Will the Times apologize for lying about Officer Sicknick’s death?

An unruly crowd entered the US Capitol on Jan. 6, while then-President Donald Trump addressed a rally several blocks away. One member of that crowd, Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman and a veteran, was shot by the Capitol Police. The next day, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died in the hospital.

On Jan. 8, The New York Times reported that Officer Sicknick had died after being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher by violent Trump supporters. This story was quickly repeated by numerous other media outlets. Millions believed it.

The story was false.

Sicknick died of two strokes, which occurred many hours after the invasion of the Capitol. The blue-check-media fallback was that bear spray used by the Capitol invaders had caused the officer’s strokes.

That also turned out to be false. After a curiously long delay, the DC medical examiner’s office released its report this week, and it concludes that Sicknick suffered no injuries, internal or external. He didn’t have a reaction to bear spray, the chief medical examiner reported.

So the single most important “fact” about the events of Jan. 6 was false. That leaves some questions. 

First, who were the Gray Lady’s sources? The Times story quoted two anonymous “law-enforcement officials,” but anyone associated with the Capitol Police, or any investigation, should have known that Sicknick wasn’t struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. Having been misled by its sources, will the Times tell us who they were?

Will the Times apologize for its error? It could have independently confirmed its claims by checking with Sicknick’s family or with the hospital. Or the paper could simply have waited until it had definitive confirmation of the facts and refrained from reporting a falsehood in the meanwhile.

As leftist journalist Glenn Greenwald notes, the Times didn’t check the facts because the paper needed the story to be true. It was essential to the Narrative its editors had settled upon: namely, that Trump and his supporters were “insurrectionists” posing a violent threat to democracy. 

Says Greenwald: “The gruesome story of Sicknick’s ‘murder’ was too valuable to allow any questioning . . . because if Sicknick weren’t murdered by them, then nobody was (without Sicknick, the only ones killed were four pro-Trump supporters: two who died of a heart attack, one from an amphetamine overdose and the other, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot point blank in the neck by Capitol Police despite being unarmed.”  

Democratic lawmakers even repeated the false story of Sicknick’s death at Trump’s impeachment.

For today’s media, it’s the Narrative above all. It doesn’t take a media-studies prof to tell that reporters and editors generally decide on the storyline before the facts are in; the reported facts are then massaged to make sure the public gets the right impression.

And the storyline is always, always designed to help liberals and hurt conservatives and to cast GOP politicians and their supporters in a bad light. Some of this is because the vast, vast majority of people working in newsrooms are now Democrats, and virulently partisan Democrats at that. 

Some of it is because many outlets, the Times most definitely included, cater to the partisan leanings of their subscribers, who are far from representative of national opinion as a whole. So the outlets tell them what they want to hear, such as the bogus but undying notion that Team Trump “colluded” with Russia.

And some of it is simply because they can. There will be no significant consequences to the Times for spreading a lie that divided and inflamed the country at a dangerous time. For all the moralizing about people “spreading misinformation” on social media, the biggest spreaders of misinformation in America are the liberal media, the Times above all.

But while the press is happy to report things that advance the Narrative, its greatest tool is ignoring stories it doesn’t want talked about. With all the interest in police shootings in other settings, reporters have been steadfastly incurious about the shooting of Babbitt. She was an unarmed woman shot to death, whatever the justice of her cause (or lack thereof).

And we don’t even know who shot her. Unlike Brian Sicknick, whose name was shared everywhere as part of the Times’ misinformation-spreading, the name of the Capitol officer who shot Babbitt has been kept secret. And the press is fine with that.  

It’s all about the Narrative.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the ­InstaPundit.com blog.

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Prince Harry lunches with LA power player on Queen Elizabeth’s birthday

Prince Harry was spotted Wednesday dining at a Hollywood power spot with the queen of Los Angeles philanthropy, Wallis Anenberg — as his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated her 95th birthday, sources exclusively told Page Six.

Spies said Harry and Annenberg had lunch at super-exclusive Hollywood club San Vicente Bungalows.

A source told us, “They sat outside, far from other people, and Harry came in wearing a mask.”

There was speculation over whether Harry would stay in the UK for Her Majesty’s 95th birthday, days after he’d attended the funeral of his grandfather on Saturday.

The Queen marked the day by admitting she was still in a “period of great sadness” after the death of her husband, who died at 99 earlier this month. She’s believed to have spent the day with family at Windsor Castle.

