Media Research Center

Number 6 in a series

There is no end of fun with the Media Research Center. These guys set their course to counter all the liberal bias in American mainstream media. The finished product is a load of hilarity. I get their daily mailings, including a feed called E-Brief from Terry Jeffrey under the title CNS News. I haven’t stopped to  figure out the structure of all this, since what gets me going the most is some of the content. Here’s what’s new today:

Study: 90% of Networks’ Coverage of Pres. Trump Negative in 2017

From Inauguration Day (January 20) through the end of 2017 (December 31), the three evening newscasts aired 3,430 stories that talked about either President Trump or his administration, totaling 99 hours, 3 minutes of airtime.

Without diving into the background story, I’m going to focus on that 90% negative coverage. And I’m going to take it at face value, as true. Because if I don’t, then there will not be much left for me to write about, and I would need to get some dinner.

So let’s comprehend the 90% number. I admit this is scandalous. I mean, these liberal media types won’t give the new President an even break. Something must be wrong. There has got to be some nefarious undercurrent at work. A bit of Skeptical Analysis is called for. Here’s what I found:

In the article, I wrote that Trump could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman said the man’s comments were “categorically untrue.”

The story ran below the fold in the business news section with the headline: How a Curious Visitor Beat Trump at the Casino Game.

And now I was holding for Mr. Trump.

There was no hello. But there was yelling, lots of yelling.

The word “shit” was used repeatedly as a noun and adjective.

I had shit for brains.

I worked for a shitty newspaper.

What sort of shit did I write.

Before I could reply, he hung up.

Then he called my editor in Philadelphia, Craig Stock. Now it was Craig’s turn to “Hold for Mr. Trump.”

Craig was treated to the same Trumpian wordplay, but got an added treat. Trump referred to me as “that cunt.”

https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/snowflake-in-chief-33/

Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault

But that was back before Mr. Trump became President. How about something fresh?

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Some more:

“I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said today.

“You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides,” he added.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-lashes-alt-left-charlottesville-fine-people-sides/story?id=49235032

And more:

….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..

Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!

More:

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump believes millions of votes were cast illegally in last year’s election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday, but he wouldn’t provide any concrete evidence for the claim, which has long been debunked.

“The President does believe that, I think he’s stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him,” Spicer said.

Finally:

WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

All right. I can see where this is leading. Something should be said about beating a dead horse. the MRC might think about quitting while they are ahead. But then what would I have to write about?

There’s more to come. Keep reading.

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The Golden Shower

Number 29

Not so much this week are there updates on the supposed encounter between Donald Trump and some Russian prostitutes in Moscow:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Possibly because, who needs it?

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

There is a temptation to jump all over this and conclude the President has been playing too footsie with a hostile foreign power. I say, “Not so fast.” The President denies emphatically there was no collusion with the Russian government. He also said:

But who am I to quibble?

There’s going to be a lot more of this. Keep reading.

This is your President speaking.

Number 39 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…

…and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!

For the record, The Wall Street Journal has the tapes.

This is your President speaking.

Number 38 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!

And that is enough said about that.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 29 in a series

People sometimes buy an item, and after they get it home they have second thoughts. This is called “buyer’s remorse.” There’s a lot of that going around these days. But not everywhere. Somebody who appears not to have these pangs is former Trump communications specialist Jason Miller. When Texas Senator Ted Cruz decided to run for the presidency, Miller was his “digital and communications adviser.” After Senator Cruz quit the race in 2016, the Trump campaign picked up Miller, who then served in a similar capacity until a year ago. Apparently Miller has no regrets, as evidenced by his continued appearances defending the now President Trump. One such appearance was a panel discussion hosted by Anderson Cooper on CNN. The episode is now available for view on YouTube:

Yeah, that was fun to watch. If the selected frame from the video is now showing on your screen, that’s CNN political commentator Van Jones on the left and Jason Miller on the right. Anderson Cooper went around the panel, getting a take from each of the five regarding President Trump’s recent remarks about people from shithole countries like Haiti and also Africa. Miller rose to the occasion. Some excerpts from the video:

Cooper: Jason, I mean, the idea that all Haitians have AIDS, that they should get out, that the President doesn’t want more black people from Africa or from Haiti, wants more white people from Norway… Is that defensible?

