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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The alarmed headline in The New York Times this week read: “Republicans’ Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive.” The story said this in part: "WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks that portray the entire party as extremist on abortion."
In one of the most bigoted editorials imaginable, the Baltimore Sun blasted Tiger Woods for visiting the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump. And fittingly, Rush Limbaugh took note. The Medal of Freedom has a long and proud history. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, replacing an earlier Medal of Freedom initiated by President Harry Truman that specifically was awarded for civilian service in World War II. JFK’s executive order authorizing the medal specified that it be awarded as follows:
Fox News headlined the story this way: “Poynter forced to scrap 'unreliable news' list targeting conservative outlets after outcry.” That would be “Poynter” as in the “Poynter Institute”, which self-describes this way, bold print supplied for emphasis: “Mission & Vision. The Poynter Institute has grown from a storefront in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, to the world’s most influential school for journalists. Poynter is an instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens. We serve not only 21st-century democracies, but those in corners of the globe where people who honor freedom and self-government struggle against tyrants and autocrats.”
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have a dramatic double standard when it comes to campaign advisers visiting with Russians before they move into the White House. Former Soviet diplomat Anatoly Dobrynin had some stories about meeting with Mika's father, Zbignew Brzezinski, before Jimmy Carter was elected president.
You can’t make this stuff up. So here we are, days before Easter, and Notre Dame, one of the most iconic cathedrals on the planet, almost burns to the ground. As this is written there is still an investigation into the exact cause. But suffice to say the horrific sight of the toppling spire as the cathedral was engulfed in flames stirred sentient people everywhere.
Well that was predictable. The grassy knoll media is furious at Attorney General William Barr. For those who came in late, the “grassy knoll” was once upon a time an American slang reference to those conspiracy theorists who believed that President John F. Kennedy was not killed by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald firing down on JFK from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Rather, JFK was shot from the front by a mysterious assassin or assassins firing from the grassy knoll of the small city park adjacent to the Book Depository.
The Sulzberger dynasty that publishes The New York Times does not like the Murdoch dynasty that runs the News Corporation and Fox News. They charge the Murdochs with "destabilizing democracy" around the world. What this really says is that the Times has lost its influence, and Fox News is on the rise.
Over there at the website for the Pulitzer Prizes is this posting of a prize. In the category of “National Reporting” it reads that the winners are: “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration. (The New York Times entry, submitted in this category, was moved into contention by the Board and then jointly awarded the Prize.)”
As was noted right here at NewsBusters by P.J. Gladnick in a session at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with Marvin Kalb, former ABC anchor Ted Koppel, the epitome of the Establishment media, had something startling to say. And as P.J. noted, Koppel sounded downright NewsBuster-y. Said he, in this clip captured by Nicholas Ballasy (with emphasis supplied): “I’m terribly concerned that when you talk about the New York Times these days."
The bill of particulars goes on for a full 58 pages. Here is the headline over at the Daily Caller: “Sandmann’s Second Defamation Suit Hits Cnn for $275 Million.” “Sandmann,” of course, is sixteen-year old Nicholas Sandmann, the young Covington, Kentucky teen who found himself at the center of a viral video media storm that seemed to depict him as confronting an elderly Native American at the end of the annual pro-life march in January.
The other day, somewhat lost in all the coverage of President Trump at CPAC, there was a very concerning CPAC talk by Wayne LaPierre. Wayne is, of course, the longtime head of the National Rifle Association. And what he had to say was as enlightening as it was concerning. Now, let’s pause and move over to the subject of the recent decision by the Democratic National Committee to refuse to let Fox News moderate a Democratic presidential debate during the 2020 primary season. And as well, focus on the recent hit piece in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, she a longtime liberal.
Ahhhh memories. Here at CPAC this week, the stories abound about President Donald Trump walking away from the Hanoi Summit. Here are a few of the headlines. From the Los Angeles Times: “Art of the retreat: Summit failure further scuffs Trump's dealmaker claims.” From USA Today: “Donald Trump's big fail on North Korea: He didn't prepare and he got played.” From Newsweek: “Has Trump Failed in North Korea? Pyongyang Says it Will Not Give up Nukes Without U.S. Demilitarization.”
So, secretly, dear reader, you wish you were a billionaire. Ahhh to dream. But if instead of dreaming - and working to make your dream come true - you simply signed up for as many credit cards as you could get your hands on and went on a massive spending spree that makes you feel like a billionaire?
The headline in the Washington Post read this way: “Film about American Nazis aims to send message to Trump voters with local ad during Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.” Beneath the headline was a photo of a smiling Sean Hannity. The story, in part, read this way, bold print for emphasis mine:
Megyn Kelly, she famously late of NBC, was fired not long ago from her NBC morning show. The New York Post’s “Page Six” headlined the Kelly story this way: “Megyn Kelly out at NBC After Defending Blackface." The Post story began: “Megyn Kelly is out at NBC following controversial comments she made about blackface this week, a source told Page Six.”
One can only wonder at this point. Does the liberal media have any idea - any idea at all - as to how much they are damaging their own credibility? The latest case in point: the phone calls Donald Trump Jr. made in the wake of the now-famous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016. Samples include stories like this from 2018:
It was remarkable to behold. In the space of a handful of weekend hours, the liberal media shot itself in its proverbial foot. Not once - but twice. The first time was a report from BuzzFeed. The internet news outlet had run with the story that ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was telling investigators that President Trump had directed him to lie to Congress about the Trump Organization’s plans to build a luxury high-rise in Moscow.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled Trump's State of the Union, and drew rave reviews from the press. None of them saw the n ext move coming: Trump canceled her trip abroad, due to same excuse -- security concerns. The media were furious at a "childish" president offering tit for tat. Never troll the King of Trolls.
So this week brought a presidential address to the nation on the hot button subject of building a wall at the southern border. And the media? Well, they were intent on focusing on what they insisted would be 9 minutes of presidential lying. What did the media not say on the subject of walls? What did they go out of their way to ignore? Well, anything that would indicate that whether it is Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer or the media itself - they are all crazy in love with walls. Walls for themselves.
Recall this cover of Time magazine? It featured a photoshopped President Trump gazing down at a sobbing little girl - the two-year old child, Yanela Sanchez, supposedly separated from her mother just after the Honduran mother had illegally crossed the border into the United States. The caption: “Welcome to America.” In fact, Time had not only photoshopped the President into the make-believe picture, the actual photo of the crying little girl inaccurately tried to give the impression the child had been cruelly separated from her mother by the Border Patrol. It wasn’t true, and Time was forced to issue a correction that read: