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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Bob Woodward got played

Remember this tweet?

Trump: "The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake."

Bob Woodward has written a well-documented tome about the Donald John Trump presidency that is as absurd as it is understandable. The absurdity is the alternative reality concocted by the DNC that Americans elected an idiot lunatic president.

What makes this understandable is that this was what the Trump administration told Woodward.

President Trump dispenses chaos like a skunk uses scent. The president thrives amid the mayhem and maelstrom.

Woodward by all accounts is a solid reporter. Brit Hume, a contemporary, vouched for him. That is enough for me.

Unlike anyone else in the journalistic universe, I am pretty certain sources talked to him anonymously and told him what he wanted to hear.

He wanted to hear that President Trump is an idiot and crazy.

Consider the headlines at the Drudge Report:
Woodward book reveals 'nervous breakdown' of Trump White House...
Chief of Staff Kelly on president: 'He's an idiot. We're in Crazytown. This is the worst job I've ever had'...
Trump called Sessions 'mentally retarded, dumb Southerner'...
Wanted to 'f---ing kill' Assad... 
Lost his temper during mock Mueller interview... MORE
AUDIO OF CALL BETWEEN REPORTER, PRESIDENT...
West Wing back in damage-control mode...
ESCALATION: 'Quotes made up frauds, con on public'...
'Lot Of Credibility Problems'...
MATTIS CALLS COMMENTS 'FICTION'... 
The president already told you what to make of this: "The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake."

Donald Trump has gamed the media for more than four decades. He began in the toughest media town in the world, New York City. He knew what they wanted and gave it to them, to get what he wanted.

Fortune.

Not fame, although that was nice, but his empire was built on tabloid headlines. Newspapermen say the power of the press belongs to the man who owns the presses. I disagree because Trump's decades long dominance of the tabloids in New York gave him power a-plenty.

After three years, the DC press corps still doesn't get it. The DC press corps is a smug, slightly incestuous, very parochial institution that still considers President Trump to be a rube.

The allegations in the book sound similar to the allegations in Michael Wolff's book in January, "Fire and Fury."

Replying to 
It was just over a year and a half ago plenty of these morons in the media were eagerly swallowing whole BS stories about Trump looking for 'The Gorilla Channel' on his TV remote & wandering around the White House in his bathrobe chugging Diet Coke all day. They're all morons.

Then there was Omarosa's book this summer.

You know I read ’s book do you won’t have to...I neglected to tell you that she “estimates he has drunk 43,800 cans of since she’s known him.” (15 yrs) That’s probably why he fumbles the water bottles! Doesn’t drink it!!

Now this one.

Woodward book mostly builds on real-time reporting, as Wolff and Omarosa books did. Woodward book doesn’t add to the broader understanding of this presidency - but it tells a consistent story, as did the others.

These books portray the president as a everything the Democratic Party says he is.

Either the Democrats are correct, or the Trump administration gave Woodward and others the mushroom treatment, feeding them fertilizer and keeping them in the dark.

The premise of Wolff's book was that Trump never wanted to be president and that he wanted to lose.

Wolff wrote, "From the moment of victory, the Trump administration became a looking-glass presidency: Every inverse assumption about how to assemble and run a White House was enacted and compounded, many times over. The decisions that Trump and his top advisers made in those first few months — from the slapdash transition to the disarray in the West Wing — set the stage for the chaos and dysfunction that have persisted throughout his first year in office. This was a real-life version of Mel Brooks’s The Producers, where the mistaken outcome trusted by everyone in Trump’s inner circle — that they would lose the election — wound up exposing them for who they really were."

He wrote that because he was told that.

Just like Woodward.

President Trump does this because that is the nature of the man.

And it works. North Korea closed down its nuclear testing lab and its missile program. Regulations are vanishing. Stocks rise. Unemployment is below 4%; economic growth is above 4%.

MarketWatch reported, "American manufacturers are on a roll: Business conditions surged in August to a 14-year high, according to a survey of industry executives.

"The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index jumped to a 14-year high of 61.3% last month from 58.1% in July. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the index to total 57.9%.

"Readings over 50% indicate more companies are expanding instead of shrinking."

He is crazy.

Like a fox.

33 comments:

  1. Knowing Woodward’s book would be a hit job, feeding him the feces was child’s play.

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  2. I think John Kelly, James Mattis, Sarah Sanders, and the other high-level, trusted staff members has an office pool, in which they wager who can get the wildest story published by some elite media boob. I think the winner, so far, is that Trump is obsessed with the "Gorilla Channel". I think whoever passed smug Bob Woodward this information just won dinner this week.

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    1. That concepts sounds so simply correct ( Occam's razor )

      Nice thing is, it also gets his base energized for the Blue Wave of Liberals tears November 18' when the Democrats lose seats in Congress, rather than win as the MSM promises them.

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  3. what's up with Drudge these days, the content isn't updated as frequently as it used to and he's lost his fighter's demeanor.

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    1. Drudge has always been about sensation and the clicks which follow. Controversy sells ad revenue.

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    2. I've been using Whatfinger more lately to augment Drudge. Whatfinger actually tells you what web site they are linking you to. From Drudge, you have no idea where that link is taking you until you get there.

      Drudge has seemed to lean in to the Leftist hype more recently. That gets "Right" clicks...and clicks are what the Drudge Report is all about.

      I still launch form there quite a bit, but I've been liking what I'm seeing from Whatfinger, a lot more smaller blogs and sites with good info.

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    3. Ditto as to Drudge vs. Whatfinger.

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    4. Yep. Picked up on that is well. The frequent forced refresh is annoying. His content has definitely moved to the left. Meh.

