Media Chickens of the Frankfurt School Have Come Home to Roost

This week’s press conference featuring the White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, ostensibly was about President Trump’s health. In reality, it was a physical and mental check-up on the White House press corps, whose jejunity, mental impairment, and ideological blindness bespoke a dangerous warning sign for both the White House and the nation. These people are sick, and getting sicker. And until they’re all in quarantine, we’re all in danger of catching what’s obviously now a deadly communicable disease.

According to Dr. Jackson, the president’s health is excellent, especially for a 71-year-old man who subsists on little sleep and an old-fashioned American diet. But that wasn’t what the media was there to hear. In fact, they weren’t there to hear much of anything at all, or indeed even to listen (since they had already mentally discounted anything the doctor was going to say). Rather they had come to speak, using Dr. Jackson as the foil for “questions” that stated and restated the same Leftist-narrative talking point: that Trump is physically and mentally unfit to lead the nation that elected him—much to their shock and anger—fifteen months ago.

You can watch the whole thing here. But do note a few things going in, including the relative youth of the media folk, especially the women—who seem to be, like the Eloi in The Time Machine, chosen for their freshness and beauty rather than the penetrating quality of their minds. The men, meanwhile, skew slightly older, although no less primped and blow-dried.

Their “questions”—which were not phrased to elicit information but to score political points—almost all contained an underlying premise: that the president is manifestly unsuited to his high office, and the burden of proof is on the doctor to prove otherwise. Even when he stated in unequivocal terms that there is nothing physically or mentally wrong with Trump, the press corps practically sneered in his face, like small children demanding to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the sun will, in fact, rise in the east tomorrow. “Some people just have great genes,” said Dr. Jackson. But in the mechanistic world-view of “progressivism,” there can be no mysteries; everything must have a cause and effect, tied directly to diet, exercise, sex, race, and climate change.  Things cannot simply just be.

More Media #Resistance
The circus inside the White House briefing room was all part of the ongoing and increasingly brazen and dishonest “resistance” movement against the American people and our constitutional electoral system. Since the
moment it dawned on them, late on the evening of Nov. 8, 2016, that Hillary Clinton’s triumphant waddle into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was not going to happen, the Democrat-Media Complex has waged all-out war on Trump and his administration. And not just the Democrats, but their allies-of-convenience, the “NeverTrumpers,” whose ranks not only include “conservative” columnists exposed as ideologically impotent, but also nominal members of the GOP as well, including soon-to-be-former senator, Jeff Flake, currently accepting the plaudits of the Left on his farewell tour of the Senate.

In Flake’s view, articulated in his Wednesday speech, it’s not the administration that’s under attack by a pack of howling media wolves—in fact, it’s just the opposite. “No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions,” he said. “An American president who cannot take criticism—who must constantly deflect and distort and distract—who must find someone else to blame—is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the President adds to the danger.”

Now Flake is a mendacious fool, who never would be have been re-elected in Arizona. Still, when he compares the sitting president to Josef Stalin and calls Trump’s derision of a manifestly dishonest media “an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted,” he’s also an ahistorical, ignorant fool.

Sarah Sanders provided a little pushback when she observed, “he’s criticizing the President because he has terrible poll numbers and he is looking for some attention. I think it’s unfortunate,” but a “more in sorrow” response is exactly wrong. This is a war that only one side can win—and which only one side is fighting in earnest at the moment.  The notoriously inept White House communications shop has, from the outset, played by Marquess of Queensberry rules, treating the ladies and gentlemen of the press as if they were, well, ladies and gentlemen, instead of credentialed but poorly educated, ideologically committed propagandists. It’s no accident that 90 percent of the press coverage of the Trump administration so far has been negative, with the media determined to present everything in the worst possible light.

How Do “Conservatives” Counter This?
Note the profusion of headlines these days that now include “sources say,” “seems to suggest,” “may,” “reportedly,” and other weasel words whose plain meaning is
not. The great scheisshole flap originated with exactly one individual, the proven fabulist Dick Durbin of Illinois, but now has been accepted as gospel by (as Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, says) the Democratic operatives with bylines. And the great “Russian collusion” hoax—which I pointed out from day one was a disinformation operation facilitated by rogue, but high-ranking, members of the intelligence community, the Democrats, the Clinton campaign, and their hacks and fellow-travelers in the media—has now gossamered away in the wind, having largely been supplanted by 25th Amendment fantasies, Michael Wolff’s book, and temper tantrums over Norway and the new tax tables.

And yet, they never stop, they never sleep, they never quit. To counter this, what do our so-called “conservatives” have? A White House press operation that issues hopeful but random talking points with wan pleas for influential columnists and bloggers to cite them? Sarah Sanders’ media follies? If the White House comm shop really wanted a game-changer, it could start by discontinuing the briefings and dispersing the correspondents back to covering the police beat in Dubuque and town meetings in western New York State, where they might actually learn to recognize and report news, instead of shoehorning it into the Narrative.

Trump himself showed the way yesterday with his “Fake News” Awards, which went to doom-‘n-gloomer Paul Krugman for his prediction that the stock market (now at 26,000) would “never” recover from Trump’s election; ABC’s hacktastic Brian Ross, demoted after sending markets briefly plummeting with a false report about when Trump had instructed former national security advisor Mike Flynn to make contact with the Russians; CNN’s “sourced” blunder (“confirmed” by two other news organizations) about when the Trumps got access to the Wikileaks dump; and eight more, including, at No. 11, the entire “Russian collusion” fantasy.

All Trump, All the Time
Still, the sad truth is that all news these days has become Washington political news—the
New York Times can hardly issue a tweet or a news alert without some mention of Trump—and for journalistic order to be restored, a refusal to indulge this monomania and the children who embody and promulgate it would be a good starting point both for Washington and for the profession. Meanwhile, the Left’s media machine goes 24/7—“Trump unfit, Trump unfit, this just in: Trump unfit”—and even when some of their number fall victim to the pervnado, they simply replace them and keep churning.

The Bloomberg story about Wolff’s unaccountable access to the White House sums the situation up in true tragicomic-opera fashion:  “Author Michael Wolff’s pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included a working title that signaled a sympathetic view, a counter-narrative to a slew of negative news stories early in Donald Trump’s presidency. He called it ‘The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration.’ And in part due to that title, Wolff was able to exploit an inexperienced White House staff who mistakenly believed they could shape the book to the president’s liking.”

This perfectly sums up the first year of the administration. Starting with the president himself, who still believes he can charm the Beltway media the way he did the Manhattan media in his former life (“You have to understand,” one White House insider told me last summer, “the president likes Maggie Haberman”), the administration still largely ascribes good intentions to a group of politically and culturally deadly opponents who scoff at the notions of fair play, balance, common decency, and dispassion in the furtherance of their policy objectives.

Not smart enough to get into law school, they decided to “change the world” through the medium of journalism—the rooster graduate students and chicken teaching assistants of the Frankfurt School; after their long march through the institutions, they have come home to roost at the highest levels of academe, entertainment, the Democrat Party, and the media. Going forward, confronting and defeating these domestic sappers should be one of our highest priorities. The fate of the nation depends on it.

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About Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and foreign correspondent for Time Magazine, for which he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints (winner, 2004 American Book Award for fiction), and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the recent nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace. A sequel, The Fiery Angel, was published by Encounter in May 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @dkahanerules (Photo credit: Peter Duke Photo)

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149 responses to “Media Chickens of the Frankfurt School Have Come Home to Roost”

  1. The new media motto: “If the truth cannot be found, innuendo will do.”

    • And if innuendo won’t do, let us level charges of racism, sexism, ….phobia, ….shaming, and whatever else irrational pleases us at the moment.

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      • Fact and truth are completely irrelevant to their chosen narratives

      • My take has been: Facts inconvenient to The Narrative will be ignored.

      • Very true.
        Unless they support creation of a diversion.

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    • When the press picks sides, it’s no longer “journalism”, it’s propaganda.

    • Or as Oprah opined about the existence of “your truth”, as if truth changes from person to person.

    • More like ‘We’ll frame our laughable lies as ‘sources say’ and then proceed as if the burden is on Trump to disprove it.”

    • More like ‘We’ll frame our laughable lies as ‘sources say’ and then proceed as if the burden is on Trump to disprove it.”

      • Constitution First probably said it best in a post above “When the press picks sides, it’s no longer “journalism”, it’s propaganda.”

        When the Washington Post went to war with Nixon I was young enough and naive enough to think that they (and the follow-on press) was protecting the foundational principles of the US and the Constitution. Following the Nixon resignation I began to notice the press was more aggressive against Republican/Conservative Administrations than Democrat/Liberal Administrations. Things they would attack one for they ignored in the other.

        Do you remember when Jimmy Carter made sure to be filmed carrying his suit-bag off Air Force One when debarking? The suit-bag was empty. He didn’t do this once, he did it often. Yet the press never exposed nor attacked his ‘man of the people’ sham. Throughout the Reagan Administration I watched the press become more and more belligerent. I passed it off as the new normal. Then Clinton came along and the press defended his every action.

