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CNN Suddenly Thinks It’s Important to Accept Election Results

On CNN’s New Day, the leftist network completely dismissed Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud and election interference in the 2020 presidential election. Rather than report on the ongoing investigation, we are apparently supposed to trust CNN’s judgement and credibility on this one.

Appearing on the program in the 7:00 a.m. ET hour, Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter wildly announced: “People’s Facebook feeds, tens of millions of Americans on Facebook and Twitter, are seeing this nonsense. All across television and social media…There is no one at Fox News that is saying this is crazy. This is irresponsible. This is dangerous.”

Given the extremely negative coverage given to Trump during the 2016 campaign and all the credence it gave to the Russian collusion hoax, CNN’s credibility on this matter is very suspect. A 2019 MRC study showcased that 19.5% of broadcast network coverage on the Trump presidency was about Russia collusion. In 2018, CNN specifically hyped wild accusations in the later debunked Steele dossier 77 times in five days.The partisan network does not seem to care about promoting false narratives when it is against Trump.

Co-host Alisyn Camerota didn’t let that hypocrisy stop her from declaring: “Conservative media is fueling President Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud.” A question CNN failed to answer in their coverage: Why were unfounded claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russia in 2016 so much more credible than the current claims?

Rather than learn from their mistakes and actually report the news, Stelter remarked: ““The story is all of these propaganda shows telling the audience there might have been mass voter fraud and that President-Elect Joe Biden is not the President. It is everywhere.” Isn’t that exactly what CNN did for the past five years?

To push the same narrative during the show’s 6:00 a.m. ET hour, CNN claimed that the actions of Attorney General Bill Barr opening the door to further investigations was disgraceful. Guest Elie Honig remarked: “I have to confess, I thought that Bill Barr already dragged DoJ to the bottom. Now we’ve found a new low.”

CNN host Laura Jarett remarked: “I think it’s a dangerous and transparent effort to give credence to some of the fanciful claims that we have heard from the President, his lawyers, and his allies.” So just further investigating these claims is now dangerous. The double standard is staggering.

Those who remember 2000, or who have researched it, will know that the media are treating the 2020 election in a  drastically different manner. Back then, it was the Republicans trying to steal the election and commit voter fraud. Granted, the two elections are not exactly the same, but the media coverage clearly changes based solely on which side of the argument their preferred Democratic Party candidate happens to be on at the time.

To be fair, it remains to be seen if there is any more validity to the claims of voter fraud and misconduct, than there was about the litany of other scandals and claims made about Trump. But for CNN to come out and say trust them on this one after their track record is ridiculous.

Rather than report on the facts, which is an open investigation, CNN is just shoveling out DNC talking points.

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New Day
11/10/20
6:15 AM ET

JOHN BERMAN: So, Alisyn, we’ve been together a while now. I have to say this morning – 

ALISYN CAMEROTA: You are breaking up with me? 

BERMAN: I’m not breaking up with you. I know we had differences. So this morning you came in and looked at the situation facing the country today. I could just tell; you think things this morning are different. Why? 

CAMEROTA: I have reported on Donald Trump for more than a decade. Well before he was President. And I know that concession and admitting defeat is not in his DNA. I knew that wouldn’t happen. Some people that he would somehow concede when he lost, that was not possible. But some people thought there were guardrails, enough guardrails built into our constitution or our government where people would, you know, have to say it is time. No. The guardrails have come down over the past four years. And so the Attorney General, now he’s put one of the cronies in for the Department of Defense. I just see it all playing out. And in some ways, I think and we’ll talk to our experts about this, that the Biden team has been a little slow on the uptake to see that this is what was always planned. I don’t know if it was planned, but always built in to their system that they weren’t going to go lightly. 

BERMAN: One thing you said this morning is this is not a drill. What’s going on now is not a drill. This is all very real. The Attorney General overnight changing the rules of the Justice Department allowing for investigations into these bogus allegations of voter fraud. The guy in charge of the election division resigned in protest overnight because he thought what the Attorney General is doing is so bad. … Laura, I want to start with you on the actions taken by the Attorney General, specifically what he did, why they’re so precedent shattering, and what it means that this guy Richard Pilger the Election Crimes Head resigned. 

