Media bias on full display

January 11, 2019

If you listen to the mainstream media, you’d think that Trump’s Oval Office Address on border security Tuesday was a disaster, and we should all listen instead to the wise adults, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who assure us there is no problem with having a porous border and somewhere between 11 and 30 million people residing in America illegally with more flowing in every day. Seldom has the media narrative been more at odds with public perception, and I’m not just talking about all the memes ridiculing how Pelosi and Schumer looked.

After more than two years of hyperbolic, 24/7 anti-Trump media coverage, viewers who don’t keep up closely with politics were primed to see that the Oval Office had been taken over by a ranting, crazy, hateful, incoherent, Hitler-quoting monster.  Instead, they saw a President who seemed to be thoughtful, soft-spoken and compassionate about the terrible toll that an unsecured border is taking on both Americans and the people risking their lives to sneak in, but firm and resolute about forcing his political opponents to work with him to solve it.  That was such a disconnect from what the media’s been telling them for years that it made it hard to believe anything else they had to say (and considering their transparently partisan - and preemptive - attempts at “fact-checking” him, that was a wise choice.)


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Meanwhile, Pelosi and Schumer not only looked like the (barely) reanimated corpses of Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor at the beginning of “Green Acres,” they also came across as people who cared far more about protecting illegal aliens and government workers’ paycheck than protecting Americans from drugs, criminals and terrorism.  They never gave a single reason why they would rather keep the government partially shut down than spend what to them is sofa cushion change on a border security wall that they’ve previously endorsed and funded at far greater levels. 

So don’t believe the predictable media narrative that the Democrats won that debate.  Here’s what they’re trying to ignore:

Last week, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 42% of Americans believe there is a “crisis” at our Southern border, and another 37% think it’s at least a serious “problem.” That’s a total of 79% who believe something needs to be done about border security.  Only 12% think it’s neither a crisis nor a problem.  Schumer and Pelosi might have looked like something Dr. Frankenstein manufactured in his lab, but only 12% of Americans swallow their claim that border security is a “manufactured” crisis, no matter how many times the media parrot it for them.  And this poll was taken before the Tuesday speeches! 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/09/politico-poll-border-crisis-problem-majority-americans-agree/

Want more proof that the media’s desperate pleas to “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” are falling to persuade Americans? 

Here’s an article by a DACA recipient, pleading with the Democrats to stop being so stubborn, build the wall and work out a deal with Trump so he and the others who were raised here can stay in America.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/build-the-wall-and-allow-daca-recipients-like-me-to-stay-in-america-the-only-country-i-know-and-love

And here’s how you know the Dems have really crashed and burned with their pointless, transparent, partisan obstinacy: even notoriously Trump-hating Hollywood liberal Cher is telling them to give in and fund the wall already!  When the Democrats have lost Cher, the game is truly over.   

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/cher-demands-pelosi-end-partial-government-shutdown-fund-border-wall-dont-die-on-this-hill?fbclid=IwAR2bs08Gbx-VeKNbZIZ1jjWiVyiQ9KHRontC-sYLs0NXk-FfI6zuZOKGVEI

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Comments 1-25 of 47

  • Lochlan Frederick

    01/25/2019 04:29 PM

    I think Mr. Huckabee did a very thorough job in this article about the media's bias. You hit it dead center when you wrote how the mainstream media has "primed" viewers to see President Trump as a ranting, crazy, hateful, Hitler-quoting monster. I also thought the poll by Politico was a great source that most Americans, contrary to what the media would claim, think there is a crisis at the border. But I think the best part in this piece was the article a DACA recipient, who gives good, thoughtful reasons for why he supports President Trump's wall. All in all, this article was truthful and presented the conservative view well.

