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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why don't the stories say: "President Trump Faithfully Executes Affordable Care Act"?
In report after sky-is-falling report, the journalism wing of the media-Democrat complex castigates the president over his decision to -- as the New York Times put it -- "scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out of pocket costs of low-income people." These subsidy payments are "critical" to sustaining the "Affordable Care Act." Without them, the Grey Lady frets, "President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement" could "unravel." To add insult to injury, the paper implies that Trump's "determination to dismantle [Obamacare] on his own" is a malign attack on the rule of law, coming only after Republicans reneged on their vow to repeal it by legislation.

[snip]

What Trump has actually done is end the illegal payoffs without which insurance companies have no rational choice but to jack up premiums or flee the Obamacare exchanges.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leaving Twitter means people send you articles about others who leave Twitter, so I saw the story of a NY Times reporter leaving Twitter, and then the follow-up analysis of what that means. That analysis article ended with these helpful guides:

*Consider your role: If you are a journalist and not a columnist your bosses may expect you to keep your opinions to yourself because they inevitably reflect on your newsroom.

*Be confident you can support your comments with reporting and facts. That's good advice for columnists and editorial writers too - though, as Robert Schlesinger managing editor of US News' Opinions points out, for editorial writers and columnists, "Bias is a feature, not a bug."



My reaction was:

Congrats to the NY Times reporter!

That the bullet points need to be stated is sad.

[snip]

Journalism is broken. No necessarily out of bad intentions, but because many journalists don't understand how bubbled they are...


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

David French, National Review: President Trump's call for NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to be fired was a troubling assault on free speech -- and it put the league in an impossible position. Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag. As a nation we stand in respect for the national anthem and stand in respect for the flag not simply because we were born here or because it's our flag. We stand in respect because the flag represents a specific set of values and principles: that all men are created equal and that we are endowed with our Creator with certain unalienable rights. read more


Twenty-one years ago, a Wall Street Journal reporter and a popular academic pundit issued a stark warning: The proliferation of opposition research in U.S. political campaigns was debasing American elections.

The alarm came in the form of a 339-page book, "Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics." The journalist was Glenn R. Simpson, a respected investigative reporter; the professor was University of Virginia political scientist Larry J. Sabato. Their book detailed the "dirty tricks" that, in the two decades since, have put America's two major political parties at each other's throats and led to widespread disillusionment among voters.

Railing against "sleaze" in campaigns, political consultancies, and Washington journalism, the authors deplored opposition research as a "gateway to acts that are not just offensive but duplicitous and sometimes illegal."


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review: We already knew that Paul Manafort was in a heap of trouble. It was almost two months ago -- July 26, to be precise -- that his Virginia residence was raided by the FBI in the predawn hours. As I said at the time, prosecutors do not obtain warrants to toss the homes of people they regard as cooperating witnesses. When they are dealing with cooperators, prosecutors politely request that documents be produced, expecting the witness (and his lawyers) to comply. If some coercion is thought necessary, they will issue a grand-jury subpoena -- an enforceable directive to produce documents, but one that still allows the witness to hand over the materials, not have them forcibly seized. The execution of a search warrant, even if it goes smoothly, is a show of force. It is intimidating.


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