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How Corrupt Is MSNBC? The Network Now OPENLY Lobbying to Pack the Supreme Court

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When he’s not guest hosting MSNBC’s The Cross Connection, Jason Johnson is a politics and journalism professor at Morgan State University, which does not inspire confidence in the next generation of journalists as he warned on Saturday of “catastrophic implications” of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative balance and condemned Sen. Mitch McConnell for not allowing President Biden to pack the Court.

Johnson’s monologue was the result of a question from a viewer wondering what “we” have to do to make the Court more “fair and balanced” and representative of the “diverse country in which we live.”

 

 

Johnson began by warning viewers that while most of the attention is on President Biden and Congress, “the Court plans to take up an abortion case that can have catastrophic implications for Roe v. Wade and they’re weighing whether or consider a major challenge to affirmative action in college emissions.” 

He informed the audience that all that needs to be done to expand the Court is for Congress to pass a law, which has been introduced, but of course that is unlikely, not because it is a naked power grab, but because McConnell is an obstructionist: 

Of course, saying Congress just has to pass a law is a little like saying in a couple of weeks in a gym I can be Simone Biles. Although there is a bill to expand from 9 to 13 justices, it has little chance of success because you can be sure Mitch McConnell will do anything not to give President Biden a chance to appoint new justices and ruin the conservative majority that Mitch has worked so, so hard for.

Going on to show just how hard McConnell has worked, Johnson falsely accused him of “stealing a Supreme Court seat from President Biden [sic] when Justice Scalia died.” 

Obviously, Johnson meant to say Obama, but that slip-up was hardly the worst part of the diatribe. He then went on to declare that the mere existence the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh should’ve been enough to sink his confirmation, “then by helping getting a man accused of sexual misconduct onto the bench.”

Finally, Johnson accused McConnell of “jamming through Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation just eight days before the election of 2020.” 

Johnson then mentioned that although there have been calls from the left to expand the Court, Biden has not endorsed such an action, but has put together a commission to study, “structural changes to America’s highest court. Not only changing the number of justices but other moves like, I don’t know, imposing term limits.”

Wrapping up, Johnson focused on the left’s relationship with Justice Breyer, “some progressives have shifted their focus to 82-year old Justice Stephen Breyer, urging the liberal justice to step down now and make room for one of Biden’s picks, a younger liberal justice who can be on the Court for decades, perhaps even the first black woman, imagine that.”

This segment was sponsored by Liberty Mutual.  

Here is a transcript for the June 12 show:

MSNBC

The Cross Connection With Tiffany Cross

10:52 AM ET

JASON JOHNSON: With most of the attention these days on President Biden and Congress, we’ve learned that the Court plans to take up an abortion case that can have catastrophic implications for Roe v. Wade and they’re weighing whether or consider a major challenge to affirmative action in college emissions. So, the topic of the Court’s composition and ideological balance is crucial especially since they have a 6-3 conservative majority. The legal process for changing the number of justices on the Supreme Court is pretty simple, Congress just has to pass a law, which it did most recently back in 1869 setting the Court’s membership at its current limit of nine. Of course, saying Congress just has to pass a law is a little like saying in a couple of weeks in a gym I can be Simone Biles. Although there is a bill to expand from 9 to 13 justices, it has little chance of success because you can be sure Mitch McConnell will do anything not to give President Biden a chance to appoint new justices and ruin the conservative majority that Mitch has worked so, so hard for. First, by stealing a Supreme Court seat from President Biden when Justice Scalia died, then by helping getting a man accused of sexual misconduct onto the bench, then by jamming through Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation just eight days before the election of 2020. You’ll remember that around Barrett’s confirmation the calls for the next Democratic president to expand the Court were getting louder, but Biden demurred, saying he quote “wasn’t a fan of the idea of actually expanding the Court” and refused to come down strongly one way or another. This April he created a 36 member chamber, not the Wu-tang Clan, but a commission to study possible structural changes to America’s highest court. Not only changing the number of justices but other moves like, I don’t know, imposing term limits. The commission had its first public meeting three weeks ago, outlining their bylaws and coming up with a schedule of hearings later this summer. In the meantime some progressives have shifted their focus to 82-year old Justice Stephen Breyer, urging the liberal justice to step down now and make room for one of Biden’s picks, a younger liberal justice who can be on the Court for decades, perhaps even the first black woman, imagine that. You can bet Tiffany and the team will be keeping a close eye on every new development.

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Lawmakers press Biden to give Putin ultimatum on ransomware gangs

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Lawmakers of both parties want President Joe Biden to deliver a tough message when he meets face-to-face this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin: Stop the ransomware gangs, or we will.

After two recent attacks that disrupted key parts of Americans’ lives — against a major gasoline pipeline and a large meatpacking conglomerate — there’s a growing bipartisan consensus that the traditional U.S. strategy of strengthening defenses isn’t enough. It’s time, lawmakers say, for the U.S. to start flexing some muscle, including hacking back against criminal networks operating out of the former Cold War rival’s territory.

