Media

Facebook Rebrands With Aim to Expand Its Power

Facebook’s “audit committee” has a new name: “the audit and risk oversight committee”, and there’s speculation that its new agenda is intended to avoid yet another data scandal (and to keep shareholders happy).

The new focus under the leadership of former President Clinton’s Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles includes: How the social media leviathon’s “services can be used to facilitate harm or undermine public safety or the public interest,” (think fake news) a full investigation of its “privacy program,” and an analysis of its “cybersecurity risk exposures.”

If a Cllintonista is guiding the PR policies of Facebook, not much good can come of it.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Facebook has increased the power that the company’s audit committee has in an attempt to avoid another data scandal, in what is being considered an attempt to satisfy shareholders.

Facebook’s audit committee, which is currently overseen by former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, changed its name from “the audit committee” to “the audit and risk oversight committee,” Business Insider reports. Along with a name change, the powers of the committee and the aspects of Facebook that the committee oversees were also expanded.

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Culture, Media, Politics

Bias: Google Search Results Link GOP to ‘Nazism’

In yet another unsurprising revelation, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy pointed out this weekend that a Google search on the California GOP was turning up results pointing to ‘Nazism’.

Which is just one of several revelations in recent days that demonstrate more than mere coincidental occurrences.

In another instance, Instagram (owned by Facebook) was discovered adding a disclaimer under posts with Donald Trump’s name that warns the post may “encourage behavior that can cause harm and even lead to death.”

The one-sidedness of Silicon Valley liberal elites is feeding the narrative that the Internet isn’t quite as free as we thought, not so long as the uber-left is running it.

But, as is par for their left coast course, any attempt to rein them in will be regarded as ‘fascism’.

Because fairness is only fair so long as it’s applied to the left.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said a Google search that led to results this week saying that the ideology of California’s Republican Party was “Nazism” was “disgusting” and shows an inherent bias from big tech firms in Silicon Valley.

“This was disgusting,” McCarthy told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday. “This is a real concern. The bias has to stop.”

Google blamed the incident on a change to a Wikipedia page about the California GOP that slipped by Google employees to vet information that shows up on searches. But conservatives were still angry, and pointed to several other examples of media bias.

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Media, Politics

Trump to Give Full Pardon to Conservative Filmmaker

You may recall, in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, Dinesh D’Sousa brought to theaters across the nation a hard-hitting documentary called 2016: Obama’s America.

It was designed to dig into the psyche of the first anti-colonial president of the United States and to paint a picture of what a post-Obama nation might look like should he be reelected.

In hindsight, much of what D’Sousa predicted was accurate. And for his work, he was persecuted by the Obama DOJ with criminal charges of election donation violations.

Though D’Sousa pleaded guilty, these were infractions for which nearly anyone else would have received a slap on the wrist and a fine.

This was clearly an act of political retribution.

But all that will be wiped away this week after President Trump announced he’s giving a full pardon to D’Sousa.

It’s just one more detail of Obama’s legacy that is quickly vanishing.

Here’s more from Western Journal…

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is expected to receive a full presidential pardon following a 2014 conviction for violating federal campaign finance laws.

In a tweet on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the latest in a series of controversial pardons that began earlier in his first term than many of his predecessors.

“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” Trump wrote. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!”

Though he pleaded guilty after he was indicted on criminal counts of illegally donating to a campaign and causing false statements to police, D’Souza and many of his fans believe the charges themselves were a form of political retaliation.

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Culture, Media

Obama: Netflix Projects to Help ‘Train the Next Generation’

If you’re wondering whether Barack Obama will ever just go away, the answer clearly is ‘no’.

In fact, he’s looking for new ways to invade the lives of Americans: on the television.

Barack and Michelle recently announced a new deal with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming giant designed to tell American stories that will ‘heal the political divide’ and train ‘the next generation of leaders’.

One word comes to mind when we consider Obama getting his hands into the film industry: propaganda.

But then again, his project won’t likely produce anything more leftist than what’s already coming out of Hollywood.

So feel free to tune out.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Barack Obama is speaking out about how he wants to use the film projects he develops with Netflix to heal the political divide and tell America’s stories.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced it is partnering with Barack and Michelle Obama to develop original content for the video streaming giant. Initially, no real details were released — including the actual price tag of the contract. But three days later Obama has filled in some of the blanks about his plans, Business Insider reported.

Speaking at a Las Vegas tech conference hosted by cybersecurity company Okta, Obama waxed poetic about the “stories” Americans have to tell and said he wants to use his multi-year contract with Netflix to help “train the next generation of leaders.”

