(Breitbart) – Judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post of being “Democratic Party broadsheets” in a dissenting opinion on Friday.
Washington, DC, federal appellate judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post , and to some extent the Wall Street Journal , of being mouthpieces for “rather shocking” bias against the Republican Party in a written opinion on Friday.
“The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times , Miami Herald , and Boston Globe ),” he said in the opinion. “Nearly all television-network and cable-is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.”
Further, Judge Silberman wrote that Silicon Valley “also has an enormous influence over the distribution of news,” which “similarly filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.” He called Fox News , The New York Post , and the Wall Street Journal ‘s editorial page “notable exceptions to Democratic Party ideological control,” though he admitted “a number of Fox’s commentators lean as far to the right as the commentators and reporters of the mainstream outlets lean to the left.”
“It is well-accepted that viewpoint discrimination ‘raises the specter that the Government may effectively drive certain ideas or viewpoints from the marketplace,’” Silberman said. “But ideological homogeneity in the media-or in the channels of information distribution-risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.”
“It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” Silberman added, saying “it is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy. It may even give rise to countervailing extremism.”
The judge said the Supreme Court should overturn New York Times v. Sullivan , the 1964 case holding that when the media discusses public figures, the outlet should be liable under state defamation laws only if the plaintiffs can prove “actual malice,” which the Court defined as the speaker either knowing the statement was false or making it in “reckless disregard for the truth.”
“The First Amendment guarantees a free press to foster a vibrant trade in ideas. But a biased press can distort the marketplace,” Silberman concluded. “And when the media has proven its willingness-if not eagerness-to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’ power.”
The case is Tah v. Global Witness Publishing, Inc. , No. 19-7132 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden told reporters Sunday he would visit the Southern border “at some point,” appearing unwilling to commit to the idea soon.
“At some point, I will, yes,” Biden replied when a reporter asked if he would visit the border.
Biden spoke to reporters as he returned from his weekend trip to Camp David.
When asked if he would visit some of the detention facilities for migrants personally, Biden replied, “I know what’s going on in those facilities.”
One reporter asked Biden why his message urging migrants not to come from the United States was not working.
Biden said he and his administration were working to handle the dramatic surge at the border.
“We are in the process of doing it now including making sure we re-establish what existed before, which is they can stay in place and make their case from their home countries,” he said.
The Department of Health and Human Services is housing nearly 10,500 unaccompanied minors in emergency facilities and about 5,000 in custody at a Customs and Border Protection facility, according to a Saturday CBS News report .
In an interview Wednesday, Biden advised migrants not to come to the U.S. border, but his administration has struggled with mixed messaging on the issue.
(Zerohedge) – After the Biden administration began blaming the border crisis on former President Trump leaving them with a ‘dismantled’ immigration system, Trump hit back in a Sunday statement claiming that he ‘ proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history ,’ adding ‘All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot.’
‘Instead, in the span of just a few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster . They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast. ‘
Trump then turned his attention to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas – who went on several news networks Sunday morning claiming that ‘ the border is closed. ‘ Mayorkas’ performance was ‘ pathetic ,’ ‘ clueless ,’ and a ‘ national disgrace .’
‘His self-satisfied presentation – in the middle of a massive crisis he helped engineer – is yet more proof he is incapable of leading DHS . Even someone of Mayorkas’ limited abilities should understand that if you provide Catch-and-Release to the world’s illegal aliens then the whole world will com.’
Trump then slammed Mayorkas for a ‘Gag Order on our Nation’s heroic border agents and ICE officers,’ which the former president said should be the subject of an immediate congressional investigation.
‘But it’s clear they are engaged in a huge cover-up to hide just how bad things truly are,’ Trump continued.
Trump then suggested that the Biden administration should ‘immediately complete the wall, which can be done in a matter of weeks,’ adding ‘they never should have stopped it’ and are ‘causing death and human tragedy .’
Trump’s statement came minutes after Fox News reported that Biden’s border agents in the Texas Rio Grande Valley are releasing illegal migrants into the United States without a court date .
Multiple Border Patrol agents confirmed the new process to Fox News, revealing that they have been directed to use prosecutorial discretion (PD) to forgo the hours-long process of paperwork required to issue an NTA amid the surge of migrants at the border.
Instead, migrants are registered into the system with biometrical data taken and largely released into the public – in one instance – at a bus station in McAllen, TX. The processing is being done mostly at a temporary outdoor processing site. Border Patrol agents emphasized that this does not apply to unaccompanied children. – Fox News
A senior source with Customs and Border Protection told Fox News on Saturday that immigration officials are resorting to this type of catch-and-release because the border crisis ‘has become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork.’
