Donald Trump Shreds ‘Fake News Media’ in Series of Videos: ‘Not Reporting with Credibility Has Its Consequences’

Former President Donald Trump shredded the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC as “fake news media” in a series of videos shared to his Truth Social account and his campaign’s war room Twitter account on Wednesday.

“The fake news media like CNN, MSDNC – which is sometimes referred to as MSNBC –the Washington Compost – which is sometimes referred to as the Washington Post – and the failing New York Times are doing really, really badly and closing up shop all over the place,” said Trump in one of his videos.

He added:

CNN is shuttering its longtime headquarters building and the money-losing Washington Post is being peddled all over to see whether or not somebody wants to buy it. In the meantime they’re firing massive numbers of people. Not reporting with credibility has its consequences. The future of the fake news looks bleak and that’s a positive thing, but beware the Marxists and communists, which are well represented in our government. Many of them got there by fake news, so we have to stop it.

On December 1, CNN laid off hundreds of employees, and earlier this month, it was reported that the network was closing down its long-time headquarters, CNN Center, in Atlanta, and heading to another property in the city owned by its parent company, Warner Brothers Discovery. CNBC noted that the layoffs ahead of Christmas were “part of a broader effort at Warner Bros. Discovery… to cut costs heading into 2023.” Similarly, the Atlanta Journal-Consitution noted that Warner Brothers Discovery, in 2021, sold the headquarters “for nearly $164 million as a cost-saving move.”

“It’s very simple; no ratings equal no money,” said Trump in another video. “They got no money because they have no ratings. That’s what fake news gets you. People are wise to it.”

Last week, the Washington Post announced it was making cuts of its own. The newspaper “laid off 20 of its newsroom staffers and discontinued its gaming section and KidsPost, their news and features section aimed at children,” as Breitbart News reported.  The layoffs and content cuts come as reports have surfaced indicating the Post‘s billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos, is allegedly looking to sell the publication.

“If they’d cover the news fairly, accurately, with a passion for our country, this wouldn’t be happening to the Washington Post,” Trump stated in another video released Tuesday. “People don’t want fake news.”

In a separate clip, the 45th president blasted the establishment and mainstream media in general for the narrative that he is “not campaigning very hard.”

“I say they are stupid and corrupt because the election’s a long ways away, almost two years,” said Trump.

“But do not fear, many giant rallies and other events are coming up very soon,” added Trump. “It will all be wild and exciting, and we’re going to bring our country back.”

He assured supporters that they will  “be the biggest part of ” saving “our country from doom.”


Nolte: CNN Ratings Hit Nine-Year Low

Nolte: CNN Ratings Hit Nine-Year Low

CNN, a far-left propaganda outlet that spreads conspiracy theories and political violence, has seen its ratings collapse to a nine-year-low:

CNN just notched its lowest ratings in nine years across all its day parts for the week of Jan. 16 through Jan. 22, 2023, according to Nielsen averaging just 444,000 viewers in primetime, 93,000 in the all-important age 25-54 news demographic and 417,000 in viewers and 80,000 in the demo for total day. It’s the first time since May 2014 that the network failed to reach 450,000 viewers.

By comparison, during the same period Fox News drew 1.4 million viewers and 176,000 in the demo while MSNBC notched 629,000 total viewers and 69,000 in the demo. In primetime, Fox News had 2 million viewers, 256,000 in the demo and MSNBC had 943,000 viewers and 91,000 in the demo.

Especially humiliating for CNN’s new chief, Chris Licht, is that his one big move, CNN This Morning, is suffering catastrophic ratings. The new morning show, which is anchored by left-wing terrorist enabler and credibly accused sexual assaulter Don Lemon, earned just 331,000 average viewers throughout the week.

How bad is that?

Well, the previous morning show, New Day, was already such a ratings disaster Licht chose that time slot to make his first big programming move. I guess Licht thought this would be an easy win for him. After all, how could the ratings get any worse than they already were at New Day?

Enter Don Lemon.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 31: CNN moderator Don Lemon speaks to the crowd attending the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 31: CNN moderator Don Lemon speaks to the crowd attending the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

For some insane reason, Licht plucked Lemon out of his failed primetime spot and dropped him into mornings. Nobody likes Don Lemon. Who wants to wake up to a smug, left-wing serial liar? And so the impossible has happened… The CNN This Morning ratings are already lower than New Day’s ratings.

Failure Theater.

It’s so much fun to watch.

Licht’s latest genius move is to have CNN air Bill Maher’s “Overtime” segment on Friday evenings. That’s HBO’s Real Time segment with Bill Maher that airs exclusively online after the show’s conclusion.

What does Licht think that’s going to accomplish? Last week, only 799,000 people watched Real Time. Sure, 799,000 is better than CNNLOL’s numbers, but Bill Maher is just another leftist talking head. Sometimes he strays from the leftist plantation, but he is a man of the left, so this is just more of CNN being CNN, and since America hates and is soundly rejecting CNN, this is another terrible (and desperate) idea.

