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WH to Suspend Acosta’s Press Pass, Again

CNN reports that the White House sent a letter to its reporter Jim Acosta announcing that his press pass will be suspended again after a 14-day court-mandated temporary restoration expires. After the first press pass was revoked, CNN filed a lawsuit citing First and Fifth amendment violations despite Acosta’s refusal to comply with a request to yield the microphone during a press conference. CNN called the WH pledge a threat to “all journalists and news organizations.” Once again, CNN likes the Constitution when it serves them well.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The White House plans to once again suspend CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press pass after a court-mandated temporary restoration expires.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted a 14-day restraining order after CNN filed a lawsuit claiming Acosta’s right under the First and Fifth amendments were violated when the White House rescinded his press pass after the TV reporter refused to return a microphone during a press conference.

CNN reported on Sunday night that the White House has sent a letter to Acosta saying his press pass will be suspended at the end of the month, when that 14-day period expires.

“Friday’s court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days. But [White House] officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported.

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Media Skip Farrakhan and Hype ‘Nazi’ Prom

It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC all leaped on a tweet from a contributor of the left-wing talk show “The Young Turks.” It showed a months-old prom photo of a collection of teenage boys from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin who are positioned on the front steps of the Sauk County Courthouse and appear to be giving a “Nazi salute.”

The town of about 12,000 — best known before now as the original headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and their circus — quickly felt the sting of national, and even international, embarrassment. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted its outrage and attached a link to history lessons about Nazi Germany. This was followed by everyone insisting this photo isn’t representative of the local population, as well as school officials promising to investigate.

But what really happened? Student Brock Turkington said it started when the photographer said, “Do a ‘hi sign.'” He added: “And nobody really understood what a ‘hi sign’ was. We’d never heard of it. And he demonstrated by sticking his arm up, kind of what the salute looked like. So we all kinda imitated it.”
When Turkington saw the photo later, he winced at what it looked like. “It was just miscommunication, like, we were told to do one thing, and he demonstrated it badly, and we all kind of just followed along because we just kind of wanted to get the pictures over with,” he said. “In this picture are many of my friends that I know are not racist and do not hold Nazi views.”

The photographer, Pete Gust, who had a son in the picture, told news outlets: “There was no Nazi salute. The last picture we had done … I’d said to them, ‘OK, boys. You’re going to say goodbye to your parents, so wave.'”

Why did everyone in the national media rush to assume the worst and end up with “fake news”? There’s an easy guess. The Associated Press quickly found Baraboo’s state senator, Jon Erpenbach, who blamed … the rhetoric of President Trump. He said: “There’s no room in the world for anything like that at all. From what they’re seeing out of the White House, that it’s OK to be intolerant and racist.”

In today’s America, the “objective” press is looking for racist neo-Nazis under every rock who don’t submit to the will of The Resistance. But these same outlets refuse to condemn the ongoing attachment of leftists and Democrats to the anti-Semitic Minister Louis Farrakhan, whether the politicians photographed with him are Reps. Maxine Waters or Keith Ellison, or even former President Barack Obama. The scandal — among some of the most powerful adults in the land — is barely even recognized. CBS “This Morning” offered one brief anchor-read story earlier this year when an old photo of Obama smiling with Farrakhan surfaced after being suppressed for years. ABC and NBC slept on it.

None of these networks were outraged in September when Farrakhan sat on a dais of honorees during the blanket coverage of Aretha Franklin’s funeral, right next to Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton. Three days later, CBS and NBC reported there was “controversy,” but they utterly skipped Farrakhan. Whoopi Goldberg on ABC’s “The View” told everyone to back off. “It’s not about Bill Clinton or Louis Farrakhan. It was all about Aretha,” she ranted. “That’s why everybody just needs to pull back. Just pull it back, you know, and understand that this is — we don’t control everything.”

On the same night all three networks were covering supposedly hateful Baraboo High School prom pictures, only ABC covered Hamas terrorists lobbing missiles into Israel from the Gaza strip to murder Jewish people.
National “news” judgment is a pernicious thing.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Kamala Harris Makes ICE-KKK Comparison

Partisan political opportunist Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) did not let the confirmation hearing of Ronald Vitiello to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pass without taking a cheap and baseless shot, comparing the agency to the Ku Klux Klan on Thursday. Harris specifically attempted to railroad Vitiello into making the comparison on “race based” law enforcement. Harris asked, “Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation…?” Apparently enforcing national sovereignty is racist now.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., suggested that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was perceived in a similar way to the Ku Klux Klan during a confirmation hearing of Ronald Vitiello, the nominee to head the agency.

Harris asked Vitiello if he believed the public’s perception of ICE was creating fear and distrust in the way the KKK did last century.

Specifically, she wanted to know about Vitiello’s 2015 tweet that said the Democratic Party was comparable to a “liberal-cratic” or “neo-Klanist” entity. The tweet was in response to conservative radio host Mark Levin, who had been discussing the Democratic Party’s role in 20th century segregation.

“What is the history that would then make those words wrong?” Harris asked about the KKK during a Thursday confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame

CNN’s war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisting that denying its chief White House shouter Jim Acosta a permanent press pass has caused “irreparable harm,” and that Acosta has a constitutional right to shout at the president under the First and Fifth Amendment rights. How lame is this? Let us count the ways:

1. CNN claims its network is “significantly hampered,” causing harm to Americans who “rely on CNN as an essential news source.” As a network, CNN is not impaired. It still has more than 10 credentialed White House reporters and producers. The only “harm” might be that Acosta yelling at (and repeatedly interrupting) the president excites CNN’s liberal base.

2. CNN claims in court that Acosta is “widely reputed as a diligent and thorough reporter for one of the nation’s most respected and widely watched networks.” CNN isn’t close to the most “widely watched,” and it viciously attacks the most “widely watched” network as a pathetic “state-run” channel. Besides, Acosta isn’t very thorough, as exposed in his attempt to ask Trump adviser Stephen Miller about immigrants. He said, “But this whole notion of … ‘they have to learn English before they get to the United States,’ are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” Miller calmly explained Acosta was wrong and that many countries have proficient English speakers. And the Washington Post “Fact Checker” agreed.

3. Acosta and his network haven’t always been this hostile (“diligent and thorough”) in covering presidents. On the day of former President Obama’s second inauguration, Acosta proclaimed: “I feel like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf. I can’t believe I have this vantage point of history in the making.” He later added: “It’s good to be the president. It’s almost like being a rock star on every street corner of Washington on this day.” CNN senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny infamously channeled Barbara Walters and asked Obama in 2009 (when he was with The New York Times), “what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving in this office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?”

4. CNN’s court filing bizarrely calls this Trump move on Acosta an attempt to “exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view.” Almost every reporter in the White House challenges Trump’s point of view, but he’s only denying one pass. What makes Acosta so unique? It’s the extreme rudeness and the unwillingness to cede the microphone when his turn is over, like he thinks the other reporters are all worthless and weak.

5. On Capitol Hill, journalists denied a press pass to Breitbart News. Should Breitbart have hired a lawyer and sued? There was no security reason to deny Breitbart, just the contention that it isn’t really a “news” organization. That, quite clearly, is the president’s view about CNN, which spends most of its day assembling panels to trash the president as an ignorant, racist, dangerous, law-abusing tool of the Russians.

6. The president has a right to call on reporters and ignore reporters; he has the right to hold a press conference or not hold one. Former President George W. Bush never took questions from CBS News’ Dan Rather. President Obama never consented to questions from Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump could give Acosta his pass back and then try to ignore his question. But everyone knows that whether Acosta’s called on or not, he’s going to yell and yell. Neither his bosses nor his colleagues ever think it’s time for him to sit down and shut up.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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CNN Sues Trump over Acosta Press Pass

Instead of handling the White House revocation of serial interrupter Jim Acosta with common sense by sending someone else to the White House, CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. The network is demanding the return of Acosta’s permanent press pass, which was revoked after Acosta accosted an intern trying to pass the microphone to another reporter after his allotted time was up. CNN calls the incident unconstitutional in its filings. So now, apparently, CNN likes the Constitution. Funny how that works.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

CNN made good on its threat Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court demanding the White House return reporter Jim Acosta’s permanent press pass.

The White House rescinded Acosta’s pass last week after Acosta refused to yield the floor to other reporters in a press conference. When a White House aide went to take Acosta’s microphone to allow another reporter to ask a question, Acosta battled with her, eventually pushing her away.

The incident apparently ended the White House press office’s tolerance of Acosta, who regularly badgers the President and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of turn. On the day in question, Acosta had already asked his one allotted question and received an answer, and refused to yield the floor, peppering President Donald Trump with a barrage of follow-ups, without giving the President time to respond.

