Down South, Sunday morning means church. But throughout much of blue America, it means the New York Times, the farmers’ market, and Sunday talk shows, the period during which the news is analyzed, not made. Today revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the nation is coming undone. Where to begin? How about Fox News, where none other than Sith Stephen Miller decried the coup instigated by those anti-American Deep Statists against the greatest president to bless this nation. Up with this, even Chris Wallace would not put: Via CrooksandLiars: “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple,” Miller charged. “People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation is you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.” “Enough with the rhetoric,” Wallace shot back. “Let’s talk about some specific facts in this.” Done? Nyet. “How about answering my question?” Wallace interrupted after Miller tried to avoid the topic. “I understand,” Miller replied. “I understand that you have your question, I have my answer.” “It’s a non-answer at this point,” Wallace observed. Well, alrighty then. It must be frustrating to be the Trumpiest of the Trumpers, go on Trump TV, only to get one’s ass grilled for brunch. Over on CNN, yet another Trump apologist got ridiculed by known liberal Democratic-Socialist Bill Kristol, not at all happy that Trumper David Urban refused to actually answer a question, preferring instead to focus upon meany Adam Schiff and his “made-up” story about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. “Pathetic” Kristol labeled the attempt, as the two began shouting over each other: via Rawstory: After Urban frantically attacked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for reading a parody of the highly redacted transcript of Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Kristol said he was making too big of a deal about it in order to deflect from the president’s criminality.”This is pathetic,” Kristol began only to have Urban yell over him and what followed was a quick-paced back and forth. “This isn’t about the chairman [Schiff], it’s about the president of the United States,” Kristol charged. “Will you defend the president’s behavior? The real transcript?” Short answer? No. “You think President Trump’s behavior was proper?” Kristol demanded. “Is it proper for Adam Schiff to read something,” Urban attempted, which Kristol dismissed as unimportant. To be real clear, this particular “always-Trumper” believes the real scandal is Schiff’s characterization of the transcript, and not the obvious illegalities within the transcript. Once respectable Republican Lindsey Graham demonstrated that he either continues his descent into madness, or is having an increasingly difficult time fulfilling his role as the wholly compromised U.S. Senator in charge of covering for all things felonious Trump. Lindsey wonders why we haven’t yet heard from all the witnesses and are going forward on “hearsay,” apparently forgetting that Trump admitted to the gist of the charge, and also banking on Trump supporters’ inability to understand the words “impeachment investigation.” Also via Rawstory, from Face the Nation: “The complaint sounds like a legal document,” Graham insisted. “Who helped this guy write it or this girl write it. We are not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. […]
It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
Quick hit, my sisters and brothers. I want to share. I am sensing a pattern, a tremor in the force. I am struggling to put it all together. Perhaps you can help in the comments, point me in the right direction. Ex Fox chief political reporter, Carl Cameron (can that possibly be his real name? Whatever.), went on Ari Melba’s show and did something that it seems many former hostage — many former people inside the Trump orbit do. Cameron suddenly sees that we’re led by a complete and total psychotic presence. And a dick, too. Cameron says there is not enough time in the day to list all of Trump’s problems. I take that as a personal affront because I give it one hell of a try. But this isn’t about me, let’s hear some more before we judge. “We have to think about our national reputation worldwide now, with the president at the G-7 meeting in France, how the rest of the world is looking at the U.S.,” Cameron said. “We like to think of ourselves as world leaders. The president is not leading. So what are we?” he asked. “The United States of America’s reputation is at stake because its president is being irresponsible and violating our values and our traditions.” The pattern that I am seeing is that once people step outside Trump’s direct power, they suddenly have a revelation. Trump is a danger to the United States. Or am I just making this up because it feels right? No, I am not, and you are well-aware of this pattern, too. After all, we’ve got more than a few examples of it already. In no particular order: Michael Cohen Rex Tillerson Steve Bannon Everyone in Congress or the Senate that has bolted? Okay, that’s enough because there’s no point in listing all of them because that would take up near as much time as the list of things wrong with Trump. In fact, there’s some overlap there, too. It isn’t a knock so much on the people who have formerly had little room to work, and had a reason to fall in line. Though, it actually is, now that I think about it. But the more prescient point is that it makes one wonder just what the fck are the people still inside thinking? One has to presume that there would be a cabal of insiders that will never be comfortable outside of Trump’s grip; Ivanka, Don Jr. Eric, the people who will – or won’t – inherit the money, and perhaps Steven Miller, who will definitely inherit the racist legacy. Outside that? I doubt there’s a single one. Maybe Sarah Huck, maybe not. She might need some more space than the others. She is a bit more invested, having publicly lied for the man and just as publicly sold her soul. It could take her more time. I suspect this is the ultimate comment on the Trump trench in which the country finds itself. Everyone that gets out alive and not in cuffs must redeem themselves with the sane world. It could be worse, they could be so stuck in Stockholm, the syndrome never abates. I guess this is actually the final comment on Trump, his grip isn’t that strong, on anyone, except maybe Steven […]
Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]
Of course, there are any number of people who control information that would destroy Trump and his presidency, perhaps even his personal freedom. But, nearly all of the “typical” people who could topple the administration are within the administration, or outside this country. However, there are two people who work outside of government, two people without any secret inside information, could easily take Trump down with ease and speed. Rupert and Lachlan Murdock. The two people who control Fox News, known by some to be “Trump TV” are inextricably tied to Trump’s fate. Like Pompeo and Barr, the Murdoch future is hinging upon the correct determination as to when to jump off the S.S. Trump, as it careens recklessly through a sea of icebergs. Obviously, Rupert sold his soul long ago, pumping up Trump to loyal viewers, harvesting advertising dollars that go straight into the Murdoch family bank account. But, Lachlan, the younger Murdoch, must necessarily focus upon the long-term Fox future. Lachlan cannot allow the network to cross the Trump event horizon, that black hole that eventually sucks in everyone who blindly revolves around Trump. Lachlan must navigate the situation such that he knows when to blast off tp a safer and more stable orbit. Without “Trump TV” propaganda to manipulate each new shocking revelation, Trump is, quite literally, sunk. As noted in a great column in Rawstory: Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch decide what propaganda gets sold as news on the Fox cable channel. They helped create the false image of Trump the great leader. Their compliant and highly paid program hosts have sustained Trump, attacking anyone who challenges the president, riling up his base. But the relationship between the network and Trump has been fraying for months. Now may be the time for the Murdochs to finally let it unravel. I agree. We have noted over and over that the Trump movement resembles a cult, perhaps it is a cult (look at the way Qanon became “mainstream” within the supporters). Like any cult, the leader does no wrong, and is never questioned. But, as we’ve said, cults do not last forever, and the moment something pierces a cult leader’s invulnerability, the movement folds, blindingly fast, and nothing the leader does can save it. The Murdochs, for whatever else they may be, are not stupid, and understand the dynamic all too well. They will not risk their golden empire attempting to prop-up a man committed to destroying himself and the nation he “leads.” Additionally, unlike real news organizations, the Murdochs control the “news” slant at Fox with an iron grip. If the Murdochs direct the entertainer Sean Hannity to stop with his ludicrous assaults on Trump critics, then Hannity will. If they give new scripts to the actors playing journalists on Fox & Friends they will follow those scripts. If they generally signal to Fox News and Fox Business hosts that Trump is persona non grata they will get the message and repeat it. That is what makes Fox unlike legitimate news organizations where editors or producers w,ho try to issue such orders would at best be refused and at worst be forced out. This Murdochian style can be adopted to benefit our nation. Does anyone doubt the summation? Think about what Fox has to lose. After years of […]
The mind of a child is a fascinating thing, but not when it’s housed in a 73-year-old corpulent orange body, with major psychological problems. Saturday morning Donald was on a manic high and touting the “Miracle end!” to COVID-19. Whee, the teeter totter was up! Saturday afternoon Donald is on a depressive low, kvetching about what good is it anyway to be perfect and wonderful, when the Evil Media doesn’t appreciate me and twists everything I say and I’m going to put bleach in my Diet Coke and French fries up my nose and you’ll be sorry, so there! What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately. They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2020 “Hostile questions” = anything that asks for an explanation of Trump’s most recent epic gaffe; “Truth” = what Trump wants you to believe, regardless of empirical evidence to the contrary; “Facts” see, “truth” “Ratings” = the only reason to exist, what’s wrong with you, don’t you get it? “Fake News = anything reported anywhere by anybody that is insufficiently flattering to Donald Trump. What’s the use, oh what’s the use, when the conferences go out live and every stupid word I utter is out there for the entire world to hear and then there’s nobody nice to go in and agree with me and clean it up after the fact — and even Mike complains that he can’t work a miracle every week on the Sunday shows, and that’s tomorrow. Now I don’t have a coronavirus briefing to go to anymore, the reporters broke it and the doctors took it away and now I have to watch other people on television instead of being on television myself and it’s no fair. And why is Andrew Cuomo getting all the attention, anyway? If it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t have any stuff to play with at all. And he doesn’t even thank me like he should, nobody does and I deserve it! Hey, I even got the Governor of California to play nice and he can’t stand the sight of me, like all of California, I wish it would go drop in the ocean! Right now! The mind of a child is fascinating, except when the child is delusional, batshit, and 73 years old.
