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‘DISINFORMATION’ CONFERENCE DOES MORE TO ADVANCE IT THAN TO STOP IT…

 

OBAMA CASUALLY CALLS FOR WAR ON FREE SPEECH… ATLANTIC: Obama: I Underestimated the Threat of Disinformation (AUDIO)

OBAMA: If you are a woman, if you are a person of color, if you are a trans person right now in certain parts of this country, what’s said matters, and what you now have is these product designs where, in a nontransparent way that we don’t have much insight into, a series of editorial choices are essentially being made that undermine our democracy and oftentimes, when combined with any kind of ethno-nationalism or misogyny or racism, can be fatal. And that is the media ecosystem that we now are occupying. And the good news is I actually think that at every juncture, every time we’ve gotten new media, we’ve had this kind of churn, and then we’ve come up with rules to try to figure out: How do we fix it? But in order to fix it, we are going to have to have at least a consensus about what’s our north star. What is the thing, the guiding principle around which we fix it? And my concern right now is that at least a portion of the country either isn’t interested in fixing it or disagrees with what I would think our north star should be, which is: Do we have a free, self-governing society based on democratic principles?

 

EARLIER THIS WEEK… COLUMNIST DECLARES JOE & HUNTER BIDEN CORRUPTION STORY ‘UNINTERESTING’… THE CHICAGO THINKER: WATCH The Atlantic’s @anneapplebaum refuse to answer @RealDSchmidt’s question about Hunter Biden’s laptop during@UChicago’s “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference! (VIDEO)

‘DO YOU THINK THE MEDIA ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY WHEN THEY INSTANTLY DISMISSED HUNTER BIDEN’S LAPTOP AS RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION? WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THAT IN INSURING THAT WHAT WE LABEL ‘DISINFORMATION’ IS TRULY DISINFORMATION AND NOT REALITY?’

APPLEBAUM: ‘MY PROBLEM WITH HUNTER BIDEN’S LAPTOP IS I THINK IT’S TOTALLY IRRELEVANT … I DIDN’T THINK HUNTER BIDEN’S BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS SHOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHO SHOULD BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, SO I DON’T FIND IT TO BE INTERESTING’

 

JONAH GOLDBERG — AUTHOR OF *LIBERAL FASCISM* — DOWNPLAYS MEDIA’S COVERUP OF HUNTER BIDEN STORY… THE CHICAGO THINKER: “Disinformation” conference’s token conservative, Jonah Goldberg, calls out Chicago Thinker’s Daniel Schmidt. Goldberg says he “doesn’t buy” the Hunter Biden laptop cover up had any impact on the 2020 election and it’s “a preposterous counterfactual.” (VIDEO)

 

DANIEL SCHMIDT’S QUESTION WASN’T SOME HIPSHOT ‘THEORY’… IT WAS BASED ON POLLING DATA…

 

FLASHBACK… FEDERALIST: Poll: One In Six Biden Voters Would Have Changed Their Vote If They Had Known About Scandals Suppressed By Media

A new report from the Media Research Center shows that the media’s lack of coverage and big tech’s suppression of certain issues and scandals surrounding Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden could have cost President Donald Trump the election.

The survey results report that 17 percent of Biden voters would not have voted for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket if they had known about at least one of the eight news stories that were suppressed by big tech and mainstream media outlets.

“This is not happenstance. This is not coincidence. This is not oversight and this is not just a mistake,” president and founder of Media Research Center Brent Bozell said at a press conference Tuesday. “These were deliberate decisions that were made thousands of times, literally thousands of times, to either twist or to not cover it at all, which we found in this case.”

The survey, conducted online by The Polling Company with a +/- 2.34 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence interval, asked 1,750 Biden voters living in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) if they were aware of certain issues surrounding Biden, his family, and some of the Trump administration’s successes.

 

BIDEN WON 2020 ELECTION BY 42,844 VOTES IN 3 KEY STATES… NBC…

 

SPEAKING OF DISINFORMATION… TWITTER CENSORS ARE PANICKING OVER MUSK’S ARRIVAL… REUTERS: News of Tesla CEO Elon Musk taking a board seat at Twitter has some employees panicking over the future of the social media firm’s ability to moderate content, company insiders told @Reuters

Despite Twitter’s reiteration this week that the board does not make policy decisions, four Twitter employees who spoke with Reuters said they were concerned about Musk’s ability to influence the company’s policies on abusive users and harmful content.

