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McConnell to the Media: Your Race Card Is Maxed Out

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following the final vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past three days you know the story.

On Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter to tell The Squad that if they didn’t like it here in America (and it is blatantly obvious that at least three of them loathe America and its way of life), then perhaps they should decamp to the Third World sh** hole of their choice.

Let’s pause for a musical interlude (h/t to Archer01 for the reminder) and recall that telling people to get the hell out of here if they don’t like it is not something that is particularly new to American politics.

Immediately, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the NeverTrumpers and assorted weak and fearful Republicans were finding the tweets racist (I’m not really sure which race they are referring to, you only have five). There are things you can criticize the tweets for, but, in my view, it isn’t racist to tell someone that if you don’t like it here, find an place more amenable to your aesthetic. Perhaps someplace with no water and flyblown corpses festooning the landscape.

Just a short while ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was button-holed by some media types and they asked him about the brouhaha:

https://twitter.com/politico/status/1151200604003246080

This reminds me of the old Jon Stewart skit

We have gotten to a point where you can’t disagree or mock anyone on the left without being accused of some form of -ism or -phobia against which all right thinking people should unite. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the little Maduro fan girl, actually hinted that Nancy freakin Pelosi was racist for saying she wasn’t all that. The good thing about that is that most America seems to have wised up to the game and recognize that calling someone racist (or sexist or homophobic or whatever) is simply a cheap attempt to shut down a conversation that the listener doesn’t want to take place.

There are very real questions about the degree to which Tlaib and Omar and Ocasio-Cortez are actually loyal to this country and whether they will operate in this country’s best interests/ Pressley, it seems to me, is more of a garden variety racebaiter who doesn’t fit in all that well with the other three but who is tagging along for the press clippings. You may not like what Trump said but not liking it does not make it racist.

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A Fox 10 Reporter Had Explicit Words for Her Bosses Who Want Her to Hide Her Right-Leaning Connections

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Fox 10’s Kari Lake out in Phoenix, Arizona, is an Emmy award winning journalist and isn’t scared to about what people might think of her connections to the right despite what her bosses may fear. Not only is she not afraid of having to answer for her account on Parler, she has some bombs to throw at her managers who are pushing her to hide her account.

As Lake was about to do a Facebook live with her co-host John Hook, when Hook informed Lake that the higher ups would like her to hide her Parler account because of its associations with the “far-right.”

“I think they just think it’s been branded as a far-right kind of place,” Hook said.

“Jesus,” said Lake, clearly annoyed.

“So they don’t want you tied in with anything like that, where you’re going to get blowback from the New Times or whoever it is,” continued Hook.

“F**k them. They’re 20-year-old dopes,” Lake asserted. “That’s a rag for selling marijuana ads”.

“I know,” Hook responded. “But then you’re in a position where they’ve gotta explain it or you’ve gotta explain it”.

“I’m reaching people,” Lake said.

To be clear, Parler is not a “far-right” social media network. Thousands on thousands have joined up with Parler over the last year due to Twitter’s clear preference for left-leaning accounts and its punishment of right-leaning accounts for so much as sneezing in the wrong direction.

It’s ridiculous that Lake should have to hide her Parler account out of fear that someone like the New York Times would see it and make she or the station answer for it, and while it’s fun to watch Lake drop “f-bombs” all over her timid managers, the real lede here shouldn’t be buried.

The entire reason that Lake was told to hide her Parler account in the first place is because of fears that the mainstream media would swoop in and label she or the station as alt-right sympathizers, showing the fear the mainstream media puts into people when it comes to expressing themselves, or even associated with certain people. The underlying words used by Hook show us some interesting things. Firstly that they fear the New York Times would actually feel the need to spotlight Lake’s association with the Parler platform, and that they would promote the idea that it is something that only far-right people associate with.

In truth, Lake had the right idea. It’s unclear if she is right or left leaning and, to be honest, it doesn’t matter. As she said, she’s reaching people. She’s willing to venture into places where people who think differently are and having conversations with them on level ground.

That, in my opinion, puts her above in a class of journalism above the New York Times.

 

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BBC Caves To Iran, Won’t Report On Iran On BBC Persian

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In pushing a media blackout of coverage within its borders, the Republic of Iran set conditions on BBC, essentially telling them they can’t report on anything happening Iran’s borders on BBC Persian.

The BBC agreed to the terms, angering workers at the station.

