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“News Media Now Giving Trump the ‘Full Palin.’”

Working for the Democratic Party: The expected full-media assault on the Republican Party candidate has begun. As the author at the link notes,

There have been few conservatives who have been more critical of Trump since the start of this insane campaign than me, and he deserves every bit of condemnation he has gotten for needlessly mishandling the Khan situation. However, there is also no doubt that the media became obsessed with the story because they want Trump to lose, got a bit freaked out about his very temporary convention bounce, and smelled blood.

Hillary, while she is less likely to be stupid enough to so publicly take on the parents of a fallen war hero, would also never have been lured by the media into the conflict to the extent Trump was. If she had somehow stepped in it, the news media would have let it go far sooner than they did for Trump (for instance, how many voters are even aware of the controversy over her basically calling some family members of Benghazi victims liars?).

This story has seemed to open the floodgates now on Trump in much the same way that the infamous Katie Couric interview did with regards to Sarah Palin in 2008. Now, everything Trump says seems to be instant fodder for the media’s intensified “gaffe watch.”

It is very important to recognize one more additional fact: Any Republican candidate would have been treated this way by the now openly partisan and decidedly bankrupt mainstream media. The question now is whether the low-information public has finally become aware of this game.

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  • Cotour

    “Any Republican candidate would have been treated this way by the now openly partisan and decidedly bankrupt mainstream media”

    I agree with this statement but because Trump is such a strong and chaotic (and very unconventional / asymmetrical) Republican candidate and really threatens the status quo this raw and naked media aggression is being exponentially pumped up for all to see in all of its biased splendor. Journalism is no more. That is how much they really fear a Trump administration.

    What ever they show you they fear the most, is what must be.

  • Garry

    I think they may see their efforts backfire to some extent.

    As I mentioned elsewhere, my phone doesn’t support google, so I use Yahoo as my search engine. I can’t resist taking a peek at their anti-Trump headlines, even when I’m not running a search, and the headlines are getting more and more shrill.

    One short-lived one from Sunday was “Trump [does something allegedly bad I can’t recall], [does something else allegedly bad I also can’t recall], and makes baby cry.” I imagine someone gave him a baby at a campaign event, and, as babies are wont to do when in crowded places and when handed to a stranger, the baby cried; the same thing that has happened to every politician, on almost every occasion a baby was placed in his/her arms during a campaign stop.

    I’m fairly easy-going, but when challenged, I get VERY competitive, and I struggle to remember that it doesn’t matter what the media thinks; I have to make up my own mind.

  • wayne

    Totally empathize with you.
    –I actually saw part of Trumps speech with the crying-baby.
    There was a baby in the auditorium, it did cry, Trump acknowledged it from the podium with his usual flair, and continued speaking. (took all of 5 seconds, paraphrased– “oh-boy a crying baby, jeeze,…but, we love crying babies!!!… so, what were doing on Trade is …)

    >Only a hard-core Trump hater, could have possibly spun it negative on the guy.

    I as well instinctively feel like defending Trump, when they say crazy stuff about him, even though I do not support him. (but I’m getting over that impulse)

    None of this is unexpected, it’s not any more or less vicious against Trump, as it was against any other Republican Candidate in history.
    The media have been doing this for a long time, that ship sailed a long time ago.

    As well, Trump is a target rich environment all his own.

  • Localfluff

    I think that Trump knows what he’s doing!
    He counter attacked Khan not because he happened to feel aroused for a moment. But because he had investigated that Khan is a radical islamic extremist who has written articles claiming that sharia law precedes any “human” laws, like the US constitution he pretends to carry in his pocket. There are lots of other attacks this fight-back never responds to, he picks his fights like a card player. And this Khan one is a beauty!

    If the Democrats hadn’t been completely incompetently, living in elections past, they would’ve picked a normal muslim person to speak against the “Ban all muslims”-thing at their convention. But no. They chose an extreme radical islamist! Why? Didn’t they check? Or worse: Don’t they care??!!

