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How we will put 1,000 conservative journalists to work, and Google will pay for it

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Google wants to help fund 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms.

If this is you: a person of high net worth who’s willing to give Google a run for their money, now is a good time to act.

Partnering with an organization Report For America (RFA), Google wants to build a national service project around journalism. They’re even afraid of the term: “That might make some journalists uncomfortable – the idea of service and patriotism, said co-founder Charles Sennott, founder and CEO of the GroundTruth Project.”

“But at its most fundamental, local journalism is about protecting democracy, he said.”

Here’s how RFA will work: On one end, emerging journalists will apply to be part of RFA. On the other, newsrooms will apply for a journalist. RFA will pay 50 percent of that journalist’s salary, with the newsroom paying 25 percent and local donors paying the other 25 percent. That reporter will work in the local newsroom for a year, with the opportunity to renew.

Of course there’s a catch.

RFA is a partnership between Google News Labs and the Groundtruth Project. The Groundtruth Project’s mission is (from its website):

The GroundTruth Project is a non-profit media organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of international correspondents and documentary filmmakers to go out in the world to produce social justice journalism that enlightens and informs,

It’s not just any journalism. It’s “social justice journalism.”

Proper pedigree

I would guess that diversity, inclusivity, open-mindedness, and all the other hallmarks of “protecting democracy” will be the norm for RFA. So, that being the case, I would assume they won’t ask about views on abortion, or Christianity, or global warming, or evolution, or home schooling, or political affiliations, or if the emerging journalist seeking employment owns a pickup truck.

RFA also gets support, and its reporters will get training, from the Center for Investigative Journalism, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Solutions Journalism network and the Knight Foundation (which funds my job covering local news at Poynter).

The executive director and CEO of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism is Jim Friedlich. Like many journalists, he hasn’t given directly to candidates, but in 2016 he did give $1,776 to a group called “We’ve Got Your Back.” In turn that group gave to groups like “Art Not War” that also received cash from Moveon.org, Priorities USA Action, et al.

I suppose I could go down the list of all the executives and leadership of all those groups hunting for someone who isn’t a far-left liberal, and I might find one tucked away in the cobwebs, just one word away from a ball gag and duct tape. But that would take a lot of time, and I think the results would be what I expected.

Game the system

Not to worry, though. Every system can be gamed. What we need to do is find several thousand emerging journalists to apply through RFA, and media newsrooms to employ them. The more the merrier.

If Google wants a thousand journalists, let’s give them ten thousand.

At least some of these journalists might make it through the pedigree check. My guess is the majority will be sent away, having failed the “character” element of selection criteria.

But that in itself is a story. Because if a Christian baker can be made to bake a gay wedding cake and deliver it to the ceremony, performed by a Christian pastor at a Christian chapel, all impressed against their wills by the power of the state, then surely Google and RFA can be made to accept a conservative journalist into their program.

Right?

Or possibly, the bad publicity might force them to shut it down.

What publicity? Because the existing liberal media will bury the story.

Well. Maybe that approach won’t work.

Do it ourselves

Conservative journalism is suffering. Even the main power centers of conservative media: talk radio, are experiencing a bit of a dip from the division over President Trump.

It’s not that the audience isn’t there, it’s just that friendly fire has taken a toll.

This will not be forever, but I suspect that liberals see an opening here, leading to Google’s effort to stuff the minor leagues, so to speak, and load the benches for the next 20 years.

This need not happen. If Google and RFA won’t take conservatives, then we must find deep pockets in conservative circles who will fund our own effort.

If this is you: a person of high net worth who’s willing to give Google a run for their money, now is a good time to act. I can think of many worthy recipients (starting with this website) that struggle to pay emerging conservative journalists.

Now is the time to fight the battle for the next generation of journalists. Doing it in 20 years isn’t an option.

