Three Things You Need to Know - December 4, 2017

Real Fake News

What were Brian Ross and ABC News thinking?

On Friday, Brian Ross, who has been an investigative correspondent for ABC News for 23 years, reported that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. That statement was incorrect – something you just don’t say unless you have great evidence to back it up.

Ross did not have great evidence.

By Friday night, Ross was on ABC World News Tonight reading a “clarification.” This time he said Trump did not ask Flynn to contact Russia until after he’d been elected president.

It wasn’t really a “clarification.” It was more a case of completely changing your report.

On Saturday, ABC News apologized, saying they “deeply regret” the “serious error” and suspended Ross for four weeks without pay. A 23-year veteran reporter surely knows better than this. Except he’s been involved in similar “errors” before. After the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, he falsely reported that the shooter may have been a Tea Party leader.

Naturally, President Trump gloated on Twitter about Ross’ suspension.

Mainstream media can’t stand President Trump. Despite that fact, the President is wrong – mainstream media is not all fake news. But when will the media learn? If you want the president to stop yapping about fake news and how the media’s out to get him, then stop shooting yourself in the foot with sloppy reporting like this!

This fake news feud between President Trump and the media is so exhausting. Americans are sick of it. “Fake news” has become a cliché, a joke that’s now part of our cultural lexicon.

In these insane times, when we’re flooded with media content, when it’s difficult to know who and what to believe, shouldn’t we be doing everything in our power, especially if you’re one of the nation’s major media organizations, to try to put aside politics for two minutes and refocus on integrity? Truth matters more than politics.

It may not sell as well as Trump’s MAGA caps this Christmas, but we need to Make Journalism Trustworthy Again.

Being stupid isn't a crime, lying to the FBI is.

It finally happened on Friday. Impeachment hopefuls and Resistance warriors like Keith Olbermann have been waiting with baited breath for months, salivating over what secrets Mike Flynn might reveal. We finally found out on Friday. The highly anticipated ruling against General Flynn was… wait for it… lying to the FBI. The Muller hammer everyone was waiting for, on the surface, seemed a bit underwhelming. The real question now is this: What did General Flynn promise Muller to receive such a small slap on the wrist?

I have to tell you, after millions of dollars and thousands of man hours invested, if all we get out of this investigation is a tax evading lobbyist and a lying General, this might end up being the biggest let down in the history of big let downs. Manafort and Flynn could very well be Act 1 of a very complicated 3 Act play. Who or what comes next is anyone’s guess, but the hyperbolic media reports, finger pointing and impeachment calls aren’t helping. The President tweeting his defense to every single allegation isn’t helping.

Can we get back on track here? This investigation better start producing more fruit soon, AND WE ALL should be supporting it. Russian interference is an undisputed fact. The entire intelligence community is in agreement on this. Russian intelligence services launched a campaign to sway public opinion via social media, appear to be involved in the Fusion GPS dossier, and the meeting at Trump Tower. More Trump administration officials could have been involved, but so could the DNC, the Clinton Campaign and a laundry list of other Americans.

This is a serious issue, and if we don’t fix this now imagine what might happen during the midterms AND the next presidential election. If this was just the opening salvo of a much larger Russian influence operation we’re in serious trouble. The media needs to stop with it’s overreaction. Those calling for impeachment everytime something comes out need to calm down. Those that have already made up their minds on this, either guilty or not guilty, will ultimately find themselves missing the actual threat. So to Muller, the FBI, the DoJ, and all the other open investigations on this… do your jobs. Be thorough, but do it quickly. There’s too much at stake here.

While You Were Sleeping

While you were sleeping in the early morning hours on Saturday, the Senate passed the final version of its tax bill.

The Senate voted 51 to 49 with Senator Bob Corker as the lone Republican voting against it.

The big takeaway from the bill is that the plan will reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

That sounds great…if it can stay that way.

Trump is seemingly already walking away from that 20 percent.

After the bill passed, he told reporters, “It could be 22 when it all comes out, but it could also be 20. We’ll see what ultimately comes out.”

The difference between those 2 percentage points? $200 billion.

The passage of the Senate tax bill is a step in the right direction for the most part, but the House and Senate still have to hash out the differences in their plans, so who knows what will and won’t be included in the final version right now.

Cutting the corporate tax rate is a good idea, but the hasty way Congress dealt with passing the Senate bill stinks of Obama era politics.

Passing bills “undercover of darkness” at 2am on Saturday only hours after the plan details were released is shady at best.

It just sounds like Republicans are desperately trying to comply with Trump’s demand to sign anything of substance by the end of the year. That’s not a good reason to pass a bill. I’m hoping the bill will be good for the country, but one thing is for sure— unless we do something about it, Congress will continue to act as if we are all asleep.

MORE 3 THINGS

Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.

Here are a few headlines regarding the protests in Israel: 'Global protests grow after Israeli killing of Palestinian demonstrators,' the Guardian. 'Israel kills dozens at Gaza Border,' the New York Times. 'Palestinians mourn dead in Gaza as protests continue,' CNN. 'Over 50 Palestinians in massive protest are killed by Israeli military, bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014 war,' ABC News. 'Gaza begins to bury its dead after deadliest day in years,' BBC.

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In each, the spoken or unspoken subject of the sentence and villain of the story is Israel. Innocent Palestinians murdered by the cruel Israelis. This is the narrative that the mainstream media has promulgated. Few have mentioned that the majority of the “protestors" that died were members of Hamas, the militant (and highly anti-Semetic) Sunni-Islamist organization that has been labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

A senior Hamas official told reporters that 50 of the 59 people killed in Monday's protests were members of Hamas, and the remainder were “from the people." So…they were all Hamas.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative.

As usual, mention of such membership has been left out of the mainstream media's anti-Israel, pro-Islam narrative. Maybe they think of Palestinians as underdogs and they love a good scrap. Well, they aren't underdogs. But their outburst have been glorified for so long that it's near impossible to disagree with that narrative.