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CNN host Alisyn Camerota is completely owned by these six Trump panelists (Video)

CNN’s Charlottesville panel defends President Trump.

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Fake news CNN hosted a panel of six Trump supporters Wednesday morning in an effort to continue to spin the Charlottesville protests into more bad press against POTUS Trump.

Unfortunately for CNN and host Alisyn Camerota, the panel completely pushed back against the CNN host, and her persistent argument that President Trump committed some sort of unforgivable sin by condemning both sides for violence in Charlottesville.

The segment was off to a bad start for Camerota when she asked how many panelists were troubled by President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville.

Not a single panelist raised their hand, as panelist Bob Viera said…

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I mean he addressed the problem. Let’s face reality, there are problems on both sides.”

“I think it’s ridiculous to have me choose between Hitler and Stalin which is what I consider what both groups are.”

“If you’re willing to set fires and burn places to the ground, that doesn’t seem like a very peaceful group to me.”

Via The Daily Caller

One panelist, Daphne Goggins, said she is going to reserve judgement until the matter is fully investigated. Goggins said she is also convinced that not everyone at the rally was a neo-Nazi based on videos she saw on Facebook. When she tried to share those videos, she claims she was censored by the social media site.

After Camerota played a clip of angry white supremacists protesters chanting racial slurs against Jewish people, Goggins defended their right to free speech.

“Those crazy, I don’t know what else to call them. I probably can’t say it on TV. But they still have the right to say those crazy things,” she said.

Panelist Robert McCarthy blamed media bias and said, “The media is not covering it. They’re only focused on making neo-Nazis and white supremacists out to be Trump supporters.”

Trump supporter Amanda Delekta said it was unfair to insinuate that Trump voters are supporting neo-Nazis and said the coverage was negative and uncalled for.

“No one here is supporting the neo-Nazis or the white supremacists. And that narrative is really negative. but what we are talking about is President Trump’s response and he stood in front of America and he condemned the violence that occurred that day,” she said.

Panelist Jimmy Dozier pointed out that only a few hundred people were involved in the Charlottesville incident, but over 60 million people voted for Trump.

“You’re talking about three or four hundred people in Charlottesville. They’re sixty million people that voted for President Trump,” he said. “Why don’t we get a say? Those people aren’t nothing. Democrats have idiots, Republicans have idiots. But we’re talking about us, the sixty million that’s for Trump. We don’t do stuff like that.”

A female Trump supporter named L.A. Key suggested the violence may have been triggered on purpose and there may be ulterior motives behind the division. She too said her information came from Facebook, prompting Camerota to ask if the panel trusted Facebook more than traditional news media outlets.

Each panelist agreed that their trust in the mainstream media was slipping, and they trusted alternative internet sources more than cable news.

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A lot of sense listening to tRump voting Americans, let alone cnn to work out what’s going on in their country. Not! Yeah both condemn neo-nazis and “neo-stalinists” in Charlottesville while they are indifferent to the support of their govt to neo-nazis in the Ukraine and head chopping terrorists in the Middle East, Philippines and elsewhere. Support of genocide by saudi arabia and israel, easy to do when part of its DNA. A country born and bred in slavery and genocide ain’t going to change in a hurry. Even though that’s probably the only way to remove the cancer it… Read more »

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like Egypt you mean? When do you want to tear down the pyramids? You think every white person in America was a slave owner? Republicans freed the slaves, blck, hispanic, young, old, asian white women and men all voted for trump. he got 65 MILLION vote. Am in the UK and i support their president also. so worldwid he has more than the 65m who vote him in. In the ME they are not nations, they are tribes, nations are held togetherin ME by crushing the tribes. It is a different concept of life to how we live. This is… Read more »

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What does Stalin have to do with Charlottesville? The Americans have mixed everything in their heads. The Antifa – who were a just part of the counter-protesters – aren’t communists as a matter of course, but anarchists. These two groups aren’t going along either. And though they might have banded against neo-Nazis, there were hardly any communists to be found in Charlottesville (or the United States for that matter).

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It seems people can only interpret political actions through the lens of “Communist, Fascist, blah blah”. Rarely do they actually understand the meaning of the terms. Although I support everybody’s right to protest, the normalization of these nazis that is going on is comical. Some people have been feeling repressed with their racist views for a long time and are now feeling like it’s ok to come out of the shadows. We’ve been saying it for years, that racism is juuuust below the surface.

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Fully agreed. Plus, in the case that the article deals with, it is an effort of Trump supporters to defend the President’s lame statement. And while it’s obvious that Trump was full of crap on this one (almost certainly influenced by Bannon), the attempt by the CNN pundit to paint him as a closet Nazi is pitiful.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

18 Months Of Left-Wing Violence || The Alt-Left & Antifa red elephants. youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

what normalisation of nazis? honestly where do you see this? on your tv? look outside, i bet you forgot to notice all the mosques springing up

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WeAreYourGods

Where do I see it? We backed a coup in Ukraine and allowed neo-nazis to rise to power. We are currently engaged in a corporate media debate about which protesters, the nazi’s or the leftists, were responsible for the problems in Charlottesville. If you don’t think nazis have been normalized, grab a couple hundred of your friends and try walking down the street dressed in all black carrying ISIL flags and see what happens. I bet a lot of people just like you would want to punch you in the face. We supposedly fought a war against the nazis, people… Read more »

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oh yeah CNN was happy to show ukraine nazis as the good guys, you guys were supporting. US created ISIS. US told libya to give up their weapons of mass destruction and then unleashed ISIS on that country. The US are in Syria illegally, with no invitation from the legitimate government.US used phosphorous bombs and for 5 years were destroying syrian infrastructure under the pretense of hitting ISIS so they could award themselves reconstruction contracts upon regime chagne. CIA put erdogan in power, CIA organised the coup to remove him after he bought chinese weaponry and not exclusively US. we… Read more »

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So everything you said up until “daily attacks on white men” is completely accurate. I don’t call white people racist nazis, I call racist nazis racist nazis. I can tell the difference obviously, there are only a small number of nazis who get inordinate press coverage. White men have control of the entire western world, what exactly are these nazi’s so upset about? How did they develop a victim mentality while reaping every advantage in US society? They should go talk to a Native American if they want to hear about what it’s like to have everything taken from them.… Read more »

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

You want to take western civlisation from the people who built it. not every white person was a slave owner.

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WeAreYourGods

“The people who built” America were slaves, and nobody said all white people owned slaves. That said, for almost 400 years, white Americans benefited from the practice of slavery though, whether involved or not. Slavery was the backbone of the US economy.

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So are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence against free speech? This is the disagreement. i suggest you look at this video. Why dont you condemn political violence? you keep avoiding it. you have been sold MSM BS. and you are regurgitating it .
am tired of trying to show you your fucking ignorance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2TZOdXAtQ&list=PLywtE6-BvPsf-kmVdxgmlX6TrUHTibcbC&index=1

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WeAreYourGods

So you should feel free to go ahead and fuck off if you are under the delusion that you are able to somehow convince me of something with your little YouTube links. This is getting boring.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

even msm is denouncing antifa,

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What’s your point? I support everybody’s right to protest. I’m not a member of ANTIFA but I support their right to protest too. Did these nazis and klansmen finally get a taste of their own medicine? Were they scared that the state wasn’t stepping in to protect them? THE IRONY. I’m sure you defended BLM’s right to protest just as vigorously when the cops were breaking up the marches and thumping heads. That said, I don’t like nazis or racist good ‘ol boys trying to make people who look like me afraid to walk around their own town. What the… Read more »

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no support of VIOLENT protest. Antifa ALWAYS violent. BLM is allowed to talk as is Antifa if it is peaceful. MSM support violent protest which is out of order. Antifa were in Dover protesting against a peaceful EDL march, they turned the town into a sh1thole. They have no respect, they are funded by globalist george soros and claim to be anti globalist. Antifa have also been labelled a domestic terrorist organisation by the State of New Jersy, and the petition to have them labelled nationally as a domestic terrorist organisation has passed 250k signatures in the US. support their… Read more »

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I’m not the one that needs a history lesson. I do like the fact that you support peaceful BLM protests. At least there’s that.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

BLM shoot black cops..

