Milo Yiannopoulos slimed as ‘white nationalist’ by The Hill as mainstream media learns to love the outright lie

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The 2016 U.S. presidential election exposed the mainstream media as a corrupted behemoth. Ronald Reagan had a “trust, but verify” policy with Soviets during the Cold War, and now citizens must do the same with American reporters.

WikiLeaks exposed how political networks and top pundits coordinate to undermine opponents, and voters rejected attempts by a cultural elite to label independent thinkers as a bunch of knuckle-dragging racists. For some odd reason, however, The Hill’s Julian Hattem refuses to accept reality. He used the website’s megaphone on Tuesday to blatantly lie about Breitbart News’ Milo Yiannopoulos.

He wrote:

“The retired lieutenant general President-elect Donald Trump has selected to be his national security adviser recently praised Milo Yiannopoulos, a well-known figure in the white nationalist “alt-right” movement.

The weekend after Election Day, Michael Flynn called the Breitbart News technology news editor, who was banned from Twitter this year for inciting racist and sexist attacks, “a phenomenal individual.” …

He has compared the Back Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan and previously set up a scholarship dedicated to giving money ‘exclusively to white men.'”

Lie. Distort. Shamelessly omit necessary context (i.e., lie by omission). That is the modus operandi of men like Mr. Hattem.

Mr. Yiannopoulos is an openly gay man who does not hesitate to talk about how much he loves black men— in bed. He openly rejects identity politics, and mocks it with things like scholarships for poor white people.

Mr. Yiannopoulos’ “white” scholarship, which he has publicly talked about, was created to shine a spotlight on the silliness of race-based scholarships when poverty does not discriminate.

The point (and 60 million of Donald Trump voter know this), is that poor and predominantly white towns in Michigan or Tennessee or Alabama are sick and tired of being lectured to about their “privilege.”

Websites like The Hill would rather not acknowledge uncomfortable electoral feedback, so instead they have decided that tiny gatherings of racists and losers featuring Tila Tequila (who I genuinely feel sorry for because she has psychological problems), somehow represent tens-of-millions of Americans.

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The Hill, like CNN and the Anti-Defamation League, would rather wallow in a worldview that allows them to turn Pepe the frog into a “designated hate symbol,” than to counter valid concerns by men like Mr. Yiannopoulos.

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If you asked 10,000 Pepe-loving Reddit kids before the election about obscure nonprofits headed up by a guy named Richard Spencer, perhaps ten of them would have known what you were talking about. Regardless, media outlets like NPR now give an inordinate amount of fear-mongering free press to white nationalists.

Saying the “alt-right” is synonymous with white nationalism is like saying the Westboro Baptist Church and its clan of about 50 people somehow represent roughly 230 million Americans who identify as Christians.

These kinds of tactics, which are part of a larger strategy to demonize opponents, are cheap, despicable, and come from the very same people who will tell you not to generalize about Muslims after terror attacks on American soil.

If you want to fight back against corrupted media outlets, then you must make a concerted effort to look for the truth, call authors out on their lies, and spread the word that they cannot be trusted. Then, with each election cycle, punish the media’s lies with your vote as tens-of-millions of Americans did on Nov. 8.

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Podesta’s ‘Spirit Cooking’ ignored by mainstream media while pundits still bring up Nancy Reagan’s astrology

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Your friendly neighborhood blogger has heard people in political conversations — for years — bring up how “weird” it was that Nancy Reagan believed in astrology and what implications it might have for the country since her husband was the commander in chief. This week, however, the mainstream media ran as fast as possible away from a WikiLeaks reveal that Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man, John Podesta — and his Clinton-bundler D.C. lobbyist brother Tony — are good friends with Marina Abramovic. She is the “performance artist” who has a passion for getting naked, cutting herself, and doing all sorts of bizarre things with sperm and blood.

Translation: Republican wife who thinks there may be something to astrology = Scandalous. Liberal elite rings who think “Spirit Cooking” and blood mixtures painted on golems (clay figures used during religious ceremonies) is normal = non-story.

Earlier this week I was sifting through WikiLeaks files when I ran across an invitation from Tony Podesta to his brother John to attend a “Spirit Cooking” dinner with Ms. Abramovic (i.e., the lady who gets upset on Twitter when she’s accused of being into satanic rituals despite creating an @AbramovicM666 account).

“Are you in NYC Thursday July 9 Marina wants you to come to dinner Mary?” — Tony Podesta, June 28, 2015.

“Dear Tony, I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining? All my love, Marina.”  — Marina Abramovic, June 25, 2015.

These people are obviously good friends. This is how you speak with your inner circle. Therefore, it is newsworthy that someone who will literally be able to whisper in the ear of the commander in chief if Hillary Clinton is elected president hangs out with freaks.

Here is what the New York Times said of Ms. Abramovic on Nov. 1:

“You will need to be able to withstand a great deal of conversation about clairvoyants and tarot cards and didgeridoos and kundalini life forces and monks and gurus and ‘how the soul can leave the body through the center of the fontanel of the head’ to make it very far in this memoir. …

Ms. Abramovic reports in ‘Walk Through Walls’ that under the right circumstances, she can foresee world events,” the newspaper wrote. “‘I dreamed of an earthquake in Italy: 48 hours later, there was an earthquake in southern Italy. I had a vision of someone shooting the Pope: 48 hours later, someone tried to shoot Pope John Paul II.’”

Ask yourself this question: Who are your friends and what do you guys do on the weekend? Do you fill tubs with blood-like goo and naked women and then eat from their bodies, or do you go to a steakhouse and have fun over a few beers?

Ask yourself this question: Why does Hillary Clinton’s inner circle include Anthony Weiner — a man who is under FBI investigation for sexual messages to a teenage girl; Bill Clinton (need I say more?); and people who think Marina Abramovic’s naked self-mutilation and occult “art” is normal?

I wrote a story on this subject for work, but not a single mainstream media outlet covered it. They ignored it. They shunned it, ironically, like the devil. Meanwhile, Twitter and YouTube and other social media platforms exploded with “Spirit Cooking” trends. The traffic for the story was through the roof — and yet, silence.

People like Katie Pavlich over at Townhall, one of the few writers who addressed it, tried to torpedo the story entirely using giant straw-man arguments. Because Ms. Pavlich felt Infowars likened Mr. Podesta to a “blood sucking, hair eating devil worshipper,” then ipso facto there was nothing to cover.

Wrong.

You can tell a lot about a man by who his close friends are, and it speaks volumes that the Podestas receive “all my love” messages from a woman who thinks it’s normal to get naked in front of strangers and cut herself, or to create “aphrodisiac” recipes that require “fresh urine” and “fresh sperm milk” for “earthquake nights.”

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For Townhall writers like Ms. Pavlich, it apparently means nothing that Ms. Abramovic a.) sees herself as a mystic, b.) says that performing her rituals at home makes “magic” possible, and c.) told artist James Franco that she hates the studio and loves to “perform” at home.

“If you are doing the occult magic in the context of art or in a gallery, then it is art. If you are doing it in a different context, in spiritual circles or private house or on TV shows, it is not art.” — Marina Abramovic on question about magic via Reddit interview.

Move along. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Oh, and did I mention that the artist now says she called the “Spirit” dinner that because “we just call things funny names”?

What are all the chances that out of all the “funny” names she could have picked, she used “Spirit Cooking dinner”?

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And here is what she told Mr. Franco:

“I hate studio, to start with. Studio is a trap. Studio is the worst place — the artist should never be [there]. The art comes from life — not from studio.” — Marina Abramovic to James Franco via Wall Street Journal interview, December 2009.

The mainstream media is filled with a bunch of people who are obsessed about losing their place within “The Inner Ring” that C.S. Lewis spoke about years ago.

The mainstream media are terrified about what will happen if they cover an explosive story about Hillary Clinton’s inner circle and then she is elected president. That is why CNN and others had to be dragged kicking and screaming to cover WikiLeaks, FBI investigations into the former secretary of state, and the “pay-for-play” corruption of The Clinton Foundation.

But hey, maybe I’m wrong and the Podesta brothers’ buddy-buddy relationship with Marina “Eat the Pain” Abramovic is not worth your time.

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Exit Question: What are the chances that late-night comedians and SNL would have a field day if Donald Trump’s inner circle included an “artist” whose works required her to sit on mountains of bloody bones, stab her fingers, and “eat the pain”?

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Just “art.”

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Typical ‘progressive’ reactions to terror attacks on U.S. soil provide unintentional comedy

Here we are again, dealing with yet more instances of radical Islamic terror, and “progressives” in politics and in the media are, again, figuring out how to handle it all. ( I use quotations on the word “progressive” because all too often it is a contradiction in terms.)

We’ve already seen how some of our usual “buddies” have dealt with it, like our pal Dan Slott slamming GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for having the unmitigated gall to refer to the bombing in New York City as just that — a “bombing” — before, allegedly, all the facts were in. He even retweeted a tweet from a transgender activist who said Trump was “actively rooting” for the bomb to be terror-connected. Nice.

But … where is Slott, et. al. regarding Hillary Clinton doing the same thing — not to mention the mainstream media, in the form of CNN this time, covering for her by selectively editing out where she referred to the attack as a “bombing”??

The polls not going her way and desperately seeking an opening, Hillary upped the ante today, spewing the typical “Trump’s rhetoric is giving terrorists an excuse” nonsense:

I don’t want to speculate but here’s what we know and I think it’s important for voters to hear this and weigh it in making their choice in November… We know that a lot of the rhetoric used by Donald Trump is being seized on by terrorists… Wea [sic]also know from the former head of our counter-terrorism center, Matt Olson, that the kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.

“Aid and comfort?” Why, that sounds like … treason! 

Naturally, in cases like these (CNN Clinton assistance aside), the media provides no shortage of qualifiers — like “potential”:

This is where we are in early 21st century America with the Left, folks: For offering solutions to Islamic terrorism, however unpalatable they may seem to some folks, Trump is helping groups like ISIS.

All the while the Fourth Estate is busily helping Trump’s opponent.

I am no fan of Donald Trump. I never thought his candidacy would last, that he would poll lousy and eventually drop out. I don’t believe he is really conservative, and given many of his statements and his temperament, he potentially could make Barack Obama’s abuse of executive authority seem like our first African-American president is the greatest constitutional adherent ever.

But the Left really has no one to blame but themselves for the rise of Trump. It is comical to watch the disbelief coming from the Left: “How can anyone support this guy?” they angrily exclaim.

Even though many on the right have reservations about the GOP candidate, they are weary of the last eight years’ collection of lies, obfuscations, political correctness, and outright criminal activity.

Not to mention, when the media ponders how they’re having little effect on Trump’s outrageousness, one only has to look at how they treated the two George Bushes, John McCain, and worse, Mitt Romney. When a guy like Romney is portrayed as evil incarnate, it’s going to be rather difficult to make people believe what you have to say in the future … even when it is warranted. Like with Trump.

To coin a cliché, “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf.'”

So, I, for one, am enjoying watching Trump take on the ridiculous PC which has overtaken us, and thumb his nose at the mainstream media. By the media and the Left routinely giving average Americans the middle finger — calling them “bigots,” “hateful,” and “xenophobes;” refusing to call “radical Islamic terror” just that; championing “sanctuary cities” while belittling those who want immigration laws followed and enforced — they’ve helped make Trump the very manifestation of the reaction to that middle finger.

Side note: I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Doug for allowing me to voice my thoughts here now that it had become impossible to keep The Colossus of Rhodey updated regularly. As Doug mentioned, you can catch my regular writings over at The College Fix.

