The NY Times Handled the Trump Rape Allegation Just Fine & Should Not Have Been Forced to Pathetically Apologize


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It would be shocking if there is anyone, especially a conservative, who is as on record as being skeptical of President Donald Trump, the news media, and the #MeToo movement as me. Consequently, I come at the recent allegation by E. Jean Carroll that she was raped by Trump 23 years ago, and the media coverage of it, from a unique perspective. It is extremely rare for me to praise the news media in their coverage of any controversial subject, but this is particularly the case when the topics include two of the media’s hottest buttons: Trump and rape. Yet the immediate reaction of most of the news media to Carroll’s accusation, detailed in a New York magazine article to promote her new book, was actually quite measured, sensible, and fair. To be clear, this type of situation is an exceedingly difficult one to cover appropriately, especially in such Continue reading "The NY Times Handled the Trump Rape Allegation Just Fine & Should Not Have Been Forced to Pathetically Apologize"

Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It


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Donald Trump Praises Hillary Clinton A large part of President Donald Trump’s “genius” is that he understands the inherent advantage being able to lie with impunity provides the fabricator when going up against someone who cares about the truth. This is mostly because we as a culture are still extremely hesitant to condemn someone as a liar, and yet weirdly don’t really punish powerful people once it has finally been proven they lied. Therefore, lying provides someone with a huge head start, along with the ability to fight any contest on their own terms. This is especially the case when the race they are running is a sprint, instead of a marathon. Very early in his life, Trump learned that if you claimed to be a billionaire, and acted like a billionaire, that everyone, including the morons in the news media, would believe you and even treat you like one. At the very least, the Continue reading "Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It"

Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It


This post is by John Ziegler from Mediaite


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Donald Trump Praises Hillary Clinton A large part of President Donald Trump’s “genius” is that he understands the inherent advantage being able to lie with impunity provides the fabricator when going up against someone who cares about the truth. This is mostly because we as a culture are still extremely hesitant to condemn someone as a liar, and yet weirdly don’t really punish powerful people once it has finally been proven they lied. Therefore, lying provides someone with a huge head start, along with the ability to fight any contest on their own terms. This is especially the case when the race they are running is a sprint, instead of a marathon. Very early in his life, Trump learned that if you claimed to be a billionaire, and acted like a billionaire, that everyone, including the morons in the news media, would believe you and even treat you like one. At the very least, the Continue reading "Here is Why Trump ‘Wins’ When Facing Non-Friendly Interviews, and What Should Be Done About It"

Trump Was Wrong About the Central Park Five, But They Were Not ‘Exonerated’


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I realize better than just about anyone that we live in an era where nuance is deader than disco, and that going against a popular politically correct narrative is as ill-advised as stepping in front of a freight train. However, for whatever reason, sometimes, when the facts warrant it, I still can’t resist trying, even when that means some people will misinterpret what I am saying as defending President Donald Trump. Such is the situation with regard to the ongoing, now thirty-year-old, controversy over the “Central Park Five,” who were condemned to death by then “businessman” Donald Trump, convicted of a brutal 1989 assault and rape, only later to have their convictions overturned and be paid millions of dollars by the city of New York. Tuesday, now as president of the United States, Trump reiterated his stance that he would not apologize for his position on the case and strongly Continue reading "Trump Was Wrong About the Central Park Five, But They Were Not ‘Exonerated’"

As the 2020 Campaign Officially Begins, Here is How to Beat Trump, and How He Might Win


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How to Beat Trump in 2020 -- And How He Might Win Tuesday night, President Donald Trump officially launches his bid for re-election with a huge rally in Orlando, Florida. In some ways his re-election effort is, in an apparent oxymoron, both extremely unpredictable and yet also very easily road-mapped. In modern times, we have never had a president about whom opinion was so polarized and carved in stone. There is almost no one who has tepid feelings about Trump, and therefore very few voters who might be considered on the fence about whether they would like to see another four seasons of this reality show presidency. Consequently, what normally would be irrelevant polling data well over a year before an election can actually be quite reliable, especially when Trump is placed against former vice-president Joe Biden, another extremely well-known quantity. This is what has Trump so agitated about his recent poll numbers, particularly against Biden, and why he is Continue reading "As the 2020 Campaign Officially Begins, Here is How to Beat Trump, and How He Might Win"

A Review of Stephanopoulos’s Amazing and Yet Still Squandered ’30 Hours’ Interview with Trump


