Evening Edition - August 27

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August 27, 2019

I told you yesterday about the New York Times’ publisher accusing the White House of organizing a “coordinated campaign” to slander media outlets like the Times as biased just for covering this Administration “like any other: fairly, aggressively and fearlessly, wherever the facts lead.”

Are you through laughing yet?

Western Journal (recently the target of a biased and misleading Times hit piece accusing them of being biased and misleading in their news coverage) took the front page of the Sunday edition of the Times where that diatribe appeared and circled 10 – count ‘em, TEN – stories, all negative about Trump. Click the link to see it, along with an analysis of how each story was professionally slanted, with great care going into the choice of wording for maximum derision.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ny-times-complains-bias-10-anti-trump-stories-sundays-front-page/

To be fair, I should note that the entire front page isn’t all anti-Trump propaganda.  There’s also a puff piece about how Elizabeth Warren “went from pro-business to consumer advocate.”  How fair, aggressive and fearless of them!

Sorry, Mr. Sulzberger. When you make your bias that obvious, there’s no need for a “coordinated campaign” to point it out.  We have eyes, you know. 

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More bad headlines for the New York Times: it was reported Monday that their offices in New York are infested with bed bugs.  That prompted George Washington University associate professor David Karpf to joke on Twitter that "The bedbugs are a metaphor” for op-ed columnists like Bret Stephens.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/nyt-columnist-bret-stephens-bed-bug

That caused Stephens to react (some might say “overreact”) by contacting Karpf, who’s never even met him, accusing him of setting a new standard for incivility and inviting him to come to his house, meet his wife and children, and call him “bedbug” to his face.  Ironically, while hardly anyone saw Karpf’s initial tweet, Stephens’ over-the-top reaction prompted widespread comment, many of them pointing out that this was the type of reaction you’d expect from someone who’s crazy as a bedbug.

Want to hear something even more ironic?  By show of hands, when I wrote that the New York Times offices were infested with bedbugs, how many of you immediately thought I was talking about their editorial writers? 

All of you?  Yeah, that’s what I thought…

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Joe Walsh, who is launching a quixotic (that’s a fancy word for “insane”) challenge to President Trump in the GOP primaries, announced that he’s lost his national radio show.  Apparently, this came as a surprise to him, for some reason. He told CNN:

"I don't know why. I just got a notice before I came into the studio. I'm running for President. I oppose this President. Most of my listeners support the President. It's not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this President."

https://www.foxnews.com/media/joe-walsh-says-hes-lost-radio-show-since-launching-trump-challenge

I’m sure that CNN was happy to give viewers the impression that Walsh is the victim of some sort of conspiracy to deprive him of his show, backed by eeeeeevil Trump supporters.  But let me provide Mr. Walsh and CNN with a reality check:

In 2016, I decided to launch a second run for the White House.  This was a very hard decision because I knew that immediately upon announcing, I would have to give up my top-rated Fox News show, my appearances on Fox as a guest commentator, and my national radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” which was heard three times a day on over 500 stations nationwide. 

Poof: all gone!  And I knew it would be because under federal election law, you can’t host a TV or radio show while running for office.  When some on the left accused me of running just because it was somehow going to make me more money, I knew that their political views weren’t the only thing about them that was crazy.  I had to get by on savings and other income from non-broadcast sources, such as books and speeches. 

Meanwhile, many of my rivals for the office had no worries: they held political offices and continued getting a paycheck from the taxpayers, even though they were spending more time trying to get the next job than doing the current one.  That’s why I’ve long advocated that if you want to run for higher office, you should have to resign from any office you currently hold.  I can’t think of any field other than politics where you can continue to be paid even when you’re not only not showing up to work, you’re publicly spending all your time trying to land another job somewhere else. 

I had to give up a lot to run in 2016, but I thought the issues were so important that I made the sacrifice.  The voters went in a different direction, but at least I had a chance and I was able to inject some important issues into the national discussion.  As to what Mr. Walsh hopes to achieve, and why he thinks it was worth it to throw away his radio show on an endeavor that’s pointless and doomed from the get-go, you’ll have to ask him.  Maybe he just didn’t look into the election laws closely enough before he announced.  If I were him, I’d reconsider before Salem Media finds a fulltime replacement.

And no, I’m not hinting around for the job.  Although if Salem wants to call me, I’ll pick up the phone.

  

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I try not to cover every ridiculous statement made about the President by people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome for the same reasons I don’t cover every Joe Biden gaffe and every dumb quote from AOC: I have limited time and space, and at some point, it just starts to seem mean to point it out. 

But this one was so beyond the pale, I have to take note of it, particularly because CNN not only allowed it to go out over the air but host Brian Stelter did nothing to correct it.  And bear in mind, this show is called “Reliable Sources,” so even the title of the show was a lie:

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/cnn-guest-claims-trump-may-responsible-many-million-deaths-hitler-stalin/

This guest claimed that Trump may be responsible for “many more million deaths” than Hitler, Mao and Stalin.  Really?  Would you like to show us the bodies?  Because I’d think that would be pretty noticeable, considering Hitler was responsible for the deaths of about 20 million people, Mao for 20-45 million, and while estimates of Stalin’s death toll vary, it’s well up in the millions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excess_mortality_in_the_Soviet_Union_under_Joseph_Stalin

Considering that Trump once called off a planned attack on Iran because he was told it might kill 150 people and he thought that wasn't proportionate to Iran downing a US drone, I think he has a way to go before he rivals Hitler, Mao and Stalin in the mass-murdering department. 

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We’ve been hearing a lot of scary stories in recent weeks about the record number of wildfires destroying the Amazon rain forest.  That would be terrible, but is it really true?

At the link, Reason magazine reports that NASA says it’s not unusual to see a lot of fires in Brazil this time of year, and it’s impossible to say yet whether this year is record-breaking or within normal limits.  Even the New York Times reports that the majority of the fires seen in satellite photos are not old-growth rain forest but already-cleared land that’s being cleared again by farmers using routine controlled burns.  And while deforestation is up slightly, it’s still way below its peak in the early 2000s.

https://reason.com/2019/08/23/dont-panic-amazon-burning-is-mostly-farms-not-forests/

So why is this suddenly being covered as if it’s an unprecedented apocalypse that will doom attempts to stop climate change?  If you don’t keep up with international politics, maybe it’s because Brazil recently elected as President Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative who’s been compared to Trump. 

https://tennesseestar.com/2019/08/27/commentary-everything-youve-heard-about-the-amazon-fires-is-wrong/

In fact, Bolsonaro’s chief of staff said Brazil would reject $20 million worth of fire-fighting aid offered by the G7 nations, saying it would be better used to reforest Europe and that Brazil didn’t need lectures on how to prevent fires from French President Macron, who couldn’t even avoid a preventable fire in Notre Dame Cathedral.

You know, they’re right: I can see the resemblance to Trump! 

 

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  • Amelia Little

    08/29/2019 03:35 AM

    I (sort of) remember even way back when Ronald Reagan was running for President that even running his old movies on tv wasn't allowed because of the unfair exposure it would give him over other candidates who only had their political ads. I'm guessing maybe this walsh guy is so anti-Trump that he, like so many others, thinks that rules are made only for the opponent (mainly if the opponent is Donald Trump) and shouldn't have to apply to him.

  • william fuhrer

    08/28/2019 03:56 PM

    BERNIE PRAISES COMMUNIST CHINA SO THAT MEANS THAT BERNIE WHEN THE COMMIES DO WHAT THE COMMIE DO AGAINST THE HONG KONG DEMONSTRATORS BERNIE WILL IDENTIFY WITH THE HARSH ACTION. PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERS TO BUY GREENLAND...THAT'S WHAT CAPITALIST S DO RUSSIA JUST TAKES OVER CRIMEA...THATS WHAT COMMIES DO

  • William E. Lacure

    08/28/2019 01:45 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree 100% on " if you want to run for higher office, you should have to resign from any office you currently hold." I also think we need some other changes: Like NO Negative ad's. Tell me what you are going to do and why you are qualified for the position - like in business. This would go for all PAC's as well. That should get rid of about 1/2 of them. :) Also get rid of the outside money! Let We the People fund every race. Limit the amount of money for Primaries. Like no more than $25 from PEOPLE. And finally lets cut down the election time I. E. County Commissioner: campaign June - Sept 30 nothing in October (again We the People discuss them). expanding the time up to the presidential election January 5th thru Sept 30. I would love to know what you think!
    May God continue to Bless you and your Family!
    P. S. Congrats to Sara she'll be a breath of fresh air at Fox!

  • JC Holland

    08/28/2019 11:49 AM

    Where is Chuck Schumer? Last I heard, he is claiming to be Jewish. And yet, he continues to support the anti semitic Democratic party.
    Why? Is he being paid or threatened by Soros, Obama, and Clinton?
    Why is no one calling out All the Jewish democrats in Congress to change parties?
    Who is threatening these people to remain silent in the face of their parties anti semitic positions?

  • James Hoppe

    08/28/2019 06:40 AM

    I totally agree with your assessment that ALL CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT or other
    congressional offices should RESIGN from their present position....if getting paid by the taxpayers!

  • Michael john Cretaro

    08/28/2019 06:38 AM

    As a committed Christian, I cannot help but see what is really going on. Certain segments of our society, (the democrats and the left), trying to promote and legitimize sin. Whether it be an attack on truth(its just a fetus) or an attack on morals(LGBTQ is normal) or an attack on sanity(sure, let the 3rd world come here, we'll take care of them and give them free health care) or an attack on religion itself(we need the little sisters of the poor to pass out contraception), it all has one goal in mind, to try and permanently change society. What they don't realize is that they are ultimately doomed to fail because Christ is risen and all power and authority has been granted unto him. This is reality, not just belief. The left will fail, the only real question being, how much damage will they do to the country before they fail?

  • Rebecca Holstine

    08/28/2019 12:14 AM

    I want to thank Nelda White and her comment of 8/27/2019. About the Vietnam War. Thank you Nelda. You remember it the same way I remember it. I appreciate you saying what you did. My husband is a Vietnam Vet, and I never blamed the soldiers for losing the war. Or about what happened later in Laos. I blamed the politicians that didn't have the guts to win the war and give South Vietnam the gift of democracy and freedom. The South Vietnam people gave their lives for those things and we walked away. Knowing what was going to happen in Laos too, when we left.

  • Floyd Kimmel

    08/27/2019 11:35 PM

    I can hear it now the rain forest fires are due to Trump rejecting climate change. How else could the liberals explain it?

  • Jerry

    08/27/2019 11:24 PM

    I still can't understand who buys the New York Times. The people that read it probably know the writing is mostly lies do the readers read for entertainment like we did with the National Enquire from years ago. People liked to be entertained with gossip bizarre statements goofy stories that can not really be believed or proven like Big Foot creature from the black lagoon little green men and so on. I finally canceled my paper I didn't want to the route has one less paper to deliver and that either makes the driver happy or sad but the paper was not an honest edition and the ads became less and less the Ad people thought it was a waste of their money to advertise do the right thing NY Times rent your building out stop spreading lies and Fake news people become dummer when they read your hateful print. With regret as long as U keep people stupid with your print you will make your dime. Dirty Greedy Leeches. Oh by the way thanks for helping Donald Trump win the Presidency the smart people didn't buy your paper!!

  • Jody Maas

    08/27/2019 11:13 PM

    Thank you for your commentary posts.

    I used to think that justice would be served once the truth was revealed. I don't believe that anymore. I think our Republic is doomed and will no longer follow or financially support causes that have led to nothing.

  • Carl Smith

    08/27/2019 10:40 PM

    I have been a Climate Change denier before it was cool. The basic Idea of Man being Omnipotent enough to Change/ determine ones sex is dumb beyond belief but when it's carried over to the Climate it passes Insanity. It just proves man may be smart but can be an intellectual Moron all bundled into a package to deceive the sheeple. Or Just Follow the Money!

  • Dale Satrom

    08/27/2019 08:44 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, or if your not hooked on formalities, Mike. I so appreciate you, your newsletter here, your tv program, and all the positive you bring to me. I rely on you, to help me to survive this very negative season of life. Not trying to butter you up or anything, but you were my first pick for president, but God had a different idea, and I think he does a pretty stand up job, but I do want to thank you, Ben Carson, and all those who stand along side of our president and give him support. Thank you again and God bless your!!!

  • Gladys Hizer

    08/27/2019 08:26 PM

    Wish I could begin to be as humorous as you because it is great for the health and you gave me two laughs that tickled me to my toes with this newsletter. Thank you for the reminder that Trump didn't retaliate with the drone incident with Iran and saved 150 lives. I try to keep up with the news and your newsletter helps me with what I miss. With humor as a bonus!

  • Barney Flint

    08/27/2019 08:02 PM

    Gov Huckabee, My hats off to you and your crew for getting these messages out to all of us. A voice of honesty in a dark time.

  • Joanne Catherine Schmidt

    08/27/2019 07:50 PM

    The way I look at it, Governor, not only is Trump not responsible for millions of deaths, but he may be responsible for saving an unknown number of unborn babies with his pro life policies. Every Dem running for president wants to kill unborn babies, and many want to extend that to infants born alive.

  • George Curl

    08/27/2019 07:24 PM

    I miss the Huckabee Report. No offense, but I wish you'd stayed on the radio instead of running for POTUS.
    Keep up the good work you're now doing. The world needs more doses of southern philosophy.
    After all, Common Sense Isn't.

  • Bonnie Ullom

    08/27/2019 07:11 PM

    You are the bright spot on my news horizon. I loved Bolsonaro’s comment about Macron. And yeah, he reminds me of our President. Feature that, a conservative President in Brazil. I always read your comments. If I don’t have time to read your commentary, then I flag them and try to read them later.
    And we always watch you on TBN. Go, Gov!

  • Nelda White

    08/27/2019 06:57 PM

    No, Pres Trump is not responsible for all these deaths that the dood fantasizes about. However, the protesters that caused the US to quit the war in Vietnam are responsible for the deaths of severable million that Pol Pot killed after we left. We were ask to help south Vietnam to be a democratic country. We did try, but the more the protesters marched, the more American soldiers got killed because the government started limiting the help they needed and making bad calls. But congress finally kissed the protesters feet and a lot of blood was shed and our wonderful vets were shamed. Proud of you and love you vets.

  • Ray Henschen

    08/27/2019 06:35 PM

    Wonderful comments and a good read. One of your best!
    Always enjoy your articles, reviews and commentary!
    Thank you!

  • john C hashagen

    08/27/2019 06:14 PM

    TDS is in full bloom and will continue until the 2020 election is won again by our President.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/27/2019 05:36 PM

    Continue as Fox commentator your good there.
    & TBN show.