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'Beyond reckless': Ex-Fox News employee torches the network for enabling Tucker Carlson's dangerous rhetoric

A former Fox News political analyst is slamming the network for its prolonged failure to censor host Tucker Carlson as he continues to circulate misinformation and dangerous rhetoric.

On Friday, December 3, Chris Stirewalt appeared on WV Metro News where he shared his perspective on the Fox News, the departure of Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg as contributors, and the network's unwavering support of Carlson.

Both Goldberg and Hayes recently opted to part ways with Fox News citing their opposition toward Carlson's controversial, conspiracy-driven documentary about the Jan. 6 insurrection.

"What Steve and Jonah did in giving up compensation and a high visibility post was to put their money literally where their mouth is," Stirewalt said, adding, “What Fox allowed in Tucker Carlson’s documentary, which said that January 6 was potentially a false flag operation undertaken by the federal government and that Americans were being put in Guantanomo over pictures of waterboarding, was beyond reckless and is another mile-marker down the road to the kind of Alex Jones-ian, Infowars-ian garbage that makes it impossible to have any kind of conversation."

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He added: "If you can say stuff and not support it — except for with conspiracy theorizing gobbledygook — then that's no good."

He went on to note that Hayes and Goldberg's concerns were focused on Fox News' dismissal of Carlson's actions and lack of journalistic integrity. Stirewalt's remarks come weeks after Carlson's dangerous documentary aired. The primetime conservative news host faced sharp criticism for the disturbing claims he perpetuated in his segment.

New report reveals deep-rooted racism is plaguing US military academies

Over the last 70 years, the United States military academies criteria have undergone drastic policy changes to improve diversity. Now, many military academies are opening their doors to both men and women of different ethnicities, creeds, and sexual orientations.

However, racism remains an issue within the United States services’ officer corps — the academies of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine, according to The Associated Press.

In short, all military academy cadets wearing the same uniforms still do not receive equal treatment. Speaking to the AP, multiple service members have recounted their experiences at military academies across the United States. Carlton Shelley II, a football recruit who entered West Point Academy in 2009, detailed the stark difference in his treatment on and off the field.

"On the field, he described the team as 'a brotherhood,' where his skin color never impacted how he was treated," AP News reports. "But off the field, he said, he and other Black classmates too often were treated like the stereotype of the angry Black man – an experience that brought him to tears at the time."

“I was repeatedly in trouble or being corrected for infractions that were not actually infractions,” Shelley said. “It was a very deliberate choice to dig and to push on certain individuals compared with other cadets -- white cadets.”

Shelley also expressed concern about the graduation rate among Black cadets. While he noted that academies have improved where racial diversity is concerned, he also suggested that there is still room for improvement when it comes to retaining and supporting students of color. Ranking inequalities also remain issues for service members of color.

Per the AP News:

Only 6% of nominations to the Army, Air Force and Naval academies made by the current members of Congress went to Black candidates, even though 15% of the population aged 18 to 24 is Black, according to a report on the service academies released in March by the Connecticut Veterans’ Legal Center. Eight percent of congressional nominations went to Hispanic students, though they make up 22% of young adults, the report said.
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According to the data provided to the AP, graduation rates between racial groups at the Naval and Coast Guard academies continued to show gaps. At the Naval Academy, for example, Black midshipmen still had the lowest graduation rate of any racial group at 74%, compared to the 2020 school-wide rate of 87%. And the Black graduation rate of 65% at the Coast Guard Academy between 2011 and 2020 lagged about 20 percentage points behind other racial groups.

Xavier Bruce, a 1999 graduate of Air Force Academy, also shed light on the challenges he faced amid his rise to lieutenant colonel in his 24 years of service. “We just feel it, we feel the energy behind it, and it just eats us away,” he said.

Trump's latest mind-boggling attempt at revenge against social media platforms

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly still on a warpath to avenge his exile from social media platforms. Although Trump appears to have failed in his attempt to create a far-right, MAGA-fueled social media platform of his own, the former president may have found a right-wing business partner to help advance his agenda.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump is holding private discussions with the Canadian-based right-wing video sharing platform, Rumble. Email and server records reportedly suggest that Rumble and Trump's nearly defunct platform Truth social already have shared infrastructure.

Per The Beast:

"In recent months, Rumble and the twice-impeached former president’s social media venture have been in talks about a potential business partnership, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of these sources, who has spoken to Trump about the prospect, said the former president has repeatedly inquired about how much Rumble could pay him—and has bragged that whatever Rumble offers, his partnership would be worth “double that,” given his massive fanbase of conservatives and Republican voters."

The timing of both companies going public also raises speculation about their ties. Trump's company, Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), is already going through that process while Rumble on Wednesday also announced its plan to follow suit.

Andrew Morris, founder and CEO of the GreyNoise cybersecurity firm, also weighed in on the companies' infrastructure records that were reported by The Beast.

"There's overlap. Rumble is hosting a Truth Social mail server," Morris said. "The server is not in use but it is a valid one. This email domain name was set up by the operators of Truth Social and it was in collaboration with Rumble.”

The latest investigative findings come months after Republican politicians and right-wing figures began exploring other social media options following Trump's banishment from social media. Many joined sites like Parler and Rumble. Although Parler faced banishment similar to Trump, Rumble has expanded. Back in 2013, Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski explained why the platform was founded as he described it as a way to push back against Big Tech.

During a podcast appearance back in July, he expounded on the company's purpose.

“They built these platforms on the back of our aunts and uncles, and by 2013, they started emphasizing these [Multi-Channel Networks], a lot of the big creators, icons, big brands, et cetera,” Pavlovski said at the time. “We built Rumble in 2013 to bring back the distribution and monetization to the small creator.”

Lawmaker highlights the hypocrisy in Mark Meadows' decision to withhold information ​about the Jan. 6 insurrection

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is facing criticism for the hypocrisy of his attempt to withhold information from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

On Thursday, December 2, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other members of the House committee explained how Meadows may have damaged his own case for keeping a lid on his conversations with former President Donald Trump. If he did, indeed, share details about his contact with the former president in his new book titled, "The Chief's Chief," it could subsequently cause him to waive any claim of executive privilege.

"It's … very possible that by discussing the events of Jan. 6 in his book, if he does that, he's waiving any claim of privilege. So, it'd be very difficult for him to maintain 'I can't speak about events to you, but I can speak about them in my book,'" Schiff told Politico.

The former Trump official's new book is scheduled to be released around the same time he is set to appear before the Jan. 6 committee. His appearance will come after weeks of avoidance tactics that to Meadows facing threats of possibly being held in contempt of contempt.

Speaking to reporters, House Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) also shared his reaction to some of the excerpts that have been released noting that the committee has plans to ask about some of the information mentioned. "I've seen excerpts from it. Some of what we plan to ask him is in the excerpts of the book," Thompson said on Thursday.

Legal experts have also weighed in on the circumstances surrounding Meadows' book, his private discussions with Trump, and the former president's possible assertion of executive privilege. Mark Rozell, a George Mason University professor and expert on executive privilege, also echoed lawmakers perspective as he explained how executive privilege would not apply in circumstances where information is already made public.

“Executive privilege covers information vital to the national interest to protect, as well as the privacy of some internal White House deliberations. If the same information is made public, there can be no valid claim to a right to withhold it from Congress,” said Rozell. “It is hard to imagine a stronger measure of contempt for Congress' authority than to refuse to cooperate with an investigation but being willing to present the requested information in the public domain to sell books.”

Stephen Colbert mocks bizarre Omicron conspiracy theory by turning the tables on anti-vaxxers

Stephen Colbert is addressing the latest bizarre conspiracy theories anti-vaxxers are pushing with the emergence of the latest COVID variant Omicron.

On the Thursday evening edition of "The Late Show," Colbert slammed the latest round of mind-boggling claims from anti-vaxxers insisting the emerging variant is a hoax, reports HuffPost.

“The newest batch of online stupid maintains that omicron is a hoax,” said Colbert. “Their proof? If you scramble the letters of omicron, you get the word moronic.”

“Wow … that theory is incredibly omicron,” he joked.

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Colbert went on to discuss the claims being pushed by conspiracy theorists in Britain. Colbert's criticism of anti-vaxxers comes as a small number of Omicron-variant COVID cases have been discovered in the United States. As of Thursday, December 2, a total of five Omicron COVID cases have been identified in New York state.

Despite anti-vaxxers claims about the strain being nothing more than a hoax, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging Americans to remain vigilant in making efforts to protect themselves and mitigate the spread of the virus.

Marco Rubio meets with far-right Chilean presidential candidate in support of military dictatorship

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently met with a far-right Chilean presidential candidate who has spoken fondly of high-ranking military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

According to The Intercept, Rubio's meeting with José Antonio Kast took place on Tuesday, November 30. The two reportedly had lunch with the Chilean ambassador to the Organization of American States along with nearly two dozen executives from U.S. companies with professional interests in Chile. María Paulina Uribe, the marketing manager for Pepsi, and Joel Velasco, United Health Group's Vice President for International Relations, were among the executives who attended, per El Mostrador and La Nación.

While details about the lunch discussion remain scarce, the report does detail Kast's disturbing views on dictatorship. Kast, who is facing a gridlocked presidential election runoff, has publicly aligned himself with Pinochet saying statements like, "If Pinochet were alive, he would have voted for me.”

On multiple occasions, he has also defended Pinochet's egregious actions while advocating for his incarcerated regime members. Prior to his run for president in Chile, Kast submitted a proposal that would grant immediate pardons to surviving former members of Pinochet’s military regime that remain behind bars.

However, he's opted to exclude that proposal from his current presidential platform. When asked about that decision, Kast, per The Intercept, claimed, "his plan had not changed but noted that it would only apply to regime members who were now of advanced age — which, as Allende-Salazar pointed out, would apply to all of them."

In an effort to tone done his proposal, Kast pivoted by suggesting house arrest for some of the incarcerated former regime members.

However, Kast's affinity for dictatorship appears to be deeper than his admiration of Pinochet. "Kast’s family has deep ties to the dictatorship," The Intercept reports. "His father, Michael Kast, was a lieutenant in the Nazi army before fleeing to Chile and raising sons who shared his far-right politics."

Electing an official like Kast could promote more right-wing extremism and Rubio's decision to have a meeting with him also raises alarms.

WaPo analysis dismantles Rand Paul claim that masks don’t protect against COVID

For months now, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has insisted that face coverings do not protect against COVID-19. However, a new analysis published by The Washington Post has dismantled the senator's false claim.

The latest pushback against Paul's theory follows his remarks during a recent Fox News interview. During that appearance on Monday, November 29, the Republican senator cited the findings of a peer-reviewed study in Denmark that suggests mask-wearing "didn't work."

“When you talk about the peer-reviewed studies of masks, there was one done in Denmark, showed that it didn’t work. When you look at all of Sweden — 1.8 million children have not been wearing masks for the last two years, they’ve had zero COVID deaths. And you say, ‘Well, have the teachers been infected?’ Well, it turns out the teachers are infected at the same rate as the rest of the public. So, they’ve had no masks for a year, year and a half. And it has worked. And that’s a whole country.”

The Washington Post's Salvador Rizzo points out that Paul's reference to “peer-reviewed studies of masks” is actually based on one, isolated study and even with that, the senator has misconstrued some of the findings. Across various “peer-reviewed studies," masks are considered effective in mitigating the spread of the virus.

Rizzo noted that the study in Denmark, which consisted of 6,024 participants, was conducted closer to the onset of the pandemic during a time when most regions were under COVID lockdowns. At that time, the Annals of Internal Medicine study found that the group of participants wearing face coverings were "less likely to catch the virus than the unmasked group."

However, the study did not provide enough evidence to reach the conclusion Paul suggested. Despite the Kentucky senator's claims, the study actually did indicate that masks "could reduce coronavirus cases by up to 46 percent in circumstances like Denmark’s — or increase infections by up to 23 percent."

