Cult-like tech giants openly collude with left-wing media to silence conservative speech, warns Margaret Howell

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The Social Media Neutrality Panel was held earlier this week at the Newseum in Washington D.C. The panel included several prominent conservatives and entrepreneurs including Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit, Pamela Geller of The Geller Report, Oleg Atbashian from The People’s Cube, tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel, and Margaret Howell of Rightside Broadcasting, and topics ranged from the current tech climate to social media bias.

At one point during the event, Margaret Howell, who heads Right Side Broadcasting Network as their D.C. bureau chief, commented that tech giants like Facebook, Google and YouTube seem to be collaborating with left wing media outlets in order to censor conservative voices. Howell provided multiple examples to back up her argument, reminding us that many of these companies will go as far as to ban live video and video clips – even ones that don’t contain any political context whatsoever – all because they want to prevent any potential message that doesn’t align with the progressive agenda from getting through their gates.

Howell went on to describe a time when a video that she recorded during a White House press briefing was censored by YouTube, even though the mainstream media is allowed to broadcast identical coverage across all platforms. You can watch Howell’s full remarks in the video below:

This is hardly the first time that YouTube (which is owned by Google) has been accused of suppressing conservative content on their video sharing platform. In fact, back in October of last year, the conservative digital media organization PragerU filed a lawsuit against YouTube for unlawful censorship and free speech discrimination. Nearly 40 videos produced and published by PragerU on YouTube have been restricted as of October, including “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”

“It looks like it’s the videos they don’t agree with ideologically,” explained PragerU CEO Marissa Streit in an interview with TheBlaze, adding that since PragerU’s videos are specifically designed to reach young people with its conservative message, the censorship hurts all the more. “As the person who runs this organization, I want fair treatment,” Streit went on to say. “I don’t want to be discriminated against… Our hope is to make a correction that will lead to goodness.” (Related: Is it time for the government to regulate Internet giants like Facebook and Google to prevent thought monopolies?)

But it’s not only PragerU that has been targeted by YouTube for censorship. As the Daily Caller reported back in August, a number of other conservative voices are having their free speech rights infringed upon as well. One of these conservatives is right-wing journalist Lauren Southern, who believes that “it would be insane to suggest there’s not an active effort to censor conservative and independent voices.” Southern added, “Considering most of Silicon Valley participates in the censorship of alleged ‘hate speech,’ diversity hiring and inclusivity committees. Their entire model is based around a far-left outline. There’s no merit hiring, there’s no support of free speech and there certainly is not an equal representation of political views at these companies.” (Related: If Google and Facebook are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will lead to open warfare in the streets.)

It’s now abundantly clear that Silicon Valley is actively trying to suppress conservative points of view, and as Margaret Howell pointed out, it’s likely that they are working with the liberal mainstream media to accomplish this goal. They care very little, if at all, about the freedom of speech and the First Amendment, and if this is allowed to continue, then one day the freedom of speech on the Internet won’t exist at all. Conservatives viewpoints will essentially be banned from the world wide web, and the liberals will have full control over what information the American people are allowed to view. We simply cannot let this happen.

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Ontario Conservative politicians running from carbon taxes

Going green is going too far.

The Liberal government in Canada’s province of Ontario has been in power for a long time, and is due for an election this June. The government is deeply unpopular outside of the big cities primarily because a) the Premier is a gay woman and b) green energy policies. I wrote about the last Premier stepping down:

It is the coal that killed him; In the last election he lost a huge number of seats in rural ridings divided by wind turbines on land and offshore. To save an important seat in Oakville, Ontario, he cancelled a natural gas peaker plant that was already ordered; This is growing in to a half a billion dollar scandal. Dalton was done in by his green energy policies and the NIMBY reaction to them. It is a cautionary tale.

Kathleen WynneOntario Wind Resistance/ Premier Kathleen Wynne up against Wind/via

The opposition Conservative party should have won the last two elections after all these scandals, but they kept choosing seriously right-wing leaders who scared urban and suburban voters (the majority in the Province now) away.

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Enter Patrick Brown, who became party leader in May, 2015. He tacked hard to the left as what used to be known as a “Red Tory”- unlike the USA, in Canada red means liberal and left, blue means conservative and right. His “People’s Guarantee” probably would be too left wing for American Democrats. It also had a carbon tax that seemed quite sensible; according to Tony Keller in the conservative Globe and Mail,

A revenue-neutral carbon tax is also beloved by economists, since it involves raising taxes on something our society wants less of – pollution – and using the money to lower taxes on the productive economic activities we want more of, such as paid work.

Then Patrick Brown got caught up in a #metoo scandal and was dumped as leader about three hours later, and there is now a last-minute leadership campaign to replace him. And the biggest question right now is who can run furthest and fastest from the carbon tax.

The candidate to come out against it was Doug Ford, yes, the late Rob Ford’s brother. He is picking up the hard right wing torch and will burn the province down, like he almost did to the city. He is quoted in the Star:

I am the only candidate who has been unequivocal in opposition to the carbon tax and … have been clear since day one. I will axe the carbon tax. Just watch me.

Christine Elliot is the experienced hand in the race, and is listening to the Vox populi:

I personally oppose a carbon tax, and I know many of you feel the same way. This leadership race is a way for you to have your say.

Not to be left out of the party, Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who was a really red Tory, even signing a free trade deal with Ronald Reagan, has flipped over.

As the leader of our party I will not support a carbon tax. I’m a conservative and I’m not in favour of a new tax, especially Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax,” she said, adding she has “now had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of members of our party” and “consulted with members of our caucus and our nominated candidates.”

Patrick Brown told one interviewer that “we have to take climate change seriously. We can’t avoid conversations on the environment.” But apparently it is back to business as usual; if you are a Progressive Conservative, you can.

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Depicts Brutal Rape of Female Conservative Commentator

NBC’s Law and Order: SVU has always been a reliable series to find liberal bias, whether it includes painting Christians as rape apologists or gender fluidity as “cool.” But I think we were overdue for an episode that gives us a real, honest glimpse of what the show thinks of the right. Look no further than this week’s episode title “Info Wars.”

The January 31 episode follows the sexual assault case of a fictional right-wing political pundit named Martha Cobb (Rhea Seehorn) at a rally on a college campus. Right off the bat, Martha is introduced giving a speech and mocking her protestors like a knockoff Ann Coulter, because I’m pretty sure that’s the only breed of conservative woman that exists to NBC.

The rally quickly dissolves into chaos when both Antifa and white supremacist groups clash with each other. As the conservative who organized the rally states, “We hate being associated with that crap [white supremacy], but it’s not our place to turn people away.” Sadly, once the chaos clears, Martha is found to have been beaten and sexually assaulted with the pole of a protest sign in an alley near the event. (There’s something extremely troubling about a show that rapes a character who is clearly based on a real person. Is this some sick liberal fantasy?)

In the meantime, the members of the NYPD precinct all develop mixed feelings regarding the case. Early on, a debate ensues between the detectives on Martha herself.

Olivia: So what about threats leading up to the rally?

Fin: Against Martha Cobb? All day, every day. –

Amanda: Well, we should still sort through them, ’cause some people really hate her.

Fin: You know she wants all Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity, right?

Amanda: You know, 10% of what she says is completely outrageous, and it’s to get your attention, but some of her positions actually make a lot of sense.

Olivia: Yeah, like closing down Planned Parenthood or deporting the Dreamers?

Amanda: Okay, we are in a bubble here though. Half the country is pro-life. Pro-family values, terrified of radical Islam.

Fin: She’s a troll, Amanda.

Amanda: Sure. But the more you dismiss her, the more you embolden her supporters.

Olivia: We’re gonna have to continue this debate at another time– or never– because the DNA just came in.

Dominick: That was fast.

Apparently, according to SVU, wanting to defund Planned Parenthood and deport illegal immigrants is completely outrageous, but kudos to Amanda for acknowledging they live in a bubble and that half the country is pro-life!

Martha, being a conservative, is shown to be awful. She openly mocks Lieutenant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as someone who “cried tears of joy when Obama was elected” and “said you’d move to Canada if Trump ever got in,” when Olivia tries to help her and even grouses, “Do you people ever stop with the empathy?” Ironically, there doesn’t seem to be much empathy for this particular sex assault victim. (Below image: The official Law & Order: SVU account retweeted a fan who was having trouble deciding who to sympathize with: the conservative rape victim or her Antifa attacker.)

The investigation leads them to Antifa member Justin Vichinsky (Adam William Zastrow) who, upon hearing the news that Martha was raped, declares, “Cool. When’s the parade? … Maybe that’s what she gets for blaming a hurricane that killed 50 people on the mayor’s sexual orientation.”

In addition to that not-so-lovely comment, the station discovers Justin’s protest sign was the weapon used against Martha, along with his DNA under her fingernails, and her identifying him in a line-up, they create a pretty solid case against him. Now, that already sounds like an interesting twist, since so few real news pundits are willing to portray the Antifa movement as negative much less violent. Unfortunately, like most SVU episodes, there is more.

With the defense putting forward the theory that the rapist was really one of Martha’s supporters, we quickly meet a new suspect in alt-right group leader Randy Platt (Jonathan Judge-Russo). Since Randy was at the rally and recognized by Martha, it’s not too long before questions come up over whether Martha lied about who attacked her to protect her base. After all, Randy is a fan. A racist, misogynist fan, but a fan nonetheless.

Randy spouts, among other things, racist dialogue like, “‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.’ Now, we try to be peaceful, but if we need to use violence to take our country back from the cultural elites and the globalist dupes…well, so be it.” He talks about how he despises women except “white Christian stock who raise families and take care of their men.” Truly, he’s a despicable left-wing parody come to life, down to being a “Grand Wizard” and wanting to “make America great again.”

Peter: Now, Randy, why don’t you tell me about this group you belong to. 

Randy: Patriots for the American Way. And I don’t “Belong.” I’m a founder, a Grand Wizard.

Peter: “Grand Wizard.” That’s–that’s something from “Harry Potter,” right? 

Randy: Yeah, go ahead. Laugh. You’ll thank me when we make America great again. 

Amanda: Well, remind me. When was it so great? 

Randy: [Sighs] Beautiful. A couple of lib-tards on my case. 

Amanda: Yeah, well, let’s talk about where you were during the Martha Cobb speech. 

Randy: On the quad, by the statue. 

Amanda: You wanted to be close to her? 

Randy: Well, protect her from the so-called “Progressives” who wouldn’t let her speak.

Amanda: Protect her? ‘Cause we saw your video. You hate women. 

Randy: Not white Christian stock who raise families and take care of their men. Look, and–and if they do have a job, at least put on a pretty dress and a pair of heels.

Justin’s (the Antifa supporter) defense attorney calls Randy to the stand and proceeds to expose his hateful beliefs – at one point they even have Randy pointing out minority members of the jury he’d want to purge from the country! Their case is that Randy raped Martha after she turned him down in a bar the night before.

When Olivia questions Martha again, Martha says she is “pretty sure” it was the Antifa guy who raped her. ADA Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) doesn’t like hearing this, but Olivia reminds him, “We both know that the law doesn’t require absolute certainty,” and that it’s for the jury to decide. Barba begins to cross-examine Randy but once Randy starts acting like a smug, condescending jerk again, Barba shocks everyone by suddenly asking for the case to be dismissed.



Barba: Mr. Platt… Did you assault Martha Cobb with a cardboard tube?

Randy: Absolutely not.

Barba: Why should we believe you?

Randy: What?

Barba: It’s a very simple question. Why should we believe you?

Randy: Because I’m giving you my word under oath.

Barba: That’s all you got? Because, in my humble opinion, most of the people in this courtroom think your word is garbage… that you don’t possess an ounce of principle or virtue.

Randy: [Chuckles] Yeah, well, most people are blind and stupid.
[Soft dramatic music]
Barba: The People are unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Justin Vichinsky sexually assaulted Martha Cobb. Accordingly, I move to dismiss the indictment.

Defense: The defense joins in this motion.

Judge: Uh, this is highly unusual, Mr. Barba. Are you sure that’s what you want to do?

Barba: I am sure that the perpetrator of this crime will never be known to a legal certainty.

Wow, really? This racist ticked him off so much that Barba’s willing to ignore physical evidence, let a potential rapist go free, and declare that the case can NEVER be tried? So much for justice. Even Olivia thinks Martha “deserves her day in court.”

Nevertheless, Martha fares relatively well after the case, revealing to Olivia that she plans to write her new book on the experience condemning the criminal justice system. After all, she is a pundit who refuses to act “like the kind of spineless victim that I ridicule.” And there goes the last shred of sympathy we’re allowed to have for a conservative woman who suffered rape. Even at the end, it all comes down to politics.

