Taking the media to task

April 2, 2019 |

Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi surprised a lot of people last week when he released a chapter from an upcoming book taking the media to task for its two-year-long self-delusion and departure from traditional journalistic standards in promoting the nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion story.  No surprise, many of his liberal readers were not happy at getting this bucket of cold reality dumped on them when they’re used to outlets like Rolling Stone reinforcing their smug, comfy preconceptions.  So Taibbi has been getting some pretty hateful tweets since it came out.

This week, he tries to get back into the left’s good graces a bit while still gently urging them to come out of their safe spaces and venture out into the light of truth. 

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/taibbi-trump-russia-mueller-investigation-815060/

In this article, he repeats just enough popular false beliefs of the left (that Trump started the Obama birth certificate story when it was actually Hillary Clinton’s campaign, or that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house, when that was actually Tina Fey on “SNL”) to make his usual readers feel comfortable while prodding them to think about reasons why Trump might have won that don’t involve elaborate Russian conspiracies or even 63 million Americans being racists. 


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He tries to make them see that maybe Trump was tapping into a genuine anger and resentment among working (and unwillingly unemployed) Americans against condescending coastal and DC elitists who didn’t seem to care about their problems.  At one point, he concedes that Trump’s argument that “most Americans were struggling because both parties were feeding from the same campaign-finance teat, pimping themselves out to huge job-exporting corporate donors” was “let’s face it…more than a little true.”

I commend him for going that far in admitting the truth.  It's downright revolutionary for a political piece in Rolling Stone, which has been peddling the same far-left socialist swill in between glossy ads for expensive sneakers and electronics for decades.  He could also have mentioned that people were fed up with Obama’s policies that didn’t work and that the Democrats had nominated possibly the most off-putting candidate in history, but baby steps.

I’d also like to point out that while he takes to task all the pollsters and pundits who got it wrong and says that Michael Moore was one of the few media figures who thought Trump could win, I confidently predicted a Trump win well in advance of the election and never wavered.  You see, I’d actually visited those states Hillary needed to win and didn’t visit.  Also, I’d written a book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” warning those same coastal and DC elites about how out of touch they were with the rest of America, that came out well before Trump even announced his candidacy. 

If liberals had read my book, it would have saved America the $30 million the Mueller probe wasted, plus the cost of all their therapy.  They wouldn’t even have needed to read the latest issue of Rolling Stone, unless they wanted to find out about Mick Jagger’s heart surgery (get well, soon, Mick!)

 

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  • Judy Williams

    04/06/2019 07:43 PM

    As to all the money wasted trying to get something the President, it could have been put to better use like building a wall. Why don't the Democrats poll the people they are supposed to be representing to see if they want more of their tax dollars wasted by trying to continue to find dirt where there is none.

  • Katherine Richardson

    04/05/2019 07:28 AM

    Well said! Yes, as a recently retired person, I felt used and abused by our government. I was "shocked" that half of my earnings were taken for taxes. All the time I was working, the government had the freedom to USE my money that I had set aside for retirement. When I questioned this move to my CPA, I was told that the money was not taxed while it was set aside so the government takes the taxes out when I do retire. I felt so violated. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan M Bagay

    04/04/2019 10:52 AM

    Well-written, Governor. You are an avid follower of Mr. Trump. You and your daughter are commended for speaking the truth w/a gentle, but straightforwardness that many do not. ThankQ.

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    04/04/2019 10:25 AM

    I enjoyed reading most of the comments and agree with 90% of them, at least the sentences. A few look like the comments I've read on leftist sites because there are no complete ideas. Maybe it's an inside joke. I just wanted to ask if anybody has seen the priceless video, the one which shows that Joe Biden really has a problem, on MSM. Biden stares at Jeff Sessions' preschool granddaughter; then he leans in; then he reaches out...POW! Jeff Sessions swats his hand. That's what southern gentlemen do! I doubt that you will ever see that video on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. Maybe the women on The View should be asked why they haven't shown it. I always felt safe and protected while living in the South - Arkansas to be exact.

  • William Day

    04/04/2019 04:36 AM

    While hardly a capitulation of the falsehoods regurgitated 24/7 for over two years by fake news. Taibbi's article gives onus (in the tiniest of ways) to the hoax of Trump collusion with Russia. Your heading led me to believe 100% liberal RS was actually being fair. I sincerely hope the majority of voting Americans realize the SC investigation was solely created to find anything to force Pres. Trump to resign. This was an attempted criminal coup of our President! Those responsible must be found out and brought to justice. At the 2020 voting booths Americans must make an example of the Democrat party that enabled it.

