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   'Disinformation' Can Sort Itself Out
 Hans von Spakovsky
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Monday Top News Executive Summary
Media Editors:  Above the Fold


“PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE BLOCKED: “Under the rule,” The Hill reports, “any immigrant who receives at least one designated public benefit — including Medicaid, food stamps, welfare or public housing vouchers — for more than 12 months within any three-year period will be considered a ‘public charge’ and will be more likely to be denied a green card by immigration officials.” Federal Judge George Daniels “said the Trump administration likely exceeded its authority.”

ACTING DHS SECRETARY OUT: “Kevin McAleenan,” Trump said Friday, “has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down. Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector. … I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary [this] week.”

Government & Politics


GOWDY PRECLUDED: As a corollary of lobbying rules, “a deal that [Trump’s legal team] had reached with former South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Gowdy fell through,” The Daily Wire reports.

DUBIOUS TIMING: Hunter Biden stepping down from Chinese firm, vows no foreign work if father wins in 2020 (The Hill)

National Security


SYRIA UPDATE: “Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Sunday that President Trump has ordered a larger withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeastern Syria than was previously indicated,” according to The Hill. Meanwhile, Fox News says, “Fresh airstrikes from Turkey reportedly targeted civilians and a group of foreign reporters in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn.”

TALIBAN PEACE TALKS: “U.S. officials and representatives of the Afghan Taliban have begun discussing ways to revive a peace process after talks fell apart last month.” (The Wall Street Journal)

GETTING ITS ACT TOGETHER: Mexico halts caravan of 2,000 migrants bound for U.S. (Fox News)

STOMACH-CHURNING: Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for deserter Bowe Bergdahl (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland


POWER RESTORED: “PG&E Corp. crews have restored power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in California that had been subjected to a deliberate blackout,” The Sacramento Bee reports. Ironically, many Californians are discovering that solar panels don’t work in blackouts.

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: Pointing a finger gun lands bullied 12-year-old student in handcuffs (The Kansas City Star)

Closing Arguments


POLICY: A new dark age: California’s blackouts are self-inflicted (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: Why price transparency can revolutionize healthcare (Tom Coburn)

