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Trump-Critical Journalists Targeted by Outrage Mobs Armed With Old Tweets

Plus: Trump forcing U.S. companies out of China?, Joe Arpaio is running again, sex discrimination goes to the Supreme Court, and more...


A group "allied with the White House" is allegedly putting together dossiers on hundreds of journalists who are critical of the Trump administration. Much like opposition-research files on rival political candidates, theses dossiers contain potentially scandalous tweets and other statements dug up from journalists' pasts.

A CNN statement condemned "those working [to] threaten and retaliate against reporters as a means of suppression."

"Four people familiar with the operation described how it works," reports The New York Times:

The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times—three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump—in response to reporting or commentary that the White House's allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.

Operatives have closely examined more than a decade's worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists' families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.

The idea is to present authentic statements, often in out-of-context or misleading ways.

But before you freak out—or get out the popcorn—keep in mind that the whole project may be mostly bluster.

"It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled," states the Times. "Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers."

While Trump family friends and campaign staff have been spreading the oppo research, the White House press office "said that neither the president nor anyone in the White House was involved in or aware of the operation, and that neither the White House nor the Republican National Committee was involved in funding it," according to the Times.


The meaning of sex comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. Quartz explains:

An upcoming high court case, to be argued in October, asks whether transgender employees are protected from discrimination under a federal civil rights statute known as Title VII. The Department of Justice says no. It is siding with a funeral home owner who fired a transgender employee.

But the worker was successfully represented in the lower courts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal government agency. That puts the federal government in the somewhat awkward position of fighting the person who was originally its client….

The Justice Department insists in a brief filed this month that Title VII, enacted in 1964, doesn't cover transgender employees because "the ordinary public meaning of sex" at the time of its passage was biological sex as determined by reproductive organs. The legislation was "originally designed to eliminate employment discrimination against racial and other minorities—it was especially clear that the prohibition on discrimination because of 'sex' referred to unequal treatment of men and women in the workplace," the [Justice Department] brief states.

Read the brief here.


No, the White House won't force companies out of China, say Trump aides. But the fact it needed to be denied is a bad sign.

The denial comes after President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted this:

We don't need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME.

On Sunday, Trump economic adviser Lawrence Kudlow told CNN it was merely the president making a suggestion:

What he is suggesting to American businesses [is] you ought to think about moving your operations and your supply chains away from China and secondly, we'd like you to come back home.

But Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told a somewhat different story to Fox News:

I think what he was saying is he's ordering companies to start looking. He wants to make sure to the extent that we are in an extended trade war, that companies don't have these issues and move out of China.

More at The Wall Street Journal.


Talk radio host Joe Walsh is officially in: 


  • "Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the U.S.," reports Axios.
  • He's baaaaack:

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  1. A group “allied with the White House” is allegedly putting together dossiers on hundreds of journalists who are critical of the Trump administration.

    Hopefully none of them contain the word “urine”.

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    2. Hello.

      “A CNN statement condemned “those working [to] threaten and retaliate against reporters as a means of suppression.””

      Live and die by that sword assholes.

      CNN. It is to laugh.

      1. If ever there were a post screaming for a Robbiesque “to be sure”, it would be this one. Refusing to stoop so low as to using the rules your opponent has imposed on the fight is a good way to get your ass kicked.

      2. Fuck ’em. Seriously. 1A restricts the government, not ordinary citizens. The press can continue to make up shit all day long, we plebeians don’t have to give a shit about them.

        Not sure which quote I like better for this…
        “Fuck them all to death” – Mr. Garrison
        “Let’s go and give those Canuckleheads a good old-fashioned red-white-and-blue, fist-fucking!” – Captain O’Hagan

      3. How do you even write this story without mentioning that CNN, i mean specifically CNN has used not just old tweets, but threats of outing people critical of CNN as a means to silence critics?

