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Troops Broke Rules with Trump MAGA Hat Signings? Turns out it’s Fake News

President Trump – and U.S. troops – got all sorts of nonsense from armchair warriors in the press about the president signing MAGA hats during his trip to Iraq.

The Washington Post, relishing an opportunity to bash Trump for doing what the press insisted he do – visit a war zone – weighed in solemnly with a piece about Trump politicizing the military, which of course makes it seem like the next thing you know he’ll be establishing martial law.

Signing those hats broke military rules! We were told. Well, no.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump’s signing of “Make America Great Again” hats during his whirlwind trip to visit troops in Iraq didn’t violate regulations prohibiting a mix of political and military activities, The United States Air Force in Europe says.

“There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” USAFE said. “Any time the commander in chief offers the opportunity to meet with Airmen, such as this official holiday visit by the President and First Lady, Airmen are welcome to participate. No policy violations have been brought to our attention at this time.”

And that story in the Post, which was at the top of the homepage this morning, is now way down on the page.

Trump Signed a Compassionate, Bipartisan Bill, and the MSM Didn’t Care

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Wednesday complained that neither CNN nor MSNBC went live with President Trump’s signing of the “Right to Try” bill that allows terminally ill patients to use drugs not yet approved by the FDA.

The drugs would only have had to pass FDA’s “Phase 1” trials that demonstrate relative safety.

Sanders said:

I’d point out that while the President signed that legislation and actually addressed America, two networks chose not to cover it, and instead covered something totally different in palace intrigue. A massive piece of legislation that had bipartisan support, that was life-changing — literally, life-changing – for millions of Americans — two networks chose not to cover the President’s remarks on that.

Even some of the coverage I did manage to locate focused on the limited benefits of the legislation. “Trump oversells Right to Try law,” headlined the New York Times.

Okay. When has any White House not oversold an achievement? I guarantee to the New York Times, any of your reporters who get a terminal illness diagnosis will be happy about this legislation.

And no, I’m not wishing terminal illness diagnoses on New York Times reporters. They still do some good reporting.

Okay, it’s a joke! My God, everybody’s so sensitive.

And of course, if Obama had signed this bill, it would be yet more evidence that he was the Second Coming, performing miracles to heal the sick.

The event even had an adorable moment. Usually, adorable moments are up there with scandals for provoking coverage. But not for Trump.

According to the Daily Mail:

An eight-year-old boy who helped inspire federal legislation giving the terminally-ill the ‘Right to Try’ experimental drugs stole the show on Wednesday at a bill signing event. The boy, Indiana’s Jordan McLinn, left his wheelchair to stand at the president’s side as Donald Trump inked his name to the legislation. While the president was passing out signing pens to the event’s participants, the boy repeatedly went in for a hug. After several attempts the president rewarded him with an embrace and a kiss.

Now Hillary Blames . . . The Media

Providing the latest bit of proof that she has lost touch with reality and that her personality would have been at least as disconcerting a fit for the presidency as Trump’s can be, Hillary Clinton is now casting her wide net of blame for her loss toward the media.

You know, the same media which pounded Trump day after day. Interestingly, Hillary even suggests that she is aware that the mainstream media was in her corner and that, in fact, it should be. Watch below as she says journalists admitted to her they screwed up by choosing to “beat up on me” too much – presumably over her emails – thinking it would be “without consequence” since she was going to win anyway.

Here’s Today’s Good Economic News You’re Not Hearing About

Because, you know, nothing President Trump does is good. Because Russia, okay?

Did anybody not get it?

Russia. Collusion. Manafort. Man the Fort. Carter somebody. Yes, Page. Carter Page. Papanopouladapopadous. That guy. Mooler. Is it Mooler or Myuler? I don’t know. I think Myuler.

There’s more than today’s obvious news that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent and the economy added 261,000 jobs in October. There’s this:

  • Businesses hand out fewest pink slips in two decades;
  • Worker productivity is surging;
  • Shoppers plan to spend more this Christmas – I’m sorry, holiday – than last year;
  • The Dow closed at a record high Thursday after the GOP released its tax cut plan.

Mainstream Media Gushes Over Jeff Flake

I love it. Sen. Jeff Flake, a friendly-style conservative Republican from Arizona, would be the bogeyman wrapped up in a nice guy Halloween costume for the media under normal circumstances. You know, he wants to hurt poor people, take away everyone’s health care, dispatch women to back alley abortions, the whole thing.

Except, of course, if he opposes President Trump. Then he’s a “principled” man.

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Top Mainstream Media Reporter Admits MSM Liberal Bias

In an article that surely won him no friends in the newsroom, Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote that the news media indeed live in a “bubble” centered in liberal enclaves like New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, and that it makes their reporting biased.

“The people who report, edit, produce and publish news can’t help being affected—deeply affected—by the environment around them,” Shafer writes, noting that as of 2013, just seven percent of journalists identified as Republicans.

From the piece, which ran Tuesday:

The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of the nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. And you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too.

The “media bubble” trope might feel overused by critics of journalism who want to sneer at reporters who live in Brooklyn or California and don’t get the “real America” of southern Ohio or rural Kansas. But these numbers suggest it’s no exaggeration: Not only is the bubble real, but it’s more extreme than you might realize. And it’s driven by deep industry trends.

Those trends involve the switch from actual paper newspapers to online publications, which are no longer tethered to local printing presses and local ads. Like other industries, the online media have tended to congregate in clusters where they trade and share talent. And in this case, those clusters are in locales deeply shaded blue.

Without apparent irony, Politico announced a new CEO the same day the article ran. His name is Patrick Steel, and he has donated $60,000 to Democrats over the last 20 years, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards.

We won’t fault Shafer for not doing a piece on whether his new boss can disentangle his political giving from his stewardship of the website.