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The Press Finally Starts Talking About Antifa Attacks on the Press

Well, it took until Monday night, but the Washington Post finally put a story up about Antifa’s attacks on the press Sunday and notes that the entire movement condones violence:

Antifascists, according to their own doctrine, fight fascism. Sounds simple enough.

Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define “fascism” vaguely — to include not just Nazis and neo-Nazis, but also white supremacists, white nationalists and the broader population of racists.

As for the fighting, Antifa takes that part of the doctrine literally. Claiming that even a small public gathering of fascists is a threat to freedom, the movement condones physical violence against them. Its anonymous, black-clad members routinely crash far-right demonstrations to brawl.

So — you might expect that when Antifa can’t find any fascists, it has nothing to fight. That seemed to be the situation this weekend, when a long-planned rally for far-right extremists fizzled into a paltry gathering of a few dozen white supremacists, unapproachable and nearly invisible behind a police blockade as they met without incident in a Washington D.C. park.

And yet Antifa still managed to fight — not fascists this time, but reporters.

It’s a good day for the Washington Post, which also slammed Nancy Pelosi for saying a political statement by Mitch McConnell was racist. I dunno, maybe the editors are taking their August vacation. You can hardly find this story on the Post’s webpage right now, but it is THERE.

Yesterday I noted the absence of such stories, because, you know, only Trump is a danger to the press. So today I’m glad to write that I can see one.

Part of the problem for the press in going after Antifa violence is that it seems to confirm Donald Trump’s statement last year that there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. Which is indisputably true, though of course, it’s politically incorrect not to dispute it. In fact, it’s racist not to dispute it!

So let’s give some credit to the reporter, Avi Selk, for bravely doing this story. Of course, credit from me would not be what he wants or needs, I imagine. Maybe I’m being a jerk.

Pelosi Joins the “Everything is Racist” Bandwagon

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, fighting for her current job and to be Speaker if Democrats take the House, knows she needs to appease the left-wing lunatics taking over the Democratic Party, and so she’s decided to start speaking their language.

During an interview Sunday on MSNBC, she said:

Let me re­mind you that when the Re­pub­lic­ans took pow­er when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is, ‘The most im­port­ant thing we can do is to make sure he does not suc­ceed.’ If that wasn’t a rac­ist state­ment. That is un­think­a­ble.

Pelosi is not genius, but she’s not dumb either. She gets that merely criticizing Barack Obama isn’t by definition racist. And she probably – although maybe not – understands the terrible road we’re going down when every criticism of a black person is described as racist, and people take the description seriously.

Of course, it’s disastrous for the cause of free speech. But it’s particularly bad for African Americans, because they can become excluded from the normal give and take of debate when attacking them becomes something racist. The last thing, as a Jew, I would want is for someone who criticized me to be accused of anti-Semiticism – assuming they didn’t preface it with, “Hey Jewboy, listen to this” – because then they would be afraid to debate me and wouldn’t engage me honestly. I would learn nothing from them, and I would not be able to have a serious discussion.

The Washington Post “Fact Checker,” which is sometimes less partisan than the rest of the Post’s newsroom, gave Pelosi’s comment the maximum “Four Pinnochio’s,” meaning they consider it an outright lie.

Well, there will be many more such lies to come. Politico notes that the Democratic 2020 presidential crowd is trying to one-up each other with race baiting:

Some of the party’s top potential 2020 candidates are testing a barrage of early — and unusually explicit — race-related appeals in the run-up to the next presidential campaign. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pledged not to be “shut up” by critics of “identity politics.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has drawn attention to the disproportionate number of nonwhite people incarcerated in a system he said has “criminalized poverty.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) invoked Martin Luther King Jr. when he called unemployment a “form of brutality.” And while Booker described inequities in the criminal justice system as “the biggest cancer on the soul of this country,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called the system “racist … front to back.”

Of course, Politico doesn’t call it “race-baiting.” Unlike the Post, which sticks to the facts of the case, it describes the Democrats as simply responding to President Trump whom, the Post suggests through others it quotes, is the actual race-baiter. Politico’s “reporting” that there is a justification to the barrage of racial antagonism about to be sowed by the Democrats for votes over the next two years is a disservice to society.

Video || Sarah Sanders Refuses Jim Acosta’s Demand to Say Press Not Enemy of the People

As she suggests, she can’t say otherwise because she speaks for the president, and the president has said the press IS the enemy of the people.

As I’ve noted, I do not think President Trump should be calling the press the enemy of the people, whatever its faults. But CNN’s Acosta ironically reveals in his questioning one reason the press has become such a target.

The protocol in the press room, and among the press in general, used to be to simply ask questions, not make statements. We took ourselves out of it. I once stood next to Nelson Mandela and didn’t try to shake hands with him because that would make me part of the story. And I wasn’t the story.

Acosta makes statements. He makes it about himself. He makes it about the press, not about getting information. He’s done this repeatedly, as do others.

When you are a player in the dialogue, you open yourself up to attack. The press needs to go back to reporting the news and working a lot harder to get their bias out of what they report.

Ivanka: Media Not the Enemy of the People

I agree.

But they, or at least far too many of them, certainly are enemies of President Trump and of conservatives. Their coverage is utterly biased, masquerading as objectivity.

