- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 10, 2016

Here is a telling tale of a book that dominated best-seller lists on Amazon for weeks before it was even published, but was virtually ignored by the mainstream media both before and after its publication in late June. Now comes the outcome: “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, And How They Operate” will debut at the top of the upcoming New York Times best-seller list on July 17.

Author Gary J. Byrne says his book has been “shunned by every mainstream media outlet,” and cites ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN in particular. All have so far declined to welcome Mr. Byrne on their programming to talk over the particulars of what has now become a bona fide best-seller.

“I am very grateful to the tens of thousands of Americans who have bought my book and listened to my message. But I would welcome the opportunity to reach a larger audience,” says Mr. Byrne. “I urge the mainstream media networks, who so far have declined to give a voice to my message and the serious allegations I have raised, to reconsider their positions, both in the interest of fairness and out of a sense of obligation to the American public.”

That may change when the new list arrives, perhaps.

“I did not write this book for partisan politics, I wrote it so I could get the truth out,” the author observes.



INCOMING: CLINTON CASH, THE MOVIE

Another Clinton-centric best-seller is set to rock the political landscape. Again. The release of “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer, was deemed “the most feared book of a presidential cycle” by The New York Times when it was released earlier this year. Now comes the movie.

A documentary based on the book debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and will be released to theaters on a limited basis nationwide July 24 in Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Convention, which begins the following morning. The film will be shown in four more cities in August. Progressives, particularly those who support Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Sen. Bernard Sanders, are marking their calendars.

Mr. Schweizer is editor at large of Breitbart News; “Clinton Cash” tracks from Mrs. Clinton’s previous claim that the couple was “dead broke” after leaving the White House to their current net worth of over $150 million, with an additional $2 billion donated to their foundation.

A POTENTIAL VICE PRESIDENT

“If they’re here illegally, then it’s illegal. The rule of law in this country is probably the single biggest strategic advantage that we have, above and beyond all other countries in the world. And we cannot allow the rule of law to break down.”

That was retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — a potential vice presidential nominee and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency — explaining to ABC News host Martha Raddatz why “undocumented immigrant” is a faulty term.

But it gets complicated, and often quickly.

Mr. Flynn also revealed during his appearance Sunday that he is pro-choice, drawing criticism from the Susan B. Anthony List. “Gen. Flynn has disqualified himself,” said the pro-life group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S ADVICE

“The upcoming elections matter a great deal. It is crucial that Christians, while praying for America, pray carefully about who to vote for at all levels of government — and then vote. But most important of all, it is time now for churches and believers across the land to take a bold stand for God’s truth in a society that is rapidly turning its back on God,” says the Rev. Franklin Graham.

Mr. Graham also has news about his fellow evangelist father, Billy Graham himself, who is now 97 and still living in his own home in North Carolina.

“One of the things he enjoys is sitting on the front porch and looking out over the mountains on days when the weather is good and he feels up to it. He watches news with the help of a large-screen TV. His ministry now is praying, and he looks forward to reports of what God is doing around the world. He always responds by saying ‘Praise the Lord’ as he points upward,” his son reports.

THE PARTISAN AFTERMATH OF DALLAS

Analysts continue to forecast the greater implications of the police shootings in Dallas,

“For the Left, this tragedy will be leveraged to accumulate political power. The crisis will be used as an excuse to do things they’ve always wanted to do. In crafting its narrative, the Left will do almost nothing to grapple with the social ills that contributed to Dallas or point a way forward for a deeply divided nation,” writes John Daniel Davidson, senior correspondent for The Federalist. “Focusing on the means used to carry out the attack serves a useful partisan purpose. Focusing on the motivations for it, or the ideological pattern with which it fits, does not.”

Stephen Malanga, an analyst for City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute, faults another pattern. “The Obama administration’s tendency to see discrimination in so many crevices and corners of American life has created a new standard for what constitutes racism,” he writes, adding that the national conversation on race has become “distorted.”

POLL DU JOUR

75 percent of Americans say news organizations are still watchdogs who help keep political leaders “in line.”

74 percent say the organizations are biased when covering political and social issues.

60 percent have some trust in local news organizations; 22 percent have a lot of trust.

59 percent have some trust in national news organizations, 18 percent have a lot of trust.

30 percent have some trust in social media for information; 4 percent have a lot of trust.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 4,654 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 12-Feb. 8 and released Thursday.

• Murmurs and asides to jharper@washingtontimes.com

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