It’s true that Donald Trump is different from any other president, probably ever. He doesn’t abide by traditional “presidential” mores to which his predecessors submitted. And that’s probably why people voted for him.
He’s sort of the manifestation of the average outraged internet commenter. Usually, the outrageous things Trump says are things that would be said on the internet under the condition of anonymity. But right now, Trump is the exact opposite of anonymous.
What’s not often mentioned is that while his style is markedly different from his predecessors, his substance is quite similar.
The media try to portray Trump and Obama as polar opposites in everything. Obama is educated, measured, a family man, calm, thoughtful, professional, presidential, deferential to the press, respectful of the separation of powers. (That’s not my perspective; that’s the media’s.)
Trump, on the other hand, watches a lot of TV, doesn’t read books, is bombastic, thin-skinned, volatile, childish, choleric, abusive of women, hateful of the press, completely and totally ignorant, hates the separation of powers, thrives on chaos, is racist, sexist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, yada, yada, yada.
The thing is, the two are the same in substance. I’ll explain in a second. For now, here’s CNN’s Jake Tapper lamenting President Trump’s comments on the federal judge who lifted the recent immigration restrictions, and also his comments on fake news:
Tapper: Alright to sum up, if a judge rules against the president, he’s a ‘so-called judge.’ If a poll shows the majority of you disagrees with his policies, the poll is fake. If a well sourced news story reflects something unflattering about him, that story is fake. So the judicial branch of government and the free press, two fundamental pillars of our democracy, if we take actions he does not like, we are not legitimate.
Let’s not pretend that Obama never criticized judges who didn’t side with him. And let’s not pretend that Obama didn’t slam the press when they didn’t cover him “fairly.” And what did he mean by “fairly?” Positively. If it was negative press, it wasn’t true.
Simmering tension between the White House and the Supreme Court spilled into public this week when Chief Justice John Roberts labeled the political atmosphere at the recent State of the Union address “very troubling.”
With six members of the court just a few feet away in the audience, President Barack Obama used the occasion to directly criticize the conservative majority’s ruling in a campaign finance case.
“It does cause me to think whether or not it makes sense for us to be there,” said the 55-year-old Roberts. “To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I’m not sure why we’re there.”
Roberts was among the five justices who ruled in favor of loosening previous congressionally mandated restrictions on so-called “corporate” spending in federal elections. The decision opened up spending for a range of corporations, unions and advocacy groups.
The White House was quick to attack Roberts indirectly, focusing on the ruling itself, and Obama continued the criticism in his address, saying, “With all due deference to the separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.”
And everyone knows how little Obama liked Fox News. From Hannity.com:
Obama Says Fox Is Entirely Devoted To “Attacking My Administration”, June 16, 2009, CNBC’s “Closing Bell“
JOHN HARWOOD: Last question. When you and I spoke in January, you said–I observed that you hadn’t gotten much bad press. You said it’s coming. Media critics would say not only has it not come, but that you have gotten such favorable press, either because of bias or because you’re good box office, that it’s hurting the country, because you’re not being sufficiently held accountable for your policies. Assess that.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I’ve got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration. I mean, you know, that’s a pretty…
HARWOOD: I assume you’re talking about Fox.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, that’s a pretty big megaphone. And you’d be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front.
– Obama Calls Fox News “Destructive”, October 14, 2010, Rolling Stone Magazine
“Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We’ve got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.”
– Obama Takes A Shot At Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch, May 10, 2011, Speech In El Paso, Texas on Immigration Reform
“One CEO had this to say about reform. ‘American ingenuity is a product of the openness and diversity of this society… Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, science, higher education and innovation.’ That’s Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, and an immigrant himself. I don’t know if you’re familiar with his views, but let’s just say he doesn’t have an Obama bumper sticker on his car.”
– Obama Hits Fox News For Making “Compromise” A “Dirty Word”, January 27, 2013, The New Republic
“One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”
– Obama Blames Fox For Benghazi and IRS Scandals, February 2, 2014, Interview With Bill O’Reilly
The tensest moments came on Benghazi, with the host and the president talking over each other and at times sniping at each other.
