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Trump Hypocrisy and Fear of Russian Ties Revealed Reaches New High

Trump Hypocrisy and Fear of Russian Ties Revealed Reaches New High

By Dennis Loo (2/23/17)

As you know, Trump and his people have been saying lately that mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Time et al are “fake news” and have gone so far as to say that they are “enemies” of the American people.

In particular, Chief of Staff Reince Preibus made the rounds of the weekend talk shows to repeat his boss’ claims that the widespread reports that there have been frequent contacts between the Trump camp and Russia are totally false. Preibus also said that the (common and necessary practice of) news media of citing anonymous sources was wrong and that people should always be named if they're in news accounts.

This is what Preibus said to Fox News Sunday last weekend:

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Trump and Objective Reality

Trump and Objective Reality

By Dennis Loo (2/19/17)

“One of these things just doesn’t belong here,” as they sing-a-long on Sesame Street. Of course, the two - Trump and Objective Reality - exist alongside each other in a most uneasy way, with Trump insisting that what he says is true because, well, he said it, ergo it is, no matter what. Anyone who says any different is “the enemy,” “fake news,” and “dishonest.”

On the one hand, Trump represents a continuation of a trend that began some decades ago which Obama was the previous most egregious purveyor of untruth, but Trump and objective reality know no relationship whatsoever, with a Trump untruth just hanging out there like a sore thumb.

Before going on, let’s deal with a concern that many have expressed: if we get rid of that pest Trump, we are left with Pence, and then we’ll have a competent reactionary rather than that clown Trump. What people need to visualize is that the level of political mobilization that is going to be required to force a Trump resignation – in the tens of millions – means that this dramatic change in the political balance of forces does not just go away with a Pence presidency. Pence will not act like a crazy person the way Trump does, but he will confront a thoroughly aroused populace and will be restricted by that. If he pushes too hard in the face of that, well, then he can face the whirlwind that brought his predecessor down.

I will summarize what I will say next at near the start: if you construct your plans or policies on lies that bear no relation to objective reality, then those plans may only go so far as your power to persuade people of lies can go. That is to say, not very far at all. Objective reality has a way of asserting itself eventually.

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Leaks and Donald Trump

Leaks and Donald Trump

By Dennis Loo (2/18/17)

Given that the current administration got into office because of leaks in the first place and Trump went so far as to say he loves Wikileaks and publicly called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and the DNC’s emails, for him to try to now make the issue leaks and not contest the truth of said leaks, means that he does not understand how investigative journalism works in the first place or the media’s role in general.

Leaks and anonymous sources are part of how newspapers’ stories are written. If the news media did not use them as part of what they do, and verify those leaks or sources as not just coming from one source alone, they could not do their jobs. If bureaucrats and other authorities were banned from ever speaking anonymously and could only be attributed by name, and never off the record or speaking about background, then the press would become only official mouthpieces for the government, relying exclusively on government press releases only.

Here is a current example from CBS News:

“CBS News has learned that on Thursday, an angry President Trump called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and yelled at him for not pushing back hard enough against reports that the intelligence community was withholding information from the commander-in-chief.”

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12