Stelter Drives Smear-Wagon Into the Ditch, Compares Trump ‘Cult’ to JONESTOWN

CNN hosts get incredibly overwrought about Republicans underplaying the January 6 riot as a tourist visit that got out of hand. But they have no resistance whatsoever to comparing January 6 to 9/11. Then on today’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter trotted out the Jonestown massacre of 1978, where about 900 members of the People’s Temple committed a mass suicide under orders from Jim Jones. Hard-core MAGA fans apparently would do that for Trump. 

Stelter introduced liberal Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who was on the scene when Rep. Leo Ryan and four others were murdered on an airstrip by Jones cult members. Stelter introduced the interview:

STELTER: These citizens in other countries sometimes email me, and say you know why doesn’t the American media just call out Trump for what he is? Call Trump fandom for what it is? Sometimes they use the word “cult.” I know that’s a sensitive word, doesn’t come up a lot in American news coverage, so I wanted to put it to an expert, an unfortunate expert.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier started out her career in politics working for a lawmaker. She was on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown. She sadly knows firsthand the weight of that word: Cult. She was able to escape with her life. Others were not able to that day. So I wanted to hear her thoughts about the comparison, the notion of the cult of Trump, especially in the light of January 6 and the mass delusion that led to a riot of lies on Capitol Hill. When I brought this up with her, she did not mince words.

“The only difference between Jim Jones and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media” – @RepSpeier. @BrianStelter brought guest onto @ReliableSources to equate “Cult of Trump” with Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. pic.twitter.com/JmUqAOvWtQ
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 1, 2021

That’s why he wanted her on. He wanted unminced smears. Speier uncorked it alright: 

SPEIER: There’s no question that you could compare Jim Jones as a charismatic leader who would bring his congregation together, force them to do things that were illegal, and then took 900 of them into the jungles of Guyana, where over the course of time he then convinced them they should die. I ‘ve never been able to say they committed suicide because I don’t think they were in control of their faculties, to be quite honest with you.

So you look at Donald Trump, charismatic leader, who was able to continue to talk in terms that appealed to those who were disaffected, disillusioned and who were looking for something, much like those who became part of Jim Jones’s congregation, the people’s temple. They were lost souls. And the only difference between Jim Jones and and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media, so all these people can find themselves in ways that they couldn’t find themselves before.

Well, there’s social media — and that Trump hasn’t talked his followers into a mass suicide! 

There’s this added outrage: the People’s Temple were a force in liberal Democrat politics. As Daniel Flynn wrote for National Review, “Willie Brown, who would become the speaker of the California State Assembly and then mayor of San Francisco, compared Jim Jones to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.” He campaigned with Rosalynn Carter. But maybe 35-year-old Stelter has zero memory of this, and somehow can’t Google it. 

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ABC’s Karl Pitches New Anti-Trump Book as Must-Read for Jan 6 Committee

The Holy Gail of anti-Trump authors would be to have their writings promoted and cited by the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Riot, because it would be a boon to sales. And during Sunday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl made that sales play by actively pitching and urging the members of the committee to get copies of his book because it has “revelations” they would “certainly” want to learn about.

GMA co-anchor Dan Harris shilled for Karl’s book by noting the timing compared to the Trump campaign discloser that said he had raised $80 million:

The timing is interesting for you Jon since the title and cover art for your forthcoming book were just revealed. Here it is: Betrayal: the Final Act of the Trump Show. However, if we look at the war chest Trump is amassing, how are we to believe we’ve seen his final act?

“Well, well, first, the number is staggering. The idea of an ex-president, especially one that left office the way this president left office, raising that kind of money is astounding,” Karl noted, suggesting it hinted at a serious 2024 campaign consideration.

 

 

Explaining the concept behind the obnoxious title of his book, Karl opined about how former President Trump had and was betraying everything Americans held dear. “The reason I say ‘Betrayal: the final act of the Trump show,’ is: betrayal is the final act of the Trump show, the betrayal of American democracy, the effort to undermine our very system of government, the way we run elections. The betrayal is not over, but it is the final act,” he said.

Karl then made a direct pitch to the committee to use his book to help guide their investigation:

And as I made clear in this book – and by the way, there will be revelations in this book that will all but certainly want to be looked at by the committee investigating the January 6th riot – the betrayal is ongoing, and Donald Trump – even with all that has gone down – remains, by far, the most important and influential figure in the Republican Party.

“Your last book was excellent. I look forward to this one as well,” Harris touted, noting Karl was interviewing Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) later on This Week (Karl did not bring up his book during that interview).

Earlier in this segment, Harris teed up Karl to lament how the pandemic was making President Biden look bad:

It’s a huge challenge for the President; both in terms of his promise to deal with the pandemic, making it clear from the start that his biggest priority was getting the pandemic under control. So, the step backwards is a big issue there. There was the other promise he made, Dan, and that was the promise to unite the country.

