Speculation Is Not News

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On today’s episode of The Daily Daily Caller Podcast…

There’s a little game the media likes to play in the age of the Trump administration — the hypothetical speculation game. We have two examples of it on today’s show, one involves George Stephanopoulos and Rudy Giuliani and the other the first lady, and both are examples of journalists manufacturing stories.

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Giuliani, one of President Trump’s attorneys in the Mueller probe, was on ABC “This Week” speaking with Stephanopoulos when he was asked a hypothetical question about whether or not the president could pardon himself. Rudy made the mistake of answering the question rather than refusing to play the speculation game.

His answer should have been, “He’s done nothing that would need a pardon and I’m not going play your hypothetical game, I came here to discuss facts.”

Instead, he said the president could pardon himself. This created a media feeding frenzy and breathed life into a non-story. We explain how this works on the show.

Rudy Giuliani Believes Mueller Probe Is Illegitimate (CNN: May 27, 2018)


Then there is the conspiracy theory that there is something happening with first lady Melania Trump. She hasn’t been seen in public for a while because she’s been recovering from kidney surgery. Her absence is easily explained by the recovery needed from a major operation. But that’s not good enough for some liberal journalists, they see an opportunity to create controversy where none exists. Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith and CNN Brian “the human potato” Stelter were “just asking questions” when they tried to create something from nothing to accuse the White House of hiding something when it comes to the first lady. Smith even went so far as to imply abuse. Speculation is not news, but it passes for it not because journalism is dead.


Liberals hate Israel. Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory gave a speech over the weekend where she called the founding of Israel “a human rights crime.” Mallory has a history with rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and she condemned the Anti-Defamation League’s involvement with Starbucks’ racial sensitivity training, so she’s got a long record on the issue. Since she’s a liberal in good standing, nothing will come of this because liberals give other liberals a pass in the name of the cause.


New York City is considering allowing parents to choose “X” as a gender for their child because science, or something. The “Party of Science” is denying basic biology, instead insisting gender, which has been settled science since before there was science, is now a matter of choice. Bruce is Caitlyn, Bradley is Chelsea, and simply by declaring it makes it fact. This is happening in New York, but it’s only a matter of time before it spreads because insane political correctness cannot be contained.

The Daily Daily Caller Podcast is a daily look and mocking of the news from a conservative perspective. Hosted by Derek Hunter, it is available in audio form Monday-Thursday and will have a video option on Fridays.

Derek Hunter is a columnist and contributing editor for The Daily Caller and author of “Outrage, INC: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood” from HarperCollins, available June 19. Pre-order a copy here. Send compliments and complaints to derek@dailycaller.com or follow him on Twitter at @derekahunter.