On Wednesday, Steve Forbes the Chairman and CEO of Forbes Media insisted that Forbes Magazine is not going to participate in what he called “blacklists” after his magazine’s Chief Content Officer went off the deep end and threatened companies to not hire people who were key figures in the Trump administration.
“This is reminiscent of what we had in the 1950s during the McCarthy era,” Forbes said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “We’re not going to have blacklists and the like. People can express opinions. Unlike other organizations, we do have diverse opinions at Forbes and we value those diverse opinions and I think that shows strength, not weakness.”
What exactly was on the mind of the former editor-at-large for The Daily Beast want?
“Simple,” he said. “Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty.” As I said when I reported on this Bolshevik Lane, I am certain he will never give examples of the dishonesty he speaks of.
Forget the Bolsheviks, this is the Mao revolution all over again.
“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie,” Lane wrote in the article, published last week. Can you believe someone at Forbes wrote that and then published it to the world?
Forbes, though, defended Lane’s threatening piece claiming it an example of diverse views in his company. I think Mr. Forbes had to defend his company, but I also think he was forced to not go all Apprentice on the knucklehead who wrote such a damaging piece for the company because Forbes Media was sold 6 years ago to Integrated Whale Media Investments, a company that is based in Hong Kong a country which is now a territory of Communist China, ruled by the Communist Chinese Party, of which hates Donald Trump.
Forbes’ comments come after he told Newsmax TV over the weekend that at Forbes, “Unlike Twitter, media giants, and Big Tech companies, we believe in diversity of opinion and he [Bolshevik Lane] says he’s against Cancel Culture. I’m against Cancel Culture. And I think we have to keep in mind, in terms of blacklisting, which happened in the ’50s during the McCarthy era, harm the culture, harm the politics. We don’t want that again.”
Forbes was alluding to the decision made last week by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other media platforms to remove President Trump from their services in the wake of the riot that took place at the Capitol building on January 6. The entire world of the Left is blaming Trump for inciting the riot even though they have no evidence of him doing so. The president said to his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” According to the legal definition of incitement that doesn’t even come close.
I remember when Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will soon become the Senate Majority Leader threatened two Supreme Court justices publicly, and his words actually sounded like incitement.
But this notion from Forbes doesn’t pass the smell test. What Lane wrote is Cancel Culture. He said that he wanted to cancel former Trump administration officials. And he didn’t stop there. He went on to say that Forbes Magazine will cancel any business that considers hiring a former Trump administration official. When you say that Forbes will call you out if you hire one of those people, that’s canceling them. There’s no other way to understand it. So for Lane to say that he is against Cancel Culture is a Bolshevik lie.
Forbes also said he hopes the Biden inauguration on Jan. 20 will bring in an era of “calm debate.” If Steve Forbes really believes that then I have some wonderful miracle supplements I would love to sell him.
The Left and their boot-licking sycophants in the mainstream news media aren’t happy with merely controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress in less than two weeks. Now they want revenge in a campaign of “get-evenism.”
The lists are being created as they also want to punish anyone who worked in the Trump administration and they want to go after the Trump supporters as well, all 75 million of them.
In what can only be described as the most nefarious example so far, Forbes Chief Content Officer Randall Lane, announced that Forbes Media was “holding those who lied for Trump accountable” in what he called “a truth reckoning.” Didn’t the Soviets do something like this? Just saying.
Lane claimed that the media group was taking this unprecedented action in retaliation to the attack on Capitol Hill late Wednesday afternoon, which ended up causing two deaths, a 14-year Air Force veteran who was protesting and a Capitol Police officer.
Lane said that the president’s “lies-upon-lies, repeated frequently and fervently, provided the kindling, the spark, the gasoline” that led to the attack. Randall Lane is not a serious person and Forbes management should take a closer look at him.
The president did not tell the people at the rally prior to marching to the Capitol building to commit any kind of violence. In fact, in a video that media outlets have scrubbed, the president said, “and now you will march peacefully to the Capitol and let your voices be heard.” The president never once said anything to incite violence. He simply told the truth, that the election was stolen from him. Media people like Lane completely ignored the mountains of evidence of election fraud brought out in the open during state legislature hearings where whistleblowers and data experts exposed a lot of election fraud that they witnessed. Instead, people like Lane continued to say that there was no evidence of election fraud. Lane and his cohorts in media are the liars.