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Conservative Candidate is Corrupt, Unfaithful and ‘Anti-Immigration’ on CW’s ‘Dynasty’

Melissa: May I pour you one?

Cristal: Ha. My husband is also my boss, and he might not approve of his COO day-drinking.

Melissa: Well, you two are just so adorable. I remember when I used to care what Paul thought of me. That’s what’s so nice about the honeymoon period that you and Blake are in.

Cristal: Well, we’ve definitely had our ups and downs, but I’m making sure the honeymoon keeps on going.

Melissa: You seem very smart, Cristal.

Cristal: Hmm.

Melissa: I’m gonna give you some advice. Being married to someone as powerful as Blake can wipe out your identity. It is up to you to be true to yourself.

Cristal: Well, with all due respect, you and I are very different that way. Blake married me for who I am.

Melissa: Oh, of course. It’s just… I didn’t notice it at first, either. I just started making small compromises and looking the other way to support my husband. The next thing you know, I was in too deep. But what’s integrity when you can have this bracelet? It cost more than the home I grew up in.

Cristal: Well, I’m never gonna be anything like that.

Melissa: Well, you probably won’t feel that way after my husband’s speech tonight.

Cristal: Why is that?

Melissa: Nobody knows this, but Paul is taking a new anti-immigration stance. Build the wall, SB 1070 kind of stuff. Surely, for someone like you, that’s a hard pill to swallow just to support your husband.

Cristal: Hmm.

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Conservative Lobbyist Who Offered Reward For Info On Seth Rich Murder Violently Attacked

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A well-known conservative lobbyist was sprayed with a “caustic substance” by a masked attacker outside his Arlington home Tuesday, according to local police.

Jack Burkman, who made headlines in 2016 by offering a $130,000 reward for information on the mysterious murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, was reportedly attacked Tuesday. Local police told The Washington Post they have not yet determined the perpetrator’s identity.

Burkman told WaPo he was returning from the grocery store when a man wearing a ski mask jumped out of a black SUV, sprayed him in the face with what appeared to be pepper spray, and hit him the head before speeding away. He added that he thought “the end is coming,” when he spotted the man coming up his driveway, and said the attack “seemed professional,” though he had trouble pinning down who exactly might have cause to attack him.

“You could have 10 different causal nexi,” said Burkman, who made enemies in 2014 by campaigning to ban gay players from the National Football League.

Burkman drew the ire of many in the capital by fanning Seth Rich conspiracy theories and giving them a platform on a website he created for that purpose shortly after the young staffer’s death. But the attack may have been motivated by more recent developments. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Attorney To File Lawsuit In Seth Rich Murder Mystery)

Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who is under investigation for fraud and conspiracy due to his overseas lobbying activity, recently appeared in a video shown at a fundraiser that Burkman organized to raise money for his legal defense. Gates was chastised during a recent court appearance for appearing the video as it appears to violate his gag order.

Burkman responded by publicly criticizing the Judge in two news releases and a news conference.

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Show Heroine Disrupts Conservative Speaker to Protest DACA Repeal on ‘The Fosters’

In the episode titled “Hashtag IWasMadeInAmerica” of Freeform’s The Fosters airing January 23, the determination to normalize DACA recipients and reward illegal behavior was strong. Torn from the headlines of newspapers across the country, disrupting a conservative speaker’s event on campus was even shown to be noble.

High school teen Callie Foster (Maia Mitchell) continues on her mission to bring publicity to her friend Ximena’s story. Ximena (Lisseth Chavez) is holed up in a church offering her sanctuary as she avoids ICE and potential deportation. Her DACA card expired and she didn’t renew her paperwork because she didn’t want the government to know her address. Social justice warrior Callie has used social media thus far but now wants to disrupt an event on campus that features a conservative speaker. The story of a conservative speaker coming to campus and the protest it caused was shown last season. Again, in true liberal fashion, her friends bring signs and wait for the right time to disrupt the speaker, an immigration reform expert.

Portraying conservatives in the usual extreme light, Shiloh McCullen (Kathryn Winslow) says in her speech that “the time has come to close our borders.” That is typical hyperbole used by the open borders set. She wants DACA repealed. Shiloh points to those with DACA recognition who commit crimes in America and this leads into Callie’s rant.

