Attention-starved Trump needed to spin things away from his lawyers’ threat of treating Mike Flynn as a liar and CNN mocking the box truck used to block camera views of his golf swings.
Looming large is #TrumpRussia and Robert Mueller’s systematic homing in on the truth of the 2016 election.
Trump’s narcissistic moments like these interviews and some untimely tweets have had unintended consequences, and could be the undoing of Trumpistan.
Trump attacks NYT mercilessly, then gives NYT interview in which heÃ¢ÂÂs asked no tough questions, which they then promote mercilessly. Rinse. Repeat.
Ã¢ÂÂ Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) December 29, 2017
@JoyAnnReid @JoeNBC @robreiner My earlier take/tweet on Trump’s NYT interview below. Also, I tweeted just yesterday: Trump needs media attention “the way a junkie needs his junk.” If attention is the junk, the media is the junkie’s co-dependent junkie girlfriend. https://t.co/Mc6i6TPIaU
Ã¢ÂÂ Wiseronenow (@Wiseronenow) December 29, 2017
quick estimate, Trump probably made 20-30 false statements during interview. NYT challenged him on 0.
Ã¢ÂÂ Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) December 29, 2017
Is there another way to interview Trump that won’t involve him walking out in a huff & just whining about “Failed NYT” & “Fake News”? No. This is why WaPo & NYT have taken to releasing the unedited transcripts of interviews w/him. They give him his head & let the reader decide.
Ã¢ÂÂ Ã°ÂÂÂ((MG))Ã°ÂÂÂ (@knitvspurl) December 29, 2017
It is unfortunate that MSM has become stenographers, but perhaps that’s why The Post movie may remind the public that there are multiple roles of the press that don’t all operate at once even if they should in the age of social media.
Trump chose Michael Schmidt as an interviewer because he’s white, male, not a “star” and asks questions that don’t rub Mighty Mango the wrong way … how else would he repeat “no collusion” 16 times in 30 minutes. Trump thinks he’s in command … he’s dictating.
This is a surprising thing to say given we live in a world where the man basically never faces tough questioning. It’s not like the guy gets pressed every day. He never gets pressed. That’s why people need to stop acting as his stenographers. https://t.co/lFQABclzK1
Ã¢ÂÂ Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) December 29, 2017
The proximity to truth will improve only under testimony since those moments tend to keep Trump away from his default position of pathological lying, although even then we know from his 2007 disavowal of Felix Sater in the Bayrock case, that he seems never to know anyone well, even if they’re “good guys”.
IÃ¢ÂÂd also say that the post-interview handling of the lies is as important as the interview. Of course itÃ¢ÂÂs hard to correct the serial-lying president as he rapidly rambles. But are they then called false in the *actual article* or just printed without context?
Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Dale (@ddale8) December 29, 2017
Then there’s the unhinged aspect of White Box Truck’s presidency, occluding a free press
There are many crazy things in the new Trump NYT interview, but one big piece of crazy is the notion that the media will be in the bag for him in 2020 because they fear what their ratings will be like if he loses. Ã°ÂÂÂhttps://t.co/bJ61syYhAn pic.twitter.com/KMddAnT1OK
Ã¢ÂÂ Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) December 29, 2017
As usual if a reporter just lets Agent Orange think he has control of the interview, we get insights about the clueless autocrat beneath the bloat.
The president of the United States told @NYTMike that he can do whatever he wants with DoJ. That’s literally the quote. It’s incredibly revealing and important. I consider that important and about this country, but I guess I’m just a softie.
Ã¢ÂÂ Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 29, 2017
Ã¢ÂÂ Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 29, 2017