  • Cotour


    I just heard it.

    Someone just said that Khzir Khan is being confronted with whether he embraces the Sharia.

    Khan is a total DNC set up, an Immigration lawyer with a self interest in bringing as many Islamic’s into the country as his bank account can hold . Trump has never disrespected his son who was a Marine killed in action, but how dare trump suggest that it reasonable to dial down or stop for a time the immigration into America of people from Islamic parts of the world who might want to do harm here. How dare he!

    Khan appears to be a con and using his sons tragic death as a Democrat political pawn. Sad to me.

  • Garry

    Tangent: Cotour, Khan’s son was a soldier, not a Marine.

    This is a distinction that’s not important to the general public, but very important to those of us who earned the eagle, globe and anchor. I have a lot of respect for (most of) our Army brethren, but they aren’t Marines, and they don’t like to be called such.

    Khan’s son did nothing wrong as far as I know, but he was a soldier, not a Marine.

    Anytime anyone who has spent even one day in the Corps does something heinous, he’s always referred to as “an ex-Marine.” In one local case, a degenerate was discharged from the Marines for his general degeneracy, after serving less than a year. When he came home, he killed a priest in his church by beating him over the head with a candlestick because he wanted to know what it was like to kill someone. Of course the headline read, “ex-Marine brutally slaughters priest in church.”

    Yet Timothy McVeigh has always been referred to as a “Gulf War Veteran.”

    This is another example of how the press slants things.

    /pet peeve

  • wayne

    I have to differ– Trump blew it, –he wasted 5 (whatever) days he’ll never get back, on Kahn.
    He could have handled it better, even Bush knew how to deal with Cindy Sheehan, but Trump did, what-Trump-does.

    One has to extremely geek-like and an ultra-hi IQ Trump supporter, to overlay the nuanced difference between attacking a dead Marine and the guys whacky parents.

    In this particular situation, Kahn was attack-proof, but Trump wouldn’t or couldn’t leave it alone, dangling to just fade into the next day. He couldn’t resist, and wouldn’t by-pass that Village while continuing the actual attack on Hillary. He stopped his entire army to teach a scum-bag a lesson, rather than blow him off.

    The DNC played Trump like a fiddle and Trump jumped in with both feet & them doubled & tripled down, on amphetamine’s .

    Fluff– The Democrat party has absolutely no problem embracing any of these people. They love them! And they are so arrogant, emboldened, and have superior air-cover with the Press, they KNOW only a small percentage of people care a whole lot.
    And the Dems implicitly trust their RINO colluders, to attack any dissenting Conservative voice from the Republican side, who have been pointing out all this stuff, for years, only to be told to “shut up, sit down, you are too rigid, and how dare you call McConnell a liar?!

  • wayne

    our comments crossed.

    I thought he was a Marine, but I get the difference.

    Total tangent– was L. H. Oswald a marine?

  • Garry

    Yes, Oswald was a Marine, who failed the rifle range in boot camp and never earned an expert rifle badge.

    He also sought to move to the Soviet Union.

    Not all Marines act honorably, and I’ll own up to those, but in my experience the dishonorable ones are dishonorable because of who they are, not who they became because of their Marine training. And contrary to popular belief, sufferers of PTSD are rarely violent, and most of those I’ve known who blame PTSD for their outrageous behavior never saw combat, and probably didn’t have PTSD. I’m glad beliefs are changing the stereotype on that one.

    I put 12 Marines in for bad conduct discharges in my first job, and succeeded in 11 of those cases (you’re welcome, taxpayers). Yet I know that if any of those 11 committed a heinous crime, the media would imply that Marine training made him that way.

  • Cotour

    ” He spoke of his son, a US Marine who was killed on active duty. ”

    This will have to be looked into further, either way, soldier or Marine I respect and honor his sacrifice.

    Long term IMO this disgraceful DNC scam will turn again to Trumps advantage.

  • Garry

    Cotour, thanks for the link, good letter.

