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More Trouble for Propagandists at NewsGuard as Fact Checks Flop…AGAIN

As we continue to move toward a “post-reality” world, we must we weary of gatekeepers and exclusionists such as NewsGuard.

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There is something inherently deceptive about the practice of “fact checking”, as it pertains to our nation’s current political predicament.

You see, the ruling class seems to be pushing a narrative of division and hatred, demanding that we adhere to the two party system in order to galvanize and reinforce the disparity between these two incredibly divergent sides.

The truth is, the wedge that has driven us further apart is nothing more than the greed of the political ruling class, whose personal wealth is magnified exponentially for every term they remain in office; not only from the sense of their hefty government paycheck, but also from the lobbyists and special interest groups who will continue to donate to their campaigns…and pockets.

In this world of encouraged division, anyone who turns a profit while claiming neutrality can immediately be categorized as dishonest; it’s just the nature of the game.  You’re being paid by the guys who make gasoline, cigarettes, and laundry detergent to be entertaining enough to keep the fans glued through the commercial breaks.  It’s purposeful hyperbole…we all know it, and we all allow it to continue, just so long as it occurs in the left-leaning sphere of influence.

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On the right, however, news has become a battlefield.  The oppressors in this metaphor are folks such as NewsGuard, who portend to be such powerful “fact checkers” that they were immediately imbued some authority at their inception.  As the company prepares to launch a bolt-on fact checker for Microsoft’s Edge browser, they have been under the microscope of the alternative media.

We aren’t liking what we’re seeing.

Demonstrating its inability (or unwillingness) to effectively fact check establishment-approved news sources, the neocon-backed and Microsoft partnered NewsGuard news rating servicecurrently presents users with a green “trustworthy” marks next to links to BuzzFeed’s bogus Moscow Tower story, while putting red “untrustworthy” warnings next to Breitbart News links correcting it.

NewsGuard is a browser plugin developed by beltway establishment conservatives and Obama-Clinton alumni that claims to give news sources a “green” or “red” rating based on their trustworthiness. What it actually does is give its “green” rating to establishment-favored sources (including those famed for fake news debacles like Rolling Stone and the Weekly Standard) while discrediting pro-Trump media like Breitbart News and the Drudge Report.

The problems keep piling up, too:

If NewsGuard’s interactions with recent fake news stories are any guide, it is more likely to confuse users than help them sort fact from fiction. As Breitbart’s Lucas Nolan reports, stories promoting the recent smear campaign against the students of Covington Catholic High School were given a green rating by NewsGuard. This comes despite the fact that numerous mainstream media reporters including S.E. Cupp have apologized for their role in promoting the smears, which were based on a selectively clipped video posted to social media.

The same is true of BuzzFeed’s fake news disaster last week. The site published a story, now widely-criticized, that claimed President Trump ordered his lawyer Michael Cohen to commit perjury. The story was quickly bought into and amplified by the mainstream media, before it came to an embarrassing end when none other than Special Counsel Robert Mueller disputed it.

If you believe NewsGuard’s rating system though, the story is perfectly trustworthy. People who use the extension on their browsers will see a green “trustworthy” label next to the story on social media and search engines.

As we continue to move toward a “post-reality” world in which “deepfakes” shake the very core of our society, we must we weary of gatekeepers and exclusionists such as NewsGuard.

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Working for VP Harris is ‘Scarlet Letter’ in White House, Aides Flee in Droves

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The situation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a strange one at this moment, and news from the East Wing has many wondering just how much worse things are going to get before they begin to mend.

While there is certainly a great deal of trouble within the Biden administration, perhaps no corner of the executive branch is quite as worrisome as the office of the Vice President, with Kamala Harris dropping staffers by the handful, and new reports of castigation befalling those who’ve worked for her.

A new report revealed that departing staffers for Vice President Harris are leaving their White House posts in part due to concerns of being forever labeled a “Harris person.”

A growing list of Harris staffers are heading out the door amid internal chaos and disastrous poll numbers.

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The concern of being labeled a “Harris person,” as well as burnout and desire for greener pastures, are driving the exodus from the vice president’s office, sources familiar with the chaos in the VP’s office told Axios.

