Media, Politics

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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Elections, Immigration, Politics

Poll: America’s Minorities Oppose Illegal Immigration

A new Harvard/Harris Poll confirms that it’s not just “racist whites” who are against illegal immigration but also a majority of black Americans and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans as well. The poll demonstrates they would be more likely to support an anti-illegal immigration presidential candidate by 63 percent and 61 percent respectively. Overall, the poll revealed seven in ten U.S. voters are more likely to support a 2020 presidential candidate who supports “strengthening our border to reduce illegal immigration.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The overwhelming majority of American voters say they are more likely to support 2020 presidential candidates who oppose illegal immigration to the United States, a new poll finds.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that about 70 percent, or seven-in-ten, U.S. voters said they would be more likely to support a 2020 presidential candidate who stands for “strengthing our border to reduce illegal immigration” to the country.

Only 30 percent of U.S. voters said they would be less likely to support a 2020 presidential candidate who supported reducing illegal immigration.

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Big govt, Issues, Media, Politics

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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Issues, Media, Politics

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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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Beto Blames Trump for El Paso

Almost immediately after the El Paso mass shooting on Saturday, floundering 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) went on CNN to blame President Trump’s “racism” for the tragedy. “He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country . . . We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today,” Beto told CNN. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The bodies in El Paso were barely cold when Beto O’Rourke started blaming President Trump.

“He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country . . . We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today,” the failing Democratic presidential candidate told CNN all Saturday night and Sunday.

He likened Trump’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” to something out of the Third Reich. “He is an open, avowed racist and is encouraging more racism in this country and this is incredibly dangerous . . .

“Let’s connect the dots here on . . . who is responsible for this right now.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper cut to the chase: “Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Trump’s Actions Prove He’s No Racist

If actions speak louder than words, President Trump is no racist. If he were truly one, he’d be oppressing minorities, not uplifting and empowering them with policies he’s implemented that improve their lives.

Take criminal justice reform. President Trump led the charge and passed the First Step Act — working with leaders of the black community and lawmakers including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, his administration has succeeded in freeing thousands of inmates, most of them black, from U.S. prisons and helping those reentering society find jobs and benefit from other life enhancement services.

If the president were a racist, as he’s being called by Democratic politicians and partisan media alike, would he be focused on giving thousands of black men freedom, job opportunities and a second chance at life? Or would he be throwing a generation of them in jail like Democrats did with the 1994 crime bill then-President Bill Clinton; Sens. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Joe Biden D-Del.; and other lawmakers passed and signed into legislation?

Then there’s the economy. In less than three years, the Trump administration has created more than 5 million jobs and ushered in historically low unemployment for all Americans. In fact, under Trump’s stewardship, cutting job-killing regulations and implementing other pro-growth measures, the unemployment rate for black Americans today is less than half what it was under President Barack Obama. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June 2009 that the black unemployment rate was 14.7 percent. In June this year, that rate was 6%. Wages are also up, putting more money in Americans’ wallets.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week, “The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Tuesday published its annual revisions to personal income data, and the surprise was the huge jump in disposable income and employee compensation.

“The revisions show that employee compensation rose 4.5% in 2017 and 5% in 2018 — some $4.4 billion and $87.1 billion more than previously reported. The trend has continued into 2019, with compensation increasing $378 billion or 3.4% in the first six months alone. Wages and salaries were revised upward to 5.3% from 3.6% in May year over year.”

The Editorial Board continued, “And in June wages and salaries grew at an annual rate of 5.5%, which is a rocking 4.1% after adjusting for inflation.”

But that’s not all. The passage of the GOP 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not only benefiting the middle class with lower utility costs, lower taxes and doubling of the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child; tax incentives have been put into place to spur $100 billion in private capital investment to revitalize distressed communities throughout the country.

So while Trump’s political opponents on the left accuse him of being a racist for some gruffly worded tweets, voters should look at what he does, not what he says.