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

go to youtube and look at what antifa were doing to Trump supporters two days ago. BLM is BS

Keith Smith
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and am from the UK and have british grandparents and great grandparents etc… you are trying to tell me about fighting nazis? really? you need to wake the fuck up and see what is really going on.

WeAreYourGods
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WeAreYourGods

My Grandfather fought nazis. What did you think, you have exclusive rights to WW2?

Keith Smith
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then you know what a nazi is, also a lot of these so called ‘nazi group members’ were antifa members last year under obama administration. When are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence? troll

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WeAreYourGods

The irony is that you apparently do not know the behavior of a Tr0ll is exactly what you are doing.

Keith Smith
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as u reply to a post without argument 5 days later. reverse projection methinks

WeAreYourGods
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WeAreYourGods

As if I check Disqus comments when I actually have things to do. Methinks this Trolling session is over.

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condemning nazis is as obvious as condemning killing babies or dropping nukes on rainforests. so fucking obvious yet this thread proves people like you are running around pointing the finger demanding everybody ‘prove’ they dont support nazis. Why do you not condemn political violence against free speech by antifa? You are running around and accusing people of supporting nazism. you have done it to me, by default i support them because i dont state the obvious, i have fingers, i have toes, people have eyes, nazis are bad (smh you fucking spastic). How many people have you pointed the finger… Read more »

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The moral equivalencies you present are comical. Talk about spastic, try some punctuation.

Keith Smith
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so you do not condemn political violence. nuff said. ANTIFA Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

WeAreYourGods
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Do I condemn political violence? Depends. The war the south lost was based on political and economic violence. The coal miners unions fought against Pinkerton machine guns, that was political violence. When the state infringes on the rights of the citizen, it’s time for political violence. It’s not a one size fits all proposition. Some people love brand names, I relate to ideas.

Keith Smith
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You are lucky nobody thinks you should have your head kicked in for whta you think. you have no credibility supporting antifa and BLM . and you obviously not watching the videos

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You might be right, in that I might not be watching all the videos you post. LOL, no need. I already said I support free speech and protest. What I don’t do, is conflate neo-nazi’s and kkk’ers with people protesting police brutality. But hey, I don’t support terrorism and that’s exactly what those groups are.

Keith Smith
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my point is antifa beat up people who think differently, you perhaps would see that this left right BS is blowing up in everybodies faces. MSM forced to condemn antifa, why wont you?

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I’m not involved with left/right BS and am not a member of those parties. You want to think you’re some kind of enlightened person who doesn’t listen to the MSM? All you’re doing is following the alt-right meme instead. I’m an anarchist I don’t care what media says what, I’m perfectly OK with nazi’s getting their assess kicked anytime, anyplace. As soon as you join a domestic terror organization, you lose the right to whine about your safety.

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Antifa are a domestic terror organisation. Their right to safety should be removed? conversations are not trolling. losing an argument is not trolling, not watching simple videos which disprove your argument that antifa are justified makes you look foolish. Others read this post, others have seen the videos. and i dont do left and right, its a construct which creates a false democracy. And i do read M S M. i understand it, i certainly dont follow the narrative lol

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All out of tr0ll food. This is not a conversation, it’s you blasting alt-right BS and then trying to walk it back and hide behind a free speech argument with some ad-hominem’s tossed in. I’ve made my points, you’ve I guess attempted to make yours, obviously I’m not swayed.