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Trump again targets freedom of the press due to unfavorable news coverage

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Yesterday was another opportunity for Trump to bask in the praise and adulation of his friends at FOX News after appearing to keep a campaign promise to cancel the Iran deal created by Barack Obama with the help of Sen. Bob Corker. And just as he does every morning, Trump began his day with a daily briefing from FOX & Friends.

Now, you’d think the Narcissist-in-Chief would be content in the positive coverage he usually gets from the so-called conservative media, but that’s not how our ego-maniacal president operates. If he fails to receive 100% positive news, Trump immediately goes on the offensive against so-called “Fake News.”

Immediately following this segment, Trump showed us how he possesses no convictions of his own by sending a Tweet parroting the report and, true to form, suggesting that placing a limit on the First Amendment might be a viable solution to silencing his critics in the media.

In Trump’s own words, news is only “Fake” when it says something “negative” about him.

As my readers and listeners know, Trump has been using his “Fake News” spiel to target news outlets who refuse to embrace the reality show being produced in the White House, and he hasn’t been shy about essentially eliminating the First Amendment to silence them.

Over the past two months alone, Trump has promoted the creation of a state-run media, and his Department of Homeland Security began compiling a database to spy on journalists and bloggers in the name of “national security.”

Trump’s goal when it comes to the news media has been clear from the early days of his campaign when he threatened to expand libel laws to make it easier to sue those who write “negative” articles—a threat he renewed in January. So, this latest threat should come as no surprise.

However, it should serve as a warning to a clear and present danger. When a narcissistic egomaniac with a demonstrable ignorance and/or disregard concerning the Constitution is armed with the power of the presidency and starts sounding like a WWII dictator, we need to remember the words of John Adams: “A Constitution of government once changed from freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

We need to stand up against anyone in any office who at any time for any reason dares to threaten any of our Constitutional rights.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Conservative Picks for the Ohio Primary

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In keeping with my commitment, I am searching the nation for the top Conservative options in order to prevent RINOs from betraying their campaign conservative stances. In the past primaries, specifically Illinois, it was incredibly disappointing how Conservatism performed at the ballot. In neighboring state, Indiana, things look a little more hopeful.  A common theme in this edition will be the opposition of incumbents who voted for Omnibus. The Ohio Primary presents an opportunity to advance Conservatism in the state. Ohio is a red state that is plagued by unions and opioids. Leftists in Ohio are also more daring than in other states to run as a Republican because they know Democrats will lose. Nonetheless, Ohio had some principled Conservatives which the Freedom Caucus is helping.

Best Picks: Jim Jordan, Christina Hagan, Melanie Leneghan, Todd Wolfrum
Worst Picks: Samuel Ronan, Bill Johnson, Robert Blazek, Anthony Gonzales, Bob Latta, Bob Gibbs, Michael Turner
Best Races: District 12, District 4
Worst Races: District 1, District 6, Ohio Senate,

Ohio Gov

An interesting matchup here which deviates from the typical RINO vs Conservative. On one side we have Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor. Mary Taylor may initially stand out as the Conservative candidate with endorsement from Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. But she’s also backed by John Kasich the most leftist of all the GOP Presidential candidates. Mike DeWine, one may peg as a RINO but strong Conservatives such as Troy Balderson and Kevin Bacon have given him the nod. This race is filled with misinformation with both candidates accusing the other of being leftist. Sites like Breitbart are trying to make this a battle against the Establishment that this race really isn’t. Ted Cruz isn’t infallible with his endorsements as proven with Steve Montenegro early this election season. However a history lesson courtesy of the Buckey Firearm Association is the deciding information: Mike DeWine is anti-gun. He was formerly a Senator who favored gun control and when he was thrown out for it, sought other elected offices. This dude needs a place to rest his head. And for that reason he is out of consideration. Mary Taylor may be associated with Kasich but at least she’s not anti-gun.

