Saturday, March 23, 2019

Dino Durrati

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Maddow Reports Mnuchin “complained” about Briefing House Leaders for a whole...

Rachel Maddow reported last night that after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin finished  briefing a bipartisan group of House members yesterday about the admin’s decision to drop sanctions against Manafort’s BFF Oleg Deripaska, he complained to reporters about having having to take a whole 1½ hours out of his Snidely Whiplash day to schlep up to the Hill and explain himself. (I couldn’t find any news stories on this, but you can hear Rachel report it starting at 3:56 in the video below….) This will no doubt cause a thousand tiny violins to be broken out by HRC supporters who remember her her 11 hour grilling by the Republican House’s Benghazi Committee which led to exactly no conclusions being found and no charges brought. Poor Steve, being called away from playing with our money…. …to answer for actions that will financially benefit a Russian Oligarch who likely tampered with our 2016 election. HRC could have done an hour and a half standing on her head… …………………………………………………………………………………………. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

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Ellen’s Prime-time Game Show Preempted by drumpf… She’s Got a Button...

*Resident “Sniffles” Adderwall preempted Ellen’s prime time game show “Game of Games” to air his 15 minute lie fest Tuesday night, but she has a plan if BLOTUS tries to elbow her out again…. Not a very substantive post, but I think you’ll agree this is must watch TV, if only to see what happens to the ferret that resides on his head! Enjoy! ………………………………………………………………………………………………. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

Ad-Man and USC Prof Opines on Manafort’s Sharing of Polling Data...

Thread Reader App unrolling: THREAD: I’m just an advertising guy, but thought I’d put a marketing lens on the news of Manafort sharing “polling data” with a Russian operative. Seems benign in the grand scope of everything, right? It’s not. Like politics, the goal of advertising is persuasion. And like politics, we call our efforts a campaign. At the heart of any campaign, big or small, is data. Data about the market, people, the competition. In politics, this is called “polling.” Same thing. Data is the raw material in the battle that brands fight to win hearts and minds, and get people to choose one product over another. To vote with their wallets. Gleaning the data is very expensive, it’s labor intensive, and it takes a LOT of time. Big companies will spend hundreds of millions on various versions of this undertaking, and employ thousands of people. The results of all this data, and the way it’s sliced and diced, is kept behind firewalls, under lock & key, privileged access. Data (polls) is one of the most valuable resources a company has. Anyone who works for a major company knows that Big Data is the business battle of our time. What do we do with the data? We use it to decide who to target. To position the brand as distinctive from other brands. To develop messaging and ads. To de-position and conquest the competition (and lots more). Back to Manafort. Sharing polling data with anyone is opening a door to collaborate with them. It’s allowing them to use your raw materials, your valuable resources, your manpower. It’s like arms dealing, except the weapons can’t be tracked because no one knows they’re explosive except for the collaborators. Sharing polling data means you’re working together. Conspiring. Making decisions together. Working to destroy the competition. Imaging for a moment if Apple and Microsoft collaborated on pooling their data resources in an attempt to bring down Samsung… But there’s SOMETHING EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO THE STORY. To continue the analogy, imagine that Apple and MSFT then together hacked into Samsung’s servers and stole some of their proprietary data, in the form of emails about their data… Then it’d be game over. So, if you’ve got Manafort sharing valuable and proprietary data with a Russian intelligence operative, and you’ve got a Russian hacking operationg stealing the competition’s (the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s) data…then you’ve got it all. Everything you need to destroy the competition. Not so benign anymore. You know who knows a lot about this? @KellyannePolls — someone should ask her. ………………………………………………………………………………………….. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

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……………………………………………………. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

Chris Hayes on Seth Meyers – The Wall was his “Freebird”...

Kind of a slow news morning, but I thought I’d leave you with this before I go to work; on a day when *Resident Clowncar is being given free air time to spout his lies I found their conversation very comforting. Enjoy. Closed Captioned.

Matty Yglesias at Vox – “TV News Loves Republicans.”

Matty Yglesias at Vox explains why we can’t have nice things — like a functioning Democracy. “On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver a primetime address to the American people about the government shutdown he initiated and about the fake crisis at the US-Mexico border that he says justifies it. And while there no doubt are various innovative coverage formats that could be used to fact-check the speech or otherwise detract from Trump’s tendency to deliberately misinform the public, there is no indication that any of them are going to be used. Instead, millions of people will see the president lying and misleading in various ways with no rebuttal, and at least some of them will come to believe some of the false things he says. The question of whether, or how, to treat Trump differently from other presidents in light of his relentless dishonesty is an interesting one. But it’s noteworthy that just a few years ago, the networks were comfortable refusing to air a prime-time Barack Obama speech about immigration on the grounds that the topic was “overtly political.” Yglesias reminds us that, at the time, Republicans were accusing Obama of acting like a dictator for acting on his own to protect the dreamers while using freed up law enforcement resources to crack down on the problems that Trump says we need his stupid wall to tackle…. Obama’s reasoned explanation for his actions could not be allowed to compete, however, with the strident accusations of Republicans playing partisan politics on the Network Sunday News programs. And Matty thinks he knows why: ‘I’m not entirely sure how to account for this imbalance in the actual coverage decisions. One popular theory is that Republicans have successfully “worked the refs” and led the press to become paranoid about exhibiting liberal bias to the extent that the bend over backward and display bias in the opposite direction. I think a more parsimonious explanation might be that the key decision-makers in network television (wealthy anchors, executives, shareholders, etc.) benefit in concrete material ways from Republicans winning elections, and their conduct reflects that reality more than the private ideological convictions of rank-and-file workers.” So tomorrow night, Trump will use his free network time to lie to America with the blessing of every news network…and our Democracy will be weakened by their actions. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

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(Bill Mitchell is a conservative radio talk show host and super genius.)     To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

Yes! House Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson (D) Calls Lyin’ Kirstjen...

The new Democratic head of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss., is tired of this administrations lies and the lack of oversight afforded DHS by the last Congress and called DHS Head Nielsen to the carpet yesterday with a scathing come to Bejesus letter: Key passage: (Bolds mine) “Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet another example of the misinformation and outright lies the Trump Administration has used to make the case for the President’s boondoggle border wall.” Thompson also admonished Nielsen to get all her records together ASAP, including those relating to 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, who died in border patrol custody, and have them to his committee by Jan. 18th. There’s a new sheriff in town, Nielsen and this one ain’t wearing a skull and crossbones on his hat! ………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

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