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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about corrosive liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Saturday, June 23, 2018

CNN, MSNBC cut away from Trump event with 'Angel Families'

Washington Times

"Two major cable TV news channels cut away from President Trump’s event Friday with families of people killed by illegal immigrants, switching to coverage of illegal immigrant families complaining about treatment at the border.

"CNN and MSNBC pivoted to the family separation issue even as parents on stage with Mr. Trump said their plight was ignored by the news media.

“ 'The mainstream media does not let you know what is really happening,” said Mary Ann Mendoza, who lost her son, Mesa, Arizona, Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, in 2014 following a vehicular accident with an illegal alien allegedly driving drunk at three times the legal limit.

"When CNN cut away from the event, the network’s midday host Brooke Baldwin questioned why the parents were complaining about the news media’s lack of interest in their stories.

"CNN then went to a live shot from outside a Texas detention facility for illegal immigrant children.

"The chyron read: “Thousands of kids in limbo as Trump’s order sparks confusion.”

"MSNBC returned to its continuing coverage of the family separation issue under the banner “families torn apart.' ” . . .

Actor Tom Arnold Vows To Harass Barron Trump at School Over Trump's Border Policy

MRCTV  "Actor Tom Arnold, Roseanne’s ex-husband, tweeted that he is going to harass the Trumps in several different locations to protest the President’s recent immigration policies.
"In a tweet, Arnold says he plans to show up at Barron Trump’s school because he knows Melania will be there to drop him off. He wants to harass the First Lady and her son because that is definitely how we change policy, right?
"But it wasn’t just one tweet. After people began alerting the Secret Service, he tweeted that he also was planning on showing up at Hooters because “Don Jr’s kids are already working at Hooters so we’ll protest there for lunch.' ” . . .
. . . 
Replying to @TomArnold and 2 others
Did you protest during the Obama administration? Asking for a friend.
During Obama years: ACLU Obtains Documents Showing Widespread Abuse of Child Immigrants in U.S. Custody https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-obtains-documents-showing-widespread-abuse-child-immigrants-us-custody 

What's with Fox News, and why is it moving left?

Legal Insurrection 
Jack Hellner  "I used to enjoy watching Fox News with news host Bret Baier, which was a great remedy to ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.  But not all that much anymore, because it seems to be going left.  (Correction: Fox News ratings are not declining, as earlier indicated, and FNC has been #1 in cable news for 22 weeks in a row.)
"I see it in places I'd never expect.  Take Baier.  Recently, Baier said he has a tough time explaining Sean Hannity.  Bret has been moving left just like the Wall Street Journal's editorial page has.  (The news section has long been hopelessly left-wing.)
"Why are Baier and so many others acting so out of character?  I think it's because all those people obviously want to be liked by their peers and don't care about their viewers.  Instead of giving us any sort of balance in the news, they are rapidly coming to resemble their peers.
"How about a tough time explaining Juan Williams?  Does Baier have a tough time explaining Williams?
"Tonight, Baier had Mort Kondracke, a leftist, on his show, whose first comment was to call Trump a racist and a xenophobe. 
"Then Fred Barnes, who works for Weekly Standard, which has been anti-Trump since 2015, came on. 
"After that, we got treated to Mara Laisson from NPR, which is an openly far-left organization.
"OK, he did have Byron York. 
"But it seemed like just a nod to the right, and it wasn't enough, given what Fox's competitors are putting out.  What's more, we know the network is in some kind of civil war with itself over these very ideological issues.  Read this here.
"Now we have no channel to watch on the nightly news that gives any sort of balance."

Time Magazine: Ok, The Story Is Fake…But It’s Real In Our Hearts. Update: Time apologized

The young girl’s father eventually stepped forward to say that his daughter was not separated from her mother at the border. The family left together. Furthermore, the mother was not seeking asylum of any sort but rather just looking for work.
RedState   "It’s like the “fake news” media just can’t help but make Trump’s whacky points for him over and over and over again. No matter how insane he might sound at times, the echo-chamber that houses mainstream news coverage somehow manages to slip on the banana peel he throws down every time.

