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 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]
(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]
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]
“a huge chunk of them aren’t even comin’ in over land, they get a visa and walk off a goddamn plane and just never go back and what’s he gonna do about that, build a bunch of fuckin’ sky walls….don’t give him any ideas…either way, Trump’s wall is an ineffective solution to an imaginary problem, and look I know ineffective solutions to imaginary problems, they’re kinda his whole deal, which also makes sense because if you’re Donald Trump why would you worry about actual problems like treason or heart disease when you can create a space force or pet Kim Jong Un’s dog, I get it, but I don’t think…” That’s about a dollar’s worth, there’s a lot more. Closed Captioned: Enjoy!
Rachel Maddow and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul last night discussed three known incidents when Trump spread Kremlin talking points, themes which at the time were not being propagated by anyone else but Russia, including the fear that Poland was about to invade Belarus… Raw Story “Trump’s initial conspiracy theory was that Poland may invade Belarus. “The only people in the whole world who were saying that was a potential problem that people ought to look out for, the only people who were talking about that as a possibility, were Vladimir Putin’s government,” Maddow reported. “Putin’s government at that time was running a military intelligence disinformation campaign to try to mess with Belarus by convincing Belarus that Poland was about to invade them.” That Montenegro, which was about to join NATO, is full of aggressive war like people about to ignite WWIII… “The second example was Trump’s claim that Montenegro may start World War III. “The only place on earth that has been pushing any line like that — that Montenegro is unusually aggressive and will start World War III if allowed to join NATO — the only place on earth articulating that is the Kremlin under Vladimir Putin,” Maddow reported. “So where did he get that from, right? Who planted that?” the host asked. “Where are you hearing this stuff?” And most recently that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was not an attempt to prop up a Soviet backed puppet government there but a reasonable response to a terrorist threat…. In case you missed it here’s the segment: As Rachel and McFaul point out the most alarming thing in all this is not Trump parroting the Kremlin, but rather whom is he talking to to get this disinformation and why are not the supposed adults in the room, like former Chiefs of Staff Priebus, Kelly and current NSA head John Bolton inserting themselves between drumpf and his propaganda source? Sounds like another good question for the new House majority to investigate.