Thank Goodness Alabama's Election Is Tomorrow
There's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about.
But first, over the weekend, the media was frantic about Roy Moore's absence on the campaign trail.
Instead of making one last push to win over voters, Moore was found at the Army-Navy football game watching his son play.
How dare he prioritize football and family over the circus?
One of Moore’s accusers, Beverly Nelson, lawyered up with Gloria Allred and presented a key piece of evidence against Moore: a signed yearbook. Late last week, she admitted that she wrote half of the inscription in the yearbook.
Does that confirm she lied about the whole incident? Not exactly-but, it's difficult to take her seriously after this. If you want credibility you have to be outwardly honest, not just wait until you get caught. Also, if you want credibility - never go to Gloria Allred.
The people of Alabama will reveal how they really feel about Roy Moore tomorrow.
But, again, there's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about - and it's incredibly important.
Mercifully, tomorrow it will finally be over.
CNN's Fake News
I wasn’t sure it was possible for the mainstream media to lose any more credibility… and then Friday afternoon happened. CNN - “The Most Trusted Name in News” - broke into their regularly scheduled programming with the mother of all scoops. They had undeniable proof that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. An email was now in their possession showing that the DNC hacked emails had been offered to the Trump campaign on September 4th. That’s TEN DAYS BEFORE Wikileaks began releasing them online.
There it was. The uppercut they’d been looking for. Social media began to explode from the jubilation. CBS picked up the story claiming that multiple sources had come forward verifying this email and its contents. MSNBC, not to be outdone here, rolled out their own “intelligence and national security” correspondent who was also claiming “multiple sources” were confirming this bombshell. It appeared the media had beaten the Muller investigation and proved collusion with one damning email. Bette Midler and the View ladies were probably getting their Save the dates ready for the impeachment party.
Oh, there’s just one small problem here. All of this… the CNN breaking news, the ensuing social media hysteria, and the follow-up stories on CBS AND MSNBC were all FAKE NEWS. The date on the email - the smoking gun - was September 14th… not the 4th. That means, whoever sent the Trump Team this email, was merely showing them what Wikileaks had already published. The entire point and angle to this “coup de grace” news story was bogus and based off of a lie.
Fake News… that term gets thrown around a lot lately. To qualify being called “fake news”, the information in question has to have been delivered deliberately with the intention of misleading the public. Mistakes are not fake news, but this story WAS NOT a mistake. Multiple sources were cited by CNN, CBS and MSNBC, and they were all confirming the September 4th date. Answer me this. How can multiple sources, with an obvious high level of access, all give the same bogus date to three different news outlets? This wasn’t a mistake. This was a deliberate attempt to influence American opinion.
The question now is, who’s behind all this? Well, we know the House Intelligence Committee has access to these emails. Was this an attack by Democrats within the committee? Whoever it was, they appear to be powerful. There’s a rule in journalism that calls for the outing of a source if they intentionally try to mislead you. So far, the quote “multiple sources” are being protected. Why?
To the media: look, we get it. You don't like the Trump administration. In many cases you have good reason to feel the way you’re feeling, but can you try and show just a sliver of professionalism here? How about checking your information before going public… you know, BASIC STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM. We already have Russian intelligence services attempting to sway public opinion via cyber warfare, internet trolls, and social media ads. We don’t need you spreading fake news along with them.
John Lewis' Boycott
Being President is impossible.
It’s a never-ending stream of lose-lose situations. Like President Trump visiting the opening of the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend. For Trump, it was damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Can you imagine the outcry if he had declined the invitation to speak at the museum opening? Yet he did speak at the opening and got nothing but criticism and protests from black leaders for his effort.
President Trump attended the museum opening at the invitation of Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Trump took a brief tour of the museum, then gave a short speech. It was fine, a normal presidential thing to do. Speaking in general, and promoting better race relations is not Trump’s strengths. This was a missed opportunity for him to do more to try to heal division and change the perception that he is racist. He could have done better in this situation, but at least he was there. He made an attempt.
Similarly, Georgia Representative John Lewis could have and should have, done more. As soon as he heard the President might attend the museum opening, he announced he would boycott it. The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi also boycotted. How does this help heal racial division? Why would you squander an opportunity to improve relations with a president they consider to be set against them? For the sake of the wider community, why couldn’t you set aside your hate for the president for a few minutes and at least pretend to get along?
It’s amazing that some Civil Rights icons, like John Lewis, seem to have forgotten the larger lessons of love and forgiveness that Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. If you can’t set politics aside for the opening of a Civil Rights Museum, and just before Christmas, then you’re never going to be able to set aside politics.
We desperately need to get over ourselves, lose some pride, and reach out to our neighbors, yes, even those who don’t vote the same way we do. We are so entrenched on our political teams that it’s making us crazy. We won’t even entertain the idea of having a conversation with someone from the other side.
Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but Christmas is a pretty good time for that.