Greg Gianforte Body-slammed Partisan Not Journalist — Republican Greg Gianforte waltzed into Montana’s congressional seat, yesterday, mere hours after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for roughing up Ben Jacobs of the British-owned media publication The Guardian.
Some are decrying this as an assault on the free press. It is not. Jacobs is not a journalist. He is a partisan with a platform. His goal is not to provide the citizenry with accurate information but to advance an agenda and make obstacles to it look bad. This often means harassing the targets and distorting — to be polite — their positions.
It appears the citizenry, though, is catching on.
Americans hopefully also wake up to the reality that the battle is not about advancing a political party. It’s about advancing the idea that freedom is good; that freedom can only exist with courage, and that courage requires strong personal morals.
The special election was held to fill the seat vacated by Republcan Ryan Zinke who was appointed as Secretary of the Interior. Montana is a conservative state but not a knee-jerk Republican one. Its governor is Steve Bullock, a Democrat, who campaigned hard for Gianforte’s opponent, Rob Quist.
Greg Gianforte Body-slammed Partisan Not Journalist
Seth Rich Story Ignored — Guess what story did not make the pages establishment media. That’s right, the revelation that murdered Democrat National Committee Voter Data Director Seth Rich was the Wikileaks source regarding dirty deeds by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Lawrence O’Donnell Ultimate Conspiracy Nut — One-percenter establishment pundit and Comcast employee Lawrence O’Donnell posited last night (April 7) that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated the April 4 chemical weapon attack by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad so President Trump could respond and look good.
Dylan Byers Fake News — CNN’s Dylan Byers wrote a story implying conservative Fox host Sean Hannity pulled a gun on liberal colleague Juan Williams due to an on-air argument.
“Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident,” Byers said. “He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body.”
Hannity and Williams both said that’s not what happened.
Fox News said that’s not what happened.
But Byers stands by his story. He has anonymous sources, he says. Not a police report — assault and terroristic threats are crimes in New York — not a person with a name, just anonymous sources.
And he expects to be believed. You know that an anonymous source can be a guy in a bar, right? Or it can be a liar with a grudge. It can even be a malicious fiction.
And this guy calls himself a journalist.
A generation educated to be shameless has entered the media. They are caught in a lie and they double down. They are absolutely clueless as to where this path leads. Karma happens.
Gateway Pundit Writer Assaulted In White House — Jon Decker, a Fox News Radio correspondent credentialed to attend White House press briefings is a tad miffed that the Trump Administration is letting new kids into the club.
Lucian Wintrich is one of the new kids. He writes for the website TheGatewayPundit.
Wintrich’s presence became just too much for Decker’s hidebound sense of aesthetics, yesterday, March 10. Wintrich says that when he entered the briefing room Decker loudly declared that he hated blacks, women, Hispanics, Jews and other minorities. Decker then blocked him from entering the men’s room, and backed him into a corner, Wintrich says. When he tried to inch past, Decker shoved him.
Wintrich says that after he used the men’s room he found Decker waiting outside. Decker grabbed his arm and again loudly declared that Wintrich was anti-black, anti-Jew and anti-woman, and that he wrote for a Nazi publication.
Nobody stepped in to stop it.
These are the assholes that have been our source of news.
Wintrich is apparently not a very big guy. He’s gay and Jewish as well, for that matter. So much for the Nazi charge.
TheGatewayPundit is not written by bigots, Nazis or any other kind of hater. Read it yourself. You can find it here.
Hopefully, the Trump Administration pulls Decker’s creds.
Mark Levin Chastises Brian Stetler — CNN’s Brian Stelter merely did what he was born to do, namely defend the deep-state establishment, when he graspingly sought to defend the Obama Administration against charges that it used national security protocols in a futile attempt to stop the election of Donald Trump.
Did you listen to my show on Thursday, before President Trump tweeted? Did you watch my appearance on Fox and Friends Sunday morning? I know you are ticked I did not appear on your show, despite your numerous requests. Your ad hominem attacks about “right wing” radio host and conspiracy theory stuff … incredible.