HUMOR: Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren recalls how she lost her teaching job when her fake mustache fell off revealing she’s a woman (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/66096?mailing_id=4586&utm_mediu...     
Ridiculous Shift – scumbag-Adam Schiff
No Longer Requires CIA Gossip
for Impeachment Testimony
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Well, this was entirely predictable. First the impeachment strategy needed the anonymous CIA gossiper to testify... Then it leaked about how HPSCI Chairman scumbag-Adam Shiff and his Lawfare staff actually created the “gossiper’s” silly third-hand complaint to an inspector general; who then changed ‘gossip’ rules to allow second and third-hand hearsay. It was all becoming more brutally sketchy, and the impeachment jenga blocks were tenuous at best. As a result, republicans were going to inquire about how the CIA gossiper constructed his complaint; and then the complaint attorney’s started saying the gossiper  would not appear in person, but rather write more complaint letters instead of testifying. The shift from sketchy testimony to “Dear Sir” letters was ridiculous in the extreme. So what happens next? Well, this is predictable…. Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff now says there will likely be no gossiper testimony because now he doesn’t need it. REP. scumbag-SCHIFF: You know and I think initially, before the president started threatening the whistleblower, threatening others calling them traitors and spies and suggesting that you know we used to give the death penalty to traitors and spies and maybe we should think about that again. Yes we were interested in having the whistleblower come forward. Our primary– MARGARET BRENNAN: Not anymore?...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/10/13/ridiculous-shift-ad...  
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Turkey Attacks US Special Forces 
in Syria, Apparently by Mistake
By Tom O'Connor , James LaPorta and Naveed Jamali
{ newsweek.com } ~ A contingent of U.S. Special Forces was caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria... days after President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart he would withdraw U.S. troops from certain positions in the area. A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense. Newsweek has learned through both an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and the senior Pentagon official that Special Forces operating on Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces conducting their so-called "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S. but considered terrorist organizations by Turkey. No injuries have been reported. Instead of returning fire, the Special Forces withdrew once the shelling had ceased. Newsweek previously reported Wednesday that the current rules of engagement for U.S. forces continue to be centered around self-defense and that no order has been issued by the Pentagon for a complete withdrawal from Syria. The Pentagon official said that Turkish forces should be aware of U.S. positions "down to the grid." The official could not specify the exact number of personnel present, but indicated they were "small numbers below company level," so somewhere between 15 and 100 troops. Newsweek has reached out to the Pentagon for comment on the situation...   https://www.newsweek.com/us-troops-syria-turkey-1464727?amp=1   
Deceptive Democrats Distort 
Whistleblower’s Identity
by americanretirementinsider.com ~ Everyone wants to know the identity of the whistleblower. This is the person who started the mess that has filled the news over the past several weeks. The dumb Democrats want to hide the identity of the person... But the accused do have the right to face their accusers. The Democrats have been so resistant to identify the person that it has led many to determine that the person just simply does not exist. This is just another attempt by the Democrats to have a reason to move forward with the impeachment inquiry. liar-Nancy Pelosi has moved her position to be in favor of the impeachment but has not taken the vote to get things started. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the legitimacy of what the dumb Democrats are trying to do. What the stupid Democrats want to do is hide the identity of the person during any type of interview. The dumb Democrats are so suspicious and untrusting of the Republicans that they are afraid the identity of the person will be revealed. They want to mask their voice during the phone call. The idea is to distort the voice is just like a spy distorting his voice, so he can stay in the shadows. The Democrats are coming after the president with the intent of taking over the presidency. Their dumb concerns about the Republicans leaking the identity of the whistleblower are not warranted. The only people the Democrats need to be concerned with is themselves. They are the ones that are always leaking sensitive information to the public. What the Democrats are proposing will certainly divide the rift between all political parties. The Democrats have shown themselves to be living in a paranoid state. They do not trust anyone, and they certainly have not worked well with the Republicans at any turn. There is no reason for anyone to even trust them concerning the true identity of the whistleblower unless that person comes out and goes public. The dumb and deceptive Democrats would most certainly have a fake person take their place to talk on the phone. It is not beneath the Democrats to do this sort of action...  https://americanretirementinsider.com/deceptive-democrats-distort-w...  
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Anti-Trump Whistleblower 
Does Not Want to Testify in Person
by /thepoliticalinsider.com ~ The so-called Ukraine whistleblower — the individual whom House Democrats are hoping will help them impeach President Donald Trump... said he does not want to testify in person before Congress. Instead, lawyers for the whistleblower have asked that the unnamed person be allowed to testify in writing only. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees reportedly have not yet responded to the request from lawyers representing the anonymous CIA official, according to The Wall Street Journal on Friday morning. Democrats have been trying to protect the identity of the whistleblower from the start, while Trump and other Republicans have argued the president should have the opportunity to confront his accuser in person. Lawyers for the whistleblower have already confirmed that the anonymous person is a Democrat who has worked with at least one 2020 presidential candidate — and new reports indicate this candidate is loose lips liar-Joe Biden. One former congressional intelligence official told WSJ it’s highly unusual for a witness to testify in writing. The official added that while this kind of testimony is unprecedented, there also isn’t a precedent for this situation — as there has never been as high-profile a “whistleblower” report as this one. But some Republicans have said this isn’t a whistleblower at all. Meanwhile, House Dems would like to have articles of impeachment brought forward by Thanksgiving of this year — a time frame that many people feel is unrealistic and likely will backfire on them...
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The Last Desperate Effort to Protect “The
Chosen One” Will Likely Fail (Perhaps by Design)
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Jonathan Turley asks a question today about why the media will not allow any discussion of loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s obviously corrupt Achilles heel to be discussed... Within his article Turley cites examples of CNN, NBC, MSNBC and a host of other mainstream news outlets that will not allow any discussion of loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s transparently visible weakness. He ponders ‘why’? […] When Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) raised the issue on CNN, host Erin Burnett cut him off: “There is no evidence of loose lips liar-Joe Biden doing anything wrong, and this is something that has been looked into, and I think — I want to make a point here — I think what we need to talk about right now is what did the president right now do or not do.” Other CNN hosts have repeated the line of “no evidence of wrongdoing” like a virtual incantation. […] For news shows on MSNBC, CNN and other cable networks, nothing is more disgusting than the mention of what Hunter Biden actually was doing in Ukraine. […] loose lips liar-Joe Biden has insisted he never spoke with his son about his foreign dealings — an incredible but categorical statement. The then-vice president flew with his son on Air Force Two on an official trip to China but suggests they never discussed his son’s deal seeking $1.5 billion in investments with the state-backed Bank of China. During the trip, Hunter reportedly introduced his father to Chinese private equity executive Jonathan Li, who was part of that deal. Yet loose lips liar-Biden insists he was never told of any business linkage or dealings. Perhaps here’s “why”…
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Stephen Miller Discusses the “Fourth 
Unelected Branch of Government” and 
the Impeachment Agenda
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller appears with Jesse Watters to discuss the ongoing impeachment efforts and the political agenda of those within the administrative state who are opposed to President Trump.
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France: More Death to Free Speech
by Guy Millière
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ On September 28, a "Convention of the Right" took place in Paris, organized by Marion Marechal, a former member of French parliament and now director of France's Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences... The purpose of the convention was to unite France's right-wing political factions. In a keynote speech, the journalist Éric Zemmour harshly criticized Islam and the Islamization of France. He described  the country's "no-go zones" Zones Urbaines Sensibles; Sensitive Urban Zones as "foreign enclaves" in French territory and depicted, as a process of "colonization", the growing presence in France of Muslims who do not integrate. Zemmour quoted the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, who said that the no-go zones are "small Islamic Republics in the making". Zemmour said that a few decades ago, the French could talk freely about Islam but that today it is impossible, and he denounced the use of the "hazy concept of Islamophobia to make it impossible to criticize Islam, to reestablish the notion of blasphemy to the benefit of the Muslim religion alone..." "All our problems are worsened by Islam. It is a double jeopardy.... Will young French people be willing to live as a minority on the land of their ancestors? If so, they deserve to be colonized. If not, they will have to fight ... The old words of the Republic, secularism, integration, republican order, no longer mean anything ... Everything has been overturned, perverted, emptied of meaning." Zemmour's speech was broadcast live on LCI television. Journalists on other channels immediately  accused LCI of contributing to "hate propaganda". Some said that LCI should lose its broadcasting license. One journalist, Memona Hinterman-Affegee, a former member of France's High Council of Audiovisual Media Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, the body that regulates electronic media in France, wrote in the newspaper Le Monde: "LCI uses a frequency which is part of the public domain and thus belongs to the entire nation ... LCI has failed in its mission and lost control of its program, and must be sanctioned in an exemplary manner". The journalists of Le Figaro, the newspaper employing Zemmour, wrote a press release demanding his immediate dismissal. Calls heard on most radio and television stations for a total boycott of Zemmour stressed that he had been condemned several times for "Islamophobic racism"...   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15002/france-free-speech 
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'Disinformation' Can Sort Itself Out
 Hans von Spakovsky
 