“I equate it to a common burglar. We put locks on our house … but you also want to make sure you’re catching the burglar and punishing the burglar,” said Senate Homeland Security Chair Gary Peters (D-Mich.). He called the Kremlin’s laissez-faire attitude about criminal networks working in its own backyard “unacceptable.”

The big question is whether Putin can be pressured — or trusted — to rein in his country’s cyber criminals.

Biden and his appointees have issued not-so-veiled warnings at the Kremlin, starting last month after U.S. officials blamed the attack on Colonial Pipeline on the Russia-based ransomware gang DarkSide. Biden said Moscow has “some responsibility to deal with this.” He also said, without elaborating, that he will raise the issue of the cyberattacks with Putin.

Lawmakers want Biden to put some steel behind those words by making it clear the U.S. and its NATO allies are willing to take the fight to these digital pirates. That kind of message might be enough to raise the alarm in Moscow both politically and inside its intelligence apparatus, they said.

“There’s a lot of interplay between cyber criminals and the government” in Russia, said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the Intelligence Committee’s vice chair.

That’s because Russian intelligence officers sometimes moonlight or perform freelance work in malign digital activities with the official blessing of the state, U.S. national security and law enforcement officials say. Ties between the two camps can run deep, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a House Judiciary hearing Thursday — even with gangs like DarkSide that claim complete independence.

“The degree of nexus between those cyber criminals, and the Russian government is not something I can discuss in an open hearing,” Wray said. “I will say that the most recent actors — the so-called DarkSide actors involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack — are individuals who, perhaps not coincidentally, specifically target English-speaking victims.”

Some lawmakers expressed doubts that such aggressive international hacks are occurring without the knowledge of the authoritarian regime in Moscow.

“It’s my opinion that nothing happens in Russia without the government’s approval,” said Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee’s cyber subpanel.

But many lawmakers drew one bright line, saying the U.S. should avoid striking the Russian government or its state infrastructure.

“We have to be careful about those sorts of nation-state to nation-state engagement,” Rubio said, warning of escalation that could lead to traditional, real-world military conflict.

Instead, they said, start by going after the criminal hackers based in Russia — a move that might be less likely to create political blowback.

“The first objective is to get after the gangs because that avoids a great deal of complicated issues about sovereignty and competition with another nation,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

The Biden administration has not spelled out any concrete steps it’s prepared to take against Russia over its cyber activities, beyond national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s promises in February that the U.S. response would include actions “seen and unseen.”

A U.S. official familiar with the issue said U.S. options for penalties against Russia included more sanctions as well as exposing unsavory aspects of Putin’s wealth.

But Senate Intelligence Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Biden can make a point of reminding Putin at the meeting that the U.S. can and does deploy its cyber weapons when threatened. “The Russians are very well aware of our capabilities,” he said.

As one example, Warner pointed to a first-of-its-kind offensive digital strike that the U.S. military’s Cyber Command launched on an infamous Russian propaganda factory, the Internet Research Agency, knocking it offline during and after the 2018 midterms. The operation prevented the troll farm from spreading disinformation as Americans went to the polls.

Cyber Command launched a similar attack last year on a network of malware-infected computers run by Russian-speaking hackers to thwart ransomware attacks and efforts to disrupt the November election.

Rubio noted the Justice Department’s announcement last week that it had seized much of Colonial’s ransom from a digital wallet used by the DarkSide hackers. He said such operations can get the ransomware underworld worrying about what kind of access the federal government possesses — and send a message that their networks are vulnerable to penetration and even counter-theft.

But it’s hard to say whether Putin will play ball, the U.S. official said. “‘The Sopranos’ and the ‘Godfather’ movies are instructive on dealing with these folks,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media.

One other option that would avoid dealing with Russia altogether: Nabbing cybercriminals when they happen to visit a third country, the U.S. official said.

One example is Alexander Vinnik, who worked at BTC-e, a Russian cryptocurrency exchange. He was arrested in Greece in 2017 in an operation assisted by the FBI. He is awaiting trial in France on charges of money laundering and extortion.

Asked about potential retaliation following the JBS attack, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said that “we’re not taking any options off the table.”

Another question is what arm of the U.S. government would take the lead in any attack on ransomware enterprises — a debate that could allow for a hodgepodge of responses from various agencies, none with enough might to deter cybercriminals.

A similar policy debate has raged for months among lawmakers about how the U.S. should respond to last year’s massive SolarWinds intrusion, an espionage effort in which hackers for a Russian intelligence agency rented U.S.-based servers to breach at least nine federal agencies and roughly 100 private companies.

One option is for Cyber Command to lead any reprisals. But having a military organization in the lead could create headaches around legality and sovereignty.

Plus, Cyber Command’s own chief isn’t sold on the idea. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who also helms the NSA, has said the FBI and DHS should be in the driver’s seat as part of a “whole of government” approach to ransomware.

"This is the area right now that the administration is working towards, in terms of understanding who’s going to have the lead and how are we going to deal with this," he told a House Armed Services subcommittee on Friday.

