Evening Edition - March 3

March 3, 2020

Harmeet Dhillon at Townhall.com took a close look at President Trump’s lawsuit against the New York Times. She argues that it might not be as much of a longshot as it seems, since it’s inarguable that the Times knowingly published false and defamatory allegations about the Trump campaign without even bothering to contact them for a response. She says, “The press freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment do not protect willfully defamatory speech, even against public figures.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/harmeetdhillon/2020/02/28/the-new-york-times-is-about-to-face-a-reckoning-for-its-lies-n2562162

While I agree that it’s inarguable that the Times did just that, you can count on them to argue anyway that they can get away with it, as they already are by claiming it was just an “opinion” piece. I’m not a New York Times-level “journalist,” but I always thought that opinion pieces consisted of the writer stating his/her opinion, not making demonstrably untrue accusations.

I still think it’s a loooong longshot, but the very fact that the Times will now have to publicly defend its indefensible practices makes it a show that will be a lot of fun to watch; and that’s one thing Donald Trump knows how to produce better than anyone else.


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Must-Read Article! I’ve made the point before that for all the whining about President Trump committing “unprecedented” outrages, virtually everything his enemies have accused him of has actually been done by previous Presidents for real, and usually in far greater degree.

Now, Kyle Smith at the New York Post has taken that concept and done more historical research to remind us of how many previous Presidents (including such Democratic icons as FDR, Wilson and Obama) did the same-only-worse things Trump is accused of.

https://nypost.com/2020/02/29/think-trump-is-outrageous-hes-nothing-compared-to-these-past-presidents/

It’s a very enlightening read, even though he left out my favorite example. Trump is constantly accused of threatening the press. But has any of his tweets ever been as threatening as the scathing letter Harry Truman sent to columnist Paul Hume for panning his daughter Margaret’s singing voice? It ended with this:

"Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”

Now, THAT’S how you threaten the press!

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There have been some major shakeups among the top name cable news anchors. One day after being accused of sexual harassment, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews announced that he was retiring. He apologized for his inappropriate comments to women in the past, then in true Soviet “retirement” style, the show cut to a break and when it returned, he had disappeared.

Just a reminder: MSNBC was fine with him pushing insane fake news about Trump, likening Bernie Sanders’ win in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazis invading France, and comparing Iranian terrorist mastermind Soleimani to Elvis and Princess Diana. But this was a bridge too far.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/msnbcs-chris-matthews-abruptly-retires-apologizes-for-comments-to-women-2020-03-02

The other big news in cable news news is that Chris Wallace is apparently named “Chuck” now.

https://www.westernjournal.com/moments-denying-perpetual-confusion-biden-calls-chris-wallace-wrong-name/

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As a lesson about the importance of turnout, voter turnout yesterday in Israel was slightly up at 71%, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears on track to win 59 seats, leaving his party two seats short of a majority in the Knesset. That total could rise when the votes of soldiers are counted, but Netanyahu still considers it a major victory. He plans to quickly form a strong nationalist coalition government with other conservative parties.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Benjamin-Netanyahus-Right-bloc-wins-majority-exit-polls-619513

Full disclosure: Netanyahu is a friend, and I admire him greatly, not only as a great leader of Israel but as a great world leader. I was in Israel just last week, where I gave a speech on his behalf and he graciously thanked me for being such a longtime friend of Israel. I’ve watched in dismay over the past year or so as leftwing opponents who couldn’t beat him at the ballot box have attacked his character and his family and tried to defeat him with politicized charges and investigations (sound familiar?) I congratulate the voters of Israel for seeing through these tactics and making the right choice, for their own security and the security of the entire Middle East.

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This week, I felt a great disturbance in the Twitterspere, as if millions of leftists suddenly cried out in terror at the thought that they might be stopped from silencing conservatives.

It was caused by news that Elliot Management, a hedge fund run by conservative billionaire Paul Singer, had purchased a major stake in their favorite PC, speech-censoring platform, Twitter. Word is that Singer wants to force out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has let his den of social justice warriors repeatedly block conservative content while allowing far more threatening or questionable leftist content to remain online.

