Stembridge News Digest

  • George Conway runs anti-Trump billboard in Florida: 'VOTE FOR JOE NOT THE PSYCHO' Sat, 25 May 2024 03:08:48 +0000

    George Conway, a vociferous critic of former President Donald Trump, had a billboard put up in Florida that blares in all capital letters, "VOTE FOR JOE NOT THE PSYCHO."

    "So, just for kicks, I put up a billboard a few miles south of Palm Beach on I-95 South, perfect for anyone happening to travel from Mar-a-Lago to Doral to, say, play golf," Conway tweeted.

    'Congratulations to Kellyanne Conway on her DIVORCE from her wacko husband, Mr. Kellyanne Conway.'

    Underneath the message on the billboard there is additional text that reads, "Paid for by George Conway."

    "If they’re still teaching 1840’s 'Tippecanoe and Tyler too' in schools 184 years later, just think of how long they'll be talking about [VOTE FOR JOE NOT THE PSYCHO]," Conway tweeted.

    Last year George and Kellyanne Conway announced that they were getting divorced.

    "We are in the final stages of an amicable divorce," they said in a statement last year.

    "Congratulations to Kellyanne Conway on her DIVORCE from her wacko husband, Mr. Kellyanne Conway. Free at last, she has finally gotten rid of the disgusting albatross around her neck. She is a great person, and will now be free to lead the kind of life that she deserves…and it will be a great life without the extremely unattractive loser by her side!" Trump declared in a post on Truth Social last year.

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  • Speaker Johnson says Israel's Netanyahu will be hosted for a joint session of Congress Sat, 25 May 2024 02:00:00 +0000

    House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be welcomed at the U.S. Capitol for a joint session of Congress.

    Israel has been waging a war to wipe out Hamas in response to the heinous October 7 attacks in which terrorists committed atrocities including slaughter, rape, and kidnapping.

    Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he will not attend the joint session. During an appearance on CNN, Sanders said Netanyahu "created the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history."

    Netanyahu has firmly rejected the idea of a Palestinian state, asserting that it "would be a terrorist state."

    "The intention of several European countries to recognize a Palestinian state is a reward for terrorism," Netanyahu said in a post on X. "80% of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria support the terrible massacre of October 7. This evil cannot be given a state. This would be a terrorist state. It will try to repeat the massacre of October 7 again and again; we will not consent to this. Rewarding terrorism will not bring peace and neither will it stop us from defeating Hamas."

    Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has accused Israel of perpetrating a "genocide."

    "It's no coincidence that immediately after our government sent the Israeli apartheid regime over $14 billion with absolutely no conditions on upholding human rights, Netanyahu began a ground invasion of Rafah to continue the genocide of Palestinians — with ammunition and bombs paid for by our tax dollars," Tlaib said in a statement earlier this month.

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  • George Lucas strikes back at woke critics of Star Wars Sat, 25 May 2024 01:39:21 +0000

    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas defended the franchise from criticism that it was mostly composed of white males on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

    The 80-year-old was at the festival to receive Palme d'Or honors on Saturday at the closing ceremony when he made the comments about the first six movies of "Star Wars."

    'People are always discriminating against something.'

    “They would say, ‘It’s all white men.' I'd say, it's not. Most of the people are aliens," he said, according to People magazine.

    "And the idea is you’re supposed to accept people for what they are, whether they’re big and furry or whether they’re green and whatever — the idea is all people are equal," he added.

    He went on to point out that his original movies only showed discrimination against robots and droids.

    “And that was a way of saying, people are always discriminating against something, and sooner or later, that’s what’s going to happen,” he continued. “I mean, we’re already starting with AI, saying, ‘Well, we can’t trust those robots.'”

    He cited several minority actors who were featured in the original movies including Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in the prequel movies.

    Lucas then pointed to the strong female characters in the franchise.

    “Who do you think the heroes are in these stories? What do you think Princess Leia was? She’s the head of the rebellion," Lucas added. "She’s the one that’s taking this young kid who doesn’t know anything and this boisterous, I-know-everything guy who can’t do anything and trying to save the rebellion with these clowns."

