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Dan Gainor: Elizabeth Warren draws most attention from media and candidates in Democratic debate

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While there was no clear winner in the debate featuring 12 Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday night, it was clear that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was seen by the moderators and her fellow candidates as the one to beat.

That point was evident with time allotted to each candidate. Warren had the most with nearly 23 minutes to answer questions – or about equal to what the bottom three candidates mustered, according to The New York Times.

There were some advantages to that. John Harwood of CNBC proclaimed “this debate crowning Warren the new 2020 front-runner.”

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But former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said that “the stage is more crowded than a Times Square subway stop.” And almost everyone on that stage was targeting Warren.

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It didn’t go well for the senator from Massachusetts. The regular attacks often turned her into a whiny scold.

As CNN anchor John King later explained: “The candidates on the stage clearly thought it was in their best interest to go after Warren.”

Former CNN commentator Roland Martin said it even better, noting: “How do we know @ewarren is leading? She has a bullseye on her tonight.”

The Washington Post sold the debate with a headline sounding like it watched a far-more entertaining contest: “Warren faces first sustained attack in raucous debate.” At least it was right about the attacking.

The New York Times was more accurate in tone about the tedious three-hour marathon: “Warren Draws Fire From All Sides, Reflecting a Shift in Fortunes in Race.”

CNN host Van Jones reflected on the attacks, calling Warren: “Mortal. Mortal. Somebody grabbed the cape and pulled on it.” Jones explained that the “moderates” struck back, “tired of the woke-enomics.”

PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said it was a “BIG MOMENT” when the “Elizabeth Warren attacks begin.” As she described it: “Warren gives a tough stare” after “Mayor Pete Buttigieg says to Warren: Your signature is to have a plan for everything except health care.”

Even far-left Hollywood director Michael Moore wasn’t entirely happy with Warren’s prescriptions for change. He said: “Senator Warren (whom I love) just said she believes in ‘accountable capitalism’. There is no such thing. The only thing capitalism is accountable to is weath [sic] and more wealth for the wealthy. It’s only mission is to economically enslave the citizenry so the rich can get richer.”

But there was more to the debate than just attacks on Warren. There were also attacks on President Trump. Of course. CNN, which has done as much as any outlet in America to promote impeachment, began the entire debate with 12 questions on the subject – one easy one for each candidate.

The result was laughably predictable – all the candidates showed that they hate Trump. The Post’s phrasing was a “unified condemnation of Trump.” Like no one saw that coming.

NBC News Correspondent Mike Memoli called the beginning of the debate “a moment of history,” adding that “1 participant may vote on articles of impeachment. 5 participants would sit as jurors in an impeachment trial.”

This is sure to please the major media that not only hate Trump but have financial interests in the impeachment. Axios reported that news outlets are “building pop-up newsletters, podcasts, and sections solely to cover the day-to-day developments of the impeachment process.” Those include Vox Media, CNN and The New York Times.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California scored one of the night’s few applause lines and news outlets went with her extreme narrative backing abortion, after she said: “And it is not an exaggeration to say women will die, poor women, women of color will die, because these Republican legislatures in these various states who are out of touch with America are telling women what to do with our bodies.”

The debate was also predictably left-wing. Van Jones asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota a scary post-debate question for Democrats: “And I wonder, are you afraid that the party is going in a direction that is just going to get us killed here in the middle of the country?” Klobuchar responded about the party can “come together,” but it’s the kind of comment that will set the left and media worrying.

Add it to the amazingly quiet crowd. The Root’s Politics Editor Jason Johnson called it “the quietest audience I’ve ever seen in a debate.” Trump would have called that “low energy.” He’d have been right.

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Even liberals weren’t always happy with all the candidates, especially the newest entrant into the race. Vox Senior Correspondent Zack Beauchamp made fun of the billionaire who just joined the campaign, but who always seems to wear the same tie. “While Tom Steyer wasted an unconscionable amount of money getting on stage and did absolutely nothing to justify his presence here, his tie is pretty good.”

Bustle Deputy News Editor Catherine Thompson took her own shot at his debating style: “Tom Steyer is gesticulating and speaking like he’s a ventriloquist’s dummy carved out of wood.”

But CNN had Steyer’s back. It initially listed him as a “former hedge fund manager.” That wasn’t nice enough to a guy who buys so much TV advertising. So it somehow got changed to “Businessman.”

Because CNN is neutral. And not in it for the money.

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And Washington Post Opinion Writer Elizabeth Bruenig was equally critical of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke after a few candidates were asked about their age. “i mean look. yes, as you get older, your brain gets worse. but that’s just a general trend. look at beto. he’s very young and his brain is very bad.”

There was one especially unusual highlight of the debate. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii bashed the “mainstream media” like she was running in the Republican primary. She explained that The “New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime change war.” Those news organizations were the two hosts of the debate.

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Dan Gainor: NY Times columnist admits there’s an anti-Trump Deep State – But claims members are the good guys

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“There is no Deep State!” That’s been the anti-Trump media argument ever since President Trump took office and his administration started leaking like a cheese grater.

Lots of major news organizations made the claim, interviewing supposed insiders – from CNN to The New Yorker and The Nation.

New Yorker Editor David Remnick rationalized the pushback against Trump in 2017: “The problem in Washington is not a Deep State; the problem is a shallow man – an untruthful, vain, vindictive, alarmingly erratic President.”

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Now there’s no attempt at hiding it. In one of the more blatant impeachment stories of the week, New York Times columnist James B. Stewart went on NBC’s “Today” show to tell everyone that Trump is right. Stewart was pushing a new book, “Deep State,” only he sees the Deep Staters as heroes – the same way the rest of his media buddies do.

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Co-host Savannah Guthrie tossed him a softball question, clearly amazed that Trump would call out the government employees who are trying to sabotage his administration.

“And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him,” Guthrie said to Stewart. “What did you find?” (Watch the video. Guthrie’s hand movements and inflection are a great example of how journalists manipulate a news story in ways that are hard to tell from transcripts.)

Guthrie got the answer Trump supporters already knew: Trump was right, but Stewart gave his own personal spin so viewers knew the good guys.

“Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right,” Stewart said, referring to the president. “There is a Deep State, there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law.”

That’s pretty clear, despite Stewart’s attempt at making the Deep Staters seem honorable. “What Trump calls the Deep State in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense,” he added.

Only leftists see a government employee working to overturn the result of a legal election as “positive.”

For those of you following at home, that’s another media narrative destroyed. Bury it next to the Russia collusion hoax.

Of course there’s a Deep State. Americans know this, which is why they should doubt the “whistleblower” who didn’t even have firsthand information.

The biggest proponents of impeachment outside the Deep State are what we should probably call the Shallow Media. Take NBC’s histrionic Political Director Chuck Todd. Recently he was screaming that “A National Nightmare Is Upon Us!” (One other than watching NBC.) Now he’s upset about Americans having “two sets of realities.”

