MRC Whines Durham's Latest Trial Wasn't Being Covered -- But The MRC Largely Ignored It Too Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center has spentmonths desperately trying to portray special counsel John Durham as the anti-Mueller who was investigating the investigators and doing Donald Trump's dirty work in trying to blame the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign for purpotedly spying on Trump's campaign. Tim Graham played whataboutism with coverage of the House committee looking into the Capitol riot -- which the MRC repeatedly insisted wasn't real news -- in an Oct. 13 post:
ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and NPR are all expected to air live coverage of the last hearing of the Pelosi-picked panel investigating the January 6 riot. This is the ninth hearing (two of them in prime time) that these networks have provided hours of free publicity to Pelosi and the Democrats, who are using today's hearing to raise funds inthe midterms.
Meanwhile, special counsel John Durham is trying Igor Danchenko in federal court, which none of these networks has covered on air this week. To illustrate the lack of network interest, we searched the name "John Durham" in the Nexis search engine from January 20, 2021 through October 12, 2022.
ABC: One story by Pierre Thomas.
CBS: Two anchor briefs.
NBC: Two stories and one brief mention in a February 21 story on the Merrick Garland confirmation.
PBS NewsHour: Two stories and one anchor brief.
NPR: Four stories and one brief mention in its story on the Merrick Garland confirmation.
Contrast that pittance to 18 or more hours of live January 6 Committee television each.
Funny how Graham didn't mention Fox News at all -- presumably because it doing so would show just how far to the right it is in obsessing even more over Durham than the MRC does. But you know who else has been ignoring Durham in recent months? Graham's employer.
Until this post, NewsBusters hadn't mentioned Durham since June 4, when Clay Waters grumbled that the New York Times accurately pointed out that Durham was trading in right-wing conspiracy theories in the wake of his failed prosecution of Michael Sussmann. Yes, Graham whined about that too, with even more whataboutism:
When the networks have reported on Durham, it was to characterize him or conservative media coverage as a failure. In February, PBS brought on an award-winning trash-talker. The New York Times wrote that the entire narrative appeared to be mostly wrong or old news, and its conclusions based on a misleading presentation of the facts or outright misinformation." At the same time, NPR's All Things Considered carried the online headline "The John Durham filing that set off conservative media, explained."
In May, ABC's single report focused on Clinton lawyer Michael Sussman being found not guilty of lying to the FBI. Pierre Thomas proclaimed: "It was the first trial of a case brought by the man handpicked by Donald Trump's attorney general to examine the origins of the FBI's investigation into Trump's possible ties to Russia. But tonight, a Washington jury handing special counsel John Durham a stinging defeat, acquitting a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton's campaign of charging that he lied to the FBI."
Liberals could consider the Mueller probe a failure, because it failed to find Trump-Russia collusion or lead to Trump being indicted. Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center found that from January 20, 2017 through July 20, 2019, the evening newscasts at ABC, CBS, and NBC alone devoted an astounding 2,634 minutes to the Trump-Russia narrative.
In fact, the Mueller investigation indicted 37 people, including five Trump associates, many of whom struck plea deals or were found guilty in court. Most people would call that prosecution record a success -- and a far more successful one than Durham's.
So you'd think Graham's whining would indicate that the MRC would serve up its own intensive coverage of Danchenko's trial, right? Wrong. Not only did NewsBusters ignore it, so did its "news" division CNSNews.com (which, like its MRC parent, did parrot right-wing spin after the Sussmann acquittal). The only coverage it provided was an Oct. 12 article by Craig Bannister focused on one witness' testimony that "the FBI had offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele a $1 million “incentive” to corroborate the unfounded Steele Dossier allegations against former President Donald Trump." When Dahchenko was acquitted just like Sussmann was, CNS reported nothing.
Meanwhile, the site for which Graham serves as executive editor censored Danchenko's acquittal for five days, and it mentioned Durham just one more time since then, in an Oct. 23 item by Waters whining once again that the Times pointed out Durham's record of failure:
New York Times legal reporter Charlie Savage and the paper’s official fact-checker Linda Qiu teamed up on Wednesday’s front page to cover the acquittal of Igor Danchenko for lying to the FBI in “Russian Analyst for Trump Dossier Acquitted of Lying to the FBI.” (Biden apparently makes no statements the paper finds worthy of fact-checking, judging by how many non-fact check bylines Qiu has shared lately.)
For the Times, it was a golden opportunity to again bash special counsel John Durham’s investigation into how the FBI pursued the alleged Russia ties of former President Trump.
The Times enthusiastically pushed special investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion that resulted in zero charges against any Trump associate for criminal conspiracy. Now it is reveling in the failure of the Durham inquiry into the very partisan origins of Mueller’s investigation.
Legal reporter Savage saw a politicized case at every turn:
Savage had the audacity to suggest it was the Durham investigation, not the FBI’s actual deceit, that had possibly “damaged national security” by pursuing charges and thus discouraging people from speaking up in future.
Unsurprisingly, Waters offered no real evidence to back up those claims, nor did he prove that Durham's probe wasn't politicized.
CNS Runs 2 Press Releases On Trump Receiving The Same Award Topic: CNSNews.com
During the Trump years, CNSNews.com had a bad habit of devoting multiiple articles to pushing the same exact pro-Trump talking point. That hasn't stopoed just because Trump is no longer in office. Craig Bannister wrote in an Oct. 19 article:
Former President Donald Trump will be awarded the prestigious Theodor Herzl Medallion by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) at its upcoming gala.
Trump is being honored for his numerous pro-Israel actions as president, which include moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement, praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, and brokering Middle East peace accords.
Other honorees at the event include U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who will receive a “Defender of Israel” award. The list of distinguished award-presenters includes esteemed Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz.
Bannister linked to a 2017 article by Patrick Goodenough -- a majorTrump-fluffer on Israel-related things -- who gushed that "Images of President Trump touching the ancient stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem will send a strong signal to the Palestinians and their Muslim allies who have used U.N. forums to contest Jewish claims and heritage at the location of the biblical Temples."
This article, however, was apparently deemed insufficiently fluff-worthy of Trump, so intern Lauren Shank was tasked with writing about this same award again -- with more boilerplate quotes from ZOA officials -- in a Nov. 3 article:
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the leading major American Jewish organization defending Israel and the Jewish people, will award former President Donald J. Trump the Theodor Herzl Gold Medallion for his “unprecedented accomplishments on behalf of Israel and the Jewish-American community” at its Nov. 13 Superstar Gala in New York City.
“ZOA rarely awards the Theodor Herzl Gold Medallion,” ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said in a press release. “It has been presented only to other renowned world leaders and dignitaries like Lord Balfour, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Sheldon G. Adelson.”