Keith Smith
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look past headlines, your points amounted to calling me a nazi you cretin

Keith Smith
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You want people to apologise for being white because you see some sort of privilege, you are racist to white people if you believe they are all the same and of a certain class. What about white minorities within inner city areas? you racist

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Not sure WTF you’re talking about this time. Go ahead and re-read my posts, I am talking about fucking nazis. Just a quick piece of advice, if your premise is the defense of nazis as some kind of victim class, you’re a fool way out of your depth.

Keith Smith
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free speech mate, just because your offended by what that scum says, doesnt deny their right to free speech. btw antifa stands for Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

this is antifa Since when were 65m Trump suporters all nazis?
you fool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Antifa carry communist flags. they support both anarchy and communism. And are not anti fascists, they are domestic terrorist organisation. They have attacked business’s and targetted business owners, not because of their political views. but because antifa is a george soros funded terrorist organisation.

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Antifa have a history which is often murky. But whether one despises or supports them, one should have a touch with reality. There are hardly any communists to be found in the US and they aren’t part of the Antifa. That is a fact. That they may cooperate in the case of a conflict with neo-Nazis is a different thing, though, again, there were no communists to be found in Charlottesville. It is certainly touching though to see people like you indignant about the Antifa and the imaginary communists, but quite complacent when it comes to neo-Nazis and white supremacists.… Read more »

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proof?

Keith Smith
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU i am not supporting neo nazi’s i am supporting free speech. Antifa here attacking people who are normal trump supporters. You can stand behind minorities pointing the finger and screaming racist. but that is not an argument you idiot. Supporting somebodies right to free speech does not mean you support that persons views. Can you not understand this? Why do you not denounce political violence? And what will you do when what you are doing suddenly becomes unacceptable and the by default, it becomes acceptable to attack you? proof of these violent neo nazi’s causing destruction everywhere. and i… Read more »

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the support of free speech is not supporting what that speech stands for. I denounce neo nazis, KKK, BLM and Antifa violence. But i do not support people being attacked for voicing political views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag

Keith Smith
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A from people that were there

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This CNN presenter got butt *******d !

Brewerstroupe
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Much of the Vice footage has a staged, scripted look about it, as if it was shot at a different place and time.

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If they chant “Jews will not replace us”, they’re not attacking Jews; they’re not saying they’re going to threat the physical integrity of Jews. And as to physical violence, I haven’t seen any video in which any member of these groups started a fight, quite the contrary: people with bats following, insulting them… clearly trying to provoke them, and without having a permit to protest.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A plz share this, also posted on this article another video 18 months of alt left violence

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

this was funny.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ISz3EaM9A M S M LIES ALL THE TIME ABOUT NEO NAZIS. 5 minutes, trying to help people understand who the enemy is.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag antifa are internationally stupid

faye dolan
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What about the group Antifa…a home grown American terrorist organization? Camerota’s contempt for truth is appalling. She is such a stupid liberal tunnel visioned fanatic that she is perfect working for CNN.

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Theresa May survives another week in ongoing Brexit fiasco (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 153.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Theresa May’s Brexit survival, as the UK Prime Ministers appears to be heading to Brussels so she can coordinate with EU technocrats in order to meet a November deadline to move the unpopular agreement through all channels of British government.

It is still a very fluid situation. May has made it through a tough weekend where support to oust her never materialized, but the week ahead is anything but certain. For now May’s Brexit position looks secure.

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The agreement announced between the British government and the European Union has been received in the United Kingdom with criticism from all sides. The defenders of staying in the European Union consider it very negative, of course. However, and this is the most important part, it is unlikely that the conservative party itself will support this agreement in parliament. Jacob Rees-Mogg has called the agreement “a failure of the negotiators and a failure to deliver Brexit.” Boris Johnson has said that it turns the United Kingdom into a “vassal state” and Nigel Farage has described it as “the worst agreement in history”.

Including the entire United Kingdom in the customs union and maintaining the payment of 10 billion pounds a year to give the European Union veto rights to the most important decisions is something that most conservative members of parliament will reject and that does not satisfy the Labor Party – which is also not pro-EU, let’s be clear – nor the liberal-democrats.

