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TIM GRAHAM: Politico Scolds ‘Pouty Republicans Who Stiff Reporters,’ They’re ‘Making a Big Mistake.’

Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer typed an article titled “Unsolicited Advice for the Pouty Republicans Who Stiff Reporters: 2024 GOP contenders are making a big mistake by only talking to themselves.” The problem here is you don’t have to be “pouty” to make a decision to restrict media access. And not all “reporters” are liberal (so-called “mainstream”) reporters. That’s an insult to conservative reporters.

Shafer, like others, is referring to Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Republican Party restricting media access to their “Sunshine Summit.” At least Shafer refers to Barack Obama, who “saw the good politics in freezing the press out.” Joe Biden greatly restricted media access in his 2020 “basement” campaign. Was that “pouty”?

I can’t imagine why Republicans would want to stiff Democratic Party operatives with bylines, after this November 2nd, 2020 admission from Tim Alberta, Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent, that “most of us are suffering from this collective PTSD from 2016.” 

Earlier: Christina Pushaw explains to Politico’s Jack Shafer why Gov. DeSantis doesn’t give interviews to the liberal media.

QUESTION ASKED: What Can’t the Newspapers Put on Page One?

Way back in the 20th century, we learned in journalism classes that a news story assembles the facts in order of what’s most important to the public. But in this century, national newspapers too often assemble their information to pack a liberal wallop, and bury the information that, well – doesn’t serve the public, by their most compassionate “social justice” lights.

The July 14 USA Today provided a glaring example with all three of its front-page stories. At the top left was this headline: “Arrest made in rape of Ohio girl: 10-year-old got abortion in Indiana after Roe reversal.”

The story of a young girl crossing state lines for an abortion “quickly went viral,” the paper said. Her travel to Indiana “led to international attention and became a flashpoint in the national furor over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

Reporters Bethany Bruner, Monroe Trombly, and Tony Cook added “Gerson Fuentes, 27, whose last address was an apartment in Columbus,” was arrested “after police said he confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions.” But nowhere in this article was there any focus on his immigration status.

A source at Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Fox News that “Fuentes is a Guatemalan national in the country illegally and that ICE has placed a detainer” on him. In the Columbus Dispatch, these same three reporters noted Fuentes “is believed to be undocumented,” but McPaper left that snippet on the proverbial cutting-room floor.

That doesn’t need “international attention.”

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Perhaps too many in the public now think of the media as as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, to coin an Insta-phrase.

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NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT: Sunday News Shows Spent Zero Minutes Covering Attempted Murder of Brett Kavanaugh.

“Attempted murder,” which is what the suspect was charged with, is making premeditated plans to kill someone, among other definitions. That this person told on himself—he called the cops and said he wanted to kill Kavanaugh and himself—doesn’t make it any less premeditated and law enforcement charged him appropriately.

More importantly, if this exact same scenario had happened but the suspect wasn’t a left-leaning guy upset about potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, but a MAGA guy who wanted to kill left-leaning, Democrat-appointed Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan…

Does anyone doubt there would have been wall to wall constant coverage? MSNBC and CNN analysis on how Trump voters are domestic terrorists?

“Attempted murder,” which is what the suspect was charged with, is making premeditated plans to kill someone, among other definitions. That this person told on himself—he called the cops and said he wanted to kill Kavanaugh and himself—doesn’t make it any less premeditated and law enforcement charged him appropriately.

More importantly, if this exact same scenario had happened but the suspect wasn’t a left-leaning guy upset about potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, but a MAGA guy who wanted to kill left-leaning, Democrat-appointed Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan…

Does anyone doubt there would have been wall to wall constant coverage? MSNBC and CNN analysis on how Trump voters are domestic terrorists?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the airbrushing of Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin makes perfect sense.

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● Bill Maher: The Times buried the Kavanaugh assassination story because he’s a conservative.

Reagan historian: Releasing Hinckley signals it’s OK to target conservatives.

● Bill Ayers Smiles: ‘MAGA is the most extreme political organization in American history:’ Biden warns of Republicans’ ‘ultra MAGA agenda’ and suggests they’ll ban LGBT children from classrooms if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Nancy Pelosi tells 2020 Dems, “You have to be ready to take a punch. And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch—for the children.”

Sen. Rand Paul had part of his lung removed this weekend because of damage from 2017 attack.

Actor Jeff Daniels to CBS’s Stephen Colbert: ‘We Need Someone That Can Punch Trump in the Face.’

Ilhan Omar Retweet Suggests Rand Paul Deserved to Be Assaulted.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to 2020 Dems: Don’t Run Away from Trump — ‘Punch Him in the Face.’

Parents cheer as kids bash an ICE agent piñata and throw balls at the painted image of President Trump.

Joe Biden: I Want to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ President Trump.

Patti LuPone defends violent attack on Rand Paul.

CNN Host Palled Around with, Promoted ICE Firebomber’s Antifa Group.

Leftist Thug Caught on Video Assaulting Conservative Berkeley Student While Fellow Students Laugh.

Journalist Andy Ngo Beaten Up at Portland Antifa Rally.

● John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”

Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

DON SURBER: PayPal is saving America.

I don’t see a lot of worries about pronouns or concerns about equity and privilege in the stories about them. Thiel is gay but not LGBT. As for the others, it’s none of my business.

My point is 5 immigrants and 2 natives made it rich quick and did not go all PC and hate the country that enabled their success. Indeed, they are grateful for America.

We need more of that and less of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. The way you save the world is through capitalism. The way you destroy it is by forcing vaccines on everyone and talking about reducing the population.

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Related: I think we can safely Elon Musk never visited Epstein’s Island: Elon Musk has a question about Jeffrey Epstein.

Elon Musk recently posted a meme about Jeffrey Epstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Twitter, the brand he’s soon (maybe?) hoping to buy. The meme says, “Only thing more remarkable than DOJ not leaking the list is that no one in the media cares. Doesn’t that seem odd?”

While Cockburn has nothing but reverence for his governmental overlords, Musk’s reference to the Jeffery Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell client list does stand out as a particularly juicy piece of news. The mainstream media has avoided the list like the Spanish Flu. Doesn’t the average person deserve to know which of their esteemed leaders has taken a trip to the infamous Little Saint James Island? The short answer is no, because ever since the Maxwell trial (which was also subject to a media blackout), very little has occurred in the public eye.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the DNC-MSM memory hole makes perfect sense.

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I’M SENSING A THEME HERE:

WSJ Editors Eviscerate Hillary, Lapdog Media in Blistering Op-Ed About Russia Collusion Lies.

—Mike Miller, RedState, today.

We Know for Sure: The Media, the Democrats, and Joe Biden LIED About EVERYTHING Concerning Hunter.

—Warner Todd Huston, The Lid today.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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JEFFREY CARTER: Unexpectedly — Expect The Financial Press to Protect Biden Like They Did Obama.

Today, the market is trading lower but not significantly lower……yet. The Wall Street Journal is spinning the number. “Inflation Edged Down…” is their headline. The rest of it is, “To 8.3%”.

Are you getting an 8.5% raise this year to cover it? Walk in, ask your boss for an 8.5% raise today and see what they say. You know, to beat inflation. Better yet, raise prices by that to your customers and see what they do.

This is the first decline in 8 months. Inflation was running at 8.5%. Believe me, the average American outside the Beltway isn’t going to be crowing about seeing inflation temper by .2%. It’s like moving a gallon of gas down from $5.50/gallon to $5.48/gallon. Just so you know, inflation is still at a 40-year high.

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Inflation isn’t about Russia, Ukraine, or anything like that. It’s about the government spending period and the lack of supply. Biden totally destroyed the supply curve in the oil industry. Yes, he did that.

Meanwhile, Americans are getting poorer by the day.

Expect the financial press to do all they can to protect Biden by spinning numbers and the news. They always did it for the Golden Boy Obama. Virtually every miss of a financial growth number was led by the word “Unexpectedly” followed by a spun description of it.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their obfuscations “unexpectedly” all make perfect sense.

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THERE’S A DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND POLITICO IS “UNEXPECTEDLY” BORED ONCE AGAIN: The Rise and Fall of the Star White House Reporter.

Washington reporters have long considered the role of White House correspondent to be the crown jewel of American political journalism. It has launched high-profile television careers, scored countless reporters book deals and been bestowed on media veterans for years of ink-drenched work.

But during the age of Biden, a perch inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room has become something altogether different. It’s become a bore.

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The Obama press room launched a whole cohort of journalists into media stardom. The Trump press room launched another. The Biden press room?

“I can’t think of any [stars],” said a well-known television news executive. “I don’t really watch the briefings.”

The dulling down of the White House beat is not due to a lack of reportorial talent in the room. Nor has it meant that the work being done hasn’t been important: major stories are being broken regularly on everything from the Covid fight, to the war in Ukraine, to inflation, immigration and legislative battles over the social safety net. Rather, what is happening is the fulfillment of a central Biden promise. Running for office against Donald Trump — the most theatrical, attention-seeking, Beltway-panic-inducing president in living memory — he pledged to make Washington news boring again.

And, well, mission accomplished sir.

“Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, which is unfortunate,” one reporter who has covered the past two administrations from the room said. “And the work is a lot less rewarding, because you’re no longer saving democracy from Sean Spicer and his Men’s Wearhouse suit. Jawing with Jen just makes you look like an asshole.”

Notice the name of that last “reporter” isn’t given in the article. But let’s review: Russia at war with Ukraine, and our being dragged in; our disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, with Americans still stranded there; an out of control border; out of control gas prices, and the return of Jimmy Carter-style stagflation; a schizophrenic Dr. Fauci; and the tapping of the appropriately named “Misinformation Czar.” Not to mention Biden frequently in full “Trunalimunumaprzure!” mode, leading to his occasional threatening of Putin, and his staffers having to walk said threats back an hour or so later.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the return of their Obama-era boredom makes perfect sense.

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A PINCH OF CHANGE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: Joe Kahn to succeed Dean Baquet as the Times’ executive editor.

In recent months, Kahn had emerged as the overwhelming favorite for the top job at the Times, though Baquet had likely put his succession in motion when he elevated him to the role of managing editor, his second-in-command, in September 2016. “I very much think that Joe should be a candidate to succeed me,” Baquet said at the time.

Kahn, who joined the Times in 1998 after stints at the Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News, has the kind of résumé that has traditionally lined the path to masthead jobs at the paper. He covered international economics and trade from the Times’s Washington bureau and Wall Street from the business desk in the city before serving as Beijing bureau chief and then rising through the ranks of management on the foreign staff.

In an internal note to Times staff, publisher A.G. Sulzberger called Kahn “a brilliant journalist and a brave and principled leader,” and acknowledged that few would be surprised by his appointment. “Dean told me recently that he believed that Joe was more prepared than any editor he’s ever seen to take over a global newsroom that’s grown in size, complexity and ambition,” he wrote.

I’m curious to see if Kahn will keep his young uber-woke Democratic Party operatives with bylines under control better than the hapless Baquet could.

UPDATE: Or not. Cringe: Stop what you’re doing and check out this photo of the new executive editor of the NYT that he took on purpose.

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WELCOME BACK, CARTER! Inflation increased again to an insane 8.5%, the highest its been since Jimmy Carter.

Fortunately, the big three networks were quick to cover for Brandon this morning:

Sure, Americans might not be able to buy food, pay their rent, or afford gas, but ABC has us covered with an even more important lesson in queer theory!

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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Related: New inflation data just broke Biden’s silly ‘Putin’s price hike’ excuse.

EVERYTHING WRONG WITH JOURNALISM UNDER ONE ROOF:

The next day saw a discussion with Dispatch editor Jonah Goldberg, who also waved away the Hunter Biden laptop story, which he later stated on Twitter that he did not believe “on it’s face.” Goldberg’s flippant attitude and smug gatekeeping was a perfect example of how so many pundits and thinkers are now more interested in hearing what each other have to say and bathing in self-satisfied pontifications rather than in serving their audiences.

But the ultimate irony is that former President Barack Obama was a special guest, appearing onstage alongside Jeffrey Goldberg. Breitbart reporter Charlie Spiering later summed up his comments on Twitter: “At Atlantic forum, Obama defines ‘disinformation’ as ‘a systematic effort to either promote false information, to suppress true information, for the purpose of political gain, financial gain, enhancing power, suppressing others, targeting those you don’t like.’”

That’s true and it should have been a rare moment of self-introspection for the former president. Among Obama’s own disinformation campaigns were blaming the Benghazi terror attacks on a video and Politifact’s lie of the year that “if you like your plan you can keep your healthcare plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Yet no one from the Atlantic, CNN, or the Dispatch saw the deep irony in appearing alongside Obama at a conference about the dangers of disinformation.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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REX MURPHY: Justin Trudeau has become a punchline on the world stage — for good reason: This is a sad moment — for Canada and its standing within the free world.

