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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Sean Spicer
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

White House Delegitimizes Anything That Gets In The Way Of Its Propaganda

The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.

March 11, 2017
Rex Tillerson, Russia, Media

Media Watch From Sidelines As Trump Administration Retreats Into Secrecy

Perhaps nowhere outside the West Wing is that retreat more apparent than at the State Department, which for the first six weeks of the Trump administration essentially shut off all communication with the public and the press.

March 10, 2017
Spicer, Press

As Trump Declares War On The Press, Media Should Prepare For Battle

Now the collective outrage about President Trump’s many attempts to bully journalists needs to be institutionalized. It needs to be backed up by the power and prestige of the country’s largest news organizations. In other words, it’s time for institutions to take collective action and fight back.

March 1, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Trump And Russia: Is It Watergate Yet?

Do Trump and his associates have something to hide — something even bigger and uglier than Watergate? The ferocity of their reactions certainly arouses suspicion, and so did their peculiar effort to conceal the misconduct of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, which they attempted to hide even from the hapless vice president.

February 26, 2017
Flynn

Flynn Scandal Shatters Trump’s ‘Alternative Fact’ Cocoon

Presidents from both parties have always enjoyed partisan cheerleaders in the press who will defend an administration from attacks and enthusiastically support its agenda. But what the Trump team is trying to assemble is something else entirely. It’s trying to build its own self-sustaining, hermetically sealed information bubble so that Trump, his aides, and his supporters don’t have to acknowledge everyday facts.

February 16, 2017
Conway, ethics

Ethics Office: White House Should Weigh Disciplinary Action Against Conway

The ethics office has little enforcement power, but it can formally recommend disciplinary action if the White House does not act. That recommendation would not be binding, and the process would take until late April or early May. If the ethics office does formally recommend discipline, it would be up to the White House to decide any steps against Conway.

February 15, 2017
Flynn

Flynn Drama Has All The Intrigue Of A Russian Spy Thriller

If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they’d read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration. Flynn’s not the first, and he’ll surely be far from the last, to learn that Trump’s insistence upon personal loyalty is a one-way street.

February 15, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

A ‘Spicy’ Memoir: How To Lie With A Straight Face

Imagine if Sean Spicer wrote a memoir about his time as press secretary? Oh, the tales he could tell from inside the White House. In only three weeks, he has certainly compiled enough shocking “insider” material for a surefire bestseller.

February 15, 2017
Stephen Miller, Trump Surrogates, Lie

Trump’s Team Of TV Surrogates Constantly Lie

This current crisis of confidence is about an entire White House philosophy of dishonesty driven by Trump himself. And that certainly includes Trump TV surrogates such as Spicer and Miller, who are quickly amassing resumes built around pushing daily falsehoods. If news producers are avoiding Conway, they should also be pondering the worth of hosting Spicer and Miller.

February 14, 2017
Trump TV Ratings

Trump’s TV Star Fades: He’s No Longer A Ratings Magnet

President Trump, who spent 2016 chronically boasting about his ability to spike TV news ratings, clearly falls short of the ratings successes Obama posted early in his presidency. As the least popular new president in modern American history, Trump seems to having trouble connecting with the masses.

February 12, 2017
SNL featuring McCarthy, McKinnon, Baldwin

Melissa McCarthy Returns To SNL As ‘Spicy,’ Plus McKinnon As Sessions (And Baldwin Hosts!)

The February 12 edition marked Alec Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th appearance as SNL guest host. The actor showed up for the monologue as himself, although his Emmy-worthy portrayal of Trump does grace a later sketch, as the president attempts to defend his travel ban on The People’s Court (with a cameo by Beck Bennett as his “character witness” Putin).

It is frankly hard to get enough of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spicy,” the press secretary who performs a manic review of week three’s unfolding troubles, from the travel ban imposed on seven Muslim majority countries to Nordstrom’s rejection of the Ivanka fashion line.

February 12, 2017
Trump declares war on Nordstrom?

#EndorseThis: Trump Declares War On…Nordstrom?

Trevor Noah suspects the Ivanka blowup may hint at deeper political problems. “For someone who would have won the popular vote, Trump seems pretty unpopular! IIt must be those millions of dead illegal immigrants who aren’t buying Ivanka Trump shoes.”

