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If all the fake news is really fake, does that mean the fake news is true?

Research has shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.  2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even outright fake news.

Here’s some of the proof that the fake news is really fake:

The New York Times “won” first place for an op-ed about Trump’s effect on the markets, published right after the election.

CNN, perhaps not surprisingly given Trump’s vitriol, took home four “honors.”

Trump’s list is a collection of some of the biggest journalistic errors of the past year (and a lesson in the perils of aggregating viral videos or sending hasty tweets).

The aftermath of the stories listed also shows news organizations’ commitment to setting the record straight. In almost every case, media outlets issued corrections. When reporters made mistakes, they acknowledged them repeatedly. In one instance, the reporters and editors involved resigned.

Below is an annotated list, to give some context to these “awards.” The full list is (probably) available here.

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

This is a short op-ed, published, it appears, soon after the election — a prediction, not a report.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

ABC News was rightly criticized for botching a report that said President Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Ross later issued a clarification on “World News Tonight,” and ABC News followed up with a full apology for the “serious error,” which it said had not met the network’s editorial standards or vetting process. Ross was suspended from ABC News for four weeks as a result of his misreporting.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

CNN initially falsely reported that Donald Trump Jr. received an email from Wikileaks about hacked DNC documents on September 4 — which would have implied he had advance notice of the trove to be released online. But Trump Jr. actually received that email on September 14, the day after the cache was posted online. The Washington Post revealed the discrepancy and CNN issued a prominently placed correction, though the error undercut the entire report.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

Time reporter Zeke Miller initially reported that the bust was gone, but followed up quickly with a correction. He sent out numerous tweets and apologies immediately correcting the record.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

Dave Weigel, a reporter at the Washington Post, tweeted a picture that underestimated crowd for Trump’s rally in Pensacola. Weigel deleted the initial tweet from his private account, saying “it was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for the Washington Post.”

6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

The videos and photos of Trump dumping an entire box of food into a koi pond circulated widely on social media, and were picked up by CNN and others before fact-checkers pointed out that the full video disproved the notion that Trump committed a faux pas — although CNN did write in its story that “Abe… actually appeared to dump out his box of food ahead of Trump.”

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

This retracted story was one of CNN’s biggest black eyes of 2017, but the network’s response was severe — three reporters and editors resigned as a result, including the executive editor in charge of investigations.

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

Like the koi pond incident, this was a case of a publication (Newsweek, but also Vanity Fair, Time, and The Hill, and that’s just from the first page of Google results) reporting on a viral video clip without seeing the whole story — which, in this case, showed that the Polish first lady eventually shook Trump’s hand after shaking Melania’s first. Newsweek updated its story within three hours with a correction: “The mildly awkward and humorously relatable exchange was just that, and no apparent swipe at the U.S. president.”

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

Here’s what CNN got wrong: “One source said Comey is expected to explain to senators that those were much more nuanced conversations from which Trump concluded that he was not under investigation.” That source was apparently incorrect, and the story was corrected and updated after publication. (One of the reporters involved in this story, Eric Lichtblau, resigned after the Scaramucci report, No. 7 on this list, a few weeks later.)

10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

This isn’t exactly what happened. The Times reported in August that scientists were afraid that the Trump administration would suppress a report on the impact of climate change that was awaiting review, and said it was making the draft publicly available for the first time. This wasn’t true — the report had surfaced on the nonprofit Internet Archive in January 2017, and the Trump administration still had time to approve and publish the report.

As the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple wrote at the time, this was a significant blow to the Times’s premise. But the reporters never claimed the Trump administration had already suppressed the report. (The climate change report was eventually published.)

11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!

Besides Ross’s error, Trump did not call out any specific story about the Russia probe or special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Trump, after posting the link to the awards, wrote, “There are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!” But so far, no word of any awards for that.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  A journalist in days gone by would not print a story, and certainly would not allow his or her name to be attached to the story, unless all facts and statements in the story had been checked, rechecked, and fully verified. That is, or was, simply a part of being a professional journalist.  It’s no different than telling lies to people you know.  Once you are known for telling lies, no one will believe you any more no matter what you tell them.  You can’t get away with telling lies in a court of justice; what makes people think they can get away with telling lies in the court of public opinion?
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New York Times circulation continues to drop…now we know why

“There is not a single good person who voted for Trump. Not one.”

