Wasn’t it just last week that the MSM and the left insisted that Woodward’s book was Gospel?

“So let’s set aside the Comey firing, which as a Constitutional law professor, no one will ever persuade me can be obstruction. And Rod Rosenstein has laid out reasons why even if those weren’t the president’s reasons. Set aside the Comey firing. Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?” Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward.

“I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard,” Woodward answered. “And so you know, there we are. We’re going to see what Mueller has, and Dowd may be right. He has something that Dowd and the president don’t know about, a secret witness or somebody who has changed their testimony. As you know, that often happens, and that can break open or turn a case.”

“But you’ve seen no collusion?” Hewitt asked again to confirm.

“I have not,” Woodward affirmed.

Emphasis mine

So let me get this straight, the sainted Bob Woodward, the man who revealed the turncoat in the Trump White House, the man who the media has put on a pedestal as the supreme source of truth about the inner working of Trump administration, one of the most famous reporters in the history of the country if not the world, using all the resources that a half century of experience provides, looked hard for evidence of Trump administration collusion with Russia not for two weeks, not for Two Months but for TWO FREAKING YEARS and found none.

Glenn Reynolds noted something about this too:

And this was all in Shattered, a book that everyone supposedly read.

Now I’m sure that not mentioning this was an oversight by all those media types who obsessed over this book because it couldn’t be that the lack of said collusion was a big disappointment but not to worry, it appears that there might just be actual evidence presented in court of a convicted felon who was once involved in the Trump campaign whose efforts to collude with the administration went up to the very highest levels of government even to this president and vise president themselves…just not the current one.

Paul Manafort’s pro-Ukraine campaign reached the top of the White House, with one of the members of his lobbying effort meeting President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, according to new court documents released Friday.

A member of the so-called Hapsburg Group, which comprised former European politicians Manafort convened as part of his lobbying effort in support of Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, came with a foreign prime minister on May 16, 2013, to meet with Obama and Biden, “as well as senior United States officials in the executive and legislative branches,” according to the court documents.

I’m sure that the left in general and the media in particular which has insisted that collusion was not a paranoid fantasy of their will be delighted with this development and will use the full strength of their powerful voices to insist that these efforts going all the way up to a president deserve the highest level of scrutiny from both the special counsel and the FBI and that said officials be compelled to tell all they know about their connection to a man they met with who was involved in illegal activities at that time.

If you are a conservative the words CNN invoke images of some of the worst that journalism has to offer with folks like Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon or Brian Seltzer doing their best to help the station earn the Fake News title bestowed on them by the President.

That deplorable face of CNN (not as in the “deplorables”) is one thing that conservatives see every day at home which is why if you actually visit CNN as I did you will find several things there amusing.

First of all at this at the entrance you will laugh out loud

I didn’t have time to contact Lanny Davis for comment on that one.

The next funny thing you will see is in the food court with a large number of choices. Guess which one is the most popular:

Yes that EVIL chick-fil-a that CNN piled onto along with the rest of the MSM has lines that dwarf everyone else, and just to show it wasn’t a fluke I filmed them as we left too.

I’m reliability told that this is true six days a week unless there is a game at the arena next door at which time all of the food places share the wealth a bit.

I also found it interesting that at CNN the rest rooms are segregated by only two genders

Somebody call the diversity police on CNN

I can’t tell you how tempted I was to take a right rather than a left when I had to go knowing that if CNN prevented me it would be a story and a half.

If you had access beyond the regular tour that I did (more on that in a bit) You would have seen the elevators for employees which really had me laughing.

I mean it’s one thing to have promos for a show for public consumption but to put this on the elevators for internal use? That’s groveling hero worship on a grand scale.

But the funniest joke at CNN was an unintentional one. I went to the gift shop and immediately spotted an item that had me in hysterics

Now this is meant to promote a particular anchor but the idea of what appears to be an empty toupee seemed to me the perfect item for a broadcaster’s gift shop and when I pointed it out to one of the employees there she started cracking up hysterically.