Licht, naturally is ignoring all of this. Instead, he’s making zero changes that matter and still talking about gaining America’s trust…

“I think we have to restore trust. It’s that simple,” the recently told the far-left Los Angeles Times. “You can talk to a lot of different people as to why that has eroded, but as opposed to looking back I will say one of our missions is to restore our reputation as the most trusted name in news. We certainly have research that shows that [trust] has eroded.”

How does he expect to restore trust when all the same people responsible for this…

  • Russia Collusion Hoax
  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Hoax
  • Jussie Smollett Hoax
  • Covington KKKids Hoax
  • Very Fine People Hoax
  • Seven-Hour Gap Hoax
  • Global Warming Hoax
  • Russian Bounties Hoax
  • Trump Trashes Troops Hoax
  • Policemen Killed at Mostly Peaceful January 6 Protest Hoax
  • Rittenhouse Hoax
  • Eating While Black Hoax
  • Border Agents Whipping Illegals Hoax
  • NASCAR Noose Hoax
  • The Georgia Jim Crow 2.0 Hoax
  • Trump Assaulted Secret Service Agents and Grabbed Steering Wheel of Beast Hoax
  • Frame MAGA for Alleged Paul Pelosi Assault Narrative

…still work at CNN?

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South Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Project on Behalf of Washington

South Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Project on Behalf of Washington

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South Korea has no independent agency when it comes to this sensitive subject since it’s unrealistic to expect it to defy Washington’s will by going forward with a nuclear weapons program without its military patron’s permission.

CNN is perhaps the most pro-Democrat Mainstream Media (MSM) outlet in the world, which is why it’s curious that one of its recent articles implied that the Biden Administration has failed to secure South Korea’s trust in the US’ mutual defense commitments to that country. In their article asking “Why are South Koreans losing faith in America’s nuclear umbrella?”, Seoul-based international correspondent Paula Hancocks claimed that her host’s society doubts that Washington would really protect it.

The Republic Of Korea Mustn’t Obtain Nuclear Weapons No Matter What” because this could trigger an uncontrollable nuclear arms race, which the writer herself admittedly also acknowledges in her article, yet Hancocks’ piece nevertheless still serves to justify that country’s nuclear ambitions. In fact, it’s arguably a very clever psychological operation intended to make it seem like this scenario is beyond the US’ control and might very well be a fait accompli even though neither are truly the case.

South Korea has no independent agency when it comes to this sensitive subject since it’s unrealistic to expect it to defy Washington’s will by going forward with a nuclear weapons program without its military patron’s permission. Rather, what appears to be happening after President Yoon Suk-yeol’s shocking declaration of this intent earlier in the month (which he subsequently walked back though his words were unconvincing) is that the MSM is now preconditioning the public to expect this scenario.

To that end, CNN is taking the lead with its latest front page article explaining why Seoul might supposedly defy the US by independently developing up to 4,000 nuclear weapons in response to alleged public pressure generated by supposed doubts over Washington’s mutual defense commitments. This angle is meant to artificially manufacture the false narrative that South Korea’s nuclear weapons program would be aligned with so-called “democratic values”.

There are several reasons not to take CNN’s piece at face value.

First, as was earlier mentioned, it’s perhaps the most pro-Democrat MSM outlet in the world so it comes off as insincere that Hancocks claims that Biden failed to secure South Korea’s trust in his declining unipolar hegemon’s mutual defense commitments.

Second, although she attempts to strike a balance between pros and cons in her article, she’s clearly implying in her piece that Seoul’s nuclear ambitions are justified.

Third, the purpose behind this psy-op is to proactively manipulate Western perceptions on this sensitive issue, particularly with respect to making it seem like the US wouldn’t be involved in this scenario even though it’s unrealistic to expect that Washington wouldn’t have a hand in it. Fourth, this “plausible deniability” is intended to help the US “save face” in the increasingly probable event that South Korea violates the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by deciding to develop nuclear weapons.

And fifth, all of this is aligned with the US’ “Lead From Behind” stratagem of supporting some of its regional vassals’ aggressive ambitions in order for them to “share the burden” of containing multipolar leaders like Russia and China, exactly as it’s presently doing with Germany and Japan respectively. South Korea figures into this model since it’s the US’ top mainland outpost in Asia, hence why the sequence of destabilizing events that Washington is encouraging Seoul to catalyze should be followed very closely.


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CNN ‘Breaks’ News The Federalist Reported Years Ago On James Biden

CNN ‘Breaks’ News The Federalist Reported Years Ago On James Biden

CNN published a nearly 4,000-word story Tuesday outlining the Biden family network of influence peddling, in which clan members touted their relationship to Joe Biden for personal profits.

“A famous last name, business deals and a looming probe: Republicans ramp up investigation of Biden family,” read the CNN headline, which, as always, frames Republicans as the aggressors.