The immediate catch-and-release does not apply to child migrants – 15,500 of which have been sitting in ‘cages’ built by the Obama-Biden administration – many beyond the legally allowed 72-hour limit.
(BigLeaguePolitics) – A leaked email has revealed that the federal government will call the current White House occupants the “Biden-Harris Administration” in all official public communications.
The email was obtained and posted in an exclusive report by Outspoken . The employee who leaked the email requested anonymity and said it was sent to a federal agency dealing in foreign affairs.
” Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications ,” the email read. Outspoken says that this email “came from a top White House communications team member” and applies to all federal government agencies.
The White House website and the White House Twitter account have all referred to the “Biden-Harris Administration” since January, but Outspoken notes that this is unusual. When Donald Trump was president the White House Twitter account bio said, ” Welcome to @WhiteHouse! Follow for the latest from President @realDonaldTrump and his Administration .” When Barack Obama was president it said, ” Follow for the latest from President Obama and his administration .”
Outspoken also notes the following:
The highly specific language also appears on the websites of all 15 executive departments. Press releases and other communications from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General all exclusively refer to the Biden-Harris Administration, in lieu of only naming the president, which has been customary until now.
For his part Joe Biden has “slipped up” and referred to Kamala Harris as “President Harris” on more than one occasion. Biden has not held a press conference since he became president, his handlers appear wary of letting him talk unscripted for extended lengths of time, and he often looks a bit detached from his surroundings.
If you’re a regular reader of Big League Politics , chances are you know exactly what’s going on with the “Biden-Harris Administration” language. The signs are unmistakable.
(Breitbart) – On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated if he is denied the ability to go anywhere on the border when he visits with other senators on Friday, “we’re going to shut the Senate down.”
Graham said, “I am going down [to the border] with 18 senators Friday, and if I’m denied the ability to look into any place I want to go, we’re going to shut the Senate down. Where are all the liberal hypocrites? Where is AOC? Where is Elizabeth Warren? Where is Vice President Harris, who basically protested outside of a facility – in Homestead, Florida during the Trump years – holding migrant children?”
He later added, “All I can say is, I’m going down with 18 senators, if they deny me the ability to go where I want to go and see what I want to see, we’re going to shut the Senate down.”
NPR reports that the deceased included 51-year-old police officer Eric Talley, who had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010.
The New York Daily News observed that police do not have a motive behind the Boulder attack. But Gov. Jarid Polis reacted by saying, “Today we saw the face of evil. I am grieving with my community and all Coloradans.”
(Breitbart) – During the March 23, 2021, Senate Judiciary Committee gun violence hearing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Democrats for using high profile firearm crimes as a reason to “[take] guns away from law-abiding citizens.”
The Recount quoted Cruz saying, “Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater … Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens … it makes it worse.”
“Every time there’s a shooting we play this ridiculous theater,” Cruz says, bashing the Dem bills to address gun violence. “What they propose … it makes it worse.”
Cruz noted “every year, firearms are used in a defensive capacity to defend women, children, families roughly a million times a year in the United States. And the Democrats who want to take away the guns from those potential victims will create more victims of crimes, not less.”
He also said, “Let’s target the bad guys, the felons, the fugitives, those with mental disease; let’s put them in jail. Let’s stop them from getting guns. Let’s not scapegoat innocent law-abiding citizens and let’s not target their constitutional rights.”
(TeaPartyPac) – The priest who presided over an inauguration mass for Democrat Usurper Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021, received endless praise from the left-wing media talking-heads. Now, he’s been placed on administrative leave from his post as president of Santa Clara University and is under investigation for inappropriate behavior.
How Joe Biden.
A statement from the Santa Clara board of trustees chairman John M. Sobrato said Friday that he has “been informed by the Provincial of the USA West Province that the Jesuit Provincial Office recently received accounts that Father O’Brien exhibited behaviors in adult settings, consisting primarily of conversations, which may be inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries.”
Uh oh. Sounds like someone has been a bad priest.
The statement goes on to explain that the investigations into the allegations is being conducted on behalf of the USA West Province and when it concludes, the information will be shared with the Board of Trustees.
Also notable in the statement is that the allegations appear to come from numerous sources, “Trustees support those who came forward to share their accounts.”
O’Brien has not commented on the public investigation and, naturally, neither has Joe Biden. That should come as no surprise, however, considering his modus operandi for responding to corruption and controversy is to just ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Biden and O’Brien appear to have a very familiar relationship with O’Brien calling Biden a “friend of 15 years” in a January tweet and Biden describing O’Brien as an “American treasure,” in 2016.