However, we’re told the Duke of Sussex wanted to return home to his heavily pregnant wife Meghan Markle — banned by doctors from joining him in the UK — and their son Archie. He flew back Tuesday on a commercial flight and headed back to his Montecito, Calif., home to be reunited with his family.

The royal family and the Annenberg family have a rich history together: Wallis’ father, Walter Annenberg, was the US ambassador to the UK under Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1974.

Wallis, 81, heads her family’s multibillion-dollar Annenberg Foundation. Her family’s namesake Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is where Vanity Fair traditionally holds its glitzy Oscars party. She is also on the boards of USC, the LA County Museum of Art, and LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Meantime, it has not been a good month for the uber-private San Vicente Bungalows. Page Six reported that a member was recently expelled from LA’s most exclusive hideaway after their guest tipped off the paparazzi that Justin Bieber was at the club with his wife, Hailey.

The club, by Sunset Tower guru Jeff Klein has a strict policy against cellphones, photos and leaks — punishable by permanent expulsion. 

But our source told us of the Harry sighting, “it’s just too juicy — I had to divulge,” despite the possible penalties for any member who admitted them. Klein refused to respond. A source told us he’s privately “crazed and trying to figure out how the privacy policy has been breached.”

We also previously reported that the club was once on the hunt for a leaker who tipped us off that Steven Spielberg and Netflix boss Ted Sarandos were breaking bread at the hotspot in 2019 — signaling that the power players had buried the hatchet over a feud regarding Academy Awards rules.

Harry and Markle signed a multiyear deal with Netflix last year, and are currently creating their first series, “Heart of Invictus,” about a Paralympics-style competition for veterans founded by Harry in 2014.

Meantime, Netflix this year commissioned the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to launch a diversity and inclusion report on its content as part of an ongoing partnership.

A rep for the Sussexes was unavailable for comment, and a rep for the Annenberg Foundation did not immediately get back to us.

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The USPS Is Allegedly Engaging In ‘Covert Operations’ To Spy On Americans. Is No Agency Off Limits?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is arguably one of the worst functioning government agencies, and continues to lose billions of dollars year after year.

Despite the agency’s flaws, the USPS is reportedly engaging in a “covert operations program” to monitor Americans’ social media posts. The goal of the operation is to uncover so-called “inflammatory” postings about domestic and international protests. The USPS uncovers the dates, times, and locations of the protests, before handing over their findings to the Department of Homeland Security.

The government bulletin obtained by Yahoo News which uncovered this covert operation also adds that “No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats.”

“[Internet Covert Operations Program] analysts will continue to monitor postings and provide direct intelligence reports to specific Areas of Responsibility for any identified posts discussing planned attacks or violent actions,” the memo continues.

The USPS defended the program, saying it exists to protect agency employees from potential threats.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the primary law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service,” the USPS said in a general statement, according to Yahoo. “As such, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has federal law enforcement officers, Postal Inspectors, who enforce approximately 200 federal laws to achieve the agency’s mission: protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail.”

“The Internet Covert Operations Program is a function within the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which assesses threats to Postal Service employees and its infrastructure by monitoring publicly available open source information,” the statement continued. “Additionally, the Inspection Service collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to proactively identify and assess potential threats to the Postal Service, its employees and customers, and its overall mail processing and transportation network. In order to preserve operational effectiveness, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service does not discuss its protocols, investigative methods, or tools.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded by asking whether there are any government agencies not spying on the American people.

We already know that multiple government agencies watch our every move. It’s a poorly-kept secret we’ve effectively accepted, especially since 9/11. Americans almost expect agencies like the NSA, CIA, and FBI to read social media posts and keep an eye on potential terrorist threats.

But it’s reasonable to assume that most Americans would be surprised to learn that the cash-strapped, sluggish USPS has found itself on the list of federal agencies monitoring online chatter. After all, the USPS is tasked with delivering letters or packages, not monitoring the Internet for protests or national security threats.

If anything, the USPS seems like the least likely agency to engage in covert operations. Of course, it’s understandable that they monitor physical packages which may present a threat, but digging into online posts about rallies and protests doesn’t exactly fall under their mission statement of “providing the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service.” It also seems strange that the agency’s reported spying is motivated by protecting USPS employees, while the content being monitored seems to be entirely political.

