Thursday, October 17, 2019

Recommended Read: How the media blew the Syria story

That's a long blog by Don Surber: How the media blew the Syria story. He covers a lot of ground. While I don't agree with all of it, there are plenty of insights. Teaser:

This morning at 8, BBC posted a story, "Turkey's Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin.'" It was Fake News. 
This afternoon at 2, President Donald John Trump announced Erdogan agreed to a cease-fire along the Syrian border. 
Once again, the press got the story all wrong. President Trump knew what he was doing and succeeded where his predecessors had failed. ... 
The Washington press corps covering President Trump is incompetent and corrupt as it violates the public trust by deliberately trying to sabotage the man the American people elected president. 
President Trump's mediation of the Kurd-Turk dispute is award-worthy. The press blew the story by attacking our president. Amid all the false reports of coming calamity and impending genocide, I advised readers to Trust Trump. He earned it.


  1. It sure does make one wonder about the rationale of the House GOP (When their not grand anymore can we lose the monicker?) in yesterday’s vote to condemn??

    1. I maintain that the rationale had to do with money.

    2. Still perplexing.

      Ordinarily, if a politico confronts Trump, and the provocation can be relatively minor, he counterpunches vigorously. I would have expected a tweetstorm condemning the 129 Republicans who didn't back him, especially given the current outcome. But so far as I can tell, no tweets.

      In fact, he gave John Ratcliff (a Yea vote) a rousing introduction at his Dallas rally last night.

      What gives?

      Yes, it may well be a donor money issue, but this whole episode has raised red flags over what I might call 'loyalty' issues. Of course, it begs the question of what it would take to turn 20 GOP senators in an impeachment trial.

      Watching Mitt Romney operate is a depressing tell. Mitch McConnell doesn't fill me with confidence either...He is now predicting a six week trial in the Senate?

      It also raises innumerable troubling issues about the nature of our political discourse, our governmental processes, and the integrity of the media.

      It is clear in hindsight that the Turkish offensive raised highly complex issues relating to our responsibilities to our NATO ally, the conduct of the Kurds in general, our history with various Kurdish sects, and the 'sect' of Kurds occupying territory in Northern Syria, as well as geo-political issues relating to our relationships with Syria and Russia, the legality of US troop presence in Syria and Middle East volatility in general.

      And yet, numerous Congresspeople and the press as a whole flew off the bat in a wholesale condemnation of Trump because he was 'abandoning the Kurds'. Don't they ever bother to inform themselves before they speak anymore? And, are there no political consequences anymore for being utterly and absolutely wrong?

      I read that in the middle of this dustup Trump cancelled a Congressional briefing which might have relaxed the members a little. Did he do this because he can no longer trust his partners in government to keep their mouths shut so that he can conduct his responsibilities as President without partisan leaking and sniping? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this is the new normal.

      Lastly, I, for one, am very glad that the issue of the Endless War is finally on the table and that Trump has publicly and definitively taken steps to save US military lives. Perhaps the stable genius will find a way to end the Eighteen Years War and begin to repair the enormous damage it has done.

    3. Yes, I was pretty sure I understood what was going on but Trump is full of surprises.

      I'll shortly excerpt an article that talks about some of this.

    4. "are there no political consequences anymore for being utterly and absolutely wrong?"

      Only if it harms the Deep State/Media narrative.

  2. I can't think of a big story the media hasn't blown to some degree or another going back decades. Who would continue to employ somebody who reliably screwed up every single thing they were tasked to do? Unless of course that's actually their job.

    1. Do an internet search on "Jounalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash" and you will understand.

      For many years "the media" has been 90% Democrat. Their "job" is to spread the Democrat propaganda of the day.

    2. The big stories they've been blowing for decades are peanuts, compared to this RussiaGate stuff, about which they had such a huge cow, for almost THREE years.
      This performance dwarfs anything any major Western democracy has seen, since there came to be an "elite" MSM (in the days of "Bull Run" Russell).
      Alas, in his day, there was no Deep State.

    3. Yes, we're seeing the Big Lie.

  3. Yes, It goes back to what the meaning of "screwed-up" is to a given player.
    Tom S.