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Warren Loses Her Cool On Live TV

Elizabeth Warren has caught up to Biden in recent Democratic polls – but she’s already in hot water.

At a rally yesterday a particularly brave reporter set her up with a “trick question,” if you will.

She wanted to know whether Warren would allow her imaginary future VP’s kids to serve on the board of foreign companies.

(Hint Hint: Obama let Biden’s son do this)

Well, Warren fired back a quick response, and then realized she’d fallen into the reporter’s trap. Read more…

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Warren Gets Hard-Hitting Interview by Colbert Stephen

Elizabeth Warren is getting all kinds of love from the mainstream media-but that might be coming to an end.

As she has seen her poll numbers go up, she has been enjoying the attention. It seems like some Democrats consider her a shoo-in for the nomination. Maybe a second chance to get a woman into the White House.

Thinking she’d get a nice, easy interview, she appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show. Perhaps she wanted the comedian to give her some softball questions she could knock out of the park.

Instead, the talk show host nailed her with the same question everyone has been asking. And he didn’t let her get away with the typical non-answer. Read more…

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Survey: Americans Hate “Fake News”

According to a new Ethics in Media study from boutique PR firm Bospar, nearly all Americans–more than 95%–agree with President Trump that #FakeNews is a big problem. Topping the list of concerns are: reports on fake news (53%), reporting gossip (49%), lying spokespeople (48%), celebrity opinions (36%), and left-wing agendas (34%). The study also revealed that a staggering two-thirds think that the current state of America’s journalistic ethics will only get worse headed into 2020. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Donald Trump’s war with the “fake news media” has only ramped up over the course of his presidency, while mainstream news outlets have become more overtly partisan, as infamously acknowledged by the New York Times executive editor admitting that the paper “built our newsroom” to cover one story — the Robert Mueller-debunked “collusion” conspiracy theory — for Trump’s first two years in office. But do Americans agree that the “fake news media” is a problem?

A new study of the public’s confidence in the media found that nearly all Americans — over 95% — are troubled about the current state of the media. While many likely wouldn’t go so far as to label the media the “enemy of the peope,” a majority were indeed very concerned about the prevalance of “fake news,” the reporting of “gossip” rather than fact, “Left-wing” and “Right-wing” agendas steering reports, outright “hit pieces” and “gotcha journalism,” and the prevalence of “celebrity opinons” and “lying spokespeople.”

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State AGs Launch Nationwide Effort Against Google

A coalition of state attorneys general representing 48 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are determined to settle the Google advertising monopoly question once and for all. “We have 50 attorneys general from across the nation who are involved in this investigation that we’re leading from Texas,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told reporters. “This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the Internet and searching on the Internet as they dominate the buyers’ side, the sellers’ side, the auction side, and even the video side with YouTube.” That’s not even touching on the search engine giant’s partisan politics manipulating what information makes it to voters. Read more…

Here’s more from  PJ Media…

On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a massive antitrust probe into Google, specifically focused on the massive internet company’s advertising power, which verges on a monopoly.

“We have 50 attorneys general from across the nation who are involved in this investigation that we’re leading from Texas,” Paxton said in a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building. “This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet and searching on the internet as they dominate the buyers’ side, the sellers’ side, the auction side, and even the video side with YouTube.”

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Time for White House to Launch Media Outlet to Combat Fake News

It’s time for the White House to launch its own media outlet. Never in the history of America has any president been subjected to such an onslaught of “fake news,” biased reporting and unfounded conspiracy theories spread by corrupt so-called journalists, some of whom have made their way into the U.S. justice system spurring illegitimate criminal investigations.

The Russia Hoax is one such example. For the past several years, the media, scores of high-ranking Democratic lawmakers and the deep state, all of whom loathe the president, spread a massive disinformation campaign saying that Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. The media relentlessly peddled baseless propaganda to delegitimize and derail the Trump administration, and were later debunked by the special counsel investigation, which found no such conspiracy took place.

That is just one destructive and costly example in a sea of lies the biased left-wing media traffics on a regular basis to smear the president and keep Democrats in power.

Another recent example was on MSNBC on Tuesday, where prime-time TV host Lawrence O’Donnell falsely reported that Trump had a Deutsche bank loan co-signed by Russians, further fueling the now-debunked Russian-collusion tale. O’Donnell later retracted the unfounded allegations, tweeting: “Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.”
This is the type of corrosive fake news that Trump’s combatting day in and day out.

As such, the American people are being shortchanged, because instead of the president focusing on solving our nation’s many problems, such as the opioid and immigration crises, or the ongoing tariff war with China — things he was elected to do — he is distracted daily and must instead respond to lies told by the media.

It’s no wonder the president has called the media “the enemy of the people,” as too many so-called journalists and TV pundits don’t report the news — they invent it or twist it to push a political narrative, sowing discord and cultural divisions across the spectrum.

Adding to the dumpster fire is the extreme bias against conservatives by Big Tech. Google is obviously manipulating search results to shape public opinion and damage the president, while social media networks are censoring conservatives with deceptive algorithms and other shadowy tactics to advance their own political agenda.
What’s a president to do under such extraordinary, hostile circumstances?