It is a brazen thing to go to other countries like some John the Baptist for the democracies, shortly after having trampled all over the rights of those involved in a largely peaceful democratic protest.

Let me make a plain, direct statement: The trucker protest was not an attempted coup. It was not a rebellion. It was not an assault on Canada’s democracy. It was none of those things.

The convoy protest was strong and present, but it was unthreatening and largely non-violent. It was superbly Canadian. It should not be slandered.

And it surely should not be used as some sort of example of anti-democratic forces by the leader of the country in which it took place. Most especially when he goes about the world delivering passionate defences of the idea of democracy itself.

To defend democracy, you should adhere to its principles. Don’t go to Brussels to preach what you skip over in Ottawa. Some examples:

For a start, don’t sic the banks on peaceful protesters. . . .

And yet, three weeks later, after all that, Trudeau went over to Brussels and presumed to tell European parliamentarians that, “The leaders of those convoys were effective in turning citizens with real anxieties against the system best suited to allay those concerns.”

He presumed to lecture them on “leadership” and confronting the threat posed by Russia. Yet, given his record, who is listening? Given his government’s treatment of veterans, who can believe his fealty to the Canadian military? Given his lack of interest in civil liberties, who would not question his commitment to democratic principles? This is indeed a sad moment — for Canada and its standing within the free world.

Indeed. Related: Canadian Media Ignores Scolding of Trudeau as Rest of World Media Reports It:

Despite Canadian legacy media outlets burying the story, the reprimand of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by European parliamentarians in Brussels has made headlines around the world.

Trudeau was treated to scathing condemnation by several Members of European Parliament (MEP) after giving a speech to the European Union on Wednesday.

Croatian MEP Mislav Kolakusic called out the Canadian prime minister for engaging in a “dictatorship of the worst kind” over his treatment of peaceful Freedom Convoy protestors in February.

At least three other MEPs echoed Kolakusic’s remarks, with Romanian MEP Cristian Terheș entirely boycotting Trudeau’s speech.

Just think of the Canadian media as Liberal Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

DOESN’T ADVANCE THE NARRATIVE: Philadelphia Child Shot, National Media Silent For Specific Reason.

[12 year old Thomas Siderio, Jr.] is white, like most Americans shot by police, by the way, so he will not be revered like other victims of police shootings.

Folks like Siderio are killed by police at nearly double the rate each year as black people.

Dead Caucasians, however, do not score political points for perpetually angry left-wing bigots. The activists and media usually ignore their deaths because facts interrupt the outrage machine’s Big Lie that police are “systemically racist.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and his memory holing makes perfect sense.

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WELCOME BACK CARTER! Drive Slow for America. The key to coping with “Putin’s price hike” is better driving habits.

We love speed.

But as the geopolitical situation deteriorates in Eastern Europe, perhaps we might consider again the righteousness of driving at more reasonable speeds—if only to weather the “Putin price hike,” as the Biden administration has branded the inevitable spiking of gas prices already in progress, and support our national resolve to ban oil and gas imports from Russia. Because in the coming months and maybe even years, slowing down will save you money—potentially, depending on the car you drive and how much you drive it, lots and lots of money.

According to a 2013 study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which evaluated for speed and efficiency 74 vehicles as disparate as diesel Volkswagens, hybrid Ford Fusions, and the gas-powered Mercury Grand Marquis, a typical U.S.-made car achieves maximum fuel efficiency at a steady speed of 40 to 50 mph. After that, explains John Thomas, the now-retired lead investigator on the study, “the rule of thumb is that you lose about 15 percent gas mileage for every 10 miles per hour you accelerate.” On the open road, where drivers maintain steady speeds of 50 to 80 mph, reducing speed by 10 mph can save 75 cents a gallon on a five-dollar gallon of gas—or 90 cents a gallon on a six-dollar gallon of gas, already the price where I live, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

This varies a lot by the make and model of your car, whether you have a headwind or a tailwind or crosswinds, and countless other variables. But basically, Thomas says, “peak fuel economy is the lowest speed you can go in the highest gear.” It’s where your revolutions-per-minute dial hovers in the lower third, where you can hear your engine purring, but never hear it rev. “It’s actually a little bit nonlinear,” Thomas says. “Efficiency gets worse as you keep going faster.”

—The Atlantic, yesterday.

As Glenn writes in the New York Post: Don’t pretend that high prices and American suffering are a ‘bug’ for the establishment — it’s a historic feature.

And Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic is happy to do their part as Democratic Party operatives with bylines to nudge Americans along whatever path President Klain thinks is best.

RADICAL CHIC, THE TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE YEARS: New Documents Show NBC Promised To Go Easy On Biden Official’s Domestic Terrorism.

New documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust shared exclusively with The Federalist show NBC News sought to downplay a key Biden nominee’s links to domestic terrorism.

As President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, faced controversy for her involvement with a 1989 Idaho tree spiking case last summer, NBC’s Josh Lederman sought comment from the Interior Department whether the administration stood by its nominee for the preeminent land agency.

Stone-Manning had been granted immunity in the case when she agreed to testify against her co-conspirators that she had retyped and sent an anonymous letter to the Forest Service for her friend and former roommate, John T. Blount. The letter warned of 500 pounds of “spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length” driven into trees of the Clearwater National Forest targeted for harvest. Such spikes can kill and maim foresters, firefighters, and animals.

“We will not go overboard on it or anything,” Lederman promised Interior Spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz on July 8. “It’s a legitimate story given the position to which she has been nominated. But we will point out that a) she did not participate in spiking trees herself, b) she was not charged, c) this was decades ago when she was in her early 20s, and d) her record is otherwise unblemished.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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Flashback: White House ‘working behind the scenes’ with media to get positive coverage.

DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES AT WORK: Chicago’s Palace Guard Media Shields Pritzker From Ken Griffin’s ‘Gun Violence’ Criticism. It’s not just that I call them that, and accurately so. It’s that they actually see themselves as such.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Canadian Parliament Votes to Extend Emergencies Act for 30 Days.

The Canadian House of Commons voted Monday night to approve a 30-day extension of the Emergencies Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently invoked for the first time since its passage in 1988 to quash the trucker blockade in Ottawa protesting the cross-border vaccine mandate.

After hours of debate, the vote on the “motion for confirmation of the declaration of emergency” passed along partisan lines, with 185 members voting “yay” and 151 members voting “nay.” The vast majority of Liberal and New Democratic Leader party members voted to extend the law, and the vast majority of Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois voted to suspend it.

The law has been exercised to remove vehicles from the city center and to cut off the financial resources of demonstrators. That has included freezing the bank accounts of those directly and marginally involved in the protest including some citizens who’ve donated sums in the ballpark of $50, as well as monitoring financial transactions. Now that convoy leaders and other participants have been arrested, and the encampments largely dismantled, Conservative MPs have criticized the Emergencies Act as unnecessary and an abuse of authority, the National Post reported.

As of Monday, Trudeau suggested the vote on the law in the chamber was effectively a vote of confidence in his administration, meaning that if the parliament had revoked the measure, his government would resign and an election would be called to replace it.

Meanwhile: New York Times reporter stands by her account of gunpoint arrests in Ottawa.

Narwhal climate reporter Fatima Syed, who is also the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Journalists and host of the Canadaland podcast The Backbench, called the Times story “embarrassing and wrong.” Journalists from The Globe and Mail, Global News, and more also criticized the Times, some demanding a correction.

“Maybe leave the gossip to the “professionals”,” remarked society writer Shinan Govani.

Yet truckers were indeed arrested by police in Ottawa at gunpoint, says New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir, who shares a byline on the contested piece with colleague Natalie Kitroeff.

“We saw these [arrests] transpire first hand,” Maslin Nir told Canadaland via Twitter DM, “and in addition have multiple interviews from people this happened to, including David Paisley, quoted in the article…what really is blowing my mind is the wave of JOURNALISTS saying we didn’t see what we saw.”

Maslin Nir referred Canadaland to a video of police officers with military assault rifles, one of them raised, entering the structure in which Paisley said he was arrested by an officer who aimed a rifle at his chest.

Just think of the Canada’s MSM as Trudeau’s operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

ROGER SIMON: Durham Reveals Democrats Behaving Like the KGB; Is More Coming?

Electronic spying on the White House at the behest of the Democratic Party? It’s what you would expect from Chinese or Russian intelligence. And we thought the Mueller investigation was bad!

And talk about strange cases of projection. The Democrats were always accusing Trump of colluding with Russia while they were behaving like the KGB.

Trump himself responded that this is worse than Watergate, and he surely is correct. Watergate, it will be recalled, was about a small-time break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters during an election that Republicans won by a historic landslide. Although not to be excused in the slightest, politically, it couldn’t have been more irrelevant.

All this recent eavesdropping occurred during the tightest of elections (2016) and afterward during an actual presidency. It was clearly aimed at destroying that presidency, sabotaging from within—a genuine insurrection, instead of the phony one we know about. Nothing remotely like that has happened in our history.

And it was all instigated by people close to Hillary Clinton or, quite possibly, by Hillary herself. We don’t know yet. One of those involved we do know was Jake Sullivan, currently our national security adviser, charged with overseeing the conflict on the Ukraine–Russia border. Think about that. What a disgrace to our country that is. If you and I know about it, every nation in the world knows it.

This evolving scandal—atrocity might be a better word—has most probably eliminated Clinton from the Democratic presidential sweepstakes. It may even sweep up President Joe Biden.

Or not, thanks to a media near-blackout: Nets Ignore Explosive Report Showing Clinton Spied on Trump.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their silence makes perfect sense.

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THE GUILD PROTECTS ITS OWN: Why isn’t MSNBC covering the Jeff Zucker scandal?

On the other side of the spectrum, MSNBC did not mention the name “Jeff Zucker” once in the twenty-four hours since the announcement of his resignation, according to a SnapStream search of the network.

MSNBC is not shy when it comes to mentioning Fox News on-air and has been regularly covering Tucker Carlson, devoting entire segments to the top-rated Fox host’s influence in the Republican Party. Zucker was the CEO of NBC Universal from 2007 to 2010, the then-parent company of MSNBC.

However, MSNBC’s lack of coverage may simply be due to the fact that the Zucker story, according to their editorial calculus, has no national political implications.

Flashback: Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw Defend Dan Rather, Who Sees Effort to “Smear” Him.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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THERE’S A ZUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE: CNN Employees Continue to Push Back on the Fall of Jeff Zucker.

On Wednesday evening, members of CNN’s Washington bureau met with Jason Kilar, CEO of parent company WarnerMedia, who made the decision that Zucker could not remain with the company due to his failure to disclose a romantic relationship with Allison Gollust, CNN’s communications and marketing chief—also Zucker’s long-running colleague and closest confidante. Toward the end of the meeting, in which prominent CNN journalists went hard at Kilar over Zucker’s resignation, special correspondent Jamie Gangel spoke up. “The first calls I got this morning were from four members of the January 6 committee, who felt devastated for our democracy, because Jeff was not going to be around to make sure that CNN is able to do its job,” she said (later clarifying to colleagues that she meant to say four congresspeople, including one member of the committee).

Under Zucker, CNN took the notion of being Democratic Party operatives with bylines seriously: “Zucker ensured that the network spotlighted Andrew Cuomo and his brother during the pandemic and ignored an ever-worsening conflict of interest; he ignored similar allegations of a conflict of interest around Don Lemon informing Jussie Smollett that he was under police investigation; he brought back legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin after the slam-dunk firing offense of masturbating during a Zoom call; he enabled Brian Stelter to turn a show called Reliable Sources into a showcase of spectacularly unreliable reporting and groveling for administration approval; and he allowed prima-donna Acosta to try to turn himself into the story, time and time again.”

More from Ace: “According to a source [close] to Cuomo, ‘Zucker and Gollust even advised Andrew what to say — how to respond and particularly how to hit back at [President Donald] Trump to make it more compelling TV.’”

Janice Dean adds, “Wow. So Zucker and his girlfriend were the ones behind the jokey interviews while thousands of seniors were dying. They thought the Cuomo brothers Comedy hour was better TV than actually reporting news during a once in a lifetime pandemic. They both should be FIRED.

THINK OF THEM AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: The Washington Post Invents a Vaccine Claim Ron DeSantis Didn’t Make.

Nowhere in this quote does DeSantis suggest that getting the COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility.

The speech, which was given at an event where DeSantis announced $2.3 million for nursing and vocational programs, focused on the critical medical worker shortage seen not just in Florida but around the country. The Post, as well as MSNBC and other outlets, are cutting off a key sentence from the DeSantis quote. A local outlet in Florida gives you the context you need. . . .

In one sentence, it’s clear that DeSantis is talking about how vaccine mandates will only make a shortage of nurses worse. Young nurses who are wanting to get married and start families are getting let go because they aren’t getting vaccinated. It’s a controversial policy because on one hand, potentially spreading the virus from staff to patients is a medical and legal nightmare, but on the other hand, you’re looking at a shortage of nurses because of the virus and other circumstances already and letting more go only hurts the quality of care you can give.

