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Washington Post uses violent language ‘kill’ in diatribe against Fox & Friends

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Erik Wemple wants “Fox & Friends” killed. That’s some violent language from a newspaper that takes political violence so seriously.

Wemple is the media reporter at The Washington Post. His employer has dedicated vast resources over the last 18 months to oppose Donald Trump, first as a candidate, then as president.

Some of their reporting has been excellent, such as David Fahrenthold’s dig into Trump’s (un)charitable giving, which earned a Pulitzer. Some of it has been simple echoing of NY Times reports, or repetition of anonymously-sourced “within the administration” bits. Just about all of it fits a narrative of painting President Trump as a bad man, damaged goods, who stole the election.

Listen, I know, and most people know that “kill” is the word for cancel in the television and movie industry. To “kill a show” is commonly used. But bans on violent words in rhetoric should apply equally. WaPo can’t attack Sarah Palin’s use of a “target” graphic in a political presentation but then condone Wemple’s use of the word “kill” even when the context of both is clearly not violent.

Connecting violence only to conservatives who use certain terms or imagery while giving the left a pass is simply unjustified bias. WaPo is one of the worst.

In August 2016, a WaPo opinion piece ominously intoned, “Political violence is a terrible inherent risk to any free society.” It was especially hard on Trump, comparing him to Sen. Joe McCarthy.

But what to make of a candidate who directly appeals to violence, smears his opponents and publicly bullies a Gold Star family, a decorated prisoner of war and a reporter with a disability, among others? To borrow the words of Army Counsel Joseph Welch, directed at another dangerous demagogue: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

On June 15 of this year, WaPo attempted to shift blame for the calamitous shooting of Republican lawmakers on a Virginia baseball field away from leftist rhetoric. They didn’t go as far as the NYT in connecting Sarah Palin’s “target” map to Rep. Gabby Giffords shooter, but they came close.

Even if Jared Lee Loughner had never picked up a gun and headed to the constituent meeting where he shot Giffords in 2011, that map would have had no place in reasonable American political discourse. No one needs to assert a totally unproven connection between a Facebook image and an assassination attempt to make that clear.

On the same day, Mike DeBonis opined in WaPo’s “PowerPost” blog that Democrats are “hardly ready to concede…that the issue is more prevalent on the left.”

But today, it’s okay for Wemple to headline a piece “Kill ‘Fox & Friends’ before it’s too late.” His complaint? That they’re too friendly to Trump.

Again, “Fox & Friends” and Trump prove what a noxious combination they’ve become. The former churns out questionable information or mere pro-Trump cheerleading, and the latter amplifies it. Thus far, this symbiosis has clarified just what “Fox & Friends” is — a propaganda mill — and the type of media coverage the president fancies — straight-up sycophancy.

After eight years of media sycophancy to President Obama, and all the virtue signaling done by the main stream media about using violent words, once again, WaPo and Wemple’s bias is showing.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Entertainment and Sports

LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Guns and Crime

Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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