War between Trump and the JMSM set to intensify

ed note–Please, all you ‘never-Trumpers’ within DUH-M, please recall for us benighted types who just ‘don’t get it’ the last time we all witnessed the kind of tug of war between a sitting president and the Jewish mainstream media–not only in America, but–throughout the West where it holds unquestioned and unchallenged dominance.

Next, while trying (without much success) to recall such a tug of war (the only possible exception being the latter few moments of Nixon’s presidency right before he was forced to get out of dodge) please explain to us (logically and without the use of either hyperbole or over-extended extrapolation) why–if indeed Trump were ‘their boy’ as so many of you claim, that it would be necessary to create THIS MUCH volcanic noise against him.

Go ahead, take your time formulating your response…we’ll be waiting patiently…

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Donald Trump’s unconventional presidency has roiled the media landscape, creating new dynamics that will play a major role in shaping his second year in office.

Some of the leading names in print journalism and cable news have taken an unusually adversarial approach to covering Trump, leading to charges of bias and sparking a debate within the industry about whether the president is being covered fairly.

Trump has responded by doing away with media interviews and press conferences almost entirely, even as he and his allies launch near-daily attacks on the media’s credibility.

They’ve been given ample political ammunition from several high-profile corrections and retractions in coverage of Trump, usually pertaining to the investigation into Russian election meddling. Some press critics have accused media outlets of loosening their reporting standards in a frenzy to discredit the president.

Even so, Trump’s presidency has been a bonanza for the media, delivering record ratings, subscriptions and web traffic, with the president’s admirers and detractors all lapping up coverage about him.

The end result is that Trump will enter 2018 — a year in which the administration faces a special counsel investigation and the potential for impeachment-hungry Democrats to take control of Congress — with perhaps the most antagonistic relationship with the media of any president in modern times.

“I don’t expect Trump’s approach to media relations will change at all, nor should we expect the press to tire of antagonizing Trump,” said Jeffrey McCall, a professor of media studies at DePauw University. “Buckle your seatbelts. 2017 was a rough ride for news consumers trying find out what was really happening in the world and 2018 will be an even greater challenge.”

No media organization has been as critical of Trump’s presidency as CNN.

After being accused during the campaign of fueling Trump’s rise by broadcasting his speeches and rallies in full, CNN has gone wall-to-wall with programming that has been fiercely critical of Trump and his administration.

Under the leadership of Jeff Zucker — who hired Trump while at NBC for the highly rated reality program “The Apprentice” in 2004 — the network is running one ad campaign accusing the president of being a liar and a second that showcases its anchors lecturing administration officials. CNN regularly taunts the White House with mocking chyrons, and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, has taken the aggressive style into the briefing room.

Acosta is one of several reporters who have become media sensations — racking up viral news clips and tens of thousands of Twitter followers — by feuding publicly with administration officials or ranting about the unique dangers of the Trump presidency.

CNN recently tapped journalist Brian Karem — who sometimes writes for Playboy and was little known until he had an explosive argument with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press briefing — to be a regular contributor on the network.

The combative exchanges have led to accusations of grandstanding within the Washington press corps, a charge the White House leveled when it briefly stopped broadcasting the daily press briefings.

CNN once had a reputation as the mainstream alternative to right-wing Fox News and left-wing MSNBC, but the network will head into 2018 as the poster child for what many on the right view as media bias and hysteria around the Trump presidency.

“CNN has always been like this, it’s just never had the spotlight on it like it does now,” said Armstrong Williams, who owns several television stations on the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Fox News, meanwhile, was steadfastly anti-Trump during the GOP primaries, but has morphed into an ally and defender of the president.

The president is known to watch the network’s unabashedly pro-Trump morning show “Fox & Friends,” often going to Twitter to share his thoughts about news events covered on the show.

And Trump’s most influential ally in the media is Sean Hannity, whose 9 p.m. show is a nightly rundown for tens of millions of conservatives looking for coverage of Trump’s accomplishments and attacks on his enemies.

