• Yer Fake News Garbage: Trevor Noah Knows Nothing About the Secret Service

    December 1, 2016

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    About 1:30 into the video above, Daily Show host Trevor Noah, as echoed by the Huffington Post, committed fake news.

    Well, to be fair, it was more like ignorance than fake, because Noah’s shock and accusations that Trump is going to charge the Secret Service $1.5 million in rent to help protect him at Trump Tower was only a couple of Googles away from being shown to be wrong.

    To begin, Noah appears somewhat surprised that a president-elect is protected, and that protection costs a lot of money. Noah seems somewhat offended that that protection will take place at Trump Tower.

    Surprise! Any president-elect has to live somewhere. It makes sense he’d stay living where he always does. There is no junior White House. Also, presidents do not give up their homes when they move into the White House. All have kept their own homes and the Secret Service has always protected them there. Reagan and Bush had their ranches, remember. Nothing new here.



    Surprise! The Secret Service has always paid for the facilities they use for their work. See, the government cannot commandeer private property. The payments are based on federal standards, not the commercial rents reported by Noah. The many news services, including Noah, slinging around the $1.5 million figure are basing it on estimated commercial prices. Here’s a source on how the feds pay.

    And here’s Joe Biden charging the Secret Service rent on a cottage he owns, so that they can protect him when he visits his family home in Delaware.

    Speaking of Biden, the taxpayers shell out for Secret Service protection so his spouse, Jill Biden, can keep her paid teaching job at a Northern Virginia community college.

    Oh, but it’s Trump Tower. Now it does make sense for the Secret Service to set up in the building where the protectee lives so when something happens they can run down the stairs, not the street. And because the agents do need office space and to occasionally sleep, what might be the alternative? Hotel rooms at midtown Manhattan prices? The nearest hotel is the Plaza, where rooms go for the high hundreds a night and no federal per diem rates are listed.


    And this: the Secret Service always has reimbursed candidates for certain expenses all the time. An accounting from September showed they had paid $2.6 million back to the Clinton campaign for air fare, $1.6 to Trump.


    Another theme of Noah’s is that Trump is personally profiting from all this. This may be true, as some money is indeed going into his businesses. Of course since the Secret Service isn’t paying commercial rent, Trump might actually be losing money. In addition, let’s wonder, even at commercial rates, how much actually reaches Donald’s own personal pocket after salaries and expenses and all that? Yeah, I know, not enough to notice.


    So bottom line: Noah and HuffPo are back to their old tricks. Taking advantage of the ignorance of their viewers on the basics of security to spread false news, and/or acting on their own ignorance and the apparent inaccessibility of Google to fail once again in their duty as “journalists” to inform the public.


    BONUS: Please don’t waste time claiming Noah and the Daily Show (and I guess HuffPo) aren’t journalists. For better or worse, they serve as a significant source of news for too many people, and, through retweets and social media, have a deep reach into our society.


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    • Ken said...

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      Aw, come on Peter. Didn’t you see the study? Daily Show viewers are more informed than any other news show viewer. I know this is true because as a Daily Show viewer, I am smarter than everyone else and I believe in science! /sarcasm

      12/1/16 2:10 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Happy World Aids Day!

      12/1/16 6:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Is that show still on? It just goes to prove that people who were raised on Big Macs will eat anything. Ironic that the guy who created the Big Mac died yesterday at age 98, whle the Big Mac caused more deaths than Adolph Hitler.

      12/1/16 8:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Agreed, that is how it works. Has too.

      The things that bother me , as an example,

      When Bill and Kill bought their little place in NY, they built a guest house for the Secret Service.
      Well and good. Bill is a former president, has to be protected ( near as I can tell, from himself )
      So, Bill and Kill charge the SS rent. Well and good.

      However, Bill and Kill’s mortgage payments, apparently 10mill a month.

      Anyone want to guess what the rent was on the Secret Service guest house?

      Yep, you guessed…… 10 mill a month.

      Evil. Yep. Sneaky. Yep. Crooked. Yep.
      But
      You do have to admire the view from government housing.

      M

      12/1/16 8:25 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS.

      I understand that Bill and Kill’s place in NY… Comes with really awesome internet ( probably fiber)… Nice bedrooms… Awesome kitchen ( big enough for EMS to bring in stretchers , in case you slip next to the sink) also… One of its features…. Beautiful basement… Like a zombieland bunker. ( great power. Full redundancy. Nice place to keep your private server ).

      Another selling feature. Huge back yard. Self fertilizing. Prefect place to get rid of any problems you might have. Sheltered from the nosy neighbors. ( who might ask questions about all the holes being dug).

      M

      12/1/16 8:34 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      You just can not make this crap up.

