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Politico: “Impeachment Risks Fading From the News”

Seriously? Ya think?

Politico need not worry. They and the rest of the liberal MSM will make sure that does not happen.

From Politico’s daily “Playbook”:

HOW DO HOUSE DEMOCRATS keep momentum in their impeachment probe? Some worry about that, as the party has mostly retreated behind closed doors to take testimony from various witnesses. Without ready-for-TV moments, and in the absence of fresh allegations from a new whistleblower, impeachment risks fading from the news. Of course, the president is liable to go on the South Lawn and admit to what Democrats consider additional impeachable offenses at any point. But Trump’s power to control the headlines day in and day out is a challenge for Democrats, and it’s not one they’ve quite solved yet.

MSM Suddenly Sees a Witch Hunt When a Democrat — Hillary — Gets Investigated

Look at this. Look how that Washington Post handles a news story about a legitimate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to handle State Department business, a practice for which any employee would have been fired and possibly subject to criminal charges.

The article is all about . . . Trump! And how he is persecuting people for political purposes.

Of course, Democrats never launch investigations for political purposes. They are just seeking justice, the rule of law, etc.

From the piece:

The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.

As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials. Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post.

Senior State Department officials said that they are following standard protocol in an investigation that began during the latter days of the Obama administration and is nearing completion . . .

To many of those under scrutiny, including some of the Democratic Party’s top foreign policy experts, the recent flurry of activity surrounding the Clinton email case represents a new front on which the Trump administration could be accused of employing the powers of the executive branch against perceived political adversaries.

Are you kidding me? She’s not a political adversary. She’s not running for anything, at least not yet. This is a completely legitimate and even important probe.

It’s simply impossible to trust the reporting by the Washington Post anymore. They used to at least try to check their bias. Now, it’s all on the table, for their friends inside the Beltway to feast on.

CNN’s Jim Acosta: America is a “Vicious, Nasty Country”

From the Washington Examiner:

Bemoaning Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people” — the title of his new book — Acosta jabbed at the president and said, “I throw my beer cans at the TV screen,” when Trump appears.

“Do you remember, Bill, when we use to say ‘I’d like to leave this country better off to our kids and our grandkids?” Acosta said to veteran liberal journalist Bill Press. “Does anybody say that anymore?” He said the lives of Americans had degenerated into “viciousness,” adding: “We’ve become a vicious, nasty country.”

To what low has journalism sunk when a network, CNN, allows someone to cover a president he admits to personally hating?

Press Secretary: No Plans to Bring the Briefings Back

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Monday said the White House has no plans to bring back the daily briefing.

“Ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can. Right now, he’s doing just fine,” Grisham said. “To be honest, the briefings had become a lot of theater.”

She noted the benefit accruing to the reporters.

“They are writing books now. I mean, they are all getting famous off of this presidency, and so I think it’s great what we are doing now,” Grisham said.

It’s a shame there are no televised briefings, they can be a useful way to hold the White House to account. And forcing the White House to think through its answers helps the president and his aides organize and settle their policies. Grisham should at least allow off-camera briefings, which also, long ago, used to occur on a daily basis a few hours before the televised briefing.

But unfortunately, the White House press corps has lost the credibility to make these arguments.

Many members of the White House press corps are serious journalists trying to do their job. But there are also many who are obviously out to get President Trump. And others who might not have an agenda, but who regularly fail to check their bias at the White House gate. And, of course, a few who are complete showboaters, just looking for attention.

Trump Eulogy for Cokie Roberts: “She Never Treated Me Nicely”

That’s what you gotta love about President Trump. He doesn’t do polite and phony.

I used to watch Cokie Roberts when she was on the TV, on ABC’s “This Week” years ago, back in the David Brinkley days, and I never liked her much. I’ve forgotten why, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her. I think it had something to do with liberal, conventional-wisdom commentary. I remember a friend once saying, “Oh, Cokie Roberts is on, should I turn it off? I know you don’t like seeing her.”

But she seemed like a good person. Sad to lose her.

Never liked David Brinkley much either. He made these little sarcastic comments about how foolish people were and was much less clever than he thought. Maybe he was once a great journalist, but by the time I saw him he was like butler opening the door to the show.