Donald Trump must have had another nightmare, or maybe he even wet the bed. Upon awakening, he grabbed for his phone, like Linus for his blanket and tweeted out into the ethernet, “Where’s the Whistleblower?” (Pssst…one’s in the closet and the rest are under the bed, Donny, and there are more coming…think about that while going to sleep tonight.) George Conway apparently interpreted the tweet as infantile as well, because his response was to patiently explain to the Infant in Chief how all of this works in the real world. The answer, @realDonaldTrump, is, it doesn’t matter. We know you’re not too bright, so we’ll make this simple for you. Let’s suppose you’re walking down Fifth Avenue, and you see a bunch of people running out of a bank. They’re yelling: https://t.co/XPdu9UUpfq — George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019 They don’t talk to you. And they don’t need to. They have all the evidence they need. For the same reason, Congress doesn’t need to talk to the whistleblower. They have many other witnesses. They have the memo of your call. And you, Rudy, and Mulvaney have all confessed. — George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019 Probably the greatest mystery in Washington D.C. is how Kellyanne and George Conway stay married, when Kellyanne spends her life spinning, lying and gaslighting for Donald Trump and George devotes a good portion of his to deflating Trump’s bubble. George Conway recently revised his Twitter profile, to reflect in no uncertain terms exactly where he stands with respect to his wife’s boss. “Lawyer. Human scum who believes real power is truth. Windmill cancer survivor. And “not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.” The Conways both demur when asked to go on record explaining their all-too-blatant differences of opinion, with respect to Trump, which have been public since June of 2017, when George Conway criticized Trump’s travel ban on Twitter. Since then, he has made it plain that he’s an adversary of Trump, which has only escalated speculation about the differences between George and Kellyanne. It’s even been opined that Kellyanne is the famed White House leaker of legend and lore, and/or the author of her husband’s Twitter account. And a few days ago, Kellyanne went off on a reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, and that conversation shed some interesting light on how Kellyanne views her relationship with her husband. [If you’re not familiar with this particular fracas, the back story is that Kellyanne’s name was floated as a possible replacement for chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. A reporter for the Washington Examiner mentioned George Conway’s tweets in connection with the story, and Kellyanne took issue with that, to put it mildly.] Conway: Hey, Caitlin. Kellyanne Conway. So I just am wondering why in God’s earth you would need to mention anything about George Conway’s tweets in an article that talks about me as possibly being chief of staff. Other than it looks to me like there’s no original reporting here, you just read Twitter and other people’s stuff, which I guess is why you don’t pick up the phone when people call from the White House because if it’s not on Twitter or it’s not on cable TV, it’s not real. I’m just wondering why you would have, A — why […]
Honestly, none of us should be amazed by the news. As a species we don’t take direction very well, and as a society, we pretty much do as we damn well please. And after more than a month in many cases of pretty much solitary confinement, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that a few sore heads are acting out their displeasure in public. But sadly this may just be the tip of the iceberg. If you haven’t already done so, you should consider it your civic duty to suffer through 10 minutes per hour of FUX News during the prime time viewing window. Moronic slobs like Fucker Carlson, Sean Manatee, and Laura Ingraham are scouring the gutters and sewers for a very particular kind of guest. They are looking for the kind of inbred morons who are willing to go on national television and claim that the stay-at-home orders are literally destroying the American way of life! They stare earnestly into the camera that there is no empirical proof that social distancing has slowed the spread of the virus, maliciously laying a charge knowing gull well that it’s impossible to disprove a negative. One muddle headed toad actually passionately proclaimed that If it comes down to a choice between the life of the nation, and the life of its citizens, the latter must always take precedence, but only up to a certain point! This is a vicious, self repeating game of table tennis between congenital