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HORIST: Reporters can tell the truth occasionally … even on CNN

HORIST: Reporters can tell the truth occasionally … even on CNN

For me, the big news on CNN the other days was the fact that one of the reporters – the parroting panelist/CNN contributor type – went off script.

They were talking about the national Independence Day celebration produced by President Trump.  Of course, there was universal agreement that it was inappropriate, stupid, overly expensive, too militaristic, and a bit of a farce designed to placate Trump’s ego.

Despite the focus on the American military, they deemed the entire event to be akin to a May Day parade in Russia or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un birthday celebration.  They declared the entire national celebration of America’s Independence Day to be … well … un-American.

After several rounds of uncompromised Trump bashing by the entire panel, Ryan Lizza, political correspondent for Esquire Magazine offered up an uncharacteristic summation of their analyses.  He suggested that perhaps … just perhaps … the universally anti-Trump panel was being a bit unfair … biased … unbalanced, you might say.  Lizza actually had the audacity to suggest that a lot of Americans … millions, in fact … just might have a different perspective on Trump Fourth of July festivities.

He said (with my added highlights):

Look, Trump is an incredibly polarizing figure and all of us bring our knowledge of his history and our own biases about how we feel about him to any event like this and a speech you know, it has to be said there are millions of Americans who watched the speech and probably don’t have any criticism, thought it was just a perfectly ordinary Fourth of July address. And that’s the nature of our politics right now. You can’t — you’re not going to insert Donald Trump into something like the 4th of July and not have a sort of huge diversity of opinions about it. You know, my test for when trump does something kind of off the wall is what if Barack Obama had done this or said this, what — what Trump — Trump supporters — how would they have reacted. I think this is a useful thought exercise, what if Barack Obama had given this speech, you know? How would we have — have reacted?

Bingo!  It was one of those rare occasions when one of the denizens of the east coast media bubble gave some indications that they knew there is a world beyond the New York City/Washington, D.C. political mega-metropolis.

The implication of Lizza’s question was based on that old whataboutery.  He understood the media bias well enough to know that had President Obama planned that same celebration and given that same speech, the ensconced media liberal establishment would have been comparing it to Washington’s farewell address to his troops at Fraunce’s Tavern or Lincoln’s second Inaugural – with malice toward none –speech.

Despite the fact that none of Lizza’s fellow panelists nodded in agreement, he was correct.  Millions of Americans viewed the honoring of our military on Independence Day was not only appropriate, but long overdue.  Our American hearts beat a bit faster as we hear the traditional patriotic songs.  We fight back tears when hearing the marching themes of our armed forces – recognizing the hundreds of thousands who have died over the years to preserve American values and freedoms.  That is especially true for those of us who have lost loved ones in those battles in defense of our country.

News is often defined as that which does not happen normally.  By that definition, Lizza made news.  His media colleagues may choose to ignore his comments, but that does NOT mean the millions of Americans to which he alluded do not exist.  The others would be wise to consider that reality.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ronald D Keeth

    The celebration is long overdue. The U.S. has, for a number of years, been unenthusiastic about acknowledging Independence Day. Other than locally organized parades, etc. Barach and liberals would have wanted to have a globalist focus, and Michelle would have been busy being angry or ashamed (she would certainly have nothing close to pride) “or something.”

  2. Tim meyer

    That is exactly the litmus test that I use. If the last president had done this, how would everyone react? Wow, I can’t believe someone on CNN actually said it!

  3. Charlotte

    I think

  4. Barb T

    If Hussein Obama’s name had been inserted in POTUS Trump’s speech as suggested, all that we would have heard from the muslim fraud would have been “me, mine, my and I”

  5. rudy oetting

    I agree with Barb T.
    Rudy O.!