Facebook recently stated that it will neither censor nor “fact-check” statements by politicians on their site. This is great for political speech but — apparently — unwelcome news to the leadership of at least one of the major political parties.

The Democratic National Committee slammed Facebook’s decision, arguing that “Trump has an utter disregard for the truth” and that “social media platforms have a responsibility to protect our democracy and counter disinformation online.”

This is only the most recent effort by leftist politicians to goad social-media companies into silencing conservative politicians and anyone else they disagree with.

Several weeks ago, we warned that Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ellen Weintraub (D) was convening representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google to pressure them into “fighting the disinformation that risks further corroding our democracy.” In other words, to appoint themselves as Big Brother — with her approval — to censor political speech and reporting on elections and hot-button issues.

It’s a heartening sign that at least one of those social-media platforms has wisely decided that less is more when it comes to policing and censoring political speech and the global Internet arena where so many Americans today gather information and news and debate, discuss, argue, and vigorously contest the public issues of the day. To its credit, Facebook seems to appreciate, much more than some progressive politicians, the value of robust political discourse and the danger of vague limitations on political speech.

“I know some people will say we should go further,” Facebook executive Nick Clegg said, seemingly referring to left-leaning critics. “But imagine the reverse. Would it be acceptable to society at large to have a private company in effect become a self-appointed referee for everything that politicians say?” Clegg asked rhetorically. “I don’t believe it would be.”

