Don’t be afraid of being different; be afraid of being the same as everyone else. –Unknown
Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:
- Ivanka Trump
- Sarah’s New Rules
- Monday Night Football
Since the President’s daughter, Ivanka, has been busted for using her personal email to conduct official government business, the President will undoubtedly stop talking about Hillary Clinton doing the same thing.
I would not bet on it. The rules don’t apply to the Trumps.
The Washington Post is reporting that Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.
Maybe we should lock Ivanka up? Will the President call for an FBI investigation? Special prosecutor? This may be the biggest scandal since Watergate. How can we trust Ivanka as a senior government employee if she can’t follow simple rules that she had to know she was breaking?
So many questions…
Sarah’s New Rules:
Fox News is reporting that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is implementing a series of rules that will govern White House press conferences going forward:
- A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists.
- At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor.
- Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner.
- Failure to abide by any of rules may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.
I don’t think they can stop a reporter from asking a follow-up question. Often a reporter needs to ask another question because the President or Sanders dodged the question.
When they revoked the hard pass of Jim Acosta of CNN, the White House lost in court. That was a win for freedom of the press.
Monday Night Football:
Sure I am disappointed that my Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Los Angeles Rams 54-51. It was a great game if you like a lot of points – the most ever scored on Monday Night Football.
The “All-Star Refs” ruined the game. The NFL decided that they needed a special crew for this important game. They put together an “All-Star” crew which was based on performance and seniority.
They failed miserably.
It was going to be tough beating the Rams, but the Chiefs had to beat the refs, too. The refs penalized the Chiefs eight times in the first quarter and that was before a penalty was called on the Rams. Overall the Chiefs were flagged 13 times for 135 yards and the Rams eight times for 60 yards.
If these are the best refs in the NFL, then we have a problem.
The good thing is that the game lived up to all the hype. The bad thing is the officials threw too many flags and ruined a great game.