Where Does Ron DeSantis Go to Get His Apology?

Rich Lowry, National Review

DeSantis says he "knew that none of these (media) people knew anything about Florida at all, so I didn’t care.” Perhaps things will still go wrong in Florida, perhaps its relative good fortune can be chalked up to weather, perhaps county-level lockdowns made a big difference, but no one can say that the state hasn’t taken a thoughtful approach to the crisis. Or, no one can reasonably say that — which, of course, hasn’t stopped many journalists. “I view it more as a badge of honor that I was doing a good job,” DeSantis says, “and that they viewed me as a target, because if I wasn’t, they probably would just ignore me.”

Get ready for ‘Obamagate’ to become ‘ObamaBidengate’

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The 2020 race doesn’t lack for the sharp contrasts that usually decide elections. Trump’s personality and policies are one set, his response to the pandemic and the economic fallout another. But the world’s greatest counterpuncher won’t play defense only and the entry of the Russia-Flynn scandal into the mix gives the president a big new hammer. Count on him to use it. Biden can’t have it both ways. Either he was a fully involved VP, or he was mere standby equipment. And if he was the former, as both he and Obama have repeatedly insisted, then he must answer for one of the dirtiest scandals in American history.

The Atrocity Narrative: Ahmaud Arbery

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

The Atrocity Narrative involves an effort to incite an emotional reaction, conveying to the public a message that they should be angry about some terrible thing that happened, an event which allegedly calls attention to a widespread social problem. When CNN and other national news organizations go into Atrocity Narrative mode, their audience is in effect summoned to join an ad-hoc coalition, echoing a demand to Do Something about whatever issue the story is intended to highlight. Now that arrests have been made and federal authorities are investigating, perhaps CNN and the rest of the media outrage mob will let it go.

Unconstitutionally Calling Businesses Illegal

Allen West, The Old School

We live in a Constitutional Republic, based upon the rule of law, and individual rights, freedoms, and liberties. Government is established and operates under the consent of the governed. Sure, business owners consented to closing their privately owned businesses, but not to the extent of their own ruin. In a Republic, laws are made by duly elected representatives. We call them legislators. Governors are part of the executive branch and their enumerated duty is to enforce the laws passed by the legislature, not to rule. The judicial branch is to interpret the laws, not edicts, orders, mandates, and decrees.

Trump trolling for fun and profit

Byron York, Washington Examiner

For some in the media and politics, Trump derangement is more than a syndrome. It is a business — show business. It is a way to expand one's audience and gain influence. That's not to say it is insincere — many in the media and politics really do detest the president — but there is a flamboyance to it that keeps the audience entertained. On the politics side, trolling the president can raise the profile of even the most marginal group. Trump trolling can lead to what (#NeverTrumper) Liz Mair experienced — more visibility, more influence, and more money. And in the media and politics business, that's good for the bottom line.

Who Pays When the Dying Dictator Wasn't Dying?

Tim Graham, CNS News

How many times during the Trump era have we witnessed one or two "senior U.S. officials" feed the media a "bombshell" story that turned out to be wrong? The nation's top media outlets just say "Trust us" when they hide the identities of their sources, because this information is so crucial and important. Debacles like this underline why the public should be skeptical. The primary debunker of these rumors was the South Korean government. Journalists like these should stop pompously protesting that they are a special class of humanity that represents "objective truth" and try harder actually to report some truth.

Will Depression II Dictate Trump's Fate?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

The economic devastation we have brought upon ourselves may prove more lasting and historic in its impact than the terrible losses of human life to COVID-19. President Trump predicts a V-shaped recovery, the greatest boom in U.S. history. But it is well to recall what happened to the GOP when it failed to deliver in the last Depression. Just as the Civil War was the defining event of the 19th century, giving us 13 Republican presidents from Lincoln to Hoover and only two Democrats — Grover Cleveland and Wilson — how and when we emerge from this new Depression may tell us which party not only wins 2020 but also dominates the new era.

Media Paint Michelle Obama As Quite the Saintly Buckraker

Tim Graham, CNS News

The Obamas were awarded a book deal worth an estimated $65 million for their memoirs, hers and then his. They also struck an estimated $50 million production deal with Netflix. (We don't have actual numbers.) With this self-aggrandizing documentary, their second deal is being used to accentuate the profits of their first. The buckraking here is intense. President Donald Trump surely admires their self-promotional moxie. The Obamas quickly became superrich. Vanity Fair celebrated these "Obamoguls" and hailed Michelle Obama for her "saintly popularity." For the Obamas, greed is cast as just another inspiring voyage of self-discovery.

The Chicom News Network

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

More than the media’s persistent bias against Trump is a fundamental hostility to the people who elected him. It is you — the people Hillary Clinton called “deplorables,” out there in your rural “red” states and Republican-voting suburbs — whom the media really blame for everything wrong in the world, including this virus from China. You can watch CNN all day long and never hear a word about Beijing’s disinformation campaign. China lied, people died, but the anti-Trump media would rather defend the brutal communist dictatorship than to admit the truth. No matter how much you hate CNN, you can’t possibly hate them as much as they hate you.

Questions Reporters Might Ask Liberals If They Didn’t Suck

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

If our reporters were not human cesspools, what would they be doing right now? How would they be dealing with the tidal wave of Twitter blue check lies and Fredocon dung we’re seeing in the wake of the Bat Biter Bronchitis? If reporters were not trash, what would reporters do when faced with stupidity like this from the bloviating Dems and their adolescent stooges? It would be easy to say “treat them like Republicans,” but tongue-lashing newsmakers are no more appropriate than tongue-bathing them. Instead, when faced with obvious talking points, they might choose to ask questions that forced the subject to reveal and examine his premises.