That’s the comic face of CNN and it’s worth laugh at, but there is one more face of CNN that deserves attention by conservatives and unlike the other two it’s a face that deserves our respect.

Inside CNN hard at work

While a lot of the on air talent which leaves much to be desired the real heavy lifting is being done in rooms like this. People making sure that every single feed is running smooth, checking every single piece of audio and video that comes in, whether from an ad or a recorded piece to make sure that they meet CNN’s standards for video and sound quality.

it’s a never-ending job because if something gets on the air below par, even if it comes from an advertiser they have an excuse to delay or refuse payment.

And that’s just the stuff before it goes on you also have live direction going in the control room where the directors have to be ready to jump to whichever camera at an event provides the view most likely to keep the eyeballs where they are

Ready to move when the news does

And things being what they are today this was inevatable

To be fair CNN would not be doing their job if they didn’t keep an eye on President Trump’s twitter feed.

What the bottom line? This is a third face of CNN that is not seen by the public

There are an awful lot of really talented people (of various political beliefs) who keep the quality of the audio and video that goes on the air over multiple networks is of a quality that sets the standard for the rest of the world. They are the third and

Would that the on air talent did the same.

Those workers are the third and best face of CNN.

Two closing thoughts:

Seeing things from the control room as they happen you get some sympathy for the some of the on air talent. While in the room I watched a feed that wasn’t live as a woman was waiting to go back on, she was constantly checking her hair and makeup and staff was preening her to make sure she remained immaculate. That’s got to be stressful for a woman particularly in an age of hi-def TV and with the knowledge that there is always another woman younger and just as beautiful just waiting to take your seat if the slightest thing goes wrong. That’s got to be a source of incredible stress.

My guide told me that one of the things he missed about Ted Turner was the backdrop where these people behind the scenes were in the background of shots. If CNN was smart and wanted to build back their rep they would be well advised to return to those shots of the best face of CNN.

Yesterday was 9/11 again and my opinion on hit hasn’t changed.

 

The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.

When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.

So while the rest of the country puts on their sackcloth for 24 hours, I will respectfully pass on that. Instead, I will pop a cork to the passengers of Flight 93 for producing the first in many U.S. victories during the War on Terror and toast the troops who continue to win one of the toughest wars our country has ever fought.

 

They’ve be time to mourn when our enemies are dead.


Glenn Reynolds made this prediction on 9/11

 

VIRGINIA IS MAD. So am I. Hell, so is everyone. And the TV footage of jubilant Palestinians just proves what I’ve always suspected — they just don’t get it. They’ll learn. Oh, how they’ll learn. Even if it turns out that this was done by the Chinese, or disaffected high school students, their jubilation will be long remembered. The American role as “mediator” in the Middle East is over. Since — though they don’t realize it — that’s the only thing that has kept the Palestinians in the game since 1991, their future is likely to be grim, now.

 

Alas neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama saw fit to teach that lesson then along came Donald Trump…

President Trump appears to have undertaken a revolution in Middle Eastern diplomacy. Reportedly, the United States will eliminate refugee status for the descendants of Palestinian refugees of 1948, the only group of people anywhere in the world to inherit refugee status. The U.S. also reportedly will eliminate funding for UNRWA, the only UN agency dedicated to a single group of refugees, namely the Palestinian Arabs. . . .

This should have been done Sept 12th 2001. Who knew that it would take Donald Trump to see the Palestinians for what they are.


speaking about Trump and 9/11 this cartoon

and this op-ed

“Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”

are getting a lot of critique but you have to remember something. 9/11 was just a bunch of terrorists murdering Americans, Trump put the power of the left and their allies in the deep state at risk, no naturally that’s more important to them.


Breitbart reports that 10 NFL players protested this week. I looked them all up, they have something in common. None of them are rookies.

At National Review Kyle Smith has a mostly good piece about how the Democrats have become the Kaepernick party.

