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Trump Plays Martyr in Whining Afternoon Tweet Scapegoating Media Nemesis

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.
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Well, well. Look Who’s Inciting Civil Unrest

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 […]

Tipsy or the Teleprompter? Jeannine Pirro Tries To Walk Back Saturday Night’s Spectacle

Jeannine Pirro’s Saturday night show has gotten loads of attention, due to the fact that she was broadcasting from home and gave every indication of being inebriated. If you haven’t seen the video in question, here’s the link to my earlier piece on this subject. Pirro immediately got savaged on social media, with everybody and their uncle calling attention to the similarities between comedienne Cecily Strong’s SNL impersonation of Pirro (see link above) and the real thing on her March 28 show. The broadcast started about fifteen minutes late and when Pirro did appear on camera, she was uncharacteristically disheveled. Then when she spoke, she sounded drunk. Fox News hastily issued a statement to the effect of this being her first broadcast from home and experiencing technical difficulties. Here’s a tweet which shows Pirro putting down her glass, purportedly. Watch the beginning of the video very closely and look to the right of Pirro on the screen. This is blown up later at the end of the clip. Beyond parody. You can actually see Jeanine Pirro putting down her drink at the top of her show tonight…which was delayed due to “technical difficulties”. pic.twitter.com/5hOC11BFtM — ElElegante101 (@skolanach) March 29, 2020 At one point a heavily inebriated Judge Jeanine is slowly nodding off while her guest talks. A quick-thinking producer gets her off screen by throwing up a graphic of "mental health tips." The first tip is "AVOID NAPS"!!!! pic.twitter.com/h16JkzldrH — John Teti (@johnteti) March 29, 2020 Has anyone noticed that a number of Trump's most passionate fans ("Judge" Jeanine, Giuliani, Kudlow) often appear to be drunk as a skunk when they defend him on TV? https://t.co/mlKghFoKSB — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 29, 2020 Keep hating. U wear it well. — Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 29, 2020 In reading Pirro’s tweets from time to time, I have noticed that she’s like Donald Trump. Anything he doesn’t like is labelled “fake news.” Anything she doesn’t like is labelled “hate.” Life is not that black and white. The above and this tweet below, constitute Pirro’s defense. No that’s an ifb grabbing my hair and no staff around to notice. I was in a truck where that was not prepared to broadcast bec we had no connection , no visual and no teleprompter. — Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 29, 2020 An “ifb” is an audio device. However, the messy hairdo was not nearly so condemning as her speech. The Wrap: Pirro’s speaking was notably loose throughout the broadcast — which a network spokesperson attributed to the lack of a teleprompter in the host’s first broadcast from home. “Just the other … day the president talked, or was hoping, about the possibility of reopening everything on Easter Sunday, uh, in a way where we could kind of come out of this quarantine, as loose as it may be, that we’re involved in,” Pirro said at one point. An individual close to the network “absolutely” denied that Pirro was intoxicated and said the former prosecutor does not even drink alcohol. Now, I don’t know about other media outlets, but this one, PolitiZoom, was asked by Fox News via email earlier today to modify the headline saying Pirro was drunk, based upon this source “close to the network” saying that she doesn’t drink at all. Here is what I […]

CNN refuses to air false and misleading ad from Donald Trump

The Donald Trump 2020 campaign (yes, that is a real thing already happening) released an ad claiming Trump’s first 100 days have been amazing, the best, "America has rarely seen such success." For real, that’s a statement in the ad, which can be seen...

Trump Skips Correspondents’ Dinner But Does Not Say Why

Donald Trump has tweeted he will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner slated for April 29th, making him the first president to skip the event in over 30 years.
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MSNBC Reaches Ratings Milestone as Fox News is Dragged Down By Trump

Donald Trump's presidency continues to be the victim of an unrelenting cascade of scandalous news. At the same time, ironically, Fox News appears to be the victim of Donald Trump. As the President's fortune's sink ever lower, so do the ratings for Fox...
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Dan Rather: Being pummeled daily by odious Trump news can be overwhelming—never accept it...

American news legend Dan Rather posted another essay on Facebook that was shared by hundreds of thousands. In his piece, Rather addresses the malformed irresponsibility of a reckless and incredibly dishonest president, as well as the shameful actions...
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Trump’s Lies are a Virus, and the Media is the Host: Must read Atlantic...

Please read Derek Thompson’s piece in the Atlantic: Trump’s Lies Are a Virus, and News Organizations Are the Host. It goes to the heart of the media’s malfeasance now and in the campaign. Exhibit A: from...

Trump Campaign Lies About Lies, And That Is the Point

Chris Cuomo from CNN interviewed Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump Campaign’s very own Kelly Anne Conway, last night. It did not go well. Cuomo confronted McEnany about Trump’s lies. Kayleigh responded that gravity pushes airplanes up into the sky, and anti-gravity allows cars to drive on the ground: “He doesn’t lie,” she insisted. “Guess who lies? The press lies.” Says the spokesperson for the most trustworthy, least racist, most stable genius, in all of history. Then it got real: “I’m going to ask you this one more time, Kayleigh McEnany, do you believe this president has ever lied to the American people?” “No,” McEnany said. “I don’t believe the president has lied.” “Wow!” Cuomo said, adjusting his earpiece. “That blew the IFB right out of my head.” “Do you believe the fake news media has lied?” she said. “Interview’s over, Kayleigh,” he said. “Please.” Cuomo then noted that if Kayleigh cannot admit to a single lie, she will have no credibility with the American public, and that she has a long way to go. Here is the tape, see me below: "No. I don't believe the President has lied."Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tells @ChrisCuomo President Trump has never lied to the country. pic.twitter.com/oSlLHZ4h0m — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 29, 2019 Bravo. There is real danger, though. CNN is caught in a bind. They cannot allow unrepentant liars to sit there and spray utter garbage around the studio. But, if that is the overriding principle, and it should be, they cannot ever invite a Trump administration or campaign person to an interview, because we all know this is the result. Every. Time. It sets up a dynamic where Trump can claim victimhood again, and that the “Fake News” media doesn’t want to report any good things about him. They have an agenda against him One hopes that the majority of the American public has gotten a little too savvy to buy that line continually, and they likely have, but it isn’t healthy. The “do you think the media lies?” retort is the most dangerous. The “media” was not being interviewed, Kayleigh was. Cuomo could have responded quite easily: “I am sure there have been circumstances where some in media have been less than truthful, I cannot control that, I know that I never knowingly lie. Now, having answered your question, are you still insisting that you work for the one person in history who has never once lied?” Or something to that effect. Never forget that among the rules of the propaganda science (and, as I have said before, it IS a science), is to never admit any fault, ever. Moreover, an even more insidious rule of propaganda is to throw so much shit out there, some true, some false, some in-between, that you wear people down, convincing them that the truth is unknowable. In other words, the goal is not to get the audience to actually believe that Trump never lies. No, the goal is to get the audience to believe everyone lies, that it is all “equal,” that the truth doesn’t actually “exist” because everyone has an agenda, and thus nothing can be trusted, from anyone, ever. Have you seen a commercial for the New York Times lately? The quiet one, with no sound? It highlights that […]
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Who needs advisors when you’ve got Melania?

I’m old enough to remember the Reagan White House, when Nancy Reagan tried “going Romanov” and consulting an astrologer to make informed decisions in order to protect her husband. ...

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