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Brazen Lying Is Media’s Latest Escalation In Campaign Against Trump

trumpWhen Sen. Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination for president in 1996, his speech hit on the themes of “honor, decency and straight talk.” He proudly mentioned the great Republican Abraham Lincoln and explicitly denounced racism.

“The Republican Party is broad and inclusive. It represents many streams of opinion and many points of view. But if there’s anyone who has mistakenly attached themselves to our party in the belief that we are not open to citizens of every race and religion, then let me remind you — tonight this hall belongs to the party of Lincoln. And the exits, which are clearly marked, are for you to walk out of as I stand this ground without compromise,” Dole said.

The speech was held up in 2016 as an example of how wonderful Republican candidates for president used to be before Donald Trump. So it’s interesting to also look back at how this speech was received by its critics. For example, then-Senior White House Adviser George Stephanopoulos called it “partisan, negative and divisive.”

Fast-forward 24 years to the present. Once again a prominent Republican gives a speech with themes of honor and decency and straight talk. Once again the prominent Republican explicitly and repeatedly denounces racism. The Republican praises Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton, Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Hope.

And once again critics claim that the speech is “dark and divisive.”

But this time the commentary and narrative-shaping pushback that used to be left to Democratic activists such as George Stephanopoulos are now handled by corporate media activists like, well, George Stephanopoulos. OK, maybe it’s not such a significant difference after all. But it’s still noteworthy that the corporate media activists are doing what used to be left to official party activists.

The “dark and divisive” line above came from The New York Times, in what was falsely presented as a “news” report on the speech. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Philip Rucker claimed in a screed bizarrely not labeled as opinion, “Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him.”

Stephanopoulos hosts “This Week,” a Sunday show on ABC. He was out on Independence Day weekend, so his co-host Martha Raddatz filled in. She opined that Trump had delivered “anything but a message of unity” and a “very grim message for America.” Raddatz further shared her anti-Trump campaign narrative: “This speech was not the only time in the past few weeks the president has seemed eager to turn the attention back to the issues of race in this country, how does he expected to get re-elected with a message like that?”

It may seem quaint to do so in this day and age of fact-free opinion, but let’s look at the actual words of the Trump speech that Raddatz claimed was grim and racist:

We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed. Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God. (Applause.)

We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture.

We embrace tolerance, not prejudice.

In order for Raddatz to run her political campaign against Trump, she had to repeatedly lie about the content of his speech.

People who actually paid attention to the content of the speech said it was evocative of Lincoln’s First inaugural, a “kindred invitation to unity in the midst of conflict.”

As if orders went out from a central director, nearly every major media outlet flat-out lied about Trump’s speech. Whether they were engaged in reflexive “political advisor” mode like the Stephanopoulos of old, whether they had pre-drafted their reports based on dubious theories about what would be in the speech, or whether they simply decided that the best way to counter an effective political message was to simply lie about it, lie about it they did.

Robert Costa and Philip Rucker opined in a piece falsely labeled as “news” that Trump gave “a dystopian speech in which he excoriated racial justice protesters,” and that this was a continuation of Trump’s “race baiting and, at times, outright racism.”

Washington Examiner reporter Byron York noted “To the Post, apparently, tearing down statues, or threatening to tear down statues, of George Washington, not to mention Jefferson, Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and others, is ‘racial justice protest.’”

As Ben Domenech wrote, “Keep in mind, this is a ‘news’ piece. But even as a statement of opinion, it is false from the first sentence. No Confederates were mentioned once in Trump’s speech, and his defense was an educational dive into the nobility and honor of the men on the mountain behind him – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt – as well as an Americana-drenched defense of the nation and the great heroes and heroines it has produced of all races throughout her history.”

He noted that the lies told by Costa and Rucker, and published in the Washington Post, were indistinguishable from the lies told by Democrat Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who claimed that Trump’s discussion of American heroes and Founding Fathers was time spent “talking about dead traitors.”

The New York Times, ABC News, the Washington Post, and many other outlets made a decision to lie about their political opponent Donald Trump in service of partisan gain.

