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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Democrats feed their media machine

The top story today should be this from Reuters, "The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, dropping to its lowest level in nearly 45 years as the labor market tightened further, bolstering expectations of faster wage growth this year."

After waiting a decade to recover from Washington's debilitating recession of 2008-2009, American factories and offices are hiring -- and mass layoffs has disappeared. Even if it only lasts a few years, this is gigantic news for workers.

But the mission of today's press is to deflect any news that may look favorable to President Trump, which is where the Democratic Party comes into play.

Every news cycle, the party delivers alternate facts and a nuanced narrative that bends the truth to achieve its primary goal: power, more power, and all power.

The press three days earlier blew up a 4% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average into Black Friday; it was not even close to the 1987 single-day drop of 22% -- which was also caused by computers. Obama presided over the 2011 drop that was bigger than Trump's.

But today, the political press ignored the good news as once again the Dow was shoved into the business pages.

Instead, these were the headlines this morning:
CNN: "White House officials knew about Porter's abuse allegations and scrambled to protect him."
CBS: "White House knew of abuse allegations against aide Rob Porter."
To be sure, this is a news story. A top aide may be a wife-beater.

But it is not top news -- unless you continue to seek to undermine a president you do not like.

The big news yesterday was the Washington Post's big Pulitzer-worthy scoop: "Trump's ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade." (I no longer link paywalls. When they pay me to link to paywalls, I will.)

Kimberley Strassel‏ of the Wall Street Journal (the first to say in print that the Russian dossier may have been funded by Hillary's campaign; it was) tweeted: "1) Why isn't the (mostly) unredacted Grassley memo front page news? Here's why: Because it confirms the Nunes memo and blows up the Schiff talking points (which the media ran with).

"2) It is confirmation that the FBI's FISA application relied on the dossier and a news article, and worse, on the credibility of a source in the employ of the Clinton campaign.

"3) It is proof that the FBI did not tell the Court the extraordinarily partisan provenance of the dossier.

"4) It provides evidence that the FBI presented the FISA Court with materially false evidence, in the claim that Steele had not talked to the press. And then shows that even after Steele admitted under oath that he had, the FBI did not tell the FISA Court in its renewal.

"5) It provides evidence that Steele was getting information from the Clinton team itself! Via the State Department! So now, not only do we have a dossier based on unnamed shady Russians, but on Sidney Blumenthal. How much of this was engineered by the Clinton campaign from start?"

This is a refusal by the press to report the damned news. Look, if the press refuses to report the news, then why treat freedom of the press as any more sacred than the right to keep and bear arms? Open up the libel laws then.

Strassel is not alone in seeing the press shirk its duty.

Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist wrote that the Fake News media paraded this story to avoid reporting revelations and evidence that the top FBI officials colluded with Russians and Hillary's campaign to oppose the Trump candidacy.

The stories implicated Obama in the orchestrated Russian ruse to get a secret warrant to have the U.S. government spy on Trump's campaign.

"The New York Times ran a story on page 19 of the newspaper. Its portions about the criminal referral — as opposed to its portions repeating Democratic talking points — could not have been more dryly written or uninteresting. Reporters Maggie Haberman, Sharon LaFraniere, and Michael Shear devoted a total of five sentences in a 22-paragraph story to the Grassley and Graham expose. It ran under the false headline '2 Senators Issue Letter To Support House Memo,' even though the letter was issued in early January, weeks before the House memo was made public. The criminal referral was only this week published with few-enough redactions to make sense of it," she wrote.

She had reminded readers, "For more than year and half, the media have gone all-in on reporting every possible angle of President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia. No story update has been too small, no encounter with a Russian too inconsequential, and no anonymous source too sketchy to generate outsize coverage and histrionic claims from major media."

Now it turns out the stench and Russian collusion comes from Obama and his henchmen.

The smeller is the feller, as they say in Calhoun County.

This obfuscation, misdirection, and Fake News is manufactured by the Democratic Party.

We know this because the top political reporters coordinated their reporting with Clinton's left-hand man, John Podesta. The WikiLeaks of email showed big-name reporters seeking approval of their stories from him. He groomed them.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit calls political reporters Democratic operatives with bylines.

I see something more sinister.

