Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Your fake news media in action! – The last couple of days have produced one of the fakest fake news stories in fake news media history, typified by this blaring headline in USA Today: The Feds Lost – Yes, Lost – 1475 Migrant Children.
Of course, the first fake part of this story is the headline – these aren’t “migrant” children, they’re illegal immigrants who crossed our border in violation of our nation’s laws. The story blames the problem entirely on the Trump Administration, yet these children are mostly unaccompanied minors allowed into this country by the outlaw Obama Administration beginning in 2015, under executive-ordered policies that were also in clear violation of U.S. immigration laws.
Once these unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. in violation of U.S. law, they were intentionally scattered all over the country by Obama’s evil minions at taxpayer expense, often flown first class to their destinations. Once these illegal immigrants arrived at their destinations, they were registered with local officials of the Health and Human Services Administration, and then simply released into the general population. Many were reunited with their illegal immigrant parents, some weren’t because – shockingly! – their illegal immigrant parents didn’t really want to be found by government authorities.
Is it really any surprise, then, that of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors allowed into this country under this illegal program, the government has lost track of 1,475 of them since 2015? Wouldn’t this be completely expected, especially given the reality that a pretty good percentage of these parents are criminals who are going to do everything they can to hide from law enforcement?
This is a classic example of Josef Goebbels-style media propaganda, in which a statistic that is actually real is turned into a Big Lie that both ignores the cause and places the blame on some convenient boogeyman. Goebbels would have blamed it all on the Jews; our fake news media blames it all on Trump.
These people are disgraces to their dead profession.
Speaking of disgraces to the dead profession of journalism, CNN’s Little Jimmy Acosta, the dimmest bulb at the fakest news network in the history of mankind, was whining on his Twitter feed Friday evening:
There was one White House press briefing this week. It lasted 13 minutes. In the past 32 days there have been only 10 on-camera press briefings. Via our @AlliemalCNN
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 26, 2018
So, he had to whine on his Twitter feed because he hasn’t been getting to get his whining done at the White House press briefings as often as he’d like recently. Isn’t that terrible? Don’t you feel awful for him? No? Yeah, me neither.
Look, I’m all for freedom of the press, but there is no reason why the White House – any White House – should ever hold a daily press briefing. These briefings didn’t even begin until the 1970s – somehow, the Republic had managed to survive for almost two centuries without them. The briefings became a daily thing for awhile during the Nixon Administration, in a failed effort to get Nixon’s message out through the news media of the time. They were largely dropped in the Ford years but started on a daily basis again during the Carter presidency, and have continued with only sporadic interruptions since.
The briefings lost all meaning in 2009, when the fake news media decided to simply perform as pathetic lapdogs to their hero for 8 long years. Obama could have ended them at any time he wanted to, and you’d have never heard a peep of protest from CNN.
In the Trump Administration, the briefings have devolved into nothing but forums for aspiring peacocks like Acosta to get his relished camera time and for belligerent dopes like April Ryan to throw out the most idiotic questions their tiny minds can come up with. Trump’s two press spokesmen – Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders – are assaulted on a daily basis, cross-examined by hostile reporters who in fact consider them and the President they represent to be mortal enemies, and none of the Administration’s points of view are ever given fair treatment in any media reporting outside of Fox News or the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.
Even worse, both Spicer and Sanders have been attacked in the most personal and ugliest ways in social media by the same fake reporters who spend most of their day inside the White House. It’s to the point now where the relationship has become so hostile with some of the reporters – like Acosta and Ryan – that you really have to wonder how the Secret Service justifies continuing to allow them into the building.
I argued way back in January 2017 that the very best thing President Trump could do with these press briefings is to eliminate them because they serve no legitimate purpose anymore. Every president has an obligation to keep the American people informed about the actions of their administrations, but no president has any obligation to allow a bunch of hostile enemies of their administration and personnel onto White House grounds on a daily basis.
There are any number of alternative means of getting information to the public that don’t involve placing Sarah Sanders and other White House personnel in harm’s way. These include:
- Social media;
- Taking and answering legitimate questions in writing;
- Daily press releases summarizing important events;
- Regular recorded video or audio messages from the President and his senior people;
- Frequent call-ins to televised news programs, even to CNN on occasion.
The President has obviously been advised by his communications team that continuing to work with the pathetic collection of banty roosters and cackling clowns that make up the White House press corps somehow makes the press coverage of his presidency more favorable. I said last January that this is horrible advice, and nothing has changed since that time. The only way this President’s message gets out to the people in any real way today is via his own Twitter account.
This is a very unconventional presidency and it requires the use of unconventional means of communications. The daily press briefings are a relic from the past that represent a terrible model for today, and they need to be killed.
Here’s hoping that the fact that there have been only 10 in the last 32 days is the start of a trend.
Just another day in fake news media America.
That is all.
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