Dictator Trump, enemy of the press, hurt by openness to press

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

From the moment he took office, Mr. Trump has endured relentless accusations that he would shut down all access from the White House press, many of whom he calls “the enemy of the people.” So, what exactly was that last week where Mr. Trump opined about the miracles of disinfectant and sunlight? For that matter, what are all those other endless briefings he has hosted every night since this pandemic spawned — supposedly — from a wet market in Wuhan? Once again reaching new depths of shameless depravity, the press is now crying uncle. Perhaps there is something, after all, to this whole “fake news,” “enemy of the people” thing after all.

Media Drop Numerical Nitpicking of Trump's Coronavirus Briefings

Tim Graham, CNS News

The media condemns Trump for having too many press briefings. The Washington Post and The New York Times augmented their aggression by doing content analysis of the transcripts. This is just pitch-perfect. These newspapers really believe the president should never speak positively about his presidency. It's not the right occasion. Can anyone imagine these papers and their chosen experts telling former President Jimmy Carter he couldn't defend himself regarding the Iran hostage crisis during the 1980 presidential campaign? They hate Trump so much, they just want him to stop defending himself and lose miserably in November. Fighting back is impolite.

Are You Ready To Sue Red China For Your Wuhan Virus Losses?

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to demand that they schedule hearings and pass the Cotton – Crenshaw bill to immediately end Red China’s sovereign immunity for Wuhan virus claims.

Trump Doesn’t Owe Millions Of Dollars To Red China, But Hunter Biden Sure Raked It In

The entire point of Politico’s story – that President Trump was in debt to the Chinese – was not only wrong, it was completely false. We know it is wishful thinking, but it would be nice if just once the establishment media took a look at these potential stories and gave the Bidens the same scrutiny they give Donald Trump, his family, and other Republican officeholders and candidates.

Reopening Georgia and Colorado: A Study in Double Standards

David Catron, The American Spectator

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis presumably has public health expert advisors on his staff, but they seemed to have had less effect on his decision than the protesters who descended on Colorado’s Capitol last week to protest his stay-at-home order. That probably explains why the legacy media have denounced Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s reopen strategy and ignored the all-but-identical plan put forward by Gov. Polis. They don’t want to encourage the peasants to talk back. Likewise, Trump must be wary about deferring to Beltway bureaucrats and betraying loyal GOP supporters like Gov. Kemp. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, this is no time to “go wobbly.”

Dictator? Trump understands limits to his power better than press does

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

When it comes to forcing American citizens to stay home, Trump can only advise. The real stupidity starts when state and local authorities start arresting preachers or citing people for showing up at church or chasing after people running down an empty beach. The First Amendment could not be clearer on the right to assemble peacefully. And the right of Americans to attend church unmolested by government actors. Only a complete fool politician would test that authority by physically barring them from going to church. Any such case would quickly shoot to the top of the courts, where the Supreme Court would flatly rule any such actions as totally unconstitutional.

Manipulating Steele's Dossier of Disinformation

Tim Graham, CNS News

The MRC found that during the first two and a half years of Trump's presidency, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts devoted over 2,200 minutes to the notion that Russian disinformation was used to elect Trump, but they avoided revelations that made Democrats look bad. The "bombshells" always seem to land on one party. The Steele dossier is a great example of why the Republican half of America frowns at Facebook and Google and YouTube for tilting their search results toward "authoritative news sources" like CNN so the public is less susceptible to manipulation. At least Wemple wants these "authorities" to earn their place as the top media manipulators.

After an overreaction to COVID-19, it's time to liberate America

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

Conservatives are mostly a passive lot, expressing their frustrations and anger over ideas they oppose by listening to or watching Fox News, talk radio or attending Trump rallies when that was possible. The duration of the COVID-19 lockdown and its associated unemployment “pandemic” are changing that. Recent arbitrary executive orders by some governors have driven many who have never before demonstrated for or against anything into the streets of state capitals, with more likely to come. That there has been an overreaction to this virus, in my opinion, is hard to dispute. With such silly and arbitrary dictates, is it any wonder more people are taking to the streets?

What the Media Can't See About COVID-19

David Catron, The American Spectator

The reflexive refusal of the legacy media to report any good news in the war on COVID-19 doesn’t apply to bad news about economic damage. “Finding a sizable audience has not been a problem for publishers … But with businesses paused or closed—and no longer willing or able to pay for advertisements—a crucial part of the industry’s support system has cracked.” This has led to thousands of furloughs and pay cuts at the country’s largest newspaper chains. The media should welcome good news about COVID-19 and join the rest of us as we pray that the pandemic reached its peak during Easter, and that there will be a public health and economic resurrection in May.

Academe Assesses Conservative Media Against 'Nonpartisan' Outlets

Tim Graham, CNS News

The liberal Columbia Journalism Review has published a lengthy special report on the values and practices of online conservative news sites. These professors should be welcomed for finding the conservative media to be worth academic attention. But they seem to be dismissing the overwhelming bias that provides so much energy and loyalty to conservative outlets. "Nonpartisan" journalism for the "general interest" sounds great, but that's not what any of these overtly partisan and liberal outlets provide. Our media are divided between conservative and liberal, right and left, not conservative and "nonpartisan general interest." That ship has sailed, and it sunk.