media

The Bushes: Back on the Media's Good Graces

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It's a bit odd that pundits suddenly remember the kinder, gentler noblesse oblige of Bush's presidency. The journalistic elites have not grasped that the willingness of the Bushes to take ritual beatings from the press made Donald Trump a much more attractive candidate in the eyes of the GOP base. The elder Bush only employed his "Annoy the Media, Re-Elect Bush" slogan in the desperate last days of his losing 1992 campaign. It did not resonate with the base. This should have been his opening gambit, not his closing one.

Democrats really do love Republicans — when they’re dead

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

There is, of course, nothing wrong in saying something nice about the recently departed. Eulogies are not the time or place to seek balance. The problem emerges when the partisan lens becomes the decisive factor in switching from damnation to praise. Then it is hypocrisy masquerading as principle and grace. The flip-flops are the latest reminders that, more than two years after Trump’s stunning upset, it is not adequate to say American elites of both parties and the media have yet to accept his presidency. It is clear they never will.

The Only Good Republican Is A Dead Republican

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Democrats want Republicans to be more like Bush 41 not because they want war heroes or “truth-tellers” but because they want Republicans who split the base and lose. They want a Republican they can cajole into breaking his campaign promises then crucify him at the next election for doing it. They don’t want someone so gauche and vulgar that he fails to care what the WaPo thinks and who punches back three times as hard. They want a Republican who understands that his job is to try, unsuccessfully, to slow the inevitable and unstoppable spread of progressivism, and to lose that struggle like a gentleman.

Read my lips: Media's love for George H.W. Bush more about hatred of Donald Trump

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The media is treating George H.W. Bush as “The anti-Trump.” Well, there it is. All the sudden praise, all the accolades, this surprise love affair with George H.W. Bush. It is all just another vehicle for demonstrating their hatred for Donald Trump. It is true that Mr. Trump is certainly cut from a different cloth than was Mr. Bush. He comes from a different family from a different side of the track or river or whatever. But, read my lips: Whatever family Mr. Trump comes from, if he keeps on keeping his campaign promises, he will get himself re-elected president. And that will be just one more way Mr. Trump was different from Mr. Bush.

Liberals And Their Lackies Hate You And Want You Silenced

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

What can we do individually? We can resist. Their power is soft – it only works if we accept it. We can tell the truth about how many sexes there are and how climate change is a scam and all the other truths that the left wants suppressed. We can refuse to be intimidated. We can ignore their garbage media and Tinseltown propaganda. We can elect conservatives who relish conflict instead of whimpering and hiding. We can fight back and win.  To keep our freedom, we need to accept the truth, as bitter as it is. The left hates us and wants us silenced. But this is our country. If they want it, they have to take it from us because we are never giving up.

Elite Opinion Standing in the Way of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Scott Rasmussen, Real Clear Politics

Despite all those troubling images, a poll conducted by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX two days after the San Ysidro incident found that just 25 percent of voters believe Border Patrol's actions are too harsh on illegal immigrants. A plurality (43 percent) believe that Border Patrol is too lenient. The poll also found that Mexico's offer of asylum should be enough for migrants who are truly trying to escape from persecution. Since they have already been provided with a safe haven, just 38 percent of voters think the migrants should still be eligible for asylum in the United States.

Jim Acosta abused his privileges as a member of the press

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Instead of engaging in endless combat with press-pass partisans, Trump has other options. He could bar cameras at the daily briefings and without a TV audience, the Acosta types would be unlikely to don their Superman capes. Trump could also reduce the frequency of the briefings or cancel them entirely. He could substitute more one-on-one interviews for press conferences. He could, in fact, shun the media altogether because none of these traditions of contact are fundamental or even tangential to freedom of the press. The First Amendment is a key to American liberty in glorious ways, but it is not an excuse for bad manners.

Media Skip Farrakhan and Hype 'Nazi' Prom

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

In today's America, the "objective" press is looking for racist neo-Nazis under every rock who don't submit to the will of The Resistance. But these same outlets refuse to condemn the ongoing attachment of leftists and Democrats to the anti-Semitic Minister Louis Farrakhan, whether the politicians photographed with him are Reps. Maxine Waters or Keith Ellison, or even former President Barack Obama. The scandal — among some of the most powerful adults in the land — is barely even recognized. National "news" judgment is a pernicious thing.

6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The president has a right to call on reporters and ignore reporters; he has the right to hold a press conference or not hold one. Former President George W. Bush never took questions from CNN's Dan Rather. President Obama never consented to questions from Fox News' Sean Hannity. Trump could give Acosta his pass back and then try to ignore his question. But everyone knows that whether Acosta's called on or not, he's going to yell and yell. Neither his bosses nor his colleagues ever think it's time for him to sit down and shut up.

