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Fox News’ Todd Starnes: Democrats Going ‘Bat-Crap Crazy’ Over Trump Call for 2nd Amendment Violence

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Conservative Commentator Says Mainstream Media Needs ‘Xanax’

Todd Starnes is accusing the “Mainstream Media and Democrats” of having “gone bat-crap crazy over Donald Trump” and his comments calling for Second Amendment violence against Hillary Clinton.

“I mean it’s full-blown, head-spinning, Linda Blair-projectile vomiting kind of crazy, folks,” Starnes, a Fox News columnist and contributor, told his viewers (video above) and readers Wednesday. Calling it “full-blown liberal media bias,” Starnes compares Trump’s call for violence – which was so offensive and outrageous the Secret Service was forced to issue a statement – to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s comment she wishes Trump would just disappear.

“Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBC that she wanted to make Trump ‘disappear.’ Was that a threat? What exactly did the senator mean by wanting to make Trump disappear?,” Starnes falsely claimed. “Where was the Mainstream Media outrage to such a nefarious suggestion? Where was the wall-to-wall speculation, smothered in righteous indignation? There was none – nary a peep,” he lamented.

Why?

Because Starnes was lying.

Here’s what Senator Warren actually said, per Politico:

“I wish Donald Trump would just disappear. Close down his Twitter account, drop out of the race and I’d be the happiest girl on the face of this Earth.”

Memo to Todd Starnes and his apparently non-existent editors and fact-checkers: there’s a difference between calling for Second Amendment violence and wishing someone would disappear.

Starnes is a serial liar, yet Fox News lets him get away with it, and has for years.

Starnes used to just stick to made-up “religious freedom” issues while attacking big-city liberals and LGBT people, but recently he has expanded his territory in the Fox News universe and now is a full-fledged political commentator who continues to give news stories his same unique treatment. 

What does that mean?

Let’s harken back to a few weeks before Christmas, 2013, when Starnes told his readers and listeners at Fox News (he used to be mostly just a Fox News radio guy) that a Georgia public school was confiscating Christmas cards. Starnes, who attended college in Georgia, surely knew the powder keg he was lighting, and so he did it.

“For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday,” Starnes wrote in a post titled, “Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards.” 

When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers’ Christmas cards had been removed – under orders from the Georgia school’s administration. Robb Kicklighter’s wife is a third grade teacher at the school. He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school’s decision to confiscate the Christmas cards. “They took down the cards so the kids can’t see them,” he told me. “Some of the cards had the word ‘Christmas’ and some had Nativity scenes.” The Christmas card censorship comes as the Bulloch County Board of Education cracks down on religious expression in their schools.

Was this true?

Of course not.

Starnes didn’t bother to actually do the work of a journalist, he did the bidding of his buddies of the religious right.

What was the truth?

The cards belong to school staff and “due to a legitimate, personal privacy concern raised by one of the school’s staff members,” the school moved the cards into the the staff office so “so that the staff member could still participate in the tradition,” according to Principal Marlin Baker.

In other words, it was none of Starnes’ business. (Nor yours, nor mine.)

And what happened?

“Unfortunately, today the school was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information that disrupted the good work going on inside,” Principal Baker and the school system said in a statement. “Fox News Radio Commentary Host Todd Starnes, acting on misinformation that neither he, nor his media outlet corroborated with the school system or Baker, misreported a story about student Christmas Cards being removed from the school. Baker did not receive any questions from the local community either.”

Let’s do that again: “the school was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information” by Todd Starnes.

Fox News, with or without Roger Ailes, is still Fox News. 

EARLIER:

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‘It’s an Assassination Threat’: Democratic Lawmakers Slam Trump for ‘Second Amendment’ Remarks

Secret Service Is ‘Aware’ of Trump’s ‘Second Amendment’ Comments Against Clinton

Former CIA Director Weighs in on Trump’s Call for ‘Second Amendment’ Violence Against Clinton

Clinton Campaign Responds to Trump’s Call for ‘Second Amendment’ Violence Against Her

Donald Trump: ‘The Second Amendment People Maybe’ Can Stop Clinton From Picking SCOTUS Judges (Video)

 

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Right-Wing Outraged Over Falsely Thinking White House Press Secretary Said National Security Council Is Using ‘TikTok’

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For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

READ MORE: Morning Joe Reminds Viewers of the Last Time the Koch Network ‘Stopped the Craziness’ in GOP Primaries

Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.

 

 

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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

READ MORE: Watch: Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against George Santos After GOP Leadership Calls It an ‘Internal’ Matter

Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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Jordan’s First Hearing on ‘So-Called’ Weaponization of Government Mocked Over Conspiracy Theorist Witnesses

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Its first hearing isn’t until Thursday but already Chairman Jim Jordan‘s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is being mocked after the list of witnesses was released.

NBC News’ Garrett Haake reports testifying before the committee on Thursday will be ex-Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and former FBI special agent Nicole Parker.

Gabbard left the Democratic Party and is now an independent and a Fox News contributor. In 2019, Hillary Clinton suggested she was a Russian asset being groomed for a third-party presidential run. She sued the former Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Secretary of State but later dropped the defamation lawsuit.

Also, Gabbard “shared false information,” Forbes reported last year, “about U.S. involvement in Ukraine biological laboratories … giving credence to an unfounded Russian-backed conspiracy theory the U.S. has warned could serve as justification for Russia to use biological and chemical weapons against Ukraine.”

READ MORE: Santos Denies Sexually Assaulting Prospective Staffer Working in His Office – Calls Allegations ‘Comical’

Sen. Johnson, who narrowly won re-election after being among the top promoters of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” is a conspiracy theorist who uses his Senate seat to spread false information about COVID and a host of other crises.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza branded Johnson the “Senate’s leading conspiracy theorist” just one year ago. The Washington Post reported last May that Sen. Johnson “expressed openness” to “a fervent anti-vaccination” commentator’s “idea that maybe the coronavirus vaccines are a conduit for deliberately giving people AIDS.”

Sen. Grassley has come under fire for his racist remarks about COVID-19, dangerously false claims about the IRS, and apparent falsehoods about the January 6 insurrection and its participants.

Last year The American Independent reported Grassley told a constituent “what you said is accurate.” According to The Independent, the constituent said during a town hall: “Knowing that the FBI and Capitol Police were complicit in Jan. 6, what have you done to get the political prisoners being held in gulag conditions out on bail?”

Some were quick to mock Chairman Jordan’s choice of witnesses to testify before his subcommittee’s first hearing.

“Johnson actively pushed the WI legislature & the VP to overturn the election. Tulsi used her perch in Congress to secretly meet with Assad & whitewash his war crimes. so in a sense, they are indeed experts on weaponizing gov’t.,” mocked former Hillary Clinton foreign policy spokesperson Jesse Lehrich.

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Jim Manley, a top aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, described the panel as “low energy.”

NBC News Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly pre-deflated Parker’s possible contributions, citing her as saying: “’I was never asked to participate in anything that was political,’ Nicole Parker said in one of her Fox News hits (Hannity, specifically).”

Even CNN did not hide its skepticism, beginning its reporting with this line: “The GOP-led House select subcommittee on so-called weaponization of the federal government will draw upon a prominent ex-Democrat, two of their Republican Senate colleagues, and a former FBI agent in their first public hearing to discuss how they believe the government has been weaponized against conservatives, multiple sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.”

 

 

 

 

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