Monday, July 22, 2019

The New York Times Backslides With Bogus Story On Q (7/22/19)

1) Who is Ali Watkins, aside from the writer of this article?

 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/nyregion/gambino-shooting-anthony-comello-frank-cali.html 
2) #QSentMe there (drop #3459).

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21 Jul 2019 - 4:41:15 PM
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Every single 'dirty' tactic being deployed to stop the growth of this movement.
Ask yourself a very simple Q - why?
Why are the biggest media co's in the world…….
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3) I can't help but like the @nytimes - it used to be such a good paper.
4) "Left-Center" = "Factual information that uses loaded words."

" but highly factual and considered one of the most reliable sources for information due to proper sourcing and well respected journalists/editors."

OK.

 https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-york-times/ 
5) Ali Watkins was in the news about a year ago.

"The New York Times Demotes Reporter Who Admitted To Dating Senate Staffer"

She was the reporter.

 https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/the-new-york-times-demotes-reporter-ali-watkins-who-admitted-to-dating-ex-senate-staffer-james-wolfe-1878117 
6) This was Ali Watkins' Twitter picture at the time (see credit)
7) "Ali Watkins would be reassigned from the paper's Washington bureau to New York in the wake of revelations that she had been involved with James Wolfe."
8) This is supposedly a story by Paul Farhi in the Washington Post, but when I search the Washington Post I cannot find the original.

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/newssearch/?datefilter=All%20Since%202005&query=Ali%20Watkins&sort=Relevance&utm_term=.cd2ab402cfba 
9) "In a staff memo on Tuesday, Baquet said Watkins would be reassigned to an unspecified position in New York 'where she will be closely supervised and have a senior mentor.'"
10) "We are troubled by Ali's conduct, particularly while she was employed by other news organizations. For a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone he or she covers is unacceptable."
11) "I believe she was not well served by some editors elsewhere who failed to respond appropriately to her disclosures about her relationships."
12) I have to get back into this story, I forgot about it.

It matters because the credibility of the New York Times, Ali Watkins, and Maggie Haberman are all questionable. 

If the reporters are biased, the story needs to be triple-checked for objectivity.
13) Ok she was 26, and he was 58.

Yeah, these two are totally evenly matched 🤣🤣🤣

 https://peru21.pe/mundo/estados-unidos-ali-watkins-the-new-york-times-escandalo-sexual-senador-james-wolfe-413402 
14) "Wolfe had been the committee's security director for nearly 30 years....When FBI agents confronted him with a photo, showing him with one of the reporters, he admitted that he lied to the agents and was, in fact, in a personal relationship with her."

 https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/ex-senate-intelligence-committee-staffer-james-wolfe-pleads-guilty-lying-n920416 
15) "Court documents also revealed a series of text messages between Wolfe and reporters, which violated Intelligence Committee rules"
16) "After a story about the witness appeared, Wolfe texted, 'Good job!' and 'I'm glad you got the scoop,' according to court documents."

(which reporter?)
17) NYT "said one of the journalists, Ali Watkins, told the paper's editors that she and Wolfe were involved in a three-year affair that ended BEFORE she came to the Times." (emphasis added)
18) But Watkins lied.

"The FBI discovered that both were sneaking around when they investigated Wolfe."

 https://peru21.pe/mundo/estados-unidos-ali-watkins-the-new-york-times-escandalo-sexual-senador-james-wolfe-413402 
19) "The romance between the senator and the journalist was exposed. Then the Department of Justice of the United States ordered the kidnapping of Watkins' cell phone."

(sorry for the awkward English - this is a translation - I think they mean "seizure" :-)
20) "The Washington Post reported that Wolfe was a leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee for many years....access to classified material of the CIA, the FBI and other intelligence agencies."

Oh.
21) Watkins apologized: "I sincerely regret putting the NY Times in a difficult position and I am very grateful for the support I have received from my editors and colleagues here, and I appreciate the conclusion of the review that my reports have been based on facts."
22) I do not believe Ali Watkins was ever charged with a crime. (If this is incorrect please let me know, iinclude a link, and I'll add the info to this thread.)
23) Ambition maybe overtook ethics for Ms. Watkins who has an impressive list of achievements including being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (Wikipedia) and working for multiple respected mainstream publications (Muck Rack).

