Media bias in opposition to President Trump

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Why I write.  Intelligent people once revered a free press, and supported newspapers, radio, and television.  We did not always like what we read, heard or saw, but we accepted their reports as a fair and balanced presentation of the news.  Over the years, we noticed a creeping liberal bias.  Certain reporters were not trustworthy.  Then a couple of anchors, most notably Dan Rather who forged a memo to try to derail President Bush 43's re-election effort in 2004.  Fake, but accurate.  However President Trump's candidacy and presidency have been the real eye-opener.  The media's full-court attack on Trump is relentless and insistent.  The WikiLeaks of emails show that there is no happenstance.  The media attacks on Trump are coordinated.

Jim Acosta Rudely Shouts Gun Control Question After POTUS Gives Somber Speech — Complains After Trump Ignores Him.  CNN's Jim Acosta rudely shouted out a question about guns to President Trump after he wrapped up a somber address Thursday [2/15/2018].  President Trump gave a genuine, heartwarming speech a day after [someone] murdered 17 people at a Florida high school.  Acosta rudely shouted at the president, ruining the mood in a room full of people saddened by the tragic loss of life.

Triumph of the Shills.  North Korea sent Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un and the nation's director of "Propaganda and Agitation," on a "charm offensive" to South Korea over the weekend.  With cheerleaders and pop-stars in tow, her mission was to help rehabilitate North Korea's image and shift focus away from the regime's human rights abuses and away from the fact that the Hermit Kingdom, essentially, is a giant prison.  The Western media was all too happy to report on Kim's sense of style, her shoes, her hair, and lack of makeup — to the exclusion of the moaning, emaciated elephant in the room.  There could be many reasons for this embarrassing spectacle — ranging from outright complicity, to political malice, to plain old laziness.  Most likely it's that pre-existing biases and journalistic laziness are creating a witch's brew that threatens to glamorize evil.  Western journalists are so blinded by disdain for the Trump Administration that any chance to embarrass the president and hurt his agenda is seen as a welcome opportunity.

Stop pretending the Olympics are about world peace.  As Bethany Mandel pointed out here, it's a disgrace that the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was fawned over by the international press and favorably compared to Vice President Mike Pence because he refused to play along with that evil regime's charm offensive.  It's appalling that many are so willing to embrace those responsible for countless murders and torture just to take a swipe at President Trump.

MSNBC Panel Betray The Political Agenda Behind Trump Coverage.  On Monday [2/12/2018], the panel of MSNBC's Deadline:  White House giddily dished about whether they might have finally stumbled upon a narrative that could cause President Trump to lose the support of his otherwise consistent base.  As the panel covered the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal, Donny Deutsch speculated that some less "evolved" Americans might continue to support Donald Trump because they consider victims of domestic abuse "collateral damage."  He lamented that "most of them are not watching news."

Sarah Sanders Torches Liberal Press Pool 'Look Around This Room, You're the Ones Who Publish Classified Information'.  Fearless warrior Sarah Huckabee Sanders torched the liberal press pool on Monday after they showed faux outrage over which White House aides have security clearance.  All of a sudden the liberal media is concerned about White House leaks?  [Video clip]

Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You.  [Scroll down]  Having judged the American project kaput after the election of Donald Trump, they are now stooping to the level of defending the North Koreans — perhaps the most brutal and heinous regime in the world today — thanks to some side-eye from its minister of propaganda, the sister of Kim Jong Un.  If the headlines are to be believed, "North Korea heading for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics" is the story American media want to tell about this moment.  I wish this was an exaggeration.  Witness this story from CNN today, with its dripping credulousness in attacking Mike Pence with a story sourced entirely to a diplomatic source close to the North Korean regime. [...] Let's be clear about what this is:  this is 15 year veteran reporter at CNN, Will Ripley, just straight up delivering North Korean propaganda whole cloth to an American audience, simply because it criticizes the Trump administration.

Joe Concha:  Media's Trump Anger Mostly 'Performance Art at This Point'.  After it was made public that President Trump had requested the Pentagon to plan a military parade through Washington, DC, there was a steady stream of forceful condemnation of the President in which they claimed he was imitating foreign dictators.  And in an appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday [2/8/2018], Hill media reporter Joe Concha knocked them for playing up their outrage and playing to an audience.

MSM eagerly collaborating with Schiff-created memo redaction fake controversy.  We are in the midst of a classic example of collaboration between Democrats and the mainstream media.  The operation is aimed at directing public attention away from the serious and historic Obama administration abuses uncovered by Chairman Nunes:  nothing short of spying on a rival presidential campaign using the NSA's universal surveillance of electronic communications.  The mechanism is the manufacturing a fake controversy enabling readers and viewers to discount the evidence.  As most AT readers already know, strong suspicions exist that the Adam Schiff-drafted 10-page memo, intended to "rebut" the 4 page Nunes memo, was salted with references to sensitive intelligence "sources and methods" that would have to be redacted in order to protect future intelligence-gathering capabilities.  This was done in order to be able to scream that the rebuttal was being blocked.

Our Radicalized Media:  A Clear And Present Danger.  Like Hitler's "Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda," the media control information, reporting only news that attacks our president and those working to exonerate him.  They bury news of lawlessness that implicates Democrats — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, any member of the leftist cabal.  But why are the media protecting the bad actors?  Is it their liberal bent, their far-left ideology?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, the media are radicalized, wholly devoted to the progressive dogma of the left, but it's more than that.  These faux journalists couldn't spew their poison, advocate the overthrow of a president, without their boss's permission, without government approval.

Media knew dossier was Fake News a year ago.  First, the media knew Obama's administration did indeed wiretap the Trump campaign.  Reporters for the New York Times had access to transcripts of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, and disclosed this on the Times front page on January 20, 2017 — an inauguration gift designed and timed to undermine and de-legitimize President Trump and his administration.  This was Watergate on Steroids, as I wrote on March 5, 2017.  Second, the media knew that the dossier was in reality Hillary's opposition research by British "spy" Christopher Steele.  "September 2016:  In court filings in London, where he is being sued, Steele says that he briefed reporters at several news outlets following instructions from Fusion GPS[, ...] the Daily Caller reported on October 28, 2017.

If You Love Law Enforcement, You Must Criticize FBI Corruption.  Many people in the media have jointly arrived at the same talking point.  They say that criticizing the bad actions of specific people at the top ranks of a law enforcement agency mean you're at war with all law enforcement.  Politico's headline for this talking point was "Trump escalates his war with U.S. law enforcement after memo release."  "Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it," said the Washington PostThe New York Times went with "The President's Unparalleled War on Law Enforcement."  TV pundits and hosts have used the same talking point.  It's a convenient way to avoid talking about abuses revealed by congressional overseers in a recent memo filled with facts not in dispute by the FBI.

Obamagate Confirmed.  The media's favorite tactic is to treat Trump's self-defense, even if it is rooted in the truth, as an ongoing scandal.  It is appalling to the kangaroo court that he would "discredit" the probe into his campaign by pointing to discreditable behavior.  That is a no-no.  That is "politics."  That is "selfish," placing his own "personal interests" above the "interests of the country."

Mainstream Media 'Disgraced Itself' by Fighting Against FISA Memo Release.  Ben Stein said the mainstream media "disgraced itself" by fighting against the release of a controversial memo alleging government surveillance abuses.  The memo was declassified by the White House Friday and the full contents released a short time later by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.  "The media is supposed to be pushing, pushing, pushing to have all the news put out there.  They've been fighting, fighting, fighting against this FISA memo news to be put out," Stein said on "Cavuto Live," arguing this is more evidence that the media is a "captive of the Democrat Party."  [Video clip]

CNN's Stelter Asserts Memo Just a Fox News Created 'Alternate Reality'.  CNN media reporter Brian Stelter was up in arms during Sunday's Reliable Sources as he ranted about how the release of Nunes memo was a win for Fox News, more specifically Sean Hannity, and all the people in conservative media trying to create what he called an "alternative reality."  Stelter began the show with a twist on his usual lead-in loaded with hollow catchphrases:  "This is Reliable Sources, our weekly look at the story behind the story, of how the media really works, how the news gets made.  And this week, how misinformation gets made.  The right unleashed its version of Fire and Fury this week."  It was rather odd that he would try to discredit the bombshell memo with Michael Wolff's book since his network welcomed it with great fanfare and glorification for days on end.

The Associated Press Stokes Racial Division, Smears Trump.  The Associated Press wages a daily battle against the Trump administration on behalf of the Democratic Party.  Its bias is manifest and unconcealed, but rarely do we see a hit job as outrageous as this one:  Minorities hear division in Trump call for unity.  It is an article about Trump's State of the Union speech, but it doesn't quote a single word from the speech.  You can tell from the title that the president said something about unity, but the AP doesn't tell you what it was.

Obamagate Confirmed.  The media's response to the release of the Nunes memo surpasses the level of Pravda covering a Soviet show trial.  No sooner had the memo appeared than journalists immediately began throwing sand into their audience's eyes.  The story, according to the media, is not that Obama's Justice Department/FBI snookered FISA court judges and used Hillary's purchased Steele dossier to spy on Trumpworld.  No, the scandal is that the evil Republicans exposed this outrage, and that Trump, the ultimate target of this espionage, has the gall to defend himself.  How dare a defendant in our kangaroo trial defend himself with the truth — that's the upshot of all the media's bleating.  All you can do is laugh at the intensity of the gibbering propaganda and misdirection, which is nothing more than the rage of a ruling class nabbed in an audacious act of political espionage.

The Media's Free Pass for Bitter Democrats.  Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the left was complaining that he was going to look "presidential."  It still can't accept that he is president and gets to give presidential speeches.  But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it.  The Trump speech was beautiful, at some points even poetic, and delivered well (for him).  Maybe it was in the pronouns.  Former President Clinton could never stop talking about himself.  Former President Obama was worse, once using the first person singular 199 times in a 2014 speech in Austin, Texas.

NBC Trashes 'Subdued,' 'Tired' SOTU Speech Full of 'Hyperbole' for Fact-Checkers.  On Tuesday night, NBC threw what could be described as a hissy fit following President Trump's first State of the Union address by attacking it as a "subdued" and "tired" President and speech that will keep "the fact checkers...busy" but didn't address Russia or gun control.  Today [1/31/2018] co-host Savannah Guthrie praised it as "bright," "conciliatory," and "optimistic," but Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd felt betrayed that he had been "oversold" at an off-the-record lunch earlier in the day about how much the President would "outreach" to Democrats.

Washington Post Rewrites SOTU Headline after #Resistance Rages on Twitter.  In apparent effort to appease the left-wing Twitter mob, the far-left Washington Post quickly rewrote its front page State of the Union headline.  Not long after the conclusion of President Trump's extremely well-received State of the Union speech, the Post advertised what it promised would be "the front page of tomorrow's Washington Post."  Just above a photo of Trump giving his speech, the five-point headline read, "A call for bipartisanship"

Prejudged: Liberals Warn Pundits Not To Call State Of The Union 'Presidential'.  Hours before the State of the Union address, many prominent liberals were already forming the left-wing narrative in response to the speech by warning their fellow ideologues against referring to anything President Donald Trump says as "presidential."  New York Times columnist Charles Blow made it clear he will be banning anyone who uses the word, no matter what the president says.

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  In historian Edward Luttwak's semi-serious Coup d'état:  A Practical Handbook, control of the media is essential to abort a leader's term.  Ideally, a resistance should hope to so influence or enlist popular television, radio, electronic media and print journalism to ensure that 90 percent of all coverage of the president would be classified as negative.  Reporters would issue fake news reports, ranging from stories that the president deliberately phoned a foreign leader and threatened invasion, or in racist fashion had insulted minorities by removing the bust of a black civil rights icon from the West Wing.  Some reporters would use on-air obscenity and scatology in expressing their hatred of the president, in efforts to normalize the once abnormal.  The more theoretical would ponder the need to jettison disinterested reporting, claiming that the danger of Trump justified biased coverage.  The deep-state media might brand as believable a fake-news, tell-all book about the secret and private lives of the Trump inner circle.  All of that happened in 2017.  And it's still happening.

Reporters Spread Fake News Claiming Ivanka Kicked a Spanish Chef From a Restaurant.  When journalists don't fact-check, fake news spreads faster than chickenpox in a kindergarten with shared toothbrushes.  Spoiler:  that happened here.  With immigration issues fresh in the head cavities of leftists, a couple of Hispanic peoples decided to make up a racist story.  Surprise, surprise, reporters bought it.

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Day 3: Media Maintains Obama-Farrakhan Photo Embargo.  What if major stories broke and the media just chose not to report them.  Or to bury them somewhere on the back page.  That hasn't been a hypothetical question for a long time.  The media buried the Holocaust to protect the FDR administration.  It buried JFK's scandals and even pushed post-assassination conspiracy theories.  It buried Bill Clinton's scandals.  But in the Obama era, it didn't just bury them, it single-mindedly pursued narratives and counter-narratives without regard to what was actually happening.  That's why you'll see roughly 2 billion Mueller stories in the media (half of them from Jeff Bezos' Washington Post) and 3 days in, almost zero reporting on the release of a photo featuring Obama with Farrakhan.  The Nation of Islam leader has praised Hitler and runs a violent racist hate group.  The kind of organization even most lefties find indefensible.  Yet the media blackout continues.

Media Blackout As Democrats Publicly Struggle With Benefits Of GOP Tax Cut.  The establishment media have saved Democrats from embarrassment by refusing to cover their struggling attempts to explain away the positive economic effects the Republican tax bill delivered for the working class.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats predicted the tax bill would be a disaster for the working class — "Armageddon" is how Pelosi described it — only to see more than three million American workers receive bonuses and pay raises as a result of the GOP tax cuts.  Additionally, 90 percent of workers are expected to see an increase in take-home pay in 2018.

Tucker Carlson Drops A Truth Bomb On The Mainstream Media.  Tucker Carlson shamed the mainstream media for no longer serving as watchdogs and for failing to speak truth to power, Wednesday [1/24/2018] on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  Carlson discussed a classified memo detailing surveillance practices used by former President Barack Obama's administration, to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.  Carlson accused liberals of using Russia as an excuse to keep the memo secret and said the press has been complicit in hiding the truth.

Russian Election Interference is Fake News.  As Washington braces for the release of a classified memo that details criminal abuses of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court for political gain, it becomes increasingly important to point out under-reported recent bombshells that pour water on the fire that is the entire narrative of Russian election interference.  For the past year, the mainstream media has hung their hat on the idea that it is Russia's modus operandi to interfere in foreign elections in order to brew instability and support separatist movements.

Revelations of Key FBI Officials Leaking To WaPo Should Cause Review of Underlying Media Narratives.  With the latest information revealing that FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page were specifically leaking to their media sources to shape the underlying story of their political efforts, everything presented by the recipients of those leaks should now be questioned.

Bob Mueller's elephant and the media blind men.  For months, reporters have dug up, or been fed, tidbits about what Mueller's team is looking at and rushed into print with claims that he's ... going to nab President Trump for obstruction of justice, or show the Russians used the NRA to elect Trump, or expose Russian funding of Trump projects long ago — whatever.  And the supposed dirt inevitably comes from anonymous sources, making it impossible for readers to judge what spin has been introduced along the way.  No matter:  Each report triggers days of MSNBC mouth-frothing over the pending end of Trump, and outrage on the right over the latest "smear" — complete with calls for Mueller's head that (bizarrely) assume the Trump-hating liberal media have the story right.

CNN Has Jumped the Shark.  Every day it is becoming clearer that CNN, the once proud ratings giant and unquestioned cable network news leader, has abandoned objective journalism to cultivate obsessive hatred for President Donald Trump.  It has "jumped the shark," meaning that a once distinguished broadcaster has become absurd. [...] CNN is a shadow of its former self and functions in a manner that is the complete opposite of how a fair and balanced network should operate.  In its infancy, the network cared about reporting the real facts, maintaining objectivity, while being dedicated to true journalism.  Today, the network devotes 24 hours a day to one main goal, attacking a man they despise, Donald Trump.

The media just can't stop making themselves look worse than Trump.  [Scroll down]  So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another.  As I write this, I can't even recall what topic we were debating last week, but I'm certain it was idiotic.  Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways, ways that have absolutely nothing to do with policy or governance.  For a couple of weeks now, our self-styled guardians of democracy have engaged in a concocted controversy about the president's mental state.  It wasn't only liberal columnists plying their readers with this wishful thinking; the entire city of Washington, according to Politico, was consumed with using the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

The Media Normalizes the Unruly Left.  Normally so censorious of shutdowns, the media seemed eager for one on Thursday [1/18/2018].  Pundits offered up preemptive excuses for Senate Democrats who seek to torpedo a deal.  The more that Democratic senators behave like hack liberal activists, the more the media cheers them on.  The media is in a disruptive mood and sees a shutdown as a win for Trump's enemies.  Even as the House passed a bill to fund the government on Thursday evening, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman was babbling about the GOP as the party of shutdowns.  The same media that lectures Trump on the importance of propriety and respect for custom shills for shutdown artists, secessionists, sanctuary city mayors, nullifiers, civil-disobedience advocates, criminal leakers, agitprop anarchists, and assorted public figures who fantasize about harming the president.

Trump is 'Stalin,' yet Obama actually threatened journalists' rights.  I would love for journalists to explain why around 90% of the stories on Trump since he was elected fail to cover the following things that have happened:
    The economy is growing much faster than projected.
    Consumer confidence is way up.
    Large business confidence is high.
    Small business confidence is high.
    Home-builder confidence is high.
    The stock market continually hits new highs.
    Manufacturing jobs are coming back.
    The holiday shopping season went exceptionally well.
    Unemployment and unemployment claims continually drop.
    Minority unemployment has dropped substantially, with black unemployment hitting all-time lows.
    ISIS has essentially been decimated in Syria and Iraq.
    NATO members are now contributing more to their own defense.
So how is it possible that over 90% of the stories on Trump have been negative, while so much of the reporting on Obama was positive, even though the latter's statistics and results were much worse, unless it is pure media bias?

The Doctor and the Impatients:  Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole.  It was, for lack of a better phrase, a Teachable Moment in American History, the day that the media circus unraveled in full public view of the American public as an assemblage of maniacs akin to a kin waiting for a rich uncle to die.  It was like all the children and nephews, nieces, siblings, and grandparents of a hated billionaire gathered to hear news from the doctor that Father/Uncle/Grandpa is going to die any minute, and all his money will be distributed to them.  The eagerness and excitement in the room was palpable as the circus unraveled around one predominant theme:  So how long till The Old Man croaks?

The Press Corps Is Crazy, Trump Isn't.  This reporter wanted to know about Trump's "mental fitness for office."  [Video clip]  More on dementia and Alzheimer's:  [Video clip]  This reporter takes a swipe at President Reagan while trying to revive the Alzheimer's meme:  [Video clip]  This reporter yearns for the good old days under Barack Obama.  He wonders whether Dr. Jackson advised Trump on how he might become as fit as his predecessor.  Take up smoking, maybe:  [Video clip]  This reporter wants to know how anyone can eat Big Macs and still be in great shape. [...]

President Trump Shows CNN's Jim Acosta The Door.  CNN's Jim Acosta was shown the door, when he decided to be disrespectful to President Trump during a meeting with the President of Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.  Acosta asked if President Trump wanted only people from "Caucasian or White" countries.  In response, President Trump immediately pointed towards the door and said "out."  [Video clip]

Stunningly Rude and Disrespectful Conduct by CNN's Jim Acosta.  CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has a history of rude journalistic behavior and disrespect that has never before been allowed in the White House.  Today [1/16/2018] during an oval office meeting between President Trump and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan the CNN journalist exhibited a level of disrespectful behavior that should lead to his White House press credentials being revoked permanently.

Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter's newest outburst.  President Trump kicked CNN star Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office Tuesday after the network's senior White House correspondent badgered him with racially charged questions.  Acosta has made a habit of grandstanding and interrupting when Trump and his surrogates are available to the media.  Tuesday was no exception, as Acosta yelled, "Mr. President," three times before finally getting Trump's attention.  "Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway?  Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway?  Is that true Mr. President?" Acosta frantically shouted.

President Trump is mentally and physically healthy; the White House press corps is not.  At a White House press conference on Tuesday, presidential physician Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson presented an extremely detailed report on the results of President Donald J. Trump (R)'s physical exam last week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, including personal and intimate details. [...] In previous years, when Jackson offered similar positive — but less detailed — reports on the health of Trump's predecessors Barack H. Obama (D) and George W. Bush (R), reporters asked few questions, so you would think the White House reporters would react similarly now.  But this is President Donald Trump, a president who has received consistently overwhelmingly negative coverage, a president who returns the negativity toward the media, so you would think wrong.  Very wrong.

The Media Has Found Its Useful Idiots in #NeverTrump.  How many times does our national media have to get it wrong before the "adults" in the #NeverTrump movement pause for even a single breath before jumping into their Hot Take Mobiles?  The song is always the same...  Whenever an anti-Trump story breaks, as soon as the marching orders come down from their media masters, these Vichy Conservatives are the first to run amok, to spread far and wide what almost always ends up being fake news.  Even though history has time and again proven that a mature amount of skepticism is warranted, #NeverTrump is the first to spew mindless hate on cable news, their web pages, and Twitter accounts.

CNN's Sanjay Gupta Diagnoses Donald Trump With Heart Disease.  Wednesday [1/17/2018] on CNN's "New Day," Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent, proclaimed that based on President Donald Trump's coronary calcium scores going back to the previous decade, Trump has heart disease.  Gupta's diagnosis came a day after Trump's doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, offered his assessment of Trump's health at a White House press briefing.

Armchair diagnosis of a patient he has never examined:
Sanjay Gupta:  By all standards, Trump has heart disease.  CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said Wednesday that he believes tests reveal that President Trump has heart disease.  Gupta said dating back to 2009, Trump started to have "these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart."  "Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up," he said.  "When they get to a certain range ... that means he has heart disease."

2017: The Year the News Media Went to War Against a President.  The first year of the Trump administration was as turbulent for the news media as it was for politics, with many journalists dropping any pretense of professionalism to become strident opponents of the President.  As a proxy for the larger establishment media, the Media Research Center analyzed every moment of coverage of President Trump last year on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, usually seen by more than 25 million people each night.  The major findings:
  •   The Trump presidency was the biggest story of the year, accounting for one out of every three minutes of evening news airtime — nearly 100 hours in total.
  •   The tone of coverage has been incessantly hostile, especially for a new President in his honeymoon year:  90% negative, vs. just 10% positive (These percentages do not include neutral statements).
  •   More than two-fifths of evening news coverage of the President (43%) focused on controversies, not policies, with the Russia investigation alone accounting for one-fifth of all Trump coverage (1,234 minutes).
  •   Despite their massive coverage of Russia, the networks had almost no airtime for questions about how the investigation began, or whether special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation is biased.

Still Looking for Tax Disaster, Democrats Are in for a Surprise.  The Democrats and their media allies did everything they could to defeat Trump's tax cuts and reforms.  They continually lied to the public in a bid to make them believe that less than half of the taxpayers would actually get cuts and that the bill was meant to benefit only big, rich corporations.  Therefore, we got all sorts of articles, obviously fed to journalists by left-wing think-tanks and Democratic politicos, claiming that the tax cuts aren't good or aren't performing as promised.  So, two weeks into a ten-year program, we are now hearing whining that all the promises of the broad-based reform haven't been fulfilled yet.

Levin: This is not a free press, these are Democrats dressed up as reporters.  LevinTV host Mark Levin came out swinging Monday night [1/15/2018] on his radio show, blasting the liberal media and liberal politicians for their "mob mentality" attacks on President Trump.  "This is not a free press," Levin argued.  "These are Democrats dressed up as reporters."  [Audio clip]

Fake News and Toxic Media Bias Are Nothing New — Just Worse.  Notwithstanding the orders from on high that may be dictating how the media spin their political coverage, the vast majority of working journalists today are hardcore progressives and leftists who vote en masse for Democrats.  One need look no farther than a study by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity highlighted in an article in the Columbia Journalism Review, published on October 17, 2016, titled "Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash." [...] Ninety-six percent of journalists' contributions went to Clinton, four percent to Trump.  These percentages parallel almost exactly the percentage of negative stories about President Trump that were published or broadcast during his first nine months in office.

The link between Obama's departure and your increasing wealth.  If you are like me, your retirement account rose substantially in value during 2017.  The end of the stubborn economic lag of the Obama years is a signal event affecting the life every American.  It's not just the stock market that's up, but GDP and job growth as well.  Presumably because it would make the Trump administration look good, the mainstream media have given this development relatively little attention — as illustrated by the New York Times' non-treatment in its 2017 year in review.  (The Denver Post's Dec. 31 print edition review provides another example.)  When the mainstream media have discussed the economy outside their business pages, they sometimes have done so only to belittle the progress made.

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week.  Bloomberg broke a story just as the New York Stock Exchange began trading on Wednesday [1/10/2018]:  ["]China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries["]  The story turned out to be the latest in a string of Fake News reports by a news organization owned by Mike Bloomberg, whose opposition to President Trump knows no bounds[.]  Bloomberg's anger at Trump has rendered his company unreliable when it comes to financial news.

Stephanopoulos Exploits Death of US Soldier to Take a Shot at Trump.  ABC Clinton lackey George Stephanopoulos stepped up the liberal media's condemnation of President Trump during Sunday's This Week by heinously exploiting the heroic death of a U.S. soldier to take a snide shot at the President for his recent immigration comments.  As he was wrapping up the show, Stephanopoulos drew attention to the death of Private Emmanuel Mensah.  Private Mensah was an immigrant from Ghana who sacrificed himself to save several others from a fire that was consuming the apartment building he was staying at with family while he was on leave.

Is the Washington Post Part of the Far Left?  We may have been the first to expose the Democracy Alliance, back in 2014. The Democracy Alliance is a shadowy group of far-left money men who organize their efforts to try to radically transform American society through left-wing organizations of various kinds.  The Democracy Alliance rates such groups and encourages its far-left donors to support those who rate the highest, and it attempts to coordinate the efforts to transform America that are carried out by elements of the far left. [...] The Democracy Alliance seeks to lead the "resistance" to President Trump's common-sense policies, and the Washington Post has placed itself squarely in the ranks of the "resistance."  (When a Democrat is president, resistance is called "obstructionism.")

Twitter Security Engineer Says Company 'More Than Happy' to Give DOJ Trump's DMs.  Big corporations like Twitter and Google wield enormous power over those they disagree with, and in the age of Trump, it's only gotten worse.  As Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on his show last night, "the federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms.  Big corporations are the main threat to your freedom and your privacy."  Carlson pointed out that "the government doesn't own your private emails, Google does."  A new Project Veritas undercover investigation seems to confirm Carlson's point as it regards Twitter to an alarming degree.  The social media platform is unfriendly to conservatives in general but positively hostile to President Donald Trump.  And if one of their senior employees is to be believed, they may be voluntarily violating his privacy to provide his direct messages to the Department of Justice.

For Liberals, Every[]Thing In the World Is About Trump.  [Scroll down]  Liberals have been seized by a sort of dementia in which their obsessive hatred for President Trump blinds them to reality and causes them to say things, every day, that are inexplicably stupid.  The Associated Press, unfortunately, has succumbed to that dementia.  I had never heard of [Alan] Cumming until today, but the AP holds him up as an exemplar, well qualified to critique the President of the United States from a perspective of moral superiority.

Media go crazy over book claiming Trump is mentally unfit to be president.  The news media have joined the political class to discuss openly once more removing President Trump from office, recalling outlandish claims used against President Ronald Reagan during his second term.  By the end of the week, the Wolff book was being discussed and quoted by nearly every news organization.  Because the media narrative has changed 100 percent.  Now, Trump didn't collude to win the election, he never wanted to win at all.  Anti-Trump media ate the book up.

We Live in Stupid Times.  I have no idea what's true and what's not true in the new book Fire and Fury:  Inside The Trump White House, and neither does anyone on cable television repeating its claims like they were a personal witness to the events described in it.  But neither does the author, it seems.  In the book's prologue he wrote, "Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them.  In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true."  That's a long way of saying, "I don't know if all this stuff is true, I didn't bother to verify it.  And I filled in some gaps myself because 'why not?'" [...] What's true and what's fiction doesn't matter because as that cable news personality basically put it, it fit what they all believe to be the case.  We are now in a time where what is news is determined by the "spidey sense" of activists with media credentials.

Don't Let 'Fire And Fury' Normalize 'Fake But Accurate'.  "Fire and Fury:  Inside the Trump White House," Michael Wolff's entertaining new book, is a mix of wishful falsehoods, compelling fictions, and a lot of stuff we already suspected about the White House.  Even honest antagonists of Donald Trump can concede as much. [...] That's the problem with a book of rumor-mongering.  You can never know what's true, though people always tend to believe the tidbits that reinforce their worldview.  Not that these sorts of tomes are new.  Every president has his Kitty Kelley.  What is new, though, is the wall-to-wall coverage of the book.

Will the media ask questions about an FBI cover-up or become complicit in it?  For over a year the media have breathlessly followed every turn in the probes of Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, along with any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  But now a new story is about to bust open, involving Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  Nunes sent a letter Thursday [12/28/2017] to the Justice Department demanding compliance by Wednesday with the subpoenas his committee issued for information on how the department and its FBI subsidiary have handled the Russia probe.

Trees Planted Where CNN Snuck Through Bushes To Film Trump Golfing.  Forget the devastating WikiLeaks report that a New York Times reporter used to feed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all the stories the liberal newspaper was going to post ahead of time so she could prep a defense (or create a diversion).  No, to CNN, the big story is still President Trump playing golf.  On Saturday [12/30/2017], the MSM went nuts with stories about Trump golfing, many noting it was his fifth outing in as many days.  Former president Barack Obama, in case you don't remember, did exactly the same thing during his winter breaks in Hawaii.  But he was The Chosen One!

Trump's Energy Success.  Just six months ago, the Trump administration was attacked for its "slow start."  It was said to be "in disarray," in "chaos," "at war" with itself, and incapable of governing.  Now the list of successes has piled up, making it clear that, if the trend continues, President Trump will become one of our more important presidents.

The DOJ and FBI rot from the head down.  So who's the head?  After months of investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his army of highly partisan investigators, spending millions of taxpayer dollars, all Mueller has to show for his efforts is a handful of process crimes that have nothing to do with the original allegations that the Trump campaign worked with Putin to influence the 2016 election.  With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion.  But they haven't, have they?  Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump's golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.

A president unafraid of the press.  President Trump gave Mike Schmidt of the New York Times an impromptu half-hour interview on Trump's golf course.  The press went wild.  People who last week [complained] about no year-end press conference showed open hostility to the president talking to a reporter unguarded by his flacks.  The reaction tells you everything about the power of the press.

In 2017, the media flunked the Trump challenge.  President Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration was notable for more than just its small crowd sizes.  It was notable because it marked the beginning of the worst year of political journalism in modern history.  On the same day that Trump was sworn into office, a White House reporter claimed incorrectly that the Trump transition team had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.  Sadly, this erroneous report and a handful of others on that same day breathlessly and unquestioningly parrotted by reporters across platforms and outlets proved to be the norm, not the exception, for a year that has seen a dismaying and troubling decline in the quality of political journalism.

CNN is a race-baiting, anti-Trump network.  Leave it to the mainstream media to concoct some sort of wild-eyed theory that President Trump's promise to say "Merry Christmas" is some sort of coded language for white nationalism and white supremacy.  CNN host Don Lemon was among the most high-profile mainstream media minions to advance the race-baiting narrative.

'Morning Joe' guest worried Trump might invalidate 2018 midterm elections — even though he couldn't.  A guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" oddly declared Friday that she is worried President Trump may try to invalidate the 2018 midterm elections to avoid a Democratic Congress — something the President can't actually do.  Regular co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were absent, but Republican pollster and Washington Examiner columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson more than made up for the extreme anti-Trump rhetoric that MSNBC viewers have come to expect from the liberal morning show.

Half of all Americans believe the media make up anti-Trump stories.  Nearly half of all Americans believe media outlets fabricate negative stories about President Trump, according to a new survey.  Forty-four percent of respondents in the 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey say the media invent "fake news" to make the president look bad.  Of that cohort, 24 percent say negative stories about Mr. Trump are made up "about half of the time"; 14 percent "most of the time"; and 6 percent "all of the time."  Seventy-seven percent of that cohort are Trump supporters, and 74 percent are Republicans.

Pew: Trump media three times more negative than for Obama, just 5 percent positive.  The media's coverage of President Trump has been overwhelmingly negative, more than three times more critical than the initial coverage of former President Barack Obama and twice that of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  The Pew Research Center said that the early coverage of Trump was 62 percent negative.  By comparison, Obama's coverage was just 20 percent negative.

The Sorcerer's Apprentices:  FBI, DOJ, GPS, DNC.  So shocked by Trump's win in the 2016 election, the Progressive left and their partners in partisanship, the media, went into paroxysms of despair and disbelief. [...] They would leave no stone unturned to demolish this man they considered so beneath them.  Why?  Because what if he succeeded?  What if he did jumpstart the economy?  What if he did close down the border and more jobless Americans found work?  What if he did manage to bring manufacturing back to the US?  Boost the stock market?  What if he did abrogate all the Obama regulations that had for eight years strangled the American economy?  That would all be very bad for the Left.  African Americans might finally realize that the Democratic Party has been the albatross around their necks for at least two generations.  No.  Trump could not be allowed to remain in office and succeed.

