HART; If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again
Not a bad week for “fake news.” There were only two major fake news stories that made the rounds last week, and one that started this week.
First, the mainstream media reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to quit over the Comey firing. The story, unsubstantiated of course, ran in the major media. When asked a few days later, Rosenstein said he never threatened to resign. Another manufactured media story intended to hurt Trump.
Second, a story saying that FBI Director Comey was fired because he requested more money for the Russia/Trump investigation circulated for days, commented on 24/7 by CNN and other news organizations. It was later determined to be totally untrue. The FBI does not request money for individual cases, so it was a lie on its surface and easily debunked. Our government is on a “single payer” system, i.e., our unlimited tax dollars. We watched our FBI director fly in a private Gulfstream 550, which costs us $62 million a year, from a “recruitment meeting” in LA. Maybe that’s the story.
But spending and facts do not serve the media’s agenda — and the media wonder why they are not trusted. Even Hillary said she thinks fake news is an issue. She probably thinks it’s even more dangerous than her “arriving under sniper fire” in Bosnia.
The media slams Trump for his 41 percent approval rating. Yet mainstream media’s approval rating has plummeted to about 12 percent. By comparison, Jared “The Subway Guy” and Bill Cosby still hover around 18 percent approval ratings.
The most daunting thing facing the liberal media about Trump, which seems to stump their agenda at every turn, is the truth.
Voters sent Trump to Washington to “drain the swamp.” And there is nothing more swampy than an FBI that is political, distrusted, private-jet-riding, and which too often decides to prosecute based on an agenda.
Democrats called for Comey to be fired for months. But once Trump did it, they were against it and assigned nefarious motives. It never ends.
Dems dubiously continue to attribute to Russia the hacking of John Podesta's Gmail account. The FBI did say a while back, “Bad actors have repeatedly tried to hack us.” “Bad actors” does not necessarily mean Russia; they could be Iran, China, Nicholas Cage, Barbra Streisand in "Little Fockers," or Miley Cyrus in any of her performances in "Hannah Montana." I guess what I am saying is there are a lot of bad actors out there, not just Russia.
Trump wants to expedite this Russia witch hunt, and he should. Dems count on the ADD of Americans and that all we will remember is that the feds went after Trump. That is their end game, just to discredit their political opponents. Since they have few workable policies, it is the only tool left in their toolbox.
Comey said he didn’t indict Hillary, et. al. because he saw no “intent.” Setting up an illegal server apparently was not “intent.” Prosecutors can do what they please. So many layers of laws upon laws make citizens confused and vulnerable to prosecutorial agendas.
A syndicated op-ed humorist, award winning author and TV/radio commentator, you can reach him at Ron@RonaldHart.com or on Twitter @RonaldHart.