Monday, April 30, 2018

Do It

As regular readers- both of you- of this blog would know, I am no fan of David Axelrod who, were he a churchgoing Christian, would have been busy yesterday praying in the name of the Father, the Son, and Barack Obama. Still, he got off the best comment about Michelle Wolf's routine at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner when he tweeted
Evidently, many a truth is said in jest.  Realistically, the most important point was made by CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. He himself was ridiculed by Wolf- "it's shirts and skins and this time don't be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta"- but not being a GOP apologist, did not whine. Instead, he tweeted (among other things)
But having read this piece by CNN contributor Chris Cillizza, I was struck by

Cillizza catalogued "the 57 most outlandish, outrageous and offensive lines from Trump's Michigan rally," better identified as another of his Nuremberg rallies. His lines "Mars is waiting for us; "We are at the top of the charts") were more humorous than Wolf's. They were, however, dangerous, typically misleading, contemptous of the USA and of Michigan voters, and incomparably braggodocious for a "baby Christian." In some cases- although Cillizza did not use the term- they were statements any President would know were inaccurate, and not judgement calls.  They are- when not referring to the President of the United States of America- called lies":

 "President Trump" had "everything to do with" the recent moves toward reconciliation made by North and South Korea;

"The only collusion is the Democrats colluding with the Russians, the Democrats colluding with lots of other people."

"They start something based on a document paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton."

"Chrsyler is moving back to Michigan from Mexico."

 "We have spent 7 trillion dollars in the Middle East."

 "There were 32,000 people. I finished speaking at 1:00 in the morning on Election Day. 32,000 people."

 "And nobody knows what a community college is."

 "Not come in based on some random lottery system."

Since he retired, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley been both a successful commercial spokesperso nand popular sports broadcaster. However, during his active career he misbehaved on several occasions, after which many fans would criticize him while others excused his actions as "just Charles being Charles."

Donald J. Trump is not 10% of the person or the man Charles Barkley was or is. But Trump, as Barkley was at one time, is given a pass by some members of the media because his crass and loathsome words and actions are so common.  Confronted with a lie from the President, these weary and sometimes intimidated professionals should act upon Kendzior's advice: "Do your damn jobs.",

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