Thursday, November 14, 2019

Trump Draws Battle Lines. ‘Real Opponent’ Is ‘Corrupt’ ‘CRAZY!’ Media. Projection, much?

Donald Trump’s thumbs must be sore, he’s had such a busy Labor Day morning, dissing everybody from Paul Krugman to The Squad. And then he settled on his favorite nemesis, the media, and guess what? They’re just making things up as they go along, whereas Trump is really doing fabulously, but nobody will report the truth — or something. The Amazon Washington Post did a story that I brought racist attacks against the “Squad.” No, they brought racist attacks against our Nation. All I do is call them out for the horrible things they have said. The Democrats have become the Party of the Squad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2019 ….The good news is that we are winning. Our real opponent is not the Democrats, or the dwindling number of Republicans that lost their way and got left behind, our primary opponent is the Fake News Media. In the history of our Country, they have never been so bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2019 Forget about pots and kettles, this is way beyond that. Trump is the one who makes stories up out of whole cloth. You recollect his extraordinary comments about how bad the Chinese economy is doing, presumably because Big Big Donald has a hand in it? He keeps changing the stats as he goes along. Either he doesn’t remember what he said the day before, or he thinks nobody will notice. Who knows? Update: Trump said Friday, "They are having the worst year they've had, I understand, in 61 years." https://t.co/lUSxlyGxaX — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 2, 2019 Dale went on to fact check Trump’s recent claims that Category 5 hurricanes are something new and unusual on the meteorological landscape. President Donald Trump on the existence of Category 5 hurricanes, 2017-2019. pic.twitter.com/IRRny20hfp — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 1, 2019 Dorian is a metaphor for Trump’s own hurricane of bullshit. He’s the one improvising off the cuff everyday, the media is just writing it all down. As ridiculous as this is, with over 12,000 lies and counting, it’s going to get a lot worse.

Trump’s 2020 polling numbers are a disaster. Why doesn’t his press coverage reflect that?

The Beltway press has spent years normalizing many things about Donald Trump's radical presidency. Now it seems to be normalizing Trump's disastrous polling numbers on the eve of his re-election run. Any other incumbent in his lowly...
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BBC makes a move that should be followed by every media outlet: Tell the...

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Fox’s Pirro Peddles Shocking White Nationalist’s “El Paso” Theory

On the same day that Neil Cavuto attempted to pull some of Fox News’ reputation from the Trump Swamp, Fox’s Jeannine Pirro poured raw sewage all over her radio show by citing as fact the same white nationalist theory that motivated the El Paso mass shooting. Yes, a Fox News host is back to promoting the insane theory that led to the deaths of twenty innocent people. The disgusting details from Newsweek: They hate Donald Trump,” Pirro said, referring to Democrats. “He’s the one they want to get rid of.” “Their plan and their plot to remake America is to bring in the illegals, change the way the voting occurs in this country, give them licenses, they get to vote maybe once, maybe twice, maybe three times,” Pirro continued. “You’ve got motor voter registration on the day of the election, we’ve got voter rolls that haven’t been purged of dead people in years, where the Democrats have resisted that.” She added: “Think about that, it is a plot to remake America. To replace American citizens with illegals who will vote for the Democrats.” We are used to shocking statements from Fox hosts, to the point they have lost the ability to shock. But, in light of El Paso, to say nothing about the danger to our body politic, I suggest we muster some shock, and anger. We will need to count the dangers promoted in such hateful speech. First, and most obviously, it encourages the lone wolves out there to feel comforted in their paranoia. Their hatred has been blessed by what they see as mainstream news. It is justified. They are justified, in their minds, as we have already seen in El Paso. I guess the body count is insufficient, still. Second, it sets up a dynamic where Republicans are encouraged to not trust elections. We can beat Trump and Republicans’ asses any number of ways, and the Trumpers have been told ahead of time it is illegitimate. They can – and should, in their minds – take to the streets in fury. Their country is being stolen, so the theory goes. The election, should it result in anything but a Republican sweep, is illegitimate. Indeed, do you detect the sneer at the very act of voting? It is just just behind the words, like it would be better to rid the nation of such a “danger” altogether. After all, only one party is legitimate. Third, it intensifies the meme that only Trump Republicans have rights to this country. Democrats might as well be foreigners attempting a coup of the United States. Picture a farmer in Iowa, one who has been devastated by Trump’s trade wars, and one who would normally vote out anyone taking away his livelihood. But, now he hears that it isn’t about “his” livelihood, it is about white Americans’ right to their nation. He could almost see himself as “selfish” for voting out Trump in such a situation. For his country, he cannot vote for the Democrat, or he loses his citizenship, not just his livelihood. This is the insidiousness of such talk. I could go on, but the maddening three above serves sufficiently for our purposes. Have no doubt, this is planned. It is coordinated, and likely even polled for effectiveness within the populace, […]

