John Kass, Kavanaugh-Biden double standard and lack of curiosity over Flynn make Beltway media look bad

If there were ever a time that the American people needed credible national journalism, it is now, during this awful coronavirus pandemic.

But for many reasons, whatever trust the people had in news from Washington has been broken over time.

Now tens of millions of Americans are out of work, tens of thousands have died, the people are overwhelmed by conflicting and dueling scientific models of the virus, tribal politics shapes coverage.

And Americans are so confused and afraid that many have been willing to accept suspension of the Bill of Rights.

If that isn’t chaos, and the foundation of chaos to come, what is?

Two stories out of Washington, the narratives shaped by the Washington Beltway media establishment, illustrate the break. They sit there as the coronavirus consumes the news cycle.

One is the incredible double standard in the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over claims of sexual assault.

Publicly admitting you were wrong about something is painful indeed. I should know. Many of us admitted that we were wrong about Iraq and the supposed weapons of mass destruction. And many apologized.

The other story involves that amazing lack of national journalistic curiosity over the FBI’s crumbling perjury case against former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn.

What Washington pundit or TV talking head really wants to publicly examine how they were manipulated by intelligence sources in a move to take down a president?

Just so there’s no mistake here, I am separating journalism into two distinct camps.One is made up of local reporters and photographers, and other is the Washington Beltway crowd of national reporters, newspaper and TV pundits.Local news reporters tell you what is going on in your cities, at your hospitals, on the ground, even as local politicians issue coronavirus edicts and glorify themselves with memes as benevolent autocrats.Local reporters have become ill from the virus. They face layoffs and salary cutbacks in these uncertain times.

The Washington Beltway crowd, however, which works in large part as handmaidens to the national Democratic Party, is in a different universe altogether.

The double standard between Kavanaugh and Biden is painfully obvious. Both men were hit with claims of sexual assault.

Real Deal Reports (7 May 2020) with Dean Ryan in LA and Mike Bara in Seattle.

But the Washington media and the Democratic Party pounced on Kavanaugh immediately, and joined in self-righteous fury to destroy him, running wild claims that he was leader of a cult of gang rapists, elevating weasels like the now-discredited Michael Avenatti — a convicted extortionist — to preen and pass judgment on Kavanaugh before cable news audiences.

And Biden? After the story dribbled out about former aide Tara Reade, Biden was not asked about her in several national interviews.

It took 19 days for it to be addressed by The New York Times. Now Kavanaugh’s most ravenous critics in media, politics and the #MeToo movement find themselves talking about “due process,” if they talk about the accusation against Biden at all.

Just Google the name of a pundit, add Kavanaugh and “sexual assault” and see for yourself.

The Flynn story is perhaps even more disturbing. Reporters tell themselves they’re curious, but this story has been met with an appalling lack of curiosity.

The FBI’s perjury case against Flynn is collapsing. It appears the feds used a perjury trap on Flynn to get him out of the way so he couldn’t stop a takedown of a president with that now-discredited Russia collusion probe.

“What is our goal?” one FBI official notes in the margins of recently released documents. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

Whether you loathe President Donald Trump or support him, and whether you support his policies on the courts, taxes and immigration while remaining justifiably queasy about the temperament of this most volatile and temperamental man, what happened to Flynn should frighten every American.

Real Deal Reports (8 May 2020) with Dean Ryan in LA and Mike Bara in Seattle.

Eventually, I suppose much will be revealed. Justice Department criminal prosecutors are sifting through the actions of former FBI boss James Comey and others in the intelligence community.

And members of that Washington Beltway media crowd — particularly those who carried Comey’s water — now seem strangely disinterested.

You’d think journalists would be angry about being manipulated by sources in a rush to take a White House scalp.

Local reporters would burn such sources to the ground. But on the Washington Beltway, the coronavirus offers distance and cover. It won’t last.

What happened with Flynn is, of course, open to interpretation. The best place for it all to come out isn’t in news columns, or cable TV, but in federal court.

Perhaps it will, with indictments to follow.

