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Vanity Fair Reassures Readers With Biden's Best Weapon in Wisconsin: Celebrities

Vanity Fair acknowledges that Joe Biden has barely set foot in Wisconsin, but it has reassured its showbiz-obsessed readers that he has a secret weapon: celebrities. In one of the most laughably tone-deaf stories of the campaign season the magazine informs its liberal readers that celebrities will be deployed "virtually" (since it is too much to expect them to actually mingle with the Cheesehead peasants) to raise money for the Democrats in that state. Despite the many polls promoted by the mainstream media showing Biden leading by like a bazillion points everywhere, the title of the glitz oriented magazine's Wednesday article is "Like Being on a Roller Coaster in the Middle of an Earthquake": Wisconsin Democrats Are Organizing Like Mad. Will It Be Enough?  So will it be enough? Not to worry. Reporter Chris Smith interviews the chairman of the state Democrat Party who lets us know that he has an army of celebrities in ready reserve. Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral college victory was, in many ways, epitomized by his stunning win in Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton’s failure to visit the state during the general election campaign took most of the blame, but her weak Badger State ground game was probably more crippling. Ben Wikler has spent the past 18 months trying to fix that problem. An activist since his high school days in Madison, Wikler attended Harvard; helped former Minnesota senator Al Franken write two books and produced his radio show; launched his own podcast, The Flaming Sword of Justice; then became MoveOn’s Washington director—all good preparation for being elected last year, at 38, as chairman of Wisconsin’s Democratic Party. He has overseen traditional tactics like deploying thousands of volunteers, but also novel ones, including cast members of The Princess Bride, Parks and Recreation, and Veep reuniting virtually to raise money for the state party. Vanity Fair’s Chris Smith spoke with Wikler about the 2020 endgame in a crucial battleground state. Despite that reassurance of a major celebrity deployment to the rescue, Vanity Fair's Smith is still worried. You’ve talked about how the surest way to win Wisconsin is for a presidential candidate to visit multiple times and meet voters. Biden and Kamala Harris held small events in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and in late September, Biden stopped at a foundry in Manitowoc but spoke to maybe a dozen people. Last Saturday, Trump held a rally in Janesville that drew thousands. Is the pandemic creating the same dynamic that lost the state for Democrats four years ago? Uh-oh! Democrat state chairman Wikler tries to reassure Smith who doesn't seem too convinced, until he remembers about Celeb Power. Trump may have the right-wing infrastructure, but you have Wallace Shawn and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. That set Wikler into a starry eyed reverie gushing over celebs, celebs, CELEBS! Making people laugh during a really dark time has been such a refreshing break from the paralyzing crush of Trumpian dystopia. Our first event of that kind was with the West Wing podcast during the Democratic National Convention, and it came about because of Bradley Whitford, who grew up in Madison, like me. It was our biggest grassroots fundraiser ever. I’m blessed to work with an extraordinary team, and people started brainstorming about what else we might do. A series of calls were made, and it turned out someone knew someone who knew Cary Elwes. I found out about this after it was in motion and could not believe it. The Princess Bride is my favorite movie ever. I memorized all the dialogue as a kid. Upwards of 100,000 people have participated in these events—people who had never chipped in before donated money to help support grassroots organizing. Somehow, none of them remember that they spent most of the 2016 campaign touting the power of celebrities in electing President Hillary Clinton. 

BLACKOUT: ABC Refuses to Report on Latest Hunter Biden Scandals

Despite confirmation of the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s e-mails by the Department of Justice and new allegations of a Biden family scheme to partner with a Chinese Communist firm, ABC has REFUSED to report on all the New York Post bombshells about alleged corruption by Hunter Biden.   ABC came oh-so-close to reporting on Hunter’s scandals on Wednesday’s World News Tonight, but ultimately offered a vague mention by correspondent Mary Bruce. In teasing a Jill Biden appearance on The View, ABC News correspondent Mary Bruce noted “On The View today, Jill Biden says she’s prepared for the President to attack her husband and son, Hunter, but she calls it a distraction.” Bruce refused to go into detail on what would prompt the President to “attack” her husband and son Hunter.      Since the morning of October 14, when the New York Post published new evidence of Hunter Biden’s corrupt business dealings with Ukraine and Joe Biden’s potential knowledge of it, the broadcast nets have buried the allegations. For Wednesday, October 14 through the morning of October 22 MRC analysts looked at the ABC, CBS, NBC evening and morning shows and their Sunday roundtable programs, plus ABC’s and NBC’s townhall events with Joe Biden and President Trump. Out of a total of 73.5 hours of news programming, there was less than 17 minutes (16 minutes, 42 seconds) spent on the latest scandals involving Joe Biden’s son.  ABC spent ZERO seconds on Hunter Biden.  NBC spent just 6 minutes, 9 seconds on Hunter’s scandals. CBS led the broadcast networks with a still-measly 10 minutes and 33 seconds.  (For this study analysts looked at ABC’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America, ABC’s This Week and their 2-hour townhall event with Joe Biden; CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and CBS’s Face the Nation; NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today show, the Today show Third Hour, Sunday Today with Willie Geist, Meet the Press and their 1-hour townhall event with Donald Trump).

Big Tech-Funded Super PAC Spending More than $100M to Destroy Trump

The Big Tech moguls are sparing no expense in their attempt to destroy President Donald Trump’s re-election bid and help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claim the White House. Democratic super PAC Future Forward, “backed by some of Silicon Valley’s biggest donors is quietly unleashing a torrent of television spending in the final weeks of the presidential campaign in a last-minute attempt to oust President Donald Trump,” according to Vox Recode. The super PAC's “barrage of late money" includes at least $22 million from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. Also, the spending by the super PAC “figures among one of the most expensive and aggressive plays yet by tech billionaires,” Recode noted.  Recode said the super PAC “is spending more than $100 million on television and digital in the final month of the campaign — more than any other group — on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden outside of the Biden campaign itself.” In total, between September 29 and Election Day, the group has “aired or booked about $106 million worth of TV ads,” based on data Recode obtained from Advertising Analytics. Recode said this was “almost four times as much as the next closest pro-Biden outside group, Independence USA, during that period.” If that wasn’t enough, the super PAC has also been leading “a separate, previously unreported $28 million proposed campaign to elect a Democrat to the US Senate from Texas,” according to Recode. The outlet detailed the Big Tech moguls behind Future Forward’s spending spree: Future Forward’s size and strategy is now moving more into the public view. It plans to report to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday that it raised $66 million in just the 45 days between September 1 and October 15 — a haul powered by Silicon Valley billionaires like Twilio founder Jeff Lawson, longtime Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Moskovitz, who has been one of the most enigmatic Democratic megadonors of the Trump era, [emphasis added]. Moskovitz’s team, in particular, has reportedly “told some allies” that the group "has been preparing to make a splash late in the game and that they were a big believer in late television specifically.” Also, the group “has been closely associated with Moskovitz in Democratic fundraising circles for much of the calendar year, although his first donation to the group didn’t materialize until this summer.”  [Emphasis added.] Earlier reporting by Recode revealed that notorious LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, was going to be joined by other Big Tech billionaires in a plot to boost then-presumptive Democratic nominee for president Biden in 2020. Recode had identified four major players from Big Tech that have the “most ambitious plans” to boost Biden: Reid Hoffman, Dustin Moskovitz, philanthropist and Atlantic magazine co-owner Laurene Powell Jobs, and Eric Schmidt. Recode’s recent reporting doesn’t say that Jobs or Hoffman are Future Forward donors. However, it does note that the group has "been recommended in private communications by the team of Reid Hoffman." Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818-460-7477), CBS News (212-975-3247) and NBC News (212- 664-6192) and demand they report fairly on Future Forward’s multimillion-dollar attacks against President Trump.

Chuck Todd Sees Trump ‘Scorched Earth’ vs. Biden ‘Morning in America’

