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Thomas Jefferson: The Media Betrayed America

By Rod Thomson

There is plenty of finger-pointing going on right now over who is to blame for America’s shockingly rapid decline. Joe Biden, Donald Trump, radical Democrats, Trumper Republicans, public education, universities, Hollywood culture, woke culture in general and so on. 

But Thomas Jefferson would point to something far more fundamental in the nation’s decline: the media. In 1786, he wrote from Paris to James Curry: “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Freedom of the press has been lost by being willingly given away in service to a single party, rather than a watchdog.

Yes, it is the radicalized Democrat Party making it happen in government at the moment. But it is the media that has betrayed Americans by becoming a one-party propagandistic organ of both misinformation and squashing real stories, rather than being information providers to the American public that Jefferson understood to be essential to the Republic.

Jefferson keenly had so much more to say on this In one of the letters that Jefferson wrote from Paris to Edward Carrington, whom Jefferson appointed as a delegate to represent Virginia in the Continental Congress, he makes perfectly clear the critical importance of unrestricted avenues of information to the American people.

“The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.

Jefferson saw the media as unfettered providers of information to the American public as more essential than the government itself. Of course, this explains why the very First Amendment in the Bill of Rights includes both freedom of speech and of the press, specifically that the government should not “abridge” either. “Abridge” means to curtail a right or privilege. And both free speech and freedom of the press involves the American public being informed in the public square. Newspapers were distributed at the time of Jefferson’s writings and for more than another century, largely in the literal public squares of cities and towns, where speakers would also stand to give opinions from religion to politics to anything else. Is it not clear that Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the rest act now as the public square?

Jefferson wrote: “Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error…Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free enquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves.”

Yet top government officials, including White House mouthpiece Jen Psaki, openly call on all social media outlets, along with old-line corporate media, to ban “misinformation.” Let us be very honest about this, misinformation is the left’s euphemism for information they don’t want out or opinions they want squashed.

Psaki told reporters that any American banned from, say, Facebook (a major public square for free speech) for spreading “misinformation” should be banned from all social media outlets — all of the public squares of today. “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there,” she said. All public squares must be closed to those who disagree with the government. Closed for good. Memory holed.

That is a powerful member of the government calling on the media to spread the government request (so far a request) that the gatekeepers of the public square block and ban information that the government does not want Americans to get. There is plenty of misinformation floating around. There always has been. But a core essential of America’s grand success is that the government was not allowed to determine what was misinformation and what was not because any sentient being should realize that will lead to government censorship in about five seconds.

How does this work? Psaki’s boss, the President of the United States, has openly lied to the American people dozens of times just regarding the Afghanistan fiasco. But of course that is not the misinformation she is talking about. Questioning the innumerable irregularities of the 2020 election is the misinformation she is talking about, and the social media public square along with the corporate media immediately oblige. Reporting Hunter Biden’s laptop that could incriminate the Democrat running for President is misinformation. Reporting on it minimally now that the Democrat President is in the White House is not. This is also true of Covid, masking and vaccines. So epidemiologists at Stanford, MIT and Harvard who question the government’s pronouncements on Covid are literally banned by the public square of social media and mostly by the corporate media — in the same way Hunter’s laptop was and questioning the 2020 election remains — because they do not align with the CDC, which is part of the federal government.

But of course this is the whole crux; just some people are to be banned from the public square. WrongThink people, to use Orwellian terms, will be silenced. By the government. And the media is not just compliant, but act as censors themselves working in league with the government. It’s possible that Jefferson was so worried about the government infringement, rightly so, he never considered that the media would voluntarily give over their First Amendment rights to the government.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Poll: Florida Governor DeSantis Far More Popular Than The Media

By Rod Thomson

A new poll has found that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is enjoying overwhelming public approval among Floridians regarding his year-long handling of Covid and the vaccine distribution. The media? Not so much.

Cygnal, a less well-known firm that the New York Times called the most accurate polling firm in 2018 and which had the highest number of correct Congressional projections in 2020, conducted a survey of 800 likely general election voters in Florida. Considering the unrelenting, Democrat-operative attack media in Florida and nationally over the past year, the results are stunning.

The statewide Cygnal survey conducted April 8-11, 2021, shows that DeSantis is viewed favorably by a substantial number of likely voters. He is +17 among uninformed voters but +25 among informed voters. So the more a voter knows the issues, the more likely that they approve of the Governor. (I suspect this dynamic of more issue knowledge translating into higher approval is true of Republicans in general.) But even casual voters give him strong approval. Meanwhile, the poll found that the mainstream media has a negative approval rating of -14.

