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The media’s interests are not America’s interests

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The stories are getting more and more troubling and even outlandish. Every news source is becoming a welcome wagon for leaked everything and anything dealing with Trump. Even “email pranksters” are getting time on CNN, if they provide embarrassing dirt on Trump officials.

The media is enabling the infighting, backstabbing and self-dealing that has marked the Trump White House. They do it because it brings in eyeballs and readers and viewers. In short, it’s profitable for them.

Certainly, President Trump himself feeds the fire, but he does so to create an advantage for himself. Media-savvy Trump plants stories that he can later debunk, or in some way help him.

Now he’s brought in John Kelly to clean up Dodge City, and that’s a good thing. But the press is merrily searching reporter notebooks and every other anonymous source who “is familiar with” every meeting at the White House to undermine Kelly’s task. They’re doing this because (1) they smell blood in the water to hurt Trump; and (2) they want revenge from being called #FAKENEWS and “enemy of the people.”

But in so doing, they’re becoming the very things Trump accused them of being.

Does it help anyone for Sports Illustrated to report that the president called the White House “a real dump?” It’s some anonymous group of people talking to a sports magazine versus a White House spokesperson’s denial. Is it plausible Trump said it? Sure. But it’s #FAKENEWS if it can’t be corroborated, and it’s not news at all since it serves zero purpose other than salacious rumor.

Is there value to hear that two top generals in the administration didn’t trust POTUS during the first weeks of his term? Does that build confidence in a man with the nuclear codes, who has to stand up to Iran, North Korea, China and Russia? Obviously, I’ve had my problems with Trump, and his past statements. But now he is president, and this kind of reporting does nothing but enable America’s enemies (yes, we have enemies) and harm this country.

All of these reports, including the troubling ones about Trump’s involvement in drafting his own son’s statement about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, are based on “sources familiar with,” or “unnamed sources.” This has been going on for seven months: anonymous sources, and many reports have been modified or outright retracted.

It’s time for it to stop.

The president brought in Gen. Kelly to clean up the White House and stop the leaks. AG Sessions is also focusing on cleaning up leaks. If the administration commits itself to this task (and I trust Sessions and Kelly as serious), shouldn’t the press also be serious?

They have no problem naming names when it suits their purpose (like outing CIA agents). But they protect their anonymous administration sources because it serves the media’s interests.

The media’s interests are not America’s interests.

It’s time we held the media accountable for their motives and demand they expose their sources. The First Amendment only protects them from the government. It doesn’t protect them from the people who buy their product.

We must demand the media prove their allegations by naming names. It’s time for them to put up or shut up. Otherwise, they will have become exactly what the president said they are.

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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