Press stunts at briefings show how useless Fourth Estate has become

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

These daily jousting sessions expose just how far out of their depth these “reporters” are when confronted with the actual president, rather than some lower-level designate. Covering the White House or Congress or presidential campaigns is not the “front row of history” or writing the “first draft of history.” Actually, it is a responsibility. A responsibility to ask smart, tough questions on behalf of the millions of Americans who do not get that opportunity yet have the responsibility to be informed so that they can make good decisions during elections. Nothing gets the White House press’ knickers in a bunch like protecting their own honor.

The Passing of Time During the Pandemic Confinement

Roger Kimball, The Epoch Times

As our enforced leisure reminds me, our experience of time is not strictly linear. It may often seem to speed up as one gets older. That summer holiday that seemed to stretch out forever when one was in grade school goes by in a flash once one hits middle age. Yet there are several things that can put a brake on one’s experience of time. One is novelty. Go someplace new for a couple of weeks. The first few days always seem much longer than the last when one has become used to a new routine and fresh sights. There is also the curious effect of boredom, which seems to elongate the present while accelerating one’s experience of longer stretches of time.

The Cleanup Crew for Biden's Flu Flubs

Tim Graham, CNS News

Every once in a while, the liberal journalists at PolitiFact grant President Trump a rare rating of "Mostly True." Recently, they verified a Trump tweet about Joe Biden: "During the 2009 swine flu outbreak, Biden made reckless comments unsupported by science & the experts. The Obama Admin had to clean up his mess & apologize for his ineptitude." The networks energetically circled the "news" wagons to protect Biden. They helped "clean up his mess." It's worth remembering that the media's coverage of infectious diseases resembles their coverage of every other potentially controversial topic. Verifiable facts are often secondary, and political spin dominates.

White House Press Continues to Humiliate Itself during Pandemic

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Early in the Trump administration, some effort was given to mixing (democratizing, really) those allowed in the press room. Even some “lowly bloggers” were allowed to ask questions via Skype.  That seems to have gone by the wayside. Afterwards, during Trump II perhaps, that too could be revisited. According to a recent Harris Poll, the public’s approval of Trump’s handling of the “CCP virus” has been improving, up 5 percent from a few days ago.  As of March 17-18, 56 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove of the way Trump is dealing with the crisis. Considering the divisiveness of our society and the unremitting enmity of the press, that’s not too shabby.

Dangerous Curves

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

Are we looking at the right “curve?” And how accurate is the current curve if it doesn’t include possible cases before the height of the hysteria began in late February and early March? This is a dangerous time and not just because of the threat of a treatable disease. Americans are willingly surrendering to government their freedom, their livelihood, their long-term economic security, and their mental well-being over unjustified panic about a virus that might have already spread and now is abating. If this is the new normal, where incomplete data and media-fueled panic rule the day, that is an even more frightening prospect than what’s happening right now.

The real lesson of the Chinese pandemic

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

If nothing else, it has laid bare just how dangerous and deceitful an enemy the communist regime in China really is. They lie about everything. They make people disappear to cover up anything embarrassing. They spark wild conspiracies to muddle the truth about what actually caused this Chinese pandemic. Far more concerning is how deeply dependent American politicians have allowed our country to become on China. Hopefully, this current Chinese infection passes in short order and Americans can get back to their normal, healthy lives. This crisis shows how critical it is for us as a country to break our dependence on such a dishonest and dishonorable enemy.

Shameful media still slamming Donald Trump during coronavirus crisis

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

An ABC News/Ipsos survey released Friday finds 55 percent approve of the president’s leadership, while 43 percent disapprove. Those figures are a reversal from a week earlier, when 43 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved. Of course, to recognize this shift in the national mood would mean the media would have to give Trump credit, and that is forbidden. Stark polarization is what the media like and want — and refuse to see anything else. Tellingly, the more information and access Trump gives the White House press corps, the angrier the members get. The president and his team provide daily updates, announce new efforts and take numerous questions.

