CANBERRA, Australia — Here in Australia, "Question Time" has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an effort to belittle those policies.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press produced a dispatch exemplifying why the public so deeply distrusts and despises the establishment press. Tasked with covering President Donald Trump's lunch with Republican senators, reporters Lisa Mascaro and Anne Flaherty decided that relaying what happened and what was discussed was relatively unimportant. Instead, in a transparent attempt to fuel controversies not germane to the event and to perpetuate the meme of a Trump presidency mired in controversy, they made their story primarily about what didn't happen and what wasn't discussed.
Our “news” media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when they make Team Trump look wildly insensitive. The two most common words in the press today are “sources say.” Now the country is spending a week with the media demanding a public apology from White House aide Kelly Sadler, who reportedly said in bad taste the administration didn’t have to care about John McCain’s dramatic opposition to CIA director-designate Gina Haspel, because “he’s dying anyway.”
During a discussion on Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s New Day about whether the Trump administration should publicly apologize for the comment made by White House aide Kelly Sadler that Senator John McCain is dying of cancer, a clash arose between faux Republican and CNN political commentator Ana Navarro and Women Vote Trump co-chair Amy Kremer.
The View was engaged in Hot Topic Recycling on Monday. Putting the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem or denuclearization of North Korea were ignored in favor of more piling-on about a leaked insult of Sen. John McCain, which was already addressed on Friday’s show. Meghan McCain surely caused a few jaws to drop by saying if you don’t have role models in politics, well, “You got some on The View, with all of us!” Because The View is America’s center of civil and rational discourse? Joy Behar blew that up within seconds.
While bemoaning during Friday’s Deadline: White House about the lack of decency and civility in light of White House staffer Kelly Sadler’s ugly comment about Republican Senator John McCain (AZ), MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace joked to White House correspondent Kristen Welker about choking White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Somehow, CNN and puppetmaster Jeffrey Zucker thought it would be a smart idea to move New Day co-host Chris Cuomo, punishing those of us who stay up late. Friday’s New Day gave us a sneak peek (along with two trial runs) of what Cuomo PrimeTime will be like as he badgered State Department senior official Heather Nauert by connecting the North Korean peace talks to the ugly remark by a White House staff about ailing Republican Senator John McCain (AZ).
The front of Sunday’s New York Times featured political reporter Jonathan Martin’s tribute to the ailing Sen. John McCain: “At Home, McCain Shares Memories and Regrets.” It has some charming moments, but comes off hypocritical, given the paper’s back and forth feelings for McCain, praising him when he was a threat to more conservative Republicans during the 2008 party primaries, condemning him when he threatened the saintly Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign. It also used the veteran moderate Republican as a convenient, pointed rebuttal to President Trump.
As per usual, the only time CNN treats a Republican with respect, is when they are bashing President Trump. That’s why CNN couldn’t contain their excitement for the impending rant against President Trump by a member of his own party, early Wednesday morning.
On Sunday night, MSNBC host and serial liar Brian Williams co-hosted an MSNBC special on 2017's most interesting people and things with former McCain campaign official-turned-MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. Given both of their records, it didn’t disappoint in churning out head-scratching selections and crazy quotes on everyone from Republican Senator Bob Corker (Tenn.) to Robert Mueller and even a love letter to the liberal media.
On Wednesday, The New York Times editorial board and Twitter account arguably crossed a line into becoming a grassroots advocacy group, encouraging and providing both readers and Twitter followers with phone numbers to call select Republican Senators in order to defeat the Republican tax plan.
When the media love a leftist, that only helps them with their base. The friend of my friend is my friend. It also endears them to independents, since the media portray leftists as feisty populists for the common man. On the other hand, when the media love a Republican, that causes great problems with the Republican’s conservative base. The friend of my enemy is my enemy.