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The Virginia Star is a new addition to an ever-growing pile of questionable local news sites
John Fredericks, one of Virginia’s most influential talk radio hosts with close ties to President Donald Trump, is using a hyperpartisan blog masquerading as a local news site to solicit support for Trump’s reelection campaign and spread right-wing narratives while promoting his own radio program.
The Virginia Star, which was launched this summer, is the latest addition to Fredericks’ budding media empire and is also a part of the hyperpartisan right-wing Star News Digital Media network. At first glance, the site looks like an ordinary, low-budget local news site. Its Facebook page describes the site as a “NEW source for investigative news, thoughtful opinion and more.” On its Google search landing page, the site is billed as “Leading the Way in News and Education.”
But in reality, The Virginia Star contains little more than partisan bile.
Trump can’t stop tweeting about ever-bluer Virginia and its governor. But his campaign is quiet on TV. While the president knocks Northam on abortion and guns, his campaign isn’t airing ads in the Old Dominion.
John Fredericks in the News:
One of Trump’s most prominent Virginia boosters contends the tweets are an indication that Trump believes the state is winnable.
“Is he tweeting out about Oregon? Is he tweeting out about Massachusetts or Connecticut? No,” said John Fredericks, a conservative radio host and chairman of Trump’s Virginia convention delegation. “We’ve got a good shot to pull off the biggest upset on November 3rd. We’ve been telling the president this for some time, and now we’re making a believer out of him.”
The Virginia campaign is targeting “undervoters” in heavily red parts of the state, meaning those who voted in down-ballot contests four years ago but made no pick for president, Fredericks said. Because Trump’s campaign is more focused on mobilizing those Republicans than on persuading independents, Fredericks argued base-revving tweets are a better tool than broadcast ads.
RICHMOND — President Trump, who lavished time and money on Virginians as he sought the White House four years ago, will make his first 2020 campaign appearance in the state Friday night — largely to court North Carolinians.
Trump’s rally in Newport News is intended to reach voters in the swing state next door, according to a Trump campaign official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy.
The rally — first reported by Politico — will take place at 9 p.m. in a part of Virginia that shares a media market with North Carolina’s northernmost corner.
But John Fredericks, a conservative Virginia radio host who led the state’s 2020 convention delegation, said it made no logistical sense for the president to visit the traffic-choked Hampton Roads area if he’s not serious about Virginia.
“Newport News is two tunnels, a bridge and an hour from North Carolina,” he said. “He’s coming to Virginia because, as we have said, our numbers show that the race has tightened, we’re in play, we’re in striking distance. I expect him to be in Virginia several times between now and November 3rd.”
Few political analysts expect the top of the Republican ticket to fare better this time in Virginia, where a backlash to Trump’s election has helped Democrats retain the Executive Mansion, pick up three seats in Congress and flip the state House and Senate.
A Former Communist Party Candidate Actually Told The Truth By Curtis Ellis
Angela Davis is saying the quiet parts loud.
The Marxist who earned her fame providing guns to murder a judge in 1970 says she backs Joe Biden because the radical left will be able to push him around.
Here’s one communist who tells the truth, if only once.
Media presents the myth of the moderate Biden, but anyone with eyes can see what Davis confirms: The old vice president is too weak to stand up to the radicals who run in the streets and run his party.
Perhaps Joe will choose Angela Davis as his running mate. She is certainly qualified – she was the vice-presidential candidate of the Communist Party USA twice!
She also meets all the other criteria of today’s Democratic Party.
But no matter, even if she isn’t the veep, she and her radical cadres will be calling the shots.
In the short term, their goal is to make the country ungovernable. The riots, the desecration of statues, flags and other icons of American heritage, the social justice warrior mobs harassing anyone with a different opinion, the demands to close businesses and schools as long as possible – all designed to undermine functioning society and create a void for howling revolutionaries to fill.
And just like Angela, the radicals organizing the now daily protests in our largest cities are hardcore Marxists. How do we know? They say so.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors told an interviewer in 2015: “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and [BLM co-founder] Alicia [Garza] in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.”
The Democratic Party in its hatred of President Trump is playing along with the radicals – and playing into their hands. Party leaders rush to accept the revolutionaries’ 10-point program no matter what is in it, from guaranteed jobs for all (except the police and border patrol), to racial quotas in hiring, housing and education, and even the elimination of industrial society.
To be fair, there’s more than Trump-hatred driving Democrats into the arms of the Red Guard.
There’s liberal guilt. These children of privilege believe their advantage came at the expense of the less fortunate – the Marxist version of Original Sin – so they flagellate themselves in order to expurgate their wickedness.
They embrace the notion that America is irredeemably racist, unsalvageable, not worth defending. Our own government peddles this radical poison, the Smithsonian denouncing hard work, planning for the future, and the scientific method as instruments of white supremacy. (New York City’s mad Mayor DeBlasio has his schools teaching this nonsense.)
Converts make the best evangelists, and Biden’s past with segregationists and mandatory prison sentencing make him a most impassioned convert, eager to prove the scales have fallen from his eyes. The only thing a politician likes more than an inside deal is an approval from a cheering crowd. Smoke rising from the Biden basement signals his eagerness to “systemically transform” America.
