1/17/18, "Current Crop of Drive-By Media Actors Are Unfit," Rush Limbaugh
"RUSH: Man, this is funny. The Drive-Bys don’t know what to do. They don’t know which story to lose their minds over first today. Bannon talking to Mueller or Trump’s physical and the fact that he’s in better shape than 90% of the media....They don’t know what to focus on first.
So they always come down on what they think will be the easiest path to destroying Trump. And since the health news happened before the Bannon news today, they’ll probably go with Bannon, so we will spend adequate time in that....
Ladies and gentlemen, the childish display, the childish exposition and behavior of the Drive-By Media yesterday once again has proven me right. The bizarre questions, the unhinged, childish, so transparently desirous questions from our Drive-By Media regarding the health of President Trump, has proved something...that I highlighted yesterday. They believe this....
Like I told the audience at the Media Research Center gala that I keynote addressed back last fall, the danger here is that while they are actors, they do believe this stuff, folks! And their believability transfers to some of the brain-dead members of their audiences.
The media believes--they’re not just trying to create the illusion--the media believes that Donald Trump is not fit to be president.
The media believes he is in the early onset stages of either Alzheimer’s or dementia. They believe that he is mentally teetering on the edge and with a gentle nudge daily from them, that they can send him over it. They believe he can’t read. They believe he literally sits on his bed in the residence scarfing down Quarter Pounders with cheese and a double orders of fries. They believe that. It is not just a caricature or picture that they create. They believe it!...
I am convinced that they believe that Donald Trump ordered prostitutes to show up at his hotel room in Moscow and have them urinate on the bed and pointed out right there, “This is where Michelle and Obama were sleeping and this is where they did it, so I want you to urinate right there.” I am convinced they believe that happened.
They believe that because he eats Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with cheese and maybe even double Quarter Pounders with cheese and an extra large order of fries, they believe that he’s going to die, tomorrow, next week, hopefully tonight, maybe next month. They believe that anybody who eats cheeseburgers and fries is going to die, in addition to the fact that they are polluting the planet and destroying the climate. They believe their sick fantasies.
They believe all of these sick fantasies that they conjure up. And this is why they often confuse their opinions with being facts. They mistake their fantasies for being truth, without evidence, without reading. They believed Obamacare would do everything Obama promised. And they still do.
They believed that Obamacare would lower premiums. They believed that Obamacare would let you keep your doctor. They believed that Obamacare was the answer to American health care, and they still do. They were not interested in Obama’s history of blowing weed. They were not interested in Obama’s drug history whatsoever. They were not worried when Obama went out, snuck out...to Five Guys hamburger joint? They weren’t worried that Obama was gonna die when he had burgers and fries. They thought it was cool that he snuck out and even evaded them until they caught up.
They believe that all of these massive, historic record cold snaps prove global warming....They believe that massive corporate tax cuts hurts employees, despite seeing widespread bonuses and wage increases. They believe all of this that they are reporting. That’s the difference. Many people on our side think they’re lying.
Well, they are, but they’re not misrepresenting their own true beliefs. The reason they are able to stay this intensely focused is they believe all of this stuff. They believe the election was stolen. They believe Donald Trump worked with Vladimir Putin and a bunch of Russian honey pots to steal the election. They aren’t just saying it to try to destroy Trump. They believe it. The reporters and reporterettes at the New York Times and CNN and the Washington Post and wherever else, they believe it. That is the difference.
They believe Donald Trump is on the verge of Alzheimer’s, insanity, and death. They believe the doctor lied in reporting Trump’s health statistics. They think that Trump is lying about his height, that he’s not 6-3, that he’s really only 6-2. And you know why that one inch makes a difference? Well, because if he’s really 6-2 and not 6-3, his weight means that he is obese. No, I’m not kidding! “He’s not 6-3, he’s 6-2, and he got the White House doctor to lie for him!”...
So what we’re watching here...is the media is the clown show. It is the media unfit. This current crop is entirely unfit to discharge their constitutional duties.
Well, we have to say it that way because they’re given constitutional recognition in the First Amendment. You know a Republican [Jeff Flake] is losing his mind when he goes to the floor of the United States Senate and praises the media and calls them “the truth squad” in an effort to rip Donald Trump as trying to destroy the truth and American institutions. These people--this current crop of Drive-By reporters--are unfit. They are unstable. If all it was was they are just partisan--just your usual, ordinary, everyday, standard leftist partisans--that’d be one thing. That would be tolerable.
