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MSM leaves out description of Durham perps | House Speaker boots critic to basement | Durham City Coucil Member "cleared" of extortion charges
No. 38 — Sep. 17-Sep. 23, 2023
After several UNC-Chapel Hill students died from fentanyl, these students are handing out the antidote - WUNC
According to this article from WUNC, three active students at UNC have died of drug overdoses since the beginning of 2022. As I understand it, this makes it a more common cause of death for UNC students than shooting deaths.
Yet, the shooting incidents like the recent fatal shooting of professor Zijie Yan by his graduate student (whose mental capacity to be tried in court is now being challenged) captures a much larger segment of media, activist, and political attention than overdose deaths.
The cynic in me would tell you that the reason for this disparity in attention is due to the fact that shootings (specifically massacre-style shootings) are more useful at instilling a state of terror in the populace.
Media leaves out description of perps in reporting on crimes targeting Hispanic women in Durham
Durham police investigate string of armed robberies targeting Hispanic victims - N&O
Durham carjackings, robberies appear to target Hispanic women - WRAL
Durham police investigating series of armed robberies, carjackings targeting Hispanic women - CBS17
Women in Durham targeted for armed robberies and carjackings, Durham police say - ABC11
'Fear and panic.' Hispanic women living in fear after targeted attacks in Durham - ABC11
This week, Durham Police issued a press release regarding a series of related crimes believed to be committed by the same perpetrators in a nine day period (September 3-12), including four carjackings and an armed robbery.
The mainstream media outlets (cited above) were kind enough to pass on several elements of the police’s press release to the public, including the specific list of incidents, the demographic of the victims (Hispanic females), and the contact information of the police investigators.
However, all these articles neglected to include one particular element of the police’s communication, the full description of the perpetrators (y’all are free to hypothesize as to why):
The victims have described the suspects as two to three thin frame, shorter African-American juvenile males wearing ski masks.
NC House Speaker exiles Wake Democrat to basement office
Wake Democrat exiled to supply closet at NC General Assembly - WRAL
NC Speaker Tim Moore sends Democrat who crossed him to a basement office - N&O
The NC House Speaker banished me to the basement. I know exactly why. - Rep. Terrence Everitt
The Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Moore, has moved a legislator who had been vocally critical of him to a former supply room in the General Assembly basement.
Terrence Everitt (D-Wake), the representative from District 35, had asked Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman to investigate the allegations of Moore’s corruption which had arisen in relation to a lawsuit filed against Moore by his paramour’s husband. In addition to the allegations that Moore had a long-term affair with a married woman (which Moore admitted to), the lawsuit alleged that Moore traded sex for political favors. Subsequent investigation also revealed that the wife at the subject of the lawsuit had received a total of $50k in raises at her state government position during a five year period from 2018-2022.
Everitt had also accused Moore of using public funds to settle the lawsuit. (I presume this allegation to be false, as I have not seen any evidence to back it up, and Everitt’s office did not respond to a request for such evidence to be provided.)
Durham City Council Member “cleared” of extortion accusations
‘No evidence’ against Durham City Council member in alleged extortion probe, DA says - N&O
Durham City Council member reaffirms commitment to city after being cleared in SBI investigation - WRAL
Durham City Councilor cleared by SBI scolds other elected officials for lack of support - WRAL
Earlier this year, Durham City Council Member Monique Holsey-Hyman was accused by developer Jarrod Edens of demanding a campaign donation in exchange for support on pending decisions before the city council.
However, Edens declined to participate in the subsequent investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. Without Edens’ testimony to follow up on his accusation, it’s no surprise that the SBI investigation found no evidence of extortion by Holsey-Hyman.
Was this a genuine instance of corruption being covered up? Or a disgruntled developer making entirely false accusations?
We’ll probably never know, but what we do know is the behavior that Holsey-Hyman’s faction on the council has engaged in responding to this allegation: accusing fellow council members of racism and misogyny, punching fellow council members, and asking Wikipedia to unmask the identity of editors who had included the reporting of these behaviors in the council members’ articles.
January 6th Conviction
The DC jury only took ~80 minutes to return a verdict on my January 6th case after beginning deliberation on Monday morning, finding me guilty on all four counts:
Entering or Remaining in a Restricted Area
Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Area
Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in the Capitol Building
I told the same truth to the jury that I posted along with my video immediately after returning home:
I did not enter the capitol building as part of the protest, or for cheap thrills, but to accurately document and record a significant event which was taking place.
I was not expecting quite how viral my story would spread, with even Elon Musk himself responding “wow”.
I won’t be going into the details of my January 6th story here, but if anyone is interested there are some interviews and articles which have been published:
An article by Steve Baker, another independent journalist here in Raleigh and attended my full trial:
Analysis: Where independent journalism will land you in prison - The Blaze
An hour+ long interview with Viva Frei, an independent legal content creator:
Live with Stephen Horn - CONVICTED of Journalism? Viva Frei - rumble
The McClatchy article on my conviction was actually surprisingly two-sided:
North Carolina man who filmed Capitol riot found guilty with Jan. 6 mob - The Charlotte Observer
A few more:
Independent Journalist Stephen Horn Found Guilty of 4 Jan. 6 Misdemeanors - The Epoch Times
BREAKING: DC Jury Convicts Journalist Who Covered J6 Riot in Capitol - Headline USA
Independent Journalist Who Documented January 6 Crimes is Found Guilty - The Politics Brief
BREAKING: Biden’s DOJ secures conviction against journalist over reporting on January 6 - The Post Millenial
Independent reporter just convicted as “J6 rioter” by Swamp jury… - Revolver News
Journalist convicted for Jan. 6 riot as prosecutors say he stormed Pelosi's office, chanted with mob - Just the News
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