Listening to liberal news media pundits vent over various administration policies, posing outrageous questions about them, knowledgeable listeners cannot help but picture a teacher’s frustration when a student’s foolish question clearly reveals a failure to do one’s homework.
Unfortunately, there are several cases in point.
On May 9, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. On May 10, about 20 Iranian rockets were fired from Syria at Israeli targets in the Golan Heights. While none of the rockets hit their targets, Israel struck back, destroying a number of Syrian targets.
On May 11, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, questioning a U.S. State Department official, suggested the Iranian missile attack against Israel was prompted by Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. It was absolute lunacy to suggest such linkage – and the official scoffed at the idea. Had Cuomo even done minimal research on the matter, he would have understood Israel and Iran have been involved, for several weeks, in tit-for-tat exchanges of military might, entirely independent of the Iranian nuclear deal.
On Dec. 1, 2017, Israel attacked an Iranian base in Syria, established only 30 miles from the Golan Heights, where it obviously posed a threat to Israel. A day before the strike, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that his country would not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria, stating:
We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.
Holding true to its word, Israel continued to initiate strikes against Iranian assets in Syria in April 2018 against the “T-4 base near Homs.” Israel reportedly had hit this base twice before, destroying Iranian drone control and communications centers – sites at which there also were large deployments of Russian forces.
As one of its senior drone commanders was killed in the April strike, Iran vowed revenge. The Israelis fully anticipated such a retaliatory strike – which resulted in the May 10 Iranian rocket volley above – and the aforementioned Israeli response.
Thus, among those who were monitoring the increasing tensions between Israel and Iran, it was clearly understood Iranian retaliation was in no way triggered by Trump’s nuclear deal withdrawal. The two incidents occurred totally independent of each other.
For Cuomo to suggest the U.S. withdrawal was responsible for Iran’s latest round of missile attacks can mean only one of two things: as a liberal, he simply seeks to stoke the anti-Trump fires or, alternatively, as a newsman, he is ignorant about developments evolving between Israel and Iran. In either case, he should not have been discussing the issue.
Meanwhile, members of a CNN panel discussion conducted after the withdrawal announcement went postal in their criticism of Trump. Outrageously, they claimed the withdrawal would have a negative impact on the upcoming talks with North Korea strongman Kim Jong-un – just as three American prisoners held there were being returned home.
The panelists revealed little to show they really grasped why the Iranian nuclear deal made the U.S. less, not more, safe. Meanwhile, no criticism was offered about Obama’s false promises that the deal would improve relations between the U.S. and Iran. Panelists seeking to hold Trump accountable for their perceived consequences of his decision made no attempt to hold Obama accountable for the real consequences of his.
In discussing another issue demonstrating a liberal media mindset hell-bent on mudslinging at Trump rather than reporting the news and responsibly inform the public of a known danger, we turn to Trump’s Jan. 30, 2018, State of the Union Address.
In an emotional moment during that speech, Trump recognized the presence of two sets of parents whose teenage daughters had been brutally murdered by six savage members of the notorious El Salvadorian gang MS-13. The tears in the parents’ eyes tore at one’s heartstrings over the pain they still suffered.
As liberal pundits did their post-State of the Union analysis, MSNBC star Joy Reid revealed her ignorance as she criticized Trump for even mentioning MS-13. Since she knew little about the gang’s existence, she mocked Trump, saying only he and Fox News suggested the gang posed a serious threat – while simply shrugging the threat off to viewers.
Reid, 49, would have been in her teens when MS-13 first came to the U.S. in the late 1980s, settling in Los Angeles. Since then, it has spread its violence into 42 states, boasting more than 6,000 members. Its brutality alone has drawn national attention, making Reid’s ignorance astounding for one in her profession.
As Fox News wrote about Reid after making her naïve observation, “Often-misinformed MSNBC star Joy Reid is under the impression that international criminal gang MS-13 isn’t a major issue and the only people that have even heard of the thugs are regular viewers of Fox News.”
A sad reality of news reporting today is that long gone are the days of simple reporting, giving facts of a story, without imparting the reporter’s personal biases into it. But, when we see such heavy-handed liberal reporting by the fourth estate, it gives one pause to wonder whether bonuses are being paid to so slant it.
Just like the young boys, whose baseball hero “Shoeless Joe Jackson” was accused of helping fix the 1919 World Series, demanded of him as he left the grand jury building, “Say it ain’t so, Joe,” perhaps we need to demand the same of the media.