• The Four Stories You Can Write About Trump

    March 6, 2017

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    It is nearly-impossible to write anything that purports to be objective about Trump. No one wants to read it. Instead, there are only four basic stories you can do.


    The Apocalypse

    These stories tend to appear in both the mainstream press (New York Times, Washington Post, cable news) and on left-of-center smaller outlets featuring Michael Moore and Robert Reich. They have headlines and indeed whole paragraphs announcing the end of democracy, the fall of the republic, destruction of the press, and so forth.

    Many have references to Hitler, or, if the writer has checked online, the burning of the Reichstag and WWII Japanese internment camps. If the writer does more than a Google search, you’ll see references to Weimer. The stories need to be more hyperbolic than the last one, and are usually framed around one Trump event inflated into a “historians will someday note this as a turning point, assuming they will still be allowed to write freely.”

    So, CBP wrongly detains someone = brownshirts are on the march, today the airport, tomorrow maybe in our home? Fear the 2 am knock on the door.

    As a bonus, these articles will often use dramatic phrases like “a clear and present danger,” “be afraid. be very afraid,” and end with an out-of-context quote from a Founding Father such as “The tree of liberty without our vigilance will be upended by an orange man as darkness gathers.”


    Related: Trump is Stupid and Evil

    These stories are basically a personal variant on the The Apocalypse, and are a staple of NYT Op-Eds by guys like Charles Blow, everything on Rawstory and HuffPo, and late night comedy shows like Colbert.

    Trump has small hands, a joke about Cheeto Jesus, homophobic jokes about Putin and bromance, a spell-checker typo blow up into proof of something sinister, that sort of thing. They’ll go as far as comedians calling Melania a whore and the Trump kid a ‘tard, followed by an apology if the Internet blows up. They also run as Tweets and Facebook memes that say Trump is mentally ill or has syphilis. Throw in a favorite failed-as-a-businessman tale.

    A lot of these stories are based around leaks from anonymous sources that are little more than gossip from interns, such as “Trump is said to chew on the ends of pencils, which many aides claim is embarrassing to the nation.” Look for headlines that have colons, such as Revealed:, Sources: or Report: and passive constructions such as “I’m told…”



    Trump is a Savior

    For anything positive about Trump, you have to look w-a-y right, often deep into the dank corners of the web where true racism and hate lie. The more centrist right media seems to spend most of its time debunking stories about The Apocalypse and Trump is Stupid and Evil, or arguing the meaning of fake news.

    Hillary Fan Fiction/Obama Revisionism

    These are really the sad stories. They will repeat that Hillary won the popular vote you guys, how she would have won except for Bernie, Jill, Stein, Comey and Putin, and/or focus on all the reasons Trump will be impeached (Emoluments Act, Russia, 25th Amendment, a military coup, Chinese buy-out, etc.) They are all textbook examples of denial, lead by once-sane academics like Lawrence Tribe.

    Right alongside Hillary fan fiction lurks Obama Revisionism. The last eight years were all unicorns and rainbows, with free healthcare falling from the sky while we all lived in racial harmony and celebrated each other’s’ diversity with vegan, gluten-free treats handed out to undocumented aliens at Whole Foods by smiling refugees.


    FYI: I have given up, and get the majority of my news now from watching old Spongebob episodes. Trump’ll get my NetFlix when he prys it from my cold dead hands.



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    • Mitch said...

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      I get my news from old “Star Trek ” reruns…. Just watch the “Trebles ” try to eat everything.

      M

      PS.
      This one would be me…
      ” The more centrist right media seems to spend most of its time debunking stories about The Apocalypse and Trump is Stupid and Evil, ”

      M

      03/6/17 2:08 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The story is an old one. Trump is just a symptom of a disease. The water hole is getting smaller and the weak always lose to the strong. The one percent will sacrifice the rest of US, but their time is also coming to an end.

      03/6/17 8:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      So… Rich…

      This one is you…..

      “We Meant Well
      The Four Stories You Can Write About Trump

      It is nearly-impossible to write anything that purports to be objective about Trump. No one wants to read it. Instead, there are only four basic stories you can do.

      The Apocalypse

      These stories tend to appear in both the mainstream press (New York Times, Washington Post, cable news) and on left-of-center smaller outlets featuring Michael Moore and Robert Reich. They have headlines and indeed whole paragraphs announcing the end of democracy, the fall of the republic, destruction of the press, and so forth. “

      03/6/17 8:18 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I watch Rocky and Bullwinkle to get news and protect our country!

      03/6/17 8:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      So…. This is Chuck.

      ” The last eight years were all unicorns and rainbows, ”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Smile Chuck…. Just doing the “lion king ” thing.

      M

      03/6/17 9:37 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Exceptionalism quote Mitch! “Hahahahahaha”!

      03/6/17 9:46 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Once again, thank you PVB.

      03/6/17 10:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck….

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      PS.

      Any bets on how many readers are bent at PVB , now… After this article??

      M

      03/6/17 11:10 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      After Trump banned Iraq people, and Iraq responded with banning U.S. people enty, I am so glad that Iraqi’s and Americans can go to Iraq! Is there oil in Iraq? No Blood for Oil! Have a nice day. Peas…

      03/6/17 11:42 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Fear! The Tillerson/Sessions news conf. is freaky!

      03/6/17 11:47 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      DAMN !!!!… Iraq banned Americans??????

      And I have Absolutely no idea why I would EVER want to go THERE !!!!!!

