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Op-Ed: Garbage Journalism – How the Media Is Trying to Break Up the Trump-DeSantis DreamTeam

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Legend has it that at the outbreak of the Cuban Revolution of 1895, New York World publisher William Randolph Hearst sent illustrator Frederick Remington there to cover the action. When Remington reported that there was no action to cover, Hearst famously replied, “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.”

That was a pivotal moment in the history of yellow journalism in America, a phenomenon that, quite sadly, has enjoyed a renaissance over the past couple of decades.

Recently, the powers that be have been at it again, angling for a win-win: a ratings bonanza along with a political result that they ideologically support and have convinced themselves is for the good of the country. The latter rationale allows them to look at themselves in the mirror without recoiling at their own reflection.

They remain delusional about having betrayed the canons of journalism, much like a criminal defense lawyer who portrays his well-paying client’s smoking gun as spontaneously combustible.

I am referring to a concerted effort by the feckless media to break up the 2024 “Dream Team” presidential ticket of headliner Donald Trump and running mate Ron DeSantis.

Some will argue that combination lacks balance, like a dessert plate consisting of chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup. But chocolate lovers will eat it up in droves.

Also, there’s the pesky little detail of Trump and DeSantis living in the same state, Florida, which precludes them from running on the same ticket, as per the Constitution.

That part’s easy to solve. Since DeSantis is Florida’s sitting governor, surely he can’t relocate to another state. But Trump can. He’s done it before, moving from New York to Florida a couple of years ago. Why not again? Especially if he moves to a purple state like Nevada or Pennsylvania and cheerleads to turn it red.

The media has figured all of this out and is fabricating a Trump-DeSantis feud. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and these so-called journalists have no remorse about committing media malpractice.

Trump recently sat for an interview with One America News Network’s Dan Ball, who questioned Trump on whether he has reconsidered his support for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Trump replied, “Well, I’ve taken it. I’ve had the booster. Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed, and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ — because they had the vaccine — and they’re answering, like, in other words, the answer is yes, but they don’t want to say it because they’re gutless. You gotta say it. Whether you had it or not, say it.”

Politico’s shameless clickbait headline was “Trump Jabs DeSantis and ‘Gutless’ Politicians.” Mind you, DeSantis’ name wasn’t even mentioned once during the interview, either by Ball or Trump. Granted, Politico backtracked by claiming that Trump merely “appeared to snap at Gov. DeSantis,” but by then it was too late. By clicking on the article, the mouse was trapped going for the cheese.

Worse yet, those unwilling to actually read the article were left with the impression that Trump really did mention DeSantis by name. It’s the kind of clickbait that I debunked in my book “Trumped-Up Charges!” — but I digress.

But Politico was far from alone. The Daily Beast churned out its own version — “Trump Roasts ‘Gutless’ DeSantis for Keeping His Booster Status a Secret” — and in the piece adjusted it to politicians “such as” DeSantis. Yahoo’s debacle of a headline read “Trump slams ‘dull’ DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup.”

The article, originated by Axios, began: “Donald Trump is trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a ‘dull personality’ and no realistic chance of beating him in a potential 2024 showdown, according to sources who’ve recently talked to the former president about the Florida governor.”

Not surprisingly, the “sources” were unnamed. There was a time when no self-respecting publication would print an article without at least two named and verified sources. Not anymore.

Axios mentioned Trump’s “gutless” comment while acknowledging that he hadn’t mentioned DeSantis by name. That’s like a trial attorney making sure to fill a jury’s ears with a blockbuster remark even though the judge directs the jury to disregard it.

DeSantis, in turn, has been reported by CNN and others as saying it was a mistake to not speak more loudly against Trump’s lockdowns in 2020 — except he didn’t say that. He did blame someone, though: Dr. Anthony Fauci. As for Trump, DeSantis mentioned him by name when advising the public not to take the media’s bait that the two of them are feuding.

Trump, for his part, told the New York Post that he has a “very good relationship” with DeSantis. Thankfully, he hasn’t taken the bait.

Many media outlets will not relent. A Trump-DeSantis feud would provide ratings galore while splintering Republicans’ dominant “America First” contingent, which is a dream to leftists and establishmentarians alike.

Hopefully, both Trump and DeSantis will remain too smart to fall for it.

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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