Johnathan Jones


Many people who wear eyeglasses have, at one point or another, discovered their glasses are missing.

They rummage through drawers and look under furniture, only to discover that that didn’t actually lose the glasses.

They were actually wearing them the entire time.

It’s a humorous moment, when one falls into a moment of unawareness.

CNN’s Brian Stelter doesn’t wear glasses, at least not on TV, but he displayed a similar sense of incognizance recently, searching for something that isn’t lost, but is actually on his person, and indeed all around him.

The host of “Reliable Sources” uses his program to package unreliable information and show it to his relatively small audience.

Some would call Stelter’s reporting “fake news.”

It is bad journalism, which stands to reason, as Stelter is a dishonest person.

And he’s apparently become so adept at lying that he is now capable of deceiving himself.

In attempting to smear news organizations which are not in the pocket of the Democratic National Committee, Stelter sought to find one which is biased against President Donald Trump.

That’s a laughable concept, as every serious person who’s staked a claim in the direction of their country’s future knows Trump has few allies, aside from his base and the voters who opted to take a chance on his long-shot candidacy in 2016.

On Sunday, Stelter asked a panel of other so-called journalists to discuss with him the impact of conservative media, which has grown in influence as Americans have sought an escape from the mainstream media’s leftist activism.

“Negative partisanship,” Stelter said before opening up the panel discussion, “is happening in all directions, but it is especially extreme, especially vitriolic on the right, directed at Joe Biden. And directed at other Democrats right now.

“We see it all the time on Fox News, a channel that often seems more anti-Democrat than pro-Trump,” he added, according to NewsBusters.

Stelter then talked with Errin Haines, the editor-at-large of a media website called The 19th, about his perception that conservative news outlets are out to get former Vice President Joe Biden.

It was during this exchange that Stelter asked one of the most profoundly absurd questions ever asked on CNN, and that includes Don Lemon asking whether a rogue Indian Ocean black hole might have stolen an entire airplane in 2014.

“When you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent to that on the left, tearing down Trump?” Stelter asked.

Stelter, either unaware of his bias, suffering through some fit of self-denial, or attempting to preserve a facade that he is a journalist, was at that very moment the face of the media company which he asked about.

He is CNN personified.

He was the answer to his own problem.

He’d have been taken more seriously if he’d been searching for his chair while sitting in it — or had asked Haines if she’d seen his eyeglasses while he was wearing them.

At this point, CNN exists almost solely to oppose Trump, his policies and his supporters.

To even ask whether there are news organizations which operate with a mission to torpedo Trump’s presidency and re-election prospects makes a mockery of common sense.

To ask such a question while hosting a CNN program was insulting to those who were unfortunate enough to have seen it.

Aside from many of those at Fox News and a handful of smaller networks, every single major TV news organization operates every day with a singular goal: to destroy the president.

Trump is also the target of countless leftist online media companies and the social media giants which show them preferential treatment as they work in unison to mislead voters.

But no organization wears its disdain for Trump more on its sleeve than CNN, and no other cable news host vehemently opposes our president in a more more absurd manner than the unreliable host of “Reliable Sources.”

No employee at CNN is more disingenuous, unaware and untrustworthy than Brian Stelter.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Tone-Deaf Stelter Asks if There Are Any Anti-Trump Media Outlets – Live on CNN

The NFL will ban national anthem singers from games in the upcoming season to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, a new report claims.

Michael McCarthy with Front Office Sports tweeted the report as breaking news Monday.

“BREAKING: NFL won’t allow National Anthem singers on-field this year. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ will still be played,” McCarthy wrote.

“But due to COVID-19 concerns, performers will have to pre-tape the anthem – or have their rendition piped in live from an outside venue,” he added.

In a separate tweet, McCarthy wrote that he had been given an exclusive about the reported decision, which also limits the presence of military and police personnel at games.

Those who might see their presence on the field diminished are honor guards, who present the colors and escort American flags to and from events.

“EXCLUSIVE: The NFL is ditching live on-field performances by U.S. National Anthem singers this season,” McCarthy wrote.

“Due to COVID-19 risk to players, the league may also curtail on-field access of Military/Police Honor Guards who present the American flag before games,” McCarthy added.

In his reporting, McCarthy wrote, “The NFL will ditch live performances of the national anthem before games this season, sources said. Given the abundance of American flag imagery inside stadiums on signs and video boards, the league could also curtail the on-field access of live military and police honor guards.”