Conservative Pick: Mary Taylor

US Senate

This race is believed to be one of the most easily flipped races for the Senate. Last month Trump added his personal touch on the race and endorsed Jim Renacci, Representative of the 16th District. After 7 years, Renacci has nothing to show for it other than a mediocre record. . It seems as though he is the hand selection of Cocaine Mitch. He also voted for Omnibus which discredits him from being a Conservative Pick. Renacci has many endorsements, but none from nationwide conservatives Those were received by Josh Mandel. Mandel was the race’s frontrunner before having to withdraw citing his wife’s help. And so the race seems as though it is between Ranacci and Gibbons. Mike Gibbons is a business man. He has gathered the second choice endorsement of Rand Paul.

Gibbons is running as a Conservative but he’s not the only one. Melissa Ackinson is an entrepreneur running as the pro-Trump grassroots candidate. She may in fact be more Conservative than Gibbons and Renacci but she is a Trumpist first. From her positions on trade and the language used in her campaign. However it does seem as though she is fiscally conservative. Next is Don Elijah Eckhart. In 2016 he tried to defeat RINO Rob Portman and lost. Again he’s trying but it doesn’t seem like a serious attempt. He’s a good person, likely a good Conservative, but a bad campaigner. Lastly Dan Kiley is running but is more of the same. All of the candidates support Trump’s tariff’s except Eckhart but he’s the least supportive of school safety measures. Whereas Mike Gibbons believes that tariffs can lead to better trade deals and a freer trade, the other three are parroting Trump on the issue. There is no good choice in this race, but Renacci is a McConnell puppet and Gibbons is most prepared to stop him. Also Rand Paul is supporting him.

Conservative Pick: Mike Gibbons (little confidence)

District 1

Steve Chabot is actually one of Ohio’s more Conservative Congressmen. But alas, he is another mediocre politician. He is being opposed by Samuel Ronan. Though I oppose politicians who voted for Omnibus, a rare exception must be made. Ronan is pragmatic. He knows people vote by party only and is a leftist living in a red district. So what’s his plan? Win as a Republican. Ronan is pro-abortion and believes healthcare is a human right. Hard pass.

Conservative Pick: Steve Chabot

District 2

Brad Wenstrup is an incumbent RINO who is unopposed. He stopped being Conservative when Trump became President.

District 3

Joyce Beatty is the incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans are running in opposition. There is Jim Burgess and Abdul Haji. Not much can be gathered about Burgess other than failed attempts at running for the local school board. Abdul Haji is a supporter of Mike Gibbons and his Conservatism shows on his twitter some.

Conservative Pick: Abdul Haji

District 4

The 4th is Jim Jordan’s. Jordan is a member of the Freedom Caucus and a strong Conservative. His name is floated for House Speaker in replacement of Paul Ryan. Opposing him is Joseph Miller who doesn’t really have an actual campaign.

Conservative Pick: Jim Jordan (For House Speaker)

District 5

Bob Latta is the incumbent and is a RINO apart of the problem. Opposing him is two contestants. Todd Wolfrum is a local public servant looking to go to DC. His campaign promises include joining the Freedom Caucus, banning funding for abortion agencies, and prohibiting foreign aid when there is a debt. Seems like a strong Conservative. Running from the left is Bob Kreienkamp who is anti-gun and against tax cuts. But this is what the Republicans invite.

Conservative Pick: Todd Wolfrum

District 6

Bill Johnson is the incumbent in District 6. Hardcore RINO. He has voted for nearly every reckless spending bill in the last few years. But of course Ohio has already had a few leftist sneak their way in as an R so. Unfortunately Robert Blazek also sucks. He wants to tx entertainment because he thinks theirs a connection between violence and media (there’s not). We don’t need to blame video games ay more than guns. These are scapegoats.

Blazek also said he has a plan to help deal with the mental illness and violence, which are causing school shootings and other horrific acts. He would propose a mental health tax of 1 percent on all violent video games and movies. Those movies rated PG-13, R and NC-17 would qualify, as well as games rated for violence. Blazek said he believes the tax would raise about $400 million and the money would then go toward mental health.