He went on to blame Republicans for dividing the country on the issue. “He’s facing an all-out rebellion from Republican governors to the question of reinstituting mask-wearing and a rebellion from Republicans in Congress,” he sneered. “The country seems easily as divided, if not more divided an ever over how to deal with COVID.”

Jonathan Karl’s selfish play to drive his book sales was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Allstate and Disney. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

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

ABC’s Good Morning America
August 1, 2021
8:15:06 a.m. Eastern

DAN HARRIS: Jon, good morning. I’d love to hear from you a sense of what you think the political ramifications are of this COVID surge for the President.

JONATHAN KARL: It’s a huge challenge for the President; both in terms of his promise to deal with the pandemic, making it clear from the start that his biggest priority was getting the pandemic under control. So, the step backwards is a big issue there. There was the other promise he made, Dan, and that was the promise to unite the country.

And right now, not only do we seeing a resurgence of COVID thanks to the delta variant, [but] we also see that the country is as divided as ever over how to deal with it. He’s facing an all-out rebellion from Republican governors to the question of reinstituting mask-wearing and a rebellion from Republicans in Congress. The country seems easily as divided, if not more divided an ever over how to deal with COVID.

HARRIS: Let’s talk – while I have you – for a moment about the former president, Donald Trump. Overnight, we got some news. We learned that he has raised more than $80 million in campaign cash in the first six months of this year.

The timing is interesting for you Jon since the title and cover art for your forthcoming book were just revealed. Here it is: Betrayal: the Final Act of the Trump Show. However, if we look at the war chest Trump is amassing, how are we to believe we’ve seen his final act?

KARL: Well, well, first, the number is staggering. The idea of an ex-president, especially one that left office the way this president left office, raising that kind of money is astounding. And if you listen to his advisers, including his former chief of staff, Mark meadows, it sounds like he is gearing up for an all but certain run for [the] presidency.

The reason I say “Betrayal: the final act of the Trump show,” is: betrayal is the final act of the Trump show, the betrayal of American democracy, the effort to undermine our very system of government, the way we run elections. The betrayal is not over, but it is the final act.

And as I made clear in this book – and by the way, there will be revelations in this book that will all but certainly want to be looked at by the committee investigating the January 6th riot – the betrayal is ongoing, and Donald Trump – even with all that has gone down – remains, by far, the most important and influential figure in the Republican Party.

HARRIS: Your last book was excellent. I look forward to this one as well. Jon, thank you very much. I want to remind everybody, Jon has a big show this morning including an exclusive interview with Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican on what’s next for the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Jon just mentioned that committee.

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CENSORED: Sky News Australia Temporarily Banned From YouTube

Sky News Australia is banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after the Big Tech giant accused the site of violating its medical misinformation policies.

YouTube said the news site posted videos denying the existence of COVID-19 and encouraged viewers to take hydroxychloroquine.

The Sky News Australia YouTube channel has 1.85million followers. YouTube did not specify which videos were in violation of its policies but did say they were “numerous.”

“We have clear and established Covid-19 medical misinformation policies based on local and global health authority guidance, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 misinformation that could cause real-world harm,” a YouTube spokesperson told Guardian Australia.”

“We apply our policies equally for everyone regardless of uploader, and in accordance with these policies and our long-standing strikes system, removed videos from and issued a strike to Sky News Australia’s channel.”

“Specifically, we don’t allow content that denies the existence of Covid-19 or that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus. We do allow for videos that have sufficient countervailing context, which the violative videos did not provide.”

For its part, Sky News Australia denied that it ever posted videos that denied the existence of COVID. The site says “a review of old videos published to the channel” did not comply with YouTube’s Terms of Service.

“We support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy,” a Sky News Australia spokesperson said.

“We take our commitment to meeting editorial and community expectations seriously.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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Bill Maher Unloads on Stalinesque Cancel Culture at the Olympics

Bill Maher was back with another Real Time episode on HBO Friday night, and once again he went after cancel culture, this time at the Olympics. He started with the news that the director of the opening ceremonies was fired hours before the show for making a Holocaust joke in 1998.

“Young people have to stop flattering themselves that they’re Nostradamus and would have foreseen, had they been around then, everything that’s unacceptable now,” Maher complained. “And for further context Mel Brooks wrote one of the most successful musicals of all time around the song ‘Springtime for Hitler.’ Why do we allow the people who just want to bitch to always win?”

Days before that, the musical director for the opening ceremonies stepped down because of childhood bullying allegations. Maher cracked: “Remember when your teacher used to try and scare you by saying, ‘This is going on your permanent record’? Yeah. No longer an empty threat now!”

“That was sarcasm!” Twice @BillMaher scolded his LA audience Friday night when they didn’t get his anti-left/anti-cancel culture comments re #Olympics. “Where did we get this crowd?” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/zgVhl4fKle
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) July 31, 2021

Finally Maher noted the creative director of the whole Olympics “got shit canned because he once made a fat joke in a private conversation. This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia.” 

To be fair, when you were purged by Stalin, you were usually executed, not just fired. 

Maher asked “How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is, in fact, an insanity that is swallowing up the world?” After the crowd applauded, Maher presumed it was for cancel culture, and said “Where did we get this crowd?” Usually, they clap in agreement with Maher on everything. 

“That is not a conservative position, my friends. My politics have not changed,” Maher insisted. “This is yet another example of how the woke invert the very thing that used to make the liberals liberal. Snitches and bitches? That’s not being liberal.”

PS: The leftists weren’t thrilled by this routine. Bishop Talbert Swan of the Church of God in Christ, also an NAACP official, tweeted Maher was….a Grand Wizard of the KKK.

Bill Maher called himself ‘a house nigga,’ defended @IngrahamAngle, hosted @megynkelly to complain about Black ‘victimhood’ and @MrsSOsbourne to complain about cancel culture.

His Mayonnaise tears Tour continued with attacking ‘wokeness.’

He’s gone full on Grand Wizard.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 31, 2021

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Chris Cuomo Blames DeSantis For Holding America ‘Hostage’ to Pandemic

It is obvious that the media view Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a 2024 threat; hence every discussion about COVID and the Delta variant must include an implication that Florida is a uniquely dire situation.

On his Friday show, CNN’s Chris Cuomo blamed Florida for the CDC’s revised mask guidelines, saying the country was being “held hostage” because of DeSantis’ anti-science governance. 

Cuomo was interviewing former testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir, when he asked:

The question becomes as a policy perspective, is how long do you allow the majority of this country, Republicans, Democrats, independents, south, north, the majority of every group and demographic we have, have gotten vaccinated, how long do you allow them to be held hostage in states, let’s say, like Florida, where you have the governor saying, ‘yeah, I know it’s breaking out, I’m going the other way, don’t Fauci my Florida, no mask mandates, I’ll let the parents decide.’ Where is that messaging going to get you? 

 

Giroir, for his part, declined to join in on the DeSantis bashing and began his remarks by urging people to get vaccinated. As he did, however, CNN put a graphic on the screen that showed that Florida’s case rate has increased by 50% over the last week.

The graphic provided did not put those numbers into context. Even though CNN’s own website says Florida’s 14 day case rate has increased by 144%, and Cuomo’s brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York has seen a similar increase of 141%. It also provided no information, comparative or otherwise, about hospitalizations and deaths, which are much more relevant than simple case numbers. Nor did it mention that as of July 31, Florida’s one-shot rate is 57.2%, while the national rate is practically identical at 57.4%. Chris Cuomo has frequently attacked DeSantis while ignoring his brother’s record.

While Giroir did not join in on the DeSantis hate train, he did wrap up the segment by endorsing the CDC’s new guidelines: “Do believe even as a vaccinated person, the levels of virus, if you do get infected, are very high and will transmit to other people. Masks work 50% of the time in preventing it, 25% of the time for you getting it. But it’s something we really need to do until more people get vaccinated.” 

This segment was sponsored Philadelphia cream cheese.

Here is a transcript for the July 30 show:

CNN

Cuomo Prime Time

9:12 PM ET

CHRIS CUOMO: The question becomes as a policy perspective, is how long do you allow the majority of this country, Republicans, Democrats, independents, south, north, the majority of every group and demographic we have, have gotten vaccinated, how long do you allow them to be held hostage in states, let’s say, like Florida, where you have the governor saying, “yeah, I know it’s breaking out, I’m going the other way, don’t Fauci my Florida, no mask mandates, I’ll let the parents decide.” Where is that messaging going to get you? 

BRETT GIROIR: So I — I think we need to be clear on messaging, and you’ve been very clear, Chris. Number one, get vaccinated. Vaccines will protect you against hospitalizations and deaths. And if we can eliminate the incredible levels of this virus, we won’t have the variants anymore. But number two, for those people who are not vaccinated and now even for those who are vaccinated, we have to use imperfect measures. And a mask is one of them. I was pretty upset about the CDC not being transparent about their data three days ago. 

CUOMO: Should have put the data out. 

GIROIR: But having looked at it today, I’m really concerned. I do believe even as a vaccinated person, the levels of virus, if you do get infected, are very high and will transmit to other people. Masks work 50% of the time in preventing it, 25% of the time for you getting it. But it’s something we really need to do until more people get vaccinated. 

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