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Trump's 30 Hours Interview With ABC News' George Stephanopoulos For the first time since, by my accounting, last fall, President Donald Trump agreed to a sit-down television interview with a non-friendly news personality. Trump spent “30 Hours” (not really) with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and the results were extraordinary, though not nearly as bad for him as they should have been. In short, this interview, while it included elements which would have badly damaged any other president, was actually a win for Trump. Meanwhile, Stephanopoulos inadvertently provided Trump with almost everything for which he could have asked. Here are my many takeaways from last night’s hour-long special on the interview: Amazing Access: At first glance, it may have appeared crazy for Trump to give Stephanopoulos, a former strategist for Bill Clinton, so much time to be able to dig into several previously under-examined topics in-depth. However, the gambit worked like a charm for Trump as the Good Morning Continue reading "A Review of Stephanopoulos’s Amazing and Yet Still Squandered ’30 Hours’ Interview with Trump"

25 Years Ago Today O.J. Simpson Murdered Two People. Our Media and Politics Have Never Been the Same.


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F. Lee Bailey huddles with O.J. Simpson Twenty-five years ago tonight, O.J. Simpson, one of the most famous and beloved athletes in American history, went over to his ex-wife’s Brentwood townhouse and slaughtered her and a male friend who was an innocent bystander, leaving their nearly bloodless bodies for his two small children to possibly find the next morning. The impact of this shocking event changed forever the way the news media functions, and has possibly even greatly impacted our political history. The Simpson saga was really the first massive entertainment story, disguised as hard news, of the television era. There had been huge stories like it in American history (the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, for instance) where newspapers had become totally obsessed with a popular but not really that significant narrative because it was great for business. But until the O.J. Simpson murders, television news had largely restrained itself from such behavior. Part of Continue reading "25 Years Ago Today O.J. Simpson Murdered Two People. Our Media and Politics Have Never Been the Same."

The News Media Muting of the FBI’s MLK Jr. Report is Hypocritical and Plays Into Conservative Mistrust


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While there have obviously been positive aspects of the #MeToo movement, one of the most dangerous has been a stunning lack of consistency in how the new rules have been both defined and implemented. For instance, it sure seems like the less attractive a man is the smaller chance he has of surviving an allegation of sexual abuse or harassment. Now, based on how the news media has handled the most recent possible case where a famous male could easily be facing being erased from history due to allegations in this realm, it sure seems as if there is a strong political bias at work as well. So much so that there is an excellent chance that you haven’t even heard about the story to which I am referring. What if I told you that an FBI report on a major religious figure was just revealed by an author, who Continue reading "The News Media Muting of the FBI’s MLK Jr. Report is Hypocritical and Plays Into Conservative Mistrust"

The Media is the Reason Congressional Hearings on Impeachment Will Not Follow the Nixon Model


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Trump's Impeachment is a Fantasy in Today's Media Environment Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, clearly wants President Donald Trump to be impeached. Normally, as the person in charge of starting such a proceeding, that would mean, given the overwhelming evidence against him in the Mueller report and from the public record, impeachment hearings would have already begun. However, because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dead-set against impeaching Trump (at least for now she claims, while weirdly telling her agitated caucus she instead wants him sent to prison), Nadler’s nuts are currently in jar, probably on her desk. Currently impotent, Nadler is flailing around the edges of impeachment, scheduling witnesses for Monday for what might be referred to as a “pre-impeachment” hearing. The “star” of this proceeding, which has all the makings of being pathetic, is expected to be CNN contributor John Dean. Dean is most well-known, to those over the age of Continue reading "The Media is the Reason Congressional Hearings on Impeachment Will Not Follow the Nixon Model"

A Great Country Would Have Already Impeached Trump, But Maybe We Should Just Admit We No Longer Qualify


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When it comes to the great “Impeachment Debate,” I come at the subject from what is a literally unique perspective. For instance, there is surely not another delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention who has successfully publicly lobbied a prominent Democratic Congressman to change their mind in favor of impeaching a Republican president. Ironically, as the fervor to impeach President Donald Trump has grown in many corners of the Democratic congressional caucus, and one very lonely Republican congressman, my enthusiasm for Trump to be impeached has started to wane. Not because he doesn’t merit such an indictment, or that history doesn’t demand it, but because it is becoming clear that there are no heroes around, other than maybe Rep. Justin Amash, who are willing to keep the impeachment of Trump from being a disaster. Before I explain why, I need to describe exactly what Trump has done to Continue reading "A Great Country Would Have Already Impeached Trump, But Maybe We Should Just Admit We No Longer Qualify"