Written by Selwyn Duke
It’s long been known that a leader can gain power by rallying the people against a boogeyman.
And it helps when that boogeyman is real.
When CNBC’s GOP debate moderators couldn’t help but be sanctimonious, supercilious, and self-important Wednesday night, they did more than provoke a response from their intellectual superiors. They did more than further reveal the Establishment Media as a left-wing monolith, further discredit themselves, and further cement in minds that they’re comic-book versions of journalists.
They quite literally revealed a strategy for GOP electoral gains.
I said many years ago that if I were seeking the presidency (fanciful thought), one of the entities I’d run against is the media. Why? Along with lawyers and politicians, the media is a group for which Americans have a fairly intense dislike.… Continue Reading
Written by Kelly Riddell
The Washington Times
A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.
As Republican candidates prepare for their fourth debate of the primary season Tuesday in Milwaukee, the people doing the questioning are increasingly in the spotlight, with their motives being questioned by the campaigns, voters and even by their fellow journalists.
And self-proclaimed Democratic journalists outnumber Republicans by 4-to-1, according to research by Lars Willnat and David Weaver, professors of journalism at Indiana University. They found 28 percent of journalists call themselves Democrats, while just 7 percent call themselves Republicans — though both numbers are down from the 1970s.… Continue Reading
Written by Doris O’Brien
Jeb could soon become a burning Bush, flamed-out by poor judgment, inept campaigning, and an unusual display of mean-spiritedness. His self-serving attack on protégé Marco Rubio in the last debate might well be the straw that breaks the back — if not the bank — of the Bush candidacy.
Naturally, the Bush camp is denying all pessimistic prognosticating. And there are plenty of talking heads who still stick to the scenario that Bush could win the GOP nomination. Their reluctance to write Jeb off is based to some extent on the assumption that it is still too “early” in the primary season to determine winners or losers. A second premise is that the massive war chest of the Bush campaign, while dwindling, is still impressive enough to keep him in the race
Keep him in the race? … Continue Reading
The CNBC debate is memorable for many reasons, with the complete lack of preparedness of the moderators standing out as unfortunate circumstance number one. At numerous points during the evening, candidates called out the moderators for the low quality of their questions. Becky Quick was obviously biased against the candidates and repeatedly steered the discussion to “Pay Inequality” only to be viciously rebuffed. At one point, Quick couldn’t remember where she’d heard that Donald Trump was critical of Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration stance. Trump capitalized on her apparent confusion by cutting her off and declaring, “Probably, I don’t know. You people write this stuff.”
An exchange between CNBC’s Carl Quintinalla and Dr. Benjamin Carson brought loud boos from the debate audience and resulted in him asking aloud “See? They know” referring to the GOP candidates accusing the moderators of being biased against them.… Continue Reading
The spokesman for a media watchdog is not surprised that 44 percent of CNN’s questions during Wednesday night’s debate referenced GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in some way.
Written by Chad Groening and Billy Davis
Media Research Center reports that 32 of the 73 questions questions either were directed to – or were a reference to – Donald Trump.
Dan Gainor, vice president of MRC Business, says there are several reasons for CNN’s obsession with Trump.
“One of them is ratings,” Gainor says. “Look, they’re a business. They certainly want to get good ratings.”
In fact, CNN posted its best ratings ever – for any of its shows – during the three-hour debate. An estimated 23 million watched it.
Two of the debate’s biggest winners were Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen.… Continue Reading
Written by Frank Newport
Late in August New York Times columnist Frank Bruni expressed puzzlement over what he cited as Donald Trump‘s high level of support among evangelical Republicans. A piece this week in The Christian Post similarly, albeit from a different perspective, ponders why Trump is “receiving so much support from evangelicals.” CNN carried a recent report on the battle for evangelical voters between Trump and Ben Carson. A recent report in The Wall Street Journal indicatedthat Donald Trump plans on meeting with evangelical leaders later in September in his office.
These assumptions about Trump’s level of support among evangelicals appear to be based on trial heat polls wherein Republicans are forced to choose one and only one candidate for whom they would, in theory, vote. A better view of Trump’s image among this group comes from our Gallup data in which Republicans are asked about their views of each candidate individually.… Continue Reading
Written by Gary Bauer
I am pleased to report that Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis has been released from jail. But I have been very disappointed by the parade of leading Republicans — Donald Trump, Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie and others — who are distancing themselves from Davis.
This sorry episode is yet another example of our side playing by one set of rules while the other side plays by its own.
When the law was the Defense of Marriage Act, the president and attorney general of the United States refused to enforce it. President Barack Obama has routinely refused to enforce various immigration laws or parts of Obamacare. Why were Obama and Holder not held to the same standard as Mrs.… Continue Reading
By Stanley Kurtz
When Common Core supporter Jeb Bush and Common Core opponent Marco Rubio faced off during last month’s Republican presidential debate, they barely seemed to disagree. After moderator Bret Baier posed a question on the clash between Common Core advocates, on the one hand, and opponents of federal involvement in education, on the other, Bush denied the contrast: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum content. That is clearly a state responsibility.” So are Bush and Common Core opponents really on the same page when it comes to local control in education? Not in the least.
Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it.… Continue Reading
Santorum, Huckabee, Cruz, Jindal make the A Team
Written by Maggie Gallagher
On June 26, a narrow majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices struck down the traditional definition of marriage, ruling all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions as marriages.
The four dissenters included the usually mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts, who called the majority opinion “dangerous to the rule of law”: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”
Chief Justice Roberts also underscored the “serious questions about religious liberty” the decision raises: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. . .there is little doubt these and similar questions will soon be before this Court.… Continue Reading
Written by Michael Medved
All Republicans should feel relieved, if not jubilant. Lots of winners who helped themselves, and no disastrous losers.
Major gains for Marco Rubio who was lucid, passionate, self-assured, Kennedyesque – cementing his status as everyone’s second choice, which may win him the nomination, ultimately. John Kasich also moved his campaign forward: starting in tenth place (according to the polls) he looked and sounded like a folksy, credible, mainstream contender. Jeb Bush, who had to overcome a recent reputation for bumbling and gaffes, seemed strong, capable, sympathetic, and accessible. Frankly, he was also probably helped by the fact that his height (he’s 6’4″) and his position near the center of the stage made him tower over the others, literally.
The losers? Donald Trump and Rand Paul both fared poorly in the opening of the debate, but recovered somewhat as time went on.… Continue Reading