That is the great problem facing the government of Theresa May. That not even the government as a whole supports this agreement. The resignations that have been registered prove it. Even if the rest of the government decides to accept this agreement as a lesser evil, it is very difficult for the parliament to approve it.

At the centre of the controversy is a negotiating process that the European Union has left as a United Kingdom issue. But by letting the United Kingdom deal with its own divisions and problems, the EU also lost the perfect opportunity to offer British citizens and the rest of Europe a refreshing, leading and exciting project. And that is the big problem. That Brexit has been seen in many circles in Brussels as an opportunity to advance in the political and interventionist project, instead of moving towards a union in freedom for global, economic and political leadership.

The problem of the UK government is that it is led by a person, Theresa May, who must present a proposal to leave the EU when she has always been an advocate of remaining (Theresa May initially campaigned for the “Remain”). Thus, it is not surprising that the parliament arithmetics in favor of this agreement is not at all clear.

The British Parliament has more members in favor of Brexit than against, but it cannot be THIS Brexit.

Boris Johnson and the pro-Brexit hardliners may see an opportunity to weaken Theresa May and force a change of leadership that will bring a new leader more committed to a better deal.

Moderate Labour, who have been terrified for months with the radical drift of the Corbyn team, may also see an opportunity to weaken the leader who tries to take Labour to the far left.

My perception is that if there were a second referendum the result would probably be the same. In the United Kingdom there are no voices with political weight and real popular support to defend the European Union project. In the United Kingdom, the debate is either seeing the European Union as an annoying partner or as an impossible danger to solve.

Citizens in Europe see Brexit with sadness, logically. In the United Kingdom, news arriving from the European Union do not encourage a remain stance. High unemployment, unresolved immigration problems, lack of global leadership, high taxes, the specter of a new debt crisis in Italy and other risks. Pro-Europe UK leaders offer no other argument to citizens than the so-called Project Fear, a massive economic risk. However, British citizens see UK unemployment at 75-year lows, while in Europe they see the slowdown of the eurozone and the budget crisis of other countries, and do not find an unquestionable reason to stay in the club.

The UK citizen who votes for Brexit does not seem convinced that the only solution is to belong to a union that demands more control but offers less growth and employment.

The reactions to the agreement have not been very euphoric in any case. It seems something that was presented to fail. The pound and stock market did not react as the EU negotiators would think once the deal was seen as unlikely to pass parliament. In the bond market, Gilts strengthened as UK bond spreads fell while eurozone peripheral yields soared. The opposite of what would be seen as an EU victory.

Reaching an agreement that benefits everyone is difficult, but not impossible

The problem in the United Kingdom is that the agreement that would satisfy the pro-Brexit is impossible, and that the agreement that would please the pro-EU is impractical. That the message of economic ruin is not bought by Brexiters and not even the Remainers see the marvels of the EU membership.

Economically, it has been a mistake to present British citizens with the idea of “either the EU or the chaos”, because it does not work when there is not a clear, exciting and global leadership project.

The United Kingdom, one of the voices that defended economic freedom and open markets in an increasingly bureaucratic European Union is an essential partner to advance in Europe. Reaching an agreement that benefits everyone is difficult, but not impossible.

I have never bought the “EU or chaos” argument. I believe that both parts can benefit from a mutually beneficial deal. I am convinced that, even if this agreement is not approved, the British government will reconsider and present a solid plan for its citizens.

 

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Rise of the Western Dissidents

The only reason Assange is being targeted is that he tangled with the highest levels of the western establishment. He is far from alone.

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We’re used to Russian dissidents, Chinese dissidents, Iranian dissidents, and Saudi Arabian dissidents. But those who rightly believe the west is superior to authoritarian regimes must now contend with a troubling trend — the rise of the western dissident.

