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Media howls over insensitive terrorist-hunting dog and conservative memes

Written By | Nov 1, 2019

WASHINGTON. The left-wing propaganda organs of popular culture – the fake news media – are busy selling us the odd, the bizarre, and outright evil as normal fare. They tried selling us the fiction that President Trump was a traitorous spy working for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

That fell flat on its face.

Now they’re trying to sell the fiction that Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of that criminal fraud and act of domestic espionage is predicated on nothing more than a “conspiracy theory.”

Barr and US Attorney John Durham will have more to say on that very soon.

President Donald Trump announces the death of ISIS leader. Photo: the White House.

Such is the press’s red-hot hatred for Trump, they felt compelled to say a few kind words on behalf of the late ISIS leader and thug, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Especially after Trump’s retelling of the terrorist leader’s takedown by US Special forces in Syria.

“Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him, and losers they are, they had no idea what they were getting into. In some cases, they were very frightened puppies. He [Baghdadi] died like a dog. He died like a coward… whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” said Trump

The president also praised our trained US military dog, Conan, who aided US special forces in the Baghdadi operation, saying,

“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog that did such a great job in capturing and killing the leader of ISIS,” said Trump via Twitter.
Dog bites terrorist, media barks

But not everyone in the media is happy with Trump’s praise of the four-footed hero.

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Writing for Roll Call, John T. Bennett said:

“America’s other post-9/11 presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, tried to respect the traditions and views of Islam, but the 45th president has a history of criticizing it and attacking some Muslims – including Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, two members of the all-female, all-minority House ‘squad’… But many in the Middle East and Muslim world see the species [dogs] much differently.”

Understanding our media’s similar sensitivity to all things radically Islamic, the conservative Daily Wire tweaked the fake-news media’s misplaced sympathies by issuing a meme replacing the head of Medal of Honor winner James McCloughan, a US Army combat medic who served in Vietnam, with that of the hero dog.

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The Daily Wire-altered photo shows President Trump placing a medal around Conan’s neck. However, the military’s highest honor is replaced with a paw print. Worse still, the president re-tweeted the image saying,


A humorless Washington Post noted:

“A watermark for the site [Daily Wire] appears in Trump’s tweet, but it is a cropped version that removes the attribution of the source photo, which is the Associated Press. That would have indicated that it began as a legitimate news photo, raising the question of whether Trump or a staffer knew McCloughan had been edited out.”

The New York Times even contacted McCloughan hoping for an anti-Trump comment. But they were surely disappointed by his good-humored response,

“In a phone interview on Wednesday, Mr. McCloughan, 73, who had not seen the image before a reporter sent it to him, said that he interpreted it as Mr. Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism. He certainly was not offended and laughed when he compared the two images.
“After all, he said, Medal of Honor recipients accept on behalf of their entire teams, especially those that did not return from battle. And canines have long been part of war efforts… This recognizes the dog is part of that team of brave people.”
Humor as a weapon

New York Times headquarters. Photo: Haxorjoe via Wikipedia.

So, what’s really behind the media’s howls and growls over the Daily Wire’s Conan meme and the president’s embrace of it?

According to the Times:

“The Trump White House is fluent in and speaks often in the language of internet memes.
“In April, Mr. Trump shared a spoof video of a video by Joseph R. Biden, Jr. As Mr. Biden sits cross-legged on a sofa and speaks, what looks like a cardboard cutout of Mr. Biden pops up behind him, seeming to mock his remarks.
“In August, he tweeted a fake image of a gleaming Trump Tower on Greenland, a country that he had reportedly talked about buying. He has also tweeted a doctored GIF of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball and another of him wrestling CNN to the ground.”

In other words, at a time when woke political correctness has drained popular culture [especially the minions of the mainstream media] of all but Trump-Derangement tirades, the political right, with the aid of the president’s bully pulpit, has cornered the market on political humor. Especially that which pokes fun at the pompous, flawed, and self-righteous killjoys of the left.

But the Daily Wire’s meme in praise of Conan the US warrior dog, re-tweeted by Trump, is hilariously viewed by our media betters as an attack on the Islamic and radical socialist members of the Democratic Party’s anti-Semitic “Squad.”

Sourpuss scribes

Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film “Conan the Barbarian.”

All the media’s hand-wringing might have something to do with that famous line uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film “Conan the Barbarian” – the fictional character after whom the canine hero is named.

When a barbarian general asks the musclebound warrior, “What is the best in life?”

Conan famously responds,

“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!”

Both Conan the dog and his Commander in Chief are familiar with successfully chasing down the media’s favored moral misfits – gaining the inevitable triumph as their enemies self-detonate.


Top Images: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Fox News screen capture.
Conan the US special forces dog, Pentagon photo.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.