The Most Dangerous Aspect of Obamagate

David Catron, The American Spectator

Thomas Jefferson said: “The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.” In our era, the Fourth Estate can no longer perform the one function that justifies its existence — to defend liberty by exposing the lies of its enemies. Instead, the media embrace the anti-democratic ideology of the left, parrot its pernicious propaganda, and have themselves become a clear and present danger to the republic.

A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic Over FBI Memo

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump-haters in the press may be terrified that the memo may credibly demonstrate that the “Deplorables” were right, that the elite media have been had, that they were exploited and used by the “deep state,” that they let their detestation of Trump so blind them to reality that they made fools of themselves, and that they credited with high nobility a major conspiracy to overthrow an elected president of the United States.

Imagining President Hillary's Press

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

One year into the Clinton presidency, the economy would still be stalled; new taxes would be forthcoming to punish the greedy rich; the Islamic State would have the Middle East terrified; North Korea would be lobbing test missiles on the coast of Alaska; energy production would be at a standstill; and thus, the stage would be set to welcome President Clinton's call for the nation to march "Forward Together." And how the media would swoon.

Trump Won’t Supply Rope for His Hanging

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The media only likes Republicans when they are passive and self-defeating. They are supposed to stand still while journalists smear them, dictate their policies, and determine their defenses, if any. What the media and the deep state can’t abide in Trump is his unwillingness to substitute their judgment for his. At the root of all the frenzied coverage is the ruling class’s arrogant pining for its lost privileges. They long for a past in which Republican presidents didn’t fight back.

Good News vs. Private Conversations

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Last week the headlines should have abounded with the year’s good news. Instead the headlines—and the cable news stories — abounded with a private remark made by our President — or perhaps not made by our President; he denies making it. I am not particularly disturbed by our passionate and earthy 45th President’s resort to salty language in discussing what kinds of immigration legislation are desirable for the United States. Though I think there are more important issues to discuss and even celebrate. As I have said, how about that economy!

Denying the Clinton Foundation Baggage

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Any voters outside the Clinton bubble who negotiated their way around the "who cares?" media in 2016 could clearly see that the Clintons have filled a 50-car train with scandal baggage over the decades. But our "real news" reporters live in perpetual denial.

In the Wolff Trap

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Even as the sonorous phonies on CNN and MSNBC pretend to want “depth” from the Trump administration, they recoil from figures like Miller who provide some. The last thing they want is for Trump to receive a robust and intelligent defense. And so they kick Miller off the set and bring Wolff on to it, and then sit at his feet as he tells them that “100 percent of the people” around Trump won’t defend him.

Fire and Fury Signifying Nothing

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The media was too giddy with the Bannon-Trump feud to practice anything remotely approaching impartial journalism. No sooner had they finished their approving reports on the Hillary campaign’s outsourcing of espionage to foreigners than pundits were chuntering about the collusion claim the book revives. The melodrama of it all is on the level of a daytime soap, though even those don’t put forward plots as preposterous as an intensely competitive real estate tycoon who runs for president hoping to lose.

Iran Protests Expose Mainstream Media as Reactionary, Not Liberal

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Iran situation today is yet more evidence that liberalism as we knew it, or thought we knew it, no longer exists. It is now just an angry stew of power-hungry Trump hate (or disdain for whoever they think their conservative adversaries are). Ideals mean nothing. Freedom means nothing, as long as your side wins. What men and women of principle! Perhaps we should call them what they really are -- reactionaries.

In 2017, the media flunked the Trump challenge

Editors, Washington Examiner

The press can do better. It has to. The press could use less of the “Democracy Dies in Darkness” posturing and more simple fact-checking. Newsrooms would do well to recommit to the day-to-day fastidiousness of verifying and authenticating their supposed scoops. Also, newsrooms would do well to remind their reporters that they are never supposed to be the story. This is Journalism 101.