        It was during the Clinton Administration that I lost all faith. What is happening today is proof the American people are ill served by the Main Stream Press.

    • Yet, calling for a fix as Walsh does is not enough. Exposing the fakeness is not enough.
      Ignoring/reacting to/exposing the innuendo and fakeness is not working.

      • Glick has an op-ed in Breitbart today. It can be found by clicking on the Breitbart Jerusalem tab. It also appears the moderators are at work. Most anti-semitic posts are under moderation but can still be seen if one clicks on “show comment”.

      • TY – those trolls do not come close to the one that came after me at TAI. He has been banned by most sites, which made it worse that TAI’s moderator thought using Hamas blood libels was ok.

      • See the Ace of Spades article linked from realclearpolitics. He discusses what does/doesn’t work and why.

      • They and everyone that has anything to do with them, need to be boycotted and picketed, until they cry uncle!!

    • Close, it’s actually this: “If the truth doesn’t fit our biases, innuendo and lies are what we’ll print and say instead.”

    • Truth dies in the Washington post. I think that should be the new logo over there. It is amazing how wrong the left is and how often and yet they refuse to admit their own failure. Pretty pathetic stuff but liberals will be liberals.

  2. i like the expression ‘sappers’ to describe these journos. it has a WWII ring to it as well as a ‘bugman’ allusion.

    • This old “Sapper” says don’t lay that on an
      honorable branch of one of the Combat Arms.

  3. When you read the current young propagandists who populate the media you quickly realize how ignorant they are of basic English grammar and limited their vocabulary. Whether it is the WSJ, NYT or WoPo there are editing errors that should not come through. If these people are unable to do these simple tasks, how can you trust them to know what they are trying to make you believe?
    What they write shows a similar lack of attention to detail and usually a lack of understand of what they are witnessing. They all have taken the same courses using the same books, teaching them the same way to think. When they attempt to report upon an event, they usually leave out at least one of the basic questions a reporter is suppose to answer. They simply are unable to tell you who, what , when, where and why in simple factual terms. Instead they write in excruciating detail what they feel about it and therefore how you should feel about it.
    These propagandists are very lazy. They use the press releases of the people they support as the text of their reports whenever they can get away with it. When they must actually write, they show their predetermined political based conclusions in the first couple of paragraphs. To find what might have really happened at any event they about which they write, you go to the last couple of paragraphs, which most people never do.
    There is no point in saying anything about the talkers on the networks. They are actors, who just read what those young propagandists write for them. Take away the teleprompter and you get what you see in the White House press briefings. Actors trying to get noticed by yelling their heads off.

    • It’s every level of journalism. Things as innocuous as sporting events where the game you attended was not the game reported on using tricks like showing highlights out of order to imply there was some kind of drama that wasn’t there. I had my eyes opened to this when a family member died in a house fire. The local news report got just about every detail of his life wrong to the point that if I hadn’t known who they were reporting on, I wouldn’t have recognized their bio as my family member. They couldn’t be bothered to leave the family alone hours after the fire and did a half-assed job getting their info secondhand and got it completely wrong.

    • The quality of the media goes farther and faster downhill as it tries to survive. Its business model is to take money out of the writers and editors pockets to keep the doors open and it shows — poorly.

      Will they cease and fold once all they can afford to hire is barely high school graduates with nothing but space between their ears and even fewer writing skills?

      Or can they survive only as paid mouthpieces for advocacies — like Soros and La Raza?

      • With what is being “taught” today all that they are getting now is HS grads with zero education!!

      • Absolutely
        Ignorant, inexperienced, uneducated SJW crusaders willing to make as little or less than your average burger-flipper.
        And it shows — very poorly.

        Education as parental malpractice . . . . .

  4. Communication is still nowhere near what it needs to be. How about a fireside chat with PowerPoint presentation on exactly why we can’t afford chain migration?

    • Sadly, too many Americans could not digest a TED talk, or even an infographic, on the topic.

      • Perhaps, but some would and it’s always better to educate one’s allies than to attempt to convert the world.

  5. The current obsession about decency raises the question: Decency, by doing what? Holding open doors for old ladies?

    How I wish Lincoln’s adage that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time would hold true extensively enough to defeat the sick louts I have slowly discovered we are surrounded by and drive them from politics. If democracy can’t take a well placed scatology once a week, it is finished.

    • ‘Decency’ is in or out of fashion depending only upon which party is currently in power.

