the height of sophistication and wisdom in the art of the smear

The Covington Catholic Teen Lost His First Court Battle, But Will Probably Win His Next. Margot Cleveland – “On Friday, a federal judge in Kentucky tossed Nicholas Sandmann’s defamation case against the Washington Post. Here’s why Sandmann is likely to win on appeal.”

“If Sandmann loses his appeal, the consequences will be direr than his personal defeat. As his father, Ted Sandmann said following Friday’s ruling, “I believe fighting for justice for my son and family is of vital national importance. If what was done to Nicholas is not legally actionable, then no one is safe.”

The senior Sandmann is correct. A defeat would sound the death knell to the last remaining check on a profession that has abandoned all pretense of serious, unbiased, and fact-based reporting since Donald Trump entered the political arena—defamation law.

Titus calls for Trump impeachment, will escalate Emoluments Clause probe. Humberto Sanchez – “The Emoluments Clause prohibits the president from making money off of foreign countries.” With such ignorance on the part of the ‘reporter’ is it any wonder a Democrat is so off base? This effort is basically Democrats saying they want politicians who got rich via corruption and political influence rather than entrepreneurship in the private sector. The emoluments complaints boil down to foreign diplomats staying at Trump hotels and are not about any payments to the President for governmental favors. For that, see Hillary Clinton, uranium sales to Russia, and similar episodes.

McConnell blasts WaPo’s “McCarthyism” after “Russian asset” headline. Ed Morrissey – “Call him “Cocaine Mitch,” and Mitch McConnell launches a merchandising empire. Call him “Moscow Mitch,” and, well … look out.”

“perhaps Hiatt needs to review exactly what McCarthyism is. Its original form was the smearing of public officials as Russian assets for their political views, part of a “Red scare” that had some basis in fact but quickly ran out of control and was exploited for sheer political gain. That’s a much better description of what Milbank and the WaPo did with that column than Milbank’s description of McConnell as a “Russian asset” for opposing a partisan bill on election security. Milbank doesn’t even consider that there were legitimate for McConnell’s opposition to the bills — he just jumps to the conclusion that McConnell’s failure to adopt another political position is driven by treason or disloyalty without providing any proof of either. That is, in fact, classic McCarthyism, right down to the Russian roots of it.

Smearing Mitch McConnell. Scott Johnson – “Milbank is a clown, but a clown of the influential variety whose clowning is aped by his media colleagues as the height of sophistication and wisdom.

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