I want to bring to your attention 4 stories that all add up to one thing concerning the left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Item: The Return of Democrat Astroturf:

Headline: Obama PACs Bus Protesters To GOP Town Halls

Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday report from The Washington Post.

Democrats nationwide continue to search for ways to oppose President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and they are digging deep into funding from years ago. An unnamed pro-Obama super PAC organized protests at several town halls, going so far as busing protesters outside the member’s districts.

Because nothings says “grassroots anger” like political PACS sending people to meetings to generate anger.

Item:  The Shadow President

Headline: How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

If Trump is supposed to be the Dictator how come Obama is scheming to keep power?

Item: The Things that Worry Rich Liberals

Headline: Trump ties to Upper East Side school stirs moms

Upper East Side moms are having a spirited online debate over whether to boycott a school where a grandchild of President Trump is a student.

One of the anonymous contributors to UrbanBaby.com said her son had gotten into Buckley [School], but she didn’t want to send him there because a son of Donald Trump Jr.’s (likely 4-year-old Spencer Frederick) is said to be going to kindergarten there in the fall.

“They will be in the same classroom and I don’t think I can deal with this. Birthday parties, etc.,”…A third mother wrote: “You almost have to decline. It sounds like it will drive you crazy . . . You want to spend nine years worried that DS [darling son] is getting infected with Trumpism?”

I’ll let Doctor Stephanie Barnett handle this one

These people never left high schools intellectually did they/

Item: Chanting: We are the .011%!

Headline Hundreds gather in Washington Square Park to rally against Trump’s policies

Manhattan — Hundreds gathered in Washington Square Park to criticize Mayor de Blasio and city council members for their continued support for broken windows policing.

Rally organizers of this Immigrant-led coalition claimed that while the Trump administration steps up their war on immigrants, the city has yet to take any concrete action to live up to the city’s sanctuary status.

“We are calling on New York City to be a real sanctuary city,” Karina Garcia, a rally organizer, told PIX11 News. “We want a sanctuary city for all immigrants and people of color. No more arrests under broken windows policing.”

A reminder, New York has a population estimated at 8.5 million and they drew HUNDREDS!

What do these stories have in common, they show that loudest opposition to Donald Trump is basically fake news.

Think about it, Donald Trump is so unpopular that in order to draw people opposed to his policies to town halls it’s necessary to have Super Pacs buss them in and have the ex president of the United States political machine help coordinate attacks.

Furthermore in NYC where Donald Trump managed only 18% of the vote (2,229,537 to 494,548) The 2,229,537 are so outraged that a whole .044% of them showed up to rally against him in the largest city in the United States (and that doesn’t take into account all the surrounding cities they could have drawn protests from .

But more importantly it’s story #3. The private school story that tells the tale. The real opposition to Trump, the opposition that’s getting press is, in my opinion from rich white liberals who, unlike folks who have been living paycheck to paycheck or have seen their real wages drop, have reached a point in their lives where the only real difficulties in life are the ones in their own minds.

Put Simply to steal a phrase from the great Evan Sayet who has them pegged, it’s a revolt from the Kindergarden of Eden and if we had an honest media it would be treated as such.

Which is why it is not

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The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 5
If there is one thing that I am constantly accused of by people who know me it’s being a sucker.

Like my father before me I find it very difficult to believe the worst of individuals or to presume less than noble motives to the actions of people I encounter.  In many ways this is a positive thing and a Christian act, for example to be guilty of moral sin once must, in addition to acting deliberately on a grave matter, have full understanding of the sinful nature of the deeds involved.

An example of this kind of thing comes in this post from instapundit linking Rex Murphy at the National Post concerning the book 1984:

As the gathered crowd got more agitated, masked ‘black bloc’ activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.”

Now what do we call it when people in black uniforms and face masks storm a speaking venue, assault attendees, light fires and throw bricks at police with the express purpose of shutting down a speech? Would “fascist” work for you? In this context, and remembering it is a university campus where this outrage was perpetrated, I think fascist will serve quite nicely.

