Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

MSNBC surpasses Fox

July 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Last week, MSNBC edged ahead of Fox News for the first time ever, with an average audience of 2.3 million in prime time, while Rachel Maddow’s show was second on cable only to the WWE (let’s face it, pro wrestling is MSNBC's most direct competitor.) This news will be hailed by the media in the same way that Stephen Colbert’s repetitive nightly Trump-bashing fest edging Jimmy Fallon was hailed: as proof of a massive backlash against Republicans and a groundswell of support for progressivism. It’s not. It’s actually kind of sad when you think about it.

In 2008, Democrats owned the White House, the House and the Senate and were certain they would be the dominant power in America for at least the next 40 years, if not forever. Just eight years later, they’d lost about 1100 offices nationwide, as well as Congress and the White House. The only thing they have left is a lot of lawless, activist judges who Trump’s SCOTUS appointees will eventually overturn. And of course, late-night and cable TV, two highly specialized corners of entertainment where having just a few hundred thousand more viewers out of 320 million Americans can make you #1 in your niche. Maddow and Colbert are seeing their ratings spike because leftists who literally have nowhere else left to go are turning to them to continue living in a fantasy world where they’re right about everything and anyone who disagrees is stupid or Hitler.

I’d say to those hosts, “Congratulations, and enjoy it while you can.” Even they are likely to lose their audiences once virtual reality advances to the point where liberals can live 24/7 in an electronic fantasyland where Hillary won, Obamacare works and Colbert is funny again.

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Jared Kushner meets with Congress

July 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Yesterday, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, released a lengthy statement about that much-ballyhooed campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer. It’s probably the most words that have been written to describe nothing since the collected scripts of “Seinfeld.” But he apparently feels, with some justification, that he has to be as painstakingly clear about this to the media as he would be if he were trying to explain the internal combustion engine to a tadpole.

Some samples: “I had no improper contacts. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government”…He then states that he had no contact with the Russian lawyer before the meeting and no contact with her after the meeting…He didn’t even read the chain of emails leading up to the meeting…Once he arrived at the meeting “a little late,” he quickly determined that his “time was not being well-spent at this meeting,” then texted an assistant, “Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”


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It’s worth noting that Trump critics are now attacking Kushner for sending that text, and demanding to know how he can stand up to other nations if he needed an assistant to get him out of a meeting. I think it shows that to some people, no matter what Trump or his family members do, it’s always going to be wrong. Let he or she who has never used the “I have an important call I have to take” excuse to get out of a boring meeting cast the first stone.

Personally, after six months of hearing nothing but “Russia, Russia, Russia” 24/7 and not seeing a scrap of evidence that anyone on the Trump team did anything illegal, I can readily understand how Kushner could have welcomed any excuse to escape from something that had turned into a pointless, mind-numbing time-suck. In fact, I think we all know that feeling by now.

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Big Medicine has spoken

July 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Well, the hospital and government bureaucrats in the Charlie Gard case got their way. Not only will the 11-month-old not be coming to America for treatment --- after SEVEN MONTHS of legal battles, his brain and overall condition have deteriorated too much for him to benefit --- but he will also be kept in the hospital to die there instead of at home as his parents had dearly wished. They don’t even have the right to take their terminally ill child home to die. Big Medicine has spoken.

Charlie’s parents will never know if more timely treatment would have helped him. (It goes without saying that little Charlie never will, either.) But Nigel Farage, speaking from London in a forceful response on FOX News, pointed to a similar case four years ago in which a child with brain cancer was forbidden by British doctors from going to Prague for a revolutionary treatment they said wouldn’t work. The parents took the child for treatment anyway, and he is now cancer free and attending school. According to Farage, the parents were imprisoned for a time for doing this, but now, ironically, that very treatment is available in British hospitals.


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The judge in Charlie’s case said it was “absurd” to think that the little boy was “a prisoner of the National Heath Service.” Sorry, but that’s exactly what he has been for the past seven months, and it turned out to be a death sentence for him.

At the link, you can read the statement just released by the hospital, which can be summarized thusly: “We’ll be thinking about what we can learn from this case, but we hope those on the other side will also be thinking about the consequences of their decision to fight us.” As we debate the future of health care in our own country, this chilly display of power and arrogance should surprise no one.

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