Eight days after the 2016 presidential election, Douglas Schoen — President Bill Clinton’s past pollster and advisor — charged that former defense intelligence chief Michael Flynn was “dangerously pro-Russian” because he participated in the 10th anniversary celebration of RT, the Russian state-owned Television network formerly known as Russia Today.
Only a few weeks after Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces resignation demands from congressional Democrats making similar charges based on two meetings he held in 2016 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Sessions recused himself Thursday from official investigations of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
But the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned that a host of liberal American political activists and journalists have much more than occasional meetings with RT. Many of them in fact draw regular paychecks from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s flagship TV network.
It’s rarely reported in the U.S. news media, but many of the liberal activists and journalists who participate in RT programming openly bash the United States and defend Russia.
The American “star” at the Dec. 10, 2015, RT celebration was Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Speaking on a panel titled “Frenemies,” which challenged the view that Russia was an “enemy state,” Stein condemned “this very simplistic defense of who is our friend and who is our enemy is counterproductive.”
RT also was the sole television sponsor of the Green Party event that chose Stein as the party’s 2016 standard-bearer.
Besides Stein, other American participants included Max Blumenthal — son of Sid Blumenthal, who worked with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Legendary TV host and celebrity interviewer Larry King’s shows also broadcast on RT.
Max Blumenthal — a virulent opponent of Israel and U.S. foreign policy — charged Israeli leaders with “war crimes” and publicly praised the Iranian-backed terrorist outfit Hamas for its deadly attacks on Israel. Blumenthal praised RT for its coverage of Moscow’s role in Syria, telling conference participants, “I think RT was trying to do was to introduce an alternative narrative on the drive to war on Syria.”
Before Blumenthal spoke, an RT-produced video charged that “there are reports ISIS was trained by U.S. instructors in a secret base in Jordan to prepare to fight [Syrian President] Assad as ‘rebels.’” No one on the panel challenged the assertion.
Other Americans who spoke at the RT conference included two disaffected CIA analysts, the former mayor of Salt Lake City who opposed the war in Iraq, an American professor who opposed dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, and a Christian Science Monitor reporter who denounced Western “disinformation” campaigns against Putin.
Also speaking at the conference was WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who appeared via video from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
RT may be seeking credibility and legitimacy by recruiting American hosts. A year ago, RT hired former MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz as a prime-time host, reporter and political analyst.
Tyrel Ventura, daughter of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (who also has a show on RT) and Sean Stone, son of left-wing filmmaker Oliver Stone, are co-hosts of RT’s “Watching the Hawks.”
Chris Hedges, a 15-year New York Times veteran reporter, hosts an RT show called “On Contact.” Hedges is highly critical of American foreign policy, even claiming ISIS is simply mimicking Israel’s founding fathers.
Thom Hartmann, a self-described “progressive” syndicate talk show host, heads up RT’s “The Big Picture” program.
Mike Papantonio served on the board of directors of Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken’s short-lived talk radio network, “Air America.” Today, he hosts RT’s “America’s Lawyer.”
Huffington Post writer Matt Keiser hosts RT’s “Keiser Report,” which covers business.
King’s RT shows are “Larry King Now” and “Politicking with Larry King.” Both are broadcast by RT under a licensing agreement with ORA TV. Jesse Ventura’s ORA show “Off the Grid” is on the RT network too.
ORA TV is a venture is jointly owned by King and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim — who also is a major shareholder of the New York Times.
King has effusively praised Putin, saying, “I had an affinity with him. You try to get that with a lot of guests, but I really had it with him … he has qualities that have nothing to do with politics … they change a room.”
John Dickey, CEO of ORA TV, defended his partnership with RT, saying it was a “good fit” with his company.
“There’s a fit or else we wouldn’t be doing business with them and they wouldn’t be doing business with us,” Dickey told TheDCNF.
But Dickey quickly pointed to the “hypocrisy” of other news outlets like the liberal Washington Post and New York Times. The two newspapers regularly publish supplements called “Russia Beyond The Headlines.” The supplements are written by the Russian state-owned media company Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
“Those papers publicly, objectively and verifiably take advertising dollars from Russia, and they run inserts which to the average reader could be confused as editorial content or of content those papers support,” Dickey said.
