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MSM coverage of President Trump overwhelmingly negative

This comes as no surprise to us, but it’s still good to have confirming statistics.

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that U.S. and European news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office was overwhelmingly negative.

The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets (The UK’s Financial Times and BBC, and Germany’s ARD).

The report defines “negative” tone of coverage as stories/reports in which:

  • Trump is criticized directly.
  • An event, trend, or development reflects unfavorably on Trump, e.g., stories that appeared under the headlines “President Trump’s approval rating hits a new low” and “GOP withdraws embattled health care bill, handing major setback to Trump, Ryan.”

Here are the report’s findings:

(1) The media are obsessed with President Trump: Trump was the topic of 41% of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents.

(2) On almost every major Trump topic, the media’s coverage was overwhelmingly more negative than positive.

(3) The media set a new standard for unfavorable coverage (80%) in their coverage of President Trump. In contrast, only 41% of the media’s coverage of Obama was negative.

(4) The liberal MSM were overwhelmingly negative, with CNN and NBC leading the way with a stunning 93% of their coverage of Trump being negative. Even the Wall Street Journal was more negative (70%) than positive. Although Fox was the only news outlet in the study that came close to giving Trump positive coverage overall, a majority (52%) of the network’s reporting on Trump still was negative.

(5) European reporters were even more negative than U.S. reporters.

(6) With the exception of Fox, the majority of media all question Trump’s fitness for office:

(7) The only thing that Trump did which garnered glowing positive coverage from the media was his missile attack on Syria, showing that the corporate media are all blood-thirsty warmongers.

The Harvard report concludes:

Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days was negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press. Studies of earlier presidents found nothing comparable to the level of unfavorable coverage afforded Trump. […]

Have the mainstream media covered Trump in a fair and balanced way? […] The early days of his presidency have been marked by far more missteps and miss-hits, often self-inflicted, than any presidency in memory, perhaps ever. […]

Nevertheless, the sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump’s contention, one shared by his core constituency, that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency. […]

At the same time, the news media need to give Trump credit when his actions warrant it. The public’s low level of confidence in the press is the result of several factors, one of which is a belief that journalists are biased. That perception weakens the press’s watchdog role. One of the more remarkable features of news coverage of Trump’s first 100 days is that it has changed few minds about the president, for better or worse. The nation’s watchdog has lost much of its bite and won’t regain it until the public perceives it as an impartial broker, applying the same reporting standards to both parties. […]

Journalists would also do well to spend less time in Washington and more time in places where policy intersects with people’s lives. If they had done so during the presidential campaign, they would not have missed the story that keyed Trump’s victory—the fading of the American Dream for millions of ordinary people. […]

Never have journalists fixated on a single newsmaker for as long as they have on Trump. If he sees journalists as his main opponents, one reason is that between Trump and themselves there’s not much air time for everyone else. Journalists need to resist even the smallest temptation to see themselves as opponents of government. It’s the competition between the party in power and the opposing party, and not between government and the press, that’s at the core of the democratic process.

Will journalists heed the report’s counsel?

I doubt it.

~Eowyn

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MAGA: $182B budget surplus in April 2017; illegal border crossing down 76%

Whatever misgivings the Deplorables may have about President Trump’s continuation of the neo-con’s policy in Syria or his empowerment of daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, there’s no denying these Trump effects:

(1) Budget Surplus

Confounding market expectations for a deficit, the U.S. government had a $182 billion budget surplus in April 2017, according to Treasury Department data released on May 10.

Government revenue last month totaled $456 billion, up 4% from April 2016, while government expenditure stood at $273 billion, a decrease of 18% from the same month a year earlier.

That budget surplus for just the month of April 2017 is $36 billion more than the adjusted surplus of $146 billion for the entire 2016 year.

