Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘I Will Run’ in 2020 if No Candidate Who’s a ‘Street Fighter’ Runs

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I have a better being elected the next Pope than Michael Avenatti has and I have zero chance of becoming the next Pope.

Michael Avenatti, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and a vocal critic of the president, said on the 4th of July that he is considering a 2020 presidential run.

Avenatti has made a name for himself with numerous media appearances on behalf of Daniels, who said she received a $130,000 hush payment from Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen regarding a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006. Avenatti’s criticism of Trump has gone far beyond the matter with Daniels, and he said Wednesday he would be willing to run against Trump if no one who will “fight” enters the race.

“IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him. We can’t relive 2016,” he wrote on Twitter. “I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed.”

Brian Krassenstein@krassenstein

When are you announcing your 2020 run?

Michael Avenatti


IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him. We can’t relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed.

He also posted a New York Daily News cover depicting Trump as a clown and said “only a street fighter” could retake the White House for Democrats.

Michael Avenatti


I always liked the Daily News! Be clear – only a street fighter has a chance at displacing the “King.” Otherwise, this country and its principles will be in pieces and non-recognizable.

This echoes a previous tweet he made in June, which suggested a presidential run has been on the lawyer’s mind.

Michael Avenatti


Off topic – the candidate in 2020 better be a take no prisoners street fighter who is prepared to go 15 rounds in a VERY brutal campaign. It will be a cage match like no other in modern times. The future of the republic may depend on it.

He went on to give some indication of how he may campaign by touting his position on several hot-button issues, such as abortion and immigration.

“Solidly pro choice. Would never nominate a justice to the SCOTUS who did not believe in Roe or who would seek to outlaw same sex marriage,” he wrote. “Fully support equality for women & people of all races, & gay rights. We don’t separate families at the border. And we don’t kiss-up to Putin.”

Michael Avenatti


Solidly pro choice. Would never nominate a justice to the SCOTUS who did not believe in Roe or who would seek to outlaw same sex marriage. Fully support equality for women & people of all races, & gay rights. We don’t separate families at the border. And we don’t kiss-up to Putin

He also hit back at criticism that he may not have the “experience” to be win a presidential election.

“To those that claim that only a traditional politician with ‘experience’ can beat Trump, go back & look at the results from 2016,” he wrote. “He beat all 15 of those candidates that he faced (crushed many). If we go down the same path and are not smart, don’t be surprised with the result.”

Michael Avenatti


To those that claim that only a traditional politician with “experience” can beat Trump, go back & look at the results from 2016. He beat all 15 of those candidates that he faced (crushed many). If we go down the same path and are not smart, don’t be surprised with the result.

On CNN Wednesday, Avenatti said he would run if no one “competent” is in the race, and he touted his positions on both economic and social issues.

“I am interested in talking about ripping kids from the sides of their mothers,” he said. “I am interested in having allies laugh at us around the world. I am interested in where all those jobs are that he promised Americans in key electoral states. I am interested in pro-choice and a whole host of other issues.”

Avenatti has hit Trump on everything from Russian collusion to a prank phone call made to Air Force One, and he has maintained a contentious relationship with reporters. His cryptic comments about his asserted knowledge of Trump’s past behavior would likely face further scrutiny were he to run for president.

Anti-Gunners Bash Mitch McConnell’s Brutal Honesty

H/T Bearing Arms.

Thier response is typical for the anti-gun crowd if you don’t like the message just shoot the messenger.

Senator Mitch McConnell(R-KY) is correct there isn’t one piece of legislation that could prevent the next mass shooting.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is like pretty much any other politician out there. He has people who like him and people who wouldn’t extinguish him if he were engulfed in fire. That’s par for the course for any politician.

This is especially true when they say something that is absolutely true, but the other side of the debate refuses to accept that reality. That’s precisely what’s happening with McConnell right now.

Sen. Mitch McConnell told community leaders back in his home state that Congress is really powerless to stop the scourge of gun violence in America, the Lexington Herald Leader reports. McConnell is, of course, the Senate Majority Leader, putting him in a unique position to actually do something to address the problem that has touched every part of American life from this week’s newsroom shooting in Annapolis to school shooting after school shooting to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during softball practice last June.