Murphy notes that the actions of these folk are objectively fascist but thanks sheer ignorance of inexperienced youth who can say things like this with a straight face:

One pureblood nitwit at the event whined that it wasn’t Milo’s talk, per se, that triggered her, but that she feared that in some future class she might unwittingly be sitting next to someone who had attended it.

Thus the cowardly fear of, dare I saw association, expressed by a phrase which could have easily been uttered a century ago in the Jim Crow South, suddenly makes joining what was essentially a lynch mob unable to reach it’s target an act of courage.

Now one might forgive such ignorance among college who aren’t familiar with the “Sturmabteilung” and don’t know it when they see it,  particularly in the mirror, but as Stacy McCain notes one can’t extend that same ignorance to someone like the spokesman for the Sierra Club claiming their efforts supporting Planned Parenthood & Abortion are about population sustainability given basic facts:

The total fertility rate in the United States is already substantially below the so-called “replacement” level (2.1 average lifetime births per woman), so why is “the number of people we have” such a problem for the Sierra Club? Isn’t the real problem that the Sierra Club is a Democrat Party lobbying group, which is trying to reduce the number of Americans who vote Republican?

The Sierra Club’s annual budget is about $100 million. How much of that money are they spending in Somalia and Malawi? None, I’ll bet.

No, the Sierra Club spends its money from liberal donors to elect Democrat politicians whom it then lobbies to enact liberal policies. Whether these policies are actually helping the environment is less important to liberal donors than whether they’re helping the Democrat Party.

Thus we see, as in many a Shakespearean Play, a disguise of environmentalism to fool the simple, but there are those who like Katherine play along with this deception for the sake of their political goal thus pretending this pattern doesn’t exist:

So, what’s the pattern? How do fascists take power? First, they are angry with election results or how the country is being run. Then fascists use militant tactics to force the population into supporting, or acquiescing in, their cause, even though most citizens don’t actually support the fascist agenda.

Today, some persons who claim to oppose fascism have started using fascist techniques, such as blockading roads and other modes of transit into the city, perpetrating violence against those who disagree with them politically, and using fear to suppress those who have different political views. But using fascist techniques is never right, and if you just removed “we will fight the fascists” from the Occupy Oakland tweet, it could be easily mistaken for a quote from Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, or Adolf Hitler.

And having sat quietly in media pools listening to reporters speak freely to each other confident that all agreed when I see headlines like this:
http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/02/03/boston-globe-forced-to-issue-embarrassing-correction-after-spreading-fake-news-story-about-trump-and-the-media/?utm_content=buffer390db&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
becomes this:


I’m afraid experience precludes my normal assumptions of the good will of those involved and conclude that the goal of advancing the political goal, the defeat of Trump and conservatism, defeats the need for accuracy or even propriety which is why a venerable name like Newsweek can look at violence and rioting and say…

and do so with a straight face mimicing virtue,their Hollywood allies would be proud, but I suspect that while this post calls it a Shakespearean revival it will likely finish more like a Greek Tragedy in the end.


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You know I’m going to be turning 54 this year so I’m pretty sure that my memory is not what it was.

So I’m sure that my readers can remind me of at least one time when Senator Chuck Schumer was in tears over a terror attack or even an attempted terror attack against American citizens. For example the attempt to murder one of his constituents in Texas a few years ago I’m sure was a most emotional moment for him but for the life of me I can’t recall his tears over it.

Likewise while I turned on CNN briefly tonight watching their promotion of the anti-trump protests and assurance that this latest move would finally harm him, perhaps fatally politically (a prediction that has come almost continually over the last 18 months) I noticed promotions for a Nancy Pelosi Town Hall.

Now this seems strange to me. The House of representatives is a place where the minority has little or no power over legislation and with no Democrat president in the White House Nancy Pelosi’s relevance in DC is lower than it has been in decades.

