Trump Endorsed Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Talks Poll Lead and Fake News

Trump Endorsed Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Talks Poll Lead and Fake News


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake to the newsmaker line to discuss her mission for Arizona, endorsement by Donald Trump and battling the Fake News.

Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for governor in Arizona endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Welcome, Kari. Thanks so much for joining us today.

Lake: I’m so happy to be here. Good morning.

Leahy: Well, and as you know, you’re on The Tennessee Star Report. We own and operate 10 state-based newspapers. We also have and have covered your race in Arizona at The Arizona Sun Times by our reporter there, Rachel Alexander. Looks like you’re leading in the polls there. Tell us about why that’s the case.

Lake: I think our message is resonating with Arizona pure and simple. We’re talking about the things that people care about, primarily education. Our moms and dads are standing up, speaking out about the curriculum being taught to their kids.

And unfortunately, in one of the school districts here, they’ve been harassed and doxed and really treated poorly. So I’m speaking out to them. I’m talking about the border and how we can secure the border and stop the flow of drugs that are pouring into our state illegals and who knows who?

We’re seeing a lot of trafficking of human beings and children. And we’re talking about the economy down here as well. I just was speaking, Michael to some elderly people who are on a fixed income, and they said they couldn’t afford to make ends meet and before they barely could. And now they can’t. They can’t afford food anymore.

Leahy: You were for 22 years, the television broadcaster, the anchor at a local Phoenix television news station. You resigned because you didn’t like the way the news was being reported. Tell us a little bit about that and how you made that decision.

Lake: Yes. I worked for 27 years covering Arizona, all the stories, and all the issues, and really got to know the people and the state well. But as you know, journalism has changed quite a bit over the years.

When I came up and learned about journalism and became a journalist, you told both sides of the story. And sometimes there are more than two sides, and you laid it out and you didn’t get opinionated.

But it’s become beyond just telling the story. It’s become opinion bias. And I think it crossed over into being immoral when COVID struck with the refusal to cover stories that would actually help people make them healthier, get them out of quarantine and back to life and open up our economies again.

But the media just didn’t want to cover that. And I felt it was immoral to remain in that position and continue to do the news that they were only interested in telling half the story.

Leahy: Trump endorsed you as the Republican candidate for governor in Arizona last week. I saw you live on my good friend and mentor, Steven K. Bannon’s War Room broadcast.

You were at the embassy, they call it in Washington, D.C., the former Breitbart Embassy. You were at the embassy with Steven Bannon what was that like?

Lake: It was really cool. I thought I was in the wrong place when I showed up. And then, of course, I recognized the set. And it was great to see Steve. And I really was honored to be on the show. He’s had me on numerous times, but not as you said right there at the embassy.

So it was great to be in D.C. and we talked about a lot of issues. He’s been right in front of a lot of the big stories, including the election and COVID, of course, which has affected so many of us. And that’s why, as governor, I want to get tough on China.

We’ve had our political elite sell us out to China, and it’s unconscionable that we would be doing business with the Communist Chinese regime.

We need to cut all of the deals that we’ve made that our political politicians and lobbyists have made, and we need to bring back manufacturing to Arizona. And, frankly, to America, like President Trump was starting to do as president.

Leahy: That’s a great idea. How, as governor, can you cut those deals or end those deals with China and bring more manufacturing into Arizona?

Lake: Well, you have to have a great climate to bring people in a great business climate. And we do. I’m pro-business. And we currently do have a pro-business climate. But we have tribal nations here, 22 different tribes, and they want to bring business to their land.

There’s a lot of land to work with. Our tribal nations want to bring business, and they want to bring manufacturing in and grow their tax base. And I would love to help make that happen and forge those relationships.

And sometimes it’s a lot easier to work with our tribal partners. I just talked to a business that opened up. They are a steel fabricator and they negotiated a deal to work with one of our tribal nations.

And they said it was so much easier because when you’re dealing with the tribes, you’re dealing with relationships. They’re forming relationships. You’re not dealing with working with the city or the county where it’s all bureaucracy.

And so I think there’s some real opportunity there. And I would love to be the governor that helps make some of those deals so we can bring our supply chain back to Arizona. And we’re not worried about what kind of funny business and games China is trying to play with us.