The story highlighted how President Joe Biden’s brothers, Frank and James, have leveraged the family name for years to land lucrative business deals both at home and abroad. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, also infamously served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in excess compensation despite no prior experience in the industry.

Many of the details branded as revelations in CNN’s reporting, however, were already reported by The Federalist years ago.

In May 2020, Federalist Editor Mark Hemingway reported on a lawsuit alleging James Biden committed fraud and racketeering in deals with Americore Health, a health care management company focused on rural hospitals. Former Americore CEO Grant White claimed that James Biden promised to exploit the family’s name and political connections to drive tens of millions of dollars in international investment toward the company. Americore ultimately went bankrupt when said investment never came to fruition, White said, and the FBI raided his home.

Documents reported on by Hemingway allege James lined his own pockets instead with money that was promised for the company. According to CNN, James has since paid out $350,000 in a settlement.

Biden family business deals are currently under investigation by President Biden’s Department of Justice, both by the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office and in Pittsburgh.

According to Federalist Senior Legal Correspondent Margot Cleveland, the president’s appointed prosecutor appears to be allowing James Biden to escape a substantive federal investigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

“That the U.S. attorney Joe Biden appointed to the job, and who has since been nominated by the president to a federal appellate clerkship, is overseeing this investigation is scandalous,” Cleveland wrote. “Attorney General Merrick Garland should immediately tap a special counsel to investigate Jim Biden’s involvement with Americore.”

Garland appointed a special counsel to probe President Biden’s apparent mishandling of classified documents last week, but no special counsel has been appointed to delve into the potential corruption concerns of Biden family members leveraging their proximity to the president in shady business deals. The family business ventures were among Cleveland’s top 10 scandals to watch in 2023.

Transactions between James and Hunter Biden and influential individuals connected to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), meanwhile, were flagged in September 2020 by Senate investigators as potential criminal activity.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at


CNN Defense of Biden Collapses as 2nd Batch of Classified Documents Found

CNN Defense of Biden Collapses as 2nd Batch of Classified Documents Found

CNN’s defense this week of President Joe Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents — “Under 12 Total” — collapsed Wednesday when a second batch of classified documents was reportedly found in another location.

Mainstream media organizations leapt to Biden’s defense when it emerged that ten documents with classified markings were found in Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center, which was established in 2018.

The documents reportedly included briefings with intelligence and military information regarding Iran, Ukraine, and the UK from Biden’s days as vice president. Only the president has declassification authority.

CNN tried to portray Biden’s mishandling of classified documents as less bad than Trump’s alleged misuse of classified documents, though Trump had declassification authority and there was no way CNN could have known with certainty that the documents found at the Penn Biden Center were the only ones mishandled.

However, NBC News reported Wednesday that at least one more batch of classified documents had been found by Biden’s aides at another location connected to him.

Just an hour or so before that report, at Wednesday’s White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer questions about whether then-former Vice President Biden had used other office s were other classified documents might have been kept.

Last year, after Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, was raided by the FBI, Biden had ripped Trump as irresponsible for his handling of classified documents.

There have been no raids on Biden’s homes or offices; his aides and lawyers have been entrusted with the task of uncovering classified that might have been mishandled by Biden or misplaced in various locations he used or inhabited. It is unclear whether any of them has security clearance necessary to handle classified information.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Biden Comes Away From First Border Trip Having Seen Nothing And Learned Nothing

Biden Comes Away From First Border Trip Having Seen Nothing And Learned Nothing

It might have taken him half a term, but President Joe Biden finally visited the country’s southern border.

On Sunday, the president visited the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso days shy of his second anniversary in office, where he has either repealed or severely limited nearly every policy put in place by his Republican predecessor.

The trip was complete with all the hallmarks of a politician desperate to show face while aiming to avoid accountability. Biden’s meant to present himself as an assertive commander-in-chief who takes the border seriously with his brief appearance, but in reality, it was a pretend performance all along.

According to CNN, which described the presidential tour as a “tightly controlled visit,” in the headline of its coverage, Biden “responded to a few questions from reporters, saying that the government would provide every resource at the border.” Without extrapolating on what was asked, the network went on to report that Biden met with workers at a migrant detention center out of earshot of the few reporters on the ground. The small selection of reporters who traveled with the president generated no news from the visit beyond photos and facts about the president’s general whereabouts.

According to Fox News, the areas visited by the president were polished before arrival. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources described a “sanitized and orderly” situation presented to the president, clouding the severity of the crisis, where pop-up encampments in El Paso were dissolved ahead of Biden’s trip.

Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News the president didn’t even visit the most problematic areas.

“You can look across the ports of entry on the entire southwest border, and that’s not where we’re seeing the illegal immigration,” Judd told the network Monday. “We’re seeing the illegal immigration between the ports of entry.”

The president’s visit, however, failed to include time with either migrants or border agents stationed along the nearly 2,000-mile-long perimeter’s most stressed areas. The trip was merely a cheap political stunt to silence critics of Biden who consistently highlight his absence at the border while overwhelmed law enforcement continue failing to contain the surge in migration.