As Monica Showalter details at American Thinker, Dorsey likely has more in mind than changing Twitter’s political leanings.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/a_vulture_circles_over_twitter.html

We’ve seen how a number of Silicon Valley tech companies run by socialist billionaires have prioritized advancing “woke” political views and virtue signaling over maximizing shareholder returns, resulting in massive unrealized profits. Twitter has deplatformed popular conservative voices such as James Woods, driven away conservative users and refused to accept political ads because they “don’t want to affect the election”…possibly the stupidest thing a for-profit media platform has ever said.

As Ms Showalter notes, liberals have complained that Singer is aggressive, persistent, very tough, uncompromising, a difficult adversary, and he “won’t go away.” He’s taken on such adversaries as the socialist government of Venezuela, so he’s not likely to be intimidated by Twitter trolls. He may be after Twitter and Dorsey purely for the profits, but it’s possible that a happy side effect would be returning Twitter to the platform for free speech it started out as before being warped into a censorious propaganda outlet and outrage mob tool by the leftist activist techies inside its own corporate version of the Deep State.

I can almost hear them crying out now: “Help us, George Soros! You’re our only hope!”

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The coronavirus outbreak has suddenly been politicized in a way nobody saw coming. There are now 2,336 cases and 77 deaths from it in Iran. One of those deaths was of a close confidant to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 23 of the new cases are among Iran’s Parliament members.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/iran-says-77-dead-amid-2336-cases-of-new-coronavirus

But the political ramifications aren’t limited to Iran. Shortly before the outbreak hit, Connecticut liberal Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy took it upon himself to thumb his nose at the Logan Act and hold a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, apparently to undermine President Trump’s tough policy stance against Iran. It’s unclear if any other Democrats also held meetings with any Iranian officials at the same time.

Even though there’s a very low risk that Murphy was infected, he’s been schmoozing around Washington for weeks, and there’s a slight possibly he’s been spreading the infection. A number of people are demanding he be quarantined

https://www.westernjournal.com/chris-murphy-met-top-iranian-days-outbreak-now-people-want-quarantined/

I don’t know if a quarantine is necessary to prevent Murphy from spreading the coronavirus, but locking him in his house for a while might at least keep him from illegally conducting foreign policy.

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  • sonya gordon

    03/05/2020 03:36 PM

    Hi Governor,
    This is unrelated, but have you ever talked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Jesus? I'm sure you have, but is he receptive to it?
    Thanks for the emails!

  • Wendy JIll Bridges

    03/04/2020 10:16 PM

    I love listening to you and reading your E-mails. Thanks WJB

  • Joanne Catherine Schmidt

    03/04/2020 07:44 PM

    It's unlikely that President Trump will get anywhere suing the lying NY Times. All of the liberal media lie constantly, slandering the president and the GOP. Political ads are the worst. How is it Bloomberg could run an ad calling Trump "corrupt", yet gave no example or explanation for the statement? Sounds like slander to me. Pol ads do this sort of thing all the time and get away with it. I'm glad Bloomberg quit the race, but that shouldn't get him off the hook for slander.

  • Marsha Burford

    03/04/2020 07:11 PM

    Hi Mike! I watched a clip of Sarah on FaceBook from Sunday's interview with Dr. Robert Jeffress. I'm so impressed with her! Her story of experiencing the Holocaust museum with you in Israel was especially touching!

  • Melinda Long

    03/04/2020 02:30 PM

    loved the article on "Trump is outrageous"...very interesting and have posted on my FB page for friends and relatives!

  • Thomas Wenndt

    03/04/2020 10:56 AM

    Very, VERY rarely do I have a disagreement with you on ... well, almost anything. But I'm going to take issue with you over the Chris Matthews dismissal. There is no question that lip service is being paid to Matthews being let go due to inappropriate things he said to women. But even though there is no question he said some things that were, shall we say, less than wise, what he did was extraordinarily mild compared to leeches like Matt Lauer, et. al.

    But there is NO question that he opposed the Democrat party going down the Bernie Sanders trail. And I am convinced that, from a network that has gone way past liberal to becoming downright socialist, his derogatory comments towards Sanders is what drove him out.

    Saying things he shouldn't say to women might get him "counseled". But not being NEAR liberal enough for MSNBC will indeed get even Chris Matthews fired. And if true (and I have no reason to believe it is not), I almost - maybe for the first time - feel sorry for the guy.

