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Skeptics Parse NBC News Statement After Employee Accused Of Tailing Rittenhouse Jurors Bus - Skeptics are accusing NBC News of attempting to mislead in a Thursday statement after police alleged an MSNBC freelancer was following the bus of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial jury.
Wisconsin circuit court Judge Bruce Schroeder banned MSNBC from his courthouse on Thursday after police caught and cited a man for a traffic violation claiming to be with the network tailing the jury’s sealed bus. The man said he was under orders from a higher-up at the network in New York, according to authorities.
NBC News, a sister network to MSNBC, admitted that the man involved in the incident was a freelancer for MSNBC. NBC News denied that the man was tailing the bus, contrary to what he told police, according to authorities. NBC News also claimed that the freelancer never intended to contact jurors “during deliberations.”
“Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them,” NBC News said in a statement. “We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.”
The “during deliberations” phrase of the statement received attention and criticism online as reporters and others suggested that NBC was trying to mislead and cover for sending a freelancer after the Rittenhouse trial jurors.
“*During deliberations*,” said Erielle Davidson, a senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America. “Full intent on seeing the jurors and contacting them after deliberations. Given the media’s generally grotesque coverage of this trial, at what point does such behavior amount to intimidation?”
Radio host Vince Coglianese remarked, “NBC promises the guy they had following the jury never intended to do anything related to journalism.”
“He said he was told to follow them. This statement doesn’t address that,” Tablet Magazine CTO Noam Blum said, referring to the freelancer’s statement to police.
NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from The Daily Wire.
Schroeder announced that he had banned MSNBC from the courthouse on Thursday after receiving a report from police.
“The matter is under further investigation at this point, and the media has asked questions about it. That’s the latest I have,” Schroeder said. “He was ticketed for violating a traffic control signal. He is not here today, from what I’m told, and I have instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial.”
The judge added that the matter would be referred to the “proper authorities” for further investigation.
“This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following a jury bus, that’s an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action,” he said.
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The Marxist Shit Show
Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said that President Joe Biden’s vaccine coercion mandates will effectively “destroy our economy” and put thousands of Americans out of work.
“We’re about to destroy our economy if Biden follows through with these vaccine mandates,” Massie said on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” on Thursday.
Massie said one of the industries most affected by this mandate is the trucking industry, which is already suffering a supply-chain crisis created by government-mandated lockdowns and exacerbated by the Biden administration’s economic policies.
“I just came from a roundtable in my transportation and infrastructure committee. … We had experts from the industry that deals with the supply chain, trucking experts, the people who unload the shipping containers,” Massie said. “And one of the things they keyed in on, is the contractor mandate kicks in on December 8th … and then there’s this OSHA mandate, that’s going to come out. What I learned is that 37 percent of truckers say they will retire, quit or find another job if they are required to get the vaccine as a result of the federal contractor mandate or the OSHA mandate.”
Massie said that even if just a fraction of those follow through and are forced out of their jobs, “this would be a supply chain disaster of epic proportions and we will suffer from inflation shortages.”
“We’ll go back to where we were 18 months ago, where they were euthanizing animals because they couldn’t get them processed, you know, livestock for food. It will be a dystopian future if Biden follows through, and people will suffer all across the country if he follows through with these mandates, just on truckers, that’s not even talking about all the other people that are being mandated or about to be mandated,” Massie said.
Massie also noted that getting the COVID shot doesn’t prevent virus transmission so even mandating it won’t eliminate the risk of workers contracting it.
“This vaccine, nobody is any longer claiming, not even the CDC, and especially not the CDC, that this stops people from giving COVID to other people. In fact, there is a study that shows that the vaccinated are giving it to the vaccinated inside of healthcare settings,” he said. “There is no logical imperative for the government to force that on somebody, unless they are your legal guardian. The only person who could make the decision to take a drug or a treatment is the person themselves or their legal guardian. But the situation we’re in, is the government is pretending that they are our legal guardian now, or that they own us like livestock, and that we’re receiving the treatment, not to protect other people, but to protect ourselves. But they’re the ones prescribing it.”
Massie said the government now holds the power and “they own us at that point.”
“This is why they changed the definition of vaccination in September. They are slowly boiling the frog by changing definitions in order to meet their mandates because their mandate isn’t ethical, moral, constitutional, or even scientific in the context of your performance of this vaccine. So they have to change the definition, the words, and that’s what they’ve been doing. And they may soon change the definition of fully vaccinated to exclude people who had two jabs,” he said.
During a House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittee hearing this week, Massie questioned whether the Biden administration has directed agencies to grant religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“Have you received any guidance from the Biden administration on how to process these requests, given that the law requires that religious accommodations be made to the vaccine mandate?” Massie asked officials at the General Services Administration.
Biden’s Inflation Problem?
The annual inflation rate in the US edged up to a 13-year high of 5.4% in September of 2021 from 5.3% in August and above market expectations of 5.3%. Main upward pressure came from cost of shelter (3.2% vs 2.8% in August); food (4.6% vs 3.7%, the highest since December of 2011), namely food at home (4.5% vs 3%); new vehicles (8.7% vs 7.6%); and energy (24.8% vs 25%). On the other hand, prices eased for used cars and trucks (24.4% percent vs 31.9%); transportation services (4.4% vs 4.6%); apparel (3.4% vs 4.2%); and medical care services (0.9% vs 1%). On a monthly basis, consumer prices advanced 0.4%, above forecasts of 0.3%, with the indexes for food and shelter contributing more than half of the monthly increase. The core index which excludes food and energy went up 0.2% month over month and 4% year over year, the same as in August and in line with forecasts.
|Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics|
The Department Of Injustice
State School Board Groups Blast National Association For Exploiting Political Disputes To Attack Parents
OCTOBER 13, 2021 By Jordan Davidson
State school boards associations are condemning the National School Boards Association (NSBA) for mischaracterizing protests in their districts and using them to justify the involvement of federal law enforcement and domestic terrorism laws against concerned parents.
