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Good News from CNN

January 18, 2019

Late yesterday and this morning’s discussions on MSNBC and CNN have focused on a report from “Buzzfeed” that President Trump suborned his attorney to commit perjury with respect to the President’s business interests in Russia. A piece of this morning’s news coverage dealt with the President’s decision not to permit a delegation of Democrat Congressmen–and Speaker Nancy Pelosi–to travel to Afghanistan and other areas of the Middle East on a military plane. The plane was cancelled no less than two hours from scheduled departure.

Given the intent of the owner of MSNBC, and the producers of CNN, to Impeach President Donald Trump, coverage on both cable news networks was frantic with delight that now we have something that may lead to a criminal indictment of the President of the United States, except for an interview on CNN at or around 9:10 AM.

I had awakened very early to draft a post on this blog, and had turned on MSNBC at the start of “Morning Joe.”

I know, I shouldn’t do that–Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are Trump “haters”–and violate every principle of what passes for “journalism” in these “tribalized times” by stacking morning discussions with persons who agree with the anti-Trump policies of MSNBC. So, half awake, and tired of grumblings I was hearing from MSNBC, I switched channels to CNN.

CNN is now owned by AT&T and may want to be a bit more responsible than MSNBC, so they are adding one or two Republican persons to interview. As I listened to this interview, I heard a reasonable voice discuss these hot topics. I couldn’t believe my ears, so I got up and read the byline of the person being interviewed and saw that he was a Republican–Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

Who is he and which part of the U.S. does he represent?

Kinzinger hails from the 16th district which is made of up of 14 counties and stretches from Illinois’ northern to eastern borders. It includes everything from large towns like Rockford and DeKalb to smaller communities like Gibson City, Bradford, and Ashton, including the hometown of Ronald Reagan.

I knew a little bit about Illinois from in-laws who reside in Chicago and a good friend–the late John Howard–the former President of Rockford College who founded the Rockford Institute. Like most states, Illinois is good and bad–mostly bad.

But who is Adam Kinzinger?

According to his official biography, Kinzinger graduated from Illinois State University in 2000. Four days ago we reported the death of Dr. John Gueguen who had a long and distinguished career at ISU. In Adam Kinzinger’s Sophomore year, he was elected to the McLean County Board of Governors. After graduation, Kinzinger joined the United States Air Force, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in November 2003 and later awarded his pilot wings. He has served in the Air Force Special Operations, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air National Guard.

What did Cong. Kinzinger say on CNN that caught my attention?

  • About “Buzzfeed” he observed that none of the claims of suborning perjury were backed up with names of sources;
  • As for the cancellation of Speaker Pelosi’s travel, he suggested that the cancellation might have been made earlier than the one hour before takeoff.
  • About the shutdown of the U.S. government, he lamented that neither side is talking to the other and that would be a better use of Speaker Pelosi’s time than foreign travel.

Thank God for little favors, and Cong. Kinzinger..




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