What he was really saying is a bunch of Americans dare to think for themselves and realize that Todd has lost any sense of neutrality.

Only leftists see a government employee working to overturn the result of a legal election as “positive.”

“There is a 40 percent of the country that is only getting fed one reality; arguably, 60 percent are getting what I would argue is reality,” Todd said.

Hubris is a symptom of bad journalism.

The same attitude was evident in a graphic used on-screen during “CNN Newsroom.” It said: “WH Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry & Constitution.” Media bias? At CNN? Never! It’s one thing to declare war on a bogus impeachment. It’s another thing to declare war on the Constitution.

But media outlets were more than willing to go all Schiff-ty and simply make things up.

In a memorable exchange, Trump tweeted how former President Barack Obama had said “he did not have the right to sign DACA” and did it anyway. Within minutes, the crafty folks at PolitiFact rated that “Mostly False.” But five minutes later, Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim pointed out that PolitiFact was, in fact, wrong.

Then there’s one of my favorites: bias by omission. It’s not just the stupid and one-sided comments journalists make, it’s what they leave out.

For example, there’s the media fascination with former Secretary of State Colin Powell whining about “his party.” The problem is, NBC, MSNBC and CNN claimed “his party” was the Republicans, even though he’s endorsed Democrats for president three times in a row. He hasn’t backed a Republican for president since the 2004 election.

Pretty soon, they’ll be calling far-left Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a Republican because she was one until 20 years ago. (Yes, she really was.)

New allegations against Matt Lauer

The Matt Lauer disaster continues to shock even the most cynical media watchers. Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill” includes allegations that the former NBC “Today” host raped another NBC employee in a hotel room during the 2014 Olympics.

Farrow also slammed the network for blocking his investigation into movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. He eventually took his story to The New Yorker. Farrow alleged that Weinstein had tried to blackmail the network to make the story go away, claiming Weinstein “was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it.”

NBC cited the book in a story, saying it had reportedly “reached nondisclosure agreements with at least seven women who alleged harassment or discrimination at the company, including former employees with complaints about former ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer.”

Lauer denied the alleged rape but said he engaged in an “extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter.”

Facebook defends free speech

Social media companies are caught between a rock and a hard place. They hit the scene as free-speech venues and have gradually restricted speech more and more. Now Facebook has taken a positive step in support of free speech and many in the media don’t like it.

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The Trump campaign created an ad about former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement in Ukraine. The reaction was swift. CNN refused to run the ad and NBCUniversal (the folks dealing with the Lauer rape allegations) wouldn’t run it either.

Team Biden demanded Facebook take it down as well. But the company refused, arguing it doesn’t fact-check political speech.

The left and media were infuriated. The Washington Post headline showed the media mindset: “CNN won’t run two Trump campaign ads, citing ‘demonstrably false’ claims.” Facebook was supposed to follow CNN’s lead and didn’t.

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Sen. Warren took out an ad showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shaking hands with Trump and pretending “Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election.” She admitted it wasn’t true, but remained furious that Facebook wouldn’t play the role of referee so her campaign could try to ban Trump ads.

It might not seem like a big deal, but Facebook is facing constant calls to regulate speech. It’s nice to see the social media giant go all Nancy Reagan and “just say no!”

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Dan Gainor: Bloomberg Law is burned over false report of anti-Semitism

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Anti-Semitism is a huge problem, big enough that the press doesn’t have to manufacture anti-Semites to further left-wing goals.

But this is 2019, and that actually happened, thanks to Bloomberg Law, one of the many publications of the company headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Senior reporter Ben Penn spread his “SCOOP” on Twitter about how “Trump Labor Department’s new sr adviser Leif Olson posted on Facebook that Jewish media ‘protect their own.’”

The story was worse. It was headlined: “Trump Labor Aide Quits After Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts Surface.” The piece led with skewering Olson for having “a history of advancing controversial conservative and faith-based causes in court.” Oh no!

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That didn’t stop the Anti-Defamation League from initially bashing Olson. Rather than face the media firestorm, Olson resigned.

Only the story didn’t end there. That was just the beginning. The ADL backed out when it realized Olson was actually mocking someone else’s anti-Semitism. And then a ton of people threw their support behind Olson – across political lines.

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Even in battleground 2019, there was widespread disgust at the way that Bloomberg and Penn tried to destroy Olson, simply because he’s conservative.

For a while, Bloomberg stood by Penn’s lousy reporting. Washington Post Media Critic Erik Wemple described that attitude as “unsurprising and highly disappointing.” Lefty Vox headlined its take, “How mocking anti-Semitism got a Trump official falsely accused of actual anti-Semitism.” And conservative National Review described the incident as “Ben Penn’s Bad-Faith Hit Job on Leif Olson.”

NationalReview.com Editor Charles Cooke called the story “a deliberate attempt to get a guy fired for mocking the very position you’re accusing him of holding.”

Pundits lined up to blast Penn. Commentary Editor John Podhoretz messaged Penn and called him a “Repugnant child” and said he was “either stupid” or “utter garbage.” Penn actually captured an image of the comments and posted it, acting indignant. Only that generated even more criticism.

NationalReview.com Editor Charles Cooke called the story “a deliberate attempt to get a guy fired for mocking the very position you’re accusing him of holding.”

Of course, no true D.C. scandal is ever complete without the cover-up. And Bloomberg supplied it. After the story blew up, the outlet “removed ‘Anti-Semitic’ from the headline and clarified Olson’s reference to those tropes.” It still left the original hit job on the site.

And then it tried to get people to stop talking about it. The Washington Post reported that a Bloomberg editor urged staffers not to “tweet out the story or about the story (or use any other social media to post anything).” The goal was to avoid “more Twitter-rage.”

Bipartisanship has finally returned to Washington. Penn and Bloomberg Law are widely and deservedly mocked on both sides of the aisle. And Olson got his job back, in the ultimate rejection of Penn’s politics of destruction.

Sleepless Nights at The New York Times 

The New York Times has been on a downward spiral lately. It’s not that paper has gone farther left, it just can’t hide it anymore. It’s been only a month since a headline that treated President Trump fairly was changed and it appears that Times staffers have lost their minds.

Or maybe that’s not new.

Such is the case of Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, who was writing about the newspaper’s favorite topic – the demise of the Republican Party. She was referencing the book “R.I.P. G.O.P.,” which claims the 2020 election “will produce a second blue wave on at least the scale of the first in 2018 and finally will crash and shatter the Republican Party.”

Goldberg twisted that into her ideal fantasy: “the Republican Party, that foul agglomeration of bigotry and avarice that has turned American politics into a dystopian farce, not just defeated but destroyed.”

