Bill Maher: NYT ‘Buried’ Kavanaugh Assassination Attempt Story

Bill Maher, host of “Real Time,” went after The New York Times for burying the headline regarding the assassination attempt of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While the story was shared as a teaser, which directed readers to page A-20, the prominent stories running on the front page included mentions of Jan. 6, the recall of left-wing San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin, an update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and how the word “woman” is being struck from the abortion debate.

Earlier this week, a man traveling from California to Washington D.C., armed with a gun and a knife, allegedly set out to murder the Supreme Court justice in the hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade after its Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked.

The man, Nicholas John Roske, was arrested outside the justice’s home and charged with attempted murder. But the Times kept the story from the front page.

On Friday night, during his panel discussion, Maher criticized the Times, calling its response a case of “media bias.”

“The New York Times buried this,” Maher stated. “If this had been a liberal Supreme Court justice that someone came to kill, it would have been on the front page.

“And that’s what’s so disappointing about a paper like The New York Times, because they just wear their bias on their sleeves. And if it’s not part of something that feeds our narrative, f— it, we bury it.”

Maher then knocked the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for his “very inflammatory words” regarding Kavanaugh, which he suggested “inspired” Roske.

“You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Maher, later, credited Schumer for walking back the comment.


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New York Times Falsely Reports Thousands of Children Have Died From COVID-Linked Syndrome


The New York Times on May 19 falsely reported that thousands of children have died during the pandemic from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare syndrome that develops in some youth following COVID-19.

In a story reported by Apoorva Mandavilli, the paper said that “nearly 4,000 children aged 5 to 11 have died from” MIS-C.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just 68 children in total have died from MIS-C during the pandemic.

The false statistic quickly drew criticism.

“In this breaking news article, pushed by @nytimes , award-winning science journalist (whose work is apparently not fact checked) claims that there have been 4000 deaths in kids 5-11 from MIS-C. CDC only lists 6,” one Twitter user wrote. “What is going on here?”

“I just wanted to flag this (and couldn’t DM you) so tweeting instead,” David Zweig, a freelance writer, added, tagging Mandavilli.

The story was later updated to say that nearly 4,000 children between the ages of 5 to 11 “have been diagnosed with” MIS-C, with no mention of the number of deaths.

The update was a so-called stealth edit, or an update without notification to readers. No correction or editor’s note explained the change.

Mandavilli acknowledged what happened, telling critics that the false reporting “has been fixed.”

“Diagnosed with, not died. It was fixed,” she wrote on Twitter.

A New York Times spokesperson and Mandavilli did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mandavilli has gotten a similar statistic wrong before.

In an article in October 2021, she falsely wrote that “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and about 520 have died.”

The actual number of hospitalizations among children at that time was approximately 63,000.

In that case, a correction was added to the piece.

It said that the article “misstated the number of Covid hospitalizations in U.S. children.”

“It is more than 63,000 from August 2020 to October 2021, not 900,000 since the beginning of the pandemic,” the correction said.

Mandavilli has drawn attention during the pandemic for claiming that there were “racist roots” to the theory that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported.

SARS-CoV-2, also known as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, causes COVID-19.

Mandavilli later deleted the post, but wrote in another that “a theory can have racist roots and still gather reasonable supporters along the way,” adding, “Doesn’t make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.”

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Larry Elder LIVE—NYT Claims the Right Has a Violence Problem That ‘Has No Equivalent on the Left’

According to a New York Times article titled “The Right’s Violence Problem,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists over the past decade. Of these 450 killings, right-wing extremists committed about 75 percent, and the early half of the murders were specifically tied to white supremacists.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the ADL, has written: “The numbers don’t lie.”

The article then concluded that “as this data shows, the American political right has a violence problem that has no equivalent on the left”, and named the problem “the right’s violence problem.”

Also, if the numbers don’t lie, there is a new poll showing that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe transgenderism isn’t healthy, but one-third keep their views to themselves.

Summit.org, in partnership with McLaughlin and Associates, one of America’s most respected polling survey firms—is releasing the results of a recent national survey. Results also show that 90 percent of Americans oppose gender alteration procedures for minors, and 72 percent oppose gender identity curricula in classrooms.

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Sen. Cruz Slams NYTimes for Roe v. Wade Column: ‘Racist Leftists’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday ripped New York Times columnist Adam Liptak for suggesting overturning Roe v. Wade could potentially put same-sex marriage at risk.

