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Burt Prelutsky / Sep. 28, 2019

CNN's Bizarre Hiring Practices

You would think that a cable news network would either hire newspaper reporters or journalists who had worked at other TV stations.

You would think that a cable news network would either hire newspaper reporters or journalists who had worked at other TV stations. But it seems that CNN only requires that their employees despise President Trump. I suppose that makes a certain amount of sense since it seems to satisfy their viewing audience, a group that I suspect could fit into one of those telephone booths that college students used to squeeze into during one of those fads, like swallowing goldfish and collecting sorority girls’ panties, that used to keep sophomores occupied in what now seem like the good old days.

Because it’s beginning to look like Andrew (Pinocchio) McCabe may actually go to jail for telling nearly as many lies as James Comey, I assume that John Bolton and his mustache are in the wings waiting to fill his tiny shoes at CNN.

It would be bad enough if CNN’s only failing was that it makes a regular habit of hiring the (morally) handicapped, but it assigned such left-wing partisan saps as Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon and Jorge Ramos, to serve as debate moderators, thus guaranteeing that the contenders would not be asked even a single serious question. Even with three hours at their disposal, Sanders, Warren, Harris and the others were never asked how they’d pay for the New Green Deal, Medicare for All and health care for millions of illegal aliens.

They also weren’t asked if they agreed that the two-year Russian collusion witch hunt was a witch hunt; if they’re in favor of impeaching President Trump, and if so, on what charge; if, like Beto O'Rourke, they’re in favor of confiscating guns; and if they didn’t think that offering sanctuary, free health care, drivers licenses and welfare, to illegal aliens didn’t cruelly incentivize Central American women and children to undertake expensive and dangerous journeys.

They also weren’t asked to raise their hands if they prefer Socialism to Capitalism.

The sad fact is, in a saner world, Maddow, Lemon and Ramos, would have been on stage with the other ten loons answering questions, not asking them.


A courageous young black woman named Candace Owens tweeted “To the people who fly private but lecture us about the environment. To the people who live in gated communities but lecture us about building walls. To the people who travel with armed guards but lecture us about guns: Your bottomless hypocrisy is why America chooses Trump.”

At any rate, that’s why they chose him in 2016 and part of the reason I believe they will choose him in 2020. The other part consists of the many positive things he has managed to do since January, 2017, including rescuing the economy; getting us out of NAFTA, the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Accord; moving our embassy to Jerusalem; cutting off funding to Hamas; forcing the NATO nations to start ponying up their fair share; rebuilding our military; playing financial hardball with China, Turkey and Iran; protecting religious rights; and placing two justices on the Supreme Court who take their lead from James Madison and not the editorial board of the New York Times.

And while he hasn’t yet been able to get his big, beautiful border wall completed, and hasn’t gotten Mexico to pay for it, he has managed to persuade Mexico to stop a great many Central Americans from reaching the border. He has also managed to convince the Supreme Court that those allegedly fleeing danger, and not just looking to have anchor babies or hop aboard America’s gravy train, have to start settling down in Mexico.


When I asked Ralph Barnett if Donald Trump’s super rally the night before the special election in North Carolina made the difference in Dan Bishop’s victory over Dan McCready, he replied: “Probably made all the difference. There were 10,000 inside the arena and at least a thousand more listening outside, and even more at home watching on TV, so I’m sure it motivated a lot of Republicans to go to the polls and provide Bishop with his 5,000-6,000 vote advantage. Plus, the pollsters had had the Democrat way ahead.”

I responded: “That’s yet another advantage that Trump has over Obama. Every two years, between 2008 and 2016, Obama hit the road to help elect Democrats in tough Senate and House elections, and I don’t recall his ever carrying a single one to victory.”


After I mentioned the various labels that Communists employ as disguises, including Socialists, Progressives, Democrats, Liberals and, when it suits the likes of Bernie Sanders and Angus King, Independents, I heard from Dennis Stockton, who wrote to say: “You are right about Progressives being Communists. As shown in the book, ‘Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957,’ the Soviets described them as such in their communications between the U.S. and Moscow.”

“Moreover,” I pointed out, “FDR’s former vice-president, Henry Wallace, a Communist, was the presidential candidate in 1948 of the Progressive Party. A frightening fact is that if various party heavyweights hadn’t forced FDR to drop Wallace in favor of Harry Truman in 1944, we would have had a Communist president 60 years before we saddled ourselves with Barack Obama. Also the Cold War would have been over before it even began because we would have surrendered.”


I know that a lot of Republicans are surprised by how much I despise George W. Bush. It’s not just because he kept referring to Islam as a religion of peace, but because I keep remembering how the sanctimonious creep kept preventing the Air Force from bombing the mosques in Iraq even though everyone knew that the enemy was using them as barracks and armories.

That’s why every time I see Bush leading the injured veterans on those annual bike rides at his ranch, I find myself wondering how many of those guys owe their injuries to the fact that their host forced them to fight unnecessary street battles.


Penny Alfonso sent me a bunch of photos of the Democratic contenders at the Iowa State Fair. Considering that each of them is either eating meat or sucking on a plastic straw, you might get the idea that they’re competing for a blue ribbon in hypocrisy.

In a way, though, that’s only the tip of hypocritical iceberg. You see, none of them live in Iowa, which means they all flew on private jets in order to attend the fair in Des Moines. Holy carbon footprint, Batman!


Robert Francis (Beto) O'Rourke is the first Democrat to admit he wants to invalidate the Second Amendment by confiscating legally-owned firearms. In fact he has immortalized his position by peddling t-shirts that read (in red) “Hell Yes” (in white) “We’re going to take” (in blue) “Your AR-15.”

The patriotic colors are intended to camouflage the fact that is a totalitarian statement.

As if it’s not bad enough that this middle-aged adolescent is willing to trash the Constitution, when O'Rourke was running for the Senate in Texas, he naturally pretended to be an ardent defender of gun rights.

It turns out that everything about this cheesehead is as inauthentic as that Latino nickname the Irishman adopted for political purposes.

At least now that O'Rourke has said how he really feels about law-abiding citizens having the right to protect themselves and their families, we don’t have to worry about the doofus ever winning another election in the great state of Texas.


The biggest bombshell at the last Democratic debate came when dithering Joe Biden declared that “Nobody should ever go to jail for a non-violent crime.”

That would provide a free pass to blackmailers, smugglers, con men, embezzlers, spies, extortionists and even flashers.

The problem for the man leading the sorry likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Peter Buttigieg, in the polls, is that he makes even less sense when he’s relatively coherent than when he’s blathering on about the golden days of yesteryear when he and his boyhood chum Teddy Roosevelt were leading the charge up San Juan Hill.


As I watch one state after another legalize pot in their greedy pursuit of additional tax revenue, it occurs to me that the main appeal of marijuana is that it somehow convinces stupid people that smoking it magically makes them smart.

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