But this is way beyond partisanship. This is way beyond bias. We’re dealing with unhinged instability. Jim Acosta yesterday had to be thrown out of wherever they were, the Roosevelt Room, and Trump shut him down with one word: “Out!” So yesterday, Acosta said, “I never thought this could happen anywhere but an authoritarian country.” Today Jeff Flake compared Donald Trump to Stalin! Right, Jeff Flake compared Donald Trump to Josef Stalin, who was a mass murderer, in the old Soviet Union.
The true Stalinists today are the American left. “Stalinist” defined as someone who demands that you think as they do and love it, demands that you agree with them and love it and love them. They will brook no discord and they will accept no intolerance. You believe them or you will be destroyed. The media, this current crop — and, by the way, not all of them, obviously. But the vast majority of the White House press corps and the big names at cable news are actually what they accuse Trump of being. They are unfit for their jobs.
They’re not reporting the news. They’re not trying to find the truth. They already think they know it. They’re actors. See where Cory Booker wanted to get in on some of that yesterday? Did you see that picture with his hands up?...You talk about unhinged?
|Cory Booker, 1/16/18|
What’s a Drive-By shooter do? Just keeps rolling, heading on down on the highway, waiting for the next chance to do it again — while behind him there’s a giant mess and a bunch of people hurt and injured that needs to be cleaned up. That’s the Drive-By Media. The Drive-By Media and the Russia collaboration. The Drive-By Media and Trump’s health. The Drive-By Media and take your pick! The Drive-By Media and Trump is a racist. The Drive-By Media and Trump and the s-hole story. The Drive-By Media… It’s just pull up to a story, raise hell, cause havoc.
Throw everybody upside down and then head on down the highway and do it with the next story, leaving behind you a giant mess for adults to fix and clean up. What happened in Hawaii is a perfect metaphor for how the media operates. They press panic buttons needlessly. They cause millions of people abject fear, in some cases for their lives. The media creates discord, instability, unrest. They cause people to be obsessed in pessimism and negativism. And then after it’s discovered that there is no impending disaster, there are no repercussions....
Nobody gets fired, nobody gets reprimanded, and very rarely are corrections ever substantially made. Just a brief pause before pushing the next nuclear warning button again. What happened in Hawaii with the emergency management guy that...hit the wrong button twice and they didn’t tell anybody for a half hour, is a perfect metaphor for how the Drive-By Media supposedly covers the news.
This is the same Drive-By Media that never batted an eye when Bill Clinton refused to release his medical records, even though STDs and venereal diseases and the drugs used to combat them can affect one’s mind. But they were not interested in any of that, despite everything they knew. They covered for Bill Clinton not releasing his medical records, saying it wasn’t important, that his approval ratings were sky-high; the American people didn’t care....
What we had yesterday in the White House briefing room was nothing more than Romper Room without a teacher. The Drive-By Media was the kids playing in the sandbox, not getting their toys and not getting their lunches and not getting recess. This is the same media that never questioned Hillary Clinton when she could barely stand up!
The same media that never questioned Hillary Clinton when she collapsed trying to get into a van to make a fast getaway after almost having collapsed at a 9/11 ceremony. The same media that never asked Hillary about her supposed concussions. The same media that never questioned when she was wearing those thick Coke bottle glasses because of her double vision! They said it was actually double vision; it was to prevent seizures....
There was never any concern for Hillary Clinton’s health, and we never had Sanjay Gupta or any other doctor on mainstream media telling us, “She’s not well.” But Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame yesterday said, after he heard the numbers that the White House doctor reported for Trump’s cardiovascular system, “The president has heart disease.” Did you hear that? CNN, Sanjay Gupta: “The president has heart disease.”
This is the same bunch of people now obsessed claiming Trump is dangerously overweight, the same people that want Oprah to be president. You figure it out.
RUSH: CNN had a panel…By the way, we’ve got an audio montage coming up....We put together a montage of the White House press corps asking their ridiculous, childlike questions about Trump’s health and mental health yesterday. There was even a question, “Doctor! Dr. Jackson! Is Donald Trump a drug addict?” Here’s a guy that’s never smoked. He has never consumed adult beverages. He takes aspirin. He’s not on any….
I think there’s a cholesterol medicine that he’s got a prescription for, as I recall it. But no alcohol, no tobacco, no nothing.