Showing that his partisan hackery on behalf of the Democratic Party truly knows no bounds, as he opened MSNBC’s MTP Daily on Wednesday, anchor Chuck Todd went to work trashing President Trump’s closing campaign message as “scorched earth” while hailing a new Joe Biden ad as being reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” spot. “The candidate’s closing arguments could not be more different. President Trump is stirring up feuds, Joe Biden is urging voters to take on problems not each other,” Todd proclaimed at the top of the show, following DNC talking points perfectly. Moments later, he repeated the narrative and made sure to tell viewers to ignore the growing corruption scandal surrounding Joe and Hunter Biden, still clinging to the false notion the story was part of some Russian conspiracy:     And right now we are seeing two very, very different closing messages from these two campaigns to kick off this final stretch. The President stirring up feuds. He hit the trail in Pennsylvania last night, escalating this rhetoric around this idea that Joe Biden is somehow a corrupt criminal who should be in jail. The President has been leaning on his administration to open a criminal investigation so he can say that there is an investigation into the Bidens. Based primarily, it seems, off the unverified contents of a mysterious laptop that somehow Rudy Giuliani got his hands on that some officials worry is tied to a Russian intelligence op. Todd bitterly sneered: “To put it simply, the President’s closing message is a familiar, if amped up version, of the scorched Earth divisive politics of the last four-plus years.” After sufficiently slamming the Trump campaign, like any good Democrat, Todd swooned over the Biden team: “The Biden campaign, meanwhile, is striking a notable contrast to that message with an ad that hit the airways last night during the World Series, targeting the millions of people who are not focused on politics but focused on Dodgers vs. Rays. Here’s a bit of that spot.” A lengthy clip followed of the ad, in which actor Sam Elliot tries to trick voters into thinking Biden and the Democrats have been preaching national unity even as left-wing rioters have been burning American cities: There is only one America. No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains. Just this great land and all that’s possible on it, with a fresh start. There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other. And choose a president who brings out our best. Joe Biden doesn’t need everyone in this country to always agree, just to agree we all love this country and go from there. Almost misty-eyed, Todd followed: “And let’s go from there. The ad is drawing comparisons, and I think correctly, to President Reagan’s famous ‘Morning in America’ ad.” Talking to correspondent Carol Lee minutes later, Todd continued to cheerlead for Biden while claiming Trump had nothing to offer: And Carol, going back to this closing message business here, you know, the Biden campaign, it’s – in some ways they’ve been telegraphing this closing message from the beginning of his campaign, right? “Fight for the soul of the country,” you see where he’s closing, Barack Obama is now. What is the closing message of the Trump campaign? Because it is all grievance? Is it all complaints? Does he have anything to sell? Todd long ago gave up even trying to be a journalist, he’s all in for Democrats and will make sure to use his position at NBC News to make as many in-kind contributions to Biden on air as he can in the final days before the election. This blatant propaganda was brought to viewers by Humana and Cadillac. You can fight back by letting these advertisers know what you think of them sponsoring such content. Here is a transcript of the October 21 segment: 1:00 PM ET (...) CHUCK TODD: The candidate’s closing arguments could not be more different. President Trump is stirring up feuds, Joe Biden is urging voters to take on problems not each other. (...) 1:01 PM ET TODD: President Trump has yet to put a noticeable dent in Biden’s lead since he expanded it after the first debate. And right now we are seeing two very, very different closing messages from these two campaigns to kick off this final stretch. The President stirring up feuds. He hit the trail in Pennsylvania last night, escalating this rhetoric around this idea that Joe Biden is somehow a corrupt criminal who should be in jail. The President has been leaning on his administration to open a criminal investigation so he can say that there is an investigation into the Bidens. Based primarily, it seems, off the unverified contents of a mysterious laptop that somehow Rudy Giuliani got his hands on that some officials worry is tied to a Russian intelligence op. The President’s final stretch feuding doesn’t stop there. He’s also in recent days attacked the nation’s most trusted public health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as his campaign desperately tries to turn the page on a pandemic that is sadly now once again raging across the country and really hitting rural America very hard. The President is even drawing attention to an incident where he apparently abruptly ended a contentious interview with 60 Minutes at the White House. To put it simply, the President’s closing message is a familiar, if amped up version, of the scorched Earth divisive politics of the last four-plus years. I mean, think about it. Ever since he recovered from the virus he has been, shall we say, amped up. The Biden campaign, meanwhile, is striking a notable contrast to that message with an ad that hit the airways last night during the World Series, targeting the millions of people who are not focused on politics but focused on Dodgers vs. Rays. Here’s a bit of that spot. SAM ELLIOT: There is only one America. No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains. Just this great land and all that’s possible on it, with a fresh start. There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other. And choose a president who brings out our best. Joe Biden doesn’t need everyone in this country to always agree, just to agree we all love this country and go from there. TODD: And let’s go from there. The ad is drawing comparisons, and I think correctly, to President Reagan’s famous “Morning in America” ad. Sort of think about it a bit in reverse, right? (...) 1:07 PM ET TODD: Let me move now to the Trump campaign, Charlotte, North Carolina, or just outside of Charlotte, where we find Carol Lee. And Carol, going back to this closing message business here, you know, the Biden campaign, it’s – in some ways they’ve been telegraphing this closing message from the beginning of his campaign, right? “Fight for the soul of the country,” you see where he’s closing, Barack Obama is now. What is the closing message of the Trump campaign? Because it is all grievance? Is it all complaints? Does he have anything to sell? CAROL LEE: Well, Chuck, I think it depends on who you ask, but you make a great point in that Biden’s campaign has kind of become a full circle. We’re seeing the full arc of it, where he started and where he is now. The message has been very consistent. President Trump, however, has been a little bit all over the map. (...)

Bozell: Ten Questions Welker Should Ask Biden at the Debate

Conservatives everywhere are waiting for someone, anyone, in the media to ask Joe Biden a tough question. On Thursday night NBC’s Kristen Welker will moderate the second presidential debate. We thought perhaps she just doesn’t know a tough question to ask, so we thought we’d help with these ten options. 1. On September 21 of 2019, Peter Doocy of Fox News asked you, "How many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?" You said, "Never." On October 4, another reporter asked you if you stood by that statement. You said, "Yes." The chairmen of the Senate Homeland Security and Finance committees have released a report about your son's involvement with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. In that report they cite the testimony of Amos Hochstein, the then-U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. He maintains he spoke with you in the West Wing about your son’s employment by Burisma. The report says: “According to Hochstein, Hunter became aware of Hochstein’s West Wing conversation with the Vice President, who had mentioned it to Hunter.” Do you still claim you never talked to your son about his overseas business dealings? 2. There is now documentation to prove that the laptop left in the Delaware pawn shop did indeed belong to your son Hunter. Neither your son nor you have denied its authenticity. If it's in fact not his, why not simply deny it? 3. In that laptop that has now been proven to be your son's, now that his signature of the receipt has been discovered, your son writes about the expectations from a proposed contract with the CEFC China Energy Company. In it he stipulates an equity split with "H" (presumably himself) receiving 20% and "10 held for the big guy."  Are you willing to state categorically that you are not "the big guy"? A simple yes or no will do.   4. You and your fellow Democrats have unequivocally condemned President Trump because his sons may have been involved in unethical business practices trading on their influence with their father. Now there is undeniable evidence that your son traded in on his influence with you to the tune of over a billion dollars of investments from China and an $83,000 monthly consulting fee from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Should the American people now not condemn you? 5. On your campaign website, you promise that on your first day in office you will give "transgender students" access to sports, bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. Do you in fact plan to let biological males play on girls' sports teams and use girls' bathrooms and locker rooms in American schools? 6. Do you think it should be legal - if the life of the mother is not at stake - to abort a healthy, viable baby while her head is still in her mother's womb but her legs and torso have emerged? 7. America is finally energy independent, yet you promise that if elected you'll destroy the fossil fuel energy industry, which will destroy America's energy independence. This will also destroy entire sectors of the American economy, not to mention cause soaring energy and transportation costs. Do you think America wants this? 8. You said you advised President Obama against conducting the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, the greatest terrorist in the world. Given that unquestionable misjudgment, why should Americans trust you as their Commander-in-Chief? 9. Conservatives are being censored by every major social media corporation in Silicon Valley. Are you willing to condemn this practice, and condemn this industry for its assault on free speech? 10. Why won't you answer with a simple yes or no when asked about packing the Supreme Court? This is one of the most important questions facing the Republic. Doesn't America deserve to know? So, a simple question: Will you or will you not support packing the court? Yes or No? Let’s see if a single one of these questions is asked Thursday night.

OH C’MON! Debate Moderator Kristen Welker Once Asked Trump If He Worked for Russia

Back in January 14, 2019, as President Donald Trump was about to board Marine One, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Walker and Thursday’s debate moderator asked maybe one the most obnoxious questions ever asked to the President: “Have you ever worked for Russia? Yes or no?” The choice of Welker does seem like a “set-up,” as the President told Fox News, especially when you consider Welker comes from a family that has deep “Democrat ties.” President Trump recently tweeted that Welker has “always been terrible and unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”  A review of MRC’s archives shows that the President has reasons to be concerned about Welker’s ability to be fair during Thursday’s debate.  The following is just a handful of Welker’s most biased moments over the years:   Mr. President Are You a Russian Agent?      “Mr. President, yes or no. Have you or are you now — have you ever worked for Russia? Yes or no?” — NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker to Donald Trump in a January 14, 2019 confrontation.   Hitting Kamala Harris as “Insufficiently Progressive” “[Kamala] Harris had a rapid ascent in California’s legal circles, rising from county prosecutor to San Francisco District Attorney, to California Attorney General, cultivating a moderate political reputation and inviting criticism from some liberals that she was insufficiently progressive on criminal justice issues.” — Correspondent Kristen Welker on NBC’s Today, August 12, 2020.    Even When Dems Lose, They Win!      “Even some of the candidates who came up short aren’t being counted out. Instead, getting buzz as future stars of the Democratic Party, including Beto O’Rourke, who put up a tough fight against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in Texas....And Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who went down in defeat in his battle for Florida governor, but keeping the fighting spirit.” — Correspondent Kristen Welker on NBC’s Today, November 7, 2018.   In Obama Years “Stoking Public Fears” About a Virus Was Condemnable  “With public fears spreading faster than the disease itself, some Republican candidates eyeing wins in the upcoming midterm elections are stoking public fears.” — Correspondent Kristen Welker on NBC Nightly News, October 19, 2014. 