Clegg went on to clarify how Facebook views its role vis-à-vis political speech: “To use tennis as an analogy, our job is to make sure the court is ready — the surface is flat, the lines painted, the net at the correct height. But we don’t pick up a racket and start playing. How the players play the game is up to them, not us.”

With political discourse, as with sports, Facebook’s “let ‘em play” approach is for the best. Attempts to tightly referee political discourse often devolve into partisan point-scoring.

As peer-reviewed academic studies show, so-called media “fact-checkers” have a strong track record of partisan bias. Indeed, one very popular fact-checker,  Politifact, rated Republicans as more deceptive than Democrats at a rate of about 3 to 1, with no rational justification explaining that discrepancy.

Even the most well-meaning effort to fact-check political statements is likely to be hamstrung by subjectivity. When researchers look at the way mainstream fact-checkers rated the exact same statements by politicians, they found very low agreement. It is difficult to explain that disagreement as due to anything other than the differing personal political opinions and biases of the fact-checkers.

This is especially true with statements and stories deemed to be partially true. Too often, so-called fact-checkers use ambiguous, in-between categories for stories and statements that get the facts right, but that they nonetheless find misleading because the targets of their fact-checking leave out some supposedly “relevant” information.

Politicians sometimes exaggerate, flub the numbers, or even lie intentionally to deceive the public. When they do, it’s fair to call them out on it. But it’s not fair to keep them from speaking at all. The thorniest political battles are usually not between truth-tellers and liars, but between rival camps who disagree about which facts are most relevant.

Kellyanne Conway’s phrase “alternative facts” may be ripe for parody, but it is not Orwellian double-speak. Very often one side is armed with facts, and the other side is armed with a different set of facts. Their political disagreement usually focuses on which set of facts is most important to the issue at hand.

For instance, where progressives point to rising income inequality and the rising cost of health care, conservatives emphasize the importance of improved material conditions at every income level and the rapid pace of medical innovation that is making us a healthier society. Neither side’s facts may be wrong, but opposing sides often disagree on the relevance, meaning, and importance of those facts.

Too often, fact-checkers mislabel as a lie any statement that does not emphasize the facts supporting their own biases and opinions about an issue.

Facebook is right to recognize the vagaries of so-called “fact-checking” and its profound, potentially misleading influence on our public discourse. It correctly perceives the danger of appointing itself as the all-seeing Big Brother who will regulate, censor, and decide what information and what political speech is acceptable.

While Facebook has taken heat from both the right and the left of late, its hands-off approach is praiseworthy and should be followed by all the social-media platforms that dominate the Internet and are used by the public.

Nick Clegg got it exactly right when he said it isn’t Facebook’s job to “prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.” “In open democracies,” he added, “voters rightly believe … they should be able to judge what politicians say themselves.”

Too bad the DNC and FEC commissioner Weintraub don’t have the same faith in the ability of the American public to make their own decisions.   ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/65983?mailing_id=4580&utm_medium...  

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Gohmert: Dems Will Drag Out Impeachment — Try To Get ‘Best Socialist’ Nominated For President

During an appearance on Huntsville, AL radio’s WVNN on Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered his best assessment of what House Democrats were trying to accomplish with their impeachment efforts.

Gohmert told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” impeachment could tie up the Democratic Party’s presidential campaign efforts but predicted Democrats would use the occasion to nominate “the best socialist” they can.

“They would lose in the Senate,” Gohmert said on impeachment. “And besides that, the entire time it was on trial in the Senate, the Democrats who are running for president wouldn’t be allowed to campaign. That’s in the Constitution. They wouldn’t be able to campaign. I just can’t imagine them wanting to do that because if they send it to the Senate, they have now perfectly set up the scenario of 1996, where they will reassure Donald Trump is reelected as president. They don’t want to do that. They’re probably going to drag this thing out as long as they possibly can … through Iowa, through primaries — try to get the best socialist they can to be nominated.”

“Then just end up and say, ‘Now we’re close enough to the general election. We’ve thrown mud at the president through the House,’” he continued. “What they’re really doing — they’re using taxpayer funds to campaign against Trump. That’s all this is — a campaign fund that taxpayers are paying for in order to try to throw mud at the president. I’ll be surprised if they have that vote, but I can’t imagine they want to set up this president for reelection by having a trial in the Senate where they lose.”

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