Evening Edition - August 6

August 6, 2020 |

STAGGERING NUMBER OF AMERICANS SEE BIAS IN THE MEDIA

Gallup and the Knight Foundation just released a massive poll on Americans’ views of the media. No wonder people weren’t as outraged as the media thought they should be when President Trump called them “the enemy of the people!”

The survey of more than 20,000 adults found pessimism about the news media delivering factual, nonpartisan information deepening. A staggering 86% of Americans see at least a “significant” amount of bias in the media (49% see “a great deal” of it), and 73% say there’s “too much bias in the reporting of news stories that are supposed to be objective.” They don’t buy that it’s unintentional or just their subjective perceptions: 54% believe the media knowingly misrepresent facts, and 28% think they make up facts entirely (believe me, I could do a “Fake News” feature every day.)

As for all the divisiveness that the media blame on Donald Trump: 48% of Americans say the reporters deserve “a great deal” of blame for our deep political divisions, while another 36% let them off easy with only “a moderate amount” of the blame.

Of course, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Republicans express more negative sentiments about every aspect of the media’s performance than Democrats. Maybe that’s because you’re less likely to be negative about people who are biased toward your side. But then, to approve of their bias is to admit they’re biased. And since 86% of Americans agree they are (and 86% aren’t Republicans), that means a lot of Democrats must know the news they’re watching isn’t objective or trustworthy, but they approve of it anyway. These Americans are known as “MSNBC viewers.”

Here’s Stephen Kruiser of PJ Media, with some bluntly-expressed examples of the most egregious recent media bias and why it’s so dangerous to America.

"BLUE" CITIES ADOPT STRICT COVID POLICIES, WHILE THEY IGNORE CRIME

The mayors of such big blue cities as New York, Chicago and L.A. don’t seem willing or able to stop their residents from rioting or shooting each other, but they are going medieval on anyone who violates their coronavirus rules (unless they do it to protest the police, of course.)

It’s ironic that New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio is instituting checkpoint stops on in-bound travelers, quarantines and other strict rules that will make it even harder to come to New York at the same time that Gov. Cuomo is practically begging people who’ve bugged out to come back. Cuomo even pleaded, “I’ll buy you a drink!” Where? Aren’t the bars closed? And how do you drink through a mask? Well, he also promised to cook.

But let’s get real: New York has been losing its tax base for years as productive residents flee to other states like Florida. It isn’t just the Chinese virus that’s diving them out; it’s the virus of leftist policies that’s bringing back the bad old days of high crime, gangs, drugs, homelessness, filth and sky-high taxes.

I have sympathy for New Yorkers for all they’re having to endure right now (although they lost a lot of my sympathy when they voted to reelect DeBlasio.) But I have to assure them that they won’t have to worry about me coming anytime soon. The one negative about doing my former Fox TV show was that every weekend, I had to go to New York. You have no idea how much I love being on TBN and doing our show from our beautiful theater in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

I’ve often wondered what would happen to New York (or to San Francisco and other big blue cities) if people ever realized that these days, much of the work they do, including stock trading, can be conducted via computer, out of an office in a beautiful spacious home overlooking the ocean in Texas or Florida, where there are no income taxes and the mortgage is less than what they were paying to rent an apartment the size of a Toyota. A gradual exodus from these cities may have been inevitable, but thanks to the necessity for all white-collar employees to work at home and all the arts and nightlife shutting down anyway, the coronavirus has pressed the accelerator to the floor.

CRIME AND MORE CRIME

Earlier this week, I read in a liberal media outlet that the claim that crime is going up in cities like New York due to leftist officials letting criminals out of jail with no bail was “debunked.” They should tell that to all this guy’s victims; maybe it would miraculously heal their gunshot wounds.

Meet four Portland teenagers facing federal charges for their alleged part in the violent protests…

...And the 22-year-old Nashville woman now facing federal arson charges after she was allegedly shown on social media trying to set fire to the historic Metro Courthouse (AKA City Hall.)

Too bad it took them so long to learn that actions actually have consequences, but maybe a few hundred more such prosecutions will help get the word out to their peers.

BACK TO SCHOOL (OR NOT) NEWS

An unintended positive consequence of the pandemic is that college students who have to attend online will not be getting their standard fall dose of leftist, anti-American brainwashing.