    Lucas became fabulously wealthy as a result of the lucrative deal he struck to receive merchandise royalties from the "Star Wars" movies. He later became even more fabulously wealthy when he sold the franchise to Disney in 2012 for $4.05 billion.

    While many fans saw the Disney purchase as a new hope for the franchise, the subsequent trilogy of movies has angered many by dismantling some of the popular narratives of the original storyline.

    'Why does everything new have to undermine what came before?'

    Critics have already lined up to warn fans that the next "Star Wars" show to be released will likely have woke elements owing to far-left statements made previously by the director and other principle

    “It looks like this series is going to be the worst that Disney 'Star Wars' has ever seen,” said Lauren Chen of "Pseudo-Intellectual" on Blaze Media. “Why does everything now have to be subversive? Why does everything new have to undermine what came before?”

    Despite that disappointment among many fans, Disney has recently said it has made almost $12 billion from the sci-fi franchise.

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  • Trump says Haley will 'be on our team in some form' Sat, 25 May 2024 00:57:56 +0000

    After repeatedly referring to Nikki Haley as "Birdbrain" during the Republican presidential primary, former President Donald Trump described Haley as a "very capable person" during an interview with News 12's Tara Rosenblum.

    Haley, who dropped out of the 2024 GOP presidential primary after a lackluster Super Tuesday performance, said earlier this week that "Biden has been a catastrophe" and she is going to vote for Trump.

    'Nikki Haley is not under consideration for the V.P. slot.'

    When Rosenblum asked Trump whether there is room for Haley on his team or his ticket, Trump said he thinks Haley will "be on our team, because we have a lotta the same ideas." He said he's sure Haley will "be on our team in some form."

    Earlier this month Trump posted on Truth Social, "Nikki Haley is not under consideration for the V.P. slot, but I wish her well!"

    Haley served as U.S. ambassdor to the United Nations during a portion of Trump's White House tenure. Prior to that she served as South Carolina governor.

    GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made an anti-endorsement of Haley earlier this year. "I don't think any informed or knowledgeable libertarian or conservative should support Nikki Haley," Paul declared in a video.

    Despite having dropped out over two months ago, Haley has continued earning votes in Republican presidential primary contests, which may indicate that some GOP voters are dissatisfied with Trump as the party's presumptive 2024 presidential nominee.

    In response to the news that Haley will vote for Trump, former Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who describes himself on X as a "Proud RINO," tweeted, "Not a surprise but: Pathetic."

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  • Autistic 17-year-old has facial scars and could go blind after his friend tossed chemical in his face, Texas police say Sat, 25 May 2024 00:02:37 +0000

    Texas police say a teenager with autism suffered serious injuries after one of his friends stole a package and tossed the chemical inside on his face.

    The Friendswood Police Department responded to the incident on Monday at a neighborhood in the city of Friendswood.

    Amy Morgan, the mother of the victim, spoke to KTRK-TV about the injuries to her son.

    'They are not having to deal with a child that is possibly going to lose his vision.'

    "Kids with autism don't always know how to make good friend choices," she explained.

    Her son Brody was walking through the neighborhood with two of his friends when one of them decided to steal a package on the porch of a home. 17-year-old Branden Jolly allegedly ripped it open and found a powder inside a tube.

    Jolly spilled the powder onto the victim's shirt, which prompted him to push Jolly away, according to court documents. Jolly allegedly responded by tossing the powder into his face.

    His mother said that they brought her son to her and he was screaming from the pain of the substance.

    "All I heard was he had a substance thrown in his face, which I was told was salt," she said.

    "We went into the emergency room, and they immediately realized that it was not salt, and they kept trying to get from me what it was, and I had no idea," she added.

    Medical officials later determined that the substance was a drain declogger.

    Her son's recovery is unknown due to the volatile nature of the chemicals.

    "The kind of chemicals they were can still continue to break down," she explained.

    KTRK obtained graphic photographs of the teenager's injuries and included them in its news video report.