The Year of Media Freakouts

Brent Bozell, Townhall

The year 2017 unfolded into a massive surprise to liberals, who fully expected that before Christmas we would (a) all die in a nuclear war over President Donald Trump's tweets or (b) be swearing in President Mike Pence after Trump was impeached or petulantly quit because the news media were full of meanies. More than ever, the media see themselves as valiant tellers of truth. More than ever, thanks to the man to whose destruction they are committed, most Americans peg them as emotionally intense -- putting it nicely -- leftists.

The Insufferable Nostalgia of a Lying Press

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Liberals love to turn bullies into victims and victims into bullies. The real complaint underlying Hollywood’s hagiography is that liberals don’t possess one hundred percent of the power in America. All of their whining about “tyranny” is just a projection of their own desire for it. They want checks on everyone’s power but their own. It is out of that sense of entitlement that their Trump hysteria has grown, mushrooming to the point where they feel terrorized by a tweet.

The Unsilent Coup

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The premise of practically every media story, from the travel ban to the most basic executive appointments, is that it is somehow “controversial” for a duly elected president to use the powers vested in the executive branch. Trump is apparently not to hire or fire anybody, should never tell executive agencies what to do, should take, not give, orders from diplomats and bureaucrats, should submit to all acts of judicial activism, must never criticize Congress, and should in general stop offering any opinions at all.

The Sky Isn’t Falling — We Just Think It Is

William Murchison, The American Spectator

No constitutional provision requires that free speech be conducted rationally — which, in the days before flag-burnings and knee-takings, was pretty much OK. In our era of endless, angry speech, fueled by more media sources than anyone can count, or would want to, spirits and expectations droop, and the world seems an awful place because… well, because so many communicators say it is. I exercise my own right of free speech to say it’s not. Not yet at least.

Media meltdown and the damage it does to democracy

Editors, Washington Examiner

These biases and the inability of reporters to suppress them long enough to do a good job, prompts proper public doubt about everything the national news media say. This is bad. It's very bad. The press is in the First Amendment because it — we — are needed to hold the powerful to account. We can’t do that if the people don’t trust us. After this weekend, asking the people to trust the press is a lot harder.

The Abrupt Shaming of Charlie Rose

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Rose's ego was immense, while his humble, facilitating TV persona seemed the polar opposite of an aggressive questioner like his late "60 Minutes" colleague Mike Wallace. Every powerful man who is getting caught up in this wave isn't living by the Ten Commandments but by the "Access Hollywood" code: When you're a star, the women will let you do it. You can do anything.

Rolling Stone -- Sacred Text of the Left?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

If Rolling Stone represents the "sacred text" of the 60s-mythologizing left, then that's a sad indictment. But it's obvious that the magazine was part of transforming the "counterculture" into the "culture." Its revered status as a cultural "agent of change" seems to be a major reason why the media elites grant the magazine a pass on smearing entire universities.

The Advantages of Liberal Insurance

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The more fervently progressives seek to redistribute income, or use diversity quotas to ensure proportional representation in hiring and admissions, or suspend constitutional free speech and due process to suppress individualism and heterodoxy, the more likely that progressivism’s affluent adherents will risk being exposed or convicted on some counts as illiberal. Thus they will seek exemptions from the consequences of their own liberal causes — and if trapped without an exit, they will turn to liberal penance or use cash to seek an indulgence.

Let's Help Our Media Friends

Walter E. Williams, CNS News

By no means do I recommend that liberals go cold turkey on the mainstream media. They should start out by listening to conservative media for only about five minutes per day to avoid shock. I am normally against any kind of insurance for a pre-existing medical condition, but I'd make an exception for Trump derangement syndrome.

Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Movie stars have no problem mudslinging against the NRA and blaming it for mass shootings. But they have demonstrated a complete lack of moral introspection about their own glamorization of over-the-top violence with guns ... and everything else. Until they get serious about their own responsibility, they have no right to judge anyone else.