“The absence of anthem singers, and possibly military and police honor guards, won’t be the only changes inside NFL stadiums this year as the league deals with weighty social justice issues this season,” the report added.

“It is also unlikely that fans will be allowed to attend games in several markets, with teams such as the New York Giants, Jets and Philadelphia Eagles already stating fans will not attend this season.”

If the report is true, then pre-game traditions such as the singing of the national anthem and displaying of American flags might disappear for the time being.

While McCarthy wrote that the changes will be made to limit the potential for the spread of the coronavirus, the report is sure to lead to speculation that by removing the national anthem from professional football, the NFL can limit decisive acts by players, such as kneeling during the anthem.

Other leagues that are now back after a sports hiatus have embraced the Black Lives Matter political movement, and baseball games and basketball games have seen entire teams refuse to stand during or before “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

While not conclusively linked to the embrace of leftist politics, ratings for Major League Baseball and the NBA have been underwhelming since the return of play for both leagues last month.

The poor ratings for professional baseball and basketball were released after countless fans expressed outrage at players refusing to stand for their county’s flag and anthem, and at professional sports’ apparent complete embrace of the neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: NFL To Ditch On-Field National Anthem Performance: Report

A large tax debt owed to the government by the son of former Vice President Joe Biden has disappeared, according to a report.

Hunter Biden, who has faced scrutiny over allegedly profiting from businesses internationally using his father’s influence, recently told a court in his Arkansas paternity case that he was out of work and broke.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Saturday that despite the younger Biden’s reported personal and financial woes, he was able to resolve a six-figure tax debt in a short period of time.

“Hunter Biden was hit with a $450,000 lien in July over delinquent state income taxes, which he paid off in six days despite having no discernible income,” the Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman reported.

The ability to pay nearly half a million dollars in back taxes in less than a week seems to contradict statements from Biden to an Arkansas court that he could not afford to pay child support.

In January, Biden agreed to pay the mother of a child he fathered in Arkansas, despite not having a job, retroactive to November 2018, Fox News reported.

Biden failed to turn over documents relevant to his income and was held in contempt of court, according to Fox.

After a court-ordered paternity test, Biden was found to be the child’s father.

There was also a legal dustup concerning how much Biden’s permanent monthly child support payment would be calculated.

The paternity and child support case in Arkansas furthers the mystery surrounding Biden’s ability to pay off the reported tax debt.

“A spokesman for D.C.’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer confirmed that Hunter Biden’s lien was released on July 15 after the ‘tax issue was resolved.’ The office declined to say whether Biden had paid off the debt,” The Free Beacon reported.

It is unclear what income, if any, Biden has at the moment, as his father seeks to unseat President Donald Trump in November.

Biden has been linked to a series of financial scandals.

After being hired by Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings in 2014, Biden was paid a salary of $83,333 a month, Fox reported.

The high salary was paid despite the former VP’s son holding a job as a non-executive “ceremonial figure.”

It was also said by three individuals close to Biden’s Burisma deal that he never visited Ukraine, despite the exorbitant salary, according to Reuters.

Biden was reportedly paid that salary from April 2014 until November 2015.

He did not step down from Burisma until last year, a time period in which his salary was as much $50,000 per month, according to The New York Times.

There is also widespread speculation about Biden’s potential income stemming from business dealings in China.

The New York Post outlined how Biden became involved in a billion-dollar business venture with Chinese investors who were back by the state-owned Bank of China.

“In December 2013, Hunter landed in Beijing aboard Air Force Two, accompanying his father on an official visit to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter’s company, Rosemont Seneca, became a partner in a new investment,” the report read.

“Hunter Biden claimed to the New Yorker that he and his partners have not seen any money from the BHR deal. But even if true, the potential payouts are significant.”

Biden is not drawing salaries from his previous business deals, according to the Free Beacon.

In Biden’s 2017 divorce, his former wife claimed he sent the family into financial ruin by spending money on “drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he had sexual relations.”

Kathleen Biden said the family was left with massive debts by Biden’s alleged activities, including tax debt, medical bills and credit cards that were maxed out.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Hunter Biden’s $450,000 Tax Debt Mysteriously ‘Resolved’ Despite His Having No Discernible Income

A Democratic state senator in Tennessee has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds in order to pay for a wedding and other personal expenses.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced charges against Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson, accusing her of stealing money from a company she directed over a period of four years.

WHBQ-TV in Memphis reported that from 2015 to 2019, according to a complaint, Robinson took in excess of $600,000 from the Healthcare Institute, which provides health care vocational training.

Robinson’s institute received $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration during that time.

