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NBC forced to reveal its agenda ahead of DOJ investigation into Avenatti and Swetnick

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NBC forced to reveal its agenda ahead of DOJ investigation into Avenatti and Swetnick

NBC took a calculated risk when it aired the Julie Swetnick interview. That risk didn’t pay off in, well, any way at all and now may land them in a public relations hornets’ nest. As the Department of Justice prepares to investigate and eventually reveal NBC’s incredibly poor editorial judgment, abysmal journalistic standards, and leftist anti-Kavanaugh agenda, the network is attempting to get ahead of the story by revealing their cards early.

Technically, they’re revealing their cards much later than they should have.

Becket Adams at Washington Examiner posted a great analysis of the situation two days ago:

NBC sat on evidence exonerating Justice Kavanaugh, discrediting Michael Avenatti and his clients’ accusations

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/nbc-sat-on-evidence-exonerating-justice-kavanaugh-discrediting-michael-avenatti-and-his-clients-accusationsThe first theory posits that NBC deliberately suppressed this information for a month because it was an active and willing participant in a larger campaign to keep Kavanaugh from taking the Supreme Court’s “swing” seat. A second, less insidious theory would be that NBC quietly shelved these details because it was embarrassed to have entertained the Swetnick story in the first place. Its reporters and editors were so eager to score a major exclusive that they ignored the usual editorial standards, only to decide later that they had made a grave error in taking Avenatti seriously. Maybe the network thought it could quietly cover up its terrible lapse in good editorial judgment. It’s not a great excuse, and it certainly doesn’t absolve NBC from hiding exonerating evidence when it mattered most. I’d say this second theory is only slightly less-damning than the one that suggests the network actively engaged in an effort to derail the judge’s confirmation

Now, NBC has released some excuses about why they failed at journalism 101 on this story. These excuses are loaded with nearly as many holes as Avenatti’s and Swetnick’s stories, but if that’s what they’re rolling with, so be it.

NBC’s Kate Snow: Here’s why we didn’t publish that story on Avenatti’s 2nd witness until now

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/27/nbcs-kate-snow-heres-didnt-publish-story-avenattis-2nd-witness-now/NBC’s Kate Snow put up a tweetstorm Saturday explaining why NBC belatedly published a piece Thursday revealing that a 2nd witness provided by Michael Avenatti to back up Swetnick’s account directly contradicted claims Avenatti made on her behalf. Snow claims she and NBC hadn’t finished vetting the article about this 2nd witness until the Kavanaugh confirmation was over and so decided to drop it as old news. That supposedly changed this week, when Sen. Chuck Grassley referred Avenatti and Swetnick to the DOJ for investigation. That referral, Snow claims, suddenly made the story newsworthy again.

If you’re scratching your head trying to make sense of it all, you’re not alone. Let’s break it down:

  • NBC wanted Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation blocked and life destroyed, but they aren’t supposed to have such feelings so they disguised it with “reporting the news.”
  • The news they reported seemed juicy at first until they actually started asking questions. Apparently, there are remnants of journalistic standards still left in a handful of them.
  • Despite the corroborator failing to corroborate anything she was supposed to be corroborating, their desire to destroy Kavanaugh superseded the remnant of journalistic principles they temporarily displayed by asking questions in the first place. Keeping the narrative intact was more important than reporting the truth.
  • As soon as reports came out that the Department of Justice was going to investigate the claims, multiple people at the network likely screamed, “Oh s–t!” before deciding to come clean now before their narrative-building cover ups were discovered.
  • In true leftist mainstream media fashion, they came up with a completely bogus excuse for the absence of journalistic integrity that got them in this mess in the first place.
  • As the hole they’d dug themselves into became too big to climb out of, someone decided it’s better to dig deeper. Keep digging. If they can make it all the way through to the other side, they’ll fit in better as a part of China’s state-run media.

NBC’s handling of the situation then and now are the epitome of modern mainstream media. They’re caught between futile attempts to seem like they’re not puppets for the Democrats and awkward acceptance of their own journalistic incompetence.

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  1. Douglas Downey

    October 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Awesome. That last paragraph says it all about what passes as modern day “journalism”. “NBC’s handling of the situation then and now are the epitome of modern mainstream media. They’re caught between futile attempts to seem like they’re are not puppets of the Democrats and awkward acceptance of their own journalistic incompetence.”This is a daily experience for much of the mainstream media today. So sad.

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NY Times invokes Martin Luther King Jr. to attack Israel

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NY Times invokes Martin Luther King Jr to attack Israel

When a nation the size of New Jersey is surrounded by enemies and is the subject of incessant condemnation from the United Nations, it’s natural to assume thoughtful people will take a complete look at its circumstances before deciding which side of a contentious debate to support. This is why many Americans still choose to support the nation of Israel despite mainstream media’s efforts to frame it as evil.

Unfortunately, the debate is so complex, most Americans form their perspectives based on very limited data. Passions are so strong on both sides that it often comes down to which side’s message is loudest in the ears of those deciding who to support. The Israel-Palestine debate has been ongoing since the tiny nation was first formed and ramped up greatly following the attacks on Israel in 1967 that resulted in necessary expansion.

Today, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights are all considered “occupied” territories by a majority around the world, at least among those who are paying attention. Despite clear evidence that the very existence of Israel would be threatened if these lands were “returned” to the Palestinians, most of the world calls for the two-state solution as the path to peace.

