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Mainstream Media Is Spreading Fake News About Marijuana Killing a Baby

November 20, 2017 Leave a comment

(ANTIMEDIA) —This week the news cycle was flooded with mainstream headlines suggesting doctors were claiming have discovered the first marijuana overdose.

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“Doctors claim baby’s 2015 death was caused by marijuana overdose,” a Fox News headline claimed.

“Baby boy is first marijuana overdose death, doctors claim,” wrote AOL and the New York Daily News.

Local Colorado NBC affiliate 9 News headlined their article “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.”

Except that wasn’t what the doctors who investigated the baby’s death said in their report.

According to the doctors, the baby had been lethargic and retching in the days leading up to his hospitalization. An autopsy found the baby had myocarditis, a condition that inflames the heart muscles and causes them to stop working.

The doctors did acknowledge the presence of cannabis in the baby’s system. “The presence of THC metabolites in the patient’s urine and serum, most likely secondary to ingestion, is the only uncovered risk factor in the etiology for his myocarditis,” they wrote.

They even documented the link between cannabis and the condition in other research:

 “The link between cannabis use and myocarditis has been documented in multiple teenagers and young adults.”

Further, they urged research into the potential relationship, saying “we believe there exists a plausible relationship that justifies further research into cannabis-associated cardiotoxicity and related practice adjustments.”

Nevertheless, they also cautioned that there were limitations in their report, citing “the case study design, the limitations on interpreting an exact time, dose and route of cannabis exposure, the specificity of histopathology being used to classify etiology of myocarditis, and inconsistent blood culture results.”

In their discussion, they carefully explained that “As of this writing, this is the first reported pediatric death associated with cannabis exposure.” In other words, there was correlation – not causation. They did not conclude cannabis caused the death, though media outlets reported they had.

As those headlines emerged, one of the doctors spoke out to clarify.

We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child,” said Thomas Nappe, one of the co-authors. Nappe is currently the director of medical toxicology at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa, and is listed as affiliated with Denver Health and Hospital Authority’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in the report. Christopher O. Hoyte of University of Colorado School of Medicine at Anschutz Medical Center, who also authored the report, was reportedly unavailable for an interview, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Post, “Nappe emphasized that the word ‘associated’ should not be interpreted as indicating a cause and effect.”

Even if cannabis did cause the death, explained Keith Humphreys, an addiction specialist and professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, it would be “a very unusual event.” He said cannabis poses “virtually no risk.”

Even so, the doctors were clear that more research is needed and cautioned parents to keep cannabis away from children.

In states where cannabis is legalized, it is important that physicians not only counsel parents on preventing exposure to cannabis, but to also consider cannabis toxicity in unexplained pediatric myocarditis and cardiac deaths as a basis for urine drug screening in this setting.

Based on media reports, Noah Kaufman, a Northern Colorado emergency room physician, disapproved of claims that cannabis caused the overdose.

You just can’t make those statements because then what happens is lay people say, ‘Oh my God, did you hear a kid died from marijuana poisoning?’ and it can be sensationalized. It’s not based on reality. It’s based on somebody kind of jumping the gun and making a conclusion, and scientifically you can’t do that.”

Upon hearing the doctors hadn’t made those certain claims, he said “that’s more responsible,” those his previous assessment of jumping the gun do still apply to the media outlets that incorrectly covered the story.

MSNBC Guest: The U.S. Was Founded on the Backbone of Racism

November 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” “DecodeDC” podcast host Jimmy Williams touched on Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ prosecution of two of the men behind the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham as a U.S. attorney.

Williams claimed the United States was “founded on the backbone of racism.”

“Let me be clear: Racism is not just in the South, it is in every state in this country. This country was founded on the backbone of racism and will continue to, sadly, for a long time to come,” said Williams.

Democrat Oversample: Fox News Poll Claims Roy Moore Losing Despite Faulty Numbers

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

A Fox News Poll of 649 likely voters in Alabama released on Thursday and conducted between Monday and Wednesday of this week shows Democratic candidate Doug Jones with an eight point lead over Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore in the December 12 special election for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50 percent to 42 percent, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.

That poll stands in striking contrast to a Fox10/Strategy Research poll of 3,000 likely voters in Alabama released on Wednesday and conducted on Monday of this week that shows Moore with a six point lead over Jones, 49 percent to 43 percent, with a two percent margin of error.

The 14 point differential between the two polls conducted over the same three day period contributes to the great uncertainty surrounding the election thrown into chaos by unsubstantiated allegations of sexual harassment made against Judge Moore over the past week by several women.

The Real Clear Politics Average of Polls, which includes those two polls as well as three recent additional polls, shows the race is a virtual tie, with Moore having an eight tenths of one percent lead.

