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Amanda Marcotte’s article highlights the Democrats’ MSM/word manipulation difficulties. Those difficulties will inevitably lead to the Democrats’ electoral difficulties.

Ms. Marcotte’s article is titled “Don’t panic: Trump’s coup will fail — but he’s turning GOP voters against democracy”. Ms. Marcotte must think that Trump voters are idiots to use that type of manipulative language. President Trump is following the system put together by Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton and lawmakers overt the years. There’s nothing that he’s doing that the system doesn’t allow for.

Word manipulation is what Democrats do. Whether it’s using words improperly or whether it’s just spin to get their way, manipulation is what Democrats do. That’s why we should worry when Ms. Marcotte wrote “what terrifies so many Biden voters — an astonishing number of people are complaining of panic attacks or lost sleep on social media — are the real moves Trump’s team and many Republican politicians are taking that make this less like a typical tantrum and more like a genuine attempted coup.”

This is snowflakism at its finest. President Trump is availing himself of the legal system that’s been in place since the start of US elections. President Trump hasn’t ordered the military to put down political unrest. Today, instead, President Trump visited with the people who staged the Million MAGA March on the Washington Mall in DC. Nothing says military coup like holding a peaceful political protest in broad daylight in our nation’s capitol. LOL. Here’s proof of that military coup:

Pay attention to the words the reporter used in his report. It’s clearly intended to convey the thought that a riot could break out at any minute. The people’s actions portray a different narrative. While they were boistrous, they were well-behaved. Aren’t peaceful protesters allowed to get noisy as long as their actions don’t become violent and their words don’t incite violence? The First Amendment permits people to “peaceably assemble.”

This isn’t a coup attempt. It’s a candidate exercising his constitutional rights in a tight election. If President Trump used the military to keep himself in power, that’s the definition of a coup. What President Trump is doing is the opposite of a coup.

Ms. Marcotte should be ashamed of herself for this disgusting exercise of word manipulation.

I started my political night watching Joe Biden answer softball questions from George Stephanopoulos. After hearing 5 Biden lies in the first 3+ minutes, though, I had to bail. Joe Biden is insufferable. I was DVRing both candidates’ townhalls so I switched in the hopes of seeing a more entertaining debate.

Unfortunatel, I was treated to Savannah Guthrie interrogating questioning President Trump for the first 16 minutes of the NBC townhall. The bad news is that Ms. Guthrie had little respect for President Trump. The good news is that President Trump handled Guthrie’s hostility with magnanimity … to a point. One thing that President Trump was asked was to condemn white supremacy to 8,475th time. He condemned it in strong, unambiguous terms, then added that Joe Biden should be asked to condemn Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other Democrat hate organizations.

President Trump didn’t raise his voice. He wasn’t argumentative but it sent a clear message. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Guthrie started soliciting questions from the audience. Last night’s ‘townhalls’ weren’t legitimate townhalls. Biden’s event was like a Guthy-Renker infomercial. President Trump’s event was more like an interrogation. That’s fine. Trump’s a big boy. He handled things just fine:

This is disgusting:

One of the questioners at the ABC-hosted event was Nathan Osburn, a former speechwriter for the Obama White House. Osburn specifically worked for the Office of Public Affairs at the Commerce Department under the Obama-Biden administration and at the Small Business Administration.

Here’s a softball, Joe. Hit it out of the park. Sheesh. You’d think that these activists/DNC operatives would learn that they don’t get away with this. The Democrats’ heavyhanded tactics will cost Democrats this election. When the dust settles, the MSM will have helped Republicans strip Pelosi of her speaker’s gavel. Republicans will enlarge their Senate majority and give President Trump another 4 years in office.

The people have had enough. The backlash is building. The Democrats’ tactics will have failed. Democrats have ignored Main Street. Democrats are now the Party of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, the Party of Antifa and BLM.

Think of where we’d be right now if citizen journalists like Andy Ngo, Richie McGinniss, Kyle Hooten and Julio Rosas weren’t reporting from Portland, Kenosha, Minneapolis and everywhere, respectively. These young men have provided important information into the riots in those cities. They’ve broken news that CNN and MSDNC have ignored.

Conservatives have criticized the MSM. The MSM deserves the criticism but criticism alone isn’t a solution. Financially supporting these citizen journalists is a solution. This afternoon, I’ve decided that I’ll be supporting at least one of these gentlemen, though I haven’t decided which one. When they’re all good, it’s up to a coin flip. This is a little of Richie McGinnis’ work:

Since the MSM isn’t accurately reporting on these events because they’re corrupted by their unflinching devotion to Democrats, there’s a vacuum for this type of reporting. Nature isn’t the only thing that abhors a vacuum. Free markets also hate them. In this instance, citizen journalists are filling the vacuum. Thank God for that. If these heroes didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have this important information.

