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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Daily Wire

Published  1 month ago

Michael Jackson’s relatives are lashing out at an HBO documentary which they say withholds relevant information and presents a one-sided narrative of the sexual abuse allegations made against the late, international pop icon several years after his death.


Published  1 month ago

A week ago, when I first watched HBO’s highly controversial film Leaving Neverland, I purposely did so without refreshing my recollection on the facts regarding the allegations of child sex abuse against Michael Jackson from many years ago. I wanted to see the movie in much the same way that the average viewer did.

Like most people who viewed it, I was emotionally impacted by the horrific nature of the alleged abuse, but was eventually turned off by the obvious unfairness of allowing two unverified accusers being allowed four hours, with the support of tremendously manipulative production elements, to make un-scrutinized claims against an un-convicted dead man (who, it should also be noted, paid $20 million to a 13-year-old accuser in the 1990s as part of a settlement out of court). As someone who had long suspected Michael Jackson was likely guilty of child abuse, but whose own coverage of his 2005 trial as a Los Angeles talk show host made me actually start to doubt that presumption, the whole thing was conflicting.

Since I absolutely despise that I have somehow become known as someone who is willing to defend those accused of sex abuse even though we live in an era where such an act, regardless of the facts of the particular situation, makes you automatically a “bad” person, I was extremely hesitant to delve further into the matter. However, even my initial evaluation of the voluminous record involving the movie’s two stars, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, made it very clear that the movie was a journalistic travesty, and that someone should be willing to take a stand against the prevailing narrative on behalf of truth and fairness.

As is always the case, before I eventually dove in headfirst, I engaged in extensive research on these claims, and spoke to several people with direct knowledge of the other side of the story. I did lengthy in-person interviews with two key members of the Jackson family. One of them, Brandi Jackson, had dated Robson throughout their entire teenage years, including during the time when the abuse was allegedly occurring.

One of the many difficulties in telling a version of events which is contradictory to someone the news media — as opposed to the courts — has determined is a “sex abuse victim” (especially those who, like Robson and Safechuck, have been sanctified by Oprah Winfrey on HBO) is that, particularly post #MeToo, no one data point can ever been seen as a “smoking gun” that their allegation is false. However, when viewed in the full context of Robson’s already suspect narrative, I strongly believe that Brandi’s version of events comes as close as possible to being just that (as do many other non-Jackson fans who have spent the time to hear her, and her cousin Taj, out).

In a remotely rational world, where the news media still even plausibly functioned as a source of truth, and where basic fairness still had any real currency, Brandi would have immediately been invited on multiple major television news outlets (heck, her story even involves a normally irresistible tidbit about Robson cheating on her with Britney Spears, thus causing her infamous breakup with Justin Timberlake). However, to the mild surprise of even a grizzled media cynic like me, that did not happen.

Even before our interview, multiple members of the Jackson family told me that they felt like the major news media was purposely censoring Brandi’s explosive story. I told them that it was possible that the media just may not fully understand the significance what she has to say (none of which, it should be noted, has never been contradicted at all by Robson, or anyone else), but I now must conclude that I was being naïve.

To be clear, I am not alleging some sort of anti-Jackson conspiracy, but actually something far more treacherous than that. Based on the news media’s unwillingness to even give Brandi a voice, it is now abundantly obvious that a new media rule has been created that no one, no matter how credible, unless they are huge celebrity, is allowed to directly contradict the veracity of someone the media is invested in as a “victim,” no matter how lacking in credibility that allegation is (and to be clear, books could easily be written on why the current story of Robson, who enthusiastically testified as Jackson’s first witness at his criminal trial, is not to be believed).

Within the news media, there is just far too much fear/risk, and not nearly courage/reward. So, here is was really happened in this situation…

Michael Jackson has always been suspected of being capable of literally anything because of his obvious extreme weirdness and seemingly inappropriate attachments to young boys. A filmmaker with an obvious agenda interviewed two middle-aged men for several days and ignored the many problems with their stories (for the record, a close look at the movie discredits huge chunks of Safechuck’s narrative as well, especially with regard to the real circumstances surrounding him not testifying at Jackson’s criminal trial), using about the first three hours to get his audience emotionally invested in his subjects, which was very easy given the widely-held suspicions about Jackson, who is no longer around to defend himself.

Not being armed with even the basic facts (inexplicably, and quite tellingly, Brandi Jackson is not even mentioned), the audience, including the media, was easily manipulated into being able to disregard even the biggest holes in their stories, and to gladly accept even the most bizarre rationalizations for their nonsensical actions. Once Oprah, an abuse victim herself, effectively validated their stories (even as Safechuck, who barely participated in the post-movie interview, sweated noticeably right in front of her), the preferred narrative was set, and nothing would then be allowed to credibly contradict it.

It needs to at least be mentioned that the most bizarre aspect of the news media embracing this movie is, because of the narrative used to explain why the accusers didn’t realize they were abused much sooner, it actually has elements which are arguably PRO pedophilia. This “we didn’t think sex abuse was bad” explanation could have been simply a result of the accusers having to craft their stories to escape statute of limitations problems in their lawsuit against the Jackson estate.

Regardless, there is no need to give the Jackson family much of a chance to respond — or even see the movie before it came out — because, after all, we now know for sure that they are just part of an evil machine which is knowingly covering up for a dead pedophile, all in a desperate attempt to protect the value of the pop superstar’s estate. Gee, what could possibly go wrong with that sort of thinking, especially since Jackson was never convicted, or even found liable, in a court of law?!

Part of my naïveté here was that I stupidly thought the Jussie Smollett fake hate-crime fiasco would have, at least for a few months, made the news media a little more hesitant to blindly buy into outlandish stories with no proof and a clear financial motive. Obviously, that has not happened, and it is because the modern news media, for many reasons, is now completely, irreparably, and dangerously broken.

John Ziegler is a senior columnist for Mediaite. He hosts a weekly podcast focusing on news media issues and is documentary filmmaker. You can follow him on Twitter at @ZigManFreud or email him at

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.


Published  1 month ago

What if I told you that there was person named Brandi Jackson, directly related to Michael, who fully admits to having a long-term relationship with Wade Robson, one of the two accusers in HBO’s Leaving Neverland who now claims to have been horrifically sexually abused by the pop icon for seven years? And what if I told you that a key part of this woman’s story was that Robson cheated on her with, among others, Britney Spears, in a way which broke up that pop star’s epic romance with Justin Timberlake?

Now, you would think, given only those pieces of information (which are really just the tip of the iceberg) that such a story would be in extremely high demand by all the major television networks. Due to a series of bizarre circumstances, however, including network television’s apparent aversion to allowing even a highly credible person to question the veracity of a sex abuse claim (especially one sanctified by Oprah Winfrey), that has somehow not yet happened.

Instead, the first extensive interview which Michael Jackson’s now 37-year-old niece Brandi Jackson has done since the airing of the extremely controversial “documentary,” was with me for my modest podcast. I had seen her do a very compelling interview before the film aired, and I was astonished that HBO didn’t have at least the basic fairness to put her perspective in the movie, and, inexplicably, didn’t even at least mention her obviously pivotal role in Robson’s story (I suspect that Robson hid Brandi’s existence from the film’s director Dan Reed, and that Reed, apparently invested in a preferred narrative, didn’t do enough investigation to find out about her on his own).

Since she happens to live not far from where I do in Southern California, I asked her if we could meet and possibly do an in-depth interview. The reason for my interest was that, separate from whether or not Michael Jackson was a sexual-abuser of children, I had found Leaving Neverland to be extremely deficient when it came to basic documentarian ethics, and that there appeared to be several gaping holes in Robson’s narrative.

After viewing the film, I was very open to the idea that Michael Jackson was indeed a pedophile, but that Leaving Neverland may have also gotten at least half of their story very wrong. It was very clear that Brandi, who dated Robson throughout their entire teenage years, had a truly unique experience with him which could obviously shed light on what was really going on here, and I was gratified when she agreed to tell me her captivating story when we met Friday afternoon at Michael Jackson’s family estate in Calabasas.

The interview, which was about an hour long, was extraordinary on multiple levels and has far too many highlights to list. Here it is, unedited, as hour one of my most recent World According to Zig podcast:

In my opinion, if you simply listen to the interview with an open mind, Brandi’s credibility speaks for itself. There will still be people who will understandably still believe Robson’s version, but there is no doubting that Brandi’s narrative makes a whole lot more sense. But again, the primary question here is, why was her existence censured from Leaving Neverland and why hasn’t she been interviewed on network television about all of this?!

I then interviewed Taj Jackson, a 45-year-old nephew of Michael Jackson, himself a victim of abuse, who has been the Jackson family’s point person with the media in response to the film. It was an attempt to answer that question about the film and many others ((including those surrounding story of the movie’s other accuser, James Safechuck, whom he predicts will eventually recant) in this whole controversy. We spoke on Saturday for well over an hour, and here that conservation is, again, unedited:

You can obviously come to your own conclusions, but I urge you to at least hear them out. The fact that the news media has not yet fully done so is both a dramatic dereliction of their duty to care about basic fairness and the truth, as well as an indication that they have once again rushed to a false judgment about a major news story.

Based on my now rather in-depth investigation of Leaving Neverland, the movie is not just grossly unfair, it is quite likely not true.

John Ziegler is a senior columnist for Mediaite. He hosts a weekly podcast focusing on news media issues and is documentary filmmaker. You can follow him on Twitter at @ZigManFreud or email him at

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

Every major advance review of HBO’s "Leaving Neverland" gave the impression that audiences would invariably come away from watching it convinced that Michael Jackson sexually abused little boys. That’s not what happened for me.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

This was major cringe. Hillary Clinton’s fake southern accent is back and it’s worse than ever. On Sunday twice-failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spoke at a historic black church in Selma, Alabama for an anniversary event of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery. Hillary invoked her fake accent as she told the […]

Spectator USA

Published  1 month ago

The First Lady of Virginia, Pam Northam, wife of Ralph, got herself in hot water this week for handing out cotton to black students while they were on a tour. But the Northams have form when it comes to messy race relations. There’s the whole blackface or KKK costume school photograph business. Then there’s the blacking up as Michael Jackson thing, which Ralph admitted to. Oh, and Ralph Northam’s family owned at least 84 slaves.

Northam maintains that he learned about his family’s slave ownership in 2017. That story is harder to believe once you see that three out of the four grandparental lines of his family owned slaves. Two branches owned at least two dozen.

