First Issue of the ‘New Republic’

The New Republic’s editorial board was presided over by the journalist Herbert Croly, author of the influential 1909 book The Promise of American Life. Impressed by Croly’s arguments for greater economic planning, increased spending on education, and the need for a society based on the “brotherhood of mankind” – ideas that were said to have influenced both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson – the heiress Dorothy Payne Whitney and her husband, the banker and diplomat Willard Straight, approached Croly and asked him to join them in launching a new liberal journal that would provide an intelligent, opinionated examination of politics, foreign affairs, and culture. After recruiting his friend and fellow journalist Walter Lippmann, Croly saw the first issues of the new magazine hit the stands 102 years ago – on November 7, 1914.

Millions of Americans read the New Republican in its early years. It was met with wide acclaim and approval. But a funny thing happened along the way. No one much reads the liberal magazine anymore, as its circulation has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2000. That happens when something passes its 100th birthday.

There’s another book that has been around a little longer than the New Republic. And it’s more popular now than ever. Each year, it is the #1 book sold in America. It is still changing lives, 2,000 years later. It’s called the Bible. And if you want to be successful and happy in life, you will take this book seriously. You must love it, learn it, and most importantly, live it.

The Rushmore Report – President Trump’s Hilarious Line from ’60 Minutes’ Interview

Sunday night, CBS aired Lesley Stahl’s interview with President Trump on 60 Minutes. As expected, they sparred on issues ranging from immigration to fake media. It was their discussion on the media that led to Trump’s funniest line. He stated, “The thing I’ve really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it. I’m not saying that as a soundbite. I never knew how dishonest the media was.” When Stahl tried to change the subject, Trump landed his zinger.

Stahl jumped in: “I’m going to change the subject.”

Trump responded, “No. You asked me a question, I’m not finished yet.”

Stahl: “I’m going to run your answer, but I want to move on.”

Trump: “I’m just saying you treat me differently than Obama.”

Stahl: “I disagree, but I don’t want to have that fight with you.”

And then it came . . .

Trump: “Hey, it’s okay, Leslie. It’s okay. In the meantime, I’m president, and you’re not.”

Certainly, one can argue that Trump’s response was not “presidential,” whatever that means these days. But for those who believe that the media has mistreated conservatives for years, Trump’s quip put a smile on their collective faces. For those who believe the media has treated Trump the same as they treated President Obama – it’s unclear what planet they are living on.

Trump deserves credit for going on 60 Minutes. Rarely did President Obama venture far beyond media outlets that praised his administration 24/7. And for those who wish Trump would be less boastful and more presidential (there’s that word again), they will be waiting for awhile.

You might argue that Trump was elected despite the way he treats the press. I disagree. Trump was elected because of the way he treats the press. And that is not likely to change any time soon.

The Rushmore Report – ‘Meathead’ Says Trump Is First Prez to Have Support of Mainstream Media

Rob Reiner has made some strange statements of late, but perhaps the former star of “All in the Family” has made no statement as strange as the one he made on “The View” late Friday: that President Donald Trump is the first president bolstered and sold by the “mainstream media.” He actually seemed to believe what he was saying. It’s not hard to see why Archie Bunker called him “Meathead.”

“This is the first time also in American history where we have had a president — every president uses propaganda to sell a policy — Republicans and Democrats,” Reiner told the women of the daytime chat show. “But this is the first time we have had a president that is supported by mainstream media. I mean, Fox is mainstream media. Between that and Breitbart and Sinclair and Alex Jones there are 40 percent of the country getting their news only there.”

Apparently, the definition of “mainstream media” is a bit . . . loose . . . for Mr. Reiner. And he seems to conveniently forget that most mainstream media outlets — even ones typically considered moderate — have been heavily critical of the president. That’s in stark contrast to, say, the Obama years, which left the former president wholeheartedly believing he’d never experienced a single scandal.

Reiner did have harsh words for one leftist publication: the Huffington Post.

“I think the press let us down because I don’t they thought he could get the nomination, I don’t think they thought he could win. So they played it kind of funny. Even Huffington Post put it on the comedy page initially,” Reiner said.