But, alas, no. There’s nothing that can be done. “I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell said Tuesday, pointing out that Congress had appropriated money to ramp up security at schools. “You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington, I think it’s basically a local decision.”

McConnell added, “It’s a darn shame that’s where we are but this epidemic is something that’s got all of our attention.”

He’s right.

For example, let’s examine the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise. He was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter who had a history of domestic violence that he hadn’t been convicted for. If he had, he wouldn’t have been able to purchase a firearm. As it stood, though, he was able to buy an SKS rifle that would be exempt from any assault weapon ban or other legislation currently being discussed.

The Capital Gazette shooting involved a pump-action shotgun. These firearms are as unregulated as any firearm out there, but pretty much no serious proposal being discussed deals with these weapons either. The same with the Santa Fe High School shooting, where the weapon was a pump-action shotgun, a Remington 870.

McConnell said something that anti-gunners don’t want to hear, that the problem isn’t with guns but with people and how we deal with them. All of these cases involved guns that the anti-gun zealots aren’t talking about. Parkland stands alone in this recent swath of shootings as having had an AR-15 being used.

The truth is, though, McConnell and the rest of Congress can’t regulate away things like shotguns. The Heller decision makes it clear that the government can’t ban common-use firearms. While we can debate whether AR-15s fall into that category, only a complete and total moron would argue shotguns don’t.

So yeah, he and Congress really can’t do anything.

And since it seems that most of these shooters have a history of unprosecuted domestic violence–a crime that would keep them from buying guns, I might add–he’s also correct that it’s a “local decision.” After all, Congress can’t make prosecutors press charges, now can they?

Chaplain Gave All in Vietnam – Awarded the Medal of Honor

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Army Chaplain Major Charles Watters January 17, 1927 – November 19, 1967.

The halls of military history are filled with men who earned the nation’s highest military honor as they fought ferociously against a determined enemy. There is a good number more who risked life and limb to bring treatment and aide to the wounded.

Among that group exists an elite club of men whose faith placed them in harm’s way and yet, they too walked away with the Medal of Honor. Of the more than 3,000 men to be awarded the Medal of Honor only 9 held the title of Chaplain.

In 1967, Army Chaplain Major Charles Watters found himself face to face with a heavily armed enemy battalion near Dak To in Vietnam. His faith and his duty did not falter.

U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam.

A Call of Faith to Serve

Charles Watters was born in 1927 in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he would watch as a teen, too young to fight, the epic struggle of World War Two. Whereas Watters had a heart for service early on, it would be a call of faith that would take hold. Graduating from Seton Hall University, he went on to become an ordained priest in 1953 with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

US Marines in Vietnam during Operation Allen Brook in 1968

However, he never gave up on his desire to serve and do his part in the nation’s defense. Little did the Army know that multiple lives would be saved and a unique place in military history would be created when they accepted Watters as an Army Chaplain.

In 1962, Watters joined the New Jersey Air National Guard, and by 1964, he was on active duty with the United States Army. After nearly 2 years of active service as a chaplain, Watters would get the call to head to southeast Asia. In 1966, he began a 12-month tour in Vietnam where he would serve with distinction.

Air drop of supplies in Operation Junction City.

Being awarded the Bronze Star along with the Air Medal, it was clear from the start that Watters was no ordinary chaplain. He even made a parachute drop in Operation Junction City in February of 1967.

However, it was the November 1967 battle of Dak To where Watters would distinguish himself for all time. The Battle of Dak To was a series of engagements spanning from the 3rd of November to the 23rd.

Map of the Dak To Area During the Battle.

The nearly three-week battle saw over 400 American or ARVN forces killed along with the loss of 40 helicopters and several aircraft. The enemy casualties are estimated to be in the thousands as the American forces found themselves facing an opponent willing to pursue victory at any cost.

Faith and Gallantry in Action

On the afternoon of November 19th, 1967, Watters found himself moving through the jungle with several companies near Dak To when they came across a numerically superior enemy battalion. Without a rifle and armed only with his faith, there was little for Watters to accomplish during the opening salvos of the battle.

U.S. Soldier (believed to be Mahlon S. Jenkins) calls for a medic during the Battle of Dak To 1967.

However, as the casualties began to mount the time arrived for Watters to jump into action. Heading directly towards the action and the gunfire, Watters moved to the front line and began to bring aid to the wounded. Completely exposed, Watters could be seen moving up and down the line with little regard for his own safety.

At one point, a wounded paratrooper found himself in complete shock and standing directly in front of the advancing enemy. Without hesitation, Watters ran forward among the friendly and enemy fire to his aid. Picking up the wounded paratrooper and placing him on his shoulders, Watters returned the man to friendly lines.

Exhausted Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne near Dak To.

As the Americans began to pull back into a tighter defensive formation, Watters noticed that some of the wounded had been left in the void between the two forces.

Despite attempts to restrain him, Watters rushed out beyond the friendly lines on multiple occasions to recover the fallen comrades. With mortars and machine gun fire all around him, Watters somehow miraculously recovered the wounded and returned unharmed.

Wounded Soldiers at an Aid Station on Hill 882 – Battle of Dak To 1967.

With all the wounded inside the perimeter, Watters then began to offer aid to the wounded, last rites to the dying, and water to the beleaguered.

Serving Until the Very End

Chaplain Watters had already committed the gallant acts that would lead to his Medal of Honor when he was treating the wounded near the aid station. What is now thought to have been a friendly 500lb bomb landed near Watters and the men he was helping, exploding and delivering mortal wounds to the Chaplain who had saved so many.  As word of his actions that day began to spread, it was clear that this was no ordinary act of gallantry.

Vietnam war


For his actions that day, Charles Watters would join a small class of men to have received the nation’s highest military honor while serving as a chaplain. He would posthumously receive the honor from Vice President Spiro Agnew and would subsequently be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

United States Medal of Honor

While most men earn such an honor by refusing to give up in a fight, Chaplain Charles Watters would earn his by refusing to give up on his call to serve.

Packing the Supreme Court: A last-minute gambit by the left?

H/T Fox News.

Packing the Supreme Court has been a liberal wet dream since the days of Emperor Franklin the first.

With President Trump planning to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, many on the left fear a Supreme Court that will regularly rule against them, even reversing landmark decisions like the one rendered in “Roe v. Wade.”

Thus, they’re using whatever means are available to prevent this.

One of the more extreme plans is court packing — that is, creating more positions on the Supreme Court to change its political balance.  The idea has been suggested by, among others, the liberal New Republic magazine, Harvard Law fellow Ian Samuel and David Faris, associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University and author of “It’s Time To Fight Dirty.”

Packing the Supreme Court, legally speaking, isn’t that tricky. As Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano notes, while the Constitution creates a Supreme Court, “it is silent on the number of justices.” Therefore, changing the number of judges who sit on the high court “would be just like any other legislation: It would require a majority in both houses of Congress and the president’s signature, or enough votes to override the president’s veto.”

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. President Trump is moving swiftly to present a nominee for the opening on the bench.  (AP, File)


But, politically, it wouldn’t be easy. In the first 80 years of the Supreme Court’s existence, Congress played around with the number of justices quite a bit — often to help or hinder the president in getting the court he wanted.  Thus the court first had six members, then five, then seven, then nine, then 10, then eight, finally settling on nine with the Judiciary Act of 1869.  It has been nine ever since.

In the 1930s, however, President Franklin Roosevelt had a plan.  Known as the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937, it would have allowed for the president to appoint up to six more justices to the Supreme Court.

As Judge Napolitano explains, “the true reason was the persistent rejection on constitutional grounds of New Deal legislation” — that is, FDR was unhappy with the Supreme Court’s rulings, so wanted to appoint his own justices to change that.

In general, the public opposed the bill, and it died without getting a vote in Congress.  Around the same time, however, Justice Owen Roberts switched his position in favor of New Deal legislation; some believed he was trying to stave off FDR’s plans for the court. Roberts’ change became known as “the switch in time that saved nine.”


Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president, contemplated some significant tinkering with the composition of the high court.  (AP, File)


Ever since FDR’s plan failed, however, the very idea of court packing has been considered radical. But at present, it seems some on the left want to be radical.  The trouble is, at the very least they’d need the Democrats to take back the House, the Senate and the presidency.  And once that happens, they’d need to convince the party to take what would likely be a highly unpopular step with the general public.

