Columnist: ‘Mainstream’ media no longer ‘journalists,’ they’re ‘ACTIVISTS’

(National SentinelMedia Matters: A columnist for the Washington Examiner has taken the so-called ‘mainstream media’ to task for its warped, overtly biased coverage of today’s top political figures, noting that most are no longer “journalists” but really are just “activists.”

“The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today still refuse to employ a single columnist that won’t begin each piece with anything less than, ‘Mr. Trump, you are a liar!’ wrote Eddie Scarry in December.

He noted that in his view, the only major “mainstream” newspaper that provides “anything that even looks sort of like a reasonable perspective on the still-young White House” is The Wall Street Journal opinion page.

Scarry noted further:

CNN this year had to retract one story and significantly modify a second one (both were related to Trump and Russia) after it turned out the former wasn’t supported by any facts (otherwise often referred to as “fiction”) and the latter was inaccurate to the point of libel.

Brian Ross, with his apparent lifetime tenure at ABC News, was suspended in early December after he once again reported catastrophically wrong information about Trump and, of course, Russia.

And as if on cue, The New York Times on Saturday ran a lengthy story praising MSNBC host Joy Reid as a leader of the “resistance.” She has been extremely critical of President Donald J. Trump even to the point of becoming shooing pro-Trump guests off her show.

She, too, has persisted in pushing the “Russian collusion” narrative despite there being no evidence the Trump campaign and Moscow worked in tandem to defeat Hillary Clinton — after nearly two years’ worth of investigating by federal authorities and Congress.

Scarry noted in his column some “truths” about today’s major media:

— “Activism” at most news outlets is now acceptable, especially if it is Left-leaning activism:

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who saved democracy when he challenged the administration’s immigration plan by quoting a cliche poem, said in a radio interview that the media need “a different kind of playbook” when it comes to covering Trump. Like an old lady who feels sassy ordering a Sex on the Beach, Acosta defined his new journalism rules as, “That means at times, you know, I bring a little attitude to what I do on a daily basis.” Acosta may be harmless on his own, but when the sea of media decide to rewrite the standards for covering a presidency, to assume an “attitude,” it’s time to accept that they’re no longer journalists. They’re activists.

— “Everything Trump says is controversial,” even when said ‘controversy’ has to be invented by the media:

In September 2016, then-President Obama acknowledged that now-former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be kneeling for the national anthem in earnest, but he said that Kaepernick should “listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat.” It wasn’t controversial to stand up for the country’s most recognized symbol until Trump did it, at which point it became racist. The Washington Post’s liberal blogger Greg Sargent said Trump’s criticism of NFL players kneeling fit into a pattern of attacking “high-profile African Americans to feed his supporters’ belief that the system is rigged for minorities.” The NFL is not an exclusively black league, and patriotism isn’t racially divisive, but that’s a nuance that doesn’t feed a fake controversy instigated by reporters.

— “Willful ignorance isn’t a bug, it’s a feature,” he wrote, explaining:

It’s possible to actually earn prestige in the national media, a field that formerly required an ongoing thirst for knowledge and understanding, by refusing to learn new things. In November of last year, New York Times columnist Charles Blow bragged that he refused to meet with then-President-elect Trump after the election, though he had come to the Times newsroom for an interview with staff. It’s more important for Blow that he stay ignorantly angry rather than learn anything that might change his mind from a face-to-face meeting. And if there is information readily available that disrupts the media’s enduring suspicion that Trump is a closet klansman, writers find it best to simply ignore it.

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Bannon releases FULL STATEMENT after ‘Fire and Fury’ debacle: Defends DON Jr.; FULLY backs Trump

(National SentinelMIA Mea Culpa: Breitbart News chief and former presidential political strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday issued a full statement of support for President Donald J. Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., following massive fall-out over comments he allegedly made to author Michael Wolff for his new book.

Bannon had come under fire from the president and his son over comments he allegedly made to Wolff for his new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Several critics have questioned the veracity of Wolff’s accounts after he himself said in an author’s note contained within the book that he could not verify everything he wrote.

That said, observers note that Bannon’s mea culpa suggests his comments were accurate.

Among other things, Wolff quoted former top Trump political strategist Steve Bannon as saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 as being treasonous.

He also predicted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

“This was a smart move for Steve Bannon,” The Gateway Pundit noted. “Everyone knew the comments in ‘Fire and Fury’ were taken out of context. And everyone knows Donald Trump Jr. is a patriot.

