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#1 LFC

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 09:54 AM

RCP has always had an obvious rightward bent but this is just sleazy and, obviously, it's disturbing that they felt it was OK to peddle these lies (as long as they didn't get caught).

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The company behind the non-partisan news site RealClearPolitics has been secretly running a Facebook page filled with far-right memes and Islamophobic smears, The Daily Beast has learned.

Called “Conservative Country,” the Facebook page was founded in 2014 and now boasts nearly 800,000 followers for its mix of Donald Trump hagiography and ultra-conservative memes. One recent post showed a man training two assault rifles at a closed door with the caption “Just sitting here waiting on Beto.” Others wink at right-wing conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s “ties to Islam” or the Clintons having their enemies killed, or portray Muslim members of Congress as terrorist infiltrators. The page is effusive with praise for Vladimir Putin, and one post portrays Russia as the last bastion of freedom in Europe.

It’s a far cry from the usual fare on RealClearPolitics. Founded in 2000, the site was an early online aggregator of political news, curating links to widely read politics stories and opinion articles in other major outlets. The site has become synonymous with its polling aggregator, which is regularly cited by news organizations on both sides of the aisle as an objective metric of major political races. In recent years, the site has expanded to cover health care, finance, foreign policy, and more.

There’s no hint of Conservative Country’s provenance on its Facebook “about” page, which reads in total, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (It’s an apocryphal quote attributed to George Washington.) But in 2017 Conservative Country was linked as the official Facebook page for a now defunct political news site using the same name and logo, ConservativeCountry.net.

That website featured professional writers instead of memes, but it too omitted any mention of who owned or operated the site. The Daily Beast connected ConservativeCountry.net to RealClear through archives on the Wayback Machine, which show that the website had RealClear’s Google Analytics tracker code and that some of the site’s images were served from the WordPress account of RealClear’s chief technology officer. Interviews with former editorial staff of ConservativeCountry.net confirmed that it was a stealth RealClear property.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:09 PM

I'll link here to a comment I made regarding that fake George Washington quote a little over five years ago.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 06:02 PM

I guess we can ask the Somalis how they like not being slaves to government.
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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:12 AM

 AnBr, on 08 October 2019 - 06:02 PM, said:

I guess we can ask the Somalians how they like not being slaves to government.
Those entrepreneurial Somalians should be selling copies of Atlas Shrugged on every street corner.
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:27 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 09 October 2019 - 11:12 AM, said:

Those entrepreneurial Somalians should be selling copies of Atlas Shrugged on every street corner.
Actually, I don't know why Paul Ryan hasn't used his retirement to start a travel agency that focuses on Somalia as THE destination for small government Republicans to go on vacation. And why are there no plans for the Mogadishu Trump Tower to start breaking ground? What's holding up Don Jr. and Eric from getting some land cheap and building a capitalist paradise on the shores of the Indian ocean? Who needs to worry about hiding law breaking when there is no law to begin with?
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:43 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 11 October 2019 - 12:27 PM, said:

Actually, I don't know why Paul Ryan hasn't used his retirement to start a travel agency that focuses on Somalia as THE destination for small government Republicans to go on vacation. And why are there no plans for the Mogadishu Trump Tower to start breaking ground? What's holding up Don Jr. and Eric from getting some land cheap and building a capitalist paradise on the shores of the Indian ocean? Who needs to worry about hiding law breaking when there is no law to begin with?

But those are s*#thole countries. No one who is important ever goes there.

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 03:06 PM

RCP publishes a defense of proven serial liar and right-wing conspiracy theorist John Solomon. Notice the attack on the media without a word about Trump.

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At the time of the American founding, the press had been both a target of monarchical tyranny and a catalyst for revolutionary sentiment. James Madison rightly hailed it as “one of the great bulwarks of liberty.” The framers of the First Amendment, not content to protect free speech, jealously guarded the freedom of the press from the new Congress.

But today the free press is under threat not primarily from government overreach but from a dangerous lack of integrity in the media itself. Nothing illustrates this new threat to the freedom of the press like the media’s concerted effort to destroy investigative journalist John Solomon.


Next we have the fluffing and spin about Solomon being legitimately called out.

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Now a Fox News contributor, Solomon has built a long resume and an illustrious career over three decades in investigative journalism. He’s worked everywhere from left-leaning new media like The Daily Beast to established outlets like the Associated Press and The Washington Post. And his investigative reporting has won numerous awards, such as the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for his work on a CBS News “60 Minutes” project, “Evidence of Injustice.”

But Solomon has suddenly became the target of an unprecedented, coordinated hit job by his fellow journalists. Talking Points Memo accused Solomon of “pedd[ling]” “false claims.” MSNBC called his reporting “fan fiction.” Former Clinton adviser and Washington Post reporter Sidney Blumenthal tarred Solomon as the “chief propagator” of “a disinformation campaign.” The Washington Post said he “advanc[ed] a flawed, Trump-friendly tale of corruption in Ukraine.” Vox proclaimed that “Solomon’s ‘journalism,’ particularly on the subject of Ukraine, has been proven to be false, repeatedly.”

No publication has devoted more oxygen to trying to discredit John Solomon than his former employer, The Daily Beast, which has smeared him in at least seven articles to date, labeling the veteran reporter a “self-proclaimed journalist” whose “questionable-at-best” reporting “provided a willing platform to lies and half-truths.” The coordinated attack on Solomon was so effective that The Hill’s editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, announced his publication would be “reviewing, updating, annotating” and -- in an Orwellian turn of phrase – “correcting any opinion pieces” written by Solomon.

Has any of Solomon’s work been “proven to be false,” such that his “opinion pieces,” require “correcting”? Not at all. Solomon has meticulously documented his sources, and his reporting has been vindicated repeatedly.


And then there's the lie. He claims otherwise with very cherry picked bits and pieces but there are multiple sources that confirmed the lie.

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Consider some of these purportedly “flawed” pieces. Solomon reported on former Vice President Joe Biden’s on-camera claim that in 2016 he threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine unless then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was fired. In a column on April 1, 2019, Solomon wrote:

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"Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member."

All of this was true, and Solomon even-handedly noted that the former prosecutor was “facing steep criticism” for “not bringing enough corruption prosecutions.” But The Daily Beast claimed Solomon’s report was false because “[t]he investigation into Burisma, the energy company, had long been dormant.”

But the Daily Beast, not John Solomon, was guilty of false reporting. Rather than being “dormant,” Shokin’s investigation into Burisma was active at the time Biden claimed to have had Shokin fired.


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Posted 15 December 2019 - 01:22 AM

View PostLFC, on 12 December 2019 - 03:06 PM, said:

RCP publishes a defense of proven serial liar and right-wing conspiracy theorist John Solomon. Notice the attack on the media without a word about Trump.

Next we have the fluffing and spin about Solomon being legitimately called out.

And then there's the lie. He claims otherwise with very cherry picked bits and pieces but there are multiple sources that confirmed the lie.

Republicans continue their crusade on truth and reality because neither work in their favor.

I'm 100% in favor of the free press, provided it publishes stuff I agree with!

Never was a fan of RCP. First, their site seemed to be chock full of malware. And they have this inexplicable fondness for Thomas Sowell and Victor Davis Hanson, both of whom IMO are pseudointellectual nincompoops. And then there is the comments section...
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