New York Times undermines its own false-flag narrative, outing Justice Alito's neighbor as a rabid leftist

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Two weeks after her attempted character assassination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in the New York Times and in the wake of multiple concern-mongering spin-offs, Obama hagiographer Jodi Kantor has effectively blown up her own narrative.

On Tuesday, Kantor provided additional details about the neighbors central to her original report as well as about their encounters with Martha-Ann Alito. In doing so, Kantor has provided strong indications that Justice Alito and his 70-year-old wife were likely victims of a years-long harassment campaign by Biden supporters at their Fairfax County, Virginia, home.

Moreover, Kantor's latest report in the Times appears to indicate that Mrs. Alito's alleged flag inversion had nothing to do with the Jan. 6 protests and everything to do with the antagonism directed her way by a 30-something attempted actress who was living with her mother down the street.

Background

Democrats and their allies in the liberal media have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to pressure Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves from cases that may prove consequential in the upcoming election.

The Alito-focused prong of this public-private attack extends from a May 16 story published in the New York Times concerning allegations about the Jan. 17, 2021, flying of an inverted American flag at the Alito residence — a story Robert Barnes of the Washington Post reportedly did not bother with at the time because it was clear that Justice Alito was not involved.

Justice Alito recently made clear again to the Times that he was not involved; that the flag was "briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor's use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs."

Despite the apparent interpersonal nature of the dispute, Kantor managed to construct a narrative wherein the American flag was somehow a "Stop the Steal" symbol and Alito was linked to the Jan. 6 protests — on the basis of unnamed neighbors' interpretation of the inverted flag as "a political statement by the couple."

To flesh out this narrative, Kantor turned to leftist "experts" in her original piece as well as in a follow-up. Democratic lawmakers then stepped in to do their part.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) both demanded that Alito recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 protests as well as regarding the question of former President Donald Trump's immunity in U.S. v. Donald Trump.

Jeffries went farther than his colleague, demanding that Justice Alito "apologize immediately for disrespecting the American flag and sympathizing with right-wing violent insurrectionists."

'At minimum, he must recuse himself from any cases involving January 6th, Donald Trump, and the security of our elections.'

After Kantor concern-mongered in a subsequent piece about Justice Alito's alleged flying of the beloved "An Appeal to Heaven" flag — a flag commissioned by George Washington that was for centuries flown by the Massachusetts Navy — Democrats doubled down on their attacks.

Blaze News previously reported that House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) — whose transvestite son was arrested and charged in January 2023 with assault and battery on a Boston police officer — claimed, "Justice Alito has displayed flags at his homes that support insurrection against our government, promote religious nationalism, and attack free and fair elections."

Clark, apparently now concerned about threats to the rule of law, added, "At minimum, he must recuse himself from any cases involving January 6th, Donald Trump, and the security of our elections. Anything less will tarnish our judicial system and democracy."

The radicals down the street

In her Tuesday follow-up, Kantor revealed Emily Baden to be one of the neighbors central to her original piece.

Baden is an unaccomplished actress and the "liberal and proud of it" daughter of Barbara Baden, a former Public Broadcasting Service vice president. Emily Baden moved in with her retired mother on Alito's block in 2020.

In the follow-up, Kantor attempted to contrast the account provided by Baden and her unnamed husband with that previously provided by Alito to Fox News.

Alito told the host of "Fox News Sunday," Shannon Bream, that a neighbor had a "F*** Trump" sign within 50 feet of where children await the school bus. When the justice's wife expressed concern about the sign, the neighbor allegedly "engaged in vulgar language, 'including the C-word.'"

After that exchange, Alito indicated Mrs. Alito flew the inverted flag "for a short time."

Baden disputed the timeline, suggesting that she instead called her 70-year-old neighbor the C-word weeks after the flag was taken down and months after putting up the first of her crude signs.

'When they got home [to Barbara Baden's house], they displayed a political sign they had made from torn-up Amazon boxes, saying 'BYE DON' on one side and "F*** Trump" on the other.'

The Times noted, "The couple participated in Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, propped up Biden-Harris signs, and on the Saturday in November when the election was called, whooped and danced in the streets of the nation's capital. When they got home [to Barbara Baden's house], they displayed a political sign they had made from torn-up Amazon boxes, saying 'BYE DON' on one side and 'F*** Trump' on the other."

