I thought for a change I might comment for a moment on media and news sources. I found an excellent new blog titled All Generalizations are False, in which the author, Vanessa Otero, systematically breaks down news sources according to their relative biases and level of analytical thought. Below is the third iteration of her chart. Also check out her original analysis of the chart as well as her update.
This article points out one of the reasons why I am so reticent to use Twitter: the fact that Twitter gives people an unedited space and a sense of anonymity or distance in which to express their opinions. Here’s a great quote from Pres. Obama on the :
“An explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers’ payroll….The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal — that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarize the electorate.”
Paul Ryan’s and Chris Christie’s latest apologies for Pres. Trump’s actions – he’s “inexperienced” – is insulting both to Trump and to the public in general. This is not an excuse for any of Pres. Trump’s behavior. My 16-year-old daughter has more sense than to act like a cross between a slobbering buffoon and a vindictive Wall Street sociopath. Ryan and Christie ought to be ashamed of themselves.
This story reminds me of Al Franken’s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Comey was straightforward in calling out Pres. Trump’s character as one who is prone to lying. This is a problem with politicians in general, but Pres. Trump is particularly brazen in the lies he tells. He is likely to go down as one of our worst Presidents, up there with Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson.
Yikes. I knew Pres. Trump’s behavior toward the investigation of his campaign was suspicious, but this is outright weird. Here is a copy of the report James Comey is going to read to Congress tomorrow regarding his interactions with the President. It seems that Pres. Tump asked Comey repeatedly to drop the investigation of Gen. Flynn as well as asking Comey to publicly announce that the President was not under investigation.
“I see this more as a client complaining about his lawyer. The lawyer in this case happens to be Jeff Sessions.”
Pres. Trump is riding his Twitter train off the rails. I know the Justice Department is part of his administration, but he can’t turn around and act like the Attorney General is his employee. I predict that Jeff Sessions will not last much longer as Attorney General, and Sessions’s firing is going to be one more giant step toward impeachment. This entire presidency is a disaster.
“President Trump has excellent lawyers. They have a challenging client.”
What a petulant child our President is. Now he is not only undermining his own Department of Justice by dissing their stripped-back version of the travel ban, but he is now outright referring to it as a travel ban. Much of his administration’s legal challenge to the courts’ refusal of the ban is premised on the idea that it is “extreme vetting,” not an outright ban. Pres. Trump’s politicization of the recent attacks in London have got him focused again on his disgusting travel ban.
PALM BEACH, FL—Clawing over each other and gasping for air as they emerged, hundreds of miniature Sean Hannitys reportedly burst from Roger Ailes’ corpse Thursday shortly after the former Fox News CEO’s death.
Ha! Hannity really was spawned from the golem Ailes. If The Onion says so it must be true.
Apparently Hannity doesn’t appreciate this satirical news story. All the more reason to support The Onion‘s brand of “journalism.”
“Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Franken: “I like Ted Cruz probably more than any of my colleagues in the Senate…and I hate Ted Cruz.”
I have a lot of affection for the so-called “liberal lions” of Congress. Sen Franken is one of them. Sen. Ted Kennedy was another. What I admire the most is their seemingly built-in bullshit meters. Franken uses his comedic voice to speak truth where others may give a more political, so-called diplomatic response. I appreciate a Senator with a brain in his head and the willingness to use it.
Irresponsibility run amok. Pres. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate accords is yet another instance of his seeming lack of conscience or foresight. Those of us who live in the real world are going to be the ones who suffer, while the President deals with global warming by turning up his air conditioner. This is a spectacular failure of leadership.