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.

The Rushmore Report: Is Bill O’Reilly Coming Back to Fox News?

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly joined Sean Hannity on his radio program Monday for a rare public conversation between the two conservative stars, during which Hannity recommended that O’Reilly come back to the cable news network. “We crushed CNN and MSNBC. Crushed them,” O’Reilly said to Hannity. But would he come back to Fox News? Hannity asked him that very question. “Do you want to come back to Fox News?” Hannity asked. “I think you should come back.” Bill O’Reilly’s response may surprise.

As the two media giants discussed what they see as a well-organized, well-funded “agenda from the left” to take down conservative media voices, Hannity popped the question. O’Reilly replied, “I’m at the beach every day. You want to bring me back into the swamp?”

“I think you want back in the swamp, and I think you’d love it back in the swamp,” Hannity responded. “I know your fans would like you back on too, and there’s not a day that goes by that people don’t ask me, ‘How’s O’Reilly doing? When is he coming back?'”

Hannity pushed hard. “Would you consider at some date coming back to Fox?”

“I don’t know,” O’Reilly replied. “I have to get this legal stuff done. I have to get this investigation done.”

O’Reilly was referring to an investigation he revealed he’s conducting into what he believes was a concerted effort to get him ousted from Fox News.

“We’re going to be very precise,” O’Reilly said, adding it will be based on “stone cold facts.”

“What we’re going to uncover is shocking,” he added, without going into any detail.

The two men were almost never seen together on Fox News, and they were rumored to not be friendly toward one another. “I do have a regret. I think we were at each other’s throats a little too much,” Hannity said, adding, “Don’t you regret not being nicer to me? You should have been nicer to me.”

O’Reilly laughed it off while revealing the two men once went to a Tom Jones concert in Atlantic City together. O’Reilly also praised Hannity for the way he handled a Media Matters-led advertisers boycott by going on the offensive on his radio and television programs, as well as on social media.

“You brought it right to the folks,” O’Reilly said. “You’re a lot smarter than I am, Hannity. I should’ve done exactly what you did.”

O’Reilly lost more than 50 advertisers after a New York Times story on April 1 reported that he paid five women $13 million in payouts over allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

The longtime cable news ratings king was fired from Fox News on April 19.


The Rushmore Report: How Does MSNBC’s Joy Reid Still Have a Job?

MSNBC is still masquerading as a news organization. I wish I could find someone naive enough to still see them as such so I could unload my Edsel stock. The gap between the far-left media and human decency has never been wider. Case in point – “reporter” Joy Reid, of MSNBC. What she gets away with, were it said by a Fox News reporter about President Obama, would heap shame and embarrassment upon her and her network.

But MSNBC is not easily shamed. Of course, they have every right to promote their socialist-democrat views 24 hours a day, whether anyone is actually watching or not. That is not offensive. To many, their views are dangerous, but as long as we hang onto this much-maligned thing called The First Amendment, they have every right to broadcast anything short of screaming “Fire!” in a movie theater.

Socialism isn’t their greatest sin. Neither is liberalism nor leftist ideology.

The sin of MSNBC is indecency.

I return to Joy Reid. Tuesday, Reid referred to President Trump’s supporters as “deplorables” on twitter, borrowing a phrase from Hillary Clinton, who, to her credit, has long since backtracked on her comments. In condemning Trump’s “America First” speech before the United Nations (a concept that obviously is as offensive to Ms. Reid as her comments are to the rest of us), she said, “Sometimes I think Donald Trump has given up on the idea of ever being respected by anyone other than his ‘deplorables.'”

What set her off was Trump’s statement that the United States could utterly destroy North Korea. Reid is apparently unaware that President Obama said the same thing just two years ago.

Joy Reid is no stranger to outlandish comments.

Last week, the host of AM Joy said that now “is the worst time to be a human” in the history of civilization, simply because she disagrees with the politics of the president. Really? This is “the worst time to be a human”? I’m guessing there were a few Christians who would have been happy to give up their place in the lion’s den for the persecution of 21st century America. I’m guessing a few Jews from 70 years ago would have preferred Trump’s policies to Hitler’s. And I’m pretty sure my granddad (WWI) and dad (WWII) would look at us now and say we really don’t have it that bad.

But there’s more.

Back in June, Reid criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), while he was still hospitalized after being shot. I guess there’s nothing “deplorable” about that, according to MSNBC.

I must ask it again. How does MSNBC’s Joy Reid still have a job? Imagine the outcry if Sean Hannity said anyone who voted for Obama was “deplorable,” that Obama made this the “worst time to be a human,” and then criticized Democratic Representative Gabriella Giffords after she was shot in Arizona.