Meanwhile, the previous president was in a “choom gang”! He proudly talked about it. “CNN Panel Doubts Presidential Doctor, Claim He’s Just a ‘Trump Fanboy.’” The Root, the “Skip” Gates website: “Did the White House Fake Trump’s Physical Results?” They believe he’s insane. They believe he’s gonna die. They believe it! That’s why all this stuff, they think, is made up and faked. They believe it....
RUSH: I’m listening to these reporters accuse this doctor of lying, accusing this doctor of making it up, accusing Trump of blackmailing the doctor or otherwise threatening the doctor to report things that were not true....The allegation here, the reckless allegation, the willing desire to destroy a doctor’s career and reputation, all in pursuit of getting rid of Donald Trump....
This doctor is just another person to be destroyed and sent packing on the road to getting rid of Trump. I mean, this is serious stuff, to accuse a White House doctor, any doctor of lying about it, making it up, accusing the president of threatening if they didn’t make it up.
Now, I’ve often believed that people who make those kinds of allegations are actually people who do those things, who have experience doing those things, and that’s why the allegation so easily rolls off their tongue....They’re already participating in a totally made-up lie and hoax, and that is the Trump dossier. And I don’t know whether they believe that dossier is real or whether they know it’s a hoax. What I do know is they are relishing in passing it off as real.
So they really believe, even though...there isn’t a shred of evidence there was any collusion whatsoever, except between Democrats and Russia. Despite the fact there’s no evidence, they wholeheartedly endorse it and believe it and think all kinds of cheating was going on. And then the same people come along and accuse the White House doctor of making it up and lying, and the president being complicit in it.
It produced this. We have about a minute and a half of a montage here of a bunch of reporters in the White House press corps asking some of the silliest, stupidest, most ridiculous questions about Trump’s health.
[Following, montage of 20 media quotes, transcribed from audio:]
JON KARL: Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s (laughter) and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good a shape as you say he’s in?
HALLIE JACKSON: Can you assess the president’s mental fitness for office?
JOHN ROBERTS: How much weight have you suggested the president lose?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Cholesterol over 220. Do you hope to get it under 200?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer’s? Are you looking at dementia?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Does he have heart disease?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The 25th Amendment, a lot of people in the country have been talking about it.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you believe he is fit for duty?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: He sounds like he has the sniffles.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you have a life expectancy range for him? Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Is there anything you’re keeping from us for privacy reasons?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Are you confident of his prostate health?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Waist measurement for the president? His weight, I think he’s at 239, right? Seems just shy of obesity.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: It’s recommended that most Baby Boomers get screened for hepatitis C. Did you do a Hep C test?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Some of the President’s friends have told reporters in the past they think he’s a germaphobe, that he washes his hands obsessively.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Stroke concerns?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: When the president has a colonoscopy at the next physical, will he be sedated?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you keep a tally of how much golf the U.S. president plays?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Drug addiction?
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Does this president ask you about how he could follow his predecessor’s example to be as fit as Barack Obama was?
RUSH:...Do you believe this stuff, folks? (impression)...Folks, when I say that they believe it, whoever got this 25th Amendment business going? You know, it’s been out there. This has been a Drive-By story for many weeks now, and the thrust of it is that Trump is unstable. He’s unfit. The lying, filled-with-errors Michael Wolff book suffices as evidence for these people that Trump is unfit!
That he’s mentally unstable, that he’s in early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s and that the cabinet and several members of Congress need to get together and enforce the 25th Amendment, basically throw Trump out of office. Okay. They’ve been reporting that so long, it’s now real. They believe it. It’s not just a prop....And, by the way, first question: “Explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, all those Diet Cokes… Explain to me how he’s in as good a shape as he is?” You can’t…
A lot of these guys in the media are Millennials. They’ve grown up believing that McDonald’s is destroying the planet. They have grown up believing that eating cheeseburgers is deadly. They have grown up believing that cow farts (methane) is destroying the ozone layer and promoting climate change. They have grown up believing this! Their schoolteachers have told them this....
They cannot deal with it and they cannot accept it. “Can you assess the president’s mental fitness for office?” “Does he have heart disease?” “The 25th Amendment! A lot of people in the country have been talking about it.” So what? Doesn’t mean anything. “Do you feel he’s fit for duty?” “It sounds like he has the sniffles!” “Do you have a life expectancy range for him?”