The Trump administration’s budget surplus helps accounts for a reduction in the government deficit, which was $344 billion in fiscal 2017 year-to-date deficit — down $9 billion from the $353 billion in the same period of fiscal 2016. (Reuters)

(2) Illegal border crossing

The Trump administration’s commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the U.S.-Mexico border even before a foot of the border wall is built:

  • Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down a stunning 76% since President Trump was elected.
  • The flow of children and families across the border is down even more. The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children nabbed at the border dropped below 1,000 — a level not seen since before the “surge” in Obama’s second term, which he aided and abetted.
  • Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just 11,129 in April, according to numbers released on May 9, 2017, marking the lowest monthly total for any month in decades. (Washington Times)

We all know that if Hillary Rotten Clinton had been elected president, the deficits and illegal border crossings would have worsened, and U.S. taxpayers would still be paying for abortions across the world — among other ills. See:

~Eowyn

Mexico is world’s second most deadly country, after Syria

Two days ago, I posted about the shocking violent protests and massive looting across Mexico over a 20% gas price hike, which took place four months ago in January, but which went unnoticed by our media although Mexico is America’s southern neighbor.

Here’s a video of the looting of a Mexican Walmart:

A police officer was killed on January 4 while trying to prevent robberies at a gas station in Mexico City; three people were killed amidst looting in the eastern state of Veracruz on January 5.

Now we have statistics confirming our perception of Mexico as a lawless, dangerous country.

Marc Champion reports for Bloomberg, May 9, 2017, that according to the annual Armed Conflict Survey by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Mexico has surpassed Iraq and Afghanistan to become the world’s second-most deadly conflict zone after Syria.

In 2016, the world’s five deadliest countries are:

  1. Syria, with 50,000 fatalities.
  2. Mexico, 23,000 fatalities.
  3. Iraq, 17,000 fatalities.
  4. Afghanistan, 16,000 fatalities.
  5. Yemen, 7,000 fatalities.

What distinguishes Mexico from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is this:

Mexico’s violence is not from war, but from the deadly activities of the country’s criminal cartels.

Yesterday, at the Armed Conflict Survey’s launch in London, IISS director general John Chipman said Mexico’s level of bloodshed was all the more surprising because “Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation.” Virtually all of Mexico’s deaths were caused by small arms. The largest number of fatalities occurred in Mexican states that have become “key battlegrounds for control between competing, increasingly fragmented cartels,” with violence flaring as gangs try to clear areas of rivals so they can monopolize drug trafficking routes.

The Middle East in general and Syria in particular remained the most lethal regions on earth, with the nearly six-year-old-Syrian conflict claiming a further 50,000 lives. That brings the total number of deaths in Syria’s civil and proxy war to an estimated 290,000, almost three times the number killed in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

Overall, the number of people killed in armed conflicts around the world fell slightly last year to 157,000, from 167,000 in 2015. Nevertheless, the figure is high compared with the previous decade, while the number of civilians displaced by war continued to rise — which means more refugees.

Chipman and the report’s authors are not optimistic about the prospects for reducing these levels of violence for a number of reasons:

  1. Conflicts are becoming more urban, with siege warfare increasingly common, especially so in Syria.
  2. As new conflicts emerge, old ones tend not to get resolved but rather subside into a “simmering” state, capable of boiling over again at any moment. Examples are the low-level simmering war in Eastern Ukraine, and Turkey’s more than three-decade-old battle with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which exploded again last year into an urbanized insurgency that killed 3,000 people.
  3. Although the Islamic State terrorist organization lost a quarter of its territory and a higher proportion of its fighters last year, the toll on civilians is likely to increase as the group returns to more traditional insurgent tactics.
  4. The main tool of the international community to try to reduce bloodshed — the $8 billion-a-year United Nations peace-keeping forces — are increasingly overstretched and ineffectual. The UN is also by its nature too politically riven to carry out effective military operations.

President Trump, Build That Wall!

~Eowyn

Thursday Funnies: Truth in Cartoons

H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47

~Eowyn

WTF? ISIS apologizes for attacking Israeli soldiers

And here I thought Muslims see Jews and Israel as their enemy.

Silly me.

Judah Ari Gross reports for The Times of Israel that on April 22, 2017, at an event in the northern Israeli city of Afula, Israel’s former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon was interviewed on stage by Eli Levi, a Channel 10 news correspondent.

Ya’alon said Daesh, the nickname for the Islamic State/ISIS terrorist group in Syria, “apologized” for attacking an Israeli unit: “There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized”.

Ya’alon did not elaborate on how exactly the Islamic State had expressed its apology to Israel after the attack. The IDF also declined to comment.

