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Steve Bannon sends Matt Boyle, Aaron Klein to Alabama to find dirt on Roy Moore’s accusers

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Steve Bannon sends Matt Boyle Aaron Klein to Alabama to find dirt on Roy Moores accusers

Roy Moore’s nomination as the Republican running for Senate in Alabama marked Steve Bannon’s first victory since leaving the White House. Moore was the Breitbart chief’s shining example of beating the GOP Establishment. Upon his victory on December 12, Bannon would launch his assault against “RINOs” in the Senate.

Things took a turn for the worst last week when the Washington Post published an article telling stories from four women who accused Moore of various degrees of sexual impropriety. One of those making claims, Leigh Corfman, said Moore sexually abused her when she was 14-years-old. Moore was 32-years-old at the time.

Now, Axios is reporting that Bannon is sending two of his most trusted lieutenants, Matt Boyle and Aaron Klein, to find stories that can discredit the women from the Washington Post article.

Breitbart aims to discredit Roy Moore’s accusers

https://www.axios.com/breitbart-aims-to-discredit-moores-accusers-2508913180.htmlSteve Bannon has sent two of Breitbart News’ top reporters, Matt Boyle and Aaron Klein, to Alabama. Their mission: to discredit the Washington Post’s reporting on Roy Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct with teenagers.

Bottom line: This story is about to get even uglier, if that’s imaginable. I expect more counter-attacks will play out in Breitbart News and other outlets over the coming days.

My Take

While it’s easy to condemn or support Bannon’s decision based upon whether we support or condemn Moore, we should take a hard look at what Bannon’s motivations are. We know he wants Moore to win. The question is whether this is a political move by Bannon to take something he feels may be true but needs to be discredited or whether he sincerely believes Moore didn’t do what the four women claim he did.

If it’s purely politics, this is a disgraceful move. If they think Moore is getting set up, then they must do everything they can to prove Moore’s innocence.

One might wonder what difference Bannon’s motivations make. As an opinionated journalist who has no trouble acknowledging my biases, I don’t think Breitbart nor Bannon have any need to hide their leanings. However, they should hold to the journalistic standards of truth. It’s one thing to highlight the best in one’s candidates and the worst in one’s opponents. It’s another thing altogether to attempt to hide the truth or discredit those telling the truth simply because it doesn’t align with political goals.

I’m willing to give Breitbart the benefit of the doubt. Bannon is close to Moore and has certainly heard as much of Moore’s side of the story as anyone. If he believes Moore is innocent, then his actions are righteous. Personally, I like Moore and I hope that the accusations are false, but if they’re true then he really should step aside. If they’re false, he needs to keep fighting to the end.

Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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CBS fires Charlie Rose

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Charlie Rose, following a report from the Washington Post that he allegedly sexually harassed eight women, has been fired by CBS. He is also currently suspended by PBS and Bloomberg.

CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement, “Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace.”

This is the latest in a long string of powerful men being taken down by the alleged past actions regarding sexual misconduct.

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Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/eight-women-say-charlie-rose-sexually-harassed-them--with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/2017/11/20/9b168de8-caec-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.5ca9ed5d45b5Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts “CBS This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

Charlie Rose out at CBS News amid sexual harassment allegations

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/charlie-rose-cbs-news-sexual-harassment-allegations-article-1.3648615Veteran TV news anchor Charlie Rose has been fired from CBS News a day after reports emerged that he sexually harassed numerous women since the 1990s.

CBS News President David Rhodes emailed staff Tuesday that Rose was let go over the “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” reported at his interview show.

BREAKING: Charlie Rose Fired by CBS Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2017/11/21/charlie-rose-fired-cbs/According to the Associated Press, Rose has been terminated from the network after eight different women came forward and accused Rose of sexual harassment and assault, including walking around naked in front of them, lewd phone calls, and inappropriate touching.

CBS initially suspended Rose when the news broke.

Rose soon released a statement in which he said he takes responsibility for his actions, though he felt these feelings were shared between him and the women he was pursuing.

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Images of Franken ‘groping’ Huffington aren’t the same as his other acts of sexual misconduct

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Al Franken Arianna Huffington

The media has a tendency to pile on when a story has legs. One such story is Senator Al Franken’s sexual misconduct. The first two stories about him were appropriate. The most recent one about leaked photos from a shoot featuring him and Arianna Huffington don’t belong in the conversation.

The images, seen above, depict the former comedian groping the liberal media mogul. These are clearly inappropriate behaviors in most circumstances which is why they’re coming to light, but even Huffington acknowledges they were part of the shoot”

Newly surfaced pics show Al Franken grabbing Arianna Huffington’s breasts and butt

https://pagesix.com/2017/11/20/new-pics-show-al-franken-grabbing-arianna-huffingtons-breasts-and-butt/“The notion that there was anything inappropriate in this photo shoot is truly absurd,” she said in a statement to The Post.

“Al and I did a comedic sketch for Bill Maher’s ‘Politically Incorrect’ called ‘Strange Bedfellows,’ in which the whole point, as the name makes clear, was that we were doing political commentary from bed. This shoot was looking back at the sketch, and we were obviously hamming it up for comedic effect.

“I’ve been great friends with Al and his wife Franni for over 20 years and there has never been anything remotely inappropriate in our interactions.”

There is real sexual misconduct coming to light in rapid-fire lately. It’s natural for journalists to want to break news and get the clicks from interested readers, but we have to be more discerning in the media. This is a non-story. When it’s put out there as something that it’s not, it takes away from the real stories and reduces the perceived severity of true infractions.

Franken needs to address the real issues here. He needs to step down. Getting quotes from a feminist like Huffington that downplay his actions reflects negatively on actions he committed against other women.

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‘Ghost Guns’ prove that gun control can never work as promised

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Ghost Guns prove that gun control can never work as promised

The Rancho Tehama Shooting demonstrated that gun control only empowers the government and criminals while making the situation far worse for the innocent.

Last week the Leftist media came to the astounding realisation that criminals don’t obey the law and that they can make their own guns, negating any kind of control or confiscation regimes. Were the media knowledgeable on the subject, they would have been aware of these facts. So let us endeavour to educate them on the reality of guns and that they should be looking elsewhere if they truly want to ‘protect the children’.

The basic technology of firearms makes them easy to produce.

In simplest terms a firearm is merely a container for a chemical reaction that produces high pressure gas to apply force to a projectile. It essentially only has a few components, that being the chemical propellant, projectile, ignition source and the container itself. The technology grew out of the invention of gun powder more than a thousand years ago with the first cannons appearing more than 700 years ago.

The technology has advanced to where the propellant, projectile and ignition source are combined into a self-contained package called a cartridge that is activated by a firing mechanism. A gun that holds and fires one cartridge at a time is the simplest and easiest to produce. The primary innovations of this technology revolved around how these cartridges (or rounds) are placed and extracted from the container (i.e. the firing chamber and barrel) which enabled the firing of multiple shots. The earliest repeating firearms have multiple chambers and been around for 160 years. Mechanisms to extract and chamber a fresh round to be fired with one trigger pull are termed semi-automatic and when the mechanism does this on a continuous basis with one trigger pull it is an automatic firearm. (These have been around for over 100 years)

There is nothing really magical or mysterious about these relatively simple machines that were in fact the first internal combustion engines. Thus it is merely a case of obtaining a tube of sufficient strength and dimensions to hold and fire a cartridge, a system to change out them out and a firing mechanism. Over the years there have been plenty of examples of guns made from common materials and with 3D printers

Gun control can never work.

One of the biggest Utopian fantasies of the Left is that guns can somehow be taken from the people and everyone will live happily ever after. The problem with this kind of fanciful thinking is that it ignores the fact that one cannot ban the raw materials for making a gun so criminals will always have them. They have been made by inmates in high security correctional institutions around the world and by criminals on the street.
If inmates in high security prisons can somehow fashion guns out of common materials, how can one stop criminals from building them on the outside?

The Takeaway

No one should be under the illusion that the gun grabbers actually care about ‘gun safety’ or protecting the children. If that were the case they wouldn’t be working towards gun confiscation as their ultimate goal – and lying about it every step of the way. As has been demonstrated, these weapons can be easily replicated as in the California example. Even if they were able to fool people into turning in their guns, they would soon be at a severe disadvantage by those who ignore the law. The gun grabber fantasy is that a ‘gun-free’ nation would be progressive paradise, this has been shown to not be the case with gun crime having an 27% increase in UK this year.

If the Left really cared about the issue, they would forget about gun control and power it engenders to the government and concern themselves with criminal control instead.

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