Panic at the Washington Post.  [Scroll down]  The story introduces him by noting that he called Trump an "idiot" and predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the election in a landslide — statements that don't distinguish him from tens of thousands of government employees and millions of other Americans.  They also quote a former colleague of Strzok who says:  ["]To think Pete could not do his job objectively shows no understanding of the organization.  We have Democrats, we have Republicans, we have conservatives and liberals. ... Having personal views doesn't prevent us from independently following the facts.["]  The problem with peddling this happy narrative is that it ignores Strzok's anti-Trump zeal, his obvious desire to impress his mistress, and his damning statement about the need for an "insurance policy" against Trump becoming president.  The Post, in fact, never mentions that statement.  The Post also manages to ignore the hyper-partisan nature of Mueller's staff, even excluding Strzok, whom he reassigned.

2017 — the year the media lost America.  [Scroll down]  That's how we feel about it here in the United States.  That's how we feel about the news media.  We don't trust them.  We don't believe them.  It's been so for decades.  But this year was the worst, and all because, being mostly Liberal and still hankering for Obama and whoring for Hillary, they are out to Get Trump.  They will find any pretext to do him harm.  Over at ABC, Brian Ross rushed to judgment when he reported that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that Trump "as a candidate" asked him to contact the Russians.  That was a mistake.  ABC took it back.  Ross was suspended.  Other news outlets made the same mistake on that and upon other Russia-related scandals that never happened.  Russia was the big story of 2017, and always the wrong story.  The media tried every which way to get Trump on collusion and they kept coming up empty.  From one false lead to another, they wasted our time.  They wasted our trust.

Now the left is angry about 'pro-Trump' year-end bonuses.  Boy, are they annoyed:  Democrats are pooh-poohing the avalanche of announcements by major corporations that they're giving their workers bonuses and raising wages after the passage of tax reform.  It's classic left-wing disdain for anything big business does, even when it's rewarding its workers — and even when those reaping the benefits include the Democratic cheerleading squad at MSNBC.

On Christmas Eve, Donald Trump Challenges 'Fake News' for Negative Reporting on 'Incredible Year'.  President Donald Trump continued to criticize fake news, even on Christmas Eve.  He appeared frustrated by reports that showed his base was shrinking, accusing them of running fake polls to set their narrative. [...] Trump indicated that White House polling showed that his base was still strong, especially after passing significant tax reform.

MSNBC's Katy Tur Wrongly Claims Trump Hasn't Had a Press Conference Lately.  Pam Key at Breitbart reported that Friday on MSNBC, host Katy Tur said it was "laughable" that President Donald Trump had only had one solo press conference in his first year.  "He's been dodging questions from the press for months now, really.  He hasn't had a press conference since what, February?" she asked NBC's Kristen Welker.  "That is laughable.  It's laughable, Kris, that the president can't stand in front of the press and take questions from the press."  This is self-evidently untrue.

The Unsilent Coup.  Much of the media's energy is devoted to calling for a de facto coup.  The premise of practically every story, from the travel ban to the most basic executive appointments, is that it is somehow "controversial" for a duly elected president to use the powers vested in the executive branch.  Trump is apparently not to hire or fire anybody, should never tell executive agencies what to do, should take, not give, orders from diplomats and bureaucrats, should submit to all acts of judicial activism, must never criticize Congress, and should in general stop offering any opinions at all.  All of this is deemed "unpresidential" and "scandalous" by the media.  It is comic the lengths to which the media will go to try to mau-mau a Republican president into passivity while seeking to maximize the power of unelected officials.  The more undemocratic the figure (provided he is liberal), the more the media demands that his power go unchecked.  The media loves bureaucrats, regulators, career diplomats, unelected judges, and other assorted "experts."  They wear the white hats in almost all of the media's stories while elected officials wear the black ones.

Andrea Mitchell NBC Triggered Over Ben Carson Prayer.  The liberal media is horrified.  Americans are getting to keep more of their hard earned money.  But Andrea Mitchell and NBC are especially horrified that Donald Trump started his cabinet meeting today [12/20/2017] with Ben Carson leading prayer.

5 times New York Times writer Charles Blow belittled black Trump supporters.  New York Times columnist Charles Blow has a long history of criticizing Republicans, but he has been particularly hostile toward other blacks who have supported President Trump and those who work in his administration.  Here are 5 times Blow belittled and lashed out at Trump supporters who are black: [...]

Surprise: NYT and WaPo Totally Ignore FBI Agents' Anti-Trump 'Insurance Policy' Texts.  [Scroll down]  The pressing question is what Strzok meant by his "can't take that risk" and "insurance policy" missives, and what specifically was discussed in McCabe's office.  McCarthy believes those texts crossed an important threshold separating "political banter" from "tainted law enforcement," and are more sigiifciant and concerning than bellyaching about Trump being "loathsome" and sundry other insults that grabbed headlines.  Perhaps there are explanations for the "insurance" musings that are satisfactory and unconcerning.  Perhaps there is documented evidence about what took place at the private meeting in question.  But these developments represent legitimate concerns for people to raise.  Alas, many Americans are likely totally unaware that those concerns even exist — let alone are valid — because some major news outlets have completely ignored them.

Who Says The GOP Tax Cuts Are Unpopular?  Poll after poll shows that few support the Republican tax-cut plan.  But when pollsters bother to ask about specifics in the bill, support skyrockets.  Guess which results make the headlines?

Is Schiff CNN's Leaker?  Last night, Ed Henry reported that during Donald Trump Jr's closed-door session with the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff kept leaving the room.  And every time he left, CNN suddenly had breaking news about this closed-door session.  I don't know about you, but I'm thinking Ferret-Face Schiff is the leaker.  It certainly does explain why CNN gives this idiot so much airtime, doesn't it?

Another Trump basher fired.  President Trump did not meet the standards of Stephen Henderson, managing director of opinion and commentary at the Detroit Free Press.  In column after column this year and last, Henderson called Trump a bigot, a bully, and a harasser of women.  Today the Detroit Free Press fired Henderson.  For sexual harassment.

How Much Does the 'New York Times' Hate Donald Trump?  The Times, the Washington Post and other media enterprises have now devolved into fully partisan propaganda outlets.  They're out, proud and unafraid — and they're coming after everyone who disagrees with them by smearing their opponents as "racist."

Trump's right — by the numbers, media hate him.  President Donald Trump has spent the better part of his campaign and now, presidency, railing against the media, calling out its members for bias, condemning certain networks for outright targeted take-down attempts of his administration — and according to a new study from the Media Research Center, he kind of has a point.  Specifically, the study showed that in September, October and November, almost 91 percent of remarks from reporters' and other so-called non-partisan-types' mouths during evening ABC, NBC and CBS broadcasts were anti-Trump in nature.  Ninety-one percent.

Media's Unhinged Attacks on Trump Recall the Treatment of Nixon.  In this season of frenzied liberal assault on the incumbent president and the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the United States that President Trump is a maniac, any falsehood about him or act of obstruction is justified in damaging his presidency, impairing his ability to govern, and bringing forward the swiftest possible return of the status quo ante-Trump.  It is now routine for the principal outlets of media mythmaking to invoke the legacy of Richard Nixon confected by his accusers of long ago. [...] The wish is father to the thought.  These liberal hysterics, in their demented fury against the elected leader of the country, in the case of Nixon and Trump, leap like gazelles from innocuous or ambiguous asides to an instant convention of certain proof of criminal wrongdoing; they imagine they build their feeble arguments by citing historical precedents flimsily constructed from the same whole cloth of their malicious imaginations.

CNN's New Excuse For Anderson Cooper's Anti-Trump Tweet Is Absolutely Ridiculous.  Anderson Cooper and CNN came up with an absolutely hilarious explanation for a pretty vicious anti-Trump tweet posted on Wednesday on his personal Twitter feed.

Even As Media Whine About Trump, Their Hostile Coverage Shows No Let Up.  As Monday's throwdown in the White House press room made clear, relations between the President and the press corps are as bad as they have ever been during the Trump administration.  Most journalists seem to put the blame on the administration's criticisms of the press, with CNN's Chris Cilizza saying Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' condemnations were "disheartening" and made him "angry."  A couple of weeks ago, disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather called the President's attacks on the news media "disappointing."  "If you look over the arc of history," Rather lectured MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle in late November, "presidents who have been very hostile to the press have not wound up very good in terms of having their likeness carved into Mt.  Rushmore or anything approaching that.... You know that old cliche, if you're in a hole, stop digging.  In terms of his press relations, he just keeps digging."

Revealed:  Trump guzzles Diet Coke.  [Scroll down]  If not for Fox News we'd be totally in the dark, about everything, and it was from there that I first heard about CNN's alarming report:  [Something important?]  No, not exactly.  Rather, it's been reported, first from The New York Times, that Trump likes Diet Coke.  Wait — it gets worse.  He guzzles down a dozen a day.  So given such a scoop, CNN could not resist breaking it at around the same time that [a terrorist attack] was going on at Port Authority.  New Yorkers were running for their lives... but first things first; Trump is a glutton for Diet Coke

Fake Truth.  The most effective way for the media to have refuted Donald Trump's 24/7 accusations of "fake news" would have been to publish disinterested, factually based accounts of his presidency.  The Trump record should have been set straight through logic and evidence.  So one would think after a year of disseminating fake news aimed at Donald Trump (Melania Trump was leaving the White House; Donald Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the West Wing; Trump planned to send troops into Mexico, etc.) that Washington and New York journalists would be especially scrupulous in their reporting to avoid substantiating one of Trump's favorite refrains.  Instead, either blinded by real hatred or hyper-partisanship or both, much of the media has redoubled their reporting of rumor and fictions as facts — at least if they empower preconceived and useful bias against Trump.

The new media standard:  Too anti-Trump to check.  The media's errors over the last week haven't been marginal or coincidental, but involved blockbuster reports on one of the most dominating stories of the last year — Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  And they all slanted one way — namely, toward lurid conclusions about the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with the Russians.  Every media outlet makes mistakes.  It's easier than ever to run with fragmentary or dubious information in a frenzied news cycle that never stops.  But underlying the media blunders was an assumption — not based on any evidence we've yet seen — of Trump guilt in the Russia matter.  This was news, in other words, too anti-Trump to check.

Dear Democrats:  Does Trump do anything that's not racist?  A good journalist should ask John Lewis and himself what policies of Trump make him a racist.  A bad journalist would just repeat over and over again the claim that Trump is a racist, no questions asked.  People claim that Trump is anti-Muslim because he has severe vetting on six or seven Muslim countries.  Since there are around 50 majority-Muslim countries, how could that policy be anti-Muslim?  They also claim that Trump is a racist because he wants to enforce our immigration laws that John Lewis and Congress wrote.  Enforcing laws of the land is certainly not racist.  Every policy I have seen that Trump has proposed seems to involve transferring the power and money from the federal government back to the people, where it belongs.  Not once have I seen a policy that is not for all races, all religions, and both sexes.  So why is Trump called a racist?

CNN: False Reporting is the New Normal.  Remember when, under the presidency of Barack Obama, we were told that high unemployment rates and sluggish growth of the economy was the new normal?  We were told that there was nothing that could be done about it.  Two terms of the brilliant blind lashing out against the problems we faced as a nation by the messiah, Obama, could not fix it, so it could not be fixed.  Get used to it, misery is now life as we know it.  In less than a year under the Donald J. Trump administration's efforts, the current 4.1% unemployment rate is the lowest we've seen in 17 years.  Unemployment claims have fallen to the lowest level in 43 years.  The economy has been improving at a rate greater than what was accomplished during any of the years Obama was president, and with tax cuts on the horizon, a sudden boost to the economy is ready to roar.  Meanwhile, in mainstream-media-land, there have been none of these reports.

All The Proof You'll Ever Need That America's Media Really Are 'Fake News'.  There need be no doubt anymore:  America's mainstream news media hypes fake news — and that's a fact.  This past week was disastrous for the press.  A slew of fake stories rained down, pushed by anxious anchormen placed in powerful posts.  And we want to note before we go on, that ALL of this happened in a single week. [...] On Saturday [12/9/2017], a Washington Post reporter tweeted out a photo of a rally Trump was holding in Florida, which showed a half-empty Pensacola Bay Center.  But the photo was taken long before the president spoke — when the entire arena was packed to the gills.

Wow!  Trump fights back, forces public apology from Washington Post writer for fake news.  [Dave] Weigel, for those who do not remember, was a central figure in JournOlist, the invitation-only online conspiracy among progressive journalists to manipulate news coverage in their favor.  He was allowed to resign from the Washington Post for that activity, only to be hired back in 2015, once that paper become the political tool of the world's richest (or second or third richest — depending on Amazon's daily stock price) man, Jeff Bezos.  This is the capstone for a catastrophic week for Trump's opponents in the mainstream media, forced to withdraw and apologize for multiple stories attacking the POTUS.

Trump Blasts WaPo's Dave Weigel After Reporter Heckles Him with Fake Photo.  The context here is crucially important:  [#1] The photo Weigel published was taken before the Trump rally began.  And, as you will see below, Weigel knew he was publishing a photo not taken during the actual rally.  [#2] Weigel, who identifies as an objective reporter, is not only publishing a misleading photo, but the link at the top of his now-deleted tweet proves that he is responding directly to one of Trump's tweets — in other words, he is publicly heckling the president personally.  [#3] By responding directly to the president in this way, Weigel is openly taunting Trump, even going so far as to troll the president with his own "packed to the rafters" comment.  Even if the photo had been a legitimate representation of the crowd-size, directly jeering the president in this way is still outrageous behavior from anyone who describes himself as a legitimate journalist.

Media Close 2017 Proving Trump 100 Percent Correct About Fake News.  If the discredited American media have enjoyed even one good week this year, I cannot recall it.  But what is not in doubt is that the establishment media have closed 2017 by proving President Trump 100 percent correct about their massive fake news problem.  This past week has been an unmitigated disaster for a corrupt and depraved institution that only gets more desperately corrupt and depraved with each passing day.

A Time for War:  The Gathering Storm.  [Scroll down]  This past weekend was a perfect example.  Brian Ross starts a series of false reports, so bad that the stock market dives, the leftist media breathlessly reports that President Trump is finished, and do their version of a happy dance.  Except, the report was not true, the networks once again proved to be unworthy sources of news, just repeating a false narrative.  Then the tax plan surprisingly passed the Senate.  The left, as usual, had a collective hissy fit, droning on about how lost we are as a country.  Oh, the horror!  Tax cuts!!  We're doomed!!!

Media missed the story of the year.  At 4:02 AM on March 4, President Trump gave the American media the story of the year.  They laughed it off and called him crazy.  Nine months later, the story is indisputably true. [...] The American press, which markets itself as more important to democracy than the government itself (never mind that democracy is the government), mocked the president and failed to pursue the story of Obama's abuse of power.

Journalists [Condemn] Demented Donald as Worse Than Bin Laden and Comparable to Charles Manson.  Liberal reporters and hosts are closing out the year with a bang, spending the last month damning Donald Trump as an "unhinged" "sociopathic" mental case who was comparable to Charles Manson and Osama Bin Laden.  Also, journalists like CNN's Brian Stelter and former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather continued to get on their high-horse as they proclaimed they were the "Pro-Truth" guardians against Trump's "unrelenting campaign against the press."

Has Anyone Noticed That Trump's Economy Keeps Beating Expectations?  The number of people filing for unemployment benefits last week came in "unexpectedly" low.  Instead of 240,000 claims, there were 236,000, which marked the third week in a row this number has dropped.  That's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  It's just one measure, after all, and the differences aren't huge.  Except it adds to a pile of "unexpectedly" good economic reports that have been coming out these days.

The Editor says...
Under Barack H. Obama, unemployment numbers were always unexpectedly bad.  Under Donald Trump, they're alway unexpectedly positive.

Same Media Outlets Who Mocked Hillary Clinton Health Conspiracies Now Promoting Trump 'Slurred Speech' Conspiracies.  On Thursday [12/7/2017], CNN speculated that perhaps President Trump had slurred his speech during his monumental announcement that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  They ran a piece titled, "Did President Trump slur his speech?" [...] So, it is now fine to speculate on the health of presidents.  That's funny considering that just a few months ago, the media tut-tutted anyone who would question the status of Hillary Clinton's health.

'Morning Joe' contemplates Trump's mental 'stability' after dry-mouth speech.  The panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" suggested Thursday [12/7/2017] that President Trump is suffering from diminished mental capacity after he delivered a speech and slurred some of his words toward the end.  Republican strategist and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt, a regular on the show, said Trump appeared to have an "impairment" and called it "chilling" to watch.  "This is not the person that we knew even three years ago. ... There's a remarkable change," said host Joe Scarborough.  "He seemed like he was almost hanging on to the prompter and hanging on to the words," co-host Mika Brzezinski said.  "Something, I don't know. ... There was a struggle happening."

New York Times forced to heavily amend another supposed K.T. McFarland 'scoop'.  The New York Times got ahead of itself again with yet another supposedly hot scoop involving former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, the Russians and the 2016 presidential election.  The story, now titled "McFarland's Testimony About Russia Contacts Is Questioned," reported originally that an email sent by the former Trump transition official indicated she lied to Congress this summer when she was questioned about disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn's communications with the Russians.  The article has been heavily amended since publication so that it is now mostly innuendo.  The initial references to the emails have been removed, and the story now leans mostly on Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who only questions whether McFarland was forthright in her testimony.

Brian Ross's Jackknife on the Information Superhighway.  The advertised rage among executives at ABC is hard to take seriously.  Ross, after all, has long been paid by them to slap together politically useful smears.  They are just upset that he got caught on this one.  Were they not in an optics war with Trump, they wouldn't have punished him at all.  To understand the hackish and biased culture at ABC from which a rodent like Ross emerged, all one has to do is watch the hysterically jubilant treatment The View gave his "breaking news."  That moment deserves a special place in the annals of media jackassery.  A producer, in mid-show, momentously brought the report out to its cackling host Joy Behar, who read it like a telegram announcing the end of World War II.  After she tremulously read the report aloud, she threw it up in the air like confetti as the other panelists hooted with delight.

The Editor says...
ABC News is not on the Information Superhighway.  ABC News is part of the old business-route highway that stops every two minutes for advertising, and only delivers news at a pace determined by ABC News, not by you.  The Information Superhighway bypasses ABC News, for the most part, enabling you to find as much information in five minutes as ABC News dribbles out in a day.

Media meltdown and the damage it does to democracy.  Relying on the supposedly respectable news media would have left you believing that the FBI found President Trump urging national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign (it didn't), that Trump national security aide K.T. McFarland wrote that Russia threw the election to Trump (she didn't), and that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blasted sick, poor children as slackers (he didn't).  These false or misleading stories, all of which, not coincidentally, disparaged Republicans, were parroted and retweeted and broadcast by countless reporters before being completely debunked.  Countless readers and viewers still don't realize that the stories produced by this sloppy reporting are false.

How D.C. political assassins use media to oust Rex Tillerson.  If several major media outlets are to be believed, at least two senior administration officials say Chief of Staff John Kelly has drawn up a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who would be replaced by Sen. Tom Cotton by year's end or soon after.  The Washington media lap up these anonymous leaks like starving kittens.  Personnel contests, like shallow election horse race stories, are easy to do, appear to contain drama and inside info and elevate the reporter to someone-in-the-know.  The fundamental problem with these self-serving reports is the sources are unknown, so news consumers cannot judge their trustworthiness and motivations.  Which, of course, is the point of hiding their identities.  Consumers must trust the reporters and media outlets, a dubious act in this era of rampant Trump antipathy.  The New York Times started this latest Tillerson-is-a-goner meme.

ABC Suspends "Chief Investigative Correspondent" for Anti-Trump Fake News.  After this past week, the good news is that ABC News is suspending a top journalist for something having nothing to do with sexual harassment.  The bad news is that ABC News screwed this one up so badly that it affected the stock market. [...] But this is still a report that should never have aired.  And we can now seen how such attacks on Trump don't just harm our political system, but cause financial damage as well.  The media's war on Trump is producing all sorts of collateral damage.  Furthermore, even if Ross' original report had been correct, that is in no way impeachable behavior.  And the media's repeated impeachment-baiting is causing serious harm to our country.

The Editor says...
Yes, Brian Ross is going on an unpaid vacation, but he will be back in four weeks to pick up where he left off.

Donald Trump Blasts ABC 'Fake News' — Questions FBI Treatment of Mike Flynn vs Hillary Clinton.  President Donald Trump hit ABC News after they suspended one of their investigative reporters for a criticial reporting error on Mike Flynn's decision to cooperate with the Russia investigation.  "Congratulations to ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt," Trump wrote.

This is Why we Can't Trust Factcheckers.  During a speech at the Tax Foundation last week, Vice President Mike Pence dropped a meaningless but innocuous political talking point about the U.S. economy.  "There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history," he reportedly said.  This statement really irritated one of The Washington Post's factchecking professionals.  "Amazingly," Nicole Lewis contends, Pence's statement "met with applause."  Because superficial rah-rah declarations by politicians are typically met with pie charts, I guess.

Anti-Trump Media:  White House Christmas Decor 'Spooky,' Like a Scene from 'The Shining'.  Did you know that those exquisite White House Christmas decorations First Lady Melania Trump proudly unveiled yesterday are "spooky," "spine-chilling," and "nightmarish" — like scenes from Mordor, Narnia, or The Shining?  It took most of the day yesterday, but by nightfall, the Trump-hating media was able to settle on an unfavorable narrative with which to belittle the newly unveiled decor.

How Hateful Are the Democrats?  This Hateful.  You can't make this stuff up:  Vogue, a reliable Democratic Party outlet, has gone crazy over First Lady Melania Trump's White House Christmas decorations:  ["]Melania Trump unveiled the White House holiday decorations on Monday [11/27/2017], which are, as some people on the internet have noticed, very, very white.["]  White decorations at Christmas?  The horror!

Actual WaPo fact check:  Pence jobs claim correct, so only 3 Pinocchios for him.  There's so much spin in this "fact check" it may well have been written in of a centrifuge, so it might be a good idea to mainline Dramamine before trying to get through it all without getting dizzy.

Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media.  Not only is everything (still) hyper-politicized, but the lines between news media, lifestyle media and flat-out activism have faded into irrelevance.  On Wednesday [11/22/2017], the lead story in Teen Vogue, next to stories about how "I Will Never Use Regular Soap Again After THIS $6 Foam Body Wash" and "Everyone Basically Wore Lingerie to the VS Fashion Show After Party," was this screaming headline:  "The United States Voted 'No' on an Anti-Nazi UN Resolution."  It ran over a terrifying picture of crowds carrying banners, some featuring swastikas, with smoke in the background suggesting a terror attack.  Only when you click through do you discover that there is no news here whatsoever:  The US votes against this meaningless, nonbinding UN gambit every year because the US has this thing called the First Amendment.  President Obama's appointees also opposed the resolution.

A Year to be Thankful For.  I'm thankful my fears about Donald Trump seem to have been unfounded.  Not a fascist.  Not a secret liberal.  Not an incompetent.  ISIS is defeated.  GDP at 3% plus.  Some 60 great originalist judges nominated.  Regulations cut back at an amazing rate.  Our lying leftist press humiliated and discredited.  I'm thankful because, whenever I get tired of watching an America in crisis, all I have to do is turn off the mainstream news and America is not in crisis anymore.  In fact, America is doing quite well.

Why People Hate the Media:  Journalists Lash Out at Sanders Asking What They're Thankful For.  On Monday afternoon [11/20/2017], some journalists provided another small nail in the coffin of the media's credibility when they lost their collective minds on Twitter over White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asking reporters to share what they're most thankful for this Thanksgiving week.  Sanders still allowed reporters to ask questions and most responded with thoughtful answers, but a few ignored it (including the Associated Press's Zeke Miller and Washington Post's Jenna Johnson).  For some journalists on Twitter, they lambasted Sanders for her "bizarre" exercise that one labeled "harmful to a democracy."

MSNBC Criticizes Trump's Thanksgiving Call To Troops.  President Donald Trump took time to video chat with some troops on Thanksgiving, but an MSNBC panel wasn't satisfied with the president's gesture of goodwill.

150 Trump Accomplishments In 304 Days.  With mainstream media and establishment politicians stacked against him from the moment he announced his run for the presidency, Donald J. Trump has been in an ongoing pitched battle to communicate his plans — and his eventual successes — to Americans.  Through public rallies and social media, he has managed to bypass the traditional information gatekeepers and has spoken directly to the people.  Yet, Americans are subjected to a relentless drumbeat from the Democratic Party, amplified by virtually the entire establishment press, that Trump is not only undisciplined, unfit for office and possibly racist, but that embarrassingly little has been accomplished by the Trump administration.

Flashback: Watch TV Networks Attack Trump For Bringing Up Bill Clinton's Abuse Of Women.  How abrupt has the reversal in the mainstream media been regarding the various accusations against Bill Clinton regarding sexual assault or harassment?  This fast.  In May 2016, journalists from ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all participated in attacking Donald Trump when he brought up Clinton's history of abusing women.  In May 2016, ABC World News ran a segment in which they attacked Donald Trump for accusing Bill Clinton of rape and other forms of sexual harassment[.]

Watch: CNN Reports That Inside Of Dog's Ear Looks Like Trump's Face.  CNN continued its pattern of reporting ridiculous factoids about President Donald Trump on Thursday when the liberal news network gave over two minutes of airtime to a segment about the inside of a dog's ear that looks like Trump's face.  The segment featured on "Erin Burnett OutFront" analyzed the inside of a dog's ear in the U.K. which the network compared to Trump's face.  The banner displayed on the show read:  "A dog named Chief has an ear that looks like Trump's face."

USA Media Ignores Historic Prime Time Broadcast of Official Beijing Welcome For President Trump.  In 1989 the communist regime of China delivered one of the more infamous authoritarian displays of brutality in modern history.  The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known in mainland China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China.  In response the communist regime crushed the student uprising and hundreds were massacred.  Almost thirty years later, it's now 2017, and in the exact same place, on the exact same streets, the Chinese government played the U.S. national anthem while broadcasting — for the first time ever — to their own country:  the welcoming ceremony of a state visit by a U.S. President and First Lady at the Grand Hall of the People's Republic of China. [...] Actual trumpets sounded the regalia as a U.S. President exited the limousine in front of the Great Hall; but not a single U.S. network, broadcast or cable, showed the historic moments of the ceremony when President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived.  Thirty years ago, China was controlling broadcasts and hiding uncomfortable events on that location.  In 2017 it's the U.S. media apparatus doing the hiding.

Anti-Trump media celebrate Democratic victories, make up fishy story and other news disasters.  One of the few things journalists like more than pushing liberal agenda items like gun control and abortion is celebrating when Democrats win elections.  One year after President Trump's shocking upset victory, the media are still trying to overturn the result.

Mainstream media casts Trump's Asia trip in negative light.  The mainstream media freaked out over a fake story about President Trump overfeeding fish in Japan and criticized him for not taking questions during a press conference in China, but several of Trump's achievements from his Asia trip were underreported.  In other words, the anti-Trump media are, as usual, picking and choosing what to focus on based on their usual narrative.  "We've seen everything from the feeding frenzy around the false koi story where video was actually edited to make the president look like an unpolished rube to sanctimonious criticism around the president not taking questions while with the Chinese president when his predecessor also didn't take questions as well during his first trip there," The Hill media columnist Joe Concha told Fox News.

NBC Reporter Tries To Use Texas Shooting To Embarrass Trump In South Korea, Fails Miserably.  A reporter from NBC News tried to embarrass President Donald Trump while he was in South Korea speaking at a joint press conference alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Tuesday [11/7/2017].  While many of the questions centered around the Korean Peninsula, Ali Vitali brought up the issue of gun control in an overt attempt to grandstand.  "You've talked about wanting to put extreme vetting on people trying to come into the United States," Vitali said with a smug tone.  "But I wonder if you would consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun."  Trump called her out for choosing his trip to Asia to bring up the issue of gun control.

At Air Force Academy, a perfect hoax for age of Trump.  It's hard to exaggerate the praise heaped on Air Force Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria after his impassioned speech against racism went viral at the end of September.  Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, spoke after five black cadet candidates at the academy's prep school found racial slurs written on message boards outside their rooms. [...] When video of his speech hit the Internet — nearly two million YouTube views — and then cable TV, and then the old-fashioned press, the applause began.  Silveria, some said, was a true American hero.  But in a few of the nation's largest media outlets, the acclaim wasn't just about Silveria.  For some, celebrating Silveria was at least as much, if not more, about President Trump than it was about the Air Force general.  For them, it was not enough to praise Silveria.  One must also denounce Trump.

11-minute Trump Twitter outage prompts company investigation.  President Trump blamed his 11-minute Twitter account outage on Thursday [11/2/2017] on a "rogue employee."  "My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee.  I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," Trump tweeted early Friday morning.  Twitter launched an internal investigation Thursday after a "customer support" employee, reportedly working his or her last day with the company, briefly deactivated the highly viewed account of the president.

Twitter: Employee 'inadvertently' deactivated Trump's account.  Twitter attributed a brief disappearance of President Trump's personal Twitter account on Thursday night to "human error" on the part of one of its employees.  "Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," Twitter said in a statement posted to the platform.  "The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored.  We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again," Twitter added.

WSJ Reporter Rips Trump For Not Calling for Death Penalty for (Already Dead) Vegas Shooter.  In making a point about the difference between President Donald Trump's reaction to the Las Vegas shooting and the NYC terror attack, WSJ reporter Eli Stokols made a pretty obvious mistake by questioning why Trump didn't demand the death penalty for the assailant who killed 58 concert goers in last month.  Stokols, an MSNBC contributor, spoke with Nicolle Wallace Thursday [11/2/2017] about the President saying the NYC terrorist should get the death penalty.  And Stokols talked about the difference in how Trump approaches these attacks compared to others.

The Roots of the Dems' Russia Obsession.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC hired Fusion GPS to do opposition research on President Trump.  Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele whose specialty was Russia.  Why was Fusion GPS interested in Russia?  The answer appeared to be a Washington Post hit piece titled, "Inside Trump's financial ties to Russia and his unusual flattery of Putin."  The article was one of a flurry of disposable hit pieces aimed at Trump.  But the timing was crucial.  It was June 2016.  A month earlier, Trump had become the presumptive nominee.  Fusion GPS' old GOP client was no longer paying for anti-Trump material and the smear firm was casting around for Dem clients.  It needed something juicy to offer them.  And Russia just happened to be the flavor of the week.

Report Reveals CNN's Close Ties to Trump-Smearing Firm Fusion GPS.  As more details emerge about the murky swamp that funded Fusion GPS's work on the salacious Trump dossier, a new report reveals CNN's own ties to the smear-for-hire firm.  CNN's justice correspondent Evan Perez, who has reported extensively on the Russia investigation and the Trump dossier, is close personal friends with Fusion GPS's founders, according to a report by the Daily Caller.

Life Comes at CNN Pretty Fast These Days.  Democrats and the FBI funding the Trump-Russia dossier?  Pure conspiracy theory if you are CNN or other left wing liberal media propaganda outfits.  Problem is, life is coming fast at CNN and other left wing media hacks as everything Trump said about the Trump-Russia dossier is turning out to be true.  Even the so called "conspiracy theories."

Washington Free Beacon Via Billionaire Paul Singer Initially Funded Fusion GPS Anti Trump Oppo-Research.  A few media reports are all confirming the initial funding for the Fusion GPS opposition research against candidate Donald Trump came from The Washington Free Beacon and the previously undisclosed underwriter for the WFB, billionaire Paul Singer.  This makes sense because WFB was the primary conservative media advocate for candidate Marco Rubio who was also backed by billionaire Paul Singer.

Washington Free Beacon funded original Fusion GPS anti-Trump opposition effort.  Lawyers for the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon informed the House Intelligence Committee Friday [10/27/2017] that the organization was the original funder for the anti-Trump opposition research project with Fusion GPS.  The Free Beacon funded the project from the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016, whereupon it withdrew funding and the project was picked up by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Senator Dodges Questions About Megadonor Paul Singer's Funding of Anti-Trump Research Firm Behind Dossier.  One day after Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) denied his presidential campaign was involved in the production of the so-called Russia dossier against President Donald Trump, the former Trump presidential primary rival candidate's top campaign donor, Paul Singer, was revealed to have originally funded the firm's anti-Trump research through the Washington Free Beacon.  Singer, a GOP mega-donor and open borders enthusiast, was behind — through the Free Beacon — the original efforts that Fusion GPS was engaged in to produce opposition research on Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Bias: 1,000 Minutes for Trump/Russia 'Collusion' vs. 20 Seconds for Hillary/Russia Scandal.  Last week, The Hill published new information about Russian efforts to infiltrate the American uranium industry, including $31.3 million in payments to the Clinton Foundation, as well as a huge speaking fee delivered to Bill Clinton personally, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.  In eight days, the network evening news coverage of this story amount to a mere 20 seconds on ABC's World News Tonight.

Jake Tapper's Dodgy Dossier Reporting.  The veracity of the dossier's claims is an increasingly significant question as both government investigators and the media focus more closely on the report.  While most mainstream news outlets repeat the claim that parts of the dossier have been proved true, they often fail to note that none of the most damning allegations against Trump and the campaign have been verified.

The lesson the media refuses to learn.  Much of the press — not all — spent the election working to elect Hillary.  Post-election, these same phonies continue their doomed quest to usurp him.  All they need is one more false rumor — one more joke taken literally — one more quote taken out of context — and then he will fall.  And the media plays up the protests, but the resistance is futile.  Violent, sure.  But impotent.  Just as limp as the press.  All the press has is its credibility — and it shredded that.  A Politico poll found only 37% of Americans believe the press does not fabricate stories that make Trump look bad.

18 times Rubin wanted to impeach Trump.  I could not find one time that [Jennifer] Rubin called for impeaching Barack Obama.  In fact, she mocked the White House for raising the specter of impeachment. [...] She called for impeaching a conservative president at least 18 times in 10 months, but never called for impeaching a liberal president in eight years.

The Big Turn Against President Trump in Late Night Talk Shows.  Among late-night talk shows, past hosts such as David Letterman or Jay Leno always took potshots at people in news stories of the day, including politicians of every stripe.  It was customary to poke fun at current affairs, and politicos on both the Right and the Left were fair game for their writers, as were many other issues and people.  But these days, with the new generation of late-night hosts, the humor now seems targeted at one end of the political spectrum only, with one man in particular drawing much of the comedic heat — President Donald Trump.  Whereas previously, any faux pas or foot-in-mouth moments that Democrats might have suffered could have been used against them, it now seems that Hollywood's agenda of perennially siding with the Left has taken over, and — as with much of the mainstream media — the humor has become particularly mean-spirited.

Trump's a Big Mouth; Journalists are Villains.  [Scroll down]  Has the press at long last no decency?  The short answer:  No decency at all.  Trump is a big mouth but the press is despicable.  Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists, they are the prime engine of division in this country.  Skewing every story in one direction, they keep us from discussing issues in a reasonable way so as to reach compromise.  And squealing like scorched cats at every Trump remark, they manufacture a sense of crisis that has nothing to do with the true state of America.  They are villains.  Within the parameters of the First Amendment, the entire industry needs to be reformed.

Despicable People.  In the past week, a media narrative developed about how President Trump hadn't spoken publicly about the deaths of the men at the hands of an ISIS affiliate group.  This didn't happen by accident, it happened suddenly and from multiple media outlets and "journalists," as if it were coordinated.  "Why hasn't Trump said anything about this?" they asked.  Of course, the White House had spoken about it the day after it happened, but since it came from the president's spokeswoman and not him directly, this fact was ignored.  Presidents don't speak about every death in battle and never have, but this one was manufactured to be different.  It was going to be "Trump's Benghazi," or so the media hoped.  But there were no warnings ignored, like in Benghazi.  There was no 13-hour delay in sending aid.  There was no blaming of an Internet video to cover up the failure of the administration to act, and no one was sent to prison for a year to aid in the re-election of the president.  The only similarity with Benghazi is the body count.

Poll: Plurality Of Americans Believes Media Makes Up Stories About Trump.  On the one hand, it's an amazing testament to how far public trust in the media has fallen that more Americans than not believe they're publishing false stories about the president.  On the other hand, how is this number not 100 percent?  It's not a matter of opinion.  The media does, in fact, sometimes publish honest-to-goodness fake news about Trump and his orbit.

Nets Suddenly Respect President Bush After He Skewers Trump.  Christmas came early for the liberal Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) on Thursday [10/19/2017] when former President George W. Bush spoke out against the Donald Trump administration.  In a disgusting display of sudden respect for a long time political foe, the network's championed Bush's hammering of the current president.  And the icing on their anti-Trump cake was former President Obama doing the exact same thing too.

Trump doesn't owe Obama anything.  It's nine months into the administration, and there is no rest for the hair-on-fire coverage.  Whether it's Trump's move to make changes to NAFTA, decertify the Iran deal, eliminate some ObamaCare rules or cut taxes, each is greeted with a collective howl of outrage.  Every report is a parade of horrors that celebrates critics as truth-telling prophets.  All the code words about cruelty to the poor and benefits for the rich are trotted out, capped with warnings about race and gender impacts.  The hyperbolic language is designed to stoke partisan fear and rally the resistance. [...] And so it goes, day after day, issue after issue.  Stripped of policy fig leaves, the media reaction amounts to, "You can't do that!  That's not how Barack Obama did it!"

PBS airs anti-Pruitt documentary funded by environmentalist group backer.  A new PBS Frontline documentary that paints Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt as a tool for the fossil fuel industry received major funding from a group that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to environmentalist activists like the Sierra Club.  The documentary, "War on the EPA," received major support from the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on the environment and sustainability.  The documentary features interviews with numerous Obama administration backers, including Gina McCarthy, the former EPA administrator, and Betsy Southerland, a former EPA director making $250,000 who claimed earlier this year she resigned in protest because of the Trump administration's budget.

Press is not "crucial to our democracy".  The president is not "undermining the foundations of our democracy."  Donald Trump strengthened them.  He did not accept a billion dollars in bribes and payoffs from big corporations and rich creeps like Harvey Weinstein.  Spending half as much, Trump [defeated] Hillary and her media minions.  [Bob] Schieffer, [Brian] Stelter, and their ilk tried to thwart the election with biased coverage.  It is not working.  It undermines their credibility.

Trump doesn't owe Obama anything.  Not much is happening in Washington these days.  Just more of the same as President Trump continues to change or scrap the policies of the previous president and the media responds by insisting each time that the sky is falling.  It's nine months into the administration, and there is no rest for the hair-on-fire coverage.  Whether it's Trump's move to make changes to NAFTA, decertify the Iran deal, eliminate some ObamaCare rules or cut taxes, each is greeted with a collective howl of outrage.  Every report is a parade of horrors that celebrates critics as truth-telling prophets.  All the code words about cruelty to the poor and benefits for the rich are trotted out, capped with warnings about race and gender impacts.

Silence of the Republican Lambs.  Big media, part of the left-wing establishment, has joined the progressive deplorables.  Whether the New York Times sitting on the Harvey Weinstein story for over a decade, or NBC refusing to run Ronan Farrow's Weinstein exposé.  Then the daily barrage of fake news from CNN and the other alphabet networks claiming falsely that President Trump wants to increase our nuclear arsenal ten-fold or that his cabinet is on the verge of removing him from office via the 25th Amendment.  Why is it only Trump calling out fake news?  This is a perfect chance for Republicans to speak out, to push back.  Public opinion is on their side.  Democrats keep losing elections at the national, state, and local levels.

Media Dishonesty Gives Trump Legitimate Talking Points.  If you listen to the media today, you'd be hard pressed to know that President Trump both complying with the law and with a court decision.  The media would prefer to make this all about dismantling Obamacare and ignore the fact President Obama had no constitutional authority to do what he did.  When the President blasts fake news, this is what he is talking about and this gives his supporters ample room to ignore the President's more outlandish attacks against the press.

One John Kelly exchange with a reporter illustrates an anti-Trump bias.  Any human communications can be tricky, polluted by bias, expectations, assumptions, many things.  Nowhere are such communications more delicate — or important — than between media and political leaders in a free society, in this case the Trump White House and the press corps assigned there to gather and deliver accurate news to Americans.  Chief of Staff John Kelly gave his first news briefing Thursday, a refreshingly genial, candid and succinct appearance for the Trump White House.  As you might expect of a Marine general who worked his way up from enlisted man.

CNN, MSNBC Speculate on Removing Trump From Office Via 25th Amendment.  CNN's Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC's Chris Matthews both eagerly speculated on the latest long shot liberal hope to get rid of Donald Trump:  The 25th Amendment.  Building off a mention of it Vanity Fair by Steve Bannon, Blitzer on Thursday [10/12/2017] asked correspondent Jessica Schneider "Tell our viewers who aren't familiar with the 25th Amendment, Jessica, precisely what it does."  She related the dreams of Democrats:  "It lays out the path for removal of the president in cases of inability.  And that's a term that has never been defined or suggested.  So here's what exactly would need to happen to set the 25th Amendment in motion."

Media's shrill coverage conceals some first-rate moves by Trump on Obamacare.  Having gotten rid of the subsidies to Big Insurance, the chief problem with this "hurts the poor" narrative is that it's the opposite of the truth.  A look at President Trump's actual executive order Thursday tells an entirely different story from what the media is reporting, vindicating the arguments of Trump apologists such as Steve Bannon, that Trump's capacity to reach Americans directly without media mediators is key to his connection to the voters.  Without the media's obscuring lens, Trump's actions really look pretty good — especially in this Obamacare instance.

Pence walks out of an NFL game and sports journalists lose their collective minds.  [Scroll down]  The reaction was largely predictable, with fans tired of the political posturing of overpaid sports stars applauding, and social justice warriors condemning.  What was extraordinarily funny, however, was the way that the sports media humiliated themselves in responding.  Former CBS Sports writer and current Indy Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel, a card-carrying left-wing activist, immediately registered his disgust by cranking out an article suggesting that, "Mike Pence used the Colts to spray paint Donald Trump's political graffiti."  His hyperbole got him an invitation to appear on CNN's "New Day" with fellow leftist Chris Cuomo.  He was far from alone in his indignation, though.  In fact, the entire Indianapolis Star staff, which has notoriously opposed and besmirched Pence for years, apparently saw their opportunity to issue a collective, coordinated strike.

Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble.  Donald Trump [...] is so unusual a figure, and his behavior so outlandish, that his rise precipitated a crisis in a profession already decimated by the collapse of print circulation and advertising dollars.  The forces that brought Trump to power are alien to the experience of the men and women who populate newsrooms, his supporters unlike their colleagues, friends, and neighbors, his agenda anathema to the catechism of social liberalism, his career and business empire complex and murky and sensational.  Little surprise that journalists reacted to his election with a combination of panic, fear, disgust, fascination, exhilaration, and the self-affirming belief that they remain the last line of defense against an emerging American autocracy.  Who has time for dispassionate analysis, for methodical research and reporting, when the president's very being is an assault on one's conception of self, when nothing less than the future of the country is at stake?

Trump Fulfills Campaign Pledge on Contraception Mandate.  [Scroll down]  Today [10/6/2017], Trump made good on that pledge when his administration issued a new rule that will exempt organizations whose owners or shareholders harbor religious or moral objections to paying for certain types of birth control via health plans.  It goes without saying, of course, that this new rule is being grotesquely misrepresented by Obamacare apologists in the legacy "news" media.  The Washington Post, for example, reported the regulatory change under the following misleading headline:  "Trump administration narrows Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate."

Study: September TV Coverage Of Trump 92 Percent Negative.  The evening news programs of CBS, NBC, and ABC gave President Donald Trump 92 percent negative coverage throughout the month of September, according to a new report.  The Media Research Center sifted through of of the evening coverage by the broadcast networks in September and identified six major topics of coverage:  North Korea, immigration policy, post-hurricane disaster response, NFL kneeling controversy, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and cabinet officials using private jets.  The attempted repeal of Obamacare and the use of private jets by cabinet members both received 100 percent negative coverage by CBS, NBC, and ABC.  Immigration policy came next with 96 percent negative coverage, followed by the showdown with North Korea that featured 95 percent negative coverage.

Proof: Coverage of Trump FAR More Negative Than of Obama, Bush.  The highly respected Pew Research Center, which hardly has a conservative axe to grind, has found that the press is running three times as many negative stories about President Trump than it did Obama during the same period of his presidency and a little more than twice as many as it did George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  And that's despite Clinton's Whitewater mess and other actual scandals, compared to as-yet still imaginary scandal involving supposed Trump-Russia collusion.  Now, I know you, my readers, are not surprised.  But it's nice to have some documentation.

Trump's Right:  His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative.  President Donald Trump frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, and a study released Monday [10/2/2017]confirms his suspicion:  Most of it has been negative.  The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive.  In contrast, President Barack Obama's coverage in early 2009 was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative, the study said.

Do The Media Hate Trump?  Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows.  The mainstream media don't like Trump, but it's not really anything he did as president, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows.  The evidence:  Among recent presidents, coverage of Trump's initial weeks in office has been the most skewed and biased, by far.

How Donald Trump Has Disrupted the Media.  When the rise of Donald J. Trump obliterated the norms of American politics, the norms of American journalism were demolished, as well.  A telling new study released Monday [10/2/2017] by the Pew Research Center examines the tone of the news media's coverage of Trump's first 100 days in office (spoiler alert — it has been overwhelmingly negative), and reveals the degree to which this singular presidency has profoundly altered the way in which the press does its job.  The Pew study examined more than 3,000 news stories from radio, television, and the web (including the digital content from five national newspapers), and coded the reports as either positive (if they contained at least twice as many positive statements as negative), negative (the reverse), or neutral.  The Pew researchers found that only 11 percent of the content about Trump and his presidency could be considered positive.  Four times that number of stories, 44 percent, offered a negative assessment.

Is Michelle's 'true voice' Telling Her to Run for President?  When president Trump "colorfully" chastised a few NFL players for "taking a knee" during the national anthem, the press pounced on him as a racist intent on denying caring people the right to their own opinions.  But when Michelle Obama insulted every woman who voted Republican in the last election as being pawns incapable of recognizing their own best interests, the press ate it up.  It has been that way since the surprising results of the last election.  The most insulting things shouted out by those on the Left are given a free pass.

Dear Media — Stop Using Tragedy for Your Political Ends!  The media — upset that the Trump Administration was actually ready for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and did a decent job of helping the victims in Texas and Florida — now has a new strawman to beat in the "Trump is a racist" narrative.  Apparently Trump and Congress don't care about Puerto Rico, because racism, or oppression, or they're not a state, or something.  Of course, if you ask the people and the government officials in Puerto Rico, the story is a bit different.  Not that they don't need more help, but to claim the response was inadequate due to racism is both bogus and offensive.

Donald Trump Rips 'Fake News' CNN and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for Puerto Rico Criticism.  President Donald Trump accused San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of playing politics in a tweet Saturday after she delivered an emotional speech accusing the administration of "killing" Puerto Rico's people.  "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying," she said during an interview with CNN on Friday [9/29/2017].  "And you are killing us with the inefficiency."

Journalism Alert:  Washington Post Interviews Third-Graders Who Hate Trump.  Whitney Houston may have warbled that the children are our future.  But they're not great political analysts right now.  The folks over at The Washington Post seem to have forgotten this particular fact, so they decided to head over to four third-grade classes around Washington D.C. to hear what the tykes have to say about the issues of the day.  Unsurprisingly, the small children thought and spoke like small children, which meant they sounded like Leftists.  As the Post acknowledged, "While the students were diverse socioeconomically, they were — like the Washington region as a whole — exceedingly un-diverse when it came to politics.  In the three classes where I asked how many students would have voted for Hillary Clinton, all hands went up."

Embarrassment as Washington Post corrects its 'scoop' about Obama, Facebook and Russia.  The Washington Post has made a correction to an explosive cover story that undermines the entire premise of Monday's front-page article headlined, "Obama sought to prod Facebook on Russia role."  The problem, according to a Facebook executive, is that when Obama reached out to the social media giant in 2016 to discuss political disinformation spreading on the site, he didn't actually call out Russia — essentially making the Post's headline misleading and inaccurate.  Or, as President Trump would call it, "fake news."  As first reported by Axios, the Post added significant information to the digital version of the story with the disclaimer, "This story has been updated with an additional response from Facebook."

The media take North Korea's side.  Many members of the national media hate President Trump so much that they'll even defend North Korea if it keeps them consistent in their opposition to everything he does.  After Trump said at the United Nations General Assembly this week that the U.S. would crush the little Asian country should Kim Jong Un attack the U.S. or our allies, reporters and commentators reacted as if he had just threatened Switzerland on a whimsy.  Trump had simply said that the U.S. "has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," a relatively measured response to years of hostilities from Kim's regime.  "There were gasps in the hall:  A forum for peace was used to threaten to annihilate a nation of 25 million people," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote Thursday [9/21/2017], surely still emotionally wrecked by the experience.

Keith Olbermann:  NFL Fans Should Sit During National Anthem To Protest Trump.  GQ host Keith Olbermann wants NFL fans to remain seated during the national anthem to protest President Trump.  "This is simple:  To defend OUR right to protest we as fans/consumers ALSO must not stand during the National Anthem until Trump's threat ends," the former MSNBC host wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon [9/23/2017].

Trump Moves Against North Korea, Press Is Confused.  Today [9/21/2017] U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a press briefing in New York.  Reporters were aware that on October 15, President Trump will report to Congress on Iran's compliance, or lack thereof, with Obama's nuclear deal.  Trump will either certify, or decline to certify, Iran's compliance.  He will also report on Iran's nuclear program, its ballistic missiles work, and its support for terrorism.  Here are the relevant questions and Ambassador Haley's answers.  Note how the reporters misapprehend the relationship between the current North Korea crisis and the Iran deal: [...]

Media on the brink of a nervous breakdown.  President Trump is taking a toll on journalists and political commentators, some of whom are watching angrily as Trump dives into healthcare and foreign policy, while others admit that covering Trump may be affecting their health.  ABC "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host Jimmy Kimmel, who has risen as a prominent voice in the healthcare debate, was angry this week over Trump and Republicans' latest attempt to repeal Obamacare.  He called the new Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill a "scam" that he said is supported by Republicans who "eight years ago ... didn't want anyone to have healthcare at all."

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Evil Klingons Modeled After President Trump on 'Star Trek:  Discovery'.  Liberals are celebrating the links they see between the antagonists of the new Star Trek and what they believe to be the ideologies of President Trump and his supporters.  The "connections" aren't difficult to find, as co-executive producer Aaron Harberts told Rolling Stone that the "Trump phenomenon" was "front and center in our minds" in creating the new series.

Levin: Our Media Is Really No Different from Media in Any Dictatorship or Communist Regime.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin defended comments he made concerning the Obama administration's surveillance of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying, "[O]ur media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime."  "You see, ladies and gentlemen, our media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime," stated Mark Levin.  "It's groupthink.  It's a gang attack.  It's a propaganda enterprise."

Megyn Kelly: 'So many reporters ... completely biased against Trump, it's absurd'.  NBC's Megyn Kelly said in an interview that "there are so many reporters who are completely biased against Trump, it's absurd," but also said that Trump "[targets] them." [...] The former attorney also believes reporters are being roped into personal battles with President Trump instead of staying "on the sidelines where they belong."

CNN Hated Trump's 'Dark,' 'Frightening,' 'Incoherent' 'Sermon' to U.N..  From the moment President Trump's Tuesday speech to the United Nations General Assembly ended, CNN made clear that they would be providing the liberal, pro-Obama response, lambasting his remarks as contradictory, "dark," "frightening," "incoherent," and even weak.  Now, if you're skeptical that this video supercut included only partisan commentators, that sadly did not happen as the same rhetoric was espoused by supposedly neutral analysts, anchors, and reporters.

The media's wiretap dancing.  The news that the FBI may have used Paul Manafort to spy on a political opponent should have decent Americans up in arms.  President Trump must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the FBI and Barack Obama for what looks to be a Soviet-style abuse of the national government.  The media itself needs to apologize to Trump.  He called this in March.  They called him crazy.  They are fools.

Wile E. Coyote press says Trump betrayed you.  Each month, the press magically has a bunch of stories that center on the same theme.  Last month, it was President Trump as inciting violence.  This month, it is President Trump is stabbing his supporters in the back. [...] However, real journalism requires that you get the White House to comment before you publish as a "fact" that President Trump reversed himself.  An attribution to a third party does not cut it.

Trump's Opposition:  Nitpick, Distort, Exaggerate, Omit and Lie.  Since the left and complicit journalists in the mainstream media cannot defeat President Donald Trump on the issues or legitimate grounds such as dishonesty, they have resorted to a superficial collection of tactics.  They "make a mountain out of a molehill" and spend endless hours focusing on things that don't matter.  If you get your news from the mainstream media, you're getting a very skewed view of what's going on.  The nightly news is devoted to trivial things related to Trump, while key events, real controversies and accomplishments are given short shrift.

MSNBC's Maddow Invites Hillary to Smear Trump and Tillerson.  On Thursday, two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made yet another stop on her liberal media book tour, this time on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. And as would be expected, Maddow was quite delighted to have Clinton on her program.  So delighted in fact, that many of her questions involved encouraging the former Secretary of State to smear President Trump and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  Right off the bat, the first question from Maddow was begging Clinton to discredit Trump for how he was handling the situation with North Korea.

The Liberal Media's Summer of Pummeling Trump.  The broadcast network evening newscasts remain as hostile as ever towards President Trump and his agenda, although the networks appear to be easing up on their obsessive wall-to-wall coverage of the administration.  Since Inauguration Day (January 20), Media Research Center analysts have reviewed every mention of President Trump and top administration officials on ABC's World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, including weekends.  As of August 31, coverage of the administration has totaled nearly 74 hours (4,418 minutes) of airtime, or about 39 percent of all evening news coverage.  For comparison purposes, coverage of the Obama administration in all of 2015 and 2016 totaled 59 hours (3,544 minutes), or roughly 10 percent of the available broadcast airtime.  In other words, Trump has already received more coverage in his first 224 days in office than Obama received in his final two years as President.  Analyzing the networks' spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the President, but to punish him.

NYT Accepts Full-Page Anti-Trump Ad from Venezuelan Despots.  Ben Kew at Breitbart reported The New York Times ran an full-page advertisement on Wednesday paid for by Venezuela's socialist regime, claiming President Donald Trump seeks to "manufacture a political crisis" in the country.  Venezuela's economy is a basket case, with dramatic shortages that led to protests and violence.  The United Nations reported "mounting levels of repression of political dissent by national security forces" and increasing persecution of the socialist government's opponents.  Trump didn't "manufacture" that.  The Times is publishing fake news as an ad.

DACA media coverage is a nightmare of bias.  Journalism isn't dead, but the liberal news media are trying hard to murder it in its sleep like Freddy Krueger would.  That was evident in the news coverage of President Trump's decision this week to phase out a program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  President Obama forced DACA on us in 2012 to allow illegal immigrant children known as Dreamers to gain temporary legal status to stay in the U.S. President Trump said the executive order issued by President Obama was unconstitutional and that it's the job of Congress to change immigration laws.  This was a dream scenario for the Trump haters who dominate the media.  There was no difference in tone from the far-left talking heads and the so-called journalists.

Vanity Fair Picks Liberals For 2017 Best-Dressed List; SNUBS Melania TrumpVanity Fair, which previously featured Melania Trump on one of its covers, snubbed the First Lady of the United States in its 2017 best-dressed list — while featuring numerous liberals, including both Obamas.  The list, comprised of over 40 people, is broken into eight-sections: [...]

Reminder: The press really wanted Hillary Clinton to be president.  Hillary Clinton's supporters love to complain that the press torpedoed her White House ambitions 2016.  What utter nonsense.  First, as noted by my colleague Eddie Scarry, if Clinton lost the 2016 election because of negative press coverage, then how did Donald Trump win?  He had 15 solid months of bad press.  No one — left, center or right — can argue the press went easy on the Queens businessman.

CNN Pulled Investigative Team Off Trump-Russia Coverage.  CNN executives explicitly told their investigative team to stop looking into potential ties between the Trump administration and Russia following a series of high profile reporting errors led that to the resignation of three journalists in June.  Executives transferred all reporting duties associated with the Trump-Russia narrative to CNN's Washington, D.C. team in the wake of a retracted June report, members of the CNN staff told The New York Times.  The report in question was removed from CNN's website after the network admitted it could not stand by information that tied then Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank under Senate sanctions.

CNN throws in the towel on fake Russian news.  CNN has dismantled its vaunted Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians investigative unit in a wretched concession to reality.  The only thing the unit found was an empty well for stories, surrounded by a crust of fake news.  The whole caper damaged the network's credibility, and the public just wasn't buying it anymore.  So the whole unit had to go.  What a shabby end to what the network had put so much stock in in the heady days of trying to oust President Trump just as he had taken office.

As Its Influence Wanes, Increasingly Militant MSM Promotes Violence and Censorship.  As a 25 year media-watcher, I have never seen anything close to the propaganda campaign the national media launched to defeat Donald Trump last year.  It was 24/7, it was coordinated across every news outlet, it was all-hands-on-deck.  And Trump still won.  Which can only mean that the media's influence has eroded to a point where, despite hurling every kitchen sink available, they suffered a humiliating loss last November.

Trump rolls back racist Obama policy.  For more than a half-century, federal law has banned racial and sexual discrimination.  Employers are supposed to hire and promote based on ability, not skin tone or sex.  President Obama, however, wanted employers to consider race and sex.  President Trump just rolled that back.  Guess which man the media treats as racist.

Russiagate:  What You're Not Being Told About the Media's Misleading Propaganda.  The U.S. mainstream media is touting a big break in Russiagate, emails showing an effort by Donald Trump's associates to construct a building in Moscow.  But the evidence actually undercuts the "scandal."

Shoes? Michelle Obama DIDN'T GO with Barack to NJ After Hurricane Sandy.  First Lady Melania Trump is being slammed for wearing stiletto heels to board Air Force One for the trip to visit hurricane-ravaged Texas Tuesday [8/29/2017].  She later changed out of them.  Which begs the question:  What shoes did Michelle Obama wear when accompanying her husband to Atlantic City to meet with local leaders and comfort residents?  The answer is, she didn't technically wear any shoes at all to go to New Jersey, because she didn't go to New Jersey.

MSNBC Brings on Obama Hack to Blame Trump for Chemical Plant Explosion.  During MSNBC's 10 a.m.  ET hour on Thursday, anchor Hallie Jackson attempted to draw on the expertise of former OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab following explosions at a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  However, the partisan Obama official made it clear he was only interested in one thing — exploiting the crisis to gratuitously attack the Trump administration.  Jackson began the interview by asking for Barab's reaction to a press conference from the owner of the Arkmema chemical facility.  After acknowledging that "It doesn't seem like this specific incident is gonna have a huge impact on the public," Barab couldn't resist his urge to blast President Trump: [...]

While People Die, Washington Post Obsesses Over Melania Trump's Shoes.  Searching for a scandal the way a crackhead hunts for crack, the media decided that the real story of the natural disaster ought to be Melania Trump's shoes.  Because that is what the media is now.  Melania Trump wore high heels while getting on Air Force One.  The media howled that she was heading to a flood zone while wearing high heels.  Never mind that she was still far from the zone and was just boarding a plane.  Then she landed in Texas, wearing sneakers.  And that was also bad.

Now Donald Gets Bashed for Hurricane Attire ... but He's Wearing Exactly What Obama Wore.  The internet went absolutely nuts yesterday, as seemingly every liberal with an internet connection screamed bloody murder because Melania Trump was wearing heels when she boarded Air Force One.  The Trumps were heading down to Texas to survey damage from Hurricane Harvey, which has left Houston devastated.  None of that mattered so much to them, though, once they saw Melania wearing heels.  Of course, apologies were hard to find when she exited the plane wearing the white sneakers she had packed.  However, Melania wasn't the only one castigated for her choice of attire.

CBS Attacked Bush for Not Visiting New Orleans, Attacks Trump for Visiting Texas.  The media is nothing more than the communications department of the Democrats and the left.  Whatever reporting they do is only a vehicle for shamelessly injecting their narrative into every single story.  CBS, MSNBC and CNN, among others, have been pushing the line of attack that President Trump is visiting Texas too soon.  And that his visit will disrupt rescue and recovery efforts.  Funny enough, but that's the same reason that President Bush gave for making a flyover of the disaster zone without landing.

Trump gives new meaning to the Friday night news dump, enraging his critics.  President Trump, in the space of four hours, made official a ban on transgender people serving in the military, pardoned a controversial sheriff accused of racial profiling and parted ways with polarizing aide and conservative media darling Sebastian Gorka.  The announcements were made in the evening hours as the nation focused on Hurricane Harvey, which threatened catastrophic damage to areas along the Gulf Coast, giving new meaning to the Friday night news dump strategy that has long been a staple for Washington politicians looking to bury controversial decisions.

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The Washington Post, and the news media in general, as I recall, never complained when Barack H. Obama did the same thing.

MSNBC Whines That Trump Is Going to Texas Too Quickly.  Proving they are the opposition party, journalists completely switched complaints when it comes to the subject of Republican presidents and Hurricanes.  While reporters spun George W. Bush as callously staying away from Hurricane Katrina, MSNBC's Katy Turn on Monday whined about Hurricane Harvey:  "[Donald Trump is] going to Texas tomorrow and there's real concern that his going there is going to have to divert, at least a little bit, some resources away from the rescue effort and toward him."

MSNBC Anchor Critical of Trump for Going To Texas Too Soon.  Members of the mainstream media didn't wait to long to criticize the President on his response to hurricane Harvey, saying he went to Texas to soon, as he went down Tuesday [8/29/2017] to survey the damage from the storm.  Anyone who thought the media could ever be honest or fair in its coverage of Trump have just been given a further example of how such expectations are misplaced.  No matter what the President does he will face criticism.

Nobody cares if Steve Bannon is in the White House ... except the press.  The media would have us think politics is reality TV or Game of Thrones, and for them, it is, but for the rest of us, the person we voted for is Donald Trump, and the person we would demand results of is named Donald Trump as well.  How he conducts his affairs and whom he surrounds himself with is largely irrelevant to the rest of us, because what matters is whether he fixes the economy, restores rule of law, and re-establishes American exceptionalism.  Only the Beltway really gets excited about that other stuff.

CNN Viciously Attacks POTUS for Phoenix Speech and Suggests He's a National Security Threat.  CNN hit a new low — and that's saying a lot — Tuesday night [8/22/2017] in its coverage of President Trump's speech in Phoenix.  The former news channel is now little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the Deep State.  On Tuesday [8/22/2017], it used a half dozen anti-Trump panelists, with no one representing a counter view, to introduce a new fake news meme:  Not only is the 45th POTUS a racist and a Nazi-sympathizer but an imminent national security threat to the United States.

MSNBC Cuts Away from Trump Rally to Smear Him and Supporters.  Throughout President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, MSNBC's The Last Word would break away from the live video in order to do on-the-fly commentary, which often included attacking the President on what he was saying.

CNN: Everyone Who Voted For Trump Is A 'White Supremacist By Default'.  CNN used the voices of a few professors and activists to assert anyone who voted for President Donald Trump is a white supremacist in a news report Wednesday, and to blame these "ordinary" people for the violence in Charlottesville.  Trump voters helped advance white supremacy by giving them room to operate, CNN reported based on the assertions of others in a piece headlined, "'White Supremacists by default': How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible."

Donald Trump's Phoenix speech fires up hate-filled media.  Members of the supposed celebrated Fourth Estate tore into the president, post-Phoenix, adopting a "how dare he!" approach to deal with their bruised egos.  Fact is:  Trump may not be the most nuanced of speakers, but his accusatory rant against the press, while lengthy, contained nuggets of truth.

USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook.  You know the story already.  USA Today "broke" it in a huge scoop on Monday:  "Exclusive:  Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family." That's yuuuge. [...] Under former President Barack Obama, 31 people were protected by the Secret Service.  Under Trump the number rose to 42, including 18 family members.  Shocking.

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Hmmm.  Barack H. Obama has a wife and two kids.  And his mother-in-law lived in the White House for eight years.  And his puppet-master Valerie Jarrett was there constantly.  That adds up to six people.  So why were 31 people given Secret Service protection?

No, President Trump isn't bankrupting the Secret Service.  Reading the headline of this explosive USA Today story would lead a reasonable person to believe that the Donald Trump presidency is bankrupting the Secret Service because, as stated by Secret Service Director "Tex" Alles in the piece, "The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law," Alles said.  "I can't change that.  I have no flexibility."  Yes, Director Alles is correct, the president does have a large family, and presidential travel is expensive for the U.S. taxpayer. [...] But the "overtime," "constant travel," and "compensation crunch" problems, although very real, are not problems unique to the Trump administration.

CNN host Brian Stelter under fire for revealing off-camera discussions about Trump's 'mental fitness'.  CNN host Brian Stelter has faced criticism for revealing that his colleagues in the mainstream media regularly discuss whether President Trump is mentally fit to hold office. [...] "Usually after the microphones are off, or after the stories are filed, after the paper has been put to bed, people's concerns, and fears and questions come out," Stelter said.  "... Questions like these:  Is the president of the United States a racist?  Is he suffering from some kind of illness?  Is he fit for office?  And if he's unfit, then what?"

How the Media Smeared Trump on Charlottesville.  A woman was killed by a neo-nazi at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville:  that tells the public the most important thing that happened in Charlottesville on August 12.  But in a story about the president's statement — and that was and remains the actual banner story in the media coverage — it is nothing if not malicious negligence to omit all information about how the facts became available and what was known at the specific time the president made his statement.  This fake news smear is a moral disgrace to journalism.

ObamaCare, Not Trump, Is Causing ObamaCare's Massive Rate Hikes.  In Iowa, the state's sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday [8/17/2017] that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%.  This isn't exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised.  But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare's government-knows-best approach to health care.  Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa's ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave.  Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the increases.  The media, of course, are happy to buy into it that claim.  Anything to bash Trump.

