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Monday, December 09, 2019

Perry Buzz Reaches Fever Pitch

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry–who famously implied in 2009 that his state should consider secession because of Obama’s economic policies–has long been floated as a potential anti-Romney primary presidential candidate, especially after a bunch of prominent possibilities dropped out.

But the mass defections in the Gingrich campaign have re-energized the chattering class, in part because close advisers like strategist Dave Carney and campaign manager Rob Johnson, were working for Newt. Now they’re free agents again. [Politico]

 

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Wen Ho Lee

Down at Mar-a-Lago and anywhere else that former President Donald Trump is still venerated, he and his entourage are excited about a publication that has never before drawn his attention. The Columbia Journalism Review has just published a four-part, 24,000-word essay that purports to debunk the Trump-Russia "narrative" — and seeks to blame rising public disdain for the press, among other ills, on The New York Times and The Washington Post for their coverage of that scandal.

Its author is Jeff Gerth, a reporter who worked at the Times for three decades. His former colleagues are said to be seething with fury at him. They have ample reason, not out of feelings of personal betrayal, but because Gerth has betrayed basic journalistic standards. Unfortunately, this is not the first time.

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