Turkey begins requiring negative PCR test for travel

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Turkey has begun requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to board an incoming plane. Turkey’s health minister announced the new policy Friday, which bars those who fail to comply.

All passengers flying in from Britain, South Africa or Denmark will be required to quarantine in addition to providing a negative test result. This is a change from Turkey’s previous policy, which only required a test for those showing symptoms.

One traveler said her trip to Amsterdam was derailed since she couldn’t get a PCR test on such short notice.

“Yesterday at 20 past 8 p.m., I got an email from Eurostar that if I want to go to Amsterdam, I need a PCR test,” the traveler said. “But how can I get PCR test in the night or even in one day?”

These new international requirements are effecting travelers worldwide. Only more changes are expected to come as countries continue to issue new policies to combat the pandemic.

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Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:17 AM

President Donald Trump is well within his constitutional rights to grant pardons, and, in fact, there should be more pardons and less talk about indicting the president once he leaves office, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

"I certainly hope he doesn't get indicted; that's what banana republics do: They indict their presidents after their presidents lose an election," Dershowitz told "Saturday Report," saying "there is no real possibility" of Trump being indicted. "Let's let the president go on; let's have him finish his term.

"I hope comes to the inauguration; I hope for peaceful transition, and already we see a peaceful transition going on. Let's move on to the next administration: No incriminations, no prosecutions."

Media criticism of President Trump's recent pardons are ignoring the amount of former President Barack Obama's pardon total at the end of his first term and the constitutional authority to correct miscarriages of justice with restorative justice.

"The media is just wrong: President Trump understands better than previous presidents that the pardon power is part of the system of checks and balances," Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. "He understands when the executive and judicial branches get out of whack, it's the job of the president to restore justice."

Trump's pardons to date, even if they have been tied to the Russia investigation, are neither corruption nor unwarranted, Dershowitz said.

"No only is it not corrupt, it's absolutely proper," Dershowitz added. "The president feels very strongly that the Mueller commission acted improperly – and if that's his belief and he believes that strongly, and he has a basis for it, he should be pardoning and commuting people who were the victims of an injustice.

"That's not corruption."

In fact, Dershowitz wishes "the president in his last days would grant even more pardons," praising the pardon review process the Trump administration has in place.

"I think he should be praised and commended, and I think he should give more pardons, more commutations, and exercise his full power under the Constitution," Dershowitz added. "That's what he's supposed to do."

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Liberal Bias of Wikipedia Called Out in 5 Studies

Liberal Bias of Wikipedia Called Out in 5 Studies wikipedia sign (Jens Kalaene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:53 AM

Left-wing media bias has taken over once-neutral Wikipedia, just as co-founder Larry Sanger lamented earlier this year, according to five studies reviewing the content of the online encyclopedia.

The studies have concluded Wikipedia is even more left-biased than the Encyclopedia Britannica, left-wing indoctrination is pushed harder by leftist editors, liberal media is more pronounced in the mentions on that site, the reviews of politicians relies are left-wing sources, and conservative editors on the website are six times more likely to be sanctioned for their updates.

1. Harvard Study: Wikipedia More Left-Biased Than Britannica

While both are slanted toward liberal views, the study find Wikipedia is more biased toward Democrats.

“Using a matched sample of pairs of articles from Britannica and Wikipedia, we show that, overall, Wikipedia articles are more slanted towards Democrat than Britannica articles, as well as more biased,” the study’s abstract reads.

Notably, Wikipedia becomes less biased the more a post is edited and reviewed, and the study also found the most liberal-biased entries are ones least edited or reviewed.

2. Harvard Study: Indoctrination Pushed Harder Left and by Leftists

The same researchers above followed up their study with another one that found the most frequent editors are leftists and they are also far more biased partisans, according to their study.

3. Wikipediocracy: Top News Outlets Cited Are Mostly Left-Wing

Established leftist outlets The New York Times and BBC News are the most cited sources, around 200,000 stories. The Guardian, an equally left-wing outlet, is cited third at almost 100,000 citations.

Among the top 10 most-cited, only one was right-leaning.

4. Wikipediocracy/AllSides: U.S. Politicians Pages Rely on Left-Wing Sources

Using AllSides and Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) ratings, a Wikipediocracy user found stories on American politicians rely mostly on left-wing media. The ratio is almost 3- or 4-to-1 left wing vs. right wing. And even centrist sources are used to the same ratio vs. right wing ones, per the analysis.

5. The Critic: Right-Wing Editors 6 Times More Likely to Be Sanctioned

Those espousing right-wing views on topics like politics, abortion, gun control, race, and intelligence were six times more likely to be sanctions by the “Supreme Court” of the Wikipedia editors, especially those reviewing things about President Donald Trump.

Trump: Fox News ‘Virtually Unwatchable’

Trump: Fox News 'Virtually Unwatchable' Trump: Fox News 'Virtually Unwatchable'

Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:38 AM

President Donald Trump ramped up criticism of Fox News over the weekend, calling it "virtually unwatchable.”