Just last month, the NSBA sent a letter to President Joe Biden begging him and his administration to prosecute and punish parents who were fed up with the radical indoctrination of their children in schools. Shortly after, the U.S. Justice Department’s Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and state attorneys to address “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools.”
As of Wednesday, at least 14 state school board associations reported to Parents Defending Education that they were not consulted before the letter was sent to the Biden administration. Particular organizations such as the Georgia School Boards Association said the NSBA even cited incidents in their state as justification for federal overreach without asking them for input first.
“The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) was not consulted about this letter, did not provide information to NSBA, and was not informed that the letter was being sent, even though a Georgia school district was used as an example in the letter,” GSBA noted in its statement to Parents Defending Education. “GSBA supports the constitutional authority of local boards to manage and control the public schools of this state. Elected officials and appointed leadership who are closest to the community are best suited to make those decisions, especially the hard ones. … While we look for support to our state and federal governments, we do not seek the involvement of federal law enforcement or other officials in local decisions.”
While a handful of the state associations simply said they were unaware of NSBA’s letter until it was published, most state groups condemned the national association’s request to use domestic terrorism laws to target parents and said the protests they’ve experienced have not warranted law enforcement involvement beyond the local and state level.
“The DSBA disagrees, in the strongest possible terms, with parents and citizens protesting school board meetings being characterized as ‘domestic terrorists’ and their protests being likened to ‘hate crimes,’” the Delaware School Boards Association said in a statement. “The DSBA firmly asserts that citizen and public engagement in school board meetings is an integral and vital aspect of school board governance. We also made it clear that any attempt to silence citizens’ voices is a clear violation of their rights to free speech. The DSBA is an apolitical advocacy organization, and we do not engage in partisan politics.”
A few of the associations even said they support parents’ rights to protest and publicly express frustration with how their children are being taught.
“To this end, we provide extensive resources and training to our members, so school boards not only exceed the legal requirements of the Open Meetings Act, but also authentically nurture school communities where parent and community voices are welcomed,” the Texas School Boards Association wrote. “It’s natural that community members across a state as large and diverse as Texas are going to have different opinions on important K-12 issues. We think this diversity of opinion — and the ability to express it openly — makes us strong.”
Is the CIA Controlling Events in Afghanistan?
*CIA Director Burns met with Taliban leader in Kabul: US official*
It is the highest-level meeting between the Biden administration and Taliban since the fall of the Afghan capital
By Jennifer Griffin , Ronn Blitzer | Fox News
CIA Director William Burns secretly met with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
First reported by the Washington Post, the rendezvous was the highest-level in-person meeting between the Biden administration and the Taliban since the group took control of Afghanistan's capital earlier this month.
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The meeting took place as the U.S. continued to evacuate Americans still remaining in Afghanistan and Afghan allies who had assisted U.S. forces before their government fell to the Taliban.
France, the UK and Germany have all mentioned extending the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline in order to carry out an orderly exit, the BBC reported.
"We are concerned about the deadline set by the United States on August 31," Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, told the network. "Additional time is needed to complete ongoing operations."
"The British position is we want to stay longer if it is possible to do so," U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said, according to The Associated Press.
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Wallace, however, told Sky News that he is pessimistic about the U.S. extending their timeline.
"I think it is unlikely," he told Sky News. "Not only because of what the Taliban has said but if you look at the public statements of President Biden I think it is unlikely."
The Pentagon said in a Monday briefing that it will consider leaving American troops in Afghanistan past Aug. 31, in consultation with Biden and allies, but dismissed the idea of the U.S. military taking back Bagram Airfield to speed up evacuations.
Meanwhile, Taliban officials told Reuters that they are unwilling to extend the deadline and the "occupation" by U.S. forces. The group warned about "consequences" if the deadline is extended.
The U.S. ramped up its evacuation efforts in recent days, getting roughly 21,600 people out of Afghanistan in a 24-hour period that ended early Tuesday morning. A senior U.S. official is describing it as "an historic operation in scope and scale."
According to Gen. Stephen Lyons, who is in charge of U.S. Transportation Command, a C-17 is taking off from Kabul every 48 minutes.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the progress has been aided by cooperation from the Taliban.
"Thus far, and going forward, it does require constant coordination and deconfliction with the Taliban," Kirby said. "What we’ve seen is, this deconfliction has worked well in terms of allowing access and flow as well as reducing the overall size of the crowds just outside the airport."
Fox News' Edmund DeMarche and Cameron Cawthorne, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel . She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenGriffinFNC.
Dr. Fauci AKA Dr. Death
Dr. Anthony Fauci is admitting that the coronavirus could have come from a “lab leak” — as emails released through the FOIA show he was told of “unusual features of the virus” at the beginning of the pandemic — but is blaming criticism of his shifting positions on “people out there” who “resent” him.
“There is no doubt that there are people out there who, for one reason or another, resent me for what I did in the last administration, which was not anything that was anti-Trump at all,” Fauci, a top adviser on the coronavirus to President Biden, said on MSNBC’s “Deadline” Wednesday evening.
Fauci admitted that he “can’t guarantee everything that is going on in the Wuhan lab” in the wake of criticism after a trove of his emails were published Tuesday.
“It was just trying to get the right information, to try and get the right data. What they didn’t seem to understand, I guess that it is understandable that they didn’t understand it, is that science is a dynamic process,” continued Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
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