Ya’alon’s comment was an apparent reference to a clash that took place near the Syrian border last November, in which Israel’s IDF undertook strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces when spillover fire hit the Israeli Golan Heights. IDF troops exchanged fire with members of Daesh. After a brief gun battle, the Israeli military attacked the terrorist group with airstrikes and tank fire, killing four of them.

Syrian officials have accused Israel of directly aiding the Islamic State and other rebel groups, a claim Jerusalem vociferously denies. Earlier this month Syrian President Bashar Assad once again accused Israel of helping jihadi militants terrorize his country. As reported by Ynet, Assad said:

“You can assume that these terrorists are fighting for Israel. If they aren’t part of the regular Israeli army, they’re fighting for Israel. Israel has common goals with Turkey, the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries. Israel is working on helping these terrorists wherever the Syrian army is advancing. It attacks in one form or another to provide them with assistance, and to stop the Syrian army’s momentum in the face of the terrorists.”

That would explain why, as I’d repeatedly pointed out, ISIS (as well as Al-Qaeda to my recollection) attacks and kills Christians and rival Muslims across the Middle East, but not Jews or Israel. As ZeroHedge observes, “after reportedly attacking virtually every religion and ethnicity in the region, there have been virtually no documented attacks by the Islamic State on Israel or its citizens.”

See also:

By the way, the radical-left Antifa militants in street demonstrations and brawls in the U.S. conceal their identity with facial masks.

Ever wondered why those ISIS jihadists in the Middle East similarly mask their faces? What is it about their faces that they are so intent on concealing?

~Eowyn

Muslim takeover of Dearborn, Michigan

Some alarming facts stated in the video:

  • Muslims from the Middle East are the fastest-growing legal immigration into the U.S., more than Mexico or Central America.
  • 7 million Syrians have applied to come to the U.S. as refugees, thanks to Obama’s and now Trump’s policy of aiding the jihadist “rebels” against the Assad government in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
  • Muslims are over-represented among America’s welfare-dependent poor: Whereas 36% of Americans claim to earn less than $30,000 a year, thereby qualifying them to receive welfare, 45% of Muslims in America claim to earn less than $30,000/year.
  • Muslims refuse to learn the English language and assimilate, i.e., become Americanized.
  • Public schools with large numbers of Muslim students have a separate school-lunch menu in Arabic.

From Wikipedia:

  • Dearborn is the 8th largest city in Michigan, part of the Detroit metropolitan area.
  • Total population in 2010 was 998,153.
  • The largest ethnic group — 41.7% of the city’s total population — are of Middle Eastern ancestry (Lebanese, Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrian and Palestinian).
  • Dearborn has the largest proportion of Arab-Americans in the U.S. In 2000, 29.3% of Dearborn residents spoke Arabic.
  • The largest mosque in North America, the Islamic Center of America, is in Dearborn.

From Michigan Live:

  • Government welfare in Michigan comes in two forms: Food Assistance Program (FAP) and the ironically-named Family Independence Program (FIP). Recipients of FAP get food stamps in the form of a Bridge Card. FIP provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women.
  • In fiscal year 2015, there were 132,141 FIP recipients and 2 million FAP recipients in Michigan — more than 20% of Michiganders.
  • Wayne County, where Dearborn is located, has the highest number of both FAP and FIP welfare dependents.

See also:

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

Israeli intelligence chief said Israel does not want ISIS to be defeated

Have you wondered, as I have, why Israel and the U.S. are hellbent on aiding and abetting jihadist rebels against the Assad government of Syria — a government that, unlike the rebels, does not abuse its Christian citizens? See:

Here’s the answer.

The Herzliya Conference, as described by its host, the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government of IDC Herzliya, “is Israel’s foremost global policy annual gathering, drawing together the most senior Israeli and international participants from government, business and academia to address pressing national, regional and global issues. The center stage for Middle East risk assessment and policy analysis, the Conference agenda covers a broad span of issues, ranging from nuclear proliferation and the Middle East peace process to world finance and energy security.”

Note: IDC Herzliya is the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya — a private research university in Herzliya, Israel. Herzliya is a city in the district of Tel Aviv, Israel.

To give you some idea as to the importance of the Herzliya Conference, the keynote speakers for the 16th Herzliya Conference, held on June 14-16, 2016, included (in chronological order):

  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
  • Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
  • Author and philosopher Bernard Henri-Lévy, who
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak

On June 15, 2016, the second day of the 16th Herzliya Conference, Chief of the Military Intelligence Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Herzi Halevi delivered a keynote address on “Israel in the Turbulent Middle East: Strategic Review and Intelligence Assessment”.

