Trump’s White House has its own fast and furious program. Enjoy the show.

President Trump wasted little time after the midterms to preview what the next two years will bring to Washington.

In the most public forum — a White House press conference — the President ripped CNN’s correspondent Jim Acosta for brutish behavior towards his press staff.

An hour or so later, he fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matt Whitaker as Acting AG as announced on Twitter.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,”

A few hours later Acosta’s White House press credentials were pulled for his press conference outbursts.

The Sessions firing created a Democratic firestorm on the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, since Whitaker is on record as saying there was a need to choke of Mueller’s funding since the wide-ranging probe is going nowhere.

It’s been a couple of years since we had “Fast and Furious” associated with the White House, but the next two years will be filled with spontaneous acts that will create screaming headlines and draconian reactions in the liberal press.

Take the Sessions firing. So many Democratic leaders and former Obama administration officials came out with “Constitutional crisis” and “crossing a red line” comments on the fate of the Mueller probe that it showed a talking points email blast must have went out to the rank and file to plaster all over Twitter and cable TV.

Let’s see what happens today to wipe out any and all reactions to yesterday’s news. I have a sense that the next two years will be exciting and spellbinding and will change the face of American politics forever.


Reporters covering Trump administration desperately becoming the story

I’m slightly encouraged that the vocation of news reporting is attempting to weed  out some bad actors.

(As an aside, journalism was something developed by Manhattan’s post-war cultural elite in the early 50’s and propagated by Universities. News reporting Is not something that can be learned in a lab, but in the firing line of a newsroom. I call myself a newspaperman.)

Some very recent developments:

  • Brian Ross of ABC News faulty reporting last December that retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn — a National Security Analyst — was set to testify that President Trump told him post-election to make contact with the Russians. FALSE
  • Conor Berry, a reporter with The Republican in Springfield, Mass., tweeted last Thursday that the shooter at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland left his Make America Great Again hat in the newsroom after killing 5 workers. FALSE. He resigned on Friday after 21 years as a reporter.

While some reporting from the liberal-leaning press has been skewed to demonize the Trump White House — President Trump has used other means like social media and campaign speeches to reach the American people — which perpetuates the press pool animosity.

Case in point NBC’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta screaming out to the president: “Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people,” soon after the Capital Gazette shooting. Implying that the two events were somehow linked.

As the Capital Gazette story developed it showed that the shooter, Jarrod W. Ramos, had past dealings with the staff over a Facebook harassment article about him and he brought a defamation suit against the paper that was dismissed, which appears to be the motive behind the killings, according to local police.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel for the families that lost loved ones in the Annapolis killings. But to use it as former President Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an opportunity to do [say] things you think you could not do [say] before.

Perhaps no longer the gatekeepers to the White House the West Wing pool looks to make their bones by showing up the President, thereby becoming the story. Not the way journalism is taught, reportedly.