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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Recall the furor over the Access Hollywood tape in the fall of 2016? In which someone leaked a tape from the NBC show, two days before the second presidential debate, to The Washington Post? The tape had then-presidential candidate Donald Trump making a lewd and repellent remark about women to the show’s host Billy Bush? Uproar ensued. Trump issued an apology and Billy Bush was forced to resign.
If one is of a certain age, one recalls the Daisy commercial. Found now on You Tube — here — the commercial ran in the fall of the 1964 Johnson-Goldwater presidential race. Put together at the instance of LBJ aide Bill Moyers and the advertising firm of Doyle Dane Bernbach, the commercial opens with a little girl innocently plucking the petals off of a daisy, counting to ten.
The New York Times broke the story late Thursday night with this headline: “Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation.” Then came the front page sub-headline: “The move is likely to raise alarms that President Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies.”
The headline over at NBC News was succinct: "MSNBC, Washington Post to co-host November Democratic presidential debate. Eight candidates appear to have qualified so far for the matchup in Georgia next month. The NBC story reported this: "MSNBC and The Washington Post will co-host the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia next month, MSNBC announced Tuesday."
The day after the Trump rally in Minnesota, the tag line in The HuffPost’s “Morning Email” reads this way: “How Trump used the U.S. government to chase conspiracy theories; Plus, Trump’s vicious Thursday night rally.” When one clicks on the link to the rally story one is taken to this article headlined: “Trump Rips Rep. Ilhan Omar As ‘Fraud’ And ‘Disgrace’ During Rally In Her District. President Donald Trump ranted against the Minnesota Democrat and vowed to prevent more Somalian refugees from entering the U.S.”
Once upon a time — in a galaxy far, far away — The New York Times and The Washington Post were the go-to papers when it came to uncovering political scandals. Both papers made a point of running the Pentagon Papers, an internal and secret U.S. government history of various presidents and their relevant Cabinet secretaries decision-making on American involvement in the Vietnam War. The Post, of course, was also famous for its birddogging young reporters Woodward and Bernstein and their digging out the details of the Watergate scandal.
For a snapshot of just how the liberal media works, look no further than their treatment of Greta Thunberg and Nicholas Sandmann. Take a good look at the very different treatment of these two kids - and you can see the media coverage of the 2020 campaign unfolding in front of you before we even get to the fall election. Here you have two teenagers, both of them 16.
The liberal bias and double standards doesn’t get any bolder than this.Here is the headline from The Daily Caller: “NBC News Reporter Calls Out Barr For Praising Book On Due Process In College Sexual Assault Cases.” The story begins this way:
By now many readers have heard the tale. The New York Times, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, tweeted out the following, bold print for emphasis supplied: “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center. Today families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.”
Forget the Democrats.The real opponent of President Donald Trump’s re-election has already taken the field. It isn’t Joe or Bernie or Liz or Kamala or any of the rest. The real Trump opponent in 2020 is …the mainstream media. In fact, the “Hate Trump Media” as Sean Hannity correctly labels it, or the Leftist State Media as I call it, never left the field after the 2016 election.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin insisted on MSNBC that we must "burn down the Republican Party" since they are "not fit for polite society." Where have I heard this kind of pompous moralizing from media and Republican elites bemoaning a prominent Republican before? Oh, right. Now I remember. Here’s a sample of what the elites of the Republican Party and the media had to say about….Ronald Reagan.
For anyone who listens regularly to Rush Limbaugh, they are familiar with his thoughts on the far-left (the "deranged left" as he puts it) redefining America as a racist country founded in racism and also his thoughts on the increasing problems with a college education. And like clockwork, within the space of a week, examples of both pop up in the hard news. On the “America was founded as a racist country” front we have the lefty Slate to thank for publishing the transcript of a secretly recorded internal “townhall” at the New York Times.
Somehow one just knew this was coming.The virulent anti-Semitism that has been metastasizing through the American Left and the Democratic Party is being given a pass by the Leftist State Media. As Nicholas Fondacaro has noted correctly, the blatant anti-Semitism of Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashia Tlaib (D-MI), who have been barred from Israel by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been covered up by the Big Three networks.
So as I sat in a television studio in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ready to beam in on Thursday night’s Sean Hannity show, I checked my notes. The topic was to be the media and President Trump’s visit to El Paso. The format was, first, a Hannity monologue, then the segue to the opening El Paso segment, where I would be paired with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the former Trump White House aide and now host of The Sebastian Gorka Show. In the world of cable news, completely normal.
Democratic presidential candidate and self-proclaimed “spiritual leader” Marianne Williamson made headlines in the first of the recent Democratic debates in Detroit by saying this of the water crisis that has plagued nearby Flint, Michigan. Said she, as reported here by USA Today:
The collapse of Robert Mueller's "Johnny on the Job" image and the resignation of Puerto Rico's corrupt governor underline the media's incessant use of bias by omission. If they don't like the facts, it ain't news.
So in the middle of the media firestorm featuring President Trump and his battle with four progressive Democrat freshman members in the House calling themselves “The Squad” — a whirlwind of stories over racism and anti-Semitism — The Washington Post ran a big story on none other than George Takei.
Is it a sign of things to come in 2020? Here’s the tale — a tale that seems remarkably similar to the 2016 reality that had the liberal media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) caught sleeping about the rise of Donald Trump. The story starts with that Nike shoe that was announced as the Fourth of July approached. As is well known now, Nike put the Betsy Ross flag — the original Stars and Stripes with the field of thirteen stars in a circle - on the back of a new model of sneakers. Ex-football player and infamous national anthem kneeler Colin Kaepernick, a Nike hero, protested — and Nike quickly pulled the plug on the shoe.
I have to admit it is breathtaking. There is one media figure after another simply making up American history from scratch. In particular the history of presidents speaking to the nation on the Fourth of July, not to mention the presence of tanks and other military hardware at national celebrations in Washington.
All kinds of Democrats said it, so why not their allies in the media? I’m speaking here of the media chorus that insisted — insisted — that what President Trump, in an Oval Office address to the nation in January called a “humanitarian crisis” at the border — was in fact nothing more than a “manufactured crisis.”