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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.

Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberal gozillionaires are hailed as Time's "Persons of the Year" (Bill and Melinda Gates) or get a Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Obama (Buffett). It doesn't hurt that liberal journalists can often thank these billionaires for jobs — or be grateful that their colleagues are employed by them. Buffett, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg and Bezos are all in the left-wing media business now.

Status Quo Blues

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Slowly and by hit and miss, Americans are learning that they do not need to go to a theater to see another Harvey Weinstein movie; or watch network news or read traditional journalism; or, on NFL Sunday, see more zillionaires in their luxury boxes above grow giddy as their employees below score, only to see a showboating player kneel on all fours to mimic a urinating dog, which is apparently less offensive than standing for the national anthem.

Menendez and Murphy: A Tale of Two Transgressors

John Fund, National Review

Anyone who has observed both major parties over the decades knows that each party has its share of fools, knaves, and outright crooks. But we should acknowledge that the foibles of Democrats take a lot longer to go to the center of the media’s radar screen.

Another Tradition Never Trump Conservatives Won’t Conserve

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Take the guns away — that’s as fitting a rallying cry as any for the Never Trump conservatives, whose pompous mutterings about the “conservative movement” concealed a statist elitism that only pretends to oppose the left’s Leviathans but in the end always serves them. Does anyone still wonder why they preferred Hillary to Trump?