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), the chair of the Armed Services cybersecurity subpanel, argued that Cyber Command is busy enough with its existing missions and that offense should run through traditional law enforcement and diplomatic routes.

He said a new joint cyber planning office in DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should be the hub for such efforts. That office, created by last year’s defense policy bill, could “focus on improving defenses, taking down infrastructure, bots and going after payments, criminal investigations and international coordination,” said Langevin, who also serves on the House Homeland Security Committee.

The key for any strategy, argued Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Intelligence and Armed Services panels and co-chair of the congressionally chartered Cyberspace Solarium Commission, is forcing Russia out into the open with its look-the-other-way approach to the gangs.

“They can’t allow international criminals to operate with impunity within their borders,” King said. “If we had a gang of international bank robbers living in Richmond, Va., I think we’d go after them.”

Nahal Toosi contributed to this report.

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NEW NewsBusters Podcast: CNN Slaps Decency, Brings Back Jeffrey Toobin After Scandal

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In a move that showed CNN’s refusal to have anything close to admirable ethics, the Jeffrey Zucker-led network welcomed back chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Thursday after a seven-month absence following a Zoom call in which he pleasured himself in front of colleagues at The New Yorker.

Weekday afternoon CNN Newsroom co-host Alisyn Camerota was given the awkward task of interviewing Toobin and giving details to viewers about why he had been away from the network. “Help yourself,” said Toobin as he invited Camerota to share the unseemly details. And when he explained how he’s going to “be a better person,” Toobin informed viewers that working at a food bank and writing a book about the Oklahoma City bombing were two things that helped him “rebuild” his life

Yes, that was the main topic of Friday’s NewsBusters Podcast, so listener discretion is advised when playing this episode.

Nicholas Fondacaro and I returned to discuss that NSFW happening as well as Univision’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week with Vice President Kamala Harris (which was a fantastic one for MRC Latino director Jorge Bonilla), the liberal media’s latest defense of anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the latest work from MRC interns, and a whole lot more!

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‘View’ Lefties Rage at Manchin, McConnell as Divisive Racists Keeping America Down

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ABC’s The View went into the weekend on Friday with another day of complaining, griping about how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the bane of our democracy’s existence for not caving to Democrats while leading a party that hated clean air and drinking water and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who’s apparently a racist because he opposes the For the People Act.

Co-host Sunny Hostin started things off by complaining Americans would take issue with things uttered by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) because she always “just states the facts” with the latest being her lamentation about how not enough in her party want to stick it to the GOP and enact their own policies en masse.

 

 

Speaking of facts, she didn’t have the strongest command of them when she went on this bender about McConnell’s supposed sins (click “expand”):

You know, let’s just look at the history of Mitch McConnell. It was McConnell who changed Senate norms to require 60-vote super majorities on every piece of legislation that had any significance. McConnell was responsible for creating the modern judicial confirmation wars. He spearheaded every recent attempt to campaign finance reforms. McConnell cooked up that unprecedented sort of — scorched the Earth scheme to undermine Barack Obama’s presidency because he wanted to make him a one-term president. McConnell imposed the first-ever year-long blockade on the Supreme Court. and McConnell just last month – just last month said his – his priority was 100 percent of his focus was to stop the new administration. 

So, shouldn’t we believe him? Shouldn’t we take him at his word? When someone tells you who they are the first time, you believe them. I believed him. He’s not interested in bipartisanship. And that’s what Alexandria said. 

On 60 votes, it’s long existed for a coalition or party to overcome a filibuster. She should ask her fellow progressives how they used it to their advantage when the GOP controlled the Senate from 2015 through January.

Going to judicial confirmations, that would be now-President Biden and the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) who put that into place with the hearings and fights for the appointments of Robert Bork (which failed), Miguel Estrada (which also failed), and Justice Clarence Thomas.

And with “campaign finance reforms,” the Citizens United decision set the record on that and it’s liberals who want to completely upturn our elections with the dangerous For the People Act.

Concerning McConnell wanting to stop Biden and Barack Obama, one should ask Hostin whether she thought it was worth fighting tooth and nail against recent Republican presidencies.

Co-host Joy Behar was similarly inept, offering a caustic insinuation that those whom she disagrees with politically want the U.S. to be as dirty as possible and a place where many Americans can’t vote:

You know, the America that I want to live in is an America that — where everybody has a chance to vote, that people are not blocking people from voting. An America and a world where I can breathe clean air and drink clean water. Those are the things that are the priorities right now. 

Broadening out her disgust, Behar said opposition to her viewpoints are “a major dereliction of duty, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who, if they’re going to act like Republicans, then, you know, who needs them with friends like that.”

After a commercial break, co-host Whoopi Goldberg tore into Manchin by falsely claiming he opposes the Voting Rights Act and he therefore doesn’t understand “how fragile democracy is” because he’s not Black.

Manchin does, in fact, support a reauthorization and retooling of Voting Rights Act and believes it would be a better path forward than the For the People Act.

Alas, Goldberg continued on and said Black Americans are most attuned to American demoracy because “we had to fight folks who tried to keep us from voting, who tried to keep us from participating in the America that we all had been born into.”