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Watkins 
 https://muckrack.com/ali-watkins 
24) Watkins told her editors at the Times about her relationship with Wolfe but she did not tell them that her records were seized by the government. 

The quote below is from former NYT exec editor Jill Abramson, who said Watkins hurt the NYT reputation.

 https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/06/sex-press-freedom-and-the-complicated-case-of-a-times-reporter 
25) Looking at this story closely is important, because it is important to hold people accountable for the work that they do, and to try and be accurate about it.
28) Wemple: 

"1) Did Wolfe provide any information to Watkins?

In its first story on the Watkins situation, the Times reported that Watkins claimed Wolfe wasn’t a source of “classified information” during their relationship —"
29) "an assertion that left room for the possibility that he did pass along less-sensitive information. A subsequent story closed that door, reporting that Wolfe 'did not provide her with information during the course of their relationship.'"
30) Wemple continues: 

"Now in its Sunday piece, the Times reported that...'She would make a mental note of tidbits he mentioned offhand, or gossip with him about Capitol Hill, or throw out a fact and gauge his reply,' said the story. Sounds like a source."
31) "The indictment quotes a text message sent by Wolfe to Watkins in December 2017, presumably after their relationship had ended....'I always tried to give you as much information that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else.'"
32) What information did Wolfe give Ali Watkins, who (in her New York Times article just out) calls QAnon "a baseless conspiracy theory that originated on internet message boards"?
33) What does Q talk about all the time?

Declassification of FISA warrants that prove Obama initiated a baseless, politically-motivated spying operation against candidate Trump?
 
34) As Q notes, the Carter Page FISA application is already out. 

It was released by the Justice Department on July 21, 2018, supposedly due to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

 https://www.lawfareblog.com/document-justice-department-releases-carter-page-fisa-application 
 https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4614708/Carter-Page-FISA-Application.pdf 
35) But The Conservative Treehouse makes a convincing case that Ali Watkins actually had the scoop on the FISA - with Wolfe sending her 82 screenshots by text message 1 year and 4 months prior.

 https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/23/indicted-senate-staffer-james-wolfe-leaked-a-2017-copy-of-full-fisa-warrant-against-carter-page-to-reporter-ali-watkins/ 
36) As The Cut notes, the leak is how Ali Watkins was able to write a story for BuzzFeed which cited "a court filing" that was not yet public.

 https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alimwatkins/a-former-trump-adviser-met-with-a-russian-spy#.vwYg7M8Rl 

 https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/ali-watkins-journalist-in-leak-case.html 
37) In that same article, Ali Watkins cited the discredited "pee-pee" dossier as a reliable source, although one could argue that she could not know its credibility was suspect. 

I can believe this, b/c Watkins' behavioral pattern shows a fanatical focus on the scoop above all.
38) About the dossier, Watkins wrote: 

"A dossier compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, used to brief then-president Obama, then-president-elect Trump, and Gang of Eight congressional leaders in January,"
39) "cited a Kremlin official as saying that the Kremlin had sought a relationship with certain figures in the US, including Page, and had indirectly funded some of their visits to Russia."
41) It was the story about CIA spying on Sen. Feinstein that arguably made the young journalist's career.

 https://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/03/11/temple-senior-breaks-story-cia-senate-spying/ 
42) "You may have heard it in the news recently: The Senate believes the CIA spied on its computers. Dianne Feinstein said today that CIA Director John Brennan said the agency may have gained access to an internal review."
43) The story of the Senate probe into the CIA’s spying was broken last week by the DC bureau of McClatchy, the Sacramento-based company that purchased and immediately sold the Inquirer and Daily News in 2006."
44) "Working for the McClatchy bureau and tri-bylined on that story? Temple journalism senior Ali Watkins."
45) Q has shown us some of Senator Feinstein's hallway chats.
46) "Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she and her staff did not leak Christine Blasey Ford’s letter"

 https://www.vox.com/2018/9/27/17912102/feinstein-christine-blasey-ford-letter-leak 
47) 5/25/19 - "Iran Confirms Meeting Between Zarif And Sen Feinstein"

 https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-confirms-meeting-between-zarif-and-sen-feinstein/29962339.html 
49) So Ali Watkins is kind of building her career back up.