Nick Arama’s article essentially reaches the same conclusion I reached in this article. We both think that ‘peaceful protesters’ are being used by Antifa and BLM rioters as human shields. Aramis writes “This may have been a protest at one point. But now these “protests” are just covers for the riots. This was a full-on planned assault on the police, not protest that got out of hand. Planned attack. And planned attempt to rip down the statue.”

Let’s ask this important question. Why is it that each riot was preceded by a peaceful protest? Let’s ask another question. Why does the MSM start each article talking about a peaceful protest? Why have we seen article after article about an evening starting off with peaceful protests that turn into riots just before midnight? I may have been born at night but it wasn’t last night. I’m not that gullible.

These articles are as implausible as Susan Rice’s Benghazi story that the Libya riots were started by a Youtube video. These ‘peaceful protest’ articles are as plausible as this testimony:

I agree with Nick on this, too:

It’s about time media start reporting the reality of it, that these are criminal attacks. They could have killed cops with what they did, who knows how many were injured because of this.

These aren’t peaceful protesters that the police attacked. They were rioters throwing projectiles at the police. They were rioters who wanted to tear down a statue:


Words matter. I’ve been blogging for 16 years. I know the difference between rioters and protesters. It’s easy to differentiate between the 2. Rioters are violent. Protesters aren’t. Another way to differentiate between rioters and protesters is by listening to protesters talking into a megaphone, saying “This is a peaceful protest. This is not the way”:

This afternoon’s press briefing is blowing up in the MSM’s face on social media. It’s about damn time. I wrote this post to highlight the fact that the Elect Joe Biden Media is doing everything within its considerable authority to hide the disgusting crime epidemic in Chicago, Atlanta and NYC just like they’re trying to get Joe Biden elected. Democrats are attempting to get Biden elected by pretending the Democrat nominee-in-waiting isn’t suffering from dementia.

The MSM isn’t paying attention to the shooting spree that’s left a dozen children dead because that would focus too much attention on the idiot mayors in Chicago and NYC. The MSM doesn’t want to highlight the fact that these appeasers’ actions have led to a summer of utter chaos. Let’s be exceptionally clear about this. Democrats have turned once-bustling cities into hellholes. People are leaving NYC for the suburbs and farther thanks to Mayor Chowder Head’s decisions to tear apart what was once the finest police department in the world. They’re leaving Chicago, too.

When told of President Trump’s offer to help, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she doesn’t “need leadership lessons from Donald Trump.” That’s a pile of BS. Lightfoot, yet another idiot Democrat, needs lessons on tons of things, ranging from leadership to crimefighting to stopping the outmigration from Chicago. She can talk trash all she wants but people are voting with their mortgages. Bug I digress.

The MSM should get excoriated what the didn’t do. Kayleigh McEnany lit into them at the end:


This is Harris Faulkner’s reaction to that closing:


I’m certain that this was a scripted performance. The first question during the Q & A was “Why is the president so supportive of flying the Confederate Flag?” That reporter asked 3-4 follow-up questions, too. Halfway through, it was clear that the MSM’s agenda was to ask questions about the Confederate Flag. That’s the MSM’s method for accusing Trump of being a racist without calling him a racist.

The MSM won’t ask those questions because it highlights the Democrats’ utter indifference towards crimefighting. Apparently, Democrats don’t care about protecting people. Apparently, Democrats only care about winning elections.

Democrats and the MSM are co-conspirators in inner city gun deaths, then hiding the story. That’s what corruption looks like.

A little over an hour ago, the Media Wing of the Democratic Party, aka the Agenda Media, laid an egg. These people should be stripped of their credentials and never let back into the building. Their performance was that disgraceful.

This weekend, an 8-year-old little girl was shot and killed in Atlanta. In Chicago, a little 7-year-old girl was shot and killed. This little girl was visiting her grandmother. In Chicago, 87 people were shot, killing 17. Despite the destruction happening in Chicago, Atlanta and NYC, the White House press corps didn’t ask a single question about this violence. They asked 12 questions about the Confederate Flag and NASCAR. They badgered Kayleigh McEnany about COVID.

The WH Press Corps is as out-of-touch as Democrats are. This is further proof that black lives only matter to Democrats when they’re killed by police officers. This is proof that little African-American children getting murdered by other African-Americans don’t rate even a blip on the Agenda Media’s radar. That’s utterly disgusting.

The opening statement of today’s briefing was about this violence. The first question was “Why is the president so supportive of flying the Confederate Flag?” The reporter then asked multiple follow-up questions on that subject. It’s clear that this line of questioning was preplanned. It’s clear that the goal is to accuse President Trump of being a racist without using the word racist. What a disgusting bunch of partisans these media people are.

UPDATE: This is Kayleigh McEnany’s closing:


This is Harris Faulkner’s reaction to that closing:

If you don’t get anything else accomplished today, make sure you read this article. More than any other article today, this is the article that will provide the most evidence that the MSM isn’t honest. Clay Travis writes “On Sunday a major positive milestone was reached for the first time, coronavirus deaths declined by 90% in this country from the high set on April 21st. That’s an incredibly positive story about our national battle with the virus. Yet, shockingly, it has received almost no media attention.”

Travis continues, saying “That’s indefensible because this is not complicated data to track down. You can see it yourself on this chart here, on April 21st 2,693 people died of the coronavirus. Yesterday 267 died. Putting that number into perspective, an average of 7200 people died on Sunday of something other than the coronavirus and those deaths received almost no media attention at all.”

Here’s Travis’s tweet that ties things together:


The week prior to President Trump’s rally, Democrats insisted that holding the Tulsa rally would bring the United States back to the terrible old days when NYC had “132,467 cases, including 9,101 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 4,582 probable coronavirus deaths, NYC Health said.” That’s from an article dated April 20, 2020. Those statistics are cumulative.

Let’s stipulate that 1 death is too many, 267 is far too many but 9,101 (cumulative in NYC) is a catastrophe. Let’s further stipulate that shrinking the COVID deaths from 2,693 to 267 is a dramatic improvement. Democrats complain that various states, including Oklahoma where the rally was held, are experiencing spikes. A 20% increase in deaths would constitute a spike. That’s an increase from 267 to 320 nationwide. There were days in NYC when they topped that amount easily.

(For the coronabros out there, yes Sunday tends to be the lowest day of the week, but if you want to use the seven day moving average instead of Sunday, the data still reflects a 70+% decline in mortality, a similarly wildly positive story.)

This is why you don’t hear positive news:

Almost no mainstream media outlets in the country have made note of the collapsing coronavirus death total in this country. Why is that?

It’s certainly not because the media is attempting to share fair and balanced journalism with its audience, it’s because they’ve recognized fear porn drives engagement, even if it isn’t reflecting reality. Scaring people to death works. Emotion is the coin of the social media realm and logical analysis of facts is disfavored if it doesn’t elicit the same firestorm of social media pandemonium.

It’s time to put social media into the proper perspective. Most of it isn’t fit to publish in the National Enquirer. Then again, much of the trash that’s published in the Washington Post, CNN and the NYTimes isn’t fit for the Enquirer, either.

Take a deep breath. Find some authors that are reliably truthful, then trust them to inform you. If you do that, you’ll save lots of headaches. From what I’ve seen thus far, Outkick is trustworthy.

Saying that Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s incompetence is hiding in plain sight is understatement. That isn’t really in dispute at this point. What’s hiding in plain sight, though, is the litany of leadership sins committed by Gov. Walz. What’s frightening is the fact that this isn’t a comprehensive list. Harold Hamilton’s commentary reads like an indictment against Gov. Walz’s administration.

Harold’s commentary starts by saying “It’s become quite clear that Governor Tim Walz is in over his head. He’s overmatched in this crisis. He’s displayed the character traits and leadership qualities (or lack thereof) of a poor, incompetent leader. This assessment isn’t partisan. It isn’t about name calling or scoring points. Instead, it’s a painful, morose realization that our chief executive didn’t rise to the occasion and the people of Minnesota will pay the price. Good leaders in a crisis impose order on chaos.. They provide clear direction and timely strategic guidance for staff and the troops. They inspire confidence and boost morale when the chips are down.”

Gov. Walz isn’t a leader. It’s charitable to say that he’s been a failure. It’s obvious that he’s hesitated in making important decisions. Many decisions don’t make sense. Big box stores can open fully but churches that hold 3,000+ people are limited to gatherings of 10 or less. What part of that thinking makes sense?

