactive player sitting in a foreign jail is beyond pathetic.
The MRC frets much more about Russian athletes made inactive because their government committed evil deeds.
But Maxson suddenly did a flip-flop on Griner in a May 19 post -- but only so that he can quote conservative sports guys attacking the WNBA and the Biden administration for not doing enough to help Griner (even though Maxson was bashing the WNBA just a few weeks earlier for doing anything):
The “champions of women’s rights” aren’t all they claim to be, say two conservative writers today. Not when it comes to WNBA super center Britney Griner, who has been locked up in a Russian prison on drug smuggling charges since February. President Joe Biden, the Women’s NBA and the Left aren’t doing enough to help her return to the U.S., the critics charge.
Outkick sports blogger Gary Sheffield, Jr., says, “The WNBA and President Biden have done practically nothing other than slap logos on the court and start hashtags.” All 12 WNBA teams are planning to feature center-court logos of Griner’s initials and her uniform number in the next women’s basketball season.
Sheffield said there would be considerably more action by left-wingers if LeBron James was confined to a Moscow prison cell on charges of possessing hash oil, like Griner is. “The NBA would throw a fit and perhaps cancel games to assure his safety, and that’s probably how leagues should treat their most prized assets,” he claimed.
In 2019, President Donald Trump made sure the black rapper A$AP Rocky got released from prison in Sweden. “Trump took action to release a black rapper from prison, but Joe Biden tweets nice things about minorities — he’ll leave the black WNBA star in Russia, though,” Sheffield wrote.
Griner is a frequent critic of the United States, and [Breitbart and onetime NewsBusters blogger Warner Todd] Huston said that has made the pursuit for her safety “more complicated and polarizing.” The people she perceived as her allies, the so-called champions of women’s rights, have not rushed to her defense. Their inaction prompted the petition, which is merely giving those who signed it an opportunity to feel good about themselves.
A May 27 post by Maxson also took a less-harsh line on Griner so he could bash the Biden administration for allegedly not doing enough to free her:
It’s been 100 days since Brittany Greiner, center for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been locked up in a Russian prison on drug charges. Her wife, Cherelle Griner, says President Joe Biden is the deal maker, the go-to man who can get Brittney released.
"There is one person that can go get her, and that's our president," Griner told Angela Rye in an ESPN interview this week. "He has that power. You know, I'm just like, 'Why are we not using it? Like, urgently, use it.' We're expecting him to use his power to get it done."
If President Biden is this fabulous miracle worker, he sure is taking his sweet time living up to that hype. Maybe he’s waiting for just the right time to hatch a genius prisoner exchange, but it hasn’t happened yet.
This administration may impress Cherelle Griner, but the talks are proceeding at a snail’s pace. In fact, Brittney Griner is now beginning her second hundred days in prison.
Not that Maxson doesn't actually mind Griner rotting in a foreign prison on dubious charges for sin of having opinions on issues and not be heterosexual.
Newsmax announced today that veteran news anchor and broadcaster Greta Van Susteren will join the network as host of “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” adding her three decades of experience in journalism to the rising cable channel.
Based in Washington, D.C., and set to premiere on Tuesday, June 14, “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” will lead the network’s weeknight lineup with a solid hour of factual, fair, and independent perspective on the news.
“With all that is going on in the world, I am getting back to my roots — a daily live news show with real reporting from the places where things are happening,” Van Susteren said.
“I have been friends with [Newsmax CEO] Chris Ruddy for years, and he is giving me this great opportunity to return, giving me the complete freedom to cover the news that really matters to people,” Van Susteren said. “I have been impressed by Newsmax’s team and their success, and would love to be part of a news network that is really growing.”
“No one in journalism better exemplifies Newsmax’s mission to provide fact-based news and fact-based opinion than Greta Van Susteren,” Newsmax Media CEO Chris Ruddy said. “We are so pleased and honored to have Greta lead our nightly news lineup of programs.”
Van Susteren doesn't have as many issues as most Newsmax hires, but she does have issues. As we documented way back when, Politico reported that Van Susteren's husband, John Coale, was among Sarah Palin's political advisers following her 2008 stint as a Republican vice presidential candidate; the Washington Post further described Coale as among the "protecters of the Palin brand." The Huffington Post noted that, that during her stint on Fox News, "Van Susteren has enjoyed unparalleled access to Palin and her family, conducting several interviews from Alaska — most recently with new mom Bristol Palin," though Van Susteren insisted her husband's link to Palin was not responsible for that.
As Van Susteren's debut neared, Newsmax gushed even more in a June 13 press release promoted as a "news" article:
Veteran broadcaster Greta Van Susteren returns to nightly television Tuesday with her new show debuting to lead Newsmax's evening lineup.
Van Susteren, one of the most respected names in television news, will host "The Record with Greta Van Susteren" airing at 6 p.m. every weeknight.
The signature show will be what Van Susteren describes as "a solid hour of factual, fair, and independent perspective on the news."
Needless to say, neither press release mentioned her dubious ethics regarding Palin.
Farah Less Honest, More Desperate In Latest WND Money Beg Topic: WorldNetDaily
Times are tighter than usual at WorldNetDaily, so Joseph Farah is on hand in his June 3 column to be selectively honest and, of course, to beg for money:
I'm generally an optimistic person, a faithful person, and I don't fully know what God has, in the short term, in mind.
This is my quandary.
So, as usual, I'm going to be very honest with you.
Because I'm human, and I believe in being honest … and frail … and weak.
Given that we've caught Farah innumerousfalsehoods, we know he does not actually believe in being honest, so look for this to be yet another factually dubious money beg. Continue, please
This is a very tough message to write. I sincerely pray you will consider it.
We're in trouble. We need to raise at least $100,000 above what we anticipate receiving in revenue by the end of this month to survive. That's hard to say anytime. I feel stupid saying it. Many people reading this are in bad shape, too.
These are tough times. But I am looking confidently for a miracle because I don't think God is finished with us – everybody at WND, this company of believers of Jesus, the Messiah, that have performed good works in His name for so long.
Just to quickly cover the basics, in recent months – in addition to myriad other challenges, predatory lawsuits and other direct attacks on us – we were demonetized by Google and YouTube, completely and permanently. We're one of a handful of news sites to actually experience this because of the hateful, spiteful, anti-God, anti-decency and truly demonic Big Tech companies that you know support a different master. It means we get no revenue from them for anything we do – no advertising from the only companies that can deliver it in a substantial way.
We're not accustomed to that. We were once a company that brought in more than $15 million a year for the privilege of exposing evil in our world and for the blessing of revealing God's majesty.
Farah is lying again. WND was not demonetized because of "hateful, spiteful, anti-God, anti-decency and truly demonic Big Tech companies" -- it was demonetized as the direct consequences of its own action in publishing misinformation, falsehoods and conspiracy theories that no credible company wants to be associated with. Farah is once again blaming others for the consequences of his own behavior, which again demonstrates his (and WND's) fundamental dishonesty.
Farah lied again when he praised "our loyal staff's super-dedication, professionalism and bold, courageous Christian journalism." It's not bold, courageous or Christian to lie to and misinform its readers, yet that's what WND cxontinues to insist on doing on a seeminglydailybasis.
Farah served up his usual money beg, adding, "We think our model for a new kind of Christian journalism is something exciting. But we do need your urgent support. Unfortunately, we won't make it without you."
Farah used his June 10 column to rant yet again at his perceived enemies -- once more blaming everyone but himself for WND's woes -- before getting to the more desperate money beg:
WND now is almost entirely reader-sponsored. And although we can't do everything we once did, like publishing books and movies and such, we can still bring you the most important and rarest of commodities in today's corrupt news world – we can bring you the TRUTH! Every day – as we have for the last quarter century. We can bring you the news that really and truly matters to the future of our beloved country. And that's something!
But we're dependent on YOU!
Bottom line: In order for us to keep going and not sink into a major crisis, we need to raise a minimum of $100,000 by the end of June – over-and-above our normal expenses. If you can, please support us in providing a real voice for God and country.
If Farah cannot repent for his years of journalistic misdeeds or prove that his failed business model will change in the future, WND has not earned the right to continued existence. Simple -- yet Farah refuses to acknowledge that inconvenient truth.
