Morning Edition - May 28

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MORNING EDITION

May 28, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

ROSENSTEIN TO TESTIFY IN SENATE; TRUMP ATTORNEY JOHN DOWD SPEAKS OUT!

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been saying for months that he would hold hearings on the “Trump/Russia” investigation and FISA abuse by the FBI. I know, I know –- more hearings, lots of oratory, lots of lawyerly evasion, maybe little to come of it all. On the other hand, it might actually be pretty darn productive; the first witness scheduled is former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein released a statement saying how “grateful” he is to Sen. Graham for the “opportunity” to testify. I'm not kidding; he actually said that. Personally, I’m “grateful” for the “opportunity” to see this guy squirm under oath before the committee. What he has previously said under oath sounds utterly ridiculous in light of what we now know about the Carter Page FISA warrant, so this might really be amusing. I might even write up my own list of “just for fun” questions for Mr. Rosenstein.

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PRAY FOR MINNEAPOLIS

I hope you’ll join me in praying for peace, order and clear thinking to be restored in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of a black man named George Floyd erupted last night into arson and looting. Here are some details of what’s going on in Minneapolis.

This is a fast-breaking story, so keep an eye on the news for updates. By way of background, this began when police got a call about someone trying to pass a counterfeit bill. They detained Floyd, who reportedly matched the description. A citizen captured disturbing cell phone video that later went viral, apparently showing an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes until he became unresponsive. He later died in a local hospital. That officer and three others with him were fired, and there are widespread calls for charges to be filed. Local police and the FBI are investigating.

Rather than waiting for justice to be done, protesters decided to make a horrible situation worse by erupting into violence and looting of local businesses. Now, armed vigilantes are getting involved to protect the businesses and homes. And radical activist groups are using Floyd’s death to fan the flames of racial hatred, calling for attacks on all white people. I believe there is a term for blaming the actions of an individual on everyone who shares the same skin color: “Racism.” Isn’t that what these groups claim to oppose?

A SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER

Today, President Trump reportedly plans to issue an as-yet undisclosed executive order aimed at ending political bias in the “fact-checking” and censoring of conservative posts on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

This has been brewing for a long time, but it came to a head when Twitter, for the first time, branded one of Trump’s tweets as substantially false and linked to CNN and Washington Post articles “debunking” it. Problem was, the tweet was about mail-in voting being an invitation to voter fraud, something that’s been widely established around the country, even as liberal media outlets continue to don blindfolds and deny it exists, in the same way that social media giants deny that bias exists in their ranks, no matter how obvious it is or how many former employees blow the whistle about it.

For instance, take a look at the past comments of Twitter’s “Head of Site Integrity,” the person tasked with ensuring that posts are “just the facts, ma’am,” with no political partisanship:

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook tried to distance his company from this stench, saying, "We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this. I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that."

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wasn’t thrilled with that, responding: "Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make. This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.' Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."

First of all, I think criticizing an employee is fair game when that employee’s job is to prevent partisanship on Twitter and his history of radical leftwing partisanship on Twitter includes denigrating “flyover country” for electing a “racist tangerine” and putting “actual Nazis in the White House.” Seriously, did NOBODY else apply for that job?

Secondly, the problem arose when these social media platforms started yielding to the left’s demands to brand anything that they disagree with as a “lie.” I’m hard pressed to think of a single leftist policy of the past hundred years that hasn’t been a complete disaster, but I don’t accuse them of lying when they claim they work. I just assume they’re deluded and say, “Bless their hearts.”

These platforms have grown into the equivalent of America’s town square, a place where free speech should reign supreme. But they’ve been threatened with lawsuits because of what users post on them. They’ve enjoyed legal immunity because they’re classified as a "platform" (merely a conduit for other people’s comments), not a “publisher” (which implies that they control what is or isn’t posted.) Publishers can be sued. This is why they need to back off the editing and censoring of posts if they don’t want to worry about losing their immunity from lawsuits.

On the other hand, in our lawsuit-happy world, if Trump declares them publishers, that will practically force them to start exerting even more control over speech on all sides. They’ll no longer let radical leftists post threats against people they disagree with, but they’ll also edit and censor any remotely “controversial” posts by conservatives. That could easily include many of Trump’s own tweets.

As much as I hate the one-sided politics of the social media giants, I’d hate to see them replaced with even heavier censorship of both sides. How about returning to the idea of the Internet as the 21st century version of the Founders’ vision of a free marketplace of ideas, where bad ideas weren’t declared bad by self-appointed gatekeepers but by the wisdom of the people in shooting them full of holes and discarding them?