One possible explanation of the wide variance between the two most recent polls may be found in the different sampling and party affiliation weighting techniques used by the different firms.

The Fox News Poll sample of 649 likely voters included 48 percent Republicans, 42 percent Democrats, and 10 percent Independents, which appears to be an unusual oversampling of Democrats and undersampling of Republicans.

Party affiliation of the Fox10/Strategy Research Poll was not included in the story announcing its results, but another poll included in the current Real Clear Politics Average of Polls conducted by Opinion Savvy on November 9, which showed the race to be a tie, has a very different weighting by party affiliation than the Fox News Poll.

The Opinion Savvy Poll conducted on November 9 of 515 likely Alabama voters included 58 percent Republicans, 29 percent Democrats, and 13 percent Independents.

Another unusual aspect of the Fox News Poll released on Thursday that shows Democrat Jones with an eight point lead over Moore is that it appears to contain a sample of Alabama likely voters in which 51 percent voted for Donald Trump and 48 percent voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.

This calculation is arrived at by examining the results of question number eight in the Fox News Poll, which shows that 49 percent of likely voters in Alabama have a favorable view of President Trump, while 48 percent have an unfavorable view.

Among Trump voters in the Fox News Poll sample, 91 percent had a favorable view of President Trump, while eight percent had an unfavorable view of President Trump. Among Hillary Clinton voters in the sample, six percent had a favorable view of President Trump, while 91 percent had an unfavorable view of President Trump.

On election day in 2016, President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Alabama by a 63 percent to 35 percent margin.

WaPo Accuses Drudge Of Russian Collusion For Linking To Infowars

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Left-wing paper suggests Matt Drudge a Russian agent

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The Washington Post wrote an article denouncing the Drudge Report for having linked to Infowars on a regular basis during the 2016 election cycle.

The article, titled ‘One Of The Busiest Websites In The U.S. in 2016 Regularly Linked To Russia Propaganda,’ begins by explaining just how powerful and highly-trafficked Drudge Report is.

“Being the second-most-visited site, incidentally, means that Drudge had more page views than Yahoo, Disney (including ABC and ESPN) and Time Warner. It had more than the New York Times and The Washington Post, combined — with enough space left over to also outpace Hearst,” wrote Philip Bump on Friday.

Bump then points out that the Drudge Report directly linked to Infowars throughout the 2016 election race.

“Translated into universally accessible terms, the Drudge Report was a traffic behemoth during the 2016 election. And every time the page was loaded last year (and today, should you visit), there were two direct links to the conspiracy-theory-hawking site Infowars,” he wrote.

“To be fair, those two links were included in the long list of links to news websites and pundits at the bottom of the Drudge homepage. But over the course of the campaign, Drudge was also not shy about linking directly to individual stories at Infowars, as well as RT and Sputnik News, both content-sharing arms of the Russian government.”

The article goes on to chart exactly when Drudge started linking to Infowars, RT and Sputnik, providing linked articles to each, as if trying to prove the media mogul somehow committed a crime in linking to something other than establishment media.

“There are probably two reasons that the Drudge Report linked to these sites with regularity. The first is that Drudge’s taste in news often tends toward the more exotic; he clearly understands the sorts of things that people like to read. The other is that Drudge himself seems to share some of the same sense of impending apocalypse and systemic collapse that undergirds a lot of the reports from these sites,” Bump wrote.

“On more than a third of the days between when Donald Trump announced his candidacy and when he won the presidency, the Drudge Report had a link from Infowars, RT or Sputnik on its homepage by 9 a.m.”

Oh the humanity!

Just before the WaPo article reaches dizzying heights of drive-by journalism, Bump does point out The Washington Post has enjoyed constant referral traffic by The Drudge Report for many years, and that Infowars by comparison isn’t on Drudge nearly as often.

The article concludes by singling out Infowars as rapidly rising in the web-traffic charts, as if to suggest the mainstream media’s information monopoly is in jeopardy if Infowars is not stopped.

As we recently reported, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing with the top tech execs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, asking how they will do a better job of censoring Infowars.

“This is a real-time example of when we talk about this information being weaponized, how quickly can you act and what’s your responsibility to set the record straight so that the people who saw this know that it’s fake news?” asked Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL, adding that Twitter needed to prevent Infowars “spreading like some sort of virus through the legitimate world.”

The mainstream corporate media is currently in its death-throes, further evidenced by the desperate attempt by WaPo to discredit Drudge, when all they’ve actually done is give Infowars more exposure and prove that Drudge doesn’t just parrot media talking points, instead getting his information from a wide array of sources.

Drudge has also responded to the WaPo article on Twitter, pointing out he gave the ungrateful liberal publication 37% of its referral traffic over the span of 25 years.