Nike’s net approval rating plunged an astonishing 34 points last week, the kind of polling shift you wouldn’t expect to see unless Air Jordans were proven to cause ankle cancer. Keeping Kaepernick front and center in the national discourse is a bad move for a sneaker company, a bad move for the pundits and activists who cheered it, and a bad move for any Democratic office-seeker. If voters get it into their heads that this November 6 is about whether you should kneel or stand for the national anthem, it won’t work out well for Democrats in the short or long term.

I think every democrat running in a swing district needs to have Kapernick campaign with him and if they don’t it proves they are racists.


I do take issue with one remark of Smith’s piece at NRO

President Trump is a political genius in much the same way that Wile E. Coyote is a mechanical genius, but he has proven that he has some lizard-brain, WWE-tinged sense of how to push the public’s buttons.

If Trump is Wile E Coyote, then how come he keeps winning and his enemies plots all end like this:

I’d say it’s Trump that plays Road Runner to Nevertrumps Coyote.


Back to 9/11 a sec I found this old interview of me from 2011 done on 9/11/2011

The key line is this

“Barack Hussein Obama in the worst free agent signing and most expensive free agent signing in the history of the country and every Democrat in congress and every Senator in congress and every Democratic governor whether they show up on stage with him or not is on his team.”

If I was Donald Trump I’d play that message every single day till election day 2018 and maybe even till election 2020

(It’s amazing how much I’ve aged since then)


In that same video I predicted the Democrats would lose that election day.

I’m repeating that prediction today


As we all watch the cone of Hurricane Florence head toward the east coast we need to be thankful that we have a full week’s warning and plenty of time for people to get ready. Imagine what it must have been like for people 100 years ago when you might get a day or two’s warning at best or 150 years ago when there would have been no warning at all.

We don’t understand just how lucky we are sometimes.


Is it just me or does anyone else have an awful feeling that the media/left is watching with breathless anticipation for Hurricane Florence to hit in the hopes that in the wake of massive flooding massive destruction and devastation they can blame Trump for not moving fast enough to score points this election cycle?

There was a time when such a thought would never have entered my head.


Finally it’s been amazing to watch the media suddenly get all protective of the church now that the scandals threaten Bishops, Cardinals and Pope that they perceive are on their side politically. It demonstrates abuse victims were merely a means to an end to the media/left enabling an attack on an institution who opposed them on abortion and gay marriage. But I’m not worried about the Church in the long run because it’s not the Bishops Cardinals or even Pope that will ensure the faith remains. it’s people like Lucy from California

Christ and Church are greater than any one Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Scandal or even era. Those things all change, God does not.

Street artist Sabo (WS)

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At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash interviews Sabo, “America’s Preeminent Right-Wing Street Artist.”

In this most liberal of cities (where even unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Republicans) and out of these modest digs, Sabo runs a one-man torture emporium. His victims include everyone from lefty politicians and Big Tech overlords to smug celebrities who never cease to subject us to the hot blasts of their virtue-signaling.

When inspiration strikes, Sabo might hijack a billboard, as he did last year with one advertising the film The Greatest Showman. It featured the actress Zendaya on a trapeze, and Sabo added a smirking Al Franken behind her with his lechy come-hither hands outstretched. Or he might crank out cheeky T-shirts with the letters “DOU” next to a picture of Che’s face.

The fashionable hypocrisy of the left drives Sabo bonkers, which explains the “F— Tibet” sign in his living room. It’s not that he doesn’t feel for the Dalai Lama’s oppressed people. But he’ll see some L.A. fashionista in a Mao shirt hauling a Free Tibet tote bag, “And I’m like, ‘You realize the reason Tibet needs to be freed is because of the f—ing Communists?’ These are the idiots I have to deal with.” No Third Way-ist, Sabo calls leftism a “mental disorder.” But whatever his stunt, he has been earning national headlines of late. Not too shabby for a lone street artist with a surly streak and a copy of Photoshop.

It’s a great read, but you might want to skip it if you have PC eyeballs. Sabo has had a tough life and is no polished pundit. Thank God for that last part.

And, yes, that most liberal of cities that Labash mentions is my Los Angeles. I haven’t been able to see any of Sabo’s work up close because I’m always a day late and a dollar short when Sabo presents his work on, say, the outside of a bus stop shelter on Hollywood Blvd. The work is quickly removed by the city.