“The statement was clear, not too soft and keeps Steve Bannon in place as a top voice for the #MAGA movement,” the site noted further.

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WUT? Steve Bannon changes course, calls Trump ‘a great man’ he SUPPORTS ‘every day’

(National SentinelConfusion: Former chief political strategist Steve Bannon reversed course Wednesday evening during an appearance on on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight to claim that he supports President Donald J. Trump the same day disparaging remarks reportedly made by him about his former boss were published.

As reported by Breitbart News, which Bannon leads, the former presidential adviser said,   “The President of the United States is a great man. You know I support him day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump Miracle speech or on the show or on the website, so I don’t you have to worry about that. But I appreciate the kind words.”

Continuing, Bannon said, “President Trump, with the whole swamp up there, the D.C. apparatus, the nullification project, everything going on; he is fighting every day. There’s no doubt in your mind, right?

“And maybe things get off track, or stuff gets said, and all this heated stuff, but however, this is a guy, you voted for him, you supported him, is there any doubt in your mind he’s been fighting for and working for you, the deplorables, the forgotten man and woman, the silent majority, every day he’s been there?” he said.

The escalating war of words between Trump and Bannon comes after The Guardian published excerpts of a new book on the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, in which he quotes Bannon making dire predictions about how special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will affect Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The news site noted that in Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon slams Trump’s son, Don Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner as behaving in a  “treasonous” manner, among other things, for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

He also predicted that Mueller is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

The comments drew a rebuke from Trump, who accused Bannon of losing his mind after he was fired by the commander-in-chief and that Bannon had little to do with his election victory.

Meanwhile, as ABC News reported, lawyers on behalf of Trump have sent Bannon, the president’s former chief political strategist, a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop making further disparaging statements about Trump’s family.

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, “This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent.”

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Trump UNLOADS on former advisor Steve Bannon: ‘He LOST his mind’

(National SentinelBreak-up: President Donald J. Trump took aim at his one-time senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon on Wednesday after publication of comments critical of Trump and his family were published by The Guardian.

The excerpts were included in an upcoming book by Michael Wolff, in which Bannon slams the Trump’s son, Don Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner as behaving in a  “treasonous” manner, among other things.

The Breitbart News chief also slams campaign chairman Paul Manafort and calls their infamous meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” he added.

He noted that Bannon did not deserve any credit for the president’s victory.

“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look,” Trump said.

“Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself,” he continued.

Trump also accused Bannon of being one of the infamous administration leakers of information to the media, which plague the White House early on.

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” he said. “It is the only thing he does well.”

He added, “Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”

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Christianity Today editor mocks VP Pence’s respect for his wife and women, gets schooled

(National SentinelUn-Christian: The editor of a faith-based website lobbed a criticism at Vice President Mike Pence’s stated rule that he never dines alone with women who are not his wife, launching a cascade of anger and outrage from the Veep’s supporters.

Earlier this week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Katelyn Beaty, an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, bearing the headline, “A Christian Case Against the Pence Rule.”

Discussing the Pence rule in the context of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — a Hollywood executive accused of widespread sexual abuse — Beaty said despite the fact that some people say the rule would prevent those kinds of accusations, that’s not necessarily the case.

“[T]he Pence rule is inadequate to stop Weinstein-ian behavior,” she wrote. “In fact, it might be its sanctified cousin. It’s time for men in power to believe their female peers when they say that the rule hurts more than helps.”

Beaty wrote that her experience with the rule, which is practiced by scores of Christian men other than Pence out of respect for their wives and relationships, was that it led to an obsession with preserving the appearance of purity instead of common sense.

She added that he precept of the rule was mistaken.

“The Pence rule arises from a broken view of the sexes: Men are lustful beasts that must be contained, while women are objects of desire that must be hidden away,” Beaty wrote.

“Offering the Pence rule as a solution to male predation is like saying, ‘I can’t meet with you one on one, otherwise I might eventually assault you.’ If that’s the case, we have far deeper problems around men and power than any personal conduct rule can solve,” she claimed.

Critics say that the rule says nothing of the sort, but is intended to avoid contact that might be later misconstrued as improper by a partner or spouse.

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 senior political analyst Brit Hume tweeted that though it was mocked initially, mostly by liberals, Pence’s rule was “looking better” all the time in light of so many sex scandals among Hollywood types and political figures.

“Mike Pence’s policy of avoiding being alone with women other than his wife looking better every day, though widely mocked when it first became known,” he tweeted.

