A deceptively edited video –released by a conspiracy theorist associated with the crackpot site InfoWars– depicting the effort of a White House staffer to take a microphone away from CNN reporter Jim Acosta during an exchange with President Trump is being held up as the truth.
Multiple outlets consulted experts, who found the video shared by White House Press Secretary Sanders was sped up to exaggerate a hand movement by the CNN reporter, giving the impression it was more forceful than footage broadcast on CSPAN.
Via Huffington Post:
Sanders circulated the video Wednesday night after the White House announced it had revoked Acosta’s press credentials following a contentious press conference with the president.
“No one manipulated it, give me a break,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.
Sanders claimed the video proves Acosta became aggressive with a White House intern attempting to take a microphone from him. In a tweet, she said the Trump administration will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
Speaking with reporters on the White House lawn Friday morning, Trump went on to threaten to deny other reporter’s access if the press does not show more “respect.”
He went on to call April Ryan, a National Urban Radio Network correspondent, a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing,” accusing her of stirring up “publicity” in order to “get a pay raise.” On Wednesday, he forcefully ordered her to sit down after she stood to ask a question.
I like Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s response on Twitter:
‘And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth.’ — George Orwell, 1984 https://t.co/SKTAnM3BNP
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 8, 2018
It used to be when politicians told a lie something called ‘plausable deniability’ was considered. The White House has now upped their game to simply repeating the same lies over and over and getting louder each time.
I’m NOT a huge fan of Acosta or CNN. I feel they (and other news media) have all-too-often acquiesced to politicians’ (Not just Trump) bs because they fear losing “access.” But I know this isn’t going to stop here.
Other Republicans have been quick to jump on the all-lies, all-the-time bandwagon.
The vote count in Florida has narrowed to the point where a recount could be called.
From CNN: (Emphasis mine)
In a news conference on Thursday night, Florida Gov. Rick Scott — who is also the Republican candidate for US Senate in the state — alleged without providing evidence that there could be rampant fraud in both counties and accused Democrats of trying to “steal” the election.
Scott delved into conspiracy theories to halt the counting of votes: He mentioned Hillary Clinton, who was not involved in this election, twice in the announcement of his lawsuit because his opponent’s elections lawyer worked for Clinton in 2016. President Trump echoed this on Friday when he took questions from reporters.
The MAGA hats descended on the Broward elections office this morning demanding that the counting of votes (yes, this is the actual issue) be stopped:
The scene at the Broward elections office where the canvassing board is preparing to meet. Also chants of, “Lock her up!” pic.twitter.com/sfJ98ubdt3
— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) November 9, 2018
Those of us with long memories remember a similar protest organized by GOP dirty-trickster Roger Stone during the Gore-Bush recount scandal in Floria in 2000.
UPDATE: It turns out Roger Stone IS the one doing this dirty deed, via Right Wing Watch:
In a Periscope video posted last night, Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump pundit at One America News who notoriously conducted an in-person “investigation” into the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, detailed aspects of a plan to storm the Broward County vote-counting site.
“Roger Stone is on the ground. He’s in Broward County, right next to Palm Beach county. We have assets that are going to be deployed. They’re on their way right now to Broward County,” Posobiec said. “Folks, they are trying to steal the elections…”
…Eighteen years ago, Stone led a protest that would come to be known as the “Brooks Brothers Riot” during a statewide recount of Florida’s vote in the 2000 presidential election. The protest grew so rowdy that ballot-counting was ceased in Miami-Dade County.
Posobiec, one of many Stone protégés, piled on, encouraging his followers nearly 400,000 followers to go to the Broward County Board of Elections with picket signs, telling them, “That needs to be happening day and night.”
Here’s the formula: Tell a lie, repeat, rent a protest to intimidate local officials. Obviously, the next few years are going to be a lot of work.
Note to Readers: I’m going to take a break from compiling this weekly calendar for a while. If anything major comes up, we’ll publicize it accordingly.
Domestic Violence Remembrance and Call to Action
Suzanne Morse, Davey Lee, Michelle Norby, and Heartfelt Voices United will be holding a Memorial and Rally at the corner of Juniper Street and Sixth Avenuje. (There is a formation of rocks nearby known as the Poetry Bench.)
There will be reading of various poetry and monologues, speaking out against violence against women, and political persons and systems; and an open mic for whomever wants to share their story or read a poem, a quote, whatever. Then we will hold a Memorial for those who lost their lives to domestic homicide. There will be an opportunity for attendees to speak the names of those they want remembered.
This Event will also be a Reminder to stay pro-active in this fight, against sexism, racism, the stripping of women’s and human rights, which all ultimately lead to violence against women and oppression. There will be a positive, healing exercise to send attendees home with.
Please join us and add your voice to ours!! Tickets are free but we do encourage $5 Donations to help Heartfelt Voices United continue its advocacy and healing workshops.
Hometown Arlington West Memorial
Saturday, November 10, All Day
On the front lawn of the USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
Chapter veterans from all five services will be honoring our 300+ fallen brothers and sisters from Southern California who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special memorial markers. The public is asked to stop by, read their names, honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these local fallen veterans, and to reflect on the overall costs of these two ongoing wars.
Pride: San Diego Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 10, 10am
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
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As part of our commitment to being visible as out LGBTQ service members join San Diego Pride & the San Diego Pride Military Department as we march proudly in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade.