Before moving onto a Pride Month segment, Goldberg dropped the hammer with another playing of the race card: “Joe Manchin has no idea how fragile the democracy is because nobody’s ever tried to take his freedom to vote.”

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To see the relevant View transcript from June 11 (and including the more measured takes from co-hosts Sara Haines and Meghan McCain), click “expand.”

ABC’s The View
June 11, 2021
11:02 a.m. Eastern

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: That conversation isn’t going to go anywhere. I mean, personally, I just think he’s been trying to talk infrastructure for a while and if they’re — if everybody wants to get together and do something, they’ll start dealing with the Voting Rights Act, but that’s just me. Sunny, what’s your thoughts on them working together? 

SUNNY HOSTIN: I think Mitch McConnell has made his plan to run out the clock and not be bipartisan really, really clear and I’m not sure why everyone seems to get angry at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she just states the facts, when she just tells it like it is. You know, let’s just look at the history of Mitch McConnell. It was McConnell who changed Senate norms to require 60-vote super majorities on every piece of legislation that had any significance. McConnell was responsible for creating the modern judicial confirmation wars. He spearheaded every recent attempt to campaign finance reforms. McConnell cooked up that unprecedented sort of — scorched the Earth scheme to undermine Barack Obama’s presidency because he wanted to make him a one-term president. McConnell imposed the first-ever year-long blockade on the Supreme Court. and McConnell just last month – just last month said his – his priority was 100 percent of his focus was to stop the new administration. So, shouldn’t we believe him? Shouldn’t we take him at his word? When someone tells you who they are the first time, you believe them. I believed him. He’s not interested in bipartisanship. And that’s what Alexandria said. 

GOLDBERG: Right. Meghan, what’s it going to take to get both sides to actually work together? 

MEGHAN MCCAIN: I mean –

GOLDBERG: Can it be done? 

MEGHAN MCCAIN: — I don’t know, man. It’s pretty depressing. I mean, again, I don’t live like this. I don’t think this is the way the American government was intended to be designed. I think there’s fault in all places and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the shrewdest politicians in – in America right now. She’s not just some innocent fawn in the woods that’s just “stating the facts.” I mean, she has her own agenda. And she’s going after people in her own party like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who, by the way, are people who have, you know, put their money where their mouth is and, you know, working with the other side and trying to get things done in a bipartisan way. And I think that’s the spirit of America. That’s the America I want to live in and I don’t think when Joe Biden became – elected president, “to heal the soul of the nation and to be a president for all Americans” it meant screw Republicans forever, now I’m in power. And if that’s the message going forward, I just don’t know how you maintain it because it’s not a good faith argument. 

GOLDBERG: Right. Joy, do you agree with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez that there are time sensitive issues that need to be addressed now? 

JOY BEHAR: You know, the America that I want to live in is an America that — where everybody has a chance to vote, that people are not blocking people from voting. An America and a world where I can breathe clean air and drink clean water. Those are the things that are the priorities right now. And for the Republicans to block any kind of legislation in those two areas, I think, is really a major dereliction of duty, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who, if they’re going to act like Republicans, then, you know, who needs them with friends like that? You know, Obama tried to work across the aisle. He actually thought that he was dealing with people who cared about legislation, who wanted to govern and solve problems. Instead, he – he had to deal with a bunch of grifters who — who want to hold on to power and dismantle democracy. I feel like we’re in another groundhog day with Mitch McConnell who keeps saying no every time people want him to say yes to helping the American people. So, yes, Ocasio is correct. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is correct. 

GOLBERG: Sara, do you agree with the congresswoman’s tweet? 

SARA HAINES: She may be speaking accurately to a really depressing reality, but I don’t appreciate her term of paddy cake because I think the problem is, right now, when people want bipartisan or they want to elevate themselves and operate with a more reasonable mind or a little more moderate as both parties swing really hard to both ends, that’s not being naive. That’s not being a pie-in-the-sky. That’s what this democracy was designed to do. I find it highly limiting that there are only two parties because if you don’t fall in one or the other, people need you to call yourself something or they don’t understand you at all. And I think the fact that if you read Joe Manchin’s op-ed, the spirit in which he was addressing the voting act that he voted against was not as simple as he doesn’t want rights for people. He actually made a very clear, academic argument for how fragile our democracy is. And if we don’t understand after January 6th how fragile the democracy is, maybe we should rewind the video a little bit. So, I appreciate someone who does that and although Joe Biden — President Biden hasn’t been successful in having a ton of across the aisle success, he has not changed on what he ran on, his tone he’s approached it, the conversation he’s having, the optics. The rest of it, getting the success is math and it’s also proving to be a cage match. So, sadly, I think with Mitch McConnell saying his one goal is to 100 percent stop this administration, I don’t know how else you do move forward. Most of the time I’m more of a Joe Manchin about this.

(….)