So it seems really odd that CNN would decide to hold a town hall featuring a person with no power or influence, it’s almost as if they are trying to push the Democrat agenda or give the illusion of power to her.

But I’m sure this must not be the case, I’m undoubtedly forgetting the CNN live town hall held in January of 2009 featuring the GOP minority leader John Boehner that must have been highly promoted by the network in the same way that the Pelosi one has been.

So if any of you dear readers could remind me of these things I’d highly appreciate it, after all it couldn’t be that both of these things were just all about political theatre to prop up a Democrat party in retreat and to oppose president trump,

Could it?

Yesterday was the March for life and one of the signs of the fear of the left was the sudden interest in the twitter Hashtags #march4life and #marchforlife by outraged leftists.

To be sure in previous years you had some but unlike the first 43 years of the March the new president made sure that this was news and the fear, worry and anger of the left online was palatable.

There were many things that might have surprised those who saw the March for life for the first time yesterday, here are the top 3

1. The Number of Women at the March. Anyone who has ever seen a protest in front of Planned Parenthood would know that the pro-life / anti-abortion movement is a movement driven by women, many of who have first hand experience with abortion who deeply regret it and the pain it has causes them. This is completely contrary to the meme pushed by the media and the left that it must have been a real shock to viewers who have been told for decades that pro-life is actually about men wanting to control women’s bodies. This is the exact opposite of truth as any woman who has been pressured to kill her child by the fellow who got her pregnant can tell you.

2. The number of young people at the march.
The amount of youth at these marches is always huge. On TV the left keeps using images of young people when pushing for the right to kill a child but there are always thousands upon thousands of teens and twenty somethings at the march every year. Given that the march has gone on for 44 years there were likely more than a few children and grandchildren of those who have marched in the past there. That’s made possible by not killing them in the womb.

3. Happy, Non-violent and clean:
We have to thank our friends on the left for this one. On inauguration day the American Public saw the Anti-Trump left torch limos and throw bricks thru windows and at police. Earlier this week we saw the so called “woman’s” march (actually the liberal anti-trump march) leave DC covered in trash and signs and heard their leaders shout violent angry and vulgar slogans on national TV.

Yesterday they saw a March larger than either one that had not only had no violence (in fact marchers thanked police for their protection), Signs without body parts (albeit not absent thought provoking images like this one)


Speeches absent of vulgarity or even vitriol,including ones from Kellyanne Conway and the Vice President of the United states and this winner from Mia Love, but a Capital left just as clean if not cleaner that before the marchers turned up.

To those who have followed the March for Life every year, none of that would be a shock, to those discovering it for the first time who have seen the occupods camps on TV or in their own cities and heard the shrieks of angry leftists protesting when Milo comes to town it must have been a revelation.

These sets of facts (Dare I say “Alternative Facts”) that the MSM has never exposed the average news consumer to in the past must have been eye opening. What they choose to do with these facts, well that’s up to them, but it will be a hard thing for the left and their media allies to put that genie back into the bottle.

Update (via Glenn): Bingo

Of perhaps more significant interest, however, is the fact that Keilar and CNN were forced to put the March for Life on the same political footing as the Women’s March on Washington. Equally surprising is the fact that the Women’s March on Washington is already being described as a ‘liberal women’s march’ even by an outlet such as CNN. Instead of being a nonpartisan protest by all women against the tyranny of Trump, all the work and effort put into the Women’s March has been relegated, in the space of less than a week, to a partisan liberal protest that was most prominently associated with Planned Parenthood. All of the supposed moral authority of an entire gender has been wiped aside in favor of a frank and honest acknowledgement that the marchers were merely liberals who were super unhappy with how the election turned out.”

Howard: Well, where are you going?
Sheldon: Where are you going?
Raj: We just told you.
Sheldon: I just told you.
Howard: No, you didn’t.
Sheldon: Well, it’s your word against mine; see you in court.

The Big Bang Theory: The 43 Peculiarity< /em> 2012

If you turned on the MSM yesterday the only story that apparently exists is the assertion by the president that Hillary Clinton’s popular vote margin was due to millions of illegal aliens voting.