    'An accident resulting from the choices made by all parties involved.'

    Court documents say that the drain declogger was clearly marked on the package and that the other teenager involved told police that Jolly intentionally tossed the powder on the victim.

    Jolly's family released a statement that appeared to blame the victim for pushing Jolly.

    Our family is very distraught over the details of this case, for both of our families. I'm very saddened by the entire event, and heart goes out to Brody and his family. I believe this incident was NOT an act of malicious intent by my son to harm his friend but an accident resulting from the choices made by all parties involved.

    Jolly's mother also spoke to KTRK and claimed that the incident was an accident. She told them that the substance fell out of her son's hands when he was "attacked" by the victim.

    Amy Morgan responded to that claim and said that she had sympathy for Jolly's family.

    "She's his mom. She's going to try to protect her son, and I don't blame her," she said.

    "I know all of this has to be hard on them, but they are not having to deal with a child that is possibly going to lose his vision or scarring burns on his face," she added.

    Jolly is being charged with injury to a disabled person.

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  • Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin to undergo procedure Friday evening Fri, 24 May 2024 23:35:00 +0000

    UPDATE posted at 9:49 p.m. EST:

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's procedure was "successful," the Pentagon announced on Friday night.

  • Mark Levin: ‘Jew hating, Marxist-Islamist minority’ wants to exterminate the United States Fri, 24 May 2024 23:30:18 +0000

    The “mostly peaceful” pro-Hamas protesters have made the world aware that they’re anything but peaceful, but the media and the Biden administration don’t seem to care.

    “If you’re a serious president of the United States, you look at that and you go, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. We can’t tolerate that. I’m going to put my foot down,’” Mark Levin says, referencing a recent video of a protester attacking a Jewish man at the Met Gala in New York.

    Meanwhile, the protests at college campuses are getting worse — and Levin knows who’s behind them.

    “It’s amazing how the media don’t look into who these people are, who their parents are, where they come from, what’s their background. Just remember this: Most revolutions have been led by fairly wealthy people,” he explains.

    “They’ve always been led by people who don’t represent the people. It’s a small minority,” he continues, adding, “This is a Jew-hating, America-hating, Marxist-Islamist minority.”

    While the protesters who were actually quite peaceful on January 6 are facing prison time, these protesters just get away with it.

    “Why isn’t the word insurrection ever used against these people?” Levin asks. “They want to overthrow our economic system, they want to overthrow our government. We’re colonialists, we’re imperialists. Why don’t they say they’re leading an insurrection?”

    Levin explains that what these protesters have made clear is that they “want the extermination of the Jews and the extermination of the United States.”

    “It’s called an insurrection, but we don’t call this an insurrection. We save that for MAGA,” he adds.

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  • Police investigating plumber for murder discover another possible victim after exhuming elderly man's remains Fri, 24 May 2024 23:06:33 +0000

    California police believe a plumber would have gotten away with murdering an elderly man if they had not spotted an odd detail in his bank statements while investigating another murder.

    38-year-old Rotherie Durell Foster was in jail for allegedly killing his friend in 2022, but he has also been charged for the murder of one his clients who was previously believed to have died of natural causes.

    The Camarillo man was charged in the murder of 35-year-old José Antonio Velásquez, who also worked as a plumber. Velásquez went missing in July 2022, and his remains were found months later in the Santa Monica mountains, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office.

    'Potential for murder for financial gain.'

    Prosecutors said that Foster used a gun to "violently" obtain financial information of Velásquez and then buy gas, clothing, and food with the stolen money.

    While police were building their case against Foster for that murder, they noticed that he had a connection to the death of an elderly man whose remains were found on Jan. 10, 2022.

    72-year-old Bill Dean Levy was found dead at his home in Granada Hills, and officials did not consider it a suspicious incident, so an autopsy was not conducted. Levy was believed to have died of natural causes, and his remains were buried.

    That might have been the end of the story until detectives noticed that Levy had made multiple payments to Foster through his bank account.