Yashar Ali of Huffington Post reported on the agreement, noting that it is a “capitulation to a government that has been hostile to press freedom.

The email, sent Saturday to all BBC Persian staff by a BBC Persian digital editor, said that BBC foreign correspondent Martin Patience and his team were in Iran “and due to leave on Sunday.”

The email goes on to say, “It is absolutely imperative that none of their material is run on BBC Persian TV, Radio or Online now or in the future. That includes any official BBC Persian social feed retweeting or forwarding the coverage. Please do not use the material and stories produced in Iran on any platform or in any format.”

It’s unclear who at the BBC agreed to the exclusivity terms.

The BBC responded to the Post:

All international media are subject to reporting restrictions in Iran. We accepted some limitations on this occasion in order to provide our audiences with rare insights from inside the country and this is signposted in our coverage. As ever, the BBC maintains full editorial control over what we broadcast. These reports – our first from inside Iran in 5 years – do not change our unwavering commitment to our BBC Persian staff and their families, who have suffered completely unacceptable harassment from the Iranian authorities since 2009.

According to Ali’s reporting, the revelation of the agreement with Iran has angered BBC Persian staff, who have been targeted by Iran in the past. The capitulation comes two years after Iran targeted current (at the time) and former BBC Persia staff by freezing their assets.

In 2017, the Iranian government froze the assets of 152 current and former BBC Persian staff.  Iran also opened up a criminal investigation into the 152 individuals and accused them of a “conspiracy against national security.” BBC Persian staffers have been subjected to death threats by the Iranian government, haven’t been able to return to Iran for fear that they will be arrested, and their family members living within Iran have been subjected to harassment and threats from the Iranian government.

In 2017, the BBC filed a complaint with the United Nations, stating, “This is not just a campaign against BBC Persian staff but against fundamental human rights, and the BBC calls on the government of Iran to end this legal action immediately,” Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC said, at the time.

The BBC appears to have changed its tune and is now being fully compliant with the Iranian government’s efforts to censor coverage within its borders. Staffers at BBC Persian feel the agreement is just further persecution of them and their jobs.

Journalism, when done right, is supposed to shine a light on the good and the bad of the world. It isn’t meant to hide what’s going on. The BBC is allowing Iran to hide what’s going on with this decision, and it’s making a mistake in doing so. It’s a shame that they have decided to capitulate here.

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Confirmed: The ‘Trump Is Delaying the Harriet Tubman Bill Because Racism’ Narrative Was Totally Bogus

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Remember the controversy stirred up by the New York Times last month about how the Trump administration was deliberately delaying the rollout of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill because racism? As it turns out, the report was bogus all along, according to officials from President Obama’s administration.

Fox News reports:

After Democrat lawmakers and commentators spent months hammering the Trump administration for supposedly delaying the release of a $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman, several officials appointed by President Barack Obama have reportedly admitted that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has followed the Obama timeline for producing the new currency.

The Obama administration said [in] 2016 that it wanted to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with Tubman, who helped free slaves through the Underground Railroad, and that the bills would be ready in 2020. But a current “high-ranking government official” appointed by Obama, as well as a former official, confirmed to The Washington Post that the Tubman bill had “had “always been scheduled for release toward the end of the next decade.”

Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s 2016 claims that a “final concept design” of the bill would be released in 2020 were viewed with skepticism internally, according to the report. Larry R. Felix, the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 2006 to 2015, told The Post that too much security work needed to be done to realistically release the bill in 2020.

“Those announcements were not grounded in reality,” Felix said. “The U.S. had not at the time acquired the security features to redesign and protect the notes.”

Trump’s Treasury Dept. pushed back on the reports in June, noting the reasons for the delay in the rollout of the bill:

BEP Director Len Olijar, an Obama appointee, also issued a statement at the time which read, in part:

“As technology has evolved, banknote production has vastly changed over the last three decades. The next family of notes require new, overt and covert security features for the public, the banknote equipment manufacturers, and the central bank, to keep our currency safe and secure. Security features also need to work in mass production. A design can change during testing. The overwhelming success of the redesigned $100 in thwarting counterfeiting, is greatly due to the effectiveness of the blue security thread which is a public feature (and which a design was integrated around afterwards). That development alone of that security feature took approximately 10 years to finalize.