If you think conservatism is beneficial to this country, then the media are the enemy of efforts to change the nation for the better. But “enemy of the people” implies something treasonous. And while they are full of themselves, harm the country by not doing their duty as unbiased conveyors of facts, and oppose an agenda that can help people, they are not treasonous and most of them care about the country and its people.

From the Washington Post:

Ivanka Trump distanced herself from her father on two high-profile issues Thursday, saying that she did not agree with his characterization of the media as “the enemy of the people” and that she was “vehemently against” separating migrant children from their parents at the border — calling the latter a low point of her tenure in the White House.

Her comments at a public event underscored the difficult balance Trump has sought as she provides private counsel to a president and father with whom she does not always see eye to eye, while enduring criticism for not being more outspoken about their differences.

Toward the end of a forum hosted by the news site Axios that focused largely on workforce issues, an area of focus for Trump in her capacity as a White House adviser, she was asked whether she considered journalists in the room to be “the enemy of the people.”

“No, I do not,” Trump replied, prompting nervous laughter in the room.

Asked to elaborate, Trump offered what she said was “my own personal perspective.”

“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripes, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but no, I do not consider the media the enemy of the people.”

White House Defends Crowd Shouting “CNN Sucks” While Acosta Reported

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Wednesday defended the crowd that tried to wreck during CNN’s Jim Acosta’s standup Tuesday at President Trump’s rally in Tampa.

“While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support Freedom of speech,” she said.

Here’s what happened:

Another view:

Mainstream Media Deception: Sessions Did NOT “Join” in a “Lock Her Up” Chant

Here is a perfect example of why conservatives think – or more accurately, know – that the media are biased against them and out to get President Trump.

There have been widespread suggestions in the mainstream media that Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined in chants to lock up Hillary Clinton. Take a close look at this story by Politico, titled, “Attorney General Sessions joins ‘lock her up!’ chant in front of high school students.” It is both false and purposely misleading.

Here’s part of it:

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions briefly joined in during a “Lock her up!” chant while delivering a speech to a group of conservative high school students on Tuesday, marking the latest example of President Donald Trump and his aides making aggressive gestures toward their political rivals.

Sessions was speaking about freedom of speech on college campuses when the chant broke out at the Turning Point USA High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University . . .

Chuckling and repeating the chant once himself, Sessions then attempted to move on before saying, “I heard that a long time over the last campaign.”

The remarkable comment by an attorney general of the United States follows other moves by Trump and his aides that have alarmed not only Trump critics but other fellow Republicans.

Now, once you look at the video below, you will see it is very clear that Sessions is not “joining” any chant. He is, a single time, repeating something he has heard. He says it humorously, hardly, as the ostensibly unbiased Politico “news” story contends, an “aggressive gesture.” He’s just chuckling at it, not echoing it or validating it, as many reported. Several headlines say he “repeated” it, which while technically correct, also misleadingly suggests he joined in. He did not.

Then there’s this from Politico:

“I like this bunch, I gotta tell ya, you’re not going to be backing down. Go get ‘em! Go get em’!” Sessions said, when the audience started yelling “Lock her up!” — a staple of Trump’s political rallies that refers to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

This is simply not true. It suggests that his “I like this bunch . . . go get ’em” comment was made in response to the audience saying lock her up, or at the very least contemporaneously with the chant. But it’s clear in the video that his comment is made well before “lock her up” begins.

Very sad. Keep this in mind next time you hear journalists claiming the media are “just doing their job.” Unless for some reason they’re under the impression their job is to elect Democrats.

WashPost’s E.J. Dionne Calls for Breaking the Rules of Civility Over Trump Court Pick

E.J. Dionne is not some left-wing radical, at least I don’t think.

He’s part of the Washington elite establishment, having worked at the Washington Post for decades. He’s a “scholar” at a respected think tank, the Brookings Institution, and serves as a professor at Georgetown University, at least according to his Wikipedia.

And yet, in a sinister sounding column today titled “Don’t want a right-wing Supreme Court? Do everything you can to stop it,” Dionne, suggests, as the title indicates, that Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy must be stopped at all costs and by any methods.

He writes:

All the recent talk about civility should not stop opponents of a right-wing court from doing everything in their power to keep the judiciary from being packed with ideologues who behave as partisans.

There is nothing civil about rushing a nominee to replace Kennedy before the midterm elections. And no rule of civility demands the confirmation of justices who would leave an abusive president unchecked and use raw judicial power to roll back a century’s worth of social progress.

Imagine, if Dionne is calling for this type of behavior, what true hard-core activists are going to do. With such an inherently undemocratic stance that a certain viewpoint in unassailable, it’s not clear to me that this process is going to proceed peacefully.

The notion that one side must be right and therefore all means justify the ends is the very basis of Leninism and tyranny – and yes, the fascism these people accuse President Trump of.

And if conservative columnists – or Trump – were calling for ditching civility, they’d be accused of inciting violence.

Sarah Sanders Incurs a Personal Attack in the Briefing Room

The reason people are calling for an end to the White House briefing is exactly because of stunts such as this. And it’s a shame, because there are reporters in the White House press corps who want to ask honest questions, and they are being obscured by showboat moments such as this one by Playboy White… Continue Reading