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    5. Agree. Stopped using Drudge a few months ago. Too much left leaning and too many links to far left media.

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    6. Drudge Vs. Whatfinger. All you guys are correct as I've noticed the same exact thing. Drudge has gone left wing.

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    7. Yes. Lately, Drudge is leaning tabloid if not left. Disappointing. Whatfinger is on it.

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    8. Thanks for the heads up on Whatfinger. I just made it my home page, which I'll try out for a week to see how it goes.

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    9. I will add to the chorus. I switched from daily reading of Drudge to Whatfinger.com over a year ago and have found a better mix of links/articles than was ever found on Drudge. That combined with my recent switch from google to 4Conservative.com searches has provided alternatives to left leaning articles/propaganda.

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  4. You would think that Woodward would squander his last remaining Watergate capital on a book about Trump with the true scandal going on now: The deep state's coup to overthrow Trump.

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    1. Oh no, that would cost Woodward his place in the liberal (self-appointed) elitist NY/DC establishment. I'm not sure Woodward ever really was a reporter, after all, he never would have reported the Watergate story had Nixon been a Democrat. (And given some of the people who followed Nixon, e.g Clinton and Obama, and the real illegalities in which they engaged, Nixon appears to have been a proverbial boy scout by comparison.

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  5. Chris Plante played excerpts of the phone call between Woodward and Mr. T. Trump asked if Bob had ever attempted to contact Trump’s secretary to book some interview time. Woodward said he hadn’t. Good grief. Journos are scared of the guy. No wonder they take so many cheap shots at him.

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  6. It is only because of Twitter that the president has been able to get the truth out.

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  7. Some time back, my four year old grand daughter was to visit. She managed to get ahold of a laser pointer, and in moments had my cat chasing it, and soon had the poor cat running into doors, walls, furniture etc. President Trump, twitter, press, BS. Almost the same thing, but eventually the cat caught on and laid down.

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    1. Jeremy...priceless comment.....

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    2. I equate it to sitting on the porch throwing sticks for the dogs to chase. They will run and grab that stick and bring it back and beg for the next throw. The trick is knowing how many times you can pump fake before the dogs catch on and stop running for the fake throw.

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    3. Problem is that Liberals are dumber than house cats.

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    4. Dumber than Dogs too!

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  8. They keep throwing poo at the wall, hoping something sticks! The Don remains Teflon! Drudge is more obsessed with his gayness than politics. It became pretty clear when he had half the site devoted to George Michaels death. It has become another disinformation forum for progs and rinos, imo. Especially gays. Pretty much a joke, and periscope into alt reality. If you are fed up with the squishies, go to Whatfinger. Veteran run and approved!

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  9. They don't call him Mortuary Bob for nothing.

    PS I still say Maggie Haberman looks like she'd be a hot mama if you could pour enough margaritas in her to make her forget she's a Lefty.

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  10. One more crook cataloged by Woodward.

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  11. "...the mushroom treatment, feeding them fertilizer and keeping them in the dark."

    HA HA HA !!!

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  12. Our President is playing the Left like a finely tuned fiddle. When the truth is finally revealed on one glorious day of Trump's choosing, the entire DNC, left radicals, clueless media, academics, comedians, Hollywood useless used-to-be's will all be completely bamboozled and exposed for who they really are: Sad, sorry people who chose to drink the Kool-Aid. It will be a sad day for them but a good day for our country. And those of us who can see the big picture and have kept well informed will continue to Trust The Plan.

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  13. “He wanted to hear that President Trump is an idiot and crazy.”

    Drawing the curve, then plotting the data points, is no way to run an analysis.

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  14. So instead of saying "Trump is doing a good job" the White House let their senior staff trash the President, to help sell a Bob Woodward book right before the midterms and you all think it's part of some secret master plan?

    And the left "got played"?

    Um, ok. Have fun wasting a week before the midterms with that awesome strategy. Every good news story will be buried under TRUMP IS AN IDIOT headlines, Twitter tantrums and angry denials.

    So much winning!

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    1. "White House let .."

      Listening to the recorded conversation between Trump and Woodward reveals a potentially lieing author and possibly a White House with saboteurs.

      Woodward cited Kellyanne Conway as to why he never interviewed Trump. She came into the conversation and quickly refuted Woodward's assertion that Trump's staff continually thwarted Woodward's attempts to interview Trump.

      If Woodward and his sources are right, then Trump is a bumbling, racist idiot that only his staff steer to the right decision or outright defies Trump in open sedition.

      Funny, we have heard that line since Reagan.

      But, that is Omarosa's book also. Matter of fact, Woodward's main source just might be that book.

      The GOP refused to help Trump with transition. The desire to check Trump by GOP operatives and politicians were shown by words in print and on the airwaves.

      Of course, then, even at this date, his staff would still have some resisting his authority.

      Trump is more conservative than most of the GOP combined. What is sad is the fact that the GOP in Congress do not mind his legislative agenda, but refuses to publicly defend him even when the accusation is obviously false.

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    2. So, do we have seditious actors in the White House? Appears so ...

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage


      Thing is, where the heck were they when Obama spied on Congress and reporters and targeted Tea Party groups with the IRS?

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  15. >> “estimates he has drunk 43,800 cans of #DietCoke since she’s known him.” (15 yrs)

    The calculates to 8 cans per day...not 8.0000001 or 8.141592563589 or 7.999999...exactly 8 per day.

    So my guess is she may have seen him drink 8 cans in one day and calculated out for her estimate. I don't think she counted more than 1 or 2 days. (The number could actually be higher. Figure a 12 hour day and that means a can lasted 1.5 hours.)

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  16. "Woodward by all accounts is a solid reporter."

    Horsefeathers.

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