So why did I even watch that show? Probably George Will. Wouldn’t watch it today for him, unfortunately.

Anyway, Cokie Roberts, RIP.

From the Washington Examiner.

President Trump said that Cokie Roberts never “treated me nicely” but added that he wanted to “wish her family well” following the veteran journalist’s death on Tuesday morning.

Roberts, 75, was an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and on-air political commentator. She is a member of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. 

Trump addressed her death while speaking to the pool reporters during his flight to California on Tuesday afternoon.

“I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional,” Trump stated.

Roberts is survived by her husband Steven V. Roberts, to whom she was married since 1966. They had two children and six grandchildren.

White House the Rebuts Latest Attack by Washington Post “News” Reporters

It’s incredible. The liberal mainstream media are so astoundingly creative, coming up with endless ways to recycle and repackage the same criticisms of President Trump.

A September 1 piece by piece by Washington Post White House reporters Philip Rucker, who allegedly leaked details of an off-the-record session with cashiered Trump aide Madeleine Westerhout, and Ashley Parker was titled, “Trump’s lost summer.” They found people to trash Trump, and wrote it up. Such fine journalism.

The story detailed a list of actions by Trump deemed failures, even though some, like the trade war with China, would be considered by Trump backers to be a success. They presume his criticism of Baltimore was racist because, you know, a lot of black people live there. And so on, and so on.

From the piece:

When President Trump presided over the battle tanks and fighter jets, the fireworks and adoring fans on July 4, he couldn’t have known that the militaristic “Salute to America” — as well as to himself — would end up as the apparent pinnacle of the season.

What followed was what some Trump advisers and allies characterize as a lost summer defined by self-inflicted controversies and squandered opportunities. Trump leveled racist attacks against four congresswomen of color dubbed “the Squad.” He derided the majority-black city of Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested.” His anti-immigrant rhetoric was echoed in a missive that authorities believe a mass shooting suspect posted. His visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso after the gun massacres in those cities served to divide rather than heal.

Trump’s economy also began to falter, with the markets ping-ponging based on the president’s erratic behavior. His trade war with China grew more acrimonious. His whipsaw diplomacy at the Group of Seven summit left allies uncertain about American leadership. The president returned from his visit to France in a sour mood, frustrated by what he felt was unfairly negative news coverage of his trip.

The White House Wednesday issued this rebuttal:

Stelter: Technical Issues Prevented Response to Claim Trump Worse than Hitler, Mao, Stalin

A guest on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter said President Trump “may be responsible for many more million deaths” than Hitler, Mao, and Stalin.

He claimed he didn’t hear the comment. 

We report. You decide.

And what was he doing with such a nut on his show in the first place?

CNN Hires Andrew McCabe as a Commentator

Hates Trump. A proven liar. Sounds about right for CNN.

From the Washington Examiner:

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for leaking to the media and who has become an antagonist of President Trump, will join CNN.

McCabe has spent the past year defending his actions at the FBI, writing a book, and pushing for Trump to be removed from office.

He filed suit in federal court earlier in August accusing Trump of causing his subordinates at the Justice Department to participate in an “unconstitutional plan and scheme” to have him fired. McCabe was fired the same day he planned to retire.

The department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 39-page report in February 2018 detailing multiple instances where McCabe “lacked candor” with then-FBI Director James Comey and with investigators related to him greenlighting the disclosure to the media of sensitive information related to the FBI’s investigation into matters related to Hillary Clinton.

NY Times Uncovers a New Accomplice in El Paso Shooting: Conservative Media

Incredible. I can see only one guilty party revealed by this article: The participation of the New York Times in the destruction of journalism by printing an opinion piece, and a highly illogical and irresponsible one, in the news section of the paper. And this one is particularly malignant. It attempts to suggest that because… Continue Reading

Trump: “I Almost Got a Good Headline from the Times”

The craven New York Times caved to pressure Tuesday and changed an accurate headline about Trump’s remarks Monday into something more politically correct. It was another sign of the decline of the media and, as Trump put it, “an astounding development in journalism.” “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” was the unacceptable headline. It was changed… Continue Reading