Perhaps, instead of focusing on potential national security concerns, the postal service should first work on achieving solvency. According to a General Accountability Officer (GAO) report, the agency lost a total of “$87 billion over the last 14 fiscal years — including $9.2 billion in fiscal years 2020.” The agency expects to lose an additional “$9.7 billion in fiscal year 2021,” despite a $2 billion increase in revenue and an uptick in package deliveries due to the pandemic, Forbes reported.

Beth Baumann is a Political Reporter and Editor at The Daily Wire. Follow her on Twitter @eb454.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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‘Full Wokerista’: Sen. John Kennedy Claims Biden Has Fallen To The ‘Left Of Lenin’ By Kowtowing To Radicals

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on Thursday claimed that President Joe Biden finds himself “to the left of Lenin” after recklessly kowtowing to the woke mob.

“What President Biden has done is immeasurably reckless and foolish,” Kennedy told Fox News host Harris Faulkner regarding the Biden administration’s response to the recent police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, which they used to criticize the police.

“He’s gone full ‘wokerista,’” Kennedy continued. “He has joined those people who believe that America was wicked in its origins, and that the American people are even more wicked today; that we have millions of Americans who are racist and misogynistic and ignorant, especially if they didn’t vote for him.”

Kennedy went on to claim that the leftists with whom Biden has aligned himself have contempt for America when they should have gratitude.

“I am very, very disappointed in President Biden,” Kennedy said. “I knew he would be left-of-center. I didn’t know he would be left of Lenin, and he knows better. He knows better.”

“The president is encouraging this, Harris,” Kennedy added. “He’s got to stop it. He’s encouraging this radical thinking that America is bad. The American people are not perfect, but they’re good.”

Regarding what he would say to Biden, Kennedy said, “I would tell President Biden: Mr. Biden, you’re a smart man, and you didn’t get to be your age, with your experience, and not know this is nonsense. America is not rotten to its core.”

“We’re not perfect, but we are good,” Kennedy reiterated. “And you’re turning our diversity, which is one of our strengths, into a division; and some say — Mr. President, I’m not accusing you — purely for political reasons. And it’s wrong, and you know it’s wrong. It’s not worth it, Mr. President. Lead. Don’t just follow and do what the wokeristas tell you to do.”

WATCH (beginning at 7:45):

Bryant, 16, died Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, after a police officer shot her in an apparent attempt to stop her from stabbing another girl. Bryant’s death sparked protests in Columbus as Black Lives Matter activists and others accused the officer of using unjustified force against the teen.

According to video that was later released of the incident, Bryant can be heard shouting, “I’m going to stab the f*** out of you, b****,” as she lunged toward the girl before she was shot.

As The Daily Wire reported regarding some of the backlash to Bryant’s death:

The incident with Bryant spawned a multitude of social justice posts ripping into the police officer who shot her. NBA superstar LeBron James posted a photograph on social media of the police officer who allegedly shot and killed her, writing, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” Along with the photograph of the police officer, James included an emoji of an hour glass, signifying that time is running out.

Former President Barack Obama’s top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, also weighed in on the incident. “A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter,” she tweeted.

Related: ‘I’m Going To Stab The F*** Out Of You, B****’: Video Emerges of Ma’Khia Bryant Before Shooting

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Lourdes Leon opens up about high school romance with Timothée Chalamet

Lourdes Leon is stepping out of her mom’s shadow.

Madonna’s 24-year-old daughter opened up about her career ambitions in a new interview — where she also dished about her high school romance with Timothée Chalamet.

The trained dancer and model confirmed to Vanity Fair that Chalamet, 25, was her “first boyfriend,” back when the two were classmates at LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts on the Upper West Side.

“I respect him a lot, we were a little item,” Leon told the mag.

The young couple didn’t have it easy — as Madonna wouldn’t let them go out without parental supervision, PageSix reported at the time.

It seems rich coming from the edgy Queen of Pop, who, as her daughter revealed, is often sent strange and racy gifts.

“She’s expecting something nice that she’ll actually use and she gets a leather horse condom and a bong shaped like a c–k and balls,” Leon said. “She doesn’t even smoke weed.”

Growing up the daughter of an international superstar, Leon — whose dad is former celebrity trainer Carlos Leon — said she was pushed hard.

She started ballet classes at three years old, telling Vanity Fair, “My mom really went hard for that once she saw there was potential.”

Lourdes Leon confirmed to Vanity Fair that Timothée Chalamet was her "first boyfriend," in high school.
Lourdes Leon confirmed to Vanity Fair that Timothée Chalamet was her “first boyfriend,” in high school.
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Known as “Lola,” Leon has kept a relatively low-key profile — barring that time she participated in a nearly nude simulated orgy during Art Basel in Miami in 2019.

The celebrity spawn only launched an official Instagram page in January.

While she recently modeled in a Marc Jacobs ad campaign, and is starring in another for Stella McCartney — she’s not just a material girl.

Leon hopes to one day play Mother Theresa on the big screen, and said she finds solace in prayer.

“Prayer is something that is really helpful to me. I love religion and religious people,” she said.

Asked about who her dream dinner guests would be, the self-proclaimed “Latin from Manhattan” named an eclectic cast of characters, including the late Prince Philip and his son Prince Charles, who she deemed “a bit evil.”

Vanity Fair’s May 2021 issue cover
Vanity Fair’s May 2021 issue cover

She also said she’d like to have a word with Rasputin, Fidel Castro and NeNe Leakes from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I don’t think it’s horrible for women to have this show,” Leon said. “Even when they’re screaming, I love it and it’s soothing to my brain.”

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Expectation-defying Knicks are a gift to New York fans

It is hard to imagine a time when we needed this more, frankly, this flabbergasting, dumbfounding, out-of-the-(orange-and)-blue surprise of a Knicks season. Forget the way our world at-large has been upended the last year. Let’s just keep it to our little sporting corner of that solar system.

Let’s remember what these last few years have been like around here, an endless morass of underachievement and underperformance, summer to winter, fall to spring, one sporting calamity after another, an endless loop of failure, of frustration, of futility.

The Islanders gave a whiff of oxygen last summer, and maybe that was a harbinger. They share the Knicks’ colors, after all, and when they beat the Panthers, Capitals and Flyers in the NHL’s bubble, playoffs they reminded a faction of New York of the possibilities of hope.

But let’s be honest about something: Even that was different. What the Islanders did was salvage a season that, before interruption, was careening out of control, seven straight losses and 11 out of 13 before the virus shut everything down. Theirs was a tale of redemption more than revelation.

This? This is different. This is the shoebox full of mint baseball cards in your attic, found years after you assumed your mother had tossed them in the trash. This is the “Bank Error in Your Favor!” Community Chest card from Monopoly. This is the river card somehow completing your inside straight after you’d begun to mentally cash out for the night.

This is the gift that falls out of the sky.

Immanuel Quickley #5 of the New York Knicks smiles
Immanuel Quickley and the Knicks are giving New York sports fans a reason to smile.
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And in sports, gifts don’t often fall out of the sky.

“Every game is someone else doing what they need to do to get the job done for us,” Julius Randle said a few nights ago, in the middle of this improbable, inexplicable eight-game run for the Knicks that has turned a feel-good story into a feel-great phenomenon, one whose grip has increased with every victory. “We know that there’s a bunch of guys who’ll step up when we need them to. It’s fun to be a part of.”

It’s almost as much fun to watch, and in a starving sporting city it is impossible to understate. It’s funny, too: By the time this basketball season ends, there is every chance the Knicks might be the No. 2 hoops story in their own city. The Nets, after all, remain loaded with promise and talent. They are still a good bet to run the table this summer.

For now, though?

For now the Knicks allow us to ignore the 2021 Yankees doing a hell of an imitation of the 1965 Yankees, allow us to overlook the Mets kicking the ball around Wrigley Field, allow us to forget that the Giants and Jets are still acres away from contention, allow Rangers fans to gloss over the fact that when the Broadway Blueshirts finally played a varsity game the other night on Long Island they looked like a pickup team.

For now the Knicks allow us to think about them in the same way we think about other unexpectedly joyous teams that have snuck up on us and invaded our imagination, as much for the astonishment of their achievement as for the success itself.

Around here the gold standard for that will always be the ’69 Mets, of course, 100-to-1 shots in spring training who’d never lost fewer than 89 games in their history and somehow charted a course to the Canyon of Heroes. The Knicks have a long way to go to match that gospel of implausibility. But there are others.

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Julius Randle’s All-Star turn has helped lead the Knicks on their magical run.
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There were the 2015 Mets, a study in mediocrity through 102 games, a raging tire fire that somehow became a blazing inferno across the final 60, through the playoffs, and didn’t pause until they found themselves in the World Series. There were the 2017 Yankees, that rarest of sporting species — upstarts in pinstripes — who came within a game of the World Series (and who, given an even playing field, would almost certainly have gotten there).