Miller: So, Anderson, that’s not at all what the President said., and so let’s talk about the context of what today was…

Cooper: He didn’t say that all Haitians have AIDS?

Miller: Uh, no. No!

Cooper: Not according to the New York Times.

Miller: Anderson, the White House has denied that.

Cooper: They denied that when it was a meeting of White House Staff. But when it was a group of bi-partisan lawmakers today they can’t deny it, because bi-partisan lawmakers heard it.

At this point Miller states that it is not for others to put words in the President’s mouth. Cooper responds that it is the President putting words in the President’s mouth. Watch the video. It quickly becomes apparent Miller wants to talk about anything besides the President’s remarks on Haiti and Africa being shithole places. Miller wants to talk about DACA, which was supposed to have been the original purpose of the President’s meeting with lawmakers. And he goes on and on, extolling how President Trump is about to accomplish what Democrats and Republicans in the past have been unable to. But definitely not about the President’s list of shithole places, which Miller denies was ever spoken, and he knows this because the White House has denied it, so it must be so, and that is that.

Actually, Jason Miller has me at this point. I mean, if some people say Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa shithole places, and the President denies it, then it must not be so because, you know, the President denies it. Which brings us to a few other matters, the first from last month:

According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.

More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.

Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.

[Emphasis added]

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that ‘s birth certificate is a fraud.

Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!

NBC News just called it the great freeze – coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!

We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!

Obviously a wellhead of truth. Keep reading. There’s going to be more to come.

This is your President speaking.

Number 37 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!

Beautiful.

Media Research Center

Number 5 in a series

I’ve mentioned Media Research Center before. I’m going to mention them some more. They are a hoot. Their running theme is that mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias. Surprise! The real world swims in liberal concepts, one such being straight-up telling things like they happened. Anyhow, the MRC is committed to providing a counterweight to  liberal bias, and they have an interesting way of going about it. I receive their daily mailings, today’s which I figure to unload on my readers.

Let’s start with the item numbered 1:

1. Networks Stuff Shows With Over 2 Hours of Wolff Gossip Book Insults

The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks engaged in a feeding frenzy over Michael Wolff’s gossip-filled book, as they ate up the salacious details in Fire and Fury. From January 3 through January 9, the networks stuffed their evening and morning programs with over two hours of coverage of the Wolff book and the subsequent fallout for former Donald Trump aide Stephen Bannon.

“The networks stuffed their evening and morning programs with over two hours of coverage of the Wolff book?” Really? Only two hours. Geeze, people. I logged onto  Amazon and purchased the Kindle the minute it became available. And the nets only allocated two hours? Wimps.

“The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero,” said an astonished and derisive Bannon, not long after the meeting was revealed. “The three senior guys in the campaign,” an incredulous Bannon went on, “thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the twenty-fifth floor—with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 255). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, this is the language that got Bannon on the outs with the Trump administration and subsequently on the outs with the rich and powerful Mercers and out the door at Breitbart News. And the nets only gave it two hours? And MRC is calling them out? Let that sink in.

2. ‘Morning Joe’ Portrays Trump as Doddering Old Schizophrenic Who Listens to ‘Voices in His Head’

On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, reacting to President Trump’s comments during an open door meeting with top members of Congress about DACA and immigration reform, co-host Joe Scarborough argued that Trump’s performance was indicative of his supposedly deteriorating mental state and even stooped to mocking Trump as a doddering, forgetful, and schizophrenic old man who listens to “voices in his head” for political advice.

Wait. Wait! President Trump really is a doddering old schizo who listens to voices in his head. Anybody who has not noticed should come in for a head check.

3. ‘Be an Apple, Don’t Be a Banana’: Conway Schools Cuomo on Drug Trafficking

Sparks flew during Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time when White House adviser Kellyanne Conway sparred with rude and demeaning host Chris Cuomo as they discussed the news of the day. But during one section, in particular, Conway took Cuomo to task for twisting the facts about the administration’s response to the opioid crisis and the border wall’s effectiveness on drug trafficking.

