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Jerry Bowyer: Media Hypocrisy on North Korea


This is Jerry Bowyer of Townhall Finance for Townhall.com.

The hypocrisy on the left was on full display during the Trump-Kim summit. Many on the left outright attacked Trump for trying diplomacy and giving Kim “legitimacy.” On MSNBC, guests said—on a number of occasions—that this meeting showed how much Trump loves his “fellow” dictators.

This is clearly absurd, but even more so given the absence of that rhetoric in 1994, when President Carter—during the Clinton administration—persuaded Kim Jong-il to agree to stop making nukes. We all know how that worked out.

But now it’s Trump  and the media can’t stop throwing cold water on it.

If anyone other than Trump was up there shaking Kim’s hand, elite media would be fawning.

 

I’m Jerry Bowyer.

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Lanhee Chen: North Korean Summit A Significant Step on a Long Road


President Trump’s historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un was a very significant step as the two leaders seek to bridge the wide chasm that has separated the two nations since the cessation of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula almost 65 years ago.

While the world made much of the handshake and the photo op between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, our focus should really be on the hard work that comes now … in the wake of their meeting.

North Korea agreed to engage in complete denuclearization, but will we be able to both verify their actions and ensure they cannot restart their nuclear weapons program?

These are important questions that remain to be answered.

We should all hope and pray for success.  And the recent summit was a huge step forward.  But we should also recognize that a difficult and long road lies ahead.

 

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Michael Medved: Misleading Headline Displays Bias


A front-page headline in The New York Times distorted a bold new initiative of the Trump administration and displayed that paper’s long-standing grudge.

Beneath a dramatic photo of a suspect being led away in handcuffs, the headline proclaimed: TRUMP TARGETS FEDERAL WORKERS IN ORDERS CURBING PROTECTIONS. First of all, the photo had nothing to do with persecution of federal workers: it showed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein at his recent arrest. Second, the story didn’t describe “targeting” of government workers: it focused instead on admirable efforts to make it easier to cut unnecessary federal jobs and to terminate incompetent workers.

Recognizing the obvious bias in their original headline, the Times itself changed it in later editions to the far more accurate: TRUMP MOVES TO EASE THE FIRING OF FEDERAL WORKERS.

It was a revealing episode in media bias.

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Hugh Hewitt: It’s the Judges


Someday, conservative critics of President Trump will have to reconcile their vehement opposition to him with their love of the Constitution. The latter is most definitely benefiting from the president’s massive impact on the federal bench.

The Supreme Court, though by far the most important court, still reviews only 80 or so appeals court decisions per year, compared to the tens of thousands of case participations completed by the Federal Appeals Court judges.

The president and the GOP-controlled Senate have already put one-eighth of the federal appeals bench in their seats. Each of those new appointees— all principled “originalists” in the mold of the late Justice Scalia—will have more than 400 participations in 2018 alone. Critics from the #NeverTrump crowd need to balance their criticism with this remarkable record of repair of the bench.

Looking forward, I’ll bend that famous Carville phrase a bit: “It’s the judges, brilliant people.”

It’s the judges.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Talks Victory at Supreme Court

Townhall Review — June 09, 2018 

Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved speak with Jack Phillips, owner of The Masterpiece Cake Shop, and ADF lead council, Kristin Waggoner, to recount their six-year battle against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking ruling in favor of religious liberty. Michael Medved discusses the “Me Too” Movement’s next target, Bill Clinton. 98.9 FM The Answer’s Chuck Douglas speaks with Vice President Mike Pence for an insider view into what it’s like to be President Trump’s #2. Dennis Prager discusses the modern evangelicals’ unsettling exodus from the primary shaping force of Christianity, the Bible. Hugh Hewitt presses US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain the policy for separating immigrant children from their parents after they cross the border illegally. Mike Gallagher discusses the Democrats’ opposition to the President’s “right to try” law which grants terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments that have not yet been cleared by the FDA.

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Michael Medved: An American Victim of Terrorism


Fifty years ago, supporters of Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign gathered for a victory party after a hard-fought California primary. For those of us who were there at LA’s Ambassador Hotel that fatal night, it became one of the most searing experiences of our lives. In retrospect, it’s surprising that media paid so little attention to the Palestinian identity and terrorist intentions of RFK’s killer—Sirhan Sirhan. Contemporary press accounts often labeled him as Jordanian, not Palestinian, since he had emigrated with his family from Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem in 1956.

He never lived in Palestine since a separate nation of that name never existed. His violence against Kennedy may have been irrational, but its motive is no mystery: an obsessive hatred of the Jewish state and its American supporters.

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