During the question and answer segment of the event, Callie rose to ask a question, of course, and it went as expected. Callie said the claims Shiloh made about crimes committed by DACA recipients were false. The crowd booed her as she began to tell her friend’s story, as border security supporters were painted as loud and hostile, naturally. Callie ends by asking “What is an American?” She and her friends held up signs with photos of Ximena and her family so Shiloh is left with an audience in upheaval.



Callie: Earlier you said that the DACA repeal would protect communities from criminals.

Shiloh: Mm-hmm.

Callie: So, you’re implying that DACA puts our nation at risk of crime?

Shiloh: That’s right, and the statistic bear me out.

Callie: That’s not true. You can’t get DACA if you have any significant criminal record. Out of 800,000 DACA recipients, less than one percent have lost their permits because of criminal activity.

Shiloh: Okay, alright, thank you everyone. Did you have a question for me, or do you just wanna spin numbers?

Callie: My friend Ximena Sinfuego has been living in a church, because her DACA status is in question. ICE has already detained her parents. Ximena Sinfuego came here when she was two years old! She hasn’t even been back to Mexico.

Shiloh: Okay, okay. I’m gonna ask you one more time before we have you removed. Do you have a question for me?

Callie: Yeah, I do.

Shiloh: Okay.

Callie: What is an American? What makes you an American? And me an American? But not Ximena? Who has lived here her entire life, gone to school, graduated, worked, paid taxes, and loves this country just as much as anyone who was born here. This… is an American.

Fortunately, the Constitution tells us what makes someone an American citizen in the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

To listen to Callie, you would think that poor innocent Ximena is entitled to living in America and that is the problem most Americans have with this emotional appeal. Americans are compassionate people but we are also a law-abiding people. The parents of DACA recipients broke the law coming here without going through the legal process and this doesn’t automatically make their foreign-born children citizens with full rights, just because everyone pretends it to be so. In this case, Ximena admits she is at fault by not keeping up with her paperwork, which is a condition of DACA.

After the protest, Callie is excited that Ximena’s story makes a big splash at HuffPo online. Mission accomplished. Ximena’s still not legally here, though, and no doubt this storyline will continue as we deal with this issue in real life, as well as in liberally written television dramas.

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Google sued for discriminating against conservative white men

The author of the controversial memo that upended Google in August is suing the company, alleging that white, male conservatives are systematically discriminated against by Google.

James Damore was fired as an engineer after the manifesto, which questioned the benefits of diversity programs and suggested women may be biologically inferior engineers, was widely passed around the company. In a new lawsuit, he and another fired engineer claim that “employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’ hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity,’ or ‘social justice,’ were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.”

Attorneys for Damore and the other engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit today in California’s Santa Clara Superior Court, and are seeking to represent others whose rights they claim were also violated — specifically, the company’s conservative white men. The lawsuit contains dozens of pages of internal Google communications that, according to the suit, demonstrate anti-conservative sentiment at the company, although that characterization seems debatable in several of the cited examples.

Damore became a minor celebrity in some parts of the online right after the memo leaked out. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff after Damore was fired.

Gudeman was fired in 2016 after making comments about a Muslim colleague. According to the suit, Google human resources said the comments suggested Gudeman was linking the colleague to terrorism. The lawsuit does not contain the full exchange but says Gudeman claimed, after a colleague said he had been targeted by the FBI, that “the FBI could have possibly found something interesting” related to the colleague’s trip to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Google is fighting back claims that women at the company have been systematically underpaid. After a judge dismissed an initial complaint, a group tried again by amending their complaint this month.

“We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

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Intrigue over vanishing tweet announcing Grayling as Conservative Party Chairman

What had been expected to be a run-of-the-mill reshuffle is now shrouded in drama and intrigue, with twitter exploding with speculation over what the disappearing announcement could mean.

The action kicked off at 11.04am, when Grayling was tipped as new party chairman on Twitter. 36 minutes later, the BBC ‘confirmed’ the posting.

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, cited two unnamed sources when she named Grayling as chairman.

At 11.43, A Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) staffer allegedly saw the BBC report and assumed it was correct, tweeting it from the @Conservatives account.

According to the Times, the man behind the rogue tweet was CCHQ political director Iain Carter. He also sent a graphic depicting Grayling’s glory through the conservative MPs’ WhatsApp group, resulting in MPs also re-tweeting the blunder.

