Big govt, Media, Politics

Facebook ‘Fact-checking’ Conservatives Into Oblivion

Remember when Zuckerberg said times were going to change for the users on the social media leviathan’s platform? Well, now under the banner of fighting fake news, Facebook is outsourcing the fact-checking to liberal countries (Canada, for instance). That is when it’s not handing the job off to the agenda-driven hacks at PolitiFact and Snopes who have been proven to be stacked with leftwing ideologues. It may be time for Congress to police the police when comes to ensuring fair and balanced social media.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Facebook announced last year that they will be using third-party fact-checkers to root out “fake news” on their platform. At the time of the announcement, conservatives sounded the alarm about how some of the fact-checkers they’re using are left-wing hacks like PolitiFact and Snopes (who recently, with straight faces, fact-checked a piece of satire from The Babylon Bee).

A recent warning that accompanied an article I wrote for PJM highlights the fallibility of Facebook’s fact-checking program.:

Why a Canadian outfit is fact-checking U.S. news is anyone’s guess, but they clearly flagged my article in error. [It was brought to my attention after this article was published that AFP Canada is part of France’s state-run Agence France-Presse, so let me rephrase that question: Why has Facebook chosen a state-run French news outlet to fact-check U.S. news?]

Facebook deprioritized my article after AFP Canada reported this:

No, it is not illegal to take a shower and do laundry on the same day in California

While some media outlets did indeed report (more or less) falsely that California had made it illegal to shower and do laundry on the same day, I made no such claims. In fact, having seen other reporting making that claim (stretching the truth a bit, in my opinion) I conscientiously avoided making it.

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Media, Politics

NYT: Conservatives Have ‘Weaponized’ First Amendment

You know what they say about paybacks?

Clearly, the leftist, group-think MSM is distraught that it no longer has a monopoly on all of America’s press.

But that fact isn’t going to motivate them to accurately report news anytime soon.

To wit, we’ll continue getting articles like the recent NY Times front page piece: ‘How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment’.

Because obviously the First Amendment is a sacrosanct protection for a free people when applied to leftist media, but it’s merely a tool for political coercion in the hands of conservatives.

Got that?

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

In a Sunday article shockingly not marked “opinion,” a New York Times reporter accused conservatives of “weaponizing” the First Amendment. The story by Adam Liptak titled “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment” made it onto the front page of Sunday’s paper and was presented as a straight news story rather than an opinion piece.

Within just four paragraphs, the author claimed that conservatives have used free speech to justify “discrimination against gay couples” and “unlimited campaign spending.” The article went on to suggest that conservatives are only interested in protecting free speech because it advances their policy goals and that free speech disproportionately benefits the powerful in society.

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Media, Politics

MSM Gets Blowback for Hysterical Border Coverage

Following its week of out-of-control, partisan politicking and out-of-touch with reality coverage, a Gallup poll reveals the truth.

And it hurts.

The mainstream leftist media have reported on the supposed humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border (without mention of Obama’s illegal immigrant detention facility conditions).

But, Gallup’s poll showed a whopping 62% majority believes the ‘traditional news media’ is biased.

Another 44 percent believe the media is inaccurate.

And 39% believe the left-media organs deliberately spread misinformation.

Looks like its time for those big media executives to do some market research. Voters are buying what they’re selling.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Driven by impotent rage, political extremism, and their own frustration at President Trump’s ongoing foreign and domestic successes, the establishment media had its worst week in years last week surrounding their now-debunked border separation hoax.

The timing of last week’s disaster (which I will detail in a sec), could not have been worse. It came right on the heels of a Gallup poll full of dreadful news. A clean majority of 62 percent believe the “traditional news media” is biased. A full 44 percent believe the media is inaccurate, and another 39 percent believe the media spread misinformation.

And those were the numbers before last week, a week full of hoaxes, lies, childish trolling, and the condoning of mob justice against Trump officials.

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Culture, Media, Politics

Bias: Google Search Results Link GOP to ‘Nazism’

In yet another unsurprising revelation, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy pointed out this weekend that a Google search on the California GOP was turning up results pointing to ‘Nazism’.

Which is just one of several revelations in recent days that demonstrate more than mere coincidental occurrences.

In another instance, Instagram (owned by Facebook) was discovered adding a disclaimer under posts with Donald Trump’s name that warns the post may “encourage behavior that can cause harm and even lead to death.”

