Accuracy in Media

Robert Reich wrote the lead last week in Newsweek that all lefty reporters dream to write: “Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States.”

“Oh sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit – from which he’s bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids,” Reich wrote. “But he’s not actively governing the United States. That work is happening elsewhere – in Congress, the courts, the Fed, the career civil service, lobbyists, and in the states.  Or it’s not happening at all.”

Reich ripped Trump for losing the battle to repeal Obamacare, saying he “never understood” the law and “played no part in developing Republican alternatives.” But he played a more active role than President Obama did in the passage of Obamacare, and he wisely left it to Congress to figure out legislation that had the best chance to pass.

Reich then said Trump’s budget, submitted in March, was “dead on arrival.” All presidential budgets are dead on arrival, according to some partisan from the other side.

He hit Trump for leaving “important decisions … to the tax-writing committees of Congress,” then, in the next paragraph, said the president’s relations with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have become “so strained they have no interest in looping him into policies before they have to.”

Reich said President Trump has run out of Obama executive orders he can declare void. He says some regulations, such as the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, have to go through a legal process that could take years. He says Trump doesn’t realize this or he would not have said in a speech in Alabama, “Did you see what I did to that? Boom, gone.”

But work has stopped on complying with the Clean Power Plan and is unlikely to resume during those years the Trump administration gets it thrown out and environmental groups – and, sadly, some in the industry – fight him in court. He’s right. It’s probably “boom, gone.”

Reich continues with schoolyard taunts directed at Trump’s cabinet. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just wants to spend on for-profit schools and colleges that cheat their students. Scott Pruitt is trying to strip the EPA of scientists – “another brainless scheme,” Reich says.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is so dumb about dealing with Congress he asked Republicans in the House to support the dead-on-arrival budget “for me.”

In reality, the policies he’s disparaging represent vigorous governing.

DeVos is dramatically reworking the priorities of her department. She has restored school system autonomy on how to handle a variety of issues, including transgender bathrooms. She has removed the federal government from decision making on K-12 curriculum, brought an end to the kangaroo courts instituted by the Obama administration to deal with sexual abuse allegations and cleared the way for programs that allow poor children access to the same quality education as their wealthier counterparts.

The Obama EPA was obsessed with using global warming as a cudgel against property owners – doing everything from trying to put the coal industry out of business to the Waters of the U.S. Rule, abandoned immediately by Trump, which would have put even the smallest cattle ponds under EPA regulation.

The Trump administration refuses to spend a penny on global warming. It has removed all mention of it from government websites, withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accords, to which 192 of the world’s 208 nations were signatories, recalled its representatives to all UN and other international climate organizations and deprioritized it in foreign aid.  

He lashed out at the president for leaving so many top government jobs unfilled. We’re reaping millions of dollars in savings from that and finding out we had way too many top government jobs.

It’s hard to argue he’s not governing when he has dramatically changed our approach to North Korea, bombed a base shared by the Russians in Syria in response to a chemical weapon attack and called on leaders to confront terrorism and assert their sovereignty in his UN speech.

It’s hard when domestic policy – from health care to energy to property rights to education – is being dramatically changed.

Trump is governing, all right. Just not the way Reich would prefer.




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Comments

  • MILES E DRAKE

    Most people will be surprised to learn that there is still a “Newsweek”, which apparently folded as a regular publication after a period of increasing leftist desuetude. Many people will also be surprised to learn that the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Munchkinland is still around, too. Reich and Newsweek are of no significance in themselves, but they are further ominous warnings that the Obammunists do plan a serious revolutionary push in November, and will most likely declare the White House vacant and attempt to fill it with The Mongrel or The Drunken Lesbian Witch, whichever Soros (who is paying for this) picks. Americans who do not want the fundamental transformation to be completed had better be ready to fight the communists and the black militants on and after November 4.

  • Paul Anderson Ed.D.

    Thankfully: more and more Americans are realizing, the media is corrupt and desparately wicked.
    Eve was deceived by the devil, let’s hope more would have learned by Eve being deceived.

  • billybob

    What a doche Reiche is After eight years of dragging this country down the sewerIs a while to clean up the crap. There are so many embedded bureaucraps in Federal Gov’t that will do everything to impede the reversal of what they have been trying to accomplish. Some firings and prosecutions are in order to make the swamp creatures keep their heads down.

  • Gz7

    Agree. Prosecutions will get the perps attention above all others. The fact that we don’t prosecute when we should, results in more of the same.

  • Gz7

    LOL! That was my first thought. Newsweek?

  • MonadnockMan

    This coming from a failing liberal rag like NYT, WP, HP, etc…. enough said!

  • Danny S.

    Newsmax go f___ yourself ! It is not Trump but the MSM which you are a part that is failing America .

  • sox83cubs84

    Newsweek is liberal media. Not worth my time nor my attention.

  • Tuxedo_Plowboy

    Newsweek has become a total rag!!! The paper should be recycled and put to actual use!!

  • FattyWink

    I feel like it’s a race. The criminals in our government racing to oust all the president’s men (including the president) versus Sessions and team trying to prepare cases against the criminals in our government in order to oust them. Unfortunately, the criminals don’t have to follow the law, so they’ll do criminal things to blackmail, threaten, obstruct justice, whereas the non-criminals have to obey the law or their case will be found fraudulent. I think the system (both parties) has been so corrupt for so long that people on both sides will do whatever they can to protect the system (which is part of why you see such little support a republican majority on conservative programs the president is trying to push through even though they campaigned on passing the same – they just never really meant it).

  • John Cunningham

    That’s right, the same as Communists are writing for Newsweek!

  • mjmaf

    Reiche has always been an ivory tower ‘perfect-world-ivory-tower’ theory monger – nothing more. Trump has done more to defend and fix our country than too-busy-at-the-golf-course-Obama, and he has done so without the support of his own party, making him an Army Of One! Trump is not afraid to get his hands dirty with 20-State Current disaster recoveries -plus U.S. Territories, like Puerto Rico where many plane loads of food and water have been sent to people, several of these stricken people are too lazy to participate in their own recovery along with a complainer-mayor who is too busy trying to find fault instead of rolling up her sleeves and going out to see who needs help the most, then focusing efforts in that direction.

  • kansas

    What a complete load of crap.

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    So what this guy is saying is that the different parts of the government are actually doing their jobs.

  • samo war
  • TED

    ‘NewsWeek’ is correct. Trump is nothing but a loose cannon on a rudderless ship!

    All the normal and sane among us are suffering from ‘Trump Exhaustion’ and will simply begin ignoring him in toto, as well as all the incredibly moronic things he says and does, and all the finagles of the corrupticians he’s surrounded himself with.

    A lost four years. Hopefully, in 2020, this country will get back on track!

  • Alberta Ed

    Newsweek lost its credibility a decade ago, if not before.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I thought David Rockefeller was the General Secretary of the CPM.

  • Light_V_Dark

    Teddy Bear, DUDE, I WOULD LIKE TO PUNCH THIS BernTARD’$ LIGHTS OUT! ALL Y’ALL DIDN’T WORSHIP ONE CANDIDATE!

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  • Light_V_Dark

    Robert Reich is around 5′ tall…

    Effeminate Men, Histrionic Women

    https://youtu.be/wVvnT1w0ehs Effeminate-little, Millennial, Left Liberal with a wanna beard, agreeing with Ofrey Winfree that us old RACISTS HAVE TO DIE…

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    https://youtu.be/Gi8CWmgmx1g Passive Aggressive Queers For Muslims

  • Light_V_Dark

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2002/03/14/the-true-measure-of-a-man/aabb4f4d-aa29-4200-9190-f2bc2b28403c/?utm_term=.b22134c9cc00

    The True Measure Of a Man
    By Mark Leibovich March 14, 2002
    There is, right off, the issue of the candidate’s height.

    Robert Reich is eating his oatmeal and his shoes don’t touch the kitchen floor. His tie hangs an inch and a half beneath his belt buckle, or just above his knees. His two sons were taller than he is by the time they were 10.

    Reich, 55, is running for governor of Massachusetts. He is 4 feet 10 1/2.

    Nobody is questioning the little guy’s IQ… BUT, STICK PEOPLE, BOBBY?
    http://33.media.tumblr.com/eba178d09548d0e9ef6b657e065545cc/tumblr_no6seqA9FB1qgsazuo6_500.gif