Ben Carson exposes ‘West Point’ witch hunt, nails media over its silence on Obama’s academic records

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Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is finding out first-hand that when a black conservative runs for office, there is no stone that will remain unturned in the media’s effort to destroy him. The president who put “composite” white girlfriends in his autobiography to this very day gets away with having his academic records kept from public view, but Dr. Carson’s “implication” of an offer to West Point as a 17-year-old ROTC student was somehow a scandal on Friday.

Dr. Carson was a shooting star in Detroit by the time he was an ROTC student. It does not take a genius to figure out that someone with military clout, apparently Gen. William Westmoreland, pulled him aside and said West Point was a done-deal if he wanted it. I say this as someone who a.) seriously looked into the Army’s “Green to Gold” enlisted-to-officer program as a mechanized infantryman, and b.) has a father who graduated from West Point.

Only a political opponent or a media apparatus intent on destroying the man’s chances at winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would make a big deal out of this story — and I say that as someone who supports another candidate.

Faced with the media’s feeding frenzy, Dr. Carson intellectually destroyed a room filled with so-called journalists. He said Nov. 6:

Ben Carson: There is a desperation on behalf of some to try and find a way to tarnish me because they have been looking through everything. They have been talking to everybody I’ve ever known, everybody I’ve ever seen. ‘There’s gotta be a scandal. There’s gotta be some nurse he’s having an affair with. There’s gotta be something!’

So next week it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants. I mean, it’s just ridiculous. But it’s okay, because I totally expect it.

I do not remember this level for scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running. In fact, I remember just the opposite. I remember people just, ‘Oh, well, we won’t really talk about that. We won’t talk about that relationship. Well, Frank Marshal Davis. Eh, we don’t want to talk about that. Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers? Eh, he didn’t really know him.’

All the things Jeremiah Wright was saying. ‘Eh, not a big problem.’

[Obama] goes to Occidental college. Doesn’t do all that well, and somehow ends up in Columbia University. ‘Eh, I don’t know.’ His records are sealed. Why are his records sealed? Why are you guys not interested in why his records are sealed? Can somebody tell me why? Please.

**reporter gets upset and asks why Carson is raising the question**

I’m asking you why it is so. Will someone tell me please why you have not investigated that.

**reporters try to interject**

Why? Because I want to know. You should want to know, too. He’s president of the United States. You’re saying that something that happened with the words of scholarship that was offered is a big deal, but the president — his academic records being sealed — is not?

**reporters try to interject again**

Tell me how there’s equivalency there. Tell me, somebody. Please. You see, what you’re not going to find with me, is somebody who is going to sit back and let you be completely unfair without letting the American people know what’s going on. The American people are waking up to your games.

Boom. Mic drop.

Have you ever noticed how strange it is that reporters and pundits who always praise Mr. Obama for his intellect show zero curiosity as to why he doesn’t want his college transcripts made public?

Have you ever noticed that the media never really talked to anyone who remembered Mr. Obama at Columbia?

Has it ever seemed peculiar that a man who admits he was a confused druggie with poor grades suddenly found himself able to transfer to a prestigious university?

Mr. Obama has been the president for almost eight years, and yet there is still much about his past that remains a mystery. It is incredibly telling how the media obsesses over Dr. Carson’s youth, yet it shows contempt for anyone who speaks on the odd trajectory of Mr. Obama’s college life.

The retired neurosurgeon’s campaign certainly has its faults, but its ability to call out media bias is certainly not one of them.

For more reading on this issue, check out Ace of Spades.

Cecil the Lion story exploited by The Hill; website weirdly links Walter J. Palmer to Mitt Romney

Cecil the Lion The Hill RomneySometimes a story comes along that encapsulates everything that is wrong with the U.S. media landscape. Consider if you will the case of Kevin Cirilli, who wrote the following for The Hill on Wednesday: “Cecil the lion’s killer donated to Romney.”

Yes, that is a real headline and time was used during a workday to write the accompanying story.

The Hill “reported”:

The Minnesota dentist who authorities say killed a beloved Zimbabwe lion named Cecil donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) forms show Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minn., donated $5,000 to the Romney campaign in 2012.