“Conway took Conway to task for twisting the facts?” That is a twist.

On CNN, though, her phrasing was a bit more fraught. “I’m not Inspector Gadget,” she said. “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”

“However,” she continued, “I’m not in the job of having evidence…”

[Emphasis added]

And she said more. Over the past year and more Conway has established the benchmark for “fact-deprived.”

4. Sour Grapes: MSNBC Upset Trump Only Called on ‘Conservative Outlets’ for Questions

MSNBC flashed some bitterness on Wednesday afternoon following President Trump’s first joint press conference of 2018, complaining that Trump only called on “conservative outlets”Washington Examiner and the Fox News Channel with only the latter one offering “a challenging question.”

In this case MRC is dead on. What were those clowns at MSNBC thinking? That Donald Trump was going to  call on an actual for-business news outlet” And this all the while Fox News was standing by with the tough questions of the day? Tough questions such as, “What wonderful things have you accomplished since nine this morning, Mr. President?”

This, people, is why I check my MRC feed first thing each morning. There’s more to come. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

This is your President speaking.

Number 35 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Disproven and paid for by Democrats “Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?” Did Dems or Clinton also pay Russians? Where are hidden and smashed DNC servers? Where are Crooked Hillary Emails? What a mess!

The level of maturity going to waste at the upper reaches of our government might take your breath away. Keep reading. My paid Washington commenter will have more on a daily basis.

The Golden Shower

Number 28

Sorry, this is a story that will not go away. I mean, once word came, albeit unconfirmed, that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel room, then that should have been the end of the story. As a reminder:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Anyhow, that’s what supposedly happened. Apparently the story was not enough for the FBI. These guys get paid to dig, so they elected to dig further:

FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony

Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more than 300 pages of his testimony were released by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California.

To be sure, the FBI received ample encouragement and able assistance from Democrats, all eager to dig some dirt on Mr. Trump. And that is true if you decide to call George Papadopoulos a Democrat:

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

Of course, this has nothing to do with the aforementioned Steele dossier. Except the Republicans don’t seem to think so:

Republican Senators Raise Possible Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier

Yes, there is a lot more to this story than I’m putting out today. It’s the kind of thing we like to savor. What would really be swell if this business were to drag out into 2019 and beyond. Joy, be unbounded.

This is your President speaking.

Number 34 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!

A new definition of destroyed. See the video.

 

Snowflake-in-Chief

Number 43 of a series

The man is fearless if nothing else. Don’t believe me? Then check with Breitbart News.

Not a weary drop of blood pumps through the man’s veins. He wears his thick armor light as skin. His bottomless quiver is never empty.

Fearlessly, President Trump sauntered away from his wife and son into the presence of his enemies. As casually as Clint Eastwood dispatching a horse thief, Mr. Trump laid waste to the media’s carefully choreographed plot to wrest the U.S. Senate away from Republicans and somehow smear the president with an accused child molester.

What a guy!

However, sometimes even the most fearless can use a bit of coddling. Sunday that appeared to be the job of Michael Caputo, former Senior Advisor, Donald J. Trump for President. Mr. Caputo appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, hosted by Jake Tapper. After an interview of sorts with Stephen Miller, the President’s senior advisor for policy, the discussion tuned to other matters and finally to the matter of the Michael Wolff book of great interest these days. The question went around—how should the administration properly respond to allegations made in the book. Mr. Caputo’s observations turned out to be worth a look. Here are some quotes from the video:

Let’s take a look at the attacks that have been going on…on this president. Have been for some while. They’re very very personal. I mean there are people on the Left that make fun of his hands. We know what that means. Why they’re thinking about that, I don’t know. But I mean the personal attacks on this president are profound. And I think the President, himself, feels compelled to defend himself. They are so personal, and I think he sent out one of his most trusted aids today to defend him, as well. But it is so personal and so visceral and so hateful, that I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of thing before And forget about how…

From which point Mr. Caputo gets into criticism of the Wolff book.