The Media Is Even More Garbage Than Usual

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Look, we all get that you want that sinewy, senile strange-o Joe Biden to be president, but maybe you can be less obvious about it. You barely covered his debate with Bernie “Look at the YouTube” Sanders because when he wasn’t hacking up a lung, Hoover’s daddy was promising free health care and ponies for illegal aliens. The advancing dementia of the Democrat's presumptive nominee is a non-story because you want us to non-know about it. Trump’s masterful handling of this crisis, in contrast, is something you can’t handle. Since he’s doing all the right things – blending transparency, leadership and optimism with calm and focus – you have to manufacture lies.

Trump called it the 'Wuhan coronavirus' for a legal — and commonsensical — reason

Andrew C. McCarthy, The Hill

The origination of the virus in China and its transcontinental spread across the globe are highly relevant. They rationalize the president’s authority to address the emergency with Washington’s awesome resources. Congress has explicitly authorized the chief executive, in an emergency. Not only did history and common sense justify the administration (among others) in noting the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus. Doing so was a legal necessity if the imperative of federal support for beleaguered state governments was to be fulfilled. There will be plenty of occasions in this national election year to judge their performance. For now, let’s assume their good faith.

The Real March Madness

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Leadership requires standing up against the mob, not grabbing a pitchfork to join it. That’s followship. The country’s leaders made a tails-I-win/heads-I-win coin-flip calculation that politically indemnifies them against imposing draconian measures. If the disease kills tens of thousands of Americans, they can justify limiting everyone’s freedom and pushing the economy into contraction. If the disease kills a fraction of that, they can counterfactually point to their unprecedented actions as the difference maker. CYA bureaucratism belongs to those lower on the federal totem pole, not to the face at the top. We do not necessarily fear what kills us. We fear the unknown.

It’s Beltway wishful thinking — Joe’s no fighter

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

He is the same rotting corpse of a candidate he was three weeks ago. It’s just that Democrats have decided that they would be better off with the dead guy than with Mr. Sanders. In other words, the Democrat National Committee won. They killed Mr. Sanders in the crib — for the second straight primary in a row. It’s like “Weekend at Bernie’s,” only it stars anyone but Bernie himself. Either way, Mr. Biden is still a corpse. His electoral revival has nothing to do with Mr. Biden being a fighter, except of course when he is attacking defenseless voters. Then he’s a real tough guy. Calls young women “dog-faced,” cusses out gun owners, calls people liars or accuses them of being “fat.”

Sam Donaldson Couldn't Save Bloomberg

Tim Graham, CNS News

On Valentine's Day, Sam Donaldson announced he was endorsing Michael Bloomberg for president because President Trump is a "sick, ignorant man." Donaldson even made a commercial for Bloomberg. Then the results came in, and Bloomberg had only won American Samoa. Donaldson's endorsement didn't sway a lot of people. Donaldson backed Democrat Doug Jones in the 2017 Senate special election. In 2016, he made anti-Trump donations to John Kasich late in the primaries and to Hillary Clinton leading up to the general election. For decades, Sam Donaldson gave to the Democrats "at the office," so to speak. Now he's spreading his retirement money all over to drag Republicans down.

The Sudden Crash of Chris Matthews

Tim Graham, CNS News

Matthews was falling out of step with the Democratic Party's lunge to the left in the Trump era. The MSNBC star reacted badly by comparing the Sanders victory in Nevada to the fall of France to the Nazis during World War II. He also ripped into Sanders for lauding Fidel Castro's literacy programs. In this campaign, it seemed Matthews was still carrying on his great political love affair with Barack Obama, and his vice president, Joe Biden. We may now confidently assume that no one in Hollywood will make a nasty cartoon of a movie about MSNBC, with a blonde bombshell playing a fictional intern absorbing creepy compliments from Matthews. It's still nice to be a Democrat.

Jimmy Kimmel Slobbers Over Schiff

Tim Graham, CNS News

This is the classic divide for liberals when it comes to conservatives: Conservatives are either dumb (liberal take on former Vice President Dan Quayle) or evil (liberal take on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich). Jimmy Kimmel never graduated from college, but he can play to the gallery and pretend the Republicans are idiots or villains. He's a comedian, so he's the smartest guy in the room. This is why Schiff can do no wrong. Which congressman has been vindicated by the evidence on the charge of Russian collusion: Schiff or Nunes? It doesn't matter what special counsel Robert Mueller's report said — although it showed Schiff was wrong when he said he had definitive evidence of collusion.

