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Recently, the following graphic has been trending about how the American media empire fits underneath powerful global socio-political organisations:

Click on the Swiss Propaganda Research link included in Assange’s tweet to see the full image.


We think that Big Media are trustworthy. Big Media get told what narratives to push. Anything that goes against the grain of globalism — e.g. anti-globalist President Donald Trump — must be hammered.

Look at the fifth column from the right. For those who think that Disney has our interests at heart, think again. Marvel, a subsidiary, is in that column. Notice how the characters and narratives in comic books have changed over the past few years? That’s why.

Eric Schmidt

Equally important is the social media column on the far right.

Eric Schmidt, although recently resigned from Google’s parent company, Alphabet …

… hit a trifecta by participating in Bilderberg, the CFR and the Trilateral Commission.

Schmidt’s announcement makes it look as if he is going to pretty much leave the organisation, however, ZeroHedge tells us more (emphases in the original):

He will become a technical adviser to Google parent Alphabet, while continuing to serve on the board …

The question is – is Schmidt getting ready for 2020?

The rest of the article is damning. Please read it.

Two more excerpts follow.

The first tells us more about Schmidt:

On the Wikipedia link you can read more about Mr. Schmidt, one of the richest person on earth, an advocate of net neutrality, a corporate manager and owner of a lot, a collector of modern art, etc. And you can read about his heavy involvement with Hillary Clinton’s recent campaign and the Obama administration and about Schmidt’s involvement with Pentagon, too.

Eric Emerson Schmidt’s name is associated with the world’s largest and most systematic data collecting search engine, Google, that millions upon millions use. School children, teachers, parents, media people, politicians and you and I all daily “google” what we need to know.

While we do that, Google tracks everything about us and if you are searching for a thing to buy, say a camera, be sure that camera ads will shortly after turn up on your screen. And they know everything we are interested in through our “googling” including political interests and hobbies.

He has also travelled to North Korea, no doubt with the blessing of the United States, to plug their government elite into the Web (old photo):

The second discusses the implications of Google’s algorithms to de-rank certain online pages to censor unwanted views. The broader context in the ZeroHedge article is that Schmidt wants to wreck aspects of Russian media as seen in a video:

This very powerful corporate leader with a open political orientation has decided – as will be seen 58 seconds into the video – that the Internet and his hugely dominating search engine a) shall cave in to political pressure, b) de-rank at least these two Russian media organizations because c) he knows they are “propaganda outlets” (it isn’t discussed at all or compared with US or other countries’ media) and d) in the name of political correctness it is OK to limit the freedom of opinion-formation.

That said, Schmidt’s strategy applies to everyday users as well (purple highlight mine):

Mr Schmidt, you are blatantly and clearly interfering in the rights of millions, if not billions, to know. To seek information. To shape their opinions.

With your few words you abuse your almost unlimited digital, political, economic and ‘defence’ power – much much worse than if you had sexually abused just one woman for which older men today are fired or choose to resign.

This has to be stated irrespective of whether we like or dislike Russia and its media. That is not the issue here. This has to be fought against because it is slippery slope, Mr Schmidt.

You ought to stand up and use your powers with principles and vision: To protect the Internet against every and each reduction of freedom. Freedom for all, also the fake news-makers however we define them. Yes, there is another solution for that problem and it is not your paternalism.

It just cannot be for you to decide what is good for others and collect data about us all which is only good for you.

How many of us still use Google? Too many. Why not try Duck Duck Go and Start Page first?

Question media’s motives

The media overview and a tranche of it should make us question their motives, via both traditional and online means.


Regular readers know that I have covered several exposés from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas about the media and Democrat activists.

Their last one was about the Washington Post, in November 2017.

Their new one is all about Twitter.

On January 17, 2018, Twitter was among the big social media companies appearing before the United States Senate:

In practice, ‘extremist propaganda’ often refers to messages and news supporting President Donald Trump.

It also includes the president himself:

More detail follows.

James O’Keefe asks Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey a question:

Here are a few more teasers about Twitter (language alert), handy to forward to friends and family who don’t have time to watch the longer videos:

Twitter dislikes patriots:

Okay, O’Keefe meant ‘rogue’, but note that Twitter is not questioning the video content:

Twitter users complained. In return, the company manipulated the trending hashtag results:

Twitter cannot look at everything, but, rest assured, they have a few hundred people looking at obscene images. Do they keep those images? Where do the images go next? Hmm. Sounds potentially nefarious, but, then, people should not be sending that type of stuff in the first place.

Without further ado, Project Veritas issued the first video (8:16 minutes) on January 10. It is an interview with Clay Haynes, senior network security engineer, who discusses helping the DOJ with any potential enquiries regarding Trump (written summary):

The second video (15:14 minutes), issued on January 11, features policy manager Olinda Hassan discussing censorship of ‘sh*tty people’. Pranay Singh, direct messaging engineer, explains how they do it. Mihai Florea, a software engineer, admits that half of Twitter employees want to delete Trump’s account for good; the other half want to keep it. Mo Norai, a former content review agent, says that Twitter is between 90% to 99% anti-Trump (written summary):

The third and final video (9:37 minutes) was posted on January 15. It features Pranay Singh, direct messaging engineer, discussing obscene images and messages (written summary):

One thing that has struck viewers of these videos is the number of foreigners in them, pervasive throughout Silicon Valley. They might be easier to work with where matters of censorship are concerned. Still, one cannot help but take exception to someone whose homeland is not the United States referring to Twitter users representing half the American population as ‘sh*tty people’.

