Journalists

Bigger Than Ukraine


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I don’t believe the press is infallible. They make mistakes. Usually, when I have an issue with a LEGITIMATE news outlet (something Trump cultists can’t differentiate from propaganda sites), it’s over how, what, and how much they cover a topic. I don’t really see actual news organizations lying. That said, I believe in a free press and my confidence in them is extremely high. I trust experienced reporters because I’m very familiar with the high standards to which they hold themselves.

So, when it’s between a version offered by a reporter for National Public Radio with nearly 30 years of journalism versus a version offered by any member of the Trump administration, or any Republican for that matter, I’m going with the journalist. There is a huge difference between a journalist and a politician lying. The journalist loses her job.

I truly believe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have difficulty finding his ass with both hands. The man is oblivious to facts and reality. Did he not think a journalist would be able to back up her story with notes? Does he not understand how email works? Did he really think it’d be believable that a world-traveled national correspondent for NPR who is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from Cambridge University wouldn’t be able to find Ukraine on a map? Did he think she’d fail his little test because he tried it on Donald Trump during that entire Greenland fiasco?

Mike Pompeo agreed to do an interview with Mary Louise Kelly of NPR. She corresponded with his staff before the interview where they tried to limit her questions to Iran, but in emails between Kelly and Pompeo’s press aide, Katie Martin, Kelly made her intentions clear that she would question Pompeo on other subjects besides Iran. Martin wrote in one response, “Totally understand you want to ask other topics but just hoping . . . we can stick to that topic for a healthy portion of the interview.” That is NOT an agreement that questions on Ukraine won’t be asked or that anything is off the record.

Mike Pompeo got upset during the interview after being asked if he owed an apology to Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine that Trump ousted after Rudy Giuliani and associated goons conducted a smear campaign against that might have included stalking. He never did answer the question.

Pompeo berated her with profanity asking, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” After Pompeo stormed out, an aide asked Kelly to follow her into Pompeo’s private living room at the State Department without a recorder. Then, Pompeo ordered an aide to produce an unmarked map (why do they have those?) and proceeded to challenge Kelly to find Ukraine. I for one would LOVE to challenge every Republican fucknut to find Ukraine on an unmarked map. Hell, I’d settle for them finding Ohio.

Pompeo issued a long statement saying, “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record. “It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.”

He summed up with, “It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.”

Trump later joined in by replying, “A very good question” to a tweet by conservative radio and Fox News host Mark Levin in which Levin asked, “Why does NPR still exist? We have thousands of radio stations in the U.S. Plus Satellite radio. Podcasts. Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation.” Facts and reality have a liberal bias.

Personally, I find it very difficult to believe that not only couldn’t Kelly locate Ukraine on a map, but also landed on the wrong continent.

This is classic Trump bullying of a female and journalist. It’s what they do. They lie and then they snowflake out and get butthurt and cry after being busted in the lie. Pompeo’s statement only confirmed Kelly was telling the truth about his outrage. And it’s laughable for any member of the Trump administration, less enough one who refuses to apologize after Trump’s goons stalked one of his ambassadors, to question a journalist’s integrity.

Pompeo’s problem is that he works for the Trump administration. The only people who will believe him over Kelly are in the cult. We know who the liars are.

Anyone who believes Mike Pompeo over Mary Louise Kelly has their head up their ass.

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Liberal Hack Journalists


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Last week, temporary Arizona Senator Martha McSally screamed at CNN congressional correspondent Raju Manu, calling him a “liberal hack.”

Later, McSally went on Fox News to talk about her harrowing experience of being asked a dangerous question by a liberal hack reporter. The Fox News hosts she chose to talk to about hacks in the media were Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. Nobody detected the irony and hypocrisy.

While screaming over it, Hannity said about CNN, “They’re not a news channel. They’re state-run, radical, leftist, socialist TV.” Again, no irony detected. A person has to be smart to catch that.

McSally said to Sean, “I actually thought they understood that they were liberal, that they were a part of kind of helping with the Democrat agenda.” Hello? Irony? Is this thing on?