“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said. “That’s what they believe.”
“And they believe it because folks like you tell them that,” Obama said, adding on the IRS scandal: “These kinds of things keep on surfacing, because folks like you will promote them.”
Obama Hits Fox News For Obamacare Criticism, October 2, 2014, Obama’s Speech At Northwestern University
“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them. This isn’t a political speech, and I’m not going to tell you who to vote for – even though I suppose it is kind of implied.
“But I have laid out my ideas to create more jobs and grow more wages. A true opposition party should have the courage to lay out theirs. There’s a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits – because they’re now manageable. There’s a reason fewer are running against Obamacare – because while good, affordable health care might still be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world.”
President Obama: While affordable health care might still be a threat to freedom on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2014
Obama Hits Fox News for Anti-Poverty Narrative May 12, 2015, Remarks by the President in Conversation on Poverty at Georgetown University
“There’s always been a strain in American politics where you’ve got the middle class, and the question has been, who are you mad at, if you’re struggling; if you’re working, but you don’t seem to be getting ahead. And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And, look, it’s still being propagated.
“I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, ‘I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone’ — or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative, right? That gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress — which is much more typical — who’s raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.”
– Obama Takes A Shot At Fox News For Allegedly Covering Him Unfairly, September 20, 2015, Remarks by the President at the Congressional Black Caucus 45th Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner
“I want to repeat — because somehow this never shows up on Fox News. I want to repeat — because I’ve said it a lot, unwaveringly, all the time: Our law enforcement officers do outstanding work in an incredibly difficult and dangerous job. They put their lives on the line for our safety. We appreciate them and we love them.”
– Obama Claims “Certain Televisions Stations” Distort His Position On Guns, October 27, 2015, Speech at the 122nd International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
“And some of you who are watching certain television stations or listening to certain radio programs. Please do not believe this notion that somehow I’m out to take everybody’s guns away and every time a mass shooting happens one of the saddest ironies is suddenly the purchase of firearms and ammunitions jump up because folks are scared into thinking that Obama is going to use this as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights.”
– Obama Blames Fox News For Making Him “Seem Scary”, November 5, 2015, The New York Review of Books
“It’s interesting, because we’re talking in Iowa; people always, I think, were surprised about me connecting with folks in small-town Iowa. And the reason I did was, first of all, I had the benefit that at the time nobody expected me to win. And so I wasn’t viewed through this prism of Fox News and conservative media, and making me scary. At the time, I didn’t seem scary, other than just having a funny name. I seemed young. Sometimes I look at my pictures from then and I say, I can’t believe anybody voted for me because I look like I’m 25.”
– Obama Blames Fox News For “Balkanization Of The Media”, November 3, 2016, Real Time With Bill Maher
“The problem is we’ve got all these filters. Look, if I watched Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me either because you’ve got this screen—this funhouse mirror—through which people are receiving information. How to break through that is a big challenge.”
– Obama Blames Fox News For Election Loss, November 29, 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine
“In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments.”
So, what exactly is the difference? Certainly not the substance. Obama’s said the same things about the media, and about judges whom he doesn’t like as Trump has. It’s just that Obama was more “presidential” in the way he delivered his attacks (whatever that means). Trump attacked a “so-called judge” on Twitter. Obama attacked a judge and a court decision he didn’t like in his State of the Union Address. Seriously, what exactly is the difference except the platform and style? A “diplomatic” way to call someone fat is really no better (and actually might be worse) than just saying the person is fat.
Every chance Obama got, he attacked Fox News. Fox News is often identified as right-wing media, and everything else is left-leaning. So, of course, Obama’s not going to like Fox, and of course Trump isn’t going to like networks that are not Fox.
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Leftist Journalist Slams Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC
So now it’s ok to kneel but it’s not ok to stand?
