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Project Veritas released the second installment of a new #ExposeCNN series today, featuring Technical Director Charlie Chester — who described how the network uses “manipulation” to shape public opinion and garner higher ratings.

Sigh. (I am shaking my head as I hold back my “I told you so” to my detractors.)

Here are a few quotes from Chester which should earn Project Veritas every journalism award imaginable.

“Any reporter on CNN — what they’re actually doing is they’re telling the person what to say… It’s always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths. The only people that we [CNN] will let on the air, for the most part, are people that have a proven track record of taking the bait,” Chester explained.

“I think there’s an art to manipulation…Inflection, saying things twice — there’s little subtleties to how to manipulate people…I mean, it’s enough to change the world, you know?”

“Like, why isn’t it high enough, you know, today? Like it would make our point better if it was higher. And I’m like, what am I f***ing rallying for? That’s a problem that we’re doing that.”

Chester also described how CNN has used the COVID-19 pandemic to keep viewers hooked on the screen.

“It’s fear. Fear really drives numbers – [TV ratings],” Chester said. “Fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in.”

He added, “COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right? Which is why we [CNN] constantly have the [COVID] death toll on the side.”

Chester said Jeff Zucker – the network’s president –- would call the CNN newsroom during live TV segments and order the staff to keep COVID death tolls on the screen to capture viewers’ attention.

Everytime I see reporting like this, my disdain for the mainstream media is justified all the more. Click here to watch the video for yourself (before its censored by big tech.)

The news should be reporting what is happening, not directing it. Here’s one more example of news propaganda in the making. Its sure to hit the CNN airwaves soon, and so many others.

The Racism Report

The other day, I shared how BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors bought 4 high-end homes for $3.2 million dollars alone. At least one of the homes she purchased was in a city with less than a 2% African American population. Newspapers called her a fraud and some within BLM demanded an investigation of her finances. (BLM received $90 million in donations last year.) Khan-Cullors went underground as a result but recently emerged to answer her critics. What did she say? In essence, the criticisms against her amounted to… racism.

Here is a quote from BLM’s press release.

Patrisse’s work for Black people over the years has made her and others who align with the fight for Black liberation targets of racist violence. The narratives being spread about Patrisse have been generated by right-wing forces intent on reducing the support and influence of a movement that is larger than any one organization. This right-wing offensive not only puts Patrisse, her child and her loved ones in harm’s way, it also continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists. All Black activists know the fear these malicious and serious actions are meant to instill: the fear of being silenced, the trauma of being targeted, the torture of feeling one’s family is exposed to danger just for speaking out against unjust systems. We have seen this tactic of terror time and again, but our movement will not be silenced.

This next story was more predictable. Despite what the body cam footage of an inept police officer shows regarding the Daunte Wright case in Minneapolis, some are calling for a complete dismantling of all police in favor of some undefined new standard. Why? Racism. Check out this tweet from the ice cream company – Ben & Jerry’s.

I disagree with that sentiment to the Nth degree and assert now and always that defunding the police is a bad idea. At its very heart, it is Marxist. But, I digress to share one more story that can be described as lunatic at best. Here is the headline.

Here is a quote.

An environmental activist is petitioning her local council to remove cheese and other dairy products from the school menu because she claims the food items are “racist.”

Yes, really.

Extinction rebellion member Alison Plaumer told local officials at a Brighton and Hove City Council meeting that dairy is racist because black people are more likely to be lactose intolerant.

“Arguably, there is a racist element to serving dairy too much because 65 per cent of the world’s population are lactose intolerant, many from the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community,” said Plaumer.

She is demanding plant-based only food be introduced at all state run schools for two days a week and for council events to be completely plant-based once the pandemic is finished.

Wow, just… wow. I have nothing else to add to that other than… moo.

More News Worth Sharing

Do you love America or not?

I share these 2 tweets because the opposing views are so striking to me. The first tweet being mired in Critical Race Theory (Cursed is the day it was spawned!) while the second one seems to me, a mix of patriotism and common sense.

This from our United Nations Ambassador

And this tweet, featuring a quote from Condoleeza Rice who served under President George Bush. Whether or not it sums up the Democratic Party these days, I leave that for you to decide. (I think the sentiment she is rebuking goes beyond party lines.)

A not so subtle message to illegal migrants?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hung signs on all the major interstate highways entering Florida informing everyone traveling by road into the state that the Sunshine State has implemented E-Verify, a background check system for employers to see if prospective hires are in fact legally authorized to work in the United States.

Its only wrong when Trump does it! Not when we do it.

Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico as part of her role in tackling the “root causes” of the migration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico southern border. This was the SAME policy that the Trump administration exercised and was denounced for doing it. Go figure. Well, I’m not mad about it. If it worked before, why reinvent the wheel? The powers that be can assign (or steal) credit for the success later.

I wonder how this will affect the debate on gun control laws?

You might have missed this in the mainstream news yesterday. I’m sure it made major headlines. #sarcasm But a group of mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters carrying the type of rifles many politicians lobby against, took over a hotel and restaurant yesterday. Just FYI.