But in the course of her counting chickens exercise, she let slip a personal detail. Speaking of author and pollster Stanley Greenberg, she noted: “His confidence will not be enough to lessen the insomnia that has plagued me since the cursed night when Trump was elected.”

So, she can’t sleep because of … Trump. Maybe she should read the Times.

College Athletics in Black and White 

Atlantic staff writer and former ESPN host Jemele Hill host caused controversy about African-American athletes this past week. Her black-and-white analysis had people seeing red all over.

It all started with the headline that read, “It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges.” Hill’s article followed that up with suggesting black athletes pick historically black colleges and universities instead. She was roundly criticized as being “pro-segregation” and asked what a “white college” was.

Hill wrote that the idea could “bring some welcome attention and money to beleaguered black colleges, which invested in black people when there was no athletic profit to reap.” But she went on, noting that, “More revolutionarily, perhaps they could disrupt the reign of an ‘amateur’ sports system that uses the labor of black folks to make white folks rich.”

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Singer Kaya Jones responded, saying: “My grandparents went through it! It was illegal in most countries to be married outside your race. MLK and my grandparents are rolling in their graves.”

Hill has said and written controversial things about race before. She made a comment about Malcolm X’s assassination that she tied to Trump, eventually offering to apologize. Then she quoted the late president Andrew Johnson saying said that the U.S. has “a government for white men” and added that, “Under Trump, Johnson’s wish came true.”

‘Compassionate’ Stripping 

You’d think it was sweeps month over at “Good Morning America.” ABC has long had a lurid fascination with fringy sex stories, even highlighting Erika Eiffel, who changed her name to Eiffel because she had a commitment ceremony with the Eiffel Tower.

This week we had strippers. It was for a good cause, though. GMA was promoting the new Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers.” GMA anchor Adrienne Bankert described it as a “star-studded female-led drama where the women flip the script” and called it a “compassionate message about love and friendship.”

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Well, not exactly. They strip for and then rob their clients. The GMA gang fell over themselves showing respect for the idea of sex work and robbery. Host Michael Strahan responded to the idea with the rationalization of the day: “You gotta do what you gotta do.”

He even asked former Disney Pop Tart Keke Palmer, who plays Mercedes, what her ideal stripper name would be. Palmer told viewers that “it would be something sweet like baby girl, or baby doll.” Ah, the wholesome family fun of felonious stripping.

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Dan Gainor: MSNBC and NY Times don’t let facts get in way of anti-Trump stories – Fiction is more interesting

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MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, who used to write for the fictional TV show “West Wing,” proved this week that he hasn’t lost his touch. He showed that he’s not limited to discussing real news – he can make it up and report his fictional version as if it were real.

Like much of what is wrong with the media, it began with a tweet. And then O’Donnell repeated his fictional claim on MSNBC Tuesday night.

In on-air conversation with Rachel Maddow, whose show immediately precedes his, O’Donnell said he had information about how years ago businessman Donald Trump was “able to obtain loans when no one else would loan him money.”

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“I may have some information, in this next hour, which would add a great deal to their understanding of that, if true, and I’ll be discussing it here,” O’Donnell added. “I stress ‘if true,’ because this is a single source who has told me that Deutsche Bank obtained tax returns… this single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers. That’s how he was able to obtain those loans and that the co-signers are Russian oligarchs.”

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Ah, “if true.” If true, O’Donnell would be a legitimate TV journalist and not an embarrassment to his network.

Maddow’s reaction to O’Donnell was priceless. She seemed completely floored by the allegations and responded loudly: “What?” Then she continued by saying “that is a scenario that I have never contemplated.” Now we know why.

This was worse than a Joe Biden gaffe and the fallout was extensive.

O’Donnell was back the following night like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar. “Last night on this show, I discussed information that wasn’t ready for reporting,” he told viewers.

He added: “Saying ‘if true’ as I discussed the information was simply not good enough.”

This is what is known as a “Duh” moment. It’s especially hilarious that he explained his comment “did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC.”

Standards? This is the same news station that employs Brian Williams, who lost his prestigious job as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” for rewriting history more than Quentin Tarantino.

MSNBC also employs host Joy Reid for some reason, despite her own bizarre defense of anti-gay statements on her blog.

Besides, we now know that MSNBC wasn’t just trying to get a clean conscience.

President Trump’s lawyers sent a letter to NBC Wednesday stating: “We write concerning the false and defamatory statements published by Lawrence O’Donnell and NBC Universal. … Demand is hereby made that Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

The letter from Trump lawyer Charles B. Harder added: “Failure to do so will leave my clients with no alternative but to consider their legal options which could include immediate legal proceedings against Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU.”

Still no word whether MSNBC will discipline its incompetent host.

Washington Post Media Critic Erik Wemple slammed O’Donnell’s “uncorroborated, wish-fulfillment garbage.”

“With his repeated ‘if true’ caveats, O’Donnell was mocking the core idea of journalism – which is to say, the verification of stray tips and rumors,” Wemple wrote.

Wemple closed out his criticism by asking the key question regarding O’Donnell: “Is such a fellow fit to host an MSNBC program?”

Well, given the lack of standards at MSNBC, yes.

More incompetence at NBC

One definition of insanity is to do something the same way and expect a different result. Or, perhaps, it’s working in the NBC universe.

The network was part of an incompetent pile-on against the Trump administration over the claim that “children born to U.S. service members outside of the U.S. will no longer be automatically considered citizens.” That story was tweeted by NBC’s Ken Dilanian.

Washington Post Media Critic Erik Wemple slammed O’Donnell’s “uncorroborated, wish-fulfillment garbage.”

Turns out it’s not true and Dilanian had to issue a correction. The new rule actually only impacts about 100 children annually. Maybe get it right instead of getting it first.

New York Times doesn’t want scrutiny it gives to others

The New York Times has fallen on hard times. The prestigious left-wing newspaper came out this week against … journalism. Only it didn’t call it that.

The paper published a story headlined: “Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House.” The article called it an attempt “to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting.”

Publisher A.G. Sulzberger responded with a strongly worded statement saying that the “unprecedented campaign appears designed to harass and embarrass anyone affiliated with independent news organizations that have asked tough questions and brought uncomfortable truths to light.”

While the Times had done a hit job on the conservative Western Journal just days before, its hypocrisy is even worse. In the fifth paragraph of Sulzberger’s 500-word whine, he actually pretends to welcome journalism about his organization. “No organization is above scrutiny, including The Times,” he wrote.

Why then the big freak-out? Is Sulzberger worried that there are even more open anti-Semites on his staff other than, say, Tom Wright-Piersanti who was outed by Breitbart for his slurs against Jews? Or perhaps Sulzberger is worried about readers discovering there are more anti-white bigots than editorial board member Sarah Jeong?

Politico’s Senior Media Writer Jack Shafer defended the practice of digging into what journalists have said on Twitter and elsewhere. “Journalists don’t deserve a get-out-of-bigotry-jail free card just because they’re journalists,” he wrote.

