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Why do we need these people if they lie?  We don’t!   Third graders ask more intelligent questions than these folks.


Does America need Journalists?

By Fletch Daniels

Cillizza of CNN sent one of the most unintentionally hilarious posts into the Twittersphere when he proudly displayed his new (and ugly) sweater that read “America Needs Journalists.”

(Only in your  dreams.)


Apart from the obvious tone-deafness of the message being sent at a time when most American would gladly trade the entire CNN staff for a single grocery store worker, trucker, medic, or just about anything else, this intrepid CNN American hero stumbled upon a sentiment that conservatives can fully get behind. America does need journalists. Too bad we have so few of them.

Irony is never quite as thick as when journalists are preening about themselves, fretting about Democracy dying in darkness or patting themselves on the back for their extreme courage and manifest importance. For today’s journalists who follow the Acosta/Cillizza model, why report on a story when you can make yourself one?

All Americans would benefit from real information as they try to understand what is going on around them. What they get instead is dangerous politicized poison.

The national media is a fully predictable sideshow at this point. Just imagine what media would think could do the most damage to the president or a Republican and it is fairly easy to predict their coverage or future emerging stories, such as the rising pressure to swap Joe Biden out with Andrew Cuomo. Poor Joe may be the last person in America to see the train coming to run him over when the media decides it is suddenly expedient to start reporting on the sexual assault allegations they are blacking out.
As Dennis Prager noted, there is even a political divide on COVID-19 as reflected in the media. He notes that nearly every opinion piece in a liberal outlet has the “unshakable conviction that to prevent mass death, the worlds economy must be shut down.” Conservative opinion pieces tend to be far more balanced and understand that, as President Trump observed, the cure can’t be worse than the disease.

The disparity on even something like this that should transcend partisan lines is because the media are hoping for the worst-case scenarios. They simply are incapable of looking beyond their goal (and earnest hope) of destroying a Republican president they despise. Sure, they may actually believe what they are spewing forth but it is because, in the words of a famous movie character, they can’t handle the truth.

Nothing stokes their fury more than when Americans see through their charade. That’s why they melted down when Senator Marco Rubio tweeted out the relatively obvious fact that the media “can’t contain their glee” over the rising number of cases in the U.S.

Here’s a free tip for the media: If you don’t want to be accused of bursting with glee over America’s misfortune, it is generally helpful to not cheer America’s misery while doing all in your power to amplify and extend it.

So, what would one of these rare creatures that Cillizza speaks of on his ugly, probably made in China, sweatshirt actually do?

Here are a few obvious suggestions. For one, a journalist’s reporting on the current crisis would show some sense of proportion and would weigh tradeoffs between protecting America’s physical and economic health, since they can’t be uncoupled. In the long run, economic destruction if allowed to proceed unabated will do far more damage than the virus can ever achieve.

A real journalist wouldn’t lap up China’s lies and propaganda like a pig eagerly licking up its own vomit. For that matter, a real journalist would be far more interested in how this whole virus kicked off in the first place instead of accepting a lying authoritarian regime’s story because it helps their narrative.

They might even be curious about why the regime has been lying so relentlessly and shamelessly while trying to project blame onto the U.S. or about the disheartening habit of critics in the know in China mysteriously disappearing or dying. They would not become willing tools for a dangerous Chinese regime that knows exactly how to play them like a fine Stradivarius.

A real journalist wouldn’t deviate between total number and per capita comparisons between nations based on whichever one best fits their agenda du jour.

A real journalist wouldn’t create such an unreliable information environment that only the most disconnected people in his country believes a thing they say.

It’s a given that all conservatives know the national press corps is flea dung based on decades of experience. But even my liberal colleagues, despite cheerleading the media’s propaganda and anti-Trump efforts, are skeptical of the value of the information being received.

What we have are the media that cried wolf, completely incapable of informing when an actual crisis shows up since their faux outrage is always cranked to max power, even if indeed they wanted to inform. When every national media story can be summed up as “bad orange man must go,” Americans of all stripes will naturally toss every national story into that bucket.

That’s one reason why the press conferences are so illuminating and why the media are becoming increasingly desperate to shut them down. As they gain in popularity, more people tune in to see firsthand that the president and Senator Rubio were exactly right. America’s journalists are gleeful enemies of the people who wish for the worst for Americans.

I generally believed the national press corps had hit rock bottom somewhere between Russian Roulette, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Ukrainian Money Club. But that was before COVID-19. They have since dug through the rock bottom to new depths. These aren’t journalists on display. They are vile anti-American partisan activists, or to put it in terms CNN might understand, an apple is never a banana.

As for our intrepid hero, Cilliza, I suffered through his last eight articles at the time of this writing out of a morbid sense of curiosity to see how a real journalist who wears an ugly sweatshirt writes. Every single article was an attack on the president or another Republican or spun as great news for Democrats, with wishful thinking for a future President Cuomo thrown in for size. That’s what it means to be a journalist who “cuts through the political spin,” as his description on CNN heralds.

There are some great journalists in America, the kind of Americans who ask hard and intelligent questions and provide real valuable information. But they all write for conservative outlets like this one, where thinking and applying balance and logic has not been cast into the pit of irrelevancy.

Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, that is the primary place where real journalism will stay.

This is not an insignificant problem. If our constitutional republic does indeed fall into darkness at some future date, our media will be the prime culprits who buried it there. Through their irresponsible and vile actions, they have pushed our nation to a very dangerous place.

So, credit the clueless Cillizza for stumbling upon an inconvenient truth for himself and his colleagues. America needs journalists now more than ever.

