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Intelligence Agencies
So, which one of you guys is the "Deep State"?

Last week, Associated Press and The New York Times rushed to post corrections to their widely reported and heavily emphasized upon claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies unanimously agreed that Russians in the 2016 presidential elections to help Donald Trump get into power.

Instead, what the news outlets failed to report, or rather realize, was that the information was published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all 17 US intelligence agencies; but it was only collected by the CIA, FBI, NSA and not all 17 of them.

On June 30, the Associated Press posted a “clarification” about four different reports published earlier, all of which stated that all 17 agencies had come to a conclusion that Russians had played a role in helping Donald Trump become the president. With the “clarification,” AP acknowledged that all the agencies were not involved in the assessment. AP’s statement read:

“In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.”

The New York Times is reported to have published a similar statement at the end of the article titled “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies” on June 29.

A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

The information about all US intelligence agencies being involved in the assessment of Russian interference in US election has been used constantly by the media and politicians to criticize President Trump and Republicans, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence demystified the notion when he gave his testimony on Capitol Hill on May 08.

“The [intelligence community assessment] was a coordinated product from three agencies: CIA, NSA and the FBI, not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three, under the aegis of my former office,” Clapper said. “Following extensive intelligence reporting about many Russian efforts to collect on and influence the outcome of the presidential election, President Obama asked us to do this in early December and have it completed before the end of his term.

“The two-dozen or so analysts for this task were hand-picked, seasoned experts from each of the contributing agencies. They were given complete, unfettered, mutual access to all sensitive, raw intelligence data, and importantly, complete independence to reach their findings. They found that the Russian government pursued a multifaceted influence campaign in the run-up to the election, including aggressive use of cyber capabilities.

“The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee, and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets.”

During the hearing, Clapper responded to Senator Al Franken’s (D – Minn) claim that “all 17” agencies of the US intelligence committee had agreed that Russia meddled with the elections.

Franken said, “The intelligence communities have concluded, all 17 of them that Russia interfered with this election. And we all know how that’s right.”

To this, Clapper replied, “Senator, as I pointed out in my statement, Senator Franken, it was—there were only three agencies that [were] directly involved in this assessment, plus my office.”

Trying to prove himself right somehow, the senator emphasized on the number of agencies that acknowledged Russian interference, he asked Clapper, “But all 17 signed onto that?”

Clapper then clarified once again, “Well, we didn’t go through that process. This was a special situation because of the time limits and my—what I knew to be who could really contribute to this and the sensitivity of the information, we decided—it was a conscious judgment—to restrict it to those three. I’m not aware of anyone who dissented, or disagreed when it came out.”

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Establishment Media
You the failing New York Times is failing when...

With such a remarkable description of the Alexandria shooting incident, it was obvious The New York Times would come under fire, but while progressives are quick to come to the defense of left-wing news outlets, this time even they admitted their own editorial board had crossed the line.

The piece that immediately became the center of controversy for The New York Times, “America’s lethal politics,” was published on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, the article called for increased gun control. However, it was the description of the motivation behind the attacks that actually caused the backlash against the left-wing news outlet.

“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become?” the article asked. “Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs.

“Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals,” it continued. “They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should, of course, hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”

However, by every possible standard, there’s a lot more evidence that James Hodgkinson, the seemingly left-wing attacker, was more motivated by politics than the mentally deranged Jared Loughner from the Gifford attack in 2011.

In what appears to be a revisionist history, conservatives were quick to downplay the role of progressive politics in the horrific attack on Republican congressmen.

While the suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot and killed at the scene of the shooting by Capitol Police officers, a deeper look into social media activity shows a long trend of hatred towards Trump and Republicans. He attacked Congress members practicing for a charity baseball match scheduled for Thursday.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in his hip and sustained severe injuries. He is now in critical condition. Four others, including two Capitol Police officers were injured in the attack.

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Fake News
President Trump said it all, "CNN is VERY fake news"

White House aide Sebastian Gorka and CNN’s Chris Cuomo argued about over whether the Trump administration is on message on the terror travel ban.

“There are no games,” Gorka said. “The president can call it whatever he likes because he has the constitutional authority to control whoever comes into this country, Chris. That’s his job. The Constitution, tradition, precedents, and administrative law give him that right. If he wants to call it a ban he’s the president, he’s the chief officer of this administration and he has every right to do that.”

To this, Cuomo responded, “Right, and why wasn’t the administration just honest about it, why have Sean Spicer and you and everybody else say ‘it’s not a ban, it’s just vetting, and you’re trying to make it sound like something it isn’t.’ The president just proved what the truth is – all this has been spin and a distraction. Why?”

“I’m not going to fall into the trap of us being the spinmeisters when CNN is one of the greatest purveyors of fake news,” Gorka interjected. “The fact is it’s been the same from the beginning. From the first EO to the second EO, it’s one thing, Chris, it’s about protecting Americans. And if anybody out there has a problem with us trying to keep Americans safe they need to look in the mirror and they need to ask themselves if they are the purveyors of fake news.”