        I mean, this isn’t just “they are kinda doing something like their enemies”. This is CNN specifically complaining about someone maybe doing something quite a bit less than what CNN themselves have done.

        I know this level of hypocrisy is nothing new with this crowd, but continuing to avoid even mentioning it isn’t gonna help.

        1. I came here today looking for the inevitable Reason hot-take, and ENB did not disappoint.

          This place is such a joke.

          1. Oh, and CNN doesn’t just threaten, they’ll dispatch a satellite crew to your front door.


        2. MSM coverage of Trump has been 90% negative by some estimates and they are shamelessly pimping any Democrat they think will beat him. They are essentially propagandists for the Democratic party. Opposition research seems entirely appropriate under the circumstances.

        3. “How do you even write this story without mentioning that CNN…”

          Didn’t fit The Narrative.

      4. It’s good to see people striking a blow against the MSM and their anti Trump treason. They need to suffer. Especially CNN. In fact, Chris Cuomo needs to be taunted as ‘Fredo’ everywhere he goes now.

      5. So, collecting their statements is “threatening” ???

        Does CNN not “threaten” dozens of people per day every day?

      6. “Trump-Critical Journalists Targeted by Outrage Mobs Armed With Old Tweets”

        You can’t use against us the tactics we use against you! Wah!

        Whatever their political leanings, journalists rally around themselves as a protected class more than any other cause.

      7. “Journalism is bad when it is done to us” seems to be the media mantra.

  2. But before you freak out—or get out the popcorn—keep in mind that the whole project may be mostly bluster.

    The freakout would mostly be contained here above the “editor’s note” and the popcorn mostly below.

    1. The freakout is only from journalists who have declared themselves the moral police of this country and act sanctimonious. Most of us who went to college knew a few dumbass journalism majors and dont actually respect them as honest and moral people. This preening of the sanctity of journalism needs to stop until they prove deserving of it.

      1. When I attended UCLA after mustering out of the Green Weenie, the only major on campus not requiring any math or science classes was journalism. Facts can cause confusion, I suppose.

        1. At my alma mater journalism was for those who failed out of english majors.

          1. Hey, but you could always fall back to “speech communications”. And if that didn’t work… industrial relations.

            Now that have loads of things ending in “studies” that don’t require any sort of academic rigor at all. So, progress?

          2. Wasn’t journalism for football and basketball recruits? All they had to do was write (or dictate) a few paragraphs about their week.

  3. Can Bitcoin replace central banking?

    you want trump in control of bitcoin?

    1. You’re missing the point. The question is whether Trump (or any other president) necessarily has to be in control of central banking.

    2. What? This comment makes no sense whatsoever. Trump isn’t even in charge of the Fed, much less a decentralized crypocurrency that requires proof-of-work to conduct a transaction.

      No one is in “charge” of Bitcoin that’s the POINT.

      1. i dont get it, so obama should be in charge then?

        1. Must everything be websplained to you?

          1. like i trust spiderman now

            1. Which one? And from which quantum reality? And does Spider-Gwen count?

  4. “Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the U.S.,” reports Axios.

    i thought we were in favor of nuclear disarmament

    1. But nuclear-powered hurricanes sounds like a great sci-fi opening.

      1. “let’s show the world we’re ready to be brave” – bill paxton and helen hunt

        1. BE ADVISED: I accidentally flagged a reply to this for review. I didn’t see what it was but it was probably offensive anyway, knowing you people.

          1. It will be immediately (re) posted by a sock or two – – – –

          2. So basically, you fisted him.

      2. So instead of Sharknado we’ll have Atomicane?

        1. Nuclear Storm, he was mild mannered hurricane pilot until one day in a freak accident involving the president deciding to blow up a hurricane he was transformed into a super hero. Oh and something bad happened to his family, maybe a wife and child killed because he off using his powers for his own gain instead of paying his fair share back to society.

        2. Trumpnado!!!!

    2. It was another “anonymous source.”

    3. Trade hurricane damage for nuclear fallout? I guess it’s plausible – we already nuked ourselves hundreds of times in the 40s and 50s.