In a tweet, Trump directed conservatives to tune to other outlets, including Newsmax.

“@Fox News daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends,” he wrote Saturday. “Watch @OANN, @Newsmax or almost anything else. You won't have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse!"

Trump's latest tweet highlights a progressively rocky relationship between the president and his formerly favorite news outlet.

For several months Trump has tweeted criticisms of the conservative network, at times calling them "Fake News" and "anti-Trump."

"@FoxNews is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!," he tweeted in May.

According to Axios, Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call of Joe Biden's win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.

“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it," Axios quoted one source saying.

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Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration?

Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration? Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration?

Sunday, 29 November 2020 09:59 AM

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering kicking off his 2024 campaign during Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The Daily Beast, citing three unnamed sources, reported Trump has not only talked to close advisers and confidants about a potential 2024 run to reclaim the White House, but about the specifics of a campaign launch.

He’s floated the idea of a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, the news outlet reported.

Bloomberg has reported Trump said he planned to run in 2024 if his lawyers are unable to make the case to overturn the results of the 2020 election — and the idea has some support from GOP voters, the Daily Beast reported.

A survey by Seven Letter Insight found that 66% of Republican voters would support the president running in 2024.

And a Morning Consult poll for Politico found that 54% would vote for the president in a 2024 primary.

Trump has refused to concede the election, but has allowed the General Services Administration to give the transition team for Joe Biden to get access to government resources and personnel.

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Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media ‘Stunt’

Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media 'Stunt' (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:33 PM

The breathless claims of "no evidence" of voter fraud is a "mainstream media stunt," according to Roger Stone on Newsmax TV.

"I think the mainstream media stunt of saying there's no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud is patently absurd, because the evidence is not only overwhelming, it's also compelling," Stone told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin.

Stone pointed to the "old fashioned, urban, Democrat vote-stealing machine" and "serious evidence of cyber manipulation of the vote."

Asked by Halperin if President Donald Trump does not succeed in his legal challenge, who could beat him in the Republican Party in 2024?

"That would be no one," Stone said. "This president is even more popular than the great Ronald Reagan was."

Stone added Reagan's GOP approval rating was a "marvel" in the high 80s.

"Donald Trump has approval ratings in the mid-90s, which I've never seen in American politics," Stone added.

"The grassroots of the Republican Party loves Donald Trump."

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Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media ‘Stunt’

Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media 'Stunt' (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:33 PM

The breathless claims of "no evidence" of voter fraud is a "mainstream media stunt," according to Roger Stone on Newsmax TV.

"I think the mainstream media stunt of saying there's no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud is patently absurd, because the evidence is not only overwhelming, it's also compelling," Stone told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin.

Stone pointed to the "old fashioned, urban, Democrat vote-stealing machine" and "serious evidence of cyber manipulation of the vote."

Asked by Halperin if President Donald Trump does not succeed in his legal challenge, who could beat him in the Republican Party in 2024?

"That would be no one," Stone said. "This president is even more popular than the great Ronald Reagan was."

Stone added Reagan's GOP approval rating was a "marvel" in the high 80s.

"Donald Trump has approval ratings in the mid-90s, which I've never seen in American politics," Stone added.

"The grassroots of the Republican Party loves Donald Trump."

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Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market

Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market (Newsmax TV/"The Count")

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:45 PM

The upcoming Georgia Senate runoff races are "absolutely critical," because if Republicans don't keep control of the Senate, Democrats will push through massive tax increases on capital gains that will "help wreck the stock market," publisher and author Steve Forbes warned on Newsmax TV Saturday.

"I hope we've learned from what happened in this recent election in terms of making sure those ballots are looked at before they're opened, so we can see which ones are valid and which are not," Forbes told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "The Democrats are planning to dump in hundreds of thousands of those kinds of ballots. We've got to be on guard about that."

Losing control of the Senate would mean devastating taxes all around, including business and individual taxes that will hurt the economy, Forbes added.

"The stock market will lose several thousand points very quickly," he said.

Forbes also ridiculed Joe Biden for his comments that the market doesn't affect everyday Americans' lives.

"His ignorance on the stock market does not bode well for his understanding of economics…what Biden knows would fit on the thumb of (President) Donald Trump," said Forbes. "The market wouldn't be doing well if they didn't think the economy was making gains…as for the stock market meaning nothing, tell that to 100 million Americans who have IRAs, 401Ks, and the like."

Forbes also cast doubt on former Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen becoming the nation's next Treasury Secretary if Biden's election is confirmed, because "she thinks you can print money and that'll create prosperity."

"She will work very closely with Chairman (Jay) Powell at the Federal Reserve to try to get around federal blocking, especially, by the Senate," said Forbes. "They'll try to use the Federal Reserve as a way to bail out states like Illinois, New York and New Jersey, which have been mismanaged."

Forbes also said he's concerned with how Biden would handle foreign affairs, particularly with China and Iran.

