The Media Plays Both Ways: Offense and Defense

2020 May 2
by bc3b

Like your favorite football team, the media plays a two-way game – offense and defense.

On offense the media attacks Donald Trump, other Republicans and conservatives, lying and spreading fake news much of the time. But, defense is also an equally important part of the media’s game plan – keeping the public from discovering uncomfortable truths about liberals, especially Democratic politicians and deep state. The media’s defensive unit has been on the field for a long time and it’d getting worn down.

The media has been protecting Joe Biden for many years, particularly in regard to harassing women. Breitbart reports that Tara Reade is not the the first, second or third, but the eighth woman to accuse Biden of harassment. The media tried to suppress the Biden harassment stories as long as they could, but it is getting pushed back to it’s own goal line. If the media totally caves and starts running more Biden harassment stories, we’ll know they have received a signal from the coaches box (the DNC)  informing them it’s time for a new game plan:

Tara Reade is Joe Biden’s eighth accuser, not his first, not his only. The fake news media want you to believe Reade is Biden’s only accuser, and that’s because there is no lie the media will not tell to protect the presumptive Democrat nominee.

But seven other women — seven! — none of them Republicans, have accused Joe Biden of everything from sexual assault to unwanted kissing to inappropriate touching.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the media is struggling to defend the public from the news about the Justice Department railroading General Michael Flynn. While this is a major story in the blogosphere,  the media is working hard to keep in under wraps. GOP Chair Ronna Romney sent out a Tweet stating that CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted zero minutes to what would seem like a major story, not as newsworthy as Covington Catholic, but still important.  Newly unsealed documents prove Peter Strozk, LisaPage and Strozk’s boss, Bill  Priestap set up General Flynn.

New documents filed under seal last week by the Department of Justice provide the clearest evidence yet that the investigation and subsequent prosecution of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a set-up from the beginning. Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

In early 2017, FBI agents planned to question Flynn under false pretenses and without his attorneys present regarding his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. At the time of those conversations, Flynn was the top foreign policy adviser of the president-elect of the United States. By the time of the ambush FBI interview, Flynn had already been appointed as the White House national security adviser.

In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments. The law is widely viewed as unconstitutional and has never been used to successfully prosecute a single American citizen. The previously secret notes do not explain that Flynn was not a private citizen, but rather the incoming national security adviser at the time of his conversations with world leaders.

Hat tip: and The Federalist

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23 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 May 2 1:02 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

    KnightHawk –

    21 – Ignoring it as usual when it doesn’t fit the current agenda.

  2. 2020 May 2 1:03 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

    KnightHawk –

    Even if true, it’s nothing to write home about frankly. Same damn survey show 53% still believe in the long proved bs steel docs.

  3. 2020 May 2 1:06 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Michigan is now operating under emergency orders that have an extremely shaky legal foundation. The crisis powers granted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak expired at midnight Thursday, and when she failed to reach a deal with lawmakers to extend them, she set aside the legislative branch and unilaterally imposed the extension.
    That’s a stunning power grab. Whitmer is declaring she can run the state as she pleases, for as long as she pleases, with no oversight or checks on her power.

    This affront to democracy must be undone by the courts.

    Michigan’s emergency powers act of 1976 allows a governor to declare a state of emergency and assume extraordinary powers over the citizens of the state for 28 days in the face of natural or man-made disasters.

    At the end of 28 days, the law specifically allows for an extension of those powers, but only with the approval of both chambers of the Legislature. Lawmakers previously granted a 23-day extension.

    The language of the bill is clear. But Whitmer executed a series of questionable maneuvers late Thursday to justify her bypass of the Legislature, relying heavily on a convenient reading of the original emergency powers act adopted in 1945.

    Nothing she did changes the fact that in 1976 lawmakers added a new bill to complement the 1945 act with the expressed intent of giving the Legislature oversight authority when an emergency is declared.

    No reasonable person would assume the Legislature would willingly forfeit its Constitutional authority and vest absolute power in the executive branch. The language of the 1945 law is largely focused on short-term episodes of civil unrest.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks on Monday, April 27.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks on Monday, April 27. (Photo: MSP)
    It does not mention contagious diseases. But the 1976 law specifically cites pandemics as a justification for operating under emergency powers. That, then, should be the law that is followed.

    Whitmer is attempting to assign a noble purpose for her unilateral power grab, saying she needed to continue her emergency powers to protect health care workers from being sued by COVID-19 patients.

    But the Legislature Thursday approved a bill that would enshrine that immunity in law, proving lawmakers are capable of working with the governor to protect Michigan.

