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  • ‘Vassal of the CCP’: DeSantis SLAMS Apple for Crushing Free Speech in China, US
    by Catherine Salgado on November 29, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    “[Apple] is providing aid and comfort to the CCP.” Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) slammed Apple for kowtowing to the Chinese communist government while simultaneously trying to squash free speech in America by potentially banning Twitter from the App Store. The riots against tyrannical Chinese Communist Party (CCP) COVID-19 lockdowns and other authoritarian policies have captured the attention of the world. One of the groups protesting harsh working conditions en masse in China are employees of Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, according to PJ Media. But, as Gov. DeSantis said, Apple is apparently on the side of the CCP, not the workers, because the tech giant is acting like a CCP “vassal” and preventing protestors from using the airdrop function on their phones. That iPhone’s gonna come late this season pic.twitter.com/cM8O67JiM5 — Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 24, 2022 “There’s reports that Apple is not allowing the protestors to use this airdrop function where they’re trying to communicate,” DeSantis stated. “That, obviously, is providing aid and comfort to the CCP, and so you see that report and that’s very concerning.”  But Apple’s crackdown on free speech isn’t limited to China. DeSantis explained that “Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store because Elon Musk is actually opening it up for free speech and is restoring a lot of accounts that were unfairly and illegitimately suspended for putting out accurate information about COVID[-19].”  Experts were wrong about many things when it came to COVID-19, DeSantis emphasized. “And Twitter, the old regime in Twitter, their response was to try to just suffocate the dissent,” the governor stated. But Twitter’s new owner Musk “knows that’s not a winning formula, and so he’s providing free speech.” If Apple were really to ban Twitter from the App Store for allowing more free speech, that would be a “huge mistake,” a “raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress,” DeSantis added. DeSantis concluded that he was “glad things are changing at Twitter,” because, even though there is still a lot of work to be done to control Big Tech’s censorship frenzy, “this is big progress.” The governor didn’t pull any punches with Apple. “Don’t be a vassal of the CCP on the one hand, and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves.” Congressional Republicans are joining Musk in critiquing Apple’s threat to Twitter, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who called it “unacceptable.” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) also condemned the threat. Musk tweeted Monday, “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” This is not the first time Apple has succumbed to Chinese pressure. In 2019, Apple removed the app HKmap.live from its app store after the CCP complained about the app’s use by freedom protestors. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at 415-222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

  • NBC: Academics Say Permanent Mask Mandates Good for Mental and Physical Health
    by Jason Cohen on November 29, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Three academics from the Brown University School of Public Health wrote a piece for NBC arguing for more mask mandates to benefit the public's physical and mental health.  These academics were Abdullah Shihipar, research associate at the People, Place and Health Collective, William Goedel, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health and Abigail Cartus, postdoctoral research associate in epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. They claimed we are in the middle of a “tripledemic” of flu, Covid, and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV.)  The authors recommended we take similar measures to the ones we took in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate this season of respiratory viruses, “starting with the most basic and flexible level of protection: masking. When and where respiratory viruses are surging, mask mandates should be reinstated.” No thanks. Here is how they argued for it: “Masks work and, critically, they don’t need to work perfectly to have a positive impact,” they wrote. “A recent study found that Boston school districts that had lifted mandates averaged 45 more Covid cases per 1,000 students and staff than those with mandates.”  Underwhelming. To bolster the argument, they added that evidence suggests masks are effective against the flu, as well, and that is why there were such low rates of flu during the pandemic.  That is great, but it is not worth it to most people. The typical person would prefer contracting the flu over wearing a mask for months or years. RSV is another respiratory virus. The authors recommended masking for this as well. They also claimed, “Mask mandates not only stem the spread of diseases but also have helpful psychological benefits.” Huh?   Their point was that mandates “remove the onus on individuals to figure out ‘what is safe.’”  Ah, understood. It is psychologically beneficial for the public to avoid thinking for themselves. Just wear the obedience diaper, do not question it.  As if that was not enough reason for mandatory masking, they added, “A mandate preempts the awkwardness of having to ask people to mask or of having to disclose a high-risk condition.”  How about the awkwardness of not being able to understand people because they are wearing a muzzle? How about the awkwardness of not being able to smile at one another? How about the awkwardness of not being able to breathe normally?  They argued for permanent masking even after this “tripledemic” ends.  They stated, “We should always encourage mask-wearing during fall and winter seasons (as these respiratory viruses tend to transmit more efficiently in colder weather due to changes in humidity and how much time people spend indoors) and in busy places like mass transit and grocery stores.” Finally, they acknowledged, “We are all tired — of the pandemic and its attendant disruptions to our lives, of taking mitigation measures.” But with that said, they still argued for doing this permanently. “The pandemic has taught us that levels of community transmission of respiratory diseases can increase quickly and unpredictably. Luckily, it has also taught us how to take action to decrease their dangers.” Life is not all about decreasing danger and obeying authorities. Hopefully, the American public has learned that from the past years and will never let this happen again like these academics desire. 