Embarrassing Festival Of Never Trump Losers Occurs For Some Reason

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

You do have to hand it to the organizers of the “National Summit on Principled Conservatism” for managing to stuff four lies into a five-word phrase. It’s not “national,” or a “summit,” or “principled,” and it certainly has nothing to do with “conservatism.” It's one final carnival before the lights totally go out on this tragic punchline of a movement. In the era of Bernie Sanders being the alternative to Trump, the Never Trump rump faction has managed to do what we all thought was impossible – become even less relevant. There’s no point to them anymore. You’re either for Trump, or for the communist, and for 99.9999% of Republicans, even those who still sniff at Trump, Bernie is a Bolshevik too far.

For Democrats, Coronavirus Is the New Russia… Or, Is It Ukraine?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

What is it with these people? Why can’t they, in the face of a national, actually global, emergency, be collegial for ten minutes. Instead they are villainous liars. When the Democrats move their target from Russia to Ukraine to impeachment and now to the coronavirus, it’s not only about Trump. Even more it’s about power, personal power as manifest through the political. It comes from the depths of selfishness. Is this good for me? The Democrats have taken this and stood it on its head. Whatever happens, it’s Trump’s fault. And if it’s not really Trump’s fault, it should be. In times like this people reveal themselves for who they are. And what we are seeing from the Democrats isn’t pretty.

Failed Never Trump Pundits Don't Speak for You, But MSM Can't Get Enough of Them

Larry O'Connor, Townhall

We are not obsessed with you. We resent your continued prominent position that you did not earn through accuracy or hard work. You continue to have a place at the table for one reason and one reason only: You satisfy the needs of left-leaning networks to further distort the center-right perspective in American politics and to give the false impression that the president faces serious opposition from fellow Republicans. We were right. You were wrong. We are still right. You are on the verge of voting for a Marxist. You aren't serious, yet you're taken seriously by the gate-keepers of American media. And you act like you earned that place. As if you deserve it. That sucks... and, yes, we resent it.

The Left Dumps NeverTrump

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

Suddenly, the Left realized that not only are NeverTrumpers uninvited interlopers in the Democratic Party but they are outcasts in the GOP, too. NeverTrump, as all of us on the Right have noted since 2016, does not represent the views of the overwhelming majority of rank-and-file Republicans. The Jennifer Rubins and David Frenches and Max Boots of the world reflect a teeny tiny faction of disgruntled GOP voters, perhaps no more significant than the intraparty defection routinely faced by any president. It’s odd that now this is some sort of stunning revelation, as if NeverTrump’s bleating about Bernie suddenly made them out-of-touch and unrepresentative of the GOP when, in fact, they have been all along.

The Loser Establishment Is Rightfully Terrified of Ric Grenell

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

There is still establishment trash in key positions, and the president is taking out the garbage. He is cleaning house of losers, schemers, hacks, and pompous fat-bodies. He’s going to ruthlessly purge the national security/foreign policy bureaucracy, getting rid of the Never Trump weasels and replacing them with actual patriots. The media is going nuts, as it has been directed to do by its masters, screeching that Trump is ruining the institutions that have not failed to fail at everything they have done in nearly 30 years. He’s going to try out a new idea on our bureaucracy – having it not suck at its job. The reason you are hearing all the shrieking and screaming is that it’s working.

Another Corrosive Correspondents' Dinner

Tim Graham, CNS News

Washington journalists are rejoicing that celebrity glitz and glamour are returning with their self-celebrating soiree, the White House correspondents' dinner. Last time around, Hasan Minhaj worried out loud saying that in the Trump era, "trust is more important than truth." And many people don't trust the press, which he equates with truth, just like The New York Times does. These highly educated, well-read policy nerds somehow can't imagine that a comedy routine like this mixed in with candid shots of Wolf Blitzer or Brian Stelter guffawing along isn't helping the idea that the press is nonpartisan, that it doesn't see itself as valiantly taking a side. They're urged to keep their "foot on the gas".