As you might guess the entire MSM is up in arms we’re talking full hysteria mode:

I’m sure these upstanding media folk are thinking (for the upteenth billion time) that they’ve finally got Trump and now they’ll be able to bring him down.

But what they don’t realize is that they’ve fallen into his trap once again.

First of all he’s gotten the MSM to bring up this subject meaning that many people who didn’t entertain the possibility of illegal voting will now start entertaining it.

Second of all in the same week that the MSM which has a 14% approval rating was caught falsely claiming that Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King from the oval office you have them asserting that this claim is isn’t true, or “debunked”. Given the level of trust that the MSM has with the public that very assertion that Trump is lying, made by them at a point where their credibility and popularity are dwarfed by Trump will trend to make people believe it.

But this is all preliminary, the real snare is this.

There is one sure way to definitely debunk President Trump’s claim, and that’s to examine the voting in blue enclaves that overwhelmingly voted Hillary, areas that for the most part unexpectedly don’t have voter ID laws in place, and do some good old fashioned investigative reporting.

And this is the trap being laid.

I strongly suspect that said enclaves can not stand the scrutiny that such an investigation would bring. Thus if any press organization decides to launch one, even if ostensibly to debunk claims of voter fraud, they are likely to get a lot of pushback in said Democrat enclaves. Will by their very nature reinforce the idea that the Democrats are hiding something.

And even worse what if such fraud is found? How will the MSM play it? “Trump was lying about 3,000,000 illegal aliens voting, we only found evidence of 100,000 to 500,000 nationwide” Yeah that’s going to bring him down.

If it is suggested to the MSM that they should consider such an investigation they will likely answer: The burden of proof is not on us. Yeah THAT’S going to really play well with a population that doesn’t trust them.

Of course the ultimate trap would be for the president to bluntly say that if states like California wish to ally my fears they can simply pass and enforce voter ID laws to assure the integrity of the vote.

I wonder how the MSM will react to that?

UPDATE: How do define a sucker in three steps

Ana Navarro after Trump’s remarks:

So what does Trump do? He orders an investigation!

President Donald Trump called on Wednesday for “a major investigation” into voter fraud, following through with baseless claims he has made since November’s election alleging millions of illegal votes during the general election without citing any evidence.

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump wrote in two consecutive tweets.

Ana Navarro after Trump announces the investigation that she said he wouldn’t

SUCKERS!


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You know Christopher Harper & I are old enough to remember when these kinds of things were done by the media

But because the media have become democrats with bylines such things are left to James O’Keefe and Project Veritas

Well it’s kind of sad that this kind of work has to be done by a James O’Keefe vs the MSM but if I’m wrong about the MSM & the “Democrats with bylines” bit and given their claimed commitment to real news, an actual plot to release acid at events, chain up DC subways, and assault people at the inauguration , particularly with said revelations on video, might just be considered newsworthy by places like CNN:

and CBS

and NBC

and ABC (whose ads kept overriding the results forcing me to use the ad blocking Brave Browser in order to see them)

and PBS

and the NYT

Or perhaps not.

But even if national news services didn’t cover it, you would think surely the Washington Post would carry the story if not because of it’s national importance but because it affects their local metro area


You would think wrong.

Remember these are searches of their web sites. So not only are they not covering this in print or on camera, not a one of them even bothered with a throw away piece buried online.

I guess well have to wait for Trump to tweet the story out for them to cover it.

If you wonder why this administration calls the MSM fake news and likes DaTechGuyblog’s reporting more than theirs, you don’t have to wonder anymore.

Closing thought, it’s interesting to note via several of the graphics that during the presidential campaign the networks seemed to be willing to coordinate attacks on O’Keefe to hide the evidence of Democrat operatives trying to foment violence at Trump events

Closing thought 2. I guess this proves Christopher Harper’s point:


All told, journalists did seem to be better once upon a time. At least my students and I will be able to delve into what once was to determine if we can use the lessons of the oldies but goodies to adapt to today’s environment.


