‘I am part of the resistance inside the news media,’ and I’m not anonymous

This is one of the last columns I wrote as editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana, where I worked for 34 years before retiring at the end of September, 2018. As you can see, I marched to a different drummer than the stereotypical liberal journalist!

By FRANK MIELE

Over the years, I’ve been asked to run anonymous letters dozens of times, but I’ve never done so. The explanation is always the same: Our readers have a right to judge the validity of a submitted opinion based on who you are and whether you have an ax to grind against the subject of your letter.

The opinion editors of the New York Times obviously feel differently. On Sept. 5, they ran a hyperbolic op-ed entitled “I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” that the newspaper said was written by a “senior official in the Trump administration.”

The op-ed told us nothing new. It merely confirmed what has been obvious for a long time — that many figures in the Washington, D.C., establishment fear President Donald Trump and are working to undermine his administration. That doesn’t justify giving the op-ed’s author the privilege of speaking under cover of darkness. If there is someone in the White House working to subvert the president’s agenda, the rest of us — the American people who elected President Trump — have a right to know who that is, and the president has a right to hold that person accountable.


Of course, the New York Times could have just turned their anonymous op-ed into one more of their anonymous sources that they quote daily in their own tireless efforts to subvert the president. That would have been more fitting, since at least we already know what the Times’ agenda is.

The smartest thing former grey eminence Steve Bannon ever said was when he called the national mainstream media “the opposition party.” The Democratic Party barely has a presence on the national stage these days; it is CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post that carry forward the left-wing banner these days.

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4 thoughts on “‘I am part of the resistance inside the news media,’ and I’m not anonymous

  1. Thank you, Mr. Miele, for your thoughtful and intelligent article “Be Glad Trump, Not Hillary, is Protecting the Border.” So important to read your words. You backed up your rationale citing Article IV of the U.S. Constitution. You provided the definition for people like me to refer to and pray the politicians refer to it. Since many may not know how to cite the correct source to explain why most American citizens depend upon President Trump AND our government to keep us safe from an invasion of thousands of people from several countries away from us, your words were inspirational. These so-called liberty seekers look like migrants but if they were in uniform we could get a better grasp of this invasion. They don’t speak our language, they don’t have the American culture or respect for the rule of law which most of our citizens have, they claim they are leaving their own countries because they are in danger but they don’t mind bringing danger to our country? We have law enforcement because as much as we hope our citizens obey the laws of our country which keep us from being Honduras, American citizens still break the laws. So why would we want to import people who plan to immediately break the law by pummeling their way across our borders and forcing themselves on the American way of life? Sounds very much like bullying will be rewarded, or worse, the “metoo movement for all Americans. (The left and democrats made their livelihood by identifying bullies and then bullying them out of places. Whether the target deserved it or not.)

    Your articles are brilliant. I noticed a Twitter critic of this article has “influencer” after his name. That’s the same as “paid propagandist.” Also, $20 million dollars from Bloomberg pays for many “loud mouth activists” and “influencers” and “disruptors.” I think there is a correlation between how aggressive the antagonists get with how much money per hour they get. There is a network of people who work solely as agitators and the bigger the disruption as with the Kavanaugh hearings, the more money they get. Please ask people to follow the money after you learn the names of the loudest people at the Kavanaugh hearings. Also, there is no way Cesar Soyak was organized enough to carry out the pipe bomb threat. No way. Again, could someone please follow the money? Not saying he didn’t do it but he had help. Someone with a lot of money offered to take care of his family if he got caught. I’m just not sure the FBI is up to this since they “caught” their man, they won’t look further. Look what the FBI tried to do to a duly elected president.
    Sincerely,
    Joe Morrisco
    Washington, D.C. 20003 and occasionally
    Bedminster, NJ 07931

    1. Hi Joe: Thanks for your comment. I especially appreciate your thoughtful border analysis. As for who paid whom to do what, I’m going to stay out of that until facts emerge.

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful posts including the article at real clear politics that led me here. Congratulations on your first day as a contributor.

    You did not name, in the article on this page, all the media outlets that have an agenda.

    The video linked below was cut and spliced so the first thing one sees is a bunch of people shouting “USA” and
    the noisy Republican supporters look like the “angry mob” in the title.

    Then the video spins around back to the beginning of the event when the speaker is interrupted by people calling her a white supremist. At this point it becomes obvious that the security guards taking those people away are being cheered on by Republican supporters who chant “USA.”

    Had we not seen a similar video of this event elsewhere that was UNSPLICED we would have assumed it was a video of an angry Trump mob.

    The average person will watch two seconds of a video, ignore the written content and move on.

    The creative editors of this video were possibly counting on the “average person.” Perhaps your friends at real clear politics would like to see the spliced and diced ABC video below.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/blackburn-angry-mob-interrupted-rally-tennessee-lindsey-graham/story?id=58819868

    We were also quite interested in this well-written story from Virginia that deserves national attention. It is another incident involving an ICE catch and release that turned deadly:

    https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/article_4be29ae0-d3cf-11e8-8613-ef2dde1bcd16.html

    Best wishes and thanks for letting us share a few tidbits for thought.

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