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Column: Biden Yelling at Reporters Is Okay?

Joe Biden’s campaign announced another “lid” on Monday morning, announcing their candidate would avoid all contact with reporters for four entire days leading up to the Thursday night debate. Biden is avoiding reporters like each one of them is highly contagious with the coronavirus.

Over the weekend, CBS News producer Bo Erickson asked a very mild question on what is apparently supposed to be a forbidden topic, his family’s financial wheeling and dealing: “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

Biden lashed out like the CBS guy was somehow from Fox News: “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. It’s right up your alley. They’re the questions you always ask.”

This is remarkably similar to last fall, when Fox’s Peter Doocy dared to ask about Hunter Biden’s gigs: “Mr. Vice President, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?” Biden claimed: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That was implausible then, and it’s ridiculous now. The New York Post report puts Joe Biden in a meet-and-greet with Hunter’s client at Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian oil company.

When Doocy continued, Biden yelled at him: “Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.” Biden claimed “Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there,” and then yelled at Doocy “Ask the right questions!”

Translation: “The right questions” means never unspool a question about anything having to do with the Biden clan’s lucrative and suspicious lobbying based on their government connections.

Almost no one objected to Biden disparaging the CBS producer. On Twitter, CBS reporter Paula Reid threw out the worst insult: comparing Biden to Trump. “Biden adopts Trump playbook – attacking pool reporter…for asking about Hunter Biden story which has been a focus of President Trump’s campaign over [the] past few days. Fine to attack the story, but why personally insult Bo?”

Then Reid added she still hated the Hunter Biden story: “My CBS Evening News report clearly lays out warnings about Giuliani & Russian disinformation. But we cannot normalize insulting reporters for asking questions.”

The liberals are already crying “false equivalence.” Well, yes, the obvious difference is that the press corps is overwhelmingly pro-Biden, so yelling at reporters is like yelling at your own supporters. He can’t be a budding authoritarian when he assaults reporters, because the oddball that throws a hardball isn’t representative of the media as a whole.

They might also scream “false equivalence” in comparing the financial jockeying of Biden’s children to the business of the Trump children. The Left has been screaming for five years about the Trump progeny and the “emoluments clause,”  but now it’s off limits for Biden.

This is a wider story. Take the candidate’s brother Frank. In January, ABCNews.com reported “How Frank Biden leveraged his famous name for business gain.” ABC’s TV coverage? Zero. Naturally, Biden falsely protested: ““I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses, period.”

Then there’s his son-in-law Howard Krein. On October 13, Politico reported “Biden’s son-in-law advises campaign on pandemic while investing in Covid-19 startups.” That didn’t break through, either.

The campaign is almost over, and do you recall all the investigative journalism that’s been done on these family financial ties? Biden can lie and deny, and most reporters just let him vanish into the basement.   

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Column: Biden Yelling at Reporters Is Okay?

Joe Biden’s campaign announced another “lid” on Monday morning, announcing their candidate would avoid all contact with reporters for four entire days leading up to the Thursday night debate. Biden is avoiding reporters like each one of them is highly contagious with the coronavirus.

Over the weekend, CBS News producer Bo Erickson asked a very mild question on what is apparently supposed to be a forbidden topic, his family’s financial wheeling and dealing: “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

Biden lashed out like the CBS guy was somehow from Fox News: “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. It’s right up your alley. They’re the questions you always ask.”

This is remarkably similar to last fall, when Fox’s Peter Doocy dared to ask about Hunter Biden’s gigs: “Mr. Vice President, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?” Biden claimed: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That was implausible then, and it’s ridiculous now. The New York Post report puts Joe Biden in a meet-and-greet with Hunter’s client at Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian oil company.

When Doocy continued, Biden yelled at him: “Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.” Biden claimed “Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there,” and then yelled at Doocy “Ask the right questions!”

Translation: “The right questions” means never unspool a question about anything having to do with the Biden clan’s lucrative and suspicious lobbying based on their government connections.

Almost no one objected to Biden disparaging the CBS producer. On Twitter, CBS reporter Paula Reid threw out the worst insult: comparing Biden to Trump. “Biden adopts Trump playbook – attacking pool reporter…for asking about Hunter Biden story which has been a focus of President Trump’s campaign over [the] past few days. Fine to attack the story, but why personally insult Bo?”

