I like to know what’s going on in Washington. I want to know if the people we send up there are representing us, as Missourians, Mid-Westerners and U.S. citizens. That’s why we need political reporting. Let me change that. It’s why we need honest political reporting . . .

I like to know what’s going on in Washington. I want to know if the people we send up there are representing us, as Missourians, Mid-Westerners and U.S. citizens. That’s why we need political reporting. Let me change that. It’s why we need honest political reporting—about things that effect us everyday. I’m not interested in impeaching Donald Trump, an outrageous thought that was distilled in sour grapes. He is our elected president. I watch what he is doing with some trepidation due to the rising power of the Executive Branch and yet I find the actions “refreshing.” I don’t take credit for the adjective; but it’s one that I have heard others describe the decisive leadership that we’ve been witnessing from the White House.
The Left, still reeling from state and national elections don’t like it one bit. They aren’t interested in doing anything but embracing their status quo, which I find puzzling. Their kissing cousins, the national media has doubled down as well. They just can’t help themselves because it is no longer about news reporting—it’s about them and their cause which just happens to be painted blue. That means the purveyors of paper, fiber optic cable and airwaves can take a president’s common sense national security executive order that passed judicial scrutiny and distort its meaning so that it is deemed not only anti-immigration, but racist. All because the media says it is.
For another example, President Trump wants the DOJ to investigate voter fraud. In Trump’s mind, it may be about searching for vindication, that he really did not lose the popular vote—certainly not by 3 million votes. To people with common sense, it is about taking control of a voting process that is quickly getting out of hand in the name of making voting an easy, seamless task. If you want to read between the lines, it is about a certain party that wants as many minority votes—legal or illegal—to boost a party base. These minorities just happen to be in the states with the most electoral votes, but I risk being called a racist by the thought police to explore that further. To heck with the integrity of the voting process or the laws that have been in place for decades that try protect it.
The New York Times says in it’s December 18, 2016 article titled “All this talk of voter fraud? Across the U.S., officials found next to none.” Oh, I’m convinced. They made this bold statement only by checking with state voting officials after the election. That’s not where the fraud would take place. Check out California’s Motor-Voter program with millions of illegals holding a California driver’s license, the piece of ID that allows you to register to vote. The big quote in this particular story was from Thomas E. Mann, a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at U of C - Berkeley. “[Voter fraud] is a lie. But it’s what’s being used in the states now to impose increased qualifications and restrictions on voting.” Heaven forbid, the one restriction is you need to be a legal citizen and have an ID to prove it. California’s illegals have the ID—need I say more? Voting qualifications or “restrictions” means the process remains fair for everybody.
Listening to the national news, one could surmise that it’s easy to be a news reporter/writer these days. You just go out and find like-minded people to interview that will fit your narrative. Hint for young Left reporters. You can find them in the Bay Area, Seattle and Portland. At least that’s where all the quotes seem to come from these days. Why not get quotes from experts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. or Scranton, Pa.? Why not Atlanta, Ga.? Because it’s too hard to control the narrative from a seat in a Waffle House. And the Democrats are scratching their collective heads over why they lost badly in the last round of elections—and the previous four years in state elections.
 The formula isn’t hard to figure out. With the perfect piece of propaganda . . . ur, story, given enough repetition, the twisted will begin to be perceived as the truth by lazy, low-information readers. It’s called fake news today, but it’s always been around. It just hasn’t been embraced by professional journalist organizations and J-schools. Forget plagiarism—that’s just a scapegoat to show the public that journalists still have scruples. LOL.
It is much harder to be an honest reporter/writer because that comes with responsibility, integrity and a work ethic. You drop your own bias and talk to as many people as a deadline allows to present readers or listeners with a broad take on an issue. But that is changing.
I scanned the radio band the other day on my way to get lunch and stopped on what I thought was the news, but it turned out to be a montage of broadcast journalists (in their finest take-control, stern broadcast voices) speaking about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, judge Neil Gorsuch, calling Trumps tweets “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” According to news presenters, this was said directly to Democratic N.Y. Sen. Richard Blumenthal during a private meeting.
There must have been a dozen talking heads in rapid fire succession reading off the same page, with the implication that the judge nominee was fed up with Trump. From a reporter’s perspective, this is too easy. Take politically-motivated hearsay from a N.Y. Senator and run with it as the propaganda of the day. It’ll blow up the internet! Call it sloppy journalism if you want to sugar-coat it, but in my eyes it’s just the Lefty’s propaganda machine, masquerading as journalists.
The judge was actually speaking in general when he said he finds “any criticism of a judge’s integrity and independence disheartening and demoralizing.” Heck, the nominee has spent his whole life in the profession. He could have been responding to a “gotcha” question. A reporter was going to “getcha,” regardless—and did. He was probably taking the high road of politeness in response to a rude question that was overheard by Blumenthal, who like news anchor Brian Williams, let his ego get the best of him. Credible source? This is the senator that stretched the truth about his stint in the Marine reserves during the Vietnam War—he never served in Viet Nam. The reporter either forgot, didn’t do due diligence when considering the source or—gasp—didn’t care one way or the other.
The point is that it was a non-story. But it did fit the daily narrative from our national media to continue to paint Donald Trump as a deranged, loose canon unfit for the presidency, who must be impeached. The question is—will it backfire? You’d have to ask the regular Joes and Janes that vote and drink coffee in places like the  Waffle House. They’re open 24/7—just like the media channels that drone away on a flat screen television somewhere in Phelps County, Missouri.