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Our Side Needs to Stop Falling for Fake News

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The left is great at putting the right on the defensive, lumping us all in with a handful of extremists and making us defend them. As I’ve written previously, the left has figured out how to label conservative principles as conspiracy theories, racism or other distasteful characterizations, making us run from our own views.

Part of the reason they get away with the conspiracy theory label is because we get caught spreading stories that may cross that line, and so the left then lumps in perfectly legitimate suspicions with them. This took place far too often regarding the presidential election.

Studies have shown that the right is more susceptible than the left at falling for fake news. This is because the left is up to so much corruption that gets swept under the rug by the left-leaning legal system and MSM that many of the stories seem plausible. The relatively new conservative satire site Babylon Bee is now almost as popular as The Onion, which has been around for years and likely has a far bigger budget, because there is so much craziness believable about the left.

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The problem is there is so much information out there now, how do you determine whether something is accurate or not? Legitimate major conservative websites don’t have the time to vet everything. There is no major conservative fact checking site (I have been attempting to start one in order to combat this). So unless you have time to watch an endless stream of 45-minute long videos, what can be done? I am buried with requests from conservatives to watch videos made by people I have never heard of, and cannot keep up with it all. It got worse during the 2020 presidential election, when everyone and their brother made a video about election fraud. COVID-19 compounded things, with all the videos about masks and vaccines.

The fake news videos that tend to get the most steam are ones done by apparent “experts.” You want to believe retired military intelligence and nurses, why would they lie? Well it’s much more complex than that. Here’s what’s going on. A lot of people take a piece of information and run with it before thoroughly vetting it. Because we’re too overloaded with information, we lack time and become sloppy. We hear something that sounds good, from someone good, and we are wired to want to believe it. We may not spend the full hour watching the entire video before sharing it. Or something halfway through it jumps out as a red flag, but we ignore it because the rest of the video seems so good.

Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock who got involved with President Trump’s legal team challenging the election, revealed in an exposé after the fact on January 27 that Michael Flynn drafted a plan for Trump to bring in the National Guard and U.S. Marshals. None of this ever materialized, of course. But it got leaked at the time to activists who ran with it. They probably only heard hyped-up versions of the plan which had become distorted being passed person to person, which made it seem likely to happen (if anyone has ever really studied Trump however, they would know such drastic action is not his style). What retired military intelligence officer doesn’t believe Flynn? Flynn comes across as a very honest man. While he probably proposed the plan, it was never under serious consideration.

Another recent example is Mike Lindell’s “Absolute Proof” documentary about election fraud. While much of it seemed plausible, there was one lengthy segment discussing foreign hacking of voting machines that was noticeably lacking in evidence. The movie displayed logs of the alleged hacking, and cited just one person, Mary Fanning, who has little information available about her on the internet. There is no explanation as to how Fanning obtained the logs nor any of the technical details about how it worked. For something that serious, that incredulous, you can’t just expect people to believe some little known woman claiming it’s true. If she didn’t reveal more details because she was afraid for her safety, then why did she reveal her name and as much as she has?

Maybe clear, irrefutable evidence will come out that there was foreign hacking, so the investigations need to continue. But one person saying so with some logs that could have been made up isn’t enough to get anywhere, so it allows the left to pile on and claim the right is making up conspiracy theories.

One more way these types of unproven stories pop up is in a vague, general style. The activist will use a lot of attention getting words, like patriots, terrorism, God bless, prayer, collusion, Russians, hacking, mysterious deaths, the elites, etc. There isn’t any real coherent message, and the dots never connect. It’s just a jumbled mess of hysteria (I know someone semi-famous who does this constantly). While it might sound good at a campaign rally, it serves little purpose other than to waste time and divert people from figuring out what’s really going on.

I believe the vast majority of these people are patriots who think they are doing the right thing. But the left will use their sloppiness to discredit the rest of us. Those of us who are really laboring to get to the bottom of issues like election fraud get lumped in with their efforts, and we end up wasting a lot of time defending them instead of doing the tedious work required to hold up to the Democrats’ intense scrutiny.