      Despot before…. Crater now !!!!!!

      All the nice places to visit are off limits.

      ( Sarcasm Alert, Sarcasm Alert…. Run for safe place… Run for safe place ).

      M

      03/6/17 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Imagine… 8 years from now it is revealed Trump was tapped by Obomber. The DNC and friends of course blame the Russians. MIC make$ $. A source warned me!

      03/6/17 12:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Try you-tube independents’ (e.g.,
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg58nUYZoSw ) !

      03/6/17 12:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bruce.

      BRAVO!!!!!!!!

      M

      03/6/17 2:50 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Mitch- Don’t write off wanting to go to Iraq too easily! In the near future former American contractors might lead expeditions searching for stashed pallets of $100s (they could only sneak out so many packets after they did their shoddy work), Look for ads in the WSJ like: Spider Hole Expedition now forming. It could be exciting and pay off handsomely! Iraqis will be paid like the Egyptian diggers hired by Carter and Morgan looking for ancient artifacts in the 20s.

      03/7/17 8:34 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John.

      Ok…. Now you have my attention.

      Pallets??? From the Obama pay off, correct ??

      M

      03/7/17 9:47 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      If they did not want him dead before…. They sure as hell want him dead now….

      Not to mention….. Sure adds a dark side to “high speed internet for everyone “….

      Also… Not sure if this “qualifies” as journalism anymore…

      Needed information… But…. A but irresponsible…. Mixed feelings about that….

      But…. On a lighter side…. I do have a few peoples cars I would like to have them look at.

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/07/wikileaks-releases-entire-hacking-capacity-cia.html

      M

      03/7/17 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bugging: I have to assume people with power and money can get an “unofficial” wire tap at anytime on anyone. Why would anyone seek “permission” via the courts, FBI or CIA? How stupid is that? That would be like a rich guilty celebrity using a court appointed public defender instead of paying for the most brilliant pool of private lawyers. I assume that most bugging is done “off the books”.

      03/7/17 10:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John.

      Story I’m hearing is that the Brits bugged him to get around foia papers.

      M

      03/7/17 10:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Speaking of bugging…. And…. Keeping with my “center-right ” profile…..( and all this time I was thinking only cops and the TSA profiled ”

      Here’s a “partial ” list.

      ” Obama Administration wire taps:

      * The US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin;
      * Obama bugged Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone;
      * Obama singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception;
      * Obama stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu;
      * Obama intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US “extort[ing]” them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed);
      * Obama explicitly targeted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers;
      * Obama explicitly targetted the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and
      * Obama intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to “pop like a cork”.

      In addition to the above list we also know now that Obama wire tapped various individuals in the US media that were reporting information not flattering to the Obama Administration. It is widely known that Obama’s Justice Department targeted journalists with wiretaps in 2013:

      * In 2013 the liberal Washington Post expressed outrage after the revelation that the Justice Department had investigated the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter as a potential crime in a probe of classified leaks. The reporter, Fox News’ James Rosen and his family, were part of an investigation into government officials anonymously leaking information to journalists. Rosen was not charged but his movements and actions were tracked.
      * Also in 2013, members of the Associated Press were also a target of the surveillance. The ultra liberal New Yorker even noted that “In moderate and liberal circles, at least, the phone-records scandal, partly because it involves the dear old A.P. and partly because it raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may well present the most serious threat to Obama’s reputation.”
      * Reporter Sharyl Attkisson said in 2014 that her personal computer and CBS laptop were hacked after she began filing stories about Benghazi that were unflattering to the Obama administration. A source who checked her laptop said the hacker used spyware “proprietary to a government agency,” according to an article in the New York Post. ”

      M

      03/7/17 11:08 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      IIIII !

      03/7/17 12:06 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      What’s the weather at Ft. Meade? Have a nice day!

      03/7/17 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Clapper was on last Sun. shows on MSM. Will he be asked back to speak about Wiki CIA leak? …….. Back to sports! Chess is good.

      03/7/17 12:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck.

      Chess?????

      How about girls volleyball?

      M

      03/7/17 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Stay tuned…!

      03/7/17 3:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck.

      Got tickets, huh?

      M

      03/7/17 3:26 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      We know Trump is a sex pervert, but he was just doing his patriotic duty:

      Marine Corps members have been sharing nude photos of female service members on a private Facebook group called “Marines United,” as Thomas Brennan originally reported. But this extends through every military branch and beyond Facebook, too. It’s also on a web site, called AnonIB, which dates back to at least May 2016 according to Business Insider.

      The damning facts:

      The Facebook group was 30,000 Marine Corps officers strong, and members reportedly encourage each other to commit sexual assault. On the web site, they post requests asking for photographs of specific colleagues’ naked body parts, identifying them by name or where they are stationed.
      After Brennan’s story dropped, many left the Facebook group and found the site, where a Dropbox folder, “Girls of MU” with thousands of photographs inside, was posted in an effort to see the photos before the Facebook group was deleted.
      Up next: The Marine Corps opened an investigation, and they are considering felony charges which would put Marine Corps members in prison for up to seven years, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller will brief the House Armed Services Committee next week.

      The big picture: The Pentagon has been criticized in the past for not dealing with sexual assaults. In 2014 Rand Corporation found more than 20,000 service members had been sexually assaulted the previous year. Six times that number reported being sexually harassed, and in some cases the military has kicked out members who report sexual assaults.

      03/9/17 6:38 PM | Comment Link

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