And that is something to consider. Mr. Caputo’s remarks give us pause and also a motivation to reflect on how we have allowed ourselves to shed our civility and to sink to such depths. So I did that. I did take pause, and I did reflect. Doing so, I reviewed some past history and explored whence civility fled. I came across some notable turning points:

The matter of tiny hands:

 

Leftist Marco Rubio Tiny Hands

Comments and characterization of a woman reporter.

Self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. Donald Trump is the one candidate who displays an astonishing degree of class:

In the article, I wrote that Trump could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman said the man’s comments were “categorically untrue.”

The story ran below the fold in the business news section with the headline: How a Curious Visitor Beat Trump at the Casino Game.

And now I was holding for Mr. Trump.

There was no hello. But there was yelling, lots of yelling.

The word “shit” was used repeatedly as a noun and adjective.

I had shit for brains.

I worked for a shitty newspaper.

What sort of shit did I write.

Before I could reply, he hung up.

Then he called my editor in Philadelphia, Craig Stock. Now it was Craig’s turn to “Hold for Mr. Trump.”

Craig was treated to the same Trumpian wordplay, but got an added treat. Trump referred to me as “that cunt.”

A cute nickname for a United States senator:

Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.

Characterization of a rival candidate.

Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!

NFL players who protest.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special election next week to remain in the seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

A writer who writes unkind things about Donald Trump.

The Mercer Family recently dumped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon. Smart!

Concerning a respected newspaper.

It is actually hard to believe how naive (or dumb) the Failing is when it comes to foreign policy…weak and ineffective!

Concerning CNN.

Donald J. Trump Retweeted Sarah Sanders

Great, and we should boycott Fake News CNN. Dealing with them is a total waste of time!

Donald J. Trump added,

Concerning NBC.

People are just now starting to find out how dishonest and disgusting (FakeNews) is. Viewers beware. May be worse than even !

Labeling mainstream news outlets as Fake News.

I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!

Loose use of the term loser.

: Mary Kissel is an SNL character, right? She’s not a real person, right? ” She is a major loser – no clue!

Unrestricted use of the term dumb.

While I have never met of the NY Times, I consider him one of the dumbest of all pundits- he has no sense of the real world!

Stupid.

What a waste of time being interviewed by when he puts on really stupid talking heads likeTim O’Brien-dumb guy with no clue!

Dopey.

All polls have me winning debate big- Drudge, TIME, etc. Dopey Charles Krauthammer still nasty. He has zero cred- totally dishonest!

Dishonest.

ISIS gained tremendous strength during Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State. When will the dishonest media report the facts!

Fool, regarding a sitting United States Senator.

The Failing set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!

Moron, regarding a Secretary of Defense.

“@saigon1968tet: “: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Obvious moron at conformation hearings.”The worst I have ever witnessed

Racist, with respect to a United States Senator.

Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be a Native American in order to advance her career. Very racist!

Clown, referring to a political operative.

Why do people listen to clown on ? Spent $430M & lost all races—a Bushy!

Lowlife.

. is a total low life— read his past tweets. A dummy with no “it” factor. Will fade fast.

In days to come I will investigate further and attempt to discern how we came to this level of public discourse. Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

This is your President speaking.

Number 33 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…..

….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..

….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!

After this, there is not much left to say.

Fire and Fury

The Start of a New Series

The monkey spit has certainly hit the fan, and on-lookers are choking with joy. Especially am I in another level of Heaven. The book went on sale at 8:00 a.m. Central Time Friday, and at 8:00 a.m. plus a second or more I hit the button on Amazon and pulled down a Kindle edition, $14.99 plus tax. Let the fun begin. Images are screen shots from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, streaming on Hulu this morning.

Of course the President of the United States had some objections.

“Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past …” People, your President is totally irony-deficient. Being a world authority on these matters, he is definitely one to spot lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don’t exist when he sees them. And, to be sure, many reviewers have spotted such in the book.