This little Nazi, Lane, then singled out five senior White House officials, whom he describes as “the people paid by the People to inform the People.” Is Lane a well man?
“Simple,” he said. “Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty.” I am certain he will never give examples of the dishonesty he speaks of. That’s what you can expect from someone who used to be an editor-at-large for The Daily Beast, emphasis on “Beast” because that leftist rag does nothing but spew lies and Marxist propaganda.
Lane noted that White House spokesmen in the past have received millions in royalties from book deals after they left their post, adding that “Trump’s liars don’t merit that same golden parachute.”
Who the hell is Randall Lane to make a decision like that? Who elected him to be the person who decides who can no longer earn a living? This guy is evil, and the sad thing is, there are many more who will come forward soon, who are far worse.
Acting like Stalin or Castro, Lane threatened business owners, “Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.”
I think all businesses should assume that Forbes has lost its way. An officer of the company is dictating threatening terms to businesses who did nothing wrong while trying to end the careers of people he deems are liars while half the country would think the opposite.
I am a Trump supporter, and it is mind-boggling to hear radically dangerous rhetoric like this. This is happening because Trump supporters took the president seriously while leftists took him literally. Every policy the president pushed was sober, rational, and successful. You can disagree with America First. You can disagree with renegotiating trade deals so that the American workforce is no longer screwed by Washington politicians who embraced a globalist agenda at their expense. You can disagree that illegal aliens do not belong here while legal immigrants are welcome. You can vehemently disagree, but you can’t say those policies were irrational, and you can’t say that they were not successful for the American people. The economy was the strongest it’s ever been under Trump’s economic policies. Our military is stronger than ever because of the president’s policies. Black and Hispanic unemployment were at record lows because of Trump’s policies. To go all out the way Lane has and the strong language he has used, after experiencing the last four years of success after success makes you wonder if this man is playing with a full deck.
His rant of an article is loaded with hyperbole and outright lies. For a man who claims Trump and those who worked under him are liars, this man should suffer the same prescription he wants to force on them. Randall Lane should never work in media again after publishing threats like this.
Here’s how a leftist will track a Trump lie:
TRUMP: “I paid the guy $100.”
LIBERAL: “Yes, but after taxes he only got $78, therefore Trump lied.”
If you pointed out to Lane that it was President Barack Obama who was awarded Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” he would say that was a lie.
Every Fake News outlet spent over three years lying daily about Russian collusion, and when the Mueller witch hunt investigation ended with the namesake of the investigation concluding that there was no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or any member of his campaign colluded with Russia the Randall Lanes of the world never apologized once.
The piece itself comes off like a Toys-in-the-Attic – bat-guano-crazy rant that you have to keep reminding yourself that you’re reading Forbes and not The Daily Beast or Vox or some other ghastly communist critical thinking periodical. The very fact that this was written by the Chief Content Officer of Forbes denies belief in a Benevolent Being. I’m an opinion writer who works as a contractor for sites, and I speak for myself. Lane wrote and published his piece, and because of his position in the company, he is speaking on behalf of Forbes and not as an opinion writer by himself.
How Steve Forbes, Chairman, and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, himself a former Republican presidential candidate, who I voted for at least once, could keep this guy on the payroll after degrading his company’s once stellar reputation with the garbage Lane published is beyond understanding. Mr. Forbes is a supporter of Trump endorsing him in 2016 and 2020.
Well, here’s why Lane may have gotten away with his radical rant. Forbes Media was sold 6 years ago to Integrated Whale Media Investments. That comes is based in Hong Kong, and as we all know, Hong Kong became a territory of Communist China, the government of which hates Donald Trump.
In 2018 the New York Times was only too happy to accommodate a senior Trump administration official who authored an op-ed piece claiming to be part of the “resistance” and called himself “Anonymous.” The liberals went wild with glee that a supposed insider in the administration was going to do some dirty work for the good of the world to help rid it of President Donald Trump. If you listened hard you could hear the buwahahahahaaaaa shouted from the rafters of the Times building.