Amen.

New York Times rewrites history

When it’s not going back hundreds of years to spin American history, the New York Times is content with rewriting recent history – in this case the history of the Tea Party.

The Times did a 10-years-after story on the conservative grassroots movement under the headline: “The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger.”

The article even called the rise of the Tea Party “a summer of rage,” and began with how “the country seemed to lose its mind.”

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But we’ve learned that The Times can never be liberal enough for its conservative-hating readers. As a result, the story got updated … and meaner. Here’s the Times’ politics Twitter account: “We have updated this story assessing the policy failures of the Tea Party movement 10 years after its rise to include context about attacks on President Barack Obama and racist displays at some Tea Party rallies.”

This is an example of how The New York Times and many in the left-wing media, now regularly attack conservatives as racist simply for being conservatives.

It is also an example of the newspaper bowing once more to the liberal Twitteratti, upset that the Times was insufficiently harsh to its opponents.

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The paper’s own staff know who is editing the news now. Opinion Staff Writer and Editor Bari Weiss told CNN that Twitter “becomes almost like an assigning editor, sometimes.”

Or, in the case of the Times, a thought-control editor. Like you used to have with Pravda in the old Soviet Union.

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Dan Gainor: NY Times goes farther left, CNN’s Cuomo erupts, and CNN’s Ryan bars reporter from covering her

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Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This week we saw the worst of The Times – The New York Times, that is.

Last week, the paper was caught up in a liberal freak-out over a five-word headline in its print edition: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” That tantrum over an accurate headline prompted editors to change the headline in later print editions to the more opinionated “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.” The headlines were for a story about remarks by the president following horrific mass murders in Texas and Ohio.

The freak-out continued this week, with Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet holding a 75-minute staff meeting to try and address concerns.

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A recording of the meeting was leaked to Slate, which produced a massive transcript that shows how the Times is home to the pampered, liberal elite – including many who are still upset by the original headline because it failed to attack Trump.

Near the end, of the meeting Baquet let his frustration show. He was tossing F-bombs and called the headline situation “a f—— mess.”

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So was the meeting. Baquet admitted what we all know – that liberals read and work at The New York Times. “What I’m saying is that our readers and some of our staff cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden,” he said.

The meeting should end any doubt about the biases of the Times. One staffer described the image of the paper, how readers “are depending on us to keep kicking down the doors and getting through, because they need that right now. It’s a very scary time.”

And Associate Managing Editor for Standards Phil Corbett told a staffer that “the mistakes you’re seeing are when we’re going, shall we say, too easy on Donald Trump.” Yes, he really said that – “too easy.” On President Trump.

All of that was a backdrop as Baquet described how the paper had focused on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to put Donald Trump in the White House, and allegations that Trump obstructed the investigation.

But “the story changed” when Mueller “walked off that witness stand,” Baquet said.

The failure of the Mueller probe to find wrongdoing by Trump and his campaign must have come as a crushing blow to the Times and many of its readers. So now Times readers need a new narrative.

Baquet then described “the vision for coverage for the next two years.” He talked about “a guy (Trump) who makes these kinds of remarks” and “the world’s reaction to him.”

Then Baquet got to the heart of where the paper is going: “How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time?”

Out goes Russia. In goes race. Heck, headline writers could keep in the same letter of the alphabet.

A Politico article explained how many Times staffers also blamed former “data guru” Nate Silver for making a big deal of the headline embarrassment. He was the first one to highlight it and Politico wrote how his criticisms have highlighted his “personal grievances with the paper that was unable to meet his demands.”

That wasn’t the only embarrassment the paper struggled with. Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman was demoted for offending the far left by tweeting about “Justice Democrats.” He was taken to the woodshed and punished. The press release said he “apologized for his recent serious lapses in judgment.”

It’s all part of shifting even further left. The Times it is a changin’ – but not in a good way.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo erupts

The late New York Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo was known as one of America’s most eloquent orators, able to stir passions in audiences by painting beautiful pictures with his words.

No one would describe an obscenity-filled eruption by his son Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor, that way.

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Cuomo, who is also the younger brother of liberal New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, went ballistic – in an incident captured on video – when a man approached him and called him “Fredo.” For you folks who aren’t movie buffs, that’s the inept, middle brother from “The Godfather.”

The clearly enraged CNN anchor dropped the F-bomb about 25 times, threatening his critic. The whole exchange and video are so bizarre you really have to watch. At one point, Cuomo said: “I’ll f—— ruin your s—. I’ll f——- throw you down these stairs like a f—— punk.”

Yep, three F-bombs in 16 words. Oh, and a threat to throw someone down the stairs. Over calling Cuomo “Fredo.”

It got even worse. When the man said he was part-Italian, Cuomo kept on going into Loony Land. “Are you Italian? It’s a f——- insult to your people.” Then he added: “It’s an insult to your f——- people. It’s like the N-word for us.”

The incident dominated Twitter, trending No. 1 and No. 4 at the same time. Strangely, CNN’s public relations people, echoing Iraq’s Baghdad Bob, stood by Cuomo’s bizarre claim. Spokesman Matt Dornic agreed that “Fredo”was “an ethnic slur.” Even liberal Vox said that was ridiculous.

“Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah mocked Cuomo as having a reaction that “seemed like a negative Italian stereotype.” Noah said: “Now I see why CNN makes people fight in separate boxes, that’s just workplace safety. Cuomo is like, ‘if I wasn’t in this box I would smash your face!’”

Of course, President Trump got his digs in, as well. “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN,” the president tweeted.

But that wasn’t the best part. First off, Cuomo had actually jokingly called himself “Fredo” in a 2010 radio interview, the New York Post reported.

Cuomo also got caught up in the same kind of gotcha video incident he had blamed the Covington High School students over, saying they were “victims of their own choices.”

It’s shouldn’t be lost on anyone, that Covington’s Nick Sandman – falsely criticized by Cuomo and many others in the media – showed far more class and brains in his incident than the so-called professional TV anchor.

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Freedom of the press? What’s that?

That wasn’t enough for the folks at CNN. CNN political analyst April Ryan had her own controversy to cope with. Ryan was speaking Aug. 3 at the New Jersey Parent Summit and a fellow journalist was trying to cover it.

However, Ryan closely guards her public image. So much so that she has her security guard stopping anyone she doesn’t like from recording what she says. In this case, the individual recording was another journalist – Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today.

Ryan’s security guard took exception to it. He instructed Kratovil to stop taking a video, but never even identified himself. Then he took the camera and forcibly removed the journalist.

One big problem with that. Fox News reported that “Kratovil had previously RSVP’d to the event and received confirmation.” Kratovil responded to the attack, “Don’t touch my camera, please.”

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None of that was enough. This video shows Kratovil being forcibly dragged from the event even though he said that “there were other people taking video.” You can hear Ryan in the background saying, in her most imperial voice, “when I speak, I do not let the news cover my speech.”

