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Posted 2/17/2017 8:16 AM


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Lezfriend recently made an excellent point regarding WHY we're continuing a thread titled: "2016 presidential race thread," when that election was over three months ago.

Perhaps it's time to open a new thread?

President Trump's February 16th news conference was a masterful tour-de-force in his challenging the media directly, something that no previous American president has ever successfully pulled-off. Roger L. Simon of PJ Media summed it up nicely:

The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump

The press doesn't just have Trump Derangement Syndrome. They now have full-blown Trump Psychosis. And like most people with serious disorders, they are teetering close to the brink of self-immolation.

Nothing could have been more apparent in the president's press conference Thursday. Almost none of the reporters were able to muster up a question without sounding adversarial or biased. One of them went so far as to pretend he was asking a neutral question, and then accused Trump of not being tough on anti-Semitism -- the sleaziest canard on the block, and patently ridiculous given the president's actions. (Hello! Didn't the guy see the press conference with Netanyahu?)

And when they did contort themselves to ask a question with seeming impartiality, you could see the strain all over their faces, as if they were doing a favor so great they deserved a Papal dispensation.

More interesting, however, were the big-timers -- the media bulls to Trump's matador. CBS' Major Garrett jumped on the president with a series of questions -- what did he think of the Russian spy ship off our coast, etc. -- in an effort to further the liberal/left's current (and truly bizarre for them, considering American history, recent and otherwise) "Trump loves Russia" meme. Obviously, Garrett was searching for the holiest of grails -- PROOF that Donald conspired with Vladimir to win the U.S. election.

Besides the fact that's not happening, the repeated, absurd gotcha game about Russia is having the opposite effect, as Trump pointed out, in the real world of geopolitics.

Not that the media cares. It's not about America. It's only about them.

Putin -- like anyone else with a brain -- watches what's going on in our public sphere, and naturally concludes Donald Trump now has no room to negotiate with Russia and acts accordingly. Hence, the spy ship, etc.

In a sense, the media has gotten exactly what it wished for on Russia -- at everybody else's expense.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, Trump looked out at his audience and said (paraphrasing) "Does anyone seriously believe I wouldn't be more tough on Putin than Hillary Clinton?" She of the red reset button? There was no response from the press corps, none that I could hear on television, anyway. You can bet that remark will not appear on Thursday night's evening network news where the press conference will be selectively edited. It didn't even appear on Fox News' extended post-conference coverage where Shepard Smith, the network's most extreme resident Trump hater, chose to focus on what he considered the reprehensible inconsistency between Trump's attacks on illegal leaks and the then-candidate's enthusiasm for the Wikileaks revelations during the campaign. Smith ignored that in this case the leaks involved private communications between heads of state recorded by agents of our government -- not office gossip.

The press in general believes and acts as if they are a protected class. But this leads to them behaving like bulls at a corrida, rushing around everywhere, attacking every possible target until the matador arrives, focusing their attention. Yes, Trump gives them plenty of possible targets -- more than he should and doubtless would like to. On this particular occasion, he blabbed on about having won more electoral votes than anyone since Reagan, when he didn't. But this obscures the larger issues on which he is so often right and in sync with the public. And on this day, he was able to play the press like a picador, banderillero, and matador all rolled into one.

Before they get into the arena again, the press would be best to remember this: Whatever your attitude toward bullfighting (I used to like it, now I don't), ninety-nine percent of the time the matador wins.


- The media has never dealt with a president like Donald Trump before - and he's illustrating their blatant biases for all to see!
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Posted 2/17/2017 9:19 AM


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And let me be the first to Christen your newly minted aptly titled " The Presidency of Donald Trump " oh Lez video reviewer Numero uno. Who but the Anon of Bama to open this franchise. Let the thrill of victory for the Donald and the Agony of Defeat for the Dims begin Keith Jackson...And as he would say about the Dims - FUMBLE !!!!

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Posted 2/17/2017 4:57 PM


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Responding to French Toast's final comment on the other thread...

 Your claims that crime has come down are suspect unless you can provide verifiable facts. Crime certainly hasn't come down in Chicago, ruled by Rahm, and hometown to Obama. Violence toward and the killing of law enforcement people continued to increase under Obama's regime.

This excerpt from the article Anon posted pretty much sums it up...