With Musk on the board, the employees said his views on moderation could weaken years-long efforts to make Twitter a place of healthy discourse, and might allow trolling and mob attacks to flourish.

In the wake of Trump’s ban from Facebook and Twitter, the billionaire tweeted that many people would be unhappy with U.S. tech companies acting “as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

 

CHECK OUT THIS DISINFORMATION NETWORK… CHRISSY CLARK & MICHAEL GINSBURG: The White House’s ‘Advocacy’ TikTok Campaign Was Actually A Democratic Front The Entire Time

A coalition of left-wing TikTok users claiming to be an “advocacy” non-profit is advised by a long-time Democratic communications operative, according to a records review conducted by the Daily Caller.

Gen-Z for Change, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group, enlisted communications consultant and two-time Democratic presidential campaign staffer Madeline Twomey as its senior adviser and founding board member, according to the organization’s website. Twomey was employed on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign as Community Content Director, and served as an Advertising Budget Manager on Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. In addition, she has worked for Bully Pulpit Interactive and Priorities USA, two major pro-Democrat consulting firms, according to her LinkedIn page.

Twomey took credit for “coaching” the consortium of influencers on “how to talk about why they support Joe [Biden]” during the 2020 campaign, in an interview with the Social Media & Politics podcast. Twomey explained that many of the influencers had “never talked” about politics on their profile before.

“It was really walking them through what we were looking for. And for us, talking about Biden was really important,” she said. “A lot of the time it was coaching them through how to talk about why they support Joe … It was really coaching them through how to talk about these issues that they had never talked about on their profile.” […]

The TikTok influencers purport to be an advocacy group, not just promoters of the Democratic Party’s agenda. However, there appears to be a disconnect between what Gen-Z for Change claims to be and what it actually does.

Gen-Z for Change’s leadership claims to use the TikTok platform to keep “power away from traditional gatekeepers,” while hosting information and sourcing events with individuals in the top echelons of political power.

In July 2021, Gen-Z for Change co-hosted a question-and-answer session about the COVID-19 vaccine with Dr. Anthony Fauci on YouTube. In November, the organization facilitated a briefing between influencers and White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield about the administration’s Build Back Better plan, according to Politico.

 

KBJ CLEARS SENATE… NY POST: Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson as first black woman on Supreme Court

The Senate officially confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court Thursday, making her the first black woman and first former federal public defender to be elevated to the nation’s highest court.

Three Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah — voted with all 50 Democrats to confirm President Biden’s nomination of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote, which was held up for several minutes to allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cast a “no” vote.

Jackson, 51, joined Biden at the White House to watch the vote unfold in the Roosevelt Room of the executive mansion. She will be sworn in to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer and will join the Supreme Court at the start of its next term in October.

 

YAMICHE ALCINDOR ACCUSES RAND PAUL OF RACISM… CURTIS HOUCK: NBC’s Yamiche Alcindor says Rand Paul’s delayed vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson was “an unusual” and “unsettling development” that “remind[ed]” her of “conversations” with “Black woman who say they’ve had to navigate…hurdles…indignities in order to achieve what they want.” (VIDEO)

 

FLASHBACK… 2020… AMY CONEY BARRETT BECAME FIRST SC JUSTICE IN A CENTURY AND A HALF NOT TO GET A SINGLE MINORITY PARTY VOTE… NYT:

It was the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without a single vote from the minority party, a sign of how bitter Washington’s decades-old war over judicial nominations has become.

 

CNN COMMENTATOR ACCUSES SENATORS OF RACISM FOR NOT WEARING TIES TO KBJ VOTE… KEVIN TOBER: CNN’s @thelauracoates whines that some Senators didn’t wear a tie when they voted on the Jackson confirmation. (VIDEO)

 

APPEALS COURT GREENLIGHTS BIDEN’S FEDERAL EMPLOYEE VACCINE MANDATE… REUTERS: U.S. court reinstates Biden federal employee COVID vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court panel on Thursday reinstated President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating that federal civilian employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

By a 2-1 vote, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction issued by a U.S. district judge in Texas in January that had blocked enforcement of the federal employee vaccine mandate. Biden said in September he would require about 3.5 million government workers to get vaccinated by Nov. 22, barring a religious or medical accommodation, or face discipline or firing.

 

MEANWHILE, SUPER VAXXED HOUSE SPEAKER CATCHES COVID… NYT: Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers test positive for the coronavirus.