A few months back, Sabo was banned from Twitter due to his witty and in-your-face offerings, so that should tell you how good and how on target he is.

This one — of Ted Cruz — is my favorite. Sabo created it for Cruz’s 2014 senate campaign and the senator received it well.

Here’s a link to Sabo’s website. I’m going to check and see if he gives his LA fans a head’s-up before he strikes again.

(Thanks to Evil Blogger Lady)

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By John Ruberry

When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up in the air. He’s aided, for the most part, by his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), a former Democratic political operator.

Click here to read my review of the first season of Ozark.

In season two, which takes place in November, off-season in the Ozarks, the Byrdes are again plotting their escape from Missouri, but first they must open a casino on the lake built on land owned by Jacob (Peter Mullan) and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), who manufactures heroin for the same Mexican drug cartel Marty is indebted to. Getting a casino up-and-running of course means obtaining a license, so the Byrdes scheme with conservative powerhouse Charles Wilkes (Darren Goldstein) to smooth over the numerous blemishes and scars the power laundering couple have.

The sins of the parents taint the Byrdes’ children, high-schoolers Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), who initiate their own criminal enterprise.

The Byrdes are reminiscent of Tom and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, while not “careless,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald described them, the Byrdes, to paraphrase his words, smash up things and creatures. And I’ll  use Fitzgerald’s exact prose here, the Byrdes “let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

Those messes include arson, child abduction, suicide, waterboarding, and murder.

The sins of the Byrdes visit the Langmores, a small-time criminal family, who in the first season served as stereotypical redneck foil. Yes, they live in trailers. The de facto leader of the family is Ruth (Julia Garner), who is about 20 years old. She has transformed, maybe, from being a thief preying upon the Byrdes to being the utility infielder and perhaps more for the Byrde operations.

Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner), plays a tormented FBI agent, who, like just about every other Ozark character, has no moral compass. He’s a law unto himself.

Hmm…an FBI agent who is unaccountable. That doesn’t happen in real life, does it?

There are many lessons in Ozark. Not only do drugs destroy lives, so does drug money. Ten years before the Byrdes fled Illinois Marty and his business partners made a deal with the devil when they started laundering money for that cartel. And that’s a job that no one can quit. And dismissal by the cartel does not entail being escorted by human resources out the door with a severance check in your hand.

As the second season of Ozark was released only a week and a half ago there is no word about a third. I expect there will be one with many more messes created by the Byrdes. When the Byrde family is asked by a photographer to smile at the conclusion of the final episode–they can only come up with grim grins.

The future appears to be an unhappy one for them.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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While I was busy watching the Red Sox close out the Braves with TWO of the most impressive comebacks I’ve ever seen in one game (and watched Drew Pomeranz likely pitch himself off the playoff roster) and driving to Irondale to conduct an interview at EWTN word leads out that the so-called Resistance isn’t just trying to destroy the Trump administration from the outside:

 In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people “working diligently from within” to impede President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations” and ill-conceived parts of his agenda.

Trump said it was a “gutless editorial” and “really a disgrace,” and his press secretary called on the official to resign.

Trump later tweeted, “TREASON?” and in an extraordinary move demanded that if “the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

As you might guess this story is producing more ink than the entire squid population of the known universe from speculation to who this person is , if this is a constitutional crisis, or treason, etc etc etc but everyone is missing what I believe to be the real significance of this revelation (assuming that it’s true of course) , and no it’s NOT that this proves the existence of the deep state although that is a significant development and a win for Trump.

The real significance of this revelation by the NYT of a mole with is this:

Consider the following, So far during his presidency Donald Trump has managed to:

Create a booming economy

Create a soaring stock market

Push through a record number of Conservative Judges

Win significant trade concessions favorable to the United States 

Promote the Pro-Life Cause

Open negotiations with in the Korean Peninsular that have the prospect of bringing actual peace

Decimate ISIS

Make the US energy independent

Cut regulations by the bucketful

Advance Tax Reform and relief

Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Cut funding to Palestinian Terrorists

Induce Nato allies to increase their defense payments

Bring manufacturing jobs back to the US

produce record employment for blacks and Hispanics

ALL WHILE AT THE SAME TIME (according to the NYT) A PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SECRETLY WORKING TO UNDERMINE HIS EFFORTS.