It’s too bad that CNN, the New York Times, the Bezos Post and the full alphabet soup of media reps have no intention of answering that call.


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FISA court orders FBI to determine if misleading warrants need to be invalidated
Judge gives FBI until June 15 to determine if 29 flawed warrant applications contained material errors.

FBI official Chris Wray testifies before House Judiciary Committee, February 2020
House Judiciary Committee

By John Solomon
Last Updated:
April 3, 2020 – 9:17pm

Stung by new evidence of surveillance errors, the nation’s intelligence court on Friday ordered the FBI to review more than two dozen wiretap applications to determine if they were so flawed as to have led to inappropriate spying on Americans.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Chief Judge James Boasberg gave the bureau until June 15 to complete the review, moving quickly to react to a Justice Department inspector general’s memo earlier this week that found 29 FISA warrants to spy on Americans contained inaccurate or unverified information in violation of the FBI’s so-called Woods Procedures.

The judge’s order requires the FBI to determine if the errors were material enough to void the already approved warrants.

The new IG memo “reinforces the need for the Court to monitor the ongoing efforts of the FBI and DOJ to ensure that, going forward, FBI applications present accurate and complete facts,” Boasberg wrote.

The Justice Department has already withdrawn two of the four surveillance warrants that were issued against former Trump adviser Carter Page during the Russia collusion probe after the IG found they suffered from 17 serious errors, including falsified information and uncorroborated evidence. The FBI is required to submit only verified evidence to support a request.

The court signaled on Friday additional action may be taken given the widespread problems now revealed about the FBI’s handling of FISA warrants dating back five years. “When problems are identified in particular cases, furthermore, the Court must evaluate what remedial measures may be necessary,” Boasberg wrote.

The FBI said Friday night it would cooperate with the court and noted that since the problems with the Page warrants were revealed it has taken more than three dozen corrective actions to ensure future FISA would meet the standard of accuracy required by the court and the bureau’s rules.

You can read the IG’s memo here.


You can read the ruling here.

Misc 19 02 Order PJ JEB 200403.pdf

Thought you might get a laugh reading this one:




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Why doesn’t Romney get off his pompous A$$ and go out and help –  instead of whining?  That is the only way he can be  noticed is – if he whines.  Remember he is one of those One World Order elites and claimed isolation to get out of voting/working.


Romney warns Trump: Don’t interfere with coronavirus relief oversight

BY ALEXANDER BOLTON – 04/03/20 04:07 PM EDT 1,746

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Friday released a letter with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) calling on President Trump to comply with the oversight requirements Congress attached to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law last week.

“With trillions of taxpayer dollars being spent, it is critically important for the Administration to ensure full transparency and willingness for independent oversight,” Romney and Tester wrote in the April 3 letter to Trump.

The senators noted that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established three level of oversight for the hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid: a special inspector general, a congressional oversight committee and a panel of inspectors general known as the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC).
Romney and Tester called on the president to report his administration’s plans for spending the funds to Congress.

“As you work to implement COVID-19 legislation, we ask that you provide Congress a detailed plan on how the government plans to execute these funds and what accountability measures are being put in place to ensure our taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively,” they wrote.

Trump sparked controversy last week when he signaled in a signing statement attached to the $2.2 trillion law that his White House would supervise reports to Congress from the special inspector general for coronavirus relief, known as the SIGPR.

Citing Article II of the Constitution, Trump wrote: “I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause.”

Romney and Tester on Friday warned the president not to interfere in the inspector general’s quarterly reports to Congress.
“We expect that the Special Inspector General will fulfill its statutory responsibilities, and look forward to working with your administration to ensure robust oversight of taxpayer dollars,” they wrote.

The senators also raised concerns over the lack of permanent inspectors general at several departments and agencies tasked with implementing the coronavirus relief law, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Education.

Romney has emerged as one of Trump’s most outspoken critics in the Senate Republican Conference and has regularly taken heat from the president and his supporters as a result.

He was the only Senate Republican to vote to remove Trump from office at the end of the Senate impeachment trial earlier this year.

When Romney quarantined himself last month because of possible exposure to coronavirus, Trump joked, “Romney’s in isolation? Gee, that’s too bad.”

The president slammed the Utah senator in October as a “pompous ass” for criticizing his calls for other nations to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Tester is a moderate Democrat who won a tough reelection race in 2018 in a state that Trump carried by 20 points in 2016.


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By John Solomon
Last Updated:
April 1, 2020 – 8:37am

House Republicans late Tuesday renewed their demands that the House Judiciary Committee hold hearings into the FBI spying on Americans after a new review found agents routinely used inaccurate or incomplete evidence to justify surveillance warrants.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel’s ranking member, sent Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a letter requesting the hearings in response to a special investigative memo released by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz earlier in the day.

That memo warned FBI Director Christopher Wray that a review of more than two dozen Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants authorizing spying on Americans in intelligence and terrorism investigations found all had failed to comply with so-called Woods Procedures designed to protect civil liberties. Most of the applications contained factual errors, unsubstantiated evidence and other problems, Horowitz disclosed.

The findings showed the problems first detected during the Russia collusion investigation, in which an uncorroborated and erroneous Steele dossier was used to justify a spy warrant targeting the Trump campaign in 2016, are far more widespread across the FBI.

“The Committee must not allow the FBI’s extraordinary power to electronically surveil Americans to be so haphazardly rubber-stamped with incorrect, unsubstantiated or erroneous supporting information,” Jordan wrote.

Jordan’s minority GOP colleagues in the House, have been clamoring for hearings since evidence first emerged of FBI abuses and wrongdoing in the now-debunked Russia collusion investigation.

You can read Jordan’s letter here.




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