June 12, 2018

It seems the past few days, the predominant theme of my commentary has been “double standards.”  As I sit and watch the almost surreal satellite pictures from Singapore of President Trump and Kim Jong-Un shaking hands and putting pen to paper on a denuclearization deal, it’s impossible not to think of that again.  The vicious rants and constant negativity we see in the media against Trump --- on “news” shows, late-night “comedy,” even the Tony Awards --- contrast vividly with the images coming into our living rooms from Singapore, the ones showing Trump doing the kind of thing we put this tough negotiator in office to do.


And we can’t help imagining the kind of reception it would have gotten in the media if it had even been attempted by President Obama.  Watch five minutes of the Trump-in-Singapore coverage on MSNBC, if you can stand it, and then think how worshipful the coverage would have been for the previous President.  Obama got a Nobel Prize for doing, well, nothing, so I suppose they’d have had to invent a new Incredible Amazing Super-Genius Nobel Prize for him if he’d done this.


But while we wait for more details of the North Korea deal, there’s yet another double standard to take a look at.  Andrew C. McCarthy points out a very interesting one relating to the Russia investigation, observing that the same journalists who slam Trump as thinking he’s “above the law” for not submitting to questioning by the special counsel are outraged that the Justice Department would investigate journalists to find the source of classified government leaks.


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But if it’s okay to investigate the President of the United States, why not them?  Are THEY above the law?  “Whether we’re talking about journalists or presidents,” McCarthy says, “the situation is the same.  An investigative demand is made on people whose jobs are so important to the functioning of our self-governing republic that they are given some protection, but not absolute immunity, from the obligation to provide evidence to the grand jury.”


From examining email and phone records, the Justice Department determined that Ali Watkins, a 26-year-old reporter for The New York Times, was sleeping with her source, who happened to be the security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, 57-year-old James A. Wolfe.  This reporter must have hit the Mother Lode, source-wise, because Wolfe’s job was receiving, maintaining and managing all classified intelligence shared with the committee by U.S. intelligence agencies, and his avocation seems to have been leaking information.


According to Wolfe’s indictment, he exchanged “tens of thousands of electronic communications” with her, including texts and phone calls, and even “encrypted cell phone applications.”  Not only were the communications decidedly anti-Trump, but one tip he gave her about Carter Page being approached by Russian spies in 2013 was just the thing needed by the Clinton campaign to give a reason besides the unverified “dossier” to get a FISA warrant against Page.  (It should be noted that Page had cooperated with investigators to help them arrest the Russian operatives.)


When questioned by the FBI, Wolfe lied about his relationship with Watkins (correcting the record when presented with evidence) and also about giving her non-public information or leads.  He also denied contacting other reporters, but the email and phone records apparently say otherwise.


To get this evidence, the DOJ used subpoenas to telecommunications companies pertaining to the journalists, but took a cautious route:  no content of the conversations, except, it appears, on Wolfe’s end.  It’s likely he was using devices issued to him for government business (you know, the kind of devices Hillary was supposed to be using).


Anyway, McCarthy points out that in 1972 the Supreme Court held that journalists are legally obligated to testify when subpoenaed and to answer questions relevant to a criminal investigation.  (The promise of confidentiality they give their sources is not legally enforceable.)  But because a free press is so important to our republic, certain very stringent conditions must be present for reporters to be required to give up information, and they are rarely made to.  In the Wolfe case, those conditions were met.


Anyway, journalists who think their job is so important that it rises above any legal challenge need to recognize that the President’s job is arguably the most important job on the planet, and if they deserve the deference they get, they should acknowledge that he deserves some, too.  They seem to forget he has a job to do –- as he’s trying to do right now to bring peace and stability to the Korean peninsula –- and that it will be bad for the country if the “Russia” investigation dominates his time.  But many journalists would cheer that.  It’s just one more double standard.



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  • beverly eriks

    06/14/2018 03:59 PM

    I am appalled at the treatment by the reporter who attacked Sarah on her motherhood. He should be barred from the capitol press corps. I have a burden on my heart for her and the outstanding job she has done: therefore, I am contacting my serious praying brothers and sisters in Christ who will pray consistently for Sarah. If there are others who will join use please, furnish them with my email address.

  • Marilyn Krivanek

    06/14/2018 11:33 AM

    Governor Huckabee; Are you aware of Dan Fisher running for governor of Oklahoma. He is a pastor also and can use all the endorsements and financial help he can get. Dan is the only candidate wanting to abolish abortion in Oklahoma. He served two terms in the OK legislature but when God dealt with him about abolishing abortion in OK he new it wouldn't happen being a legislator, abolishing abortion and being pro-life are not the same so he decided to run for Governor. If you go to his website and listen to his videos I'm confident you will have to agree with him. Oklahoma is the hub of the nation and I truly believe when abortion is abolished here it will spread like wild fire across the land because God will make it happen.

  • Terry A. Buchanan

    06/13/2018 04:32 PM

    Just one example of many, I'm afraid. Appreciate the work Judicial Watch has been doing in this regard.

  • Richard Edler

    06/13/2018 02:38 PM

    Why aren’t they going after Rosie O’Donnell for illegal campaign contributions? Fair is fair and she needs to be held to the same system of justice as Dinesh. This is wrong and if Martha Stewart had to do time so should she.

  • Marilyn Sherod

    06/13/2018 12:21 PM

    I don't know how you stand it to keep getting this depressing surreal information concerning the lies going on within members of our government bodies, but am glad to get straight news. Keep up the good work, Mike! May the Lord have mercy on our nation. Thanks for the daily Bible verses to help us get our priorities straight when we are fearful and discouraged with what's going on. God's blessings!

  • David Kottwitz

    06/13/2018 12:16 PM

    Governor Huckabee, The media coverage of the historic event in Singapore is completely and totally disgraceful. President Trump has started the end to the Korean War! This is so much more than a footnote on page 5 - while the headlines focus on twits that play into liberal heads because they've made yet one more disparaging remark about our President, or twisting these accomplishments into some kind (any kind) of negative! Local news coverage put this after local news of fires, gangs, accidents, and jay-walking - only to mention there was a meeting and some documents were signed. This is great National (and International news) of significant importance, but they don't get it - or maybe better said - won't accept it to report it. I thank God for President Trump, and I thank you, Sir, for being a voice of reason and honest reporting. Love your satires!

  • Brian Pruitt

    06/13/2018 11:37 AM

    Since Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, at this point, it is nothing more than a participation prize. It means nothing now.

  • Jon C Potter

    06/13/2018 11:14 AM

    The MSM cannot even act pleased that Trump and Kim met and have thus far avoided a nuclear war. Our media is truly disgusting except for OAN and some on Fox.

  • Carole Shade

    06/13/2018 10:55 AM

    I appreciate the Bible verses at the end of your comments. They are like the calm following a storm!

  • Elizabeth Griffin

    06/13/2018 10:01 AM

    Quite clear now Sessions is in the deep state Congress needs contemot charges against all. I think they are afraid because threats were made. Does Sessions think we are all stupid.

  • Mike Street

    06/13/2018 09:54 AM

    Governor, there is not a "double" standard. There is a different standard, advance the liberal, leftist, globalist agenda, period at all costs.