"Fair points, but so what? Fact-checkers didn’t elect him, nor did voters who were happy with the status quo.
Trump, first, last and always, matches the mood of the discontented. Like them, he is a bull looking for a china shop. That’s his ace in the hole and he played it almost to perfection."

Paraphrasing what some unknown said previously...we who elected him take him seriously, but not literally, while those who don't like him and wish to destroy him, take his words literally, but not seriously. We don't care if he exaggerates or gets unimportant facts wrong, we care what results he will achieve. Don't underestimate the guy...he's got the LWNJ's all figured out, especially the press.

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Posted 2/17/2017 8:30 PM


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Quote: Lezfriend recently made an excellent point regarding WHY we're continuing a thread titled: " 2016 presidential race thread ," when that election was over three months ago.Perhaps it's time to open...

Great job Anon in starting this thread. With the campaign now long in the rear view mirror and the presidency being officially one month old as of today, it was a good time to create it.

Only a matter of time before LWF chimes in here. No problem. Let the thread debate begin. I wonder if he is really Keith Olbermann in disguise using a pseudonym in heading up the Resistance. Lol.

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Posted 2/18/2017 6:47 AM


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This is from "The Hill" by Joseph Borelli as posted on MSN:

"Donald Trump is no ordinary politician, and on Thursday we witnessed no ordinary press conference.

Trump's assault is sure to alter White House media relations for years to come; and it is safe to say no other president has dared to change this dynamic since the day when Teddy Roosevelt first used the term "muckrakers."

The president and his administration treat the media with an air of contempt. Yet, while we can't pinpoint which is the chicken or the egg, there is a clear and unabashed reciprocity on the part of most mainstream media outlets.

It's time for them to stop pretending there isn't.

In the hours following the event, and in the days leading up to it, there has been an open barrage from the members of the press corps and their news organizations about the way they are treated and outrage at the new standard, almost in some effort to gain public sympathy and support for their plight.

They have even gone as far as questioning the administration's authority to, of all things, call on smaller and less nationally known news outlets instead of the larger mainstream ones that have been entrenched in attack-mode since the inauguration.

Oh, how the public weeps.

One of the mistakes the press corps is making is that they are trying to insert themselves as a character in the play, rather than just a critic in the audience.

When you catch a member of the corps in a television interview, it's becoming more common that their interaction with the president is the story, rather than the subject they were sent to cover.

This is not a knock on the credibility of their work. The Trump administration has and will likely continue to fill that role and confront the press when they feel a story is inaccurately reported. (I actually happen to like many members of the press corps and folks at mainstream outlets)

But while the facts of any given story can be argued, the bias is clear, and the Flynn episode is the latest proof.

Assuming Flynn really did discuss the administration's willingness to reevaluate the sanctions (the transcripts haven't been made public, after all), it is no worse than President Obama openly telling the Russian president on a hot mic that he will be more flexible after his election.

Not only is the media not treating it the same, but it is unimaginable that there are more pundits panicking over an allegation that the president's future employee had a passive conversation with an ambassador than there was when the elected leader of our government colluded on camera with the leader of the Russian government to mislead the public on his true intentions until after an election.

We also see this bias with the coverage of the potential Russian hacking during the election. This is not to say that this isn't a serious matter, but the headlines, stories, and hysterics do not meet the facts we can confirm.

If you don't believe that this occurs, watch the video of a New York Times columnist on MSNBC claiming that the hacking of individuals associated with the Clinton campaign is on par with 9/11 and Pearl Harbor .... seriously.

Facing these types of double standards like at every turn, it is no surprise that the administration is trying to pull an end-around on the mainstream media.

To combat this, the largest news outlets are falling back on two things: First, they conflate the president's accountability to the public with an accountability to the press corps; and second, on their self-insistence of impartiality as a way to tell news consumers that they alone are the guardians of some objective public duty.

Consider the absurdity of their claim to impartiality with this hypothetical experiment:

Ask any cable news watcher which two of the three biggest networks lean left and which one leans to the right? You'll almost always get the same answer.

This is not a result of some mass hallucination. Rather, it's simply because in this country, like in nearly every other, news outlets tend to slant to one side or the other.

There is no law or moral duty requiring the American media to be unbiased, and we would all be better served if they abandoned this pretense and accepted reality. The fact that so many Americans can easily identify which outlets take which bias is in itself prima facie evidence of its existence.

