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In Tweet, Associated Press Claims Fla. Bill Would Prohibit ‘Making White People Feel "Discomfort"’

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The Associated Press is widely considered to be the gold standard in English-language wire-service news. In terms of Joe Friday “just-the-facts-ma’am” unslanted, on-the-scene reportage, it has no equal; on its website, the AP claims that over “half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day.”

It operates in over 250 locations around the world and employs roughly 4,100 people, over two-thirds of them journalists. The AP stylebook — which covers topics like which cities can stand alone in datelines, how to refer to the Islamic State group or whether to use the Oxford comma (it’s a no-no, much to my consternation) — is the basis for in-house style for countless publications across the world, including this one.

(The Western Journal, however, doesn’t comply with some of the more woke elements of AP style, such as capitalizing “Black” when there’s no philosophically rational or grammatically correct reason to do so.)

In the days of yore, you saw the AP’s name attached to something and you were supposed to assume you were getting the facts, all the facts and nothing but the facts. Perhaps objective journalism is a myth, but the AP’s brand was — emphasis on the past-tense there — that you were getting information neither gilded by opinion nor compromised by political leanings.

However, in yet more proof that wokeness can spoil even the hardiest of journalistic citadels, here’s the AP reporting on a purported Florida bill that “would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel ‘discomfort’ when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past.”

Spoiler alert: The bill does nothing of the sort.

Yes, these are the depths to which the once-mighty AP has fallen — and it’s hardly the only organization that’s taken the plunge. Here at The Western Journal, part of our mission is to hold the legacy media accountable, particularly when they push egregious lies like these. You can help us counter these false narratives by subscribing.

The AP was one of several organizations that took aim at the “discomfort” language in the bill to get some clickable headlines, although the others reined themselves in before getting into deliberate untruths.

For instance, CNN: “Florida bill to shield people from feeling ‘discomfort’ over historic actions by their race, nationality or gender approved by Senate committee.” U.K. Daily Mail: “Florida’s anti-CRT bill to shield people from feeling ‘discomfort’ over historic actions by their race is approved by the Senate education committee.” CBS News: “Florida bill would bar businesses and schools from making anyone ‘feel discomfort’ or ‘guilt’ about race.”

Even CNN wouldn’t go as far in its headline to say the bill would prohibit “making white people feel ‘discomfort'” like the AP did in its tweet.

And the AP’s headline wasn’t much better: “Florida could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past.” Read in a certain, ungenerous, way, that inexact phrasing could be interpreted to mean Florida whites, by their nature, shared a racist past. Then again, most of the article can safely be read in an ungenerous — or at the very least, pessimistic — spirit.

The bill is known as SB 148 — or “Imagine Freedom,” as it’s been dubbed by its Republican proponents. Its intent is to prohibit training or practices that use divisive racial concepts — including so-called anti-racism ideas or critical race theory — in schools and workplaces. According to the Daily Mail, the bill was approved by the Florida state Senate on Tuesday.

“Discomfort” is mentioned twice in the 18-page bill. On page three, the legislation states it would make it an unlawful employment practice to make “an individual” feel “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin.”

Then, on pages 10 and 11, it’s similarly addressed in the context of education: “Accordingly, instruction on the topics enumerated in this section and supporting materials must be consistent with the following principles of individual freedom: … An individual should not be made to feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race.”

So, here’s the first paragraph of the AP’s story, filed by Brendan Farrington:

“A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel ‘discomfort’ when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past received its first approval Tuesday.”

Yet, of course, the bill doesn’t mention a specific race. However, the AP laundered this through a quote from a black state Senate Democrat who was more than willing to draw his own conclusions.

“This bill’s not for black, this bill was not for any other race. This was directed to make whites not feel bad about what happened years ago,” said state Sen. Shevrin Jones.

“At no point did anyone say white people should be held responsible for what happened, but what I would ask my white counterparts is, are you an enabler of what happened or are you going to say we must talk about history?”

Well, that’s one hell of a false dichotomy. Furthermore, the AP doesn’t get around to the actual text of the bill until the eighth paragraph — after a benign explanation of critical race theory (and a reductionist view of why conservatives reject it). What’s better, the article doesn’t get around to quoting the bill’s sponsor, GOP Sen. Manny Diaz, until the 10th paragraph.

“No individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, solely by the virtue of his or her race or sex,” Diaz said. “No race is inherently superior to another race.”

It’s interesting to note Farrington also felt it was worthwhile to identify Sen. Jones as black but failed to mention the ethnicity of the bill’s sponsor. As long as the reporter has dragged us down into the ugliness of the racial swamp, it’s worth pointing out Diaz isn’t exactly a Mayflower-material surname.

Furthermore, the actual evidence that the bill “was directed to make whites not feel bad” is wholly missing from the equation — as is even a paragraph to explain why the bill’s supporters might think such legislation is necessary.

Consider the case in Virginia, where text messages obtained through a federal lawsuit suggest the Fairfax County Public Schools crafted admissions requirements designed to keep Asian-American students out of a prestigious STEM high school ranked first in the nation.

