March 28, 2019

For media defenders still claiming they are journalism professionals: Sheryl Attkisson helpfully lists 50 gross media mistakes in the Trump era.  Mostly the kind of "mistakes" nobody really makes by mistake.



This is why the satirical site, The Babylon Bee, headlined a story, “Stopped Clock Named CNN's Most Accurate Reporter.” You see, it’s actually right twice a day.  Also, it’s funny because it’s true.



As if sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti didn’t have enough trouble with felony charges from federal prosecutors in both California and New York, now he’s under scrutiny in DC, as well.  Avenatti, who once fancied himself as a Democratic Presidential contender (and some media outlets actually fell for that) set up a political action committee called the Fight PAC to help liberal candidates. 

But FEC filings for August through December of 2018 show the PAC got $113,000 in donations and spent $101,000 on “operating expenditures” which were mostly Avenatti’s lavish expenses, such as food, beverages, transportation and five-star hotel rooms.  It gave zero to help liberal candidates.  Although, if you consider Avenatti to be a candidate, he did help himself quite liberally.

The good news for him is that if he likes free room and board, there might be a lot of that in his future.


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To combat an outbreak of measles, Rockland County, New York, has issued a 30-day ban on unvaccinated children being allowed in public places.  That includes malls, restaurants, schools and even churches.  Oh, if only there were some simple way that we could protect our children from a resurgence of once nearly-eradicated diseases like measles! 

Oh, wait: there IS!  It’s called “vaccination.” 

Let’s hope that if all the medical studies finding no connection between measles and autism (and even a new study showing that unvaccinated children were MORE likely to have autism) can’t convince parents to vaccinate their kids, making those kids stay home, locked up inside the house with their parents for a month, will do it.




Tuesday, a House attempt to override President Trump’s first veto failed.  It didn’t reach the two-thirds threshold needed to block him from using an emergency declaration to shift funds from other things to build a wall or other barriers on the southern US border. 

Trump expects opponents to run to a federal judge next to try to stop him, but he also expects to win that fight in the Supreme Court.  I guess he’s no more tired of fighting than he is tired of winning. 

As for claiming that there is no emergency, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently said we are on track to intercept 100,000 migrants crossing the border from Mexico just in March.  She said, “The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis to a national emergency to a near system-wide meltdown.  I say this with the utmost sincerity and urgency: The system is breaking.”


I keep waiting in vain for a rational, realistic response from Congressional Democrats to what’s happening at the border.  I’ll let you know if they manage to muster enough support for a two-thirds vote to override reality.



Tomorrow, President Trump will award his 8th Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award for bravery against an enemy.  The medal will be awarded posthumously to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins of Bozeman, Montana, for sacrificing his life to save three comrades from a blast from a suicide vest worn by an insurgent in Iraq.

Go to the link to read the full story.  It should serve as a sobering lesson to anyone who tries to draw comparisons between US soldiers and the violent radicals they are fighting.  It’s the other side that uses innocent people as human shields to save themselves.  Our soldiers use themselves as human shields to save innocent people.



Dear Miss Mannerly:

I understand why you generally steer clear of talking about politics in your column, as all mention of politics, sadly, tends to lower the level of discourse among people who might (conceivably) get along otherwise. Still, I must beg your indulgence and ask a question that touches on politics.

Let me start by saying I would like my President to be polite, charming and well-mannered. That’s in addition to making good decisions, of course. But if I have to settle for one or the other, which seems to be the case here, I will take the good decisions every time. My fear is that, since so many people are swayed by charm, we will get another bad-news, “progressive” President based on appearance and not substance. My fear is not unreasonable, as this worked in favor of the man who became our previous President, and for his re-election.

Lately, our current President has been saying negative things about someone who has been dead for months. Some of it I'm sure is absolutely justified, but it still doesn’t go over very well and would be better left unsaid. This deceased person was a unique combination of Vietnam POW and bullying son-of-a-gun who, admittedly, had said and done some things that were terribly damaging to the President. But he is dead now and can’t defend himself, and I have to wonder if our President’s response, months later, is appropriate.

