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Los Angeles Times Editorial: Our Dishonest President

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    Los Angeles Times, Part 4: Trump's War on Journalism

    "But Trump’s strategy is pretty clear: By branding reporters as liars, he apparently hopes to discredit, disrupt or bully into silence anyone who challenges his version of reality. By undermining trust in news organizations and delegitimizing journalism and muddling the facts so that Americans no longer know who to believe, he can deny and distract and help push his administration’s far-fetched storyline.

    "It’s a cynical strategy, with some creepy overtones. For instance, when he calls journalists “enemies of the people,” Trump (whether he knows it or not) echoes Josef Stalin and other despots. But it’s an effective strategy. Such attacks are politically expedient at a moment when trust in the news media is as low as it’s ever been, according to Gallup. And they’re especially resonant with Trump’s supporters, many of whom see journalists as part of the swamp that needs to be drained.

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    I agree with that assessment, but let's not forget what Trump wrote in his book, The Art of the Deal:

    “One thing I've learned about the press is that they're always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better...The point is that if you are a little different, a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you."

    In other words, the media has been played and continues to be played. Or maybe the better word is “conned”. Trump used the media to help spread his alternative realities in his campaign, but is now casting them as the “dishonest media”, a point he is repeating again and again to normalize it.

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    I watched this video a day or two ago, and this pretty much sums up Donald's presidency so far.

    cbs.com/shows/the-late-show-with-stephe...

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    wwjd and pr -- Yes, Trump as an authoritarian, both genetically and trained as such by his father, cannot help but admire Putin. It's in his DNA. But Trump's worldview is also driven by admiration for the successful business tycoons who have ruthlessly cheated and conned people to make themselves billionaires. He admires the fraternity of billionaires and as such has loaded up his administration with think-a-likes.

    The Salon article is also excellent in that it calls to attention something that was so obvious to members on this website -- that the mainstream media contributed to Trump's election by giving him free press. I got sick and tired of the way the media covered every rally and every stupid tweet like they were covering a messiah. If some Trump supporters now think of Trump as a messiah, it is the media that helped create that messiah but sensationalizing as headlines and giving endless coverage to every thing Trump said or tweeted.

    Yes Schmidt; the media is guilty as hell; now they play an different game; how come this country is so full of hypocrites?
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    What's the ethics committee doing? There's got to be conflicts of interest concerning the whole Trump family.
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    Ethics committee? It is non existing, because the GOP runs it. It is Hitler and his cronies all over again. Sessions has become the new Himmler. Trump makes sure that he can't be touched, because of all the "butt crawlers" around him who protect him while he grabs more and more "power"
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    Again there was an article published of an L.A journal in which an whole bunch of psychiatrists pointed to the mental state of the President. They all were of the opinion that if things are not going his way, that he will become very dangerous indeed.

    Too bad I could not copy that article may be Schmidt or Jared can dig it up.

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    Maybe it can start to make sense what I have been saying all along. Trump got elected because of charisma. "' He had no qualities deserving of being president." He had no qualities. He was a rich person with charisma. Maybe this might be a lesson for our tax code to prevent the selling of power. I doubt it. Even democrats will stand up for the right to amass billions of dollars.
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    Dutch Wrote:

    Again there was an article published of an L.A journal in which an whole bunch of psychiatrists pointed to the mental state of the President. They all were of the opinion that if things are not going his way, that he will become very dangerous indeed.

    Too bad I could not copy that article may be Schmidt or Jared can dig it up.

    I copied and pasted part of your quote to a google search, and used Trump after the word president, this is what I found.

    scientificamerican.com/article/psychiat...

    Scary indeed.

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    Dockadams Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:

    Again there was an article published of an L.A journal in which an whole bunch of psychiatrists pointed to the mental state of the President. They all were of the opinion that if things are not going his way, that he will become very dangerous indeed.

    Too bad I could not copy that article may be Schmidt or Jared can dig it up.

    I copied and pasted part of your quote to a google search, and used Trump after the word president, this is what I found.

    scientificamerican.com/article/psychiat...

    Scary indeed.

    Dock , thanks yes scary indeed. The future will tell.
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    Those things that the Trump wants and that the party agrees with will likely happen. Those things that Trump wants and the party doesn't agree with will be stalled or at best slowed to a crawl. The Democratic Party must engage in shrewd political calculation regarding what, when and where to resist. And they must do it in a manner that casts the worst light on both Trump and the Republican Party. This means careful and well thought out messaging. Of course since the Democratic Party doesn't message worth a damn they are in a hole already.