One anonymous Democratic strategist said that Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically to best position the vice president and to make sure everything she’s doing is being maximized and communicated to a broad population and get her numbers up.”

And also:

A different Democratic operative close to the veep’s office told Axiosthat the staff departures are lighting a fire under chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat.

“If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” the operative said.

The label of being a “Harris person” apparently carries a weighted stigma with it in Washington — something that does not bode well for the fledgling veep as her first year in office begins to wrap up.

The news will undoubtedly reignite the Democrats’ fears about their chances to win the White House again in 2024.

The situation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a strange one at this moment, and news from the East Wing has many wondering just how much worse things are going to get before they begin to mend. While there is certainly a great deal of trouble within the Biden administration, perhaps no corner of the executive branch is quite as worrisome as the office of the Vice President, with Kamala Harris dropping staffers by the handful, and new reports of castigation befalling those who’ve worked for her. A new report revealed that departing staffers for Vice President Harris are leaving their White House posts in part due to concerns of being forever labeled a “Harris person.” A growing list of Harris staffers are heading out the door amid internal chaos and disastrous poll numbers. The concern of being labeled a “Harris person,” as well as burnout and desire for greener pastures, are driving the exodus from the vice president’s office, sources familiar with the chaos in the VP’s office told Axios. One anonymous Democratic strategist said that Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically to best position the vice president and to make sure everything she’s doing is being maximized and communicated to a broad population and get her numbers up.” And also: A different Democratic operative close to the veep’s office told Axiosthat the staff departures are lighting a fire under chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat. “If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” the operative said. The label of being a “Harris person” apparently carries a weighted stigma with it in Washington — something that does not bode well for the fledgling veep as her first year…

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Lin Wood Reveals Screenshot Suggesting that Tucker and Hunter are ‘Buddy Buddy’

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All the world’s a stage, right?  Isn’t that the de facto anecdote we turn to when our illusions about the world around us are shattered?  It’s the, “welp, I guess this counts as closure” statement that we use as a bandaid over our confusion.

Controversial attorney Lin Wood is almost undoubtedly understanding of this idea, having been inversely reviled at times by both sides of the aisle.  His latest bit of strange behavior has involved a couple of the mainstream media’s most controversial figures:  Fox New host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, long-embattled son of the President.

The Donald Trump-allied lawyer Lin Wood claims that the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, have a “buddy-buddy” relationship. On Thursday, Wood posted what he claims is a conversation between the two as proof.

While it’s unclear who originally posted the email exchange between Biden and Carlson, Wood uploaded the unredacted and unverified screenshot to his Telegram channel on Thursday night. It appears to show three emails between Biden and Carlson from November 2014.

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Neither Carlson nor Biden has confirmed the authenticity of the messages.

And what was this purported evidence?

In the exchange, Carlson appears to thank Biden for writing a reference letter to Georgetown University — which Biden attended — for his son, Buckley.

While the mainstream media still portrays Wood as a supporter of former President Trump, those who’ve been following along with this storyline aren’t so sure, citing the conniving attorney’s penchant for flip flopping.

All the world’s a stage, right?  Isn’t that the de facto anecdote we turn to when our illusions about the world around us are shattered?  It’s the, “welp, I guess this counts as closure” statement that we use as a bandaid over our confusion. Controversial attorney Lin Wood is almost undoubtedly understanding of this idea, having been inversely reviled at times by both sides of the aisle.  His latest bit of strange behavior has involved a couple of the mainstream media’s most controversial figures:  Fox New host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, long-embattled son of the President. The Donald Trump-allied lawyer Lin Wood claims that the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, have a “buddy-buddy” relationship. On Thursday, Wood posted what he claims is a conversation between the two as proof. While it’s unclear who originally posted the email exchange between Biden and Carlson, Wood uploaded the unredacted and unverified screenshot to his Telegram channel on Thursday night. It appears to show three emails between Biden and Carlson from November 2014. Neither Carlson nor Biden has confirmed the authenticity of the messages. And what was this purported evidence? In the exchange, Carlson appears to thank Biden for writing a reference letter to Georgetown University — which Biden attended — for his son, Buckley. While the mainstream media still portrays Wood as a supporter of former President Trump, those who’ve been following along with this storyline aren’t so sure, citing the conniving attorney’s penchant for flip flopping.

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