First Family’s First Foray

President Trump, along with Melania, son Barron and his in-laws departed for Camp David this weekend.

This will be his first time there. Perhaps Barron will enjoy the countryside. Maybe that’s why they waited until he was with them to visit.

However, I wonder if the real reason isn’t because it has taken five months to get all the bugs out Obama left behind. I don’t know this, but it’s likely. I have read that the Green Room at the White House had some listening devices in it and that the walls were opened up to look for them. Can’t you imagine Obama ordering the bugging?

Of course, the explanation was that the Trumps were redecorating and putting in a big screen TV.

Hmm.

O’Reilly’s Revenge

I read in various places that ousted Fox host Bill O’Reilly has plans to start broadcasting his own show.

If he does, he would probably be free to cover what he wants, talk about what he wants and give an honest assessment of his media colleagues.

So far it looks like he might do it on his own. Mediaite reports the following:

There had been talk that a Sinclair-Tribune merger could land O’Reilly, or Newsmax, where O’Reilly recently showed up as a guest commentator. Variety reported yesterday that One America News Network was eagerly courting the former Fox News host, and so perhaps they are the leader in this particular horse race. But his comment could suggest that he is taking a similar route as his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck and create his own digital video network like The Blaze.

This news tidbit is the clearest sign yet that O’Reilly is staffing up to get back into the game of opinion journalism. Mediaite had the scoop in April of a new conservative network being planned as a reaction to what one executive described as “Fox News moving too far left.”

A huge audience is out there just waiting for a better news outlet to come along. I don’t believe that MSNBC and CNN are gaining in viewership because of any excellence on their part. It’s probably that more people are dropping away from Fox News to the internet. Think about your own viewership. Is it less than two years ago? I watch Fox & Friends and then go to Fox Business (except for Neil Cavuto who is Mr. Establishment and biased) although I do look at Hannity. That’s about it. Years ago it was all day.

Look Back in Anger

Two years ago today, Donald Trump took the escalator down Trump Towers to make an announcement. He was running for president of the United States.

They laughed then. Here’s Charles Krauthammer on Special Report adding his thoughts:

Newsbusters rounded up a basket of truly deplorable comments.

Reporters sniffed that Trump’s campaign was a “carnival show” which threatened to turn the GOP primary race into “a joke.” CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin called Trump a “fool,” NBC’s Chuck Todd blasted him as “a political streaker,” and pundit after pundit insisted the real estate mogul had no chance of winning.

“Can we stipulate for the purposes of this conversation that Donald Trump will never be President of the United States?” Mike Barnicle proclaimed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe less than 24 hours after Trump’s campaign kick-off.

Trump’s candidacy was cast as more entertaining than important. NBC relegated it to the third slot on the June 16, 2015 Nightly News, after stories about a fatal balcony collapse and tropical storm. CBS pushed it down to the sixth slot, while ABC’s World News Tonight made it the ninth item of the night, 13 minutes into the 30-minute broadcast.

That night, Trump’s announcement merited less overall broadcast evening news airtime (4 minutes, 27 seconds) than an interview with Rachel Dolezal, a white Washington state NAACP official who sowed confusion by identifying herself as black (6 minutes, 29 seconds).

In contrast, when Barack Obama announced his presidential bid on February 10, 2007, both ABC and NBC led their evening broadcasts with the news, even though it had been anticipated for months. (CBS was pre-empted that Saturday night.)

Looking at the tone of coverage immediately after Trump’s announcement (June 16-17, 2015), correspondents and pundits alternated from laughing at Trump to declaring that he had no chance of winning. Minutes after Trump finished speaking, CNN commentator S. E. Cupp dismissed it “a rambling mess of a speech…I was howling. Howling.”

On MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell snootily asked the former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell: “Do you have any doubt that this is anything more than a carnival show?”

Over on CNN, noontime anchor Ashleigh Banfield teased an upcoming segment on Trump’s announcement by asking if it was “hilarity run amuck,” while that night on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, GOP consultant Steve Schmidt admitted to “laughing out loud” while listening to clips of Trump’s speech.

The next day on CBS This Morning, an obviously amused Norah O’Donnell relayed that “some Republicans say they’re worried Trump will turn the campaign into a circus,” while the subsequent story by correspondent Nancy Cordes echoed how “party leaders worry Trump’s presence will turn the primary into a joke.”

On the June 16 edition of Bloomberg’s daily political show With All Due Respect, co-host John Heilemann announced: “I do not hate Donald Trump, but I do not take him seriously. I thought, you know, everything that was garish and ridiculous about him was fully on display….Will it get him anywhere close to becoming the nominee or the President of the United States? I think not.”

Many of the 2016 presidential candidates entered the race as long shots, but Trump was the only one to face an onslaught of immediate declarations that he would never win. “He can’t win, but he can get a lot of votes,” columnist E. J. Dionne, a former Washington Post and New York Times political reporter, predicted on MSNBC’s The Last Word.