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Elections, Media, Politics

Hillary: ‘They Were Never Going To Let Me’ Win

That Hillary went into a seething tirade at her campaign watch party after learning she was losing isn’t exactly big news.

But the details concerning how all that went down on election night and what she said immediately upon learning it actually is news.

According to a new tell-all book, Hillary remarked cynically, “They were never going to let me be president.”

Of course, that begs the question who is ‘they’? Bill Clinton speculated that there was a conspiracy between the New York Times and Trump to secure his victory for the purpose of better headlines. Right.

Meanwhile, we’re aboard an alien spaceship in the Bermuda Triangle sipping mint juleps with Big Foot.

Moving right along.

Here’s more from Hotair…

One day, when Americans of stout heart rise up and declare themselves free of it, the 2016 election will be over, but … today is not that day, friends. While the minutiae and meaning of Donald Trump’s campaign continue to get dissected, the other campaign gets some attention in a new book from reporter Amy Chozick titled Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.

The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick excerpts several passages from the book, none of which make Hillary Clinton sympathetic. For example, this recounting of her Election Night notification reminds everyone of both Hillary’s sense of entitlement and paranoia:

“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

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Media, Politics

Comey’s Book Proves Hillary Lied About Investigation

It seems like a century ago that Hillary Clinton was outed for the use of a personal email server after which the FBI’s investigation threatened to derail her nascent presidential ambitions.

Now fully three years later, James Comey’s new book is proving that Hillary was lying then, as we all knew she was.

Shortly after the investigation was made public, the NY Times ran a story about how the nature of the investigation was criminal.

Hillary exploded and the NYT issued a correction that the investigation simply concerned a ‘security referral’. But Comey’s book corrects the record: “By the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on [Hillary’s] conduct.”

Game, set, match.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Bill and Hillary are both talented attorneys and know how to parse language with the best of them. They’re at their best when attempting to convince the public they’re innocent victims of a nefarious conservative plot to take them down.

A shining example comes out of James Comey’s book. Interestingly enough, the story appears in The New York Times, the same news organization that cowered in the face of Clinton campaign protests about a story they wrote in 2015:

James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, confirms in his new book that the bureau had already begun a criminal investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email in 2015 when her campaign and its allies excoriated journalists for reporting that such an inquiry was being contemplated.

The New York Times reported in July 2015 that two inspectors general had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department recommending an investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled sensitive information by using a private email server as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, relying on a statement from President Obama’s Justice Department, complained vigorously to The Times, resulting in two corrections to the article.

The corrections said that the inspectors general had made a “security referral” rather than a “criminal referral” and that the referral did not request that Mrs. Clinton specifically be investigated. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign called the article an “erroneous story” with “egregious” errors that misled voters into thinking that she was at risk of being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible criminal violations when the referral was a more routine security matter not focused on her in particular. Critics of the news media, including the public editor of The Times, agreed.

Naturally, there is a “but” that follows:

But in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” his memoir that is scheduled for release next week, Mr. Comey said the word-parsing by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Justice Department was actually misleading because the F.B.I. was already conducting a criminal investigation focused on Mrs. Clinton by that point.

“Though The Times may have thought those clarifications were necessary, their original story was much closer to the mark,” Mr. Comey wrote. “It was true that the transmission to the F.B.I. from the inspector general did not use the word ‘criminal,’ but by the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on the secretary’s conduct.”

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Culture, Issues, Media

Easter: Google Snubs Christians for 18th Year in a Row

For the 18th year in a row, the execs at Google who are totally in favor of diversity and fairness have snubbed one-third of the planet.

When Ramadan, Kwanzaa and other equally obscure holidays in the West come around, Google jumps to celebrate.

But when it’s time for Easter — that event celebrated for 2,000-plus years which completely changed the globe forever — Google is curiously silent.

No special ‘doodle’ with something as inoffensive as painted eggs bothered to post up on the site.

As the phrase goes: your actions speak so loudly, we can’t hear a word you’re saying.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

For the 18th year in a row, Google refused to honor the Christian holiday of Easter with a celebratory “doodle” on its website, despite commemorating similar Hindu and Jewish festivals and dedicating an entire page to the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

Christians and conservatives on Twitter noted that Google did not put up a doodle to commemorate the holiday on Sunday.

“Why has Google not honored that obscure event known as Easter?” Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter asked in a Twitter poll. A full 72 percent of over 7,000 votes chose “They hate Christians.”