  • Irene Hathaway

    03/04/2020 10:46 AM

    Just wondering if you survived the Tornado

  • Linda Meyer

    03/04/2020 10:08 AM

    Well said Governor! And our prayers are with the tornado victims and their families. Having lived in the Chattanooga area for 13 years, we are very familiar with the storms. We now live in Indiana and I miss our former home.
    And what’s up with Obama endorsing Warren??

  • Linda Dixon

    03/04/2020 09:30 AM

    Governor, thank you for Kyle Smith's article. Very enlightening to read about previous Administrations. Hopefully the left will read it and consider twice before criticizing our President. Probably too much to hope for however.

  • Thomas Roper

    03/04/2020 08:15 AM

    It's so hard the determine on Social Medias like Facebook which conservative news sources are accurate. Some are obviously satirical like Babylon Bee. I guess The Washington Post is reliable but some of the others I'm not sure of.
    I know you do your research.

  • Ellen Klapperich

    03/04/2020 06:51 AM

    The audacity of the left strikes again. This Murphy fella better hope he didn't contract the Covid19 during his treachery. Smh.

  • Jerry korba

    03/04/2020 06:35 AM

    It had to be exciting to speak with pm Netanyahu I have high regard for him I would welcome here in a second Donna Tlaib Brasile was showing her crudeness and ignorance the other day requesting a person to go to hell Fox News is at fault for hiring a heinously figure that is so corrupt and unwatchable her and the the network are a disgrace

  • Jerry korba

    03/04/2020 06:04 AM

    Just finished touring harry Truman’s south White House looking at the way he wanted everything I walked away with amazements about this man I always thought he was good I changed that to great as far as the media is concerned Harry was on the right track

  • Dolores

    03/04/2020 02:18 AM

    Governor- again my husband and I compliment you on your research and comments, we pray our great country America will continue with God’s help and the strength given us by the HolySpirit as our Beloved Jesus walks beside us.

  • Mona Kramer

    03/04/2020 01:03 AM

    "Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it." Ronald Reagan

  • John Baxter

    03/03/2020 09:22 PM

    Great job Governor....hope to play some music with you in the future.
    Best regards,
    jb

  • mark spowage

    03/03/2020 07:53 PM

    in the storm of politics ,the potential for America to be "THE NATION OF GOD" is before us !

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/03/2020 07:50 PM

    Even Twitter violates our "Constitutional" right of free speech? These people don't have a clue how they have chosen "EXISTENCE" over abundant " LiVING "....

    Because one cannot have an AUTHENTIC relationship without honesty...and because INAUTHENTIC relationships are meaningless...I tell everyone I relate to that THE greatest gift they can give me is the gift of THEMSELVES, but they cannot GIVE me the gift of themselves without giving me the gift of their honesty...and I am one person who does not need to be agreed with because love is not ABOUT agreeing with!!!

    In view OF my posture, you can see how what you said about Twitter is yet one more thing I cannot personally relate to!

  • Jack macdonald

    03/03/2020 07:19 PM

    What good is the Logan act? Another piece of trash legislation which probably sent a thrill up the legs of the people who passed it. Whose job is to enforce laws on the books? Isn't that the purpose of the taxpayer funded DOJ? I understand they employ thousands of people. I would think it would be someone's job to enforce the law. Speaking of thrills up the legs I am elated that the moron, Chris Mathews has hung up his microphone. That will help sanitize the airwaves.

  • Robert Burrell

    03/03/2020 07:07 PM

    Of course Murphy is a democrat so there will not be any accountability

  • Linda Orf

    03/03/2020 06:53 PM

    Yes siree! Quarenteen him in an 8x10 jail cell! He had no right going to Iran !

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/03/2020 06:03 PM

    I just can’t thank you enough...but...thanks

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    03/03/2020 05:39 PM

    ...as for Chris Murphy..." Lock him up. Lock him up " ;-}

  • Phyllis Lambert

    03/03/2020 03:54 PM

    Governor, thank you for enlightening us on the news stories of the day. I often feel as though if I hadn't read it here, I would never know it had happened. Love your show, your family, and love the same Lord God you do!