Fake Outrage

Wesley Pruden: The coming crash of the lawless media – “Sniping and rock-throwing at Donald Trump, a game that any number can play and nearly everybody does, has become a game with no rules and no referees, and worse, no editors to restrain obstreperous children breaking up the furniture.”

Inciting a crime is serious business, and in the atmosphere of mayhem created by the left and the liberals in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, anything goes in pursuit of the man whose only proved “crime” so far is having defeated Hillary Clinton. Kathie Griffin’s bloody severed “head” of the president, and Johnny Depp’s call for an assassin to relieve the nation of its duly elected president was an inevitable consequence of seeding the land with toxin and deadly venom.

But winning libel suits against television networks and famous newspapers that have clearly contributed to this atmosphere of lawlessness will not be easy, the result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s shield protecting the media from the consequences of even shoddy work.

This was a valuable and needed shield, not just for the press, but for everyone but corrupt public officials. But was in a very different time, when the press was far more responsible than now.

“Anything goes” eventually invites correction, and what looks like “actual malice” lies everywhere abundant.

Jennifer Harper: Numbers don’t lie: Media bias against Trump is entrenched, vicious, persistent – “Pollsters … reveal that the American public is growing weary of the endless negative coverage, which masks authentic progress the president and his administration have made.” … “tirades also allow journalists to vent about a president who pushes back against their criticism, in what they deem an “unpresidential” way.” This “unpresidential” thing is a propaganda theme. Subjective. And becoming a target for comparison to previous presidents that show how standards have changed and how subjective and biased such allegations really are.

Thomas Lifson: President Trump is changing the norms that empower his media antagonists – “all assume that his early-morning tweets yesterday zinging the Morning Joe odd couple, “hitting back ten times as hard,” as wife Melania once characterized his tactical doctrine, were the result of some form of derangement.”

They are not equipped to understand the strategy that lies behind his tweets. Like fish unaware of the water in which they swim, they operate on the basis of unconscious beliefs.

President Trump understands that the current informal-but-very-real rules of the game have allowed Mika and Joe (and the rest of the media-political world as well) free rein to savage him and his family, while he is supposed to be a gentleman and just take it while they get support for attacking him.

Trump understands that the culture governing D.C. and the media has to change because it systematically favors his opponents.

When an organization confronts a norm that has become dysfunctional, the concepts attached to it can be so ingrained that even rules to the contrary can be worked around by members of the organization. There is no alternative in some cases but to force unpleasantness upon a situation and force adaptation.

Charles Hurt: Mad genius of Trump drives schoolmarms of political press crazy – “the funny thing about it is that nobody actually disproved anything that Mr. Trump alleged. Just like Russia and obstruction of justice and everything else, there is not one single shred of evidence that Mr. Trump is not 100 percent in the right.”

Of course, the puritanical schoolmarms of the political press went absolutely bonkers over Mr. Trump’s broadside of their fellow travelers. They scolded him that his Twitter missives were beneath the office of the president.

Really, you mean like molesting an intern in the Oval Office? “Presidential” like that?

Mark Levin to the Media: Want Trump to Act Presidential? Then Have Respect for the Office of the President – “Levin went on to add that the media have bigger problems given the public’s disapproval.”

The public really hates the media. They hate the media because they are not getting the facts.”

Ralph Z. Hallow: Trump’s coarse Mika Brzezinski remarks the inevitable, and needed, reaction to coarse journalism – “Not presidential by previous standards? Yes. But he’s the man we elected. We knew he’d do that. We wanted him to hit back.”

America has become the coarse nation that some thoughtful conservatives warned about 40 years ago. Mr. Trump, left to defend himself by himself, is defending our honor too.

Never, however, have I seen news and opinion disseminators for all major news outlets so basely treat a president. My gut tells me that my silence and that of others would be seen as acceptance of these transgressions of the norms of civilized behavior.

IBD: The Media’s Unhealthy Trump-Russia Obsession … By The Numbers – “Say what you want about President Trump’s insulting tweets about MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, they’ve at least given the press something anti-Trump to obsess about other than Russia.”

A Harvard-Harris poll found that a majority of voters believe the Russia investigations are damaging to the country and want Congress to shift its focus to mundane things like health care, terrorism, national security, the economy and jobs.

This is bad for everyone. A free press plays a vital role in the success of our democracy, but with that great power comes a great responsibility to be fair and accurate.

Over the past six months, the mainstream media have shown no responsibility even as they constantly lecture us about how important they are.

Josh Siegel: Multiple states reject request from Trump’s voter fraud commission to provide voter roll data – They just know that there is no voter fraud and that transparency is a violation of personal identity.

Alex Padilla, California’s Democratic secretary of state, was the first to object to the request, releasing a statement Thursday vowing that he will “not provide sensitive voter information” to a commission that is pursuing “debunked claims of massive voter fraud.”

Padilla went on to call the commission a “waste of taxpayer money” and a “distraction from the real threats of the integrity of our elections today,” which he considers to be Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.

John Sexton: How Seattle’s progressive leaders worked to undermine study critical of minimum wage hikes – Exposing the source of the problem, intellectual integrity sacrificed on the alter of ideological fantasy.

It seems clear that Seattle’s progressive leadership went data shopping when it didn’t like the results of the forthcoming UW report. So when you hear that “other reports” showing contradictory information, keep in mind those reports didn’t appear by accident. They were arranged by partisans with an ideological axe to grind.

Ed Morrissey: Scenes from the collapse: Another ObamaCare crisis erupts in rural Nevada – “Anthem, which had previously been bullish on ObamaCare, announced that it will pull out of exchanges in most of Nevada.”

One would think this crisis would allow Republicans to claim the moral high ground on repeal, but as I write in my column at The Fiscal Times today, the GOP never prepared for the public-relations fight, and their disunity is creating a circular firing squad

It’s time for Senate Republicans, and House Republicans for that matter, to get serious and produce a real bill that will put America back on the track to rational health-insurance markets.

Andrew Malcolm: A familiar GOP pattern when in power: Squabbling – “But now that they hold the offices, they can’t seem to get it done. So, how do Republicans respond? They start fighting among themselves while Democrats watch with glee.” This has a lot of voters ticked off. It is a sign of health, up to a point when coming together on a solution must occur.

Circular firing squads are a familiar feature of GOP politics. With the party’s national reputation for governing on the line over such a longstanding promise, nine GOP senators say they won’t support the bill, most of them because they want something more in or out of it.

But these profound internal GOP divisions do not just threaten Obamacare’s repeal. They endanger upcoming votes on the debt limit, tax reform, trade and the budget, especially defense spending increases, among other issues. The splits also undermine Trump’s oft-repeated boast to be the Great Deal Maker, leaving Republicans to appear incapable of governing as the 2018 midterms loom.

It is what makes the solidarity of the Democrats even more stunning. They all seem willing to make any sacrifice necessary to adhere to the common cause.

Mark Perry: Happy 87th birthday (June 30) to economist Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest living economists – “The word ‘genius’ is thrown around so much that it’s becoming meaningless, but nevertheless I think Tom Sowell is close to being one.”

In my opinion, there is no economist alive today who has done more to eloquently, articulately, and persuasively advance the principles of economic freedom, limited government, individual liberty, and a free society than Thomas Sowell. … To honor Thomas Sowell’s 87th birthday tomorrow, I present below 15 of my favorite quotations from Dr. Thomas Sowell and a bonus video of the great economist

Happy Birthday and thank you Dr. Sowell!

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