The Justice Department said Robinson stole nearly a quarter of it.

The state senator, according to federal authorities, used the stolen money for herself and her family.

In addition to paying for her wedding, Robinson allegedly also paid for her honeymoon and subsequent divorce with funds that were allegedly embezzled from the Healthcare Institute.

She is further accused of using the money to buy a snow-cone shack, pay off personal loans and fund improvements to her home.

The senator also allegedly paid for a campaign event with embezzled federal funds.

Robinson is charged with theft, embezzlement and wire fraud.

If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“Anyone who seeks to take advantage of government programs will be vigorously investigated by the FBI, regardless of who they are or any position they hold,” acting Special Agent in Charge Jermicha L. Fomby with the FBI said in a news release.

“The public should know that the FBI will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to identify and investigate those who seek to exploit government programs and line their own pockets,” Fomby added.

An attorney for the embattled lawmaker said she is innocent.

“Senator Robinson has a story to tell. She’s eager to tell that story. We believe once all the facts come out and her story is told, she will be vindicated,” attorney Kamilah White said, according to WHBQ.

Robinson represents Tennessee’s 33rd District, which includes the city of Memphis.

She will not resign amid the charges and has the full backing of the state’s Democrats.

The Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus issued a statement saying Robinson’s work in the legislature is “not in question” and she “deserves the presumption of innocence and due process.”

Not only will Robinson not step down, but she is running for re-election.

“If I did not champion the voices, the views and faces that I represent then I would not be in this moment right now,” Robinson said, according to WHBQ.

“If you support me, keep supporting me,” she added. “If you stand with me, keep standing with me.”

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Democrat Politician Charged with Using Federal Funds To Pay for Wedding, Other Personal Expenses

Sparks flew on MSNBC when Trump supporter Vernon Jones went toe-to-toe with network host Craig Melvin, who asked if he is a paid surrogate for the White House.

Jones, a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives who announced his support for President Donald Trump in April, is engaged in open combat with his party over the endorsement.

That war of words carried over to MSNBC on Wednesday when Jones faced a gauntlet of questions from the liberal host and got heated when Melvin asserted Jones is being paid by the Trump campaign for his support.

After Melvin asked Jones if he is “being compensated” for his support of President Donald Trump, Jones fired back.

“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president,” Jones told Melvin.

“I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles. See, that’s the problem. When an African American –”

Jones was cut off by Melvin, who said, “Sir, I did not raise your race.”

“You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. … I don’t want anything from this president,” Jones said.

“It’s what I can do for my country,” he continued, “and you need to accept that many other African-Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me, to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful and that’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep blacks silent who happen to support this president.”

Jones then demanded he receive fair treatment from the MSNBC host.

“Why can’t I be like white liberals or other whites, nobody questions if they’re getting paid. … So do you ask Democrats if they getting paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?” he asked Melvin.

Jones shocked Democrats when he announced his support for the president in April.

The state legislator won the seat for Georgia’s 91st District in 2017.

That is one of the heaviest Democrat districts in the state, the party stronghold of Dekalb County.

In April, Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would completely back Trump, citing the president’s positive impacts on the lives of black Americans.

“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020.”

“It’s very simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign,” the legislator added.

Jones later walked back the announcement to vacate his seat.

Earlier this month, Jones called on his party to change its name, pointing out Democrats’ historical support for slavery and racial segregation.

“If the Democrats are looking to eradicate every thing with a ‘racist history’, when will my party confront and apologize for its own?” he asked in a tweet.

“If racist relics of the past must come down, shouldn’t we start with the Democrat Party?”

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Democratic Trump Supporter Goes Off on MSNBC Host Over ‘Disgraceful’ Question

Amid an increasingly politically divided landscape across sports and culture, NASCAR officials are considering banning political statements from cars, according to a report.

Sports Business Daily reported Friday that conversations about banning such displays are in the “early stages,” but they are being held in the wake of the sport becoming a magnet for political controversies in recent weeks.

“The paint schemes are sold by teams and NASCAR merely approves them, but social media chatter in recent months has shown that many people blame the sanctioning body for allowing political paint schemes they do not like,” Adam Stern with Sports Business Daily wrote.

“It is not yet clear how much teams could push back on this, but they do rely on sponsorship for roughly 75% of their annual revenue. However, industry execs, including those from teams, are getting increasingly uneasy about how much the sport has been politicized, so there could be newfound acceptance of this topic.”

