‘Racist’ Is the Mainstream Media’s Latest Sad Attempt to Smear Ron DeSantis

'Racist' Is the Mainstream Media's Latest Sad Attempt to Smear Ron DeSantis
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You’re probably reading the headline of this column and thinking, “Duh! When has the mainstream media ever treated a conservative fairly?” But hear me out. The press’ treatment of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is particularly egregious.

Last week brought some particularly bad and unfair press for DeSantis. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published an article that painted the picture of an atmosphere of abject racism in the Sunshine State under DeSantis.

National Review’s Becket Adams pointed out that the AP “suggested Florida’s Republican governor bears responsibility for a racially motivated shooting in Jacksonville, in which a white shooter killed three black people.”

“Ron DeSantis scoffed when the NAACP issued a travel advisory this spring warning Black people to use ‘extreme care’ if traveling to Florida,” AP reporter Steven Peoples announced on social media as he promoted a report he co-authored with AP colleague Brendan Farrington.

Peoples added, “Just three months later, DeSantis is leading his state through the aftermath of a racist attack that left three African Americans dead. Black leaders in Florida — and across the nation — say they’re outraged by his actions and rhetoric ahead of the shooting.”

Who could blame DeSantis for scoffing? The NAACP is doing what leftist groups do: engage in political theater to make conservatives look bad. The travel advisory is a typically melodramatic — and stupid — leftist move that most everybody can see straight through.

But the AP made it worse in a subtle, sneaky way. Not to get too in the weeds here, but the AP manipulated the URL of the article — its unique address. The words in a URL are meant to bring the article up higher in a search when someone searches for those particular words.*

Last week, the URL of this article included the words “Jacksonville DeSantis Racist Republican Shooting Haley Scott.”

I tested it, and sure enough when I googled “Republican Racist,” that article was the fourth one that popped up, but when I googled “DeSantis Racist,” it was the first site that came up.

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Somewhere down the line, the AP simplified the URL, but it still contained the words “Jacksonville Racist Shooting DeSantis.”

It was bad enough for the AP to insinuate that DeSantis is racist for denying “systemic racism,” but the outlet featured a quote from NAACP president Derrick Johnson, who told the outlet, “What Gov. DeSantis has done is created an atmosphere for such tragedies to take place. This is exactly why we issued the travel advisory.”

The black history section of Florida’s new social studies curriculum received the brand of “racist” for suggesting that slaves learned skills that benefitted them after achieving freedom, even though its language is remarkably similar to the College Board’s own advanced placement course description. But it’s DeSantis who’s the racist — just like he took the heat for what the left falsely called Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. The mainstream media has also suggested that DeSantis put disgraced state attorney Monique Worrell on suspension simply because she’s black.

Is Ron DeSantis a racist? Of course not. Is the state of Florida racist? Absolutely not. Are outlets like the Associated Press doing everything they can to try to falsely paint DeSantis and his state as racist to the core? You’d better believe it. And they should be ashamed of themselves for it.

Minnesota Prison On Lockdown After Nearly 100 Inmates Refused To Return To Cells

Minnesota Prison On Lockdown After Nearly 100 Inmates Refused To Return To Cells

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OAN’s Brooke Mallory
12:58 PM – Sunday, September 3, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/minnesota-prison-on-lockdown-after-nearly-100-inmates-refused-to-return-to-cells/;

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After around 100 convicts in one housing unit refused to return to their cells, a Minnesota prison has been placed on emergency lockdown, and members of a crisis negotiation team have been activated, according to the state Department of Corrections on Sunday.

The situation is “currently stable,” and the reason convicts “are refusing to return to their cells remains unclear.” The Special Operations Response Team was also sent in “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson for the facility.

However, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) spokesman Michelle Gross claimed in an interview that the incident was brought on by the fact that jailers had been without access to fresh water, ice, and even showers for many days due to understaffing.

“They’re saying it’s hotter than hell in there, and the water in the cells is brown,” Gross said. “The inmates have been melting ice for drinking water, but with short staffing, there’s not enough to go around.”

Sunday’s “incident is endemic and highlights the truth behind the operations of the [Minnesota] Department of Corrections with chronic understaffing,” said the head of the union representing staffers and corrections officers at Stillwater.

Correctional facilities, according to the union, “cannot have transformational offender programming without sufficient facility security.”

“Without more staffing in our correctional facilities with talented people, we will continue down this unacceptable road of staff assaults, offenders controlling sections of our prisons, and more,” said Bart Andersen, interim executive director of AFSCME Council 5.

