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Jeffrey Lord is a Contributing Writer for NewsBusters. 

Lord is a former White House political director in the Reagan White House and aide to  HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania he went on to work for the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, then going on to serve on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and Executive Assistant to US Senator John Heinz (R-Pa.). He was the chief of staff for Reagan-Bush ’84 co-chair Drew Lewis as well as to Mr. Lewis in his role as chairman of Warner-Amex Cable (now Time Warner) in New York City. 

Now a writer and commentator, he is a Contributing Editor of The American Spectator, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel and Newsmax TV. His work has been discussed on The Rush Limbaugh Show, and he has also appeared on the Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham talk radio shows in addition to talk radio programs across the country. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Harrisburg Patriot-News and other publications. He is the author of The Borking Rebellion:The Untold True Story of How a Bipartisan Group of Pennsylvania Women Attorneys Took on the Entire US Senate Judicial Confirmation Process - and Won.  Lord, a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, now lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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Memo to Governor Pence: Buckle in. The media is coming for you.

One of the hard facts of political life for Republicans is that their vice presidential nominees have - for decades - been treated as if they had the figurative bullseye on their backs, replete with a sign that says “Hey hostile liberal media! Over here!”


His name is Jeronimo Yanez. And Yanez has been identified as the police officer in Minnesota who killed Philando Castile, the young man killed as his girlfriend streamed the terrifying incident live on Facebook. What’s missing in the media coverage? As his surname appears to indicate, Officer  Yanez is….Hispanic.


So. Over at The Washington Post this week, I see that columnist Callum Borchers is upset with me. The reason, it seems, is that in an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter I had the audacity to say the following in a discussion about the current fashion of “fact checking” in the media.


The media missed the story. And its the same story - whether the topic is Donald Trump or the Brexit vote that now has the United Kingdom on the way out of the European Union. For that matter, this story popped up earlier in, of all places, Wisconsin, when Governor Scott Walker took on public employee unions and defeated them in a furious fight that even had him running in - and winning - a recall election forced by his opponents.


Well this was a disaster of a week. Another Islamic radical attack on America leaves 49 dead and 53 wounded. And like clockwork there go the bitter clingers of the media - bitterly clinging to myths about guns and Christians. The “bitter clinger” phrase, of course, originated with candidate and Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign when he was captured on audio tape at a San Francisco fundraiser.


The latest from the New York Times is exactly the kind of media double standard that the American people have become sick of, doubtless one of many reasons Americans don't trust the liberal media. While I was waiting to go, I watched New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof being interviewed. (He was not in my segment.)  Here’s the headline and part of the story from the Mediaite account: "NY Times‘ Kristof: Yes, Donald Trump Is a Racist." 


The virulently anti-Trump Washington Post has just illustrated how the game of racializing the judiciary is played.

The other day Donald Trump began criticizing the judge in the Trump University case being brought against him. He pointed out that the Judge was “Mexican.” U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana, is indeed of Mexican parentage. The Post headlined their front page story this way: "Trump’s vendetta against federal judge alarms legal experts."


I am here to write this column because of Harry Truman. My late Dad, a decided Taft-Goldwater- Reagan conservative who died several years ago a few weeks shy of 90, often enough impressed on me that my very existence, not to mention his own, was owed to the man from Missouri who, in August of 1945, was the still-new 33rd President of the United States. He was forever grateful to the Democrat Mr. Truman. Why?


It was 1952. The GOP, out of the White House for twenty full years, had finished a rollicking national convention with a bang. After a dramatic showdown between the forces of D-Day hero General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the conservative Ohio Senator Robert Taft, Ike had won the day. Taft, always the gentleman, conceded, and the two rivals posed for pictures smiling together.


You have to be amazed at the way the media elite decides what is “news” and what is “not news.” It's news that President Obama issued an edict to schools insisting on transgenders in the bathroom of their choice. It's not news that a man in Chicago entered a bathroom and strangled an eight-year-old girl. That might hurt the narrative insisting no men ever threaten girls in a public bathroom.


In two different articles over the last six months, former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown offered a fair representation of some of the media handwringing about their responsibility for Donald Trump. They charged Trump is over-covered. But wait: did anyone see Campbell Brown complaining that the media gave too much attention to Barack Obama in 2008? I haven't been able to find any complaints.


When is a woman not a woman? No, I’m not getting into Caitlyn Jenner. I’m talking about the recent gasp of horror in the media when Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing “the woman’s card.” The outrage was palpable.


Will the liberal media remember that Harriet Tubman was a gun-toting Republican? Will they remember that Andrew Jackson was a slave-holding Democrat and founded the Party? 


Hillary and Bernie love to go after “the banks.”  But the real scoundrel of the two on this subject?  Without doubt it’s Hillary and her banking scam.


Former President Bill Clinton has done something exactly right. And he deserves to be applauded for doing so - even at the peril of ruining his reputation because this conservative is going to praise him. (And I’m not alone in this, either.)

Uh-oh. Wait. No sooner did he do something right…than, alas, he “almost” apologized.


The television cameras loved it.

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller was standing at the podium of the Republican National Convention having the time of his life.”These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror,” he said. The cameras panned to the New York delegation on the convention floor, standing quietly. But the hall was not quiet. While the high command of the party’s about-to-be presidential nominee, conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, had a tight control of the Goldwater delegates on the floor, the galleries were another question altogether.


Tony Blair was even more right than he knew. Hours before the ISIS attacks on Brussels that killed 31 and wounded 270, the former British Prime Minister sat down with the BBC.

They reported: "Tony Blair has warned against 'flabby liberalism' and says there needs to be a tougher centre ground approach to issues such as tackling extremism and responding to the refugee crisis."


The media campaign to replace the conservative late Justice Antonin Scalia with an Obama appointee has begun.  

It won’t be pretty. Republicans will be accused in the media -- actually they are already being accused -- of being “obstructionists” and worse in blocking the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland.  But how did it get this way with the media, Democrats and Supreme Court nominations in the first place?


On Friday night, American citizens peaceably assembling in Chicago had their First Amendment rights shut down.


Mitt Romney's condemnation of Donald Trump sounds a lot like his dad George's condemnation of Barry Goldwater.