We can only imagine what kind of behavior O’Brien is being accused of but surely his good friend Biden will help him out. The Democrats always manage to protect their own even from the most salacious and damaging allegations.
It clearly pays to be friends with those in the Deep State cabal.
The news of the investigation into O’Brien came on Friday, the same day Joe Biden attempted to walk up a flight of steps to Air Force One and fell repeatedly.
The National File reported that Joe Biden fell Friday morning while walking up the steps to board Air Force One. Multiple photos and videos captured the moment which then went viral.
The incident served as further reminder as to why Joe Biden should not be sitting in the White House signing executive orders that affect the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans.
Joe Biden is surrounded by unscrupulous people engaged in corruption and all manner of bad behavior. He is a Deep State establishment neo-liberal who has done more to harm the US in the first two months of his sham presidency than every single past president combined could have ever dreamed of, including Obama.
It’s truly remarkable how bad Biden has been for America and it’s hard to imagine any America left after four long years under him.
(TreeHouse) – This morning on Maria Bartiromo’s television program, congressman Jeff Van Drew shared details of death threats from a New Jersey journalist to himself and his family. The reporter works for the Ocean City Sentinel and writes syndicated articles which are carried in numerous outlets. WATCH:
(Zerohedge) – Authored by Naomi Wolf via The American Institute for Economic Research,
In 2008, I wrote a book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot . I warned, based on my study of closing democracies in 20th century history, that America needed to beware of a slide toward totalitarianism.
I warned that would-be tyrants, whether they are on the left or the right, always use a map to close down democracies, and that they always take the same ten steps. Whether it’s “Invoke a Terrifying Internal and External Threat,” “Create a Thug Caste,” “Target the Press,” or the final step, “Suspend the Rule of Law,” these steps are always recognizable; and they always work to crush democracies and establish tyrannies. At that time, the “global threat” of terrorism was the specter that powers invoked in order to attack our freedoms.
The book was widely read and discussed, both at the time of its publication and for the last 12 years. Periodically over the last decade, people would ask me when and if we had reached “Step Ten.”
We – my brave publisher, Chelsea Green, and I – are releasing the first and last chapters of The End of America now, in 2021, for free, and I am calling the sequel to this book, which I am now writing, Step Ten – because as of March of last year, we have indeed, I am so sad to say, arrived at and begun to inhabit Step Ten of the ten steps to fascism.
Though in 2008, I did not explicitly foresee that a medical pandemic would be the vehicle for moving the entire globe into Step Ten, I have at various points warned of the dangers of medical crises as vehicles that tyranny can exploit to justify suppressions of civil rights. Today, a much-hyped medical crisis has taken on the role of being used as a pretext to strip us all of core freedoms, that fears of terrorism did not ultimately achieve.
In 2015, I cautioned that infectious diseases could be used as a justification for ushering in a suppression of liberties, always under the guise of emergency measures. In 2019, a book of mine, Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love , showed how terrible infectious disease epidemics such as cholera and typhus had been exploited in the 19th century by the British state, in order to crush freedoms and invade people’s privacy; I wrote about how the first anti-vaccination movements arose among British parents in the Victorian period. That book was initially cancelled, and its message of warning has been continually assailed.
But that book too was prescient. In early March of 2020, of course, a global pandemic was announced: Covid-19.
In the immediate wake of the announcement and narrativization of that pandemic, most of the elements of a locked-in 360 degree totalitarianism have been put into place, in most of the countries of the West, including in what had been robust democracies. It all happened very quickly and comprehensively.
In the United States we now have:
Emergency measures in many states, which suspend due process of law. This is the hallmark of a police state. Covid-19 is invoked as the reason for the introduction of emergency law – but there is no endpoint for lifting these emergency laws.
The closures of schools, which break the social contract with the next generation.
Bills being passed for “vaccine passports,” which bypass the Fourth Amendment to the constitution by allowing the government and Big Tech companies to intrude on medical privacy and to create a comprehensive digital surveillance state.
Forced closures of businesses . By intervening directly in the economy and allowing certain businesses to flourish (Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target) at the expense of small businesses, Main Street shops, restaurants, and sole proprietor businesses in general, the State has merged government and corporations in a way that is characteristic of Italian fascism, or of modern Chinese communism. (Indeed the fact that tech stocks rose by 27% in one quarter of the pandemic shows one driver of this war against human freedoms and human society: every minute human beings spend in a classroom, at the pub or restaurant, or in a church or synagogue, is time that tech companies lose money by being unable to harvest that data. Covid policies driven by “Covid-19 Response” – tech companies – ensure that humans are not allowed to connect except via digital platforms. The reason is profit as well as social control).
