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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Never Trump is killing journalism

I should have been one of those Fake Conservatives. The money must be good because the Never Trumpers on TV and in print outnumber actual conservatives today.

You don't have to be that bright to be a Never Trumper, just superficial. All that is required is to ignore things of substance and concentrate on style.

The classic example is Bret Stephens of the New York Times.

Stephens in 2016 openly rooted for Hillary to carry all 50 states last year, which would have given her a mandate not seen since LBJ in 1964 -- which made possible Vietnam and all those budget-busting entitlement programs that still wreck our budget more than a half-century later.

Why was Stephens so willing to destroy the republic?

Because he wanted to teach Republicans a lesson.

Yes, 12 years of Nazism certainly led to a reform of Social Democratic Party of Germany, didn't it?

Fortunately, enough actual conservatives showed up at the polls to thwart the Never Trump fantasy of regaining control of an irrelevant Republican Party.

But a year later, Stephens sticks to his guns because why bother with retrospection and self-analysis when you are losing at every turn? His mission in life is to lose the argument. He's a Washington General at a Harlem Globetrotter newspaper.

Wrote Stephens:
Tax cuts. Deregulation. More for the military; less for the United Nations. The Islamic State crushed in its heartland. Assad hit with cruise missiles. Troops to Afghanistan. Arms for Ukraine. A tougher approach to North Korea. Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital. The Iran deal decertified. Title IX kangaroo courts on campus condemned. Yes to Keystone. No to Paris. Wall Street roaring and consumer confidence high.
And, of course, Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. What, for a conservative, is there to dislike about this policy record as the Trump administration rounds out its first year in office?
That’s the question I keep hearing from old friends on the right who voted with misgiving for Donald Trump last year and now find reasons to like him. I admit it gives me pause. I agree with every one of the policy decisions mentioned above. But I still wish Hillary Clinton were president.
How does that make sense? Can I still call myself conservative?
The answer depends on your definition.
Ah yes, it depends upon what the meaning of the word "is" is.

But it also depends on what your definition of juvenile is, because Stephens has not grown up. Nor have Kristol and Will and most of the National Review.

They are stubborn little boys who will not admit that they were wrong about Donald John Trump.


Stephens lectured readers: "want to preserve your own republican institutions? Then pay attention to the character of your leaders, the culture of governance and the political health of the public. It matters a lot more than lowering the top marginal income tax rate by a couple of percentage points."

One of those institutions is  journalism, and Never Trump is killing journalism.

Stephens and the rest represent no one but themselves.

The rest of conservatism is solidly behind President Trump.

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.

He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword.

His truth is marching on.

Trump is accomplishing every stated goal of conservatism.

Stephens and the rest oppose those goals. We know this because they no longer care about reducing the size of government, or rolling back regulation, or appointing judges who uphold the Constitution.

All Stephens and his ilk care about are tweets because that is what the Never Trumpers talk about.

By making Stephens and company the face of conservatism, the news media distorts the picture. Readers are not getting two sides of the story. They are getting one side twice.

He is Fake News -- my term for the fog of war the media spreads in its War Against Trump.

Increasingly, the death of journalism in America looks like a suicide.


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  1. Some voters obviously aren't shrewd enough to pay attention to the real character of their leaders or they would not have elected the Marxist Obama president not just once, but twice. The many scandals involving the Obama DoJ-FBI efforts to subvert Donald Trump's presidency should raise questions about Obama's character, not Trump's. It was Obama who sought to destroy America's democratic institutions. Where has Stephens been the last 8 years?

    1. 'Shrewd' is a nice word to use, there. America has a large number of media types who make money off of misleading all the "useful idiots". There should be a price to pay to do such evil.

  2. Don, for a good laugh skip ahead to about 43:20 in this Victor Davis Hanson talk to hear what he says about Bret Stephens. I guarantee it will make your day.

  3. Those house conservatives at the NY Times remind me of the opening joke when the old Richard Pryor variety show was first broadcast. Richard Pryor told the audience that he did not have to give up anything to get a TV show. The camera then panned out to show Pryor in a skin-colored loincloth, clearly implying that he had his [genitals] cut off as the price for making it on network TV. Remind anyone else of Bret Stephens, David Brooks, and Ross Douthat, those emasculated house "conservatives" of the mainstream media?

  4. Sure, Bret can call himself a conservative. NYTers are licensed to lie. It's in their contracts.

  5. Big D, in my book you're doin just fine. Hold the line and don't fire until you see the whites of their balls. Happy 2018, brah!

  6. Anyone who claims to be against President Trump must recognize they support a corrupt, murderess traitor. That was the only alternate choice. They are NOT principled. They are also corrupt.

  7. Brett “Red Klotz” Stephens should be doused with a bucket of confetti.

  8. Funny video comment by vdh - thanks!

  9. Speaking of phony conservatives, Jen Rubin's column yesterday was titled something like "Questions You Should Ask to Make Republicans Squirm in 2018."

    Which, of course, were all anti-Trump in nature.


  10. Rather than LBJ's 1964 "mandate" I would've used Nixon in '72 or Reagan twelve years later as comparisons. After all, they both won 49 states; Goldwater won five states in '64 if memory serves.

  11. Journalism’s problem today is that it is a smugocracy, hiding second-rate performance behind a smokescreen of chest-beating self-importance.