There’s no faster way to transform the country than transforming tens of millions of illegal immigrants into voters, so first up on his agenda is immigration “reform.” Getting that done will be much easier if a Democrat-controlled Senate eliminates the filibuster, as Joe says he’s open to. Then, giving Washington, D.C., statehood assures Democrats will have two more senators to cement their long-term hold on the upper house; mail-in voting, another item on the to-do list, guarantees victory for them in local, state and federal elections everywhere. They will lock down the executive and judiciary by eliminating the Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court.
With all power firmly in the grip of one party, they will then “run train on the progressive agenda,” as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put it in a most disturbing and disgusting fashion.
All this will proceed in the first hundred days as the former senator from Delaware nods approvingly – or just nods off.
“Thank you very much,” said President Trump as he arrived in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of the American Workforce Advisory Board. “Busy time.”
By the end of Friday’s meeting, he had signed two executive orders — one extending the terms of the National Council for the American Worker and the other instructing the federal government to prioritize job applicants’ skills rather than qualifications.
A third followed in the evening, making good on the president’s promise to protect monuments, memorials, and statues from protesters.
The busy day was exactly what close aides and allies wanted. Last week, a number of concerned members of Trump World spoke to the Washington Examinerwarning that the president’s reelection campaign had become dangerously unfocused and urging Trump to portray himself as a man of action, in contrast with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who rarely leaves home.
“He is getting the message,” said a member of his 2016 transition team. “This is the right track to be on.”
It followed weeks of polls that suggest Trump is lagging behind Biden in many of the battleground states that will decide the election. In a sign of the trouble his campaign faces, a survey published on Monday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that Biden has a 4-point lead in Georgia, a longtime Republican stronghold.
A former White House official said: “People don’t want to hear ‘woe is me’ tweets, they want to see him solving problems with action.”
Steve Bannon, who was appointed White House chief strategist by Trump in 2017 before the two fell out, was among those making the case publicly and privately for a change of direction.
“He’s the president of the United States,” he said on the John Fredericks radio show. “He’s not a candidate. You act like president of the United States, you take action like the president of the United States, you govern like you are president of the United States, you are going to be reelected.”
Fredericks, whose show has hosted a number of Trump allies making the same point in recent days and who is a member of the Trump/Pence 2020 advisory board, said he remained concerned at the way the campaign was dismissing polls that showed the president’s campaign was misfiring.
“The Trump campaign is running a losing effort,” he said. “Until you come to grips with that, you are not going to change anything. That’s the message we are trying to get out.”
But he said the sudden rush of executive orders and last week’s visit to the border wall suggested the message was getting through. The president, he said, had done more in three days toward explaining his second-term agenda than he had in the previous six months.
“If he continues to drive things himself that will benefit the lives of people, he will have a much better narrative than he does right now,” he said.
Simply beating up on Biden, he added, would not be enough to win the election without a clear manifesto for a second term.
Supporters believe the latest executive orders on employment and protecting monuments will chime with campaign priorities of rebuilding the economy plus law and order.
But for their part, campaign officials shrugged off the idea that a president who created 2.1 million jobs in 2019 alone, rolled back regulations, and helped more than 5 million people off food stamps needed to prove that he was a man of action or still in touch with voters’ priorities.
Samantha Zager, a spokeswoman for the Trump Campaign, said: “President Trump knows how to lead the economy back from the global pandemic: Last month saw both a record-breaking jobs surge and record-breaking consumer spending jump as the economy reopens and Americans get back to work.”
A Virginia-based talk radio host and member of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign advisory committee is promoting local protests against COVID-19 restrictions and spreading misinformation about the virus.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted talk radio’s unique ability to reach local audiences. John Fredericks, host of The John Fredericks Show, is one of many conservative media figures who have railed against public health measures designed to slow the spread of the virus. But in addition to pushing familiar right-wing talking points, Fredericks’ show provides a valuable platform for regional protest organizers looking to boost turnout and Trump surrogates hoping to reach a local audience.
A profile of Fredericks for The Washington Post noted, “A local host can repeatedly bolster or attack a local politician, whereas a national host simply doesn’t have the time.” Protests against social distancing have largely been organized at the state and local level. While nationally syndicated hosts like Rush Limbaugh cheer on these protests from the sidelines, only local hosts like Fredericks can afford to spend airtime engaging with local organizers and encouraging audiences to attend specific protests.
Trump’s media allies have cast doubt on the effectiveness of social distancing, and many have voiced support for protesters calling to reopen the economy. Fredericks has been a strong supporter of these protests, even offering up his show as a megaphone for organizers. As he argued during a discussion with one local protest organizer on May 14, “We have got to get out of our pajamas and stop this. And the only way you’re going to stop it is by direct action.”
Much of Fredericks’ criticism has been aimed at state and local officials in Virginia, and he has interviewed several protest organizers in his home state. On April 21, Fredericks encouraged his listeners to attend a rally in Richmond and asked, “When are we going to wake up and stop this nonsense?” Later during the same show, Fredericks interviewed one of the protest organizers with Reopen Virginia.
This is a good time to be John Fredericks — the Trump-loving, central Virginia-based talk-radio show host who brands himself “America’s Godzilla of Truth.”
He may be the most influential talk-radio show host you have never heard of… but Donald Trump knows him well. And, at age 62, Fredericks has the president to thank for his mid-career upward trajectory that began in mid-2015.
Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher, wrote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and John Fredericks proves that axiom.
After several decades of holding various positions in media and journalism, on Jan. 1, 2012, Fredericks leased airtime at a rural Virginia radio station,100.5 FM, and began hosting his own four-hour morning news-talk show.