This is an escalation by the media in their war against Trump, and one that does not bode well for the republic. You might say that they have always lied about their political opponents, and there is significant truth to that.

But even with their despicable anti-Brett Kavanaugh and Russia collusion hoax campaigns, they endeavored to tie their partisan activism to some fig leaf of news. Their behavior may have been despicable in how they handled unsubstantiated claims from Christine Blasey Ford or anonymous and politically motivated leakers, but those claims and leaks at least occurred. In this case, the media invented facts to defame conservatives and the president.

People who care about facts and truth must remember to seek out original sources rather than trust mendacious reporters and media outlets. They must be on guard about the propaganda these outlets will be putting forth in the months to come as they become emboldened. And they must take every opportunity to renounce the spreading of falsehoods by people who purport to be in a business of reporting facts.

Reprinted with Permission from - The Federalist by - Molie Hemingway

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Laura McCoy
2 years ago

Excellent article. Thank you.

Lincoln Sorensen
2 years ago

“As if orders went out from a central director”. That is a line in this article that is particularly bold, yet cautious. The dems/liberals/radicals of the left all receive orders from a central director, which is George Soros. Soros is working to remove all morality and law from this country as a means to turn this country into a third world den so he can meld it into the one world order. The plan is to run the world through the U N with Soros behind the curtain pulling the strings. He and a few will enjoy the spoils and the rest of the world will simply push the big square stones up the pyramids. All these media and leftist liberals cannot wake up each morning with the same code words of the day to spew to the rest of us. There is a central director.

Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago

We are at War! And what does one do to the enemy in war? Stop with the talk already. The Left doesn’t want to listen. ACT!!

Tim Coleman
2 years ago

It is truly a shame that what was once considered Yellow journalism is today just seen as acceptable from main stream media.

How do we shame the media back to telling the unbiased truth.

Gail P.
2 years ago

Pandering to the Deep State by the masses. Here we go again. Come on, Republicans (not the RINO ones), speak up and get angry and try showing it. Being so polite and pleasing is NOT going to help them win. But, you say, some people won’t like me, then. Probably won’t, that’s true. But it is effective. Which is more important?

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Gail P.

The best way for all Americans to stand up against tyranny is wherever you find it. We are all Americans or we are something else that is not.
We can define ourselves with other options after we call ourselves American Citizens.

The colors of each person in front of American is wrong and divides us. We were warned to not let people do exactly that by our 1st great POTUS.
Our oath we took freely and without reservation was not for few years, but our lives. Yes, we were all Americans then, and we are all Americans now, or what are we?

I believe this lying hateful evil that’s dividing our nation, destroying our families, and that seeks to dismantle our constitutional republican government into some dysfunctional socialist Marxist communist style, is as misleading, misguided, and outright stupid as I’ve ever seen! But it’s something that we have to deal with and stop its spread. If we don’t stop it now, can you imagine what happens if we lose?

Yes, we are in a fight for our nation. What way this year ends and the next begins cannot turn left. If we lose, think what happens? Isn’t that serious enough to get all of us off our proverbial buttocks and fight for our nation?
If not now, when? COVID-19 is just a their last ditch effort to destroy our lives as they lie about all of it. President Trump fell into their trap laid back in 2015 by the likes of Fauci and the NIH. Oh, no media coverage of his giving millions of taxpayers money to Wuhan laboratory for coronavirus?

Sorry, my BP is up. AMAC, thanks for letting us do this.

2 years ago

If you recall, Trump set the bar back where it should be in 2016. He was a president running on honor, and you could see it in his eyes. As predicted, the liberals have already forgotten about that and don’t want to be reminded. I have no use for any of them. They aren’t human.

2 years ago

These media types are like the old LP records where the needle would get stuck and keep playing the same line over and over. To them negativity toward all but their comrades is the coin of the realm.

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Tim Hewitt
2 years ago

After a great speech somehow he always manages to fall backwards with some dumb tweet he sends. Someone really needs to be at the least screening his tweets before he sends them. He has made great progress but those tweets are really turning the undecided and a-lot that of those that couldn’t stomach Hillary away from him. Please somebody screen the tweets!