Let’s take a tour of the family genealogy. On his father’s side are the Northams, who have been in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore since at least the late 18th century. Northam’s paternal grandmother9 was a Brownlee, descended from both the convener of the Abbeville meeting and his son, the Red Shirt terrorist, as Spectator USA previously reported.

Northam’s maternal grandmother married a Yankee from Pennsylvania named Shearer, so his branch is out. But her own ancestors include the Franklins, who lived in Suffolk in Nansemond County, Virginia. Jethro Riddick Franklin, Northam’s great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side, was a private in the Confederate Army, 41st Virginia Infantry.

James Northam, Ralph’s paternal great-great-grandfather, owned the fewest slaves of the three individuals we’ll look at today. The 1850 census shows he owned nine in Accomack County at the time.

The elder John Brownlee, also on Northam’s father’s side, owned 46 slaves in Abbeville, according to the 1860 census. He thus had a significant property interest in secession.

On Northam’s mother’s side, Jethro Riddick Franklin is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. Despite being discharged as only a private in the Confederate Army, he was not a poor man, and owned 29 slaves.

If you’re keeping count, that is 84 slaves listed in these records. The most chilling detail of the records above however is in the second column, ‘age,’ which shows that most of Jethro Franklin’s slaves at that time were children.

The reason why this matters is Gov. Northam claims to have found out about this from his father, Westcott Northam. Westcott’s grandparents would have been the children of the slave owners listed in these census records. In all three cases, the Northam descendent a generation below the owner listed in the census records – Northam’s great-grandparents – probably would have grown up around their father’s slaves also. Is it really plausible that the family did not talk about any of this before 2017?


Published  1 month ago

Maryland House Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti is becoming famous, but not in a way that she would like. She’s was caught dropping the N-word. She was censured by the state legislature yesterday for using such language and faced calls to resign from voters, Legislative Black Caucus, and Gov. Larry Hogan. She’s pulling a Ralph Northam. She’s not leaving, but that’s not even the worst part; she thinks she didn’t use a term that’s offensive to black Americans (via Baltimore Sun):

The House of Delegates censured Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti on Thursday for her use of a racial slur, which members said “brought dishonor to the entire General Assembly of Maryland.”

After the vote, the Democrat said she would not resign, despite calls for her to do so by House leaders, the governor, the Legislative Black Caucus and constituents.

She also said she did not believe she had used an offensive term to describe African-Americans, although she acknowledged earlier in the week that she had done so. A reporter asked if she had said it, and Lisanti responded: “I do not believe I did, but I am still accepting responsibility.”

Lisanti said resigning would be “an easy way out” and not the right thing to do.

“I recognize that some have rushed to judgment without information and freely jumped on the bandwagon of condemnation — likely for their own political expediency,” Lisanti told reporters.

Lisanti came under fire this week after The Washington Post reported she used the racial slur during an after-hours gathering in January at an Annapolis bar. Lisanti told a fellow lawmaker that when he helped a candidate in Prince George’s County, he was knocking on doors in a “n— — district,” according to the report.

Across the river, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam was caught with a racist photo in his 1984 yearbook, when he attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. It featured two people; one wearing blackface and the other donning full KKK attire. Northam had apologized, admitted to being in the photo, and then retracted his apology, said that wasn’t him, but he did wear blackface for a dance competition where he dressed as Michael Jackson. He’s also refused to resign. So, the Democratic Party, historically the party of the KKK, seems to have returned to its roots. They wear blackface, they dress as Klansman, and they drop the N-word. Oh, and they don’t resign because they’re Democrats…they can do whatever they want. We’re getting to the point where Democrats can never discuss or comment about race ever again, not with this parade of horribles over the past month.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

A picture from Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook surfaced in early February showing two men, one in a KKK hood and robe and one in ‘blackface’ on the same page as Northam.

The photo was first published by Big League Politics and later confirmed by other outlets such as WaPo and The Virginian Pilot.

The Virginia Democrat leadership is initially defended the far left governor over the racist photos.

Democrat leaders then called for Northam to resign. But the blackface governor is still in office.

Yesterday Governor Northam’s wife Pam Northam came under fire for handing out cotton to black kids on a mansion tour.

Now this…

Governor Blackface Ralph Northam’s family owned at least 84 slaves.

The Spectator reported:

The First Lady of Virginia, Pam Northam, wife of Ralph, got herself in hot water this week for handing out cotton to black students while they were on a tour. But the Northams have form when it comes to messy race relations. There’s the whole blackface or KKK costume school photograph business. Then there’s the blacking up as Michael Jackson thing, which Ralph admitted to. Oh, and Ralph Northam’s family owned at least 84 slaves.


Published  1 month ago

Mary Ann Lisanti, a white Maryland Democrat legislator, is apologizing to black lawmakers for referring to a county as “n***r district,” but claims “everyone” has used the racial slur.

Delegate Lisanti reportedly used the racist slur to describe Prince George’s County — which is 62 percent African American — while conversing with a colleague during an after-hours gather at a bar in Annapolis.

According to the Washington Post, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland confronted the Democrat legislator, whose district includes Harford County, over the alleged slur.

Caucus chair Del. Darryl Barnes (D) of Prince George’s County, told the Post that Lisanti was “contrite” when pressed about the comment, calling her reaction “really disturbing.”

“She apologized several times,” said Barnes. “She recognizes how she has hurt so many within the caucus, and she hoped to repent from this.”

“She said that she doesn’t remember fully what happened, but she recognizes what happened,” he added.

In a statement, House Speaker Michael Busch demanded Lisanti “face the consequences of her behavior.”

“There is no place in the House of Delegates for any racial slurs — or slurs of any kind in society in general,” the Democrat from Anne Arundel added.

While Lisanti did not respond to requests for comment from several news outlets, the Harford lawmaker did tell the Post that she does not remember using the racist slur — before claiming she was “sure everyone has used it.”

“I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain,” she added.

Reports of the incident come as Democrats in the neighboring state of Virginia are still reeling from several racially-driven controversies. Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) is still fighting for his political life after a 1984 medical yearbook photo emerged of him and another individual wearing blackface and Ku Klux Klan attire. The photo was first reported by Big League Politics and later verified by the Post. Northam denies being in the photo but has admitted to donning blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume. Mark Herring, the state’s Democrat attorney general, has also admitted wearing blackface at a party while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia.

Entertainment Tonight

Published  1 month ago

Jason Derulo wants fans on their feet!

The 29-year-old singer has joined forces with K-pop icons Lay Zhang and NCT 127 for “Let’s Shut Up & Dance,” the lead single from 7Six9 Entertainment’s The Greatest Dancer, a four-song EP and box set inspired by and dedicated to Michael Jackson.

The music video, which is directed by Daniel Russell, made its global debut on MTV on Friday. The high-energy visual features dance sequences from Derulo, Zhang, NC 127 and more than 50 dancers shot in locations around the world.

“I hope it’s one of those things that makes you stop and stare, but also gets you moving. The song has that effect,” Derulo told ET over the phone from London, where he’s shooting the film adaptation of the musical Cats with Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba and more.

“The beat is really infectious," Derulo said of the new single. "I hope that when people watch the video they get that, but I also hope that they understand the tribute to Michael Jackson. It’s not a tribute where we’re trying to be Mike or dressing like him, but you can feel the influence. It’s not saying ‘I can be Mike,’ it’s saying look at three different artists and all of these different dancers from across the world that were inspired by the greatest dancer of all time.”

In keeping with the theme of a global dance movement, producers hired street dancers and professional dancers who were filmed in Korea, Ethiopia, Jamaica, London and Los Angeles. The music video came together under the choreography of dance veteran Danielle Polanco.

Derulo co-wrote "Let's Just Shut Up & Dance," which is about "letting go of your troubles," stopping all of the "hate" and taking a moment to just dance. “Especially with everything that’s going on in the world I think the concept is really poignant,” he added.

“When I’m creating music at this point in my life, it’s about each song having a purpose," Derulo explained. "Whether a song that’s going to make people forget about their troubles and get up and dance, a song that’s going to be a part of somebody’s proposal or [a song that’s going to] help somebody through a breakup, a song needs to have a purpose. I hope that this song can be a light in a world that’s filled with shadows right now.”

The Greatest Dancer is scheduled for release on June 25 in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death.



Published  1 month ago

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) on Sunday compared himself to victims of lynching amid accusations that he sexually assaulted two women.

“I’ve heard much about anti-lynching on the floor of this very Senate, where people were not given any due process whatsoever, and we rue that,” Fairfax said in the state Senate, according to the Associated Press. He was referencing legislation passed expressing “profound regret” for lynchings in Virginia between 1877 and 1950.

“And we talk about hundreds, at least 100 terror lynchings that have happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia under those very same auspices. And yet we stand here in a rush to judgment with nothing but accusations and no facts and we decide that we are willing to do the same thing,” Fairfax added.

Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson have both come forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault in the past month.

Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 while they were in Boston for the Democratic National Convention.

Fairfax maintains the encounter was consensual.

Watson issued a statement saying Fairfax raped her while the two were at Duke University.

Fairfax denied Watson’s allegation and has dismissed calls for his resignation from both the state Democratic and Republican parties as well as high-profile national Democrats.

Republicans in the Virginia House have invited Tyson and Watson to testify in front of them.

Virginia Democrats quickly slammed the move, calling it a political stunt. Fairfax has said he will not be participating, and has called for an investigation into the accusations.

House Majority Leader Del. Todd Gilbert (R) called Fairfax’s comments about lynchings highly inappropriate.

“That is the worst, most disgusting type of rhetoric he could have invoked,” Gilbert said, according to AP. “It’s entirely appropriate for him to talk about due process and we would intend to offer him every ounce of it, and he’s welcome to take advantage of that anytime he would like.”

Many black lawmakers did not object to Fairfax’s speech.

“He said what he needed to say,” said Sen. Mamie Locke (D).

Black Caucus Chairman Del. Lamont Bagby (D) said his constituents have expressed similar concerns that Fairfax is being treated unfairly because he is black.

Fairfax is not the only Virginia lawmaker to be facing calls to step down from office.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has resisted requests after a photo of a man in blackface and another man dressed up as a Klansman in an old yearbook resurfaced. Northam initially apologized for the photo but later said he was not in the image. He admitted to wearing blackface as a Michael Jackson costume.

