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Defunding the alt-right – Moneyman Robert Mercer Pulls the Plug

Looks like the paychecks just got pulled on the alt-right hate mongers.

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Robert Mercer’s shunning of Milo Yiannopoulos leaves allies stunned — but is a lawsuit to blame?

Allies of shadowy hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer were shocked at the vehemence with which Mercer denounced provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on Thursday, as well as Mercer’s disavowal of the “alt right” movement and the white supremacist values it espouses.

“Holy sh*t!” one Yiannopoulos supporter texted to Vanity Fair‘s Tina Nguyen after Mercer’s announcement. “I think it means Milo is officially de-funded.”

In his statement on Thursday, Mercer said, “[I]n my opinion, actions of and statements by Mr. Yiannopoulos have caused pain and divisiveness undermining the open and productive discourse that I had hoped to facilitate. I was mistaken to have supported him, and for several weeks have been in the process of severing all ties with him.”

Yiannopoulos — whose fortunes have been spiraling downward for nearly a year — was the subject of a BuzzFeed exposé last month that revealed his cozy relationship with white supremacists and even cozier relationship with the ghost writers who did the bulk of Yiannopoulos’ writing, uncredited and largely unpaid.

Mercer’s public statement from Thursday said that he is particularly bothered by accusations that he is a white supremacist.

“Of the many mischaracterizations made of me by the press, the most repugnant to me, have been the intimations that I am a white supremacist or a member of some other noxious group,” he wrote.

The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis excoriated Mercer, however, for pumping millions of dollars into his various media projects, which Lewis contends have “destroy(ed) the conservative movement.”

“I’m sorry, Mr. Mercer, you don’t get to play Thoughtful Libertarian Man after bankrolling nativism, populism, and racism,” Lewis said.

Others, however, dismissed Mercer’s departure from Renaissance Technologies and sale of his share of Breitbart.com as a PR ploy designed to create public distance between Mercer’s business reputation and the increasingly toxic “alt right” brand of white supremacy.

“This seems to me much more like Robert Mercer separating…his image from his money-making capacity than an actual disassociation with the people he funded for so long,” said former Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro. “The only person who’s really damaged here is Yiannopoulos. Rebekah’s gonna continue funding Breitbart, [and] there’s no repentance or shift here…it’s just a P.R. maneuver to [take] pressure off his hedge-fund investors.”

One possible reason that Mercer is urgently attempting to rehabilitate his public image is a lawsuit filed by former Renaissance Technologies partner David Magerman, who has publicly accused Mercer of being a racist.

Magerman’s lawsuit revealed that Mercer told him that he believes the following things:

a) The United States began to go in the wrong direction after the passage of the Civl Rights Act in the 1960s;

b) African Americans were doing fine in the late-1950s and early-1960s before the Civil Rights Act;

c) The Civil Rights Act “infantilized” African Americas by making them dependent on government and removing any incentive to work;

d) The only racist people remaining in the United States are black; and

e) White people have no racial animus toward African Americans anymore, and if there is any, is it not something that the government should be concerned with.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Chumph Butt Kicking, Domestic terrorism

 

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Add to the List of Chumph’s Cadre Busted – Steve Bannon and “Seinfield”

Apparently the whole Steve Bannon – “Making millions from Seinfeld TV Show” schtick was a lie as well.

Bannon gets busted…Again.

BUSTED: There are no records of Steve Bannon making money off ‘Seinfeld’ and yadda yadda yadda

A key part of the mythos surrounding embattled White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon is that he makes millions of dollar in royalties from a savvy investment that included profit participation in the sitcom “Seinfeld,” but a New Yorker article about Bannon’s years in Hollywood is now casting doubt on that claim.

In an essay titled, “How Hollywood Remembers Steve Bannon,” journalist Connie Bruck dissects a number of Bannon’s key claims about his time in the movie industry and finds that most of them — including the “Seinfeld” story — don’t really hold up under scrutiny.

