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Further confirming the Trump Derangement Syndrome at the New York Times as featured in yesterday’s post, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released Part IV in their American Pravda video series on October 19, 2017.

This video features an interview with an IT consultant for the paper. Todd Gordon has worked for the NYT for 20 years. He describes the Trump Derangement Syndrome running rampant there:

Project Veritas also published a summary of the interview, excerpted below.

How can one trust a paper where everyone despises the president of the United States?

PV Journalist: “Have you ever had anybody in New York Times’ office come up to you and say, I actually enjoy Trump?”

Todd Gordon: “No, no, no.”

PV Journalist: “Really?”

Todd Gordon: “Not one person.”

PV Journalist: “Not one person?”

Todd Gordon: “Not one, not one. Everyone hates him. They hate him like the plague, dude.”

The NYT has a set of ethical guidelines purporting to promote political impartiality, yet:

Gordon says that without a voice of dissent, it is impossible for the Times to be impartial towards Trump, “They unfairly, yes. I agree 100 percent. They unfairly report on him.” He continues:

PV Journalist: “How can they report…”

Todd Gordon: “They can’t.”

PV Journalist: “Without being biased, right?”

Todd Gordon: “You’re right, 100%. 100%.”

Gordon adds that one NYT employee was so angered by Trump’s 2016 victory that he left the paper to move to Canada!

Be suspicious when you next read a NYT article accusing Trump of colluding with Russia. Gordon says:

… hearsay, it’s all hearsay. And they’re like grab that hearsay and let’s put it out there.

James O’Keefe says more videos are on the way.

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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas team released a third American Pravda video on the New York Times on October 17, 2017.

You can see previous videos by clicking the American Pravda link above.

The third video features an interview with Desiree Shoe, senior home page editor. She’s an American who works in London. The interviewers are British. Considering that she is married, she’s a bit flirty with them (plays with her hair a lot). Must be the accents.

That aside, there is much Trump Derangement Syndrome:

If you don’t want to watch the 13-minute video, Project Veritas have a summary of the interview and Shoe’s quotes. Excerpts follow.

We discover that Trump is good for getting new subscribers to the paper. The NYT have labelled this phenomenon the ‘Trump bump’:

The New York Times senior homepage editor goes on to explain the positive effect of Trump’s victory: “Since the election, like you know…Speaking on, you know, for The New York Times, our subscriptions have sky-rocketed since…I mean, they call it the Trump bump.”

When asked if the NYT is turning itself into a ‘click paper’, she responds:

I mean, you’re not wrong. Like, I would love to be able to speak my mind completely about…If I ever leave the Times I’ll go back to you guys and tell you exactly what I think. But, I mean, there’s stuff like…And this is what I was trying to say is like the last couple years it’s changed for the bad.

Shoe admits that the paper does lean leftward:

The New York Times is not…I mean, it’s widely understood to be liberal-leaning. But, American newspapers are not supposed to claim a bias, they’re supposed to be objective.

That sounds reasonable, but clearly, she is adamantly against President Donald Trump:

I feel like Trump is…is just a…is sort of an idiot in a lot of ways. Just an oblivious idiot.

Going back to 2016:

I think one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is like…Oh, if we write about him, about how insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read it and be like, oh wow, we shouldn’t vote for him.

That said, Shoe opposes impeachment because she really loathes Mike Pence:

If you impeach him, then Pence becomes President, Mike Pence, who’s f***ing horrible…I think maybe, possibly worse than Trump.

He’s extremely, extremely religious. He [Pence] at one point backed a bill that hinted at conversion therapy for gay people…Which is like electrocution, stuff like that.

(Sigh.)

After the video came out, Shoe quickly protected her Twitter account. Someone created an archive.

Shoe has worked for the NYT since 2009. To date, there has been no fallout from this video. However, it is interesting to see, once again, that the paper’s ethical guidelines on impartiality are being violated.

Now that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Depatment and the FBI are no longer holding press briefings on the Mandalay Bay massacre, it is up to citizen journalists to dig for the truth in Sin City.

Yesterday’s post featured a video by independent journalists Laura Loomer and Jason Goodman. Loomer was also part of James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas and was in New York this week helping them with their ongoing American Pravda series.

She is returning to Las Vegas next week to investigate further. She also wants to get more information about the security guard Jesus Campos, who is rather a blank slate:

I will have more on Campos soon.

Meanwhile, Jason Goodman is still in Las Vegas looking for clues. He returned to Jesus Campos’s house, which has been under security protection for at least two weeks. Oddly, the company On Scene, which provides the security guard, has not had a valid business licence since January 2017. Although the guard says nothing, we learn from Goodman’s questions that the shooter was cremated rather quickly, closing down any further enquiry. The house in the video is Campos’s neighbour’s as the security guard is parking in their driveway so that his licence plate cannot be seen:

Goodman also went to the Clark County Coroner’s Office which has been on lockdown since the shooting. Laura, the lady who talks to him, says that has never happened before and she does not know when it will reopen to the public:

Strange stuff.

Some of my readers probably know that Jesus Campos and the maintenance man Steve Schuck were on the Ellen DeGeneres television show on Wednesday, October 18. Laura Loomer watched the entire show and said that the two came on after Ellen’s quips on a wide range of topics, from lesbianism to false accusations of sexual assault.

Loomer appeared on a talk radio show to express her disgust not only at the tasteless placement of the interview after all of the other topics discussed but also at the lack of ethics in Ellen’s interviewing the two men. For several years, Ellen has had a contract with MGM casinos — of which Mandalay Bay is one — to have a slot machine with her name and image on it. Her machines were revamped in September, and she went to the MGM Grand that month to film a clip of herself talking with women playing them.

You can see the eight-minute interview with Campos and Schuck here. It was high on low information. It was also creepy to see the maintenance man stroke the security guard.

My past few posts have been about the Mandalay Bay massacre, which took place on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

On October 15, Your News Wire posted an article about the mysterious disappearances, including one death, of those who either saw the shooter or were at the concert.

I won’t go into the security guard at this time. Below is a summary and additional information about two others, ending with video testimony from two more not mentioned in the article.

Chad Nishimura

Chad Nishimura is a young Hawaiian who was a valet at Mandalay Bay when the shooter checked in.

On Tuesday, October 3, a Hawaiian ABC affiliate KITV4 ran a story on Nishimura’s encounter with the shooter. The story was subsequently deleted from their website. You can read it here, and it is also available via The Red Elephants and Neon Nettle.

KITV’s article reads in part:

A Kamehameha graduate working as a valet at the Mandalay Bay Resort said he parked the shooter’s car on Saturday. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, checked his car into the hotel on Saturday morning.

Valet Chad Nishimura, who is from Mililani, said he spoke briefly with Paddock.

“Just in shock, really. It’s scary to know that I was close to someone that was that dangerous. I would’ve never thought. He seemed like a normal guy. When he came in, nothing too weird about him. He didn’t have any crazy bags with him that I can remember. We are a convention hotel so we have a bunch of people that have boxes and multiple carts worth of stuff. There’s nothing weird that I can remember,” Nishimura said.

Nishimura and hundreds of employees at Mandalay Bay are cooperating with FBI agents as investigations continue.

Your News Wire tells us that Nishimura:

disappeared without trace after giving a statement to a Hawaiian mainstream news network, KITV4, about his brush with the killer. Nishimura directly contradicted the official narrative by claiming that Paddock arrived at the hotel with “not many bags” – certainly nowhere near enough to hold the amount of weapons and ammunition that was found in Paddock’s hotel suite.

Hmm.

The Red Elephants adds:

Even more strange is the fact that social media accounts for Nishimura have been deleted as well.

The team at Neon Nettle searched for his social media accounts and posted screengrabs:

When searching Chad Nishimura’s social media accounts, it just leads to dead ends after his profiles have all been shut down.

His Facebook page now just has an error screen that says the page was removed.

Even his Linkedin profile has been taken down.

Hmmmmm. I very much hope he is all right.

Kymberley Suchomel

Kymberley Suchomel was with friends at the concert on October 1. She was found dead at her home in California on Monday, October 9.

She and her grandmother Julie Norton co-founded a charity called the High Desert Phoenix Foundation, so her death should raise questions. She was well-known and admired in her home town, Apple Valley.

Your News Wire says:

The cause of her death has yet to be confirmed.

Kymberley Suchomel was one of the lucky attendees at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas who managed to escape the hail of bullets without being injured. Shortly after fleeing the scene with friends, she made a statement to mainstream media claiming that there were “multiple gunmen” firing weapons into the crowd and that she was chased by one such man.

When she was questioned on the veracity of her story, given the official story that there was only one gunman, she said that she was more than “100% sure” that she was right.

You can read Suchomel’s detailed Facebook testimony in full, archived here and here. It is dated October 5.

Excerpts follow, so please be sure to read the whole post, which is harrowing:

I have been receiving phone calls, messages & texts galore since Sunday night, and I have been providing the same copy & pasted message to each of those who have contacted me. A really quick, vague, account of what happened at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas. It has been nearly 72 hours since the nightmare took place, and I am finally able to sit here & put into words my own personal account. I have attached some photos of the fun we did have …

After about 20 minutes of Jason Aldean’s set, I got this overwhelming feeling to go stand over by [her friend] Casie. I can’t tell you why, but I did. The entire time I was dancing next to her I kept thinking to myself, “why? Why don’t I go back to my spacious area?? There is no room to dance over here.. I am not having a good time over here… okay, on the next song I will”. But, there wasn’t a next song.

From about 50 feet in front of us, and a little to the right, fire crackers were set off. Let me repeat that… FIRE CRACKERS WERE SET OFF. I verbally stated “some asshole just shot of fire crackers in close proximity to so many people”. I was literally pissed off. You could see Jason Aldean look to his left kind of startled by it, but he was also clearly irritated. I would say about 15 seconds later, the first volley of gunfire was released. It was a shorter volley than any of the others, and the gunfire was not as close together either. EVERYONE looked up, down, around. We thought it was more fire crackers at first, but then Ricky reached over, told us all to put our boots on, quickly. And the volley ended. Then people started to panic. The gentlemen behind me looked at me as I was putting on my boots, half laying down, and said “calm down crazy, its just fireworks, jeez”. That is when the 2nd volley went off, [friend] Ricky yelled at us all to get down, flat, & we immediately knew there was someone shooting at us. I remember getting down, but I didn’t lay flat for some reason, thinking- oh my gosh, I need to get flatter than I am now, but my body just wouldn’t let me. That was the 2nd volley. At the end of that volley ( I am still struggling to get my boots on), we turned and tried to run, but the people behind us still weren’t moving. I yelled at the lady “RUN! ITS GUNFIRE! RUUUUUUUUUNNNNN!!!” The look on her face was pure terror, but she finally dropped her stuff and turned to begin running…. But then the 3rd volley hit… and it was close. Very, very close to us. I could physically see the impact of the bullets on the astro-turf, I could feel the warmth & the passing of bullets. Once that 3rd volley was over, Casie linked her arm into mine, and we decided at that moment we weren’t stopping- we were getting the Hell out of there. And I do mean Hell. We were in literal Hell. The gentlemen that mocked me stating it was just fireworks fell to the ground, and he never got back up. The lady behind me (who was now in front of me) who was terrified as I told her to run, never got back up. I actually had to physically step over her body to run (something I am still struggling with, so please don’t attack me. I was absolutely in flight-or-fight mode). There was another person to my right who also wasn’t moving. We ran. I don’t know what direction we ran, I don’t know towards which landmark we ran. We just ran. It was at this time our group got split up. Casie & I were together. Ricky, Cassie & Mendy were together.