Mark Herring (D), the state's attorney general, has also admitted to and apologized for wearing blackface.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

The Democratic Governors Association won't ask embattled Democrats Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax or Attorney General Mark Herring to resign their posts in Virginia, even after maintaining that Gov. Ralph Northam should step down following a blackface scandal that has roiled the commonwealth.

"Obviously very disappointing and challenging set of circumstances in Virginia," said association Chairwoman Gina Raimondo, who is also governor of Rhode Island, in answer to a question by the Washington Examiner about what should happen in Virginia, where Fairfax faces allegations of sexual assault and Herring, like Northam, has admitted to appearing in blackface.

The next in line for the top job in Virginia is a Republican, Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox.

"DGA swiftly called for Gov. Northam's resignation, which was a somewhat unprecedented move by the DGA, but we felt that in light of the circumstances was appropriate and stand by that," she said. "The situation in Virginia is very fluid ... and at this point it's up to the people of Virginia and the citizens of Virginia to decide what the best moves are for that state in terms of their leadership going forward."

[Related: Virginia governor's yearbook page features photo of men in KKK robe, blackface]

Raimondo was answering questions at a press conference Saturday at the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington, D.C., where she appeared beside 13 other Democratic governors. Northam was not among them, and the press conference was intended to highlight the party's priorities and the victories waged electorally in November, in which the Democrats flipped seven governor's seat.

Northam faced widespread calls for his resignation from members of his party after a picture surfaced in the personal page of his 1984 medical school yearbook showing one person wearing blackface and another dressed up as a Ku Klux Klan member. Northam has insisted he isn't either person in the picture but has admitted to wearing blackface during a dance competition in which he impersonated Michael Jackson.

Shortly after the photo surfaced, the Democratic Governors Association called for Northam to step down.

“The photo of Ralph Northam’s yearbook that surfaced yesterday is both racist and inexcusable,” Raimondo and Vice Chairman Phil Murphy, who is also governor of New Jersey, said in a statement at the time. “It is time for Gov. Northam to step aside and allow Virginia to move forward.”

But the group hasn't issued a formal statement following other incidents that unfolded involving Virginia's first and second in line for the governor's seat. The same was true for other Democratic leaders, as well as Democrats running for the presidential nomination, who have otherwise adopted a zero-tolerance policy in dealing with racism or accusations of sexual assault.

Fairfax, the lieutenant governor, has faced two allegations of sexual assault that he denies, and Herring, who is attorney general and the third-ranking elected official in Virginia, has acknowledged he wore blackface when he was in college.

None of the officials has said he would step down.

[Read more: Justin Fairfax accusers set to testify against him in Kavanaugh-style televised hearings]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved of charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett Wednesday evening after the brothers testified to a grand jury for 2.5 hours. Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. Bond court hearing is set for Thursday at 1:30 PM. Breaking: Cook County State’s Attorney office tells @ABC7Chicago Jussie Smollett […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter at Chicago’s Fox 32 is reporting that his sources in the Chicago Police Department said that Jussie Smollett will be indicted for filing a false police report in “hours, not days.”

Additionally, Smollett has added lawyer Mark Geragos to his legal team. Garagos is infamous for representing Michael Jackson and murderer Scott Peterson.

“Top attorney Mark Geragos has joined #JussieSmollett legal team. He is assisting Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. #CPD sources tell me an indictment of #Smollett could be coming in ‘a matter of hours. Not days,'” Weigel tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Top attorney Mark Geragos has joined #JussieSmollett legal team. He is assisting Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. #CPD sources tell me an indictment of #Smollett could be coming in “a matter of hours. Not days”.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 20, 2019

The news comes shortly after Smollett’s legal team managed to postpone testimony before a grand jury from the two Nigerian brothers who claim that the Empire actor paid them to stage the attack. Many have speculated that it was postponed because of a possible plea deal, though the details remain unknown.

The brothers have also claimed that Smollett was behind a threatening letter that was sent to him a week before the “attack.”

Smollett has repeatedly denied that the “assault” was an elaborate hoax.

“About a dozen search warrants have now been issued, including ones for Smollett’s financial and phone records, and detectives are waiting for those records to come back,” CBS reports.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

The key word here is “felony.” He could face three years in prison. That doesn’t mean he will – you have to consider that the crime was non-violent (which when you think about it is part of why it’s a crime in this case) and also the fact that he has no priors – but you don’t take any felony lightly.

This guy fell awfully far awfully fast:

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about an attack he said occurred as he walked to his apartment building in Streeterville last month.

The charge, a felony, was announced by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office Wednesday evening, hours after police called Smollett “a suspect in a criminal investigation … for filing a false police report.”

While initially investigating the attack as a hate crime, Chicago police recently said they were looking into whether Smollett paid two brothers he knew to stage the attack on Jan. 29. The brothers appeared before a grand jury earlier Wednesday and testified that Smollett had given them money, according to their attorney Gloria Schmidt.

Attorneys for Smollett, 36, met with prosecutors and detectives Wednesday but it was unclear if the actor was present, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, could not be reached for comment. They have been joined by high-profile, Los Angeles-based lawyer Mark Geragos who has represented numerous celebrities, including pop star Michael Jackson, R&B singer Chris Brown and actress Winona Ryder.

It seems so obvious now that this was an incredibly foolish thing to do, not only because it’s morally wrong to do something so dishonest – and waste the time and resources of the police and lots of other people – but also because the consequences if he was caught would be so devastating.

Why on Earth would he do it?

I can think of several things he might tell himself to convince himself it would benefit him.

For one thing, it would get him lots of attention. Jussie Smollett is an actor on a reasonably popular series on Fox, but how many of you had ever heard of him before this whole thing? He is obviously known to big fans of Empire, but he is not a household name throughout America. When this story hit, he became one. Everyone knew who Jussie Smollett was. Presidential candidates were invoking his name. He was showing up on national morning shows.

He had hit the big time. Had he gotten away with it, one could easily see how he’d have been in line for much bigger casting opportunities than a bit part on Empire.

For another thing, this sort of thing would make him an absolute icon among the political left, and that’s who exercises the most control over the entertainment industry. The left desperately wants to believe that white, racist Trump supporters are running around America looking for black, gay people to attack with nooses and bottles of bleach. This isn’t true at all, and so many of these reported incidents have turned out to be hoaxes in recent years. If Smollett had become the highest-profile victim of a real hate crime by MAGA-invoking Trump fans, he would have become a modern-day civil rights hero.

And finally, the recent history of Smollett’s tweets suggests he has a definite victim complex, and people like that need to be seen as victims. They need sympathy. They need everyone’s “hearts with them” or however you’d want to describe it. Why would he stage a hate crime with him as the victim? Because damn it, he is a victim! People just don’t see it, so he’s going to show them.

Successfully pulling this off gets him the high profile, the admiration and the sympathy he desires. And it further convinces everyone that Trump supporters are racist brutes. What’s more, once you’re the victim of something like this, you pretty much have unquestioned moral authority forever on all such matters. No one will ever again challenge anything Smollett says about hate crimes, racism, bigotry . . . you name it.

RELATED: Relax: Victims of real hate crimes will not be disbelieved because of Jussie Smollett

It’s a disaster if you get caught, but the rewards would have been almost endless had he gotten away with it.

Now that he clearly hasn’t, one wonders if there’s any career left for Jussie Smollett. I’ve never seen Empire so I have no idea how talented a performer he might be. But at least for the foreseeable future, he’s going to be toxic. He’s done serious damage to one of the left’s favorite narratives, and many people who had never heard of him before three weeks ago now know him only as an attention-craving fraud.

If he can somehow salvage his career after this, it will be an even neater trick than pulling off this hoax would have been.

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Conservative Tribune

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Focus on the Family will be putting the videos in "the epicenter of everything."

The Washington Times

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It took just a fortnight for the Democratic Party to reveal to the American people just who they are and what they stand for.


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Since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade, the Democrats have been riding high.


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MAGA is having a small fashion moment at the 2019 Grammys. Singers Joy Villa and Ricky Rebel both used the red carpet to spread their pro-Trump messages.

First up is Villa, who dressed as President Trump’s hotly contested border wall. Draped in silver with barbed wire tufts on her shoulders and carrying a “Make America Great Again” bag. “This is what I believe in,” Villa told Variety’s Marc Malkin. “I believe in the President, I just released an album called ‘Home Sweet Home’ and it’s all about my love for America, barbed wire, I’m having fun with it.”

Created by Desi Designs Couture, it’s worth noting that the designer’s Instagram announcement includes this disclaimer along with a picture of her client Villa.“DISCLAIMER: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by my clients are not necessarily the same as my views, thoughts, and opinions,” the designer wrote.

Villa now has a history of wearing conservative couture on the Grammys red carpet. Last year, the singer donned a rainbow-colored anti-abortion dress, and in 2017 she wore a blue “Make America Great Again” gown that featured Donald Trump’s name embellished along the back. In 2015, she again created a stir when she sported a sheer dress of orange netting.

Next is Rebel, the glam-rock artist arrived in a blue jacket emblazoned with the words “Keep America Great” and “Trump 2020” over a white blouse, pants, and high-heeled knee-high boots.

Rebel has been an active supporter of President Donald Trump and faced considerable backlash over it, especially considering the fact that Rebel, who is bisexual, has been an advocate for LGBT rights.

He’s posted photographs of himself outside of Trump Tower, often retweets the President, and defended his support of the POTUS in a 2017 interview with Independent Review Journal. In it, he said he’s pro-Trump because he supports his refugee ban, and said it doesn’t mean he’s against the LGBT community.

“A radical murdered 49 LGBT in cold blood at Pulse Nightclub,” he told the outlet. “That could have been me, my family, and friends there. I voted for the person who wanted to heavily vet refugees. The other candidate wanted a 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees. It only takes one.”

Rebel has toured with the likes of Britney Spears, and was reportedly discovered by Michael Jackson in the late ’90s.

Full red carpet gallery of Grammy’s looks here.

Big League Politics

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Blackface-wearing Democrat Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam kept digging himself a deeper hole on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” continuing possibly the worst string of public relations work in the recent history of American politics.

Host Gayle King pressed Northam on what she described as a “very difficult week for [Northam] and state of Virginia.” She opened the floor to Northam, asking him where he wanted to begin, and immediately he launched into a historical tirade, which quickly derailed

“We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—” he said before King cut him off.

“Also known as slavery,” King said.

“Yes,” Northam replied sheepishly.