DeSantis’ handling of the Covid virus has even higher approval among Floridians than President Biden’s handling — 60 percent for DeSantis and 58 percent for Biden, while former President Trump’s stood at 49 percent. 

A whopping 72 percent of Florida voters in the poll said they approve of the state’s vaccine distribution. Seventy-four percent of voters said they approve of DeSantis’ decision to prioritize the elderly and vaccinate seniors first; 72 percent approve of making Florida one of the first states where anyone over 18 can get a vaccine; and 58 percent approve of keeping the economy open throughout the year of Covid when most states locked down for a short or long period. 

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The last one was one of his most controversial decisions, and one the media slammed him on repeatedly. Likely a poll six months ago would not have been as positive, but the data is incontrovertible now and Florida voters see it, even if the media is reluctant.

As someone who firsthand watches the Florida media savage Gov. DeSantis in blatantly unfair, opposition operative ways — 60 Minutes is hardly alone in that respect, they just got nailed because of the video and a couple of brave Democrats stepping up to call them out — it is particularly heartening to see how many Floridians distrust the media and rightly approve of the DeSantis decisions that the media assailed.

The survey has a margin of error of 3.46 percent.

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The Media, Democrats And Social Media Teaming To Damage Ron DeSantis

By Rod Thomson

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has gained tremendous popularity among conservatives nationwide with his deft handling of the COVID pandemic, personal freedoms, open-for-business attitude and almost Trumpian willingness to fight against the establishment and elitist wisdom but with a Harvard-trained communications ability.

As such, he has been under relentless attack by the Democrat media, seen most obviously when comparing the attack dog media coverage of DeSantis to the lap dog media coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo — a governor that has done a much worse job by every single measurement.

But as DeSantis ramps up for his 2022 re-election campaign, and perhaps eyeing a 2024 run for the White House, the media has become that special combination of hilarious, jaw-dropping and nauseating. The past few days have been a perfect example.

With Florida’s large elderly population, and the elderly by far the most vulnerable to the virus, DeSantis has targeted the 65 and older crowd, along with health care workers, as the top priority.

He’s done it in partnership with hundreds of Publix pharmacies and other pharmacies around the state, state-run distribution sites and unique three-day pop-up clinics to pinpoint smaller areas being missed. These pop-up clinics are aimed at elderly communities with high demand but lower saturation of vaccines. This is actually quite brilliant management, and has been held at mobile home parks, minority communities, The Villages, and so on. DeSantis goes to nearly every one, spreading the word. And it’s smart politics.

Well Tuesday, a pop-up clinic was held in Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County, just another of more than a dozen held without much media comment — until the media attack dogs found an angle to go after DeSantis, and the salivating howling began.

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The Bradenton Herald, knowing the demographic makeup of Lakewood Ranch, ran the first story under the headline: “More COVID vaccine coming to Manatee. Only residents of these two zip codes can get it” Well, yes. That’s because they are aimed at specific communities.

The second attack dog, the Orlando Sentinel, picked up the assault, running the specific racial demographics for the zip codes. The result?

Headline: “DeSantis defends his choice of wealthy senior community for pop-up vaccine site”

Lead: A testy Gov. Ron DeSantis blew off criticism Wednesday that the state’s latest pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site was limited to residents of wealthy neighborhoods in Manatee County, including a senior community with family ties to a major DeSantis donor.

Can’t imagine why he’s testy. Not to be outdone, Politico Florida, had their beer held and also ran the wealth data for the zip codes, and one upped the Herald and Sentinel Democrat operatives. The result?

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Headline: “DeSantis defends opening vaccine pop-up site in affluent, mostly white community”

Lead: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled Wednesday to an affluent, mostly white community in Manatee County to tout a pop-up vaccination site he said would make it easier for seniors there to get the shot.

(I’ve chosen not to link to the stories because I don’t want to drive traffic to these Democrat operative sites. However, if you want to read the screeds, just Google and headline and site and you will easily find the stories.)

Of course, there are more than 20 sites in Manatee County where people can get vaccines. And nationally, everyone is grappling with low vaccine rates among black Americans, which is in part because of the Tuskegee-driven distrust of vaccines, and a heightened sense of non-existent “systemic racism.”  

No matter, it was another opportunity to attack DeSantis. The story has been picked up and run by newspapers across the nation, as the media worked in tandem to drive the story.