“As a champion of Israel and the Jewish people, President Trump is certainly worthy of being in that company,” said Klein.
Trump’s achievement of forging the Abraham Accords, which established peace between Israel and Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan, would merit the honor alone, ZOA Board Chairman David Schoen said.
CNS has not explained why it felt compelled to devote two press release-esque articles to Trump receiving the same award when one would have more than sufficed.
MRC Finds A New Angle To Distract From Attack on Paul Pelosi Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's mission following the hammer attack on Paul Pelosi was to desperately try to distract from it by pretending the attacker wasn't politically motivated, even though he broke into Pelosi's house shouting, "Where's Nancy?" Kevin Tober found a new distraction in an Oct. 31 post regarding the attacker's alleged immigration status:
Despite spending parts of their respective reports lashing out a Republicans for the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul in the middle of the night on Friday, the big three evening news networks managed to ignore the fact that the alleged attacker was an illegal immigrant who overstayed his visa. Only Fox News’s Special Report mentioned this key detail.
Instead of covering the fact that the attacker shouldn’t have been in the country in the first place, ABC’s World News Tonight tried blaming Republicans and claimed the attacker was motivated by politics.
Correspondent Mola Lenghi kicked off the segment for ABC by claiming “DePape allegedly describing the Speaker as the quote leader of the pack of what he said were lies told by the Democratic Party.”
Continuing to describe the intentions of the attacker, Lenghi proclaimed that “DePape also later explained that by breaking Nancy's kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into congress, which would show other members of congress there were consequences to actions.”
We've already noted how Tober then leaned into blaming the victim by sneering that Pelosi wouldn't have been attacked if he had been in jail for a DUI conviction as he purportedly should have been.
A Nov. 1 post by Alex Christy complained that right-wingers' viciously anti-Nancy Pelosi rhetoric was beinbg called out as a contributing factor in inciting Pelosi's assailant as he tried to turn that criticism into a conspiracy theory: "Alleging that simply calling Pelosi “crazy” is responsible for the assault is insane and just a not-so clever way to demand that Republicans shut up and stop criticizing Democrats." Christy theorized later in the day that referring to Republicans' "fetishization of violence" was a code word, "MSNBC's way of saying support for the Second Amendment in their campaign ads," going on to whine: "One can hope, but shouldn’t hold their breath, that MSNBC will dial down the rhetoric that accuses the most basic sort of campaigning with a 'fetishization of violence.'"
The MRC then had to ride to the defense of one of its favorite (pre-election, anyway) right-wing darlings, Republican Arizona governor candidate Kari Lake, for making a stupidly insenstive remark about the attack on Pelosi. Curtis Houck huffed:
Like NBC would do, [CNS Mornings co-host] co-host Tony Dokoupil focused on comments from Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) in which she simply noted that, in answering a question about securing schools, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has “apparently, her house doesn’t have a lot of protection.”
The crowd laughed, leaving the media to argue Lake represented the GOP making fun of the attack.
“Many Republicans have condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi, but some others have made light of it, including Kari Lake, who is in a tight race for governor in Arizona. She brought the assault up when replying to a question about safety in schools,” Dokoupil said.
Houck offered no evidence that Lake wasn't making fun of the attack. Meanwhile, Mark Finkelstein similarly complained that CNN's Don Lemon condemned Kari Lake for her comments on the attack, calling them "vile, vile," then attacked Lemon instead of criticizing Lake's insensitivity: "If the goal of Chris Licht, the new CNN honcho, was to move the liberal network toward the center, today was an ominous start."
HOuck got back on track to the main distraction narrative and spouting of talking points -- and stenography for a Republican senator -- in another post:
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) finally put a stop on Tuesday to CBS Mornings’s attempts to blame conservatives and Republicans for the brutal attack on Paul Pelosi by a drug-addicted mentally ill, and former Green Party nudist. During the six-plus-minute interview meant to promote his new book, Cotton calmly beat down the repeated aspersions from co-host Tony Dokoupil by citing the left’s double standard on crime and political violence.
Dokoupil began by wondering what was his “reaction” to the alleged crime seeing as how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “a fellow elected official.” Cotton immediately sniffed out where Dokoupil was going, stating “it’s a terrible crime against Paul Pelosi” and not only did he “ wish him the very best and a full recovery,” but called for “the book&rdquo to be “throw[n]...at the assailant.”
Adding the suspect is reportedly in the U.S. illegally, Cotton said “throw[ing] the book at” violent criminals should always be the case and regardless of whether it’s Mr. Pelosi, or “any common criminal who attacks someone” regardless of their status.
Dokoupil nonetheless tried to pin Cotton down, insisting crimes against ordinary citizens (i.e. those without means to recover after such an attack) needed to be “separate[d] out” from “what seems to be politically-motivated crime.”
He then asked the Arkansas junior senator “whether the temperature in the country is just too high, the information is just too much, and that we're going to see more, not less political violence going forward.”
Cotton wasn’t having it and implicitly took aim at those suggesting policies and views espoused by the early 2010s Tea Party caused it, arguing “deranged lunatics” have gone after people in both parties and thus he didn’t“think John Boehner 12 years ago pointing out that Nancy Pelosi passed ObamaCare or Kevin McCarthy now pointing out that she passed trillions of dollars in spending that caused...inflation led to this...apparent nudist activist breaking into their home.”
More posts continued to lash out at commentators linking extremist right-wing rhetoric to the attack:
The MRC dabbled in baseless conspiracies as well. A Nov.3 post by Jeffrey Clark uncritically noted that on CNBC,a host and a guest "clashed over Tesla CEO and Twitter owner Elon Musk’s now deleted comments on the Paul Pelosi controversy. After a reported illegal alien and drug user assaulted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband in their San Francisco home, Musk shared a story that questioned the official narrative of the attack, and asked why the attacker was reportedly in his underwear." Clark didn't mention that there was no evidence whatsoever to support the low-credibility site whose conspiracy theory Musk amplified.
There would be more whataboutism, of course. More soon.
The COVID pandemic has two new forms, in addition to continuing preventable deaths from viral infection – nearly 3,000 a week in the U.S. One is increasing levels of long COVID that does not kill, but ruins quality of life. I have already published articles on this. Here I explore the second new manifestation, namely excess deaths not due to infection but resulting from vaccines. How are vaccines killing large numbers of people? In brief, the vaccines ruin immune systems and damage blood. So people are dying from various ailments and diseases, including cardiac problems.
Government agencies have played many games to hide vaccine-induced excess deaths.
A large body of medical literature continues to evolve on these excess deaths showing death rates in 2021 and 2022 significantly above rates prior to the pandemic. And many studies have linked vaccines to these high excess death rates. Below I cite several sources where details have been published. Though it takes time, reading these sources will enlighten you about vaccine induced deaths.
