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Putin Goes After The “Haters” with New “Fake News” Law

Putin’s latest power-play should be a warning to the rest of the world regarding the creeping threat of totalitarianism in media.

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As Americans, we are quite lucky to have the freedom of speech.

Sure, it is easy to take this God-given right for granted, especially when we are made to feel uncomfortable or angry by someone else’s opinion, but we cannot let being personally offended direct our national policy on freedom.  If we were to succumb to such emotional warfare, we would be no better off than we would under a dictator or a tyrannical and conniving political under any other moniker.

The world outside of America seems to be heading toward a restriction of free speech, however.  Not only will New Zealanders face jail time for possessing a copy of the recent mosque attacker’s manifesto, but having even looked at the live streamed video of the event is punishable by the law for the Kiwis.

As heinous and vile as this attack was, turning it into a teachable moment is the only option.  Sweeping the shooter’s manifesto under the rug is a huge disservice to mankind, as we continue to look for ways to prevent future attacks.

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Worse still is what’s occurring in Russia, where Vladimir Putin has signed into effect a new law that would make criticism of his government a crime.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law which will allow the punishment of individuals and online media for spreading what Russia calls “fake news” and information which “disrespects” the state.

The new rules allow prosecutors to direct complaints about material considered insulting to Russian officials to the government, which can then block websites publishing the information. Publications that repeatedly spread “unreliable”information which undermines social order, may face fines of up to $23,000, and repeat offenders could spend time in jail, according to The Washington Post.

The laws will target online information that presents “clear disrespect for society, government, state symbols, the constitution and government institutions.”

While the world may be turning to fascism, censorship, and a “head in the sand” ethos, we must not allow Americans to fall for the same schtick.

 

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Chris Cuomo’s Groping Victim Eviscerates His Response to the Accusations

The creepy Cuomos are at it again.

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is in a predicament that may feel familiar to his family this week, and his response to the issue is getting exactly the sort of eye-rolling write-off that his brother Andrew grew accustomed to during his final days as the disgraced Governor of New York.

Cuomo the newsman, like his lawmaker sibling, stands accused of an aggressive act of sexual harassment involving a woman with whom he worked.  And, also like Andrew, Chris’ response to the accusation is not going over well.

In a guest essay for the New York Times published Friday, former executive producer Shelley Ross wrote Cuomo squeezed the cheek of her buttock without her permission in 2005. She also produced an email where Cuomo appeared to admit to the incident and apologized for his behavior. Ross expected CNN’s most-watched host to have evolved since the incident occurred, but feels his response to her essay proves he’s “no more enlightened” today than he was at the time of the inappropriate touching.

“I was hoping that in 15, 16 years that he had changed, but he’s no more enlightened today than he was then, as demonstrated by his response,” Ross told Insider.

Here’s where the two differ:

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“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Cuomo said.

However, Ross doesn’t seem satisfied with Cuomo’s statement.

“I don’t acknowledge that there’s anything that was ‘our interaction.’ I was not a participant,” Ross told Insider. “I was groped. And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment.”

Ross has publicly stated that she isn’t seeking to have Cuomo ousted from CNN over the incident, however.

 

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is in a predicament that may feel familiar to his family this week, and his response to the issue is getting exactly the sort of eye-rolling write-off that his brother Andrew grew accustomed to during his final days as the disgraced Governor of New York. Cuomo the newsman, like his lawmaker sibling, stands accused of an aggressive act of sexual harassment involving a woman with whom he worked.  And, also like Andrew, Chris’ response to the accusation is not going over well. In a guest essay for the New York Times published Friday, former executive producer Shelley Ross wrote Cuomo squeezed the cheek of her buttock without her permission in 2005. She also produced an email where Cuomo appeared to admit to the incident and apologized for his behavior. Ross expected CNN’s most-watched host to have evolved since the incident occurred, but feels his response to her essay proves he’s “no more enlightened” today than he was at the time of the inappropriate touching. “I was hoping that in 15, 16 years that he had changed, but he’s no more enlightened today than he was then, as demonstrated by his response,” Ross told Insider. Here’s where the two differ: “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Cuomo said. However, Ross doesn’t seem satisfied with Cuomo’s statement. “I don’t acknowledge that there’s anything that was ‘our interaction.’ I was not a participant,” Ross told Insider. “I was groped. And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment.” Ross has publicly stated that she isn’t seeking to have Cuomo ousted from CNN over the…

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Local Rancher Has Major Doubts About Search for Brian Laundrie in Florida Reserve

“No buzzards, no body”.

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The most wanted man in America is said to be hiding out in a vast, protected wilderness near his home in Florida, and police have now spent well over a week scouring the land for evidence.

Brian Laundrie went missing just days before the body of his fiancée Gabby Petito was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, some 2,200 miles away.  Laundrie had returned home to Florida without Petito, refusing to speak to police about her sudden disappearance.

Police honed in on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000+ acre wilderness near his family home where his parents claim he went hiking the last time that they saw him.

One local man with knowledge of the area now says it’s unlikely that Laundrie is still there…if he ever was.

Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen has spent nearly every day of the last 30 years navigating the woods where Brian Laundrie is suspected of hiding and says it’s not conducive to habitation.

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“There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” McEwen told Fox News Digital.

The weather has played a significant role in McEwen’s belief as well, after the Carlton Reserve received a heavy dose of rainfall.

“Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there,” McEwen said as he gave Fox News Digital a tour of the submerged park in his swamp buggy.

Some have wondered if Laundrie perhaps fled into the swamp to harm himself, but McEwen finds that unlikely as well…and for a macabre reason.

“Anything dead you find in the woods, you’re gonna look up, you’re gonna see buzzards flying like crazy,” he said. “No buzzards, no body is my theory. And I haven’t seen any buzzards flying.”

The most wanted man in America is said to be hiding out in a vast, protected wilderness near his home in Florida, and police have now spent well over a week scouring the land for evidence. Brian Laundrie went missing just days before the body of his fiancée Gabby Petito was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, some 2,200 miles away.  Laundrie had returned home to Florida without Petito, refusing to speak to police about her sudden disappearance. Police honed in on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000+ acre wilderness near his family home where his parents claim he went hiking the last time that they saw him. One local man with knowledge of the area now says it’s unlikely that Laundrie is still there…if he ever was. Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen has spent nearly every day of the last 30 years navigating the woods where Brian Laundrie is suspected of hiding and says it’s not conducive to habitation. “There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” McEwen told Fox News Digital. The weather has played a significant role in McEwen’s belief as well, after the Carlton Reserve received a heavy dose of rainfall. “Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there,” McEwen said as he gave Fox News Digital a tour of the submerged park in his swamp buggy. Some have wondered if Laundrie perhaps fled into the swamp to harm himself, but McEwen finds that unlikely as well…and for a macabre reason. “Anything dead you find in the woods, you’re gonna look up, you’re gonna see buzzards flying like crazy,” he said. “No buzzards, no body is my theory. And I haven’t seen any buzzards flying.”

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