NEW ARTICLE: CNS' Russia-Friendly Columnists Topic: CNSNews.com
When CNSNews.com columnists weren't defending Russia's invasion of Ukraine, they were bashing NATO and criticizing the U.S. for bothering to defend Ukraine. Read more >>
MRC Cheered DeSantis' Political Retaliation Against Disney For Engaging In Free Speech Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center loves to squeal about purported "censorship" of right-wing political speech, but it's more than happy when right-wing politicians punish political speech they don't agree with. So when Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis punished Disney for taking a political stance against legislation he favored, the MRC led the cheering section. Kevin Tober shouted down complaints of political retaliation in an April 20 post:
After the Florida state Senate passed legislation revoking Disney’s special self-governing privileges over their support for sexually indoctrinating little children in schools, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News went into meltdown mode.
Muir introduced the segment on the Florida legislature revoking Disney’s self-governing privileges as a “political move” that was done “at the urging of Governor Ron DeSantis.”
Reporting on the ground in Florida, correspondent Victor Oquendo whined that “the move is an effort to punish Disney for publically opposing Florida's so-called ‘Don't Say Gay’ law” and bemoaned how “Governor DeSantis has lashed out at corporate America for attacking the law.”
It’s ironic that the leftist media is going after DeSantis for standing up to big corporations when the left are the ones who claim to hate the wealthy.
Tober didn't explain when, exactly, Disney lost its constitutional rights of free speech without fear of government retaliation, thoudh he did complain that one reporter "added the left’s fake name for the law" Disney criticized, the "Don't Say Gay Bill." He didn't mention that the MRC used its own fake name for it, the "anti-grooming bill."
The next day, John Simmons cheered DeSantis' political punishment of Disney as "smart":
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney have been in a long standing battle ever since the governor signed the "Parental Rights in Education Bill," which prevents teaching K-3 public school children sexual material.
This was a smart move by DeSantis, since teachers were using this as a way to indoctrinate children with the LGTBQIA+ ideology. Not having opposed the bill from the outset, Disney came under pressure from LGBT activists among its employees. It belatedly lobbied against the legislation and launched a craven effort to appease the gay community, even going so far as promising to donate roughly $5 million to organizations that fight to support LGTBQ+ rights and removing all gendered language in their theme parks.
But DeSantis now has the potential to forever change the future of Disney thanks to a bill that the Florida lawmakers passed on Thursday.
The House of Representatives approved a bill that the state Senate passed on Wednesday that will dissolve Disney's ability to be a self-governing entity. The entertainment giant has its own special district that was founded in 1967, is 25,000 acres, and allows Disney to collect taxes and provide emergency services to the surrounding counties.
Kyle Drennen spent an April 22 post that DeSantis' bullying behavior was called out and pretended there was nothing wrong with it:
On MSNBC’s MTP Daily Thursday afternoon, host Chuck Todd and Florida-based NBC political reporter Marc Caputo wailed that Governor Ron DeSantis preparing to sign legislation revoking Disney World’s special economic status in the state had a “mafia feel.” The pair ranted that Florida was “only a good place to do business if you’re a private corporation that shares the ideology of the Republican governor.”
Caputo then seized on “critics” comparing DeSantis to a mob boss: “This, you know, to a degree, especially when you talk to critics, has a bit of a mafia feel, which is, ‘Nice theme park you have there, shame if something happened to it.’”Todd similarly pretended that DeSantis – not the far left – was the culture war aggressor:“Is Florida a good place to do business if you’re a private corporation or is it only a good place to do business if you’re a private corporation that shares the ideology of the Republican governor?”
“Or if you’re a corporation that keeps its mouth shut when the Republican governor wants you to,” Caputo interjected.
That kind of hand-wringing was not applied a month ago when Disney put out a partisan, political statement lying about Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law: “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill,’ should never have passed and should never have been signed into law.” The powerful, bullying corporation vowed to do the bidding of Democrats and lobby to get the bill “repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts.”
Do Todd and Caputo think that kind of rhetoric has a “mafia feel”?
Drennen didn't explain why a corporation using the established political process to engage in activism against a law it didn't like has a "mafia feel" but DeSantis using the power of government to punish said corporation for doing so does not.