Then social media kicked in, and the hashtag #DeathSantis is trending as this is written. Of course, no fact checks or blocking there, just the full tripod of Democrats, media and social media working together to damage a leading Republican.

The irony is that the Florida vaccine rollout is going very well and Florida’s declining numbers continue to outperform the national average and other large states. By a lot. Florida is thriving under DeSantis’ leadership like no blue state. Therefore, DeSantis is a racist. Same old playbook. And not divisive at all.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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The New York Times Ignoring The Swalwell Scandal Explains The Problem

By Rod Thomson

When we talk about America increasingly becoming two nations, it’s not about race or income, it’s about competing information silos that have been driven by the media choosing to be the silo for one worldview and political side instead of fair, neutral information sources that can fuel the debates between worldviews. Race and income are simply topics within the separate silos.

The New York Times is the primary example of this as the nation’s most influential mainstream media organ. Most newspapers in some fashion follow the lead of the Times, giving it outsized influence beyond its gigantic digital presence. The Time’s coverage, or lack thereof, of the U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell scandal is an example of the daily fueling of the competing information silos that it participates in, even leads in.

Swalwell had a long relationship, probably intimate, with a Chinese spy called Fang Fang. These are not right-wing accusations. These are known facts from the FBI investigation of the spy. The FBI informed Swalwell about her and the California Congressman said he ended it immediately. But Swalwell led the charge against Trump on Russian collusion — from the House Intelligence Committee. That committee requires high clearance and gets high-level, classified documents.

This is a pretty big scandal, and once upon a time it would have been a juicy one. Swalwell ran for President and has been all over mainstream media news channels. This all has broken over the past month or so. But as is seen with the screenshot of a search for the number of New York Times stories on it in the past month, the media is ignoring it.

The newspaper that fancies itself as reporting “all the news that’s fit to print” found no news worth printing of a Chinese Communist spy sleeping with a high-level Congressman on the House Intelligence Committee. 

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This is prima facia a major scandal from a high-profile member of Congress with a big juicy twist of hypocrisy, and the Times finds no news fit to print. In a very measurable way, there is actually more truth to the Swalwell scandal than to the literally thousands of stories the old gray lady did on Trump Russia collusion. The latter covered breathlessly never happened. The former is ongoing and remains ignored. This is, after all, what you would expect from Democrat communications operatives.

Most conservatives know about Swalwell’s Chinese spy scandal, because conservative media has been covering it. Readers of the Times? Nope. And so we have the two information silos driving Americans further apart based on information. If we live in a time of information warfare, this is certainly part of it.

The competing silos continue to feed the impossibility of having discussions or debates between right and left because both are operating from different sets of information. There is no common language of information to form discussions. It’s just a rat-a-tat-tat of righties firing off from our information silo and lefties firing off from theirs, and both assuming the other side is completely ignorant.

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The fault for this mess falls squarely on the mainstream media, which, having abdicated all responsible coverage of events, simply cannot be trusted. They occasionally do some good stories, but they do a lot of Trump-Russia and non-Swalwell type reporting

So on any given day, you simply cannot trust them to be giving you the information you need. You can trust them to give you the Democratic talking points. Both sides can trust in that part. So if you’re a solid Democrat, they feed what you want to hear. If you’re a solid Republican, you recognize them as Democrat communication operatives.

And so more and more, the two Americas cannot even talk to each other.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Era Of The Great Fawning Has Begun

By Rod Thomson

The attack dogs are being put back into the Obama hibernation chambers and the dutiful lapdogs are back out, gently placed on the blanketed lap of Joe Biden and the puppeteers running him.

Let the era of the Great Fawning begin.

An Associated Press article was representative of the media coverage of Joe Biden’s pick for White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, describing his “gilded resume,” reporting that he has surprisingly “drawn praise from both sides of the ideological divide.” He’s just that good, darn it!

This is one part opinion, one part just flat wrong, all parts unfeigned Democratic operative PR. Get used to it. This will be the norm with the Biden coverage. No longer will you see the currently omnipresent phrase “without evidence” used with President Trump, a standard never before applied to presidents although it sure could have been with Obama, and likely all of them.

The opinion part is that his resume is “gilded” and a tremendous advancement over the outsider know-nothing rubes that Trump hired. Here is the actual lead:

“Ron Klain has checked all the boxes of a classic Washington striver: Georgetown, Harvard Law, Supreme Court clerk and Capitol Hill staffer, White House adviser and, along the way, of course, lobbyist and lawyer.”

