Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy began his Dec. 20 column with some serious sucking up to his friend, President Trump:
Donald Trump's late father Fred loved quoting a poem by Edgar Guest, one he kept framed on his desk.
It read, in part, "Success is failure turned inside out – The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, You can never tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit – It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
For Fred's son, the key to winning was always about never quitting, even to the bitter end.
It's no surprise then that our President is fighting to that very last moment.
His vote challenge has been reasonable after an unusually close race in six states where he differed with Joe Biden by 1% of the vote or less.
A Newsmax poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 67% of Americans agreed it was fair for the President to seek a recount and challenge in those states.
Ruddy didn't mention that McLaughlin worked as the pollster for Trump's re-election campaign, so its objectivity and accuracy can be reasonably questioned.
Ruddy then defended his outlet's treatment of the election results: "Despite some media claims and even a skit on Saturday Night Live, Newsmax has never denied the official results. We called all contested states for Biden and described him as President-elect as of December 14th, when the Electoral College voted him so." Then, it was time to defend Trump's doomed efforts to overturn the election, with a side shot a one of his right-wing media competitors:
However, the major decision, including one made by Fox News, to crown Biden President-elect before the contested results were final, smacks of bias.
All major media stood down in making a call when Al Gore made his vote challenge in 2000. Why did Trump not have the same courtesy?
Trump has been a victim of media malpractice from the start.
A key factor why Biden took the battleground states with razor-thin margins was due to the media's suppression polls. These polls showed Biden winning in a landslide, dampening donor and voter support for Trump.
The Fox News Poll was particularly harmful, whose final polls had Biden winning by 10 points (he won the popular vote by 4.)
Ruddy then pontificated: "So where does Trump go from here? Well, the answer is upward." He further pontificated:
After his presidency, Trump will also become an unequalled global political and media force.
Trump will be surprised how much influence he has as a former President, without the limitations placed on being the actual President.
My late friend Ed Koch was seriously depressed after leaving New York's mayoralty. He later admitted to me that he became more influential outside of office as a media and political powerhouse.
Trump will do the same, but much more.
John Fund's recent column on Trump's successful presidency quotes David Shribman, a historian at Carnegie Mellon University, who thinks Trump will be "remembered in history as the most consequential president in three-quarters of a century and the most significant one-term president in nearly 175 years."
It's a good judgement for Fred Trump's son, a winner in every sense of the word.
Ruddy made no mention of the biggest immediate challenge his own operation faces: libel and defamation lawsuits. The day before Ruddy's column was posted, Newsmax walked back its attacks on Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, two companies Newsmax has accused -- falsely, it appears -- of manipulating votes to make sure Trump lost. Perhaps that's where his focus should be now instead of on Trump-fluffing.