DeSantis Derangement Syndrome took hold of anchor Juan Carlos Lopez, from CNN En Español Directo USA, as he called out the Florida governor for his 'authoritarian style of government' – and for being an alleged Donald Trump copycat – for ending Disney's special governance and tax status privileges.
The authoritarian label came during a report by Jose Manuel Rodriguez on DeSantis's 'war' against Disney that, as the report clearly mentioned further on, threatened DeSantis with fighting against the Parental Rights in Education Act, in defense of the LGBTQ community. Oddly, the four minute-plus report did not once mention the well-being of children or the true nature of the Parental Rights in Education Act.
Krumhansl did not explain why DeSantis' Disney retaliation wasn't an "authoritarian" move.
Alex Christy got mad that Republican hypocrisy was called out in an April 23 post:
The only thing CNN Newsroomhost Jim Acosta and former nominal Republican strategist Ana Navara [sic] know about cancel culture is that Republicans claim to be against it. Their ignorance of the issue was illustrated on Acosta’s Saturday show as the duo accused Florida Republicans of hypocritically “cancelling” Disney by revoking its special tax status.
Using the left’s false framing of Florida’s new parental rights law, Acosta was sure he has seen Republican hypocrisy, “Ana, I have to talk to you about what’s going on in your state of Florida. The governor there, Ron DeSantis, is punishing Disney for opposing this so-called Don't Say Gay law. Aren't Republicans supposed to be against cancel culture?”
Christy then justified DeSantis' political retaliation because Disney "wander[ed] out of its lane":
For ill-informed at CNN, Disney isn’t cancelled. It still very much exists in Florida and isn’t going anywhere, they still have freedom of speech, but now that it has decided to wander out of its lane and advocate for unrelated left-wing causes using false talking points, it can play by the same set of rules as other corporations.
Christy didn't explain why holding views in oppposition to an American politician justifies government-backed retaliation by that politician.
Tober returned for an April 24 post gushing over a conservative endorsing DeSantis' revenge because Disney deserved it for not supporting Republicans:
During CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, CNN analyst Scott Jennings was the only guest on the panel segment that dared to push back on his co-panelists who were trashing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for punishing Disney over their support for grooming children.
“Republicans are really unhappy with some of these corporations in Georgia, in Florida, and elsewhere who weighed into these issues with aggressive stupidity. And that CEOs of these companies, who call up like Ron DeSantis, like the CEO of Disney did, they haven't read the law,” Jennings shrewdly pointed out. Noting that Disney simply parroted talking points provided to it by the left.
Jennings expressed some reservations about the government punishing a corporation but quickly noted that, “somebody needs to be taught a lesson here because what they portrayed the Florida law as was not at all what it really does.”
Jennings made the point that DeSantis “has all the right enemies” and wondered aloud “if it’s by luck or smarts. But it doesn’t matter because he has picked all the right enemies. And this is the right enemy for him.”
Nicholas Fondacaro injected his trademark misogyny into an April 26 post complaining that Disney was being defended by the hosts of "The View," who "went to the mat for their parent company Disney. Together the cackling coven accused Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of behaving like a communist dictator and bigot who’s “anti-black”; all because he decided to sign a law to strip Disney of its “special status” over its position to oppose the Parental Rights in Education law and support leftist groomers in the classroom."
Clay Waters used an April 29 article to grumble that a New York Times cited DeSantis' political retaliation to portray Florida "as a hot-headed state throwing a conservative temper tantrum led by a attention-seeking, Trump-adjacent governor." Waters defended DeSantis on other fronts as well; when the article noted that "More than 73,000 Floridians have died of Covid-19, yet public opinion polls have shown that Mr. DeSantis and many of his policies remain quite popular," he huffed in response: "More than 90,000 Californians have died of COVID-19 despite lockdowns and restrictions, and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom had to face a recall election. So where’s Newsom’s hit piece?" In fact, the COVID death rate per capita is much higher in Florida than it is in California, so it appears those lockdowns and restrictions helped save lives.
None of these MRC posts mentioned the financial catastrophe DeSantis' revenge campaign would leave on his state, since the dissolution of the Disney improvement district means that the district's financial obligations would then be forced upon local governments -- and, thus, local taxpayers -- to the tune of $1 billion.
