Cafe Owner With History Of Helping Those In Need Now Facing Backlash Just Because He Voted For Trump

In yet another story highlighting just how intolerant progressives can be, a man who owns and operates a café that hosts drag queens and features Black Lives Matters signs is facing a backlash for saying on MSNBC that he voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 and would do so again.

The New York Times published the article, titled, “The Cafe Has Black Lives Matter Signs. The Owner Voted for Trump.” The article outlines throughout all the liberal and good things the owner, Thomas Bosco, has done for the community, yet none of that matters because of who he voted for in 2016. From the Times:

At Indian Road Cafe in Upper Manhattan, a Black Lives Matter sign hangs in a front window. Local writers, artists, musicians and political activists are regulars. And for years, two drag queens have hosted a monthly charity bingo tournament there.

When a worker did not have child care, Mr. Bosco provided it on site, Mr. Bosco and another employee said. They also said that when a different worker feared being stopped by the police and questioned about his immigration status, Mr. Bosco drove that person to and from the cafe.

And on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Mr. Bosco organized a brunch to raise money for an immigrant’s advocacy organization.

Yet none of this mattered because Bosco checked the box for Trump in 2016 and may do so again this year. At least, he was considering voting for Trump again. After the backlash, he now says he isn’t sure. As the Times reported, Bosco wrote an open letter to his community in which he defended his answer and said the MSNBC segment left out important context from his answer:

I answered honestly and from the heart. However, my answer was very much cut short and taken without context in the 9-minute edited version. It missed that I supported, and voted for the last 4 Presidents (including 2 Democrats), that my views are “between the 40’s”/ middle of the road, that I found many things troubling about our administration, but at the end I support the President, the Governor and the Mayor. The headline attributed to me was actually meant for the other guest. It cut out the pain and trouble I find with some things our President says and does. It left out the trouble I was having supporting him. It left out my desire that we all communicate, care for each other, and be examples of the ethic and attitude we wish those that serve us should have.

Bosco said he was “truly sorry if this caused any hurt or pain” and said the clip that aired “did not represent who I am or where my heart and actions are.”

Bosco told the Times that he supported Trump for his belief in “small government, big community.”

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Vandals Cut Down 9/11 Memorial Flagpole In New York Village

The destroy everything & hate everyone culture has struck again last night as the Washingtonville NY Orange County 9/11 Memorial park was vandalized & AMERICAN FLAG CUT DOWN. These individuals obviously don’t know what sacrificing everything to save a fellow human being really is pic.twitter.com/oUFdh3gWr2 — NYCFireWire (@NYCFireWire) July 8, 2020 Via Fox News: Police […]

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Mike Pompeo: US Government ‘Seriously’ Targeting TikTok, Other Chinese Social Media Apps

The United States is considering restricting Chinese social media platforms as a result of widespread data-mining and national security concerns. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first addressed the issue Monday, revealing in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham that members of the Trump administration are “looking at” banning prominent video-sharing application TikTok and…

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Forget Fact Checking: CNN Panel Salivates Over Book Calling Trump ‘Sociopath’

On Wednesday morning’s New Day, CNN co-hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota brought on political correspondent Sara Murray to salivate over the supposedly tell-all book authored by President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Scrapping all pretense of being journalists, the Democratic hacks eagerly lapped up the book’s “revelations” without even questioning the truth of the wild accusations (like calling Trump a "sociopath"). Berman loved the claim that the President paid someone to take his SAT, but conveniently forgot Joe Biden’s disreputable academic reputation.
The morning show anchor began the segment by expressing his excitement for the “eye-popping” book:
 