Mathew Crawford, a great analyst, said that, "Vaccine deaths were seemingly classified as COVID-19 deaths, [and] my estimation of the death toll quickly grew. Now I personally suspect that over 100,000 Americans have been killed by the experimental vaccines. Others I know think the number may be as large as a quarter of a million." Based on my extensive reading I think the latter is likely.
Crawford's claims about excess deaths caused by vaccines were discredited long ago -- which tells his Hirschhorn's standards for a "great analyst" are severely flawed. Hirschhorn also promoted dubious claims from anti-vaxxers like Steve Kirsch and Daniel Horowitz, as well as a bogus poll commissioned by Kirsch claiming that "More than twice as many Americans have lost a household member to a COVID vaccine injury as have lost one to COVID." Hirschhorn concluded by rehashing his conspiracy theories:
In the U.S. and worldwide many people who obeyed public health agencies and got COVID shots are dying from them. This is how the pandemic lives on by killing people from the supposed "solution" to COVID. And authorities are still pushing vaccines. This is tragic. Also tragic is that most excess deaths are of relatively young people, considered working age, not the elderly. Finally, this is what CDC says: "Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare." Keep in mind that the pandemic could have been better addressed by strongly pushing use of high dose vitamin D and even nasal saline sprays. COVID vaccines were always a terrible strategy but a great moneymaker for Pfizer.
For a pre-election column on Nov. 3, Hirschhorn tried to turn his discredited conspiracy theories into a campaign issue:
As someone who closely follows the news, I have found it amazing that no stories about the issues important to midterm voters include pandemic and COVID failures, especially vaccines. They have caused more than 30 million adverse health impacts and deaths; these are far greater than all the harm caused by crime, opioid and fentanyl misuse, and other factors ruining lives. Over a million Americans have died from COVID, and hundreds more die every day because the vaccines do not work and all the wrong, useless protocols still are used in hospitals.
There should be not doubt that the Biden administration and Democrats have totally screwed up pandemic management. If Americans want major changes, then they should vote for Republicans over Democrats.
Now is the time for all smart, sensible and informed Americans to think about the need to NOT vote for Democrats in House and Senate races. This view may not persuade far-left, radical Democrats and liberals, but I hope that moderate Democrats, independents and others who see pandemic truth will vote for much needed change in our medical and public health system and restore public trust in it.
Nobody is going to find "pandemic truth" by listening to Hirschhorn's conspiratorial rantings.
CNS Is Still (Mostly) Censoring Herschel Walker's Abortion Scandals Topic: CNSNews.com
We've documented how CNSNews.com completely censored the story of Republican Senate candidate (and ontime coverage favorite) Herschel Walker paying for a girlfriend's abortion. It continued to do censor it -- with only a couple brief, passing mentions -- in the runup to the midterm elections.
An Oct. 20 article by Micky Wootten on a debate between Walker and his Democratic incumbent opponent, Raphael Warnock, completely censored any mention of Walker's abortion scandal, even though it was discussed during the debate. Instead, Wootten deceptively kept his story focused on financial issues, noting that they "clashed over student loan debt but apparently agreed that there should not be a federal minimum wage."
An Oct. 27 article by Melanie Arter provided the first mention in a "news" article of Walker's abortion scandal -- which came only after a second woman came forward to say Walker paid her for an abortion. But the main focus of her article was promoting how "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that the reason why liberals are so intent on defeating Hershel Walker’s bid to become the next senator from Georgia is because if Walker 'becomes a Republican, maybe every other young child in America of color might want to be a Republican.'" It wasn't until the third paragraph that Arter noted that "Walker told Fox News’ 'Hannity' that the latest allegation against him that he pressured a woman into getting an abortion is 'a lie.'"
A Nov. 4 article by Lauren Shank supplied the only other pre-election reference to the scandal. Ity was effectively a press relesase for a so-called study by CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, complaining about supposedly "negative" coverage of Republican candidates, an example of which was "anonymous and unverified allegations that GOP candidate Herschel Walker years ago paid for two women’s abortions, charges that Walker vehemently denied."
An anonymously written Nov. 9 article on the Walker-Warnock race going to a runoff went back to censoring the abortion scandal and offering Walker puffery instead: ">Walker, a Georgia native, played running back for the University of Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. He then played professional football in the USFL and the NFL."
CNS' mission statement claims that it "endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story." Yet again, it's refusing to live up to its own words.
NEW ARTICLE: The MRC's Loud And Lame War On NewsGuard, Part 3 Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center has to dip into its Hunter Biden Derangement Syndrome and embrace a militia-loving extremist podcaster to keep up its attacks on the website-rating company. Read more >>
MRC Whines WH Press Secretary Didn't Hold Enough Briefings Last Month -- But It Covered Only One Topic: Media Research Center
It's so like Media Research Center writer Curtis Houck to blame others for his own laziness. In an Oct. 18 post, he complained that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had only given four press briefings in the month -- but this was first briefing of the month that he bothered to write about. Apparently, his pet White House reporters from Fox News and other right-wing outlets were sufficiently trashing Jean-Pierre to his satisfaction, nor was he able to make up yet another reason to denigrate her as an incompetent diversity hire. (It's also quite ironic because he never complained at all that one of Donald Trump press secretaries, Stephanie Grisham, gave no press briefings at all during her tenure.) Still, Houck gave it the ol' college try in gerating his usual Doocy-fluffing:
In only the fourth White House press briefing this month, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced a litany of questions Tuesday about the left’s fixation on abortion (instead of crime or the economy).
As we’ve come to expect, Fox’s Peter Doocy and Real Clear Politics’ Philip Wegmann turned up the heat with Doocy asking if the White House is more concerned about abortions than struggling Americans and Wegmann wondering whether President Biden supports a limit on abortion.
CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy set the table by asking Jean-Pierre how many more Senate Democrats Biden needs Roe and, after Jean-Pierre repeatedly ducked, he instead asked if abortion would be Biden’s “top legislative priority in” 2023.
Jean-Pierre ducked, accusing him of engaging in “hypotheticals.” Portnoy pressed one last time by wondering if this abortion focus means it’s already his top issue, Jean-Pierre said Biden has “show[n]...how important Roe is to him, how important reproductive rights is because a majority of Americans believe that this right needs to stand.”
Jean-Pierre promptly stepped in it: “The President’s going to continue to talk about issues that matter to the American people and abortion is one of them. A majority of the American people disagree with the decision that — that the Supreme Court made the Dobbs decision....When it comes to the economy...it is the — his number one economic priority”.