Hannity and the guests on his show have questioned the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, raising allegations of conflicts of interest, political bias and corruption — attacks that have caught on among GOP lawmakers and others in the Republican mainstream.

“Fox News is reprehensible,” said Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman. “The way they’re trying to bolster Trump, it feels like a propaganda media outlet from a third-world country. It’s not supposed to be that way in the U.S.”

The New York Times and The Washington Post, meanwhile, are posting record subscription numbers and basking in Beltway praise for their coverage of the Russia investigation, the White House and the administration.

“These papers are on fire and in a competition for the kinds of consequential scoops we haven’t seen since Watergate,” said George Washington University media studies professor Steven Livingston. “I think we’ll look back on this as the golden era of journalism.”

Still, both papers have dealt with accusations of anti-Trump bias and faced criticism for reporting on the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Post had to correct a story claiming that Russians had hacked the U.S. electric grid. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress under oath that a New York Times story titled “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” was “almost entirely wrong.”

The press had a particularly rough stretch in early December, when ABC News suspended its top political reporter, Brian Ross, for incorrectly reporting that Trump had directed his former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.

Later that same week, CNN had to retract a story claiming that WikiLeaks had given Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., early access to stolen Democratic emails. It was one of three major reporting errors on the Trump–Russia connection that the outlet admitted to this year.

The president and his allies have seized on the corrections and retractions to attack the “fake news” media.

While Trump gave interviews to a variety of outlets after taking office, he now rarely gives interviews to outlets other than Fox News.

Trump’s most recent television interview was with Laura Ingraham, a Fox News anchor, on Nov. 1. His last interview with a broadcast network was with NBC in May.

Trump gave only one traditional press conference in 2017 and is the first president in 15 years not to hold an end-of-year event.

The president prefers tweeting or chatting briefly with reporters in informal settings — a trend most expect will continue in 2018, even as he remains omnipresent in the media.

“Trump has used Twitter to bypass the normal press agenda-setting function and is essentially setting the agenda on his own terms through social media,” McCall, of DePauw University said. “I am not convinced Trump’s Twitter use is all that strategic, but it certainly has given him direct access to the citizenry and the news agenda in ways never seen before from the White House.”

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Re: Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the civil war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns in response. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.

The Syrian military said it came under attack in Quneitra province, which sits near the Golan Heights territory that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War.

“The Israeli enemy assaulted one of our military positions this morning, which led to material damages,” it said.

During Syria’s more than six-year-old conflict, Israel has returned fire, which has repeatedly spilled over the border, including stray shells from fighting among Syrian factions.

The military statement suggested it may start escalating such retaliations.

“Whether errant fire or not, any future occurrences will force the Israel Defense Forces to intensify its response,” it said.

Read: Syria attacks Israel plane in its airspace

Israel “holds the Syrian regime responsible and won’t tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty,” it added.

In its own statement, the Syrian military warned against “such aggressive acts” and said it held Israel responsible for any consequent results.

Israel has also carried out targeted air strikes in Syria during the war, alarmed by the expanding influence of Iran, the Syrian government’s ally. The Israeli air force says it has struck arms convoys of the Syrian military and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah nearly 100 times in recent years.

Iran’s military chief of staff warned Israel against breaching Syria’s airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus this week.

Rebel factions fighting the Damascus government in the multi-sided war hold swathes of Quneitra, while the army and allied militias control another part of the province.

Both warring Syrian sides accused each other of prompting the Israeli attack on Saturday.

The army said insurgents in nearby territory fired mortar rounds into the Golan Heights. A rebel official in Quneitra said pro-government fighters had been shelling insurgent-held parts of the province, when some of the shells fell on the Golan Heights.

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Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171021-israel-says-it-will-intensify-response-to-syrian-fire/#comment-3578995053

China, India, Russia, Intensify Help In Fighting Deep State Terrorists In Afghanistan & Pakistan

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A decision by the BRICS nations to name and denounce specific terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere is sparking debate among academics and analysts in China.