According to Baden, she encountered Mrs. Alito shortly after Christmas 2020. Mrs. Alito allegedly thanked Baden for taking down the vulgar sign, which had apparently blown over several weeks after its erection on Barbara Baden's lawn. When expressing gratitude, Mrs. Alito allegedly indicated that she had found the sign to be offensive.

Emily Baden apparently responded to Mrs. Alito's gratitude with hostility, indicating that her crude cardboard sign would stay up.

When Jan. 6 rolled around, Emily Baden put up new signs, which reportedly read, "Trump Is a Fascist" and "You Are Complicit." The leftist, who by that time knew full well who lived down the block, claimed the signs were not targeted at the Alitos but rather at Republicans in general.

Despite an apparent effort to paint Baden as a victim of Mrs. Alito's alleged glares, unheard comments, and alleged yelling, the Times' report includes an image of Baden and her nameless husband harassing the Alitos, holding signs outside the justice's home that read, "Abort SCOTUS," "Alito was @ JAN6," and "Fascist Alito."

The couple had reportedly staged at least one protest at the Alitos' home despite having moved out of Barbara Baden's house.

The indication that Emily Baden was not only a radical leftist but antagonistic toward the Alitos over the course of months and years provides greater context for why the justice's elderly wife might have felt the need to signal distress in a traditional manner. At the very least, Kantor's report appears to justify Robert Barnes' reasons for originally ignoring the story: The dispute was interpersonal and did not directly involve Justice Alito.

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Pakistani family blamed the far right for torching their house. A few candlelit vigils later, the truth has come out

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A home belonging to a family of Pakistani migrants was set ablaze in the German town of Wächtersbach on Christmas Day 2023.

Phantasmal right-wingers were immediately blamed for the arson. The family members, meanwhile, were depicted as victims of so-called Islamophobia and xenophobia.

This narrative, agreeable to European leftists and the liberal media, recently went up in smoke.

A convenient spark

The fire began around 1 a.m. on Christmas morning and did roughly $379,000 in damage.

The fire brigade found anti-migrant slogans scrawled inside the smoldering ruins. Der Spiegel reported that the words "foreigners out" had been spray-painted on some of the inside walls. The graffiti had apparently been written before the fire broke out.

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Andreas Weiher, the town's leftist mayor, said, "If the suspicion of a xenophobic crime is confirmed, it would of course be a catastrophe."

The Wächtersbach Foreigners Advisory Board reportedly stated, "We are deeply shocked that such an inhumane, possibly racially motivated arson attack was carried out on a family with children."

The state security agency swiftly launched an investigation into the possibility that right-wing extremism may have been responsible for the fire.

Vigils and demonstrations were held in the days that followed, both in solidarity with the family and in opposition to the supposed racists believed responsible.

Banners that read, "Right-wing terror threatens our society," were carried down German streets.

Leftist politicians eagerly embraced the narrative, giving impassioned speeches and firing off angry missives — suggesting the arson was politically motivated and possibly executed by neo-Nazis.

Sawsan Chebli, a German politician with the Social Democratic Party and staunch critic of Israel, was one of the leftists who attempted to exploit the incident, stating in German on Dec. 29, "It makes me sad, but it doesn't surprise me. People tell me every day that they have racist experiences, be it at work, in everyday life or at school."

Chebli suggested the arson was reflective of an anti-Muslim undercurrent in Germany, intimating right-wing politicians were responsible and that "what is happening at the moment is putting democracy at great risk."

Janine Wissler, a parliamentarian with the aptly named Left Party, stated, "It is not enough to condemn these acts, you have to fight the breeding ground that promotes right-wing violence: the strengthening of the right and the racist incitement against people with a migration background and refugees," reported the local broadcaster.

"The slogans that were discovered on the walls are despicable and inflammatory," said Martina Feldmayer, a parliamentarian with the eco-socialist Green party. "Anyone who commits such acts attack our entire society."

It turns out that the societal attack condemned by Feldmayer was not perpetrated by right-wing extremists but rather by those widely portrayed as victims.

Another hate hoax

The German newspaper Bild recently reported that the homeowner, 47, has been arrested along with his wife, 33, his 18-year-old son, his brother-in law, 34, and another Pakistani migrant, 55, who allegedly gave the family a false alibi.

