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Saturday, September 05, 2020

America needs freedom FROM the press

How bad are the riots and looting and arson by Democrats and Democrat-controlled cities going for Democrats? They pushed a crazy story which said President Donald John Trump refused to visit military cemeteries in France and called our war dead losers two years ago.

The story was so preposterous and so easy to discredit that Democrats went down their list of media outlets -- New York Times, Washington Post, Buzz Feed -- until it found a sucker in the editor-in-chief at the Atlantic, Jeff Goldberg.

This story is so ridiculous that Dan Rather would have turned it down.

We know Democrats peddled this BS because they had a slick ad ready to go within minutes of the story breaking. They are that desperate to turn the conversation against their riots, looting, and arson. Kenosha was the tipping point, so they needed to find something to cool the talk about their lawlessness.

But this story is a bum steer so bad that when Goldberg went on CNN, hostess Alisyn Camerota debunked it.

Via the Media Research Center, she said, "The weather was bad. Marine One's crew was saying that bad visibility could make it imprudent to chopper to the cemetery. The ceiling was not too low for Marines to fly in combat, but flying POTUS was obviously something very different. If a motorcade was necessary it would take between 90 and 120 minutes each way along roads that were not freeways posing an unacceptable risk that we could not get the president out of France quickly enough in the case of an emergency."

Need I remind anyone that Kobe Bryant perished in a helicopter crash in inclement weather?

If the Marines won't fly, nobody will.

And a motorcade takes weeks to plan as the Secret Service combs the area for a book depository.

Goldberg insisted he verified his story through four people who were there.


Jim Sciutto -- who helped Obama launch the Russian Collusion hoax -- expressed his doubts.

Sciutto said, "Let me ask you this. Because these are remarkable accounts here of a Commander-in-Chief stating the most disrespectful things you can imagine about fallen service members, amputees ... I'm curious why these people didn't want to go on the record. We're two months from the election and these are horrible insults to service members. Did they explain their thinking as to why they wouldn’t put their names to these accounts?"

Goldberg cited angry tweets.

He said, "Well, like, you know, like you, when you're faced with the same situation, you ask for people to go on the record.

"Then ultimately you have to make -- when they don't want to go and we have both experienced why people don't want to go, they don't want to be inundated with angry tweets and all the rest. And we push hard and that's why you have to sort of do this reporting with even more belt and suspenders approach. You know, dotted I’s and crossed T’s and find multiple sources for it. Each time this is a judgment call, right? Did the public's interest in needing this information outweigh the ambiguities or the difficulties of anonymous sourcing and in this case, I decided that I felt I knew this information well enough from high enough sources and multiple sources that I thought we should put it out. I do hope obviously and I try as you do to get various people to say things on the record. And I hope that there's an effort -- you know, I hope there's an effort on the part of reporters and I'll be continuing to make that effort to move this material directly on to the record."

Like, you know.

How does such an inarticulate man become an editor-in-chief?

Anonymous sources are a crutch that has weakened journalism to the point where political writers can barely walk anymore because they are too reliant on these crutches.

His excuse was silly: "They don't want to be inundated with angry tweets and all the rest."


John Bolton was among the people who were there who denied Goldberg's account.

Bolton said if he had heard it, he would have devoted an entire chapter in his Orange Man Bad book to it.

No one believes the media anymore. I doubt even Democrats are buying it.

But once Atlantic reported the falsehood, this allowed the rest of the horde to repeat it as gospel. And they got to roll out veterans who already hate President Trump to say they hate him some more.

Meanwhile, President Trump has ended a quarter-century dispute between Kosovo and Serbia and got them to open embassies in Jerusalem. That drew little press attention.

America needs freedom FROM the press.


  1. Can't anybody find a local newspaper office with a "morgue" of papers for the week in question and see the forecasts before and the reports after about what the winds and rains were like?

    If the skies were blue and the sun was shining and other helicopters were buzzing around, then MAYBE the leakers have some basis for mind reading Trump's otherwise inexplicable orders. But if the skies were dark and the winds wild - I don't actually CARE what sorts of " I heard she heard he said " rumors are passing around. The simple story is the weather cancelled the planned trip.

    How hard is it to see a weather report?

    1. The media politicizes everything-even the weather. If the weather was bad they'd add a global Warming angle to it and blame Trump.
      BTW if it was no go for the Marines, it was no go..

    2. Even better than the weather report, here are the Marine One weather directives for the Belleau Woods trip:

      There is no "there" there.

    3. I vividly remember that trip to France that PDJT made, and how it was a washout because of stormy weather.
      I recall the LeftMedia attacking PDJT at the time and calling him wuss who was afraid to fly in bad weather, and berating him for not risking a helicopter crash.

  2. One news outlet prints lies or gossip and the rest of the media repeats it as truth. The talk about the story then becomes the story. Obviously the press are not bound to a code of ethics anymore. They have gone full tabloid.

    1. I don't think they ever had any ethics, but in the Obama years they quit even pretending.

    2. When reporters become the story, they should resign.

  3. Goldberg might as well put taps on his shoes and do his best impersonation of Mr. Bojangles.

  4. Like you know, I mean, orange man bad, uh, um, because like, um, I mean, uh, I could like, um
    You know, picture him um, saying this.

    And like, you know, um, I might cry if uh, I got a nasty tweet, you know.

    I um, went to like, the Caroline um Kennedy public speaking seminar, you know.

  5. I believe in freedom of the press. However, I believe that some constraints must be enforced. We have political activist posing as journalists who use "opinion" as their only news. They hate a political party and that parties current leader, so they hide behind vague rules that allow opinion and "anonymous sources" to be the backbone of their reporting. They have all the credibility of that journalist at the Enquirer who interviewed BatBoy.

    1. The National Enquirer broke the John Edwards' love child story.

  6. It's time news people stop being communists I think.

  7. Dang it! Trump just said cheesecake is bitter! That ought to blow up the networks for a couple of days.

  8. Next up: Trump loads U.S.-owned art onto Air Force One during his 2018 France visit.

  9. The M.O. is the same as the dossier leak...Dem. Media give the little toady sites like the Atlantic (As Buzzfeed in '16 the nudge to print the Trump Dossier rumour), then the large conglomerates[NY Times; Wash Post; ABCNBCCBSMSNBCFOXCNN] purposely pick up the story at that point, and report on the allegations printed in a 'little sister' publication.
    --- The Drug Cartel Method of washing money, applied to washing unsubstantiated reporting into clean news... ZB

  10. I know our Constitution guarantees FREEDOM of the press, but shouldn't it also require HONESTY for that FREEDOM? When the "press" stops reporting news and coordinates with one political party then it ends being a FREE press and should lose it's protection! I hope to see MANY "reporters" and owners indicted for their parts in the Obiden coup!!