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Cable news should end pretense and declare their bias openly

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Cable news should end pretense and declare their bias openly

Mainstream media has lost all credibility. It isn’t just the leftist puppets at CNN, NY Times, MSNBC, and WaPo. It’s Fox News and to some extent the Wall Street Journal. They all pretend to report the news but have become increasingly partisan to the point that all of them pick one side or the other on every issue.

All of them.

Every issue.

No news report that has any political ramifications is free of bias. Perhaps they never were, but at least an attempt at unbiased reporting was maintained to some extent as recently as the 1990s. At the turn of the century it started changing. The attempts to remain unbiased were replaced by attempts to hide their bias. Those latter attempts have been replaced by Orwellian newspeak designed to fool their bases into believing they really are more fair to the news than their competitors.

Let’s drop the subterfuge. It’s time for the cable news networks to just come out and acknowledge they’re tilting the news in favor of their chosen political affiliations. Just say it. Viewers already know. Leftists don’t watch Fox News unless they’re looking for talking points to counter. Conservatives don’t watch CNN unless… well, they don’t watch CNN. Nobody watches MSNBC unless CNN and Fox News are running commercials.

To some extent, the big reveal has already happened. Fox News has been most unabashed in their declarations of support for the President, but they still took offense when Sean Hannity took the stage with President Trump last night after declaring he wouldn’t.

Hannity appears on stage at Trump rally, despite vowing he wouldn’t

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/06/hannity-trump-rally-2018-963565Fox News censured its biggest star Tuesday, saying that Sean Hannity should not have appeared onstage a night earlier with President Donald Trump at his final campaign rally before the midterm elections.

Hannity’s cameo appearance Monday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, directly contradicted a pledge he had made hours earlier not to take the stage with the president. It also contradicted assurances from network brass that, despite a Trump campaign press release touting Hannity’s appearance as part of the rally, he would not be a guest of the president’s.

Hannity was not wrong to appear on stage with the President. His only mistake was claiming that he wouldn’t. He has been a supporter of the President’s since the early days of the primary campaign in 2015. There’s nothing wrong with him going on stage at this point because he has made no attempts to pretend to be unbiased. His model is the model I would prefer to see from all cable news personalities.

CNN pretends to be unbiased while allowing their hosts to go completely unhinged following the last election. Some screamed at the camera. Others cried openly. They supported Hillary Clinton. This election they support the Democrats. They oppose everything President Trump says or does. If he declared he’d found the cure for cancer, their headline would be “Trump undercuts oncologists, cancer researches in their quest to save lives.”

Of the three major cable news networks, CNN is by far the worst when it comes to pretending to be unbiased. They actually make public relations campaigns that try to convince people they only deal in the truth. When a network lies about telling the truth, they really are lost.

Print publications are no better. The NY Times and Washington Post may publish an occasional right-leaning opinion piece for the sake of saying, “see, we’re unbiased,” but they’ve become leftist propaganda machines that are, in many ways, worse than the cable news networks. Viewers can make choices much more easily when it comes to what they watch on television. When it comes to reading stories, especially online, people are usually funneled to the “major” news outlets. Do a search on any political topic and the top results will be NY Times, WaPo, Politico, or one of the other left-leaning “respected” publications because the search engines themselves are biased. That’s for another article.

There’s no need for anyone in mainstream media to try to convince us they don’t lean in one political direction or the other. Videos like this one should make everyone cringe.

Most Americans already know which way each news network leans. Putting up false pretenses or making videos about apples and bananas are insults to our intelligence. Just come out and say it. Stop pretending to be unbiased.

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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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To advance conservatism, nobody gets a free pass

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To advance conservatism nobody gets a free pass

Before the midterm elections, most of the writers here spent a good chunk of their copy space helping Republicans in their campaigns. They focused on exposing Democrats for what they are (as well as what they’re becoming) and often turned their back on the negatives associated with Republican candidates.

This was intentional and I allowed it. Like many proponents of limited government, I compare the rhetoric and actions of the two major parties and I see one that’s pushing for big government and another that’s pushing for even bigger government. The fallacies in the Democrats’ proposals are obvious and universal. Republicans have a mix of good and bad; for example, lowering taxes was good, but simultaneously increasing spending was bad.

I allowed the pro-Republican approach because in the world of partisan politics, we’re stuck in a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. While I personally didn’t get involved in party politics and focused my posts on fighting for conservative and limited-government federalist values, I didn’t ask my writers to do the same. Any who chose to promote the Republican agenda, which was most of them, were allowed to do so.

They still can. I’m not censoring anyone. However, I want to be clear about the true purpose of this news site.

We are not a partisan site that is pro-Republican or anti-Democrat. We are a pro-American site that understands the importance of limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life, plus many other ideas that are usually associated with conservatism and/or classical liberalism.

Now that the election is over, we are relaunching our GoFundMe page.

Getting donations during campaign season was tough, but now we’re ready to accept help. We need it.

The description of our site on GoFundMe encapsulates what we are.

Our society is rapidly deteriorating into helplessness. Ideas such as self-governance, conservatism, patriotism, personal responsibility, limited-government federalism, and civil discourse are being threatened by a sharp leftward lurch. It isn’t just progressives who are veering to the left. The center is shifting to the left and as a result, many who are or were conservative have become more open-minded to the cultural and geopolitical shifts.

We are losing our ethical, traditional, and logical cores as a society.

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1) Expose the fallacies of this leftward lurch that is making progressives more unhinged and conservatives more malleable.
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America deserves better than what mainstream media feeds us.

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As of the middle of November, 2018, we are relaunching this campaign. We had a soft launch that had minimal success. We are pushing harder now. Please help us elevate this news site to compete against the incessant leftist propaganda being pumped onto the internet. Donate now.

Moving forward, we are going to focus on our three goals. It doesn’t matter if someone is a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever. If they aren’t helping to limit government, defend freedoms, and protect life, we’ll call them out.

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