    They had offered to grant her another short-term extension of her powers, with oversight. But she refused to accept any conditions that forced her to collaborate with lawmakers.

    The Republican-controlled Legislature Thursday also passed resolutions authorizing the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader to sue the governor.
    More: Michigan Legislature OKs potential legal fight over Gov. Whitmer’s powers
    That lawsuit should be filed ASAP.
    From the beginning of her tenure, Whitmer has show disdain for both the law and regular-order governing, looking for every loophole to avoid dealing with the Legislature.

    This time, she’s taken the state to a very dangerous place.

    There’s no reasonable defense, in a representative democracy, for a governor to strip the legislative branch of its constitutional authority and assume dictatorial powers in perpetuity.”

  4. 2020 May 2 1:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

    JimNorCal –

  5. 2020 May 2 1:13 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:


  6. 2020 May 2 1:14 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

    JimNorCal –

  7. 2020 May 2 1:15 am
    bc3b permalink

    From the previous thread:

  8. 2020 May 2 1:18 am
    bc3b permalink

    At this point, only the most rabid leftists should believe the media.

  9. 2020 May 2 1:54 am
    bc3b permalink

    British doctors say ventilators purchased from China can kill people:

    Yet the west has become dependent on China for drugs and medical supplies.

  10. 2020 May 2 5:06 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “The Republican-controlled Legislature Thursday also passed resolutions authorizing the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader to sue the governor.

    More: Michigan Legislature OKs potential legal fight over Gov. Whitmer’s powers

    That lawsuit should be filed ASAP.”
    — WEC, previous thread

    Sue hell —

    “SECTION 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” — Art IV, Sec IV, USC.

    Trump ought to send a company of US Marines as back up, and the appropriate proxy human of the DoJ to remove and arrest Whitmer. The LT. Gov installed upon a 2/3rds majority of the MI legislature, elevated to governor. Section IV has never been invoked in the 240+ years of this country nor is there a proscribed method to return to a ‘Republican Form of Government’, so I presume that POTUS has a free hand to effect this resumption of normalcy by any means necessary.

    Yes it means we would be installing a Dim LT Gov. But one should observe the proprieties. Trust me, having been installed by this means said LT Gov will refrain from performing a Full Half Whit-mer politically.

  11. 2020 May 2 5:33 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I am the one on the right…..

  12. 2020 May 2 6:16 am

    Canadians lose even more rights and access to guns, Trudeau by fiat bans 1500 weapons.

    If you own one you can’t continue too you must turn it in, you have 2 years.

  13. 2020 May 2 6:19 am

    11- Trump doesn’t have the stones for that, can’t even ditch the corrupt head of the fbi that he installed.

  14. 2020 May 2 6:22 am

    Hotel staff rat out newlyweds for breaking quarantine rule from honeymoon suit to jail.

  15. 2020 May 2 6:22 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Probably true, but the basis is there.

  16. 2020 May 2 6:33 am
    justrand permalink

    Great advice, drdog. I think Trump has the “stones” to threaten it, but as KH opines, probably not enough to actually do it. And KH’s example of Chrisopher Wrat at the FBI is an apt example.

  17. 2020 May 2 6:43 am
    drdog09 permalink

  18. 2020 May 2 6:55 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Must be fake news but funny. Pilot makes FU pattern in the sky over Grand Rapids with arrow pointing at Lansing

  19. 2020 May 2 6:58 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    If anyone you know complains about citizens fighting back, ask them if they remember when Dem protestors shut down the airports in 2017
    “After a weekend of chaos at airports, mass protests and diplomatic outcries, criticism of Trump’s proposal even came from Barack Obama, who broke his silence for the first time since leaving office.

    “(FORMER) President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said

  20. 2020 May 2 7:00 am
    justrand permalink

    From the article, a shout-out to “SoCal beach goers”, should really highlight Newport Beach where the Mayor and Sheriff have said they will NOT enforce Newsome’s illegal and vengeful orders.

    ==> “Which is why seeing those SoCal beachgoers fighting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders to close the beaches is such a relief. All Americans need to remember how and why this country came into being. It was not to be treated like subjects of minor dictators. We should all remember that these governor-ordered rules do not, cannot have the force of law. It seems that too few Americans have a clue about the Constitutional rights they have long taken for granted: speech, assembly, religion. Suddenly they are giving them up without a fight.”

  21. 2020 May 2 8:41 am
    bc3b permalink

    KH #13 –

    Canadians lost their freedom of speech about 25 years ago.

  22. 2020 May 2 8:48 am

    22 – Yes they did, and now what remained of their gun rights, without so much as a whimper. They should be ripe for invasion in ~two years. 🙂

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