Why Does the Media Lie?

The new narrative the media and the Democrats (really the same people) are pushing is that the repeal/replacement of Obamacare will make Republicans lose the House and possibly Senate in 2018.

Many in the GOP start clutching their pearls upon hearing this. We are so used to being the underdog that we don’t know how to use power and dismiss this. Why anyone would believe these people is beyond me.

First, facts dispute their claims. The Dems lost in 2010, 2014 and 2016 because of Obamacare. They lost bigly, even extending from victories in the House, Senate and White House into state legislatures. This is indisputable.

Then why would anyone trust what the media says? Their bias is also indisputable and they show it every day. How do they survive on such a poor record?

A reader at the Don Surber blog gave the best explanation:

Those who read the NYT and Politico etc don’t care if their messengers are right or wrong. They need a fairytale to keep them believing the red haired Troll will soon be killed by a handsome prince, say the one in Georgia as he rides across the Kulture bridge to glory..
The papers are there for themselves too, to help and encourage, keep paid subscribers subscribing and clicking. If they themselves cared whether they were right or wrong they would be more hesitant or more discreet more truthful, more quantoid, because the future is always unknown and could change at any minute or second. But they have a new role, new in modern history:
They are part of the psychiatric resistance now. Their mentor is the commander of ISIS who said to his recruits: “Jihad cures depression!” Yes, holy work gives one self value in the world, even if that means mentally leaving it.
So the NYT. How depressing is their world now. Very. Even Goddess Streisand has given up, can only sing the woeful beagle blues from her creaking Golden car.
So now The stunning all new Message to Garcia: hope for revolution, join the resistance, have happy thoughts of glorious victories to come under ever laughing ox eyed commandress Pelosi, come and hear the beat of dancing feet, out there on 42nd street, and Times Square, the center of the World.

It’s true. They have no interest in giving the facts or exposing information. It’s propaganda all the way. All the way to the edge of the cliff and then down.

Don’t pay them any attention. They are like the Hollywood elites. Who would take advice from them?

The American electorate hasn’t. The media folks are the last to get the news on that.

Cohen Sick About Repeal

Rep. Steve Cohen sent his weekly email touting all he’d done in the past few days:

“This week, I voted against the disastrous Trumpcare bill, voted in support of an omnibus appropriations bill that funds many priorities for Memphians and increases the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduced a bill to reduce the prevalence of food deserts, questioned airline executives on the safety and health consequences of smaller airplane seats, spoke with Newsweek about my bipartisan bill to commission a bust of Elie Wiesel in the U.S. Capitol, and opposed President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty.”

It’s like we’re on different planets. We Republicans are on Planet Reality; the Dems are in outer space, in a galaxy far away on a tiny place called Planet Fantasy.

He goes on to outright lie:

“On Thursday, I voted against Trumpcare because it is harmful to the average American and will result in people dying because they don’t have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Trumpcare would allow states to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions and to opt out of offering essential health benefits such as maternity care, mental health services, pediatric services, preventative care services, drug abuse treatment and physical rehabilitation services. As many as 24 million more Americans would be uninsured and those 50-64 years of age would pay significantly higher premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. It would significantly reduce federal funding for Medicaid, shorten the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and waive annual and lifetime caps now prohibited by the ACA. Lower and middle-income Americans would pay more for less coverage while the wealthiest Americans receive huge tax breaks.”
“Disastrous Trumpcare” is a childish response to fixing the mess that has been Obamacare, leaving millions with such a high deductible they choose not to go to the doctor. Want facts? The death rate in this country has accelerated in the past seven years. It will continue to rise unless something is done about it.

His biggest lie is one Dems are repeating about preexisting conditions. There are provisions for preexisting conditions in the bill. Dr. Nicole Saphier was on Fox & Friends this morning disputing that. She said – correctly – that health care is “currently unaffordable for everyone, not just those with preexisting conditions.”
She explained that high risk pools will help offset the costs and the bill puts more control in the state and individuals hands than in D.C.

Saphier continued. Saying states do not have to cover essential health benefits is also untrue, she said. Federal law says essential benefits must be covered; if you are in a waiver state you’ll have more coverage options. In other words, for maternity care individuals who don’t need it won’t pay for it, but states will give tailored health plans to individuals and you’ll pay for what you need.

As for 24 million losing care, many more lost insurance with Obamacare because they couldn’t pay for it and chose not to get it? Before, no one was turned away from an ER or left in the cold. Health clinics and charities took care of much of it as did doctors who did things pro bono.

If you’re worried about access to quality health care, then you should be worried that fewer students want to be doctors in a system that dictates to them what they can do and fails to reward them. It isn’t in Canada and the UK where breakthroughs in medicine and techniques get made and then made available to patients. It’s been the U.S.

As for an age tax, of course older people have more conditions to take care of. Depending on young people to take insurance that penalizes them for other people is not fair and didn’t work anyhow.

And, obviously, allowing companies to work across state lines will increase competition for your purchase and lower costs.

Cohen, like all Democrats, can’t resist using their favorite meme. The wealthy will get big breaks and the rest of us will not. Class warfare doesn’t work well in our electorate because Americans see that it isn’t true.

The rest of Cohen’s week was rather sad. A bill to reduce food deserts? Michelle is gone and so is that ridiculous topic. Boasting of speaking to Newsweek? A bust of Wiesel maybe shouldn’t take precedence over problems in his district like crime, poverty and poor education. Then opposing Trump’s executive order preserving religious liberty shows how little the issue means to him.

Cohen and the Dems are on life support and they don’t even know it. You’d think that after the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections in which Obamacare was one of the top issues, they’d be reasonable. No, they still don’t get it. They will continue to live on their planet, drifting farther away from the American mainstream.

Stars’ Scolding a Turn Off

This latest round of Hollywood outrage is getting old.

Stephen Colbert couldn’t stop himself from saying vile things. He’s like a sow wallowing in the mud. Frankly, I find his schtick incredibly boring. Who needs to see someone vomiting continually? In the end, he loses outrage and just bores us.

Same with the reaction Hollywood had to yesterday’s House repeal and replace bill on Obamacare. Jimmy Kimmel got an early start with his sob story about his baby. Of course, everyone understands how frightening it must have been to see the child whisked from his crib into heart surgery. But what did that have to do with Obamacare? Didn’t it have more to do with the expertise of doctors from the former system who knew what to do from training and experience in a system that rewards excellence?

Charlie Hurt of the Washington Times lit into him – and rightly so – in a story headlined “Shut Up, Jimmy Kimmel, You Elitist Creep!” Here’s his take:

Here was this moment highlighting the preciousness of life, the heroism of nurses, the unmatched expertise of surgeons and the magical power of family. And what is the point of it all for Jimmy Kimmel?

Politics. Grubby, dirty politics.

“I want to say one other thing,” Mr. Kimmel said after thanking all the people who just saved his baby son’s life, spared his family from a lifelong misery and supported them all through the whole traumatic ordeal.

“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health,” the “funny” man continued. “And, thank God, our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that.”

It was suddenly as if instead of bringing forth into life an exquisite bundle of joy, Mr. Kimmel had been handed a stupid golden statue. And as if at the Oscars, the dirty, self-absorbed, narcissistic exhibitionist could not help himself but step into the klieg lights and start blubbering about politics.

“They actually increased funding by $2 billion. And I applaud them for doing that. Because more than 40 percent of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to the National Institutes of Health are children. And it would have a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles,” he sobbed. “Which is so unbelievably sad to me.”

After his slobbering wet kiss to federal bureaucracy, Mr. Kimmel then went squealing on about Obamacare and how insurance companies, the government and your neighbors should all be forced to pay for everybody else’s health care. (Easy thing to say for a gazillionaire from Hollywood.)

I mean, really, Jimmy, does your newborn child not mean more to you than petty politics? How do you look at the miracle of your child and think — partisan politics!

Exactly.

Politicians piled on:
“Well said, Jimmy,” Barack Obama gushed.

“Thanks @jimmykimmel for sharing your story & reminding us what’s at stake w/health care,” Hillary Clinton effused.