MSM Readers Blast Wash Post For Attacking Drudge

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

WaPo attacks Drudge as it pandhandles for digital subscriptions

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The Washington Post is taking heat after claiming the Drudge Report was spreading “Russian propaganda.”

WaPo readers blasted the newspaper for attacking Matt Drudge’s news aggregation site for linking to Russian news outlets, despite the fact that Drudge has also linked to WaPo thousands of times over the past years.

“Perhaps if WaPo publish articles that were less biased, more thoughtful, full of investigative journalism instead of non-verified political sleeze, they might get a better rating from the public,” wrote one commentator. “And that applies to the media in general.”

Overall the comment section of the WaPo article is largely critical of the newspaper.

Other commentators pointed out that Drudge links to WaPo far more often than Russian outlets, which of course highlights the hypocrisy of the article.

And WaPo also lamented the fact that Drudge has far more traffic.

“It had more than the New York Times and The Washington Post, combined — with enough space left over to also outpace Hearst,” the article stated.

But attacking Drudge certainly won’t help WaPo’s traffic in comparison, which is apparently so low that WaPo is practically begging readers $1 for a “digital subscription” that used to cost $10.

That’s panhandle journalism.

Of course, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos didn’t buy WaPo to make it hugely profitable but to use the newspaper to advocate his brand of corporate globalism.

The establishment has never liked how much influence Drudge, an independent journalist, has over the news cycle, and now that they can’t seem to stop President Trump, they’re shifting to a “scorched earth” policy to burn Trump’s advocates.

And as a sidenote, the WaPo’s attack on Drudge puts its attack on Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore under further scrutiny.

Regardless of whether you believe the claims, the fact they were published by WaPo, a known Democratic Party cheerleader that endorsed Moore’s opponent weeks prior, automatically puts their validity into question.

In other words, if the accusations are factual and impartial, why were they published first by WaPo, an outlet claiming the Drudge Report spreads “Russian propaganda” when it has linked to WaPo a hundred times more?

Alert: Mainstream Media Now Promoting “Gun Confiscation Orders” As Solution To Mass Shootings

November 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Alex Thomas

 

In what many saw coming a mile away in the aftermath of both the Las Vegas Massacre and the Texas Church mass shooting, liberals in the government, with the help of their mainstream media allies, are now pushing what amounts to plans for gun confiscation, outside of normal law, for Americans across the country.

The new push for gun control from the left comes courtesy of ABC News which recently published a piece promoting the use of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) that many believe is nothing more than a thinly veiled confiscation plan that would allow a judge to “issue an ex parte order” for the direct confiscation of an American citizens firearms.

Unbelievably, the order can actually be issued without the firearm owner even being present, which would in turn end with police at the citizens door demanding he hand over his weapons or face violence from the state.

ABC’s Andy Fies, on the other hand, apparently wants Americans to see the orders differently, painting a more friendly picture of the ERPO’s while quoting two different left-wing gun control groups as seemingly unbiased experts on gun violence.

As of now, only Washington, California, Connecticut and most recently Oregon have ERPO laws (while Indiana and Texas have modified risk warrant statutes). Over the past year, however, spurred by a string of mass shootings beginning with the Pulse Nightclub attack that killed 49 in June 2016, legislatures in 19 states and Washington, D.C., have taken up 32 separate ERPO bills for consideration, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control.

Everytown’s deputy legal director, William Rosen, told ABC News that list will grow. “We expect to see at least as much interest in 2018,” he said.

“There is a growing consensus,” added Lauren Alfred of the gun violence prevention group Sandy Hook Promise, “that this is the first step we should be taking when we are talking about people who are at risk of hurting themselves or others.”

Current laws barring gun ownership are limited. Generally, a person with a long history of mental health issues can still legally buy or possess firearms if they don’t fall into specific statutory categories such as having been adjudicated mentally ill or under a domestic violence restraining order. But, as was the case with Texas church gunman Devin Kelley, even these restrictions may not work if the person’s troubled past is not recorded on a background registry.

With an ERPO, however, if family members or police can show a gun owner to be an imminent danger to themselves or others, they can force the person to surrender their weapon(s).

Keep in mind that Everytown for Gun Safety is a Michael Bloomberg funded, left-wing gun control group that was created as part of a rebranding effort by the billionaire gun grabber after his previous group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was outed by multiple former members as actually pushing an agenda of full-scale gun confiscation.

The Extreme Risk Protection Orders scheme seems to be nothing more than another attempt at slowly eroding the right of lawful Americans to own firearms.

As AWR Hawkins reported in an April 2017 article about a similar law being pushed in Oregon, “Oregon state Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is pushing a confiscation bill that would broaden the number of prohibited gun purchasers as well as require certain individuals to hand over any guns in their possession.”