They also waste our time watching and then researching all of their ideas. I don’t have time to vet every video out there. The videos usually end up the same; usually a grain of truth stretched to an unrealistic conclusion, with lots of vague, attention-getting words. Stop blindly promoting them; if you don’t have time to vet them, don’t share them.

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Why are Red State Governors Using Democrat Public Relations Agencies?

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Conservatives are always railing against using products and services from left-wing activists, so why are some who clearly have the option of choosing otherwise not doing so? One of the most glaring areas where this is taking place is in red state governments. They hire left-wing PR and advertising agencies, giving them millions of taxpayer dollars which enables the agencies to continue attacking conservatives, helping leftist causes and possibly even sabotaging the conservative governors they are supposed to represent. 

 

A classic example of one of these agencies is New York-based MMGY NJF, one of the largest PR companies for tourism offices in the country. It was founded by Democrat Nancy Friedman. Her Twitter feed is full of progressive posts, including retweeting Rachel Maddow and David Hogg. She gave money to Kamala Harris and the DNC in 2020. 

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MMGY NJF Vice President Danny Guerrero’s Twitter account is also full of hate. He retweeted Joy Behar urging Beto O’Rourke to run against Ted Cruz, and another person gloating that the Military Band played “Hit the Road Jack” outside the White House on President Trump’s last day. He also retweeted Robert Reich wanting to impeach Trump 10 days before the inauguration. MMGY gave Guerrero a big award this month. 

 

So who uses MMGY besides typical woke areas of the country like West Hollywood? Texas and South Dakota, both states with conservative Republican governors. South Dakota and Travel Texas are proudly listed as two of their clients. Their contract with South Dakota is valued at over $20.7 million. Visit Rapid City also uses the agency. 

 

MMGY recently bragged that Travel Texas and Visit Florida, Florida’s tourism office, are funding their woke study examining the “intersectionality” of “LatinX” tourism. It’s entitled “Latinx U.S. Travelers: Observations and Insights on Themes of Diaspora and Intersectionality.” Intersectionality is a Marxist term that means looking at political issues in terms of identity, viewing everyone as a white male, a queer transgender, etc., and how privilege and discrimination apply. LatinX is a term made up by woke white leftists to refer to Hispanics, which MMGY defines as a “gender-neutral” term. One Hispanic was so offended he wrote an article for USA Today denouncing the made-up word. 

 

Profits from the study’s sale will be donated to Travel Unity. Travel Unity puts on events featuring woke speakers such as Brandan Robertson, a “trusted voice on progressive faith and politics.” Speaker Adrienne Lee worked for a global social justice organization and has a love for “intersectional environmentalism.” Sara Emmert managed communications and public relations for the New York State Legislature Democratic caucus members and for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. And speaker Alanah Keddell-Tuckey is a public outreach specialist for New York’s DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice. The list is devoid of conservative speakers but full of SJWs.

 

After the announcement, Visit Florida was scrubbed off of MMGY’s website as a sponsor. Maybe they wised up? Before MMGY, Texas used Edelman, the firm of Steve Schmidt of Lincoln Project infamy.

 

Democrats are great about hiring each other and canceling Republicans out of jobs. So why are these conservative governors allowing MMGY to stay on as a client? There are plenty of conservative PR agencies who would love the work, and may desperately need it due to the cancel culture.

 

MMGY is all about dividing people by race and other categories. It is not inclusive, it is perpetuating divisive stereotypes. Why are tax dollars in red states going to such an openly progressive agency? 

 

Some levels of government are doing the right thing and pushing back. North Carolina’s Surry County Commissioners recently announced that the county is banning Coke machines after Coke issued a statement denouncing Georgia’s new voting integrity laws. 

 

There is probably something going on behind closed doors that the American public doesn’t know about. There are a few people in those three states with power who stand to gain from contracts with MMGY. They’ve become buddies with the top brass at MMGY, and likely reap benefits, tangible or intangible, from the partnership. These types of sleazy people frequently use blackmail to force politicians to do what they want. 

 

When conservatives rail against RINOs, this is the epitome of the type of behavior they are ranting about. Many RINOs at the top echelons in government care more about their personal pockets than principles. Sadly, the American public rarely discovers these backdoor secrets, because those kinds of people are masters at covering their tracks. It’s allowed to remain a frustrating mystery.