The one-sidedness of Silicon Valley liberal elites is feeding the narrative that the Internet isn’t quite as free as we thought, not so long as the uber-left is running it.

But, as is par for their left coast course, any attempt to rein them in will be regarded as ‘fascism’.

Because fairness is only fair so long as it’s applied to the left.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said a Google search that led to results this week saying that the ideology of California’s Republican Party was “Nazism” was “disgusting” and shows an inherent bias from big tech firms in Silicon Valley.

“This was disgusting,” McCarthy told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday. “This is a real concern. The bias has to stop.”

Google blamed the incident on a change to a Wikipedia page about the California GOP that slipped by Google employees to vet information that shows up on searches. But conservatives were still angry, and pointed to several other examples of media bias.

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Media, Politics

Trump to Give Full Pardon to Conservative Filmmaker

You may recall, in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, Dinesh D’Sousa brought to theaters across the nation a hard-hitting documentary called 2016: Obama’s America.

It was designed to dig into the psyche of the first anti-colonial president of the United States and to paint a picture of what a post-Obama nation might look like should he be reelected.

In hindsight, much of what D’Sousa predicted was accurate. And for his work, he was persecuted by the Obama DOJ with criminal charges of election donation violations.

Though D’Sousa pleaded guilty, these were infractions for which nearly anyone else would have received a slap on the wrist and a fine.

This was clearly an act of political retribution.

But all that will be wiped away this week after President Trump announced he’s giving a full pardon to D’Sousa.

It’s just one more detail of Obama’s legacy that is quickly vanishing.

Here’s more from Western Journal…

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is expected to receive a full presidential pardon following a 2014 conviction for violating federal campaign finance laws.

In a tweet on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the latest in a series of controversial pardons that began earlier in his first term than many of his predecessors.

“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” Trump wrote. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!”

Though he pleaded guilty after he was indicted on criminal counts of illegally donating to a campaign and causing false statements to police, D’Souza and many of his fans believe the charges themselves were a form of political retaliation.

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Culture, Media

Obama: Netflix Projects to Help ‘Train the Next Generation’

If you’re wondering whether Barack Obama will ever just go away, the answer clearly is ‘no’.

In fact, he’s looking for new ways to invade the lives of Americans: on the television.

Barack and Michelle recently announced a new deal with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming giant designed to tell American stories that will ‘heal the political divide’ and train ‘the next generation of leaders’.

One word comes to mind when we consider Obama getting his hands into the film industry: propaganda.

But then again, his project won’t likely produce anything more leftist than what’s already coming out of Hollywood.

So feel free to tune out.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Barack Obama is speaking out about how he wants to use the film projects he develops with Netflix to heal the political divide and tell America’s stories.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced it is partnering with Barack and Michelle Obama to develop original content for the video streaming giant. Initially, no real details were released — including the actual price tag of the contract. But three days later Obama has filled in some of the blanks about his plans, Business Insider reported.

Speaking at a Las Vegas tech conference hosted by cybersecurity company Okta, Obama waxed poetic about the “stories” Americans have to tell and said he wants to use his multi-year contract with Netflix to help “train the next generation of leaders.”

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Elections, Media, Politics

Hillary: ‘They Were Never Going To Let Me’ Win

That Hillary went into a seething tirade at her campaign watch party after learning she was losing isn’t exactly big news.

But the details concerning how all that went down on election night and what she said immediately upon learning it actually is news.

According to a new tell-all book, Hillary remarked cynically, “They were never going to let me be president.”

Of course, that begs the question who is ‘they’? Bill Clinton speculated that there was a conspiracy between the New York Times and Trump to secure his victory for the purpose of better headlines. Right.

Meanwhile, we’re aboard an alien spaceship in the Bermuda Triangle sipping mint juleps with Big Foot.

Moving right along.

Here’s more from Hotair…

One day, when Americans of stout heart rise up and declare themselves free of it, the 2016 election will be over, but … today is not that day, friends. While the minutiae and meaning of Donald Trump’s campaign continue to get dissected, the other campaign gets some attention in a new book from reporter Amy Chozick titled Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.

The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick excerpts several passages from the book, none of which make Hillary Clinton sympathetic. For example, this recounting of her Election Night notification reminds everyone of both Hillary’s sense of entitlement and paranoia:

“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

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Media, Politics

Comey’s Book Proves Hillary Lied About Investigation

It seems like a century ago that Hillary Clinton was outed for the use of a personal email server after which the FBI’s investigation threatened to derail her nascent presidential ambitions.