The other problem is, two can play at that game.  After all, right now it’s the Republicans who hold Congress and the White House.  Not that court packing would be any more popular if they tried it than if the Democrats made the attempt.  As Napolitano notes, “if the Republican Congress wanted to give Trump 10 more appointees, they could increase the court to 19, [but] I would think there’d be a comparable outcry to when FDR attempted to do this.”

Further, he notes, with court packing “you’re going to end up with a Supreme Court that looks like a legislature at some point — [both sides will] keep expanding it in order to overturn what the previous court has done.”

So what should those on the left do?  Well, try to win more elections, of course.  But also, perhaps they — as well as those on the right who support court packing for their side — could take the longer view.  As Napolitano explains, the Supreme Court “is a pendulum that swings back and forth.  In the Eisenhower and JFK and LBJ years, we had the [more progressive] Warren Court.  It’s just the nature of the system — power shifts.”

He also notes no one knows what will come up in the future, and “just because there are conservatives on the court, there’s no guarantee how things are going to turn out.”

Napolitano says he understands there are “progressives impatient to reverse what happened in the Trump years,” but believes “thoughtful people who understand history” would never support changing our system this way.

But those who back court packing believe Americans are in danger of losing fundamental rights, so they see extreme action as necessary.  As The New Republic puts it, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

So will this idea gain any traction?  Perhaps it depends on how desperate people get.

Mueller’s Reported NRA Tax Probe Should Widen Rift with Informed Gun Owners

H/T AmmoLand.

It is time to shut down Robert Mueller along with his band of miscreants and their ever-expanding wich hunt down.

USA – -( “Robert Mueller’s Democrat investigators likely acquired NRA tax filings in expanding witch hunt,” Gateway Pundit reports. He’s commenting on an assessment by “legal experts” published by McClatchy that “it would be routine for Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, who are looking at the NRA’s funding as part of a broader inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, to secretly gain access to the NRA’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.”

That would be a surprise no one, at least to those who have kept an eye on Mueller’s decisions over the years.  What’s clear is that the self-proclaimed “Republican” is a creature of what is now being called the “Deep State.” His regard for the Constitution, and particularly for the Second Amendment, seems to be that they are inconveniences to be disregarded or obstacles to be gotten around.

“Does that only apply to a U.S. citizen that’s overseas, or does that apply to a U.S. citizen that’s here?” Rep. Kevin Yoder asked then FBI Director Mueller about an order from Attorney General Eric holder authorizing the assassination of Americans fighting on the side of “terrorists.”

“I’d have to go back, I’m not certain whether that was addressed or not,” Mueller replied. Watch for yourself.

Think about that and what it means about any orders he – or those working for him whose careers depend on carrying them out – would not obey. It makes it fair to ask if the so-called “Deep State” succeeds in its coup against the duly-elected president and if patriots refuse to accept that, does Mueller think assassinating them would be Constitutional? And do his supporters think his hedging was in any way excusable?

Also seemingly not an issue (at least with the media): As head of the FBI, Mueller was a key Obama administration player during Operation Fast and Furious.  The Bush appointee was asked to stay on beyond his 10-year term just as things were starting to heat up on investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Significantly, Mueller made it clear he did not approve of the Heller decision, telling the media the Supreme Court ruling “may harm efforts to deter violent crime in communities and college campuses.”

Apparently believing himself more qualified than the Founders to determine what is “necessary to the security of a free State,” Mueller instead endorsed so-called “gun-free” campuses and asserted “I tend to believe weapons harm people and more often than not they harm the people carrying them.”

But not, of course, if they are in the hands of the “Only Ones” approved by “monopoly of violence” beneficiaries like himself. Mueller offers nothing to substantiate his absurd bias, because it’s not founded in reality.

When you think about the power Mueller has commanded and now holds, that’s unacceptable.

And it’s no surprise his “brother in arms” James Comey, is coming out against the right to keep and bear arms. Does anyone really believe trying to drag NRA into the “collusion” conspiracy theory is simply a coincidence?

Schumer privately asked Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

H/T The Hill.

I do not expect that President Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

No matter what Schumer was to say about unifying the country the left will not be appeased until they destroy President Trump and drive him from office.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) privately urged President Trump in a phone conversation to nominate Merrick Garland, former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee from 2016, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

A person familiar with the conversation said on Thursday that Schumer told Trump in a phone call that lasted less than five minutes on Tuesday that the move would help unify the country.

