Jeffrey Lord is a contributing writer for NewsBusters
Jeffrey Lord is a Contributing Writer for NewsBusters.
Lord is a former White House political director in the Reagan White House and aide to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania he went on to work for the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, then going on to serve on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and Executive Assistant to US Senator John Heinz (R-Pa.). He was the chief of staff for Reagan-Bush ’84 co-chair Drew Lewis as well as to Mr. Lewis in his role as chairman of Warner-Amex Cable (now Time Warner) in New York City.
Now a writer and commentator, he is a Contributing Editor of The American Spectator, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel and Newsmax TV. His work has been discussed on The Rush Limbaugh Show, and he has also appeared on the Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham talk radio shows in addition to talk radio programs across the country. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Harrisburg Patriot-News and other publications. He is the author of The Borking Rebellion:The Untold True Story of How a Bipartisan Group of Pennsylvania Women Attorneys Took on the Entire US Senate Judicial Confirmation Process - and Won. Lord, a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, now lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
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It says everything one needs to know about both James Comey and the liberal media. Even The Washington Post admits to the obvious game about the fired FBI Director’s imminent book tour. Headline from The Post: "Ready for the media’s Comey swoonfest? Nothing can stop it now."
The liberal media uproar over Sinclair Broadcasting was as predictable as snow in a blizzard. First comes the news that one Justin Simmons has quit his job as a producer at a Nebraska Sinclair outlet. The CNN headline was this: "Sinclair producer in Nebraska resigns to protest 'obvious bias’"
Well that didn’t take long. My prediction was made in this space on October 28, 2017. The headline: "Laura Ingraham: New Fox Star, New Left-Wing Target." In which I said the following of the Fox announcement that Laura Ingraham- she the radio talker, ex-Reagan staffer, Justice Clarence Thomas Supreme Court clerk and all-around conservative superstar - would be hosting a new Fox opinion show at 10 pm weekdays. I wrote:
It is always amazing to see a supposedly “objective” media outlet in headlong pursuit of a leftist agenda item. This time? Time magazine has outdone itself in the media bias category, with CNN right behind them.
The Washington Post is aghast. Here's the headline: "The Daily 202: Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up." The story by James Hohmann says this in part: "THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump’s reality television presidency may be getting more star power for season two."
God bless Jake Tapper. The other day, NewsBusters reported: "CNN’s Jake Tapper Breaks Through Media Blackout, Covers Louis Farrakhan Controversy." Tapper noted that “despite the anti-Semitism and homophobia inherent in that clip, several leaders of the Women’s March were — are supporters of Farrakhan and have not condemned him” plus “[m]embers of the Congressional Black Caucus.”
It is remarkable to see the headlines about presidential aides Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the liberal media. The son-in-law and daughter of President Trump are now getting routinely hammered in The Washington Post, The New York Times, on CNN and even in The Wall Street Journal editorial pages, the latter decidedly not in the “liberal media” category. But what is particularly noticeable is the reluctance to apply the same standards to presidential or other political relatives - if they are liberals.
Once upon a time I was nineteen. (No comments, please.) I have related part of this story in a speech a few months back at my alma mater, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the wake of what has become a controversial CNN Townhall meeting on the Florida shooting, there is a media aspect of my tale that I neglected to relate --- and the reaction to the Florida CNN Townhall reminds.
Journalists are racing to target President Trump and blame the Florida shooting on guns and the NRA. So, it might be a good time to look back. President Ronald Reagan wrote an essay in the spring of 1983. He was talking about exactly what was not on display in Parkland, Florida in the heart and soul of shooter Nikolas Cruz- the value of, and the respect for, human life. And in the aftermath of the school shooting that left seventeen dead? The nation’s media was also determined - one might say determined to the point of obsession to place blame.
Recall the outrage from Washington Post liberal columnist Jennifer Rubin when President Trump said George W. Bush was “unpatriotic"? Or when Trump said of Democrats that they had “acted like terrorists” during the budget fight?
Or when Trump attacked Democrats for “purposely sabotaging the country’s economic recovery” and added that “These guys bet against America all the time”?
Katherine Graham, the late publisher of The Washington Post, is legend in their newsroom. Not to mention in Hollywood, which has just turned out a glitzy tribute to Mrs. Graham, starring Meryl Streep as the publisher who, with executive editor Ben Bradlee, fought the Nixon administration over the release of the Pentagon Papers. Now the very same paper rallied against releasing the Nunes memo.
The headline was everywhere. Here’s just one from right here at NewsBusters: "Don Lemon Blames Donald Trump for Death Threats Made to CNN Employees."
The basic fact is in dispute. According to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, the President of the United States used the word (this being a family publication I will clean it up) “s-hole” to describe Haiti and Africa in a discussion about immigration. According to others present, not so
This kind of thing is no longer amusing or simply worth a shrug. It is very, very disturbing. Here’s the headline from The Washington Times: "Burlington Free Press editor Denis Finley fired over gender tweets."
The headline in The Atlantic read this way: "Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump? The question to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was put this way: “What is the president’s reaction of the suggestions in this book that he is mentally unfit?” The book in question, of course, is Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury.
Let’s run through a short list at the end of the year. ABC - Brian Ross misreports a Trump story, is suspended and forbidden to cover Trump again. CBS - Anchor Charlie Rose fired for sexual misconduct. CNN - Headlines a breaking news Trump story that turns out to be completely wrong. Staffer fired for sexual misconduct.
What is the matter with these people? This has been discussed elsewhere, but with more of the same nonsense since the subject of one of the latest presidential tweets will not go away, let’s continue. Here is the now-famous tweet. (Actually, there are now a ton and a half of famous Trump tweets but this is one of the latest:
Think of all those liberal media headlines about Roy Moore. Here’s a sample: "Washington Post: Trump, McConnell call on Roy Moore to exit Alabama Senate race ‘if these allegations are true.’" "Washington Post: In Washington, the Republican dam is breaking against Roy Moore."
So let’s see how this game works. Matt Lauer — come on, you can remember Matt Lauer — was a news anchor of NBC’s Today show from 1994 - 1997 and co-anchor from 1997 to 2017. This last week he was fired by NBC News for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
The latest example is to be found from MSNBC’s John Heilemann, who, in a discussion with ex-Bush 43 White House alum-turned-MSNBC host Nicole Wallace, said the following in a discussion of Alabama Judge Roy Moore. Wallace asked: