Evening Edition - November 5

November 5, 2018

A must-read essay about the damage caused by "fake news"

While we wait for the results of the midterm elections, I have to share with you some important reading material from THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR.  This essay by Dov Fischer makes the case for Trump’s use of the term “enemy of the people” to describe members of the media who tell lies and weave false narratives to sow social discord.  He offers a historical perspective by explaining how such tactics have been used to prop up dictatorial regimes, and he provides examples of the damage caused by “fake media” in our country today, most notably in labeling the President –- bizarrely –- as an anti-Semite and trying to keep us from healing in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and Trump’s compassionate response.  They don’t want the nation to heal; they just want to stir the pot and tear down this administration at any cost.

If you read just one thing today (aside from my newsletter), please make it this.  And share it with all your friends, liberal and conservative, as I have with you.

https://spectator.org/when-media-foist-false-narratives-to-sow-social-discord-they-indeed-are-the-enemy-of-the-people/

Brett Kavanaugh Effect

Some political analysts claim that the “Brett Kavanaugh effect” is waning with the passage of time (and with the media’s attempts to bury that story now that he’s taken his place on the SCOTUS and the shakiness of the accusations against him is becoming more apparent), and that it won’t make as big an impact on the election as predicted.  I personally don’t believe that.  But if you were fired up to vote Republican by the injustice of those hearings, the trial by innuendo and Twitter mob, and the assault on due process – but now, your passions are cooling – then read this.  It will make you willing to crawl over broken glass to vote Republican if you have to:

From the “Believe All Women” Desk: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who referred sleazy lawyer Michael Avenetti and his client Judy Swetnick to the Justice Department for allegedly attempting to mislead Congress with false charges against Kavanaugh, has referred another accuser to the DOJ for the same reasons.  This time, it’s a woman named Judy Munro-Leighton, who admitted to writing an anonymous letter to Sen. Kamala Harris, claiming that Kavanaugh and a friend had repeatedly raped her in a car.


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You might not have heard about this accusation (it wasn’t sent confidentially to Diane Feinstein, so it stayed confidential), but Kavanaugh certainly heard about it.  He was privately grilled by Congress about it and said this, with his shock obvious by his response:

“The whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing ever — anything like that, nothing.  The whole thing is just a crock, farce, wrong, didn’t happen, not anything close.”

And he was telling the truth.  Turns out Munro-Leighton is a leftwing activist decades older than Kavanaugh, who had called Congress multiple times to protest his nomination.  She’s now admitted that the rape accusation was a complete lie.  She’s never even met Kavanaugh.  She admitted that she “just wanted to get attention,” and it was a “tactic” and “a ploy” to stop his confirmation (you probably haven’t heard much about this part in the media, either, and for obvious reasons.) 

https://www.westernjournal.com/kavanaugh-accuser-admits-made/

To those who criticized Justice Kavanaugh’s “temperament” during his testimony: imagine that you had been falsely accused of repeatedly raping a woman you’d never even met, that high-ranking members of government and the media were declaring you guilty without a trial, your good name was being slandered and your family threatened.  Would you have been calm, or would you have been justifiably furious?

Well, you should be furious now.  There’s nothing “progressive” about saying that members of a protected class must always be believed and members of an unprotected class are guilty without evidence.  That’s incredibly “regressive”: it’s a return to the type of class system that existed before the Founders recognized every American’s due process rights.  Every accuser has the right to be heard, but everyone accused has a right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and to face their accuser in court.  That’s worked pretty well for over two centuries – up until now. 

Don’t let the left sweep their scurrilous lies and assaults on our rights into the media memory hole. If you haven’t already voted, then go vote tomorrow as if the very concept of American justice depended on it, because it does.  If you are a man, remember, if they would try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh with lies for political gain, they would do it to you. And if you are a woman, remember that they would do it to your husband, sons, father or brothers.  

 

 

 A No Show

On a subject related to the latest Kavanaugh accuser being exposed as a liar, the woman who was allegedly going to accuse Special Counsel Robert Mueller of rape failed to show up at a press conference last week.  See, when you unleash a weapon like accepting sexual assault allegations without question or evidence, you give up control of who it’s going to end up targeting.  More details at the link.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/1/alleged-mueller-accuser-fails-show-press-conferenc/

 

 

Obama: Vote for Cuba 

Former President Barack Obama, campaigning in Florida, told voters to elect Democrats because they won’t be hard on the oppressive communist government of Cuba and impose sanctions to force them to give their people human rights.  As Obama put it, “We need to get back to politics that’s for the Cuban people, make their lives better.  That’s change.”