The Huffington Post piled on: “Jimmy Kimmel’s Humanity Underscores Heartlessness Of GOP’s Approach To The Poor.”

So it’s all politics, all the time.

Cue Hollywood. Here are some “eloquent” dissensions from performers:
Katy Perry: “🚨 House just voted to repeal the ACA & “defund” @PPFA. Call your Senators to stop the bill→ http://istandwithpp.org/call #IStandWithPP

Andy Richter: “FUCK ALL Y’ALL.” And “This administration might as well wipe its ass with our flag. Our country’s reputation and legacy is being sold out by soulless pimps.”

Nice. How’s that career going for you Andy?

Mark Ruffalo: ”

Dear #Maga Americans. Making people die without insurance while the rest of the world enjoys coverage doesn’t Make America Great Again.”

Who is this guy? What has he ever done to get recognition?

Another nobody, Samantha Bee: “Congress, save those sheets for the sick people you are leaving without coverage”

Mia Farrow: “Shame on GOP Congress. Read how health bill stiffs ppl. Call your Reps before Senate vote- be sure they know how you feel 2O3- 225-3121”

This from someone who’s judgment was so poor she put a young girl into the arms of an alleged pedophile. Sure, I’ll listen to her – not!
Ron Perlman, another B lister: “I feel like every single nauseating day these felons hold power is a test to see how far we need to fall before we wake. Me? Fighting mad.”

There are more, but they are equally fact free, hysterical and boring.

Meanwhile, House Democrats sang “Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey, Hey, Goodbye” signaling their disdain of Republicans after the bill passed. What maturity!

Keep it up Hollywood, Dems and the media. Your hysteria is what energized Trump voters. You’re like the angry parents who tell their daughter to stop seeing her boyfriend. The more they pontificate, the more they throw her into his arms.

Anybody wavering in the GOP just needs to see and hear that to go right back to the Party.

After 100 + Days, Debacle?

Republicans must stop the hysteria. The past few days there has been so much uproar about the budget, you’d think Trump had become Obama. You’d think – by some pundits – that the Trump electorate had been sold down the river.

Really? The budget is only until September. The initial screams of betrayal are not just premature, many are inaccurate. I had to turn off Rush because he was making people despair. As it turns out, our side did get some things from the budget. Of course the Dems are going to cry victory! They’re always thinking they’re winners. See election night November 8, 2016, if you doubt it.

No one really puts it in perspective, however, like blogger Don Surber. He is the author of two online books: Trump the Press and Trump the Establishment. Here’s what he had to say:

So, it turns out that six weeks after the media declared “Trumpcare” dead, the House will vote on it tomorrow, which means passage.

How does “Trump the Establishment” end?

Oh yes:

Never bet against Donald John Trump.

But some readers have hedged their bets lately.

They may fear being sold out by President Trump.

They fret about the budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood but not the Wall. The Planned Parenthood money already was allocated, and the Wall won’t need money until the next budget year, which begins October 1.

The fact is, Trump is doing fine.

But facts are seldom reported because the Washington Establishment wants Trump supporters to worry.

Reporters wish to sow the seeds of despair and distrust among us.

Resist.

When they say the budget is longer than Obamacare, ask them how long last year’s budget was.

When they say the new bill is Obamacare light, ask them where the mandates are.

When they say the Wall will never be built, ask them if they did not say Trump would not win.

Legislating is the realm of Congress, not the president.

Just remember what Trump’s powers are as president.

He has only a pen and a phone.

Unlike Barack Obama, he does not have 2 million federal employees registered as voters in his party.

Unlike Barack Obama, he does not have the media in his pocket.

Unlike Barack Obama, he does not have a Congress that fears being called racist if it calls him out.

All President Trump has is a pen and a phone.

Oh, and a Twitter account.

But one man telling the truth beats a media that lies, fabricates, and prevaricates.

I told readers last August to hang in there, even when all the polls said he would lose.

Now he is the president.

Keep the faith, baby.

A Bitter Clinger

Hillary Clinton can’t get over the fact that she lost the election. She wouldn’t accept it on election night. She didn’t concede to her people til the next morning. She’s blamed it on everything but herself.