And forgive my question but, is that a gun free zone they’re in? The peaceful protests included delightful chants as quoted in the images below. Click here and here to enjoy them for yourself.

For those of us who pray and those who do not.

Please remember the people of Mozambique who are suffering, daily. Donate now.

Almost one million people face severe hunger in northern Mozambique, where hundreds of thousands have fled Islamist militant attacks, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday.

More rants tomorrow. Until then, listen to my podcast. 😉

Google (okay, Alphabet): Its Time to Break You Up

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Google has too much power.

Google has too much power over your mind.

Google has too much power over your body, your country and the world.

Google (okay, Alphabet, but you get me) should be broken up.

Consider this data point from Digital Information World.

According to recently updated stats by StatCounter, more than 92 percent of search queries on the internet across the globe are looked up on Google. Following Google is Microsoft’s Bing that is only occupying a 2.78% search engine market share. At the third place lies Yahoo! With 1.6% queries being searched through it worldwide. These stats are a clear indication of Google’s dominance.

Russia’s Yandex rounds off the top 5 with a 1.29% market share. Baidu, the top search engine in China, is currently witnessing about 0.92% of all search queries worldwide going through it.

Here is a visual to put that quote in further context.

Google is synonymous with search. This is dangerous. Why? Well, its better I show you. Below are news search results on Duck Duck Go, my favorite search engine. As you would expect, a search on “riots today” brings back news reports of riots in Minneapolis.

Here is a Google News search done on April 13, 2021. In the ten results of page 1, only two stories were of the Minneapolis riots. The others were about the Capital Riots in January and other riots around the world. Its important to note that while I searched for “riots today,” most of the search results were from weeks ago and not based on my location which is how their system usually works.

Is this somehow a mistake? Did Google not mean to downplay the Minnesota riots happening today? Possibly, but I am skeptical. I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo years ago once I realized how often they have scrutinized for bias. Its been proven that they bury conservative media results on occasion. I produced a video on this very topic a few years back. At first glance, it looks like some things never change. (Its from 2018 but the points are still valid – sadly.) Spoiler alert: If you rely on Google to be an impartial distributor of facts (like an Encyclopedia) then you are sorely mistaken.

If you realize, as I do, that big tech companies (like Google, Alphabet, whatever…) hold too much power and need to be broken up like other monopolies then, sign the petition. Thank you in advance.

I’ll leave you wondering the ramifications of the tweet below. Okay, no I won’t. I predict we will see more labels on YouTube, labels on Google Images, more conservative content obfuscated or (as I imagine, due to the tweet below, buried in the search results after being labeled “misinformation”) simply removed and/or whatever new goodies Google dreams up. And because Google is so popular, people will continue to accept is as normal although there are some better search alternatives – DuckDuckGo.

Where is that petition again?

Ghettos for thee but, not for me.

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Wow. Just… wow. Check out this quote from the NY Post.

As protests broke out across the country in the name of Black Lives Matter, the group’s co-founder went on a real estate buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.

The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report. The 2,370-square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows” with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter-acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.

To be honest, I’ve seen the photos and what can I say? Don’t hate the player, hate the game. And BLM is playing the game of grievance – well. And to add a bit more irony to the story, the demographics of where she lives is also raising eyebrows. According to  to official data, non-hispanic white people make up 82.3% of the population in Topanga Canyon while African-Americans comprise a mere 1.64% of the population.

Although black lives may matter to Khan-Cullors, it appears as though she doesn’t want to live next door to them. #Irony Look at these headlines.

Do you know what these 3 headlines have in common, besides the story itself? They are all from news organizations OUTSIDE of the USA. So, while this is a noteable story here in America, it is nowhere NEAR as big as it should be for a couple of reasons. The first reason is censorship. Here is a quote from The Federalist.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors purchased a $1.4 million home last month in Topanga Canyon, a secluded area of Los Angeles whose population is reportedly less than 2 percent black. The self-described Marxist is now facing criticism for the extravagant purchase, including from Jason Whitlock, an African-American sports journalist. 

Whitlock tweeted about the controversy last week, writing, “Black Lives Matter Founder buys $1.4 million home in Topanga, which has a black population of 1.4%. She’s with her people!” He added a link to the story on the celebrity property blog The Dirt. Twitter quickly deleted his post and locked his account for “violating our rules against posting private information.

Something else being censored online (or suppressed, shall we say), is this story from The Grio (a popular website with African Americans). Out of the hundreds of millions of people on Twitter (to include BLM friends and detractors), its only been shared 12 times at this writing. Here is a quote from the article.

BLM reportedly brought in $90 million in donations last year, and now inquiring minds want to know if or how Cullors is paid by the organization and how much she has contributed to charity, per Daily Mail. Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, is calling for a probe into Cullors’ finances.

The other reason why this sensational story has yet to reach the critical mass of.. say… (insert any keyword here, any keyword at all and add the the word Trump to a headline) is because of new BLM violence protests. The protests are in response to a female officer who fatally shot a black man at a traffic stop. The action was accidental as the intent was to fire a taser instead. It was tragic and the police officer should be fired and punished for ineptitude. Like clockwork, the mainstream media did not hesitate to make a bad situation worse. For example, I’m sure The NY Times got a lot of clicks from this tweet.

