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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.

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump, as expected

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump as expected

It was one of the most replayed parts of President Trump’s announcement regarding his national emergency declaration last Friday – a sing-song moment as the President predicted the declaration would be made, Democrats would sue, they’d go through the 9th circuit, and their decision will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court. So far, he’s been absolutely correct as 16 states have filed against the declaration.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-california-sue-trump-in-ninth-circuit-over-emergency-declarationThe attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House’s recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.”

President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He’s slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as “disgraceful” and politically biased.

My Take

This is their right, and while it may annoy those who support building the border wall, it would be a mistake to condemn these states for trying to stop it. This is part of the way our nation is intended to operate. If one or more states feel the need to challenge the authority of Washington DC, they should be able to make their case before the courts. If the courts make decisions based on the Constitution, then the end result will be the accurate and righteous one.

That’s how this was all intended.

I’m not suggesting the 9th Circuit is going to treat this fairly, nor am I confident the Supreme Court will make its decision solely on the Constitution, but until things are changed, this is what we’ve got. Attempts to subvert any component of this system from the President’s right to declare the emergency to the states’ rights to challenge it to the courts’ responsibility to make a ruling about it all would be to denounce the foundation upon which this nation was built.

There was a way this could have been avoided. Had the President and the GOP decided to have the debate over the wall while they had power over the House, Senate, and White House, they would have been in better position to get the wall going by now. Unfortunately, they an improper political calculation to hold off on the wall debate until after the midterm elections, and now it’s costing the American citizens. It costs us money to sit here through the shutdown and the legal battle over the national emergency declaration. It’s costing us time; the wall should be much further along by now. It may end up costing us the wall altogether if they aren’t able to make a strong case before the Supreme Court.

We are in the midst of a crisis at the border, one that has been going on for decades. Let’s not exacerbate the crisis by adding a Constitutional crisis on top. This needs to play all the way out.

 


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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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