It might not matter much now who the so-called “whistleblower” is; we know this person didn’t even hear the phone call that prompted his or her complaint. A more important question would be, who passed along such misinformation about the call, and why?
In my Wednesday commentary, I mentioned that the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj, had worked for Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer and had gone on to work for the CIA. We’ve got more detail today.
According to Tristan Justice at THE FEDERALIST, he has worked for both the CIA and the Pentagon and now specializes in whistleblower and security clearances in his legal practice. The managing partner at Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC, Bakaj enjoys retweeting John Brennan and has bragged on Twitter about “running ops” to torpedo Trump nominees. For example, on September 25 of this year, he tweeted: “Thus far I’ve had a role in having a CIA IG removed and forced another one to withdraw his nomination for the position. We’ve had Congressional Intel Committee involvement – no small feat. I’m very patient and effective...This is another tactical and major salvo.”
Latest load of Schiff
I don’t know why anyone would be shocked that Adam Schiff (who is, incredibly, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is like putting a hamster in charge of a quantum physics committee) opened a hearing relating to dead-serious accusations of an impeachable offense against the President by reading a completely fabricated account of the Trump-Zelensky phone call that made the President sound stupid and guilty, then when called on it, claimed it was a “parody.” This kind of embarrassing conduct unworthy of a Congress member is exactly what we’ve come to expect from him over the past two-plus years.
Some of his previous “pranks”: For months on end, he claimed to possess damning evidence of “Russian collusion,” then never produced it, reminding many of us of McCarthy-era politicians waving a blank page and claiming it’s a list of communist spies. He pointed to the Mueller Report that found no evidence of collusion between the Russians and any American and still claimed that it’s filled with evidence of impeachment-level crimes. So of course, if Trump said nothing at all like Schiff wished he’d said on that phone call, Schiff would just claim that he did.
Adam Schiff long ago erased the line between truth and fiction, and now he’s working on the thin line between parody and self-parody. Everything he says should be taken with the same level of trust you’d put into a story from the Onion or the Babylon Bee. Let’s hope his unfunny and wildly inappropriate "parody" of Trump to make him sound like a crook and a fool is actually part of a plan to quit Congress very soon and become a writer for “The Daily Show.”
Bookmark And Share
By Mike Huckabee
Bookmark And Share! Those of us who have to be on social media know that it’s a swamp filled with reposts, retweets and memes, all purporting to list the countless ways in which President Trump has lied, launched racist attacks or committed countless impeachable felonies. There are so many that that bastion of objective journalism, the New York Times, just ran an op-ed listing 40 ways in which Trump has shown himself to be a fool, a criminal or a fascist, all of which have been recycled endlessly on social media.
So a big hat tip to the Bookworm blog for going through each and every one of them, refuting them with verifiable facts to show that they were either outright fake news, grossly misleading, stories and quotes taken wildly out of context, or examples of Trump either obviously joking or responding to attacks made on him first. This is something you’ll want to bookmark and share as the impeachment frenzy heats up and the election nears, for the same reason that someone who lives with a pyromaniac keeps a fire extinguisher handy.
Incidentally, none of this is news to me. In fact, reading it (and warning, it’s a long read, but that’s necessary because there are a lot of lies to refute) feels like talking a nostalgic visit over the past 10 years of my adventures in the media. Since launching my radio show “The Huckabee Report” in 2009, through my TV shows on Fox News and TBN, and my podcast, call-in radio show, newsletter and website, I’ve had to deal with all these stories (some of them stretch back to the Obama years), some of them repeatedly.
Many times, what I found myself doing wasn’t so much commenting on what was in the news that day, which was supposed to be my job, but correcting it. Fortunately, early on, I hired a couple of terrific writer/researchers who had previously written an internationally-syndicated radio prep service I admired. They had clients across the political spectrum, so they didn’t have the luxury of listening only to sources from one point of view. Before writing a capsule news item or topical joke, they had to make sure they got the story straight, from multiple reliable sources, and track down all alleged quotes to their original, full, in-context sources. They’ve helped me over the years, especially since the rise of Trump, to sift through a blizzard of biased, tilted and downright fake news, so that I can report and comment on what really happened. That’s why you’ll notice that we have never gone ballistic over “news” that was actually a clearly-labeled comedy piece from, say, “The Daily Show,” like some people I could name.
Nor do we put stories through a Cuisinart and chop, dice and rearrange the facts to create something fake and misleading, like CNN or the Washington Post (WaPo even put it on their front page.)
Of course, it’s no surprise that the Washington Post would publish something wildly misleading on its front page, since the day before, it published a “bombshell” news story credited to unnamed sources that were apparently a psychic hotline or Ouija board.
Oh, and you might have heard ABC’s “bombshell” report that an adviser to Ukrainian President Zelensky confirmed that Trump made investigating Biden a precondition for his phone call. Except that “source” has now declared that he is not an adviser to Zelensky and he wasn’t at the time of the call, and he didn’t tell ABC that the Biden request was a precondition. Other than those trifling details, it’s a solid story.
You know, journalism is called the “first draft of history,” but it’s not supposed to be “Drunk History.”
I’m proud to say that if you listened to my radio and TV shows and read my little newsletter over the past decade, you’re probably much better informed than if you subscribed to the New York Times (and my stuff is free!) For too many people in the media, it’s good enough just to repeat what they want to believe because they heard it third-hand from a biased, possibly anonymous “source” who also really wanted to believe it.
That kind of “garbage in-garbage out” disregard for the facts isn’t good enough for us here. It also shouldn’t be good enough to be grounds for impeachment proceedings, yet here we are. Too bad the Democrats in Congress don’t read my newsletter, too. They could have saved a lot of time, trouble and tax money, and maybe they would have actually accomplished something by now.
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s a news round-up unlike any you’re likely to hear elsewhere, because it’s about things that are actually getting accomplished in Washington. Not surprisingly, President Trump did all of them.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that he and Japan’s Prime Minister have agreed to the first stage of a new trade deal that will open up $7 billion worth of markets for US agricultural products…
…He also met with the President of El Salvador and held a joint press conference to discuss the agreement they struck to curtail illegal immigration (bonus fun: imagine all the reporters’ heads exploding when President Bukele praised Trump and said he’s looking forward to working with him “for the next five years”)…
Finally, Trump met for the first time in person with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who called his phone conversation with Trump “normal” and said, “Nobody pushed me” to investigate Biden.
Okay, so that’s what Trump accomplished on Wednesday alone. Now, let’s look at what the Democratic House accomplished on Wednesday…
Well, it turns out all they did is what they’ve done every day for 266 days since they assumed the majority: they accomplished nothing except yelling for the impeachment of the only guy in DC who’s actually getting anything accomplished.
##Appellation##, I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Mattel Toys finally responded to parents’ complaints about over-sexualized dolls by bringing out a line of dolls that look like normal, prepubescent kids – but they couldn’t just let it go at that in our ultra-woke age, so they’re being marketed as a bold new line of “gender-neutral dolls.”
No word on whether they come with a toy medicine chest full of dangerous, puberty-blocking hormones to ensure that the dolls never enter puberty. By the way, I seem to recall Mattel’s Barbie line has long had a doll of “ambiguous gender.” He was called “Ken.”
California liberals may reconsider their love of electric cars once they realize that dead batteries on them could endanger their most popular form of television entertainment.
Congratulations to David Rush of Idaho, who set a new Guinness World Record by throwing a tortilla 54 feet, 5 inches. I believe it was the record for “Most Area 51 rushers chasing after a tortilla because they thought it was a flying saucer.”
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