"This week the Democrats were somehow able to look up from their own navels long enough to remember who they were and the power they used to wield. For a moment they have been able to successfully reach into their tired bag of tricks and lay an immigration crisis that has been going on for decades at the feet of President Trump. Well, played. Except…
"Time Magazine just couldn’t help themselves, despite being nailed for their photoshop antics multiple times over the years (O.J.Simpson, anyone?). The point was clear – here is a little girl stuck at the border, crying and pleading for her mother…a mother Trump is single-handedly and uncaringly snatching from her grasping arms."


. . . "Time magazine has issued a correction to a controversial cover story about a Honduran migrant girl who they said was taken from her mother by US border patrol agents after it was revealed that the pair were never separated at all. 
"Three-year-old Yanela Denise became the unintentional face of the now defunct family separation crisis after photographer John Moore captured her agonized face screaming as her mother was questioned by agents on June 12. " . . .

Google ‘Internet,’ Media!

Ann Coulter  "Journalists know absolutely nothing about immigration and refuse to learn, so when I cited the fraudulent “humanitarian” cases on TV Sunday night, I footnoted myself live on air, citing a New Yorker article as well as my book, “Adios, America,” which has nearly 100 pages of footnotes. That should make it easy for even the stupidest reporters.
"You haven’t met The Hill’s Jacqueline Thomsen! She was at a loss. The New Yorker? What’s that? Jacqueline thought and thought and thought, until her head hurt! Finally, she decided, as she wrote in The Hill, “It’s unclear what New Yorker article Coulter was referring to.”
"Armed only with the information that there was an article in a tiny little publication known as “The New Yorker” about asylum applicants being coached on their fake asylum claims, how could an American reporter ever hope to locate “The Asylum Seeker” in the Aug. 1, 2011, New Yorker? Forget “Adios, America,” where it is cited, along with many, many other sources. I can’t read a BOOK, Thomsen thought to herself.
"I Googled “New Yorker asylum,” and the article I was referring to came up as the third item in the list. Add “coaching” or “coached,” and it’s the very first item Google gives you. It took 3 seconds.

"The New Yorker article begins with “Caroline,” an illegal alien from a middle-class family in Africa, who passed herself off to U.S. immigration authorities as a victim of rape and torture. " . . .

Speier Defends Hecklers Who Shouted at Nielsen in Restaurant, Blames It on Trump; The Left "Descends Into Odium"

As for the women like Griffin and Bee?  They are the ultimate examples of the evils that feminism wrought: unrelenting anger at real men.  They loved Obama precisely because he was never a real man, certainly not for those of us of a certain age.  He was and remains the perfect pajama boy of his Obamacare dream, a feminized, immature, 98-pound weakling, in mind, body, and spirit. *
Have we not yet learned to fear for this nation and for what the left's desire to do to our country?
Washington Free Beacon   "Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) on Wednesday defended protesters who shouted at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen until she was forced to leave a restaurant Tuesday night.
"CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Speier about the protesters, who were organized by the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America to heckle Nielsen over the administration's immigration policy. Speier said the protest was "probably spontaneous."
" 'What happened there was probably spontaneous. Those weren't progressives; those were just people who are disgusted by the way the administration has thought it was okay to separate parents and their children," Speier said.
"The heckling was not spontaneous, according to the New York Times, which reported that the socialist group came to the restaurant after finding out Nielsen was there.
"After Burnett pressed Speier on whether heckling people at private restaurants was acceptable, the congresswoman blamed President Donald Trump.
"I ' suppose everyone has the right to have dinner wherever they want," Speier said. "And I can't speak to whether that was spontaneous from people that were in the restaurant or if people followed her there. I don't know the facts and the situation."
"Speier argued that it was Trump’s fault that people would have such a "reaction" to his "hate.' " . . . (Emphases added, TD)

*The left's descent into the abyss of odium   "Each passing day seems to take the talking heads and camera-hog Democrats deeper into their self-made circles of Hell.  They have lost all semblance of civility, and they all support each other's public, venal, profane, and frenzied attacks on all things Trump.  They defend the most disgusting and thoroughly indefensible media and social media attacks on the president and his family. 
"Kathy Griffin, Samantha Bee, Robert De Niro, Peter Fonda, Joy Behar, etc.  It's a long list.  Many of these people, perhaps most, are parents and grandparents.  What on Earth is it about Trump that makes them speak and write like vicious mean girls at a snooty private middle school?  The truth is that they were never as smart, elite, classy as they pretended to be.  They are none of those things.  Instead, as we now know, they are wholly without class or grace or humility.  And they lack an understanding of American history, the Constitution, and its profundity.  They are only about power and contempt for those they deem their inferiors: the rest of us." . . .