Do the media know what horrors they have wrought?  The head honchos in the hardened bunkered war rooms of MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, NPR, PBS, the NYT, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and on and on are not uniformed, nor do they wear military eagles or stars on their jackets, yet they are the orchestrators of the battle plan and the campaigners to defeat and bring down the administration of President Trump.  Sadly, these members of the media, the Fourth Estate, those who are still guaranteed their freedom of speech, to write their opinions without fear of being shut down by the government, are committing suicide by joining with the likes of the street mobs clamoring to destroy the Constitution.  Apparently, unbeknownst to them, they are supporting the demagogues such as George Soros and Barack Obama, who are now invisibly leading the forces of chaos and revolt throughout the land.

Just listen to all the booing when Trump brings up the media!  [Video clip]

The News Media Think They Finally Have Trump Cornered.  They Are Wrong.  It has long been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.  Such a strategy never worked out well in Wile E. Coyote's endless pursuit of the Roadrunner, and it is still very unlikely to do so in the mainstream news media's quixotic quest to bring down Donald Trump (after having gleefully given him billions in free advertising just over a year ago).  This week, after Trump's bonkers press conference — which would have been great had he been a television guest on Fox News, but performed really horribly as the president of the United States — the news media seems to think they finally see political blood in the White House water.

The media attack Trump no matter what he says or does.  President Trump came out last Saturday [8/12/2017] and decried racism, violence and bigotry on all sides in the wake of the violence of Charlottesville.  Somehow, that was bad. [...] Then on Monday, President Trump specifically said that the KKK and Neo-Nazis were terrible, and that still wasn't good enough for a lot of the reporters because he was still getting trashed continuously.  On Tuesday, he again repeated that racists, bigots and violent protesters caused the problems in Charlottesville, and from the response I saw, it would be impossible not to think that this was a false statement, and that Trump was the devil.  Problem is, they're going to go after him no matter what he says or does.  He throws them what they want and it just doesn't matter.

Media working overtime to prove Trump is a racist.  Major media outlets this week encouraged people to speculate on whether President Trump is a racist and even commissioned artists to convey the idea that he is, but still fell short of generating a consensus that Trump is prejudiced against non-whites.  The effort is nearly a week old now.  It began Saturday when Trump was criticized for not immediately singling out neo-Nazis and white supremacists for their role in the violence in Charlottesville, Va.  When Trump finally did identify the groups on Monday [8/14/2017], the press said he was too slow.  Then a day later, Trump again condemned white supremacists, but also said at a press conference that both the white supremacist protesters and counter-protesters were violent, and that there is blame on "both sides."  By Thursday, major magazines were declaring Trump a racist.  Or at least, they were suggesting it with the art on their new covers.

The media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville.  Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?  It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. [...] Does the press just think that no one will look at what Trump actually said?  For those who do look at the original interview and Trump's multiple, clear statements on the matter, the media risks losing what little credibility it still has.

Media plead ignorance of the 'alt-left'.  Members of the national media are disputing President Trump's decision to blame the "alt-left" for engaging in acts of violence, and many say there is no such thing even though the term has been used for months.  Trump said in a Tuesday press conference that "both sides" bear some of the blame for the violence at a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., and asked why reporters were ignoring reports that the "alt-left ... came charging at the ... alt-right."  Afterward, some journalists and news organizations delved into his use of "alt-left" as though he had coined it on the spot.

Epic Presser:  President Trump -vs- Arrogant, Disrespectful, Combative and Argumentative U.S. Media.  The disrespectful, argumentative, arrogant and combative left-wing U.S. media apparatus was on full display today when President Trump concluded his remarks on infrastructure and opened the floor for questions.  As each media enterprise attempted to one-up the virtue signaling of the prior, the sheer scale of the media's frenzied hatred and disrespect took center stage.  [Video clip]

The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds.  [Scroll down]  Only propagandized nitwits would take any of CNN's self-righteous posturing seriously.  CNN head Jeff Zucker has all the integrity of a strip club owner.  Maybe less.  At least strip club owners don't pretend to be something they are not.  Zucker calls himself the head of a news network when in reality he is nothing more than a cynical, lowlife maestro of a 24/7 anti-Trump infomercial designed to maximize ratings and delight his corrupt peers.

Remember When Obama Praised Violent Leftist Rioters?  The MSM had no problem with the Ferguson, Occupy or Baltimore riots nor did they have a problem with former president Obama's support of the violent leftist agitators.  Yet, nothing President Trump says will satisfy the left.  If he doesn't name the white supremacists and dares mention the violent leftists, the left goes wild.  After he then condemns the white supremacists, the left says it's too late.

What Do the Media Really Want from Trump?  Think of when anyone pressed Obama to condemn Black Lives Matter violence: can anyone find an example of Obama doing so explicitly?

Politico Watch:  The Most Biased Items Of The Week.  [#1] Trump says he's not on vacation, but due to some deep investigative journalism, writers found he golfed Saturday!  Trump + golf = vacation = Trump's a liar.

Let's Treat College Admissions like Immigration.  Last week, President Donald Trump endorsed an immigration bill put forth by Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton.  The reaction was swift yet predictable. [...] CNN's Jim Acosta, auditioning for Wolf Blitzer's or Don Lemon's gig on CNN, beclowned himself during a White House press conference by equating a contest-winning poem with the US Constitution.  Big deal.  CNN doesn't recognize the US Constitution as a founding document, instead relying on the front page of the New York Times or the Washington Post as the law of the land.

Beacon Of Journalism Dan Rather Says Trump Leaks Are A 'Public Service'.  Will Dan Rather ever go away?  The disgraced CBS journalist, who pushed a fake news story about George W. Bush's Air National Guard service in the waning days of the 2004 election, says the recent leaks from the Trump administration were a public service.  He made those remarks while speaking to MSNBC's Chris Hayes Tuesday night [8/8/2017].

Who's Side Are They On?  Nets Tout North Korea's Anti-U.S. 'Defiance'.  In a remarkable display of group think on Thursday, all three network morning shows touted North Korea hurling personal insults against President Trump as an act of "defiance" and promoted forced demonstrations in Pyongyang as a "display of unity" from the oppressed people in the authoritarian regime.

At the Times, self-parody strikes deep.  In today's [8/8/2017] New York Times Matthew Rosenberg seeks to disparage and undermine DCIA Mike Pompeo.  Rosenberg's article runs on page one under the headline "Trump's Man in the C.I.A. Adds a Political Tone." [...] [The article] purports to present Pompeo's "mixed reception" at the CIA without a single quote to this effect from inside the agency.  It brings in the Koch brothers.  It notes that Pompeo has gone so far as to praise the president.  This must not stand!

Deep State Teams with Fake News:  Email Evidence Proves New York Times Soliciting Anti-Trump Bureaucracy Leakers.  Emails from a reporter for the New York Times to government employees obtained exclusively by Breitbart News demonstrate that the newspaper's employees are not just on the receiving end of leaks, but are actually soliciting government employees to become leakers.  What's more, the emails demonstrate the Times colluded with the president of government union to encourage and solicit these leaks — something that may become highly problematic for both institutions.

One Day.  There is a moment when a government becomes so corrupt that it can no longer be tolerated by the people and I suggest that we are there.  It is much more openly corrupt today than it has ever been. [...] The media has openly chosen sides and are operating as a publicity machine for the coup.  Understand that, they are providing aid and comfort to the conspirators to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States.  Words don't have the power to convey the level of treason that is being played out before our eyes, in the headlines, with absolutely no repercussions from the Republicans in office.

Frank and free speech, RIP.  This week the Washington Post committed the greatest national security breach in the history of our country, and hardly anyone is talking about it.  The Post printed transcripts of private telephone conversations between our president and the leaders of Mexico and Australia.  The press is focused on the embarrassment the transcripts may have caused our president.  Has the press gone mad?  Do they not understand the consequences of what the Post has done?  Are they so involved in their petty gossip that they don't realize the Post has just endangered the ability of our President to communicate frankly and in private with anyone?

Immigration: How Trump Derangement Syndrome Dumbs Down the Press.  [Scroll down]  But the real loser in all this is not [Jim] Acosta or even CNN.  It's the American people who learn less than zero from the press conferences, in fact are brutally misled by our media in a wanton and selfish matter.  It's all about them and not one jot about informing their audience.  In fact, there is an almost palpable rejection of the latter because then they (that unwashed audience) might see something, anything, good in what Trump or one of his minions might be proposing.  That is not allowed to happen under any circumstances.

Someone Leaked Classified Transcripts Of Trump's Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders.  The Washington Post on Thursday [8/3/2017] published portions of classified transcripts of combative phone calls President Trump had earlier this year with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.  The transcripts portray acrimonious conversations between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, largely on the issues of immigration, border wall funding and refugees.

The Seth Rich Case is Back on the Front Burner — and it Now Involves the Trump White House!  [Scroll down]  It remains to be seen if this story will have "legs" and hang on into the future.  At the very least, it appears to represent another in a series of broadsides aimed at the Fox News channel, which is considered by the MSM and the left the most prominent and reliable propaganda arm of the Trump White House — and therefore a prime target for destruction.  This perception has gained momentum despite Fox News's confirmed "fair and balanced" approach to reporting news about the Trump administration in its first 100 days, especially compared with the nine-to-one ratio of negative reporting about Trump by most other mainstream broadcast and cable media, according to a study by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

Discussing Gang Violence Is Apparently Worse Than Gang Violence.  President Trump used the opportunity of two public speeches last week to highlight the brutality of the MS-13 gang.  What the president described was barbaric — but, according to many liberal pundits and activists, what was more barbaric was Trump mentioning the crimes themselves.

Fusion GPS - in bed with the mainstream media all along.  Fusion GPS, the political opposition research group at the center of the media's Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians "narrative" has been abnormally cozy with the mainstream media organs it's used in its disinformation and smear operations.  Now, they're protecting them.  Daily Caller reports that these very same press creatures who worked with Fusion GPS to spread the false stories about Trump, have gotten curiously silent about the firm's role in the widening web of scandal about the firm's actual role in colluding with the Russians.

Late-Night Comedy Writers Frustrated They Aren't Persuading Voters to Hate Trump.  Late-night comedy writers are reportedly frustrated that their unoriginal, stale, tired, and unfunny criticisms of President Donald Trump are not persuading Americans to hate him.  At a Beverly Hills "Has Politics Made Late-Night Great Again?" panel, a writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee whined that there just may not be a way for late-night comics to reach "the other side," acknowledging the industry's left-wing bias.

Media Forgets Bill Clinton Fired FBI Director One Day Before Vince Foster's Death.  The usual suspects in the liberal media have branded the timing of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as suspicious, accusing Trump of trying to block an investigation into alleged collusion with Russia. [...] But as long as we're discussing conspiracy theories, let us talk about the only other time a President Fired and FBI Director, the firing of William Sessions by one William Jefferson Clinton.  The timing of the firing of Sessions is at least equally curious, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the firing may have significantly more basis in truth.

America's Media Meltdown.  [Scroll down]  The liberal Harvard Kennedy School and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy issued a report recently showing how the media has established a "new standard" of negativity in presidential reporting.  It noted that the aggregate news stories from the first 100 days of the Trump administration were about 80% critical.  Some networks such as CNN aired 93% negative coverage of the president.  CNN was forced to fire three reporters for creating fictional news about the Trump administration.  Some of its anchors and hosts used scatology to denigrate the president.  CNN's New Year's host Kathy Griffin was fired at the end of May 2017, for holding up a facsimile of the decapitated head of Trump.  Some producers were caught on tape bragging about CNN's biases against Trump and the stupidity of the voters who elected him.

Kellyanne Conway accuses CNN of making a 'business decision' to be anti-Trump.  Kellyanne Conway accused CNN of making a "business decision" to be against President Trump and his agenda Sunday morning [7/23/2017].  Conway leveled the claim during the first statement she made during an interview on "Reliable Sources" that proved to be rather contentious.  She said the White House is happy to come on a network they see as an enemy.  "We're very happy to come and take questions from an outlet that has been incredibly unfair and systematically against this president, I guess you made a business decision to do so," Conway said.

Temper tantrums by CNN stars, others help push out Spicer.  This week the media got the scalp they wanted.  Next to President Donald Trump, journalists have been out to get Sean Spicer more than any other member of the administration.  Friday [7/21/2017], they got their wish.  In effect, journalists made an extremely difficult job impossible.  Spicer became a favorite media target for either press room theatrics from CNN's Jim Acosta (D-Diva) or lampooning by "Saturday Night Live." [...] The press corps has been gunning for Spicer since Trump took office.

CNN's Cillizza's Latest Attack on Trump Debunked by His Own Network.  The very fake news scandal engulfing CNN just erupted again on Wednesday afternoon [7/19/2017] as CNN's Chris Cillizza published demonstrably fake news.  What's more, Cillizza's significant mistake ropes two more CNN anchors — Kate Bolduan and Brooke Baldwin — into the very fake news scandal touching nearly every single person at CNN.

How Approval Polls and 'Junk' Journalism are Fake Views Pushed by Fake News.  The latest rod by which to beat the President of the United States is a Washington Post/ABC News poll showing Mr. Trump's approval ratings languishing at 36 percent. [...] The poll was performed by AbtAssociates — a swamp dweller-staffed research and policy shop in Cambridge, MA.  AbtAssociates board members include former Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood, World Bank, and Deloitte staffers.  In other words, it is a microcosm of the party of Davos.

The Media's Endless Anti-Trump Show Trial.  It is a measure of the anti-Trump media's stupidity and malpractice that the phrase "breaking news" now elicits eye rolls.  The media's "breaking news" about Trump is rarely breaking or news.  It is usually recycled and old — some stale piece of information, relating to a practice both parties long ago adopted, that is sensationalized and dished up as novel.  Into this category falls much of its breathless "Trump-Russia" coverage, including its all-hands-on-deck stories about Donald Trump Jr. [...] Take pretty much any headline the media has used to sanitize the political espionage of the Dems against Trump, substitute Donald Trump Jr.'s name into it, and you will see that the smears against him and his father carry all the evidentiary weight of a Soviet show trial.

The Russian Collusion Story:  The Acme of Fake News.  Nothing so illustrates why the media has deservedly lost all credibility than its unending, overdone effort to fit any action on the part of the President or those around him into a narrative of Russia somehow colluding with him to defeat Hillary.

Are they wrong?
'Angry' Heartland Voters Think Media Using Russia Stories to 'Oust' Trump.  Voters who live in the heartland and outside the New York-D.C. media bubbles do not care about the legacy media's obsession with Russia.  An Iowa radio news director emailed CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, out of all people, on Thursday [7/13/2017] to tell him that conservatives in his state are "very angry" at the legacy press because they think the media are using Russia stories to "oust" and delegitimize President Donald Trump.

Worst media moments of the week:  [Scroll down]  President Donald Trump’s Poland speech has become one of many things making liberal journalists freak out.  Apparently, using a longstanding media term — “the West” — is now triggering.  CNN’s Jeff Zeleny was one of many especially upset and claimed Trump was being racist.  “This is a white America, America First kind of speech,” he told CNN.  This isn’t just an entry-level reporter at some backwater weekly.  Zeleny is CNN’s senior White House correspondent but he couldn’t contain his freakout.  For some reason, Zeleny claimed Trump, “probably couldn't have given that speech here in America.”  Like Trump somehow gives a different message abroad than he does here.

Trump's biggest mistake — not going after Hillary.  The liberal media must have been ecstatic when they realized that Donald Trump was giving Hillary a total pass on her criminal activity.  The liberal media knew they had just been given a golden opportunity to unleash relentless negative attacks on President Trump the likes of which have never before been seen in American history.  The liberal media happily gave Donald Trump something for winning the election:  a nightmare he will never forget — a nightmare that has yet to end and will continue for the next four years if the liberal media continue to get their way.

"The more it sensationalizes the commonplace, the more boring its coverage becomes."
The Media's Endless Anti-Trump Show Trial.  It is a measure of the anti-Trump media’s stupidity and malpractice that the phrase “breaking news” now elicits eye rolls.  The media’s “breaking news” about Trump is rarely breaking or news.  It is usually recycled and old — some stale piece of information, relating to a practice both parties long ago adopted, that is sensationalized and dished up as novel.  Into this category falls much of its breathless “Trump-Russia” coverage, including its all-hands-on-deck stories about Donald Trump Jr.

The Left Media's Extraordinary Popular Delusions.  The Clinton campaign came up with their Trump-colluded-with-Russia meme about twenty-four hours after the election results were verified.  It was nonsense then as it is today, but the left's mental distress has become so grievous that they no longer can be called rational or even sane.  After eight months of wild speculation and various investigations, absolutely nothing has been unearthed that indicates in any way that the Trump campaign, least of all Trump himself, colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of the election. [...] The last eight and a half years have proven to the American people that the Democrat left and the media are two parts of the same criminal enterprise that feed each other's addiction to power.

Study shows CNN is 93% BS.  Having assured us last summer that Donald Trump had absolutely no chance of winning the presidency, CNN and its brethren in the media assure us this summer that Russia stole the election for him.  The story is boring.  Nevertheless, the Media Research Center found CNN devoted 93% of its "New Day" show on Wednesday [7/12/2017] to covering this.  "The other seven percent was spent on baseball (~1.5%) and negative coverage of the GOP's healthcare bill (~5.5%)," the report said.

Stupid Hostile Media.  President Donald Trump drives people crazy.  Especially those in the media.  They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor.  The Federalist's Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and strategists Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.  Months later, all still work for or with the administration.

CNN Committed Multiple Felonies.  So arrogant and self-righteous have liberal news outlets become, that they now take it upon themselves to hunt down and blackmail private citizens who dare to mock their pomposity or make fun of the self-appointed hall monitors of news.

Busted! Trump Favorability Polls As Fake As Fake News Can Get.  Want to know a dirty little secret liberal media pundits don't want you to know?  Donald Trump is far more popular with the American people than any of the far left polling data would have you believe.  Those very same polls that were so wrong in predicted the 2016 presidential outcome are being used again to try and convince Americans Trump is an unpopular and highly divisive president.  These polling firms lied repeatedly during the 2016 election cycle and they have continued lying about the POTUS Trump's popularity among voters.

Stop taking Richard Painter seriously given history of outlandish statements and treason accusations.  Richard Painter is the Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-wing activist group. [...] I never heard of Painer — and I bet you never did either — until he started fulfilling the TV role of attacking Trump. [...] Painter's repeated accusations of treason, as well as his earlier outlandish positions, demonstrate that if cable news is going to put him on, he should be identified with his present position with a left-wing anti-Trump, anti-Republican activist organization.

Had Hillary Clinton Won the Election....  What might America look like today if Hillary had been elected?  Had she won we would not be hearing a single word about Russia.  Not a whisper.  It was not on the left's radar at all.  Ms. Clinton had embarrassed herself with that inane Office Depot reset button while she was Secretary of State.  Obama had told Medvedev to tell "Vlad" he would have more flexibility after the election, presumably re: nuclear disarmament.  The left cared nothing about that bit of collusion.

How to manufacture a scandal.  Another piece falls into place, of a mosaic in which Democrats set out in 2016 to create a false appearance of collusion between President Trump and Russia.  It's pretty devious.

The Atlantic Publishes All You Need to Know About the Left.  Last week, The Atlantic rendered a great service to those of us who contend that America is in the midst of a civil war between the right and the left.  It provided a smoking gun — actually, the gunshot itself — to those of us who contend that the left (never to be confused with liberals) is intent on dismantling Western civilization.  It published articles by two left-wing writers, one by Peter Beinart titled "The Racial and Religious Paranoia of Trump's Warsaw Speech," and one by its national correspondent, James Fallows, written on the same theme as Beinart's.

Why the American press thought it heard high-pitched animal sounds coming out of Warsaw.  Thanks to Charles Fain Lehman, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, we learn that The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart said President Trump's speech in Poland was full of "white-nationalist dog whistles." [...] Mr. Capehart, Mr. Zeleny and many dozens of other talented writers and talkers for U.S. newspapers, magazines and TV networks have declared war on American exceptionalism in favor of they know not what.  But they are the vanguard of a socialist, collectivist, internationalist movement that will take America to the same grave to which all previous great powers in world history have been dragged.

The Times 'exposé' on Donald Trump Jr. is a big yawn.  Just as the "Russian collusion" fantasy — a resentful smear cooked up in the immediate aftermath of Clinton's stunning defeat last fall — was finally fading from the fever swamps of the "resistance" and its media mouthpieces, along comes the Times with a pair of journalistic nothingburgers.

It's True:  Liberals Hate Western Civilization.  President Trump's superb speech in Poland has been praised by most observers, including Paul [Mirengoff].  On the Left, however, Trump's speech has been criticized for its principal virtue, the president's spirited defense of Western civilization.  Here are some of the many such instances.

Democracy Dies Due To Journalists' Lies.  "Democracy Dies in the Darkness" reads the Washington Post's motto.  They brought it back out after Donald Trump was elected President.  It featured prominently on their website yesterday above a video showing President Trump shaking hands with the First Lady of Poland.  The headline, should you choose not to watch the video, noted that the First Lady of Poland snubbed President Trump by refusing to shake his hand.  Who are you going to believe, the headline writer or video of the actual event?

A Weeks Worth of CNN's Russian Narrative Destroyed in a Minute.  For an entire week CNN has been running an ongoing story, based on a single source, about President Trump not going to confront Vladimir Putin about interference in the 2016 election.

Doin' the CNN Two-Step.  There is little in the news today quite as delightful as watching the mainstream media do the CNN Two-Step. [...] The latest iteration comes from CNN's own Jim Acosta.  Acosta seems to have modeled himself on the Grandfather of Fake News, Dan Rather.  Rather made his name by shouting biased and hostile questions at a president despised of the elite.  Acosta has made a fool of himself doing the same thing.  Acosta beclowned himself most recently (as of this writing; it's hard to keep up) filing a sneering, unprofessional report on the president's press conference in Poland.

CNN Investigative Unit Gets Out the Tire Iron.  On Wednesday night [7/5/2017], Mark [Steyn] joined Tucker Carlson live on Fox News to discuss yet another weird development in CNN's bizarre sense of news priorities — their decision to threaten the anonymous Internet commenter who created the Trump wrestling GIF.  [Video clip]

CNNBlackmail Is the Best Thing Since Trump Got Elected.  [T]he left isn't interested in logic and facts — and hasn't been for quite some time.  That was what James O'Keefe recently uncovered — not that we couldn't have guessed anyway — with his recent sting on CNN.  Here is an organization which affects the demeanor of a responsible, politically-neutral, internationally-respected news outlet with reporters and newscasters who look exactly like real ones on grown up TV channels.  But underneath, its entire raison d'etre and business model is churning out leftist fake news propaganda.  If conservative media outlets like Breitbart took the same liberties with the truth as leftist media outlets like CNN (and Vox and Slate and Salon and Huffpost and the rest...) they would be crucified.

Trump's visit to Poland and the incoherent media.  CNN is already against the wall after recently retracting a report on a Trump associate's supposed ties to Russian money.  But in a rush to find something wrong with Trump on his trip, White House correspondent Jim Acosta bruised his network again.  Before his speech in Poland, Trump said in a press conference that he had found that only "three or four" out 17 U.S. intelligence agencies made formal conclusions about Russia's election interference.  Acosta called Trump's comments "fake news" and wondered, "Where does that number come from?  Where does this 'three or four' number come from?  My suspicion ... is that if we go to the administration and ask them for this question, I'm not so sure we're going to get an answer."  Except everyone else by that point, including the New York Times, had known that Trump was correct.  Just four agencies have formally and independently made their conclusions about the election interference.

Fake News:  Journalists Invent 'Super Awkward' Handshake Snub of Trump.  In the latest example of fake news, journalists on Thursday hyperventilated about a dramatic snub of Donald Trump by Poland's first lady.  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, it seemed, refused to shake the hand of the President.  Except, that's not what happened.  Mere seconds after shaking Melania Trump's hand, Kornhauser-Duda and the President shared a warm embrace.

CNN's Jim Acosta Busted for Fake News in Failed Attempt to Slam Trump.  NN's Jim Acosta accused President Donald Trump of "fake news" on Thursday for claiming that "three of four" intelligence agencies had identified Russia as the culprit in hacking during the 2016 presidential election — but the president was right, and Acosta was wrong.  Last week, the New York Times was forced to issue a correction, admitting that "17 intelligence agencies" had not, in fact, accused Russia, as Hillary Clinton had once claimed.

Ted Cruz is Concerned CNN May Have Committed a Felony.  In a pair of tweets, Sen. Ted Cruz laid out a troubling development for CNN's threatened doxxing of a Reddit meme creator who posted a video of President Trump wrestling their logo.  Cruz's take is that CNN could be open to a felony charge.

How is CNN Not Embarrassed?  A random person created the silly gif of Trump body-slamming CNN, which President Trump then tweeted.  It's important to remember that this was the precipitating event that lead CNN to use its myriad resources to seek out the random person and threaten exposure and shame ...for creating a stupid gif.  CNN's editorial bias and noxious behavior predates the stupid gif. [...] But this infantile jostling between press and president is one thing.  It's another to use resources to target those who create the memes, gifs, and parodies, and threaten those people with exposure if they don't apologize.

CNNBLACKMAIL May Have Targeted Wrong the Person.  Uh oh.  It looks like CNN may have targeted and threatened the wrong person over the Trump-CNN Wrestlmania gif.  The CNN Blackmail scandal gets worse.  And I couldn't be happier.  The meme released by HanA**H***Solo had no audio and had a different aspect ration [sic] than the one Trump tweeted when the media went into meltdown.  Trump's tweeted meme also had audio.  The aspect ratio of HanA**H***Solo and Trump's tweet were also different.  Looks like CNN screed [sic] up big time in their extortion attempt.

Gorka: 'Stunning' That Polish President Had to Correct Fake News About Trump Handshake.  Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President and former National Security editor for Breitbart News, talked about President Trump's trip to Poland and the G20 summit on Friday's [7/7/2017] Breitbart News Daily.  Gorka told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow it was "stunning" to watch the president of Poland step in to defuse a Fake News story about his wife supposedly snubbing President Trump on stage.  "It demonstrates the clutching at straws, the desperation of the mainstream media complex," Gorka said.

Trump Provokes CNN's Self-Immolation, America Relieved.  A couple of weeks ago in this space, I speculated that CNN, the Crackpot News Network, had reached the terminal stage of malevolent implausibility. "[I]t would be a good thing," I wrote, "were CNN humiliated and sued out of existence.  It performs no journalistic function, merely a destructively partisan one."  As usual, I was too kind.  CNN will not have to be sued out of existence, as Gawker Media, another disgusting purveyor of malicious gossip and fake news, was a year or so back.  No, CNN seems to be performing a species of hara-kiri or seppuku in public.

CNN threat to unmask Trump WWE meme creator spells another media disaster.  Another day, another controversy for CNN as it continues arguably its toughest public relations stretch in its 37-year history.  Today's Exhibit A is an implied threat by the network to reveal the identity of a guy who created a comical video showing the president "wrestling" a CNN logo using old footage of Trump making a cameo at a WWE event in 2007.

CNN Blackmails Source of Donald Trump Wrestling Video.  CNN threatened Tuesday to expose the identity of the Reddit user who had claimed credit for creating the spoof wrestling video that President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning [7/2/2017], showing him fighting the cable network.  After reporting Monday that the Reddit user, "HanAssholeSolo," had a history of racist and antisemitic tweets, CNN tracked him (apparently, he is male) down and attempted to make contact with him by email and telephone.

Ted Cruz:  CNN May Have Broken the Law with Doxxing Threat.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said CNN may have broken the law in threatening to publicly expose the person who created a GIF of Donald Trump appearing to beat up a man with a CNN logo for a head.  After the president tweeted out the GIF last week, CNN has been on a warpath to hunt down the creator and make him pay.  In an article published Tuesday [7/4/2017], entitled "How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF," Andrew Kaczynski had this to say about why the network decided to keep his identity under wraps. [...]

CNN May Have Targeted The Wrong Meme Creator Over Trump's WWE Tweet.  BuzzFeed suggests that the actual gif came from Facebook, not Reddit.  In any case, it's not quite as simple as Trump grabbing the meme and retweeting it to the world.

Media errors give Trump fresh ammunition.  A string of high-profile corrections and retractions by major news organizations on stories about President Trump or his allies have fueled more allegations of bias in the mainstream press.  The relationship between Trump and the news media regularly hits new lows, with insults flying between the two camps and reporters warning that the president is inciting violence against journalists.  But Trump's allies on the right believe the president's claims that the mainstream media is "fake news" have been bolstered by recent missteps.  They point to recent admissions from top news outlets — including CNN, the New York Times and the Associated Press — that bombshell stories were either overcooked or included incorrect details.

Reminder: Valerie Jarrett's Daughter Was Hired By CNN In January.  If you want to understand why CNN is so biased against Trump and other Republicans, it's helpful to know that their staff is made up of various people who have very real connections to the world of politics.  Even the daughter of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett works for the network.

Everything Is About 'Trashing' Trump With Mainstream Media.  On Thursday [6/29/2017] the House passed Kate's Law, which imposes harsher penalties on illegal immigrants, especially criminals, who try to reenter the country.  The House also passed a sanctuary city bill.  However, NBC, CBS, and ABC spent much more time on President Trump's personal attacks on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough than either the immigration bills or the travel ban.

Associated Press Corrects Big Falsehood In Four Trump-Russia Reports.  The Associated Press "clarified" a false claim it's been running in stories about President Trump and Russia on Friday, conceding in a release it's not the case that 17 intelligence agencies "agreed" on the hacking narrative.  The correction to four reports on Trump and Russia comes the same day The New York Times issued a similar correction to a Maggie Haberman report.  Both TheNYT and the AP now say the claim they've been floating for months is incorrect.

CNN Producer Trashes Voters, President Trump on Video.  Project Veritas released new video of a CNN producer calling American voters "stupid as ****" and admitting "90% of us are on board" with anti-Trump views.  "We all recognize he is a clown, that he is hilariously unqualified for this," Jimmy Carr, an Associate Producer at CNN New Day said.  "He's really bad for this and he does not have America's best interest at heart."  Carr flatly admits that "90 percent of us are on board" at the network, referring to the network's left-leaning bias.  The video is the third in a series Jame O'Keefe's investigative organization dubbed American Pravda, which aims to expose media bias at the now scandal-plagued CNN.

Levin on CNN: They're Not a News Organization Anymore.  On his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday [6/27/2017], host Mark Levin criticized CNN, saying the network has "sold out" and is "not a news organization anymore."  "CNN, in my view right now, is in a state of complete disintegration," said Mark Levin.  "It won't show up right away on their ratings, but it will eventually show up.  They truly do run with phony stories.  They have prostituted themselves.  They have sold out.  They are not a news organization anymore."  Levin's comments came after CNN published, then redacted a story linking a Trump surrogate to a Russian investment fund, prompting the resignation of three CNN employees.

Joe Scarborough Calls President Trump 'Greatest Liar That's Ever Sat In The White House'.  MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bashed President Donald Trump Wednesday, calling him worse than former President Richard Nixon and the "greatest liar that's ever sat in the white house."  Scarborough played a clip of Brian Karem, executive editor of The Sentinel Newspapers, at Tuesday's [6/27/2017] White House briefing challenging Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying her criticism of the media was inflaming the American people.  Sanders responded at the briefing by citing a debunked Washington Post story stating reporters were not being thorough enough in their critiques of the president.

The Editor says...
Mr. Scarborough should spend some time reading my partial catalog of Obama's lies.

CNN Producer Admits Witch Hunt Against Trump.  CNN producer John Bonifield made the brazen admission of the network's absence of journalistic bona fides to an undercover reporter from ACORN-slayer James O'Keefe's investigative nonprofit, Project Veritas.  "He not only gave us a tour of CNN's main newsroom, he gave us a window into the editorial bias and anti-Trump agenda of the organization," O'Keefe says as he narrates the video.  Project Veritas is touting the video as the first installment in a multi-part investigation the group calls "American Pravda."

We're politically divided and hateful; Maybe that's the media's fault too.  The Eastern and D.C. media that Trump confronts are overwhelmingly of a liberal bent.  By education and professional inclination they're always looking for trouble, which can be an accurate definition of "news." [...] The media's antipathy toward Trump is, in both word and story selection, more open in today's journalism than during previous generations.

Undercover Video:  CNN Producer Admits Russia Story was Manufactured For Ratings.  Project Veritas and James O'Keefe has produced another explosive undercover story showcasing CNN producers who admit the Trump-Russia story is manufactured and promoted for ratings by the network.

American Pravda:  CNN.  Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN's Russia narrative. [...] According to the CNN Producer, business is booming.  "Trump is good for business right now," he concluded.  Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker: [...]

Sketchy Media Now Retreating From Sketchy Russian Conspiracy Reports.  Hillary Clinton and aligned political operatives manufactured the illusion of a connection between Russian entities and the Trump campaign/organization.  Those manufactured points of evidence, including a sketchy Russian Dossier, were used by the political intelligence community (Clapper, Brennan Comey) to open an investigation of nothingness — to nowhere.  The mere existence of the investigation was then used as the originating point for a series of media intel leaks (the narrative) intended to cloud and damage the Trump campaign/organization.

An epidemic of lawlessness.  [Scroll down]  Now like much of the [Washington] Post story, this is a piece of highly classified intelligence whose disclosure violates the oaths of those who gave it to the Post.  The violation of a solemn oath by a witness is commonly taken to detract from the credibility of the witness's testimony.  Consider, moreover, that the sources for the story were not under oath when they confided in Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous.  The intelligent reader would be well within his rights not to believe a word they say.  If we believe it, however, this pertinent fact should be added.  The disclosure of highly classified intelligence by government officials also violates the espionage laws of the United States.  It is in all likelihood felonious several times over in the case of each of the Post's numerous anonymous sources.

CNN Has to Completely Retract a Major Anti-Trump Story.  CNN, you will recall, ran a major story about James Comey claiming that Comey would contradict the President on whether the President is being investigated.  They went wall to wall with the coverage of that story.  Then James Comey did not contradict the President.  CNN had to walk it all back.  Now they have done it again.  On June 22, CNN ran a story claiming that Anthony Scaramucci had dealings with a Russian investment group.

The AP Runs Interference for Comey and Mueller.  President Trump noted that James Comey and Robert Mueller are "very, very good friends ... which is bothersome."  So the Associated Press sprang into action to defend the two men now locked in a death struggle with the president.  The AP vouches for the extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, integrity of the men who are trying to bring down our duly elected president.

Mika: Trump Is Either A Dictator In The Making Or 'Not Well'.  MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski compared President Donald Trump's administration to North Korea Friday, saying "It does feel like a developing dictatorship."  "I will say you can do some work reading history and reading books about how dictatorship happen.  The development of very negative forces taking over and what you are seeing is either this happening right now, or someone who's not well.  Very few options," Brzezinski continued.

Making It Up As You Go Along.  Two articles that could have come from different universes were actually written in the same week.  The first is a Washington Post article describing how president Obama, aware of Russian plans to influence the 2016 election "choked" by not responding forcefully, lulled by "the assumption that Clinton would win" anyway.  The second article by Emile Simpson at Foreign Policy warns that Trump may be stumbling into a war involving the very same Russia.  They are representative of stories that depict the administration either at Putin's throat or at his feet, in collusion or conflict with the Kremlin.  Although this is contradictory nobody seems to notice.  In fact both can simultaneously be true if you assume the political system is inconsistent, as if driven by a random number generator.  That may in fact be the case.  The entire political system, not just Trump administration, is zig-zagging through public policy.

MSNBC analyst likens Trump to a 'suicide bomber'.  An MSNBC political analyst compared President Trump to a "suicide bomber" on Thursday [6/22/2017] after he tweeted that he did not have any recordings of meetings with former FBI Director James Comey.  Elise Jordan, a former Bush White House aide and now an MSNBC political analyst and TIME contributor, appeared on "MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin" on Thursday afternoon [6/22/2017].  "It's a sad day when you cannot depend on the president's word, and my advice to Republicans who cozy up to him is it's just like hugging a suicide bomber' — he blows you up in the process with him," Jordan said.

Reason #855 Why Secretary Tillerson Rightly Has No Respect for State Dept.  Correspondents.  Today during the State Department briefing a typical media correspondent showcases their condescending arrogance.  Watch this exchange between Spokesperson Heather Nauert and a reporter.  [Video clip]

Self-inflicted stupidity.  CBS News anchor Scott Pelley — make that former CBS News anchor Scott Pelley — is the face of sanctimonious liberalism.  The attempted assassination of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his GOP colleagues on the baseball field in Alexandria last week somehow prompted Pelley's comment on the day after:  "It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted".  Pelley of course answered the question that approximately no one was asking in the affirmative.

Sanctuary for Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers?  It is almost trite and redundant to state that there is a contentious debate in the United States between those who are pushing for the strict enforcement of the immigration laws and those who believe that certain aliens, notwithstanding the fact that they are removable from the United States, should not be subjected to the "harsh punishment" of removal.  An interesting part of this debate is its framing.  "Immigration enforcement" is linked to President Donald Trump, notwithstanding the fact that he has not signed a single piece of legislation that has changed the immigration laws of the United States, which are codified at 8 United States Code, commonly known as the "Immigration and Nationality Act", or "INA".

CNN Tries To Conduct Online Trump-Hater Poll, But Turns Out To Be Landslide Of Support For President.  CNN has been on a 24/7 mission to knock President Trump out of office — or, failing that, discredit him with whatever it can.  How bad is it?  On Saturday, CNN openly sided with Cuba's communist regime as it slammed Trump for rolling back former president Barack Obama's steps to expand relations with Cuba.  So it's must be a real heartbreaker for the bigwigs at CNN to see the network's new poll on Trump.

Media Forgets Bill Clinton Fired FBI Director One Day Before Vince Foster's Death.  The usual suspects in the liberal media have branded the timing of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as suspicious, accusing Trump of trying to block an investigation into alleged collusion with Russia.  Never mind that even the likes of California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein admit there is no evidence of any such thing or the Congressional testimony of acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that Trump has not interfered or could not interfere, with an investigation that, contrary to rumors, is adequately funded.  But as long as we're discussing conspiracy theories, let us talk about the only other time a President Fired and FBI Director, the firing of William Sessions by one William Jefferson Clinton.  The timing of the firing of Sessions is at least equally curious, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the firing may have significantly more basis in truth.

Progressive Media Personalities Agree:  Those Republicans Deserved To Get Shot.  A shooter opened fire on Congressional Republicans practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game at a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning, injuring lawmakers, staff, and law enforcement.  It is unclear at this time whether the shooter was killed or is currently in police custody.  In the wake of the shooting, lots of people on the Internet lost their minds.  Several progressives even went out of their way to suggest the victims deserved to get shot because they have the wrong views on gun control, or Obamacare, or Donald Trump.  Here are some of the most insane reactions to the Congressional baseball shoooting so far. [...]

NYT's Latest Trump Story Follows A Familiar Pattern Of Breathlessly Reporting Routine Procedures.  The establishment media's hysteria is once again in high gear after news that members of the Trump transition team were ordered to preserve documents and other materials pertinent to the investigation into Russian interference of the election.  Trump's transition team's counsel, issuing a memo to satisfy routine requirements in any investigation, hardly called for the tone and seriousness with which it was reported.  The New York Times asserts that the request "illustrated the seriousness of the inquiry" conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and how "deeply they are delving" into President Donald Trump's activities.  Such rhetoric follows a longstanding pattern of the establishment media's propensity to overreact to even the most routine circumstances with anything related to the president.  The Washington Post's Tom Nichols says that media personnel "seem determined to overreact on even ordinary matters."

Shareholder: CNN Acting Like Part of 'Anti-Trump Resistance'.  A Time Warner shareholder accused CNN of acting like it was the part the "resistance" movement against President Donald Trump.  "I'm inquiring about CNN's bias and our return on investment," shareholder David Almasi reportedly told Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes during Thursday's annual shareholders meeting.  "Half the American public — which includes potential and current CNN viewers — voted for Trump last November and supports his agenda.  CNN acts as if it is part of the anti-Trump resistance."

Big Government and the Epidemic of Violence.  What's the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America?  Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain, and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn't have prevented it, I think it has to be the media criticism.  The challenge, at least for conservatives, is that the media's double standard is so profoundly obvious and at the same so passionately denied that bringing it up feels like an exercise in gaslighting.  If a former Ted Cruz volunteer tried to murder a bunch of Democratic congressmen at a baseball practice, the instant conventional wisdom from the mainstream media would be to blame Donald Trump, Republican rhetoric, and conservatism generally.  We know this because that is what always happens, even when the villain isn't a conservative.

Does Robert Mueller Want to Cause a Civil War?  [Scroll down]  In Thursday's [6/15/2017] WaPo "exclusive," it's son-in-law Jared Kushner under the leak-o-scope.  This article, like the one before, is accompanied by the paper's typical boilerplate that they seem to have in macro.  (Do they teach this in j-school now?):  The officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.  I thought they weren't "authorized" to speak at all.  I thought it was against the law to leak — naive me.  Obviously, the Post doesn't care.

Scott Pelley:  D.C. Attack on Congressmen Was 'to Some Degree Self-Inflicted'.  Thursday evening [6/15/2017], CBS's Scott Pelley, who officially ended his tenure as the network's Evening News anchor the following evening, told viewers that "It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress Wednesday was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted."  It's clear from Pelley's subsequent commentary that his answers to all three elements are "Yes."  It's equally clear from the examples he supplied as support that he sees (or wants viewers to see) the problem as predominantly about the conduct of those on the right.

The Ugly Question:  What If The Russia Russia Russia Story Was Nothing?  Everyone has been busily trying to parse the Jeff Sessions testimony since the Attorney General took the stand but there doesn't seem to be a lot to work with.  Allahpundit talked about the number of times that Sessions declined to answer certain questions about private conversations he had with the president, but that's some fairly thin gruel to build a presidency-ending scandal out of.  But the one question which seems to still be off limits for most of the MSM is the really ugly one:  what if this turns out to be a dry hole?

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism.  What do all of these stories have in common?  They're completely unsourced.  No names.  No real people.  Just claims that come from, in order, "two administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the matter," an anonymous tweeter who set up a dummy Twitter account, and "a Downing Street adviser."  None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations.  Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories — Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian — simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources.  The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back.  The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever — whether it's true or not.

Whoopi Goldberg Says Media Coverage of Trump Was 98% Positive.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on The View Tuesday morning [6/13/2017] to discuss all things Donald Trump with the ladies. [...] Gingrich cited a recent Harvard study which found that 93% of the media coverage of the President was negative prompting host Whoopi Goldberg to make a bizarre, perhaps delusional claim about the relationship between Donald Trump and the media: [...]

The Endless Ironies of Donald J. Trump.  For every too-frequent gala golf outing of a metrosexual Obama decked out in spiffy attire, there is a plumper Trump swinging away, oblivious to the angry pack of reporters that Obama once so carefully courted.  For every rapper with an ankle bracelet that went off in the White House, there is now a White House photo-op with Ted Nugent.  For every executive-order suspension of federal immigration enforcement, there is an executive-order corrective.  For every lecture on the crusades, sermons on Western genocidal history, apology tour, or Islamic mythmaking, there is an American Greatness pride in everything.

A vast conspiracy of silence kept the 'Russia collusion' story alive.  American democracy has been corrupted, and if not cured, the disease will be fatal.  There is no other conclusion to be drawn when the public is deceived on the scale that was revealed (but ignored) by James Comey.  The stunning truth is that the American political and media establishment allowed a phony story — that they knew was phony — to dominate our political discourse for months.

CNN's War On Trump Is Going Swimmingly.  Since the new administration arrived in Washington, CNN has continued this war at a fever pitch.  Daily they roll out eight-person panels where not one person defending the administration is represented.  They have offered the most biased coverage of the Trump administration by far, to the point that Republicans on Capitol Hill openly mock their lack of balance.  A network that once strove to be centrist in their approach is now openly antagonistic, and will run with the thinnest of scoops for hours at a time in order to make their case against President Trump.

What it takes to be fired by CNN.  But even at CNN, there are limits.  First the network fired "comedian" Kathy Griffin from what was apparently her only CNN gig, co-hosting the network's New Year's Eve show.  Griffin's offense, as we all know, was displaying a model of the president's severed, bloody head.  Given the magnitude of the offense, finding a new New Year's Eve co-host didn't seem like much of a price to pay.  Now CNN has brought down the hammer again.  It has fired Reza Aslan, who hosted a CNN series.  Aslan has a degree, among others, from Harvard Divinity School.  Divinity isn't what it once was; his offense was this tweet about President Trump: [...]

The Media Is Now Leaking Classified Info Just Because They Feel Like It.  This morning, The New York Times brought us another breathtaking exposé of classified national security information that is really important for the public to know because... um, well, because they just kind of felt like it.  The story is about a contractor for an international shipping company who was captured and held hostage by rebels in Yemen before being released last year.  Without the man's permission or cooperation, The New York Times gives details of his capture and imprisonment, his name, his age, his exact job description with the shipping company, and the location where his wife and children lived at the time (none of which I will repeat here). [...] The whole report is inexplicable, and you get the sense that the reporters just wanted to tell a splashy, thriller-like story.  Except that there's a larger pattern:  it has become acceptable to open the floodgates of classified information because Trump.

Media Criticism:  Media Headlines Misleading After Comey Testimony.  The establishment media's bias was on full display following James Comey's congressional hearing Wednesday.  Headlines focused on Comey's testimony that President Donald Trump "lied," concealing the more pertinent and shocking revelations exposed during the hearing.  Comey's testimony exonerated Trump from allegations of obstruction of justice, and vindicated his claims about Comey telling him three times that he was not, personally, under investigation.  So, what does the establishment media decide to report:  that Donald Trump "lied" about why he fired James Comey.

Our Crude News Network.  Progressive media bias is now a given.  The present generation of journalists and reporters tends to believe that just conveying the news no longer offers ample venue for their unappreciated talents, celebrity status, and deserved political influence.  As a result, they often massage coverage to find relevance as makers, not mere deliverers, of news.  Like many academics, writers, and intellectuals of our bicoastal elite landscapes, they are naturally self-described idealists and left-of-center both politically and culturally.  Yet Donald Trump's election as president has redefined the American media by stripping nearly all pretenses off its once carefully sculpted disinterested veneer.  In other words, never before in American presidential history — not even during the dark days of Watergate — have the media so despised a sitting president.

Media Runs Wild With Unsourced Claim About Trump And Weather.  Many reporters are still reeling over Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord, which the Obama administration joined in 2016 with the goal of keeping future global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.  When Trump announced his decision Thursday, he said it was about economics, not the environment.  Trump said Paris was poorly negotiated and would hurt American workers.  Reporters began pelting administration officials with questions of whether or not Trump actually believes humans are driving catastrophic warming.  Most officials dodged the questions, except U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

BUSTED: CNN's Cooper Sent Autograph to NSA Leaker Thanking Her.  CNN's Anderson Cooper sent an autographed photo to the allegedly NSA leaker thanking her for her "service."

Broadcasting's brazen Trump-bashers.  The Meet the Press panel of June 4 consisted of conservative Hugh Hewitt confronted by the three anti-Trump zealots:  the #NeverTrump conservative Michael Gerson and leftists Heather McGee and Stephanie Cutter.  Three against one — plus, of course, leftist Chuck Todd.  NBC's idea of "balance."  The tape of the program — supported by the transcript — makes it evident that Hewitt had a difficult time speaking.  Cutter in particular did her utmost to stifle Hewitt — but that's what the left does:  strive to suppress those holding different views.  The transcript indicates that Cutter had no patience with Hewitt's references to the Constitution, preferring to spout ad hominem comment to silence the conservative.

Washington Post's Fake Conservative Blogger Hated The Paris Deal, Until Trump Agreed With Her.  If you want to see what a brain high on bitter anti-Trumpism looks like, look no further than Jennifer Rubin's latest rants in the Washington Post.  Before Trump came along, she hated the Paris deal, for good reason.  But as soon as Trump agreed with her, she couldn't countenance being on the same side of an issue as him.  So she magically decided that opposition to the deal made you a knuckle-dragging, science-hating Luddite, all because Trump had the audacity to agree with her.  Rather than being an exemplar of thoughtful independence, Rubin is herself a glaring example of how partisanship blinds a person to objective reality, eventually forcing her to stomp all over principled positions she held just days before, and all because somebody she thinks is icky had the temerity to endorse her views.

Examples of fake news?  How much time you got?  White House press secretary Sean Spicer finally lost it this week trying to correct the endless torrent of bogus news stories being churned out daily by the alt-left media. [...] Spicer had been lecturing the press corps about all their "anonymous sources" and the fictionalized stories "that are absolutely false ... narratives that are wrong ... fake news."  He was directing his remarks at a reporter from the Associated Press — you know, the organization that falsely reported in February that Trump was planning to use "100,000 National Guard troops" to round up "millions" of illegal aliens.  "When you see stories get perpetrated that are absolutely false," Spicer told the crack AP scribe, "that is troubling, and he (the president) is rightly concerned."  So a Democrat operative from the Clinton News Network asked Spicer for an example.

929,000 news stories about covfefe.  Readers know well my credentials as an expert on typos.  Poor proofreading skills and an inability to touch-type often leave grievous errors in this blog.  But they also know my criticisms of Fake News media are meticulously accurate, as I shoot these fish in the barrel.  Few items are as petty as covfefe.  As of 4 PM Eastern, there were 929,000 news items on the president's misspelling of "coverage" in a tweet.

CNN's Gloriously, Embarrassingly, Horrible and Terribly Bad Day.  Yesterday [6/1/2017] the news production staff at CNN were having a bad day.  A horribly, terribly, gloriously and embarrassingly bad day.  Many people, myself included, have just stopped watching the train wreck media circle the drain amid their need to oppose anything, everything, Trump.  CNN executives wake up in the morning knowing Trump has done something terrible, they just don't know what it is yet.  Oy, how this ideological perspective is challenging to maintain.  The anti-Trump outlook relies heavily on the desperate production staff who are increasingly verklempt in their desperate efforts to find new ways to present the same tired narrative.

Former WH Chief Of Staff John Sununu Destroys CNN Over Their Russian Collusion Coverage.  Former White House Chief of Staff and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu got into a heated exchange with CNN's Alisyn Camerota about the network's coverage of the investigation into whether Trump officials colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.  Camerota asked Sununu about top Trump aide Jared Kushner's reported attempt to secure a back channel with Russians.  Is Mr. Kushner is a target of the Russia probe?  We don't know.  Has he been accused of any wrongdoing?  No.  He hasn't.  But he met with the Russians so cue the outrage, the rumors, and stuff about treason — all of which is utterly ridiculous in the absence of evidence.

Some Perspective on Trump and Media Madness.  A mainstream, anti-Trump media outlet (but I repeat myself) — staffed by (in the words of former Vice President Spiro Agnew) "a small and unelected elite" who possess a "profound influence over public opinion" without any checks on their "vast power" — that wants a certain result (Trump's destruction) has recourse to seemingly endless anonymous sources that conveniently — and eagerly! — say whatever is damaging to Trump, and then those leaks and quotes are approvingly duplicated by all the other major outlets who want exactly same thing, conferring upon these stories the illusion of objectivity and correctness.  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence — which the media (tellingly) is not providing. [...] This is about a segment of the country that utterly loathes Trump, is simply incapable of coming to terms with the reality of a Trump presidency, and thus will do anything and everything to obliterate him — including through a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign.

WSJ Slams Trump in Blistering Editorial.  This isn't the first time that the Journal took off the gloves and went at Trump.  Though they often go out of their way to give the President the benefit of the doubt, they also recently published a scathing editorial titled "Loose Lips Sink Presidencies" highlighting that "the portrait of an inexperienced, impulsive chief who might spill secrets to an overseas foe is one to which Mr. Trump has too often contributed."  The only conclusion that can be drawn, the editorial says, is that Donald Trump is incapable of self-discipline and actually enjoys the chaos.

John Sununu Begins Laughing At CNN's Vast Russian Conspiracy Theory.  This interview is really quite funny.  Former Governor John Sununu, a vocal 2016 critic of the Trump campaign for the presidency, appears on CNN and completely takes apart the nothingburger narrative surrounding the 'Vast-Russian-Conspiracy' theory.  On one hand it's refreshing and, well, quite funny to see someone pointing out the absurdity of the nonsense.  However, on the other hand the entire narrative has become so ridiculous it's destroying the legacy media itself; we really don't want to see the media drop the nonsense because their tenuous grip on it actually helps marginalize them.

President Trump Granted Sick Girl's Wish During Packed Middle East Trip; MSM Completely Ignores!  President Trump just completed his first trip to the Middle East and it was packed!  He went to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican City, Brussels, a Nato summit, and followed that up with a G-7 meeting in Sicily.  But there's one visit you probably missed in the MSM.  Despite President Trump's packed schedule on his 27-hour trip to Israel, he took time out of his busy schedule to visit a 14-year-old girl who was battling cancer.  Oh, say what?  You didn't hear about it?  Oh, that must be because the MSM pretty much blacked it out!

Media Continues to Treat Obama Stooge James Clapper as a Reliable Source.  When it comes to former government officials who can be relied upon to push the great Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, there are few more in demand by the fake news media than James Clapper.  Obama's former director of national intelligence has figured prominently in the bogus case that has been constructed against President Donald Trump and continues to surface on CNN and other news outlets as a reputable source when his history would seemingly disqualify him as one.

On Memorial Day, Trump Does Something That Would've Put Obama on Every Front Page.  resident Trump on Monday [5/29/2017] marked his first Memorial Day as commander in chief, heading to Arlington National Cemetery through the throngs of motorcycles participating in Rolling Thunder to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

L.A. Times Offers Front-Page Advice for Anxious Anti-Trump Activists.  The Los Angeles Times devoted precious space on its front page on Memorial Day to a story about how anxious anti-Trump activists are finding ways to relax.  Apparently, knitting "pussyhats," conjuring conspiracy theories, painting offensive signs, disrupting town halls in other people's congressional districts, tweeting "#Resistance," and scouring the media for signs of President Donald Trump's imminent impeachment is bad for mental and physical health.

Associated Press Writer Outed As Anti-Trump Left Wing Activist.  Most journalists seem like anti-Trump activists these days but one Associated Press reporter was recently outed as nothing more than a far left political operative.

Looks Like The Media Spread Another False Story About Trump.  A BBC reporter kicked off an international firestorm Saturday morning when he claimed that Trump chose not to listen to a translation as Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was speaking at the G7 summit.  BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale tweeted a "short clip that sums up" the summit, attaching a video he claimed showed Trump had "chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host's speech."  From the clip Landale tweeted, Trump appeared to be the only world leader not listening to a translation through headphones.

Obama photographer keeps trolling Trump.  Former White House photographer Pete Souza has mastered the "show, not tell" technique in outlining the stark contrasts between former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.  Since Trump took office, Souza has routinely posted images from his time documenting Obama's White House on his personal Instagram account, which currently has 1.3 million followers.  And the photos Souza shares seem to be anything but random.  Through his photos and their accompanying captions, Souza has taken a number of thinly veiled shots at the Trump administration.

Late-Night Trump Hatred vs.  Primetime News.  The anti-Trump venom from the mainstream media has become so virulent that broadcasters and reporters alike risk becoming little more than extensions of the late-night "comedic" lineup, bashing the President without regard for truth or factual accuracy.  And above all, most of these journalists realize, and sometimes admit, that they want to help the Democrats win the next election.

Top Five Media-Generated Non-Stories from Trump's Foreign Trip.  The media latched on to a few absurdly overblown stories to keep the bad vibes flowing during President Trump's first overseas journey.  Editorial judgment is apparently easy to suspend when the opportunity to hype an odd photo or curious video clip presents itself.

Why did Trump say that Obama spied on him?  Because he did.  So far, after ten months of monitoring and investigations on the Russia-hacked-the-election brouhaha, there is still no evidence of a crime or collusion.  But the media is still all in for that one.  Why haven't we seen any media monitoring of Hillary, her staff, or John Podesta, since we know they had Russian connections?  If the intelligence community and the Obama administration were concerned about collusion, why are they only concerned about Republicans?

Gorka: 'Fake News' Pushing 'Literal Propaganda' on Trump Trip.  Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said the president is providing the "moral clarity" and "moral leadership" needed so badly in the Middle East and Europe, during an interview Wednesday [5/24/2017] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  Gorka praised the president for using his first official foreign trip to journey "into the heart of the Arab Muslim world" and engage with leaders from over 50 Muslim-majority nations.  Trump urged the Muslim world to join the United States in the fight against violent extremism.

Did Brennan Start Russia Investigation Because of Liberal Media Bias?  Former CIA director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he was not sure if there was any evidence of collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Yet Democrats are thrilled by his testimony, because he said there were contacts between Russian officials and some "U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign," and hence an FBI investigation was warranted.

AP Hires Leftist Activist as Freelancer to Sneak Into Closed Press NH GOP Event to Attack KellyAnne Conway.  A freelancer for the Associated Press has drawn the ire of the GOP in New Hampshire after working her way into a "closed press" fundraiser last week and then falsely reporting on the event — all after it turns out that the so-called "reporter" is actually a hardcore leftwing activist.  Following the fundraiser, the Associated Press published a short story without a byline that was "grossly inaccurate," NHGOP adviser Patrick Hynes told local television outlet WMUR-9.  "President Donald Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway has told supporters in New Hampshire they should 'just ignore' his critics and the incessant chatter about the scandals dogging him," the "reporter," later learned to be Melanie Plenda, wrote for the AP.

First on CNN means Fake News.  The New York Times made up a memo — which no one has seen.  Some guy told him he heard that somebody's cousin read it.  Now CNN entered the fray: [...] First there is a memo, then there is no memo, then there is.  This isn't journalism.  This is gossip.

Partisans in Nonpartisan Clothing:  The Media and Trump.  Listening to the talking heads and Never Trumpers throughout media and government, one can easily exchange "Trump" with "Nixon," and one would endure the exact same unhinged rhetoric and undue level of hysteria.  In fact, unlike Nixon's Watergate caper, there is no comparable event painting Trump as a corrupt leader.  In the constant, breathless "news coverage" of the overblown Trump "scandal," I keep hearing those timeless lyrics from "Won't Get Fooled Again": "Meet the new boss, the same as the old boss."  The boss here is the Leftist-controlled media.

Not so fair and balanced
Scientific Study:  Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function.  [Scroll down]  I'd agree that a parade of unforced errors and stupid controversies from the very beginning made the media's job much easier, but I don't think 'the merits' fully account for the entirety of the enormous gap between the tone and content of Obama's coverage (+18) versus Trump's (-60).  Most of the media is appalled by Trump and furious that he won; not only because they're pro-Democratic liberals (which most of them are), but because his victory blew apart their near-unanimous consensus that he had virtually no chance.  Proving the Smart Set wrong angers the Smart Set.  But are elite-level journalists really the Smart Set?

You Want Leaks?  Let's Give Them Leaks.  The nonstop (and completely fraudulent) accusations leveled against the Donald Trump since his candidacy was announced have now reached a crescendo.  We're more than 100 days in to the new administration and we're still waiting for evidence that a single person in the Trump camp "colluded" with the Russians on a topic more serious than the best brand of vodka.  In fact, thanks to the liberal authors of the new bestseller Shattered, we now know that the Clinton camp invented the collusion tale to help explain their devastating loss.  The media, despite the progressive provenance of the story,

The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd.  Yesterday, I had the misfortune to be stuck in an airport for some hours while waiting for a delayed plane.  The entertainment provided was a feed of CNN which for the entire time went from talking head to talking head to repeat, mantra-like, the the half-dozen talking points about Trump, Russia, James Comey, Impeachment, Sources say, Obstruction of Justice, Russia, Comey, Impeachment, Abuse of Power, Russia, Trump, Russia, Secrets, National Security, Russia, Comey, Impeachment.  And so on. [...] But here's the point:  it wouldn't matter what Trump accomplished.  The media, having descended into its crowd posture, cannot countenance any Trumpian success.  He has to fail, because in their group-think world, Trump's success entails their eclipse.

Reporter to Trump:  Are You Sure You Haven't Done Anything Impeachable?  Did Donald Trump do anything impeachable that he just might have forgotten about?  That's the gist of an actual question to the President on Thursday [5/18/2017] by a local reporter.  Scott Thuman of ABC 7 in Washington wondered, "As you look back over the past six months or year, have you had any recollection where you've wondered if anything you have done has been something that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment as some on the left are implying?"

No Politician Has Ever Been Treated Worse?  Speaking at the Coast Guard Academy's Commencement today [5/17/2017], President Trump complained about his treatment by the press and others:  ["][N]o politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.["]  If we assume he is talking about American politicians, that is a true statement.  The Democratic Party has never accepted the result of last year's election.  Democrats in the federal bureaucracy are leaking stories (sometimes false ones) to Democrats at the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Associated Press.  The television networks are happy to pick up the cudgels for the Democrats, too, and the result is a seeming firestorm of controversy.

The Comey Memo:  The Allegation Is Serious, and There Is No Good Outcome.  Either there is now compelling evidence that the president committed a serious abuse of power, or the nation's leading press outlets are dupes for a vindictive, misleading story.  Either outcome violates the public trust in vital American institutions.  Either outcome results in a degree of political chaos.  If the memo is real and as damaging as the [New York] Times claims, the chaos is likely greater, but don't underestimate the cultural and political damage if our nation's most prestigious press outlets run a story of this magnitude based on a malicious fiction.

Study: CNN Is Completely Obsessed With Donald Trump — and Not in a Good Way.  CNN claims it's right down the middle, somewhere between the left-wing MSNBC and the more conservative-friendly Fox News Channel.  But an MRC study of an entire day of CNN's coverage shows the network spent almost all of its time covering the Trump presidency, with a heavily skewed roster of anti-Trump guests and on-air commentators.

Ignorance + Malice = James Clapper.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was one of Barack Obama's worst appointees, which is no small distinction.  Today Clapper appeared on CNN's State of the Union.  He had no new information of any sort, but he and host Jake Tapper pushed the Democratic Party line relentlessly.

Sources Confirm NatSec Advisor H. R. McMaster & His Deputy Dina Powell Are Leaking To The Anti-Trump Media.  Two separate National Security Council sources have confirmed that National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell have been leaking negative material about President Donald J. Trump to their allies in the anti-Trump media, GotNews can exclusively report.  "It's very hard when your boss, the President, and your boss, the NSC advisor, see the world so differently," says one staffer, who opposes regime change in Syria.

Analyzing the Trump/Russia Intelligence Story.  [Scroll down]  So, let's have a little analytical look at the story.  First of all, every U.S. person in the room denies it, specifically saying no "sources and methods" were disclosed.  Remember that, it's important.  Apparently, the Trump people did report to the NSA and CIA what they talked about with the Russians, and that some of it was highly classified.  Following that, the story was leaked by "current and former U.S. officials," speaking anonymously, of course.  One thing we know — since we know exactly who was in the meeting — is that these "current and former officials" were not in the meeting.

Washington Post Creates Fake News Timed-Release Story Intended to Capture Evening News Lede.  Always remember the basic rule that has been proven accurate 100% of the time:
  •   When the CIA wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with the Washington Post and ABC.  (and vice-versa).
  •   When the State Dept. or FBI/DOJ wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with CNN and the New York Times.  (and vice-versa)
This consistent pattern has NEVER been broken.

Trump Made No 'Classified' Leak, Someone Else Did.  The Washington Post reported Monday [5/15/2017] that President Trump revealed "highly classified" intelligence to Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their recent meeting at the White House.  But the Post forgot to mention that the President's conversation with Lavrov is itself among the most secret and classified matters our government holds — and the leak of key parts of that conversation is likely a crime.  This is now the third time in a short period that the president's most secret and private discussions with a world leader have been leaked to The Washington Post.

Washington Post Goes Down The Moonbat Hole Of Impeachment.  It's the height of irresponsibility for the Washington Post, but, then, rather than being a news organization, they've finalized their switch to being part of The Resistance.

Eight Lies the MSM Told About Comey Firing.  Over the last week or so the media has breathlessly reported on every little whisper that has escaped from Washington, D.C. and for the most part — much of what they've told us has been wrong.  Sadly, this is a common refrain from today's media who can't seem to get out of their own way and constantly seem to be tripping over their own failures and falsehoods.  It's almost as if the media has an agenda that they are trying to promote and they are willing to sacrifice their reputation if it means pushing that agenda forward.  In their attempts to use the Comey story to undermine the Trump administration they've sacrificed every iota of reputation and been unmasked as the biased hypocrites we've always suspected them to be.

Trump can't win the press.  Political commentators, news organizations and lawmakers on both sides had been calling for [James] Comey's ousting for months for his bizarre, inconstant approach in conducting the sensitive investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails and then Trump's election campaign.  But now that he's gone, the media act like America just lost its favorite uncle.  Everyone is now used to the simple fact that no matter what he does, Trump cannot win the press.  And that's why no one should look to it for an indication of whether he's doing anything right.

The media have already impeached Trump.  In the immediate days and hours following [James] Comey's unexpected firing, some news outlets and TV commentators have indicated that they're convinced Trump is guilty of something.  USA Today published an op-ed Thursday [5/11/2017] by three legal and ethics experts under the title, "Firing Comey is worse than breaking a law."  That morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," well-known political journalist and former Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann said reporters should be assuming Trump's guilt at this point.  "There's a cover-up going on," he said.  "And that has to be the premise of all our reporting going forward."

The Editor says...
The premise of all your reporting should be a pursuit of the truth, whatever it turns out to be.  You shouldn't start with the conclusion (impeachment) and make the news lead in that direction.  That's activism, not journalism.

CNN's Cutting-Edge Reporting Brings You ... Ice Cream?  CNN seems to have taken Trump's 'You Are Fake News' statement as a challenge to lower their bar.  The seem to be SEEKING out stories to prove JUST how fake their reporting can be.  They breathlessly report on ANYTHING that could possibly put President Trump in a bad light.  Even secondhand whispers about rumors are presented as though they were established fact.

This One Screenshot Captures Everything Wrong With Media Coverage Of Trump.  Today much of the media have spent the day freaking out over a Time magazine feature on how President Donald Trump spends his time "after hours."  A portion of the 3,803 word-long article that's been getting so much attention from Twitter accounts with blue check marks describes Trump dining in the Blue Room of the White House.

Despite High Ratings, ABC Cancels Trump-Friendly Sitcom 'Last Man Standing'.  Even though it had been dumped on Friday nights, the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing enjoyed ratings that Deadline describes as "very respectable for any night and especially Friday[.]" Every week, the half-hour comedy, one of the very few aimed to appeal to America's heartland, won its time-slot in the all-important demo, including 6.4 million overall same-day viewers.

NBC's Lester Holt Interrupts Trump 9 Times in Less than 3 Minutes. on Thursday posted a two minute and 34 second preview clip of anchor Lester Holt's exclusive sit-down with President Donald Trump.  The clip features Holt conducting an interrogation-like interview in which the NBC personality interrupted Trump nine times and spoke over the president on many of those occasions.  The short clip is part of a 31-minute White House interview set to air Thursday night [5/11/2017] on NBC Nightly News.  [Video clip]

Hysteria, overblown hooey part of the fake news cycle.  Turns out Mr. Trump is a germaphobe and wasn't in that Russian hotel room.  The bust of Martin Luther King is still in the Oval Office.  He didn't abandon conservatives by naming his sister to the Supreme Court.  Mr. Trump's Tower — and people involved in his campaign — were, in fact, surveilled.  Slowly, agonizingly, Truth becomes very inconvenient for all these people predicting Mr. Trump's certain demise.  In the end, they are all left clinging to the smallest Styrofoam shard of their original story, bobbing in the harsh sea of Donald Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Hillary's perfectly crafted untruths.  Last week two politicians made news for the ways they communicated to Americans:  Clinton's words were crafted, deliberate and dishonest; President Trump's words were a string of thoughts bouncing everywhere — with no craft, no massaging and they contained great gaps of context.  The press reacted wistfully to the former; to the latter, it went into full meltdown.

Craven Journalists are Just Begging For Their Own Personal Watergate.  To read the media coverage of FBI Director James Comey's firing on social media Tuesday night, you would have thought that the (not criminal) investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia had all been proven true, and that by week's end, Donald Trump would be resigning, giving a pudgy little thumbs up while stepping onto Marine One for one last time.  His brief, chaotic presidency would suddenly come to an end, swiftly felled by an avalanche of Twitter snark and unproven sources from journalists who believe they are the next Woodward and Bernstein.

Leading #FakeNews Purveyor Goes Completely Nuts, May Have Rabies.  After Colbert's latest outburst, it's clear what CBS News needs to do.  Whether they will do it, however, is another matter whatsoe[v]er. [...] If CBS had a real news network, they'd have fired Colbert within a couple of hours of his drooling, homophobic outburst.

The NY Times Again Pushes Phony Trend of Hate Crimes in Trump's America.  The New York Times is rather desperately still trying to make the idea of a recent, election-related surge in hate crimes stick, even after so many infamous "hate crimes" have been exposed as hoaxes in the Trump era.  The latest, from reporter Audra D.S. Burch, made the front of the National section of Monday's [5/1/2017] Times, [...]

Lesley Stahl Frets That Courts Aren't Doing Enough to Thwart Republicans.  Practically as soon as "controversial" Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski was introduced on Sunday's 60 Minutes by reporter Lesley Stahl, you could see her pitch coming.

Wash Post poll hides:  Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%.  A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as "the least popular president in modern times," waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit:  He'd still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College.  The poll found that Trump's polls continue to be upside down, with a 42 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval.

Trump says media won't give him credit for his accomplishments.  President Trump, who this week boasted at a Wisconsin tool factory that "no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days," said in a Friday morning tweet that he's not getting enough credit from the national media for all his successes.

Media Do Their Best To Turn Trump's 100-Day 'Honeymoon' Into Hell.  By now, it should be no surprise at all that the big media lean left and, at times, behave as if they were an arm of the Democratic Party, not a fair dispenser of news and commentary.  But a new report shows that, under President Trump, the problem has grown even worse.

The Liberal Media vs.  President Trump.  As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative.  The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.  For example, President Trump's push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.

Trump is warned that he can't just do what he wants.  The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote an opinion article that lectures Donald Trump that he can't just do what he wants. [...] I do not recall Dionne writing warnings to Obama or objecting when:
  •   Obama continually changed tax provisions and other provisions of the ACA without going through Congress.
  •   Obama illegally robbed low-income housing funds from Fannie and Freddie Mac to fill in shortfalls at Obamacare.
  •   Obama couldn't get the DREAM Act passed through Congress so unilaterally implemented it anyway.
  •   Obama and the Justice Department allowed sanctuary cities to ignore immigration but sued states like Arizona that wanted to enforce the laws of the land.
  •   Obama allowed his secretary of state to continually violate security laws and personally corresponded with her on a non-secure server and pretending he didn't know.
  •   Obama lifted the travel ban and other restrictions on Communist Cuba without going through Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to a deal with the terrorist-sponsoring Iran without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to the Paris climate accord without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama refused to enforce immigration laws, clearly violating his oath of office.
  •   Obama continually blocked pipelines that had cleared regulatory hurdles.
  •   Obama had the EPA intentionally write regulations without going through Congress to bankrupt coal companies.
  •   Obama and Michelle took separate jets to their family vacations.

Mainstream Scream:  CNN's Acosta, 'We're not the opposition'.  This week's Mainstream Media Scream features regular White House target Jim Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, knocking the criticism by claiming, "We're not the opposition party.  We are just trying to get at the truth." [...] Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick:  "Trump's lack of respect for much of the news media is just giving voice to the way many Americans feel, a view well-earned by journalists like Acosta who condescendingly proclaim an allegiance to 'the truth' but refuse to acknowledge the years of anti-conservative bias at CNN and elsewhere.  If Acosta wants to know why Trump's attacks resonate, he should look in the mirror."

3 Articles About Trump Legacy Media are Censoring.  But I'm sure their omissions are purely accidental.

Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?  How ironic that the media and the left are obsessing over Russian interference in our electoral process, and despite over a year of investigations, turned up no evidence of Trump-Russian collusion.  Yet here are many supposed allies, spying on American citizens in effort to influence a U.S. election, likely at the request of President Obama or his administration, as a means of circumventing the legal prohibition of American intelligence agencies spying on its own citizens.  Perhaps legal, as when parsing words in the manner of Bill Clinton, but certainly an abuse of power.  The question is why?

ABC, NBC Hail Tax Day Protests: 'Chicken' Trump vs. 'Determined' Leftists.  After all three broadcast networks celebrated left-wing Tax Day protests over the weekend, on Monday morning [4/17/2017], NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America continued to revel in the anti-Trump hate, touting footage of demonstrators launching nasty attacks against the President while applauding how "determined" they were to "get their message out."  On GMA, correspondent Mary Bruce noted how the White House was "buzzing with activity" ahead of the annual Easter Egg Roll, but immediately soured the festivities by insisting:  "across the country, a far less festive mood, from protesters now demanding the President do something they feel is far overdue."

CNN's Story Contradicting Devin Nunes on Susan Rice Is Based Entirely on Anonymous Sources.  [Scroll down]  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes [...] has been criticized for the way he handled and presented this information — not without reason — as he rushed to the press with it before handing it over to the rest of the intelligence committee.  As a result, Nunes has recused himself from the intel committee's Trump-Russia probe, but he's still looking into Rice's unmasking and the questionable conduct of the intelligence committee more generally.  However, Democrats on the committee have now seen the information that Nunes has, and no one denies that Rice is behind the unmasking.  CNN responded to the Rice revelation in a way that was frankly discrediting for a respectable news organization.  They refused to cover it, except to have their reporters overtly discredit it and even called it "false" in chryons.

Media Hype Sean Spicer Firing Demand by Obscure, Anti-Trump Anne Frank Center.  In its coverage of White House Spokesman Sean Spicer's controversial comments about Adolf Hitler and Syria, the news media is widely hyping remarks by the largely unknown, hyper-partisan, anti-Trump group calling itself the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. [...] None of the articles reviewed by Breitbart News provided any background on the Center with the exception of the Washington Post, which simply informed readers that the Center is a "frequent critic of the president."

Don't Fall for Morning Joe's Propaganda on Bannon.  Morning Joe has a mission:  Take down the President.  Watch the show — if you must — and you will get the idea rather quickly.  Every story and every guest are carefully crafted to create a sense of chaos and inevitable failure around the Trump White House.  And they have allies.  Scarborough and company are actively aided and abetted by the coterie of D.C. media stalwarts who regularly appear on the show.

Post-nuclear: Top news outlets won't credit Trump with Gorsuch victory.  All six top traditional news sites excluded Trump from their Gorsuch headlines.  ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Washington Post and New York Times censored any headline mention of Trump's biggest victory since taking office as a non-event.

Cernovich Explains How He Learned About Susan Rice.  Ever since Mike Cernovich dropped the bombshell report over the weekend outing Obama's National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, as the person behind the unmasking of the identity of various members of Trump's team who were 'incidentally' surveilled during the 2016 campaign, a report which was subsequently confirmed by Eli Lake of Bloomberg earlier this morning, everyone has been wondering who within the Trump White House or the intelligence community supplied him with such a massive scoop.  But, as it turns out, Cernovich didn't need a 'deep throat' within the NSA or CIA for his blockbuster scoop, all he needed was some well-placed sources inside of a couple of America's corrupt mainstream media outlets.  As Cernovich explains below, his sources for the Susan Rice story were actually folks working at Bloomberg and the New York Times who revealed that both Eli Lake (Bloomberg) and Maggie Haberman (NYT) were sitting on the Susan Rice story in order to protect the Obama administration.

Mainstream media deems Susan Rice unmasking bombshell 'another fake scandal'.  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says the report that former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice tried to "unmask" Trump campaign officials caught up in surveillance of foreign targets is "another fake scandal" being pushed by the White House and conservative media.  "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing," Mr. Cuomo said Tuesday [4/4/2017] on "New Day," reported the Media Research Center's Newsbusters.  "And in fact, if anything, the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players.

A Beginner's Guide to the Trump/Russia Controversy.  First, and most importantly, did Russia actually "hack" the 2016 presidential election?  No, and the use of that term to describe what Russia did needs to stop.  The Russians hacked a few computers, but they did not "hack" an election.  The media's persistent insinuations otherwise are leading millions of Americans to believe that the Russians actually meddled with the election process itself, including with voting machines.  There is zero evidence that occurred.

The Misuse of Asthma as a Justifaction for EPA Rules.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was one of the featured guests on Fox News Sunday yesterday.  Chris Wallace grilled him about President Trump's decision to scrap Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP).  The interview mostly consisted of Wallace reading Obama Maladministration talking points about the CPP and demanding that Pruitt explain how they were going to "prevent those terrible things" without the CPP.

CNN Hires Reporter Who Falsely Accused Trump of Making Racist Comment.  CNN has hired reporter April Ryan, who has repeatedly clashed with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in recent days, as a political analyst.  Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks' White House correspondent, is one of CNN's latest high-profile hires, according to Politico. Ryan was recently the center of controversy when she and Spicer got into a heated argument after the White House spokesman told her to stop shaking her head as he was answering a question.

Self-Busting Myths.  Most people recognize the markets are probably overvalued and a correction of some kind seems likely, particularly since there has been a wild, almost runaway bull market since Trump's election.  And yet every day the market drops 100 points is a signal the president is about to destroy the economy.

Government shutdowns: a tale of two media narratives.  [Scroll down]  So if the GOP is in the minority and they obstruct the passage of a spending bill, they get the blame.  But if they are in control and the Democrats are in the minority and out of the White House... the GOP gets the blame.  See how that works?

The Fake News Crisis.  Within living memory, in 1968, the Democratic Party had its convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey was their nominee, and there were riots in the streets. [...] There is one huge difference between what is happening now, and what happened back then.  In 1968, there was a culmination of real events that actually affected America.  In 2017, there are no real events causing this, just narratives made up from nothing by a leftist media that is more divorced from reality than anyone thought possible.
  •   The Russians colluded with Trump.
  •   Trump is Hitler. Stupid. And evil.
  •   Obama was wonderful, transparent, brilliant, perfect, and fully competent.
  •   Trump's tax returns will show he is unfit.
  •   He is a racist that wants to ban all Muslims.
  •   Kellyanne Conway is a ditzy uninformed waste of a woman.
  •   Hillary Clinton is a pure and honest heroine fighting for good.
Virtually 24/7, these and other very unreal narratives are being played to the American public by our pathetic left wing media.  In 1968, the news had a reality component.  Yes, there was liberal bias in the news, but at least the events happened.

'It's Our Job to Tell You What to Think'.  Every day brings new evidence that today's media are engaged in clandestine fifth column activities involving journalistic acts of sabotage, media malfeasance, blatant disinformation or media espionage conducted by secret sympathizers.  President Trump is engaged in a vicious counter-terrorism war with the media and the Democratic Party. [...] The Democrat Party, aided and abetted by their army of fifth column "journalists," are waging a clandestine war against the heart and soul of America.

Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud.  [Scroll down]  The media-Democrat indictment of Trump's election-rigging spiel was not rooted in patriotic commitment to the American democratic tradition of accepting election outcomes.  They said what they said because they fully expected to win — all the polls said so!  Hillary and her chums, Barack Obama included, would not abide a taint of illegitimacy affixing itself to her inevitable presidency.  Except she wasn't so inevitable.  So now, there is just one very inconvenient problem for the "Russia hacked the election" narrative, the tireless media-Democrat harangue since November 8:  Everything of substance that is known to the U.S. government about Russian meddling was already known in those pre-election weeks when Clinton and the Democrats were hailing the legitimacy of the process.  They've changed their tune not because the facts changed, but because they lost.  And what's their story now?  It's pretty much the same one they scalded Trump for telling.

NBC's Today Devotes Two-Minute Discussion to 'Old-School' Pence Policy.  In the wake of left-wing hysteria over Vice President Mike Pence avoiding going out to eat alone with a woman who is not his wife, NBC's Today seized on the story during Friday's show and devoted a nearly two-minute-long discussion to the topic, debating whether or not such marital fidelity was a "wise policy."

Who knows — maybe she IS a Democrat.
If Ivanka Trump Were A Democrat, She'd Be A Feminist Hero.  The media and public have scrutinized Ivanka Trump more than President Trump's own wife Melania. Perhaps due to a combination of her established public image and the divisiveness of her father's presidency, Ivanka has received repeated verbal public floggings.  She's either too feminist or not enough. Her family's presence in Washington DC causes trouble, but the Obamas are quiet neighbors.  She shouldn't get a title in the White House because only Bill Clinton was allowed to hire family members.  If she bakes cookies with her children for Purim, she's making a political statement through her religious beliefs.

How Obama's White House weaponized media against Trump.  Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  They should think twice.  The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone who cares about fundamental civil liberties.  The trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly significant leak.  On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that "according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29."  From Nunes's statements, it's clear that he suspects that this information came from NSA intercepts of Kislyak's phone.  An Obama official, probably in the White House, "unmasked" Flynn's name and passed it on to Ignatius.

Liberal Media Narratives from JFK to Obama and Trump.  Just this week Time magazine came forth with an issue that featured a cover asking:  "Is Truth Dead?" The theme — the media narrative from a liberal media publication — was that truth no longer means anything.  It zeroes in on, but of course, President Trump.  Time editor Nancy Gibbs authors an essay that is titled:  ["]When a President Can't Be Taken at His Word["]. [...] "As citizens, it is vital that we be able to believe our President; it is also vital that we know what he believes, and why.  This President has made both a severe challenge."  Now.  One has to ask:  Where exactly has Ms. Gibbs, not to mention Time magazine and the rest of the liberal media, been for the last eight years of the Obama administration?  Do you recall the liberal media narrative that President Obama was a pathological, serial liar?  No?  Of course not.

Media Refuse to Blame Anti-Trump Protesters for Violence at Rallies.  Anti-Trump protesters launched violent attacks on supporters of President Donald Trump at rallies across California on Saturday [3/25/2017], but the media uniformly downplayed their role.  In headlines reporting the violence, media outlets either seemed to blame the Trump supporters for the violence, or used passive language that made the violence seem to have erupted as a natural consequence of the events.  Ironically, the text of the actual articles often made clear that anti-Trump protesters were to blame, but the headlines — which create a stronger impression, and are all that a casual reader may notice — uniformly refused to place blame where it belonged.

Law Takes a Holiday.  There are statutes that prevent federal intelligence and investigatory agencies from leaking classified documents.  No matter.  For the last six months, the media has trafficked in reports that Trump is under some sort of investigation by government agencies for allegedly colluding with the Russians.  That narrative is usually based on information from "unnamed sources" affiliated with the FBI, NSA or CIA.  No one has been punished for such leaking.  The leakers apparently feel that prosecutors and the courts do not mind if someone's privacy is illegally violated, as long as it is the privacy of someone they all loathe, like Donald Trump.

Media pretends wiretapping is mere "surveillance".  The Media-Democratic Party Governmental Complex refuses to admit that that the Obama regime wiretapped President Trump. [...] This is part of a pattern.  Barack Obama abused his power on James Rosen of Fox News, Sharyl Attkisson then of CBS, and numerous Tea Party groups.  The investigation of Trump's campaign was unprecedented.  I believe that President Obama through his minions ordered this as a means of framing Trump as a Putin puppet for post-election prosecution.  Obama wanted to exact vengeance for the whole birther nonsense, which bothers Obama no end.  However, Obama's plan to frame Trump fell through when we elected Trump president.

Obama's College Grades [are] More Secure Than State Secrets & Trump's Tax Return.  How is it that something as bland as an office seeker's academic records can remain inaccessible for almost a decade, but critical U.S. state secrets, and President Trump's tax return can be made available within months of his election?  It must be that Barack Obama's ideological soul mates, rather than risk embarrassing him with the kinds of academic revelations they'd routinely dug up on previous presidential candidates, chose to ignore any inclination towards investigative journalism.  Apparently they've saved the latter mentioned, pent up "journalistic curiosity", for their arch adversary, Donald J. Trump.

Media No Longer Considers the President Leader of the Free World.  Since the early days of the Cold War, the president of the United States has been known as the "Leader of the Free World."  According to several media outlets, this is no longer true.  The title originated in the late 1940s after World War II but did not become popular until the early 1950s.  The "free world" first consisted of the Allied powers that stood up against the Axis powers during the Second World War.  As the Cold War took shape, the free world became non-communist countries, led by the United States, that resisted the Soviet Union and pursued capitalism within their borders.  Since then, the president of the United States has been commonly referred to as the leader of the free world.

Preet Bharara's exit may not be what it seems.  Media narratives are all the rage these days, with readers getting more than just facts — they also get journalists' opinions on the larger scheme of things.  And when it comes to Preet Bharara's exit from the Manhattan US Attorney's Office, all the media narratives are pretty much the same.  To wit, Bharara was an independent and crusading prosecutor who was fired by President Trump for one of two reasons:  Trump wanted to protect himself from possible prosecution or was guilty of gross incompetence.  Either way, Bharara was the hero and Trump the villain.  The only wrench in the nursery rhyme is that other facts point to other possible conclusions.

Media Ignore Slanderous Accusation From Trump Taxes Reporter About First Lady.  The reporter who was lauded by the media for sharing Trump's boring 2005 tax return is not getting much attention for his politics but perhaps he should be.  While the networks this morning described David Cay Johnston as a "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter," they apparently didn't notice that he was a hard core liberal as well, like they would do with a reporter on the right.  Johnston is currently authoring an anti-Trump book and has tweeted thousands of tweets attacking Trump and the right.  Not to mention he is a contributor to the left-leaning Daily Beast and New York Times.  So maybe it should come as no surprise that the media is ignoring something salacious and slanderous Johnston said about the first lady last night [3/14/2017] on MSNBC.

Washington Post describes Trump golf course vandalism as 'daring act of defiance'.  California environmental activists vandalized one of Donald Trump's golf courses is Los Angeles over the weekend.  A video uploaded to YouTube shows a small group sneaking onto the course at night and carving a message into one of the greens which read, "No more tigers, no more woods."  While the vandalism itself is noteworthy, perhaps equally significant is the response of the Washington Post.  The Post published a news story whose opening line read, "A group of environmental activists pulled off a daring act of defiance."

Laughable MSM bias in coverage of US Attorney firings.  Face it:  the success of the leftist mainstream media depends on people being stupid and having no memory.  Do they actually think they can cover the same thing positively when a Democrat does it and negatively when a Republican does it, and people won't notice?  Apparently, they do, at least when it comes to the recent replacement of U.S. attorneys (all of whom serve at the pleasure of the president).  When President Bill Clinton did it, they were being "replaced" (as Politico would have it), but when President Donald Trump did it, Politico said they were "ousted."

CNN Guest Shoots Down 'Hysterical' Media Whining Trump Silent with Press.  Each weekend, CNN airs another edition of Reliable Sources where "ridiculous figure" and host Brian Stelter labels President Donald Trump an authoritarian dictator and whines about his war on the media, but on Sunday [3/12/2017] things were a little bit different.  Yes, Stelter continued to bemoan Trump, but this time he got pushback from The Baltimore Sun's media critic David Zurawik.  "One of the things that surprises me about the coverage so far of Trump, is it's a constant friction," he argued while noting that the media's complaining has reached a near "hysterical" level.

RussiaGate: Six Months.  No Evidence — It's Time for the Media to Put Up or Shut Up.  [Scroll down]  I just assumed that somewhere along the line some low-level Trump-staffer might be caught doing or saying something wrong on one of those Obama wiretaps.  Nope.  So after six silly months of this pathetic witch hunt, I am now willing to express something our corrupt media never will...  I was wrong.  So wrong, in fact, that the media has not only found less than nothing, what has been found is a Team Trump behaving responsibly and appropriately in their dealings with Russian officials.

Time Magazine's Schizophrenic War on Trump.  Let's follow this liberal media schizophrenia.  Trump is nuts to say that he was wiretapped — surveilled — by the Obama administration.  But there are "Revelations of contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials..." that clearly could not be obtained without surveillance of some type — by the Obama administration.  Which, of course, never did any such thing.  Except that it did, which is how Time and the rest of the mainstream media knows about these "revelations of contacts" in the first place.

When the media didn't care about secret talks with Russia.  Until the press uncovers audio of President Trump promising the Russian government anything that comes even close to what former President Obama did, it's time to stop behaving like the White House is paying its staff in rubles.  The only secret conversation between a White House official and a Kremlin operative that the public knows about and in which something absolutely questionable took place is the one from March 2012, when Obama told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in the heat of the election, that he would have "more flexibility" to negotiate with Russia once re-elected.  Obama had made the mistake of whispering too loud into a live mic.

Trump-hating media's stupidest trick yet?  Efforts to propagandize against President Trump are reaching absurd levels.  The latest ridiculous meme attempts to portray the president as somehow idling away time from work — just as President Obama was criticized for doing — by sneaking away from the White House to the golf course.  No, I am not kidding.  The Hill is actually trying to imply this, without actually saying it.  As anyone faintly familiar with the Trump presidency so far knows, the man never stops working.  He seems to almost completely blend his personal life into his work.  Aside from family moments together, he has no leisure that I can see.  Every round of golf, every party, everything he does is work-related.

The Trump Economy Keeps 'Unexpectedly' Topping Forecasts.  Orders for capital goods were higher in December than forecast.  There were supposed to be 5.55 million existing-home sales in January.  The actual number was close to 5.7 million — which was the highest level since 2007.  Retail sales in January climbed 0.4%, where economists had predicted they'd advance only 0.1%.  At the same time, the Commerce Department revised the December sales increase upward to 1%.  Now, obviously we can't draw any broad conclusions from a few unexpectedly good economic results.  But it's worth pointing out that this is a dramatic change from the Obama years, when about the only thing that you could predict with any degree of accuracy was that the economy would underperform economists' predictions.  Month after month, sales figures, job creation, and a variety of other indicators would come in below forecast.

When Did Media Bias Become a Virtue?  The Trump administration is a challenge for all journalists because of the president's refusal to play by the normal rules of behavior.  His allergy to the truth, bizarre use of Twitter, and belief that he's entitled to say anything, no matter how awful or false, about anyone who criticizes him make it hard to take the time to be fair to him or his policies.  But many liberal journalists' prejudice is so great that they have come to believe that even a pretense of objectivity is unnecessary.  To the contrary, they think that nothing short of coverage designed to ridicule everything Trump's administration does is required.  But by acting in this manner, they are merely confirming the belief of senior White House adviser Steve Bannon that the media are the real opposition party and, as Trump described it, the "enemy of the American people."

11 Times Barack Obama Compared Slaves To Immigrants.  This week, liberals savagely mocked Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for allegedly comparing slaves to immigrants.  It looks like they've completely forgotten about all the times Barack Obama did the exact same thing.

Note To Ben Carson Bashers:  When Obama Called Slaves 'Immigrants,' You Showered Him With Praise.  In an unscripted talk to employees, newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as immigrants, and the outrage was fast and furious. [...] Surely Obama's inept comparison raised hackles, too, right?  Well, not exactly.  In fact, Obama's remarks — which were contained in a written speech he read from a teleprompter at a naturalization ceremony on Dec. 15, 2015 — received widespread and fulsome praise.

Stopping CNN spies.  CNN just published the results of an outright espionage operation against the Trump White House, by pointing a vibration-sensitive camera at the window of the Oval Office.  This is an espionage technique, and it is obviously a major violation of national security laws.  CNN is gambling that any arrested "journalists" (spies) can be turned into martyrs against the Trump White House.  One obvious move is to have the perps arrested (which has to be done at some point).  But a much better strategy is to turn the CNN stunt against them.

All Roads Lead Back to Brennan.  It is "our job," not Trump's, to "control exactly what people think," gasped MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski last month.  This week's gasp from the media assumes a slightly different form and can be translated as:  It is our job, not Trump's, to push stories about the government investigation of Trumpworld.  For months, the media, drawing upon criminal leaks from Obama holdovers, has been saying in effect:  Trumpworld is under investigation for ties to Russia!  Then Trump says essentially the same thing on Twitter and the media freaks out.  Why does the latter merit condemnation but not the former?  Notice what is happening here:  The Obama holdovers are denying the import of the very stories that they planted.

Look Who Else Called Slaves "Immigrants".  The liberal mainstream media was waiting to pounce on anything that recently-confirmed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said, and that's precisely what they did this week after Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" in a speech.  Interestingly enough, however, former President Barack Obama said the same thing... but, of course, the outrage didn't follow.

Revisiting Obama's Energy Lies.  These days, the press is carrying on a running battle with the Trump administration.  Pretty much every news story, every day, is intended to undermine President Trump and perhaps drive him from office.  The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press are the worst offenders, but almost every news outlet is in this category.  It wasn't always that way.  Until January, our press slavishly reported every pronouncement of the administration in power, sometimes reinforcing it, sometimes just letting it stand.  This was its own form of fake news:  Barack Obama and his minions would utter absurd pronouncements, and the press would report them as fact.

The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo.  I don't know whether Donald Trump or his aides had any improper contacts with Russian Intelligence officers.  Neither do you, or the media.  The Intelligence Community might know, but they have provided zero facts either officially or through leaks to prove any improper, much less illegal, conduct took place.  Instead, we have trial by innuendo based on there being "contacts" between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence.

While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed.  For months, the media-Democrat complex has peddled a storyline that the Putin regime in Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election. [...] It seems not to matter how objectively ill-conceived the Russian election-hacking claim is, or how woefully insufficient the purported Trump — Russia ties are to support an inference of campaign collusion in the hacking.  The specter of an investigation — breathless media reports of FISA-court applications, wiretaps, surveillance of agents of a foreign power, and mysterious servers; painstaking analysis of shady financial transactions involving Russian banks and funding streams — seems to make the outlandish conspiracy impossible to dismiss out of hand.

IBD/TIPP Poll:  Public Turned Off By Media's Relentlessly Negative Coverage Of Trump.  The mainstream media's open hostility to President Trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.  The poll found that 55% of the public says they've grown "weary from the media's persistently negative coverage of President Trump."  A roughly equal share (54%) also believe that the news media "has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn."

The Associated Press Springs to Obama's Defense.  After President Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones during the election campaign, the Associated Press hurried into print a defense of the former president: [...] No one fits a lot of details into a tweet, but there is no doubt that Obama's Justice Department — the most corrupt and politicized Department of Justice in modern American history — obtained a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump associates, and possibly Trump himself, in the heat of the presidential campaign.  The Associated Press apparently didn't know this.

Media Hits Ivanka Trump For Possibly Not Keeping Kosher; Is Fine With Catholic Nancy Pelosi Promoting Abortion.  First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her family are quite possibly the highest-profile Modern Orthodox Jews in American history.  Ivanka, who converted in 2009, has spoken about how her family observes the Sabbath, keeps kosher, and celebrates various Jewish holidays together.  And now, for some reason, the media has taken it upon itself to become the "kosher police."  Take, for instance, this gem from the Washingtonian, where the writer took the mind-boggling step of phoning a chef to inquire about what Ivanka and her husband ordered for dinner. [...]

Suddenly, Trump Reading From A Teleprompter Is A Bad Thing.  For eight years, we were treated to the Greatest Orator Ever! speaking from a teleprompter.  Conservatives even came up with a name for Obama's teleprompter:  TOTUS.  Teleprompter Of The United States.  And discussed TOTUS as if it were alive.  There were lots of jokes about this, most in jest, some nasty.  Because, when it came down to it, Obama was barely able to speak in Adult without TOTUS. [...] [And now] Trump is being slammed for just reading a speech from a Teleprompter.  If you want incoherence, how about Obama unable to make his remarks because the teleprompter wasn't programed?  He was handed the speech, and still didn't give it.

More about Obama's addiction to teleprompters.

Presidential Payback For Media Hubris.  In just his first month in office, reporters have alread peddled dozens of fake news stories designed to discredit the President — to such a degree that little the now write or say can be taken at face value.
  •   No, Trump did not have an plans to invade Mexico, as Buzzfeed and the Associated Press alleged.
  •   No, Trump's father did not run for Mayor of New York by peddling racist television ads, as reported by Sidne Blumenthal.
  •   No, there were not mass resignations at the State Department in protest of its new leaders, as was reported by the Washington Post.
  •   No, Trump's attorney did not cut a deal with the Russians in Prague.  Nor did Trump indulge in sexual escapades in Moscow.  Buzzfeed again peddled those fake news stories.
  •   No, a supposedly racist Trump did not remove the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the White House, as a Time Magazine reporter claimed.
  •   No, election results in three states were not altered by hackers or computer criminals to give Trump the election, as implied by New York Magazine.
  •   No, Michael Flynn did not tweet that he was a scapegoat.  That was a media fantasy endorsed by Nanc Pelosi.
In fact, Daniel Payne of the Federalist has compiled a length list of sensational stories about Trump's supposed buffooneries, mistakes, and crudities that all proved either outright lies or were gross exaggerations and distortions.

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent 'hostile,' says new study.  There was no press honeymoon for President Trump during his first month in office.  A meticulous new study by the Media Research Center finds that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of Mr. Trump and his team was "hostile" during the first 30 days of office.  The coverage was intense and plentiful.  The study, which analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS, found that the "Big Three" networks produced 16 hours of coverage on the new president and his staff.  That is over half — 54 percent — of their total coverage for the month.

Former U.S. Attorney Claims FBI Has Names of CIA Leakers.  CIA officials know who has been leaking classified information to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and the officials have passed that information on to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a former U.S. attorney for President Ronald Reagan.  Joseph diGenova, the former U. S. attorney for the District of Columbia under Reagan, told LifeZette that in private conversations with CIA officials they confirmed they have the names of alleged leakers and have given the names to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The truth (and nothing but the truth) about leaks.  The leaks of confidential communications from within the White House may be a pain in the neck for the president, but they are not criminal.  And generally, a boss can look at an employee's cellphone, as long as the employer of the boss and the employee owns the phone — except when the employer is the government.  The Fourth Amendment insulates government employees from governmental reach into its employees' cellphones.  Absent an employee's waiving his Fourth Amendment rights, the government may not seize work-related (governmental) or personal phones without a search warrant.  Can the media publish these leaks?  In a word, yes.  The media may publish anything that is of material interest to the public, notwithstanding its level of secrecy or how it was acquired.

Just in time for Trump, George W. Bush lifts embargo on criticizing successors.  [Scroll down]  We want a fair, independent press that holds all politicians and both political parties accountable, but we have mainstream media that have declared war on Trump and attack him daily.  The mainstream media are not an independent, objective press.  The press is out to destroy Trump.  It is left-wing, pro-Democratic Party, and anti-Trump.

AP 'Fact Check' FAIL: Trump Claim on Terrorism and Immigration Correlates with Justice Dept.  Data.  [Scroll down]  So Trump is correct:  380 of 580 (65.5%, or just under 2/3) were in fact foreign born.  It is no mystery, contra the Associated Press, where this data came from.  And as you can note, all of these cases involved Category I, II, and III terrorism offenses.  That notwithstanding, some in the media and terrorism industry began throwing out other terrorism numbers from a number of difference sources with no reference to the Justice Department data cited by President Trump: [...]

