Monday, January 23, 2017

Not About Crowd Size

If it weren't so serious, it would be funny to read from Politico

Shown a clip of counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s confrontational appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend, Giuliani suggested that the anchor of that show, Chuck Todd, was biased against the new administration. His terse back-and-forth with Conway over the weekend, Giuliani said, is only the most recent example.

“I’d feel a lot better if Chuck and the others would just admit they don't like Trump, they’re against Trump and they're going to view facts in the light most unfavorable to him,” Giuliani said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “Look, I was on that show during the campaign under difficult circumstances any number of times, including all of the others. And my God, the venom is enormous. They just don't like him. And they're looking for things to pick on. You know, the size of the crowd.”

Gosh, how could they possibly question Sean Spicer for "the size of the crowd?" Perhaps because in the space of five minutes, Trump's press spokesperson made five brazenly inaccurate claims, which, in the order presented by Politico's Kyle Cheney and Dan Diamond, were:

- This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual.

- All of this space (from Trump's platform to the Washington Monument) was full when the President took the oath of office.

- We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 who used it for President Obama's last inaugural.

-This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration- period- both in person and around the globe.

- This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past."

"Congress shall make no law (abridging)... the freedom of the press" reads to Spicer as "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press unless it offends the President," He charged also
"there has been a lot of talks in the media about how to hold Donald Trump accountable and I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We are here to hold the press accountable as well."

If this Republican administration believed in the free market, it would recognize the press already is held accountable- by the public.  However, the free market is of little use to this gang unless it can be used to enrich the already quite rich.

Giuliani, though, may have reason to be bitter about the traditional media. It was, in fact, TIME magazine that unfairly bypassed him when, in light of the 2016 presidential election, it failed to recognize his contribution to defeating Hillary Clinton and make the former New York mayor its Person of the Year.   Otherwise, Mr. Madison shudders.

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