The Golden Shower

Something interesting

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There are unsubstantiated reports leaked to the press, and there are unsubstantiated reports being leaked to the press. So, what’s the latest? Glad you asked:

(CNN) — Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

That report from CNN has been updated with new information. Meanwhile, CNN is reporting on President-elect Donald Trump’s first news conference since the November election. The encounter showed the new Trump as very much the same as the old Trump—abrasive, abusive, often disfactual:

(CNN)How did President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference go? He nailed it. It was strange, abusive, occasionally misleading. But he nailed it.

And while the media will complain that he tried to silence individual reporters — which he did — the reality is that the conference was about as raw and detailed as you’re likely to get from a president-elect.
He gave us a dozen headlines from just one encounter. This is the Trump paradox: Trump and the press hate each other yet they feed off each other.

The report is by historian Timothy Stanley. From CNN:

Editor’s Note: Timothy Stanley is a historian and columnist for Britain’s Daily Telegraph. He is the author of “Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

CNN contributor Stanley provided additional highlights of the news conference:

This was presumably not the press conference that he wanted to give. The night before, Buzzfeed published some unverified, lurid claims about Trump’s time in Russia that have clearly got under his skin. For some unclear reason he has decided that CNN — which did not publish allegations that it could not independently verify — is also guilty of trying to undermine him, and he shouted down questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta.
It was unfair, bullying behavior. But calling out the press is not entirely unheard of. Obama scolded reporters for doing things he didn’t approve of; Nixon obsessed about the hostile liberal press. What’s different about Trump is how happy he is to personalize his battles, to roll up his sleeves and jump into the fight while on live TV.
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The allegations, regarding how the Russians contrived to blackmail the president-elect, have not been substantiated, but they are hilarious beyond what anybody has a right to enjoy. I have a copy, and it is available on-line. An excerpt from this document inspires the title for this posting, may it come to have a life on its own.

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