Putting it rather bluntly, Miss Mannerly, could you please try to use any influence you may have to shut the President up? I wrote to my favorite commentator, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, to ask him the very same thing –- in fact, my original letter appeared on the “reader comments” page, where he or someone on his staff would surely see it –- but I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask you to step in as well. The President’s rants will haunt the next election, along with many other things he has said without thinking or explaining. Is there anything that you and/or anyone else can do?


Gentle reader:

First, as a note of reassurance, Miss Mannerly wishes to observe that among the current crop of candidates challenging the President, there is not one person whom she finds charming in the least. It would be unkind to say this to their faces, but if we’re going to be honest amongst ourselves, isn’t it true? Miss Mannerly would not want to be seated next to any one of them at a dinner party, particularly the older gentleman who likes to get too familiar with the ladies and the very tall man in flannel who gesticulates wildly, asks for dirt between courses, and insists on jumping up onto tabletops. Besides horrifying the hosts, that’s the quickest way to ruin a beautiful place setting.

Worse, they would all be talking about nothing but politics at dinner, which can be quite tedious and maddening as you know. Being politicians, they would only pretend to listen, and they would also be asking for money.

Actually, the President can be quite a charming man. This often comes through in live video that the media can’t avoid airing. I think he can be quite funny as well. He presents himself quite sincerely, and that is rare and refreshing in the world of politics.

Still, Miss Mannerly shares your concern, while recognizing that for over two years –- his entire time in office –- the President has been frustrated by a very real “witch hunt.” Still, he needs to focus. It’s not as if he didn’t have enough topics at his fingertips; he should be focusing on those instead of heaping disrespect on someone who has died. Such comments are jarring, inappropriate, and distracting from the important issues at hand. Miss Mannerly does not know how to make him more aware of this; perhaps someone on his staff will see this column and try to make an impression on him.

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CNN president Jeff Zucker still refuses to admit that to most of the public, CNN’s motto is no longer “ CNN” but “ fact-checking?” The network that gave us a ‘round-the-clock hysteria fest over “Russian collusion” (not to mention trying to turn Michael Avenatti into a TV star) apparently thinks it had no obligation to find out if any of the outrageous things they were saying about the President of the United States being a Russian mole were true.

Zucker wrote in an email, “We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did.”

I hate to break this to him, but the first job of a journalist is to investigate, so that they may find out what the facts are before reporting them.  Simply repeating whatever rumors some unnamed source tells you doesn’t make you a “journalist,” it makes you the town gossip with a TV studio. 

And what good are “the facts as we know them,” if the “facts” that you know are false, which means they aren’t facts at all?  That’s like the currently-popular nonsense phrase, “You must share your truth.”  If it’s actually the truth, then it’s not just “your” truth, it’s THE truth.  If it’s only true to you, then it’s not the truth, it’s just your opinion. 

Hey, I freely admit that I write and voice my opinions every day.  But I don’t claim to be a news network or a journalist.  I am a commentator.  Still, I try to base my opinions on real facts that are actually true.  In that sense, maybe I am more of a journalist or a news network than CNN is these days.

In the meantime, the White House took the offensive by sending to the media a list of some of the outrageous and outrageously wrong things various “experts” said on their outlets and questioning whether they think these people deserve to be booked again, given their record.  But to be fair, they are called “talking heads,” not “talking brains.”

Even if the news networks stubbornly refuse to acknowledge their madness, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t have some fun with it by filling out our “March Madness” news source brackets.  See how you would rank which news outlet went the most bat-poop mad over the Mueller investigation and the Russian collusion delusion.  The winner gets a trophy and a year's supply of Prozac.


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  • Amelia Little

    04/06/2019 09:22 PM

    I wouldn't have been a good contestant in the march madness contest--the only msm idiocy I read/hear about is what is noted here--I can't even stomach the montages shown by Tucker, Laura and Sean. So, I am sure I am only aware of a few of their false stories and Russia madness and apoplexy over the mueller report.

