Did journalism “jump the shark” last year? Political commentator Joe diGenova says the public fury about media bias towards former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backfired, helping President Donald Trump win the White House.
DiGenova, a pithy former federal prosecutor, says “the American people are not stupid. They watched this uncritical love affair” the press had with Obama, where “he got a pass for every lie, every failure, and the most bankrupt foreign policy since World War II.”
He says outlets like CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN were “so drunk with adulation that they abdicated their responsibilities.” The press missed Obama’s lack of transparency and lies. He thinks the public took note, starting to rally to those the media clearly despised. To diGenova, the mainstream press became “bootlicks,” and are unworthy of the time-honored First Amendment.
Commenting on Trump’s his first 100 days, diGenova says he “is doing the exactly the right thing and a great job.”
“He’s solidified the Supreme Court for a generation.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gets an “A plus” from diGenova, too, for his stratagem on judges.
DiGenova adds Trump’s “instincts are superb. The best example? Look at what he has done with communist China on North Korea. He has changed their behavior in a couple of months by the use of raw military power and the persuasiveness of his conversations over some of the best ice cream in history apparently.”
He offers suggestions in this exclusive interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation focused on personnel. He says the biggest threat to Trump’s agenda is the burrowed-in Obama holdovers within the federal government. If the new White House finalizes their political appointments, they can thwart the resistance movement taking hold inside of the federal government, he says. FBI Director James Comey, for example, is someone diGenova calls “dangerous” and should have been replaced by Trump.
“The notion that a civil servant will not obey the lawful orders of the President of the United States is unacceptable in a free society. Civil servants are not self-actuating figures. The Democrats have empowered them to think they are indispensable. They are not,” he says.
The newest revelations of just how extensive Obama’s politicization and weaponization of America’s intelligence leaves diGenova startled. Democrats and some in the press and intelligence community have tried political machinations about phony Russian entanglements by Trump, and diGenova says this is a “political fight to destabilize the Trump presidency to bring his negatives up and try to delegitimize him.”
The former federal prosecutor says we have extraordinary evidence of Obama’s politicization of government intelligence that is supposed to be singularly focused on keeping Americans safe, pointing to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline.
The intentional targeting of Obama’s political opponents – even if they were members of Congress, reporters, business people, citizens is becoming more obvious. These victims of unlawful government intrusions were guilty of nothing except opposing Obama’s agenda.
The former federal prosecutor notes that the unmasking by Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, John Brennan and Obama and leaking of this private and intrusive information should be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. DiGenova calls for a federal grand jury to reveal the truth, the leakers and the abuse of power. Otherwise, he says, America is careening towards the KGB and Russian intelligence model where opponents of the state found themselves monitored because of their political views.
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