As regular readers know, CNN is far from the only news organization infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. The Washington Post has long been in the terminal throes of the disease, as evidenced by its most recent publication of absolutely fake news, via Legal Insurrection:
A misleading video clip of Donald Trump supposedly being passed over for a handshake by the First Lady of Poland is sweeping the internet. In fact, there was a handshake a couple of seconds later, but the clip is cut so tightly that it appears that this was a sign of disrespect.
If it were just another misleading internet meme, it would be bad enough. But it is being pushed by the Washington Post on Twitter and on its website, as well as by other major media. [skip]
The text added by WaPo admits that the video clip and story is misleading — so why did WaPo use a misleading headline and video in the first place?
CNN’s Chris Cillizza couldn’t resist the fake news:
Fortunately, the public is catching on, and appropriately whacked the deranged Cillizza:
A quick review: the WaPo used a video edited so closely, it appeared the Polish First Lady was purposely snubbing Mr. Trump, ignoring him and shaking hands with Mrs. Trump instead. How closely was it edited? She shook hands with Mr. Trump only a few seconds later. Most of us have surely experienced the same thing. With multiple people to greet, we extend a hand to someone, only to discover they are already on course to shake hands with someone else. All hands are eventually grasped; it certainly isn’t newsworthy.
Why would the WaPo and other news outlets publicize–in some cases more than once–a story they knew to be fake, a story they admitted was fake? Because they know the photo and the headline is all many people will remember, not the short admission of their lie later in the story. They published the lie because TRUMP. What more reason do they need? It appears Poland’s President needs a bit more than that:
But of course, this was not the WaPo’s only attempt to attack Mr. Trump, as Powerline reports:
President Trump’s visit to Poland — a great U.S. ally and a nation with strong personal links to ours — has become the latest pretext for Trump bashing by the U.S. media. The Washington Post (paper edition) tells us, darkly, that Trump ‘shares ideological affinities’ with Poland’s right-wing ruling party. In particular, he shares its aversion to immigration by Muslims and its combative relationship with the press.
The Post also suggests that the visit is a slap in the face of European allies, especially Germany, who are estranged to some degree from the current Polish government. In addition, it tells us that Trump picked Poland because the ruling party will be able to bus in cheering crowds from rural areas. The folks in Warsaw are too sophisticated to like Trump, the Post assures its readers.
Thus, Trump’s visit to Poland serves as a perfect confluence of anti-Trump talking points. He’s a right-winger; he’s anti-Muslim; he’s anti-free press, he’s against the European alliance; he depends on rubes for support; he’s an egomaniac in search of adoring crowds.
“Ideological affinities?” Well, the Poles love their country and culture and are determined to defend it. They’ve experienced two kinds of totalitarianism in the recent past and are determined to remain ever after free. They recognize Russia’s totalitarian threat. They were promised missile defense, and Barack Obama screwed them, putting them in peril; Mr. Trump is providing what Obama refused to do. By actually exercising their legitimate sovereign powers by controlling their borders for the safety and benefit of the Polish people, the Poles have prevented the Jihadist attacks, abandonment of law and order, and the cultural disruption that have roiled the rest of Europe.
And if the Germans don’t like our good relations with Poland, too damned bad. They don’t exactly have room to complain, do they? One of the worst attributes of Americans, and particularly the press is a tendency to think other cultures are essentially American. In this case, the press is obviously thinking if they hate President Trump, so must everyone else, and of course, sophisticated European city dwellers, just like sophisticated American city dwellers, could not possibly love their country, wish to preserve it, and appreciate the help of an American President determined to preserve western civilization. That sort of thing is only for provincial rubes.
Actually, the opposite seems to be materializing. In the speech President Trump delivered today in Poland, he reaffirmed the bond between the United States and its European allies, calling their pact as ‘strong as ever.’
In fact, he expressly affirmed his commitment to Article 5, the collective security provision of the NATO treaty. Trump stated: ‘The United States has demonstrated not merely with words, but with its actions, that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment.
Oh that’s right: Poland is a member of NATO, joining in 1999 after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Poles knew Barack Obama wouldn’t honor Article 5; they have no doubt that Donald Trump will, and if anyone doubts it, the Patriot missiles that will soon arrive on Polish soil should prove his point that we’re going beyond words. Apparently the WaPo, and other American media, don’t think America should share any of Poland’s ideology. What’s the point of preserving western civilization after all? I’m sure Islamist or Communist dictators will embrace the free press, won’t they? Isn’t that kind of uninformed arrogance precisely what gives the press leave to call Mr. Trump’s speech, promising to defend the best of mankind, “dark?”
The ‘darkness’ of Trump’s speech is actually its virtue. Trump stated:
The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?
The press, around 30% of the American public and half of Congress aren’t at all certain about that. In fact, many don’t believe in our nation enough to defend it. They do believe in destroying those that would, Poland being only one example. I wonder: does Mr. Trump wound like someone in the pocket of Vladimir Putin? After all, he hasn’t promised Putin he would be “more flexible,” nor has he denied promised missile defense systems to our NATO allies as Barack Obama did. Where was the press then?