This is a comment made by Patrick S. Tomlinson. This is someone the New York Times pays to write for that venerable newspaper.

Quite obviously Tomlinson is someone who has very few working brain cells left.  To make such a comment and not think he might be quoted as its author is to not think at all.

This is why many hundreds of thousands of former New York Times subscribers are not subscribers any longer.

It’s hard to imagine anyone, let alone a Times-employed writer, saying something so stupid.

We’re going to repost the illustration we ran recently, with its quote from Mark Twain:

Mark Twain said it best...

The New York Times is not worth your time or your money, folks.

 

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Russian email hack during election was designed to obtain proof that Democrats were trying to cheat in the election, and that Obama’s Attorney General was covering up for the Clintons

New York Times report on Saturday, April 22 claimed that FBI Director James Comey decided to reveal last year that he was re-opening the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because he suspected Attorney General Loretta Lynch was covering up for her — and because an email found by Russian hackers seemed to support those suspicions.

The Times’ investigative report suggests that a U.S. intelligence agency managed to intercept some of what Russian hackers were stealing — and that one document, “described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far.”

According to the Times, Comey feared that Lynch — who had insisted the Clinton probe be referred to as a “matter” and not as an “investigation,” and who suggested the investigation was not criminal when, in fact, it was — would declare the case closed, and then Russian hackers would leak the document to undermine the FBI’s image of independence.

The Times notes: “Mr. Comey’s defenders regard this as one of the untold stories of the Clinton investigation, one they say helps explain his decision-making.” And if a local news reporter in Phoenix had not caught Lynch meeting with former President Bill Clinton, she might have succeeded in sheltering the Clintons even more effectively than she did.

 

[Originally published online by BREITBART.COM]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  We have stated in previous posts that it is remarkable how the Democrats, from the Obama White House down, could so often demonstrate how little regard they had for doing things within the law. The FBI had what it saw as absolute proof that Obama, the Clintons, and many other Democrats were not just willing, but eager and able, to find loopholes to help circumvent US laws. There was further absolute proof that Loretta Lynch, the head of the US Department of Justice, was deeply implicated in Democrat cover-up activities. As you know from the behavior of the Democrats right up to the present, they have not yet decided to change their stripes and become respectable and law-abiding. (Apparently this goal has not even made it onto the Democrats’ action plan early draft document yet…which means we can certainly look forward to more of their lowdown highjinks in weeks and months to come. So the Democrats, just as Obama said while in office, “don’t have a plan yet.”  We already know they have no honor or integrity. What is it the Democrats DO have? They sure look empty from here.)

 

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Irregular or volatile incomes keep millions of Americans behind on bills…

Volatile income can be almost impossible to overcome

The bills arrive as regularly as a heartbeat at the Vories’s cozy bi-level brick house just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. It’s the paychecks that are irregular.

These days, Alex Vories, 37, is delivering pizzas for LaRosa’s, though he has to use his parents’ car since he wrecked his own 1997 Nissan van on a rainy day last month. In the spring and autumn, he had managed to snag several weeks of seasonal work with the Internal Revenue Service, sorting tax returns for $14 an hour. But otherwise the family had to make do with the $350 a week his wife Erica brought home from her job as a mail clerk for the I.R.S.

“We just kind of wing it every month,” said Mr. Vories, whose unemployment benefits ran out at the end of 2013, 10 months after he lost his job answering phones at Fidelity Investments. Ever since, the family’s income has bounced up and down from one week to the next, like the basketball he and his two sons play with in their driveway, next to the Kentucky Wildcats pennant planted in their front yard.

“Get all the bills paid,” he said, “then see where we’re at.”

The financial volatility that the Vories grapple with is a feature of life for millions of workers whose paychecks fluctuate with the season, an hourly schedule or the size of a weekly commission.

