Ten Percent Of WY Voters Appear to Back Cheney Recall

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, perhaps the most vocal of a small group of House Republicans who supported impeaching former GOP President Donald J. Trump, is now the subject of a wildly popular internet recall petition.

As of Sunday, more than 59,000 signatures were affixed to a Change.org “Recall Liz Cheney” petition. Wyoming has a population of 581,075.

The recall petition was created on Jan. 12 and states: “Liz Cheney does not speak for the people of Wyoming we have had enough of these swamp people this petition might not do much but maybe it will tell her we will not sit by and take it anymore”.  

Almost 70% of voters in Wyoming voted for Trump in the past election.

Fortunately for Cheney, there is no law in Wyoming permitting the recall of a sitting House member so she’s safe for now. Cheney calls her vote to impeach Trump a vote of “conscience.”

Meanwhile, Cheney, the third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, appeared on Sunday morning television interview shows and doubled down on her position that Trump should be impeached by the U.S. Senate when it convenes on Tuesday.

Cheney also raised the possibility of criminal action against Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on Jan. 6, when a mob broke into the Capitol Building.

Censured

Cheney, one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, was censured Saturday by the Wyoming Republican Party. Only eight of the 74 members of Wyoming’s GOP central committee opposed the censure motion, which accused Cheney of denying Trump “due process.”

The daughter of former GOP Vice President Dick Cheney, she recently survived an attempt by fellow House Republicans to oust her from her role as GOP Conference Chair. The vote was 145 to 61.

GOP members are particularly irked that Cheney surprised the party when she publicly demanded Trump’s impeachment 36 hours prior to the House impeachment vote, just in time to lend support to the Democratic led effort.

The petition was started by Shelly Horn of Gillette, WY.

Florida’s Historic Move To Combat Big Tech Censorship

The Florida legislature is working on proposed legislation to deter big tech from engaging in partisan political censorship in the state.

The effort, announced by Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, is the first legislative response to big tech’s successful effort to silence former GOP President Donald J. Trump and other conservative voices on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

“We’ve seen the power of their censorship over individuals and organizations, including what I believe is clear viewpoint discrimination,’’ said DeSantis, who was accompanied by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprows and Senate President Wilton Simpson, also Republicans.

DeSantis said  “the big tech oligarchy” is “more of a clear and present danger to the rights of free speech than the government itself.”

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Who Really Killed Parler?

It is ironic that an opinion piece in The Washington Post this week argued in favor of regulating companies that dominate our communication infrastructure.

The author, Zephyr Teachout, defended Twitter’s decision to ban President Donald J. Trump from its platform but expressed concern about the threat of “extreme concentration” of corporate power in communications.

Now here’s where irony comes in:

Teachout didn’t mention (understandably) that the owner of the newspaper that hosted her column is Jeff Bezos, who also owns Amazon and its subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading cloud hosting provider in the country. Bezos is undeniably a dominant force – perhaps the dominant force – in communications and communications’ infrastructure in the United States.

AWS calls itself “the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform… ” It hosts Twitter, Facebook and Linked in, as well as Neflix, ESPN, BBC, Dow Jones, Reddit, Hearst Corp., Turner Broadcasting, top U.S. agencies, (i.e. Department of State and the Food and Drug Administration) and many others.

After Twitter knocked the President off the internet, conservatives flocked by the tens of thousands to Parler, which offers similar services with an emphasis on free speech. Twitter’s stock plunged by seven percent and the Parler app skyrocketed to the top of app store charts.

AWS abruptly “suspended” its provision of cloud hosting services to Parler on Jan. 9, claiming Parler was used to coordinate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building. Parler states in an antitrust lawsuit filed against AWS on Wednesday that no one who has been publicly identified in the Jan. 6 incident even has a Parler account. And yet, Parler has gone completely dark.

It Seems Jeff Bezos Killed Parler

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NPR Uses Circular Reasoning To Justify Censorship

What is the public record?

National Public Radio (NPR) reporter David Folkenflik tweeted Thursday morning: “If you’re in the news business, it’s malpractice to carry Giuliani’s press conference live at length without any cut ins to note the myriad ways the public record contradicts him.”

Folkenflik, who is NPR’s media correspondent, was referring to a press conference to be held later Thursday by President Donald Trump’s legal team, where Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others set forth allegations of fraud in the election. Folkenflik, who claims to be an expert, argues that journalism ethics require the media to interrupt the press conference at will to correct Trump’s legal team.

