What’s the Penalty for Rigging the “News” These Days?

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RUSH: All right. Let me see if I understand this right. Rudy Giuliani said (paraphrasing), “Wait a minute. I never said there wasn’t any collusion with the Russians. I said there wasn’t any collusion by Trump with the Russians. I never said there wasn’t any campaign collusion with the Russians.” So what’s going on here? Man, oh, man, I tell you.

Greetings, my friends. Welcome. Great to have you. Rush Limbaugh, here behind the Golden EIB Microphone once again for three busy broadcast hours of excellence. 800-282-2882 if you want to be on the program, and the email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us.

The lead headline at the Drudge Report. Have you seen it, Dawn? So you don’t know about this. Okay, wait ’til you hear this. “Did Trump Bribe the Drudge Poll?” This is a Wall Street Journal story that says the rat, Michael Cohen, was rigging a bunch of online polls for Trump, in Trump’s favor of, at the request of Trump and was paying an IT specialist from Liberty University to do it. And it was online polls even before Trump had started his campaign even in 2015 and some online polls during the campaign.

The story makes it clear that Trump’s obsessed with popularity, was obsessed with online polls, not the so-called scientific polls, the Pew Center, the Gallup and all. These are online polls. You go to a website and you take a poll. And the story is that Cohen was rigging these, finding a way to rig these polls in favor of Trump and was paying people bags of cash.

And Cohen’s out there admitting it now, says he did it. He did it. He did it because Trump asked him to do it, and he’s begging forgiveness. He’s asking for everybody to not think so poorly of him. He regrets ever working for such a reprobate as Donald Trump. And the Drive-Bys are all over this, although not in ways that you would think predictable. They’re actually analyzing this rather than just chalking it up to more of what they think Trump is.

Now, I want to try to put some of this in perspective just sharing with you my initial reaction to this. Here’s the headline to the story. This is the Wall Street Journal. This is the main story and then there are a bunch of people, like some clown at the Washington Post, other people have written their own stories based on this.

The headline: “Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump — Behind the scenes, Michael Cohen hired RedFinch Solutions, then allegedly stiffed it — and his boss.” Apparently, he owed 50 grand and put in a Walmart bag $18,000 and a boxing glove from some boxing champion in Brazil that was said to be worth $38,000. Of course, the guy receiving the boxing glove didn’t think it was worth $38,000 and demanded more money. Supposedly, Trump knew all about this, and Cohen was only doing it because Trump wanted to do it.

And some of these polls that were rigged, Trump did not win ’em. He was not leading these polls. Some of the polls that he did win, he didn’t tout them as he normally does. So I got to thinking. I think that this is entertaining and eye-opening in its own way. What is the penalty for rigging Google searches? There’s a news story out just today that Google is actually using human beings, not algorithms, but human beings to taint Google searches and to send people to obviously pro-liberal, pro-Democrat sites whenever they can for any search term. What’s the penalty for doing that?

Google had an office, for Eric Schmidt, who was at the time the Google CEO, nearly had an office in the West Wing. That’s how often he was there to visit Obama. And Google was the IT specialist — information technology, computer people — experts for Obama. What’s the penalty for that? What’s the penalty for Obama sidling up to Google and having Google use their entire infrastructure to help you win polls, to help you win public approval for whatever crazy legislation you have? What’s the penalty for that?

Nobody has denied that any of this happened, and there wasn’t any outrage when we learned about it. I mean, not from the people today who are outraged at Trump and Cohen for rigging some online polls. See, the theory is that if Trump had not gone to the trouble to rig these online polls, he’d have never gotten the Republican nomination because he would have never shown as this popular. In other words, he was never this popular. It was just that they rigged the online polls, Trump was made to look like he was steamrolling the Republican field, and that brought people on board because everybody wants to be with a winner.

That’s where they’re gonna be taking this, that there’s nothing legitimate about Trump’s win because, remember, that’s what every objective of the mainstream media, Democrat Party has been since Election Day 2016. Trump’s illegitimate. Didn’t really win, stole, cheated, worked with the Russians, what have you. Now the online poll controversy that Trump and Cohen rigged a bunch of ’em to create the illusion that Trump was popular when he really wasn’t.