  6. Newt G. was on Hennity yesterday and said that
    the newsies had no rights to be in the Press Corps.
    He suggested getting them under control by
    tossing out 30% of the worse ones every month
    and repeat as long as needed.

    • I’d bet $50 that you voted for Hillary and that you actually do know how to speak English.

      • I’ll see your crummy ten bucks and raise you 50 more that reading with comprehension is not one of your top ten skills.

      • My vote for Mz. H. has been the same since “92” and that’s for a permanent seat in one of the hotter hells. As you can see “I no habla” in any language
        you would comprehend.
        You should give that loose 10 bucks to a charity, just not the Clinton’s.

  7. The permanent White House press corps are an anachronism from the days when the president and the press were both at the mercy of train and steamship timetables.

    Despite their numbers they fail to ask a single informed, insightful question day after day, year after year. Despite their so-called competitive business they suffer from enduring and impenetrable groupthink.

    Housing media members in any government building, including the White House, makes a mockery of the First Amendment freedoms they claim to be champions of. Only the most naive viewer is impressed by their standups on the White House lawn with the columns in the background – not least because they are all reading from the same press release and fail to add any independent information.

    In sum, they are the antitheses of journalists.

    • Skype the press briefings and invite questions from journalists around the country.

  8. The writers contributing opinion pieces to this site seem to be rather unclear what quotation marks are for. They are for enclosing material obtained for others, not as word magic that will magically trivialize or ridicule and word enclosed in quotation marks marks. Refuting another’s position more often than not takes evidence, reason … stuff like that and not just semi-literate punctuation.

    Using Quotation Marks

    The primary function of quotation marks is to set off and represent
    exact language (either spoken or written) that has come from somebody
    else. The quotation mark is also used to designate speech acts in
    fiction and sometimes poetry. Since you will most often use them when
    working with outside sources, successful use of quotation marks is a
    practical defense against accidental plagiarism and an excellent
    practice in academic honesty. The following rules of quotation mark use
    are the standard in the United States, although it may be of interest
    that usage rules for this punctuation do vary in other countries.

    The following covers the basic use of quotation marks. For details and exceptions consult the separate sections of this guide.

    Direct Quotations

    Direct quotations involve incorporating another person’s exact words into your own writing.

    1. Quotation marks always come in pairs. Do not open a quotation and fail to close it at the end of the quoted material.

    2. Capitalize the first letter of a direct quote when the quoted material is a complete sentence.

    Mr. Johnson, who was working in his field that morning, said, “The alien spaceship appeared right before my own two eyes.”

    3. Do not use a capital letter when the quoted material is a fragment
    or only a piece of the original material’s complete sentence.

    Although Mr. Johnson has seen odd happenings on the
    farm, he stated that the spaceship “certainly takes the cake” when it
    comes to unexplainable activity.

    4. If a direct quotation is interrupted mid-sentence, do not capitalize the second part of the quotation.

    “I didn’t see an actual alien being,” Mr. Johnson said, “but I sure wish I had.”

    5. In all the examples above, note how the period or comma
    punctuation always comes before the final quotation mark. It is
    important to realize also that when you are using MLA or some other form
    of documentation, this punctuation rule may change.

    When quoting text with a spelling or grammar error, you should
    transcribe the error exactly in your own text. However, also insert
    the term sic in italics directly after the mistake, and enclose it in
    brackets. Sic is from the Latin, and translates to “thus,” “so,” or
    “just as that.” The word tells the reader that your quote is an exact
    reproduction of what you found, and the error is not your own.

    Mr. Johnson says of the experience, “It’s made me reconsider the existence of extraterestials [sic].”

    6. Quotations are most effective if you use them sparingly and keep
    them relatively short. Too many quotations in a research paper will get
    you accused of not producing original thought or material (they may
    also bore a reader who wants to know primarily what YOU have to say on
    the subject).

    Indirect Quotations

    Indirect quotations are not exact wordings but rather rephrasings or
    summaries of another person’s words. In this case, it is not necessary
    to use quotation marks. However, indirect quotations still require
    proper citations, and you will be committing plagiarism if you fail to
    do so.

    Mr. Johnson, a local farmer, reported last night that he saw an alien spaceship on his own property.

    Many writers struggle with when to use direct quotations versus
    indirect quotations. Use the following tips to guide you in your

    Use direct quotations when the source material uses language that is
    particularly striking or notable. Do not rob such language of its power
    by altering it.

    Martin Luther King Jr. believed that the end of
    slavery was important and of great hope to millions of slaves done
    horribly wrong.

    The above should never stand in for:

    Martin Luther King Jr. said of the Emancipation
    Proclamation, “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of
    hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in
    the flames of withering injustice.”