11:13 a.m. Eastern

GOLDBERG: We’re talking about whether bipartisan is a waste of time, given the issues that are facing us as a nation. What I think is interesting is Joe Biden is still willing to reach across the aisle to people who don’t even believe he is the duly elected President. So, I’m glad to see him continue to try because you don’t want to be the people who aren’t trying to do it. I always feel like, you know, you have to keep going back and back and back each time and you’ll come to a point maybe after the first year of his presidency where he’ll take a look over and say, “I tried with y’all and you don’t want to be bothered and now we’re moving on to something else.” And I, you know, I know there’s a lot at stake. I heard what you said, Sara, and I have to tell you, the – this man voting against the voting rights act, nobody knows how fragile democracy is better than people of color. Nobody knows better than us cause we know we had to fight folks who tried to keep us from voting, who tried to keep us from participating in the America that we all had been born into. So, this is one of those things where you – it’s really hard to watch Democrats say “no, no I’m not going to do it. You know, it’s a fragile democracy.” Joe Manchin has no idea how fragile the democracy is because nobody’s ever tried to take his freedom to vote. 

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Anti-Israel HATE: MSNBC’s Mohyeldin Lets Guest Call Government ‘Terrorists’

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On Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin allowed a guest to condemn the Israeli government as “all terrorists” without even giving any rebuttal as he had anti-Israel activist Mohammed el-Kurd on his show for the second time in less than a month.

After El-Kurd declared that he hopes pro-Palestinian activists around the world would draw attention to his cause, and accused Israel of engaging in “ethnic cleansing” against Arabs, Mohyeldin followed up by asking his guest if he thought the new Israeli government that is expected to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would treat him more favorably. El-Kurd responded:

 

 

In my opinion, I think they’re all terrorists. I’m being very honest. If you’re continuously committing war crimes, violating international law, be it by shelling civilians or by boasting about it on your podium, then you’re a terrorist. And in this country. there’s no really — there’s no right and left. Across the political spectrum, the political objective has been clear — which is to expel the Palestinian population. And that systemic manifestation of the political objective has been explicit and clear also. Since 1948 we have had our lands stolen — we have had our people massacred legally and illegally.

Ignoring all the anti-Semitic vitriol, Mohyeldin followed up:

I know that last time you and I spoke, you said the United States is not in a place to make judgments about the situation. And shortly after our conversation, the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said that the United States will not support any action that escalates violence and puts a two-state solution at risk in the region, including evictions of families like yours and others. Does a message like this from the U.S. make any difference? Do you think that there is any pressure that the U.S. government could apply here to prevent this from happening?

El-Kurd responded by complaining about the U.S. supplying funding to Israel. When the anti-Israel activist appeared on his show about four weeks ago, Mohyeldin did not challenge his similarly incendiary comments about Israel and the U.S., but, in the next segment, the MSNBC host was combative when he spoke with Mark Regev, advisor to the Israeli prime minister. At that time, El-Kurd blasted U.S. and Israeli “genocide.” 

 

 

This is the same Mohyeldin who called American Sniper Chris Kyle a “racist” 

 This episode of Ayman Mohyeldin Reports was sponsored in part by Aveeno. Their contact information is linked.

Ayman Mohyeldin Reports

June 8, 2021

3:43 p.m. Eastern

MOHAMMED El-KURD, PALESTINIAN ARAB ACTIVIST: What we expect, however, is from people all over the world to not let our expulsion, our ethnic cleansing, our dispossession, to happen in silence. We are expecting people to protest everywhere and speak up against this state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing.

AYMAN MOHYELDIN: The Israeli parliament — as you probably heard our colleague say — is expected to vote on this new government June 14th — that’s less than a week away, Sunday perhaps, as early as then. Will a new coalition in power mean anything for your family and the other families in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem?

EL-KURD: In my opinion, I think they’re all terrorists. I’m being very honest. If you’re continuously committing war crimes, violating international law, be it by shelling civilians or by boasting about it on your podium, then you’re a terrorist. And in this country. there’s no really — there’s no right and left. Across the political spectrum, the political objective has been clear — which is to expel the Palestinian population. And that systemic manifestation of the political objective has been explicit and clear also. Since 1948 we have had our lands stolen — we have had our people massacred legally and illegally.

MOHYELDIN: I know that last time you and I spoke, you said the United States is not in a place to make judgments about the situation. And shortly after our conversation, the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said that the United States will not support any action that escalates violence and puts a two-state solution at risk in the region, including evictions of families like yours and others. Does a message like this from the U.S. make any difference? Do you think that there is any pressure that the U.S. government could apply here to prevent this from happening?

EL-KURD: Well, let me begin by expressing my concerns over such remarks. I think it’s quite laughable to make a linguistic statement that you’re against something while continuously funneling money into it. In Sheikh Jarrah we need the American administration to take action against our expulsions, against our ethnic cleansing. It’s not enough for the United States to say that they don’t support settlements while giving Israel $3.8 billion a year in military aid which they use to expel us and throw us out of our homes. When I’m teaching my students and a sound grenade goes through my window, it is American made. And the United States needs to answer to that.