Last Saturday, Northam gave a bizarre speech at a press conference, denying that he was in the blackface photos first published by Big League Politics last Friday, despite the fact that he had apologized for appearing in the photos Friday evening. He then volunteered up the fact that he wore blackface at a Michael Jackson theme party in the 1980’s, before attempting to moonwalk off the podium.

The embattled Governor has refused to resign despite the scandal.

WATCH the exchange:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: "We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—"@GayleKing: "Also known as slavery"


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted on Thursday that the blackface and alleged sexual assault controversies engulfing the top three Democrats in Virginia will not damage the “national Democratic brand.”

In recent weeks, embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) admitted that he had put on blackface while he was a medical student, Attorney General Mark Herring (D) revealed that he also put on blackface while he was a college student at the University of Virginia.

Meanwhile, a California professor accused Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault, alleging that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. And on Friday, a day after Pelosi insisted that these scandals will not harm national Democrats, another woman, Meredith Watson, alleged that Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University.

When Pelosi was asked if the scandals will hurt the “national Democratic brand,” she replied, “No, it does not.”

National Democrats who are banking on defeating Trump in 2020 by doubling down on the politics of race and MeToo walked into a trap when nearly all of them jumped into Virginia’s politics and called on Northam to resign. When scandals then engulfed Fairfax and Herring, many national Democrats started dodging questions, unable to say they would not get involved in Virginia’s politics days after nearly all of them jumped in to condemn Northam.

Last week, Northam apologized for appearing in either blackface or a KKK hood in a photo on his yearbook page before promptly denying the next day that he was in the photo. Northam did reveal, though, that he had put black shoe polish on his face to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in Texas.

As pressure mounted for Northam to resign, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at California’s Scripps College, accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago.

“I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual. To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent,” Tyson said in a statement, saying that she was only speaking out because Fairfax had been besmirching her name.

Fairfax has denied both allegations.

As some Virginia Democrats were getting ready for Herring, the attorney general, to potentially become the state’s next governor, Herring also admitted that he had put on blackface in the past, a confession that reportedly moved some of his black colleagues and lawmakers to tears.

“That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then,” Herring said in a statement. “It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”

Pelosi said Virginia Democrats have to “resolve their issues that they have there” and added that “it’s sad because they have some very talented leaders there.” But Pelosi added that the Virginia Democrats “have to have the confidence of the electorate and the legislature that they have to work with.”

“I’ll leave it up to them,” Pelosi said, doing her best to distance herself and national Democrats from the fiasco in Virginia.

True Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says that he wants to take down Confederate statues and monuments in the state.

“I will take a harder line,” Northam told the Washington Post amid a scandal stemming from a racist photograph on his medical school yearbook page. “If there are statues, if there monuments out there that provoke this type of hatred and bigotry, they need to be in museums.”

Northam is facing calls to resign after a his page from the 1984 yearbook that includes an image of an individual in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood surfaced. Northam, who initially apologized for the photo, later claimed he is neither of the individuals in it but appeared in blackface as Michael Jackson for a dance competition that same year.

In his first sit-down interview since the photo came to light, Northam insisted that he would commit the rest of his three years as governor to the fight for racial equality.

Despite the calls to resign, including from members of his own party, Northam has shown no signs that he has any interest in doing so. He has said that neither one of the individuals in the racist photograph are him. – READ MORE

Big League Politics

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Racist Ralph Northam, the Democrat governor of Virginia, is reportedly reading “Roots” in a public-relations bid to salvage his failing governorship after Big League Politics published a blackface-KKK photo from Northam’s medical school yearbook page. Northam has admitted that he did darken his face in the past, purportedly in emulation of Michael Jackson.

Northam is clinging to office as his nemesis, lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, is experiencing a multi-accuser sexual assault scandal leading many top Democrats including former governor Terry McAuliffe to call for Fairfax’s resignation.

Northam is trying to save himself by discovering African-American literature.

Buzzfeed News reports: “Northam doesn’t plan to hold any more press conferences any time soon. Advisers are in the midst of negotiations with major networks for a nationally televised interview they hope will humanize him. Additionally, his advisers have assigned the governor homework: He’s begun to read Alex Haley’s “Roots”, and “The Case for Reparations,” the seminal essay in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.”

Somehow, it seems unlikely that the African-American community and social justice activists are going to let him off the hook for his racist past.

WATCH LIVE: @howleyreports and @pdabrosca are reporting live from the State Capitol in Richmond, VA

Hundreds of protestors are on hand to demand the resignation of Ralph Northam

— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) February 4, 2019

I Love My Freedom

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Late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel attack President Donald Trump almost every single night on their respective shows. But they have been noticeably silent on disgraced Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam -- and that's because

BuzzFeed News

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, still facing calls to resign as governor a week after the revelation that his page in a medical school yearbook features a racist photograph, is now tightly focused on coming up with plans to survive.

His office has begun to explore how it might recalibrate Northam’s legislative agenda to focus closely on race and equity, sources close to the governor tell BuzzFeed News. The move would mark a brazen attempt to hang onto his office by shifting the conversation away from Northam’s admission of having once worn blackface and his denials that he is featured in the racist yearbook photo, either as the person in blackface or the person in a Klan outfit. Northam’s policy team is looking at crafting a set of proposals based on the premise that the governor’s mistakes have rendered him keenly aware of inequity and the lack of justice faced by black Virginians 400 years after the first African people arrived in the Commonwealth, at Point Comfort, in 1619.

The centerpiece proposal is not complete in its scope or in terms of what it will seek to accomplish. But there are many possibilities being considered for a broad platform: increasing resources for affordable housing; setting new, more equitable standards in small business procurement; implementing programs that expand economic opportunity for entrepreneurs; pumping money into public services like education and transportation.

“Now that he knows better he is going to do better,” a Northam adviser said.

But Northam is still struggling to convince those around him that he should be able to complete his term in office, and that he was not in fact in the yearbook picture.

His chief argument as he has huddled with advisers and staff that he was not: The people in the picture were holding beers in their right hands.

That stuck Northam as odd, a source close to his office said. In medical school, Northam told advisers, he’d been so awkward with his right hand that he had to force himself to hold the scalpel with it. His left hand was his dominant hand, and indeed, the hand with which he was holding a beer in the picture of him alone in a cowboy hat — next to one that could yet alter the course of his political career.

The picture was the first missive that sparked an uproar that has plunged Virginia’s politics into a seemingly bottomless pit of disarray, and especially the state’s Democratic Party, which had been in the midst of a political revival buttressed by Hillary Clinton’s winning performance in the state in 2016. Soon, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax would face allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in a 2004 encounter. He's denied the allegations but the woman, Vanessa Tyson, has attached her name and put details of the incident in a statement putting pressure on Fairfax to step down. And Mark Herring, the attorney general, admitted to dressing in blackface at a college party.

Backed by Northam’s assertion that he is neither person in the photo, strategic communications and PR firm IR+Media to help him try to recover. The team, led by top strategist Jarvis C. Stewart, a veteran of Capitol Hill, will try to determine how the photo got into the yearbook — an obscure artifact of national political importance that Northam says he didn’t buy at the time and claims he had never seen.

But if it is indeed not him in the photo, Northam’s political problems are a set of circumstances that are difficult to parse. Why would he put out a statement of apology suggesting he was in the picture soon after it was published, only to rescind it the next day, and then admit guilt of using blackface in an attempt to impersonate Michael Jackson years earlier?

Northam is telling those close to him that the answer lies in his character: Northam, who hails from the Commonwealth’s Eastern Shore, a somewhat isolated locale, has explained privately to advisers that both his training and experiences at the Virginia Military Institute and as a serviceman fostered an ethos of accepting responsibility in the interest of moving on. Northam’s team was not ready for the maelstrom that ensued from the photo and his immediate responses, an adviser said. In school, Northam had a reputation for being somewhat socially-awkward and bookish, so much so that someone close to him questioned whether the inclusion of the photo on his yearbook page was a gag designed to rag him by classmates who had given him a hard time.

The civil rights community, led by Rev. Al Sharpton and the Virginia black legislative caucus, are keeping the pressure on Northam to resign. Sharpton, in some nimbly-crafted political strategy, appeared Thursday at the historically-black Virginia Union University. Flanked by other religious leaders, Sharpton suggested that even if he was not in the picture, his admission that he had put some shoe polish on his face to impersonate Jackson was still more than enough cause to resign. On Thursday, Sharpton told BuzzFeed News that Northam’s attempt to explain away the picture was pointless. “It’s tantamount to saying, ‘I didn’t rob Wells Fargo bank, but I did rob Bank of America.’ Well, you’re still a bank robber, he said.”

Northam doesn’t plan to hold any more press conferences any time soon. Advisers are in the midst of negotiations with major networks for a nationally televised interview they hope will humanize him. Additionally, his advisers have assigned the governor homework: He’s begun to read Alex Haley’s “Roots”, and “The Case for Reparations,” the seminal essay in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Fox News

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Fox News legal analyst and Nevada real estate attorney Bob Massi, who gained a legion of fans across the country for explaining real estate and housing markets to ordinary Americans as “The Property Man,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Henderson, Nev., after an extended battle with cancer, his family said. He was 67.

He left behind his wife Lynne, sons Dominic and Robert, his daughter Genna, two brothers, Albert and James, and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

His show, “Bob Massi Is the Property Man,” was a staple on Fox News and Fox Business. In addition to his colorful commentary, it featured experts breaking down current property trends and pricing deals.

He also appeared frequently on “Fox & Friends” for his segments “Rebuilding Dreams” and “Legal Ease.”

The Fox News fixture would say with pride that he was the second legal analyst hired by Fox News at the very beginning of the channel, in 1996. He appeared often in the early days speaking on legal matters.

Over the years, Massi also provided legal analysis on high-profile trials, such as the Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Unabomber, O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Warren Jeffs and Casey Anthony cases.

He graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in New York and St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas.

Massi had been practicing civil litigation since 1980 and launched his television career in Las Vegas in 1985.

Massi ran his own law firm, Robert A. Massi & Associates, in Nevada.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for His email is


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Some conservatives are calling out late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon for not making jokes about Virginia governor Ralph Northam

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Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Democratic attorney general says he wore blackface at a college party in 1980, deepening state scandal.

The Savage Nation

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Despite the controversy surrounding Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam dominating the news cycle for days, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon avoided the subject in their monologues on Monday night.

On Friday, Northam’s yearbook page from the East Virginia Medical school in 1984 went viral because it included an image of someone in blackface and another in a KKK robe. After apologizing and taking responsibility that night, Northam changed course the following morning, claiming he wasn’t either of the two people in the photo. He did, however, admit to wearing blackface when entering a dance competition as Michael Jackson that same year.