      1. Must be a racist plot; they would have to nuke them just off Africa, right?

  5. That puts the federal government in the somewhat awkward position of fighting the person who was originally its client….

    The government is well versed in transitioning from protector to adversary.

  6. The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces

    Uh-oh, looks like Hillary might get some attention after Trump gets reelected.

    1. we are learning that the Hillary Clinton email case may not really be settled.

      DUH! Judicial Watch is all over this.

      1. I mean, JW is on the case.

        *** gets coffee ***

    2. “”As I previously wrote, then-FBI Director Comey’s original draft findings in the Clinton case concluded her transmission of classified emails through an unsecure server was “grossly negligent,” the legal standard supporting a felony charge under the Espionage Act.

      But the findings were edited and the term changed to “extremely careless,””

      Strzok was the agent that edited the report. He tried to deny it but the IG said is was done on Strzok’s computer, under Strzok’s login.

  7. acting on a nearly 200-year-old guarantee from the feds that it could.

    living breading guarantee you mean

    1. do i bother correcting this from “breading” to “breathing” or let you dummies assume i was making some other hilarious reference that you just don’t get but feel too embarrassed to admit

      1. I just assumed you meant breathing while breeding.

        Either that or someone finally discovered the only way to make it better is by deep frying the constitution.

  8. Let’s show the world we’re ready to be brave.

    things that brave people definitely say

  9. But the fact it needed to be denied is a bad sign.

    I hereby decree that it is good the American people are trained to put less stock in the dictates of our elected leaders.

    1. Might as well order the idiots out of the gene pool.

  10. No, the White House won’t force companies out of China, say Trump aides.

    its fun to pick and choose which quotes from trump aides are trustworthy

    1. Or pick who is and isnt an aid. There’s no consistency.

    2. Works the same way as polls and NY Times coverage. When they they support your assumptions, they’re fact.

      1. True.

        But this is a valid complaint. This white house really doesn’t speak in one voice.

        Of course, taking Trump’s “ordering” companies out of China seriously was their first mistake on this one.

        One that they seem to make on purpose. I mean, they said he thought he was the chosen one when he made a joke.

        1. Trump has as much right to order companies out of China as the next guy.

          And companies have as much right to tell him to go to hell.

  11. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy falsely claimed last week he was shot by a sniper at the Lancaster sheriff’s station.

    Not before the Democrat Sheriff in Democrat Los Angeles County kicked in some Black American’s doors and made some threats.

    1. that story was fishy from the start

    2. and this news will not get continuous all day coverage

  12. Friends, I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump. And that’s why I’m running for President.

    “Racism should never be done half-assed!”

    1. Is Joe Walsh the answer to the trivia question, “Who the fuck is Joe Walsh?”

      1. Maybe.

      2. He’s an ordinary average guy.

      3. Google Funk 49.

  13. Joe Walsh: Second Republican challenges Trump in 2020 White House race

    The “W” Brothers running against Donald J. Trump.

    1. He is just an ordinary average guy. He drives a dodge

      1. Dodge? So a Fiat. A foreign car.

    2. Amash has also started hinting. It’s as pointless an action as any of then take.

      1. I am sure if Amash quits the GOP to then be an “Independent” then run in the GOP Primary, reason will spend weeks supporting that move.

    3. I love that they oppose Trump largely because of his personality et al…so they side somebody with a more irritating one.

      Good job.

  14. Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the U.S.

    That is total bullshit. I had that idea years ago and now it’s been stolen.

    1. Especially hurricanes over Iran, North Korea, etc. Amirite?

      1. A twofer!

      2. Crank up the HAARP machine.

  15. “Trump-Critical Journalists Targeted by Outrage Mobs Armed With Old Tweets”

    This is a chilling assault on the First Amendment. Drumpf’s war on our free press is among the most reprehensible aspects of his Presidency.

