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It’s not “fake news” just because you don’t like the source

A recent news headline about the NRA’s precarious finances really demonstrated the way some people completely shut out any “news” from any source that isn’t right leaning. I check all kinds of news sources every day, and the story about the NRA was mostly carried by left leaning sites. So what? Of course the right leaning sites don’t want to talk about it. But lefty sites dancing on the grave of the NRA doesn’t make it “fake news”. 

Here’s what the NRA said in their lawsuit: 

“…The NRA has suffered tens of millions of dollars in damages based on Defendants’ conduct… Such damages include, without limitation, damages due to reputational harm, increased development and marketing costs for any potential new NRA-endorsed insurance programs, and lost royalty amounts owed to the NRA, as well as attorneys’ fees, legal expenses, and other costs.

….If the NRA is unable to collect donations from its members, safeguard the assets endowed to it, apply its funds to cover media buys and other expenses integral to its political speech, and obtain basic corporate insurance coverage, it will be unable to exist as a not-for-profit or pursue its advocacy mission. Defendants seek to silence one of America’s oldest constitutional rights advocates. If their abuses are not enjoined, they will soon, substantially, succeed.”

I was very disappointed in some of the responses I got on Facebook (FB: The Heidi Harris Show). Many people automatically dismissed it as “fake news” because the link posted was from the New York Post. Not exactly a left-leaning site, at least not politically. Some instantly dismissed it as “fake” without taking one minute to look it up for themselves, or check other sources. 

I read the lawsuit, filed by the NRA against the State of New York, to find the “money quote”, and the press isn’t lying. True, the NRA may be overstating their liquidity problems just for legal purposes. But if they are prohibited from doing business in New York with virtually every insurance company or bank because of Governor Cuomo’s “blacklisting” of the NRA, which intimidates various companies from working with them, that’s a problem.

I’m not going to litigate the case here, but what the NRA stated in the lawsuit was accurately reported by the Press, for the most part. What’s scarier to me is this “cult” of people who automatically dismiss anything from any web site they don’t like as “fake news”. 

I was fired from a radio job last year because I stood up for family values, and most members of the media and various TV outlets were dancing on my grave. I’ve been a wasp at their picnic for years, and they don’t like anyone speaking out for Christian values. I was one of the more high profile people in Vegas doing that, so they were glad to see me go. But that didn’t make it a LIE that I was fired. 

The way some outlets characterized the reason for my termination was largely dictated by their bias, of course. My former employers wouldn’t go on record, so the Press made things up. For example, some claimed I had said gay people should never be able to adopt kids, and I never said that. Nor did I say that gay people can’t be good parents; something else that was falsely attributed to me. The bias of those reporting a story is something everyone has to take into account, but the facts of a situation are facts, and I was fired for saying kids do best with a mom and dad. 

Back to Trump. Yes, most of the Press hate him, and yes, it’s true the left leaners can’t say anything positive about him, ignoring any success he might achieve. However, we cannot nor should we evaluate everything said about President Trump based on WHO said it. That’s some scary territory to live in. A story isn’t true unless Fox or The Daily Caller report it? You don’t even check?

“Consider the source” is an often quoted phrase, and it’s based on common sense. Of course you must always consider where something is coming from and who the “news” benefits, whether it’s an acquaintance spreading gossip or something in the news. The bias of the reporter or news site will always exist, but you must not automatically dismiss bad news when you don’t like the messenger. 

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Heidi Harris Show Podcast #93: Does Putin OWN Trump? My guest thinks so.

The Helsinki debacle has everyone talking, and too many of them on the RIGHT have lost their minds. It doesn’t make you a Trump hater if you observe concerning behavior in a person and call it out. Ralph Peters, and career Army Intel officer, knows what Putin and Russia are capable of, and has no qualms about saying it.

Why does Trump criticize EVERY other world leader except Putin? Ralph thinks he knows….

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #62: Columnist Asks How Evangelicals Can Support Trump

David French, columnist for National Review, and a man whose opinion and background I respect, cannot understand how evangelicals can still defend Trump. Of course he was a “never Trumper”. It seems to me that we should never overlook or defend bad behavior, but since God puts elected officials in place, even very flawed ones, in order to further His purposes, shouldn’t we all relax?

Yes, integrity matters, and Trump wasn’t my first or tenth choice, but ultimately God’s plan is not hindered by bad leaders. I refer you to the Old Testament, where 75% of the kings were evil.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #56: Evangelicals Squabbling Over Trump

At a recent gathering of some so-called “top” evangelicals at Wheaton College, there was a lot of squabbling, with some accusing others of Trump bashing. Some particiapnts walked out. We need to stop focusing on Trump and focus on God.

Christians are called to live their lives according to God’s principles, and never does He direct us to ignore our responsibilities or get distracted because of our elected leaders. We have and will have good leaders and bad. God knows all about it, but He still expects US to glorify Him and be unified in purpose.

Squabbling among the brethren only allows The Enemy to gain a foothold.

Evangelical meeting turned to Trump bashing. Not very helpful, Brethren.

Recently a meeting of evangelical “leaders” got nasty when it degenerated into Trump bashing, causing many to walk out.

Christians cannot and should not make excuses for anyone’s moral failures, including our own, or those of our President. But we also should respect the office. Yes, we should always hold our elected officials accountable, and thank God we live in a country where that’s even possible. 

I have to ask those self-righteous “leaders” who complain about Trump’s failures: What was your plan? Stay home and get HILLARY elected? Those were your choices, kids. Jesus wasn’t on the ballot. 

“How could any evangelical vote for him….?” I’ve heard that argument over and over. Once again, it was HIM or HER. There were other (also flawed) people running, but they didn’t get the nomination. And how many sins have YOU “leaders” committed, hmm? 

As I have stated in the past, Trump’s moral failures become our business when they could lead to blackmail, or when they become a distraction to what he’s trying to accomplish for America. 

Yes, he’s narcissistic and shallow, like most of our leaders have been.  Those are qualities shared by nearly every boss you’ve ever had, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value to what they say or do. 

I honestly think Trump never expected to win, but I also believe he’s trying to do what he believes will make our country better. He has done things that will have lasting impact on our nation, flawed or not. And if all he accomplishes during his time as President is to put a speed bump in the Dems’ schemes, that’s more than enough for me. 

We follow God, not public officials. Christians have a duty to live their lives according to GOD’S plan, regardless of who’s in charge. Read the Old Testament. How many bad kings “…did evil in the sight of the Lord…”? I lost count. Yet the people were expected to follow God’s plan, not man’s. 

What about the New Testament, when evil rulers like Nero were in full swing? Did the Apostle Paul say, “You really need to protest Nero, he’s morally bankrupt…” NO. He called for Christian UNITY, which has never been related to any rulers. 

Those so-called evangelical leaders had better remember that we are to lead our lives according to God’s plan, not man’s. We will have good rulers and bad, but our responsibility is to God. And thanks to our Founding Fathers we have a pretty good system in place that prevents the bad rulers from doing too much damage.

Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” 

Squabbling among the brethren is what The Enemy wants. He wants to sow discord, because that’s how he makes headway. We need to stay focused on God, not ANY politician. We must pray for our leaders, that they would take good decisions, but we must always remember that God put them there, and His plan is not affected by them. 

Psalm 146:3 “Do not put your trust in Princes…”

Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #54: Ralph Peters on Leaving Fox News, Russia, and the Ingratitude of Americans

Lt. Col Ralph Peters recently left Fox News after 10 years as a Strategic Analyst, and his memo to Fox colleagues was leaked to the public. He has major concerns (as do I) about the fact that Fox slobbers all over Trump, never questioning anything he does. On the other hand, of course, CNN and MSNBC do nothing but trash Trump. Somewhere in the middle is the truth.

Ralph is a former Army Intel officer and award winning author of many historical novels, and he also lets loose on Americans’ ingratitude and dissatisfaction with the world. Always a privilege to get his perspective. (We spoke BEFORE Trump’s attack on Syria)

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #52: Does it Matter if Leaders are Flawed?

We should expect our leaders to have values and behave themselves so we don’t all get distracted by “no knock” raids on law offices. President Trump has put himself in this position, although he’s certainly not the only elected official who’s allowed Mr. Johnson to make decisions for him.

It doesn’t make me a “closet lib” or a “sellout” because I talk about the genuine threat the Stormy Daniels affair poses. If we start to live in a nation that doesn’t allow criticism of our so-called leaders, we’re in bigger trouble than we realize.

President Eisenhower said it best: “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”

Character always matters, no matter who you are or what you do. But if Trump gets tossed, we have Pence!!! Yippee!

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #42: Trump Had To Save Dean Heller’s Career (Guest: Danny Tarkanian)

What’s behind President Trump’s request that Danny Tarkanian abandon the Senate race so Dean Heller could run unopposed? How pathetic does this make Dean Heller look? What impact will this have on both races, especially since many GOP voters have never forgiven Heller for being a “Never Trump” guy? And since Danny has friends in the CD3 race, who will suffer as a result of his jumping in, and how will they react? Danny Tarkanian is my guest today.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #27 – #MeToo Cause Hurt by Feminist Man Haters

The reality is, no one wants equality, they want superiority, especially feminists. The #metoo movement is led by man-haters who don’t care if innocent men have their reputations destroyed by false allegations, and some have actually admitted it. The biggest danger of course, lies in the fact that the legitimate victims are getting lost in the PC shuffle. And that hurts the sisterhood.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #22 – Trump’s First SOTU

He gave a strong, positive speech, but the Dems had trouble even standing up to applaud for JOB creation! They are beside themselves, because they were certain one of two things would have happened by now: either the world would come to an end, or Trump would be out. Since neither happened, they have no idea what to do.