Madison Cawthorn standing to recite the Pledge was enough cause for PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor to slam him on Twitter, writing: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to (sic) should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.”
Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem.
It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 27, 2020
Madison Cawthorn, 25, the young GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, spoke Wednesday at the Republican National Convention from his wheelchair, as he has been paralyzed since the age of 18 from a car accident. At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, with the help of two men on either side of him, slowly rose to his feet to recite a brief portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Cawthorn began by mentioning the terrible car accident that robbed him of the use of his legs, saying, “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it.”
“My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear; God protected my mind and my ability to speak, so I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you,” Cawthorn stated.
He continued, “In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom and tribalism without truth. National leaders on the Left have normalized emotion-based voting and a radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King’s dream. MLK’s dream is our dream: for all Americans to be judged solely on their character.” More
Social media erupts:
Show us on the doll where the paraplegic who managed to stand touched you. https://t.co/ndykiGdNO3
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 27, 2020
Madison Cawthorn may be paralyzed, but @Yamiche is the one who is a completely broken person. Only a deranged lunatic who worships at the altar of politics could get angry at the sight of a paralyzed person standing up. What a sad, pathetic way to go through life.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 27, 2020
News flash @Yamiche pampered millionaire black athletes are not deities, in fact far from it. They don’t get to dictate the behaviors of Madison Cawthorn. Your Marxist beliefs of intolerance and totalitarianism are showing again.
— TruthSeeker (@EngagedPatriot) August 27, 2020
Let me get this straight: You’re claiming, that by standing, he’s rebuking those that kneel and then you’re rebuking him for standing.
— Sophiestications (@Sophiesticatio2) August 27, 2020
Go away, your hate is seething out of your pores and you are a laughing stock to most. Your fan base is small and they will turn on you in a NY Minute. Wake up and look deep into your soul. What you see there should be a wake up call.
— Angelicfaith⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸✝️🙏✡️ (@angelicfaith4u) August 27, 2020
Imagine thinking it’s okay to criticize those who stand for this country; and then compound that absurdity by praising those who refuse to stand.
Those who have been blessed with great affluence, money and power for playing a game.
Anti-American sentiment is ugly.
— Michael (@mcaark) August 27, 2020
I’m glad my mind isn’t wired like yours to hate every thing I see. You may feel warm and fuzzy when a millionaire kneels down but I felt tremendous pride when I saw that man stand last night for our country and flag. I’m genuinely sorry you couldn’t and won’t ever experience that
— BlondeAmericanChick ╰დ╮╭დ╯ (@PonyGirl_04) August 27, 2020
I recommend these millionaire athletes donate their salaries to black communities and not just theatrical gestures or hot air. Madison Cawthorn showed that everyone has challenges in life and we still have a lot to be thankful for.
— Niagara Lee 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@NiagaraLee1) August 27, 2020
CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’
CNN’s Brian Stelter says the network will do live ‘fact-checks’ of the Republican convention, then gets blasted for not doing the same with Democrats.
“Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make…about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in with “fact” checks.
I must have missed the live fact-checks during the DNC https://t.co/3YGeem4q0R
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 23, 2020
Twitter weighs in:
#BrianStelter: “Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in w/ ‘fact checks.’” pic.twitter.com/TOsaToGmO4
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 23, 2020
Hey Brian u r so crackhead. Putting crap in people’s head. U r ratings sucks the whole network sucks and we Latinos never forget !! pic.twitter.com/Ub7xFpCTeQ
— Venezuelan4Trump (@Maracucho4Trump) August 23, 2020
Right here right now it is indication @cnn is not a newscast it’s the DNC big mouth, liberal communist channel. U sorry piece of 💩
— Venezuelan4Trump (@Maracucho4Trump) August 23, 2020
I won’t be watching the RNC on @CNN anyway not worth my time to watch tabloid news channel
— Richard (@RichKeller05) August 23, 2020
If I was the RNC CNN wouldn’t be allowed through the door
— Michael J Rotter (@rotter_michael) August 24, 2020
Awwww Brians feelings are hurt.