We'll remember all of this the next time the MRC complains that conservatives are being retaliated against.
WND Just Can't Stop Misinforming Readers About Anita Dunn Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily has been misinforming readers about Anita Dunn for years. The latest attempt came from Bob Unruh in a May 6 article:
The Mao-admiring adviser to Barack Obama, Anita Dunn, is returning to power in the West Wing, just as a looming election is expected to return the GOP to the majority in the U.S. House and unleash investigations into Joe Biden.
The Gateway Pundit labeled her a "Mao Tsa Tung lover" after the White House this week confirmed Dunn "will return as a senior adviser."
It was CNN that suggested she might be returning to help Biden "with the onslaught of investigations the GOP has promised to launch if they win back the House."
The report explained Dunn "is a radical leftist who previously praised mass murderer Mao Tse Tung as one of her 'favorite political philosophers.'"
Accounts blame him for the murders of anywhere from 45 million to 70 million Chinese during last century, which would make him the worst mass murderer in world history.
She previously had advised Biden and served for a time as the Obama White House communications chief until a video of her praising Mao surfaced.
She explained her feelings during a speech to graduating high schoolers in 2009.
"In 1947, when Mao Zedong was being challenged within his own party on his plan to basically take China over … the nationalist Chinese held the cities, they had the army, they had the air force, they had everything on their side," Dunn told the audience. "And people said how could you win? How could you do this?
"And Mao Zedong said, 'You fight your war and I'll fight mine,'" Dunn said. "Think about that for a second. You don’t have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don’t have to follow other people’s choices and paths. You fight your own war, you lay out your own path."
She was the White House communications chief for Obama when she was recorded praising the communist dictator and killer.
The fact that Unruh is citing Gateway Pundit -- which is even less credible than WND and is currently being sued by two Georgia election workers for spreading lies about them -- does not bode for his own credibility right off the bat. It gets worse because Unruh's simply regurgitating an old, discredited attack. As we repeatedlypointedout whenever WND peddled this story, Dunn's words are being taken out of context; Dunn also referenced Mother Teresa in that speech as one of her "favorite philosophers" to make a point, telling a story akin to the Mao example about she told a young person who wanted to work at her orphanage to “go find your own Calcutta.” Dunn then reiterated: “Go find your own Calcutta. Fight your own path. Go find the thing that is unique to you, the challenge that is actually yours, not somebody else's challenge.”
Even worse: Unruh linked to a 2020 Daily Caller article WND published that mention some of this (while still pulling the Mao comment), and even noted that Dunn said she borrowed the Mao example from prominent Republican strategist Lee Atwater. But Unruh put none of that in his article.
This is lazy, dishonest reporting from Unruh. He's not building credibility for his employer, which it desperately needs.
Newsmax Columnists' Smears of Biden's Mental Health Get 'Non-Clinician' Tags Topic: Newsmax
The attacks from Newsmax columnists on President Biden's purported mental health issues are so nasty that Newsmax has felt the need to felt the need to add one of its heavily used tags: "The following column has been authored by a non-clinician." Bill Robinson began his March 8 column this way:
The president was infirm. He was sickly. He had no business being president.
Everybody knew it. Especially those whose job it was to protect him, to help him represent the country and to make sure he was at his peak performance for the American people.
His wife had taken on the role of nursemaid more than a wife or first lady.
His children were substantially less than presidential.
He strived at things — when he had any energy at all — to give away taxpayer money “to help others.” He built some of the biggest, most unwieldy government programs in history and spent other hard-working Americans' money like a drunken sailor.
He took money away from crucial federal programs like the military, education and law enforcement to “invest” in massive long-term societal projects which seemed to benefit only his party and his cronies.
He generated crime like Americans had never seen before and told us all that his jobs plan was working — when it provably was not. He did virtually everything possible to keep Americans on the dole.
Robinson went on and on like this before finally pulling a switcheroo: "Sounds like Joe Biden, no? No. I’m writing about FDR." Never mind that none of those things were true about either president. Nevertheless, he ended his column by playing the Biden informity card again:
And so as Ukraine fights for its life, Dems talk a lot about helping our friends in Ukraine but at the last moment, rely on the fact that Ukraine “is not part of NATO” … an inane technicality.
