Checking The Fact Checkers: The Washington Post Concludes Comey Likely Violated FBI Rules But Still Criticizes Sanders For Raising “Possible” Illegality

220px-Washington_Post_buildingBelow is a column that I wrote for the Hill Newspaper in response to a “fact checker” column by the Washington Post.  I have written for the Washington Post and have great respect for the publication.  Indeed, I have objected to the attacks by President Donald Trump on the Post and the New York Times which remain two of our premiere journalistic organizations. However, I was frankly floored by the column by David Kessler in criticizing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  I have discussed previously how there has been a palpable bias in reporting on the Trump Administration.  It is often that case that some journalists are not simply satisfied with disagreeing with the Administration. They sometimes take judgment calls or opinions and declare the Trump side to be simply factually incorrect.  This relieves the need for readers to address the opposing view of controversies like the alleged misconduct of former FBI director James Comey.  Those views are simply dismissed as untrue.  This is a prime example.

Here is the column:

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Let Them Eat Rabbits: Maduro’s Food Program Backfires As The Proletariat Sees Pets Rather Than Meat

440px-Nicolás_Maduro_in_meeting_with_Iranian_President_Hassan_Rouhani_in_Saadabad_Palace250px-marie-antoinette_koningin_der_fransenVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been channeling his best Marie Antoinette this month in responding to widespread and growing hunger in the country.  Maduro went on the news to told citizens to eat rabbits.  The problem is that Venezuelans have been putting bows on the rabbits and adopting them as pets rather than eating them.

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“A Privilege To Teach Future Dead Cops”: John Jay Professor Placed On Leave After Disturbing Tweet

 

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Give Me A “T”, An “O”, A “R”, A “T”: Hit and Run At Chiefs-Eagles Game Adds A Tort To the Live Action

images-1If the Eagles running game was not what it was hoping for, they might want to draft the network camera crew.  In the video  below, a camerman literally runs over a cheerleader. To the cheerleader’s credit, she jumps up and continues to perform despite being plowed under the cameraman.  The video would seem to confirm negligence, though the cameraman could argue comparative negligence when the cheerleader moved forward in the dance number.  Fortunately, the cheerleader reportedly is doing fine.

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Whistleblower or Wrongdoer? Comey Defenders Ignore The Former Director’s Own Misconduct

440px-Comey-FBI-PortraitBelow is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the allegations raised by the White House over the alleged misconduct of former FBI Director James Comey.  It is clear that Comey violated FBI rules and regulations — offenses that would have likely cost any of his subordinates their jobs at the Bureau when he was director.  However, there remains a virtual news blackout on the obvious violations and their implications.

Here is the column.

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Some “Forms of Speech . . . Are Not Protected”: Berkeley Professors Call For Boycott Of Free Speech Week

Seal_of_University_of_California,_Berkeley.svgWe have been discussing how faculty around the country are supporting the abandonment of free speech principles to bar speakers and speech with which they disagree. The most extreme form of this rejection of classical liberal values is the antifa movement.  We have seen faculty physically attack speakers or destroy messages that they oppose.  We have also seen faculty physically attacked and intimidated.  In some of these incidents, other faculty have supported students in shutting down speakers or fellow academics (here and here).  The latest example of faculty opposing free speech is a letter of over 200 University of California, Berkeley professors and faculty are calling for the shutdown of classes and activities during “free speech week.”  To the dismay of these professors, free speech week will include speakers with whom they disagree.  Thus, they have posted a letter that not only seeks a boycott of free speech but have proclaimed that certain speech (in this case speech they do not like) is unworthy of free speech protection.  Note the faculty and Ph.D students are calling for a boycott of classes and all campus activities, not just the speeches themselves.  Turning off the lights and fleeing the campus at the approach of opposing views hardly fits with the school’s motto of “Fiat Lux” (Let There Be Light).

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Human Rights Leader Raises Concern Over Teenagers Murdered By Police in the Philippines . . . Duterte Responds By Asking If He Is A Pedophile

rodrigo_duterte_and_laotian_president_bounnhang_vorachith_croppedPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has become an international pariah for his orders to police to murder drug suspects and his bragging about his own killings.  Thousands of suspected drug dealers have been killed under Duterte.  For that reason, many of us were alarmed by President Donald Trump’s praise of Duterte as “a good man” and praising his crackdown on drugs.  Duterte however shows no ability to control himself any more than his son (who has been implicated in drugs and corruption) or his henchman  . . . or his mouth.  Last week, Duterte was asked by the head of the country’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) about the killing of teenagers by his police and supporters.  Duterte’s response was to ask if CHR head Chito Gascon was a pedophile.  It is the type of disgusting and dismissive attitude that Duterte has shown all notions of human rights or human decency.

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