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Video: MGM Resorts Releases Footage of Stephen Paddock

Las Vegas, NV — Nearly six months have passed since Stephen Paddock allegedly opened fire on Las Vegas concertgoers from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 and injuring 851. Following persistent Freedom of Information Act requests filed by local media calling for the release of video, surveillance footage of Paddock inside of the hotel has been released, which was first exclusively obtained and published by The New York Times.

Footage from the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay resort shows the hotel’s valet area, elevators, restaurants, gambling floors and hallways, and reveals that Paddock did nothing out of the ordinary in the days leading up to the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

The question of how the alleged killer was able to get so many weapons into his hotel room unnoticed appears to be answered, as the footage clearly shows the hotel staff transport at “least 21 bags over the course of seven days” to Paddock’s room.

“Over and over in the clips, Mr. Paddock is seen leaving the Mandalay Bay for his home in Mesquite, returning with a dark minivan loaded with suitcases,” the Times reported. “Over and over, valets take his keys; over and over, bellhops stack his luggage on gold carts, helping him transport at least 21 bags over the course of seven days. As they take the service elevator upstairs, Mr. Paddock chats with them. He cracks a joke. He tips.”

The video footage shows Paddock alone at the casino, casually blending in with the crowd, eating sushi and at one point raising his arms in victory after winning $1,000 while gambling. Paddock’s only social interactions appear to be with employees at Mandalay Bay as he checks in at the VIP desk, visits the gift shop for snacks and gambles on video poker machines.

MGM Resorts released the following statement:

In the interest of providing greater context around Stephen Paddock’s actions in the days leading up to October 1, MGM Resorts has released these security videos and images. As the security footage demonstrates, Stephen Paddock gave no indication of what he planned to do and his interactions with staff and overall behavior were all normal. MGM and Mandalay Bay could not reasonably foresee that a long-time guest with no known history of threats or violence and behaving in a manner that appeared outwardly normal, would carry out such an inexplicably evil, violent and deadly act.

Our focus continues to be on supporting victims and their families, our guests and employees, and cooperating with law enforcement with their ongoing investigation.

 

Ben Swann Attacked by The New York Times for Pointing Out Rubio’s Voting Record

For many readers and supporters of Ben Swann’s Truth In Media Project, the fact that Swann asks tough questions and calls attention to issues and facts ignored by most of the mainstream media is nothing new. Over the past several years, Swann has developed a knack for delivering under-reported news that resonates with millions of individuals across the globe.

When reporting on any given topic, be it the drug war, mass shootings, politicians, terror attacks, police brutality, or our government’s foreign policy, Swann has never been one to gloss over these subjects or direct viewers and readers to reach any particular conclusion. This quickly becomes clear to most people who have watched Swann’s Truth In Media episodes examining a number of subjects including the origin of ISIS, medical cannabis, and police militarization. Swann’s Reality Check segments that have pointed out misleading statements as well as outright errors of GOP candidates, challenged common narratives about gun violence, and exposed questionable behavior at the CDC are not much different.

On Wednesday, a brief article, regarding a pro-Jeb Bush super PAC video ad which attacked Marco Rubio’s voting attendance record by using a portion of one of Swann’s Reality Check segments, was written in The New York Times by Maggie Haberman. The ad can be seen below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8HlBtk1SSk

The full version of the Reality Check segment, which the pro-Jeb Bush PAC Right to Rise pulled an excerpt from to use in its ad, is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LplEUY9Nv3Q

However, the Times article did not focus on verifying the validity of Swann’s statements about Rubio’s voting attendance. The author instead chose to describe Swann as a “conspiracy-minded journalist” without delving into any examples of Swann’s so-called “focus on conspiracy theories.”

Haberman claims that Swann “examined questions about whether 7 World Trade Center could have collapsed as authorities said it did, and allegations that the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings didn’t act alone.” This is absolutely true, and Swann has always stood by these examinations. However, the leap that Haberman made to then identify Swann as a “conspiracy-minded journalist” is a large one.

It’s also a leap that was already made by Salon in 2013 in an attempt to label Swann as a “truther-reporter” for his coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting. Salon’s allegations were rebuked by Mic a few days later. “It is quite obvious that Ben Swann is striking a nerve with the national media,” wrote Mic’s Christopher McDaniel. “His latest piece, via his web-based, ‘Full Disclosure’ series, does not allude to any of the shootings being a ‘false flag’ or a ‘hoax.’ However, it does what we the people should demand of journalists— it asks questions.”

Merely asking questions that the mainstream media has never touched upon does not make a journalist “conspiracy-minded.”

Nor does it make one a “truther,” as Marco Rubio’s camp claimed while accusing Right to Rise, the pro-Jeb Bush PAC behind the ad, of using a “noted 9/11, Boston Marathon Bombing, and Sandy Hook Truther as the mouthpiece for their false attacks.”

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The Washington Post’s David Weigel pointed out that Joe Pounder, an adviser for Marco Rubio, had once tweeted more favorably about Swann’s earlier work. “What was remarkable about Swann’s insta-infamy is that he had been reporting like this for years— and at least one of the people now ringing alarms about him had cited that reporting,” Weigel wrote. “After Swann saw his reputation battered on Twitter, he noticed that Pounder, in his old role at the oppo shop America Rising, had promoted his work at least twice. As a segment on Ohio’s Fox 19, ‘Reality Check’ seemed perfectly acceptable as a source.”

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Right to Rise spokesman Paul Lindsay said that “What matters are the facts in the ad, and there’s no conspiracy over the fact that Marco Rubio has missed more votes in the last three years than any other U.S. senator.”

In response to Haberman’s article, Swann pointed out that Haberman had not spoken with him at all, and reached out to him after the article had already been published. “It’s a shame the New York Times did not bother to contact me prior to publishing the article,” Swann said, “and that the Rubio campaign felt the need to attack me personally rather than address the Senator’s voting record, which any journalist can look up as part of the Congressional record.”

When Truth In Media reached out to Haberman to ask why she declined to address Swann’s reporting of Rubio’s voting record, she only stated that she had reached out to Swann and did not receive a reply.

The word “truther” is a slang term commonly used to describe an individual who rejects media narratives as a whole and touts ideas about false flag stories as fact. These words are simply inaccurate for a journalist who has the courage and tenacity to express refreshing skepticism about one piece of information, or happens to bring forth facts that presidential candidates don’t appreciate. The word “conspiracy,” once meant to describe harmful actions planned in secret, appears to have been used in this case in an attempt to ostracize Swann for being one of the last few journalists who takes this responsibility seriously.

Ted Cruz Accuses New York Times Of Lying About Bestseller List

By Alex Pappas

The fight between Ted Cruz and The New York Times escalated Friday afternoon with the Texas senator’s presidential campaign accusing the newspaper of lying about why they are keeping his book off its bestseller list.

The campaign sent out a news release accusing the paper of not giving a honest answer when it said Cruz’s new book,” A Time For Truth,” was only selling in large numbers because of “strategic” bulk purchases.

Both Cruz and his publisher, HarperCollins, said Friday the books were not sold in bulk.

“The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out,” Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler said in a statement. “But their response — alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’ — is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary.”

Added Tyler: “In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher Harper Collins.”

Tyler called on the New York Times to release evidence supporting its claim.

“Demonstrate that your charge isn’t simply a naked fabrication, designed to cover up your own partisan agenda,” he said. “And, if you cannot do so, then issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and Harper Collins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them.”

When the story about Cruz’s omission from the list broke, a Times spokeswoman told Politico: “In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”

On Friday, HarperCollins publicity director Tina Andreadis said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed that they found “no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization.”

“A Time For Truth ranked high on other publishing industry bestseller lists including Nielsen Bookscan (#4), a subscription service that tracks the vast majority of book sales in America, The Wall Street Journal (#4) and Barnes and Noble (#7),” Andreadis said. “All these outlets omit bulk orders books from their rankings.”

In reality, the scuffle between Cruz and The New York Times could be a blessing in disguise for the Republican: the fight will likely draw more attention — and buyers — to the book. And Cruz now has another anecdote for the campaign trail to claim mistreatment by the media, something that resonates with conservative voters.

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Jeffrey Sterling Gets 3 Years in Prison, David Petraeus No Prison Time For Worse Crime

Washington D.C.- Critics are voicing concerns over Monday’s ruling on CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling, questioning how the government can convict Sterling and give him a 3.5-year sentence compared to the light sentence that David Petraeus received for leaking information to his biographer and mistress.

Ben Swann speaks with Norman Solomon from the Institute for Public Accuracy about the case.

Sterling was given an additional two years of supervised release after he finishes his time in jail. The government had sought a prison term of more than 20 years for Sterling, but the judge told prosecutors at the sentencing that was too harsh a punishment.

The former CIA officer, who was fired in the early 2000s, was charged under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information about a mission meant to slow Iran’s nuclear program to New York Times reporter James Risen, who then wrote about the CIA’s Iranian plot “Operation Merlin” in his 2006 book, ‘State of War’. The plan was designed to project a negative image of Iran’s nuclear program, learn more about it program and impair its progress. Flawed nuclear weapon schematics were reportedly funneled to the Iranians via a Russian scientist with the codename “Merlin.”