  • Christina odett

    03/30/2019 10:58 PM

    I’m glad to see that someone with Christian values is in politics, although I would like to see you more publicly get out there with that message using the platform you have. I really encourage you to pray about that as I will as well. Let’s work at getting the name of Jesus out there more and more to battle the enemies advances. Side note: antivaxing ideas are dangerous. Just my opinion.

  • Lynda Mac

    03/30/2019 09:26 AM

    Dear Mike: I love your news and commentaries in general, and I wish you had been elected President. However, if you are being serious about forcing ALL children to be current on ALL vaccinations, perhaps it's time for your education to be furthered. I personally know children who were "vaccine injured," and here you will find hundreds more cases, stories, and information that should even give YOU pause when thinking about crying "vaccinate!"

  • Dot Whitley

    03/29/2019 11:35 PM

    I have to say I didn't agree with John McCain a long time before I knew about President Trump. How we feel about him now that he's dead won't hurt him one bit. He's more concerned with what the final Judge thinks of him, as we all will be when we stand before Him.

  • Russ

    03/29/2019 10:49 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    As a faithful reader and supporter of almost all of your opinions you need to look into the vaccination issue more. My wife and I are one of those that chose to not vaccinate our youngest child. My wife has a college education, I did not finish college. So we are not backward uneducated gullable people.(we read your newsletter that should mean something) There are studies out there that support the dangers of vaccines. Most doctors are just afraid of the retaliation of the big pharmaceutical compaines. They operate just like liberals.They attack the person not the evidence. Really take a look at the money trail. It tells the story.Who pays for the studies that get to see the light of day? Why do the doctors that try to put forth a different side get crushed and ruined? This should be a natural one for you to get behind. Search unvaxxed and do some critical reading and thinking. Treat the pro vaccine stories like you would a political story from the mainstream media. I truely believe if look at the evidence critically , you would at least understand why people make this difficult choice.
    God. Bless

  • Harriet Carey

    03/29/2019 04:59 PM

    Two comments. Close the Mexico border! Give the Democrats enough rope and they will hang themselves! Enjoy your show and reading the newsletter and comments.

  • Linda LaGruth

    03/29/2019 03:06 PM

    Hilarious! And so true!

  • James Carleton

    03/29/2019 02:54 PM

    I am waiting for you to issue a proclamation to boost Chic- fil- a into a public appreciated business as you did before. I will stand again for hours to give Chic-fil-a my business here in Conway, Ar!!! Just for your info, I'm now donating on my 46th Gallon of Blood to people who need blood. All donations have been given voluntarily without receiving any money! God Bless America!! You are invited at Pickles Gap Baptist Church - Ralph Baker is our music leader!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/29/2019 11:25 AM

    College admissions reforms:
    Standarized tests.
    Free testing.
    No Fee testing save for MD, engineer, STEM, Science positions?
    Vocational apptitude testing IF req with degree IE Engineering, Medical, Design.
    Merge SAT & ACT Tests.
    Online Testing
    Testing at College Ext Centers.
    No Pay 2 Play to get into college.
    Reduce tuition rates.
    Merge campus services??
    CUT Admin staffing alone.
    Use campus as Business Seedbed IE USC Anderson School etc.
    for side $$$ aside sports
    Make degrees functional aside Medical, Teaching, Eng fields.
    More can be done
    Base dorm rates on local rental rates near campus.
    Compete for dorm residents.
    Shuttle buses intoTown from Main campus for guests & students.
    Be creative colleges.
    & OK Free Speech 2

  • LeeMar Zarr

    03/29/2019 09:57 AM

    Mike, Please suggest an idea may be to give the demoncrats "lockjaw" if Muller was assigned to "investigate Obama/Hillary/Lynch/Comely FBI/CIA/DOJ arena of "collusion/obstruction/corruption/lying to congress/federal judges etc." As the MC commercial says...the looks and reactions of the demoncrats would be "priceless."