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S.F. WOMAN MURDERED BY ILLEGAL ALIEN http://t.co/i2Z5cxFaqx When does @realDonaldTrump get his apology from the media? @AmPowerBlog #tcot — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) July 3, 2015

There has been a lot written lately about the pure hatred of Donald Trump by the MSM and his return of the contempt shown him but people often forget the real reason why the media so hate and fear him.

One of the powers of the MSM is the ability to decide if a story is a local one, or a national one, take a look at this story from the San Francisco Chronicle and see if you can figure out if it will become national news:

A former sixth-grade science and math teacher at a Richmond charter school was found guilty on multiple counts of child molestation, capping a trial in which prosecutors presented evidence that he assaulted 13 children repeatedly for years — including one inside a church.

A Contra Costa County Superior Court jury found Ronald David Guinto guilty on Thursday of 87 counts related to child molestation, said the prosecutor, Alison Chandler. The jury was hung on three other counts, she said.

Yup you guessed it, a search of the story for the word “priest” or “catholic” generates no results.

You see a story that highlights a gay predator, particularly one that shows he was once a scout leader and used that position to find victims might be harmful to the agenda of a media/liberal/democrat ally so such stories are considered “local”.  Meanwhile the story of a group of gay men on an international level doing the same is a national story because rather than grouping them by sexual preference they can be grouped by a roman collar.  That’s why such stories while plentiful to the extreme, have remained “local news”

It’s interesting to note that our Friend Robert Stacy McCain has noted a few other stories that don’t make national news for example this example of violence against women on a college campus somehow didn’t find the interest of the many people in the media and government pushing this issue

Yesterday we reported about Pablo Gomez Jr., the radical activist at the University of California-Berkeley accused of murdering one woman and seriously stabbing another. The College Fix has video that shows Gomez harassing College Republicans at a campus event last September

Alas Mr. Gomez is not the member of a frat, is of the wrong ethnic persuasion and worst of all was a leftist activist who actively worked to harass conservatives and Republicans on campus, therefore this story of murder and violence on campus against women remains a local story of no interest to the MSM.

There are of course cases when such stories get out despite the gatekeepers for example the chicago Torture case would have remained a local story if the video wasn’t streamed the MSM gatekeepers would have kept it a local chicago and avoided the embarrassment of explaining why such torture was not evil and didn’t qualify as a “hate” crime.

But those moments were rare enough that the MSM could write them off as an occasional reverse, that was until July 3rd 2015 and this tweet

On July 3rd 2015 the Murder of Katheryn Steinle was just a story highlighted by conservative bloggers on their sites and a few conservative sites Then Donald Trump started tweeting and as I wrote a few days later everything changed:

It is the media that decided Trayvon Martin death was a national story that deserved national reflection. It was also the media that decided that the murder of Jessie Dirkhising a 13 year old boy who was bound, drugged, gagged and brutally sodomized by a pair of gay men was not newsworthy enough to be covered nationally.
It was the media who decided that the violent multi hour long rapes and murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian by a group of five black carjackers was not worth headlines, but the death of Michael Brown after he robbed & assaulted a storeowner was worth wall to wall coverage.

But Donald Trump IS news so when the MSM decided that the murder Kathryn Steinle wasn’t newsworthy he had other plans

That is why the MSM is so anxious about Donald Trump and his twitter feed, in the pre trump era (1 BD before Donald?) a story at reported locally and picked up by conservative sites like Breitbart that clashed with the MSM narrative could be safely ignored.

Now in the year 2 AT (Anno Trump) any such story is a single tweet away from not only being national or international news but would do so before the MSM has collectively agreed on what the narrative of the story might be.

This is why the left in general and the MSM in particular is so terrified, they have lost the power of the narrative and will be hard pressed to get it back during the Trump era.

Be afraid MSM, be very afraid.


