The Headline Misses a Bit of the Story

The part about “stolen firearms.” Man gets 20 years for threatening Trump, prosecutor.

In November, a federal jury convicted Christy on a dozen counts of threatening the president, making threatening communications and taking stolen firearms and vehicles across state lines. [My emphasis. Z-Deb]

Federal firearms charges are no joke. That is why I hate to see district attorneys punting on firearms charges with pleas or whatever. They can add up to real time at the federal level.

When Do We Start Calling Them Improvised Explosive Devices?

And when will the media stop ignoring this story? Atlanta protesters attacked ICE field office with fireworks embedded with nails, leaked FBI document says.

Demonstrators who allegedly attacked the Atlanta Field Office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) embedded nails into commercial-grade fireworks, according to a federal law enforcement document reviewed by Breitbart Texas. Reports state that the rigged devices were discovered on Sunday morning, July 26, after Atlanta police and Georgia National Guard troops converged on the building to gather evidence from the night’s assault.

“Peaceful Protests.” Right.

More Attacks On Churches

All ignored by the US media. While Another Cathedral Burns Overseas, U.S. Media TOTALLY Ignores Attacks on Churches Across America.

I guess violent attacks on churches doesn’t fit the narrative.

Over the weekend of July 12th, at least six churches were desecrated in the U.S., and at the time of writing, not one mainstream media outlet has dedicated a shred of airtime to the attacks.

Roughly a week later, the historic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul of Nantes, erected in 1434, caught fire. The flames, believed by authorities to be set intentionally, perhaps by an African migrant, completely gutted the French Cathedral.

There is more.

China’s Treatment of the Uighurs Not Interesting to the Media

Once again the US media seems to be ignoring the misdeeds of a Communist regime. China accused of ‘egregious’ human rights abuses against Uighurs.

Amid growing tensions with Beijing, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab accused Chinese officials of committing “gross, egregious” abuses in the northwestern Xinjiang province against the Uighurs.

China is denying and threatening action for any sanctions. Of course they are. But images of Uighurs being taken by train to camps is chilling. So of course the media is ignoring it. It cannot help them work to aid in Biden’s election.

Here is some drone footage….

And here’s the link that discusses that footage. Shocking drone footage shows Uighurs being blindfolded and herded on to trains.

Denial. It ain’t just a river in Egypt. A Chinese ambassador was confronted on live television with leaked footage appearing to show blindfolded Uighur Muslims being led onto a train in China.

The drone footage, which Marr said had been verified by intelligence agencies, has raised fresh concerns about the group’s persecution.

The ambassador said that “so-called ‘western intelligence’ keep making false accusations against China” and denied suggestions that China is carrying out a program of ethnic cleansing against Uighur Muslims.

NY Slimes is Going to Dox Journalists Who Disagree With Them

Because the Left doesn’t care if you are injured or killed. You dared to disagree. A Little Chin Music for the NY Times.

Baseball fans are familiar with the term “chin music,” otherwise known as the “brushback” pitch.

So the New York Times thinks it is perfectly OK to dox Tucker Carlson

The New York Times is threatening Tucker Carlson with publicizing where his family lives. In his most recent segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Carlson announced The New York Times is set to release an “intrusive” story about where he lives to demonstrate that they “want this show off the air.”

This is even though the last time Carlson’s address became known, his family was threatened and they were forced to move. And the NY Times doesn’t care if this happens again, or even if his family is injured or killed, as long as anyone who dares to disagree is driven from public life.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Contines

Since this mess is, in part, due to the inept Obama Administration, the media doesn’t seem to care. A Bloody Week on Ukraine’s Front Lines Catches Washington’s Attention.

So. Russian-backed forces (no one believes the, “It’s not our fault” protestations of Moscow) have started killing medics. A violation of international law isn’t of interest to the media.

Combined Russian-separatist forces — operating under Moscow’s command — have continued their daily drumbeat of shelling Ukrainian troops and towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, where Ukraine and Russia have been fighting a low-intensity land war since the spring of 2014. There’s been a steady trickle of combat deaths in the Donbas for more than six years. And Europe’s only ongoing war often falls from the headlines. But the killing of a Ukrainian medic on Monday spurred notably incensed reactions from both Kyiv and Washington.

And it shows no signs of being resolved.

On Tuesday, seven more Ukrainian soldiers were wounded during another day of heavy fighting. The Ukrainian military reported that combined Russian-separatist forces attacked their positions with Soviet-era anti-tank missile systems, mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms.