Journalist, eh? Sure.

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Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This week we saw the worst of The Times – The New York Times, that is.

Last week, the paper was caught up in a liberal freak-out over a five-word headline in its print edition: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” That tantrum over an accurate headline prompted editors to change the headline in later print editions to the more opinionated “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.” The headlines were for a story about remarks by the president following horrific mass murders in Texas and Ohio.

The freak-out continued this week, with Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet holding a 75-minute staff meeting to try and address concerns.

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A recording of the meeting was leaked to Slate, which produced a massive transcript that shows how the Times is home to the pampered, liberal elite – including many who are still upset by the original headline because it failed to attack Trump.

Near the end, of the meeting Baquet let his frustration show. He was tossing F-bombs and called the headline situation “a f—— mess.”

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So was the meeting. Baquet admitted what we all know – that liberals read and work at The New York Times. “What I’m saying is that our readers and some of our staff cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden,” he said.

The meeting should end any doubt about the biases of the Times. One staffer described the image of the paper, how readers “are depending on us to keep kicking down the doors and getting through, because they need that right now. It’s a very scary time.”

And Associate Managing Editor for Standards Phil Corbett told a staffer that “the mistakes you’re seeing are when we’re going, shall we say, too easy on Donald Trump.” Yes, he really said that – “too easy.” On President Trump.

All of that was a backdrop as Baquet described how the paper had focused on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to put Donald Trump in the White House, and allegations that Trump obstructed the investigation.

But “the story changed” when Mueller “walked off that witness stand,” Baquet said.

The failure of the Mueller probe to find wrongdoing by Trump and his campaign must have come as a crushing blow to the Times and many of its readers. So now Times readers need a new narrative.

Baquet then described “the vision for coverage for the next two years.” He talked about “a guy (Trump) who makes these kinds of remarks” and “the world’s reaction to him.”

Then Baquet got to the heart of where the paper is going: “How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time?”

Out goes Russia. In goes race. Heck, headline writers could keep in the same letter of the alphabet.

A Politico article explained how many Times staffers also blamed former “data guru” Nate Silver for making a big deal of the headline embarrassment. He was the first one to highlight it and Politico wrote how his criticisms have highlighted his “personal grievances with the paper that was unable to meet his demands.”

That wasn’t the only embarrassment the paper struggled with. Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman was demoted for offending the far left by tweeting about “Justice Democrats.” He was taken to the woodshed and punished. The press release said he “apologized for his recent serious lapses in judgment.”

It’s all part of shifting even further left. The Times it is a changin’ – but not in a good way.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo erupts

The late New York Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo was known as one of America’s most eloquent orators, able to stir passions in audiences by painting beautiful pictures with his words.

No one would describe an obscenity-filled eruption by his son Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor, that way.

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Cuomo, who is also the younger brother of liberal New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, went ballistic – in an incident captured on video – when a man approached him and called him “Fredo.” For you folks who aren’t movie buffs, that’s the inept, middle brother from “The Godfather.”

The clearly enraged CNN anchor dropped the F-bomb about 25 times, threatening his critic. The whole exchange and video are so bizarre you really have to watch. At one point, Cuomo said: “I’ll f—— ruin your s—. I’ll f——- throw you down these stairs like a f—— punk.”

Yep, three F-bombs in 16 words. Oh, and a threat to throw someone down the stairs. Over calling Cuomo “Fredo.”

It got even worse. When the man said he was part-Italian, Cuomo kept on going into Loony Land. “Are you Italian? It’s a f——- insult to your people.” Then he added: “It’s an insult to your f——- people. It’s like the N-word for us.”

The incident dominated Twitter, trending No. 1 and No. 4 at the same time. Strangely, CNN’s public relations people, echoing Iraq’s Baghdad Bob, stood by Cuomo’s bizarre claim. Spokesman Matt Dornic agreed that “Fredo”was “an ethnic slur.” Even liberal Vox said that was ridiculous.

“Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah mocked Cuomo as having a reaction that “seemed like a negative Italian stereotype.” Noah said: “Now I see why CNN makes people fight in separate boxes, that’s just workplace safety. Cuomo is like, ‘if I wasn’t in this box I would smash your face!’”

Of course, President Trump got his digs in, as well. “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN,” the president tweeted.

But that wasn’t the best part. First off, Cuomo had actually jokingly called himself “Fredo” in a 2010 radio interview, the New York Post reported.

Cuomo also got caught up in the same kind of gotcha video incident he had blamed the Covington High School students over, saying they were “victims of their own choices.”

It’s shouldn’t be lost on anyone, that Covington’s Nick Sandman – falsely criticized by Cuomo and many others in the media – showed far more class and brains in his incident than the so-called professional TV anchor.

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Freedom of the press? What’s that?

That wasn’t enough for the folks at CNN. CNN political analyst April Ryan had her own controversy to cope with. Ryan was speaking Aug. 3 at the New Jersey Parent Summit and a fellow journalist was trying to cover it.

However, Ryan closely guards her public image. So much so that she has her security guard stopping anyone she doesn’t like from recording what she says. In this case, the individual recording was another journalist – Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today.

Ryan’s security guard took exception to it. He instructed Kratovil to stop taking a video, but never even identified himself. Then he took the camera and forcibly removed the journalist.

One big problem with that. Fox News reported that “Kratovil had previously RSVP’d to the event and received confirmation.” Kratovil responded to the attack, “Don’t touch my camera, please.”

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None of that was enough. This video shows Kratovil being forcibly dragged from the event even though he said that “there were other people taking video.” You can hear Ryan in the background saying, in her most imperial voice, “when I speak, I do not let the news cover my speech.”

Journalist, eh? Sure.

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Dan Gainor: Media go far beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome in attacking president

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The anti-Trump media went off the deep end this past week, concocting horror stories about the president they love to hate.

I’m not talking Trump Derangement Syndrome. That’s so 2016. I’m talking about peddling absolutely crazy stories. These include claims that President Trump wants to exterminate Latinos and is honoring Hitler’s birthday.

And on top of this, many in the media attacked anyone who dared express support for the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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MSNBC led the way, with its on-air personalities saying things that would get normal humans fired from jobs, de-platformed online and disowned by their families.

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One MSNBC guest slammed a wealthy Trump supporter. He said he wanted “pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.” At MSNBC, that’s just another day at the office.

Even one of the pros from MSNBC’s sister network joined in with the lunacy. NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and agreed with his host that a recession would be worth it to get rid of Trump.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel told viewers.

Remember, Engel is an actual reporter. But sadly, calling for a recession was Amateur Hour compared to the rest of this week.

Here are four of the worst examples of the media’s mass hysteria.

MSNBC’s version of a Republican

Spouting crazy lies on a major cable channel is never having to say you’re sorry. But you can tweet it.

“Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace and attorney Raul Reyes teamed up to make up claims about the president. Reyes blasted Trump for using “words like infestation.” He followed that with an incredible statement: “With an infestation, the natural conclusion is attempt an extermination.”

But rather than rein in Reyes and get him to back off the bizarre claim, Wallace leaned in. “You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos,” she responded. Wallace, a former Republican, was promptly skewered for her comments by conservative outlets.

That led to a lame “apology” where she said, in part: “I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos.  My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry.” You could almost see a network executive standing behind her, twisting her arm to write it.

Her non-existent sincerity was ripped apart. One America News Network host Liz Wheeler responded, “Funny, I never ‘unintentionally’ accuse an innocent person of advocating mass genocide.”

Wallace had to know the network wouldn’t care. Remember, MSNBC is the purgatory where executives exiled liar Brian Williams. So she fits in nicely.

 The heck with Godwin’s Law

The far-left never met a Nazi comparison it wasn’t willing to try on Trump. But MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi came up with one so bizarre that even liberals seemed to shy away from it.

He was on the “11th Hour with Brian Williams,” and I guess that inspired him to make up stuff. Figliuzzi, who, God help us, is a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, now traffics in far-out conspiracy theories. And this one is a doozy.

According to Figliuzzi, lowering the flags to half-staff because of the shooting, culminated in a possible tribute to Adolf Hitler. “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That’s 8/8.”

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Here’s the amazing part. Figliuzzi said he wasn’t sure Trump “did this deliberately” but then he launched into how “The numbers ‘88’” “stand for ‘Heil Hitler,’” because the letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet.

No good deed…

There’s nothing like embarrassing a news outlet – especially one that has already fallen far from its former glory. Such is the case with the once important Baltimore Sun. The liberal paper has fought back against Trump over his criticism of Baltimore liberal Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

So when a pro-Trump do-gooder came to the less charming parts of Charm City, the paper’s editorial board popped a gasket. The paper published an editorial criticizing Trump supporter Scott Pressler, headlined: “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”

The editorial was filled with criticism and back-handed compliments because Pressler and his 170 helpers did something unforgivable. They made the city look bad by removing 12 tons of trash.

“Mr. Pressler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well,” the editorial said.

Yep. That’s exactly what it does. Further, it shows that the local newspaper didn’t take care of the poor of Baltimore, either. I’m a Baltimore native. I know.

Sadly, the Sun wasn’t ready to set on Pressler without one more big, liberal dig. He plans to come back again in September for another clean-up. The paper turned it into a left-wing fantasy: “Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.”

Thankfully, a Big Government solution isn’t Pressler’s game. He showed ordinary Americans can help one another and don’t need the government or another liberal news outlet to help.

Misfiring on Guns

After last year’s Jake Tapper-led gun townhall, no one should trust CNN on guns for a millennium or two. But that didn’t stop anti-gun cable network from taking aim at the Second Amendment one more time.

Only this time, CNN put anchor Chris Cuomo in charge. And he didn’t even pretend neutrality. He whined that the NRA wouldn’t come on his phony program and get beaten up. “They sent a totally disingenuous statement that they’re open to honest discussion, but not this spectacle,” he complained.

Cuomo ended with a declaration for gun control. “For one, we can’t continue to be this stupid. It just defies common sense. We have a clear consensus among Americans of wanting better and more protection,” he said.

What we have is a clear consensus that CNN doesn’t want to cover the issue of guns fairly, rationally or even accurately.

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Free Beacon Firearms Policy Reporter Stephen Gutowski took Cuomo to task on Twitter. Gutowski pointed out flaws in the show and asked: “What is the point of being a journalist if you have zero desire to learn about the subject you’re reporting on?”

Truer words…

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Democratic presidential candidates came out swinging in their debate Wednesday night, each trying to score a knockout blow to keep an old white guy out of the Oval Office. Only their immediate target wasn’t 73-year-old President Trump – it was 76-year-old former vice president Joe Biden.

As the early front-runner in a crowded field for his party’s presidential nomination, Biden got hit from all sides, especially on his actions taken as President Barack Obama’s vice president. The other candidates need to defeat Biden before one can go on to the title fight against Trump.

“The View” co-host Abby Huntsman tweeted: “Was there a pact made before with everyone to gang up on Biden?”

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MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt commented that it was “Starting to feel like death or at least serious injury to Joe Biden by a thousand cuts from across the stage.”

It sure looked that way. Except Biden also threw some punches of his own. But he closed like a punch-drunk fighter – lost and befuddled.

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At one point, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York criticized Biden for writing a 1981 op-ed criticizing paid child care. She asked him: “What did you mean when you said when a woman works outside the home, it’s resulting in ‘the deterioration of family?’” Then she hit harder, reminding him that “these are quotes.”

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Biden acted surprised and explained how Gillibrand “came to Syracuse University with (him) and said it was wonderful.” Then he counterpunched. “I don’t know what’s happened except that you’re now running for president.” The crowd roared.

New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said: “Instead of running against Trump, the Democrats tonight are running against Obama.”

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof noted how Gillibrand “seems opportunistic when she smacks Biden for long-ago sexist comments.”

Politico Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White agreed, adding: “Yeah she bungled that about as bad as she could.”

Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier tweeted out a reminder of why Gillibrand’s attack “did not really land” and included a photo Gillibrand and Biden smiling together. Gillibrand’s comment next to the photo complimented Biden: “Thank you @VP Biden for your unwavering commitment to combating violence against women!”

But Biden couldn’t maintain his momentum. By the time he got to his one-minute closing statement at the end of the debate, which aired on CNN, he was punched out.

Even lefty Vox said Biden “bungled debate closing statement.” He actually ended the debate with an error, telling viewers: “If you agree with me, go to joe30330 and help me in this fight.” Only that sounded like a website, when he meant for them to text to it.

To make matters worse, Biden gave a very ominous warning. “Eight more years of Donald Trump will change America in a fundamental way,” he said, screwing up the fact that Trump can only serve four more years. He added that “The America we know will no longer exist.”

Not a good close for the former VP. It was reminiscent of a funny video Trump had tweeted as a joke that showed him winning elections all the way out to 2048, at the age of 101.

Much of the debate in Detroit focused on criticism of Biden’s record, which in many instances also meant the record of former President Obama.

New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said: “Instead of running against Trump, the Democrats tonight are running against Obama.”

The Washington Post described the criticism this way: “Earlier, other candidates went after Biden over his involvement in a stringent 1990s crime bill and for standing by President Barack Obama during ramped-up deportations. Later attacks incorporated his stances on trade deals and dealing with climate change.”

CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza noted how strange it all was. “I am really surprised that everyone but Biden on the stage appears to be good with bashing Obama on what his administration didn’t do.”