  • Whoopi: Libs Should Leave Twitter Until They 'Get the Control'
    by Nicholas Fondacaro on November 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    There was a lot of Elon Musk hate from the cackling coven of ABC’s The View on Tuesday, even blaming him for the continuation of global hunger. But co-host Whoopi Goldberg said the quiet part out loud when she argued with hysterical liberal activist Alyssa Milano that liberals should leave Twitter until they figure out how they “get the control” they “need” over the platform. Asked to comment on Musk because she recently virtue signaled by selling her Tesla, Milano suggested that Musk was perpetuating global hunger because he could have given the $40 billion he spent on Twitter to her via UNICEF: MILANO: Like, you buy Twitter to destroy it for $40 billion, right, $40 billion, Elon Musk – imagine if he donated that money to UNICEF. He would change the world. There would be no hunger. GOLDBERG: He could go in his pocket and donate that money. MILANO: He could go in his pocket and it wouldn't cost 40 billion, but these guys— With racist co-host Sunny Hostin continuing to call Twitter a “hellscape” because she and the cast get called out for their hatred and bigotry, Milano says she hasn’t noted a difference and has always needed to wear a “helmet” when on Twitter. “I'm so scared like something's going to come out and hit me,” she said. FACT CHECK: False. Nothing can come through her phone or computer screen and hit her.     Milano argued the left shouldn’t leave Twitter because they “can't cede that territory. It's like turf war now.” Goldberg disagreed and said there were other social media networks the left could “grab” for themselves. “Leave that to them because that is what that is meant to be now. It's not meant to be any better than what we’re seeing,” she declared. A small debate ensued where Milano argued the left should be present for debates on the platform, but Goldberg said the quiet part out loud in that the left needed to have all “the control” and run over the opposition: MILANO: If we're not representing our side of – of the political discourse, aren't we just saying, you know what you can have Twitter? GOLDBERG: I'll tell you, some things you have to walk away from until you can get the control you need of it. Right now there's no way to get this control. And so find the ones that you can get and fix and then come back and run that over. Proving she spends too much time online, Milano admitted she has “spent many, many days with [her] therapist talking about Twitter and social media” comments about her. Hostin followed up by saying she had stopped reading the criticism when they questioned her parenting ability. “And I stopped. I was like because I'm going to go out there and I’mma find these people,” she threatened. If it wasn’t obvious enough, co-host Sara Haines quipped that Hostin would be like “Liam Neeson” in the Taken movie series. Earlier in the show, co-host Joy Behar inexplicably asked actor Samuel L. Jackson to comment on Twitter and Musk. Behar said she was “a little frightened for Twitter” because “Nazis” were supposedly taking over. Jackson said he had more important things to worry about than Twitter and Musk (like reelecting Democratic Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock) and claims he “[doesn't even know if [Musk] is a real person.” This call for authoritarian censorship and control was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Angi and Crest. Their contact information is linked. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s The View November 29, 2022 11:37:53 a.m. Eastern (…) JOY BEHAR: So, Sam, you've also been known to clap back at politician or two in your day, which I enjoy. What do you make of what's happening now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter? I’m a little frightened for Twitter, frankly. What about you? SAMUEL L. JACKSON: I just quit it. [Crosstalk] JACKSON: But there are so many more important things that we have to deal with. Like we're busy trying to get -- LATANYA RICHARDSON JACKSON: Raphael Warnock! JACKSON: Raphael Warnock elected. RICHARDSON JACKSON: Please go to the polls and vote! JACKSON: As opposed to an idiot who probably doesn't even have a Twitter account that can’t use Twitter. BEHAR: Yeah, but that's a big audience, these Nazis can come in on those social media outlets. I don't like that. JACKSON: People need to understand, everything that happens, Twitter is not a real world. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: You can actually not look at it. RICHARDSON JACKSON: You can. And Brittney Griner lives in the real world. She lives in the real world. JACKSON: Those are real world things that we need to do. RICHARDSON JACKSON: Tweet that! JACKSON: Elon Musk is Elon Musk. I have no idea what he is. I don't even know if he is a real person. (…) 11:48:21 a.m. Eastern ALYSSA MILANO: I'm kind of like – like I'm so annoyed with all of these billionaires, with like the exception of a few, but especially with Elon Musk. Like, you buy Twitter to destroy it for $40 billion, right, $40 billion, Elon Musk – imagine if he donated that money to UNICEF. He would change the world. There would be no hunger. WHOOPI GOLDBERG: He could go in his pocket and donate that money. MILANO: He could go in his pocket and it wouldn't cost 40 billion, but these guys— (…) 11:49:16 a.m. Eastern SUNNY HOSTIN: What happens if things continue the way they are on Twitter? I think it's become a hellscape. But its’ been a hellscape for a minute. MILANO: I mean, I was always on the receiving end of trolls. Right? So like, to me it doesn't feel any different. But you know, I always open Twitter with like – such – with like helmet on, because I'm so scared like something's going to come out and hit me. HOSTIN: Do you think you'll stay only it? MILANO: Yeah because we can't cede that territory. It's like turf war now. That's how I look at it. GOLDBERG: No, no. Not that. There’s other ones you can come and grab, leave that to them because that is what that is meant to be now. It's not meant to be any better than what we’re seeing. MILANO: If we're not representing our side of – of the political discourse, aren't we just saying, you know what you can have Twitter? BEHAR: You’re handing it over. GOLDBERG: I'll tell you, some things you have to walk away from until you can get the control you need of it. Right now there's no way to get this control. And so find the ones that you can get and fix and then come back and run that run over. MILANO: Right. GOLDBERG: But, do yourself. MILANO: I know, it is about self-care. [Crosstalk] BEHAR: Well, don't read the comments, for one thing. Do not read the comments. HOSTIN: Never read the comments. MILANO: I always read the comments. [Crosstalk] MILANO: Who doesn't read the comments? Everybody reads the comments. [Crosstalk] HOSTIN: Whoopi and Joy taught us when we each joined the show. MILANO: Do you turn the comments off? BEHAR: No. I just don't read them. I’m not interested unless it’s someone that I respect. HOSTIN: I have another question. GOLDBERG: I left. HOSTIN: She left. GOLDBERG: Because I can't take it anymore. MILANO: I respect that. Listen, I spent many, many days with my therapist talking about Twitter and social media. HOSTIN: What so anonymous person said about you. MILANO: Right. And it's hurtful. GOLDBERG: Someone who doesn’t know you. Someone who doesn’t know you, hasn't met you, doesn't know your family, doesn’t know your – doesn’t know anything about you. But we let them – We let them in and say you have that power. Oh, no! MILANO: It's the accessibility. HOSTIN: It is. I stopped reading it when people came after my kids about the way that I mothered. And I stopped. I was like, because I'm going to go out there and I’mma find these people. [Crosstalk] SARA HAINES: Liam Neeson those people. (…)

  • Thanksgiving Reflection: ‘We’re Thankful for Our Abortions'
    by Tierin-Rose Mandelburg on November 29, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Yup. This holiday season, women are giving thanks for new death.  In a Thanksgiving piece by The Nation, numerous women expressed their gratitude for having abortions. Though the holiday season is supposed to be a celebration of life, new and old, these women are most grateful that they got the chance to murder their innocent children, The Blaze reported.  The author of the piece, Nikiya Natale included her gratitude for the abortions that she’s had, “But I am thankful for both of my abortions. I am thankful that I didn’t want to be a parent then, so I didn’t have to be a parent then,” She also included testimonies from other women that shared their thoughts to the pro-abortion organization, "We Testify." Natale holds a deputy director position at "We Testify," and its purpose is essentially to praise women for having abortions.  The Nation piece was a smorgasboard of propaganda from its start. Complaints about white supremacy, about black lives being killed by police, and how “any sense of LGBTQ+ peace and tranquility has been obliterated by gun violence and hate.” Drama much? It was essentially a bash piece against our nation with the emphasis on abortion limitations and restrictions.  Ladies included sentiments regarding their own gratefulness for abortions, just like The Nation piece author did.  “I am thankful for the freedom of self. Some people may call this selfish, but I don’t think it is … I felt compelled to have my abortions, not because of what I thought other people might think of me, but because it was what I needed to do. I am grateful for the bravery I showed myself,” One lady said. Rosa Parks? Brave. Abraham Lincoln? Brave. Jesus? Brave. Someone who killed their unborn child? NOT brave.  One lady went into a clinic to have an abortion and said she was so grateful for her procedure that she went into the same clinic two weeks later to apply for a job.  “My abortions meant the freedom to choose the direction of my life,” another woman admitted.  One lady claimed that she killed two of her children for the reason of not wanting to be a parent.  It’s disheartening to see people blindly accepting abortion as a form of birth control or as a solution to a “problem” but its worse to see them actually praising and showing sincere gratitude for such a grave evil.

