The Morning Brew: Cosby Sprung, NYC Mayor Candidate Mugged and NSA Denial is Just Plain Weird
Welcome to July! Do you believe the year’s half over all ready?
A tip of the cup for making it this far.
Today’s Brew comes with a side of Jello pudding, and a slap in the face to scores of women.
Whoa. Bill Cosby Freed After Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned by Pennsylvania State Supreme Court
Entertainment legend and serial rapist Bill Cosby has been sprung from prison. The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overturned his rape conviction Tuesday, and you’re not going to believe why.
Since a previous prosecutor had agreed not to charge Cosby in the drugging and sexual assault of Temple Univ. employee Andrea Constand in 2004, Cosby felt he could speak freely in the civil lawsuit his accuser brought against him. The incriminating statements he made testifying in that lawsuit were later used by other prosecutors who did not feel bound by the earlier prosecutor’s deal.
This, the court declared, was “an affront to fundamental fairness.” (Though, Newsmax reports, “There was no evidence that promise was ever put in writing.”)
The high court also thought it was improper for prosecutors to call five of Cosby’s other accusers.
Cosby had been convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to 3-to-10 years. He’d served two. Constand released a statement said the court’s decision was not only “disappointing,” but “that it may discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system from reporting or participating in the prosecution of the assailant or may force a victim to choose between filing either a criminal or civil action.”
Our statement. pic.twitter.com/px4Y5cqYaZ
— Andrea C. she/her/they/them (@ConstandAndrea) June 30, 2021
As a reminder, 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, across many decades and states.
And while we’re on the subject of Hollywood sex criminals …
Former Smallville Actress Allison Mack Sentenced to Three Years for Her Role Luring Women into NXIVM Sex Cult
Actress Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading to blackmailing two women as part of the NXIVM sex cult.
Mack’s role in the cult was to pressure and lure women and at least one underage girl into becoming sex slaves for cult leader Keith Allen Ranier. According to the DOJ, the victims were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” They would also be branded.
Mack played Chloe Sullivan on the hit show Smallville. As for Ranier? He’s been convicted of sex trafficking and is now serving a 120-year sentence.
Something Strange in NSA Denial of Tucker Carlson Allegations
We posted Mike Huckabee’s nice summary of the NSA’s denial of Tucker’s allegation, called “Intel Agencies Target Tucker Carlson — Our Follow-Up.”
But I found something strange in the NSA denial.
“Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to take his program off the air. (Italics mine)”
Isn’t that bizarre? First off, NSA wouldn’t be the ones to “TAKE his program off the air.” The whistleblower alleged the NSA planned to leak information that would be used to force Tucker off the air. That is, force him to quit or lead Fox News to cancel his show. How would NSA “take a program off the air” even if they wanted to? Is it something they can do? Is it something they’ve done?
Which gets to my second point:
“Has never had plans” is a far cry from “NSA doesn’t cancel US television programming.” For example, “I never had any plans to watch The Good Witch last weekend” is a far cry from “I’ve never watched The Good Witch. I don’t have a TV.”
Very slippery language.
Meanwhile, is the media going to treat this whistleblower the way they treated the bogus whistleblower who ran to Adam Schiff with second hand and bogus info about Trump’s Ukraine call?
NYC Candidate Mugged By Media For Questioning Ballot Count … is Proven Right
Leading NYC Democratic Mayoral candidate Eric Adams was mugged Tuesday night by the media. Adams had protested when new tallies from the Democrats’ nutty rank voting process showed an extra 100,000 votes than there had been election night.
Eric Adams' statement, which goes there pic.twitter.com/xhYORu3Mqy
— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) June 29, 2021
The liberal pundits were quick to attack. Take this bit of smarm from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:
Something to consider is that the corrosive Big Lie conspiracy-theorizing and delegitimization of elections that Trump and the GOP have unleashed, won’t necessarily just stay contained to them.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 29, 2021
But guess what? Adams was right! The Board of Elections admitted employees had failed to properly reset the ranked-choice computer system after a system test, thus erroneously adding 135,000 votes to the tally. (It’s that easy to add 135,000 votes?)
— NYC Board of Elections (@BOENYC) June 30, 2021
Adams filed suit Wednesday to “ensure a fair and transparent election process” and to “have a judge oversee and review ballots, if necessary.”
Not surprisingly, as Newsbusters reported, the networks were nearly mum Wednesday morning about the election debacle.
Perhaps that’s because of the obvious question it raises, as tweeted by Charlie Kirk:
Along The Stream
Have you caught up on your Z’s? John Zmirak dropped a truth bomb yesterday with “Bidenist Occupational Government Threatens Citizens with Nukes & F-15s, Forcibly Re-Educates Political Prisoners of January 6”
Military and terrorism expert Timothy Furnish has also thrown down, with “Biden’s New Counter-Terrorism Strategy: A Lying, Dog-faced, Pony Soldier of a Document.”
Finally, Dr. Michael Brown isn’t too pleased with those — particularly prophetic voices in the church — who insist Donald Trump will be back in the White House before 2025. “Newsflash: Trump Will Not Be Reinstated to the Presidency This Year.”