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Trolling the 4th of July

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberals loudly denounced President Trump for taking part in the Fourth of July festivities in the nation's capital.Then they used the celebration of our nation to attack her. Their actions are deliberately designed to offend ... to grab everyone's attention ... to please the people who really can't stand the thought of American exceptionalism. This nation needs to be diminished. Being divisive can be very effective politics — and business. But it also underlines that the left is totally disingenuous when it talks about tolerance and unity yet its actions betray the opposite. The antifa group is fascist, and the "patriotic" protesters burn American flags ... even on our nation's birthday.

'Fact-Checkers' Find Democrats Are Truth Tellers

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It was maddening that NBC News put its "fact-checker" Jane Timm on the first Democrat debate, who then proclaimed on the "NBC News Now" livestream, "It was a pretty clean debate." No errors? Timm proceeded to support Julian Castro for tying the "tragic death of that father and daughter to Trump's own immigration policies." She added, "And we checked that. It is true!" Saying that Trump policies kill immigrants is graded as true? That, according to NBC, is a natural consequence of following the rule of law. Anyone who gets through a Democrat debate and pronounces that it was "pretty clean," implying every utterance was true, cannot be taken seriously as nonpartisan and independent.

An embarrassment to village idiots

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

One might be tempted to say Jim Acosta is an embarrassment to his profession, but there is nothing professional about the guy. He is an embarrassment to village idiots. CNN should strip him of his press credentials. He should be forced to file as a registered lobbyist for the Democrat National Committee or whatever committee handles this virulent strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Someone needs to change his diaper and shove a pacifier in his suckling lips. Like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson before him, President Trump understands that freedom can be messy. And it is best to let ludicrous loudmouths like Jim Acosta have their say like the raving lunatic caterwauling on the street corner. Best to just let the nut vent.

The Media's Speeding Ticket on Tagging Trump With Rape

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

We should all agree we want to have a president who is not a rapist. The liberals and the Trump haters turned the page back to when Juanita Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton 20 years ago, insisting that conservatives made her a cause celebre. Yes, that's true. But there's at least one important difference: the speed of the journalism.vNew York Magazine released the story on Friday, June 21, shortly after noon. It was launched on "NBC Nightly News" ... after about six hours. Who needs time for vetting the evidence? But when NBC News reporter Lisa Myers interviewed Broaddrick back in 1999, NBC sat on the story for more than a month, insisting it was undercooked, not ready for broadcast. The timing was transparently political.

Humorless Liberals Pan Trump Appearance At Faith And Freedom Coalition

Democrats are increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans, supporting abortion and infanticide and doing their upmost to drive Christian believers from the public square. And joking about the Johnson Amendment aside, that’s the bedrock reason for Donald Trump’s popularity among Evangelicals that no Democrat has a prayer to change.

A Tsunami of Hypocrisy

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

When you point out the elites' shameless dissembling, you get accused of “whataboutism,” which is apparently defined as “the outrageous act of pointing out how liberals are full of it.” But whataboutism is a moral necessity. It identifies the liars and clarifies the rules. They wouldn’t demand you stop doing it if whataboutism didn’t punch them in the gut. The days of us letting them play by one really loose set of rules and forcing us to play by another that jams us up every time we seek to pursue our own interests has passed. We’re neither suckers nor saps, and they don’t get to dictate how we defend our interests anymore. Their tsunami of hypocrisy has washed away any pretense of their moral superiority. They are why they got Trump.

The media hypocrites get their last kicks at Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

In its story on her leaving, the Times was kinder than most but scolded Sanders for “breaking with decades of tradition” by canceling daily press briefings. To support their arguments, reporters quoted a former Obama press aide. That’s teamwork for you. In fact, the televised briefings became a circus because Jim Acosta and other Washington showboats hijacked them to display their contempt for Trump. The briefings are not missed except by insiders looking for a stage and an easy headline. But Sanders will be missed. She was quick on her feet and gave as good as she got. She was also smart enough not to take herself too seriously. “No one elected me to anything,” she told the Times. “They elected the president.”

The Media/Democrat Complex Strikes Big Tech

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

The media and Democrats have picked the right target: The lords of Big Tech are eager to please and frightened of blowback. They're political liberals who can be intimidated into censorship while being simultaneously assured that they're making the world a better place. They aren't. All it would take for this censorious moment to end would be a little backbone: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter announcing that they won't censor people unless those people violate actual First Amendment principles like incitement and libel; advertisers announcing that they won't pull their dollars based on astroturfed pressure tactics. But backbone is in short supply. And the glut of intimidation won't relax anytime soon.

NBC Names Debate Moderators -- or Celebrators

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The first Democratic presidential debates are scheduled for NBC and MSNBC on June 26 and 27. The Comcast-owned networks have just announced a team of five moderators for the 20 candidates who are allowed to participate, or one moderator per four contenders. 1. Rachel Maddow is a leftist, Trump-hating Russiagate conspiracy theorist. 2. Lester Holt was a one-sided disaster as a moderator between Donald Trump and Clinton in the fall of 2016. 3. Chuck Todd has a clear conflict of interest. 4. Savannah Guthrie. 5. Jose Diaz-Balart. The fabric that's been shredded here is the notion that NBC or MSNBC can be perceived by anyone with a brain wave as neutral moderators in our political debates.