      Might want to think about paper files again.

      http://motherboard.vice.com/read/us-judges-can-now-sign-global-hacking-warrants

      M

      12/1/16 8:53 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The trend may be here for awhile- poorly educated and informed media entertainers/hosts celebrities “delivering” their take on events of the day. Their producers tell them to “keep it light” and amusing which is what the American sheeple want. Serious reflection news? That is so……so……………….Medieval.

      12/1/16 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      A friend of a friend at my local foodbank sent a drone up to see what was going on land nearby. He heard it shot down when he lost communication. I had not realized the Clinton’s had a home in Kinderhook NY. Anyone think he should ask for a new one?!

      12/1/16 10:02 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said
      “Also, presidents do not give up their homes when they move into the White House.All have kept their own homes and the Secret Service has always protected them there.”

      What happens to the White House when Trump refuses to move in? Maybe the government can rent it to the Clintons? At least the SS wouldn’t have to pay THEM. They already have facilities for the SS in the White House, no? Of course, I’m sure Hillary has bad memories there. I wonder if she would have refused to live there if elected? I mean..sitting there in the Oval office.. imagining Bill. Might cause her to go off the deep end. I’ve read she is one mean m….f…r when pissed off. Like in Vlad the Butcher.

      Meanwhile, I bet those SS agents who are staying at the Trump Towers are livin high on the hog though. I mean, they have to eat. And drink. I’m sure Trump Towers has the best money can buy. And room service too. After all, can’t be having the good ole SS spending hours going up and down 50 floors on elevators, every time they need something. They need to stay close by Trump. But, I’m sure they’ll have guests too. Special guests. To keep them “company”. And not the kind found in South America. Only the best at TT. Insert two rolling eyes smiley here.

      However, I’m sure Trevor Noah already has that story prepared for tomorrow.

      12/1/16 10:53 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch, if past is prologue, Trump will tell his SS crew to live it up and then stiff them when they send iN their vouchers. AFTER ALL, THE GUY DOESN’T PAY ANY TAXES.

      12/1/16 10:57 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps, one things fer sure.. Trevor Noah ain’t no Jon Stewart.

      12/1/16 10:57 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…
      “AFTER ALL, THE GUY DOESN’T PAY ANY TAXES.”

      Allegedly. But most likely. I mean, I still believe in proof. But the mere fact he won’t release his tax returns say’s volumes. Even if he doesn’t pay one dime, his supporters will claim..he’s just smart, while those that are on SNAP might get a little upset. But not much. After all..it’s the illegal immigrants that cause their lifes situation, stoopid. And Trump is gonna deport em. Yeah. Go Trump!!
      Meanwhile, Trump fills the swamp with alligators…
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-steve-mnuchin-treasury-pick_us_583f0be5e4b0c68e047e1ab4

      sheeezusfuckingchrist. I’m about to split a gut. Wait till they loose their Medicare. And SS. And SNAP. Trump’s income tax will be the last thing on their mind. They be thinkin how to blame it on Clinton.

      One thing I’ve been wondering about is who Trump is going to appoint as the head of FEMA? If any of his appointments so far is any indication.. he’ll select someone worse than “yer doin a hell of a job, Brownie”. Like the CEO of a FORMALDEHYDE manufacturer.. or DuPont.. or umm, I don’t know, …maybe ..McCrystal. I mean, HE really knows how to run a “disaster” team. Insert second rolling eyes smiley here.

      Regardless, you can be sure it’ll be someone who’s had “experience” with massive environmental disasters.

      Speakin of which.. I was just reading about the fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. HOLY MOTHER OF HORROR.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/01/first-person-account-gatlinburg-fires/94712194/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      I’m sure Trump would save the day.. for the coal companies that is.

      12/1/16 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Speaking of “fake news”, get a load of this headline ..at US NEWS no less….

      http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2016/12/01/'planet-x'-destroy-earth-december/94721364/

      Hahahahahahahahaha… hohohohohohoho.. barte….hahahahahahahaha…bartender…quick.. hahahahahahaha… hahaha … give me something … hahahahahahaha… to stop laughing… hahahahahaha hohohohohohohoho… stop.. stop.. this is killen me.. hahahahaha….. planet x.. HAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHA… destroy earth… hahahahahaha… oh gawd.. hahahahahahahaha…

      Who needs Russian fake news.. hahahahahahaha..

      12/1/16 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      fuck… I needed that. Best thing I’ve read in a month. Go FAKE NEWS!!!!

      12/1/16 12:13 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- Melancholia was a fairly recent film about a presently unknown orb passing close to earth. You want to be depressed? Check it out.