Neither the Post nor the Times have disclosed the income they derive from publishing the Russian supplements.
RT also broadcasts a program from Russian media outlet Sputnik, which is hosted by former British Member of Parliament George Galloway and his wife.
Galloway became a pariah in the United Kingdom when he defended Saddam Hussein and publicly praised the deceased Iraqi dictator in a meeting. The RT host was later accused of raking in millions of dollars from the United Nation’s “Oil for Peace” program, charges he denied.
The British Labor Party had enough of Galloway when he urged British troops in the Middle East to “defy orders” in a 2003 Abu Dhabi TV program. He was expelled by the party for “bringing the party into disrepute.”Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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President Trump Sues Major Newspaper for Libel in ‘Fake News’ Case
Given just how often Trump and this particular paper have sparred over the years, we’re surprised it took this long to get this far.
The mainstream media has been having one heck of a time keeping up with the first term of Donald Trump’s presidency, and they’ve certainly been a little lacking in the “fact-checking” department as of late.
Some seem to believe that the left-leaning pockets of the media machine are simply allowing these errors to go unnoticed, just long enough to put such ideas out into the world, to whatever end that accomplishes. Others believe that this distortion of facts comes from the unsettling and chaotic environment of our political scene in the 21st century.
In either case, President Trump’s legal team isn’t going to let it slide.
President Donald Trump’s campaign sued The New York Times for libel over a March 2019 opinion article, saying the newspaper published its allegedly false claims with the “intentional purpose” of damaging Trump’s chances for reelection this year.
The campaign, which is seeking millions of dollars in damages, said The Times falsely reported “as fact a conspiracy with Russia” in the op-ed written by Max Frankel, which was published on March 27, 2019 under the headline “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo.”
Frankel is a former executive editor of the newspaper.
The Times had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Reached at his home, Frankel declined to comment.
“No, I’m going to leave that to The Times,” he said.
President Trump and the New York Times have quite a history, having sparred repeatedly over the years.
The paper was even bestowed a Trumpian nickname by the Commander in Chief: The “Failing” New York Times.
Sen. Cruz Goes Beast Mode When Reporter Goes After His Kids
Sen. Cruz’s comments came after day two of the Trump defense in the Senate impeachment trial, where Hunter and Joe Biden were obliterated all day long.
This is the first time in the entire proceeding we have heard, just at the beginning, of the serious evidence of corruption involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, a million dollars a year, while Hunter (Joe) Biden threatened Ukraine to withhold a billion dollars in aid unless and until they fired the prosecutor investigating his son.
Ted Cruz just went beastmode shredding Hunter Biden and Joe and the journos went bonkers!!! LMAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/ySrSZ936iO
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 27, 2020
Look at these journos!!! They want to lock up Ted Cruz’s 9 year old child to protect Hunter Biden and Burisma Joe!!! pic.twitter.com/7NTfKn1D76
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 27, 2020
We just saw a video which I would encourage every news outlet here to actually show, the video of Joe Biden bragging about how he told the president of Ukraine he was gonna cut off a billion dollars; he was gonna block a billion dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor, and in Joe Biden’s own words, “son-of-a-b****, they fired the guy!”
I get that the press loves to obsess over the latest “bombshell.” Listen, I don’t know what John Bolton’s book says or doesn’t say; I’ve seen The New York Times coverage, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t impact the legal issue before this Senate. The legal issue before this Senate is whether a president has the authority to investigate corruption.
So the House managers built their entire case on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, investigating the Bidens for corruption, was baseless and a sham. That proposition was absurd; we’ve just seen — they said there wasn’t a shred of evidence concerning corruption. We’ve just seen two hours of evidence, and at a minimum, it was not only reasonable and justified, but the president, I think, had an obligation to investigate corruption that potentially extended to the very highest levels of government.