“It’s always been about who it targets,” Cuomo replied, “how it targets them and whether or not that will keep us safe. And you guys played games about it and said it’s not a ban. I could play you Sean Spicer right now but you know it’s true.”

“And then the president decides to be honest about it this morning,” he continued. “That is spin, you are the purveyor of spin because that was your message that it wasn’t a ban and it was untrue that’s why I’m asking you.”

“So I guess President Obama was also a purveyor of spin with that calculation because the executive order is based upon the Obama White House analysis of the seven nations of greatest concern for immigration into America,” Gorka shot back. “Is he a purveyor of spin, Chris?

“Well that’s an interesting question,” Cuomo replied.

“It is, isn’t it?” Gorka laughed.

The much heated debated devolved into shouting.

“The facts are not your friend because that move with the executive order from the Obama administration was about travel to those countries,” Cuomo claimed. “It was about whose coming in and out and why. Your order is about Muslims. About targeting Muslims and keeping them out and allowing those who are not Muslims a carve-out, to come in. Very different.”

 

“So if this had anything and I mean anything, to do with race or religion, why would those two nations, the most populous Muslim nation and the most populous Arab nation, not be included in the executive order?” Gorka demanded. “Explain that logic to me, because this is where your spin fails. This is where the fake news propaganda collapses, because if we had some dark dread ulterior motive, then those are the two first nations you would put on the list, not the seven nations the Obama White House identified as the greatest concern. So please answer that question.”

The debate stirred up as President Trump tweeted on Monday, calling his executive order to “ban” travel from terror-stricken countries.

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CNN writer Dylan Byers went full on Fake News in a report yesterday with the blaring headline, “Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams.”

Byers wrote, “Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body.”

The CNN reporter claims the report is backed by three sources.

Yet both Sean Hannity and Juan Williams are calling the report fales, with Hannity calling Byers a “fake news hack”:

The report stems from Hannity simply showing Williams his personal firearm. Hannity who is licensed to carry in New York, has been safely handling firearms since he was a boy and Juan Williams described the incident like this:

Oddly, despite both targets of CNN’s story calling it “sensationalized” or even “fake” Byers arrogantly stands by his story:

It’s clear that despite the damage to his credibility as a reporter, Dylan Byers just can’t help himself from going “Full Fake News.”

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James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released over 100 hours of audio (#CNNLeaks) that were recorded inside a CNN newsroom in 2009, but why isn’t the corporate media reporting on it?

The tapes cover a wide variety of topics and issues and a few have already surfaced that could be damaging.

CNN Leaks became the top story on Drudge within an hour, but the media outlet that the president calls “fake news” didn’t even have the story on the homepage.

Hunreds of people on Twitter are claiming that the social media giant is actually suppressing and censoring the hashtag #CNNLeaks from trending.

One user posted a screen shot of the trending topics and #CNNLeaks was number 10 despite having tens of thousands of more tweets than other higher ranked trending topics.

The corporate media has never been fair to James O’Keefe. It could be because he is breaking the stories that they are not investigating.

For example, while the corporate media was 100% focused on all the bad things surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration, James O’Keefe and his team at Project Veritas investigated the DisruptJ20 protests which lead to three domestic terrorists being arrested.

Here is the official update from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas.

The work that James is doing is valuable and shouldn’t be dismissed so easily by the corporate media. More importantly, they shouldn’t actively try to suppress the information either.

Add your thoughts and comments below.

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Patrick Henry hits the bricks from the State Department

The Washington Post led with the sensational headline yesterday, “The State Department’s Entire Senior Administrative Team just Resigned.”

The Post went on to explain the “walk out” of four long-serving government employees with a quote from former aid to John Kerry, David Wade, who said, “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember.”

It turns out the story was false.

Big surprise, huh?

The Trump administration was quick to correct and CNN verified through other sources that the four State Department bureaucrats were given their walking papers in an effort to “clean house.”

Traditionally, presidential appointees resign at the start of a new administration. It’s up to the incoming president to accept or deny the resignations.

Trump accepted the resignation of the four, which included Patrick Kennedy who defended Secretary Hillary Clinton for her inaction on Benghazi.

While it is uncommon for new presidents to accept resignations en masse, President Trump is already proving he is no common president.

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Following the latest “fake news” flap by CNN and their pushing of a falsified intelligence report, moves to #BoycottCNN has reached an all-time hight on twitter.

The Cable News Network, which has been in a ratings free-fall following the election, was embarrassed on Wednesday when President Elect Donald Trump refused a CNN reporter to ask a questions, telling the man, “You are fake news!”

Conservative activists have gone so far as proposing “cord cutting” which is cancelling cable subscriptions all together to boycott all of the corporate media.

Others plan on cutting off the network’s funding by targeting CNN’s advertisers.

That list includes AstraZeneca, E-Trade, Wells Fargo, Philips, Subaru, Geico, Boston Market, Sprint, Dodge, University of Phoenix, Cisco, Exxon Mobil and a host of others.

Late last year, liberal activists targeted advertisers for Breitbart and were successful in getting Kellogg and others to pull advertising from the site.