While Northam’s racist yearbook page and bizarre press conference led national news and were mocked by several late-night hosts, they were left unmentioned by Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, both of whom have worn blackface on comedy skits.

Mail Online

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill said they 'wholly condemn' the 'abhorrent' photos published 40 years ago in the 1979 yearbook. Governor Roy Cooper featured on another page.

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Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

Fox News

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A long forgotten video clip from ABC's "The View" resurfaced on Wednesday that showed co-host Joy Behar trying to explain a Halloween costume from when she was younger.

The clip was shared by The Wrap media editor Jon Levine. Behar was seen discussing a New York Times op-ed about the resurgence of curly hair during the show in 2016. Behar showed her colleagues and the audience a picture of herself with curly hair when she was 29 years old.

The co-hosts appeared surprised by her drastically different look. Raven-Symoné, a former co-host, asked, "Joy, are you black?"

"I was so cute," Behar said.

"Joy... are you my auntie, Joy?" Raven-Symoné joked.

Behar explained that the picture was taken at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a "beautiful African woman" and stressed that it was her actual hair.

"Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?" Raven-Symoné asked.

Behar responded by saying she wore makeup "that was a little bit darker than my skin."

The video resurfaced as Democrats in Virginia face intense scrutiny over their use of blackface decades ago. On Friday, Governor Ralph Northam offered an apology after a photograph emerged on his medical school yearbook page that featured a man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. He reversed course the next day, claiming he wasn’t in that photo but did admit to wearing blackface when dressing up as Michael Jackson for a costume contest.

Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who had previously called on Northam to resign, released a statement Wednesday that he also wore blackface in college.

ABC News has not responded for comment.

I Love My Freedom

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An old photo has resurfaced of ABC's "The View" co-host Joy Behar when she dressed as a "beautiful Africa-American woman." The long forgotten video clip from 2016 resurfaced on Wednesday that showed Behar trying to explain a

New York Post

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Virginia’s leadership crisis took an absurd turn Wednesday when the man who is second in line to become governor admitted he has worn blackface — even as Gov. Ralph Northam’s job is already on


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Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.


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Last Friday, oddly enough the first day of Black History Month, the yearbook from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 med school yearbook surfaced with Northam either in blackface or wearing KKK robes. Back when he was apologizing for his actions, he couldn’t remember which. Then he gave a press conference in which he denied he was in the pictures but admitted he had dressed up as Michael Jackson at least once. He steadfastly refused to entertain resigning. At first, the Virginia Democrat establishment stood firm with him. By Sunday, as Northam looked more and more deranged, both of Virginia’s senators said he should step down. He held an emergency meeting of his staff yesterday evening and I was already preparing my Northam resigns post. But, even as Northam was meeting with advisers to discuss his future, a blockbuster hit a the same website, BigLeaguePolitics, where Northam’s pictures had first surfaced. This story concerned an allegation that Fairfax had sexually assaulted a young woman, as sexual assault can mean anything these days I feel compelled to carify that by specifying that he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Fairfax denied the story and threatened to sue anyone who mentioned it, but, along the way, he revealed that the Washington Post had known about the allegations and claim they had vindicated him.

The Washington Post replied that no, they hadn’t vindicated Fairfax but, yes, Fairfax had admitted to having sex with the woman.

And this point my schadenfreude gland was depleted and I was a limp mass on the floor. As one of my old bosses used to say, “I feel just like a monkey humping a skunk, I aint’ got all I want but I got all I can stand.”

Then everyone got their second wind.

NEW: An extraordinary day turns chaotic as Fairfax suggests Northam is behind "a smear" aimed at blocking his ascent to the governorship and recounts a sexual encounter with a woman he said was "very interested in me."

But she says it was assault >

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) February 4, 2019

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia emphatically denied on Monday a woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2004, suggesting that Gov. Ralph Northam’s supporters were trying to block his ascent to the governorship at a moment when Mr. Northam is besieged by demands that he resign over charges of racism.

“Does anybody think it’s any coincidence that on the eve of potentially my being elevated that that’s when this uncorroborated smear comes out?” Mr. Fairfax told reporters surrounding him in the rotunda of the state Capitol about whether he believes Mr. Northam, a fellow Democrat, was behind the accusation’s coming to light. He offered no evidence tying the Northam camp to the allegation.

An adviser to Mr. Northam, asked Monday if the embattled governor had been behind the revelation of the assault allegations, denied any responsibility and said the Northam camp did not have the capacity to plot such a move at a moment when Mr. Northam is struggling to retain his job.

Monday’s spectacle beside the Houdon-designed George Washington statue in the Capitol was extraordinary: Mr. Fairfax, a 39-year-old African-American, rebutting claims of sexual misconduct and suggesting the accusations were part of an effort by allies of Mr. Northam’s to salvage a governorship that is listing due to the racism that still scars Virginia.

If I were a chainsmoker, I would have burned an couple of cartons while swabbing my sweaty forehead with a damp cloth as the spectacle unfolded.

The irony of the guy who made the Charlottesville mess a campaign issue and labeled Ed Gillespie a racist being accused of racism by his own lieutenant governor is nearly too much to bear.

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I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

A Republican strategist and former special assistant to President George W. Bush nuked CNN for attempting to downplay Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's disturbing comments on abortion. During a panel discussion Sunday on CNN’s “State of the

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It's apparently the president's fault that the Democrat Virginia governor decades ago put a racist photo on his yearbook page

The Federalist

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Last week’s outrage over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s statement that babies born alive following a botched abortion could be allowed to die quickly evaporated when a racist photograph from Northam’s medical school yearbook began circulating. Northam quickly apologized for the picture, only to later backtrack, claiming that he was not the man in blackface or hidden beneath a Ku Klux Klan hood, but had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson costume that same year and thus his confusion.

Either way, Northam’s political career is over: Even if Northam does not resign, he’s the lamest of lame ducks. While Democrats may not be happy with Northam for dragging out the inevitable and hurting their brand in the meantime, the uproar over Northam’s past succeeded in diverting attention from media’s focus on the party’s extreme abortion position.

Yet, even without the straight-talking Northam to expose the barbarity of late-term abortions, the extreme laws the Democratic Party supports remain unchanged. And those laws are even more horrific than even Northam’s comments revealed.

Those comments came last week in a radio interview, when Northam was asked whether he supported state Del. Kathy Tran’s late-term abortion bill, which, as Tran acknowledged during committee debate, would allow an abortion at full-term even if the mother had already started labor.

Northam told the radio host: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

The sub-committee tabled Tran’s bill. But many fail to realize that Northam’s statement that “the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” applies equally to Virginia’s current abortion law. Under both current law and Tran’s proposed amendment, following an abortion, if there is “any clearly visible evidence of viability,” the abortionist must provide “life support.”

But nothing in the law requires the doctor to first resuscitate the newborn infant or to provide other ordinary care necessary to allow the infant to survive. Nothing also prevents the mother, who had just attempted to abort her now-newborn, from directing the hospital staff to abide by a do not resuscitate order.

That is why, on the heels of Northam’s comments, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act for fast-track passage. This proposed legislation would require any health care practitioner present at the time a baby is born alive following an attempted abortion to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” If passed, this law would prevent Northam types from leaving a newborn to die because that was the mother’s desire.

Backlash over Northam’s comments sent the left into a full-spin zone. Northam himself said “I don’t have any regrets, but I do regret how my comments have been mischaracterized,” sticking to his claim that third-trimester abortions are only done in cases involving “severe deformities.” Defenders of Northam’s statements likewise pretended that the only babies to survive abortions will be those who bear a condition “incompatible with life” or with “severe deformities,” and thus any medical care for such a child would be futile.

This position is both legally and factually wrong. Legally, Virginia law permits abortions of healthy, viable fetuses up to the point of delivery, if three physicians state that “continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the death of the woman or substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.”

While proponents of this provision paint the abortion as necessary to preserve the life of the mother, there is no reason such babies could not be delivered alive as opposed to delivered after they are killed. Further, the current law allows abortion based on mental health, not merely physical health, and mental health is often loosely interpreted.

Tran’s proposed amendments would make it easier to obtain a late-term abortion in Virginia by expanding the legality of late-term abortions to circumstances in which one doctor certified that continuing the pregnancy would “impair” the “mental health” of the woman. Virtually any stress or anxiety caused by the pregnancy could qualify as impairing the mother’s mental health, making Tran’s proposed amendment one that would, in essence, allow abortion on demand to the point of birth, including of healthy and viable fetuses.

While Tran’s bill was tabled, Virginia law still allows exactly the scenario that outraged Americans: the abortion of full-term fetuses after labor had begun. Further, although Virginia has not yet allowed any mental health condition to justify such barbaric practices, New York has: Less than two weeks ago, to cheering adulation, New York’s Democrat governor signed into law the so-called Reproductive Health Act.

That law allows abortions for any reason prior to 24 weeks of gestation, which given scientific advancements of late will include some viable fetuses. The statute also legalizes abortions to the moment of birth if a “practitioner” believes it necessary “to protect” the patient’s health. Again, the squishy definition of mental health will suffice to allow the killing of a fully formed and viable fetus.

Defenders of New York’s law and Virginia’s legislation nonetheless seek to justify late-term abortions as only occurring in cases of “severe deformities.” Factually, this claim is also false. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute admits, citing its own research, that “data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” Further, “fetal anomaly” would include such non-severe situations, such as a cleft palate or a club foot—“deformities” most Americans would be horrified to learn are used to justify a late-term abortion.

If abortion activists want to defend their laws based on fake facts, conservatives need to call them out. We may no longer have Northam’s horrifying soundbite to question Democrats on their view of infanticide, but we still have the law—a law that permits the killing of full-developed, healthy, and viable fetuses until the moment of birth.

Ask Democrats about their support for that law. When they obfuscate, ask whether they would support a law prohibiting late-term abortion absent the so-called severe deformities they hide behind. Their answer will expose them as both pro-eugenics and pro-abortion extremists.

Sara A. Carter

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Virginia residents and Democrat leaders want Gov. Ralph Northam to resign, after his wishy washy statements regarding a racist photograph in his yearbook.

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It took them a few days, but CNN has done their diligence and found a person of color to speak up for the embattled Ralph Northam.

Northam already in trouble for his comments defending aborting babies right up until the birth of the child got more buried in the mud when a photo from his medical yearbook was unearthed showing an individual in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan official outfit.

