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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Press coverage of Trump at CPAC shows the Vanity of the Press

I watched President Trump at CPAC on Friday and thought he did a good job of explaining what he has been up to since we elected him.

Then I read the press accounts of The Donald at the CPAC and I must have misunderstood. They described a speech I did not witness.

From the New York Times:
Trump at CPAC: Right’s Unlikely Hero Renews Attack on Press
OXON HILL, Md. — President Trump intensified his slashing attack on the news media during an appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, reiterating his charge that “fake news” outlets are “the enemy of the people.”
The opening portion of the president’s free-range, campaign-style speech centered on a declaration of war on the news media — a new foil to replace vanquished political opponents like Hillary Clinton.
“They are very smart, they are very cunning, they are very dishonest,” Mr. Trump said to the delight of the crowd packed into the main ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just south of Washington. “It doesn’t represent the people; it never will represent the people.”
Not until Paragraph 15 did the newspaper mention the word military. Terror, terrorist, and terrorism are never mentioned in the 1,236-word news account. The word budget also is not there.

It's all about the press, press, press.

The Associated Press followed suit:
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.
Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said unethical reporters "make up stories and make up sources."
"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared. "Let their name be put out there."
Trump told the Conservative Policy Action Conference that while not all reporters are bad, the "fake news" crowd "doesn't represent the people. It will never represent the people and we're going to do something about it."
Is there a bigger group of narcissists not named Obama?

Is there a bigger group of crybabies not named Obama?

The Washington Post was lighter and did not mention his feud with the press.

Its account began:
President Donald Trump declared himself among friends as he began speaking Friday at an annual gathering of conservative activists and told the crowd that he would serve them well.
“Now you finally have a president, finally,” Trump said, shortly after taking stage to Lee Greenwood’s “Good Bless the U.S.A.” “It took you a long time.”
With his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Maryland, Trump became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group during his first year in office.
Trump noted that he had appeared at the conference several times before and pledged to return often.
“I love this place, love you people, so thank you,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends.”
Not bad, but not good. At least the reporter didn't mention the P-word high up in the story.

Fox News did a little better:
President Trump made a historic return Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference, telling the crowd, ‘You finally have a president,’ and delivering a wide-ranging speech in which he took aim at ISIS, pushed his plans to combat illegal immigration and vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 
He started with a familiar attack on the news media and went so far as to say reporters “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”
"Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources," Trump said, though some of his administration officials recently have held briefings where they insisted no names be used.
Spoiler Alert: Presidents always complain about anonymous sources, and presidents are always anonymous sources.

Trump bashing the media is not news.

What is news?

From Agence France-Presse:
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump promised Friday to keep America safe from foreign "terrorists" with beefed up borders and a massive military buildup, in a staunchly nationalistic address to conservative supporters.
"The era of empty talk is over. It's over. Now is the time for action," Trump told battalions of Republicans gathered for an annual meeting outside the US capital.
"Nobody's going to mess with us, folks. Nobody. It will be one of the greatest military buildups in American history," the president said.
"Offensive. Defensive. Everything. Bigger and better and stronger than ever before. And hopefully we'll never have to use it," he added.
The hawkish message was lapped up by conservatives gathered in Oxon Hill, where a combative Trump painted immigrants as criminals, and renewed his assault on the "fake" media.
"They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make 'em up when there are none," he said.
He was met by euphoric chants of "USA, USA."
That is how it is done, guys.

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  1. The NY Times called the speech free-range. Don't liberals think that I a good thing?

    1. Should read "Don't liberals think that is a good thing?"

  2. Mr. Trump's was good, but Mike Pence's killed. We got a good backup QB, y'all.

  3. Hollywood was always stuck on itself. Movies about the entertainment industry go all the way back to the beginning. It started going bad when it began to take itself too seriously, and this also happened to be around the time that it began losing money big time to other sources. Seeing the same thing here with the legacy press.

  4. France got it.

    Pravda on the Potomac, and everyone everywhere knows it.

    It's interesting to snoop in on DX amateur bands where there is one red-pilled guy on the east coast talking to a Brit, German, Frenchman, or expat about political current events. Obviously, it's short bursts and not full convos, because they are trying to make as many contacts as possible before the skip fades, but you'd be surprised how conservative they are and how hip they are to the tom-foolery. It's reassuring if nothing else.

    BTW: The expats called Trump about when we did.

  5. In response to your reaction to the President's speech, I have one comment. Back in the sixties, watching a speech by some politician or other, my father-in-law, a dirt poor KY farmer, turned to me and said, "Honey, you ever watch them speeches and hear what they say, them those newsmen come right on and tell you what they (the speech giver) said he said, and it ain't the same thing a'tall. I've never forgotten it, and it's probably the best advice I ever heard.

  6. A bit embarrassing for the MSM when Agency-France-Presse does Patriotic Balanced American Press better than they do it.

    And like the Limeys say, "No Names, No Pack-Drill".

  7. Just when is the press going to understand that immigrant is not refugee?


    1. And there is a difference between immigrant and illegal immigrant.

    2. When they work out the difference between "lifter" and "leaner".

  8. "Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
    I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

    Like a vegetarian BBQ, isn't it? Kinda pointless.

  9. The un-American American media thinks it's all about them.