Fight the urge to hate the Washington Post ad, it might just be an olive branch

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Remember when Super Bowl ads were about beer-drinking frogs? Of course, the Super Bowl has also regularly been the setting for controversy, commercials included. But one ad stood out last night for a different reason. It was a real head-scratcher. But, I thought about it, and I think that it was a blessing in disguise. We'll be back in a minute with the full story…

Super Bowl ads are an interesting tradition. For many Americans, they're the main event. They become a competition of their own, full of upsets and controversies. But, normally, they are from companies like Doritos or Carl's Jr. or Chrysler, with a few non-profit organizations peppered in and maybe an unexpected movie trailer.

So it was a bit strange to see the Washington Post pop onto the screen with an ad. It is confusing for a few reasons. First of all, why the Super Bowl? For a moment there, it felt like journalism was jumping the shark. Only instead of trying to entertain us, they were trying to remind all of us of own mortality.

Then there was the narrator — well, if you didn't see it last night, here it is:


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But, the more I thought about it, the less I disliked the ad. Maybe the ad was a good thing.

William Gamson, in Talking Politics, describes "The process of negotiating meaning." The idea is that, yes, the media regularly tries to construct a dangerous reality. And we need to be aware of that, but it's also up to us on how we react. Maybe we've gotten to the point that we're all trained to be reactionary. That's risky. What happens if we reject an honest surrender?

For one, the Washington Post did report on the NFL's decision to reject an ad from AMVETS, a group of American Veterans, because it was a "political statement," despite the fact that the NFL has flocked to a number of left-leaning social justice causes and, well, I'm sure you remember, the NFL got pretty political there for a while.

Most outlets are reporting on the fact that the Washington Post dropped $5.2 million on the commercial. For the most part, that's been the headline, especially with last week's lay-offs at many of the former pioneers of new media.

Sure, it was heavy-handed and a little preachy, but there was also an element of it that felt good.

Maybe that kind of knee-jerk reaction is worse than anything in the ad. Sure, it was heavy-handed and a little preachy, but there was also an element of it that felt good. A little reminder that, in America, our press is free, unattached from the government. Newspapers are businesses. Jeff Bezos must be doing something right if he can drop that much on a Super Bowl ad.

They even had a conservative on there.

Maya Angelou once said:

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

Who knows. Maybe the Washington Post showed a little courage last night. Maybe there was an olive branch there. And, if that wasn't the case, what do we lose by extending an olive branch of our own? In times like these, that in itself is an act of courage.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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