 
Developing this morning, new details from an eye-popping book written by a member of the Trump family. The President’s niece, Mary Trump. She says her uncle is sociopath and claims he paid someone to take the SAT Test so he could get into Wharton. The book isn’t even out yet but CNN’s Sara Murray has read it. She is live in Washington with some of the details here. And Sara, I guess now we know why the President is so obsessed with people’s college transcripts and obsessed with maybe keeping his own private.
Murray also seemed to be quite exhilarated when discussing the book’s details:
You know, it certainly does have an interesting turnaround there doesn’t it. You know, you can see why the President did not want this book to come out. Mary Trump’s portrait of the President and of the Trump family is certainly very unflattering. She basically says Fred Trump, the patriarch of this family, her grandfather, Donald Trump’s father, really created this toxic environment that led Donald Trump to become a liar, and a cheater, and a sociopath and she does not hold back on you know, releasing these sort of embarrassing anecdotes. And one of them is her allegation that Donald Trump actually paid another kid to take the SATS for him….Which of course is interesting in light of the fact that Donald Trump often brags about how he went to such an amazing school at the University of Pennsylvania….Mary Trump explains that she could not be silent any longer. She says that Donald Trump destroyed her father’s life, that would be Donald Trump’s sibling, Fred Trump Jr., and she said she cannot stand by while Donald Trump destroys the country. 
Berman chortled over the academic allegations and played a clip of Trump discussing Barack Obama’s transcripts in order to mock him:
BERMAN: Look, it gets under the President’s skin because the President has made such a colossal deal about how smart he thinks he is. He has all the best words, of course, maybe someone else is actually filling out the ovals and — and figuring out what those words mean. But he also went after President Obama. He demanded President Obama’s transcripts. So, I’m not a psychologist, but I’m sure that a psychologist could find some deflection in statements like this. I think we have the President talking about this when he was then just businessman Trump.
DONALD TRUMP: I heard at Columbia, wasn’t a very good student. He then gets to Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student? Now, maybe that’s right or maybe it’s wrong, but I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records. Everyone says he was this great student. If he was that’s great, and if he wasn’t, that’s great. I was a very good student.
BERMAN: Oh, my. Oh, my.
Berman clearly does not care whether or not the book is true. He only cares about making Trump look bad with the presidential election looming.
Speaking of the election, if Berman were to be an actual journalist instead of a Democratic mouthpiece, he could discuss Joe Biden’s academic record. Biden has plagiarized multiple speeches and was caught cheating in law school. He also lied about finishing in the top half of his class in law school.
Camerota ended the segment by discussing Mary Trump’s claim that the President is a “sociopath”:
Maybe this will make him release the transcripts of his college career. That would be interesting to see. You know, back to the — the fact that she’s a clinical psychologist. She labels him a sociopath, which means no conscience, no empathy.
Camerota does not care about the veracity of such a nasty insult, fact checking is not for Democratic shills. Instead, she ended the segment by calling the unverified claims “revelations.” This is characteristic of her, as she also fawned over John Bolton’s book about Trump and seemed to believe every negative claim without question.
CNN has an election to help the Democrats win, and it will use anything it can to attack Trump.
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Here is the full July 8th transcript:
CNN New Day
07/08/20
6:26:31 AM
JOHN BERMAN: Developing this morning, new details from an eye-popping book written by a member of the Trump family. The President’s niece, Mary Trump. She says her uncle is sociopath and claims he paid someone to take the SAT Test so he could get into Wharton. The book isn’t even out yet but CNN’s Sara Murray has read it. She is live in Washington with some of the details here. And Sara, I guess now we know why the President is so obsessed with people’s college transcripts and obsessed with maybe keeping his own private. 
SARA MURRAY (CNN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT): You know, it certainly does have an interesting turnaround there doesn’t it. You know, you can see why the President did not want this book to come out. Mary Trump’s portrait of the President and of the Trump family is certainly very unflattering. She basically says Fred trump, the patriarch of this family, her grandfather, Donald Trump’s father, really created this toxic environment that led Donald Trump to become a liar, and a cheater, and a sociopath and she does not hold back on you know, releasing these sort of embarrassing anecdotes. And one of them is her allegation that Donald Trump actually paid another kid to take the SATS for him. So here’s what the book says. It says, Trump worried that his grade point average, which put him far from the top of his class, would scuttle his efforts to get accepted. Trump enlisted a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker to take his SATS for him. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well. Which of course is interesting in light of the fact that Donald Trump often brags about how he went to such an amazing school at the University of Pennsylvania. Now, the White House is responding to this book. They said, President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people. Why speak out now? The president describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child. Well, in her book, Mary Trump explains that she could not be silent any longer. She says that Donald Trump destroyed her father’s life, that would be Donald Trump’s sibling, Fred Trump Jr., and she said she cannot stand by while Donald Trump destroys the country. 
ALISYN CAMEROTA:  Back to his aptitude as a student, Mary Trump names the kid who took the test for him, right? Does she use a name in this book about who she says did this? 
MURRAY: She does. She names a guy named Joe Shapiro, who she says was one of Donald Trump’s coworkers — classmates at the time. You know, the White House did respond to this SAT thing in particular and they said it was absurd, which I think gives you an indication of how that little detail may be getting under the President’s skin. But it is — you know, a detailed anecdote for something that obviously happened a very long time ago. 
BERMAN: Look, it gets under the President’s skin because the President has made such a colossal deal about how smart he thinks he is. He has all the best words, of course, maybe someone else is actually filling out the ovals and — and figuring out what those words mean. But he also went after President Obama. He demanded President Obama’s transcripts. So, I’m not a psychologist, but I’m sure that a psychologist could find some deflection in statements like this. I think we have the President talking about this when he was then just businessman Trump. 
[Cuts to video]
DONALD TRUMP: I heard at Columbia, wasn’t a very good student. He then gets to Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student? Now, maybe that’s right or maybe it’s wrong, but I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records. Everyone says he was this great student. If he was that’s great, and if he wasn’t, that’s great. I was a very good student. 
[Cuts to live]
BERMAN: Oh, my. Oh, my.
MURRAY:  Yeah. Yeah. Donald Trump loves to brag about what a great student he was. And I think this is such an interesting portrait because Mary Trump, of course, is giving this view from inside the family. Now, granted, there’s a lot of bad blood within the Trump family, but she’s also, as you point out, giving her view as a clinical psychologist. So for anyone who’s ever kind of wanted to play armchair psychologist to the President or has been curious about playing this role, I think this book kind of gives you an avenue in to do that. And she does pick at the things the President likes to brag about. You know, that he was a really good student, that he had really good grades. You know, she also, of course, digs into the family’s wealth and the notion that Donald Trump, you know, was not actually this big, self-made billionaire. You know, he — he didn’t match the aura that he was giving off. And, actually, it was all of this family money and all of this money from his father that was helping to prop him up. So I think there are a lot of moments in this book that are — that are the kinds of things that really bother the President.
CAMERATO: Maybe this will make him release the transcripts of his college career. That would be interesting to see. You know, back to the — the fact that she’s a clinical psychologist. She labels him a sociopath, which means no conscience, no empathy, and does she — I mean we don’t — we don’t have much time, Sara, but does she say what caused that?
MURRAY: You know, she basically says that he has no disregard for other people and she ties a lot of this to the way that he was raised and to the way that Fred Trump raised him. You know, the notion that your value is all your monetary value and what you bring to the table. Your value is not, you know, your life as a human being.
CAMERATO: Sara, thank you very much. We will talk more about the book and its revelations in the program.