    Use an indirect quotation (or paraphrase) when you merely need to summarize key incidents or details of the text.

    Use direct quotations when the author you are quoting has coined a
    term unique to her or his research and relevant within your own paper.

    When to use direct quotes versus indirect quotes is ultimately a
    choice you’ll learn a feeling for with experience. However, always try
    to have a sense for why you’ve chosen your quote. In other words, never
    put quotes in your paper simply because your teacher says, “You must
    use quotes.”

  9. It is definitly true that those who need to be mentally evaluated are numerous members of the press corp. These people are crude, stupid, and downright rabid! I think the time has come that all White House Press Corp. members must pass a mental test, in which they must be able to discern fact from fairy tale!

  10. The two most important objectives for conservatives must be:
    1) Media fairness; and
    2) border security.

    If we have allow a media that’s 95% Dem Party activists, if we allow millions of third world socialists into the country, we will lose future elections.
    and they will reverse the (sane) economic and foreign policies we enact during the Trump years.

    • What about the 1st amendment? I don’t think you can do anything about media fairness.

      • While one may not be able to impose “fairness”, one may encourage it by access and preparation. Limit access to and content from the WH. There’s no obligation to have daily press brieftings, to deal with CNN and to let the media set the agenda.

      • Sure you can, but it looks almost dictatorial. It has the same feeling of shutting out access to those who disagree with the WH’s point of view. News has become almost editorial in nature and to punish those who are on the other side is not the best way to handle things in a free nation.

    • What about the 1st amendment? I don’t think you can do anything about media fairness.

  11. FTA:

    Not smart enough to get into law school, they decided to “change the world” through the medium of journalism—the rooster graduate students and chicken teaching assistants of the Frankfurt School; after their long march through the institutions, they have come home to roost at the highest levels of academe, entertainment, the Democrat Party, and the media

    I would add to that list the highest levels of our major religions as well.

    • “Journalism” and “education” are two degrees that a chimp could get.

      The fact that some low single-digit percentage of them are authentically intelligent changes that not one bit.

    • Absolutely correct. Since the 1960s, when the campus radicals began to emerge as pastors, the membership of mainline protestant churches has fallen by 50%. Meanwhile, the membership of entrepreneurial, bible-based evangelical churches has nearly doubled. A graph of the membership data in these two church classes vs. time looks like a giant letter X. Evidently, people attend church for spiritual reasons and not to be trained as SJWs.

  12. Cancel cable. Trim their paychecks. STOP clicking on & watching their product. The media IS NOT going to change. What has to change is our relationship with them. It’s not them, it’s ‘us’. Let’s let them move on w/o us.

      • Never subscribed because I was/am cheap and worked a lot. Now that I’m retired, I’m still cheap and too busy to watch.

    • Cancelled DISH almost 2 years ago.
      Not missing it.
      You can get all the information about what’s going on from the internet, ignoring all the political sniping.
      Listen to classical music in the evening and talk to your family.
      Much healthier than the propaganda media machine.

  13. If Leftism is “a deadly communicable disease” then schools are like a giant ongoing measles party, where those with undeveloped immune systems are gathered en masse to be exposed to the infection. Hardly surprising that the sickness is more widespread than ever..

  14. Worth reading just for this:

    “Since the moment it dawned on them, late on the evening of Nov. 8, 2016, that Hillary Clinton’s triumphant waddle into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was not going to happen…”

    Triumphant waddle! Who cannot imagine what it would’ve looked like? Like Donald Duck, perhaps, stepping to the tune of William Walton’s “Crown Imperial” march!

  15. The White House needs to start making the hyenas in the press corps pay a penalty for having abused their trust as journalists and turning themselves into propagandists.

    If the White House yanked Jim Acosta’s press credentials, they will, in effect, have fire him from his job. Then, on to the next hyena until the press wake up and start behaving like responsible journalists again.

    • Just cancel the briefings, calling them at the last minute when the WH wants to announce/highlight/discuss something. The media will howl…let them, on this issue. Most people won’t care.

  16. Would that the senator from Illinois be known henceforward by the most appropriate name of “S–thole Dick”.

    • Perhaps something a little more refined and filled with imagery. How about Richard the Dung Beetle Durbin. Dick Dungby or the Dunger perhaps. Dick Dung Durbin. This is fun.

      • My own 2-cent’s worth was a direct allusion to abominable practice of the population of the city on the shores of the Dead Sea that, according to Genesis 19, was destroyed as its punishment. I stand by it. I choose not to be refined in this fecal matter.