Income variability is difficult to quantify, but studies that try to measure it suggest that ups and downs in income, particularly among the poorest 10 percent of American families, started to rise in the 1970s, leveled off in the early 2000s and then increased significantly again when the recession started.

A 2012 study by Daniel Sichel, an economist at Wellesley; Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office; and Karen Dynan, who now heads the Treasury Department’ Office of Economic Policy, found that “household income became noticeably more volatile between the early 1970s and the late 2000s” despite a period of increased stability throughout the economy as a whole.

A more recent national survey by the Federal Reserve, based on 2013 data, suggests the problem has not only persisted as the economy recovers but may even have worsened. More than 30 percent of Americans reported spikes and dips in their incomes. Among that group, 42 percent cited an irregular work schedule; an additional 27 percent blamed a span of joblessness or seasonal work.

The data show “a clear upward trend in income volatility,” according to a report from U.S. Financial Diaries, which is releasing on Wednesday the first results of an in-depth study of low- and moderate-income families.

In the Diaries’ research, nearly all of the 235 households studied experienced a drop in monthly income of at least 25 percent in a single year. The main culprits were reduced work hours, health problems and shifts in household size, like a needy relative coming to stay.

“Low pay is also unsteady as well,” said Jonathan Morduch, who oversees the diaries’ project. “This is a hidden inequality that often gets lost.”

That strain explains why more than three-quarters of those surveyed said financial stability was more important than moving up the income ladder.

“When you have that extra, you tend to spend more,” said Christine Chavez, a 27-year-old single mother who works for a collection agency in Bakersfield, Calif. “And when the next month comes, that extra isn’t there.”

Such insecurity sabotages the most diligent efforts to budget and save for the future and is a pressing issue for many families here in the Kentucky suburbs stretching south from Cincinnati, where corporations like Toyota, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, DHL and Fidelity run a lot of back-office operations. Amazon has seven distribution sites. EBay recently opened a fulfillment center in nearby Walton, and hired about 2,000 seasonal workers at $12 an hour.

Talia Frye, director of Brighton Family Center, a nonprofit agency in Newport, said the availability of full-time work had shrunk sharply since the 2008 financial crisis hit. “They might even be able to get a 12-, 13-, 14-dollar-an-hour job at an Amazon, or an eBay,” she said. “It’s income; it’s just not sustainable income.”

Of the more than 6,800 households that sought emergency help from Brighton last year, 71 percent had worked at some time during the year, Ms. Frye explained on a recent morning. Tables in the lobby were piled high with boxes of pizza donated by Little Caesar’s, and a neat pantry down the hall was stocked with jars of peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, cans of tuna fish and a freezer full of meat.

“They work hard,” Ms. Frye said, “and they still come up short.”

Across the country, nearly seven million people working part time would prefer full-time jobs but can’t find them. While their numbers are down from the peak a couple of years ago, these involuntary part-timers still account for 4.5 percent of the labor force, compared to an average of 2.7 percent before the recession.

Here in northern Kentucky, the Vories not only turned to the Brighton Center for food, they also applied for federal mortgage assistance, timed payments to grace periods, borrowed from family and relied on their church and friends.

They reluctantly cashed in Mr. Vories’ 401(k) retirement account, absorbing the 10 percent penalty in return for a much-needed $4,500. And they borrowed a total of $2,500 from their bank at a 10 percent interest rate.

“You think, ‘How can you afford that?’ ” Mr. Vories said, “but because it’s getting our bills paid, you do.”

None of that was necessary when Mr. Vories was steadily earning $425 a week. Fidelity matched his weekly 401(k) contributions and offered good health insurance that covered most of the medical bills from 9-year-old Caleb’s severe ADHD and 6-year-old Josh’s mild autism.

They could afford the occasional night out with dinner and a movie. He was a few months away from the seven-year mark and a bump up in pay and vacation days, when he lost his job in February 2013.

Over the next 10 months, Mr. Vories said he applied for 75 jobs. Nothing.

Last December, he received a letter promising a three-month extension of his unemployment insurance, so he and Erica bought Christmas presents for the boys, a little Fender guitar for Caleb, and a drum set for Josh. But then congressional Republicans and Democrats deadlocked and no extended benefits were approved.

