06/15/17

Megyn and Alex: Birds of a Feather

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

The Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones show, scheduled for Father’s Day, says everything you need to know about the sharp decline of the media in America. An overpaid interviewer for NBC News is sitting down with a pro-Russian agent of influence who masquerades as a conservative and exploits human tragedies in order to sell vitamin supplements and toothpaste.

Advertising for the show, titled “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” says, “Megyn Kelly sits down with conservative radio host Alex Jones to discuss his views, conspiracy theories and controversies, and the future of the media.”

Jones is not, and never has been, a conservative. It’s true that he sometimes pretends to be one.  He also says he’s fighting “communists,” while he plays directly into their hands, generating more heat than light.

More than seven years ago we noted how Jones was useful to the Kremlin and its propaganda apparatus, and was breaking up legitimate conservative gatherings with a bullhorn. He was a classic agent provocateur.

This makes two disinformation agents in Kelly’s first three shows. The first was Vladimir Putin himself. Jones claims to be a patriot, but was appearing on the Putin channel, Russia Today, before the intelligence community and Democratic Party concluded that it was an instrument of Moscow. We exposed RT’s Russian funding and carriage by media giants such as Comcast long before it became an issue during the 2016 campaign.

Under Jones, his Infowars.com website became an apologist for Russian aggression against Ukraine, even disputing that the Russians shot down Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Ukraine. He also went on RT to defend Russia’s naked aggression against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Stories about the Kelly program highlight President Donald Trump’s appearance on the Alex Jones radio show. Kelly says this fact, and the granting of White House press credentials to Infowars, make Jones newsworthy.

But it was Matt Drudge, the king of conservative media, who made Jones popular before that.  He and Jones are friends; Drudge regularly links to stories on the Jones website.

The Drudge connection is important, and it would have been far better for Kelly to have tried to get a sit-down interview with this reclusive character. Drudge has made millions putting conservative headlines on articles that come mostly from the liberal press. He aggregates news for conservatives, reducing the amount of time it takes to go over dozens of websites. This function is now called “journalism.” Drudge generates “clicks” for conservative websites hungering for eyeballs. Some conservative sites and personalities are desperate for a link on Drudge. It can make or break them.

Jones specializes in offering a narrative different than that of the liberal media. On occasion, he will have a legitimate conservative on to offer hard news. Before he made it big on Fox News, Tucker Carlson appeared on the Alex Jones show. It was a love-fest. Unfortunately, Jones too often veers off into lunatic fringe territory. In addition to casting doubt on what happened at Sandy Hook, Jones ran Voice of Russia stories about the Boston Marathon bombing being a hoax. He has long been known as an advocate of the view that the United States attacked itself on 9/11, the so-called “inside job” theory also promoted by Moscow and the Arab/Muslim world.

Jones exploits a basic human weakness. Many people would rather be led to simple and dramatic conclusions that reduce the need for critical thinking skills. Jones offers scapegoats and easy answers for what goes on in the world, virtually eliminating the need to analyze and research what is actually happening. People who believe him think they’re sharing inside information.

As a result, his audience tends to believe that the Bilderbergers are more of a threat to the U.S. than Islamic terrorists or Russia.

Jones was forced to admit under oath recently that much of what he does is an act. He’s playing a character, though he plays it to the hilt. True or not, it’s hard to reconcile the two positions. Alex Jones lacks integrity.

As for Kelly, she’s just a bad interviewer. When she was on Fox News, she interviewed former communist terrorist Bill Ayers, letting him get away with whoppers about his “anti-war activism.” Ayers was never against the Vietnam War; he was always for a communist victory. Members of his terrorist group went to Cuba and Russia.

Putin must have watched how his old comrade Ayers was able to manipulate Kelly. In his own interview with the NBC News star, Putin claimed, “There is a theory that Kennedy’s assassination was arranged by the United States special services.”

Kelly let him go on before saying, “Let’s move on.” So she let the lie stand.