THREAD: Pam Bondi just completely exposed the Biden connection to corrupt Ukrainian Gas Company Burisma. pic.twitter.com/dh9kIN1WvW
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 27, 2020
Secretary of State Pompeo Accuses NPR of Journalistic Malpractice
The feud between Pompeo and National Public Radio goes back several weeks.
President Trump has been unrepentant in his assertion that a great deal of the mainstream media is dabbling in what he calls “fake news”, but the latest accusations from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo go beyond even that inflammatory assertion.
Pompeo recently granted an interview to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly under the assumption that the two would be discussing the geopolitical quagmire that Iran’s recent aggression has conjured. Instead, the Secretary of State was ambushed by Kelly, who proceeded to inundate Pompeo with impeachment and Ukraine inquiries.
Now, Pompeo is lashing out.
“NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice,” Pompeo said in a statement. “First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record.”
“It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency,” he said.
He continued, echoing some of the President’s earlier sentiments.
“This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” he said. “It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.”
Kelly lambasted Pompeo after the story erupted, claiming that the State Department head had berated her for her malfeasance, possibly using profanity while doing so.
Denver Newspaper Writer Fired for Daring to Say there are ONLY Two Genders
A columnist for the ‘Denver Post’ was fired this month because he dared to assert that there are only two genders, male and female.
A columnist for the Denver Post was fired this month because he dared to assert that there are only two genders, male and female, and that one can’t “transition” into another.
Columnist Jon Caldara, who is also the president of a libertarian Denver think tank, says he was fired by newspaper editors who insisted that he was “too insensitive” for boldly proclaiming the impossibility of transgenderism.
Caldara noted that his column in the Post has always been a straight out, frankly right-leaning, column, but the paper fired him anyway. He has been writing the column since 2016.
“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” Caldara said in a Facebook post. “What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.”
The “offending” column came during an article where Caldara was criticizing the Associated Press for its policy that sex and gender are not binary.
“There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science. It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism,” he wrote in his January 3 column.
Caldara said that the paper felt he compounded his breach of PCism when he attacked the Denver school system for pushing transgenderism in a second column two weeks later.
“Some parents weren’t thrilled a couple of years back when during school their little ones in Boulder Valley School District were treated to videos staring [sic] a transgender teddy bear teaching the kids how to misuse pronouns or when Colorado’s ‘Trans Community Choir’ sang to kids about a transgender raven,” Caldara wrote. “What are the protections for a parent who feels transgender singing groups and teddy bears with gender dysphoria might be ‘stigmatizing’ for their kid?”
Caldara said that he was fired by the Denver Post editorial page editor, Megan Schrader.
“Megan told me I was the page’s most-read columnist,” Caldara told Westworld. But there’s now a permanently and perpetually offended class, and in order to speak, you need to use their terminology. There’s a whole lot of you-can’t-say-that-ism going on right now.”
For her part, Schrader would not talk about why she fired Caldara other than admitting she did so. But she also lied about her paper’s policies saying that she hopes another conservative columnist applies for Caldara’s job because the Post “values conservative voices.”
Cripes what a liar.
Reckless MSNBC Spews Iranian Propaganda Claiming 30 U.S. Service Members Were Killed… Twitter EXPLODES!
The MSM is the enemy of the people.
NBC News Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi relayed an Iranian state media report indicating that Iranian rocket attacks had killed 30 American soldiers—a report that was not confirmed and proved false.
“The IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] was saying that Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of this country, was in the control center coordinating these attacks,” he told anchor Chris Matthews during a broadcast of Hardball on MSNBC. “This bit I’m not sure about but Iran state media says 30 U.S. soldiers have been killed in this attack. This is not confirmed, it’s just coming from Iranian media.”
MSNBC helped Iran push the false claim that 30 U.S. soldiers were killed tonight in their attack. Zero were killed.
This isn't just fake news, this is so damn disrespectful to the family members of those deployed.
Do better or delete your network.pic.twitter.com/2l9KzsNPc5
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) January 8, 2020
That is irrelevant. You don’t share completely unverified Iran state tv claims especially when you’re talking about American lives. That I journalism 101
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) January 8, 2020
Do everything you can to damage these corrupt media companies…..Financially….