    The strange thing was that those payments were made on Jan. 11, a day after the man had died.

    Police immediately suspected that the payments could have been a pattern similar to those made after the death of Velásquez, or as they described it, “potential for murder for financial gain.”

    Investigators then discovered that Foster had completed plumbing work for Levy at his home several times.

    In order to find out whether there was another homicide case, officials exhumed the remains of Levy. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office then found that he had not died of natural causes but from fentanyl exposure, and his cause of death was changed to homicide.

    Officials said other evidence tied Foster to Levy's death, and they charged him for his murder.

    Even more possible victims

    Police are investigating other suspicious bank exchanges from another Los Angeles man to Foster. And he has been charged in an armed robbery of a convenience store in July 2022.

    Foster faces 33 felony charges including murder in the first degree, murder in the commission of a burglary, identity theft, and forgery.

    He had previously been convicted as a juvenile of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. Officials said he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, but they're not sure how much of that he actually served.

    Police said that Levy lived alone and donated his entire estate to numerous charities including the American Heart Association and Children’s Hospital.

    Here's the video news report about the case from KTLA-TV.

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  • UFC contender Jiří Procházka says he's going 3 days without power or food to prepare for training ahead of next fight Fri, 24 May 2024 20:39:32 +0000

    Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jiří Procházka appeared to recently go several days without food or electricity while preparing to train for his next fight.

    Procházka is known as a rather unorthodox fighter who typically refers to himself as a samurai. His strange style of fighting paid off in a recent fight against Aleksander Rakic, where he scored a second-round knockout at UFC 300.

    From there, Procházka went back to his usual exercises, which of course included hitting the bag on a makeshift floor in the middle of the forest. Training also apparently included the 205-pound fighter swimming in random rivers.

    "Use a Spring Energy to the Flow. Vizualize, Tactics, Breathe-Space-Movement // Flow \\ Find love in what you do, over and over again," he wrote on X.

    Even though Procházka recently admitted he isn't a real samurai, his unique style of training made waves once again when he declared that he had gone days without food while still exercising.

    "3 days
    No Light
    No food
    Pure Focus
    Pure Training," Procházka said.

    His lack of social media presence prior to the post seemed to indicate that the fighter was training without electricity or food during the days of his absence. But in his typical style, it was truly unclear whether the three-day fast from food and power was about to happen or had already happened.

    "Preparation can start NOW," he added, alluding to that idea he was training in order to prepare for more training. It also could have been a clue that he may have another fight booked.

    'I'm not a samurai. I'm guy from Czech Republic. But we all need to live and be inspired by something, and these samurai ideas [are] something that's inside me.'

    The following day, the the top light heavyweight contender would go on to describe his mental battles — with himself.

    "The toughest opponent in the universe is in the 2nd image," he wrote with three images of himself attached. "But where there is darkness, there is Light in the 3rd image. But we have the Power to connect both sides to work for us in our direction. Easily."

    Fans have poked fun at Procházka for his obscure fighting and training styles, with his consistent comparisons to a samurai fighter. After his recent win, however, he told Joe Rogan that he is well aware that he isn't actually a samurai, but he respects the discipline of the ancient craft.

    "I'm not samurai, that's true. I'm not a samurai. I'm guy from Czech Republic. But we all need to live and be inspired by something, and these samurai ideas [are] something that's inside me," he said in the Octagon. "I'm not a samurai, but I'm living with these rules, and I believe in myself, in my dreams, in my head, and I want to prove to everyone that I can make the best performance of the night."

    Procházka said he was hoping to fight the winner of the UFC 300 main event, who turned out to be Alex Pereira.

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  • ICE arrests 38 illegal aliens, including convicted rapist and child sex offender Fri, 24 May 2024 19:20:00 +0000

    United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Newark, New Jersey, conducted an approximately two-week-long operation that led to the apprehension of 38 illegal aliens, according to a Thursday press release from the federal immigration agency.

    The operation, which spanned from April 15 to April 26, arrested “egregious criminal offenders” with prior convictions and/or pending charges.

