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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On Day One of the impeachment hearings, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said this: “Not even Mr. Schiff’s Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF.”
Cue the left-wing media vapors.
While Elizabeth Warren routinely collects applause when citing her gender — and at this minute is using it to accuse Bernie Sanders of sexism — The New York Times stepped to the plate to assail The View’s Meghan McCain. Ms. McCain, of course, is these days famous for her co-hosting stint on the ABC show created by Barbara Walters.
In the cascade of attention swirling around the death of General Suleimani, there was another story out there - a very significant media story - that has a major impact for America. It was a press release that began this way: "IHeartMedia Extends Partnership with Rush Limbaugh."
Recall that on April 11, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that he would be running for a second term. And twenty two days later, on May 2, 2011, Navy Seals, under the direct order of the President — who was watching via TV cameras from the White House Situation Room- stormed Osama bin Laden’s no-longer-secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Killing him.
For a small snapshot of the media battles that lie ahead in 2020? Take this one small example that spread like wildfire over the Christmas holidays. Six days before Christmas, one Mark Galli, the editor of Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by no less than the late Reverend Billy Graham, penned this editorial. The headline: "Trump Should Be Removed from Office It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was."
As noted by my NewsBusters colleague Curtis Houck over here, my former CNN colleagues are giddy about the President’s impeachment. Houck's headline: “CNNers Celebrate Impeachment as ‘Great Day’ for ‘Democracy’: Trump ‘Deserved It.’”He writes (bold print his):
The Washington Post was adamant. It addressed the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of articles of impeachment this way: "“The House Judiciary Committee has now completed its task, and it has failed miserably. It has approved four articles of impeachment, of which two are ill-defined and two are unsubstantiated."
What if reporter John Solomon were named….Jake Tapper? Or Wolf Blitzer? Or Maggie Haberman? Or Dana Milbank? This being a random group of names of journalists from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Now pick one of those names (and there is a long list of potential other names that could be used) and substitute it for this mention of John Solomon in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that reported this, bold print for emphasis supplied:
So The Wall Street Journal noted the problem this way: "Bloomberg No News. His reporters won’t investigate Democrats—but Trump is fair game." The editorial said, in part, this, bold print for emphasis supplied: “Mike Bloomberg joined the Democratic race for President on Sunday, creating a conundrum for his journalists at Bloomberg LP. Do they quit covering 2020? Do they stand on the principle of editorial independence, while promising to treat their billionaire proprietor like any other Joe, Pete or Elizabeth?
There they go again. Over here at NewsBusters, Tim Graham has written this latest about the Committee to Protect Journalists and its recent dinner hosted by ex-Fox newser Shep Smith. The story comes complete with a link to Michael Grynbaum’s piece on this CPJ event in The New York Times.
Last week in this space the hypocrisy of ABC News when it came to an internal whistleblower was discussed. I said this: “And when it comes a whistleblower who blew the whistle on the network’s protection of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein? ABC went out of its way to get another network to fire that suspected whistleblower - in spite of her flat denials. It doesn’t get more hypocritical than that.”
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.”