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NextImg:Drew's Receipts: 'The Illusion of Access'

The media were at it again this week, and I have the receipts to prove it.

WHERE'S HUNTER?: It seemed like big news. Devon Archer testified that he and Hunter Biden sold foreigners access to Joe Biden, and the then-vice president called into their business meetings and attended dinners with their clients.

But no, Hunter Biden's Chinese and Ukrainian client's weren't actually paying for access to his dad, but rather for the "illusion of access," explained the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, and many others.

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That narrative was based on Rep. Dan. Goldman's (D., N.Y.) account of Archer's congressional testimony, which took place behind closed doors. Just one problem: Archer never even said "illusion of access" during the hearing. Goldman did, and Archer pushed back. CBS News was one of the few news outlets to correct the record after a transcript of the hearing was released.

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THEN/NOW: Speaking of short-lived Democratic spin, it was just last week that headlines declared the economy and the southern border were fixed, leaving Republicans all-but powerless to attack the president.

Then:

Axios: "GOP's Crumbling Case Against Biden on Crime, Immigration, and Inflation":

Republicans are hammering "Joe Biden’s America" as a land of rising violent crime, surging immigration and out of control inflation, but there’s just one problem: the numbers are starting to move in the opposite direction.

The big picture: With 2024 around the corner, the U.S. is making measurable progress in the areas where Biden has been most vulnerable to GOP attacks.

Washington Post: "As Inflation Falls, GOP May Have to Rethink Attacks on Biden Economy."

Associated Press: "Inflation Drops to 3% And Biden Hopes to Turn a Weakness With Voters Into a Strength."

Now: 

CNN: "CNN Poll: Half of Americans Think The Economy is Getting Worse, Despite Months of Stronger Economic News."

Texas Tribune: "Border Arrests Surged in July, a Blow to Biden Migration Plan."

CBS News: "Fitch Downgrades US Debt, Citing Political ‘Deterioration.’"

Quick, change the subject!

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REPUBLICANS POUNCE: Left-wing South Africans chanted about killing white people. But, according to the New York Times, the real problem is that "right-wing commentators" noticed.

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That kind of moral confusion would never fly in U.S. political news, though, right?

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FEAR INDEX: Remember all those articles during the pandemic about how dangerous it was to go outside?

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Well, it's apparently still not safe, and now the reason is climate change.

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Oh, and white supremacy.

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EDUCATE YOURSELF: NBC News reported on an online "community" of people who believe they can change their race by watching YouTube videos. The article included an obvious fact check: You can't actually change your race.

"It’s just belief," said Jamie Cohen, an assistant professor of cultural and media studies at Queens College, City University of New York. "It doesn’t ever really work, because it’s not doing anything, but they have convinced themselves that it works because there’s other people who have convinced themselves, as well."

What about changing your sex? That's different.

"RCTA and transracialism—which came to the forefront because of controversial figures like Rachel Dolezal—have been compared to being transgender. However, psychologists and activists push back against comparisons," NBC News explained.

"Tiq Milan, a Black transgender activist and writer, said it is a disservice to transgender people to compare the two. Race historically emerged as a social construct to establish a racial hierarchy with the white race at the top, whereas variances in gender identity have existed for thousands of years, he said."

Also, race isn't real, according to the article. Got it?

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Stay safe out there, and see you next week.