Even anti-Trump Atlantic Staff Writer David Frum was amazed by it all. “I voted against him twice, and *I* seem to have more positive things to say about the last Democratic president than these Democrats seeking to succeed him,” he tweeted.

The Washington Post hammered the former VP, with a headline: “Candidates challenge Biden on keeping up with Democratic Party.”

The New York Times was more nuanced: “Democrats Put Harris and Biden on the Defensive.”

Kaili Joy Gray, executive editor of far-left Share Blue, blasted the former VP. “Joe Biden does not have good answers to explain his record,” she tweeted. Then she added: “It’s OK to make mistakes and realize you were wrong. But he refuses to do that. I don’t get it.”

Biden wasn’t the only one who got beaten up. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who crushed Biden in their first debate, got a taste of her own medicine. Before noon, journalist Michael Tracey had ominously warned: “My one prediction for tonight is that Tulsi is going to take Kamala to the woodshed.”

He was right. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii went after Harris over her time as a prosecutor, saying she was “deeply concerned about this record.” AOL headlined it: “Gabbard rips into Harris for her record on marijuana prosecutions and death penalty.”

Gabbard punched like a political veteran in addition to a military vet, saying of Harris: “There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” Harris later dismissed the allegations because of Gabbard’s low rank in the polls.

Debate Format Criticized Again

The rapid-fired debate format had few fans. CNBC Editor at Large John Harwood complained that “this debate is working a lot better for CNN than the Democratic Party.”

GQ Correspondent Julia Ioffe was equally critical. “Once again, CNN has opted for entertainment rather than debate. We’ve learned nothing from 2016, it seems,” she wrote.

A lot of the commentary was aimed directly at moderator Jake Tapper. Poynter Institute Senior Media Writer Tom Jones mocked his interviewing style. “Jake Tapper’s moderating plan: ‘Okay, start fighting with that person over there,’” he tweeted.

NBC analyst Howard Fineman had the funniest comment about the CNN anchor. “If @jaketapper were a marriage counselor everyone would be divorced.”

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used the opportunity to slam CNN, a popular position on the right.

“Just how bad is CNN? These past 2 awful nights gave CNN more viewers than it normally gets in a month, but still dismal numbers because their format is worse than farting cows,” Huckabee said.

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It wasn’t the debate result many in the media wanted. Author Marianne Williamson was the surprise star of a debate where she had very little time compared to her opponents – less than half that of the big-name candidates.

Williamson’s debate strategy was to push for “radical truth-telling.” This included a call for up to $500 billion in reparations for African-Americans and some tough talk about the Flint, Michigan, water crisis that won her loud support in the Detroit audience.

New York Times reporter Katie Benner pointed out how Williamson used Flint “to tackle the issue of racism head on.”

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Los Angeles Times National Correspondent Matt Pearce described Williamson as “often a much more skilled communicator than most of the other politicians on the stage.”

It showed.

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Williamson scored big online as a result. She was only the top-searched candidate in two states before the debate, according to Google Trends. Afterward, she was the top Googled candidate in all but Montana. That’s about a 2,450 percent increase.

Williamson’s most memorable line of the night talked about the failure of “this wonkiness” to combat “this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country.” While the comment was mocked by some on Twitter, it also resonated.

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Vanity Fair reporter Tina Nguyen joked: “Next debate: ‘Show of hands, who pledges on this stage to be against dark psychic forces.’”

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat criticized CNN’s handling of Williamson. “CNN obviously spooked by the ‘oops, we made Trump president’ experience into not giving Williamson the space and air she deserves,” he commented.

Comedian Sarah Silverman summed up a lot of the positive and negative comments at once, noting of Williamson: “She may be granola whacky but she’s right.”

Not everyone was happy about Williamson’s success. Vox Senior Correspondent Zack Beauchamp said she “is funny in isolation but when you think about it for more than two seconds her presence on this stage is genuinely disturbing.”

New York Times White House Correspondent Annie Karni retweeted Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak’s comment about Williamson having a “strong night.” She added: “Trump supporters eager to keep Marianne-mentum going.”

And New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman added: “Williamson should have revealed her heat vision and mind control superpowers.”

The Drudge Report ran it as “CLASH OF THE LIBS!” But unlike its major media competitors, Drudge also highlighted the rise of Williamson.

“WILLIAMSON WARNS OF ‘DARK DAYS’ FOR DEMS,” ran a Drudge headline. The site linked to two separate Williamson stories. And though it was a simple push poll, she also won the Drudge poll with 47 percent of online voters.

Liberals were particularly unhappy with how CNN handled the debate. And there was a lot of reason. The distribution of time was so biased as to be ridiculous.

Major media focused on the divide between the left and the far left in the debate, especially when it came to “Medicare-for-all” and so-called free college. The Washington Post led its site with a piece headlined “Liberal-moderate divide emerges on core issues.”

The New York Times chose a similar headline: “Debate Highlights Rift Between Moderates and Progressives.”

Afterward, many showed their support for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

MSNBC “AM Joy” host Joy Reid declared “nobody really laid a glove on her” in discussing Warren.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews depicted it as the Sanders and Warren vs. everyone else. “The people on the left were like Butch Cassidy in ‘The Sundance Kid.’ I mean, Warren and Bernie were basically covering each other as they fought off everyone else. It was interesting to watch,” Matthews said.

CNN Criticized over Debate

Liberals were particularly unhappy with how CNN handled the debate. And there was a lot of reason. The distribution of time was so biased as to be ridiculous.

The New York Times tallied Warren having 18 minutes 33 seconds and Sanders close behind with 17:45. Compare that to Williamson, whose 8:52 edged out former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 8:49 at the bottom.

It was reminiscent of concerns about the first two debates, where NBC broke its own rules to let Sen. Kamala Harris of California attack former Vice President Joe Biden over busing. Add to that controversy that at least 12 executives at either NBCUniversal or its parent company Comcast donated to the Harris campaign prior to the debate.

There was a great deal of online criticism about how much focus former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland received. Vox Senior Correspondent Matthew Yglesias argued that “these random nobodies” like Delaney were serving as proxies for Biden.

Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, said: “Who had ‘John Delaney speaks more than most of the candidates’ in the pool?”

And MSNBC contributor Sam Seder asked: “Why is John Delaney getting any questions? This is absurd.”

But the result was also what many considered the line of the night from Warren responding to Delaney: “You know, I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”

Hackers even broke into Delaney’s Wikipedia profile afterward and declared him dead as of that moment, at Warren’s hands.

Time was part of another criticism. The evening began as the cross-talk debate. Moderator Jake Tapper fought repeatedly with desperate candidates who were trying to get their two cents in.

Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten commented: “It’s nuts giving the benchwarmers equal time.”

And Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg said: “The moderators are the big losers here, so far.”

Sanders even called out Tapper at one point after a question about “whether the middle class should pay higher taxes in exchange for universal coverage and the elimination of insurance premiums.”

