The Moral Equivalence Which is Lost on the Media


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Trump’s Missed Opportunity on Stop and Frisk

The Clinton campaign is successfully coordinated with the media on talking points right now and distracting Donald Trump from hammering home a clear difference between himself and Clinton. While Google indeed appears to be filtering searches to favor Clinton, some pieces supporting Trump’s position on stop and frisk re getting through. Charlotte Hays gets to the gist in TownHall:

Tougher laws may subject some people to unnecessary stops, but the only people who strenuously object to stop and frisk are thugs, people contemplating a crime, and liberals who oppose the practice under the misguided notion that to do so is on the side of the underdog. The real underdog is the law-abiding citizen of the ghetto who will be only too glad of a little more law and order.

The battleground on stop and frisk is Trump’s backyard of New York City where its current mayor, Bill DeBlasio, a liberal’s liberal, made ending stop and frisk a campaign promise. He did. The NY Post explains the dynamics.

Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed to declare Donald Trump “literally all wrong” in saying Monday that stop-and-frisk is effective and constitutional. But the NYPD put out a statement that proves him wrong.

De Blasio was on MSNBC defending Hillary Clinton, who claimed that “stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional” and “ineffective,” adding that it “did not do what it needed to do.” Trump disagreed on both counts — and the facts back him up.

As the NYPD release rightly notes, “Stop, Question and Frisk is not unconstitutional,” and even Judge Shira Scheindlin’s disastrous 2013 ruling never said so.

Fact is, the Supreme Court found it constitutional back in 1968 and has never reversed or even modified that decision. Scheindlin ruled merely that the NYPD’s use of the tactic had shown “deliberate indifference” to constitutional rights, claiming racial bias.

Fact is, the Supreme Court found it constitutional back in 1968 and has never reversed or even modified that decision. Scheindlin ruled merely that the NYPD’s use of the tactic had shown “deliberate indifference” to constitutional rights, claiming racial bias.

Then the US Court of Appeals threw her off the case because her “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

And it stayed her ruling — a step usually taken only when a decision is unlikely to survive the full appellate process.

But higher courts never finished examining her decision — because de Blasio, who’d won his race for mayor vowing to end the practice, squelched the city’s appeal.

Trump was also right to call Scheindlin “a very anti-police judge.” One of her own former clerks told The New Yorker that “she thinks cops lie.”

Scheindlin refused to even consider the tactic’s effectiveness in court. But study after study has shown it did help cut crime. After all, it took 8,000 guns off the streets in the decade before her ruling.

With FBI Director James Comey – certainly no right-wing gunslinger – testifying recently that stop and frisk is an effective law enforcement tool “when used right,” Trump has a high road he can exploit if he and his handlers can muster the discipline to not get distracted by Clinton’s cheap shots. Especially if he couples the pro-law enforcement theme with a popular bi-partisan policing and sentencing reform measures.

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Stop and Frisk Emerges as a Key Issue in 2016 Election

Many observers feel the NBC News’ Lester Holt unfairly targeted GOP candidate Donald Trump in this weeks debate, but in doing so, opened up the debate on the controversial law enforcement technique known as stop and frisk. Holt’s assertion that it was found unconstitutional by a federal judge drew this initial response from Trump:

“Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men,” Holt posed to Trump.

“No, you’re wrong,” Trump responded. “It went before a judge, who was a very against-police judge. It was taken away from her. And our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it, throughout the country, there are many places where it’s allowed.”

Trump fairly was criticized for appearing unprepared for Monday night’s debate, but like on another inaccurate assertion on the economy by Holt, the question on stop and frisk was in his wheelhouse. As a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has his finger on the pulse of his city. Writes Andy McCarthy in National Review:


….cavalier claims are being made about stop-and-frisk – an investigative method in which police, upon observing suspicious behavior, stop a person to ask questions and pat the person down to check for weapons. While Trump endorses the practice, both Clinton and Lester Holt suggested that it has conclusively been found unconstitutional by the courts; and Clinton insists that it is also ineffective. The claims are based on a ruling by a single, agenda-driven judge (who was actually removed from the case, as Ed Whelan explained at the time). But, as Heather relates, the Supreme Court sanctioned stop-and-frisk in the 1960s, so “[n]o federal judge would have the power to declare pedestrian stops unconstitutional.” Moreover, Stop-and-frisk remains a lawful and essential police tactic. Criminologist David Weisburd examined the practice in New York City and found that it reduced crime in shooting hot spots. Federal district court judge Shira Scheindlin did rule that the New York Police Department’s practice of stops was racially biased, but her ruling applied only to the New York Police Department. That ruling was wholly unjustified and would likely have been reversed on appeal, had newly elected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio not dropped the appeal. Judge Scheindlin used a population benchmark for measuring the lawfulness of police actions: if police stops didn’t match population ratios, they were unconstitutional, in Scheindlin’s view. Such a methodology ignores the massive disparities in criminal offending in New York City. Blacks commit over three-quarters of all shootings, though they are 23 percent of the city’s population. Add Hispanic shootings to black shootings and you account for 98 percent of all shootings in New York City. Whites are 34 percent of the city’s population; they commit less than 2 percent of all shootings. Such disparities in gun violence mean that virtually every time the police are called out on a gun run—meaning that someone has been shot—they are called to minority neighborhoods on behalf of minority victims, and, if any witness or victim is cooperating with the police, being given a description of a minority suspect. The reality of crime, not phantom police racism, determines the incidence of police activity, including pedestrian stops. I will just add to this an observation about smug suggestions, mainly on the

Moreover, voters support stop and frisk according to Rasmussen:

Citing rising murder rates in several major cities, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump argues that police should be allowed to stop and frisk anyone on the street whom they consider suspicious. His Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and other opponents of such laws say that minorities are unfairly targeted. Voters are more supportive of stop and frisk laws but remain concerned that they may violate some Americans’ rights.

A friend made a comment to me this week that without the constitutionality of stop and frisk, the TSA wouldn’t be able to its job at the nation’s airports.

Aside from #NeverTrump’s absolutists and the hard left, Trump’s clear support for law enforcement and sober position on stop and frisk for the nation’s troubled cities resonates with voters. The same Rasmussen link indicates that voters have grown weary on Black Lives Matter, while still feeling the need for criminal justice reform. Hillary Clinton has no choice but to bow to the former while maintaining her ground against stop and frisk. Trump has suddenly found himself benefiting from a wedge issue that he can thank Lester Holt for delivering on a silver platter.




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The Coordinated Media Surge Against Trump Will Hurt Hillary

Within hours, the conservative media was blasting NBC anchorman Lester Holt for his clear bias against republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. By the end of yesterday Holt was fact-checked out of credibility. Whiffing three times in his assault on Trump with false premises on questions regarding the economy, stop-and-frisk and Trump’s opposition to the Iraq War, Holt reduced himself to a level which makes Candy Crowley seem sympathetic. But Holt’s desperate hit job was part of a larger media conspiracy. It had after all been telegraphed. This from the NY Post‘s Michael Goodwin:

A second warning shot came just last weekend, when Clinton’s Praetorian Guard carried out a synchronized assault against Trump. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and the Los Angeles Times all carried very similar stories accusing Trump of repeated lies.

To call that a coincidence would be a Clintonian lie. Those articles matched the talking points of her campaign, which also demanded that Holt “fact-check” Trump, which, of course, he did, while leaving her un-checked.

In short, the debate fix was broadcast on the front pages well in advance, yet Trump wasn’t ready for it. Although he didn’t make fatal mistakes and survived Clinton’s best punches, his meandering digressions, along with his failure to demand the answers from Clinton that Holt didn’t, cost him precious time and opportunity

Goodwin is right in saying that Trump should have been prepared for Holt. The story that was floated in the hours running up to the debate that Holt was a registered republican served as a smokescreen. At any rate, the charade looks as if it will backfire.

But here’s the other side of the story: Trump won’t suffer much voter pain, certainly not enough to put victory out of reach. His secret weapon is that his core supporters, including many independents, distrust the media nearly as much as they distrust Clinton.

Consider that, while most media professionals said Clinton won the debate, most online polls of viewers had Trump winning.

The split verdict reflects a theme that goes back to the earliest GOP primary debates. Candidates who blasted media moderators for being prejudiced against Republicans got rousing ovations.

The anger has grown more pronounced since Trump, the ultimate outsider, crashed the party to win the nomination. With media bias blatant on a daily basis, it is far more than a sideshow.

My in-box routinely contains letters from readers such as Gayla Chandler, who wrote, “So my vote for Trump is partially FOR Trump, but it is equally against both Hillary and media manipulation.”