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California tested positive for the coronavirus, her office said on Thursday, the latest high-profile official to do so as the virus spreads through Washington.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi, said she was asymptomatic, and had previously been vaccinated and boosted. He added that Ms. Pelosi, 82, had tested negative earlier this week. […]

“The speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Mr. Hammill said, adding that Ms. Pelosi would isolate consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The speaker “encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” he said.

Ms. Pelosi was among the lawmakers who appeared maskless with President Biden at a bill-signing ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. On Thursday, White House officials said Mr. Biden tested negative Wednesday evening, and despite interactions in recent days and Ms. Pelosi’s presence at White House events, she was not considered a close contact of the president, defined by the C.D.C. as someone less than six feet away for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Mr. Biden would continue to be tested regularly, White House officials said.

 

PELOSI SLOBBERED ALL OVER BIDEN WEDNESDAY… WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT DOESN’T MATTER… FOX: Psaki: Pelosi kissing Biden on cheek does not meet CDC’s ‘bar’ of ‘close contact’ for COVID transmission

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, kissing President Biden on the cheek and holding his hand did not meet the White House’s definition of “close contact.”

“How can you guys say that President Biden was not a close contact with speaker Pelosi when there’s video of the speaker kissing him?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki on Thursday.

“Their definition of it is 15 minutes of contact within a set period of time, within six feet,” Psaki responded, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of “close contact.” “It did not meet that bar.”

 

‘TYPHOID NANCY’ … TUCKER PLAYS VIDEO OF PELOSI CLINGING TO OBAMA, KISSING HIS HAND AT WHITE HOUSE THIS WEEK… (VIDEO)

 

‘CREEPY’ SPENCER COX FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING TO STAND UP TO… A TELEVISION HOST… MEDIAITE: Republican Governor Likes Tweet Calling Tucker Carlson ‘Putin’s Favorite White Nationalist’

Gov. Spencer Cox (R-UT) has seemingly responded to a tongue-lashing from Tucker Carlson, although he took the passive-aggressive approach. He liked a tweet calling the Fox News host a “white nationalist” favored by Vladimir Putin.

 

JEN PSAKI CALLS SEXUAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN ‘MEDICALLY NECCESSARY LIFE-SAVING HEALTH CARE’ … BIDEN ADMIN THREATENS GOP STATES WHO TRY TO PROTECT KIDS… TOM ELLIOTT: WH’s @PressSec: GOP “legislators who are contemplating these discriminatory [trans] bills have been put on notice by the DoJ & HHS that laws & policies preventing care that health care professionals recommend for transgender minors may violate the Constitution & the federal law” (VIDEO)

 

DISNEY CEO GROVELS TO WOKE EMPLOYEES… BREITBART: Watch: Disney CEO Bob Chapek Issues Groveling Apology to Company LGBTQ Activists (VIDEO)

Disney CEO Bob Chapek issued a groveling apology to LGBTQ activists in his company this week while promising to take urgent action to meet their needs.

Speaking at the company’s “Reimagine Tomorrow” summit, Chapek began by pledging “to be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community” and apologized “for not being the ally that you needed me to be” while assuring that he is “committed to ensuring that our company lives up to its values.”

“I’ve read many emails that have been sent, spoken with LGBTQ employees and their allies, met with advocacy groups, and convene my own leadership team, and I have been taken by the honesty, the openness, and the urgency of their stories,” he said.

“I want you to know that your words have made a real impact on me,” he added. “I understand that we’ve made mistakes, and the pain of those mistakes have caused, and I know that our silence wasn’t just about the bill in Florida, but about every time an individual or institution that should’ve stood up for this community, did not.”

 

HERE’S A HEAD FAKE FOR YOU… CNN: NBC News journalists vexed by MSNBC’s move to hire White House press secretary Jen Psaki

NBC News journalists are troubled by and have expressed dismay to network executives about MSNBC’s intention to hire White House press secretary Jen Psaki when she exits the Biden administration, people familiar with the matter told CNN.

Noah Oppenheim, the NBC News president, even held an impromptu phone call Friday so that he could address the matter with vexed staffers from the Washington bureau, some of whom have complained to their superiors that the tentative hiring tarnishes the NBC News brand.