There were the 2000 Giants, 7-4 and scuffling after back-to-back years of 7-9 and 8-8. Jim Fassel famously declared at a November press conference: “I am raising the stakes right now. If this is a poker game, I am shoving my chips right in the middle of the table. I am raising the ante. Anybody who wants out, can get out. This team is going to the playoffs.” The Giants promptly won seven straight and didn’t stop until they ran into the Ravens in Super Bowl 35.

There were the 2001-02 Nets, allowed to grow in anonymity before 4,000 fans a night at the old Meadowlands before blossoming into NBA finalists behind the genius of Jason Kidd; and the 2013-14 Rangers, who finished with the 12th-best record in the NHL yet wouldn’t leave the Stanley Cup Finals that year until the Kings had beaten them three times in OT; and the 2009 Jets, who Rex Ryan declared dead in Week 15 before receiving a gift from the Colts in Week 16, then riding that largesse all the way to the AFC title game.

You’ll notice a trend in those teams, too: None (besides the Miracle Mets) finished the deal. None won championships. All wound up being fundamentally flawed, which explains why nothing much was expected of any of them. And also illustrates why they all captured our imaginations so completely. Out of the sky they fell. Into our hearts they landed.

The Knicks are flawed, too. They aren’t winning a championship. And it won’t change how people feel about them. The ride will end at some point and when it does what will remain is the journey, and these nights of wonder at the Garden and elsewhere. Out of the sky. Out of the (orange-and)-blue.

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Bruno Mars’ universe of collaborators, from Adele to Alicia Keys

Since making his multiplatinum debut with 2010’s “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars has been a one-man hitmaking machine.

But while racking up smash solo singles such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “24K Magic,” the 35-year-old pop superstar has also played exceptionally well with others.

In fact, Silk Sonic — Mars’ side project with alt-R&B artist Anderson Paak — recently went No. 1 with the Philly soul throwback “Leave the Door Open,” which the pair performed at the Grammys last month. And a full album from the smooth super-duo is on the way.

The 11-time Grammy winner has a long history of sharing his finesse as a writer, producer and featured singer with other artists. Here are just some of the acts — from Adele to Alicia Keys — who have been touched by Mars’ magic.

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Grammy-winning “Uptown Funk” collaborators Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
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Mark Ronson

“Uptown Funk” was such a massive hit that has become one of Mars’ signature songs, it’s hard to believe he wasn’t the main man on the tune, which he co-wrote, co-produced and guest-crooned for Ronson’s 2015 album “Uptown Special.” The slam-dunk smash went on to win the Record of the Year Grammy in 2016.

CeeLo Green

Mars also helped Green grab Grammy gold by co-writing and co-producing the former “Voice” coach’s biggest single, 2010’s “F–k You,” a middle-fingered retro-soul rant that was both biting and irresistibly bouncy at the same time.

Adele
Adele
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Adele

We already knew that Mars could write a killer piano ballad from 2013’s No. 1 tearjerker “When I Was Your Man.” But when he co-wrote and co-produced “All I Ask” for Adele — beating “Hello” as the highlight of 2015’s “25” — he proved that his skills were worthy of the greatest of voices.

Travie McCoy

Singing about “smiling next to Oprah and the queen,” Mars was the guest vocalist on McCoy’s 2010 hit “Billionaire” — the Gym Class Heroes frontman’s biggest single. Mars also co-wrote and co-produced “We’ll Be Alright” and “Dr. Feel Good” on “Lazarus,” McCoy’s 2010 solo debut. 

B.o.B

Before he even dropped “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Mars was the creamy-voiced crooner on the rapper’s 2009 No. 1 single “Nothin’ on You,” the sweetest of soul-pop serenades that Bruno also co-wrote and co-produced.

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Alicia Keys got a songwriting assist from Bruno Mars on “Tears Always Win.”
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Alicia Keys

On her 2012 LP “Girl on Fire,” the piano woman got a doo-wop assist from co-writer Mars on “Tears Always Win,” bringing the street-corner soulfulness. 

Jay-Z & Kanye West

In a meeting of pop and hip-hop giants, Mars co-wrote “Lift Off,” from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 joint album “Watch the Throne.” As if that weren’t enough of a superstar summit, Beyoncé — who Mars shared the Super Bowl halftime stage with in 2016 — sang the vocal hook.