Late Friday evening, Northam apologized for the photo and looked to move on from it. On Saturday, he held a press conference claiming he wasn’t in the photo and added the only time he dressed up in any blackface, it was as Michael Jackson.

Late Monday night, CNN pushed Carla Savage-Wells on the stage to save Northam. She says that she is his childhood friend and the governor doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.

Carla Savage-Wells is a childhood friend of Ralph Northam and campaigned for him. She is also defending the embattled Virginia governor.

Speaking with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday night, she said it was “completely inaccurate” to describe Northam as someone who does not like black people.

“You’ve had so many people to say that they have not seen a racist bone in his body and I can attest to that from 1972,” Savage-Wells told Cuomo.

She then said she agrees if Northam quits now he will be branded a racist for life.

We’re talking about a former candidate (Northam) who refused to shake a black candidate E.W. Jackson during a T.V. debate? Is she serious? The debate from a couple of years ago throws her statement out the window and into the trash.

Related: FLASHBACK 2013! Democrat Candidate Ralph Northam Refuses To Shake Republican Hand During Debate!

Friends and neighbors say the same thing about school shooters and even that killer in Vegas and they are always wrong. We have photographic evidence of this man’s idiocy and racism, plus he’s admitted to doing it another time.

I don’t know who CNN is trying to fool, but they are reaching with this woman. Honestly, it makes Northam looks worse for putting his black childhood friend out there to defend him.

‘No racist bone in his body?” I don’t know if Northam is racist or not but CNN is pitiful for showing their hand and protecting someone that is knee deep in trouble. He should have stayed with his original apology and left it at that. Now, he has no chance.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called an urgent meeting with his top level staff Sunday evening, including with his Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

The embattled Democrat Governor is under tremendous pressure to resign after a 1984 medical school yearbook photo of him, presumably in either blackface or a KKK robe surfaced on Friday.

The urgent meeting with his staff includes his Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, ABC 7 News reported.

An NBC News affiliate said Northam’s meeting started at 6 p.m. local time.

Northam remained defiant all weekend and refused to resign despite mounting pressure from both Democrats and Republicans.

Ralph Northam held a bizarre press conference on Saturday where he claimed he saw the racist yearbook photo for the first time in his life on Friday when a staffer brought it to his attention.

The Governor admitted to wearing blackface in 1984 when he dressed up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest, however he maintained he was not in the racist yearbook photo.

On Friday, Northam initially admitted he was in the racist photo and apologized for the hurt he caused.

Update: NBC is reporting that Northam’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax was not in the Sunday night meeting as originally reported by ABC News.

A source confirms to @frankthorp and me that Ralph Northam convened an "urgent meeting" tonight with top staff and admin officials of color to discuss his path forward. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was not present, we're told. First reported by @darrensands

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 4, 2019

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Published  2 months ago

When a black-and-white picture that appeared below Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page - of a bowtied man in blackface standing next to a white-robed member of the Ku Klux Klan - starting making the media rounds on Friday, it struck me at first like the most ridiculously cartoonish of fake news. Here was the Democratic governor of Virginia - by all accounts heretofore a good Leftist who openly advocates for every liberal issue under the sun including, of late, borderline infanticide - potentially being caught up in a racial controversy that would make Robert Byrd blush.

It was almost too surreal to be true, too seemingly contrived to not be a made-up meme from the bowels of the right-wing internet. But time told the tale soon enough. Was the picture real? Turns out, it was. Was the picture actually under Northam’s yearbook page? For sure. Was Northam actually in the picture, either in blackface or a KKK robe? Well, that one is a little more up in the air, especially after the Virginia governor’s Saturday press conference denying it. Whether or not Northam’s vehement denials are enough to raise more than a reasonable doubt in the minds of Virginians is yet to be seen, but regardless, the die has been cast. Make no mistake, Ralph Northam’s days as governor of Virginia are quickly coming to an end.

Now at this point, the ‘narrative’ for me as a non-left-wing columnist might typically be to demonstrate the difference between ‘Good Democrat’ Ralph Northam’s situation and that of, well, pretty much anyone right of center, like Iowa Rep. Steve King. Surely, there is a double-standard, right? They’ve obviously existed in the past. But in this case, while a cynic might say liberals have nothing to gain by replacing Northam with the even more liberal Justin Fairfax, the quick response from Democrats and liberals of every stripe, from Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the NAACP, suggests at least an increasing willingness to finally police their own.

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So now everyone is being policed, at least when it comes to real or perceived racial sins, no matter how egregious or how far removed from the present. Do you feel safer? I know I do! Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank celebrated this fact in a Saturday column, contending that, while Northam has lived an admirable life of late and likely considers losing it all because of an almost 35-year-old transgression “unfair,” that’s just the way it should be.

“But some things should disqualify people from public service — a Nazi salute, sexual assault, preying on children and, yes, dressing as a Klansman or in blackface — and it doesn’t matter if it happened 35 years ago,” Milbank wrote.

So, a home invader can be the governor of Virginia, but Northam can’t? To be clear, I am not in any way excusing or condoning the use of blackface in any era. It’s insensitive, horrific, and it should be condemned, but if someone honestly doesn’t see a moral difference between preying on children and a politically-incorrect party-gone-WAAAAAY-wrong, one’s morals are, shall we say, highly suspect.

But these are the New Puritans we’re dealing with here, people for whom real or perceived racial sins - and they get to determine what those are - are the worst sins ever, basically the same as raping a woman or preying on a child. And so, Milbank celebrates the fact that Megyn Kelly lost her job at NBC (does Milbank believe Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Sarah Silverman are also equivalent to child predators? Apparently, some of that old double-standard does exist!) for seemingly defending blackface and laments Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ electoral win despite the fact that he simply said the common phrase “monkey this up.”

Then, he blamed it on Trump, because of course he did.

“Some might think this all a witch hunt, to use the president’s term of art, but it is, at least in part, a salutary backlash against what Trump represents,” Milbank wrote. “Appalled by his racism, his vulgarity and his appalling treatment of women, we are reacting by holding public officials (and hopefully ourselves) to a higher standard. We are cleansing ourselves for the sins of Trump.”

“Cleansing ourselves” - a uniquely Puritanical concept. Except, this time ironically coming from a leftist individual who likely eschews most of what would be considered traditional Biblical morality. When every form of perversion becomes acceptable, liberals must signal their ‘virtue’ by righteously condemning what has now become the gravest of sins. And conservatives, fearing the backlash, more often than not join right in. And so the policing of the New Morality becomes even more strict than the old ever was.

Here’s a concept. Even taking into account the Michael Jackson skin darkening episode to which Northam HAS admitted and apologized for - an action Milbank still thinks disqualifies him the same as “sexual assault” and “preying on children” would - what if Ralph Northam is simply someone who made a mistake many years ago and has tried to atone for it, albeit wrong-headedly (because news flash: going liberal is NEVER the way to atone for past racial sins), ever since?

The answer, of course, is it doesn’t matter. Apologies don’t matter. Remorse doesn’t matter. There is no forgiveness. There is no repentance. There is only shaming and punishment, and being driven from whatever job or platform you are in.

It’s a new world the New Puritans have created and, Right or Left, we’re all living in it.


Published  2 months ago

On Saturday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” host Jeanine Pirro led off her show with an “Opening Statement” segment aimed at Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA), criticizing him for his remarks on abortion and his apparent medical school yearbook photo in either blackface or a Klan robe.

After sounding off on late-term abortions, with some jabs aimed at Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) as well, Pirro questioned the wisdom of Northam’s admission, then denial that the photos were of him in the yearbook. She also criticized him for the press conference he held earlier in the day.

“Are you stupid?” Pirro exclaimed. “Politics 101: If you apologize for something that everyone considers outrageous and anyone else, by the way, would lose their job over it, then you get up the next day and say ‘it wasn’t me,’ you either fire your political consultant or change your meds. Are you schizo, too? Now doc, you know someone is going to go out and find your medical school pals who will admit you were known by a racist nickname so vile I can’t repeat it or put it on the screen. They will be asked if you signed their yearbook. And I am afraid to think how or where you signed, or whether you added on what is already outrageous overt racism. And just so my viewers get a gist of who you are: You admit you dressed in blackface before so you could moonwalk like Michael Jackson.”


Published  2 months ago

Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam said on Saturday that he was not sure why friends called him “coonman” in college.

Northam became inflamed in controversy on Friday after a medical school yearbook photo emerged showing two individuals in blackface and Ku Klux Klan (KKK) attire on his page. Northam took responsibility for the controversial photo but said on Saturday that he believes that he does not appear in the picture and does not have any plans to resign.

CBS News uncovered a page from Northam’s yearbook at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) that had nicknames under his name, which includes “Coonman,” a racial slur.

During the press conference, Northam said that many friends often called him “Goose” due to his changing voice; however, he does not know why some college friends called him “Coonman.”

“I don’t know what their intent was with that,” Northam said during the press conference.

Northam said that he never wore a KKK robe, nor has he ever been a member of the KKK.

Northam did admit to darkening his face with shoe polish for a dance contest in the 1980s.

“That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio, in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume… It is because my memory of that episode is so vivid that I truly do not believe I am in the picture in my yearbook,” Northam said.

"That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio, in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume…. It is because my memory of that episode is so vivid that I truly do not believe I am in the picture in my yearbook." – Ralph Northam

— Jeff Cimmino (@jeffcimmino) February 2, 2019

One reporter during the press conference even asked him if he can moonwalk, to which his wife dismissed the idea and said that the instance served as an inappropriate circumstance to show off his dance moves.

Ralph Northam is asked if he can still moonwalk. He looks around as if he’s about to try it. His wife looks over and says, “Inappropriate circumstances.” Northam agrees, and moves on to another question.

Northam said that he will continue to wade through the controversy and suggested that it might help spark a national conversation over racism in America.

“If I were to listen to the voices calling on me to resign my office today, I could spare myself from the difficult path that lies ahead. I could avoid an honest conversation about harmful actions from my past,” said Northam.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says he won't resign, even with people from his own party telling him it's time to go. The Democrat admitted to wearing blackface while dressed as Michael Jackson after his now infamous

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was blindsided when an old college yearbook picture of him either in "blackface" makeup or a KKK outfit was unearthed by the muckrakers at Big League Politics and exploded across


Published  2 months ago

When Democrats Accidentally Told The Truth, America Hated It, & The Media Tried To Pretend It Never Happened. - Kevin McCullough: A sitting Governor describes a baby being born alive, intact .02/03/2019 10:25:30AM EST.