With that comment, Putin was reverting to his KGB days, trumpeting old disinformation, and venturing into Alex Jones territory. Kelly could have noted that JFK’s killer was a Marxist who had spent time in Russia, had visited with Cuban officials, and had also tried to kill right-wing U.S. Army General Edwin Walker. But she wasn’t prepared for the interview.

In the “About the Show” description, we are told, “Sunday Night is sharp, strong journalism, focused on in-depth investigations, newsmaker interviews and stories of adversity, accomplishment, inspiration and adventure.”

As the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook are saying, there’s nothing inspirational about Jones. He is indeed accomplished, in the crass sense that he exploits people and sells them products such as overpriced toothpaste.

Sandy Hook is a story, but not in the Megyn Kelly sense. What’s more, Jones should not be given precious air time on a national broadcast network, especially when he is being falsely portrayed as a “conservative.”

Why did Adam Lanza kill those kids and the educators at Sandy Hook? America would like to see some serious investigative reporting into this question.

But calling Jones a “conservative” is like calling Kelly a journalist. She’s being paid big bucks because her job is to make big bucks for NBC News. Let’s not pretend otherwise.

But this arrangement works both ways. Look at how the Jones website is hyping the show—with a photo of Jones and Kelly in a car together, with a smile on Kelly’s face. Jones is not smiling, but he should be. He’ll be making money, too.

If one of the topics, as advertised on the Kelly show, is the “future of the media,” then the show itself stands as an example of the curious turn that the old and new media have taken together.

We can do better than both of them.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/15/17

Chris Gaubatz on CAIR, the “Red-Green Axis” and Banning Muslim Immigration

By: Alex Nitzberg | Accuracy in Media

After feigning conversion to Islam at Northern Virginia’s Dar Al-Hijrah mosque and spending several weeks learning how to live as a “Sharia-compliant Muslim,” Chris Gaubatz spent six months working undercover as an intern with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

During an interview on “The Alex Nitzberg Show,” he explained that CAIR holds seminars that train Muslims to cultivate relationships with the media so that they will turn to these Muslims for comment “…after a terrorist attack or after something happens that negatively affects Islam…” They teach attendees “to respond to these attacks” in a way that portrays Islam in “a positive light.”

Gaubatz refers to this as CAIR’s “information campaign” and explains that following terror attacks CAIR utilizes its media contacts to propagate the narrative “that this has nothing to do with Islam.”

“The real narrative is that this has everything to do with Islam,” he asserted.

According to Gaubatz, CAIR uses “interfaith dialogue” to propagate their narrative and “CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood groups” purposely “get closer to the law enforcement” after terror attacks by offering “sensitivity training” and volunteering to serve as a “liaison” between police and Muslim communities.

“Their whole purpose with this narrative war is to shut the discussion down because if you can shut the discussion down…and distance Islam from any part of the problem, then the people that are charged with protecting citizens are always looking elsewhere for the problem…and the problem is, and always has, been rooted right in Islam and right in the Sharia, they’re intertwined.”

The media’s reporting on CAIR borders on “material support of terrorism,” according to Gaubatz, because reporters regurgitate CAIR’s description of itself as a Muslim civil rights organization without noting CAIR’s connection with Hamas as demonstrated in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

“They don’t even do two seconds of basic research on their own which would show that CAIR is a Hamas organization and has the agenda of Hamas, never giving any kind of balance to any of their stories with very few exceptions,” Gaubatz stated.

While he partially attributes this to reporters’ laziness, Gaubatz also believes the issue is related to the “red-green axis,” the paradoxical alliance between “hard-left Marxist, socialist groups,” (red) and “jihadis” (green) “working together” despite their significant differences because of their shared revolutionary ambitions to radically reshape America. Gaubatz said that some of the staunchest socialist/Marxist radicals are the administrators, teachers and students within university journalism departments.