Doocy picked up on Jean-Pierre’s description of inflation only being “his number one economic priority.” And when she suggested Biden has created a roaring economy, Doocy fired off a scorcher on how could that be the case when Bloomberg said a recession is indisputable (click “expand”):
Predictably, Jean-Pierre blamed oil companies for high prices:“There is no shortage of opportunities or incentive for oil companies to ramp up production. We’ve made that clear. Oil companies are ranking in record profits”.
Houck continued his laziness: Even though Jean-Pierre held three more briefings in October (plus several other informal "press gaggles" throughout the month), Houck couldn't be bothered to write about them either. If Houck continues such laziness in his hackery, what are we going to write about?
Newsmax Columnist Hypes Midterm 'Red Wave' -- But Silent Afer His Prediction Failed Topic: Newsmax
Michael Dorstewitz was one of the Newsmax columnists enthusiastically touting a Republican "red wave" in the midterm elections. He blared in his Oct. 21 column, headlined "Mark Nov. 8 Down as a Red Letter Day — As in GOP Red":
It’s 18 days until Election Day and, if anything, it’s looking progressively worse for the Democratic Party.
They realize they have only themselves to blame.
RealClearPolitics revealed Thursday that voters couldn’t care less about abortion. It compared its Generic Ballot Polling Average of polls before Dobbs vs. Jackson Womens Health Organization (the decision that struck down Roe v. Wade) and after Dobbs.
Prior to Dobbs, Republicans were up 2.8%; After Dobbs, Republicans were up even more — 3.5%.
As one Twitter user quipped, "But I was promised a Roevember."
Nope. No Roevember this year — it’s gonna be a Redvember, so long as everyone who counts votes, and every vote is counted.
Academy award-winning actress Susan Sarandon posted a meme containing a powerful message to social media Monday. It suggested that there was very little difference between the Democratic Party of today and Nazis of pre-World War II Germany.
Biden’s problem is that he’s got it backwards. He’s not our ruler; the people are his ruler.
Because the United States is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, people like Biden are referred to as public servants who serve at the pleasure of the people.
And the people are not pleased. That’s why the people are abandoning Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
Democrats are losing on nearly every major issue on the ballot this election cycle: inflation, crime, the economy, border security. So they’re pivoting to a new issue: “our democracy is at risk.”
They’re right. It is at risk, but not by the GOP, or even MAGA Republicans. The Democratic Party itself is placing democracy in jeopardy.
The free will to think, discuss, and work through issues, and ultimately change the world are distinctly God-given human powers — and Biden wants to deny us those powers for “the greater good.”
Censorship is banana republic territory — and Democrats want to take us there.
Some of that bluster went away the day before the election, when Dorstewitz spent his Nov. 7 column fretting that Donald Trump taking shots at fellow Republican and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis before the midterms becuase "Until 2024, tomorrow will be the most important election of our lives." He insisted that :="going after your own is a bit much," adding: "There’s no need and little reason to draw the blood of other Republicans. Even primary rivals ultimately want the same thing — a GOP win."
But there was no "Redvember," many Democrats won, and Republicans were unable to take control of the Senate. But Dorstewitz hasn't addressed those dismal results (for his ideology, anyway). Instead, his first post-election column have been about whining that government is "Too Big, Dysfunctional and Un-American."
His Nov. 11 column obliquely referenced how "voters and candidates alike are waiting for election results in various states — especially Nevada and Arizona, as well as a December Senate runoff in Georgia" without mentioning Republican failures, then spent the rest of the column complaining that "the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade (with Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization) in June prompted a number of states to make abortion a right guaranteed under their own state constitution." At no point did he mention that this was also part of right-wing election failures.
Dorstewitz was silent about the failure of his midterm bluster in his Nov. 14 column, instead grumbling that has-been right-winger Ann Coulter was shouted down during a speech on a college campus and that a Democratic senator exposed the mismanagement of Twitter under Elon Musk by showing how easily a potentially malicious parody account designed to mimic actual accounts can be made.
UPDATE: Dorstewitz finally gort around to addressing the midterm results in his Nov. 16 column. Not to apologize for being so wrong about a "red wave," of course -- right-wingers never apologize -- but to complain that "political noise" from Democrats caused Republicans to falter:
2022 had to have been one of the most chaotic election cycles in recent memory, with all the chaos coming from the Biden White House and a compliant press.
Given President Joe Biden's long list of failures, including the economy, crime, border security, COVID response, and a foreign policy that's placing us dangerously close to World War III, it was all Democrats had going into the midterms.
The messaging in each case was that the previous administration was corrupt, as opposed to the steady hand of the current one.
The biggest news in the months leading up to Nov. 8 was the FBI's early morning raid on Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach, Florida residence.
The raid of a former president's home was unprecedented, and prompted whisperings of nuclear secrets and launch codes for sale.
As it now stands, the best the GOP can do is to maintain the Democratic-controlled 50-50 chamber, but only if Walker defeats incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock next month.
So all the noise and clatter about bringing Trump and his aides, advisers and followers to justice was just that — noise and clatter. Their single goal was to win on Election Day.
And it worked — at least to the extent that Democrats will maintain control of the Senate.
Dorsetwitz also repeated a right-wing conspiracy theory that the Capitol riot was caused by secret FBI informants "dressed like Trump supporters."
CNS Continues To Shill For Oil Industry Lobbyists Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.com has been a reliableshill for the oil industry, and it conintues to be one for the puropse of attacking President Biden. Susan Jones served as stenographer for the oil industry's lobbying group in an Oct. 5 article:
News that OPEC+ has cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day is "really bad news for American consumers," an oil industry executive told Fox News on Wednesday.
"Well, no one should be cheering this news," said Mike Sommers, president of the American Petroleum Institute. "But the truth of the matter is that dependency on foreign countries for American oil and gas is a choice. And it's a choice this administration has made repeatedly, unfortunately, with the policies that they have pursued so far."
News of the OPEC production cut comes just as record releases from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve -- ordered by President Biden -- have stopped.
Sommers told Fox News, "We should be looking under our feet for the resources that we have here. We can produce these products here. We can share these products throughout the world during a time of war. We have that choice. And we can do it."
Jones helped API go on the attack against Biden for calling out excessive oil industry profits in a Nov. 1 article:
President Joe Biden, a lifelong politician with no background in running a business, is once again blasting oil companies, even threatening them, for earning large profits.
"I think it's outrageous what their — the — the size of the profit," Biden said on Monday:
The American Petroleum Industry issued the following statement in response:
"Rather than taking credit for price declines and shifting blame for price increases, the Biden administration should get serious about addressing the supply and demand imbalance that has caused higher gas prices and created long-term energy challenges.
