NYT’s Haberman: Trump ‘often tells the truth’

Our media is just plain terrible:

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman on Sunday said President Trump “often tells the truth,” and cautioned against reading too far into the president’s motives.

Speaking to Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Haberman said it is often a waste of time for people to “constantly [be] surprised” or look “for some deeper motive behind everything” Trump says or does.

“Trump lies frequently, or tells falsehoods frequently, or stretches the truth frequently, but he also often tells the truth,” Haberman said.

As an example, Haberman listed Trump’s recent interview with The Sun, a British tabloid, where he slammed Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiating tactics. Though Trump made waves by criticizing the close U.S. ally, Haberman said he did the interview as a favor to Rupert Murdoch, the New York media mogul who owns the publication.

“He gave this interview to The Sun, a British tabloid … during his U.K. swing last week,” Haberman said. “It was a favor to Rupert Murdoch. That’s what he told people. That’s why he did it. It was not because he had some pre-planned strategy about shaking things up, or disrupting the global order.”

“He was surprised at how his remarks were received,” Haberman added. “He didn’t realize he would be making the news that it did.”

Alex Jones Threatens to Shoot ‘Pedophile’ Robert Mueller

From Newsweek:

Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ramped up threats against special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, calling him a “monster” and described shooting the former FBI Director.

Jones’ nearly 3-hour July 23 InfoWars broadcast ranged from rants about Hollywood pedophilia to social media “shadow bans” to outlandish allegations Mueller was personally involved in a child sex ring composed of left-leaning political figures.

Jones took on a particularly insidious tone during his Monday show, accusing Mueller of violent child sex acts before dramatizing a hypothetical “wild west” shootout with Mueller, a Republican appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to lead the Russia investigation in May 2017.

While playing spaghetti western music riffing off The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme song, Jones detailed how the only thing about Mueller that scares him is Jones “not manning up.”

“I’m constantly in fear that I’m not being a real man, and I’m not doing what it takes, and I’m not telling the truth. And so, call it whatever you want, I look at that guy, and he’s a sack of crap,” Jones said.

“It’s going to happen, we’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon, and he’s going to find out whether he makes a move, man make the move first, and then it’s going to happen,” Jones said as he pantomimed shooting at Mueller.

Citing ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Florida gunman in parking space shooting not charged

The guy should have been arrested for pushing the man to the ground. But definitely doesn’t deserve the death penalty. This is just murder.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – A man who was captured on surveillance video fatally shooting another man in Clearwater, Florida, during a parking-spot spat as his young son watched nearby will not be arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff.

“I don’t make the law. I enforce the law,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference Friday. “The law in the state of Florida today is that people have a right to stand their ground and have a right to defend themselves when they believe that they are in harm.”

The sheriff announced the case will be sent to the state attorney’s office for review.

“This will go to the state attorney. Drejka will not be charged [and] will not be arrested by us,” Sheriff Gualtieri said. “The state attorney will review it and either he’ll concur or not. And, if he concurs, then there’ll be no charge. Period. If he doesn’t concur, then he’ll make a determination as to what to do with it. And, if he feels like he can overcome that heavy burden at a Stand Your Ground hearing of proving by clear and convincing evidence that Drejka was not entitled to use force in this circumstance, then that’s the state attorney’s determination to make.”