We were rounding some sort of corner maybe- and I looked to the right and I saw this large cowboy sitting down with his legs spread, holding a blood-soaked woman. I thought to myself “we NEED to hide”, but as I looked quickly for somewhere to go, the gunfire once again got closer and closer. We couldn’t hide because they (and I do mean THEY) were chasing us. That exact moment is when I started to really panic. That is the exact moment in which I thought this was it, I was going to die, I was never going to see my family again. So, as we are running, we approach this fence where men are throwing women over, and we ran up to it as they had knocked It down, so we were able to get out. As we crossed the threshold of the venue, my mind went straight to other mass shootings and hearing the victim’s families in my head talk about how they never got to say goodbye. I did not want this for my husband (who was at work) & my grandma (who had my daughter, Scarlett). So, at 10:07pm I called my husband franticly leaving him a voicemail- telling him that I loved him and was in the middle of a shooting & I wasn’t sure if I would make it out alive. Next, while still running, I called my grandma to tell her the exact same thing. But the gunfire wasn’t stopping this whole time. It wasn’t ceasing. It wasn’t slowing down. And It was directly behind us, following us. Bullets were coming from every direction. Behind us, in front of us, to the side of us. But I know, I just know, that there was someone chasing us. The entire time I felt this way. The farther we got from the venue, the closer the gunfire got. I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one. As we were running, we kept changing direction, because it felt like no matter what direction we took, we were being followed. So we ended up running in a weird triangular path. The first place I remember getting to was a parking lot, and I told Casie (who was slightly in front of me) we needed to get under one of the trucks. She turned to me and started her way back to me, and that is when the gunfire got even CLOSER than ever before. It was RIGHT THERE. It was within the parking lot. Everyone around us was panicking once again. So we ditched the idea of getting underneath a vehicle, and we continued the run for our lives. If you know me, you know I am a big girl, who is out of shape, and who definitely does not run for any reason. But I can tell you I ran like I have never run before …

Can you feel the terror and horror? There is a lot more. All made it to safety.

This is what happened in the days that followed:

I have be[en] watching the news non-stop since I arrived back home to my family. And it just doesn’t make sense. The story that are feeding everyone doesn’t add up to our eyewitness accounts. There is something wrong with what they are saying & the evidence seems fake if you ask me. There are multiple people stating that there was a lady towards the beginning of the evening who had made her way up to the stage warning people that we were all gunna die- her and her boyfriend were escorted off the premises. Why has she not been mentioned by authorities? Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the ground- why aren’t we being taken more seriously? Tons of things don’t add up.

I know I am forgetting a bunch of what happened, and I will edit this post to include it as I remember.

I praise our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, for surviving a horrific incident. People were dropping like flies all around me, and there is absolutely ZERO reason why I wasn’t at least struck with a bullet. I left the Route 91 Festival completely unharmed physically, besides some scrapes and super sore bones & muscles. Mentally, however, is a different story. I do okay during the day, but as soon as nightfall hits, I get super scared & anxious. I am even typing this up with butterflies in my stomach and a racing heart. I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to go anywhere, ever. I can no longer be in any place with large crowds- concerts, festivals, theme parks, zoos, etc. I can no longer trust anyone around me. I can no longer close my eyes without seeing those bodies & hearing the sound of gunfire. I am ruined, as are thousands upon thousands of people.

On October 11, California’s Seacoastonline.com reported Kymberley Suchomel’s death. Her grandmother, Julie Norton, spoke to the reporter:

Norton found Suchomel just after 8:30 a.m. when she arrived to care for her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Scarlett. She believes Suchomel may have died in her sleep after her husband, Mike, left for work at 4:30 a.m.

“Kymberley had epilepsy and she’s always been prone to seizures — she told her friend that she recently had three focal seizures,” Norton told the Daily Press. “I believe the stress from the shooting took her life.”

The article says that Suchomel also spoke to the local Victorville Daily Press and summarised what she told them as well as more of her Facebook posts:

“That was the night that my life, and the lives of my friends, and so many others were changed forever,” Suchomel told the Daily Press the day after the shooting. “I might have escaped unharmed, but I know that I’ve been emotionally and mentally scarred for life.”

Suchomel, who was taking medication for a pituitary tumor, shared her fear of trying to fall sleep at night as the “sounds of gunfire” become louder in her head and the images of “broken and bloody bodies” flashed through her mind.