That explains, of course, how Trump’s success took people like Reiner by surprise.

About the Author

Emily Zanotti writes for the Daily Wire.

The Rushmore Report – Why Charles Krauthammer Will Be Missed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and commentator Charles Krauthammer is dying. He’d been battling cancer and seemed to have come out all right, but it took a turn. He released a letter to the media yesterday which was simple in its message, but heartbreaking to read. “I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

He thanked family and friends for their love and support and then addressed his colleagues, readers and viewers.

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking,” Krauthammer wrote. “I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

Charles Krauthammer played no small role. His depth of knowledge and thoughtfulness were the exception rather than the rule in Washington, D.C. His statements carried twice the heft as most others.

Krauthammer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 and practiced psychiatry. He was a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston before bursting on to the political scene.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Charles Krauthammer several times on Boston Herald Radio and each time he was informative, intellectually honest and an absolute pleasure to talk to.

An ex-Democrat, he joked about being a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980, remarking, “After 40 years the statute of limitations is up and I can now confess openly.”

He was just as happy to talk about his favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, as he was about politics and world events. When a host on Herald Radio quipped about the superiority of the Red Sox over his Nats, he shot back, “Those are fightin’ words.”

Though he was paralyzed in an accident as a young man and confined to a wheelchair, he never expressed self-pity. “All it means is whatever I do is a little bit harder and probably a little bit slower,” he said, “And that’s basically it. Everybody has their cross to bear — everybody.”

Likewise, during his many health struggles he was always stoic and committed to doing his job, showing no hint of the pain he was obviously feeling.

Krauthammer is a man who fell in love with the very concept of America. “America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it’s worked.”

About the Author

Tom Shattuck writes for the Boston Herald.

The Rushmore Report: Is the Media Really Unfair to Trump? Here’s the Data

President Trump and his supporters have been complaining about the media’s incessant attack on his administration. They say the media ignores the good news – economic growth, low unemployment, higher home ownership, defeat of ISIS, etc. They say the media is a puppet of the Democratic Party. Is the criticism valid? The data is in . . .

The non-partisan Pew Research Center concludes that President Trump is right. And it’s not even open for debate.

In his first year in office, Pew concludes, just five percent of the stories on Trump were positive. That compares to 42 percent for President Obama and 22 percent for President Bush.

To the contrary, coverage of Trump was indisputably negative 60 percent of the time, which compares to about 20 percent for Obama, Bush, and Clinton.

Pew also reported that in a one-week period when record stock market numbers and 17-year low unemployment numbers came out, CNN spent more time criticizing President Trump for eating two scoops of ice cream and drinking too many Diet Cokes than they did on both economic stories combined.

Given the fact that most people form their opinions of the president based on what they see in the mainstream media every day, it’s not a wonder that Trump’s approval ratings are mired in the 38 percent range. It’s a wonder his ratings aren’t even lower.

Sean Hannity is right when he says, “Journalism in America is dead.”

The Rushmore Report: Time’s ‘Man of the Year’ Nominees Include a Monster and Police Hater

It’s not as though Time Magazine has to burnish its leftist credentials any further, but the magazine sure appears as if it wants to. On Monday, Time released the names of their nominees for Person of the Year. Along with President Trump, there was a hashtag, a monster, and an athlete who hates American police.

The hasthtag #MeToo, a reference to the women around the country and the world who claim they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, is not offensive in itself, but it’s hard to claim that a hashtag is the equivalent of a person.

But then things get nastier: Colin Kaepernick has become the emblem of people who feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with America, after he initiated the protests of the national anthem. This is the same guy who wore socks with police depicted as pigs on them.

A further plunge into the abyss: the selection of Kim Jong-un, a real-life monster who has subjugated the North Korean people to one of the most brutal repressions of the last 100 years, and is consistently threatening to throw the world into a nuclear conflagration with his missile launches.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in National Review, “But what I find interesting about the just-released shortlist is that picking anyone else on the list – including Xi Jinping and #MeToo – would amount to, to one extent or another, a troll operation of the president. The most obvious example is Robert Mueller [also on the list]. To date, there is no reason to give him the title, other than for fan service to Trump-hating liberals and others emotionally invested in the Mueller probe. It’s conceivable that next year Mueller would deserve it. But not yet. The Dreamers [on the list], likewise, would be a political shot. Unlike the #MeTooers, the Dreamers themselves haven’t really done anything special in 2017.”