  • Kathy Benz

    03/29/2019 09:11 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, while I love your commentaries, especially all the tongue-in-cheek comments, I disagree with the part about vaccines. There is much research available to the contrary of the article you cite. Please explain to me how injection of foreign substances such as mercury, monkey kidney cells and fetal tissue help the body in any way. Please read this book for the other side of the story: Vaccines, Are They Safe and Effective? by Neil Miller. Another amazing video series called The Truth about Vaccines is also an eye-opener. Isn’t it better to know both sides of the story?

  • Anita Mae Barker

    03/29/2019 05:30 AM

    Good comments, Mike. Have a great day!

  • Dolores Miltenberget

    03/29/2019 02:02 AM

    Both my Husband Gordon and I appreciate your information and thank you so very much
    God Bless you and your time.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/29/2019 12:04 AM

    I commented the other day about Obama putting a chip in to the brain of his elected and appointed officials I was using satire to illustrate how people with some intellect can behave with an abundance of ignorance . Watching little Adam Schiff and Brennan I would like to retract the statement of the chip as I believe its true, Obama ordered to have chips in the skulls of these people to never allow them to be truthful, forgiving, logical, but most of all always demolish what is good for the country and its citizens. These Obama people are demolition experts in ruining what is good can any of your readers recall what they have done to fix any of America's problems in the last 10 years? Our President has fixed quite a few of Obama follies however America's to do list is still extensive. If our President stays on the same path the 2 years he has been working he should have the country in the greatest form it has ever been when he is done in 6 years. Just maybe Donald Jr may fix what's left or improve Sr. product. Lets hope the chip maker goes out of business! I have had enough of these lunatics take the chips out and put obamas people in the rest home for the insane. PS see I have compassion!!

  • Geri Zamora

    03/28/2019 10:14 PM

    I'm surprised you would approve of martial law enforced on parents who are educated on the efficacy of vaccines. These parents do not take this decision lightly! I suggest you educate yourself on the CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson who has agreed to appear before Congress if he would be subpoenaed. He can testify to scientific fraud on the causal relationship between the MMR and autism, Another point of contention is that there are conflicts of interest of those writing the science with those reviewing their studies. We're told vaccine science is "settled". No other science says that!! How can Big Pharma claim it's settled when they've paid out over $4 BILLION in damages. ALSO, there is a severe lack of safety testing, yet parents aren't allowed to question the safety of vaccines!?! Maybe, you don't have a loved one is vaccine-injured. I DO!

  • albert behrens

    03/28/2019 09:57 PM

    I no longer listen to the nightly news - Fox. Same old, same old. Am a supporter of our Pres. His criticism of McCain is right on, but a little late. I only contribute to PACs supporting our Pres. No more to pol. parties.
    Top 1000 fortune companies: still waiting for them to fund the Wall. Is America worth defending, I want to know this from their top management - or do they just want the cheap labor.

    From a deplorable and irredeemable person, am so tired of the daily insults from the usual suspects!

    God is watching!

  • Francesca

    03/28/2019 09:55 PM

    Mike, I truly love your newsletter. I try not to watch much news anymore - they are SO annoying. But it seems it must be on 24/7 - I hear lots of lies or accusations against our president. Tonight on Fox, a young, blonde airhead make the comment that our President is spewing the words "Make America Great Again" and in her view, Trump is peddling racism by wanting to go back to greater times which included slavery and racism. Feminists would cringe at the "Dumb Blonde" handle, but seriously, is this a smart statement? How do these people come up with these things? Our half/black president said "He could have been my son" when a young black boy died; was he being racist by not ever saying that about a white boy who died?" Why are we trying to get into presidents' heads and divide ourselves over remarks that never were never meant to be judged? Or repeated. Why does Fox News bring these people on their show ? Adding fuel to the fire? I'm thanking you because now that I got that off my chest, I will sleep better tonight. Thank you and Sarah for the fine reporting.