  • Torpy Skinner

    04/03/2019 05:15 PM

    Our Almighty God is indeed at work!!!

  • Israel Horowitz

    04/03/2019 04:24 PM

    Reverend Sir; I love you dearly but when you say what you do about the "media" I believe that you have a strong belief in miracles !!

  • Phil and Aileen Velthuis

    04/03/2019 03:36 PM

    Dear Mike ,
    Thank you for the work you are doing. Pres Trump is doing the best he can and it is good. However, I pray that he may learn to control his mouth. He makes enemies, rather than trying to win over them with discretion.
    The most important thing I'd like to propose is that we use the phrase ADOPTION NOT Abortion. We just saw the movie UNPLANNED. It is a winner!! Is there anyway you could get this phrase into use with Trump, or others??? Thanks so much. Many people are longing for children and cannot have them. The main reason we are concerned is we are taking a human life Aileen Velthuis

  • Alice Claar

    04/03/2019 03:17 PM

    Thank you again for being there for all of us. AND YOU TELL THE TRUTH. I will be 85 on the 7th, so if I stop sending you comments you will know I am Up there doing a jog for you and all your family. God Bless all of you.

  • Teddy Woodward

    04/03/2019 01:49 PM

    Hey Gov- Before I forget AGAIN, you were at your HUCKABEST last week with your piece on Avenatti. He didn't want to hire himself as a lawyer because he didn't want a lawyer that would EMBEZZLE from him! I laughed ALL WEEKEND from that! THANKS!
    We are at a ONCE IN A LIFETIME situation here in America, and we need to take FULL ADVANTAGE of it. This "RUSSIAN COLLUSION" bunch, WHATEVER you want to call them, have shown themselves to be such LIARS and TRAITORS, that with a little PRESSURE, we could DUMP the WHOLE CROWD, put the WORST ONES in front of a firing squad, LOTS OF THEM in JAIL, and put the REST OF THEM to work CLEANING UP Seattle, San Francisco, etc. They ought to be GREAT at it, because they've spent their entire lives pushing DIRT and FECES AROUND! Talk about the RIGHT STUFF for the job!?! And what the hell, THEY CREATED this MESS! MAKE THEM clean it up! Talk about getting caught with your pants down- Adam Schiff should be FORCED out of office for DELIBERATELY LYING to the American people for SO LONG! Who DOES this ASSHOLE WORK FOR? NOT US! We can't AFFORD to continue to ALLOW TRAITORS to jack us around anymore. HOW STUPID do they think we are? A lot of us figured it out a LONG TIME AGO when Bubba sat there with a STRAIGHT FACE and said, " it depends on what the definition of IS IS". Now THERE was a guy who was a LOW CLASS, REDNECK HILLBILLY PREDATOR, the WORST KIND! And we were supposed to let HIS "WIFE" become PRESIDENT?!? In 1992, I was still SO STUPID, I did some volunteer work for his and Al Gore's campaign here in the VOLUNTEER state. THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET! As I ALWAYS say, BEFORE the internet, I thought of myself as a history buff. When the internet came along, and we could communicate with each other around the world, I realized that what I WAS was a history BUFFOON! This LYING to the American people isn't anything NEW. It's like the assassination of JFK. For ANYONE who STILL BELIEVES that Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK, I have some GORGEOUS ocean front property here in East Nashville that I'm willing to let go for a SONG! It has to be a GOOD ONE, though! NO RAP! As Jeff Foxworthy so ASTUTELY noted, somebody left the C off the front of that word! We have been sold the emporer's new clothes on EVERYTHING for LONG ENOUGH, and the FABRIC of society they have created is so FULL OF HOLES, LITERALLY, it's time for us more DAPPER types, which is PLENTY of us to DEMAND BETTER! And one last thing- HOW did it ever become FASHIONABLE to wear clothes FULL OF HOLES? Like Marie Osmond selling her 50 pound weight loss. Definitely something to be proud of, but what's with the jeans with the holes in them. DID YOU KNOW they were going to be FILMING YOU? Did you KNOW it was going to be on TV? HOW EXPENSIVE IS that weight loss program? SHEESH! Whatever happened to COMMON SENSE and GOOD TASTE? C'mon America. We're WAY BETTER THAN THIS!!! The iron is HOT, and NOW is the time to STRIKE, before everybodys' attention is diverted by another STEAMING PILE OF HORSE.... DUNG! TW

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/03/2019 01:38 PM

    I believe enough taxpayer dollars have been spent on this investigation. If Pelosi and Schumer and their toadies want another investigation or to supeona the Mueller report it needs to come out of their pockets for a change.
    This grandstanding needs to stop and I hope the democrats are sitting up and taking notice of how deranged their party has become.
    Thank you Mike for reporting responsibly. And,
    God bless America!

