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Today's Commentary --- John Brennan and a tale of two security clearances -- Congrats FoxNews.com -- Finding bad news -- Blaming the doctor?!? -- REPOST: Washington Post fact-checks Pelosi -- Cuomo shoots himself in the foot -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
You’d think nobody had ever lost a security clearance before.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama and is now the darling of the anti-Trump media as a contributor on MSNBC, can’t stop fuming publicly about what he perceives as punishment for disagreeing with President Trump: losing his top-secret clearance. He says Trump is trying to intimidate him and interfere with his freedom of speech, and he says it, and says it, and says it some more, whenever he wants, with no threat of repercussion, because nobody is interfering with his freedom of speech.
No one has the right to a security clearance. CIA directors have traditionally been allowed to keep theirs after they leave; it’s renewed every five years as a courtesy and also in case current staff wish to rely on their expertise in a given situation. There’s a condition, however: that former CIA directors “behave like current CIA employees.” Brennan has failed spectacularly to fulfill that requirement.
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to FoxNews.com, which has surpassed CNN.com in total page views for the first time ever (I like to think that’s because I link to FoxNews.com.) Fox’s website has also beaten the CNN, New York Times and Washington Post websites in terms of engagement and time spent by individual readers.
Finding bad news
By Mike Huckabee
I wrote yesterday about the Washington Post awarding Rep. Nancy Pelosi “Four Pinocchios” for her resurrection of a false quote attributed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that she must've known had been debunked. It was the claim that he said Republicans’ top goal was to make sure Obama’s Presidency failed. He actually said, “I don’t want the President to fail, I want him to change.” He was talking about opposing Obama’s liberal agenda, but being willing to work with him if he would compromise in ways Republicans think would help Americans. Pelosi not only falsely accused McConnell of wishing Obama to fail, but also painted that as “unthinkable” and even “racist.”
One thing I didn’t go into earlier was the whiplash-inducing hypocrisy of a top Democrat going into a huff (po) over the shamefulness of hoping for a President to fail. These days, you can’t turn on any liberal media source without encountering some anti-Trump partisan talking about the chances of the economy crashing or the North Korea nuclear talks breaking down, or some calamitous failure that would harm most Americans but hurt Trump and Republicans politically. Bill Maher openly wished for a recession. Currently, liberal media outlets are seemingly trying to tank the stock market by trotting out one gloom-and-doom prognosticator after another to warn that the bull market is almost sure crash any day now (“And please, God, please let it be before the election,” they would say, if they believed in prayer.)
None of these self-centered elites seem to care about the hardships such a crisis would inflict on everyday Americans, who are only now finally starting to recover from the jobless, low-growth Obama years. I think the most outrageous example of liberals grasping at straws (not plastic straws, of course) was an article I read that attempted to gin up fear of the terrible consequences of potential rising inflation because of numbers showing that real wages were finally starting to edge up after years of stagnation. Workers couldn’t even enjoy having a few extra bucks in their paychecks before liberals started wailing that it will lead to the “end of the world!” Because…”TRUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!” This is why so few workers are spending those extra bucks on newspaper subscriptions.
At the link, Jeffrey Folks of the American Thinker chronicles some of the left’s recent attempts to find bad news amid the historic low unemployment rates and GDP growth that’s twice what they condescendingly assured us was no longer possible (to be fair, it wasn’t when they were in charge) and their selfish wishes for any disaster that will help their political fortunes, even if it harms America’s. The article is called, “Let the Bad Times Roll.” Nancy Pelosi is right about one thing: this kind of selfish doom-spreading at the expense of your countrymen is unthinkable. So do us all a favor, Democrats, and stop thinking it.
Blaming the doctor?!?
By Mike Huckabee
The idea that the low approval of the news media is the result of Trump accusing them of bias and fake news is like blaming your venereal disease on the doctor who told you you have it. Public distrust and distaste for the liberal media had been building for decades before Trump came along. It stretches back to the 1930s, when Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was whitewashing Stalin’s atrocities. Flash forward to the ‘60s, when Walter Cronkite and CBS demoralized Americans by reporting that North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive was a terrible defeat for America when it was actually the opposite.
I’m also old enough to recall Ronald Reagan being characterized as a dumb, belligerent Hollywood cowboy who was going to get us into a nuclear World War III. George Bush was too nice to assail, so they attacked Vice President Dan Quayle every day for four years. The bias picked up steam when they ignored Bill and Hillary Clinton's scandals I knew only too well, instead marveling at how “power crackles from Bill's jeans!” Then we saw the vicious treatment George W. Bush got (the first example of the media sowing distrust in a presidential election came with the “selected, not elected” narrative, even though the media’s own Florida recounts showed that Bush would’ve won a recount.)
