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The Editors - September 18, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Picks of the WeekSeptember 12 to September 18, 2021 Featured Investigation:The Facebook Files, Parts 1-4 Facebook Inc. knows painfully well that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands – but it does little to fix the problems because it is more interested in growth. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management. Repeatedly, the...

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The Editors - September 17, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Friday, September 17, 2021 Durham Indicts Democrat Lawyer, Alleging Russiagate Lie Just the News Indictment: Clinton Lawyer 'Lied' re: Alfa Bank Washington Post Client Other Than Clinton Called Dem Lawyer's Alibi NY Times Text of Indictment of Democrat Lawyer for Russiagate Lie U.S.A. vs. Sussman Facebook Files, Pt. 4: Overseas Horrors Ignored Wall St Journal Taliban Got Largest Arms Transfer in 50 Years National Review Ex-Boeing Pilot Eyed for 737 Coverup Wall St Journal A 3,000-Mile Trip to Try to Fathom Putin's Grip NY Times

Minnesota: After Floyd, Police Retreated, Data Dive Shows

Brad Heath - September 17, 2021

Bullets crashed through the walls of Brandy Earthman’s house on Minneapolis’ north side one evening this summer. The shots sheared through the door of the living room where her children were playing. One severed a bone in her 19-year-old son’s arm. The gunfire was part of a wave of shootings this year in Minneapolis, where killings are on the rise and, Earthman and others complain, the police are frequently nowhere to be seen. “They don’t care anymore,” she said. “They’re just going to let everybody kill themselves.” Read Full...

Investigative Issues: Jennifer Rubin's Evolution to Biden WH Darling

Alex Thompson & Nick Niedzwiadek - September 16, 2021

Since 2016, she has evolved into a stalwart never-Trump Republican, even as many of his other former critics jumped on the Trump train. She has switched over from trying to flatter the GOP’s id to stoking Democrats’ — fit with an MSNBC contract and a book coming out next week called “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump.” Perhaps most surprising of all, however, is how, over the past eight months, she has distinguished herself as the Biden administration’s favorite columnist. Chief of Staff RON KLAIN has retweeted or @...

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The Editors - September 16, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Thursday, September 16, 2021 Did AOC's Met Gala Stunt Flout Federal Ethics Laws? PJ Media In Campus Campaigns to Stifle Speech, 74% of Scholars Punished FIRE Minneapolis Data Dive: After Floyd, Police Retreated Reuters Story of Allegedly Abused Ohio St. Coach's Wife Defector Excerpt: Peter Thiel, American Oligarch Bloomberg Facebook Files, Pt. 3: Algorithm Stokes Outrage Wall Street Journal The Rise and Ruin of Couchsurfing.com Input The Fake eBay Market for $25,000 Beanie Babies Vice

Investigative Issues: Ivermectin Exposes Media's Bias, Blindness

Connor Harris - September 15, 2021

The media’s recent reporting on ivermectin is a fitting sequel to their reporting on hydroxychloroquine near the beginning of the pandemic—but not, as received opinion would have it, because both are tales of red-state yokels duped into taking poisonous phony remedies. As in the earlier case, media coverage of ivermectin exemplifies how the liberal political class’s bias, and its confusion of respect for science with blind trust in a scientific establishment, impairs their skepticism and their capacity to appraise complex scientific questions. Read Full Article

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The Editors - September 15, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Transgender Bias a Fed Priority Over Other Bias USA Today Gen. Milley's No-Strike Vow to Trump-Rattled China Washington Post Why China's Purging the Tech Rich and Famous Los Angeles Times Files: Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls Wall St Journal How a Big-Money Gamble Scarred Appalachia Guardian Texas: Who Shot Walker Daugherty? Texas Monthly A Floating Crypto Utopia Turned Disaster Guardian Will the Post Office Finally Be Able to Ship Booze? Daily Beast

New York: Revolt of the Delivery Workers

Josh Dzieza - September 15, 2021

The Willis Avenue Bridge, a 3,000-foot stretch of asphalt and beige-painted steel connecting Manhattan and the Bronx, is the perfect place for an ambush. The narrow bike path along its west side is poorly lit; darkened trash-strewn alcoves on either end are useful for lying in wait. All summer, food-delivery workers returning home after their shifts have been violently attacked there for their bikes: by gunmen pulling up on motorcycles, by knife-wielding thieves leaping from the recesses, by muggers blocking the path with Citi Bikes and brandishing broken bottles. “Once you go onto...

The Facebook Files, Pts. 1-4

Horwitz et al. - September 15, 2021

Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management. Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company...

Investigative Issues: Teen Vogue's Socialist Takeover

Clio Chang - September 14, 2021

...Teen Vogue has retained its passion for style, but transformed into a charmingly unholy, strangely coherent mix of explainers on Karl Marx, op-eds calling for prison abolition, and on-the-ground protest coverage from teens—all of which sit beside profiles of Jari Jones, a transgender model; a guide to oral sex; and the latest on Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid. It’s a curious evolution for a publication within Condé Nast, a media conglomerate better known for being an institution of power than for challenging it. The contradictions are obvious: Teen...

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The Editor - September 14, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Book Excerpt: Biden's Ancestors Owned Slaves Politico New Book Details the Bidens' Self-Dealings Daily Mail Secret Facebook Program Exempts 'Elite' From Rules Wall St Journal The Right Misunderstands CRT's Founding Intellect New Yorker Scores of UN Staffers Report Sex Abuse The Cut Syrian War Criminal, Double Agent Vanished in Europe New Yorker Australia: History's Most Daring Surveillance Sting Guardian Texas: Houston's 'Tough Love' Public Housing City Journal

Investigative Issues: White New Yorker Staffer Takes to Twitter to Assail Whiteness at Her Own Magazine

Erin Overbey - September 14, 2021

The New Yorker archivist said she launched her extraordinary critique, New York magazine reported, to move forward an important conversation about the role of women and people of color at elite media institutions. Her Twitter thread begins as follows: Erin Overbey: Truth to power. Twitter Let’s talk about racism! Most white people at prestigious magazines don’t ever want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? It's primarily because they’ve been allowed to exist in a world where their mastheads resemble member registries at Southern country clubs circa 1950....

Investigative Issues: White New Yorker Staffer Takes to Twitter to Assail Whiteness at Her Magazine

Erin Overbey - September 14, 2021

Archivist Erin Overbey said she did it, New York magazine reported, to move forward an important conversation about the role of women and people of color at elite media institutions. Erin Overbey Twitter Let’s talk about racism! Most white people at prestigious magazines don’t ever want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? It's primarily because they’ve been allowed to exist in a world where their mastheads resemble member registries at Southern country clubs circa 1950. Read Full Thread    

Investigative Issues: ACLU's About-Face on Vaccine Mandates

Glenn Greenwald - September 13, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) surprised even many of its harshest critics...when it strongly defended coercive programs and other mandates from the state in the name of fighting COVID. “Far from compromising them, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties,” its Twitter account announced, adding that “vaccine requirements also safeguard those whose work involves regular exposure to the public." If you were surprised to see the ACLU heralding the civil liberties imperatives of "vaccine mandates” and "vaccine requirements” —...

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The Editors - September 13, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Monday, September 13, 2021 Fake Diagnoses Hide Overmedication in Nursing Homes NY Times FBI Releases 1st of Secret 9/11 Files 20 Years Later Daily Mail U.S. Drone Strike Evidence Suggests Not ISIS but Aid Worker NY Times The Forever Trial at Guantánamo The New Yorker How Hollywood Sold Out to China The Atlantic The Dire Straits of America’s Rural Schools NY Times South Dakota: How Deadly Crash Upended Politics Vanity Fair Occupy Wall Street 10 Years Later The Guardian

Florida: 2 Boys Charged With Columbine-Like Plot

Andrew Jeong - September 13, 2021

Two Florida middle-schoolers are being held at a juvenile detention center after being accused of planning a mass school shooting inspired by Columbine. The 14-year-old and 13-year-old boys, whom The Washington Post is not naming because they are minors, are eighth-graders at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lee County, about two hours away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 people in 2018. They were charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting and have been ordered to be held at a juvenile detention center for three weeks, according to the county...

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The Editors - September 11, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Picks of the WeekSeptember 5 to September 11, 2021 Featured Investigation:Introducing RealClearInvestigations' Jan. 6-BLM Riots Dataset The Editors, RCI Many in the political and media establishment have cast the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol as one of the darkest episodes in American history, comparing an episode in which one person was slain -- a protester shot by police -- to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, the Civil War, and the British sacking of Washington in 1814. Others claim that the protests launched in response to a white police officer's murder last May of George...

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The Editors - September 10, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Friday, September 10, 2021 Google's Radical Racial Re-Education Program City Journal DiAngelo's $12K/Hour for Anti-Racist Talk at Ohio St. Federalist Funds Go Green, but Sometimes in Name Only Wall St Journal General Failure: How U.S. Military Lied About 9/11 Wars Intercept A First Look at the Taliban's New Police Los Angeles Times How China Weaponized the Press The Atlantic Your Community College Bro Could Be a Scamming Bot CalMatters The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-Books New Yorker

West Virginia: A Century Ago, a Bloody Miner Uprising

Campbell Robertson - September 10, 2021

BLAIR, W.Va. — On the shoulder of a lonely stretch of highway miles into the hills, a sign stands in the weeds. “Battle of Blair Mt.,” it says, informing the tumbledown cinder block building across the road that here, 100 years ago, was the largest armed labor uprising in U.S. history. In late August 1921, thousands of rifle-bearing coal miners marched to this thickly wooded ridge in southern West Virginia, a campaign that was ignited by the daylight assassinations of union sympathizers but had been building for years in the oppressive despair of the coal fields....

Investigative Issues: Why You Can’t Watch the ABC Miniseries 'The Path to 9/11'

Fred Fleitz - September 10, 2021

How the Clinton Administration’s 9/11 coverup is disturbingly similar to the Biden Administration’s lies about his Afghanistan debacle: The program broke with other accounts of the causes of the 9/11 attacks— including by the 9/11 Commission—by casting substantial blame for the attacks on the incompetent foreign policy of the Clinton Administration.  This program aired only once. A DVD was produced but can no longer be purchased on Amazon.com. The reason? Former Clinton officials and their allies put heavy pressure on the Walt Disney Company—which...