Axios Watch: The Most Biased And Inane Items Of The Week

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The Daily Caller News Foundation compiled a list of examples exposing bias in Mike Allen’s Axios daily email newsletter that briefs subscribers on the news of the day.

Allen included excepts from a cover story referring to the president as “Godzilla,” allotted a huge portion of space to an article that claims “a sun that cooks us” is just around the corner and branded himself as the arbiter of normalcy.

Below is a list of the most egregious examples from the past week:

1.  Continued warming? Article itself admits there is no scientific consensus that global warming is to blame: 

 N.Y. Times Quote of the Day … Adrian Luckman, a lead researcher for a team monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, which lost a chunk of ice the size of Delaware this week. Scientists fear that continued warming (emphasis mine) threatens the rest of the ice shelf: “This is a big change. Maps will need to be redrawn.”

2. Of all the quotes from the story to highlight:

Mark Leibovich’s cover story in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, “This Town Melts Down”:

“Sean Spicer … cuts an oddly compelling profile in that he represents a crossover player, someone who comfortably inhabited the old Tokyo-on-the-Potomac before Godzilla was elected and put him to work. He also seems to embody a particular neurosis of Trump-era Washington, where the lizard-brain logic of making a name for yourself is colliding with the imperative of survival in the shadow of a capricious force.”

3. Be not so dramatic:

Be smart: Trump increasingly questions the loyalty of everyone, including his own staff and personal lawyer. Every day, it feels like the walls are closing in and it’s unclear who to trust.

4. Unnecessarily mentioning Trump’s golf courses in the U.K. to sow seeds of corruption: 

Good Tuesday morning. Situational awareness: Trump is moving toward acting alone on North Korea, according to the Wall Street Journal’s lead story: tightening sanctions, targeting Chinese companies/banks that help regime … Trump state visit to the U.K. will take place next year, senior London sources tell Sky News. But the President, who owns two golf courses in Scotland, may make an unofficial visit before then (emphasis mine).


6. Here’s where Mike Allen decides what is normal and what isn’t. Must have been a slow news day:

One of the casualties of the first six months of the Trump presidency is a common understanding of what is normal in our politics. It’s easy to grow numb to abnormal actions, words and tactics. But even our readers who love or feel loyalty to Trump need to remember:

  • It’s not normal for the presumptive nominee’s son to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claims she has dirt compiled by Russian governmental forces who want to see your guy win.

  • It’s not normal for the President to sign off on a public cover-up of that meeting when confronted with the facts.

  • It’s not normal for the President to hold a Cabinet meeting that consists of his staff gushing over him.

  • It’s not normal for the President to undermine his West Wing staff by continually asking friends and visitors for their opinions on various replacement options.

  • It’s not normal for the President to make a deal with his Russian counterpart for an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit,” let his Treasury Secretary out on a Sunday show to enthusiastically defend the idea, then pull the plug that night after ridicule from fellow Republicans.

  • It’s not normal for the President to interrupt his day to watch the press briefing on TV, and critiquing the answers à la “SportsCenter.”

  • It’s not normal for the President to obsess about cable-news coverage of himself, and instantly react to stories before checking the specifics.

  • It’s not normal for the President to irritate and offend key allies by failing to re-articulate the country’s devotion to their alliance, only to offer the reassurance weeks later, after the damage is done.

  • It’s not normal for the President to publicly criticize the mayor of London on the basis of flawed facts, right after a terror attack that killed seven.

  • It’s not normal for the President to attack TV news hosts by name, including a personal attack on a woman’s intellect and appearance.

    Be smart: It’s just not normal.

    Why it matters: We’re getting inured to the daily whirlwind. Each day’s jaw drop or outrage seems to be topped by tomorrow’s. Keep your head, even if all about you are losing theirs.

7. Allen reports what Trump’s aides say when he likes it, but doesn’t care for what they have to say if it contradicts his biases:

In calls and Oval Office chats with supporters who have been on the tube, Trump gleefully reenacts exchanges with anchors blow by blow, referring to CNN as “Fraud News” even in private conversation.

(BTW, regardless of what he or his staff say, he hate-watches “Morning Joe” — toggling among MSNBC, “Fox & Friends” and CNN’s “New Day”).

Be smart: Aides say (emphasis mine) Trump loves the combat, and just wants respect and deference

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