  • Patrick A Tebo

    01/16/2019 12:40 AM

    If anyone truly believed that the pathetic duo of Pelosi/Schumer outshone outshone Mr Trump they were not fooled but are truly fools.
    Speaking of fools, I would like your opinion on the memory booster pill scam that is being carried out under the names of Dr. Carson and our President. I finally bit on the “only $4.95 S&H free trial. I was surprised that the pills arrived w/o any transcript (just the pills) Then that there was no follow up to order more when my supply low. That was because they automatically charged my credit card for $109.xx without authorization for another order of what was not anywhere by any means specified as to what would be supplied. Fortunately my bank called. I denied the charge then called the sender to cancel. Not long after, I ran across yet another such Carson/Trump free trial ad. I scanned it thoroughly to see if there was any mention at all of follow-on orders and credit charges. There was none, even after I filled in all my information to just short of pushing the order button - which, of course, I did not. Furthermore, the name given for the pills of the exact same description was different than when I ordered. I cannot believe by any stretch of the imagination that Dr. Carson or Mr Trump would not be aware of this and put a stop to it.
    I understand that this is not the proper way of approaching this situation but I have come to respect yourself highly and thought I would at least try this approach, hoping that it would come to your attention. To have the names of two of the most highly placed individuals in our government attached to this scam is truly atrocious and brings the veracity of the entire administration into question.

  • Ruby Howell

    01/13/2019 06:54 PM

    I totally blame the Democrats for the Government shutdown. The leaders of the Democrats are blind to what is happening at the border. Diseases are being brought into this country. So for health concerns as well as keeping out criminals, drug dealers, sex traffickers as well as gang members a wall needs to be built to protect America from ALL of this .

  • Lisa Ford

    01/12/2019 09:09 PM

    I truly get frustrated with the media thinking that we need their explanation of what the speech was about. I don't need their stupidity flooding the airwaves, when we just heard wisdom speaking. I was crippled by an illegal, breaking laws and ran for the border, leaving me with the mess. In AZ, time & time again, they steal SS#'s. But we are to look the other way. That's how they want to be treated here. They all have reasons why they break our laws. And we are supposed to be merciful. But if a true citizen did what they did, well we'd be in jail. How fair is this? Can't wait to move far away from AZ. To me, President Trump's speech hit the nail on the head. Dems don't like truth. They have proved it over & over again. Hopefully, more people will realize this. And 2020 elections go totally our way.

  • joseph orsini

    01/12/2019 08:11 PM

    MORE "Oval Office"-type broadcasts, along with some TV commercials playing
    Dems' "he's crazy" etc. comments.

  • Simon Templar

    01/12/2019 07:47 PM

    Mr. Governor,

    It is not only main-media anti-Trump (F) News. FOX has its own people in this field. The main representatives, Shepherd Smith and Chris Wallace clearly showed their real faces in this matter with their poisonous arrows directed to the President. Why are they not going to CNN, where they really belong ? They are casting a shadow on the golden "trio", Hannity, Laura and Tucker.

  • Eric Curtis

    01/12/2019 03:35 PM

    I for one was touched by President Trumps speech, his genuine love for America and its people gives me comfort and not fear, I know this man has our best interest at heart and I trust him, he’s not perfect but he is resolute and driven to succeed for this country and as no other president I can remember because I’m only 52 this president stands out from the rest, I don’t remember the words of popular presidents like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan and I was a little skeptical during the Bush years and all I remember was the circus of the Clinton administration and the 8 dark hopeless years of Obama so to me Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air in a politically polluted atmosphere.

  • rodney Burke

    01/12/2019 02:41 PM

    why don't we conservatives just be honest and say it out loud? : Libs hate us, our lives mean nothing to them. That is demonstrated every day by how that denigrate the lives of Americans killed by illegals. They aren't hiding it. Let's stop kidding ourselves. They are the communist party, full out. They are even cooperating with the communist party. On FB Nancy and Chuckie both say. "If you won't vote for us, we will import those who will." This shut down is all about the dems hate Americans and love illegals. Suggestion for thought: for everyone who is killed by an illegal, we kill a lib. or put them in jail as an accessory to murder.

  • Sid McClelland

    01/12/2019 09:06 AM

    Thanks governor. Love your daily columns.