What is the penalty for rigging news stories with false information? How many of those have we had to deal with here just in the past two years or if you want to go back further and include even the two years of the presidential campaign, how much BS in the news did we have to put up with? What kind of penalty is there for rigging news stories?

I would submit to you that the entire Drive-By Media has been rigged intensely since the election of 2016 and the entire Drive-By Media has been rigged with stories replete with allegations that Trump colluded with Russia, even though there has never been any evidence and even though every one of these news stories said at some point way down deep in the story via one line, “As of now, no evidence of these allegations has surfaced. No evidence of these allegations has been found, but nevertheless, anonymous sources and experts say it’s very bad out there.”

Well, what’s the penalty for that? What’s the penalty for rigging a CNN debate? How about Donna Brazile sending questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of a town hall and a debate and being forced to leave the Democrat National Committee when this information surfaced? What’s the penalty for that?

What is the penalty for creating a phony intelligence document that is really nothing more than political opposition research and then going and getting a legitimate FISA court warrant to spy on a presidential candidate and campaign? What is the penalty for that?

What was the penalty for Dan Rather making up a bunch of garbage about George W. Bush and the Texas Air National Guard? Well, in that case Rather got canned after an in-depth investigation by CBS News. But that didn’t last long because Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings circled the wagons, gathered the troops, and created a brand-new journalism award that they gave to Rather at some big dinner because they couldn’t allow the hit to journalism and liberalism in general based on what Rather did.

What is the penalty for rigging Facebook news feeds? My point is, who knows what’s real out there anymore and what isn’t no matter what you turn on? No matter what you read? How much of it’s really real? I have contended for the longest time that there isn’t any news anymore. That what there is essentially is the advancement of the leftist Democrat agenda that’s presented under the guise of news. And it is the presentation of that agenda, the furthering of that agenda that then permits the daily never-ending attacks on Donald Trump.

And I could go on with this question, “what’s the penalty for?” Facebook, Google rigging news stories, helping Hillary Clinton with CNN debate prep. It’s actually kind of comical when you read the story. I mean, if you have the ability to put it in context, you see this Cohen guy running around with bags of cash and boxing gloves paying off some IT specialist at Liberty University to somehow rig online polls. One of them supposedly an online poll at CNBC. CNBC canceled it because speculation in the story is that they recognized that something was not right about it.

How would you rig an online poll? It wouldn’t be hard, would it? I know IT guys that can tell me — I don’t want to give up any secrets here. Just trust me that this can be done. No, I don’t even take online polls ’cause I don’t think there’s anything scientific about ’em anyway. I think they’re nothing but click bait. But that’s not my point. There are people that can run around and find servers and computers and make them look like tens of thousands of people. What do you think the Stop Rush movement was? The Stop Rush movement was 10 people on Twitter who were able to send out emails in the tens of thousands and made them look like they were from individuals.

You want to talk about rigging, how about all of the bogus supposed advertiser boycotts on conservative media? None of that’s real. None of the outrage is real. I mean, the outrage among the public, you know, something controversial will happen on Fox News, and the next day advertisers are being swarmed and they announce they’re canceling their buys. None of it’s real. Those advertisers are not hearing from actual legitimate customers. They’re hearing from algorithm created emails and texts and in some cases phone calls ginned up by people like Media Matters and people that work for them and others on the left.

So when you start breaking this down, what is real? Isn’t that the point? Isn’t that what we’re fighting against every day here? Trying to ferret out the BS and slog our way through it each and every day, and trying to do our best here to at least help people understand what’s true and what isn’t and the stuff that isn’t true, how it’s done, how it happens, how do the lies happen, how do they get in?

The Steele dossier and the FBI, DOJ investigation into Trump is just a sitting duck in terms of the instruction opportunity it offers, the teachable moment that it is about the corruption of so-called intelligence communities, corruption of law enforcement, the corruption, by virtue of politicization, of everything.

I mean, isn’t one of the reasons that people have so much trouble is they don’t trust anything anymore? They don’t trust government institutions there, don’t trust the media over there, don’t even trust some corporate entities. It’s a plague. And it’s legitimate. I mean, there are legitimate reasons for some people not to trust these institutions that for the longest time had moral authority. And the primary reason for that is that so many of these institutions have literally been taken over and corrupted by liberals. And, by definition, liberals corrupt as they politicize things.