And you heard the attempt here at getting at 239 pounds versus the height and would that be obese or any of this. But, I mean, the childishness and the ignorance and the prejudice. You can see the education these people are the product of and it’s scary. And these are supposedly the best journalism has to offer. These are the people with the top jobs, folks, and they are children. They’re dangerously unqualified, incurious, fact-absent, totally propagandized young kids.
RUSH: From The Daily Caller: “Journalists Unable to Accept Results of Trump’s Physical Exam.” By the way, one of the big aspects of this was the cognizant exam, and the White House doctor spent a lot of time explaining that Trump is thoroughly cognizant. He’s aware. He’s coordinated. There’s no delayed physiological reflex, mental actions whatsoever. He’s operating at near 100% in all these measurements, and they simply can’t believe it and they think the guy is making it up....
And the doctor said Trump ordered it because he knows there are people who are saying that he’s behaving otherwise....
“Journalists Unable to Accept Results of Trump’s Physical Exam.” Maggie Haberman of the New York Times said that Dr. Johnson [Jackson], the White House physician, “may have arbitrarily made Trump one inch taller so that he would not have an obese body mass index.” She tweeted, “Remember that earlier physicals decades ago put Trump at 6-2. This physical has him at 6-3. It makes a difference on his BMI from overweight to obese.”
This is pathetic. These people are…What’s the word? They’re obsessed, and the poison with which they’re obsessed is hatred. Hatred and resentment. But they are literally boiling with rage each and every day. I guess they expected these results to be deadly for Trump, maybe even in a literal sense, and they just can’t accept what they heard. It’s too good. It defies what they know to be true....
RUSH: In regard to the president’s health...It was on November 17, and it was right after Trump was elected, to the shock and dismay of many. Something that had always impressed me about Trump is his energy level during the campaign, starting with that day in 2015 when he announced.
He had all those rallies. He was doing, in some cases, three a day.
There were a couple of days he did four. They weren’t just land and shake some hands and get back on the plane and fly to the next one. These were hour to hour-and-a-half rallies with anywhere from 15 to 25,000 people with a lot of autographs being signed afterwards. They were full-fledged shows, and I was amazed by it because the president’s 70 years old.
The candidate, at the time, is 70 years old. And remember, on the other side, we had Hillary Clinton, who had to take two weeks off just to get ready for a debate! Hillary Clinton, the health news about her was not good. She was having seizures, been having trouble standing up, wearing Coke bottle glasses. The media was not interested in her health problems whatsoever, and I made this observation two days after the election….
So here’s the White House doctor yesterday. This is, again, White House Dr. Ronny Jackson speaking to the Drive-By Media briefing them on the president’s health.
JACKSON: One of the things being with the president on the day-to-day basis that has been impressive to me, he has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina. I first noticed that, you know, we traveled--did some overseas travel--last year; and I was really surprised because I didn’t know the president early on. We’d get these 14-, 16-hour days, and the staff is just spent after a while. I’ll tell you, out of everybody there, the president had more stamina and more energy than just about anybody there.
RUSH: That was plain as day to see. You don’t need a doctor telling you that. The press corps was there, they were covering it, and it was easy for people to see. And yet they’re living in utter denial now of the doctor’s medical report on President Trump....
RUSH: The Drive-Bys are going nuts, how can the guy be this healthy? They don’t believe it. They think the doctor’s making it up, that Trump has made him lie to them...Because these people, don’t forget, they’re liberals. They believe that only they are qualified to tell you how to live and how to behave in order to live a long life.
They have all the answers....And it’s all rooted in their utopia. And in order for their utopia to ever happen, they have to be able to deny you freedom. They have to be able to control what you do, what you say, what you think, what you eat, what you don’t eat.
And that’s how they get to their utopia, because you cannot be left alone. You cannot be trusted to do the right things with your money, with your life, with your kids!...
He’s not taking any prescription meds other than something for that, Crestor or some such thing as that. The point of all this is the media getting all this, go into that room thinking that they’re going to learn that he’s got early onset Alzheimer’s. Folks, they believe this stuff! Do not doubt me. They believe it, hope it, a combination of the two that ends up becoming their reality."...(images above from RushLimbaugh.com)
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Comment: The media are able to act this way because the entire political class is behind them. Enemy #1 is anyone who doesn't vote Democrat. Today that means 63 million Trump voters-who still have no political party behind them. The two political parties have the same America Gone agenda: open borders, extreme globalism, endless foreign wars paid for by US taxpayers, and massive free trade deals. There's no money in putting America First. Trillions of dollars are staked on keeping Americans in chains.