But give the Democrats credit. They may not have had a new idea since their call for ending Prohibition, but by golly they perfected their propaganda machine.

President Trump however came up with a way around the Democratic Party's news machine.

It's called Twitter.


From Leslie Eastman's review at Legal Insurrection:
Surber, a recovering journalist with over 30 years of experience, has been cataloging the #FakeNews that has been regularly offered as serious analysis of President Donald Trump’s actions, policies, and opinions. He has brought his enormous collection together in the longest, most serious book he has yet written: Fake News Follies 2017.
"Fake News Follies of 2017" is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Autographed copies are available. Email me at for details. I am including a "director's cut." I'll email you back the original Chapter 1 that I cut because while the chapter was amusing, it really had nothing to do with the "Fake News Follies of 2017."

Ben Garrison did the cover and I am so happy with it. I told him what the book was about, sent him a copy of the manuscript, and he came up with a perfect cover. I am so pleased.


  1. Where you said, "The smeller is the feller," my momma used to say a more elegant version: "The fox is the finder, the stink's behind her." Took me quite a spell to work that one out when I was a kid!

    Excellent column, and gun rights activists (among others) are used to not having stories reported, or "spun" into invisibility.

    When was the last time the MSM posted a story about CCW carriers saving lives? It happens every day, but very seldom does it get mentioned by the media. Many of the school shooters, that make huge headlines, were stopped by citizens with guns of their own; when the media reports it, the story says something like, "the shooter was taken down by..." without ever mentioning HOW. To tell the truth would undermine their continuing narrative that guns are bad!

  2. Ummm Don, it's Leslie Eastman, not Linda.
    If the press were evenhanded in reporting the news Democrats would never win an election. It does pose a problem. Which group first against the wall when the revolution comes?

    1. Embrace the power of "and." Press and the Democrat traitors will be against the wall no matter which side wins. I think those people needs to be very careful what they wish for! They will (pace Mencken) get it good and hard. -- BJ54

    2. I try, really really try to get Leslie's name right. It's one of those things, you get it wrong once and even when you are careful, BAM, wrong again.

      I blame Paul McCartney.

    3. Hahahaha! Yeah, I'd a done it too, Big D. Before she became a mean veggie wacko searching through trash dumps for any signs of Mickey D's in her band's refuse, Linda was alright. She sang and played acceptably. Plus, she had big tits! Thumbs up for Linda.

  3. Thankfully the media has stopped trying to drag Hope Hicks into this story too.

    What I want to know is when unproven allegations of domestic violence became unassailable proof of guilt that is a permanent bar to public service?

    I know from personal experience that divorced women frequently lie about their exes.

  4. I always heard "he who smelt it, dealt it."

  5. Like the old saw, "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears, did it make a sound." If a Dem Traitor fell into the hands of the MSM, did he really commit treason if nobody hears?

  6. They are all profit driven. WaPo, for example, serves a market in which Trump got a whopping 4% of the vote. WaPo is incentivized to give its reader what they want to read. Because its readers hate Trump, they are incentivized to downplay news good for Trump, and play up bad news. Doing so leads to increased subscribers. I saw both Dean Baquet and Marty Baron on CSPAN bragging about how each of their newspaper's subscriber base has increased sharply since Trump was elected. As they get more eyeballs, ad rates go up. So it's like a virtuous cycle.

    Michael Barone once said something like, 'The founders gave us a free press. Nobody ever said the press has to be fair.'

    1. I would take any Dean Baquet bragging with a grain of salt. The Times has had waves of layoff over the years, and they are leasing out some floors of their fancy building in NYC.

    2. Let’s just call them what they are, Presstitues

    3. Excuse my spelling, Presstitutes

  7. It must pain Twitter’s founders but it has been the best tool for PDJT to get the truth out.

  8. I like that line, Unexpectedly... Ever notice that if it is good for an "R" or bad for a donk, it is unexpected, or ignored?
    As for the rest, think back to high school. Every school in my area had a school paper we'd churn out. Prior to the big game, it would be full of reports about how the opposing players were drunks, had VD, were closet homosexuals etc. Well, the LSM is the school paper for the grade school commies we call democraps.

  9. Well, this IS why we call them "the enemedia".