In October, the CBP reported roughly 2.3 million migrant encounters in the 2022 fiscal year, setting a new 12-month record. The CBP estimates nearly 600,000 migrants that have successfully evaded capture, according to officials who spoke to Fox News.

House Republicans have responded to the crisis by threatening to wield their new majority in the lower chamber for Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s impeachment.

“We have lost operational control of our southern border, empowering drug cartels and human trafficking,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in November before he was elected to the speakership. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure [and] will determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”

Biden’s brief border blitz foreshadowed preparations for the administration’s revocation of Title 42, a Trump-era public-health order put in place at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic empowering border officials to expel migrants. The president ordered the law be terminated but was blocked by the Supreme Court last month. The Court will rule on the policy later this year.

Three days before the visit, Biden announced a series of measures at the White House supposedly intended to curb illegal migration. The speech amounted to nothing but lip service to precede his long-anticipated trip to the southern border. Provisions include new humanitarian aid for countries exporting the migrants and a welcome mat for 30,000 new annual migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and Nicaragua every month.

The presidential border trip coming in the middle of winter, when crossings are at their lowest, at a relatively controlled port of entry where officials cleaned up camps ahead of the visit as the White House preps for a two-day appearance at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City this week, illustrates a president deeply unserious about grasping the crisis.

The president didn’t even go into 2023 with any major plans to visit the border. On a trip to Arizona last month, Biden responded to the routine criticism of his absence by claiming, “there are more important things going on.”

But with the drama over the speakership on Capitol Hill taking over the news cycle, Biden quickly made his speech on immigration and took a trip down to El Paso.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at


The Federalist Staff’s 2022 Winners And Losers Of The Year

News stories come and go every year, but what we remember are the people at the center of them. The Federalist staff has a few of those people in mind, for better or worse, who stood out in 2022. Here are our picks for the winners and losers of 2022.

Jordan Boyd

Winner: Detransitioners

Detransitioners are the biggest winners of 2022 for drawing attention to the irreversible damage and harm that radical transgender ideology has had on unsuspecting parents and children.

If it weren’t for the humility and boldness of young women like Helena, Cat, and Grace, and others who underwent various forms of mutilation, there wouldn’t be public awareness or legislation to protect children from unnecessary hysterectomies, mastectomies, and maiming.

Detransitioners’ journeys were not without physical and mental pain, but their experiences have made them some of the most important warriors for combatting the disfigurement and sterilization of young children that is being normalized by schools and top government officials.

Loser: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell started the year poorly and ended it even worse when he threw Republicans’ chance at controlling the Senate so he wouldn’t be replaced as leader.

McConnell spent months badmouthing his own party’s politicians because they were endorsed by the former president. After several of his preferred candidates lost in the primaries, McConnell opted to pull millions in funding from battleground states such as Arizona in favor of propping up his friends in states like Alaska.

McConnell failed to stop Biden’s radical judges from taking the bench, betrayed GOP constituents by joining Democrats’ gun control legislation, was slow to condemn the FBI’s political raid on Trump, did nothing to stop his congressional allies from trampling on religious Americans’ First Amendment rights, and, most recently, pledged to join Democrats’ inflationary spending plan before newly elected Republicans have a chance to review it. He has also been a staunch supporter of apparently limitless U.S. taxpayer funding for a proxy war with Russia over Ukraine.

For his failures, McConnell faced backlash from other Republican leadership. If that backlash is any indication of the GOP’s future, McConnell’s days as the face of Senate Republicans are numbered.

Joy Pullmann

Winner: Unborn Babies

Pro-life activism was my entree to politics as a teen heartbroken to learn what abortion does and the moral implications of its widespread legality in the United States. When I later became a mother, I better understood both the temptation to kill an inconvenient innocent life and the visceral terror of contemplating such a brutal act against the female body and the miracles it can hold. I never anticipated I’d see the end of Roe v. Wade. But I did; we all did.

The fall of Roe was an indescribable moment. We lived through the end of an anti-Constitution, anti-human court ruling at least as morally evil as chattel slavery. A great moral stain on our nation’s character has begun to be erased.

Everyone knows there is much more work to be done, as government-sanctioned mass murder is still widely legal in the United States. But now we can finally undertake that righteous work.

We can thank the court majority that ended Roe for their bravery and the president and Senate who appointed and confirmed that majority, and pray it’s not the last courageous decision they all make as our Constitution continues to be erased in other ways, including by some of the very same people. The historic end of Roe in our lifetimes is a reminder to never, ever surrender or despair.

Loser: FBI

The December release of the “Twitter Files” capped off a horrible seven years for the patently corrupt FBI and its intelligence agency compadres. Beginning with the unraveling of the Spygate hoax and intensifying steadily through this midterm election year, the FBI’s grossest abuses of power are surely still yet to be revealed.

