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!”
Blue Virginia Now Fully In Charge of Sleepy, Scaredy-Cat Northam Campaign?
Our new morning line odds on the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial races are out!
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The primary election for both of Virginia’s major political parties is Tuesday, June 13. Any Virginia registered voter can request a ballot for either party. The nominations are decided by plurality, there is no run-off. The highest vote getter wins. Primary voters are not bound in the general election.
GOP Governor- Primary
Ed Gillespie – 1:5
Gillespie is now the overwhelming prohibitive favorite to be the GOP nominee.
Ingraham Mulls Senate Race
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who is planning a run for U.S. Senator in 2018, is joining us live today in our D.C. studios from 9:00 -10:30 a.m.We’ll find out what he thinks about the incoming world scene, our incoming President Donald J. Trump and…:radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is reportedly seriously considering a race for the Virginia for U.S. Senate in 2018.
No “Gimme” for Ingraham
Virginia Republicans are unlikely to “clear the field” for a prospective Ingraham U.S. senate race.
If the television and radio personality decides to enter the race for the Va. GOP nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in 2018, she will undoubtedly face a fierce and bruising nomination battle.
Other candidates who are likely to battle for the Virginia Republican Senate nomination include former Gov. Jim Gilmore, former candidate for President Carly Fiorina, Va. Delegate Jimmie Massie and early Trump supporter and Silver Star recipient Bert Kameaaloha Mizusawa, a major general in the United States Army Reserve.
U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va/7) has already told Sen. Kaine he does not plan to run for U.S. senate in 2018. We also assume U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA/10) is not inclined to give up her House seat to run a long shot bid for U.S. Senate.
Laura, welcome to Virginia politics, where candidates don’t have limo drivers, first class airline tickets and 24 hour green room hair and makeup teams at their beck and call. See you at the Buchanan County GOP unit meeting, and the Danville Waffle House!
Morning Line Odds on 2018 GOP Senate Nomination (Primary)
Carly Fiorina 2:1
Jim Gilmore 3:1
Laura Ingraham 9:2
Bert Mizusawa 6:1
Jimmie Massie 12:1
Vogel for Lt. Governor
Veteran Virginia campaign operative Pat Trueman was named campaign manager for the Jill Vogel for LG race, giving him his first shot at running a statewide race.
Well regarded, Trueman ran Rob Bell’s shop until the Delegate dropped out of the AG race for personal reasons.
Formerly with the political consulting firm Carlyle Gregory, Trueman ran Eddie Whitlock’s unsuccessful state senate primary bid in 2015.
Trueman sold suits for Brooks Brothers in Georgetown prior to getting into political campaign management. “I still sell suits,” Trueman said. “Only now they have people in them.”
Reeves for Lt. Governor
Bryce Reeves lost his campaign manager, Brittany Carter, who got a gig with the Trump transition team in D.C. Sources say Trump Administration chief of staff and former RNC Chair Reince Preibus called her personally.
Replacing Carter is Jordan Wiggins, former director for the Virginia Marco Rubio for President campaign.
Editor’s note #1 to Jordan: We at Team Trump kicked your butt last Super Tuesday in Virginia dude. Just sayin’.
Wiggins also did field work for Rubio in Iowa and most recently was National Field Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Editor’s note #2 to Jordan: Yeah, we at Team Trump beat you in Iowa, too. So welcome back to Virginia, where you’re 0-2 Vs. Team Trump.
Emily Brewer for Delegate
Oh, what could have been.
Suffolk entrepreneur and former Republican political operative Emily Brewer launched a GOP nomination challenge to embattled incumbent Rick Morris in HD 64, which includes parts of Suffolk, Prince George, South Hampton and Isle of Wight.
Morris had been charged with a number of felonies involving abuse and child endangerment, which prompted House leadership to call for his resignation.
At the time, Morris looked like political dead man walking.
That’s when Brewer jumped in the race.
Since then, Morris has been cleared of all but one felony charge, and is likely to request a continuance on the last one until after the nomination selection process is complete.
In an email to supporters after his initial hearing, Morris wrote that the one felony child cruelty charge he still faces is “extremely broad, ambiguous, and undefined” under state law, which leaves much to the interpretation and discretion of police, prosecutors and the jury. His email said the presiding judge also expressed concern with the statute.
“I am confident that in due time I will be completely vindicated,” Morris wrote. “However, this process must play out and I respect that…I will continue to defend myself from these false accusations until the sole remaining charge is dismissed as well.”
This turn of events puts Brewer in an underdog scenario.
If Morris chooses an open primary in lieu of a convention or a firehouse caucus, Brewer would be positioned as the tenth name on the GOP primary ballot, not a good place for an upstart challenger against an incumbent.
Right now, Morris is a heavy favorite to win re-election – assuming it’s a primary.
But don’t count Brewer out.
Mike Kemp, former political director with the Glenn Davis for Lt. Governor campaign, has been named campaign manager for Brewer.
Kemp’s background includes stints as regional field director for Wayne Coleman, Ben Chafin and Nancy Dye for state senate. His presence, and Brewer’s tenacity, put this race in play.
Delegate Ron Villanueva vs. Bill Haley
Here we go again. Powerful House Transportation Chairman Ron Villanueva (R-Va. Beach) is being challenged for the GOP nomination by Tea Party activist and Chesapeake resident Bill Haley.
Haley ran a primary against Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) in 2015.
Haley is becoming the Harold Stassen of Chesapeake politics. Oh wait: Harold Stassen actually won a race.
This is a Villanueva blowout.
Vogel – Reeves Dust Up Shuffles the LG Deck — Fasten your seat belts.
On the surface, GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Del. Glenn Davis (R-Va. Beach) is the short-term political beneficiary of the shady shenanigans by the mere fact he’s not involved and can stay focused on his jobs message.
Before the story broke, State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) was the clear front-runner in this race, and its difficult to project where this accusation by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Stafford) will lead, especially if he files a civil lawsuit.
But that is problematic because the false email in question did not state a fact, but instead suggested a “rumor was going around” that Reeves was unfaithful to his wife.
This is not the classic definition of defamation under Virginia law.
Vogel’s camp has vehemently denied the allegations of concocting the phony email and her campaign manager questioned why Reeves made the accusations to the Washington Post before coming to their candidate directly.
But Reeves disputed this account and said he gave the Vogels ample notice to work this out before going public.