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Saturday, February 18, 2017

How Trump trolled the press

The highlight of the President Trump's contentious press conference was a troll by the president worthy of The Lord of the Rings.

Trump threw chum at the chumps in the press -- and trumped them.

Now, before you read any further, remember Salena Zito's Razor:
The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.
This principle has more proof than the speed of light has, and yet reporters still have not caught on.

Now then, Donald Trump's Electoral College win was the best showing by Republicans since 1988 when Bush/Quayle won. Reagan was still president.

Trump said:
“I put it out before the American people, got 306 Electoral College votes. I wasn't supposed to get 222. They said there's no way to get 222, 230's impossible. 270 which you need, that was laughable. We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”
Innocuous remark. Who cares? The election was more than three months ago.

But the press took the bait and swallowed the hook.

From CBS: "No, Trump's victory was not the biggest Electoral College win since Reagan."

From the Hill: "Trump falsely claims he got biggest Electoral College win since Reagan."

From USA Today: "Trump falsely claims biggest electoral win since Reagan."

From CNN: "Trump pressed on Electoral College claim."

From Time: "President Trump Said His Win Was the 'Biggest Since Reagan.' It Wasn't."

And on and on. Each media outlet seemed compelled to run a staff-written story on this silly claim.

Shouldn't you reserve such wall-to-wall fact-checking to big items such as, oh, the average family's premiums will fall $2,500 a year?

I guess the audience the press is going for is the same 45% that hate Trump -- the same crowd everyone at the Grammy's went after.

Everyone except Joy Villa that is. She wore a Make America Great Again gown.

From Billboard:
Joy Villa, the singer who turned heads on the Grammy Awards’ (Feb. 12) red carpet with a dress emblazoned with President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again,” is heading for her Billboard chart debut and big sales.
According to initial sales reports from Nielsen Music, the artist’s album I Make the Static sold about 15,000 copies in the U.S. on Feb. 12 and 13. In the days leading up to the Grammy Awards, the 2014 album sold a negligible amount of copies. The set — which sells for only $4.95 in the iTunes Store — could debut in the top 40 of next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 4, reflecting the data tracking week ending Feb. 16), marking Villa’s first chart entry on any Billboard chart.
The press keeps beclowning itself, chasing after little bitty things that don't matter.

In fact-checking him on small stuff, the press shows it is incapable of handling anything bigger than a dwarf's breadbox.

The pursuit of sappiness carries a price.

Right now few in the press have enough credibility to do any damage to Trump's image. In fact, chasing these silly stories inoculates Trump if a big scandal hits.

Well-played, Mister President.

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  1. This is kinda like the taco bowl investigation Don so wonderfly covers in "Trump the Establishment".

    If you have not bought a copy, do so. You will better understand these next 8 years.

    1. Yes, Schlongy. Yes yes yes. The taco bowl chapter was one of my favorites. I mean, MSM, how much lower can you sink? Mariana Trench?

    2. How deep in the Mariana Trench do you suppose we would have to Dig?

    3. We wouldn't, but the MSM is now 6 feet deeper.

  2. I'll take Trump's normal, human hyperbole over journalists' carefully crafted misleading bullshit that might technically not be outright lies.

    1. Hint-of-corral versus billows-of-phosgene.

      The former brings back pleasant memories, the latter'll burn your lungs out.

  3. This is two columns in one, Don. The first stars The Donald, performing and starring at his recent press conference; the second headlines Joy Villa, who tweaked her fellow performers at one of those endless self-awards ceremonies these celebrities love to give themselves. A twofer is a good way to start the day.

  4. Did you notice the guy in the presser who wasted his one question calling Trump on whether his win was the biggest ever or whatever? Who was that guy anyway? Face like Doogie Howser, body like George McFly. And Trump had the last word anyway ... something like "Would you at least acknowledge that it was a substantial win?"

  5. "The pursuit of sappiness"

    Classic, Don.

    On the matter of the original wording of "the pursuit of happiness", Dead White Guys' rep among young people will likely soar the day they figure out that the Founding Fathers enshrined as inalienable the right to party hearty.