So we’ll see what this ends up being. It’s gonna be used to add to the pressure column on Trump to cave on the wall, to cave on the government shutdown, about which we are very prepped and ready to go.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: At the beginning of the program I had some fun with a headline story at Drudge, a Wall Street Journal story that Michael Cohen, the rat, Trump’s former lawyer, slash, fixer, hired an IT firm run by a guy that works at Liberty University to rig early polls on CNBC and Drudge to favor Trump, even polls before Trump came down the escalator and announced his candidacy.

The story is all about how Cohen paid off people who would go out there and start rigging these online polls to make it look like Trump was winning and was massively popular and overtaking everybody, inexplicably so, which led me to ask a series of questions.

What is the penalty for Google rigging search results to promote left-wing corruption and perversion, what is the penalty for Google rigging Google searches that penalize, besmirch, and impugn conservatives and Republicans? What’s the penalty for rigging news stories with false information? What’s the penalty for rigging a CNN debate? This is Donna Brazile, and who knows how many times this happened, funneling questions from a town hall and a debate to Hillary Clinton in advance.

What is the penalty for rigging an entire network against a sitting president, as in CNN against Trump? What’s the penalty for Facebook rigging its news feed to do just what Google is doing to promote the left and to tarnish the right under the guise of not doing any of these things?

My point is that you’d have to look long and hard where people on the left are not rigging things. In fact, folks, I’m gonna tell you something. I honestly believe that — let me construct a scenario. You wake up one day, and there’s some news story out there about something that’s just perverted in our culture that is being made to look like it’s normal and everybody supports it and everybody agrees with it, and you feel like, “My God. They’re overrunning my minority. I’m a minority and I believe in the rules, I believe in God.” I believe all that crap is rigged. I believe the Democrats and the media rig all kinds of things to make it look like a minority of screwballs in this country has become the majority.

I think a classic example of it is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I think another classic example of it is that Camera Hogg kid from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school down in Ft. Lauderdale. They made this kid look like he had captured the hearts of the entire freaking country. I just don’t believe it happened. I think that’s the result of rigging. Well! It turns out — and I don’t mean to be yelling, but when I get passionate about this stuff I actually get agitated, so I have to work real hard at dialing it back.

This is a Breitbart story, and the headline: “Google Manipulated YouTube Search Results for Abortion, Maxine Waters, David Hogg.” Camera Hogg, the kid from the school that had the shooting. Now, essentially when Google manipulates the search results it’s made to look like — so this little kid Camera Hogg comes out, makes some statement after the school shooting about gun control and it’s made to look like the whole country is fascinated with the kid! Like the whole country can’t get enough of the kid.

When Maxine Waters was running around, Auntie Maxine doing her personal appearances in front of half dead people. YouTube is portraying all the videos of Maxine’s speeches as though the country has been captivated and Maxine Waters has all of a sudden vaulted to the number one sought personality in the subject of impeaching Donald Trump. The same thing for abortion.

“In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not ‘manually intervene’ on any particular search result.” I’m sorry, Sundar, I don’t believe this. I don’t believe it for a moment. Apple has this thing called Apple News. Humans curate it. It’s not put together by algorithm. They hired a bunch of journalists and editors, and Apple News, which is part of every iPhone and iPad, it’s there by default, it’s there free of charge, if you want Apple news all you gotta do is tap on the icon.

It’s nothing but a bunch of full-fledged left-wing liberal agenda moving advocates shaping the news, determining what’s popular and what isn’t, and you’ll have to look long and hard to find a conservative news source that looks like anybody’s reading it. And that’s done by human beings, and they’re bragging about that. They’re using it as a sales point that human beings are curating it, not algorithms.

Google says no, we’re not using human beings. Our search results are genuine based on actual public interest. Sorry. Not buying it. Not when Google pretty much had an office in the Obama West Wing. Anyway, the Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, “told Congress last month that his company does not ‘manually intervene’ on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for ‘abortion.’”

