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The Atlantic Magazine Steps Up Its Role in the Biden-Harris Media Trump Derangement Chorus of Yellow Journalism

trumpRemember when in the Fall of 1980 then the ever cordial yet candid candidate Ronald Reagan was debating President Jimmy Carter who had just made a non-sensical claim against his challenger, and to which Reagan then responded, “There he goes again.”

What is “yellow journalism?”  Britannica defines it as the use of lurid features and sensationalized news in newspaper publishing to attract readers and increase circulation.”  Wikipedia describes it as  “journalism … that present[s] little or no legitimate well-researched news while instead using eye-catching headlines for increased sales. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.”

Well, The Atlantic’s journalists, specifically Editor-in-Chief Jeffery Goldberg and a colleague named Anne Applebaum, are on  a “yellow journalistic” writer’s binge in this pre-election Fall season to castigate and to impugn President Trump – apparently using the classic “anonymous sources” ruse to support their venal assaults upon him.  Mr. Goldberg’s September 3rd article “Trump: Americans Who Died in War are Losers and Suckers” has quickly shown itself to be another ugly composition headed for the growing leftist “fake news” trash heap.

There they go again, and again, and again — shilling for the Democrat National Committee (DNC).  As you may recall, the DNC gained notoriety for sponsoring creative anti-Trump literature – most notably the infamous and falsehood laden “Russian Dossier”  in order to foster a coup of sorts  — a partisan impeachment — against the newly elected President Trump.

In his article, Atlantic magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Goldberg claims President Trump described an American World War I cemetery in France as being “filled with losers” and referred to American war dead as “suckers.” Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News host Jon Scott that this report was fake. Murtaugh said, “Of course we are denying the report, because it is fake,” … “there are others who were there in Paris… including the head of the president’s Secret Service detail, who said it also didn’t happen.”  Fox News also reports that multiple current and former White House officials, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and former Chief of Staff General John Kelly have denied Trump made the remarks described by The Atlantic. Bolton told Fox News Friday, “I didn’t hear either of those comments or anything even resembling them.”

Murtaugh said further. “I don’t know what happened to journalism, where they [The Atlantic] have these four anonymous sources, they won’t come forward and put their names on it, but The Atlantic is happy to run the story, and it happens to come out exactly at the moment where Joe Biden is in free fall in the polls.” He added that Biden should be answering for the Veterans Affairs “scandals” during the Obama administration, when “people were waiting months, even years on waiting lists … [and] left to die on gurneys in the hallway.”

In contrast to the Obama-Biden Administration record, Murtaugh continued, “That is what President Trump cleaned up, and other veterans are getting the care they deserve and that is how the president shows his reverence for military veterans … and he has restored veterans’ faith in the health care they receive, getting better access, better choices, and better treatment. That is how President Trump approaches the military.”

Remember also that that back in March and out of great concern for veterans’ health and well-being, the President Trump took action and issued an Executive Order to establish a “National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide.”  This is not a new issue, but one that has persisted for years before President Trump took office – veteran, as well as service member, PTS-based suicides occurring at the rate of 20 per month, of which many are Vietnam veterans.

In his Executive Order, the President said:

 “On average, 20 service members and veterans die by suicide each day.  As a Nation, we must do better in fulfilling our solemn obligation to care for all those who have served our country.  I am therefore issuing a national call to action to improve the quality of life of our Nation’s veterans — many of whom have risked their lives to protect our freedom while deployed, often multiple times, to areas of prolonged conflict. …

“It is the policy of the United States to end veteran suicide through the development of a comprehensive plan to empower veterans and end suicide through coordinated suicide prevention efforts, prioritized research activities, and strengthened collaboration across the public and private sectors.  This plan shall be known as the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide or PREVENTS (the “roadmap”).

In early July, the President and the Cabinet-level task force created by the Executive Order, launched the PREVENTS program, managed by the VA, and began the national public health campaign, called REACH,  to change the conversation around suicide by urging people to recognize their own risk and protective factors — as well as the risk and protective factors of their loved ones.  According to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, “REACH will empower our nation’s Veterans to seek and receive help and it will encourage them to reach out to their brothers and sisters in need who may be vulnerable. The power of this campaign will change how we talk about mental health and suicide in our nation. It will ensure that those in need, especially the men and women who have served our great nation, will receive the care and support they deserve.”

By the way, President Trump’s actions to improve medical service delivery at the VA, to increase access to care for Veterans, and to address the ongoing tragedy of veteran and military member PTS suicides, are not mentioned in the Goldberg fictional account.

Oh well, there they go again, and again, and again.

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Scott Berg
1 year ago

As always the Atlantic” a trash rag” When was the last time anyone heard from this publication, it’s a shame the have to publish unfounded trash to boost sales!

Gary Brainard
1 year ago

No selfrespectin

Enuf Said
1 year ago

The only thing the Atlantic magazine would be good for– cleaning up dog poop in your neighbor’s yard when YOU walk your dog. Well, I don’t believe I would soiled my dog’s poop using that worthless piece of CRAP!!