Keep lashing out on Twitter in the hopes his tweets aren’t blocked from his millions of followers’ newsfeeds via a deceptive practice known as “shadow banning”? Or take the matter into his own hands by launching a White House media outlet? In full disclosure, I pitched the latter to White House officials last spring.

I think the White House should launch an internet radio platform and an app where the president and his administration can bring their message directly to the American people. The benefits? No extremely biased and warped media filter, no social media algorithms, no toxic TV personalities distorting the White House’s agenda and achievements.

The app can be used to stream the president’s speeches, interviews with his administration and — my nostalgic favorite — Sunday-night fireside radio chats by the president, similar to those of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt beginning in 1933. The app should cost $1 to download, which could generate millions of dollars that should go toward veterans organizations that help our heroes.

That said, the president and his administration should still do media interviews as well as continue to use social media, but by carving one’s own path and bringing the White House’s message directly to the people, they will put unethical mainstream media on notice.

Get back to reporting the news honestly, fairly and ethically, or guess what. CNN, the Washington Post, The New York Times and other outlets will continue to lose readers and viewers — and, thereby, influence — as potentially millions of Americans flee their outlets and download the White House app instead.
Problem solved.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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The Problem With Narrative

This week, The New York Times caved to online bullying and changed a headline for an article covering President Donald Trump’s remarks after the horrible shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The original headline, “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” was met with outrage on social media by those on the left.

During the day, the hashtag #CancelNYT began trending. The headline was changed to “Assailing Hate but Not Guns.” So, if the headline was initially wrong, what did Trump say on Monday in response to the shootings?
Trump noted that the El Paso shooter had “posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate,” and the president called for national unity. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.” Appears the first headline was accurate.

Trump then laid out action steps that could be taken: “First, we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs,” he said. “Second, we must stop the glorification of violence in our society … Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence … Fourth, we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms.”

He closed with a call for “the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty.” His call for unity, beefed up by specific action steps, was met with outrage from political opponents and a successful push to change the headline.

So, what led those on the left to call for a different headline? The narrative they believe is that Trump is a racist. The belief in this narrative is so strong that any information in conflict with this belief must be ignored and anything that supports this belief must be true, even if it is not.

As I write in my upcoming book, “Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening,” all too often, “we take in information and then attempt to make it fit something we already believe and understand; we search for facts to support what we already believe to be true.”
Let’s take the left’s belief that Trump is a bad/racist person:

Last year, the New York Daily News printed a picture of a child at the border crying behind her mother. For those who follow the narrative, it’s Trump’s fault.

Then, there was the picture of a child in a cage that trended on Twitter. For those who follow the narrative, it’s Trump’s fault.

Then a picture of a bus outfitted with children’s seats circulated. For those who follow the narrative, it’s Trump’s fault.
None of these was Trump’s fault.

The child was never separated from her mother and was brought to the United States by her mother without her father’s knowledge. The child in the cage was part of a protest, and it was a staged cage. The bus was purchased in the Obama administration. All of the assumptions about Trump were wrong. But still the narrative continues: It must be Trump’s fault.

What is not talked about? Actions. The Trump administration forgave $322 million of debt for four historically black colleges and universities: Dillard University of New Orleans; Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Tougaloo College of Jackson, Mississippi; and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Trump signed the First Step Act, comprehensive criminal justice reform. He has created economic “opportunity zones” to revitalize inner cities.

But these actions don’t fit the narrative.

The challenge for those on the right is that while the narrative is not true, as noted by the examples above, it’s the prevalent way many voters organize information in their mind. Sadly, it has now extended not only to Trump but to those who support him.

On Tuesday, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, tweeted the names and corporate affiliations of 44 Trump donors in his district, claiming their donations are “fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'” Castro’s twin brother, Julian, is a Democratic presidential candidate.

The Democrats are fueling a campaign of hate against anyone who disagrees with them or doesn’t believe their narrative, no matter the facts.

The problem with following a narrative is that the real work gets left by the wayside. We should focus on actions rather than narrative.

To find out more about Jackie Gingrich Cushman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

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Liberal Media Refuses to Report Shooter’s Antifa Ties

The media coverage following last weekend’s Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, mass shootings has been decisively partisan with the left-wing media refusing to reveal the Dayton shooter’s left wing political ties while trying to tie an anti-immigrant rant by the El Paso shooter to President Trump. CNN alone so far has admitted that the Dayton shooter supported Antifa, but they are also doing their best to downplay the fact while ratcheting up their anti-Trump, anti-gun attacks. Read more…

Here’s more from Town Hall…

The liberal media is the arm of the Democratic Party and its agenda. That’s no secret, but if they think they can get away with what they’re doing with the Dayton shooting—their arrogance (or stupidity) has reached unprecedented levels. I mean there have been pretty explicit examples, but we’ve seen some pretty epic ‘hold my beer’ moments, as the various arms of this corrupt enterprise seem to be in a competition to out-do one another in displaying that liberal bias.