VDH: Scandals Sanitized with Linguistic Trickery

Victor Davis Hanson

"Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality.
"An early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton was originally found to be “grossly negligent” in using an illegal email server. That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for violation of laws governing the wrongful transmission of confidential government documents.
"Yet the very thought of a likely President Clinton in court so worried the chief investigator, FBI Director James Comey, that he watered down “grossly negligent” to the mere “extremely careless.”
"FBI investigators also had concluded that it was “reasonably likely” foreign nations had read Clinton’s unsecured emails. Comey intervened to mask such a likelihood by substituting the more neutral word “possible.”
"Former President Barack Obama was found to have improperly communicated with Clinton over her illegal server while she was in a foreign country. Obama had denied that fact by falsely claiming that he never knew of her server until much later, after it was publicized.
"The FBI hierarchy under Comey tried to hide the embarrassing details of Obama’s conduct. As a result, the FBI deleted Obama’s name from its report. In its place, the FBI inserted the laughable “another senior government official”—as if the president of the United States was just another Washington grandee who had improperly communicated on an illicit email server." . . .

Trump: Melania's jacket 'refers to the Fake News Media'

The Hill  "The Daily Mail first reported on Thursday that Melania Trump was photographed wearing the Zara jacket while boarding a plane to visit immigrant children held in detention centers. The visit came the day after President Trump signed an executive order undoing his own policy of separating families who cross the border illegally.
"Critics were quick to attack the first lady's fashion choice, calling it insensitive. 
"Democratic Rep. Dina Titus tweeted out her own version of the jacket by wearing a sign attached to her back, reading "I Care." 
In a self-righteous virtue-signaling tweet Democratic Rep. Dina Titus tbroadcast her own version of the jacket by wearing a sign attached to her back, reading "I Care."

Friday, June 22, 2018

Iconic image of crying child separated from family at border is fake news, child never separated

Legal Insurrection

"Featured on cover of Time mag and widely shared on social media."

"If the media wants President Donald Trump and others to stop calling them fake news then they need to stop being fake news.
"A Getty photographer snapped a picture of a crying girl a few weeks ago and became the go-to image for the border fiasco. Time used the picture on its cover to bash Trump, but the girl’s father said that the child and her mother were never separated.
"In fact, he told The Daily Mail, “They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border.”
"The Daily Mail spoke to Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, who resides in Puerto Cortes, Honduras:" . . .
But since when did they care about facts? Moore also told Time his story and put in the articlethat “the girl was carried away screaming by border agents.” The magazine had to go back and change the FACT that the girl and her mother went together.
. . .
Honduran Migrant Girl in Viral Picture Was Never Separated from Her Family
. . . "After seeing the photo, which was modified on the Time cover to depict President Trump looming over the girl, the girl’s father told several media outlets that his wife and daughter were never separated, but were actually placed together in a family-detention center.
"In addition to appearing on the forthcoming cover of Time, the photo was reprinted in several international newspapers and was used to promote a fundraiser that netted $18 million for separated families." . . .

Hillary Clinton’s Group Hauls in $1 Million Off Border ‘Humanitarian Crisis’
. . . "Clinton followed up on Thursday by announcing that her group, Onward Together, had exceeded $1 million in contributions and that the money would be split amongst left-leaning activist groups." . . .

UN accidentally rips Obama

What a terrific news peg. President of hope and change made things worse for his voters while his deplorable successor improved conditions for them.

Don Surber  " 'UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency," the Fox News headline said.
"This happened on Obama's watch, UN.
"What a bunch of losers.
"The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody -- taken from Obama's concentration camps for youths.
" 'The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party: America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are 'cruel and inhuman;' the Trump tax cuts aren’t working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation and more on social programs," columnist Chuck DeVore wrote.
" 'But, wait a minute: the U.N. report’s main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term. So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president.' " ".   . . .

Updated: Charles Krauthammer and me

Lauri B. Regan  "The death of Charles Krauthammer affected me deeply, for he taught me by word and by example.  This article from four and half years ago explains why.  To my shock and delight, after it was published, he wrote me a personal note of thanks." . . .