MOHYELDIN: All right, Mohammed el Kurd live for us in East Jerusalem, thank you. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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ABC, CBS Ignore Rep. Omar Comparing U.S., Israel to Terrorist Groups

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Over the course of the week, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) had been drawing bipartisan outrage after comparing the United States and Israel to terrorist organizations like the Taliban and Hamas. She accused them of “unthinkable atrocities,” was rebuked by a group of Jewish Democrats, and she was forced to “clarify” her comments Thursday. But ABC and CBS news completely skipped the disgraceful saga altogether.

And although, NBC Nightly News did cover the “firestorm,” they left out some of the strongest parts of the rebuke and seemingly tried to quickly put down Democratic infighting.

Anchor Lester “fairness is overrated” Holt seemed to make a tacit admission that NBC had been sitting on the story all week:

Tonight, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is once again getting sharp reaction to remarks she has made about Israel. Garrett Haake is at the Capitol. Garrett, this time the backlash is from a tweet earlier this week.

“That’s right, Lester. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is under fire for this tweet she sent summarizing an exchange with Secretary Blinken on Monday,” Haake added.

And despite reading the offending part of Omar’s tweet out loud, Haake put extra emphasis on the question of whether or not she meant what she wrote:

“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” she wrote.

That led a dozen Jewish Democrats to blast her seeming comparison of the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups as, quote, “As offensive as it is misguided” and urging her to clarify. (Emphasis, Haake’s)

 

 

But Haake omitted a key part of the rebuke by Jewish Democrats where they called her out for using “false equivalences” to “give cover to terrorist groups.”

Haake also made it seem as though Omar had simply acquiesced to their demands. “After an intense backlash, she did so today,” he suggested, reading a snippet of her response: “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries.”

In reality, Omar had lashed out in a tweet and accused those Jewish Democrats of being bigots. “The islamophobic (sic) tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” she whined.

“Tonight, Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership issuing a rare joint statement criticizing Omar for ‘drawing false equivalencies,’ and welcoming her correction, clearly hoping to put this episode behind them,” Haake concluded, trying to put the saga to rest.

In coverage of this issue on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, anchor Bret Baier offered some valuable insight into the liberal media’s coverage of the story. “And I just point out – the media coverage is always something we look at through the prism of where we sit. This just doesn’t get covered other places,” he said.

Adding: “In fact, when Democrats talk about the anti-Semitic efforts across the country and things that are happening to Ben’s point, former President Obama, Katie, said that that falls at the feet of former President Trump. But, yet, this part, this part where Democrats feel like they have to put out something to clarify doesn’t get picked up.”

The willful omission of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s disgraceful comment was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from GEICO on ABC, and Amazon on CBS. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

NBC Nightly News
June 10, 2021
7:11:13 p.m. Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Tonight, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is once again getting sharp reaction to remarks she has made about Israel. Garrett Haake is at the Capitol. Garrett, this time the backlash is from a tweet earlier this week.

GARRETT HAAKE: That’s right, Lester. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is under fire for this tweet she sent summarizing an exchange with Secretary Blinken on Monday. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” she wrote.

That led a dozen Jewish Democrats to blast her seeming comparison of the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups as, quote, “As offensive as it is misguided” and urging her to clarify.

After an intense backlash, she did so today, writing, “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries.”

Tonight, Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership issuing a rare joint statement criticizing Omar for “drawing false equivalencies,” and welcoming her correction, clearly hoping to put this episode behind them. Lester?

HOLT: All right, Garrett, thank you.

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Jon Lovitz Blast Cancel Culture, Tells Snowflakes to Avoid the Comedy Club

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At a certain point even Hollywood people recognize that the progressivism and wokeness their industry worships will end each of their careers. 

The latest comedian to come out against Cancel culture is SNL alumni Jon Lovitz, who told Page Six in an interview that the far left-motivated phenomena is “no different than McCarthyism,” that political tactic by which people who disagree on politics are tarred and feathered as bad people and blacklisted from polite society.

The actor and comedian stated, “I’ll just say it, It’s no different than McCarthyism.” He also explained that cancel culture prevents him from doing his job properly. His mission as a comedian is to “satirize what’s going on in society and point out the hypocrisies,” but cancel culture is used as a shield against criticism for powerful people and/or ideas that often times deserve it. 

In this climate, he can’t even say anything that is even remotely controversial or that some group can perceive as an offense. Though it’s not like Lovitz is willing to curb his material for the crybullies out there. He added, “As soon as you say to a comedian like me, ‘You can’t say that,’ the first thing in my head is, ‘Oh, and now I have to.’”

The comedian’s solution would be that, rather than having to muzzle himself, outraged people need to just not show up at the comedy club. “If you don’t have the ability to laugh at yourself, don’t go to a comedy club. I’m not changing my act. If you’re watching TV and you don’t like the show, change the channel,” he claimed, adding, “It’s very simple.” 

Yeah it really is that simple. Though we live in an age where trying to take things in stride is a revolutionary act.

On the other hand, there are people who live to be offended, and who will punish anyone that strays from leftwing orthodoxy. 