Yesterday, she returned to her theme.

Clinton was the guest at the Women for Women’s International Forum in New York. Christiane Amanpour, a big liberal Hillary fan, interviewed her.

CNN reports:

“Hillary Clinton had kept a purposely low profile in the wake of her stunning 2016 defeat at the hands of President Donald Trump. Until Tuesday, that is. (Really? She’s been out before bashing the new president.)

“In a sit-down interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour as part of a Women for Women International event in New York City, Clinton let rip on Russian interference in the election, FBI Director James Comey, misogyny, the media and, last but certainly not least, Trump.
“‘He should worry less about the election and me winning the popular vote and more about other things,’ Clinton said.

“‘Remember, I did win more than 3 million votes than my opponent,’ she said.
“‘I’m back to being a private citizen, and part of the resistance, she said.
“It was a remarkable moment for Clinton — fierce, unapologetic and even sarcastic. It was a striking reversal from the measured public persona she had cultivated throughout her career.
What came through loud and clear — despite her assertions that she made a number of mistakes in the course of the campaign — was that Clinton believes that the election was taken from her. And that she’s still mad as hell about it.
“‘I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off. And the evidence for that intervening event is I think compelling, persuasive and so we overcame a lot in the campaign,’ Clinton said at one point, citing analysis by 538’s Nate Silver suggesting that up until those twin events, she was winning.
She sarcastically noted the coincidence that an hour after the story of Trump’s lewd comments on an “Access Hollywood” taping broke, WikiLeaks revealed it had more than 50,000 private emails sent by her campaign chairman John Podesta.
“And, in an even more stunning statement, Clinton seemed to suggest some level of coordination between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Trump campaign.
“‘He certainly interfered in our election and it was clear he interfered to hurt me and helped my opponent,’ Clinton said of Putin, adding: ‘If you chart my opponent and his campaign’s statements, they quite coordinated with the goals that leader who shall remain nameless had.’
“Clinton also attacked the mainstream media. She argued that in her three presidential debates, none of the moderators asked Trump what, specifically, his plans were to make America great again and to create jobs.
That’s not accurate. In fact, in the first question in the first presidential debate by NBC’s Lester Holt to both candidates was about how to create jobs and get the economy whirring again.”

What a sore loser!

The picture above doesn’t show her standing, but when you see one, she looks like she’s gained a lot of weight. That happens sometimes when a person suffers a major loss.

She also is wearing leather again. She’s done that before when she took the podium to bash Trump. Maybe leather gives her a feeling of power. An odd coincidence, whatever.

Democrats really don’t deal with defeat well. Remember Al Gore’s concession speech December 12, 2000, I think it was? He was gracious and urged unity. Chris Matthews went overboard praising it. He said it was one of the greatest speeches he’d ever heard. No information on whether he got tingly, though.

Then Gore turned around and was a nasty piece of work. He met with Bush at a private location and each left grim faced. Gore did everything he could to undermine Bush.

Hillary will follow suit. She’ll be a bitter clinger to her perceptions. So will the Democrat party. It won’t help them.

Stop All Polling

The election Sunday in France will be a very interesting one. Right now the polls show Marine Le Pen gaining on her competitor, Emmanuel Macron. He is still favored to win, 61-33, though.

That seems to be about the same odds pollsters and pundits gave Hillary over Trump. We know how that came out.

I think it is time we all forget the polls. News channels ought to ban them. Newspapers shouldn’t run them and none of us should pay any attention whatsover to them.

There have already been studies (talked about before in this blog) that showed at least 30% of them were manipulated. You think? I would say it’s almost impossible for a pollster to come up with a poll completely free of bias. They all have a starting point and questions that suggest an answer they are looking for. None of them is done without some financial backing and that usually comes from a political source.

The mindset is all wrong, too. Asking a pollster in New York, DC or LA to come up with a good poll that will reflect flyover country’s mindset is like asking a cat to explain what dogs are all about. They’re a different breed.