Where's the liberal media on the Florida vote meltdown? Too busy investigating Russia

John Fund, Fox News

When election officials brazenly operate in a high-handed, non-transparent manner, it only increases the suspicions of voters that their ballots haven’t been handled properly or could even have been cancelled out by people who shouldn’t be voting. The facts in Florida are actually disturbing enough that they should engage the media’s investigative teams, which have been spending so much time on Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The incompetence in Florida could actually lead to a real perversion of democracy that really undermines faith in our electoral process.

Doesn't anybody here respect us journalists?

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Newspapermen never aspire to celebrity, even the cheesy celebrity accorded by a television camera, and are willing to abide rebuke and worse, even by a president, if that’s what it takes to get the story. That’s the essential difference between a television journalist, for whom celebrity is the all and all, and the newspaperman, who knows he’s following a slightly impolite trade. He has no need of a snowflake’s safe space, where he can retreat from abuse and affront. He measures success by whether he gets the story, and if he gets it right that’s reward enough, and if a politician doesn’t like it, tough.

Skateboarding socialist Beto O'Rourke wipes out

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Robert Francis O’Rourke — “Beto” for political purposes — narrowly lost to Senate incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas, a state Mr. Cruz should have carried by double digits. But races have a habit of narrowing when the national political media step in and dump millions and millions of dollars in free, glowing advertising for the socialist on a skateboard. Now come the endless investigations, hearings and impeachment circus in the House under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. My question is this: If that strategy did not work very well in a midterm when the Democratic base was super energized, why would it work in two years?

A Revolution in the Past 14 Years: Conservatives and Alternative Media

By Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke, Authors of America’s Right Turn (2004)
Much has happened in the alternative media since we wrote America’s Right Turn in 2004. Where do conservatives stand today, compared to liberals, in political direct mail, talk radio, cable TV, the Internet, and the new social media? Here’s a scorecard.

Is It ‘Hate Speech’ to Tell the Truth?

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Democrats and their allies are attempting to criminalize debate on major public policy issues with regard to our immigration policy. We are now being told in effect that it is “hate speech” to express opposition to the open-borders agenda of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and such of their billionaire donors as George Soros. Democrats and their media allies have recently taken to declaring that it is a “dog whistle” of racism and anti-Semitism for any Republican even to mention the name of Soros in connection with the immigration issue.

Journalists Stink as Discourse Cops

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing, hour after hour, on the tone of our civic discourse. Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not dispassionate observers of the national scene. These are leftist partisans and they are cynically using national tragedies to equate conservative speech — conservative thought — to violence.

Trump Punks the Media Once More

David Catron, The American Spectator

Trump knows they will provide coverage, and show unnerving images of the caravan while they slander him. But, to paraphrase an observation once made by Reagan aide Michael Deaver to Lesley Stahl, “You guys in Televisionland haven’t figured it out.…When the pictures are powerful and emotional, they override if not completely drown out the sound.” In other words, when the voters watch an army of illegals marching toward our border, knocking down fences and policemen alike, they don’t even hear the talking heads. Trump knows this instinctively, and it is why he’s winning.

Presidents and political duels with media: Why they say it's all Trump's fault

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

What takes over a heart, infects a soul so perversely that a person sees murder, terror and violent crimes and immediately begins plotting how such misdeeds might benefit himself? How such things might advance his own political agenda? Is it the incivility of political rhetoric these days? The media tries drawing a straight line from President Trump’s joyous verbal pounding of the media to actual violence against reporters. That is why there has been so much flood-the-zone coverage of the dastardly murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the occasional columnist for The Washington Post.

What's Halloween Without Racism Charges?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Today we're focusing our energy on what's really important. Now it's all about "cultural appropriation." White children need to "own their privilege" and not dress up and pretend to belong to a non-oppressive race. There's nothing wrong with Halloween spurring a "teaching moment" for children, but what is being taught? Leftists want to use these costume controversies as just another grenade to destroy the careers of anyone asking them a single challenging question about how to negotiate their minefield.

The Media's Transgender 'Eradication' Panic

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberals inside and outside the media can't seem to grasp that Obama's loony transgender mandates caused alarm with conservatives — science lovers and religious people alike — and that the mandates were a serious reason those people marched to the polls to vote for President Trump. Somehow, they think this screechy new panic will drive their millennials to the polls and not motivate conservatives. They might be disappointed all over again — and show they learned nothing.