Many Twitter users attacked Beaty, saying he wasn’t trying to protect himself from assaulting women but from being wrongly accused as doing so.

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G. W. Bush takes time out of his busy retirement to trash TRUMP after Obama shaded him for 8 years

(National SentinelPolitical Payback: President Obama blamed everything that went wrong in his administration for eight years on his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

read-here-first-FO-160x600The economy. The lack of jobs. The healthcare system. Global warming. Bad Karma. Yada, yada, yada. 

And for all those years Bush never said a damned thing in his own defense. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

But now, he’s “come out of retirement” to throw shade at — who else? — President Donald J. Trump, jumping on the bandwagon with the rest of his Left-wing globalist friends to criticize someone who dared to take away his brother’s betrothed presidential nomination.

During a speech in New York City, Mr. Compassionate Conservate who doubled the national debt and embroiled the country in two wars that continue to this day complained that there is too much “bullying and prejudice” in our country today, and that it is becoming normalized.

“Our young people need positive role models,” he said. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.”

These were all thinly-veiled barbs at our current commander-in-chief, and everyone knows it.

“Bigotry seems emboldened” in today’s America, Bush added. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

Does this guy sound just like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi or what?

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” said Bush, a jab at Trump’s immigration policies.

“We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism,” he added, a jab at Trump’s disdain for globalist trade policies that economically rape our country.

There’s more, but you get the idea.

On the one hand, it’s maddening to see another former Republican president take this kind of position with the current Republican president, but frankly, we’re not surprised. Bush was always part of that Deep State that continues to work overtime trying to find a way to dispose of the current occupant of the Oval Office. And there is the fact that his brother, Jeb, could never muster nearly enough support to seriously challenge Trump.

At one time Bush said he didn’t hit back at Obama’s barbs and false accusations because he didn’t believe it was appropriate to publicly spar with a sitting president. Guess he doesn’t feel that way anymore.

The Bushes — like the Clintons and the Obamas — are the reason why Trump won in November.

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Texas Lt. Gov.: Lay off Trump, he’s ‘really been on top of’ hurricane response

(National SentinelWeather Politics: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has a message for all the Trump haters: Lay off the president because now is “not the time” to criticize him.

Patrick, during an interview on the “Laura Ingraham Show” on Monday, pushed back against anyone who wants to criticize President Donald J. Trump’s response to the massive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the once-in-a-lifetime storm that has dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on the Lone Star State.

He said “this is not the time” to criticize Trump, who said he would wait until Tuesday to visit the storm-ravaged state.

As Lifezette reported:

Trump has shown his hands-on approach in dealing with the first natural disaster to occur on his watch as Harvey continues to ravage Houston and the rest of southeastern Texas. Although Trump earned high praise from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for his aid and support, the president’s announcement that he would visit Texas on Tuesday earned him criticism from Democrats and pundits in the mainstream media.

Ingraham asked Patrick if he thought Trump’s visit would be “disruptive.”

“Obviously, you know, when the president comes, he comes with a team,” Patrick said. “But I will say this, and I’d say it’s down to politics in all of this. But for anyone to criticize the president or anyone else, this is not the time. First of all, he has really been on top of this with Gov. Abbott, I can tell you.

“The president has approached this as a businessman and gone into action. Gov. Abbott has been in control,” he added. “We’re doing everything we can. So when the president comes, the president comes.”

He went on to say that Americans should put their differences aside and unite to support Texas’ recovery efforts.

“But I just see people coming together as one at a time in this nation where we are so divided — maybe the most divided in my lifetime,” Patrick said. “There are no Republicans and Democrats in Texas right now. There are no liberals and conservatives and moderates. And there’s no black, white or brown.”

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Ariz. lawmaker reminds everyone why we can’t trust ANYTHING James Clapper says

(National SentinelPolitics: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made headlines earlier this week when he told a news program he did not believe President Donald J. Trump was mentally fit to be commander-in-chief.

“I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it,” Clapper told Don Lemon, a CNN host.Clapper also said he is worried about the President’s access to the nuclear codes.

Clapper also said he is worried about the President’s access to the nuclear codes.

“In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper said. “The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”

It’s been a familiar tactic of the Left and the Deep State now for months: Trump’s whacko, and by the way, he’s got access to the nuclear codes.

But U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has reminded everyone why you can’t trust a damned thing that James Clapper says — because he’s a serial liar who, frankly, should have been prosecuted long ago.

