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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Did Bob Woodward read one of my books?

The answer is no under Ian Betteridge's Law of Headlines. ("Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.")

But he is singing my tune when it comes to the media's war with the 45th president of the United States of America, the distinguished Donald John Trump.

Their fear and loathing of President Trump has driven them to madness.

Woodward of Watergate fame (and Janet Cooke infamy) did an interview with Newsweek.

Question: "You’ve described the Trump presidency as being a “test” for the news media. Do you think the media is failing the test?"

Woodward: "First of all, journalists can always do better. Myself at the top of the list. I don't think journalism is failing at all in the Trump era. But we have a lot of work to do. A number of reporters have at times become emotionally unhinged about it all, one way or the other. Look at MSNBC or Fox News, and you will see those continually either denigrating Trump or praising him. I think the answer is in the middle, and in this class I talk about how it’s important to get your personal politics out. It's destructive to become too politicized. The emotion should be directed at doing more work, not some feeling or personal conclusion."

Yes, they are unhinged but President Trump is not the test. He exaggerates and boasts, but he is too rich to be bought, and he won the office fair and square.

The real test was Obama because the question was whether the press would treat the first black president the same as it would a white president.

The answer was oh hell no. The IRS abusing conservative, giving guns to drug lords in Fast and Furious, and Benghazi would have brought a white president down.

But the press wanted Obama to succeed, and Obama knew that, and his den of thieves acted accordingly.

His secretary of state accepted money from foreign governments as donations to her fake charity. The emoluments clause died.

So because Obama was off limits to scrutiny, one of the problems today is the press is venting its frustration for being chained for eight years by leaping on every Democratic Party bit of opposition research to get the president.

By chasing the mad hare down the Roossha-gate rabbit hole, Woodward has wasted the past year ignoring the big story about Trump's successful first year.

He appointed and had confirmed more appellate judges in his first year than anyone.

He forced Kim Jong Un's hand on nukes.

He got companies and Red China to commit to investing nearly a trillion dollars in our country.

Fiat-Chrysler is moving its Ram trucks plant from Mexico to Michigan. Those jobs are coming back.

And maybe that explains the mental breakdown in the news media. Too many reporters, editors, TV presenters, and publishers were so vested in Obama that it tears them up to see his policies rolled back one by one.

So, once again, the answer is no, Bob Woodward has not read one of my books.

He should.

My books on Trump and the press are available here. Email me at DonSurber@GMail.com for details on an autographed copy.

10 comments:

  1. Nothing lioke drumming up a little extra biz.

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    1. capitalism, ain't it grand!

      Hope Don sells a million books!

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  2. You wrote: "The answer was oh hell no. The IRS abusing conservative, giving guns to drug lords in Fast and Furious, and Benghazi would have brought a white president down."

    Sorry Don it wouldn't have if the president were a Dimocrat. Look at all of the scandals of the 8 years of BJ Clinton. They didn't bring him down because 1) BJ had no shame and 2) The Dimocrats circled the wagons as they would for any Dimocrat president. - GOC

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    1. Not to mention they didn't want to come down with a fatal disease, hunting accident, strange car or airplane wreck, etc.

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  3. Woodward's facile "some overly pos, some overly neg" is a huge cop out. The Bell Curve for journos is WAY Left of the Dem Party.
    JimNorCal

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  4. I assert that while race played and plays a major factor, political ideology does much more so.

    How many female reporters to this day still defend Bill Clinton and, in turn, his wife?

    The entire press corp following Hillary’s campaign fawned over her and she is as lilly white as the plantation owners from her state’s past and that is not New York.

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  5. Once again drawing a false equivalency between Fox News and MSNBC (or CNN, or...). There is plenty of diversity of opinion and perspective on Fox, but none on the DeMedia propaganda outlets. Woodward wants to be seen as rising above the rest, but he still parrots the lie that “they all do it”. No Bob, they don’t, and until you grow the nuts to say so, you aren’t fooling anybody.

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  6. "Their fear and loathing of President Trump has driven them to madness."

    They loathe President Trump because they hate the values he represents, which are the values of half of all Americans. They hate President Trump because they hate the traditional values that have made America great. They hate America. Sadly, there is no fixing that. In that regard, Mr. Woodward is wrong about journalists and journalism. Journalism, as a noble profession, has always been a fraud. It never existed; it never will. I can live with that...but I will not buy into the fairy tale Mr. Woodward tries to sell me.

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  7. Yes, journalism is failing. Thru lying. Thru covering up for Dems. For clearly hating "The Deplorables" who voted for Trump and who refused to vote for Hillary. For being untrustworthy to half of America.

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