Chief among them is Julian Assange, who for a half-decade has been forced to live in the tiny Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has claimed political asylum since 2011. Assange claimed that he would be extradited to the U.S. to face charges over his work at WikiLeaks if he left the embassy, and was routinely mocked as paranoid for doing so.

This week, we learned that Assange was right and his critics were wrong. Thanks to a clerical error by the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, reporters were able to confirm the existence of sealed criminal charges against the WikiLeaks founder.

Because the charges are sealed and the evidence is unknown, it’s impossible to say if the case has merit. But it likely relates to WikiLeaks’ release of unredacted diplomatic cables in 2011, which forced the U.S. to relocate several of its foreign sources.

Some allegations are more serious. While he was alive, neoconservative Senator John McCain maintained that leaks provided to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning, which included the diplomatic cables, caused U.S sources to be murdered.

Those who see Assange as a villain will end the story here. What is typically left out is that WikiLeaks originally released the diplomatic cables in piecemeal form, with names redacted to prevent loss of life and minimize harm.

It was only after a Guardian journalist’s error led to the full unredacted cables leaking to third parties on the web that WikiLeaks published them as well — and not before Assange attempted to warn the office of Hillary Clinton, then U.S. Secretary of State.

In other words, WikiLeaks behaved precisely as any responsible publisher handling sensitive material should, redacting information that could cause harm. The redactions only stopped when they became pointless. Assange is unlikely to have won more than a dozen journalism awards if he were completely reckless in his publications.

The Pentagon later admitted under oath that they could not find any instances of individuals being killed as a result of being named in Manning’s leaks to WikiLeaks, contradicting Sen. McCain’s allegations.

At worst, Assange and WikiLeaks can be accused of negligence, not deliberate recklessness, in the way it handled sensitive material. But as Breitbart Tech reporter Lucas Nolan points out, a far stronger case can be made against Hillary Clinton for the way she handled State Department emails — yet we see no criminal charges against her.

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the only reason Assange is being targeted is that he tangled with the highest levels of the western establishment. In that, he is far from alone.

In the late 2000s to early 2010s, western governments targeted all manner of individuals associated with Assange and the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, including Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda, and The Guardian newspaper.

This was the early growth period of the internet, when the web had become a truly popular medium but had yet to be censored by pliant social media corporations. It was a time of profound unease at the power of the internet to undermine authority, both through the dissemination of information as in the case of WikiLeaks and Snowden, and in the new mobilization of political forces, as in the case of Occupy Wall Street and the SOPA/PIPA protests. Heavy-handed crackdowns against individuals and groups that were seen, rightly or wrongly, as symbols of the web’s early anarchic tendencies, like Kim DotcomAaron SwartzAnonymous, and LulzSec, were not uncommon.

These days, however, a new class of western dissident has emerged — the populist dissident.

Populist Dissidents

Who would have thought that the highest court in Europe, home of the enlightenment, would uphold a case in which a woman was prosecuted for blasphemy against Islam?

Who would have thought that Britain, the birthplace of liberalism and the free press, would ban an independent journalist from its shores for satirizing the same religion?

Who would have thought that Germany, whose living memory of the totalitarian Stasi is just three decades old, would put its largest opposition party under surveillance?

Just a few years ago, all three would sound far-fetched. But cases like these have become common as elites in virtually every western country mount a panicked attempt to contain the rise of populism (the goal, in the words of a Google executive, is to render it a “hiccup”in history’s march towards progress).

Look at the case of Tommy Robinson, the British critic of Islam who was dragged through Britain’s courts on fuzzy contempt-of-court charges. Sentenced to an astonishing thirteen-month imprisonment, Robinson was eventually freed after a successful appeal and now awaits a final trial before Britain’s Attorney General. Shaky charges that have been successfully appealed were exploited to persecute a British citizen who was inconvenient to the establishment. And there’s still a further trial to come.

Then again, Britain is a country that routinely bans foreign politicians and media figures from the country for being too right-wing. Michael SavageGeert WildersLauren SouthernPamela Geller, and Robert Spencer all enjoy this dubious distinction. Theresa May, who was responsible for internal affairs and immigration when Spencer and Geller were banned, is now the Prime Minister.

