Behold, the latest example from CNN Politics reporter Chris Cillizza showcasing why anyone can get a job in political journalism and punditry, no matter how flaming hot your takes can be. Tuesday afternoon, Cillizza falsely tweeted that President Trump had told reporters that he doesn’t want the FBI involved in the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
It was the $40 trillion question.And once again, Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to answer it. Like other Democratic socialists and many progressives, Ocasio-Cortez has a long list of government giveaway programs. But even when confronted with a price tag, wouldn’t say how they’d be paid for (or who would pay).
On Monday night, Fox News Channel hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham pointed out the Democratic double standards when it came to how they reacted to sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh versus allegations and proven misdeeds among members of their own party.
Breaking: Paul McCartney is still making records. Really. Egypt Station is the former Beatles’ latest, and he’s promoting the heck out of it, with stops at Grand Central Station (where he played a promotion concert), The Jimmy Fallon Show (where he surprised lucky visitors to the 30 Rock building upon elevator doors opening), and scads of magazine interviews.
New York Times reporter Adam Goldman passed along warnings from “law enforcement” (and, more importantly, liberal Democrats in Congress) that President Trump’s decision to declassify and release texts and documents related to the wiretap against his former adviser Carter Page would endanger national security: “Ignoring Security Concerns, Trump to Make Russia Documents Public.”
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes premieres on Tuesday but unfortunately there seems to be nefarious forces out there trying to hinder his quixotic quest. According to Arnold, one of those trying to stop his hunt is the former producer of The Apprentice, Mark Burnett, whom Arnold is accusing of choking him at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles on Sunday night. In another interview, TV Guide summerized the comedian: "Bob Woodward and I" "are basically the same guy."
During a panel discussion on Tuesday’s Good Morning America about the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ABC News Legal Correspondent Sunny Hostin fretted that the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, would be put “on trial” during a Senate hearing scheduled for Monday and warned the “older white men” in the GOP to be “very careful” in their questioning.
MRC President Brent Bozell on Tuesday asked Americans to reach out with love and support to those who are suffering from the disaster of Hurricane Florence. “It’s times like this that Americans always rise to the challenge and rush to help our fellow man.... Rush to help your fellow man. Rush to help your fellow Americans.”
It’s hard to paint a positive picture of big tech companies, especially when it becomes apparent that they are manipulating users. On September 19, The Creepy Line, a documentary on Facebook and Google, will premiere in Washington D.C. “Facebook and Google started with a great idea and great ideals,” said journalist Peter Schweizer in his film.
Two months after investigative reporter Brian Ross and long-time producing partner Rhonda Schwartz resigned from ABC News, an editor with the liberal Daily Beast website has claimed that even though Ross made an “erroneous assertion about the president,” he’s “still employable.” Regarding his new work for the Law & Order streaming website, Ross stated: “We get feedback right away, good and bad, and the bosses pay attention to it, as they should. But this sense that something goes wrong, you correct it, you go on -- now it’s a death sentence from the point of view of the president. His attacks on the media are going to have, and are having, a chilling effect.”
Appearing on Tuesday’s Today show, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suggested that the best course of action for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might just be to withdraw rather than defend himself against sexual assault allegations during a public Senate hearing scheduled for Monday. The NBC News Political Director feared that any hearing would be a “tinderbox” that could “erupt a culture war.”
Introducing Jill Abramson on CNN this morning, Alisyn Camerota said, "you say that you shudder to think what will happen" when Christine Ford is questioned at Monday's scheduled Senate hearing. Replied Abramson: "I think that the Republicans, despite all the changes that have happened in the generations since those [Clarence Thomas] hearings, are still going to go in with a strategy to save this nomination at all costs. And if that means destroying, destroying Dr. Ford, I hate to even think about it, but I think it's going to be the same kind of political circus that we saw back in 1991. That's what worries me."
Lefty groupthink can prove harmful to your credibility. That's what happened to CBS and other lemmings who took up tennis star Serena Williams' cause of "sexism" in tennis after her loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Sept. 8th championship match of the U.S. Open women's tennis tournament. The New York Times has since reported that men are punished (see photo of unnamed male tennis pro abusing umpire) by tennis officials three times as often as women, deflating charges of sexism by Williams and her compliant media.
We’ve seen the media and the Democrats use this playbook before. When Justice Clarence Thomas was well on his way to being confirmed in 1991, the Democrats brought forth Anita Hill to accuse Thomas of sexual harassment, in a last ditch attempt to derail his nomination. And while it remains to be seen if the media turn the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process into a similar circus it’s instructive to see what they did back then.
“Turncoat” is a term the New York Times has recently applied to, among other figures, Benedict Arnold, a Mafia boss, and the poisoned Russian agent Sergei Skirpal. Now it applies to Brooklyn State Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans and has given the Republicans a one-vote majority in the New York State Senate. Monday’s story read “As Other Disloyal Democrats Suffer, One Brooklyn Turncoat Is Just Fine.” Yet when the shoe is on the other foot, the paper is quite receptive.