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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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… Continue Reading