I was shocked to see that on July 5th the top story at Memeorandum was this:

There are a lot of natural reactions to this, the shock at the depths that a once respected news organization has fallen to, the self centered lunacy that has pervaded the elites in general and CNN in particular since Donald Trump was elected and the sheer pettiness of the network when it finds itself making tweets like this and the memory of journalists who once talked about how they dealt with real issues that Americans cared about rather than irrelevant minuta.

But there is one point that CNN accidently made that really says everything there is to say about the media/establishment jihad against this president.

CNN is a worldwide network with tens of thousands of employees, a extremely rich parent company and a reach that extends around the world, if they want to find out something or find someone they have all these resources to call upon to do it and more.

So their successful efforts at tracking down some guy who made a meme on REDDIT begs the following question:

How Did CNN find the REDDIT user behind the Cnn/Trump Wrestling Meme that the President tweeted out in less than a week when after 8 months they haven’t been able to find proof of Trump/Russa collusion in the last election?

The answer is quite simple, unlike the Trump/Russia collusion in election 2016 the REDDIT user who made the meme…actually existed.

And these guys actually used to make fun of bloggers.



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We keep hearing about how the MSM is so upset when President Trump tweets about them and would much rather he deal with issues.

If this is the case than why does this tweet on job numbers

and this tweet on Saudi Arabia and middle east peace

and tweet on North Korea

and this tweet on little Charlie Card

all of them concerning relevant current issues economic, military, and cultural have not received 1/10 of the coverage and as a result less that 1/10 the number of retweets as this tweet tweaking the MSM with an old wrestling video?

Could it be that the MSM promoted the final tweet on the air relentlessly because they know that it generates more eyeballs and policy while allowing them to discuss something that doesn’t require facts, figures or expertise?

Remember the MSM isn’t about informing you, it’s about selling ad space and if they can promote their agenda a bit while they’re at it, that’s good too.

Now we live in a capitalist system so if the MSM makes decisions based on making profit, that’s fine, but don’t pretend to be holier than thou. That’s one of the great things about Trump, he has shown the media for what they are.

I’ll give the last word to Stephen Green:

Update: I’d say this was amazing, but THIS is CNN today

Well, CNN was apparently unhappy with the meme. They tracked down the guy who made it. Then they determined he’d made other tasteless memes. Then they got an abject apology from him.

Then they published it, saying: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” (That’s an archive link, by the way, as I expect the story may change or disappear shortly after CNN Legal’s offices open in the morning.)

And end result, one of the top trends on Twitter #cnnblackmail Seriously have the people at CNN ever heard the words “Streisand Effect?

on the plus side it got Glenn Reynolds Tweeting again:


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By John Ruberry

Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents.

It is well-known for two reasons. It’s a stop on the German Wine Route and it’s the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald J. Trump. In fact, Heinz and Trump’s grandfather, Kallstadt-born Friedrich Trump, were second cousins.

I was digging deep–very deep–on Netflix for something interesting to watch when I stumbled across Trump’s face on a movie poster for Kings of Kallstadt, a documentary by Simone Wendel, a Kallstadter. It was filmed in 2012 and released in 2014; her movie probably would have been forgotten outside of Rhineland-Palatinate had the Trump Train not steamrolled into Washington last year.

Much of the dialogue is in German–with subtitles of course.

There is a Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon feel within Kallstadt, because Wendel tells us that “the sun always shines and the wine never runs out.” And while Kallstadt has only 1,200 inhabitants it counts 1,600 members in its 27 clubs. “That amounts to 135 percent of love,” Wendel beams. Does Kallstadt have a Miss Kallstadt? No, it has a Wine Princess. No, make that two of them, which is a situation you might expect to find in the Andy Griffith Show’s Mayberry. Kallstadt’s culinary delicacy is saumagen, that is, stuffed sow’s stomach.

Yummy!

Trump is interviewed here, along with the family historian, Trump’s cousin John Walter. If you ever imagined what our president would be like if he was a modest accountant–that’s Walter. Because he’s a modest, albeit retired, accountant.

Fascinatingly, even before he officially entered the political world, the man who was then simply known as the King of New York felt compelled to bring up his troubled relationship with the media.

“Okay, I think (there are) a lot of misconceptions about me,” Trump explains to Wendel in a Trump Tower conference room. “I’m a lot nicer person than the press would have you think. I don’t want to ruin my image by telling you that, but I believe that.”

