By John Fredericks (July 13, 2017) Washington, D.C. –-
Sit at your own risk: Sanders is firing back at the legacy media reporters in the White House correspondents press corps who sit in the press room’s most coveted seats.
The first two rows of seats at the daily White House press briefings are reserved for the legacy media. The big names, once revered and respected.
These days they’ve become mere cannon fodder for a very feisty deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Here is an example of Sander’s return fire at the White House’s July 13 presser, responding to a question about U.S Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC) recent public statements that the Russian inquiry’s drip, drip, drip of negative news is eroding the credibility of the Trump Administration.
“I think it’s actually undermining the credibility of the media because they drip, drip, drip a lot of things that don’t seem to have much to — much ado about nothing,” Sanders shot back, incredulously.
Peppered with questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails and his meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton, Sanders offered little fodder. But she consistently turned the tables – to the Clintons.
When pressed by CBS’s Major Garrett on the issue of “amnesia” by Trump family members and campaign operatives – Garrett asked, “Why can’t anybody remember these Russian meetings? Why the plague of amnesia about these Russian meetings?” — Sanders quickly pivoted and responded with a salvo of here own.
“I think if there’s been any evidence of collusion in 2016 that’s come out at all or has been discussed that’s actually happened, it would be between the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and the Ukrainian government,” Sanders said.
“I don’t often quote the New York Times, but even one of their reporters tweeted earlier today that — why this example provides evidence of collusion: cooperation was between DNC officials and officials from the Ukrainian government, not just some associate.”
Sanders also brought up the so-called Trump “dossier,” which is a fancy French word for opposition research.
“Ukrainian actions to coordinate with the DNC were actually successful, unlike anything shown by Don Jr.’s emails,” Sanders replied.
“Information passed to the DNC from the Ukrainian government directly targeted members of the Trump campaign in an attempt to undermine it. And that was just Ukraine. The other big news was the foreign intelligence dossier that the President’s political opponents funded and disseminated widely, and was based on discredited opposition research from foreign intelligence sources. The only collusion I’ve seen, and that’s certainly been proven, would be between those people.”
Naturally, the legacy media has conveniently ignored of all of those stories, along with Benghazi and Bill Clinton’s infamous tarmac meeting with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch – who was supposedly investigating his wife.
When asked about those within the administration who had subsequently admitted to or finally conceded they had contacts with Russians — Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions and Don Jr., Sanders, not missing a beat, shifted directly into battle mode.
“Look,” Sanders chided the reporter, “I think if you want to talk about having relationships with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons. Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin. Hillary Clinton allowed one-fifth of America’s uranium reserve to be sold to a Russian firm — whose investors were Clinton Foundation donors. The Clinton campaign chairman’s brother lobbied against sanctions on Russia’s largest bank and failed to report it. I think if we were looking at Russia relations with anybody, it would be directly with the Clintons.”
Sanders said she’d be splitting press-briefing duties with her boss, Sean Spicer. “We are very busy. It’s whoever’s available.”
As the President heads off to Paris on Wednesday night for Bastille Day ceremonies and meetings with new French President Macron, no doubt Sanders will be gearing up for another target practice with her acknowledged nemesis: the front rows of the White House press corps
John Fredericks discusses Trump and Russia Investigation on CNN with with Don Lemon, Salena Zito and Joe Madison.
The Washington Post, once a bastion of effective investigative journalism, has declared war on the truth.
It’s a war of propaganda, fake news and slippery words.
It’s a war on the supporters of President Trump and his “America First” agenda.
The completely manufactured news story yesterday in The Washington Post –“Trump Leaked Classified Info to Russia”—is beyond the pale of legitimate journalism, even for the Post’s editors.
Their bogus story was based on non-collaborated “sources” that amounts to little more than third party heresy.
The Post got their story from a former administration official (Obama administration) who got it from another former administration official who got it from somebody at an undisclosed agency somewhere.
