Evening Edition - May 5

May 5, 2019

My monologue from this week's show:

A week ago, the White House Correspondents Association held their annual dinner in Washington, but the President didn’t attend nor did my daughter, the WH Press Secretary after she was ambushed by a bitter, angry, and vicious headliner who was actually billed as a comedian.  In fact instead of getting skewered by a so-called comedian standing 5 feet from her, she went with the President to Wisconsin where instead of being insulted about her appearance and character, she was treated to rock star status by an overflow crowd that numbered well above 10,000.  Back in Washington, the media types sat solemnly to whine about how unfair THEY have been treated and how the 1st amendment was “at risk.”  Here’s a heartfelt message to them:

You media folks hate it when the President calls you Fake News or even calls out some of you as “enemies of the people.”  You all but break your arms patting yourselves on the back for your commitment to truth, journalism, and the 1st amendment.  Not all of you in the media are enemies of the people, and the President has never said all of you were.  But to be blunt—some of you are!  When you allow your personal biases and animosity toward the President to shape your coverage of his events, his policies, his remarks, and his personal life in a vastly different way than the manner in which you report on other public figures, then you are no longer champions of truth or the 1st amendment, but just partisan hacks out to unfairly smear a President you don’t like and never though could get elected. 


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We desperately need a strong press and a strict adherence to finding the truth wherever it may lead.  Our great republic can’t survive if the press puts it thumb on the scale for a candidate or political party.  The noble responsibility of the press is to fairly and accurately report facts and let the public determine how it will respond to those facts.  When I watch, listen to or read someone’s reporting and I know exactly the point of view the journalist, it’s not journalism anymore.  It’s just the same kind of advocacy I expect from the Republican or Democrat parties. 

When you guys in the media whine about how bad YOU’VE been treated, forgive millions of us for laughing out loud.  You’ve put your hurt feelings out front and cried like 6 year olds because someone, usually the President, called you out.  We do, by the way, know the difference between news and commentary and respect that commentary can and should be highly opinionated, but even then should be fair and based on accurate facts.  We just see much of that.  Over 90% of the coverage about President Trump is negative.  He is far from perfect and sometimes can be his own worst enemy with off-color or off the cuff comments or his obvious exaggeration and hyperbole.  But misreporting, the overuse of anonymous “high level” sources who don’t have the guts to speak on the record if they even exist, destroy your credibility and frankly shred the Constitution’s protection of a free press.  It isn’t free if it isn’t fair, and you might be blind to your own biases, but millions of us aren’t.  If you to get respect, you have to show some.  And the level of disrespect you show toward the President, his staff, and his votes only result in being held in contempt by those of us who see the world differently than you. 

I’m glad the President and the press secretary skipped your little party of self-congratulations, whining and elitist pomposity.  They were in a crowd of what you call deplorables and being shown appreciation of standing up for them and frankly, standing up against you.  You can fix this by becoming journalists again, instead of ball-point pen pimps, computer contract killers, and camera-ready cardboard cutouts with all too predictable breathless anxiety about those you disagree with.  We want to respect you.  We actually need you.  But if you refuse to act like professionals and insult us with your pious putdowns, don’t expect us to do anything other than hold you in contempt for the perpetual put-downs.  You broke this.  And only you can fix it.

Tech banning

This Facebook observation about the Democrats’ demand that AG Barr resign burns so deep I bet Facebook is already working on banning whoever thought of it.  

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/329657

The Washington Post and the Atlantic admitted they erred by including Louis Farrakhan among “far-right” voices banned by Facebook, a designation immediately questioned by numerous conservative media sites, as noted by the Daily Caller at the link.  And yet, it’s conservative sites like the Daily Caller that are allegedly unreliable and liberal mainstream sites like WaPo and the Atlantic that we’re supposed to believe.

If you swallow that, I have a Russian collusion conspiracy theory I’d like to sell you. 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/02/washington-post-atlantic-farrakhan-far-right/

The limousine liberal powers-that-be at Google seem determined to force the government to declare the search engine a public utility and regulate it to keep it from censoring free speech.  Latest case in point: Google banned a conservative PAC for life (warning that if they tried to open accounts under any other name, those would be banned, too) for the “crime” of running a 10-second ad opposing letting babies die. 

Think I’m soft-pedaling it and that the ad must’ve really been incendiary, slanderous or misleading?  Watch it yourself and be agog at Google. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-10-second-ad-got-pro-life-group-censored-google/

Of course, Google isn’t the only tech giant that believes in free speech only up to a point (usually, the point where you criticize the left.)  Facebook just announced permanent suspensions of several right-wing “extremists” for allegedly promoting hate and violence. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-facebook-bans-louis-farrakhan-alex-jones-for-hate-speech/

While I have no sympathy for white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups, who, as President Trump said, should be condemned totally – and I agree that some of the people banned engage in irresponsible rhetoric – silencing speech should always be a last resort. The Founders gave us the First Amendment to protect unpopular political speech (popular, uncontroversial speech needs no protection), a fact that too many young Americans are no longer learning.  They believed that the proper response to bad ideas was good ideas, and the remedy for poor speech was more speech, not censorship. 

Free and open debate exposes bad speech.  Censorship merely drives it underground.  It also empowers the censors, who get to decide what constitutes speech deserving of silencing (and it always eventually works around to including speech that criticizes the censors.)

Also worth noting with appropriately raised eyebrows and head-scratches: the so-called “right-wing” extremists banned by Facebook include the Rev. Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.  I agree that his racist and anti-Semitic speech is incredibly offensive, but since when is Farrakhan considered a conservative? 

Blogger Allahpundit at HotAir.com has an interesting theory for why Farrakhan is suddenly being retroactively classified as a “right-winger”: it serves as cover against accusations from the right that they only deplatform right-wingers, while keeping the left from getting angry that they sacrificed one left-wing extremist to keep up a veneer of impartiality.

https://hotair.com/archives/2019/05/02/news-wapo-facebook-banned-far-right-louis-farrakhan/


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Good economic news

The stock market responds to today’s incredibly good economic news, and Scott Adams responds to all the Democrats trying to tell us that the world is coming to an end.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/329579

This morning, the Labor Department announced that in April, non-farm payrolls increased by a seasonally-adjusted 263,000, which is 73,000 more jobs than economists expected.  In addition, unemployment fell to 3.6%, the lowest rate since December of 1969, half a century ago. And average hourly wages for private-sector workers grew 3.2% from last April, matching March’s pay increase.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-hiring-jumps-in-april-unemployment-falls-to-3-6-11556886731

But by all means, let’s put Joe Biden in the White House to bring back those Obama economic policies.  Americans are getting tired of all the winning.  Let’s MASA: Make America Stagnant Again!

 

Wednesday, ADP and Moody’s Analytics released the April jobs report, showing that private payrolls grew by 275,000 jobs last month.  That far outstripped economists' predictions of 177,000 new jobs.

President Trump said we would win so much, we’d get tired of winning.  I’m not tired of winning yet, but I am tired of all the whining.

And I bet the economists are tired of being wrong.  Maybe they should stop watching CNN and MSNBC, too, and then they wouldn’t be so surprised every month that the economy isn’t sucking wind anymore. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/job-market-erupts-april-grows-beyond-economists-expected/


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Fighting for Life

North Carolina’s Senate has voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill requiring doctors to give medical aid to babies born alive during abortions.  Now, it’s up to the House to stand up for human decency and a right that shouldn’t even have to be under discussion. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/nc-senate-delivers-stunning-abortion-defeat-overrides-govs-veto-bill-protect-newborns-infanticide/

In vetoing the bill, Cooper issued a statement reading, “Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients…This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

But with abortion advocates astoundingly arguing that giving medical care to a baby that’s already been born somehow violates the mother’s reproductive rights, it appears that it is actually necessary to codify what should be obvious to anyone with a brain and a heart.  As for the claim that the practice “simply does not exist,” North Carolina bill supporter Rep. Sarah Stevens points out that we don’t know what’s going on, and that a big part of the bill is that if it happens, doctors and nurses would be required to report it.

