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  • #31
    He's not transparent enough!
    He's getting too much air time!







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    • #32
      Originally posted by HAT View Post

      He's not transparent enough!
      He's getting too much air time!

      “Rather, they have become a daily stage for Trump to play his greatest hits to captive audience members. They come in search of life-or-death information, but here’s what they get from him instead: Self-aggrandizement… Media-bashing… Exaggeration and outright lies.”

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      • #33
        “Just so you understand, are you ready? I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people that would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls." Donald Trump

        Sure, Donald. It's always all about you.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
          Rachel Maddow joins the call for the press to stop broadcasting Trump live, for public safety:
          What I find most amusing about people like you is that you're so obviously too lazy to watch a single daily update of his and post your thoughts on your own first-hand observations. Rather, you grab the usual pundits and their naysaying and post it here like gospel, trying to rationalize censoring the president of the United States during a declared national emergency because you anger tops everything. Yet again your behavior here on a daily basis betrays to everyone your deep-seated issues.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
            “Just so you understand, are you ready? I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people that would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls." Donald Trump

            Sure, Donald. It's always all about you.
            You're making it all about your grudge again him rather than stating the obvious which is people shouldn't allow media to filter information but should go primarily to those sources and make up their minds on their own like grown ups do. You're too busy trying to make a case for deferring to a class of media censors so as to allow them to control the narrative and flow of information because of your ideological alliance with them. Yet again, Comrade, you prove to be a sick little tyrant.

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            • #36
              As Trump's coronavirus lies and boasts and potentially deadly fictions mount, so does the urge to shut him up. As of Thursday evening, the U.S. had 82,404 cases, the most in the world - a number representing a 22% jump in what his foul administration insists should be called the "Wuhan" virus but which in all historical accuracy should be renamed the Trump Virus, given that, at this rate, there will be 250,000 cases by Easter, when he wants to see all those beautiful, packed, virulently toxic churches. Right now, our mortality rate is 1.4%, but there is virtual consensus among health experts it will get much worse. Still, the lies keep flowing: "The mortality rate, in my opinion, is way down," "America continues to gain ground," "nobody knew there'd be a pandemic," chloroquine will be “available almost immediately” and it won't kill you, the "LameStream media wants to keep our country closed" to mess with "my election success" but "the real people want to get back to work ASAP," except for the 75% who say that's insane, "We have done one hell of a job," and, "No one has done the job that we have done." (Well, that one might be true.)

              For days, push-back to increasingly rabid, rambling, fact-free press briefings dubbed "a clown show" has grown, especially when a jabbering Trump takes over from medical sources like Dr. Anthony Fauci or, worse, inexplicably replaces him with William 'I Know Nothing About Viruses But God Is Good' Barr. "There is no public benefit to this briefing," tweeted an exasperated Joe Scarborough on that day. "No science, no doctors, no Fauci. Just Trump's Roy Cohn." Around the same time, KUOW, a Seattle public radio station, likewise decided the briefings "offer no public benefit" and announced it would no longer cover them due to "false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time." After airing the briefings for two weeks, the station later explained, "a pattern of false information and exaggeration increasingly had many at KUOW questioning whether these briefings were in the best service of our mission - to create and serve a more informed public. Of even greater concern was the potential impact of false information on the health and safety of our community." In "a very fluid situation," they will daily revisit the issue, monitor the briefings for actual news, and share "relevant information." Except for a couple of "Nazi" charges, most listeners said they were grateful for "a light in the darkness."

              Other media outlets continue to struggle with how to respond to the avalanche of bluster and misinformation that leans increasingly into odious propaganda. Broadcast and cable news networks began by covering the briefings live, but this week they've begun to evolve and move away: NBC, CBS and ABC have started switching to regular evening newscasts after about 20 minutes, while CNN and MSNBC cut away at different points; MSNBC explains they've made the call when "the information no longer appeared to be valuable." News staffers are reportedly unhappy with higher-ups continuing to cover what have become "open-mic" nights with a bad amateur at center stage; others argue a "Trump unleashed" is his own worst enemy, and fact-checking could alleviate his worst lies. Handle Trump like the virus, one suggests: "He has to be contained and quarantined and his falsehoods have to be scrubbed," though in the tragic end people in need of life-or-death information are getting "self-aggrandizement..media-bashing..exaggeration and outright lies.” In our opinion, some of the best antidotes are The Guardian's expansive, relentless coverage - with fact-checking in real time - and Aaron Rupar's tireless Twitter coverage. Late Thursday night, he was still at it, as Trump on Hannity blamed the virus on Obama, Canadian steel and blue states for being ill-prepared. It's horrifying, but Rupar is there for it.