Classic Washington striver with “deep knowledge” and “competence” the media assures us. But to 74 million Americans, probably more, it sounds a lot more like another Washington insider sucking off the bloated teets of the federal government for personal enrichment and who doesn’t know or care a rat’s rear-end about middle America. They are literally describing what we would think of as the ultimate swamp creature, but I doubt they even know it, the disconnection is so complete.

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But hey, that is their partisan opinion. It’s still a free country, partially, sort of, for the moment. But it’s labeled straight news — which makes it deceitful, at best, just a lie at worst. Completely untrustworthy, as every poll shows the American public finds the media. Does the media writ large even care about its trustworthiness with its consumers anymore? Or is it the agenda uber alles?

And then there is just the factually untrue.

The evidence they cite for “drawing praise from both sides of the ideological divide”? Well none effectively. No elected Republican is quoted in Washington or elsewhere. Not one. Not even Mitt Romney. Only talk show host Hugh Hewitt tweeted that Klain was a good pick because Klain took pandemics from foreign nations seriously years ago. No matter. Still counts.

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The whole piece is a laundry list of leftist leaders, including Obama minion, or puppeteer, depending on who you believe, Valeri Jarrett, heaping praise on Klain along with AOC and other leftist radicals applauding the pick in the lapdog PR story. But hey, a talk show guy tweeted something positive, so…bipartisan support!

Like I said. Get used to the partisan fawning. Or move on from the mainstream media. But remember, they still hold enormous influence in this country, pretty much for worse, so they cannot just be discarded as irrelevant. They must be exposed as the partisan operatives they have become.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.


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A Single Explanation Squares Conflicting Polls

By Rod Thomson

Gallup’s most recent comparison poll for whether Americans think they are better off or worse off than four years earlier, going back to the first time Gallup asked the question, is nothing short of shocking. 

Gallup’s chart compares President Trump’s rating to previous presidents at the end of their first terms and shows him at 56 percent. Obama was 45 percent; George W. Bush was 47 percent; Bill Clinton was 38 percent and Ronald Reagan was 44 percent.

So Trump’s is the highest rating, by far. No other president was even all that close to 50 percent. And this, in the midst of a pandemic that none of the others had to deal with. It’s a truly astonishing poll result.

But it presents quite a quandary. How do we square these enormously positive results with the President’s low approval ratings and the polls showing Biden way ahead? They don’t seem as though they should exist in the same universe. 

There are more numbers doubling down on this quandary. Polls show strong public disapproval of Trump’s handling of coronavirus. Yet polls in New York State show strong public approval of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the virus in that state — which was ground zero in the world at one point and an undeniable disaster, pulling down the rest of the nation. 

One possible reconciliation of this is that Trump’s personality is off-putting to many Americans and that colors their views of him. He does indeed create a lot of unforced errors through his undisciplined communications style. That alone seems like quite a stretch to cover either of these numbers, particularly handling the virus vis-a-vis Cuomo, who is not a particularly likeable politician.

Finally quandary number, Gallup also asked, “Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with [Trump or Biden] on the issues that mean most to you.” Forty-nine percent said they agreed with Trump on their most important issues, while 46 percent said the same thing of Biden. That would seem to largely bypass the personality question.

So what to make of these vigorously conflicting numbers? Set aside problematic polling for some Trump supporters who may not tell a pollster the truth, I think the only consistent answer explaining all of them is the media coverage of Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden.

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Any litany of the partisanized coverage would take a series of books. Let’s just take the white supremacy issue attached to Trump and not to Biden. (This matters a lot — and that it does, is further proof we are not a racist nation — so that really may influence the polls on voting.)

Trump continues to be smeared as a supporter of white supremacists, and as one himself, because they support him and he won’t denounce them. The most cited evidence is the “very fine people” in the Charlottesville incident. This is so ingrained in media thinking that Chris Wallace asked Trump about it at the first presidential debate.

But none of it is actually true. Quite demonstrably not true. He denounced white supremacists repeatedly in the very Charlottesville press conference, and the “very fine people” remark was in reference to the statues issue. Every person who has listened to the press conference or read the official transcript has had to admit that. Politico has the whole messy transcript here. Factcheck has debunked it. Even Jake Tapper admitted it. But anyone can just see it themselves without relying on dubious third-parties.