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Mark Levin: Supreme Court Just Opened Itself Up to Grand Jury Demands for Individual Justices’ Tax Returns

On Thursday the Supreme Court ruled a grand jury in Manhattan can subpoena President Trump’s tax returns in their ongoing witch hunt against the president.

Mark Levin blasted the decision and warned the SCOTUS judges that Congress can now subpoena their tax returns!

Mark Levin then clarified that it is the New York grand jury that can subpoena the SCOTUS members’ tax returns.

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WALSH: The Mob Is Trying To Destroy America Over Imaginary Oppression. Here’s Why.  

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar declared during a press conference yesterday that America’s “system of oppression” must be “dismantled.” She identified our political and economic systems, as well as the criminal justice system, as perpetuators of this oppression.

While listening to Omar deliver one of her trademark soliloquies about our evil and oppressive country, one wonders what exactly is this oppression she speaks of? Who is being oppressed and in what way are they being oppressed?

Omar is not the only one painting such a dystopian picture of our society. This is the message we hear all across the Left — from the protesters and riots, from Hollywood, from academia, from the media. Take this article just published by Teen Vogue, claiming that the United States is “by every indication, more committed to death, subjugation, and grief than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” To prove the point, the author (who, for the record, goes by the Twitter handle @SatansJacuzzi) points to the recent but unconnected murders of two women. A vague attempt is made to link their deaths to racism. But what the esteemed Satan’s Jacuzzi neglects to mention is that both women were killed by black men.

Why didn’t the author use more useful and relevant examples of black women killed by white men? Probably because such cases are exceedingly rare. Despite America being, as the piece says, “a vast tapestry of death,” the fact is that white people rarely kill black people. The reverse is also true. As FBI statistics show, the vast majority of blacks are killed by blacks, and whites by whites. Interracial murders do occur, but very rarely, and the rare black-on-white murder is twice as common as the reverse.

And yet people are marching through the streets with signs screaming “Stop killing us.” A writer for the Atlantic is more specific, saying, “I want white people to stop killing us.” We are supposed to believe that black people are being hunted and gunned down in the street by racist whites, but this epidemic of racial violence is almost entirely imaginary. It’s a fable that is being repeated over and over again, from all corners of society, until people are persuaded just by the force of sheer repetition.

