May 6, 2018

In a post yesterday, I made reference to the various news outlets that went on a blood-in-the-water feeding frenzy over the NBC scoop that President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen had been wiretapped…only to have to reel in their hysteria a couple of hours later when NBC retracted the story (turns out Cohen's call records were monitored but his conversations were not recorded.) Among the ones I chided in passing for their “breathless” reaction to this non-scoop was CNN. Apparently, this greatly upset them (Really? Being called “breathless” is the worst thing they’ve heard about CNN lately?) because I got a lot of grief over that. Critics attacked me, saying that CNN hadn’t run with that story and accusing me of making up “fake news” about fake news.

Admittedly, like most people, I see CNN these days only when stuck in airports (as if long layovers aren’t aggravating enough.) But I did see a clip that certainly made it appear that CNN discussed the story and aired some pretty breathless reactions. I direct your attention to the third clip in this montage from Laura Ingraham’s Thursday show, starting at the 5:58 mark:

I think that proves that my comment about CNN was made in good faith. If anyone has proof that Fox News fabricated that clip or took it wildly out of context so that it was not what it appeared to be, then I’ll cheerfully retract my jibe and apologize. But if not, then I will cheerfully suggest that all the people who tried to impugn the integrity of me and my staff go pound sand.

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Speaking of this latest “fake news” fiasco, I’d like to point out that my small band of staffers and I knew about that NBC story the minute it hit the wires, but you’ll notice we didn’t rush to post a comment on it. That was because it didn’t pass our smell test from the get-go. We were skeptical of the alleged sources, reluctant to give credence to such a bombshell on such flimsy grounds, and we’ve seen that some media outlets will rush to air with anything that reflects badly on Trump then check the facts later. In other words, my little Internet site has higher journalistic standards than NBC and a better nose for rancid cheese. So when it was retracted, we didn’t have to retract it, too, because we were never gullible enough to run it in the first place.

And how is it possible that such nice, sweet folk as us could be so cynical about this particular subject? Chalk it up to experience:



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  • Linda Olds

    05/07/2018 04:07 PM

    Governor, you mentioned John Kerry interfering in negotiations with Iran. Some people say that's ok, as the Iran deal is his legacy.
    However, it's been reported that he has also talked to the Palestinian Authority, telling them that President Trump will not be president for long, and they don't have to worry about dealing with him. If that isn't illegal, it's at least very wrong.

  • Amy Denise Bell

    05/07/2018 02:49 PM

    Keep doing good Mike! I don't know what denomination you are, but, I am Methodist.
    John Wesley said: Do all the good you can; by all the means you can; in all the ways you can; at all the times you can; to all the people you can: as long as ever you can!
    There will ALWAYS be the jerks, because the devil just isn't going to rest.
    God is on your side!

  • Scerita A. Dugas

    05/07/2018 11:22 AM

    Shame on them, egg on their faces; but, they go after you. Hang in there Gov. you keep doing what you are doing by calling out the fakes in the "news" industry, NOT.

  • Carolyn Shotsky

    05/07/2018 07:06 AM

    Young people already do not listen to any news. Now my senior friends are tuning OUT most news. If something truly horrific happens, few will be aware!

  • Michael B. Arp

    05/07/2018 03:51 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, a great analysis, as usual! You're so correct; airports and the occasional fast food joint are the only places you see the "Commie News Network!" (I wonder what CNN pays those people to use it? LOL!) Have a great Day, Sir! Mike.

  • Remedios Cruz

    05/07/2018 01:03 AM

    Unfortunately there’s a lot of evil in this world we live in and I could but pray for them that they do not ruin our President and his family and you as well! I don’t watch CNN nor the other fake news out there. God bless you and Janet and your family as well and our loved Country USA !

  • Jim Gaskins

    05/06/2018 11:50 PM

    Governor, most all of us reading this are aware of the fact that you have far more integrity than any of the mainstream news organizations. We’ve got your back. Keep fighting in the same honest and decent way you always have. ??

  • Denise A Wright

    05/06/2018 09:22 PM

    This reminds me of spoiled unmannerly children playing together. One calls another hateful and foul names. Yet another child on the playground "calls them out" and tells them to stop and apologize. The verbal bully starts crying and yelling hateful things including that the "good Samaritan" child is picking on them all the while running to the teacher to tattle.
    CNN is absolutely ridiculous and so out of touch with mainstream America. My husband and I work out at our local Y and all the televisions are on CNN...oh wait, one is set on MSNBC. Ugh. Most definitely this is done for the under 35 crowd which I am not a member of...anymore.
    Mr. Huckabee keep up the great work and continue speaking the truth. The REAL NEWS. God bless you and may He continue to keep you and your family in His care.