Leahy: Speaking of funny business and games, I saw a terrific interview that you did. Somebody from The Arizona Republic, a formerly good newspaper, but I guess over the past 20 years it’s turned into nothing but left-wing propaganda.

It’s the dominant paper, I guess in the Phoenix area there and a reporter there was going to try to ask you some gotcha questions and you wouldn’t respond because you told them to correct all your other lies about me. Then I might talk to you. That was fabulous.

Lake: (Laughter) It’s sad. As a journalist, I always prided myself in doing good work and being fair. And so I’m saddened to be honest, that our paper has turned into just a leftist activist rag. And I’m not going to give them interviews.

And interestingly, actually, they did a story a few days later about me and they asked for a statement, and I was really busy campaigning that day and I put together a statement on the story that they were doing. They ended up using hardly any of it. They used half of a sentence, not even a sentence.

Leahy: Not fair!

Lake: I think it’s because what I said struck a nerve with them, and they don’t want me having the ability to sway voters to see some of the policies that I’m pushing that will help Arizona.

So they cut a tiny little snippet of my statement, a half a sentence, and used that. So they’re unethical and they’re biased. And when they start to change their ways and actually cover Arizona fairly, then I will start to give them an interview.

Leahy: I got four words for you. Are you ready? (Lake chuckles) Don’t hold your breath. Because I don’t think they’re going to do that. That’s why we started the digital newspaper out there, The Arizona Sun Times, to accurately report what Kari Lake is saying and what everybody is saying.

Lake: You know what I love about your paper? I’ll call it a paper, even though it’s digital, is you don’t get opinionated in there. I mean, in the op-eds, you probably do. But I’ve actually talked to Rachel, and I’ve given her soundbites and I’ll say, well, what about mentioning this?

And she said, you know what? That would be an opinion and I’m not going to put that in the story. And so I really respect that. And it’s a really great outlet for news. I hope that more people find it.

And I’m always happy to share your stories because I think they’re fair. I don’t want somebody to be my cheerleader. I just want them to cover me fairly.

Leahy: Yes. And that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s interesting how you described the way that The Arizona Republic took your statement, which you spent some time on. You got other stuff going on. You gave them a statement and they just took little snippets of it.

We have experienced that same thing when, as you know, we’ve got 10 state-based news sites and then the left and all the big media outlets are trying to pigeonhole us as being disinformation, et cetera. We will engage with them. The same thing happens with us! It’s almost as if they’re talking to each other.

Lake: They might be. (Chuckles) To be honest. You know what they really should do, and I know some news outlets do this. If they can’t use the entire statement, they should have a link in the story where you can see the entire statement. This is what she said. This is part of her statement. And then you can click on the link to find her entire statement.

Leahy: That’s exactly right. Well, that’s what good journalism is, right?

Lake: Yes, but they didn’t want my statement out there because my statement went against their narrative. And I know how they play these games because I worked in the media.

Leahy: Exactly.

Lake: I’m going to expose them.

Leahy: Well, send us a statement. We’ll publish it in its entirety. How about that?

Lake: I love it.

Leahy: Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor endorsed by Donald Trump in Arizona thanks so much for joining us. Come back again and good luck.

Lake: I would love it. Thank you so much.

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Human Events News Editor Brent Hamachek’s Mission to Provoke Skepticism and Change the Trajectory of the United States

Human Events News Editor Brent Hamachek’s Mission to Provoke Skepticism and Change the Trajectory of the United States


Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Human Events magazine’s news editor Brent Hamachek to the newsmaker line to discuss the magazine’s mission, shifting from opinion to breaking news, and putting the USA on the right course.

Leahy: We are delighted to welcome to our microphones a good friend for many years now. He’s part of the rebirth of Human Events magazine, news editor for Human Events, Brent Hamachek. Good morning, Brent.

Hamachek: Good morning, Mike. If this were baseball, I would feel like I just got called up from the minors to the show. (Leahy laughs) Great to be on your broadcast and join you.

Leahy: We’ve been friends for some time and you have been really an outstanding writer and thinker about conservative issues. And I’m delighted to see how you’ve been part of really the rebirth of Human Events as a magazine.

It was former President Ronald Reagan’s favorite reading for years according to his biographer, Richard Reeves. The middle of the road RINOS who were on his staff tried to keep it away from him, but he always read it. Do you remember that?

Hamachek: That’s correct. It’s been interesting since we joined forces with Will Chamberlain just under a year ago now to start building a new side to what’s been an opinion publication for years. Everywhere we’ve traveled when we talked to the old guard in Washington who’s been around awhile, they all tell us that exact same story.

They’ll say we were there in the Reagan White House and the staff tried to keep it away from him and he would continue to find it and continue to say things to them, like, why can’t we do what they’re talking about in Human Events? So that’s the legacy that we inherit. We’ve got to be a little bit edgy, provocative, and original. So we’re trying to do those things and carry that legacy forward.

Leahy: On the web at I applaud you for moving from opinion towards breaking news with the combination of insightful opinions as well. It’s always been my philosophy that real hard news and numbers that are fact-based and move the needle.

And that opinion just doesn’t really move the needle anymore. Is that a little bit of what you’re thinking is, upon doing all this investigation and some of the great hires that you’ve had of late?

Hamachek: Yes. Speaking of great hires, we did make a great hire a couple of months ago. We brought Jack Posobiec from OANN. And Jack is everything that we had hoped he would be and then some, in terms of generating original breaking news stories and spreading the message to the public about what we’re doing.

But the news piece is critical in this culture right now. People want to very quickly be able to have a place to go to find out what’s going on. And they’ll only read, if you’re lucky, in about 300 words. They’ll go to multiple different sites to read those 300 words that they get on a variety of topics.

The trick with us, what we think is nice is that in behind, letting them go and get the quick news stories and things we think are important. Then they can go into the opinion side where they can get access to some really deep thinkers who are writing some really thoughtful pieces that go further than the news in the headlines.

Our hope is that we’ve kind of committed the Reese’s act of journalism here. And we’ve stuck peanut butter in the human events chocolate, and we’re making it a little bit bigger and better. (Leahy chuckles)

Leahy: That’s a very good, colorful way to describe it. I like that description. And I like the peanut butter and chocolate of Reese’s. We also upon occasion, when we run across a great story, I ask you for permission to republish it at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.

And one such story now, which you published a couple of days ago, is on our home page as we speak by the aforesaid Jack Posobiec. Headline: Lincoln Project Donors Silent on Underage Grooming Scandal of Founder John Weaver. Tell us about this story and how Jack found it.

Hamachek: In terms of how Jack found it, Jack is wired into a variety of different people and places and sources where he’s able to pick some things up that either isn’t on the radar screen at all of the public or on the screen, but so far at the bottom, people missed them.

So in other words, he’s able to really get deep into the stack because people direct him in that way. Before he even actually technically started to work for us and before his first day, he was the one that broke the story that made national news with regard to the U.S. embassies and consulates overseas being instructed to fly Black Lives Matter banners and issue propaganda on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

So that was Jack’s story. We got a lot of credit for that. And technically, he hadn’t even started to work for us yet. I encourage people to go read this story. It’s simply showing again the fact that within the Lincoln Project, which, of course, we know, is the supposedly conservative, true American-loving folks who just couldn’t stand the Trump administration.

Which it’s nothing of the sort. This is a scandal that involves one of their key members and nobody’s paying any attention to it. So if you take a look at Human Events or at your publication now as you’ve cross-promoted it, you can take a look and get the details.

Leahy: One of the things that you and I have talked about over the years is the trouble our Constitutional Republic is in.

Hamachek: Right.

Leahy: And you and I kind of go back and forth between pessimism and optimism for the future. (Hamachek giggles) Where are Human Events as a magazine going to go in the near future? Question one. Question two, what are the prospects for our country?

Hamachek: It’s a great question. I love the fact that this optimism pessimism thing – I do believe that optimism is the eighth deadly sin (Leahy laughs) because it causes people to make irrational choices based upon blind hope instead of reality.

I always like to say to people that since I detest optimism so much, they’ll say, well, you must be a pessimist. And I say, no, I’m a realist. It’s just that at this moment in time, they happen to look a lot alike. (Leahy laughs) In terms of what we’re trying to do…

Leahy: This is, by the way, is our listeners are getting an inkling as to the very interesting conversations you and I have had for a couple of years about the future of America.

Hamacheck: Right. So what we’re trying to do at Human Events, very specifically, is a couple of things. Number one, we are trying to help reinstill the good old-fashioned notion of skepticism. David Hume’s skepticism from the Scottish Enlightenment into the American mind.

As a people, we have generally lost our ability to be skeptical. And just like Hume warned us of close to 300 years ago, this has made us extremely susceptible to dogmatic pronouncements. You saw during the entire China Flu crisis and up through today, people have this willingness to sort of blindly accept what they’re told, whether it’s by government, mainstream media, entertainment industry, and so on.

So we’re attempting to reinstall skepticism by showing people what it is that they’ve missed, what they haven’t been told, what they aren’t thinking about, and to switch on that central processing unit inside their head to get them to think skeptically.

If we had a mission statement, we would be saying that we’re hoping to be part of changing the trajectory of the country. So right now, in this world of cause and effect in which we live, you can see where the collectivist missile is pointed.

It’s pretty clear what the direction is and we’re heading towards obliteration of the United States Constitution. That’s the objective. If they can do that, they can free themselves for a full collectivist agenda.

What we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do our part to alter that missile’s trajectory and maybe have it miss the target. We don’t think we’re going to be able to reverse it. And we’re not that arrogant. We know that the hour is late, the target is locked, but we’re going to do everything we can to divert the course.

Leahy: Well, and that is a noble calling. And I think the more that you have reports from Jack Posobiec and some of the other stuff that you’re working on as well, in addition to some of your deep thought pieces, I think that’s going to be very, very successful.

Again, the magazine, the famous Human Events on the web at Our guest has been our very good friend, and he’s the news editor for Human Events, Brent Hamachek. Brent, will you make this a regular thing to come on our program?

Hamachek: Under one condition: that you ask me.

Leahy: I’m asking you right now. Will you regularly come on because people want to hear what you have to say.

Hamachek: I would love to be regular at my age.

Leahy: (Laughs) Very good.

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Crom Carmichael Talks Truth, Defamation, and Questions the Capitol Hill Police’s Jurisdiction with Out of State Offices

Crom Carmichael Talks Truth, Defamation, and Questions the Capitol Hill Police’s Jurisdiction with Out of State Offices


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to talk about truth, defamation, and the out-of-state jurisdiction of Capitol Hill Police offices.

Leahy: We want to talk a little bit about truth. What is the truth? How is it reported? Now we at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network, we report the truth.

And when we report the truth, the establishment media distorts it and falsely reports what we’re reporting and then calls us misinformation.

Carmichael: Let me ask you a question because I know the standards are high for lawsuits. But if you report on a story, and the facts that you report in your story are provably the facts, and then another outlet proceeds to essentially say that your reporting on that particular story is dishonest, that’s defamatory because they’re publicly saying that you are dishonest.

Does The Tennessee Star have the right to sue? They may have the right to sue, but would they have the prospects of collecting for defamation by news organizations that knowingly falsely report on your reporting?

Leahy: Yeah. That’s a very good question. And the answer is, we have the right to do that. The question is, do you have the financial resources to hire quality attorneys? We have great attorneys, by the way, to file the lawsuit.

And do you want to take that much time away from your duties or my duties as the CEO of the entity? That’s where we are right now.

But let me illustrate this, and it is irritating that so many members of the establishment media blatantly lie about what we report. Blatantly lie.

For example, so here’s a headline from the National Public Radio, NPR, story. It said, “How pro-Trump local news sites keep pushing 2020 election misinformation.”

Well, that’s the first lie. We’re not pushing misinformation. We have factual reporting.

Then there’s a group called the American Press Institute. They told basically three lies about us in just a couple of sentences. I’ll put a number in front of each lie and I’m going to read these articles to you.

The Georgia Star News, founded just after November’s presidential election, is part of the Star News Network. A web of pro-Trump websites that, lie number one, mimic the look of local news websites.

Eight Star News sites are distributed among swing states, churning out, lie number two, false content that claims former President Trump won in November.

And, lie number three, proof of massive voter fraud will be uncovered. Those are the three lies in two sentences about our reporting.

First, mimicking local news. We have 17 writers in eight states and each writer will do two or three stories a day. Any of our titles will have anyways, two to four local stories a day. Locally based.

Carmichael: Okay.

Leahy: Now we’ve never claimed that former President Trump won in November. We have stated that in six battleground states, the election procedures were unlawful. And we’ve proven that.

We’ve proven that in Georgia that they have no chain of custody documents for 316,000 absentee ballots. And we have never – I never  – said that there is, “Proof of massive voter fraud will be uncovered.”

We haven’t said that. What we’ve said is that the available public documents are not consistent with lawful election procedures, and therefore, it was improper for the Secretary of State of Georgia to certify the election. That’s what we said.

Carmichael: Okay. Well, then everything that your paper has reported is based in fact.

Leahy: And demonstrated in fact.

Carmichael: Demonstrated. And in fact, you have gone to greater lengths by asking the state of Georgia to provide you with the documents that would support their case.

Then the local NPR station, I think it was claimed in Georgia that they had given the very documents that you had requested, had given it to them.

But then they refused to give them to you and gave them to somebody else who now says they are sealed.

Leahy: The Secretary of State, it told us that none of the documents are available. Georgia Public Broadcasting claimed they got them part of the documents from the Secretary of State.

And Fulton County, Georgia – on June 14, we told them 24 percent of these chain-of-custody documents are missing. Three days later, purportedly they gave those documents to Georgia Public Broadcasting. Still here on July 9, we have not received them.

Carmichael: Okay. Let’s give another story on the question of truth. The Capitol Hill Police.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: Has now announced that they’re going to be opening offices in Florida and California, and they’ll be opening more after that.

Leahy: They’re just supposed to be protecting the Capitol. But now they’re basically an inquisition going out to every state in the country to look for people they don’t like.

Carmichael: Right. And the question that I have is what authority does a Capitol Hill Police person have to do anything outside of their jurisdiction?

Let me say this. A police officer from New York City, I don’t believe, has the authority to just come into Nashville and make an arrest.

Leahy: Nor should the Capitol Hill Police have authority outside of Capitol Hill.

Carmichael: Well, they don’t. And so where do they get it?

Leahy: They are making it up out of thin air.

Carmichael: And the Constitution, this was a big issue when Trump said that he was going to the military in to protect federal buildings.

They were being engulfed in flames. But the left claimed that – I think they actually claimed wrongly in this case – that the President of the United States does not have the right to send in military to protect federal buildings.

And that local law enforcement either is unable to do it or unwilling to do it because it’s not permanent in nature. These are going to be Capitol Hill Police.

They’re opening offices. So they’ll be permanent in nature. And so the question is, what authority does a Capitol Hill Police person have in the state of Florida?

Leahy: They have none.

Carmichael: To do anything? Well, they obviously are going to have some.

Leahy: I think they should be kicked out of the state.

Carmichael: They don’t have any authority. Well, that’s the question is, why are they there? Under what law is the Capitol Hill Police allowed to just go open offices and start harassing citizens in the name of protecting members of the House?

It’s also interesting is there are many members of the House who are openly advocating for defunding the police. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: Except the Capitol police going after Trump supporters in states around the country.

Carmichael: Yeah. So the very people who want to put our citizens at greater peril by defunding the police, they’re advocating the expansion of a federal police force for their own use.

Leahy: Crom, insightful, as always. We’ll see you on Monday.

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Crom Carmichael Defines White Supremacy and Its Convenient Relationship with Today’s Media

Crom Carmichael Defines White Supremacy and Its Convenient Relationship with Today’s Media


Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who analyzed White supremacy in relation to the current media narratives and federal officials wielding of power.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original All-Star panelist, Crom Carmichael. And as you know, it’s Wednesday. So, of course, it’s time for Crom to be in studio. Good morning, Crom.

Carmichael: Morning, Michael.

Leahy: Well, so much to talk about. So little time.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: We’re talking a little bit about journalism in America. Where does it stand?

Carmichael: Well, I want to connect two dots. One is journalism in America. We talked about it Monday. And then on Monday, when I got home, I was reading The Wall Street Journal.

And there’s an article by Gerard Baker, and he essentially said exactly the same thing we were saying. And I’m going to quote a couple of things from the article. It says these days, proliferating lapses and journalism judgment and standards are not simply forgiven by the editorial establishment.

They are rewarded as long as they are the right kind of error by the right kind of person. He says even Jeffrey Toobin is in fact, the indispensable legal mind CNN evidently believes he is, his reinstatement last week must surely fill some of his colleagues with misgivings. I don’t believe that a single person at CNN has any misgivings about Jeffrey Toobin coming back.

Leahy: Because he’s in the club that’s vastly overpaid.

Carmichael: He’s in the club and they don’t care.

Leahy: As long as they have they get paid and they get their agenda out.

Carmichael: They have a narrative.  And I would imagine that there are other people at CNN who are equally as disgusting as Jeffrey Toobin. But then it says, but his restoration to a more salubrious on camera roll is a helpful reminder of the rules that now govern the news.

The medium is no longer the message. The new reality is that the mission is the message. As long as your work furthers the mission, no failure in behavior, no error in reporting or editing, no corruption of the truth or evidence will go unrewarded.

All data and facts, all judgment about stories and people who produce them are subordinate to the mission. Now, I want to take all of this and tie it into this new thing of White supremacy. What is White supremacy?

How would one define White supremacy? Is it White people, primarily males, who are trying to use the government to have control over other people, especially minorities? Would that be the definition of White supremacy?

Leahy: Crom, yeah, it would seem to me that would be a good definition of White supremacy.

Carmichael: Then Merrick Garland and Joe Biden are right up there. (Leahy chuckles)  They are right up there.

Leahy: I could see that one coming a mile away.

Carmichael: Oh, my gosh. I don’t know if you’ve seen what Merrick Garland is now trying to do in Arizona. You have an investigation in Arizona by officials in Arizona. Legal officials.

Leahy: Authorized by a state judge.

Carmichael: Yes. And Merrick Garland is trying to say that what they are doing is wrong. Now, let me say this. That’s a White supremacist if I’ve ever heard one. Because here’s another thing.

This shows you why Mitch McConnell and the Republicans were so wise and not even holding hearings for this political hack. He apparently was a circuit court judge. The Washington circuit.

He should understand the Constitution. He should know that states have the authority over elections, not the federal government. He should know that. But he doesn’t, apparently, or even worse, he knows it and is ignoring it.

Leahy: Let me just step back for listeners just to remind them when Crom was talking about Mitch McConnell refusing to hold hearings for him, it wasn’t a hearing for his confirmation as attorney general. He was nominated for the Supreme Court after the death of Anton Scalia.

Carmichael: Yes. Thank you for that. We are talking now two years ago.

Leahy: 2016. And rightfully, Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, had told President Obama it’s an election year. You nominate somebody, we’re not going to hold hearings.

Carmichael: Right. And that’s exactly what Joe Biden had publicly announced in 1992. And that was even when a sitting President was running for reelection. In the case of 2016, you didn’t have a sitting President running for re-election.

But I really want to dig into this question of what is a White supremacist. Might a White supremacist be the head of the FBI who inserts, as we learned from Tucker Carlson last night.

Over a dozen FBI operatives into the organizations that were coming to Washington to listen to Donald Trump talk about the elections and whether or not there was cheating in the elections.

And now we’ve learned that the FBI from Tucker Carlson that the FBI, some of these people who insert themselves actually agitate and actually come up with ideas of insurrection, encouraged the insurrection and participated in it.

Leahy: There’s a word legal word for that. I think it’s called entrapment.

Carmichael: Yeah, I think so. I think so. And so now you have people who are sitting in jail in solitary confinement in Washington, D.C. who won’t be tried and whose lawyers are not being given access to the evidence.

Now, think about this for a second. Is Christopher Wray White? Yes. Is he trying to use the power of government to crush other people, some of whom are minorities, some of whom are women? One of the Capitol Hill agents shot and murdered.

Leahy: Murdered Ashli Babbitt.

Carmichael: Who was unarmed. A 14-year veteran and we can’t even find out who that person is. That person is not even going to be tried. Apparently, there was not even a Grand jury.

Leahy: How does that happen?

Carmichael: It when you have White supremacists who have power. And that’s what we’re looking at here. Whether or not they’ll be able to use that power to leverage taking over the government, I think, is in great question because I don’t think they can.

But I think they were trying to. We have Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema to thank. I think there are other Democrats in the Senate, but they wouldn’t stand up. Those two did. They stood up and said, enough, we’re not going to do away with the filibuster.

We’re not going to do away with our Democratic system. We’re not going to do away with our Constitution. And so because of that, Biden’s whole agenda has stalled. I don’t watch CNN.

And so I wonder whether or not they applauded Joe Biden for being able to walk up and down the steps of Air Force One without falling. Because for CNN, that’s about all he has to do to have a successful trip abroad.

Leahy: There’s something I wanted to point out first about the Australian media. The Australian media has observed the fawning of the American establishment media over Joe Biden in these G7 meetings in Europe. And they are just utterly disgusted by it. They’ve reported on that.

Carmichael: Yeah. You’ve heard the old baseball story about Shoeless Joe. I’m going to say, Clueless Joe. That’s a new name for me. I listened to some of his answers to very easy questions.

And one of the questions because Biden, showing how tough he was during the election, said that Putin was a killer. So a reporter asked him during the election campaign, you called Vladimir Putin, ‘a killer.’ Do you still stand by that? Do you still call him a killer? (Imitates Biden)

Leahy: I think your imitation of Joe Biden presents him more articulately than he really was.

Carmichael: (Imitates Biden) (Laughter) C’mon man. That was yesterday. What’s tomorrow? Who is tomorrow? It’s embarrassing on one hand. I just have a suspicion that the midterms and I have great faith in the American people, in crowds, the wisdom of crowds.

And I think that the people are looking at what’s going on now and looking at Biden. And by the way, he’s giving everything to China that China wants. Everything. So the fix is in there. In fact, domestically, I can’t think of anything that China would want Joe Biden to do domestically that Joe Biden isn’t doing.

Leahy: Open borders.

Carmichael: Open borders, trying to trash our Democratic process, trying to divide the country,

Leahy: Trashing Americans who supported Donald Trump while on European soil. By the way, Politico, talk about the media. Here is their headline two days ago about Joe Biden in Europe.

Biden Flourishing in Foreign Policy. I gotta look at the dictionary. It’s sort of like the Democratic definition of infrastructure. What is the Democratic definition of flourishing?

Carmichael: The answer is walking up and down the steps here Air Force One without tripping. (Leahy laughs) That must be it.

Leahy: That is very good Crom.

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Managing Editor of Project Veritas Nick Givas Talks Twitter Ban and CNN Exposed

Managing Editor of Project Veritas Nick Givas Talks Twitter Ban and CNN Exposed


Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –host Leahy welcomed Project Veritas’s Managing Editor Nick Givas to the newsmakers line to talk about their recent Twitter ban after releasing a video exposing CNN’s technical director brag about rigging and manipulating its viewers against Trump.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker lined by Nick Givas, the Managing Editor of Project Veritas. Nick, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.

Givas: All right. Thanks for having me.

Leahy: So James O’Keefe has been banned from Twitter one day after your stunning expose of the technical director of CNN who basically said what everybody knew that they were trying to defeat Donald Trump. Will James O’Keefe be suing Twitter and CNN, as some reports say?

Givas: Yes, it appears that we are going to go forward and seek our remedy in court. That’ll play out, obviously over the weeks and months ahead. But it appears that we’re going to go on offense and forge ahead with that.

Leahy: Now, James O’Keefe’s and the Project Veritas Twitter account had what, one and a half million followers?

Givas: The Veritas account may have. That was suspended before my time in joining the group. But James’s personal account was close to a million followers and was over 900,000.

Leahy: Wow. And so it looks to me like if Twitter finds a conservative that they don’t like, they just ban them. What on earth is going on with Twitter?

Givas: I can only speculate into the mind of what Jack Dorsey is thinking. I do not know. But I can say that for the grace of God and for your listeners because eventually, I believe it seems we’re on a slope or it’s not just conservatives that are going to get banned it’s anyone that gets in the way of a narrative that gets in the way that Twitter doesn’t like. you don’t have to be conservative. It could be anyone.

Carmichael: Naomi Wolf certainly is not a conservative and she was banned from Twitter.

Leahy: Yes. She has been.

Carmichael: Now, quick question. You said that you think you’re going to also in addition to suing Twitter sue CNN. What is the basis? I know that you all have exposed CNN.

Givas: Defamatory statements are the basis and I’ll leave it at that.