  • It Pained Poor Mika To Praise Pence For Criticizing Trump On Fuentes Dinner 
    by Mark Finkelstein on November 29, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Poor Mika Brzezinski. Caught between acknowledging reality, and maintaining her liberal street cred. On today's Morning Joe, Mika acknowledged that Mike Pence had offered a "full-throated, robust" criticism of Donald Trump for his dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West.  In an interview yesterday with Leland Vittert on NewsNation, Pence said: "It's wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-semite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table. And I think he should apologize for it, and he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification. I think the president demonstrated profoundly poor judgment in giving those individuals a seat at the table." But actually praising Pence for his statement? That was just a bridge too far for Mika. Perhaps she feared getting trashed by the left for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Or even, heaven forbid, turning up in a future Pence for President campaign ad! Check out the screencap. Poor Mika! The thought of praising Pence patently pained her! And so, when Joe Scarborough began to praise Pence, Mika balked. When Scarborough said that Pence was "doing what he should be doing," Mika interjected:  "Should have been [doing before], some would say." Scarborough then summoned some of his Baptist background, and in a reference to people at Revivals, said, "They played 'Just As I Am,' Mike's walking down to the front, the invitation, we're going to accept him." Mika kvetched: "He was his Vice President." And when Scarborough said of Pence's statement, "we're glad," Mika responded dubiously, "really?", adding that she was going to have to "work on it." After Scarborough repeatedly made the point that Pence, after all, "did it," that they should acknowledge "one step forward," Mika sighed so deeply that Scarborough expressed concern for her: "how are you doing?"  To which Mika reluctantly replied: "I'm okay." Pence accusing Trump of "profoundly poor judgment" was very tough stuff, especially coming from someone who as Vice President stood steadfastly behind Trump during his various controversies. On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski being very reluctant to praise Mike Pence for having strongly criticized Donald Trump for having dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West was sponsored in part by Pfizer, maker of Nexium, Abbott, maker of Skyrizi, and Clear Choice.  Here's the transcript. MSNBC Morning Joe 11/29/22 6:13 am ET MIKA BRZEZINSKI: A growing number of Republicans are speaking out against Donald Trump's dinner with a white nationalist. Including his former Vice President now, in a rare, ih an interview yesterday, Mike Pence denounced Trump's meal last week with Holocaust denier Nicholas Fuentes, and disgraced rapper Kanye West. MIKE PENCE: It's wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-semite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table. And I think he should apologize for it, and he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification. I think the president demonstrated profoundly poor judgment in giving those individuals a seat at the table. MIKA: So that was actually a full-throated, robust response to it.  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, it was. MIKA: He's calling on the former president to apologize for what he's done. It's very different than saying, yeah, maybe I would have done something different, or I wouldn't have done that, hemming and hawing out of it. That was -- Mike Pence is lining up. SCARBOROUGH: Well, he's doing what he should be doing. MIKA: Should have been, some would say. SCARBOROUGH: But again -- MIKA: They played "Just As I Am," Mike's walking down to the front, the invitation, we're going to accept him. MIKA: He was his Vice President. SCARBOROUGH: We're not going to ask -- but we're glad. MIKA: Really? Okay. SCARBOROUGH: We're glad that he -- MIKA: I'm going to work on that one. SCARBOROUGH: You're not glad that he didn't -- MIKA: I'm glad, but I -- SCARBOROUGH: But he did it.  \ MIKA: Okay. SCARBOROUGH: Right? He did it. MIKA: He did it. SCARBOROUGH: He did it. Mark that down. One step forward, right? MIKA: One step forward. SCARBOROUGH: And he did it, Willie --  MIKA: [sighs deeply] SCARBOROUGH: How are you doing? MIKA: I'm good. SCARBOROUGH: Okay.