      • Dicky DungBeetle Durbin is nicely descriptive and still pithy.

  17. The most telling question from the press on how desperate they are and how much their lies have infected their brains, was after all of the data and all of the facts, including the fact that Trump has never used alcohol or cigarettes or drugs a reporter dutifully raised her hand and asked….. “Is Trump a drug addict?”

    They have lost their minds on national TV and do not even know it.

    • I suspect you about got it although I wouldn’t entirely give up on the more jaundiced view that the press probably knows they aren’t fair and open minded because the truth is they have an agenda.

  18. As evidenced by the abnormal attention given to the cowboy-hat-wearing Frederica Wilson some months ago, if the media cannot find a Trump controversy, they’ll inflate or create one.

    • Yes, that was one of the best. The pimp hat lady running around in her full glory screeching at the sky and turned into the media darling.

      • Exactly. She “overheard” part of a phone conversation, yet her interpretation was treated as gospel by the media.

      • The media will use any stick to hit and poke Trump and Reps generally. They are unscrupulous. They need to be knee-capped when they stagger out of bars.

  19. Mr. Walsh has done the republic a great favor in the authorship of the Devils Pleasure Palace and the expose’ of the insidious infection of the Frankfurt school. His follow up is highly anticipated in this home. The pernicious ignorance of history, science, civilizational development and the human condition by the press all combine to yield a crop of well coiffed stick puppets whose ability to tease out stories ends with the function of their thumbs. They are crafting themselves as enemy combatants in the this struggle of America versus Tyranny.

  20. Senator Jeff Flake is 100% correct; to the letter.
    But he’s using a speech he wrote 2 years ago about President Obama.

  21. What is it that makes a Communist believe that what he believes is best? If Venezuela were a success, if Michigan, California, New York, Ilinois, Washington and Oregon were well-known, well-respected centers of liberty and prosperity, then yeah. But Communism is an very bloody failure. Collectivism & central planning are cruel systems of tyranny & death. The documented evidence is out there for all to see. Why do these U.S. Communists persist? Is their lust for power that compelling? History proves that the Communist lust for power is, in fact, blood lust. Communists, Democrats & Leftists love death; they hate wisdom and love death. They are the enemies of compassion & truth. They deserve what’s coming to them.

    • Democrats are willing to let our government shut down and weaken our military in order to protect illegal immigrants!

      Thank God for President Trump!

      America First!

  22. Press behavior will not change, until there are consequences for lying. Start with Jim Acosta.

    • Truth? There is no truth. The media is there to uncover something or other else. And they’re doing a commendable job of it!

  23. Democrats will do anything to protect illegal immigrants!

    We need term limits!

    America First!

  24. I’d like to see a ‘press conference’ like that but where the presenter answers one of those questioners with “by God, you ARE a pompous arsehole,” then turning for the next question. Respond by saying ‘question was answered’ to any complaints.

    • Actually, Sanders does say “I’ve already answered that” when the ADDers keep asking the same question.

  25. America is probably the only nation built on ideals and not on race, language, or religion. When those ideals break down the foundation of America is gone.

    • Unfortunately, you are correct. That’s American Exceptionalism, but neither Obama, Clinton nor, sadly, Trump understand/understood the concept. Reagan did.

      • Some of those ideals are breaking down. massive intrusion into our freedom of speech, press,. right to privacy, and an economic & political system that tends to favor the elite.

  26. I remember when Bill Clinton stopped at MacDonald’s for a burger after his jogs, he was written up as a guy in tune with middle America.
    When reporters report on Trump eating a burger, it’s proof of Dementia!

  27. It’s easy to get discouraged when you realize that friends and neighbors are relying for their political news on a media that runs nine negative stories for every positive one on Trump and the GOP. If something doesn’t turn that tide before November, the House will almost certainly be lost and any gains in the Senate will be minimal.

    There is one sign, however, that we are on the cusp of breaking through the negative coverage.

    When leftists start crying “Racist! Racist! He’s a racist!”, as they are now, they are down to their last line of defense. Sadly, that line often holds, but it is their last line, relied upon when all else has failed. President Trump is winning, but he still has work to do. It would help if the GOP leadership, particularly in the Senate, would stand behind him and start getting things done, starting with jettisoning the filibuster.

    • Very true. Trump is no racist. Those who are calling such names (see Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, today) are shallow, shrill, and scared.

      • And racist…projection by racists…they see everyone as racist because they are.

    • Also, the RNC needs a better messaging machine. It’s all propaganda all the time by everyone on everything. One has to fight fire with fire.