The Daily Signal noted:

Regarding Clapper’s comments on President Donald Trump’s mental fitness for office, Franks said he thought it was a “disgusting thing to say.”

“If he had been there he would at least know that what he’s saying in his own mind wasn’t true,” Franks continued.

Host Clarissa Ward jumped in, asking Franks if Clapper would say something he didn’t think was true, prompting Franks to bring up a major gaffe from when Clapper served as director of national intelligence.

“I don’t think he believes that to be true, and Mr. Clapper once said that jihadist terrorism has nothing to do with religious ideology,” Franks reminded viewers. “If he is questioning Donald Trump’s fitness or ability for office he has certainly answered the question on his own behalf that he was never fit to be the national intelligence director.”

“[Clapper’s jihad comment] was a fundamental misunderstanding, and not just a casual thing, this is the core of the whole battle and yet he missed that, so Mr. Clapper’s perspective is not compelling to me,” Franks concluded.

Then there was that time Clapper lied to Congress about NSA surveillance.

The Washington Post:

A group of congressmen led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing for President Obama to fire James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, who they say misled Congress about the extent of the NSA’s surveillance activity. 

The lawmakers called Clapper’s position “incompatible” with the administration’s effort to restore trust in the NSA, according to a letter sent to the White House Monday. The group is mostly Republican, but includes one Democrat, Rep. Alan Grayson (Fla.).

“Director Clapper continues to hold his position despite lying to Congress under oath about the existence of bulk data collection programs in March 2013,” the letter reads. “Asking Director Clapper, and other federal intelligence officials who misrepresented programs to Congress and the courts, to report to you on needed reforms … is not a credible solution.”

James Clapper does not have one iota of credibility, which helps explain why he is now a “contributor” to one of the most dishonest, non-credible cable news outlets ever, CNN.

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Conservatives unload on RINO Flake: ‘You’ve lost YOUR way’​

(National SentinelGOP: There’s a lot to love about many Republicans currently in office. For the most part, they are a generally conservative bunch who really are trying to work with President Donald J. Trump to enact an agenda that will “make America great again.”

There are exceptions, of course, and as it happens, most of them happen to be in the Senate. And one of those is RINO Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Flake just wrote a book (well, someone wrote it) called “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” but there are several problems with it.

For one, it’s a title of a book that had already been written, and by a real conservative. For another, well, Flake is a RINO. And true conservatives are calling him out, as The Blaze reports:

Conservative thought leaders from Media Research Center President Brent Bozell to radio host Mark Levin to Fox News’ Sean Hannity took the GOP senator to task over the title, which is also the name of the 1960 book by former Arizona Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater. Bozell, in a statement, said that “every conservative leader knows, my father L. Brent Bozell, Jr., ghost-wrote ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ for Barry Goldwater.”

“On behalf of my late father and my family, I am denouncing Sen. Flake and his new book,” Bozell tweeted. In a statement, he added, “My father would be appalled to see this fraud as the author of the so-called sequel, which it most certainly is not.”

“The media needs to know when reporting on Sen. Flake and his ‘book,’ that the author is a deceiver out for personal and financial gain. I also call on my conservative brethren to denounce this impostor, who dishonorably claims to speak for conservatism, in the strongest possible terms,” Bozell said, adding that the Conservative Review “conservative” score for Flake is 53 percent, or an “F.”

“Jeff Flake is a liberal,” Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin said on his radio show Tuesday.

Regarding the book’s title, Levin added, “I think it’s a great title. The problem is it’s already been written.

“Here we have Flake, who takes the title of the book, ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’ the cover of the book, which is not identical but very close to the original cover of ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ slaps his own meaningless, imbecilic arguments inside a book called ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ to justify his liberal sell out agenda.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity also ripped into Flake. He began by playing a clip of Flake appearing Sunday’s CBS News show, “Face the Nation,” in which he claimed “the [Republican] party has lost its way. We’ve given into nativism and protectionism.”

“Somehow, conservatism has become being mean or loud,” Flake said, taking a not-so-subtle jab at President Donald J. Trump, whom he did not support even after Trump won the party’s nomination.

“No … you’ve lost your way,” Hannity said of Flake. “Instead of trying to sell your books, maybe Senator, you should be focused on lowering Obamacare premiums,” which — in his home state of Arizona — skyrocketed 116 percent last year.

“The Never Trumpers, like Sen. Flake, they don’t seem to understand that by blocking the president’s agenda, they’re only harming, you, the American people,”