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Michelle Obama Has No Smiles to Spare

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama opined in her new book, Becoming, that she just couldn’t force a smile during President Trump’s inauguration. Obama revealed during an ABC interview that she knew her lack of a smile wasn’t good politics. Nevertheless, “I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.” The reason for her dour expression? Apparently Donald Trump had incited “violence” against her family for pointing out how unabashedly liberal her husband is. Welcome to politics, Michelle.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Former first lady Michelle Obama was unable to fake a happy face during President Trump’s inauguration, she writes in her new book.

“Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn’t reflect the President’s reality or ideals, but in this case, maybe it did,” Obama said in audio of the book, released by ABC News. “Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.”

Obama discusses her dislike of her husband’s successor in her forthcoming memoir, “Becoming,” which is set to be released Tuesday.

She said she would “never forgive” Trump for questioning the legitimacy of her husband’s birth certificate because it put her family’s safety at risk, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

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NBC’s Saturday Night Sickness

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is taking on a very sour look. Alec Baldwin didn’t appear with his tired Trump impression on the Saturday before the midterms, perhaps because he reportedly punched a man in the face in New York’s Greenwich Village in a parking spot dispute.

“SNL” tried to joke its way out of that mess at the end of its opening skit with their star Kate McKinnon. “When we come back, an update from disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin — seen here molesting a young Boy Scout,” showing a picture of a classic 1994 “Canteen Boy” skit with Adam Sandler.

McKinnon was impersonating Fox News host Laura Ingraham talking on “The Ingraham Angle” about the “caravan” of immigrants marching through Mexico, “live from the Arizona border, where a vicious caravan of dozens, maybe millions, of illegal immigrants is headed straight for you and your grandchildren.”

Other Fox News stars kept introducing video of the immigrants, although the footage came from zombie movies and nature movies of crabs. Who is NBC to mock other people for faking the news? That’s shameless after they spread the unreliable Brett Kavanaugh rape accusations of disgraced Michael Avenatti’s client Julie Swetnick, among others.

Then, during the “Weekend Update” fake-news sketch, Pete Davidson announced, “There are some pretty gross people running for office this year,” and proceeded to mock the looks of (mostly) Republican candidates. Like a middle-schooler, he suggested Florida Gov. Rick Scott “looks like someone tried to whittle Bruce Willis out of a penis.” And then it happened.

Davidson, the loud-mouthed spoiled punk, mocked Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, a veteran who lost his eye in Afghanistan and now wears an eye patch. “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie,” Davidson proclaimed, to uproarious laughter. “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.” Or whatever? Davidson lost his firefighter father in the 9/11 terrorist attack when he was 7. Dan Crenshaw lost an eye in Afghanistan fighting the same kind of terrorists who killed his father. For the love of God, doesn’t he deserve better than this?

Crenshaw was a class act in a Twitter response: “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.” Crenshaw has since won his congressional race.

We could make a long list of midterm candidates NBC won’t mock for their looks, and that would include transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, D-N.Y. There is no way they would ridicule Rep. Ilhan Omar, D- Minn., for wearing her Muslim headwear. So why can’t a veteran be spared jokes about losing an eye fighting for his country?

Then consider this: In 2016, Davidson posted a picture on the internet that he’d gotten a large tattoo on his leg of “his hero” … Hillary Clinton. He said to her, “Thanks for being such a bada– and one of the strongest people in the universe.” So, to summarize: Crenshaw the Afghan war hero is “pretty gross.” And Clinton, who lied about being under fire in Bosnia, is the real “badass.”

Davidson tried to end the skit in self-defense, noting he looked like a Dr. Seuss character in a prison jumpsuit. So those truth-tellers at The New York Times buried the lede as they wrote up the obnoxious show with this headline: “‘SNL’ Jokes About the Midterms, and Pete Davidson Pokes Fun at Himself.”

The advertisers included Amazon, Microsoft and Verizon, and appearing just after Davidson’s mess were L.L. Bean, Christian Dior and Paramount (with two movie ads). These merchants should think more than twice about the garbage they’re making possible.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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AG Jeff Sessions is Out

In the wake of the midterms shake-up of Capitol Hill, there’s yet another leadership crisis at the Department of Justice after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Trump. “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted. Pending a nomination and confirmation of a permanent replacement, Sessions will be temporarily replaced by Matthew G. Whitaker, the now former Chief of Staff for Sessions, who will serve as Acting Attorney General. Unlike Sessions, Whitaker has not recused himself from the collusion case and may well prove to be a force for House Democrats to reckon with given their agenda to target President Trump. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving his administration just moments after holding a press conference with reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon.

