CNN continues to defend its debunked story

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Punching, color-changing, monkeying with and speeding up the most debunked, chameleon-like, politically correct and net neutral fakeries in the week’s fake news.

It’s beginning to seem like CNN has become our own personal punching bag. But if the network’s going to keep acting like Rocky and leading with its chin, we’re obliged to play Apollo Creed and keep giving it a good uppercut.

In late July, CNN – and several other State propaganda organs (Washington Post among them) – breathlessly reported that ambulance-chasing turncoat Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen was prepared to tell special persecutor Robert Mueller that Trump knew ahead of time about the so-called Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

The story relied on so-called “anonymous sources,” which as we have learned is code for “we’re making this up.” Turns out the anonymous source was Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis, the smarmy District of Corruption swamp rat who formerly defended Bill Clinton against bimbo eruptions and is a registered agent for a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch. That wouldn’t be so bad except that in making this admission Davis set his client up for a perjury conviction, given that Cohen had previously told Congress he didn’t know ahead of time, and the fact that also in the story CNN claimed to reach out to Davis to give him a chance to comment and he said he had none, implying that Davis was not the original source.

Using an anonymous source so as to establish a story and then allowing him to comment on the record, even if it’s to say “no comment,” is a blatant violation of journalistic ethics – or at least what once purported to be journalistic ethics when journalists pretended they had ethics. But what’s worse for CNN, Davis has since recanted (recognizing, we assume, the danger in which he put Cohen) that Cohen was prepared to say he knew, and has also both denied and admitted he was the anonymous source.

To its credit, the fake news Washington Post has retracted its story and admitted that Davis was its “anonymous” source. But CNN continues to insist its reporting is accurate even though Davis has subsequently said he “made a mistake” and the reporting “got mixed up.”

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to lambast the network and “sloppy” Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who “broke” the story, in a classic Trumpian-style tweet:

 

CNN Communications, which hasn’t learned it shouldn’t be “monkeying around” with Trump, responded with a tweet of its own, that it doesn’t lie:

 


Which started a hilarious thread of responses from Trump supporters.

But one of the best came from former spokespuppet for George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, who pointed out that, yes it does, and quite often:

 


And that explains why we have to keep punching back.

The fake candidate

Experience has taught us that all professional politicians are fake humans who create a facade for public consumption that often bears little resemblance to the real person behind the mask. That’s not to say that the occasional statesman doesn’t come along (Ron Paul), but usually if they are normal people humbly seeking a political office to do something good for their community (or country) they are quickly ushered aside and dismissed by the mainstream as being rubes, hicks, hayseeds, uneducated (which means not a graduate of an accepted university), unprofessional, unqualified or just plain nuts.

That’s so the real nuts can ascend to office virtually unmolested. Because when it boils down to it, the difference between a successful and unsuccessful run for office (at least on the state and local level) depends on one’s ability to sell an image, a willingness to prostitute himself/herself to enough special interests, and an ability to con enough “average Joes and Janes” out of their hard-earned cash and into the voting booth.

But no matter how high or low you look, you’re not likely to find a candidate more fake than New York’s latest darling, Julia Salazar.

Salazar is running for New York State Senate, trying to knock off a 16-year incumbent back bencher named Marin Dilan. To bolster her effort she’s tapped into the resources of New York’s other darling “Latina,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist who recently knocked off Nancy Pelosi’s right hand man in Congress.

To her credit, Salazar pushes all the right buttons. She’s young. She’s attractive. She’s Hispanic. She’s a socialist. So she’s getting glowing press from all the usual suspects. And she’s got bags of cash for “street money” pouring in from all the usual socialist corners, including the Democratic Socialists of America who backed Ocasio-Cortez.