    'We will use the full force of our immigration authority.'

    One of the detained individuals, a 36-year-old Honduran national, was previously “convicted of felony rape, false imprisonment, sex offense, and perverted practice,” ICE reported. That individual was removed from the country in 2017.

    ICE also arrested a 27-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic “who was convicted of felony endangering-sexual conduct with a child by non-caretaker.“

    A detained Mexican national, 39, was previously removed from the U.S., convicted of prostitution and driving under the influence.

    Other detained individuals included a 26-year-old Chilean national with a felony burglary conviction and a 46-year-old Columbian citizen accused of “money laundering, promoting gambling and conspiracy/promoting gambling.”

    In response to the arrests, ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris stated, “Those who enter our country illegally and break our laws should know that we will use the full force of our immigration authority to bring them to justice.”

    “These individuals were placed in ERO custody and processed for removal proceedings under the Immigration and Nationality Act,” Tsoukaris noted.

    ICE primarily focuses on detaining illegal immigrants who have committed additional crimes in addition to unlawfully entering the country.

    “In fiscal year 2023, ERO arrested 73,822 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 290,178 associated charges and convictions with an average of four per individual. These included 33,209 assaults; 4,390 sex and sexual assaults; 7,520 weapons offenses; 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide; and 1,655 kidnapping offenses,” ICE reported.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey announced Thursday the arrest of six Chilean nationals who were charged in connection with a burglary ring that targeted residences in multiple states, including New York and Maryland. According to a Department of Justice press release, the suspects stole jewelry, collectibles, and other goods.

    The suspects were charged with “one count of conspiracy to sell and receive stolen property that had crossed state lines and one count of receiving stolen property that had crossed state lines.”

    Tsoukaris said, “These arrests of a group of foreign-born individuals that engaged in interstate crime demonstrates how critical the cooperation between various law enforcement agencies continues to be.”

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  • Anti-Israel group has meltdown after Harvard withholds degrees for 13 protesters Fri, 24 May 2024 19:05:00 +0000

    The Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee announced on Wednesday the Harvard Corporation voted to withhold degrees from 13 protesters who were set to graduate this year.

    "The Harvard Corporation has officially voted to WITHHOLD DEGREES from 13 seniors for protesting the genocide in Gaza. This comes after over 1,500 students, 500 faculty and staff members, and 45 student organizations petitioned and fought against the repressive administrative board," HUPSC said.

    "The Corporation has decided to ignore the people’s voice, all bets are now off," the group threatened.

    'The organization will not be recognized and will not have access to university benefits.'

    The group claims over a thousand students and faculty walked out of commencement in support of Gaza and the students who were not allowed to participate.

    HUPSC said a new group, Harvard Jewish Alumni for Justice, pledged they will not donate to any Harvard school “without divestment from Israel and reversal of student sanctions" in response to Harvard cracking down on students.

    The Ivy League college had suspended HUPSC in April, at the height of the college campus encampments, for organizing an unauthorized protest according to the Harvard Crimson. HUPSC was one of the many college groups that had cosigned a statement that stated it held “the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” on October 7 and after.

    “The organization will not be recognized and will not have access to university benefits and services during this time, including but not limited to use of campus space and appropriate use of the Harvard name,” the email from the school said. “If the organization continues to operate and commits additional violations during this suspension, the organization risks permanent expulsion, as provided in the Resource Guide.”

    To ensure the encampment on campus did not grow from people who were not students or faculty, Harvard had to close the yard to the public.

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  • 'They f***ed him up': James Carville bemoans Biden's capture by radical leftists and alienation of the center Fri, 24 May 2024 18:35:00 +0000

    Democratic strategist James Carville, like others in his party, has grown increasingly worried about President Joe Biden's re-electability.

    In March, the 79-year-old partisan said that when looking at Biden's approval rating, "It's like walking in on your grandma naked. You can't get the image out of your mind."

    At the time, Biden's approval rating was 40% and his disapproval rating was 55%. Things have not improved for the geriatric president.

