Axios Co-Founder & Executive Editor Mike Allen
A new media project has recently taken shape on the internet, describing itself as “the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trust-worthy experience for readers and advertisers alike”, but peeling back the layers of what’s inside reveals the truth behind Axios Media and its motivations.
Axios is a digital publication that has sprung up seemingly out of nowhere in the last eight months, and has quickly become an accepted “news source” by media outlets everywhere. Indeed, their own manifesto leads off with the following:
All of us left cool, safe jobs to start a new company with this shared belief: Media is broken — and too often a scam.
And yet, everything about Axios indicates that it is even worse than the “broken media” it claims to have separated from. From its inception, to its founding members, employees, sponsors, and even the launch date of the website – everything about Axios points to it being a corporate-sponsored platform aimed at subverting President Trump, and anything but the “honest media” they claim to be founded as.
As the dust settled following the recent rally riot in Virginia, the flames continued burning on the internet long after the streets were cleared. Even on a subject that seems relatively agreeable in that everyone involved probably deserved a good punch, a greater issue arose that was reminiscent of so many arguments past: leftists using the event as an opportunity to make a blanket statement that all Trump supporters fit the bill of these pathetic racist morons.
It’s been a battle that Trump supporters have fought since day one, and things have not seemed to change at all. But does the issue lie with the Trump supporters, or with those who have grown so comfortable accusing these people of something so awful?
I’ve been hesitant to write about this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, since we’d all be better served by not giving more attention to two groups of people whose congregations always end in violence, riots, arrests, and the like. The BBC aptly described both groups below:
The alt-right – a disparate group of pro-Donald Trump provocateurs who critics say are bigoted white nationalists – has a reputation for trolling and online bullying. Now some believe they may have met their match in the form of a group of left-wing anarchists whose tactics are arguably more extreme.
They’re called “antifa”, short for “anti-fascist”. The movement has its roots in 1930s Europe, but has had a low profile for much of the intervening period. Now the recent surge in nationalist movements across the globe has given it a new enemy to fight.
Antifa activists say they are committed to fighting fascism and racism in all its forms. Some aren’t averse to violence, and the movement wasted little time in making its presence felt. Protests held during Donald Trump’s inauguration turned violent. Restaurant windows were smashed, a car was set on fire and objects were thrown at the police. More than 200 arrests were made.
Everyone who shows up to these gatherings expects some sort of “counter-protest” from the other side to materialize near them, which is why they come prepared with weapons of all sorts, including bats and other blunt objects, and sometimes firearms, often carried openly. In the case of Antifa, they will sport face coverings/masks, so their identities aren’t “doxxed” to the public. Indeed this is something they should be afraid of, as their employers (assuming they have jobs, of course) would likely not continue to employ them if they knew their employee voluntarily attended a protest they knew would turn violent. Which is why I state the following, in the clearest of terms:
Days ago, an Ohio man drove a car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 1 and wounding scores. Eyewitnesses called the act intentional – and video of the incident shows the car having ample time and space to accelerate before plowing recklessly into the crowd. No matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, this is an act of cowardice and evil.
I disavow any violence or hate from either side – regardless if it’s Antifa or the Alt-Right.
In May of 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel overseeing the investigation into alleged ties and collusion between President Trump and Russia. Though CNN was quick to call Mueller “nonpolitical”, nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, WND has compiled a list of scandals Mueller oversaw during his tenure as FBI Director from 2001 to 2013; spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Reported by WND, from AmericanLookout.com – here are some of the more well-known scandals:
Tesla proponents love to remind people how their vehicles are “carbon free” (in spite of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s own carbon profligate lifestyle):
Fact: the Tesla Model S is an environmentally friendly, zero emissions electric vehicle that won’t pollute the air like gas-powered cars. Carbon emissions from a gas car’s tailpipe has a dangerous impact on global warming…. In addition, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explains that, “combustion cars emit toxic gases. According to an MIT study, there are 53,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone from auto emissions.”
But in reminding people about how they don’t burn fossil fuels, they make sure to omit and/or obfuscate all the other emissions-laden factors that go into production of Tesla automobiles, including the oft-unspoken costs of the vehicles to the taxpayer and to other auto manufacturers.
In an article written for Single Dude Travel about a year ago, I exposed the laughable promotion of the Armatix IP1 firearm by 60 Minutes, and of the pitfalls of “smart guns” and the legislation that will require their implementation:
They did grant a minuscule amount of deference to the New Jersey legislation that has held up smart gun development, as well as the hypocrisy of the proposed replacement, even though they made almost no mention of the stupid demands of both the old and new Weinberg bills. The whole piece was focused upon forcing the NRA and gun manufacturers to fund smart gun technology, despite dearth of demand for such guns among US consumers.
A closer look at the New Jersey legislation shows that it is indeed a mandate for smart gun technology, which is why it was so vehemently opposed by the NRA:
The investigation into the mysterious murder of Seth Rich has been a long, convoluted saga – and that’s putting it lightly.
In the early morning hours of July 10, 2016, Seth Rich was shot on the streets of Washington, D.C. Though the police department labeled Rich’s murder as a “botched robbery”, Rich’s wallet, credit cards, and watch were left on his person. He was transported to the hospital but succumbed to his gunshot wounds just hours later. Since the murder, no official police report has been released publicly. No body cameras worn by responding officers has been released. Instead of answering (or even asking) any real questions, the mainstream media has been more than content to focus on the “botched robbery” angle of Rich’s murder and exclusively that.
Then, almost a full year after the murder in May 2017, Rod Wheeler – a private investigator working for the Rich family – confirmed that Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to his death. Fox News, after reporting Wheeler’s bombshell claim, eventually retracted the report giving deluge to accusations of the story being “baseless” and “discredited”. Late May, I also chronicled instances that didn’t add up with the Seth Rich investigation. Beyond that, the furor over the unsolved murder slowly fizzled out and slid into the back of the public’s collective conscious…
…That is, until now…
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO premiered in April 2014 and still airs today. Before getting his own cable news show, Oliver was prominently featured on The Daily Show as a correspondent. In an interview with THR in May, a month before Last Week Tonight aired, Oliver spoke of the freedoms offered by working with HBO:
“You can have real freedom…” says Oliver. “To do a very aggressive piece on [General Motors] before a congressional investigation, that’s potentially a problem on commercial TV. I don’t think it would be outlawed. But I think there would be a sense of, ‘Do you have to do this?'”
Yes, with HBO’s “real freedom”, it was easy to champion himself as the underdog that wanted to get to work doing real investigative journalism but did Oliver live up to his own high standards? Over the course of the show’s run, Oliver’s corporate bias became exceedingly clear.
Free Market Shooter has covered the saga of the Awan brothers since early February:
While most know about the Yemen raid, most do not know about the dismissal of the three Awan brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan. On February 2nd, they were abruptly removed from their positions of managing information technology for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Though they were initially suspected merely of stealing equipment, a connection with the previously-hacked computers of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) revealed something far more sinister:
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.
However, there have been a number of developments since then, especially in the past few days. Imran Awan was arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport trying to leave the US, but only after he transferred approximately $300,000 to Pakistan, and crushed hard drives from his former residence were turned over to authorities: