Connect with us

Media

Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

Published

on

Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

The tenacity by which mainstream media wants to stop President Trump is comical. It’s even dangerous at times. Sadly, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by giving their target all the ammunition he needs to continue taking them down.

Their latest attempt at defending freedom of the press and bashing the President for attacking it comes in the form of a coordinated attack. That statement alone is enough to make more people realize their bias and justify Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy. They can attempt to spin it any way they want, but the results will be the same. They’re helping Trump.

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/15/media/newspaper-editorials-free-press-trump/index.htmlFrom The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the effort as of Wednesday afternoon.

This smells bad. I’m not a Trump supporter, yet I grimace at the attempt by mainstream media to take him down. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it; it isn’t his place to lead the charge against mainstream media. That’s my job, and yours. Instead, the President should be spending time gaining a better understanding of the effects of tariffs and learning how to handle foreign affairs like a statesman. Unhinged journalists and kneeling football players are below the office of the President of the United States.

Nevertheless, he attacks. They attack back. Rinse. Repeat.

This is very similar to what National Review attempted in early 2016 when they gathered a bunch of respected conservative journalists to speak out against the President. Titled “Against Trump,” the issue had dozens of conservatives giving their reasons why we shouldn’t support Trump to be the Republican nominee. It failed miserably. His popularity skyrocketed and it helped to seal the fate of candidates who tried to prevent his ascension.

The current situation is worse. Instead of dozens, it’s hundreds of editorial writers and publications making a concerted effort to expose Trump and his backwards perspectives on freedom of the press. Instead of pulling the nation against him, they will only plant people more firmly in their own beliefs. Trump detractors will get a false sense of victory while Trump supporters will say, “See, he was right all along.”

No minds will be changed by these hundreds of articles. Worldviews will be solidified. More attacks from the White House against mainstream media will be justified. Valid complaints about the President by all journalists will be tainted. In short, the media is handing the President the best present they can give him. They’re proving his point.

Goodwill is generated for people who are perceived as being treated unfairly. By “ganging up” on Trump with coordinated attacks, mainstream media is making even lukewarm Trump supporters much more sympathetic towards him.

The worst part about all this is there are legitimate complaints about the President that will be diminished by mainstream media’s coordinated attacks. They are adding fuel to the fake news fire. Maybe it makes them feel good now, but it’s counterproductive at best.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Media

To advance conservatism, nobody gets a free pass

Published

on

To advance conservatism nobody gets a free pass

Before the midterm elections, most of the writers here spent a good chunk of their copy space helping Republicans in their campaigns. They focused on exposing Democrats for what they are (as well as what they’re becoming) and often turned their back on the negatives associated with Republican candidates.

This was intentional and I allowed it. Like many proponents of limited government, I compare the rhetoric and actions of the two major parties and I see one that’s pushing for big government and another that’s pushing for even bigger government. The fallacies in the Democrats’ proposals are obvious and universal. Republicans have a mix of good and bad; for example, lowering taxes was good, but simultaneously increasing spending was bad.

I allowed the pro-Republican approach because in the world of partisan politics, we’re stuck in a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. While I personally didn’t get involved in party politics and focused my posts on fighting for conservative and limited-government federalist values, I didn’t ask my writers to do the same. Any who chose to promote the Republican agenda, which was most of them, were allowed to do so.

They still can. I’m not censoring anyone. However, I want to be clear about the true purpose of this news site.

We are not a partisan site that is pro-Republican or anti-Democrat. We are a pro-American site that understands the importance of limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life, plus many other ideas that are usually associated with conservatism and/or classical liberalism.

Now that the election is over, we are relaunching our GoFundMe page.

Getting donations during campaign season was tough, but now we’re ready to accept help. We need it.

The description of our site on GoFundMe encapsulates what we are.

Our society is rapidly deteriorating into helplessness. Ideas such as self-governance, conservatism, patriotism, personal responsibility, limited-government federalism, and civil discourse are being threatened by a sharp leftward lurch. It isn’t just progressives who are veering to the left. The center is shifting to the left and as a result, many who are or were conservative have become more open-minded to the cultural and geopolitical shifts.

We are losing our ethical, traditional, and logical cores as a society.

NOQ Report has three goals:

1) Expose the fallacies of this leftward lurch that is making progressives more unhinged and conservatives more malleable.
2) Educate the masses about the benefits of liberty-driven philosophies that include limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life.
3) Engage with people in a meaningful way. We want a dialogue with everyone whether they agree or disagree with us.

America deserves better than what mainstream media feeds us.

Every dollar donated is invested back into the site to pay writers, editors, and to promote the site so it can reach more people. We have limited advertising on the site for a reason. We do not want “corporate overlords” who try to steer content, nor do we want to load the site with spammy ads. This is why we must rely on you, the readers, to keep the site afloat.

As of the middle of November, 2018, we are relaunching this campaign. We had a soft launch that had minimal success. We are pushing harder now. Please help us elevate this news site to compete against the incessant leftist propaganda being pumped onto the internet. Donate now.

Moving forward, we are going to focus on our three goals. It doesn’t matter if someone is a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever. If they aren’t helping to limit government, defend freedoms, and protect life, we’ll call them out.

Continue Reading

Media

Trump’s war with CNN is fanning the anti-1st Amendment flames

Published

on

Trumps war with CNN is fanning the anti-1st Amendment flames

By now I’m sure you heard about the alleged confrontation between Emperor Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta that resulted in the suspension of Acosta’s White House Press credentials.

I call it alleged because Trump has a long history of targeting CNN with his Joseph Goebbels-styled “Fake News” propaganda, and he has a particular vendetta against Acosta. Frankly, the whole scenario reeks of the kind of reality TV set-up Trump has become known for whenever he needs a distraction to hide behind as cover for his failures.

While I usually avoid Trump’s “squirrel politics,” this attack on the media he has labeled “the enemy of the American people” is another example of the threat he presents to the First Amendment and a free press.

Fortunately, CNN isn’t taking Trump’s bullying tactics lying down.

Yesterday, the network filed a lawsuit against Trump and many of the top people in his administration, demanding that Acosta’s credentials be restored, setting up a court fight over the First Amendment. In a statement announcing the suit, CNN said they were defending all media against Trump’s dictatorial approach to the press.

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous, chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

Of course, right on cue, Trump Pravda began defending Trump while attacking CNN.

Faux News’ Sean Hannity, who supported the creation of a White House “blacklist” for media outlets who refused to bow to Trump during the 2016 election, accused Acosta of “Trump derangement syndrome” and said, “Without a doubt, Acosta deserves to be banned from the White House (because) he’s earned it.”

Mark Levin, radio personality and the host of Faux News’ weekend show “Life, Liberty & Levin,” defended Trump and called the CNN suit “ridiculous” and said that “The courts should stay out of the case.”

Not everyone at Faux News agrees with Hannity and Levin. Libertarian Andrew Napolitano believes that CNN has a “very good case.”

“The only grounds for revoking the pass are, ‘Is the person a danger to the physical security of the president or his family.’ Obviously, Acosta may have been an irritant to the president, but he was hardly a danger to him. CNN has a very good case.”

Judge Napolitano also called Acosta’s behavior “part of the rough and tumble of the First Amendment” and he added that we should remember the words of Thomas Jefferson when he said, “I would rather have newspapers without government than a government without newspapers.”

With his ignorance of US history and the Constitution, Trump is probably unfamiliar with Jefferson’s feelings about the importance of a free press. Hopefully, the CNN lawsuit will be instrumental in bringing an end to his lack of knowledge concerning our rights . . . or at least bring an end to his tyrannical ambitions.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

Follow the Strident Conservative on Twitter and Facebook.

Subscribe to receive podcasts of radio commentaries: iTunes | Stitcher | Tune In | RSS

Continue Reading

Media

Jim Acosta is a self-absorbed idiot, but he should get his hard pass back

Published

on

Jim Acosta is a self-absorbed idiot but he should get his hard pass back

CNN’s Jim Acosta is the worst kind of journalist. His goal is not to seek out and report on the truth as any respectable journalist should. His goal is to insert himself into the news for the sake of his own career and ego. He adores attention and never reports anything without inserting his bias into it. Bias is fine for commentators. Acosta is supposed to be a reporter.

When his hard pass was revoked by the White House (technically, it was the Secret Service that revoked it), I sided with them over Acosta because, as I said a week ago, “Keeping a belligerent, self-absorbed attention-seeker like Acosta from entering the White House is defensible based on his unhinged actions today.”

After six days to think about it and research court decisions pertaining to freedom of the press, I have a confession to make. I allowed my opinion of Acosta, which is extremely low, to affect my opinion about whether or not he should have a hard pass. My new stance is simple:

I don’t believe Jim Acosta deserves a hard pass, but unfortunately the press isn’t held to a merit-based system, especially in Washington DC. Personalities are more important than skill on television. Acosta may not have an ounce of journalistic integrity, but he’s entertaining to leftists. That’s all CNN really wants.

There is a real danger here if Acosta isn’t given his hard pass back. The guidelines by which the Secret Service issues these passes are murky and have been debated in courts for decades. Essentially, they can give hard passes to bona fide journalists based in Washington DC reporting mostly on White House activities. They must pass a background check conducted by the FBI. They must be deemed as not a threat to the President and his family. Those are the criteria to receive a hard pass.

There aren’t really any specific criteria for suspending passes that have already been issued, so let’s ask ourselves some questions about Acosta’s situation.

  • Does he pose a threat to the President or his family? No.
  • Should his actions to withhold the microphone from the intern be considered “laying hands” on her, as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders suggested? Probably not, as long as you’re watching the real video and not the InfoWars video.
  • Would his hard pass have been revoked if he wasn’t Jim Acosta from CNN, the most annoying questioner at the White House who works for the news outlet that’s most reviled by the administration? No.

Anyone who answers that last question honestly knows that Jim Acosta lost his hard pass because he’s Jim Acosta. As the President noted, he’s rude and unprofessional. His temperament is better served in commentary than reporting. Many of his questions, his follow up questions in particular, are amateur at best from a journalistic perspective but perfect when someone’s goal is “hey you guys, look at me doing journalism!” Everything is an attempt at a “gotcha” moment, which isn’t uncommon among journalists but Acosta often takes it up a few notches.

He is CNN’s unofficial Chief White House Debater. Whether talking to Stephen Miller, Sarah Sanders, or the President himself, Acosta attempts to turn every “question” into an altercation so he can toot his horn if he gets them riled up or play the victim card if he gets shut down or ignored.

The court will side with CNN and Acosta because the 1st Amendment protects him. After he gets his pass back, the White House should ignore him because this self-absorbed “journalist” is just an idiot seeking attention. Give him none.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement Donate to NOQ Report

Facebook

Twitter

Trending

Copyright © 2018 NOQ Report