Would Sean Hannity still have a job? Of course not. Does Joy Reid still have a job? Of course she does. And that makes this a sad day for MSNBC. One might even say it’s “deplorable.”

The Rushmore Report: Is There Really an Anti-Trump Bias in the Media? The Facts

Monday, I watched the 35-minute heated exchange between Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and CNN host Chris Cuomo. At the root of their debate was alleged anti-Trump bias in the media. While Conway chastised Cuomo for focusing almost exclusively on negative coverage, while ignoring the great jobs reports and foreign policy achievements, Cuomo insisted CNN is balanced. Who is right? Is bias real, or just a Republican talking point? Here are the facts – and what they reveal is quite astonishing.

Is bias real? In a word, yes. In two words, of course. In five words, is that a serious question?

Here are the numbers.

Columnist Paul Bedard has surveyed dozens of news outlets and media contributions in the 2016 election. What did he find? An amazing 81 percent of all coverage of Trump was negative. And 96 percent of the money given by the media went to the Clinton campaign.

Writing for the Washington Times, Jennifer Harper cited a Harvard University survey that found that 80 percent of print and broadcast coverage of Trump was negative in his first 100 days in office. They also found that 54 percent now see the mainstream media as “the opposition party” to the White House.

The Center for Public Integrity conducted a study that concluded that 90 percent of national broadcasters who gave money to a presidential candidate gave all of their money to Mrs. Clinton.

Bob Adelmann, writing for The New American, has more numbers. NBC, CBS, and ABC combined to cover negative stories about Trump versus positive news by a rate of four to one. At CNN and MSNBC, 93 percent of all stories on the president are negative. The rate of negativity in the national print media is just as one-sided: New York Times (87 percent negative coverage), and The Washington Post (83 percent).

If there was still any doubt, the verdict is in. The media is biased against the president, they cover Russia more than America, and if Donald Trump walked on water, they’d criticize him for not being able to swim.

President Trump could cure cancer, solve world hunger, and heal the blind – and it still wouldn’t be enough. He could personally eradicate poverty, pay off the national debt, and buy every American a new house on the beach, and the media would still fixate over his latest tweet. Unemployment could hit zero percent, the Dow could top 30,000, and the Beatles could do a reunion tour, and you wouldn’t hear about any of it – if you only watch CNN.

So what’s the solution for Mr. Trump and conservatives? Do what Ronald Reagan did. Do your job, take your case to the American people, and ignore the biased media. Or the president can wait for the likes of CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and The New York Times to suddenly become this thing we call “journalists.”

Good luck with that.

The Rushmore Report: The ‘Dark Soul’ of Johnny Depp

Last week, actor Johnny Depp said it may be time for another president to be assassinated by an actor. Of course, Hollywood and the Democratic-controlled media have virtually ignored his outrageous, indefensible comments. But that didn’t keep Franklin Graham from speaking out. “Johnny Depp is one dark soul. To even suggest the possibility of assassinating the president is shameful,” he said.

Depp made his comments at the Glastonbury Festival in England last Thursday. His exact words: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile, and maybe it’s time.”

Graham did not just condemn Depp’s statement. He offered the troubled actor a way out.

“Jesus Christ died on the cross for all dark souls – even mine. My prayer is that Johnny Depp will one day come to know the Savior who died so that he could be saved from his sins. Jesus Christ alone can change the human heart and bring us from darkness to light,” Graham said. He then quoted John 8:12. “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The White House offered this response: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it is sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. We hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would have if this was directed toward a Democrat elected official.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time liberal “entertainers” have called for violence against the president. In May, comedian Kathy Griffin posed with a severed and bloodied mannequin head in a blonde wig to resemble Trump.

Rapper Snoop Dogg released a music video in March. It depicts himself shooting President Trump in the head.

Madonna was among the first to joke about harming the president. During the Women’s March on Washington in January, she publicly said she thought about “blowing up the White House.”

The only thing more shocking than the complete look the other way by Hollywood and the mainstream media is the notion that if conservative entertainers had suggested the beheading or shooting of President Obama, liberals would be so quick to give them a pass.

There is not an actor or performer who would still have a job had they said and done the things against Obama that are being said and done against Trump.

The bad news is that Hollywood and the mainstream media are complicit with their silence.

The good news is that most Americans don’t care what Hollywood or the mainstream media are saying these days.

I applaud Franklin Graham. Rather than rant – as is the common response from the right – he understands the real issues for the likes of Johnny Depp, Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dogg, and Madonna. He understands that the answer to darkness is not logical discourse. That rarely helps in times like these. The answer to darkness is light.

For those of us who find such hateful speech from the left deplorable, we must never forget our battle is not with flesh and blood, but the powers of darkness.

Jesus nailed it when he said we are to let our light shine before men – because light is the only thing that can ever drown out the darkness.