WTF MSM!? Media MELTS down over Trump CPAC speech

· February 23, 2018  
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President Trump speaks at CPAC as seen from media row.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg | Getty Images

Melting down …

Trump’s speech … President Donald Trump delivered a speech today at CPAC that lasted a little over an hour. Off-script for most of the speech, President Trump took a victory lap on a roaring economy, touched on foreign policy, spoke about the recent school shooting, and spoke on immigration. The last two items are what really sent the media into a frenzy.

When discussing the Parkland school shooting, President Trump mentioned two things that riled up the media types. The first was that he believes that teachers who own guns and have training should be able to carry in schools. As usual the media took that to mean that Trump wants to “arm teachers” as some sort of requirement to be a teacher. The second is that he called out the armed deputy sheriff resource officer at the school who did not engage the shooter. Here are a few tweeted reactions:

The media types are missing the point on “The Snake,” a poem that talks about a woman who takes a snake into her home and then laments that the snake bites and kills her. Trump isn’t talking about all immigrants. He’s talking about a small subset of immigrants who come to the country looking to do harm.

Cillizza’s “fact-check” … While President Trump was speaking from the CPAC stage, CNN’s Chris Cillizza decided to fact-check him with an article titled, “Donald Trump stokes a totally false idea on the 2nd Amendment in CPAC speech.” What was the “false idea?” Trump said that Democrats will “take away your 2nd Amendment.”

Cillizza argues that because getting rid of the Second Amendment would require a two-thirds vote of Congress and the ratification of two-thirds of the states, it would never happen. But Cillizza knows exactly what Trump means: That Democrats will pass unconstitutional legislation and then have the bureaucracy enforce it. In fact, that type of legislation has been shot down by the Supreme Court in the past. And make no mistake about it, there are politicians who believe the Second Amendment doesn’t include an individual right to own guns. That is what the president was talking about. Cillizza is once again letting his politics get in the way of his coverage.

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More stupidity on guns …

Second CNN accuser steps up … After CNN once again called school shooting survivor Colton Haab a liar for saying that a producer reworded his question, another parent and student from the high school have spoken up. Student Ariana Klein and her father Andrew appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program last night. Mr. Klein told Ingraham, “The producer insinuated to me they were looking for people who were willing to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking a tragedy and turning it into a policy debate.”

Like I said yesterday, no sane person can think what happened on CNN this past Wednesday was anything but a pro-gun control rally. CNN continues to dig itself into this hole.

MSNBC’s “Lawrence” steps in it … After all the drama, sometimes you just need to laugh. Thank you to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell for letting us all have a little laugh at his expense. “Lawrence,” as the network likes to call him, said on the air that a bullet from an AR-15 travels three times faster than a bullet from a handgun. He used that as a counterpoint to allowing teachers to carry guns in their classrooms. Here, watch.

Absurd. Ben Shapiro and I did a little math, four minutes apart. In Shapiro’s case, using a 100-foot distance, the time difference in firing speed is roughly five hundredths of a second. I used a 10-foot range; the difference would be 6.25 milliseconds. Both time differences would have negligible effects on response time. Why even try to make the case?

CPAC plague-free …

Each year after CPAC is over, one of the questions asked by attendees to their fellow attendees is, “Did you get the CPAC plague?” Meaning, did you catch a cold or the flu from fellow attendees? Since I was not there this year, I’m glad to report I’m CPAC plague-free. I hope you are too. If you were at CPAC, shoot me an email at and tell me what you thought the most memorable part was. And whether you were at CPAC or not, please help me grow the number of people who receive this newsletter by sending your friends over to the WTF MSM!? sign-up page.

Author: Rob Eno

Rob Eno is the editor of Blaze Media’s WTF MSM!? newsletter.