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Thursday, May 04, 2017

A press "bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence"

As I researched a piece on President Trump's executive order on protecting religious liberty from bureaucrats, I ran into the usual wall of ignorance the press erects around anything it deems "controversial."

The purpose of the press is not to keep the public informed, but to keep the public from being informed.

The Hill -- occasionally seen as almost objective -- laid into Trump and his support of the First Amendment in a piece by Lydia Wheeler called "Groups brace for Trump's religious liberty order."

She waded through the tweets and press releases of four lefty groups and a Democratic congressman, but did not bother calling a religious group advocating Trump's action or a Republican congressman.

In fact, Lydia Wheeler did not bother to explain just what Trump's executive order says or does. In fact, the groups themselves had no idea what they were protesting. It was a knee-jerk reaction to Trump by a bunch of jerks.

From her story:
Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, told reporters Wednesday that the group is prepared to file a lawsuit immediately, should Trump sign the order.
“Obviously we need to see what it says and see what it does, but if it resembles the leaked executive order and is going to harm LGBT individuals and women and religious minorities, we will absolutely be filing suit," she said.
The reporter missed the real story: that the American Civil Liberties Union just sues to sue without giving a thought to what President Trump's actual action was. If you stop to think about it, the ACLU is a joke.

But Wheeler did not stop to think, and merely repeated what she wanted to hear. I can sum up the thought process of her and a thousand other reporters in four words:
Trump, bad man. Ugh.
We get it, man.

This is getting boring. The only thing interesting in New York magazine's report "Trump Executive Order Aims to Relax Restrictions on Political Activity by Churches" by Margaret Hartman was the sidebar headlines of its "Most Viewed Stories":
  1. The GOP Health-Care Bill Is an Abdication of Responsibility and a Moral Disgrace
  2. This Is What a Modern-Day Witch Hunt Looks Like
  3. In Trump’s America, Rape Is a Preexisting Condition
  4. Republican Blurts Out That Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care
  5. New York City Prepares to Snub Donald Trump
  6. Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Sue Kim Davis for Refusing to Grant Them Marriage Licenses
  7. Did Melania Trump Just Sub-Fave Her Husband?
We get it, man.

You don't like Trump.

But twisting an executive order protecting religious liberty into some bizarre attack on liberty does not make it so.

The press is lazy and slow on the uptake. The same efforts did not stop his nomination a year ago, or his election six months ago, and will not result in his impeachment any time soon.

For reasons beyond my power of comprehension, George Will continues to flay at President Trump with unrequited loathe.

But in Will's attack on the president today, Will described the press well.

Just change "President Trump" to "the press":
It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump's inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.
Will, the son of a philosophy professor, is a bit of a snoot. His schoolboy taunts about Trump remind me of the Left's mocking of Ronald Reagan's intelligence more than 30 years ago.

But like Reagan before him, Trump shows the real intellectual curiosity as he challenges conventional wisdom about everything from why can't we renegotiate trade treaties to why can't religious groups participate in politics and keep their tax exemptions just like, well, anti-religious groups do.

On November 8, 2016, the American people said, "Trump the Establishment!"

Now read the book that explains how and why the press missed this historic the election.

It is available on Kindle, and in paperback.

And then read the original, "Trump the Press," which chronicled and mocked how the media missed Trump's nomination.

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  1. ACLU...American Communist Lawyers Union
    They gave up on liberty long ago.

    1. I've been calling them American Communist iLiberty Union for yrs. Yours works as well.

  2. "The ACLU is a joke." A dirty, rotten, no-good joke.

  3. Trump is fast establishing a new tradition at his rallies. Ten minutes in, when some lone doofus starts heckling, he throws out the first screwball.

    For the press, he switches to football, and soon the opposing side's quarterback is toast.

  4. The media hates us more than Trump, but we mostly ignore them. Which is why they hate us. Well, one reason.

  5. Iowahawk has the best take on the MSM: “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow. Until they stop moving.” - Elric

    1. That's one of those lines you always wish you'd thought of first!

  6. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information. Thanks for this valuable information for all,..

    1. I guess Don must be in the tall cotton! Next thing you know, we'll see Google trollers here talking about their new Range-Rovers.

  7. Dear Mr. Surber,
    I read Will.s piece over at NRO, and the paragraph that caught my eye was the one where Will compared President Donald John Trump to Kim Jong Un-hinged. I happened to be the first to post a comment and you could almost predict the responses. It took about 30 or so comments before one woman addressed the point of my comment. In the meantime I was labeled a cuck, a douche, a junkyard dog, a condescending jerk(albeit educated), a self-important bloviater, a Trumptard and oh yes, autistic. It was truly wondrous to behold. If you have a few moments and want a laugh, by all means check it out. The sad truth is that the woman who first responded directly to my point, as well as the previous commenters did not consider it odd that George Will would equate an American president with the murderous North Korean dictator. As you like to point out, never bet against POTUS DJT.

  8. I haven't bother to read anything by George Will since I came across his hilarious prediction on Oct. 26, 2016, that Trump would probably lose the election more bigly than anybody else ever -- and he sure would deserve the humiliation, too.