Steven Meisels
1 year ago

Typical out of democrat playbook. Throw enough bullshit at the walls and hope something will stick.

John DeGarmo
1 year ago

Mad Magazine renamed the Atlantic.One big joke.

Joann M Evjen
1 year ago

What boggles my mind is that people actually believe these stories.

1 year ago

The owner of the “Atlantic”, a Mrs JOBS is suffering from severe TDS, enough said.

1 year ago

If not for for lies democraps would be silent or senile or both just ask china joe biden.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

When Trump/Pence wins this November, the Democrats will start riots everywhere they can!!  Be a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Be ready to defend your Family and your Neighborhood!!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

The Democrats (Communists) have insulted every American Citizen by giving their nomination to a dementia patient and a left wing failure and still expect you to vote for them!  If the Communists win this election with this ticket, they will ensure that there will never again be a true election in their United Soviet States of America!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Nobel was started by an extremely wealthy group of weapons manufacturers who made even more money starting wars!  Today it is run by the One World Elite using Communism to achieve their desire of world dominion!!  Their “Peace Prize” is utter trash only loved by the left – Communists!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Both the DemocRat Party and the National and International News Media belong to the One World Government/Communist Machine!! Turn them all OFF!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Dino Deplorable
1 year ago

Fake un news by fake entities.Only believed by”sheeple”.

Lincoln Sorensen
1 year ago

I know the theme of this well written article is to focus on the yellow “journalism”, but, since it also spends time on our presidents PREVENTS program which rectifies the lack of proper concern for veteran’s medical care, I am posting this opinion regarding the lack of dental care for veterans. As a 79 year old Vietnam veteran, I have been trying for many years to get a reply from one of our elected employees as to why. The 72 VA hospitals have dental clinics but seldom is a veteran in one of them. A veteran has to be declared 100% disabled or the dental issue has to be service related for their to be coverage, and subsequently treatment. Why is that? Further, why am I not able to have face to face and or person to person contact with my elected employee? Lobbyists have unlimited access to any elected employee at their whim. We can all agree that good dental hygiene results in good quality of life, but poor dental hygiene results in bringing poor quality of life and brings on other medical issues which are covered by the VA. 10 years ago, I experienced dizzy spells one week apart while out helping a friend fence and cross fence his 17 acre pasture. I went home each time when I felt able to drive and a few days after the second one while resting at home I began having chest pains. I was taken to the VA and I was put through every test imaginable, no matter how expensive any one of them happened to be. I was pronounced healthy as a horse. I had removed a microscopic sized tick during that time and then the bulls eye from that location was very visible so I suspected Lyme disease. I was tested for that, but like so many others only 20% test positive. I was totally unable to do anything for years after that without being totally exhausted. I relate that only to show that dental care is not restricted for financial reasons, because they will provide any and every kind of treatment a veteran needs, except dental. If dental care were provided many other medical issues would be precluded, so basically, dental care would be cost effective, not to mention the improvement to a veteran’s quality of life. Funny, too how medicare, another government run medical program, one designed for seniors does not include dental care either. Were our elected employees who put that program together so stupid as to not know that seniors require more dental care than younger people? If you go to a VA clinic and observe the veterans sitting in the waiting room to be called in to see their primary doctor. if there are 30 patients waiting there, you would be hard pressed to find 120 total teeth in all of their heads. That is just atrocious. Then, to add to that, think of all our veterans living under bridges and in culverts (some by personal choice, I know) who have dental issues and cannot seek relief from the local VA. That is criminal. Now, ask the question who benefits from the decision to not provide dental care to veterans and seniors, two large groups. if one has poor dental hygiene and it causes another medical issue like ear infection, heart disease, bladder or kidney infection, those are covered. What happens when you are seen by a doctor? You invariably leave there with at least one prescription. So, I ask again, who benefits by the lack of dental coverage in those two programs? It would seem that Big Pharma’s goons/lobbyists were able to have hand in determining what would be covered. Big Pharma, the largest lobby in the world. Why have we the people allowed our elected employees to be accessed by people with money and other gratuities in hand. When they do, it is not good for we the people!!!

1 year ago

Remember when Regan tore into Carter during the debates. Media t that time mentioned Regan as aggressive vs the passive Carter.

Jeanette Fenton
1 year ago

the article is so clearly a lie if you know ANYTHING about our President! Could go no further from the truth. Despicable as the press has been for a while now!

1 year ago

This is great for our veterans and military men and women .President Trump has worked hard to help make their lives better .

1 year ago

It is sad that “here we go again” articles gain traction. Some people will grasp onto anything thinking it’s factual.

1 year ago


1 year ago

How do you check the origin of statement, I would like to read that. Thanks

1 year ago

Don’t forget that “For the FIRST TIME IN HISTORY” the Scientific American has endorsed a Presidential candidate…Joe Biden!!! (Sorry, if dripping sarcasm isn’t evident, I’ve failed). Evidently President Trump doesn’t believe all the “truth” that the SA puts out, unlike Biden who says, “we choose about truth, not facts,” – whatever that means.

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