For Post editors, this fantasy trail apparently sufficed for the truth.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, NSA Director Gen. H.R. McMaster and Deputy Dina Powell, three high-ranking administration officials who actually attended the meeting all vehemently denied the third-party sourced accounts.
They were there. The Post’s sources were not.
The Post editors apparently found those first hand accounts to be lacking in interest. So they went with a former Obama official’s subjective and unsubstantiated dribble.
The former was true. The latter better fit their false narrative.
One would expect to see this in “The Onion” or some left-wing blog — but never in a legacy newspaper with the history and dignity of The Washington Post.
This is a shot that is going to be heard around America. The Post, once the muscular icon of holding Washington pols accountable has laid down the gauntlet.
Facts and truth are now subservient to the newspaper’s political and ideological agenda.
Their relentless mission to squash the Trump movement and bring down the Trump Administration now reins supreme over even feigning legitimate reporting.
To Post senior editors, truth and the facts are now unavoidable collateral damage in a time of war.
The Post’s new owner, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has made hundreds of millions of dollars off cheap labor and scam work visas from open borders and the international globalist slave trade network.
Bezos worships at the altar of the status quo. Trump threatens change.
Too much money is at stake for Bezos’ empire to worry about telling the truth to the working class people who elected Trump.
After all, if Trump succeeds, Bezos might have to hire American workers in Silicon Valley and pay them a legitimate wage.
This story was concocted with no basis in truth with on the scene witnesses saying it didn’t happen.
Yet they went with it anyway. The Post has declared war on you, the reader.
They think you are really dumb.
I suppose facts to Post editors are pesky things that get in the way of their overall objective. So they stopped being news.
Now they’re just an arm of the Trump resistance, masquerading as a newspaper.
Trump Responds To His Base
Richmond, VA — By John Fredericks
On a conference call with reporters earlier today, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney attempted to push back on a conservative media revolt over the FY 2017 budget compromise, announced late Sunday night.
Conservatives — and many Trump supporters in the media — have been lambasting the new budget as a Wall Street driven cave-in to Democratic demands. They blame House Republican leadership for failing to stand up to Democrats because they are petrified of a government shutdown. Highlights include the following facts: the deal funds Sanctuary Cities, Obamacare, EPA, Planned Parenthood and no money is provided for the wall.
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh excoriated the deal on Monday, concluding, “Why is anybody voting Republican, if this is what happens when we win?”
Democratic leaders have gleefully claimed total victory over a $1.07 trillion fiscal 2017 spending measure that is expected to hit Trump’s desk late this week.
Mulvaney, a former U.S. House Rep. from South Carolina, furiously pushed back on the narrative that the Democrats won the budget battle.
“It’s not true that the Democrats won, Mulvaney said, “the American people won.”
President Trump’s budget director emphasized that, “Democrats on the Hill know what’s in this bill, and they don’t like it.”
Mulvaney outlined what he saw as several key “wins” for Trump in the new budget, including: an additional $21 billion for defense, an additional $1.52 billion for border security — “the largest increase in ten years”– school choice for D.C. students, defunding of Planned Parenthood in health care funding and extended health coverage for coal minors.
Mulvaney also outlined what Democrats wanted but did not get: “No Obamacare bailout and no Puerto Rico bailout” — but Puerto Rico will receive a $295 million cash infusion via a previous measure.
Mulvaney also disputed the notion that Republicans caved.
“The Democrats wanted a shutdown,” Mulvaney asserted. “They wanted to forward the narrative that we can’t govern. We averted that and changed their planned political narrative.”
Some conservative media have tagged the budget as a complete GOP rollover. Mulvaney attempted to thwart that account as fiction, or fake news.
TRUMP: NOT A HAPPY CAMPER
But President Donald Trump on Tuesday, who listens to conservative media that reflects his base, evidently heard a different message from his faithful.
In a series of tweets this morning, POTUS called for an end to Senate legislative filibusters. Trump wants bills passed with a simple majority — while potentially calling for a government shutdown in September to force Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s hand on the 60-vote cloture rule.
“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate, which are not there!” Trump tweeted. “We… either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”