This story needs a wide telling, but it’s not being widely told.

America is still wrestling with the virus. The economy is ruined. A depression looms, joblessness leads to drug and alcohol abuse, domestic battery, misery, fear and suicide.

That is a crisis. Your candidate not winning an election isn’t a crisis.

Now the people desperately require confidence in the information given them by journalists in Washington, information they’ll need to reorder their lives and maintain the republic and their rights.

Political tribalism and a lack of curiosity doesn’t help.

You don’t need a hospital X-ray to tell you what’s broken.

Those two stories, the one about Biden and Kavanaugh and the other about Mike Flynn, protrude from the skin like jagged bones, and painfully tell you what you need to know.

John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His e-mail address is jskass@chicagotribune.com, and his Twitter handle is @john_kass.

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27 thoughts on “John Kass, Kavanaugh-Biden double standard and lack of curiosity over Flynn make Beltway media look bad”

  1. Dear Jim and friends… you know who you are. Please help me with your opinions. Justice is the latest victim of corona virus. Defendenats in law suits are now allowed to phone in their court ordered appearance. It was so outrageous I wanted to go straight into primal scream therapy after court today. If it was a video appearance, it would still be wrong. But it’s only by phone. If you are an old lady grifter, when you get caught you can just deny the case by phone. I had her landlord’s hand written receipt for $2700. Over the phone she denied it was real. I was there in person and my evidence was real. But the Judge continued the case based on that. As I held it up to the Judge she became enraged and chastised me and threatened to have me thrown out of court. My crime was holding up the proof of what i was saying.

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    1. Dave, here is what happened to us once years ago: We were at a hearing to evict a tenant. The Judge waited about 15 minutes after the time the hearing was to begin, but the deadbeat failed to show up. The Judge ruled in our favor. Then after we had left the courthouse he showed up late. The Judge reversed his ruling and we had to do it all over again! Landlord tenant laws are among the most unfair on the planet. Hotels, motels and store front businesses are permitted to use the criminal procedure and evict deadbeats instantly without a hearing. But illegal unfair laws for landlords force them to use the slow and unfair civil procedure.
      The three worst States are NY, California and Florida. It is so bad in Florida Lawyers pay deadbeat tenants to move!

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  2. When I grew up in a small town near Pasadena in the 1940’s-1950’s, we had wonderful friendly doctors and dentists but they were largely ignorant of the powers of Vitamin C because Klenner was just beginning to seriously study this miracle medicine. As a kid I had bleeding gums. I also, for no apparent reason, developed sores on my lips. These were very frustrating because what girl wants to date a guy who looks like he may have visited a house of ill repute below the border with San Diego too often? Today it is well known that Vitamin C deficiency causes bleeding gums. In fact some describe this condition as an early manifestation of Scurvy. It is also well known today that Vitamin C kills viruses and viruses can lead to “cold sores” on the lips. Do you know that all higher animals manufacture their own stores of Vitamin C!~ Humans do not allegedly due to some gene mutation long ago. Suppose the animals did not produce Vitamin C in large amounts? They would have vanished from the Earth long ago. This reaches the underlying reason it is so vitally important for humans to take in this miracle substance every day in optimal amounts. Today the safe dose of Vitamin C is well known to be the order of 1 gram=1.000 milligrams. Even in much larger amounts there is no evidence it will harm you. Klenner was the pioneer in studying this miracle substance. He used to give his own kids measles and cure them with Vitamin C! This is a true scientist and researcher in the image of Louis Pasteur. Vitamin C also kills cancer cells and we know some cancer cells are caused by viruses. Could the Vitamin C be killing the viruses which produce the cancer? Klenner also cured poisonous snake and insect bites with high dose Vitamin C and many other diseases and problems as well. Could a Vitamin C deficiency be responsible for all or almost all human ailments? Who knows? But the criminals running our totally corrupt so called health agencies are working 24/7 to keep this miracle, inexpensive and safe and powerful treatment a carefully guarded secret. All these criminals should be sitting in a jail cell for life! I have no bleeding gums today and no cold sores on my lips. I have reached 81 and overweight but many M.D.’s have died at much earlier ages. I credit Vitamin C the miracle substance. Ignorance is bliss.
    Read this fabulous seminal paper over and over and over again:
    http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html
    Say a prayer of thanks to Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. the true pioneer of this miracle substance.

