First does not mean alone.

Ed Morrissey has the ying and the yang this morning. In Davos pitch: “America first is not America alone” he mentions that Trump’s comments about Fake News was met with derision. Then there’s The Economist concedes, sort of: Actually, Trump’s not been bad for the economy after all illustrating a pernicious flavor of Fake News.

“This particular part of the editorial almost beggars belief. Trump’s attacks on free trade agreements and on key trading partners didn’t make me happy during the campaign either, but it’s beyond churlish to ignore Trump’s purpose in making them. He used those threats to force our trading partners to renegotiate these pacts, none of whom were otherwise inclined to do so. In fact, when Trump began making those threats, all three of these countries declared that they would not renegotiate. The very reason why the talks are in motion for both of these pacts is because Trump threatened to pull out. He had always planned to renegotiate; Trump played hardball to get them to the table.

They make a similarly willful statement of ignorance on the tax reform package, too.

At some point, The Economist — and Democrats — might be forced to admit that Trump and Republicans had it right on the economy all along. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that day, but feel free to spend your money.

“Journalist” helped suppress 2005 photo of Obama with Farrakhan for fear it would hurt his political career by Allahpundit – “If you’re suppressing truthful information, you don’t get to be called a “journalist” without scare quotes” … “The Obama-Farrakhan thing isn’t about whether the photo would’ve mattered, it’s a story because a journalist admitted to burying it so it wouldn’t hurt him politically.”

False missile alert “button pusher” goes silent with investigators by Jazz Shaw – “This story was supposed to be over, except for the ongoing review of how the mistake was made and what can be done to prevent it in the future.”

“Just so we don’t get bogged down in any “fake news” tags here, this isn’t coming from unnamed sources. It’s been confirmed by both the FCC and HI-EMA. The latter has two separate internal investigations going on and the FCC is flying people out to the islands to conduct interviews, but our button-pusher is completely clamming up.

Stay tuned. If the mistake of the century turns out to be something more than a mistake, this story could be heating up again very quickly.

The new champion of Net Neutrality is…Burger King? by Taylor Millard – “Burger King is going all hip by putting together a PSA(?) explaining the “evils” of no Net Neutrality to customers in a video called Whopper Neutrality.”

“First off, it’s pretty shocking there are any Burger King customers still alive since the repeal of Net Neutrality killed everyone, followed by the tax cuts, followed by the three-day shut down of 17ish% of the U.S. government. The only reason I’m writing is Odin blessed me with plenty of vim and vigor, and a nearby village perfect for raiding parties.

But, second off, Burger King is completely missing the mark when it comes to criticizing no Net Neutrality. Proponents of Net Neutrality say the government needs to make sure there’ s a level playing field, because of huge corporations like Comcast, Charter, and AT&T.

There a certain irony Burger King’s decision to get involved in the Net Neutrality fight. FreedomWorks Director of Policy Patrick Hedger mentioned to me BK, “doesn’t sell Pepsi products, they have an exclusive deal with Coca-Cola. Not very neutral of them. How dare they block Pepsi’s market access on their infrastructure.”

BK’s got every right to try to promote Whopper Neutrality or Net Neutrality, they just need to be honest about it. Of course, given the shrill comments from Net Neutrality supporters on the issue, it shouldn’t be surprising to see a bunch of hyperbolic commentary, complete with factual inaccuracies, coming out. The facts are this: Net Neutrality hindered competition and was anti-free market. It gave the government too much control over the Internet, especially at a time when FISA is, and remains, a big issue in this country. A truly free market system would keep telecoms and ISPs from getting kickbacks from the government, and force them to fight for every customer’s dollar through lower costs, and faster speeds.

Or to quote the hip kids these days, “Can I haz actual free market?”

There was something Reagan may have said: “don’t worry. I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.” Too many don’t get his point.

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