Stern said sources told him racing’s governing body is “frustrated by the increasing polarization and controversies surrounding the sport, and it is now holding internal discussions about whether to ban political paint schemes in the future.”

Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, drove a car with a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme last month at Martinsville.

Driver Corey LaJoie later unveiled a “Trump 2020” paint scheme.

ESPN reported LaJoie was sponsored by the pro-Trump Patriots of America PAC.

“With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” LaJoie said, according to ESPN.

“I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.”

But the controversy surrounding the sport in the weeks since the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody has gone far beyond paint schemes.

NASCAR signaled last month, at least to some fans, that it was siding with the radical leftist Black Lives Matter movement when it banned Confederate battle flags at events and facilities.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties,” NASCAR said.

NASCAR also mishandled a controversy last month surrounding a supposed noose found in Wallace’s garage at Talladega.

An FBI investigation determined that the noose was, in fact, a garage door pull rope that had been there for months.

Some fans felt NASCAR officials were quick to jump to a conclusion on the garage door pull.

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team,” NASCAR said in a statement at the time the controversy began. “We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

President Donald Trump was among those who had harsh words for both Wallace and NASCAR.

The divisiveness of politics being injected into racing and sports overall has NASCAR executives considering a policy of political neutrality.

“The talks are in the early stages, and what will be the ultimate outcome, and when such a move would be implemented if it was adopted, are all currently unclear,” Stern reported.

“It also is unclear what NASCAR would define as political. This move likely would get major attention and show that the sport is taking active steps to try to be more politically neutral than ever before.”

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Report: NASCAR Might Ban Political Messages After ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Trump 2020’ Paint Jobs

Conservatives have long complained about Big Tech’s censorship, but now Google-owned YouTube is deleting user comments that are critical of the Chinese Communist Party.

The news was reported by PC Mag the same day Twitter used its new fact-check directive to hit posts from President Donald Trump about the potential for fraud in widespread mail-in voting, which is being touted by Democrats and activist reporters.

As a number of Democratic governors across the country have used their executive powers to impose restrictions on citizens, Big Tech is hard at work controlling their activities online.

That apparently includes YouTube’s removal of some critical comments about the authoritarian regime that unleashed the coronavirus pandemic on the world.

PC Mag reported that two Chinese phrases, when posted in the YouTube comments section, disappear within roughly 30 seconds.

The phrases are “共匪” (Gong-Fei) and “五毛” (Wu-Mao),” the outlet reported.

“The first term means Communist bandit while the second phrase refers to internet users who covertly work to manipulate public opinion on behalf of China’s government. Try to type either term into YouTube’s comment sections and the post will mysteriously disappear about 30 seconds later,” PC Mag’s Michael Kan noted.

Virtual reality entrepreneur Palmer Luckey, who founded Oculus VR before selling it to Facebook in 2014, pointed out the issue on Twitter.

“Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?” he tweeted Monday.

Indeed, why would YouTube — or its parent, Google — go to such lengths to ban comments critical of a government that has banned it?

According to Google, those comments are being deleted because of a software issue.

“Upon review by our teams, we have confirmed this was an error in our enforcement systems and we are working to fix it as quickly as possible,” a YouTube representative said in a statement emailed to The Western Journal.

The company said the issue “was not the result of any change in its moderation policy,” according to The Verge, and had gone on unnoticed for six months.

YouTube said it has been relying more on automation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The answer wasn’t good enough for Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who was already peeved by Twitter’s move against the president Tuesday.

Hawley, a Republican, shared Luckey’s tweet and demanded an answer from Google.

“I’d like to know the answer to this @Google,” Sen. Hawley wrote.

Indeed, by Wednesday morning, Hawley had written a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding that answer.

Hawley asked Pichai to “explain whether Google or its partners had any conversations with members, representatives, or proxies of the Chinese Communist Party about these terms.”

The senator also appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning and discussed the issue by tying it in with Twitter’s actions against conservatives, including the president.

“Here is the bottom line on this: Big Tech gets a huge handout from the federal government. They get this special immunity, this special immunity from suits and from liability that’s worth billions of dollars to them every year,” Hawley said.

“Why are they getting subsidized by federal taxpayers to censor conservatives, to censor people critical of China?” he asked. “They need to explain. We need some answers.”

Hawley later took to Twitter to call for an end to social media’s protection from civil liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which is outdated and was designed with the intent to “promote the continued development of the Internet and other interactive computer services and other interactive media” way back in 1996.

It’s safe to say we have reached a point where “interactive media” and “interactive computer services,” such as Google and Twitter, have grown far beyond what could have been foreseen 24 years ago.