I simply put together the stories that YOUR profession reported, on the public record. Do you deny there were two FISA applications? Do you deny the first was turned down? Do you deny the second was approved? It’s called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It is about surveillance. The fact that we cannot discern all the details because of the secrecy, except for what the media have revealed and selective leaks by the government, should cause you to want to know more, not to trash those who point it out.
And yes, we can make several logical implications based on events and experience. A FISA application is a big deal. One, or two in this case, that involve campaign surrogates, or a server or computer related to a candidate or campaign, etc., is a big deal. President Obama’s statement is not a definitive statement of anything, other than he, personally, did not order a wiretap, which I never claimed. But that does not mean he was unaware of surveillance activity by several of his departments, even through routine reports to the president, such as the Daily Intel Briefing or information conveyed to him or his staff via the Justice Department re the FBI counter-intelligence activities. As for Clapper, despite his past dissembling before Congress, he may not have been aware of what was taking place since the FBI counter-intel operation reportedly sought the warrant. The Daily Intel Briefing might provide useful information in that regard as well.
Of course, the release of the FISA applications would also shed a lot of light on events, assuming YOU believe reports that they were filed.
Furthermore, Clapper has said, as recently as yesterday, that no connections between the Russians and the Trump campaign have been found. I am extremely critical of Russia, Putin, and the efforts to influence our election, although I do not believe they succeeded. That said, how would Clapper know of no connections if he, as former Director of National Intelligence, didn’t look? On what is that based?
Your lack of curiosity and dishonesty about such matters and in dealing with me demean you and your profession. You are free to circulate this communication to whomever you wish, as I am making it public.
Dino Media Twists Trump’s Words — Joanne Yurchak has let us know that the dino media is still playing its games.
Huffington Post takes from President-elect Trump’s interview with Chris Wallace that aired yesterday (Dec. 11) on Fox News that “Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s ‘Smart.'”
Business Insider shouts in a headline “TRUMP: I’m a ‘smart person,’ don’t need intelligence briefings every single day.”
Here’s what he actually said: “I get when I need it. First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say if something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one minute’s notice. I don’t need to be told … the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that . . .”
It seems a rather sensible allocation of priorities than arrogance.
Journalism is a noble vocation and an important bulwark for a free society. The corporate frauds who control our once major media companies have long stopped practicing it.
Maureen Dowd Thanksgiving Good Humor — We are shamelessly without permission reprinting this column with an introduction by Maureen Dowd that appeared in the New York Times after Thanksgiving, and that we received by email. It perfectly illustrates to many still bruised over this last election that peace can be found and families don’t have to be broken up. Hat tip Joanne Yurchak.
WASHINGTON — First I had to deal with the president-elect scolding.
During his interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Donald Trump chided me twice for being too tough on him.
Sitting next to our publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Trump invited everyone around the table to call him if they saw anything “where you feel that I’m wrong.”
“You can call me, Arthur can call me, I would love to hear,” he said. “The only one who can’t call me is Maureen. She treats me too rough.”
Then I had to go home for Thanksgiving and deal with my family scolding me about the media misreading the country. I went cold turkey to eat hot turkey: no therapy dog, no weaving therapy, no yoga, no acupuncture, no meditation, no cry-in.
The minute I saw my sister’s Trump champagne and a Cersei figurine as the centerpiece — my brother, Kevin, nicknamed Hillary “Cersei” during this year’s brutal game of thrones — I knew I wasn’t in a safe space.
My little basket of deplorables, as I call my conservative family, gloated with Trump toasts galore, and Kevin presented me with his annual holiday column with an extra flourish.
My colleague Paul Krugman tweeted Friday that “affluent, educated suburbanites” who voted for Trump are “fools.” What else is there to say, he asked.
Well, here is what Kevin, an affluent, educated suburbanite, has to say in his column, titled an “Election Therapy Guide for Liberals”:
Written by Kevin Dowd: “Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political feats in modern history by defeating Hillary Clinton and the vaunted Clinton machine.
The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.
The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.
Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes.
The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants.
Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.
If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they should rethink that.
Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.”
The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact.
Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.
As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for 1,461 days. Merry Christmas.”