‘Spellbound’ MSNBC Goes Gaga for ‘Forever POTUS’ Obama Campaigning for Biden

On Wednesday’s The Beat with Ari Melber, MSNBC host Ari Melber joined with former Obama pollster Cornell Belcher and Democratic strategist Aisha Mills in gushing over a stump speech made by Barack Obama on the behalf of Joe Biden on Tuesday. Shedding any guise of objectivity, Melber praised Obama for being “blistering and strong” and Mills bizarrely enthused that Obama is “forever POTUS and he makes us feel good.” Melber began the segment by excitedly labeling Obama as “blistering and strong”:     As we watch him there working the stage in a very 2020 style appearance, we can reflect on what we just heard, a far starker and some might say more partisan Barack Obama than usual, but he had the evidence and the receipts, as they say. We see him brandishing a mask that he puts back on there. We saw him wearing the mask earlier as he went to a community center event. Barack Obama making the argument clear and repeatedly from that stage in Philadelphia that he views President Trump as a failure, as a quote, “crazy uncle,” as a person who, quote, “emboldens racists,” as a person who tweets conspiracy theories about Osama Bin Laden, who messes up, quote, “everything he's inherited from his own personal wealth to the Obama-Biden economy.” Now we’re watching here Barack Obama returning to the tent. You see people gathered around that area and people still in their cars. We’re going to keep an eye on that whole scene. But this was a blistering and strong version of President Obama making the case against Trump and for his former running mate Joe Biden.  Melber introduced the former Obama stooge, Belcher, as the “perfect guest” and asked him if Obama’s speech “was sharper and stronger” than other speeches he has made this year. This perfectly set up Belcher to lavish praise on the “stateman-like” Obama: And look, this was vintage Barack Obama. I mean, he's so good, to say the -- the obvious. And I -- I think what is really fitting here is, you know, the philosophies between the two campaigns can't be any more evident. You know, Barack Obama talked about how the decency of America, he talked about the possibility of -- of change and what -- what's possible if you vote for Joe Biden. And on -- on the other side, you have Republicans and Donald -- Donald Trump talking about if you don't vote for Donald Trump, the suburbs are going to be on fire and your neighborhood going to be flooded with immigrants. I mean, the -- the -- the philosophical difference between these campaigns and these two ways of thinking can't -- can’t be any clearer. But -- but you also see someone who has the best political brand in America right now and Barack Obama's numbers have grown since he's left the White House. He's -- he’s a larger, you know, statesman-like figure today than when he left the White House, especially in lieu of Donald Trump.  Melber continued to enthuse over the speech by saying that he was “spellbound” and hyping Obama describing Trump as “not a real president.” Mills then launched into unashamed gushing over “our POTUS forever” and bashing of Trump, boasting that Obama's such “a great orator” and viewers were “reminded about the fact that he's extremely popular.” She added that she wasn't rhetorically donning her “analyst” hat because she was so “jazzed” and “stoked right now in a way that I hadn't been throughout most of this election cycle.”  She continued with even more admiring words for MSNBC's dearly beloved: He also put on his boxing gloves and wasn't afraid to come at Donald Trump and to call him kooky and a lunatic. And we all, you know, got the vibe that he doesn’t, you know, like the guy… I feel the energy from him. I'm glad that he took off the gloves. I felt that he was -- he -- he went harder than we have seen him go, I think, in some time, just making the case plain about why Donald Trump is trash. And I -- I thought that people, you know, would really resonate with that. And then, of course, I mean, he's -- he’s popular because he's cool. There's a cool factor to him too.  At least she admitted that she’s not an analyst as salivating over Obama never gets old for the leftists at MSDNC. Because this segment was part of a “special,” there were no advertisers. For those interested in learning more about the MRC's Conservatives Fight Back campaign, go here. Read the full October 21st transcript here: MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber 10/21/20 6:29:37 PM ARI MELBER: Former President Barack Obama delivering a blistering speech here. We're watching him continue to step around the stage of what was a drive-in rally, the horns you heard were the horns from cars assembled in this COVID-safe event in Philadelphia, the second of two events that Obama led today. As we watch him there working the stage in a very 2020-style appearance, we can reflect on what we just heard, a far starker and some might say more partisan Barack Obama than usual, but he had the evidence and the receipts, as they say. We see him brandishing a mask that he puts back on there. We saw him wearing the mask earlier as he went to a community center event. Barack Obama making the argument clear and repeatedly from that stage in Philadelphia that he views President Trump as a failure, as a “crazy uncle,” as a person who, “emboldens racists,” as a person who tweets conspiracy theories about Osama Bin Laden, who messes up, “everything he's inherited from his own personal wealth to the Obama-Biden economy.” Now we’re watching here Barack Obama returning to the tent. You see people gathered around that area and people still in their cars. We’re going to keep an eye on that whole scene. But this was a blistering and strong version of President Obama making the case against Trump and for his former running mate Joe Biden. As part of our special coverage here, you are watching The Beat with Ari Melber. I want to turn to our first two guests. Cornell Belcher is a fitting expert on this night. He was Barack Obama's victorious 2012 pollster and Democratic strategist Aisha Mills. And for those joining us, we have other guests lined up throughout the hour, presenting a whole range of views. But Cornell, as someone who worked with President Obama, what did you see out on that stage tonight? And did it strike your ear as a sharper and stronger version of the case he's been making this year?  CORNELL BELCHER (FORMER OBAMA POLLSTER): I was a part of the -- the polling team for '08 and -- and ‘12, a very strong team. And look, this was vintage Barack Obama. I mean, he's so good, to say the -- the obvious. And I -- I think what is really fitting here is, you know, the philosophies between the two campaigns can't be any more evident. You know, Barack Obama talked about how the decency of America, he talked about the possibility of -- of change and what -- what's possible if you vote for Joe Biden. And on -- on the other side, you have Republicans and Donald -- Donald Trump talking about if you don't vote for Donald Trump, the suburbs are going to be on fire and your neighborhood going to be flooded with immigrants. I mean, the -- the -- the philosophical difference between these campaigns and these two ways of thinking can't -- can’t be any clearer. But -- but you also see someone who has the best political brand in America right now and Barack Obama's numbers have grown since he's left the White House. He's -- he’s a larger, you know, statesman-like figure today than when he left the White House, especially in lieu of Donald Trump.  MELBER: Yeah. BELCHER: And so the bread of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama is the best political brand in -- in the country and no one can speak to those -- those -- those five to six million Obama voters who sat out 2016 better than Barack Obama can.  MELBER: Well, Cornell, since you mentioned the numbers, let me have you build on that. We’re looking at again, this is fresh footage we just got today. Here are the numbers. Trump at 39, Biden at 46. Better, but not winning over the majority of the country yet. Barack Obama standing tall as the most recent president at 58%. Couple that with what they're trying to do tonight in Pennsylvania. Why? For folks at home trying to keep track, what matters, so much hyperbole. You need Pennsylvania if you’re Donald Trump, right? It’s a big state. Obama won by 10 points. He's there for a reason, Cornell, tonight.  BELCHER: No, he’s there -- he's there to speak to that -- that -- that base of Obama voters who sat out in 20 -- in 2016 but also, we talked about this before Ari, those young voters who protested their -- their vote in - in 2016, who broke their party in 2016 because they were rejecting sort of the politics of both Hillary as well as -- as -- as -- as Donald -- as Donald -- as Donald Trump. You know, that Obama coalition -- rebuilding that Obama coalition and expanding on that Obama coalition is key for Democrats going in -- going into 2020.  MELBER: Aisha, take a listen to what we just heard. We were really watching spellbound and picking some of the key moments. And I’ll say as someone, who as part of my job, like both of yours, we hear these speeches and even good orators of -- of which I think Obama is in that category whether people like his politics or not, not every speech is amazing. It felt like Barack Obama came in and said in those two events today but particularly this one to Pennsylvania, you were with me before and we need you more than ever. And he's speaking obviously to P.A. and the whole country but, boy, it would help Joe Biden if they could lock this up. And he made the -- the claim here, I want you to see it, that Donald Trump's not a real president. Take a look.  (Cuts to video) BARACK OBAMA: He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention. And, by the way, even then his TV ratings are -- are down. So you know that upsets him.  (Cuts to live) MELBER: Aisha?  AISHA MILLS (DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST): So to Cornell's point, I got to say not only is this man a great orator, we're reminded about the fact that he's extremely popular because he's our forever POTUS and he makes us feel good. I'm actually just with my hat on as a voter and not as an analyst, I’m stoked right now in a way that I hadn't been throughout most of this election cycle. I'm -- I’m jazzed up. I feel like he riled up the crowd in a way that reminded us all the things that he did. He popped his collar and said, look, Joe and I accomplished things. He also put on his boxing gloves and wasn't afraid to come at Donald Trump and to call him kooky and a lunatic. And we all, you know, got the vibe that he doesn’t, you know, like the guy. And what's really critical about him doing this and being so enigmatic in Philly is that Pennsylvania is critical. We only lost as Democrats -- Hillary Clinton only lost by less than a percentage point in Pennsylvania. That's just about 44,000 votes that she -- that was the difference-maker there. So if he can animate some -- some -- some folks -- black folks in particular, because today he had a racial justice forum, to come out in Philly and get an extra 10,000 people to show up at the polls, that tips the scale. So it's a really big deal to me. I feel the energy from him. I'm glad that he took off the gloves. I felt that he was -- he -- he went harder than we have seen him go, I think, in some time, just making the case plain about why Donald Trump is trash. And I -- I thought that people, you know, would really resonate with that. And then, of course, I mean, he's -- he’s popular because he's cool. There's a cool factor to him too. 

MSNBC Claims 'No Evidence' Iran Out to Damage Trump, NBC Says Otherwise

In a late press conference Wednesday night, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and other members of the intelligence community revealed that Iran and Russia had obtained voter information; with the former using the information to send out malicious and threatening emails to “damage President Trump.” But MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow took umbrage with the DNI’s assessment, asserting there was no evidence. But just two weeks ago, NBC Nightly News warned of their efforts. Kicking off her show by highlighting threatening emails purportedly sent by the Proud Boys telling Democratic voters in different states to “vote Trump or else” (with full names and addresses), Maddow was incensed that Ratcliffe would only allude to the emails in the announcement. Speaking on the emails, Ratcliffe told the American people: “To that end, we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump. You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails.” “What are you talking about? Spit it out. I mean, this is the newly-appointed director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, who up until now has had trouble remembering that the office of the director of national intelligence is not supposed to be an arm of the Trump campaign,” she sneered.     Seemingly oblivious to the words that were coming out of her mouth, Maddow proceeded to spell out how the emails were damaging to Trump while insisted they were “designed” to help him win the election: I mean, why would you look at those “vote Trump or else” emails and describe them as an effort to damage President Trump? I mean, these are threatening emails literally telling Democratic registered voters that if they don't vote for President Trump, a violent far right group of Trump supporters is going to come after them and hurt them, and by the way we know where you live. How is that an effort to damage President Trump? “At least I think this is what he's describing as an attack by Iran. But he also said it’s designed to hurt President Trump when clearly this is designed to do the opposite,” she scoffed. “So, maybe he's talking about something else altogether. We don't know, he never explained.” Um, Rachel? You just got done boasting about how your viewers had forwarded the messages to you and the FBI. That’s how they’re damaging to Trump. The messages were designed to allow you and the rest of the liberal media to pounce on them and try to tie them to the President. Shortly after Maddow’s claims there, the on-screen headline proclaimed: “Ratcliffe says Iran scheme ‘damage’ Trump but offers no evidence of that” (pictured above)."     But here’s the fun part. Two weeks ago to the day, NBC’s Richard Engel spoke with U.S. National Counterintelligence & Security Center director William Evanina for Nightly News and he warned viewers of Iranian efforts to meddle in our election (video above). “Yeah, they all are. And I would throw Iran in there as well,” Evanina said on the countries putting out disinformation. “We see all three countries -- Iran, China, and Russia -- all engaged in enhancing and exacerbating protests on the West Coast.” At the time, Engel wanted to keep the focus on Russia but he kept in Evanina’s warning about Iran. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show October 21, 2020 9:04:46 p.m. Eastern (…) RACHEL MADDOW: Now, tonight, the FBI announced this very short notice press conference. They said, to alert the American people about some serious election security matter, and we think these “vote Trump or else” emails were what they were talking about. But it's hard to know. They never actually said what they were talking about. Two of the four officials who stood up there at the podium didn't talk at all. None of them took any questions whatsoever which means it wasn't a press conference, it was just a press release they read out loud. The FBI director was one of only two officials who spoke at this event this evening. And he said substantively nothing. He just spoke in vague generalities about how hard the FBI is working to make sure everything is cool in the election and you should call them if you see a crime. He said nothing specifically about what's happened here at all. What we got at this odd not-press-conference was a written statement read aloud by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe who was recently appointed by President Trump. What he delivered in the statement was definitely some drama. Right? Less than two weeks from the election, this short notice press conference on an urgent election security matter, there is drama to that. But what it comes to what he actually communicated, frankly nobody actually knows what he was talking about. DNI JOHN RATCLIFFE: We would like to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections. First, we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos, and undermine your confidence in American democracy. To that end, we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump. You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails. MADDOW: What are you talking about? Spit it out. I mean, this is the newly-appointed director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, who up until now has had trouble remembering that the office of the director of national intelligence is not supposed to be an arm of the Trump campaign. I mean, we assume what he's talking about here is these intimidating “vote Trump or else” emails that were sent to Democratic registered voters in Florida and in numerous other states, but maybe that's not what he's talking about. I mean, why would you look at those “vote Trump or else” emails and describe them as an effort to damage President Trump? I mean, these are threatening emails literally telling Democratic registered voters that if they don't vote for President Trump, a violent far right group of Trump supporters is going to come after them and hurt them, and by the way we know where you live. How is that an effort to damage President Trump? The Director of National Intelligence is calling this an attack by Iran. At least I think this is what he's describing as an attack by Iran. But he also said it’s designed to hurt President Trump when clearly this is designed to do the opposite. So, maybe he's talking about something else altogether. We don't know, he never explained. (…) [Later, on-screen headline reads: “Ratcliffe says Iran scheme “damage” Trump but offers no evidence of that”]

