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The Media Honestly Doesn’t Get It
by Derek Hunter
Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of
UN resolution, US officials say
by Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin    

{} ~ Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution, US officials say by Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin... Iran conducted a ballistic missile test in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday. The launch occurred at a well-known test site outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, on Sunday. The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles before exploding, in a failed test of a reentry vehicle, officials said. Iran defense minister Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqansaid in September that Iran would start production of the missile...
3 'triggers' for Islamic
uprising under Trump presidency
by Leo Hohmann
{} ~ A former Homeland Security officer who spent years screening Muslim immigrants points to three “triggers” of confrontation between the new administration of Donald Trump and the global Islamic movement... These three issues will spawn a violent backlash in response to Trump as he attempts to implement what many believe are long-overdue reforms. And Trump has already bumped head-on into one of the hot-button issues – Muslim immigration...Are you telling me to just let them come in freely? Just look at the picture on article that follows and tell me if you feel the same.
Trump Refugee Order Balances
Security and Compassion
by James Carafano
{} ~ Read any commentary on the just signed executive order on visa and refugee vetting from several countries in the Middle East and odds are the assessment will tell you more about the writer’s politics than be an analysis of the order... I confess: I have a perspective as well. Mine comes from working on the presidential team on both foreign policy and homeland security from after the Republican convention up to the inauguration. I can’t share the detailed workings of the team. But what I can share, having worked on the issues, is what I believe guided the work. And it all started with making America safe. Not campaign promises, anger at any religion, or prejudice of any kind impacted our thinking on the transition team. What we were worried about were future threats...
Media ‘Underplayed’ How Hated
liar-Hillary Clinton Was in the Heartland
by Onan Coca and Jeff Dunetz
{} ~ This should be a shocking story and it’s a sad commentary on the state of American media that it isn’t. In a recent episode of NBC’s Meet the Press podcast “1947” Chuck Todd made a stunning admission to his guest... Ari Fleischer and the rest of us. Todd told Fleischer that the media “underplayed” just how “hated” liar-Hillary Clinton was in America’s Heartland. “I knew how hated liar-Hillary was in the heartland…. Where I think political correctness got in the way of what we all knew as reporters and didn’t fully deliver was how hated the liar-Clintons were in the heartland. And I think it was a fear of, ‘Oh, is it going to look like it’s sexist, anti-woman if we say that?’ Look, there were no Donald Trump for prison posters that I saw on the trail… but I did see it with liar-Hillary Clinton. I saw ‘liar-Hillary Clinton for Prison’ signs on lots of yards as long as you went thirty miles outside a metro area. I think we underplayed it a little bit out of political correctness fears...
 Will Trump SCOTUS pick,
fast approaching, lead to total war?
by Byron York
{} ~ President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick in prime time Tuesday night. There have been reports that Trump, who during the campaign named 21 prospective nominees and promised his final choice would be one of them... has narrowed his options to three, all currently serving on federal courts of appeals: Neil Gorsuch from the 10th Circuit, Thomas Hardiman from the 3rd, and William Pryor from the 11th. But there's also a feeling in Washington that some other player might still be in the mix. When discussing Senate-confirmed nominations, it always makes sense to look at the favorites of powerful senators, and in that case, there just happens to be one candidate on the Trump list from Kentucky and two from Iowa — the home states, respectively, of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. Amul Thapar, who has often been praised by McConnell, is currently on the U.S. District Court in Kentucky, while Iowan Steven Colloton serves on the 8th Circuit, and Edward Mansfield serves on the Iowa Supreme Court. Things might not be as narrowed-down as some think...
The Media Honestly Doesn’t Get It
by Derek Hunter
{} ~ In 1968, if you’d railed endlessly about how the United States would never, ever send men to the moon, you would’ve had some crow to eat the following year.

If you made your declarations not in your local pub, but on television and in the newspaper, and if you had bolstered your claim with credentials in the sciences, you’d be having a Thanksgiving dinner’s worth of crow to consume.

And maybe, just maybe, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned, you’d recognize you need to rethink some of the things you had known to be true only a year ago.

Such is the case with the mainstream media and President Trump. Only, unlike someone who’d reflected and reconciled the reality of a moonshot with their worldview going forward, the media still lives in a bubble where it’s the reality that’s wrong.

When Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, told the New York Times, “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States,” it was true.