    While the latest national Emerson College poll has Biden's disapproval rating sitting marginally better at 52%, his approval rating has slipped to 37%. The RealClear Polling average has Biden's disapproval rating at 56.3% and his approval rating south of 40%.

    Carville, who previously advised failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and managed Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, told the New York Times in March that Biden was hemorrhaging black voters, black men in particular, and suggested "preachy females" dominating the culture of the Democratic Party were partly to blame.

    On the Thursday episode of his podcast "Politics War Room," Carville assessed some of the strategic troubles Democrats face going into the 2024 election, including their inability to identify and align around an effective line of attack on Trump.

    He suggested that another problem — a problem that may account for Biden's lackluster performance in the polls, which now show him trailing former President Donald Trump nationally as well as in critical swing states — is the White House's leftward lurch.

    'They can't even win in deep-blue areas and they come into conflict with loosely aligned voters that we have to have.'

    "If I had one question I'd love for the Biden White House to answer: 'Why are they so afraid of the left?'" said Carville, "I mean they f*** them up on immigration policy. They can't even win in deep-blue areas, and they come into conflict with loosely aligned voters that we have to have. They have very little connection to black America at all. Yet, they proportionally punch way above their weight."

    While admitting he did not understand the trend, Carville noted, "There's got to be a reason for it. I just don't see why people even fear these people. I really don't. And they're just a drag on everything. But one day, someone will explain it to me."

    Extra to being dragged down by fellow radicals, Carville has elsewhere suggested Biden is tanking in the polls on account of his decrepitude.

    Carville told former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki Monday, "The age issue is suffocating him, and he needs to bring up that he's only four years older than Trump."

    The Daily Caller highlighted that Carville is not the only Democrat to have expressed concerns over Biden's chances in recent days.

    Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight recently noted, "Usually when you are behind in an election, and Biden is behind right now in a very large majority of swing-state polls, you want more uncertainty, you want more variance, meaning that you should want more debates because they add volatility to the election and instead Biden wants fewer. That to me is a really, really, really, really bad sign for his campaign."

    Silver followed up with an X post noting, "If Biden is still struggling in August he needs to consider stepping aside. It's not a great situation for Ds either way, but you have to do due diligence on the question. It's an important election, obviously. It shouldn't be taboo to talk about."

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  • Blaze News investigates: AI-generated content may replace news aggregation, but it cannot 'craft the prose that moves humans' Fri, 24 May 2024 18:30:00 +0000

    AI-generated content has seeped into the media sphere over the last couple of years, raising questions about how it could impact the integrity of journalism and other digital content in the coming years.

    A "content solutions" company called AdVon recently made headlines after being snuffed out for creating AI-generated content and using fake bylines for product reviews. These reviews were later published by major news outlets such as Hollywood Life, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Us Weekly.

    AdVon was also behind the dissolution of Sports Illustrated, which published many articles by fake writers. The publisher eventually lost the rights to the name Sports Illustrated.

    'AI will never be able to practice investigative journalism or have the style of a Jason Whitlock or a Matt Taibbi or pick your favorite writer.'

    In 2023, Arena Group — the publisher of Sports Illustrated — said the "articles in question were product reviews and were licensed content from an external third-party company, AdVon Commerce. A number of AdVon’s e-commerce articles ran on certain Arena websites. We continually monitor our partners and were in the midst of a review when these allegations were raised. AdVon has assured us that all of the articles in question were written and edited by humans.”

    Despite the fallout, AdVon continues to linger around, publishing AI-generated content for major outlets under fake bylines.

    But it did not start this way. AdVon was initially a company that hired overseas contractors to write various product reviews. Some of these employees claimed that their written reviews were later used to train language models before their jobs were entirely replaced by artificial intelligence. Consequently, the writers were tasked with editing and polishing AI-generated content.

    Samuel Hammond, senior economist at Foundation for American Innovation, told Blaze News that "generative AI is enabling the rise of massive content farms that churn out videos, articles, and other forms of online media at staggering scales. That includes articles designed to look like original news or reporting and content strategies for optimizing placement in search engines."