              How much longer such truth-telling can survive is anybody's bet. This week, in "a frightening assault on free speech," Trump's campaign goons decided to strong-arm local TV stations running an ad they didn't like because they evidently couldn't find anything else going on in the world to focus their energy on. A cease-and-desist letter from Alex Cannon, special counsel to Donald J. Trump for President, threatened to sue and/or yank the licenses of stations airing an ad by Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA that accurately quotes Trump's unhinged rants and lies and bungles about the coronavirus "hoax," even as the deadly numbers soar. Cannon's surreal letter charges the short, grim ad is "patently false, misleading and deceptive" because it "fraudulently and maliciously" implies Trump called the outbreak "a hoax" when "facts show beyond reasonable doubt that he was talking about the Democrat's (sic) politicization of the outbreak when he used the word 'hoax.'" Besides, the ad came from "Obama loyalists" - also, Fox News ominously notes, dark money liberals, Clinton advisers and don't forget George Soros - so they need to stop airing it now "to serve the public interest." Bull****, responded Guy Cecil, head of Priorities USA, who says the point of the letter is also the monstrous point of Trump: "He doesn't want Americans to know the truth."


              https://www.commondreams.org/further...ase-and-desist

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              • #37
                Originally posted by nyuKKK

                What I find most amusing about people like you is that you're so obviously too lazy to watch a single daily update of his and post your thoughts on your own first-hand observations....
                Just when I thought you couldn't top yourself with the idiot logic...

                tRump's statements are objectively the same whether they are "observed first-hand" or not.

                In other words, it doesn't matter whether I listen to the reality TV pretender's "briefings" or if I read the transcript.

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                  • #39
                    Trump now thinks his briefings are a new hit show. He's actually excited to get out there and perform.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
                      Trump now thinks his briefings are a new hit show. He's actually excited to get out there and perform.
                      He's not running for president - he's running for prom king.

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                      • #41
                        Trump spends another morning raving about his ratings:

                        President Donald Trump took credit for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s high poll numbers on Monday, saying “one of the reasons why he’s successful is we’ve helped make him successful.”

                        “You say he’s gotten good marks but I’ve gotten great marks on what we’ve done,” Trump boasted on Fox & Friends when asked about Cuomo’s rising popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic that has hit New York especially hard.

                        The results of a Siena College poll released Monday gave the Democratic governor a 78% approval rating among New Yorkers, his highest level since early 2013. Among the Republicans polled, Cuomo earned a 70% approval rating. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) also scored a 61% approval rating among New Yorkers for his response to the crisis.

                        In contrast, Trump’s approval rating among New Yorkers was just 41%.

                        “One of the reasons why his numbers are so high in handling it is because of the federal government,” Trump said during his Fox News appearance. “Because we give him ships, and we give him ventilators, and we give him all of the things that we’re giving him.”

                        A U.S. Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds docked in New York Harbor on Monday to help relieve New York medical facilities in treating patients with ailments other than COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

                        Trump said “wouldn’t mind running against” Cuomo in this year’s presidential race, saying he thought the governor would be a stronger contender than former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

                        But Trump expressed confidence he would beat Cuomo, saying, “Every poll says I’m going to win,” he said.

                        https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump...b661c95773e8e3

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                        • #42
                          This president does not have the capacity to listen to, synthesize, and internalize information that does not immediately serve his greatest needs: praise, fealty, adoration. “He finds it intolerable when those things are missing,” a clinical psychologist told me. “Praise, applause, and accolades seem to calm him and boost his confidence. There’s no room for that now, and so he’s growing irritable and needing to create some way to get some positive attention.”

                          She added that the pandemic and its economic fallout “overwhelm Trump’s capacity to understand, are outside of his ability to internalize and process, and [are] beyond his frustration tolerance. He is neither curious nor interested; facts are tossed aside when inconvenient or [when they] contradict his parallel reality, and people are disposable unless they serve him in some way.”

                          ...

                          IT’S USEFUL HERE to recall that Trump’s success as a politician has been built on his ability to impose his will and narrative on others, to use his experience on a reality-television show and his skill as a con man to shape public impressions in his favor, even—or perhaps, especially—if those impressions are at odds with reality. He convinced a good chunk of the country that he is a wildly successful businessman and knows more about campaign finance, the Islamic State, the courts, the visa system, trade, taxes, the debt, renewable energy, infrastructure, borders, and drones than anyone else.

                          But in this instance, Trump isn’t facing a political problem he can easily spin his way out of. He’s facing a lethal virus. It doesn’t give a damn what Donald Trump thinks of it or tweets about it. Spin and lies about COVID-19, including that it will soon magically disappear, as Trump claimed it would, don’t work. In fact, they have the opposite effect. Misinformation will cause the virus to increase its deadly spread.

                          So as the crisis deepens—as the body count increases, hospitals are overwhelmed, and the economy contracts, perhaps dramatically—it’s reasonable to assume that the president will reach for the tools he has used throughout his life: duplicity and denial. He will not allow facts that are at odds with his narrative to pierce his magnetic field of deception.

                          ...

                          Hush-money payments won’t make COVID-19 go away. He cannot distract people from the global pandemic. He can’t wait it out until the next news cycle, because the next news cycle will also be about the pandemic. He can’t easily create another narrative, because he is often sharing the stage with scientists who will not lie on his behalf.

                          ...

                          The president will try to blame someone else—but in this case the “someone else” is a virus, not a Mexican immigrant or a reporter with a disability, not a Muslim or a Clinton, not a dead war hero or a family of a fallen soldier, not a special counsel or an NFL player who kneels for the national anthem. He will try to use this crisis to pit one party against the other—but the virus will kill both Republicans and Democrats. He will try to create an alternate story to distract people from an inconvenient truth—but in this case, the public is too afraid, the story is too big, and the carnage will be too great to be distracted from it.

                          America will make it to the other side of this crisis, as it has after every other crisis. But the struggle will be a good deal harder, and the human cost a good deal higher, because we elected as president a man who is so damaged and so broken in so many ways.

                          https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...l-task/608743/

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