By the way, O’Keefe’s new book, American Pravda, discusses the four Project Veritas media exposés. His publisher, Macmillan, has a summary which says, in part:

The book not only contests the false narratives frequently put forth by corporate media, it documents the consequences of telling the truth in a world that does not necessarily want to hear it. O’Keefe’s enemies attack with lawsuits, smear campaigns, political prosecutions, and false charges in an effort to shut down Project Veritas. For O’Keefe, every one of these attacks is a sign of success.

American Pravda puts the myths and misconceptions surrounding O’Keefe’s activities to rest and will make you rethink every word you hear and read in the so-called mainstream press.

O’Keefe recently told Alex Jones that he always needs new undercover journalists but warned that it is hard, potentially dangerous, work that most people would not be able to do:

American Pravda also has examples of social media users buoying support for President Trump during the 2016 election. He devotes a whole chapter to the contributors at The_Donald, known as ‘weaponised autists’ (link from The_Donald has a three-page excerpt). A lot of them came from 4chan, which is where the term originated.

If you haven’t read or heard much about this story, it’s not surprising. Alternatively, perhaps you heard or read something about it that is inaccurate, with omissions.

Twitter’s platform is great. Twitter’s censorship is not.

On Friday, May 12, 2017, I posted a timeline of French media articles about the new French president Emmanuel Macron, most of which concerned his finances.

Anti-Macron French people wonder if the lack of transparency about his personal finances could, if investigated, turn out to be as significant as the Cahuzac affair which saw a former minister of François Hollande’s jailed for three years last December. Dr Cahuzac, originally a surgeon, is also prohibited from holding office for five years.

In February, someone pointed out that Macron, economics minister for François Hollande’s administration, got his start in politics from Cahuzac:

My post also mentioned an article from the Médiapart readers’ site, Club Médiapart, which proved explosive, creating a firestorm of media reaction. Essentially, it asked if Emmanuel Macron is a new Cahuzac.

Médiapart‘s editor Edwy Plénel had to tell the media that the views expressed on Club Médiapart have nothing whatsoever to do with Médiapart‘s editorial line. That said, despite numerous requests to take the article of April 14 down, Plénel refused, saying it did not violate any of their terms and conditions.

The Club Médiapart article did not have much on Cahuzac himself. Most of it focussed on Macron, 39, being an establishment creation, and — although the author did not use the following words, I will — a Manchurian Candidate.

Excerpts and a summary follow, translation and emphases mine.

First, how can one explain the meteoric rise of the youngest president in France’s history?

… the facts are stubborn. Macron’s journey does not go unnoticed without raising some questions: by what means can an individual, unknown until a few months ago, find himself in such a position? To be sure, talent and self-discipline can explain the stunning rapidity of such a trajectory, but, on the other hand, political life is far from linear, and to play a certain role in it, as in the theatre, one must have great directors.

We are convinced that Emmanuel Macron, contrary to appearances and his repetitive chant on reforming the practices of the political world, is not exempt from the old constraints which govern this particular world.

Then there is a certain irony of the public seeing early photos of Macron as a boy acting in a school play, which provides a reference point for his future as an adult. Even better, his drama teacher — now his wife — Brigitte Trogneux had directed the production. What did that portend for Macron’s future?

There is the stage where Emmanuel Macron performs and plays a tailor-made role, and then there is the backstage, where we find characters as diverse as Brigitte Trogneux, Henry Hermand ([recently deceased] multimillionaire, great financier of the Second [modern] Left, and mentor of Macron), François Henrot (Director of the Rothschild bank), David Rothschild (head of the business bank), Jean-Pierre Jouyet (secretary general of the Elysée) and, of course, Francois Hollande.

And there are more establishment figures in Macron’s universe:

So many complex characters, who have alternately played a considerable part in the rise of Macron to the highest levels of the republic. So many characters to whom Macron is devoted, and necessarily indebted. To these key players, we must add the media and financial ecosystem that has anointed him. Alain Minc, Jacques Attali, Pierre Bergé and Patrick Drahi, all these actors have played a more or less direct role in his political journey.

In other words, Macron is anything but an anti-establishment candidate. He is a globalist of the first water.

Don’t be deceived by the media craze. In fact, a radio programme that went against the grain was not allowed to be rebroadcast:

At the beginning of April, a show on LCI, Médiasphère, revealed candidate Macron’s artificiality. Depicted as a puppet serving extraordinary interests, Macron was laid bare during the show. The media effect of this broadcast of a few tens of minutes was such that LCI was forced to cancel the repeat of Médiasphère.

My post of Friday, May 5 explained how two strong candidates — the conservative Francois Fillon and the socialist Manuel Valls — had to be cleared out of the way for Macron to win. The Club Médiapart author says Macron is far from a genius:

Macron is a theatre actor, endowed with a questionable talent, as shown by his poor performance in the various presidential debates. Behind the scenes, a crowd of individuals, more or less commendable, write his role for him, draw up his replies, choreograph him and create the backdrop.

The author concludes that Macron we see is not the true Macron. Who is Emmanuel Macron really?