The Democratic leader also warned the president against nominating a potential justice to the Supreme Court who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, stating that such a move would be “cataclysmic” and damaging to Trump’s legacy, according to a person familiar with the call, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

The source added that the call between Schumer and the president “seemed more like a check the box call than meaningful consultation” because it came after Trump had already begun narrowing his short list and interviewing candidates.

Schumer previously wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times that a potential nominee’s position on abortion rights could likely be a deciding factor in their Senate nomination battle.

“The views of President Trump’s next court nominee on these issues could well determine whether the Senate approves or rejects them,” Schumer wrote.

Senate Republicans declined to consider Garland’s nomination in March 2016, citing the impending presidential election and stating the need for the American people to weigh in on the nomination.
Despite Garland meetings with several key Republicans, his nomination failed to gain any traction. Trump would later nominate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the seat formerly held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Trump has said he will announce his second Supreme Court nomination on Monday, telling reporters that he has narrowed the list to about five candidates, including two women.
“We have great people,” Trump said of his short list. “Highly talented, brilliant, mostly conservative judges.”
Trump has previously pledged to nominate “pro-life judges,” but the White House says he is not asking his potential picks for specific policy opinions.

How Facebook Is Fact-Checking Conservative Sites into Oblivion

H/T PJMedia.

Rush Limbaugh exposed Snopes as a fraud on his radio program noting the site was run by husband and wife that are big-time DemocRat supporters.

I knew they were frauds when the started singing the praises of Obamacare.

Facebook announced last year that they will be using third-party fact-checkers to root out “fake news” on their platform. At the time of the announcement, conservatives sounded the alarm about how some of the fact-checkers they’re using are left-wing hacks like PolitiFact and Snopes (who recently, with straight facesfact-checked a piece of satire from The Babylon Bee).

A recent warning that accompanied an article I wrote for PJM highlights the fallibility of Facebook’s fact-checking program.:

Why a Canadian outfit is fact-checking U.S. news is anyone’s guess, but they clearly flagged my article in error. [It was brought to my attention after this article was published that AFP Canada is part of France’s state-run Agence France-Presse, so let me rephrase that question: Why has Facebook chosen a state-run French news outlet to fact-check U.S. news?]

You can read the article in question here. Facebook deprioritized my article after AFP Canada reported this:

No, it is not illegal to take a shower and do laundry on the same day in California


Many of the articles in dispute cited an analysis here that an American uses on average 17 gallons of water and another 40 gallons for a load of laundry. Therefore, according to the analysis, people who do this and exceed the 55-gallon allotment in California will be breaking the law.

The analysis cited figures from, a site developed by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization that promotes efficient water use.

However, the same site also states that there are water efficient devices, which means individuals can easily have a shower and do their laundry using far less than 55 gallons.

The analysis concluded that Americans on average use 80-100 gallons of water per day:

  • A bath uses around 36 gallons of water
  • A 10-minute shower uses 50 gallons
  • Washing clothes takes 25-40 gallons of water, depending on the machine’s efficiency
  • Toilets normally use 1.6 gallons per flush (if you’re using a low-flow model)
  • Shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your face take a gallon each

Using that information I extrapolated out the following:

As you can see, it’s not difficult to use 55 gallons of water in the course of a normal day. California residents who opt for a shower will only be left with enough water to brush their teeth and perhaps flush the toilet a couple of times before they run afoul of the new state law.