Even if they were to produce an unbiased one, then the choice of people they poll has a bias. How do they know how many Democrats and Republicans are really reflected in their polls? What exactly is an independent? What about those who say they’ll vote, but don’t? What about those who decide a party in their state will already win, so why bother? California comes to mind. Republicans there have no motive to go vote. That may be behind some of why Hillary ended up with the popular vote win.

Even – and especially – with exit polls, you’d think you’d get a better idea of the winner. You’d think then they’d get a better sampling because these people actually did vote. But they have been way off or haphazard in their results. The time of day also has import. If Republicans are more likely to be employed, will they be voting at 2 p.m. or at the office? Then how many Republicans, loving their privacy, refuse to answer? You can’t factor that in.

Why is it the candidates’ pollsters are more accurate? Trump’s pollster, Kellyanne Conway, had determined that they would carry Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina. She was correct. But her views ran against what media polls said. Why did she succeed? They usually don’t share their methods with media pollsters.

It’s just a mess.

The reason news media like polls is because they help them write a story and promote a candidate or cause. Remember Brexit?

It’s kind of a blessing that our networks aren’t paying much attention to the polls and opinions in France. We’ll find out on their election day – Sunday – what is really going on. Maybe that’s what we should do here. Hold off on the speculation and wait for the results.

That would be like asking journalists to be fair and objective. Fat chance.

Version or Truth?

‘Our job is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there. Period. Especially now.’

Those words were spoken by Carl Bernstein – and repeated by Bob Woodward – at last night’s White House Correspondents dinner.

Let it sink it.

What is an “obtainable version of the truth”? Version of the truth? It is significant that they preferred “version” to just plain “truth.” It’s an admission that it’s not the truth they’re after; it’s a version of it that they can pass on to viewers and readers.

Evidently the dinner was a full out Trump bashing fest. I did not watch it. I’d rather watch reality, i.e. the President himself speaking directly to the people at his Harrisburg rally.

Woodward continued the punching. The Daily Mail says:

Woodward, his partner in the Washington Post story which led to the fall of Richard Nixon’s presidency, initially struck a more conciliatory note.

‘The press, especially the so called mainstream media, comes under attack during presidential campaigns and their aftermath,’ he began.

He then quickly turned on Trump: ‘The effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely done in good faith.

‘Mr President, the media is not fake news. Let’s take that off the table as we proceed.’

He also warned reporters, including CBS’s White House Correspondent Major Garrett, David Farenthold of the Washington Post, and Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball: ‘The polls show distrust for the media.’

But he added with a shrug: ‘So be it.’

What else would you call the fake polling, fake Russian connection stories, fake tax return, fake “golden shower” tales than fake news? Has Woodward not watched or read any of this? Ever since he and Bernstein had a story against Nixon land in their laps and were able to get a president ousted, the media has conflated its importance and pursued their own power at the cost of American trust.

Others from other sectors of fake media joined in the bashing.

To really bring their message home, the WHCA used the ‘Daily Show’ comedian Hassan Minhaj to launch an all-out attack on Trump and his administration.

Minhaj explained that he was asked not to make fun of the absent President, because it would be childish.

However, he proceeded anyway, saying that he was just echoing the rhetoric of the ‘childish’ president.

He made a point to call out those members of the Trump the administration were not there, such as Steve Bannon, Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump.

‘I do not see Steve Bannon,’ he said repeatedly, slowing the words ‘not see’ down,. giving the effect of saying ‘Nazi- Steve Bannon’.

‘Jeff Sessions, on his reply card, just wrote no – his second favorite N-word.’

Minhaj then went straight for the jugular on the president, saying: ‘Donald Trump is liar in chief.’

He also made sure to bring up Trump’s chief spokesman, saying ‘I think he’s at home googling how to fake his own death.’

Minhaj was given a standing ovation at the end of his attack, which he finished off by saying: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head doesn’t care about the amendment which lets him do that.’

Before Saturday night’s dinner, the head of the WHCA said that the focus of the evening would not be on the red carpet but on the bedrock principles of the event: the First Amendment and the crucial role of the press in a democracy.