  • William Bailey

    01/12/2019 08:28 AM

    You're bias is as strong as whom you are writing about!
    Bill

  • Richard J Manderfeld

    01/12/2019 06:37 AM

    MIKE I MISS YOUR SATURDAY NITE PROGRAM ON FOX I LOVE YOUR WIFE AND EVER SO STRONG DAUGHTER -- SARAH .. I PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY --- FROM A 70 YEAR OLD FORMER HUMPHREY DEMOCRAT AND NOTRE DAME ALUM RICHIE MANDERFELD GARCIA --

  • Anita Mae Barker

    01/12/2019 04:28 AM

    Good one, Mike! Thanks. Blessings to you.

  • Donna L Bramell

    01/11/2019 11:33 PM

    Keep up the great work!!! Thanks again for reporting the facts!!

  • Audrey A Stefanides

    01/11/2019 11:13 PM

    President Trump should make it known that if they don't go to the border and see what's going on with there own two eyes, they don't care enough for the American people to even be in the fight.

  • Charles Hunt

    01/11/2019 10:16 PM

    I think that those of us who favor building a physical barrier along our southern border (where needed) are leaving ourselves unnecessarily vulnerable when arguing our position if we fail to emphasize the equally important need for E Verify and a way to address visa overstays. Obviously, anchor babies, chain migration, and visa lotteries must also be eliminated if we are ever going to truly control immigration.

  • Sandra Guinn

    01/11/2019 09:31 PM

    I am beginning to wonder if the reason the Democrats were so sure that Hilary was going to win the election was because they had done something to assure that she would.
    When she didn’t, they were shocked beyond belief and decided Trump had to have done something to mess with votes to have overcome their scheme . Now trying to distract from their actions with all this talk of conclusion ?

  • Giver of Truth

    01/11/2019 09:26 PM

    Faced with the possibility that his client is criminally exposed on multiple fronts, the president's attorney Rudy Giuliani recently advanced this argument on behalf of the president: A sitting president, he contends, cannot be indicted. He is wrong, and his client should take scant comfort in this claim.

    Giuliani’s assertion comes as President Trump faces at least four allegations of criminal misconduct. He and senior members of his campaign are under investigation for coordinating with Russians to win the 2016 election. There is also substantial evidence that he obstructed justice by engaging in a pattern of conduct aimed at interfering with that investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of his former aide Michael Flynn.

    Trump also might have received an illegal campaign contribution from Michael Cohen in the form of a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. And Trump may have knowingly falsified his 2017 public financial disclosure form by failing to disclose his liability to Cohen if, as the president recently acknowledged, that payment was a loan.

    Giuliani is relying on 1973 and 2000 opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), but both he and they are mistaken. Subjecting the president to the time-consuming need to defend a prosecution would not, as argued,unconstitutionally incapacitate the executive branch.

  • Samuel Smith

    01/11/2019 07:37 PM

    First of Trump did not get where he did in the business world by being stupid. The worst thing you can do is underestimate what he can do or thing. He is smart and knows how to get things done, and he dose it at the right time. What we are seeing form Nancy, Chuck and the news media is hate. They are full of hate for this President they can not see the truth or any thing for that matter. Hate is from the devil and he has them in is right hand packet.

  • Michael Galloway

    01/11/2019 07:34 PM

    When the mainstream media was referred to (I think by the President) the enemies of the people - He was right. Their hatred for Trump will always override truth or facts. The mainstream media is counting on all the millennial, Trump haters and others, who will listen and believe everything they say. And right along with believing the mainstream media these same blind people to reality, will hang on every word the crooked corrupt Democrats say. They count on it. The Democrats count on millions of illegals coming across the border and voting for Democrats in 2020. The hate for Trump by the media and the Democrats is sickening. But what they don't realize is that their hate for them also snowballs into their hate for us Deplorables, America and Americans!!!!

    I hope and pray that the President stands strong and does not give in to the Democrats agenda to not build the wall, but any of their agenda that is much bigger than just the wall.