USA Today REJECTS Hunter Biden Column by Its Contributor 'Instapundit' Glenn Reynolds

Glenn Reynolds, the creator of the popular Instapundit blog, has a weekly column in USA Today. But the day after the national newspaper -- most familiar as your morning paper in many hotels -- made a big show out of endorsing Joe Biden for President, Reynolds announced the paper didn't want his latest column....on Hunter Biden:  SO USA TODAY DIDN’T WANT TO RUN MY HUNTER BIDEN COLUMN THIS WEEK. My regular editor is on vacation, and I guess everyone else was afraid to touch it. So I’m sending them another column next week, and just publishing this one here. Enjoy! He posted the whole thing on Instapundit, untouched by editors. He began the piece on Big Tech getting burned:  In my 2019 book, The Social Media Upheaval, I warned that the Big Tech companies — especially social media giants like Facebook and Twitter — had grown into powerful monopolists, who were using their power over the national conversation to not only sell ads, but also to promote a political agenda. That was pretty obvious last year, but it was even more obvious last week, when Facebook and Twitter tried to black out the New York Post’s blockbuster report about emails found on a laptop abandoned by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter. The emails, some of which have been confirmed as genuine with their recipients, show substantial evidence that Hunter Biden used his position as Vice President Joe Biden’s son to extract substantial payments from “clients” in other countries. There are also photos of Hunter with a crack pipe, and engaging in various other unsavory activities. And they demolished the elder Biden’s claim that he never discussed business with his son. That’s a big election-year news story. Some people doubted its genuineness, and of course it’s always fair to question a big election-year news story, especially one that comes out shortly before the election. (Remember CBS newsman Dan Rather’s promotion of what turned out to be forged memos about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service?) But the way you debate whether a story is accurate or not is by debating. (In the case of the Rather memos, it turned out the font was from Microsoft Word, which of course didn’t exist back during the Vietnam War era.) Big Tech could have tried an approach that fostered such a debate. But instead of debate, they went for a blackout: Both services actually blocked links to the New York Post story. That’s right: They blocked readers from discussing a major news story by a major paper, one so old that it was founded by none other than Alexander Hamilton. It backfired this time, as “even people who didn’t care so much about Hunter Biden’s racket nonetheless became angry and started talking about the story.” Lawmakers must now act to prevent “other such ­efforts” in the future, because although this clumsy attempt backfired, that doesn't mean it won't succeed in the future. He concluded: Had Facebook and Twitter approached this story neutrally, as they would have a decade ago, it would probably already be old news to a degree — as [Glenn] Greenwald notes, Hunter’s pay-for-play efforts were already well known, if not in such detail — but instead the story is still hot. More importantly, their heavy handed action has brought home just how much power they wield, and how crudely they’re willing to wield it. They shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences. It's almost comically appropriate that a liberal newspaper that just endorsed Biden would spike a column on Big Tech trying to squash a damaging news story on Biden and his international lobbyist son. 

Bankers as ‘Warlords’ is part of ‘Devils’ Mysterious Financial Conspiracy

Col. Muammar Gaddafi was a brutal dictator, but on The CW show Devils his history is reinvented. It suggests he may not have been the one deciding to commit mass murder, and that bankers were calling the shots instead. The third episode of Devils mirrors reality by showing news reports of a mass grave in Tripoli, Libya and weaves it into a fictional, financial conspiracy plot. Devils points the finger at financiers for Gaddafi’s killings.  Sofia, a Subterranea journalist (think Wikileaks but solely focused on exposing banking and finance), has been trying to turn New York London Investment Bank (NYL) head of trading Massimo Ruggero into a source of information about his bank. The death of his rival, and then his wife, have left Massimo furious and believing one or both of them were murdered because of the bank. While meeting at his apartment Sofia asks, “What if I told you it wasn't Gaddafi's decision to slaughter these people?” “No? Then whose was it?” “The LIA is Libya's sovereign fund — Gaddafi's bank account. We've intercepted hundreds of their emails. A Libyan finance executive called Samir el-Maghrabi is suspected of being corrupted by [dramatic pause] New York London Investment Bank. They're setting up some kind of deal.” “What kind of deal?” “We don't know yet, but we do know the name of the person el-maghrabi deals with. Your boss: Dominic Morgan.”  “Dominic's many things, but a warlord may be stretching it.”  He remains skeptical until she shows him emails talking about a meeting between Dominic and el-Maghrabi. Together they scheme to have her infiltrate the event as an escort, where she photographs the Libyan banker at a private event NYL set up in London.  She leaks the photos to The Guardian resulting in huge losses and bad publicity for NYL. A woman named Margaret calls Dominic and says “We’re not happy about this” and “People connecting us with Gaddafi's money would be suboptimum.”  He promises to take care of it and holds a press conference where he claims his bank wasn’t supporting Gaddafi — rather he was working with a “courageous executive” to ensure a free Libya and make sure there are funds for reconstruction when the war ends.

