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I don’t watch them because I can’t stomach what passes for television news. But I’m curious: who are the press people at these things? Are they the usual crowd who cover the White House, or did the networks and ersatz news agencies bring in actual journalists who know something about science and medicine? Because there are […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Attorney General Barr warns of “totalitarian democracy”

 
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Attorney General Barr gave another important, if willfully underreported, speech. The full text is posted on the Department of Justice website. You can read every word below, with key passages highlighted.

Barr described two conflicting visions of democracy at the root of our current level of social discord, with politics pervasive in all spheres. These two visions are liberal democracy and totalitarian democracy. He then showed how three powerful checks on tyranny have been weakened or turned to the service of consolidating power in a national elite. Attorney General Barr concluded with a note of optimism and a call to action.

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I hear that a lot these days, that our democracy and our Constitution are under assault. There’s a grain of truth in it, though neither so much nor of the nature those who use the phrase intend when they say it.

Ours is not really a democracy, of course, but rather a democratic representative constitutional republic: we democratically elect representatives who then create and execute the law on our behalf, themselves bound by a Constitution intended to limit their authority.

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Drudge at the National Press Club Let’s go back in time. Here is a priceless speech and Q&A from Matt Drudge. The date is 1998 and he has entered the belly of the beast – the National Press Club. The Clinton/Lewinsky story is still recent history. He provides a background on the history of the […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Gregory Knapp praise White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham’s actions to protect the press from North Korean interference. They cover the announcement from Iran that they have resumed enriching uranium. And they discuss the Democratic Party’s sudden embrace of busing to resolve racial disparities.

 

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If you believe, as I do, that a significant component of President Trump’s generally low approval rating has always been the unprecedented barrage of sustained negative coverage from a blatantly left-leaning press, then it’s reasonable to assume that events which diminish the press in the public’s eye will have the effect of elevating Trump. With […]

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I saw this recently on a library DVD and have some afterthoughts about it, that I wonder if anyone shares. Essentially, if it hadn’t been produced prior to the Trump era, I would wonder whether the producers and audience could escape the irony that I felt. Since it was a project of George Clooney, perhaps […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Comparing the Media’s Treatment of Parkland Teens and Covington Teens

 

The media didn’t exactly cover itself in glory this weekend. First, the media jumped on a BuzzFeed story that proved the Trump suborned perjury. It was debunked a day later by the Mueller team. As they wondered why Americans distrust them so, the media jumped on an anonymously posted video that proved teens at Covington Catholic High School were racists. That too was debunked a day later by a longer video of the incident.

The DC press corps screams when the President calls them “the enemy of the people.” Yet, time and time again, they prove his point. The facts no longer matter, only the narrative. Even if it means attacking teenagers.

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It is said when you are young and foolish, you are young and foolish. While a tautology, it is also true.

This is demonstrated by David Hogg, school shooting “survivor” sucking up media time lecturing everyone on violence, while at the same time displaying ignorance of facts, statute law, and Constitutional Law. (I put survivor in quotes because he was in a different building on campus. He had as much chance of actually getting shot as the Broward County sheriff’s deputies cowering outside the building containing the active shooter. Less, actually. There was a diminishingly small possibility the sheriffs might have shot Cruz leaving the building if only out of self-preservation.)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hot Winds from Washington, the Press, the Imperial Presidency, and You

 

I’d like to speak to you today about how you are contributing to the fall of the republic. Yes, I do mean you. Oh, I don’t think that it’s intentional on your part. I’m certain you mean well and would like to see our republic strong and healthy for years to come. But, I’ve been watching you, and actions speak louder than words. Quite frankly, your words are also much too loud and supporting the demolition of the republic, but your actions are even worse. You act as if you have forgotten what it is to be a free and sovereign citizen of a republic.

In a republic, the sovereignty rests with the citizens. They are the deciders. They elect people to represent them in governments at various levels, but these representatives are merely citizens hired to do the business of their constituents. They are not elevated above their fellow citizens, they are selected and paid to serve, like you might hire a maid or a gardener or a plumber. Monarchy means the rule of one, and in a monarchy, the sovereignty rests in the monarch. A monarchy does not have citizens, the monarch has subjects. So, why are so many of you free and sovereign citizens acting as if you were subjects of a monarch?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think Republicans ought to be pleased with the radical liberals now running the DNC. They also rip everyone involved in the flap over the White House excluding some media outlets from Friday’s gaggle. And they discuss the annual self-righteous preening of the Hollywood elite and how their air of superiority blew up in their faces at the biggest moment of the night.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Press and the President’s Daughter

 

The general rule guiding the press and the offspring of a sitting President is hands-off unless the child has reached adulthood. Then everything is fair game, especially when it comes to that adult child’s chosen profession.

But the President is still a father, no? So, what happens when that fatherly instinct takes over? What happens when the President of the United States threatens a Washington Post columnist with physical harm?

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Behold ye miserable wretches! Verily, verily this mighty nation shall be punished and ye shall be brought low. Yea, the Prophetess Meryl of the Streep hath spoken to the unwashed masses and declared that she hath all knowledge. The Prophetess Meryl sat even among an assembly of the Sainted Chosen – who maketh their way among […]

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Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard and Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist discuss the 2016 November elections. This week they discuss NBC’s Commander in Chief Forum, and the polls showing Clinton and Trump trading places.

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On Sunday morning I was catching up on the news when I saw this tweet:

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Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, was asked by the press about his line-up for game 4 in the series finals versus the Cleveland Cavaliers the morning of the game. He said the line-up would be just the same as it had been in game 3. When he turned in his line-up card, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Jonathan Karl Has a Question for Emperor Obama I

 

Nice to see journalists actually practicing journalism:

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shutterstock_132270326Today the Obama Administration drastically lowered its already dismal estimate of first quarter GDP. At the end of April, the Commerce Department claimed the GDP fell at a 1.0 percent pace. The agency has now revised that to a 2.9 percent annual rate, which is the economy’s worst performance in five years.

In the heady days of -1.0% growth, Democrats blamed the bad numbers on an unusually cold winter, but maintained there was one bright spot. The only reason the number wasn’t worse, they claimed, was because healthcare spending had drastically increased. Ignoring that Obama promised his health care reform would “bend the cost curve down,” the left praised the jump in spending — Obamacare saved the economy!

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