Lamestream Media Beclowns Itself in Attacking Rick Perry

In not-so-shocking news, the professional and credentialed Left is once again attacking a conservative as a fool and beclowning themselves in the process. Their target this time? Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd and Axios’ Jim VandeHei, Perry made a comment that expanding the use of fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assault. The media, predictably, pounced on his comments as an opportunity to mock, belittle, and attack him.

Here are just a few of the tweets from liberal reporters yesterday:

 

But if you’re looking for another “Oops!” moment, this isn’t it. Perry’s comments, in context, are entirely spot on and accurate.

Here’s Perry’s full statement:

“I just got back from Africa, I’m going to finish up with this, because I think I heard say there are people dying. Let me tell you where people are dying, it’s in Africa, because of the lack of energy they have there,” said Perry. “And it’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa, where a young girl told me to my face, ‘one of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m going to have to try to read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally killing people.’”

“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have a light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those type of acts. So, from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels are going to play a role in that. I happen to think it’s going to play a positive role,” he continued. “It’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa.”

And it’s not just Perry saying this. As the Washington Examiner points out, even the United Nations agrees with Perry, publishing a paper in 2013 that makes almost the exact same points as Perry albeit regarding developing India rather than Africa.

Meanwhile Oxfam, a global anti-poverty organization, makes Perry’s points explicitly.

“Given the challenges of energy poverty, providing energy to households in safe and sufficient quantities is hypothesized to result in myriad positive outcomes, including the following:

• Improved health outcomes: Reduced burning of biomass and kerosene in homes will reduce people’s exposure to harmful pollutants. Access to modern fuels is expected to help prevent the cuts, falls, bites, and episodes of sexual harassment and assault that women and girls might otherwise sustain while collecting fuelwood.”

Anyone remember the Left mocking and deriding the UN or Oxfam for their reports? Must have missed it.

Perry’s comments in essence, say that often light, actual physical light, can drive out darkness and prevent bad behavior is entirely true—it’s why some folks leave a light or two on when they leave the house. It’s why high school band directors sometimes leave the bus lights on when coming back from a football game to encourage romantic and intrepid youngsters keep their hands to themselves. Hell, it’s why neighborhoods have streetlights.

But most African villages and towns don’t have streetlights like those of the gated communities American and European leftists. The girl Perry spoke of doesn’t even have a light to read with at night.

So why is Perry’s completely logical position under attack by the Left? Because logic doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that what Perry actually said is true because he’s a conservative (strike one), he serves in the Trump administration (strike two), and he thinks fossil fuels are fine (strike three).

The sad truth is that the mainstream media doesn’t really exist to report the facts anymore, but rather to stoke the egos of their liberal activist reader base. It’s a chest-thumping opportunity for the privileged elite to pat themselves on the back for being smart while laughing off the rest of America as deplorable ingrates and idiots.

These are the same media elitists, by the way, who sally forth from their air-conditioned houses on private jets to universities funded by capitalists and taxpayers to read speeches written on iPads powered by coal power plants.

It’s these same folks who “believe in science” who also hold the belief that a man can become a woman just by changing how he “identifies.”

These are the folks mocking and belittling Perry for daring to tell the truth—that fossil fuels and cheap energy are the tools the developing world needs in order to alleviate human suffering and that it’s selfish and wrong to prevent, chide, and chastise individuals, especially those in places such as Africa, for wanting to use them the same way we did.

Rather than laughing at Perry we should be laughing at the media instead.

Sean Spicer Is Looking For Work




Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is being scouted by top outlets for a new TV gig.

Despite a rocky and short tenure under the Trump administration, “Spicey” is a sought-after commodity by major media companies due to his long career in political communications and his high ratings draw. Before entering Trump’s orbit, Spicer served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017.

Spicer met with all the major news networks over the last few days. He held meetings with NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and David Rhodes at CBS. He also met with executives at Fox News regarding potential work. You may have heard about Spicer becoming a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars” – this is very much a possibility. The 45-year-old spent time in Manhattan meeting with ABC executives and was offered a chance to compete on DWTS.

Spicer, who abruptly resigned as press secretary on July 21, was interviewed on Wednesday by MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin at a Manhattan restaurant. The two reportedly “go back a long way.” Spicer has also looked to Halperin, an acclaimed reporter and editor, for book-publishing and career advice.

Spicer is being pursued by top Hollywood agencies such as WME, UTA and CAA. Along with making the television news rounds, he has also met with various agents over a possible book deal and speaking appearances.