“Your question is a Republican talking point,” Sanders said to Tapper.

CNN Set the Agenda

It was a foregone conclusion that CNN would help the debates take a left turn. This was evident when moderator Don Lemon asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: “… what do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”

The network included Lemon, who is both openly liberal and anti-Trump, as one of its debate moderators. Lemon has shown his biases so many times it’s almost hilarious. He has bashed Trump and his supporters, defended Antifa, and compared Trump to Adolf Hitler.

Lemon even admitted he doesn’t want “to be ‘fair and balanced.’”

“My thing is about accuracy and the truth,” Lemon told the Dallas Voice. “Just because someone has another point of view or opinion, I don’t believe in false fairness. I just believe in the truth.”

McClatchy said that CNN President Jeff Zucker “has a longstanding personal rule against supporting politicians” and “He’s broken it once – for Kamala Harris.” That was when Harris “ran to become the first woman of color to hold the office of California attorney general a decade ago.”

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But there was more to it than that. The Associated Press reported that “CNN pledges not to ask questions that require a show of hands by the politicians or that confine all the contenders to a one-word ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.”

That strategy could have easily been used to get some of the candidates on the record on issues they dodged. But that would have hurt them, so it wasn’t done.

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Dan Gainor: Media demonize Trump on immigration, embrace Rapinoe for kicking him around

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Much of the media spent the week continuing to demonize President Trump and federal law enforcement officers for doing their jobs – enforcing our nation’s immigration laws in the face of a massive flood of illegal immigration.

Of course, this is happening only months after both the left and the many in the media called the increase in illegal immigration a “manufactured crisis.”

News coverage of the very real illegal immigration crisis focused on the freak-out over impending Immigrations and Customers Enforcement raids and the hysteria about detaining illegal immigrants.

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“The View” host Joy Behar called the upcoming ICE raids “really reminiscent of Nazi Germany.” The Nazi raids rounded up millions of innocent men, women and children who were murdered in Nazi concentration camps and elsewhere, often after being horribly abused and tortured.

The wild exaggeration of comparing U.S. immigration law enforcement to Nazi genocide set the tone for media coverage.

Broadcast network news shows depicted the immigration raids – scheduled to begin Sunday – as a way of causing “fear,” and even seemed to advise viewers on how to avoid being caught.

ABC’s Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman hammered that home: “Tonight, those possible ICE raids sowing fear across America.”

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt referred to the raids as “prompting waves of fear.”

CBS interviewed an immigration attorney who pushed the argument that the raids were “meant to create and further the fear and the panic.”

That generated a pearl-clutching moment from “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. He predicted a bleak future for the GOP and Trump because of “the census fight and his gloating about ICE raids.”

Todd added: “How many different ways does the Republican Party want to alienate Hispanics?” As if all Hispanic voters think alike.

MSNBC embraced that argument when “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough climbed off his soapbox and into the pulpit to bash evangelicals who didn’t agree with his open-borders position. “You know and that should be shameful, Mika, to those evangelicals saying they don’t have the responsibility to give a cup of water in Jesus’s name.”

Somehow, Scarborough forgot that America already has millions of illegal immigrants – estimates vary from 11 million to 22 million. That’s a lot of cups of water.

Fellow MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tried to spark nationwide protests, saying: “Why aren’t we marching on these (detention) facilities?”

Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude said on MSNBC that “America traffics in cruelty.”

“The View” host Joy Behar called the upcoming ICE raids “really reminiscent of Nazi Germany.” The Nazi raids rounded up millions of innocent men, women and children who were murdered in Nazi concentration camps and elsewhere, often after being horribly abused and tortured.

Rapinoe embraced by media for kicking Trump as well as soccer balls

Americans like a winner, but no one loves a winner more than journalists – if they can use the person to push their narrative. Welcome Megan Rapinoe, star of the winning U.S. team at the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament and world-class Trump hater.

Rapinoe is a leftist who has protested against Trump and knelt for the national anthem. In May, she told Yahoo Sports that her being part of the U.S. team was “a good ‘F-you’” to the Trump administration. People magazine reminded readers that “she said she’d refuse to visit “the f——- White House” if the team won.

With every dust-up with the president, Rapinoe received more media love. The Atlantic’s Franklin Foer said she was “her generation’s Muhammad Ali.” He went on to rave in classic lefty fashion: “She has the chance to repeat as world champion and deliver a devastating blow to the patriarchy.” Just what sports fans want to see. Not soccer, but an attack on The Man.

Particularly one man – President Trump. 

Charlie Warzel summed up the longstanding feud between Rapinoe and Trump in a New York Times piece headlined “How the World Cup Team Beat Trump.”

Journalists were thrilled.  A piece in The Week was headlined: “Megan Rapinoe for president.”

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow giddily embraced the dream of President Rapinoe, telling the soccer star in an interview: “So, you know, I don’t think you’re going to announce that you’re running for president here, but –.”

MSNBC “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace called Rapinoe a “real-life superhero.”

Rapinoe blasted Trump because his “message is excluding people.” That, before telling people “We have to love more, hate less.” Except, I guess, when it comes to Trump.

That was before Rapinoe dropped the F-bomb again and MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin had to apologize. But within a few minutes, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell was praising the “eloquence of Rapinoe.” That’s some —-ing eloquence.

Media embrace Dem challenging Mitch McConnell

In every election cycle, journalists fall madly in love with a Democratic candidate they claim can turn a red state blue.

Wendy Davis and Beto O’Rourke in Texas are two examples. Davis lost a race for governor and O’Rourke lost a U.S. Senate race in the Lone Star State, but is hoping for better luck now as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen even got help from Taylor Swift, only to lose by 10 points to now-Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

This time it’s Kentucky and former Marine and losing congressional candidate Amy McGrath. She wants to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year – and the media have already signed on.

Journalists promoted McGrath’s candidacy and attacked McConnell, timed to her announcement this week.

NBC did a bizarre hit job going back more than 150 years, writing, “McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home.” OK – McConnell’s old, but not that old. He was born in 1942 – not 1842. Blaming him for slavery? All the attack brought home was how desperate the media are to aid their candidate.

NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell dubbed McGrath the “Louisville Slugger.” McGrath was actually born in Ohio, but why mess with a media-created narrative?

Mitchell added that McGrath’s candidacy was “a whole new ball game.” Because when you wield a bat, why not beat your metaphor with it?

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” leaned in to aid McGrath. First the show ran her whole announcement commercial and then commentator Mike Barnicle urged on the audience, telling McGrath as she sat for a softball interview that “people who saw that commercial are going to want to donate to you. What’s your website?”

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Scarborough repeated the address of McGrath’s website three times in three consecutive sentences to make sure viewers could remember it or write it down.

The show devoted 11 minutes to McGrath’s candidacy, which must have seemed like years to viewers.

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