But what we know so far is quite enough to demand that Congress stop these rogue spy agencies from continuing to use their huge budgets, hatred of the Constitution, and “national security” pretenses to rig U.S. elections and punish opposition candidates like they run some kind of domestic surveillance state. Without swift justice for the many government agents who think they have a right to decide what Americans can say and know about political candidates and when, it’s fair to say we’re a republic no more.

Tristan Justice

Winner: Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis brought the red wave to Florida that failed to materialize beyond the east coast. In November, DeSantis captured a second four-year term by a nearly 20-point margin after he barely won his first race for the governor’s mansion by less than half a percent in 2018.

Not only did DeSantis handily win another term as Florida’s chief executive, his coattails also helped Republicans reclaim the lower chamber on Capitol Hill. Florida Republicans picked up a trio of House seats allowing the GOP to land a 222-seat majority over Democrats’ 213.

DeSantis may or may not run for president, but he could launch a competitive campaign if he chooses. An effective governor who illustrated competent leadership amid Hurricane Ian and a conservative culture warrior whose migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard strengthened his stardom in the Republican Party, DeSantis might be the one to beat in a GOP primary.

Fresh off a triumphant midterm cycle, DeSantis became the first Republican to lead over Donald Trump in a presidential primary poll since Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in February of 2016.

Loser: Wyoming Democrats

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney will leave Congress next year after being the first Democrat to hold the at-large House seat since 1978. While she was elected as a Republican for three consecutive terms since 2016, her work spearheading the Democrats’ Select Committee on Jan. 6 made clear which party she belonged. The Wyoming GOP voted last year to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

In the August Republican primary, Cheney lost her House seat by a humiliating 37 points to attorney Harriet Hageman. Had Democrat voters not changed party registration to back Cheney in the Republican contest, however, Cheney’s margin of defeat would have been far wider. Despite plans to harness her role on the Jan. 6 Committee as a springboard for the presidency, Democrats have already begun to sour on “Cheney 2024.” They might have helped her blunt a loss in Wyoming, but they won’t put her in the White House.

Shawn Fleetwood

Winner: American Restorationists

While the 2022 midterm elections didn’t turn out as conservatives had hoped, they did provide clarity regarding the state of the country. In spite of skyrocketing inflation, high-energy costs, a wide-open southern border, and an increasing threat of nuclear war, there is a large segment of Americans perfectly comfortable with being subservient to suffering brought about by leftism.

While tragic on its face, this confirmation is actually why American restorationists seeking to salvage what’s left of the republic are one of the biggest winners of 2022. The elections didn’t just provide a roadmap of which localities are worth fighting for; they also revealed the level of malevolence American society is up against.

Using this knowledge to fortify “red” communities and flip “purple” ones is the way forward. Whether it gets put to good use will be answered in 2023.

Winner: Clarence Thomas

Aside from being a wonderful human being who lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a lot to celebrate this year.

During the high court’s 2021-2022 term, Thomas authored the majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, which struck down New York’s unconstitutional gun control law and reaffirmed Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Within the same term, Thomas was also one of the five justices in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who was instrumental in sentencing Roe v. Wade to the dustbin of history.

The man doesn’t just deserve to celebrate his incredible service to the country heading into the new year, but our gratitude as well.

Loser: Covid Jab Manufacturers

While they may not prevent you from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Covid jabs do come with some pretty serious risks.

Earlier this year, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released a study documenting “an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.” The Food and Drug Administration also admitted in a recently published study there’s an increased risk of developing blood clots among people over the age of 65 who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

Given the reported adverse side effects, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has since requested a grand jury be impaneled to “investigate any and all wrongdoing” by the shots’ manufacturers. Let’s hope 2023 brings some accountability to these companies, who’ve lied to us about the safety and efficacy of these jabs for the past two years.

Emily Jashinsky

Winner: ‘Top Gun Maverick

It’s impossible to overstate the success of “Top Gun Maverick,” which sent Hollywood a much-needed reminder that American moviegoers of all stripes can be won over with a simple formula: high-octane patriotism that seeks to entertain more than it seeks to pander.

Amid the decline of American monoculture and lingering lockdown malaise, the long-awaited sequel shocked Hollywood into a reckoning by shattering box office records to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever. It’s worth also mentioning the film caved to backlash over its earlier decision to censor on China’s behalf, serving as one part of a broader shift in momentum away from the Middle Kingdom for practical and financial reasons.

Loser: American Teenagers

The Biden administration, and political establishment at large, spent another year mostly ignoring the neurological threats posed by social media and screen time, giving a pass to TikTok and other platforms on this particular front. Tough talk about antitrust is good and will help people unplug, but it’s the preferred political solution for a reason.

D.C.’s focus on monopolies allows tech companies to continue preying on developing brains, business as usual, by seeking to maximize users’ screen time with psychological tactics borrowed from casinos. It’s an urgent crisis, but continues to play second fiddle in the policy debate.

