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Friday, October 21, 2016

Kurtz tosses aside his credibility

As a media critic for the Washington Post and CNN, Howard Kurtz was a reliable apologist for liberal bias in reporting. Moving to Fox News pushed him away from that. But with the departure of Roger Ailes and the rise of Trump, Kurtz has regressed into a PR man for a press corps that only 6% of the nation trusts, according to a poll by the Associated Press.

There was a third debate this week. Kurtz wrote that Trump did well for 89 minutes but wiped that out in one minute by something he said.

What Trump said:
WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask about one must question in this topic. You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you. Your running mate Governor Pence pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election. Today your daughter Ivanka said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of the selection?
TRUMP: I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking anything now I will look at it at the time. What I've seen, what I've seen it so bad. First of all the media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile on is so amazing that the New York Times actually wrote an article about it that they don't even care. It's so dishonest and they poison the minds of the voters but unfortunately for them I think the voters are seeing through it.
WALLACE:But, sir.
TRUMP: I think they’re going to see right through it. We will find out on November eighth but I think they’re going to see through it. Excuse me Chris if you look at your voter rolls you will see millions of people that are registered to vote, millions, this isn't coming for me this is coming from Pew Report and other places millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote so let me just give you one other thing.
How the Associated Press's Julie Pace -- implicated as a Friend of Hilary's in the WikiLeaks scandal -- reported this:
Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying."
Really? Given the fact that Democrats rigged their nomination process in favor of Julie Pace's candidate, what is "horrifying" is that the election could be rigged.

Rather than ripping Julie Pace for miscasting Trump's words and then letting his opponent cast him as "horrifying,"

Wrote Kurtz:
The answer is still inexplicable.
It’s inexplicable because the media-savvy billionaire handed his media antagonists a club with which to beat him.
It’s inexplicable because Chris Wallace gave him a chance to retreat after his initial, defiant answer.
It’s inexplicable because the ultra-obvious question came up in debate prep and that was not what Trump’s team wanted him to say. In fact, Kellyanne Conway and Mike Pence, among others, were out on television saying that their guy wasn’t talking about the electoral system being “rigged,” just the incredible unfairness of the media. They stuck to that line even after the boss seemingly contradicted them by tweeting about heavy-duty voter fraud. And Trump surrogates I spoke with made no effort to hide their disappointment at his debate answer.
What is quite explicable is that the media would ignore Trump's triumph and concentrate on a small item that the media misquoted and mischaracterized. This would be like the media concentrating on the two hits Kershaw gave up on Sunday, and not his seven innings in the Didgers's 1-0 shutout in the playoffs.

This is what teh political press does: attack Trump in a style Pravda went after Stalins enemies.

What is inexplicable is that Kurtz would throw away his credibility defending this.

Instead of blaming the victim, Kurtz should go after the perps.


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  1. T says:

    I can't help but think of the fight scene between Dragline and Luke in "Cool Hand Luke." Dragline keeps punching, Luke keeps getting up until dragline walks away. Luke wins, but, of course, is all the worse for wear.

  2. With all the reports coming out about voter fraud across the country and the Project Veritas videos the possibility of a rigged election is real. Remember, George Soros' "Secretary of States Project" was to install Democrats into the offices of many states that count and certify the votes. That in itself is cause for grave concern. - Elric

  3. "a press corps that only 6% of the nation trusts"

    How come we never get to meet this six percent? Who are they anyway? The crew and passengers of the SS Minnow, finally escaped from the island after being out of circulation for fifty years? Some Japanese guy still loyal to the Emperor holding out on an atoll somewhere? Flight 19 just back from the Bermuda Triangle?

    Or a bunch of folks wearing tin foil hats at the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous?

    1. I live amongst them. Academia. They don't really believe the news. They know it's propaganda. But as long as it's their propaganda they will tell you that they believe it hoping that you will.

  4. Like I said, Josephina Stalin.

    Voter fraud by the Democrats, particularly in Chicago, is legendary. Nixon would have won Illinois in 1960 without the massive fraud perpetrated by the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization. They never take anyone off the rolls. I'm sure my father (who died in 1967) is still voting there. Evidently they've found a way to take it nationwide.

    1. When I call them the scumbag Democrat media, I suppose I'm being a media critic, too.

    2. I'm afraid Chicago is small potatoes in the voter fraud department these days:

      --On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1461, the New Motor Voter Act, which will automatically register people to vote through the DMV, and could result in illegal aliens voting.
      Any person who renewed or secured a driver’s license through the DMV may now register to vote, or choose to opt out of doing so. Because illegal immigrants are now eligible for obtaining driver’s licenses, they could be allowed to vote in elections if the Secretary of State’s office fails to verify their eligibility properly.--

    3. We have that in MD and since illegals can get driver's licenses so we have illegal registration and the license that go hand in hand.

    4. We have that in MD and since illegals can get driver's licenses so we have illegal registration and the license that go hand in hand.

  5. Kurtz cannot toss aside something he did not have. I know media critics, and Howard Kurtz is no media critic. Don Surber is a media critic. Howard Kurtz is a media cheerleader.

    1. The lightweight Howie Kurtz was, is and will continue to be nothing ore than your standard state run mediapimp.

  6. It only works if you never heard of James O'Keefe or never heard how the Democrats win.

  7. The most shocking part of this story is the insinuation that Howard Kurtz had credibility. Really? Since when?

  8. Kurtz was still a Lefty after going to Fox, he just did a better job of obfuscating it than most. Those who follow along saw right thru it; those who tune in once-in-awhile probably think Kurtz is fair and balanced.