MAINSTREAM MEDIA, YOU’RE FIRED!By Rick JensenWho was the biggest loser in this election? The Mainstream Media!Even though millions of Americans believe it was actually American citizens who lost the most in this election, it’s really the national media that lost credibility.Reporters whose names were revealed by Wikileaks might as well change their occupations to “pundit,” “columnist” or “propagandist” because they will never again be known as unbiased reporters.Wikileaks proved through leaked emails what conservatives have known and liberals have denied for decades: our national media is infested with left-wing propagandists posing as unbiased reporters.Now, liberals are faced with admitting the truth or spinning some intellectually contorted web designed to obfuscate the truth.Thanks to the internet, it’s increasingly improbable to hide such collusion.John Harwood of The New York Times and CNBC actually asked Clinton campaign Director John Podesta what questions Podesta would like for him to ask Jeb Bush.Harwood then basked in Podesta’s approval with an email titled, “I imagine” with the body of the message continuing the sentence with “…that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate.”The question Harwood asked was, “Let’s be honest, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”Certainly a question designed to allow Harwood to bask in the showering approvals from Democrats because it’s really an insulting statement shrouded as a question.CNN hired Democratic Party operative and Clinton spy Donna Brazile as a “contributor,” only to be embarrassed when she was caught bragging about giving CNN Presidential debate questions to Hillary in advance of the debate.Brazile “resigned” after the light of Wikileaks transparency exposed her theft, the equivalent of a college student caught stealing a final exam.Sure, some reporters send complimentary and perhaps even swooning emails to campaigns because they are schmoozing to get a story.Then there’s Maggie Haberman of the New York Times.Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Lee Fang received documents from hacker Guccifer 2.0 that describe in no uncertain terms how Haberman helped the Clintons “plant stories” about Hillary’s run for president in a positive manner when Haberman was at Politico.Nick Merrill, campaign press secretary, wrote, “… the time is right (to) place a story with a friendly journalist in the coming days…”“We have has (sic) a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year.We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed.”Remember, it was the Guccifer emails that revealed the Democratic National Committee conspired with the Hillary campaign to ensure Bernie Sanders would not be the Democratic nominee for President.These emails resulted in four DNC executives, including DNC president Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, “resigning.”There are also the disturbing omissions of serious reportage.Hillary Campaign organizers are caught on video bragging they instigated the violence at Trump campaigns, saying they were paid to do so by the DNC, which was paid by the Hillary campaign specifically to commit these crimes.Still, the mainstream media chose to ignore these critical news stories while the offenders were “resigned” from their jobs for the crime of being caught on camera.It is a problem that every national news source is considered “the media” and dozens out of hundreds of reporters and contributors have tainted the entire profession of national political reporters as untrustworthy.The question is, as news organizations, not the “talk show” or “pundit” personality programs, how do CBS, ABC, NBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and all of the national media now establish themselves as unbiased, trustworthy presenters of the political news of the day?Or, do they simply choose to identify themselves as partisan or ideological like MSNBC, Huffington Post and Breitbart and be done with it, hoping to attract enough partisan advertisers to be profitable?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
If you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, or know someone who does, this could affect you.After September 30 of this year, and for the foreseeable future, hybrids and electric vehicles will still be exempt from paying tolls on I-95 Express lanes throughout South Florida. However, after that day, drivers of hybrids and electric vehicles will no longer be allowed to drive in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without having a passenger in the car, which is the same law that applies to regular vehicles.The reason? The 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (or FAST Act) provided state transportation departments with the ability to give hybrids and electronic vehicles an exemption to use the HOV lanes. That provision of the FAST Act expires at the end of this month.There is some good news, though. HOV lanes that have been converted to express lanes, including those on I-95 in our region, will continue to offer the same toll exemptions to hybrids and electric cars. Exemption stickers may be obtained here.
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersJune 12, 2020Like many people around the world, we are shocked and horrified by the senseless death of George Floyd while in police custody. We join in mourning and send our deep and heartfelt condolences to those who are left to mourn his loss for a lifetime. This tragedy has brought to the surface systemic inequalities existing in our society, specifically among people of color, from which we cannot walk away. To be comfortably numb to these issues is completely unacceptable. Now is the time for us to unite and work together to create a more equitable and just community. We all bear this responsibility.We know we are not immune to inequality, racial or otherwise, in Thurston County. If any good will come out of this moment, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on our ideals as a people, listen to one another, and forge a new path forward for ourselves and future generations.As your Board of County Commissioners, we commit to working with our employees and other elected leaders to develop local policies building up support systems to foster understanding and inclusion. Over the coming months, we will explore how we, as a legislative body, can institutionalize equality across our county government. Some concepts we are exploring include:Conducting a comprehensive re-assessment of our organizational mindset, policies, and procedures.Re-establishing a council on equality and human rights comprised of a cross section of individuals from diverse backgrounds in our community.Supporting increased training opportunities for our law enforcement personnel.We expect so much from our law enforcement. We ask them to be mental health experts, substance abuse experts, and a myriad of other professions – all while continuing to protect and serve our community. They also need our support.Together, we can rise to this moment. The improvements we make will be felt throughout our community. There are policy changes we will advocate for at the state and federal level. We are committed to the vision of a Thurston County ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone.Sincerely,John Hutchings, ChairTye Menser, Vice-ChairGary Edwards, Commissioner