On top of the disputed lands, the way that Israel maintains peace within its own lands is labeled as oppression against Palestinians living there. The core of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement’s message is that the Palestinian people are being persecuted. To support this premise, an activist at the NY Times is invoking Martin Luther King Jr and his opposition to the Vietnam War as the roadmap by which BDS activists should muster their own courage and build more support to fight the nation of Israel.

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/opinion/sunday/martin-luther-king-palestine-israel.htmlReading King’s speech at Riverside more than 50 years later, I am left with little doubt that his teachings and message require us to speak out passionately against the human rights crisis in Israel-Palestine, despite the risks and despite the complexity of the issues. King argued, when speaking of Vietnam, that even “when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict,” we must not be mesmerized by uncertainty. “We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”

To be clear, King was opposed to a war that resulted in the deaths of 1,350,000 people, which is nearly the same amount of Arabs living in Israel currently. King was opposed to a war in which no Americans were attacked prior to us getting involved. Israel is attacked regularly from multiple groups in and out of the nation who support the Palestinian movement. King was opposed to a war that took focus and resources away from his cause.

As he said, “We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.”

To be fair, the author of the NY Times article, Michelle Alexander, was using his anti-war speech to demonstrate the courage King displayed as inspiration for the courage she feels BDS supporters need today. Had she left it there, then there wouldn’t be much of a need to respond. However, she continued in the article to speculate King may not have been happy with Israel back then. Worse, she implied that he could have been a supporter of the BDS movement today.

This opinion is beyond questionable. King’s motivations for not wanting to outwardly support Israel’s actions following the Six Day War were for the sake of his movement, not based on personal feelings on the matter. It made sense to not take a side in a debate in which many of his supporters of African or Middle Eastern descent may have objected.

It is becoming increasing common in the BDS movement to point solely towards the actions of the Israeli government while ignoring the reasons for these actions. They often talk about homes being bulldozed, but they ignore the fact that punitive demolitions are a result of terrorist attacks. I am not in favor of these demolitions, but I would never hide the facts to support my claims. The BDS movement realizes calling out Israel for bulldozing Palestinian homes is most effective if the reasons are never mentioned.

As pro-BDS articles go, this one was strikingly coherent. This is a bigger problem than the unhinged hate articles we often see from BDS supporters. It’s easy to see how this one-sided portrayal in a publication as strong as the NY Times that invokes an icon like Martin Luther King Jr can garner support for the movement from those who would otherwise never consider it. The article is very careful to cut off cries of antisemitism and is written for rational thinkers rather than emotional feelers.

But therein lies the problem. It invokes King and his famous speech knowing full well few will actually read it. If they take the time to read or hear it, they’ll wonder what any of that has to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The NY Times is betting on the easy odds that nobody’s going to take the time.

None of the seven reasons King gives for opposing the Vietnam War could be applied to Israel. Invoking the speech and insinuating he would have been a BDS supporter is a disingenuous attempt to equate his righteous activism to the BDS movement itself.


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PolitiFact demonstrates pure partisanship declaring Trump’s physical barrier claims as “Mostly False”

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PolitiFact demonstrates pure partisanship declaring Trumps physical barrier claims Mostly False

Pulitzer Prize winning fact checking agency PolitiFact has been accused of leaning dozens if not hundreds of their fact checks to favor the Democratic perspective on most issues. In one of the most egregious examples of partisan hacking, they declared a statement made by President Trump during his televised address to the nation as “Mostly False.”

Here’s the statement: Senator Charles Schumer “repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected president.”

This is undeniably 100% true. It’s demonstrable that Schumer and many Democrats have supported physical barriers along the border in the recent past. Their support for changed sharply once then-candidate Trump started talking about needing a border wall, so technically speaking that portion of President Trump’s statement wasn’t entirely true. He said their support changed after he was elected, but it started changing a few months after he first entered the race.

Here’s a graph from Cato Institute that shows support from Democrats at over 40% in October, 2015, when it still seemed far fetched that he would win the nomination, let alone the general election. From that point, it took a nose dive.

Democratic Support for Border Wall

The portion of the PolitiFact article in which the author tries to justify the “Mostly False” rating attempts to distinguish between the differences in security barriers proposed by the President and accepted by Democrats in the past.

Did Democrats reverse border wall position after Donald Trump was elected?

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/jan/09/donald-trump/trump-democrats-reverse-border-wall-position/Schumer, along with tens of other Democrats including former President Barack Obama, voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized building a fence along about 700 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico. That’s the majority of the barrier in place today along the southern border.

However, the fence was mocked as a “nothing wall” by Trump in the past and was far less ambitious, both politically and physically, than the wall Trump wants to build now.

This logical gymnastics is farcical when we read the statement that is allegedly “Mostly False.” The President did not suggest nor has he ever believed the Democrats supported the type of wall he’s requesting. That’s why he was very specific in stating Schumer and the Democrats “repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past” instead of saying they supported his wall. This is important because for a fact-checker, the details are important.

They have repeatedly judged against conservatives for the tiniest nuance in their statements to attack. But when the statement is properly worded, as the President’s was, this fact checker decided to dig into intent rather than fact checking the statement itself. He penalized the statement as being false because he reconstructed what the President said as meaning something different. This is convenient selective inference on their part. But they’re completely unbiased. Just ask them.

When even the “trusted” fact checkers are willing to abandon ethics and call an obviously true statement false for the sake of political expediency, it’s no wonder so many Americans are frustrated with the entire mainstream media mechanism.

This is why we humbly request you support us with a donation so we can try to counterbalance the horrid leftism present in mainstream media.


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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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