By Paul Farhi
NBC News remained silent on Wednesday about MSNBC host Joy Reid amid new revelat
ions that she once wrote blog posts raising questions about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that echo “truther” conspiracy theories.
Reid – a liberal commentator who has been under fire for homophobic comments that have been found on her now-defunct blog – promoted a 9/11 film co-produced by Alex Jones, the far-right media figure who has touted numerous conspiracy theories on his InfoWars website and radio program.
Reid has previously claimed her blog was hacked and that she was unaware that the anti-gay comments had been inserted under her name long after she had stopped writing it. MSNBC has stood by her pending an FBI investigation. The bizarre allegations have raised questions about Reid’s honesty and integrity.
By Alex Thompson May 31, 2018
GOOGLE LISTED “NAZISM” AS THE IDEOLOGY OF THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY
Less than a week before the California primary, Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party.
In the “knowledge panel” that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the party as of Thursday morning. The word “Nazism” was hyperlinked to a secondary page that shows “Nazism” alongside other “ideologies” of California Republicans like “Conservatism,” “Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism.”
California voters have been casting their absentee ballots for weeks ahead of Tuesday’s statewide primary elections, which will help determine the majority in the House of Representative and the potential next governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy.
But voters looking for information by searching “California Republicans” or “California Republican Party” were getting “Nazism” next to their search results until Google took the listing down later Thursday after a query from VICE News.
The listing is provoking outrage among Republicans who already believe Silicon Valley tech giants are stacking the deck against them.
“It is disgraceful that the world’s largest search engine has labeled millions of California Republicans as Nazis,” said Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Majority Leader and potential successor to Speaker Paul Ryan. “This is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives. These damaging actions must be held to account. The bias has to stop.”
The company’s “knowledge panel” at the top of its search results is often populated, at least in part, with information from Wikipedia. But the words “Nazi” or “Nazism” do not appear in the current Wikipedia page for the California Republican Party.
It’s unclear how long Nazism has been listed under the ideology section and if it got there via automation, a third-party trickster, or a Google employee gone rogue.
Google’s “knowledge panels” are automatically populated from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia. “Sometimes people vandalize public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search,” a Google spokesperson said, in a statement. “We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that’s what happened here.”
The spokesperson stressed that the “Nazism” listing was not due to any manual change by any Google employee and that the company does not manipulate search results to favor any political ideology over another.
A neo-Nazi running for Senate in California attracted a lot of headlines earlier this year, including when the state’s Republican Party kicked him out of its convention in May, but the first “Google News” results for “California Republicans” do not discuss him either.
“It is libelous, and Wikipedia and Google should take more ownership of what is published on their sites, since both companies just said 5 million Californians support Nazism,” said Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the California Republican Party. “It is unfortunate, but is unlikely to affect the election because anyone with common sense knows we don’t support Nazism.”
“There’s nothing worse you can call someone than labeling them a Nazi,” said Eric Wilson, a longtime Republican digital consultant and founder of Learn Test Optimize. “Google owes Republicans an apology whether it was an algorithm or a human. They’re ultimately responsible.”
Google’s mislabeling also fuels Republican fears that tech platforms are biased against conservatives. Over the past several months, Republican leaders have increasingly been accusing Big Tech of censoring conservative voices.
Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale sent a letter last week to Facebook and Twitter requesting for more transparency by the companies in how they are preventing political bias internally.
“Google owes conservatives answers and assurances that they are putting an end to this,” McDaniel said in a statement to VICE News. “Evidence is mounting that conservative voices are either being suppressed or, as it appears in this case, being falsely depicted as hateful extremists.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about it during the April hearings and the House Judiciary Committee brought in conservative Facebook stars Diamond & Silk, who claimed to have been discriminated against by Facebook. The Trump-supporting duo appear to have been affected by algorithm changes that have diminished all engagement with political content.
Cover image: Google
By Ben Shapiro
So, the World Worst Comedian™ and social justice warrior Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***” on national television, and then apologized after advertisers began dropping her. Then TBS, her network, apologized as well. Here were their respective apologies:
A few thoughts.
First off, these apologies are faker than a $3 bill. Roseanne Barr’s vile comments were unscripted and off-the-cuff; she’s been making nutty and vile statements for years on venues like Twitter. But Bee’s statements were scripted, taped, and then aired. At no point did anyone on Bee’s staff, including Bee, think that perhaps her comments might have crossed a line. Bee regrets nothing except, perhaps, getting caught. The same holds for TBS.
All of which demonstrates the full-blown stupidity of the apology culture in which we now live. Barr apologized and people ignored it, but there’s a good shot that her apology was more genuine than Bee’s. When Laura Ingraham apologized for the supremely mild sin of calling Parkland survivor David Hogg whiny, the entire Left said her apology was fake. There’s no reason for us to believe Bee’s apology, or TBS’s.
