The Bulletin Board: A Month in Review

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Friday, November 1, 2019


U.S. Special Forces Eliminate ISIS Founder

Anthony Kinnett

On October 26th, United States Special Forces conducted a raid in Northwestern Syria, targeting and killing the leader of the radical Islamist state. At its height, ISIS controlled a large portion of Iraq and Syria and launched multiple terrorist attacks across the globe—killing tens of thousands of innocent people. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was considered the most wanted international terrorist, and, with the help of several informants, President Trump ordered a critical operation for his death or capture. During the raid, Baghdadi detonated a suicide-bomb vest, killing 3 and collapsing the tunnel into which he ran. Thankfully, no US forces were killed—only a combat canine was injured. This event is another critical move against ISIS which has already lost 95% of its previous territorial gains. 

Media Botches Coverage on Baghdadi’s Death

Jeffery Johnson

The morning after the death the former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Washington Post published an obituary that called him an “austere religious scholar” in the headline. They have since changed the title but not before Twitter users from all political sides rushed to make fun of the headline with #WaPoDeathNotices. The Washington Post also published a Column by Max Boot that implied that Baghdadi was courageous and questioned whether Trump should have authorized the mission to kill him. He too has since backtracked and amended the article.

Chick-fil-A Takes Britain by Storm

Tanner Mann

Chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A was once again in the news this month after opening a restaurant in England. Pro-LGBT+ demonstrators besieged the storefront with a staged lie-in, during which dozens of people donned signs and assumed the “corpse pose,” leaving hungry customers to step over and around the petulant protestors. While Chick-fil-A’s brand remains associated with its owner’s support of traditional marriage, the left has now set its sights on the fast-food chain’s charitable donations, the big culprits being the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Do their arguments have merit? Is Chick-fil-A actively financing the oppression of LGBT+ groups? No. Even progressive Vox.com reported that Chick-fil-A’s charitable donation wing is progressively reeling back donations to groups associated with anti-LGBT+ causes. Alas, Chick-fil-A’s product will always be seen as homophobic chicken despite being rated as the most polite restaurant chain in America.

China’s Influence in the Entertainment Industry

Matthew Noyes

Recently, images of Winnie the Pooh appeared to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping. In response, China not only banned Winnie the Pooh books and episodes, but Pooh became the most censored image in the country. Mocking this censorship, a recent episode of “South Park” highlighted Hollywood’s kowtowing to Chinese oppression, which the Chinese subsequently banned as well. Continuing the trend, DreamWorks’ film “Abominable,” co-produced with the Chinese firm Pearl Studio, passively endorses China’s violation of the sovereignty of several other nations as it has a scene where a map of the South China Sea contains China’s Nine-Dash Line territorial claim—a claim to sovereignty over Vietnam and Malaysia for the majority of the South China sea. All this too after the NBA fell into controversy for censoring a coach’s support of Hong Kong protestors. It shouldn’t be difficult for companies in the land of the free to condemn Chinese oppression, but, alas, current political climates have made it so.

A Temporary Truce in the US-China Trade War

Ananmay Agarwal

A temporary truce in the US-China trade war eased tension in global markets after news of the impeachment inquiry and a possible recession. On October 12, the United States and China agreed to a limited trade deal—the particulars of which would be finalized in November. Described by President Trump as “phase one,” the US has agreed to suspend an increase in tariffs on Chinese imports worth $250 billion under the arrangement in exchange for Beijing buying an additional $10 billion worth of US agricultural products. The deal, however, leaves the door open to new duties on Chinese goods starting in December. Neither does it address national security concerns regarding the telecom giant Huawei, American access to Chinese markets, or Chinese investment into the United States for that matter. Trump is worried that the slowdown caused by the trade war might hurt his re-election prospects, and likewise, Beijing is worried about the slump in economic growth. Despite these incentives, though, chances that the talks bear fruit in the coming month are little. 

Liberal Media Can’t Help Their Bias With Katie Hill

Joseph Chalfant

Rep. Katie Hill became the target of a House Ethics Committee investigation shortly after news leaked that she was embroiled in an affair with at least one campaign staffer, and possibly another. Explicit photos of Hill were leaked and published by a few outlets—something that has rightly been condemned by conservatives. The freshman Democrat offered her resignation with a “broken heart” and the liberal media jumped to her defense with dishonesty and whataboutism. None is more astounding than when Kendally Brown stated that “Hill’s career is the initial casualty of a smear campaign by far-right pundits.” In reality, the blatant ethics violations, which Hill admits to, are the source of ire for her critics, but that, of course, won’t stop the journalistic ineptitude and intellectual dishonesty seen commonly from Brown and her colleagues.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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