Further, there is video evidence of Trump denouncing white supremacy something like 20 different times — before Wallace asked him to. This includes interviews with people like NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet The Press — kind of hard to miss. This video shows 20 times Trump has disavowed white supremacy, white nationalism, the KKK and so on. To quote Trump, “It’s never enough.” Which was proven when Wallace still asked it as if trying to pin an elusive Trump down on this, and people believe the lie.

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Conversely, Joe Biden has a pretty dicey record of racist remarks and actions. Did you know that Joe Biden actually called the United Daughters of the Confederacy “an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.” Well now.

Too many Americans who will vote do not even know that Joe Biden supported segregationists, was the primary driver behind the now-controversial three-strikes law that led to heavy black incarceration and  told a black interviewer that “you ain’t black” if you don’t vote for Biden, and so many other remarks in between.

The coup de grace of the media shield for Biden is that the organizer of the Charlottesville rally was Richard Spencer, an openly proud white supremacist. But Spencer has actually endorsed Joe Biden for president. Did you know that? Most people don’t — and never will. Biden will never be asked about it.

Biden is never confronted on this actual, factual, documented racist history, while Trump is tagged with it over and over no matter what he says or does. Americans don’t think Biden is a racist. But they think Trump is despite the available evidence.

Will the media ever contrast Trump’s expanded funding of Historically Black Colleges, historic low unemployment and wage growth for black Americans under Trump or Trump’s prison reform that will allow more minor offenders to be freed for rehabilitation to Biden’s bill that resulted in “mass incarceration” or the higher black unemployment and slower wage growth during the Obama-Biden years? Will they ask Biden why he thinks more black Americans say they support Trump than any Republican in modern history?

No, on all of the above. Because asking a candidate, regardless of the answer, sets it in people’s minds. So Trump is asked about a lie over and over, and Biden is never asked about the truth — such as his intervention in Ukraine or his administration’s role in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. He’ll never be asked by the media shield. 

And so the divergence of polls. So voters who know they are better off, like what Trump has done and is doing and even approve of his job performance, say they will not vote for him. Because they believe and are moved by the media’s portrait.

The divergence itself is one of the most telling signs of both the media’s bias and the media’s influence. Trump has done a remarkable job for the American people and they know it in their lives. They understand the pandemic is what tanked the economy, and it’s global. But the picture painted to the American people is Trump is a terrible, racist human being.

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Desperation Of Postal Hoax Is Hilarious

by Rod Thomson

It’s another week and so the Democratic Party and their Keystone Cops media allies have drummed up yet another reality-free, context-free, phony-baloney political crisis to scare the American public against re-electing President Trump. This one is a doozy, only missing green lizard people in tinfoil hatching from recently returned astronauts.

This faux crisis is the claim that President Trump — his dark eminence from which all evil emanates, also known as Beelzebub — is masterminding the slow strangulation of the United States Postal Service to steal yet another election. No word yet on the role that Putin is playing in the nefarious deed, but the intrepid defender of good, the New York Times, should be getting an anonymously sourced story out on that soon.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back for a special session this week to investigate the wicked doings. Barack Obama claimed Trump is trying to “actively kneecap” the USPS to suppress the vote. Joe Biden called it “bazarre!” And a couple members of Congress have written the FBI to seek a criminal investigation — as if those tin-foiled lizard people are subject to American laws. Sheesh!

I’m approaching this topic with all of the sobriety and seriousness it warrants. I can’t see how any serious Democrats are not red-faced embarrassed at this.

A major driver of this nutso conspiracy theory are reports that the USPS is decommissioning hundreds of mail-sorting machines. Which it is. For good reason. Overall mail volume has fallen 33% since 2006. “They’ve been taking machines out of service for years now, and I’ve been encouraging them to do it more aggressively,” Hamilton Davison, president of the American Catalog Mailers Association, told the Wall Street Journal. “I think that’s a good thing for America, because we don’t want to pay for stuff that we don’t need.”

It’s not like the Postal Service is a bastion of efficiency and profits. With only two-thirds of the volume it had in 2006, it ought to be decommissioning machines, boxes and maybe trucks and postal carriers.

“This conspiracy theory is the most far-flung thing I think I’ve ever heard,” says Stephen Kearney, who worked at the USPS for 33 years, finishing as senior vice president and treasurer. “(Postmaster General Louis) DeJoy was not appointed by President Trump.” The USPS’s bipartisan board of governors unanimously appointed him.  But he’s being dragged before Congress for yet another three-ring circus.