“Moreover, BEP was never going to unveil a note design in 2020. To keep our currency safe and secure, it is unwise to give counterfeiters a look at a potential future note far in advance of a note going into circulation. Additionally, if the concept of a note that was made public by the government were to change during that lengthy amount of time, it would create confusion in the global marketplace, further aiding counterfeiters.”

But those explanations were not good enough for The Usual Suspects like the frauds at the Southern Poverty Law Center, who blasted off about how the delay in the Tubman bill equated to more “racism” and “misogyny” from Trump, etc etc.

Will they walk back those false narratives now that news outlets they find reliable (like the Washington Post) and numerous officials from the Obama administration are confirming the Tubman bill was always going to be delayed? Don’t count on it.

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Media coverage of Hurricane Barry was the real disaster

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There will be no media awards for Al Roker or the Washington Post in recognition of their coverage of Hurricane Barry. At least if the people living in New Orleans have a say in the matter. The weekend weather event, fortunately, was nowhere nearly as bad as was predicted in some media accounts. That’s a good thing.

The bad thing, though, is the over-hyped media coverage of Tropical Storm Barry that briefly became Hurricane Barry ( a Category 1 storm) before it returned to being a tropical storm. Barry made landfall Saturday at Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Unfortunately, to read or listen to media coverage, you would have heard calls for mass evacuation in New Orleans, well outside of where the storm hit. The word “evacuation” has its own connotations for residents on the Gulf Coast and it is not a word to be used lightly. For a television weather forecaster to suggest such an action when the local authorities are not calling for it, the situation can turn unnecessarily dangerous. Two accounts of the media coverage during the lead-up to Barry’s landfall brought home the importance of listening to local experts, not the people playing experts in the national media.

NBC’s Today show’s Al Roker told those in New Orleans to “make plans now” to evacuate. He went so far as to say if he was in New Orleans, he’d be doing that. That’s fine – it’s always good to be prepared but then he went on. He said that it’s best to always be prepared to evacuate if your location is within a potential hurricane’s “cone of uncertainty.”

It’s a bad idea for people in New Orleans to listen to Al Roker instead of the actual experts on the ground in Louisiana, and it’s an even worse idea for people like Al Roker to imply, as he did, that they have a better understanding of the situation than Mayor LaToya Cantrell or Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Right now, as Barry marches on its path toward Morgan City, the wind is beginning to pick up in New Orleans, but the only people who want us to panic seem to be those who think the main lesson of Hurricane Katrina was that the city should have evacuated more quickly.

New Orleans, of course, did not flood in 2005 because it was hit by a hurricane. It flooded because the federal government’s levee protection system failed. The catastrophic flooding began after Katrina left.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival, it was not the hurricane, it was the levees that caused the flooding. The author of the article above noted that both CBS and CNN warned that Barry could be a bigger rain event than Katrina.

This guy in Lafayette, LA got it right. As a former resident of Lafayette, I can attest to the fact that the people of Acadiana are no strangers to storm preparations. I, along with my husband and our then-toddler son rode out Hurricane Andrew in our home there, as well as lesser storms during our years there.

The Washington Post was called out for sensationalizing the storm. The City of New Orleans Twitter account offered a suggestion.

The point being made is that national reporting is not necessarily indicative of conditions on the ground. The stories are sensationalized and over-reported due to the nature of 24/7 cable television coverage. There is a lot of airtime to fill, you know. During Hurricane Andrew, for example, I remember one of my sisters who lived in a different state calling and asking why in the hell we weren’t evacuating. She was watching coverage on CNN and the long lines of traffic trying to move through Lafayette. Here’s the thing – evacuation is often more dangerous than the storm. If you don’t evacuate early enough, you will be stuck in traffic, which can turn into a life-threatening situation. The people my sister saw on CNN that day were residents of towns south of Lafayette traveling further north to get out of the way of the storm. Lafayette wasn’t under an evacuation order.

National reporting can be deceptive. Al Roker was using a heavy rainstorm’s water accumulation earlier in the week to justify his suggestion that people evacuate in New Orleans. The problem with that was that the city’s water pumps worked and the water accumulation was handled as it should have been. Roker was criticized on social media for saying Barry could be as bad as Hurricane Michael by those still recovering from that in the Florida panhandle.

As part of the Washington Post’s coverage, a tweet was posted showing two men with suitcases walking in the French Quarter. The tweet called them “anxious” residents fleeing the city. They were tourists leaving the city. There was no mass exodus.