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  3. Thanks to Don, Will and Ralph for good comments. Obviously powerful lawyers and others aided in the Obama scam. Most Americans just can’t believe how low this country has degenerated today and even by WWI and WWII. I have heard powerful evidence that indeed we know now that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a false flag by Roosevelt to get us into that war. The reason was simple.
    All the massive spending during the 1930’s did not get us out of the massive jam from the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and massive bank failures of the 1930’s. Only the war did the job. One of the next significant cons was likely also from FDR via General Donovan who paid a military hit man $10,000 in 1945 to plan and murder General Patton. He was not killed in an innocent car accident as we falsely all learned from lying high school history books. All this was followed by lie after lie about numerous wars for nothing. Patton was extremely popular and planned to return home and blow the whistle on Ike and his cronies. It is very likely Patton would have been elected president instead of Ike. History for the U.S. would have been dramatically changed. Even Ike and his cronies were in on the scam to murder Patton. Almost none of them attended his funeral either. Ike was a bum like all the rest. I always wondered why he was promoted over so many senior generals. Patton was ambushed the most cowardly way to attack a giant like him. General Patton was from San Gabriel, California just South of Pasadena. I had a large paper route for the Pasadena Star News in that area but had no idea at the time this giant American was near by. Patton was considered the greatest general of WWII by the German Generals. He even bailed Ike out once! What a shameful disgrace this country has been was and is today.

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    1. Judy Mikovits’ site and some interesting news re Trump VS Fauci: ( http://plaguethebook.com/ )

      EXCLUSIVE: Trump Drops the Hammer on Fauci After Disturbing White House Briefings on Doctor’s Past

      Finally, President Trump is seeing the light on the real Dr. Anthony Fauci after a series of White House briefings with intelligence insiders who were critical of the embattled supposed coronavirus medical guru.

      As detailed on the Thomas Paine Podcast Ep. 21, Trump has soured on Fauci after some closed door meetings at the White House this past week about allegations and questions regarding Fauci’s professional resume. Dr. Judy Mikovits’ detailed disturbing allegations against Fauci on the Thomas Paine Podcast Ep. 19. The groundswell of anti-Fauci Intel was sparked by a damning interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Thomas Paine Podcast Ep. 18 that literally torched Fauci.

      And now the White House has been briefed as well. Paine’s newest podcast detailed the recent turn of events and since it aired this week, Fauci has been largely absent from daily White House briefings.

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  4. Dr. Fetzer… Did you close out your email (Jim@moonrockbooks.com)…getting a mailer-daemon.
    Had a question re the Raw Deal on Friday. Someone mentioned the fed sent a municipality in California some 150 million bucks a month for 23,000 homeless. Do you or anyone here remember what city received those funds?

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      1. Thanks, Dr….I just found it on the replay…23,000 homeless in San Fran receive 150 million per month from various governmental sources….that’s $6, 522 per homeless every month. How the F is that possible??

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  5. Let’s face it Barrack Obama was the master con artist who was “elected” President two times. He had powerful friends in the right places to aid him in hiding his mysterious past. He seemed to appear out of nowhere. Remember the Sandy Hook con happened under his watch. He was and still is an intimate part of that massive hoax in Connecticut where his fake SS number came from.
    Here is a great article by Dr. Eowyn on the subject:

    https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/sandy-hook-and-obamas-connecticut-social-security-number

    Lying public officials in Hawaii repeatedly lied about his background to cover his tracks from that totally corrupt cesspool of a State. It was a terrible error to allow the corrupt cesspool Hawaii into the Union. With all the great study by Jim and others on Sandy Hook we still do not really understand the role of Obama yet he is carefully guarded 24/7 by armed security as if he had something to hide. Even his wife is still a carefully guarded mystery story. What a disgrace this cesspool is and has become today. Perhaps is has always been this way.