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“You can find valid operational reasons for the actions taken by the Postal Service so far,” says Mike Plunkett, another longtime USPS executive who now leads the Association for Postal Commerce. “In no way do I detect any criminality behind them, and I’m at a loss as to how one would reach that conclusion.”

Plunkett can only be at a loss by not paying attention to what has happened to the American media, left and Democratic Party in recent years.

Another element of the tin-foil lizard people conspiracy is that the USPS is driving around scooping up blue collection bins from sidewalks. This bit of quackery began in the Twitter insane asylum, where a photo of a truck picking up mail collection bins was made a central part of the conspiracy and got hundreds of thousands of retweets. The problem was that the truck clearly had old bins and new ones. It was replacing them. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, tweeted a photo of a USPS truck on the back of a flatbed being driven away to further the plot — apparently unaware the mail delivery trucks can break down. Turns out though, better yet, it was photoshopped.

None of which stopped Joe Biden from poking his cob-webby head out of the basement to claim: “They’re going around literally with tractor trailers picking up mailboxes. I mean, it’s bizarre!” 

Well, you may say, even if volume is way down and it makes sense to remove little-used collection bins, the timing sure is suspicious, right before an election that will have record mail-in voting.

Nope! This is the Keystone Cops portion.

An explainer post on the USPS website from Sept. 19, 2016 entitled “Where Have All The Collection Boxes Gone?” said: “Nationally, the number of collection boxes declined by more than 12,000 in the past 5 years…Some collection boxes are barely used and are expensive to maintain.”

Quick check of the calendar and…yup, Barack Obama was president for all five of those years when 12,000 boxes were taken off America’s streets.

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The Washington Post recently published a story headlined “Trump’s assault on the U.S. Postal Service gives Democrats a new campaign message.” News story. With all that is now known. Still called it “Trump’s assault.” But there we have it, all in a nice package and tied with a bow. It’s at least somewhat heartening that the Political Operations that have been ongoing between the Democrat Party and the media are now in the wide open. I mean, the Post headline of today would have been an internal Democrat memo of 10 years ago. 

So Pelosi wants to pass a bill that “prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1.” She also wants to shovel another $25 billion into the USPS, in addition to the $10 billion the USPS got from the Covid-19 funding.

Turns out, though, there may well be a conspiracy here! The letter-carriers union endorsed Joe Biden this past weekend at the same time that Democrats want to ensure in legislation there will be no cuts and $25 billion more cash. 

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Media Refuses To Cover Black Man’s Murder Of White Boy

Rod Thomson

The media continues to be the primary driver of racial divisions in America. The most recent example makes the blood boil, but perfectly demonstrates how coverage, and lack of coverage, drives a false narrative that results in American cities burning for a lie.

Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s North Carolina house on a sunny Sunday afternoon, riding his bike with his two sisters, eight and seven years old. He apparently rode onto the lawn of the neighbor’s house, where Darius Sessoms lived. According to police reports and witnesses, Sessoms came out of his house with a handgun, went up to little Cannon, put the gun to his head and murdered him while his sisters were watching.

Sessoms jumped in his car and drove away, but was captured by indispensable law enforcement and arrested within 24 hours.

This is just a gut-wrenching story at multiple levels. And yet the mainstream media outside of Fox News has refused to cover it. Doing searches for NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters News Service and so on, you will not find a story on it. Only local media in North Carolina and some conservative outlets have covered it.

How does ignoring this story drive racial divisions? Compare the coverage of George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police. That story could have been about a bad cop acting outrageously. Because that’s actually what happened. But because it was a white cop on a black man with video evidence, it became a giant national story and the media could not get enough. 

The story of Cannon is more compelling in that he was not a convicted felon high on drugs and resisting arrest, not an excuse for the cop’s behavior but a bit of context. Cannon was a five-year-old boy executed for riding his bike. While white? That is what the media and Democrats would jump to if the races were reversed.

Some will argue that the Floyd killing represented the bigger issue of murderous police brutality against blacks. But that actually is not supported by the data.

A study by Roland Fryer Jr., a black professor of economics at Harvard University, found that there was not a disproportionate impact in terms of police shootings. Actually, the opposite.

After the 2014 Fergus, Mo., shooting of a black man by a white police officer, which touched off riots and destruction on a smaller scale after heavy media coverage of “hands up, don’t shoot” that never happened, Fryer and his assistants spent 3,000 hours assembling detailed police reports from several major cities. Their findings were that law enforcement officials “were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white.” Also, Fryer found that black and white civilians in these types of situations were equally likely to have a weapon on them.