NBC4 Washington

Published  2 months ago

Northam initially planned to resign after apologizing for appearing in the photo and speaking with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, but later had a change of heart, the Virginia Democrat told News4 and Tom Sherwood. He now insists neither figure wearing a racist costume was him. He plans to make an official statement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday amid immense pressure to step down. On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo, which was printed in a medical school yearbook on a page titled with

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

Gov. Ralph Northam’s political career may be dead, but Virginia law still allows abortionists to kill newborns withholding medical care.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam held a press conference at 2:30 PM on Saturday. He will not resign. FOX News has learned that Northam is NOT expected to resign and will tell the media the photos on his yearbook page may not been of him. Governor Ralph Northam admitted to dressing as Michael Jackson in blackface […]

The Old School Patriot

Published  2 months ago

As of this moment, Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, is still in office and appears to be intransigent about resigning.

Okay, unless you live under a rock, at the bottom of the sea with SpongeBob, you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems that there was a very disturbing 1984 yearbook photo from Governor Northam’s medical school that has a picture of two young men, one in blackface, and the other in full Ku Klux Klan regalia. The picture is on Ralph Northam’s yearbook page.

Initially, the Governor came out and offered an apology, accepting that he was one of the two pictured. Then Northam comes out on Saturday saying he was not in the picture, and presenting us with the Michael Jackson “dance contest” excuse, along with that ages-old tired blather of “I have African-American friends.”

Let me be very clear and upfront: I find Governor Northam’s assertion that he blackened his face once for a Michael Jackson dance contest — or something of the sort — to be disingenuous, offensive, and insulting. For some odd reason, Gov. Northam believes that everyone is just that gullible, stupid perhaps, to accept such a lame explanation.

Governor Northam is being condemned, and even leaders in the Democrat Party, both State and National, are demanding his resignation. Perhaps Governor Northam is betting on what we all know to be true, that the liberal progressive news media, and cycle, will kill this story. But there is a greater concern for the State and National Democrat Party, and it is all about hypocrisy.

I am quite sure we all remember the character assassination that then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh had to endure. Here was a man deliberately targeted by the progressive socialist left for destruction. They could not afford to have President Trump appoint a second conservative justice to the Supreme Court, especially replacing a swing vote justice. It was all hands on deck, and we watched the theater of the absurd play out and the utter disgraceful actions of elected officials and anarchist leftists who stormed hearing chambers, Capitol Hill, and the steps of the Supreme Court. There was one little problem: there was no evidence or corroborating testimony for Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, who admitted that she had fabricated it all. How interesting that all these three women have disappeared from any national conversation, when they were the topic, incessantly so, of every conversation.

This is what Governor Northam is banking on, hoping it all just fades away. Yes, he is being condemned by those within his own party, but is this just pro forma? Are they are secretly plotting with the liberal progressive media to give this a slow death? The real hypocrisy is that the left in America went into an apoplectic meltdown about Brett Kavanaugh as a high school senior. Governor Northam’s yearbook is from his medical school, in 1984.

Also, as a comparison, that was the year I graduated the US Army Officer Basic Artillery course on the Commandant’s List, graduated Airborne and Jumpmaster School, got married, and deployed to Vicenza, Italy, for my first tour of duty. Oh yes, I did paint my face that year, but it was with OD green and loam camouflage paint.

What is certainly a sign of karma is the fact that during his candidacy for governor, Northam often referred to his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, as a racist. Oh my, and that leads to another interesting dilemma for the State, and especially the National, Democrat Party. How will they continue to refer to President Trump as a racist based upon hyperbole? After all, there are no questionable photos of President Trump in blackface, or in a KKK outfit. So, if Governor Northam remains in place, any rhetoric claiming that President Trump is a racist will look dubiously hypocritical. If there is any reason the Democrat Party wants Northam gone, it is for that strategic purpose.

This episode could not have happened at a worse time for the Democrat Party. Here it was the first day of Black History Month, and these pictures are revealed. Let’s be honest, there are those of us who know the real history of the Democrat Party with the black community in America. What a horrific optic to deal with currently, reminding people, not just blacks, of the scarred history the party of the Donkey has with Black America.

These pictures from Governor Northam’s medical school yearbook page come on the heels of his very controversial statement about what can only be deemed as support for infanticide, a sentiment shared by New York Governor Cuomo. When one ponders the intersection of racism and abortion, well, it leads to an organization founded by a white supremacist and racist, one who spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies. Someone who referred to blacks as “undesirables” and “weeds.” That person is Margaret Sanger, and the organization is Planned Parenthood. Funny thing, even Planned Parenthood released a statement asking Northam to resign. I guess they are trying to cover their six.

And, let’s not forget, the last Democrat nominee for president of these United States of America, Hillary Clinton, is a recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award.

I am not seeking to be political here, but stating an obvious truth. The Democrat Party in America is facing a major crisis, and the optics are not good at all. They must have Governor Northam resign, or else the consequences may just be insurmountable, and that means electoral defeat.

Consider this last point: the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is black. I remember the first black governor in America since Reconstruction, the 66th Governor of Virginia, Lawrence Douglas Wilder. I wonder what he has to say . . . and why Governor Northam will not allow Virginia to have its second black governor?

As stated, the optics are not good.

Published  2 months ago

I wonder how media will circle the wagons now.

The Daily Beast

Published  2 months ago


Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, said they placed a phone call to Gov. Ralph Northam and demanded his resignation after his bizarre press conference on Saturday. Northam is under fire for a racist photo published on his 1984 yearbook page. On Friday, the Democrat first said he was in the photo showing a man in blackface and another one in KKK robes. Then on Saturday he said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo (because he doesn’t remember it)—but said he had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson dance contest the same year. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Kaine, Warner, and Rep. Bobby Scottt of Virginia said in a statement. “Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders. He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”

President Trump has chosen his former White House physician, Adm. Ronny Jackson, to resume his role as chief medical adviser. Jackson is the subject of an ongoing Pentagon investigation into allegations he haphazardly gave out medication, drank on the job, and created a hostile work environment. The allegations caused Jackson to withdraw his nomination to be Veteran Affairs secretary in June. On Friday, the White House also nominated the Navy admiral for a second star.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax broke his silence on the racism scandal enveloping Ralph Northam, less than an hour after the Democratic governor said he would not resign from office. Fairfax, the second African-American ever elected to statewie office, said of Northam: “I cannot condone the actions from his past that, at the very least, suggest a comfort with Virginia’s darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping, and intimidation.”

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Stars and Stripes

Published  2 months ago

Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday acknowledged appearing in a

The Washington Times

Published  2 months ago

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that while he has darkened his skin before to imitate a black man, he doesn’t think he is in the photo that appears on his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing someone in blackface and another person in a KKK costume.

Mr. Northam, speaking in Richmond, cast himself as a martyr of his times, saying he won’t resign because that would be the easy way out. Instead, he said, he will stay in office to punish himself and to force “a discussion about these difficult issues.”

He acknowledged his version of events over the photo was unlikely to be accepted, saying he realized it convoluted.

But he insisted he didn’t know of the photo’s existence, never bought the yearbook, and despite initially saying it was him, no longer believes that was so.

“I have made mistakes in my life, but what caused this stir-up yesterday, I am not responsible for. That is not me in that photo,” he said. “That’s not me, that’s not who I am.”

The photo is one of four that appear on his page. He said he did submit the other three photos, but says he doesn’t know the origin of the photo showing one person in blackface and another in the white robe and pointed hat of the Ku Klux Klan.

He says he initially wasn’t sure of the photo because he did at one point darken his skin as part of a Michael Jackson dance contest in San Antonio, around the same time as the yearbook.

But he says he thought, consulted with classmates, and now doesn’t think he’s in it.

Mr. Northam, 59, blamed his upbringing in eastern Virginia for his transgressions, he was “not surprised by [the photo’s] appearance” on his yearbook page.

“In the place and time that I grew up, many actions that we rightly recognize as abhorrent today were commonplace,” he said.

He says that while he now believes darkening his face with shoe polish to look like Michael Jackson was wrong, he does not consider that blackface, and he drew a distinction between that and the photo.

Mr. Northam’s decision to remain in office defies the calls of Democrats and Republicans at all levels, from the party’s potential 2020 presidential candidates to his own troops in Virginia’s legislature.

The Democratic caucuses in both the Senate and House of the General Assembly have told him to step aside, as has Virginia Democratic Party Chair Susan Sweck.

Part of the eagerness of Democrats may be their fear of electoral blowback — all 140 assembly seats are up for re-election in November, and having a tainted governor leading them into the campaign could be difficult.

By contrast, they are clearly eager to have Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax lead them. Mr. Fairfax is younger, dynamic — and black.

But Mr. Northam insisted Saturday that Mr. Fairfax backs his decision not to resign.

No Virginia governor has left office early since the Civil War, which would make Mr. Northam’s departure, should it come to that, uncharted territory.

Mr. Northam said he believes he’s the right person to lead the state through a conversation on race.

“We still have a lot of issues to work on as we move forward,” he said. “I really think this is probably a good opportunity to talk about that.”

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Zero Hedge

Published  2 months ago

An undated yearbook photo appears to show Virginia Governor Ralph "Coonman" Northam sporting the same pair of pants as a man in blackface pictured in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

The photo in question features a group of boys standing in front of a car below the title "Hi-Y" (a YMCA boys-only high-school program). The caption below indicates that Ralph Northam was the group's president, while a boy standing on the right side is wearing what appears to be an identical pair of pants to the figure in blackface in Northam's controversial 1984 yearbook page.

"While balancing classes and work, Ralph also distinguished himself as captain of the both the basketball and baseball teams, and President of Student Government, the Beta Club and the Hi-Y Club, reads Northam's bio at Our Campaigns.

Northam came under fire after Big League Politics published a page from Northam's 1984 yearbook of him in blackface. The photo had been floating around for months prior to publication, as indicated by Fox's Dan Bongino who said someone sent it to him in October.

Northam initially apologized for appearing in the photo, only to walk that back in a quagmire of a Friday press conference in which he said he was "unaware of what was on my [yearbook] page," and that he was neither the person in blackface or the KKK robes.

He also admitted to going in blackface as Michael Jackson during a dance contest during the same press conference, and then took a reporter's request to "moonwalk" seriously before his wife told him it was "inappropriate circumstances."

Gov. Northam: "That same year, I did participate in a dance contest ... in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume."