"Today, the President proposed to raise taxes on the U.S. natural gas and oil industry that is competing globally to produce the fuels Americans need every single day. Oil companies do not set prices—global commodities markets do.
"Increasing taxes on American energy discourages investment in new production, which is the exact opposite of what is needed. American families and businesses are looking to lawmakers for solutions, not campaign rhetoric.”
"Analysis of a windfall profits tax established in 1980 have found that it decreased domestic energy production and increased reliance on imported oil. According to the Congressional Research Service, the tax reduced domestic production by as much as 8 percent from 1980 to 1988 when it was repealed in part because “it made the United States more dependent on foreign oil."
What President Biden did not say is that oil companies experienced record losses during the COVID pandemic, when oil prices collapsed.
Jones censored the fact that record oil company profits have far exceeded pandemic-related losses. Rather than lgoing beyond copy-and-pasting a API statement to probe why oil companies aren't keeping the same profit margins they had pre-pandemic -- or even question API's suggestion that Biden is to blame for higher oil prices -- she parroted her employer's anti-Biden partisan agenda again:
President Biden is a green energy/climate change acolyte. Even during his presidential campaign, he declared his intention to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which discouraged investment by the oil industry.
In a March 2020 debate, before becoming president, Biden said: "Number one, no more subsidies for fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one."
As recently as this past May, President Biden hailed higher gas prices as an "incredible transition."
"When it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it's over, we'll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over," Biden said.
Putting lobbyists and partisan narratives before good journalism is not a good look.
Irresponsible: WND Treating Rumors As Fact To Falsely Smear COVID Vaccines Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily is so dedicated to spreading COVID vaccination that it's even trying to amplify baseless rumors.An anonymously written Oct. 25 article declared:
With the multitude of side effects and other problems that now are appearing and are attributed to the COVID-19 shots that were mandatory for so many, a glitch in a performance by a celebrity is not without such claims.
It was singer Katy Perry who recently suffered an unusual episode where she appeared to be unable to open her right eye for a time.
It lasted about 15 seconds and drew the immediate concern that, "She got that Pfizer eye," from those attributing the development to a COVID shot.
A Fact Check by Newsweek pointed out that Perry fans "became very concerned for the pop star when her eye appeared to refuse to open."
The report noted, "But many social media users joked the eye closing was the result of a side-effect from a Covid-19 vaccine, bringing a misleading anti-vaccine narrative back to the surface."
The report noted Perry hasn't acknowledged the issue, but it claimed, "There is no evidence to support claims that vaccines, COVID or otherwise, caused it."
If there's no actual evidence to link COVID vaccines to Perry's eye issue beyond spculation from Twitter trolls, there's no reason for this story to exist. But WNDmustdenigrate COVID vaccines even when there's no factual basis to do so, so we have this story. No wonder the WND writer was apparently so ashamed at having to write this thing that he or she refused to put their name on it.
Not to be outdone on irresponsible speculation, Joe Kovacs wrote in an Oct. 30 article:
A top Republican lawmaker died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 55, and with no cause of death provided, some are wondering if a COVID vaccine possibly played a part.
Hugh McKean, Colorado's House minority leader, died in his home just three days after turning 55.
With many news agencies not even raising the possibility of a possible COVID-vaccine connection, J.D. Rucker at The Liberty Daily wondered "Was it the jabs?" as he blasted "the increasingly large category of conservative news outlets who refuse to mention the words 'COVID' or 'vaccine' in any story that deals with sudden inexplicable deaths of young and otherwise healthy people."
"This is due to the tyrants in Big Tech who will blacklist any news outlets that even ask the question. Google and YouTube will cut off their big ad dollar checks. Facebook will cut off the massive amounts of traffic they send to news outlets. It's an unfortunate reality that even respectable conservative or alternative news outlets won't dare risk their gravy trains."
Rucker concluded: "The truth is starting to come out. It's usually dropping in trickles. Sometimes the spigot lets out a bit more. Over time, the people will see the truth. We can only hope and pray it reaches as many in time as possible."
Others on Twitter commented:
"Will the true autopsy be released?"
"We need to know WHY??? I hate autopsies but please let us know what caused him to pass so young in such an important state!"
"When was he last b🤔🤔std with the j@b of death?"
Never mind the fact that "a possible COVID-vaccine connection" was not mentioned because there is absolutely no reason to do so. Kovacs is clearly such a wildly irrespnsible reporter that he's happy to promote rumors as fact to push his employer's tide of dishonesty against COVID vaccines. It turns out that McKean died of a heart attack -- not unheard of in a 55-year-old man.
We'd complain about irresponsible reporting here, but irresponsible, nonfactual reporting is WND's brand.
MRC Obsessed Over Paul Pelosi DUI -- Then Used It To Bash Him After Attack Topic: Media Research Center
Earlier this year, the MRC was obsessed with Paul Pelosi, husband of hated Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi, getting arrested on a DUI charge, repeatedly demanding that it be treated as a major news story even though it, um, wasn't. Scott Whitlock whined in a May 31 post:
Paul Pelosi, the husband of liberal media favorite Nancy Pelosi, on Saturday night was arrested for allegedly driving drunk. The three networks jumped into protection mode, allowing just 117 seconds total. ABC’s coverage was the paltriest, just a scant 22 seconds on Sunday night.
The NBC and CBS morning and evening newscasts did slightly better: A still pathetic 39 seconds on NBC and 56 seconds on CBS.
ABC allowing a scant 22 seconds shouldn't be shocking. The network has a long history of fawning over Speaker Pelosi.
When the right-wing obsession with the DUI was pointed out, P.J. Gladnick grumbled in a June 5 post:
Perhaps Newsweek somehow hasn't gotten the message that the word "pounce" as in "Republicans pounce" has become such a laughable cliché that even Politico has ditched it in favor of "seized" after years of being mocked for overusing it. Last Sunday, Newsweek pulled out the worn cliché to frame their story by Jason Lemon about how Republicans reacted to the arrest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband for DUI in "MAGA Republicans Pounce After Nancy Pelosi's Husband Arrested for DUI."
The story itself wasn't so much about Paul Pelosi's DUI but how Republicans reacted or "pounced" in reaction to it:
Neither Whitlock explained why such a minor crime story warranted the national coverage they demanded.
A July 18 item by Tober referenced "Nancy Pelosi's drunk-driving husband" in accusing him of improperly buying stocks. He was back on the DUI beatwith another "nets ignore but Fox News promotes" post on Aug. 3:
On Wednesday morning, a lawyer for Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, showed up on his behalf in a Napa County, California courthouse to plead not guilty during Pelosi's arraignment on DUI charges. Court documents also revealed more details about the night Pelosi was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.