After controlling for numerous other factors — so in basically similar situations — Fryer found that blacks were 27.4 percent less likely than whites to be fatally shot by police. Police have recognized, at least subconsciously, the higher negative impacts of shooting a black man than a white man for years now.

The media was fully aware of Fryer’s findings — which were subsequently reproduced — but after the Floyd killing, they went right back into the same mode. Meaning that they and their fellow-travelers in Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Socialist Party USA and other anti-American subversive organizations, ignored the data and focused on an anecdote that is duty-bound to whip up racial animosity.

But did you know that there actually is a major issue with violent black crime against white people?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics 2018 survey of criminal victimization, the latest year available, there were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites last year. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent. That means blacks committed nine times more violence against whites than whites did against blacks. That’s a fairly compelling piece of data.

And while the media loves to make the fact-free claim that there is increasing Trump-inspired white supremacist violence against blacks, the opposite turns out to be true. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites, while whites committed 15 percent. From 2015 to 2018, the total number of white victims and the incidence of white victimization have grown as well.

Interestingly, blacks are also much higher perpetrators of hate crimes by 50 percent, according to the Justice Department data from 2017. Whites are underrepresented at only 24 percent. This is particularly true for anti-gay and anti-Semitic hate crimes.

So absolutely none of the stories we see constantly from fatal police brutality to whites hunting blacks are true. In both of these cases, the opposite is true.

The actual story, and one that is uncomfortable and that the media will not report, is that black Americans are committing violent crime against white Americans at astronomically higher rates than the other way around. And police killings are so small as to be irrelevant.

If seeking a powerful anecdote to reflect a factual truth, the death of little Cannon is the proper one.

But better yet, the media and Democrats could just treat both the Floyd killing and the Cannon killings as individual bad people doing bad things where both were arrested and charged, and race does not play a role.

But the media does just the opposite. And American cities burn while large swathes of Americans think the lie is the truth.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Behind The Goya Boycott Is The Legacy Media

Rod Thomson

The rolling fallout of the Cancel Culture targeting Goya Foods is the perfect education point for the dynamics of how the loudest, angriest fringes on Twitter leverage the agenda-driven media to create hysterical responses devoid of context or rationality.

It all started at a routine Rose Garden affair last week when the CEO of Goya Foods Robert Unanue spoke at the White House’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative along with President Trump. Unanue said the blasphemous unthinkable: The United States was “blessed” to have a leader like Trump “who is a builder.” Unanue’s grandfather was a builder who came to America — via  Spain and Puerto Rico — and where he ended up starting Goya Foods in New Jersey. Unanue has an obvious and understandable fondness for builders.

Of course no one is allowed to say something even nuanced about the President, let alone actually nice, without the leftist hordes of haters raining down a fiery hail of digital and financial destruction on them. On Twitter, hashtags like #BoycottGoya began quickly emerging.

But remember, Twitter is actually a very loud, but small insular bubble representing a tiny, tiny fraction of Americans (and a bunch of bots and innumerable trolls.) But it is also highly prized confirmation space by the old media. Journalists love their likes and retweets and they provide the Twitter outrage mob with outsized influence by greatly inflating trends. They seem to think Twitter represents America — or at least it does when it coincides with their openly partisan agendas.

So the New York Times wrote a huge story about the Goya boycott effort, the Washington Post helpfully gave a list of alternatives to Goya (not partisan at all) while Vox used their popular “explainer” method to report on it. The CNN dumpster fire of journalism ran with multiple stories, such as “Goya was a staple in Latino households. It likely won’t be anymore” and “Goya CEO’s support for Trump leaves many Latinos feeling sting of betrayal.” As to the alleged journalism portion, CNN’s conclusion of “many Latinos” is represented by a Democratic politician and a “brand influencer.” My gosh this is disgraceful. (Hat tip to Steve Krakauer for assembling the stories by the media in his email blast.)

How about some perspective? First, we don’t even know if Unanue is political or a Trump supporter. Unanue was invited by President Obama to the White House and said nice things. In fact, he repeatedly praised Obama. Of course, no right-winger suggested he should be canceled and financially damaged for it. No one said boo. Conservatives think differently than progressives.

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And more: While the media and all progressives like to treat every race and ethnicity (other than whites, interestingly and tellingly) as all thinking and acting alike, which is obvious bigotry, Trump won 33% of the Latino vote. More than four million Hispanics voted for him in 2016.