  • Phyllis Warren

    03/28/2019 09:53 PM

    Mike I’m writing you because you way you read all the comments...and I think you could get a message to the top if I’m just wondering why AOC and her followers think it would make a difference for the USA to implement her Green New Deal if we are the only country in the world to do it? Do they think we would be in a Green Bubble here in North America with the only fresh air, clean water, and low carbon print in the world? If not, I say the Congress of the United States of America is a waste of their time...they need to resign and go global with their GND for the whole world!! And they can start in China...I’m sure it will be a hit there!!

  • Angela Lopez

    03/28/2019 09:40 PM

    Well, Miss Mannerly, I appreciate your response to the inquirer regarding President Trump’s comments about the late John McCain. However, you both left out one detail - he was responding to a question asked of him, not just spouting it off like a complaining Democrat. He pointed that out to Maria Bartiromo recently when she asked him about the comments. He said he was only responding, not bringing it up. Okay, then. That’s all!

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    03/28/2019 09:39 PM

    2 points : first, I would like our President to stop speaking I'll of John McCain. It won't gain anything by continuing to speak about who did what to whom. It's done. Let it go.
    Second: Why are illegal aliens being detained here. Close the border completely, get a hold on the crisis before one more illegal crosses, round up ALL known illegals and return them to their home country. Then, the illegals that have contributed to American society, and worked hard, can be put on a fast track to citizenship. We should not be spending all our resources feeding, clothing, and giving medical care to those who manage to make it over the wall. Where do they get the information on how to collect on all of the government programs?

  • Ira Edwards

    03/28/2019 09:06 PM

    From the author of Honest Nutrition, an orthomolecular textbook --
    An invitation to corruption:
    If an industry is protected from liability by the government, will it do unbiased safety studies for its products?
    If government and many agencies and their employees insist that a product is safe, will an industry reveal anything to the contrary?
    If the benefits of a product came mostly from another source, with the industry counter that misinformation?

    Communicable diseased declined by about 90% before vaccines were used. The rate of decline was not changed by vaccines. The decline was due to water treatment and other public health measures.

    Dr. Chris Exley of Keele University in England and other researchers in Canada, France, Israel and China (none in US) have found strong causation of autism and related conditions by aluminum in vaccines.

  • Mancy

    03/28/2019 08:54 PM

    If the politicians were really concerned about the measles epidemic, they would close the borders. The measles did not appear out of no where. They were brought here by illegal aliens. Legal immigrants must undergo a health exam. We now have diseases such as dengue fever that had never been in America. Political correctness is obviously more important than American citizens health. At least to Democrats

  • rodney burke

    03/28/2019 07:59 PM

    no comment needed Mike, you said it all with precision. I am hoping that the "talking heads" at CNN have indictments with their names on them and they go down. CNN "ws the epitome of journalism in the Gulf war but they are sure deteriorated since.

  • W Larry Hunt

    03/28/2019 07:55 PM

    You need to do more research on vaccines. Not always a good thing.
    Where’s the research and long term studies?
    If vaccines work, why are the vaccinated concerned? They are protected.
    And, why do we panic over a few cases (less than 10) in an area?

  • Nancy Lawson

    03/28/2019 06:55 PM

    First and foremost, I want to thank you for your comments everyday. As a strong fundamental Bible Believing Christian and retired math teacher, married to a Veternam veteran and from the beautiful mountains of SE KY, I can rely on what you say to be the truth. In fact, you are our go-to source.
    Secondly I wish I had some way to convey to President Trump our humble thanks to him for the stand he takes against the many wrongs congress and the news have coveyed. (I wanted to revert to my hillbilly language and say that Congress has gone hog wild and crazy. LOL).
    Thirdly I want President Trump to know that my entire family (4 children and their spouses who happen to all have college degrees support him to the fullest and pray for him. I get so aggravated the way the media has treated him, plus his wife and children. He has stood up to a lot more than would have broken any.