CNN is owned by Time Warner which also owns HBO, TBS, Warner Brothers, and DC Comics.

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Liberal-leaning news site, Politico, ran with the headline, “Trump Private Security Force ‘Playing with Fire.’”

MSNBC posted the article, “Trump Raises Eyebrows by Maintaining Private Security Force.”

The Boston Globe hit readers with, “Trump Security Undercuts Secret Service.”

But if you ask former Secret Service Agent Daniel Bongino, those stories are all false.

The media-created flap stems from President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice to retain his security detail as he heads into the White House. Rather then firing the staff that has served him well or undercutting government departments by forcing them onto a federal payroll, Trump chose to simply keep the men who have protected him close at hand.

The move which has been described as “irresponsible” and “dangerous” by the media, was explained by long-time agent Bongino on his Facebook account:

Friends,

I spent a significant portion of my adult life as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service and, during that time, I worked with White House staff members, foreign governments, and the U.S. military, conducting security advances all over the world. With that, I’ll tell you with as close to 100% certainty as you’re likely to get that the below linked story is fake news.

Staff / Secret Service friction is not a new phenomenon and pretending that it is because Trump’s chosen inner-circle are former law enforcement is both outrageous and inaccurate. The sources quoted in this piece are either making up the information or they don’t have the access they claim to have. Remember, Barack Obama chose a former college basketball player with no crowd-control or policy experience as his “body-man” and the media celebrated the decision.
But, now that Trump has selected former law enforcement officials with experience dealing with crowds, Trump-himself, and the Secret Service, it’s a controversy? Give me a break.

This is just more fake news looking for a new sucker to bite.

Bongino also told the Independent Journal Review that even President Obama retained a civilian as his “body man,” hiring Duke University basketball star, Reggie Love during his tenure in the White House.
The assertion was confirmed by the publication.

However, the media, as they did with the election, is looking for any reason to discredit the billionaire-turned-president and undermine the incoming Trump Administration.

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Pope Francis has been very vocal in his opposition to Donald Trump, but he is now going after another group in America with a stomach churning comparison.

With the election over and Trump winning, the Pope is now attacking the same “fake news” that the progressives are fighting in America.

It isn’t his attack on the media companies that has shocked people; it is what he compared them to.

Pope Francis thinks that “fake news” organizations are sick with coprophilia.

According to Merriam-Webster’s definition, corprophilia is a “marked interest in excrement; especially; the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement.” –
Here is a quote from the interview where the Pope made the disgusting connection.

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true. And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.”

The Pope is not one to hold back any words, but is this going too far?

Comparing the people that publish the “fake news” and different true scandals to people who like fecal fetishes is truly disgusting.

The Pope even said that people “have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia”. Who exactly is he talking about?

The comments seem to be intended to shock people more than make an articulate point. To be honest, it sounds like the same tactic that the media uses that invoked his response.

Do you think the Pope went to far? Let us know in the comments below.

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The 2016 Election was proof positive that the Corporate Media, consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, New York Times, and yes, even Fox News among others have become increasingly irrelevant.

President Elect Trump bypassed the network filters by talking directly to voters through Twitter and Facebook . . . and he was not alone.

Independent journalist James O’Keefe gained two hundred thousand Twitter followers in the final month of the election when he dropped his game-changing videos.

Arguably, O’Keefe’s Twitter feed and email list were responsible for over 13 million collective views of his videos in October.

Another personality who gained a tremendous following during the 2016 election was radio host Alex Jones.

Jones started and runs Infowars.com which published a rush of articles and videos throughout the election season that addressed every credible threat and scandal . . . to the benefit of Trump.

From January 2016 to November 2016, Infowars experienced a three-fold increase in online traffic according to site metric company, Alexa.

CNN.com, by comparison, actually saw a decrease in traffic!

FoxNews.com during the same period also experienced a 14% decrease.

NBCNews.com? Yes, 22% decrease in traffic.

Rather than address their flaws in incorrect and biased reporting, which overwhelmingly and brazenly gave the election to Hillary Clinton before Election Day, the Corporate Media is setting its sites on stamping out so-called “Fake News” sites.

While satire sites are popular, such as the long-standing site, The Onion, some ethically-challenged entrepreneurs have created actual fake news sites that create extraordinarily false stories in order to collect ad revenue.

While fake news sites do exist, they are far from a problem or a threat to the existence to ABC/CNN/NBC/CBS/WP/NYT.

However, sites like Infowars represents a threat to the Corporate Media’s bottom line.

And as a result, Alex Jones’ Infowars.com has first to become a target of the Fake News slander/crackdown campaign . . . even accusing the site of being a propaganda arm for Vladimir Putin.

While Jones does address conspiracy theories regularly, he is known to present a case for or against a theory. He has never been accused of creating false evidence, as has happened with several Corporate Media outlets in the past (think Rathergate and WMD’s).

The Corporate Media has arguably been responsible for aiding the start of wars and falsifying documents to harm a presidential candidate (namely George W. Bush), and that’s just within recent history.

Is Fake News a problem, or is it an opportunity for the Corporate Media to reclaim dominance?

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