I am on record sharing the media’s overwhelming disdain for how President Donald Trump failed to stand up to Vladimir Putin in nearly every possible way during their now infamous Helsinki press conference. It must be now explained, however, why the media’s near universal freak-out over Trump sucking up to a tyrannical killer who hacked our 2016 election is not going to have nearly the impact that it should — nor would have had even just a few short years ago. As a conservative, it has been quite fascinating to see liberal media icons and even prominent Democrats, talking passionately about the dangers of the Russian menace and speak glowingly of Ronald Reagan for how he forcefully took on, and essentially defeated, the old Soviet Union. Having been a Reagan fan since I was nine years old, the only other times I recall him getting such universal personal praise from Continue reading "Ten Reasons the Media’s Freak-Out Over the Helsinki Debacle Isn’t Credible with Trump Voters"
The modern media has a lot of major weaknesses, but one which often gets overlooked is how the narrative of a story can be greatly impacted by the coverage of previous ones which seem, at least on the surface, to be similar. A strong case can be made that this flaw is having a significant and negative impact in the coverage of the controversy involving GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and alleged sex abuse by an athletic doctor at Ohio State at least twenty-five years ago. This whole story is a direct “descendant” from several others which created the conditions for this one to be reported on in a way which creates a potentially dramatic misimpression. For instance, the “Catholic Church Scandal” clearly paved the way for the media to immediately buy totally into a narrative in the 2011 “Penn State Scandal,” which, after over five years of personally investigating it Continue reading "The Media’s Obsession with Narratives is Corrupting Coverage of the Jim Jordan Controversy"
I strive very hard to never blindly jump on any bandwagon of the media’s conventional wisdom and popularly-accepted opinion. I also am exceedingly aware that it is very easy to overreact in the midst of an intense news cycle which, especially in this era, will likely be largely forgotten by the end of the week. With that said, it is still imperative to express the utter shock, disgust, and even horror which was induced by today’s joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the first time in this insane Trump presidency, I am truly scared, and I am not afraid to admit it. Something is fundamentally and catastrophically wrong with our president, and it is presenting a very real threat the security of our nation and to the very global structure which has maintained relative order in the West since the end of World Continue reading "About the Only Evidence Left that Trump Isn’t Beholden to Putin is That It’s Just Too Obvious"
It was in early February that the Wall Street Journal broke the story about Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and the 2013 event he attended alongside anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, which was years after the prominent Democrat denounced his previous ties to the Nation of Islam founder back in 2006 when he first ran for Congress. For nearly five months (or 12 years when you think about it), Ellison was never pressed by the media about his relationship with a man who called white people “potential humans,” Adolf Hitler a “very great man,” and literally blamed Jews for 9/11. And frankly, it’s remarkable how Ellison’s own history of controversial remarks haven’t tarnished his public image. He once called for a separate country for Black Americans. He reportedly ranted to classmates that Jews were “oppressors” to minorities. He also defended convicted domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson and convicted cop killer Assata Shakur Continue reading "CNN’s Jake Tapper Deserves Credit For Being the First to Grill Keith Ellison On His Ties To Farrakhan"
Like every presidency, the Trump administration has faced various policy missteps. From the disastrous rollout of the travel ban, the Twitter declaration that transgender people can no longer enroll in the military, to the rolling back of the Obama-era policy banning elephant trophies, these were mistakes that cannot be blamed on anyone else but the executive branch. However, it was the separation of illegal immigrant families at the southern border that quickly became the biggest miscalculation of the Trump presidency. It’s no secret that President Donald Trump campaigned as a hardliner on immigration and the recently-implemented “zero tolerance” policy criminalized all illegal immigrants coming in at the US-Mexico border. However, it was the 1997 Flores settlement made in the federal courts that ruled that migrant children cannot be detained with their parents as well as a 2016 ruling from the liberal Ninth Circuit Court calling for the immediate release of Continue reading "After Trump’s Worst Policy Blunder To Date, the Media Falls Flat On Its Face"
It has often been said, quite accurately, that President Donald Trump is a master of the “Big Lie” theory. This is the concept that the larger a falsehood is, the more likely people will be to believe it, partly because it is difficult for the average person or even cynics in the news media to comprehend the brazenness of its dishonesty. Over the past month, a story which, if true, would probably be the largest scandal of Trump’s presidency, has been slowly coming together in a way that is both shockingly outrageous and astonishingly clear-cut. However, the vast majority of the news media has almost completely ignored it. I am referring here to what is likely the real story of former top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, a former Playboy model’s $1.6 million payment for securing an abortion and covering up an affair, President Trump, our policy towards a Continue reading "Is Media Ignoring the Biggest Scandal in Presidential History? Writer Behind Trump-Broidy Theory Explains"
President Donald Trump doesn’t need a pretext to bash the media, but Time magazine just handed him one. By now, the world has seen the infamous image of the two-year-old Honduran girl sobbing as her mother is searched in McAllen, TX near the southern border. The photo, shot by Getty’s John Moore on June 12, made that child, according to Time, “the face of the family separation policy.” So, it was a bold message from the publication when it cropped out the girl and placed her on its cover, standing beneath Trump, who is towering over her against Time’s signature red backdrop across which is printed, “Welcome to America.” However, just as soon as the cover was released, the border patrol agent involved in the scene said the mother and child were never separated, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed they are being housed together. That Continue reading "Time’s Defense of Its Cover is the Wrong Move for Anyone Who Cares About the Media (or Immigrants)"