Then Reid added she still hated the Hunter Biden story: “My CBS Evening News report clearly lays out warnings about Giuliani & Russian disinformation. But we cannot normalize insulting reporters for asking questions.”

The liberals are already crying “false equivalence.” Well, yes, the obvious difference is that the press corps is overwhelmingly pro-Biden, so yelling at reporters is like yelling at your own supporters. He can’t be a budding authoritarian when he assaults reporters, because the oddball that throws a hardball isn’t representative of the media as a whole.

They might also scream “false equivalence” in comparing the financial jockeying of Biden’s children to the business of the Trump children. The Left has been screaming for five years about the Trump progeny and the “emoluments clause,”  but now it’s off limits for Biden.

This is a wider story. Take the candidate’s brother Frank. In January, ABCNews.com reported “How Frank Biden leveraged his famous name for business gain.” ABC’s TV coverage? Zero. Naturally, Biden falsely protested: ““I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses, period.”

Then there’s his son-in-law Howard Krein. On October 13, Politico reported “Biden’s son-in-law advises campaign on pandemic while investing in Covid-19 startups.” That didn’t break through, either.

The campaign is almost over, and do you recall all the investigative journalism that’s been done on these family financial ties? Biden can lie and deny, and most reporters just let him vanish into the basement.   

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Former Twitter Exec Calls on Platforms to ‘Mute Trump’ in WashPost

It will be hard for liberals to gaslight about Big Tech bias after this! A former Big Tech insider has called to silence a sitting president for using social media as a “dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Peter D. Greenberger, who formerly held “executive revenue and partnership positions at both Google and Twitter,” wrote a column proclaiming that “Social media platforms should silence the president until the winner of the election is clear.” The October 19 column for The Washington Post headlined “I ran political advertising for Twitter. It’s time for platforms to mute Trump” made claims of Big Tech’s political neutrality laughable. Greenberger made the disturbing suggestion that: “even at the risk of infringing on the principle of free speech,” that “Twitter and Facebook must muzzle Trump as the election nears.”

Greenberger made his disgust for President Donald Trump’s ability to speak abundantly clear: “Increasingly, though, he is using these powerful digital platforms not only to communicate a message, nor even to send dog whistles to loyal supporters, but also as a dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Greenberger gave his credentials as a social media insider, in that he “launched and led the first political advertising team at Google in 2007 before joining Twitter to do the same in 2011.” He explained how in previous years “My team at Twitter met with political leaders and issue advocacy organizations to introduce them to the power of this platform.”

In recent years, however, he could not contain his horror at how “Few political leaders embraced the medium as successfully as Trump.”

In one particularly damning quote, he acknowledged that Big Tech has ramped up its efforts to silence conservatives, but they haven’t gone far enough:

”But now, Twitter, Google and Facebook each have implemented escalating policies seeking to contain the damage largely caused by Trump and his supporters. It’s clear they haven’t yet solved the problem.”

Greenberger made his rationale clear that muzzling Trump for the period around the election is now an issue of national security: “In this case, however, the cooling-off period is necessary for the one candidate whose apparent sole motivation is to sow chaos and confusion around the ongoing election”

Considering Twitter’s recent censorship scandals, it is no surprise that one of its former executives is so censorious.

In an explosive scandal released by the New York Post (the Post) on Oct. 14, purported emails from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter reportedly exposed the alleged illicit dealings of both father and son in Russia-neighboring Ukraine. The story claimed emails were found from a Ukrainian executive Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, thanking Hunter Biden for the opportunity to meet his father, former Vice President Joe Biden in Washington D.C.

Twitter responded by disabling the link to the story, claiming: “Warning: this link may be unsafe.” Twitter then censored the Post, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump Campaign, and even the House Judiciary (a part of the United States government) for sharing the story.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter: (415) 222-9670, Facebook, Twitter or mail to 1355 Market Street Suite 900 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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Former Twitter Exec Calls on Platforms to ‘Mute Trump’ in WashPost

It will be hard for liberals to gaslight about Big Tech bias after this! A former Big Tech insider has called to silence a sitting president for using social media as a “dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Peter D. Greenberger, who formerly held “executive revenue and partnership positions at both Google and Twitter,” wrote a column proclaiming that “Social media platforms should silence the president until the winner of the election is clear.” The October 19 column for The Washington Post headlined “I ran political advertising for Twitter. It’s time for platforms to mute Trump” made claims of Big Tech’s political neutrality laughable. Greenberger made the disturbing suggestion that: “even at the risk of infringing on the principle of free speech,” that “Twitter and Facebook must muzzle Trump as the election nears.”

Greenberger made his disgust for President Donald Trump’s ability to speak abundantly clear: “Increasingly, though, he is using these powerful digital platforms not only to communicate a message, nor even to send dog whistles to loyal supporters, but also as a dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Greenberger gave his credentials as a social media insider, in that he “launched and led the first political advertising team at Google in 2007 before joining Twitter to do the same in 2011.” He explained how in previous years “My team at Twitter met with political leaders and issue advocacy organizations to introduce them to the power of this platform.”

In recent years, however, he could not contain his horror at how “Few political leaders embraced the medium as successfully as Trump.”

In one particularly damning quote, he acknowledged that Big Tech has ramped up its efforts to silence conservatives, but they haven’t gone far enough:

”But now, Twitter, Google and Facebook each have implemented escalating policies seeking to contain the damage largely caused by Trump and his supporters. It’s clear they haven’t yet solved the problem.”

Greenberger made his rationale clear that muzzling Trump for the period around the election is now an issue of national security: “In this case, however, the cooling-off period is necessary for the one candidate whose apparent sole motivation is to sow chaos and confusion around the ongoing election”

Considering Twitter’s recent censorship scandals, it is no surprise that one of its former executives is so censorious.

In an explosive scandal released by the New York Post (the Post) on Oct. 14, purported emails from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter reportedly exposed the alleged illicit dealings of both father and son in Russia-neighboring Ukraine. The story claimed emails were found from a Ukrainian executive Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, thanking Hunter Biden for the opportunity to meet his father, former Vice President Joe Biden in Washington D.C.

Twitter responded by disabling the link to the story, claiming: “Warning: this link may be unsafe.” Twitter then censored the Post, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump Campaign, and even the House Judiciary (a part of the United States government) for sharing the story.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter: (415) 222-9670, Facebook, Twitter or mail to 1355 Market Street Suite 900 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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Late Night Calls a Lid: Study Finds 97% of Jokes Are About Trump, Only 3% About Biden

Undergoing the kind of painful research project we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies, one George Mason University media researcher watched a ton of late night material from two major networks and recorded exactly how many jokes were directed at President Trump versus how many were directed at former Vice President Joe Biden.

To no one’s surprise, the study found that Trump was mocked by network late night comedians far more than his 2020 presidential opponent, though looking at the numbers is still surreal. According to Robert Lichter, a researcher at GMU’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, Trump was 97 percent of Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert’s mockery, while Biden only got three precent.

Talk about handling the worst presidential candidate in U.S. history with kid gloves. They practically ignore Biden, as if it were an industry-wide mandate to do so from the DNC itself. (It probably is.)

The study, headed by Lichter, consisted of watching and tallying the political jokes aimed at both presidential candidates from NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the month of September 2020.

For that period, the GMU report counted a combined 455 jokes at the expense of President Trump and a meager 15 directed at Biden. That means late night bashing of Trump between the two programs is approximately 30 times higher than bashing Biden. 

The study clarified that these numbers don’t even take into account the 64 additional late night jokes about Trump’s family and his administration in general. 

Lichter, a communications professor at George Mason University who’s been “studying late-night humor and politics since 1992,” acknowledged the point that conservatives know all too well: that Republicans get more heat than Democrats from the comedy writers. The treatment for Trump is particularly nasty this cycle, however, especially compared to the last one. 

According to the center’s previous research, “Trump was the punchline for 78% of the jokes to Hillary Clinton’s 22%” in 2016.

So, late night is more biased than ever. And the DNC candidate is more protected than ever. Lichter added, “When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out.”

The researcher even mused that Hollywood’s joke bias is so prodigious, that comedy writers and late-night hosts may find themselves in a pickle if Joe Biden wins. They clearly love Biden and wouldn’t do anything to hurt him. Lichter opined, “I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office.”

Judging by late night’s almost disturbing obsession with President Trump, Lichter’s probably right. He did such a number on them, that they’ll probably never let him rest. Trump will be in Colbert’s head rent-free forever.

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Late Night Calls a Lid: Study Finds 97% of Jokes Are About Trump, Only 3% About Biden

Undergoing the kind of painful research project we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies, one George Mason University media researcher watched a ton of late night material from two major networks and recorded exactly how many jokes were directed at President Trump versus how many were directed at former Vice President Joe Biden.

