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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Uh-oh, CNN staffer may have caught on

One of the fun things about supporting Donald Trump is watching the experts make fools of themselves. They believe they were so right in their predictions of doom that the only explanation for his election is Russian meddling by Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

As long as they look in the wrong places for clues, they will never solve the mystery.

Unfortunately, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin may be catching on.

With a tip of the cap to Breitbart, Toobin went on the Situation Room on Wednesday. Brianna Keilar filled in for Wolf Blitzer. She hosted a panel of Toobin, Nia-Malika Henderson, Phil Mudd, and Rebecca Berg. They had this exchange:
KEILAR: Phil, this -- what do we take from this? So many people are paying attention, right, because of -- now it becomes this drama in a way that is beyond just folks who pay a lot of attention to politics. 
MUDD: I think that's right. I think you have to step back in the emotion in Washington and look at facts. I want to pick up on what Rebecca said. If I read into what we're seeing on the cover of "People" magazine, I've got to start subscribing if I want to learn about what's happening in Washington. 
Within weeks you have to fire your national security adviser. If you -- look at what the president said. The peace process, Arab-Israeli, is easy. Health care, who could have thought -- think this would be so hard? I've got to believe they're stepping in and saying this ain't a business deal; this is really tough. 
And meanwhile, all of them have had to hire lawyers, because there's a federal investigation that could lead to indictments, and we're not even seven months in yet. I can't believe anybody looking at those facts, regardless of whether you like the family or not, says, "This is what we banked on, on inauguration day." No way. 
BERG: Right.
KEILAR: But Jeffrey Toobin, he had a lot of support.
TOOBIN: He won, right? I mean, he won the presidency. We sit around here saying... 
KEILAR: When I say a lot of support, I mean, he has some support that it can -- almost can't be eroded. He has support that can't be eroded, it seems.
TOOBIN: Yes, well, I don't know that it can't be eroded. I mean it has eroded somewhat. 
But, you know, we sat around that table for a year saying, oh, Donald Trump, he can't say this, he can't say that, and this is a disaster. And he proved all of us wrong and he won the presidency. And who is to say that he's not going to win it again in three and a half years? 
I just think, you know, all of us in the news media need to have a lot of humility about predicting anything about Donald Trump since we have a record -- and I don't mean everyone but certainly, I include myself -- a record of underestimating him. And, you know, we should keep that in mind.
KEILAR: It is a good lesson. We all should have more humility. Thank you so much, Jeffrey Toobin, Nia-Malika Henderson, Phil Mudd, and Rebecca Berg. 
Oh no!

They are catching on.

But then Toobin's moment of clarity ended, and Keilar went back to faking the news.
KEILAR: And coming up, more on the breaking news, the CBO is estimating huge increases in premiums. Thirty-two million more people without insurance by 2026 if Congress passes a straight ObamaCare repeal. And also, it turns out that some of the Russians who saw Donald Trump, Jr. also met with a prominent Republican lawmaker. We have new details about what they wanted.
Remember last summer when the polls said she would win, and I said hang in there?

And readers did.

We prevailed.

Hang on tighter.

Draining the swamp ain't easy. The closer they are to their inevitable doom, the harder they will thrash back.

But as Kennedy said, "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade [drain the swamp] and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."

Asking the media to have humility is like asking the sun to dim its light.

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  1. There's more real news on Twitter than on any MSM station which is why I no longer watch the latter.

  2. I remember the various CBO estimates of people signing up for Obamacare, too. If we are going on the record of reliability here perhaps we should start cutting all of their estimates by 2/3.

    1. 11.4 million now on ObamaCare yet 32 million plus will lose medical insurance with the GOP plan. We know the lie about who didn't have insurance before ObamaCare, that we did lose our doctors, our insurance that didn't meet the ObamaCare mandates and because of those facts we saw our premiums increase dramatically rather than go down as Obama promised. So who do we believe?!

  3. Thanks for watching CNN, Don - so I don't have to. :-)

  4. Humility is hard to come by in the upper echelons of NYC. They think of themselves as "Special" just because they are there. In fact a pretty young family friend who came to run a large investment company there through hard work and very independent thinking told me his biggest problem is convincing those who want to work for his company that they need humility, that an ivy degree or prior experience at a blue chip firm does not make one infallible. He was looking for people who thought they could be wrong about perceived wisdom like him. He grew up in Queens, as a matter of fact,had no Special connection to the city and it's denizens, and did his own research in person often in foreign lands. He didn't have the personality of the Manhattanites one encounters watching CNN all of whom would rather be accepted for their similarly of thought, because they consider themselves special, than be right in a larger sense. Yes they would prefer to put their money with my friend but they prefer to put themselves in company with those who feel are worthy and special, like themselves.
    Don need not worry Toobin has discovered anything. He will be the same arrogant prig in 20 he was in 16 and so will his compatriots in the NY media. They like people like themselves and always will right or wrong, forever.

  5. Will Toobin maintain that line of thought, or will he crumble? Tune in again tomorrow to the Toobin Cookie Report!

  6. "because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills"

    He spent public money on a pep rally? There were much better reasons. That kind of talk would not hold water today. I think that is a sign of progress even if things look bleak right now.

  7. "Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War."

    Evan Sayet