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Friday, April 28, 2017

Politico, less reliable than astrology

The Senate slow-walked President Trump's Cabinet, taking a record 14 weeks to approve the final members: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. To President Trump's credit, he did not complain about the unprecedented delay.

But the completion of the Cabinet shows how wrong the press was. Less than 24 hours after getting the 2016 presidential election completely wrong, there was the national press predicting who would be in the Trump Cabinet.

Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia of Politico led the charge with a piece:
Meet Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting
He’s expected to reward the band of surrogates who stood by him.
Citing "two Trump transition officials" -- aka voices in their head -- Cook and Restuccia said the Cabinet would include:
  • Interior Secretary Frank Lucas of Lucas Oil. The job went to Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana.
  • Secretary of State Newt Gingrich or Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. The job went to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon.
  • UN Ambassador John Bolton. The job went to Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Well, if she put a brush under her nose and painted on gray Groucho Marx eyebrows, she would sort of look like him.
  • Defense Secretary Jeff Sessions. The job went to General James Mattis. 
  • Attorney General Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie. Nope, the job went to Senator Sessions.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sid Miller of Texas or Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas or Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska or Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia or Governor Rick Perry of Texas or Charles Herbster, Republican donor and agribusiness leader or Mike McCloskey, a major dairy executive in Indiana.
Perdue got the job so that counts as being one-seventh right out of six Cabinet posts.

Oh, they nailed Steve Mnuchin, formerly of Goldman Sachs, as Treasury secretary. And Wilbur Ross was one of four names Politico threw at Commerce, and it stuck. But that was it.

In all, they made picks for 14 Cabinet-level posts, and they got 2 1/7th right. That works out to 15% right.

Thank goodness these people did not go into a serious line of work, or people would be dead.

Just as Politico kept naming Trump's veep choices without including Mike Pence's name, so went its Cabinet guesses.

However, do not blame Cook and Restuccia alone for this mess. The story ended, "Bryan Bender, Jeremy Herb, Connor O'Brien, Joanne Kenen, Marianne Levine, Michael Crowley, Doug Palmer, Nahal Toosi, Helena Bottemiller Evich, Zachary Warmbrodt, Ian Kullgren and Benjamin Wermund contributed to this report."

What, no Ouija board?

As far as I can tell, all 14 reporters are still working for the rag.

The original, "Trump the Press" chronicled and mocked how the media missed Trump's nomination.

It is available on Kindle, and in paperback.
Then came "Trump the Establishment," covering the election, which again the media missed.

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  1. Funny - I had just finished reading A POLITICO article on why they failed to "get it":

    Which shows that they STILL have no idea why they STILL don't get it - they think that the problem is that Donald Trump does'nt "get it", that THEY, a bunch of assistant professors cannot be wrong, so President Trump must be wrong.

    The sheer stupidity is breathtaking.

  2. In the cheesy fake rock band that is the MSM, Politico is Betty whacking the tamborine between hip and hand.