I greatly admire how the President has put them on defense. Where once it was assumed that news people provided news, now it is just as likely that they provide fake news. It’s very hard to prove a negative, and that’s the position the media’s now in. The more they diss him, the more they show they aren’t fair. The more they scream about him, the more they can’t – and won’t – be objective.
It begins to look like a child’s full blown, kicking on the floor, screaming, tears popping out tantrum, except with foul language and vulgar comments.

Do these people really think they have any influence over the electorate? Didn’t the election teach them anything?

They are playing with fire.

As newspapers fail throughout the country; as Hollywood box office continues a steep decline; as TV viewers keep turning from their liberal propaganda; maybe they’ll find out.

Many of us are happier living in a world without them. And, in today’s world, it’s very easy to do that. We prefer the truth than their “version” of the truth.

Tillerson Starts to Axe

Last night I watched a BBC show entitled “Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.” Two people go to the most unusual and posh hotels around the world. One such was the Royal Mansour in Marrakech, Morocco.

The hotel is splendid, to say the least. About 500 people work in warrens under the main floor to take care of the needs of guests, clean uniforms and linens, and cook for the two top restaurants. One of the employees told the host he only gets 2-3 hours sleep at night, because he is always available to serve guests. They must always be at their beck and call to cater to whatever whim or need they have.

In the garden, a fortune was spent on importing 600 year old olive trees to adorn the grounds, along with palm trees, a pool and flowers. There was pressure to work night and day on this in preparation for a U.N. conference on climate change that was days away.

Only the best for the U.N., eh? It occurred from November 7 to the 18th. That’s a nice, long stay for the global political elites. Why not? They aren’t paying a dime for it. Taxpayers are. And for what? The purpose was to “discuss and implement plans about combatting climate change and to [demonstrate] to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway. Participants work together to come up with global solutions to climate change.”
Then Secretary of State John Kerry attended with his granddaughter, Isabelle. Hey, why not bring the whole family to a luxurious place you don’t pay for.

With the election Nov. 8, you can imagine the long faces. USA Today reported,

An election watch party at the Royal Hotel that included dozens of summit delegates, environmentalists and others grew somber Wednesday as vote tallies pointed to a Trump victory.

“We came here to celebrate the election results and it has turned into a kind of a wake,” said Chris Tanner, who is doing post-graduate research on climate impacts with the State University System of New York.

I would very much like to have seen their expressions.

Thankfully, our new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has begun stopping the gravy train these people enjoy.
From Bloomberg:

The State Department plans to cut 2,300 U.S. diplomats and civil servants — about 9 percent of the Americans in its workforce worldwide — as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presses ahead with his task of slashing the agency’s budget, according to people familiar with the matter.

The majority of the job cuts, about 1,700, will come through attrition, while the remaining 600 will be done via buyouts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced. William Inglee, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. official and policy adviser in Congress, is overseeing the budget cuts and briefed senior managers on the plan Wednesday, the people said.

The personnel cuts, which may be phased in over two years, represent the most concrete step taken by Tillerson as he seeks to reverse the expansion the department saw under former President Barack Obama’s administration and meet President Donald Trump’s demand — outlined in an executive order signed last month — to cut spending across federal agencies. A draft budget outline released in March for the year that begins Oct. 1 seeks a 28.5 percent reduction in State Department spending from fiscal 2016.

People at State have stood up for the global elitists over Americans every time. That needs to stop. This is our best opportunity to end their sprees in decades. Please persevere, Mr. Secretary.

Not Again!

The Washington Examiner reports that now Fox News’ Jesse Waters is in hot water over a woman.

In this case, it’s Ivanka Trump.

It had to do with the comment he made in this video. He says he “really liked how she was speaking into that microphone,” at an event in Germany.

The Washington Examiner says “Many viewers saw it as a sexually explicit remark, agitating a sore spot for Fox, which has seen two of its biggest names depart over the past year due to sexual harassment claims.

“Watters on Wednesday, however, defended himself, saying he was merely referring to Trump’s voice, which ‘resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ.’”

Has it come to this? No one can speak tongue in cheek or innocently without someone on the left plotting their takedown?

If the media were honest, they’d have had the scalps (can I say that?) of JFK, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton and many more.