Restrictions on assembly. Some states such as California are fining people for seeing their friends in their homes, and making it unlawful for kids to have playdates with their friends. Massachusetts restricted gatherings of more than ten people at a time, forcing synagogues and churches to stay closed, in spite of a Supreme Court ruling against states forcing churches to close. Parks, playgrounds and beaches have been closed off. In countries such as Britain, people are fined for leaving their homes for more than an hour’s exercise a day.
Forced face coverings. In Massachusetts, people are fined if they are not wearing masks outdoors – even children as young as five are forced to do so by law. Again this mandate has not been undergirded by peer-reviewed studies showing medical necessity; and there is no endpoint proffered for these extraordinary violations of personal freedom.
Suppression of free speech. Big Tech companies are censoring critics of Covid policy and vaccine policy, as well as censoring views that are on the right hand of the political spectrum. “Incitement,” a word that has a long history in the 20th century for closing down free speech, has been weaponized by the left to shut down First Amendment freedoms of expression. In other forms of censorship and management of speech and public debate, tycoons such as Bill Gates have been funding major news outlets, with millions of dollars directed to “Covid education.” As a result, dissenting voices are marginalized and shamed, or even threatened with legal action or job losses.
Science has been hijacked in the interests of “biofascism.” By heavily funding scientific commentators such as Dr Fauci in the United States, Imperial College and SAGE in the UK, and Dr Christian Drosten in Germany, a dominant set of policies and pronouncements about Covid that benefit a small group of bad actors – notably tech and pharmaceutical interests, acting in concert with governments – have had secured credentialled supporters. But when other scientists or institutions seek debate or transparency, they are threatened with job loss or reputationally attacked, as in the case of Dr Simon Goddeke of the Netherlands, who was told to keep quiet by his university, when he challenged the flawed Covid PCR test protocols.
Data have been hijacked to serve the interests of this biofascism. This manipulation of truth, which I foreshadowed in The End of America , is typical of the Soviet censors. Covid platforms such as Covid19tracking and John Hopkins University, funded by technocrats such as Michael Bloomberg, serve unverifiable Covid data that directly affect the stock markets. Again, while this un-American merger of corporate interests and public policy is reminiscent of Italian Fascism, the twist provided by digital data presentation and its relationship to the stock market is very much of the 21st century.
Attacks on religious minorities. The orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, and Christian churches in California, have been singled out for punishment if they do not follow Covid rules – a targeting of religion that is characteristic of Communist policies on the left, especially in China.
Policies that weaken bonds between human beings and weaken the family have been introduced and policed. This is the most serious development of all.
The new biofascism in the West, very much driven by Big Tech leaders, and soon to be exploited by our enemies geopolitically, is a war against free human beings and against the qualities that make us human.
Masks break human beings’ ability to bond face-to-face and enjoy human contact, smiles and jokes. Masks turn down the effectiveness of human “technology,” by making it hard for us to “read” each other and to pick up social cues. Forbidding assembly keeps us from forming human alliances against these monstrous interests. Forbidding human assembly also prevents new cultures, new heroes and new business models from arising. We are all stuck with the Rolodex and the ideas we had in March of 2020.
Forcing kids to distance at school and wear masks ensures a generation of Americans who don’t know HOW to form human alliances, and who don’t trust their own human instincts. Those are counterrevolutionary training techniques.
Driving all learning onto (already prepared) distance learning platforms ensures that kids do not know how to behave in human space, space not mediated by technology.
Many Covid policies seem designed to ensure that humans will have no “analog” space yet or “analog” culture left – no way to feel comfortable simply gathering in a room, touching one another as friends or allies, or joining together.
Lastly, driving all human interaction onto Zoom is not only a way to harvest all of our tech, business secrets and IP – it is a way to ensure that intimacy and connection in the future will be done online and that human face-to-face contact will be killed off.
Why is this? Why develop policies that punish, encumber and restrict human contact in analog (unsurveilled, unmediated) spaces?
Because human contact is the great revolutionary force when it comes to human freedom and resistance to this form of comprehensive biofascism – the biofascism represented by the New Normal – the medico-fascist Step Ten.
Now let me recap from the year 2008, and read you my intro to The End of America , as well as the warning at the close of that book.
Its message has never, sadly, been more timely. This time, threats to freedom justified by terrorism then, have reclothed themselves in the trappings of a medical pandemic.
But this time we do not just face a war on freedom. This time we face a war on human beings, and on all that makes us human.