Now, I hope I don’t get banned from Facebook and Twitter for using the phrase “shooting them full of holes.”

ICYMI NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE

Proving it’s truly “blue” Hawaii, the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, which is part of the state government, has written a proposal to deal with the coronavirus through a “feminist economic recovery plan.” This mostly involves throwing tax money at favored female identity groups and a lot of blatant, and likely illegal, sex discrimination against men.

Like every other leftist “economic plan” ever devised, it’s virtually guaranteed to backfire in an explosion of unintended consequences and hurt everyone, particularly the people it claims to help. For instance, it includes an extra-high $24.80/hour minimum wage for single mothers. How long will it take employers to figure out that they shouldn’t hire any single mothers because it will cost them so much more to get the same job done than it would if they just hired men?

I used to think that “jumbo shrimp” was the best example of an oxymoron, but now I’m leaning toward “feminist economic recovery plan.” Thanks, Hawaii!

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

 



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  • Diane Rowlands

    05/29/2020 12:08 PM

    I understand that 2 Dems like Amy Klobuchar are going to question him. He'll lie or twist the words to make him sound good. I understand he is good at twisting words.

  • Lawrence Foster

    05/28/2020 06:56 PM

    Not sure an executive order telling social media to be fair is worth the paper its printed on. They have enough lawyers they can figure a way around the order, and then we'll be back where we were, only with potential unintended consequences down the road.

    Democrats assume their voters are not real bright, and frequently they are correct. President Trump should trust his voters - yep, us smelly, uneducated Walmart shopping deplorables - to know the difference between a Facebook "fact" or a Twitter "fact", and real facts. The social media companies are just digging their own graves as people leave them for other venues. Let them stew in their own bile.

  • Linda Wolfe

    05/28/2020 06:05 PM

    My heart goes out to Mr Floyd's family. Two wrongs never make a right. Yes the officer should go to jail as well as the other officers who failed to prevent Mr Floyd's death. Rest assured, nothing misses the eyes of our All seeing, All knowing , Just God. May the LORD reward them for their deeds.

  • J Howard Markley Jr

    05/28/2020 05:16 PM

    Governor, I hope they can get him to explain after Comey was fired why he appointed Mueller, their long-time mutual friend and co-conspirator to the Russia hoax. They comprise a party of four, five if we include Bill, the Clintons, Comey, Mueller and Rosenstein dating clear back to 1996 when the Clintons were first in trouble. Comey has "investigated" the Clinton's three times. The second in about 2003, Comey was sent by his boss, guess who... Mueller. When Sessions recused himself, their best friend,Rosenstein, found himself in charge of the DOJ. Lucky day! Keep it in the family (mafia?).

  • Larry Rock

    05/28/2020 04:17 PM

    Concerning whats going on in Minneapolis, the police officers have been fired and an investigation is underway.
    What in the world dose burning down peoples business's and stealing everything they can get there hands on got to do with a legal protest.

  • Firewagon

    05/28/2020 03:44 PM

    If everyone were as tired as I am, Gov, over the 'great divide' this country is in, there would already be a 'new' Civil War. Most would say that some sixty years ago comprised the 'Bad Old Days' and America has so evolved that nobody would want a return to those days. With the exception of 'segregation,' those were the 'good old days' where growing up in America did not 'require' you to go around ARMED! Those were also the days that kids were NOT killing other kids, in near-genocidal numbers, that they are today! Very few ask the correct question, "What Has Changed in America" that has people experiencing more violence than in the past? The answer is quite easy, Americans have LOST the culture war! America has 'devolved' to a more narcissistic, less moral society, NOT evolved to a better society.

    "....the tweet was about mail-in voting being an invitation to voter fraud, something that’s been widely established around the country...." A prime example was displayed on FOX's program The Five, yesterday. Donna Brazille, of the infamous, provide Clinton debate questions, loves to proclaim nearly everything President Trump utters as a "Lie." When she proclaimed that very tweet "a lie" nobody on The Five provided that simple rejoinder, that mail-in voting, a.k.a. paper voting was rife for abuse and in fact "widely established!" It is sad to see so many acquiesce to The President of The United States of America being called a liar, especially when the facts contradict such!

  • Nancy Roberto

    05/28/2020 02:54 PM

    I, as most Americans, am appalled about the death of Floyd. But, using that as an excuse to riot, loot, burn, and destroy property is not helping anyone! But, a black man who murdered an elderly couple in Delaware while they were visiting their military son's grave barely got any notice at all!
    I sincerely hope that college professors in WI are not using these riots to give educational credit to the lawbreakers!

  • Floyd Unger

    05/28/2020 02:24 PM

    Thank you