Two officers at the Stillwater Correctional Facility who spoke to the press assured that they were safe in a secure control room and in contact with facility personnel. No recorded injuries have been reported.

Additionally, aerial footage from a FOX helicopter revealed a sizable emergency response, including police, ambulances, and firefighters, waiting outside the facility.

Seven residential units are located inside the building, while a minimum-security unit is located outside the main perimeter.

Department data reported that there are over 1,200 convicts altogether at the institution, which is southeast of Stillwater.

According to its website, the Stillwater Correctional Facility was founded in 1914 and is the largest male close-security facility in the state of Minnesota.

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Hakeem Jeffries ‘Vigorously’ Endorses Ilhan Omar, Despite Her Funding From Terror-Linked States

Hakeem Jeffries ‘Vigorously’ Endorses Ilhan Omar, Despite Her Funding From Terror-Linked States
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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-Race Hustle) is proud of his colleague Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishu), and he wants the world to know it. On Wednesday, Jeffries declared that “as House Democratic Leader, I vigorously endorse her re-election and stand with her as we battle Extreme MAGA Republicans for the future of our nation.” Jeffries didn’t say anything about revelations that Omar has recently gone on junkets funded by two countries that have repeatedly been the target of allegations that they support jihad terror: Pakistan and Qatar. What did you expect, accountability? Come on, man! These are Democrats we’re talking about.

Jeffries gave Omar his “vigorous” endorsement despite recent revelations about her April 2022 trip to Pakistan. According to Jewish Insider, the winsome congresswoman “made a controversial visit to a disputed part of Kashmir that drew criticism from India.” Pakistan has claimed sovereignty over Kashmir for decades, and Omar’s endorsement was a feather in the Islamic Republic’s cap. It was also funded by the same Islamic Republic: “The six-day trip, which took place in April 2022, was funded by Pakistan’s government, according to her financial disclosure.”

That’s right: the ”it’s all about the Benjamins” girl is accepting money from a foreign government. And not just any foreign government, either. Investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield has noted that “the Pakistani government had harbored Osama bin Laden in one of its military towns.” Osama is gone, but Omar didn’t omit visits with some of his ideological kin: “During her visit, Omar met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who had initiated negotiations with Al Qaeda and offered to  ‘reestablish normal relations as long as they do not conduct operations in Punjab.’ Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States had claimed that Osama bin Laden had backed Sharif’s brother. Rep. Omar also met with former Prime Minister Imran Khan, nicknamed ‘Taliban Khan,’ who had referred to Bin Laden as a ‘martyr.’”

Nor is that all. When Omar went to Qatar for the World Cup last November, “the trip was funded by the Qatari government, according to an annual House financial disclosure filed in May.” In keeping with Omar’s longstanding and well-established hatred of Israel, Qatar was found to be behind statements from American universities that were hostile to Israel. Qatar also funds Hamas, al Qaeda, and Hizballah.

Even worse, according to the National Interest, Qatar is one of the “staunchest supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the United States are dedicated, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.”

Perhaps in light of Qatar’s decidedly spotty record, Omar had been decidedly cagey about who exactly funded her Qatar junket: “her office did not answer questions from The New York Times in December about the funding source after she had returned.” But there is no getting around it now: “The new statement, which has not previously been reported, shows Qatar paid for the four-day visit to Doha that overlapped with the U.S. men’s team’s opening match against Wales. Both ‘food’ and ‘lodging’ were covered by the Gulf nation, the disclosure indicates.”

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What’s more, “the Qatari Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed it had paid for Omar’s visit to the Gulf kingdom last year.” A Qatari spokesperson admitted that Omar “accepted an invitation from the Embassy of Qatar to attend events in Doha in November 2022.”

This was all legal, which may explain Jeffries’ insouciance. Omar’s trip was “part of a program authorized under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act,” which “allows House members to take trips funded by foreign governments provided that the travel is later disclosed in their annual financial statements.” That’s swell, but Jewish Insider also points out that in contrast to her vociferous criticism of Israel, Omar “has been comparatively muted when it comes to raising concerns about Qatar itself,” despite (or because of?) its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Omar has been vociferous in denouncing Israel’s alleged influence over American politicians. So now that it has come to light that she herself has been receiving a considerable number of Benjamins from two jihad terror-linked states, the truth of the matter is clear: Omar never really had a principled stance against foreign influence at all. Some Benjamins from foreign entities are just fine.