 

It sounds like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have finally put the lid on MMGY. Now it’s time for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to do the same. If they don’t, MMGY will be like a ball and chain following them around if they run for higher office. It may seem like a very small move to dump the agency. But every little bit counts pushing back against the woke progressives’ indoctrination, and since they control so many areas of society, fighting piecemeal may be our only option. 

 

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Why are Schools Failing Our Children?

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There is a feeling in this country that we are more divided, more violent, less informed and willing to just go along to get along. Why is that? Why are people willing to take to the streets and burn and loot? How can even a small vocal minority support communist regimes that have murdered hundreds of thousands thru out history? Why do those popular “man on the street” interviews show so many citizen’s ignorant of even basic civic knowledge? Possibly a closer look needs to be taken at how the youngest of Americans are taught and where their views are shaped.

In America we have compulsory but not mandatory Kindergarten thru 12th grade. Like almost all government type programs the users pay nothing but the taxpayers pay dearly. The costs for education has outpaced inflation for quite a few years.  Despite what some say more money does not equal better students. Using almost any matrix American students are falling behind their counterparts in the rest of the western world. In some blue state’s average property taxes can equal almost half of the federal income tax paid.

There was a time when schools concentrated upon the three “R’s”, Reading, writing and arithmetic. The goal of school was to prepare students for the real world. Today we have books banned in school so it doesn’t offend or inform students about the real world. In quite a few school cursive writing is no longer taught since it is difficult and beside we have Bill Gates and Microsoft helping us to write and spell. Math or arithmetic has been branded “racist” because laws of math are absolute and to teach students that they might be wrong just might damage their self-esteem. Advanced placement classes are being defunded across the nation to make room for more special education placements. Because some doing better than others could hurt some students and parents feelings.

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If the basic three “R’s” are no longer being taught what is happening in our schools? Reading classics like “Huckleberry Finn” has now been replaced by “Heather has two mommies”. Writing assignments might consist of a short essay on your heroes. But make sure it’s a woke hero and not anyone like Jesus or Trump. Arithmetic in use for at least since the pyramids were built is now being performed by the “Common Core” method instead of the traditional time honored way.  Which is probably why cashiers these day can’t figure out change without the machine. Don’t forget the latest fad “Critical Race Theory”, where if you are not the correct shade of brown you don’t even deserve your change back.

Education and schooling has always been about building a base for a better future and short on actual practical knowledge. There is some truth to the saying those that can do and those that can’t teach. So what are our most vulnerable being taught in public schools these days? To be an activist, a social justice warrior, to despise the very foundations that allow them the freedom they enjoy today? It has either accelerated lately or maybe just become more open as a result of remote learning. Many parents forced to stay home during the Conovirus scare were able to witness what is usually hidden behind school walls.

So this is the education children are getting for all of those tax dollars. Learning to hate the very people footing the bill for this “education”. Not only thru property taxes but that same money pays teachers salaries. In spite of many districts being Union Free it doesn’t mean what you think. A percent of every teachers pay is sent off to the teachers union who then uses their power to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear by the politicians that make up the rules. Don’t think the unions don’t care at all about students, why just this year the head of the American Federation of Teachers warned teachers not to post photos of their exotic vacations while insisting neighborhood schools remained closed.

What can be done to alter the course of our failing schools? Budgets can be voted down but those are just increases and most time re-votes are scheduled until they get what they want.  School boards whose job it is to speak for the citizen’s mostly don’t know what is going on in the very schools they represent. They spend their time defending the status quo. Just like our local and national politics we must be informed and active. Ignoring the problems won’t make it go away.

The only hope for future citizens is that there are good teachers out there, their voices are suppressed like in most industries. The students themselves might rebel against authority realize they have be lied to and manipulated thru out their school days and reject the indoctrination they received during their primary education.

The only hope for parents present and future is one of three: 1) Private school if it is economically feasible, after first a thorough due diligence, 2) Home school if someone at home can afford the time, 3) If public school is the only option the time must be found to stay involved and informed to counter act any socialist training.

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