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'Let's get it straight': Biden sternly smacks down two reporters for making false claims about him in Geneva

President Joe Biden sternly corrected two reporters who mischaracterized his words and relationships during his Geneva press conference recapping his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, continuing to push his China coronavirus "lab leak" theory, even in Geneva Wednesday afternoon, echoed far right wing talking points that Biden is somehow owned by or financially controlled by China, calling President Xi Biden's "old friend."

Biden refused to allow him to get away with it, snapping back, "Let's get something straight: we've known each other a long time, but we're not old friends."

Moments later, CNN's Kaitlan Collins, a former reporter for Tucker Carlson's far right wing propaganda outlet The Daily Caller, asked Biden, "Why are you so confident" Putin "will change his behavior?"

Biden, who never said that, let it rip.

"I'm not confident he'll change his behavior. Where in the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?"

"Let's get it straight," he urged.

True to form, President Biden minutes later came out and apologized for being "such a wiseguy."

Putin tells Black US reporter he'd 'prevent' Black Lives Matter in Russia after she asks what he's 'afraid of'

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared rattled by a Black American woman reporter after she asked him why he is jailing and murdering political opponents. Ultimately Putin equated the Black Lives Matter movement – created to protest police killings of mostly unarmed Black men – with the January 6 insurrection, and telling her he would "prevent" the Black Lives Matter movement were it to come to Russia.

"The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or jailed is long," ABC News' Rachel Scott told the Russian President and former KGB official, "and you have now prevented anyone who supports [Alexey Navalny] to run for office."

"So my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?"

After Putin rambled for a few minutes, he brought up Black Lives Matter.

"America, quite recently, had to deal with terrible events after the murder of, the killing of the African American, and Black Lives Matter ensued," Putin said. "I don't want to make any judgment about that but what we saw, mass violations of the law and so on so forth. We sympathize with the Americans but we do not wish that this kind of thing could happen on our territory and we will do our utmost to prevent tension," he said, referring to BLM.

He concluded by saying he didn't even want to address the "afraid of" part, calling it, "irrelevant."

"So you didn't answer my question sir, if all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned, doesn't that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight?" Scott replied.

Putin then falsely claimed the thousands of people who attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup on January 6 were merely Americans with "political demands," which is false.

"We sympathize with what's happening in the States, but we do not wish that to happen in Russia," Putin concluded, equating the BLM movement with the January 6 insurrection, two extremely different and unrelated events.


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Insurrection 'truther' Marjorie Taylor Greene: FBI was 'involved in organizing and carrying out the Capitol riot'

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation, falsely claiming its "operatives…were involved in organizing and carrying out the Jan 6th Capitol riot."

Like her extremist friends on the far right Greene has become an "insurrection truther," like the 9/11 truthers who insist the attack by bin Laden was actually an "inside job" by the U.S. government, which is false.

"We need names and answers about the FBI operatives, who were involved in organizing and carrying out the Jan 6th Capitol riot," Greene tweeted Wednesday. "First they had a 'back up plan' to stop Trump in Russia Collusion witch hunt, now we are finding out they were deeply involved in Jan 6th. Deep State."

None of her claims are true. She appears to be basing her accusation on a Tuesday night Fox News segment by white supremacist host Tucker Carlson.

She attached a tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is under DOJ investigation and clearly has an ax to grind against the Dept. of Justice and FBI.

In the clip (below) former FBI Assistant Director For Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi says the Bureau may need to arrest sitting members of Congress for domestic terrorism, a reasonable response if any took any part in the January 6 insurrection to overturn the election in a violent and deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, also known as a "coup."

Carlson went ballistic, twisting Figliuzzi's words, and then – based on zero evidence, said, "How about rounding up the FBI operatives who rioted on January 6."

Watch: House Republicans gang up on Democrat as they try to end 1/6 insurrection hearing with FBI director

House Republicans on Tuesday tried to derail a hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Donald Trump's January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. As California Democratic U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna was speaking to Wray, Republicans tried to end the proceedings.