Ukraine deserves the quick, strong, Christian assistance in protecting their government, their people and the only freedom for thousands of miles to their east. If we let them down now, we will never again be trusted or respected the world over.
As Biden stumbles and bumbles his way through the first year plus two months of his term. One can almost hear him mumbling his unhinged mantra, “What would FDR do?”
In fact, it's right-wingers like thoseatCNSNews.com who are demanding that the U.S. not help Ukraine or get further involved in NATO, and it's right-wingers like Rand Paul who are obstructing U.S. aid to Ukraine.
Larry Bell kept the slurs continuing in his April 22 column:
Democrat handlers pulled off the greatest confidence heist in American history when they lifted cognitively impaired and achievement-vacuous Joe Biden out of a basement campaign bunker to the catbird seat of power in the Oval Office.
President Biden, just like Candidate Biden, is extensively hidden from the public, teleprompter- and crib note-scripted for media press conferences, and prevented, to the extent possible, from answering shout-out questions that inconveniently challenge his handlers’ agenda narratives.
Bell saw the "non-clinician" tag slapped on another column, this one on May 16:
There sadly comes a time when it’s no longer safe for old Uncle Charlie, Auntie Agnes, or for the rest of us, to have them drive anymore.
Seriously, would you really trust Joe Biden to operate any heavy equipment — a car, or much less, a school bus?
Now imagine the terrifying reality of his continued operation of our nation’s massive military and economic machinery.
A harsh reality is that we can’t trust Joe Biden’s cognitive capacity and far-left-steering ideology to drive our nation’s future.
Our best hope to prevent his out-of-control vehicle from careening our country over cliffs of irreversible disaster is for midterm congressional elections to sweep away the keys.
Bell is clearly too driven by personal hatred of Biden to care about medical accuracy -- or that he can't possibly know the full truth about Biden's health and, thus, is simply ranting in an ignorant manner.
CNS Attacks Pelosi Again On Abortion Topic: CNSNews.com
As with Joe Biden, one of CNSNews.com's favorite pastimes is to lash out at Nancy Pelosi for refusing to impose her Catholic faith on the entire country on the issue of abortion. And as with Biden, the leak of a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade gave CNS an excuse to bash Pelosi anew. And editor Terry Jeffrey did jsut that in his May 4 column:
Pelosi immediately released a statement condemning the court's apparent intention to overturn Roe — and suggesting that aborting a child is part of "the fundamental human right to reproductive care."
"Democrats believe that every woman everywhere has the fundamental human right to reproductive care, one that is not limited by background, income or zip code," said Pelosi. "Her health decisions, including whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, belong to her."
Overturning past decisions that declared the killing of unborn babies a right, Pelosi argued, would "erode the legitimacy" of the court.
"In brazenly ignoring 50 years of its own precedent, the United States Constitution and the will of the American people, this draft ruling would seriously erode the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American people," she said. "Upholding the rule of law and maintaining the faith of the people require that the Court allow Roe to remain the law of the land."
Who is correct about abortion? The Catholic Church, which calls it murder? Or Nancy Pelosi, who calls it a right?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) devoted part of her Mother's Day to an interview with Margaret Brennan, host of CBS's "Face the Nation." The topic was abortion -- the leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue back to the states to decide.
"This is about something so serious and so personal and so disrespectful of women," Pelosi said:
Pelosi said the leaked Supreme Court majority draft opinion "puts an urgency on what's happening in the election. Two more -- one or two more senators could sweep back the filibuster rule for this purpose, and then women would have a right to choose."
Pelosi also claimed that "most people always thought that this debate in the Congress was about the termination of a pregnancy, but it wasn't."
Pelosi said the debate is about "family planning."
Jones further complained in a May 16 article that Pelosi said "the possible reversal of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling must be put 'in perspective.'" An anonymously written article later that same day rewrote Jones' piece to emphasize sonmething else Pelosi said:
“And I say this as a practicing, devout Catholic: five children in six years and one week,” Pelosi went on to say. “I don't disrespect people's views and how they want to live their lives. But I don't think that it's up to the Donald Trump appointees on the Court or any politicians to make that decision for women.