Despite being highly coveted by news outlets across the political spectrum, there is one network in particular that he has yet to meet with. Unsurprisingly, Spicer has held no talks with CNN regarding a possible job.

A source with Page Six explains, “Spicer has met with everyone except CNN — for obvious reasons. Everybody wants to get the first interview with him, he’s a huge booking right now — but Sean’s got his own agenda and he’s first looking for a big TV job.”

It’s safe to say there is still bad blood between CNN and Spicey. The Trump administration has been extremely critical of their news coverage in the past months. The contentious relationship hit a breaking point when President Trump tweeted a gif of him body slamming a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his head.

Unsurprise Of The Day: Most Americans View News Media As Biased

In findings that should shock no one, Gallup has released a poll showing that a majority of Americans view the mainstream media as partisan – with higher numbers than ever in their twenty-plus years of polling media bias.

A whopping 62 percent of those surveyed believed that the media picks one side over the other, compared to 27 percent who believe that the press shows no bias and another ten percent with no opinion. The polling organization surveyed 789 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for their findings.

In previous surveys in 1995, 2001, and 2003, the numbers hovered much closer to half of those surveyed convinced of media bias. Among those surveyed, 77 percent of Republicans see favoritism in the media, while 44 percent of Democrats do. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed – 64 percent – believe that the media favors the Democrat party, while 22 percent believe it favors the GOP.

The gap between those who perceive partisanship in the media widens during more controversial news cycles – like the contentious 2000 election of George W. Bush and the dawn of the Trump presidency. During more halcyon times, the gap narrows to an almost negligible amount.

The poll revealed even more interesting data: 55 percent of those surveyed believe that the media is “often inaccurate” in their reporting, while 36 percent think that the media get their facts straight most of the time. This gap isn’t the highest it has been, but it’s a significant indicator of the lack of respect many Americans hold for the press.

For its part, Gallup concludes by placing the blame for the shift in opinion on the growing gap between the political left and right:

The belief that the media favors Democrats stems mostly from Republicans and may be the result of a continued animus between the two parties, as well as a tendency among conservatives to accuse the media of a liberal bias. Nearly half of Democrats agree that the media favors their own party, which means most Americans think reporters have a liberal predilection.

Unfortunately, we can be sure of one thing in light of this survey: the mainstream media isn’t likely to change its ways anytime soon.

In NBC Interview, Former President George W. Bush Reminds Us What It Was Like to Have an Adult in Charge

You can say what you will about former President George W. Bush, but he has always been the very epitome of class and grace.

He endured years of derision and disdain from Democrats, Hollywood, the media, and even some members of his own party, but if it bothered him (I’m sure it did), he steeled up his backbone and soldiered on.

What he did not do was take to social media to writhe, spit, whine, and complain, like a spoiled child, over every perceived slight.

It really does feel like Bush was the last time we had an adult in the White House.

The former president met with NBC’s Matt Lauer this morning to promote “Portraits of Courage,” a new book featuring paintings done by Bush, himself, in honor of America’s veterans.

While sitting with Lauer, naturally, the subject of current President Trump was broached, and President Bush was asked to opine on the job being done, so far.

Bush didn’t directly criticize Trump in an NBC interview on Monday, but he used his own time in office to contrast with what how the current president is using the presidency. When asked about Trump’s spats with the media, Bush said he never considered the press the “enemy of the American people” as Trump said last week.

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be vindictive and corrosive, and we need the media to call out people who abuse their power.”

He added, “It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”

This is a point I’ve made, over and over again.

The media is hideously left biased. There’s no getting around that.

However, what we don’t do is label the media “enemies of the American people,” because we have seen the chilling effects of pitting citizens against each other. We also know that a government unchecked can soon give way to tyranny.

Lauer went on to read one of Bush’s speeches, given days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, where he reached out to the Muslims to assure them that the U.S. was not at war with them.

President Bush would not use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” because experts have said it confirms terrorists to be true Muslims.

I have my own views about how much of Islam promotes violence and compulsion against non-Islamic peoples, but I also understand the value of diplomacy in forging clear paths for dialogue.

Bush said freedom of religion, and not discriminating based on religion, are core American values.

“It’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to worship the way they want to, or to not worship at all,” he said.

And this is true, as well.

Bush was asked if he agreed with Trump’s immigration ban, and in true Bush fashion, he neither endorsed, nor condemned the policy, but remained neutral.

“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law,” he said.

Now, if we could get a few more adults in charge of following up on just that, maybe we could bring some peaceful resolution to what has been weeks of national chaos.

Cruz vs. Big Media Guarantees He Will Beat Hillary

Trump understands the same truth about the media that Limbaugh knows. There is no such thing as bad publicity, so long as you control the message. And the media allows it–for now.

Let’s get real. The media is doing a full-on Ouroboros for Donald Trump. They don’t care about America, or our political future, only their own paychecks.

CBS chief Leslie Moonves even said it with his outside voice. “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”

Nominating Ted Cruz is almost a guaranteed win for Republicans. You see, it’s Cruz vs. Big Media, and Big Media is on Trump’s side right now. If Cruz wins, he will have already beaten Hillary Clinton’s biggest ally, who will turn on Trump like a pack of ravenous wolves.

Cruz could spend a billion dollars on advertising, and he’d still be “desperate.” They live cover Trump rallies with no cutaways, but Cruz gets a sound bite. They let Trump call in to interviews, while Cruz has to show up. When Cruz can’t make it (because he doesn’t fly home to his New York penthouse every night), the media cries fair play.

Meanwhile Donald Trump has gotten at least $2 billion (as of March 15) in free media. They hang on his every word.

It is not just the wall-to-wall coverage of Trump. It’s the openness with which some are reveling in his attention. It’s the effort, conscious or not, to domesticate and pretty him up, to make him appear less offensive than he really is, and to practice a false objectivity or equivalence in the coverage. Here, journalism across all platforms—corporate, as well as publicly funded—is guilty.

They’re hypocrites of the highest order. The same mainstream media who took Rush Limbaugh to task (Rush has been pilloried by both the pro-Trump and #NeverTrump supporters, meaning that he has been eminently fair) for saying the truth in 2009 about Obama: “I hope he fails,” treats similar statements about Trump with derision.

But Trump understands the same truth about the media that Limbaugh knows. There is no such thing as bad publicity, so long as you control the message. Trump doesn’t care that people protest him, or that National Review devoted an entire print issue to “Against Trump.” He doesn’t care because free media is free media and it just keeps piling up. Trump controls the message because the media allows it–for now.

Cruz can’t break the stranglehold the media has on him. I think were he to commit Seppuku on stage in front of ten thousand people, the media would lead with Trump’s reaction. But when ousted Speaker John Boehner calls Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh,” CBS News puts it front and center.

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One would begin to think that the media itself is against Cruz and for Trump, if one didn’t know otherwise. (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

When Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his VP pick, he had precedent for doing so. Ronald Reagan named Sen. Richard Schweiker as his running mate headed into an uncertain GOP 1976 convention. Reagan did it to win over delegates (which backfired), while Cruz is doing it to break the media’s headlock on non-Trump stories.

From Leon Wolf:

[Cruz] understands that the media has a vested interest in making it seem like Trump’s Tuesday was a Really Big Deal and that the race is all but over. They have a pecuniary interest in doing so because if Trump wins, that will be a ratings bonanza for them that will last for the next six months. They also have an professional interest in doing so, because the news media never does itself a favor by calling any given story “no big deal.”

Instead, we get a litany of pundits saying that Cruz’s announcement was “desperation.” (Just Google “Cruz desperation” for yourself.) If the media were in the least bit–the tiniest smigeon–working as the Fourth Estate, doing “journalism,” they’d have long ago exposed Trump for what he is. I won’t rehash any of that, because it’s so obvious, even ubiquitously known what Trump is, and the man revels unashamedly in his chicanery.

If Cruz wins, and I really do hope he wins, it will be a victory of American patriots over the money-grubbing sewer rats that populate much of the media and their temporary puppet-master Donald Trump. That same media will miraculously come to its senses and suddenly represent the best interests of America once the conventions are over.

Should Trump be the nominee, they’ll gleefully eviscerate the man and turn Hillary into Mother Teresa. The best possible thing Republicans could do is nominate Ted Cruz, because once he’s beaten Donald Trump, he’s already beaten Big Media. And with Big Media defeated, Hillary cannot possibly win.

The Extremists Who Report the News

I’m sending Richard Mourdock some money and you should too. I want to explain to you just how extremist the media is on abortion and just how much spinning in favor of killing kids the media does. According to Gallup polling, roughly a quarter of the population supports Richard Mourdock’s position on abortion — that the only exception in support of abortion should be the | Read More »