The Media Press Dems for Impeachment Porn

David Catron, The American Spectator

The goal of the media is obvious. There might be a few journalists who think an impeachment inquiry will turn public opinion against Trump the way it did in Nixon’s case, but this isn’t 1973-74. The legacy media no longer enjoy a monopoly on the news. But they have been going through ratings withdrawal since Attorney General Barr announced that Mueller came up dry, and they want the Democrats to make them well. The Fourth Estate needs a fix of eyeballs and clicks, and believe they can get them with impeachment porn. That’s why they’re standing on the street clamoring for Pelosi to jump.

William Barr is asking questions the media don't want asked

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

As Barr said spying is appropriate if it’s “adequately predicated,” and it’s unclear whether the spying on the Trump campaign was. Barr is old enough to remember when liberals did not take government legal or intelligence agencies’ word that spying on an administration’s opponents was justified, when they did not attack those who questioned it as unpatriotic. He may be amused that such doings are self-righteously justified today. But it’s good that he’s willing to ask questions most of the media doesn't want asked, to determine how the Obama law enforcement and intelligence agencies set about spying on the opposite party’s presidential campaign.

So now it’s OK to destroy lives in the name of fighting Trump?

Rich Lowry, New York Post

The Left is so obsessed with the idea that Russia pulls the strings of our democracy that it assumes every noxious piece of content on the internet might have been cooked up in a Russian troll farm. Although reporters with the historical memory of gnats might believe that rank abuse of America’s high elected officials is something new, it’s as old as the republic. And it’s often been anonymous. By all means, call out online distortions and lies, but deliberately exposing low-level political advocates to personal destruction is shabby and irresponsible — and more an act of political retaliation than journalism.

Mueller Strikes Out. Media Reports Home Run

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The same "objective" journalists who shamelessly whacked away at Kenneth Starr as a modern knock-off of the inquisitor Torquemada were presenting Mueller as the 21st-century incarnation of Eliot Ness. Two decades ago, Time trashed Starr as Bill Clinton's scandalous twin, saying, "he still dreams of being found not guilty." The only thing consistent about the press is its partisanship. At this point, accusing Trump of colluding with Russia is geopolitical birtherism. It's a baseless conspiracy theory pretending to be a silver bullet to the heart of Trump's presidency. It ably illustrates how the press set out to destroy Trump and destroyed their own reputations instead.

Law enforcement, media changed standards for Trump

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Angry disputes about the president have done terrible harm to the principle that an investigator, be it a journalist or a prosecutor, should meet at least some standard of proof before leveling an accusation. Trump's critics often accuse him of violating the norms that make our society and government work. Yet in their discussion of the dossier, some of those critics violated essential norms of fairness and accuracy. And in Mueller's no-exoneration gambit, a storied figure in American law enforcement abandoned one of the most important standards of justice. The damage done could last a long time.

Exploiting the MSM: Barr Uses CBS to Speak to America

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

William Barr's interview Thursday (transcript here) with Jan Crawford is filled with fascinating details and surprisingly candid responses, but most interesting of all may be that he undertook this dialogue not with friendlies at Fox or the Wall Street Journal but with  CBS — the very beating heart of the mainstream media from well before the days of the Dan Rather embarrassment. The network is the sine qua non of Deep State establishmentarianism. You would think they would crucify him, but Barr is fearless — and justifiably so. He knows he is telling the truth and that, as the saying goes, will set you free.

ICYMI: April’s Great Economic News

Not that we believe in or promote “conspiracy theories,” you know, like the one that the Trump campaign was spied upon by a corrupt Obama-era FBI and intelligence apparatus. But there is one conspiracy we are convinced exits, and that is that the establishment media refuses to report good economic news.

Trump Counterattacks Using Democrat's Hypocrisy

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

With our glorious ruling class, it’s all lies, it’s all garbage, and Trump gleefully exposes it all. Mueller declares him innocent and the Democrats claim that this actually shows Trump is more guilty than they ever imagined. People notice when they are being scammed – well, not stupid liberal people who buy into nonsense like socialism, global warming and the idea that men can have babies, but Normal people do. What Trump is doing by highlighting their hapless hypocrisy is undermining not just the garbage policies that make up the Democrat dogma but the entire notion that our liberal elite somehow consists of our betters.

As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics

Byron York, Washington Examiner

In the days before the Nunes memo was declassified, many of the nation's top current and former intelligence officials, members of Congress, and analysts in the press warned that declassification would do grave damage to American national security. It didn't happen. Now, some of the same people are issuing somber warnings of the damage that will be done if Attorney General William Barr declassifies documents showing what else the nation's law enforcement and intelligence agencies did in the 2016 Trump investigation. The problem is, they were wrong then, and they are likely wrong again now.

Declassification and Cognitive Dissonance in the Media

David Catron, The American Spectator

The media must report the “news” in a way that requires them to claim two contradictory “facts” are both true: The President and AG Barr are engaged in a cover-up but are also involved in a nefarious plot to declassify and release as much information as possible. Media hacks at the New York Times and the Washington Post get paid to endure the cognitive dissonance caused by fabulist Adam Schiff, who responded to President Trump’s declassification order by claiming, “The cover-up has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American.” For normal people dwelling beyond the Beltway — the voters — this gibberish just doesn’t cut it.

Delusional Democrats lash out at Trump -- again

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Perhaps it is not exactly “presidential” of him to wallow in questions about the House speaker’s sanity. But, then again, it is far less presidential — and enormously damaging to the Republic — for Mrs. Pelosi and other high elected officials in the Democratic Party to make up outlandish claims to slur the president. All the while, using it as a pretense to refuse to get any actual work done. If you find all of this hard to follow at home or — more likely — simply do not give a flying crap, then you are not alone. Nor are you crazy. You are not the one who has lost his or her mind.