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It makes me smile when they call him a white supremacist.

Like, they do realize he’s jewish, right?
They do, but like Asians, Jews are the Schrodinger's Minority for these people; they love to parade them as poor, oppressed and marginalized in the face of whoever they see as White Supremacist, but as soon as said White Supremacists are out of the picture, they're more than happy to toss said Jew under the nearest bus that speeds past them
 

MediocreMilt

Ooh good comeback... Moron
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I must be completely out of touch with what bigotry is, because even before you take MM's spin into account, half of these are just saying something about race etc. but not actually being racist. Take this for example:

Knowles claimed, “A lot of Democrats these days don’t like Jews. They have antipathy for Jews, and they have a racial preference for Arabs.” [The Michael Knowles Show, 5/14/19]
Very clear reference to the soft hands used with Ilhan Omar and to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in general.
I mean I just don't get it. Is accusing other people of anti-semitism somehow racist?
 

Vorhtbame

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I must be completely out of touch with what bigotry is, because even before you take MM's spin into account, half of these are just saying something about race etc. but not actually being racist. Take this for example:



Very clear reference to the soft hands used with Ilhan Omar and to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in general.
I mean I just don't get it. Is accusing other people of anti-semitism somehow racist?
White people breathing is racist these days.
 
Klavan said, “Transgender women aren’t women ... and the only way you can maintain that fallacy is if you silence people who disagree.” [The Andrew Klavan Show, 1/31/19]
According to Klavan, “Leftism basically implants its newspeak, its white lies, into our language by insisting that it’s impolite and hurtful” to not address people by the gender and name they identify with. Klavan also said, “You can cut your body into 17 different pieces, you still will not change your gender. Every cell you have is of a specific gender.” [The Andrew Klavan Show, 4/12/19]
Klavan argued that “if gay people are going to come on board, they have to subscribe … to the founding ideas” by accepting the fundamental principles of religious liberty. [The Andrew Klavan Show, 7/3/19]
Klavan warned that “these gay activists are out there prowling like lions” to corrupt Christian children with their “terrible, terrible culture” [The Andrew Klavan Show, 7/19/19]

Not a single one of these statements is incorrect. I guess I gotta start reading this Andrew Klaven shit, unless it's all videos, then fuck him in his gay ass.
 

Iwasamwillbe

Rational Big-Brained Deep-Thinking Philosopher
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>Media Matters

Literally should have stopped there.

And to think that at one point I was actually worried about their ability to influence via propaganda. Now I see that pretty much everyone of importance has wised up to them, and they've just become another leftist digital tabloid.
 

Hortator

True & Honest Fan
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>Media Matters

Literally should have stopped there.

And to think that at one point I was actually worried about their ability to influence via propaganda. Now I see that pretty much everyone of importance has wised up to them, and they've just become another leftist digital tabloid.
My last sperging about MM,

They were once a nationally recognized outfit about 11-10 years ago. Fox News liked to prop them up as far left maniacs, and the rest would actually use MM sometimes as a source. (They may still? Haven’t kept up)

They both quietly stopped doing this when they realized they are just a never-ending shit spigot.
 

Far Queue

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They do, but like Asians, Jews are the Schrodinger's Minority for these people; they love to parade them as poor, oppressed and marginalized in the face of whoever they see as White Supremacist, but as soon as said White Supremacists are out of the picture, they're more than happy to toss said Jew under the nearest bus that speeds past them
That's true of any minority group though. For example, Asians get fucked if they want to go to a good college, and despite decades of complaining about needing to do more, progressives have only hurt black communities with their misguided policies. Probably more so than crack cocaine ever did. They don't care that their bread and circuses rhetoric doesn't actually solve any problems, because it just means that they can keep promising it. They've completely thrown blacks under the bus with their open boarder policy nonsense which is going to hurt the groups of people competing for low skill jobs the most.

Thomas Sowell's The Vision of the Anointed describes these people to a T. They believe themselves to be virtuous and as a result their actions moral and just, even in the face of all evidence to the contrary. The following quote from the book sums up the idiocy of that group quite nicely: "To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by 'society'."
 

Autopsy

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Why are they signal boosting these statements, and without even attempting contextualization at that? Most of the time you do a hit-piece article, you don't want to introduce the original argument until you have thoroughly shat all over the originators of said argument. It doesn't help that a majority of the statements even as they are paraphrased are popular opinions with their Republican base, and there are a few that are popular opinions with everyone, in general.

Oh, shit! Klavan is a racist/bigot! Look at him saying things like Obama 'didn't feel like he was one of us' which was literally a big part of Obama's own ghost-written autobiography!
Look at Klavan saying you shouldn't ban actual children from dressing up as the Black Panther over adult hate crimes!
I can't believe Klavan doesn't think deviating from societal norms magically changes your biological sex! He has the gall to object to 'newspeak'!
Wow, this Knowles guy seems like bad news! He thinks that women need to take part in the bodily responsibility that goes hand in hand with bodily autonomy! I bet he thinks you should have to vaccinate, too!
I can't believe Knowles believes that Arabs don't like Jews, their historic and present-day opponent, and that a party with increasingly Arabiphilic tendencies might be antisemitic! That's antisemitic!
I can't believe Knowles believes that the nature of the migrants entering the country will alter the ethics of the country, which is common sense and was the foundation of our immigration and naturalization requirements for a century!
Wow, Walsh asserted that most men already knew not to rape!
Walsh even said that it was the woman's right to choose whether something was sexist, harassment, assault, or rape! That's a feminist sexist view!

I just don't get it.
 
Why are they signal boosting these statements, and without even attempting contextualization at that? Most of the time you do a hit-piece article, you don't want to introduce the original argument until you have thoroughly shat all over the originators of said argument. It doesn't help that a majority of the statements even as they are paraphrased are popular opinions with their Republican base, and there are a few that are popular opinions with everyone, in general.

Oh, shit! Klavan is a racist/bigot! Look at him saying things like Obama 'didn't feel like he was one of us' which was literally a big part of Obama's own ghost-written autobiography!
Look at Klavan saying you shouldn't ban actual children from dressing up as the Black Panther over adult hate crimes!
I can't believe Klavan doesn't think deviating from societal norms magically changes your biological sex! He has the gall to object to 'newspeak'!
Wow, this Knowles guy seems like bad news! He thinks that women need to take part in the bodily responsibility that goes hand in hand with bodily autonomy! I bet he thinks you should have to vaccinate, too!
I can't believe Knowles believes that Arabs don't like Jews, their historic and present-day opponent, and that a party with increasingly Arabiphilic tendencies might be antisemitic! That's antisemitic!
I can't believe Knowles believes that the nature of the migrants entering the country will alter the ethics of the country, which is common sense and was the foundation of our immigration and naturalization requirements for a century!
Wow, Walsh asserted that most men already knew not to rape!
Walsh even said that it was the woman's right to choose whether something was sexist, harassment, assault, or rape! That's a feminist sexist view!

I just don't get it.
These are the same people who thought re-airing Trump speeches and commercials was a good strategy to beat him. They live in a bubble that they think represents the world. They thought all those Trump voters just had never heard anything the dude said and just went based on his name, because that's how they characterize normal people. Just dumbass flyover blue collar lowest common denominator reality TV watchers.

They still seem to believe this is the case, so I hope to watch them get brutally kicked in the face by reality in 2020.
 

break these cuffs

The weak should fear the strong
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I don't understand why idiot reTHUGlicans believe crazy conspiracy theories where Seth Rich was murdered. It was obviously a mugging. There had been a series of armed robberies in Rich's neighborhood. People are typically beat up then shot twice in the back and don't have any of their belongings taken in a mugging, right? Like the other robberies in the area, right?
Seth Rich's mother Mary Rich said:
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/07/npr-libel-seth-rich-1452707
Judge greenlights libel suit against NPR over Seth Rich reports
A federal judge has rejected National Public Radio’s bid to dismiss a Texas investment adviser’s libel suit over news reports about conspiracy theories surrounding the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer during the 2016 campaign.

Judge Amos Mazzant of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled Wednesday that the $57 million suit brought by Ed Butowsky makes plausible claims that the network may be liable for defamation for a series of online stories about Butowsky’s role in publicizing assertions that the murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, may have been involved in leaking Democratic emails.

NPR’s attorneys argued that the reports by NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik accurately described a separate, prior lawsuit filed by Rod Wheeler, a private investigator and former Washington, D.C., homicide detective whom Butowsky hired to explore the Rich case and who wound up suing Fox News and Butowsky for defamation after accusing Fox of fabricating quotations in a story about Rich’s murder.

Fox eventually retracted the online story it published, although Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity publicly declared that he was not retracting his statements about Rich’s murder, including unproven claims that Rich might have been killed because of some role in leaking Democratic National Committee emails that U.S. officials say Russia hacked into and handed off to WikiLeaks.

Rich's parents also sued Fox News and Butowsky for defamation over their roles in the Fox reports. A federal judge in New York dismissed that case, but the ruling is on appeal.

In his 37-page ruling Wednesday, Mazzant said Butowsky’s suit against NPR, Folkenflik and top NPR editors met the legal standard to proceed.

“Plaintiff has alleged sufficient facts which plausibly show the Reports were not fair, true, and impartial accounts of the Wheeler complaint,” Mazzant wrote. “Additionally, even if the statements are considered a true report of the Wheeler complaint, as Defendants argue, the organization of the comments combined with the speculative commentary imply wrongdoing.”

Most worrisome for NPR may be the judge’s conclusion that Butowsky did not appear to qualify as a public figure as a result of his financial support for Wheeler’s probe and various actions taken to publicize it. If the judge persists in that view, the network could lose the protections that normally shield news outlets from liability when reporting on matters of public concern.

“At this stage of the proceedings, the facts do not show Plaintiff had anything more than a tangential role in the controversy surrounding the Seth Rich investigation,” the judge wrote.

The ruling means the lawsuit will proceed to the discovery process, including demands for documents and depositions from the journalists involved, Butowsky and others. Both sides in the case filed a motion Wednesday to facilitate that fact-gathering.

NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara downplayed the significance of the judge’s decision and said the network remained confident in the stories.

“This is an early ruling,” Lara said in a statement. “NPR stands behind its reporting and will continue to defend the lawsuit vigorously. NPR is a public service news organization. We are a trusted source of information for millions of Americans and we take this responsibility very seriously, as we did in this coverage.”

An attorney for Butowsky, Ty Clevenger, said he hoped the decision would prompt NPR to resolve the case.

“If NPR and Folkenflik are smart, they will try to settle quickly,” the attorney said.

NPR argued that many of the claims in its reports, like assertions that Fox’s reporting on the Rich murder was “baseless” and “fake news,” amounted to opinion and not the kind of factual claims that can be the basis for a libel suit.

But Mazzant disagreed.

“The statements made by Folkenflik were made as verifiable statements of fact,” the judge wrote. “The statements at issue were not merely expressing a subjective view. Looking at the context of the verifiable facts, nothing shows the statements expressed Folkenflik’s opinion or merely offer Folkenflik’s personal perspective on disputed facts.”

Clevenger said he thinks the ruling “bodes well” for several other libel suits Butowsky is pursuing, including against CNN, Vox and The New York Times, as well as Wheeler and his attorneys.

The cases are all pending before Mazzant, who is an appointee of President Barack Obama. The judge was nominated in 2014 as part of a compromise with Texas’ Republican senators. Mazzant has repeatedly been sought out by conservative litigants seeking to challenge Obama policies.
 
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