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GQ Mag on Obama: One of the Greatest Presidents Ever

The liberal fixation with Barack Obama borders on the delusional despite the failure of virtually everything he did in eight years at the White House.

Now GQ Magazine predicts he’ll go down as one of the greatest presidents ever. Unbelievable.

Here’s more from Redstate:

In what I can only describe as fanfiction that borders on the erotic, Jim Nelson of GQ Magazine, a self-proclaimed Clinton guy, decides that Barack Obama will be “inducted into the league of great presidents” because of how well he did as president.

I cannot even begin to describe just how little substance there is to the piece except to say that it is remarkable similar to Obama’s presidency in that regard.

The column is a mix of historical references, only one of which – comparing Donald Trump to Herbert Hoover – actually fits. The evidence used to describe Obama as a candidate for one of the greatest presidents ever is… not “non-existent” so much as it is “non-relevant.”

What makes Obama great? Well, for one thing, the fact that he was charismatic:

Barack Obama will long be revered because he’s charismatic, presided over an economic revival, and changed and elevated the view of the presidency. He’s simply bigger than Bill.

Elevated the view of the presidency? Sure, for roughly half the country. The other half, he repeatedly spoke down to, dismissed, and ultimately completely overlooked as a direct threat to his own party.

The article has also decided that Obama was the “adult in the room” when the national mood was so sour and divisive…

Obama has a few other edges in the long haul of history, beyond specific hurrah moments like Obamacare, rescuing the economy, and making America way more bi-curious. Being the first black president of course secures a certain legacy. But what now feels distinctly possible is that, just as Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed, over time he may be judged less for the color of his skin than for the content of his character. That character came across every time haters or Trumpers or birthers tried to pull him down into the mud or question his American-ness. He just flew above it all. And, luckily, he took most of us with him. He was the Leader not only of our country but of our mood and disposition, which is harder to rule. At a time when we became more polarized, our discourse pettier and more poisoned, Obama always came across as the Adult in the Room, the one we wanted to be and follow.

…which is incredibly hilarious given that his first response to critique from Republicans was “I won” followed by a victory dance and flipping the bird to Republicans in Washington. He steadfastly referred to Republicans and conservatives as “the enemy,” dismissed them as people who bitterly cling to their guns and bibles, insulted and mocked Fox News and other conservative media, and decided to lecture the American public on numerous occasions when he didn’t get his way.

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Victory: Trump Presser Sparks Infighting Among Liberal Media

After Donald Trump’s press conference yesterday in which he assailed the liberal media for publishing unsubstantiated claims and scurrilous charges against him, the liberal media are now arguing over who has the most legitimate story and who’s just ‘fake news’.

It’s descending into a circle firing squad.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

CNN has released a statement trying to distance their reports from BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unverifiable memos about president-elect Donald Trump.

Midday Tuesday, CNN tweeted a full statement from their Twitter account saying,

CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organisations.

The statement continues,

We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations.

The statement then poses a direct challenge to the transition team of President-elect Trump,

Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.

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Trump Holds First Presser, Blasts Media and Intel Community

This morning’s headlines were laden with a triple hit of outrageous, and frankly odd, stories concerning Donald Trump, Russia and the intelligence community which appear to have been a concerted effort by Obama officials and a few media outlets to disgrace Trump with scandalously fake news.

And he refused to sit idly on this one. Today’s press conference was fiery as he took to task the media and officials for the outrage they deserve.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

President-elect Donald Trump used his first news conference of the year Wednesday to bash reports that Russia tried to use a dossier of alleged salacious reports as leverage over him.

“A thing like that should have never been written, it should never been had, and it should certainly never have been released,” Trump said.

“I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that,” Trump added.

Trump  said that if it the dossier was leaked by a member of the intelligence community, it “would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that.”

Trump’s remarks came after he was introduced by spokesman Sean Spicer blasted the unverified dossier  as “outrageous and highly irresponsible.”

“It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left wing blog that was openly hostile to the president-elect’s campaign to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the internet just days before he takes the oath of office,” said Spicer at Trump tower before introducing Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

“This political witch hunt by some in the media is based on some of the most flimsy reporting and is frankly shameful and disgraceful,” Spicer said.

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Trump Fires Back at Meryl Streep Over Golden Globes Tirade

At last night’s Golden Globes awards, Meryl Streep launched into an anti-Trump tirade in what is being seen as a mouthpiece for the collective angst by Hollywood elites over Hillary dismal loss in the election.

But Trump immediately fired back via Twitter denouncing her invective.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes — and used her acceptance speech to repeatedly attack President-elect Donald Trump in what was one of the night’s most pointed political statements.

The three-time Oscar-winner began her speech by noting that Hollywood is the most “vilified” segment of American society following Donald Trump’s victory.

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and Mixed Martial Arts, which are not the arts,” she said.

Streep said Trump’s mocking of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski was the “performance” that most “stunned” her.

“There was nothing good about it, but it did its job,” the actress said. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.”

“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” Streep said.