CNN Lines Up Partisan Guests to Plead for Voters to Dump Trump

A leftist journalist, a former employee, a grieving widow, and a farmer. These are people who CNN brought on throughout the morning on Wednesday to trash the President. Not once during the four hour time span did CNN bring on one person who was critiquing Democratic nominee Joe Biden. But four times in as many hours, New Day and CNN Newsroom went out of their way to find guests to plead for Americans to vote Trump out of office. Senior political analyst John Avlon started off the line-up by hailing such anti-Trump advocates: “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Providing his regularly scheduled hit on Donald Trump during New Day, Avlon brought up a favorite topic of CNN: former administrative officials attacking the President. Avlon declared: “You go through all of American history, you can't find this many former administration officials warning against the reelection of the President they serve.” We’ll ignore the Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr example. This was the first of several examples where CNN hosted a segment with no other reason than to attack the President. There was not even an attempt to hide the partisan Democratic Party agenda as they abandoned their journalistic integrity once again. Former Trump employee and author of a book attacking the President, Barbara Res, was brought on the show next. Co-host Alisyn Camerota happily asked: “Let's just start with the racist behavior that you say you witnessed.” No fact checking, just the attacks. It should be noted that Res has publicly stated on Twitter that she has been actively speaking out against the President since at least 2015. Host John Berman later brought on Alice Roberts, a grieving widow whose husband died to COVID-19 earlier this year. Roberts recently wrote an op-ed in a local paper asking people not to vote for the President. Berman noted: “You say this year the one plea you made was pleading for his life and now you're pleading for people to vote against President Trump.”     Finally, Christopher Gibbs, a board member of Rural America 2020, a nonprofit which speaks out against the President, was brought on by Newsroom host Poppy Harlow in the 10:00 a.m. ET hour to criticize the administration’s policies. Harlow brought up one of his attacks: “He posted these billboards in Iowa and Georgia … He said he's left of Republican Party and will vote for Joe Biden.” With the exception of Roberts, none of these acts or statements were recent. This was not about reporting the news but about advancing the Democratic Party by weakening the President. Avlon, Gibbs, and Res all notably have a history of attacking the President. With all due respect to these people, Mrs. Roberts especially, this was a blatant partisan attack from CNN. This CNN bias was sponsored by USAA and Car Shield. Click on the links to let them know what you think. A transcript of the October 13th Coverage is included below: New Day 10/21/20 7:54 AM ET JOHN BERMAN: So this morning President Trump is uniting people at least in one front in ways that have never been done before. John Avlon with a reality check.  JOHN AVLON: We view American politics through a prism of division, we see a President Trump rage as he tries to inflame his base, we see Congress bitterly divided along hyper partisan lines, we see states where political opponents feel like personal enemies. So it can be hard to see a surprising sign of bipartisanship in this election, perhaps unprecedented in American history, I'm talking about Republican support for Joe Biden. Because there are at least 450 prominent Republicans, leaders of their party over decades who are supporting the Biden-Harris ticket. You saw a handful speak of the Democratic convention but in the last few weeks we have seen two former chairman of the Republican party Mark Grasco and Michael Steele endorse Joe Biden, five former Senators and 24 former Republican members of Congress. Former Republican Governors, CIA directors, cabinet secretaries, a U.N. Ambassador, military leaders and Cindy McCain. But that's not all, there are 129 national security officials from Republican administrations, hundreds of George W. Bush administration alumni and 46 members of Mitt Romney's campaign. In addition the Lincoln project, long time GOP operatives who made some of the most viral ads of the cycle. This isn't normal, but then these are not normal times. It's common to have a handful of folks cross party lines, we saw it Georgia Senator Zelle Miller, Ed Koch back Bush 43 in his election. And so called Obamacons in 2008. But here is what's never happened, so many Trump administration veterans endorsing his rival for President. And that's not even counting senior administration officials to have directly or indirectly warned Americans about the dangers of Donald Trump, people like John Bolton, Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis and John Kelly. These are folks who worked closely with President Trump and their stories line up.  […] AVLON: You go through all of American history, you can't find this many former administration officials warning against the reelection of the President they serve. FDR had a few defections when he ran for a third term, Harry Truman splintered Democrats into Dixie Democrat Progressive parties and always a few critics writing books at the end of administrations but nothing like this. The question for all of the above is why. Some talk about Biden's decency, experience, commitment to finding common ground, but Sean O'Keefe a former Navy secretary told me, offering up a quote often attributed to Edmund Burke, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And that's your reality check.  ALISYN CAMEROTA: Wow. John, wow. Having you put all of this together is one place is so helpful because, you know, we often see these different feelings pop up on social media or whatever, but all at one, that is powerful.  (....) 8:28 AM ET ALISYN CAMEROTA: Former longtime executive in Donald Trump's real estate company says she witnessed racist, sexist and all around boorish behavior from Donald Trump for years. Barbara Res writes in her new book, quote, if you didn't know the actual fact he could slip something past you. Joining us now is Barbara Res, her new book is about her 18 years working for Trump, it's called "Tower of Lies" and it is on book shelves now. Barbara, great to see you.  BARBARA RES [Author]: Good morning. It's nice to see you again.  CAMEROTA: So let's talk about everything that you witnessed. I mean, you have this front-row seat for 18 years. Let's just start with the racist behavior that you say you witnessed. You write in your book that he didn't want any black workers on his construction sites and here is what you write, ‘get him off there right now, Donald said, and don't ever let that happen again. I don't want people to think that Trump Tower is being built by black people.’ You go on to say he also didn't want any black job applicant, a young man, sitting in the lobby of Trump Tower. Why? Why didn't he want any blacks visible?  RES: Okay. Well, it's the first item where there was a black man grinding the concrete on the second floor of the building when it was wide open and you could see -- you could see it from the street and that's -- and he saw it from his office or the building lobby and that's what upset him and he called me and another person and he said I don't want that to happen again. We don't want people thinking that this is being built by black people. Later I was interviewing architectural students for a plant clerk job and I had a young man waiting for me in the lobby, I was across the building and after I interviewed him I saw Donald, he grabbed someone, told me he needs to see you. He said don't ever let that happen again, I don't want black kids sitting in my lobby where millionaires are coming in to buy apartments. Don't let that happen. That really took me aback, I have to be honest with you. I think to this day and I'm not sure, I didn't choose this man because I had a better candidate that I liked that was more interesting in following up on construction, but would I have hired him, you know, I probably would have.  CAMEROTA: So when Donald Trump at the time said things like that, I mean, I know it was at '80s, did anybody ever say to him, call him on that and say, how dare you speak like that?  RES: Well, I did. I did. I said you're being ridiculous. You know, see, you had to pick your spots with Donald and I tried to, you know, be honest but it but not enrage him because what was the point of that? I wasn't happy about it to be honest with you, but it's also it's a long time ago, it was a very different time and people say, well, why did you still work for him? There weren't a lot of choices at the time, especially for a girl engineer. So I figured being there I could do more than letting him hire another racist like himself to do my job.  CAMEROTA: You also say he cannot stand the working class people who make up his base. You write his world is personal drivers, exclusive clubs, private planes and parties, but without the Maga hat wearing white male he has no political career. So he created this charade, friend to the common man.  RES: Absolutely.  CAMEROTA: Give me a break. Trump can't stand the common man. How do you know that?  RES: Well, there is a story in my book which is very telling. After a project structure is completed, the concrete or steel you have a big party celebrating that and thanking the men for the work and it's always men. We were planning a party and I went to see Donald with the project manager from the contractor and we talked about Donald was all excited about IT, he said this is great, I'm going to have this, I'm going to do this, I'm going to have this politician. Blah, blah, blah. We were talking about the logistics and how there were so many men working on the job it's going to be not easy to put together. He said what? What men? You are not going to have the workers here. And we said, Donald, it's for the workers. Okay. How about just the foremen. I'm going to have champagne here. This is not for workers, not for the construction workers. That to me was indicative of the fact that here were these, I don't know, a couple hundred, maybe more people that are working very hard for him to build him a building and he had absolutely no feeling for them. He totally disregarded them, he had no respect for them.  CAMEROTA: So, Barbara, you worked for him for 18 years. So the Donald Trump that you see today on your TV screen the same as the man that you worked for? Is there something that is surprising you now today?  RES: That's sort of the essence of my book, I go back and talk about the seeds of what we see today being there when I was working for him way back when and because I had this very unusual relationship with him and so much access there really is no one that can speak to the Donald of that time probably better than I. Yes, he has changed, but, again, like I said, you could always see it coming. There were some things about him that did surprise me and maybe because he's sort of protected me from this side of him, but like that remark that Billy Bush remark way back when in 2016 about women, you know, that shocked me. I didn't think that, you know, he would go on TV and admit to assaulting women. There are things that do surprise me but things that don't surprise me, you know, they are all in the pattern, this he followed the patterns that he set.  CAMEROTA: Quickly, what about all of the revelations about his taxes, that he hasn't paid taxes for many years, that he recently paid $750 taxes while he was in office. You say that he thinks that laws and things like that are for stupid people. Meaning what?  RES: Yes, I absolutely agree with that. You know, he thinks that every law can be skirted one way or another and he has been doing that and he's sort of gotten away with it. The taxes didn't surprise me at all. I would have expected just that. What surprised me was a year ago, over a year ago the "Times" did an article about how his family set up this scam corporation to do all the repairs and stuff at the trump buildings and they were able to take all this money out of the company and not pay, you know, estate taxes on it and stuff like that. I was shocked to see that there were people, Mary Ann and Elizabeth, his two sisters that I knew pretty well, I was so disappointed in seeing that, that they were involved in something like that.  CAMEROTA: I just want to read from the trump side, his Communications Director for the Trump campaign says about your book this is, quote, this is transparently a disgruntled former employee packaging a bunch of lies in a book to make money. We only have a few seconds, Barbara, your response.  RES: My response, we left on very good terms, I got a couple letters of recommendations, wonderful letters of recommendation from Donald. I didn't know what this was going to be like and I feel that, you know, everyone here has to do what they can to stop him from getting reelected and what I can do is write a book and that's what I did.  CAMEROTA: The book again is called "Tower of lies" it is out now, Barbara res, thank you very much for being on "New day."  (....) 8:40 AM ET JOHN BERMAN: This morning the wife of a New Jersey police officer who died of coronavirus in may is speaking out. Police officer Charles Roberts known as Rob by friends and family served on the force for 20 years. He passed away at the age of 45, leaving behind his wife Alice and three children, Shay, Natalie and Gavin. Alice published an op-ed in the New Jersey Star Ledger titled "My Husband Died Of Covid-19 and I Have Just One Plea To Make Of You." Alice Roberts joins us now. Alice ... . […] BERMAN: You wrote this piece in some ways as a message to voters and also as a message to President trump and you say in your mind the only thing he understands is winners and losers. So tell us, if you can, what you personally have lost.  ALICE ROBERTS [Guest]: I mean, I think that's hard to put into words or even conceptualize it. I still think I'm learning every day it hits me differently as to what I've lost. I don't think that's really measurable. I don't think it's just what I've lost, either, I think it's what this world has lost. … BERMAN: And obviously your children have lost a father and that loss is immeasurable, but it's like so many others in this country now their lives have been upended. How?  ROBETS: Right, I think part of my article is I don't feel that trump has lost anything. He says how sick we are of the virus, yeah, we are all really sick of the virus, I can't say anyone is more sick of it than people who have lost loved ones. So, you know, we've lost an incredible amount and I think we just stand to lose so much more in the next four years if he is reelected. I don't think most people can say their lives have been made better during these past four years, especially not during this past year. I certainly can say my life has turned at least 90 degrees, but it's hard to tell how much more -- I hate to question that because that's a scary question, how much more can we really take?  BERMAN: You tell your story when your husband got sick and ended up in the hospital, you were only able to see him twice. Just twice once he was in the hospital which I know has got to be incredibly painful and you say you've only made a few pleas in your life. Up until this point what have some of those pleas been?  ROBERTS: I mean, I think for the most part we had a really great life together, we were both in jobs that we enjoyed and they were socially rewarding. We got a lot of positive feedback living and working in the town. You know, I don't hope for a lot in life, you know, we prayed and hoped he would get better and that didn't happen, but, do you know what, now I pray and hope that his death can have some meaning and greater purpose. We had hoped to donate his organs, he had signed up for the organ registry and we weren't able to because of the virus. So now I just hope that his death can bring about some positive change in this country and I want people to know we are a real family and we are really grieving and this isn't fake news and it's not exaggerated. So I – pled with people to vote and to vote their conscious.  BERMAN: You say this year the one plea you made was pleading for his life and now you're pleading for people to vote against President Trump. What was it like for you to watch the President's battle with coronavirus when he got sick?  ROBERTS: That's hard to say. I mean, I know a lot of people feel that he speaks for them and that he's just one of them, but he's not one of us. You know, he got top notch medical care, not everyone who gets sick is going to get that. He was able to get tested multiple times in a week. My husband's tests were mixed up and they took weeks to return. I'm sorry, can you repeat the question?  BERMAN: I was just going to ask you how it felt to watch the President go through his battle with coronavirus.  ROBERTS: Yeah, so then he miraculously recovered and I thought then at that point, wow, he could really show a human side. Well, I didn't really think that. I would be silly to think that. But then when he went up those steps and unveiled his mask and then since then has had, you know, super spreader rallies, it's really like he's -- he's really spitting on all these loved ones' graves. I had a fellow high school classmate whose father also died of covid and she said -- she spoke for CNN and wrote some articles saying Trump is spitting on my father's grave and that's exactly how I feel. He had a choice to be more human and to show empathy, but I don't think he's possible -- he's not possible -- it's not possible for him to show empathy because I don't think he can feel that emotion. I think he thinks of one person and that's himself and he likes to grandstand. You know, he hasn't called me to wish me his sympathies, you know, I've heard from the Governor of New Jersey, I've heard from Joe Biden last night. They show empathy and caring and kindness and that's really lacking in the President.  -------------------------- CNN Newsroom 10/21/20 10:48 AM ET POPPY HARLOW: So an Ohio farmer who voted for the President in 2016 is now leading a push to stop the President's re-election. His name is Christopher Gibbs. He's the President of Rural America 2020. He posted these billboards in Iowa and Georgia, calling them superspreader events. … He said he's left of Republican party and will vote for Joe Biden. It's good to have you.  CHRISTOPHER GIBBS [Farmer]: Thank you.  HARLOW: You're kind on an island when it comes to your fellow farmers. When you look at polling over the summer, 75% of farmers in the United States polled say they're going to vote for the President. What I find interesting it's an even higher percentage than 2016. Why do you think your message is not swaying them?  GIBBS: Well the President has got farmers across the Midwest and really all across the United States in a financial snare with the trade war, or I should say war on trade is what I call it. When the President started the war on trade clear back in March of 2018, what happened immediately is we lost confidence in our foreign markets and foreign markets are how agriculture brings dollars back to rural communities. Certainly we lost all of the trade that we were doing to China with soybeans. So what the President did at that point was he extracted dollars from the Monte Crib corporation, from a $30 billion fund within USDA, to start paying farmers off to make up the difference. And how that's worked over time is $12 billion in 2018, then $16 billion, and then $19 billion, and then about a month ago $14 billion, and congress is probably going to weigh in, if they ever get their act together, on another stimulus for more dollars. I'll tell you, on my farm, this is going to end up most likely this year going to be more than 50% of my net farm income is going to come directly from the taxpayer. So farmers are trapped. They aren't able to get out of that snare because our markets haven't totally returned, and so they continue to support the President. And that's certainly unfortunate.  HARLOW: So your point is taxpayer funded consistent bailouts of farmers is making them whole, but it's not whole because of -- because of just their crops, et cetera. I hear that. But when we look at the USDA farm income data this year, it's on track to be $103 billion, that's 65% higher than 2016. I hear your point, a lot of it is because of these bailouts but it is still also maintaining farmer support for the President. I guess the question is what's the goal with these billboards? It doesn't seem like it's taking away support from the President among your fellow farmers?  GIBBS: Keep in mind the billboards were just up a week or so ago, but rural America 2020 what I'm involved with, we're up in six states. We're up in the battleground states if you will, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota I think I said. All of those states we have steering committees. Steering committees, we have over 40 folks that are professional folks, farmers, teachers, retired legislators, the whole gamut. What these folks do is bring to us what's important in these rural areas. What's important, like your previous guest said, was rural health care. Rural health care is extremely important. So what we did with the billboards was start that conversation. It's true these were superspreader events and that's scaring the dickens out of folks in these rural areas.  HARLOW: I have 20 seconds left. You're not just leaving the President, you're leaving the entire Republican party. Why leave the whole party?  GIBBS: The party doesn't exist the way I came up. I came up as a Reagan Republican, bush Republican. In this party, there is no fiscal responsibility. That's out the window. There's no free trade. There's no diplomacy. There's no statesmanship and pro-life is certainly in question when you have folks running around saying they won't wash a mask because it's my body, my choice.

