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Journo ‘Watchdog’ Removes ‘Blacklist’ After First Amendment Backlash

The First Amendment must always win.

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When it comes to the First Amendment, the word “sacred” gets thrown around a lot, as do the terms “inalienable” and “self-evident”.

And with good reason.  Without the ability to freely speak our minds, we are at the beck and call of whomever decided that we couldn’t or shouldn’t.  In the days of the public pulpit, this wasn’t much of an issue, but now, in the age of the internet, we have a new threat to free speech to contend with.

Gatekeepers such as Facebook and Google have staked claims, as private companies, as to how they’d like supposedly free Americans to conduct themselves online.  This has led to bans, shadowbans, censorship, de-platforming, and more.

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And where do these entities get their recommendations from?  So-called “fact checkers” and “watchdogs” who scour the internet for opinions they dislike and then report them to Google and others as if they had some sort of authority greater than that of the Constitution itself.

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Backlash over this perversion of freedom has often been swift, and now one such “gatekeeper” has been forced to tuck tail and run.

The Poynter Institute, a journalism nonprofit organization, initially released a list of more than 500 “unreliable” news outlets purportedly “built from pre-existing databases compiled by journalists, fact-checkers and researchers around the country.”

But a number of prominent conservative-leaning outlets were included in the “unreliable” category, including The Washington Examiner, Washington Free Beacon, Daily Caller and other publications that employ scores of journalists covering Congress, elections, the White House and more. The index was created with the help of an employee for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The following is music to the ears of liberty advocates:

Poynter’s managing editor, Barbara Allen, posted a mea culpa Thursday as the backlash built.

“On Tuesday, April 30, Poynter posted a list of 515 ‘unreliable’ news websites, built from pre-existing databases compiled by journalists, fact-checkers and researchers around the country. Our aim was to provide a useful tool for readers to gauge the legitimacy of the information they were consuming,” the statement read.

“Soon after we published, we received complaints from those on the list and readers who objected to the inclusion of certain sites, and the exclusion of others. We began an audit to test the accuracy and veracity of the list, and while we feel that many of the sites did have a track record of publishing unreliable information, our review found weaknesses in the methodology.

“We detected inconsistencies between the findings of the original databases that were the sources for the list and our own rendering of the final report.”

And this, my friends, is exactly what the Founders had in mind when they bestowed this sacred right on us.

Let freedom ring, y’all!

 

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Video Evidence Confirms CNN President Told Employees to Push Trump ‘Impeachment’ Stories

This…is CNN.

John Salvatore

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If you want to claim that your network is fair and balanced and you only report the facts, then the president of the network shouldn’t be caught on video telling employees to push impeachment stories regarding President Trump. Then again, CNN hasn’t been a reliable news source for a long while now and ratings drive that point home on a regular basis. James O’Keefe has unveiled what just might be his most jaw-dropping video to date. And CNN can’t be thrilled about it. After all, it exposes their anti-Trump, anti-conservative bias once and for all – and it comes straight from the head honcho. At this rate, no matter how hard the left tries, it would appear Trump has 2020 all but in the bag. Great for America, bad for the left. But what’s bad in the eyes of the left is usually good for the left – they just can’t see it. Liberals. SMH. BREAKING: New leaked video from inside CNN: President Jeff Zucker tells employees to push “impeachment” and that all of CNN’s stories should be about “moves towards impeachment” One of CNN’s employees says Zucker has a “personal vendetta against Trump” https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1183780647522856960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1183780647522856960&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.weaselzippers.us%2F435181-project-veritas-video-cnns-jeff-zucker-directing-employees-to-push-impeachment%2F From Fox News: Undercover recordings made by an alleged ‘whistleblower’ capture CNN employees casually confirming the network’s anti-Trump bias and show company president Jeff Zucker telling top news executives to focus solely on impeachment even at the expense of other important news, according to the conservative activist group that posted the bombshell footage online. Project Veritas, whose founder, James O’Keefe, describes himself as a “guerrilla journalist” — built up the release on social media with an “#ExposeCNN” hashtag, and Monday published the first segment of what is billed as a multi-part series. The video features Cary Poarch, who claims he was a satellite uplink technician…

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Discredited Steele Dossier Memos ‘Made Their Way Directly’ to Obama, Fusion GPS Founder Says

It’s 2016 all over again…

John Salvatore

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The Steele Dossier was bogus from the jump and everyone knew it. It was merely the Democrats’ first real attempt at doing what they could to discourage the American people from voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Of course, Dems haven’t stopped doing everything they can to bring 45 down. It doesn’t matter that the economy is booming and unemployment numbers are at record lows. What matters is Trump = bad, and that’s never going to change. On Monday, some interesting news dropped from the founder of Fusion GPS. According to the founder, now-discredited Steele Dossier memos initially made their way to Barack Obama’s desk back in 2016. To some people, this is a big problem. To other people, men can grow their hair and and decide they are now women. BREAKING: In new book “Crime in Progress,” set for release next month, #Spygate archvillain Glenn Simpson reveals that he was first hired to investigate Trump in “the fall of 2015” and that memos from his now-discredited Steele dossier made their way directly “to President Obama” https://twitter.com/paulsperry_/status/1183816527725940737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1183816527725940737&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Freport-fusion-gps-founder-reveals-steele-dossier-memos-made-it-all-the-way-to-president-obama%2F From Washington Examiner: Fusion GPS announced the November release date of a book on its 2016 investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, promising to shed new light on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier about the future president. The Washington, D.C.-based opposition research firm’s book, announced Monday, is expected to come a few weeks after release of a report into the origins of the investigation into Trump and Russia, which has shadowed his presidency since taking office in January 2017. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report is expected to cover allegations of abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the FBI and the Department of Justice — including the government’s reliance on Steele’s dossier to obtain surveillance warrants from the…

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