If Donald Trump were a white supremacist or a racist, someone who didn’t respect or value minorities, why on Earth would he be signing executive orders and legislation to pump billions of dollars into their cities and neighborhoods, making them nicer, safer and stronger?

And why would he hire a black man, Dr. Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in revitalizing thousands of these distressed communities? “In 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council,” states the White House website. “The Council is improving revitalization efforts by streamlining, coordinating, and targeting existing Federal programs to economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones.”

Real racists don’t uplift and empower people of color with freedom, jobs, higher wages and other life enhancements.
Additionally, President Trump is working to free an American black rapper, ASAP Rocky, who’s being imprisoned in Sweden. Trump has contacted the Swedish prime minister personally to secure his release and tweeted about it to his millions of followers.Wouldn’t a racist president be freeing only white people and focusing his attention elsewhere?

Here’s another place the president is focusing his attention: on executing a white supremacist on death row. Attorney General Bill Barr announced this week that after a decadeslong hiatus, the federal government is resuming the death penalty. Top of the list? Daniel Lewis Lee, a real racist who brutally murdered a family of three in 1999. He’s scheduled for execution Dec. 9.

So the next time Americans hear a Democrat — or the media echo chamber — falsely label the president a “racist,” they should look at the president’s actions. That’s a far better barometer than any slur or sound bite coming from his enemies.

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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Big govt, Immigration, Politics

ICE Released 218,400 Migrant “Family Members”

New data obtained by the Washington Examiner reveals that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released some 218,400 illegal immigrant “family members” into the United States between December 21, 2018, and July 28 of this year. Of course, many members of that nearly quarter million-strong number may just been unrelated adults traveling with children and benefitting from America’s generous asylum policies and the politics of overcrowded facilities. Now, they are presumably in line with 900,000 other asylum candidates backlogged and awaiting adjudication-assuming they bother to show up in court. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The federal Homeland Security agency tasked with removing people illegally present in the country has released a couple hundred thousand immigrant families into the interior of the United States since late December, according to data obtained by the Washington Examiner. Those let loose will not be subject to deportation, at least not until after a hearing they are supposed to attend that is years away.

A total 218,400 people who either illegally entered the country or showed up without proper documentation at a port of entry along the southwest border were let go from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and set free in the U.S. between Dec. 21, 2018 through July 28.

All of those released were family units, which means each person arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border with a child or parent. Adults sometimes travel with children they are unrelated to and claim to be a family.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Celebes Travel to Climate Summit in Private Jets and Yachts

Celebs may give lip service to caring for planet earth, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to sacrifice traveling in style. In the case of at least 114 A-list attendees at Google’s $20 million exclusive Italian villa climate summit, they were expected to show up in 114 private jets, while others showed up on their megayachts and less-than-fuel-efficient Maserati SUVs. Among the attendees: former President Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, and Prince Harry. Read more…

Here’s more from Page Six…

The world’s rich and famous have flocked to a posh Italian resort to talk about saving Mother Earth — but they sure are punishing her in the process.

The billionaire creators of Google have invited a who’s who of A-list names— including former President Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — to the Sicilian seaside for a mega-party they’ve dubbed Google Camp.

The three-day event will focus on fighting climate change — though it’s unknown how much time the attendees will spend discussing their own effect on the environment, such as the scores of private jets they arrived in and the mega yachts many have been staying on.

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Big govt, Immigration, Politics

Kamala Flips on Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

Kamala Harris now appears to be flip-flopping on her support for decriminalizing illegal immigration. “I’m not in favor of decriminalizing or not having consequence for, let me be very clear, we have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented cross the border as criminals, that is correct, that is correct.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

It appears that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has wavered on her support (or lack thereof) for the decriminalization of unauthorized border crossings.

As noted by Fox News, Kamala Harris notoriously joined her fellow 2020 contenders at the first Democratic Party presidential debate in raising hands in support of decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings. This past Friday, however, the senator seemed to reverse — or, at minimum, muddle — her position when pressed about it on “The View” by Meghan McCain.

