Why media love Brennan’s lies and other commentary


From the right: Why Media Love Brennan’s Lies

John Brennan “has proved to be a uniquely deceptive character,” so why, asks Ben Weingarten at The Federalist, do the media keep giving him “valuable airtime?” The Obama-era CIA chief still insists “there was no spying” on the 2016 Trump campaign, and that the Steele dossier wasn’t “used in any way to undergird the judgments that came out of the intelligence community assessment about the Russian actions in the 2016 election” — despite damning evidence to the contrary on both counts. And he arguably perjured himself repeatedly before Congress. That the media love “Brennan’s newsworthy lies regarding Trump and Russia” simply shows they are “no adversary of the powerful,” but rather “an instrument” of power.

Religion desk: Jewish Case for ‘Merry Christmas’

At Tablet, Liel Leibovitz knows what to say to those who believe Dec. 25 marks Jesus’ birthday: “Merry Christmas.” He knows because he understands “human communication” and because he is “a Jew who takes his own religion seriously.” Not so Michigan’s Democratic attorney general, Dana Nessel, who is also Jewish but who vented rage in a tweet after a store employee offered her that Christmas greeting. Liberals’ problem “is with religion qua religion,” and, too often, they use Jews “to broadcast to everyone else how unnecessary — even toxic — religion truly is.” Leibovitz’s ­advice for fellow Jews: “Celebrate the timeless lesson of Hanukkah with joy, and when we bump into friends or neighbors who delight in the birth of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” wish them a “very merry Christmas.”

Conservative: Pelosi’s Sudden Change of Heart

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent months stonewalling “the Trump administration’s efforts to pass targeted, short-term relief for those in need,” but now that Joe Biden is preparing to move into the White House, she is ready to make a deal — “as if by magic,” snarks the Washington ­Examiner’s Byron York. Pelosi’s sudden change of heart reveals the “personal obsession” and “cold political calculations behind her actions.” She refused to help struggling Americans because a relief bill might also, “as an ancillary effect, boost Trump’s re-election bid.” Yet now that Trump has lost, York predicts aid “might be on the way for millions of hurting Americans,” and “Pelosi’s ugly Trump obsession might be easing. It’s just too bad she couldn’t get over it months ago.”

Neocon: Krugman’s ‘Inconvenient’ Facts

The Times’ Paul Krugman recently griped about Republicans never ­accepting “a politically inconvenient fact.” Oh, really? “That’s quite a claim from someone who a mere six months ago was compelled to apologize for floating a conspiracy theory of his own,” scoffs Commentary’s Noah Rothman. Krugman had claimed “that the US unemployment rate declined sharply in May from a record mid-pandemic high because the data were flawed.” Later, the Nobelist “admitted he was probably wrong and apologized.” Now “what could have led the columnist to such an evidence-free assumption? One that confirmed his political priors about his adversaries’ capacity for malevolence?” Simple: He is a “human being, and the foibles he is identifying in Republicans are universal in nature. . . . The temptation to believe the worst about your adversaries isn’t new, and Democrats are just as liable in that regard.”

Millennial: COVID May Turn Young Socialists

Joe Biden’s popularity among millennials and their support for “the gradual elimination of capitalism in favor of a more collectivist system” suggest that “Republicans have a youth problem,” observes Luka Ladan at RealClearPolitics. The “successes of Democratic messaging” may help explain it, but more significant is that young Americans “have become desensitized to the dangers of Big Government in practice.” At the same time, “American freedoms” have faced “unprecedented attack” from “public ­officials” since the outbreak of COVID-19. Millennials may “question that encroachment into our daily lives,” the idea of handing so much power to government officials and socialism in general. “If we are lucky,” hopes Ladan, “America will be less socialist upon leaving a pandemic than entering one.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board