Not discussed in the film is what Donald and his father, Frederick, said about their heritage–the Trumps were Swedish–which the legions Trump-haters jumped on during the presidential campaign. But the Swedish fib is an understandable distortion of the truth. During World War I it was quite common for German-Americans to hide their ethnicity. I regularly run into people who tell me stories of a grandfather or great-grandfather who changed his name from say Muller, to Miller, after being hounded out of a town as Americans fought the Kaiser’s army. After World War II Trump’s grandmother, Elizabeth, and Frederick rented many apartments and sold many houses to Jewish New Yorkers, who understandably had extremely uncomfortable feelings about Germans.

“He had thought, ‘Gee whiz, I’m not going to be able to sell these homes if there are all these Jewish people,'” Walter told the now-failing New York Times last year about the dilemma of Trump’s dad.

More on Grandma Elizabeth in a bit.

“After the war, he’s still Swedish,” Walter continued. “It was just going, going, going.”

As for the Swedish tale, Donald repeated it for his best-seller, The Art Of The Deal. Frederick was still alive then. But by 1990 the Swedish stuff was dead lutefisk.

Outside Chicago’s Trump Tower in 2017

Friedrich Trump left Kallstadt at age 16 for America where he enjoyed great success in Seattle, Yukon, Alaska, and then New York. Walter tells Wendel that Grandfather Trump married Elizabeth Christ, a Kallstadter. She demanded that he sell his American properties and return to Kallstadt, which, in a story Trump confides to Walter that he never heard, Prince Leopold of Bavaria deported Friedrich. Yes, a Trump was deported! Friedrich died in 1918 in Queens, likely an early victim of that year’s flu pandemic. Elizabeth and Frederick then founded Elizabeth Trump and Son Company, now known as the Trump Organization.

Back to the almost present: a group of Kallstadters are invited as guests of New York’s German-American Steuben Parade. Trump was the parade’s grand marshal in 1999. They also visit Pittsburgh and the Heinz History Center, where amazingly, no members of the Heinz family meet them. Say what you will about Donald J. Trump, but he earnestly tries to make himself accessible except to those who are openly hostile to him. Trump could have easily dismissed Wendel’s request for an interview for her quaint little film. But Trump has alway been a salesman.

The Kallstadters attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game–big league baseball–but one cranky woman constantly complains that there is “no action” in the game.

But is there is a lot of action in a 0-0 soccer match, frau? Other than the brawls in the bleachers?

Then comes the Steuben Parade. As the Kallstadters–two of whom are carrying a giant model of a saumagen–and Walter gather on the route, an “Obama 2012” sign is seen from a window behind them.

Blogger in Washington State last year

Late in the film Wendel asks Trump if would like to visit Kallstadt. “When I’m over there I will certainly visit,” he replies. “Absolutely.”

The president will be in Germany next week for the G20 summit. No word of a Trump homecoming yet, along the lines of his visit to the birthplace of his mother in Scotland in 2008. Although Trump isn’t very popular in Kallstadt, at least according to media reports, since his political rise.

“Believe me,” Trump just might respond to such stories, “that’s just fake news, believe me.”

In addition to Netflix, Kings of Kallstadt is also available on Amazon. It’s an enjoyable, wunderbar, and yes, big league movie. Even if you hate Trump. Believe me.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

A few days ago I when I said Trump’s Mika tweet was a bad idea I included this caveat:

Now it’s very possible that this is Trump playing 3D chess while I’m playing checkers.  He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their ratings short term and may want the media obsessing on this rather than the healthcare bill or something else coming down the pike.  He might even be interested in demonstrating that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

Don Surber who has read the Trump campaign and presidency far better than me says that’s exactly the point:

Feuding with Trump is a bad move. He piked their heads as a warning. The spin is this brouhaha boosts their ratings. Maybe, but man did it destroy their credibility. That is all the media has.

That’s a pretty good point but this one is even better

Democrats need the public’s support to stop Trump. Democrats can either talk about policy or Russia. They chose the latter. They chose poorly.

And the media chose to look at the tweet, not Kate’s Law. You cannot rally people against it if it is never discussed.

He cannot afford to lose three Republican votes in the Senate on any legislation. The RINOs are publicity hounds. Much as they would like to stop Kate’s Law, how can they if it is not in the public’s eye?

Tweet on, Mister President. That shields the slim Republican majorities in the House and Senate from  public attention, and allows them to do their work without interference from the press.