DETAILS:Arrive between 9:30am – 10:15am. The parade staging area is on North Harbor Drive, south of Grape Street in front of the San Diego County Administration Building.
San Diego Pride Military Contingent is in Division 3 – Place 3 after “Customs and Border Protection” and before “Diamond Dolls”.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: the fight to end the injustice
In honor of Veterans Day, Out at the Archives will again look at how the fight to end DADT was waged in San Diego. Congresswoman Susan Davis will speak followed by a panel of those who worked to end the injustice discussing their roles, along with a special guest. And a special announcement.
Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, but no one will be turned away due to their inability to pay. Seating is limited so get your tickets soon to reserve your seat! A reception will follow the event to mix and mingle with your friends and fellow activists and veterans.
The location is the temporary home of the San Diego LGBT Visitors Center, in a previously empty storefront between Chocolat and the barber shop. Parking is a challenge in that part of Hillcrest so please allow time for that. Please read posted signs for fees and time limitations. Un-metered, street parking is available a few blocks south on First and Third Avenues.
OB Green Center: Colleen’s Retirement Party
Saturday, November 10, 2pm
4843 Voltaire Street
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Please join us as we honor co-founder Colleen on her upcoming retirement and as we envision supporting the mission of the OB Green Center for years to come! Fundraiser. Live Music, Awesome Refreshments, Exciting Raffle Prizes, and More! A Great Community Event!
Health Equity Now: Ending Police Violence
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing
Willie Thomas, Justice Steven Rosenthal campaign, Chicago
Asantewaa RN Boykin, Anti Police-Terror Project
Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Frontline Wellness Network, @Justice LA
Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee
Steven Osuna, CSULB, Historian of LAPD
Aundrey Jones, UCSD , Ethnic Studies
Gloria Verdieu, Committee Against Police Brutality-San Diego & the San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all Political Prisoners
What will it take and what do public health professionals need to mobilize in our work and institutions? This alternative session will bring together perspectives from critical researchers and community justice movements on:
* how ending law enforcement violence is essential to achieving health equity and justice
* reimagining and redefining public health frameworks for investment/divestment in policing
*community power and community safety approaches and
* the role of public health infrastructure in shifting conditions of law enforcement violence.
Dr. Jen WINS! Club Meeting & Celebration
Our own Dr. Jen did the impossible, the improbable, and won — and it wasn’t even close! With 100% of precincts reporting, Jen Campbell won by 12 points!
Come join and celebrate this success, and all the other local election results. We have invited Andy Keatts with Voice of San Diego to discuss some insights into those election results.
Brews and News with Voice of San Diego Journalists
Brews & News is always a great opportunity to meet our editor-in-chief and reporters, as well as like-minded people.
Join us to chat about recent news, issues in your neighborhood, and journalism in general. At our upcoming event we’ll share post-election insights and what they mean for our region.
We would love to see you on Wednesday, November 14th at Iron Fist Brewing in Barrio Logan. This event is open to members and non-members, so bring a friend.
November General Meeting – YIMBY Dems
#YIMBYDems endorsed Assemblymember Todd Gloria will be gracing us with his presence at our next meeting! You won’t want to miss this post-election get together!
A Conversation About Police-Community Relations in Oceanside
Share your voice. Improve the Oceanside community. Get better service and protection.
Join religious leaders and your fellow community members on November 14 for an impactful discussion about what you see helping and hurting the relationship between the Oceanside Community and the Oceanside Police Department. During this engaging conversation, you have a special opportunity to shape the future of Oceanside, and better prepare religious leaders for their upcoming conversation with Oceanside PD Chief McCoy and those who serve to protect your community.
In partnership with: The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Save Our Streets (SOS), the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP), and the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside.
The Struggle For Civil Rights: LGBT History
Walter Meyer, manager of Lambda Archives, presents a program connecting the African-American Civil rights marches with the marches for LGBTQ civil rights, particularly with those marches and activism in San Diego.
The presentation will cover the arc from Bayard Rustin to the DADT and Marriage Equality and other rallies in San Diego.
Fight Night: State of the Resistance
You’ve come out to our previous Networking Nights and you know we host the best discussions with thought-provoking panelists and moderators. From healthcare, housing, and marijuana legalization, we choose issues that are relevant and impact our daily lives.
Join us post-election as we learn the landscape of the issues that our community cares most about. We’ll hear from organizations in the front lines of immigration advocacy, women’s rights, electoral politics, and gun violence prevention
Film Night “The Hand That Feeds”
Thursday, November 15, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 Voltaire Street
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At a popular bakery cafe’, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But, behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. “The Hand That Feeds” is a 2015 documentary telling the story of twelve of these workers as they fight back, risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve
Robert Reich is one of the world’s foremost experts on jobs and the economy.
An advocate of reforms that spread the benefits of economic growth, Mr. Reich co-founded Inequality Media, an online channel dedicated to raising awareness of economic inequality. Mr. Reich’s new book The Common Good explains the fundamental purpose of a fair and just society.
Palomar College is proud to present Mr. Reich as part of our Student Equity Speaker Series focused on campus and community engagement around issues of equity and social justice. This is a free but ticketed event.
CAIR Hosts our next RJC
Join us on the 3rd floor conference room at 7710 Balboa Ave, San Diego for a Racial Justice Coalition meeting hosted by the Counsel on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Yusef Miller.
January 19, 2019. 11am
Women’s March San Diego 2019
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
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