In that case, the superintendent is reported to have gone off on the parents of the majority-Asian school during a virtual town hall meeting last year, accusing them of spending “thousands and thousands of dollars” to ace the admissions exam. Perhaps this isn’t just about white discomfort.

Then consider the myth, often peddled to black and other minority students, that hard work and industriousness won’t get them anywhere because America’s racist structures are arrayed against them.

The bill addresses this, too, by the way. One of the standards the State Board of Education would be encouraged to adopt would be that, “Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are not racist but fundamental to the right to pursue happiness and be rewarded for industry.” This, for whatever reason, didn’t make it into the AP’s article.

However, one thing that did make it into the article — into the very first sentence as a matter of fact — was the fact that the bill is supported by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has emerged as a villain for the mainstream media as his popularity has grown among Republicans.

Considering DeSantis is a real contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, possibly depending on former President Donald Trump’s decision on the race, DeSantis is clearly a target for liberals, from “60 Minutes” to Twitter campaigns.

It’s worth pointing out here that this is the same AP reporter who published a widely criticized article in August attempting to link DeSantis’ support for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 infections with campaign donations sparked a public fight with DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw, as Fox News reported.

According to TheBlaze, DeSantis’ communications team — Pushaw and DeSantis communications director Tarn Fenske — hit back. (Pushaw habitually refers to AP as “American Pravda.”)

As TheBlaze recounted, Farrington had emailed Fenske to say that Jones had described DeSantis’ policies as “racist,” yet did not include her reply in the the original report.

Fenske’s response was, “I just want to clarify — that you, without any context, asked a sitting State Senator if the Governor of Florida is a racist, while on the clock, being paid by the Associated Press?”

Our mainstream media has degenerated to the point where the AP, of all sources, is propagating this incendiary piffle. It’s one thing to publish opinion journalism, a healthy part of our media discourse. It’s quite another when our wire services pass not just opinion but outright lies off as straight news.

Even for 2022, this is an astounding low.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Army Reveals New Weapon Intended to Become Standard-Issue Rifle in Combat Force

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The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units.

The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release.

The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun.

The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War.

The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades.

The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429.

The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor.

The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces.

The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences.

The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different.

“Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract.

“They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel performance, and include integrated muzzle sound and flash reduction.”

The weapons are designed for use with the XM157 Fire Control system, a tool that will integrate a variable optic, a laser rangefinder and a ballistic calculator.

Widespread adoption of the XM5 rifle isn’t assured at this stage of its development, with the performance of the weapon likely to determine whether it becomes the Army’s standard-issue rifle.

Colonel Scott Madore, who oversaw testing of the XM5 against competing rifles, said that service members tested the weapon for 20,000 hours to gauge its utility.

There’s no indication that a civilian version of the XM5 is in commercial development, although it’s likely a semi-automatic version will end up in gun stores if the rifle proves effective and reliable.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units. The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release. The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun. The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War. The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades. The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429. The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor. The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces. The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences. The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different. “Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract. “They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel…

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Op-Ed: I’m Furious the Black Community Is Being Used to Perpetrate an Attack Against Americans

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Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America.

It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time.

All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born.

Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic.

The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive harm” to minority women. The reaction… crickets.

There was no marching, protests or outrage from black “social justice” leaders. There was no rioting, shouts of “Black Lives Matter” or demands to shut Planned Parenthood down. Not one black legislator elected to protect black interests marched in the streets or otherwise reacted to Planned Parenthood’s admission. Instead, they continued to accept money from the organization that has killed millions of their own. The silence was deafening.

The civil rights movement was never meant to be used as a tool to destroy the black family. Yet politicians have used the movement to create a false narrative that includes the “right” to take unborn lives.

Through Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project, launched in 1939 and continuing today, political operatives such as Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock are paid to promote birth control and abortion as lifesaving tools, especially for black women. They call it “reproductive justice” — but it is anything but just.

In response to the possibility that Roe could be no more, Abrams announced she is suspending her campaign fundraising in favor of raising money for the very organizations that have taken more black lives than any group, including the KKK. Since 1973, more than 20 million black babies have died in one of the abortion centers in or near black neighborhoods. This staggering number is more than America’s entire black population in 1960.

I am furious that Abrams and others dare to prostitute the black experience to sell abortions to black women. Not one of our ancestors fought, bled and died so that the black community could be exterminated in the name of civil rights, social justice or women’s health.

The diabolical plan launched by Abrams in support of the longstanding Negro Project has to be stopped dead in its tracks, along with all the other elite-driven plans of terror aimed at persuading the Supreme Court justices to change their votes. I am calling on all people of goodwill, all people who believe every life should be protected whether in the womb or out, to stand in unity against this latest plot intended to intimidate the court to make a political rather than a constitutional decision.

I am calling on the black community to no longer allow our lives to be prostituted for the sake of enriching a few. Our nation, our state and our community deserve the right to life.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America. It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time. All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born. Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic. The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive…

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