AJOC EDITORIAL: Crocodile tears for White House press corps
The liberals with bylines in the White House press corps are in a snit about receiving their overdue comeuppance from an administration that has decided to fight back.
At the top of the latest outrage list from the press is the decision to prohibit video cameras at a few of the daily presidential briefings, which led to the priceless audio of CNN’s Jim Acosta channeling his inner Mortimer Duke from the end of the movie “Trading Places” by yelling at Press Secretary Sean Spicer to turn the machines back on.
After all, what would America do without daily footage of grandstanding reporters pushing the Russia story that a CNN producer called “mostly bullsh*t” and one of the channel’s top contributors Van Jones called “a big nothingburger” in new undercover videos from James O’Keefe?
CNN just had to retract a story from its bogus Russia coverage, apologize to its target and accept the resignations of three top staffers responsible for it.
Now comes news that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times over its despicable June 14 editorial about the attempted assassination of GOP legislators by a Bernie Sanders supporter that resurrected the debunked narrative that she was responsible for inspiring the man who shot 19 and killed six at an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.
It is extremely difficult for a public figure such as Palin to win a libel lawsuit, but the two high hurdles are within reach: malice and reckless disregard for the truth.
Palin also hired the same legal team that represented Hulk Hogan in his successful lawsuit against Gawker that forced the company into bankruptcy.
We are far past the time when the industry that is supposed to hold the powerful to account is held responsible for its own destructive actions and thumb-scaling the news.
The press will claim that it will acknowledge its mistakes and falsehoods, but that the infamously tweeting President Donald Trump never apologizes for his.
That would have more credibility if they didn’t let the last president skate for an unending stream of dishonesty and major scandals that make the nonsense about Russia cooked up as an excuse for Hillary Clinton’s loss pale in comparison.
Former President Barack Obama lied repeatedly about the Affordable Care Act when he claimed premiums would go down (they’ve gone up by 105 percent) and that “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” (you can’t).
His administration lied about Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservative groups, Fast and Furious, and the Iran deal, and even when the press bothered to cover those stories it was always from the angle that they were just Republican sideshows.
Another perfect example is Afghanistan, where the press has suddenly discovered our troops still are after eight years of Obama. Body counts and daily coverage disappeared under Obama even as casualties more than tripled with nothing to show for it.
The media whines they are being bullied, Acosta claims CNN is being blackballed from asking questions at daily briefings, and somewhere the world’s tiniest violin is playing for them.
Obama’s administration monitored Associated Press phone records and the phones of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s parents, and prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than every other president in the last 100 years combined, yet Trump turning off cameras in the press room is the greatest attack on the First Amendment ever.
The whining, insufferable White House press corps owes everyone a Kit Kat.
Give me a break.