Carmichael: Okay, so CNN has made statements that you all believe are defamatory. And is that prior to or after your recent exposure of CNN’s deception?

Givas: I can only say stay tuned. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: This is a wise man. There is litigation going on.

Givas: Ongoing. Ongoing.

Carmichael: Well, you have many people in your corner on your ongoing litigation. So anyway, good luck to you.

Givas: Thank you, sir. We try for the truth. That’s all we want.

Leahy: The claim by Twitter was that James O’Keefe was using fake Twitter accounts. Is that true, or did they just make that up?

Givas: He tells me no and I’ve seen and experienced nothing like that. I’ve never seen James keep or operate a false account. He says he’s never done that. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a reason to throw him off. But again, we’re trying to figure that out. And the answer we were given was very broad and it seemed very random all of a sudden.

         As I said, I’ll leave it to the American people. l’ll leave it to them to decide why this happened and the timing. But yes, we’ve come out with three bombshells videos showing a CNN technical director bragging about how the network is propaganda, how it manipulates people, and how it was basically shilling for Black Lives Matter. And then all of a sudden he gets banned.

Carmichael: I found what you all got them to talk about with them exaggerating the numbers on COVID.

Givas: That too. And then saying they’re going to pivot from COVID, and this is Charlie Chester, a technical producer there, claiming the network knew that people are tired of COVID and now they’re going to switch to climate change as if it’s Wheel of Fortune or some game show for them.

Carmichael: For them it is.

Givas: At least Charlie Chester, this director, and his claims that the culture is such. Let’s find out. Let’s see if anyone else is there that wants to come forward and they can send any information to And if it isn’t just him, more people will come forward. They will and it isn’t the first time.

Leahy: Nick Givas, you’re the managing editor of Project Veritas. What does the managing editor do at Project Veritas?

Givas: Without getting into too much detail I can say that I work with production on videos sometimes. What we’re going to keep and what we’re going to actually publish. Sometimes we get information that might be borderline that we have to decide as a team, are we going to publish this? Is it newsworthy? Is it true?

A part of that includes traveling on the road. Part of it includes talking to find people like yourself and just giving interviews. But people know where we are at as much as we can tell without blowing the cover of our people or interfering with their work. And in addition to that, it’s just anything and everything. I try to just work to help the company as much as I can to expose the truth. And part of that also involves things like this. We’re releasing stories such as this because we feel it’s in the public’s best interest.

Carmichael: I have a question for you that I’m just asking for your best guess if you choose to make a guess. If The New York Times produces 100 different stories and each of those stories is based on an unnamed source, how many of those stories do you think are based on a legitimate source and how many do you think are based on either no source at all or a friend of a friend of a friend who is the so-called unnamed source?

Givas: Well, that’s what we hope to find out with this lawsuit through depositions and discovery. And through this lawsuit, if we’re able to look inside The New York Times for the first time or have them answer honestly perhaps we’ll start to find out how many of those sources were real.

Carmichael: That’s right. You have a lawsuit.

Givas: We do.

Carmichael: What can you tell our listeners, if anything about that lawsuit? Because I know that you won at the New York State Supreme Court.

Givas: Yes we did. We got past the motion to dismiss and that does start to open the other side up to having to become involved in the process. The New York Times responded. We were kind of going back and forth on this so far but we do plan to have depositions, and we will depose members of The New York Times that were involved in this particular story before the court. And after that, I think the public is going to learn quite a bit about a media that they’ve trusted for years that has now decided to go into business for itself and not protecting the people and we are going to show why.

Leahy: The Project Veritas groundbreaking approach to journalism kind of addresses that problem of sort of unnamed sources, because you have pioneered the use of undercover videos. So this technical director, this Chester fellow at CNN, cannot deny what he says, because you got it there right on video.

Givas: There’s power in that. It’s visual. It’s not filtered through a lens or corporate advertisers or someone else’s opinion. It’s right there in black and white. And, yes, there is a certain power to that I think that you don’t get with digital media, or print news, or even cable news.

Carmichael: Didn’t you all win a lawsuit years ago, or somebody sued you, claiming that your method…

Givas: We’ve never lost.

Leahy: Never lost! Nick Givas, Managing Editor of Project Veritas, thanks for that first-hand report of what’s going on with that Twitter ban.

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