    1. Bahaha

    2. Reporters must hate when people use the same techniques they’ve finely crafted the last few decades. Stupid internet naming it easier too.

      1. Why anyone posts anything on the internet in this day and age makes no sense to me.


  16. The meaning of sex comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

    The meaning of “is” however, is still up for debate.

    1. That depends on your definition of ‘suicide’, no doubt.

  17. A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy admits he faked being shot by a sniper.

    I think we can all breathe easier knowing he went home safe.

  18. A CNN statement condemned “those working [to] threaten and retaliate against reporters as a means of suppression.”

    an enemy of the enemy of the people is the people’s friend, they always say

  19. ‘They mean business.’ Trump tells G7 that Chinese trade officials called to restart talks

    First Trump says this at G-7 in 2018 and now this?
    “No tariffs, no barriers. That’s the way it should be. And no subsidies. I even said, ‘no tariffs’,” the US president said, describing his meetings with fellow Group of Seven leaders as positive “on the need to have fair and reciprocal trade”.

    “The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades,” he continued, describing America as a “piggy bank that everyone keeps robbing”.

    1. The chinese currency dropped a bit farther than they intended, so they called trump in a panic.

      1. The Chinese should call 911 for a Yuanbulance! 🙂

  20. The Cherokee Nation will appoint a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives…

    Offensive name.

    1. Everyone wants to be like Whitey.

    2. Okay, Raider Nation then.

      The Cherokee Nation will appoint a delegate to the Raider Nation. Happy now?

    3. Which one is offensive? Cherokee Nation? U.S. House of Representatives?

    4. I don’t know. I’ve heard that the Cherokee Nation has some real reservations about this.

      1. Don’t worry, there will be a pow-pow about it on Capitol Hill.

    5. US House of Reprobates?

      US House of Deplorables?

      US House of Corruption?

    6. I thought Liz was already a Senator?

  21. A look at which states may be next to legalize recreational marijuana use and sales.

    Under an oppressive and arbitrary bureaucracy, no doubt. Freedom!

  22. Hong Kong protest escalation: Tear gas, water cannons and a police officer firing a warning shot

    If only the Hong Kongers had a 2nd Amendment to protect their right to keep and bear Arms, they could fire back some warning shots.

  23. Axios outlines “how many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state.”

    Intercourse being step one across the board.

    1. Identify as pregnant.

    2. Intercourse being step one across the board.

      It’s 2019. You need to check your premises, Fist.

    3. Did you read the article? I’m surprised they didn’t include that as a step, since they count “trip to the clinic” and “undergo procedure” as separate steps (so even the best states require 2 steps) but also “parental notification” and “parental consent” as separate steps, even though it only applies to minors

  24. Indonesia’s Capital Is Sinking, Polluted and Crowded. Its Leader Wants to Build a New One.

    I have been assured that when tyrants run cities, it’s a UTOPIA.

    1. There’s some really nice ex USSR country capitals that are pretty and population, except tourism, free.

  25. As a committed anti-racist, I vote Democrat because even white Democrats display a keen grasp of racial issues. Here’s Ralph Northam:

    I’m speaking today as part of powerful ceremony to commemorate the arrival of the first enslaved Africans on our shores, here at Point Comfort 400 years ago. Watch here:

    Read the whole thread. Then ask yourself why the Republican Party doesn’t have any white governors who are as woke as Northam.


    1. Is he sure those supposed slaves weren’t his friends in blackface?

  26. How veggie burgers “got caught in a war over the future of meat.”

    Si vis pacem, portobello.

    1. + M

    2. I laughed.

  27. Joe Arpaio announces run for seventh term as Maricopa County sheriff

    At least this “public servant” has the criminal record that most politicians should have too from their criminal behavior.

    1. I lived in Phx for years with Arpaio as Sheriff. He had a few good ideas, but overall what an asshole. Unrepentant drug warrior, and he is the kind of person who gives those against open borders a bad name.