According to the German paper Junge Freiheit, the family has been slapped with various charges including joint serious arson, feigning a crime, attempted insurance fraud in a particularly serious case, and serious fraud.

The father and brother-in-law, both Pakistani nationals, are accused of burning down the building using an accelerant. The son is said to have both reported the damage to the insurance company at his father's behest and attended an inspection of the aftermath with insurance agents. The mother is said to have been altogether complicit in the scheme.

The 55-year-old Pakistani national said to have given the family a false alibi has reportedly been charged with "attempted obstruction of justice."

The Hanau public prosecutor's office indicated that the arson served to net the family a six-figure insurance settlement. Additionally, the prosecutors office noted that ahead of the house burning, the owner's wife sold off various household items in an apparent effort to maximize their return on the scheme.

Investigators turned their attention to the homeowner after noticing he had fresh burns despite claiming he was not home when the fire started on Christmas morning. The family told authorities in their statements that they had been visiting with friends on the day of the incident.

The Alternative for Germany in Hesse, the local chapter of the country's increasingly popular right-wing party, said in a statement obtained by Rebel News, "For our political competitors, the house fire was obviously a welcome opportunity to inflict hatred and agitation on our party and our voters. Almost reflexively, the SPD, the Left and the Greens classified this crime as politically motivated."

"Waechtersbach's mayor (a member of SPD), who is said to have known the affected Pakistani family to be well integrated, took the same line," continued the AFD. "Anyone who attracts attention with criminal acts in their freely chosen host country at least raises doubts about successful integration. But we now trust that the German judiciary will make an appropriate assessment. And an apology from the protagonists of the vigil is now in order."

The South East Hesse Police indicated last week that the five suspects remained in custody due to the risk of concealment and escape.

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Liberal media falsely claimed Florida school banned book from Biden inauguration poet. Now that the truth is out, dozens of large outlets still refuse to correct the record.

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Liberal news outlets and leftist organizations joined poet Amanda Gorman in falsely claiming that a Florida school had banned her book.

The school and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were roundly denounced. The Biden White House rolled out a declaration of solidarity with the poet. Gorman's book sales skyrocketed.

Only, as TheBlaze previously indicated, there was no ban. At no point has anyone come forward with any evidence that a single student attempted to access the book and was denied.

The school had in fact deemed the book valuable and historically significant. It has made clear that, while the book was moved from one shelf to another shelf in the library, it remains available to access for all students, regardless of grade level.

Furthermore, contrary to insinuations by the liberal media, Gov. Ron DeSantis had nothing to do with the relocation of the book, the complaint, or the school's decision — a fact that Snopes has acknowledged.

While the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes and representatives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools confirmed the initial reports were malicious fabrications earlier this week, many publications, including the Daily Beast, the Associated Press, Variety, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, and People magazine, have yet to issue corrections or account for their misleading claims.

What's the background?

TheBlaze previously reported that various liberal publications claimed that Amanda Gorman's book — "The Hill We Climb," which contains the poem she read at Biden's inauguration — was banned from a school library in Miami.

While Daily Salinas, a mother of two children at the school, had filed a complaint about "The Hill We Climb" and administrators had responded, the book was neither banned nor removed from the library, but instead moved to a different section of the school's media center.

"No literature (books or poem) has been banned or removed," said Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson Elmo Lugo.

"It was determined at the school that ‘The Hill We Climb’ is better suited for middle school students and, it was shelved in the middle school section of the media center," he explained. "The book remains available in the media center."

\u201cIn order to ensure accurate information, @MDCPS is compelled to clarify that the book titled, \u201cThe Hill We Climb\u201d by @TheAmandaGorman was never banned or removed from one of our schools. The book is available in the media center as part of the middle grades collection.\u201d
— Miami-Dade Schools (@Miami-Dade Schools) 1684894666

According to the minutes of the School Materials Review Committee's April 5 meeting, the committee had determined that Gorman's book "has educational value because of its historical significance. The vocabulary used in the poem was determined to be of value for middle school students."

In case there was any doubt, the school district clarified further on Wednesday that access to the book is NOT restricted to middle grade students, but "remains accessible to all students."

Snopes stressed there was "no indication that an elementary-age child would meet resistance from a librarian should they want to walk over to the middle school section of the library to read the works."