The thing that proves his point is that he manages to get the entire media in an uproar to the point where even good smart people like Jake Tapper are getting played to wit:

As Brent Bozell put it

And let’s close this post with the ultimate irony, quote from Keith Olbermann that I think fits very well here:

Pope, as Shelby Foote recalled in Ken Burns’s documentary, was a liar and a braggart. Yes, said Lincoln. In fact I knew his family back in Illinois. All the Popes were liars and braggarts. I see no particular reason why a liar and a braggart shouldn’t make a good general. Pope did not win the Civil War, but in appointing him, Lincoln made it plain that what he needed from his Generals was usefulness, not etiquette.

Right now we are in a political war or perhaps even a cold civil war with the left and Trump is my side’s general in chief fighting the battle in his own Jacksonian way and winning.

Update: via insty Byron York Great Minds and all that

Scarborough and Brzezinski are engaged in a back-and-forth with Trump over…what? A facelift? Hand size? Who said what to whom? The argument, which appears to have started Thursday with Brzezinski’s needling of Trump’s hand size (“They’re teensy!”) took a turn when Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote in a Washington Post op-ed (“Donald Trump is not well”) that, “This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.” TrumpWorld sources are telling some (decidedly not-in-the-tank) reporters a very different version of events, which suggests Scarborough and Brzezinski will be pulled into a he-said-they-said fight that is far different from the one they wanted.

Does anyone think that, by any measure other than notoriety, this episode will not diminish Scarborough and Brzezinski? . . .

Of course one could say that Trump is at fault, that he regularly engages in spats that are beneath the dignity of the presidency. He should not, for example, respond in kind to “small hands” jabs. But Trump is Trump. He does what he does, which is what he did during the campaign and before. And now, in the White House, he has enlisted his media adversaries, wittingly or not, in a campaign against “fake news” that resonates with his core supporters.

What all these folks forget is that President Trump’s proclivity to do this has already been factored into people’s equations about him (think Joe Biden and his gaffes) It’s just Trump being Trump, but if you’ve built a reputation on something other than that, you just sound crass.

Update 2: You’re right Eskyman I can’t believe I forgot the link, fixed now

There is a whole lot of hullabaloo over the way in which My President chooses to defend himself against the lying media/#NeverTrump coalition of nasties who unceasingly try to dog pile on The Donald. President Trump uses Twitter as his main tool to bypass the hostile press so he can speak directly to America, and he is not necessarily polite when he hits back at people who spew horrible and vicious lies about him constantly. I don’t see the problem with it, personally. Nothing Donald Trump has said about anyone is worse than what whoever he is punching back at has said about him, and since when did the rules of engagement include being gentlemanly in combat against people who are relentlessly trying to do you harm anyway?

People who hate President Trump are never going to approve of anything he says or does – ever, so their taking offense is pretty much a given, but there are people who don’t hate him who have put forth reasonable arguments as to why My Donald’s strategy may not be the smartest of moves he could be making, and then there are people like me who believe otherwise – Donald Trump should keep Tweeting and keep hitting back as hard and as often as he feels the need to against whoever he deems fit, whenever he chooses.

I’m old enough to remember how the press treated former President George W. Bush and what happened when he did not fight back, and so is BigFurHat at iOTW:

Why is George W. Bush Thought of as a Simpleton?

Dubya is thought of as a simpleton for one of two reasons:

  1. He never fought back when the leftist media relentlessly painted him as a sluggish thinker.
  2. He’s a sluggish thinker.

The leftist media have been on a furious campaign to paint Trump as a bigot, a sexist, an Islamophobe, an idiot, a madman, a fascist, a Nazi, and a father with questionable parenting skills who also has an autistic child.

These attacks are also coming from the right.

[…]

With Twitter, and his millions of followers, just inches away from the president, how can one sit idly by and by “Dubya-ed” without punching back?

You can’t. Especially when you’re not sluggish.    MORE

President Donald J. Trump is a heckuva slugger, but he is certainly NOT sluggish!

Image gleefully stolen from iOTWReport.com

Remember how Mittens Romney handled the leftist/media attacks against him in 2012? Dianny does:

How long have we been demanding that somebody finally stand up to these bullies disguised as “journalists?” How long?

When Candy Crowley acted as Barack Obama’s human shield at that debate with Mitt Romney, who wasn’t wishing Romney had the stones to tell Candy to shove it?