February 9, 2017
Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom

Trump Blasts Nordstrom, Raising New Concern On Business Ties

In response to the Twitter comment Trump posted criticizing Nordstrom, White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the company’s action as a “direct attack” on the president’s policies. Nordstrom said it routinely cuts brands each year and that the decision to pass on the Ivanka Trump brand had been based on its performance.

February 8, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway Throws Gutter Ball, Massacres Facts

Take the bogus Bowling Green massacre story, with the underlying wailing about how the evil, evil press didn’t report that Obama banned Muslims from Iraq afterward. The horrifying question: Is Conway just a liar, or is she so uninformed that she doesn’t know everything she said was untrue?

February 7, 2017
Melissa McCarthy Kills as Sean Spicer

SNL: Melissa McCarthy Lampoon Of Sean Spicer Absolutely Kills

Melissa McCarthy’s dim, pugnacious, emotionally unstable screen persona engages the Spicer mode perfectly from the moment “he” steps to the podium to inform the stunned White House press corps that the briefing would begin with “an apology — from you to me” — which of course he doesn’t accept.

February 5, 2017
Seth Meyers on Trump's second chaotic week

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Presents The Mind-Boggling Sean Spicer

Among Trump’s imbecile moments was his remark at a Black History Month event, praising the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass as if he were a living civil rights leader. “He didn’t know Douglass was dead!” exclaimed Seth Meyers, noting that the great author, editor, and diplomat passed away back in 1895. “Yeah, keep your eye on that Fred Douglass kid!”

February 3, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

Why The Press Shouldn’t Believe Anything The White House Tells Them

If newsrooms understand that falsehoods are the currency that Trump and his White House aides trade in each day, then reporters should stop treating unconfirmed claims from the White House as fact. Even when the supposed facts revolve around everyday matters like diplomatic phone calls.

February 1, 2017
Acting AG Sally Yates refused to defend Muslim ban

Amid Massive Protests, Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Yates

Sally Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges because she did not believe it would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Hours later she was fired.

January 31, 2017
Danziger: tough weenie Spicer explains who will pay for that wall

Danziger: Gringo Loco

Sean Spicer, the new presidential press secretary, is one tough weenie — so Danziger pictures him in a bar somewhere south of the border, muttering nonsense about making Mexico pay for Trump’s wall.

January 29, 2017
Two Truths and An Alternative Fact

#EndorseThis: Fallon’s New Game – Two Truths And An Alternative Fact

Take two truths, then add what Kellyanne Conway calls an “alternative fact” — and you’ve got a new fun pastime for the era of Trump.

January 27, 2017
Trump, Refugee Ban

U.S. Suspends Refugee Resettlement Interviews

The decision effectively amounts to a pause in future refugee admissions, given that the interviews are a crucial step in an often years-long process. It means that though Trump has not yet ordered a temporary halt to the refugee program, future admissions are likely to be delayed.

January 27, 2017
Liar in chief, Trump

There Are No Alternative Facts, It’s Called Lying

Every time I hear another lie come out of Trump’s mouth — about his inauguration crowd (smaller than Barack Obama’s and the Women’s March), voter fraud (it didn’t exist), the media’s accusing him of attacking the intelligence community (he compared them to the Nazis) — I feel as if I’m back in junior high school trying to break up with the boy my mother warned me wasn’t stable.

January 27, 2017
Trump

Deep Character Flaws Will Ultimately Define Trump’s Presidency

Yes, Trump’s a dishonest conspiracy theorist. But he’s also much more than that. He’s a remorseless liar and a grievously insecure man who seems to feed off spite and revenge. It’s not a political strategy, it’s a character defect. Especially for someone like Trump who appears to have no deep ideological moorings.

January 27, 2017
Trump, Alternative Facts, Lies

‘Alternative Facts’ And Trump’s Running War With The Truth

If we cannot trust these people to tell us the truth on minor matters that can be easily checked, what confidence can we have that they will be square with us on substantive matters where the truth is not a Google search away? What confidence can our allies and adversaries have? The answer is, none. That should scare you.

January 26, 2017
Daily Show profiles Sean Spicer

#EndorseThis: Daily Show Profiles Weird Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Unless you’ve followed Republican politics in the capital quite closely, Sean Spicer may be an unfamiliar name. So The Daily Show offers a stinging “Profile in Tremendousness” dedicated to the GOP flack, which traces back to college days when he was mocked as “Sean Sphincter.”

January 25, 2017