Predictably, all three evening news network broadcasts ignored the latest revelations about Speaker Pelosi's drunk driving husband in favor of local weather reports, an erupting volcano in Iceland, and a large hail storm in Canada.
During Fox News Channel's Special Report, senior correspondent Claudia Cowan reported that "according to court documents, Pelosi’s breath reeked, and he flunked a sobriety test after he allegedly drove his Porsche into the path of an SUV injuring that driver and totaling both cars."
"Police release dashcam video all the time, but despite repeated requests from Fox News the video of Pelosi's arrest is still under wraps," Cowan added.
Tober's anti-Pelosi activism finally got a little payoff, and he was happy to gloat in an Aug. 23 post:
Almost three months since Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Napa County California, ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News decided now would be a good time to report on the story now that Pelosi had been given a slap on the wrist with three years probation, an eight-hour community service program, a three-month course on the dangers of drunk driving, and an "ignition interlock device installed in his car for one year."
Despite Paul Pelosi serving no jail time, NBC Nightly News still decided it was too politically risky for them to touch the story. Instead of reporting on Paul Pelosi's DUI sentence, NBC decided to run a lengthy segment on potentially cancer-causing firefighter gear as well as flooding in Texas.
While ABC & CBS did find time in their broadcasts for news on the drunk driving husband of the woman who's second in line for the presidency, they only allowed twenty-two and twenty-three seconds on the story respectively.
ABC & CBS deserve no credit for reporting on news they should've been revealing to their audience all along. If this was the spouse of a Republican House Speaker, the drum beat of coverage by the three leftist networks would be unavoidable.
Like his co-workers, Tober never explained why Paul Pelosi's DUI demanded blanket national coverage. And you can be sure if "the spouse of a Republican House Speaker" was involved, Tober would be loudly whining that there was anycoverage at all, no matter how minimal, and cheering Fox News for its inevitable censorship of the story.
Why bring this up now? In an Oct. 31 post touting the MRC's latest distraction from the hammer attack on Paul Pelosi -- that the alleged attacker, David DePape, was in the U.S. illegally on an overstayed visa -- Tober sneered: "While political violence no matter which side commits it is reprehensible, the important fact is that if our nation’s immigration laws were enforced and our legal system treated everyone equally no matter how powerful, DePape would have been deported and Paul Pelosi would be in jail on his recent drunk driving charges." Tober offered no evidence that Pelosi's DUI case warranted the long prison term he demands.
WND Hypes Attack On Rubio Volunteer, Censors That He's A White Supremacist Topic: WorldNetDaily
An anonymously written Oct. 24 WorldNetDaily article served as a press release for Republican Marco Rubio:
A campaign canvasser for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was left with a broken jaw, internal bleeding, needing surgery and a message: Republicans 'aren't allowed in their neighborhood," according to a report from the senator.
Rubio, a sitting senator, is running for re-election in a race that has Rep. Val Demings as the Democrat Party challenger.
One social media, Rubio revealed that one of his campaign volunteers was beaten, requiring medical attention.
A report at the Daily Mail explained the volunteer was wearing Rubio campaign gear and that of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Both are popular among vast swaths of conservative Americans, and DeSantis even has been speculated as a possible GOP nominee for president.
The attack comes amid a largely verbal but very intense campaign by Democrats in Washington, including in the White House, to mischaracterize Republicans as a threat to the nation.
Joe Biden recently labeled conservatives as "semi-fascists."
And he "recently derided them as 'mega MAGA Republicans' in a Sunday interview on MSNBC and has panned them as 'extremists' in appearances across the country alongside Democratic midterm candidates."
This story didn't age well, even by WND standards. As we documented when the Media Research Center similarly hyped this story, the campaign worker in question, Christopher Monzon, is a white supremacist who called himself the "Cuban Confederate" who attended the notorious 2017 protests in Charlottesville, Va., against the removal of Confederate monuments (about which WND is still perpetuating the "Charlottesville lie" lie), and the far-right thugs of the Proud Boys were guarding his hospital room. And it turns out there was no apparent political motivation in at all in Monzon's beating at all; the alleged assailant has never voted, and Monzon never claimed a political motivation until after Rubio declared one on social media.
WND never reported on this story again, and it has not updated this article to mention that Monzon is a white supremacist and other relevant facts. It's bad journalism all around, but does anyone expect differently from WND?
In the past week, polling data has increasingly shown Republicans within striking distance of Democrats in races previously thought to be "safe" Democrat: the races for governor of Michigan and New York, the Senate races in Colorado and Pennsylvania, and several others.
But a careful examination of most of the major polls found that, in the past three election cycles, their results have favored the Democrats by four to five percentage points only to have the outcome either be much closer or a statistical tie.
"What we have is polling in aggregated battleground states that has continued in cycle after cycle that is inaccurate," political analyst Spencer Abraham Jr. told Newsmax over the weekend. "And if it is inaccurate, someone needs to prove it."
Abraham is a onetime aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and namesake son of a former Michigan senator and U.S. secretary of energy. He and veteran pollster Colin Pitts recently launched a new website to study major polls and their results in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Based on their findings as detailed at The Polling Monitor, Abraham and Pitts concluded that major contests still deemed "leaning Democratic" by the polls are probably, in fact, leading the other way.
Gizzi also gave some examples of Abraham's alleged poll analysis:
He went on to cite The Polling Monitor's findings from the past three cycles in Arizona showing CBS/YouGov overweighing Democratic strength by 4.2%.
"So when you look at their latest poll of the Senate race showing [Democratic Sen.] Mark Kelly beating [Republican opponent] Blake Masters by 51[%] to 48%," said Abraham, "it actually means Masters is ahead."
CBS/YouGov also found on Oct. 6 that in Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led Republican challenger Tudor Dixon by 53% to 47%.
"But the record since 2016 shows they are outweighing the Democrats by 2.6%, so it's probably a tie," Abraham told us, adding that CBS/YouGov's findings were released before the recent televised confrontation between the two in which Dixon was widely judged to have gained major ground.
"If polls are misleading voters or someone has put their thumb on the scale, they need to be called out," Abraham said. "That's why we have PollingMonitor.com."
So far, we haven't seen Gizzi call out Abraham for his inaccurate analysis. Instead, he promoted more polls that turned out to be wrong. An Oct. 27 article hyped a poll by right-wing Americano Media claiming, in Gizzi's words, "a modern high of Hispanic voters supporting Republicans," which "could easily tip the three competitive U.S. House races in Texas to the Republicans." In fact, Republicans won only one of the three Texas seats Gizzi referenced.
A Nov. 5 article by Gizzi touted how in the Wisconsin governor race, "the much-respected Marquette University Law School poll shows among voters statewide, [incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony] Evers and GOP businessman Tim Michels are deadlocked with 48% each," which "clearly shows movement in the direction of Trumpster Michaels since a month ago." Evers won by three percentage points.