Gaubatz says the United States should enact a Muslim immigration ban because even if the U.S. could check potential immigrants’ criminal records in a database, “…it still wouldn’t tell us whether their agenda was to advance the Sharia and the jihad here in America, that doesn’t show up on a database.” While he believes some Muslims are “good people,” he said that Sharia-adherence is the “delineating factor.”

He also believes the government should immediately indict the unindicted coconspirators named in the Holy Land Foundation Trial and classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. However, he noted the latter is not currently being considered for this status since the State Department issued a letter recommending against designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

You can listen to my entire interview with Chris Gaubatz on “The Alex Nitzberg Show:”

06/15/17

Fake News Media Have Blood on Their Hands

By: Lloyd Marcus

I heard Rush Limbaugh say things are looking good regarding Republicans passing health care. Paraphrasing, Rush said if that happens Leftists’ bad behavior will elevate to new levels.

When the GOP passes health care fake news media will gleefully incite Leftists to new levels of violence. Fake news media created the anti-Trump crazies for the distinct purpose of inflicting punishment on Trump supporters. They hope chaos in our streets will ultimately lead to removing Trump from office. In worship and furtherance of their Leftist agenda, fake news media gladly throws American lives on the alter to be burned.

Folks, I wish I could magically open the eyes of low info-voters to see that fake news media’s sole motivation is advancing their anti-Christian agenda and usurping power to control every aspect of our lives. They are not tolerant of any other point of view. They are arrogant, believing themselves to be superior.

While touting their superior compassion and preaching give peace a chance, Leftists beat the crap out of anyone they catch wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap or t-shirt. Bloody pictures of Trump supporters attacked by peace-nick Leftists are all over the internet.

The crews at CNN, MSNBC and the DNC are despicable human beings with blood on their hands. Their relentless 24/7 spewing of lies about Trump for the purpose of generating violence is harming people. In essence, they have launched a clarion call to their enraged base and George Soros funded hit-men to punish Trump supporters. http://bit.ly/2pqgLa0 Victimized women, seniors and children are deemed acceptable collateral damage. This is evil from the pits of hell folks. Insidiously, fake news media shroud their disdain for everyday Americans and Trump in intellectual sounding words.

Frustratingly, the masses are clueless regarding the tsunami of Leftist assaults on innocent Americans who voted for Trump out of love for their country.

Here are just a few.

An 11 year old was punched and kicked in class by a mob of students for admitting he voted for Trump in their mock election. His wounds were so severe he was sent to the emergency room. Can you believe that folks? http://bit.ly/2rZmYMR

At Berkeley, an elderly gentleman wearing a MAGA hat was assaulted. He collapsed in pain after being pepper-sprayed by anti-Trump protesters. http://bit.ly/2mFBV5k

A Leftist college professor drew blood, smashing a Trump supporter in the head with a bike-lock. An ambulance was called. http://bit.ly/2q3ui6D

Leftists who excoriate Americans about “white privilege” and demand social justice beat up a homeless black woman for supporting Trump. http://bit.ly/2rgv7Kl

In Chicago, black thugs brutally beat an elderly white man for voting for Trump. http://bit.ly/2t1ALRC

Let us not forget the viral video of the mentally challenged white man who was kidnapped and tortured by four black youths for supporting Trump. http://bit.ly/2iC9Adp

Across America, fake news media inflamed crazies are physically attacking anyone who dares show support for Trump. (graphic video) http://bit.ly/2aWycvp

Leftists Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dogg and NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park mock assassinated Trump. http://bit.ly/2s9KWDN Jim Carrey said he dreamed about attacking Trump with a golf club. http://bit.ly/2t1Dz16 Madonna expressed her desire to blow up the WH. http://bit.ly/2kupfKm Clearly, these Leftists are sending a message to anti-Trump crazies.

Upon the repeal of Obamacare, fake news media will subliminally send marching orders to their minions to kick-up their resistance/violence to unprecedented, possibly deadly levels.

When will fake news media be unmasked for the masses to see them as the cold-calculating instigators of violence they truly are?

Fake news media is excitedly gearing up for the Democrats’ Resistance Summer. http://bit.ly/2rFgJ22

Do not be deceived folks. Resistance Summer is code for Leftists’ Summer of Violence and fake news media could not be happier. How many Americans will suffer and possibly die?

Meanwhile, CNN, MSNBC, Hollywood and Democrats look down their noses while lying to us, claiming they have our best interest at heart. Totally disgusting and evil.

After completing this article, I went to lunch at a Chinese buffet and glanced up at the TV. A Bernie Sanders nut case shot five at a Republican baseball practice. http://bit.ly/2t2VPqN Fake news media pretending to be outraged over the shooting is as absurd as a farmer planting corn and acting shocked when stalks of corn appear. Fake news media’s and Democrats’ summer of violence has begun.

By the way, I have ordered my “Make America Great Again” t-shirt.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist
http://LloydMarcus.com

06/15/17

Democrat shooter takes vicious anti-GOP attacks to the next level

By: James Simpson | BombThrowers

This morning a left-wing Democrat decided to take the Left’s vicious narrative to the next level, opening fire at a group of Republican representatives and senators practicing for a charity baseball game they hold annually with Capitol Hill Democrats. Four congressmen, staff, and security personnel were injured in the shootout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, across the river from Washington, D.C.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), the third-highest ranking member of the leadership in the House of Representatives, was shot, but fortunately, he had two U.S. Capitol Police officers accompanying him – the only armed presence in the ballpark. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was at the baseball practice, said that if Scalise’s security detail hadn’t been there, “it would have been a massacre.”

As of 5 p.m. Eastern time, Scalise was listed in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The lawmaker underwent surgery. Lobbyist Matthew Mika, who was participating in the practice, was listed in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

During a presser a half hour later, FBI agent Tim Slater acknowledged five people were shot, including the alleged shooter. A congressman and a Capitol Police officer suffered “secondary injuries” and were transferred to local hospitals and treated, he added.

The shooter, now identified as James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, died of injuries sustained during his shootout with police. He was an ardent Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter, who championed socialism. He volunteered on the Sanders presidential campaign last year.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) told reporters he encountered the man who turned out to be the shooter when he attended the practice. Hodgkinson asked him if the team there was Republicans or Democrats, Duncan said. The lawmaker says he told him they were Republicans and the man thanked him. Duncan then drove away and did not witness the shooting incident.

The shooter’s wife says he had moved to Alexandria two months ago, but she did not explain why. Hodgkinson had apparently been reconnoitering the field since his arrival in the Virginia city. When his photo was published after the attack, Alexandria resident Stephen Brennwald recognized him as someone who regularly appeared mornings at the YMCA adjacent to the field where the attack occurred. Brennwald became suspicious of Hodgkinson, saying: “He never worked out. He never talked to anybody. He never did anything. He’d just sit there and stare at his laptop.” Brennwald said, adding that he often stared out the window, with “this kind of faraway stare.” Shortly prior to moving, Hodgkinson’s Illinois neighbors also report that he had practiced shooting on his property but was told to stop by local police after the neighbors complained. Media reports state that Hodgkinson had been living in his personal vehicle in Alexandria.

A Facebook page in Hodgkinson’s name contained multiple posts demonizing President Donald Trump. The pages have now been removed from Facebook, but I was able to get numerous screen shots before that happened. Following is a sampling:

Two days ago, his most recent Facebook posts suggest his mindset. Earlier posts describe his adamant support for Bernie Sanders and his hatred of the GOP generally and Donald Trump in particular:

Hodgkinson’s Twitter account is apparently @JTHInspections. Another one, @jimhodgkinson, may be a fake as the background photo has changed. Earlier it featured a picture of a younger Trump with Vladimir Putin photoshopped in next to him. Now it simply says “Trump is a pig.”

