FAKE NEWS: Is Donald Trump To Blame?

This is a representative sampling of the kinds of coverage that Republicans in general, and Trump in particular are experiencing. Is it any wonder that the the perceptions are so negative – especially among foreigners who are not familiar with American political history. Or, for than matter, Americans whose political narratives are gleaned from the sound-bite, anonymous-sourced main-stream press.

Compilation copied this morning (5/20/2017) from Instapundit:

FAKE NEWS: Byron York: Harvard study: CNN, NBC Trump coverage 93 percent negative.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: “So far all the political violence associated with the election of Trump, from Inauguration to the latest campus rioting, has been on the Left. No pro-Trump crowds don masks, break windows or shut down traffic. The crudity in contemporary politics—from the constant sick jokes referring to First Family incest, smears against the First Lady, low attacks on the Trump children, boycotts of the Inauguration, talk and dreams of killing the president—is on the liberal/progressive side. The entertainment industry’s obscenity and coarseness have been picked up by mainstream Democratic officials, who now routinely resort to profanities like s–t and f–k to attack the president. Almost every ethical code—television journalists do not report on air private conservations with their guests during breaks, opposition congressional representatives do attend the Inauguration, Senators do not use obscenities—have been abandoned in efforts to delegitimize Trump. When Hillary Clinton assumed the mantle of the ‘Resistance,’ she was deliberately using a metaphor to convey the idea that she is analogous to a French patriot under occupation and Trump is a veritable foreign Nazi belligerent.”

THE RUSSIAN FANTASY IS REALLY GETTING TO ME: Guys, I write fiction for a living.  This one doesn’t pass the suspension of disbelief test! Open War On The President.

BOB WOODWARD: Woodward: Reporters ‘binge drinking the anti-Trump Kool-Aid.’

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward called on the national media Friday to keep focused on reporting straight news, after many reporters have revealed a bias against President Trump.

Friday on MSNBC, Woodward said he knows of too many reporters who have strayed from objectivity and shown an excessive hostility toward the White House.

“Stick to the reporting,” he said. “Stick to the reporting. … One of the realities we have here is we have a good, old newspaper war going, the New York Times and the Washington Post and some very powerful stories. At the same time, I think it’s time to dial back a little bit about because there are people around … who are kind of binge drinking the anti-Trump Kool-Aid. And that is not going to work in journalism. Let the politicians have that binge drinking.”

KURT SCHLICHTER: This Is A Coup Against Our Right To Govern Ourselves. “The blizzard of lies and distraction blowing through Washington is not just any routine stuffstorm, but a calculated attempt to bring down a president – our president, not the establishment’s president. And more than that, it’s an attempt to ensure that we never again have the ability to disrupt the bipartisan D.C. cabal’s permanent supremacy by inserting a chief executive who refuses to kiss their collective Reid. This is a coup against us. It’s a coordinated campaign by liberals and their allies in the bureaucracy and media to once and for all ensure their perpetual rule over us. We need to fight it, here and now, so we don’t have to fight it down at the bottom of this slippery slope.”

SCIENCE: Harvard Study shows European journalists are more likely to question Trump’s fitness for office than American journalists: News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

F.H. BUCKLEY: Comey’s actions don’t show any Trump ‘obstruction’

The best evidence that that’s what Trump meant and how Comey understood it is what happened next: Nothing. Comey didn’t say anything about shutting down the investigation. And he didn’t resign.

If Comey had been ordered to stand down, I expect he would’ve quit. He didn’t — which suggests he didn’t think he had to abandon the investigation. Nor did he, it seems. Testifying before the Senate last week, acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe, a Comey loyalist and Democrat, said, “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

Before we rush to judgment, therefore, recall that false rumors have been squelched before. For example, based on anonymous sources, The New York Times has reported that Trump held up funding for the Russian investigation. However, this was debunked by McCabe. McCabe also rejected the idea that a special prosecutor was needed, as the FBI hadn’t been interfered with and would carry out the investigation scrupulously and thoroughly.

Squelching false rumors is supposed to be one of the functions of the press, but alas.

FAKE NEWS: ‘Stop making sh*t up.” Guy Benson posts Comey footage, throws wrench into Trump memo conspiracy.

CAMILLE PAGLIA: Democrats are colluding with the media to create chaos. Perhaps more accurate to say that the media arm of the Democratic Party is working with the elected and unelected arms of the Democratic Party to create chaos.

ADRIANA COHEN: The media has lost its marbles. Or maybe it’s that they’d had all of the marbles, and are as mad as hell that someone took a few of them away.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Tips For Reading Washington Post Stories About Trump Based On Anonymous Leaks: In the midst of an active shooter situation, we have tips for how to judge breaking news. We need similar tips to manage anti-Trump breaking news.

Previous Washington Post stories sourced to anonymous “officials” have fallen apart, including Josh Rogin’s January 26 report claiming that “the State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned” as “part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”

The story went viral before the truth caught up. As per procedure, the Obama administration had, in coordination with the incoming Trump administration, asked for the resignations of all political appointees. While it would have been traditional to let them stay for a few months, the Trump team let them know that their services wouldn’t be necessary. The entire story was wrong.

Rogin also had the false story that Steve Bannon had personally confronted Department of Homeland Security’s Gen. John F. Kelly to pressure him not to weaken an immigration ban. . . .

Each of these stories were explosive breaking news that served an anti-Trump narrative but later turned out to be false.

This week, the Washington Post reported that President Trump threatened national security during his meeting with Russians last week. The story was based on anonymous leaks regarding a real meeting that took place. The report was immediately slapped down as false by multiple high-level Trump officials who were present in the meeting.

It was thoughtful of the Democrats to warn us of this “fake news” phenomenon in November, as they unleashed it.

CHARLIE MARTIN: Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage? “The upshot of it all is that the Washington Post and New York Times have been wrong so often that they’ve become inherently unbelievable. Almost everyone remembers the story of the little boy who cried wolf. What happens if the legacy press actually gets a story that is adequately sourced and points to real malfeasance? Will anyone believe them? Should anyone believe them?”

That’s a problem. Flashback: Perhaps we should require reading “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in journalism schools.

GLENN REYNOLDS: Plus, as I said yesterday: “The childish response of Democrats — and ‘NeverTrump’ Republicans — to the 2016 election has done more damage to American politics and institutions than any foreign meddling could do.”

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