Even as Biden Speaks Out on Hunter Scandal, ABC/CBS Try to Hide Him

In a heated response to a local Wisconsin reporter Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally addressed the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which allegedly showed the former vice president getting a Chinese kickback funneled through his son. Despite Joe denouncing it as “a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear” him and his family, the Wednesday evening newscasts of ABC and CBS stayed far away from it, keeping Biden safely tucked away in a rhetorical basement. Democratic Party flack and NBC senior Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell did her part to defend her candidate on NBC Nightly News: ANDREA MITCHELL: But sharply disputing accusations his son Hunter profited from the Biden name in his overseas business dealings. JOE BIDEN: It's a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family. In contrast, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News provided no context as they boasted about the Biden campaign preparing for President Trump to bring up Hunter during the final debate on Thursday. “On The View today, Jill Biden says she's prepared for the President to attack her husband and son, Hunter, but she calls it a distraction,” touted senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce for ABC. For CBS’s part in the cover-up, White House correspondent Ben Tracy reported: “She [Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)] also says the Biden campaign plans to stick to the issues at tomorrow night's debate, where President Trump is expected to again go after Joe Biden's son Hunter.” Hey Ben and Mary, why would Hunter be a topic of discussion at the debate? Maybe because the Director of National Intelligence and then the Department of Justice and FBI have confirmed the scandal was not “Russian disinformation” like you peddled with your baseless “speculation.”     In his latest, now-daily, update on the unfolding revelations in the scandal for Special Report, Fox News Channel’s senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel reported: “Now the FBI is responding in a letter echoing what DNI John Ratcliffe on Fox Monday, that the intelligence community doesn’t believe this is part of some Russian disinformation campaign.” Adding: “Senior U.S. officials say there is no evidence Hunter Biden's laptop and emails are part of a foreign influence campaign. And Fox News has confirmed the FBI is in possession of the laptop. But the FBI will neither confirm nor deny that Hunter Biden is under investigation.” Fox News had also obtained an image of the apparent computer repair receipt with Hunter’s signature on it. They also had an email from a Chinese energy firm that detailed how money was allegedly given to Hunter to be funneled to his dad or “the big guy.” The validity of the email was confirmed by someone on the chain. But according to new and disturbing reporting from a Washington Examiner exclusive, “Allegations that Hunter Biden stored photos of child pornography on his laptop computer have been forwarded to the FBI for investigation…” These were highly damaging and disturbingly salacious allegations that struck the Biden campaign just days before the presidential election. And the liberal media were doing everything they could to try to cover it up and to insulate their candidate. The transcripts are below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s World News Tonight October 21, 2020 6:35:04 p.m. Eastern (…) MARY BRUCE: On The View today, Jill Biden says she's prepared for the President to attack her husband and son, Hunter, but she calls it a distraction. JILL BIDEN: You know, as a mother, I mean, I don't -- it really -- I don't like to see my son attacked and certainly I don't like to see my husband attacked. [Transition] The American people don't want to hear these smears against my family. The American people are struggling right now. (…) CBS Evening News October 21, 2020 6:38:16 p.m. Eastern (…) BEN TRACY: She [Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)] also says the Biden campaign plans to stick to the issues at tomorrow night's debate, where President Trump is expected to again go after Joe Biden's son Hunter. (…) NBC Nightly News October 21, 2020 7:03:15 p.m. Eastern [11 seconds] (…) ANDREA MITCHELL: But sharply disputing accusations his son Hunter profited from the Biden name in his overseas business dealings. JOE BIDEN: It's a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family. (…)

Tucker Decries ‘Ominous Moment’ as Big Media, Tech Peddle ‘Store-Brand Propaganda’

During his opening monologue on the Fox News Channel Tuesday, Tucker Carlson disemboweled the liberal media and their purposeful and shameful dismissal and spin concerning the New York Post reporting about Hunter Biden.  But as Carlson noted, their behavior and coordination with the intelligence community and tech companies have made clear they’re “destroy[ing]” “our core institutions” during this “ominous moment” to ensure they return to power and keep it that way.     After lambasting CNN and MSNBC darling, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) as a “child posing as a senator,” “a coward,” and “a liar,” Carlson noted how former intel officials-turned-cable news analysts like John Brennan and James Clapper have insisted that the Hunter Biden reporting predicting it’s a Russian disinformation campaign. Carlson continued, laying out the stakes before playing (and then mocking) a clip of NBC’s Ken Dilanian parroting the left’s dismissals (click “expand”): CARLSON: This is an ominous moment, when every power center in the nation that includes Big Tech, Big Media, the finance establishments, the federal spy agencies, when every power center aligns behind the common political goal, you have a very dangerous axis that is far too much power concentrated in one place. Normal people will inevitably be crushed, and they are being crushed. But that's okay, the media tell us. They deserve to be crushed, because anyone interested in learning more about the e-mails in Hunter Biden's laptop is effectively colluding with the Russians. DILANIAN [on MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, 10/19/20]: It just lacks credibility and the fact that it appeared in the New York Post and that they chose to report on it extensively, sort of says a lot about where we are in 2020, as opposed to 2016 when a lot of news organizations reported on e-mails that had been hacked by the Russians, Democratic e-mails and then leaked, and they were newsworthy, and people reported on them. We're in a much different situation now because we now know that Russian disinformation or foreign disinformation or even this, you know, campaign disinformation, period, is as dangerous to our democracy as anything exposed in these e-mails. CARLSON: That's almost unbelievable. That guy you just saw who’s the NBC News intelligence analyst or reporter or whatever, some name, he was caught, and you can look it up and you should look it up — he was caught sending his stories to the CIA for approval before running them. He’s working for the CIA and posing as a journalist. That's true.  The FNC host observed that these people weren’t saying the emails are fake, but were screaming about Russia as a way of shutting down discussion about the emails. By doing so, Carlson stated that this has shown that they know the Hunter e-mails and hard drive are real, seeing as how “Hunter Biden signed for it” at the Delaware IT repair shop and “[h]is lawyer asked for it back.” And reacting to a clip of Zuckerville residents Brianna Keilar and Brian Stelter dismissing any and all developments on Monday as a right-wing hit job, Carlson brought up the fact that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said there’s no evidence the laptop was a Russian operation. “What we've told you from day one, we've seen a lot of them. They're real. Now you may not think they're a big deal. You could make that argument, but they're real. The Russians didn't do this,” he added. Carlson concluded out CNN for engaging in “store-brand propaganda” and unsophisticated and then laid out the massive stakes before the American people (click “expand”): WOLF BLITZER [on CNN’s The Situation Room, 10/19/20]: Director Ratcliffe said there's no Intelligence — his words — no intelligence that would indicate that this smear against Hunter Biden is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, told me exactly the opposite. So how much stock do you put in to what the Director of National Intelligence is now saying? CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES (D-CT) [on CNN’s The Situation Room, 10/19/20]: Well, not a lot. Not a lot, Wolf, because, you know, sadly, Mr. Radcliffe, who used to be one of my colleagues has demonstrated that his interest is largely in supporting the President and the President's political fortunes. CARLSON: So we could parse the clip we just played, but honestly, why bother? It's too stupid to analyze. There's nothing sophisticated or interesting about this. It's store brand propaganda, the generic variety. They are not even trying to convince you, the Russians did it. They don't believe themselves, obviously. And they don't really care if you believe it, either. They just want you to stop talking about the New York Post story for the next two weeks, while it still matters. So Trump can lose, and maybe that will work, we don't know. But we're also going to live here when the smoke clears. And what then? In the mad scramble to unseat the President, our core institutions are being destroyed. A free press, fair elections, spy agencies that won't turn their dark arts on the public, all of that is disappearing. We should be very concerned about that, and we should fight to get those institutions back no matter what you think of Trump. To see the relevant FNC transcript from October 20, click “expand.” FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight October 20, 2020 8:04 p.m. Eastern TRANSCRIPT