Poor leaders are fragile and insecure. This insecurity manifests itself in a façade of bravado and arrogance. It’s evident in the leader lashing out in the face of constructive criticism and having their dictates examined.

This is typical of Tim Walz. This week, when asked about GOP leaders questioning the continued closure of houses of worship, he snapped, “I get that some people think COVID-19 isn’t a big deal.”

That’s beyond thin-skinned. It’s what a constitutionally illiterate politician would say. The hostility Gov. Walz and the DFL have shown towards churches is palpable. The only people of faith that the DFL care about are the people who advocate for bigger government. The DFL doesn’t represent people of faith. The DFL represents a portion of people of faith.

Poor leaders also refuse to change course in the face of new information. Doing so requires the leader to admit the current course of action isn’t correct. In short, it requires a leader to admit that he’s wrong. It requires the leader to acknowledge that mission accomplishment is paramount and the leader’s ego and pride is of no consequence.

John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist, once said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir?” Gov. Walz has little in common with Keynes. Gov. Walz has spent too much time in Washington, DC, where he’s stayed trapped in DC’s prison of 2 ideas.

When asked about his rationale for essentially closing indoor church services, only an idiot would suggest that Republicans don’t think COVID is a big deal. This isn’t how an intellectual heavyweight would’ve replied.

This story wouldn’t be complete without criticizing the Twin Cities media, too. They haven’t asked Gov. Walz a single difficult question challenging his policies. Powerline’s Scott Johnson found out that only people who rent office space in the Capitol Building are invited to the briefings. That’s an efficient way of avoiding difficult questions. Why hasn’t the Strib, the Pi-Press or KSTP pinned Gov. Walz down on why they’re still experiencing a nursing home/LTC crisis? Why haven’t they forced Gov. Walz to explain why the model he’s using was thrown together over the weekend by grad students? That’s Three Stooges type of stuff. You can’t make this stuff up.

It breaks my heart to hear the owner of The Loop say “Get ready to hear more and more bankruptcies declared in the month of June. There’ll be a ton of them and that’s a shame. Shame on the Governor for what he did today. I’m sorry. That’s how I feel.”

Let’s be clear about this. Gov. Walz has done a terrible job limiting COVID deaths, especially in LTC facilities. Bankruptcies are up, especially within the hospitality industry. Shutting down the economy was meant to flatten the curve, not flatten Minnesota’s hospitality industry. If I were grading Gov. Walz’s failure during this crisis, he wouldn’t have to worry about grade inflation. I’d give him an F- or lower, if possible. By comparison, I’d give the Twin Cities Media a D- at best.

Last week, Marie Harf, whom I’ve nicknamed ‘Baghdad Barbara’ because she’s as trustworthy as Baghdad Bob, tried peddling some Democrat spin while appearing on Outnumbered. Saying that Lara Logan demolished Harf and the Democrats’ talking points is understatement. Harf didn’t wave her little white flag but that’s mostly because isn’t a person of integrity.

Harf started by saying “Yesterday, Barr basically made a statement that said, ‘You can lie to the FBI, and that’s okay.’ And there is still a ton of evidence that the investigation was absolutely an appropriate one, that Flynn was absolutely someone who should have been investigated, and he comes at the end of the day, chose to lie about his contact with foreign countries. If Bill Barr wants to say that’s not a crime, that is a precedent I’m not sure either party wants to set.”

Actually, the law says that it isn’t automatically a crime to lie to law enforcement. For it to be a crime, the lie has to be material to an investigation that’s properly predicated. Thanks to the transcripts that Ric Grenell forced Adam Schiff to release, we now know that the Flynn investigation wasn’t properly predicated. That means that the investigation was bogus, which meant that Gen. Flynn’s statements weren’t material to a legitimate investigation. Here’s how Logan replied to Ms. Harf:

Oh my God. Wow. I feel like I’m in some kind of fantasy sci-fi alternative reality movie. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not sure there’s a word that came out of your mouth that’s actually true.

Look at the transcripts of the conversations. There’s a big difference between talking to people and colluding. If that’s a standard for collusion, how come you not screaming for accountability for Fusion GPS and the DNC and the Clinton campaign for literally meeting with agents from Vladimir Putin, for taking disinformation and using that against a political rival in the presidential election in this country.

I mean, the message was not — the message was exactly the opposite to millions of people in this country. Now that you can just lie to the FBI and get away with it. The message was that accountability, that so many people in this country have been asking for, for so long, it’s finally actually going to happen.