1 Stop Watching
2 Stop Subscribing
3 Do Not Click on Articles
4 Do Not Click on Websites
5 Stop Buying
— Adjusted Well (@Adjustedwell) January 8, 2020
It is quite obvious that @msnbc wanted so badly for there to be American casualties, just so they can blame Trump.
— B Clem (@B_D_Clem3) January 8, 2020
No American casualties. The media must be very disappointed. And they wonder why many people believe they ARE “the enemy of the people”.
— Paul (@pule02) January 8, 2020
There is a reason they are called “Enemy of the People”.
— Russian Troll #14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@cinderjayson) January 8, 2020
The NBC correspondents have been exceptionally bad the last few days. Very little actual information but lots of Iranian talking points, fear mongering, and editorializing.
— Chris (@chwinburn) January 8, 2020
@MSNBC_Breaking horrible horrible irresponsible “journalism”. As a veteran and knowing what my family went through when I was overseas this is just shameful.
— Glen (@rioglen) January 8, 2020
This is exactly why nobody listens to the #FakeNewsMedia anymore. The Nigerian prince check scandal is more believable.
— Eric Coleman (@EricSColeman) January 8, 2020
What else you expect from @MSNBC the fake news
— Shanaz (@ShanazRx) January 8, 2020
The news media is utterly reckless.
— 𝖂𝖔𝖊𝖑𝖋 𝕯𝖎𝖊𝖙𝖗𝖎𝖈𝖍 (@Woelf20) January 8, 2020
It is actual treason. They are literally aiding and abetting an enemy spread disinformation for the purpose of helping them win. It is treason, by definition. Where are the arrests from @TheJusticeDept or @FBI? Why am I not surprised…crickets.
— Dave (@DaveSprecher) January 8, 2020
Exactly! Disgusting to report this fake news in front of the few who watch and may have family members serving in Iraq. Can’t imagine how stressed and emotional they were waiting to see if it was one of their own. 😮 Report the ACTUAL news!
— Melody (@CarissaLives) January 8, 2020
This news outlet is a joke. They are pushing for war so they can then Condemn Trump for war.
— Stars and Stripes Patriot (@Patriotbuff) January 8, 2020
How can any country negotiate with leaders of Iran? They cannot tell the truth or ever be trusted! Their word is like “spit in the wind”.
— Donna G. Dunn (@DonnaGDunn1) January 8, 2020
They’re spreading fear, they love doing that. While the president is trying to calm people down, they know that people will click and jump to their videos by instilling fear in their minds.
— bookman (@TatumDDarius1) January 8, 2020
MSNBC doing propaganda for Iran!
Nah, I’m not shocked.
Not at all.
— TRB 🇳🇴🇺🇸 (@TRB_1990) January 8, 2020
Chuck Todd at Odds with Press Colleagues Over ‘Misinformation’ Proclamation
Todd’s pals in the press were unimpressed with his incendiary statements.
The deep political divide that Americans have found themselves in as of late has, in many ways, been both propelled and propagated by the mainstream media’s overt bias and constant sensationalism.
We are being pulled apart as a nation due to the rhetoric and vitriol that is amplified by the pundits and talking heads of the 24 hour cable news media. The incessant shouting that has become a staple of the network “roundtable discussions” is not healthy, metered behavior; it is inflammatory and often purposefully offensive.
NBC’s Chuck Todd has taken this to the extreme this week, issuing a scathing, meta-diss at the GOP.
Todd spoke with Rolling Stone for an interview that was originally published last week but Axios reported an excerpt on Thursday that put the piece back in the news. The “Meet the Press” moderator was asked about a recent interview with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who was accused by Rolling Stone’s Peter Wade of using “Russian talking points to defend Trump.” Wade then asked why Republicans are willing to go on the NBC News political show and spread disinformation.
“The fact is, and by the way, this isn’t going to be easy to show, but I actually think when we outline this it will, the right has an incentive structure to utter the misinformation,” Todd said.
