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How Fox Stands Up to the Woke Cancel Mob of Bullies Targeting Tucker

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Lachlan Murdoch, the successor to his father Rupert as the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation., has made news himself in recent days for standing up to the woke mob that was, yet again, clamoring for the head of a Fox News host. This time --- for the umpteenth time --- the host in question was Tucker Carlson. Tucker had drawn the wrath of the mob for pointing to the obvious. Which is to say the American left is deliberately creating and using the chaos at the US southern border as a way of re-populating the US, in this case with poor illegal immigrants who would presumably be the political pawns of the Democratic Party. Cue the outrage. This time in particular was a much reported-on demand from Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, condemning Tucker for anti-Semitism and demanding he be fired.  Here’s the headline from The Washington Post: "ADL demands Fox News fire Tucker Carlson over anti-Semitic trope: ‘This has deadly significance.'" The story said this:  “Last week on Fox News, Tucker Carlson argued that immigration to the United States would “dilute the political power” of Americans in a segment that also referenced “white replacement theory” — a discriminatory trope, often weaponized by white nationalists, suggesting people of color are “replacing” White Americans. The segment left the Anti-Defamation League urging Fox News to fire Carlson for his “open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology,” the first time the group has made such a demand, according to the Associated Press. On Sunday, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, chief executive and national director of the ADL, repeated those demands on CNN, slamming Carlson for his remarks and condemning the network’s owners, the Murdoch family, for not immediately taking action. “I think we’ve really crossed a new threshold when a major news network dismisses this or pretends like it isn’t important,” Greenblatt told to CNN’s Brian Stelter. “This has deadly significance.” Catch that line? Mr. Greenblatt was “condemning the network’s owners, the Murdoch family, for not immediately taking action.”  In fact, there was soon a response in letter form to the demand from the ADL. A response from no less that the head of Fox, the aforementioned Lachlan Murdoch. The Murdoch response drew headlines, as here at The Hill: "Lachlan Murdoch responds to call for Tucker Carlson's firing."  The Hill had obtained a copy of the Murdoch letter and ran it in full. Here it is:  Dear Mr. Greenblatt, Thank you for your letter of April 11, 2021 and also for your good work over the years. Fox Corporation shares your values and abhors anti-semitism, white supremacy and racism of any kind. In fact, I remember fondly the ADL honoring my father with your International Leadership Award, and we continue to support your mission. Concerning the segment of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on April 8th, however, we respectfully disagree. A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory. As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: "White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.” Throughout our news and opinion programming, our management and Board are focused on fair, accurate and informed reporting and commentary on matters of public interest. We thank you for participating in this important national conversation. Sincerely, Lachlan K. Murdoch The news stories about the ADL demand did not mention that Mr. Greenblatt’s past includes a stint with in the Obama administration - which is to say he has a past as a Democratic operative. The leftward tilt of the ADL was, however, noticed and responded to quite vividly by some 1500 Jewish rabbis. The headline, also in The Hill: 1,500 rabbis accuse ADL of 'grossly misplaced charges of anti-Semitism' in attack on Tucker Carlson A Jewish group of conservative rabbis are defending Tucker Carlson against the ADL. The story says in part:  “Fifteen hundred Orthodox Jewish rabbis called the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) have signed a letter to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), supporting Tucker Carlson in response to the organization's demand to have the Fox News host fired.” Good for them. But the point here is Mr. Murdoch’s serious leadership in defending both Tucker Carlson and Fox News itself.  There is an interesting dynamic in any family business, and the Murdoch family’s News Corporation is no exception. I first began to realize that dynamic after my first appearance on CNN in 2009. I had looked into a group called So We Might See. Formed by liberals in seven major mainstream religious denominations, they were petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to take Rush Limbaugh off the air because he was dealing in hate speech. In my research I realized they had linked to another group --- the “Drop Dobbs” campaign.  At the time Lou Dobbs was on CNN, where he had been literally since CNN began with founder Ted Turner. Lou had drawn the wrath of left-wingers because of his staunch opposition to illegal immigration. In my column I went after the Drop Dobbs group as well for its anti-free speech campaign. Long story short I was quickly invited to New York to  CNN to be on with Lou himself. Standing in a CNN green room, in came Lou himself to say hello to his guests. Then into his studio he went and as we watched, stunned, he announced at the very top of his show that he was quitting CNN and this was to be his last show. Suffice to say his guests were astounded. In retrospect this a class A early exhibit of what we now know as cancel culture. But it sent me researching what I had just seen up close and personal. The fact was that CNN in 2009 was already no longer the CNN it was when founded by Ted Turner. Change had come to CNN (and continues to come.) But the realization dawned that there are two stages of life for a business.  The first is its creation with the driving vision of its founder, its creator. But life moves on. Founders of companies age and eventually pass away like every other human being on the planet. Somewhere in there the creation is handed over to someone else. Sometimes it’s a family member, quite frequently it is someone outside the founder’s family. But in all cases the person who takes over is not the creator. He or she is a manager of the original dream. And sometimes this works - and sometimes it doesn’t. As events have unfolded in the Fox Corporation, son Lachlan Murdoch has been handed the baton --- and quite fortunately, as this latest episode with the demand to fire Tucker Carlson attests, the younger Murdoch has more than measured up the task of running Dad’s dream. He is making Fox his. He has been praised over here in The New York Sun. The headline: "Lachlan Murdoch’s Mettle Says The Sun of the son:  “Congratulations are in order to the chairman of Fox News, Lachlan Murdoch, for his refusal to bow to a demand that he fire Tucker Carlson. The demand was made by the Anti-Defamation League after a broadcast by Mr. Carlson on immigration. The ADL reckoned Mr. Carlson’s ‘rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists — it was a bullhorn.’ Mr. Murdoch rejected the claim with a polite note. It’s nice to see a press baron standing up for a controversial newsroom star for a change. ADL’s complaint is that Mr. Carlson had given, in a broadcast with Mark Steyn,* ‘an impassioned defense of the white supremacist ‘great replacement theory,’ the hateful notion that the white race is in danger of being ‘replaced’ by a rising tide of non-whites.’ In fact, Mr. Carlson had distanced himself from that view.” Exactly. Three cheers for Lachlan Murdoch. Without question he understands what is really at play here. He did indeed show his mettle, making it plain that yes, in fact, he is very much in charge of the Rupert Murdoch dream and is running that dream well, with skill and mettle. He is not about to back down. Mettle, to remind, is defined by the dictionary as “vigor and strength of spirit or temperament” and “staying quality: stamina.” Quite clearly this episode illustrates that Lachlan Murdoch does indeed have mettle - and so too does his company. He is without doubt in charge. Good for him. And good for Fox.