Streep challenged a “principled press” to stand up to Trump; “to hold power to hold power to account, to call to the carpet for every outrage.

Streep called on Hollywood to support the Committee to Protect Journalists, “because we’re going to need them going forward — and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”

Then Trump fired back via multiple Twitter posts:

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Tucker Carlson Sidesteps the Ladies, Replaces Megyn Kelly

Just a day ago the media wash awash with speculation that Megyn Kelly’s replacement at Fox News would almost surely be one of a short list of female anchors who might be the most comparable to her show.

But this morning an insider dropped a bomb: Tucker Carlson will be moved to fill Kelly’s 9pm slot.

Here’s more from Drudge:

**EXCLUSIVE**
Thu Jan 05 2017 09:30 ET

2017 starts off with a BANG! as FOX NEWS executives will announce Tucker Carlson replaces the vacating Megyn Kelly at 9 PM ET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The dramatic move caps Carlson’s rapid rise at the nation’s top-rated cable channel.

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“Tucker has already proven to be an audience powerhouse at 7 PM, now sky is the limit!” an insider explains.

“FOX NEWS will not be tamed.”

In recent weeks, the Carlson show hit #1 audience and demo with a mix of explosive interviews and hard-hitting topics.

Timing isn’t everything in the business, it’s the only thing, and Carlson arrives just as the Trump presidency begins.

The broadcast wunderkind previously anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC and PBS.

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Shake-up: Megyn Kelly Bolts Fox News for NBC

Rumors have been swirling for months on end about the possibility that Fox News star Megyn Kelly might jump ship from her perch of cable news dominance to join CNN.

And now it’s official…except she isn’t going to CNN after all. She was just snatched up by NBC for an undisclosed fortune.

Here’s more from the NYT:

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon.

The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.

The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.

Ms. Kelly’s exit will upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.

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Charlie Sheen Pleads with God to Kill Donald Trump

Leftist actor Charlie Sheen, infamous for his on-screen meltdown and repeated Twitter tirades, has taken to Twitter again immediately after the death of Debbie Reynolds to call on God to strike down Donald Trump.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

After news broke of the death of Debbie Reynolds following a year of high-profile celebrity deaths, actor Charlie Sheen took to Twitter to call for the death of the President-elect of the United States of America.

Sheen’s tweet—which read “Dear God” followed by “Trump next, please!” six times and then two emojis showing a middle finger and then a copyright symbol—was Liked on Twitter by over 6,000 people within the first two hours of being posted.

Actor Charlie Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estévez, was featured in 1980s films like Young Guns and the Oliver Stone-directed Platoon and Wall Street. Sheen then went onto to star in the sitcom Two and a Half Men before having a famous public meltdown after several trips to rehab for substance issues that got him booted from the successful show. A series of Twitter rants and bizarre media appearances culminated in a tour called Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option.

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George Soros Funding Facebook’s Fake News Tribunal

Less than 24 hours after the story broke concerning Facebook’s ‘fake news’ tribunal and the leftist media organs running it, the story gets even worse.

It was revealed today that the man backing the tribunal is none other than uber socialist billionaire George Soros and his friends.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

The organization partnered with Facebook to help determine whether a certain story is “disputed” is financed by billionaire George Soros and a slew of other left-wing funders.

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook yesterday announced it will work with “third-party fact checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles.

Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omidyar Network, which is the nonprofit for liberal billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Network has partnered with the Open Society on numerous projects and it has given grants to third parties using the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.  Tides is one of the largest donors to left-wing causes in the U.S.

Another significant Poynter Institute donor is the Craig Newmark Foundation, the charitable organization established by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark. On Monday, just days before the announcement of the Facebook partnership, Poynter issued a press release revealing that Newmark donated $1 million to the group to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics.

Newmark funds scores of liberal groups also financed by Soros, including the Sierra Club, the New America Foundation, and the Sunlight Foundation.

Newmark also finances the investigative journalism group called the Center for Public Integrity, where he serves on the board.  Soros’ Open Society is another Public Integrity donor.

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Facebook Enlists Leftist ‘Fact Checkers’ as Thought Police

In the wake of the epidemic of so-called ‘fake news’ during the election cycle, Facebook has decided to create a tribunal through which it will filter all posts as either fake or legitimate.

But the members of that tribunal happen to be leftist media outlets. No worries at all; conservative news should be fine, right?

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Facebook has announced it will introduce warning labelson stories they deem to be “fake news,” with the help of partisan “fact checking” organisations such as Snopes and PolitiFact.

Stories deemed to be false will now be “flagged” by Facebook, with an accompanying red label claiming the story is “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.”

Users will then have the option to “learn why this is disputed” to receive an explanation as to why Facebook believes the story is false.

“We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations,” Facebook VP Adam Mosseri wrote in the Facebook news blog. “If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.”

Mossieri insists that the company will not prohibit users from posting anything deemed “fake,” but “you will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share.”

Furthermore, Facebook will prohibit paid promotion of stories that have been marked as disputed.

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