(Editor’s note: Wednesday afternoon Andrew Puzder withdrew as President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Labor)
The Hill newspaper in Washington and other media are reporting the fight over President Trump’s Cabinet has moved from new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Labor. Democrats, teacher unions and other liberals targeted DeVos in an attempt to block a Cabinet selection. The Senate confirmation of DeVos ended in a tie until Vice President Pence broke the tie by voting for DeVos. Now, Senate Democrats view Puzder as their best chance to block a Trump Cabinet member from confirmation. Puzder, the CEO of a fast food chain, is thought to be vulnerable on several points. More important from a Mississippi angle is State Treasurer Lynn Fitch is expected to be named to a subcabinet position in the Labor Department if Puzder is confirmed. Puzder’s path to confirmation starts with hearings this week. From what I have read, most of the allegations against Puzder are bogus.
Attention Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss: There is no “assault” on the media
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss will sponsor several programs during the spring semester. According to “HottyToddy.com”, a site covering Ole Miss and Oxford, the Feb. 17 program is titled “Assault on the Media.” The four journalists who will discuss the “growing hostility” toward the press will be Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, cartoonist Marshall Ramsey of the same newspaper, Ronnie Agnew, the executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and former executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, and Kate Royals, formerly of the Clarion-Ledger and now a reporter for the web newspaper Mississippi Today. I repeat, there is no “assault” on the media. People are just sick and tired of the left-wing bias of the press. That is not an “assault”. Poll after
poll shows the low regard the American people have for the press. After more than 25 years as an editor, political columnist, writing this political blog and a lifetime of political involvement, press bias is very clear. There are also a couple of other traits of many journalists – (1) they like to dish it out but can’t take it, (2) almost all of them think they could to a much better job of running the nation and our states than the job done by elected officials. As far as this particular program sponsored by the Overby Center, my observation is that none of the participating journalists will present a conservative political view.
Quote of the Month
A beautiful English socialite, Pamela Plowden, was the first great love of Winston Churchill. She would later marry another man and Churchill would marry Clementine, but Plowden and Churchill would remain dear friends for more than 60 years. Best selling author Candice Millard is the author of an outstanding new book, “Hero of the Empire.” The book tells the story of Churchill’s capture and escape during the Boer War. In the book Millard has this quote by Plowden about Churchill: “The first time you meet Winston, you see all his faults, and the rest of you life you spend discovering his virtues.”