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, 60 Minutes featured a special on fake news.

One of the people interviewed was Mike Cernovich of Danger & Play, his alternative media website that did much to persuade Millennials to vote for Donald Trump in 2016.

Cernovich is a lawyer, author, free speech activist, and documentary filmmaker:

I’ve written three books, produced a documentary on media hoaxes, and am producing a second documentary on free speech culture in the West. My books have over 1,000 reviews on Amazon and Audible. My podcast is also five-stars. (Scroll down to watch my documentary and learn more.)

While my Twitter is high profile, it’s the least interesting aspect of my writing and speaking. I’ve travelled around the world giving seminars and writing books. Most “journalists” who write hit pieces about me don’t even know how to describe me. Everyone from Gawker to Politifact to Slate has covered me, and MSNBC had a “special report” about my Tweets.

This is his 11-minute film from September 2016 discussing media distortion of news during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions:

CBS’s 60 Minutes team are piqued that Cernovich’s site and Twitter feed are more popular than theirs. In February 2017, he reached 83m Twitter readers. When interviewed, he said that his Twitter feed sometimes gets as many as 150m hits per month.

The upshot of the 60 Minutes enquiry into fake news is that they are envious of citizen journalists who can do their job better than they do. So, they condemn anyone with a keyboard, camera and microphone. Scott Pelley from 60 Minutes called Cernovich’s articles ‘lies’.

Big Media are also out to censor — if not remove — independent citizen journalists from the Internet. Twitter and Facebook, as some of you know, have been censoring links, videos and pictures (e.g. photographs of Donald Trump) for a few months now.

It was curious that, in his interview with Cernovich, Pelley focussed on three subjects from last year: Spirit Cooking, Pizzagate and Hillary Clinton’s health. Hmm. Why are those topics bothering Big Media so much that they brand them as fake?

Spirit Cooking and Pizzagate emerged from the content of last year’s Podesta emails from WikiLeaks.

Big Media documented Hillary’s health problems widely, from the coughing fits after Labor Day to her collapse at the 9/11 memorial ceremony the following weekend. In between those events, The Hill published a long article, ‘Clinton campaign warns media to tread carefully’. An excerpt follows:

The pushback signaled that Clinton’s campaign intends to sharply counterattack news organizations that take questions about her health seriously.

“They’re trying to work the refs a little bit as they try to push back on the mainstream media’s willingness to pick up on some of this stuff that’s usually left to the fringes,” Clinton surrogate Jim Manley explained.

The Drudge Report and other conservative media sites have largely driven the coverage of Clinton’s health, following the concussion she suffered in late 2012 and years before she announced her intention to run again for president.

But Manley said the Democrat’s camp has seen the coverage “bleeding to the mainstream media” in recent weeks.

After Trump insinuated recently that Clinton wasn’t healthy, the campaign responded forcefully, ripping Trump allies for concocting fake documents from Clinton’s doctor.

“They’re trying to stop it,” Manley continued. “I think they learned a long time ago that you can’t just ignore these things. There’s always a fine line between react or not, but in this day in age, to say nothing is often not the best way to go.”

Clinton aides and supporters see the healthcare stories as a bunch of baloney, and they want the media to cover it as such.

Ironically, a few days later, an ordinary bystander, Zdenek Gazda, happened to be where Clinton slumped against a bollard before being bundled in to her van by aides and Secret Service detail. If it weren’t for him, the world would never have known. Because of the emergency situation, media photographers would not have been there. Gazda filmed the following:

Spirit Cooking involves Marina Abramovic’s performance art. According to her, it is nothing more than that. However, last year, WikiLeaks tweeted part of the ritual. We Are Change tells the story (graphic content!):

As for Pizzagate, Big Media and others want to quash persistent questions about suspected child trafficking and molestation networks. Yet, in addition to the frequent and peculiar mentions of pizza on Podesta WikiLeaks, older videos already existed on YouTube about this topic. A few featured a popular pizza parlour in Washington DC. Also, Instagram accounts of certain individuals with links to that location had disturbing photos of children.

That said, Pizzagate refers to the broad American network of child sex abusers, wherever they might be.

Citizen journalists and alternative media began using the existing resources to present circumstantial evidence that this was going on. Nearly everyone who wrote or talked about the subject admitted that they could go no further. The hope was that Donald Trump would win and get a strong Attorney General to launch investigations.

Alex Jones always maintained that Pizzagate was a ‘distraction’ (his word) from deeper corruption in government. Yet, because one or two of his reporters put out a couple of videos on the subject last autumn, someone forced Jones to issue an on-air apology at the weekend:

This brings us to Mike Cernovich, who hasn’t had to apologise for anything but has been branded as a purveyor of fake news because he covered these two topics last year.

60 Minutes invited him to appear on the show and discuss it. Cernovich accepted. Who wouldn’t? He did not expect to get fair coverage, but there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Here is his interview, just over two minutes long. (If the video below doesn’t work, try this one):

Here is an excerpt from the brief discussion of Clinton’s health:

Pelley: She had pneumonia.

Cernovich: How do you know? Who told you that?

Pelley: Her campaign told us that.

Cernovich: Why would you trust the campaign?

Pelley: Uh… Ummm… the point is, you never talked to anyone who examined Hillary Clinton.