Telemundo ESCONDE escándalo de Hunter dentro de reporte sobre debate

Mientras Jill Biden hacía alardes de un impulso freudiano durante una gira mediática en la que defendió a su "inocente" hijo de 50 años, Hunter Biden, y convirtió el escándalo de los correos electrónico de éste en un asunto de Donald Trump, en Telemundo trataron a su esposo Joe con pinzas, aún tras esconderse del ojo público. En lo que fue la primera mención de Telemundo sobre el escándalo de corrupción relacionado con los correos electrónicos encontrados en una computadora portátil de Hunter Biden, la corresponsal de la Casa Blanca Cristina Londoño plasmó al candidato presidencial demócrata de 2020, como un maestro del auto control que es lo suficientemente generoso como para "permitir" que el expresidente Barack Obama le cubra la espalda mientras Biden permanece escondido en su sótano. Según Londoño, Donald Trump intimidará al pobre Joe, y "lo va a acusar de corrupto y le va a mencionar los negocios de su hijo Hunter Biden en Ucrania y también negocios en China". Pobrecito: CRISTINA LONDOÑO: Joe Biden se ha quedado en casa. Se ha estado preparando para los ataques del presidente. Se sabe que (Trump) lo va a acusar de corrupto y le va a mencionar los negocios de su hijo Hunter Biden en Ucrania y también negocios en China. Biden tiene tal necesidad de "tiempo y espacio", que Londoño advirtió a su audiencia de la próxima embestida de Trump. Después de todo, según la reportera, Trump está detrás de Biden en las encuestas, y en un mitin en Pensilvania, "reconoció a su gente que la elección está cerrada, que necesita que salgan a las urnas". Espere más de este tipo de informes en la recta final hacia las elecciones presidenciales, donde el presidente Trump se presentará como El Hombre Malo Naranja: "Como bien sabemos también, el presidente está en un modo combativo y de ataque". Sin duda alguna, brillarán por su ausencia las implicaciones de los correos electrónicos de Hunter Biden detallando negocios turbios con Burisma y otros, y que involucran directamente a su padre. ¿Quieren apostar? Este informe sesgado de Telemundo es cortesía de anunciantes como Dunkin' Donuts. Déjeles saber lo que piensa acerca de su patrocinio a dicho contenido aquí. Pulse en Expand para leer la transcripción completa del segmento mencionado anteriormente tal y como se emitió en Noticias Telemundo Mediodía, el miércoles 21 de octubre de 2020: 10/21/2020 12:30:00 PM NICOLE SUÁREZ: Quedan un poco más de 24 horas para el segundo y último debate presidencial y mientras, Donald Trump continúa sus mítines en estados claves. Joe Biden sigue su concentración en casa, preparándose para el encuentro de mañana al tiempo que deja que el ex presidente Barack Obama empuje su causa con un discurso. Cristina Londoño está en Nashville, Tennessee. Cuéntanos. Buenas tardes Cristina, te escuchamos. CRISTINA LONDOÑO: Así es Nicole. Buenas tardes desde Nashville la sede del segundo y último debate presidencial. Una ciudad que está vestida de gala porque esto es un evento clave en el futuro de la nación. El presidente Trump va a llegar aquí después de una gira maratónica por estados claves, estados que necesita ganar para la reelección. Anoche, por ejemplo, estuvo en Pennsylvania y le reconoció a su gente que la elección está cerrada, que necesita que salgan a las urnas. Esta tarde, esta noche va a estar en Carolina del Norte.  Por su parte, su rival Joe Biden se ha quedado en casa. Se ha estado preparando para los ataques del presidente. Se sabe que lo va a acusar de corrupto y le va a mencionar los negocios de su hijo Hunter Biden en Ucrania y también negocios en China, por eso se ha estado preparando. Pero eso no significa que la campaña demócrata esté totalmente silenciada; hoy sale nada más ni nada menos que Barack Obama a buscar el voto de los hispanos, y de la nación en general, por Joe Biden. La campaña de Biden lleva una ventaja en las encuestas. Sin embargo, el jefe de campaña le ha dicho a su gente que luche como si estuvieran perdiendo. Sin duda, un momento clave. Se espera que la estrategia republicana sea que el presidente Trump se eche un poco para atrás y deje que Joe Biden hable más con la esperanza de que cometa errores. Pero, como bien sabemos también, el presidente está en un modo combativo y de ataque. Esa es toda la información al respecto, ahora regreso contigo Nicole.   SUÁREZ: El país está muy atento. Gracias Cristina Londoño.      

2020 World Series Features Two 'Exemplary LGBTQ-Friendly' Teams ― Outsports

Baseball's World Series is no longer just the Fall Classic as it's always been known. This year's match-up should instead be judged as one of two "exemplary LGBTQ-friendly teams," says SB Nation Outsports writer Ken Schultz. The fans of both teams are winners because both franchises are aggressively catering to their respective LGBTQ fan bases and communities. Schultz introduces his alphabet-friendly puff piece by writing, "The 2020 World Series has come down to the two best teams in baseball: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. Happily, that’s not just on the field. As each team’s recent history demonstrates, the Dodgers and Rays are both top-of-the-line franchises when it comes to uplifting their respective LGBTQ fan bases and communities." Awarding LGBTQ alphabet points to each team in separate break-downs, Schultz began with the Dodgers. And he does not dwell on L.A.'s mighty pitcher Clayton Kershaw or sluggers Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Not when the Dodgers’ outreach to the LGBTQ community is so deep and talented. It's a model for the rest of MLB, Schultz relates. The Dodgers were one of the first baseball teams succumbing to pressure to feature Pride Nights, hosting what is believed to be the first Gay and Lesbian Night in August of 2000. Credit for the genius of the Dodgers Pride Night goes to L.A.'s homosexual Senior Vice President Eric Braverman. He made the promotion a showcase to roll out the red carpet in honor of its LGBTQ fan base, including out-of-the-closet celebrities like Glee's Dot Marie Jones, Olympian Gus Kenworthy and others. Los Angeles shattered a major league record -- not for any hitting or pitching hallmarks -- but by selling 12,000 Pride Night ticket packages in 2019. Cooperstown, did you catch that? Schultz raves about the Dodgers' activism going well beyond an annual Pride Night. They’ve sponsored the last two Outsports Pride events, and last week they invited homosexual and former outfielder Billy Bean, current vice president and special assistant to the commissioner, to speak to their front office on Spirit Day. Ring up those alphabet points, but there's more where all that came from! In 2018, the Dodgers "made the LGBTQ equivalent of the Mookie Betts trade" by adding lesbian former tennis great Billie Jean King (at left in above photo) and her partner Ilana Kloss (at right in photo) as minority owners. 40,000 lucky fans received King bobblehead dolls to celebrate the big event. The sheer volume of LGBTQ positivity from the Dodgers is downright daunting, Schultz raves. For the Rays, we can dispense with on-field stars Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Brandon Lowe and focus on the team's glowing pride record. Last season, Tampa's lesbian Mayor Jane Castor, threw out the first pitch at a game. "The Rays also commemorated the 50th anniversary of Stonewall by displaying a special historic exhibit about the riots in conjunction with Equality Florida," Schultz gushed. In 2015, the Rays were one of the three pro sports teams that signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of marriage equality. That was the year the High Court usurped the legislative process by forcing same-sex marriage on the entire nation. In 2019, the Rays and San Francisco Giants supported an amicus brief in support of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Schultz recalls that last year's World Series was a story of good news/bad news. The winning Washington Nationals were incredibly LGBTQ friendly, but the losing Houston Astros "didn't even bother to host a Pride Night." The Rays and Dodgers both deserve to be celebrated for how they have embraced their LGBTQ fans, Schultz says. "Let’s hope we can keep saying that about every Fall Classic in the future." 