“Last November, when Bannon was named Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist, many articles highlighted an extraordinary fact about his Hollywood career: that he had negotiated a profit participation in ‘Seinfeld’ in 1993, two years before the show went into syndication,” said Bruck. “Forbes reported that, if Bannon had a one-per-cent share in the profits, ‘he would have made about $32.6 million since 1998,’ and went on to say that ‘Bannon’s steady “Seinfeld” income’ was supporting his career as a conservative propagandist.”

The factoid first surfaced in a 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek profile of Bannon. According to Bannon, Westinghouse Electric hired his firm to sell the corporation’s small share in an entertainment company called Castle Rock.

Media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner was interested in buying all of Castle Rock including minority shareholders. Bannon said he advised Westinghouse to take the offer. The company’s representatives reportedly told Bannon that if the deal was so great, he should put up some of his own cash for the properties in the Castle Rock portfolio. One of them was “Seinfeld.”

“Some of those who were responsible for ‘Seinfeld’ became agitated by Bannon’s story,” wrote Bruck. “Larry David, the show’s head writer and executive producer, told me, ‘I don’t think I ever heard of him until he surfaced with the Trump campaign and I had no idea that he was profiting from the work of industrious Jews!’”

However, when Bruck scrutinized the deal — which Bannon and Co. reportedly came away from with a small portion of Castle Rock’s TV package — and followed it through a series of acquisitions and mergers until she found that after 1995, Warner Bros. acquired “Seinfeld” and began to send out regular profit participation statements.

“The Castle Rock and the Westinghouse records from the early months of syndication are not readily available,” wrote Brock. “It is possible that Bannon’s deal was capped and paid out at that time. But, since then, neither CBS nor Castle Rock nor Warner Bros. has records of payments to Bannon, if those records are as they were described to me.”

Got a little Blue Eyed Soul just for Steve…Not sure how the dancing girl in a skimpy bikini made it past the TV censors in 1965, but here goes.

 
 

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Bannon Gets Thumped! Kicked Off of National Security Council

Never really understood what, if any qualifications Steve Bannon had to be the National Security Adviser. Even in the Chumph administration where the qualifications bar is only slightly lower than its standards for truth telling.

Apparently, the folks who are qualified to do that job…Agree.

This is an as-of-yet uncorroborated report out of Bloomberg,

“Bannon Got Cannoned!”

Top Trump adviser Steve Bannon booted off the National Security Council: report

Steve Bannon, the controversial former head of Breitbart News who now serves as the chief political strategist for President Donald Trump, has been removed from his post on the National Security Council.

Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports that the NSC was reorganized on Tuesday to remove Bannon, while also “downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert.”

The move also puts Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford — the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — back as “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee.

READ MORE: White House official offers baffling explanation: Bannon added to security council to watch over Flynn

The decision to reorganize the council was made by Trump’s new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function,” Bannon said in a statement.

Bannon has long been a controversial figure, as he is a self-described “Leninist” who has attacked not only Democrats, but also members of the Republican establishment.

Breitbart News, his old website, has continued attacking House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and in particular has been aggressive in its criticism of the House Republicans’ proposed health care plan.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Chumph Butt Kicking, Daily Chump Disasters

 

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White-Wing Breitbart Racist Shoots Unarmed Protester

This is exactly why there will be violence in the streets shortly. As usual, the white-right has vastly overestimated their numbers…And underestimated the numbers of everyone else.

They use their guns instead of their fists…One of these days someone will toss a bomb.

Anti-fascist protester shot by Trump fan during brawl outside Breitbart editor’s speech

A man was shot and critically wounded over the weekend at the University of Washington during a chaotic speaking appearance by an editor from the right-wing Breitbart News website.

The “alt-right” website initially reported the shooter had been one of the anti-fascist demonstrators who showed up to protest conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos at his last appearance on the “Dangerous F*ggot” speaking tour, reported Hatewatch.

But the 34-year-old victim’s friends and witnesses to the shooting have contradicted some of those initial reports.

A crowd gathered outside the event Friday afternoon, and campus conservatives clashed with a variety of protesters as about 250 attendees poured into the auditorium, reported the Seattle Times.

