Ignorance … It wasn’t enough for Mediaite’s Jon Street to get virtually every ounce of his column about conservative media wrong last week. After writing that and being shown how to use Google, you’d think that maybe, just maybe, he’d fact-check his writing. Well, you’d be wrong. And I don’t mean to pile on, but Street’s latest column is just egregiously factually incorrect, and it involves my friend and colleague Steve Deace.
In a column meant to defend the hypocrisy of “conservatives” like Jeff Flake attacking President Trump for withdrawing from the Iran deal, Street threw this whopper out there: He called Deace an “ardent Trump defender.” Here’s the full quote from Street’s article:
Ardent Trump defenders pounced on Flake’s comments, attempting to paint the senator as a hypocrite. Conservative Review TV host Steve Deace, for example, tweeted the following:
Absolute Never Trumpism corrupts just as much as Absolute Always Trumpism does. https://t.co/FyUFaiP18X
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) May 8, 2018
I’m going to wait while you stop laughing for a moment. If you are Jon Street, here, let me Google that for you … again. The Google search results on the terms “Steve Deace Donald Trump” show you that Deace is not a fan of the president. Heck, you’d know that if you just looked at his Twitter page instead of one tweet. But nope, Street just decides to make a snap judgment that’s also dead wrong.
It is ridiculous.
What Deace was saying is that you lose credibility as a Trump skeptic when you cannot give him credit for doing something good. Oh, in case you are Jon Street, are reading this, and didn’t want to click on the link above: Here’s a Facebook post from Deace from just before the election. I’ll give you the gist. Deace wrote, “As many of you know, I don’t believe Donald Trump has the integrity, character, or judgment to be president.”
That’s exactly what an “ardent Trump defender” would believe.
That wasn’t the only part of Street’s column that was literally unbelievable. Take for instance this passage:
Among the Republicans who supported the Iran Deal in 2015 but opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement this week is Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona. Flake told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that “pulling out of the deal at this point means that Iran has already realized the benefits…yet to now we let them off the hook with regard to their nuclear obligations.” (emphasis added)
Wait, I thought Street’s argument was that people like Flake righteously changed their minds. But Street writes that Flake supported the Iran deal in 2015. For the record, Flake didn’t support the Iran deal in 2015.
I don’t know what it is with Street. He came up as a writer for conservative websites like The Blaze, but now he just seems to want to attack the very same type of websites, and his disdain seems to be causing easily avoidable errors.
P.S. … Also, Jon, you may want to look at articles about Steve Deace right there on the site you write for. That might have helped you avoid this mistake.
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Editor’s note: The title on this piece has been updated. The original title used the word “supporter” instead of “defender.” The actual quotes were correct in the body of the piece. We regret the error.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.