LAURA JARRETT [CNN Host, “Early Start”]: I think it’s a dangerous and transparent effort to give credence to some of the fanciful claims that we have heard from the President, his lawyers, and his allies. It is one thing to go down to four seasons total landscaping and make a bunch of nonsense claims, but it’s another thing bring the full weight of the Justice Department and its prosecutors behind you. What he’s done overnight is overturned of decades and says you don’t disturb the voting count and look into voting irregularities until the results are certified. They should have no role before it’s certified. Well now Barr is saying you can go after it before it’s been certified. He said don’t go after things that aren’t grounded in fact. He is sending a signal to the prosecutors and certainly sending a signal to this President who has been banging a drum about all they election fraud with literally no evidence in court. Literally, no evidence so much so that almost every judge has said there is nothing to see here. 

CAMEROTA: Ever since Bill Barr gave that misleading statement about the Mueller report, the feeling among some in your field is he has been caught hook, line, sinker. So here we are yet again. He is trying to pacify, I guess, at best, the President and delaying the certification. And so what does this mean? What happens now? 

ELIE HONIG: Yeah Alisyn. I have to confess, I thought that Bill Barr already dragged DoJ to the bottom. Now we’ve found a new low. I just want to make sure people understand this, I worked at DoJ for eight years. This is not normal. This is dangerous. DoJ, as a DoJ alum, it’s painful to watch this. And I know that other DoJ alums feel the same thing. This policy has been in place for decades. And the purpose couldn’t be more simple. Keep prosecution out of politics. Keep politics out of prosecution. Prosecution is one of the most powerful authorities that our government has. You have the ability to take away someone’s liberty. Everyone at the Justice Department does or should recognize that has no place in politics. These resignations, by the way, the resignations are completely abnormal. In the eight years I worked there under both parties, two Republican AGs, one Democratic AG, this never came up. The concept of prosecutors resigning off a case, it wasn’t even a thing. And now with tonight with yesterday’s resignation, we’ve seen seven dedicated career nonpartisan prosecutors resign off of four different cases. Michael Flynn, Roger stone, the Durham investigation and now this. That is not normal. The reason they all resigned is because they’re protesting Bill Barr’s political weaponization of the Justice Department. 

BERMAN: Going read a line out of the memo, this is p108. Barr writes, while most allegations purported election misconduct of are such a scale they would not impact the outcome of an election and thus an investigation can be deferred. That is not always the case. Laura, the reason I read that is because this memo sort of littered with these hedges and outcomes much like Mitch McConnell’s statement is littered with hedges and outlaws. The court will decide this. We’ll move on. One thing that people seem to be betting on is that this will work itself out. They’re backing the President now because they want him to throw him a bone. They don’t want to upset the Georgia runoff elections. But it will work itself out. But how do we know that? When will it work itself out? When will it stop enough for the GSA, the General Services Administration head, Emily Murphy, to say okay, Joe Biden, can you have that money? It’s no longer clear to me that there is a singular event that turns this switch off. 

JARRETT: Well, the courts are the only really guardrail left to Allison’s point. The other guardrail is the norms. They have all come down. The court is the only one to stop this at some point. You know, the election results are going to be certified. That’s not in dispute. But they can put out these, you know, sort of frivolous claims to try to delay things as best as they can, but so far, the courts are not going for it. But to McConnell, to say let this play out in the courts as if that doesn’t have any consequence to the public confidence in this result, it fuels the same type of misinformation and disinformation that we’re seeing on Fox, that we’re seeing when people actually go talk to voters like Donie O’Sullivan who went on the ground and talked to voters. And they’re repeating the same misinformation and talking points that we’re hearing on a daily basis. So for him to say let it all play out, isn’t benign. To let it play out while the house is burning on fire is not okay. 

CAMEROTA: Whether you go to talk to the people who know the, you know, the Michigan Secretary of State, the Wisconsin state elections commission, the Nevada Attorney General, the people on the ground, they say we have no evidence of widespread – 

BERMAN: Look to any governor of Georgia yesterday on this show, a Republican who will have every reason to say I’ve seen it everywhere. He said, nope. Haven’t found a thing. 

CAMEROTA: So Elie, what can team Biden do now? 