In less than 24 hours, we had two brutal mass shootings. In all, 31 people have been killed and scores more injured. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, two armed nutjobs executed senseless acts of carnage. The political games began almost immediately.

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Google Hates Pregnant Women

A viral memo from a current Google employee alleges that the Silicon Valley giant discriminates against pregnant women (in addition to conservatives). In her 2,300-word memo titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” she says she endured months of “angry chats and emails” and even “public shaming” by a fellow female employee that only escalated after learning that potentially life-threatening complications would require early maternity leave. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Just one week after a former Google employee accused the company of discriminating against conservatives, a viral memo from a current employee alleges the company has been engaging in discrimination against pregnant women.

According to Motherboard, a memo written by a Google employee alleges that she was unfairly discriminated against for being pregnant. More than 10,000 employees have now read the accusations she laid out.

“Last week, the woman posted the memo, titled ‘I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,’ to an internal company message board for expecting and new mothers,” reports the outlet. “The memo was reposted to other internal message boards and has since gone viral, multiple current Google employees in different parts of the company have told Motherboard.”

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Facebook Labels Revered Christian Quote as “Hate Speech”

Facebook has it out for St. Augustine, labeling a quote of his-included in the Roman Catholic Church’s official liturgical books-as “hate speech.” It’s worth noting that Facebook defines hate speech as “a direct attack on people.” Yet, the quote’s only possible “hate” rhetoric is that it calls out sin. Facebook has repeatedly blocked the quote and even threatened to remove user accounts for posting it. “Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon.” Read more…

Here’s more from WND…

Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech, according to the director of a pro-life group.

“Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite,” wrote Domenico Bettinelli, director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a blog post.

PJ Media reported the quote came from a St. Augustine homily included in the Roman Catholic Church’s official liturgical books.

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Hollywood Hypocrites Have Always Embraced Epstein

Hollywood’s #MeToo credibility is crumbling before our eyes.

First, many in the entertainment industry turned a blind eye to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s rampant alleged sexual harassment and misconduct toward women for years, if not decades. Now we learn they also hobnobbed with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein even after he was convicted for soliciting minors for prostitution and served 13 months in prison, thereby negating any plausible denial they were unaware of his sexual predation.

The stark reality is that after Epstein served his 2008 prison sentence — and became a registered sex offender — Hollywood continued to welcome him with open arms to exclusive VIP events, movie premieres and glitzy parties.
“Equally troubling are Epstein’s long-cultivated relationships within Hollywood and New York media circles, where he moved with ease well after his high-profile 2008 conviction,” reports the Hollywood Reporter.

In 2016, Epstein attended Warner Bros’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” premiere in New York, socializing with Hollywood movie stars and industry heavyweights. Back in 2010, Hollywood movie directors, veteran TV journalists George Stephanopoulos and Katie Couric, and Chelsea Handler — to name a few — attended a private dinner party honoring Prince Andrew at Epstein’s multimillion-dollar New York City manse, according to reports.

Quite ironic given that Handler is a vocal #MeToo proponent who walked in the Women’s March on Washington. “Seventeen million women across the world have been sexually assaulted,” she told The New York Times in a 2018 interview. “It’s all over the place. So to ignore it is to live in a lane and be delusional about your own experience.”
Huh? Clearly, Handler conveniently ignored sexual abuse against women and young girls when she attended this party. Was she delusional that he spent time in the clink for the very criminal acts she claims to stand against?

Then there’s Couric, who is currently writing a memoir with details about her own #MeToo experiences throughout her storied career. Will she be including her attendance at the chic party? Or will that chapter not make the cut?
If any of these folks or other Hollywood types who claim to support the #MeToo movement were to truly care about stopping female sexual exploitation, why would they continue to socialize and lend legitimacy, both personally and professionally, to a creep like Epstein?

And a creep he is. Last Saturday, the convicted child predator was arrested, and on Monday, he was charged with child sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy to traffic dozens of underage girls across state lines from 2002 to 2005.

It’s also well known that Epstein flew scores of influential elites inside and outside of Hollywood on his private jet nicknamed the “Lolita Express.” These excursions reportedly included taking underage girls to his lavish private estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands nicknamed “Orgy Island.”

If you think the moniker “Orgy Island” says it all, the New York Post reports that locals dubbed it another name: “‘Everybody called it “Pedophile Island,”‘ St. Thomas boat operator Kevin Goodrich said of Epstein’s 75-acre Little St. James Island, about a mile southeast of St. Thomas. ‘It’s our dark corner.'”

But none of that stopped Hollywood from embracing Epstein during or after his criminal acts. Even during the height of the #MeToo movement, with movie moguls like Weinstein finally being held to account, Epstein was still welcomed by Tinseltown. “Even in the post-#MeToo era, Epstein, 66, frequently attended industry events, like the Gotham Awards in November 2017,” reports the Hollywood Reporter. All of which lends credence to the term “Hollywood hypocrite.” Quite fitting, wouldn’t you say?

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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