“Man of the Year” apparently has new meaning to the editors at Time. What is not clear, however, is how this aligns with any serious definition of journalism.

About the Author

Hank Berrien writes for the Daily Wire.

The Rushmore Report: MSNBC – Funniest Fake News Ever!

For the past year, President Donald Trump has railed against what he calls “fake news.” And he has made no secret of who these fake news sources are: The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Whether or not his claims have been valid has been a topic of debate. But what they just did at MSNBC removes all doubt. MSNBC just committed fake news in as clear – and hilarious – a way imaginable.

It seems the folks over at “Morning Joe” thought it would be good to be the only major television news outlet to broadcast a live show with their normal anchors – the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is a holiday. Viewership is always down. So while other networks ran out their “B” teams – consisting of lesser known anchors – viewers who tuned into “Morning Joe” were surprisingly treated to their top anchors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Mika led with “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed. I always cook the turkey with the guts in it!”

Co-host Willie Geist chimed in, “Joe didn’t notice. He ate the bag.” [Joe is married to Mika, which explains Willie’s comment.]

For his part, Joe even commented on how he enjoyed the Thanksgiving football games. Turning to guest Rick Tyler, he asked, “So how was your Thanksgiving?”

“Very successful,” said Tyler.

There was just one problem. The entire show was taped earlier in the week. MSNBC would have successfully carried off the charade – if not for a viewer. (Yes, they still have a viewer.)

An anonymous viewer noticed that this “live” show on Friday had no news coverage of any events of the past two days – most notably the terrorist attack on the Egyptian mosque. The viewer contacted the Washington Post, who reluctantly admitted the scheme by their related network.

An MSNBC executive confirmed the show wasn’t live. But, he said, “There was no intention to trick viewers. Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer? Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”

Actually, what’s not typically done is for an organization masquerading as a news network to openly and intentionally deceive its viewers into believing a recorded news program is actually live.

To quote columnist Timothy Meads, “You have to wonder, if MSNBC is willing to be dishonest about something as trivial as a post-Thanksgiving morning show, what else are they hiding?”

The Rushmore Report: Why Did Trump Tell the Media to Go Away?

On Thanksgiving Day, President Trump did something he is not known for. He shunned media attention. When the media anxiously waited for his latest words and controversial statements, they got nothing. And it’s not that Trump didn’t have something to say. He did. He just didn’t want the media – or our country – to know what it was. So why would Donald Trump tell the press to go away?

It’s simple. He called some of our brave men and women serving overseas to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for fighting for freedom. But he wanted to keep it between himself and them.

“You’re very special to me and to everyone in this country, that I can tell you,” Trump told the five deployed units who were representing each branch of the military during the video conference. The troops on the call are currently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, and aboard the U.S.S. Monterey.

“It’s an honor to speak with you all and to give God thanks for the blessings of freedom and to the heroes who have this tremendous courage as you do to defend freedom and to the heroes who have this tremendous courage as you do to defend us and to defend freedom.”

The president then asked the press to leave so he and the troops on the video call could have a “personal, confidential conversation.”

Following the call, Trump went to help hand out food to Coast Guardsmen in Riviera Beach, Florida.

Early on Thursday, Trump tweeted a Happy Thanksgiving to his followers, noting that Americans can feel content with the state of the nation.

Trump’s tweet read, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!”

Trump concluded, “God bless America and God bless our troops.”

About the Author

Cortney O’Brien writes for Townhall.

The Rushmore Report: Media Lynch Mob Trying to Take Down Trump

Reince Priebus learned a hard lesson over the past six months and America should pay attention to it. After leaving his job as White House Chief of Staff, Priebus told Sean Hannity that the national press is flat-out “dishonest.” He continued, “What I find to be amazing is how narratives are set and a lot of it is not true. The most breathtaking thing for me has been the difference between what is truth and what is reported.”

Preibus was referring to story lines that have taken deep root in the anti-Trump media.

The most prominent one is that Russia and the Trump campaign worked together to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Hundreds of stories have run bolstering that theory – many of them driven by rank speculation and the use of anonymous sources that are clearly opposed to Trump.

The second story line embraced by the hate-Trump forces is that the president is unfit to hold the office. Under this banner, almost everything the man says or does is reported as a negative. Day after day, the media themes of corruption and incompetence are hammered home with few solid facts to back up the negative expositions. It must be said, however, that Trump’s lack of discipline in replying to the attacks is greatly aiding his opposition.

It is certainly true that every American has the right and perhaps civic duty to form an educated opinion about their leader. But those opinions should be based on facts that demonstrate truth – not contrived narratives designed by partisan ideologies.

And it’s not just the left that is hating Trump. A good number of conservatives are participating in the lynch mob. If you think there wasn’t a dose of personal animus in John McCain’s vote to keep Obamacare intact, you’re living in the Land of Oz. Sen. McCain despises Donald Trump, perhaps with justification, and fully understands how his vote has damaged the president.

Another conservative, pundit Peggy Noonan, recently launched a vicious personal attack on Trump’s manhood. Ms. Noonan basically ignored the unprecedented battering the president has taken in the media as a reason that he might respond to criticism inappropriately at times. She is smart enough to know the media score but not honest enough to provide perspective while denigrating Trump.

By the way, that’s what seeking the truth is all about, providing some honest perspective even if you don’t like someone.

Reince Priebus witnessed the hostile media onslaught up close and personal. At this point in our history, few reporters are actively seeking the truth. Almost all allegations against Trump and his supporters are treated as facts. Conclusions are drawn, narratives spun.

In short, Americans are being barraged with story lines designed to make it impossible for Donald Trump to govern.

This is right out of the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” playbook. Isolate a political target, and hammer the person ceaselessly with whatever you can think of. The truth be damned. Demonize and marginalize your opposition in order to destroy them.

As Sharyl Attkisson’s new book, The Smear, chronicles with facts, the anti-Trump, anti-conservative movement has now become an organized industry in the U.S. with millions of dollars supporting it. More than a few national press people are part of that industry as they print or broadcast unproven accusations using the word “reportedly” to justify spreading unverified information.

It is very possible that the White House does not fully understand the powerful forces arrayed against it. Priebus seems shocked by what he calls “press dishonesty.” But it has been on display for many years.

The difference now is Donald Trump. He is so despised by the progressive movement, and by some conservatives as well, that old rules of fairness and truth-seeking no longer apply. It is obviously wrong for the press to insinuate and then promote conclusions based upon biased conjecture, but in some media precincts the “get Trump” end justifies the means.

Presidential tweets and charges of fake news are not going to be enough to blunt the media corruption that has so horrified Reince Preibus.

Only a full, methodical exposure of it to the American people may provide some balance.

About the Author

Bill O’Reilly is a writer for The Hill, and former host of The O’Reilly Factor, the most watched show in the history of cable news.




The Rushmore Report: Al Michaels Made This Joke During NFL Game – No One Is Laughing

A number of NFL fans were outraged Sunday night, but not because the players were kneeling during the national anthem. This week, their displeasure was directed at NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, who made an off-color joke during a game between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. It happened in the third quarter. And what the iconic sportscaster said has brought widespread condemnation.

Michaels threw out this bit of commentary: “Let’s face it, the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they’re up by 14 points.”

Later in the game, Michaels  apologized for the joke. “Sorry I made a reference earlier before. I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country,” he said. “It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies. And we’ll just leave it at that.”

But that didn’t stop viewers from tearing into the sportscaster on Twitter.

Commentator Mike Freeman wrote, “Did Al Michaels just really say that?” Doug Farrar added, “Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But that was a big, big lapse in judgment.”

Was this really a “big lapse in judgment”? Or are people overreacting – as is so often the case these days? Time will tell. What is certain, however, is that we live in a time when people are judged more by the words they say than by the actions they take.

In the future, expect Al Michaels to stick with his script.

About the Author

Erika Haas is a new contributor for Townhall and a recent graduate of Syracuse University.