This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 10, 2019:
Ken Stern was increasingly concerned about the blue/red “divide” in America in 2016, and left his “liberal bubble” to find out the truth. He quit his job at NPR and wrote about what he found in “Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.”
He told the New York Post in October 2017:
Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work, and pray.
For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings, and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show.
I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.
I spent many Sundays in evangelical churches, and hung out with 15,000 evangelical youth at the Urbana conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect among thousands of college-age evangelicals, but I certainly didn’t expect the intense discussion of racial equity and refugee issues – how to help them, not how to keep them out – but that is what I got.
Nothing has changed at NPR. Writer Domenico Montanaro gleefully reported on Saturday that “support for impeachment hearings grows.” It was interpreting results from a survey that NPR itself funded (using taxpayer monies), along with help from PBS (Public Broadcasting Service – also taxpayer funded) and the Marist Poll (funded by Marist College). He breathlessly noted that, based on that poll, “There is a growing desire for impeachment proceedings to begin against Trump.” He then admitted that “Americans are still split overall on what to do after the release of the Mueller report.”
He reported that “a slim majority of Americans (52%) want one of the following: to begin impeachment proceedings (22%), to continue investigations into potential political wrongdoing of Trump (25%), or to publicly reprimand him – that is, censure (5%).”
Montanaro is guilty of cherry-picking. What he’s excited about is that last month just 16% of those polled by NPR/PBS/Marist wanted to “start impeachment proceedings against President Trump” while this month that number is 22%. What he failed to note in his exuberance is that those polled who want to “continue the investigations” dropped from 33% to 25%. When added to the 5% who want to “publicly reprimand the president” the total dropped from 54% to 52%, the opposite of what the headline NPR implied.
He also failed to note that the poll surveyed 944 “adults,” only 783 of whom were even registered to vote. Also missing was the poll’s margin of error: +/- 4.5 percentage points, enough to completely negate the new finding against the president.
There was good news for Trump in that poll but that didn’t appear until page four of his article: “In this poll, 51% said they will “definitely vote against” Trump in next year’s presidential election.” In January that number was 57%. Reluctantly Montanaro admitted that in 2016 54% of Americans didn’t vote for Trump or, to put it another way, according to this flawed and slanted poll, Trump’s polling numbers are better today than they were when he got elected!
But again, the NPR/PBS/Marist poll only asked 783 registered voters, not “likely” voters. Rasmussen Reports focuses on those who say they are likely to vote next November. Their latest survey on the matter reveals that 58% of them say that the results of the Mueller report are unlikely to lead to the president’s impeachment, while only 14% feel that his impeaching is very likely.
Democrats hope that public opinion will turn against the president, especially in light of the White House blocking former staff members from responding to demands from the Democrat-controlled House for still more documents and more time in front of their committees. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, subpoenaed both Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, and Annie Donaldson, chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn, but the White House said no, claiming that releasing the hundreds of documents covering dozens of topics requested would be a repeat of the Mueller investigation and besides they were “subject to claim of executive privilege.” The Wall Street Journal pointed out that both Hicks and Donaldson spent hours in front of the Mueller committee and that “Donaldson’s testimony and notes … were prominently featured in the Mueller report.”
Nadler, not willing to take no for an answer, announced that his committee will be holding a hearing on Monday, calling it “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes” and inviting various “legal experts” to testify. One of those is 80-year-old John Dean, a noisy anti-Trumper who served as White House counsel during the Nixon administration. He is expected to regale the committee with old Watergate investigation stories about how Nixon administration officials broke the law in the cover-up. It’s worth mentioning that Dean himself was part of that cover-up, pleading guilty to a felony but receiving a reduced sentence in exchange for testifying against his fellow miscreants.
All of which is dangerous foolishness to another Democrat who at least recognizes the dead end facing Nadler and his ilk if they continue to pursue Trump. Bret Stephens, an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, has been a virulent anti-Trumper since the days of his campaign, becoming part of the original Stop Trump movement back in early 2016. But he had a moment of clarity last Tuesday, writing:
Impeachment will not end Donald Trump’s presidency, since the Senate will never vote to convict. Impeachment is more likely to help Trump politically than it is to hurt him….
Impeachment will further polarize the country and consume [sic] the country’s attention away from everything else.
Stephens went on to say that right now the president is in control of his own political future thanks to the damage being inflicted on the Democrat Party by the likes of Nadler:
I know I sound like a broken record, but the Democratic candidate is going to be the underdog in the election, no matter what the polls say right now. [Trump] has produced a strong economy and incumbents usually get re-elected.
Stern is a rarity. He left a position paying him millions annually in order to find out the truth. He did, and now runs a video project company. But the folks at NPR and those sitting on Nadler’s committee remain blind to the present reality: Trump is in control of his own political destiny thanks to the morally bankrupt and politically blind individuals now running the Democrat Party.
New York Post: Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias
Amazon: “Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right” by Ken Stern
The New York Times: Slouching Toward Impeachment
Rasmussen Reports: Voters Say Impeachment Unlikely from Mueller Report Despite Media’s Efforts