HONIG: Yeah. So, look, first of all this is all about the narrative. There is no question about it. Right? Bill Barr is trying to prop up this phony narrative of false information for months now. He’s made all sorts of public proclamations that have gone nowhere. This is just the latest piece of that. If you don’t think it matters, look at yesterday’s court filing in Pennsylvania. They specifically referred to an announcement Bill Barr made about six weeks about this Pennsylvania case involving nine ballots that went missing. Turned out to be false number crime involved whatsoever. Guess what? It made its way into a court filing yesterday as proof. That is not proof. That is fabrication. Yesterday’s announcement it took Rudy Giuliani about an hour to start Trumpeting it as some kind of proof, it’s not fact! This is not proof! What can the Biden team do now? Look to some extent, they are reliant on the norms and reliant good people in the good government to do the right thing. I don’t think Bill Barr has shown any ability to do that. 

JARRETT: But it is not up to him right Elie? The prosecutors on the ground are going to be the ones that have to uphold the integrity of the Justice Department and say can you put out whatever memo you want but we’re the ones that bring the cases and we don’t see any there. 

HONIG: 100%. 

CAMEROTA: We know there are still good people in government. And good people in the courts and we are relying on them to do the right things. Laura, Elie, thank you both very much for all of your expertise with this. 

New Day
11/10/20
7:14 AM ET

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Conservative media is fueling President Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud. Here’s just a little sample. 

TUCKER CARLSON [Fox News Host]: We don’t know how many votes were stolen on Tuesday night. We don’t know anything about the software that many say was rigged. We don’t know. We have to find out. 

LAURA INGRAHM [Fox News Host]: There’s no question that mass mail in voting, it’s been an unmitigated disaster. We must never again allow Democrats foist this on our country given what we’re seeing days and days later. 

SEAN HANNITY [Fox News Host]: They want you to believe this week’s vote and vote counting process is totally normal and aboveboard. Do you really believe that? They want you to ignore the irregularities, lack of transparency, the serious instances where the law was broken? 

LOU DOBBS [Fox News Host]: Biden’s campaign says they’re defending the election. They deny what they’re really doing which is stealing it. 

CAMEROTA: CNN’s Chief media correspondent Brian Stelter joins us now. Brian, it’s just the alternate universe. 

BRIAN STELTER [CNN Host]: Yeah. 

CAMEROTA: Writ large there. 

STELTER: Two parallel Americas. It cannot be more stark. And if you’re not seeing what’s going on in right-wing media, you’re missing half the story. People’s Facebook feeds, tens of millions of Americans on Facebook and Twitter, are seeing this nonsense. All across television and social media. And there’s no one in charge. No one in charge except President Trump setting the tone and then others falling in line. There is no one at Fox News that is saying this is crazy. This is irresponsible. This is dangerous. The Murdoches are letting this run rampant all over Fox News. And there are moments where, you know, once every 24 hours there will be some pushback on the lies about voter fraud. But that is not the story. The story is all of these propaganda shows telling the audience there might have been mass voter fraud and that President-Elect Joe Biden is not the President. It is everywhere. This is being said everywhere. If you want to see the hypocrisy, look at this video that Daily Show produced over the weekend. This is a video from the daily Show talking about how Fox talked about the 2018 midterms and who are the sore losers then? 

[Shows Video Clip]

KAYLEIGH MCENANY [Then RNC Spokesperson]: Democrats are being sore losers. They refuse to acknowledge they lost the election. So what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrong doing, criminality, fraud. 

INGRAHM: Democrats more so than Republicans seem to have a problem conceding defeat. Either the election system broke down or some mystery votes are hide something where. 

NEWT GINGRICH [Former Speaker of the House]: You know, whole series of Democrats who just said wrongly, if our candidate doesn’t win, they stole the election. 

SEAN HANNITY: Ramping up election conspiracy theories, accusing Republicans of outright stealing the election. Kind of rich. 

[Video Clip Ends]

STELTER: I think it’s pretty clear the take away is there. But, this is deeper than hypocrisy. It is about a test for American democracy that was passed last week but is still under way. Because as I said, tens of millions of people are indulging this fantasy that the election is not over and Trump could actually prevail through the supreme court or through a bunch of legal challenges in states. Trump is in denial. The pro Trump media is in denial. Lots and lots of people are consuming this stuff as a result it’s the new birtherism. It’s this new lie that is an attempt to delegitimize a Democratic President. 

