Trump comparisons to Ronald Reagan aren’t always a good thing

Two recent stories comparing President Donald Trump to Ronald Reagan bear a little careful observation.

The National Rifle Association is celebrating that President Donald Trump will be the first sitting commander-in-chief to attend its annual convention since Ronald Reagan.

That’s great. But, as pointed out, it’s also worth noting that Reagan wasn’t a fan of the type of 2nd Amendment rights most conservatives expect today.

“The gun group put out a video Monday touting the comparison. Conservatives love to talk about Reagan. The only problem could lie in the fact that while Reagan was a Second Amendment supporter, he also backed background checks and an assault weapons ban, items the NRA vehemently opposes,” writes the website’s Jared Morgan.

Before he ran for president, so did Trump.

Here’s a little more on the complicated history of gun control, including some information on Reagan’s relationship with the NRA:

Making a political myth reality is harder than it seems

By now, we’ve all heard the phrase “fake news” thousands of times. But no matter how much her supporters wish to believe the artful attempt by master media manipulator Hillary Clinton to explain the failure of her uninspired campaign, “fake news” isn’t real and can’t be eliminated.

As social media organizations attempt to come up with algorithms to crack down on so-called “fake news,” it’s becoming apparent that tech companies are having a tough time telling the difference between legitimate and fake reporting.

Last week, The Chicago Tribune’s Kurt Gessler explained how changing algorithms at Facebook are making it harder to the newspaper to get news to consumers:

Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach.

Mr. Sessions, the correct answer was ‘no’

Following news that the Trump administration is readying charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other whistleblowers, some mainstream media outlets are pondering whether the Justice Department could also go after reporters who covered the leaks. And Attorney Jeff Sessions won’t say whether the concerns are justified.

After several comments about Assange’s lack of 1st Amendment protections from top Trump officials in recent weeks, reports out late this week indicate that the government is ready to get serious about prosecuting Assange for publishing leaks dating back to 2010.

A big problem with the efforts and government insistence that Assange is a “a non-state hostile intelligence service,” is that his organization claims to have published only verifiably-true information in raw form. It’s also worth noting that most releases of information came with little commentary from the organization.

Misguided Democratic Party will hand Trump a 2nd term, liberal icon says

The Democratic Party learned nothing from its 2016 electoral defeat, according to Camille Paglia. The author and culture critic contends that the elitist left controlling the nation’s mainstream media and Democratic insiders isolated by their tendency to declare any information that betrays their worldview “fake news,” will again turn voters away from the party 2020.

Paglia made her prediction during a talk hosted by The New York Times.

Asked about her opinion of the left’s hysterical reaction to Trump’s election, Paglia responded: “My feeling is that an election occurred and it’s incumbent on the defeated party to pull itself together.”

The Democratic Party, she said, simply doesn’t appear all that interested in self-reflection. Further, Paglia contends that the same media which declared a Trump victory impossible will play a similar role in the next election.

Fox News begins its lurch leftward

The ousting of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News is about more than sexual harassment claims against the supercilious host of the O’Reilly Factor. It’s a signal the network is embarking on a leftward lurch.

Rupert Murdoch’s son James has emerged as the chief decision-maker in the Fox orbit as he led the effort to oust Roger Ailes last July – over the objections of his father, and brother Lachlan’s ambivalence – and now the ousting of the show’s most popular host.

Despite Fox News’ status as the cash cow for 21st Century Fox, the leftist James Murdoch is said to have held the channel in some contempt and wanted to push it toward a model much like the Murdoch-owned Sky TV in Britain. According to Hollywood Reporter, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.

Bill O’Reilly gets axed by Fox

Fox News neocon blowhard Bill O’Reilly was officially ousted by the network Wednesday as a result of a growing sexual harassment scandal.

A statement from 21st Century Fox said: “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news on Fox News, the network has been getting a lot of bad publicity over sexual harassment allegations since a number of female Fox employees accused the network’s former CEO Roger Ailes of misconduct.

O’Reilly became embroiled in a similar scandal earlier this month.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

FBI gets its own propaganda show

FBI Director James Comey announced a forthcoming television series focused on his agency. The show, the FBI chief hopes, will positively influence  “what people think of us.”

“Inside the FBI: New York,” is set to premier on the USA Network on April 27. And if you enjoy government propaganda, you’re certainly in for a treat.

The show was created by Dick Wolf, whose 20-season Law and Order television series exists in a reality where the power of the state is always right and good and the occasional assault on liberty is justifiable in the ongoing battle against a world full of dangerous degenerates. Of course, there is the cynical Detective John Munch (played by actor Richard Belzer) who, prone to conspiracy theories and crippled by a zonky libertarian streak, serves as a counterweight to the rest of his fictional colleagues’ guilty until proven innocent mentalities. In the interest of law and order, he’s usually brought to heel.