Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi laid the groundwork for the Democrats’ upcoming demands to cancel the debates. She attempted to do so in a way that seemed organic, though it was clearly a well-planned talking point. She pretended that she didn’t want anyone to tell Joe Biden her opinion when he was likely briefed on her statement days or even weeks ago. She acted like this was prompted by a question from the press, though it was obviously a planted question sent from her office or the DNC.
There are many disingenuous aspects of her two-minute statement, but the most infuriating one was her reasoning for calling to cancel debates. She tried to blame it on the President’s actions when any cognizant American is aware the DNC is terrified of Joe Biden on a stage with President Trump. They wouldn’t want him to debate a turnip, let alone the leader of the free world.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 27, 2020
This is the second round of seeds being planted about the debates. The first round came a few weeks ago when multiple mainstream media outlets laid the groundwork for Biden to back out. They claimed he needed to set fact-checkers in place before agreeing to debate. They said he should demand the President’s tax returns before debating. They tried to come up with every poison pill they could think of in order to justify their strong desire to keep Biden off the debate stage at all costs.
It would be easier to believe Nancy Pelosi if she just came out and said, “Joe’s a turnip and the stress of a debate may be too much for him.” At least then she wouldn’t be telling a bald-faced lie to the American people.
Coronavirus lockdowns put the future of independent news at risk
Reports indicate rising traffic but drastically lower revenues for mid-sized independent news outlets.
The economic downturn from COVID-19 lockdowns has hit many industries in the gut. One industry that doesn’t get nearly enough attention is journalism. The corporate conglomerates controlling mainstream media outlets are able to weather the storm, but independent news outlets have seen revenues plummet to the point that many are considering shutting down. We know. We’ve had to consider the possibility ourselves.
We’ve always run a very tight ship, keeping expenses to a minimum by limiting travel and technology expenditures. This has proven to be beneficial during the economic crisis, but we would not have made it this far if not for our generous donors. I cannot appropriately express my appreciation to those who have helped us raise nearly $4,000 since we started asking for assistance. It has been a true blessing and has inspired us to work harder to bring the truth to light that mainstream media tries to hide.
As I note below, traffic is through the roof. The appetite for honest news reporting, conservative opinion writing, and right-leaning podcasts is high. Every day we pick up new readers and subscribers; it’s another blessing we do not take for granted. But despite the increases in traffic and viewership, revenues have continued to plummet. We have maxed out on the number of ads we run, and that’s definitely not by choice. Ideally, we would run minimal ads or no ads at all, but this isn’t a hobby. This is a business, the only one that supports my family, so I’ve chosen to do what I hate doing by having plenty of ads on the site. Even with more ads, revenues are not what they were before the coronavirus lockdowns. This is why we’re still desperately asking for help.
The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. Our initial estimate of $11,500 to stay afloat through the end of the year was understated. Just as revenues have gone down, so too have expenses risen. We need to pick up quite a bit more than expected; I won’t even venture a guess anymore. At this point, literally everything we receive helps us keep the dream of being a truth-centered news outlet alive.
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