Immigration minister Brandon Lewis now been confirmed as the Conservative Party Chair. Lewis has served as Minister of State for Immigration since June 2017, and was elected as MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

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David Letterman Lacks Conservative Guests for His New Netflix Program

Ever since liberal late-night talk-show personality David Letterman hosted his final episode of Late Night on the CBS network on May 20, 2015, he has made several appearances at other events, including the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of the program’s celebrity correspondents.

However, on Friday, January 5, Letterman announced that he was coming out of retirement to host a six-episode, hour-long monthly program entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction — and his first guest on January 12 on the Netflix pay-cable channel will be former President Barack Obama.

The article about Letterman’s return to the small screen was written by James Hibberd of the Entertainment Weekly website, who began by asking: “Ready for your first look at David Letterman’s new talk show?”

Hibberd then pointed readers to the first trailer promoting the new series, which quotes Letterman as stating:

I had a show for a long time, but then I didn’t have a show for a long time, and I can’t tell ya how great it is to get out of the damn house. Wow.

You never know when you might learn something, and that’s what this is about for me. These are people that I admire. On that note, hang on.

Hibberd then added: “Its title suggests a show that’s setting a high bar for booking celebrities with name recognition and Letterman’s first guest certainly qualifies: The show will launch with the first post-presidency TV talk show interview with Barack Obama.”

“So the hour-long premiere,” he stated, “will have two firsts: the former CBS Late Show host emerging from retirement; and the former president giving his first on-camera talk-show chat of the Trump era.”


“Each subsequent episode [is] streaming monthly from February to June,” the reporter noted before listing “Dave’s lineup of influential guests.”

That list contains a number of well-known people, including liberal actor George Clooney, who nevertheless blamed Hillary Clinton for her loss in the 2016 presidential campaign; Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize winner; and Jay-Z, a rapper whose real name is Shawn Carter and who slammed the “Not Guilty” verdict regarding George Zimmerman in his trial after being accused of the murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Also announced as guests for Letterman’s new program are: Tina Fey, who is best known for producing the 30 Rock comedy show on NBC; and Howard Stern, best known for his long-running radio program The Howard Stern Show.

Letterman was replaced as host of CBS’s The Late Show by liberal comedian Stephen Colbert in 2015.

It’s particularly interesting that none of Letterman’s guests are conservative Republicans while still being described as guests the talk-show host “admires.” Is that a surprise to anyone?

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Meghan McCain: ‘Never Felt More Conservative, Defensive of Trump Base’ Than Before ‘View’

The segment started by talking about the news of the day, the salacious book about Trump’s White House by Michael Wolff, released today to much media hype. Amidst talking about how bad the claims in the book were for Trump, McCain argued that the good news of the administration is overshadowed by these scandals and leaks.

“There is actually positive news coming out. The Dow surpassed 25,000 points for the first time yesterday. Unemployment rates, falling to 6.8%. Companies are announcing the addition of new jobs,” she argued.

“Is he responsible for that though?” fellow co-host Sunny Hostin asked skeptically.

“Presidents always get to take responsibility. I think the Dow, yeah because I think it is an indicator of Wall Street’s enthusiasm about Trump,” McCain answered quickly. She criticized the administration for not being good at positive spin and letting the media run with the Wolff book:

“If you had people that were good at this, you would be putting this out in the news. But instead, we’re probably going to talk about Michael Wolff’s book for the next three weeks,” she grumbled.

Guest co-host Ana Navarro agreed, blaming President Trump tweeting about the book as the reason for it’s hype:

One of the reasons we’re talking about Michael Wolff is because President Trump is tweeting about Michael Wolff and because his lawyer is sending cease and desist letters to Michael Wolff and his publishers. They’ve really turned it into a media balloon. If they had shrugged their shoulders and said, ah, meh, whatever…

The panel then gossipped about how Trump had memory problems, according to the book Behar vehemently argued that this was proof Trump had “short term memory loss” to which Hostin added that it was a sign of Alzheimer’s.

“Do any of us have a medical degree?” McCain gushed. “We’re not doctors. There’s a lot of bigger problems and proverbial proof about things that are going on and diagnosing our president’s mental health is–” she argued, before being cut off by Behar.