Madeline Osburn

Winner: Fauci’s Beagles

In 2021, a watchdog group exposed that Anthony Fauci’s NIAID was spending $424,455 in taxpayer funds on experiments that infested beagles with parasite-carrying flies before euthanizing them. The beagles were reportedly “vocalizing in pain” during the experiment and essentially “eaten alive.”

In 2022, Fauci let the dogs out. Of course, it was not out of his benevolence but only shortly after subsequent reporting this year found that not only had NIAID spent “$2.5 million in taxpayer funds on a study that injected beagle puppies with cocaine” but they had plans to spend $1.8 million more on giving puppies experimental hay fever drugs. Only after Sen. Joni Ernst sent NIAID a letter requesting details on the slated experiments did Fauci respond saying the beagle experiments would be canceled and researchers would only be using rodents going forward.

Coincidentally, just a few weeks after Fauci canceled the experiments, a breeding facility in Virginia that bred and sold dogs specifically for research purposes was shuttered after beagles had been found “underfed, ill, injured and, in some cases, dead.” 4,000 beagles were rescued from the facility and put up for adoption.

Loser: America’s Children

Is your toddler running a fever? Sorry, there is no children’s Tylenol at your CVS, Walgreens, local grocer, or Amazon. Since late summer, hospitals and doctors have been overwhelmed with what has been deemed a “tripledemic,” – spikes in cases of RSV, flu, and Covid-19 that rival some of the worst cold and flu seasons on record. Doctors calling for Biden to declare a national emergency have gone unanswered and parents searching online for where to find acetaminophen will only find “alternative” suggestions like dressing your child in light clothing and giving her popsicles.

Is your baby hungry? Sorry, there is still no infant formula on the shelves either, despite the supply chain issues allegedly being solved months ago. The shortage began in early 2022, but even as recently as mid-November, 34 percent of parents in households with infants had trouble finding formula, U.S. census data show.

Is your child struggling in school? Sorry, the lockdown-induced learning loss is likely to follow them for the rest of their life. Not only did this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing results show drastic learning loss, but additional reports predict children attending public school during the pandemic will see a 1.6 percent decline in lifetime earnings – which adds up to a nationwide loss of income of $900 billion.

If it wasn’t clear before, 2022 was the year it we cemented that America puts children’s needs last.

Samuel Mangold-Lenett

Winner: Carhartt

Sure, a lot of the coastal curmudgeons who can be seen donning the heartland’s favorite outerwear brand do so ironically in an act of cultural appropriation, but that’s beside the point. Carhartt’s footprint can be seen everywhere, and the company is choosing to reinvest in the rustbelt. In late December, the company announced that it would be expanding its production efforts in its home state of Michigan (with the help of considerable tax subsidies) and would create more than 100 new jobs that pay $43 an hour.

Sure, it was made possible through massive tax subsidies, but at a time of systemic economic shrinkage, it’s impressive that the company chose to stay at all. They could make a lot more money manufacturing beanies and jackets in India or Mexico than in Michigan.

Carhartt should be considered a winner not just because embody the everyday American’s commitment to sticking things out no matter how bad things are getting (and things are getting very, very bad) but because they are sticking it out. We might not have corporate cronyism to keep us warm during the winter, but at least we can have Carhartt jackets to keep us comfortable when the power grid fails and gas costs $6 a gallon.

Losers: Conservatives Who Continue To Worship Celebrity

How many times are conservatives going to give full-throated endorsements and passionate defenses of celebrities who express support for one or two of our policy proposals just days before they threaten to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE [sic]”? I refer, of course, to Kanye (now “Ye”) West.

The default position should be to assume that celebrities are dangerous people who want to hollow out our civilization of truth and beauty like cultural strip miners. Generally speaking, they are, and treating them like this will save us the humiliation of affiliating ourselves with them when they inevitably go off the rails and try to rehabilitate Adolf Hitler’s image.

Elle Purnell

Winner: Newlyweds

After a Covid shutdown-induced lull, 2022 has seen roughly 2.6 million couples get married, which The Wall Street Journal reports is “roughly 600,000 more than in prepandemic years.” On average, married people end up healthier, happier, and wealthier than their unmarried peers.

“Compared to Americans who are unmarried, married Americans are more likely to report that they have a satisfying social life and a larger group of close friends, reported the American National Family Life Survey. “They also say they are more satisfied with their personal health than their single peers do.”

[Related: Where To Start If You Want To Get Married But Don’t Know How]

The U.S. divorce rate hit a 50-year low in 2019, although part of that change reflects a lower proportion of marriages over the years. While the annual marriage rate will likely return to lower levels as the Covid era fades into the background, in a society where fewer Americans have chosen to commit to marriages in recent decades, the spike in marriages in 2022 is good news for those millions of newlyweds and for society as a whole.

Loser: Disney

The money-sucking entertainment giant messed with the wrong two figures in 2022: parents and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Early this year, Disney fought against a popular Florida law that barred teaching on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.