If it never happens, then why are Democrats like Cooper so opposed to requiring it to be reported only if it does happen?  Maybe because, as with virtually every other aspect of abortion, their biggest fear is that the public will find out what really happens behind the closed doors of abortion clinics. 


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Shocking Quote of the Day: After most Democrats walked out in protest, the Alabama State House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would criminalize most abortions.  It would almost certainly be struck down by the courts, and was passed primarily as a vehicle to challenge Roe v. Wade. In fairness, tensions were high, and I could see how a far-outnumbered remaining Democrat might get worked up in opposition to it. 

Still, what Alabama Democratic State Rep. John Rogers said in arguing against the bill was both revealing and chilling:

“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/01/democrat-on-abortion-some-kids-are-unwanted-so-you-kill-them-now-or-you-kill-them-later/#

If I could cite an example of someone who was wanted and loved at birth but grew up to murder someone, would that be a justification for killing every baby who is wanted and loved? 

How about a better alternative?  You could give these children life and let them be adopted by someone who will want and love them.  Then maybe they wouldn’t grow up to have shockingly cynical attitudes about the value of human life, like assuming that unloved kids will grow up to be executed anyway so we might as well just execute them now before they do anything to deserve it. 

I remember when Democrats disagreed with the extreme war hawk slogan, “Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out.”  Now they apparently think it should apply to innocent babies, and the only part they disagree with is the mention of God.

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  • Brenda Eddy

    05/07/2019 01:28 AM

    Hi Governor Huckabee!
    I firmly believe that the biggest problem of Trump being re-elected/exonerated/moving positively forward...is the PRESS/MSM!!!
    It scares the crap out of me!!!!
    Individuals only have so many hours in a day. So if one works, sleeps, cares for a family/others/self/etc.... usually media and free time are limited. If one only hears key words thrown around from the press...positive or negative...it is human nature to TUNE IN to negative words.
    The ones I hear often "thrown out" about or pertaining to President Trump or his team/cabinet are:
    collusion, indictment, resisting, hiding, fraud, incorrect, behind, etc. The press is BIAS and like any Socialist/Communist state...they sensor and provide and lean to one side...being the LEFT!!
    I am at a loss at how to combat this widespread problem. ????.
    Thank you for allowing me to vent.

  • John J. West

    05/06/2019 10:06 PM

    Always liked you & your show. However, I was very disappointed that you had left wing democrat Van Jones on this past weekend. You said he was a Christian brother! How can a person be a Christian and a doom rat at the same time? They believe in abortion, killing live babies, gay marriage, open borders, letting criminals vote, letting illegal aliens vote, legalize drugs, and are anti American in general, and lie all the time. Can a person be Christian and believe and support all this? I really would like to know what you think about this

  • Nelda White

    05/06/2019 05:58 PM

    You may not have ever read any of Farrakhan's papers, but I have. I do not agree with facebook to ban Farrakhan from it, and as long as he isn't saying the stuff he allows in his papers, I'll fight for his right to his opinion on facebook. In his paper there is a lot about killing people of mixed marriage and their children. Also at one time there was the asking of donations so that land could be bought in Africa and take his followers there and build their own country. Wonder where all the money went. But again, as long as he is decent, I'll back his right to his opinion on facebook.

  • Nancy Rather

    05/06/2019 04:14 PM

    Why do the Democrats continually say that our economy so great because of how Obama left it when he left office? We now know It has been about time for a business leader not another lawyer to run Washington. We have nothing but lawyers trying to run the government and messing every thing because they don’t have any experience running a business which includes making more job available and making sure our trade agreement with other countries are fair and square.

  • Emily R. Bath

    05/06/2019 11:31 AM

    I just want you to know a) God bless you and your fearless fight to protect our President, and b) I don't pay any attention to what any news media says...I am fully committed to President Trump and V.P.Mike Pence and will vote them in next election.

