Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley

Protesters Need To Obey The Law

The Knoxville News-Sentinel and Gannett newspapers are giving a lot of sympathetic coverage to the arrest of what they refer to as “pro-Palestinian” protesters. The protesters were ordered to move from the lawn outside the UT College of Law, after being told they could continue their demonstration by moving to the lawn of the Student Union. Given 10 minutes to leave, the protesters ignored the warning and were arrested. None of us know how many of the 11 individuals arrested are students, although one of the protesters was identified as being from Texas. Nationally, it has been noted that paid protesters have been employed to stir up trouble and demonstrations on campuses. Some of the funding apparently comes from Leftist groups tied to money from people like George Soros.

The News-Sentinel was especially flattering to Yassin Terou, a local business-owner and Syrian refugee. Terou has/had a sign in his restaurant stating everyone, regardless of color, every religion was welcome. The News-Sentinel quoted one of the people arrested as saying, “It felt like officers were taunting us with their behaviors and whatever we had done meant nothing to them. Who we were meant nothing to them because they didn’t view us as people inside.”

Unfortunately, the narrative of the mainstream media and the Gannett newspapers are very much left of center and is not at all sympathetic to the people of Israel. What is happening in Gaza right now is in response to a brutal massacre of more than 1,100 children, women and men, all innocent civilians, were deliberately murdered by Hamas terrorists. Another 253 civilians, women and children, old people, were taken hostage and disappeared into the tunnels built by Hamas under schools and hospitals where they use the people of Gaza as literal human shields. When was the last demonstration protesting Hamas using innocent Palestinian civilians as human shields to protect terrorists from just retribution for their crimes against humanity?

The parents of Shani Louk, a 23-year-old tattoo artist was killed by Hamas terrorists at the rave. Shani’s dead, half naked body was paraded in the bed of a truck like some kind of trophy, but no, we are supposed to be appalled someone’s hand turned blue. Left wing congressmen, senators and governors could barely bring themselves to condemn the violence against Israelis. Rashida Tlaib could barely bring herself to say it was wrong to rape and brutalize Israeli women and girls. Professors saying it is “awesome” to kill Jews and yet the News-Sentinel concerns itself with reporting the hurt feelings of people who never would have been arrested had they simply done as asked and moved.

It is horrendous to think too many people have not been moved by the suffering of the Israeli people. The mainstream media barely gives a nod to the rising tide of antisemitism in this country.

It is and has been clear all along just exactly whom people in the mainstream media and too many of the protesters don’t see as being people.


Truth About Covid Continues To Come Out

Francis Collins, the former head of the National Institutes of Health, was deposed for the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Collins was asked about the “science” of the six-feet apart rule imposed by the NIH. The teachers’ unions latched onto that particular edict to keep schools closed while children suffered. “I did not see evidence, but I’m not sure I would have been shown evidence at that point,” Collins said. The next question was especially interesting. Collins was asked if there was any scientific evidence to support the theory of remaining six feet apart. “No,” Collins stated.

No evidence to support their contention. Imagine that. Remember when. Anyone who had the brass to suggest anything to the contrary was cancelled, cursed, and otherwise ejected from society, polite and otherwise?

Now Lawrence Tabak, Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health, has admitted to Congress that taxpayers did indeed pay for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The taxpayers had been paying the tab for years and months before the outbreak of the Coronavirus. When asked if the NIH had funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan through the EcoHealth Alliance, Tabak said, “It depends on your definition of gain-of-function research. If you’re speaking about the generic term, yes we did.”

Anthony Fauci and a host of other NIH officials have stoutly denied, evaded, and obfuscated for four years funding of gain-of-function in Wuhan. Those same officials slice the bread pretty thin in parsing out words as they all wish to deny having any part in conducting potentially lethal research.

Yet again, any suggestion by anybody that did not strictly adhere to the narrative pushed by the NIH was demonized by the Left and the mainstream media. In testimony before the Senate Anthony Fauci told senators, “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

They stack up lies like most people stack up a cord of wood.