Neoconservatives and shills for the Democratic Party were on the attack on Sunday evening, as Kim Dotcom continued to assert that Seth Rich was the source of the Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks — and Fox News host Sean Hannity urged his followers to hear him out.
If Dotcom’s assertions are true, and the leak did in fact come from within, the entire Russian meddling narrative that anti-Donald Trump lawmakers and media personalities have been forcing upon the public will be proven to be false — and simply a cover for the Democratic Party’s own failings.
After Dotcom shared a report from Big League Politics detailing his assertions, Hannity quoted the tweet and urged Congress to investigate the murder. The Fox News host noted that if Rich is in fact that leaker, it would prove there was no collusion between Trump and Russia.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 21, 2017
Immediately, the ‘Never Trumpers’ went berserk.
Ana Navarro of CNN quoted the tweet and demanded that it was fake news — urging her followers to “condemn the insanity.” The 45-year-old commentator worked doing Hispanic outreach for war hawk John McCain in 2008, one of the biggest peddlers of the Russian conspiracy theories, and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
This is fake news. Everyone must stop & condemn this insanity. Humanity & empathy towards grieving parents matter more than politics. Please https://t.co/MMFxuBZSL0
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 22, 2017
In 2015, Trump tweeted that Navarro has no talent, and shared a petition for CNN to fire her.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2015
“We demand CNN immediately fire so-called ‘Republican strategist’ Ana Navarro based on the falsification of her credentials, her lack of any particular expertise on political matters and her obvious bias toward Presidential flame-out Jeb Bush as well as her general stupidity. Should Jeff Zucker and CNN ignore this petition, the next step will be civil disobedience at various CNN bureaus and orchestrated verbal confrontation with CNN on-air talent,” the petition stated. “The people will not be denied. Ana Navarro must go!”
Following Navarro’s condemnation of people actually seeking to find out the truth of what happened, a random author named Molly Knight chimed in and went full attack mode on Hannity — culminating in a back-and-forth between the two.
Meanwhile, over on the Reagan Battalion, the account that infamously goes after Trump supporters in all-out attacks which many have labeled “political hit-jobs,” they were calling for their followers to urge Hannity’s sponsors to drop his show.
The account is widely believed to be run by neoconservative deep state types who are connected to failed candidate Evan McMullin and Nathan Lerner.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) May 22, 2017
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) May 22, 2017
The account was quickly called out for using the far-left tactics of attacking someone’s livelihood over speech.
Hundreds of other accounts joined in the attacks, declaring that the theory had been entirely debunked, and shaming those who would dare to question what mainstream media was feeding them.
It remains unclear how the theory can be debunked without a single suspect being taken into custody to explain their motive.
In nearly every case of someone claiming that the theory was nonsense, the person cited the family’s spokesperson Brad Bauman as the source of this so-called “debunking.” What they fail to mention is that Bauman is also a Democratic Party crisis PR manager with a motive to not want these theories to be discussed.
In an aggressive, and strange, statement following new reports that Rich was the source of the leak, Bauman claimed that even if an email to WikiLeaks was found, it would not be evidence of foul play.
Seth Rich's new "family spokesman" is Brad Bauman a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 11, 2016
“Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so,” Bauman said in a statement.
Some how, with today’s journalistic standards, it is expected that you take every statement and claim at face value — as long as it protects Democrats or undermines Trump — even if there are highly visible conflicts of interest.
Dotcom, founder of Megaupload and friend of Julian Assange, has offered to provide Congress with written testimony and proof that murdered staffer was WikiLeaks’ source — if they will include his murder in their Russia investigation. He has stated that he was personally in contact with the murdered staffer.
Hannity also covered the killing on his show last week.
“Now, let me connect the dots from here,” Hannity said. “Now, from my perspective, this could be a very huge bombshell story. If this is true, and Seth Rich gave Wikileaks these DNC emails which ultimately led to the firing, remember, Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the eve of the DNC Convention, this blows the whole Russia collusion narrative out of the water.,” Hannity asserted. “Now, maybe Seth Rich was upset that the DNC was conspiring to hurt Bernie Sanders and help Hillary Clinton when the nomination. We learn from those released emails, remember this, that that was the case.”
Hannity asserted that if this is true, “this could become one of the biggest scandals in American history, and could mean that Rich could have been murdered under very suspicious circumstances.”
Rich was murdered early morning hours of July 10, 2016, near his home while he was on the phone with his girlfriend. The police initially ruled that it was a botched robbery — but his wallet, watch, and necklace were still on his person when he was discovered by police. After his death, his girlfriend told a local news station that she believed that it sounded like he was murdered out of anger.
1) Girlfriend said they killed Seth in ANGER ( not robbery )
2) Parents said EMT's were SURPRISED he didn't survive. pic.twitter.com/MO98ZvosWB
— Free Your Mind (@AlternativViewz) May 18, 2017
Assange has previously hinted that Rich may be the leaker, while repeatedly reminding the public that they never comment on their sources.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back… murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange said during an interview with Dutch TV last year.
WikiLeaks has retweeted articles claiming that Rich was their source, while refusing to confirm or deny it directly. Assange has stated multiple times that the emails did not come from Russia.
Following Rich’s death, the controversial publisher offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killers.
Does the Arizona Constitution Provide Means for Lawmakers to Crack Down on Big Tech Censorship?
Does the Arizona Constitution provide protections from Big Tech?
The Arizona Constitution provides stronger protections for freedom of speech than the First Amendment does, potentially providing legislative solutions to Big Tech censorship in the state at a moment where political censorship is more pervasive than ever.
Article 2 Section 6, Arizona Constitution states that “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. “
This differs greatly from the federal constitution in that it doesn’t limit the powers of a legislature to restrict freedom of speech. The US Constitution identifies “Congress” as the body it’s restricting from making a law abridging the freedom of speech.
The speech rights established by the Arizona Constitution are thus expressed positively; recognizing a right belonging to the people, as opposed to negating an infringement of said right.
Quite obviously, the Arizona Constitution was written in an 1910, an era in which the internet would’ve been just as inconceivable as it was in 1789.
In a 2019 Arizona Supreme Court case, the state’s highest court recognized in a 4-3 judgement that the Arizona Constitution provided greater protections than the federal constitution. The case recognized that violations of the First Amendment would represent de facto violations of the
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Arizona Attorney General, or state legislature, could hold Big Tech oligarchs to account for violating the Article 2 Section 6 rights of Arizona citizens- especially in a context the major platforms are collectively adjudicated to be acting as a trust in order to suppress competition and silence lawful speech.
Three Arizona legislators called upon Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an antitrust investigation into Big Tech oligarchs following the coordinated deplatforming operation against Parler, in which both Amazon and Apple colluded to restrict the free speech platform from the internet.
In an era where the overwhelming majority of free speech is communicated online, the censorious actions of Big Tech very plausibly represent an assault of the right of free expression guaranteed in the Arizona Constitution. Both chambers of Arizona’s legislature remain Republican, even as the state has become purple, and action against Big Tech censorship on the state level could become a real possibility in the coming years.
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