Now, McSally, the unelected Senator, is campaigning on it. She has an ad on her site asking for at least five bucks. Even the Trump campaign is using it.

In decrying the way she was assaulted by Manu Raju, she said to Hannity, “I was a fighter pilot. This was a choice I made. I did not crumble under their pressure. I have flown A-10s in combat.”

It’s a good thing too that she has that experience in combat so she won’t crumble under the pressure of being asked….”should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?” Oh my God! How is she still standing? The strength of this woman to continue to carry on despite the brutal beatdown of being asked a question about her job! What will they ask next? The time? How’s the weather? Do you bleach above your upper lip?

Hold your children close tonight and keep Republicans like Martha McSally in your thoughts and prayers because if I know the liberal hack media like I think I do, they’ll ask questions again. Oh, the humanity!!!

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The Press, Deplorables, And Hurricanes


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When the president of the United States trolls his angry crowds by telling them that the press, the people who hold government officials accountable and who often put their lives in danger to report the news, are the “enemies of the American people,” someone must stick up for them.

While there were a few unfortunate incidents on live television, the press has done an outstanding job covering the hurricanes. I saw a few posts on social media where horrible people were attempting to downplay the job the press has done, like accusing them of using green screens, or saying the environment the reporters were in was “just a slight breeze.” Does it look like CNN’s Sara Sidner is standing in a slight breeze? It wasn’t fake debris that struck this reporter.

People who hate the press and deride it as “fake news” usually exhibit their qualifications to grade the media by sharing links to Breitbart, Daily Caller, and InfoWars. I bet these same people, especially if they were in Florida, relied on the press’s tracking of the storm.

News coverage actually saves lives during this sort of disasters. In addition to tracking the storm, they report where the shelters are and their capacity, evacuations and the routes, which road are closed and open, in addition to other vital information. They have helped people find missing family members. In some cases, they’ve jumped into the story to save a life.

When people watch reporters stand outside during a category five hurricane, they often ask “isn’t this stupid?” That’s a very fair question. Yes. Yes, it is stupid. As CNN’s Chris Cuomo stated, “There is a strong argument to be made that standing in a storm is not a smart thing to do.”

Reporters are telling viewers to evacuate, don’t play in the water, run from the hurricane, it’s dangerous out there, all while they’re standing in the middle of it dodging flying debris.

The defense of this is; reporters are doing this so you don’t have to. If nothing else, you can believe what they’re saying. One can obviously tell how dangerous the storm is by the way a flying hubcap nailed that reporter in the gonads. Stay inside! Do people actually need visual proof of just how bad a hurricane actually is? Have you met Republicans?

Reporters also jump into war zones. A lot of times they don’t come back. A report compiled by the International News Safety Institute says 115 journalists died in 2016. Our president will tell you they’re the bad guys. I don’t have a number of how many journalists died from his favorite publication last year, The National Enquirer, but I’m betting it was pretty low. Though to be fair, those guys are in constant danger of getting bitch-slapped by Leonardo DiCaprio….or even more humiliating, hit in the gonads by Justin Bieber.

Earlier this week, a Facebook troll had the gall to accuse me of being a defender of the press and the people who report the news. How dare he. Remind me later to get upset.

I trust the media. When they report something that’s inaccurate, they correct it. When the current head of our government tells us a lie, he makes up for it by telling us an even bigger lie. The press and government both have low approval ratings, but I trust one way more than the other.

While journalists will risk their lives to give you the information you should know, Donald Trump and his deplorables will castigate them for it.

Creators note: It’s kind of a cliche to draw people watching TV. But, it’s hard to avoid that imagery when the subject is people on TV. However, I think I’ve used this concept enough for the year, so I’m going to try to make this my last one for a while. My problem might be that I’m always watching TV. My TV is on the news constantly. I know basically every commercial by heart. I constantly have the “My Pillow” jingle in my head. Please kill me.