I can tell you from personal experience that riding out a major hurricane will change your life. It still often feels like yesterday that we faced Hurricane Harvey here in Houston. We had a record rainfall of 50 inches over the course of about three days and my home became an island surrounded by flooded streets. It was 10 days before travel was mostly back to normal in my part of the city. There was nowhere for the water to go. This wasn’t the result of the rainfall, mind you. It was the result of the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to release the reservoirs on this side of town. The result of that decision was mass flooding.

I’m thankful that Hurricane Barry turned back into Tropical Storm Barry and though some serious flooding occurred, the water levels are dropping today and communities are doing the work of getting back to normal. No one in the path of a major storm benefits from incorrect media coverage meant to boost ratings. Trust me, during hurricane season people here along the Gulf coast keep an eye on local weather reports. Weathertainment isn’t helpful to those who need accurate information.

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Report: BuzzFeed Threatening to Doxx Famous Pro-Trump Meme Maker Who Attended White House Summit

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The left can’t meme, and as such, their reaction to anyone who can create memes is going to be overblown. In BuzzFeed’s case, they’re willing to expose a man’s private information strictly because he’s good at what he does and he’s guilty of wrong-think.

According to Twitter user “Carpe Donktum,” who is famously known for creating memes that President Donald Trump himself uses…

Donktum was also recently invited to the White House social media summit that corporations were not invited to, and the salt that has poured from them since has been immeasurable. One of BuzzFeed’s methods of lashing out is investigating Donktum and telling him that they plan to release his personal information to the world.

Donktum keeps his information very private, and for good reason. It’s not above activist groups to go to great lengths to intimidate and harm. Ask Antifa about that.

Donktum took to Twitter to the world was BuzzFeed was planning.

“Just a friendly Heads Up, [BuzzFeed] is currently in the midst of a moral dilemma about whether or not they should Dox me and my family,” tweeted Donktum. “An act that is now a commonly used arrow in the quiver of the MSM, I have respectfully asked that they respect my wishes.”

“I have spoken with a reporter from Buzzfeed and they claim to have found my private Facebook profile, run a background check on me, and are prepared to release my name to the public, despite finding that I have no criminal background, nor is there any Newworthy reason to do so,” he said in a followup tweet.

“I have explained to them that this morally reprehensible act would put not only myself in very real danger, but my family who are VERY MUCH private citizens,” continued Donktum. “While I realize that I have become somewhat of a public figure, my family are not.”

“In the current political climate, I have been very lucky that MANY MSM outlets have respected my wishes to remain anonymous. This move from Buzzfeed is just the most recent in a long history of lesser outlets being used as launch point for harassment. MSM will follow suit,” he added.

This is a massive misuse of BuzzFeed’s power as a mainstream platform. While Dontkum has a clear political stance, he has not done anything to warrant harm against him. However, the left seems to believe that exposing him to the worst is completely okay since he and Donald Trump are mutual fans. In the court of public opinion, Donktum is guilty of wrong-think, and BuzzFeed is going to play judge and jury, and leave the executing to the public after that.

If BuzzFeed does go through with this, then you can bet that Dontkum and his children will be threatened.

This isn’t the first time the media has threatened to doxx someone over a simple meme. CNN was so displeased with a gif of Trump body slamming CNN in a gif that CNN actually threatened to doxx the meme maker if he ever did it again. It led yours truly to create this video.

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After Pelosi-AOC Fight, Liberal NY Times Columnist Suddenly Finds Race Card Tactic Offensive

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On Friday, I wrote about how the Congressional Black Caucus played the “let me show you how it’s done” game with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after she insinuated in a Wednesday interview that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) was singling out the Queenie Quartet because they were “women of color.”

As it turns out, all this race card playing back and forth has really upset New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, whose interview with Pelosi a few weeks ago was what set off the AOC firestorm.

We’ll get to that in a minute, but first, a brief recap of what went down Friday – via The Hill:

Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers.

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“It just seems strange that the social Democrats seem to be targeting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, individuals who have stood and fought to make sure that African Americans are included and part of this process,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), a senior CBC member, told The Hill.

“I don’t know what that agenda is, but if they want to come after members of the Black Caucus, it’s two ways,” warned Meeks, the Queens Democratic Party boss who clashed with Justice Democrats in a local district attorney race last month.