Notwithstanding the facts of the matter, the liberal media rushed to claim that Gorman's book had been banned, with a number of outlets intimating DeSantis was responsible.

The poet similarly appeared keen to amplify this claim, saying in a statement that her book had been "banned."

"I'm gutted," she said in a statement. "Robbing children of the chance to find their voices in literature is a violation of their right to free thought and free speech."

Gorman still had her original false allegation pinned to her Twitter page at the time of publication.

As it became clear there was in fact no ban, Gorman engaged in more political wordplay, suggesting that a "school book ban is any action taken against a book that leaves access to a book restricted or diminished."

PEN America similarly decided to redefine what is meant by "ban," stating, "The book may remain available to middle-school students, but when you restrict or diminish access to a book, that’s a ban."

Stephana Ferrell, the director of research and insight at Florida Freedom to Read Project, performed some comparable mental gymnastics, telling the Miami Herald that the books weren't being banned from the district, "but they’re banned for the students they were intended for." Of course, even if Ferrell's point were valid, the underlying facts remain untrue; the book has not at any point been restricted to any grade level.

Committed to falsehoods

The Daily Beast still has an article by so-called reporter-researcher Decca Muldowney on its site entitled, "Florida Mom Behind Amanda Gorman Book Ban Has Proud Boy Links," which continues to bat around the term "ban."

ABC News, which featured an image of Gov. DeSantis, changed its headline from "Amanda Gorman's poem for Biden's inauguration banned by Florida school" to "Amanda Gorman's poem for Biden's inauguration barred for younger children by Florida school," but continues to peddle the claim that the book has been "placed on a restricted list," despite there being no evidence of such a list existing, and despite the school's clear statement that the book remains accessible to students of all grade levels.

Politico, the New York Times, and NPR continue to falsely claim access to the book is restricted, with the latter suggesting Gorman's poem is "the latest casualty in the fight over library books."

The Associated Press has changed its headline from "Amanda Gorman’s poem for Biden’s inauguration banned by Florida school" to "Amanda Gorman’s poem for Biden’s inauguration barred for younger children by Florida school," but peddles the same false "restricted list" claim as ABC News and the San Diego Tribune.

While the Associated Press has changed its headline, the many publications that recycle its content continue to house the falsehood on their sites along with its suggestion that the debunked ban had something to do with DeSantis. For instance, PBS News Hour still had Freida Frisaro's initial false report on its site with the original AP title as of Friday morning.

Variety hasn't budged on its original headline, "Amanda Gorman’s Books Sky Rocket in Sales Despite Florida Book Ban" and continues to falsely claim both that "A Florida school has banned its elementary students from reading Amanda Gorman's poem" and "The poem was one of several works banned at the Miami-Dade County school."

Variety did, however, provide an update to its piece — not to correct the record, but to announce the result of these and other false reports: "Thanks to this new round of press, Gorman's books are currently best sellers on Amazon."

The Guardian has kept its original headline, "Amanda Gorman ‘gutted’ after Florida school bans Biden inauguration poem," stating that the poem was "removed for reading by elementary school children" and suggesting even still that the book has indeed been banned.

Rolling Stone, which recently got caught smearing Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire and has paid out millions in the past for false reporting, changed its headline from "Florida School Bans Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural ‘The Hill We Climb’ Poem" to another false headline: "Florida School Restricts Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural ‘The Hill We Climb’ Poem."

Despite a correction note highlighting that the book was not banned, Rolling Stone's revised article still contains the false claim that Gorman's book was removed from circulation and opens with the false claim that that "elementary-aged students" have been restricted from reading Gorman's book.

Teen Vogue and Glamour are evidently unshaken by the truth. The article run by the two publications, entitled "Amanda Gorman Speaks Out After a Florida School Bans Her Poem," remains on both sites with Elizabeth Logan's original title and false claims.

People magazine, another bastion of journalistic integrity, has not amended its report entitled, "Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Poem Banned — Along with 3 Race-Related Books — at a Miami-Area School," which states, "A Florida school has banned four books for elementary students after one parent objected to the titles and argued they were inappropriate."

The article falsely claims Gorman's work was "removed from the library" and will no longer be available to students.

Ironically, the article in People attempts to cast doubt on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' March claim that book bans are a "hoax."

Harper's Bazaar's article, "Amanda Gorman fundraises to protest against Florida book ban," has not been corrected. It claims the book was altogether removed from the school.

The Los Angeles Times framed the relocation of the book as a matter of restriction, but still suggests it was a ban in the title of its report, "Amanda Gorman on her inauguration poem being banned at Miami school: ‘I am gutted.'"

TheBlaze reached out to the following publications about their misleading or outright false reports: the Daily Beast; PBS; Variety; the Guardian; the Associated Press; Rolling Stone; NPR; the New York Times; Teen Vogue; Harper's Bazaar; Politico; the Los Angeles Times; and People magazine. At the time of publication, none have yet commented on their advancement of a false narrative or explained why they have refused to correct the record. None have responded to an inquiry regarding what evidence, if any, they uncovered to support the assertion that even a single student attempted to check out the book but was unable to do so.

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Law professor asks Adam Schiff to show his phantasmal evidence of Russian collusion after Durham report reveals FBI investigation was baseless

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Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff went on repeated media tours and sounded off on the House floor following the 2016 election, claiming there was "plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight" regarding the Trump campaign and Russia — a false claim originally approved and advanced by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Schiff's thoroughly discredited claims now appear to be even more damning in light of the release of the final version of special counsel John Durham's report.

Legal scholar and George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley has called on Schiff to account for his apparent lies, suggesting that "this would be a good time for former House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff to reveal that evidence he said showed the Russian collusion ..."

Here are but a few of the televised instances in which Schiff claimed there was evidence of collusion:

\u201cThere is 40+ hours of Adam Schiff blatantly misleading Congress & the American people with his Russian Hoax lies. The Durham report shows Schiff had ZERO evidence. \n\nWhen will Pencil Neck @RepAdamSchiff be prosecuted and stripped of his congressional duties?\u201d
— Grand Old Patriots\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Grand Old Patriots\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1684250482

TheBlaze indicated Monday that Durham's final report paints Schiff, at best, as a maligner.

Durham said the FBI utilized “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence" to open the investigation into the Trump campaign but did not follow the same standard when approaching alleged election interference in relation to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Durham also found that the FBI “did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations” made in the infamous Steele dossier of lurid accusations against then-candidate Donald Trump, and "neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation."

“As noted, it was not until mid-September that the Crossfire Hurricane investigators received several of the Steele Reports. Within days of their receipt, the unvetted and unverified Steele Reports were used to support probable cause in the FBI’s FISA applications targeting [Carter] Page, a U.S. citizen who, for a period of time, had been an advisor to Trump,” the report says.

The Durham report further revealed that the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign was virtually baseless and that most of those involved and responsible knew that to be the case, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-President Barack Obama, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, and other partisans briefed on the so-called "Clinton Plan" on Aug. 3, 2016.

These revelations and those accompanying them in the report altogether appear to indicate that the confidence behind Schiff's assertions was either similarly baseless or based on a sense that the actual truth would not ultimately come out.

Turley previously intimated that there might be something to the latter possibility, given Schiff's vigorous and long-standing opposition to Durham's investigation.

For instance, in November 2020, Schiff suggested congressional probes were bad for the country, despite having himself celebrated the initial Trump-Russia collusion investigation, reported Fox News Digital.

Schiff, who led the impeachment efforts against former President Donald Trump, suggested that concerted efforts to ascertain what really happened amounted to an "obstruction of the transition" of then-President-elect Joe Biden into power, then accused Republicans of "tearing down our democracy."

In December 2020, the California Democrat appeared even more uneasy about the prospect that someone might discover it had all been a crock.

Schiff spoke out against then-Attorney General William Barr's selection of John Durham to serve as special counsel and questioned whether Barr even had the authority to do so. He went farther to suggest that Biden's attorney general should shut down the probe, which he claimed was "politically motivated," reported the Daily Caller.

"I would presume the next attorney general will look to see if there is any merit to the work that John Durham is doing and make a rational decision about whether that should continue at any level," said the former House Intelligence Committee chair.

Prior to fighting the Durham investigation, Schiff played defense for the FBI, claiming on Feb. 2, 2018, that "FBI and DOJ officials did not 'abuse' the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign," adding that "DOJ met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement."

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