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Migrant children held in 'tender age' shelters after being separated from parents : report

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 04:25
At least three “tender age” facilities in South Texas are holding babies and young children that have been separated from parents under the federal government’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the southern border, a report said.

Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:00
In the blink of an eye, the uproar over immigration has become a major midterm election issue.

Ivanka Trump joins House leader McCarthy at GOP fundraiser in California

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:30
Ivanka Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a joint appearance at a Republican fundraising event in California on Monday to corral support for the party in the upcoming midterms.

Willie Nelson invites Trump to visit the border detention center together

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:15
Legendary country musician Willie Nelson, using his wife’s Twitter account, invited President Donald Trump on Monday to visit a border detention center together.

Video shows DHS boss Kirstjen Nielsen being heckled, harassed at DC restaurant

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 01:30
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was accosted by an angry socialist mob and forced out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington on Tuesday evening amid backlash over the federal government's “zero-tolerance” stand at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama security chief Napolitano saw separating families at border as 'bad idea,' she says

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 01:30
Janet Napolitano, who served as Homeland Security secretary under President Barack Obama, said in an interview Tuesday that she once considered the option of separating families at the border but decided “pretty quickly that it would be a bad idea.”

Weapons of mass manipulation

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:59

Justin Gaertner is a combat wounded U.S. Marine who continues to serve his country as an ICE computer forensics analyst, helping solve criminal cases & rescue abused children. The tattoo shown here is the symbol for his platoon while he fought in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/BaOBxaAMHS

— ICE (@ICEgov) June 18, 2018

Weapons of mass manipulation
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Confirmation bias damages reputations. It ruins credibility. It destroys lives.

When researchers ignore contradictory data that undermines their assumptions, junk science prevails. When police conduct investigations with predetermined outcomes, wrongful convictions abound. And when reporters cherry-pick facts and distort images to serve political agendas, media outlets become dangerous weapons of mass manipulation.

Take Talia Lavin, a young journalist who has enjoyed a meteoric rise. Her pedigree appears impeccable on its face: She graduated with a degree in comparative literature from Harvard University six years ago. After graduation, she won a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to study in Ukraine. She “worked in all realms” of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news agency and wire service, copy-edited for the feminist Lilith Magazine, and contributed stories and translations for the Huffington Post.

Lavin has held the coveted position of “fact-checker” for the revered New Yorker for the past three years. The publication brags that its “fact-checking department is known for its high standards.” It demands the ability “to quickly analyze a manuscript for factual errors, logical flaws, and significant omissions.” The editorial department requires “a strong understanding of ethical reporting standards and practices” and prefers “proficiency or fluency in a second language.”

Impressively, Lavin speaks four languages (Russian, Hebrew, Ukrainian and English). Her abdication of ethical reporting standards, however, raises fundamental questions not only about her competence, but also about her integrity — not to mention the New Yorker’s journalistic judgment.

With a single tweet, the New Yorker’s professional fact-checker smeared Justin Gaertner, a combat-wounded war veteran and computer forensic analyst for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Lavin, the professional fact-checker, rushed to judgment. She abused her platform. Amid the national media hysteria over President Donald Trump’s border enforcement policies, Lavin derided a photo of Gaertner shared by ICE, which had spotlighted his work rescuing abused children. Scrutinizing his tattoos, she claimed an image on his left elbow was an Iron Cross — a symbol of valor commonly and erroneously linked to Nazis.

The meme spread like social media tuberculosis: Look! The jackboots at ICE who hate children and families employ a real-life white supremacist.

Only it wasn’t an Iron Cross. It was a Maltese Cross, the symbol of double amputee Gaertner’s platoon in Afghanistan, Titan 2. He lost both legs during an IED-clearing mission and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor and the Purple Heart before joining ICE to combat online child exploitation.

When actual military veterans, whom Lavin failed to consult before defaming Gaertner so glibly, pointed out that the image looked more like a Maltese Cross, Lavin deleted her original tweet “so as not to spread misinformation.”

Too damned late. The harm to Gaertner’s name and honor is irreparable and cannot be unseen, unread or unpublished.

