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The media’s interests are not America’s interests

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The stories are getting more and more troubling and even outlandish. Every news source is becoming a welcome wagon for leaked everything and anything dealing with Trump. Even “email pranksters” are getting time on CNN, if they provide embarrassing dirt on Trump officials.

The media is enabling the infighting, backstabbing and self-dealing that has marked the Trump White House. They do it because it brings in eyeballs and readers and viewers. In short, it’s profitable for them.

Certainly, President Trump himself feeds the fire, but he does so to create an advantage for himself. Media-savvy Trump plants stories that he can later debunk, or in some way help him.

Now he’s brought in John Kelly to clean up Dodge City, and that’s a good thing. But the press is merrily searching reporter notebooks and every other anonymous source who “is familiar with” every meeting at the White House to undermine Kelly’s task. They’re doing this because (1) they smell blood in the water to hurt Trump; and (2) they want revenge from being called #FAKENEWS and “enemy of the people.”

But in so doing, they’re becoming the very things Trump accused them of being.

Does it help anyone for Sports Illustrated to report that the president called the White House “a real dump?” It’s some anonymous group of people talking to a sports magazine versus a White House spokesperson’s denial. Is it plausible Trump said it? Sure. But it’s #FAKENEWS if it can’t be corroborated, and it’s not news at all since it serves zero purpose other than salacious rumor.

Is there value to hear that two top generals in the administration didn’t trust POTUS during the first weeks of his term? Does that build confidence in a man with the nuclear codes, who has to stand up to Iran, North Korea, China and Russia? Obviously, I’ve had my problems with Trump, and his past statements. But now he is president, and this kind of reporting does nothing but enable America’s enemies (yes, we have enemies) and harm this country.

All of these reports, including the troubling ones about Trump’s involvement in drafting his own son’s statement about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, are based on “sources familiar with,” or “unnamed sources.” This has been going on for seven months: anonymous sources, and many reports have been modified or outright retracted.

It’s time for it to stop.

The president brought in Gen. Kelly to clean up the White House and stop the leaks. AG Sessions is also focusing on cleaning up leaks. If the administration commits itself to this task (and I trust Sessions and Kelly as serious), shouldn’t the press also be serious?

They have no problem naming names when it suits their purpose (like outing CIA agents). But they protect their anonymous administration sources because it serves the media’s interests.

The media’s interests are not America’s interests.

It’s time we held the media accountable for their motives and demand they expose their sources. The First Amendment only protects them from the government. It doesn’t protect them from the people who buy their product.

We must demand the media prove their allegations by naming names. It’s time for them to put up or shut up. Otherwise, they will have become exactly what the president said they are.

Culture and Religion

Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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Republicans need Mia Love because she isn’t scared to call out the President

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There are three types of Republicans on Capitol Hill. There are the avid supporters, whether of the President himself or of his agenda. There are the haters, most of whom have decided to not run for reelection or have kept a low profile. Then, there are people like Representative Mia Love (R-UT) who supports the President’s agenda while still being willing to call him out.

She’s the type of representative Republicans need in DC if they’re going to stay credible and achieve what they set out to accomplish after President Trump won the White House.

Every President has sheep on Capitol Hill. That’s not intended to denigrate them; belief in the man or his agenda will yield an unquestioning regard towards him, as it should. Every President will have detractors. It’s the conscientious few who take everything case-by-case before deciding whether to agree or not that gives a government the stability it needs. Without them, a party can fall too closely in line with pieces of the agenda or actions by the man himself that they normally wouldn’t follow, but fear of repercussions make them do it anyway.

An example of this was the “s–thole countries” comment the President allegedly made regarding certain third-world nations. It’s the type of phrase he would use based upon his history and in context it makes sense. Multiple people claimed to have witnessed him saying it, so despite his denials, reports were almost certainly accurate.

Love called him out.

GOP Rep. Mia Love Slams Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment

http://time.com/5100217/mia-love-donald-trump-shithole-remark/“The President’ comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with,” Love said in a statement on Thursday.

“They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream,” the statement continued. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”

Some would not give her much credit for the statement since it was her heritage that was allegedly attacked by President Trump, but she could just as easily said she believes he didn’t say it. She took a stand against her own party and her own President. That type of courage deserves to be rewarded.

Currently, she’s the only black Republican woman in Congress. Losing her would serve to confirm allegations that the GOP is a racist patriarchy. The people of Salt Lake City need to give her another term.

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