Meeks’s “it’s two ways” comments were in reference to Ocasio-Cortez playing the race card against Pelosi just two days prior:

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

In response to the escalation in the public infighting between the two camps, Dowd wrote a column Saturday in which she noted she had suddenly discovered how harmful leveling false accusations of racism against someone is:

Pelosi told me, after the A.O.C. Squad voted against the House’s version of the border bill and trashed the moderates — the very people who provided the Democrats the majority — that the Squad was four people with four votes. She was talking about a legislative reality. If it was a knock, it was for abandoning the party.

That did not merit A.O.C.’s outrageous accusation that Pelosi was targeting “newly elected women of color.” She slimed the speaker, who has spent her life fighting for the downtrodden and who was instrumental in getting the first African-American president elected and passing his agenda against all odds, as a sexist and a racist.

A.O.C. should consider the possibility that people who disagree with her do not disagree with her color.

Gee, ya think?

Dowd continued, condemning another tactic frequently used by the Queenie Quartet: The “You’re putting my life in danger with your dissent” tactic:

The young lawmaker went further, implying that the speaker was putting the Squad in danger, asking why Pelosi would criticize them, “knowing the amount of death threats” and attention they get. Huh?

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The progressives act as though anyone who dares disagree with them is bad. Not wrong, but bad, guilty of some human failing, some impurity that is a moral evil that justifies their venom.

It would be truly touching if Dowd had come to these conclusions out of a sincere desire to bury the offensive tactic of falsely playing the race/woman/danger card to silence your opposition. She’s not. The only reason why the accusations from AOC towards Pelosi offended Dowd was because they were a distraction from what she feels should unite them both: Defeating Trump:

In the age of Trump, there is no more stupid proposition than that Nancy Pelosi is the problem. If A.O.C. and her Pygmalions and acolytes decide that burning down the House is more important than deposing Trump, they will be left with a racist backward president and the emotional satisfaction of their own purity.

In other words, it’s ok to play the race card as long as your target is a Republican or conservative.

Liberals are nothing if not predictable.

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CNN Calls Trump a Racist for Controversial Tweet, then CNN Contributor Does the Exact Same Thing

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Whenever Trump does something that the left proclaims is an affront to civility, you can probably just count the minutes until the left does the exact same thing in an effort to “clapback.”

Take, for instance, Anna Navarro. Navarro is one of a multitude of leftists who found Trump’s comments racist, xenophobic, and whatever accusation you want to throw at it.

In her moment of self-righteousness, Navarro decided then that now was the time to turn it around on Republicans because, somehow, using the same arguments that Trump use except on Republicans somehow makes Trump’s “racist” comments okay now.

“If we’re going to start sending people back. I don’t know. You know, listen, Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Marco Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba,” said Navarro during a segment on CNN. “Melania Trump was born where? Slovenia. How about her parents who are here through family immigration?”

As I expressed in an earlier article on Monday, Trump’s tweet had it’s issues, but it wasn’t racist. Also, contrary to Navarro’s rant here, Trump also made it clear that he wasn’t sending these women back to these countries permanently, as if that’s where they belong. He said that they should go there, solve the problems in those countries, then come back here. The point, while mired in unnecessary verbiage, can be easily gleaned. Trump is saying that if they hate this country so much, then how about they spend time in countries that actually do have the problems these women claim they do.

It’s likely that most of the left hasn’t even actually read Trump’s tweet, or at least have and did some mental gymnastics in order to arrive at the conclusion that it is about race and not appreciating America.

Regardless, Navarro is 110 percent certain that Trump is advocating that these women be sent back to the countries of their origin and, in order to own the cons, turned it around and promoted the idea that other leaders with foreign backgrounds should be deported too.

Let me point out the obvious here, just in case some of my left-leaning readers are missing it. Trump didn’t advocate for sending these women back to a country permanently, just to fix the problems that these countries have. Navarro did.

Not that it matters anyway. Melania, Rubio, and Cruz aren’t complaining about how horrible the United States is. They don’t need to be sent anywhere to see how horrible things are in order to appreciate what’s going on here in America.

Despite that fact, Rubio is actually willing to go to Venezuela in order to flex on the despotic socialistic leaders a bit because he understands how good things can be here in America, and even threatened the leaders at their own border not to stop humanitarian aid from reaching the people. Is Omar doing that in Somalia? Probably not, because women aren’t exactly respected there.

