RACHEL MADDOW'S NEW GIG
Please sit down before reading this. If you’re standing up, you might laugh so hard, you’ll fall down and hurt yourself. Ready? Good…
Guess who’s decided to become a “fact-checker.” Rachel Maddow of MSNBC! That’s right: the woman who spent three years spinning ever wackier Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories has decided that the Republicans at the convention are such “LYING LIARS WHO LIE” (trademark registered) that she just has to “correct the record” for her extremely undemanding viewers.
And what is her first subject on her maiden voyage into the uncharted territory of actually checking a fact? She claims that Cissy Graham Lynch misled viewers by calling Trump a champion of religious freedom rights because if he cared about religious freedom, he wouldn’t have instituted the “Muslim ban.”
I have to thank her because I’d almost forgotten about that hoax. That was one of the earliest examples of the media deliberately distorting what Trump said or did, and it set the template for all their "reporting" since (whatever Trump says or does, ascribe the worst possible motives to it.) If you don’t remember, thanks to Obama/Biden letting ISIS spread across the Middle East, there was a threat of terrorist attacks on our homeland. When Trump first came into office, he wanted to restrict travel from a handful of nations that had active anti-American terrorist cells and no structure for vetting emigrants. Liberals immediately misrepresented this as a “Muslim ban,” even though not all the nations on the list were majority Muslim and there were many other majority Muslim nations that were not on the list. It was really about keeping out terrorists, but the media spun it as "Trump hates Muslims."
This was the earliest example of Democrats and the media being willing to trade the safety and security of their fellow Americans for bad publicity for Trump. It would soon be followed by many more.
How appropriate is it that Rachel Maddow based her first “fact-check” of Republicans on a known partisan lie? But then, anyone who would rely on her to give them the “facts” about Trump would also probably take advice about proper Oval Office decorum from Bill Clinton. Oh, wait: that was actually part of the Democratic Convention.
She pressed on in her "fact-check" to talk about Trump’s executive order exempting the Little Sisters of the Poor from having to provide contraceptives and abortifacient drugs to employees under Obamacare. Maddow condescendingly “explained,” “The anti-abortion right has decided to say in recent years that contraception including things like the birth control pill, they've decided to call that abortion. So if you take birth control pills you're, like, constantly having abortions all the time. That's what that reference is to. And that may be very familiar rhetoric in the anti-abortion right.”
Umm, we’re not talking about the “anti-abortion right.” We’re talking about an order of Catholic nuns, who understandably don’t want to be forced to pay for contraceptives. That’s why this is a religious freedom issue.
Maybe she should just go back to the Russia collusion fairy tale and leave discussions of religious freedom rights to people who know anything at all about religion. Or facts.
FACT-CHECKING THE "FACT-CHECKERS"
The media “fact-checkers” are spinning like bald tires in a mudhole to try to depict every policy difference or arguable detail in the GOP Convention as a “LYING LIE!!” For instance, claiming it’s a LIE to call Biden and Harris leftists when everyone knows they’re “moderates.” Riiiiight! And that Trump is lying when he said he’s kept his campaign promises when he hasn’t yet kept all of them, only far more than most politicians ever do. Considering that the very people accusing him of not keeping them fought him tooth and nail through the House, media and courts to obstruct him from keeping them, I’d say the jury is still out. Let’s give him four more years and a Republican House and Senate, and then see how many promises he fails to keep.
The most jaw-dropping claim from one “fact-checking” site was that there were more “LIIIIIES!!!” in the first night of the GOP Convention than in the entire Democratic Convention. I guess they somehow managed to miss all the glaring, long-debunked lies, like Michelle Obama’s “children in cages” hooey or Biden repeating the “very fine people” hoax. American media couldn’t be bothered to call Joe on that bogus slander, but at least the BBC still had enough shards of journalistic integrity left that they couldn’t let that stand.
I also might have missed it, but I don’t recall hearing any “fact-checkers’” jaws hitting the floor over John Kerry’s claim that he and Obama “eliminated the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon” – you know, by sending them over a billion dollars. Fortunately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corrected that whopper. He credited Trump with restraining Iran’s aggression and bringing peace and stability to the area. He said, “I think people should realize that the [Obama] Iran deal failed just as we predicted. Not only did it not mollify Iran’s aggression, it fueled it, it increased it.”
I anxiously await the piece from a DC or New York-dwelling “fact-checker,” telling us that Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t know what’s happening in the Middle East.
YOUR DESPERATION IS SHOWING
The left is trying to accuse Republicans of promoting racism at their convention. But since there is no actual racism, they have to try to find hidden racism, like “journalist” Justin Miller’s claim on Twitter that the McCloskeys gave a “racist speech,” using “code words,” like “our community” and “your family.” Those terms, you see, are “implicitly white” and position blacks as interlopers by suggesting that forcing low income housing into suburbs would “bring crime, lawlessness” and “your family will not be safe.”
That would almost be convincing if I had a single digit IQ. News flash: the mob of “protesters” who openly threatened the McCloskeys were largely white. It’s entirely possible that “your family” consists of nothing but black people. And if your black family lives in a largely black community, you probably won’t appreciate a bunch of violent, foul-mouthed, radical white college students threatening you and burning down your business any more than a white person would. This is why we allegedly racist Republicans are absolutely fine with black Americans exercising their Second Amendment right to protect themselves, their families and their community, just like we were when their biggest problem was the Democrat-founded KKK.
UPDATE ON "BUILD THE WALL" FUNDRAISER FRAUD CHARGES
Attorney Benjamin Wetmore, who has fought politicized federal fraud cases, explains why it’s possible the charges against Steve Bannon and others might or might not be legitimate or deserved…but the accused’s guilt or innocence is likely irrelevant as to whether they’re found guilty, punished severely and denied appeal. Reading this might make you wonder if we still live in the United States of America.
Last night, the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, not only continued, it intensified, with self-styled militias reportedly getting involved to protect businesses from rioters, and a shooting that killed two people and injured one other. At this writing, it’s still not clear exactly what happened, only that order needs to be restored right now. This link has information, but I’m sure it will be updated throughout the day. In the meantime, please remember the people of Kenosha in your prayers.
I’ve mentioned before that the so-called “Lincoln Project,” a group of alleged “Republicans” who are trying to defeat Trump, dishonored Abraham Lincoln by usurping his name. If you wondered why I said that, here’s just the latest example. FYI: he was called “Honest Abe,” not "Dishonest Abe.”
Hillary Clinton’s Pre-2016 Election Definition of Patriotism: It’s outrageous and appalling to question the results of a Presidential election!
Hillary’s Clinton’s Pre-2020 Election Definition of Patriotism: Joe Biden should not concede to Trump “under any circumstances.”