And here’s a piece by a New York City nurse who points out that she has spent months working directly with COVID-19 patients, and grocery store employees kept working, so why should teachers be considered any less “essential?” Her husband, who is a public school teacher, opposes a strike and feels it’s his duty to serve in the classroom. My observation: some of those grocery workers are no doubt high school students themselves, so even the kids continued working while their teachers’ unions are fighting going back to work.

(FYI, that’s in the Atlantic, so of course the writer blames New York’s problems on the federal government and President Trump, who made sure New York had no shortage of ventilators or hospital rooms, and not on her own local and state Democratic leaders, who made every possible wrong decision and turned nursing homes into killing fields.)

IMPORTANT EDUCATION STORY

here’s an important education story that I can’t find anywhere in the mainstream media:

Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the SCHOOL (Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning) Act. Since teachers’ unions are refusing to let schools reopen but expect taxpayers to keep funding them anyway, Paul’s bill would reallocate federal education funds directly to parents. Parents would get their own tax money back to use to educate their children however they see fit, whether in public schools, private schools or for supplies, tutoring and other expenses of home-schooling.

This is such a great idea that the media will surely try to bury it, as will Democrats, who depend heavily on teachers’ unions to get them reelected. I’m sure it will be assailed, just as school choice and vouchers are, as an assault on our sacred public school system.

Sorry, but I’ve studied theology, and I see nothing sacred about any governmental “system.” I think the public school system is a great and noble idea, and I have nothing but respect for the many dedicated teachers who are a part of it and who give their all (and sometimes spend their own paychecks on supplies the schools won’t provide.)

But the devil’s bargain between the union leaders and the Democratic Party has perverted that system. Our sole focus should be on how to provide the most effective learning experience for every student. Instead, we see failing schools kept open, students forced into them at detriment to their futures, political indoctrination substituted for real history and civics, and incompetent teachers protected, as if their job security were more important than our children’s futures. Just as with any other government system, I support the public school system as long as it works. When it starts doing more harm than good, then like a broken-down car, you either need to fix the problems or trade it in on something new that will get you where you need to go.

IN CASE THE MEDIA FORGOT TO TELL YOU

At the Oval Office, "vicious racist" President Donald Trump just hosted the swearing-in of Gen. Charles Q. Brown as the first African-American Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK...KEEPING CHINA AFLOAT

A report by Horizon Advisory consulting found that between $192 and $419 million in loans from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program went to more than 125 Chinese-owned or invested companies. Worse, three of the companies are on a Pentagon list of companies owned or controlled by the Chinese military. Even if the loans did save jobs in the US, many of the companies could have gotten funds from other sources, and the tax money they took could have gone to other small businesses that were hurting.

You’d think China would have helped bail them out during the pandemic, considering China, you know, unleashed the pandemic.

CAT OUT OF THE BAG

Sen. Bernie Sanders just let it slip that electing Joe Biden President will bring America the same ruinous socialist agenda that voters rejected when they nominated Biden instead of Bernie Sanders.

TIMELY REMINDER

Here's a timely reminder that “separation of church and state” (a phrase not found in the Constitution) was based on the need for keeping the state's hands off the church, just as much if not more so than on keeping the church out of the state.

When you have the highest-ranking officials at the highest level of government turning on one another to escape blame for the worst political abuse of power scandal in history, you’d think the media would be drooling to cover that story. But it’s an Obama scandal, so they’re ignoring the story and just drooling.

DEADLY INACTION

There was a massive explosion in Beirut this week that killed at least 135 people, injured 5,000 more and caused devastating damage that’s left up to 300,000 people homeless. Investigators have been trying to ascertain if it was an attack, a hidden weapons cache or what? Now, it appears that it might have been due to Russian fertilizer.

A Russian ship called the MV Rhosus that was carrying agricultural fertilizer with 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate came into port in Beirut in 2013. It had technical and financial problems, was abandoned by its owners, and the crew sent back to Russia. It’s been there for years, despite multiple warnings from the customs director to the judiciary that it was a “floating bomb,” warnings that were apparently ignored. So the explosion wasn’t due to a deadly action by a foreign government, but deadly inaction by Lebanon’s own government. And yet some people still insist that we need to entrust every important aspect of our lives to the care and efficiency of government bureaucrats.

