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Old 10-10-2018, 11:39 AM   #1
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Trump's USA Today op-ed on Medicare is full of lies — but does anyone really believe he wrote it himself?

USA Today gave President Trump a big gift Wednesday by publishing a largely fact-free attack on the “Medicare for all” plan promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), disguised as an op-ed written by Trump himself.

In strictly factual terms, the op-ed bristles with lies and misrepresentations about Medicare for all, Medicare itself, Trump’s own healthcare policies, and Democratic and Republican approaches to Medicare.

But before we get to those points, let’s cover a broader issue: The ethics of USA Today’s publication of this piece.

To begin with, although it bears Trump’s name, does anyone actually believe he wrote it? The article’s diction and syntax are far more cogent than anything known to have originated from him personally. Leaving aside its manifest inaccuracies, it shows at least a working grasp of some aspects of the Medicare program not known to be in his wheelhouse.

Of course, ghost-written articles and op-eds by politicians, business leaders and entertainment figures are a common feature of our public discourse. Campaign “autobiographies” are seldom self-written, nor are position papers routinely issued over the names of congressional leaders.

But this is an entirely different case. It’s an open attack on Trump’s political adversaries, presented in a format that allows USA Today to avoid any fact-checking whatsoever. It’s not as though Trump is bereft of any other means to get his position across. USA Today had no business turning over a sizable chunk of its online and print real estate to Trump for the equivalent of a campaign rally.

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Old 10-10-2018, 12:22 PM   #2
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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:53 PM   #3
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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
But how dare they print opinions other than ones Roh agrees with!
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:54 PM   #4
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But how dare they print opinions other than ones Roh agrees with!
Apparently, Beaver's not familiar with the old adage "you're entitled to your own opinions, but you're not entitled to your own facts."
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Just Trump's daily broadside of lies. Nothing to see here. Move along...
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:03 PM   #6
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I started reading that, and about zero of it lived in reality.... at least most people in the comments realizes how absurd the President really is...
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:45 PM   #7
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WaPo did a fact check on the piece. Every single claim is a lie or partially untrue. Here's the interesting thing; The Republicans don't care. What's shaping up now is that the Republicans have discovered, through Trump, that they can out and out lie about everything and it just doesn't matter - they're still going to get their votes.
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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
Most Trump supporters don't know the difference nor do they care.

Being lied to pathologically is part of the 'attraction' of the Trump brand of 'stupid.'

And he plays them like a fiddle.
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Apparently the folks at TrumpTV occasionally need to be reminded who they're working for...


White House says it will 'look into' Fox News decision to stop airing Trump rallies after ratings plummet
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Apparently the folks at TrumpTV occasionally need to be reminded who they're working for...


White House says it will 'look into' Fox News decision to stop airing Trump rallies after ratings plummet
Maybe he can get Kanye to come on and do a little song and dance for the white folks? Maybe that will up the ratings?
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Maybe he can get Kanye to come on and do a little song and dance for the white folks? Maybe that will up the ratings?
Or just confuse them...

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Wait. I guess he's just "Ye" now. Like "Ye Olde Shoppe."
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