In SCOTUS Wars, the Dems Main Attack is Fake News

Last night, President Trump barely had the name “Kavanaugh” escape his lips when the MSM started ginning up their smear mill.  This article, deceptively titled Supreme Court nominee has argued Presidents should not be distracted by investigations or lawsuits, was posted on The Washington Post website at 9:01 pm; a minute before Trump had even declared his pick.

So the online commentary started immediately, with this article as the source to declare that Kavanaugh doesn’t believe that the President has to comply with subpoena. The truth is all right there, you just have to sift for it.  The way the Post article described it is thus:

“U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who was nominated replace him, has argued that presidents should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office.

Kavanaugh had direct personal experience that informed his 2009 article for the Minnesota Law Review: He helped investigate President Bill Clinton as part of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s team and then served for five years as a close aide to President George W. Bush.

Having observed the weighty issues that can consume a president, Kavanaugh wrote, the nation’s chief executive should be exempt from “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations, which “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.””

But what did Kavanaugh actually write in the Minnesota Law Review?

“…With that in mind, it would be appropriate for Congress to

enact a statute providing that any personal civil suits against

presidents, like certain members of the military, be deferred

while the President is in office. The result the Supreme Court

reached in Clinton v. Jones—that presidents are not constitutionally

entitled to deferral of civil suits—may well have been

entirely correct; that is beyond the scope of this inquiry. But

the Court in Jones stated that Congress is free to provide a

temporary deferral of civil suits while the President is in office.

Congress may be wise to do so, just as it has done for certain

members of the military. Deferral would allow the President

to focus on the vital duties he was elected to perform.”

So what Kavanaugh actually said was that although he thinks it would be a good thing if a President had relief from suits while in office, he agreed with the Court decision in Clinton v. Jones that said he didn’t, and that relief could only come from the legislature.  So Kavanaugh isn’t going to rule that Trump can ignore any subpoenas from the Muller investigation (which is why the left has gone so crazy about this).

It took me all of about 5 minutes to research this and figure it out, but then, I’m not part of the journalist community, who were reporting the left wing blogosphere’s version all day today.

These reporters would really make me feel smart; if I wasn’t so sure they knew exactly what they were doing and were purposefully crafting phony attack lines to feed to an unaware public.

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When the News No Longer Resembles News

I honestly think I’ve had about enough.  If you happened to catch Chuck Todd’s apoplectic reaction to President Trump’s news conference on Tuesday.

What made me reach my breaking point came at about the 1:34 mark, “…when was the last time you saw a President of the United States defend the cause of White Nationalists?”

It’s an insane smear, but I’ve no doubt that Todd was being totally sincere in his belief that Trump was rooting for the Nazi’s.  As for me, I’ve been a news junkie for decades. Up until the internet made it ridiculous, I had a subscription to the local newspaper and I would make sure I caught a steady stream of news shows on cable and the traditional nightly news. Most mornings I would have the morning news shows on in the background while I worked. So generally, I’ve watched a lot of news.  Not just hours a week but hours a day.

But I’ve never felt so estranged from what newspaper columns and talking heads on cable are babbling about as I have this year. It’s as if they are living not just in a different moral universe, but a different factual one as well. Their editorial decisions seem like they are being made by college student government rather than seasoned, professional editors. How can you spend 8 months on wall to wall Russia when there has yet to be any actual evidence of a Russia collusion story?  It’s simply a daily rehashing of a burned out conspiracy theory.

I’m tuning out the news more and more these days.  I can get all my news online with a lot less wasted time and no smug pomposity; which is particularly galling with their track record of inaccuracy.  After the election, it occurred to me that I would have been better informed if I had spent 18 months leading up to the election just reading Scott Adams’ blog than the hundreds of hours wasted watching Morning Joe.

Hopefully, when this age of mass hysteria and moral panic has passed, and the news media has returned to some sort of semblance of normalcy, I can return to getting my media news junkie fix.  But for now, I’ll be a lot healthier if I’m off the stuff.

12 steps…

Did Russia Hack the Election?

In the continuing post election fake news trend, “Russia hacked election” gets over 45 million hits on Google. Russian hacking as been going on for quite a while and it would be no surprise that the Russians would want to hack both political parties. They are bad actors on the world stage and they are adversaries. However, just a couple of points:

* The hack allegedly occurred in the March-April time frame. Long before Trump was assured of the nomination and when almost every talking head, poll, and jackass was proclaiming it would be impossible for him to win. So the intent could hardly be to help Trump.

* The Wikileaks data was not a hack; it was an inside job according to the people who would know, Wikileaks. Assange has said this for months.

* That doesn’t mean the Russia hack didn’t happen, just that it’s not the source of the Wikileaks material. This makes sense as I would imagine that Russia would rather keep that info close to the vest rather than devalue it by releasing it.

* So Russian hacking (which is a big issue) and the Wikileaks data dump, seem to be unrelated issues. I’m open to new information on this, but when the CIA refuses to brief Congress on the issue, forcing a cancellation of a scheduled hearing, my BS meter goes off.

* Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes.  So, in what sense was the election hacked?  Were the Wikileaks disclosures designed to only affect certain counties in 4 or so States?  Good Grief…

I honestly have a hard time believing anything the media says anymore; particularly when they are trying as hard as they have been to push this narrative. It’s like the #fakenews nonsense. Simultaneously every major newspaper and every major news network suddenly made this non story of fake news a 10 day long major blockbuster.

My Prediction:  Now that the Electoral College Debacle is over, the next fake news spasm will be “conflicts of interest.”  Stay tuned to your local fake news media outlet for further coverage.