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DAVIDSON: Unfortunately, It’s True What They Say About Fox News

Sad but true.

Jeff Davidson

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For several weeks after November 3rd, I had been reading about viewer discontent with Fox News. The discontent started on election eve when the network made the early call, “Arizona for Biden,” even though no mathematical reason to do so was apparent. The Fox News anchors covering the election seemed to have a faint ‘Mona Lisa’ type smile as they reported unwelcome results for Trump supporters. From there, things apparently spiraled out of control.

I didn’t pick up on those vibes that night. I figured okay, Fox is calling it as best they can. Everybody makes a few faux pas here and there. What’s the big deal?

Dust Ups While Spiraling Down

As days and weeks passed, I saw more and more accounts of how Fox had gone to the dark side: Rupert Murdoch’s children who run the show are opposed to his political viewpoints, and it filters down to the actual broadcasts.

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As a somewhat regular viewer of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle, I did not detect any malarkey originating from these three network stars. Then, I read about Tucker Carlson’s dust-up with attorney Sidney Powell and wondered why he was pressing her when she was not ready to talk. Anyone familiar with legal affairs knows that a good attorney has strategies in pursuing a case.

One strategy in particular is to bait the other party by making inflammatory statements that prompts them to sue, thus giving the offending attorney the right to discovery. Only a skilled attorney would ever attempt this, and Sidney Powell is highly-skilled.

Another issue with Carlson’s angst is that in assembling a legal case, especially one as massive as election fraud at the county and state level, it is no easy feat to produce 75 to 100 pages of documentation to convince a court that a lawsuit should proceed. In submitting two massive lawsuits, what Sidney Powell did is beyond astounding. Sure, she made typos, but both documents are at the level of preparing a PhD dissertation in a matter of days! Do you know anyone who has done that lately?

No Thanks, Fox

On Thanksgiving Eve, I am watching Fox News. Before returning from a commercial to The Ingraham Angle, a Fox News Alert is issued. Most of these are merely brief news updates and decidedly not “alerts” of any kind. A lesser-known reporter offers a quick rendition of the latest news, and that’s usually it.

Mentioning the Trump Campaign legal team at the Pennsylvania fraud hearing, it hit me like a shot: The reporter concluded her brief summary by saying something like, “The Trump Campaign was claiming voter fraud, but provided no evidence.” This statement was made before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had made any ruling. Hmm. No evidence, did I hear that correctly? Yes, she said no evidence. Would Fox legal analyst Greg Jarrett agree? The day before, I watched the Philadelphia voter fraud hearing, almost in its entirety. I was astounded by the amount and level of evidence presented. One eye witness after another, who had already submitted sworn, legal affidavits, under penalty of perjury, bravely recounted their experiences.

The breadth and scope of what they presented was amazing. In vivid detail, each recounted some aspect of election fraud that they had encountered. They named names where appropriate, they offered data when they had it to present. Rudy Giuliani, in particular, was masterful in conducting the event and impacting those legislators who had been in attendance. A preponderance of testimony pointed to massive voter fraud.

Mandated from the Top

For someone at Fox News to hand the Fox News Alert reporter a closing line that said, “without evidence” is a clear indication that the network has gone to the dark side. What are they waiting for, hanging chads? “Without evidence” is what an Anderson Cooper, or a Rachel Maddow or any of the other completely compromised reporters on MSNBC or CNN would say without looking any further.

There is simply no excuse for offering such a judgmental statement, which is contrary to reality. It is like giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and I for one, was aghast. I wrote to the station and told them that I had been a fairly regular Fox viewer for at least the last 16 years. I couldn’t understand why they have started down a path that will lead to massive losses in viewership.

Such irresponsible editorials, however, are their call. If Fox executive wish to slash their own throats, so be it. I likely will continue to watch Carlson, Hannity, and Ingram, a bit longer, but will now be wary of the Network.

If any subsequent commentary confirms that Fox has sold out and no longer is interested in portraying the truth, fair and balanced, to the best of its ability, I’m gone. If they lose me as a viewer, I can surmise that they’ve lost you, and they’ve lost hundreds of thousands of others.

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Capitol Cop Charged with Obstruction After Coaching Rioters on Social Media

His arrest came over nine months after the Capitol riot itself.

