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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Trump Becomes Latest GOP Nominee To Get Lost Inside The Fox News Bubble

Published with permission from Media Matters for America

Looking to make the media rounds on Tuesday morning in an attempt to clean up his Monday night debate mess, Republican nominee Donald Trump actually had only one destination on his schedule: Fox News, of course.

Calling into his allies and supporters on Fox & Friends, Trump promptly made things worse for his campaign. First, he suggested there might have been a debate conspiracy afoot to fit him with a faulty microphone, as a way to explain his shaky performance. (“My microphone was terrible.”) Then Trump got even further sidetracked from campaign messaging by fat-shaming a former winner of his Miss Universe pageant: “She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”

For a candidate who was nearly unanimously crowned the loser of the first presidential debate (except for in unscientific online polls he and Fox News have been desperately promoting), Trump’s attempt at damage control via Fox News was like the captain of the Titanic circling around the iceberg for a second look.…

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The Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Hillary, And Other Miracles

The last time The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed a Democrat for president was in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election during World War I.

An interesting year, that one. It launched artist Norman Rockwell’s first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, which starred a disgruntled boy pushing a baby stroller as his buddies mocked him, and later gave birth to Margaret Sanger’s first family planning clinic in America, at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn, New York.

I’m not suggesting one led to the other, but wouldn’t Rockwell’s cover have been a fun birth control poster for the clinic? Two things make me smile at the thought of that: the imagined negotiations between Rockwell and Sanger and the certainty of reader hate mail headed my way because I dare suggest such a thing.…

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The Decline And Likely Fall Of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: “Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control — and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind.”

That this observation appeared under the headline “The Gathering Nuclear Storm” — and was written by a conservative journalist, Mark Helprin — should give us pause.

The rubber bands Trump’s advisers had wrapped around his brain to hold it together during the debate with Hillary Clinton apparently snapped after about the first half-hour. Freed from the restraints, Trump went on to rant against a former Miss Universe’s weight gain and a female comedian “who’s been very vicious” to him.…

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