During his entire second term, George W. Bush was eviscerated by the Enslaved Press.

And how many of us wished just once Bush would give them back some of the crap they were tossing at him?

Mika and Joe are not innocent bystanders who were simply minding their own business when suddenly Big Bully Trump came at them.

For months now, they’ve been calling the President names, attacking his family, attacking him, mocking him, insulting him.

And in two tweets, President Trump sent them scampering like third-grade bullies who finally met their match.

The Enslaved Press lives under the false notion that attacks are a one-way street. They can say anything, make any claim, and attack the President with impunity. But the President must never respond in kind.

George W. Bush was willing to play by their one-sided rules. So was Mitt Romney.

But Donald Trump won’t play their game.   RTWT

No, President Donald J. Trump won’t play their game by their rules; he will hit them over the head with the board, make them choke on the tokens and throw the table across the room after them as they run screaming for a safe space – and I love him for it. The time of the”roll over and expose your belly to the enemy” in American leadership has passed, thank God. MAGA!

*******

MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

Longtime readers know that before I got my overnight job I was a regular viewer of Morning Joe.  I’ve always liked Joe and Mika, not only because they’re been willing to be interviewed and treat their fans well, but because unlike most of the MSM they’ve never pretended to be other than partisan.  Mika in particular has on occasion refused to deny realities unfavorable to the Democrats.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been shy about critiquing and hitting her (do a search of the term “mikaburger” on my site for a great illustration of it) but you won’t’ find anything personal, for example this sentence is the only comment you will ever find on my site concerning her and Joe’s upcoming nuptials.

All that being said Mika and Joe’s attacks on the president have been over the top even for MSNBC, to the degree where I’ve reached the point where I find it highly unlikely that even they believe what they are saying.  It’s my opinion that it’s all about ratings vs reality although the fact that both Mika and Joe qualify as part of the establishment crowd may have something to do about it (An O’Keefe video of the pair on Trump/Russia, if it exists, would be most interesting.) and frankly I’m a tad surprised that it’s taken Trump this long to hit back in this way since it’s his nature.

I don’t like it (the remark about the bleeding facelift).  I don’t like it because it’s indecorous, I don’t like it because I was taught not to treat a woman this way (although the Booster Gold equality rule might apply) and I don’t like it because I don’t like having to pay the price for it, although in fairness if this is the highest price I have to pay for NOT having Hillary as president picking SCOTUS judges is an occasionally a tweet like this, then I’ll take them every day and twice on Sundays.

But the reason I dislike it the most is because it’s not the right thing, and subsequently it’s also not the smart thing for several reasons.

The media at the moment was reeling over the various retractions, public embarrassments that they have been experiencing, this changes the subject away from them.

The James O’Keefe videos had finally broken through to the point where the MSM was not able to spin it away, The President has now given the MSM a chance to go 24/7 on something else.

Nothing will raise the status of Joe and Mika more than this tweet, it raises their prominence in the anti-Trump crowd, gives them a reason to obsess about it on air and moreover will coin viewers for them who will turn on just to see what they will say.  If I was Joe, Mika or their producers even if it caused some personal distress I’d be dancing with joy over this because it’s money and ratings in the bank.

It allows the media to play the Todd Akin game on the GOP asking for comments, I usually think this game is unjustified but as you are the president and the defacto head of the GOP in this situation this tactic can be justified as actually newsworthy.

It’s a distraction for folks like me who find themselves writing this post rather than something else

Now it’s very possible that this is Trump playing 3D chess while I’m playing checkers.  He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their ratings short term and may want the media obsessing on this rather than the healthcare bill or something else coming down the pike.  He might even be interested in demonstrating that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

But for me Mr. President, I don’t like it, I didn’t like it, I would have advised against it and Mr. President as a person who both wants you to win and thinks you should continue to tweet in general as it in general helps us much more than it hurts us,  I’d suggest avoiding such personal attacks on Mika or any other media woman appearance’s covering you in the future.

No charge.

Update: left out a critical NOT in a sentence concerning Hillary, fixed.

The other day, the Washington Post postulated (pardon the redundancy) a lengthy missive dramatically titled Why My Guitar Gently Weeps: The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care. Sales are down! Workers laid off! Stores in trouble! Only baby boomers still buy guitars! Chicken Little running around yelling “the Stratocaster is falling!” Etc etc etc ad tedium.

Despite its obligatory embarrassing factual gaffs (no, Mr. Democracy Dies In Darkness dunderhead, the Gibson automatic tuner isn’t an available add-on; it’s standard on their high end models), the article is occasionally almost correct. It’s hardly a trade secret that right now popular music is in the doldrums. Somehow, it manages to be both omnipresent and irrelevant. Joe Walsh says it best:

At the present time, this generation’s edition of pop is machine music minus humanity. It is programmed, precise, perfect, and utterly void of heart or soul. Hip-hop’s endless drone of endlessly repeated beats and loops is as boring as rappers forever proclaiming their greatness is banal. Music today is Gertrude Stein’s Oakland. There’s no there there.

These things are accepted because, sadly, their target audience doesn’t know any better. The current generation, and to a degree its predecessor, has limited if any exposure to true artistic, songwriting, and instrumental proficiency. Like every generation before, the current crop wants its own entertainment icons. They have no idea they’re being fed Cheez Whiz while being told it’s caviar. The concept of a concert being the forum for actual live music is foreign to them. It is perfectly acceptable to exchange big bucks for two or so hours of dance moves, costume changes, and popping out of trap doors, all set to a prerecorded soundtrack. Every note lip synced? Who cares! She’s my idol! SQUEEE!

Nevertheless, all is not lost. Music trends come and go; it is not beyond reason to expect the next genuine, rather than media made, music hero will be a lot more Beatles and a lot less Beyoncé. Country, even in its current popified form, remains guitar-driven, the hotter the solo the better. Gibson has rectified recent production year gaffes; the 2017 models are truly drool-worthy for guitar aficionados of all ages. (Speaking of Gibson, doubtless there is no connection whatsoever between it and its head Henry Juszkiewicz being the article’s chief target for slagging and how the Justice Department, during the Obama administration, targeted Gibson for illegally importing wood, this harassment including a dramatic raid with guns drawn on Gibson’s Nashville factory … only to have the confiscated alleged wood later sheepishly returned once it was proved the lumber was acquired lawfully, right? Er … right? Wait, what, Juszkiewicz is an outspoken conservative? Sheer coincidence!) And, unlike the article’s assertion, buying and playing guitar remains a pursuit for all ages. Evidence? Ladies and gentlemen, I present for your consideration Guitar Showcase in San José, California.

Guitar Showcase has been privately owned and run since the 1960s, boasting a veteran staff that knows their stuff regarding guitars and related items be they vintage and new. It’s long been my store of choice, the mysterious albeit not mythical Mrs. Dude having endured many a lengthy session of me trying various guitars and talking shop with the staff. (She levels the playing field by dragging me to and through the local scrapbook store, but that’s a story for another time.) Unlike a Guitar Center, home of the kids kranking it and not much else, Guitar Showcase is where the serious players shop.

Guitar Showcase’s clientele comes in an equal mix of two flavors: the, uh, seasoned people like me who always stop and look at something new Steve Miller has recently dropped off for consignment before getting on with things, or 18-25 year olds who are usually ridiculously good players. The store doesn’t have nearly a Guitar Center’s foot traffic, but enjoys a far higher percentage of buyers per customers. Introductory models, high flyers (Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters, Gibson Les Pauls and SGs, Martin or Taylor acoustics), and not the occasional high end vintage or new instrument all steadily march out the door. The bottom line is the store’s bottom line is not hurting. At. All. And there are a whole lot more boutique guitar shops across the land doing equally well.

So no, Washington Post, the electric guitar is not dying a slow death. Newspapers, on the other hand …

Kate Stewart: (to Clara) The Black Archive. Highest security rating on the planet. The entire staff have their memories wiped at the end of every shift. Automated memory filters in the ceiling. Access, please.
Atkins: Ma’am.
Kate Stewart: Atkins, isn’t it?
Atkins: Yes, ma’am. First day here.
Kate Stewart: (whispering to Clara) Been here ten years.

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There is a lot of fuss being made concerning the delay of the Senate Health Care bill until after the 4th of July recess, memeorandum today is full of such stories both attacking the bill and celebrating every problem it has.

What’s interesting about this is how familiar it all sounds.

After all wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that the House healthcare bill was pulled from the floor before a vote and the media and the entire never Trump world confidently predicting that it meant the doom of the Trump agenda, only to see a modified version of said bill pass just a few weeks later ending in a decisive victory for the President?

Watching the media confidently celebrating the delay in the Senate version of the bill you would think these things didn’t take place, that none of it was ever written about, that none of the video of every single panel confidently predicting failure for this administration that ended up being wrong ever existed.