Gizzi hasn't been eager to revisit this inaccurate polling either.
Like MRC Parent, CNS Loved Right-Wing Female Latino Who Briefly Filled House Seat Topic: CNSNews.com
Like its Media Research Center parent, CNSNews.com got excited when Republican Mayra Flores won a special election in June to fill a congressional seat in Texas, and it immediately portrayed her as the vanguard of a movement to push Latinos in a more Republican direction. Melanie Arter transcribed in a June 15 article:
Republican Mayra Flores’s win over Democrat Dan Sanchez in the special election to replace Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who resigned in March, spells the end of the Democrat Party in the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) told Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”
“Well, it's the beginning of the end of the Democrat Party in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and maybe for the Hispanic population who are hard-working, many of them work in the oil and gas industry,” Pfluger said of Flores, who is the wife of a Border Patrol agent.
“Obviously they’re tired of the border and tired of the inflation, the record inflation that we see. Their families are struggling alongside other families. So Mayra Flores winning this seat, she will be a congresswoman. This was a special election,” the congressman said.
“I think what it tells you is that it tells you that the Hispanic population and that everyday working class Americans regardless of our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, are tired of Democrat lies, we are tired of an economy and a crisis that Biden has put us in, and we are tired of lack of transparency,” he said.
Hispanics in her Southwest Texas district want border security, financial security and the economy to take priority over immigration reform, says Republican Rep.-elect Mayra Flores, who flipped a House seat in Tuesday’s special election.
Her victory made her the first Mexican-born U.S. congresswoman and the first Republican ever to win the predominantly Hispanic district.
In an interview with Fox News, Flores said that she won, in large part, because she shares the values – God, family and community – of her Hispanic constituents:
Contrary to the narrative of Democrats and media, Hispanics actually support the Border Patrol, and don’t like the way border agents are being disrespected, Flores told Ballasy.
Arter returned for more Flores stenography in a June 20 article:
Congresswoman-Elect Mayra Flores (R-Texas) told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the Democrat Party took the people of South Texas for granted, which is why she won the special election to replace Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas).
“Well, to be honest with you South Texas has always been conservative. We're all about faith and family, and hard work. That is who we are but The Democrat party [sic] took us for granted. They felt entitled to our vote, making the same promised over and over and really not making nothing happen, and I honestly had enough,” Flores said.
“I was really fed up with the compadrismo here in South Texas, and that’s the reason why I decided to run and of course the Republican party is investing now in south Texas and that helps us significantly getting the funding out there to the entire district to be able to tell them the Republican party is fighting for their values, that Mayra Flores is fighting for their values - values that are worth fighting for,” she said.
The next day, Bannister wrote an article hyping that "Hispanic voters in southwest border states disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance and, nationally, the younger the Hispanic voter, the greater the disapproval, a new survey shows," adding that "The results come in the wake of last week’s special election upset victory by Mexican-born Rep.-elect Mayra Flores, who became the first Republican ever to win a U.S. House seat in her predominantly Hispanic California [sic] district."
Just like its MRC parent, CNS censored the fact that Flores has far-right views and has been QAnon-curious. Nevertheless, the Flores party continued; we've already noted how CNS tried to manufacture a controversy about Nancy Pelosi allegedly elbowing Flores' child during her swearing-in ceremony (in fact, Pelosi was trying to make sure the cameras saw the girl).The accolades (and censoring of her far-right record) continued:
As Flores faced another election bid to permanently fill her seat, CNS cranked out some more stenography for her in October, in addition to including a comment from her among right-wingers praising Tulsi Gabbard for officially leaving the "Democrat Party":
Flores ultimately received the coveted victim designation in an Oct. 28 article by Bannister:
When the nation’s first Mexican-born congresswoman tried to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), she was told she couldn’t, because she didn’t fit its stereotype of Hispanic values and party affiliation.
On Wednesday, Townhall broke the news that the CHC had rejected Rep. Mayra Flores’ (R-Texas) request to join the caucus.
Nowhere on the “About” page of the caucus’ website does it say that membership is restricted to Democrats, though CHC Spokesman Sebastian Roa says it is required by the group’s bylaws. The caucus bylaws changed after former Republican Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo's rejection in 2017.
"I thought joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would be a constructive way to build bridges and work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of our constituents. I was wrong,” Flores told Townhall.
“This denial once again proves a bias towards conservative Latinas that don’t fit their narrative or ideology," Flores added.
Bannister offered no evidence that a right-winger like Flores ever expressed any previous desire to "build bridges and work in a bipartisan manner."
That, however, appears to be the last hurrah for Flores at CNS (unless she fails upward on the right-wing media ladder). Flores lost the election to permanent fill that seat to a Democrat Vicente Gonzalez by more than 8 percentage points during a campaign that included Flores refusing to debate Gonzalez and a local Republican official being accused of sexual assault.
A Nov. 10 article by Lauren Shank about conservatives complaining that Republicans didn't sweep the midterms as expected included Flores rage-tweeting "The RED WAVE did not happen. Republicans and Independents stayed home. DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE RESULTS IF YOU DID NOT DO YOUR PART!" But it didn't mention that Flores lost her election. That's quite the brusque farewell.
MRC Plays Whataboutism To Distract From Hammer Attack On Pelosi's Husband Topic: Media Research Center
When an attacker broke into Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and attacked her husband, Paul, with a hammer, the Media Research Center was much more concerned that the attacker might be associated with the brand of MAGA conservatism it's associating itself with lately than the attack itself.
When an MSNBC commentator argued that right-wingers are causing a "normalization of violence," Alex Christy used an Oct. 29 post to not only disdtance his fellow Pelosi-hating conservatives from the attack but played the No True Scotsman fallacy to pretend that attacker could not possibly have been a real MAGA guy: "We are not. Several Republicans came out and condemned the attack and wished Paul Pelosi well in his recovery. The attacker also, as NBC’s own write-up reports, doesn’t fit neatly into an ideological box, “The [attacker’s] posts take aspects of liberal anti-establishment ideas to more recent posts that espouse positions typically associated with far-right extremism, the sources said.”
Tim Graham played the whataboutism card in whining that a panelist on a PBS show made "snarky comments" about Republicans who allegedly wished Paul Pelosi well but then "had nothing to say about how energetically liberals on Twitter were accusing Trump and his supporters of being responsible for the Pelosi attack -- or, as Twitchy pointed out, how liberals were still being snarky about Sen. Rand Paul being brutally attacked by his neighbor in 2017, which led to broken ribs."