They want to take out Fox News. They may be succeeding.

Dishing Out Lies

Yesterday Tom Colicchio, a darling of the hipster chef scene, appeared on MSNBC to pile on Trump and our immigration laws. He was joined by Jose Andres, a chef who reneged on his deal with Trump to cook at his new DC hotel, and Andrew Zimmerman, the guy famous on cable for eating the nastiest things he can find. (He has also felt himself enough of an expert on politics as to consider a run.)

Colicchio made this astounding remark, “there’s no legal way for immigrants to actually enter this country.”

Huh? That is a new level of stupidity, even among pundits. Don’t forget, a restaurateur like him needs cheap labor. I’d bet that outweighs any charitable feelings he has.

But he is also associated with Food & Wine magazine. I received an email from them recently with this excerpt, which comes from their sister publication, Travel & Leisure.

It shows how pervasive the propaganda against Trump and immigration is throughout just about any part of life, even eating.

Before Mexican photographer Pablo López Luz started shooting aerial photography of the border between Mexico and the United States, there was no President Trump. Talk of building a wall to further divide the two nations hadn’t yet surfaced as a hot button issue in the U.S. Presidential election. By the time Donald Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, López Luz’s latest art book project, Frontera (Newwer Editorial/Toluca Editions; November 2016), was nearly complete and is now a very timely subject in the wake of the new White House administration.

“I thought it was absolutely impossible that he would be elected America’s next president, and a part of me even thought, ‘Well, this might be interesting if he actually wins, because then my project Frontera would seem even more politically relevant to the bigoted nonsense he was shouting about Mexico and Mexicans,” López Luz told Travel + Leisure.

López Luz’s study of the Mexico-U.S. border does not tell the story of illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, narco-wars, economic disparity, sex tourism, and all the other problems that have made the border an issue. Instead he focused his lens on the aggregate disparity of both countries as a result of the man-made terrestrial division. He says he wanted to know that if there were no human borders, would those conflicts even exist? For Frontera, López Luz wrote that he wanted to look at the naïve need for order that he says borders falsely provide and that paradoxically become the root of pervasive disorder.

He began photographing the border in 2014 thanks to some initial funding from one of his private collectors. But aerial landscape photography requires good weather. The first time López Luz went up to shoot, it was cloudy the whole flight and they flew to the part of the Rio Grande that he ultimately didn’t find interesting. He had miscalculated. After the six-hour journey, the helicopter touched down back in Monterrey and he had nothing to show from it. Instead of using a digital camera, López Luz shoots with film, which becomes tricky if there isn’t enough light. When he developed the film and saw the contact sheets, he says the images were dark and unusable.

He went on three more flights to shoot the border, though on these occasions it was self-funded. He found a company in San Diego that charged him $600 per hour for the flights. Just after take off, bad weather forced them to land in Tucson, Arizona, where they were grounded for two days. López Luz says that his best aerial shots were taken during a later flight that zig-zagged from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez then on to El Paso, and back along the border to San Diego. It was the longest flight he had taken and for once, the weather was mostly agreeable. He was able to photograph the border in its entirety, and all the fences and rivers and check points and cities that cleave the U.S. from Mexico.

Mexico’s sprawling border cities appear in his photographs as though they’re just inches from spilling over into to the United States. He says this is the only way to distinguish whether you are looking at landscapes belonging to north or south. Mountains, deserts, dry lands, most rivers and all the scrub brush in between—both landscapes blur and appear the same. And that’s what López Luz does; he draws attention to the physicality of the landscape itself—not the disparities that fall on either side of the political boundary.

Moving on from Frontera to face the new political realities taking shape on both sides of the border, López Luz can’t help but question the purpose of a wall nor understand, if built, the potential it has to make matters worse. Not to mention the cost of building a nearly 2,000-mile blockade across deserts, over mountains, and through cities.

“I just question the actual idea of the border, and the actual idea of building a bigger, taller, stronger wall. Once you’ve seen both of our countries from above, from my perspective, you realize how absurd it all is.” —Rocky Casale

Don’t think I’ll be perusing Food & Wine anymore.