Fake and immaginary

It’s a sad situation at the Washington Times and their war on their readers as they continue to build their paywall and install nuisance barriers. Earlier, when voluntary payment was requested, a payment was tendered. That made no difference as an adblocker detector was installed to nag anyone using one. Now, it appears, they demand ‘subscription’ if you don’t like non-standards compliant ads. There are websites that have figured this out but others are stuck in old paradigms. Modern distribution media require new ways of thinking and new behaviors for business activities that depend upon them. The Washington Times has a long road to hoe it seems.

The Nunes Memo and the Death of American Journalism by Robert W. Merry – “Remember when reporters spent their time digging for answers rather than advancing their favored political narratives?” It’s a dissection of a case offered by the Left’s propaganda machine.

“The Journal adds, “You don’t have to be a civil libertarian to be shocked by the details.”

Savage clearly isn’t shocked. But he shouldn’t be, at least not outwardly—not in his reporting on the document. His job is to be dispassionate. On the other hand, neither should he reveal his own stark bias through deft selections on what precisely he wishes to annotate and how he wishes to do so.

Charlie Savage is not alone. The country’s liberal establishment has joined ranks in dismissing the memo. It has attacked its veracity, portraying it as a conscious effort to mislead the American people on FBI and Justice Department efforts to get a surveillance order on a U.S. citizen connected to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This intense spin was on full display even before the memo was released, and then reached full flower afterward.

Republicans and those ‘attacks’ on the FBI by Byron York – “The news is filled with reports that Republicans in Washington are “attacking” the FBI over the Trump-Russia investigation.”

“But have Republicans really been attacking the FBI? The bureau is a big organization — about 35,000 people. It does many different things. A more accurate way to describe what Republicans are doing is that they are condemning the FBI leadership’s handling of two of the most heavily politicized investigations in years — the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation. All that proves is that when law enforcement wades into politics, it becomes the target of sometimes intense political criticism.

That is an entirely different thing from attacking the FBI as an institution or attacking the role it plays in government.

Adam Schiff’s conspiracy about Russia and America’s Second Amendment is as ridiculous as it gets by Samantha Chang – “This time, Schiff made a series of startling claims, the most bizarre of which is that Russians are secretly promoting the Second Amendment to subliminally influence Americans to kill each other.”

Why is LNG coming 4,500 miles to Boston from the Russian Arctic when the US is the world’s No. 1 natural gas producer? It’s what happens when special interests block necessary infrastructure.

5 Pieces of Overrated Prepper Advice by Noah – “when I hear certain pieces of prepper advice, again and again, I can’t help but question it. In no particular order, here are 5 pieces of overrated prepper advice that drive me crazy.” People are too often gullible.

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