In other words, search abortion on YouTube, and the top 10 videos would have been pro-life. Google didn’t like that, so they moved ’em out of there. I don’t have any doubt that that happens. Because there isn’t anybody on the left who’s not political! That’s, by definition! By definition liberalism is entirely political. And it’s political in the sense of forcing what they believe on everybody.

It’s not just a point of view in the public arena being debated where they’re trying to persuade people. That’s the last thing they’re trying to do. They’re trying to force it down everybody’s throat. They’re forcing everybody to believe it. And in achieving that objective, they’re denying the presence of any opposing view. It’s exactly what liberalism is. There’s nothing democratic about liberalism.

Furthermore, on YouTube, owned by Google, “the term ‘abortion’ was added to a ‘blacklist’ file for ‘controversial YouTube queries,’ which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

“The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.”

There are conservatives at Google, and they’re scared to death to speak up. One of them did. One of them wrote a — what would you call it? An essay on the unfairness extended to conservative employees at Google and the intimidation against them and the pressure to stay silent if you’re conservative. And the guy got canned. Guy got fired. And Google then ran around saying, “None of what he wrote is true! We don’t tolerate this kind of insolence!” So the guy’s gone. I forget his name off the top of my head, but he became a cause celebre at the time.

“In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.” Folks, I have no doubt, I have no doubt that this is true because I know liberals like the back of my hand. I know liberals like every square inch of my glorious naked body. And I’m telling you they don’t trust public opinion to genuine public opinion. They maneuver, they influence and they doctor it at every opportunity they get. The idea that Google is some disinterested collection of search results and that whatever is being searched for the most is what you see at the top of the list is a crock.

So here we have Cohen out there, he’s talking about how he’s out there rigging a bunch of online polls for Trump. Didn’t all the presidential polls have Hillary Clinton winning in a landslide? Isn’t that my memory? My memory is that every poll had her winning in a landslide. One of the reasons they all had a conniption fit is they all believed those polls. Now, these are online polls they’re talking about in the story about the rat. Like a Drudge poll is an online poll. Drudge will pose a question, yes or no, Trump, Hillary, whatever, you vote on it however many times you want.

Online polls are not scientific in the sense that the serious pollsters would have you believe theirs are. So you have to head this stuff off at the pass every time it rears its head. It’s no accident that this — James Damore was the engineer who was fired after writing his little manifesto at Google. He was writing about the bias at Google, and he got canned.

A great example is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We’re all sitting here thinking that she has become the biggest thing in the Democrat Party. Not with members of Congress. The average, ordinary American Democrat voter, that she’s the Twitter king. And in fact there’s a story that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running Twitter education seminars for other House Democrats to show them how to use it because she is being touted as the queen of Twitter. Nobody’s ever been better at using Twitter than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

And how much of that is hype? How much of that is us just being told this woman has captivated the leftist portions of this country? I don’t deny that she gets a lot of face time, but the idea that she has become the face of the Democrat Party, I think there’s so much of this hype. I think there’s so much illegitimacy of serious disinsincerity by the Democrat Party on the leftist side that I think you have to be suspicious and wary of it.

That’s why, by the way, one of their tactics, the Drive-Bys especially, one of their tactics when they get on some subject that they’re supposedly doing news stories about, there is an aura around the coverage that makes it look like anybody with a common-sense brain believes this. My best example, the one that first comes to my mind is the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence was the governor. He signs it. The media was outraged because what the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did was basically say that Christians can’t be punished for doing things because of their religious beliefs.

They had been refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings and receptions or refusing to be photographers. Of course, that’s a setup, too, because the gays getting married could have found somebody to bake their cake that was willing to do it. But they hunt these things, these Christian-owned places purposely to call ’em out and sue ’em.

So the media runs to Indiana, starts covering this stuff as though everybody in America is outraged at Indiana and outraged at Christians. And that’s just the aura with which this stuff is covered. Same thing with Camera Hogg, same thing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. What they make it look like is that what you think and the people you believe in are such a tiny minority that you don’t even matter anymore.

They try to make you think that you’ve already lost. You’re being overrun. You’ve lost your country. You’ve lost your culture. Don’t even think about it. Just give up. That’s the objective.

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