Then, in March, Disney employees and executives openly bragged in clips leaked by journalist Chris Rufo about grooming children with their sexual agendas. One boasted about her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and efforts at “adding queerness to” children’s programming, while others admitted their own plans to force their sexual views on the eyes and ears of young children.

Many Americans — including the parents who Disney depends on to shell out exorbitant amounts of money — were disgusted. One Trafalgar poll in April found that more than two-thirds of Americans were less likely to patronize Disney as a result. Disney movies like “Lightyear” have sputtered at the box office. The Florida legislature responded to Disney’s attempts to sexualize children by stripping the company of its special tax privileges, and last month Disney reported lower-than-expected revenue and fired its CEO.

John Davidson

Winner: Moloch/Baal

The global luxury fashion brand Balenciaga was forced to pull two major ad campaigns amid well-deserved outrage over ads that seemed to promote the sexualization of children. One ad campaign featured young children posing with teddy bears dressed in bondage and sexual fetish gear, surrounded by wine glasses and leather collars in a bedroom setting.

The other campaign featured a woman at a desk covered in papers, some of which were court documents from a 2008 Supreme Court ruling on a law that banned the pandering of child pornography. The scandal might have hurt Balenciaga in the short term, but it showed that the fashion brand’s demonic masters are doing quite well, having conquered the heights of luxury fashion and made slaves of the perverted celebrity elite.

Loser: Also Moloch/Baal

Because we are now in Christmastide, which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany (on Jan. 6), it’s a good time to remember that for as much as it might seem like Moloch/Baal and all of Satan’s demonic horde are “winning” here on earth, they have in fact already been defeated utterly by the coming of Jesus Christ, by his victory on the cross, and the establishment of His kingdom, world without end. That of course doesn’t mean that we don’t still have to fight, and Christmas is the perfect time to remember that we must.

As G.K. Chesterton noted in “The Everlasting Man,” one of the essential elements in the drama of Bethlehem is the presence of King Herod as the Enemy of Christ, the pagan king, who, confronted with the coming of the True King, appealed in desperation to the old gods, to Moloch and Baal, and ordered the slaughter the innocents in a doomed hope that he might cling to power. “Unless we understand the presence of that enemy,” writes Chesterton, “we shall not only miss the point of Christianity, but even miss the point of Christmas.”

It’s worth quoting Chesterton at length on this point, that while Herod’s men searched the countryside, the Creator of the world was born in a cavern, as it were under the world:

“By the very nature of the story the rejoicings in the cavern were rejoicings in a fortress or an outlaw’s den; properly understood it is not unduly flippant to say they were rejoicings in a dug-out. It is not only true that such a subterranean chamber was a hiding-place from enemies; and that the enemies were already scouring the stony plain that lay above it like a sky. It is not only that the very horse-hoofs of Herod might in that sense have passed like thunder over the sunken head of Christ. It is also that there is in that image a true idea of an outpost, of a piercing through the rock and an entrance into an enemy territory. There is in this buried divinity an idea of undermining the world; of shaking the towers and palaces from below; even as Herod the great king felt that earthquake under him and swayed with his swaying palace.”

Victoria Marshall

Winner: BeReal

In an era where most social media platforms (besides Chinese Communist Party-controlled TikTok) have lost their luster – and are, frankly, boring – a new Instagram alternative has thrown its hat in the ring.

Paris-based BeReal was founded in 2020, but really came to prominence this past spring. By April of this year, the app had been downloaded approximately 7.41 million times.

While BeReal is still set up like your traditional social networking app — users scroll through a feed of their friends’ pictures and post their own — there’s a twist. Every day, BeReal sends a notification at an unpredictable time telling users they have two minutes to post a picture (taken with the front and back-facing camera on their phones) before they risk being late and therefore not “being real” for their friends. Friends may comment or react to your photos with selfies of their own. But all these photos and reactions disappear the next day and the cycle repeats.

Simply put: BeReal is a low-stakes game you conduct with your friends. The pressure to curate the perfect Instagram aesthetic or viral TikTok is gone. Instead, it’s pure, unadulterated fun reacting and responding to what your friends are actually doing. Such a formula resonates with users sick of consumeristic, one-dimensional influencer culture that predominates across social networking apps.

Loser: Instagram

Instagram is currently experiencing the same downward trajectory and identity crisis Facebook dealt with in the 2010s (and never recovered from).

A 2021 survey from finance firm Piper Sandler found that only 22 percent of teenagers said Instagram was their favorite social networking platform (TikTok, of course, came out on top), down from 33 percent of teenagers who claimed it was their favorite app back in 2015. But Instagram’s growing irrelevance is entirely of its own making. The company’s decision to pump more content from users you don’t follow into your feed a lá TikTok is incredibly unpopular, as was its decision to switch from a chronological feed to an algorithm (not to mention its introduction of recommended posts and in-feed shopping).