Earlier this month, the group, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, extended their support to [Afghanistan] Kabul’s counterterrorism efforts during a meeting in China. The move caused some nervousness in [Pakistan] Islamabad, forcing Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to first visit [China] Beijing and then fly to [Iran] Tehran, canvassing support for his country.

This was the first time China had publicly denounced Pakistan-based terror groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had earlier been censured by the United Nations Security Council.

Islamabad had reasons to worry about a possible change in Beijing’s attitude, particularly at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off aid if Pakistan did not change its approach to terrorism.

Analysts: Beijing public posturing

At least in the public domain, Asif’s visit proved fruitful, with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi praising Pakistan’s efforts to curb terrorism.

“When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit that it deserves,” Wang said at a joint news conference with Asif this month.

But analysts said this was just Beijing’s public posturing, adding China was seriously worried about Islamabad’s inability to curb terrorists residing in Pakistan, including the top leaders of East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement, which Beijing has accused of causing widespread terror in China’s western region of Xinjiang, home to the country’s Muslim minority Uighur population.

Beijing is also worried that rising terrorism might pose serious obstacles to the safety of Chinese citizens engaged in the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The recent killing of two Chinese citizens by terrorists in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan has shaken some of Beijing’s faith in Islamabad’s ability to keep terrorism under check.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks at the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan, Nov. 13, 2016.

Costly to China?

Within China, the decision to condemn two Pakistan-based groups at the behest of India has played out in a controversial manner, with experts associated with government think tanks openly criticizing the country’s leadership.

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“This is too costly to China. Pakistan will be very upset,” said Hu Shisheng, director of the official China Institute of Contemporary International Relations. “I think it is a strange decision.”

But Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said the BRICS organization has undergone significant changes.

“Stressing counterterrorism shows that the BRICS summit, which started from business cooperation, has expanded its cooperation to a more comprehensive level,” he said.

Hu tried to explain why Beijing agreed to join the BRICS declaration in an interview with the Beijing-based Global Times.

“China is also a victim of terrorism and is firmly against any kind of terrorism, and that’s the main reason that the organizations are named in the declaration,” he said.

Chinese experts split

Chinese experts are divided on this issue ahead of a crucial Communist Party Congress in October, which will determine the next set of leaders after 2017.

“There are analysts in China who are starting to realize that there are only two allies, North Korea and Pakistan, and both are major international diplomatic liabilities,” Ramesh Thakur, professor at the Australian National University said. “They think it might be better if China somehow accommodates India, which is a bigger player, and forgets all about Pakistan, which is a liability,” he added.

While Pakistan appeared unhappy with the BRICS declaration, Afghanistan seemed please.

“Afghanistan has welcomed it because it is aligned with Afghanistan’s regional outreach program,” Ahmad Bilal Khalil, researcher at the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies in Kabul told VOA.

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“Afghanistan believes that in the current situation in Afghanistan, it is not an internal Afghan war because we believe that it has original linkages (with other countries),” Ahmad said, explaining that Afghanistan is the breeding ground for militants who have come in from other countries for training and logistic support.

“For example, those fighting in Afghanistan are [cia/mossad hired mercs from] Uzbeks, they are Uighurs, they are Chechens. Pakistanis are also fighting. So, it is a somehow original war and in order to curb it, regional outreach and consensus is a must,” he said.

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Intelligence on terrorists needed

Analysts say China, Russia and India desperately need ground intelligence in Afghanistan as well as the tribal areas of Pakistan because their terrorists are closely linked to the Taliban and other militant groups in these areas.

The BRICS declaration also condemned two Pakistan-based terror groups who have been accused by India of conducting attacks in its cities, and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is active in China’s Xinjiang region.

“Russia, China and India have all had issues with terrorist groups that claim to be acting in the name of Islam,” Lee Branstetter, an associate professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Policy and Management told VOA.

An important question is whether the BRICS effort will compliment or compete with the efforts of the United States in the battle against terrorism.

Branstetter said, “All these countries have a common interest in acting against Islamic terrorism, all these countries have cooperated with the United States in efforts to deal with this problem in the past. So, it is not all that surprising that these nations would have made statements they have made in countering terrorism.”

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