"The fact we got rid of, or somebody got rid of, their chief nuclear scientist in Iran shows that the Arabs and the Israelis and others don't want Iran dominating the Middle East and the oil fields there," said Forbes.

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Arizona Republicans to Hold Meeting on Nov. 3 Election

Arizona Republicans to Hold Meeting on Nov. 3 Election

Saturday, 28 November 2020 08:38 PM

Arizona Republicans have scheduled a meeting at a hotel in downtown Phoenix on Monday to discuss the Nov. 3 election.

The event was billed as a “fact-finding hearing" featuring members of Trump's legal team and members of the Arizona Legislature, but top leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature told The Associated Press that the planned gathering was not an official legislative event.

According to press release by state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro-Valley, the gathering is intended “to hear testimony and view evidence related to allegations of electoral compromise related to the 2020 election."

A similar event was held Wednesday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

No evidence of fraud or hacking of voting machines has emerged during this election in Arizona.

Five challenges have been filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix since Nov. 3 and four of those have been dismissed. An initial hearing on the fifth is scheduled Monday, the same day as the hotel event and the state election canvass at the state Capitol.

Among the Trump supporters using social media to publicize the Arizona event were state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. “I will be there," Gosar declared on Twitter.

It wasn't clear whether the Trump attorneys would be present in Phoenix or addressing the gathering remotely.

On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden won Arizona.

The Arizona Legislature is not in session and Senate President Karen Fann said neither she nor House Speaker Rusty Bowers, authorized fellow Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing at the Capitol on the election.

“So they found a site off-site to hold it," Fann said.

The planned gathering drew scorn from some Democrats.

“Might as well have a boat parade and call it a legislative hearing. This unsanctioned unofficial circus sideshow will have no bearing or impact on @JoeBiden’s victory in Arizona,” the Democratic Caucus of the Arizona House said in its Twitter feed.

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Sharyl Attkisson to Newsmax TV: 2016 Accelerated Media Bias

Sharyl Attkisson to Newsmax TV: 2016 Accelerated Media Bias (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report')

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:06 AM

Special interest forces saw the 2016 information cycle as too free online, so they bolstered efforts to control the dissemination of dissent online, according to author Sharyl Attkisson on Newsmax TV.

"They pretty successfully figured out how to do that the past four years," Attkisson told "Saturday Report."

Attkisson's latest book "Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism" was released this week and details the control big tech and the internet has managed to take over our society and the free market of ideas.

"A lot of people think big tech is pulling the strings because they're ideologically on the left, but I will tell you there are also corporate interests," she told host Carl Higbie. "This just doesn't split left-right sometimes. There are corporate interests that are convincing big tech to do these things, and there are political interests calling them and lobbying them to do these things."

The problem on social media information control is it attempts to stifle any kind of legal speech with liberal-biased "fact-checkers," she added.

"I think they should be out of the business [of fact-checking]," she said. "First, they are not experts. They are not qualified. They have conflicted political and corporate interests getting them to make their decision.

"We shouldn't be saying, 'Hey, be fair in how you censor and fact-check,' because they're not qualified to do it. We should be saying 'Hands off of our information' in my view, except that which is illegal."

As for Section 230 for social media companies, they are becoming "publishers" when they "take an advocacy people that sometimes isn't even true," Attkisson said.

Also, administrations tend to hold sway in major media by giving or blocking access to major interviews. For example, Attkisson said, if they do not like what you report, you will be banished from gaining access to information and sources in the future.

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Sharyl Attkisson to Newsmax TV: 2016 Accelerated Media Bias

Sharyl Attkisson to Newsmax TV: 2016 Accelerated Media Bias (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report')

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:06 AM

Special interest forces saw the 2016 information cycle as too free online, so they bolstered efforts to control the dissemination of dissent online, according to author Sharyl Attkisson on Newsmax TV.

"They pretty successfully figured out how to do that the past four years," Attkisson told "Saturday Report."

Attkisson's latest book "Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism" was released this week and details the control big tech and the internet has managed to take over our society and the free market of ideas.

"A lot of people think big tech is pulling the strings because they're ideologically on the left, but I will tell you there are also corporate interests," she told host Carl Higbie. "This just doesn't split left-right sometimes. There are corporate interests that are convincing big tech to do these things, and there are political interests calling them and lobbying them to do these things."

The problem on social media information control is it attempts to stifle any kind of legal speech with liberal-biased "fact-checkers," she added.

"I think they should be out of the business [of fact-checking]," she said. "First, they are not experts. They are not qualified. They have conflicted political and corporate interests getting them to make their decision.

"We shouldn't be saying, 'Hey, be fair in how you censor and fact-check,' because they're not qualified to do it. We should be saying 'Hands off of our information' in my view, except that which is illegal."

As for Section 230 for social media companies, they are becoming "publishers" when they "take an advocacy people that sometimes isn't even true," Attkisson said.

Also, administrations tend to hold sway in major media by giving or blocking access to major interviews. For example, Attkisson said, if they do not like what you report, you will be banished from gaining access to information and sources in the future.

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