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  • Gregory George Keller

    08/08/2020 04:47 PM

    They are saying all across America that you can not meet or worship or sing in church . My question is didn't jesus say I am the church and why can't we worship then in the streets and sing praises to God . We could call it peaceful protest and even do t in front of he governor's mansions . Paul and beer dod this through out there ministry and thousands came each time to the Lord. Just a thought from God anticipating a reply

  • kenneth james Coon

    08/08/2020 06:49 AM

    Great job you are doing. Could all this trouble the dem's are causing, led to a civil war???

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    08/07/2020 01:14 PM

    Hard to believe that the seized Ammonium Nitrate wasn't just distributed to farmers. Once it was abandoned...Bureaucratic inertia...kills...everywhere !

  • Emily R. Bath

    08/07/2020 11:50 AM

    Thank God they are finally seeing how biased the new media is. I was starting to think everyone was starting to see the emporer's new clothes!

  • William J Douglas

    08/07/2020 10:38 AM

    Here's a story the fake news won't report. Results of "peaceful protests". This is anarchy aimed at destroying the U.S.

    https://youtu.be/ltRkbQ8TdcQ

  • nancy stremmel

    08/07/2020 09:35 AM

    On August 6, 2020 I saw a political TV ad on 27News Harrisburg, PA with the news anchor, James Crummel , pictured in the back ground with a lady talking about how bad Pres. Trump is . I had no bad feels towards him. He was always fair, but to bring his point onto the Stations news just showed me how low news reporters will go. Done with 27 news.

  • Geoff Jones

    08/07/2020 03:14 AM

    After watching what the DEMS did to AG Barr with "Reclaim my time, Reclaim my time" maybe Trump should "reclaim his time" after what they did to him and be able to run in 2024.

  • Vivian Sill

    08/07/2020 03:03 AM

    As always you are spot on with your comments about the media. But I need to say that not all teachers who belong to one of the unions agree with the values of the union. I taught for 36 years in Kansas and belonged to NEA all those years. I refused to give them PAC money because I did not sport their choices. You might ask why then did I belong. Because at the time I joined in the late ‘60’s it was the only way I was aware of to have liability insurance and other protections. I’m glad that I don’t have to teach in these turbulent times.

  • jerold markin

    08/07/2020 02:46 AM

    Hi Mike, I would like to challenge any "honest reporter" in New York City to ask 3 questions of all elected official.s 1) do you own a firearm? 2) Does anyone in your house hold own a firearm or have access to one? 3) Do any of your security members have a firearm on duty?
    That would be very revealing information for NY suing the NRA.

  • Mary Bangs

    08/07/2020 02:37 AM

    98% of news is liberal biased. Journalism is no longer about facts, only about a liberal leaning agenda. Obviously owned by the liberals with an agenda against Trump, morals. They are about opinion and trying to destroy America.

  • Anne Turner

    08/07/2020 01:54 AM

    The school situation is so sad, particularly in the inner cities. I want to tell you a story that happened a number of years ago. It illustrates how very unfair to the youth that they have diplomas that say they are quaLifted and they believe it. A friend told me is a young black man who went to work for a technical company after graduating with a degree in engineering. He was a really nice guy, well liked, cooperative and wanted to work. It soon became apparent that he knew very little about engineering. He had never taken calculus fir example. They had to let him go because they would not be able to train him given his lack of background. How very unfair to a good young man to be told he was a qualified engineer and he was not even close. I heard another story about a young Black woman who finished law school and was hired by a law firm. After a time it became apparent that she could not string two sentences together. She thought she was a qualified attorney. To graduate children from high school who cannot read and do basic algebra is criminal. Many are accepted at colleges. How can we set young people up for failure just so we can show feel good numbers? Soon good teachers will no longer want to teach. Many are being forced to teach objectionable material. One reason their pay is low is because there are so many high priced administrators, particularly those who are charged with making sure there is diversity and that children, not only accept, but celebrate those that choose alternatives. Don’t get me wrong, .i do believe that children and everyone need to accept “others” treating them with kindness but children are being encourage to make up their minds about sexual preferences much too early.

  • K. Smith

    08/06/2020 11:40 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I want to donate (a small amount) to the Republican party and (especially) President Trump's reelection campaign but do not trust conventional channels. What would you suggest as the most fool-proof address / web url / other? Thank you!