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Over the course of the next several months, (or more), we will be inundated with stories pertaining to the adjudication of cases stemming from the events of January 6th, and we certainly aren’t going to like everything that we hear.

For some, it will be the realization that some of these insurrectionists did indeed mean to do harm to our elected officials, including then-VP Mike Pence.  For others there will be angst as Obama-appointed judges ignore prosecutors’ requests and tack on additional jail time for those convicted in the incident.

And, for a great many of us, there will be some concerns about the possibility that participants in the incident were propelled and protected by Capitol Police. 

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police force was charged Friday with trying to protect a man who was later accused of illegally entering the Capitol during the January 6 riot.

A grand jury indictment charged Officer Michael Angelo Riley with repeatedly telling the man to delete all social media that would provide proof of entering the building that day.

“[I’]m a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley said in a Facebook direct message, according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are correctly investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!”

Riley was arrested on Friday, some 9+ months after the storming of the Capitol itself, which appears to indicate just how far we are from the end of this issue.

Over the course of the next several months, (or more), we will be inundated with stories pertaining to the adjudication of cases stemming from the events of January 6th, and we certainly aren’t going to like everything that we hear. For some, it will be the realization that some of these insurrectionists did indeed mean to do harm to our elected officials, including then-VP Mike Pence.  For others there will be angst as Obama-appointed judges ignore prosecutors’ requests and tack on additional jail time for those convicted in the incident. And, for a great many of us, there will be some concerns about the possibility that participants in the incident were propelled and protected by Capitol Police.  A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police force was charged Friday with trying to protect a man who was later accused of illegally entering the Capitol during the January 6 riot. A grand jury indictment charged Officer Michael Angelo Riley with repeatedly telling the man to delete all social media that would provide proof of entering the building that day. “[I’]m a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley said in a Facebook direct message, according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are correctly investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!” Riley was arrested on Friday, some 9+ months after the storming of the Capitol itself, which appears to indicate just how far we are from the end of this issue.

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Brutal Hashtag Trends on Twitter as Biden Blamed for Supply Chain Disaster

Americans are NOT happy!

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Problems are continuing to pile up for President Joe Biden, and the nation at large has certainly taken notice.

Biden’s first nine months in office have been nothing but trouble, in all honesty, and the Democratic Party isn’t even trying to hide that fact anymore.  Between the border crisis, the labor shortage, and his inability to get even the most basic bits of his agenda passed in Congress, it appears at times that the administration is simply doomed.

Now, with a supply chain issue bearing down on the nation as well, Twitter users are placing the blame squarely on the Commander in Chief in a brutal fashion.

The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation’s economy and holiday shopping.

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Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports.

And they weren’t holding back.

“Just went food shopping…again…thanks #EmptyShelvesJoe I really love having to go every day now in order to find what used to take one trip,” one account wrote, along with a photo of near-empty shelves at a grocery store.

“I’m pretty sure @JoeBiden and the Democrats in DC are eating just fine and are having no issues getting what they need,” another Twitter user posted. “The rest of us lowly Americans who actually go to the grocery stores, not so much. #EmptyShelvesJoe.”

Biden recently announced that the federal government would be easing restrictions for port employees in an effort to expand working hours and power through the logjam.

Problems are continuing to pile up for President Joe Biden, and the nation at large has certainly taken notice. Biden’s first nine months in office have been nothing but trouble, in all honesty, and the Democratic Party isn’t even trying to hide that fact anymore.  Between the border crisis, the labor shortage, and his inability to get even the most basic bits of his agenda passed in Congress, it appears at times that the administration is simply doomed. Now, with a supply chain issue bearing down on the nation as well, Twitter users are placing the blame squarely on the Commander in Chief in a brutal fashion. The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation’s economy and holiday shopping. Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports. And they weren’t holding back. “Just went food shopping…again…thanks #EmptyShelvesJoe I really love having to go every day now in order to find what used to take one trip,” one account wrote, along with a photo of near-empty shelves at a grocery store. “I’m pretty sure @JoeBiden and the Democrats in DC are eating just fine and are having no issues getting what they need,” another Twitter user posted. “The rest of us lowly Americans who actually go to the grocery stores, not so much. #EmptyShelvesJoe.” Biden recently announced that the federal government would be easing restrictions for port employees in an effort to expand working hours and power through the logjam.

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