To no one’s surprise, the study found that Trump was mocked by network late night comedians far more than his 2020 presidential opponent, though looking at the numbers is still surreal. According to Robert Lichter, a researcher at GMU’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, Trump was 97 percent of Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert’s mockery, while Biden only got three precent.

Talk about handling the worst presidential candidate in U.S. history with kid gloves. They practically ignore Biden, as if it were an industry-wide mandate to do so from the DNC itself. (It probably is.)

The study, headed by Lichter, consisted of watching and tallying the political jokes aimed at both presidential candidates from NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the month of September 2020.

For that period, the GMU report counted a combined 455 jokes at the expense of President Trump and a meager 15 directed at Biden. That means late night bashing of Trump between the two programs is approximately 30 times higher than bashing Biden. 

The study clarified that these numbers don’t even take into account the 64 additional late night jokes about Trump’s family and his administration in general. 

Lichter, a communications professor at George Mason University who’s been “studying late-night humor and politics since 1992,” acknowledged the point that conservatives know all too well: that Republicans get more heat than Democrats from the comedy writers. The treatment for Trump is particularly nasty this cycle, however, especially compared to the last one. 

According to the center’s previous research, “Trump was the punchline for 78% of the jokes to Hillary Clinton’s 22%” in 2016.

So, late night is more biased than ever. And the DNC candidate is more protected than ever. Lichter added, “When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out.”

The researcher even mused that Hollywood’s joke bias is so prodigious, that comedy writers and late-night hosts may find themselves in a pickle if Joe Biden wins. They clearly love Biden and wouldn’t do anything to hurt him. Lichter opined, “I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office.”

Judging by late night’s almost disturbing obsession with President Trump, Lichter’s probably right. He did such a number on them, that they’ll probably never let him rest. Trump will be in Colbert’s head rent-free forever.

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Fox NFL Broadcasters Mock Military Flyover, Promote ‘Kamala-Biden’ Ticket

Now the starting lineups for today’s NFL game … but first, how about that Biden-Harris ticket! Joe and Kamala won’t be allowing wasteful military flyovers at sports events!

Before the Tampa Bay-Green Bay NFL game fans tuned into on Fox Sports Sunday, the announcers dumped a mouthful of hot mic political partisanship. Predictably, Yahoo Sports writer Ryan Young supported their mockery.

Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (seen in file photo) showed their opposition to military involvement in pregame activities and to the Trump Administration over a live microphone in audio that was not broadcast to TV viewers. Young agreed with them in denigrating the flyover, and he thought their comments were hilarious.

Here was the transcript:

AIKMAN: “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.”

BUCK: “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work.”

AIKMAN: “That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now partner.”

Young pointed out in his story that flyovers are “quite the tradition, whether it’s at the Super Bowl or a random game in a small college town on a Saturday afternoon, one that fans have grown to love and expect over time.”

However, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing teams to play games in empty or near-empty stadiums, Young wrote: “putting on a big pregame display with a flyover doesn’t make much sense. 

“Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman pointed out just how much of a waste flyovers have become this year on Sunday afternoon, though they didn’t mean to be heard.”

Practicing social distancing, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa was only 25 percent full on Sunday, which caused the Fox broadcasters to question the flyover.

Young noted that The Washington Post reported earlier this year that flying a squadron of fighter jets in a ceremonial fashion costs $60,000 per hour — “which is a lot of money to pay for something that very few people will actually see.”

Furthermore, Young said in the broadcasters’ defense, “It’s unclear how much the flyover on Sunday cost or who specifically paid for it. However Aikman and Buck don’t see the value in that.”

Samer Kalaf, managing editor of The Defector sports blog, added further defense of Aikman and Buck, writing that they seem to see pregame military flyovers as wasteful and obnoxious. … Even Troy Aikman, with his stilted jokes, can grasp how pointless a flyover is. All the more reason to banish them for good and reduce the NFL’s military cosplay by just a little bit.”

Mike Florio, of NBC Sports, wrote that Aikman and Buck took some red state/blue state heat for their partisanship, but he defended the flyover:

“On the surface, it is a waste of money. But it also gives pilots flying time, which they need anyway. Moreover, it’s a potentially strong recruiting tool, underscoring the ties between football and the military.

“The bigger problem with Aikman’s observation isn’t that it’s political but that it’s incorrect. Flyovers will continue regardless of who wins the election, taking a break only when the federal government is shut down.

Two more points for narrow-minded, biased Fox Sports announcers: flyovers support America’s military readiness, and the entire City of Tampa and the surrounding region could see the flyover — not just the fans in the stadium.

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Scarborough Rants Against ‘Stupid’ Media Caring About Conservative Criticism

With just over two weeks until Election Day, leftist media pundits are running out of time to boost Joe Biden’s poll numbers. Realizing that the polls are not currently projecting a “landslide” victory for Biden, the frustrated co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe needed to let off some steam. Wallowing in pre-election anxiety Monday morning, they kicked off the show with a flurry of insults.

After directly comparing President Trump’s campaign rallies to the “Salem Witch Trials,” co-host Joe Scarborough started going after his least-favorite and supposedly right-wing platform, Facebook: “It’s so bad that the most viewed sites on Facebook are all right-wing—not conservative… are right-wing extremists who are pushing alternative facts. That’s what Facebook has become.” Then, as though none of his colleagues nor audience would ever hear him, he (shockingly) continued:

And this is one of the things, Democrats are so stupid, they really are. Democrats and liberals in the media are so, so stupid. Because somebody will say, ‘Oh, Facebook is — Facebook is unfair to conservatives.’ ‘What do we do? What do — we can’t have them calling us bad’– Yes, you can. Like that’s what conservatives think, they can lie through their teeth.

Wow. The flat-out statement that Democrats and liberals in the media are “so, so stupid” is not something you hear every day on Morning Joe, and is far more surprising than his rant about the Republican columnists at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post that immediately followed it. Even less surprising was his utter lack of reverence for Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri: “And then Republicans like Josh Hawley… I mean, seriously, I don’t know him at all, so this isn’t personal, but he’s either the stupidest person ever to walk the halls of Congress, or the most disingenuous.”

 

 

But Scarborough’s personal attacks were far from over. Turning his attention back to Facebook, he ranted:

I got problems with Mark Zuckerberg. I think [Section] 230 should be eliminated. I think it should be — I think it, like we broke up the Baby Bells, I think Facebook should be broken into a thousand pieces after what they did in 2016, letting the Russians in. And Sheryl Sandberg learning that — that the board was being told about this and getting angry that the truth was getting out — they should be broken into a million pieces.

Yikes! Who knew anyone in the press corps had such a personal issue with Facebook? It’s a surprise considering that the company raises so much money for Democrats. To sum up his feelings, Scarborough wailed: “So Mika, they’re whipping up all of this nonsense, all of this garbage, anti-science, anti-First Amendment, anti-truth, and we still have a race that’s too close to call.” Ah, so that’s what it’s all about. Poor Scarborough just can’t get his mind off the election.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski, going off of Scarborough’s rant, expressed her disdain for The Wall Street Journal: “Some of their best writers! On television, saying, ‘Oh, the press is all focused on coronavirus,’ like coronavirus isn’t a big story. Look at the number on the screen. It’s- it’s a crazy time in terms of what people will do to try and deny facts.”

Disturbed by Trump’s “lock her up” chants over the weekend, MSNBC’s PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton summed up everyone’s tension on the show: “I think it is frightening that we’re sitting here and not seeing a landslide guaranteed for Joe Biden given the behavior of this president even over this past weekend.”

The Biden campaign communications team working at MSNBC just wants to make sure their candidate wins by as much as possible.

This hare-brained echo chamber was sponsored by Humira, Chewy, and Charles Schwab. Contact them to tell them what you think.

Read the transcript below:

Morning Joe

10/19/20

6:04:37 AM

JOE SCARBOROUGH: This is — please. If you don’t think people aren’t going to look back at those rallies with the same horror that we now look back on the Salem witch trials, you don’t think that’s going to happen 50 years from now, 100 years from now? You’re kidding yourself. In the middle of a pandemic, long after we are all gone, people will be showing these images and asking ‘what happened to America?’ or at least, a large subset of America, and what happened… was Donald Trump. And history, and Americans in the future are going to have to grapple with that, as are those right now who are working day in and day out to further his agenda or the tens of the millions of people who are actually going along with this. 

