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Disinformation for and against Kavanaugh litters “news” sites

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Disinformation for and against Kavanaugh litters news sites

Be careful what you read. Just because it’s on the internet on what’s supposed to be a “trusted site” doesn’t make it true.

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation is the most contentious battle for the Supreme Court in our nation’s history. It has more combatants than any before it; thanks to social media, it seems everyone has an opinion that’s predictably divided along party lines. For this reason, it’s one of the easiest “click-bait” stories of the day. All an unscrupulous media outlet needs is a hint of a controversial scoop to manipulate in order to draw in the masses who want something, anything onto which they can latch.

Both sides of the political aisle have been pulling out all stops for these stories. I’ve seen headlines that range from clearly and blatantly false to subtly contrived. A quick scan of Twitter or Reddit can reveal the fake stories that are getting the most traction.

For the pro-Kavanaugh folks, the most widely spread disinformation the last two days has been a report that Christine Blasey Ford’s parents lost their house to foreclosure. Who was the judge? Yep, it was Kavanaugh’s mother.

The ALL-CAPS, exclamation-pointed headlines started popping up on right-leaning “news” sites with official documents from official sources pointing to the bombshell revelation that told a story of revenge being served gloriously cold. Ford has a score to settle…

…except she doesn’t, at least not one that pertains to her parent’s home. As it turns out, the elder Judge Kavanaugh did indeed rule on foreclosure proceedings for the Ford house. She ruled in their favor. And as far as actual investigative reporters can tell, they never lost their home. So yes, this was fake news.

But this story wasn’t the most widespread (though nearly every mainstream media site lambasted the devious righties for spreading it). The story that got the most steam was a report that 63 of the 65 women who initially supported Kavanaugh in a letter had renounced their support following the release of Ford’s story.

It was a major GOTCHA moment that proved how disingenuous their support really was. Some of the comments I read suggested most of these women were begged, conned, or otherwise coerced by Republicans to put their names behind Kavanaugh. This was another victory for the #MeToo movement that united women against another manifestation of toxic masculinity…

…except is wasn’t. The truth was only two of the 65 women chose to reply to the question in the short time period given to them. Many indicated later they simply didn’t bother. Some said they were never contacted. None of them renounced their support.

Conspicuously, no mainstream news sites I have been watching mentioned this blatant attempt to mislead people. They were less enthusiastic about debunking an anti-Kavanaugh story than they were about debunking an anti-Ford story.

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford represent variations of boogeymen to the sides that oppose them. Some are willing to lie to discredit them. Be careful what you’re reading. Better yet, stop reading until they testify.

Image via Hewlett.

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Anthony Derlunas, who yelled ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,’ is a Trump-hating leftist

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Anthony Derlunas who yelled Heil Hitler Heil Trump is a Trump-hating leftist

Mainstream media went to great extremes to make people believe Anthony Derlunas is a Trump supporter who was spreading his antisemitic message because he’s a Republican voter. When it was revealed he yelled. “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,” during a performance of Fiddler on the Roof because he was triggered and actually hated Trump, mainstream media suddenly went silent on the story.

That’s what happens when a leftist narrative is broken. It gets buried, distorted, or outright lied about by the press. They love their narratives. They hate anything that proves their narratives wrong.

Moonbattery The MSM’s Anthony Derlunas Hate Hoax

https://moonbattery.com/the-msms-anthony-derlunas-hate-hoax/The hyperpartisan “mainstream” media has never been more dishonest than since the horrific shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, as it attempts incongruously yet determinedly to tie anti-Semitism around Donald Trump’s neck. Flawed reporting reached hate hoax levels in light of a moonbat named Anthony Derlunas screaming “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” at a Baltimore performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Since it is hard to find anything but moonbattery elsewhere, we turn to One America for the story.

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President Trump reacts to Jim Acosta’s press pass decision: ‘Not a big deal’

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President Trump reacts to Jim Acostas press pass decision Not a big deal

He’s right. This isn’t a big deal. CNN’s Jim Acosta should never have had his hard pass revoked in the first place, either. That made it a bigger deal than it really ought to be. But it happened and now a temporary order has been placed by a judge.

What does this mean for future press conferences? A lot. What does it mean for the 1st Amendment? Not so much. It’s a blow to the President and a win for the free press, but this won’t be an issue that will ever come up again.

It shouldn’t have come up in the first place.

Some are asking why the White House needs to publish rules of decorum for the press when they weren’t needed before. That’s just it. They weren’t needed before. This is a different President, but it’s also a different press.

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio, the star of the Arkansas dashcam shootout, is an illegal immigrant

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio the star of the Arkansas dash cam shootout is an illegal immigrant

It’s an odd headline. The lede in this story should the shocking dashcam footage showing suspect Luis Cobos-Cenobio firing on police who were trying to pull him over. Unfortunately, immigration status is either buried or ignored altogether by mainstream media, so we thought it was necessary to point out up front that the man who allegedly tried to shoot and kill police officers is an illegal immigrant.

You can read the details at Fox News, one of the only outlets I’ve found so far that mentions his immigration status:

Dashcam video shows moment illegal immigrant suspect opens fire on Arkansas police officer

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dashcam-video-shows-moment-illegal-immigrant-suspect-opens-fire-on-arkansas-police-officerCobos-Cenobio has been jailed on $500,000 bond, and has had a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

If he is convicted on any or all of these charges, he’s going to jail for a long time. There’s no way to know at this point how many Americans he’s harmed in the past. Sadly, as a criminal illegal immigrant, there’s no reason for him to be here in the first place.

Mainstream media doesn’t want you to know that part of the story, though. Some went so far as to avoid the topic altogether.

For example, this article from ABC News is nearly 400-words in length and never even hints at his immigration status. Many stories simply noted as deep into the article as possible that he had a “federal hold” or “detainer request” without indicating that almost certainly means he’s here illegally.

Mainstream media is desperate to bury or cover up anything that pertains to illegal immigrants. This story, with its amazing and terrifying video, was too “good” for them to pass up. That didn’t stop them from hiding his immigration status.

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