● Krauthammer made a 2007 prediction that "If [Bush's] successors don't screw it up, within 10 years NASA will have us back to where we belong -- on other worlds." Five years later, he observed, "Is there a better symbol of willed American decline" than the voluntary "interment" of the space shuttle program. This is all the more poignant as China celebrates its first lunar landing (something to which Krauthammer ironically alludes in his final essay written four years ago), Iran brags of its second launch of a monkey into space, and Obama, clearly screwing it up, has relegated NASA to reaching "out to the Muslim world... to help them feel good...."
● In another 2011 column Krauthammer recognized that Martin Luther King Jr.'s
leadership, moral imagination and strategic genius... turned his own deeply Christian belief that 'unearned suffering is redemptive' into a creed of nonviolence that he carved into America's political consciousness.
"Contrast this with Obama's own ("Goddamn America") church experience and "leadership" of an America in which racial tensions have soared and relations have been set back decades.
. . . 
"Krauthammer observed that Obama's foreign policy is one
designed to produce American decline -- to make America essentially one nation among many. And for that purpose, its domestic policies are perfectly complimentary.
"But he recognized that the Europeans
can afford social democracy without the capacity to defend themselves because they can always depend on the Untied States....
Europe can eat, drink and be merry for America protects her. But for America it's different. If we choose the life of ease, who stands guard for us? . . .
Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
. . . "A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume." . . .

Critic-in-Chief  . . . "That is because he has been a brilliant critic of President Obama: a persistent, fearless, profound critic of Obama. Indeed, many conservatives, and some liberals as well, consider him the critic-in-chief. He has been on Obama’s case constantly, for his errors and follies in policy both foreign and domestic. In a column last month, he said that the “commander-in-chief, young Hamlet, frets, demurs, agonizes.” Krauthammer was speaking of the Afghan War. Only in August, Obama had declared Afghanistan to be “a war of necessity.” Now the president seemed very much unsure. Krauthammer concluded his column, “Does anything he says remain operative beyond the fading of the audience applause?' ” . . .

"Krauthammer was admired across the political spectrum, unfailingly elegant and civil, and stubbornly independent-minded.. . . "He was, in particular, a jewel in American conservatism. He wasn’t always one of us. He started his career as a moderate Democrat, a speechwriter for Walter Mondale and then a writer for The New Republic in the 1980s. He was on the right flank of that magazine’s internal fight over the future of liberalism as a resolute Cold Warrior. He became detached from the increasingly McGovernite Democratic party and moved steadily right over the years.
"He believed in American power and the international order it had created, and had no patience for apologists for our enemies or for the gauzy clich├ęs of supporters of “the international community.” A baseline of realism undergirded his thought, and he was equally willing to puncture the fantasies of the Left and, as necessary, the irrational enthusiasms of the Right." . . .

Charles Krauthammer, A Diagnostician Of Our Public Discontents, Contemptuous of Obama

George Will  "When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, "First, you go to medical school." He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it combined the practicality of medicine and the elegance of philosophy. But he also came to the columnist craft by accident. Because of one.
"It has been said that if we had to think about tying our shoes or combing our hair we would never get out of the house in the morning. Life is mostly habitual — do you actually remember any details of driving home last evening? The more of life's functions that are routinely performed without thinking, the more thinking we can do. That, however, is not how life was for Charles after his accident."
"In 1972, when he was a 22-year-old student at Harvard Medical School, he was swimming in a pool. Someone pushed the diving board out, extending over a shallower part of the pool. Charles, not realizing this, dove and broke his neck. At the bottom of the pool, "I knew exactly what happened. I knew why I wasn't able to move, and I knew what that meant." It meant that life was going to be different than he and Robyn had anticipated when they met at Oxford.
"He left two books at the pool. One was a text on the spinal cord. The other was Andre Malraux's novel "Man's Fate.  . . . "

Krauthammer: Obama's Reliance on Diplomacy Is 'Almost Pathetic'
. . .  "President Obama told the Diplomatic Corps Reception today that "in contrast to these terrorists, we will win this fight by building -- never giving up on diplomacy."
"Krauthammer said that the president just repeated the same thing he'd been saying for the past 7 and a half years, "which has yielded us the worst outbreak of terrorism that we have seen.' " . . .

Krauthammer's contempt for Obama manifested in this conversation

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