Over on CNN, the Huffington Post’s Mark Lamont Hill agreed: “Of course he’s not going to win.” CBS correspondent Cordes echoed: “No one expects Trump to get close to winning the nomination.”

The morning after Trump’s announcement, NBC’s Today show relegated the news to a 23-second brief, but made sure to include this insulting sentence: “America’s largest Latino civil rights organization called Trump ‘an exceedingly silly man.’”

That night, NBC’s evening newscast featured a rare narrated piece by Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, who unloaded on Trump: “On the one hand, he’s a late-night joke….On the other, he’s the proverbial skunk at the garden party. How does the Republican Party handle a political streaker who knows how to get attention?”

Talking about the announcements one day apart of Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, CNN’s Carol Costello openly fretted how “sad” it was that the media were covering Trump. “Sadly, the biggest buzz surrounds Donald Trump,” Costello rued before displaying the New York Daily News cover showing Trump as a clown.

But in a fit of self-awareness on the June 17 edition of Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, co-host Heilemann acknowledged the liberal media’s disdain for Trump: “For the national press corps and other elites, Donald Trump’s campaign is a pure vanity exercise, and a target ripe for outright mockery, or low-level derision.”

Who’s laughing now?

Now they are angry, an anger that hasn’t subsided in the eight months since November 8.

So much for punditry.

WaPo Plays Comey’s Game

Yesterday afternoon Drudge had the headline that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Of course the story relied wholly on anonymous sources. But that’s good enough for a pseudo journalistic enterprise like the Washington Post. Quite obviously they wanted to move the topic of a liberal shooter attempting to kill as many Republicans as he could to one that would slam the Republican president.

A Captain Obvious move if ever there was one.

Obvious, too, that there is no there there. President Trump asking FBI Director Comey if he could end the investigation of General Flynn is hardly an order or demand. The whole thing couldn’t be more ridiculous.

So what’s really going on?

Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse blog has an interesting theory. Basically, it’s that Comey knows he has illegally leaked information. He’s really the one at fault in the whole affair. If the investigation continues that will become apparent. What better way to shut down any problem for him than by having Trump call off the Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller?

As we previously discussed – The risk represented by Robert Mueller is not connected to or about anything surrounding the Russian Conspiracy Narrative; the legal risk is within ‘the leaking‘ of classified intelligence information to undermine the administration, the potentially illegal ‘unmasking‘, and now adding an obstruction of justice angle.

If we avoid all the shiny things, ignore the shell game and reset our frame of reference to the only illegal activity currently known, the leaking; the main illegal activity visible is the illegal leaking of classified intelligence information.

Despite his earnest efforts, there is clear and mounting evidence that former FBI Director James Comey was the primary source of leaked information to the media. The latest Washington Post report is yet another example. The reporter for the Post article is one of a limited number (25) people whom James Comey follows on Twitter.

The risk to Comey from his media leaking continues to explain everything James Comey has recently done, said and advanced.

If the evidence of James Comey being the source of multiple FBI leaks reaches the primary artery of investigative sunlight, who inside that investigative and prosecutorial decision making process becomes the risk? Answer that question and you discover the angle Comey is playing to cut off their ability to hold him accountable.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Asst AG Rod Rosenstein et al are the people Comey needs to worry about, isolate and control. It is not coincidental that Comey is setting up the future action of these participants to be politically motivated.

James Comey’s layer of innuendo against Jeff Sessions is an obvious strategy toward that end. If Comey can frame Sessions as retaliatory against him, he would position any legal action as retaliation.
Anyone who is buying into the story of James Comey leaking the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, to get a special prosecutor appointed is falling for the shell game constructed entirely by James Comey. More than likely this is the explanation he has already given to Robert Mueller, hence his motive to state within his testimony.

It is important to remember that James Comey told congress he previously met with Robert Mueller to discuss his testimony prior to appearing before congress.

James Comey admitted to this specific “leaking”, because the justification to ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is the explanatory storyline James Comey wants to present in public.

The alternate reason for leaking, the political motives, are much more damaging to him.

James Comey benefits two ways from his explanation. First, he justifies terrible behavior through a prism of his honor could find no other way (his status remains). Secondly, he sets up special counsel Mueller as fruit of a poisoned tree leading to voices calling for Mueller’s removal. Win/Win. Comey also benefits from calls by his political opposition to eliminate Robert Mueller who is investigating the leaking.

Listening to Rush Limbaugh this afternoon I think he was arriving at this conclusion, too.

Certainly Comey is a skilled DC player. He likes his power and wants to keep it. He knows how to play the game and maneuver players. No one holds him accountable. He is not elected. Without scruples, he can do what he pleases.

And he’s doing it.

Proof

Yesterday I wrote that the media would assuredly turn the shooter of Rep. Scalise into the victim.

Chris Matthews says in this video that we don’t know what sadness the shooter had to deal with in his life, thereby adding some justification to his heinous act.