Are we really surprised by this attack? We shouldn’t be. The Democrats have been agitating relentlessly for just such a thing. There has been a constant, relentless drum roll of hatred toward the GOP, Trump family members, Trump cabinet members, and Trump supporters. Consider a small selection of the outrageous remarks and behavior:

  • Shakespeare in the Park: Donald Trump lookalike knifed in the back playing Julius Caesar
  • Kathy Griffin gaining notoriety with a fake beheaded Donald Trump
  • Antifa communists physically attacking Trump supporters in the streets
  • Leftist radicals torching UC Berkeley campus to protest Breitbart speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Virginia GOP Rep. Tom Garrett and his family received repeated death threats
  • Arizona GOP Rep. Martha McSally, who was told “Your days are numbered,” by 58-year-old Democrat Steve Martan. “Martha, our sights are set on you”, he said, “Right between your f****** eyes.”

Former Secret Service agent and GOP candidate Dan Bongino says, “The Left has gone mad with rage… If it’s normalizing violence against him, if it’s using outrageous, outlandish language, if it’s making up false crimes against him like the Trump/Russia fairy tale, the conspiracy theory; they don’t care. They’ve lost any moral bedrock.”

Hodgkinson’s Facebook page contains one photo of himself. Interestingly, the one comment the photo received was from Lindy Li, a former candidate for Congress, who gave the photo a thumbs-up.

True to form, Democrats wasted no time in turning today’s shooting into a political issue.

Terry McAuliffe, the serially corrupt governor of Virginia, offered a pitch for gun control, throwing in some massively dumb whoppers along the way. A mere two hours after the shooting CNN recorded him saying:

“There are too many guns on the street…”

and, are you ready for this?

“We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence…”

93 million!

Then he goes on to mention the need for “background checks” [Editor: we already have them], “shutting down gun show loopholes” [Editor: there is no such thing]… and he repeats the 93 million people a day claim again before ending. A reporter helps him by suggesting 93 million is a big number. McAuliffe finally corrects himself, saying it’s actually 93 a day.

But if we want to look for a real cause, look no further than the Democratic Party and its leftist agitators, attempting as we speak, to, in their own words, “make America ungovernable.” Their constant provocations and vilification creates a justification in the minds of the many unstable among them who are already inclined to take matters into their own hands.

While Democrats have rapidly disassociated themselves with today’s events, their daily barrage of hatred virtually guarantees this kind of thing will happen again.

06/15/17

Has Skynet Arrived?

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

If extreme environments dictate a transition, a transition should be at hand. According to JP Morgan only 10% of stock trading is now done by fundamental analysis focusing upon the current and anticipated geopolitical and macroeconomic environment. In other words, there is no fundamental analysis. Passive and quantitative strategies dominate investing decisions.

JP Morgan also stated 52% of May’s equity volume was the result of high frequency trading (HFTs). The Bank also stated an incredible 98% of May’s Treasury volume was the result of HFTs and passive/quantitative trading.

Wow! Skynet has taken over the markets!

In my view, today’s environment has created incredible risks and incredible opportunities. As noted in the introductory sentence, extremes typically suggest a transition can occur at any moment.

Regarding the FOMC meeting, the outcome was largely as anticipated with the overnight rate increased by 0.25%. There was little initial market reaction. However by the close, led by the largest capitalized momentum stocks, the NASDAQ fell about 0.50%. The Dow was nominally higher.

Commenting briefly upon yesterday’s shooting in Washington, I rhetorically ask “do the times define the leaders or do the leaders define the times?” The vitriol, the animosity, the identity politics, the absence of truth on both sides of the political aisle has reached a level, a rancor that has not been experienced in a generation.

Is this the result of the proverbial generational change? I think I can write the vast majority of society is tired of Washington’s status quo. Americans know the difference between right and wrong, acknowledging that life is not always fair. Was yesterday the apex of today’s malevolence?

I hope so.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 1.15%, Paris was down 1.20% and Frankfurt was down 1.18%. China was up 0.06%, Japan was down 0.25% and Hang Sang wasdown 1.20%.

The Dow should open moderately lower on what is now perceived as a a more hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve. The 10-year is off 8/32 to yield 2.16%.