Ouch! Fox’s Cavuto: Not Our Job to “Fawn Over” Trump

Something might well be on the horizon, watch this space, because one of my two canaries just dropped. Fox News, at least the “news” part of it, is no longer taking Trump lying down. Today it got downright “candid,” not a lot of nuance, here. Neil Cavuto really let us know his thoughts on the President of the United States telling his pack to unfollow Fox news, that Fox wasn’t working for Trump anymore. Do it, Beast: “But the president making clear to fact-check him is to be all but dead to him and his legion of supporters who let me know in no uncertain terms I am either with him totally or I am a Never-Trumper bully,” the Fox host stated. “There are no grays. No middle grounds. You are either all in or you’re just out. Loyal on everything or not to be trusted on anything.” Notice that? There is a snarl in there about Trump’s followers, too. But, we’re just getting started: “First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just cover you. Call balls and strikes. Our job is to keep score, not settle scores.” Having established the relationship, Cavuto goes where you never believed a Fox News anchor would go: “These aren’t fake items,” Cavuto said after listing off a bunch of the president’s most notorious comments. “They are real items and you really said them, just like you never paid to silence a porn star until it turns out you did.” Yes, he did! Cavuto DID just bring up paying some porn star for sex and then lying about it. Yes, Cavuto “went there.” But he wasn’t even done. “Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world it doesn’t entitle you to a free pass,” he concluded. “Unfortunately, just a free press.” Okay, a moment of clarity from Fox News. But, before we celebrate the awakening at Fox, let’s remember what it took to get here. It took Fox having the temerity to let a Democrat speak uninterrupted, which led  Trump to immediately tweet out a “Hereby” order to his followers. They were to rid themselves of Fox because Fox didn’t “work for them” anymore. Trump started the war, Fox is just firing back. But we should note those shots, because Fox did not have to defend itself. Fox could have slinked away, tail between its legs, and sucked up with some fluff pieces over the next week. It has happened many times before. But, Trump has never been this “loose” before, either. Over the last two weeks, Trump has descended to levels of insanity new to him, even. He has no real handlers left, all the adults are gone. We are getting full frontal Trump, uncut and unkempt. The end might be near, because this wasn’t just reporting bad news for Trump, this was a direct message, a long one, directed right to Trump. Everyone at Fox knows that Trump is watching, always. And no reporter is going to say something that direct without some assurance it will be “okay” to do so. I have said for a long time that two entities, my canaries, will not go down with […]

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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It’s Official. Trump Forsakes Fox News, Urges Followers To Go Elsewhere

