3 of Liberals' Favorite Stories Vanished Once McCain Passed Away


Heading into this past weekend, the mainstream media was heavily pressing three major narratives that, despite the media’s best efforts, were nevertheless on the verge of crumbling.

The first narrative was that of the major hurricane headed toward Hawaii, which allowed the media to dredge up old complaints about the manner in which the Trump administration had responded to the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

Unfortunately for the media — but quite fortunately for Hawaiians — the hurricane shifted and largely missed the island chain in the Pacific, save for some heavy rain and localized flooding, and the state was spared a major disaster.

The second major ongoing narrative was that of former White House official Omarosa Manigault-Newman, her new book criticizing President Donald Trump and his administration and her purported knowledge of the existence of a supposed tape on which Trump could be heard uttering the “N-word.”

That alleged and promised tape has yet to be produced — indeed, it’s very existence has been denied by numerous people who would presumably know — and the vast majority of Manigault-Newman’s other “bombshell” claims against Trump have been largely debunked and discredited, as she has been shown to be little more than a self-interested liar.

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Finally, there was the media narrative surrounding the guilty plea of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who was reportedly cooperating with Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation and was supposedly prepared to testify that President Trump had advanced knowledge of the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between his son and other campaign associates with a Russian lawyer ostensibly providing “dirt” on then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.

Except, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis walked back the notion that Cohen was cooperating with Mueller, revealed that Cohen never said Trump knew ahead of time about the Trump Tower meeting and further debunked significant assertions about Cohen and Trump in the discredited anti-Trump Steele dossier … all of which adds to the growing suspicion by some that the entire Trump Tower meeting was nothing more than a set-up to entrap the Trump team in the alleged Russian collusion narrative.

Then, two things happened separately over the weekend that saved the media from their own crumbling narratives and allowed them to quickly drop the issues and move along as if nothing had happened and they hadn’t been dead wrong in their assertions — the death of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and the mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

To be sure, both of those stories are major events that required a wealth of coverage from the mainstream media, but it was nevertheless awfully convenient timing for the media to utilize them as cover for a “reset” of their faltering narratives.

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Almost as if on cue, the media glorified McCain as an honorable and stalwart “hero” and harshly criticized Trump for his feud with McCain, a rather ironic development considering how savagely abusive the media was to McCain when he ran against former President Barack Obama in 2008, maligning him with the same sort of smears they ineffectively used against Trump in 2016.

The media disparaged Trump’s tweet of condolences to McCain’s family, hypocritically chastised him for not saying more when they would have smeared him as “fake” if he had done so, and have even taken issue with the duration of flags being flown at half-staff in McCain’s honor.

Similarly, the media jumped on the Jacksonville mass shooting as a chance to reignite the gun control debate and criticized the president for not releasing an official statement about the incident, even though they would also have criticized anything he had said if he did release a statement.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Just check out the front page or homepage of some of the top anti-Trump media outlets — CNN, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today — and you can see it all for yourself.

What you will find are lots of stories about McCain and Trump, the Jacksonville shooting, Trump’s newly announced trade deal with Mexico, the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and a handful of other stories.

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While of course all of those stories deserve coverage, readers would be hard-pressed to find any stories at all on the front page — certainly not as top headlines — about any of the three stories that the media had been pushing so hard last week … Hawaii, Omarosa’s tapes and Cohen’s betrayal, all of which have seemingly disappeared into the ether or down Orwell’s memory hole.

To be sure, we allege no sort of conspiracy or other such nonsense here on the part of the media, and are merely pointing out how duplicitous they truly are.

No doubt aware of the tenuous nature of their preferred narratives, they wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to dump those faltering narratives from last week at the first opportunity they saw.

But we haven’t forgotten and we refuse to allow them forget just how wrong their narratives were, nor will we allow them to slink away as if they weren’t just pressing those false narratives to the hilt mere days ago.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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