Former FBI Director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have lots of things in common.
One, they ran the nation’s key intelligence and investigatory agencies under former President Barack Obama. They were deeply involved in the “Russian collusion” hoax. And they participated in the surveillance of the Trump campaign and transition.
Comey and McCabe both signed applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants requesting surveillance on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. A report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz criticized Comey and McCabe’s FBI for falsehoods and misrepresentations during its investigation of the Donald Trump campaign.
Clapper, Brennan and the FBI helped to disseminate the fallacious Steele dossier to the press and among government agencies.
Two, Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper have all lied either under oath or in the public sphere.
Horowitz has said that he referred Comey for criminal prosecution for leaking classified memos he wrote about his confidential conversations with the president, but the Justice Department did not pursue charges. He signed FISA warrant applications that the inspector general has determined were misleading at best and at worst simply flat-out wrong.
In testimony before the House Judiciary and oversight Committees, there were 245 occasions on which Comey claimed he couldn’t remember details or couldn’t answer questions.
Comey did not tell the truth when he said the Steele dossier was not the prime evidence that he submitted to the FISA court. He also lied about when he was briefed on the dossier.
McCabe was given a criminal referral for lying to federal investigators. His story about conspiring to catch Trump on tape in an effort to remove him under the 25th Amendment cannot be reconciled with the version of the account told by his apparent partner in that gambit, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Brennan has on two occasions lied under oath to Congress, first about collateral deaths caused by drone strikes abroad, then about CIA spying on Senate staffers’ computers. Clapper got caught lying about the surveillance of U.S. citizens and claimed he gave the “least untruthful” answer. Both have given accounts of their knowledge of the Steele dossier that are contradicted by a number of sources. Clapper falsely claimed of the dossier that “more and more of it has been corroborated.”
Three, all four of these former intelligence chiefs detest the president of the United States.
Comey has compared Trump to a mafia don and stated that he is morally unfit to be president. McCabe, who was likewise fired from the FBI, has called Trump’s behaviour “disgusting.” Clapper said that Trump may be working with Putin as a Russian “asset.” Brennan called Trump a “disgraced demagogue” as well as venal, corrupt and amoral.
Four, all in their post-Obama administration careers are either paid cable news analysts or frequent guest commentators. Clapper is a CNN security analyst. Brennan was hired by MSNBC for a similar role. McCabe is a CNN contributor. Comey often makes guest appearances on news programs as a political and intelligence expert.
In the most controversial stories, Brennan, Clapper and McCabe are being paid to analyze theories, facts and findings in which they themselves are often central players. As a guest commentator, Comey has weighed in on these controversies even as he distorts his past roles in them.
Yet such abject conflicts of interest are not the only ethical problems posed by these four. Until recently, all four held federal security clearances. Comey recently gave his up, apparently, so he would not have to give testimony about classified information in the Horowitz investigation. The former intelligence officials sometimes gave us wink-and-nod suggestions that their television expertise was based on information not available to the general public.
In sum, we are witnessing a surreal collusion between the nation’s former top intelligence officials and the progressive media — beyond even the nightmares of so-called conspiracy theorists.
The most powerful intelligence chiefs of the Obama administration — Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe — have routinely offered the nation their own warped theories about wrongdoing in high places that are as self-serving as they are contradicted by facts.
The conclusions of both the Mueller investigation and the Horowitz report are damning to the past analyses of all four.
In the advocacy culture of our new media, ex-government officials such as Brennan, Clapper and McCabe can be paid to appear on news programs to analyze (or vindicate) their own unethical behaviour.
As employees of the media, they sell their checkered government service to exonerate themselves while confirming the anti-Trump biases of their paying hosts.
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won,” from Basic Books. You can reach him by e-mailing email@example.com.
ARHT Media Enters into Strategic Partnership with Digital Nation Entertainment LLC – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ARHT Media Inc. (“ARHT” or “the Company”) (TSXV:ART), the global leader in the development, production and distribution of high-quality, low latency hologram and digital content, is pleased announce that it has formed a Strategic Partnership with Los Angeles based Digital Nation Entertainment (DNE). As part of this agreement, Digital Nation Entertainment has selected ARHT Media’s HoloPresence Display system as well as a complete Capture Studio system, to provide their cutting-edge hologram technology solution for each of their currently deployed activations.
Digital Nation Entertainment is a mixed reality production and entertainment network inspired by the limitless potential of gaming, storytelling and technology. DNE is building the framework for the immersive entertainment of the future, including volumetric video, mixed reality and digital entertainment.
“Following a very successful activation with ARHT Media in Q1 2020, they became the logical strategic partner to deliver life sized and life like interactive holograms for our growing list of international clients, “commented DNE CEO Craig Evans, “Our latest collaboration is already generating significant buzz.”
“DNE are masters of marrying great storytelling with technology that delivers a unique experience like no other, “said ARHT CEO Larry O’Reilly, “And we have the bonus of having trained their techs on how to deliver our technology, which increases our pool of talent to delight our clients and theirs.”
About ARHT Media
ARHT Media’s patented HoloPresence technology is a complete end-to-end solution that creates a sense of presence for audiences – as though the holographic presenter was actually live in the room. With no noticeable latency, ARHT Media makes two-way live communication with a 3D holographic presenter anywhere in the world possible. We can also playback pre-recorded content and 3D animations on our HoloPresence displays to deliver rich holographic experiences. Add to this our capability to stream the same content online on our premium Virtual Global StageTM.
ARHT Media trades under the symbol “ART” on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, disclosure related to the Company’s sales funnel; the Company’s technology; the potential uses for the Company’s technology; the future planned events using the Company’s technology; the future success of the Company; the ability of the Company to monetize the ARHT Media technology; the development of the Company’s technology; and interest from parties in ARHT’s products. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic and competitive uncertainties; regulatory risks; risks inherent in technology operations; and other risks of the technology industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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VOCM Receives Media Award for Coverage of Mental Health Issues – VOCM
VOCM News has been recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association with their Media Award for 2020.
The award recognizes a person, group, or organization that has shown outstanding quality promotion and awareness of mental health issues in the province.
The CMHA-NL calls VOCM a “great corporate and community citizen using its platform to raise awareness of mental health issues, promote available supports, and reduce stigma.”
Board member Ronalda Walsh says the award is a way to recognize those efforts.
The award was presented yesterday at the CMHA-NL’s annual general meeting.
Kitchener joins other councils in supporting value of local media – TheRecord.com
KITCHENER — Kitchener council unanimously passed a resolution Monday affirming the value of local news media.
The resolution, introduced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, endorses laws and regulations to support and rejuvenate news outlets across Canada and urges Ottawa to move quickly to support an ecosystem for a healthy news media.
“The local media really is what ultimately protects our democracies,” Vrbanovic said. “And having a strong media helps ensure that the tough questions get asked,” and that elected politicians and public servants are held accountable.
The resolution was the brainchild of a group of retired Waterloo Region journalists who have started a grassroots campaign calling for measures to ensure the country continues to enjoy the benefits of a thriving news media, which has been hard hit by declining revenues.
All 12 of the local councils have passed similar resolutions, as have councils in Hamilton, Windsor, Kingston and elsewhere.
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