Well, it’s change, all right.  One could argue that it’s a big “change” for a United States President to urge Americans to elect people based on how much better they’ll make the lives of residents of other countries.  Of course, it’s not a change from what he did, which was give us eight years of American decline and acquiescence to tyrants in other nations.  I can only remind voters that that’s why so many of you were so anxious for a big “change” from him just a couple of years ago. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/obama-urges-lives-better-non-americans/


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Stunning headline

This headline is probably true, and if so, it’s a harsher assessment of the state of the Democratic Party then I could ever manage: “Hillary Clinton remains the Democrats’ best chance to defeat Trump in 2020.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/hillary-clinton-2020-presidential-election-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-party/

SNL

This past week wasn’t an auspicious one for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” First, Alec Baldwin, beloved by the left for his crude, one-dimensional cartoon impression of President Trump, was arrested for allegedly punching a man in New York in a dispute over a parking space. This was ironic, since Baldwin has repeatedly assailed Trump as a thug, fascist and bigot, even though this is hardly the first time he’s been accused of acting violent and saying offensive things.  The latest incident prompted ABC News White House correspondent Tara Palmeri to recall how he once responded to her covering a story about him by tweeting to her, “I hope you choke to death.”

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/abc-journalist-says-alec-baldwin-once-told-her-i-hope-you-choke-to-death

Doubly ironic, while Baldwin preaches that Trump should not be allowed to keep his job because Baldwin thinks he’s a crude, combative jerk who abuses people on Twitter, at this writing, Baldwin reportedly still has his job at “SNL.”

But “SNL” has an even bigger controversy on its hands over Saturday’s show, in which cast member Pete Davidson did a bit on “Weekend Update” giving his “first impressions” of various Congressional candidates.  One was Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw, who wears an eye patch.  Davidson mocked him, saying,  “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie…I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever...”

Yes, he did lose his eye in war.  To be precise (and this takes all of two minutes of Googling to find out), Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye when he was injured by an I.E.D. explosion in Afghanistan. 

The ill-considered mockery of a veteran's wound drew an angry response from Republicans (watch the media try to make "Republican backlash" the focus of the story rather than the original comment), but as you’d expect, Crenshaw took the high road.  He tweeted, "Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes."

I’d like to give Pete Davidson the benefit of the doubt that the line was written by someone else and maybe he didn’t realize how offensive it was.  I say that because I did do two minutes of Googling and learned that Davidson’s father was a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11, while climbing upstairs at the Marriott World Trade Center to save others.  Davidson was only seven at the time, and he’s talked about how deeply it affected him and even made him feel suicidal. 

I'certain he knows that those who are willing to sacrifice their bodies or their lives to protect others are the greatest heroes on Earth, and should never be made fun of for their sacrifices. I hope this will serve as a reminder to whoever was responsible for “SNL” airing that bit that neither politics nor the pursuit of cheap laughs are justification for forgetting that.  

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/pete-davidson-mocks-republican-congressional-candidate-former-navy-seal-who-lost-an-eye-in-afghanistan

 

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  • Luisa Victoria Borges

    11/08/2018 06:21 PM

    Keep up the amazing work that you do for the American People. I always keep you and your family (especially your daughter Sarah) in my prayers. I read your newsletters on a daily basis! Take care and Thanks for all you do!

  • Lynne Schrom

    11/06/2018 12:13 PM

    Quite the condemnation of media who, through history, has had the audacity to think they are entitled to not report the story, the WHOLE story and nothing but the story when it becomes a story. Then, in fact, they are the enemy of the people!

  • Karen McKee

    11/06/2018 11:23 AM

    I am praying for this nation and God puts HIS men & women in higher office. Grateful that when this election is over tonight, God will still be in control. Hallelujah for that!

  • Harold Hammons

    11/06/2018 10:56 AM

    The article on the “Flake News is the Enemy of the People” was excellent. I just wonder why no network picked up on this not even “Fox News”.

  • Steven Peet

    11/06/2018 09:37 AM

    Couldn't agree more with you on the impact of misinformation spread by fake news. Question is, so long as readers don't know (or accept) this for what it is, how do we hold "fake news" outlets accountable? Using the courts for this seems like a really bad precedent, given the charged environment we now have.

  • Geraldine Rosner

    11/06/2018 09:33 AM

    I voted conservatively. I hope President Trump with the help of the voters will continue to be a force with a good outcome. We had a very difficult ballot 6 pg., double sided packed with amendments, intentionally written to confuse the voter. I needed help to understand the amendments. I did speak with our neighborhood group who was more informed with local issues. I pray this country will get back to the truths that kept us a free country. Work needs to be done to make health insurance obtainable at a sensible price for people with pre-existing conditions. Thank you for your newsletters. And, God Bless the USA.