CAMEROTA: And Brian, the problem is that everybody now, I mean, we’re all so entrenched in our own media bubbles that all of those people, the tens of millions of people for whom that’s their only source of information, they! Believe! It! And that’s where we are today. That’s where we are. Brian, thank you very much for showing us that baled hypocrisy. 

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Dave Bautista & Josh Gad Ready For Decency & Healing (Read As Revenge)

The last four years have been a nightmare for the American left. Now with Joe Biden leading in the election, the Democrats and their supporters plan to implement peace. It’s a claim that’s absolute rubbish. 

Liberal ideology supporters Dave Bautista and Josh Gad, wrestler and actor respectively, each believe that tranquility will return to the country under a liberal government. Bautista tweeted on November 7, “Thank you to all my brothers and sisters who stood up and spoke out against lies, hate and division for 4 exhausting years to fight for decency. I’ll see you in Georgia.” 

Bautista really bombed this one. The “fight for decency” should be read as “the fight for liberal ideology and revenge.” There haven’t been many signs of decency from the winners. According to their website, the Trump Accountability Project is listing down people who have elected, worked, or funded Donald Trump and vowing to “never forget those who furthered the Trump agenda.” Keeping track of political enemies? The ominous Project’s description sounded like it came from an NKVD briefing room in the USSR, but that didn’t stop Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from supporting such totalitarian behavior. She always was a socialist. 

Bautista himself has sounded far from decent in the past few months, such as when he called Trump supporters “small crowds of idiots,” and “cult like.” Who was sowing “lies, hate and division” then?

Even though they have prepared despotic tactics in order to persecute right-wingers, many left-wingers still see themselves as the victims. Actor Josh Gad reflected this puzzling view when he tweeted on November 8, “This is what I wish people understood. How much pain and devastation was caused over the last 4 years. Without reflection it is going to be very hard to heal.” His words were part of a post he retweeted from someone whining over the lack of understanding for the leftist agenda.

Specifically, the retweeted post whined about how many “Americans don’t seem to have racism, transphobia, misogyny, sexual assault, corruption, treason, bullying, or habitual lying on their list of Presidential dealbreakers.” And they try to portray their candidate as squeaky clean? Joe Biden has been involved in or accused of some of these behaviors as well. And if it wasn’t clear enough already, the left has also been engaging in bullying and habitual lying.

More importantly, do people like Gad want to heal? He himself didn’t sound curative when he said the country is “dangerously racist, pathetic and more willing to vote for hatred than their own lives.” Biden supporters have called for Trump voters to be banned from finding work. The news outlets, the voice of the left, have recommended for Biden “to treat Republicans as ‘the enemies of democracy.’” And this is coming from people who want to pack the Supreme Court and eliminate the electoral college. This sounds more like vengeance than healing.

Bautista and Gad make speeches about decency and healing, but their own actions belie their words and reveal that the real source of lies, hate, division, pain and devastation in this country comes from people like them. 

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Analysis of Election Night Data from All States Shows MILLIONS OF VOTES Either Switched from President Trump to Biden or Were Lost — Using Dominion and Other Systems

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Analysis of Election Night Data from All States Shows MILLIONS OF VOTES Either Switched from President Trump to Biden or Were Lost — Using Dominion and Other Systems

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BREAKING: Project Veritas Releases Shocking Recordings of Federal Agents Trying to Intimidate USPS Whistleblower Into Recanting Election Fraud Claim

Project Veritas has released a video with USPS whistleblower Richard Hopkins asserting that he did not recant his allegations of election fraud, a lie that was published by the Washington Post.

Additionally, the organization posted recordings of federal agents attempting to coerce and intimidate Hopkins into recanting.

TRENDING: BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Analysis of Election Night Data from All States Shows MILLIONS OF VOTES Either Switched from President Trump to Biden or Were Lost

Hopkins made major waves when he went on record about Postmaster Rob Weisenbach’s orders to backdate ballots to November 3rd in Erie, Pennsylvania, so that late ballots would be accepted.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day to be considered valid and counted, per US law.

In the newly released recording, Agent Russell Strasser says that “I am trying to twist you a little bit.”