“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Sessions submitted his resignation to the president which he accepted. Trump said that Matthew G. Whitaker, the Chief of Staff for Sessions, would serve as Acting Attorney General in his place.

“A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” he said.

A copy of Sessions’ resignation letter said the move was “at your [Trump’s] request.”

Sessions wrote in his resignation letter to Trump that he was submitting it “at your request.”

“I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the presidency,” he wrote.

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The ‘Racist Ad’ and News Judgment

During the last weekend before the 2018 midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook and even Fox News took that position.

The “star” of this commercial is Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who has repeatedly entered America illegally and who shot two California police deputies dead in 2014. In January, Fox News aired footage of Bracamontes boasting in court: “I don’t (expletive) regret that (expletive). The only thing that I (expletive) regret is that I (expletive) killed two. I wish I (expletive) killed more of those (expletives).” But CNN and MSNBC didn’t cover it as news. They covered it when Trump used the footage in his ad. They didn’t grieve for the families of the two dead deputies. They didn’t worry about the problem of crime by illegal immigrants. They worried about Trump’s tactics.

Trump’s ad played part of the Bracamontes clip, and a narrator said: “It’s pure evil. President Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”

CNN’s Poppy Harlow was aghast and asked, “Is this politics at its worst?” MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Sen. Michael Bennet for his response. “I say it’s appalling. I don’t say that as a Democrat or as a senator,” Bennet lectured. “I say it as an American and wish that we had a president who actually was trying to bring the country together rather than dividing us.”

As if former President Obama and the Democrats gave America a blissful eight years of unifying moments? Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street were about as angry and divisive as they come. But Bennet and Co. didn’t have a problem in the world. These militants and anarchists were celebrated by liberals and their media adjuncts as part of a glorious progressive future, no matter how many laws they broke.

But when an illegal immigrant shoots and kills two law enforcement officers and brags about it, bringing it up is somehow divisive. Why couldn’t we unite as Americans around the idea that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be killing our cops? Why can’t the “news” networks define that as news, and not as inflammatory content to be banned? Why doesn’t the president of the United States have the right to talk about this, not by others’ standards but his own?

Then consider the newspapers. A search for Luis Bracamontes on The New York Times website finds 20 mentions in the last five years — and 18 of them are from Nov. 1 forward, centered on the new Trump ad that he debuted on his Twitter account.

The ad intersperses the Bracamontes clips with footage of the caravan of immigrants marching through Mexico. Trump’s ad incorrectly states that Democrats let Bracamontes in and let him stay, when he illegally entered the country under both Democrat and Republican presidents. But it’s not the bad facts that they’re finding offensive. They’re too emotional to deal in facts. The ad is “racist” because it’s seen as an attempt to scare white voters into choosing Republicans.

CNN’s Don Lemon picked up where his network left off, saying: “this horrible guy who is a convicted cop killer, you know, mouthing things in court and smiling. It just — every racist immigrant trope that you can think of is in this ad.” NBC’s Peter Alexander said, “the president is facing sharp condemnation for what critics call fearmongering and racism by promoting this web video trying to terrify Republicans to vote.”

Haven’t CNN and NBC and the other networks just spent two years making videos to terrify everyone into voting against Donald Trump and his alleged enablers? Haven’t they been divisively fearmongering about “democracy dying in darkness” through this entire presidency?

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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POTUS Pledges to Protect Preexisting Condition Coverage

The White House is getting out in front of the left wing hysteria that President Trump will slash health care coverage for those with preexisting conditions. “At the end of the day, the president’s going to do what is necessary to protect people with preexisting conditions but also create a healthcare system that actually works, that actually functions, that has competition, that creates an environment where people get the type of healthcare that they need, not just a card that says they have health insurance,” explained White House spox Sarah Sanders. Trump is preempting the left’s claims that Republicans are out to push grandma over the cliff, and election results today may prove it’s been working.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that any new healthcare policy President Trump endorses in the future would include protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“The president’s been clear. Whatever policy he puts forth on healthcare, it will protect pre-existing conditions,” Sanders told Fox News Monday morning.

“At the end of the day, the president’s going to do what is necessary to protect people with pre-existing conditions, but also create a healthcare system that actually works, that actually functions, that has competition, that creates an environment where people get the type of healthcare that they need, not just a card that says they have health insurance,” Sanders said. “Those are two very different things and this president wants to make sure that people have actual healthcare, not just health insurance.”

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