Cernovich: I don’t take anything Hillary Clinton is going to say at all as true. I’m not going to take her at her word. The mainstream media says ‘we’re not gonna take president Donald Trump at his word’ and that’s why we are in these different universes.

Cernovich was pleased he gave a good interview. Imagine the traffic he must have had as 60 Minutes gave a lingering close up of one of his Danger & Play articles.

Replies to this Cernovich tweet show various pictures of Clinton needing assistance with standing or climbing stairs.

The following dialogue ended up on the digital equivalent of the cutting room floor (emphases mine):

Scott Pelley: Who’s gunning for you?

Mike Cernovich: You are. I’m on 60 Minutes. Right?

Scott Pelley: What do you mean, we’re gunning for you?

Mike Cernovich: Do I really think that you guys are going to tell the story that I would like to have told, no. Your story’s going to be here’s a guy, spreads fake news, uses social media, these social media people better … I know the story you guys are doing before you do it.

Scott Pelley: What’s wrong with that story?

Mike Cernovich: Because it is an agenda. The agenda is … The truth is you’ve talked to a person who sincerely believes it’s true, you must also admit that there have been many stories reported by major outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, that were false.

Scott Pelley: Agreed.

Mike Cernovich: People get it wrong, so why then come guns blazing at me, and not guns blazing at everybody? Why isn’t this segment going to say, how did the New York Times get conned? How did the Washington Post believe that Russia had hacked the power grid? We all together, collectively need to discover what the truth is, and converse with one another what the truth is, that’s a different story.

Another story is, here is a person that is able to bypass traditional media outlets, reach people directly to tell a story. Maybe he’s a good guy, maybe he’s not. People decide.

This is another story, ’cause I know the story you guys are going to tell. Hillary Clinton’s perfectly healthy. This guy Cernovich that said she’s not, he has no reason to say that. Facebook and Twitter need to crackdown on this kind of stuff.

Scott Pelley: What’s wrong with that story?

Mike Cernovich: I just told you, because that is an agenda. You could tell a more whole picture. You could tell a full story, but that’s one narrow thing. ’Cause I know by the questions you’re asking, the story you’re going to tell.

Cernovich posted more dialogue left out of the televised segment. An excerpt follows:

Scott Pelley: Well, the benefit of intermediaries is having experienced editors check things out and research people. Check the facts before it goes out to the public. You don’t do any of that.

Mike Cernovich: Where are the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Scott Pelley: That was a big mess, but that was because the Government –

Mike Cernovich: And how much –

Scott Pelley: Told us they existed.

Mike Cernovich: And how much, then why trust the government?

Scott Pelley: We also, we also reported that they didn’t exist.

Mike Cernovich: Right. Well, how much damage was caused by the fake news story about weapons of mass destruction? How much damage was caused by that Rolling Stone rape hoax, where the fraternity was shut down? Bang, bang, bang. People attacking them. Assault.

So the critique is, and the Washington Post recently of course had said that the Burlington power grid had been hacked by the Russians. And then it turned out well, actually some guy, maybe he had been watching some stuff he wouldn’t have been watching on the internet. And maybe his computer was compromised. But even then, nobody knows. That’s the Washington Post, right?

New York Times, weapons of mass destruction. None ever found. Washington Post, Russia attacking the power grid. Can you believe it? Unbelievable. What a disaster.

Obama prosecuting whistle-blowers all the time, everywhere. Obama spending money to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests. All the time. I don’t see any complaints about that. But then people want to come after me guns blazing. Come after me hard. I’m not starting wars in Iraq, which was a disgrace. I’m not starting wars in Afghanistan. I’m not getting people into deep deficits. And ruining lives, right?

Cernovich posted on that 60 Minutes garnered 15.19m viewers that night. In another post, he cited 10.6m. Either way, that viewer tally left the other networks in the dust between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The programme in second place attracted a paltry 5.77m.

Cernovich said the actual footage of his interview is 45 minutes long. He has asked that people who want CBS to release the full version tweet at #Cerno60. Also:

Big Media — and special interests — want alternative news sources to disappear.

On an immediate level, they want that to happen because a) there are certain stories they don’t want hitting the general public and b) they want to stifle support for Trump.

However, one must ask why alternative news sources exist in the first place.

The answer is that Big Media are not doing their job properly. They editorialise instead of report. They obfuscate instead of tell the truth. They distort instead of present both sides of a story.

Oh, the irony: an Internet sensation being the most popular person on television, however briefly.

Michael Savage is the third person to be censored for discussing Hillary Clinton’s health.

In August, Dr Drew lost his show at CNN for doing the same thing. Around the same time, Huffington Post contributor David Seaman was sacked for writing an article about the Democratic candidate’s health.

Clearly, no one from larger media outlets must question Hillary’s health.

Can you imagine the censorship if she is elected president? She has already said she would shut down the alt-right Drudge Report, Breitbart and Alex Jones.

With regard to Michael Savage, The Conservative Treehouse has this:

Wow. This is quite remarkable.

Michael Savage is a very well known radio talk personality. The Savage Nation is a nationally syndicated talk show that is the second most listened-to radio talk show in the country with an audience of over 20 million listeners on 400 stations across the United States.

On Monday, September 26, Savage was discussing Big Media bias regarding the presidential debate that evening. Then, he brought up Hillary’s health (emphases mine):

… the broadcaster began discussing Hillary Clinton’s mysterious health condition that Savage believes might be Parkinsons.