Run that through your head for a second.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record is an accomplishment any president would be proud of.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has spent every waking moment of the last 2 years trying to undermine him is incredible

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has fought him AND if the NYT is accurate, Persons or Persons unknown working inside the administration have been actively trying to thwart him, then Donald Trump is undoubtedly the greatest and most successful occupant of the White House since day one period!

Or put it another way, if Trump has managed all this with at least one high level saboteur working against him can you imagine what he’d accomplish without a traitor in the house?

The NYT doesn’t realize it, but they are asserting that Donald Trump is the most accomplished occupant the White House has ever seen and I guess they’re right.


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If there is one thing we can take from the media’s hagiography of John McCain in media throughout the entire week.  The importance of bucking your party.

Commentator after commentator, article after article, pundit after pundit all have all bragged about McCain’s “Maverick” status and have stated his willingness to buck his own party proves that he was a fine honorable man worth all the praise he is getting.

Well Democrats I guess that’s your cue.

Do you want to be respected, honored and considered in the same class as John McCain?  Well now you can be!

When the bill to make the tax cuts permanent comes up, put the economy of the country ahead of your party and vote to pass it.

When de-funding Planned Parenthood is again brought up for a vote, put the lives of thousands of children ahead of party and vote to pass it.

When funding for the wall comes forward put the lives of Americans and the rule of law first and vote for the funds.

And When well qualified judges come up for a vote, ignore the anger of the left and vote for and endorse them.

All of these things will make you a “Maverick” and thus ensure that the media will celebrate you as a person who is above party who is to be honored just like John McCain.

After all, it’s not as if the entire MSM celebration of Senator McCain in death is their final chance for him to serve as a useful idiot for the sake of advancing their narrative, is it?

Slightly related, the best advice the MSM/Left will get this week is here 

by baldilocks

Andrew Klavan:

One of my theories about the classic gangster television series The Sopranos is that creator David Chase recognized an important truth about the structure of TV storytelling. In normal stories, a protagonist is placed in a situation that uniquely challenges his character so that in traveling through the arc of the story he is transformed in comic or tragic ways. But in a TV series, the hero’s character is never really transformed — because otherwise the series would end — and he is doomed to repeat the same actions over and over without surcease. In short, he is in Hell, like the sinners in Dante’s Inferno who must repeat the same actions forever. Or like Tony Soprano.

Nowadays, watching the news, and reading social media, I feel a bit like Tony Soprano myself. A story breaks — a prominent person dies or there’s a mass shooting, for instance — and the exact same reactions appear on news media discussion panels and social media as the last time such a story occurred. Then these reactions fade away as we grow weary of hearing about the event. Then a similar event occurs and we all become embroiled in the exact same conversation. We never learn. We never change. We just do it again and again and again.

Examples used: the death of Senator John McCain and the Jacksonville shooting, naturally.

We get a few minutes of thoughts and prayers[.] Then the screaming starts over the Second Amendment. The nation’s media can’t even give the families of the dead one lousy day to grieve in peace before they are at each other’s throats.

Then the screaming fades. The news and social media move on. Until the next time, when it all starts again.

Andrew gets to his point and it’s a very good point, but the above preamble leads to mine.

It illustrates why I want to get off my backside and go visit my country and my countrymen. I’m tired of the social media treadmill, but not tired of the connection. So, I figured that it was time to do something that I hadn’t tried before. Personally, I think we could all benefit from some movement. Take that any way you wish.

Four more days and I’m on the road. If you want to help out, go here.

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Yesterday I wrote that silence wasn’t an option for Pope Francis given the very public written charges by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that ope Francis not only knew about what Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s had done, but actually repealed the sanctions on him by Pope Benedict and elevated him to a position of power and influence over the US church within the Vatican until the general public found out what had been going on.