She also took to Facebook to share how the “most ridiculous things,” such as the sound of her alarm or loud voices, would send her heart racing in fear. She also shared how fear would sweep over her when her daughter would toss her toys, move too quickly or begin talking loudly after being quiet.

In one post, Suchomel said she overcame her fear for a moment by venturing out of her house to have lunch with her friend. She also explained how she was able to focus on the pain caused by a tattoo gun and forget the pain “caused by the horrific event…”

That is nothing short of tragic. A young wife and mother robbed of her life. A loving husband and young daughter robbed of such a lovely lady.

How unconscionable and callous can the actors in this massacre be? They do not care!

Gio Rios

Gio Rios and his girlfriend were in the front during the music festival. He reported similar testimony to Kymberley Suchomel.

I realise this video is nearly 45 minutes long, but it is worth watching. As with Suchomel’s testimony, Rios’s account differs greatly from the official police/FBI version of events (longer version here):

Rios and his girlfriend mustered all their adrenaline to keep on the run for four hours, three of which were spent hiding in a dumpster covering themselves with cardboard. When they were running, they ran then ducked to the ground. He said it was exhausting. His girlfriend, naturally, found it hard to keep up but she did.

Rios emphasises that the bullets they experienced that night were coming from a horizontal, not an angled, direction. So, gunmen were shooting directly at people. This wasn’t coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay.

Furthermore, gunfire was all over the area, wherever they went in the immediate aftermath.

They went to the Tropicana, where they were told to go into the casino. Rios wisely did not want to be around crowds but wanted a quick escape route where they could not be seen and could move relatively easily. Just after a man with a suitcase — he thinks a gun case — told them to go into the casino at the Tropicana, gunfire broke out there (in the casino). Luckily, Rios’s wit kept him and his girlfriend from following orders.

They ran past by wounded people, sometimes dead bodies. Women were overcome, and one projectile vomited. There was more gunfire outside once they found a parking garage. A man tried to take Rios’s girlfriend by the arm, trying to lead her away. Rios wasn’t having that.  A short time later, they found the dumpster, where they hid for three hours, he thinks. They heard a helicopter circling round and round, long after Rios’s father sent him a text to say that the gunman had been shot dead.

When everything quietened down, they climbed out of the dumpster and tried to go to their hotel or to the home of Rios’s relative. They encountered a policeman. Rios asked if the officer could take them to the relative’s home. The officer told them they would have to go to the Tropicana.

There, they were told to go to another floor, walking along a windowed — all glass — hallway to a room where blankets and water were supplied. They stayed there for an hour or so. People from nearby hotels were there. The first allowed to go back to their rooms were those from the Tropicana. Others were released at lengthy intervals to return hotel by hotel.

Once the two were back at their hotel, Rios stayed up to watch what President Donald Trump would say. Rios was deeply disappointed Trump did not call this for what Rios says it was:

a terrorist attack.

I, too, am disappointed that this occurred on Trump’s watch, but Trump is also battling the Deep State every day. These black ops — Deep State — operations have been ongoing for decades, getting worse and worse.

Rios gave his testimony by telephone to the FBI. He is still waiting to be called in for an interview.

Laura Loomer’s witness

Laura Loomer is an independent investigative journalist who spent several days in Las Vegas trying to uncover the truth about what happened. She has since returned to New York but continues to monitor events as they unfold.

Two other independent journalists — Mike Tokes and Jason Goodman — accompanied her, taking turns per assignment.

On Saturday, October 14, Jason Goodman released a video of Laura Loomer interviewing a young man and woman, both from Las Vegas, who were at the Route 91 festival and described many of the same things that Kymberley Suchomel and Gio Rios did:

Hello, keyboard sleuths, are we seeing a pattern here?

The young woman spoke more than her friend. She, too, is upset by the disparity of what witnesses saw and the official narrative.

Like Rios, she also wants to know when she will be called in to give her account of events to the authorities.

She said she is trying to heal emotionally, but it is hard for her to do so — and to sleep at night — when the authorities are giving out so little information:

The police, FBI and whoever else is behind this are acting despicably. Words cannot describe what these witnesses are going through right now. And to think that the injured — and the dead — involuntarily paid for this with tax dollars!

Warning: sensitive photo below.

Perhaps someone has already asked this question, but, in my hours of reading and watching videos about the Mandalay Bay massacre, it seems that only one website — Fellowship of the Minds — has pointed out the discrepancy of the photos of the shooter.

I’ve borrowed the first and third photos from them below.

This is the 64-year-old we were told shot 58 people on Sunday, October 1, 2017:

How, then, did he end up looking much younger? If the photo below is an old one, at least someone could have said so. Not so long ago, reporters would have done so.

As Fellowship of the Minds asked:

Does the dead man look like 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to you?

Who can say either way?

Back to my original thought, though. Why aren’t more people questioning the discrepancy in the photos?

On October 4 , 2017, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the Las Vegas University Medical Center to visit injured survivors of the Mandalay Bay massacre of October 1.

While I do not have an update on the people featured in that post, there is other news related to that horrible incident which continues to raise more questions by the day, such as these:

Reports indicated FBI agents seized cellphones from Harvest Music Festival workers after the October 1 incident. Reportedly all messages and videos from the weekend were wiped clean before returning them.

Vendors reported the same thing happened to them. Laptops at the scene were seized and wiped clean …

Why? Was it to prevent eyewitness evidence from getting out – contradicting the official story? There’s plenty to contradict.

Was the FBI complicit in what happened? The initial narrative changed, Stephen Paddock still accused of being a lone gunman in all official reports.

No witnesses were interviewed suggesting multiple shooters, including at least one on the ground, according to [Kymberley] Suchomel.

She’s dead and can’t elaborate further. So is Paddock, a millionaire. Did he take his own life as reported or was it taken from him?

Why would a man of his means conduct mass shootings and commit suicide when he had everything to live for?

How could anyone bring an arsenal of weapons into a Las Vegas hotel and casino unnoticed with security cameras everywhere? …

From what’s known, Paddock was used as a convenient patsy, a similar scenario playing out in all these type false flags, media scoundrels reporting official accounts, never challenging them.

The single gunman claim lacks credibility. It’s unclear if Paddock had anything to do with what happened – likely not, his explanation unable to be heard.

The shooter’s autopsy

The autopsy of Stephen Paddock was done last week. Other than saying his brain was ‘normal’, no further details have been released.

This was the story on October 13:

A few days later and still no update:

We have no information about the ballistics:

Mandalay Bay could be facing massive lawsuits:

Around this time, someone tweeted — complete with film — his findings at Mandalay Bay. Click on the tweet below to see the brief videos and comments:. UPDATE: Unfortunately, this person has now had to protect his tweets:

A number of survivors remain in hospital:

There is some good news, however. One lady, Tina Frost, is out of her coma:

Fox reported:

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Tina Frost, the 27-year-old took three steps to a chair and three steps back to her hospital bed Friday. Mary Watson Moreland, Tina’s mother, wrote on the page that Frost was also able to breathe on her own for six hours.

Frost was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her boyfriend when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay. Frost was shot in the head and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Moreland said doctors removed her daughter’s right eye, where the bullet was lodged. Doctors also removed a bone in Frost’s forehead to relive brain swelling.

As of Saturday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $529,000 to cover Frost’s medical expenses at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Even though the lazy media have moved on to other news topics, people still care about what happened. A group of Hawaiians created a two-mile-long lei made completely out of tea leaves and sent it to Las Vegas:

The lei rests on top of the 58 memorial crosses — one for each victim — which are near the crime scene. The crosses will be moved to nearby Henderson, Nevada, where they will be on permanent display:

I pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.

I also pray that the full truth comes out about what actually happened behind the scenes.

Last week, I posted the first video of the ‘American Pravda’ series made by James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team.

The second video, again about the New York Times but also YouTube came out on October 11, 2017:

The YouTube chap — Earnest Pettie, Brand and Diversity Curation Lead — says that his team provides ‘human inputs’ into YouTube. That means that they sometimes intervene to cause certain videos to trend, running a script (computer program) to bypass or manipulate YouTube’s algorithms.

