President’s trump card is FISA declassification

Last night’s breaking news post of the President using the declassification of the FISA documents as a “trump card” against any backlash from the Democrats came as a disappointment.

Trump told The New York Post in an exclusive interview that it was his insurance policy for his family and staff should Democrats attack his daughter Ivanka or son-in-law Jared especially.

The President also told The Post it might be better to hold off the news until the 2020 campaign begins. “I think that would help my campaign. If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.”

“It’s much more powerful if I do it then,” Trump said, “because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news,” Trump continued.

Trump could be using this opportunity to alert the New York City left know he has the goods on them and will use it when the time is right for the biggest impact.

I guess the biggest take away we can assume from these latest comments is that the FISA evidence will not come out as a result of the Mueller investigation.

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Newspapers can’t afford ‘readers’ platitudes

The New York Daily News was not my cup of tea over the last few years, but I respected the men and women who worked there as competitors and some as friends.

So the news on Monday that 50% of the editors and writers were being laid off hurt.

The paper had the misfortune of being owned by Mort Zuckerman — its latest benefactor — at a time when he became ill. His family and estate disposed of the paper because there was no love of newspapers or the heavy losses that needed to be made good by his estate.

Unfortunately, that’s what many newspapers have become today. Vanity projects for the rich and wanna-be famous who can fund these companies. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, Warren Buffett has a string of papers in the Midwest.

So the Daily News was sold to a private equity firm masquerading as a publishing house for $1 by Zuckerman estate, but even with that low-ball price the PE firm cut jobs and outsourced production tasks in an attempt to make money.

The plan to build a coast-to-coast newspaper chain failed and now the pieces had to be broken up.

Fortunately, I work for The New York Post. Rupert Murdoch and his family are newspaper people for decades and are committed to their future.

I feel for the good people who work at the Daily News, but I have little regard for people who rue its demise, but have not bought a newspaper in 10 years because they get it free online.

Newspaper people can’t eat on web hits alone. Ad dollars from print are needed to sustain the paper. So if you want to help a paper survive, buy the damn thing and put down your phone or tablet for a while.

NFL fumbles in its biggest weekend this season

Roger Goodell’s NFL just can’t seem to get out of its own way this season.

The league has its premiere game on Sunday afternoon with the New England Patriots visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a showdown between two teams that have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl more times than any other over the last decade or so. Continue reading