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    November 28, 2016

    The Liberal Media Has Regained the Ability to Criticize the President

    One of the most destructive factors about the nearly eight year Obama Administration is the protective relationship he has established with the liberal media. Every time he does something that is clearly harmful to the best interests of the American people, the press has defended his actions. Even in a case where people are suffering from some disaster and Obama is on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard—the criticism—never comes from the press. They give this special treatment to all Democrats.

    The night that Hillary Clinton realized she had lost, she went into a rage. Reporters and Secret Service officers confirmed that she began yelling, screaming obscenities, and pounding furniture. She picked up objects and threw them at attendants and staff. Clinton in such an uncontrollable rage, she had to be sedated by a doctor. When a reporter working for CNN described what she had witnessed, her editor banned the story from going out to the public.

    Now that Donald Trump has been elected to be America’s 45th president, the liberal media has gone into 24/7 attack mode. Anything they can find that is negative about Trump they will send out on the news feeds.

    The Media Research Center found that 91 percent of news coverage about Donald Trump on the three broadcast nightly newscasts over the past 12 weeks has been “hostile.” He’s not even in office and the press had declared him a failure.

    Paul Krugman, the head economist for the New York Times said “Trump is going to bring about an era of corrupt governance unprecedented in US history.” American University professor Allan Lichtman had reporters salivating when he predicted that Trump will likely be impeached.

    The one-sided attack on Trump has backfired on the liberal media. When CNN’s Jake Tapper was trying to link Trump to white nationalist leader Richard Spence. They ran a banner that questioned “If Jews are people.” The backlash against CNN for highlighting a racist statement was so strong on twitter, Tapper had to return from vacation to apologize for being so callous against Jews.

    The next day on CNN Charles Kaiser used the N-word while allegedly quoting Trump adviser Steve Bannon. He was quickly found to have quoted the wrong person. His use of the N-word sent the show's host into panic mode:

    All right, gentlemen. We’re done. We’re done. I appreciate both of your voices. The more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the N-word on the show…it is not okay! It is not okay. Charles Kaiser, I respect you. I enjoy having you on as a guest but…not okay. By the way, the claim that Mr. Bannon used the N-word — I’ve never heard of this. So there’s that. Take a break.

    If you want to find a story that not biased against Trump, you need to turn to alternative news sources. Last week, Unionwear, the producer of political campaign material for mostly Democratic candidates, filed for bankruptcy.

    The press gave coverage to the firm when it produced hats with slogans like “Make Donald Drumpf Again,” (a reference to Mr. Trump’s ancestors altered the family name) and “Make America Rage Again.” Not a single major news organization pointed out the firm’s demise from obvious poor sales.

    The press may be irreparably undermining its credibility with its nonstop mud ball attacks against Trump. They have already eroded the public’s trust by being so obviously biased in their coverage of the 2016 election.

    If they keep labeling him as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic Islamaphobic—in a couple years the average American citizen will be immune to believing such charges. Trump could invite the KKK to have a clan rally on the White House lawn and people would just yawn at any outrage by the press.

    The liberal media’s sudden role reversal may have a profound impact on the state of our nation. Come January, we will have a press that has no reason to continue hiding the fact that our national debt is growing out of control, crime is rampant in our urban cities, and the Middle East is a total mess.

    The press may have the collective goal to damage Trump so that they can set-up the next Democratic candidate for the 2020 race. The rate at which the world is going downhill, I’m not sure Christians will be around to worry about the outcome.

    “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28).

    --Todd


    Pre-Tribulation Pondering

    Listening to the "experts" thinking aloud on what this election means is exercise in frustration, if not futility. The talking heads across the cable and broadcast spectrum attribute Donald Trump's win to everything from the late FBI turn of events to news media's biased poll-taking and misreading of exit polling. These throw in that those in charge of the losing campaign just didn't understand the people of middle America. They didn't see the people's pent-up rage against the Washington establishment--the D.C. insiders.

    All of these elements no doubt contributed to this election--as many of the pundits put it--eventuating in a totally unexpected outcome. But, it is the never-mentioned aspect of this election dynamic that is frustrating to me as a Christian. It is this that produces a sense of futility.

    No one in media is talking about the 81% - 84% (depending upon the figure you accept) of "evangelicals" who turned out in this election. Christian participation just isn't figured in at the highest levels of broadcast and cable punditry.