CNN Pushes Disputed Claim U.S. Leads World in Mass Shootings

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On Friday afternoon, CNN's Ana Cabrera presented viewers with disputed, one-sided anti-gun commentary in reaction to a mass shooting in Indianapolis. Even though the accuracy of his work has been disputed, University of Alabama crime researcher Adam Lankford was given a forum to misleadingly argue that the U.S. has one of the worst mass shooting problems of any country in the world, and blaming it on too much availability of guns. It was not mentioned that prominent right-leaning crime expert John Lott has challenged his findings, and argues the opposite -- that the U.S. has a relatively lower rate of the kinds of large-scale public shootings that so often attract media attention. After a report on a shooting that left eight dead at a FedEx office in Indianapolis the night before, Cabrera claimed: "So we've told you the numbers. In fact, the U.S. leads the world in mass shootings. But why? I recently asked Professor Adam Lankford. He's been studying mass shootings for years." Then came a pre-recorded clip of Professor Lankford portraying the U.S. as having a much worse mass shooting problem than other countries: I did a study of 171 countries to really look at where public mass shooters attack most frequently and why. And, despite having less than five percent of the world's population, the United States had approximately 30 percent of the world's mass shooters -- really like six times what we should have if things were evenly distributed. And, in addition, we have more than 40 percent of the world's civilian firearms. He added: And so, to your point about guns, firearm access seemed to be a critical explanation here. I do not look for a bunch of possible explanations, but, really, what the data said was that firearm access explains why people here, when they want to do something bad, do something so bad when compared to people with bad intentions but less access in other countries. Cabrera then brought up an argument sometimes made by Republicans that mental illness needs to be targeted to stop the wrong people from getting guns, leading Professor Lankford to reiterate that too much access to guns in the U.S. leads to more mass shootings. No guest from the right was present to question his claims in real time. It was also not mentioned that Lankford and Lott have responded back and forth on the subject for several years as Lott argues that the U.S. has disproportionately fewer mass shootings as compared to other countries. This one-sided anti-gun segment on CNN was sponsored in part by Progressive. Their contact information is linked. Transcript follows: CNN Newsroom April 16, 2021 1:09 p.m. Eastern ANA CABRERA: So we've told you the numbers. In fact, the U.S. leads the world in mass shootings. But why? I recently asked Professor Adam Lankford. He's been studying mass shootings for years. PROFESSOR ADAM LANKFORD, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA: I did a study of 171 countries to really look at where public mass shooters attack most frequently and why. And, despite having less than five percent of the world's population, the United States had approximately 30 percent of the world's mass shooters -- really like six times what we should have if things were evenly distributed. And, in addition, we have more than 40 percent of the world's civilian firearms. And so, to your point about guns, firearm access seemed to be a critical explanation here. I do not look for a bunch of possible explanations, but, really, what the data said was that firearm access explains why people here, when they want to do something bad, do something so bad when compared to people with bad intentions but less access in other countries. CABRERA: Politicians often throw out various factors to try to explain mass shootings in America. One of those is mental illness. Listen. SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX): Let's target the bad guys -- the felons, fugitives, those with mental disease -- let's put them in jail -- let's stop them from getting guns. MITCH MCCONNELL, SENATE MINORITY LEADER: The real challenge here is mental illness, and identifying people who are likely to do this kind of thing in advance is very, very difficult. CABRERA: Adam, what did your research find about whether there is a correlation between mass shootings and mental illness? LANKFORD: Well, so I think it's important to acknowledge that certainly, you know, if you look at individual mass shooters, they often could benefit from mental health treatment, but that doesn't explain why the United States is so different from the rest of the world. So one of the things I looked at is suicide rates, and suicide and mental illness are closely correlated, and the United States does not have anywhere near the worst suicide problem in the world. And if you think about treatment and services, there are a lot of countries around the world that wish they had our treatment services -- our medication -- so, ultimately, the key is: What makes the United States different as a factor that could explain why we're so different when it comes to this form of violence, and mental illness just isn't it.