Almost immediately, and without any notification, New York (tri-state area) radio station WABC-Radio TV cut Savage off the air and replaced him with the lesser rated  Curtis And [Ku]by Show.

It wasn’t just New York, either:

Shortly thereafter, as Michael Savage discovered the issue and began discussing what was going on in/around the New York broadcast area, all Savage affiliates nationwide cut off the broadcast and replaced the live transmission with a recording of a previous show.

Updates to follow.

The audio below carries Savage’s discovery of what was happening, particularly at 23:00 in:

These are dark days for freedom of speech in the United States.

Under a Hillary Clinton administration, they will get even darker.

A while back I criticised the increase in Big Media closing their sites to readers’ comments.

It’s censorship.

On September 14, Damian Thompson — who worked at The Telegraph for many years and has been at The Spectator for the last few — posted an article ‘Comment threads are closing, thankfully – but the underpants brigade have won’.

It’s one of the laziest pieces of journalism I have read this year. He gives no indication as to why he is saying that comments are closing. No what, where or when, either: standard journalistic questions every article should answer.

I learned about that in primary school English class.

Yes, every year our books included a series of journalism lessons with in-class assignments where we had to write a short news, features or sports story. We had to compose them the way they would appear in a newspaper. The teacher would come around to grade them and the best were read out in class.

Not only did we learn something useful; we also began reading newspapers more frequently.

But I digress.

Several years ago, Thompson, a practising Catholic, got into a Telegraph comments row with a group of Catholic traditionalists. One weekend in May, he deleted all their comments from one of his blog posts. I remember it well, because I saw it happen in real time. They soon turned to WordPress, where they have been maintaining their sites since 2009. Sorry, I cannot remember their names, but maybe one of them will come on here to comment!

Bearing that in mind, it’s interesting that Thompson writes this (emphases mine):

For five years I was editor of Telegraph Blogs. Every day, from the moment we switched on our computers, we had to live with the drone of the ‘underpants brigade’, as one colleague called them.

To the casual reader, these Y-front warriors were obvious fruitcakes. But they had a sharp eye for the fragility of the journalistic ego.

Yes, they certainly did, Damian. And you lacked the professionalism to buck up and allow them to voice their opinions.

After he deleted the Catholic traditionalists’ posts, I never read another article by Thompson again until this particular one.

But enough about Damian Thompson and his paltry journalism. What did the readers say in response?

First, he received over 1,480 comments. Well played, readers!

Secondly, one reader offered an eloquent defence of comments:

Since the Telegraph turned off comments, I’ve largely stopped reading it. Funnily enough, Damian, I used to comment on your rather excitable pieces in that paper. I’m mostly on the Guardian now, but I don’t click on articles which don’t allow comments for the same reason I won’t on the Telegraph: most of the articles present a very slanted view of the world, with claims which don’t stand up – and are not above trotting out downright lies

Comment threads aren’t welcomed by professional writers because they remove their privileged position: embarrassingly, they allow scrutiny of articles to be placed in situ. This doesn’t really affect careful writers who produce well-researched and analytical articles, at worst they’ll get a tide of childish bile from people unwilling to listen to their viewpoint; but for the many charlatans who’ve based their careers on spewing (previously unchallenged) polemic, there’s an almost inevitable payback below every trashy article they produce: comment after comment pulling apart their tawdry arguments. Consequently, comments are the best thing which has ever happened to news media.

Finally, another reader said that any media outlet that drops comments will lose readers:

Like many I stopped paying a sub to the Telegraph and now hardly visit even for the free articles. Other places will get the traffic of the excluded.

That’s definitely true. I, too, stopped reading The Telegraph after they dropped comments. I read a lot more Guardian articles now.

Someone else agreed:

Me too! I didn’t contribute much in the comment sections, but they were the main reason I used and subscribed to the DT. I no longer subscribe and it isn’t even in my Favourites folder any longer. I stopped visiting the site altogether.

it was the comments that entertained, not the articles!

Yes, I used to read the comments for useful responses and links rebutting or adding more to the articles.

Ironically, that’s exactly what happened with Damian Thompson’s article. A reader sent in a blog link discussing the Catholic Herald‘s suppression of comments.

The Catholic Herald article attempts to strike a regretful tone in announcing its new policy and ultimately sends readers to Facebook. What about readers who don’t want to be on Facebook yet would like to contribute?

we are a small team. Our three full-time editorial staff (including me) work round the clock with a little army of part-timers to produce an up-to-the-minute news site and a weekly magazine (we made the change in 2014, after 127 years as a broadsheet).

Inevitably, time is scarce. And that is why we’ve decided to close comments on our articles (in common with many other Catholic websites).

The decision has been a difficult one. Readers have, over the years, offered insightful, funny and heartfelt responses to our articles. But moderating comments is a time-consuming daily task. We believe that time could be better spent on offering readers more news and analysis.

This does not mean the end of dialogue with our readers. We know that this bond is vital. When major issues arise we will post items that allow for comments. Meanwhile, our Facebook page is always open for discussions.

The Catholic site discussing this new policy has this:

Shame. The Catholic Herald had done so well for so long. It is so sad that it has finally capitulated to various pressures at such a crucial time in the Church’s life.

Whatever financial rewards come their way, I’m sure it won’t be through their print edition since whenever I go into a Church there are always a good few copies to spare.

Certain people, however, will be happy about this decision. This decision is a slap in the face to their readership. I won’t be reading it anymore. What a self-defeating decision. Their writers – talented as some of them are – are not the main attraction of blogs. The main attraction of blogs is that others can contribute to the issue being dealt with. I would have thought that to those interested in gaining an audience in the Catholic world today that this was self-evident.

But you know, what do I know?

Pray for blogs, pray for bloggers and pray for journalists and the Catholic Press. I guess you could say we’re all up against it in one way or another.

Every person hungry for the truth, whether it be religious or secular, laments every occasion when yet another major media site closes comments.

Now imagine if The Spectator had closed comments on Damian Thompson’s article. Nearly everyone reading it would have wondered what he was talking about. He had no news at all to support his headline. We would have walked away none the wiser.

However, that one comment linking to the Catholic Herald policy adopted in August helped flesh out the matter.

That is, if that’s what Thompson was referring to.

Last week, Big Media insisted that Donald Trump was going to be shut off from the black community in Detroit.

Sure, he would do an interview with Bishop Wayne Jackson of Great Faith International Ministries which will air on his Impact Network then attend one of his church services. But the Republican candidate would not be speaking with or addressing people. He would remain silent.

How wrong they were.

On Saturday, September 3 Trump gave a one-on-one interview to Jackson and attended a church service. Jackson announced that Trump had prepared a few words to say and that he was welcome to address the congregation. Jackson had a special podium brought out and Trump spoke.

Trump acknowledged at length the importance of black churches in American life. He talked about the importance of Christianity in America as a whole. He complimented Jackson on his interviewing skills, saying they were superior to that of professional interviewers. He also paid compliments to his wife, Dr Jackson. He spoke of the division in America and how people ‘talk past each other’. He said he wanted to unify America and to bring people together as a nation. He said he was proud to represent the party of Abraham Lincoln and put emphasis on the fact that Lincoln was a Republican. He was pained to see the closed shops and people sitting in doorways in Detroit because they had no jobs. He pledged to bring jobs to the city and get people working again. He also pledged that the schools would improve.

Trump ended with 1 John 4:12:

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

He received a warm reception from the congregation.

Afterwards, Jackson gave him a prayer shawl which he had personally prayed and fasted over. He put it around Trump’s shoulders. He also gave him two Bibles — one for him and one for Melania.

He then spoke of the importance of reading the Bible when things got tough and situations seemed impossible. It was really moving. The congregation were listening intently, many taking pictures with their phones.

Then Reuters — the company filming the event — cut the filming.

The full address — and most of Jackson’s words — are in the following video:

A commenter at The Conservative Treehouse tells us what happened next (emphases mine):

I live in metro Detroit and was watching both a local stream from the church’s site and the networks feed on CNN from Reuters. I saw the networks video get cut live as it happened, where the feed from church was still going. I got to see the rest and it was the most moving part. I knew they were not going to let that happen since it would jump over everything negative they were trying to frame ahead and after the event.

This person continued:

The Pastor was providing a gift of … some sort of pin, maybe a cross? He stated something like when you [are] alone in the darkness… struggling with difficult decisions… you feel the weight of the world upon you, wear these and reflect to God to provide you with the wisdom and serenity to make the right choices. Something [of] that nature.

Behind the sound and the cameras, Reuters personnel were having a kerfuffle. One did not want to cut the feed and said he didn’t care if he were demoted. This video has dialogue, including subtitles, of what they were saying:

I’m shooting, I don’t care what … I’ll take a demotion …

Then, from the supervisor:

Shut this down

Answered with:



Shut it, yeah

And finally:

Yes, Michael. Do it.

Reuters — the company that changed its polling methods in July so that Trump would look as if he were sinking. It worked for a few weeks. But even Reuters’s polling fix can’t keep him down. The latest Reuters/Ipsos polls from Wednesday, August 31 show that Trump is only down by one and two points.

Reuters are shameful both in their polling and their censorship of a pivotal event.

Afterwards, Trump took a tour of the neighbourhood where Dr Ben Carson grew up and stopped in front of his house. Trump spoke with the lady who owns the house now as well as a few of her neighbours. Trump left, probably to see more of Detroit, and Carson spoke to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond.

The good doctor has infinite patience.

Diamond kept asking if Trump should have said in reference to black Americans at an earlier rally elsewhere in the United States ‘What do you have to lose?’

Carson kept explaining that it wasn’t the way Trump said it that mattered but the message behind that question. That was what people were missing. Including Diamond, but he is too much of a gentleman to say so.

In closing, someone else on The Conservative Treehouse said they were glad they saw those two videos — posted there — because they happened to watch a television newscast which said that Trump’s visit to Detroit had been a flop. There were protesters outside the church and he was made to feel unwelcome.

Well, there were protesters outside the church, but, inside, something very profound and solemn was taking place. His conversation with the people outside of Ben Carson’s home seems to have gone well, too, brief though it was.

Oh, yes. One last thing. Never mind what someone from CNN tweeted about the Trump campaign asking for the feed to be cut. That seems rather doubtful. Damage limitation, anyone?

How many more lies do we have to endure from Big Media?

