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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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:
It was the day before Christmas and the media was stirring, targeting Rush. Yes, while most Americans were bustling around to get the last minute presents or beginning to pour the egg nog, the liberal media was having (again!) a fit. The cause of it all this time was…..Rush Limbaugh.
Remember this? This statement issued by Fox News when CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta was in the middle of his battle with the Trump administration to regain his White House pass, which was revoked? Thus barring Acosta - although not CNN - from doing his job of covering the White House. The statement, with bold print supplied, read:
It’s Christmas. So what else to do but take a serious look at the Guardians of “the manipulation and abuse of truth” by the media. Recently, Time magazine made its annual announcement of its “Person of the Year.” Here is the description of this as provided by the Huffington Post:
Joy Behar was furious. Furious! Why? It seems that following the death of President George H. W. Bush, View co-host Joy Behar wanted to say something nice about the late president, and settled on a comment about his signing of an amendment to the Clean Air Act in 1990. Said she, as reported here in on NewsBusters:
Rush Limbaugh was furious. As news trickled out about ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen saying he had lied to Congress, the liberal media pounced. This was surely it, they were in essence saying. The Trump-Russia collusion connection has been finally uncovered.
In an interview with the socialist British newspaper The Guardian, Hillary Clinton claimed the media is "failing to challenge Trump." Which media is she talking about? She slammed Fox News as "totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda. I don’t know the best way to puncture that. You have to hope that reality catches up with politics and entertainment at some point.”
So on Friday, a Trump-appointed federal judge, per Fox News, “ruled in favor of CNN...allowing the network’s star reporter Jim Acosta to temporarily regain access to his White House press credential.” Full stop. Let’s turn to Fox’s own Tucker Carlson the night before this decision was issued. CNN, he said, is “claiming to defend free speech only when it is their free speech.” He also said:
So before the relatives arrive and the turkey is carved, let’s recall the liberal media’s predictions for the 2018 midterms. There was this at CNN: “A 'blue wave' is probably coming. Or maybe we should call it a 'blue blizzard'” From the Washington Monthly: “Is a Blue Wave Coming in 2018?”
Ahhh Steve Schmidt. The ex-Bushie turned Never Trumper who foams over there at MSNBC had spewed this jewel of hate the other day: “Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart, and NewsBusters, and Judicial Watch, and all the rest of them, have blood on their hands for the incitements that they have made that have triggered and radicalized these crazy people.”
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far they have shown no comprehension of that.” - CNN President Jeff Zucker. Well. One is left almost speechless at this statement issued the other day after the bomb threat against CNN.
Uh-oh. So in all the justifiable uproar over the apparent murder — gruesome murder at that — of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, over at Fox Howard Kurtz of Media Buzz has opened a window on an amazing liberal media/liberal Hollywood double-standard. Kurtz’s headline: “A Reckoning for Those Who Take Dirty Saudi Oil Money.”
Here’s the thing that baffles. Suddenly this week, as analysis of the Kavanaugh turmoil came to a head, my old CNN colleague Matt Lewis boldly suggested he obvious: that the mobs chasing Senator Ted Cruz and wife Heidi out of a Washington restaurant, not to mention those pounding - literally - on the doors of the Supreme Court and storming the Senate until arrested were, well, mobs.
Joel Kaplan has a close friend. Recently that friend was going through a difficult moment in his life, and like the good friend he is, Joel Kaplan went to stand by his friend’s side. The friend is Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And Mr. Kaplan, fellow Bush 43 alum with Judge Kavanaugh (Kaplan served as deputy White House chief of staff), quietly took a personal day from his job and sat behind his friend as the latter testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Inevitably Kaplan was seen in television shots - and all professional hell broke loose in Joel Kaplan’s life.
Well. This has been an interesting media week, yes? The liberal “mainstream” media just exploded on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his nomination to be a Supreme Court Justice. But there’s something very curious here. Take the case of liberal Democratic Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown.
So here’s the story, this version reported by Joseph Wulfsohn over at Mediaite. The headline: “Hollywood Shows Support For Christine Ford in New Video: ‘We Believe You’” The story says that “Several Hollywood actresses” have gotten together to read a letter of support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The letter reads:
Rudy Peters. A California Republican congressional candidate is just the latest example of the media’s dreadful problem with bias by omission. Mr. Peters is the Republican candidate for Congress from California’s 15th Congressional District. The other day, while at a campaign table at the Castro Valley Fall Festival a man later identified as 35-year old Farzad Fazeli approached Parker and began berating him, yelling about the Republican Party and President Trump.
So which is it? Is The New York Times a newspaper — a journalistic outfit? Or is The New York Times a Deep State co-conspirator against a sitting President of the United States? As the world knows, this past week, The Times opinion section published a piece titled: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration; I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclination.”
Talk about a bad week! One is simply gobsmacked at what has been going on over at CNN. Back there in the mists of July, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein posted a piece on the latest-of-the-moment “news” about the now infamous “Trump Tower” meeting between various Trump supporters (Don Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort) and a Russian woman who was pitched as having campaign dirt on Hillary but in fact was there to, as it turned out, lobby against an American law on adoption the Russians hate. Among the controversies is whether Donald Trump knew of the meeting in advance. He says no.