“Our results suggest that the recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in mask wearers in a setting where social distancing and other public health measures were in effect, mask recommendations were not among those measures, and community use of masks was uncommon,” the researchers wrote. “Yet, the findings were inconclusive and cannot definitively exclude a 46% reduction to a 23% increase in infection of mask wearers in such a setting. It is important to emphasize that this trial did not address the effects of masks as source control or as protection in settings where social distancing and other public health measures are not in effect.”

Federal judge orders DOJ to release unredacted pages of the Mueller report

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Buzzfeed by requiring the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to release unredacted pages from the Mueller report.

On Tuesday, November 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court's ruling to withhold the pages from the previously released Mueller’s report.

According to The Washington Times, there are four pages that will now be unredacted. Those pages detail who was investigated but did not face charges in connection with the probe into special counsel Robert Mueller’s alleged Russian election campaign plot.

Buzzfeed, according to The Times, argues that the pages "have information on why an unnamed person, likely Donald Trump Jr., was not prosecuted for potential campaign finance violations." The pages are also said to "have details on people who were investigated, but not charged for making false statements, as well as insight into decisions that 'appear' to relate to contacts between Mr. Trump and the Russian government."

“We determine after our own in-camera review of the report that these passages show only how the government reached its declination decisions and do not contain new facts or stigmatizing material,” the 18-page opinion states.

Since the redacted pages only contain information that has already been made public, the court insists the latest disclosure should not lead to “additional reputational or stigmatizing harm.”

An evening of 'moneymaking': Kayleigh McEnany ridiculed over Trump Christmas party announcement

On Wednesday, December 1, Kayleigh McEnany shared the holiday invitation for former President Donald Trump's Christmas party billed as “An Evening of Merrymaking" -- and people were not impressed.

The invitation featured a quick blurb that reads “Start your holiday season with the greatest president in our time” noting that there would be “festive cocktails & dinner followed by photos & remarks” by the former president.

With the invitation, McEnany tweeted, "Only a few more hours to get tickets for Florida’s greatest Christmas party with President Trump!" She also included a link to the website for ticket purchases and event registration.

The event features three sponsorship levels. According to HuffPost, "a single ticket costs $10,000 and gives the attendee 'access to the party and one (1) photo taken' with Trump. Couples packages cost $20,000 while the family donor package, for up to four people, is $30,000. The event is promoted by WHIP Fundraising."

Although the website insists the event will be “the Holiday Event of the Year” certain to “give you a lifetime of festive memories,” social media users argue otherwise. In fact, many Twitter users quickly insisted that they wouldn't even consider attending. Others also criticized the invitation's theme dubbing it as an evening of "moneymaking" as opposed to "merrymaking."


While the event website insists tickets are "extremely limited," Twitter users aren't buying that either since the event is still being promoted less than two days before the date. "'Tickets are extremely limited,' one Twitter user wrote. "Here it is December 1, and they are still trying to sell those 'extremely limited' tickets. Who the hell wants to pay thousands to go hear a FORMER talk about the election was stolen AGAIN."

Fox News' Tucker Carlson defends Chris Cuomo's shocking ethical breach — while calling him an 'idiot'

Fox News' Tucker Carlson recently shared his opinion of CNN's Chris Cuomo being suspended from the network. On Tuesday, November 30, CNN announced Cuomo's suspension due to his participation in the strategy calls addressing the sexual-misconduct case involving his brother, the former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

After Cuomo's suspension was confirmed, Carlson weighed in during his primetime segment. Although he referred to the CNN anchor as an "idiot" in his Twitter post of the segment, he applauded him for helping his brother.

“Helping his brother is not the worst thing Chris Cuomo ever did,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “In fact it may have been the best thing he ever did. Not because Andrew Cuomo was a good person. He certainly wasn’t a good person. Andrew Cuomo was loathsome. But Andrew Cuomo was Chris Cuomo’s brother and that’s what you do with brothers, even the loathsome ones. You help them when they need it. Period.”

Carlson went on to suggest that Cuomo has an obligation to his family above all else.

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“Your most basic obligation is to the people you are related to,” Carlson added. “When they need your help, no matter who they are ― even if you’re the governor of a state, even if they’re horrible people ― you help them anyway, because it’s your family. Chris Cuomo may be an idiot ― and he is ― but he understands that.”

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