    AdVon not only raises questions about how AI may be used to mislead people who are looking at these product reviews, but it also raises broader questions about AI's rightful place within the media landscape. The future of AI's push into news media could be more significant than producing fake product reviews under fake bylines.

    AI currently has a bias problem

    Ken LaCorte, former Fox News executive and host of the "Elephants in Rooms" YouTube channel, told Blaze News that one of the fundamental issues with AI right now is that it has the "built-in leftist bias of Silicon Valley embedded into it, and that's going to be a fight [for conservatives]."

    He went on to say that the media "shouldn't be afraid that AI might cause them to report some bad facts. The media's problem with credibility right now isn't because they report bad facts. They actually do a pretty good job of reporting truth from falsehood."

    "The media's credibility has been shattered because they're pretending to be non-biased when, in fact, their main job is to get those facts and shoehorn them in a way to have you vote for their candidate."

    Researchers in the U.K. conducted a study in 2023 that featured academics from the University of East Anglia asking OpenAI's ChatGPT a series of political questions. The questions were structured in such a way that the answers could decisively be identified as a Republican, Democrat, or unspecified position. The responses provided by the AI chatbot were then taken and mapped onto the current political landscape.

    The researchers said they found "robust evidence that ChatGPT presents a significant and systematic political bias toward the Democrats in the U.S., Lula in Brazil, and the Labour Party in the U.K."

    The New York Post reported that ChatGPT had already shown its hand by refusing to write a story about Hunter Biden in the style of the Post, but it did not seem to have a problem with writing a story about him in the style of CNN.

    Despite these alarming revelations, most journalists are leveraging AI technologies to help them complete work-related tasks.

    How journalists are leveraging AI tools

    In April, Forbes reported that the Associated Press Generative AI in Journalism study revealed that close to 70% of professionals in the news industry have leaned on AI to help them produce content. Other popular uses of AI technology in the news industry have been for business tasks, information gathering, and multimedia content. Despite using AI, these professionals have expressed concern about how generative AI could affect their profession in the future.

    Felix Simon, who published a white paper for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, said that there was no reason to that AI presented an existential threat to journalism.

    Simon wrote in the paper that AI “mostly constitutes a retooling of the news rather than a fundamental change in the needs and motives of news organizations. It does not impact the fundamental need to access and gather information, to process it into 'news,' to reach existing and new audiences, and to make money.”

    Simon's comment about "a retooling of the news" could also mean the end of human-driven news aggregation, which is widely prevalent across major news outlets at the moment.

    "Over the last decade, cable news channels and major papers like the New York Times have closed foreign bureaus and slashed budgets for investigative reporting in favor of political clickbait and sensationalist content," Hammond said.

    "They were arguably forced to move away from good old-fashioned journalism to simply stay afloat in the internet age. But with AI, content generation is a game traditional media outlets simply can't win, at least without compromising their values and integrity. If mainstream media becomes one AI content farm among many, they will cease to exist," Hammond said.

    However, Peter Gietl, Blaze Media managing editor for Return, said that "there's no reason we need this many [human] aggregators, and AI taking over is not a net loss for writing in the totality." The argument suggests that if AI takes over the news aggregation part of media, talented journalists will still be able to create original long-form news stories that appeal to a wide audience.

    "What this will cause is, hopefully, readers to appreciate well-reasoned, intelligent, and original writing possessing some personality and verve. I haven't seen any evidence AI can create this type of original and fascinating writing. AI will never be able to practice investigative journalism or have the style of a Jason Whitlock or a Matt Taibbi or pick your favorite writer."

    "I think X and Substack have shown there is a hunger for original thought and superlative style," Gietl continued. "AI will replace a lot of low-effort, boring content creation. However, it will never be able to replace the men and women crafting the prose that moves humans."

    LaCorte appeared to agree, noting that "AI can't stand in front of a courthouse, or call up a lawyer and ask their opinion on something, or interview a plane crash victim."