  • Robert Horn

    11/06/2018 08:17 AM

    Major unintended damage from the misguided bombs the Raging Left threw at Justice Kavanaugh was the #Me Too movement.
    Any woman who was a victim now has a higher burden of proof required to achieve credibility. The Democrats should be ashamed!
    AND I guess the press is really only a dedicated repeater of left wing talking points, because if any journalist had a burning desire to publish the truth, there would be a Pulitizer waiting for the one who uncovers the real story about the Justice. Did he? Or didn't he? And who mislead the American public.

  • Carl Smith

    11/06/2018 12:21 AM

    Too much to comment on; Some Ideas so absurd only intellectuals could believe them. and I guess that includes the IYI media.

  • Rafael A Salaz

    11/05/2018 10:58 PM

    I got tired of listening to Obama for 8 years . He didn’t do anything good . Now he’s at it on Television lying and thinks he’s so great and puffed up . He is a sly trouble maker .

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/05/2018 10:57 PM

    Governor Mike,

    I quit watching Saturday Night Live when it became the Saturday night Sissyboys club. I've heard from friends who still watch occasionally that it is not funny, and is usually nauseating.

  • CARMEN PRICE

    11/05/2018 10:41 PM

    Governor
    Regarding the comment on Obama and Cuba, maybe he needs to move there and he could spout off all he wants about
    rights for the Cubans.............he would fit right in being a communist himself!
    Now Politicalchicks, loved them on your show, can't remember how to spell! But the ladies were really great, we need more
    like them.
    ALso I voted early, and will pray Nancy, Chuckie, and Maxine do not RULE!
    hugs
    Carmen

  • Robert Dimlich

    11/05/2018 10:36 PM

    It is heart breaking to see what is taking place in our beloved United States. We are being destroyed from within. Thanks for your faithful and honest reporting.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    11/05/2018 10:24 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Thank you so much for the first article you had tonight "A must-read essay about the damage caused by "fake news". You said to share it so I hope you don't mind but I copied it and pasted it to my time line on Face Book. I'm sure they will not allow others to see it but I don't care. It was an excellent article and gave an insight into the facts behind the "fake news" media that few really understand.

    Again, thanks for sharing such excellent articles. May you continue to be the voice of those you seek the truth.

  • Jim Ortiz

    11/05/2018 10:08 PM

    There is one Jew that President Trump hasn't gone after for his crime of collaborating with the NAZIS during the Holocaust.
    George Soros. He needs to put him in prison for that, and meddling in elections, both foreign and domestic. So, my question is, why doesn't he?

  • Russ Gemberling

    11/05/2018 09:37 PM

    thank you for your steadfast work. Also want to applaud my faith votes

  • Jeanette T Cloud

    11/05/2018 09:29 PM

    The crude and disgusting comment by Pete Davidson about Dan Crenshaw's patch was a new low. Ordinary quiet law-abiding voting US citizens like me are fed up. I could no longer do NOTHING. So I contacted NBC online and submitted my complaint. If enough people are as outraged as me and acted, maybe - just maybe - it would make a difference.

  • Dusty Hickey

    11/05/2018 09:26 PM

    Pray for tomorrow that the Republicans and the not so happy Democrats and others must get out and vote. The millions that have poured in for the Democrats WHY and HOW? Congress back under Pelosi would be horrible. Any of the Kavanaugh accusers, who lied should get prison time for what they did to him and his family and what could have been the destruction of his future. Notice that very little attention has been made by CNN or MSNBC on any of this lately. No way is this President anti semitic and how horrible these attacks have been . Take Soros and try to say he is being attacked for being Jewish. WRONG. He has not been a very nice man with his billions. Amazing also how the media has not paid much attention to in Texas Beto and his being married to a billionaire wife . So it goes now to hope tomorrow is where people know who is here for them and vote the right way?

  • Russ Gemberling

    11/05/2018 09:17 PM

    I guess I better get out my "Hillary for Prison" tee shirt and use it in 2020 if she is the most potential candidate. When is the DNC going to get over they LOST? Funny thing in contests, there is a winner and a LOSER but the DNC will never let that happen .

  • RILEY CONNERS

    11/05/2018 09:03 PM

    Would it be a crazy idea to put some of those strong young men about to over run our borders who say they want jobs to work building the border wall we need for us. Of course under constant supervision. It might help to quickly divide the good ones from the evil ones.