The author is Michael Wolff, who wrote from a few month’s history with the Trump presidential campaign and also from inside the first year of the Trump White House. Wolff apparently draws most of his material second hand from  sources close to the President. For example:

Trump, observed Walsh, had a set of beliefs and impulses, much of them on his mind for many years, some of them fairly contradictory, and little of them fitting legislative or political conventions or form. Hence, she and everyone else was translating a set of desires and urges into a program, a process that required a lot of guess work. It was, said Walsh, “like trying to figure out what a child wants.”

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 113). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

The author is seen on ABC saying, “They all say he is like a child,” citing what staffers have told him about the President. “Walsh” is Katie Walsh:

Katie E. Walsh (born November 2, 1984) is an American Republican political operative who briefly served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. She is currently working with the Trump-aligned 501(c)(4) America First Policies.

Wolff talks of the President’s need for “immediate gratification.”

But it wasn’t Bannon versus everybody else so much as it was Bannon Trump versus non-Bannon Trump. If Trump, in his dark, determined, and aggressive mood, could represent Bannon and his views, he could just as easily represent nothing at all—or represent solely his own need for instant gratification. That’s what the non-Bannon people understood about Trump.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 174). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

“It’s all about him,” Wolff says, again from close sources. He drills down, using terms like “moron” and “idiot.”

In early October, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s fate was sealed—if his obvious ambivalence toward the president had not already sealed it—by the revelation that he had called the president “a fucking moron.”

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 304). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

From a White House email:

Purporting to represent the views of Gary Cohn and quite succinctly summarizing the appalled sense in much of the White House, the email read:

It’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won’t read anything—not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. And his staff is no better. Kushner is an entitled baby who knows nothing. Bannon is an arrogant prick who thinks he’s smarter than he is. Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits. No one will survive the first year but his family. I hate the work, but feel I need to stay because I’m the only person there with a clue what he’s doing. The reason so few jobs have been filled is that they only accept people who pass ridiculous purity tests, even for midlevel policy-making jobs where the people will never see the light of day. I am in a constant state of shock and horror.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 186). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

We see Wolff stating, “This is a man who does not read, does not listen.”

But not only didn’t he read, he didn’t listen. He preferred to be the person talking. And he trusted his own expertise—no matter how paltry or irrelevant—more than anyone else’s. What’s more, he had an extremely short attention span, even when he thought you were worthy of attention.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 114). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

The president did not truly listen to anybody. The more you talked, the less he listened. “But Steve is careful about what he says, and there is something, a timbre in his voice and his energy and excitement, that the president can really hone in on, blocking everything else out,” said Walsh.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 182). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

Others have noted this:

In early August, less than a month after Ailes had been ousted from Fox News, Trump asked his old friend to take over the management of his calamitous campaign. Ailes, knowing Trump’s disinclination to take advice, or even listen to it, turned him down. This was the job Bannon [took] a week later.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 3). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

Wolff notes Donald Trump’s unsettling repetition. From ABC News, “Wolff paints a portrait of a mentally unstable man, saying the President often repeats the same story every three minutes.”

The president’s advisers felt he shouldn’t put himself in a position where he would be compared with Bannon. The worry among staffers—all of them concerned that Trump’s rambling and his alarming repetitions (the same sentences delivered with the same expressions minutes apart) had significantly increased, and that his ability to stay focused, never great, had notably declined—was that he was likely to suffer by such a comparison. Instead, the interview with Trump was offered to Sean Hannity—with a preview of the questions.

Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 309). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

At Mar-a-Lago recently the President failed to recognize life-long friends ABC News reports, although my copy of the book does not appear to recount this episode.

Of course, President Trump is slinging back.

At the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reminds us how ridiculous these accusations are. From the video:

It’s disgraceful and laughable. If he was [sic] unfit, he probably wouldn’t sitting there. … This is a strong and great leader.”

And that, readers, has to be one for the history books. Being unfit did not prevent Donald Trump from becoming President. He became President through the intervention of a mass of American voters who, themselves, may be unfit. Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. “A strong and great leader,” completely defining the meaning of the terms “strong” and “great,” with “leader” thrown in for good measure.

The scene from the White House news briefing closes with a view of Sanders’ backside as she exits stage left. Hey! How would you like to have that job?