There are plenty of reasons why the media is hated, but if they really want to understand why people don’t trust them, it’s because they take us for fools without the memory of what they told us just a few weeks before.

I find it quite insulting myself.

So let me lay it out there, the Senate Healthcare bill is going to pass.  It might take a week, it might take a month but it’s going to pass.

And when it does as the congress goes into conference committee to iron out the differences between the two bills I predict that we will be seeing the very same conversations that we’re seeing today, confidently predicting doom and gloom for their political foes rather than reporting news.

After all it produces better ratings.

The last time I talked to James O’Keefe was at CPAC 2017 I did a walking interview with him about his latest undercover video concerning CNN which he labeled #cnnleaks

His reporting of insider video at CNN that you can find here and here followed the usual path of a Project Veritas leak, bloggers like myself reported on what was going on and the MSM completely downplayed it as “totally overrated” video by an activist guilty of “selective editing“. This piece at Politico was typical:

For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O’Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.

Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could be embarrassing for the network. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video recordings, though questions over deceptive editing and concerns about the questionable tactics used to obtain those recordings have plagued some of his prior work. Before releasing the tapes Thursday, O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he previewed their release.

Instead, what O’Keefe released on Thursday landed with a dull thud in the media world.

This was and has been the united narrative of the MSM concerning all of O’Keefe’s and Project Veritas’ undercover releases for the last couple of years, and this narrative exists for three critical purposes:

  1. To discourage any member of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
  2. To Keep the narrative about O’Keefe as an “unreliable” source so to discourage an member of the MSM, local or national, from bothering to view said “unreliable” reporting off air.

  3. To make sure that no member of the general news consuming public that isn’t already inclined to follow or believe O’Keefe sees and/or believes what O’Keefe reports

That final item being the end result that they were shooting for.

This has been a pretty effective tactic, for example during the election campaign when O’Keefe’s reporters managed to catch Democrat operatives creating astroturf and bragging about it the MSM was able to keep it out of the “mainstream” long enough for the party to go into Damage Control mode and allow the MSM to portray it as a non issue. Similarly, while his reporting from inside groups planning to violently disrupt the inauguration was used by the secret service and led to significant arrests and disruption of planned Anti-Trump violence, the MSM was able to keep it out of the news until people were actually charged and even that got little or no coverage.

So when James O’Keefe released his latest undercover video

showing a CNN producer admitting that the whole Trump/Russia I’m sure they expected to do what has always worked for them in the past resulting in the story breaking and being commented on in conservative media while leaving the rest of the country and indeed the world at best completely ignorant of his reporting or at worst writing the odd story about how insignificant it is.

Alas for the media in general and CNN in particular there is a new wild card in play, and that card is President Donald Trump and his twitter account

When Donald Trump tweets something like this

over 32 Million Twitter Users see it, more than the entire viewership of the MSM combined and that doesn’t take into account the 19 million who follow the POTUS account as well.

O’Keefe’s video coming right on the heels of those last two Trump tweets already have a leg up because they meet the narrative that President Trump is advancing. What do you suppose will happen when the president decides to tweet out the video itself?

Suddenly the whole bury/discredit plan goes out the window.

Now it’s possible that the president might not tweet commenting on the O’Keefe video as of this writing 2:51 EST on Tuesday he has not, but given its potential to damage and discredit a political enemy the odds of that are very slim, but even if he doesn’t thanks to his tweets of just a few hours before and the MSM narrative brought on by the latest CNN Russia story that was retracted and the departure of three reporters over it, O’Keefe’s excellent undercover reporting is likely to reach far beyond his previous audience.

And that, more than anything else is why the MSM wants Donald Trump to stop tweeting.


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Yesterday I was at the airport in Kansas City with DaWife and Da youngest son as we prepared to head home after a short trip that involved no political reporting. I’ll still have some posts on the Missouri Star Quilt company some of the things to see and bits of the trip over the course of the next week or so, but I promised DaWife and DaSon that other than my normal daily post I wouldn’t be doing political stuff on my trip no chasing pols nor interviews along those lines in the land of Claire McCaskill.