But it’s not just Britain. Not only has Trump’s White House, supposedly an ally of populists, failed to publicly intervene on behalf of the American citizens banned from the U.K. for expressing populist viewpoints, but it hasn’t even investigated allegations that far-left Antifa activists were able to stop conservative Rebel Media personality Jack Buckbyfrom entering the country by spreading false criminal allegations.

Julian Assange, a left-libertarian may share little ideological ground with right-wing critics of Islam. But they all share at least one thing: persecution by western states coupled with anti-establishment political speech or activities. They are also targets of the security establishment — Assange because of leaks that have exposed their secrets, and the populists because they refuse to censor themselves to avoid angering Muslims. (The UK justified its attempted ban of Geert Wilders by arguing that his presence in the country could lead to “inter-faith violence.”)

We also see attacks on free speech, with governments and politicians across the west pressuring Silicon Valley to suppress its critics. An unaccountable, unelected elite can sweep away a person’s livelihood in minutes, and cut their political message off from millions of American citizens. As I wrote in my column two weeks ago, the overarching trend is the gradual destruction or delegitimization of every tool, digital or otherwise, that non-elites use to express their preferences. Does that sound like a free society, or a controlled one?

You don’t have to agree with any of the individuals or groups listed above to see that surveilling political parties, blocking journalists from entering countries, jailing critics of religion, upholding blasphemy laws and censoring the net is the behavior of authoritarian nations, not liberal democracies. Yet this is the disturbing pattern we now see in the west.

Worse, foreign authoritarian regimes now provide safe harbor for western dissidents, in the same way that the west does for foreign dissidents. Edward Snowden, accused of violating the U.S. Espionage Act of 1917 for blowing the whistle on the NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans, has for years resided safely in Russia, a country that persecutes and even kills its own journalists. Before that, he sought refuge in Hong Kong, a “Special Administrative Region” of the People’s Republic of China, an even more terrifyingly totalitarian state.

Will there now be a quid pro quo, with Russia and other authoritarian regimes protecting our dissidents while the west protects theirs? Or will western countries remain true to their liberal traditions, and stop its alarming attempts to surveil, suppress, and persecute a growing number of its own citizens? On present trends, a dark and dystopian future seems to loom on the horizon.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to [email protected].

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Zuckerberg’s “War Face” Has Driven Key Executives Away, Stoked Tension With Sandberg

About a dozen senior or highly visible executives disclosed their resignations or left Facebook in 2018.

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Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gathered around 50 of his key executives and told them that the company was at war – more specifically, under siege from lawmakers, investors and angry users over the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal and Russian influence on the platform.

Zuckerberg, according to the Wall Street Journal, told his top lieutenants during that June meeting that while executives can move more slowly and methodically on key decisions during “peacetime,” he would be acting more decisively going forward, said people familiar with the remarks.

The result? Tension which has boiled over to the point where several key executives have left the country – as well as friction between Zuckerberg and longtime COO, Sheryl Sandberg.

The 34-year-old CEO believes Facebook didn’t move quickly enough at key moments this year and increasingly is pressing senior executives to “make progress faster” on resolving problems such as slowing user growth and securing the platform, said people familiar with the matter. Mr. Zuckerberg also at times has expressed frustration at how the company managed the waves of criticism it faced this year.

On Friday, that tension was on display when, during a question-and-answer session with employees at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., he blasted a fresh round of critical news coverage as “bullshit,” according to the people familiar with the remarks. –WSJ

One Facebook employee at the Friday session asked if the company could mitigate leaks by publishing internal reports on how frequently offenders are found and fired. While Zuckerberg said that Facebook does fire leakers, the root cause is “bad morale” thanks to negative press coverage.