It wasn’t an hour after I wrote that gun control would surface that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe launched into a tirade about too many guns on the street. He claimed 93 million people a day died from gun violence. Someone corrected him, but the ignorance of that statement is overwhelming. In less than a week our total population would be gone if that were true!

And then there’s this man on MSNBC:

This is MSNBC counter-terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance, who called for ISIS to bomb Trump Tower Istanbul on an earlier occasion.

Now they have moved on to justifying violence.

Huffington Post writer Jesse Benn tweeted: “For violent resistance to work it’d need to be organized. Individual acts can be understandable, but likely counterproductive/ineffective.”

Earlier he wrote:

Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change (*note the irony of that hyperlink going to a Vox article). It’s not liberal politicians or masses that historians identify as the spark underlying the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Nor was it a think piece from some smarmy liberal writer. It was the people who took to the streets during the Stonewall Uprising. It was the Watts Rebellion, not the Watts Battle of Ideas, that exposed the enduring systemic neglect, poverty, inequality, and racism faced by that community. Similarly, it was the LA Uprising, not the LA Protests, that led to significant changes in the Los Angeles Police Department. More recently, the Ferguson and Baltimore Uprisings both helped prompt the Justice Department to investigate their corrupt police forces. And since we’re talking about fascism, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t the election of a moderate centrist (hello, Hillary) or a sanguine protest that stopped its ascent in Europe. It was, primarily, the Russian military, and to a lesser extent the US military; neither of which practiced nonviolence if memory serves.

That’s where we are now. Thanks media!

How the Shooting Will Be Portrayed

There will be two reactions to today’s shooting by the liberal TV and newspaper reports.

First, the media will say that the Republicans brought it on themselves.

As incredible as that may seem, that will be their first line of defense. They will be reluctant to decry the violence – as long as it doesn’t happen to them. They will not want any Democrat/liberal supporter fingered for the crime of shooting Rep. Steve Scalise today as he and his cohorts were at baseball practice.

No, outlets like CNN and MSNBC will quickly shift focus. It won’t be long before one of them argues that the policies the Republicans want to put in place, in particular health care reform and any budget cuts, drove someone beyond his limits. As they often do, the perpetrator will be made into the victim. It never fails to happen that way.

It won’t be the guy’s fault – or theirs for pushing this continual violence against Trump and therefore against all Republicans. Every week we have some kind of violent response. Week before last it was Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody severed head of Trump. This week we’ve had Shakespeare in the Park use Julius Caesar as a way to push their hate. Actors this time assassinated a Trump like leader in a way that left no gory detail out.

There will be no accountability on the media, politicians or Hollywood elite.

The second meme this shooting will produce is the ever popular, continually called upon need for gun control. Anchors and reporters will start spreading the idea that if people weren’t allowed to have guns this wouldn’t have happened. There will be calls for legislation and attacks on the NRA.

No one will point out that criminals or people with intent will get a gun illegally. It doesn’t fit their goals.

The liberal media and liberal politicians are stunningly predictable.

I hope this just toughens the Republicans to realize that they will never have detente with the Democrats. The latter will do anything to take power. Once armed with that knowledge, it’s imperative that they act.

Critical Week for Trump

Fox News reporter Ed Henry appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. He began by saying this would be a critical week for Trump.

Funny, that’s what everyone said last week. Stuart Varney at Fox Business uttered those same words. So have many in the Mainstream Media.

They said that just about every week during the campaign. They have said that ever since Trump was elected and since he became president.

You can count on hearing that phrase every week for the next three and a half years. No matter what happens we will be warned of the dire consequences for the president of whatever they see coming up.

Get used to it and buckle up. You don’t clean a swamp without getting some mud on your clothes.

The Hand of Soros?

In many elections around the world there is often one common thread: George Soros probably has had a role in them.

Take the recent British elections. It didn’t seem wise that Theresa May called an election. Why would she do that? Supposedly she wanted a stronger hand in completing Brexit. But a report in The Sunday Express suggests something else may have taken place. Jean-Claude Juncker is President of the European Commission, one of the main institutions of the European Union. They are not for Brexit. Perhaps he whispered honeyed words in her ear:

A European Union source claimed: “During bilaterals, in the margins of summits, Juncker repeatedly told her (Theresa May) he thought she should do it (call for an election).”

A second diplomat told the Observer: “People don’t understand. We want a deal more than anyone. We are professionals, we have a mandate to get a deal and we want to be successful in that.”

Mr. Juncker and Mrs. May’s relationship has become increasingly strained in recent months, made even worse after it was revealed his team leaked details of a dinner between the pair at Downing Street.

Perhaps the Soros people in Europe worked with him. It would have been to their interest to have her fail.
At home, the Soros people are busy, too.

Josh Caplan on Twitter posted this: “Chuck Schumer had drinks yesterday with George Soros’s son Alex. Never forget who is in charge.:”

The poisoned apple doesn’t fall far from the poisoned tree does it?