How do you rationalize this?

Fake News along the border. Don Surber – just another summary illustrating why it is Fake News™ and not merely bias or opinion.

Experts on Climate Change Assessment: ‘Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False’. Penny Star – “This latest climate report is just more of the same – except for even greater exaggeration, worse science, and added interference in the political process by unelected, self-serving bureaucrats,” Tim Huelskamp, president of the Heartland Institute said in statements released by the free-market think tank following the report’s release. When the headlines were touting a long debunked thesis that climate change causes more fires and hurricanes and even snow storms, who’d a thunk it?

“President Trump was required by law to release this report, but he is not required to take it seriously – and he surely will not,” Huelskamp said. “To do so would undermine his sensible, deregulatory agenda and restart the war on fossil fuels.”

“The left has already politicized the science, and President Trump has every right to populate the executive branch agencies that produced this report with climate realists,” Taylor said.

Lehr and 18 reputable scientists wrote a 54-page critique of the Global Change Research Program’s 2017 report, which was similarly alarmist, according to Heartland.

The critique can be found here.

See WUWT for a sad tale about how such criticism of climate alarmism is handled by its advocates.

The Costs of Presidential Candor. Victor Davis Hanson – “Oddly, the implied charge this time around was not that Trump makes up stuff, but that he said things that were factual but should not be spoken.”

“Trump’s tweets and ex tempore editorials may have been indiscreet and politically unwise, but they were also mostly accurate assessments. That paradox revisits the perennial question that is the hallmark of the Trump presidency of what exactly is presidential crudity and what are the liabilities of presidential candor?

The usual deep state protocol is to lie about U.S. complicity in things we regret or to ignore criticism. Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan, for example, lied under oath when he claimed the Obama targeted assassination program had not led to collateral “damage” to bystanders.

Trump’s crude truth bothers the media, for example, far more than Obama’s mellifluous quid-pro-quo self-interest, such as fake melodramatic red-line threats and indifference to thousands killed in Syria, or his creepy hot mic promise all but to dismantle critical and agreed-on missile defense in Eastern Europe in exchange for Putin’s good behavior abroad during Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. The media, recall, was not bothered that Obama arguably got caught relegating his nation’s interests to his own political career.

What should have Trump done in all these cases in keeping with presidential decorum?

Mostly what most career politicians who become president do, and apparently what both the public and the media have grown accustomed to applaud: hedge, blather, and resort to euphemisms.

Forest management, political judges, Saudi assassinations, and more are put on the table to raise the question about the cost versus what the people seem to want in government and in politicians. There is a contrast for comparison in history, even very recent history, to illustrate the hypocrisy, denial, and dishonesty of the assault on the current administration again and again and again.

Forget Khashoggi, Where Were Our Elites When Obama Assassinated American Citizens? Chris Reeves – “It’s difficult to know where to begin when dissecting this sort of blatant dishonesty, but perhaps the best place to start is simply to note that neither Attiah [WaPo editor] nor any of her better-known colleagues are actually opposed to governments assassinating their own citizens on principle.”

NFL team owner dies, local network affiliate itemizes political donations. Karen Townsend – “With such a rich biography available, something odd caught my ear Saturday as I listened to the local CBS affiliate report on his death. KHOU decided to itemize Mr. McNair’s recent political contributions. I was shocked and disgusted.” Like Limbaugh says, the Left politicizes everything.

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