April 27, 2016

John Bolton: Obama Has Iran ‘On a Highway to Nuclear Weapons’

On Fox News shortly after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech today, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton evaluated what the GOP frontrunner had to say about Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

He also stated the inconvenient truth about the Obama administration’s nuclear “deal” with Iran, namely that it puts the jihad-driven, terrorist-funding, death-to-America nation “on a highway to nuclear weapons” — a reality that the Barack Obama-defending press simply won’t admit, at least partially because elements of the press, particularly alleged “journalists” at the Associated Press, helped clear the route for that highway:

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April 25, 2016

AP’s Matt Lee Outraged as State Dept.’s Kirby Claims More U.S. Troops in Syria Aren’t ‘Boots on the Ground’

State Department spokesman John Kirby did a fist-pounding imitation of Baghdad Bob at a press conference today on the Obama administration’s decision “to send 250 more troops to Syria.”

Note that the Associated Press report by Kathleen Hennessey linked in the first paragraph refers to “troops,” not “advisers” or “trainers.” This is important, because that AP report acknowledges that in everyday parlance, the additional forces involved are “boots on the ground.” The AP’s Matt Lee, one of the few genuine journalists at the wire service, had to endure hearing Kirby say that the administration wasn’t changing course. Lee didn’t take it well, nor should he have (HT Washington Free Beacon):

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April 24, 2016

DNC Chair: Hillary Has Provided the Most Transparency … ‘Other Than the Private Server’

In a Fox News Sunday interview so painful to watch readers are advised to consider taking headache medicine before viewing, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to make the case that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails containing sensitive and classified national security information and her use of an undisclosed private email server is a “distraction,” and that the idea of even raising it as a campaign issue is “ludicrous.”

Show host Chris Wallace was particularly perturbed when the DNC chair claimed that Mrs. Clinton was “using private e-mail in the same way that previous secretaries of state have,” and forced her to admit: “Other than the private server.”

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April 9, 2016

Wash Post Swallows False Claim That Asad Shah’s Death Had ‘Nothing to Do With Christianity’

Two weeks ago, yours truly posted on a very inadequate March 26 U.S.-distributed Associated Press story out of Glasgow the previous day (since expired) about the murder of Asad Shah. Despite the fact that far more information was known at the time, the wire service would only acknowledge that “the killing of a Muslim shopkeeper who wished Christians a happy Easter is being investigated as ‘religiously prejudiced,’” and (four paragrahs in) that “The suspect, who police say is Muslim, has not been identified or charged.” AP has not done a follow-up story, even though far more beyond what it failed to originally report is now known.

In a Washington Post “WorldViews” blog post on Friday, Max Bearak attempted to bring readers up to date, in the process exposing — but from all appearances acquiescing to — Orwellian attempts by the dominant Muslim community to disavow their religion’s association with Shah’s murder and to distance themselves from their hostility towards other faiths (bolds are mine):

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March 31, 2016

David ‘Dying Husk of Reaganism’ Brooks Praised the Gipper’s ‘Future-Oriented’ Conservatism 12 Years Ago

Wednesday morning, Tim Graham at NewsBusters observed how pseudo-conservative David Brooks, who is no fan of Donald Trump, gave the current GOP frontrunner credit for having “destroyed a dying husk” of “obsolete Reagan ideology” in the Republican Party.

That’s fascinating stuff, given the catch of the day by Instapundit’s Ed Driscoll. You see, 12 years ago, Brooks gave Reagan credit for having transformed the party and conservatism “from a past- and loss-oriented movement to a future- and possibility-oriented one.” In other words, even Dense David recognized at the time that Reagan’s positive tone and belief in American exceptionalism — a term which the left, up to and including President Obama, has tried to ridicule out of existence — were the foundation for how Reagan, in Brooks’s words, “embraced America as a revolutionary force.”

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March 27, 2016

AP Hides Truth About Death of Moderate Muslim Asad Shah in Scotland

Perhaps it would be understandable if U.S. media outlets chose not to cover the death of Asad Shah in Scotland. After all, it occurred overseas, and only one person has died.

But the Associated Press did decide to cover the story and post it at its subscribers’ U.S. news sites. As such, the AP has a duty to reveal what is known at the time its reports appear. Thus far, it has failed miserably. It is painfully obvious why that failure has occurred, namely because Asad Shah’s death inconveniently answers the following question: “Why don’t we hear more outrage from moderate Muslims over those who invoke Islam to justify terrorism and persecution, thereby, according to popular perception, highjacking their supposedly inherently peaceful religion?”

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March 25, 2016

Press Ignores Bibi’s Fundamental Truth: ‘Terrorists Have No Resolvable Grievances’

If we had today’s establishment press covering America just before the Revolution, few would have learned of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me to death!” If they had been covering the Revolutionary War itself, there would have been a blackout on Nathan Hale’s “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Today’s establishment press does anything and everything it can to keep important statements by people it despises out of the news. Thus, despite regularly perusing media outlets on a daily basis, it is intensely frustrating that I only learned about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unforgettable five-word fundamental truth about Islamic terrorism by reading an Investor’s Business Daily editorial.

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March 22, 2016

HuffPo Hack Sam Stein Whines That Belgian Terror Attacks Have ‘Overshadowed’ Obama’s Cuba Visit

One exquisitely annoying aspect of the press’s fawning coverage of President Obama and his administration during the past seven-plus years has been its obsession, first and foremost, over how breaking world events have intervened or might interevene to harm or potentially harm Dear Leader’s agenda and legacy.