— Capt. Bama (@BamBam62173431) August 23, 2020
Nobody watches Lying biased Fake News @CNNPolitics Among Fake News Dem propagandists/maggots that work there Stelter has the lowest ratings. Nobody likes or watches him. Anybody that’s not an eyes glazed over Marxist/Dem will watch @GOP convention on @foxnewspolitics Streaming&
— Val Wayne (@valwayne) August 23, 2020
Then CNN says they are “free press” and insist they are not a partisan outlet.
I guess Humpty does not understand how foolish he looks. pic.twitter.com/98WxfVgDDy
— Nathan Thompson (@truthprevials) August 24, 2020
It’s going to be a ratings boom in the ratings for the RNC, something the DNC failed to do.
CNN & fact check = oxymoron.
— yourmama2 (@yourmama210) August 23, 2020
— PamLovesTrump🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@proberts61) August 23, 2020
Stelter should never be on the air, ever. But CNN should treat the RNC exactly how they treated the DNC.
— PrestonF (@frazipe) August 23, 2020
Shouldn’t this be seen as some type of election interference on the media’s part of not airing the RNC
— jason talley (@talleywacker14) August 23, 2020
If DNC was aired in full, RNC must air in full or just give up any pretense of objectivity by any network that does not.
If didn’t do live “fact checking” last week, carry on with same policy this week.
— David Rice (@bfmva7xsp) August 23, 2020
Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’
President Donald Trump shoots down a reporter’s claim that NJ club members violating coronavirus guidelines: ‘It’s a peaceful protest.’
“No, this is a political activity,” Trump responded as the crowd booed the reporter. “You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions … and it’s also a peaceful protest.”
REPORTER: "Just in this room, you have dozens of people who are not following the guidelines…"
TRUMP: "It's a peaceful protest" pic.twitter.com/ApwteDYAlb
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 8, 2020
How did he keep a poker face? WINNING
— Dog days O’Summer (@Beandog8675309) August 8, 2020
Gotta love him….you better have your ducks in a row if you want to speak to President Trump….
— Barbara Jarvis (@Barbara02198417) August 8, 2020
And the crowd cheers! That’s what the country needs to see. They need to see the people calling out the media.
— Josie Lewis aka Onna Hambourgiesha! (@JosieLe62818667) August 8, 2020
The media is shady AF and too few people call out the bastards on their shenanigans. I dunno If I can say I’m a fan of trump, but I know where I stand on the media and if trump is against them, then I’m happy to stand back to back with him in this rumble.
— The Chad (@ChadPrim3) August 8, 2020
At John Lewis Funeral, let me tell you who was not wearing a Mask, are you READY!!! Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, #BillClintonsAPedo, and Dozens More in front of them and behind them, Packed like Sardines, Now Stop the PLANDEMIC @realDonaldTrump
— Miss Lin (@Misslinlou) August 8, 2020
Simply the best POTUS ever can’t wait to see what he gets done next term
— Gumbo King (@gumboking1961) August 8, 2020
Might be the greatest mic drop in the history of mic drops
— John 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Parshon (@JohnParshon) August 8, 2020
But they’ve all missed the real story: how handsome our president looks with shorter bangs!
But seriously don’t you love the guy giving it right back to them? Maybe it’s just because I’m a former reporter but I swear it adds a year to my life every time 🤣 #tcot
— Maskless in Fascist Mpls-Gimme 02 or give me death (@marypatriott) August 8, 2020
He made a FOOL out of the Media, and I’m STILL LAUGHING 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— telldatruthnshamedadevil (@MichieMonique) August 8, 2020
We had thousands and thousands of protesters looting burning beating each and not wearing masks. The MSM encouraged the mayhem. Now they’re questioning Trump about masks at a country club. How does the MSM look at themselves without laughing. They truly are clowns 🤡
— John Mclaughlin (@Jmac103John) August 8, 2020
— Rainey Randall (@rainranda5) August 8, 2020
MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump
Democratic Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin that he is “paid to shape a liberal narrative” during a heated interview in which the lawmaker took exception to a question about whether or not he’s compensated to support President Trump.
