Editorial

How CNN Recycled Last Year’s Fake News

A special report from the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, Cliff Kincaid, director

If you have any doubts about the basic dishonesty of CNN, consider how the channel not only broadcasts fake news but recycles it.

Remember that CNN “broke” the story about the “Russian Trump dossier” compiled by an ex-British intelligence agent for Hillary Clinton supporters. The document was opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump, now President.

Despite the lack of any corroboration from any source, including hostile anti-Trump media or the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), after several months of secret efforts, CNN is now claiming in a February 10 story that its U.S. intelligence and investigative sources say that “some aspects” of the 35-page dossier “for the first time” have been “corroborated.” Continue reading


George & the Dragon Slayer

Joan Swirsky Column

The original story of Saint George and the Dragon dates back to the 7th century, the narrative maintaining that in a fictitious town in Libya there lived a king who chose to appease the evil dragon in the town’s lake that was poisoning the countryside. With the agreement of his subjects, the appeasement involved feeding the dragon two sheep every day. But when there were no more sheep, the King’s subjects started feeding their children to the dragon, chosen by lottery.

When one of the lots fell on the king’s daughter, he told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half his kingdom if his daughter were spared, but the people refused. As his daughter walked to the lake to be fed to the dragon, fate intervened–– Saint George happened to be riding by. Continue reading


Immigrants Should Make America Better, Not Worse

A republic if you can keep itDr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

Prince William County Chairman, Corey Stewart, Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, said during a press conference,

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, I’m requesting the Trump administration to identify, detain and remove the 7,500 criminal illegal aliens that we have handed over to ICE over the past 10 years.” According to Stewart, the criminal aliens were handed over by local law enforcement to ICE under a program called 287g. “Of the 7,500, 1,000 have been rearrested.”

A mob of protesters stormed the board meeting on Tuesday, carrying signs in Spanish and English that it did not matter where or how you came from, we are all immigrants and we are all Americans. Speakers who advocate open borders argued that those arrested had not committed a crime and should not have been detained. (See News Story) Continue reading


Farm Inspection Bill Worse than Writs of Assistance

Liberty Farm

Liberty Farm at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Va

Mark Fitzgibbons | The Bull Elephant

The bill, however, has provisions that are worse than the Writs of Assistance, the general warrants that fomented the Revolutionary War and led to creation of the Fourth Amendment.

A farm inspection bill making its way through the Virginia General Assembly is designed to allow the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to replace federal inspectors on Virginia farms, which is good. Virginia farmers assuredly would prefer Virginia inspectors over the Feds.

The bill, however, has provisions that are worse than the Writs of Assistance, the general warrants that fomented the Revolutionary War and led to creation of the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading


What a long, strange trip it’s been

Rick Buchanan | Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation

Resist DTOM“Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.” The words of Jerry Garcia are today taking on new meaning for us Tea Partiers.

For the seven years we have been working for truly conservative values, the Tea Party Movement has been minimized, marginalized, vilified, denigrated and assaulted.

Yet through it all, we have, unlike the paid members of Occupy, again and again risen to our task. Slowly but surely we have muscled up, put our heads down and turned what was a Democrat majority in the US House and Senate to a Republican majority. Just as significant, we worked with other grass-rooters to increase majorities of governorships from 31 to 33 and to win more than 900 state legislative seats that have switched hands from Democrat to Republican since 2009. Republicans now control both legislative chambers in 32 states, compared to 13 for Democrats. Continue reading


 
 

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