The love affair between Donald Trump and Fox News has sailed through some choppy water in recent months and this morning, it hit the rocks — although just why, is not clear. Democratic National Committee communications director Xochitl Hinojosa appeared on Fox, and it was a run of the mill, benign appearance. She was asked who the Democratic candidate would be, she said she didn’t know, but that any one of them “would be a better president than Donald Trump.” This is a new observation? She also stated that, “If you’re looking at recent polling, most of the top polling candidates in a head to head would beat Donald Trump, and especially in those battleground states.” Nothing to see here, folks, business as usual in the run up to the primaries. But not for Donald Trump. He went bat-guano bonkers over this interview, and broke up with Fox, right there on Twitter, in front of Gawd and everybody. ….are all in for the Open Border Socialists (or beyond). Fox hires “give Hillary the questions” @donnabrazile, Juan Williams and low ratings Shep Smith. HOPELESS & CLUELESS! They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win – That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019 ….I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019 “Spewing out whatever she wanted, with zero push back by anchor.” Apparently that translates as “Fox anchors are supposed to crush anybody who says that I am less than perfect and going to win in 2020” — or something. Here’s a link, if you want to listen to the interview. Standard operating procedure stuff, the word pedestrian comes to mind, but it hit Trump where he lives. Man, if he’s this rice paper-thin skinned now, the next fourteen months are going to be something. Trump without Fox News should be interesting, sort of like a Happy Meal without fries. Wonder if anybody’s told Sean Hannity?
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Hannity’s Sub-Humanity: Vicious Comment on Biden’s Family

Oh, boy. ‘Best hold me back, because this one’s coming with all the literary lash I can muster. Sean Hannity has done plenty to assure anyone listening that when the big dog above was handing down souls, she had an inventory issue, resulting in some proto-people going out the door with substandard, indeed downright dangerous, equipment. Nothing else explains Hannity’s imperceptible humanity. But that was then, and he now has me convinced that his soul never came from the big one above. I have proof. “You can blame him for that, too, and if his other family are getting special treatment, of course he’s knowing what’s going on,” Hannity exclaimed. “Well, Hunter’s a bad boy, he had alcohol problems, drug problems, he got thrown out of the Navy,” Rivera responded. “His son has plenty of bad things going on but that’s not on his dad.” “Let me cry a river for Joe Biden’s family!” Hannity shouted, calling on fellow Fox News colleague Dan Bongino to jump into the fray. Remember that quote, write it down, or link it somewhere on your phone, to revisit when Hannity is exposed as a “journalist” on the take from Russian intelligence. A traitor, prostituting himself to an adversary in tumultuous times. Because when it happens, you and I will together “cry” Hannity “a river.” Whatever one thinks about Joe Biden’s politics, and I don’t care if one hates Joe Biden personally, it takes an astonishingly hateful being to utter Hannity’s coldly calculated content. As a young Senator in his early 30s, Joe Biden lost his wife and toddler daughter to a car accident. I cannot think of a more devastating occurrence to a father and husband. Perhaps the only thing that could come close is to lose a son in his prime, one with a family of his own, to cancer. Were that not enough, tagged on almost as an afterthought, is the pain a father undergoes upon seeing a son – again with a family of his own – struggle against the chains of addiction. Any one of the above would be enough to shatter a weakling like Hannity. I will say it with even greater clarity, Hannity doesn’t have a fraction of the strength, self-awareness and love wrapped in Biden’s finger. Do not tell me that Hannity isn’t aware of Biden’s past, or wasn’t referencing that past with respect to his comment. Hannity is paid enough to presumptively retain the requisite awareness of Biden’s story. Let me show you just how easy it is to comment upon any political problems Biden has, all while respecting his humanity, to say nothing of respect for the dead. This is coming off the top of my head, just as Hannity’s came off the top of his pointed, empty one. “Well, Biden and his family have suffered tragedy that we wish upon no one, and I am certainly aware of that. But with respect to the financial shenanigans at the root of these particular issues, I don’t have anything in the way of sympathy.” That’s it. That is entry-level humanity, “Adult Awareness 101,” and it damn sure is the minimum I would be compelled to say if such a tragedy befell Trump, McConnell, Devin Nunes, or even Sean Hannity. Even now, as I sit here, if […]
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PBS reporter calls Trump a liar to his face

Okay, she was kinda-sorta diplomatic about it, but still. After Donald Trump blathered some nonsense about never, ever doing things for political reasons (really?), and claimed that he ran in one election (false) and won,...

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