How it starts
The Climate Reality Project, an activist group founded by former Vice President Al Gore in 2006, has decided it needs to dictate to the news networks how to report on climate.
In an online petition, it seeks the public to force ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and Fox News to change their ways. They're not calling it a crisis or an emergency, you see.
"When stronger storms and hotter wildfires leave millions homeless, it's a crisis," the organization said. "When runaway global warming threatens our food and water, it's a crisis. When our kids walk out of school because their future is at stake, it's a crisis. But the coverage we see on television doesn't match the reality outside our windows."
Only 3.5% of news segments use the right words, the group maintained. It also likes the term "urgent, existential threat."
"It's a crisis," the organization said in a tweet. "It's time to call it a climate crisis."
When you begin to hear the words from the sheep-like national media, you'll know the group has gotten through.
They didn't get the message
CNN thought it had the perfect set-up to spew more hate on President Donald Trump recently when host Don Lemon had as guests the black pastors of two Louisiana churches torched in hate-motivated acts allegedly committed by the son of a local sheriff's deputy.
Vice President Vice President Mike Pence had visited the men, so criticism for the administration was expected to be teed up. But the pastors wouldn't take the bait.
"Today the vice president visited the site and your church," Lemon said. "How do you feel about support you've received from the Trump White House?"
"It's satisfying and it's uplifting," the Rev. Gerald Toussaint of Mount Pleasant Baptist said, adding that they are "reassured right now because of the reaction that we're getting, especially the visit of Vice President Mike Pence."
Foiled, Lemon suggested Trump had received "criticism" for not speaking out sooner.
"Well, I'm optimistic, Don," the Rev. Harry Richard of Greater Union Baptist said. "I feel like after this tragedy the country is coming together. I appreciate the fact that Mr. Trump did acknowledge the fact that we had this tragedy down here in Louisiana and I was encouraged today when Mr. Pence came and visited with us. I respect our leadership. One thing I know, Don, that if you're going to be a leader, you've got to acknowledge the suffering of Christ. If that's where his heart is I believe that we are going to be helped."
Lemon tried one more time, but the pastors would have none of it. Evidently, they preferred truth to spin.
RBG popularity flagging?
Senate Democrats looking for a slam dunk recently took to Twitter to ask whether people wanted to see more Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg or more like Brett Kavanaugh. In other words, they were asking on a liberal platform whether people wanted more justices like liberal icon Ginsburg or the hated-by-the-left Kavanaugh, who Democrats falsely accused of sexual assault in his confirmation hearings last summer.
Well, for whatever reason, it didn't pan out as intended. After just shy of 160,000 votes, Kavanaugh had an almost 70-30 lead.
Perhaps to encourage its Twitter supporters, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee tweeted that "progress" was being erased by President Donald Trump's picks for the judiciary.
The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted, "Something tells me that this probably wasn't the result Democrats were hoping for when they decided to do this poll."
Sensing an embarrassment, the party that would like to see direct popular voting decide the presidency just deleted the tweet.
Never happened. Problem solved.
Well, that settles it
Comments last week by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, indicate U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't cornered the market on New York congressional representatives not ready for prime time.
Jeffries, during a session of the House Judiciary Committee, said the report by special counsel Robert Mueller shows Moscow "artificially" placed President Donald Trump in the White House.
"Seventeen different intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered with our election, attacked our democracy for the sole purpose of artificially placing someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," he said. "They were successful, and that's also what the Mueller report shows."
Of course, the report concluded decisively there was no collusion between Russia and Trump.
Jeffries later tweeted that Mueller is a Republican, which apparently was supposed to indicate he wasn't afraid to finger his fellow party member.
But, the report concluded...Never mind, it would only confuse him.