“I will just say what I have been saying for decades,” she said. “Understand this. This is not just about terminating a pregnancy. This is about contraception, family planning. They have been against it.”
CNS didn't explain why a single TV appearance by Pelosi warranted two articles when both said basically the same thing.
The MRC's Squeeing Over Musk's Purchase Of Twitter Continues Topic: Media Research Center
As part of the Media Research Center's orgasming over the prospect of Elon Musk buying Twitter, Alexander Hall played the inevitable George Soros boogeyman card in a May 4 post:
Twenty-six organizations signed a letter warning that the Twitter takeover by Tesla founder and free speech advocate Elon Musk will ruin the platform.
How the tables have turned! Twenty-six organizations ranging from gay advocacy to pro-abortion demanded corporations boycott Twitter, warning that Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized.” Many organizations that signed the letter, such as the Free Press, MediaJustice (formerly Center for Media Justice) and the pro-abortion NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Hispanic Media Coalition, were heavily funded by liberal megadonor George Soros. Identity politics-based organizations such as the Marxist Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), National Hispanic Media Coalition, Women’s March and GLAAD also signed the bill.
Musk responded to a CNN Business report on the letter, asking in a tweet: “Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate.” He later added : “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” A Daily Mail report published May 4 answered Musk’s inquiry: “[A]n assortment of 'dark money groups' like George Soros's Open Society Foundation; NGOs founded by former Clinton and Obama administration staffers; wealthy Democrat donors and their family foundations; labor unions; and the governments of European nations.”
In a May 5 post, Joseph Vazquez declared that a fact-check of Musk was "stupid" and "idiotic" because it followed Musk's words to their logical conclusion:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk correctly slammed NBC News for trying to bury the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Phony fact-checker PolitiFact tapped into all levels of Pravda to pretend that wasn’t true.
The Facebook fact-checker ran an idiotic May 4 “fact check” headlined: “Elon Musk’s false claim that NBC News covered up Hunter Biden laptop story.” Musk went after NBC for having a conniption over his recently successful multibillion-dollar bid to purchase Twitter.
Musk stated on Twitter May 2 that NBC was the “[s]ame org that covered up Hunter Biden laptop story, had Harvey Weinstein story early & killed it & built Matt Lauer his rape office. Lovely people.”
Here was PolitiFact contributing writer Monique Curet’s pathetic reasoning for why Musk was awarded a “False” rating: “NBC News said its lack of in-depth reporting in 2020 on the laptop was due to people in Trump's circle trying to limit access to the information. That’s not the same as covering up the story.” So NBC did pathetic journalism and PolitiFact blames … Trump. In fact, Curet is not even located in the U.S. Her PolitiFact biography says she resides in Tokyo, which means the fact-checker had to outsource its shoddy business to someone located all the way across the Pacific Ocean.
Curet continued: “Musk’s tweet gives the impression that NBC News had all the relevant information and chose not to disclose it, and that’s not accurate.”
First: Musk never said NBC had “all the relevant information.” Curet inserted her own spin into Musk’s tweet and fact-checked a straw man. In addition, Musk’s insinuation that NBC covered up the story was broad and not limited to the initial 2020 bombshell.
NewsBusters has the receipts proving that NBC not only covered up the story for well over a year, but tried to spin it as a Russian disinformation op.
As we'venoted, the New York Post and its partisan pro-Trump sources provided no independent verification of the laptop or the information on it, making it journalistically reasonable to ignore that story since there was no reason to take these partisans at face value.
Meanwhile, the MRC kept cranking out other pro-Musk and Musk-critic-bashing content:
But the orgasms returned when Musk suggested he would allow Donald Trump to return to Twitter. Hall squeed in a May 10 post under the headline "Return of the King?":
Is he back? Maybe. Billionaire and free speech advocate Elon Musk declared he will reinstate former President Donald Trump when he buys Twitter. But will Trump return if the ban is reversed?
Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s Trump ban at a recent automobile event. “Musk, the Tesla CEO who is soon to own Twitter, said it was a mistake for the website to ban the former president,” The Washington Post wrote on Tuesday.