In essence, Instagram’s push to resemble its competitors has made it lose its identity. Gone are the days of users posting random photos with grainy filters and pithy captions to their small group of close friends. But that formula is what got Instagram to where it is today, and until it realizes this and reverts back (i.e., providing a platform for people to see and be seen by their friends), it will continue its descent toward irrelevance.

Kylee Griswold

Winner: Covid ‘Conspiracy Theorists’

Yesterday’s “misinformation” is today’s conventional wisdom, and all those Covid dissenters who were smeared as conspiracy theorists and grandma killers for doubting the Faucian gospel rose to victory as 2022’s real winners.

So-called experts finally admitted cloth masks were nothing more than pure political theater. The lab leak theory went from tinfoil-hat status to the most probable scenario. And with vaccinated Americans still getting and spreading Covid, no end in sight to ‘rona boosters, and more and more of the vaxxed public reporting heart inflammation and other apparent jab injuries, free-thinking Americans who refused to swallow the left’s Covid propaganda came out on top (though the media and Mr. Science himself will never admit it).

It took too many years to be vindicated, but principled Americans who defied unelected bureacrats’ unlawful mask mandates and refused to inject themselves with an experimental vaccine were right to do so — despite personal and professional cost. Here’s hoping 2023 will be a year of restitution.

Loser: All Things CNN

It’s hard to pick one loser at CNN because the network had a merry band of them this year.

Don Lemon got booted from his primetime slot but pretended it was a promotion. And after three decades of CNN airing its media show, “Reliable Sources” host Brain Stelter sank the ship and was ousted from the network. It turns out there isn’t much of an audience for a bona fide potato-head hyperventilating about whatever’s happening at Fox News.

Speaking of Fox News, last Christmas its then-Sunday host Chris Wallace — known among other things for falling for the Kavanaugh smear campaign and giving one of the most embarrassing presidential debate moderator performances in history — abruptly hopped over to CNN to be part of CNN Plus. Womp, womp… the 350-employee, $100 million streaming venture crashed and burned in April after just one month.


Elon Musk Doesn’t Need An Excuse For Shutting Up Journalists On Twitter

Elon Musk Doesn’t Need An Excuse For Shutting Up Journalists On Twitter

It should become a Christmas tradition for Elon Musk to suspend the Twitter accounts of little journalist nerds and justify it by choosing at random any one of the excuses they like to use when championing censorship of critics and political opponents. Doxxing! Misinformation! Hateful content!

The rules on censoring Twitter speech were completely random, inconsistent, and fake before. I don’t see why it should be any different now. Besides, it was fun seeing the self-obsessed pro-censorship dummies behave this week as if they had become political prisoners after Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, muted their accounts for tweeting links to material live-tracking his private jet.

Suddenly, reporters at CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and all the rest were scrambling to redefine what it meant to “doxx” someone. Until Thursday, when all of this happened, everyone understood doxxing to mean the publication of a private person’s contact information, like his home address, phone number, or account log-ins. I’d certainly assume that posting a live, minute-by-minute trace of a private person’s location falls under that umbrella.

But Axios’s Sara Fischer went on CNN Friday to amend that definition with a little extra. She said it was only doxxing if there was also “the intent of targeting someone.” Uh, no. That was never the necessary criterion.

Back in 2020 when Twitter first censored the New York Post’s exclusive Hunter Biden laptop story, it did so with the excuse that the reporting included Biden’s email address, which was obviously inadvertent on the Post’s part. The address showed up in an image that was included in the reporting to back up its authenticity. The media were perfectly fine with that ruse. “Intent of targeting” is something Fischer made up just now.

When they weren’t reinventing the definition of “doxxing,” these same “journalists” were bemoaning the supposed lack of “transparency” with which the suspensions were initiated. It’s laughable. Musk has been exceedingly transparent as to why he suspended the dweebs. It’s because he’s screwing with them.

He has of course also used the doxxing excuse, but who actually believes that Musk fears for his safety by having his jet plane’s whereabouts disclosed? Unless he plans on flying it over Ukraine, he should be just fine.

No, he’s screwing with them because journalists have long believed Twitter was their domain. They believed it was the place where the rules were what they made them and to hell with anyone who didn’t like it. And it was! But now it’s not. Now it belongs to Musk. And this is his way of saying to hell with them.

They’re such drama queens. Their accounts were suspended for 24 hours because they thought it was cute to poke and prod Twitter’s new owner, whom they openly despise on the platform he owns. When others were being outright banned for sharing scientific research related to Covid and for linking to information from longtime, trusted publications — or for even identifying men as men! — these same people said nothing. They permitted it. They encouraged it.

Censorship of anything that isn’t expressly illegal or potentially threatening has always been inconsistent, arbitrary, and purely at the discretion of the people doing the censoring. It worked out for a long time in the favor of New York and Washington-based journalists. Now that’s over, and the only thing that would make it clearer is if Musk just said, “I did it because I felt like it.”

That reason would be just as good as any one that came before.



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