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Trump Campaign Bans Bloomberg News

Bloomberg is refusing to investigate either its owner, Michael Bloomberg, or the other Democratic candidates. But it will continue to go after President Trump and his campaign.

So Trump banned them, at least from the campaign.

Even some at Bloomberg must be in shock that they are being banned from investigating the Democratic candidates.

“This all could have been avoided had someone just stood up and said, you’re running for President of the United States now,” tweeted Megan Murphy, Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief during the 2016 election. “I really think you can handle your own newsroom of immensely talented editors and reporters covering you the same way they do everything else.

Where was the outcry about this from the rest of the press?

The Latest from the Press: Trump is Running a Cult

According to Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner:

Certain members of the media need to get out more often. They are doing that thing again where they are all saying the exact same thing.

The latest fad promoted by members of the commentariat involves alleging that Republicans and Trump supporters are members of a “cult.”

Edgy stuff — almost as edgy as it was in 2016.

“Increasingly, President Trump’s support seems cultish,” disgraced newsman Dan Rather said on Nov. 17 during an appearance on CNN’s ironically named Reliable Sources. “These cults, cults generally don’t end well. People will say it’s too much to say it’s a cult. I don’t think so.”

Later, on Nov. 24, Reliable Sources hosted so-called mind control expert Steven Hassan to lend credibility to Rather’s “cult” characterization.

“I define a destructive cult as an authoritarian pyramid structured group with someone at the top who claims to have total power and total wisdom that uses deception and control of behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to make people loyal, and dependent, and obedient followers,” the supposed expert said in reference to “Trump’s organization and followership.”

“Never Happened”: Trump Says Washington Post Made Up a Story

I read this story in the Washington Post this morning, and I’m not sure why it was high on the website and sounded like yet another abuse of power.

Trump supposedly asked Attorney General Barr to hold a news conference to say that he hadn’t broken any laws during his call with Ukraine President Zelensky. Which appears to be true. Barr didn’t hold the news conference.

Now Trump is saying the story is fiction.

The Washington Post pretends it is just reporting news. Maybe it would make up a story too.

From the Washington Examiner:

President Trump denied reporting yesterday by the Washington Post that he had asked Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to deny any wrongdoing in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump chided the newspaper for not sourcing their story. “The degenerate Washington Post MADE UP the story about me asking Bill Barr to hold a news conference,” he said. “Never happened, and there were no sources!”

The story from the Washington Post cited “people familiar with the matter” as the source for their story, saying they knew that Barr had declined a request from the president to hold the press conference.

GOP Lawmakers Blast CNN for Violating First Amendment by Not Airing Trump Ad

According to the Washington Examiner:

A number of GOP lawmakers sent a letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker accusing the network of violating the First Amendment by refusing to air a campaign ad for President Trump’s reelection.

CNN refused to run the president’s ad earlier this month, which highlighted former Vice President Joe Biden’s role in getting Viktor Shokin fired, who was the top Ukrainian prosecutor. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, worked at a company that Shokin had been investigating for corruption, though neither of them was implicated in wrongdoing.

The Oct. 18 letter was led by South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, and was also signed by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Texas Rep. Randy Weber, Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher, Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne, and Florida Rep. Greg Steube.

“As a press organization utilizing the freedom of the press guaranteed to you in the First Amendment, it is particularly disheartening to see you suppressing the free speech of federal political candidates, potentially in violation of federal law and Supreme Court precedent,” the letter reads

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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? Continue Reading