  • Russell E cavanagh

    05/06/2018 09:03 PM

    Mike there isn't anything cnn says that I believe. Course I never watch it anyway. It's so pathetic to go thru life trying to destroy the best president we've had in many years. Mr Trump is trying and succeeding to make America great again and all the politicians can't stand it because they're so corrupt and he's not one of them. Hopefully he'll be reelected in 2020 and after that he'll set a trend where non politicians will be elected. I served this country for 24 years and I'll do whatever it takes to keep liberals from destroying it. keep up the good work as we have faith in you.

  • Jo E Gray

    05/06/2018 08:17 PM

    Apparently your link has been blocked, because it consistently says, "An error has occurred. Try again later."

  • Kim Freeman

    05/06/2018 08:17 PM

    Following up on a tip, CNN investigative reporters have uncovered facts and pictures that confirm Donald Trump crash landed in Roswell NM in 1947. Mueller investigation team may have proof that Donald Trump is an illegal alien.
    Impeachment hearings are scheduled by Democrats pending the outcome of Mueller’s investigations.

  • Susan Lunsford

    05/06/2018 08:01 PM

    Bless their little sweet hearts??

  • Thomas Freis

    05/06/2018 07:52 PM

    Keep up your great work. You’re a true American as is Your daughter. I pray for you and your family.

  • Dorothy Addington

    05/06/2018 07:43 PM

    Mike - If CNN is a critic of yours, you've got the right enemies! I don't give a RAT'S REAR END to whatever CNN or those who support them say...I turn them OFF!!!!!! (That goes for all the MSM blabbers!) BTW, you have an AMAZING daughter, Sarah! I so admire her spunk and patience with the press! The treatment that she receives from critics should fall back on their own heads, if justice prevails!
    God bless you and your family!

  • Tom Adams

    05/06/2018 06:59 PM

    My parents survived the depression. So you know how I feel about all this stuff. It is sad to see our country argue over the merits of our Constitution. Unless you were educated in our history one can not appreciate what a gift our Constitution is. My kids and grand kids have no idea how artfully It is being pealed apart. I appreciate your columns and am thankful that you are fighting the media and the swamp. I hope you know that you are making a difference. Thanks!! God knows if Trump will survive. But it was certainly Divine Intervention that he was elected and in someways "guided" to create this polarization to open our eyes to what a serious state our country is in.


    05/06/2018 06:49 PM


  • Laurie Giesler

    05/06/2018 06:39 PM

    The anti-Trumpets are throwing anything at the wall to see if something sticks! What was STORMy really doing? Is this all about paying off a nuisance? Or, is it something else?

  • Michael Curri

    05/06/2018 06:31 PM

    Mike,Your program is great and you are a voice of strength from a less populated but wonderful State(Arkansas).
    Being from NY originally (upstate...but knew NYC pretty well)... It was a breath of fresh air to see Rudi Julianna put his hat in the ring as an attorney for D. Trump. When he was Mayor he made NYC "Hum", and cleaned it up like no ones business.. and you felt the wonder of the City as all great America Cities should be. The decline after his mayor ship was slow since he had done such a great job of cleaning it up with a common sense and firm hand approach. Unfortunately a great paper like the NY Times (now "The NY Slimes") that was much less one sided and less bias, now has followed suit with another that was a blood hound of truth, and now has turned into a rabid dog of mis-information that finds its emphasis more on degraded non-exceptional events to help keep a radical instability, when reporting events about the Congress and the Whitehouse . The Washington Post, is on its way as the other news outlets as to be "Mortem"... "The Washington Post Mortem", is headed into uneventful malady.... Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech can only be co-founded on sound and strong constitutional foundations. We have seen a terrible injustice that has been festering for a long time that is opposed to this countries principals with the agenda of these inflammatory and gossipy agendas.(so called drooling jibberish news). Can we not proclaim our unity in a much sounder foundation mode of press, with the media uplifting its standards with much more coverage and praise of world events and national economic and national healing events which have transpired over this new and revitalizing administrations Renaissance of our Great Country? And yes, be joyful and triumphant for its strong stand for True Freedom over the past year and half plus... TY Mike for being there with people who read more about American History than those that Facebook, Google, Text...etc... for intermediate unworthy and nonfactual dissected interpretations..

  • David Bevil

    05/06/2018 06:00 PM

    I was born in North Arkansas but I DID NOT ride to town on a cabage truck: I take EVERYTHING the mainstream media reports with a dose of salts and the realization that they ALWAYS have a hidden agenda. God Bless.

  • Bryant Wood

    05/06/2018 05:52 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I used to watch your television program every time I could! I loved it! When Sarah became the Whitehouse Press Secretary, I was so happy for her! Not only is she beautiful and graceful, but also, very intelligent! I try to watch all of the meetings, now that I'm retired, but I sometimes get so upset because the Press is so biased against our President Trump! I worked in the Legal field for over 25 years, for Attorneys, a Judge and sometimes, the Judge's brother, who was a Texas State Senator for 10 years. Lol! That was when I was a Democrat! I am now a very proud Republican and am against so many things of which the Democrats are for! I am a female who raised six (6) children by myself, was never on Welfare (except-received $143/month in Food Stamps for one year, after a terrible accident at work) and.... all my children are Republicans! Just want you to know how much you are loved and respected in my family!

  • Bobby Adams

    05/06/2018 05:39 PM

    Mike, As you know we are living in the end of the church age and satan knows this also. The evil being spread through the liberal media should not surprise any Christian. Things will get a whole lot worse I'm afraid, before we get Raptured and Jesus returns. God bless

  • Robert E Center

    05/06/2018 05:29 PM

    Mike, as a fellow Believer in JESUS and a Vietnam Vet, I have taken the stories of the MSM with a Large Bag of doubt for most of my life. At almost 72 I’ve seen this nation secumb to communist lies and tactics. My wife and I pray daily for Revival in All levels of society. I thank the Lord for Strong Leaders like You who are willing to declare Jesus as Lord and stand for the Truth. Blessings Bob

  • David Laman

    05/06/2018 05:27 PM

    I would have to say that anything bad said about you, the GOP or President Trump by the fake news is the highest and only complement they can pay you!

  • Michael Egbert

    05/06/2018 05:09 PM

    And all those media outlets speak as though they are the foremost authority and whatever they regurgitate your way is to be taken as the absolute gospel truth and you better well believe it and NOT question it ever!

  • GenX

    05/06/2018 05:07 PM

    Your loving approach to news and daughter has already been proven right!
    years ago, the simple way, not your way, not my way, but Yahweh.
    Now lets legalize weed and Jesus and be fiscally conservative.

  • helen Fass

    05/06/2018 05:07 PM

    Dear Mike, I appreciate you and your values but it upsets me to hear you asking Americans to support only Christian candidates. I believe we should leave a person's religion seperated from their political aspirations aside from saying that he or she is guided by moral religious values of honesty, kindness, family importance, respect for parents etc. These values are not limited to Christians alone as you know.Sincerely Helen Fass Philly

    These values are shared by many religions and traditions and this needs to be attested to here in America.

  • tom jeffs

    05/06/2018 04:57 PM

    when will Trump build that famous wall on the southern border of - - - Mexico ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    cheaper to build a 700 mile wall than a 2100 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and more efficient to police it with Mexican policia because ILLEGAL ALIENS are not allowed to stay in Mexico - - - - - - -

  • tom jeffs

    05/06/2018 04:56 PM

    when will Trump build that famous wall on the southern border of - - - Mexico ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    cheaper to build a 700 mile wall than a 2100 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and more efficient to police it with Mexican policia because ILLEGAL ALIENS are not allowed to stay in Mexico - - - - - - -

  • tom jeffs

    05/06/2018 04:55 PM

    when will Trump build that famous wall on the southern border of - - - Mexico ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    cheaper to build a 700 mile wall than a 2100 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and more efficient to police it with Mexican policia because ILLEGAL ALIENS are not allowed to stay in Mexico - - - - - - -

  • Terrence DeGrasso

    05/06/2018 04:40 PM

    Don't mean to be rude Governor, but intercourse them!

  • David Warner

    05/06/2018 04:37 PM

    They’re like vultures-they want to swoop down and grab any little morsel if it could possibly promote their anti Trump anti conservative agend. Even if it poisons them.

  • Louise

    05/06/2018 04:29 PM

    So proud of you and your little band as well as are the only news I watch or listen to. Up here in Canada the media is so biased that there is nothing to watch......we need you to cover Canada as well!!!

    God Bless you all!

  • Deborah Chesterfield

    05/06/2018 04:28 PM

    I wish Muller would stop this BS!!
    It's time for it to end!!
    God Bless r