The Breakdown of Civilization Continues

Lawlessness is the new norm. Suspect punches 83-year-old man, steals his car before running over him, Houston police say.

Police in Texas are searching for a suspect accused of attacking an 83-year-old man, taking his car and running over him with the stolen vehicle.

Here’s a link to the surveillance photo the monster who ran-over an 83-year-old man.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes White Lives Don’t Matter: Democrats Encourage Murderous Racial Hatred.

If the races were reversed — if a white man had attacked a black man, stolen his car and run over him — wouldn’t this story be covered by the New York Times, CNN and every other major national media outlet?

As it is, this is strictly “local news.”

You Say “Mistaken,” I Say “Lying SOB”

Or, as I quote below… “Is this the zenith of fake news?” But then I’m incredibly cynical.

So the Mainstream Media is either ignoring this, or putting a positive spin on it. Mostly it seems they are ignoring it. After Severe Illness, NBC’s Dr. Joseph Fair Tests Negative for COVID-19 Antibodies.

So Joseph Fair has been a frequent “guest” on MSNBC giving interviews from his hospital bed talking about how awful COVID-19 is. Except his “suspected” case of the Kung Flu turns out to be just the regular flu, or something else.

Doctors assumed Dr. Joseph Fair had the coronavirus when he was severely sick in May. But with a negative antibody test, his illness “remains an undiagnosed mystery”

Mystery? Right. Other people aren’t so blinded to Dr. Fair’s position. ‘Anti-science saga’? NBC contributor who documented harrowing battle with Covid-19 NEVER had the virus.

I don’t usually quote RT, because I usually find it only slightly more reliable than the old Soviet-era Pravda. But like I said, most of the media is ignoring the lies told by MSNBC and its expert.

The dramatic televised saga of a doctor’s struggle to overcome coronavirus has ended in embarrassment after the NBC News contributor quietly admitted that there’s no evidence he ever had the virus. Is this the zenith of fake news?

Info Wars is even less kind. Fear Mongering: MSNBC/NBC Contributor Lied About Having COVID.

So if he didn’t have COVID-19, does that mean we should reexamine our relationship to the good-old-fashioned-flu? Or what? He was in the hospital after all, so I guess we can believe that he was sick with something. Maybe.

Anti-antisemitism in the US Media? Say It Ain’t So!

But of course it is so. Jewish businesses in Los Angeles ransacked in riots, but only Israeli and Jewish media care.

First the media ignored the carnage, with one famous example of a “journalist” reporting on “mostly peaceful” protests with a burning building in the background. Then the media just decided that the obvious targeting of Jewish neighborhoods, people and businesses wasn’t worth reporting. It still isn’t, apparently.

Since then, images have emerged of a darker narrative, with rioters targeting Jewish businesses. Israeli newspapers ran with this angle this past Saturday, but by the end of the day, there was nothing about the Jewish vandalism to be found on the New York Times website. Usually the Times is pretty up on anti-Semitism, but it was easier to find a piece about Anna Wintour than any mentions of vandalized Jews.

So now we’re avoiding news about anti-Semitism in these riots urging diversity?

The media have become a part of the problem. Can’t report the news if doing so would let people scream “racist.” Better to just ignore the bigotry on the part of the protesters rioters.

I Thought Twitter Was Banning The NPC Meme

Watch it while you still can.

Trust the Science, Except When It Isn’t Trustworthy

Facepalm X 2Because this looks more like the smear job than a serious science paper. A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling. The suspect company is known as Surgisphere.

So there was a paper published in The Lancet, that caused the halt of a bunch of of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 studies. Now that paper seems to be falling apart.

Today, The Lancet issued an Expression of Concern (EOC) saying “important scientific questions have been raised about data” in the paper and noting that “an independent audit of the provenance and validity of the data has been commissioned by the authors not affiliated with Surgisphere and is ongoing, with results expected very shortly.”

The New England Journal of Medicine had problems with other data from Sugisphere, and issued a similar EOC.

While the Science Magazine article deals with the science, The Guardian took a look at the company behind the data. That is an interesting read. Surgisphere: governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company.

A search of publicly available material suggests several of Surgisphere’s employees have little or no data or scientific background. An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist whose professional profile suggests writing is her fulltime job. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess, who also acts in videos for organisations.

This is the organization responsible for halting numerous random trials of hydroxychloroquine.

Media Bias? Anti-Trump Bias? General insanity? Why would you say that?

Hat tip to Clayton Cramer.