OUCH: MSNBC Host ENDS Interview after pro-Trump Democratic lawmaker BLASTS him for suggesting that he’s getting paid to support Trump
Posted by Ben Shapiro on Sunday, August 2, 2020
Vernon Jones, who is a member of Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board, was asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin if he is paid to support Trump as a Democrat.
“Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?” Craig Melvin bluntly questioned.
“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president,” Vernon Jones shot back. “I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.”
Jones then started to discuss how African Americans are expected to oppose Trump but Melvin cut him off. “Sir, I did not raise your race,” Melvin said as bickering intensified.
“Let me finish now. Let me finish,” Vernon Jones said.
“No, no, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re Black,” Craig Melvin responded.
“So don’t ask me that. You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. I don’t want anything from this president. It’s what I can do for my country and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful,” Vernon Jones said
“That’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep Blacks silent who happen to support this president,” Vernon Jones added. “Why can’t I be like White liberals or other Whites, nobody questions if they’re getting paid, so do you ask Democrats [if] are they getting paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?”
Craig Melvin then quickly ended the interview.
ABC Gets Mocked For Their “Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies” Claim
ABC got mocked after they tweeted “peaceful demonstration intensifies” about a violent incident that happened in California.
The protest in Oakland turned violent when demonstrators set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.
— Claire Lehmann (@clairlemon) July 26, 2020
Of course. Peace intensifies until it reaches its point of combustion. Just as kindness intensifies into murder. https://t.co/9BmdRBnsa1
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) July 26, 2020
You mean it’s not ‘largely peaceful’ anymore 😊 pic.twitter.com/rBVVQe2xfO
— Jatroa 🏴 (@jatroa) July 26, 2020
I remember one time I smiled so hard I stabbed a guy. https://t.co/ZxWc5abZ04
— Aprille Park (@AprillePark) July 27, 2020
ABC news – still pushing fake news
— Rain Phan (@marilynphan) July 26, 2020
A bomb was dropped after an initially peaceful war intensified
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 26, 2020
Yes, such a heading ? What would the present level of education of a journalist be one often wonders ? If they cannot even see the logical impossibility of the statement itself, then you have to doubt if they are even able to write a unbiased story at all.
— ferdinand claessens (@cubistic01) July 27, 2020
I wish I had a canteen that could carry as much water as the MSM for Antifa.
— SeaHorse Nation (@SeaHorseNation3) July 26, 2020
Drama intensifies as President Lincoln attends mostly pleasant evening at the theater.
— Steve Johnson (@SteveJohnsonCAD) July 27, 2020
Is anyone genuinely surprised that the same people who think you can have a female penis, also think blood, fire and death can be identified as a peaceful protest?
— John 2.1 (@notambiturner) July 26, 2020
One would think peacefulness intensified would be all the more peaceful.
— Agatha Gregson (@gregson_agatha) July 27, 2020
They are all peaceful until they arent… ex. Peaceful man murders man after a peaceful discussion intensified.
— Pootis (@GruntStick) July 27, 2020
Reporters could be ducking rocket fire coming from the crowds and they would still call it peaceful. There’s a narrative they have to push and they’re totally willing to die on that hill. Or let other people die
— My Friend Simulator (@my_simulator) July 27, 2020
what would “not peaceful” look like is a thing i’ve been wondering
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) July 26, 2020
With their proclivity for historical revisionism, anyone want to take bets on how long it is until 9/11 is reframed as an “intensified peaceful demonstration”?
— Chrome Davis (@davischrome) July 26, 2020
— 光复香港，时代革命。 🇭🇰 (@Truth_is_virtue) July 27, 2020
— Gale (@EliteBuzzy) July 26, 2020
Nice argument for wife battery. No officer, my slap was a peaceful one . It is she who interpreted it incorrectly.