Ok, fine. I didn’t include the caveat that Americans were free to purchase expensive energy-efficient appliances that often don’t even work very well (see: low-flow toilets, where you have to flush two or three times to get the job done).
So, you tell me. Did I report fake news? Or a “mixture” of truth and falsehoods, as AFP Canada concluded — a decision Facebook agreed with? Or did AFP unfairly report that my article was untruthful? Obviously, it’s the latter.
Lauren Svensson from Facebook Communications told PJM that Facebook has an appeals process in place when there is a dispute. She suggested we contact AFP directly to get it sorted out. (At the time of publishing, AFP had not responded to PJM’s request for an explanation and a review of their decision to spike the article.)
Svensson also explained Facebook’s third-party fact-checking process: “We use various signals to predict which stories may be potentially false or misleading,” she said. “Disbelief comments (‘no way this is real!’) are one signal that helps inform our prediction, and one of the most valuable signals is  feedback from our community when people mark something as false news.”
In other words, Facebook users who don’t think a story is factual — or don’t like it for whatever reason — have the power to get an article fact-checked. If enough people complain about an article, it gets kicked over to the fact-checking team.
“These news stories are then reviewed by independent third-party fact-checkers certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network,” Svensson explained. “These fact-checkers review the stories, check their facts, and  rate their accuracy. If a fact-checker rates a story as false, we show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution.
And that’s exactly what happened with PJM’s article on the new California water law. Only, Facebook’s crack fact-checking team either didn’t do their homework or they decided they didn’t like the article and flagged it so it wouldn’t get more traction. (Prior to the article being flagged by AFP it had more than 50,000 shares on Facebook.)
Incidentally, I would rate Facebook’s statement that the fact-checkers are all “non-partisan” as “Pants on Fire.” That’s clearly not the case with PolitiFact. The Federalist complied a detailed report about their fact-checks and determined that they’re much harder on Republicans than Democrats. In fact, their ratings seem to indicate that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are the most honest people in politics — more truthful than Mitt Romney, Mike Pence, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. They also do this funny trick where they claim that something a Republican said is “factually true” but then they rank it as “mostly false.” So in PolitiFact’s world, you can tell the truth and still get branded a liar.
A 2013 study at George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs ruled that “ has rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims during President Obama’s second term, despite controversies over Obama administration statements on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP.”

In fact, during the 2016 primary, PolitiFact called Ted Cruz a liar because he dared to say that boys can’t be girls and vice versa during a debate about the transgender bathroom controversy. Capital Research explained:

PolitiFact ruled it objectively false to describe a person by his or her birth sex if that person identifies with another sex. The ruling came in response to an attack ad launched by then-Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz against frontrunner Trump, who said he opposed the North Carolina law. On the famed “Truth-O-Meter,” PolitiFact determined that Cruz’s ad was “mostly false.” But not because it falsely accused Trump of anything. Rather, PolitiFact adopted a radical position in vogue in academia and declared, “it’s not accurate to say that transgender women are men.”

So I don’t have much faith that Facebook isn’t putting its thumb on the scales by partnering with fact-checking organizations that have a clear bias against Republicans and conservative values.
Facebook outlines in greater detail what happens when a post is flagged:

First, that content’s distribution is reduced. It will appear lower in News Feed, and will be accompanied by Related Articles from fact-checkers. If people try to share the content, they will be notified of the additional reporting. They will also be notified if content they have shared in the past has since been rated by a fact-checker.

Second, in order to more effectively fight false news, we also take action against Pages that share, and domains that publish, content which is rated “False.” Such Pages and domains will see their distribution reduced as the number of offenses increases. Their ability to monetize and advertise will be removed after repeated offenses. Over time, Pages and domains can restore their distribution and ability to monetize and advertise if they stop sharing false news.

Publishers who issue a correction or dispute a rating may contact the fact-checker. If their correction or dispute is successful, the strike against them will be eliminated. Note that simply deleting a post or removing a URL is not sufficient to eliminate the strike against the domain or Page.

Again, I ask, who’s checking up on the fact-checkers? Facebook’s response indicates that they are taking a hands-off approach. If there’s a dispute, your only recourse is to contact the fact-checkers and hope they do the right thing. (Incidentally, handing off responsibilities to third parties is what got Facebook in trouble with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. You’d think they’d have learned their lesson on what happens when a company shirks its responsibilities.)

Facebook is already under fire for picking winners in the news wars — deprioritizing news altogether and giving special considerations for MSM outlets — and conservatives are rightly concerned that processes already in place are ensuring that their content won’t be seen by the Facebook Community.

This incident highlights the dangers of letting the “Facebook Community Mob” and a bunch of allegedly “independent” fact-checkers (many of which lean left) determine what you see and don’t see. There’s clearly something wrong with the process Facebook is using if factual and well-sourced articles like mine get flagged. It doesn’t bode well for the future of conservative media.