Bill Barr has never said that his mission is about defending president trump. He said it in the CBS interview and he said it from the beginning, that his duty is to protect the rule of law in this country. To protect the Justice Department and law enforcement. He’s doing that holding them to the standard to which they have sworn to uphold. And holding them to the same standard that every single person in this country would be held to if they were facing similar charges. So, what about lying to Congress? Because all of these people, McCabe and Comey, and all of them, they have all lied and lied and lied. And there is more information to come, hear, that is going to show exactly what really happened with Michael Flynn.

The FBI’s actions in the Flynn interview were reprehensible. According to this tweet, the Flynn investigation was crumbling:


In other words, the people who violated Gen. Flynn’s civil rights (“FBI leadership”) didn’t want to stop harassing Gen. Flynn. To steal a line from Ms. Harf, “I’m not sure” that’s a good look for Democrats to adopt.

Finally, Bill Barr determined that there wasn’t proper predication for the Flynn investigation. That’s why he later determined dropping the case against Gen. Flynn was the right decision. That’s why Judge Sullivan is trying his best to keep the case alive.

This article is proof that the Agenda Media isn’t interested in digging into stories to figure out what’s actually happening. The article essentially opens both barrels at President Trump without digging into the story it’s purportedly covering. Here’s what I’m talking about:

It turns out President Donald Trump’s status as the most accessible person to ever hold the office is more a curse than a blessing. Day after day, he fills the air with the ack-ack of disinformation and misdirection, needlessly alarming the public and sending reporters on wild goose chases to either confirm or disprove his allegations. On Thursday, in an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump repeated his newest figment that Joe Biden and Barack Obama are guilty of some unnamed crimes for which they are deserving of “50-year sentences.”

Strong meat! The heinous crimes—to which he has applied the “Obamagate” moniker and calls “the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR”—is a relatively new creation of the Trump Disinformation Laboratory. He only started talking about it on May 10 and has yet to specify exactly what Obamagate is aside from telling reporters in a press conference that it’s “obvious” and that he wants Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to investigate it.

I know Mr. Schaefer isn’t that stupid. At least, I hope he isn’t. Obamagate refers to the fact that President Obama knew about the Obama administration’s FBI and Obama administration’s DOJ entrapped Michael Flynn in an attempt to get him to turn on then President-Elect Trump. What’s with this foolishness then?

Despite a lack of interest from his minions in Congress (Graham has said he has no plans to grill Obama), Trump’s foggy demagoguery has mobilized the entire press corps to determine what the hell Trump is talking about. Explainers from Reuters, the Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, and elsewhere struggle to decipher Trump’s vague but strident accusations with little success. We can say this much with certainty. It appears linked to the counterintelligence operation against Gen. Michael Flynn in late 2016, and the requests from Obama administration officials that his identity be “unmasked” from intelligence reports so they could understand who, exactly, was talking to the Russian ambassador. Flynn lied to the FBI about speaking to the ambassador about sanctions and later pled guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations. (Unmasking, by the way, is a routine, not nefarious thing, which the Trump administration has requested thousands of times.) But until Trump uses his words to make his charges about Obama more specific, we can only guess at what the actual crime might be.

First, if Mr. Schaefer was the least bit interested in covering the story, he’d know that everyone from then-VP Biden to then-DNI Clapper to then-UN Ambassador Power to the then-Ambassador to Micronesia requested this unmasking. If Mr. Schaefer was a legitimate journalist, he’d ask why the US ambassador to Micronesia needed to know who was talking to Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

Next, unmasking is routine for intelligence analysts. It isn’t routine for ambassadors, whether they’re the ambassador to the UN or to Micronesia.

The crime isn’t the unmasking. The crimes would likely come from illegally applying for FISA warrants to surveil Carter Page or from leaking classified information to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Though the DOJ hasn’t identified the unmasker that leaked, it’s a safe bet that one of the unmaskers leaked that information to Ignatius. Let’s be clear about this. It isn’t a crime to receive leaked information. It’s a crime to leak classified information. This is a lie:

Now it could be that Obama did commit the biggest political crime in the history of the USA. If there’s a shred of evidence, I want Obama investigated. If the investigation bears fruit, I want him to have a fair trial. If he’s found guilty, I want him punished. But show me that shred of evidence first or I’m going back to bed.

Mr. Schaefer doesn’t want President Obama punished. It’s just that he’s obligated to say that. Further, Schaefer’s complaints about President Trump point to the fact that the MSM hates digging into the Democrats’ misconduct. Tara Reade is just the latest example of the MSM’s disinterest.