Pettie was also full of praise for the subject of the first American Pravda video, Nick Dudich, who is no longer a New York Times employee, thanks to what the short film revealed.

Strangely, afterward — my first post on this series has more on Dudich’s dismissal — Dean Baquet, the NYT’s executive editor — accused James O’Keefe of lying:

I agree with O’Keefe. Surely Baquet should have thanked him for revealing the truth. Dudich was disingenuous in the video. O’Keefe never interviewed him, other Project Veritas team members did.

Project Veritas will be releasing more American Pravda videos in due course. Stay tuned.

Please note — sensitive subject matter below.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, the United States celebrated Columbus Day.

The actual day is October 12, but the second Monday is chosen to give Americans a three-day holiday where it is observed.

When I learned about Christopher Columbus in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the teachers presented a straightforward lesson. We all had to know the year he arrived: 1492. We had to know the names of his ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. We learned that he was an Italian, from Genoa. We learned that Spain — King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I — financed his trip to the New World, which he hoped was the Indies in Asia. The object was to acquire valuable natural resources, e.g. gold.

I don’t think many of us walked out of that history lesson thinking Columbus was perfect, but we remembered that he opened up the Atlantic to future exploration, colonisation and trade.

The American colonies were, for a time, referred to popularly as Columbia, even though Columbus never landed on the US mainland.

Columbus always maintained that the islands he claimed for Spain were in Asia. It was Amerigo Vespucci who proved during his voyages that they were in the New World, and why America was so named.

Remnants of Columbus’s terminology still exist. We use the name ‘Indian’ because that is what he called the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean islands he discovered. Again, he was certain he was in Asia — the Indies he was sent to discover. Even today, some of those islands are collectively referred to as the West Indies.

These days, Columbus is viewed as a bad man. American leftists have defaced Columbus statues in some cities. However, no one today discusses the brutality of the tribes he encountered. Furthermore, no one looks at standard behaviour and legal punishments of the 15th century.

Paraphrasing Thomas Hobbes, life was nasty, short and brutish. Europeans were abused in their own countries with excessive legal corporal punishments of some description, which Westerners have not tolerated for many decades.

Therefore, for people to say that Christopher Columbus was some sort of anomaly is far from the truth. He was typical of his time.

On Monday, October 9, Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed a professor from the University of Maryland, asking him about the furore about Columbus Day:

The professor says that Columbus had 100,000 slaves. He also mentions that Columbus started the slave trade because he had a number of blacks on his ships. However, one could go into the Moorish abduction and enslavement of whites in the British Isles in the 1600s and how ‘white slavery’ became another name for prostitution. It wasn’t just in the British Isles, either — but all over Europe (emphases mine below):

The slave markets that flourished on the Barbary Coast of North Africa, or modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and western Libya, between the 16th and middle of the 18th century. These markets prospered while the states were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but in reality they were mostly autonomous. The North African slave markets traded in European slaves which were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy to Spain, Portugal, France, England, the Netherlands, and as far afield as Iceland. Men, women, and children were captured to such a devastating extent that vast numbers of sea coast towns were abandoned. It is estimated that between 1500-1800, 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean Sea coast),[6] and roughly 700 Americans were held captive in this region as slaves between 1785 and 1815.[7]

Sixteenth- and 17th-century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul’s additional slave import from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700.[8] The markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and finally ended in the 1830s, when the region was conquered by France.

But I digress.

The professor whom Tucker Carlson interviewed even says at the 7:30 mark that Columbus never went to the US mainland. That admission rather shoots the anti-Columbus argument in the foot.

However, before bringing on the professor, Carlson introduced this topic wisely:

Carlson says this crusade against Columbus is all about the Left’s attempt to destroy Western civilisation:

  • This isn’t really about Columbus;
  • This is a full-scale assault from within on the West itself.