The take home pay for Ms. Vories, 34, took a hit because she had to buy health insurance for the family. She signed up for a higher-paying night shift from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., hoping to make up for the unexpected loss of her husband’s unemployment insurance check. Despite the extra $250 a month, she had to stop after five months.

“You’re basically a zombie,” Ms. Vories said. “I saw the boys basically on Saturday, and you’re just playing catch-up.”

They reduced their church contributions. During the winter, they turned the heat down to 64 degrees. “We had one little space heater, and we would take it to whatever room we were in,” Mr. Vories said.

Still, the bills piled up. “We would get one week behind, then we would get two weeks behind, then three weeks behind,” Mr. Vories said.

Mr. Vories’s job with the I.R.S. during tax season brought home $375 a week, but it lasted only six weeks. Thanks to help from the Hardest Hit Fund, a temporary federal mortgage assistance program, they avoided losing their home.

They kept the house, but didn’t have enough money to fix the central air-conditioning that quit right before the temperature shot past 90 degrees. They closed off the family room downstairs because of the sweltering heat. Parishioners at their church lent them a couple of window units.

A few weeks later, the Vories’s 2002 Toyota Corolla quit on their way back from a church tent revival meeting. With only one car, Ms. Vories had to stop working the early shift, which had allowed her to be home in time to meet the school bus. Mr. Vories’s mother pitched in to babysit.

In September, Mr. Vories stopped by LaRosa’s pizzeria, where he got his first job at 15, washing dishes after school. He was overjoyed to hear they needed a delivery driver.

But then in mid-October, as they we were driving home from visiting family, their Nissan van was totaled in a car accident. It was a heartbreak, because they had just poured in more than $1,000, given by Ms. Vories’s parents, in repairs.

“It just feels like money down the drain,” Mr. Vories said, shaking his head.

Proud of an above-average evaluation at the I.R.S., Mr. Vories said he was hopeful he would be rehired after the new year for seasonal work, which could ultimately turn into a full-time job.

In the meantime, Mr. Vories is delivering pizzas, using his parents’ Mercury Grand Marquis.

[by Patricia Cohen, writing for The New York Times]

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Always be skeptical when the White House goes to war with a country that it misplaces on a map

The real threat...

Mr. Obama’s rollout of a military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State gets messier by the day.

Obama’s initial framing of the campaign, as a limited effort in partnership with allies, to degrade the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, made sense, and it was encouraging that Obama dampened expectations and clearly understood how much could go wrong.

Then things went downhill. A “senior administration official,” in a briefing posted on the White House website, explained why Saudi Arabia would be a good partner in battling ISIS: “Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria.”

Oh?

Actually, Saudi Arabia and Syria have no border at all. Always be skeptical when the White House goes to war with a country that it misplaces on a map.

Soon the administration, after initially avoiding the word “war,” dropped the euphemisms. It announced from multiple podiums that what we’re engaging in actually is a war after all.

text copyThe latest puzzle relates to ground troops. Obama seemed to rule them out last week, saying that American troops “will not have a combat mission.” Then on Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that, if necessary, he might recommend “the use of U.S. military ground forces.”

Uh-oh.

Mr. President, you make it so hard for those of us who are basically sympathetic to your foreign policy. All this feels chaotic, poorly informed and uncoordinated — indeed, like a potential “slippery slope,” as a New York Times editorial warned.

Of course, it’s easy for us in the grandstands to criticize those walking the tightrope. I agree with Obama’s essential plan of authorizing airstrikes in Syria, if done cautiously and in conjunction with air forces of Sunni allies. But we can’t want to defeat ISIS more than the countries in its path, and right now we do.

American involvement must be predicated on an inclusive Iraqi government so that Sunni tribes confront ISIS. It must entail cooperation from Turkey to disrupt ISIS financing. It should incorporate a social media arm to counter ISIS propaganda, cyberwarfare to spy on ISIS and disrupt it, and additional intelligence gathering to monitor foreign fighters who may return home. And Obama is right that Congress should finance and arm some Free Syrian Army commanders, as a counterweight to ISIS. Some fighters have joined ISIS simply because it offers better pay.

