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Media Watch: The 8 Worst Examples of Media Bias from this Last Week

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The Daily Caller News Foundation has compiled a weekly list of examples exposing bias in Politico’s daily emailed newsletter that briefs subscribers on the most important news of the day.

This week, Politico Playbook’s writers, Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman, took issue with what President Donald Trump didn’t tweet, included quotes calling the Trump family “amoral” and “race-baiting,” and topped it off with a few subtle implications Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself.

Oh, and the unease for civilian casualties in the war on terror and the president’s golf schedule made a roaring comeback after a long eight-year vacation conspicuously coinciding with Barack Obama’s presidency.

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Below are the most egregious examples from the past week:

1. Trump is worse than Nixon … Because one reporter thinks so. 

SUSAN GLASSER’S THE GLOBAL POLITICO – “Don’t Compare Trump to Nixon. It’s Unfair to Nixon”: “Are we watching Watergate the rerun? … [I]nevitably, the magazine articles and essays, radio talk shows and book lists all mention a single remarkable work: Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal. Drew, at the time the New Yorker’s Washington correspondent and host of a weekly interview show on PBS, wrote the journal as a real-time diary of how the American political world handled the spiraling investigations of 1973 and 1974 … [I]f anything, Drew has come to believe that the Trump investigation could yield even more serious abuse of power or failure to execute the office than the years’ worth of Nixon probes. What’s more, the Russia scandal, she says, ‘is in many ways more complicated than Watergate was.’” … Transcript … Subscrib

2. Suggesting Donald Trump is attending the Women’s U.S. Open to benefit himself because he’s hurting for the extra cash, obviously. 

WHAT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS UP TO TODAY — at 11:02 p.m.: “I will be at the @USGA #USWomensOpen in Bedminister, NJ tomorrow. Big crowds expected & the women are playing great-should be very exciting!”

— THE PRESIDENT attending the U.S. Women’s Open will draw exponentially more attention to the tournament, which is being hosted at a Trump property.

3. Plugging an article calling the Trump family and presidency amoral, greedy, misogynistic (looking at you, Ivanka), and race-baiting. 

SNEAK PEEK — DAVID REMNICK in next week’s New Yorker, “Trump Family Values: Amid revelations of Donald, Jr.,’s misguided meeting with two Russians, the President shows once again where his only loyalties lie”: “The Republicans, the self-proclaimed party of family values, remain squarely behind a family and a Presidency whose most salient features are amorality, greed, demagoguery, deception, vulgarity, race-baiting, misogyny, and, potentially—only time and further investigation will tell—a murky relationship with a hostile foreign government.”

4. Now that Obama is gone, the media suddenly cares about civilian casualties. 

THE COST OF WAR — “President Trump’s Air War Kills 12 Civilians Per Day,” by Samuel Oakford in The Daily Beast: “Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led war against the so-called Islamic State are on pace to double under President Donald Trump, according to an Airwars investigation for The Daily Beast. Airwars researchers estimate that at least 2,300 civilians likely died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria. As of July 13, more than 2,200 additional civilians appear to have been killed by Coalition raids since Trump was inaugurated—upwards of 360 per month, or 12 or more civilians killed for every single day of his administration.”

5. It’s almost like Trump went golfing right after the Turkey and Berlin terror attacks. Oh wait, that was Obama. Now the media cares about golfing again after an eight-year Obama era respite.

WHERE WAS THE PRESIDENT THE LAST FEW DAYS? At his golf course in New Jersey, watching the U.S. Women’s Open. Yes, he made phone calls. Yes, he had a strategy dinner last night. Yes, his legislative affairs team was working over members. But winning in Washington takes a full-court press, not a passive push. Tara Palmeri scooped that Trump said at a dinner last night with senators Republicans would look like “dopes” if they couldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare. UHH … The president is the top Republican and the leader of the party.

— THE WHITE HOUSE is fond of saying that they just want something to sign, and they don’t care much what that is. That strategy has not really worked.

6. The “only real victory?” How about the 14 out of 15 Obama era regulations they reversed. Seems like a GOP victory to me.

 FROM WAPO’S PAUL KANE: “This week … brought a painful reminder for Republicans of how difficult major legislative undertakings can be with a president who is doing other things, picking fights with TV news hosts and devoting an inordinate amount of time to a mounting scandal about his 2016 presidential campaign.”

— RIGHT NOW the only real victory McConnell can point to this year is the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

7. You’d Think Trump was enriching himself at the taxpayers expense … until you get to the last sentence. 

SOME SERIOUS COIN! — “U.S. Military’s Space in Trump Tower Costs $130,000 a Month,” by WSJ’s Paul Sonne: “The U.S. government is paying more than $130,000 a month to lease space in Trump Tower for the military office that supports the White House, even though Donald Trump hasn’t spent a night at the New York skyscraper since becoming president. The government signed a $2.39 million lease to rent a 3,475 sq. ft. space in the building for the military from Apr. 11, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018, nearly 18 months in total, according to lease documents that The Wall Street Journal obtained through a freedom of information request.

“The government agreed to pay $180,000 for the last 20 days of April 2017 and $130,000 a month thereafter, according to the contract released by the General Services Administration, the agency that negotiates office space agreements for the government. The GSA redacted large portions of the lease, including the name of the person who owns the Trump Tower space the government is renting. A Pentagon official wrote in a letter seen by the Journal that the space is owned privately by someone unaffiliated with the Trump Organization and that the department sees no way in which Mr. Trump can benefit from the rent money.”

8. When he tweets he can’t win, when he doesn’t, he can’t either. 

THINGS THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT TWEETED ABOUT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS: Wishing John McCain well after he announced he’d have surgery for a blood clot in his eye. Urging senators to raise the debt ceiling or pass the health care bill. Urging House Republicans to pass the air-traffic control overhaul bill, which is in big trouble. Things the president hasn’t tweeted? He shouldn’t tweet, how he should?

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