Putting aside how the media had no problem with the liar-nObama administration saying the same thing in 2009 about Fox News, rather than recognize just how far the profession of journalism has fallen from its purpose, journalists responded indignantly.

But what Bannon said is what they’ve been doing for more than a year.

Yes, after the first round of outrage over Trump’s announcement speech, in which the media still falsely claim he called all Mexicans rapists, there was a honeymoon period where they showered him with coverage. But they didn’t afford Trump and Trump alone an hour-long phone interview so Americans could get to know this candidate. They did it for ratings.

The tone of coverage changed dramatically around the conventions. A billion dollars in free airtime later, Trump was the nominee and it was time to destroy him.

But they couldn’t destroy him. No matter how hard they tried, Trump remained within striking distance of liar-Hillary Clinton. On Nov. 8, Trump struck and won the election.

He didn’t win because he spent the most money; liar-Hillary’s spending dwarfed his. He didn’t win because he was the best campaigner; his speeches were often disjointed and contradictory. He won because voters, particularly in the Midwest, believed in whatever version of Donald Trump mattered to them the most. And no one in the media saw it coming.

That’s a major problem for journalists in the age of social media, where connecting with your audience, even tangentially, matters.

It also matters when reporters are supposed to report on what is happening. The 2016 election was the equivalent of missing a tsunami – the ground shook when he won the nomination, the alarms were going off as he remained close in the polls, and still they were all wet on election day. And they’ve been mad as a cat after a bath since.

That brings us to the other part of Bannon’s quote, the part the media doesn’t want to talk about. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut,” he said. And while most headlines stopped there, Bannon did not. He continued with, “and just listen for a while.”

It wasn’t a new sentence. It was the same sentence, though you wouldn’t know it from any of the headlines, tweets or talking heads who clutched their pearls over someone in the White House telling the media to “keep its mouth shut.”

They dishonestly played it as a “threat to the First Amendment,” because outrage is cheap and self-reflection is hard.

Journalists, especially on the national beat, live in an insulated world populated by other journalists and like-minded, self-described policy wonks. Even if they happen to have come from the Midwest or somewhere else people do actual work for a living, they undoubtedly spent their youth yearning to leave. Having hated where they grew up, that economic reality is easy to escape and forget in recession-proof Washington, when you type and talk for a living.

Listening is only for people who “matter,” not those who labor. Industrial areas are places they visit every four years, like the zoo. You don’t listen to the animals at the zoo. They pop in, write their stories about blue-haired old ladies and how quaint it is, then head back to the DC cocktail circuit as a hero who can regale their peers with tales of how they survived some filthy diner lacking a proper brunch menu. “You mean they didn’t have mimosas?” The horror.

Bannon is absolutely right that journalists should shut their pie holes and open their ears for a while. But it won’t do any good if they do so only in places you can reach via an Acela train.

Cable news is partly to blame for this. You don’t get booked if you aren’t entertaining and opinionated. And you don’t get a contributor deal with a network if you aren’t controversial. None of those attributes are part of journalism or used to be. Then again, listening used to be a part of journalism too.

So was digging – establishing and cultivating sources. Investigating is barely even a part of investigative journalism anymore. Now reporters are given things and it’s reported as fact. Since so much of their work is online now, it’s easy to fix it later if it turns out wrong or incomplete. There’s a happy hour to get to.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans living in flyover country crack a beer in their local bar or VFW Hall and marvel at what they have done. They had voted for Democrats for 20 years, but this time, they decided a billionaire from New York better represented their interests than the smug scribes who make a quadrennial pilgrimage to flyover country.

These Americans had a story to tell. And the people who should have been listening were too busy doing other things.

And journalists are still walking around in 1970 insisting the moon landing was filmed on a soundstage.

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Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘The Real Second Amendment Isn’t Absolute

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Saturday there is a “real” Second Amendment and an “imaginary” one and he believes the real one is “not absolute.”

Murphy, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment. And the real 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute.”

The statement was a precursor to his call for banning “assault rifles” in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though “assault rifles” were not used in the attack.

Murphy said the “real 2nd Amendment…allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the Santa Fe High School attackers used a .38 revolver and a shotgun to carry out his heinous acts. Therefore, a ban on “assault rifles” would have done nothing to prevent the attack from occurring or the tragic loss of life from taking place.

It should be noted that Saturday was not the first time Sen. Murphy called the essence of the Second Amendment into question. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy did not grapple with the words, “Shall not be infringed.”


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