Some of the right-wing speaker’s fans were unable to get into the event, and they argued with demonstrators and unfurled a “Pepe the Frog” banner celebrating the “alt-right” mascot as they chanted Donald Trump’s name.

The arguments turned to shoving and then punches, and Hatewatch reported that “Black Bloc” protesters punched an aggressive Donald Trump supporter in the mouth and shot him in the face with a blue paint ball.

The young conservative was then pulled to safety by his father, the website reported.

The crowd gathered outside threw bricks and other items at police in riot gear, and several people were struck by paint balls.

The shooting came amid this chaos, but some initial reports have turned out to be exactly wrong.

The shooter claimed he had shot a white supremacist in self-defense, but the victim — who remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries — appears to be one of the anti-fascist demonstrators.

The gunman and a friend were arrested after turning themselves in, but both men were released without charges after claiming self-defense.

Washington allows deadly force when a person fears serious injury or death, but its self-defense law does not address whether they have a duty to retreat.

Eyewitnesses told Hatewatch the shooter, who was described as an Asian man, was an apparent Trump supporter who had been trying to provoke the crowd.

The victim, according to friends, was a Bernie Sanders supporter who was protesting against Yiannopoulos — who was permanently banned from Twitter over complaints about racist and misogynist bullying of other social media users.

The wounded man has an anti-hate tattoo of a red slash striking through a swastika, and witnesses said he’d been trying to calm others during the clash.

“He has always been of the mind to be compassionate, empathetic and to educate,” said friend Daniel Herrera. “That’s his goal.”

The victim underwent surgery Monday, and his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

Yiannapoulos continued his speech even after learning a person had been shot, saying he would not be intimidated by violence.

“If I stopped my event now, we are sending a clear message that they can stop our events by killing people,” he said. “I am not prepared to do that.”

 

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Destroying the Alt-right

A tried and true methodology of limiting the right wing Trump racists…Cut off their money supply.

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Howard Dean rallies the Internet with plan to ‘destroy’ Breitbart — and it’s already working

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (D) on Sunday called on progressives to help cripple Breitbart News’ business model with an aggressive and shrewd campaign of boycotting advertisers.

In a tweet on Sunday, Dean encouraged his followers to share a plan highlighted in a recent New York Times article titled “How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News.”

Thanks to NYT article I am going to look at Breitbart next week and refuse to buy any product I see advertised there. Please RT.

According to the Times, a group called Sleeping Giants have been successful at forcing advertisers to blacklist Breitbart by taking screen shots of advertisements that appear next to hate speech on the conservative website. The group then uses the screen shots to shame the advertisers on social media.

The tactic has been surprisingly successful, according to Sleeping Giants. Zappos, 3M, Patagonia and Warby Parker have all reportedly pulled their ads. Conservatives threatened to boycott Kellogg’s after it became one of the first advertisers to ban Breitbart. But the company received unexpected public relations and sales benefits when people opposed to fake news started an effort to donate Kellogg’s products to soup kitchens.

Participatory Culture Foundation board member Nicholas Reville, who has coordinated with the Sleeping Giants group, told the Times that companies realize the importance of embracing diversity.

“You have to be inclusionary if you’re going to try to sell to a very large audience,” he explained.

The following is a list of companies which have pulled advertising from Breitbart. Recently looked at the site to see Toyota was still up…Maybe it is time to consider buying a Ford.

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Second American Revolution

 

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The ACORN Tapes and Faux News

A (supposedly) undercover group has gone into a number of ACORN offices posing as people who are seeking advice. Most commonly posing as pimp and his prostitute.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

In several ACORN offices out of the unkown  number the poseurs visited, the video appears to have ACORN counselors assisting the two in illegal activities, including advising them on tax evasion.

This of course has been replayed ad nauseum all over Faux News, as ACORN has made the conservative enemy #1 list for registering black folks to vote in the last election. The firestorm has been considerable… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2009 in Faux News

 

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