    If you click on the last link in the article, titled “He held his own troops back,” it brings you to another article telling what Captain Khan did, which I find heroic. It shows him in his US Army uniform.

    The author of the letter makes a great point that the parents didn’t make a sacrifice, the son did, and they lost him because of his own sacrifice. Yes, it’s sad that they lost their son, but he was taken away from them, not given away by them.

    This will turn to Trump’s advantage only if people dig beyond the mainstream media; they will refuse to show Khan in any bad light.

  • Cotour

    A short Marine story:

    Last week a 45ish stocky man comes into my place and we talk a bit. I notice he is wearing a tee shirt with a big Marine bulldog mascot on it.

    I ask “were you in the Marines? “, he said “yes, 20 plus years”

    He told me that he was retired, after he was blown up in Iraq! Broke both of his ankles and shoulders and knocked out most of his teeth. He had just driven from Florida which he had just arrived in a couple of days before from California. He was visiting a friend in my neighborhood and would be leaving in a couple of days to drive back to Florida and then back to California. Whew!

    He was smiling and was in a very good humor, a very nice guy. He told me that he was happy to be alive and he had the time to drive because had no family to be responsible for and he enjoyed it.

    He left with a few extra items in his bag, but thinking about it should have been much more. When I talk to his friend I will find out more about him.

  • Garry

    Good story; thanks for looking out for one of my brothers!

    That’s a good Marine; grateful for what he has, and finding a way to be happy rather than complain.

    Anecdotally, guys like that tend to drive long distances, for the solitude, to see much of the fruited plain, and to visit their brothers, who are probably the only ones who truly understand them.

    I should point out that I never saw combat, and even if I did I still wouldn’t understand his situation completely, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for people like him and their reaction to trauma. I’m sure your conversation and generosity meant a lot to him.

  • wayne

    Cotour– yes, good deal!

    I didn’t mean to go all tangential ref: LH Oswald. He’s generally always referred to as a Marine, & in a disparaging way, & I was just fuzzy as to his actual status. (I’ve watched too many Oliver Stone movies in my life.)

    -Totally concur with you on the broad subject of PTSD.

  • Garry

    Wayne, I have no trouble with Oswald being referred to in a disparaging way. I met more than a few lowlifes in the Marines, but they were the exceptions and had issues before they came in. To ignore the bad apples is as bad as attributing everything bad to one’s status as a former Marine.

    I forgot many of the details about Oswald, but he was far from your standard issue in any sense. When things slow down later this week I’ll look him up again.

  • PeterF

    Thank you for your service, and thank you for being a Marine. In my experience, every single Marine I ever served with was of the highest quality and incredibly motivated no matter what their rank. No matter what their duty title was they would all tell me that they were first and foremost a Marine rifleman! HoooRah! (I even heard a senior officer say that once).

    I suspect that Capt. Khan will be posthumously awarded the medal of honor. The account of his actions on that day would certainly warrant such an award, but my cynicism would suggest that the President will push congress to award the nation’s highest military honor and present it to his father because; a) The Captain’s religious affiliation. and b) His father’s affiliation with the DNC.

  • Des

    No other candidate in recent memory, either Republican or Democrat has behaved as badly as Trump has. Trump has made multiple statements just as bad which he hasn’t been held to account for. Conjuring up a mainstream liberal media conspiracy is clutching at straws. The media love the ratings that Trump brings, and stuff that would have sunk any other candidate have almost been ignored. Why no claims of media conspiracy for the previous easy treatment of Trump?

  • Cotour

    When was Trump treated “easy” ?

    Trumps bad behavior is why he is where he is IMO. Play nice in this game and join presidents Romney and McCain as they build their presidential library’s.

    Dig down on most of what Trump says and he is just not accepting the status quo narrative, he asks his own questions and tells his own story.

  • Cotour

    The Liberal now Leftist media machine grinds it out, pouring into the public’s collective head what they “should ” know.