The attitude of the networks and newspapers plays out each day within the White House press corps. What may have been true before may no longer be the case. There is a false belief that they alone are the lens through which the public views the president. That's simply no longer accurate.

More and more Americans, whether on the right or the left, are coming to the realization that they no longer need to get their news from a small pool of likeminded journalists.

Moreover, many of these same people are excited that they have a president who believes in accountability to the public, rather than the big media corporations.

In fact, it is in many ways refreshing to see a president not absolutely paralyzed with fear out of what could said about him on late night TV or obsessed with seeing his name in the favorable editorials of declining newspapers."

Joseph Borelli is a New York City council member, Republican commentator, professor and Lindsay Fellow at the City University of New York's Institute for State and Local Governance. He has been published in the NY Daily News and appears on CNN, Fox News, and BBC. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeBorelliNYC.

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Posted 2/19/2017 2:34 AM


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It was a good idea to start up this separate thread. The other one "2016 presidential race thread" should be retired.

It may end having its own life by its self with new topics but I don't plan on adding stuff to that older thread much more.


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But asked whether he targeted fake news at Hillary Clinton's supporters to help her rival, he answered: "No. I hate Trump."

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Judging by the Melbourne Florida rally , not Berkeley California, Trump is as appreciated and popular as ever. The media concentration of Manhattan and D.C. coupled with the entertainment elites in Calimexico all living the high life being driven around with doormen and security watching the back really need to rub shoulders with the fly over crowd. Learn about failing schools high cost of medical care roads broken jobs shipped all over far and wide.

The left is faux outrage and fake news for the most part. I haven't met one person who gave a rats ass about Flynn talking shop with an obscure Russian but the fact that hundreds of cops leave the local poleece yearly due to low pay and low morale and your car might lose a tire in a pot hole the size of Oregon seems to effect people in these parts a wee bit more Mr & Mrs. Sanctuary city lover....
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Imagine this, a politician let alone a President who has actually kept his promises to this point...

Donald Trump’s Top 10 Accomplishments in His First Month in Office

John Hawkins

Despite all the hysteria you’re seeing from the Left, the mainstream media and from some Republicans who still at this late date can’t get over the fact that he won the primaries, Trump has actually had a dynamite first month in office. Trump may not fare so well if you judge him on his tweeting habits or his willingness to play nice with the media, but the agenda he’s pursued has been a conservative dream.

While I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of stories based on anonymous leaks and wild speculation, how many people have taken stock of what Trump’s actually been doing? Not what he’s tweeting, not what he might do some day, but what he’s actually done. There may be a lot more that needs doing, but if you’re a conservative, the proper reaction to his agenda is “so far, so good.”

10) Freezing all Federal Hiring Outside of the Military: Trump followed in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps by putting a federal hiring freeze in place almost immediately after he became president. That’s big, because the first step to shrinking government is to stop adding more people to it.

9) Pulling Support for the Obama Drive to Force Women to Allow Men in Their Bathrooms: This was a bit surprising, because Trump has generally been supportive of allowing transgender women to use women’s bathrooms, but he also said he believes the issue should be left to the states. Towards that end, he ordered the DOJ to “withdraw a motion filed by former President Barack Obama seeking to allow transgender students in public schools to use the restroom with which they identify.” That will probably lead to the issue being left to the states, which is how it should be.

8) Reinstating The Mexico City Policy: Barring U.S. government funding to international non-governmental agencies that promote or perform abortions is a big deal for pro-lifers. Because of Trump, your tax dollars are no longer going to be used to murder children overseas.

7) Ordered Federal Agencies To Cut Two Regulations For Every New One They Propose: Not only will this lead to fewer regulations, Trump has also decreed that the net cost of any new regulation that is added after cutting the old regulations should be zero. In other words, the regulatory burden on the American people can only go in one direction: down. If you want to help the economy, one of the best ways to do it is to stop strangling American businesses with red tape. Trump understands that.

6) Putting Out An Executive Order Asking The DOJ And Homeland Security to Withhold “Federal Funds, Except As Mandated By Law” From Sanctuary Cities: Trump talked a lot about sanctuary cities on the campaign trail and it’s great to see him taking action against these lawless cities. The fewer sanctuary cities we have, the fewer Americans like Kate Steinle will be raped, robbed or murdered as a result. There is no such thing as the “rule of law” when a protected class of foreign trespassers don’t live under the same laws as the rest of us.