DeSantis is looking at the mathematical equation here and deciding that it’s silly to look at a health care worker shortage and think “We need more barriers to work,” which is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

But the media looks at the DeSantis quote, cuts off a sentence, and declares he is spreading some conspiracy theory because he’s a successful Republican governor and he’s speculated to be a frontrunner in 2024. He has dismissed the media on multiple occasions as the hacks they are, and they don’t like being undermined.

At this point, I no longer assume that they’re biased or sloppy. I assume that they deliberately make things up for partisan reasons.

TEXAS SYNAGOGUE TERRORIST RANTED ABOUT “F***ING JEWS” IN LAST CALL TO FAMILY MADE DURING SIEGE:

The disturbing 11-and-a-half minute audio recording, obtained from a security source, reveals a conversation between Akram and his brother, Gulbar, 43, who was speaking from a police station in Blackburn in an attempt to persuade him to surrender.

In a semi-coherent ramble about American conflicts overseas, the terrorist said: “Why do these f***ing motherf***ers come to our countries, rape our women and f*** our kids? I’m setting a precedent… maybe they’ll have compassion for f***ing Jews.”

When urged by Gulbar to end the siege, do time in prison and come back to his family, Akram shouted that he had been “praying to Allah for two years for this” and intended to die. “I’d rather live one day as a lion than 100 years as a jackal,” he said.

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe with [police] and they can shoot me dead … I’m coming home in a body bag.”

He added: “I promised my brother on his deathbed that I’d go down a martyr.” One of his younger brothers died three months ago, reportedly from Covid.

And as soon as it was over, the media were quick to forget the story, Eve Barlow writes:

The news of this incident broke as it was happening, spread by Jewish media outlets and Jewish activists on social media. As is typical for the Jewish news cycle, when mainstream media picked up the story, they doubted its authenticity. The BBC, Guardian and Telegraph all reported the situation with quotation marks around the word ‘hostage’, because apparently it wasn’t obvious enough that this was a hostage situation. Associated Press wrote: ‘Hostages apparently taken at Texas synagogue’.

The news did not make the front page of the New York Times the next day. It didn’t receive nearly as much coverage on rolling televised news as such events warrant. Why? It has no political use. It’s not on the agenda. The hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram – shot dead in the standoff with police and SWAT teams – wasn’t a white supremacist nor a neo-Nazi. He was avenging a Jihadi serving an 86-year sentence, who at her trial had asked that there be no Zionists or Israelis on her jury.

As for Twitter pundits, where the previous week people with zero interest in Jew hate were laying into JK Rowling over the question of whether or not her depiction of goblins in Harry Potter ​was antisemitic, causing it to trend with a hashtag. During this desperate moment for Jewish Americans? Crickets. The opportunists who used Jewish victimhood to attack a now controversial public figure had no business with this more prescient instance of antisemitism. Disappointing doesn’t cover the angering sense of betrayal and abuse.

The message was loud. Nobody cared. If they did, they were actively trying to minimise or justify the attack. Some blue tick voices made it about the Islamophobia that may or may not result from a scenario in which a terrorist was potentially going to kill four innocent Jews. Only a month prior to this, Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), had given a spine-chilling speech in which she warned against ‘Zionist synagogues’ and other Zionist organisations as ‘enemies’.

It’s evil that people have a hard time naming an attack on a synagogue an act of antisemitism. Wonder why a Muslim extremist would hold a rabbi hostage at gun point and force him to call another rabbi in a faraway state believing that other rabbi had some institutional power to free an imprisoned terrorist? It is because that terrorist believed Jews wield such power. It is because that terrorist spread the oldest antisemitic tropes. The terrorist didn’t walk into a Starbucks. He walked into a synagogue. If this had been a Black church or an LGBTQ+ nightclub, there’d have been no question calling the act what it was. But Jews are not granted the same ferocious collective protection.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the story’s burial makes sense. In addition to there being no political use to the left, the media don’t want to remind voters, especially after Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, that, as Rabbi Michael Barclay writes, “It is a reality that there are wolves at the door.”

VIRGINIA CLOWN SHOW UPDATE: Good Riddance to Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe. Virginia is moving on without the Democratic duo.

Northam, who was term-limited, may have found it hard to come back in any future elections anyway thanks to the blackface scandal that nearly forced him to resign. While a monthslong investigation into a racist yearbook photo of two men (one in blackface, the other in a KKK outfit) was inconclusive, Northam admitted to once darkening his face with shoe polish to look like Michael Jackson (he was very close to moonwalking during a press conference before his wife stopped him and saved his governorship) and one of his college yearbooks listed “coonman” as one of his nicknames.

As a result, Northam refocused his time in office on racial issues, resulting in several positive reforms, including the abolition of the death penalty, banning no-knock search warrants, and the repeal of some Jim Crow laws that were still on the books even though they weren’t enforced. It shouldn’t have taken a scandal to get Northam to support these measures, though. Besides, Northam signed a slew of gun control bills into law, despite the racist roots of gun control and racially disproportionate harm they have.

Like pretty much every other Democrat in Virginia and most of the country, McAuliffe called on Northam to resign during the initial blackface outrage. Two years later, McAuliffe was asking Northam to campaign with him anyway.

In sharp contrast to all of the above: NYT’s belated discovery: In Virginia, Winsome Sears is the GOP’s messenger — and message.

Not for nothing, but this is pretty old news by today’s standards. Sears won that office and became the state’s first black woman elected to statewide office eight weeks ago. As Karen [Townsend] wrote at the time, the only media outlet interested in that narrative at the time of her election was Fox News. In fact, the Free Beacon’s Brent Scher had noticed a week earlier that national media outlets like the Paper of Record had a noticeable lack of interest in historical achievements when accomplished by a Republican[.]

But let’s not forget the bad old days too soon, without flashing back to this classic image from the McAuliffe campaign’s terminal moment: The Tiki-Torch Hoax Should Not Be Blamed Only on the Lincoln Project’s Grifters.

And this moment from May of 2021: Biden To Hold Event With Ralph Northam, Two Years After Saying He ‘Lost All Moral Authority’ And Should Resign.

The two men likely had much to discuss, not least of which how good Democrats have it, thanks to the levels of willful amnesia of their operatives with bylines:


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AIRBRUSH ALERT: CBS Edits Out Own Reporter Slamming School Closures Causing Mental Health Crisis.

Longtime CBS reporter and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford went viral on Sunday and Monday on social media following comments, meant to air on Sunday’s Face the Nation, that slammed our elected officials and public health experts for the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on young kids and children” and the subsequent mental health crisis. However, CBS News kept her comments out of the actual show.

Instead, CBS relegated Crawford’s stinging rebuke — which took place during the show’s year-end reporters roundtable — to Face the Nation’s Facebook and Twitter pages, a CBSNews.com transcript, and a YouTube video of the full roundtable.

In the full video, Brennan pivoted away from hopes of congressional Democrats advancing their agenda to asking: “Well, I want to get to underreported stories as well, Jan?”

Crawford responded without hesitation that it was something “my kids hear me rant about…every day, so I might as well tell you guys.”

“It’s the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on young kids and children. By far the least serious risk for serious illness,” she began, adding that “a healthy teenager has a one in a million chance of getting, and dying from COVID, which is way lower than, you know, dying in a car wreck on a road trip.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the memory holing makes perfect sense.

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NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT: Lib TV News Ignores Sen. Blumenthal Attending Communist Party Event.

On Friday, senator stolen valor a.k.a. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) apologized and pleaded ignorance when it was exposed that he attended an event affiliated with the Communist Party USA the previous weekend. The entire story came and went last week without so much as a second of airtime from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or MSNBC.

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Maybe Blumenthal would have known they were Communists had they made overt appeals for people to join their party. Oh, wait…

At the event, an organizer hit many of the Democratic Party’s talking points as he was pitching the Communist Party. “We invite you to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we make good trouble to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights and create a new socialist system that puts people, peace and planet before profits,” Ben McManus proclaimed.

And another presenter said the quite part out loud and boasted about how socialism was the vehicle towards their political ends. “There’s more and more people talking now about socialism in this country as it becomes more and more clear that capitalism is not going to work for our future,” she said.

Remember that the next time a member of the liberal media claims socialism and communism are Republican boogiemen used to gin up fear.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the lack of television coverage makes perfect sense.

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GOT WOKE, WENT BROKE: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign falling thousands short of goal.

The Salvation Army could use some help of its own this holiday season — its Red Kettle Campaign is falling far short of the nonprofit’s goal.

Capt. Stephen Wildish, corps officer for The Salvation Army, said Thursday that with only one week left in the annual fundraiser, contributions totaled nearly $114,000. That’s more than $50,000 shy of its $166,000 goal, which Wildish said must be met to maintain current programs.

“With the increased need for assistance with financial needs such as utilities and rental help due to the pandemic impact, the Red Kettle funding is extremely important,” he said. “We don’t want our programs and services to suffer, and we are asking our community to step up one more time.”

Curiously, no reasons are given by the Tallahassee Democrat as to why the Salvation Army isn’t reaching its goals this year. As Glenn noted on Tuesday, “From the comments: ‘We’re seeing Irish Democracy break out against the Woke would be rulers.’ Like America has never seen it, except maybe during Prohibition which lasted a little more than a decade before being reversed.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and its absence makes sense.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN JOURNALISM: The Atlantic goes tone-deaf on child sex trafficking.

Outlets like the Atlantic have carved out an entire cottage industry, dedicating millions in resources to covering the kook fringe right. That’s all well and good, but these same outlets and infotainment click-sites claim to be speaking truth to power. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Atlantic would run this thoroughly researched (read: spent time looking at 4Chan) piece suggesting that child trafficking is an elaborate hoax.

That’s especially true when you consider that the piece ran in the middle of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, and comes on the heels of an explosive report — in BuzzFeed of all places — that the CIA had evidence of employees and contractors committing sexual crimes against children, and took no action. It was also published in the same week that it emerged that a top Sony executive had been caught in a pedophile sting.

Herein lies the problem: how outlets like the Atlantic stir the pot and juice up the outrage themselves. It’s not like the QAnon conspiracies (or elaborate trolling) are worth taking seriously. But when you spend 1,500 words suggesting that child trafficking is a hoax on its face, and is only being pushed by that kook fringe, while the Ghislaine Maxwell trial proceeds with barely any mainstream media attention, curious minds will start to ask questions, even ludicrous ones.

That’s the box our elites have put themselves in. When national periodicals ignore someone like Maxwell and her alleged deeds in favor of internet weirdos on Facebook, it casts doubt on their intentions.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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Related: CNN Staffer Charged with Enticing Women and Their Underage Daughters to Engage in Sexual Activity.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): CIA Files Say Staff Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren’t Prosecuted.

Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children.

Though most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime. Prosecutors sent the rest of the cases back to the CIA to handle internally, meaning few faced any consequences beyond the possible loss of their jobs and security clearances. That marks a striking deviation from how sex crimes involving children have been handled at other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Agency. CIA insiders say the agency resists prosecution of its staff for fear the cases will reveal state secrets. . . .

One employee had sexual contact with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. He was fired. A second employee purchased three sexually explicit videos of young girls, filmed by their mothers. He resigned. A third employee estimated that he had viewed up to 1,400 sexually abusive images of children while on agency assignments. The records do not say what action, if any, the CIA took against him. A contractor who arranged for sex with an undercover FBI agent posing as a child had his contract revoked.

Only one of the individuals cited in these documents was charged with a crime. In that case, as in the only previously known case of a CIA staffer being charged with child sexual crimes, the employee was also under investigation for mishandling classified material. . . .

The official, who noted the agency has had a problem with child abuse images stretching back decades, said they understand the need to protect “sensitive and classified equities.” However, “for crimes of a certain class whether it’s an intelligence agency or not, you just have to figure out how to prosecute these people.”

Sexual crimes involving children, including the viewing of images of abuse, have been uncovered at other agencies that handle sensitive information. In a November 2009 report, the Department of Defense acknowledged that dozens of Pentagon staff members or contractors had such images. In 2014, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community found that two officials from the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees America’s spy satellites, acknowledged viewing images of child sexual abuse during polygraph examinations.

At a symposium in 2016, Daniel Payne, a top Pentagon security official, said that when workers’ computers were examined, “the amount of child porn I see is just unbelievable.”

Just as it appears that everyone in our government has been corrupted by the Russians except Donald Trump, it’s beginning to look as if all of our institutions are hotbeds of child exploitation except for Comet Pizza.

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Heh.

UPDATE (From Ed): Prosecution rests in Ghislaine Maxwell trial. “The Atlantic is owned by a company called Emerson Collective. The president and founder of Emerson is Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Since the publication of Tiffany’s piece, a photo alleged to show Maxwell and Laurene Powell Jobs in bathing suits laughing together on a couch has circulated online.”