Well, it turns out that Anonymous revealed himself on Wednesday and it was Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor. Many of you right now are going, “who the hell is that?” And that’s a good question, because no one has ever really heard of him, which means he was not a senior Trump administration official at all, but a chief of staff, which means he was still part of the staff.
Oh, how embarrassing for the Left it would be if they were capable of being embarrassed.
Taylor back in August came out as a critic of President Trump and to support Joe Biden, admitted he wrote the 2019 book, “A Warning” as Anonymous because he wanted it be be a “caution to voters that it wasn’t as bad as it looked inside the Trump administration – it was worse.”
“While I claim sole authorship of the work, the sentiments expressed within it were widely held among officials at the highest levels of the federal government,” Taylor said in a statement published on Medium. “In other words, Trump’s own lieutenants were alarmed by his instability.”
CNN hired Taylor in September as a contributor, and some at the Fake News network are angry with him because he once lied to the network by denying he was Anonymous when he appeared as himself on Anderson Cooper’s show as a colleague.
Am I the only one who sees the irony of CNN being angry at Taylor for lying to them when just about every anchor at that network lies to the American people multiple times about Donald Trump and his administration each and every day?
“There was an op-ed, there was a book by someone calling themselves ‘Anonymous.’ Are you aware of who that is?” Cooper asked.
“I’m not,” Taylor responded. “Look, that was a parlor game that happened in Washington DC of a lot of folks trying to think of who that might be. I’ve got my own thoughts about who that might be, but-“
“You’re not Anonymous,” Cooper interjected.
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloweens and pandemics. So, no,” Taylor answered. Apparently he wears a mask when he lies too.
According to CNN anchor Very Jake Tapper, who broke the story Wednesday afternoon, “We did not know this until today.” Great investigative reporters they got over there, eh?
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement revealing Taylor as a “low-level, disgruntled former staffer,” as well as “a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.
“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks,” McEnany said. “It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats.”
The New York Times published Trump’s tax returns, which is a felony, so allowing low level Taylor to have anonymity is nothing. As the Times saw it, it was yet another way to bash the president.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows took to social media to pile on the former chief of staff.
“You have got to be kidding me. Miles Taylor? That’s who the New York Times granted an anonymous editorial article? I’ve seen more exciting reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes. What a monumental embarrassment.”
President Trump was much harsher on Taylor, saying that he should be “prosecuted.”
“This guy, in my opinion, he should be prosecuted. He should be prosecuted,” Trump said during his rally in Goodyear, Arizona.
When the op-ed by a “senior Trump administration official” was published back in September 2018, the Left was salivating over the possibility that it was someone with a high status profile in the Trump administration. The usual suspects in Fake New floated names like former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and even one of the most loyal employees to President Trump, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.
And they were all wrong. It was a pipsqueak who had no credibility at all.
President Trump will visit the cities of Dayton and El Paso, where 31 people were murdered over the weekend in mass shootings, according to officials.
President Trump will visit El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders in the two cities over the weekend that claimed the lives of 31 people.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House that Trump will travel to the cities to express his condolences and help provide resources following the mass shootings, reported WGNTV.
Conway gave no details of dates, but El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said that the president would be visiting on Aug. 7.
The Republican mayor, who has previously challenged Trump’s claims on the city’s crime rate, was at pains to indicate that he would not be meeting the president in a political capacity.
“He is president of the United States,” Margo told reporters. “So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso, and hope that if we are expressing specifics that we can get him to come through for us.”
Margo said the president had told him he would be coming on Aug. 7 in a telephone call. “He was very gracious, offered to help in any way he could. It was a brief call and nothing overly specific.”
“I want to clarify for the political spin, that this is the office of the Mayor of El Paso in an official capacity welcoming the office of the President of the United States, which I consider my formal duty.”
Just one day after he walked out of a contentious White House meeting with Congressional leaders, President Trump is preparing personally to visit the southern border — and, in a sign he might declare a national emergency to fund a wall, the president reportedly is bringing along the White House’s top lawyer.
