Is there a button? … Yesterday, in response to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s declaration that he has a button to launch nukes, Donald Trump tweeted in response:
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
The Trump Derangement Syndrome-fueled responses were expected. But this morning a new narrative began to emerge: Trump’s tweet was factually incorrect. You see, there isn’t a button to launch U.S. nuclear weapons. It is more of a process. It began with a “fact-check” by the Associated Press, and now others like CNN’s Chris Cillizza are piling on. These folks know exactly what Trump meant, and calling it a nuclear button is a long-standing literary device. Pedantic attacks like this show just how biased and petty the media is.
The end of the world … The media response to Trump’s tweet is typical. Reporters and television personalities have taken the tweet literally. They seem to think that by warning North Korea of mutually assured destruction — a long-standing policy of the United States — that Trump is inciting Armageddon and nuclear winter. That is not the case. CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter went so far as to say that yesterday’s Trump tweets further buttressed his claim that Trump is mentally unfit to serve as president. Vox founder Ezra Klein laments that he feels he is living in “unreality.” The fact that Donald Trump acts differently from how you may believe a president should act does not mean that person is not an effective president. The world will be just fine.
The insanity of the Left … Ben Shapiro’s weekly column brings home the point that the Left, including the media, is reacting utterly insanely to Trump. Take a look, at Conservative Review.
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A week-“old” picture … You have probably seen by now the iconic image of a young woman in Tehran holding her hijab tied to a stick, instead of wearing it. Earlier today, BuzzFeed News published an article trying to discredit those on the Right who have used that photo as a symbol of the Iranian people rising up against the mullah-led Iranian regime. What was the BuzzFeed author’s argument? That the picture was “old.” How old? The picture was from Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Yes, that’s right, the picture was from LAST WEEK, the same week widespread protests began in the country. I took apart the BuzzFeed News “argument” at Conservative Review this morning.
What do these two things have in common? … Ricochet podcaster and avid reader of this newsletter Michael Graham highlighted a headline from the New York Times that is completely asinine. The headline reads: “Trump backs Iran protesters, but also criticizes Obama.” What Trump was criticizing was Obama’s payments to the Iranian regime and his non-support of the 2009 protests. The criticisms were directly related to the situation Iranians find themselves in today. Barack Obama strengthened, by his actions, the Iranian regime. But because to the folks at the NY Times, Obama could do no wrong, they can’t see this simple, reality-based point.
The NY Times Iranian cash cow … Wait, now that headline above makes sense. Why? The New York Times is, for all intents and purposes, in business with the Iranian regime. CR’s Jordan Schachtel outlines how the Times sells tours to Iran. Is this business relationship clouding the paper’s coverage? Schachtel’s picece is a must-read.
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.