It will be interesting to see if #NeverTrump’s media leadership calls Holt and their colleagues to account or will they stay with “we told you so.” Trump’s core supporters are only going to be emboldened. Such a coordinated attack by the media on Trump which included Holt’s false flags will backfire and give Trump added credibility on the issues Holt mischaracterized.

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Why I’m Changing My #NeverTrump Ways

It began on July 5th.

Right after FBI Director James Comey let Hillary Clinton off the hook for what’s become in the following three months a cascading number of revelations of wrong doing, cover-ups and secret immunity deals. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote this at the time in National Review:

There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require

And PJ Media‘s Michael Walsh:

And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of “insufficient evidence,” and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness.

It was Walsh’s reference to “the rule of law,” which stirred something within me. If we are to remain a representative democracy we cannot ignore “the rule of law” for any reason. Especially for political ones.

Fast forward to this September 15 piece by Judge Andrew Napolitano for FOX News:

Everyone who believes that the government works for us should care because we have a right to know what the government — here the FBI — has done in our names. Sen. Grassley has opined that if he could reveal what he has seen in the FBI unclassified records, it would be of profound interest to American voters.

What is going on here? The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has not served the rule of law. The rule of law — a pillar of American constitutional freedom since the end of the Civil War — mandates that the laws are to be enforced equally. No one is beneath their protection, and no one is above their requirements. To enforce the rule of law, we have hired the FBI.

What do we do when the FBI rejects its basic responsibilities?

Another shoe dropped last week when revelations emerged that Clinton’s long time consigliere Cheryl Mills also received immunity in the FBI investigation surrounding Clinton’s email server. PJ Media’s Roger Simon, a one-time radical leftist wrote this is a post titled What Happens When You Can’t Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice:

This amounts  to what the great Italian playwright Ugo Betti referred to as Corruption in the Palace of Justice. Besides being totalitarian in essence, the obfuscatory policies of Lynch and Comey have made certain that Hillary Clinton, should she win the presidency, will never have anything close to the consent of the governed.  She will never be reliably cleared and an extremely high percentage of the public  will never believe her — and will be correct in doing so.

We live under a dictatorship of the moral narcissist bourgeoisie. They think they know more than we do and can do anything they wish. Actually, they know little and couldn’t care less.  All they want is power and will cling to at it any cost, even the truth and basic morality.  And we are their victims.

The rule of law….

The the leading intellectual communicators of the #NeverTrump movement witnessed the corruption of the first Clinton presidency. The Chicago way of the Obama administration proved to be worse that anyone feared, especially with their weaponization of the IRS. The institutional cover-up of Benghazi which included the American media  remains breathtaking.

We cannot brush aside our rule of law.

#NeverTrump began for all the right reasons. Some are still valid. Yet Trump talks to – not at – the middle class. Clinton’s devotion to the left’s rhetoric on race and contempt for Trump supporters as “deplorable” shows her to be willing to divide to win an election. Trump has made it OK for Republicans to be against the Iraq War while advocating for a robust fight against ISIS and radical Islam. Clinton will double down on the tragic Iran Nuclear Deal and will have to acquiesce to the Democrat Party’s new anti-Israel stance. Few dispute that Trump would be much more forceful than Clinton on immigration and border security.

Temperamentally, Trump is no Ronald Reagan. Nor a Marco Rubio or John Kasich or any of the 15 other candidates he dispatched in the primaries. But he has inspired enough Americans to trust him to lead them toward change away from the direction the Obama presidency took the nation. These American trust Donald Trump and certainly don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

I’ve joined them.


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Erdogan Still Hasn’t Turned Power Back on to Air Base Fighting ISIS

Writes Barbara Starr for CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) —The US military is doing “prudent planning” in case it needs to move its anti-ISIS operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey following the country’s failed coup, several US defense officials told CNN Tuesday.

The Turkish government cut off the power to the base after the coup attempt took place Friday, leaving it without a commercial power supply for four days and counting.

The Pentagon has been able to fully operate the base through generator power but said it would be difficult to continue indefinitely.

While fuel supplies for the generators could be brought in, the key is whether it becomes too expensive and cumbersome given the high pace of air strikes the US wants to continue flying out of the base. US aircraft regularly conducts missions in northern Syria, where it is battling ISIS. And both drones and surveillance aircraft are used to monitor the border with Syria and conduct other reconnaissance missions.

