The Office of the Director of National Intelligence got called out Thursday after internet sleuths noticed some obvious photo editing on the cover of its latest demographic report.What started off as a stock image showing a group of well-dressed professionals ultimately ended with a lady in a wheelchair and a blind man with a dog shoehorned in – supposedly signaling the department’s diversity for its 2020 fiscal year report. The name of the primary stock photo: “Portrait Of Multi-Cultural Office Staff Standing In Lobby.” On Shutterstock, a stock photography company, the portrait can be downloaded for free. Twitter users promptly spotted the edits. They seemed particularly suspect about the unbelievable shadow added to the blind man with a dog. INTERNET UP IN ARMS AFTER POLICE ACCUSE PEOPLE TAKING FREE BOOKS TO BE ‘THIEVES’So, what did ODNI use for the man with the guide dog? Naturally, “Blind young man with guide dog on white background.” The original can also be downloaded for free; the ODNI’s cover changed his suit color from tan to dark grey.And if you want to use the photo of the “beautiful businesswoman with tablet computer in wheelchair on white background,” you can also download it for free. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn fact, stock photo models appear throughout the 52-page report. The ODNI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten claimed Wednesday night that many Republican lawmakers are “bullying” teachers on “honest history” regarding race, during a livestreamed event headlined by the controversial “How to Be an Antiracist” author Ibram X Kendi.”There are legislators, mostly from the Republican party, who are currently bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching kids honest history,” Weingarten told the audience.”Look, maybe they are just trying to raise the temperature on race relations because of the next election,” she continued. Weingarten, who leads the roughly 1.7 million-member teacher’s union, has delivered remarks at multiple events this week during the AFT’s TEACH Virtual Conference 2021 where she has claimed that Republicans are at odds with American teachers.In her remarks during the opening session of the conference, she touched on how, “culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it toxic. They are bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching students accurate history.” The rhetoric around teachers getting bullied has been a common theme during the first two days of the conference. The defensive language comes as individual states and legislators decide whether or not they support or oppose the theory being taught in schools. Earlier today, the lieutenant governor of North Carolina came out against CRT. Currently, 26 states have introduced legislation or have taken other actions to restrict the teaching of Critical Race Theory according to Education Week. This has set the stage for a massive pushback from the AFT and the nation’s largest teachers union the National Education Association. CRITICAL RACE THEORY OPPONENT RIPS MSNBC’S JOY REIDThe NEA recently passed a resolution that in part would “fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric.” The same union also passed a $56,500 measure to “research the organizations attacking educators doing anti-racist work.”The campaign from the teacher’s unions to convince the public that Critical Race Theory is a valuable teaching framework has ramped up in recent weeks. CRT and race have been important topics during the NEA’s Annual Assembly last week and the TEACH conference this week. However, despite all the pro-CRT fanfare from the AFT and the NEA, yesterday, Weingarten sought to convince critics that “Critical Race Theory is not taught in elementary schools or middle schools or high schools.” Though the teacher’s unions are bolstering their support for CRT while indicating it is not a theory to be taught to school children K-12, the guest speaker of Day 2 of the TEACH 2021 Conference, Kendi, has different thoughts.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”If you’re a child that’s ten years old and you see that certain racial groups have more, and certain racial groups have less, you’re going to be asking, ‘Why is that the case?’ And to me, it is the prudent thing to do for teachers to say … that the cause of the disparity that you see are the result of racism, are the result of bad rules, are the result of history, and we’re trying to change this.” Kendi said Wednesday evening. As a guest speaker, Kendi’s comments regarding teaching a ten-year-old about race seemingly contradict the AFT’s messaging about not implementing CRT in K-12. Three hours after the conversation with Kendi, the event had had only 760 viewers, 33 likes, and 64 dislikes.
As Democrats try to push the For the People Act through the Senate, some of the party’s top figures are changing their tune on voter ID rules they previously called “racist.”In an effort to garner bipartisan support for the act, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has proposed a set of compromises. One would expand voter ID laws, long a legislative objective for the GOP. The line from the Manchin memo: “Require voter ID with allowable alternatives (utility bill, etc.) to prove identity to vote”. When asked about the compromise on Thursday, Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate for Georgia and Fair Fight Action founder, who has long railed against voter ID laws, said she “absolutely” could support Manchin’s proposal even if voter ID was a part of it. “That’s one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing. No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote. It’s been part of our nation’s history since the inception of voting,” Abrams told CNN. However, many top Democrats have been deriding voter ID laws as suppressive and racist for years, including Abrams. As recently as this past March, she referred to Georgia’s recent voting-rights bills, which included expanding voter ID laws, as “racist” and “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”She wasn’t the only one.Also in March, President Biden mentioned that the passage of the Georiga voting bills “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.” Biden also has referred to voter ID laws as a racially charged “attempt to repress minority voting masquerading as an attempt to end corruption.” As a senator, Vice President Kamala Harris tried to sink the nomination of 5th Circuit Court Judge Kyle Duncan by criticizing him for trying to reinstate a voter ID law she called “racist,” noting an appeals court wrote that it “targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., also has spoken at great length about how he believed voter ID laws were racially suppressive. “Dealing with these voter ID laws, this is not about voter verification, this is about voter suppression. They’re still playing the same games,” he said in a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2015.WARNOCK FALSELY CLAIMS HE NEVER OPPOSED VOTER ID LAWSFurthermore, Warnock said in his first speech before the Senate, “We are witnessing right now a massive and unabashed assault on voting rights unlike anything we have seen since the Jim Crow era. This is Jim Crow in new clothes.” Now, despite his continued pummeling of voter ID laws in the past, Warnock, like Stacey Abrams, has flipped on the topic. “I have never been opposed to voter ID,” Warnock told NBC News in an interview published Thursday. “And in fact, I don’t know anybody who is — who believes people shouldn’t have to prove that they are who they say they are.” The recent change in the Democrats’ tone on voter ID could be partly because polling shows it’s a popular policy among Americans. An Associated Press poll conducted in March showed 72% of Americans supported voter ID laws. Despite having fought for stricter voter identification policies for years, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the Manchin proposal “equally unacceptable.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcConnell said Thursday, “I actually think when Stacey Abrams immediately endorsed Sen. Machin’s proposal it became the Stacey Abrams (bill), not the Joe Manchin (bill).” The vote on the For The People Act is slated for next week. It is not expected to receive the 10 Republican votes needed to pass. Fox News’ Evie Fordham and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.