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Friday, September 16, 2016

The press hates the truth

An institution most people no longer believe -- the media -- picked a fight today with the leading presidential candidate over Barack Obama's false claim of being born in Kenya.

That is right. For sixteen years, Barack Obama lied about the country of his birth, finally admitting he was born in the USA only after he announced he was running for president, which requires natural citizenship.

But Hillary Clinton needed a diversion from her failing health and falling poll numbers, and so Jeff Bezos's Washington Post and others revived the birtherism nontroversy to deflect attention from her.

Trump's folks issued a response on Thursday night:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President. This type of vicious and conniving behavior is straight from the Clinton Playbook. As usual, however, Hillary Clinton was too weak to get an answer. Even the MSNBC show Morning Joe admits that it was Clinton’s henchmen who first raised this issue, not Donald J. Trump.
In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate. Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised. Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer. Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.
Mr. Trump is now totally focused on bringing jobs back to America, defeating radical Islamic terrorism, taking care of our veterans, introducing school choice opportunities and rebuilding and making our inner cities safe again.
The media -- whose unfavorables are worse than Trump's -- said no, Hillary did not raise this issue in 2008. That is a lie. She peddled it to the networks and only Fox News bit.

But the source of all this is a public relations handout from 1991 that stood for 16 years:
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation.   He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.
Not until 2007 did the Associated Press correct its bio on Obama, whom the AP called the "first Kenyan born senator" upon his election in 2004.

But of course the truth is not what the press pursues in this century.

Today, Trump opened his newest hotel, a renovation of the Old Post Office in Washington. Reporters tried to ask him about birtherism. He refused. Instead he brought out veterans and Medal of Honor recipients who back his campaign. Libby Nelson of Vox wrote a lengthy denunciation of the event, which likely echoed the feelings of a press corps that is growing more openly hostile by the day as their candidate tumbles.

From Vox:
“Nice hotel,” he opened his remarks, which were part of a ceremony honoring Medal of Honor winners. He went on to call it one of the best hotels, maybe, in the world.
Most presidential candidates — well, most presidential candidates wouldn’t need to make this speech in the first place. But if they did, they’d find some kind of neutral ground to do it, somewhere like the National Press Club.
Of course, Trump does own the hotel, so there’s nothing wrong with him having an event there instead of somewhere else. But using the speech, and the Medal of Honor winners he honoring, to actively promote his own business and brag about how great it is is part of a long history of Trump using his campaign and his foundation to personally enrich himself. (Ivanka Trump, who’s using his policy platform to promote her own brand, is following in her father’s footsteps.)
I am curious as to why reporters think someone would hold an event opening his hotel at some other place like the National Press Club.

Later, the networks refused to film a tour of the new hotel.

It gets crazy in Washington when the establishment candidate is flailing and the rebel is winning.

Time magazine did a piece on the hotel:
Sitting at a the long marble bar at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a woman on a plush Royal blue bar stools shared a thought with her date.
“It’s really nice, despite the name on the building” she said.
That was not the reception that Donald Trump was aiming for when he announced the renovation of the old post office building on Pennsylvania Avenue back in 2014, a time when he was better known as a reality TV star and occasional Obama antagonist than the Republican presidential nominee.
Now that he’s seeking to move in down the street, Trump’s brand has taken a hit in this politically minded town. But even people who aren’t fans of his politics found some things to like in the upscale hotel.
Of course they "found some things to like in the upscale hotel."

For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the opening of the hotel. That was the reason for the event -- not to discuss birtherism, which was the Clinton Camp's topic of the day.

Citizens meanwhile want American to be great again. Reporters covering Trump don't. Got it.

If the media were interested in the truth, Obama's role in birtherism would be part of the story, as would Obama's hostile ridicule of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Association Dinner, in which Trump was a "guest" of the Washington Post, which set him up for the attack.

The press said Trump gamed them today with this event. But the hotel opening has been on the calendar for months. Crazy. Clinton is writing their script.


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  1. The media spent the last of their credibility on Obama. They don't have any left to drag Hillary across the finish line.

  2. Two things.

    1. "The press said Trump gamed them today with this event."

    If you're dumb enough to fall for the three-card trick, you look even dumber if you go round drawing attention to the fact.

    2. Trump's popularity is like that alien in the old Star Trek "Day of the Dove" episode that only grows and becomes stronger the nastier and more aggressive the media emotions around it get.

    What sort of fools do the Leftist media have to be when even Kang can see reason and they can't: "We need no urging to hate Humans. But for the present, only a fool fights in a burning house."

  3. Whether not Obama was born in Hawaii, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about his upbringing and his life before he landed in Chicago that have yet to be addressed satisfactorily, and are likely never to be answered in my lifetime. The Liberal suck-up press remains incurious about this man's dark background and continually ignore a number of glaring inconsistencies in his official biography, either that or they know a lot more about him than they are willing to reveal to the public.

  4. The media is so EASILY gamed. They should be more skeptical. Especially about the Dems they work for.

  5. The media is the propaganda arm of the Dimocrat Party. We knew more about Sarah Palin four days after McRINO selected her as his running mate than we will ever know about Prez Hussein. At this point "what difference does it make" whether or not Soetero was born in Kenya. Trump realizes that so it's time to put it to rest. The fact that he was able to pwn the media was just icing on the cake. BTW, the BC released had many inconsistencies on it and was prolly fake but it no longer matters. The empty suit, his wife, kids, and his mother-in-law will be out of the White House in four more months

  6. You forgot to mention that the Trump Hotel in D.C. was completed two years early and under budget!

    Is Jayson Blair now writing for Time magazine? The quote from the allegedly anonymous bar hag sounds totally made up.

  7. "But if they did, they’d find some kind of neutral ground to do it, somewhere like the National Press Club."

    As neutral as Daniel found the lions' den.

    -Mikey NTH

  8. "The press said Trump gamed them today with this event."

    You can't con an honest man.

    (I guess none of these people have ever seen "The Sting".)

    -Mikey NTH

  9. The Sting.

    -Mikey NTH

  10. "Clinton is writing their script." The Donald, he be doing the REWRITE.

  11. Clinton's media supporters haven't learned yet that attacking Trump this way doesn't hurt him. He's protected by an impervious "ion shield." America has moved on. They should, too, before they have a mean before they catch pneumonia.

  12. That location is a nice little short ride to and from Nationals Park. My guess is that baseball teams will all be booking there next year on road trips to play my Natties. Let's see...300 clams a night times about 40 players, coaches, and staff? The Donald knows what he's doing...

  13. I think Obama was born in Hawaii, but he doesn't look anything like his purported father. If you examine photos of his mother and his mentor, Communist Frank Marshall Davis, you get a much better resemblance. - Elric

  14. Like Iapetus and DSW say above, there are many many many inconsistencies in Obama's background. I'm willing to accept that he was born somewhere in Hawaii; though his own grandmother said it was Kenya, but let that pass.

    Still, a Natural Born Citizen must have two citizen parents. That means he has never been eligible for the office he now holds illegally; it'll never be acknowledged, and no court will touch it, but that's the truth.

    He's probably more fraudulent than we can even imagine. That goes for his "family" too. Sometimes I wonder if anything at all about them is true, or is it all Potemkin Village material.