  • Charles Simmons

    08/06/2020 11:14 PM

    Bias in the “news” actually qualifies as liberal-democrat-progressive-Marxist propaganda.
    The general theme of the democrat Marxist RICO propagandists resembles the Pink Floyd lyrics : “We (you) don’t need no education” ...
    For the last 100 years the United Marxist Democrat Progressive have tried to get their hands on USA ... they nearly succeeded in 2008-2016 with their selection of 0bama-Biden. Now they try again ...

  • Barbara Meade

    08/06/2020 11:10 PM

    I am so missing a reporter who reports. Lately, what passes for reporting is a man with a mike giving me his opinion. Thanks, but I will develop my own opinion just report facts and quit making me change the channel.

  • Lowell Smith

    08/06/2020 10:39 PM

    So sick of all the peaceful protesters in down town portland. Seems odd that they only do their protesting from Midnight to 2 or 3 am. Also, seems rather strange that to protest they have to wear camo clothing and carry bats, fireworks and molotov coctails.
    I also wonder why the feds are not tracing the $$ that is supporting this nonsense, and Jailing them plus charging them with crimes in supporting terror.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/06/2020 10:20 PM

    Thank you

  • Carl "T" Smith

    08/06/2020 10:06 PM

    I'm Not a Seer but I believe Trump is using Saul Alinsky's Rules on the Left and the media, yeah I know that's redundant, but The left and the media have either gone insane or actually are the definition of being educated beyond their Intelligence. Being played like they were the Mafia controlled construction industry in NYC? i.e. he is experienced in handling Thugs and Idiots.

  • Betty R Reisinger

    08/06/2020 09:35 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    Perhaps President Trump will decide to do to the teacher's union what President Reagan did to the employees of the air controllers union. Would it be possible that the Democratic Party is using Joe Biden as a false candidate until their convention when another candidate will be chosen? Surely they are not keeping him apart from politics because he is so inept, uninformed of what's going on, mentally failing and unable to answer logical questions. It is difficult to believe that Democrats support someone like Biden, it is believable that this is a ruse.

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    08/06/2020 09:29 PM

    I haven't trusted the media since the 1980s. I was the Chaplain at juvenile probation camps Munz and Mendenhall in LA County at that time. They would write stories for the newspaper about the camps & my work that were flat out fairy tails. So, that is when I came to distrust the media. It wouldn't surprise me if they endorsed the tooth fairy for president.

  • Elizabeth Brody

    08/06/2020 09:29 PM

    With all the trash that I e heard come from mouths of reporters and the print, I would say that the leftist media and some Fox reporters are fully (100%) responsible for people’s negative reaction.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    08/06/2020 09:24 PM

    Thank you for all you do and your newsletter. I am 87 and it breaks my heart to see what is going on in America. I am reading “Cop Under Fire” and Sheriff Clarke pits it on the line. The movement Black Life Matters is bad. All lives matter. God will not bless a country with so much evil and violence. I am praying and voting for President Trump. I dont know how he survives all the evil against him.

  • Bill Taylor

    08/06/2020 09:11 PM

    I can help explain the Democrat perspective by one ‘reversing’ the quote below :
    “... since 86% of Americans agree they are (biased) (and 86% aren’t Democrats), that means a lot of Republicans must know the news they’re watching isn’t objective or trustworthy, but they approve of it anyway. These Americans are known as “FOX viewers.”

  • Dennis Riley

    08/06/2020 09:10 PM

    I greatly enjoy reading your daily newsletters. One criticism of this evening’s first headline: it should be “Staggering number [not amount] of Americans see bias in the media.” A simple internet search will explain the difference in usage between “number” and “amount.”

  • Sandra Blake

    08/06/2020 09:03 PM

    thank you for providing a viewpoint different from our left-leaning media. I have friends in San Francisco who call for the left-leaning "news" and actua!ly believe it!

  • Mike Horst

    08/06/2020 09:02 PM

    Mike, Let us pray and hope that the American people see through the torrential lies of the Democrats. These people are such low life's. I do not ever in my life remember loathing anything more than Democrat politicians in general. It’s not just DC Dems, it is people like
    De Blasio on and on. Where do they find these creeps? How in the world were they ever elected? Of course Then we have AOC and the Jahadies to top it off! They are All just running amuck with no consequences!