The article reported that Musk warned while speaking at a Future of the Car event sponsored by the Financial Times: “I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme.” He continued: “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
Catherine Salgado followed up with a post headlined "Anti-Free Speech Twitter MELTDOWN After Musk Proposes Un-Banning Trump." She did not explain why supporting Twitter's decision to suspend someone who incited a riot and repeatedly violated Twitter's terms of service makes one "anti-free speech." Hall added a post quoting Twitter founder Jack Dorsey saying that Trump should not have been banned, though he did agree that Trtump deserved a "temporary suspension" for what Hall euphemistically and delicately described as his "behavior in the final days of his presidency."
None of these writers noted that, as other observers have noted, Musk's statement came on the same day that Tesla recalled 130,000 vehicles for issues with the cars' touch screens, making the timing of his announcement look a lot like a distraction from bad news.
The MRC has yet to tell its readers that Trump is contractually obligated to make Truth Social his primary social-media outlet, and he can't repost his musings elsewhere for a minimum of six hours. So even if Musk restores Trump's Twitter account, it can't be his primary one.
CNS' Double Standard On Book Sales Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.comn managing editor Michael W. Chapman sneered in a May 2 article:
Jill: A Biography of the First Lady, written by two top journalists at the Associated Press, only sold 250 copies in its first week of release, reported the liberal news outlet Politico.
"A newly released biography about Jill Biden, by two well-respected Associated Press journalists, sold just 250 units in its first week, according to the company," said Politico on April 29.
The news outlet further reported, "NPD BookScan, which tracks book sales in the U.S., said that prominent books about [Donald] Trump released in his first two years of office outsold [Joe] Biden books during his first year and a half by, what an official there said was, 'essentially 10:1.'"
Apparently, for readers and book publishers, Trump is a far more profitable prospect than Biden.
Chapman provided no evidence that Politico is "liberal" -- to the contrary, he proved it isn't because a "liberal" outlet wouldn't have reported this story.
Meanwhile, CNS is indisputably a right-wing outlet because it hid stories about abysmal book sales among conservatives. For instance, you will find nothing at CNS about the abysmal sales for a book by right-wing Rep. Matt Gaetz -- selling as few as 2,200 copies over its entire run.
Chapman also dipped CNS' toe back into promoting Donald Trump's Big Lie about election fraud -- which it eagerly did after the 2020 presidential election -- snottily claiming that Joe Biden "won a historic election with reportedly 80 million votes." Chapman is suggesting there is legitimate dispute about the number of votes Biden received -- which there isn't.
This sort of snotty behavior by a member of management is not the way CNS builds journalistic credibiity.
One has to wonder that if Fondacaro really believes the "View" hosts are really a "pro-baby killing coven," that he also believes they use aborted babies in secret satanic rituals. He would be the kind of person who would believe it.
Fondacaro's issues with women also surfaced when his boss, Tim Graham, tagged him in a tweet in which he retweeted an image from a now-suspended account maliciously depicting "View" co-host Joy Behar as an ogre with the message "Can't unsee this." Fondacaro's response? "That's about right."
Those co-hosts are not the only women with whom the MRC has serious issues. Kevin Tober exposed his own issues with Hillary Clinton in a May 5 post under the headline "CBS's Norah O'Donnell Lets Hillary Clinton Shriek Over Abortion Rights." In it, Tober asserted that "Clinton returned to her infamous shrill angry screaming that makes her so unlikable," going to to complain that "There was no pushback from O’Donnell, who just sat there and nodded her head while listening to Clinton rant incoherently like a homeless person."
In reality, a fair view of the clip by a normal person indisputably shows that Clinton did not engage in "shrill angry screaming," nor did she "rant incoherently like a homeless person." She spoke like a normal person, which was apparently too much for Tober to handle. And he proved he's the real ranter with this closing tirade:
This interview surely reminded voters why she lost to former President Trump in one of the most stunning upsets in American presidential history and almost lost the Democratic nomination to a seventy-four-year-old socialist from Vermont. Her own party can’t even stand her. Norah O’Donnell isn’t much better for enabling Hillary’s insane ramblings.
Show us on the doll where Hillary touched you, Kevin. Or just get some professional help to address your vile misogyny.