As Khanna is berating Director Wray, who told the House Oversight and Reform Committee the FBI did not have advance knowledge there would be a deadly attempt to overturn the election in a violent attack on lawmakers, one GOP Congressman interrupted.

"Madam Chair, I move to adjourn," the Republicans says, interrupting Rep. Khanna, and violating the rules in the process.

Khanna, looks around to see who interrupted him, asks, "Madam Chair, if I could pause…"

As he speaks another Republican interrupts him.

"There's been a motion, Madam Chair."

Another person in the chamber, presumably a Democratic Congress, stunned, says, "HGe doesn't have the floor," meaning the Republican has no right to speak.

"The gentleman is not recognized," the Chair tells the Republicans. "It is Mr. Khanna's time."

"We had an insurrection, we don't need disruptions here," Khanna said, addressing the Republicans. "Can we allow the democratic process to continue please?"

Republicans insisted they had a right to motion to adjourn, but the Chair told them they were "out of order."

Democrats called for order as Republicans walked around the dais.


Fox fires Project Veritas-affiliated reporter who declared on-air she's being 'muzzled' by her bosses: report

Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been "muzzling" her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers," Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). "And from what I'm gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this."

The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker "she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet."

But Hecker seems glad to go.

"I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were," she told The Daily Beast. "The piece with Project Veritas doesn't touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I'm fearless."

She added: "I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line."

It's unclear what "line" that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another "unhinged corporation," possibly OANN.

Here's Hecker's report from Monday.

'Been hitting the pipe a little too hard': Mike Pompeo mercilessly mocked for illegal drug pun rebrand

2024 GOP likely presidential hopeful Mike Pompeo, the Trump-era Secretary of State, has resurrected his old leadership political action committee, CAVPAC, and drawn attention to himself with what many see as a bad illegal drug pun.

The unfortunate tweet includes the word "pipehitter," and Pompeo's made-up definition: "someone who is unapologetically American, someone who fights for our future, someone who never gives an inch, someone who is dedicated to stand against the radical Left's agenda."

The new "pipehitter" theme signals Pompeo distancing himself from his former boss. He had tried to position himself as the logical successor to the "America First" movement, but for reasons unspecified Pompeo is now hewing to a different brand, one that is decidedly more "Pompeo."

While the new branding may have passed a Madison Avenue test, it did not pass the Twitter test.

Fox has mentioned 'critical race theory' 1300 times — meet the man who promises to make it 'toxic'

Fox News has mentioned "critical race theory" 1300 times over the past three-and-a-half months, making the term, an area of study in colleges and universities, not in local public schools, not just mainstream, but "toxic."

"Just last week, Fox mentioned 'critical race theory' a record 244 times — an increase from the previous record high of 170 mentions the week before," Media Matters reports.

One man with connections from the Trump White House to top right wing think tanks promised to make that happen. It appears he was successful.

There's tremendous fear, hatred, and disinformation on the right about critical race theory, which The Washington Post calls "an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic, and not just demonstrated by individual people with prejudices. The theory holds that racial inequality is woven into legal systems and negatively affects people of color in their schools, doctors' offices, the criminal justice system and countless other parts of life."

Many on the right feel threatened by that, likely in large part thanks to Fox News constantly hammering viewers over the head with the term, without properly explaining it.

How did this happen?

Meet Christopher Rufo, a research fellow at the religious right-linked Discovery Institute, and a senior fellow at the right wing Manhattan Institute.

The Manhattan Institute was once home to political scientist Charles Murray, whose infamous "Bell Curve" book has been deemed racist. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Murray as a white nationalist, and says he uses "racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor."

But back to Rufo.

On Tuesday NBC News published an extensive exposé on "critical race theory," and had this to say about Rufo:

Rufo, who said he was in touch with then-President Donald Trump's staff before he issued an executive order last September banning critical race theory's use by federal agencies, promised in a March tweet to make critical race theory "toxic" in the public imagination. Rufo declined an interview request.

