A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Protesters (paid) at Kavanaugh hearing
Anonymous NY Times op-ed writer
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.”
The NY Times
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
The anonymous author of the NY Times op-ed piece
“Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes – versus 232 for his opponent. None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed. This is a new low for the so-called ‘paper of record,’ and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. This is just another example of the liberal media’s concerted effort to discredit the President.
“The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released an official statement about The New York Times’ decision to publish an anonymous op-ed by an official within the White House
“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible. To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions. Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news. People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.”
First Lady Melania Trump
“Rasmussen Reports currently has President Trump’s approval rating at a remarkably steady 46% to 50% in these past few months, far higher than around this time last year. While his disapproval rating is also high, a reflection of our nation’s unfortunate polarization, the fact remains that almost half of Americans are still sticking by him despite the endless torrent of negative news stories that so many have become desensitized to.
“For these citizens and voters, many see a prosperous economy running on all cylinders. We have a strong military, a booming stock market, historically high business and consumer optimism, and so much more that satisfies both Americans of a conservative leaning and the many in the middle as well.”
Erich Reimer, DC-area policy strategist, entrepreneur, financial commentator, and political columnist
“Where is your soul, black man? As I look in your house, there are no fathers in the home no more.” Children need both a “provider” and a “nurturer. “It amazes me how it is when the police kills one of us we’re ready to protest, march, destroy innocent property. We’re ready to loot, steal whatever we want, but when we kill 100 of us, nobody says anything; nobody does anything. Black-on-black crime, we’re all doing time. We’re locked up in our mind. There’s got to be a better way. We must stop this today.”
The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, speaking at Aretha Franklin’s funeral
“Do you still expect that apology? A personal apology?”
Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi questioning Monica Lewinsky at an event in Jerusalem. Levi brought up Bill Clinton’s comments in June when he said he didn’t believe he owed Lewinsky an apology.
“I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to do this.”
Lewinsky responded, before putting down her microphone and walking off stage
“When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me I had been misled. I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative.”
Lewinsky later said that she walked off stage because she and Levi had agreed to “clear parameters” for the interview and that she had told Levi that the Clinton question was “off limits.” Before the interview, Lewinsky delivered a speech where she spoke about the 1998 scandal involving Clinton while she was a White House intern. Lewinsky said that when the story broke, she “was shunned from almost every community which I belonged to, including my religious community.” “That led to some very dark times for me,” she added.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Protesters at Kavanaugh hearing
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Paid protesters at Kavanaugh hearing
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
NY Times op-ed = Constitutional crises
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK