Exhibit “A” … The media has been in a collective meltdown ever since some folks at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida told Jim Acosta that CNN sucked. The rhetoric and whining has been at a breakneck pace. Yesterday, when Sarah Sanders took Acosta to the woodshed over how the media has treated her personally, he pouted and left the briefing.
Sanders laid out a series of events showing just how nasty the media has been to her. These have led to her needing Secret Service protection, something press secretaries normally don’t receive. That’s when the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake decided to fact check Sanders. It went HORRIBLY wrong.
This is unreal.
The WaPo did a "fact check" of @PressSec claims of harassment & threats.@AaronBlake found:
– Media did not want to "choke" Sanders, just "wring her neck"
– Media did not want to "lifelong harassment" of Sanders, just make her "uncomfortable" as a "life sentence" pic.twitter.com/qGphHMEVYw
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 3, 2018
It really was that bad. Here’s just one of the entries:
Nobody said Sanders should be harassed as a life sentence.
This refers to a TV appearance from Washington Post opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Rubin was actually saying that declining to serve Sanders at the Red Hen restaurant wasn’t a fruitful course of action and that people should protest instead. Rubin said nothing directly about people “harassing” Sanders, although she did say being “uncomfortable” should be a “life sentence” for Sanders, for “lying” and “inciting” people against the press. (Emphasis added)
Aaron that’s nuclear grade word parsing right there.
7.6 lies a day? … CNN’s Chris Cillizza and Brian Stelter harped on a recent analysis by Aaron Blake’s colleagues over at the Washington Post that “showed” that Donald Trump has an average of over seven misstatements a day. Of course that’s done by the crack “fact-checking” team at the Post which works a lot like Blake does above. Massaging words and turning true statements and opinion into “lies.”
Media types wonder why large portions of Americans don’t like them? This is EXACTLY why. It’s time to look in the mirror.
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Nothing new … The media seems to think that the distrust the American people have in them is somehow due to President Donald Trump attacking them. Nothing could be further from the case. There has been a long simmering distrust of the media by conservatives for a long time. It’s why – even when they might be right – conservatives don’t trust the media when they attack Trump. It’s not because of Trump himself, it’s because of the media’s long history of bias.
Today’s links … Here’s what I’ve been reading today
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.