6:05:50

SCARBOROUGH: You know, it’s so hilarious. I saw an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal yesterday, and the columnist, whose name doesn’t deserve to be repeated on this program, was talking about the liberal dominance…

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: …of Facebook. It’s so bad that the most viewed sites on Facebook are all right wing- not conservative… are right wing extremists who are pushing alternative facts. That’s what Facebook has become. It’s become a propaganda outfit. And this is one of the things, Democrats are so stupid, they really are. Democrats and liberals in the media are so, so stupid. Because somebody will say, ‘oh, Facebook is — Facebook is unfair to conservatives.’ ‘What do we do? What do — we can’t have them calling us bad’– Yes, you can. Like that’s what conservatives think, they can lie through their teeth.

(…)

SCARBOROUGH: When, again, day in and day out, the most viewed pages on Facebook, the most shared pages on Facebook, are from right-wing conspiracy theorists, anti-anti-Trumpers, who presented the disgusting, twisted view of the world. And then Republicans like Josh Hawley… I mean, seriously, I don’t know him at all, so this isn’t personal, but he’s either the stupidest person ever to walk the halls of Congress, or the most disingenuous. He [unintelligible], ‘we have a problem with-, we need to censor Facebook.’ What do you- oh do you… oh Jos– you can- oh really, Josh? Oh, you’re a conservative? And you have to censor a private — I got problems with Mark Zuckerberg. I think two thirty should be eliminated. I think it should be- I think it, like we broke up the Baby Bells, I think Facebook should be broken into a thousand pieces after what they did in 2016, letting the Russians in. And Sheryl Sandberg learning that- that the board was being told about this and getting angry that the truth was getting out- they should be broken into a million pieces.  But Josh you want to censor a company, that’s a private- really? Didn’t you go to Harvard Law School or something, like seriously? Did they teach you that you can ban private businesses now? No, I-I-I, where I went to we didn’t learn that in law school. So Mika, they’re whipping up all of this nonsense, all of this garbage, anti-science, anti-first amendment, anti-truth, and we still have a race that’s too close to call. 

BRZEZINSKI: No, and you know, you talk about names that are not worth mentioning on this show, there are a lot of names that are worth mentioning on this show, related to, for example, The Wall Street Journal. I know you used to have great respect for The Wall Street Journal and I would watch some – 

SCARBOROUGH: The editorial page.

BRZEZINSKI: Some of their best writers! On television, saying, ‘oh, the press is all focused on “coronavirus”,’ like coronavirus isn’t a big story. Look at the number on the screen. It’s- it’s a crazy time in terms of what people will do to try and deny facts.

6:19:07

BRZEZINSKI: So Reverend Al, uh- with everything that Jonathan Lemire has just put out there on the table I also think that Donald Trump could be doing a lot worse, if you look at four years ago, and where Democrats were, where Hillary Clinton was. It- this doesn’t appear to be a landslide for Joe Biden, in fact it appears that he might have a long way to go or we could have a repeat of four years ago.

REV. AL SHARPTON: What is frightening is that not only is it not a landslide in terms of the polling for Joe Biden, given what Donald Trump has done, I mean, we are talking about a president that went in a state ten days after the FBI uncovered not people talking about kidnapping the governor and putting some kind of explosives at the state capitol, but actually were doing drills, going through procedures that they videotaped to do it. And the president mocks her and leads a crowd in a chant of lock her up, lock her up for protecting us against the coronavirus and this president is still within a range of winning the presidency, even though it’s a tight path. There’s still a path. I think it is frightening that we’re sitting here and not seeing a landslide guaranteed for Joe Biden given the behavior of this president even over this past weekend.  

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Veritas: Google Programmer Admits How Liberal Bias Could Rig Election

An undercover report by Project Veritas purportedly shows a Google program manager explaining how bias at Google could be used to rig the 2020 presidential election.

Guerilla journalism outlet Project Veritas released footage of Senior Development Engineer Ritesh Lakhkar, who Project Veritas said is Google’s Cloud division technical program manager. In the video, Lakhkar condemned his company’s “ultra leftist” bias. He lambasted Google operatives’ megalomaniacal mentality suggesting that “You’re like playing selective God.” When asked about how YouTube is run, Lakhkar suggested, “We play God with that, too.”

Lakhkar specifically addressed how the biases in Google’s algorithms, which can be bought over with money, can sway the election. He explained that “The power’s in the search.” He further noted that the algorithms/results are “skewed by the owners and the drivers of the algorithm. Like so, if I say ‘Hey Google, here’s $2 billion, feed this data set of whenever ‘Joe Biden’ is searched, you’ll get these results.’”