Even McDonald’s is getting in on the act. The fast food chain recently tweeted a video of a “trans woman” pleading with the public to “stop killing us.” Once again, the plea is unnecessary. The supposed problem of anti-trans violence is a myth. Trans people are murdered — just like people of all groups are murdered, given that we are mortal beings living in a human society — but almost all of the murders are tied to domestic violence, prostitution, or drugs. Bigotry rarely has anything to do with it.

McDonald’s is not alone. A great many of the largest and richest corporations in America have adopted the far-left talking points of Black Lives Matter and done their part to spread the misinformation to the public, which is not exactly what you’d expect in a country supposedly committed to the oppression and extermination of racial minorities. Indeed, corporations are so firmly on the side of the alleged “oppressed” that Colin Kaepernick has been able to parlay his oppression into multi-million dollar partnerships with three major corporations. He now has deals in place with Disney, Nike, and Netflix. Not a bad kind of persecution, if you can find it.

Not every allegedly oppressed person is as rich and (unduly) admired as Kaepernick. But, statistically speaking, almost everyone in this country is richer, freer, and more comfortable than almost everyone else who has lived on Earth at any point in history, anywhere on the globe. We all enjoy an unprecedented amount of freedom and luxury. Some of us more than others — we can’t all be as privileged as Colin Kaepernick — but even the most economically disadvantaged in our society still have liberties and luxuries unknown to the poor and downtrodden elsewhere on the planet and throughout history. None of this means that we should be complacent or accepting of actual injustice when it occurs, but it does make you wonder why now, of all times, and here, of all places, we should be seeing crazed mobs burning cities and calling for the dismantling of the system that has made them historically secure and comfortable in the first place.

I think the answer is that struggle is a basic human need. Humans, it turns out, must have something to struggle against, fight against, overcome. Humans need, even, to suffer — if only in manageable doses. What we cannot do is sit still, luxuriating in our comforts, and remarking on how easy we have it. We cannot be happy that way. Decadence is not quite as fun or fulfilling as we thought it would be. We need a struggle of some kind, but in modern society, there aren’t many forms of struggle immediately on offer. So we have to create one for ourselves.

There are two ways to go about this: the healthy or unhealthy way. The healthy way is to set out to do constructive and meaningful things that are difficult and require sacrifice. The most obvious and important example of this is starting a family. By starting a family, you make your life far more complicated, but in the bargain you get love, meaning, purpose, and an escape from loneliness.

And then there are the smaller undertakings, the little things people can do to purposefully make their lives a little harder than they need to be. Gardening, hunting, fishing, fixing your own plumbing, changing your own oil, making meals from scratch, etc. Modern society has provided much easier ways to obtain the practical benefits of all of these kinds of things, but we do them anyway, because it takes effort, and healthy people find value in putting in the effort. It is work largely for its own sake.

There was a time of course — the majority of human history, in fact — when people had no choice but to do everything the hard way. If you wanted something built, you had to build it. If you wanted something to eat, you had to grow it, kill it, or catch it. And we notice that in those times, there rarely were people marching through the streets over imaginary oppression. They had their struggle. They lived it every day. There was no need to create any new ones for themselves. Because every other human need was not automatically met, the human need for struggle was always met.

But what happens when someone rejects all of the fruitful and constructive outlets to satisfy this need? Then they resort to self-martyrdom and persecution complexes. For a lot of people, this means randomly ruining their relationships, creating drama where it doesn’t need to be, and convincing themselves that everyone is out to get them. They thrive on gossip, envy, and feelings of personal offense and injury. They are likely to find supposed backstabbers, cheaters, liars, and fake friends everywhere they go, because that is how they see the world; it is the struggle they have made for themselves. “Why can’t I find an honest man,” a woman of this sort will lament. The answer is that she can find an honest man, and quite easily, but she doesn’t want to. She has found meaning in her manufactured struggle, and she doesn’t want to let it go.

The protesters are in this camp, doing a version of this same thing. They fulfill their need for struggle by making up elaborate mythologies about oppression and persecution. They convince themselves that they are in a fight for their lives against the murderous racists and oppressive bigots who lurk around every corner. It’s all hallucinatory, a mirage for people whose freedom and luxury has made them thirst for struggle the way a man in the desert thirsts for water. But mirage or not, they will hang onto it and no mere fact or statistic will be allowed to interfere. They are determined to take vengeance on America, even if America never did anything to them but give them everything they could ever want or need. The irony is that if they succeed, if they actually do tear this country down, dismantle it, then the luxury and freedom and comfort will disappear, and they will finally get the authentic version of the oppression they so desperately want.

