For as much as I (rightfully) criticize the media and how they normalize Trump's full-bore attack on democratic norms, there are those pockets of good journalism that need to be recognized. CNBC's John Harwood is one of the good ones. And he makes a point here that I think too many MAGAts dismiss as unimportant: Trump's policies are destroying not only our diplomatic relatioinships, but the global economy in ways that will be felt for decades to come.
Facts, figures, and context. Whodathunk?
Contrast that, if you will, with this gauzy, soft focus promo from Maggie Haberman of the "failing New York Times" on Javanka:
It was only in May that Mr. Kushner had his security clearance restored after months of questions about whether he was in peril in the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Mr. Mueller’s investigators have not publicly cleared Mr. Kushner, and Mr. Kushner’s advisers issued misleading statements that indicated his clearance had been fully restored, when in fact he was still awaiting that status.
But he and his wife are still ramping up their profiles, ready again for a more public stage to pursue their projects after waiting out — and in some cases grinding down — their critics.
“I think they felt in some ways when things escalated that they thought it was best to keep a lower profile and hone in on their specific policy areas,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.
Ms. Trump’s announcement this past week that she would shut down her fashion brand, based in New York, seemed to symbolize a recommitment to her life and her husband’s in Washington.
Ugh. This was on the front page too. Clearly, The New York Times learned nothing from their Judy Miller debacle and has decided to go all in on pimping for Trump. And for what? For him to complain about how terrible they are?
Think how different the country would be if we had more Harwoods and a whole lot less Habermans.
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ABC's "This Week" — Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.; Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal analyst; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.; Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio. Panel: Rick Klein, ABC News’ political director; Dan Balz and Mary Jordan of The Washington Post and Mara Gay of the New York Times editorial board.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Sam Nunberg, a former official on Donald Trump's presidential campaign; Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News and author of “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America & the Election of Donald Trump.” Panel: Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief, Washington Free Beacon; Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton University; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; and Peggy Noonan, columnist, The Wall Street Journal.
CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Trump; Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council. Panel: Anne Gearan of The Washington Post; Ed O’Keefe of CBS; Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News; and Salena Zito of the New York Post and Washington Examiner.
CNN's "State of the Union" — Kudlow; Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director; Mitch Landrieu, D-former mayor of New Orleans. Panel: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; David Urban, former strategist, Donald J. Trump for President; Nina Turner, president, Our Revolution; and Amanda Carpenter, author of “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us.”
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former specialist, Middle East, CIA; Trita Parsi, president, National Iranian American Council and author of “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy”; Husain Haqqani, former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (2008-2011) and director for South and Central Asia topics at the Hudson Institute; Laurel Miller, senior political scientist, foreign policy, RAND Corp.; and Laurie Santos, psychologist and director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker; Carl Bernstein, CNN political analyst; FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel; Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent, SiruisXM, and president of the White House Correspondents Association; Katie Rogers of The New York Times; S.E. Cupp, columnist, New York Daily News.
"Fox News Sunday" — Giuliani; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Panel: Jonah Goldberg of National Review; Gillian Turner, Fox News correspondent; Jonathan Swan, national political reporter for Axios; and Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service.
Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" — Vice President Mike Pence; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
So what's catching your eye this morning?