Now fully three years later, James Comey’s new book is proving that Hillary was lying then, as we all knew she was.

Shortly after the investigation was made public, the NY Times ran a story about how the nature of the investigation was criminal.

Hillary exploded and the NYT issued a correction that the investigation simply concerned a ‘security referral’. But Comey’s book corrects the record: “By the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on [Hillary’s] conduct.”

Game, set, match.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Bill and Hillary are both talented attorneys and know how to parse language with the best of them. They’re at their best when attempting to convince the public they’re innocent victims of a nefarious conservative plot to take them down.

A shining example comes out of James Comey’s book. Interestingly enough, the story appears in The New York Times, the same news organization that cowered in the face of Clinton campaign protests about a story they wrote in 2015:

James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, confirms in his new book that the bureau had already begun a criminal investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email in 2015 when her campaign and its allies excoriated journalists for reporting that such an inquiry was being contemplated.

The New York Times reported in July 2015 that two inspectors general had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department recommending an investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled sensitive information by using a private email server as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, relying on a statement from President Obama’s Justice Department, complained vigorously to The Times, resulting in two corrections to the article.

The corrections said that the inspectors general had made a “security referral” rather than a “criminal referral” and that the referral did not request that Mrs. Clinton specifically be investigated. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign called the article an “erroneous story” with “egregious” errors that misled voters into thinking that she was at risk of being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible criminal violations when the referral was a more routine security matter not focused on her in particular. Critics of the news media, including the public editor of The Times, agreed.

Naturally, there is a “but” that follows:

But in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” his memoir that is scheduled for release next week, Mr. Comey said the word-parsing by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Justice Department was actually misleading because the F.B.I. was already conducting a criminal investigation focused on Mrs. Clinton by that point.

“Though The Times may have thought those clarifications were necessary, their original story was much closer to the mark,” Mr. Comey wrote. “It was true that the transmission to the F.B.I. from the inspector general did not use the word ‘criminal,’ but by the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on the secretary’s conduct.”

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Culture, Issues, Media

Easter: Google Snubs Christians for 18th Year in a Row

For the 18th year in a row, the execs at Google who are totally in favor of diversity and fairness have snubbed one-third of the planet.

When Ramadan, Kwanzaa and other equally obscure holidays in the West come around, Google jumps to celebrate.

But when it’s time for Easter — that event celebrated for 2,000-plus years which completely changed the globe forever — Google is curiously silent.

No special ‘doodle’ with something as inoffensive as painted eggs bothered to post up on the site.

As the phrase goes: your actions speak so loudly, we can’t hear a word you’re saying.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

For the 18th year in a row, Google refused to honor the Christian holiday of Easter with a celebratory “doodle” on its website, despite commemorating similar Hindu and Jewish festivals and dedicating an entire page to the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

Christians and conservatives on Twitter noted that Google did not put up a doodle to commemorate the holiday on Sunday.

“Why has Google not honored that obscure event known as Easter?” Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter asked in a Twitter poll. A full 72 percent of over 7,000 votes chose “They hate Christians.”

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Issues, Media

NPR Doesn’t Know What Easter Commemorates

Try to hold on to your Easter eggs. NPR (aka National Progressive Radio) — which is funded by your tax dollars — apparently doesn’t know the reason for the most celebrated holiday in the world, second only to Christmas.

That’s right. According to a column on NPR, Easter is “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven.”

They are so many things historically and theologically wrong with that statement it’s laughable.

The problem is it actually passed editorial standard and was posted on the NPR site.

Even the Washington Post acknowledged NPR is begging to be attacked by Christians for bias.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Do we only publicly fund entities that don’t like Christians (looking at you, Planned Parenthood)?

This may seem like I’m being a hypersensitive Christian here but even The Washington Post said this error “practically begged Christians to renew charges that the media is biased against them.”

Feeling the need to Eastersplain to their postmodern, “no objective truth” fans, someone wrote an article for the NPR website that described Easter as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven.”

Yeah, no.

Obviously, what is being described is the Ascension, which comes after Easter (May 13th in the Roman Rite this year).

They also got the “hell” part wrong too. As the Post article points out, we Roman Catholics and many other Christian denominations do say “he descended into hell,” as part of the Apostle’s Creed (which say when praying the Rosary).

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