“That is not correct. I’m not in favor of decriminalizing or not having consequence for, let me be very clear, we have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented cross the border as criminals, that is correct, that is correct,” Harris told McCain.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Mueller’s 2-Year Political Hit Job

It’s time to investigate the investigators — including liberal lawmakers — who were complicit in a conspiracy to frame President Trump and remove him from office using the almighty power of the U.S. Justice Department.
What we saw unfold at the Bob Mueller congressional hearing this week should alarm every American.
The special counsel tasked to lead the investigation the past two years wasn’t capable of holding such a position. Throughout the multi-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, our nation saw a confused and disoriented man, Bob Mueller, who didn’t have a grasp of the facts and key information contained within his 448-page report. Mueller had trouble answering simple questions indicating he wasn’t in charge of the investigation into the Trump campaign and the current administration — someone else was.
Who, exactly? Was Mueller’s staff of Trump-hating prosecutors who wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election driving the sham investigation to punish her political opponents?
It’s well known that the majority of lawyers on the special counsel legal team were staunch liberals who donated tens of thousands to Clinton’s campaign and to other Democrats. Several had other glaring conflicts of interest, such as Jeannie Rhee, who represented the Clinton family in the past, including work for the Clinton Foundation. And then there’s Mueller’s top deputy, Andrew Weissman, who attended a political event to support Hillary Clinton during the last presidential cycle. Weismann also praised Sally Yates, a former Department of Justice official who served in the Obama administration, for disobeying orders from President Trump and refusing to cooperate with his administration.
Every single lawyer on the special counsel team who had blatant conflicts of interest and/or political bias should’ve never have been part of the investigation.
Let’s not forget that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself — following heavy pressure from Democratic lawmakers and their backers in media — from overseeing the special counsel investigation because he supported candidate Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Why the double standard with Mueller’s legal team?
Extreme anti-Trump bias wasn’t the only troubling issue involving the “get Trump” special counsel — far from it.
Mueller revealed during his testimony that he, mandated to investigate foreign interference into the 2016 election, singularly focused on contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign while simultaneously failing to investigate real Russian “collusion” and interference by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party.
It’s well known that Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid millions to Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that contracted ex-British spy Christopher Steele and Russian informants to concoct the illicit “dirty dossier,” which was chock full of anti-Trump lies and Russian disinformation. That foreign-sourced propaganda was then used by then-FBI Director James Comey — a Trump hater who was later fired by the president — and others within the highest echelons of the DOJ to obtain FISA warrants, spy on the Trump campaign and subsequently open criminal investigations into Trump and his associates.
The dossier was the epicenter of the whole ordeal, but Mueller admitted during his testimony that he didn’t bother to look into it, claiming it was beyond his purview.
Seriously, folks?
How is Hillary Clinton, her campaign and the DNC immune to allegations of Russian interference in U.S. elections when they commissioned the foreign-sourced dossier and paid for it? When asked by congressional lawmakers about Fusion GPS during the hearing, Mueller shockingly said he didn’t know what the company was, implausible given its significant role in this whole three-ring circus.
So there you have it. The special counsel — filled with anti-Trump partisans — directed the investigation toward the president, his family, his former campaign and his administration while turning a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, the ones who actually did work with the Russians and other foreigners, all to delegitimize the results of the election. And remove the president via politically fueled calls for impeachment.
All of which highlights that the special counsel investigation was a political hit job from the get-go orchestrated by Democrats and the deep state to effect an illicit coup — using the weight of the U.S. justice system as their weapon — against a duly elected president. This is patently un-American and cannot stand.
Attorney General Bill Barr must hold all conspirators accountable to restore trust in our justice system. A failure to do so will have devastating consequences for our country, the rule of law and our democracy predicated on free elections where the people select their leaders — not powerful elites or dirty cops — within our government.
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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