The Left Has Become Even More Disconnected from Reality

The media and the Left, but I repeat myself, have lost touch with reality. “They’re so far around the bend, that they can’t see it in the rear-view mirror.” Moonbattery – Riots Complete Liberal Disconnect From Reality.

To witness an even more psychotic schism from reality, watch liberal pols blame the rioters’ mayhem on “white supremacists”:

So all those people with “Black Lives Matter” posters and Antifa gear are secretly white supremacists. Really??!?

But then they turn to their old play book, and blame the Russians.

Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice turns the insanity dial to eleven:

Rice bizarrely suggested in a televised interview Sunday that the Russians could be behind the violent nationwide demonstrations.

Of course they are. There is more. Lies about who was arrested in Minneapolis, even more bizarre twists of reality via the media. And while you’re at it you can look at my previous most on the subject.

Newspeak Hits the Media

Your speech is literally violence, if you say something they disagree with. Their violence, is just 1st Amendment-protected speech. Arson, Looting, Aggravated Assault and Attempted Murder Are Not ‘Protests’ – The Other McCain.

Among other things The Other McCain deals with Samantha Shader, a 27-year-old from upstate New York who threw a Molotov Cocktail at a police van. All 4 officers were able to get out. She is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder. Because rioting is not protesting.

Why would a white girl from upstate travel more than 100 miles to Brooklyn to participate in a riot, and try to murder New York police officers, because of something that happened hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis? If enthusiasm for the #BlackLivesMatter movement is inherently good, as liberals would have us believe, does this mean Samantha Shader is morally superior to anyone who didn’t participate in this kind of “protest”? You see that there is a certain logic behind this kind of craziness: Racism is bad, and therefore . . . whatever.

Merriam-Webster has this to say about Newspeak.

The term “newspeak” was coined by George Orwell in his 1949 anti-utopian novel 1984. In Orwell’s fictional totalitarian state, Newspeak was a language favored by the minions of Big Brother and, in Orwell’s words, “designed to diminish the range of thought.” Newspeak was characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words, the substitution of one word for another, the interchangeability of parts of speech, and the creation of words for political purposes

Karma Is a Bitch

From The Other McCain – Courageous Social Justice Activists Vandalize CNN Atlanta Headquarters.

I much prefer the bit from Proverbs. “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster.” If you encourage rioters by calling them “mostly peaceful” (which granted, was actually done by MSNBC) then you can expect the waves to continue. But CNN and MSNBC have moving in lockstep for a very long time.

The Other McCain isn’t very upset about the situation in Atlanta…

Terrible? No, it’s beautiful. Karma is a beautiful thing.

Come on. Tell us how you really feel!

Minneapolis, Anarchy and Media Spin

Anarchy in Minneapolis: Democrats Celebrate Rioters Who Burned Down City

The idea that these criminals were “protesters” or “demonstrators” is an insult to the intelligence of everyone who watched — and the videos were streaming all over Twitter — as thieves and vandals not only destroyed a police precinct station, but looted or damaged some 170 businesses. The media, however, continued promoting the narrative that anyone who condemned the riots was thereby endorsing police brutality. This is what students of logic call the false dilemma fallacy,

Click thru and read the whole thing.

The Staff at The NY Times Had One Job

Accuracy is apparently not an issue in NYC. ‘A Team of Editors’.

This is of course about the infamous “list of (some of) the dead” from COVID-19 published by the New York Times. Their “staff devoted hours to the project.”

Scarcely five minutes after their list was published, people on Twitter began pointing out an obvious error: Jordan Haynes, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the sixth name on the Times list, but he did not die of COVID-19. He was a homicide victim, whose body was found in a car in a wooded area near Interstate 380. Exactly how the “team of editors” made such a colossal blunder, we don’t know, but they’ve deleted Haynes’ name from the list and promised to publish a correction tomorrow.

So either they just selected a random set of dead people from “flyover country” and trusted that no one would check their work, or they really are that stupid. Or both.

Millions of Americans Lose Jobs, Journalists Hardest Hit

Or that’s how the journalists feel. The Atlantic Lays Off 68 Employees, Cuts Executive Pay.

It seems that they don’t teach the fact the journalism is a business in school anymore. Did they ever?

The Atlantic is announcing a layoff of 68 of our colleagues,” wrote David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, in an email to staff reviewed by TheWrap.

He wrote that the Atlantic is “accelerating its turn to a consumer revenue strategy” and focusing on the premium and subscription services behind its recently-added paywall, but “the overnight and near-complete undoing of in-person events and, for now, a bracing decline in advertising” led to the cuts.