"The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think 'critical race theory,'" he wrote. "We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans."

He clearly has been successful.

Republicans across the country are working to ban critical race theory from schools, yet another example of far right wing indoctrination and censorship becoming mainstream.

NBC News notes that "organizations like the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, which produces model bills on Republican causes, held webinars that warned about the threat of teaching critical race theory."

In a series of tweets promoting its report on Rufo, The New Republic says, "Almost overnight, Christopher Rufo has become the standard-bearer for a hysterical movement to solve a problem that may not even exist—and in the process, charted a course for the right in the Biden era."

In addition to Rufo, one right wing activist, Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, has ridden the critical race theory propaganda wave.

"Fishbein said she took part in a private briefing hosted by the Heritage Foundation in May that featured lawmakers from Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas and other states to discuss model legislation to block critical race theory," NBC adds. "Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma and Tennessee have already advanced some form of a restriction, and 15 states have legislation pending. The Heritage Foundation declined to comment."

Why has this extremist cabal of right wing think tanks, activists, and Fox News been so focused on fear-mongering falsehoods about critical race theory, and systemic racism?

"Fox has admitted its reason for this souped-up coverage: the 2022 midterm elections," Media Matter notes. "And in order to drum up outrage, the network has repeatedly amplified a lie that critical race theory teaches that one race is 'inherently superior to another.' More recently, in its continued efforts to demonize it, Fox News has promoted a pamphlet that echoes the white nationalist 'Great Replacement' conspiracy theory."

In addition to Fox's seemingly endless repetition of the term "critical race theory," its false assessments are terrifying to those who believe them.

"Fox's obsession with what it defines as 'critical race theory' has frequently crossed the threshold into the absurd and overly dramatic. Fox host Tucker Carlson called it 'a cult,' while host Will Cain said it is 'modern-day Jim Crow.' Fox contributor Miranda Devine claimed that teaching the theory would 'warp the minds of American children' and 'is a recipe for social upheaval and mental illness.' Fox's Newt Gingrich said it was being driven by 'people who want to brainwash your child.'"

Greene apologizes for comparing masks to Holocaust days before censure resolution

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) Monday evening held a small press conference to apologize for having repeatedly compared face masks worn to protect from the coronavirus to the Holocaust, but refused to apologize for comparing Democrats and the Democratic Party to Nazis and Hitler's Nazi Party.

Greene's remarks came after being given a tour of Washington, D.C.'s Holocaust Museum, which reportedly came after a week of negotiations. But they also came just days before a resolution to censure her over her Holocaust comparisons is set to be introduced, The Washington Post reports.

The QAnon-supporting congresswoman "declined to walk back other controversial statements she has made, including one in which she compared the Democratic Party to Hitler's party, the National Socialist German Workers' Party."

"One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it," Greene, who appeared to be speaking off-the-cuff Monday, told reporters.

Her remarks suggest she does not see her comments equating Democrats with Nazis as a mistake.

Last month, The Post notes, "Greene also compared the Democratic Party to the Nazi party, which went by the full name Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the National Socialist German Workers' Party."

Despite the name, the Nazi party was not a socialist party; it was a right-wing, ultranationalist party. Even so, Greene told attendees at the rally in May: "You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party."

When asked if she would also apologize and refute her attack on Democrats, Greene refused, exposing her biased ignorance.

"You know, socialism is extremely dangerous, and so is communism," she told reporters. "And anytime a government moves into policies where there's more control and there's freedoms taken away, yes, that's a danger for everyone. And I think that's something that we should all be wary of. … I'll never stop saying we have to save America and stop socialism."

Man shoots and kills Atlanta supermarket cashier, wounds guard over mask policy: police

A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store's mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

"The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location," DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. "The individual is deceased."

A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store's mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

"The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location," DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. "The individual is deceased."

"Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store," the spokesperson for the sheriff's office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store's door.

"A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That's when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire."

#AbbottFailedTexas trends as state electric authority warns of power outages again — this time in heat wave

Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

"If you don't need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible."

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.


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