Telemundo HIDES Hunter Scandal Within Report on Debate

As Jill Biden went into Freudian mode in a media tour where she covered for her “innocent” 50-year-old son, Hunter Biden, and made his email scandal all about Donald Trump, over at Telemundo, her husband Joe got a free pass for hiding from the public eye. In what was in fact, Telemundo’s first mention of the corruption scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop emails, White House correspondent Cristina Londoño portrayed the 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, as a peaceful master of control who is nice enough to “allow” former president Barack Obama to cover his back while Biden remains tucked away in his basement.  According to Londoño, Donald Trump will bully poor Joe, and “accuse him of being corrupt, and will mention his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as in China”. Oh my:     CRISTINA LONDOÑO: Joe Biden is staying home. He has been preparing for the president’s attacks. He knows that (Trump) will accuse him of being corrupt, and will mention his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as in China. Biden is in such need of “time and space”, Londoño forewarned her audience of Trump's forthcoming onslaught.  After all, as she cautioned, Trump is running behind Biden in the polls, and at a rally in Pennsylvania, “recognized that the election is close, and that people need to go out to the polls.”  Expect more of this type of reporting leading to the presidential election, where President Trump comes off as The Bad Orange Man: “As we well know, the president is in a combative and attack mode.”  For sure, nothing more will be said about the implications of Hunter Biden´s emails detailing shady business dealings with Burisma and others, that directly implicate his father. Bets, anyone? This biased Telemundo report was brought to you by advertisers like Dunkin´ Donuts. Let them know what you think about them sponsoring such content here.  Press on Expand to read the complete transcript of the segment mentioned above as it aired over Noticias Telemundo midday newscast, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020: NICOLE SUAREZ: There are just over 24 hours left for the second and final presidential debate and meanwhile, Donald Trump continues his rallies in key states. Joe Biden continues concentrating at home, preparing for tomorrow's face-to-face, while is allowing former President Barak Obama to push his cause with a speech. Cristina Londoño is in Nashville, Tennessee. Tell us. Good afternoon Cristina, we hear you. CRISTINA LONDOÑO: That's right Nicole. Good afternoon from Nashville, the headquarters of the second and final presidential debate. A city that is dressed up for a gala because this is a key event in the future of the nation. President Trump is going to arrive here after a marathon tour of key states, states he needs to win for re-election. Last night, for example, he was in Pennsylvania and recognized that the election is closed, and that people need to go out to the polls. Tonight, he's going to be in North Carolina. For his part, Joe Biden is staying home. He has been preparing for the president’s attacks. He knows that (Trump) will accuse him of being corrupt, and will mention his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as in China, that´s why he has been getting ready. But that doesn't mean the Democratic campaign is completely silenced; today, no more and no less than Barack Obama is coming out to seek the vote of Hispanics and the nation at large for Joe Biden. Biden's campaign is ahead in the polls. However, the campaign manager has told his people to fight as if they were losing. Definitely a key moment. The Republican strategy is expected to be for President Trump to back down a little bit and let Joe Biden talk more in the hope that he will make mistakes. But, as we well know, the president is in a combative and attack mode. That's all the information I have about this, back to you Nicole. SUAREZ: The country is very attentive. Thank you Cristina Londoño.  

NEW NewsBusters Podcast: A Preview of '60 Minutes' Tilt with Tim Graham & Kyle Drennen

In the latest edifying episode of the NewsBusters Podcast, executive editor Tim Graham previews the 60 Minutes double-bill of Lesley Stahl interviewing President Trump and CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell interviewing Joe Biden. Tim notes that in our 2010 Special Report titled Syrupy Minutes, the CBS show is hailed for hardball interviews, but so many of its Democrat interviews are happy valentines full of softball questions.  On April 26, 2009, Stahl forwarded the White House spin that Biden had a talent for connecting with people: "With his ‘atta-boying,' hand-gripping, hot personality, versus Obama's cool cat...Call him ‘Schmoozer-in-Chief.'" NewsBusters Senior Analyst Kyle Drennen discusses the latest breaking dismissals of the ongoing Hunter Biden story. On Wednesday morning, NBC ran 14 seconds of a Biden denial from a local TV interview with WISN in Milwaukee. The anchor asked a softball about Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson's report on Hunter Biden's foreign lobbying deals: "Is there any legitimacy to Senator Johnson's claims?" Tim and Kyle note that if we followed the teachings of a Journalism 101 class, reporters would ask Joe and Hunter Biden to confirm or deny the contents of the laptop that spurred a series of stories in the New York Post. Instead, they've tried to dismiss it as some kind of Russian plot, which the intelligence community denied.  Listen wherever you enjoy podcasts, or click below. Spread the word on our weekly take on the media tilt!   

House Judiciary GOP Says Twitter Slapped Warning Label on Another Biden Article

After a policy change and a week’s worth of criticism, you would have thought Twitter would have learned its lesson. But today, the official account for the House Judiciary GOP said Twitter has slapped a warning label on another article about Hunter Biden. The House Judiciary GOP Twitter account said that Twitter “slapped a warning label” on a tweet when it tried to retweet an article from Sean Hannity that was headlined “Breaking: Jim Jordan Says Staff Has ‘Independently Confirmed’ the Hunter Biden’s Emails ‘Are Authentic.’” “For not being arbiters of truth, @jack reaaaaaaally wants to control truth,” quipped Jenna Ellis, the senior legal advisor to the Trump campaign and counsel to President Donald Trump. The House Judiciary GOP tweeted: “We tried to retweet @seanhannity’s article about @Jim_Jordan confirming the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s emails. But Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet before we could do it. Wow.”  The tweet included a picture of the warning label, which said, “Headlines don’t tell the full story. You can read the article on Twitter before retweeting.”  This isn’t the House Judiciary GOP’s first run-in with Twitter censorship, though.  Twitter blocked the link to the account’s official website last week. On October 14, a controversial New York Post story claimed to expose the alleged corrupt dealings of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine. The House Judiciary GOP linked the article directly to a webpage after Twitter began blocking links to the story. A Twitter spokesperson later reportedly told The Daily Caller that the censorship was an “error.”  Following the controversy, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy and trust safety lead, announced two changes to Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy, tweeting: “1. We will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them. 2. We will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter.”  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted Gadde’s thread, adding: “Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670 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.  

CNN Covers for Biden-in-the-Basement: a 'Concerted Strategy'

Journalists seem to have no interest in just why Joe Biden's handlers have so frequently called "lids" on his campaigning in this final stretch, and totally pulled him out of public view for virtually this entire week.  Nope: in fact, it's a carefully calculated strategy. Joe Biden is a brilliant, modern-day Sun Tzu, adopting his maxim to not interfere when your enemy is destroying himself.  At least, that's the explanation of Biden's disappearing act . . .  if you believe CNN. In a New Day segment this morning with Alex Wagner of The Circus and Laura Barrón-López of Politico, the consensus was that Biden's retreat from the trail was a smart and "concerted" strategy. The notion is to let President Trump destroy himself, while portraying a contrast of "normalcy."     Host John Berman wondered, “So what is Joe Biden doing? He’s been off the trail in debate prep. It’s a heck of a contrast. And most probably a deliberate one from the Biden campaign.” Wagner marveled, "Yeah, I mean, it is a study in contrast, also known as a view into the parallel universe where reason, logic, and science prevail, John."  Barron-Lopez concluded:  A big part of why Biden decides to call a lid some days as early as 9:00 A.M. is because of the fact that, yes, he’s following this campaign adage that if your opponent appears to be imploding or doing the work for you, then you let them do that. But it’s also because, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. And that was the very reason why his campaign decided to be on the road less.  Yet not one word was breathed by the panel about Biden's, about his, his, you know, the thing. CNN covering for Biden-in-the-basement was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual, Fidelity, and VisionWorks. Here's the transcript. Click "expand" to read more.  New Day 10/21/20 6:04 am EDT REPORTER: Former Vice-president Biden is off the campaign trail to prepare for tomorrow's final presidential debate. . . .  JOHN BERMAN: So what is Joe Biden doing? He’s been off the trail in debate prep. It’s a heck of a contrast. And most probably a deliberate one from the Biden campaign, which last night spent a heap of money to run this ad during the World Series. BIDEN AD: Joe Biden doesn’t need everyone in this country to always agree. Just to agree we all love this country. And go from there. I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message. BERMAN: I had this sort of epiphany as I was watching the World Series last night, and I saw that ad. First of all, it shows the cash advantage the Biden campaign has right now. But it also answers the question a little bit of, gosh, what’s Joe Biden doing? He’s taking these days off the campaign trail to prepare for the debate. What's he doing? Well, he’s presenting this stark contrast with the president, who is out there, your show is called “The Circus.” I mean, Joe Biden is running against the circus right now. And I think trying to provide that chaos . And if the president wants to be out there with this mayhem tour, so be it. ALEX WAGNER: Yeah, I mean, it is a study in contrast, also known as a view into the parallel universe where reason, logic, and science prevail, John.  . . .  ALISYN CAMEROTA: But I think we should also just talk about, Joe Biden is also employing an unorthodox campaign strategy, which is within these final two weeks, just lay low and stay inside. LAURA BARRON LOPEZ: That’s right. A big part of why Biden decides to call a lid some days as early as 9:00 A.M. is because of the fact that, yes, he’s following this campaign adage that if your opponent appears to be imploding or doing the work for you, then you let them do that. But it’s also because, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. And that was the very reason why his campaign decided to be on the road less.  . . .  BERMAN: The point I’m making, I actually now do think this is a concerted strategy from the Biden team. I mean, the president was out yesterday in Erie, Pennsylvania, literally saying, Joe Biden will be so boring. And I imagine the entire Biden campaign erupting in cheers saying, yes! yes! Joe Biden will be boring! That’s what we are now running on!  WAGNER: I would say, it’s not just boring, it’s responsible.  BERMAN: Yup. WAGNER: It’s what you do when there’s a surge in a deadly virus across the country.

Scott Baio Will Not Join Happy Days Cast Reunion To Support Joe Biden

The cast of Happy Days is entering the unhappy realm of politics.  Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Don Most, Anson Williams, and Marion Ross, who played Fonzie, Richie Cunningham, Ralph Malph, Potsie Weber, and Marion Cunningham on the famous 1970s-80s show respectively, are gathering together in Wisconsin on October 25th to raise funds for Joe Biden’s campaign, according to hollywoodreporter.com. The cast members will tell behind-the-scenes stories and answer fan questions. But yesterday, New York Post noted that actor Scott Baio, a fervent supporter of Donald Trump who acted as Chachi in Happy Days, would probably not join the reunion. Actor John Stamos volunteered over Twitter to take his place as Chachi for the fundraiser.      Today, Baio objected to his former cast members’ actions. He believed that Happy Days "represented traditional American values, good morals" and "a slice of Americana," and condemned the fundraising for robbing the show of both. He also appeared to be annoyed at Stamos’ for attempting to usurp his old role, and insulted Stamos’ casting in Full House as Uncle Jesse: "I think Stamos always wanted to be Chachi instead of playing second fiddle to a 3-year-old.” Baio also stated, "I don't hate this country like most liberals do. I don't think it was founded in a bad way, I love it, President Trump loves this country." It is true that leftist liberals have been taking measures to subdue democracy lately. Not that they’d ever admit it, of course. Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said that "We’re thrilled a show made famous in Milwaukee is coming back home to help make Donald Trump a one-term President. We know all roads to the White House go through the Badger State, and with the cast of ‘Happy Days’ helping us raise money to take back the White House, we believe even more we can deliver a victory on November 3rd." Sit on it, Wikler. 

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