That 68 people amounts to 17 percent of the workforce at The Atlantic. They are also cutting executive pay and freezing salaries for everyone else.

I would insert the “find a job in computer science” meme here, but it apparently is insulting when you say it to journalists. Though they’ve said it to enough others, that it makes me wonder when the rules changed.

CNN has praised its pandemic coverage. I won’t comment on that.

The New York Times seems even more distraught.

The announcement followed a burst of layoffs in the news media business last week: 155 jobs lost at Vice, 100 at Condé Nast, 90 at The Economist, 80 at Quartz. The cuts at those companies and publications came in the wake of a free fall set off by the coronavirus pandemic, which has cut deeply into advertising revenue.

And they are even more confused about the whole business part of the journalism business. You see The Atlantic has added a whole bunch of subscribers to their new paywall portion of their website. But that still isn’t getting it done.

But the emphasis on subscriptions over advertising revenue was not enough to prevent the job cuts.

The Times even pines for the days, 140 years ago, when EVERYONE important subscribed to the Atlantic. Times change.

Ads have always paid for everything in journalism. The local fish-wrapper was done in by the death of classified advertising, which was eliminated by eBay and Craigslist. Glossy magazine ads can’t compete with a decent website. Technology is killing print. (When was the last time you read a newspaper? How many actual magazines do you get in the mail every month?) And right now everyone is being killed by the down economy.

Don’t get me wrong, we need decent journalism. What we don’t need is what we have, which are cheerleaders for one side of the political aisle, opinion and bias masquerading as news, and all the other stuff that is not journalism. Or not good journalism.

Hat tip to Captain Capitalism, who notes…

Oh darn. More journalism majors laid off. *Too bad*

Those Damn Freedom-loving Americans

They spoil everything. WaPo writer: We can’t beat the virus because Americans stubbornly love their freedom too much.

The author argues, we may never succeed in the same fashion because such programs would require not only a willingness to surrender considerable privacy rights and freedoms, but also a general attitude of trust towards the government which doesn’t exist in the United States today.

If only we would surrender our freedom and privacy to the .gov, then life would be better, according to the Stalinist-dreamer at the WaPo, anyway.

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

If it weren’t for double-standards, the media would have no standards at all. Spot The Difference: Two Governors Reopened Their States, Only One Was Accused of ‘Human Sacrifice’.

A Republican governor and a Democratic governor walk into a bar. Only one is accused of being an alcoholic.

The governors of Georgia and Colorado have at least one thing in common. They both took steps to reopen their states’ economies in late April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But for some reason, the media’s coverage of Gov. Brian Kemp (R., Ga.) has been slightly different from the media’s coverage of Gov. Jared Polis (D., Colo.).

Kemp, for example, has been accused of experimenting with “human sacrifice.” So reads the headline of an April 29 article published in the Atlantic, which accuses Kemp of turning Georgia residents into “unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

In a brief aside, the article acknowledges that some other states, including Colorado, “have already put similar plans in motion.” Polis, for some reason, is not identified as an accomplice in Kemp’s murder scheme.

Objective? I don’t think so.

I’m Shocked that the Media Was Completely and Utterly Wrong

OK, I’m not that shocked. I am also not expecting this apology to occur in my lifetime. Dear Media, Governor Kemp Will Accept Your Apology Now.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp reopened his state. The doom and gloom predictions where universal – from the media. People would die. Cases would skyrocket. The sky would fall.

Well, the results are in and the media can now apologize for the savaging of my governor. Since the tentative reopening on April 24, the state has not seen a spike in the percentage of positive cases or hospitalizations. Kemp and his team are measuring this correctly. [SNIP]

The entire purpose of mitigation was to protect the hospital system and ensure those critically ill with COVID-19 could be adequately cared for. Georgia has a more than adequate capacity to deal with a hot spot. Despite increased testing, a lower percentage are testing positive

So, everything is OK, and the sky didn’t fall. Not that the media will admit they are not perfect predictors of the future.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who asks Remember How Everybody Was Going to Die Because Georgia Ended Lockdowns? And he notes…

Epidemics are always subject to Farr’s Law, in which cases rise and fall in a bell-curve pattern. The death toll peaks and then recedes because, in the early stages of the outbreak, the disease “grabs the low-hanging fruit” (the most vulnerable population), but eventually runs out of such victims. While quarantine policies can “slow the spread” and “flatten the curve,” ultimately no human intervention matters more than the effect of Farr’s Law.