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    1. Correction: The word is in the last sentence above should read it.

      Perhaps the greatest obscenity of the Nobel Committee was to award Obama the 2009 Noble Prize in Peace. This master liar con artist has covered up all his college records from public view. When many serious challenges were made to his candidacy, powerful lying lawyers aided him by having corrupt judges declare them premature before election day and moot after election day. This master con artist is the Father of the Sandy Hook Hoax December 14, 2012! Serious scholars are still arguing about the question of whether any kids were killed at all that day! Obama’s cowardly response: Silence!
      Read this aricle https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34277960. “Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize”
      • 17 September 2015
      • Compare the qualifications of this gutless coward wimp, who has deliberately hidden his likely sordid past, with the massive achievements of the greatest chemist of the 20th Century Linus Pauling Ph.D., two solo Nobel Prizes, Chemistry 1954 and Peace 1962!
      • Ignorant bigots criticized this scientific genius for taking 18 grams of Vitamin C per day to cure his prostate cancer. Yes high dose Vitamin C also kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. While it was too late to fully eradicate the cancer which had moved to his liver, still he lived until age 93 which is more than most medical doctors survive to and it obviously did not harm him did it? Compare this genius Linus Pauling, Ph.D. with the only medical doctor to criticize the 1992 TIME article that Vitamins and Minerals May improve health and extend lives with the phrase: “Taking Vitamins and Minerals does nothing to extend life but only provides expensive urine”, said Victor Herbert, M.D. Herbert died at age 75 so he obviously was not a paragon of enlightenment was he? Even I am now 81 and should have died decades ago drag racing on the public streets of Pasadena or seeking to set a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with our 1937 Ford with full race supercharged Chrysler Hemi engine in 1950’s! Everyone should listen to the great speech in 1994 by Joel D. Wallach, DVM, ND “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie”. I choose the giant scientist and citizen Linus Pauling, Ph.D. as my hero! Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

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    2. WJA… Is it not amazing that the SSA refuses to release information based on privacy concerns while the rest of us are tracked, traced and recorded 24/7. The hypocrisy and double standard is astounding.

      I will not hold my breath for Obama and his husband to receive what they deserve, but I do pray for justice.

      Time will tell.

      Thanks for that more than interesting research.

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    3. Details of Obama’s huge frauds and blatant sedition are way beyond the capacity of a blogpost. They would fill a book.

      Because it is now clear that he orchestrated the effort to have Trump removed from office, Barry should spend the rest of his life in prison with his co-conspirators—– not Martha’s Vineyard.

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    4. Some of this info comes to me via a famous researcher/investigator author of more than 12 books. That author went to Hawaii and interviewed people, still living, that knew the Dunham/Obama back story.
      Obama is not half this and that. He’s 100% Indonesian. His bio mother was a bar worker at Lederer’s Bar in Honolulu. That bar was a hangout for Dunham. Dunham arraigned that the bar worker transfer the baby Barack to his daughter Ann. She wanted to raise a child of color. That baby was born in Hawaii not Kenya.
      Obama’s pose as a black man is a ruse to game the system. In high school he concluded that being Indonesian meant nothing to Americans.
      The Obama scam has to be the biggest con game to hit world history in several thousand years. If it was a movie, people would laugh…its so audacious and ludicrous but people fell for it because his past was kept secret and was filled with fictional feel-good stories.

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  6. John Kass keeps talking about ”journalists”. What a joke. There is no journalism any more. Journalism is dead. ALL of MSM is political opinions of whatever side they favor. If you hear it on TV or radio, all you will hear is slanted opinions and personal bias …..not news.

    A few sites on the Internet are the last bastions of unbiased ”news”.

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    1. What befuddles me re this article more than anything is Kass’s belief that local reporters are any less corrupt than those on the national news. They ALL answer to the same Zionist controllers and the repeated reports are always almost identical in their wording and rarely if ever deviate from the accepted narrative of the moment.

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