Kanye West and Jay-Z
“Watch the Throne” collaborators Kanye West and Jay-Z
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Justin Bieber

Long before there was “Peaches,” baby Biebs had Mars to thank for co-writing “Love Me,” a bubblegum bop from “My World,” his 2009 debut EP.

Flo Rida

Riffing on Dead or Alive’s ’80s classic “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Mars co-wrote the rapper’s 2009 No. 1 single “Right Round” featuring Kesha. 

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Lebron James Is Doing The NBA And Its Players A Disservice

LeBron James has done a lot of good in his 18 years in the NBA. He’s given back to his Akron, Ohio community, and his “LeBron James Family Foundation” has made a difference in the lives of thousands, raising and donating money to several charities. Some of these charities include the After-School All-Stars, the Boys and Girls Club of America, and the Children’s Defense Fund. 

His charitable donations should not be overlooked. He’s never forgotten his humble upbringing and the community that helped him become the global icon he is today. 

But this time, James missed the mark. And in a big way. 

Just a day after Derek Chaivin was convicted on all charges in the death of George Floyd, James threw fuel on the already burning fire of racial tension in America. 

Hours after the verdict, Ma’Khia Bryant of Columbus, Ohio was shot and killed by a police officer while reportedly attempting to stab another black woman during a heated altercation. Video appears to show Bryant brandishing a knife and in the midst of attempting to stab the woman before the officer shoots her four times. 

Most would thank the officer for doing his job and saving the life of a woman who was clearly in danger of losing it. 

James took another angle. 

In a now-deleted tweet, James sent out a picture of the officer with “YOU’RE NEXT” as the caption. 

Responding to a furious backlash, the four-time NBA champion deleted his tweet. However, instead of apologizing, James doubled down.

Not only was James’ doxxing of the officer dangerous, the basketball star also set a terrible example for other NBA players and millions of people around the world who look up to him as a leader. 

The NBA is different from other professional sports in that it is almost entirely star-driven. The league depends on its superstars to drive ratings and to serve as the voice of the league. And for the past 18 years, James has been that voice. 

The younger generation of NBA players worship the ground he walks on. They follow his lead at every turn and look to him in times of turmoil to deliver statements on behalf of the players. 

By saying “YOU’RE NEXT” regarding a police officer, James has set a dangerous precedent. Not only did he put the police officer’s life in danger, he allowed emotions to get the best of him in believing the police officer was somehow at fault. 

Based on the available evidence, the police officer doxxed by James did the job he signed up for by protecting the innocent. What did James expect the officer to do? Was he supposed to allow an innocent woman to be stabbed to death because he feared the online retribution from the woke mob that comes with another police shooting?

The NBA should come down hard on James, but it won’t. Like James, the NBA understands the media is on their side and nothing need be done.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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Alternate Juror Agrees With Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Though the main jurors who convicted former Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd have remained silent, an alternate juror has spoken out to say that she agreed with the guilty verdict.

Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” alternate juror Lisa Christenson said she would have voted guilty if given the opportunity, though she does not know if it would have been guilty on all counts.

“I felt he was guilty,” Christensen said, as reported by Fox News. “I didn’t know if it was going to be guilty on all counts, but I would have said guilty.”

Though the other three officers on the scene face a trial for their alleged misconduct during the death of George Floyd, Christensen said she believed that Chauvin was the leader.

“I felt like he was the leader, and the other officers were following his lead,” Christensen said. “I kind of felt like he wasn’t taking the warnings seriously obviously, kind of like, ‘I know what I’m doing.’”

Christensen also recalled feeling uncomfortable during the few times she locked eyes with Chauvin.

“Every time I would look up, he was right in my vision,” she said. “So we had locked eyes quite a few times, and I was pretty uncomfortable.”

As to what finally made her commit to a guilty verdict in Chauvin’s case, Christensen said that the testimony of Dr. Martin Tobin sealed the deal for her. She also criticized the defense for never really delivering on their promise.

“Dr. Tobin was the one that really did it for me. He explained everything, I understood it, down to where he said, ‘This is the moment that he lost his life.’ Really got to me,” she said.

“I just don’t understand how it got from a counterfeit $20 bill to a death,” she later added. “It kind of shocks me.”