The new strategy...

We should finance Syrian rebels in part because our past policy — staying aloof — failed and made the problem worse. Nearly 200,000 Syrians have died; Jordan and Lebanon have been destabilized; extremism has grown; and Iraq has now effectively been dismembered and atrocities committed against Yazidis, Christians and other minorities.

The trouble is that alarm and revulsion at ISIS beheadings is creating a rush to intervene, so that some want us to leap from the sidelines right into the fray — even with ground troops. That would backfire by aggravating nationalists.

While I cautiously favor airstrikes, we need to be up front about risks:

First, airstrikes almost inevitably will mean accidental civilian casualties. ISIS would release videos of injured children to argue that America is at war with Islam. That may bolster extremist groups from Africa to Asia.

Second, more fighting in Syria could increase the refugee flow to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. It would be tragic if we inadvertently degraded not ISIS but Jordan.

Third, it seems entirely possible that ISIS filmed and released the beheading videos precisely with the intention of luring America into a war. Its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa would be difficult to bomb without causing civilian casualties, and ISIS may have figured that it could parlay American attacks into new recruits, prestige and influence.

We also have enormous challenges at home and abroad that we may be able to do more about than Syria. A few months ago, we were on alert over a Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapping several hundred schoolgirls and threatening to sell them into slavery. Those girls are still missing, and Boko Haram has gained even more ground in northern Nigeria. Let’s not become so obsessed with ISIS that we become distracted from other threats.

I see military force as just one more tool. Sometimes it saves lives (Kosovo, Iraqi no-fly zones), and sometimes it costs lives (Iraq, Vietnam). Syria could be the right occasion to use it, but only if we act as if we’re facing a yellow traffic light, not a green one.

For now, we seem to be setting out on an uncertain mission with unclear objectives on an unknown timetable using ambiguous methods with unreliable allies. Some of that is inevitable, for foreign policy is usually conducted in a fog, but I’d be more reassured if the White House could at least locate its enemy on the map.

[by Nicholas D. Kristof, writing for The New York Times]

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The author raises a very good and valid point: Why do we seem to want to defeat the Islamic State more than the countries in its path do?

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Costco refuses to put its customers first, plays puny political card instead…

Big-box wholesaler Costco pulled Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” just after the nationwide release of the companion movie, but Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told WND the decision was not motivated by political considerations.

 The book, heavily critical of Barack Obama, was officially released June 2. A corporate decision to return the books was issued July 1, just as it is about to debut on the New York Times bestseller list.

Galanti confirmed to WND the “pull order” was in effect and that D’Souza’s book is in the process of being removed from Costco stores this week, with the goal to have all copies of D’Souza’s book out of Costco stores nationwide and shipped back to the vendor no later than July 15.

He said the decision to pull D’Souza’s book was not political but was based solely on sales, arguing Costco’s national goal is to market books that show up on the New York Times bestseller list.

The book will make the New York Times list July 13.

Galanti could not explain why Costco book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello decided to pull the book just as D’Souza’s movie was being released and the national marketing campaign on the book and movie switched into high gear.

The movie “America,” which has been given a rare “A+” CinemaScore by audiences, opened in 1,105 theaters nationwide to roughly $4 million over the five-day July 4 holiday weekend.

WND first reported Monday that the retail giant had issued the unusual pull order for a new book that is rising on the bestsellers lists. It is currently ranked No. 1 at Amazon.

The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president. A Washington Post political reporter has noted Obama’s “romance” with the nation’s second-largest retailer.

Costco has sold more than 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide, with about 700 copies sold last week as D’Souza’s film by the same name opened at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide.

But Costco’s book department issued the “pull order,” requiring all Costco stores nationwide to remove the book, confirmed Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the Costco Wholesale corporate office in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

Contacted for a reaction, D’Souza was surprised to learn of the Costco decision.

“If true, this would be very odd,” D’Souza said. “We’re in the process of finding out what’s happening. I look forward to getting to the bottom of this and continuing the strong relationship my publisher and I have always had with Costco and their millions of shoppers.”

