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Republican trust in the news media now stands at 35% — compared to 78% of Democrats who say they do trust the media. A Pew Research Center analysis says it is the largest partisan gap in five years. (AP photo)

Republican trust in news media plunges

- The Washington Times

Republicans have been wary of the media for decades, most put off by such irritants as a pronounced liberal bias in much news coverage plus a tendency among journalists to mix news with opinion and political slant. The trend, however, has gotten worse.

In this July 12, 2021 file photo, radio talk show host Larry Elder and Republican candidate  for California governor, poses for a photo in his studio in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Larry Elder, California governor?

- The Washington Times

Conservative radio host Larry Elder continues his challenge to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election -- and his bid for that office has drawn intense scrutiny.

Supporters cheer on former President Donald Trump after he spoke at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump draws big ratings for Newsmax

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump still retains considerable appeal across select TV audiences, particularly on Newsmax, which recently offered live, wall-to-wall coverage of Mr. Trump's "Save America" rally in Cullman, Alabama -- an event which drew 50,000 people. The big doings did not warrant the same attention from the broadcast and cable competition. Newsmax, however, made a strategic decision to offer bodacious coverage of Mr. Trump and his event -- and enjoyed a ratings reward.

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press)

Republicans set to win back Congress

- The Washington Times

Both Republicans and Democratic strategists should heed the results of a new NBC poll that suggests the GOP is primed for a positive outcome during the 2022 midterm elections.

The 2,500-plus U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan face a period of maximum uncertainty and vulnerability in the next few months. The Pentagon may have to send more U.S. forces to the country, at least temporarily, to help speed the withdrawal. (Associated Press/File)

Blame Afghanistan on 'the suits not the boots'

- The Washington Times

Those who have experienced combat or who closely and painstakingly monitor U.S military operations often have the power to make a quick, pivotal observation about very complex situations. They can provide a minimal but perfectly calibrated summary of -- say -- the crisis in Afghanistan. The following phrase -- or a derivative of it -- has been used by a number of smart observers to describe the current situation in Afghanistan: "Blame the war on the suits, not the boots."

In this Aug. 22, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Marines, a Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit calms a crying toddler during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Voters don't blame Trump for Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

President Biden recently blamed former President Donald Trump for the Afghanistan crisis -- which prompted multiple news organizations to condemn Mr. Biden's words as inappropriate. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the partisan finger-pointing "pathetic." The American public concurs.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump's poll numbers creep up

- The Washington Times

Despite ongoing negative press, former President Donald Trump has some promising new poll numbers. According to an NBC News survey released Sunday, 25% of U.S. adults give Mr. Trump a "very positive" rating -- up 4 percentage points from a previous poll conducted by the network in April. Another 13% give Mr. Trump a "somewhat positive" review, up by 2 percentage points in the same period.

Afghan journalists film at the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

U.S. press steps up for Afghan journalists

- The Washington Times

U.S. journalists are looking out for their counterparts in Afghanistan. Executives from The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal contacted President Biden this week, requesting that he ensure an efficient and secure exit for Afghans who have helped Western news organizations and who now want to leave their nation.

One week in office: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Biden brand takes a dive

- The Washington Times

News organizations that offered steadfast support for President Biden have jettisoned their complimentary coverage as the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, yielding toxic fallout for the White House.

Fox News host and syndicated radio talent Mark Levin speaks at the White House during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese on Oct. 8, 2019, in the White House. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Conservative books triumph as sales surge

- The Washington Times

The nation favors books with conservative content, according to Publishers Weekly, an industry source which particularly cites sales numbers from Salem Media, a source for conservative-leaning books along with radio programming, online and on-demand video content, podcasts, websites and other fare.

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young minors lie inside a "pod" at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool, File)

Networks silent on the Biden border crisis

- The Washington Times

The "Big Three" broadcast networks continue to push a liberal bias and protect the White House, says a new report. Coverage of the immigration crisis on CBS, NBC and ABC has dropped by 96% in recent weeks, according to a new report from the Media Research Center.

Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of 30,000 during a massive rally in Mobile, Alabama on Aug. 21. 2015. (AP Photo) **FILE**

Alabama steps up for Trump

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump staged and attended 302 of his signature gatherings while he was on the 2016 campaign trail, according to a count by ABC News published Nov. 7, 2016. The research revealed that the largest rally during that campaign era was attended by 30,000 fans and took place in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Trump is returning to that very state on Aug. 21 for a follow-up encounter.

In this still image from video,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York. on Tuesday — and resigned over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)

News media enjoys a Cuomo feast

- The Washington Times

The news media was having a fairly sleepy week until New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned from office Tuesday in a 22-minute video message -- an anticipated event which set off the press almost as much as -- say -- a statement from former President Donald Trump.

“The Democrats just released the framework for their $3.5 trillion reckless tax-and-spending spree — and it’s worse than we feared," said Tommy PIgott, rapid response director for the Republican National Committee. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

GOP mourns 'money down the toilet'

- The Washington Times

So the gigantic Democratic spending plan has been introduced before the Senate -- billed by various news organizations as a "blueprint" to remedy many of the nation's woes. Things are not quite so tidy, says the GOP.

In this July 24, 2021, photo, former President Donald Trump speaks on a variety of topics to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Panic attack: Democrats fear Trump

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump still holds sway over the political marketplace and Democrats know that. They're nervous about it, even paranoid. Mr. Trump's been out of office for almost seven months -- and in no way took the typical route of most former presidents who linger on the sidelines and write a book. This former president is busy, and still sparks significant media coverage and commentary.

Then-President Donald Trump and then-former Vice President Joe Biden square off during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump, Biden and running again in 2024

- The Washington Times

Political speculation, both a science and a sport, is up and running about the 2024 race and who will run -- whether it's the party kingpins, next-generation hopefuls or promising state governors. Multiple straw polls and big league surveys have already come and gone this year ranking potential match-ups and favorites.

President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden shamed for 'vax shaming'

- The Washington Times

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate -- that is the question. And it is being asked at a complicated moment when the American public is in a state of flux over the COVID-19 pandemic. One day they are hopeful, the next day they are weary, alarmed, annoyed or despondent. And who could blame them after 16 months of coronalife, which has included endless media coverage of people getting vaccinations?

In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, photo, a student walks in front of Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) **FILE**

'Diversity' officers make their mark on U.S. campuses

- The Washington Times

Is there a chance that diversity concerns could outshine academic goals in the nation's institutes of higher learning? Jay Greene, a fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Education Policy, and James Paul, a doctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas reveal just how diversity-conscious colleges and universities have become.