With that said, we must answer three questions. First, should Bee’s show be boycotted? Second, should Bee’s advertisers be boycotted? Third, should Bee be fired pre-emptively?
There’s no moral reason not to boycott Bee’s show. She made this statement on her show. Her staff wrote the show. The network aired the show. If you don’t want to watch Bee’s garbage show, more power to you – although I’d tend to think that those likely to boycott her show over the “c***” comment were already ignoring her show in the first place. Her ratings will likely rise thanks to her supposed audacity.
As far as Bee’s advertisers, secondary boycotts are a nasty tactic. Advertisers shouldn’t become the repository of public anger as a general rule — advertisers are simply looking to put their products before audiences. The only reason to boycott Bee’s advertisers is simply to demonstrate to Bee and her cultural cohorts that the Media Matters boycott tactics they so enjoy can be applied equally against them. Mutually assured destruction suggests that informing advertisers that the sword swings both ways might lead advertisers to simply learn to ignore blowback – which, in the long run, would be a good thing.
Finally, should Bee be pre-emptively fired? Probably not. That’s because Bee says similarly awful things every single night. There was no falsehood in advertising here. Bee is Bee. She’s egregiously unfunny and superfluously degrading. A network should only fire a performer or a star because (1) the product they put on air is different than the product for which they contracted; or (2) the blowback from the audience is so severe as to mandate a cancellation. Neither is true in this case.
And that says something about Bee’s audience. While much of the media claimed that Roseanne’s comments reflected her audience, that’s obviously untrue – if it had, the audience would have rebelled against the cancellation. ABC wouldn’t have had to fear losing ratings, since Roseanne’s fans would have just kept watching. But Roseanne fans likely would have tuned out thanks to Roseanne’s comments.
But when it comes to Bee, TBS doesn’t have to worry about losing ratings in any serious way. Which suggests that Bee’s fans are actually far more deplorable than fans of Roseanne. They’re fine with her comments. Just as Bee was. Just as TBS was.
So before we hear about how all Trump supporters are secret racists who cheered Roseanne Barr’s comments, let’s hear a little bit about what Samantha Bee supporters think of her comments. Let’s see whether they keep watching, or whether they provide her with consequences.
Children detained at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility color and draw, part of the many activities as well as meals and clothing they are provided at taxpayer expense. (Associated Press)
By Stephen Dinan
The image of two illegal immigrant children sleeping on the floor in a chain-link fence “cage” swept the internet last weekend, sparking misdirected anger from activists who blamed President Trump for the conditions — which were actually from 2014, when the photo was taken, under President Obama.
Here is another image: illegal immigrant children set up in comfy dormitories, coloring with “multicultural crayons,” watching their favorite soccer teams from back home on the extensive cable system, even kicking the ball around themselves on a beautiful new soccer field — all paid for by taxpayers.
There’s “Spanish language yoga” for those that want it and trips to go bowling, to visit museums and even to hit up the amusement park, at $49 a ticket, also on taxpayers’ tab. The children chow on three meals a day plus snacks, since federal rules say they must be fed “until they are full.”
Both images are accurate: two distinct snapshots of different parts of the massive U.S. immigration system that handles hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UAC, who have streamed over the border over the past five years, challenging first the Obama administration and now Mr. Trump.
The children initially are kept in stark cells at the border, where they are processed by the agents who catch them. That is what the photos from 2014 show.
The cells were designed for a different era, when nearly all illegal immigrants jumping the border were adults, usually from Mexico and predominantly male, held for a few hours while being processed and quickly sent back. It was so quick that agents would sometimes catch the same person more than once in a night.
Fast-forward to 2013, when the patterns began to change, with the flow shifting from Mexicans to Central Americans, and from men to families traveling together, or even children traveling alone — the UAC. So far this year, about a third of the people nabbed by Border Patrol agents fell into one of those special categories.
Under American law and government policy, they cannot be quickly shunted back across the border. The children can spend up to 72 hours in the Border Patrol facility, which has meant sleeping in a crowded room, with little but a Mylar blanket, in conditions so cold that the migrants call the cells “hielera,” or ice box.
But under rules that have been in place for years, illegal immigrant children traveling as part of families are sent either sent to dorm-style detention facilities run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or are released outright, where they usually disappear into the shadows with the rest of the unauthorized population.
They are supposed to be released within 20 days.
If the children are UAC, meaning they jump the border without their parents or come as a family but become separated after their arrival, release comes much faster — 72 hours at the maximum, according to court-mandated rules.
Then it’s off to a dorm run by social workers contracted by the Health and Human Services Department, which pays for the yoga classes, the multicultural crayons and all the other trappings designed to ease the UAC into a possible life in the U.S.