Poll: Majority of voters support Second Amendment

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JERSEY CITY – MARCH 25: Lateif Dickerson displays one of his prized pistols at his gun instruction headquarters on March 25, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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A recent poll found 72 percent of likely voters back the Second Amendment and its protections for Americans who want to own firearms.

According to the data released by McLaughlin and Associates this week, 73.4 percent of respondents have said the founders understood the necessity for law-abiding citizens to legally own firearms.

The more Joe Biden says about guns, the more any serious gun owner understands he knows nothing about them.

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 17, 2021

That same percentage of respondents believe the Second Amendment is one of the most cherished civil rights in the Constitution. A majority of voters have also said enforcement of current gun laws is more important than passing new restrictive legislation.

DON’T TREAD ON OUR GUN RIGHTS

— NRA (@NRA) April 17, 2021

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Why Gasoline Prices Often Rise In Spring

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Although it wasn’t strongly emphasized in the recent discussions on the rise in gasoline prices, those prices to rise nearly every spring. But why does it happen? There is no question that it does happen. If you check the history of gasoline prices at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) website you can see that gasoline prices almost always rise between January and May. In fact, this happens about 90% of the time. Last year was an exception because of the plunge in energy demand due to the Covid-19…

After child dies, US regulator warns about Peloton treadmill

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Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets on Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and others were injured.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said children and at least one animal were pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.The safety commission said in a news release and in emails that it knows of 39 “incidents” with the treadmill,…

Now That’ Trump’s Gone, Will Sucking Up to Biden Doom SNL’s Ratings?

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Saturday Night Live can feel CNN’s pain. The far-left network is suffering a ratings catastrophe now that Donald Trump no longer calls the White House home. CNN spent four years savaging President Trump with a blend of lies, conjecture and concentrated spin. Without its favorite bogeyman, Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers have moved on to other programs, apparently. CNN’s prime-time lineup recently suffered a 45 percent plunge in the Age of Biden. Is it SNL’s turn now?     The formerly apolitical show enjoyed huge ratings in the first episode following Trump’s November defeat. That episode, starring Dave Chappelle and the Foo Fighters, drew a whopping 9.1 million viewers. That was then. The new normal took over after that heady high, according to the far-left Showbiz411.com. …the numbers stayed around 6 million for three more weeks. But then reality set in: Alec Baldwin as Trump was gone. Trump himself was gone, and with him all acerbic political bashing. The resistance was done. “SNL” suddenly lacked a purpose. It went from being appointment viewing to a pedestrian experience. The fans tuned out. The show’s subsequent ratings drop showcase that assessment, hovering around 3.6 million viewers for the last three original episodes. Pundits can point to several reasons for the fall, from a lack of A-list guests to the show’s famously hit-or-miss creative streaks. Let’s state an obvious reason for the decline. Viewers feasting on every Baldwin/Trump skewering have nothing to savor these days. Independent viewers hungry for timely, balanced satire find attacks on lesser-known Republicans like Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene. The show avoided sketches starring President Joe Biden for four straight episodes following his inauguration. Since then, they’ve barely touched the 78-year-old gaffe machine. It’s hard to remain a political comedy destination when you won’t poke fun at the Commander in Chief. That’s precisely what SNL is avoiding, so much so that it drew laughable defenses from two formerly sound news outlets -- USA Today and The Washington Post. Right-leaning SNL fans who tuned out for four Trumpian years might be lured back if it parodied President Biden in any meaningful way. That’s not happening, though. And it’s not like there’s nothing to poke fun at. President Biden treats the fawning press like a vampire avoiding holy water Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris keep wearing masks even though they’re fully vaccinated The U.S.-Mexican border is a crisis to anyone not donning partisan blinders Biden’s allegedly moderate streak disappeared, replaced by a hard-left persona that would make Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blush. No U.S. president is impervious to satire, unless the point isn’t comedy but propaganda. Late last year, “SNL” was still riding higher in the ratings. The Dec. 5 episode yielded a strong 6.19 figure, while the Oct. 24 installment with Adele generated 5 million viewers. The recent drop comes despite media outlets continually fawning over the show. Reporters share its weekly sketches and highlight every twist and turn the series offers. It’s great publicity, of course, but it’s not having the impact it once had. SNL could still rally when the show returns next month for its final volley of shows for the season. Critics who write the series off do so at their own peril. You can’t survive on broadcast TV for 45-plus years without knowing the secret to longevity. Still, a show that aggressively alienated half the country will struggle to regain its former glory if it treats the Biden administration as a no-joking zone. [Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]

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