Liptak in the Times’ piece, published last week, argued that the opinion of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. in a leaked draft opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision “said a right to abortion cannot be found in the Constitution or inferred from its provisions.”

“The same could be said, using the draft opinion’s general reasoning, for contraception, gay intimacy and same-sex marriage,” he added.

Cruz, during Friday’s episode of “The Verdict with Ted Cruz,” called the opinion “garbage.”

“The New York Times went so far. The editorial board of The New York Times suggested that there were multiple states in the union that if they were allowed to, would ban interracial marriage. What utter garbage!” he said.

“You, bigoted, moronic, Manhattan leftist, elite lying sacks of crap!” Cruz yelled.

“How do you really feel?” co-host Michael Knowles asked jokingly.

“Yeah, it, it kind of pisses me off,” Cruz admitted. “And I would note, by the way, that these racist leftists of The New York Times, there may be no one on planet earth, whom they despise more than Justice Clarence Thomas.”

“Right,” Knowles said.

“He is in an interracial marriage. I suspect Clarence Thomas would be quite surprised if he were doing something to strike down interracial marriage, but the only people who imagine interracial marriage is gonna be struck down is radical leftists, because they’ve never actually met a conservative voter,” Cruz said.

“So they think we’re all right, bigoted Klansmen. But here’s the tell on this, when the Democrats and the press are not defending their positions on abortion, it’s because they know their positions on abortion are wildly out of the mainstream,” Cruz added.

He concluded, “So anytime you hear them talking about contraception or marriage it’s because they’re trying to change the subject.”


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NPR Reporter Blasts Own Newsroom, Says Hunter Biden Story Merits Attention

NPR reporter Laura Sullivan called out her own newsroom on Thursday, saying Hunter Biden’s seized-laptop story has “always been” relevant.

Sullivan, an investigative correspondent for the publicly funded NPR, tweeted “Add @NPR to the list” when citing the media organizations that have been quick to dismiss the validity or relevance of Hunter Biden’s international business affairs, some of which might have been in direct conflict with Joe Biden’s dealings with other countries — either as vice president, or the current U.S. president.

“Newsroom editors called it ‘not a real story.’ The ‘Hunter Biden laptop’ investigation may end up being a tax case, a hill of beans, or something else. But what it’s always been is a story,” Sullivan subsequently tweeted.

According to reports, Sullivan was directly responding to an April 6 tweet from journalist Glenn Greenwald that read:

“Twitter founder Jack Dorsey apologized and admitted it was wrong for Twitter to have censored any mention of the story. The [Washington Post] this week called for a media ‘reckoning’ over what they did. Beyond those 2, they all let their lie stand to this day.”

NPR has employed Sullivan for 18 years. In fact, on its website, the network trumpets Sullivan as one of their “most decorated journalists.”

This is not the first time Sullivan has taken direct issue with her employer’s spin on a particular story.

Back in October 2020, when the New York Post originally reported on Hunter Biden’s laptop, NPR joined a number of left-leaning media organizations in going silent about the revelations.

At the time, NPR even quoted managing editor Terence Samuel, by saying, “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

Sullivan’s response, dated Oct. 23, 2020, sounded off on NPR: “Really love it when managers make our jobs harder. I don’t know if that’s #HunterBiden’s laptop or what’s on it, but it’s certainly not a ‘waste of time’ to find out. @NPR managers better hope that laptop was built out of an old Russian blender in Ukraine.”

Roughly five months later, NPR became the subject of outside scrutiny, after erroneously claiming the Biden laptop story had been “discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations.”

The Washington Post and The New York Times recently confirmed that Biden’s laptop and emails were authentic, after initially labeling the story as Russian disinformation at the height of the 2020 election.

Recently, the New York Post reported that a witness in the Hunter Biden grand jury proceedings was asked about Biden’s deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate, along with the identity of “the big guy” during sworn testimony in Wilmington, Delaware.

There’s speculation that the term refers to Joe Biden.

The current Hunter Biden probe has since been expanded to possible acts of money laundering and the violation of lobbying laws, according to reports. Last week, the Washington Post confirmed that in 2017 and 2018, Hunter Biden and the president’s brother, James Biden, controlled $4.8 million in payments from CEFC China.

And in 2019, the FBI seized control of Hunter Biden’s laptop, left in a Delaware-based repair shop.