Was Trump’s tweet bad? It definitely has it’s issues. Was it racist? No, it wasn’t. Navarro, without knowing it, played herself here by turning a perceived racist meaning in Trump’s tweet and essentially advocating the very thing she just classified as racist.

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Video: Lindsey Graham 2.0 Responds to Outrage Over Trump’s Tweets With Some Sage Advice

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Last Friday, I wrote about an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did on Fox News in which he gave President Trump some advice on how to handle the public infighting and squabbles between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). During the interview segment, Graham said:

Literally. Mr. President if you’re watching tonight, just enjoy this. Be quiet.

Well, the President wasn’t quiet and the result was a series of tweets he wrote this weekend that have led to outrage across the political spectrum.

Monday morning on an episode of “Fox and Friends”, Graham did not condemn Trump’s tweets but did offer him some more sage advice (transcribed)

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling guards along our border — the Border Patrol agents — concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for ‘the Benjamins.’ They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America. Don’t get down. Aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies.”

There was some crosstalk where it sounded like Graham was asked if he found the tweets negative. Here’s what Graham said in response (transcribed):

“I think they’re American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject. Talk about what it means for America to have free healthcare for illegal immigrants, and no criminalization of coming into the country — see how that works for controlling immigration.

Their ideas, they’re anti-Semitic. They talk about the Israeli state as if they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region. They wanted to impeach Trump on day one. They are socialist, they’re anti-Semitic, they stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with. Make them the face of the future Democratic Party and you will destroy the Democratic Party.”

Watch video of Graham’s remarks below:

Sounds like the President was listening. Trump tweeted a partial transcript of Graham’s remarks on his Twitter feed earlier today.

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Amal Clooney: Media around the world at risk, blames Trump’s attacks

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Amal Clooney, the wife of actor George Clooney, is a human rights lawyer and the U.K. government’s special envoy on media freedom. She delivered a speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London last week where she declared that President Trump vilifies the press to the point that they are vulnerable worldwide. She wasn’t quite bold enough to name-check Trump directly but rest assured she delivered her message loud and clear.

Clooney used a reference to James Madison to make her point. It’s not often that America is referred to as “the country of James Madison”, is it?

“Today, the country of James Madison has a leader who vilifies the media, making honest journalists all over the world more vulnerable to abuse,” Clooney said.

She continued: “With authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism gaining ground, the relevance of international institutions and respect for intentional norms are seriously in question.”

I do wonder why she felt the need to preface the word “journalists” with “honest”, though.

Listening to this clip from Reuters’ Twitter account, I hear some applause begin to break out. No doubt our European and Canadian betters enjoyed her attack on the American president. The governments of the UK and Canada are working together “to defend media freedom and improve the safety of journalists who report across the world” according to the conference’s website.

She also voiced criticism over what she claims was a less than desirable response from world leaders over the murder of Washington Post columnist and Qatari asset Jamal Khashoggi.

Clooney also used her speech on Wednesday to criticize world leaders for what she described as their “collective shrug” over the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, at the reported behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

She was named the Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts – an independent body that will examine legal and policy initiatives that can be adopted to improve media freedom around the world. How lofty. She described the mission of the Panel:

The High Level Panel of Legal Experts brings together leading international experts on media freedom, including judges, lawyers and academics, from all over the world. I look forward to working alongside them to develop and advance legal frameworks that can help to protect media freedom around the world.

The list of lawyers on the Panel though includes some from countries with less than stellar records with freedom of the press. Russia, Colombia, and Turkey, for example, are included. I suggest the legal experts from those countries look into the problems in their own countries before trying to boss around the rest of the world.

Amal Clooney publicly criticized President Trump in December at the United Nations Correspondent Association Awards in New York.

“The U.S. President has given such [autocratic] regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she said at the time, according to USA Today.

Clooney is exhibiting behavior that led to the election of Donald Trump in 2016. While defending media freedom is important, her criticism of President Trump, even on the world stage, will fall on deaf ears. Trump doesn’t concern himself with making nice with the press. His way of speaking is what attracted many of his supporters to him in the first place. He isn’t interested in the status quo of any international norms or institutions. Blaming Trump for bad treatment (or worse) of journalists around the world is a stretch even for Mrs. Clooney. Maybe she decided to slam Trump in London after hanging with the Obamas in Italy last month, hosting them at their villa.I wonder if she asked former President Obama exactly what he did to support and defend the freedom of the media. We know he tapped the phones of reporters during his administration.

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