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Amanpour Gets a Failing Grade

Updated on December 6, 2016

Spider Harlotte is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Our creative friend, Spider Harlotte, is at the breakfast table this morning. She has been spinning like mad ever since she heard CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour express her concerns for journalism in the United States under a Trump presidency. Please join Harlotte and me at the table this morning. Harlotte will be serving scrambled eggs and sausage. I will round out the meal with Bloody Marys. I hope to see you soon. The eggs are in the pan.


Cooking Up a Lie

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I had the extreme displeasure of listening to Christiane Amanpour's views about journalism in the coming Trump era. She threw president-elect Trump into the frying pan and turned on the burners. Amanpour is the British-Iranian international correspondent and anchor for CNN. She delivered a speech recently in New York calling for freedom of the press in the United States. Perhaps Amanpour has spent too much time abroad covering international affairs to fairly judge the state of journalism in our country. The CNN anchor expressed outrageous concern for the safety of journalism and journalists once Donald Trump takes office. She went on to state that Trumps's rhetoric against the press was despicable and dishonest. What Amanpour fails to understand is that Donald Trump is spot on. Journalism in America has declined so rapidly, that getting the truth is now an impossible task. Her own network, CNN, is guilty of distorting, misreporting, omitting and skewing the news. Americans have been besieged by biased reporting at levels that are unheard of and unimaginable. Her concern for the state of journalism in a Trump America is just as distorted as what comes out of the MSM. Polls show quite emphatically that most Americans do not trust the press. There is no reason to trust the press. The state of journalism has eroded so dramatically, that I don't think their efforts should be characterized as journalism. They should fall under the category of propaganda, because that is exactly what it is. The MSM decides what they want Americans to know. The MSM reports only the news that bolsters their twisted view of the nation. Ms. Amanpour has it all wrong. She has invented a false narrative about the state of journalism under Trump. She has equated the fate of American journalists with those working in war torn areas where their lives are,in fact, endangered. Ms. Amanpour, this is America. We don't shoot journalists or imprison them for their words. Frankly, there are times I wish we could, because the damage they cause is despicable.


Pulling Us Apart

This tug of war with our beliefs, loyalties and emotions has to be resolved. The left has to come to terms with the results of this election. Donald Trump will be our president. His description of the media is accurate. We have a lot of work to do to fix the way Americans get the news. The MSM owes Americans a huge apology for the harm they have caused. When the New York Times wrote a letter of apology, I saw it as a sign that things might get better. Now I am not so sure. Ms. Amanpour's suggestion that she fears that reporters in America will end up in jails is insane and irresponsible. If the left wing media doesn't change their ways, it is my hope that their readerships will dwindle and their ratings will plummet. That's the way we do things in our country, Ms. Amanpour.

Harlotte's Song

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practice to deceive.

Sir Walter Scott


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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      Dear lamb servant,

      Yes, that's true but Amanpour is off the rails. I long for the days of real journalists reporting the news with integrity, talent and common sense. See you at the Inn.

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      Lori Colbo 15 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Pot calling the kettle black considering Obama wants to silence Fox news and conservative journalism.

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      Good Morning Mike,

      Yes, that is the good news. This of us who believe in what America can be and must be have won. The"Pelosis" haven't a clue about the American people. They never had to care about what we wanted before and now they are out in the cold. I have a good feeling about Trump. I believe he will shake things up here and around the world and that is fantastic. See you at the Inn.

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      Old Poolman 15 months ago

      The press in this country has truly lost their way. I never thought I would see the day when I would need to doubt or question much of what I see and read regarding the current news. I have no idea when this begin changing, or perhaps it has always been this way and I just wasn't paying attention.

      So far I feel very good about what I am seeing from what will soon be the Trump administration. Not only has the Media lost their way, but those we elect to represent us in Washington have also lost their way. For many years now the decisions they make regarding proposed legislation had little or nothing to do with what was good for America and we citizens. It was all about party in-fighting and they have blocked many bills that would have helped this country because they were proposed by someone in the wrong party. The Media gladly jumped on board with this and helped set our country back even more.

      It remains to be seen how effective Trump will be in changing the attitudes of many of our career politicians. The good news is that the voters have woken up and showed that they are fed up with the corruption and power struggles that have become our Government.

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      Good Morning billy,

      I think it makes a huge difference when it comes to who is in the WH. If Trump keeps us safer that would be great. If jobs come back, that would be great. If I get a tax break, that would be great. I guess we are both optimistic for different reasons. See you at the Inn.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Left, right, stand up and fight, blah, blah, and blah. I'm tired of it. I'm going to sit back and see how it goes. Donald Trump will not affect my life in any noticeable way. The same would have been true of Clinton. I'll leave the name-calling and the in-fighting to those who don't have lives to live. :) And obviously the press has no life.

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      Good Morning Tom,

      The left is so far left that they are and should be a laughing stock to any rational citizen. I am so sick of the crazies like Amanpour, celebrities like Madonna, networks like CNN, newspapers like the NY Tomes and politicians like the Dems. The lunatic college kids belong in this group, as well. They are the true deplorables. See you at the Inn.

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      Tom Whitworth 15 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Harlotte,

      I hope the reaction and behavior of the left will cement the resolution of Americans to reject them for years to come. The left always accuses the right of wanting to disenfranchise voters but that's exactly the likely and predictable outcome of the Stein/Clinton recounts in three states.