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Issues, Media

NPR Doesn’t Know What Easter Commemorates

Try to hold on to your Easter eggs. NPR (aka National Progressive Radio) — which is funded by your tax dollars — apparently doesn’t know the reason for the most celebrated holiday in the world, second only to Christmas.

That’s right. According to a column on NPR, Easter is “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven.”

They are so many things historically and theologically wrong with that statement it’s laughable.

The problem is it actually passed editorial standard and was posted on the NPR site.

Even the Washington Post acknowledged NPR is begging to be attacked by Christians for bias.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Do we only publicly fund entities that don’t like Christians (looking at you, Planned Parenthood)?

This may seem like I’m being a hypersensitive Christian here but even The Washington Post said this error “practically begged Christians to renew charges that the media is biased against them.”

Feeling the need to Eastersplain to their postmodern, “no objective truth” fans, someone wrote an article for the NPR website that described Easter as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven.”

Yeah, no.

Obviously, what is being described is the Ascension, which comes after Easter (May 13th in the Roman Rite this year).

They also got the “hell” part wrong too. As the Post article points out, we Roman Catholics and many other Christian denominations do say “he descended into hell,” as part of the Apostle’s Creed (which say when praying the Rosary).

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Media, Politics

CNN’s Continues Airport Monopoly As It Veers Left

A quick run through any US airport will yield an observation familiar to any frequent traveler: the ubiquity of CNN on televisions throughout.

Is it just that airport executives all happen to be leftists or is something else going on?

The answer is very simple: CNN is paying huge chunks of cash to airports to get exclusive rights to play their increasingly leftist drivel in the terminals of the land.

So, because of the power of the big media dollar, 300 million travelers are subjected to CNN’s anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-conservative agenda with no choice at all except to try and tune it all out.

Good luck with that.

Here’s more from Fox News…

CNN’s ubiquitous presence in airports — where it broadcasts from thousands of screens to a captive audience of millions — is facing new scrutiny after the cable network’s hard left turn.

The CNN Airport network dates back to when CNN was known for straightforward news programming — and has been a fixture at airports since before competitors MSNBC and Fox News even existed. But critics are now asking if busy travelers should be subjected to CNN’s increasingly ideological programming — at gates, bars, food courts and baggage claims — which can include on-screen chyrons or subtitles that gleefully mock President Trump. Many travelers have even taken to Twitter and started online petitions to urge airports to change the channel.

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that CNN has become more partisan than MSNBC since Trump moved into the White House and travelers should have the option of not watching the network.

“How are airports justifying the idea of bombarding captive viewers with content many of them oppose? Sadly, almost any outlet is fairer now than CNN,” Gainor said.

But CNN isn’t actually forced on travelers because airports are looking to disseminate liberal doctrine. It’s forced on travelers because of money.

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Media, Politics

YouTube Bans Videos Advertising Guns

First it was Facebook, now it’s Youtube getting in on the anti-gun craze that’s sweeping the nation.

Youtube announced this week a new policy that any videos promoting the sale of guns or a tutorial on how gun parts can be made at home will be banned.

But the problem is there’s a whole bunch of grey area.

What about videos already posted? And what about videos that mention guns available for sale but not explicitly promoted with a link?

This is yet another knee-jerk by the leftmedia in hopes that good feelings with save us all from bad people.

What it’s actually doing is creating some great opportunities for competitors like Vimeo.

Here’s more from Hotair…

It’s not clear to me precisely what is and isn’t banned under the new guidelines. But that’s the point, right? The more ambiguous the new rules are, the easier it is to justify banning gun channels arbitrarily.

If I’m reading this correctly, simple demonstration videos showing how a particular gun operates aren’t banned *unless* they’re being used to promote sales. If you want to upload a video showing off your AR-15, you can — I think. If the gun’s manufacturer wants to upload a similar video with a link to where you can purchase it, nope. Banned. If the manufacturer wants to upload the same video without any link or express notice that they have that gun for sale? Unclear.

Likewise, I think it’s okay to upload a video showing how to install a commercially available gun accessory. What’s not okay are videos showing you how to manufacture that accessory yourself. No machining tutorials, no 3-D printed guns, no lessons on how to make your own bump stock — nothing that would give a crazy person ideas on how to modify his weapon to make it more lethal. In fact, even if your bump stock was purchased commercially, you can’t upload an installation video for it. There’s been a special anti-bump-stock rule in effect on YouTube since the Vegas massacre.

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