Twitter Censors Embarrassing for Biden Reporting Again

Twitter has permanently suspended right-wing journalist James O’Keefe for using subterfuge to catfish and secretly film videos. The tech platform’s action comes after O’Keefe released the first instalment of a three-part “#ExposeCNN” campaign filmed with hidden cameras. His first video featured a CNN employee, Charles Chester, talking to an undercover journalist about his views on the news network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Chester, a director for the network, made his comments when he believed he was on dates with a woman posing as a nurse. “Look at what we did, we got Trump out,” brags Chester in the first video released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

The undercover videos recordings reveal CNN director Chester saying:

  •  “Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out… I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that.”
  • “We would always show shots of him [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric.”
  • “I think there’s a COVID fatigue. So, like whenever a new story comes up, they’re [CNN’s] going to latch onto it. They’ve already announced in our office that once the public is – will be open to it – we’re going to start focusing mainly on climate.”
  • “It’s going to be our [CNN’s] focus. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So, our next thing is going to be for climate change awareness.”
  • “It [COVID] will taper off to a point that it’s not a problem anymore. Climate change can take years, so they’ll [CNN will] probably be able to milk that quite a bit…Climate change is going to be the next COVID thing for CNN… Fear sells.” 

O’Keefe established Project Veritas in 2011 as a non-profit journalism enterprise to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society”. Looks like he has succeeded…

This is not the first time Twitter has censored stories damaging to Biden. They blocked the New York Post’s account before the US election after they posted a story damaging to Biden, claiming it was misinformation. Subsequently, the story was mostly substantiated. This continuing blatant partisanship censorship is very worrying…

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WATCH: MP’s Naked Zoom Cameo Cock Up

While jittery wifi and accidental mutings have been the worst Pandemic problems most MPs have dealt with, one member recently made much more of an appearance than intended during a recent question time session. Wandering onto screen totally starkers after a supposed jog, the Tory whip raised a point of order, reminding everyone that suits and ties are compulsory. Sadly for the Westminster press gagging for a transgression like this, the embarrassing scenes went down in Canada…

Responding to the point of order, the Speaker claimed he’d “missed that” though technicians confirmed the event had happened. The MP responsible, Will Amos, subsequently tweeted an apology:

When elected, Trudeau promised his government would improve “openness and transparency” – this may be too far…

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Waitress Warned She Could Face Criminal Prosecution as Boozing Welsh Politicians Let Off

Back in January, Guido reported on the boozy lockdown bash held in the Welsh Parliament’s Members’ Tea Room, in which four Assembly Members drank the night away despite a 6 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales. As a result, Labour MS Alun Davies was later suspended from the party, and Paul Davies also stood down as Welsh Tory leader.

Despite breaking the law, however, Freedom of Information requests confirm that no police action was taken against any of the politicians involved. Instead, a Tea Room staff member – who allegedly poured two glasses of wine for the lawbreaking politicians – has revealed that she has been contacted by the licensing authorities, and is now scheduled to be interviewed under caution. A letter posted to the junior staffer last week advised of her right to remain silent, and even warned she may face prosecution:

All in all it is a very unjust upstairs/downstairs state of affairs if the politicians get off and only the waitress gets punished… 

Hat-tip: Neil McEvoy, Propel

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Sturgeon Flounders When Asked to Explain Economic Benefits of Independence

Nicola Sturgeon was left red-faced once again yesterday, after Channel 4’s Ciaran Jenkins quizzed her over the enormous economic damage posed by Scottish independence. Asked the rather obvious question of whether the SNP have conducted a financial analysis of independence, Sturgeon said:

“When we put the choice of independence in the form of a referendum we will do the analysis at that point and let Scottish people decide.”

In other words: they haven’t. Jenkins then followed with LSE data forecasting a UK-Scotland trade cost increase of at least 15% (and potentially as high as 30%), which Sturgeon rebuffed by claiming it was a “very, very narrowly-based assessment [which] didn’t take into account the wider benefits of independence to Scotland’s economy”. Sturgeon needs to explain what the “wider benefits” actually are if she wants people to support independence; Guido’s surprised that the leader of Scotland’s pro-independence party could not even enumerate its economic benefits. She’s promised the full details are on the way, “just not now”. No rush…

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Coldplay Dash COP26 Dreams

Coldplay has poured cold water on Dan Rosenfield’s dreams, telling The Sun, “Contrary to media reports, the band have not been approached to appear or perform at COP26.”Speculation that the band might be approached to appear or perform at the COP26 Glasgow summit remains just that, speculation.  This will be a blow to both of Coldplay’s fans…

While Boris is still trying to fight climate change, in his message to the planet that “I will try to Fix You”, The Scientist in No. 10 will now face Trouble in drumming up public support for Glasgow, and the global Paradise it aims to create.

Guido understands tackling light pollution also remains a priority, so children in inner cities can once again see A Sky Full of Stars. Chris Martin’s reassured the government, “it won’t be difficult to find someone In My Place”; and that Boris shouldn’t be offended – he just has a Yellow belly at the thought of performing in front of Greta…

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Reform UK File BBC OFCOM Complaint over Debate Exclusion

Reform UK has written to OFCOM after the BBC decided to exclude them from the upcoming Welsh leader’s debate – despite the inclusion of the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party (AWAP) and the Green Party. Reform UK points out this is bonkers given they (as the Brexit Party) won the most votes in 19 out Wales’ 22 council districts in the EU elections. Tice says he hopes the decision “is not some form of latent revenge for that result in 2019″…

“The decision by the BBC to wilfully exclude Reform Wales from the Leaders debate on the 29th is obviously wrong. Particularly given that Reform, as it was then, The Brexit Party, won a national election in Wales a mere two years ago Not only that we are running a full slate of candidates in line with the other major parties for the Senned. Not to include us in this debate is clearly biased, unfair and totally unacceptable.”

Their spokesman also points out AWAP is standing in just 23 constituencies, versus the 40 Reform UK is putting itself up in. Despite this absurd decision, the BBC is refusing to think again, and “will oppose any application for permission to bring a claim for judicial review”. 

The party’s OFCOM complaint is on two grounds: that the BBC is selectively focussing on the recent polling that shows the AWAP doing better, and ignoring OFCOM’s code that says greater weight should be given to real-world electoral performance and track record. Guido reckons Reform has a good case. The question is can they win it before the debate in a fortnight…

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