Just one day after he walked out of a contentious White House meeting with Congressional leaders, President Trump is preparing personally to visit the southern border as he continues to contemplate whether to declare a national emergency to fund a wall there.
Trump is scheduled to visit near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, a city of 143,000 on the river, on Thursday, which would be the 20th day of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown affecting nearly 800,000 federal workers. Trump is expected to be joined by his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
While details on Trump’s travel schedule are scant, a local paper reported that advance teams from the Secret Service have locked down the Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas that “sits along the Rio Grande in the shadow of the Anzalduas International Bridge and is frequently patrolled by Border Patrol agents attempting to intercept those crossing into the country illegally.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders first announced the border trip on Monday, saying the president would “meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.” (The president previously viewed wall prototypes near the border in San Diego, Calif. in March 2018.)
Responding to a report in The New York Times suggesting Trump did not really want to go on the Thursday trip and saw the visit as a necessary publicity stunt organized by his communications team, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday told reporters Trump was “enthusiastic” and “does want to meet with men and women” protecting the border “to hear what it is they see, what they need.”
FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, floodlights from the U.S, illuminate multiple border walls, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
It increasingly appeared possible that Trump, who repeatedly has threatened to declare a state of emergency, may use the visit to determine whether to take that extraordinary step.
The National Emergencies Act grants the president broad authority to declare emergencies, and several federal laws then could clear a path for the White House to move ahead with building a wall.
One statute, 33 U.S. Code § 2293 – “Reprogramming during national emergencies,” permits the president to “apply the resources of the Department of the Army’s civil works program, including funds, personnel, and equipment, to construct or assist in the construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of authorized civil works, military construction, and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense.”
Another law, 10 U.S. Code § 2808 – “Construction authority in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency,” permits the secretary of defense, in a presidentially declared emergency, to use “funds that have been appropriated for military construction” for the purpose of undertaking “military construction projects.”
More than 35 million people watched Trump’s first-ever prime-time address Tuesday night from the Oval Office on the importance of border security, which was followed by a rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Trump did not declare a state of emergency during that address, instead calling for compromise — although he did not budge on his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.
Nevertheless, on Wednesday, both sides seemed further than ever from the compromise that Trump demanded in his address. The Democratic-led House approved a bill to fund the Treasury Department, the IRS and other agencies for the next year as part of a strategy to reopen the government on a piecemeal basis, but Senate Republicans dismissed the attempt as a nonstarter without any wall funding. Eight Republicans supported the measure.
Donald J. Trump
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
The acting director of the White House budget office, Russell Vought, promised this week that tax refunds still would go out even if the IRS remained unfunded, because customary rules will be changed to make the payments possible. He told reporters an “indefinite appropriation” was available for the refunds, which would go out as normal.
Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday afternoon over the partial government shutdown, Pelosi again rejected supporting new funding for a border wall, according to those in the meeting.
Workers replace sections of the border wall, left, with new sections, right, on Tuesday in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP)
Although most top Republicans backed Trump on Wednesday — with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., calling Trump’s remarks “a firm commitment to reopening the government while also securing our southern border” — there were some signs that not all Republicans were aligned with the White House.
GOP West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee, dismissed Trump’s comments that the shutdown could go on for “years.” Seven Republicans voted in favor of a Democratic bill to end the shutdown last week without funding for a border wall, and more have come out suggesting that they will back individual bills to fund certain agencies in the federal government without wall funding.
But, any defections were few and far between, Republican leaders insisted.
“Quite frankly, I see no wavering,” North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday.
Some money already has been appropriated to construct additional barriers on the southern border. In March, Congress funded 33 miles of walls and fencing in Texas, and the federal government has started surveying land along the border in the state and announced plans to start construction next month.
The government has laid out plans that would cut across private land in the Rio Grande Valley. Those in the way would include landowners who have lived in the valley for generations, environmental groups and a 19th-century chapel.
Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, meanwhile, announced this week she would visit her state’s southern border with Mexico on Friday.
Grisham, who has described Trump’s idea for a wall as outdated and ineffectual, previously indicated she would reconsider the state’s deployment of National Guard troops to the border by Republican predecessor Susana Martinez. The state sent about 180 troops.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.