    • No worries! When November comes and we have had 4% growth all year and wages are rising and people of all shades are working and the world has not yet fallen apart, how does the majority of voters vote to put the Democrats back into control given that they fought like hell to deprive all those voters of the benefits they are receiving under Trump’s policies. They can say whatever they want to the pollsters but once in the voting booth, foolishness will not be present.

  28. Suddenly all the liberals in my life have stopped complaining. No more hysteria. I think that the truth has broken through, not as revealed by media, but as revealed by the growth of their 401k. It’s even more stunning to them because the Lightworker never even came close to this, and Trump did it in a year.

    They may even start watching Fox to find out what the heck’s going on.

  29. I love it. Please keep talking to each other and ignoring reality.
    Only the dead-enders on this site and a very few others are still convinced that they aren’t in free fall.
    Please continue the orgy of mutual masturbation y’all have been engaged in.

      • the dead enders on this board are neither D nor R.
        eyes closed tight!
        cup the balls!!!
        pay the pornstars and ban the shit holes!!!
        If it hurts my feelings it aint real!!!

      • I hope you find some peace from whatever demons are tormenting you.
        Maybe turn off the TV and social media for starters.

      • Anything! Anything at all!

    • I love reading this comment!
      “Looney Tunes” plays every time! How does he do that?


    • All you are going to get from your shouting is a hoarse throat and a continued sense of failure.

  31. If racism and bigotry are an illness – Trump is terminal.

    He’s going to stab all of you in the back and leave you with nothing. See you in November, we’ll be stopping the madness. In 2020, we’ll end the madness.

    • Except for the fact that every instance you would rely on to support your point is an inaccurate distortion of the reality by the Left which you seem to think is true. Here is a truth that completely negates your point. Drudge posted a picture of Jesse Jackson praising Trump “for his lifelong service to Afro-Americans” . That is truth, actual reality reflecting the truth about Trump’s character as opposed to the distortions and lies presented by the Left. You guys won’t be stopping anything as you are toast but just don’t know it yet. Go on believing the polls as they are there for you. You were surprised and disappointed on election night? Well the surprises and disappointments will keep on coming.

      • Well, maybe I should be spank with a magazine by a porn star. Like your racist-bigoted, pervert President.

        That would teach me a lesson.

    • One sign of insanity is being delusional or in a constant state of hyperntilation. In the UK we call it PBD or post Brexit Dementia. In the US you call it TDS. Trump Derangement Syndrome. Both syndromes are manifestations of an illness brought on by a new Virus that hopefully one day the CDC will isolate and purify and find a cure for. Only then is there any hope that you and your kind will recover your sanity. But I’m not holding my breath on that one.

      • Maybe having a porn star spank me with a magazine would help. You know, like President Racist-Bigot.

      • Is that all you got left? The porn star angle?
        Obstruction of justice?
        Unfit for office?
        Heart disease?

        Did you notice #ReleaseTheMemo? You and your ilk are SO screwed. Bye.

  32. The media is the last line of defense for the Dems. They must generate distractions about Trump to drown out the good news about the economy, and the bad news about the Obama administration corruption and lawlessness. They must stand ready to back to Dems to the hilt if they go for a government shutdown, which the Dems may well do since their backs are to the wall. I predict that what we have seen is nothing compared to the fanatic hatred and bombast that is to come.

    The media has gone too far in hiding the real story of the deep state war on Trump to back out now – this has become the hill they are going to die on.

    • Ray, this is a quibble among friends…the media are both offense and defense for the Dems!

  33. This column is a longer and better version of my typical rant at my local bars with my buds. The problem is, there seem to be too few of us who pay attention. Walsh is right. Stop the daily WH press briefings, calling impromptu sessions when the WH wants to issue a statement on something and there’ll be a 5 minute Q&A limited to that topic, otherwise, we’re done.

  34. Mr. Walsh, here an idea. How about every once in a while, they turn the table and have Sanders ask the White House Press Corps, direct questions?

      • Sanders: “Ms. MSNBC Reporter, The other day CNN reported falsely that the President had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks. Why did your network never comment on this error by CNN?”

    • Sanders: “Mr. ABC Reporter, can you name a single difference editorially between ABC, NBC, CBS, NY Times, CNN, PBS, Minneapolis Star… on any the following issues: immigration, taxes, abortion, religious rights, foreign policy, energy, or education?

  35. The truly amazing thing about the USA is we don’t see physical attacks on journalists as we do in other countries. And, yet, Trump is oppressing the media?