Herzliya Conference’s report on Major Gen. Halevi’s speech quoted him as saying:

“The Game board in the Middle East has changed. Instead of few states, there are now many players. The transition from nation states to organizations is very significant. There are no good and bad guys, and players on the field change their identities.”

Halevi described a changed Saudi Arabia, whose interests now accord more with Israel’s:

Part of the strategies of the pragmatic Sunni nations are becoming closer to our own. Saudi Arabia is not the same country we once saw just a year and a half ago, they have a new king and are leading the Sunni camp in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is implementing vast reforms in order to move the country away from their oil dependent economy.”

On Iran, while Halevi applauded the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, he warned that:

Iran is investing great efforts against Israel. Iran is supporting the three main threats on Israel: Hammas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad – in fact, they support 60% of it. It is a Shiite nation giving money to Sunni organization – they would do that to hurt Israel.”

On Syria, Halevi said:

Syrian industries have resumed the production of weaponry for Hezbollah, and neither the world or Israel should accept it – it could escalate the next conflict.”

Jerusalem Post elaborated more on what Halevi said about Iran:

“In the next wars, the majority of weapons that will attack Israel will be Iranian products. Iran is leading the way in cyber warfare and aiding Hezbollah on that front.”

But the most interesting and significant thing Halevi said was not reported by either Jerusalem Post or the Herzliya Conference. Instead, it was reported by AMN (Al-Masdar News, an online newspaper based in Beirut, Lebanon) on June 20, 2016:

Israeli intelligence Chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, said that the last three months have been the most difficult for ISIS since its inception.

In a speech delivered at “Herzliya” conference yesterday, Halevy explicitly said “Israel does not want the situation in Syria to end with the defeat of ISIS,” the Israeli NRG site reported.

“Withdrawal of the super powers from the region and letting Israel alone in front of Hezbollah and Iran that possess good abilities will make ‘Israel’ in a hard position. Therefore, we’ve to do all we can so as not finding ourselves in such situation,” the Israeli chief intelligence added.

AMN ‘s source is the Hebrew-language Israeli news site NRG.

According to Google Translate, the June 15, 2016 NRG report says that “on the second day of the 16th Herzliya Conference,” addressing “the difficult war in Syria,” head of Military Intelligence Herzi Halevi noted that “it reveals the main symptoms today in the Middle East, where countries are weakened and organizations are strengthened”. But “there are advantages” to “the presence of the great powers” in Syria, “as in the case of the destruction of Syria’s [the Assad government’s] chemical weapons.”

Then Halevi said:

האחרונים היו הקשים ביותר מבחינת דאעש מאז הקמתו”, סיפר. “ישראל לא רוצה שבסוריה יסתיים המצב שדאעש הובס, המעצמות עזבו את האיזור ואנחנו נשארנו עם חיזבאללה ואיראן עם יכולות טובות יותר. מצב סיום כזה הוא בעייתי. אנחנו צריכים להשפיע כך שלא נגיע למצב הזה”.

“Israel does not want Syria to end in a situation where Da’ish is defeated, the superpowers leave the region, and we [Israel] are left facing a more powerful Hezbollah and Iran with better capabilities. Such an end result is problematic. We [Israel] need to influence events so that we do not reach this situation.

Da’ish is Arabic for Daesh — the Arabic language acronym for ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State.

There you have it.

The reason for Israel and the U.S.’s support of the so-called Syrian “rebels” and adamant opposition to the Assad government of Syria — a government that, unlike the jihadist rebels, does not abuse its Christian citizens — is because, in the words of Israeli military intelligence chief Herzi Halevi:

A stable Syria wherein ISIS is defeated would mean the U.S. and allies (“great powers”) would withdraw from the region, leaving Israel alone to deal with Iran and Hezbollah.

It is in Israel’s interest that Syria remains in a civil war, and ISIS continue their demonic destruction and killing of Christians. Why the Obama administration and now the Trump administration as well think all that is in America’s interests — not to mention the interests and wellbeing of Syrian Christians — is another matter entirely.

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~Eowyn