And while the WSJ notes Zuckerberg has taken on ambitious annual goals, such as learning Mandarin and reading 25 books, this year his biggest challenge is fixing Facebook through his tougher management style, according to a person familiar with his thinking (so says the WSJ). Perhaps the Facebook CEO hired a drill sergeant to coach him on bringing out his inner-Alpha?

According to the Journal, Zuckerberg and Sandberg have had confrontations over his new management style, after she had long been afforded considerable autonomy over the company’s teams which handle communications and policy.

This spring, Mr. Zuckerberg told Ms. Sandberg, 49, that he blamed her and her teams for the public fallout over Cambridge Analytica, the research firm that inappropriately accessed private data on Facebook users and used it for political research, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Ms. Sandberg later confided in friends that the exchange rattled her, and she wondered if she should be worried about her job.

Mr. Zuckerberg also has told Ms. Sandberg she should have been more aggressive in allocating resources to review troublesome content on the site, said one person familiar with the matter, a problem that the company still struggles to fix. –WSJ

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg seems to be pleased of late with internal improvements, telling reporters last week that Sandberg is a “very important partner to me, and continues to be, and will continue to be.”

Privately, Zuckerberg has told executives that some of the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal was just “hysteria,” to which Facebook simply didn’t mount an effective response.

Clash of the tech titans

Zuckerberg famously has butted heads with the co-founders of photo-sharing app Instagram, over his desire to share user location data on the main Facebook platform in order to help better target ads. The now-resigned Instagram founders strongly opposed the idea, and abruptly left the company in September.

The founders of WhatsApp similarly bailed on Facebook after disagreements over how to best extract revenue from the messaging service, according to people familiar with the matter.

And most recently, was the departure of Oculus VR co-founder Brendan Iribe, who was forced out by Zuckerberg in part due to a disagreement over the future of the virtual-reality handset, the people said. The decision to leave was reportedly “mutual.”

All told, about a dozen senior or highly visible executives disclosed their resignations or left Facebook in 2018. In May, Facebook announced a major reshuffling of top product executives in a way that helped free up Mr. Zuckerberg to oversee a broader portfolio within the company.

This turmoil at the top of Facebook has made it difficult for the company to execute on some product decisions and shore up employee morale, which has been sinking over the last year along with the stock price, which has fallen 36% since its peak. Many employees are frustrated by the bad press and constant reorganizations, including of the security team, which can disrupt their work, according to current and former employees. –WSJ

Doing whatever it takes

Facebook has come under fire recently – most notably after a New York Times report that the company used GOP operatives to smear the company’s detractors and promote negative news about competitors Google and Apple.

When the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal broke – the resultant rebukes from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google executives sent Zuckerberg ballistic. The Facebook CEO “later ordered his management team to use only Android phones —arguing that the operating system had far more users than Apple’s,” according to the Times.

Facebook then went on the offensive against the fellow tech giants.

On the advice of Joel Kaplan – a well-connected Republican friend, Bush administration official, and former Harvard classmate of Sandberg, Facebook began to go after Google and Apple.

Mr. Kaplan prevailed on Ms. Sandberg to promote Kevin Martin, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman and fellow Bush administration veteran, to lead the company’s American lobbying efforts. Facebook also expanded its work with Definers.

On a conservative news site called the NTK Network, dozens of articles blasted Google and Apple for unsavory business practices. One story called Mr. Cook hypocritical for chiding Facebook over privacy, noting that Apple also collects reams of data from users. Another played down the impact of the Russians’ use of Facebook.

The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Many NTK Network stories are written by staff members at Definers or America Rising, the company’s political opposition-research arm, to attack their clients’ enemies. –NYT

Facebook has responded, initially saying they didn’t put out “fake news” against their competitors, and they had no idea what their marketing department was doing. On Friday, however, Sandberg said she took full responsibility for the actions of the communications team.

Facebook has tried to move forward following its various scandals; spearheading efforts to reign in data harvesting, and looking for someone to oversee its corporate, external and legal affairs.

Hopefully whoever is ultimately in charge of oversight won’t be scared away by Zuckerberg’s war face.

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