The Other McCain

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#RNCinCLE Legion of the Banned

Posted on | July 20, 2016 | 14 Comments


The biggest news out of the Republican National Convention today is that the media have finally solved “MelaniaGate,” as the woman responsible for writting Mrs. Trump’s speech Monday has explained how she accidentally lifted three lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech.

The media bias is out of control:

The liberal media’s determination to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House has become blatantly transparent in their coverage of the Republican National Convention here. Anyone who ever doubted that major network news operations are staffed with partisan Democrats needed only have observed the way allegedly “objective” reporters inflated Melania Trump’s opening-night speech into a phony scandal that absorbed hour after hour of coverage. The immediate reaction to Mrs. Trump’s speech was positive, but then someone pointed out uncanny similarities between three sentences in her speech and Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. The media went into hysterics: “Plagiarism! Scandal!”
This rather minor incident was treated as The Biggest Story in American Political History. The morning shows on the networks — CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, NBC and ABC — devoted a combined total of 130 minutes to covering “MelaniaGate,” according to an analysis by Mike Ciandella and Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center. CNN alone spent nearly 45 minutes talking about Mrs. Trump’s alleged plagiarism Tuesday morning, as if this was a matter of major national importance.
Why? The most obvious explanation is that the TV networks are run by Democrats who consider it their professional duty to provide negative coverage of Republicans. After a protester from the far-left group Code Pink attempted to stage a disruption Monday inside the Quicken Loans Arena, ABC New reporter Terry Moran claimed this incident was symbolic of what “a dark night” the convention had been. “Donald Trump has been a candidate whose approach has divided many people, drawn protesters,” Moran said, terming the lone protester’s act an illustration of “the kind of unsettled emotions that Donald Trump has sparked in many people around the country.” Of course, kooks from Code Pink — founded in 2002 by radical leftists Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin — have staged disruptive protests in all kinds of settings, but Terry Moran blamed their bizarre antics on Trump. . . .

You can read the rest at The American Spectator.


Dutch politician Geert Wilders speaks in Cleveland.

Last night, I went to the “Wake Up” party sponsored by LGBT for Trump and featuring Geert Wilders, Pamela Geller and Milo Yiannopoulis. The banning of Milo from Twitter is major news, and at the party I gave a few quotes to Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed about the Trump era:

Taking the scene in was Robert Stacy McCain, a longtime conservative activist and journalist who is in town covering the convention for the American Spectator, he said, and who has also been banned by Twitter. For McCain, this party was emblematic of the new order under Trump: a rejection of 2000s-era Republican moderate-conservative coalition politics.
“The failure of Bushism has made this happen,” McCain said. “You have gay libertarians and white nationalists, frankly, who are on the same side.”
“People who are marginalized on the right during the Bush years have sort of formed an ad hoc coalition,” McCain said.

Perhaps I should have added, “And it’s about damned time, too.”





14 Responses to “#RNCinCLE Legion of the Banned”

  1. RS
    July 20th, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

    …[A]t the party I gave a few quotes to Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed about the Trump era…

    “So wait. If journalists are only interviewing other journalists, how does any actual news get into the loop,” he asked facetiously.

    [Insert good-natured, smiley face thing Here.]

  2. robertstacymccain
    July 20th, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

    Actually, I’ve been covering the Right for more than 20 years, so my direct knowledge goes back to when Rosie Gray was in fourth grade. I covered a panel in 2002 that featured Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak expressing their profound skepticism about the Bush administration’s plans to invade Iraq. The errors of Bushism are a subject on which I am qualified to speak with some authority.

  3. CaptDMO
    July 20th, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

    1, It wasn’t plagiarism, it was an homage!
    She was just sampling!
    2. Code Pink folk brought “harmless tennis balls” to the party outside.
    I guess no one stepped up to the mound and Major Leagued them back, at their heads, making the point about “It’s who, does What, WITH them”

  4. Quartermaster
    July 20th, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    Many of us old Cold Warriors were against us going into Iraq. Jerry Pournelle, not exactly poltroon (US Army Artillery in Korea, and author of Strategy of Technology with two co-authors which was a standard text at the Air War college for several years), was also against it.

    Dubya, frankly, was stupid to go in with an intention of building a western style Dimocracy (misspelling intentional) instead of just deposing Saddam and handing the keys to the next strongman with the friendly advice, “Don’t make us come back.” Destroying the nuke program 9whicvh did exist) and seize and destroy the WMD he had on hand (he did), then leaving. Dismissing the Army was among the most stupid things Bremer did and we are still suffering from that act of total idiocy.

    The one thing I would disagree with you on is that Dubya, and his minions, were not of the right, but of the moderate left. The GOP establishment is leftist and has been since the founding of the party in the 1850s.

  5. RS
    July 20th, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

    It was a joke. The errors of Bushism are obvious to most of us of a certain age. One can only hope that la Famiglia Clinton goes the same way.

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  7. Adobe_Walls
    July 20th, 2016 @ 7:42 pm

    Whenever I discuss either of the Bush’es with my twin brother who’s a liberal I always tell him ”don’t throw Bush at me as far as I’m concerned he’s one of yours”.

  8. JT
    July 20th, 2016 @ 10:50 pm

    Trump is a New York Republican, in other words mostly a Democrat. It’s just that the democrats have veered so far left, there is a lot of space to the right.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    July 21st, 2016 @ 4:35 am

    Not only that, but Trump discovered a lot of space behind and below too, in nationalism and populism. He isn’t particularly conservative, but the left/right axis is only the third-most important this time around — and he beats Hillary soundly on all three.

  10. Steve Skubinna
    July 21st, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    A journalist with actual knowledge and experience of the topic?

    No wonder you were banned by Twitter.

  11. Steve Skubinna
    July 21st, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Nation building was a bad idea, definitely in Afghanistan. We should have gone in, bombed them up to the Stone Age, and then left.

    I can understand the justification for trying it in Iraq, however. A secular democracy in the ME is a dagger pointed right at the heart of Islam. On the other hand, we couldn’t rebuild Japan and Germany until they’d been demolished.

    We can’t get Islam onboard with representative government and basic human rights until their existing belief system is destroyed and shown to be the regressive anti-human relic that it is.

  12. Quartermaster
    July 21st, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

    Germany and Japan were more than just demolished, they were crushed. Their entire worldview had been utterly discredited and both had a spiritual crisis as a result of their defeat.

    Iraq had no such thing happen to them. They were beaten, but they were not crushed and we did not go into the country to crush them, and there was never any intention of doing so.

    The consequence of the fact they were not crushed, trying to remake Iraq into a western style dimocracy was doomed to fail. While I can understand the desire, trying it was a fool’s errand that I predicted would fail when Bremer dismissed the Army.

  13. Quartermaster
    July 21st, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    When Trump jumped in the septic tank and trashed Cruz, his wife, and then spread the lie that Cruz’s father was around and connected to the JFK assassination, the man lost me. I don’t blame Cruz for not endorsing Trump, and I have my doubts that Trump will win.

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