Oppenheim, attempting to quell the anger, reaffirmed the distinction on the call between NBC News and MSNBC’s opinion programming, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

Oppenheim, who does not oversee MSNBC, told the journalists that NBC News did not have a role in hiring Psaki. And he noted to those on the phone that they work for the NBC News brand and that the hires made for MSNBC’s opinion arm should be viewed as unrelated to their work, the people said.

 

SOMETHING VERY FISHY GOING ON HERE… ONE OF THE PHONY FEDERAL AGENTS WHO WAS BRIBING ACTUAL SECRET SERVICE AGENTS IS CLAIMING HE’S PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE… WAPO: US: Man impersonated agent, claimed ties to Pakistani intel

WASHINGTON — One of two men accused of impersonating federal agents and giving actual Secret Service agents gifts and free apartments in Washington has claimed to have ties to Pakistani intelligence and had visas showing travel to Pakistan and Iran, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The men, Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were arrested Wednesday. The FBI raided a luxury apartment building in Southeast Washington, where the men were staying and had been offering free apartments and other gifts to U.S. Secret Service agents and officers.

During a court appearance Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Rothstein said Ali had told witnesses that he was affiliated with the Inter-Services Intelligence agency in Pakistan and that he had multiple visas from Pakistan and Iran in the months before prosecutors believe the men began impersonating U.S. law enforcement officials. Rothstein said the U.S. has not yet been able to verify the veracity of Ali’s claims to the witnesses.

 

TROUBLING TREND… NPR: U.S. life expectancy falls for 2nd year in a row

Despite the availability of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, so many people died in the second year of the pandemic in the U.S. that the nation’s life expectancy dropped for a second year in a row last year, according to a new analysis.

The analysis of provisional government statistics found U.S. life expectancy fell by just under a half a year in 2021, adding to a dramatic plummet in life expectancy that occurred in 2020. Public health experts had hoped the vaccines would prevent another drop the following year.

“The finding that instead we had a horrible loss of life in 2021 that actually drove the life expectancy even lower than it was in 2020 is very disturbing,” says Dr. Steven Woolf, a professor of population health and health equity at Virginia Commonwealth University, who help conduct the analysis. “It speaks to an extensive loss of life during 2021.”

Many of the deaths occurred in people in the prime of their lives, Woolf says, and drove the overall U.S. life expectancy to fall to 76.6 years — the lowest in at least 25 years.

 

PUTIN SPOKESMAN PUBLICLY ADMITS RUSSIA HAS SUSTAINED HEAVY CASUALTIES IN UKRAINE… SKY NEWS: “We have significant losses of troops”. Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov says it’s a “huge tragedy to us” to have lost Russian troops during the war in Ukraine.(VIDEO)


WOUNDED FOX REPORTER SHARES PHOTO, UPDATE ON HIS INJURIES…
Ben Hall Gives Health Update After Surviving Attack In Ukraine

Fox News State Department correspondent Benjamin Hall gave an update on his injuries Thursday, nearly a month after surviving a near-fatal attack in Ukraine.

“To sum it up, I’ve lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other. One hand is being put together, one eye is no longer working, and my hearing is pretty blown…but in all I feel pretty damn lucky to be here — and it is the people who got me here who are amazing,” Hall announced.

Hall was injured in an artillery shelling launched at his vehicle by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city Horenka on March 14. The attack killed 55-year-old Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova.

 

CREEPY DRONES TELL LOCKED DOWN SHANGHAI RESIDENTS TO STOP SINGING… ‘CONTROL YOUR SOUL’S DESIRE FOR FREEDOM’ … BUSINESS INSIDER: Shanghai is flying drones over districts to tell citizens under lockdown to ‘curb your soul’s desire for freedom’ and comply with COVID-19 restrictions (VIDEO)

Videos have circulated on Twitter and the Chinese social media platform Weibo of what appears to be a drone hovering in the sky, broadcasting Covid lockdown guidelines to residents under quarantine.

One particular clip shows a drone with red, flashing lights hovering above apartment buildings, broadcasting a message loudly. The video’s original poster said the clip was taken in a residential district in Shanghai.

“Everyone, don’t sing songs on your balcony. Songjiang Jiuting Park residents sang a little bit and then there was a drone coming over to say to control the desire for freedom in one’s soul,” read the poster’s caption on the video.

In the video, the drone is seen flying over buildings, and a robotic voice broadcasts the message: “Residents of Jiuting. During the pandemic, we request that you strictly abide by COVID-19 restrictions and related guidelines. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing. This increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”