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim Hewitt

Kayleigh is an amazing press secretary. I’d love to get her to help him with his tweet storms.
The problem is he’s like most of the factory workers around here, Michiana area, they’re up and at work around 4:30 am.

Scott Davis
2 years ago

We watched both speeches and I believe the one given in South Dakota on July 3, 2020, was President Trump’s best speech yet. His July 4th was very good as well, but it just seemed the one on the 3rd was a grand slamming homer.

My wife and I truly love what he said with the Mt. Rushmore backdrop, and it was probably one of those times when everything was the best time to proclaim all of it.

When someone is the leader of America facing all the issues arisen through the past few years, gives us ?? a speech of wisdom, restoration, Revival of our nation’s legacy, morals, and sacrifice by reminding ourselves of who and what we are, and what we cannot allow to happen, congratulations are due. Each step in his speech lifted up the America we have known all our lives.

Yes, there was a part of the speech that told the people who have caused such divisions and now destruction of others properties, livelihoods, and some even their actual lives, the American Citizens have had enough! He called us to stand up against the democratic agendas of hatred of America, the American Constitutional Republican Government, and our history. Their views of what they want are as un-American as they come.

Peaceful protests do not destroy others properties, cause rioting, or occupy areas they don’t own.

Our monuments, statues, and such are not theirs to tear down, or vandalize, in their attempts to rewrite history into their dreams of a socialist communist utopia. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS THAT YET IN HISTORY. From what I remember, some 200,000,000+ people were killed by previous countries that turned into the now democratic communist dreams. The real death tolls in history isn’t known, because evil people try and hide their evil deeds from full exposure to others.

My opinion, what we’ve been witnessing for years now has grown into a full blown demonically influenced brainwashing by people with evil intentions. When our children, grandchildren, and their families take up the mantle of hatred for our nation, and all its history as we see today, I take time to pray.

God, we need You today and in our future. Our hearts are heavy burdened, we feel overwhelmed with hurt from our nation’s treasure, our youth’s turned away from You Lord. It’s not what we want, need, or thought we raised them to become. We were wrong and we are sorry to see and to know that they would do these things. Please help us God. There’s no other we can go to, but You God. We pray that 2nd Chronicles 7 would become our nation once again. We ask God that You intervene in Your way, Your times, and we love You Lord Jesus, Amen.

When Jesus Christ returns to setup His reign and rule here, I’m curious if their rebellion is a part of God’s plan for this future historic event?

2 years ago
Reply to  Scott Davis

I am reminded of times in the Old Testament when God allowed his straying people to be punished in order to bring them back to himself. These socialists seek to destroy the family, the church, the nation. If we repent and turn back to God, he will forgive us and again make us one nation under God.

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeannine

Exactly what I see going on as well. Thank you.
1 thing is for sure, our country must seek God’s help and repent for turning away from Him, or the results of our demise lies just ahead. History is filled with nations that fall into reprobate immorality, which leads to the path of destruction.
Our city on a shining hill is more like a house of ill repute. It’s not trying to hide anything from the world, but the world has been looking at us and shaking their heads in disrespect because of our sins.
Thanks for your reply. I’m in agreement.

Ralph S
2 years ago

I wonder if the lame-stream-media uses self-hypnosis as Blasey-Ford allegedly did to “convince” themselves of the “facts”… Or as Juan Williams is so fond of saying…”As I see it…” Maybe it’s just mis-focused contact lenses???

2 years ago

The lame stream media needs some of their own medicine to choke on. Why didn’t the rioting anarchists burn & loot their bldg’s.?

John Wesley
2 years ago
Reply to  Brownd3max

The Atlanta CNN building is being sold since it “mistakenly” was damaged during the “peaceful protest.”

2 years ago

PTL for Christian media. We have WVCY channel 30 where you will get closer to the truth. The mainstream liberal media is for the most part wicked. Distorting everything about President Trump and of course everything he does is wrong. And everything Obama did was perfect when we know he was the most wicked President we ever had!!!