While the children are in the dorms, a branch of HHS, the Office of Refugee Services, is working to place them with sponsors — usually their parents, who more often than not are in the U.S. illegally.
But the government is increasingly creating unaccompanied children through the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for people jumping the border. Under that policy, announced in April, Homeland Security is supposed to refer every new illegal immigrant adult for prosecution, and U.S. attorneys are supposed to bring cases against every person practicable.
That means hundreds of parents end up in jails and their children are put into the foster care system as UAC, farmed out to the dorms and, perhaps later, to sponsors in the U.S.
For security analysts, the zero-tolerance policy is an endorsement of the kind of law-and-order approach Mr. Trumppromised to bring to immigration enforcement. The effects on those ensnared are no different from those of anyone else who is accused of a crime and sent to prison.
“Opponents of immigration enforcement are trying to portray immigration detention as some kind of cruel and unusual punishment when the purpose of it is to be able to enforce the law and give people their due process,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Opponents, though, spare no epithets in attacking the president.
“To target children this way is racism,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II, a black pastor and co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign. “What we’re seeing now, we saw in the days of slavery, where children where separated and lost from their families.”
He and other activists say family separation isn’t just a consequence of zero tolerance but is actually the goal, with Trump officials hoping to scare would-be migrants into forgoing the journey.
The administration says there is a safer avenue: Show up at border crossings and request asylum rather than break into the country between the ports of entry.
Take the migrant caravan that dominated headlines in March and April.
More than 330 migrants who came as part of the caravan showed up at the official entry points, were processed and allowed to make asylum claims, and nearly all of them have been granted initial entry into the U.S. By contrast, 122 tried to jump the border and were arrested. Many of them face criminal charges and jail time.
Exact counts of who falls into which category are difficult to come by. The New York Times reported this year on more than 700 children separated from adults at the border either because of safety concerns or, in a couple of hundred cases, because the adults weren’t even related to the children.
Then nearly 1,500 children are placed with sponsors whom the government was unable to track down last year.
Trump critics said the government “lost” those children.
“If we had lost 1,700 or 1,500 European children or Canadians from that side, there would be a tremendous uproar,” said Mr. Barbar.
During a conference call sponsored by immigrant rights activists on Wednesday, the pastor accused Mr. Trump of racism.
But another speaker on the call contradicted that sentiment, saying the children aren’t lost, but their sponsors were just unable to be contacted at one point when the government reached out to do a check-in.
Still, the criticism appears to have struck a nerve with Mr. Trump, who took to Twitter over the weekend to lament children separated from families. He blamed a “horrible law” he said was responsible and urged Democrats to change it.
His aides said that shouldn’t be read as criticism of the zero-tolerance policy his administration is pursuing, nor should he be blamed for families that are separated.
“This wasn’t a policy that was created under this administration. But unlike previous administrations, we actually enforce the law,” she said. “We actually think the law means something, and we’re enforcing it. But the president wants to see that change because he wants these loopholes closed.”
While the two sides argue over methods and motives, it’s taxpayers who are shelling out to cover the costs.
HHS paid more than $1.4 billion last year to accommodate nearly 41,000 UAC in its shelters. They stayed an average of 41 days, which means taxpayers paid about $670 a day for each child. The cost of holding someone in a federal prison — a comparison some immigration activists make to the UAC situation — is just $85 a day.
The causes of the higher costs for the children become clear from an examination of the contract documents describing UAC dormitories.
The Washington Times submitted open-records requests in 2014 for the documents, when the Obama administrationwas first grappling with a surge of UAC. The records were provided in March.
Southwest Key touted its provision of “multicultural crayons,” new sets of clothes for each migrant, gym equipment and regular field trips to get away from the dorm — activities including movie nights, swimming and bowling.
BCFS, meanwhile, was effusive in describing the steps it takes to help the illegal immigrant children be prepared for permanent life in the U.S. while making sure they also remain connected to their homes through special foods, celebration of their cultural holidays and that robust cable television package to make sure they don’t miss out on their shows.
“On-site recreation may include: soccer tournaments; movie night; playing games on the Wii; bingo and board games; basketball and volleyball tournaments; and Spanish language yoga. During the summer children engage in water-based activities such as swimming, fishing, and playing in the sprinklers,” BCFS said in the documents.
They can call back home a couple of times a week, they get comprehensive health care, and under government rules, the children are guaranteed three meals a day, plus two snacks.
BCFS didn’t respond to a request for comment. Southwest Key referred questions about its policies back to HHS.
HHS pointed back to a statement from Deputy Health Secretary Eric Hargan, who backed the White House in blaming misguided American policies for enticing UAC and families to try to jump the border.