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UNEXPECTEDLY: White House quietly tries to reshape economic coverage.

The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials — including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari — have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me.

The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials…

And right on cue! Media Give Biden More Negative Coverage Than Trump: The Washington Post.

Nonetheless, Milbank speculated that the media, “pressured by Trump’s complaints about the press, pulled punches” in its coverage of President Trump during the months of civil unrest throughout the country and the 2020 election.

On the other hand during his first 60 days in office, President Biden received less negative coverage than any president on record, dating back to President Bill Clinton, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Milbank described the media’s coverage of Biden’s first months in office “slightly positive.”

It’s true that the media criticized the Biden administration’s execution of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left an unknown number of Americans stranded under Taliban rule. Yet the media soon defended his foreign policy actions, with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell opining that at least Biden’s abandonment of Kabul was not as bad as the fall of Saigon.

The study also ignores that much of the cable news networks’ critiques came from the Left, repeating progressives’ allegations that the president had been too harsh toward illegal immigrants and that he compromised too readily with congressional Republicans and centrist Democrats on the eye-watering cost of his “Build Back Better” bill.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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UPDATE: MSNBC rushes in to polish Ron Klain’s apple:

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UNEXPECTEDLY: ABC/NBC Most Concerned With How Omicron Variant Hurts Biden’s Agenda.

With the emergence of the new Omicron Covid variant out of South Africa that’s reportedly more transmissible than Delta, the liberal media’s initial reaction on Sunday was to fret for the future – not in terms of how it could hurt people, but how it could hurt President Biden’s agenda. ABC’s Good Morning America worried about the midterm elections and NBC’s Sunday Today wanted Biden to “use the bully pulpit” against Republicans.

ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott was filling in as co-anchor of GMA when she asked deputy political director Averi Harper about how the new variant could be a wet blanket for Biden. “Nearly 150 days ago the President said we were closer to declaring independence from the virus. Now we see this new Covid variant. How much of a challenge does this pose for the President,” she wondered.

“[W]e saw the markets took a nosedive on Friday all because of the omicron variant. So, I would say this poses a significant challenge to the Biden administration, particularly on the economic front,” warned Harper.

Her biggest concern was reserved for how Omicron could damage Biden’s and Democrats’ chances in the midterms[.]

Flashbacks to early March of 2020:

Chuck Todd: Coronavirus Can Be to Trump Like Iran Hostages Were to Carter.

‘She’s actually smiling:’ MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and guest discuss coronavirus that could become ‘Trump’s Katrina.’

Which dovetails nicely with this quote from Mickey Kaus in 2005: “In short, Katrina gives them a way to talk about Iraq without talking about Iraq. No wonder Gwen Ifill smiles the ‘inner smile.’”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Media Calls for ‘Rules’ Treating Republicans as Not ‘Normal.’

While we see media going to all kinds of Orwellian lengths to defend the failures of Joe Biden, the opposite side of the coin is how much media will spin reality to attack Republicans.

Now, we’ve seen bias when it comes to media. But the Washington Post’s Jen Rubin exceeds bias and moves right into outright lunacy with this mad rant at Republicans.

First, she falsely claims that the Republican Party has been endorsing violence. But then she gets to the meat of what she wants to say — that the media has to have “rules” for how they treat Republicans. Now, I will give you a “Jen Rubin” warning going in. You’ve been warned.

“You have to have new ground rules for the media,” Rubin whines. “They have to stop treating Republicans like normal politicians. They are not normal politicians … This is a party that spends its entire time cooking up ridiculous culture memes & fanning violence & coming up with outright lies.” Then the MSNBC host completely endorses the crazy idea, shaking her head ‘yes’ and telling Rubin she’s completely right.

That’s quite a take for someone appearing on the network that employs Al Sharpton. But we’ve been here before multiple times; in June of 2020 Reason’s Matt Welch noted: Journalists Abandoning ‘Objectivity’ for ‘Moral Clarity’ Really Just Want To Call People Immoral.

Wesley Lowery, a Pulitzer-prize-winning correspondent for the 60 Minutes offshoot 60 in 6, has the latest and perhaps loudest in a recent series of think-pieces extolling the virtues of newsroom revolts such as the one that erupted at The New York Times earlier this month after its opinion pages published a controversial piece by Sen. Tom Cotton (R – Ark.).

Lowery and his industry allies contend that the national tumult stemming from the police killing of George Floyd is a prime opportunity to overhaul journalism’s very mission statement. “Neutral objectivity” as an aspiration, he argues in a Times essay, has failed, and should be replaced by “moral clarity.”

“Moral clarity would insist that politicians who traffic in racist stereotypes and tropes—however cleverly—be labeled such with clear language and unburied evidence,” Lowery writes. “Racism, as we know, is not about what lies in the depths of a human’s heart. It is about word and deed. And a more aggressive commitment to truth from the press would empower our industry to finally admit that.”

This proposed objectivity-for-morality swap is gaining momentum in the spaces where professional journalists congregate, pontificate, and/or swarm on Twitter to get senior managers fired.

Newsrooms “are really struggling to cover…in a way that appears to be nonpartisan a kind of political landscape where one political party in many ways has gone rogue and is not following the rules,” the Times’ Pulitzer-Prize-winning Nikole Hannah-Jones said on CNN’s Reliable Sources after the Cotton flap, in which she was a driving figure. “This adherence to even-handedness, both-sidesism, the View from Nowhere, doesn’t actually work in the political circumstances that we’re in.”

And then there was ABC in 2004:

An internal memo written by ABCNEWS Political Director Mark Halperin admonishes ABC staff: During coverage of Democrat Kerry and Republican Bush not to “reflexively and artificially hold both sides ‘equally’ accountable.”

The controversial internal memo obtained by DRUDGE, captures Halperin stating how “Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win.”

But Halperin claims that Bush is hoping to “win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions.”

“The current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions and taking things out of context in a way that goes beyond what Kerry has done,” Halperin writes.

Halperin’s claim that ABCNEWS will not “reflexively and artificially hold both sides ‘equally’ accountable” set off sparks in St. Louis where media players gathered to cover the second presidential debate.

Halperin states the responsibilities of the ABCNEWS staff have “become quite grave.”

In August, Halperin declared online: “This is now John Kerry’s contest to lose.”

That was also the year that the New York Times’ then-ombudsman admitted the obvious: “Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.”

Between articles like that, ABC’s admission in 2004, Rubin’s appearance on MSNBC, and journalists preening on social media, it’s good to see the legacy media admitting that they’re simply Democratic Party operatives with bylines, though.

Related: John Kass, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, asks and answers: Why is corporate legacy media dying? Danchenko indictment and collapsing Russia Hoax narrative reveal the answer: Root Rot.

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Are the Media Treating ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Like Criminal Hate Speech?

Progressive political strategist and commentator Chris Hahn accused the pilot of “sympathizing with terrorist[s].” CNN’s Joe Lockhart attacked Southwest for not immediately firing the pilot. The airline is investigating the incident.

Keep in mind that what touched off this public freakout was an Associated Press story asserting that a pilot had uttered the statement. We don’t have audio footage of it, though I did listen to audio from another incident involving a pilot allegedly saying “let’s go Brandon,” and guess what? It really sounded like he was saying “let’s go Braves,” as in the sports team. I don’t know if that’s what happened here, but I would bet it was a simple misunderstanding. Even if it wasn’t, it would be wrong to treat the utterance of “let’s go Brandon” as a crime, or terrorist behavior.

Make no mistake: The chant is clearly First Amendment–protected speech, even if some would consider it hate speech. Contrary to what many progressive activists naively assume, hate speech is free speech. There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment, because there is no mutually agreed-upon definition of hate speech, and there are no Supreme Court decisions supporting such an exception. The Supreme Court has carved out some categories of speech that don’t qualify for protection—threats of imminent violence, for instance—but hate speech isn’t one of them. On the contrary, the right to insult political leaders and government officials is perhaps the most important and obvious component of the First Amendment.

Ken Dilanian of NBC News said he called to ask the Secret Service whether “let’s go Brandon” emblazoned on an assault rifle represented a security threat to the president, which he thinks “is a reasonable question.”

That isn’t a reasonable question at all. Here’s a reasonable question: Why do mainstream media figures think their main job is to police speech that offends Democrats?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Related: NASCAR president denounces ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chant that originated at NASCAR race.

Why? As a member of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice, NASCAR president Steve Phelps surely understands that politicizing sports is all the rage these days.

WHY IS THE DNC-MSM SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? USA Today snubs Winsome Sears, Jason Miyares from report on ‘candidates of color’ who won historic elections.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their erasure makes perfect sense.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN: Media Salivate Over Another Likely Racial Hoax at Glenn Youngkin’s Massive Final Rally.

It is absolute insanity that the media would do this again after having so much egg thrown on their face over the last racial hoax. Yet, their disinterest is completely purposeful. They want Terry McAuliffe to win because the news media is full of left-wing hacks. Any of them could have easily walked up and asked this person if they were paid to be there and why they deliberately stood right in front of the press. The reporters present didn’t want those answers, though. Rather, they wanted another context-less picture to try to smear Youngkin with.

Further, a close examination presents plenty to be skeptical of here aside from just the person’s positioning. The jacket looks brand new and the confederate flag patch is uneven, appearing to be hastily sown on. Those cowboy hats also look to be fresh off the rack somewhere. Lastly, the entire get-up is obviously meant to conceal the identity of the person. Oversized jacket, a huge hat, and hair teased out? It’s all just too perfect. If I could bet on this, I’d bet a lot of money that picture is of two paid activists.

We probably won’t find out though, because the reporters were careful to not get any shots of their faces. But if there’s any electoral justice left in this country, none of this will matter. Besides, someone wearing a confederate flag at a rally does not define a candidate. If you live in Virginia, do whatever it takes to get out there and vote.

Coming so soon after this incident…

…The media’s lack of curiosity over the identity of the Confederate flag wearing chap is telling. But just think of the media as McAuliffe-supporting Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

DEVELOPING: Loudoun County Students Walk Out of Class in Protest.

But will their protest gain any traction in the DNC-MSM?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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UNEXPECTEDLY: Nets Censor Devastating Poll Numbers for Collapsing Biden Presidency.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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SILENT DISGRACE: Where is the national media on abandoned Americans?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their bias-by-omission makes perfect sense.

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WELL, THEY SEE THEMSELVES AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, SO WHY SHOULDN’T SHE? Pelosi: Reporters need to do a better job selling Biden’s agenda.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: COVID Protests Are Sweeping the World. Where’s the Media?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
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STRAY VOLTAGE: Latest Media Lie: Border Patrol Agents “Charged at” Those Poor Illegal Aliens.

It’s one thing when the media misses a key detail, or mishears a quote, or otherwise craps the bed. That’s just reporters screwing up. But this whole “whipping” thing is a deliberate lie. And now that the lie has been exposed, the media is workshopping alternate lies to replace it. It’s all garbage. Those Border Patrol agents did nothing wrong.

If you tell the truth about Hunter Biden’s laptop, you get banned by Silicon Valley. If you lie about the Border Patrol, you get quoted by the president.

If politicians and “journalists” will lie about what you’ve seen with your own eyes, what else will they lie about? An entire generation has been taught there’s no such thing as objective reality, and this is what happens when they enter the workforce.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

 

DON’T GET COCKY: As Biden’s Presidency Crumbles, Democrats in Congress Lose Hope.

Related: The Biden administration: lying with impunity.

So what are the lies for, if not to persuade? They are meant to give the already-convinced – the Democratic rank-and-file voter – their ready-made excuses for not paying attention to whatever objections the right may make or point out. The Democratic voter can shrug off any concerns they themselves may have, too, in a shallow and facile way. They also give the many pundits on the left their talking points, and if the talking heads on TV and the columnists hammer them home enough, the repetition makes the lies sound more like truths. After all, if all these smart people agree, who is the listener to differ?

Lastly, these lies have a function that is similar to what was going on with the Soviets – the lie as mockery and insult and sadistic tease. In that regard, obvious lying is a feature, not a bug, and it helps that the lie is absurd. It’s a show of power meant for the opposition to view, a way to say, “we can state any stupidity we want as truth, things both you and I know are ridiculous, and will we say it with a straight face to illustrate the extent of our power over you. We don’t have to pretend to make sense. We’re in control and you’re not. We are laughing at you.”

That’s the point we have reached.

They’re also designed to get (P)resident Biden past each horrendous news cycle, to give his operatives with bylines something to justify his administration’s disasters du jour.

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EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget.

On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration voted to not recommend COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans over age 16, dashing an administration hope. And France announced it was recalling its ambassador to the United States out of anger for being cut out of a secret nuclear submarine deal Biden had struck with the United Kingdom and Australia.

The headlines, all within an hour, underscored the perils for any president from situations that can define a term in office.

Already, Biden has seen public approval numbers trend downward as the pandemic has deepened and Americans cast blame for the flawed U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The passive tone in this AP article is just incredible — but it all makes sense when you remember that it’s written by Democratic Party operatives with bylines.

