Media analysts wonder just how far the news media will go in their efforts to undermine President Trump. Well, they will go pretty far. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre recently noted that “organized hatred” is unprecedented against the new administration — “amplified by a national media that has thrown out the rules of journalism and has become a part of the mob.”
Strong words. But there are strong words in journalism as well. This week, the Los Angeles Times offers a four-part, unsigned editorial series titled “Our Dishonest President.”
The first installment ran Sunday, proclaiming this: “It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a ‘catastrophe.’ Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.”
The Democratic National Committee immediately shared the Times missive in full with its membership — and there are three more to come. Like Hillary Clinton — whose new motto is “resist, insist, persist, enlist” — the Times is issuing a call to battle, ramped up through the vast feedback loop of the Democratic Party itself.
“Those who oppose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must make their voices heard. Protesters must raise their banners. Voters must turn out for elections,” the paper noted, adding, “All of us who are in the business of holding leaders accountable must redouble our efforts to defend the truth from his cynical assaults.”
How does the editorial rate on the Richter scale of livid journalism?
Joel B. Pollak, senior editor at large for Breitbart News, says the Los Angeles Times appears to have lost its bearings over the thought of the Trump presidency — and now “has printed a strident, and nearly hysterical editorial.”
‘UNHINGED’ DEMOCRATS ON THE MARCH
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is doing her part to elevate the public discourse following an emotionally charged speech by Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez before a New Jersey progressive organization this weekend. Ms. McDaniel says her counterpart across the aisle is “unhinged.”
So what did he say? Among many things, Mr. Perez said that President Trump is “a bully in the White House,” that he does not stand for American values and did not win the election.
“Chairman Perez’s comments are dangerous and undermine our democratic process. Perhaps Mr. Perez needs a lesson on how the Electoral College works — but whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump is our president,” Ms. McDaniel points out.
“Mr. Perez should be ashamed of himself for insulting the millions of Americans who don’t share his liberal vision for our country. The Democrats are the minority party because of comments like those, and if he thinks this is the way back from the wilderness, he’s sorely mistaken. Mr. Perez should apologize, and Democrats should denounce the rhetoric coming from the new leader of their party,” she concluded.
D.C. EAGLES ARE WORLD FAMOUS
It is reassuring to know that the world is intensely interested in a pair of American bald eagles who are going about their eagle business at the top of a tulip poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum — next door to The Washington Times offices, which overlook the federal property.
Via two high-definition nestcams, viewers in 100 nations have peeked at Mr. President and First Lady, now raising their second set of chicks.
Over 70 million have viewed the feathered family — “hundreds of thousands of people were glued to their computers and mobile devices” when the fuzzy gray eaglets hatched five days ago, says the American Eagle Foundation, a Tennessee-based nonprofit that operates the cameras in the nation’s capital and near eagle nests in three other states.
“We hope that something as inspiring and endearing as this special eagle family will help America to momentarily put their political differences and disagreements aside to share and enjoy together the importance, wonder, and meaning of their symbolic National Bird,” notes Al Cecere, president of the foundation.
AMBASSADOR HALEY STANDS FAST
Unflappable U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has gotten high marks for her refreshing candor and backbone on the global stage in recent weeks. She also lends insight about the insular population in the nation’s capital.
In an appearance on “Face the Nation” on CBS Sunday, host John Dickerson asked about the possibility of Russian intervention in the 2016 election, which has preoccupied Washington insiders for weeks.
“None of my colleagues or ambassadors from other countries are talking about D.C. chatter. What they are talking about is the fact that they’re relieved that the United States is starting to lead again,” Ms. Haley replied, later noting that her peers’ main interest was Russia’s influence in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria.
She also clarified that the diplomatic crowd is not in an uproar about President Trump’s tweets.
“No one’s talking to me about the president’s tweets,” said Ms. Haley, adding, “I think the foreign leaders are picking up the phone and calling him if they have an issue. And that’s what they’re doing with me. If they have an issue, they’re calling me. They’re not sitting there texting me and saying, ‘What was this tweet about?’”
POLL DU JOUR
• 50 percent of Americans say it is not likely that President Trump’s offices “were wiretapped during the 2016 campaign”; 24 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 74 percent of Democrats agree.
• 47 percent of Americans overall say it is likely Mr. Trump’s offices were wiretapped; 74 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 21 percent of Democrats agree.
• 40 percent overall say Russia interfered in the 2016 election “to favor Trump”; 13 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of independents and 67 percent of Democrats agree.
• 37 percent overall say there was no Russian interference; 64 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats agree.
• 10 percent overall say Russia interfered in the election “but not to favor Trump”; 13 percent of Republicans, 10 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A CBS News poll of 1,088 U.S. adults conducted March 25-28.
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