CNN wasn’t the only media outlet to put paid to Dr Drew Pinsky, although they were the most drastic.

KABC radio took down a link with his thoughts about Hillary Clinton’s health.

Here’s a look at both.


On August 17, Gateway Pundit reported:

KABC-AM has taken down the web page that featured Dr. Drew Pinsky speaking frankly about his concerns regarding the health and treatment of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that was titled, “Dr. Drew Speaks Out on Hillary’s Health.”

When you access the page, you get this message:

Whoops! Page Not Found
Don’t fret, you didn’t do anything wrong. It appears that the page you are looking for does not exist or has been moved elsewhere.

If you keep ending up here, please head back to our homepage or try the search form below.

This video features a brief excerpt from the interview with Dr Drew, ‘America’s most trusted physician’:

Fortunately, the full audio is still available. Anyone wishing to hear the interview can do so by clicking here.

Infowars has highlights of the KABC interview, excerpts of which follow (emphases mine):

Appearing on KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning, the hosts of the show were expecting Dr. Drew, known as “America’s most trusted physician,” to debunk claims that Hillary is having significant health problems, but Pinsky instead dropped several bombshells.

Pinsky said he and his colleague Dr. Robert Huizenga had already analyzed what medical records on Hillary had been released and were “gravely concerned….not just about her health but her health care.”

Pinsky noted that after her fall, Hillary suffered from a “transverse sinus thrombosis,” an “exceedingly rare clot” that “virtually guarantees somebody has something wrong with their coagulation system.”

“What’s wrong with her coagulation system, has that been evaluated?” asked Dr. Drew, adding, that Hillary was being given “weird” medication that could be exacerbating her health problems …

Pinsky said the situation was “bizarre,” adding that Hillary’s medical condition was “dangerous” and “concerning”.

Dr. Drew also highlighted when Hillary had to wear prism glasses after her fall [in 2012], declaring, “that is brain damage, and so that’s affecting her balance….tell us a little more about that – that’s profound.”


Unfortunately for Dr Drew, CNN did not like what he said on KABC and cancelled his show on their HLN (Headline News) network.

His last programme will air on September 22, 2016.

Dateline Hollywood sums up CNN’s likely reasoning on Pinsky’s pronouncements:

It played nicely into Donald Trump’s position that Clinton is not healthy enough to serve as POTUS.

People don’t call CNN the Clinton News Network for nothing.

On a forum discussion of the topic, the first comment nails it:

He broke the 1st commandment of the liberal media:  Thou shalt not speak ill of Hillary.

Too right.

CaribFlame agrees, explaining:

Clinton has thus far refused to release her full medical records to the public but has been rumored to be suffering from a plethora of medical ailments, including dementia, post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, brain injury, complex partial seizures, along with a number of other ailments.

Furthermore, bolstering these claims is a Clinton email, recently released by WikiLeaks, which revealed Clinton asking a State Department staffer to research new drugs for Parkinson’s disease.

Regarding Pinsky’s departure from HLN, CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz said: “Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows, and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming.” Jautz added, “Dr. Drew and I have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22.”

Contrary to the public statement by CNN, the timing of CNN’s cancellation of Dr. Drew’s show leaves the distinct impression that his assessment of Clinton’s health was at least partially responsible for the abrupt sacking of his show.


Fortunately, Pinsky has other work to fall back on. He is:

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, former Medical Director for the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California,[3] staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and a private practitioner.[4]

A number of Hillary supporters have read about her health problems, concluding ‘So what?’

The problem is that Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy had problems with pain, not cognitive difficulties or seizures. Their brains functioned normally.

Hillary Clinton has to be carefully managed in order to appear in public. Even then, she has petits mals in front of others:

As I said in  yesterday’s post, which features two of Clinton’s health-related emails, she has conditions that could rightly restrict an average person’s employment, never mind that of a president and leader of the free world.

Clinton supporters should be aware of their candidate’s serious health issues — and acknowledge them openly. Furthermore, her campaign team should urge her to make her health records public before November 8 to enable voters to make an informed decision.

Last weekend, Huffington Post sacked their contributor David G Seaman for an article in which he questioned Hillary Clinton’s health.

Seaman must have been pretty fed up by the time he wrote this, excerpted below:

Hillary Clinton: Stronger Together. How strong? Well, the great woman’s health is excellent, superb even …

The same Hillary Clinton who recently became the latest unintentional star of YouTube, with a truly endless upload stream of videos purporting to show Hillary Clinton wildly seizing up when several reporters begin questioning her at once? Yes, the same Hillary Clinton who became the star of this Paul Joseph Watson video, attracting 3,554,177 views since it was uploaded on August 4th:

I realise some readers might be wondering after watching Paul Watson’s video … how is she strong, or healthy, after seeing all that?

Look, guys, I need to keep my job and platform. A lot of people read the Huffington Post and AOL properties. We all know what happens when you speak a little too much truth about the Establishment-beloved Clintons …

Well, no sooner posted on Sunday, August 28, than deleted — and sacked.

Seaman made a video that evening about his experience. Huff Po could have given him a warning, but they chose not to. Was it because Watson works for Infowars, a verboten media outlet for the Left?