“Look, I’ll just be honest, when I had the third senator [to spread Russian disinformation], Sen. Ted Cruz, come on my show and do this — who I did not expect to do this — I started to think, he wants the confrontation. He wants to use this for some sort of appeasement of the right,” Todd continued. “I didn’t know what else to think. I was stunned because he’s a Russia hawk.”
The comments did not go over so well with Todd’s colleagues, however.
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor mocked Todd over the comments he made to Rolling Stone.
“Wow, what an interview. The kindest thing I can say is it’s delusional. Chuck thinks Trump has turned media bias into ‘sport.’ He never connects that three years of the press falsely claiming the president is a traitor results in a legitimate amount of criticism,” Gainor told Fox News. “I do agree with Chuck on one point. He said, ‘I don’t assume I’m 100 percent right, ever.’ He’s certainly correct about that view. It’s the one Americans should embrace with vigor.”
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said he noticed Axios’ headline that “NBC’s Chuck Todd claims Republicans have an ‘incentive’ to spread misinformation” and didn’t appreciate it.
“A laughable statement from liberal activist, & prominent Russian collusion HOAXER, @chucktodd,” Bongino tweeted, while Mark Levin called Todd “a propagandist” who has “done enormous damage to freedom of the press and the political system.”
Todd was also criticized for a misquoting of Maya Angelou, after the NBC host falsely attributed a famous phrase by the poet to Toni Morrison.
Tom Brokaw Lies That NBC Apologized for Richard Jewell Accusations During Atlanta Olympic Bombing
Longtime TV news anchor Tom Brokaw jumped to Twitter and falsely claimed that NBC had apologized for its fake news coverage of Richard Jewel.
Longtime TV news anchor Tom Brokaw jumped to Twitter and falsely claimed that NBC had apologized for its fake news coverage of Richard Jewell during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
The controversy over how badly the national news media treated Richard Jewell, whom they universally blamed for the bombing, has been re-ignited by Clint Eastwood’s new movie chronicling the incident. With the new focus on the incident, Tom Brokaw felt compelled to run to Twitter to absolve NBC and himself for the lies about Jewel. Unfortunately, Brokaw only ended up disgorging even more fake news about the 1996 bombing.
Brokaw posted two Tweets, one that is nearly unintelligible and ending in a lie, and a second blaming others.
In his first tweet on the topic, Brokaw wrote: “re richard jewell. 24 hours after the bombing i talked at length with a sr fbi official – who did not wave me off jewel as a suspect. i reported that and speculated why. but my last line was for now he’s just a person of interest. when the truth emerged i apologized.”
And in his second he wrote: “nbc made a substantial $ payment to the family without going through contentious negotiaton. richard and his mother went through a painful time which i deeply regret. i hope we all learned a lesson, includjng the FBI which was my principal source”
For a newsman, our pal Tom sure seems averse to proper spelling and capitalization, huh?
Anyway, as the Washington Examiner notes, Brokaw’s tweet are full of lies. Brokaw seems to want people to think that he just incidentally reported that the FBI was blaming Jewel for the bombing. But Brokaw was one of the nation’s loudest voices proclaiming Jewel’s guilt.
We know now, of course, that Richard Jewel was innocent of perpetrating the bombing. Worse, since he was a security guard at the time, he arguably saved people’s lives that day!
Yet, Brokaw spent weeks accusing Jewel of being a murderer and reporting that the FBI had proven his guilt.
Brokaw also ended his tweet saying, “when the truth emerged i apologized.” This is a flat out lie. Neither Brokaw nor NBC ever apologized for the lies they spread about Richard Jewel.
“Brokaw’s idle speculation and sloppy reporting ended up costing NBC more than $500,000 in a settlement to Jewell,” the Examiner reported. “The network announced the payout in an intentionally vague statement that claimed it had ‘resolved’ its differences with Jewell’s lawyers ‘after a vigorous and thoughtful exchange of views in which both sides defended the correctness of their positions.'”
The fact is, during his lifetime, none of these fake news outlets (nor the crooked FBI) ever apologized to him.
Richard Jewell eventually died of heart failure in 2007 after being cleared by the FBI for the Olympics bombing.
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