Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Ruth on our disappointing media


The media loves their clown pundits (we don't share that love)

The media wants to be trusted but they keep putting clowns on to act as experts.  Worse then clowns?  Known liars.  Nikolas Lanum and Brian Flood (FOX NEWS) report:

Left-leaning media networks CNN and MSNBC continue to give ample airtime to a number of current and former intelligence officials, despite concerns about their credibility following the Trump-Russia collusion investigation and the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. 

On Monday, during an appearance on "Don Lemon Tonight," former Director of National Intelligence and CNN national security analyst James Clapper said that one should assume all classified material obtained from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home have been compromised. 

"That is the worst-case assumption that you have to make. What is the potential damage that could be done to U.S. Intelligence capabilities? That is, sources, methods, trade crowds compromised? That can get very personal in the case of human assets," he said.

But, Clapper has made numerous comments over the years that are scrutinized to this day.

In March 2013, Clapper said the U.S. government does not "wittingly" collect data on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. 

However, following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s decision to leak top-secret information in 2013, it was revealed that the federal government does indeed collect data from the phone calls and internet communications of the American public. Clapper subsequently apologized in a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, stating his answer was "clearly erroneous." 

Clapper has also been criticized for his commentary on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia investigation.

In December 2017, Clapper told CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin "knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with" Trump.

If the media wants to address the trust issue -- few trust them -- they are going to have to address James Clapper and others.  Mr. Clapper, for example, should not be allowed on TV or radio as a commentator.  He lied to Congress.  He lied to the American people.  Ethically, that should end his career as a commentator for the media.  By the same token, John Dean is a convicted felon.  He was disbarred.  MSNBC needs to stop bringing him on as a guest.  He is not to be trusted.  

I get the point about the ones wrong about Russia-gate or Hunter Biden's laptop.  I agree that there needs to be accountability and that there should be.

But Mr. Clapper and Mr. Dean go far beyond that.  A functioning media would not bring them on and give them airtime.


And now I get to go eat.  A neighbor's garden is playing out and he brought me onions and jalapenos this evening.  That was very sweet of him.  When I have both of those on hand, I like to cook black eyed peas.  So I immediately needed to soak some dried black eyed peas.  I did the quick soak -- bring to a boil for two minutes, remove from heat, cover and let set for an hour, then empty the water and rinse the beans.  Put fresh water in the pot, add the peas, a chopped onion and 3 chopped jalapenos, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover and allow beans to simmer for one hour.

And they are finally ready.

Fresh onions and jalapenos make the black eyed peas taste so good -- there is a hot, spicy quality and a sweetness.  Anyway, they are finally ready and eager to dive in.



Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Poll1 { display:none; }