      Your idea about the Clintons moving into the WH. Brilliant! The uniformed SS would love it since there is no way someone is going to want to jump the fence to get to Bill and Hill. They can continue to sleep on the job. But with Trump Tower the SS is gonna have to have scopes and 300H&H rifles to knock off a wall scaler trying to get to Donald.

      12/1/16 12:31 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “Pitch- Melancholia was a fairly recent film about a presently unknown orb passing close to earth. You want to be depressed? Check it out. ”

      Seen it. I don nee no more depression. Trump is enough for a lifetime.

      “But with Trump Tower the SS is gonna have to have scopes and 300H&H rifles to knock off a wall scaler trying to get to Donald.”

      Yeah, well what about a hijacked airliner? 🙂 Gawd..make my day.

      12/1/16 12:46 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. from now on, I’ll refer to Trump Tower as the “Trump Palace”. I mean, with as much gold leaf in his apartment, it’s already apparent he thinks he’s a King.

      http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/124500/TRUMP-KING–124871.jpg

      12/1/16 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      12/1/16 12:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      pitch,

      demented donald is crazy but not stupid. if DD got rid of obamacare or medicare, it would hasten the pichfork revolt. MAYBE it would get the millions who didnt vote out of their apathy and the millions who voted for DD to realize they are soooooo fuckkkked. besides the tsunami of uninsured patients would drive the hospitals into bankruptcy.

      12/1/16 1:11 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- emergency room physicians and their help would quickly look for other work. Don’t we have about 30% of people using a hospital’s emergency room as their primary care locale? Ah, but a creep like Trevor Noah-ill informed as he is- would just hire more writers to make sure the proles keep slapping their thighs instead of reaching for their pitchforks.

      12/1/16 1:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      “pitch,

      demented donald is crazy but not stupid.”

      Hahahaha… I like that. Thank god his name is easy to pronounce though.. unlike the King of Thailand….

      King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

      Hahahahahahaha…try saying that one three times in a row.

      http://mobile.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKBN13Q4YS

      sheezus, can you imagine seeing/hearing that name a thousand times a day? Funny though, I can imagine the Justice reading the Oath of Office ..and stumbling over his name.. hahahahahaha. Even funnier…. the signs over his hotels. Hahahahahaha…

      12/1/16 2:27 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Worldwide protests against DAPL. Will Trump announce he has divested his shares in Banks and other stocks involved?

      12/1/16 2:35 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Stewart and Colbert did the fake protest in DC against the Tea Party, but never Obomber, the NDAA, Mass spying, drones, etc. Why not? Trevor reminds me of the Obama, smooth talker (but he has an accent so he must be smarter like those english accent reporters).

      12/1/16 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Winston Churchill said the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. Fake news only fools the fool who wouldnt know the truth if it bit him in the ass. See global heating, debt ceiling,

      12/1/16 4:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Who needs fake news????

      The real stuff is so…. Unbelievable

      This is wrong…. At So MANY Levels.

      Pitchfork,

      Can’t wait to see what you have to say about this.

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3833733.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118522735_pageNum_1

      M

      12/1/16 6:35 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Mitch…”the real stuff is unbelievable”. Nice! Have a safe trip. Snowshoes are on sale!

      12/1/16 6:59 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      . Mitch- the Australian rejects coming here sounds like another sneaky move by Obama. Remember the prisoner exchange? Americans and most of Congress were only told after it had occured.
      Susan Rice said Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”. The guy may have deserted hoping to to hook up with the Taliban. We may never know the facts if Bergdahl is pardoned. I nominate Susan Rice for head of the new biparitisan federal fake news agency. On her desk can be a bronzed set of Bergdahl’s dog tags and also a copy of the inflamatory video that caused the local Benghazians to go nuts and attack Chris Stevens’s detail.

      12/1/16 9:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John Poole,

      I know.

      But, what’s a couple … Few… Thousand…. Undocumented aliens… Whose identity’s are being hidden from homeland.. Congress…. Law enforcement…. Their new neighbors … Where ever they happen to be dropped….

      And everyone of them…. With no…. Zero…. Verified history…. Vetting….

      The ones I find most interesting are the “stateless” group.

      That’s impossible in the world today…. Unless…. You lost your citizenship for doing really bad things.

      I mean, hell…. Its a huge country… The odds of having a few… Dozen… Hundred…. Being terrorists… And being located next door….

      Are actually quite good.

      There comes a point…. When the actions stop being those of someone wearing blinders….

      And start being intentional.

      M

      12/2/16 2:41 AM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...

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      Doncha know PVB…

      It’s ALL fake news.

      Really. Really.

      12/3/16 10:56 PM | Comment Link

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