  • Darryl Mockridge

    04/03/2019 01:02 PM

    In my book: Why God Gave Us Guns, I addressed this issue, in a chapter called: HOBNOBBING WITH PUTIN Here's the opening shot:
    The political party which had been pushing socialism as hard as anyone could push anything and still deny it with a straight face, relentlessly accused Bumpy—who was doing everything he could to shore up the foundations of capitalism—of hobnobbing with Putin—a man who was doing everything in his power to reestablish and expand the Russian imperialistic communist state, while he and his friends all grew rich off of their deep personal immersion into the joys and riches that only capitalism can bring. You figure it out.
    In that equation there was only a single honest person, and that was Bumpy. The rest of them—every single one of them without exception—was publicly pushing something to which they themselves did not personally subscribe. Why?

  • Darryl Mockridge

    04/03/2019 12:42 PM

    In my book: Why God Gave Us Guns, I addressed this issue, in a chapter called: HOBNOBBING WITH PUTIN Here's the opening shot:
    The political party which had been pushing socialism as hard as anyone could push anything and still deny it with a straight face, relentlessly accused Bumpy—who was doing everything he could to shore up the foundations of capitalism—of hobnobbing with Putin—a man who was doing everything in his power to reestablish and expand the Russian imperialistic communist state, while he and his friends all grew rich off of their deep personal immersion into the joys and riches that only capitalism can bring. You figure it out.
    In that equation there was only a single honest person, and that was Bumpy. The rest of them—every single one of them without exception—was publicly pushing something to which they themselves did not personally subscribe. Why?

  • David Colonna

    04/03/2019 11:30 AM

    Mike,
    I definitely nominate you for the Pulitzer Award for great journalism, Grammy award for best comedy style journalism, all magazines Man of the Year Award and God's award for telling the truth. Thank you so much for your excellent TV show and news feeds. Please, please get back in to Politics, especially our US Congress member, Senate or House we need good Godly leaders. May God continue to protect and keep your whole family safe always

  • Martin O. Smith

    04/03/2019 11:23 AM

    Your wit and wisdom cut like a diamond and always in a reverent and respectful way I on the other hand just end putting an intellectual knife in the foreheads of libtards family and friends alike unfortunately either method doesn't work on these people keep up the good work Smitty

  • Vickie Watts

    04/03/2019 11:13 AM

    My husband actually reads Rolling Stone to find out what the liberal left is thinking. I was hoping from your article that the author in RS had “repented” and decided to write the truth for once. Phooey! No such luck! I’m glad that someone got it right. I have your book God, Guns, Grits and Glory, and you are totally correct. The left doesn’t know how far they have gone toward turning people away from them.

  • Gladys Hizer

    04/03/2019 10:41 AM

    I went to PolitiFact and FactCheck.org and both say that Hillary did not start the birther story about Obama. A staff member attempted but couldn't connect Hillary with the story. What is being kept secret in 2008 when Hillary was supposed to have made that statement?

  • Maxie Bryan McGuffey

    04/03/2019 10:37 AM

    Thank God for you, Newt Gingrich Sean Hanity, Rush, & all the great folks @ the Fox News Network!!! My resources for information of which I’d be left in the dark from the left!!!

  • Stephen Russell

    04/03/2019 10:36 AM

    New Mayor: will Lightfoot carry on like past mayors or make Serious changes & reforms?
    Rerun the Dem mantra since 1960s or Real Change for citizens & for tourists to area.
    No tourism= No $$ for Chicago.
    All show & No Go game or Show & Go

  • Stephen Russell

    04/03/2019 10:33 AM

    Mara Largo threat:
    Wheres the hidden CCTV array, sentries if any
    Secure Zones in estate area.
    & the Main Gate entry system?
    Either person had fake ID or other to get by.
    Must remedy.
    Take photo for Dbase files all Guests unless prior Guests from prior visits IE DHS Nielsen etc.
    Others Yes.,
    More can be done.
    & need rooftop CCTV array with 180, 360 degree scanning range to 5miles.

  • Lilli Jones

    04/03/2019 09:59 AM

    At times I feel I could get depressed over the state of the nation but then I turn my eyes to God and know that he is still here using people like you and your daughter. Thank you