Here are my observations on items in the news.
PRESIDENT MAKES DEAL WITH DEMS combining funds for Texas to cope with recovery from Hurricane Harvey with a three-month extension to the debt ceiling. A mistake, but maybe this will wake up GOP leadership.
THE SIX-MONTH DEADLINE for Congress to come up with a plan to resolve the DACA issue makes sense, but tax reform, the infrastructure plan and the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare must have priority.
MORNING JOE WELCOMES TOM Brokaw, NBC’s long time liberal voice, to add to the negative Trump chatter. “The GOP has been giving people with Hispanic surnames the back of their hand and declaring war on Hispanics in this country,” said Brokaw after a giggling Mika Brzezinski floated the question, “DACA. What do you think happened yesterday?”
What happened, Mika? What happened? The president, as promised, put an end to former President Obama’s illegal executive order, and gave Congress six months to come up with a plan to deal with the estimated 800,000 young adults (not children).
Brokaw appealed that “these people are family-oriented. They are faithful. They work hard. They’ve got all those values,” but conveniently failed to mention that they are here illegally.
MORE FAKE NEWS from The New York Times, which published a 1,288-word article about the upcoming corruption trial of Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez without once mentioning his party affiliation. Hours later, it was stealth-edited and just once identified the New Jersey senator as a Democrat … in the fourth paragraph.
Menendez faces 12 counts of corruption charges, including several bribery and fraud charges.
CNN, CNBC and HLN have all failed to cover the charges or trial on air. MSNBC has mentioned it four times, while Fox News Channel and Fox Business have discussed it 18 times. No surprise.
AMERICANS DEEPLY DIVIDED – The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that the country is deeply divided on even fundamental questions. The poll revealed that Democrats are twice likely to say they never go to church as are Republicans, and they are eight times as likely to favor action on climate change. A third of Republicans say they support the National Rifle Association, while just 4 percent of Democrats do.
BUT … As divided as we may be, Americans, according to the poll, are hardly in a state of despair. They are increasingly optimistic about the economy and about the prospects for their children. A majority now agree with the statement: “The economy is working well for me and my family.”
I TOLD YOU JOURNALISM WAS DEAD – Perhaps one of the grievest examples comes from the Columbia Journalism Review at the “prestigious” Columbia School of Journalism, in which it is stated that “journalists should continue tying climate change to Hurricane Harvey.”
In my September 5, post I related attempts by The New York Times and liberal columnist Kathleen Parker to do so.
“Climate change made Harvey more dangerous, and, encouragingly, many journalists and climate scientists are tackling the issue with nuance and clear arguments,” wrote Pete Vernon in the Review. He didn’t bother to present those “clear arguments” to his readers.
You should be aware that the Columbia Journalism Review is funded by left-leaning billionaire George Soros.
HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE – “Climate change denial should be a crime,” writes Brian Merchant, editor of Motherboard, Vice Media’s science and technology outlet, “The science is too clear about what will happen in the near-term to continue to allow profiteers and ideologues to place the public in danger without consequence.”
Mr. Merchant fails to consider that the “global warmers” have their own “profiteer and ideologue” of climate change – Al Gore. Shouldn’t he be charged with the crime of publishing drastic scare scenarios that have not come to fruition?
INCIDENTALLY, have you heard that climatologist Roy Spencer’s e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” which debunks the claims in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel,” is outselling the Gore book on Amazon Kindle?