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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Beat the Press

The late NBC journalist and well-respected host of Meet the Press, Tim Russert, must be rolling over in his grave after watching (I'm assuming he checks into the show now and then) the current host and true trained hamster, Chuck Todd, interview one of the most partisan and dishonest politicians inside the beltway, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff. James Freeman comments:
NBC News proudly notes that “Meet the Press” is the longest-running program on network television. But it’s unlikely anyone at the network will be looking back with pride on this week’s show. Almost two full years after Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) told NBC he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” that associates of Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, the network not only welcomed him back without demanding that he finally produce the evidence to support his claim. NBC gave him a platform to make new allegations.

Those outside the world of Washington media might be less than hospitable to an acquaintance who had claimed to have evidence of a neighbor’s treason but still hadn’t produced it after 23 months. On Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd began by quoting some of the President’s recent comments on social media. “So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal,” said Mr. Trump via Twitter.

This seemed to be the moment for Mr. Todd to demand that Mr. Schiff, who is now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, finally produce the evidence he has long claimed to have seen. But instead Mr. Todd simply asked Mr. Schiff to “explain the parameters of your investigation, where you’ve expanded. How far back into his finances do you plan to look?”

Without defending his earlier claim, Mr. Schiff proceeded to explain how he was now setting off in search of evidence of “a different form of collusion,” perhaps involving the President’s finances. The theory seems to be that Mr. Trump was focused on closing a sweet deal to develop a Moscow hotel. Your humble correspondent is not the first to note that there are probably easier and cheaper ways to secure corrupt real estate deals than to get elected President of the United States.
A "different form of collusion," huh? Seems like the Dems have failed in their deranged, evidence-free fantasy to impeach Trump for being a Russian puppet, so now they have to find "a different form of collusion."

In a way, it's kind of pathetic. The Dems can't seem to get past this. They can't seem to accept that they lost an election, that their candidate was less than ideal, that the American people rejected their message of more Obama-like years. So enter a clown car of Dem politicians who keep telling the faithful that the evidence is out there and that impeachment is just around the corner. The only problem is that there is no evidence. So the faithful fly into a rage and the cycle repeats. Schiff sits at the front of the clown car—lying because the media won't call him on it. In essence, with the help of Todd and every other trained hamster, he beat the press.

In thinking about it, it's not a surprise that Todd and Schiff got on so well—a political hack and a media hack both with the same hyper-partisan worldview.