Conservative Pick: None

District 7

Bob Gibbs is another RINO. He’s yet another big spender. Two candidates oppose him. Patrick Quinn is a hopeful. He doesn’t hold many positions other than wanting to settle immigration once and for all. Terry Robertson is the other, stronger opponent. In 2016, he failed to unseat Gibbs. Now he’s back. He seems to have a good grasp on all things Trump. He campaigns voter ID and going after activist judges. As the Democrats are salivating over the 7th, its best to nominate a candidate they are less prepared to attack.

Conservative Pick: Terry Robertson

District 8

Warren Davidson has had a brief year in DC without blemish. He is unopposed.

District 9

Three Republicans are scrambling to replace Marcy Kaptur. First up is Keith Colton. My biggest concern is that he is pro-union in a state made less competitive by unions. All else aside he seems like a typical campaign conservative. No joke, the second contestant is W. Benjamin Franklin. Because of his name, his candidacy cannot be found. Steve Kraus was ousted from a state office for a felony charge. He seems just as Conservative as Colton. Colton’s record is cleaner, thus, he is a more formidable opponent.

Conservative Pick: Keith Colton

District 10

Michael Turner is the incumbent. Another hardcore RINO. But he is opposed. First up is John Anderson. He has a “contract” platform. It includes restructuring the tax code to be almost entirely consumption based. It also includes ending foreign aid and preventing the federal government from controlling healthcare. Anderson failed to defeat Turner in 2014 and 2012. John Mitchel is the newcomer in this race. He has a unique set of ideas. He opposes the Convention of States for fear of something else entirely coming out of it. He is also for term limits like every not incumbent. Mitchel opposes UN taking our sovereignty and is pro-life and pro-gun.

Conservative Pick: John Mitchel

District 11

Marcia Fudge is an incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans seek to unseat her. Gregory Dunham is the first candidate. Although he opposes abortion, he believes in banning semi-auto guns. He is running on a national debt platform but doesn’t realize tax cuts don’t reduce government income. He doesn’t have a good grasp on the constitution or finances for that matter. He is another “fiscally responsible, socially inclusive(leftist)” candidate. From past experience we know that these politicians don’t exist. They will most certainly increase government under the guise of common sense. Beverly Goldstein tried and failed in 2016. Her platform is about jobs and crime. She is more set up to be a local politician but she’s preferable to Dunham.

Conservative Pick: Beverly Goldstein

District 12

District 12 is a free for all with eleven candidates. The Democrats have a similar situation. There is no incumbent because this is a special election situation. In large fields it is often beneficial to trust endorsements. Such was the case in the Texas 21st. In this election however the most prized endorsements of Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows belong to Melanie Leneghan. The power of the Freedom Caucus is coming to her aid. That must mean she’s a strong Conservative. However she’s not the only strong Conservative. There is also Troy Balderson. Balderson is on of the staunchest Conservatives in the Ohio Senate. Unlike most Republicans, he has an actual record of defunding Planned Parenthood. There’s also Tim Kane who is likely a RINO if elected. Another strong Conservative in the Ohio legislature is Kevin Bacon. But the race is between Leneghan and Balderson. Both would make fine Representatives and a clean one is needed if the GOP wants to keep this seat. The winner must win two elections to get to the next term.

Conservative Pick: Melanie Leneghan

District 13

Tim Ryan holds the seat as a Democrat. Christopher DePizzo is the only Republican. He’s probably a RINO but it’s not like he’ll win.

District 14

RINO David Joyce is unopposed.

District 15

A super-RINO Steve Stivers is running unopposed.

District 16

The race to replace Jim Renacci is surprisingly tame, but the choice is clearer than others. This is a classic Republican Civil War battleground. In the Big Government Corner we have Anthony Gonzalez. The RINOs have come out in full force. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Bob Gibbs, and Mike Turner have all endorsed Gonzalez. In the Conservative Corner we have Christina Hagan. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan have come to her side as well as several Trump administration names. The NRA endorsed Hagan. THe lines are drawn and it would be beneficial to prevent another RINO from gaining the seat.