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Access To Hillary


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I’m not a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. I do share her views on most issues and I don’t dislike her personally. It’s her style as a public servant I have issues with. I don’t think she’s honest and that doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi. I think she’d lie about what she had for breakfast. I think she’s too secretive and too controlling. Every politician attempts to control the message but they don’t literally try to corral the journalists covering them.

The other day Hillary was walking down a street and her staff had a rope the media weren’t allowed to get past, and the staffers walked the media down the street like dogs.

So maybe I don’t like her personally. I defend her from personal attacks and generally support her policies. I just want someone else to push those policies. I don’t care what’s in her emails as much as I care that she’s secretive and cagey about her emails. I don’t care that she doesn’t talk to the press (Obama doesn’t talk to the press). I care more when she does talk to the press and controls how they’re going to cover her. I don’t care about the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising. The Foundation is not Hillary Clinton.

If Hillary feels she should operate sneakily as a private citizen, Senator or Secretary of State, then how will President Hillary Clinton operate?

I don’t think Bernie Sanders can beat Hillary. Bernie is on a huge roll because he raised $15 million. That’s impressive but Hillary has raised $45 million. Bernie better have a really great strategy.

I can’t see Lincoln Chafee or Martin O’Malley beating her either (Google them if you don’t know who they are). Living in Virginia, I should be excited, interested or amused about Jim Webb running but I don’t feel anything but bewilderment.

That leaves Hillary (Since Elizabeth Warren won’t get in the race). Clinton is going to be president unless it’s proven that she’s the one who actually fired rockets into the Ambassador’s compound in Benghazi, or a dinosaur-killing-sized comet hits the planet, or she’s been writing song lyrics for Justin Bieber.

Then again, maybe one of those GOP candidates will inspire the country’s voters to thrust them into the White House. Smarter money is on the comet.

For My Fellow Journalists


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I was watching the news when that flock of reporters went running across a field after Hillary Clinton’s “Scooby” van. I felt embarrassed. We’re going to have over a year of Hillary Clinton running for president, but everyone in the press has to run after her vehicle to maybe get quick footage of her going from a van to a building.

It’s not as ridiculous as CNN’s 9-hour coverage of the van full of Florida ballots during the Bush/Gore recount, but ridiculous just the same.

Maybe only journalists will truly appreciate this cartoon. A lot of of us don’t have jobs or 401Ks anymore. Other than reporting and their own survival, a journalist true passion is food, especially if it’s free food. When I worked for The Free Lance-Star they always placed food on potluck night right around my desk which meant I had to fill my plate first then clear out to avoid the stampede. If I had a cartoon in progress then I had to move that too so it wouldn’t get honey mustard sauce on it. We always looked forward to election nights because that meant free food. Over the years the amount of food paid for by the company diminished, but when the food arrived the entire newsroom was empty. The Chick-Fil-A nuggets were always the first to go. After the nuggets it was mediocre pizza, potato chips, sandwiches with questionable content and baked goods by a fellow reporter with even more questionable personal hygiene.

I really miss being employed.

ISIS Brutality


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A lot of people are not going to like this cartoon.  That’s OK.  Honestly I don’t like it that much either.  I didn’t want to ignore this story and knew I couldn’t draw a cartoon on it with my usual humorous take.

I’ve been threatened before.  I’ve had letters, emails and blog comments threatening to beat me up, slash my tires, kill my dog and kill me.  I had a member of the Nation Of Islam write my editor to tell me God was going to take me out soon.  When I was a photographer I once had a state trooper in Mississippi threaten to arrest me for taking photos at crash site.  Usually I’m working from the safety of a drawing board and most threats for a cartoonist are laughed off.  

This week I’ve drawn two cartoons on journalists facing threats while doing their job.  I’ve actually drawn two in a row.  From the safety of a drawing board I can’t imagine the Hell and fear journalist James Foley went through…as well as others.

I know it’s another culture.  They don’t understand the way of life in the West.  But ISIS surely knows terror won’t sway U.S. policy.  Killing Foley will incite more action from the U.S. military.  Since they know that then killing Foley isn’t a strategic option…it’s just sheer brutality.