It’s been nearly a year since President
Trump was elected and the media have been trying to tie him to Russia
for most of it. Finally, after 11 months, there’s strong evidence
linking Russia to a 2016 presidential candidate. But the candidate is
According to The Hill, the FBI, “obtained an eyewitness account – backed
by documents –indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions
of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill
Clinton’s charitable foundation.” Even worse, that was “during the time
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that
provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.”
Our guardians of press freedom ran from that story like it was the
radioactive uranium itself, diving for cover under desks as kids did
during 1950s nuclear bomb drills. Forget tough questions. It’s duck and
cover. No wonder Americans “believe the news media fabricate news
stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according
to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.” It’s not just making up the
stories – it’s hiding stories.
In response, President Trump launched into an attack on “fake media” for
understandable reasons. “The problem is mainstream media does not want
to cover that story because that affects people they protect," the
The broadcast networks have suppressed the scandal, finding time for the
health benefits of walking or a date when all major U.S. sports played,
dubbed a “sports equinox.” This is the latest example of how the media
downplay the disaster that is the Clinton Foundation, giving scandals at
the operation almost no attention in more than two years.
We finally have a compelling Russia story and the news media report on
it like they did Harvey Weinstein for decades – by cowering under their
2. A General Disaster For The Media: Journalists have spent days trying
to create a national crisis out of President Trump’s phone call to
Myeshia Johnson, whose husband Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four
U.S. soldiers killed in Niger on Oct. 4. It took Chief of Staff Gen.
John Kelly slightly more than 18 minutes to destroy that argument. Kelly
delivered what The New York Times called “a searing, personal defense of
President Trump’s phone call.”
The press conference was captivating and heart-wrenching. Kelly, who
lost his own son in Afghanistan, said the criticism of Trump was unfair.
He slammed Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for her attacks on Trump. “I
was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and brokenhearted at
what I saw a member of Congress doing,” he said.
Kelly then said he would take one or two questions from reporters but
with an unusual rule. “Let me ask you this: Is anyone here a Gold Star
parent or sibling? Does anyone here know a Gold Star parent or sibling?”
he asked. Only those journalists were allowed to ask questions.
Several journalists skewered the general, doing exactly what the media
have criticized Trump for – attacking a Gold Star parent. Former Hillary
Clinton spokesman turned CNN political contributor Brian Fallon outdid
himself. “Kelly isnt just an enabler of Trump. He's a believer in him.
That makes him as odious as the rest. Dont be distracted by the
uniform,” he tweeted.
MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid was just as bad. “Just landed and thanks to
spotty wifi, just learning that Trump sent General Kelly out to use his
son’s death to defend Trump. Unreal.” Yes, that assessment is certainly
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow had an unusual view of Kelly’s
actions, tweeting: “I keep telling y'all about John Kelly. He signed up
to make Trump's craziness look less crazy. That make Kelly himself VERY
Hollywood joined in the hate fest.
It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times: This was an awful
week for the New York Times. Let me count the ways:
1) A University of Florida professor filed suit against the Times and
one of its reporters for a 2015 story the professor said depicted him
unfairly as an “operative” for Monsanto. The case revolved around the
issue of genetically modified organisms. The suit’s only for $75,000,
but in the post-Gawker world, news outlets fear precedent more than
smallish cash payouts.
2) Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet issued new social media guidelines
to try and rein his openly biased news staff. Baquet admitted: “I’ve
spent full days policing our social media.” Based on some of what has
gotten through, what he’s caught must be awful.
3) Then came Project Veritas and conservative videographer James
O’Keefe. He targeted the Times with his latest video exposés. Last week,
O’Keefe caught one of the Times’ editors admitting he spun the news and
that, his “imprint is on every video we do.” This week Baquet responded
angrily, calling O’Keefe, “a despicable person who runs a despicable
operation." He further said the undercover interview was a “mortal sin.”
At least we finally found a Times editor admitting sin exists.
Baquet did everything he could to downplay the Veritas video. But he
wouldn’t be playing social media cop if he wasn’t worried about how
openly biased his left-wing staff appears. Maybe he ought to try some
intellectual diversity at the Times and hire conservatives who don’t
turn around and say the Second Amendment needs to go.
4. NFL Sacked by Protests Once More: The NFL protests continue and
league owners are either unable or unwilling to stop them. Commissioner
Roger Goodell, several owners and player representatives met this week
with no clear result. Goodell released a weak statement, claiming “we
believe everyone should stand for the national anthem.”
Prominent player protesters Michael Bennett and Eric Reid are continuing
their demonstrations, at least for now. Unemployed quarterback Colin
Kaepernick has charged the league with collusion for keeping him out of
a job, unaware, perhaps, of the concept of cost-benefit analysis. Like
all lefties, he blames Trump.
The fight has put a dent in NFL ratings. Deadline headlined its latest
ratings story: “‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low As
Titans Break Colts’ Streak.” That’s at the end of six weeks of a 17-week
season. Where will ratings be when the NFL rushes into the playoffs? And
then, as fans adjust to the reality that the players don’t respect them
or the flag, how many supporters will return in 2018?
Things are so bad that broadcasters now hide the protests. But with
stadium capacity at 60,000 or higher in most cities, social media
spreads the word anyhow. The outlook looks bleak for what used to be the
top pro sport in America.
5. Weinstein Whitewash: The news about Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood
sex harassment goes from bad to horrendous. So many stars have said they
were victims of either Weinstein or some other Hollywood power that
their stories are getting lost in the deluge.
Director Quentin Tarantino admitted in an interview with the Times: “I
knew enough to do more than I did” about Weinstein. The apology sounded
especially lame since Weinstein has been a force behind many of
Tarantino’s films and even threw the director an engagement party just a
few weeks ago. Actress Lupita Nyong’o wrote a Times op-ed to tell of her
harassment by Weinstein. And the #MeToo hashtag continues to go strong
as women reveal their own stories of harassment.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood made an ominous statement on Twitter. She
retweeted a story about Hollywood pedophilia with the comment: “This
will be the next dam to break.”
Hurray For Hollywood: Paid cable has a reputation as the place where
obscenity meets violence and gives birth to new programming. The latest
example is the Showtime comedy “White Famous” that included 150 F-bombs
in the first two episodes.
Actress “Hanoi” Jane Fonda is still at it, hating on America and
defending her infamous visit to North Vietnam while American troops were
dying fighting the war in Vietnam. Some things never change. When asked
if she was proud of America today, she gave a resounding “No!” Then she
admitted “I’m proud of the resistance.”
The world of Netflix did get a bit brighter. Foul-mouthed, conservative
hater Chelsea Handler lost her show after two years. Handler vowed to
“devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and
engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”
Given how bizarre and uninformed many of her comments have been, we
should hear from her in the year 2525.
Hollywood celebs haven’t learned their lesson, releasing yet another
clueless video that calls for voters to oppose the National Rifle
Association on guns. It starred many actors who made their career in
violent movies, including perennial anti-gun nut Julianne Moore. She’s
currently featured in the latest “Kingsman” movie, which delivers enough
gun violence to overthrow a small nation.
ABC’s “American Housewife” tried a new way to promote abortion – compare
babies to ‘lice.” The episode titled “The Lice Storm” compared how one
character had lice and another was three-months pregnant. “So, I also
have a parasite sucking the nutrients out of my body,” one character