Your Lyin' Media:  Kellyanne Conway in the Oval Office vs.  Clinton donors trashing the Lincoln Bedroom.  At an event celebrating historically Black colleges and universities that President Trump convened in the Oval Office, Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway attempted to get a good angle for a photograph.  In doing so, she placed her feet on a couch.  Your very fake media erupted with fevered outrage, as Google News linked dozens of articles on the topic.

Obama put his feet all over the White House furniture
Leftists Triggered Over Kellyanne Conway Putting Her Feet on a Couch.  Fresh off their collective hissy fit over Donald Trump putting ketchup on his steak, anti-Trump leftists have now been triggered by pictures that show Kellyanne Conway putting her feet on a couch in the Oval Office. [...] Journalists chose to make the entire story about where Conway put her feet rather than talk about Trump's meeting with leaders of black universities and colleges.

The New York Times Rewrites History To Tarnish Trump Speech.  In a curtain raiser for President Trump's address to Congress this week, the New York Times tried to compare Trump's bumpy start to President Obama's supposedly "impressive" one.  But in doing so, the Times wildly distorts what actually happened in Obama's first month in office.

Poll Shows CNN Brand Plummeting.  [Scroll down]  "CNN's negative acceleration point happened in mid-October 2016, around the time Anderson Cooper interviewed Melania Trump, notably discussing her husband's famous 'Access Hollywood' tape," YouGov's Ted Marzilli notes.  "Also at that time, a local North Carolina Republican office was firebombed, causing conservative-leaning media to pounce on CNN for suggesting Trump's rhetoric spurred the incident."

Erin Burnett Says Talking to Russians is "Treason".  The media have gone so deep inside their echo-chambered moonbattery, they've convinced themselves that talking to Russians is a criminal act.

The Endless Culture War From The Left.  As you know, I am definitely no fan of Donald Trump, but the blindness and self-righteousness of the media is infuriating.  Willie Davis says that in politics, culture is all that matters.  This is something most in our national media don't get:  that a lot of Americans don't like them because they correctly estimate that journalists are not of their culture, and in fact view their culture with hostility, even contempt.

Media Coverage of New Transgender Directive Is Qualified as 'Fake News'.  Last week, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama-era directive on the way in which schools and colleges ought to accommodate transgender students, while instructing those institutions to continue to "protect all students and to encourage civility in our classrooms."  The ensuing media coverage was enough to make even a Trump skeptic think the president has a point when bashing "fake news."  If one read the nation's major papers over the next few days, Trump came across as an insensitive monster, bent on stripping legal protections from vulnerable students. [...] In its hysteria, the media coverage was remarkably light on context, explanation, and truth.

The truth about Trump's worrisome war on media.  If you read much of U.S. media these days, President Donald Trump is clearly an unbalanced man, a faux chief executive with no right to govern and ambitions to become a dictator just six weeks into the 208 of his first term.  Even the craziest unsourced rumor requires immediate sharing and counteraction.  If you're a Trump supporter, the man is telling truth to power and already proceeding methodically through implementation of a long list of campaign promises, including nominating a solid Supreme Court justice and a Cabinet of experienced pros to demolish the corrupt, bipartisan gridlock of Washington.

Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump.  A majority of Americans believe news organizations are too critical of President Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday [2/26/2017].  Fifty-one percent of Americans said the media is too critical of Trump, while 41 percent think news organizations have been fair and objective.  The poll also found that Americans are becoming more optimistic about where the country is headed, with 40 percent saying it is headed in the right direction.  In December, 33 percent felt that way, compared to 18 percent in July.

Chicago's ABC-7 Suspends Sportscaster Mark Giangreco for Calling Donald Trump a 'Cartoon Lunatic'.  Chicago's ABC affiliate suspended a popular local sportsman for attacking both President Donald Trump and America itself on Twitter by calling Trump a "cartoon lunatic" and America "a country full of simpletons."  Long-time sportsman Mark Giangreco raised eyebrows after last Sunday's [2/19/2017] mini tirade on Twitter, and by Thursday employer ABC-7 announced that the sportscaster was suspended saying in a statement, "Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards.  We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action."

Media complaining about 1st Amendment rights?  Really?  The media...
    ...didn't [care] when IRS targeted Obama's political opponents, clearly violating their free speech and political speech rights.
    ...have never cared when Congress, especially Democrats, have sought to limit political speech in violation of the 1st amendment.
    ...didn't care as the Justice Dept. and Democrat state A.G.s clearly threatened legal action against people who dared say the climate changes naturally, which obviously violated their free speech rights.
    ...had no concern at all when the Obama admin sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for daring to exercise their religious freedom.
But now they are concerned about the 1st Amendment when they are asked to tell the truth.

Billy Bush and Donald Trump's 'locker room talk' tape leaked by 'Today' staffer, report says.  The infamous "Access Hollywood" tape — in which President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha — was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush's own "Today" show, multiple sources tell Page Six.  "The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the 'Today' show," says one source. [...] The leaker is still at NBC and has not been disciplined, says the source, who adds, "There was no investigation, no internal witch hunt by NBC into who leaked the tape.  It served their purposes."  Another "Today" insider insists, "The leak did not come from 'Today.'  It was leaked by somebody on the West Coast who hated Billy Bush and wanted to take him down."

April Ryan Defends Accusing President Trump of Racist Language He Never Actually Used.  Mediaite was the first to draw attention yesterday [2/21/2017] to a questionable statement of fact made by longtime White House correspondent April Ryan.  Ryan told Sean Spicer that while on the campaign trial, Donald Trump "said things like, you know, 'We made this country,' meaning white America, not necessarily black."  When Spicer denied he had said any such thing, Ryan insisted, "No, no, no.  He said that.  I heard him say that."  Looking back at that piece yesterday, I gave Ryan the benefit of the doubt.  I thought she perhaps had made a mistake and this would be quickly corrected.  I even left open the possibility that I was the one in error.  "I certainly don't think there was any malice," I wrote.  That was a mistake on my part.  The American Urban Radio Networks bureau chief came out and defended herself on Twitter, posting a link to a video that she claims backs up her accusation.  I simply don't know how you could present this video and accuse the president of racist language without malice.

How to Tell if News Is Really News.  Wake up, America!  You're being had.  Start asking the right questions.  How did the Democrats come up with that 40,000,000 uninsured Americans to pass Obamacare?  When CNN's Don Lemon asks his panel about how much the Trump family's secret service is costing taxpayers, ask him where's his research and why didn't he question that about Michele Obama's huge entourage when she traveled?

Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie... Again.  [Scroll down] Chris and the Goofy Looking Dude said Trump and his ilk have been responsible for gajillions of acts of hatred and violence against everybody except white men, starting the day after the election.  In most newscasts, this is usually the time when they run a video that supports at least a little bit what they said.  This they did not do, at least not at first.  But when they did get around to giving a specific example of this nationwide tsunami of hatred and violence, the Goofy Looking Dude from SPLC reminded Chris how a woman in a hijab in a New York subway was attacked by the Trump acolytes on a mission of hate:  "37 percent of the perpetrators, as you said, either named President Trump by saying something like — you know — yelling to a woman wearing a hijab 'you go back to your country, now Donald Trump is President.  That kind of thing.'"  Chris nodded in knowing satisfaction.  That was the only specific example the Goofy Looking Dude could come up with.  And it was a lie.  A fabrication.  A hoax.

Washington Post adopts new motto, 'democracy dies in darkness,' says it has nothing to do with Trump.  The Washington Post has a new motto, displayed right below the paper's logo on its homepage:  "democracy dies in darkness."  It's a new thing for the paper, which never had a motto or slogan in its 140-year history.  Not through World War I, or the Great Depression, or World War II, or the Cold War, or Vietnam, or Watergate, or the War on Terror, or — or anything.  Through all that time, including the period when the Post was lionized for shining light on Watergate, did the paper have a motto.  But now, it is "democracy dies in darkness."  The paper debuted the slogan on Snapchat, and now it's on the website, and will appear in the printed paper in coming weeks, according to spokeswoman Molly Gannon.

NBC Creates 2 Videos of Children Bashing Trump.  NBC News released two videos on their website of children delivering personal messages to President Trump, with many of their statements criticizing the president a month into his presidency.  The video series, "Dear Mr. President:  Letters from the American Children," opens with a young boy excited about the prospect of a political outsider bridging the disconnect between the Washington establishment and the American people, but things go downhill from there.

The Editor says...
If you think those "letters" from "children" were actually letters from children, you are indeed naïve.

A Swedish Gaffe That Wasn't.  On Monday evening [2/20/2017], Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers made a meal out of the latest Donald Trump gaffe.  Trump was lambasted for saying that there had been a terror attack in Sweden on Friday night.  Since there had been no such attack, it prompted the usual avalanche of mockery in the president's direction.  But while Trump's vague language and willingness to fabricate facts to suit his talking points often justifies the brickbats thrown in his way, in this case there were two problems with the hilarity:  Trump didn't actually claim there had been a terror attack, and the facts about Sweden actually do back up his claim about a surge in violence by Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Media Sure It 'Heard' Sweden Comment Trump Never Said.  [Scroll down]  The truly glaring example this week was the succession of articles about Trump "lying" about a terrorist attack in Sweden.  It's been widely reported, even on the one paragon of truth in American politics, PJ Media.  There's only one problem.  It didn't happen.  Oddly, to most of the press, that doesn't even seem to matter.

Hurt Feelings?  CBS Ad Defends Itself as 'Real News'.  It sure sounds like CBS is getting defensive over Donald Trump's attack on "fake news."  A new ad for CBS This Morning on Monday [2/21/2017] featured a blazing graphic declaring the show "REAL NEWS."  Yet, the network has a history of fawning over Barack Obama and hammering Trump.  On February 2, CBS This Morning reporter Omar Villafranca lamented the "dream denied" for illegals after the "somber" 2016 election.

A Purblind Press, Unable To Admit Error, Boycotts the President.  What is utterly astonishing about the fierce contest between the national press and President Trump is that the press does not realize how despised it is by most Americans, and how richly, as a group (which contains many individual exceptions), it deserves to be despised.  For 18 months Donald Trump campaigned with great energy all over the country, swept most of the primaries, many by astounding margins against a large field of candidates, and made a point of denouncing the national media as biased, self-serving, and malicious myth-makers.  He referred to them hundreds of times as "liars," and directed the very large crowds that he drew to the press section, and his supporters shook their fists in unfeigned rage at the press gallery.  Did the complacent, bemused national press think they were paid plants or that it was all a spoof?

Sweden's Migrant Crime Wave Becomes Top National Story As Media's Lies Backfire.  In their quest to attack President Trump for any possible reason, the lying media made up a fake news story claiming Trump spoke of a non-existent "terror attack" which occurred Friday night [2/17/2017] in Sweden.  In fact, Trump never said there was a "terror attack" in Sweden, he said people should look at what's happening in Sweden to see how their country is being destroyed by "refugees."

Rev. Graham:  Trump Says 'What We All Know ... News Media Has Been Lying' — 'Fake News'.  Rev. Franklin Graham said President Donald Trump is correct about the news media today, that they lie and create "fake news," and added that the media should do what the Bible instructs, "You shall not circulate a false report" (Exodus 23:1).  "President Donald J. Trump has been saying what we all know — that the news media has been lying," said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 19 post on Facebook.  "In today's terminology, creating fake news."

No, Trump Never Said There Was A Terrorist Attack In Sweden.  This weekend the media was awash with stories suggesting that President Donald Trump claimed that a terrorist attack had recently occurred in Sweden during his speech at Saturday's [2/18/2017] rally in Melbourne, Florida.  Left-wing outlets ran numerous headlines and reports about Trump's statement, and the story was even a top trending item on Facebook:

Trump 4, Politifact 1.  Now that Donald Trump is president, our "fact checkers" have gone into overdrive.  Every day, they crank out news stories purporting to correct Trump's errors.  More often than not, the "fact checkers" are merely relating the other side — the Democratic Party's side — of the story.

Fake News:  Trump Never Said There Was A 'Terror Attack' Last Night In Sweden.  President Trump never said there was a "terror attack" last night [2/18/2017] in Sweden, but that didn't stop hundreds of fake news outlets from claiming he did.  During his rally Saturday, Trump said:  "Here's the bottom line, we've got to keep our country safe.  You look at what's happening.  We've got to keep our country safe.  You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden.  Sweden, who would believe this.  Sweden.  They took in large numbers.  They're having problems like they never thought possible.  You look at what's happening in Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world.  Take a look at Nice, take a look at Paris."  Nowhere did he say there was a "terror attack."  He said "look at what's happening."

After 8 Years of Campaigner-in-Chief Obama, NPR Accuses Trump of 'Permanent Campaign'.  After eight years of Barack Obama putting his office into permanent campaign mode while keeping his campaign machinery in constant operation, NPR is accusing Donald J. Trump of waging a "permanent campaign."  In a February 17 article, NPR's Ron Elving claimed that the American people are tired of presidential campaigns that last too long, but "Now, they are confronted with one that refuses to end — even after reaching the White House."

It's Not Fake News, It's Lying, Leftist, Political Propaganda.  [I]t wasn't until the press began telling bold-faced lies intended to undermine and harm the candidacy of Donald Trump that it occurred to me that the press was telling outright lies, intentionally and with malice, in an attempt to defeat my candidate, Donald Trump, in his run for the presidency.  And after he became President the untrue stories got even more outlandish and more frequent and forceful as the leftist press attempted to destroy President Trump's administration before it could get off the ground.  At this point President Trump began putting a name to it, and it began to resonate with everyone how fabricated liberal news is.

New Poll Shows Voters Have 'So Much Distrust' of the Media.  Howard Kurtz says that the latest Fox News Poll shows that Americans are "so polarized" and that there is "so much distrust" of the media.  The poll, released Friday evening [2/17/2017], reflected that 45 percent of voters trust President Trump more than the media, while 42 percent say the media are more trustworthy.

The media's anti-Trump sources talk so much and say so little.  On every new article featuring leaks about the White House, editors should place a disclaimer:  Anonymous officials cited in this piece stopped short of justifying the havoc this story is about to create.  A flurry of would-be bombshell reports over the last week appeared to show more ties between President Trump and Russia or further demonstrate the supposed ineptitude of the Trump administration.  The stories depended entirely on anonymous "current and former U.S officials" who share a lot of tantalizing information then, strangely, clam up just as things are about to get good.

Hugh Hewitt: 'People in America Are Getting Tired of the 24/7 Pile-On' of Trump.  Radio personality Hugh Hewitt said that many Americans are exasperated by the media's attacks on President Trump.  He said, "The hair-trigger criticism of everyone is wearing out its welcome with America."  Even if you believe that Trump has been divisive, you still must admit that the media has been hitting him harder than anyone else.  They adored Obama, and seem to hate Trump.

CBS anchor John Dickerson:  Press ruined its reputation 'on its own'.  John Dickerson, anchor of CBS's "Face the Nation," disagrees with reporters who say President Trump is eroding the national media's credibility.  In a radio interview Friday [2/17/2017], conservative host Hugh Hewitt referred to the previous day's press conference at the White House in which Trump unloaded on the news media and told reporters in the room that the public cannot trust them.  "But that one comment, they don't trust you anymore, is a summation of where we are in America, because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country," Hewitt said.  "They've lost it."  Dickerson agreed.

CBS' Dickerson:  Trump Not to Blame for Ruining Credibility With Public.  Friday morning on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, CBS' Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson appeared to talk about the latest cabinet picks and Thursday's presidential press conference.  In the discussion, Hewitt asked Dickerson what he felt about the public's fledgling perception of the press, and who was to blame for it.  Surprisingly, Dickerson didn't put the blame on the president, as the majority of the media have done.  The interview began with the radio host and news anchor talking about media "alarmism."  Hewitt brought up the media's little coverage of Trump visiting a Boeing plant today that Obama avoided for his whole two terms vs. the "noise" surrounding the press conference, Gorsuch nomination and Russia.  "I keep trying to focus on the signal, not the noise of the press conference," Hewitt began before criticizing the "media hand-wringing."

Report: Obama Loyalists, Led by Ben Rhodes, Orchestrated Flynn Ouster.  Last month, PJ Media's David Steinberg noticed that media had been covering the nothingburger about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's phone calls with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak like it was the story of the century.  Meanwhile, media was ignoring truly explosive revelations about secret meetings between Obama administration officials and Iranian operatives concerning the Iranian nuclear deal.  It almost looked like Obama adviser Ben Rhodes' media echo chamber was still operational even after his boss had left office.  A U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that the FBI had found nothing improper in the eavesdropped telephone calls: [...]

Bumps in the Road:  Trump vs.  Obama.  The resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn has the anti-Trump media declaring the new administration a "mess," in "turmoil" and thrown into "chaos."  Funny, these same Chicken Littles barely shrugged their shoulders during the turmoil-laden first 100 days of Barack Obama's first term.

The scandal-plagued Trump regime.  This week, the same people in the media and the Democratic party leadership who applauded then-senator Obama's world diplomatic tours in 2008 managed to take their first Trump administration scalp: that of General Michael Flynn — and based on little more than rumor and innuendo at that.  Meanwhile Obama is said to be plotting leftist resistance to Trump, the media is encouraging hate and violence against Republicans, thousands are publicly weighing a Trump assassination against what might have been had Beppo Romer and Nikolaus von Halem succeeded in ridding the world of Adolf Hitler in 1934, and an activist judiciary seems to be gearing up to partner with the bureaucracy to resist and reverse every policy and every initiative the American people want the federal government to act on.

The Media's Jihad Against the Trump White House Staff.  [Scroll down]  The elephant in the room in these stories about the Trump White House staff is not just that the liberal media can't stand the new president — it can't abide his agenda.  And watching one executive order after another pour out of the Trump White House that is at a 180-degree variance with the Obama-era and all things far Left, the media reflexively zeroes in on the Trump staff.  Thus the stories.  Steve Bannon is really the president.  Or, according to Time magazine, which has put him on the cover, he is "The Great Manipulator" of the President.  And he's a white supremacist.  Not to mention he's anti-Semitic.  Oh, and by the way, he's incompetent too.  Kellyanne Conway ignored Ethics Rules 101.  She has no integrity and she went out of her way to make the rich Ivanka even richer using her public position.  And so it goes through the list.  Does this not mean that at any given moment President Trump may in fact have a genuine problem with one of his staffers?  Of course not.

Why is Saturday Night Live News?  Every Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening's Saturday Night Live show.  Today's story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, 'SNL' cast skewer Trump White House.  Well, yes, they do that every week.  Last Sunday's AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of — Melissa McCarthy — was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer.  And it isn't just the Associated Press.  Many news outlets breathlessly recount the latest anti-Trump skits on SNL.

'The Washington Post' Trolls for Stolen Documents.  Wow.  The Post is openly admitting they will hide behind 1A protections in order to solicit stolen goods.  It's the perfect fencing operation!

Jeffrey Toobin Catching On — President Trump's Executive Order Wins by Losing.  There are two ways you can tell when moonbats are losing, one is subtle the other is obvious.  A subtle indicator is how the entire MSM apparatus switched (literally overnight on Thursday [2/10/2017]) from calling President Trump's executive order a "Muslim ban" to calling it a "Travel Ban".

Apparently there is a very fine line between "loose cannon" and "too reserved."
CNN Panel Whines:  Trump 'Whiffed' Statement on North Korea Launch, too Reserved.  News broke late Saturday night that North Korea launched a missile in a show of force during the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to the United States.  During a quickly put together media event PM Shinzo Abe spoke first to condemn the launch and was backed up with a brief statement of support from President Donald Trump.  But that wasn't enough for CNN's Inside Politics, whose Nia-Malika Henderson proclaimed, "He has talked tough, I think Trump, on Twitter about North Korea, but when it got to his time to be that tough person that we've come to know, he just kind of whiffed I think in many ways."

An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media's Anonymous Sources.  I'm not sure which of your stories stands out the most.  Is it the portrait you painted almost two weeks ago, of a president in his bathrobe compulsively watching the news?  Yesterday's story of a National Security Council in "turmoil," filled with staffers who "struggle to make policy" to fit President Trump's tweets?  The report in Politico that Trump's personnel concerns extend "beyond his embattled national security adviser" and that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus may be on the chopping block, with "Trump campaign aides" drafting "lists of possible Priebus replacements"?  The CNN report that "multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials" have "corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent"?  The list goes on and on.  You've been leaking relentlessly since the very first days of Trump's presidency, making the president look like a "clueless child," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza put it.  Political Twitter amplifies your voice, with countless concerned citizens retweeting the stories you helped create, appending dire worries that "we're all going to die."

Pelley Opens 'CBS Evening News' by Calling Trump 'Divorced From Reality'.  "It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality."  Anchor Scott Pelley greeted "CBS Evening News" viewers with that line Monday night [2/7/2017].  Pelley opened the show standing in front of a photo of President Trump which bore the words "Reality Check."

European Conservative Parties Are Not 'Far Right'.  Europe's media constantly smear democratic conservatives as "extreme right" or "fascist."  That is a vicious lie, as you can hear for yourself by listening to video speeches on the web by European conservatives.  If you don't happen to understand their languages, you can listen to Nigel Farage, who sounds just like Trump.  But notice that the Fakestream in Europe can never allow conservatives to speak, not without smearing them in the same sentence.  Trump is a madman according to the media elites in Europe.  But then their own democratic populists are also ready to go for a new Hitler, if you listen to the establishment media.

MSNBC reporter asks if Trump will go down Putin's 'dangerous path' (and start killing opponents?)  Across every front of the culture war, the left is planting the notion that President Trump is on the way to becoming a dictator so that by implication, all means of opposing him are legitimate, even violence and insurrection.  Put that another way, they are ginning up an uprising, the romantic dream of the sixties left — the demographic group that dominates the leadership of the Democratic Party.  Readers are already familiar with the demonization underway, at home and abroad.  But consider the insidiousness of the question posed by NBC News's Katy Tur.

Oh, you mean like Andrew Breitbart?
MSNBC's Tur Suggests Trump Will Be Responsible for 'Suspicious Deaths' of Journalists.  MSNBC took its fear mongering smears of the Donald Trump administration to a dark new low Monday afternoon when reporter Katy Tur suggested the president's war with the media would start racking up actual casualties.  During an interview with Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, Tur suggested Trump would take a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin's playbook and start targeting journalists for death.  "As we know, there's, since 2000, been a couple dozen suspicious deaths of journalists in Russia who came out against the government there," Tur reminded the Senator before unscrupulously suggesting Trumps distaste for the media would escalate, "Donald Trump has made no secret about going after journalists and his distaste for any news that doesn't agree with him here.  Do you find that this is a dangerous path he is heading down?"

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won.  Since at least Donald Trump's election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis.  Despite Trump's constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media.  They did this to themselves.

2 Minutes of Mainstream Media Backtracking Really Put 'Fake News' Into Perspective.  Since Trump's election, numerous mainstream outlets have propagated rumors or falsehoods before being forced to peddle them back.

USA Today Equates Steve Bannon with Islamic State Leader.  Monday's editorial in USA Today likens White House Chief Strategist and former Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL) terrorist "caliphate."  The editorial argues that Bannon is like al-Baghdadi because both perceive a "clash of civilizations between Islam and the West."

Errors From The Press Are Piling Up In The Opening Weeks Of The Trump Administration.  Journalists can't seem to get their stories straight in the opening weeks of the Trump administration, whether in tweets or in articles where falsehoods have been spread almost daily.  The mistakes have not just been from newer liberal news outlets such The Huffington Post or BuzzFeed, but from legacy media like Reuters, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.  What follows are several botched stories or conflicting reports since President Trump took office.

German magazine sparks furor with cover of Trump beheading Statue of Liberty.  The magazine Der Spiegel has ignited controversy in Germany and elsewhere with a cover illustration that depicts President Trump as an ISIS executioner, brandishing a bloody knife in one hand and the head of Lady Liberty in the other, Reuters reports.

NYT tries to humiliate Trump by claiming he takes female hormones for hair.  Can you recall the NYT ever publishing salacious details about Obama's health?  Do we all not recall the New York Times' reticence to talk about Hillary Clinton's fainting spells and concussion?

'Alternative facts': A common legal term.  It has been rather shocking to observe the recent tidal wave of derision hoisted upon President Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway — shocking not because the derision is the deserved blowback for a foolish, embarrassing utterance, but because the derision has been so spectacularly off base.  The phrase "alternative facts" is used in law and is known to most lawyers.  I presume that this includes Ms. Conway, who received her degree from George Washington University Law School.  It therefore seems eminently possible that Ms. Conway knew exactly what she was saying.  Before we move on to some nonlegal examples of alternative facts, here is but one of many ways the concept can be employed in an actual case.

Trump's Executive Orders Are Nothing Compared To Obama's 'Pen And Phone' Abuses.  President Trump has apparently reignited the country's interest in civics.  How else to explain that rash of stories on the basics of "executive orders" and the limits of presidential power?  But where was all this concern when President Obama was egregiously violating constitutional limits on his authority?  Interest in "executive orders" is so widespread that Google currently has a separate category in its news feed devoted to stories about the topic.  Obviously, it's all been stirred up by Trump's controversial orders.  But Obama issued more executive orders out of the gate, some just as controversial.

Polls Show Public Backs Trump's Travel Ban.  After nearly a week of nonstop protests and vicious denunciations, the unhinged opponents of President Trump's terror-related travel suspension have managed to sway almost no one.  Three polls show that far more Americans support Trump's executive order than oppose it.  If you haven't heard of these polls, don't kick yourself.  The mainstream press isn't exactly parading them around.

Media freakout:  Another day, another media-instigated panic over Trump.  It seems the rate at which members of the press are circulating misleading "breaking news" stories alleging some nefarious action by the Trump administration has actually gotten worse since the inauguration.  On Thursday [2/2/2017], NBC News' Peter Alexander claimed the new White House had eased restrictions on Russia so that U.S. companies could go into business with the Federal Security Service.  As Alexander also noted to his nearly 100,000 followers on social media, the FSB is the successor of the dreaded KGB.

Trump Did Not Personally Kill an Iraqi Woman, Disappointing Journalists.  The news that President Donald Trump's travel ban killed an Iraqi Green Card holder sparked outrage from DNC-approved comediennes, people with Hashtag Resistance in their Twitter bios, and some of the nation's savviest political commentators, hard-nosed reporters, and even harder-nosed fictional TV anchors.

Defeated Media Elite Alienate Many With Anti-Trump Coverage.  After failing in its attempt to delegitimize and defeat Donald Trump through persistently negative coverage of the candidate throughout the recent campaign, the establishment news media might have been expected to acknowledge its failures and make some effort toward restoring objectivity to journalism.  However, the American public, which has lost confidence in the news media due to its antagonistic approach to President Trump and his supporters, has little hope that the media will cover the Trump presidency in a fair and objective way, according to the findings of a recent Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll.

Obama Bombed 5 Out Of 7 Countries Trump Banned — Media Didn't Care.  While the lying media is freaking out over President Trump's travel ban for seven Middle Eastern countries deemed security risks, they didn't [care] about Obama bombing them.  Though the media is currently in a tizzy because Trump's executive order held up around 300 people at airports, Obama's bombings were reported as completely reasonable to bring about peace.

NYT: Anything Obama Did Was Constitutional.  Anything Trump Does, Isn't.  A tiny handful were affected by this order — likely less than a dozen.  And the reason the judge didn't issue a "broader ruling on the constitutionality of President Trump's actions (for some reason, the Democrat Operators With Bylines at NYT can't seem to bring themselves to call him that) was simple:  The judge understood that Trump's Executive Order was perfectly constitutional.  I would further expect this temporary order to be overturned as soon as the Trump administration can lodge an appeal with an appellate court.

More about The New York Times.

'Forty-five percent of the media outright hate Trump'.  I thought it would be impossible for the MSM to treat a POTUS [president of the United States] with less objectivity than they did President Bush (43) but I was wrong.  Forty-five percent of the MSM is simply suspicious of President Trump.  Forty-five percent outright hate him.  Ten percent will adopt the appropriate "wait and see and report" attitude.

Brzezinski: Trump Won EV 'Fair and Square' — But He's Not 'Completely Elected By the People'.  On Friday's [1/28/2017] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-anchor Mika Brzezinski argued that while President Donald Trump won the Electoral vote fairly, "this is a president who lost to Hillary Clinton... I think there's a lot of support he still needs to gain.  It's not a president completely elected by the people."

ABC Omits from Transcript Trump Shutting Down Muir on March for Life.  On Thursday afternoon, our friends at RedState flagged this peculiar development that ABC News transcript excluded an exchange from the David Muir-President Trump interview where Trump scolded Muir for the media's lack of coverage of the March for Life versus the Women's March on Washington.  With an eagle eye for this detail, RedState's "Streiff" provided a generous nod to Nicholas Fondacaro's blog from Wednesday night and concluded it'd be pertinent to check out the full transcript.  [Video clip]

Nets Cheer Left-Wing Protesters & Politicians 'Defying' Trump on Immigration.  All three network morning shows on Thursday hailed left-wing protesters and Democratic mayors across the country denouncing President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security.  Co-host Matt Lauer led off NBC's Today by proclaiming:  "Breaking overnight... Protests across the country after President Trump orders a Mexican border wall to be built immediately."  Clips played of demonstrators chanting:  "Donald Trump has got to go!"

Local News Anchor Suspended After Cursing Out Kellyanne Conway.  Mike Jerrick, a Philadelphia-based television anchor, has been suspended after he used a curse word on air Monday to describe Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump.

Press Pretends to Fact-Check Trump, But Only Misleads Readers.  We have seen this pattern over and over:  Donald Trump says something that may be debatable or exaggerated, and in their quest to bring him down, reporters and editors publish "fact checks" that are more misleading than what Trump said in the first place.  It happens every day.  Yesterday [1/26/2017], Trump delivered a speech to a GOP gathering in Philadelphia.  He talked for around 27 minutes; you can see the full speech [elsew]here.  Apparently there wasn't much for reporters to take issue with, as purported fact checks focused on what he said about crime.

Flashback: WaPo Publishes Study That Claims Millions of Illegal Aliens Vote.  When The Washington Post's Phil Rucker describes Trump's belief that millions of illegal aliens voted as "his unsubstantiated theory; when CNN's Jake Tapper flaps his hands and screams "3 to 5 million illegal votes??; when PolitiFact DESTROYS Trump with a "Pants on Fire," it is all talking points and zero journalism.  However, the Unfied Message is pretty clear, and one we hear too often from these bullies:  the science is settled, beliefs outside the settled science are heresy.  Notice, though, how across all of these media outlets, everyone is on the exact same page in their panicked rush to shut down debate by declaring Trump a liar, and a liar with "zero evidence."  It all seems kinda coordinated, no?

Why are so many media people puzzled that Trump keeps bringing up illegal votes?  The MSM outlets are nearly unanimous that President Trump is "lying" and presenting "deliberate falsehoods" to the American public about illegal votes tipping the majority to Hillary Clinton in the election.  The mantra is that there is "no evidence," so Trump is "losing his credibility" and will no longer be believed.  (As if they cared about Trump maintaining credibility.)  All of these warnings about lies coming from a president come at the hands of media outlets that rarely if ever used the word "lie" with regard to President Obama's many prevarications on serious issues, such as the video causing the Benghazi attack and the Obamacare promise of keeping your plan and your doctor.  These were politically consequential lies that I do not recall CNN warning about, as this morning's newscast warned Trump about losing his credibility.

David Brock's Shareblue to Be 'Nucleus' of Multi-Platform Anti-Trump Media Entity.  David Brock, the Democratic operative who founded the left-wing Media Matters for America, plans to use a news entity he recently purchased as the nucleus of his efforts to delegitimize President Donald Trump, according to confidential documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Van Jones Leads CNN Assault on Trump.  In his blockbuster new film, "Civil War 2017," Trevor Loudon asks why the political left is so determined to destroy the Trump presidency.  Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center responds that Trump "doesn't back down from a fight," unlike previous "squishy" Republicans.  What's more, Trump has upended the "progressive coalition" by convincing millions of Democrats to abandon their union leaders and the Democratic Party.  Marxism is at a crossroads.  And so are its adherents in the media, such as Van Jones of CNN.  Jones is smart enough to know that Trump has tapped into the anger and discontent of American workers.  But at the same time, he is compelled to rally what remains of the progressive coalition against Trump.

Bourbons of the Press, Believed by But 15%, Straggle on in Defeat.  This week's issues themselves are not important; what is at issue is a contest between the attitudes of the press and the tactics of the administration.  The two signal facts, or "alternative facts" in the well-chosen parlance of the brilliant and engaging co-counselor and victorious campaign manager of the president, Kellyanne Conway, are that public approval of the national news media now stands at 14%, and the allegations the press are now making against the new administration are of no interest to any serious segment of the public.  As a result of these facts, the continued press assault on Donald Trump is much less dangerous even than when it failed to derail his candidacy for the Republican nomination and the election.

Journalists Predictably Freak Out Over Reinstated Reagan Policy on Abortion.  To start of his first week in office, Donald Trump spent the morning signing executive orders, one of which was reversing a pro-abortion policy from the Obama Administration.  The "Mexico City" policy, more commonly called the "Global Gag" policy by the left, bans federal funds from being given to organizations who pay for or promote abortions overseas.  It was originally enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984 and was rescinded in 2009 by President Obama.  Now eight years later, President Trump has reinstated the policy, and some liberal journalists' displeasure with the news came across in their reporting and their tweets.

