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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about how Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and others have removed Alex Jones and his Infowars program from their platforms recently for violating their code of conduct regarding the use of so-called hate speech.

While Jones’ rants fall more under the category of insanity than they do insight, his program has been accepted in many conservative circles, along with members of #Cult45 due to his rabid support of Donald Trump, and Trump has returned the favor. In an appearance on Jones’ radio show, Trump praised him for his “amazing” reputation.

Considering Jones’ established reputation as a conspiracy theorist and all-around nut case, the timing of his removal from the platforms of these major players in the internet world created by Al Gore would be suspect except for two things: Donald Trump and the upcoming election.

As Steve Deace accurately concluded, targeting Alex Jones is forcing faux-conservatives who support Trump to defend Jones’ indefensible behavior — much as they do for Trump — in the days leading up to an election where the GOP is already preparing for a Blue Tsunami.

So-called conservative media and Donald Trump, Jr. are also defending Jones.

Targeting Jones in this manner also allows the left to control the narrative by connecting true conservatism to the actions of a conspiracy theorist … and Alex Jones too.

Jones, his Infowars groupies, and some in the so-called conservative media are crying about how his First Amendment rights are being denied. Of course, nothing can be further from the truth. Businesses have the right to run their business as they see fit and can refuse to associate with anyone they choose — unless, of course, you’re a Christian baker or Christian florist.

Jones’ website is still up and running, and unless Congress attempts to make a law to take it down, his First Amendment rights are still protected. If he disagrees with business practices of companies operating with a left-wing bent, he can go somewhere else to spread his conspiracy theories.

Even though Jones is wrong to claim that his First Amendment rights are being denied, the actions taken against him are creating a real threat to free speech, especially when Washington decides to get involved.

Even though he’s calling on free market businesses indirectly do his dirty work, Sen. Murphy believes that shutting down an individual’s individual rights is necessary for America to survive. Unfortunately, he’s not alone because Republicans are also getting in the act.

As I wrote a few days ago, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) has proposed a bill that would put protesters in jail for 15 years if they wear a mask while “threatening” or “intimidating” someone — in other words, ANTIFA protesters.

In some ways, Alex Jones and ANTIFA are alike because they’re unbalanced, unhinged, and unstable. In other words, they’re insane. That’s why I will never support or defend their actions.

However, I do support and defend liberty and the Constitution, and I will oppose any effort by the government to directly or indirectly deny anyone their Constitutional rights. It’s frightening that there are so many who are willing to trade freedom for tyranny, and it’s likely to get worse because there are too few willing to defend our God-given rights.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Mueller’s office debunks Buzzfeed’s report

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Muellers office debunks Buzzfeeds report

That didn’t take long.

After a flurry of reports surrounding a Buzzfeed article that claimed then-candidate Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, a statement from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has debunked it.

Spokesman Peter Carr says, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

As we noted yesterday, Buzzfeed is not credible. Now, any remnant of credibility they had left is evaporating away. This is not a serious news outlet. They’re just a click-bait farm.


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Is Buzzfeed a credible news source?

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Update: Debunked.

Original Story:

Is Buzzfeed credible? The short answer is, “not usually.” They have a penchant for silly articles like 13 Potatoes That Look Like Channing Tatum and Which Ousted Arab Spring Ruler Are You? But they have been getting serious about real journalism, and more importantly, they’ve been spending serious cash to establish themselves as a major news outlet.

Their latest bombshell is almost certainly their biggest to date if it’s true.

Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/trump-russia-cohen-moscow-tower-mueller-investigationPresident Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

For nearly three years, since just after candidate Trump was locked in as the GOP nominee in July, 2016, mainstream media has been screaming about the end for Trump. Every news cycle featured a bombshell, tipping point, or the beginning of the end for Trump, as was hilariously mashed up last year in a video.

But this time, we may have finally seen the actual beginning of the end. If the Buzzfeed story is accurate and if Robert Mueller’s report substantiates these accusations, there’s almost no way around it. President Trump will face impeachment, indictment after his term, or both. Of course, that’s a really big “if.”

Buzzfeed claims their two sources have more that just Michael Cohen’s testimony to back up the charges. They have “internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.” If this is true and links the President directly, it’s pretty much game over.

There are three reasons I’m personally skeptical.

  1. Mueller’s strategy. There is no question Robert Mueller is a calculating investigator. He doesn’t do anything without a purpose, and there doesn’t appear to be any purpose for such a stinging leak that is unlikely to yield better fruit than what they already allegedly have on the President. Moreover, Mueller is a spotlight guy. He’d prefer the grand reveal when his report comes out to a Buzzfeed scoop in the middle of January. And if the two members of his team that leaked the information did so independently, then it calls into question the motivations of his team. Either way, this doesn’t fit.
  2. Steele Dossier. Buzzfeed is the organization that received wide rebukes from journalists on both the right and left when they released the unredacted Steele Dossier. It is uncorroborated to this day and offered nothing but tabloid substance to the conversation. Their justification for releasing it was since it was being circulated among those in the highest levels of government, the people had the right to know about it. But when even the NY Times and Washington Post condemn the action, you know they went too far with their brand of journalism.
  3. Nobody else has it. Exclusives are hard to come by for top notch news outlets, especially of this magnitude. For Buzzfeed to be the recipient of such riches while nobody else has it is far-fetched. If the members of the Mueller team who leaked the information wanted to go for maximum effect, they would have gone elsewhere. If they were getting paid, then they’re in big trouble. Again, this is very fishy.

Of course, there’s this…

…and this:

If this is real, the President is in trouble. That’s a huge “if” when we consider the source. But if Buzzfeed is the publication that brings down the President, it may be a sign of the times. I have serious doubts, but we’ll find out soon enough.


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Larry Elder, Sean Hannity discuss the shutdown

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Larry Elder Sean Hannity discuss the shutdown

Radio host Larry Elder joined Sean Hannity on Fox News tonight to break down the government shutdown. Elder pointed out that President Obama was being urged by advisers, including Rahm Emmanuel, to abandon Obamacare, but Nancy Pelosi urged him to go big or go home.

Later, they discussed the Speaker of the House’s refusal to meet with Angel Moms. Elder asked what she would say to them. Hannity said she should have given them condolences for their losses.

My Take

The talking heads on Fox News keep repeating the same narratives, but it’s not working. This is an example of mainstream media playing to the base by repeating the narrative for cheers from the crowd but failing to present better information the Republican base can use to argue for the border wall.

Many on the right, particularly in media, are failing to make a compelling case for the wall. They need to adjust their talking points if they really want their audience to help sell the idea to the rest of America.


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