The New Yorker issued an obligatory apology and acknowledged that “a staff member erroneously made a derogatory assumption about ICE agent Justin Gaertner’s tattoo.” But what consequences will there be for her journalistic malpractice? Who is supervising her work at the famed publication? What other lapses might she be responsible for during her present and past stints as a checker of facts and arbiter of truth?

The magazine editors claim “we in no way share the viewpoint expressed in this tweet,” yet the abject ignorance of, and knee-jerk bigotry against, law enforcement, immigration enforcement and the military underlying Lavin’s slime run rampant in New York media circles. And they all know it.

Lavin has not commented on the matter and instead turned her Twitter account private. But we can infer her attitude about her present troubles from a defiant piece she published just last week in The Forward magazine, where she pens a regular column. Titled “No, We Don’t Have To Be Friends with Trump Supporters,” the piece, laden with Nazi allusions, decries asylum reform, strengthened borders and ICE agents enforcing the law.

Rejecting calls for decency in public debate over these contentious matters, she spat:

“(T)ough nuts, sugar. When they go low, stomp them on the head.”

She further raged:

“It is high time, when you find yourself next at a dinner party with someone who has gone Trump, to smash your glass to shards and leave. It is time to push yourself away from the table. It is time to cease to behave with subservient politesse towards those who embrace barbarity with unfettered glee.”

Better “gone Trump” than gone mad. In her unfettered haste to condemn those with whom she disagrees, the New Yorker’s professional fact-checker failed to check her own toxic biases. Lavin’s act was no innocent gaffe. Like the journalists-turned-propagandists who have falsely spread Obama-era photos of immigrant detention centers to attack the Trump White House, Lavin engaged in mass manipulation under the guise of resistance journalism.

Truth is collateral damage.

FBI may have modified witness reports, misled DOJ watchdog with 'false information,' GOP Rep says

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:28
The FBI may have "edited and changed" key witness reports in the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations, a top House Republican charged in a hearing into FBI and Justice Department misconduct Tuesday.

California rethinking standard on police use of deadly force

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:15
California is seeking to change the standard when police officers can use deadly force under new legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.

Immigration tensions boil over as Dems accost Trump, intern curses at president

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:30
Tensions over illegal immigration and family separations at the border boiled over on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, as President Trump was met with profanity and heckling, blue-faced congressmen on his way to a meeting with top House Republicans.

Trump huddles with House GOP on immigration as border outrage escalates

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:30
President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation as lawmakers searched for a way to end the administration's policy of separating families who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wins Democratic primary, near-certain second term

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:15
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has secured the Democratic Party nomination as she seeks a second term in office.

Giuliani says FBI agents interviewed him on behalf of DOJ watchdog

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:05
Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Tuesday that he was interviewed earlier this year by FBI agents working with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Governors pull National Guard troops from border to protest Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:00
A group of governors banded together to protest President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy as the uproar over the separation of migrant children from their parents continues across the nation.

Trump's Mark Sanford diss draws boos at closed-door GOP meeting

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:30
President Trump's meeting with House Republicans to discuss immigration legislation briefly went awry Tuesday when the president mocked Rep. Mark Sanford over a primary election loss.

Dem candidate in Kansas slammed for poster of Wonder Woman lassoing cop

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:15
The Democratic backed candidate running for Kansas State Attorney General has been called on by her own party to dropout because of a poster hung in her law office that depicts Wonder Woman lassoing a police officer around the neck.

Will McConnell Support President Trump’s Efforts to Reduce the Cycle of Crime?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:01
I used to be a lock em up and throw away the key conservative. After all, criminals deserve what they get. Prison will teach them a lesson.

The Violent Stagnation in Eastern Ukraine Continues

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:01
In June 2018, the Russo-Ukraine War has become an expensive example of violent stagnation.

Immigration Policy Can't Be Dictated by Emotional Blackmail

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:01
Hey, America, I've seen your future if you go down this road. I can tell you exactly how it's going to turn out -- and it's the opposite of what leftists might be imagining.

Do Christians Have a Future in LGBTQ America?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:01
According to accounts, Eich was subject to vicious attacks through social media for his contribution in the marriage campaign.


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