“Until these laws are fixed, the American taxpayer is paying the bill for costly programs that aggravate the problem and put children in dangerous situations,” Mr. Hargan said.
ICE agents descended on 37 communities in the area to arrest 156 illegal immigrants, nearly half of them criminals with prior convictions
American Mirror – MAY 31, 2018
Chicago may be a sanctuary city, but the special status didn’t stop U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from removing 13 dozen illegal immigrants from the metropolitan area over a six-day campaign before Memorial Day.
ICE agents descended on 37 communities in the area to arrest 156 illegal immigrants, nearly half of them criminals with prior convictions. Those arrested included gun-toting thugs, violent gang members, sex traffickers, car thieves, drug dealers, wife beaters, drunken drivers, drug mules, drug abusers, and rapists, ICE reports.
“Fourteen of those arrested were immigration fugitives who have final orders of removal. Thirty-six others illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony,” according to a recent ICE news release. “The remaining 106 arrests were at-large aliens who are illegally present in the United States.”
ICE officials gave several examples of the type of bad hombres they’re removing from the streets.
There was “a 42-year-old illegal alien from Mexico and a self-admitted Sureno 13 gang member” who was arrested near his Chicago home.
The man “was twice convicted of willful infliction of corporal injury,” according to ICE.
“He was removed by an immigration judge, and ICE officers later deported him,” the ICE release reads. “He later illegally re-entered the United States, and was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver.”
Another 44-year-old Mexican national who was convicted of battery and sentenced to probation was arrested by ICE outside of McHenry County Jail. Another 28-year-old from Mexico with a record of drug possession was arrested during a traffic stop in Palatine, Illinois.
ICE contends the public arrests – necessitated by sanctuary city policies – are more dangerous for agents, illegal immigrants and the communities they live in.
According to the ICE release:
In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers. Now that many sanctuary cities, including Chicago, do not honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released to the street, which presents a significant and growing public-safety threat,” according to the ICE release.
ICE places detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being deportable, so that ICE can take custody of that person when the person is released from local custody. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminals into the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.
ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct targeted at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which inevitably result in additional collateral arrests. Such operations are much more dangerous for ICE officers, for the targeted aliens, and for bystanders.
News of the arrests followed cries from the media, Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others who allege Trump recently referred to illegal immigrants as “animals” during a roundtable discussion on immigration in California.
Several news outlets were forced to clarify that Trump referred specifically to MS-13 gang members – many of them illegal immigrants with violent backgrounds – as the types of “animals” he wants to remove from the country.
Pelosi even questioned whether Trump believes in the “spark of divinity” inherent in all people, seemingly defending members of a gang known for the mantra “kill, rape, control,” The American Mirror reports.
Regardless, a new poll conducted by Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll found 56 percent of Americans believe Trump’s description of MS-13 gang members as “animals” is a perfect fit, Townhall reports.
By Dan Lyman
Two thousand African migrants have been retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and brought to Italy in the span of 48 hours, local media reports.
The Italian Navy and Coast Guard conducted joint operations alongside NGOs Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranée as they assisted crowds of incoming migrants to complete their journey to Europe, eventually depositing most of them on the island of Sicily.
Many of the new arrivals launched from Tunisia, indicating that human traffickers have discovered a replacement for Libya, a route which has been stifled since Italy began involving itself in stemming the tide at its source.
“The news is not the number of landfalls, but that the origin is from Libya and Tunisia where, in the last few days, the axis of the departures seems to have shifted,” TGLA7 reports. “Two thousand people have been gathered by SOS Mediterranée in the last two days. And in Sicily, in recent hours, 300 people have landed in the port of Catania, while another 700 arrived yesterday in Augusta, in the province of Syracuse. Tomorrow in Palermo there would be 600 people rescued in the canel of Sicily, aboard the Spanish military ship Numancia.”
Italy is reeling from an unending flow of African migrants, as over 600,000 have crossed since 2015, turning port towns on the islands Sicily and Sardinia into open air asylum camps.
According to the United Nations refugee agency, a mere 2.7% of over 181,000 arrivals to Italy in 2017 were deemed genuine ‘refugees’ and granted asylum.
Italian voters have done their best to regain control of their spiraling nation, voting in populist-nationalist parties that vowed to deport 500,000 migrants if allowed to form a ruling coalition. However, the will of the people has thus far been thwarted by globalist elites, and new snap elections are looming.
“The markets will teach Italy to vote for the right thing,” EU budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger is reported to have said in response to political chaos unfolding in Italy. “I can only hope that this will play a role in the election campaign, in the sense of sending a signal to voters not to hand power to populists on the right and left.”
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz recently proposed that EU border patrols should be extended into Africa to preempt migrants attempting to reach Europe – a move that Italians would likely support.