Palmer also donated $250 to former Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) in 1990 and $250 to Ramstad in 1992.

Local news reports have identified Palmer as a dentist in the Minneapolis outer suburb of Bloomington who resides in Eden Prairie, another Twin Cities suburb.

Palmer is at the center of an international storm after the death of Cecil the lion, who was well-known at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

The Minnesota dentist reportedly shot the lion with a bow and arrow, but that failed to kill it. The lion was then tracked and shot again with a gun, before it was skinned and beheaded.

What you just read is not a story from The Onion. Mr. Cirilli’s piece was actually approved by an editor.

Why is it of any interest to the public that Mr. Palmer donated money to a failed Republican presidential candidate in 2012? Has The Hill gone through the list of convicted murderers in Chicago since 2012 and ran headlines like “Pro-Obama voting strongly linked to Windy City homicides”? Has The Hill investigated the presidential donations of the Planned Parenthood employees caught on video negotiating how to get the best price for fully functional aborted baby livers and kidneys?

Let me save you the trouble of looking — the answer is “No.”

There is something incredibly nauseating about writers who will jump at any opportunity to politically splinter the American public. There is something disgusting about a man whose first instinct when a story grabs national headlines is to figure out how to demonize the Mormon guy who organizes charity events for third-world countries.

In short, Mitt Romney helps humans in Africa get access to high tech medical equipment, while reporters for The Hill concoct ways to tie him to a random lion’s unfortunate death.

While it is incredibly sad that an American man would spend over $50,000 to kill a lion — just to say he did it — the kind of “reporter” who comes up with stories like “Cecil the lion’s killer donated to Romney” is arguably just as pathetic.

AP: Here’s the truth on Obamacare — now that the wave is set in motion

On August 26, the Associated Press did an amazing thing — it admitted that President Obama was in over his head on issues related to foreign policy. Now that the 2012 election is over and the Obamacare bureaucracy tsunami is about to come crashing down on the heads of Americans, AP has decided to come clean on Obamacare.

Interesting timing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is the insurance industry’s most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric. …

REP. KEVIN McCARTHY, R-Calif.: “When we started this health care debate, the president led with a very big promise to the American people: If you like the health care that you have, that you currently have, you can keep it.” — At a Sept. 20 House Republican rally after passage of the bill that would finance the government on condition the health care law is starved of money. …

THE FACTS: McCarthy is correct, Obama said exactly that. It was an empty promise, made repeatedly. Sebelius picks her words more carefully but still offers misleading assurances.

Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have. Costs can rise, benefits can change and employers can drop coverage.

Read the entire piece, and then head on over to Hotair for their coverage. It’s … illuminating.

As I’ve said before, media bias takes many forms. It’s not just how the media covers a story, but if and when they cover a story that matters. Ignoring key “facts” until bad public policy has gone through the sausage-making process is just as noteworthy as slanted coverage portrayed as straight news.

With the emergence of new technology, the “old media” had to adapt, and so they came up with “Fact Checkers.” Well, who are the fact checkers and who checks them?

Answer: It’s the same incestuous group who now readily acknowledge that they’ve dumped a documentary on Hillary Clinton because her camp and powerful politicians on both sides of the fence didn’t want it to happen. Don’t you wish the rules that applied to Washington’s elite applied to you?

Long story short: Fact checkers are generally just new tools politicians use to cite on Sunday morning talk shows when it suits their needs, knowing that for the most part their friends will rarely take off the kid gloves or apply intellectual uppercuts to the chin. Admitting that President Obama’s signature piece of legislation was filled with empty promises right before the bomb drops does little to instill confidence in the free press.

And with that, I leave you with the lyrics of Axl Rose, the once-great front man of Guns N’ Roses, whose partying ways have him looking these days like a guy who probably should buy health insurance immediately if he doesn’t have it already.

‘Oh My God’:

“Oh, well its on with the show

Like the tide down on the ocean

The waves already set in motion

The only one in the game that’s lost is you.