  • Phyllis Beasley

    05/06/2019 08:42 AM

    Your well-thought media commentary is needed. If we are ever going to be blessed by truthful media again, they need to scrutinize how their political agendas interfere with free press.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/06/2019 08:09 AM

    I am so delighted to see Sarah in Green Bay getting the great reception Green Bay had to offer; after having to endure that toxic environment they call a press conference, the positive for me about that dismal grandstanding by those agenda pushing derelicts, she exposed the complete absurdity the left has to offer, as I mentioned before not many leftist are going to see many of your editions you state facts to justify your point of view that is something that turns the leftist switch off. Mike do you think the possibility of a national network could happen? One that would cover the events of the day with just the facts with a guy like you or you as one of the anchors or is it a probable pie in the sky or free $1000 per month for everyone thought?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    05/06/2019 07:57 AM

    ROE v Wade needs to be addressed again...what woman doesn't know about birth control or the morning after pill? In my humble opinion, you would have to live on Jupiter to NOT know who NOT to get pregnant...those who still do either are totally stupid, or want to trap the baby daddy...otherwise, take the pill!

  • Peter Dyke

    05/06/2019 12:21 AM

    I agree that the bias press with their false news is a big problem for our country. But I believe that the very liberal professors and teachers in our universities and maybe in our high schools are perhaps a bigger problem for our country.

  • Chuck Walter

    05/05/2019 11:09 PM

    I am a firm believer in our Constitution! I am a firm believer in the application of our Constitution as written! I am disappointed in the manner that Congress uses it to their own individual advantages. I am disappointed with most of the elected Congress. The American voter has been betrayed. We vote them in to represent us. They all say they hear us. They all promise they will work for us. Once in office they forget who we are and what the promise is. It is a disease called short term memory that they contract from their constituents. To cure this dessert they must ask you for money to campaign to get re-elected again. They all have the power to fix, the illegal immigration problem, health care problem, abortion, social security, welfare, etc. they have had 25 years and haven’t done their job. They all took an oath when sworn into office. I am very afraid for our country on it’s present course. If there isn’t a turn around God help us all!

  • Robert F. Dimlich

    05/05/2019 11:00 PM

    How long is God going to put up with the wickedness in the USA?

  • Cecil Davis

    05/05/2019 09:38 PM

    Keep up the good work, we need this information.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    05/05/2019 09:37 PM

    Thanks for all your commentaries. Helps me sort things out. Blessings.

  • Linda C. Furlong

    05/05/2019 09:05 PM

    Your daughter Sarah is a rock star. She is absolutely great in the press briefings, quick on her feet when it comes to putting some of them in their place.
    We have to make sure President Trump is elected for a second term so the demoncRATS can't take us backwards.

  • Bill Craig

    05/05/2019 09:04 PM

    Mr H - This was a great set of articles and opinions. Thank you for this news letter.

  • Lu Jean Bedard

    05/05/2019 09:03 PM

    It was my privilege and joy to sing at the event at Constitution Hall where you spoke on Friday evening. What a powerful night of worship and good news about our blessed United States of America!! Thank you so much for being there!

  • Steven P Taylor

    05/05/2019 08:59 PM

    Best, most comprehensive description of how warped the media and those on the left can be! I look forward to these daily updates. Thank you very much!

  • Amelia Little

    05/05/2019 08:00 PM

    Some liberals say, gee--prevent abortions, but then let the kids grow up very poor--conservatives don't want to make sure the babies are taken care of. Well, let me start with--how about preventing getting pregnant in the first place? There are any number of methods for this--if one method doesn't work, or makes you feel physically unwell--there are others. That being said--how about the liberals not demanding that some adoption agencies be closed down because they don't cater to the lbgtqrxtyz group?

  • Sam Sayger

    05/05/2019 07:11 PM

    As ridiculous as John Rogers comments are, he differs not from most all democratically appointed judges from the Clinton, Obama, et al jusdges on the bench today. These radical right judges coupled with the far right news organizations are giving our younger gen a terrible view of America. Journalists of far too many "news groups" continue to poison the views of gen x, right along with the so called "late night comedians" - whose content is anything but news. For contrast, Google Johnny Carson and watch some of his "late night" comedy and make the comparison. God help us.