- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2015

The moment the New York Daily News proclaimed “God Isn’t Fixing It” following the San Bernardino shootings, other news organizations raced to belittle Republicans whose first reaction was to pray for the victims rather than launch into a policy speech.

Ironically enough, President Obama himself told the nation: “Our first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have been killed and to pray for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.” The media was already in full cry, however, and “prayer shaming” was rampant.

“It wasn’t enough that the New York Daily News saw no issue with publishing such an offensive cover in the aftermath of the horrific events. Now their colleagues at NBC, CBS, CNN and elsewhere are praising this garbage,” declares Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.

Analysts at the conservative watchdog ultimately framed the phenomenon as “media assault on faith” with political intent. Of note: With 4 million total viewers, Fox News got the largest audience during breaking coverage of the events, according to Nielsen Media, compared to CNN with 2.7 million and MSNBC with 1 million.

“The news media have unapologetically adopted the left’s anti-Second Amendment, anti-faith agenda, and it has been on full display since this horrific attack. America is under attack, and they want us disarmed. America offers prayerful comfort to the victims, and the media ridicule it. The news media’s solutions are as ridiculous as their values are repulsive,” says Mr. Bozell.

“There was once a time tragedies like this would bring the country together. Now it’s become a game of one-upsmanship for political debate,” wrote Joe Concha, a critic for Mediaite who called the Daily News “worthless” and said the paper was attempting to ramp up its online traffic.

“Know this: Going viral is really the goal here, you see, selling more papers the overwhelming objective,” Mr. Concha noted. “In case you haven’t heard, the paper is already in very big trouble, losing $20 million per year and sinking fast. Owner Mort Zuckerman put it up for sale earlier this year, but there were no takers.”

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT

“If you can’t come to a conclusion at this point that this was an act of terror, you should find something else to do for a living besides law enforcement. I mean, you’re a moron. This is an act of terror without any questions: two assault weapons, two handguns, booby-trapped home, body armor, a home that looks like they were preparing for war or some kind of battle. It’s an act of terror. The real question is, what’s the motivation?”

— Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, after public officials were reluctant to call the San Bernardino mass shooting an act of terrorism, to Fox News

RYAN GETS THE NOD

Some harmony is emerging among Republicans. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s first big policy speech resonated with The Heritage Foundation, a bastion of thoughtful conservatism. Mr. Ryan called for a newly confident and purposeful American — a fabulous campaign motto. But the speaker also armed his proposals with coherent policy, which charmed Heritage Action, the activist arm within the organization.

“Heritage Action strongly supports Speaker Ryan’s commitment to lay out a bold agenda showing how conservative solutions can make life better for all Americans. We agree with him that saving America will require an electoral mandate, not just electoral victory. And we applaud his recognition of the unholy alliance between big government and big special interests,” says CEO Michael A. Needham, who adds that he’ll work with House Republicans to advance an agenda that provides “opportunity for all and favoritism to none.”

WEEKEND CANDIDATE TRACKER

The clock is ticking. Presidential hopefuls have scooted back to Iowa, mindful that the state’s caucus is less than two months away. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum appear at myriad public events; five also head for the FreedomWorks Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids to explain their economic agendas. Mr. Trump stages jumbo rallies in Davenport and Spencer; Mrs. Fiorina has made time to visit the Cradle of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Mount Pleasant. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the sole Democrat in the Hawkeye State, headed for a training center in Sioux City and a community college in Fort Dodge.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernard Sanders and Republican rivals Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be in New Hampshire, bound for multiple small-scale events. Martin O’Malley is in South Carolina, appearing at a town hall meeting in Charleston. Sen. Marco Rubio returns to his hometown of West Miami, Florida, on Saturday to rally with fans and community leaders.

WEEKEND REAL ESTATE

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POLL DU JOUR

62 percent of U.S. voters say America and its allies are “losing the fight with ISIS”; 79 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

61 percent overall say federal anti-terrorism policies have not gone far enough to protect the nation; 82 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of independents and 50 percent of Democrats agree.

58 percent overall say “home-grown jihadists” present the greatest terror threat to the U.S.; 52 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 65 percent of Democrats agree.

17 percent overall say “radicalized foreign visitors” are the greatest threat; 20 percent of Republicans, 11 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats agree.

16 percent overall say “terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees” are the greatest threat; 20 percent of Republicans, 14 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Quinnipiac University Poll of 1,453 registered U.S. voters conducted Nov. 23-30.

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