Accuracy in Media

Jennifer Rubin, who bills herself as the Washington Post’s conservative political blogger, was taken to task by Charles Cooke of the National Review, for taking any position to oppose President Trump, even if it means a 180 from previously expressed positions.

Rubin was defended by David Frum of the Atlantic, whose main argument — which seemed to be that he likes Rubin and doesn’t like it when people criticize her — did not go over well.

Joseph Adams, an attorney in Raleigh, N.C, said he has tracked Rubin’s writings, and being anti-Trump is not the only thing she does that might leave one to wonder why she writes a blog called “The Right Turn.”

“We all know Jen Rubin tends to criticize politicians by name,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “So what, you might ask, has she said this year about prominent liberal Democrats? I’ve tracked this all year, so strap in.”

Adams said Rubin has mentioned Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 76 times in the past 12 months. How many times did she criticize him?

“Zero,” Adams wrote.

Rubin said Trump “would be wise” to listen or follow the recommendation of Schumer on two occasions in 2017 and once said that if he “plays his cards right,” Trump might deliver policy victories for the Democrats rather than the GOP. She named Schumer Distinguished Pol of the Week four times.

She devoted entire columns to praising Schumer for slowing the Senate confirmation process, going after Trump’s “billionaire non-pol appointees” and strategizing about how Schumer could beat Trump.

Rubin called Schumer and Democrats grownups and Republicans children in one piece. In another, she quotes Schumer to support a piece entitled, “Trump is a threat to national security.” In another, she called on Trump to “take Schumer at his word” and work with him to pass Democrats’ legislative priorities.

Adams also analyzed Rubin’s coverage of Nancy Pelosi. She mentioned Pelosi in 66 articles since the election of 2016. As with Schumer, none of the mentions were critical.

Rubin described the anti-Obama groundswell in 2010 that returned control of the House to Republicans as “AstroTurf” and “not really a grass-roots movement.” She said Pelosi was unfairly “berated” for her comment that we had to pass Obamacare to see what was in it, saying, incredibly, that House members knew “far more” about Obamacare than the repeal bill that went before Congress during the summer.

She piled on a week later in March, saying, “As Pelosi reminds us, Obamacare took a long time to get through … some last-minute arm twisted was needed … but [House members] knew pretty much what they were getting.”

Besides, Rubin said in another piece, it wasn’t that Democrats were re-ordering a sixth of the economy with a bill few had read or come to understand. Rather, what Pelosi had said was, “in essence … you’d have to get away from the political noise to appreciate it.”

On the day Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others were shot in Alexandria, Va., in a practice for the annual congressional baseball game, Rubin’s first instinct, according to Adams, was to point out she was “heartened to hear [Pelosi] prays for all her colleagues on a regular basis.”

And in late September, Rubin wrote a column that said Democrats “need a 4-prong plan to beat Trump and his philosophy” in a piece in which she goes on at length about how Democrats are totally paralyzing the GOP agenda.

Never stated is why a supposedly conservative columnist is coming up with a strategy to beat Trump and his philosophy. One can take issue with Trump’s personality, but the goals he has pursued – deregulation, tax cuts, putting conservatives on the bench, reducing the size and scope of government – are traditional conservative views. Why would the conservative columnist plot against them?




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  • johnholliday

    Rubin is another liberal disgrace.