The contents of the laptop have yet to be released to the public, in full, but last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., successfully included the hard-drive components of Hunter Biden’s captured laptop in the Congressional Record.

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NYT Reporter Pans Jan. 6 ‘Overreaction,’ Says Newsroom Has ‘Bullies’


A New York Times reporter who has claimed it’s a lie that the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol “was no big deal” was captured on undercover video saying the left has overreacted to what happened.

The left’s “overreaction” in some places “was so over the top,” Matthew Rosenberg, the reporter, told Project Veritas, a nonprofit journalism group.

Rosenberg smiled as he said he was “supposed to be traumatized” by the breach but described himself and two colleagues he was with on Jan. 6 as “just having fun” and said he wanted to tell younger reporters at the paper who have said they were scared of the events of the day that “you were not in any danger” and to “man up.”

Rosenberg, being taped at restaurants, also said that there were “a ton of FBI informants amongst the people who attacked the Capitol.”

Rosenberg was one of the authors of a recent story that alleged there were “false narratives” being pushed by some about Jan. 6, including the allegation that “the FBI planted agents to stir up the crowd” and claims that Jan. 6 “was no big deal.”

Rosenberg and a New York Times spokesperson didn’t respond to inquiries.

Rosenberg told Project Veritas, when confronted with the footage, that he was “talking [expletive] at a bar” but stands by what he said.

Reporters Rosenberg named did not return inquiries except for Nicholas Fandos, who declined to comment.

Rosenberg also said his employer may lose the defamation case brought against it by Project Veritas.

“That was a [expletive] up. We might well lose that one,” he said.

Project Veritas sued The New York Times in 2020 over the paper’s reporting on videos recording people in Minnesota involved in ballot harvesting operations.

A New York Supreme Court judge, in a ruling rejecting The New York Times’ attempt to dismiss the suit, said the writers of the articles met “the dictionary definitions of ‘disinformation’ and ‘deceptive’” because of their “failure to note that they injected their opinions in” them.

The case is ongoing.

The reporters are “human beings,” Rosenberg said, “so if our broader culture is in a moment where everybody thinks they know best, that’s going to end up reflecting itself—we’re part of that culture.”

“I don’t think they consciously are aware of these opinions. You inhabit the world you live in,” he opined.

Rosenberg was also captured on video describing some of his colleagues as part of “a very vocal, loud minority that dominates social media and therefore has this hugely outsize influence,” at one point saying they’re “bullies” who have successfully won concessions from management.

At least some of the group have been subject to “a certain amount of indoctrination” at elite schools and have personalities that “would have been considered toxic” in years past, he added.

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Biden Used NYTimes, Wash Post Articles to Defend Energy Policy

President Joe Biden used information from The New York Times and The Washington Post to defend his energy policy, reports Fox News.

Biden on Friday blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for inflation and the rising price of gasoline.

“From the moment he put his over 150,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, the price of gasoline in January went up 75 cents,” Biden claimed. “And Putin began amassing troops along the border and guess what? The world took notice. And those who’ve worked in the business know that the market anticipated, pricing went up more. Then Putin invaded.

“Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin,” he added. “I love — you know, the Republicans are saying it’s “Biden’s gas pipeline.” “Biden said he’s going to stop the Keystone pipeline …” — and I did — “… and that’s the reason prices went up.”

He then cited The New York Times’ fact checker article with the headline: “Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Gas Prices,” saying “it goes on to explain why gas prices are so high,” and a column by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank that read, “Opinion: Biden Heeded Republicans’ Plea to Ban Russian Oil. They Pounced.” 

“And it goes on to talk about why it’s got — don’t let anybody tell you anything you did supporting the idea that we block Russian oil coming into the country, … and I said at the time prices are going to go up for gasoline.  It wasn’t anything we did,” he added.

On why oil companies and executives “don’t want to pump more oil,” Biden said, “nothing is slowing them up from doing it if they want to.”

“They have over 7,000 permits to dig oil if they want,” he said. “Why aren’t they out pumping oil?  …  Because they’ve said and they’re very clear — Wall Street bankers have made it very clear — not a joke, check it out.  And I recommend these two articles to you, just as a little bit of a primer.  You probably already know it.”

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Jury Reaches Verdict in Sarah Palin Defamation Lawsuit against NY Times

 A U.S. federal jury on Tuesday ruled against Sarah Palin in her lawsuit accusing the New York Times of defaming her in a 2017 editorial that incorrectly linked her to a mass shooting, after the presiding judge said he would dismiss the case regardless of the verdict.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate, is expected to appeal.