Before he interviews the professor (this part is in the full video), Carlson mentions an academic paper for the Third World Quarterly that had to be withdrawn not because it wasn’t well-researched, but because the editorial board vehemently disagreed with its conclusions.

This tweet mentions the fear of violent repercussions should the paper be published:

An online sleuth managed to trace the abstract and put the link on the Wayback Machine:

Abstract

For the last 100 years, Western colonialism has had a bad name. It is high time to question this orthodoxy. Western colonialism was, as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found, using realistic measures of those concepts. The countries that embraced their colonial inheritance, by and large, did better than those that spurned it. Anti-colonial ideology imposed grave harms on subject peoples and continues to thwart sustained development and a fruitful encounter with modernity in many places. Colonialism can be recovered by weak and fragile states today in three ways: by reclaiming colonial modes of governance; by recolonising some areas; and by creating new Western colonies from scratch.

Overall, there is some truth in that, although I disagree with recolonisation. Those countries have been independent for well over five decades; they need to govern themselves properly, without corruption — for their people’s sake.

In closing, Carlson made another good point: the Latin American countries with statues, city squares and other places named after Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) aren’t renaming or dismantling them.

This is just one more reason not to trust the Left.

— Do read the comment below about Spain and Columbus Day. —

James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team have done it again!

The following video is the first in a series called ‘American Pravda’ which exposes the media:

This video came out on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. It centres on Nicholas Dudich, the New York Times’s Audience Strategy Editor. Dudich makes some remarkable claims: that James Comey is his godfather (he later says he lied but it was ‘a good story’) and that he was part of Antifa working undercover for the FBI.

Dudich says he worked on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and on Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.

Whatever the truth of the matter, he is very much on the Left and says he wants to ‘make a diference’ by influencing opinion, not present objective fact. PJ Media provides a snippet of what Dudich said about President Donald Trump (emphases mine):

I’d target his businesses, his dumb f*** of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric, so they’re running Trump, like, the Trump business. … And you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down. … He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. … He would resign.

That segment ended with this:

Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.

Yeah, sure, buddy.

The video infuriated Esquire:

There’s no reason to trust anything O’Keefe says or any BOMBSHELL RECORDING (!) he produces. The presumption must always be that the recordings are edited with a meat-ax to produce something that will get TDMOTI and his audience of slavering shut-ins moist with anticipation for the first time since V-E Day.

Oh, yeah — and there’s Dudich saying that he wants to influence opinion on every NYT video he posts online.

The following is from the NYT‘s ethical guidelines:

The NYT was quick to take action. Clifford Levy is the paper’s deputy managing editor. Note that Levy says Dudich ‘was’ responsible only for posting videos, not creating or editing them:

Earlier, in August, Levy issued the following statement to staff. The video has dialogue with Dudich which confirms that the interview did take place that month:

O’Keefe tweeted:

I look forward to it but hope that O’Keefe will vary from his usual practice of issuing two meaty videos then a series of minute-long anti-climactic ones.

Someone posted this picture in a discussion about the Project Veritas video. Have a look. I’m not posting it here because of the image credit.

One America News (OAN) is doing a three-part series with O’Keefe on how he and his team work. It’s dangerous business, so if these become available on YouTube, I shall post them. In the meantime, this is OAN’s trailer (preview):

We need the truth to come out about the big, bad media. Thank goodness James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are doing their best to help. Kudos to OAN for broadcasting it.

See comments below for an update. More to follow after the weekend.

In 2015, I wrote a post, ‘The story of priest holes in Tudor England’.

One of my readers, CherryPie of Cherie’s Place, has been to two of these stately homes which had priest holes — priest hides — for Catholic priests during the tumultuous Reformation period in England.

I highly recommend her posts on Harvington Hall and Dorney Court. They are beautifully written and illustrated.

Priest holes — hides — are a fascinating and little-known part of English history. The owners of these houses were able to conceal these rooms rather well from soldiers and other authorities who went to arrest Catholic priests for treason. Many of these small rooms served as chapels, complete with everything a priest needed to say Mass.

I look forward to reading more about these rooms on Cherie’s Place when she visits Stoner in due course.

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