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Biden’s Identity Politics and the Media Have Divided a Nation

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Biden' Identity Politics and the Liberal Media Dividing a Nation

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to unite the country, but three years later, the clear majority of Americans believe he and his administration are doing more to divide the country through identity politics.

A whopping 92% of Republicans polled claimed Biden was separating the country, while 84% of Democrats felt he was doing more to bring the country together. Half of independents, a major voting demographic that has been critical of Biden, said he was dividing the country.

On the campaign trail, in his victory speech, and in his inaugural address, Biden emphasised the importance of togetherness. Just last week, the president issued another call for peace when speaking on the one-year anniversary of the tragic U.S. Capitol riot.

“I believe the power and purpose of the presidency is to unite this nation, not divide it; to lift us up, not tear us apart; to be about us—about us, not’me,'” he stated. “Deep in the heart of America burns a flame lit nearly 250 years ago—of liberty, freedom, and equality.” This is not a land of monarchs, tyrants, or autocrats. We are a law-abiding people who value order over turmoil and peace over violence.”

Following the second anniversary of the January 6 riot, 53 percent of Americans believe a similar incident is either extremely likely or somewhat likely in the future.

Biden’s approval rating

Moreover, despite Biden’s appeals, more than half of Americans believe political polarisation would intensify throughout their lifetime. Furthermore, more than three-quarters of Americans believe that domestic political instability poses a greater threat than foreign foes.

The negative mindset of Americans extends beyond politics. Views of the economy remain overwhelmingly unfavourable, with nearly half of Americans (46%) expecting economic circumstances to worsen over the next year.

Furthermore, there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans who believe the country cannot fix many of its major problems, from 41% last year to 56% now.

Americans have become much more sceptical of the general public’s political knowledge. Approximately three-quarters of the population (76%) have little or no faith in the intelligence of the American people in making political decisions, up from 62% in 2021.

A recent Pew Research Centre survey of 5,079 members of the Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel, conducted March 27-April 2, 2023, indicates that Biden’s job rating remains below 40%. Only 37% of those polled approve of his job performance, while 60% disapprove.

Americans fault news media for dividing nation

Meanwhile, when it comes to the liberal news media’s impact on democracy and political polarisation in the United States, Americans are more likely to believe it is causing more harm than good.

According to a new Associated Press poll, nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults believe the news media is growing political polarisation in the country, and just under half have little to no trust in the media’s ability to present the news fairly and honestly.

The poll found that while Americans are concerned about disinformation — and the role that the media, politicians, and social media corporations play in spreading it — many are also concerned about mounting risks to journalists’ safety.

This collapse in confidence may drive many Americans to abandon mainstream news sources in favour of social media and untrustworthy websites that distribute false information and can become partisan echo chambers, leading to increased polarisation.

While a narrow majority of Americans have some confidence in the liberal news media’s ability to convey the news fully and fairly, only 16% are very confident. 45 percent say they have little to no confidence in the future.

The survey reveals many Americans’ complicated relationship with the media: while the majority rate in-depth and investigative reporting as very helpful or extremely helpful for understanding the issues they care about, they are more likely to say they regularly scan the headlines rather than read an in-depth investigative article. While overall trust in the media is low, a majority of respondents believe the media does at least somewhat well in covering issues that are important to them.

American’s very divided

Four out of ten people believe the press is doing more to harm American democracy, while only around two out of ten believe the press is doing more to safeguard it. Another four in ten say neither applies.

According to Joe Salegna, a Republican from Long Island, New York, partisan news outlets and social media platforms have exacerbated the situation by teaching many Americans to view one another as enemies.

“I think it’s tearing this country apart,” Salegna, 50, said to the Associated Press. “I think it’s gotten a lot worse since the 2016 election.”

Republicans hold the news media in lower regard than Democrats, with 61% believing it harms democracy, compared to 23% of Democrats and 36% of independents who do not support either party. Majorities across party lines believe the news media causes political divisiveness, but Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to believe this occurs frequently.

More Republicans believe the news is heavily affected by the US government and journalists’ political opinions.

Coverage of recent presidential elections, the coronavirus pandemic, rallies against police deaths of Black Americans, and other incidents convinced Janis Fort that the media is untrustworthy. She claims that one network will cover a story that others will neglect, leaving viewers unsure who to believe.

“Everyone has a different story to share. “The media does nothing but instill fear,” said Fort, a 71-year-old retired Republican from Navarre, Florida. “Most of the people I know, including myself, feel completely in the dark.”

Media fragmentation

According to research, the fragmentation of the media ecosystem, mostly driven by the internet, has contributed to polarisation. Experts attribute America’s heightened political divisions to a variety of factors, including gerrymandering, which decreases political competition, and politicians who instill fear and distrust, but media fragmentation and misinformation are also playing a role.

“We should be concerned about the health of democracy,” said Joshua Tucker, a New York University political scientist who studies partisanship and co-directs NYU’s Centre for Social Media.

Concern about the threat posed by disinformation unifies Americans of both parties, with nearly nine out of ten U.S. adults stating that misinformation is a concern. Every day, one-third of American people say they encounter news with inaccurate claims made by politicians or misleading headlines.

“There is still good journalism, it’s just that the internet has made it so that anybody can be a quote-unquote journalist,” said Chris Nettell, a Democrat from Hickory Creek, Texas. “We have some news media that only targets a certain segment of society, and those people believe that because that’s all they read, everyone else believes it as well.”

Social media plays a significant role, with nearly two-thirds of respondents expecting an erroneous news report when they encounter it on social media. Those who claimed they get their news from social media on a regular basis were slightly more likely to believe it than others.

Spread of misinformation

Overall, around 6 in 10 believe the news media is to responsible for the spread of misinformation, and a comparable percentage believe it carries a significant degree of responsibility for resolving it. Majorities also believe that others, such as social media corporations and politicians, bear responsibility for both the propagation of disinformation and its prevention.

“So many people get their information from social media, and people believe whatever they want to believe,” said Araceli Cervantes, 39, a Republican mother of four from Chicago.

When it comes to defending press freedom in the United States, 44% of respondents feel the government is doing a good job, while 24% say it is doing a bad one. Most Americans are concerned about the safety of journalists, with nearly one-third stating they are very concerned or extremely concerned about attacks on the press.

The survey of 1,002 individuals was performed from March 30 to April 3 using a sample taken from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is intended to be representative of the U.S. population.

For all respondents, the margin of sampling error is 4.4 percentage points.



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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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