media

The Media's Fact-Free Politics

Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily

In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about statements and catchwords in utter defiance of facts. Issues in both economics and science can get complicated. But when one side of those issues has to resort to demonstrably false catchwords, that should give us a clue.

The Media’s ‘Climate of Hate’ Myth

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

There were more than 17,000 homicides in the United States in 2017, and the reported number of transgender victims was a minuscule fraction of a single percentage point of those murders. Of course, we must keep in mind the fact that the reported number of transgender homicides has actually decreased since Trump became president, but also note that the national media didn’t bother paying attention to such crimes until after he was elected. Unfortunately for the climate-of-hate theorists, the facts get in the way.

The Myth of the Media As Trump's 'Accomplice'

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

To be sure, it's the media's mission to elect a Democrat every four years, but in 2016, the mission was of existential proportions — and they failed. It wasn't because they were on his side; it was because he beat them. For Frank Bruni to suggest the opposite — that the media were Trump's accomplices — is truly bizarre, even for Frank Bruni. Does he not remember his own newspaper publishing a front-page editorial in which it insisted President Trump has to be defeated by the media?

Soft and Deferential to Democrats

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn't look like it. Democrats can say the wildest things, and often, the so-called Courageous Media bend and move on.

Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

In the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough "Resistance"? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its political fortunes, excepting that every day President Trump remains in office is intolerable. Culturally it's a mixed bag. Though the products offered are overwhelmingly leftist, deconstructionist or both, the audience response is often unsupportive. When there is a rare nod toward a pro-conservative or pro-American message, the public's response is enthusiastic. Here are some of the Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018.

2019: The Year of the Wokescolds

Ben Shapiro, Investor's Business Daily

Wokescolds are the new representatives of moral panic. We've seen plenty of moral panic before in the United States, from worries about violent video games, to concern about allegations of sex abuse at day care facilities. But never have we seen a moral panic of the stunning breadth of today's woke moral panic. It's a moral panic that insists we change fundamental characteristics of our society, from biology, to language, to politics, to religion, to romantic relations, to art, to comedy. The Wokescolds will certainly lose. But not before they destroy a lot of people and fray the social fabric nearly beyond repair.

The War On Trump Is All About Keeping Liberals And Their Lackeys In Power

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Liberals consider themselves the anointed, divinely entitled to rule over us lesser folk, and they aren’t going to let anything get in the way of retaking the throne. The election of Donald Trump ripped off the mask of our elite. They are no longer pretending to seek anything but their own personal power. And in doing so, they are destroying the United States of America. The liberal elite’s reaction to the infection of conservative populism is like an autoimmune reaction gone out of control. It might well kill the host, but they don’t care. America is expendable. So are you.

The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, Townhall

The wild conspiracy theories about Trump never stop. Some of them qualify as the worst media quotes of the year. When you read quotes from many prominent leftists, it becomes quite apparent that liberals really aren't a tolerant and compassionate bunch. They sure are angry these days. It's woefully unfair for Trump to call them an "enemy of the people," but it's somehow fair for them to call Trump some kind of Kim Jong-Hitler who eggs on murders of black people, marches kids to the gas chambers and traumatizes babies. Such was the state of things in our national media in 2018.

Melania Trump, first lady and role model, rises above Democratic pettiness

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump continues on with work that endears her to the American public. Her agenda as first lady is expansive, focusing on children and the importance of all aspects of their lives, from self-esteem to education to health care. Our nation has a first lady who is smart, beautiful and a person of faith. She is committed to her family and to this nation. Her sense of self-worth is not reliant on whether or not she’s on the cover of Vogue or invited to certain cocktail parties. She is her own woman — strong, independent, and won’t be bullied. And for today’s liberals and Democrats, that is her crime.

Hey, Trump haters (on both sides) could you just admit that this is a successful presidency?

Steve Hilton, Fox News

The point here is this: We'll never persuade the Trump haters on the left and the right to change their feelings about the president. They just can't stand him. And more than anything, it's aesthetic. They find him vulgar ... not to their taste. Fine. But could you just focus on the facts? Could you just acknowledge - even for a day or so over Christmas - that on the facts, on policy, on the substance, that this is, so far, a pretty successful presidency?

Hollywood Gangs up on Roger Ailes

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The storytellers of Hollywood tend to avoid "monster" movies about their most powerful liberal leaders, whether they run the federal government or merely run television networks. They can't even acknowledge that a movie just came out about a grotesque abortionist named Kermit Gosnell. But they're all eagerly anticipating the "history" of Roger Ailes oozing out with their favorite fake-news sales lingo: "based on real events."

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.