“We’re not diagnosing!” Behar defended herself. “A psychiatrist did this!” she added.

“We’re not doctors. We’re talk show hosts,” McCain stated bluntly.

But Hostin agreed with Behar.

“I don’t think it’s a stretch to — when you know the fact that his father had Alzheimer’s for six years and then died…there is an increased risk for getting Alzheimer’s if your father has it,” she stated.

After commercial break, the panel kept discussing the book and its impact. McCain downplayed its effect on anyone who supported Trump:

MCCAIN: The question is does his base care? Does his base care about all of us getting up in a tizzy. Rightfully so. This is a very salacious, juicy book. Do his supporters care? I was at home in Arizona, I know you don’t like to hear this and be reminded that he has a dedicated base–

BEHAR: Why do you say we don’t want to hear it? I’d love to hear it.

MCCAIN: Ok great. I was in Cottonwood, Arizona, going to Walmart. Stopped at the gas station. There was a guy in a Make America Great Again hat. Go to that Walmart, Make America Great Again hats. A year out and his supporters–

BEHAR: That’s 30% of the population

MCCAIN: He has a very dedicated base. Their base was enough to get him elected the first time. Will it be enough to get him elected a second time? I’m just trying to explain to you that he has a base of dedicated supporters and things that we, in the media care about, I don’t know if necessarily the average person who sees the Dow up, who sees the unemployment rates at all-time low, if they care in the same way

HOSTIN: I give Americans more credit than that, Meghan. I think people are watching. I think people are reading. I think people are very concerned that he’s playing chicken with Kim Jong-Un. I think people are concerned about their children.

MCCAIN: We’re talking about his base, aren’t we?

HOSTIN: His base is only 30% of the population. What about the other 70% of the population that are watching and listening? They do care about that.

Behar added to Hostin’s argument that the country shouldn’t care what Trump’s base thinks.

Why do you feel comfortable with the minority dictating to the majority about what should happen in the country?” Behar charged McCain, to audience applause.

“I’m trying to constantly explain it,” McCain answered with frustration. “I think when you say things like, oh, I give the American people more credit. That means that everyone who voted for Trump, you’re basically saying, oh, I give them no credit. These people who voted for Trump, because your values are not my values. You’re not in the majority or whatever and–” she ranted before Hostin interrupted.

“If you voted for Trump and you’re not concerned, I am concerned about that!” the liberal host gushed.

McCain explained she was a “Never Trumper” but after the election, she “chose” to try to understand Trump’s base:

I choose to try to understand his base and why they’re so angry. And why they’re still sticking with him. He has the same approval rate on election day that he does now,” she replied.



But Behar put up a figurative middle finger to Trump supporters, gushing that Democrats should “forget those people:”

The note for the Democrats is forget those people. You’re never going to get them. Just concentrate on the 70% and get those people to the polls and save the country,” she stated bluntly.

Navarro then urged minorities and women to get out in vote in local elections and “make a difference,” by rejecting candidates like Roy Moore. McCain confronted the self-described Republican, saying she didn’t exactly sound like a Republican anymore. Navarro admitted she didn’t mind voting for Democrats:

MCCAIN to NAVARRO: Does that mean you prefer democratic candidates now? Just because I’m not a Trumper, doesn’t mean I’m a Democrat.

NAVARRO: To Donald Trump? I would prefer a potted plant to Donald Trump. I would prefer a mannequin.

MCCAIN: I am talking about Senate elections

NAVARRO: Well yes. If I have to choose between a pedophile or Doug Jones whose a Democrat, I’ll take the Democrat. Those are the choices we had.

After Behar accused McCain’s party of “no longer the party of Ronald Reagan and Eisenhower,” McCain gushed that working on The View made her more sympathetic to middle America and Trump’s base:

I have never felt more defensive of Trump’s base. I have never felt more conservative. And I’ve never felt more defensive of the middle of the country than I have started working on this show.

Surprisingly Behar didn’t deny the show had an overwhelming liberal bias. “Of course. We’re on the other side. Of course you’re going to react to that, right?” she quipped.

“I don’t mean that in negative way. I have a whole new understanding of what it feels like to sort of be lectured to about our values,” McCain added.

Co-host Paula Faris added that McCain was voicing the part of America that “feels marginalized,” before the conversation trailed off to another segment.

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