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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Reporter loses it over President Trump

Karen Tumulty, 61, has covered politics in Washington for Time and now the Washington Post. In four decades, she built credibility.

She is blowing that as she tries to nitpick President Trump to death.

She took a story about President Trump's very genuine national security concerns, and tried to flip it into a faux pas on Trump's part.

President Trump answered a few reporter questions at Mar-a-Lago before his New Year's Party. They asked President Obama's charge that Russians hacked the election.

Based on this hunch, Obama kicked out 35 Russian diplomats, which can be a prelude to war.

From the New York Times:
“I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Mr. Trump said of the intelligence agencies.
“If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,” he added, referring to intelligence cited by the George W. Bush administration to support its march to war in 2003.
“So I want them to be sure,” the president-elect said. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”
He added: “And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”
When asked what he knew that others did not, Mr. Trump demurred, saying only, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
So President Trump wants to be sure before he does something like give diplomats 72 hours to leave the country during the Christmas holiday.

Ignoring a very serious situation, Tumulty latched onto this:
“I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe,” he added. “I have a boy who’s 10 years old; he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”
Actually, President Trump makes sense. Hard to intercept a message in Moscow that is being pedaled from the White House to the Pentagon.

Using Old School technology that cannot be hacked -- such as floppy disks, short-wave radio, and carrier pigeons - would be a way around sophisticated computer espionage.

But Tumulty rendered herself useless in this campaign. She became too vested in Clinton's election.

The media blew it in part because it placed too many women who identified with Clinton in her press pool.

Had Tumulty spent time covering President Trump's triumphant campaign, she would not have missed the biggest political story since Ronald Reagan upset President Carter.

Heck, it might have alerted Clinton to the problems she faced, and helped her win.

Amazing what can happen if you just do your job.

Rather than learn, Tumulty continues to play a game she can never win.



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  1. Replies
    1. Makes the li'l green apples grow, though. Gangbusters.

  2. "If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,"

    Actually, they were right, but the media will never admit it.

  3. Credibility? Oh please. She's always been a liberal hack.

  4. If Trump tweeted out tomorrow that the sky is blue, 95% of the media would be doing stories about how science tells us that the sky is actually colorless and that Trump is an ignoramus for not knowing that.

  5. Have you really thought the carrier pigeon suggestion through, Don?

    1. Actually, they'd use falcons. Or shotguns.
      Dave's answer is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay funnier than mine. I've noticed he's pretty good at that.

    2. Oh, Dave? He's like mah main man. When he's on his game, small animals tremble and run away...

  6. "I have a boy who’s 10 years old; he can do anything with a computer."

    Probably an exaggeration, but as Instapundit has noted for a long time, if the Demoncrats think the nation's electronic voting machines were hacked in the past election, why over the years have they pushed so hard to replace much safer paper ballots with all sorts of media that are targetable by hackers? Why do they keep pushing for on-line voting, which could result in massive fraud from hacking the vote tallies? The Dumbocrats (who favor as many ways as possible to cheat during elections) and the broadcast media (who want an instantaneous count of the votes on election night so they can declare the winners) own this issue, whether it's fake or real.

    1. "You've got to remember that these are just simple Leftards. These are Citizens of the World. The common clay of the New Internationalism.

      You know . . . morons."

    2. That was a great line from Blazing Liberals; damn, I miss Gene Wilder!

  7. There are courier services and then there are courier services. The one my office uses (oil and gas lease office as well as many law offices) for various things is run by a retired cop and is staffed by off duty or retired law enforcement. They are armed and bonded. So probably are PE Trump's couriers. Tumulty has never dealt in any business dealings nor with anything of value.

  8. Our Military still uses couriers. A friend got out of the Navy and joined an Army reserve unit. Not having the necessary training for his new job, he was kinda like a stick in the mud when they went to summer camp. The unit was tasked with providing one body for courier duty, and he volunteered. He spent two weeks riding flights to various points of the compass with a briefcase cuffed to his arm, one that did not use a standard key. He would arrive, they would check his ID, remove the case, and direct him to the boarding gate for a flight out. Not much glamour in the job, but every transaction was secure as long as he was alive, and not a democrat. err traitor.

    Wuthering heights in semaphore.

  10. Anyone have an exact count of the number of fake stories WaPo put out in 2016? I spent 20-30 seconds on Google, and surprise, nothing substantial.

    There's a lot of recent blog posts coming in at around 5 or so (e.g., "top 5"), but I'm thinking it's actually at least 10x that number.

    Good thing they never said: “Once this Watergate ‘crusading journalists’ story is part of history, we and our successors will be able to say anything and still be believed.“

    1. Without the internet, they likely could have gotten away with more and more.

  11. Damm, but Putin's making Obama look worse by the day.

    "The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin."

  12. Did folk's happen to catch Kurt Schlichter's "Some New Year’s Resolutions for Our Progressive Pals"?


    "Keep Reaffirming the Racism/Sexism/Homophobia and Other Moral Failings of Everyone Who Doesn't Obey the Rigid Yet Constantly Mutating Laws of Political Correctness: It's vital that you continue, at every turn, to label normal Americans "racists," “sexists” and all the other “-ists” and “-phobes” in your Big Book O’ Liberal Slurs. Remember, concerns about crime are secret dog whistles to the tens of millions of wannabe KKK members lurking out there. Americans actually love being robbed! You know why we pretend we don't like dismembering babies and selling their parts? Because we hate strong women. You caught us! And having people smash airplanes into buildings and open fire at random citizens are just a few of our favorite things. We only blame these acts on the radical Muslims who are actually doing them because of our unreasoning hatred of Muslims. There's no fooling you! If we weren’t such Islamophobes, we’d focus on the bloody death toll from those radical Baptists. So keep it up, and never, ever, pass up an opportunity to tell normal Americans how they fail to meet your exacting standards. With enough abuse, those Trump voters you lost last time will definitely come around and start supporting Democrats again!"