And the hits just keep on coming: Number of Americans Trapped in Afghanistan Exceeds Biden Admin Claims, GOP Lawmaker Says. Rep. Darrell Issa says at least 200 individuals stranded, double Biden’s public claim.

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THE L.A. TIMES KEEPS ROCKIN’! Smear Campaign Against Larry Elder Reveals Fraud by Woke Media:

Elder, who would have become the state’s first black governor had he won, was smeared continually by California media at the behest of the left in the most absurd and often quite offensive ways.

The Los Angeles Times ran an opinion column in August headlined “Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned.” Another Los Angeles Times columnist linked Elder to the politics of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

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It got worse.

Late in the campaign, Elder was subjected to an assault by an unidentified white woman in a gorilla mask who hurled an egg at him. It was a disgusting act.

Imagine, for a moment, that this identical attack had occurred against a black Democrat. Kyle Smith, writing for the New York Post, was spot on with this analysis:

We would be treated to multiple news analyses about the history of the usage of gorilla tropes against blacks. Joy-Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon would be doing hour-long broadcasts on the attack, convening panels discussing just how the attack pulls the scab off racism in America, and proves we have so much work left to do in dealing with the problem. Vox would commission a series about California’s grim history of racism dating back to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and Asian-American and Latino writers would hasten to explain that California’s historic hostility to all sorts of persons of color is as traditional as its Tournament of Roses parade.

Absolutely.

Just think of the L.A. Times as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE. Hypocrites: Media Hail ‘Vindication’ for Newsom, Grumbled at Walker’s Recall Win.

DAVID MARCUS: Newsom, Dems all about racism until Larry Elder is attacked.

Related: This is CNN — and the L.A. Times: L.A. Times Columnist Jean Guerrero Says Larry Elder Is Pushing ‘White Supremacist Worldview’ and Poses ‘Real Threat to Communities of Color.’

During the segment, neither Guerrero nor Stelter made any mention of last week’s incident where Elder was holding a political event when a woman wearing a gorilla mask attacked his campaign staff and tried to throw an egg at him. Elder responded to the incident by saying that if he were a Democrat, the assault would’ve drawn a lot more media coverage and condemned as an example of “systemic racism.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their silence makes sense.

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UPDATE: No Matter Who Wins California Recall, The Los Angeles Times Is the Loser.

Keep rockin’!

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?

A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug.

Do a search for Larry Elder and gorilla on the New York Times website, and nothing comes up. CNN? Same result. Washington Post? Zilch. According to our nation’s media leaders, it’s not a story that a white person wearing a gorilla mask attacked Larry Elder, a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of California, by hurling an egg that touched his head.

If Elder were a Democrat, the attack would have been instantly and with good reason dubbed racist. It would not only be front-page news, it would be just about the only news you were hearing about today on CNN and MSNBC. Charles Blow, Perry Bacon, and Jamelle Bouie would each be writing the first in a series of angry columns about it. So would Gail Collins, Jonathan Capehart, Jennifer Rubin, Michelle Goldberg, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Dana Milbank, and Ezra Klein. We would be treated to multiple news analyses about the history of the usage of gorilla tropes against blacks. Joy-Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow, and Don Lemon would be doing hour-long broadcasts on the attack, convening panels discussing just how the attack pulls the scab off racism in America, and proves we have so much work left to do in dealing with the problem. Vox would commission a series about California’s grim history of racism dating back to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and Asian-American and Latino writers would hasten to explain that California’s historic hostility to all sorts of persons of color is as traditional as its Tournament of Roses parade. Three-thousand-word essays about the brutal, unknown history of lynchings in the Golden State would be published in The Atlantic and/or The New Yorker. Al Sharpton, exhibiting a combination of exhaustion and despondency, would be a guest on half a dozen cable TV shows.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the memory holing of this story makes perfect sense.

As Dan Crenshaw tweets:

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THE L.A. TIMES KEEPS ROCKIN’! “A woman in a gorilla mask riding a bicycle threw the small white object past [Larry] Elder’s head, as seen in a video posted on Twitter by Spectrum News reporter Kate Cagle. Moments later, the woman took a swing at a man who appeared to be part of Elder’s team. The man was hit by at least one other heckler just before Elder was escorted into the Suburban.”

As Peter Hasson of Fox News tweets, “Someone in a *gorilla mask* threw an egg at the guy seeking to be California’s first Black governor.” Naturally, in response, the editors at the L.A. Times chose this headline to obfuscate that detail: “Larry Elder cuts short Venice homeless encampment tour after hostile reception.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and burying this story with a dull headline makes perfect sense.

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USA TODAY “FACT CHECKER” SUGGESTS GOLD STAR FAMILIES LIED ABOUT WHAT THEY WITNESSED: USA Today issues correction on ‘fact check’ after claiming Biden checked watch ‘only after ceremony’ at Dover.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the sudden rush to drop the “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” shtick makes perfect sense.

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A FIVE-ALARM MEDIA FIRE LAST YEAR: In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down. “Two of the FDA’s most senior vaccine leaders are exiting from their positions, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration and the way that it’s sidelined the FDA.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their likely radio silence makes perfect sense.

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TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Biden Smirks, Makes Snide Remarks When Asked About Afghanistan as White House Cuts Audio Feed.

Reporters tried to ask President Joe Biden about Afghanistan during his cybersecurity meeting.

NBC News’s Peter Alexander wanted to know what Biden will do if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the August 31 deadline.

Biden smirked.

But then he answered, but the White House cut off the audio feed!

Luckily, Alexander tweeted out the response.

Biden said, “You’ll be the first person I call.”

WOW.

Video at link. As Matthew Continetti wrote at Commentary before Team Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, President “Compassion” is actually “President Wise Guy,” particularly when it comes to his party’s operatives with bylines:

Joe Biden is playing hard to get. He’s involved in an unrequited love affair: The media adore him, but he hates them. He routinely shows his temper in exchanges with reporters. He calls them names and demeans their profession. He snaps and complains at the first sign of dissent. The reporters shrug it off: Ha, ha, no harm done. His interruptions, insults, and bloopers don’t repel the White House press corps—they make ’em swoon.

The contrast between Biden’s relationship with the media and that of his predecessor couldn’t be more glaring. When Donald Trump was president, journalists cast themselves as Millennial Bob Woodwards and Zoomer Carl Bernsteins, valiant fighters for truth in a world darkened by lies. Now they are back to playing palace guard—for a king who wishes they’d just go away.

And now they have to prop him up, and help him — if it’s possible — to turn one of America’s biggest overseas debacles (and possibly “The Largest Hostage Crisis in American History”) into what both the Biden Administration and some in the media hope is just another bad news cycle to be overcome.

QED: Team Biden wonders: Why isn’t the media giving us more credit for our amazing Kabul evacuation?

DEVELOPING: U.S. Supreme Court requires Biden to revive Trump-era ‘remain in Mexico’ immigration policy.

Related: Biden’s Border Crisis Worse than Ever; TV Coverage Drops 96 Percent.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the media silence makes perfect sense.

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THIS IS CNN: We Dug Up the 20-Years-Old Video CNN Wants You to Forget: Clinton Is Elvis. “CNN gushing over a Democratic president didn’t start with Joe Biden Biden or even Barack Obama. You have to go back all the way to Bill Clinton to see the birth of the cable channel’s love affair with liberal presidents. It was 20 years ago this week that CNN produced a syrupy, vomit-inducing valentine to Bill Clinton comparing him to, yes, Elvis Presley.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

USA TODAY: Kabul could turn into President Biden’s Katrina if Afghanistan evacuation fails U.S. citizens.

Mission One for any president is the safety of American citizens.

President George W. Bush’s leadership suffered irreparable damage in 2005 when tens of thousands in New Orleans were seemingly abandoned by the federal government after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.

A dangerous analog is shaping up for President Joe Biden in Kabul and across Afghanistan. There are 10,000 to 15,000 U.S. citizens in homes or hideaways eager to escape. But all that Biden has offered them is this: Take your chances with the Taliban. Venture into the street and make your way to the U.S.-controlled airport in Kabul, which closed Saturday because of a backup at an air base in Qatar. Then we’ll bring you home.

The key word though, in that USA Today editorial is “seemingly.” In 2010, Joseph Campbell explored at his Media Myth Alert blog: Katrina and the myth of superlative reporting.

Few if any of the nightmarish accounts of violence, anarchy, and mayhem proved true.

No shots were fired at rescue helicopters. There were no known child rape victims, no bodies stacked like cordwood, no “bands of rapists going from block to block,” no sharks plying the flood waters.

As I write in Getting It Wrong, “the erroneous and exaggerated reporting had the cumulative the effect of painting for America and the rest of the world a scene of surreal violence and terror, something straight out of Mad Max or Lord of the Flies.”

The coverage of Katrina’s aftermath was no “quintessential” great moment in journalism.

Far from it.

As a bipartisan congressional report on Katrina noted in 2006:

“If anyone rioted, it was the media.”

Indeed. Even someone as partisan as former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile ultimately admitted at CNN in 2013, when it was finally safe to do so: Bush came through on Katrina.

In the interim though, her party exploited the chaos manufactured by its operatives with bylines for all it was worth, levering it to capture first both houses of Congress in 2006, and then the White House in 2008.

As it stands now, the only Democratic Party operatives with bylines who are defending Biden’s handling of Afghanistan appear to be doing the same sort of gaslighting the media did with Katrina, except in reverse:

So on brand! Jennifer Rubin dragged for claiming ‘ignorant public’ is to blame for being too stupid to understand Biden’s #Afghanistan strategy.

Joe Scarborough tells Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Vietnamese refugee to ‘please don’t embarrass yourself by comparing Afghanistan to Vietnam.’

The Talking Points Go Forth on Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster.

But the Katrina analogy could be correct in one sense: Dire Polling For Democrats Shows Voters Fleeing Them In Droves.

Don’t get cocky, though. As Glenn has written, “If you want to win, donate and volunteer. Winning takes work, and commenting on Internet blogs, even this one, doesn’t count.”

UPDATE: Byron York: A National Eye-Opening On Joe Biden.

AS IN THE OBAMA ERA, THE BRITISH MEDIA ARE MORE OBJECTIVE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT THAN AMERICA’S PALACE GUARD DNC-MSM:  Biden was always unfit to be president but his Left-wing media cheerleaders didn’t dare admit it.

The world appears to have woken up to an important truth this week: which is that Joe Biden is a truly terrible president. It is a shame that it took America gifting Afghanistan back to the Taliban for so many people to realise this.

To be charitable, there were perhaps two reasons why this had not become more obvious before. The first is that Joe Biden is not Donald Trump and for a lot of the planet that seems to be recommendation enough to occupy the Oval Office. A break from the Trump show appealed to an awful lot of people.

But the second reason why too few realised what the world was going to get from a Biden presidency is that the US media simply didn’t ask the questions it needed to ask. Before the election a near entirety of the American media gave up covering it and simply campaigned for the Democrat nominee.

To be fair, that’s what they do during every election cycle…

…Only to admit after their latest crush is out of office, that, to quote Eric “Otter” Stratton, “you f***ed up — you trusted us!”

Last week, our Charlie Cooke spotlighted an MSNBC commentator insisting Florida governor Ron DeSantis is “more dangerous than Trump” and accurately dissected how Democrats talk about Republican officials in and out of office.

This is simply how Democrats begin to talk about Republican candidates whom they believe are capable of winning a national election. When such candidates reach office, they’re Hitler. When they’ve left office, they’re bad, but not as bad as the ones in office. And when they’re dead, they’re the sort of Republicans whom the living ones should be more like — yes, even if, when they were alive, they, too, were deemed to be Hitler.

There’s an inverse relationship with Democratic party lawmakers. The more time that passes since a particular Democrat was in elected office, the easier it gets for his fellow Democrats to acknowledge glaring flaws that they previously ignored or downplayed. Six years after Ted Kennedy died, it was safe to make a movie about Chappaquiddick – and lay out the facts that Kennedy left a young woman to drown. In 2017, nearly 17 years after Bill Clinton left office and when it was clear his wife would not become president someday, Matt Yglesias and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand could safely acknowledge that Clinton’s affair with an intern should have forced his resignation.

Somehow though, I doubt there will be even that level of delayed introspection for our current crop of Democratic Party operatives with bylines, when Biden (one way or another) finally leaves offices.

FACT CHECK: SURPRISINGLY TRUE! White House chief of staff Ron Klain retweets Paul Begala saying Biden’s handling of Afghanistan has been ‘Trumanesque.’

Let’s review the criteria: 76 years ago this month, Truman dropped two atomic bombs on Japan to decisively end World War II. In contrast, Joe Biden’s administration, staffed with plenty of Obama retreads, is determined to give Iran the capability of making A-Bombs. So, Analysis: FALSE.