Media Covers Trump's First Executive Orders With The Worst Camera Work In History Of Broadcast Journalism.  Donald Trump signed his first executive orders as president Monday morning, and for some reason, the cameraman the White House press pool assigned to cover the event appeared to have never operated a camera before.

Three Mainstream Media Lies on Trump's First Day.  The mainstream media lost no time in attempting to undermine President Donald Trump, as opposed to actually reporting information.  After eight years of kowtowing to Obama, they have suddenly discovered a civic responsibility to hold the government accountable.  But they are focusing on minutiae, and in some cases actually telling lies, both of omission and commission.  That risks alienating the public even further — making it harder, actually, for the media to act as watchdogs.

CNN's president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump.  Don't mess with CNN.  That's the unvarnished version of a message that the network's president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine.  "One of the things I think this administration hasn't figured out yet is that there's only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that's CNN," Zucker said.  "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN.  Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

Reuters editor defends photo of sparse National Mall during President Trump's inauguration.  A Reuters editor defended his photographer's disputed image of an underwhelming crowd to witness President Trump's inauguration, the same photo that enraged the new administration the following morning.  Jim Bourg, who assigned a photographer to scale the Washington Monument for a sky-high view of the swearing-in ceremony, slammed "inaccurate talk and allegations" he found circulating among his own Facebook friends.

Requiem for a Lightweight.  The mainstream media tried hard in the transition period to continue to wound Trump, sticking shivs in his proxies, his nominees.  The NYT published a demonstrably false article claiming Rick Perry didn't even know the scope of the duties of the Department of Energy; they promoted the Democratic falsehood that Tom Price had violated his ethics obligations.  The Washington Post headed a story "Trump picks former Governor Sunny Perdue, who once led a prayer for rain, as agriculture secretary," making that seem like an outlandish thing only a hick or primitive shaman would indulge in.

I Am Mad About The Protests and The PressThe protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin "agitating."  They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews.  We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.  These were not just angry people.  They were trained, likely paid, agitators.  They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras.  The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged.  And the news ran with their footage over and over again.  The progression from "peaceful" protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.

Trump administration accuses media of playing down inauguration crowd size.  Donald Trump's administration has accused the media of inaccurate reporting over the size of the crowd at the president's inauguration, saying the event had seen the largest audience in history "both in person and around the globe".  White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a media briefing that there had been "deliberately false reporting" about the size of the crowd at Mr Trump's inauguration.  In particular, he said that photographs of the inauguration had been intentionally framed in a way to minimize the crowd.  "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," he said, but offered no evidence to support the claim.

White House slams 'shameful' reports downplaying inauguration crowds.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media Saturday for its "dishonest" coverage of President Trump's inauguration, accusing journalists of skewing the discussion about crowd sizes in order to downplay the number of people who attended.  "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, highlighting the millions of people who watched the inauguration on television and online in addition to those who viewed it from the National Mall.  "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

Newsrooms' latest low blows against Team Trump.  It's getting downright nutty, even vicious, in many newsrooms as Donald Trump's presidency is finally upon us.  Thursday alone brought several brazen bits of bias, not to mention downright sloppy reporting.  [For example,] A New York Times piece claimed Energy Secretary-designate Rick Perry had no idea a key purpose of the agency is to maintain US nuclear security.  But the story was unsourced and unattributed.  And the one person quoted by name says he was misinterpreted.  Plus, Perry's statement on the day he was nominated says flatly he looks forward to "safeguarding our nuclear arsenal."  (His state, Texas, has the nation's largest nuclear-weapons maintenance facility.)

4 Recent Examples Show Why No One Trusts Media Coverage Of Trump.  One may have hoped that the media would respond to their 2016 failures and resulting lack of credibility by reforming.  Instead, it seems that many in political media are quadrupling down on the mistakes that served them and their readers and viewers so poorly in the lead-up to Donald Trump's surprise victory in November.  It's impossible to track all the ways in which the media are leaning into their bias, their unnecessary hostility, and their abandonment of journalistic principles.  So let's just look at a few examples from the last few hours.  Many members of the media would like to imagine themselves as brave heroes who will valiantly fight the excesses of the Trump administration.  These examples show why people do not trust the media to tell the truth, much less hold anyone accountable for anything.

Media Malpractice In The Age Of Trump.  For eight years, it was virtually impossible to get reporters interested in legitimate Obama administration scandals.  Now, they are so eager to run scandal stories about the incoming Trump administration that they are making them up.  Two stories from major news outlets demonstrate this.

The Washington Post Takes Anti-Trump Bias To A New Level.  [Scroll down]  The story is about a Washington Post/ABC News poll that asks, among other things, whether Trump should sell his business to avoid any possible conflicts of interest while president.  Trump has taken steps to avoid these conflicts, although not to the satisfaction of some in the media — many of whom probably wouldn't be satisfied no matter what Trump did.  What did the poll find?  It found that most (52%) think the steps Trump has taken are enough to "separate Trump's business interests from his obligations as president."  On the other hand, only 42% said that Trump should sell his business.

CNN WARNS: Attack on Inauguration Could Justify Obama Administration Keeping Power.  This is the craziest thing I've ever seen on CNN — and that's saying a lot.  Wolf Blitzer broke out with a "developing story" about how if the inauguration is attacked and everyone died, the constitution actually says that an Obama cabinet member would legally become the president.  How am I supposed to take this?  Is this some kind of warning?

Liberal Journalists Rediscover Mission As Obama Leaves Office.  In an article published Monday [1/16/2017], Politico's Jack Shafer argues that Donald Trump has made reporters "free" to cover the presidency in a more aggressively critical manner than they did during previous administrations.  Reporters, Shafer says, "ought to start thinking of covering Trump's Washington like a war zone."

White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration.  The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative.  According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association's prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be "unity" against the Trump administration. [...] Ah yes, the herd mindset must be retained if the echo-chamber is to battle united against a singular ideological adversary, President Donald Trump.

The AP Spins Lewis vs.  Trump.  Start with the headline:  "Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend."  Most people only read headlines, and this one gives no clue that it was Lewis, not Trump, who started the fight by saying on Meet the Press that Trump will be an illegitimate president.  And Lewis is identified as a "civil rights legend," not as a hyper-partisan Democratic politician, which is what he is.

Drug testing floated for White House press corps.  One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps.  Trump's attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage," but forcing reporters to undergo random drug tests would provoke a media meltdown.  The pee-in-a-cup proposal was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team's Executive Committee.

Left-wing media stunned that Trump hits back.  [Scroll down]  But here's what the corrupt media will not tell you:  BuzzFeed is nothing more than a political propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.  In June, the website terminated an advertising deal with the Republican National Committee because, as their CEO said, "The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and the world."  Two days later, BuzzFeed's chairman, Kenneth Lerer, hosted a $33,000-a-ticket Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City that President Obama attended.  Lerer already had a long history of donating to Democrats — since 2004, he's contributed almost a half a million dollars to Democrats, including $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2016.  It should be no surprise that, even after being exposed by President-elect Trump, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is standing by the decision to publish what amounts to fake news in a desperate attempt to smear the next commander-in-chief.

Brzezinski Slams CNN and Buzzfeed For Letting 'Their Bias Get in the Way' With Russia Reports.  MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday [1/11/2017] has been wrestling with how to handle unverified reports that surfaced in the media yesterday evening, and cohost Mika Brzezinski called out two key media outlets for taking part in what she calls the same sort of behavior that many wrongly engaged with before the election.  Before President Barack Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night, there was a dizzying array of reports regarding President-elect Donald Trump and his connections to Russia.  First, it a four-byline story from CNN:  "Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him," from Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein.  In it, CNN reports that both President-elect Trump and President Obama were presented with classified documents last week that suggested Russian intelligence had "compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump."

CNN Laments Being Unable to Hear a Good Speech 'Like This' from Trump.  Almost minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address Tuesday night, CNN jumped into whining about not being able to hear such deep speech from President-elect Donald Trump.  "Also as we think about the next president about to take office, I mean, their speaking styles could not possibly be any more different," noted moderator, Anderson Cooper, as unseen members of his panel laughed.  "We're not going to be hearing a speech LIKE THIS from a sitting president for the next four or eight years," he continued to bemoan, as CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash chimed in to glorify Obama's speech delivering acumen:  [Video clip]

WaPo writer ponders how to "remove Trump from office" before he's even sworn in.  Just in case you were wondering whether the owners of the Washington Post learned anything from the last election and their failure to stop America from voting for Donald Trump, fear not.  They haven't.  If there was any sort of change coming to the editorial board, they probably wouldn't have given a green light to Richard Cohen's column this week which carries the not very ambiguous title of, "How to remove Trump from office."

Reporters Obsessively Try to Get McCain to Say Trump Election Was Illegitimate.  Thursday afternoon [1/5/2017] on CNN, reporters from several networks surrounded Republican Senator John McCain and attempted to get him to call Donald Trump's election illegitimate.  McCain spoke to the reporters in the hallway immediately following a Senate hearing where Intelligence officials testified about the Russian hacking of the DNC this past Summer.  Ever since Clinton lost the election, the media has been desperately trying to pin her loss on Russian influence.  While the only thing that has been made evident is that Russia was able to access private DNC e-mails after DNC officials clicked on a phishing e-mail, somehow that means that Russia hacked the U.S. election, at least according to the media.  Immediately following the Senate hearing, reporters from CNN, CNBC, CBS and MSNBC swarmed around McCain and obsessively tried to get the Republican Senator to confirm their bias.

57 Days Later, Broadcast Morning and Evening News Haven't Called Obama 'Lame Duck'.  On November 5, 2008, the day after the election, CBS Evening News correspondent Chip Reid said of then-still-president George W. Bush, "he is now not only deeply unpopular, he's a full-fledged lame duck."  But in the 57 days after the 2016 election, the morning and evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC haven't used the term "lame duck" even once.  By avoiding this phrasing, the networks are giving post-election Obama a legitimacy they denied post-election Bush.  Instead of downplaying President Obama's role, the networks hyped disagreement between him and Trump, calling it a "turf war."

Zero Self-Awareness:  Chuck Todd Whacks Trump's 'Concierge Media Friends'.  On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday [1/1/2017], Chuck Todd devoted a whole hour to analyzing Trump vs. the Press, but he worked energetically to avoid the notion the media lost trust because it's seen as part of the Democratic National Machine.  There were no questions about whether they failed in being too soft on Hillary Clinton, because they never think they've been too soft on Democrats.

Midnight meltdown as tipsy Trump-hater Don Lemon has mic cut off by CNN.  CNN anchor Don Lemon has copped the honor of the first on-air Trump-hater meltdown of 2017, year one of the Trump presidency.  Sour Lemon's behavior was so disgraceful and out of place during a celebration of the New Year that the network brass cut his audio feed just after midnight when he began speak of "awful" 2016.

The Biggest Media Trend of 2016? Abject Humiliation of the Media.  For lots of high-profile media personalities, from Nate Silver to Nick Denton, 2016 dealt an enormous reckoning.  Michael Moore made some startling predictions, but few other liberal commentators saw what was happening.  Much of the pundit industrial complex spent the calendar year standing athwart history, yelling "It can't happen here" or "Trump is going to pivot any day now."  Clinton lost.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#3] The disappearing women — Trump accusers.  Isn't it interesting how the manufactured and promoted claims of dozens of women simply disappear once their usefulness is exhausted.  Where's the media follow-up stories on what, who, why and where are they now?  It's as if the entire media apparatus knew from the outset the story only held value in the short-term goal of taking down candidate Donald Trump.  Now, they simply just disappear as quickly as they originally surfaced.

Seven times the media compared Trump to Hitler.  The ultimate shutdown in politics is to compare a political opponent to Adolf Hitler.  And while Donald Trump may have changed much of what we know about politics, that truth lived on in 2016, even if it didn't stop the president-elect from winning.  Here are seven times, in no particular order, the national media compared Trump to Hitler. [...]

Anyone Who Reads About Russian Hacks And Donald Trump Should Read This First.  The reports on the intelligence community's (IC) alleged conclusion that Russia wanted President-elect Donald Trump to win the election have been, in a word, schizophrenic.  They're also drawing on some odd sourcing.

Kurt Eichenwald Further Explains His Claim That Trump Was Institutionalized.  [Scroll down]  So:  Eichenwald was making a joke, and "signalling to a source," but he also really believes that Trump was institutionalized in 1990.  The problem is that he can't prove it — it's merely "reporting process" — so he hasn't said so publicly.  Except for when he did say so publicly, but that doesn't count because he really doesn't like Tucker Carlson.  Now we know.  If Eichenwald genuinely believes that Tucker prevented him from explaining all of this on the air, then I'm glad to help make things right.

Democrats Already Accusing Trump Of "Treason" A Month Before He Takes Office.  This weekend you can catch a preview of what the next four years of mainstream media coverage of the Trump presidency will look like by checking in at the Boston Globe.  They've decided to run an op-ed piece penned by John Shattuck, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Clearly not wanting to pull any punches or inject a level of nuance into the discussion, the title blares out at us, Donald Trump raises specter of treason.

This Insane Interview Between Newsweek Writer Eichenwald and Tucker Carlson Goes OFF THE RAILS.  Thursday [12/15/2016], Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his unsubstantiated accusations that Donald Trump was on amphetamine derivatives, and had a nervous breakdown in 1990. Within seconds, the interview began to go off the rails.  Carlson asked Eichenwald if he had any evidence to substantiate a tweet he sent on September 13, 2016, which reads:  "I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won't release his medical records."  The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, but not before numerous screenshots were taken.  Eichenwald never substantiated his claim regarding Trump, and on Thursday, Carlson tried to get to the bottom of it: [...]

Why the Media Can't Tell the Truth about Trump.  President Obama repeatedly trashed fossil fuel companies, banks, investment banks, insurance companies, drug companies, physicians, and others.  He intentionally bankrupted coal companies and for-profit colleges.  He and the Treasury Department unilaterally rewrote tax law to try to prevent companies from moving their headquarters.  The media and Democrats never had a problem with any of this, but if Trump jawbones companies that is unheard of.  Now that Trump has ripped into Boeing and Lockheed for costs, Democrats and the media all of a sudden care deeply about them.  This is the first time I can recall that the media and Democrats are worried about government interference with corporations.

CNN's Robert Baer:  We Should Have Another Election.  Well, that didn't take long.  The morning after the Washington Post's Friday evening [12/9/2016] story that a "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House," a "deeply disturbed" Bob Baer, appearing on CNN Newsroom, when questioned as to whether "we should have another election," said that if it's true, "I don't see any other way than to vote again."

Reince Priebus Destroys Chuck Todd Over Russia Conspiracy Theories.  As the corrupt Democrat media complex continues to meltdown down, even a month after the election, Chuck Todd is still looking like the jackass he really is.  NBC of course is a leftist clown show ever since GE bought them.  The media's last gasp is to go back to pushing the Russia hacking conspiracy theories.  Fake News outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post are spreading fake news that the RNC was hacked and that Russia sat on the information.  Problem is for the media, The RNC was NOT hacked.

CNN's Stelter:  Trump Win a 'National Emergency'.  Those who expected the mainstream media to pause and reflect on its own biases following President-Elect Donald Trump's victory are surely disappointed.  It has become inescapably clear that rather than attempt to break free from the ideological echo chamber in which they exist, liberal journalists in the mainstream media are only doubling down on progressive propaganda — descending ever further into self-parody.

Russian "Meddling" In Election:  Most Overblown Story Ever?  It is certainly the most overblown story in a long time.  The casual reader of newspaper headlines might well believe that the Russian government hacked into voting machines, or something of the sort, to influence the presidential election.  But that is not the case.  If you read the Washington Post story, they are merely talking about the well-known hacks of Democratic National Committee and John Podesta emails.  The only news here is that someone at the CIA thinks the Russian government carried out the operation and did so in order to help Donald Trump win the election.

Did Russia Help Trump Get Elected?  Consider The Source(s).  There used to be a rule in journalism that reporters should consider the source before running with a story.  Like many other rules of journalism, that seems to have gone out the window when it comes to covering Donald Trump.  But "consider the source" should be the watch word when reading about news over the weekend that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections to get Donald Trump elected, particularly since the sources of this story are so unreliable.  The first source to be cautious about is the newspaper that published the bombshell story over the weekend: the Washington Post.

Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA's Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence.  The Washington Post late Friday night [12/9/2016] published an explosive story that, in many ways, is classic American journalism of the worst sort:  The key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are disseminating their own claims about what the CIA purportedly believes, all based on evidence that remains completely secret.

The Stock Market vs.  The Media — Whom Do You Trust?  While the stock market rockets to new highs virtually every twenty minutes, the media continues to gasp with more and more dismay at Donald Trump's picks to fill his cabinet.  Today, as the Dow approaches 20,000, the Washington Post is moaning about the president-elect's choosing too many generals for important positions, as if all military minds automatically think alike.  The Post certainly wouldn't say that about, say, Muslims.  Nor would anybody who'd actually read a history book.

Remember when Obama had three generals on his team?  he nomination of Gen. John Kelly (USMC-Ret) for Secretary of Homeland Security has caused elite members of the DC and New York media to harrumph their way through deeply concerned opinion pieces about the disturbing influence of the military in President-elect Donald Trump's nascent administration.

Trump Owes The Media Nothing — Here's Why.  The media dropped the ball during the last campaign with its overwhelmingly negative coverage of the major candidates, especially Donald Trump.  That's not the conclusion of some disgruntled conservative media watchdog, but of a new report from Harvard University's impeccably liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.  You know when left-of-center media watchdogs see media bias against a conservative candidate it must be really egregious.  And the respected Shorenstein Center's report found that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their share of hard hits by the media.  But Trump came in for especially vicious treatment.

WaPo: Trump Was Right About Overwhelmingly Negative Press Coverage.  One of the hallmarks of both the McCain and Romney presidential campaigns was the candidates' weakness in the face of hostile press coverage.  As has been mentioned many times, Romney essentially threw an entire election because he let debate "moderator" Candy Crowley lie for President Obama.  For many Republicans who weren't enthusiastic Trump supporters but wanted something to like about him, his refusal to give the media a free pass on their combative bias was the thing.  It was practically otherworldly to see a Republican presidential candidate expressing frustration over something that GOP voters have been angry about for decades.

An Orgy of Double Standards.  While the mainstream media was willing to excuse Barack Obama for everything he did, it is in full attack mode with Trump.  To be more precise, the press declared everything Obama did to be genius.  It seems to believe that everything Trump does signals incompetence and an absence of qualification.  Have you noticed that no one questioned the absurdly thin resume of Barack Obama?  Some of us have questioned the Trump qualifications, but how many people pointed out that Obama had no qualifications to speak of?  He had a few years as a backbench U.S. senator who accomplished nothing.  Trump has no experience in government but he has worked as an executive and has dealt with foreign countries for decades.  Trump's antics managed to make Obama look presidential, but Obama's resume makes Trump look qualified.

Who's More 'Authoritarian'? Trump or the Media Elite That Wants Him to Shut Up?  When Harry Truman said "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen," he was probably talking to politicians, and not to the press.  But it's become quite obvious in the nascent Trump era that the press simply cannot take the heat.  Criticizing the press isn't fair game.  It's a dangerous sign of an undemocratic temperament.  On Sunday's [12/4/2016] edition of the CNN Trump-trashing show called Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter insisted that the media needed to define Trump as a dictator, not a president:  "I talk to international correspondents who say to you, 'This is exactly what authoritarians do.  This is what strongmen do.  This is what happens in authoritarian regimes.'  I think we need to start using those words on TV, at least, to discuss the possibilities before us."

Flashback: When The Media Swooned Over Obama's Phone Call With Terror Sponsoring Iranian President.  Over the weekend President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from the President of Taiwan.  The move set off a mainstream media firestorm of criticism, with many news anchors and pundits warning the acceptance of the call could damage U.S. relations with China. [...] Back in 2013 President Obama made direct contact with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with, you guessed it, a phone call.  The call was initiated by President Obama, not Rouhani.  Iran is listed as the world's largest state sponsor of terror by the State Department and before 9/11, its terrorism offshoot Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization in the world.  The outrage from the same media players panicking over Trump's call with Taiwan was absent.

Lies, [...] and LA Times editorials.  The Left, having no value for truth, honesty, integrity, or anything else besides getting their way of course, has no problem with printing absolute falsehoods like the ones in this editorial bemoaning the prospect of national concealed carry reciprocity.  It seems the Times is aggrieved that liberty and greater ability to self-defense might soon be coming[.]

Zakaria: 'Working-Class Whites' Vote On Emotion, Not Policy.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not fail as a result of its subscription to unpopular left-wing policies, said left-wing CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday's [12/4/2016] GPS.  As is his custom, his introductory monologue was a reading of his weekly column at left-wing news outlet The Washington Post.  Despite declaring Hillary Clinton's victory as inevitable on October 16 ("Let's be clear.  Donald Trump will lose the election."), Zakaria now claims to understand President-elect Donald Trump's appeal.  He also now claims to know what Clinton could have done to win the presidency.  American voters aren't driven by policy, said Zakaria, but by emotion: [...]

How Trump Turned the National Media Into Impotent Hecklers:  Savor it.  It finally happened.  The national media no longer matters.  The entire institution has been rendered as irrelevant as a drunken fan in the cheap seats pretending to know more about the game than Kobe.  Sure, the media might still have the power to annoy.  But as far as how the players play, the institution is now just, well, belligerent jerks with no power, no sway, no influence.  Much of the credit does not belong to President-elect Donald Trump.  The media did this to themselves.

The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice.  In media land, Donald Trump risked world peace by accepting a phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan; Barack Obama's talks with dictators and thugs such as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro were long overdue.  In media land, jawboning Carrier not to relocate a plant to Mexico is an existential threat to the free market; not so when Barack Obama tried to coerce Boeing to move to Washington State to produce union-made planes, or bullied a small non-union guitar company, or reordered the bankruptcy payouts of Chrysler and essentially took over the company.  In campus land, the election of 2008 was cause for ebullition; in 2016, elections by nature were traumatic as students were reduced to whining toddlers who needed cookies and milk.

At Walter Reed:  NYT Hailed Obama's 'Sacred Duty' to Troops, But Bush Staged Photo Op.  Presidential visits to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed should be non-political events worthy of non-partisan coverage, but the New York Times manages to shows its colors even in those solemn moments.  In the half-page "Obama's Sacred Duty:  Visiting the Wounded — Trips to Walter Reed Take Toll and Inspire" for Wednesday's [11/30/2016] edition, reporter Gardiner Harris brought a somber, emotional, personalized tone to the proceedings. [...] Yet the tone was quite more brusque and abrupt, almost guilt-tripping, when it came to former President George W. Bush's visits to the wounded at Walter Reed during the Iraq War, even down to the terse headlines, like this one from November 2004: [...]

They can dish it out but they can't take it.
CNN's Dana Bash Wishes Trump Would Stop Going After the Press.  CNN's Dana Bash reacted tonight to President-elect Donald Trump's big post-victory rally by lamenting how much he attacked the media.  Trump went on his usual attacks against the "dishonest media," this time mixing it with mockery of how much the press downplayed his chances of winning.  Bash said this in response:  [Video clip]

NYT Columnist Calls Trump 'Least Successful' Candidate Of Our Time.  New York Times columnist Gail Collins calls President-elect Donald Trump one of the "least successful" presidential candidates in American history in an op-ed Thursday [12/1/2016].  Although Trump pulled off an unprecedented comeback in the polls to win the election, Collins points to his loss in the popular vote as evidence he's actually one of the least successful candidates ever.  "The one positive effect of the recount, besides reassuring people who worry the Russians might be capable of hacking a massive American vote tally, is the way it reminds the nation, every day, that Donald Trump is one of the least successful successful presidential candidates in American history," she writes.

Tom Friedman, Apparently Straight-Faced, Claims Most of the Media Support Trump.  Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable.  Otherwise this comes across as delusional.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, [...] made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.

Tensions rise at CNN as the network aims for Trump.  CNN is taking an increasingly negative approach toward its coverage of President-elect Trump, causing at least some tension within the network, inside sources told the Washington Examiner.  Trump, according to a New York Post story, told the network he wasn't happy with their coverage during an off-the-record meeting at his headquarters in Trump Tower this week.  Trump critiqued the news media at large during the meeting, but CNN was one of the top targets, according to the Post's report.

32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat.  From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat.  Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable.  Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming.  The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.

Amanpour: Media Should Fight Trump Because He Might Start Putting Us In Cages.  CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour urged journalists Tuesday night to protect their profession from the "existential threat" of President-elect Donald Trump, who she implied might try to put the media in "cages."  Citing Trump's tweet about the media "inciting" some of the protests against him following the election, Amanpour warned gravely of authoritarian leaders who dismantle the free press and imprison journalists.

Flashback: Trump-Trashing Journalists Oozed Over Obama's '08 Transition.  During the campaign, the liberal news media did everything they could to prevent Donald Trump's election — including 91% negative coverage from the broadcast networks — but he won anyway.  Now, journalists are trashing the way Trump is handling his transition, as well as his early Cabinet picks.  But eight years ago, viewers heard a very different tone coming from the media, as journalists celebrated the election of Barack Obama, cheered the "brain power" of the "team of geniuses" he was assembling for his Cabinet, and tingled over how "cool" Obama seemed as he assumed the responsibilities of office.  With Trump, the media are touting the "continuing turmoil" in his transition, as ABC's Tom Llamas claimed on the November 16 Good Morning America.

Biased Press Continues To Misinform Public About Trump.  When the Pew Research Center asked the public who conducted themselves worst during the presidential campaign, the answer was ... the press.  But after promising to shape up after the election, the mainstream media are already back to their old games.

Trump's supposed 'Muslim registry' is just more fake news.  The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry.  This has been lost in a freakout that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry.  The controversy tells us much more about how the media will cover the Trump administration — i.e., through the lens of fact-free hysteria — than about the administration's immigration enforcement agenda.  The source of the fracas is a comment from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Trump immigration adviser and (excellent) candidate for homeland security director, to Reuters.

The Press Suddenly Realizes a President's Life Is Opulent and Expensive.  Wait, now there are complaints about the expenses surrounding the security bubble around the president-elect? [...] Yes, we did go through a variation of this when Obama was elected.  Except the local papers had to file a FOIA request, and the complaints from the Chicago city government seemed pretty muted.

Why does the Wall Street Journal hate capitalism?  The Wall Street Journal today [11/18/2016] in an editorial demanded that President Trump hold a fire sale by selling off everything he owns in the next 73 days. [...] When George Washington accepted the job as president no one in their right mind demanded that he liquidate Mount Vernon.  President Trump already sacrificed for his country.  He donated up to $100 million to his campaign.  On top of that, he sacrificed potential earnings that, by the end of his first term, should easily top $1 billion.  Economists call this opportunity cost.

ABC, NBC Smear Trump's Cabinet Picks as 'Really Old White Group'.  As President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet selection process continued move along Sunday morning [11/20/2016], the liberal media's claims of chaos behind the scenes seemed to give way to cries of racism on the network morning shows.  "So, there's a concern about lack of diversity so far in the hiring," bemoaned ABC's Paula Faris on Good Morning America, "We saw that he brought in Michelle Rhee and Nikki Haley, but is there really any likelihood of a pick who is not a white male at this point?"  Faris had posed her ridiculous question to ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, who on election night almost broke down in tears from Hillary Clinton's loss.

The Editor says...
Is there now something distasteful about being a white person?  The new president was elected to clean up the mess left behind by Barack H. Obama, the most incompetent and intentionally destructive president the country has ever had.  The new president seems to be inclined to hire the most competent people for his cabinet, rather than hiring people who represent a fashionable assortment of ethnicities and non-standard sexual lifestyles.

Trump must ignore the media and trust his gut.  Here's my advice to President-elect Donald Trump:  When it comes to the media, don't listen.  Ignore the haters.  These are the same people who, as WikiLeaks exposed, were openly colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign in violation of every ethical standard they are supposed to honor and uphold.

Trump goes to dinner without media; wailing about 'lack of transparency' produces comedy gold.  How dare this madman simply "go" to the 21 Club and order a steak?  Who does he think he is?  Does he not know about the glorious "tradition" whereby the media is privy to the commander in chief's every move?

Emerging media narrative on Donald Trump:  Disarray and families torn apart.  By the way, President-elect Obama ditched his [media] pool in Hawaii eight years ago, and it wasn't treated as a national calamity.

Trump and the media.  Trump can't get anything right so far as the press is concerned, and can this be because this Conservative betrayed those Liberals by winning?  Yes it can — and already we can see where this is going for the next four to eight years.  Trump will have no choice but to give as good as he got, and he got it pretty bad from the moment he announced himself a candidate.  The tweet has been Trump's revenge, and it will have to remain so.  That's his news media against theirs.

Ritual of Ever-Present Coverage May Not Pass Muster With Trump.  Since Election Day, Mr. Trump has refused to let reporters accompany him to the White House, accused the media of inciting protests and tweeted accusations that The New York Times fabricated stories about his transition.  As a candidate, he vilified journalists by name and blacklisted news outlets that displeased him.  So when Mr. Trump ducked out to dinner Tuesday night without informing the journalists assigned to cover him, it struck White House reporters as a small but significant omen that cordial relations between the president and his press corps, a hallmark of the West Wing, were under threat.

Press dig in for long battle against Trump.  The national media appear to be digging in for a long fight with President-elect Trump, and are already issuing stern warnings about how the Trump administration should behave weeks before Trump officially takes office.  A group of press freedom and government transparency groups sent an open letter to Trump on Wednesday to call on him and his incoming administration to abide by the rules that traditionally govern the press-White House relationship.  "A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders," said the letter, signed by the heads of the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.  "We expect the traditions of White House press coverage to be upheld whether in Washington or elsewhere."

Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access.  In the continuing media saga/melt-down over President-Elect Donald Trump's audacity to eat a meal in a restaurant with his family we find the following quote from former Obama administration spokesperson Tommy "Dude" Vietor: [...] What's the media going to do Tommy, stop reporting on Trump?  Ignore Trump?

President Trump 1, WHCA 0.  President [elect] Trump trumped the press last night [11/15/2016], ditching them so he could have a nice steak with his family and friends (and maybe Ted Cruz).  The boo-hoo bears in the media complained. [...] We remember the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner in which the Washington Post invited The Donald, only to laugh at him as the president of the United States mocked him — live on national television.  Who's sorry now?

Hypocrisy: Nets Fret About Bannon; Gave Catholic-Hating Podesta a Pass.  Prior to the election, WikiLeaks produced e-mails in which Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta and other staffers denigrated conservative Catholics.  Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri suggested people became conservative Catholics because, "Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."  Wow.  Sociology.  Aide John Halpin wrote to Podesta that conservative Catholicism is "an amazing bastardization of the faith.  They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."

Media ready for Trump to fail.  Five days after Donald Trump was elected the next president, the national media that misread his popularity are now anticipating his likely failures and shortcomings.  And he hasn't even made it into office yet.

The New York Times can't improve until it admits bias.  The New York Times is so, so very sorry that its presidential election coverage was so, so very wrong.  Please have pity on them, Times publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. begged his paper's readers the other day.  "We aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.  That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor...," Sulzberger said in a letter.  Tell me, how is the paper going to "rededicate" itself to "honesty" if it can't even admit that it was dishonest during this past election?  The Times' coverage was blatantly slanted against Republican Donald Trump, so much so, in fact, that even its own Public Editor — who is supposed to be the referee of ethics — slammed her employer.

CNN still pushing fake story about Muslim attacked by Trumpsters.  CNN is the poster child for media bias and once again they don't disappoint. [...] This woman claimed that the men drove up, got out and attacked her.  That one was wearing a Trump 'Make America Great Again' cap and they beat her and robbed her, stealing her belongings and hijab.  She also said they hurled racial slurs at her.  She didn't realize there were cameras there and that they prove it never happened.  There were no other witnesses and it was labeled the hoax that it was.

ABC's Stephanopoulos:  Trump Civil Suit Conviction Could Be 'Impeachable'.  ABC's George Stephanopoulos raised the prospect of the impeachment of President-Elect Trump on Thursday's [11/10/2016] Good Morning America, as the morning show spotlighted the multiple civil lawsuits against the billionaire.  The former Clinton administration communications director underlined that "if he takes the risk of going to trial and he's convicted, that could be seen as an impeachable offense."  ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams corrected Stephanopoulos's faulty take:  "You can't impeach someone for stuff that they did before they became president."

Really?  Do you have 'Hundreds' of pictures?
Brian Stelter: 'Hundreds' Of Swastikas, Racist Attacks After Trump Win.  In little-noticed remarks Saturday [11/12/2016], "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter Saturday [11/12/2016] parroted data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, claiming that there have been "hundreds of cases of swastikas, of racist language, of harassment, of in some cases, assaults and bullying across this country" since Donald Trump was elected.

There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'.  [W]hile all sorts of horrible incidents are being reported on Twitter and Facebook... well, anyone can say anything on Twitter and Facebook.  The bulk of these stories are "friend of a friend" told me types.  But if men were really going around pulling knives on Muslim women on public buses in Trump's name, there would at least be local or campus news reports of it.  Same, too, for the alleged wave of transgender teen suicides which keep getting mentioned in media but for which no one can offer any evidence.

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