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Today's Commentary --- Anti-Trump media put on notice: stop lying about "perjury traps" -- Poll results -- Omarosa's new book -- Today's Must Read -- Banning gender studies -- Feel good story -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
From MSNBC, August 8: “The President’s lawyer’s public negotiating position is ‘the President is so guilty of SOMETHING that he will lie about it and commit perjury if he is interviewed by the Mueller team.’”
From MSNBC (this time said by a guest, New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore), August 9: “They said in that interview that the President’s story if told to Mueller would put him into perjury. So what he’s saying is that the President’s story is wrong. It’s a lie. He just admitted it on national TV.”
Both of these statements are outrageously false. Either the on-air personalities –- I won’t call them journalists –- spouting this kind of garbage are too stupid to be yakking about legal matters beyond their comprehension, or they think YOU’RE too stupid to figure out they’re deliberately lying to you. In other words, they either don't know or don't care. Logically, it has to be one or the other, because what they’re telling their audience is not true. Either way, it’s time to stop being complacent about the anti-Trump media’s lies and the number of wildly misinformed people walking around thinking they know things (and believing them passionately). It’s not just MSNBC misinforming them –- far from it –- though that source is one of the more blatant and consistent examples of incredible wrongness and misguided hysteria. Every day, I see factually wrong or, at best, incomplete stories from numerous media outlets that people used to be able to trust for information.
By Mike Huckabee
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Should President Trump sit down with Robert Mueller?
Well that seems pretty clear...
Omarosa's new book
By Mike Huckabee
I haven’t commented on Omarosa Manigault Newman’s upcoming book about the Trump White House because, frankly, I don’t think it’s worthy of comment. The anti-Trump media, who ridiculed her when she defended him (saying she knew him personally and he was not a racist) are giving her tons of fawning publicity now that she’s turned on him (she claims she knows him personally, and he’s a big racist.)
I always assumed she was someone who got a White House position primarily because Trump either liked her personally or he needed staffers, didn’t want the usual DC insiders and had a limited pool of people he knew and trusted who would take the jobs. She came in with a reputation mostly for creating drama and drawing attention to herself, and she seems to be continuing those habits. The book is getting a lot of attention in some quarters for its incendiary claims, but it’s not even out yet, and the handful of reporters who still put journalistic integrity ahead of getting Trump are already poking it full of more holes than a carload of Swiss cheese.
A few examples: she claims there is a tape of Trump saying racist things on the set of “The Apprentice,” but her story keeps changing (in one version, she admits she hasn’t even heard the alleged tape.) The book claims Trump fought with the chief usher over installing a tanning bed in the White House (a senior official says there is no tanning bed and one has never been requested.) The book says that Omarosa heard from someone that pollster Frank Luntz heard Trump use the “N-word.” Luntz calls that “flat-out false;” he says he never heard such a thing nor said it, and nobody even contacted him to vet the claim before publishing it. And Kellyanne Conway’s husband George, an outspoken Trump critic, refuted a claim that Trump made a racist comment about him, noting that it allegedly happened six months after Omarosa left the White House. He called the story “absurd all around.” The White House dismissed the book as “a disgruntled former…employee trying to profit off these false attacks.”
This seems to be latest example of how anything that badmouths Trump enough will sell to people who are desperate to hear anybody badmouth Trump (look at all the Emmy nominations that trend scored for late night “comedy” show hosts.) Liberal media outlets told us that we shouldn’t take Omarosa seriously when she praised candidate Trump and swore he was not racist. They told us not to take her seriously when she worked in the White House. Now that she’s saying bad things about him that don’t hold up to the slightest factual scrutiny, we’re supposed to take her seriously? Sorry, guys: your bias is showing.
Incidentally, this is not in any way meant to downplay the seriousness of racism. I grew up in the South during the Civil Rights era. I saw the evils of racism first hand, and felt intense admiration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s peaceful civil rights crusade. As a Christian and a former pastor whose congregation included people of all races, I believe that racism is far more than a character flaw. It is an evil and one of the worst possible sins to believe that any fellow human being is inherently inferior to yourself, when we are all made in the image of God. If you are pro-life and believe that every life is sacred, then you cannot be a racist and believe that some lives are less sacred than others.
It’s become all too easy and common for people to throw that accusation around for cheap political gain, without regard for the seriousness of the charge or the divisive effect on society. But it is precisely because racism is such a pernicious evil that making a false accusation of it is among the worst forms of slander. By all means, if there is real racism, point it out so that it may be rooted out. But make sure you know the facts before you make the charge. Otherwise, you are playing with fire, and a lot of innocent people can get burned.
Today's Must Read
By Mike Huckabee
All those “journalists” blaming President Trump for why the public distrusts them should read this excellent piece by Roger Kimbell, illustrating the ways in which New York Times writers use loaded and slanted words and phrases to turn what are supposed to be straight news articles on issues such as abortion into one-sided opinion pieces. If you ever took a Journalism 101 class, this probably won’t come as a surprise to you, since it's just about the first thing you learn not to do. But a lot of current reporters who apparently skipped that class to attend a Hillary-for-President rally desperately need to read it.
Banning gender studies
By Mike Huckabee
It’s been reported that the Hungarian government is considering banning gender studies departments from universities. As satisfying as that would be for conservatives who think such degrees are just leftist political propaganda disguised as higher education, some are concerned that it would open the door to government banning other fields of study that might include more conservative views.
Proponents claim the ban on gender studies degrees isn’t political but practical: it’s a waste of tuition money that results in a degree that can’t land the graduate a decent job that pays enough money to ever donate any back to the university.
Of course, if being any use in landing a real job is the criteria, there are a lot of degrees that need to be banned.
Feel good story
Here’s your feel-good story of the day: How a simple act of kindness was unexpectedly repaid about 100,000 times over.
Evening Edition - August 10
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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