Folkenflik’s reasoning is commonly known as circular reasoning.

He adopts the premise that the public record is correct and therefore Trump’s legal team is incorrect to the extent that its arguments conflict with the public record. It flows from this that Trump’s claim the election was stolen must be false because the public record shows that Republican Joe Biden won.

Affidavit = Evidence

At the press conference, Trump’s legal team outlined its strategy to challenge the public record.

Giuliani pointed to a centralized pattern of voter fraud that focused on big cities controlled by Democrats, and especially those with a long history of corruption.

“What do we have to do to get you to give the American people the truth,” asked Giuliani. “This is real. It is not made up.”

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NPR May Be Among ‘Biggest Losers’ in Election

Regardless of how the presidential election turns out, National Public Radio (NRP) is poised to be one of the biggest losers.

NPR, which calls itself an independent, non-partisan media organization, for years has been harshly criticized by Republicans for lack of impartiality. NPR poured fuel on the fire last month by declaring that it wasn’t covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal because it’s a waste of time.

Partisanship is risky business for an organization that is on the public dole.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes taxpayer dollars to NPR and other public media outlets, received $465 million in federal funds for the 2020 fiscal year, about one percent of its budget. Congress threw in another $50 million to upgrade CPB’s “interconnection system.” This despite President Donald J. Trump’s call to slash CPB’s funding to a paltry $30 million.

NPR may have destroyed whatever goodwill remained among key Republicans who kept the spigot flowing.

Waste of Time

The New York Post ran a series of articles alleging that, at the least, the family of Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden engaged in influence peddling while Joe Biden was vice-president and, at worst, he was directly involved. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliff said there is no evidence the story is Russian propaganda. A former business partner of Hunter Biden’s, Tony Bobolinski, said he had face-to-face meetings with Joe Biden about a proposed China deal.

A listener asked why NPR has “apparently not reported on the Joe Biden, Hunter Biden story in the last week or so that Joe did know about Hunter’s business connections in Europe that Joe had previously denied having knowledge?”

On Oct. 21, Kelly McBride, who became NPR’s public editor in April, answered the question on NPR’s website: “[T]he biggest reason you haven’t heard much on NPR about the Post story is that the assertions don’t amount to much.” She quoted Terence Samuels, NPR’s Managing Editor for News, as stating NPR wasn’t covering the story because “we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

Backlash

McBride’s pronouncement led to immediate backlash on social media, where #DefundNPR and #BoycottNPR are now trending.

Republican legislators were incensed.

The House Judiciary GOP tweeted: “Defund NPR.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., sent a letter to NPR president and CEO John Lansing, condemning NPR’s refusal to cover the story. “[O]ur nation deserves outlets that report the news – not outlets who believe they are the arbiter of truth,” said Duncan, who also accused NPR of working to defeat Trump since 2016. 

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called NPR’s blackout on the story “appalling” and said his staff is preparing proposed legislation to defund NPR.

In a tweet, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-PA castigated NPR for “ALARMING BIAS — Taxpayer-funded NPR poured into Steele Dossier and Russia hoax, now refuse to cover real corruption scandal… .”

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-NC, tweeted: “NPR had no problem covering the Russia hoax, but THIS is where they draw the line? #DefundNPR.”

Too Important To Ignore

Several newspaper outlets wrote stories condemning NPR’s refusal to cover the story.

Richard Grenell, a senior fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Policy and Strategy, wrote in The Hill the Hunter Biden story is too important for the media to dismiss. “[W]hat should worry Americans most is the extraordinary financial leverage that Hunter Biden’s investment activities, if they are as reported, could potentially give the Chinese government over the family of the man who now wants to be our next president — and why the media isn’t rushing to prove or to disprove it,” he wrote.

The National Review, a conservative publication, wrote: “Taxpayers have every right to expect organizations such as NPR to hold the powerful accountable without partisan favor – and that goes for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden.”

The Washington Examiner, a political news site, tweeted: “Is NPR helping Biden win?”

It is not surprising that NPR prefers Biden to Trump, a declared foe of NPR’s public funding. But it is baffling the degree to which NPR was willing to showcase the partisan views of its staff. Republicans voted to allocate funds to NPR for years, despite believing it to be biased. Has NPR finally gone one step too far?