“We have senators involved. We have the Department of Justice involved. We have-” Strasser says.

“Hopkins interjects that Trump’s lawyers have also been in contact with him.

“I am not — I am actually. I am trying to twist you a little bit because in that, believe it or not, your mind will kick in,” Strasser says. “We like to control our mind. And when we do that, we can convince ourselves of a memory. But when you’re under a little bit of stress, which is what I’m doing to you purposely, your mind can be a little bit clearer. And we’re going to do a different exercise too, to make your mind a little bit clearer. So, this is all on purpose,” Strasser said.

In the newly released video, Hopkins asserts, in no uncertain terms, that he did not recant. Claims that he did are fake news.

Project Veritas has said that they also have recordings of federal agents attempting to intimidate and coerce him into recanting — but that he held firm. They have said that they will be releasing those recordings shortly.

“The recordings are explosive evidence of retaliation, ‘scaring’ him,” O’Keefe wrote of the intimidation. “Whistleblower has received a letter putting him on suspension without pay.”

The whistleblower says that he even tried to contact reporters from the Washington Post to let them know their story was false, but that he was ignored.

“They refuse to even talk to him or include his comment,” Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe tweeted.

In a back-and-forth exchange on Twitter with James LaPorta, an Associated Press reporter, O’Keefe said, “so you know Richard, a marine combat veteran, was crying in an interview this afternoon by what these fed agents did to him and said this was harder than what he endured in Afghanistan.”

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“Wait Until You See What’s Coming!” – President Trump Fires Warning Shot on Fraudulent Computer Voting Systems

President Trump on Tuesday night fired a warning shot on the fraudulent computer voting systems that coincidentally keep flipping Trump votes to Joe Biden.

“Wait until you see what’s coming!” Trump said.

TRENDING: BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Analysis of Election Night Data from All States Shows MILLIONS OF VOTES Either Switched from President Trump to Biden or Were Lost

The Gateway Pundit has covered numerous events in this election which are being referred to as system ‘glitches’ in the media.

Monday night we provided another ‘glitch,’ this time in Wisconsin, which if reversed would eliminate Biden’s reported vote lead in the state.

This all started after a brave county clerk in Antrim, Michigan came forward and said a software glitch caused 6,000 votes to be stolen from President Trump and given to Joe Biden.

A so-called computer ‘glitch’ fix in one of Michigan’s Antrim County has led to 6,000 votes switching from Joe Biden to President Trump. The Head of the Republican Party has asked for an additional 47 counties be recounted after the fix since these 47 counties also use the same Dominion software.

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Eric Trump Becomes Twitter Laughingstock After Urging People To Vote… 1 Week Late

Eric Trump found himself the butt of countless jokes on Twitter on Tuesday morning after he issued a rallying cry for people in Minnesota to vote, one week after the 2020 election.

“Minnesota get out and vote!!!” tweeted President Donald Trump’s second-eldest son:



On Election Day itself, Eric Trump had posted a slew of similar calls:

That prompted speculation on social media that Tuesday’s tweet was down to a scheduling error. Eric Trump deleted the post within minutes of it going live. But it still went viral via screenshots.

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Pentagon’s Top Policy Official Resigns Day After Defense Secretary Fired

The Pentagon’s top policy official resigned Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump announced Defense Secretary Mark Esper had been fired.

James Anderson, acting undersecretary of defense for policy, submitted his letter of resignation to Trump on Tuesday, effective immediately.

In his letter, a copy of which was obtained by Politico, Anderson wrote, “Now, as ever, our long-term success depends on adhering to the U.S. Constitution all public servants swear to support and defend.”

Anderson was sworn in as the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy in August 2018, but has been serving as the acting undersecretary since June. The White House was expected to ask Anderson to resign this week, Politico reported.

Anderson has reportedly clashed with the White House on personnel decisions. He pushed back on efforts to install several Trump loyalists at the Defense Department, including a former State Department official with a history of making anti-Muslim and racist comments.

Retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata has reportedly been tapped to replace Anderson. Tata has drawn scrutiny for past comments, including calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”

The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

James Anderson served as acting undersecretary of defense for policy since June.



James Anderson served as acting undersecretary of defense for policy since June.

Anderson’s departure comes on the heels of Esper’s termination.