But, as a result of the debacle in Afghanistan, as Clay Travis notes, “Biden’s job approval rating has turned negative for the first time in his presidency. Rough chart. Not sure if it will ever be positive again.”

Similarly, Harry Truman’s poll numbers cratered as a result of the Korean War and an American recession. So, Analysis: TRUE.

However, that was after Truman squeaked through his election in 1948 after becoming president upon FDR’s death three years earlier. One factor that played a role in Truman’s shock election was his relentlessly negative campaign against Thomas Dewey in the final weeks of the campaign, leading to this October 26, 1948 New York Times headline: “PRESIDENT LIKENS DEWEY TO HITLER AS FASCISTS’ TOOL.”  Last year, Biden on the way to his own shock victory, used similar language, as this September 26, 2020 Politico headline illustrates: “‘He’s sort of like Goebbels:’ Biden compares Trump to Nazi propagandist.” Once again, Analysis: TRUE.

During the Korean War, Truman famously sacked MacArthur in 1951. While Biden has yet to fire any generals, he did give the Afghani army a surprising dressing down immediately after Kabul fell, as Allahpundit paraphrased on Monday: “Biden doubles down on withdrawal: How many more Americans should die to defend people who won’t defend themselves?” This is a close enough comparison that we can say: Analysis: TRUE!

And like Truman, Biden will likely walk out of the White House (if what’s left of his health holds out) seen as a mammoth failure as president. But also like Truman, an army of leftist historians and Democratic Party operatives with bylines will devote their lives to telling the American people, “who are you going to believe when it comes to how wonderful a president Biden was, us or your lying eyes?” Yet again, Analysis: TRUE!

As Mickey Kaus asked in 2011, “Do the Truman analogies come before or after the Call for the Wise Men? I’ve misplaced my copy of the Failing Presidency Playbook.”

ON CUOMO, THE MEDIA OWES ITS AUDIENCE AN APOLOGY (AND SOME REFLECTION):

Major media outlets loved Andrew Cuomo, and it absolutely breaks their hearts that they have to report on the sexual harassment scandal now. They didn’t want it to end this way. They wanted him to be a winner through all this.

What these outlets owe their audience is an apology and a promise to reflect inwardly on how their skewing of the coverage created this whole scandal. Yes, Andrew Cuomo is apparently a monster with or without the media’s help, but because they made him out to be such a hero in the first place, they had to ignore clear signs of problems and abuse as they popped up.

Cuomo’s accusers popped up for weeks and received very little coverage. At no point was the media really interested in following the pattern. They absolutely dropped the nursing home deaths scandal as quickly as they could. They wanted nothing to do with any of it, and in the end, their propping up Cuomo actually makes him look like more of a monster because he had that much further to fall in the public’s eyes.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, who spent the last quarter century propping up Bill Clinton after the Lewinsky scandal, defending Al Gore and his doomsday rhetoric, pretending that John Kerry was the second coming of Patton, that Obama was the second coming of God, and that Hillary and Biden had track records worthy of the White House, and you’ll know that no apologies or circumspection will ever be forthcoming.

GOOD LUCK, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE’RE ALL COUNTING ON YOU: Hillary’s coven wants you to like Kamala Harris.

The coven discussed using Harris’s record as a prosecutor to defend her against negative press coverage. What a truly brilliant strategy to remind voters of the very thing that sunk Harris’s presidential run. That’s why these ladies get paid the big bucks!

If you criticize them or Harris, though, you will be accused of ‘sexist overtones.’ Harris’s allies want to ‘make sure the press knows this’. It’s much easier to blame Harris’s low approval ratings on bigotry rather than her own poor performance.

Translation: Democratic Party brass has given its operatives with bylines their marching orders, and is promising to shame them if they refuse to comply. “You don’t have to fall in love, you just have to fall in line,” to coin a phrase. It will fun to see who does.

As Jon Gabriel adds, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Kamala’s critics into what I call the basket of deplorables. But what difference, at this point, does it make? I think her new PR team will easily wipe away all the bad coverage, like with a cloth or something.”

CBS DITCHES CUOMO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, ABC DECLARES ‘WALLS ARE CLOSING IN:’

Only two days after New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) released her report detailing how Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) committed criminal and sexual misconduct, CBS Evening News thought it was time to move on. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News continued to hammer away at Cuomo, even bringing up his nursing home deaths scandal. ABC even busted out the “walls are closing in” line, Thursday night.

Instead of covering Cuomo’s scandals, CBS decided it was better to celebrate President Biden promoting electric cars. It was just Tuesday that anchor Norah O’Donnell did an interview with accuser Charlotte Bennett made headlines and was used by other outlets. Did they think doing the interview meant they could duck out early?

Ralph Northam smiles, knowing that CBS News has long been staffed by loyal Democratic Party operatives with bylines for decades.

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ALLISON GOLLUST, CNN EXEC TIED TO GOV. CUOMO, ACCUSED OF BEING REASON CHRIS GETS A PASS:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t just have his brother Chris at CNN, he also has ties to one of its top executives — sparking accusations that it’s why the network has turned a blind eye to its star host’s involvement in his sibling’s sexual harassment scandal.

Allison Gollust was Cuomo’s communications director before becoming executive vice president at CNN — where she was even recently tapped to replace Jeff Zucker as Worldwide President, Fox News has noted.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Journalism Groups Won’t Condemn NSA ‘Unmasking’ of Tucker Carlson.

SHE’S SAID TOO MUCH! NYT’s Maggie Haberman marveling at the ‘damning’ results of the Cuomo investigation is also extremely damning for the media:

She’s this close to admitting how the MSM largely functions as Democratic Party operatives with bylines.

Some really blur the lines: Email Appears to Show CNN’s Chris Cuomo Drafted Sexual Harassment Statement for His Brother. “Zucker and his cadre have already enabled this behavior, so if they don’t move to suspend or fire Cuomo, one could use their own standards to say CNN condones this.”

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XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Exclusive: New York Times quashed COVID origins inquiry.

Reports on gain-of-function research into coronaviruses were already in the public domain in early 2020. So were reports of lab leaks, in the US and abroad. Instead of doing what journalists are supposed to do — ask questions — the Times led the charge in stigmatizing debate about COVID-19’s origins as a ‘fringe theory’. Alexandra Stevenson, the Times’s Hong Kong reporter, called it ‘the kind of conspiracy once reserved for tinfoil hatters’.

Not any more. So, did the Times distance itself form the lab-leak story because its management hated Donald Trump? Or was its notion of the national interest influenced by its business interests in China?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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THE ALGORITHM: The media’s new business model is propaganda.

The consequences of this business model in the real world can be summed up in a word: polarization. There’s a perfect alignment of interests between the media, its consumers, and professional political agitators in stoking fear, animosity, and mutual recrimination among the public. The media industry cultivates its only remaining revenue stream. News consumers see their ideological prejudices affirmed by brand name media outlets, and comfort themselves in the belief that the media is doing its job to ensure that their worldview prevails in the public debate. Activists get free PR. Everyone benefits as we all nurture our contempt for one another over the course of a news cycle. Then, once that news cycle is exhausted, media outlets, with the help of activists, make sure that a new outrage flares up to begin the cycle all over again. The survival of an entire industry depends on it.

In the case of the Wi Spa story, it didn’t take much time at all. Within a couple of weeks, there was another violent skirmish, this time in front of the Cedars-Sinai breast cancer clinic, also in L.A.. This flare-up was over a different hot button issue, but it followed the same script.

Like every health care facility I’ve been in post-vaccination, the Cedars-Sinai clinic still had a mask mandate in place. Maybe a dozen people showed up to protest this tyrannical infringement on their liberties, aware, I think it’s safe to assume, that the action was crack cocaine to the native propagandist-journalists of the left-of-center media world. To make it even more enticing, some of the protestors wore black t-shirts that read, “COVID IS A SCAM.” Predictably, counterprotesters showed up, including members of Antifa. In short order, fist fights erupted. Lots of smart phones were on hand to document the squabbles. The tabloids pounced, as readily as if they were following stage directions. It was kayfabe, all the way down.

On an episode of my favorite podcast, Red Scare, co-host Dasha Nekrasova, describing the Wi Spa protests, passingly referred to the whole affair as “the algorithm.” It’s an apt metaphor. Just as YouTube’s digital algorithm serves us up ever more extreme content to keep us glued to our screens, the human algorithm that governs the media’s new business model scours our newsfeeds for catalysts for outrage and amplifies them. Political provocateurs, from anti-maskers to Antifa LARPers, understand the algorithm and exploit it, performing their assigned roles in the streets, in front of their iPhone cameras. The rest of us consume it with glee, every bite reminding us that we stand on the right side of history, unlike the rest of those morons with whom we’re forced to share a country. It’s a perfectly functional dysfunctional system. Everybody wins while everybody loses.

Well worth a read, but note this:

This arrangement works particularly well, of course, for activists, in precisely the way that, 13 years ago, Fox News’ exploitation of the Tea Party story worked out beautifully for the Tea Party. Like Fox’s anchors and pundits, journalists of this type effectively serve the same purpose for the activists they cover that PR firms serve for corporate clients, though the economics break down a little differently.

But what happened before the Tea Party coalesced? Plenty of PR work by Democratic Party operatives with bylines:

 

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: ‘They’re victims now?’ AP reports how Texas Dems on flee-ibuster are living a life of ‘scrutiny, stress and secrecy.’

Related: Here We Go: Major Texas Democrat Stripped of Leadership Post for Fleeing the State.

UNEXPECTEDLY: The Atlantic thrived through Trump and the pandemic. The future is harder.

The Atlantic needs to make $50 million in annual subscription revenue in order to break even, according to Thompson. Hitting that target has become more complicated since Trump left the White House and the pandemic let up. New subscribers are coming in at about a quarter of the rate they did last year (10,000 a month, on average), and the magazine faces challenges keeping some of its existing audience, which may have less of a need for The Atlantic’s journalism in a post-Trump, post-Covid world.

“We did four years of business last year,” Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, said in an interview. “One of the core challenges is, how do we keep all those new subscribers?”

That is a challenge being felt throughout the news* industry. For the last six years, Trump’s chaotic candidacy and presidency provided a life raft for this industry, as did the pandemic. Cable news networks saw a surge in viewership while publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post enjoyed strong subscriber growth. But with Trump out of office and the pandemic in retreat, both television news viewership and digital and print readership are in decline — resuming a multidecade slide for the news business.

* Read: Democratic Party operatives with bylines. Going all-in with joyless megalomania means quite a crash when your opponent leaves office, as the post-Clinton American Spectator found out the hard way 20 years ago.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Nets Blasted Georgia’s Elections Law, But Bury New York Debacle.

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UNEXPECTEDLY: MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC avoid Sheldon Whitehouse’s all-White club saga, CNN offers less than 5 min of coverage.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the media blackout makes perfect sense.

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MSNBC’S NICOLLE WALLACE GUSHES OVER JEN PSAKI, SAYS ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF WHITE HOUSE REPORTERS LIKE HER.

This just in: Democratic Party operatives with bylines support Democratic Party operative with a microphone.

BUT IT WON’T BE THE LAST: Journalists Hit New Low by Betraying Source.

Given the left’s hatred of [Tucker] Carlson – who is their current Bogeyman No. 2, after Donald Trump – and its habit of reporting fake news, Smith’s article could be a smear aimed at stirring up conflict on the right and problems for Carlson with his employer. That thought would not have occurred to me even five years ago, but that’s where we are.

If Carlson does dish dirt off the record, [Ben] Smith’s piece is a yet another new low for our increasingly partisan press. As my RealClearInvestigations colleague Tom Kuntz observed, “Protecting confidential sources is, of course, one of the bedrocks of journalism. The free flow of information depends on people being able to share hard truths without jeopardizing their careers or lives.”

It is why journalists have gone to jail to protect their sources. Outing Carlson sends the message that trust is dead in American journalism. No source is safe if reporters decide they don’t like or agree with them. Today it’s the Fox News anchor, tomorrow it’s the whistleblower who uncovered malfeasance in the Biden administration.

Still, the protection of confidentiality is not ironclad. All bets are off when a source lies. For example, false disclosures from dishonest anonymous sources were a prime driver of the bogus Trump/Russia scandal that dominated the news for several years. Smith’s paper was a prime dumping ground of misinformation, as was the publication he edited before coming to the Times, BuzzFeed, publisher of the now-infamous and largely fabricated Steele dossier. Smith also oversaw the seminal but deeply misleading BuzzFeed work of Ali Watkins (now also at the Times) that commenced the years-long media smearing of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Kuntz argues, “When sources engage in gross deception on a matter of such import, even committing national security crimes in the process, the news media involved should honor their higher duty – to their readers or viewers – to expose the malfeasance and correct the record.”