At the time, gun rights activist and NRA member Keely Hopkins rightfully described the law as an attempt to remove your Second Amendment rights by using a third-party who would need little evidence to declare you unfit to own a firearm. (Imagine a vengeful ex-wife/husband)

“This bill allows for a protective order to remove your Second Amendment rights, not because of a criminal conviction, but based on third-party allegations using an evidentiary standard that falls far below what’s normally required for the removing of fundamental rights.”

It is also important to note that gun control advocates and the mainstream media are using The Las Vegas Massacre, which the authorities are openly lying about (there were at least 7 different shooters) as a pretext to further take away Americans right to bear arms. This is, and has always been, the modus operandi of the power elite.

CNN’s Camerota Nearly Begs Jeff Flake for More Gun Laws

November 8, 2017 Leave a comment

On Monday’s New Day, as Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake appeared as a guest, CNN host Alisyn Camerota spent nearly five minutes repeatedly pushing in favor of more gun laws in the aftermath of recent mass shootings, lamenting that it seems “hopeless” to expect Congress to take action.

During the interview — which took place before it was reported that a clerical error had allowed the gunman in Texas to pass a background check and purchase guns in spite of a criminal record — Flake advised her that it was important to wait long enough to learn how he obtained his guns before rushing to take action.

 

 

In her second question, the CNN host sounded like she was repeating liberal gun control talking points as she referred to there being “270 million guns on the streets.” Camerota: “Has Congress just sort of decided that this is the cost of living in the United States in a country with 270 million guns on the streets?”

She soon brought up the issue of bump stocks and complained that Congress is not moving quickly enough: “But why doesn’t it seem that Congress ever does anything? What’s happened with bump stocks, for instance?” She soon pressed: “Why isn’t Congress acting? It’s been 35 days. Let’s do something.”

After Senator Flake indicated that, if the ATF does not begin regulating bump stocks, that he would then push for congressional action, Camerota followed up: “I don’t know, Senator. It just feels so hopeless, you know. After every one of these, we all say, ‘Well, maybe there’s nothing we can do. I don’t know. We have to change attitudes.’ Do you think this is a mental health issue, as the President said?”

Below is a transcript of all of Camerota’s questions on guns that came before she shifted to discussing North Korea, from the Monday, November 6, New Day on CNN:

ALISYN CAMEROTA: In the past three weeks, three acts of mass murder have shaken America — two mass shootings and a terror attack have left 92 Americans dead and more than 500 injured. President Trump says the latest attack was a mental health issue, not a gun issue. So what will Congress do about that?

(…)

Twenty-six people killed — 20 injured while they were at a Sunday church service. Has Congress just sort of decided that this is the cost of living in the United States in a country with 270 million guns on the streets?

(…)

This guy did a year in jail for assault of his wife and child. He was kicked out of military service as a result. How could this guy get a gun?

(…)

It can happen anywhere. This is what’s happening now. I mean, look at Charleston — look at what happened in that church service. Look at what happened to you. You were playing baseball in Virginia in the morning with your colleagues, and a gunman opened fire. I mean, do you have a feeling that “enough is enough.”

(…)

But why doesn’t it seem that Congress ever does anything? What’s happened with bump stocks, for instance?

(…)

What do you — I mean, having been a victim of it now yourself, what do you think is the solution? What can happen today?

SENATOR JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ): I don’t think there’s any one solution, but there are —

CAMEROTA: What can help?

(…)

CAMEROTA: Why isn’t Congress acting? It’s been 35 days. Let’s do something.

FLAKE: We’re waiting for — to see what the agencies do on their own. If they don’t act, then Congress will.

CAMEROTA: And what’s the time frame on that?

FLAKE: We’ll see. We’ll see. I know that it seems like we never take action —

CAMEROTA: It seems like you never take action.

FLAKE: It’s a lot easier for the agencies to move on something like this — I hope they do. But if they don’t, Congress needs to act on this.

CAMEROTA: Within the next month?

FLAKE: I would think so. I would think that’s enough time for the agencies to actually come back and say we can do this.

CAMEROTA: I don’t know, Senator. It just feels so hopeless, you know. After every one of these, we all say, “Well, maybe there’s nothing we can do. I don’t know. We have to change attitudes.” Do you think this is a mental health issue, as the President said?

(…)

CAMEROTA: Do you think there’s any element of this that is a guns issue?

FLAKE: We don’t know enough yet. We don’t know what kind of weapon or if it was an automatic or a semi-automatic —

CAMEROTA: We know he had a semi-automatic weapon and that he had done time for assault. Is that okay?

FLAKE: Well, we don’t know how he got the weapon, if that came up or should have come up —

CAMEROTA: I think legally.

FLAKE: I think it should come up if somebody’s done time like that.

CAMEROTA: Can you do something about that?

FLAKE: When we find more information, but I, you know, we’re less than 24 hours in, so I want to find out more information before I say definitively.

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