Esper was one of several officials expected to be ousted after the election. He defied Trump several times since assuming the top role at the Pentagon in June 2019, drawing the ire of the president.

In June of this year, Esper accompanied the president for an infamous walk to a church near the White House to take photos amid anti-racism protests. After the photos were taken, Esper said he didn’t realize why the president was going to the church and that he tries to stay out of “situations that may appear political.”

He also defied Trump’s threat to use active-duty troops to quell the nationwide protests and effectively barred Confederate flags on military bases against the president’s wishes.

Two other Defense Department officials ― Jen Stewart, who was chief of staff to Esper and continues in that role with new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and Joseph Kernan, undersecretary of defense for intelligence ― are also expected to depart, according to Politico.

Stewart will reportedly be replaced with Kash Patel, a former staffer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who worked to discredit then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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Michael Cohen Says Either Trump Or His Kids Will Go To Jail Once They Leave The White House

Michael Cohen said on Tuesday that he believes either Donald Trump or one of his children will be headed to prison in the future.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Cohen said there is “a plethora of litigation” that Trump will face once he’s out of office next January. The end result, he believes, is that Trump will go to jail, or he’ll throw one of his kids under the bus.

“I believe Trump does go to jail,” Cohen said. “And if it’s not Trump, he’ll push one of the kids – probably Don Jr. before Ivanka.”

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Cohen said:

I believe Trump does go to jail. And if it’s not Trump, he’ll push one of the kids – probably Don Jr. before Ivanka. Definitely Eric before Ivanka, but Ivanka will go to prison before Donald because that’s just who he is. There is enough actions. Look, I’m suing Donald Trump right now and the Trump Organization. There’s a plethora of litigation that’s going to come. So all of the people who probably aren’t watching this show – the Republicans and the followers of Donald Trump – go ahead, give him your money so that he now has a slush fund to use your money in order to pay for his dirty deeds. I mean, I just don’t understand what people are thinking.

Trump knows his life will fall apart once he leaves office

The reason Donald Trump and his children – particularly Donald Trump Jr. – are fighting so hard to overturn the results of an election they clearly lost is that they know their lives will fall apart once they leave the White House.

At this hour, Trump continues to be under investigation in the state of New York. These probes will pose a clear and present danger to him and his family once he’s removed from the Oval Office on Jan. 20.

When it comes to potential state charges, not even a pardon would save Trump.

As The Washington Post pointed out this week, “[N]one of these actions would protect Trump from being prosecuted for state crimes — a very real possibility, given that the New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney are actively investigating Trump’s finances and those of the Trump Organization.”

Efforts by Donald Trump to overturn the results of the election are about more than soothing his battered ego. This scheme is also about helping him hold onto an office that shields him from jail time.

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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel crown may be tarnished but she’s still Myanmar’s heroine

She can do little wrong in the eyes of millions of her people — despite her defence of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya.

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Aung San Suu Kyi

It is now clear that tarnished Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won last Sunday’s Myanmar general election in another landslide, allowing it to govern in its own right for another five years.

But while widely billed as the second free election in the impoverished nation it was far from that. About 1.5 million people from ethnic minorities — from a population of more than 37 million eligible voters — were disenfranchised.

Most of these were Muslim Rohingya, more than 750,000 of whom have been driven out of the country into refugee camps in Bangladesh. But about 500,000 remain.

Read on to learn why the people of Myanmar have stuck by Aung San Suu Kyi.

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We know what to do about News Corp. A royal commission isn’t necessary

Although it would be an awesome spectacle, it wouldn’t solve the underlying problem: the overall collapse of the media industry.

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When he was communications minister in the Howard years, Richard Alston accused Labor of having a “mogul-centric media policy”. Rarely has a blacker pot criticised a kettle: media policy in Australia under Labor and Coalition governments has been mogul-centric for the best part of 100 years.

In recent decades, free-to-air television owners have dictated policy because of their control over what images voters see during election campaigns.

More latterly still as the media industry has collapsed, News Corp — which could make no headway against the free-to-air oligopolists in the 1990s and 2000s — has been able to dictate the government’s policy towards Facebook and Google and the cowing and destruction of the ABC.

Keep reading about what needs to be done about News Corp’s dominance.

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