As of this writing, Christensen is the only juror in the Chauvin case to publicly speak out after the trial. Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News also praised the jury’s decision in this case, saying they made the right call.

“Clearly, the verdict is supported by the facts,” Pirro said on “The Five” this week. “This case was extremely unusual. I’ve tried many murder cases and I’ve sat as a judge on murder cases. It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case, other than maybe an autopsy photo. But, here, we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day, day after day, watching trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe.”

“This was an emotional as well as an intellectual decision — and when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict, this verdict will be held on appeal,” she said.

“But, right now, what people need to understand is that the American justice system works; it works, that people believe in Lady Justice, that if we give it a chance, it can work. And for all those people who want to burn down streets, just let the court do its job and it will survive,” Pirro concluded.

Related: Judge Pirro: Chauvin Verdict Supported By ‘Facts,’ Appeal Will Fail; ‘American Justice System Works’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dana White Shares How Gavin Newsom Shut Down UFC Restart Meant For California

Ahead of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, UFC President Dana White appeared on the latest episode of Candace and sat down with The Daily Wire for an exclusive interview. 

In a world filled with sheep, the ones that refuse to be herded usually come out on top. 

Dana White, the founder and president of the UFC, is no sheep.

Ever since he quit his job as a bellman at the Boston Harbor hotel at the age of 18, he’s carved his own path. Now, he’s grown the UFC from a fringe martial arts league to a global enterprise with one of the largest cult followings in the world of sports. 

That massive success hasn’t come from playing it safe. From embracing the violence of the sport, to allowing his athletes to be themselves, the UFC has bucked the trend set by other professional sports leagues intent on playing the PR game. 

White has no reason to change his strategy now. 

UFC 261 will take place in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, April 24. It will be the first full capacity UFC event since March 2020 and masks will be optional. 

“This Saturday, I’m leaving here and flying to Jacksonville, we’re gonna be the first back with a full arena,” White said on Candace. “We sold out in Jacksonville, we sold out in Houston, and we sold out in Vegas. Three back-to back fights. 50,000 tickets, all three combined in less than 5 minutes, and I think what that means is, people are done.” 

“I’m going to pack this place with people. And we’re going to put on fights on Saturday. There’s gonna be that buzz, that energy, that camaraderie that people feel again about being around 15,000 people and enjoying something together.” 

It’s not the first time White has gone against the grain during the time of Covid. 

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In July of 2020, White set about getting his sport back to live events after the Covid lockdowns. The only problem was, where could he hold the fights?

Obviously, we were trying to figure out how in the United States we could put on a fight. So, we eventually got to a point where — I was telling my lawyer at the time — let’s not worry about federal (government). Let’s worry about state to state. How do we get around the state and do the event?

So, we ended up in California at an Indian reservation because the state can’t mess with them, the federal can. And we got the guys to hold their ground and that we were going to do the event. And then obviously the Governor of California (Gavin Newsom) ended up calling ESPN and Disney and asking them to make us stand down. Then we ended up in Jacksonville. Jacksonville took us in, and that’s why we’re going back to Jacksonville. I told them when things come back, I’ll bring it back here and we’ll blow the doors off this place and do it the right way. 

So we’re getting the state figured out in the United States, we have a ton of fighters from all over the world and couldn’t get a lot of these guys in the country and all this stuff. So, we started talking about islands and Mike Tyson actually called me and gave me, I can’t remember the name of the island, he gave me the people that ran the country and they wanted us to come to this Island. We talked to them and that didn’t work out.

We had a long time relationship with Abu Dhabi and we’d done fights over there. So, we started talking to Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. So, I said ‘I’ve secured an island’ and the whole thing blew up.

Of course, many in the media couldn’t leave well enough alone. White’s decision to hold fights during the midst of a pandemic caused a meltdown. 

“I got f*****g annihilated by the media. The New York Times, who never covers us, was writing a story every two weeks. And not good ones. They had this whole doom and gloom narrative that everyone was going to die.”

UFC 261 in Jacksonville is a go, and this time around, the media doesn’t have a leg to stand on. 

“We have not (faced media backlash), because of the way they handled it the first time. They haven’t at all this time, plus we just went through Covid safely.”

White got the sports world back on its feet with “Fight Island,” and he’s bringing back normalcy with UFC 261. It’s a good reminder that those who refuse to go with the herd, usually finish first.

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers and the NBA for Sporting News.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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