From before Day 1, i.e., going back to the 2008-2009 presidential transition, the press has been conditioning readers to believe that no previous president has ever has so many serious distractions. Thus, it’s no surprise, but after all this time it remains intensely annoying, that after this morning’s terrorist bombings in Belgium, Huffington Post hack (and I do mean “hack“) Sam Stein was primarily worried about how Obama’s Cuban trip had been “overshadowed”:

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Salon’s Marcotte: After Brussels Attacks, It’s a Good Thing Adults and Not Trump or Cruz Are in Charge

At Salon.com at 10:28 a.m., Amanda Marcotte wrote that “It will likely be days, perhaps weeks, before we know much about the horrific terrorist attacks on an airport and subway in Brussels on Tuesday morning that killed dozens of people.”

Actually, dear, as of when I began this post about 90 minutes later, we alreadly know plenty. Most crucially, the Associated Press reported that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks roughly an hour after Marcotte’s post. Once that’s verified, and it almost certainly will be in short order, what else beyond the names of the de facto soldiers of the Islamic State will remain of the “much” that we don’t know? But the most important thing to Marcotte, who is clearly blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other, is that the United States has “a grown-up in charge” (links are in original; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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March 10, 2016

This Is CNN: Takes 20 Paragraphs to Tag Killer of American in Israel as Palestinian

Those not well-versed on events in the Middle East and how the international press routinely distorts its coverage there might think from the following headline at CNN.com yesterday“American fatally stabbed in Israel terror attack that wounds 10 others” (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) — that the state of Israel carried out the brutal attack which killed Vanderbilt Universtity student and U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force.

Of course, that’s not the case. But it took the trio of CNN reporters who covered the story — Oren Liebermann, Steve Almasy and Amir Tal — a full 20 paragraphs before finally acknowledging that the attacker was Palestinian: “Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted that the attacker, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was fatally shot by police.”

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March 2, 2016

WashPost Plays the Hitler Card Again — In a House Editorial

The Washington Post’s obsession over Donald Trump is a sight to behold — but not a pretty one.

On Monday, following two week-earlier Trump-demonizing columns, one comparing the billionaire to medieval emperor Charlemagne, and another claiming that Trump’s electoral progress thus far had helped her understand “exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany,” the Post issued a house editorial directly comparing Trump’s “assault on democracy” to Hitler’s rise to power. In other words, last week’s columns were merely appetizers for the paper’s institutional assertion that, as far as they’re concerned, the “authoritarian” Trump should be rejected because of the likelihood that once in power, he will become another monster like Hitler — or, if we’re lucky, only as bad as one of the world’s current thug rulers.

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February 27, 2016

Obama Again Uses ‘Signing Statement’ Tactic He Promised Not to; Press Yawns

In August 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged, as paraphrased in a New York Times story, “not to use signing statements to undermine legislation passed by Congress,” and “called Mr. Bush’s frequent use of such statements an abuse of his power.”

On Wednesday, Obama issued another signing statement — there have now been over 30 during his presidential tenure — to put a thumb in Israel’s eye, and to give aid and comfort to the misguided international anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement. The establishment press is minimizing its exposure of Obama’s move, and, as usual, utterly failing to note Obama’s about-face on signing statements since he took office.

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February 19, 2016

The AP’s Disgraceful Coverage of the Columbus Islamic Terrorist Machete Attack

The Associated Press posted four stories during the past week on the machete-wielding Islamist who attacked patrons at the Nazareth Restuarant and Deli in Columbus, Ohio on February 11, seriously wounding several.

The wire service’s coverage is a textbook example of deliberate reality avoidance.

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February 11, 2016

The Nation’s Walsh ‘Wonders’ If ‘White Working Class’ Isn’t Supporting Hillary Because of Obama (Hint: His Race)

Joan Walsh, who after a long tenure at Salon.com is now National Affairs Correspondent at far-left publication The Nation, is responding as leftists usually do when their favored candidates and causes are in trouble: immaturely, and by smearing recalcitrant people who, in their fevered minds, should be supporting them.

Walsh is a big fan of Hillary Clinton, whose legal and electoral situations seem to get more dire with each passing week. In Walsh-World, Mrs. Clinton is having problems garnering “white working class” Democrats because of racism. But of course, she won’t directly say that. Instead, she issued the following passive-aggressive tweet, followed by the oh-so-predictable “Who, me?” response (HT Breitbart via Instapundit):

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Paglia at Salon: Hillary ‘Has a Rap Sheet 5 Miles Long,’ ‘Heavy With Lies and Greed’

As Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential effort has weakened, many on the left in fairly prominent places have begun releasing years of pent-up frustrations about her, her husband, and their record. At long last, the long knives are beginning to come out.

Many of these missives are unhinged, but one which isn’t, and deserves a closer look, comes from Camille Paglia at Salon.com. Given that Paglia’s views don’t neatly check off all of the far-left boxes, the fact that Salon has Paglia back for biweekly commentary on “the presidential race, the culture world, and everything in between” after a four-year hiatus is quite telling. Meanwhile, readers can count on the establishment press hanging on to Hillary as long as they can, while ignoring the mostly excellent points Paglia strenuously made early this morning.

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