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The media’s obsession with Trump is damaging them more than him

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Anyone who follows the news every day can see this, even if the anti-Trump media (and Democrats) refuse to admit it. Back in November, I wrote “as for Trump versus the media, my bet is on Trump.”

Trump has declared war on the main stream media, and he is going to go at them with hammer and tongs until he wins. By the end of his four years, either Trump will be impeached and convicted, or the media will be addressing him with the flowery decorum due him out of fear.

There are several reasons this is likely true.

First, the president’s “bully pulpit” is incredibly strong. He personally commands hundreds, if not thousands, of government personnel and the levers of power. Even when he steps over lines of authority and decorum, as he did with former FBI Director James Comey, it’s not illegal per se. The president’s message will always find ears to hear it.

Second, Trump himself is a connoisseur of media. He knows what gets their tails wagging, and he knows–instinctually at this point after 40 years of doing it–how to leverage that to his own purposes. Trump follows media ratings like Goldman Sachs follows stock values. No president in history has taken interest in the media as a business–an entertainment business in many ways–to this level. Honestly, it’s rather an unfair advantage for Trump, but since when has he believed in fairness?

Third, the anti-Trump media constantly and consistently steps all over itself trying to find the most damaging story or the smoking gun against the president.

Let’s be honest here.

If “golden showers,” “grab them by the p***y,” and Trump’s parsimony and deception in his personal giving haven’t taken him down, how is innuendo and speculation about Russia going to?

How can a fake Time Magazine cover hanging in Trump’s golf club, that the press has reacted to like catnip in a crazy cat lady’s house, be worth anything at all outside their own little bubble of like-minded journalists? (Psst: it’s not.)

To be sure, it’s still journalism when the press pursues evidence of wrongdoing, collusion, or incompetence within the Trump campaign or administration. It’s still journalism when they, time after time, follow anonymous tips and leads, publish stories based on them, and are later forced to retract those stories. Everyone can be wrong.

But continuing those pursuits when they are clearly damaging the media more than they are Trump, is, frankly, stupid.

Trump knows it’s stupid, but as long as the media, that part of it he declared to be his enemy, keeps running after the ball when he pretends to throw it, he will continue to bait them. He baits them with ratings, with a juicy story to cover, with wall-to-wall Russia, and with every manner of irrelevant idiocy, and they fall for it. (Even the inaugural crowd size story has resurfaced!)

It needs to stop, for the sake of journalism and America’s trust in the media.

This is for you, Chris Cillizza, who has made career hay at the Washington Post and a plum job at CNN. It’s for you, David Fahrenthold, who, deservedly, won a Pulitzer for digging into Trump’s non-giving. And for Jeff Zucker, Leslie Moonves, Noah Oppenheim and James Goldston. You’ve been trading on the goodwill of your profession, to make business hay and win a battle you are likely to lose.

Those “suits” at the top, along with reporters eager for a career-making move, or vindication for previous embarrassments, by their unhealthy obsession with Trump, are damaging the media as a whole. Trump is only too happy to let you all do it.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Entertainment and Sports

LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Guns and Crime

Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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News

After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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