President Trump weighs in, saying he never spoke to Wolff for the book. Sanders has conceded Wolff did interview Donald Trump, and Wolff says it was for the book, regardless of what Trump thought.

ABC White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega delivers the coup de grace.

… This is a West Wing used to dealing with crisis, David. As one senior White House official told us, quote, “People expect us to be running around with our hair on fire, but it’s hard to do that when it’s already been burned off.”

There is going to be much more of this. I have not had so much fun since cousin Elroy stuck the dynamite down the outhouse. Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

This is your President speaking.

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And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Well, now that collusion with Russia is proving to be a total hoax and the only collusion is with Hillary Clinton and the FBI/Russia, the Fake News Media (Mainstream) and this phony new book are hitting out at every new front imaginable. They should try winning an election. Sad!

It’s good to know we have somebody in  charge who keeps his eye on the ball.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

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Update and correcting information regarding Michael Wolfe’s book. The publisher has moved up the release date. It will go on-line on Amazon Kindle at 8:00 a.m. this morning. I have my alarm set and will begin releasing some of the good stuff later today.

One of life’s pleasures in my retirement is getting up early in the morning and catching ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. It comes on in the evening and streams a few hours later on Hulu, where I get these screen shots. It’s a never ending source of joy to my cynical heart. Today was no less.

As often, one feature was the ever eye-popping imbroglio at the White House. Those guys are way underrated. Don Rickles, be glad you retired when you did. So, what’s the latest? It appears there is yet another war of words going on. Here’s some background.

After firing  Corey Lewandowski, candidate Donald Trump took on Paul Manafort, but Manafort had not yet been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, which some regard as a serious offense, but who am I to judge. So Manafort was out, and in came Kellyanne Conway, later superseded by Steve Bannon. I hope I have those in the correct order. Anyhow, Bannon followed Donald Trump into the White House, where he served as Senior Counselor to the President. All that came to an end last August, and Bannon went back to Breitbart News, where he remains today, but not disentangled with White House intrigues. The screen shots speak for themselves.

All this has to do with Steve Bannon’s comments now quoted in nMichael Wolfe’s book, Fire and Fury, due out 9 January. I will obtain a copy and attempt a review.

I especially liked, “… winning is not as easy as I make it look.”

And this is a lovely show to watch, from a distance. For some reason today’s White House brings to mind a real-life video, posted on YouTube. Enjoy.

This is your President speaking.

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And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.

The level of maturity at our highest office is reaching new heights.

Bad Moon Rising

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Somebody posted this on Facebook, and I thought it was humorous. For some reason this tune popped into my head:

Alfredo

Libiamo, libiamo ne’lieti calici
che la bellezza infiora.
E la fuggevol, fuggevol ora
s’inebrii a voluttà
Libiam ne’dolci fremiti
che suscita l’amore,
poiché quell’occhio al core onnipotente va.
Libiamo, amore, amor fra i calici
più caldi baci avrà

Love the song. Here’s a translation:

Let’s drink, let’s drink from the joyous chalicesthat beauty so truly enhances.And may the brief moment be inebriatedwith voluptuousness.Let’s drink for the ecstatic feelingthat love arouses.Because this eye aims straight to the heart, omnipotently.Let’s drink, my love, and the love among the chaliceswill make the kisses warmer.

It’s going to be interesting to watch after the party is over. In the meantime, enjoy:

This is your President speaking.

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And now a few words from the President of the United States:

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

Do you remember the time not so long ago when foreign diplomacy was obtuse and difficult to understand? Gratefully this enterprise has now been distilled to what it should have been all along—an exchange of schoolyard taunts.

Don’t forget to duck and cover.

This is your President speaking.

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Screen shoot from CNN on YouTube

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Failing New York Times has a new publisher, A.G. Sulzberger. Congratulations! Here is a last chance for the Times to fulfill the vision of its Founder, Adolph Ochs, “to give the news impartially, without fear or FAVOR, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved.” Get…

….impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent “sources,” and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won’t have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done! GL

Hint: an impartial journalist would be somebody at Fox News.