Big Tech has not only matured beyond the language of Section 230, it has grown into a cancer that is silencing or muffling Americans, including a sitting president, and is stooging for a communist human rights abuser that has outlawed its use by Chinese citizens.

Social media platforms have become a virtual town square, where people gather to discuss, debate and share ideas.

The ability of some Americans to participate in them should not be held hostage to foreign interests and the whims of a handful of far-left tech billionaires in Silicon Valley.

The time to hold Big Tech accountable for its influence on American life has long passed.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Comments Critical of Chinese Communist Party Are Being Removed from YouTube, Company Calls It ‘Error’

A new Gallup survey finds that Republicans are happier and less prone to feeling anxious, lonely or bored than Democrats amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gallup began tracking the demographics of the emotions that coincide with the nation’s health and economic crises on March 23 and found that overall, people are worrying less in May than they were two months ago.

As states begin to reopen from lockdowns, according to the poll released on Monday, more Americans are feeling happier.

In the most recent poll, conducted between April 27 and May 10, 72 percent of respondents reported feeling happy “during a lot of the day yesterday.” That is an increase of 5 percentage points from March 23-April 5, when 67 percent of people answered the same way.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of those surveyed in the most recent poll reported feeling a sense of worry “during a lot of the day yesterday.”

By comparison, 59 percent of respondents reported feeling worried when asked the same question in late March and early April.

In its most recent survey, Gallup noted a correlation between emotions and the party affiliation of respondents.

A higher percentage of Republicans and independents reported feeling happiness when compared to the share of Democrats who said they felt that way. Meanwhile, Democrats seemed to report feeling negative emotions at a generally higher rate than Republicans and independents.

But Republicans seemed to be the happiest of the bunch.

Seventy-seven percent of Republicans reported feeling happiness during the day prior to being surveyed, compared to 74 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats.

More Democrats than Republicans also reported feeling the emotions of loneliness and boredom on the day prior to being surveyed.

Twenty-eight percent of Democrats reported feeling loneliness, compared to 23 percent of independents and 19 percent of Republicans.

Independents were most likely to be bored (43 percent), compared to 42 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans.

The survey also found that Democrats were far more worried than any of the groups surveyed, and edged out Republicans in this category by 20 points.

Fifty-eight percent of Democrats said they had felt worried a day prior to being polled, compared to 44 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans.

“Results for this Gallup poll are based on self-administered web surveys conducted April 27-May 10, 2020, with a random sample of 8,712 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, who are members of the Gallup Panel. Gallup uses probability-based, random sampling methods to recruit its Panel members,” the polling organization noted.

“For results based on any individual sample, the margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error for subgroups are higher.”

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Poll: Democrats Are Significantly More Miserable Than Republicans

Dave Portnoy, the founder of the blog Barstool Sports, delivered an impassioned and very vulgar speech on social media Wednesday after growing fed up with how coronavirus lockdowns are damaging jobs and the economy.

Venting in a video Twitter post that he described as “corona rant time,” Portnoy laid into government officials for moving the goal posts in regard to opening back up the economy, and said he would rather die from the coronavirus than lose his business.

“When did this become ‘flatten the curve,’ ‘flatten the curve,’ ‘flatten the curve,’ to ‘we have to find a cure or everyone’s going to die?’” Portnoy said.

Portnoy aimed some of his ire at Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who he described as a “nice enough dude.”

“He gets in front of the Senate, he’s like, ‘We reopen the country too quick, everyone’s dead!’ Where’d that come from?” he added.

“And the LA mayor, ‘We’re not opening the city ’til we find a cure’? What? Find a cure? What? Who says we’re gonna find a cure? We haven’t found a cure to cancer. It took AIDS 20 years or whatever — do we even have a cure? So the economy is just shut down?” Portnoy continued.

Pointing out that there are now ample resources for hospitals to handle an influx of patients, Portnoy called out some state and local governments for “changing the rules.”

The Barstool Sports founder said he’s concerned that if the lockdowns continue, people will not have jobs and companies to return to.

“You’ve got to give these people a choice,” Portnoy said. “If you told me, because of corona I lost Barstool, I had to get a 9-to-5 and start f—ing over, I’d rather die of corona. Seriously. Or at least take my chances.

“I’m not saying everybody would do that. I would. But if I’ve dedicated 20 years of my life I don’t want to start over. I’ll f—ing deal with corona,” he said.

“You can’t just make everybody stay inside and basically start over. It’s insane. What the f— do they think is going to happen?” Portnoy asked. “At some level, we’ve done what you asked us to do. If you’re that scared still of corona, stay inside. The beds are open.”

“There are no great options, but you can’t just decimate the entire economy! How the f— is that gonna work?” he added. “We’re staying inside until there’s a cure?”

“There’s risk. We’re Americans. You have to take risk!” Portnoy said.

“If people want to go out, they can go out. If they want to stay in, they stay in,” he added. “We have no chance if you don’t let people go outside. This country is going to be done-zo. No one is going to have jobs, no one is going to have businesses. It’s going to be done. It’s over. Let me roll the dice and play with corona or at least give me the choice.”

As of Thursday, Portnoy’s rant had been viewed 4.7 million times on Twitter and shared more than 60,000 times.

Portnoy previously had a public feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York after the freshman democratic socialist congresswoman criticized Barstool Sports last year in response to a joke Portnoy made about firing employees who might attempt to start a union.

The congresswoman accused Portnoy of breaking the law.

“If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, “on the spot,” she wrote. “ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.”

Ocasio-Cortez attempted to use the saga to raise money for her campaign, but Portnoy ended up coming out on top after Barstool Sports was flooded with record-breaking online traffic.

Portnoy challenged the Democrat to a debate, which never happened,

Portnoy also criticized AOC on Fox News:

“I don’t think she has any clue who we are or what we do. She just jumped in the fray like an idiot and now it helped us. But, yeah, it was a good day for Barstool. It continues to be,” he said.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Sports Media Mogul Unleashes Against Lockdown Restrictions: ‘It’s Insane’

Former first lady Michelle Obama has announced she is supporting a Democrat-authored bill that would force states to expand vote-by-mail options amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As Democrats nationwide push for the upcoming November election to be conducted largely by mail, Obama has announced her support for a bill that would require every state to offer voters absentee ballots.

Through her celebrity-centric voting rights group When We All Vote, Obama said she plans to support the Democrat-written Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act.

“There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country; making the democracy we all cherish more accessible; and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life,” she said in a statement to Axios.

The former first lady also tweeted her support for the bill Monday, saying, “No American should have to choose between making their voice heard and staying safe. Expanding access to #VoteByMail, online voter registration and early voting are critical steps for this moment — they’re also long overdue.”

The proposed legislation she’s supporting was written by Democrat Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Suzan DelBene of Washington and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is also a co-author of the bill.

In the legislation, Democrats ask for $500 million in grants to make blank absentee ballots easily accessible and request that those ballots be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

The bill also calls for all registered voters nationwide to be eligible for absentee voting and would require ballots printed at home to be accepted — in addition to allowing voters to request ballots up until five days before an election.

While the rules on absentee voting vary from state to state, some states currently require voters to request a mail-in ballot, along with a valid excuse for why they intend to vote via mail.

The Democrat lawmakers claim in the legislation that expansion of vote-by-mail will “be important in the event that mail is delayed due to large numbers of postal workers being quarantined.”

Many Republicans, however, worry about the potential for fraud and abuse with widescale voting by mail.

Former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett also spoke to Axios about the proposed legalization.

Regarding the Wisconsin primary, in which voters showed up in-person to vote last week, Jarrett said seeing people vote in-person is “concerning” during the coronavirus outbreak.

“We all saw those lines,” Jarrett said. “It was just deeply, profoundly concerning.”

“Our goal is to just try to make sure we maximize the number of citizens who can participate in that most fundamental and important responsibility,” Jarrett told Axios.

Jarrett sits on the board of When We All Vote, which has never endorsed any specific voting legislation, until now.

Axios reported the group’s support for the Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act is “the first time the celebrity-backed organization has endorsed federal legislation — and it comes as Democrats await the Obamas’ return to the political stage to help Joe Biden.”

When We All Vote describes itself as “a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.”

The group is co-chaired by Obama, pop singer Selena Gomez, actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, NBA point guard Chris Paul, country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and a number of other celebrities.

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, also is listed as a co-chairwoman of the organization.

Trump has emerged as a leading voice against expanding absentee voting.

The president was asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl if the country should expand absentee voting earlier this month at a media briefing.

“I think people should vote with ID, voter ID. I think voter ID is very important, and the reason [Democrats] don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat,” Trump said.

“It should be you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself … You should vote at the booth. And you should have voter ID, because when you have voter ID, that’s the real deal,” he concluded.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Michelle Obama Joins with Congressional Democrats in New Push for Mail-In Voting

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