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Taken aback, Longstreet at last saw what the trouble was. Bragg was miffed because his design for herding the blue coats into McLemore’s Cove had gone astray…In other words, if he could not win in just the way he wanted, he did not care about winning at all, or anyhow he wanted no personal share in such a victory

Shelby Foote The Civil War A Narrative Fredericksburg to Meridian p 744

If there has been one constant in the story of the rise of the alternate media it’s that the mainstream media outlets have been biased against conservatism and have served as defacto media arm of leftists in general and the Democrat party in particular.

The MSM’s unwillingness to report honestly burying stories unfavorable to liberal memes like

while pushing and defending thin or false stories to advance said memes

is what made folks like Matt Drudge, Instapundit and me  what we are today.

In fact the bias of the left is so bad that not only does Newsbusters document it daily but their annual dinner highlighting journalism worst abuses of the year is practically the nerd prom of the right.

So I’m slightly surprised when I see tweets like this upset at some of the POTUS’ tweets about press ethics or lack thereof


Matt used to be at Newsbusters concerned by things like this

The irony is palatable particularly given this

and this

and of course this

I understand that some of my fellow conservatives don’t like or trust Donald Trump but this doesn’t require pity for the dishonest media. I’d say Iowahawk puts it very well as always in two tweets

Personally I don’t understand the frustration of any conservative, even one who hates Trump over all this. Consider this lament from the Baltimore Sun

Trump lashed out at BuzzFeed in his press conference today, calling it a “failing pile of garbage.” He also refused to take a question from a CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump told Acosta. “You are fake news.”

I wish he had saved all his wrath for BuzzFeed, which clearly deserves it.

Thanks to BuzzFeed, all of us in the press are diminished.

or the Sight of reports on CNN cutting and running from Buzzfeed:

CNN distances itself from BuzzFeed, says Trump is using the website ‘to deflect from CNN’s reporting’

or the joy of Chuck Todd suddenly deciding that Buzzfeed isn’t a great news source:

and NBC undermining CNN

Less than 18 months ago every conservative I know would have given their eye teeth to discredit the dishonest and dishonorable MSM and break their power. Now that it’s happening because of Trump some conservatives are suddenly worried about this kind of thing.

Let me remind everyone that there is an easy way for the MSM to stop bleeding it’s credibility by acting like a bunch of Democrats with bylines:

Stop acting like a bunch of Democrats with bylines!


That’s it, do who what when where and why, confirm your stories and make sure you have at least one or two people with a different ideological bent who can see the bias you can’t before you publish and you’ll be fine but I suspect for the left that’s too high a price to pay for credibility.

As for me I suggest rather than bemoaning Trump I suggest sitting back and enjoying the MSM crashing and burning around me.

Closing Thought, as I recall part of the phony Buzzfeed story was a suggestion that Donald Trump has an affinity for some sexual practices that some might find deviant.

Can anyone really any time in the last 8 years when any critique, let alone condemnation of deviant sexual practices did not elicit a cry of Bigot from places like Buzzfeed why did they consider the idea, false that it was, that Trump enjoyed such practices a cause for celebration and loudly condemn anyone who said otherwise?


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Well NH, you decided that you didn’t want Kelly Ayotte as your senator so you sent governor Maggie Hassan to the US senate and on her first day in the sunlight she manages to beclown herself.

Here is the Daily Caller story:

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan appeared to be unaware during a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that a Washington Post story about Russian hacking into the Vermont power grid has been completely debunked and retracted.

“Two weeks ago The Washington Post reported that a hacking group connected with the Russian government managed to infiltrate the Burlington Electric power company in Vermont,” Hassan said to retired Marine Gen. John Kelley during his confirmation hearing to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Hassan, who took office this month after serving as governor of New Hampshire, showed no indication during the questioning that she was aware that The Post’s story has been found to be “fake news.”

The retractions on that story were rather epic and it’s quite an embarrassment for Senator Hassan and her staff.

Then again did anyone familiar with Senator Hassan’s record as NH governor or her campaign against Senator Ayotte really expect her to know or care about the difference between the truth and falsehood?

