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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How Trump got the media to talk about Obama's abuse of FISA

Trumpology is simple. He is so easy to read that I should be embarrassed to be writing books and blogging about how the president Road Runners the Wile E. Coyote press. But I am shameless.

Today's example is how do you get a press that serviced Barack Obama for more than a decade (going back to his brief Senate tenure) about the worst abuse of presidential power in American history.

Watergate failed to wiretap Larry O'Brien (McGovern's DNC chief).

Obama listened in like an old lady with a party line.

(Reader: I don't get the reference. Me: Ask your mother. If she doesn't know, ask grandma.)

So how does President Trump get the press to talk about the news it wants to keep to itself?

Suddenly the story is that crazy Trump is attacking his own attorney general again.

Which means the press has to disclose the fact that Obama abused his power.

"Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," CNN reported.

But the tweet reveals more than that. Trump is the president. He gives orders. If Sessions bucks him, that is insubordination, and he certainly can be fired.

Ask James Comey how that works.

But I don't see that happening.

What I do see is Trump telegraphing that he is not ordering the Department of Justice to investigate Barack Obama for criminal abuse of the national security apparatus.

That means whatever results come from an investigation are not on his orders. Trump's hands are clean.

Meanwhile, Sessions responded as one would expect, telling reporters at a press conference, which just happened to be scheduled after the tweet, "We believe the Department of Justice must adhere to the high standards in the FISA court. And yes, it will be investigated. And I think that's just the appropriate thing, the inspector general will take that as one of the matter's he'll deal with."

Trump knows the value of timing. Trump did not invent the manipulation of the news by a president because such agenda-setting comes with being the most powerful man on the planet.

What Trump has done is allow the public in on the manipulation. His presidency is entertaining because he has broken down that fourth wall by talking directly to the people.


The media chose to go to war with Donald John Trump in 2017 rather than accept him as president.

The media chose poorly.

From Leslie Eastman's review at Legal Insurrection:
Surber, a recovering journalist with over 30 years of experience, has been cataloging the #FakeNews that has been regularly offered as serious analysis of President Donald Trump’s actions, policies, and opinions. He has brought his enormous collection together in the longest, most serious book he has yet written: Fake News Follies of 2017.
Fake News Follies of 2017 is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Autographed copies are available. Email me at for details. I am including a "director's cut." I will give you the original Chapter 1 that I cut because while the chapter was amusing, it really had nothing to do with the Fake News Follies of 2017.


  1. I keep pointing out to everyone that Sessions is there precises because that is where Trump wants him.

    1. Agreed. He is patiently waiting for all of the cockroaches to check into the roach motel.

    2. I think the AG is too senatorial as was McCain during his run for president. That is why, while I may cringe at times, Pres. Trump is my kind of guy. Blunt when needed, as is Sen. Cotton.

  2. If you're a follower of Sundance at CTH you would know that the IG has been looking into the FISA court for a year. The investigation of the FBI and DOJ was not limited to just them. The IG has also been gathering information on the court. Why was the FISA judge in the Flynn case recused?? The OIG probably had a finger in that just like he did with the demotions of Strzok, Page and Ohr. We are supposed to see the OIG report in March. It will be an interesting read....

    1. Seconded. CTH has been indispensible. (CTH + Don Surber = incomprable.)

      I think Trump added the "Isn't the I.G. an Obama guy?" simply to get the MSM telling us what a saint and honorable man the Then, when the I.G.'s report comes out--and if it's as damning as Sundance thinks it will be--the media will be in a quandry.

      Why does Trump think this? Maybe the instantaneous 180 the media did on Comey (from second most hated man in America to Saint James) after Trump fired him. If Trump criticized him, they won't be able to resist the bait.

      As Don says, so predictable it's almost embarassing to point it out.

    2. Sundance ought to be a major player in the media - as should Big D. That they aren't only speaks to the good-ole-boy insularity of today's press. Which is why they crank out so much bullshit.

  3. "He'll get to it"??? WHEN??!!! Get off your ass Sessions!

  4. There he goes again...raising the heat under the enemedia. I do love that so.

  5. One of Sessions' problems is he can't get guys in place. After Rosenstein, who is part of the problem, he has very few Assistant AG's to head actions of any kind.

    The gap at DOJ (10 Feb)

    Then when you get to the next rung down the ladder you have Obama holdouts who have no boss and thus can't be fired and replaced.

    How Sessions can get anything done at all is a mystery.

    Unfortunately the slow-walk confirmation process in the Senate looks set to continue as the Democrats run out the clock on every nomination.

    McConnell should be using the nuclear option for appointments. The Dems sure would be if they had this crazy situation.

  6. Isn't it amazing that President Trump can keep leading the media to exactly where he wants them, over and over, and they never catch on that they're being manipulated?

    It's like playing "I got your nose," with a toddler. They never get tired of it, but the adult who started the game sure does!

    It would really be a nice change if for once, the media actually just reported the news, as it happened, without spin or snark. Yeah, I know, it'll never happen- but I can dream!

  7. part of the problem with confirmations is the Senate GOPe leadership. They don't want to look like they are Trump shills, so they slow walk stuff. Eventually, they will be burned for it.

  8. Don Surber reminds me of the ufologist Stanton Friedman. Friednan gives a learned lecture on flying saucers and then reminds the audience he'll be selling and autographing books near the exit door.

  9. So, maybe next you can give us the secret of what PDT is doing with his gun surrender to the democrats.

    1. About what he did with his DACA surrender to Chuck And Nancy a month or two back.

      -Mikey NTH

    2. I hope you are right. If he caves, he is a one and done.

    3. No such thing. It's DACA II. Dhimms won't buy into background checks at the level that is discussed.

      Moreover, notice that Trump gave Diane Feinstein to Joe Manchin? Odd, no?

      Not at all.

      Case closed.

    4. The background check system did not contain the info on even those who were menially ill nd committed mass killing. The local and state governments must report such legal impacts on gun rights to the FBI and they are not doing so. Nor prosecuting the vast majority of illegal gun purchase tries or straw purchases.
      That is the "loop hole" in the data base. 80,000 + illegal tries to purchase guns and only 44 prosecutions in 2012. I wonder how good on reporting the anti gun states are on these issues.

  10. Cave? Oh my, ignore what he has accomplished so far have you?

    Trump, if you have not noticed, never caves.

    He might compromise, that is long ways away from caving.

  11. Trump is not dogmatic ... he never states a hard line but he loves to say something that GETS everyone else to state their MUST HAVE stuff ... they show their cards ... which he then uses against them to get to something in the middle ... and you'll notice Trump will happily change if the public sentiment doesn't support his current thinking ... he understands he is a follower of public opinion not a "changer" of public opinion like Obama thought he was ...