- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Many still ponder former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson’s exit from the network, her much-publicized sexual harassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes and his own sudden exit from that same news organization. Speculation has begun on the spinoff episode.

“The suit obviously took time to prepare. Perhaps it was prepared before she was let go. Perhaps the threat of the suit led to her dismissal. Knowing the odds, no thinking person would take on Ailes unless they were certain they had a case,” reasons Dean Pagani, a media analyst for The Laurel, a Connecticut-based insider publication focused on journalism.

“Now — in less than two weeks — Carlson, a resident of Greenwich, has emerged as the victor in the court of public opinion and positioned herself as a tough and principled leader, standing up for her rights and the rights of others when no one else would. The sort of leader who might appeal particularly to women voters,” Mr. Pagani continues, recalling that Ms. Carlson had appeared not so very long ago on a local public affairs program while promoting her memoir “Getting Real” and was asked if she herself had any political aspirations.

“She not only answered ‘yes’, she added that of all the offices she might run for the most intriguing is the office of governor. As candidates position themselves for 2018 here in Connecticut it might be a perfect time for Carlson to consider a career change and move from news breaker to news maker,” notes the analyst.

THE SWOONING PRESS

The news media lies in wait for the next moment when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has his say. The comments often resonate with a huge number of voters who find the candidate’s fearless opinions to be refreshing. But alas, such things do not sit well with the press, which is not prepared to handle Mr. Trump’s sarcasm, according to HotAir.com columnist Jazz Shaw.

He cites the continuing uproar over the nominee’s observations about Russia and Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails — which generated alarmed headlines from concerned journalists suggesting Mr. Trump had committed “treason” or invited a Russian cyberattack, all over his passing bit of sarcasm.

“The media loves to act offended and point to this as a reason why he must not be qualified to lead America. But the fact is that sarcasm and the occasional expletive are part and parcel of how much of the nation actually speaks. This has left the media completely flummoxed,” Mr. Shaw observes.

A BURGEONING POPULATION

President Obama has allowed some 400,000 unskilled Central American migrants to pour into the nation’s schools, job markets, welfare offices, hospitals and jails since 2012, according to government data. By the end of June, he had cleared the path for 214,982 ‘unaccompanied’ youths plus 181,456 women and children to come in to the country since October 2012. That adds up to 396,428 migrants — with three months to go before the end of the 2016 fiscal year in October,” writes Neil Munro, a Breibart.com analyst who pored over current numbers from the U.S. Border Patrol for his information.

“The inflow is so large that it is greater than the number of African-American men who will turn 18 this year. It is equal to roughly 40 percent of the annual inflow of 1 million legal immigrants, and equal to 10 percent of all young Americans who join the workforce each year. Judging by prior years, the government will allow another 27,000 unskilled welfare dependent, Spanish-speaking, Central American migrants into the country by the end of October,” Mr. Munro continued. “That would bring the five-year total to 423,438 migrants, who are sent into the stressed neighborhoods and struggling schools where working-class Americans live.”

THE CAMPAIGN ROARS ON

With both of the Republican and Democratic national conventions finally over and done with, the 2016 election rolls on. The seemingly indefatigable Donald Trump rolls on too. He made multiple media appearances this week, offering pushback to the latest outrage over his campaign. With running mate Gov. Mike Pence, he has appeared at seven major campaign rallies in five states since Thursday. As the weekend gets underway, Mr. Trump will be in Denver and Colorado Springs, and Mr. Pence in Lima, Ohio.

And rival Hillary Clinton? Following the convention/coronation this week, she will embark on a brief bus tour with running mate Gov. Tim Kaine, bound for two cities in Pennsylvania, and two more in Ohio.  The nominees part company on Monday; Mrs. Clinton will travel to Omaha, Nebraska. “She will discuss her commitment to building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” her campaign advised. Mr. Kaine will be at a “homecoming” rally in Richmond, Virginia, also on Monday.

FOR THE LEXICON

“Bernstock”

— A designated gathering area for the followers of former presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders as they figure out what to do with themselves. Recent locations include FDR Park in Philadelphia and Parvin State Park in Salem, New Jersey. “It doesn’t matter that Bernie’s campaign is over because their quest will continue. It transcends politics,” advises NJTV, a public television network in the Garden State that tracks the Bernie tribe.

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POLL DU JOUR

84 percent of Americans believe that “people in Washington, D.C., are out of touch” with the rest of the nation.

82 percent of Americans believe that “people running the country don’t really care what happens to them.”

78 percent believe “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”

70 percent believe that “most people in power try to take advantage of people like them.”

68 percent believe that “what they think doesn’t count very much anymore.”

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,019 U.S. adults conducted May 31 to June 2 and released Thursday.

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