Leonard: Lesley, this is Penny, she lives across the hall from Sheldon and me.  Lesley and I do research together at the University.

Penny: Oh, wow, a girl scientist.

Lesley: Yep, come for the breasts, stay for the brains.

The Big Bang Theory, The Hamburger Postulate 2007

Mika Brzezinski is seven years older that Ms. Erin. As handsome a woman as she is there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that as she continues to age there will be pressure to augment or replace her with a younger woman to attract more eyeballs to the show.

Tami Erin and the Hustler Gambit (Content Warning) 10/31/13

As you might have heard Megyn Kelly has signed a big money contract with NBC and will be heading there shortly.

There has been some debate on the net about this (why I don’t really know) but to me this is no different than say Pablo Sandoval cashing out big with the Red Sox after winning a world series because the reality with a female anchor/reporter is not much different, there is a limited window to cash in and once that window closes you find yourself in Tina Fey land:

I submit and suggest Tina Fey’s show was an affirmative action hire that survived on an ultra liberal network as payback to the lady who the hollywood left considered the hero of the 2008 election.   NBC carried 30 Rock not as a business decision, but as a statement.

But NBC isn’t making that statement any longer and as for the Palin business 2008  is long gone and Gov Palin isn’t running for anything anytime soon.  So where does that leave Tina Fey until the SNL 50th anniversary reunion?

It leaves her as an attractive woman who will be turning 45 on my birthday in an industry unkind to women as they age or put on weight who needs to be noticed.

Now there are legit reasons for NBC to pay Kelly big money, she had success at Fox and she’s clashed with the POTUS Elect so they can beard both of their foes and maybe she will bring ratings, but I agree with Stacy McCain that there is a danger:

NBC is anti-Christian and pro-Islam, anti-family and pro-abortion, anti-cop and pro-“Black Lives Matter.” The partisan and ideological biases at NBC News are so blatantly obvious that it is impossible to imagine that you, Ms. Kelly, could be permitted to broadcast anything there that would deviate from the network’s Democrat/“progressive” agenda. NBC is anti-Christian and pro-Islam, anti-family and pro-abortion, anti-cop and pro-“Black Lives Matter.” The partisan and ideological biases at NBC News are so blatantly obvious that it is impossible to imagine that you, Ms. Kelly, could be permitted to broadcast anything there that would deviate from the network’s Democrat/“progressive” agenda. 

I agree with Stacy that  if she decides to go the full leftist then she will fade and become just another aging woman waiting for a younger hotter one to replace her, but if she wants to do more than cash in the person she needs to emulate is already working for NBC.

Mika Brzezinski

One of the reasons why Mika works is she does the following:

  1. She doesn’t hide her biases, Ms Kelly should do the same, if she is actually conservative, pro-life and pro-family she should be so at NBC, she should wear her bias on her sleeve for all to see and it will bring an audience.
  2. She isn’t afraid to question or critique her own side.  Assuming MS Kelly is a conservative that’s not an issue, but if she is in fact a liberal who went conservative for Fox, she needs to be willing to question liberal dogma.
  3. Bring on guest you disagree with.  This is something you did on Fox and something Mika does.  By allowing all viewpoints you increase both your audience and the respect of people who are actual worth having the respect of.
  4. Remember the people who got you there:  I’ve watched Mika make live appearances with Joe and stay late until every single fan is greeted.  They are your customers, follow that example and they’ll stay with you.
  5. Mika isn’t afraid to break the media template, for example, when she put on 15 pounds she celebrated it rather than ran from it.  Keep that in mind.
  6. Have fun.  Mika has fun doing what she does and is not afraid to do so.  Do the same.

Now of course if all you want to do is cash out that’s fine too, but if you do, I don’t want to hear a fuss if you end up shedding a rip away dress and striking a “mount me” pose in Stephen Colbert goodbye episode to get noticed someday.

I’d say that’s a fate worth avoiding.