Conservative Pick: Christina Hagan

 

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PragerU Video: Control the Words, Control the Culture

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On why it’s critically important to use the proper words such as Leftist instead of Liberal.

PragerU has published a new video on a very important subject. Many argue that we are in a culture or civil war with the Left, thus it is extremely important that we don’t accede to their linguistic propaganda.


PragerU: Control the Words, Control the Culture

The culture war is first and foremost a war of words – and the left is winning. The consequences can be seen everywhere: in politics, in education, in media. In this video, Michael Knowles, host of the Michael Knowles Show, explains why we should not cede another syllable.

It should be axiomatic that one doesn’t concede ground to an enemy without making them pay a price for taking it. But in essence, that is what we on the Pro-Liberty Right are doing every time we use certain terms that help the Left in their deceptions. As mentioned, we are in a culture war with the Left and every time we use a word such as ‘Liberal’ to describe them or capitalism to refer to economic Liberty we are surrendering linguistic ground to the Left without ever firing a shot.

In an effort to defend Liberty these are the important word choices we all should use in our contentions with the Left.

1. Leftist instead of Liberal

Can anyone seriously argue that with the Left going after the 1st and 2nd amendments that it still promotes the idea of Liberty?

There are a number of words that signify freedom that have the same origin from Latin: liberalis
This is why they all at least partially sound the same. It is also why the use of Liberal has obvious as well as almost subliminal qualities for the Left.

Take these points into consideration when referring to the Socialist-Left:

Leftist clarifies the issue….Liberal confuses the issue.
Leftist identifies them as Socialists….Liberal compliments them as freedom fighters or Liberators.
Leftist doesn’t insult those who cherish Liberty….Liberal chastises the Liberty minded as part of the Socialist-Left.

2. Economic Liberty instead of Capitalism.

Often times the word Capitalism is used as a pejorative, not to mention that it obscures the fact that it is based on freedom instead of oppression as with the collectivist systems. This is once again a case of unnecessarily ceding ground to the enemy. Keeping economic issues termed as those of Liberty instead of money put us on the firmer rhetorical ground.

3. Red instead of Blue when referring to the nation’s Socialist Left.

There was a time when Red signified the Socialist-Left. It’s the reason certain Socialist worker’s parties incorporated it into their national flag. Literature from this time would refer to Red China or ‘The Reds’. Then the geniuses on the Left decided to switch these colours to confuse the issue as they did with their labeling as Liberal or Progressive.

Presumably the argument was that it was only fair to swap the colours, then they were never changed back. Once again, using this colour scheme confuses the issue and cedes important definitional ground to the enemy.

4. Liberty Control instead of Gun Control [Liberty Reform, Liberty Grabbers]

Finally, we should consider using this terminology instead of one centred on inanimate objects. The nation’s Left would like to distract attention from this being an issue of Liberty. Human rights are not based on a discussion of mere objects, so why should this be the case with the right of self-preservation? Free-speech is not referred to as ‘Pen control’ so why should the right of self-defence be any different?

The fact is, keeping it as an issue over mere objects of aluminium makes it easy to denigrate.
How can a gun have rights? People have rights, Guns do not.
So taking them away shouldn’t matter, but talk about taking rights away from people, that’s a different story.

Change the terms of the debate to one of Liberty and it will be a game changer focusing the mind on what is truly at stake. The Left cannot abide this change, thus they usually refuse to discuss the issue when couched in this way. They will protest over ‘Gun reform’ all day long, but let’s see them take to the streets to demand ‘Liberty reform’.

The takeaway.

If we are to win the culture war, we will need to use selected tactics of the nation’s Socialist Left. That includes using the correct words. There is really no cost to making these easy changes in how we debate the issues of the day. But the resulting dividend will be the survival of Liberty.

 

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