Even as the Times outs Carlson – who is not accused of misleading anyone – it continues to protect those who perpetrated devastating frauds upon the nation. That silence is a scandal; instead of honoring trust, it betrays it. If Smith truly cares about the fate of American journalism, he should insist that his editors identify the anonymous sources of their many debunked stories during the Trump years.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

“IT’S A LONG TRADITION IN RHODE ISLAND:” Sheldon Whitehouse’s systemic racism. “As GoLocalProvidence notes, Whitehouse didn’t wait a fortnight after George Floyd’s death before decrying its supposed cause of systemic racism. ‘We hear the voices of the peaceful protestors who have marched. We can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms,’ Whitehouse wrote in a statement at the time. And yet, here’s Whitehouse who’s apparently unwilling to root out systemic racism in a club in which he and his wife have an ownership stake. Notably, this comes the day after the first celebration of the new Juneteenth federal holiday, which Whitehouse enthusiastically supported. D’oh!…If a Republican belonged to an all-white club, the media would never let it go. It certainly seems odd that the national media has yet to make an issue out of this even after 15 years for this prominent progressive Democrat, doesn’t it?”

Not at all. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! The Biden Administration Is Hilarious.

While researching a subject on Monday, I clicked on a link to an opinion piece hosted on CNN’s website. This news outlet is one of many media venues that serves up most of its offerings with an ancillary embedded video that is  supposed to augment the reader’s experience. The video—which no one wanted to see in the first place—plays automatically, startling the reader with an unexpected aural bombardment. On this occasion, though, the intrusive video proved useful.

The clip featured President Joe Biden delivering a solemn address to the nation on Memorial Day. And though I lunged for the pause button, I was still privy to the first five seconds of the selected clip in which the president said the following: “You know, America’s been forged in the basil and the fires of war.” Go listen to the clip yourself and check my work.

Now, my first thought was that this was just another verbal flub to which Biden is prone, and he clearly wanted to say “battles.” But my second thought was less charitable: How had this not been brought to my attention for over a week? How is it that the industries built around cultural and political commentary failed to dwell on the objective hilarity of the “basil” of war? On a conceptual level alone, the potential for herb-and-spice-related puns is off the charts. Where are our caustic satirists, who spent the last four years mining every last ounce of humor out of the seemingly endless reservoir of comedy provided by our last president?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and late night comics as the Dems’ palace guard, and it all makes sense.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN GASLIGHTING: AP ‘Fact Check’ Tries to Protect Biden from Rising Gas Prices.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines who are terrified of being locked in their boss’s closet, and it all makes sense.

ANY REPUTABLE NEWSROOM WOULD’VE FIRED CHRIS CUOMO BY NOW. CNN ISN’T REPUTABLE.

Nonsense – they’ve taken serious action in regards to Chris Cuomo’s scandal: Hypocritical CNN Fires Rick Santorum, But Still Refusing to Punish Chris Cuomo.

CNN has fired Rick Santorum, one of the few conservatives on the network, according to the HuffPost. The move came after lobbying from liberal organizations in the wake of Santorum saying that “there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.” The political commentator apologized for his comments and said he misspoke, but that apparently wasn’t enough for the liberal news outlet.

Showcasing the hypocrisy of CNN, the network has REFUSED to punish star Chris Cuomo for the shocking revelation that he participated in strategy sessions advising his governor brother, Andrew Cuomo, on how to survive the multiple sexual abuse claims against him.

Just think of CNN as an organization almost entirely staffed by Democratic party operatives with bylines, and the disparity makes perfect sense.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Why Won’t Biden Condemn Anti-Semitic Attacks In America?

Related: Jews Attacked All Over the U.S. – Where is the mainstream media on the anti-Semitic attacks?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their silence makes perfect sense.

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ROGER SIMON: Democrats, Not Trump Supporters, Are the True Jan. 6 Insurrectionists.

If you were to stage an insurrection on the Untied States government would you, (a.) simultaneously attack the power grid at multiple points, turning out the lights across the country or (b.) dress up like a horned Star Wars character at a comic book convention and enter the Capitol building, unarmed, as if it were Halloween?

You don’t have to be an experienced insurrectionist like the late Muammar Gaddafi (who was armed to the teeth during his, needless to say) to know the answer.

If you replied (b.) you are either a moron, a liar or a Democrat—or some combination of the three.

What occurred in Washington DC on Jan. 6 of this year was about as far from an insurrection as I am from being a spaceman living on Mars.

Were those people stupid? Sure.

Were they juvenile? Rather.

But were they insurrectionists? You gotta be kidding.

And that’s leaving out the obvious details that the only person who got killed in this so-called insurrection was a Trump supporter shot by a Capitol policeman—we still don’t know who—and that videos show other Capitol police waving the demonstrators through, including that “dangerous” Chewbacca guy, into the building as if it were a national holiday and they were rubbernecking tourists from Kansas.

In fact, these people were the true patriots, trying, in their clumsy way, to get their country back, or what they thought was their country.

The real insurrectionists are the people accusing them of insurrection. They, the accusers, the ones demanding a “commission” to study this non-existent insurrection, are the ones taking over our country and imposing their will on the people.

And they are doing this after an election whose fairness has never been investigated and about which no one can say—other than pronouncing an opinion as fact—who was victorious.

They have, as the courts would say, no standing.

But they do have plenty of Democratic Party operatives with bylines to drive their preferred narratives: US Capitol Police statement on leaked letter ‘from members of the USCP’ instantly makes media reports age horribly.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Cowardly Journalists Chuckle as Biden Jokes About Murdering Them:

Imagine if Donald Trump had jokingly threatened to murder journalists standing in front of him. They probably wouldn’t have laughed. Yet that’s what Joe Biden did on Tuesday and the assembled reporters just chuckled at the funny threat. While test driving an electric Ford F-150, ABC’s Cecilia Vega broke up the adoring queries about the car by actually asking, “Mr. President, can I ask you a quick question about Israel before you drive away since it’s so important?”

Biden, who was sitting in a truck at the time, sneered, “No, you can’t. Not unless you get in front of the car as I step on it. I’m only teasing.” The off-camera journalists awkwardly snickered in reply. Biden then drove off, having threatened the press and then not answered the serious question.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their absence of rancor makes perfect sense.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: America Declines, Media Obsess Over GOP Squabbles.

This is how you know the “news” today is whatever narrative the Biden-coddling “mainstream” media decide to adopt. They’re never going to sound like Ted Cruz, who says “Biden policies are failing across the board: economically, domestically and abroad.” They’re going to sound like humanoid robots programmed by Jen Psaki.

It’s not even entertaining to imagine how the media would cover these developments if Donald Trump were president. Trump would be blamed for all this, but it’s also safe to assume they would be doing a large chunk of what they’re doing now: obsessing over the dangerous Republican party, championing the protests of Liz Cheney, wallowing in “new” footage of the dreadful January 6 riot.

The media pretend that they exist to moderate our democracy and hold public servants accountable and explain complicated policy matters. Instead, they focus on food fights and clickbait and exacerbating the nastiness of social media.

Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center studied CNN coverage for 12 hours on May 12 and found they spent 151 minutes obsessing over Liz Cheney’s impending ouster and only 55 minutes and change on multiple economic problems mounting in the country. That’s almost a three-to-one disparity.

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JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Israel’s ‘full scale’ war, US gas crisis take backseat to media’s Cheney obsession.

Related: Journalist Drops an Inconvenient Truth on the Liz Cheney Concern Trolls. “If you think Liz Cheney’s GOP leadership post is an issue voters are going to care about in the midterm elections… prepare to be sorely disappointed.

WITH THE CONNIVANCE OF THE PRESS: How the White House is hiding the true cost of its spending plans.

The first budget gimmick is to provide a cost estimate for the administration’s infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan, for only eight years, instead of the standard budget convention of 10 years. The White House Fact Sheet (March 31, 2021) states that the plan will “invest about $2 trillion this decade.” But White House officials have admitted that this $2 trillion number is imprecise. The real spending is closer to $2.4 trillion, and that number does not include more than $400 billion in new tax credits for various programs, making the real eight-year number $2.8 trillion. Over 10 years, the true cost of the plan would be at least $3.5 trillion, nearly double the original estimate.

The second budget gimmick comes in the form of an estimate of the revenue raised over 15 years, not the conventional 10 years. This ruse allows the White House to overestimate the amount of money coming in so that it can then claim the proposed tax increases cover the cost of its proposed spending. But that is not the case. The corporate tax increases would raise an estimated $2.5 trillion over 15 years, according to the Treasury. This works out to about $1.7 trillion over 10 years, which means that only about half of the $3.5 trillion to be spent over the same 10 years would be covered.

In sum, the White House accounting gimmickry is hiding the actual cost of its spending plans, overestimating the tax revenue coming in to pay for the spending, and obscuring the plan’s actual impact on the budget. Every journalist covering this issue has either missed this budget gamesmanship or is in on the ruse and has neglected to point it out.

Democratic operatives with bylines.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? None Dare Call It Socialism?

Stephen Collinson is well-known among conservatives as the most hackneyed of the hacks at CNN. The CNN Politics Twitter account promoted his latest online essay with the words “President Biden to showcase his moderate radicalism in his big congressional address.”

“Moderate radicalism”? Doesn’t that make about as much sense as “quiet loudness”?

Collinson argued “Biden’s quiet radicalism is expressed through a huge pandemic rescue bill, a larger proposal that redefines the concept of infrastructure, and a massive health and child care blueprint.” In other words, a socialist blueprint.

Politico gushed with this headline “Biden Just Gave the Most Ideologically Ambitious Speech of Any Democratic President in Generations.” Our socialist media won’t use the S-word. They use words like “bold” and “ambitious” and repeat phrases like “go big or go home.” As if you couldn’t say a Soviet five-year plan was “go big or go home.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their gaslighting makes perfect sense.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: America Voted for a Rest, Not a Revolution. Elected as Not Trump, Biden aspires to be the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Joe Biden aspires to be the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, so short of his showing up to work in a wheelchair and sucking on a cigarette holder, the first hundred days, which he marks this week, will serve as the most symbolic reminder of the president’s sense of historic purpose.

The ritual observation of the passage of FDR’s calendrical contrivance promises to be even more turgid than usual this year. President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, which he delivers on Wednesday, will come with special solemnity. We will be reminded that delivering the nation from the baleful legacy of a one-term Republican in the midst of a national crisis with an urgent flurry of executive and legislative initiatives is what Democrats do.

We can leave to future historians whether the creation of the White House Gender Policy Council will prove as consequential as that of the Tennessee Valley Authority. To be fair, different times pose different challenges. Eleanor at least would surely approve. Perhaps she’s having fireside chats with Dr. Jill the way she used to with Hillary Clinton.

FDR had a famously complaisant press covering him, but even he might have blanched at the deference shown by Mr. Biden’s media guardians. Newspapers did eventually rouse themselves to object that the 1937 effort to pack the Supreme Court might be constitutionally problematic. Today’s friendly stenographers don’t see the problem at all, and faithfully convey the White House line that the same idea is a much-needed “reform.”

To be fair, given the expected number of Obama era retreads in his cabinet, Biden voters were much more informed of what to expect from Joe Biden than FDR’s voters were in 1932:

It might sound odd coming from a libertarian, but I wish the Pelosi-Reid Democrats had more in common with Franklin Roosevelt. Not the Franklin Roosevelt who occupied the White House from 1933 to 1945, but the Franklin Roosevelt who aspired to the White House in the election of 1932. The Democratic platform of that year is a remarkable document, considering the way the party’s candidate went on to govern. It isn’t a libertarian manifesto—it endorses several subsidies and regulations—but it hardly embraces the enormous expansion in federal power that FDR would achieve. The very first plank calls for “an immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating extravagance to accomplish a saving of not less than twenty-five per cent in the cost of the Federal Government.” (It also asks “the states to make a zealous effort to achieve a proportionate result.”) Subsequent planks demand a balanced budget, a low tariff, the repeal of Prohibition, “a sound currency to be preserved at all hazards,” “no interference in the internal affairs of other nations,” and “the removal of government from all fields of private enterprise except where necessary to develop public works and natural resources in the common interest.” The document concludes with a quote from Andrew Jackson: “equal rights to all; special privilege to none.” It sounds more like Ron Paul than Pelosi.

—“The New Franklin Roosevelts: Don’t count on a candidate’s campaign stances to tell you how he’ll behave in office,” Jesse Walker, Reason.com, April 10, 2008.

But between the New Deal and the Moral Equivalent of War from which it sprang from (including all of the Wilson administration retreads in Roosevelt’s administration), voters know that every Democrat president sees himself as spearheading the next Roosevelt administration. At a minimum, their operatives with bylines sure do:

THE TWO RULES OF MODERN JOURNALISM:

RULE # 1: Because journalists are required to be open-minded, exercise independence of spirit, and display a healthy amount of skepticism, the words and deeds of politicians, leaders, and the powerful — as well as those of regular citizens being interviewed — must constantly be questioned, second-guessed, doubted, fact-checked, challenged, and, more often than not, interrupted (more or less politely).

RULE # 2: Rule # 1 only applies to Republicans.