      1. Yeah, he does seems like bad news.

        He does fuck with Lefties and they hate him, so that part is fun.

  28. ENB shorter:
    “We heard there may be a few guys out there who are actually going to reprint stuff that we actually said before. The nerve!!”

    1. It is out of context. People say how they hate Jews and hope to have a Jew New Year every day. It is not hate hate.

  29. These are the same assholes who doxed a guy for making a video meme and tried to ruin the life of a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask. And now they are whining about being called to account for their racist and antisemitism tweets? Fuck them. I want to see careers and lives ruined These people are scum and deserve whatever happens to them.

    1. If they haven’t done anything wrong, they have nothing to fear.
      Right? That is how it works?

    2. A John post we all can agree with.

  30. China’s yuan slumps to 11-year low, stocks fall as U.S. trade war escalates

    You mean investors don’t want to buy currency and stocks from an authoritarian Communist regime that is willing to put boots on the necks of it’s people?

  31. Women and transgender men must take 5-8 steps to get an abortion
    Seriously, transgender men?? Here’s a clue, if a person can get an abortion, they AREN’T A MAN!

    1. It is terrifying how quickly people have bought into that insanity

      1. John, they are the PARTY OF SCIENCE. We should probably take them totally seriously.

    2. If OBL has taught us anything, it’s that anyone can identify as pregnant, and that’s all that matters.

      1. *** pregnant pause ***

        1. You’re screwed – – – –

    3. At the very least, getting pregnant means that you are doing playing the part of a man wrong.

    4. The WaPo had a long piece a week or two ago about a “non-binary” giving birth, and they were careful to refer to her as “they.”

      1. I’m bad at English but wouldn’t it be “It” as in singular while “They” is plural since only one can give birth unless transgender can now claim to be two since they think they are both and can they now collect welfare for two

        1. In today’s world, “they” can also mean one person of indeterminate gender. I’m not even making this up.

  32. CNN’s Brian Stelter has an important take on Drumpf’s mental fitness:

    Trump’s mental health keeps being invoked by commentators online and on TV. The volume is much louder as of late…

    Of course, Mueller already proved that Drumpf should be removed from office. But if, for some reason, people are unconvinced that #TrumpRussia is sufficient grounds to #Impeach, there are legal mechanisms to remove a President for mental health reasons.

    1. If we just repeat a lie enough times maybe it will be true

      1. The only “lie” is that Joe Biden is mentally unfit. Biden just makes occasional gaffes — completely different from Drumpf’s obvious age-related mental deterioration.


        1. Are those commentators doctors?
          Are you a doctor?

          No? Then fuck off.

          1. You have apparently not diagnosed OBL.

        2. Open…Sorry guy. I am not so sure about VP Biden. The difference in VP Biden after surgery compared to Senator Biden before surgery is striking. You cannot say there is nothing there. There is.

          I am not making a moral or ethical judgment on VP Biden. I am making a judgment based on what my eyes see and what my ears hear.

      2. Hey, did the metrosexual potato who was mad over spicer dancing and Sanders working comment on CNN hiring noted liar McCabe?

    2. If the volume is too loud, I turn down the TV.

    3. Stelter was the one who let a guest claim that trump killed more people than Mao’s, stalin, or hitler. Let me continue not caring what Stelter thinks.

    4. The media only report what’s important so if the media are reporting this it must be important. It’s simple logic.

      On the local news this morning they showed a funny video of a cat falling off a bunk bed but I wasn’t clear if I needed to go buy a cat, a bunkbed, or a video camera and now I’m scared.

    5. No, you gotta listen to the whole thing:

      CNN has on a Duke psychiatrist to defend the mentally ill. You see, he’s outraged that people keep calling Trump crazy because…..

      wait for it…

      Calling Trump mentally ill is an insult to mentally ill people!

      Yes! Watch the CNN panel nod in agreement!

      And then… no, not a joke … he Godwins the argument. Trump isn’t literally worse than Hitler. He’s literally worse than Hitler, Stalin and Mao combined! He’s going to kill hundreds of millions!

      Again, watch as the CNN panel nods in agreement!

      Then, for funzies run over to any progressive location on the internet to hear a defense of CNN. You see, the nodding host actually thinks he should have interrupted the good doctor, but he didn’t hear him because of technical difficulties.

      This is where we are now. CNN is bringing on that basement-dwelling comment section troll who says things like “calling him crazy is an insult to crazy people” and “Literally worse than Hitler” but un-ironically and without hyperbole. And that guy is the head of a department at a major university.

      1. Since when is Duke a major university, except for basketball? Next to Harvard perhaps the US most overrated.

  33. How does Reason have their 50th mention of the chinese trade wars but fail to mention the Japanese agreement? Maybe boehm will be intellectually honest and mention it later?

    1. Yeah. I am sure he will get right on it.

      1. One can hope and just sigh later when the trend continues.

      2. Two Boehm articles a day…I’m sure.

  34. So a Trump supporting group is intending to employ “gotcha” journalism against news media figures, and the journalists are unhappy with being on that side of the equation. That is so tough (cue sad violin).

    1. They’re exactly like children. They don’t even have the courage to say what’s good for the gander.

      Unless they exactly think their behaviour of doxxing that 14 year-old kid for being pro-gun, Covington and even buying into all sorts of hoaxes from Smollette to Pipi Longstocking Greta is a-okay.

      Never mind their ‘factual tab’ of Trump’s lies.

      Enemy of the people. I’m starting to believe this. They were during WWII so why wouldn’t they side with illiberal forces again?

      1. replaces second ‘exactly’ with ‘really’.

        1. No you didnt.

    2. I know, right? Journalists should be treated just like politicians. Just like every single facet of a politician’s life should be exposed to the public in order to judge their fitness to hold office, every single facet of a journalist’s life should be exposed to the public in order to judge their fitness to write.

      1. Actually, neither. But goose, gander.

        1. People who live in glass houses…

      2. Considering they act as de facto political mouthpieces, that would certainly be appropriate.

      3. Hey, didn’t the media “out” meme creators repeatedly?

        Forgive me if I dont feel worse for our moral superiors being held to their own standards.

  35. 65% of Florida voters support legalizing recreational pot.

    “Stoned Florida Man ….”

    1. The 35% were too stoned to understand the question

      1. You thought Florida drivers are slow? You ain’t seen nothing yet!

  36. Joe Walsh?

    He’s awesome live. Steals the show. Great guitarist. The best!

    1. He was great on America’s Most Wanted.

      1. That wasn’t Joe Walsh. You’re thinking of Steve Walsh.

        1. I hated his sister Brenda! Especially after she broke up with Dylan!

    2. He was a great football coach.

  37. More bad economic news.

    Charles Koch current net worth: $57.7 billion

    The #DrumpfRecession has hit him especially hard, causing his net worth to decline by an appalling $1.71 billion this year. That’s what happens when an alt-right white nationalist President prevents highly-skilled doctors and engineers from crossing our border.


  38. The meaning of sex comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

    “Your Honors, I give you People’s Exhibit 69.”

    1. Excellent.

    2. Bang the Judge Slowly.

      1. Do it sua sponte

    3. We are 100% for ex parte.

  39. Laws against sex discrimination are limited to issue related to discrimination on the basis of sex. Period. One’s sex being determined by one’s priminary sexual characteristics. Meaning male, female, both, or neither. The latter two categories are very rare, but exist.

    But what it does NOT cover is discrimination against a those who THINK they are are different sex, or who WANT to be a different sex. Or who are a particular sex but express themselves as a different GENDER.

    It’s clear that this legislation was enacted to address discrimination on the basis of sex, to address parity between male and female in the legal sphere. It’s NOT about Joe who wants to be a Josephine, or Brett who wears a dress and insists on being called Brittany. It WILL cover Fred who was born intersex and has neither male nor female sexual characteristics.

    For those at Berkeley who can’t tell the difference, it’s easy. Testicles and sperm equals male, ovaries and ovum equals female, neither or both means intersex or asexual. And the latter are very rare.

  40. The Cherokee Nation will appoint a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives

    There will now be 2 Cherokees on Capitol Hill, the delegate, and some staffer’s old Jeep.

    1. Incorrect. DNA testing reveals there will now be 2.0009398 (if you include the Jeep.)

      1. Only if you count Elizabeth Warren.

        1. She will be 1/1024 mad about it too.

  41. Regarding the opposition research on journalists — as far as I can tell based on what is said here at Reason – there’s nothing indicating that the “group allied with the white house” is actually funded with any public money. If the group is not funded by public money, then fuck off, they have the right to spend their money digging up your decade-old racist tweets. In fact, I encourage digging through these journalist’s pasts – especially those that go around telling people how horrible they are for not being born with morals perfectly aligned with this cancerous brand of self-righteousness invented in 2019. So fuck off with your concern trolling, CNN.

    Welcome to politics, assholes. If you’re going to act morally superior, you should’ve done it before you voluntarily let the internet record everything you’ve ever said, because guess what? You’re just as morally questionable as the rest of us.

    1. K2….Yep. And if the press doesn’t like getting lambasted for their own words, perhaps they should exercise more care in their coverage. That to me is the appropriate lesson any journalist worth their salt will draw.

  42. You want popcorn? You should read the comments on the NYT web page. You’d think this is the first time anyone’s every used old tweets against an opponent, and that the gulag for journalists is built and just waiting on the concertina wire. It’s hilarious.

  43. So, ENB, tell us: what skeletons are in your closet that you are afraid of being revealed publicly?

    1. She reports on sex work, and sex issues. So probably some cooking faux pas, or wearing white after Labor Day.

  44. “The idea is to present authentic statements, often in out-of-context or misleading ways.”

    “There are good people on both sides” comes to mind.

  45. No, the White House won’t force companies out of China, say Trump aides. But the fact it needed to be denied is a bad sign.

    I see: clutching your pearls so hard that you bleed.

    1. You see, that’s the difference. When Obama said he was going to go out and do something in direct violation of the constitution, by God he just went out there and got it done! None of this weaselly tweeting and then not actually doing anything!

  46. “No, the White House won’t force companies out of China, say Trump aides. But the fact it needed to be denied is a bad sign.”

    I did not have to check the by-line.
    Hey, ENB, are ‘the walls closing in’?

  47. “The idea is to present authentic statements, often in out-of-context or misleading ways.”

    Progressives have never exhibited any kind of principled refusal to use seemingly incriminating statements in out of context or misleading ways. Two wrongs don’t make a right, of course, but then there might not be a tu quoque, there, either IF IF IF the people behind this were trying to show progressives how unfair and wrong it is to use seemingly incriminating statements in out of context or misleading ways.

    It’s sad to something like this happen to nice people, but the White House Press Corps isn’t that. If it has to happen to somebody, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of nasty people.

    1. Forget out of context comments, they’ve built an entire ethos on grasping a single word and running with it to destroy people’s careers.

      Complaining about this is like Pol Pot complaining that Mother Theresa didn’t wash her hands properly.

      1. +1000

    2. “If it has to happen to somebody, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of nasty people.”
      They should be nasty; that’s the press’ job.
      They should NOT be biased and dishonest, which they are.

  48. Joe Walsh = Jeffery Epstein?

  49. >>>Let’s show the world we’re ready to be brave.

    show the world!! loser.

  50. I am reminded of the old saw about getting into a pissing match with the press: “Don’t pick fights with people who buy their ink by the barrel.”

  51. Ink by the barrel, pixels for free.

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