He skewered multiple politicized Big Tech double-standards. “If it was fraud, it doesn’t matter, but for Trump, Melania Trump, it matters, and on the other side, Trump says something, misinformation, you’re gonna delete that because it’s illegal under whatever pretext,” he said. “If a Democratic leader says that, then you’re gonna leave it like that, so I’m like, okay, you’re not following one way or the other. You are just plain and simple trying to play God.”

Lakhkar lamented the hellish living conditions of working under Google’s current leadership: “I can’t keep doing this. Go and teach Chinese people how to do American jobs and come back and get surveilled on the way.”

Lakhkar illustrated how, by contrast, “when you have these candid conversations with your friends who are centrist or Republicans, then you wonder, all of a sudden, like, ‘Oh, I should vote for Trump.’” 

He also condemned the current state of YouTube for deleting controversial content: “It’s not a good thing and I agree with that, but if it’s freedom of speech, both sides need to get their opinion.”

Project Veritas published an infamous video in 2019 showing Google Responsible Innovation Head Jen Gennai warn that “breaking up Google” would not “prevent the next Trump situation.” She also speculated how changes in Google’s secret algorithms could have prevented Trump’s election from happening in the first place.

Liberal Google researcher Dr. Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, has warned that Big Tech could change the course of the election. Epstein recently stated that Google may be “shifting power” to flip the Senate.

Epstein has also warned that Big Tech is capable of targeting individuals: “Google and Facebook have millions of pieces of information about every American voter, and they will be targeting their manipulations at the individual level for every single voter in every swing state. No one in the world except Google and Facebook can do that.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Google at 1-650-253-0000 and demand that the platform provide transparency: Companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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Lemon Smears Trump Supporters as ‘Selfish’ for Opposing High Taxes

The hate was pumping during the Tuesday handoff between Cuomo PrimeTime and CNN Tonight as the host of the latter, Don Lemon, lashed out at dune buggy-riding Trump supporters. In another basket of deplorables and Boomer rubes-like moment, the bitter CNN host accused well-off Trump supporters of exposing their “selfishness” and lack of Christian values because they didn’t want to fork over more of their hard-earned money to taxes.

Lemon’s venom-spitting was rooted in a segment from Chris Cuomo’s show the hour before showing off Trump supporters taking part in a dune buggy rally in Oregon. “Boat parades, car caravans, bike parades. What attendees have in common is disposable income to spend on fun,” reporter Ellie Reed chided. “While Trump’s working-class supporters have gotten a lot of attention, in 2016 a third of his voters made more than $100,000 a year.”

In an interview with Reed, Trump supporter Eric Nelson explained that he backed the President because he worked hard for what he had in life, even working to put himself through college, and didn’t want to have his money taken from him to just be given away or wasted:

The reason we’re here to support Trump is because we believe that Trump will help us be able to keep the money that we make and let us be able to work as hard as we want and not give our money away. [SCREEN WIPE] People like Nancy Pelosi can, you know, get her fundings through to give money to people who aren’t willing to work for it. I worked all my life. I had to work to put myself through college so I could get my job and do what I enjoy which is an activity like this, and spend $15-20,000 on toys because I choose to.

That one-third of well-off Trump supporters suddenly became President Trump’s base when Lemon decided to smear them. “It kind of dismantles that whole thing about economic anxiety was the reason that Trump got elected. Those people have no economic anxiety. They’re rich,” he exclaimed, ignoring the other two-thirds of Trump’s 2016 voters.

 

 

Proving himself to be the bad-faith actor he was, Lemon pretended to be one of the Trump supporters featured in the report and claimed he only wanted money and didn’t care about other people. “But I want to be able to buy a $20,000 dune buggy. But I don’t want to help people who may be in need,” he sneered.

Acting as though his ridiculous caricature of a Trump supporter was the reality, he demanded that they be honest about their evil intentions. “I want to be able to buy whatever which is fine, but just own up to it. And stop pretending the reason is economic anxiety,” he proclaimed. “But just be honest about what your intentions and what you think and stop pretending that it is something else.”

“It’s actually, I think, it is selfishness because, listen, I do well,” he added, before insisting he was virtuous because he wanted to pay more taxes. “I don’t mind paying more taxes for people who are not doing well, to help other people out. This is America. I will be okay. How much do I need? I can cut back. I can pay more.