Boy was I wrong:

 

“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment.”

“I am not going to say a word about this.”

“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”

“It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.“

 

I forget that this is the same Pope who has ignored the Cardinals Dubia on Amoris Laetitia for over 700 days and counting.

This silence is perplexing to some faithful Catholics like old friend Elizabeth Scalia:

Others like Father Z think what the Pope is doing is pretty obvious:

 

In my cynicism – please forgive me for being a little cynical right now? – what the Pope said is along the lines of:

“You, the press, have been on my side till now. If you think about it for a while, you should still be on my side. If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy.”

This is not a happy man. But that’s not much of a conclusion. Listen to, however, what he is trying to say.

Here is what I think he said, without saying it.

The Pope is calling on the press to do the necessary work to make this go away.

If you think this is complicated for Francis’ liberal allies in the Church Just Imagine what all of this is like for the MSM & the left.

Granted the MSM was lucky in terms of timing.  Last weekend they could focus on the Death of Senator John McCain and the Cohen deal are huge stories in the US so it gives them time to figure out what to do before they report on the absolutely biggest story everywhere else in the world.

Now normally for the MSM this is a no brainer, any scandal within the Catholic Church is a cause for celebration to them. The chance to go after the Catholic Church that dares still speak against Abortion, Gay Marriage, Transgenderism et/al, the sacraments of the left has always been welcome. Furthermore given the media’s previous success completely excluding the fact that the church scandals have overwhelmingly involved Gay Clergy preying on young boys, one would think that there would be no hesitancy to jump right in

But Francis involvement and the charges against him directly complicates the matter. He is THEIR Pope, the Pope who they were counting on to change church doctrine on all of these issues, to take the focus off of abortion, to suggest that some mortal sins like Sodomy, aren’t all that mortal, and to remake the church in their image through his pronouncements, his encyclicals and most of all through appointments of Bishops and Cardinals in line with those goals.

To report on this all puts all that in jeopardy and now even worse with the Pope asking them to report on it while not denying the revelation that McCarrick had a big hand in Francis’ appointment of key Cardinals in the US,  who by an odd coincidence are all are seemingly sympathetic with the media’s goals and agenda, makes touching this incredibility dangerous for a press that has been lionizing Francis from day one.  If this goes the wrong way for them it could lead to the replacement of liberal Cardinals and Bishops with fellows who might think something like this:

“It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held any of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority,” he wrote.

Bishop Morlino said that McCarrick was guilty of abusing power “for the sake of homosexual gratification.”

“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest,” he added.

He wrote to seminarians of his diocese that they should immediately notify him of any sexual abuse, coercion or sexual immorality they might experience or witness in their seminaries.

“I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation,” he wrote, adding that he expects seminaries to address sexual immorality directly.

To the priests of Madison, the bishop explained his expectation that each one “live out your priesthood as a holy priest, a hardworking priest, and a pure and happy priest — as Christ himself is calling you to do. And by extension, live a chaste and celibate life so that you can completely give your life to Christ, the Church and the people whom he has called you to serve. God will give you the graces to do so.”

He likewise called priests to notify him of abuse or sexual immorality they might become aware of.

That’s Bishop Moreno of Madison Wisconsin and the last thing that the media want to do is empower someone like him, a Bishop faithful to the doctrines of the church as they are vs how they want them to be.

How with the MSM react?  Well if it looked for one moment like Pope Francis was going to clean house  the left/media would have turned on him faster than the liberal black community turned on Ben Carson but now that he’s basically thrown the story out there while at the same time refusing to deny it is like asking them to pass a camel thorough the eye of a needle.

Bottom line the MSM/Left will do all they can to preserve their goal of a changed liberal church that redefines sin to their specifications and will even work with those in the church seeking that goal.  I don’t see how they reach that goal by reporting on this story so I suspect they will do all they can to ignore it in the hopes of preserving Francis as their agent of change.  If however it becomes clear that Francis is no longer capable of delivering then I suspect they will pivot and come full bore on Francis and the Church as if he was Benedict or St. John Paul II.