  • Garry

    Peter, thank you for your service as well! (I’m guessing Navy?)

    I found that Marines strive to give a better showing when interacting with non-Marines. One of the phrases I used to use to keep my sanity in other times, when there were no outsiders to impress with a positive attitude, was “the only thing bigger than a Marine’s mouth is his heart.”

    By my reading, Capt Khan’s actions don’t quite rise to Medal of Honor level; it appears he knew there was potential danger, and Medal of Honor usually requires a higher level of recklessness (for lack of a better term).

  • Localfluff

    Garry: “Medal of Honor usually requires a higher level of recklessness”
    Getting killed or captured is not heroic in itself. Anyone can do that.
    A bomb explodes, a bullet happens to hit. These things are random. And the many victims of war should of course be honored and respected, to make people and politicians learn what war really means. But heroism is about action. Reckless action. One can be a hero who fails (most do, quickly). But failing doesn’t make anyone a hero. To be a hero is to be the kind of stuff which tries fix an important threat in a dangerous way. Recklessly. See all Western literature since Homer for the definition of a hero.
    Medals were introduced in the 17th century by Louis XIV, weren’t they, as a luxury good to bribe noblemen.

  • wodun

    Early in the campaign there were two candidates that knew how to deal with the media, Trump and Cruz. As our host said, this is the way any Republican would be treated. Both Trump and Cruz would jujitsu the media but post convention, Trump isn’t having much luck with it.

    He needs to set some more media traps like he did earlier.

    They always take whatever he says out of context and portray reality as a strawman alternate reality. He should set them up. Why?

    I’m fairly easy-going, but when challenged, I get VERY competitive, and I struggle to remember that it doesn’t matter what the media thinks; I have to make up my own mind.

    This is why. Most people do not have the discipline that Garry has.

  • wodun

    Another way the media abuses Trump is through comedy. The comedians place Obama in a place of respect in a joke, he delivers the punch line. With Trump, they start out emulating him and the crowd goes wild but then at the end, they have to take it to an ugly place to turn those cheers in to jeers.

    Happened last night on Conan just like it did in the @midnight Bernie Trump debate parody.

    Its like the comedians doing the impressions get scared they are making people like Trump, so they go full retard. (

  • wayne

    Wodun– some excellent points!

  • Phil Berardelli

    “Hillary, while she is less likely to be stupid enough to so publicly take on the parents of a fallen war hero…” Apparently the author of that article overlooked Hillary essentially accusing Patricia Smith and two of the other Benghazi families of lying when they stated that she looked them all in the eye and lied about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones. Trump’s supposed crime was that he questioned why Khan’s wife stood silently while Khan made a direct disparaging remark about Trump. Hillary was willing to lie about the deaths of people for whom she was directly responsible — to their own families. Trump responded to a personal attack. That’s the true and enormous difference between these two candidates, in which case this election should not be close.

  • Cotour

    I am surprised that none of the nerds among us have never made this connection:

    We established earlier that Kirk’s analogous counter part was Trump.

    Wayne, again you surprise me :)

  • wayne

    I stopped reading Coulter last Fall.
    (slight correction— it was you who ‘established earlier that Kirk’s analogous counter part was Trump.’)

  • Cotour

    Yes, and I was insightful and correct ;)

    Trump is no Barack Obama.

    Lets face it, in any other scenario other than American PC politics, Obama is the third member of the landing party and is indicated as such when the credits roll.

  • Cotour

    Two indicators that Trump must prevail:



    The media tells you what it is that they fear the most, and so that is what must be.

    Cleaning out of the Republican party is long over due and Trump is the man with the 5000 PSI power washer. There is chaos before there is order.

  • Cotour

    Oh its coming:

    “Khan co-founded the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law, an academic periodical that seeks to defend the arcane Sharia law to a legal system based on Western jurisprudence. Of course, Sharia law justifies the execution of gays, prostitutes, blasphemers, and Muslim “apostates” who convert to other religions.”

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