A controversial book promoting a compendium of speculation and misinformation regarding President Donald Trump overtakes genuine news of a booming economy and black unemployment at the lowest in U.S. history.
Locally, Stafford’s 28th District political drama, while not as severe also noted in media circles the adjudication of Bob Thomas to be seated as the region’s new delegate.
Thomas’s opponent, the Rev. Joshua Cole, influenced by crusading Democratic handlers, had attempted judicial vote gerrymandering in an effort to change the November race outcome.
Responsibly, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said no to Cole’s attorney seeking an injunction to stop Thomas from being sworn in, which de facto exonerates Stafford’s registrar Greg Riddlemoser from any perceived wrong doing.
Riddlemoser had been under fire for inferred election law violations after the 73-vote win by Thomas. Their fourth court proceeding in two months could have been prevented when it was revealed the state board led by Commissioner Edgardo Cortes failed to heed warnings of split precinct concerns provided by Fredericksburg’s registrar two years ago.
Ellis stated he took issue with federal courts “sticking their noses into state election procedure.” A profound statement indeed.
Call it politics as usual, as Democrats still screamed foul and several disenfranchised voters have indicated they will be appealing the judge’s action and began fund raising for Cole.
Thomas is prohibited from fundraising while the general assembly is in session.
But he should have little problem after the session, and Riddlemoser continues his vital role in what will be contentious mid-term elections in November.
To aid in that, media has a responsible and ethical role stating facts without embellishment. A role in question when left-leaning news operatives take issue with every breath taken by the present White House occupant.
That was more than evident when Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” was released. Granted, Wolff may be an accomplished writer, but his critics suggest he profits on promulgating the sensational rather than the accurate. And his book is filled with a plethora of inaccuracies.
I found it disturbing how Wolff suggests the president’s inability to recall friend’s identities, or basic facts, as an attempt to suggest mental impairment. Such blatant political insinuations in spite of their inaccuracy are simply an orchestrated effort designed to advance the party out of power.
They occur like clockwork with every political party attempting to regain their losses. And with the humiliation of Trump’s victory over every established presidential challenger regardless of party, any perceived negative can’t be small enough not to be dwelled upon, accurate or not, as demonstrated by Wolff.
In the book’s prologue Wolff writes, “Many of the accounts of what happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue,” he says.
He adds that “looseness with the truth if not with reality itself are an elemental thread of the book.” It basically allows a reader to judge if facts are genuine, which is a fascinating author admission.
Still what’s really disturbing remains the lack of media focus lauding the positive state of our national economy, our record-climbing stock market and black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest in history.
One would think Wolff or Virginia’s Gov.- elect Ralph Northam would be shouting that from the roof tops. Perhaps part of the reason they won’t is black voters’ inclusion in the increasing number of people moving out of Virginia due to its economic strife since 2013.
But as an independent presidential onlooker–along with my friend Luis Quinonez, one of Trump’s senior advisors still rumored to be in high contention for a cabinet appointment– “our” observation during the primaries and during recent White House visits is different.
We witnessed a brilliant, mentally incisive commander in chief, demonstrating an uncanny power of recall while orchestrating what appears to be the greatest economic recovery in our lifetime.
It’s about jobs and the economy….but then we’re not trying to sell a book based on political deception.
Daniel P. Cortez of Stafford is a Northern Virginia political writer and broadcaster. He is active in veteran and minority affairs and ay be reached at [email protected].