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The Rushmore Report: Is Journalism in America Dead?

In her daily White House briefing Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got into a bit of a shouting match with CNN reporter James Acosta over the whole “fake news” thing. The mainstream media, of course, claims this is a diversion by the Trump Administration, with no merit. But Tuesday morning, while watching MSNBC on my treadmill, I heard something I couldn’t believe. “Fake news” is real. I offer four recent proofs.

1. MSNBC – Trump didn’t get any more votes than Ronmey.

I nearly fell off my treadmill. Tuesday morning, as I was flipping channels, I watched the MSNBC panel relitigate the 2016 presidential election. One panelist said to the other, “The reason Trump won wasn’t that he increased the Republican vote, but that Democrats didn’t show up to vote for Clinton like they did for Obama.” The other panelist agreed that “the Republican vote did not increase at all, but the Democratic voted was way down.”

Here are the facts. In 2012, Obama beat Romney in the popular vote, 65,915,795 to 60,933,504. In 2016, Clinton received 65,853,516 votes to Trump’s 62,984,825. Here’s the math. While Obama received more votes than Clinton, the Democratic vote was hardly “way down.” The fall-off in votes was tiny – just 0.09 percent. As for Trump not increasing the Republican turn-out, MSNBC was wrong again. Trump’s vote was 3.37 percent higher than Romney’s.

MSNBC called Clinton’s vote (0.09 percent drop-off) “way down,” and Trump’s vote (3.37 percent more) “no increase.” Tell that to the 2,051,321 voters (population of Houston) who showed up for Trump after not voting for Romney.

2. CNN – Trump, Jr. received WikiLeaks email on September 4, 2016.

This matters because CNN claimed Trump, Jr. made use of this leaked information before it was released publicly, to further his dad’s campaign. Just one problem – he actually received the email ten days later – on September 14 – when the substance of the email was already in the public domain. The object of the report, of course, was to paint a collusion between Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks. Once exposed, CNN apologized for the “honest mistake.” (When President Trump says something inaccurate, it is reported as a “lie,” while CNN’s inaccuracy is an “honest mistake.”)

3. ABC – Trump directed Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election.

Journalist Brian Ross pushed this narrative on World News Tonight. Such a move by Trump would have been a violation of the law. Ross’ report resulted in an immediate drop 0f 350 points in the Dow Jones industrial average. When confronted with proof that Trump directed Flynn to reach out to the Russians after he had won the election – not a violation of the law – ABC apologized for the “error” and suspended Ross for four weeks.

4. Gloria Steinem – Trump lost the election by 10 million votes.

I include the Steinem comment, made at a rally two weeks ago, because the media has covered her comments – but has yet to correct them. The pro-abortion feminist actually said that “Trump is not president because he lost by 10 million votes.” First, we have this new thing called the Electoral College. Presidents are elected by the Electoral College, not the popular vote. And they campaign accordingly. That’s why Trump didn’t campaign much in places like Texas, Oklahoma, or Utah. There was no need to run up his vote in reliably Republican states. If you win a state by one vote, that’s as good as a landslide.

Second, Clinton’s popular vote advantage was not “10 million” votes, but 2,868,691. I’m not a mathematician, but that is more than a rounding error. To classify 2.87 million as “10 million” is an intentional misstatement. The media knows it; they just don’t report it.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a right to be angry. The problem isn’t that “fake news” exists, but that the media pretends it doesn’t. These are just four examples, snatched from this week’s headlines.

 

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: 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.”