It appears that the New York Times has lied–I know, I know, such a shock–about Trump again. This time they literally made up and misrepresented Trump quotes, and Glenn Thrush is yet again a part of the scheme to misquote Trump.
I wish I could say this was an anomaly. But, I cannot, and hence the NYT remains a fake newspaper, especially given the “mistake” was so easily avoidable by, you know, actually watching his speeches.
Over at the Federalist there is a thoughtful piece about the reason why Conservatives should not play the game of the media when it comes to the condemnation of whatever racist condemnation they are demanding. The reason is because it is a trick that cannot be won.
When a Republican does condemn the violence the press wants condemned, then they get the football yanked from them like Lucy and Charlie Brown, having their motives and sincerity questioned. It’s a no win game, yet many continue to do it: Rubio, Bush, McCain, Romney, etc.
The author of the piece claims that Trump should not play that game either, and instead say something like this:
“White supremacy is not an ideology that falls on the extreme right end of the American political spectrum. Just like violence in the name of leftism, white supremacy is nothing other than hatred and idiocy masquerading as ideology and conviction. Those who espouse these views have not taken the principles of one political party and corrupted them. They have simply embraced the doctrine of demons—the belief that man can build utopia by aiming violence and hatred at his neighbor.
“Therefore there is no need for whataboutism today. I don’t need the media or Democrats to rebuke the terror of self-identified leftists before I can speak against the violence of those who claim to be members of the Right. White supremacists already stand condemned according to the law of God, and that’s all I need to condemn them as well.
“In conclusion, I’d like to say something to those who approve of the hatred that we saw in Charlottesville last weekend. And I will speak loudly and clearly, so that they can hear me above the rumbling of the washing machine in their mothers’ basements: I am not your friend, and I oppose your agenda. If you want to air your diseased doctrines before the world in a peaceful manner, you have that right and I trust that the marketplace of ideas will leave you irrelevant.
“If, however, you want to pair those hateful thoughts with hateful deeds, you should trust that my administration will leave you in prison as we continue to Make America Great Again for all her citizens.”
The problem with this is that Trump has already said much of this. It does not matter. The author suggests that not responding to these accusations by the media and others would be appropriate. But, the time for silence is long gone and passed. It never worked.
What we need for public deliberation is public defenses. In that, Trump is pitch perfect.
Ryan Lizza has had a history of dishonesty all the while he claims to be an honest reporter, for the people of course.
In his expose on Anthony Scaramucci’s phone conversation, he portrayed as some cocaine induced rant. It was nothing like that, as the audio released (below) demonstrates.
What should be pointed out is the threat Lizza makes to Scaramucci that he may be profiled.
Shameful reporter is Lizza.
This will only get worse and uglier, but it is difficult to rouse any defense of the media since they take pride in destroying the lives of non-politicians and citizens for sport. Ace:
They are ill-parented toddlers–self absorbed, thoughtless, careless, and happy to break anything that doesn’t suit their immediate purpose. These toddlers have found a box of kitchen matches and are busy lighting their sibling’s toys on fire out of spite, oblivious to the danger they’ve created for themselves.
Just as the toddler fails to realize that the fire he’s using can also burn him, so, too, does the media overlook that the very techniques they use can be turned upon them, and quite easily.
This is only the beginning of an ever-growing pushback, one that’s only going to get nastier and more ugly. And everything that happens is on them. This is the rotten, worm infested harvest they have sown and they’re going to be choking on it for some time to come.
Mollie hemingway at The Federalist notes in this rather old story:
Because of Trump’s kind words about Putin and Russia, Russia’s role in the hacking of Hillary Clinton-related emails, and the shock of Clinton’s loss forcing people to seek an explanation, a Russia narrative took off shortly after the election. “Shattered,” a new book about the 2016 Clinton campaign, helps explain a bit about why:
In other calls with advisers and political surrogates in the days after the election, Hillary declined to take responsibility for her own loss. ‘She’s not being particularly self-reflective,’ said one longtime ally who was on calls with her shortly after the election. Instead, Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. ‘She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,’ this person said.
That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.
In Brooklyn, her team coalesced around the idea that Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio.
The Clinton campaign might not have been good at winning, but they were good at working with a largely compliant media. By December, the Russia narrative was set. Obama intelligence officials were leaking damaging information to prominent media outlets throughout the month, but things really got going in early January.
That’s when senior Obama intelligence officials leaked to CNN that they had briefed President-elect Trump on the existence of the “Russian dossier” full of compromising claims about him. This opposition research document had been floating around DC throughout the campaign but was not taken terribly seriously prior to the CNN report.
CNN’s story, bylined by Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein, was absolutely explosive. Headlined, “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him,” it could not have sounded worse.