CNN Stelter: Donald Trump ‘threat’ is an ’emergency’

From The American Mirror:

CNN’s Brian Stelter is dropping any semblance of impartial journalism to promote his personal politics.

It’s not exactly a breaking news shocker, but he made it official at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, when he alleged the president is “poisoning the American people.”

“Why is this a moment we should be so concerned about?” NPR’s David Folkenflik asked Stelter during a panel discussion.

“Because the most powerful people in the world are trying to destroy our news organizations,” said Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources.

“The president is trying to destroy our news organizations. That has never happened in our nation’s history, as far as I’m aware.”

Folkenflik countered with examples of public officials attacking the media throughout the country’s history, but Stelter insisted the current situation is different.

“President Trump is poising the American people. A subset of the American people have been infected by the poison. It’s getting worse every day, and we’re going to reckon with the consequences for decades,” he said.

The panel discussion involved Stelter, Folkenflik, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, NPR’s Joshua Johnson, USA Today reporter Susan Page and Andrea Mitchell of NBC News in what NewsBuster editor Curtis Houck described as a “liberal media lovefest.”

“The Aspen Ideas Festival has a reputation of being an elitist conclave of liberal academics, journalists, and pundits (with rare exceptions) to pat themselves on the back and how they could work together to advance their left-of-center worldviews,” Houck wrote. “The 65-minute-long panel was a sanctimonious love letter to the liberal media with only occasional reflection about how to improve themselves and win back supporters.”

Stelter said it tough being a journalist with a president who’s unafraid to push back when provoked, and admitted sometimes he actually considers the media’s role in the mess.

“Some days I’m very optimistic. I wake up glass half full a lot of days – I think Trump is pretty weak right now and we’re going to get through this, it’s an aberration. Other days I wake up and think, how are we going to win people back?” Stelter said.

“Every single day he’s beating the you-know-what out of the press, not just CNN but many, many outlets, tarring the nation’s news media, along with other institutions,” he continued. “I find myself wondering in 20 years when we look back, will we think ‘this is an emergency, why didn’t we step up and say ‘this is an emergency!’

“Now many of us do call it a crisis, right? There’s a crisis of credibility with the White House. There’s also a crisis of credibility with the press. We’re clearly flawed and I don’t think we should pretend like we’re not flawed, we all make mistakes,” he said.

“But rather than hang on the mistakes, and focus on the mistakes – which are few and far between – you know, there is this incredible amount of journalism being produced every day that’s being dismissed by a segment of the population.”

Stelter alleges the “crisis” is “fueled by the boss,” ignoring the media fueled hysteria about his presidency, and seemed oblivious to what the American public truly wants – an unbiased media.

“There’s always been an ability to dismiss unpleasant or unwanted news, but it’s been supercharged and lit on fire and fueled now by the boss, by the president,” he said, “and that’s clearly what’s different and clearly what’s a threat and I think we have to ask ourselves: ‘If this is an emergency, what should you, I, what should we be doing differently?’”

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How ‘Far-Left Propaganda Machine’ SPLC Got ADF Expelled by Amazon

From CNS News:

Alliance Defending Freedom has won seven cases at the U.S. Supreme Court in as many years, including one that upheld an Arizona school choice program and another that prevented the state of Missouri from discriminating against a Christian preschool.

The legal powerhouse, which fights for religious freedom, is awaiting decisions in two more landmark free speech cases it argued this term before the high court. It is counted as one of the most successful legal advocacy organizations in the country.

But even that stellar record was not enough to prevent Alliance Defending Freedom from being banned from participating in AmazonSmile, which allows Amazon.com customers to contribute “0.5% of eligible purchases” to “almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.”

ADF had been one of those charities since the 2013 launch of AmazonSmile until recently, when those who had assigned the legal organization as their charity were notified that it was no longer eligible.

The reason? Southern Poverty Law Center.

Those who had selected ADF as their charity received the following explanation of why they’d no longer be able to give to the religious freedom group through the program:

“The AmazonSmile Participation Agreement states that certain categories of organizations are not eligible to participate in AmazonSmile. We rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which charities are in certain ineligible categories. You have been excluded from the AmazonSmile program because the Southern Poverty Law Center lists Alliance Defending Freedom in an ineligible category.”

For those unfamiliar with SPLC, they are the hysteria-stokers responsible for producing a slanderous list of “hate groups” that lumps together actual violent extremists with respectable organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council and with international human rights activists such as Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

So, the “ineligible category” to which Amazon’s statement refers is really nothing more than a hit list of groups and people SPLC disagrees with. Amazon’s decision to rely on the false accusations of such a bad actor is inexplicable.

In response to the ban, Alliance Defending Freedom’s CEO, Michael Farris, sent a letter urging entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Bezos’ Amazon to reconsider its alliance with the widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Although the SPLC did good work many years ago, it has devolved into a far-left propaganda machine that slanders organizations with which it disagrees and destroys the possibility of civil discourse in the process. The group has been discredited by investigative journalists and charity watchdogs as a ‘direct mail scam’ that has seen its leaders amass enormous fortunes. It is no surprise that the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have severed ties with the SPLC.”

Lest one think that Southern Poverty Law Center is a misunderstood group of would-be do-gooders just trying to provide a public service, but not quite hitting the mark, consider the words of a senior executive, Mark Potok, who said: “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on … I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” (Emphasis mine.)

By its own admission, SPLC is in the game not to inform, but to obliterate. Nice set of friends you have there, Mr. Bezos.

“Southern Poverty Law Center spends its time and money attacking veterans, nuns, Muslims who oppose terrorism, Catholics, evangelicals, and anyone else who dares disagree with its far-left ideology,” ADF Senior Vice President Kristen K. Waggoner said. “Meanwhile, ADF works every day to preserve and affirm free speech and the free exercise of religion for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds because we believe freedom is for everyone.”

I can affirm the truth in the above statement, as I spent 13 years working alongside Kristen and many other honorable people at Alliance Defending Freedom. From firsthand experience, I know ADF is committed to building freedom’s future, while Southern Poverty Law Center is hell-bent on vaporizing any opposing views.

With SPLC having been repeatedly exposed as a huckster racket for decades by voices from across the ideological spectrum, it is mind-boggling that one of the largest companies in the world would align itself with its destructive bigotry.