Joseph Vazquez desperately attacked a local radio station to play the distancing card in an Oct. 30 post:
Leftist hacks at a National Public Radio affiliate spewed wild hyperbole at a GOP congresswoman by arbitrarily connecting her to the “nudist activist” who attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) tweeted Oct. 28 following the attack on Paul Pelosi that she wished for “a full recovery” for him “from this absolutely horrific violent attack” in his home. Pelosi was reportedly taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture following the incident. Stefanik said the suspect, identified as David DePape, “should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
North Country Public Radio reporter Zach Hirsch quote-tweeted Stefanik just over two hours later: “some context here is needed.” Here was the extent of Hirsch’s so-called “context” on Stefanik’s condolences: Stefanik, according to Hirsh’s asinine argument, bears indirect responsibility for the attack because she verbally opposes Speaker Pelosi and her policies. Common sense be damned.
NCPR News Director David Sommerstein promoted Hirsch’s nutty logic by being more direct: “ [Stefanik] denounces violent political acts. But her day-to-day rhetoric may contribute to it.” This isn’t journalism. It’s fallacious, leftist tabloid nonsense funded in part by both U.S. and New York State taxpayers.
Vazquez went on to quote a Stefank spokesperson attacking the radio station with whataboutism: "They refuse to cover the violent leftist rhetoric which led to an assassination attempt on a Supreme Court Justice. This is deranged and dangerous, they should and will be defunded. " One wonders if Stefanik's campaign paid the MRC for writing this piece, because it certainly reads that way, and a small-market public radio station is not a typical MRC target.
On Sunday’s edition of CBS’s Face the Nation, anchor Margaret Brennan tried to accuse Republican Congressman Tom Emmer of stoking political violence and being responsible for the alleged attack on Paul Pelosi’s husband by an unhinged nudist in San Francisco. Brennan’s reasoning for these flimsy allegations was that Emmer dared to post a video on Twitter of him exercising his Second Amendment rights and urged voters to protect their rights by firing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House in November. Since Brennan is apparently unhinged herself, Brennan interpreted that tweet as a threat to Pelosi’s life.
“On your Twitter feed you posted this video we're going to show just a few days ago where you're firing a gun and it says, enjoyed exercising my second amendment rights, hashtag fire Pelosi. Why is there a gun in a political ad at all?" Brennan shrieked.
Emmer then turned the tables on Brennan by asking her why she never posed these questions to Democrats like Bernie Sanders after one of his supporters shot and almost killed then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
“It's interesting Margaret that we're talking about this this morning when a couple years back when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot Steve Scalise,” Emmer asked.
Neither tober nor Emmer offered any evidence that Sanders ever engaged in the kind of violent rhetoric that could possibly have inspired any shooter.He thencranked up the whataboutism even more:
The media don’t want to discuss the fact that Democrat rhetoric has inspired countless acts of political violence.
They want you to forget about the Black Lives Matter mobs in the summer of 2020 who burned cities to the ground and assaulted or killed countless police officers, the shooting at the Congressional Republican baseball practice in 2017, and most recently the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. To name a few.
The leftist media propagandists dressed up as journalists want you to forget about these incidents and to only focus on events they can plausibly blame on Republicans.
Again, Tober provided no example of "Democrat rhetoric" that specifically inspired any specific act of violence. (Also, all cities that existed before George Floyd's death were still standing after that summer's strife, so claiming that people "burned cities to the ground" is a blatant lie.)
P.J. Gladnick, meanwhile, freaked out over a news story being covered:
Politico is so intent on suggesting to its readers that evil right-wing Republicans were responsible at least indirectly for the break-in of Nancy Pelosi's home in which her husband Paul Pelosi ended up in the hospital due to being hammered that they have published on Friday and Saturday not one or two or even three or four stories on this topic but ELEVEN, count 'em, ELEVEN stories at the very top of their home page.
So many stories that only six of them were able to fit in the photo you see on this page. Let us start with the story at the very top of the page which blamed, without real evidence, the usual suspects for the media in general and Politico in particular, "Pelosi attack rattles an already skittish campaign trail."
Oh, and if the motivation for the incident turns out to be NOT political, will Politico publish ELEVEN correction stories on its home page?
We're still waiting for the MRC to correct the lies it has published, so maybe Gladnick needs to focus his whining internally first.
Mark Finkelstein bgan an Oct. 31 post by grumbling: "We don't buy the conspiracy theory that Democrats cooked up the attack on Paul Pelosi as a last-minute election ploy. But, wow the liberal media is fully embracing the conspiracy theory that this can be directly connected to January 6 and should become a central election issue." He then complained about "Morning Joe" taking a "deep dive" into the shooting and that "A quick word search of the closed-captioning (a rough measure) shows 'Pelosi' was spoken 81 times," further complaining that "Mika was simply going to ignore the San Francisco Chronicle (not a MAGA newspaper) reporting the alleged assailant DePape was part of a nudist group and became a hemp jewelry maker. They also found he was once registered as a member of the Green Party. Someone is looking away at potential parallels." He concluded by huffing: "We have a 'news' network that isn't really reporting new facts on this assault. Instead, the liberal are media look like they are exploiting the attack for all it's worth to stave off a potential red wave."
Curtis Houck similarly latched onto the "nudist" angle, as if Republicans could not possibly be interested in such a thing:
On Monday morning, the objective from the liberal broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC was clear: blame conservatives as accessories for attempted murder in the attack on Paul Pelosi by a Berekely-residing nudist. The networks even admitted but argued, without evidence, tens of millions of right-leaning Americans are “play[ing] footsie with the forces of violence.”
And as for the fact that conservatives have faced threats and been victims of political violence, one show brushed that aside as less important.
CBS Mornings was by far the worst, spending nearly ten minutes on the beating of the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti tied the actions of the drug-addicted, mentally ill assailant to “the January 6 Capitol Hill mob” because he allegedly shouted, “where is Nancy.”
He added that Republicans writ large now ignore and have accepted violence against their adversaries because, “you have Republican lawmakers when they were retiring would say I don't want to speak out even though I’m retiring because if I go back home, I'm going to get threats.”
Not only did Dickerson explain the rise in violence as a hallmark of the right, King insisted to fake Republican Doug Heye that Republicans haven’t “been full-throated in their...condemnations” of the Pelosi attack.
Heye agreed Republicans have excused it and collectively made fun of it. Worse yet, he argued the right only cares when they’re the victims[.]
Given how vociferiously the MRC has been playing whataboutism about the Pelosi attack and its attacks on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, it seems quite clear that that it cares about political violence only when they're the victims.Houck laughably summarized the whole thing insisting it was all about "attempts to criminalize dissent and blame tens of millions of conservatives for the actions of a mentally ill nudist."