— Andrew White (@AndrewPWright77) July 26, 2020
Here’s a picture of some really intense peace happening in Portland. pic.twitter.com/3ivrXedLsb
— Mike Kilo (@Mike___Kilo) July 26, 2020
*Peacefulness intensifies* pic.twitter.com/Hxmty0cj25
— Mr. Bigglesworth (@___Veritas_____) July 26, 2020
— John Jamison (@johnreejamison) July 27, 2020
Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media
Fox Soul network won’t air the upcoming Louis Farrakhan speech after a lot of outcry on social media.
Fox Soul, which bills itself as “a live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to the African American viewer that premiered in January 2020,” announced on Monday that it will not broadcast the speech after facing backlash.
.@AmericansAA calls upon @FOXTV to immediately cancel the planned JULY 4 broadcast of Dishonorable Minister of Hate @LouisFarrakhan on @foxsoultv@splcenter considers the Nation of Islam to be an extremist hate group. So why amplify this hateful voice?!#CancelFarrakhanNow! pic.twitter.com/FJo632h4cR
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) June 28, 2020
Fox Soul, Fox TV’s streaming service targeted to black viewers, has canceled a Fourth of July program that was set to feature Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
The new network had planned to air a “Message to America” from Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, who has been widely criticized for anti-Semitic and racist statements. Farrakhan was scheduled to deliver his remarks — dubbed “The Criterion: An Announcement to the World” — at 11 a.m. EDT on America’s birthday.
Among other widely reported comments, Farrakhan compared Jews to termites and defended the use of the phrase “death to America” on a visit to Iran in 2018.
Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, called on Fox Soul to cancel the program.
“@AmericansAA calls upon @FOXTV to immediately cancel the planned JULY 4 broadcast of Dishonorable Minister of Hate @LouisFarrakhan on @[email protected] considers the Nation of Islam to be an extremist hate group. So why amplify this hateful voice?!#CancelFarrakhanNow!” he wrote.
Others also blasted the network for giving Farrakhan a platform. More
I’m normally against the cancel culture, but I won’t shed a tear that Louis Farrakhan got canceled. He truly deserves it!
2. How about Joy Reid? Doesn’t she work for MSNBC? Remember her tweets? Will the Democrats expel Omar and Tlaib from the House? Two more notorious anti-Semites.https://t.co/OCDL7xfKVz
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 30, 2020
Really Fox! On Independance Day! Shame on you! That man hates me because I follow Jesus Christ. He hates some of my friends who are Jewish! It is a slap in our faces!
— Blanca (@blfogleman) June 29, 2020
Farrakhan is a terrible, hateful person, but rather than completely deplatforming him I would rather that @foxsoultv air a rebuttal that exposes and criticizes Farrakhan. To most sane people, Farrakhan’s own words expose him as a hate monger, antisemite and racist.
— Mad Replicant 🇺🇸 (@MadReplicant) June 28, 2020
Fox seemed to have jumped the shark quite a while ago. Can’t stand to watch them anymore except for Tucker and Hannity which I can see on YT.
— Katie (@katie03159908) June 28, 2020
— foxsoultv (@foxsoultv) June 29, 2020
CNN Reporter and Crew Freed After Being Arrested by Minneapolis Police While Covering Protests
While CNN may not be the most balanced news outlet out there, the Constitution guarantees them certain rights that we must all defend….no matter how we feel about their programming.
As if things couldn’t get any more dystopian around here these days, we now have concerns that the First Amendment is under attack in Minneapolis.
First there was the global pandemic, followed swiftly by a cultural flood of angst after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. During their attempt to cover the protests that have erupted surrounding the case, a CNN reporter and his crew were arrested.
A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.
State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.
Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.
Jimenez and his associates were eventually freed without charges, after it was made very clear that arresting members of the press is not something that we do here in America…even if it is CNN.
The journalist said that police treated them justly during their brief detention.
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