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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

USA Today freaks over a tweet

Apparently no one has paid enough attention to the editorial page of USA Today to suit its staff. Today, the newspaper's editorial board decided to publish an editorial so contemptible that it is the talk of the town in Washington.

In the rest of the nation, the editorial is further proof that journalists have lost their damned minds.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York demanded Trump resign as president.

He responded in a tweet:
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill and Crooked-USED!
In previous tweets, Trump said Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz "will do anything for money." Most politicians would. That is how they finance their political campaigns.

But liberals believe words you use on men, you cannot use on women. The liberal definition of equality makes as much sense as their economic policy.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said Trump was slut-shaming Gillibrand. Apparently, Warren knows something about Gillibrand 's sex life that the rest of us don't.

USA Today used that manufactured outrage to write this:
With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.  
And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.
A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.  
And on and on. USA Today did the very thing it accused President Trump of doing. Fortunately, its gasoline is really water.

The editorial is another example of a refusal by people in the Establishment to accept the results of the 2016 election. Re-litigating the Megyn Kelly feud shows the newspaper refuses to accept the jury's verdict on November 8, 2016.

The newspaper failed to note that Trump did not start this feud. Gillibrand did by demanding he resign. I should think that a disturbingly feckless remark like that would be more worthy of comment. Her acceptance of unsubstantiated rumor as fact is a large part of what is wrong with politics today.

USA Today will get attention today, setting off conservative bloggers while collecting Attaboys from liberals and the counterfeit conservatives in Washington.

But the editorial is another example of the impotence of the press. The editorial will change nothing. Trump will remain president through January 20, 2021, and perhaps another four years as the Disloyal Opposition continues to seethe rather than accept the results and re-group.

And really, should a press that freaks out over a tweet have any power?

Fluffing a tweet into constitutional crisis shows the editorial board lacks any sense of proportionality or humor.

I wrote a terse email to a member of the USA Today editorial board. It was filled with self-righteous indignation. But then I decided not to send it.

Even though I have a nearly infinite supply of self-righteous indignation, I shall preserve it for another day and a more worthy target.

Never write in anger. The words will only amuse your enemies.

USA Today should have taken that advice.


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  1. The editorial is a cry for help from Another failing rag whose circulation is propped up by free copies in hotels. I saw one last week and it was less than half the size it used to be. Shrinkage. Oooops. That’s sexist.

  2. Don:

    Have you noticed that PDJT tweets often are just implicit leaving the reader to fill in possibly ambiguous meaning.

    Another example, when PDJT was speaking with the code talkers and he mentioned "Pocahantas", I don't think he ever mentioned the word "Warren". But everyone immediately freaked out at his insult to her.

  3. We are enjoying the "lamentations of their 'women' ", we are, we are.

  4. trump has said and tweeted a lot of nasty stuff, not that I usually mind. I'm clearly missing something in the above tweet. What are they wetting themselves over?

  5. The media has more power than they ought to and more power than we in the GOP attribute to them for their blatant partisanship and outright lies to further their fanatic support for Democrats. Of course a call for Trump to resign will change nothing -- because Trump isn't going to resign. It's also logical, after the 2016 experience, to assume that when the media is frothing at the mouth and lying about any and everything out of Trump hatred, that he can refute them with no more effort than pointing them out and everyone seeing them go insane with hate for him and all deplorables.

    But, and here's the rub. Others are up for election between now and 2020 and what they are faced with is a lying media out to get them to the point of doing and saying anything at all. And beyond the media, the Democrats and Antifa and BLM and every single Democrat associated organization, including the NFL, is devoted to attacking, hating, and convincing anyone who doesn't believe in every D talking point to be quiet. So, the media has free rein to spew hate and negativity. And we have reached the point where there is not one voice raised in the whole world in support of a Republican. The media can't get Trump -- so far -- but they are helped in their religious war against non-Democrats by that old saw (or social perception) that where there is smoke there is fire.

    If all of the conversation in America all of the time is hate for Republicans and praise for Democrat platform planks, do not underestimate what we in the red states are up against.

    1. The Moore smear campaign cost a lot of money, and it required constant media shrieking. They were only able to do that because it was the only election being held right now. Next year, there will be dozens of elections going on simultaneously. It won't be as feasible for them to isolate and delegitimize any one candidate.

  6. Personally, I wouldn't doubt that any politician- male or female- would exchange sexual favors for a contribution. It's not like they have morals or pride or anything.

    1. Would it be rash to include many budding wannabe actors as well?

  7. When the women are treated like the men they whine and cry about sexism. Girls, if you can't handle the heat get back in the kitchen.

  8. Perhaps Instapundit should now reconsider writing guest articles for that ragazine.

  9. The editors of USSRToday should take the advice of Bernard Shaw to never mud wrestle with a pig: they got dirty and he enjoyed it.

  10. My favorite quote about senatorial whores:

    "In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger." - Matt Taibbi