First off, Don, if you want to pay more to the federal government you can send a check to the Treasury at this address. They’ll be happy to take it. Second, this was a great example of how liberal worship the government. Because according to Lemon, only the federal government was able to help people in need. And at no point did CNN ask or talk about how much the Trump supporters gave to charity.

“So, as Americans, as people, especially if you believe in the Christian values that you espouse, you’re supposed to do unto others and help others,” he lectured as a false preacher. “So, I do that as much as I can. I don’t like it, but I don’t mind it in a way because I am blessed and fortunate enough to be in this position to make this amount of money where I am — I have the privilege, I have the privilege, to be able to do that.”

Blowing what the report showed out of proportion, Lemon suggested Trump supporters were running around buying mansions and yachts like they were Hollywood liberals:

So, maybe you buy one less dune buggy, maybe you buy one less fancy car. Maybe you buy one less boat, maybe you buy one less yacht. Maybe you buy one less apartment, one less mansion. But how much money do you really need? That’s all I got to say.

Lemon was also the kind of guy who lives in the swanky Sag Harbor community on ritzy Long Island, New York that was featured in Hamptons magazine, and then lies and claims he lives in Harlem.

Don Lemon’s hatred for Trump supporters was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from LegalZoom and Vick’s. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the hatred they’re funding.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime
October 20, 2020
9:44:57 p.m. Eastern

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ELLIE REED:  Unofficial Trump events like this have been happening all over the country. Boat parades, car caravans, bike parades. What attendees have in common is disposable income to spend on fun. While Trump’s working-class supporters have gotten a lot of attention, in 2016 a third of his voters made more than $100,000 a year.

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ERIC NELSON: The reason we’re here to support Trump is because we believe that Trump will help us be able to keep the money that we make and let us be able to work as hard as we want and not give our money away.

[Transition]

People like Nancy Pelosi can, you know, get her fundings through to give money to people who aren’t willing to work for it. I worked all my life. I had to work to put myself through college so I could get my job and do what I enjoy which is an activity like this, and spend $15-20,000 on toys because I choose to.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He really is for your hard-working people. Do I think he’s racist? No. I think he’s racist against lazy people.

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CNN Tonight
October 20, 2020
10:03:41 p.m. Eastern

DON LEMON: But I’ve got to tell you, the story that you did before that about the rich folks. It kind of dismantles that whole thing about economic anxiety was the reason that Trump got elected. Those people have no economic anxiety. They’re rich!

CHRIS CUOMO: Well, they have economic anxiety.

LEMON: They got money.

CUOMO: They don’t want to give more money away to taxes.

LMEON: And what does that say?

CUOMO: That used to be the traditional Republican which was you just didn’t want to get taxed anymore, you wanted to keep your money.

LEMON: “I don’t want to get taxed anymore. I don’t want to get taxed anymore.” Listen, you do what you want. But I want to be able to buy a $20,000 dune buggy. But I don’t want to help people who may be in need. I don’t want to — I want to be able to buy whatever which is fine, but just own up to it. And stop pretending the reason is economic anxiety.

If you have enough disposable income to play dune buggies in the desert – and listen, we all — I like to have fun, you like to have fun. You like to go boating and fishing. But just be honest about what your intentions and what you think and stop pretending that it is something else. And stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

It’s not really economic anxiety. It’s actually, I think, it is selfishness because, listen, I do well. I don’t mind paying more taxes for people who are not doing well, to help other people out. This is America. I will be okay. How much do I need? I can cut back. I can pay more.

Listen, trust me, I don’t like it, I don’t like paying a lot of it, but I do it because, what, when you said it’s here [points to head], it’s also here [points to heart] because I realize that it was — when preparation and luck meet — there’s a certain degree of luck to where I am, to where you are, to where everybody gets. And so everybody can’t have that. Some people don’t have bootstraps.

So, as Americans, as people, especially if you believe in the Christian values that you espouse, you’re supposed to do unto others and help others. So, I do that as much as I can. I don’t like it, but I don’t mind it in a way because I am blessed and fortunate enough to be in this position to make this amount of money where I am — I have the privilege, I have the privilege, to be able to do that. No one likes to pay a lot of taxes, but we do it because we can. And not everybody can.

So, maybe you buy one less dune buggy, maybe you buy one less fancy car. Maybe you buy one less boat, maybe you buy one less yacht. Maybe you buy one less apartment, one less mansion. But how much money do you really need? That’s all I got to say.

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