Washington Post Caught Peddling ‘Fake News’

There is one thing that seems to be clear when it comes to fake news though. The individuals who are adamantly denouncing fake news are the same people who are aggressively spreading it.

Recently there was a Washington Post article plugging a new anonymous group and its supposed black list of pro-Russia news outlets. This post was a glaring example of a disgusting article that was mindlessly spread by countless journalist. But these journalists love to decry fake news, despite the Post article itself being centrally based on such “news”.

Now the public is privy to one of the most key examples of such fake news. In October, Wikileaks released John Podesta’s email archive. The Clinton campaign decided the best thing to do was to outright lie in an attempt to cover up the scandal. The campaign’s officials and media spokespeople adopted this strategy and claimed the emails were doctored or fabricated with no footing whatsoever and that any information uncovered should just be ignored.

This staggering example from the Clinton campaign was aggressively enlarged through MSNBC personalities such as Joy Ann Reid and Malcolm Nance. The Atlantic’s David Frum and Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald were also among those that amplified these lies. The claim that these emails were all lies doctored by the enemy were a classic fake news example that spread like wildfire and were clicked on and shared by thousands those who did not take the time to research the truth.

Republicans Join The Russian Election-Influence Conspiracy Theory

A bipartisan group of Senators are calling for a look into whether or not Russia played any role in influencing the presidential election. There were claims made that the country illegally tried to sway the results in favor of Donald Trump. The group includes the like of Republican Senator John McCain who insists that “recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American.”

McCain is not the only one. McCain’s fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Jack Reed who is the highest sitting Democrat on the Armed Services Committee have also joined the fray. The group wrote the following joint statement: “While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyber-attacks that have cut to the heart of our free society.”

The group is grasping at extremes to make their voice heard and sound reasonable by trying to claim it will bring the parties to a common ground for future threats. “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks.”

The cyber-attacks in discussion are the hacks carried out on the DNC databases which then led to a Wikileaks incident where emails were published from high level Democratic Party officials. However, Julian Assange has since stated the information provided did not come from Russia.

Trump’s own team responded with mockery to the claim of Russian interference stating that “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” They added “the election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on.”

VA Hospital Leaves Dead Body In Shower

A Veterans Affairs Hospital left the body of a dead veteran in the shower for nine hours. It is reported that an internal investigation concluded that the staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System failed to provide proper postmortem care to the unnamed veteran. The report also stated that leaving the body for the prolonged period of time increased the chance of decomposition.

The veteran died in February after spending time in hospice care and the hospital’s administration has ordered retraining of the staff. Jason Dangel is the spokesperson for the hospital and has said that officials view what has happened unacceptable but have implemented changes to ensure that it does not happen again.

“We feel that we have taken strong, appropriate and expeditious steps to strengthen and improve our existing systems and processes within the unit,” Dangel stated. “It is our expectation that each veteran is transported to their final resting place in the timely, respectful and honorable manner. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.”

It was discovered that once the veteran dies, hospice care staff members requested the staffer known as the transporter to get the body moved to the morgue. The transporter then told the hospice staff to follow the proper procedures and notify dispatchers. It was reported that the request was never made resulting with no one showing up to take the veteran’s body away.

The body was moved to a hallway in the hospice rather than being transported. It went from the hallway to the shower room where it was left unattended for more than nine hours. Some of the hospice staff members “demonstrated a lack of concern, attention and respect” for the veteran according to the investigative report.

The report also found that the staff failed to check the 24-hour nursing report. That report would have indicated whether or not the death was reported properly. Staff failed to update a nursing chart that hindered efforts to determine who was in charge.

The ACLU Is Now Attacking The Christmas Tree

The American Civil Liberties Union is aiming its next scandal at a small town’s Christmas tree. The Indianapolis based ACLU is suing Knightstown because the tree in question includes a lighted cross at the top of the tree. The town only recently faced opposition due to the cross.

“A couple of weeks ago they had a crowd here,” said one resident. “Everybody was here. Everybody was fine with it. But now you’ve got one person, you know, out of everybody.” This resident has stated he disagrees with the lawsuit brought on by the ACLU even though he is a relative of the plaintiff.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said that in the lawsuit a Joseph Tompkins has taken issue with the cross. Mr. Tompkins believes it is a violation of the separation of church and state. The lawsuit was filed Thursday and reports that Tompkins has been “forced to come into unwelcome contact” with the display on the Christmas tree which he has claimed has caused him “irreparable harm.”

However, this is not the only objection Tompkins has with the cross. The lawsuit also states that he objects to his tax dollars being used to fund the display he is supposedly offended by. That was met with a slight from one businessman. Lau Ghioc stated in response to Tompkins that he thinks “we can find people in this town that can replace the 0.0004 cents to give him and not have to worry about it.”

Tompkins has asked that the town remove the cross and has had the audacity to ask for financial retribution for the damages caused.

This is not the first lawsuit this year over a cross being displayed in public and is not likely to be the last. In May an atheist lost a lawsuit against a church and can never file suit again. In Los Angeles, the federal court ruled to ban a cross from the Los Angeles seal.

NBPC Cautiously Praises Kelly For Secretary Of Homeland Security

There was cautious celebration from The National Border Patrol Council – or NBPC – as president-elect Trump announced his selection for the incoming secretary of Department of Homeland Security. The NBPC warned in a statement that out of all the cabinet appointees, Kelly will likely be under the most pressure to perform.

“We have faith in President-elect Trump, and although General Kelly does not have immigration experience, we recognize that he comes in with stellar credentials. We caution, however, that because President-elect Trump’s meteoric rise was built on border security, we believe no other cabinet-level nominee will be under more pressure to produce.”

NBPC spoke highly of the former General stating “General Kelly’s troops, by all accounts, loved him, which bodes well for the morale issue within DHS, and he appears to be a no-nonsense rule of law General.” The Council compared Kelly to the nation’s first DHS Secretary, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge adding, “Secretary Ridge also had stellar credentials but due to the large part to the newness of the department, and its size and breadth of work, he wasn’t successful.”

Unlike the former Secretary, the NBPC believes Kelly has a one-up with history adding that “if he comes in with a fresh approach – the non-establishment ‘outside of the box thinking’ approach – and if he surrounds himself with the right people, we believe President-elect Trump’s administration will allow him to be successful.”

The National Border Patrol Council represents roughly 17,000 border agents and this year gave its first ever endorsement to then GOP Primary Donald Trump. The endorsement came on the heels of his pledge to model border security plans on the advice of agents on the ground rather than remote political appointees.

In March, NBPC stated “Mr. Trump will take on special interest and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before – and may never see again.”