And once they have it, they will quickly decide that they don’t really want it. But then they will no longer have a choice. All they will be able to do is lie in the bed that they have made.

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DeVos: Families Could Use Federal Funds Elsewhere If Pandemic Closes Schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will not cut federal education spending but could allow families to use funds elsewhere if their school does not open amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. education secretary said on Thursday, a day after Trump threatened to cut funding.

"If schools aren’t going to reopen, we’re not suggesting pulling funding from education but instead allowing families … (to) take that money and figure out where their kids can get educated if their schools are going to refuse to open," Betsy DeVos told Fox News in an interview.

It was unclear how the administration planned to redirect funding, which is directed by U.S. lawmakers. Any change in appropriations would face resistance in Congress, now split between Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, and President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, who control the Senate.

U.S. schools are scrambling to prepare for the upcoming academic year as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across the country, topping 3 million confirmed cases. Trump has called on schools to reopen but there is no federal plan to coordinate the effort.

Most public schools are run and funded by local governments, with supplemental funding from the federal government.

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NPR Censors Little Sisters of the Poor From SCOTUS Case They Won

Catholic nuns won their challenge against the ObamaCare mandate to cover contraception. But in the NPR story, they were none. Public radio hid that the left was trying to force a religious order to violate its faith.
The Supreme Court, in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, decided whether the nuns had to compromise their beliefs to pay for contraceptive coverage. 
If you were reading the taxpayer-funded National Public Radio’s (NPR) story on SCOTUS’s landmark decision defending religious liberty, you wouldn’t even know a group of Catholic nuns being forced against their will had anything to do with the case.
In a despicable story headlined “Supreme Court Undercuts Access To Birth Control Under Obamacare,” legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg kicked off the lede paragraph with leftist spin. She wrote: “The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for women to get access to birth control as part of their health plans if their employer has religious or moral objections to contraceptives.” [Emphasis added.]
Totenberg, however, provided hardly any historical background on the case. She made no mention of the Little Sisters of the Poor, or that it was a group of Catholic nuns who were being bullied by state powers into submitting to the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate. In fact, Totenberg didn’t even mention the name of the case itself. That would have brought up the nuns.
Instead, when defending an Obama administration “opt-out provision for employers with religious objections," Totenberg only mentioned the petitioners in the SCOTUS case with highly generalized framing. Totenberg wrote: “That did not satisfy some religious objectors, however. They contended that signing an opt-out form or notifying their plan administrator was the same as authorizing the use of their plan for birth control.” [Emphasis added.]
That was it. That was NPR’s entire framing of the case and the Catholic petitioners.
In May, George Mason University Law Professor Helen Alvaré provided a more detailed background into the legal hell the Little Sisters of the Poor had been through in the past few years, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. It was headlined: “The Endless War on the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
Alvaré wrote that in 2017 and 2018, President Donald Trump’s administration exempted “from the [contraceptive] mandate employers with a religious objection to paying for contraceptives.” She continued: “Following the new mandate announcement, Pennsylvania and New Jersey sued to remove the Little Sisters’ exemption, claiming that the federal government didn’t have the authority to create religious exemptions to its own rules.” [Emphasis added.]
Totenberg ignored mentioning any of the context regarding Pennsylvania’s and New Jersey’s actions against the Catholic group.
Alvaré also made a very important point in defense of the Little Sister of the Poor: 
Those who oppose the Little Sisters of the Poor still can’t identify one woman who can’t get contraceptives without help from Catholic nuns. That was always strange given how many employers were exempted for reasons like administrative convenience. It was also ignorant about theology: For many faith traditions, mission-driven service outside the walls of a church is a central command, [emphasis added.]
Contact NPR and demand that Totenberg update her story with full disclosure of the facts of the case and the petitioners involved.

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Julian Edelman Invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Memorial Museum


One of the NFL’s few Jewish players has offered to take Desean Jackson to a very special place, to show him the kind of terrible results rampant antisemitism can produce.

Julian Edelman, a wide receiver for the Patriots who is also Jewish, posted a video to social media sharing his thoughts on Eagles receiver Desean Jackson’s decision to post anti-Semitic quotes on Instagram over the 4th of July weekend.

“I’ve been getting hit up by everyone asking me about this DeSean Jackson post, and I wanted to take some time before I responded because it’s a complicated issue, and I wanted to be thoughtful,” Edelman said. “I wrote down some of my thinking.

“I’ve seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays. We’ve communicated over social media. I’ve got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation.”

Edelman believes that there are points of commonality between blacks and people of the Jewish faith.

“I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities,” Edelman explains. “One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.”

As for Edelman’s plan for Jackson, he believes it starts with listening.

“We need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act,” Edelman said. “We need to have those uncomfortable conversations, if we’re gonna have real change. So to that end, DeSean, let’s do a deal. How ’bout we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum, and then you take me to the Museum of African-American History and Culture. Afterward, we grab some burgers, and we have those uncomfortable conversations.

“For me it’s not just about religion, it’s about community and culture as well,” Edelman says. “I’m unusual, because I didn’t identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear.”

Jackson has spoken with Jewish leaders in Philadelphia in an attempt to make amends. The Eagles have promised to take “appropriate action” against the receiver.

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Same Firm Behind Fake Russian Garbage Report Is Behind Fake Report Facebook Used to Shut Down Roger Stone’s Account Yesterday

The firm that created a bogus report that was used to connect Russian troll farms to the 2016 election is the same firm that was used by Facebook to shut down Roger Stone’s account yesterday.

Yesterday it was reported that Roger Stone’s Facebook account was taken down due to actions by Stone that were against Facebook policy.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday said it had removed a network of more than 100 pages and accounts linked to Roger Stone, the longtime confidant of President Trump, because it violated the company’s rules against coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Mr. Stone and his associates used fake Facebook and Instagram accounts that were active since at least 2015 to promote media appearances and amplify material related to the release of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 election by the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, Facebook said.

The firm that was behind the report that was used by Facebook is led by former Google Executive Camille Francois.  She also was behind bogus reporting about Russian troll farms promoted by the MSM and used by the Mueller team to indict a number of Russians in the corrupt and criminal Mueller Special Counsel:

Camille François is a veteran of Alphabet, most recently at Google’s analytics offshoot Jigsaw. She left the tech giant eight months ago to lead research and analysis at Graphika, a social network analysis company, where she was this week named chief innovation officer.

One of her first assignments there was to help spearhead a secretive project at the behest of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, alongside Graphika CEO John Kelly and a team of researchers from Oxford University. The report, released in December 2018, was the first to take a data-driven magnifying glass to how the Russians used social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to try to influence the 2016 election.

Inspired by the massive Senate project, François took a separate tack from the formal research and went down the troll-farm rabbit hole. She talked to some of the actual foot soldiers who worked on these influence campaigns to spread misinformation, harass people and magnify divisive news stories to try and sway voters. What she discovered could help countries fight foreign-sponsored attempts to influence elections in the future.

What is not provided  or easily obtained, if it is, is the dollars spent by Russia to influence the 2016 election.  Ms. Francios notes around 3,000 Facebook ads supposedly paid for by Russia which would amount to fractions of pennies of the total number of ads and representative ad dollars spent in 2016.  This alone indicates that the report was bogus.

Yesterday the same firm, Graphika, created the bogus report that tied Roger Stone to various other accounts.  This report as well is invalid.  Mr. Stone was given no explanation as to why his accounts were banned and called it a “railroad job” meant to silence him as he fights for a pardon from his longtime friend President Donald Trump.

“We have been exposing the railroad job that was so deep and so obvious during my trial, which is why they must silence me. As they will soon learn, I cannot and will not be silenced.”

In a Statement last night reported here – Roger Stone said this:

The reasons for this extraordinary act of censorship which Facebook and Instagram give is entirely fabricated, totally lacking in any proof and part of a larger effort to censor supporters of the President, Republicans and conservatives on social media platforms. Words on a piece of paper or an e-mail are not proof. False testimony to an FBI Agent or a Grand Jury are not proof. The extraordinary blend of hearsay, perjury, obfuscation and fantasy that flowed from the mouth of Aaron Zelinsky in his sworn testimony last week is not proof.

The claim that I have utilized or controlled unauthorized or fake accounts on any platform is categorically and provably false. This false claim was included by the Special Counsel in their request for search warrants which included the testimony of an unidentified witness who claimed I controlled hundreds of Facebook accounts. The search warrant was not accompanied by any proof or evidence that this was the case, that’s because it is categorically false. I would also point out that when they received their search warrants they found no evidence whatsoever to verify this false claim which is now being recycled by Facebook and Instagram.

The evidence is in Rogers Stone’s favor.

 

 

 

 

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