Later in the interview Lovitz blasted the cancel culture misfortunes of fellow comedian and The Goldbergs actor Bryan Callen, who was accused of “rape and sexual misconduct” by four different women. Callen has denied each allegation, and Lovitz defended him, saying, “He should not be canceled. It’s horrible. I remember reading the article and thought it was ridiculous.”

I’ve seen innocent friends lose their careers.
It’s enough.https://t.co/hNyYBWb0XE
— Jon Lovitz (@realjonlovitz) June 11, 2021

Lovitz clearly believes Callen and admitted that if there was provable wrongdoing on his part, then of course, throw the man in jail. But there’s not, so people should lay off. “When someone does something really horrible, raping someone, of course, you should be in prison.  Obviously,” Lovitz explained. “But stuff like a girl is on a bad date or the relationship ends and she’s mad that it ended because she got dumped, come on!” he added referencing what he believed was the true nature of allegations against Callen. 

Wow, Lovitz defending the honor of a man accused of rape, and in today’s post-#MeToo, woke-obsessed world? He really is challenging cancel culture. 

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‘They have to understand’: Cuellar urges Biden, Harris to visit southern border

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Rep. Henry Cuellar on Thursday urged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the U.S. southern border, ramping up pressure on the White House as Harris continues to face bipartisan criticism for remarks made in Guatemala on her first foreign trip.

Cuellar (D-Texas) — a centrist within his party who is outspoken on issues related to immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border — told MSNBC that Biden and Harris should “come in and, with all due respect, not do a staged visit.”

Instead, they should “sit down” with local law enforcement, elected officials and business leaders to better understand the influx of Central American migrants seeking to enter the U.S. through Mexico, Cuellar said.

“Somebody needs to listen to our local communities,” he added. “With all due respect, just coming and doing a staged visit is not enough. They have to understand.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cuellar’s invitation.

The comments from the congressman, whose district at the southern tip of Texas borders Mexico, come as Harris concludes her first trip overseas since assuming office: a two-nation visit to Guatemala and Mexico focused on addressing the root causes of the increase in migrants.

The vice president’s public statements while traveling have provoked anger from progressive Democrats, who denounced Harris’ message to migrants this week as unduly harsh. “Do not come. Do not come,” Harris said at a news conference in Guatemala City on Monday.

Meanwhile, Republicans have attacked Harris over an interview with NBC News that aired on Tuesday, during which she sidestepped questions about having not yet visited the southern border. “I haven’t been to Europe. … I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border,” she said at one point in the exchange.

But Cuellar on Thursday praised the vice president’s posture on the trip, offering a respite from the more moderate corner of her party as the White House contends with the political fallout from Harris’ remarks.

“I want to thank the vice president for having a clear message: ‘Don’t come,’” Cuellar said. “But we need to couple that with some action and some repercussions.”

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield also defended Harris on Thursday, dismissing a CNN report that administration officials were perplexed by the vice president’s answers about the border.

“I’d say she’s done a tremendous job already on this incredibly difficult portfolio, this incredibly important task that the president gave her,” Bedingfield told CNN, adding: “The work she’s doing already on this important diplomatic assignment is already making a difference.”

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‘Watch out for the cicadas’: Biden takes a hit to the neck as he departs for foreign trip

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As President Joe Biden on Wednesday prepared to depart for his first foreign trip since assuming office — a week-long tour of western Europe during which he will engage both American allies and adversaries — the commander in chief came into contact with an emergent domestic rival on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews.

Chatting with a uniformed military officer before boarding Air Force One, en route to a Royal Air Force station in England, the president could be seen swatting a sizable insect from his neck. Biden’s gesture interrupted his conversation with the service member as both men diverted their gazes to the ground, where the bug had apparently landed.

The president proceeded to flash a wave to reporters before strolling over to the assembled press pool with a warning: “Watch out for the cicadas.”

The episode marked the second time in less than 24 hours that the loud, red-eyed pest had intruded upon White House operations in the run-up to Biden’s European travel. On Tuesday night, the charter plane meant to carry the press corps for the president’s trip was grounded for more than five hours at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport due to mechanical problems caused by the cicadas.

Reporters finally landed late Wednesday morning, POLITICO reported, after circling in their plane and temporarily unable to touch down because British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was slated to arrive in his own aircraft at roughly the same time.

The intrusions from the insects come as potentially trillions of Brood X cicadas are surfacing from underground after 17 years, inundating as many as 15 states and currently staking their claim in the greater Washington, D.C., area. On Wednesday, however, their population decreased by exactly one, according to the president.

“I just got one,” Biden told reporters before venturing across the Atlantic. “It got me.”

Biden’s encounter was hardly the first time an American president or members of his Cabinet have endured a similar aerial ambush while carrying out their official duties. “I got the sucker,” boasted former President Barack Obama in 2009, after smacking a fly that had landed on his forearm during an interview taping with CNBC.

Four years later, at a White House ceremony where Obama announced his nominees for two top financial regulatory roles, another fly swerved around the president as he delivered prepared remarks — at one point landing on his forehead.