I bring up Senator McCaskill because you might recall that her re-election in 2012 came about because of some intemperate words by her hand picked opponent Todd Akin which networks like CNN not only promoted via newscasts, print and online stories and every form of social media in sight to the nth degree, but were a subject upon which their reporters demanded that every republican from Mitt Romney on down with an “R” next to their name comment on and/or denounce even though they had as much of a connection to Mr. Akin as I do to a Sicilian pulled at random from the Island by lottery because they thought it would help reelect her and harm every republican running for office that year immediately recognized it as newsworthy according to their standards

Meanwhile yesterday on the net this story was exploding

Nebraska Democratic Party official caught on tape saying he’s glad Scalise got shot

That headline is from the local ABC affiliate and is referring to congressman Steve Scalise the GOP deputy whip that a Democrat who volunteered for Bernie Sanders Campaign shot while attempting to murder a bunch of GOP members of congress last week which oddly enough seems not to have generated the sustained coverage that the shooting of congresswoman Gabby Gifford did a few years ago but I digress. Here are some details from the Omaha World Herald.

In the recording, Montag, referring to Scalise, says “this (obscenity), his whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (obscenity) kick people off of (obscenity) health care. … I’m glad he got shot. I’m not gonna (obscenity) say that publicly.”

“Well then what are you saying it to us for?” Gentry-Tipton’s friend asks in the recording.

“I wish he was (obscenity) dead,” Montag says as the recording continues.

Now you might think that a party official cheering the attempted murder of a sitting congressman while he was still in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries to save his life might be considered “newsworthy” particularly to outlets that operate on a national scale. As a person who has run this site for nearly a decade now and has reported on events as a credentialed journalist I certainly thought it was.

But apparently the professionals at CNN didn’t agree because in my four hours sitting in that airport waiting to board my delayed flight with CNN on every TV in sight I saw plenty of stories on President Trump and Russia and every possible permutation of the same and plenty of promos about how important CNN and the media is, yet I didn’t see any hint that this story, let alone Phil Montag even existed.

But in fairness to CNN a quick look at Memeorandum from that day

Memeorandum 6:50 pm June 23rd 2017

shows that none of the broadcast networks found the story worth their trouble and the one MSM outlet that touched it, the NY Times that picked up an AP story on the subject did not find it necessary to ask democrats on Capital hill or elsewhere to comment on Mr. Montag’s remarks.

Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Mr. Montag had been a republican and had made such a remark about any sitting Democrat Congressman even if such congressman had not been shot, that during my wait for the my connecting flight to Baltimore there would have been an endless supply of commentary and stories on the subject and republicans high and low would have been made to own or condemn his remarks?

But what a difference the letter “D” makes.

The irony, this same media that doesn’t find this story newsworthy actually feels insulted that they are no longer trusted by the people.

Exit question if President Trump tweeted out this story how much do you want to bet the MSM headline would be “President tweets out divisive story after Scalise story” vs “Democrat official wishes Scalise dead”

Update: Perhaps the reason they don’t find this story newsworthy is explained by this Roger Simon piece at PJMedia

The most recent of the seemingly endless incidents/outbreaks range from the ridiculous (hapless movie star Johnny Depp making a joke about assassinating the president and then recanting it…his agent must have called) to the genuinely creepy (a Democratic Party official declaring he was glad Steve Scalise was shot).

Yes, this last one was about a congressman, not the president. But we know the atmosphere that condoned it — the same atmosphere that enabled thirty GOP congressmen either to have been violently attacked or to have had their lives threatened since the beginning of May. (Such things did not happen BT/Before Trump.)

In the case of Depp, it was not so much his pathetic remarks that horrified — the actor is in the midst of a public nervous breakdown — but the raucous approval of his comments by the Glastonbury Festival audience, as if he had just given a shout-out to the local football team.

This automatic reaction by the rabble is just another example of the reach of Trump Derangement Syndrome, where assassination talk is de rigueur and Trump is regarded as a combination of Daddy Warbucks and Caligula with a little of The Joker thrown in. (Just the other day, author Michael Chabon told an Israel Radio interviewer that he wakes up every morning with the hope that Trump “is going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.” The surprised Israeli interviewer told Breitbart he naturally thought Chabon was just joking, but then realized he wasn’t. )

Perhaps my exit question should have been:  How many people at CNNNBCABCCBSPBSMSNBC et/all hold the very same opinions as Montag, Depp and the audiance cheering the idea of the murder of Trump and wish they could say so aloud?

Update 2:  Newsbusters reports that ABC did cover this story that had been reported by its affiliate, but not without paring it with a previous statement by a member of the GOP from NH from last year