Media’s tar baby

Double Standards Galore in the Attorney General Fracas. John C. Eastman – “Neal Katyal writes that President Trump’s designation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is unconstitutional because the office of attorney general is a “principal office,” which can only be filled by someone who has been confirmed by the Senate.”

“That would be the same Neal Katyal who served as acting solicitor general, also a Senate-confirmed position. And the same Neal Katyal whose boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, had served as acting attorney general at the end of the Clinton Administration and in the early days of the George W. Bush Administration. And the same Neal Katyal who served in an administration that closed out with another acting attorney general, Sally Yates, who acted like an embedded enemy within the Trump Administration until she was finally fired by the president for refusing to defend the president’s travel ban executive order—she claimed that there was no plausible defense for it, even though the policy was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

The double standard is so palpable as to be laughable.

Perhaps what we are seeing is the Trump effect on legal analysis, such as the argument made before the Fourth Circuit in the travel ban case in which Katyal himself was involved, that perfectly valid actions taken by other presidents are unconstitutional when taken by this president. But such a double standard is hardly conducive to the rule of law.

Shame on Fox News for Joining the CNN-Acosta Farce. Nicholas L. Waddy – “The absurdity of CNN’s position is plain. CNN takes the view that President Trump, in his capacity as president, has no rights at all.” and Fox News thinks this is “fair and balanced”?

Trump announces solution to Acosta problem and now the media are stuck. Thomas Lifson – You want written rules? We’ll give you written rules. And enforcement to the letter. No problem.

Trump everyone’s hard passes then. Don Surber – “Revoke all the hard passes. Make them stand in line each day with every other reporter from outlets not so privileged seeking access.”

“Every cable outlet rejected the president’s midterm election ad because their corporate owners support open borders and globalism.

By the way, that ad was prophetic. In that ad, President Trump showed illegal aliens overrunning barricades.

the television outlets censored the president of the United States because he told the truth — something Fake News media oppose.

This is America. All are equal in the eyes of the law. Make them wait in line and go through security checks like everyone else then.

Meanwhile, they did run dishonest ads by Democrats on health care …

How the AP covers your dubious election dispute pretty much depends on whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Becket Adams – “The language we use to cover news events says a great deal about our editorial judgment. And the Associated Press’ handling of the long-shot recount efforts in Georgia and New Mexico says its judgment needs serious reconsideration.”

“It may seem like a small thing, but the difference between these stories is the difference between healthy skepticism and no skepticism at all. That the AP’s tone changes entirely when the story is about a Democrat is probably just a coincidence. Probably.

Federal Prosecutors Investigating “Altered” Election Documents Forged by Florida Democrats – “No evidence of voter fraud,” the media lied. Ace of Spades – “protests that such claims are undermining confidence in the nation’s democracy, as we heard about correct, fact-based Republican claims about Broward.”

Fact-checking the NY Times’ Fact-checking. Kip Hansen – “The NY Times is obsessed with the President — it cannot report anything without taking a pot shot at him.”

“Thanks to the brilliant investigative reporting of the Times’ staff writer, we get the lede as a subtitle: “On Twitter, the president claimed that the state’s wildfire woes are a result of poor forest management. The truth is more complicated.”

Who would have imagined that the complex problem of California wildfires could actually be “more complicated” than the President could communicate in 140 characters?

I must admit I get weary of the NY Times’ absurd Editorial Narrative on the Environment and Climate Change — so many of their pieces on these topics are sophomoric and some are just plain silly — the above is a fine example of the “silly” category.

ABC Makes Patently False Claim About New Title IX Rules. Robby Soave – “The new standard does not require victims to show that they can’t return to school. It doesn’t even require them to leave school in the first place.”

“Unfortunately, ABC’s mischaracterization of the standard is already being parroted by the Daily Kos. This is how fake news spreads.

If would be great if a civil-liberties-minded organization in good standing with the left could step up and explain why Title IX reform is necessary and long overdue. Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union has opted to go another route.

White House Ordered To Restore Jim Acosta’s Press Pass (UPDATE ADDED). Dana – “As a reminder, this is the same president who recently said of the press:” and the list provided is a reminder of just how bad the bias against Trump really is and how far people go to rationalize their hate. Every item in the list is a Trump response to uncivil and disrespectful press behavior calling it for what it is yet that truth gets bypassed in taking pot shots and rationalizing denial.

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