Breaking: Left-wing journalists claim, without evidence, that the suspicious package deliveries this week are directly linked to President Trump.
Journalists and TV anchors think themselves principled and virtuous by taking every opportunity to note when Trump makes an assertion “without evidence.”
And yet, their devotion to evidence was nowhere to be found all week when they made explicit connections between Trump’s midterm campaign rhetoric to the strange devices that ended up at the homes and offices of high-profile Democrats, Trump critics, and CNN’s New York headquarters.
CNN on Thursday called the package recipients “Trump’s targets.”
Wait, are they “Trump’s targets,” or are they Trump’s critics?
That’s the difference between a person who Trump singled out and a person who singled out Trump, like when Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to whom two of the packages were addressed, said that liberals should publicly “harass” administration officials.
Liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow wrote Wednesday that “there is no way to consider the explosive devices … and not recall that Donald Trump himself has created a toxic environment by openly targeting many of these very people and entities in his overheated, overwrought rhetoric.” (Anyone who has read one of his tortured columns should take a second to mellow in Blow’s use of “overwrought.”)
A New York Times news article that same day referred to the packages sent to the Clintons, former President Barack Obama, and CNN, describing them as having “all figured prominently in right-wing political attacks — many of which have been led by Mr. Trump.”
On MSNBC, John Heilemann offered the "straightforward” explanation that “this is an attempt by someone out there who, having dwelled in the atmosphere of Donald Trump's strategy of excitement over the last two years, that someone has decided to target critics of President Trump and tried to harm them and tried to intimidate — at a maximum, harm them physically.”
This is the media, again, without evidence, drawing a direct link between the president’s campaigning and packages sent to various Democrats, actor Robert De Niro and CNN.
Authorities apprehended 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday, charging him in connection with the packages.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a press conference that Sayoc, who already had an extensive criminal history, was charged with transportation of explosives and illegal mailing of explosives, among other crimes.
The news media freely accuse Trump of having inspired the mayhem — without evidence! — and meanwhile, every single thing Trump says about the migrant caravan heading from Central America to the U.S. Southern border, even when it’s obviously rhetorical, is “fact-checked” with an atomic-force microscope.
Boston Herald correspondent Kimberly Atkins said Tuesday on MSNBC, “The president says 'if we don't have a border, we don't have a country.' Well, we have a border and we have a country."
Trump has said that the nearly 10,000-people caravan contains “some very tough criminal elements.”
The simple law of averages says that’s more likely the case than not. The migrants are coming from Honduras and Guatemala, countries ridden with crime and poverty (which “breeds crime,” as Democrats are quick to tell everyone).
The Washington Post “fact checker” column might have concluded that Trump’s assertion was “maybe true, but we don’t know.” Instead, it called the claim “outlandish” and “phony.”
But the media accusing Trump of instigating the package deliveries goes unchecked by anyone.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed Wednesday, without evidence, that “the unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump” was a leading cause of the “progressive icons” who received packages.
Sunny Hostin of ABC’s “The View” said, “I thought, my gosh, the tone is coming from the top and now CNN has become the target.”
She offered no evidence that Trump’s “tone” was a factor in the package deliveries.
The media are endlessly devoted to the truth when it comes to Trump’s comments about legitimate policy issues — like 7,000 foreigners coming to the border — but they let their hair down if it means baselessly accusing Trump of inspiring a person to send potential bombs around the country.
Even assuming the person sending the packages was a Trump supporter, that’s not evidence he was inspired by the president. When Waters calls on the harassment of administration officials, when Hillary Clinton says there’s no need for civility, and when former Attorney General Eric Holder says liberals should “kick” the opposition, why are we told to look at Trump?
Because looking at Trump requires “no evidence” if it means he can be blamed for it.