    Here we are in 2019 and 2020 will come around fast, so what has happened to all the suspicious voter fraud or Democrat fraud in the mid-term elections. Is anything going to be done with all 50 states requiring I.D. (which may help), but are Republicans going to get off their butts and actually do anything about this and the Democrat agenda? Wake up Republicans and wake up America, we are in huge battle between right and wrong, good vs. evil, with the mainstream media and the Democratic party on the side of wrong and evil !

  • Tony Weaver

    01/11/2019 07:00 PM

    Do you know ....
    Where do border crossers go when they are released?
    Are they put on welfare, etc?
    Do they become homeless?
    Are they provided shelters?
    Do we provide better care for them than our homeless citizens?

  • Tony Weaver

    01/11/2019 06:59 PM

    Do you know ....
    Where do border crossers go when they are released?
    Are they put on welfare, etc?
    Do they become homeless?
    Are they provided shelters?
    Do we provide better care for them than our homeless citizens?

  • Cynthia Diane Bryant

    01/11/2019 06:42 PM

    Do you remember in the Bible where God KEPT “hardening Pharoah’s heart” over and over again despite experiencing one plague after another when Moses was asking him to let the Israelites go free? It seems to me like maybe that is what is happening with liberals today! They are actually convinced that President Trump is a ranting, raving, narcissistic lunatic who is going to destroy everyone and everything in America in spite of watching what REALLY is said and done! They are completely blinded to the truth! I am definitely praying for all American people to repent and turn to God for redemption, AND praying for God to protect all of our leaders and their family members! Our war is NOT against flesh and blood, but against Satan and his minions! It is truly a spiritual battle!

  • Douglas Morgan

    01/11/2019 04:10 PM

    Just read an article that Russia is deploying long-range, precision cruise missiles to the western Atlantic that American defense officials say will allow Moscow to target Washington and other East Coast cities with conventional or nuclear attacks.

    Is there a way we could get the President and Vice President, their families, the press secretary, a few of the real conservatives in congress and senate and their families, and then tell Russia to perform a live test? I know! It's like one of those late night comedy comments in reverse!! I really don't mean it, buuuttt, as I think about it more?????

  • Firewagon

    01/11/2019 04:05 PM

    Shepard Smith is the new/old media darling of the Left. They absolutely were ecstatic about "FOX news host 'fact checks' Trump's Lies in His Border Speech." Just a short listening session on about any of Smith's pronouncements concerning this president should tell you that he has always been just another "Never Trumper!"

  • Deanne Smith

    01/11/2019 03:41 PM

    I am from Arizona and this is my comment. Even President Trump hasn’t mentioned that the immediate need for the wall is the mass caravan of people that have arrived and will do anything to get in to our country. Most of what has been gone over and over is the every day cross overs, drugs, etc. and now there is another massive caravan forming. A lot of the people are poor families but they are being used by the terrorist groups, the smugglers, the drug dealers, etc. and I feel for them and I think they would be willing to wait to come across legally if the news media and the above mentioned groups weren’t trying to use them to make money off of them. They give them everything they own and they take from them their virtue, their pride, their self esteem. It is a sad situation but if they knew that there were walls and border patrol, drones, military etc. they would be willing to stay home and try to legally apply. They would certainly be safer. The Democrats are trying to blame the shutdown on Pres. Trump but it isn’t him. And one last thing, this ploy of having Cohen come in and answer questions is just another way they are trying to take the pressure of the shutdown and the wall blame away from them. Their hatred for President Trump is making them incapable of taking care of America. Can you imagine their meetings? Ok now Democrat from New York how is your assignment of digging up dirt on Trump going? And, on down the line for reports on what they can get out in to the public to get dirt to impeach him. It is like throwing stones at passing cars to slow down progress. Sorry for going on and on. It just makes me sick. I did not like Obama and felt like he was taking our country down so fast, I am grateful for a man that is trying to do what he promised he would do and he has kept trudging forward inspite of everyday day being hit with negative to him and to his family. Do you think if he really didn’t care, he would keep enduring and watching his family endure all the hatred that is being continually hurled at them?