She’s also Jewish… or at least claims to be. And therein lies just one of her many rubs. Tablet Magazine has tried to run down just exactly who she is. It reports:

Lilith reports that Salazar’s father was “a Sephardic Jew from Colombia;” The Forward states that Salazar’s “father was Jewish, descended from the community expelled from medieval Spain.” Salazar alluded to a Jewish upbringing in a September 2014 comment on Mondoweiss: “Like most American Jews, I was raised with the delusion that Israel was a safe haven for me, perhaps even the only safe place for Jews.” Whatever the source or nature of her Jewish identity, Salazar was presenting herself as a vocal left-winger of Jewish persuasion by early 2014.

At various times during her “Jewish” phase, Salazar has been both an anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian Jew and a Zionist supporter of AIPAC.

She also claims to be an immigrant, having told The Intercept and posting on her campaign website that she was a “proud immigrant,” saying she came from Columbia with her parents as a toddler. That’s patently untrue, as she was born in Miami and her mother was born in the United States.

It also appears to be untrue that her father was a Sephardic Jew from Columbia. Tablet reports that a 2009 funeral notice for her father, a former commercial airline pilot named Luis Hernan Salazar, was held at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Florida. Her brother, Alex Salazar, says their father wasn’t Jewish and he had a brother who was a Jesuit priest. “There was nobody in our immediate family who was Jewish … my father was not Jewish, we were not raised Jewish,” Salazar told Tablet. He also said he and Julia were both born and raised in Miami.

Their mother, Christine Salazar, indicated in a public September 2012 Facebook post that she planned on attending services at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, a nondenominational evangelical church in downtown Brooklyn.

In 2012, Salazar appeared on Glenn Beck’s online show where she was interviewed from Christians United for Israel’s annual Student Advocacy Leadership Training in San Antonio, Texas. Her friends at Columbia and social media postings from several years ago indicated Salazar was a right wing, pro-Israel Christian. She was president of Columbia’s leading anti-abortion group in 2012 and 2013, and voter records from Florida indicated a woman named Julia Christine Salazar was registered as a Republican until 2017. The New York Daily News recently reported that Salazar had only registered as a Democrat last year.

Maybe Salazar should be tested for reptilian DNA. We think she’s a chameleon.

Democrats equate black people to monkeys

It seems no cliché or idiom is safe in today’s climate of political correctness.

This week Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis had the temerity to use the word monkey in a sentence. His words, not ours, during a Fox News interview:

The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.

Which of course sent Democrat operatives and the propaganda media (but I repeat myself) into a lather of absolute insanity.

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” FDP (Florida Democrat Party) Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a news release.

The leftwing news rag Miami New Times went into a froth:

Roughly 12 hours after DeSantis and Gillum were crowned the state’s two gubernatorial candidates, DeSantis appeared on Fox News this morning and immediately compared Gillum, the state’s first black gubernatorial nominee, to a “monkey.” DeSantis also called Gillum “articulate” — long a racially coded term used to describe prominent black people.

So even compliments are racist insults now?

Terms like “monkey around” and “monkeying with” are used in all types of situations to denote working with, adjusting or fooling around with something. Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as “to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time, We just monkeyed around all afternoon. a young scientist monkeying around in the lab.”

And that’s clearly the context in which DeSantis said it. If Democrats and leftists (rats, I repeated myself again) think that any use of the term is a racist use, then they must view blacks as monkeys, because rational people don’t think that way.

But at the rate we’re going with everyone being offended or pretending to be offended by anything and everything someone says, the only acceptable forms of communication are soon going to be grunts, squeaks and clicks.

Net neutrality repeal has led to faster internet speeds

On December 14, 2017, in the wake of the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, Senator Bernie Sanders (Communist-Vermont) had this to say:

With this decision the internet and its free exchange of information as we have come to know it will cease to exist.

Since then, U.S. internet speed has climbed from the 12th fastest to the 6th fastest in the world. It trails only Singapore, Hong Kong, Iceland, Romania and South Korea.

And it’s been more than eight months since Bernie predicted the end of the “free exchange of information as we have come to know it,” and yet we’re still here, exchanging information for “free,” just like we have for the last 10 years. What gives, Bernie?