Jonathon Capehart of the WaPo’s editorial board thought Mr. Trump’s speech racist(?!). Fox reports:
The Washington Post headlined an opinion piece from editorial board member Jonathan Capehart ‘Trump’s white-nationalist dog whistles in Warsaw.’ Capehart’s biggest gripe centers around the section where Trump touted Western accomplishments and that began with the line, ‘We write symphonies.’
‘What on Earth does that have to do with anything?’ Capehart wrote. ‘…In that one line, taken in context with everything else Trump said, what I heard was the loudest of dog whistles. A familiar boast that swells the chests of white nationalists everywhere.
What do symphonies have to do with anything?! Cultures that write symphonies have attained the highest levels of the musical art, just as cultures that produce David, and The Creation, as Michaelangelo did, have reached the highest levels of painting and sculpture. The mere fact of such accomplishment is an important marker of civilization, of societies reaching mankind’s full potential. Blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and those of other races write such music, perform in those symphonies, and sing in their choruses. Where is the racism in that? Where is the white nationalism? Is pride in one’s nation an exclusively white attribute, and therefore, to be disdained and eliminated? The barbarians seeking to rule the world don’t allow music. Should they win because self-important maroons like Capehart don’t value man’s highest accomplishments, he’ll quickly discover their lack of appreciation for the wonders of the modern press–just before they cut off his head with a dull knife.
Shouldn’t a supposedly evolved and intellectually and morally superior being like Mr. Capehart know such things? How is it that I, a mere high school English teacher from Texas, and proprietor of this scruffy little blog, and my scruffy little flyover country readers know this and Capehart and his uberbeings at the WaPo do not?
And of course, CNN also had to sound off about Mr. Trump in Poland. It’s no surprise the execrable Jim Acosta was involved again, as Andrew Klavan reports:
There is little in the news today quite as delightful as watching the mainstream media do the CNN Two-Step. The CNN Two-Step is a simple dance. Step One: Put your foot in your mouth. Step Two: Shoot yourself in the foot. The results are bloody but hilarious.
The latest iteration comes from CNN’s own Jim Acosta. Acosta seems to have modeled himself on the Grandfather of Fake News, Dan Rather. Rather made his name by shouting biased and hostile questions at a president despised of the elite. Acosta has made a fool of himself doing the same thing. Acosta beclowned himself most recently (as of this writing; it’s hard to keep up) filing a sneering, unprofessional report on the president’s press conference in Poland. Acosta scornfully called it a “fake news conference“:
The other thing that was fake news coming from President Trump is he said, ‘Well, I keep hearing it is 17 intelligence agencies who said Russia interfered in the election. I think it is only three or four.’ Where does that number come from? Where does this three or four number come from?’
Turns out the number comes from corrections filed by the New York Times and the Associated Press, after weeks of complaints about the error from conservative websites.
Ooops. The Newspaper of Record and the AP–neither media organ in the least friendly or non-biased toward Mr. Trump, admitted it was only three, or four at most, intelligence agencies making the Russia claim, but CNN hasn’t quite caught up to reality, because TRUMP! Klavan continues:
After sixteen years of listening to CNN and the networks and WaPo and the New York Times attack the honest George W. Bush relentlessly, then coddle the corrupt Barack Obama; after listening to Middle-American values disdained and the Tea Party movement denigrated; after being told their opinions were only a backlash to the progressive genius of the elites; after being told they must not say what was right in front of their eyes whether it was Islamic terrorism or that boys aren’t girls or that cops make black neighborhoods safer… after sixteen years of snarling contempt from the fancy-pants mouthpieces of large media corporations, the American people elected Donald Trump, in part at least, to send the media a message.
The message is: go to hell. It’s about time the press received it loud and clear.
“Go to hell.” Yes. That will do. That’s what the press is saying to Mr. Trump and Poland. They forget the American people have the means to send them to ratings and profitability hell, and electing Donald Trump was only the beginning:
Oh, and CNN appears to be well on the way, as Powerline reports:
Chuck Ross reports that CNN fell this week to #13 in the cable TV rankings. He cites weekly numbers posted on Thursday by TV Newser.
Fox News and MSNBC came in first and second, respectively, in the cable rankings that measured average audience sizes for the period between June 26 and July 2. Fox News drew an audience of around 1.82 million while MSNBC drew an audience of 1.34 million. CNN had only 711,000 viewers on an average day during the measurement period.
It wasn’t just CNN’s news competitors that beat the network out. According to The Federalist, more Americans tuned in to watch re-runs of ‘Yogi Bear,’ ‘Full House,’ and ‘Friends’ on Nick At Nite than to watch Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon’s shows on CNN.
CNN has fallen from sixth to thirteenth in the ratings over the past month, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The network has had a terrible time lately.
“Yogi Bear.” Heh.
“Get the pic-i-nic basket, Boo Boo!”
“Mr. CNN isn’t gonna like this, Yogi!”