idiots. His Lowness stands there every day behind the podium and serves this nonsensical tripe over the net, only to have the ghoulish propaganda trolls at FUX News serve it right back to him 3 hours a night. Both Trump and the ghouls at Cluster Fux are playing on the fears and insecurities of the gullible. Right now, the protests in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio are small and pretty much self contained. But as the sequestration continues, and it will, more anger, fear, and frustration will build. And a combination of news coverage of the small local protests, fueled by a constant indoctrination of bullshit from FUX, will only serve to drive more of the gullible into the streets. And at some point, Mayors and Governors are going to take steps to ensure public safety. And that’s when it will get messy, which is exactly what FUX is drooling over the prospect of covering live. There is no longer any salient argument about the legitimacy of FUX News as a legitimate news organization. It has all of the legitimacy of Vladimir Putin, and the moral integrity of a street corner 3 card monte dealer. Throughout this crisis, FUX has enabled a public health crisis by constantly underplaying the severity of the crisis. And now, left unchecked, FUX will be happy to fuel a public safety crisis by inciting opposition to the very restrictions that are keeping people safe. Gee, I wonder if Trump and FUX will blame the Governors? To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch […]
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Much has been written about Donald Trump’s psychological foibles, but as the COVID-19 crisis rages on, one defect of his character stands out above all the rest: He.Cannot.Accept.Blame.For.Anything.Ever. This is not a good trait in anybody but in a purported leader, it is anathema. Monday’s White House presser was truly a surreal experience. Here’s a description by The Guardian (and a tip of the hat to our fellow Zoomer Concinnity, for sharing this source.) A toddler threw a self-pitying tantrum on live television on Monday night. Unfortunately he was 73 years old, wearing a long red tie and running the world’s most powerful country. Donald Trump, starved of campaign rallies, Mar-a-Lago weekends and golf, and goaded by a bombshell newspaper report, couldn’t take it any more. Years of accreted grievance and resentment towards the media came gushing out in a torrent. He ranted, he raved, he melted down and he blew up the internet with one of the most jaw-dropping performances of his presidency. This was, as he likes to put it, “a 10”. If mental instability was measured on the Richter scale, this presser would indeed be a ten, or perhaps just fall off the graph altogether. It is a tenet of Trumpian behavior to “never blame yourself.” Don’t know where he got that from, but it wasn’t out of any leadership handbook that the rest of the world reads. If anything, a true leader acknowledges fault and swiftly figures out a way to redress the situation. It is written nowhere, by generals, politicians or captains of industry — except Trump, who fancies himself to be one of each of these categories — that “when you screw up, double down and pout.” No, that does not fly in the world of adults. His attack on CBS News correspondent Paula Reid was vintage Trump, and actually provides a good pointer for Joe Biden in debating the clown. Pro Tip: When Trump is boxed in, he resorts to attacking his attacker, because he has no facts to defend himself with. Trump was on his usual broken-record recital of how he saved so many lives by banning some flights from China in late January, bla bla. The CBS News correspondent Paula Reid was having none of it and cut to the chase. “The argument is that you bought yourself some time,” she said “You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals. You didn’t use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20m people are unemployed. Tens of thousands of Americans are dead.” Trump talked over her: “You’re so disgraceful. It’s so disgraceful the way you say that.” Reid demanded: “How is this newsreel or this rant supposed to make people feel confident in an unprecedented crisis?” Trump reverted to his China travel restrictions but Reid continued to push him on his inaction in February. Trump was unable to muster a reasonable response. It was a case study in how, when he loses an argument, his instinct is to attack the accuser. He trotted out his frayed, timeworn insult: “You know you’re a fake, your whole network the way you cover it is fake … That’s why you have a lower approval rating than probably you’ve ever had before times three.” Trump’s mental midgetry has always been appalling, but never more […]