- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

At the end of every weekend, news reports from Chicago detail the number of shootings on the city’s streets, press and pundits quote the numbers, agree that it is a distressing phenomenon — and then move on. Now comes an alternative suggestion.

“Time for @POTUS to go to Chicago — he didn’t create the prob, but I bet he can help by listening and getting key community and faith leaders together,” Fox News Channel prime time host Laura Ingraham tweeted Tuesday following the latest violence count — 50 people were shot in Chicago last weekend, 271 in the previous 28 days.

“POTUS” is “President of the United States” of course — and President Trump has publicly commented about Chicago violence so many times that the Chicago Tribune has kept a running tally of his observations since 2015.

In the meantime, Ms. Ingraham, who has been following this situation for a while, is not alone in her belief that Mr. Trump could provide a personal, positive catalyst to turn the violent tide.

Earlier this month, state Rep. LaShawn Ford, a Democrat who represents the west side of the Windy City, went on Fox News seeking Mr. Trump’s help — not an easy task since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared the city a “Trump-free zone” last year.

“The mayor must take away the thought that Chicago is a Trump-free zone,” Mr. Ford told “Fox and Friends,” adding that Mr. Emmanuel “should be working closely with Trump,” and that “as long as we are divided against the president,” the situation would likely fester.

Then there is the Trump factor. The president continues to foster some very productive political moments. Ms. Ingraham cites Chicago Sun Times political columnist Neil Stein, who is no fan of Mr. Trump but attended a recent Trump rally in a steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, to see the event for himself.

“The workers, for their part, couldn’t give him a standing ovation because they never sat down. I left the hall thinking: Donald Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020. The Democrats don’t have anyone who can touch him. Bank on it. Don’t hate me for being the one to tell you,” Mr. Stein concluded in the column that followed.

REPUBLICAN TREASURE CHEST

As the midterm elections close in, the Republican National Committee has raised $14.2 million in July, the Democratic National Committee brought in $7.2 million. To date, the GOP now has $227.2 million, the Democrats $116.5 million. The GOP is debt-free, the Democrats owe $6.7 million.

“The Democrats timed the release of their latest abysmal fundraising numbers with news that they’re calling in Hillary Clinton to try and fill their depleted coffers. Why? Leave it to the Dems to trot out one of the least popular politicians in history right before the election — whom, I might add, is bleeding them dry by making the party pay millions for her email list,” reports Michael Ahrens, “rapid response director” for the Republican Party.

He adds that the RNC raised more this July than in 2010 and 2014 combined — and accounting for debt — the RNC’s cash advantage is now a “staggering” 37-to-1.

A PASTOR’S REALITY CHECK

The Rev. Franklin Graham is not keen on a certain segment of outspoken activists.

“The pro-abortion organization NARAL is absolutely frantic. They’re holding rallies and pulling out all the stops in a campaign to try to stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. NARAL Oregon is even partnering with a Portland ice-cream parlor for a pro-abortion themed ice cream flavor — Rocky Roe vs. Wade. That’s disgusting to trivialize this life and death issue,” the evangelist says in a new Facebook post, noting that the organization urges supporters to “fight like hell” to keep abortion legal.

“These activists want everyone to believe abortion is a choice or a woman’s right — even something to celebrate. But it’s not. Abortion is murdering a child in its mother’s womb. The Bible says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,’” Mr. Graham warns, citing Isaiah 5:20.

MEDIA OBSESSION WITH COLLUSION

Forget the booming economy and President Trump’s striking diplomatic gains. As far as CBS, NBC and ABC are concerned, it’s all Russia, all the time, says a meticulous study of broadcast coverage in the last 19 months.

“The biggest news story of the Trump presidency has been the Russia investigation. As of August 15, the three broadcast network evening newscasts devoted a combined 1,854 minutes to the probe, or nearly one-fifth of all of their Trump news. Yet virtually none of that airtime (just 62 minutes, or 3.3 percent) has been spent scrutinizing Robert Mueller’s investigation — a big shift from twenty years ago, when the networks made Ken Starr’s conduct the focus of much of their coverage,” writes Rich Noyes, senior analyst for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.

“But unlike the media’s hostility to the Starr investigation that led to President Clinton’s impeachment 20 years ago, the media this time have seemed utterly uninterested in investigating the investigator,” the analyst said, noting that the “Big Three” networks collectively spent only 69 seconds on Mr. Mueller’s possible “conflict of interest,” and 39 minutes on emails sent between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel remains the most watched network in the entire cable realm for the 32nd consecutive week, ahead of non-news rivals such as ESPN, HGTV and Discovery. It is a hefty victory: Fox aired 17 of the top 30 telecasts last week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

As it has for the last 16 years, Fox News bests its news rivals with 2.3 million viewers in prime time, compared to 1.8 million for MSNBC and 1 million for CNN. Things are happy at Fox Business Network as well. For the 27th consecutive week, Fox Business remains the leader in business news, outpacing CNBC, according to Nielsen.

POLL DU JOUR

46 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of British Prime Minister Theresa May; 48 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats agree.

39 percent overall have a favorable impression of German Chancellor Angela Merkel; 27 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats agree.

37 percent overall have a favorable impression of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; 64 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of independents and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

13 percent overall have a favorable impression of Russian President Vladimir Putin; 27 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of independents and 4 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,024 U.S. adults conducted Aug. 1-12 and released Tuesday

Kindly follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.


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