  36. The insanity is that the “science based” progressive MSM is unwilling to accept science. Trump’s blood pressure, heart rate, etc, etc etc, is what it is , regardless of his “poor diet”, lack of sleep and failure to exercise enough. The MSM will not accept the fact that medical tests are more reliable than their presumptions of what constitutes good health. The narrative fails again.

  37. California is now a “Sanctuary State” which welcomes illegal immigration. The message California officials are sending is that once you make it across the border you’ll be welcomed and protected from deportation in California.

    What would great liberal democrats of the past like FDR and JFK have thought of cities like Chicago being a “Sanctuary City” and a state like California being a “Sanctuary State”. They would have thought that the Democratic Party has become insane.

    What would they have thought of the fact that half the country very strongly supports the Democratic Party?

    “OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Just hours after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end any cooperation with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday she would go to jail if needed in her opposition to ICE raids.

    “It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”

  38. Well, President Racist-Bigot did pass the “Get Spanked by a Porn Star” test….

  39. Exactly right. The only way to counter these effete, “elite” buffoons is to employ their own tactics (mockery, humiliation) against them, without hesitation or quarter. The rot spreads slowly but surely. Imagine someone standing up on a college campus 50 years ago and arguing that a man who (genuinely) believed that he was a woman should be taken seriously. Could not have happened. Today, you can’t say the obverse without being tarred as a subhuman bigot. Sadly, since Progressivism is essential a religion, no rational approach can penetrate these pea-brains.

  40. It’s been an AMAZING year. The ups and downs. The winning. And now, the ULTRA winning of #ReleaseTheMemo. And, as the tax cuts click in, even MORE winning.

    Are you tired of WINNING, America? To think, we still have the IG’s report to come.

    But sadly, I do believe there will be violence. Maybe martial law (God forbid). These facts will not be accepted by the ideologues and TDS sufferers. There will be ululating, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Bigly.

  41. The central problem is that, so far, the media has not paid a price they were unwilling to pay. As long as the oligogogues can operate with impunity, they will not change. The failure of the MSM to report (or even know) what the Heartland cares about is one of the reason President Trump was elected to office.

  42. The media isn’t mentally ill. It’s partisan. Politics is political, and part of the game is representation. Things are represented without regard for external reality and if denying that you are doing it that is part of getting your own way, then you do it as long as long as you can get it away with with it. Nothing new here.

  43. How do we commoners take the #WAR to the this anti-Western Civilization revolution that has been going on for at least 100 years. We have been kicked in the balls constantly by the left and told its for our own good, it seems we are only now waking up. For most of my life I didn’t even realize we were in a war and certainly didn’t realize that we were losing. Now I see the media, the Left, Academia, the government in general, Muslims, feminists, LGBLT, illegal aliens, foreigners and other sundry anti-Americans have been boiling us frogs in the water since my before my 73 year old father was born.
    I believe we have to fight dirty, play mean, ridicule their ability for effective insults, out troll the trolls, punch through them until we break something inside of them, offer no quarter, no sanction, no mercy, only disgust, derision and the ability to laugh at the smallness of them all.
    Yeah even tell the Pajama Boys you did their mom and they may be your spawn and NOW you understand the importance of abortion. Don’t let them pull that Alinsky crap of making us “live up to our rules,” that is how the Devil wins and these wimpy idiots don’t understand there are no rules in a street fight. Make them live down to their own tortured rules. They believe a man can be a woman because feelings for crying out loud, but all homosexuals are born that way? Destroy them with their own contradictions. We need to finish them.
    My worry is there aren’t enough hard men and women with the stomach to street fight and roll around in the gutter. I don’t mind shit-slinging with these bastards, I always come out smelling lie a rose.

  44. Conservatives are like an abused wife who just keeps thinking that if she’s mollifying enough, the abusive husband will eventually be nice to her.

    But sometimes in the end she just sets fire to the bed while he’s sleeping.

    They should remember that.

  45. I am enjoying CNN … on YouTube … their November 9, 2016 broadcast.
    Love it !!!

  46. They are reacting precisely as PDT knew they would.
    It is as if they dance at the end of his strings.

  47. Best way to end the insanity? Reduce the protections from reasonable Libel suits that the news media hides behind. Sue them out of existence, and those which remain will be more balanced and civil – or broke.

  48. The cognitive test that Trump took does not address psychological or emotional fitness. Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, The Unibomber and numerous other really screwed up people easily passed the MOCA test that Trump took.

  49. Every day the media further demonstrates an inability to be objective and unbiased. This is just more of the same.


  50. A possible solution: Repeal the ‘public figure’ exception to the libel laws.