You remember the Trump cabinet meeting story? In which, according to the Mediacrats, the cabinet members sucked up to the boss? A Maoist reeducation session? Not. Didn’t happen.
“This small episode, this miniature, wholly unnecessary bit of dissembling or incompetence by the press, is a nice example of what Nicole Hemmer, a political scientist at the University of Virginia, has called ‘Trump Exceptionalism.’ It is a disease that strikes journalists above all. In the eyes of the bright young things who work in the White House press corps, with their faulty educations and unearned world-weariness, everything Trump does must be nefarious, and if not nefarious, at least vulgar and unprecedented. It just has to be. So it is. Even when it’s not.”
No wonder Trump gets so pissy on Twitter about Fake News.
Via The Weekly Standard
Scott Adams has a good idea for replacing the White House press briefings, which have only turned into a sneer fest of gotcha games fueling fake news.
Take it to the Internet, he says, with written questions and answers, supplemented by occasional video clips, and let the public respond to the questions and answers, though some sort of refereeing and censorship would be necessary there.
I like this author of Dilbert, which is a funny strip, and I’ll probably get around to reading his anti-self help book as well.
Via Scott Adams Blog
Unless Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer who sent 44,035 internal emails to Wikileaks, was a Russian or on their payroll.
Now we have a motive for his unsolved murder. The only remaining problem is finding whodunit. But the Trump-Russian circus should be over. Should be.
“Yes, I spent 25 years as a member of the MSM, 16 of them at Time magazine at the pinnacle of its fame and influence. Still, I have to agree with Mr. Newt that it’s not the function of the executive branch to spoon-feed the hostile, lazy, anonymice-quoting Washington press corps at a daily briefing in the White House…The daily briefing has devolved into a coup-counting sneer fest, with reporters attempting to score points while eliciting exactly zero useful or newsworthy information. Close it down.”
Couldn’t have said it better, and so I’m reprinting this from PJMedia columnist Michael Walsh.
Salena Zito, formerly of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, currently of the Washington Examiner, brings The Donald into sharper focus:
“It’s a very intensive process,” he says of the presidency. “Really intense. I get up to bed late and I get up early.” He rarely sleeps more than four hours, which is good, he explains, because he can call leaders around the world in the dark hours while the rest of Washington sleeps.
“When I was doing many real estate deals at one time, I always thought that was going to be more comprehensive and lengthier than a day like this.
Read. It. All. Here.
“The judge, William H. Orrick of United States [9th] District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the administration, directing it to stop trying to cut off aid to sanctuary jurisdictions. But the order does not prevent the federal government from moving forward on designating certain places as “sanctuaries,” nor does it keep the administration from enforcing conditions for doling out federal money if they already exist, as the Justice Department has already begun to do with some law enforcement grants.”
Why not stop funding the 9th Circuit? Let them sue to get their money back. And live off their savings in the meantime.
UPDATE: According to Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist, Orrick was a campaign money bundler for Obama in 2008 and for John Kerry in 2004. Now there’s a surprise.
“‘Trump to OK new offshore plan, reverse Arctic, Atlantic bans: sources,’ said a headline from S&P Global Platts, an industry trade publication….
“Oil for the people. Money from leases for the Treasury. And getting out of the Middle East for our military.”
That last may be iffy now, with the Syria strike, but it is to be devoutly wished.
Via Don Surber