Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The New York Times is overdue for a Russia reckoning. What went wrong in...

With the recent revelation that the FBI has long suspected Donald Trump of being a Russian puppet, Dean Baquet owes Liz Spayd an overdue apology.  In May 2017, Baquet, as New York Times executive...
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Trump called it #FakeNews, but TSA admits workers are calling out sick because of...

The Transportation Security Administration has finally admitted what’s been clear for two weeks: its workers are calling out sick because they can’t keep going to work without a paycheck during the government shutdown. “Many...
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Fake ‘Washington Post’ placed around D.C. trolls Trump, claims he is leaving the White...

Fake news has reached a whole new level, with fake copies of The Washington Post popping up all over Washington, D.C. this morning. The print editions look shockingly similar to the real Washington Post. The most interesting part?...
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The “Shine-ing”

Anybody remember John Kelly? You know, the last arrogant schmuck who thought that he had the secret sauce for turning The Pampers President into an actual human being? Kelly was the one who was finally going to bring “discipline” to the White House and the feral civet cat in a $4,000 suit. That worked out But lo and behold, someone has finally brought some badly needed discipline to the west wing, and to the part that badly needed it the most, the comms shop. And it’s being provided by probably the best selection Trump has made so far in staffing the people around him. A guy who has long experience in maintaining a coherent message regarding people who have the nasty habit of popping off spontaneously about their rather unsavory actions and words. And the way he does that is by shutting the fuck up, and having no message at all. I am speaking of course about former FOX News exec Bill Shine. You know, the guy who guided FOX through the trials of Bill O’Reilly, the guy with more sex scandals than Silvio Berlusconi? And followed that up by steering the FOX sloop through the shoals of Roger Ailes, who apparently wanted to give Bill-o the Clown a run for his money? He’s the one in charge of White House communications these days. And boy! is there discipline these days. Remember the good old days, when the only people in the White House with less message discipline that Glorious Bleater were the press officers? We are in the second wek back from the holiday break, there is a partial government shutdown, a trade war with China, and the media is openly floating the possibility that the President of the United States is a real life “Manchurian candidate,” and the only place that you’ll see Sarah Hackabee Slanders is on the back of a milk carton.There has yet to be a daily White House press briefing, and if you’re gonna hold your breath for the next one, I hope you look good in blue. And that’s not all. Even when there were no daily press briefings, there was interaction, But under Shines leadership, there is no more thrilling video of Raj Shah, or Sarah Slanders, trudging down the White House driveway to face the music, knowing that at any moment, they could run back up the driveway and hide under their office desk, while the reporters had to go through security at the door. And no more disembodied voices wafting out from behind the bushes, like the voice of the Wizard of Oz filtering out from behind the curtain. Bill Shine obviously got the memo. And he most likely got it the old fashioned way. He turned on the TV and watched a press briefing. And in doing so, he realized how inanely stupid his minions looked, standing there behind the podium and regurgitating the talking points of the Cheeto Prophet, like automatrons in Disney’s Hall of Press Secretaries, realizing that the Disney dummies were more lifelike and convincing than his own. Bill Shine has decided that the only sane way to go is to communicate with the press through written “official” statements. And even those are sadly lacking in comprehension. For instance, in responding to the recent NYT article about the FBI […]
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Newspapers should demand Trump resign. That’s what they told Bill Clinton

As the Trump presidency collapses in full view, with more than a dozen investigations closing in on him, the federal government locked in permanent shutdown mode, and still more questions being raised about his...
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This one hits Trump right where it hurts

Trump has spent a lifetime boasting about getting great ratings. If you thought that nothing else in life is more important to him, you’d be right. Ratings are the only barometer by which Trump measures...
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Trump all but told reporters his speech and border trip weren’t news. Networks still...

Donald Trump made his big immigration address Tuesday night, but what he didn’t make was news—it was the same old series of lies. Nevertheless, the television networks dutifully covered it, giving Trump a platform...
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Networks Accused of ‘Capitulating’ to Deceitful President as #BoycottTrumpsAddress Surges

In what media critics, journalists, and progressive lawmakers described as capitulation to a president who lies constantly to advance his xenophobic aims, all of America's major television networks have opted to grant Donald Trump...
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Some networks will air Democratic response to Trump immigration rant, but they still suck

The major television networks will air Donald Trump’s lie-filled partisan rant about immigration Tuesday night. (No, it hasn’t happened yet, but that’s a safe prediction about the content.) Back in 2014, these same networks...

Hillary’s Campaign Manager Explains Why The Media Could Hand Trump The 2020 Election

A few days ago Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for president with a video that explained her values and policies — pro forma for such an event. Donald Trump responded, also pro forma, which a childish insult, and the media went to town covering Trump’s insult, and burying Warren’s, and the Democrats, message. Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says that this is a replay of 2016 and a dark portend for the future. NYU Journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen substantively agrees with Mook’s assessment. This is very sobering that Rosen wasn’t allowed to speak at this conference. Both Mook and Rosen make solid points. Rosen has written a book, “What Are Journalists For?” and it sounds like he has a real handle on this topic. Here’s a portion of the description from Amazon: American journalists in the 1990s confronted disturbing trends—an erosion of trust in the news media, weakening demand for serious news, flagging interest in politics and civic affairs, and a discouraging public climate that seemed to be getting worse. In response, some news professionals sought to breach the growing gap between press and public with an experimental approach—public journalism.  Trump played the media’s false balance and both sider-ism to absolute perfection in 2016 and he will do it again — unless they change the rules of engagement to not pander to him and his perversity. And that will take a lot, because Trump’s perversity gets ratings.  Plus, Trump is a genius at pushing all the buttons on institutional sexism and racism, and he’s already been doing this with Warren. 2020 could conceivably become a replay of 2016, if Warren is the candidate. Politics has become entertainment in this country and however Trump reviles the media and calls them “the enemy of the people” they are basically in his pocket and his best friends, always driving his demented narrative, because it is the circus and it sells. You remember Les Moonve’s comment about Trump, “It may not be good for America but it’s damn good for CBS.” The media put him where he is. And they could do it again.

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