But this gained huge traction because the legacy media pants after what the Twitter mob gins up and then amplifies it greatly. They gauge what is finding traction on the loud left, then use their blow horns to magnify that issue.

We should remember that the point of boycotts, such as this one against Goya, is not just aimed at that product or company, but they are to send the broad message intimidating and bullying CEOs everywhere into not being seen with President Trump, saying anything positive about him, or advertise on conservative media outlets.

It’s an integral part of Cancel Culture. 

Fortunately, there is also a counterpunch movement known as “Buycott Goya” aimed at stocking up on Goya products to blunt the boycott.

But it is all the result of the legacy media absorbing and greatly amplifying the Twitter rage that represents very little of America.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.


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Florida Gets Full Stock of Medical Supplies, Media Barfs

Rod Thomson

The media continues to vomit all over what’s left of their shredded credibility, criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for doing too little for weeks now because he did not panic and shutdown the state, and now casting nasty aspersions at him for, somehow preparing too well.

It’s despicable and true.

The Florida media has harped incessantly that DeSantis is dawdling in not shutting down the state a la New York, California and others. Actually, he’s continuing to navigate the uncharted seas of requiring the closing of businesses and minimizing the infringement on both liberties and the workers who do not have to stay home — such as those in construction. 

But now we find that DeSantis has been very aggressive and successful in getting most or all of the medical supplies it appears the state will need for the outbreak. And guess what? Shock of shockers, the media is again hammering him, apparently for being so successful.

In addition to being a Republican, DeSantis is a close ally of President Trump. That alone makes him open season for the Democrat media hounds. But he also seems to be taking a similar tack on handling the disease as the President, not leaping forward too far until the data requires it — if it requires it.

But DeSantis is also like Trump in that he has been successful in his first year and a half as Governor of Florida, getting through a range of issues that the Democrat media hate.

Along these lines, he was quick to order a thorough assessment of the state’s medical needs to deal with COVID-19 and an upcoming hurricane season. Florida requested substantial supplies through Direct Federal Assistance, making a strong case for these needs. It appears as though the state is getting everything it asked for, being stored in a giant, converted warehouse in the centralized city of Orlando, from which the supplies are being distributed throughout the state 24 hours per day.

Here’s the rather impressive list:

5 mobile intensive care units

5,000 ventilators

5,000 hospital beds

50,000 two oz. bottles of hand sanitizer

250,000 coveralls

500,000 gloves

500,000 gowns

500,000 collection kits

100,000 16 oz. bottles of hand sanitizers

150,000 Personal Protective Equipment kits, including coveralls, gowns, and goggles  

2 million N95 face masks

In addition, DeSantis and team managed to obtain significant medical supplies from private vendors. They were so successful, infact, that the federal government stepped in and diverted some of those supplies to New York City, whose governor and mayor had not been as successful as DeSantis with the private sector. 

(Now however, it appears that some of those private contracts are unfulfilled as distributors from companies such as 3M are profiteering by getting states to bid against each other, or simply not delivering. Florida’s Emergency Management Director called it “chasing ghosts.” There will be a price to pay for that.)

Overall, this all is pretty good news for Floridians, as it suggests the state’s hospitals may not get overwhelmed, despite our large elderly population. Newspapers keep reporting worst-case scenarios and then talking to a nurse somewhere fishing for a quote about how bad it is or could get. But these stories, and model projections that have been shown to be unreliable, frequently don’t comport with underlying actual hard data from the state — such as above. 

The Democrat media machine was unable to accept even the blatantly good news that Florida is getting what it asked for from the feds, and spun around to make unsubstantiated insinuations. 

This Orlando Weekly headline was one of several I saw around the state, all the same. Headline: “Why did Florida get all the emergency supplies it requested when other states didn’t?” This reporter went so far as to call a hospital in Oklahoma, a state that has received less than requested, to fish for a comment from a nurse saying she was upset because they might not be able to care for their patients. (They will.)

This is the perfect spin because they can malign both President Trump and DeSantis at the same time — the two most hated political figures for the Florida media.

Imagine what these same “reporters” — Democrat operatives with a media platform — would be writing if DeSantis actually failed and got only a fraction of his request and the state was dangerously low on medical supplies. It takes literally no imagination. 

Bias partisanship and sensationalism is a toxic combo to media credibility. It’s just not clear they really care anymore.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 


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