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CNN Connects Trump to Bomber in Vile Bout of Semantic Gymnastics

This is unacceptable and unbelievable, and it could have only happened at CNN.

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All throughout the wall-to-wall coverage of the attempted serial bomber yesterday, one message was persistent:  No one was blaming the President.

The corporate media of cable television spent a great deal of time making sure to cross their t’s and dot their i’s in this regard, making sure to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions as the investigation and manhunt continues.  They understood full well that the first 24 hours of their coverage must remain at least somewhat impartial, in case they are made to look like fools before the sun rises again.

Now, after the colloquial requisite of 24 hours of pure “journalism”, the liberal ideologues are back at it on CNN, airing a graphic that very clearly stated the point that they wanted you and I to believe:

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The phrase “Trump’s targets” is not only disingenuous, but inarguably dangerous.  The media was targeted by a serial bomber, and their reaction is to connect them to the President of the United States, with no evidence, the very next day?

This may be why America’s distrust of the media is so prevalent in this new world of Trumpian politics and the realtime efficacy of Twitter; there is always going to be room for the contrarians and the conspiracy theorists.

CNN’s assertion that the bomber is working on behalf of the President, however indirect, has been forever emblazoned in this abhorrent linguistic choice, thanks to the decisions made by senior staff at the network.  These chyrons are just tossed together by a gaggle of interns and sent directly to air.  Ever.  There are layers of approval for things like this, and CNN chose to portray this crime as such.

All the while, the network was continuing to deplore the President for his weeks-old remarks on the mainstream media.

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Justice Department Hints at Trouble for States Engaging in Election Audits

They don’t want other locales getting any ideas from Maricopa County

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In Arizona, an ongoing and auxiliary “audit” of the 2020 election results has kept proponents of the “Stop The Steal” movement on the edge of their seats. These folks believe that there were major, fraudulent issues with the electoral system itself, and they believe that a reexamination of the processes and networks involved in counting the vote will provide enough evidence to force Congress to act. Some may even have found themselves wondering if an end to the audit might come just days ahead of Mike Lindell’s “reinstatement day” prediction of August 13th – providing a bit of confluence to some of their theories about the future of Donald Trump’s political career. The Justice Department, on the other hand, isn’t too thrilled about the idea of these audits spreading to other states, and they’re flexing a little of their electoral power to keep other locales from getting any ideas. The Justice Department on Wednesday issued another warning aimed at states conducting or considering audits of ballots tallied in last year’s election, reminding election authorities that allowing ballots to be mishandled can violate federal law. While the Biden administration “guidance” document carries no formal legal weight and may not strike fear into local officials, the Justice Department used the release of the legal analysis to press their campaign of saber-rattling against Republican-led audits of the 2020 vote in Arizona and other states, as well as voting changes many GOP-controlled states are pursuing as part of purported anti-fraud efforts. Then came the mobster-esque verbiage. “Jurisdictions have to be careful not to let those ballots be defaced or mutilated or lost or destroyed as part of an audit,” said a Justice Department official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. “This document puts down a marker that says the Justice Department is concerned…

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DOJ Gives Jan 6th Committee Green Light to Call Trump Officials as Witnesses

But there’s a good chance that this will backfire spectacularly.

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The Democrats steering the select committee investigating January 6th have a very tight line to keep their toes on. On one hand, they know that they aren’t going to get another chance at this investigation, particularly as the GOP continues to downplay the impact of the event itself.  But they also mustn’t sway the hearing too far to the left either, lest they wish to be accused of partisan hackery. One of the simplest ways for the investigation to get a bad rap among conservatives would be to spend a great deal of time on subjects that were already covered in Donald Trump second impeachment trial, in which he was acquitted of “inciting” the insurrection of that fateful day. But this could prove difficult for the overzealous among them, especially after the DOJ has now dangled one hellacious carrot in front of them. Former Trump administration officials can testify to Congress about Donald Trump’s role in the deadly January attack on the Capitol and his efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, the justice department (DoJ) has said in a letter obtained by the Guardian. The move by the justice department to decline to assert executive privilege for Trump’s acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, clears the path for other top former officials to also testify to congressional committees investigating the Capitol attack without fear of repercussions. The justice department authorised witnesses to appear specifically before the two committees. But a DoJ official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said they expected that approval to extend to the 6 January select committee that began proceedings on Tuesday. And while the Justice Department may think that they are doing the Democrats a favor here, it is somewhat likely that this new avenue of pursuit will take…

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