The case in Manhattan federal court is considered a major test of longstanding libel protections for American media.

A landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court precedent, New York Times v Sullivan, established an “actual malice” standard for public figures like Palin to prove defamation, meaning that media knowingly published false information or had a reckless disregard for the truth.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said Palin had not met that “very high” standard, even as he faulted the Times for “very unfortunate editorializing” in the editorial.

He said letting the jurors reach a verdict could avoid complications should Palin appeal.

Palin viewed the case in biblical terms, testifying on Feb. 10 that she considered herself the underdog to the Times’ Goliath.

She sued the Times and its former editorial page editor James Bennet over a June 14, 2017, editorial that incorrectly linked her to a January 2011 mass shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded Democratic U.S. congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

It was written after a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several people including Republican U.S. congressman Steve Scalise.

The editorial referred to a map circulated by Palin’s political action committee before the Arizona shooting that put the districts of Giffords and 19 other Democrats under cross hairs.

Bennet wrote that “the link to political incitement was clear,” though there was no evidence the map motivated the gunman.

The Times corrected the editorial the next morning after readers and one of its columnists complained. Bennet testified that he did not intend to harm Palin and that he felt terrible about the mistake.

Two conservative Supreme Court justices, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, have called for the Sullivan decision to be reconsidered. There is no guarantee the court will eventually take Palin’s case.

Palin was the late Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, and Alaska’s governor from 2006 to 2009.

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NYT Report: Giuliani to Potentially Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee

Rudy Giuliani is in active talks to testify before the House Jan. 6 committee, according to a New York Times report.

But the extent of his cooperation is not clear. Giuliani last month was subpoenaed to appear for an interview before the committee last week.

But “Mr. Giuliani’s appearance was rescheduled at his request,” a committee aide informed ABC News. “He remains under subpoena and the select committee expects him to cooperate fully.”

Committee investigators and Giuliani’s representation are expected to convene in the coming days to clarify his cooperation regarding either an informal interview or a formal deposition. However, it is unclear if Giuliani, who acted as former President Donald Trump’s lawyer, would dispel client-attorney confidentiality for the committee or invoke executive privilege.

Giuliani is still very close to Trump, and there have been reports that the two plan to spend Super Bowl Sunday together.

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Jon Stewart Defends Joe Rogan: ‘Misinformation’ Can Turn Out to Be True

Comedian Jon Stewart again defended Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan on Friday, saying that ”truth” is sometimes ”shifting sand” and that today’s ”misinformation” can become tomorrow’s fact.

”The New York Times was a giant purveyor of misinformation and disinformation” during the Iraq War in 2003, Stewart said on his podcast, ”The Problem With Jon Stewart.” ”That’s as vaunted a media organization as you can find. But there was no accountability for them.”

He pointed out that at the time, he was a vocal critic of the war and the ”intelligence” being reported about Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s weapons capabilities and the threat they posed to the United States and allies in the region as a pretext for the U.S. to take military action.

In today’s climate, Stewart said, he might have faced censorship from Viacom, which owned the Comedy Central network that hosted his ”Daily Show,” the same way that some other artists and celebrities do on their respective platforms.

”Where I get nervous is, in the runup to the Iraq War, and in the prosecution of the Iraq War, I was vocal, and sometimes cursed about that,” he said.” But the mainstream view, The New York Times’ view, was ‘[Iraq has] weapons of mass destruction, they have these tubes that can only be used for nuclear war.’ Couldn’t I have gone down, fallen down, this [way] if Viacom or Comedy Central had wanted to censor me?”

Stewart said that truth is sometimes like ”shifting sands,” and what was ”misinformation” one day can turn out to be fact the next.

Rogan, who has the most popular podcast in the world with more than 11 million listeners and viewers on Spotify, has been under fire for having people on his show that question the narrative on topics such as COVID-19 vaccines or transgender athletes.

Singer-songwriter Neil Young recently pulled his music catalog from the platform because it would not remove Rogan’s podcast.

Stewart said he knows Rogan and brings a bias to how he sees the situation, but he also believes there should be more ”engagement” between people to clarify certain topics for the audience rather than summarily censoring the content.

He also said that the algorithms used by Big Tech companies, mathematical formulas that allow the system to recommend similar content to what a user is seeing, may push a person further down a ”rabbit hole” of misinformation.

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