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The Worst of Politics, w/o August 27, 2018


In Case You Haven’t Heard

Everybody’s going to die some day. You can pat yourself on the back as though you’ve “won,” but it’s only temporary.

So stay classy.


Like, Smart

In case you’ve forgotten, it is all about him

Asked whether Trump thinks Google should be subject to some regulation, Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, told reporters only that “we’re taking a look. We’ll let you know.”

The president said in a pre-dawn tweet that included a typo that a search for “Trump News” on Google “shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.” The New York Times

I wish Google were that tight with search results, it would make finding things a lot easier. But still, after I read this [frankly absurd] item this morning I quickly pulled out my cell phone and searched on “Trump News” and this is what came up first:

Screen cap of Google Search results.
Fake News, led by Fox News.

That’s Fox News leading the way with a story about Trump’s fixer. Then a real story from the fake media reporting Trump’s real tantrum.

CNN ran a quick analysis, noting that the definition of right-leaning and left-leaning that they use is honestly bizarre. Infowars leans as far right as Bloomberg leans left.

Media “bias” has nothing to do with media accuracy.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the “y” axis measured accuracy, so that real news organizations with real fact-checking and a mission for accurate reporting turned up at the top; and conspiracy theorist sites like Hot Air and Alex Jones showed up at the bottom?

In other words, were the stories wrong? That’s what’s important, not whether or not your favorite propaganda outlets get most-favored ranking.


If Trump really did shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue

It would only be to distract the news media from yesterday’s scandal.


Connect The Dots

The Enquirer’s privately held parent company, American Media Inc., lost $72 million for the year ending in March, the records obtained by the AP show. And despite AMI chairman David Pecker’s claims that the Enquirer’s heavy focus on Trump sells magazines, the documents show that the Enquirer’s average weekly circulation fell by 18 percent to 265,000 in its 2018 fiscal year from the same period the year before — the greatest percentage loss of any AMI-owned publication. The slide follows the Enquirer’s 15 percent circulation loss for the previous 12 months, a span that included the presidential election. Talking Points Memo

Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him.

But it turns out that Mr. Trump wanted to go even further.

He and his lawyer at the time, Michael D. Cohen, devised a plan to buy up all the dirt on Mr. Trump that the National Enquirer and its parent company had collected on him, dating back to the 1980s, according to several of Mr. Trump’s associates. The New York Times

New Jersey’s public pension fund has since 2014 invested $500 million with an owner of the National Enquirer, the supermarket tabloid embroiled in the investigation of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.


New Jersey’s State Investment Council under former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in 2014 agreed to invest $300 million with Chatham Fund LP, which was listed in that 2016 SEC filing as an owner of American Media Inc.

Then in late 2017, the investment council committed $200 million to Chatham Private Debt and Strategic Capital Fund, citing its “successful relationship” with Chatham Asset Management,

Under Republican governors, the two states committed at least $625 million of pension cash into Chatham Asset Management, a high-risk hedge fund that has taken control of the National Enquirer‘s parent company…

The hedge fund is run by Anthony Melchiorre, a GOP donor who reportedly met with the president and AMI CEO David Pecker at the White House soon after Trump took office. Melchiorre and his wife have donated more than $100,000 to Republican candidates and party committees since 2010.Fast Company


Thank God It’s Friday

Is Fox News slowly slowly turning on Trump? Or are they just slowly turning on bullshit? You decide.

“President Trump has every right to push back on what he views as unfair media coverage and especially on this flawed CNN story. But a President of the United States should not be calling for the firing of two heads of private companies simply because he disagrees and doesn’t like their media coverage of him,” Kurtz said.

“It is using the bully pulpit in a way that feels like a personal grudge, especially in the case of Jeff Zucker, who had been on leave for surgery for serious heart problems and who had been friendly with Trump when he ran NBC and Trump had The Apprentice there.”

“If President Obama had said, ‘Hey, Fox News, you should get rid of Roger Ailes, because I think your coverage of me is unfair,’ there would have been an explosion on the right.” —Howard Kurtz on Fox News, August 30


Fox’s Neil Cavuto:

You don’t prevent a constitutional crisis by threatening a financial one.

Or going back to last month:

“I will say this to the President: When Newt Gingrich, when General Jack Keane and Matt Schlapp said the President fell short and made our intelligence apparatus look bad, it’s time to pay attention,” said host Brian Kilmeade, quickly adding that the situation is easily correctible.

“Look, a lot of people get confused. I’m not saying the President is confused. A lot of people are confused about the Russia collusion thing,” chimed in host Steve Doocy. “There is a big difference between collusion and the meddling. The President says there was no collusion, and he is very strident about that. He says it every time. But pretty much everyone and their brother, except Vladimir Putin, knows that there was meddling.” —Fox and Friends for the love of God

Neil Cavuto again:

“That made it disgusting. That made his performance disgusting,” Cavuto said of Trump’s refusal to even criticize the Russian President. “Only way I feel. Not a right or left thing to me. It is wrong.”

“A U.S. President on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor, I don’t know how we define them, essentially letting the guy get away with this, not even offering a mild, a mild criticism,” he continued. “That sets us back a lot.” —July 16


Well he’s still got Hannity.

But Everybody Else?

President Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel’s Russia investigation and say the president should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. —WaPo/ABC Poll

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