I don't know if Q was the best subject to take on.

Can't tell if it's a compliment or a punishment.

 https://www.qproofs.com/ 
50) We already know that the NYT is biased, not just "left-center" but also because its CEO, Mark Thompson, "dropped" an investigation into the notorious pedophile Jimmy Savile while director-general of the BBC.

"Regrets"

 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-20078834 

 https://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/business/media/mark-thompson-and-bbc-missed-red-flags-in-savile-scandal.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=5F66F1C8E7761D46253217091C0C4CE4&gwt=pay 
51) The New York Times also has a massive conflict of interest in its reporting on anything to do with @POTUS because a Mexican billionaire named Carlos Slim owns 17% of the company.

So the Trump agenda (build the wall) doesn't suit him.

 https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/carlos-slim-quotes-mexican-billionaire-2019-7-1028365020 
52) As far a Maggie Haberman, who Tweeted Watkins' story...

 https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/7524 

"We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed."
53) Now, most people are not going to spend this amount of time deconstructing a New York Times story. And they know it.
54) What the New York Times is trying to do is plant the idea in people's minds that "QAnon = crazy."

It is a psychological operation, and it is pretty lame, and it is also a tremendous waste of a Pulitzer-Prize level talent like Ali Watkins.
55) I point this out to show you the repetitive sexism of the radicals trying to overtake our media and overthrow the country.

They are constantly seizing on talented young women to carry their water - and throw under the bus.
56) In terms of the content of Watkins' story -- how is it different than a celebrity obsessed with the President, writing tweets deranged enough that the @SecretServicehas to visit them?

We don't have room for all the examples here, so 1 will suffice.

 https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/11/26/tom-arnold-secret-service-anti-donald-trump-tweets/2118205002/ 
57) Mr. Comello, the man in the incident Watkins wrote about, apparently "ardently believed that Francesco Cali, a boss in the Gambino crime family, was a prominent member of the deep state, and, accordingly, an appropriate target for a citizen’s arrest" (says his lawyer).
58) The only problem with this angle is, it's really nuts. Like - I have never even remotely heard of anything like this, and I am one of those people who reads Q stuff and Q analysis/decodes quite a bit.
59) I am also not sure what to make of the grammar in Ms. Watkins' sentence here:

"Mr. Comello also believed he was a chosen vigilante of President Trump."

Don't vigilantes self-radicalize?
60) Watkins also argues based on a logical fallacy that Q is somehow involved with Mr. Comello's story.

People who are mentally unwell (he is pleading "mental defect") become obsessed with any number of ideas, topics or people.

The one has nothing to do with the other at all.
61) Watkins attacks Q because "It claims, among other things, that America is controlled by a 'deep state.'"

But so does 74% of America.

How can you even comment on this issue when you work for an institution so deeply embedded?

 https://vigile.quebec/articles/74-of-americans-believe-the-deep-state-is-running-the-country 

 https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2019/07/10/does-trump-have-the-balls-to-hold-the-deep-state-accountable/ 
63) Watkins then tries to say how crazy it is to believe that "prominent Democratic politicians are pedophiles."

Really?
64) Don't watch "Creepy Joe Biden" after dinner

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgyUHnFZDq0 
65) "that John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a 1999 plane crash, is secretly alive and will run for president in 2020."

Actually Q said just the opposite, that JFK is not alive.
66) This is just silly time already.


67) Let's follow Maggie Haberman's really important tweet from today.

Let's figure out why the DS has finally seen fit to throw Ghislaine Maxwell to the wolves, along with the loathsome E. Graydon Carter.


 https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/21/jeffrey-epstein-trump-clinton-1424120 
 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/19/magazine/graydon-carter-jeffrey-epstein-vanity-fair.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=DD97D92B350B3E38A607B6D8A72F710D&gwt=pay 

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