The Pentagon is all but openly pressuring the Turks to turn the power back on at Incirlik.

Whether Erdogan staged this coup or not, he is playing dirty pool.  He’s never been that helpful in fighting ISIS, but acquiesced due to his countries membership in NATO. Now with NATO and the European Union applying pressure, he has the political ammunition he desires to surge Turkey to an Islamist state – the “gift from God” he mentioned earlier this week.

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Erdogan Orders 1577 University Deans to Resign, Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers

From Reuters:

Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.

Stalin and Hitler would have been impressed, wouldn’t they? Judges, soldiers, police, government employees , university deans a teachers

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge reports Erdogran has also gone after teachers, too:

Turkey’s press is already mostly under Erdogan’s control, it is the educational witch hunt fallout that is far more troubling, and just as expected over the past hour we have gotten a glimpse of just how extensive the Turkish’s president cleansing of secular society will be, when the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkey’s ministry of education has sacked 15,200 personnel for alleged involvement with a group the government claims is responsible for Friday’s failed coup.

Even more shocking, Anadolu reports that Turkey’s Board of Higher Education has requested the resignations of all 1,577 university deans, effectively dismissing them.  Of the deans dismissed, 1,176 worked in public universities and 401 in private institutions.

The National Education Ministry said Tuesday that the staff are in both urban and rural establishments, and that an investigation has been launched against them.

It didn’t stop there, and as Turkey’s Ysafak reports, the country has just canceled the license of some 21,000 private school teachers.

Is Erdogran’s “gift from God” a signal to the world that he is moving rapidly toward an Islamist theocracy, one which justifies his long support for Hamas and further enables his tepid war against ISIS?

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UPDATE: Turkey’s State Media Retracts Report on Confession of Air Force Chief

Yeginsu is the New York Times correspondent for Turkey and is now clearly following the story.

How does Anadolu, Erdogan’s state run agency get from Ozturk “acted with intention to stage a coup” to a retraction? Are these boys having trouble keeping their stories straight.

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State Media’s Report on Turkish Air Force General’s Confession Disputed by Another Media Source

From Al Jazzerra News:

Former Turkish air force chief Akin Ozturk has “confessed” to prosecutors his role in plotting the coup that attempted to topple Ozturkthe government over the weekend, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday.

Ozturk was quoted as having told interrogators that he “acted with intention to stage a coup”.

Photographs of Ozturk published by Anadolu appeared to show several injuries to his upper body and head.

Shortly after news broke of Ozturk’s alleged confession, Turkish broadcaster NTV countered Anadolu’s report, claiming to have obtained a copy of Ozturk’s testimony and saying the former air force chief had denied any involvement in Friday’s coup attempt.

“I am not the person who is responsible for the coup on 15/06/2016,” NTV reported Ozturk as saying during his interrogation.

“I do not know who planned or directed this coup. I was planning to attend the wedding of a friend’s daughter in Istanbul, but I couldn’t go. In the morning, I was in Izmir. I had some business with the notary. I can prove this. I couldn’t go to the wedding because of this notary business.”

Wonder how much longer NTV will be up an running.

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Erdogan’s “Prepared List”

Skepticism in the main stream media about the supposed coup in Turkey is beginning to emerge. From Reuters‘ Robert-Jan Bartunek:

The swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey’s membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday.

"Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects."

“Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.”

Following a failed coup attempt on Saturday, Turkish authorities on Sunday rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors.

“It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage,” Hahn said.

“I’m very concerned. It is exactly what we feared.”

Reuters apparently have a significant number of journalists with sources in Turkey. Perhaps a purge of journalists is next. Tyler Durden of widely read web site Zero Hedge appears to be in front of the story:

Overnight Turkish president Erdogan’s counter-coup witch hunt continued, when thousands of police officers were suspended on Monday, widening a systemic purge of Erdogan’s enemies first in the armed forces and then judiciary after a failed military coup, now focusing on the interior police force, and raising concern among European allies that it was abandoning the rule of law. Turkey’s state-run news agency says the nation has detained or suspended 20,000 personnel across the country, following Friday’s foiled coup attempt.

Anadolu Agency says a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.

The last few days remind close observers of Turkey of a infamous quote, “”democracy is like a train: when you reach your destination, you get off.” Small wonder Erdogan removed 27oo judges withinthe first hours of what’s become a quite dubious coup.

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