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 2, 2019

Northam has faced calls to resign from prominent Democrats seeking to distance themselves from the Virginia Governor, while President Trump waited until Saturday to weigh in.

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, “I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.” This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019


Published  2 months ago

Embattled Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) is counting on the establishment media to save him from having to resign.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

President Trump condemned Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Saturday amid the controversy surrounding a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, as well as comments he's made about a late-term abortion bill.

“Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, ‘I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.’” Trump tweeted. “This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on ‘super’ late term abortion. Unforgivable!”

Earlier Saturday, Northam said during a news conference that he was not in the 1984 yearbook photo that depicted a man dressed in blackface and another in a KKK outfit. His remarks conflicted with those he'd made a day earlier, when he apologized for appearing in the picture.

However, he did concede Saturday that he “darkened my face” for another event that same year, when he claims to have dressed as singer Michael Jackson for a talent contest.


The president also appeared to make reference to Northam’s comments earlier this week about a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth.

When questioned about those comments, Northam said that third-trimester abortions are performed with “the consent of obviously the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable.”

“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Some conservative commentators and lawmakers interpreted the remarks by Northam, who was an Army doctor and pediatric neurologist, to mean he was discussing the possibility of allowing a newborn to die -- or even killing it outright.

Northam’s office pushed back, saying his comments were limited to actions physicians might take in the case of “tragic or difficult circumstances” -- a nonviable pregnancy, for instance, or “severe fetal abnormalities.”

Trump, in a followup tweet on Saturday, mentioned Ed Gillespie, who unsuccessfully ran against Northam in the midterm elections. The president suggested that had Gillespie’s team discovered the yearbook photo, the Republican candidate would’ve won the race.

“Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff,” Trump tweeted. “If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!”

After the yearbook photo surfaced on Friday, calls for Northam to resign poured in from lawmakers and officials, including several prominent Democratic candidates for the presidency.

Also among them were Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Rep. Bobby Scott – Democratic Virginia lawmakers – who on Saturday released a joint statement calling on the beleaguered governor to “step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”

“After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” the statement said. “Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Alex Pappas, Mike Emanuel and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam might be taking the final steps towards resignation as he faces intense pressure from within his own party to step aside after a racist photo was found in his medical school yearbook.

Northam held an emergency meeting with senior staff members and administration officials of color Sunday evening during the Super Bowl, according to multiple reports. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would take over as governor in the event of a resignation, was not in attendance.

A source told NBC4 Washington an announcement was expected "soon," but likely would not be made Sunday evening.

The photo that surfaced Friday on the right-wing conservative website Big League Politics came from the 1984 yearbook from Northam's medical school, showing a man in blackface and a man wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

Other news outlets quickly confirmed the existence of the photo.

Democrats in Virginia and across the nation quickly piled on Northam, urging him to resign. Notably, former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe predicted Sunday morning on CNN that Northam -- his lieutenant governor and successor -- would "do the right thing for the commonwealth of Virginia. He will put Virginia first, and I think that will happen relatively soon."

Other Democrats who called for Northam's ouster included Hillary Clinton, and 2020 candidates such as Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Locally, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus called on Northam to resign, as did the House Democratic Caucus and Virginia Senate Democrats.

Fairfax, who is black, broke his silence on the scandal Saturday, but pointedly refused to say his boss should stay as governor, suggesting the state needed “leaders with the ability to unite” Virginians.

"Like so many Virginians, I am shocked and saddened by the images in the Governor's yearbook that came to light yesterday. They are an example of a painful scourge that continues to haunt us today and holds us back from the progress we need to make," Fairfax said.

On the other side of the aisle, President Trump called the Northam scandal, as well as the governor's recent support for a late-term abortion bill, "Unforgivable!" The Republican president also predicted that Northam's GOP rival in 2017, Ed Gillespie, would have won by 20 points if the racist photo surfaced before the election.

Northam, who initially apologized for the photo on Friday, backtracked during a press conference Saturday by saying he didn't think he was in the photo. During that media event, Northam declined to resign and asked for time to make his case to Virginia and the nation at large.

"Right now, I am simply asking for the opportunity to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that the person I was is not the man I am today. I am asking for the opportunity to earn your forgiveness," Northam said in a prepared statement.

Northam said he did not pick the photo to be included on his page. He also acknowledged that he wore blackface that same year to dress up as singer Michael Jackson for a talent show.

A source from Big League Politics told the Washington Post an ex-medical school classmate gave them a tip about the photo out of "anger " over Northam's recent comments about a bill that would loosen restrictions on abortions in Virginia.

A second photo of a man who appears to be in blackface and dressed as a woman was also found in the same 1984 yearbook. The second photo, found by the Virginian-Pilot in a copy of the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, is captioned "who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School."

It is not immediately apparent who is depicted in any of the photos in question.

In response to the controversy, the Eastern Virginia Medical School announced Saturday that it would be conducting an investigation into all past yearbooks. The school's president, Richard Homan, said a panel for the inquiry will include "advocates for diversity and inclusion representative of our greater community, including African Americans and other people of color."

On Saturday, Homan appointed a number of people to the panel, including Gilbert Bland as its chair. Bland is a former national president of the Minority Franchise Association of Burger King Corporation and charter member of its Inclusion Advisory Council. He currently serves as president and CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads. L.D. Britt, chairman and professor of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, was also appointed to the so-called Community Advisory Board. The school said more appointments would be made in the coming days.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Saturday that he was not in a racist 1984 yearbook photo of two men dressed in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan outfit -- despite admitting he was in the picture a day earlier -- and that will not resign over it -- although he said he did darken his face at another party the same year.


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Published  4 months ago

This can’t be real.

And whoever is handling Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s damage control advice really ought to go to, because this has got to be the worst ‘defense’ ever mounted.

As we noted previous, Gov. Northam is indeed now contesting that it was him in a photo in his medical school yearbook and says he will not be resigning, despite apologizing for taking the photo Friday night. The photo on his yearbook page showed someone in blackface and another person in a KKK outfit. He did not say which person he was when he apologized on Friday night.

But Northam explained his “confusion” over the photo today, noting that he had worn blackface as Michael Jackson at a dance in the 1980s.

Wait, what?

The defense is I wore blackface at another event, but not in that photo?

If it was possible to make it any worse, he just did it.

And he says he cannot in “good conscience” take the “easier” path by resigning. “The person I was is not the man I am today. I am asking for the opportunity to earn your forgiveness.”

New York Post

Published  5 months ago

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Seven women and five men were officially selected Wednesday to sit as jurors on the upcoming case of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — reducing one of them to tears.

“We have one open rebellion,” Brooklyn federal court judge Brian Cogan declared five minutes after informing the jurors that they’d been selected. The bawling juror “was in tears as she left the courtroom,” he told both parties, adding that the woman previously told him that her coworkers at an unspecified media company figured out she was being questioned to sit on the case.

But, the judge continued, that fact wasn’t going to let her out of service, because he didn’t see any “real hardship there.”

And Guzman’s defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman agreed, saying: “My concern is that if one gets off with a few tears, we’re going to have a trail of tears.”

The selected panel includes four Spanish speakers, three immigrants, and a number of people who have family in law enforcement. All jurors had expressed left-leaning views of drug policy — with a number saying they believed marijuana should be legalized and regulated.

While Judge Brian Cogan said he would officially swear in the panelists next Tuesday before opening statements, he warned jurors Wednesday to stay away from the media — and to keep their new roles top secret.

“Don’t speak to each other about the case,” the judge told the jurors as Guzman looked on stoically form the defense table. “Talk about the weather, the elections — maybe not the elections — but don’t talk with anyone else about this case.”

The jurors, whose identities are anonymous, are now subject to partial sequestration and will escorted to and from the courthouse by marshals for their own protection from now until the end of the trial, which is expected to last three to 4 months.

One juror said he had retired from the Department of Corrections in 2007, and was a Giant’s fan. Another didn’t know what the word “cartel” meant, while another said she had never heard of el Chapo.

One woman, who has been selected as an alternate, said she had two brothers who worked for the Department of Homeland Security, and that one was stationed at the Laredo border in Texas.

Chapo appeared in good spirits Wednesday, having been an active participant and tracking the numbers of potential jurors on his own legal pad along with his attorneys.

Jury selection was lively, with one potential juror getting the ax after he’d asked for the kingpin’s autograph, saying he was a “fan.”

Another man was tossed because he was worried he could be identified by his sandwich order, the “el Chapo;” while another was dismissed for being too easily identifiable as a Michael Jackson impersonator. Another six were tossed from the pool because they feared for their safety.

Yet another man, an ardent Trump supporter, was cut in the last round of strikes Wednesday. He’d been asked previously by Lichtman if he thought Chapo, as a Mexican man, was a “bad hombre.” The man said he didn’t personally “know” the kingpin, so he wasn’t sure.

Chapo faces a 17-count indictment accusing him of running a massive criminal enterprise that imported and sold narcotics, and conspired to murder rivals.

Outside court, defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said he was pleased they’d picked a jury.

“We are satisfied with the jury that has been selected,” he told reporters. “We trust they will do their duty.”

Openings are expected Nov. 13.

Metropolitan Magazine

Published  7 months ago

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Published  9 months ago

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Ralph Northam has a ‘Reconciliation Tour’ planned where he travels around the state and tells black people he’s sorry for dressing up like Michael Jackson or something.

I don’t really get it.

Anyway – students at a historically black college had made it clear they DON’T WANT HIM THERE.

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam was asked to cancel an appearance at a historically black college as part of his “reconciliation tour” after the university’s student government asked him to stay away in a Monday letter.

Northam was set to appear at an event, “Faith, Identity and Social Justice” at Virginia Union University (VUU) Thursday, where the Richmond 34 would be commemorated. The Richmond 34 was a group of VUU students who were arrested for protesting segregated lunch counters at a department store in 1960.

Question. I recently wrote about Hollywood leftist sweethearts who have all done blackface themselves. If darling-of-the-left Jimmy Kimmel were to want to visit this school, would they turn HIM down, too? Because he’s done blackface WAAYYYY more recently than Ralph Northam has… and no one seems to care one bit.

Anyway… Northam responded by saying he will “abide by the students’ wishes.”

The guy’s kind of a sad sack, sooo yeah. This is expected.

New York Post

Published  2 years ago

The Rev. Al Sharpton has sold the rights to his life story to an eager buyer — his own charity. The National Action Network agreed to pay the activist preacher $531,000 for his “life story rights