Vice President Joe Biden with Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal at the Washington, D.C., Costco store in 2012.

Most Costco stores WND contacted Monday had already pulled “America” from the shelves, with others scheduled to remove it with their regularly scheduled inventory changes Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

A few Costco stores told inquirers Monday they were “in luck,” because a handful of books were still available and a few copies remained in the warehouse waiting to be returned. Staffers offered to put aside a book so it could be purchased before all copies were shipped back to the vendor.

WND contacted by telephone and email Costco’s national book-buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, at Costco’s headquarters, but received no response to WND’s questions regarding why D’Souza’s book was being pulled from the shelves just as the companion movie was opening in theaters.

The Washington Examiner reported June 20 that the book sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week but mysteriously was kept off the New York Times bestseller list, where it would have ranked No. 8 and then No. 11 on the June 29 list.

D’Souza told the Examiner: “It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know.”

He said the New York Times list is important to boosting sales.

“It matters to be on it,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to the Hollywood Reporter, lawyers representing D’Souza’s film have demanded that Google correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to find out where “America” is playing. Google, which has strong Democratic Party ties, is “misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters,” the lawyers charge in a letter.

‘Major Obama groupie’

Commenting on WND’s story, radio giant Rush Limbaugh called Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal “a major, major Obama groupie.”

“He pulled the book. And they’re saying this is not censorship, this is not book-burning. This is just a liberal protecting the man he loves in the White House. That’s all it is. Don’t read anything more into this than there is.

“Here’s the thing about these people,” Limbaugh added. “They are scared to death of any opposition. They simply don’t want to deal with it. They call themselves tolerant. They call themselves open-minded and all this stuff. They’re the most closed-minded, bigoted people you can find and they’re scared to death of anything that’s contrary to what they believe.”

Limbaugh said Sinegal, who retired as Costco CEO in January 2013, “can do what he wants.”

“He owns the store. He can have it ordered out all he wants. I just think all of you who shop at Costco ought to know the kind of people that run the joint and the kind of things that they do,” Limbaugh said.

“It’s not censored at Costco, it just isn’t there,” he said sarcastically. “People have the right to free speech, but nobody has the right to be heard.”

‘Political union’

In January, Obama paid a visit to a Costco store in a Washington, D.C., suburb, “proving,” as Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post commented, “that his administration’s romance with the second-largest retailer in America is stronger than ever – and might just be the most successful union of a politician and a supermarket in American history.”

Sinegal spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, which nominated President Obama for a second term. Sinegal, who retired as Costco CEO in January 2013, said Obama’s re-election would be better for businesses than a country led by Mitt Romney. American companies, he said, need “a president who takes the long view and makes the tough decisions,” said Sinegal.

“That’s why I am here tonight supporting President Obama, a president making an economy built to last,” he said.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Sure hope Mr. Sinegal isn’t having any second thoughts about his “built to last economy” presidential choice…because Mr. O has done nothing so far except pile more trillions in debt on the American people…

In total, Costco has given $100,000 to Obama and another $100,000 to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC.

Sinegal was the author of an email blast sent out by the Obama campaign in July 2012. Obama also held a fundraiser at Sinegal’s house in Seattle, during which the incumbent president said “the story of Costco and everything that you guys have done I think is representative of what America is all about.”

At least one critic of Obama is not seeing his book pulled from Costco. Dr. Ben Carson, frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has a new bestselling book called “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future” on the shelves. However, Carson sits on Costco’s board of directors.

Many other Costco directors are clearly not in Carson’s political corner. Former Yahoo President Susan Decker contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008 and to Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2007, according to campaign-finance website Open­secrets.org.

Galanti gave money not only to Obama’s campaign in 2012, but to Bill Bradley’s in 1999.

Concerned individuals may contact Costco President and CEO W. Craig Jelinek by email or by calling (425) 313-8100 and/or Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Richard A. Galanti by email or by calling (425) 313-8100.

 

[by Jerome R. Corsi, writing for WND.com]

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