2 years ago

I watched and listened to President Trump on that beautiful night full of love for America and dislike of all things socialist or communist. President Trumps media detractors must have taken offense to his calling them out.

2 years ago

Gee, the mainstream media lies about anything even remotely related to patriotism, love of country or the Republican Party. Who would have guessed? I’m shocked! Utterly shocked! As the author of this article correctly points out, the media has been lying about Republicans for decades. Long before Bob Dole’s presidential run certainly. Look back at how the media has characterized virtually every Republican running for President or actually holding the office since the late 1960’s. All the media has done under President Trump is scream louder and stamp their feet harder, because he has the nerve to fight back against the lies.
Of course only rely on original source material (watch the actual event live), as anything the media releases afterward to the public has been highly edited and modified to try and twist the words and meaning of the message. Thankfully, there are still a few international news sources available where they show important news unedited.

2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well said Paul, but it actually goes prior to that. I have seen clips of the commercials Johnson ran against Goldwater, with the little girl and the nuclear detonation, trying to slander him as a warmonger. During the campaign Johnson, referring to Vietnam, said “I will never send American boys to do the job that Vietnamese boys should be doing.” Then, two months after his taking office after reelection, the warmonger Johnson sent the first American ground combat units to Vietnam.

Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yeah, the Commies in the media did a nice hatchet-job on Barry Goldwater and he lost. That was back when people really believed in the honesty of the MSM. Now, they’ve been exposed for the partisan liars & subversives they truly are.

Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Stay away from BBC, Reuters, and AFP as news sources. I don’t know which you might be referring to.

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Not just them. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, fox News, and more have exposed themselves to their hard-core leftwing haters of our constitutional republican government. They loved Obama more than any political punk on the left in my lifetime, and I’ve never understood that.
In 2009, we setup TEA Party Patriots groups across the country, and tried to get back our nation as intended. Remember the lies they made then? Hatred really took a whole new life for our nation. We were mocked, laughed at, LIED ABOUT HORRIBLY, called disgusting names, disparaged always, and the #1 thing was to diminish our movement out of existence.
Obama even sick’ed his IRS on us – I was just one person that had to deal with that nonsense also. Everything I had was tapped, messed with each time I needed to use it, phones & email ie.

Well, since what’s supposed to be good for the goose is good for the gander….turnabout is fair play…do unto others as you want them to do unto you.

I’m just thinking about how they did this to us to help their Marx loving guy get reelected. Since NOT ONE of them got in trouble for their nonsense, time to get a giant taste of their own medicine??

We must reelect President Donald J. Trump!!!

2 years ago

Anything the Lame Stream Media says is by default a lie until proven otherwise.

Bob Carmichael
2 years ago

Hearing the President’s speech on the 4th, and reading some “news reports” about what he said, just confirms the President’s stand on “Fake news”. The scary thing about it, is people read this dribble and believe what they read.
This article sums it up in a precise manner. Great job!!

John Wesley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Carmichael

Sadly, the greater majority of useful idiots will refuse to listen to the President and will only be told what he said. I am fascinated by how the media, and Democrats, always put their feelings, and actions, into the thoughts and words of President Trump. If you need to know what the MSM and Democrats are doing and thinking, just listen to what they are accusing the Republicans and the President of.

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  John Wesley

They are triggered by key buzz words, fake news, Socialism, Marxist, communists, and other.
The hatred of this nation against what we consider as norms, or our standards, has truly blossomed into such evil it’s begun to expose its demonic control.
I’m a peaceful man. I’m an American citizen. I mean no harm to anyone or anything that does right. This is not right anymore. Post on Twitter and see what happens. Post on Facebook and watch those you’ve known all your life turn out mean towards you. This is a hatred we’ve not seen in years and longer.
I hope soon that their day of evil comes to an end. In our yesteryear, we would figure out the command and control over such, and go after it with a posey, or military. Maybe we should think like our late 1800’s or early 1900’s and round up a group to take its leadership out, like The Horseman song says, Whiskey for my men and Beer for my horses.

Scott Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott Davis

I mean The Highway Men

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