    If there is a future in which AI takes over news aggregation and other "low-effort" writing tasks, many freelancers and copywriters could be out of a job. However, Gietl said he believes "there were way too many writers to begin with," adding that Alphabet, Google's parent company is primarily to blame. He went on to say that Google determined that the best way to "reward websites with traffic and rise in the rankings was to have original content."

    This ultimately led to the "proliferation of terribly composed, incoherent writing, existing with the sole purpose of getting clicks and selling products or services," Gietl said.

    While it is still uncertain how far AI will push into the media landscape in the near future, it is here to stay, in one form or another.

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  • New York Times’ hit piece on Justice Alito fails; only reveals NYT needs a history lesson Fri, 24 May 2024 18:13:26 +0000

    When Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s wife flew an upside-down American flag over their home, the New York Times was not happy.

    Now, the New York Times is upset with the justice again — this time because he flew an "Appeal to Heaven" pine tree flag outside his New Jersey beach home. The Times is claiming this is a popular symbol among January 6 “insurrectionists.”

    While the New York Times clearly has no idea what they’re talking about, they’re in luck. Because Glenn Beck does know what he’s talking about, and he’s here to give them a much needed history lesson.

    “That was the symbol of New England since the 16th century. Why? Because New England had big pine trees. Why was that important? Because they could build ships and build them for England or whoever and ship giant masts, which were hard to find because nobody had the giant pine trees that New England had,” Glenn explains.

    The flag is also symbolic of “the Great Peacemaker,” who was with the Iroquois Indians. The peacemaker had convinced warring nations to bury their weapons under a pine tree.

    “So, it is also the symbol of the tree of peace,” Glenn says. “It was also on the coinage produced by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and it became the symbol of the colonial iron resistance as well as a multi-tribal support for independence now,” he adds.

    The phrase “Appeal to Heaven” is also an expression of the right to revolution, which Glenn jokes comes from the “outrageous killer John Locke.”

    “Let me just boil this down,” he explains. “This flag is first a sign of the pine tree as trade, okay? It is also a sign of peace among the Indians. It is then added to that ‘the appeal to heaven’ comes from John Locke and what he wrote in 1690. It was a refute of the theory of the divine right of kings.”

    Glenn has his own interpretation of the flag, and it’s not a symbol of insurrection.

    “I always interpreted that flag as an appeal to heaven for common sense and for help. Please Lord, help us, and it would go right along with an upside-down flag,” he explains, adding, “We’re in distress. Can we please look to God and beg for his mercy and guidance. How unbelievably controversial is that.”

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  • Pro-Palestinian students can’t name the ‘river’ or ‘sea’ they’re chanting about Fri, 24 May 2024 18:09:25 +0000

    College students were quizzed by social media influencer Zach Sage Fox, and despite offering them a $100 prize for correct answers, they weren’t able to pull it off.

    “Have you guys chanted, ‘From the river to the sea'?” Fox asks one student, who answers, “Yes.”

    “Okay, which river? Which sea?” He presses. This particular student is attending Sarah Lawrence, where the tuition is over $85,000 a year.

    “She knows it's Jordan and Mediterranean,” Pat Gray says. “She knows that.”

    “Because the state of education right now, with Biden in office, is so good that you would think she’d immediately know,” he jokes.

    While Gray had hope, the girl, who was holding a pro-Palestinian sign, did not know the answer.

    “What does Hamas say their number one goal is according to their charter?” Fox asked another pro-Palestinian student.

    “They just want to free Palestine,” the student answers. “No,” Fox says. “Murder all Jews around the world.”

    “How many years did Israel occupy Gaza?” he asks more students, who all get it wrong.

    “It was actually under Egyptian control for the first twenty or so years, and then Israel actually left Gaza in 2006,” Fox explains to the clueless students, before asking one of the most chilling questions of all.

    “How much have our foreign adversaries donated to American universities in the last decade?” he asks, to which again, no one knows the answer. “The answer was over six billion,” he says.

    “That says everything right there. You don’t think they have influence over your kid’s education?” Keith Malinak says.

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