Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Tale of Two Media Narratives and a trap for the unwary: Grieving Parents at the RNC and DNC

I sympathize with these grieving parents, and I thank them both for their sons' respective services

Of course, the media pretends that Patricia Smith (who was actively lied to by Hillary Clinton after the death of Sean Smith in Benghazi) does not exist, focusing all their attention on Kihzr and Ghazala Kahn and challenging Trump on his proposed ban on Muslim immigration.  

Trump has nuanced that response from earlier in the campaign.  What he has said he would temporarily ban immigration from countries with links to terrorism (like Syria).  I am opposed to bringing in Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis right now too (other than targeted Christians and other religious minorities or those individuals who demonstrated loyalty to the United States and who are targeted by terrorists for that loyalty).  

The media (it seems almost coordinated when you have the New York Times, ABC and Megyn Kelly  at Fox--but who is auditioning for a new job at CNN or the networks, all following the same argument) that Trump's immigration policies would have denied us a hero like Captain Human Kahn.  Well that is a bit of a stretch in hindsight, but the same argument could be made that such a ban would have potentially "denied us" terrorists who committed the attacks at the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando and even possibly the events on 9/11.  Two can play this game. 

The smart thing was for Trump to see these attacks by the media as what they are, political traps set up by a hostile partisan media. There is nothing gained in attacking the Kahns. They lost a son who was a hero in combat, a Muslim American solider killed by fanatical Muslims terrorists.  They deserve our sympathy and thanks (just like Patricia Smith does). The Kahns are pawns in this media game.

This was a very poor political response by Trump. Why Donald Trump would go on a show run by a completely biased and dishonest Hillary Clinton supporter and Democrat operative like George Stephanopoulos in the first place is foolhardy (Hillary refuses to even give press conferences she can't completely control). If you are going to put yourself in such a place, which Mr. Trump voluntarily did, why not pivot away from the grieving Kahns and challenge Clinton Foundation Donor Stephanopoulos to ask Hillary Clinton similar questions about Patricia Smith and Sean Smith?  Trump should be pointing out the double standard and hypocrisy of these media tools ever chance he gets.  

And no Mr. Trump, you have not sacrificed like Mrs. Smith and the Kahns have.  Don't even try to justify that--nor do you ever want to--No parent ever wants to be part of that club. Of course Hillary Clinton has not sacrificed either (I saw Anderson Cooper try to argue at the DNC while on the post speech debate panel that Hillary Clinton sacrificed by taking a low paying civil service job her whole career, apparently missing she is worth more than $250 million today).  And unlike Trump, Hillary Clinton was actively involved in putting Sean Smith and Captain Kahn in harms way.  

Yes Mr. Trump, you were set up by Clinton's GoTo George. 
As you point out, Stephanopoulos is a liar
And you walked into this trap.  

Hot Air: Trump's response to Khirz Kahn was a mess
American Thinker: Patricia Smith targets Hillary Clinton at RNC
RT: Patricia Smith: Hillary Clinton lied to me about my son's death
Rush Limbaugh: Hillary's Only Chance To Win: Destroy Trump First
AoSHQ: There is a big difference going after General Allen and the parents of a fallen soldier (Try not to make Hillary's mission easier)

Hot Air: Washington Examiner: Byron York: Khizr Kahn, Donald Trump, and the debate over Muslim immigration (the return of Cindy Sheehan, but ignore Pat Smith), Gold Star Families to Trump: Apologize (and when you are in a hole, stop digging), Cory Lewandowski: It Trump were president Capt. Kahn would still be alive

Instapundit:  While Trump battles the media, Hillary keeps lyingPJ MediaWhere was Hillary Clinton when Capt. Kahn died?Howard Kurtz: Austin Bay is right, Yes, the media is running with Hillary on the argument "Trump is dangerous" and expect it to continue through November, Goat Rodeo (Donald, you fell for the trolling),Hillary says Benghazi mother "may not recall what [Hillary] told them about the video", Whose Constitution? Byron York on Khizr Kahn and Donald Trump,

PJ Media: Where was Hillary Clinton when Capt. Kahn died?

Powerline/Hinderaker: Trump's Amateur Hour in the Presidential Race

The Hill: The Kahns were tricked into attacking Donald Trump


  1. Trump definitely mishandled this. The attack by Bloody Meghan was over the top. I did not see it but followed it from a clip and post at Breitbart.

    What Trump should have said is "I honor Captain Kahn. And his sacrifice. It is true that my immigration policy might have prevented him from coming into this country. It will also stop murderers, rapists and terrorists from coming into America and turning it into a place where priests are decapitated while saying Mass. You can be sure of one thing. I would give Captain Kahn the means and the orders to protect himself and his comrades. Hillary would leave him to die while importing more terrorists. So you have to decide which approach you think is better."

    I also think Hillary and her minions in the press will overplay their hand. This Mr. Kahn sounds like a loose cannon and if he is investigated there might things he has said or done that will not stand up to scrutiny. I don't know anything I am just making an educated guess from his rhetoric. We shall see what happens as this story develops.

    I do think Trump was right to go on George's show. He is not afraid of the Press. He needs to attack them head on. To contrast to Hillary hiding away from the press conferences. In the long run it will work out just fine for him.

    1. Troop, I agree with you 100%. I do not know Kahn's background, other than he is from Pakistan, but his son was murdered by fanatic suicidal jihadis--not Trump. Unlike Hillary with Patricia Smith (who lied to Pat Smith at her son's funeral), Trump had nothing to do with his death. His wife and him should place the blame for their loss where it belongs.

      I like that Trump is willing to take on tools like Little GoTo George, but call that fucker out to his face when he acts up. Rather than getting defensive over some Gold Star parents, attack Stephanopoulos and say he is an active biased partisan for the Clintons. It's true, it will put him on the defensive, and will be a far better media narrative for Trump. No point pretending these media douchebags are your friends and they will give you a fair shake over Crooked Hillary.


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