In the video he says:

“It was a very newsworthy thing for me to link out to, people are talking about, that hashtag has been quite popular, and whenever a video concerning a presidential candidate’s health is viewed more than 3.5 million times, somebody who is under contract with The Huffington Post and to AOL should be able to link out to that… without having their account revoked without any notice… late on a Sunday night,” he said.

“I’ve filed hundreds of stories over the years as a journalist and I’ve never had anything like this happen….I’ve never experienced this,” remarked Seaman.

“This is spooky, to me this is extremely spooky – I don’t like it,” he added.

“They’re deleting and censoring commentary on her health – why is that?” asked Seaman. “Do they not want more people to watch that video on YouTube, is that what’s going on here?”

I saw Alex Jones of Infowars interview Seaman earlier this week. Jones, very empathetic, said that he will find some contract work for him.

I hope so. He is perfect for alt-media sites.

Whilst looking for another assignment, he has been perusing and tweeting Wikileaks’ emails regarding Clinton, her health and the media.

In September 2012, James Rubin, a former diplomat and journalist married to Christiane Amanpour, emailed Clinton to suggest that he host an intimate dinner for her with various writers and media ‘opinionators’. Highlights are Seaman’s in his tweet of August 30:

The corp media isn’t a big club insanely devoted to worshipping the Clintons.

Nope, not at all, nothing to see:

Later that year, an email described Clinton’s health problems. Seaman tweeted:

Medically unfit to lead. This one’s about as clear cut as it gets.

On December 20, 2012, Clinton sent the following email. Seaman tweeted:

Nursing a cracked head, 2012.

Bobblehead video, 2016.


It’s time the media stopped carrying water for the Democratic candidate by denying what appears to be a serious health condition. What Watson’s video shows are conditions that could rightly restrict an average person’s employment, never mind that of a president and leader of the free world.

I have read people asking in frustration why others use terms such as ‘appears’ and ‘seems likely’. No one can say anything else until Clinton’s health records are made public — in full.

Tomorrow: Dr Drew and CNN

slippery‘For me but not for thee’ sums up freedom of expression in the West.

Conservatives must be shut up because the Left must control the narrative.

The Donald Trump narrative

In June 2016, Rachel Francon, a Donald Trump supporter, saw Facebook suspend her ‘Transgender person in support of Trump’ page.

It was not the first time. Facebook removed a photo of her supporting Trump with Breitbart technical editor and public speaker, the openly gay Briton Milo Yiannopoulos. Let’s not forget that, this summer, Twitter banned Yiannopoulos for life.

Another group that Facebook suspended was Genders United for Trump.

None of these corresponded with the leftist narrative. The Left create the narrative. Everyone must follow.

Conservatives, including the other-gendered, daring to create their own — especially when it favours Donald Trump — must be stopped.

Meanwhile, when a Facebook user registered a complaint about the ‘Assassinate Donald Trump’ page earlier this year, Facebook responded, in part:

We reviewed the Page you reported for having a credible threat of violence and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.

Until this year, authorities always investigated threats or contemplating violence against presidential candidates. Those making such threats can be — and often have been — charged with a felony.

Therefore, it is curious that the ‘Assassinate Donald Trump’ page was allowed to stand when Facebook removed the equally threatening anti-Obama page of Trump’s ex-butler, aged 84, in May.

On this theme — Facebook aside — what about the new comic book which came out this month? It shows Trump being beheaded. Will there be no official investigation? There censorship is appropriate, in accordance with the law.

Facebook and hate speech

In February, Mark Zuckerberg visited Berlin to pledge that Facebook would be policing hate speech against migrants:

“This is an area where we recognize how sensitive it is, especially with the migrant crisis here …

“One of the things that is unique in Germany is that migrants are a protected class,” Zuckerberg said Friday. “And, frankly, before we started engaging more with government and civil society here in Germany, that wasn’t how we operated around the world.”

Yet, on August 25, The Guardian reported that a cross-party group of MPs in Britain accused Facebook — and other outlets — of not doing enough to police Islamic extremism:

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been accused by MPs of “consciously failing” to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and extremism.

A report by the Commons home affairs select committee says the social media networks have become the “vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism”.

The companies’ failure to tackle this threat had left some parts of the internet “ungoverned, unregulated and lawless”, said Keith Vaz, who chairs the committee. He demanded they worked much more closely with the police, to immediately shut down terrorist activity online.

It emerged last week that the authorities had struggled to get online posts by the convicted radical Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary taken down even after his arrest for inviting support for Islamic State.

The accused were unhappy. Twitter said that they had suspended 235,000 accounts since February. The MPs said this was ‘in reality a drop in the ocean’.

Facebook responded that they:

dealt “swiftly and robustly” with reports of terrorist-related content.

If it’s as ‘swiftly and robustly’ as with the Assassinate Donald Trump page, one wonders. If that page was removed, something similar reappeared. In June, Heavy reported:

Despite recently supporting a European Commission code promising to take down online hate speech within 24-hours of posting, Facebook has failed remove a group titled “I Want to F**king Kill Donald Trump” to the ire of his supporters.

The group was created on May 14 with a post reading “Donald Trumps Hair Looks Like A Bleached Mop – Gordon Ramsey 2016.” The most recent post is, “What Is Your Weapon Of Choice?” Asking what weapon people would use to kill Trump if given the chance.

Hate. It’s okay when the Left and extremists practise it.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

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