With Obama, the bias became so fawning, it was almost embarrassing, like watching your kid sister throw herself at the varsity quarterback. But the 2016 campaign was the first time the news media jettisoned even the pretense of feigning to claim impartiality and declared themselves to be “with her,” which is why Republicans keep rewatching their stunned Election Night tears on YouTube over and over while munching popcorn and laughing hysterically. After going from watchdogs to lapdogs overnight for Obama, the media’s instant self-righteous transformation into attack dogs the second Trump was elected seemed even more preposterous.
And that only takes us up to the night Trump won. You see, the media had squandered its journalistic integrity and reputation for fairness and accuracy long before Trump came on the scene. I spent a year or so writing a book about their arrogant disconnection from most Americans outside the NYC/L.A./D.C. bubble, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and it was published six months before Trump even announced his candidacy.
Do you know how I knew that many Americans held the media and political establishment in contempt? Because I live and travel in “flyover country,” and I heard it everywhere: from cab drivers, factory workers, hotel desk clerks, small business owners and all sorts of other “deplorables.” I wrote the book to try to warn them that if they didn’t come down off their high horse, the people were going to do something drastic and knock them off it. Well, they did. If the only solution the media can come up with is trying to climb back up on the same horse, then they shouldn’t blame Trump when they end up on landing in the manure again.
REPOST: Washington Post fact-checks Pelosi
By Mike Huckabee
Stop the presses! (Do newspapers still have those?) Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler just did something rare that real fact-checkers are supposed to do: he called a politician on using a debunked quote to attack a political opponent, even though the politician was a Democrat and the target was a Republican.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi repeated a well-worn canard that when President Obama was elected, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in 2010 that the most important thing was that Republicans prevent him from succeeding. Not only is that quote false, but Rep. Pelosi added to the sin of false witness by claiming that it was “racist” and “unthinkable.”
As Mr. Kessler points out, Sen. McConnell never said that Republicans wanted Obama to fail. He said they wanted Obama to be a one-term President because of their vast policy differences. When asked if he would work with Obama if he offered to compromise the way Bill Clinton did, McConnell said, “I don’t want the President to fail; I want him to change. So we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.”
I wrote recently here that there are few things worse than racism, and that’s why it’s so “unthinkable” to falsely accuse someone of racism. Unfortunately, as Democrats have seen their hold on the African-American vote slip as Trump’s policies have actually started to improve black lives, they’ve ratcheted up the hysterical accusations of racism. Kudos to the Washington Post for awarding “Four Pinocchios” to Rep. Pelosi for her attempt to tar her colleague as a racist over a phony quote that was debunked long ago.
Now, I wonder if anyone is ever going to correct, since I’m hearing it repeated on a daily basis now, the claim that when President Trump said there were “good people on both sides” in Charlottesville, he wasn’t saying that some violent white supremacists are “good people.” He was talking about the two sides of the debate on whether to remove Confederate monuments. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the peddlers of that falsehood to be challenged by the media.
Cuomo shoots himself in the foot
Republicans should chip in and send a gift basket to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for giving them the perfect video clip for the November and 2020 elections. In a speech that drew an audible gasp even from his partisan Democratic crowd, Cuomo tried to attack President Trump by declaring, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”
Cuomo accomplished the neat trick of making his dad, famous liberal Mario Cuomo, sound like Donald Trump in comparison (see the link for what his dad said on this subject that apparently didn’t get handed down to his arrogant and ungrateful son.)
Cuomo’s aides desperately tried to extract his foot from his mouth, quickly issuing this “clarification”:
“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential."
Except that’s not what he said…at all. He didn’t say America is great but could be even greater. He said, “America was never that great.” And I think he meant it, because that’s what most people on the left think these days: that America is and has always been a racist, sexist, oppressive, imperialist force of evil in the world that needs to be cut down to size. I would invite these people to go forth into the world and find a better place to live. I’m sure they won’t want to return here from whatever socialist paradise they find, but they can send us an email telling us about it
Personally, I believe that America has always been great (although it’s sometimes been harder when people like Andrew Cuomo were in charge), but one of the greatest things about it is that its people have the freedom to constantly be working to make it even greater. Because of that, America will never reach its “maximum potential,” because there are no limits on America’s potential. Just as there are no limits on Andrew Cuomo’s ability to screw up anything he runs, even his mouth.-----------------------------
Evening Edition - August 15
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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