5) Approving The Dakota Access Pipeline And The Keystone Pipeline: Not only will both those pipelines produce jobs without harming the environment, over the long haul they’ll help reduce gas prices. Liberals may not care about Americans spending less on gas, but it’s great that Trump does.

4) Killing The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: As Jeff Sessions has noted, the TPP was a bad agreement that dangerously eroded America sovereignty,

"The TPP is about a goal of creating a new global regulatory structure, what I have called a Pacific union, transferring power from individual Americans and power from Congress once more. Eroding Congress to an unaccountable, unelected international bureaucratic committee. In other words, we are empowering the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries to create really a new Congress of sorts, a group with delegates that goes and meets and decides important issues that can impact everyday life of Americans. So the American representative in this commission, which will operate in many ways like the UN, will not be answerable to voters anywhere."

For liberals, transferring American sovereignty to an unelected international group is a feature. It’s great that Trump sees it as a bug.

3) Undermining Obamacare: While there’s still lots of talk about how the GOP should repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump has already stuck a shiv in the heart of the program by ordering the government to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them” to delay the law and grant exemptions. There are still legal questions to be answered about the long term impact of this executive order, but as a practical matter, it appears to have already done away with the IRS enforcing a penalty on people who don’t have healthcare. Technically, the law is still on the books, but if you no longer have to report to the IRS whether you have health insurance or not, that makes it nearly impossible for it to be enforced. Obamacare is already in a death spiral and this executive order will speed things along.

2) Ordering The Construction Of The Border Wall: If you had to pick a central promise of Trump’s campaign, it was building a border wall. He’s already ordered construction to begin and as an extra added bonus, he signed an executive order increasing the number of border patrol agents and staffers for deportations. Of course ultimately, Trump will be judged on getting the wall finished, but you have to start somewhere and it’s good to see him taking that big first step right out of the gate.

1) Selecting Neil Gorsuch For The Supreme Court: Gorsuch is an eminently qualified 49 year old originalist and if conservatives were fantasy league picking their top five selections for the court, he’d be on it. Trump did his job; now it’s up to Mitch McConnell to get Gorsuch confirmed via hook, crook or nuclear option.


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Posted 2/20/2017 11:27 AM


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mgf wrote: "It was a good idea to start up this separate thread. The other one "2016 presidential race thread" should be retired."

I suspect there will be a LOT to say about President Trump over the next four years!

Lezfriend wrote: "Only a matter of time before LWF chimes in here."

I don't mind his endless bitching about President Trump, Lezfriend, as I certainly bitched a lot about Trump's predecessor!

Skyhawk's article says: "One of the mistakes the press corps is making is that they are trying to insert themselves as a character in the play, rather than just a critic in the audience."

The media bent over backwards to avoid responsible (and critical) reporting of the Obama presidency. Instead, they painted Barack as "all things to all people," with continual gushing about how popular he & his wife were - I especially remember the media even calling Michelle Obama "Hillary's secret weapon" when she began to campaign with Mrs. Clinton - (only she was a pretty sucky "secret weapon," was she?)

What the news media seemingly failed to realize or understand is that they'd LOST their credibility, and were no longer believed by the American people! And now that Trump has won and is getting his agenda through, the news media still doesn't get it, and they continue to believe they can get Trump impeached like he was Nixon!

Sylvester wrote: "Judging by the Melbourne Florida rally , not Berkeley California, Trump is as appreciated and popular as ever."

That was a GREAT move by President Trump to go to Florida! If you believe the network news, Sylvester, ALL of the American people are protesting in the streets, rioting, & demonstrating on behalf of illegals & Islamic refugees. That huge Florida crowd showed what REAL America thinks!

- I think that this president is doing EXACTLY what he repeatedly promised us he'd do if elected!

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General Kelly a real live military person running Homeland security Trump installed , not Tom Ridge or Janet Napalitano or Jeh Johnson politicians and paper shufflers who never got the fingernails dirty let alone run Homeland Security , General Kelly wants a bigger presence in the Rio Grande Valley sector South Texas. Unlike the previous 8 yrs that encouraged and welcomed illegal migration. Elections matter.


Exactly what voters wanted, at least the 306 electoral block !
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