This will come as a great shock to this Pope who like the late Senator John McCain assumed the left and media loved him, but the truth is both cases is their love was conditional on either of them being useful to destroy their enemies and in the end a Catholic Church with the moral authority to confront the culture of death and degradation that the media/left promotes is the biggest enemy they have and if Francis can’t co-op that enemy then his usefulness is at an end so attacking the church , which frankly they’re more comfortable doing anyways will be a pretty good 2nd best for them.

Yesterday I wrote that the job of a reporter is to generate revenue and that is what drives editors:

That’s the dirty little secret. It’s not reporters who decide what it newsworthy, it’s not anchors or pundits on CNN or CBS that decide what is newsworthy, it’s not never newspaper editors that decide what is newsworthy, it’s the general public that decides that a piece of news or information is interesting enough that it’s worth paying for with their time and their money or both.

It is the editor and/or producers job to sport such stories as they are developing and/or to recognize such stories brought to them by their reporters or freelancers and arrange coverage in on their platform either print, video or web and if said story generates the eyeballs that produce the revenues that pays the bills to stick with it or if it doesn’t to drop or ignore it.

Now the problem with that statement is this:  If it is correct then why does the media lean so far left in print, television and online when it provides them with only a fraction of the possible eyeballs and revenue desired?

Well the answer is this, since the goal is revenue it doesn’t matter where that revenue comes from.

Now one can make $100,000 profit by making a 10c a copy of a million people a month but if you have someone or a group someones willing to give you that $100,000 a month you don’t have to cater to what is newsworthy, you just have cater to what that someone or group of someones want to pay for.  Tina Brown made an entire career on doing this

As Stacy McCain once put it:

Whatever else you might say about Tina Brown, she’s undeniably brilliant at convincing investors to lose money on her projects.

Of course once they stop then suddenly you find your magazine or newspaper is worth less than a big mac and needs a Jeff Bezos who has more money than he knows what to do with to keep financing stories that he wants to advance rather than what actually interests the public.

And of course once you have people with big pockets deciding what’s fit to print, or to have online, then they can also decide what isn’t fit to print or have online and it doesn’t matter if the money is coming from George Soros

Media Matters gave Google “the information necessary to identify 40 of the worst fake new sites” so they could be banned from Google’s advertising network.
The Gateway Pundit pointed out that in 2016, Google carried out that plan on the Gateway Pundit blog and other conservative sites, including Breitbart, the Drudge Report, Infowars, Zero Hedge and Conservative Treehouse.
Facebook, meanwhile has changed its newsfeed algorithm, ostensibly to combat “fake news,” causing a precipitous decline in traffic for many conservative sites.

Read the whole thing. What has happened is that the Soros-funded groups have exploited their access to social-media companies — most of which are based near San Francisco, and staffed with graduates of liberal “elite” universities — to impose a definition of “fake news” that applies only to conservative sites. If Media Matters is in charge of deciding who the purveyors of “propaganda” are, you can be sure that no liberal publications will make the list of banned sources.

Or Red China

“Apple Inc. pulled illegal apps from its App Store in China after coming under fire from state media for not doing enough to filter out banned material,” Yoko Kubota reports for The Wall Street Journal. “‘Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,’ Apple said in a statement Monday. ‘We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store.’”

“The removals were reported earlier by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday, which said 25,000 apps were pulled,” Kubota reports. “Apple didn’t confirm that number. It offers more than 1.8 million apps in China, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Removing 25,000 apps would amount to about 1.4% of that total.”

it’s all about the revenue and where it come from.  If the source of the revenue is the public than the media and the net will decide that what the public wants is “newsworthy” or worthy of publication.  If the source of the revenue is a political party, or a government or a George Soros is it they and not you who will decide what news is fit to print.

 

Well at least you’ve got guys like me.


I’m not a blond bombshell like Tina Brown (once) was nor do I have a George Soros sending me checks and as I’m not likely to be suddenly changing sides in the political wars it’s unlikely that any folks like them will suddenly be showering me with cash or attention.

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