(And to anybody leaning conservative.)

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

QUESTION OF THE YEAR: Issues & Insights asks “why is everyone swallowing Biden’s lies”? Well, I must hasten to note that I’m not and I doubt that many Instapundit readers are, either.

That said, Biden’s approval rating is riding high in the latest survey, even though, as I&I notes: “He lies about the filibuster (National Review called them “brazen beyond belief”). He lies about the border crisis. He lies about his role in getting vaccines distributed. And everyone falls into lockstep.

“Now, we know why the mainstream press parrots everything Biden says. They are nothing more than Democratic operatives with bylines, as Glenn Reynolds puts it on his Instapundit blog. But why are corporate executives falling for it? Why are officials with sports leagues? Why are politicians in both parties bending to Biden’s reality distortion field?”

 

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Reporters Pressure Police Chief To Avoid Calling Minneapolis Violence ‘Riots.’

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: 60 years after Bay of Pigs, New York Times role – and myth – made clear.

Sixty years ago, The New York Times is said to have muzzled itself in reporting about plans for the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, earning a lasting niche of dishonor in the history of American journalism.

The Bay of Pigs-New York Times suppression tale has been cited in books, newspapers, on cable news shows and elsewhere as a study in self-censorship and its consequences.

Had the Times resisted the requests of President John F. Kennedy, had it printed all it knew about the pending invasion of Cuba, the suppression tale goes, the ill-fated assault might have been scrapped and the U.S. spared a foreign policy debacle.

The suppression tale makes for a timeless lesson about the perils for news organizations in yielding to government pressure and withholding vital if sensitive information, ostensibly because of national security implications. When government officials invoke national security, publishing secret material becomes a thorny matter for news outlets.

Well, it’s not like the legacy media being Democratic Party operatives with bylines is all that new a development.

MOHAMMED ANWAR’S MYSTERY MURDERERS: “Does anyone doubt that the death of Mohammed Anwar would be national news if his alleged killers were white? How disgusting our media are. It’s all Narrative, all the time. It’s so often about managing the story instead of telling the truth and letting people make up their own minds. It’s about manufacturing consent for this wholesale neoracist renovation of American society to fit woke standards.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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WHERE’S HUNTER, FAT? Sources: Secret Service inserted itself into case of Hunter Biden’s gun.

Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene, according to people familiar with the situation. At the time, the FBI was monitoring Hunter Biden as part of an investigation that remains ongoing and that currently focuses on his taxes. The FBI declined to comment.

In addition to questioning Hallie, police called Hunter to the scene, where he was questioned outside the store’s loading dock area and explained he used the gun for target practice, according to the report.

At one point, two of Janssen’s employees, described by the police report as “Mexican males,” walked past the loading dock area, and Hunter told a police officer that the store had some suspicious people working for it. Asked if he was referring to those two staffers, Hunter responded, “Yea, prolly illegal,” according to the report.

When a police officer asked Hunter whether the gun had been used in a crime, the officer reported that Hunter “became very agitated with me and asked me if I was intentionally trying to make him mad,” according to the report.

When the officer asked Hunter whether he had been doing drugs or drinking heavily, he responded, “Listen, it isn’t like that. I think she believes I was gonna kill myself,” according to the report.

An officer asked Hunter whether he had called his father about the incident before he arrived. Hunter responded, “I have never called my dad for anything,” according to the police report.

After being questioned, Hunter retrieved the case for the gun — which included the gun’s serial number — from Hallie’s house and returned to the grocery store to hand it over to police, according to the report.

While police questioned Hunter and Hallie, two Secret Service agents arrived at the store where Hunter had purchased the gun, StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply in Wilmington, according to the two people familiar with the incident. The agents showed their badges and identification cards to Palmieri, the store’s owner, and asked to take possession of the Firearms Transaction Record that Hunter had filled out to buy the gun earlier that month, according to the people familiar with the incident.

Palmieri refused to hand over the transaction record to the Secret Service agents because such records fall under the purview of the ATF. The Secret Service agents left without the records, according to the people familiar with the case. Later that day, the ATF arrived at the store to inspect the records.

Palmieri declined to comment on the episode.

ATF spokesman Andre Miller referred questions to the Delaware State Police. Jason Hatchell, a spokesman for the Delaware State Police, said any questions about the incident would have to be filed through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The Delaware State Police previously rejected POLITICO’s FOIA request for records related to the incident last November.

The incident has received scant attention, save for a report on the conservative website The Blaze that focused on the state police decision not to file charges against either Hunter or Hallie.

Imagine the non-stop coverage this story would get if it involved a Trump family member. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines to understand the crickets it’s receiving.

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UPDATE: The Hunter Biden Gun Story: This One Should Be Hard to Make Go Away – Part 1.

More: It’s ‘Common Sense’ to Prosecute Hunter Biden for His Gun Crimes. “I do not envy the position that Joe Biden is in with his son. But he is the president of the United States now, and he is using his position to call for much stricter laws to regulate the exercise of an explicit constitutional right. If he wants to show that he is serious — and, more important, if he wants to show that he’s not trying to create a confusing thicket of rules that will end up being enforced capriciously — he should be in favor of investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting his son and his friends. It is a federal felony to lie on Form 4473. Joe Biden supports this. It is a federal felony to possess a gun while one is a drug addict. Joe Biden supports this. It is a federal felony to bring a firearm within one thousand feet of a school. Joe Biden not only supports this, he wrote the law.”

(Updated and bumped.)

THEY’RE NOT PRECISELY BIASED. THEY’RE POLITICAL OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES:  This Cuomo scandal article shows how easily biased media shapes opinion,

The gynocracy that runs the democratic party want to eliminate him as competition for Commie LaWhorish. So down he must go. And of course, their presstitutes do as told.  (Note that he deserves to be taken down for his mass murders. But the gynocracy considers sexual harassment worse than murdering the elderly. So that’s what he’ll be accused of and taken down for.)

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Joe Biden can’t handle a press conference – where is the outrage?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines (who are dreading timeouts in Joe Biden’s closet), and their silence makes perfect sense.

ANOTHER MEDIA BLACKOUT? TV Networks Ignore Andrew Cuomo’s #MeToo Scandal.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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UNEXPECTEDLY: NBC, CBS, NBC avoid explosive sexual harassment claims against Andrew Cuomo on evening news broadcasts. CNN and MSNBC also declined to address the scandal on their air Wednesday.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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IT’S COME TO THIS: The View Spent More Time Yesterday on Cuomo Scandal Than ABC News Has All Week.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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JOE BIDEN IS STILL AUDITIONING:

Biden is fitting into a position he has pursued for almost 30 years; he finally caught the car and now doesn’t know what to do with it. But Biden is no longer auditioning. He’s going to be held to account, perhaps not by an overly friendly media, but certainly by a pandemic-weary country wondering when their kids can go back to schools in districts that are friendly to the President. Biden can start acting like a President, or continue looking like a passive hostage to special-interest union groups and foreign adversaries.

His administration is shifting the goalposts at the whims of his decades-long donors. His press secretary only offers flailing talking points. And with the exception of a brief reemergence on Fox News today, there is no Donald Trump to serve as a distraction. The realization that Joe Biden is the same Joe Biden he’s been for 37 years in Washington is going to become more apparent.

But the press, both in their role as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and because they fear being locked in the closet, will do their damnedest to prop up the husk of the president: WaPo Fact Checker Glenn Kessler forgets the ‘first rule of holes’ after getting busted running cover for lying liar Joe Biden.

FACT CHECK? Kamala Lies to Axios with ‘Start from Scratch’ Vaccine Claim that Fauci Debunked.

Even after CNN fell on its face running this claim from an anonymous source, only to be corrected by media darling Anthony Fauci, Vice President Kamala Harris said it out loud to Axios reporter and co-founder Mike Allen for the website’s HBO show. Allen just accepted this garbage.

HARRIS: There was no stockpile! Right? It’s, in many ways —

ALLEN: No stockpile of?

HARRIS: Of vaccines! Right? So we’re looking at, there wasno national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.

Allen could only follow up with “So are you having to adjust your sights now of what’s possible, given that?” Pathetic. And that’s the headline Axios put on it, no need for a reality check:

But it gets worse. Twitchy reported that Axios originally tweeted Kamala’s kooky claim with the Fauci rebuttal from January….and then they took that tweet down, and kept running the uncorrected video in tweets.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND THEIR SILENCE MAKES PERFECT SENSE: Biden Is Still Separating Families at the Border. Where Is the Media Outrage?

BRYAN PRESTON: LA Times Editor Has a Real Problem With Her Nice, Helpful Trump-Supporting Neighbors.

“Trumpites.” “Q fans.” They support blue lives (meaning, the police)! Why, that only describes 80 percent of the country! And she finishes the section with a racial flourish because the mainstream media and the left are literally obsessed with race. The author could have a side hustle writing unfunny political jokes for Samantha Bee.

The author of the above is Virginia Heffernan. She’s an opinion editor at the Los Angeles Times. She’s also protected her tweets, probably thanks to the due backlash this article has generated. Heffernan also hosts this, which is surely as pure and unbiased as the driven snow her nice neighbors plowed for her.

Should — can — this person fairly cover the news? Take a look at this.

Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist political party in Lebanon, also gives things away for free. The favors Hezbollah does for people in the cities Tyre and Sidon probably don’t involve snowplows, but, like other mafias, Hezbollah tends to its own — the Shiite sick, elderly and hungry. They offer protection and hospitality and win loyalty that way. And they also demand devotion to their brutal, us-versus-them anti-Sunni cause. Some of us are family, the favors say; the rest are infidels.

This is deeply, almost insanely, unfair to about half the country. It’s certainly unfair to her neighbors, who we can presume support Israel against Hezbollah and have literally nothing in common with the terrorists. Just who is creating an “us-versus-them” here? The nice neighbor who helps out plowing the snow without checking your politics first, or the snooty writer who compares that person to a violent terrorist army backed by the totalitarian mullahs in Tehran? Which person in this is dehumanizing and othering someone?

Which one thought it was a smart take to go public with the virtue signaling?

This op-ed just may reveal the extent to which those who run the mainstream media hate the rest of us. They don’t merely oppose Trump supporters’ politics.

It’s hatred. Heffernan doesn’t view her neighbors as fellow countrymen.

Related: Marcy Kaptur’s warning:

Kaptur is the longest-serving woman in the current Congress.

She has also been in the U.S. House of Representatives longer than any woman has served there, in all of U.S. history.

She came to the Congress in 1983.

She is 74 and has been a Democrat her entire voting life.

You might think she is worth listening to.

As it happens, she has a message for her party: Wake up.

Wake up or you will lose the House in the next election and maybe not regain it for many years.

Wake up or you will lose the working class to the Republicans, for good.

It is already happening.

Ms. Kaptur points out that leadership in the House is dominated by members from the two coasts and from wealthy districts.

A political realignment is taking place. Rural America is already Republican and, more specifically, Trumpian. Now more and more working-class and working-poor Americans are leaving the Democratic Party and voting Republican. Why? Because they feel their plight, their reality, has at least been recognized by Donald Trump’s GOP.

Mind you, Ms. Kaptur thinks Donald Trump did nothing for these voters, and never seriously intended to. She also thinks he is psychologically “unbalanced.” But she recognizes what he recognized: what has happened to manufacturing and the working class in places like Toledo, Lorain, Lordstown and Youngstown, Wheeling, the Mon Valley, as well as parts of Greater Cleveland, and Buffalo, and large swaths of Greater Detroit.

This being the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there’s nothing in there to indicate the role that Democratic Party operatives with bylines have played in making the working class feel unrecognized by smug leftists such as Heffernan. Not to mention the chilling effect of the language police at the New York Times, CNN’s doxx squad, and other elite media institutions.

(Incidentally, it’s fascinating that the media aren’t going with the usual “We are All Socialists Now,” “Forty Years of Democratic Party rule,” “The Death of Conservatism”-style headlines, unlike after Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008. As Glenn wrote in November, “For a guy who supposedly lost, Trump sure had a lot of coattails. And for a guy who supposedly won, Biden sure didn’t.”)

MSNBC DID NOT ASK LINCOLN PROJECT FOUNDERS ABOUT JOHN WEAVER DESPITE BOOKING THEM 17 TIMES AFTER THE STORY FIRST BROKE.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

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JANICE DEAN ACCUSES NBC’S LESTER HOLT OF CENSORING GUEST TO PROTECT ANDREW CUOMO AMID NURSING HOME SCANDAL.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all make sense.

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JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: CNN is already running PR for the Biden admin.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Media Bootlickers Hurl Themselves at Biden’s Feet.

How bad was it? So bad that even Mediaite and the Politico noticed:

Meanwhile, CNN switches into palace guard mode: Right-wing media holds Biden bash-fest, foreshadowing its next four years of coverage.

And not coincidentally: Trust In The Media Hits An All-Time Low In New Polling.