I admit I’m not much of a basketball fan, college or professional. The enthusiasm for filling out brackets and predicting who the winning teams will be is lost on me. Then I saw a March Madness bracket that was absolutely perfect on Twitter. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won Twitter with her Mueller Madness tweet.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 26, 2019
Mueller Madness first appeared in the New York Post. All of the worst offenders who promoted the Russian collusion hoax in the media are included.
Our contenders are divided into four groups (not unlike NCAA conferences): the print journalists, the cable TV talkers, the Twitterati and the network news reporters and “analysts.” And the brackets are seeded, with the most visible and influential figures contending against the lesser-known.
Who came out on top in each group? The print journalists group is led by the king of Never Trumpers, Bill Kristol, followed by Max Boot. The cable news group top honor goes to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Next in line for the top honor is that networks’s morning show co-host Joe Scarborough. In the Twitter category, Brookings Institute fellow Benjamin Wittes won the top slot for his repeated unhinged tweets. The second most noted in the twitterverse went to Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe. The final group, the Network “collusion peddlers” has Alec Baldwin in the top spot for his Trump impersonations and The View’s Joy Behar for her prediction that President Trump “is going to end up in prison.”
While the unhinged left and their cohorts in the media and Never Trump world work through the five stages of grief now that Special Counsel Mueller reported that no Russian collusion was found in the Trump campaign, the current Trump campaign sent out a memo to television producers calling for “some media introspection” after the release of the letter to Congressional leaders from Attorney General William Barr. The memo calls out ” “Democrat leaders and others lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion” on television networks.
Officials named include House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff and Congressman Eric Swalwell, for their claims on collusion, and former CIA Director John Brennan, who called the president’s behavior “treasonous” last year.
The campaign’s memo asks networks to confront any of the people named on their past statements, saying, “at this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and a serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future.”.
I think most reasonable people (obviously not the folks wishcasting about Russian collusion charges against Trump) will agree with the campaign’s memo. It’s been impossible to avoid the ugly rhetoric from the left on television for the last two years. The Trump hate has penetrated news reports and television shows. There has been no escape. The memo named names and quotes to justify the request for introspection.
The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers: pic.twitter.com/yhr03LAI7N
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 25, 2019
Will we see any humility or grace on our televisions? Not likely. I haven’t seen much introspection on cable news, that’s for sure. The egos of the television reporters are quite bloated and the culture turns many of them into popular personalities, not just straight reporters. As expected, a couple of the scalded dogs have responded.
The only person who has been caught lying about Russia is Donald Trump. If he thinks I’ve made a false statement, he can sue me. And I’ll beat him in court. https://t.co/x9UvPnTqkO
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 25, 2019
The Trump campaign thinks that people who have made "outrageous and unsupported claims" in the past should not appear on TV — which seems like it might cripple their campaign strategy. https://t.co/GVup1iFo71
— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 25, 2019
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet won the Internet that day. In the long run, I’d like to think the American people in general will win with lessons learned from all of this mess but I’ll not hold my breath.