    This means, to me, that the experts believe this election had nothing to do with our being fed up with the social debauchery and degradation that has been taking place, particularly over the past almost eight years. The homosexual, transsexual, same-sex marriage agenda, with mandated same-sex, multiple-occupancy public restrooms, had no influence on the voting this election year, the experts are saying with their silence. We, the voters--who are Christians and came out in numbers that have not been seen in many elections--apparently weren't (according to the pundits) making a statement that we are fed up with our White House being bathed in rainbow colors emblematic of the homosexual lobby. We aren't sick and tired of having the homosexual rainbow flag flown atop that same American presidential edifice, is the message of the pundits' silence.

    This electoral landslide against the candidate and party that have crammed down America's throat all of this hellishness--mostly through presidential, executive order-fiat--had nothing to do with the social issues, I guess we are to take away from this silence.

    That we are disgusted with small bakery owners being publicly humiliated and fined for refusing to bake same-sex wedding cakes obviously isn't considered worth mentioning in the analysis of this election results. The absolute horrors and atrocities that we learned about involving Planned Parenthood and the selling of human baby body parts didn't, in the thinking of the post-election, political analysts, figure in our collective voting statement.

    It was all about terrorism, wallet issues, and building back America's defense, while determining to "drain the swamp."

    These were all important issues in my own thinking, as in the thinking of many other Christians, while election day approached. But, in addition to stopping a further tearing down of America's founding structure, I wanted--and continue to want--a government that will stop the anti-godliness, down the road of which the administration of the last eightyears has deliberately moved this nation.

    As expressed previously in these commentaries, it was God's people praying the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14 that turned this election so dramatically. This is the answer the pundits are seeking when they ask incessantly about what happened that the news media types missed. How could this election have turned out so differently than expected right up until 9 p.m. EST Tuesday, November 8?

    The fact is that the throne room of Heaven was deluged day and night with God's people imploring Him for mercy--asking that He hear from Heaven and answer our prayers. This, of course required repentance--not of America's population, but of God's people. It is more than obvious that He did hear and answered in a spectacular way. God cannot lie, and He promised He would answer such prayer--uttered under biblically prerequisite conditions.

    Now, the question is: Will we who are called by His name continue to pray and to follow up on those prerequisite conditions? How we respond will determine how our nation--and our lives--fare over the coming days, months, and, perhaps, years. We have proof that our Lord answers prayers in a spectacular way. The pundits will never see it, but we who did and are doing the praying certainly understand. We can further understand God's influence in this election by the truly Christian people He has placed among the soon-incoming power elite.

    So, in this pre-Tribulation time, we have a window of opportunity to honor our Lord's merciful answer in giving us a leadership that promises a return to founding principles. Along with that merciful action, it is also obvious that we have been given a course-correction, a return to the moral pathway--out of the depravity foisted on us in recent years.

    We don't have to wonder about how to honor His mercy and kindness in having answered our prayers. His number-one priority has always been and will always be the salvation of souls. We are expected to honor His decision to give America a reprieve--I have no doubt--in order to, first and foremost, lift Jesus Christ so that the Holy Spirit draws all to Christ for salvation.

    Just beneath that all-important mission for God's people in America is to let the pastors of our churches know that the true, Christ-believing bodies of worship should be devoted to teaching and preaching truth. That is, we are now, more than ever, to be the Philadelphian church and not the Laodicean church. (Read Revelation chapter 3.)

    There is no doubt that we see this gracious, merciful, moving of God's hand in America. However, there are also signals that are growing stronger by the day that we are in times at the very end of the age.

    Jesus forewarned in the Olivet Discourse that there would be great ethnic strife. We have been seeing it manifested in American cities. The seas and waves of humanity are "roaring" in America and in Europe. This election has intensified that roaring, I believe.

    People who refuse to accept the election results are exemplifying the apostle Paul's perilous times characteristic "incontinent"--or, "out of control." Jesus said societal conditions will be exactly like now when He intervenes catastrophically into the affairs of mankind. That will happen with the Rapture.

    With the United States now seeming to be headed back toward the America we once knew and loved, with the promises of the new administration, we can enjoy our moment of gratefulness this Thanksgiving season.

    However, this time of national renewal is also likely to be a time like described by Jesus--a time that will bring His next catastrophic intervention into the affairs of mankind. That time might just be upon us.

    "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24: 44)

    --Terry