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No matter how loud the chorus of deceit, nor cavernous the echo chamber of lies, nor thunderous the stampede of conformity, there is no sound loud enough, nor conspiracy of fools vast enough, to negate reality or silence the truth, so long as their remains even a single, solitary voice that dare speak it. Preview […]

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Black Lives Matter Goes Mainstream?

 

Last week, Julie Pace of the Associated Press was on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baer. She made a statement that stopped me in my tracks. (I seem to be doing a lot of that lately.) She said, “Black Lives Matter has gone mainstream.”

I asked myself what she could possibly have meant, and when I did a little research, I realized the insidious nature of her comment, and how we are in the process of making Black Lives Matter a mainstream movement.

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Two years ago, in the height of the “me too” movement, then Judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford. Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a high school gathering when she was 15 and he was 17. Ford stated that this alleged event had haunted her periodically throughout her […]

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Distortions, Donald Trump, and COVID-19

 

At The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway reveals the disturbing results of a Harris poll regarding the Trump/Russian collusion. Many of the original reports were clear distortions or lies put out by the mainstream media, particularly CNN, and yet most of the public after all this time don’t see the “collusion” was a hoax. Hemingway makes the following observation:

CNN’s original story on the dossier was ‘Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him’ but when the dossier was definitively discredited, it downplayed or ignored the finding, instead going with ‘How the FBI attempted to verify a salacious allegation in the Steele dossier.’

So if [Jake] Tapper was upset that 32 percent of the public thought the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and it did, how upset must he be that 53 percent believe what his network falsely peddled for years? A majority of Americans — and 81 percent of liberals, the group CNN caters to — believe that Trump colluded with Russia.

No Need to Apologize, Fox

 

I didn’t want to comment on the Fox News thing that the media has been going insane over, but there’s a lot going on here that’s really getting on my nerves. For those not familiar, “Fox & Friends” had a discussion about Trump cutting funding to three Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Unfortunately, the chyron ran with this:

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This past weekend I was at an event held outdoors, after which there was much socializing in to the evenings. And so I didn’t even hear about the Covington Catholic School craziness until after the full video as already out. I watched some video and couldn’t believe my eyes, THIS is what all the vitriol […]

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@jamesmadison recent post on the company Google titled “Be Evil”, reminded me of the censorship and removal of talk show host Alex Jones. I’d never heard of Alex Jones until I stumbled on his Fox Network radio broadcast starting at 12:00 noon in my area during the 2016 presidential campaign. I am self-employed and drive around […]

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Donald J. Trump and Eliot Ness: The Chicago Way

 

When the brilliant screenwriter David Mamet described “the Chicago way” in The Untouchables (1987) in a meeting between Chicago beat cop Jim Malone (Sean Connery) and Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), the audience instinctively knew Malone was right. Taking liberties with that superb dialogue, here is how Jim Malone would tell Big D how to handle the media and The Swamp:

Malone: (talking privately in a church) You said you wanted to get The Swamp and the mainstream media. Do you really want to get them? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?

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Glenn Greenwald. Laura Ingraham lets Glenn Greenwald explain how certain Congress critters are behind leaks on Trump Admin “malfeasance” that CNN reported and a slew of other outlets kept reporting… Multiple sources supposedly are in existance for the multiple “news” outlets to interact with. Yet for all this multiplicity, the same false “facts” are continually […]

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We’ve Been the Silent Majority for Too Long

 

“We have always spoken out against the Left and it never works.” That’s what I’ve been told by my fellow Ricochettis for years, and my response is, really?

My disclaimer is that I’ve only been following politics for about the last 15 years, and rabidly for only five years, and the perception I have is that we’ve spent a lot of time complaining about the Left and their co-conspirators (known as the media). But when have people of the Right spoken out in a way that they’ve been heard? I have the impression that we’re residing in one giant conservative echo chamber where our protestations, condemnations, and statements of misery have been bouncing off each other as we bang our heads against the wall in frustration.

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At the White House today, President Donald Trump assembled reporters. In a speech in the Rose Garden, the president said, “The sky is blue.” But CNN’s I.M. Anidiot criticized Trump for not using the phrase “but only on sunny days,” saying this is clear evidence of being a Science Denier. Preview Open

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The mainstream media concocted this term in order to smear Republicans and conservatives by referring to neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups as Alt-Right. No one hears the “Alt” part.  They only hear the “Right” part, and that is what sticks in people’s minds (particularly young people who have been brainwashed by our so-called academic institutions). […]

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7 Things WaPo Got Wrong About the 6 Things the NRA Will Hate in New Survey

 

Six, no, SEVEN thingsThe Washington Post tries hard, (very, very hard) to come up with six things that they think the NRA won’t like about a recent Pew survey on guns. In fact, they tried so hard to come up with six things, they list out seven reasons in the article.*

  1. The overwhelming majority of gun owners are not members of the NRA
  2. Nearly 3 in 10 gun owners say the NRA has too much influence over gun laws in
  3. Some key NRA policies have little support among gun owners.
  4. Many gun owners want stricter gun laws.
  5. A quarter of gun owners say guns are very important to their personal identity.
  6. Americans say gun violence is shockingly common.
  7. Gun owners are three times as likely to have been shot as non-gun-owners.

Whoops.

Let’s break down each of those six, ummm, seven things, and see if they really are things that the NRA will hate.

The Sad State of Journalism

 

“Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale—that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility. I have never seen anything like it. Not even close.”

So said Michael Goodwin, the chief political columnist for the New York Post during a presentation at Hillsdale College. The speech was adapted for the Imprimis publication, June 2017. I think his comment reflects the attitude of many conservatives. I believe that many of his observations describe this newest wave of fake news, distortions and biases demonstrated by the national press.

One of his first comments suggested at least one origin for sensational and glamorous journalism: Watergate. He says,

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I’ve long felt that referring to ABC, NBC, CBS or CNN as ‘mainstream media’ grants them unearned credibility and effectively accepts their claims to be professional journalists and honest brokers of news, even though they often push false, leftist narratives and agendas. But to respond by calling them ‘lamestream’ strikes me as a juvenile insult. […]

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The President vs. the Media

 

If the mainstream media’s relationship to President Barack Obama began as a slobbering love affair, some reporters eventually realized that the relationship had always been one-sided. The press corps may have fallen in love with Obama at first sight, but the president was never really that into them. The most transparent administration in history turned out to be merciless when it came to leaks, substantive interactions were nixed in favor of superficial pressers, and the president was more than happy to bypass the press corps in favor of carefully managed social media when it suited him (as it often did). Don’t take my word for it: This 2015 piece in the Columbia Journalism Review catalogues the pattern admirably.

President Donald Trump’s relationship with the press promises to be, shall we say, different: “Mutual abuse for each other’s benefit” seems about right, though — and this is important — the press keeps getting rolled. Witness the kerfuffle this weekend over the crowd size at the inauguration:

Are Americans Indifferent to Torture?

 

shutterstock_217094626The protests and condemnations of the political Left and mainstream media following the election of Donald Trump have been deafening. To a great extent, many of us may have resorted to simply rolling our eyes and shrugging our shoulders since the complaints and accusations are non-stop.

But lately I’ve noticed a more insidious activity that is intended to influence the public consciousness. Although it is promoted with a veneer of truth, it is intended to continue to tarnish America’s reputation and character. In this case, the vehicle is “proving” that Americans are becoming complacent about torture. Let me show you how subtle and sinister these accusations have become.

Last week the MSM published articles on the 2016 report of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In particular the report highlights the American people as one group that has become inured to torture. They state,