Former President Donald Trump also was not spared. Flies made notable appearances during his events at least twice in July 2019, at a White House social media summit and a speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia legislature. “How did a fly get into the White House?” Trump asked at the time.

In fact, flies in the executive mansion have remained such a problem across the past few administrations that White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond discussed the nuisance with former top Trump aide Jared Kushner in a phone call earlier this year. “Yeah man, they’re like bats. … Good luck,” Kushner reportedly told Richmond.

Of course, the most prominent recent victim of insect interference was Vice President Mike Pence, who seemed unaware of a black bug resting on his white, closely cropped hair for a lengthy stretch of his debate last October with then-Sen. Kamala Harris. “I didn’t know he was there,” Pence said the next week.

Anita Kumar contributed to this report.

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U.S. warns Venezuela, Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms

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The Biden administration is privately urging the governments of Venezuela and Cuba to turn away two Iranian naval ships believed to be carrying arms intended for transfer to Caracas, as the vessels make their way across the Atlantic Ocean this week, according to three people briefed on the situation.

A weapons transfer from the Iranian ships to either Venezuela or Cuba would be a provocative move in direct defiance of U.S. warnings. The mere completion of a journey across the Atlantic would be a significant step for Iran’s navy, demonstrating the military’s capabilities after failed attempts in the past.

The White House is pressuring Caracas and Havana over diplomatic channels not to allow the vessels to dock in their countries, said two defense officials and a congressional official, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations. Biden officials are also proactively reaching out to other governments in the region to ensure they will turn away the ships, the congressional official said.

Meanwhile, Caracas is trying to leverage the situation to gain relief from U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, according to two additional people familiar with the situation. U.S. intermediaries have communicated to Venezuelan officials that letting the ships dock there would make it less likely that the U.S. would provide the country with sanctions relief.

However, Tehran is pushing forward with the journey in the hope of pressuring Caracas to allow the vessels to dock, according to a defense official.

The U.S. national security community is concerned about a potential weapons transfer from Tehran to Caracas. The intelligence community has evidence that one of the ships, the Makran, is carrying fast-attack boats, likely intended for sale to Venezuela, according to a second defense official and another person familiar with the intelligence on the ships.

Satellite imagery of the ship from early May provided by Maxar Technologies showed seven such vessels placed on its deck, but it was unclear whether those boats were still aboard when the ship began its journey.

While there is no evidence that the Makran is carrying ballistic missiles, last year the Trump administration warned Tehran against delivering long-range missile shipments to the Nicolas Maduro regime, and threatened to destroy the weapons if they ended up in Venezuela.

"The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted," said Elliott Abrams, the former State Department special representative for Iran and Venezuela, at the time.

Representatives for the White House, State Department and Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, last week Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby warned that a new arms delivery “would be a provocative act and a threat to our partners in this hemisphere.” He added that the U.S. reserves the right “to take appropriate measures — in concert with our partners — to deter the delivery or transit of such weapons.”

U.S. officials have been monitoring the ships’ progress over the past two weeks from the Persian Gulf, down the east coast of Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, and now heading northwest across the Atlantic. The Makran, a former oil tanker converted to a forward staging base, is accompanied by the Sahand, Iran’s newest frigate.

As of Wednesday morning, the ships had completed more than half the journey from Iran to Venezuela, and were steaming slowly northwest more than 1,000 miles from Cape Town, South Africa, according to the second defense official, who was briefed on their position. This is the first time the Iranian navy has rounded the cape or gotten this far across the Atlantic.

Lawmakers receiving regular briefings on the matter have been publicly pressuring the Biden administration to work to deter the ships.

“This does not look like an oil or fuel cargo delivery,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter. “This has all the markings of delivery on [sic] an arms sale (such as fast attack boats) to Venezuela coupled with the opportunity to project a message of strength to the Biden administration.”

Farzin Nadimi of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who focuses on Iran’s naval strategy and defense industries, said his greatest concern regarding the possible delivery of fast attack boats to Venezuela would involve training.

“If Iran helps Venezuela develop tactics similar to those practiced by the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] in the Persian Gulf region, that could have in my view serious repercussions in the future,” he said.

Iranian fast attack boats recently swarmed U.S. Coast Guard cutters in the Persian Gulf, POLITICO reported. And in 2016, IRGC fast boats seized a U.S. Navy boat in the Gulf, creating an embarrassment for the American military.

Kirsten Fontenrose, an Atlantic Council fellow and former National Security Council official during the Trump administration who focused on the Middle East, said the expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran means this move could be followed by more exports of military equipment.

“The threat is the precedent it sets, because the UN arms embargo is no longer on Iran and they’re free to import and export,” she said. “This could be the first of many transfers we see. It allows Iran to proliferate their model of what I call zero to hero, where they arm failing governments or proxy groups and make them larger than they’re capable of being on their own, and they create these affiliates around the world that are able to threaten American interests.”

Fontenrose added that America’s transatlantic allies are unlikely to become particularly involved in U.S. efforts to manage the growing challenge.

“We’ll have to deal with this on our own,” she said.

Nahal Toosi contributed to this report.

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