Unfortunately, most people will see headlines like this and not learn the details of what actually happened. Daunte Wright was not killed over an air freshner in his car. There was a warrant for his arrest which is why he resisted arrest and tried to flee.

Nevertheless, the narrative will be that the police are hunting black men in the streets and the violence against them is unending; which is not true.

The truth of this incident will come out eventually but by then, the mainstream media will likely say very little (or nothing) about it when it does.

Protests will continue for awhile and some will be peaceful, likely throughout the day.

But at night, riots and looting will commence as the protesters “grieve” the loss of Duante Wright by getting Nike tennis shoes at 100% off.

And when the smoke clears, no one is going to remember anything about BLM’s founder buying a million dollar mansion. And if they do, the story will be censored by Big Tech (again), suppressed in the mainstream media (again), as the next tragedy is used to garner more outrage and the cycle continues.

Sigh.

SURVEY: Race Relations Worse Under Biden than Trump

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So, I read this article today from Washington Examiner that had my mind racing a bit. Its entitled, “Black people agree: Race relations ‘worse’ under Biden.” It was a short article and I quote most of it.

Under President Joe Biden’s administration, race relations have “gotten worse,” and more black people believe so than not.

According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, this one on the George Floyd murder trial of a white Minneapolis police officer, 40% of likely voters said race relations have deteriorated under Biden. About 3% of respondents said they see no change, and 22% said they are better.

What is remarkable is that even more black people, 41%, believe race relations have worsened, a sharp break from the liberals and Democrats who don’t see much change since former President Donald Trump left office.

Biden has a black and Asian vice president, and he has a more diverse staff and Cabinet than Trump, but it apparently hasn’t influenced how the public views the issue. The media have also hyped his black voter support in the 2020 election, though it also saw Trump winning more than expected.

“During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden supported the protests, promising action on ‘systemic racism,’ but most voters don’t think the country’s racial problems have improved,” the poll said. “Only 22% say race relations in America have gotten better since Biden was elected president. Forty percent (40%) say race relations have gotten worse since the election, while 34% say race relations are about the same.”

When I read that I wondered how race relations are measured in our country. Typically, there is a survey or poll of some kind, followed by opinion. It occurred to me that if someone really wanted to know the state of race relations in the USA, three data points would be undeniable: the rate of interracial marriages, interracial families and the rate of interracial adoption. What better measures could there be of total acceptance than that? I think it would be hard to find a more convincing argument. Here are some stats that I found.

AMERICAN OPINION

  •  Nearly four-in-ten adults (39%) say the growing number of people marrying someone of a different race is good for society, up from 24% in 2010.
  • A 2018 Statista survey examined the representation of interracial couples in popular American TV shows. 43% of female participants stated that these TV shows need more interracial couples, and in total, 39% of respondents claimed these relationships should be more frequent on TV.
  • Biracial couples are increasingly the norm in advertising and there are no efforts to cancel the trend.

And to quote The Guardian

It’s been half a century since the US supreme court decriminalized interracial marriage. Since then, the share of interracial and interethnic marriages in America has increased fivefold, from 3% of all weddings in 1967 to 17% in 2015.

STATS ON INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE

  • Nearly three-in-ten Asian newlyweds (29%) were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, as were 27% of Hispanic newlyweds.
  • Although Asian and Hispanic newlyweds are most likely to be intermarried, overall increases in intermarriage have been driven in part by rising intermarriage rates among black and white newlyweds. The most dramatic increase has occurred among black newlyweds, whose intermarriage rate more than tripled from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2015. Among whites, the rate rose from 4% in 1980 to 11% in 2015.
  • In 2015, 24% of recently married black men were intermarried, compared with 12% of newly married black women. 

STATS ON INTERRACIAL FAMILIES

  • One-in-seven U.S. infants (14%) are multiracial or multiethnic. This share is nearly triple the share (5%) in 1980.

STATS ON INTERRACIAL ADOPTION

  • The percentage of international adoptions that are interracial: 84%.
  • 1 out of every 5 adoptions in the United States that is privately initiated and funded will be an interracial adoption.
  • Among all non-Caucasian children who are adopted, 73% of them are adopted into Caucasian families.

AND JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING…

  • Studies show that interracial / transracial adoptions can provide a stable home for children in need, with more than 75% of transracially adopted children adjusting well to their new homes.
  • A 1995 study determined that interracial adoption had no negative impact on a child when it comes to “adjustment, self-esteem, academic achievement, peer relationships, parental and adult relationships.”

So, my question is this…

If there is a large (and growing) percentage of interracial marriages, interracial families, interracial adoptions and social acceptance of interracial couples, where is all of this alleged racism coming from? Could it be a by-product of the cultural marxism taught by critical race theory in our public schools? Could it be a false narrative projected upon the citizenry by the mainstream media for the purposes of profit? Could it also be part of a plan to distract and divide the country as our enemies slowly take control? Call me crazy but yes, I think so.

More interesting reading for you…

Sources: 2017 – Pew Research, 2018 – Statista, Brandon Gaille, Rainbow Kids

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